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Sanibel & Captiva Fall Fishing season approaches

A recent article in Florida Today pegs the economic value of fishing in Florida at over 5 Billion dollars. Virtually no place in the world offer’s the quality and variety of fishing as Florida.

It’s a bit of a cruel paradox, that some of the best fishing of the year, September-October and April-May, both season transition times, occur just before and just after peak season periods.

This Fall season will kick off a bit early since the Snook season will open on Sept 1st for the first time since the freezes of 2010 decimated snook populations. Although there is some disagreement over re-opening the season, Fish and Wildlife Commission Biologist, through sampling have determined that the populations have rebounded enough to resume Snook harvest.

Top fishing opportunities include just about everything that swims!

1)Redfish – This is peak season for Redfish. The fish are schooling and roaming the flats, mangroves, Oyster Bars and Passes. Shore fishermen can do well at the Sanibel Fishing Pier, the Causeway and Causeway islands, Blind Pass and Turner Beaches on Captiva. Fish the “tailing” Reds near creek mouths and flats after first light and just before dark.

2)Snook – Can hardly wait for the season to open on Sept 1st. Snook fishing has been incredible all year. Be ready for some real tackle busters. You can find them pretty much all the same places you find the Redfish. Add Oyster Bars to the mix and along the beaches as well. Again early and late are best times till the bait run gets into full swing. The cooler waters make the fish more active.

3)Tarpon – will make a re-appearance. Of course there are local tarpon that can be targeted year around, but the last few years, the September return trip by the migrating schools following the bait fish has been as good and in some cases much better than the spring season. Why? The Spring fish are being hammered, the fall Tarpon run is the best kept secret around.


Sanibel Fall tarpon


Captiva Fall Redfish


4)Grouper and Snapper – These great eating fish will begin moving back close to shore and the passes, making them much easier to reach in the passes, bridges and near shore reef’s.

5)Trout – Pompano – Mackerel will also be feeding heavily on the bait school migrations. Pine Island Sound is full of glass minnow’s and pilchards, resulting in slash and burn schooling activity. Not much more fun that catching fish on every cast!

And the list go’s on. Get the picture? What’s not to like about uncrowded beaches and restaurants, moderate weather, stellar fishing opportunities and the Lowest Rates of the here at http://www.kingfishervacations.net

Whether fishing by land, kayak, boat, or wade fishing. The experience is unforgettable. So check your dates and get booked!

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