Sanibel Island’s Blind Pass Beach
Blind Pass is a terrific place for fishing as you can bay fish or gulf fish! Due to the flow of the current through the bridge, the fish are in abundance so the best spot to fish is on the bridge. Keep in mind it can get crowded and, with minimal parking spots up for grabs, the early bird truly does catch the worm. If you don’t manage to secure your spot on the bridge, there is ample room for surf fishing and space to cast off from the rocks. Kayak fishing is also an option so with all these options available, nothing should stand in the way of you and your ultimate catch!
Captiva Island’s Turner Beach
Turner beach is on the Captiva side of Blind Pass so the fishing is comparable. The beach has a unique rock jetty that gives any fisher incredible access to the Gulf and allows for a farther-reaching cast. You can also fish from either side of Blind Pass Bridge so have the benefits of both worlds.
Turner Beach also allows for kayak and surf fishing and is known for a wide variety of fish including Tarpon, Snook, King Mackerel, Snapper, Grouper and Redfish.
Sanibel Island Fishing Pier
Sanibel Lighthouse Beach Park features one of the most popular fishing spots on Sanibel Island, the Sanibel Pier. The pier is a great spot to fish and expect to catch redfish, snook, snapper and sheepshead, drum, and more! The pier features several benches and though it is fairly short, it ends with a deep channel accompanied by a strong current attracting plenty of baitfish and even big game fish such as sharks.
The pier also offers tremendous views of the historic Sanibel Lighthouse and is located on one of the most popular Sanibel Island Beaches, Sanibel Lighthouse Beach Park. The park is equipped with charcoal grills (cook your catch!), outdoor showers, restrooms, and parking. There are three pay-and-display parking lots with two of them by the pier. The rate for parking is $5 an hour.
Sanibel Island’s Bowman’s Beach
Bowman’s Beach is one of the few places where you can fish the back bay and the beach. There is a free launch area for canoes and kayaks. The launch ramp is very close to the parking lot and will give you access to the Clam Bayou. Clam Bayou is a back bay ecosystem teeming with wildlife. Check the tides here as it can get really shallow in the back bay. A moving tide is best, preferably in-coming as to reduce the chances of getting stuck. This really is a cool spot for kayak fishing!
J.N. Ding Darling / Tarpon Bay
Recommended for back bay fishing, the Ding Darling is the island’s nature reserve that is spread throughout Sanibel Island and is inclusive of Tarpon Bay. All sites have a plethora of vegetation most notably mangrove trees. Part of the reserve is the Wildlife Drive where fishing is popular and known for a wide variety of fish including grouper, mangrove snapper, flounder, sheepshead and pompano. As this is a nature reserve, there are further regulations and rules that can be seen here.
Created by a hurricane in 1921, Redfish Pass is the strait that connects Pine Island Sound to the Gulf of Mexico and separates Captiva from North Captiva Island. It is only accessible to the public by boat and is noted for its great fishing most notably for snook during the Spring and Summer months.