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Old 01-25-2012, 10:34 AM
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Default How is the fishing around Fort Myers Florida

I currently live close to Galveston Texas and will be moving to the Fort Myers area in the summer. How is the fishing there? I run a SeaHunt BX24.
Better Offshore than Bay or near shore?

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Just a bunch different. A lot depends on time of year. With that boat, you could easily fish for tarpon inshore and along the beaches, then run offshore for grouper and snapper. The fishing is good, but expect it to take a while to get dialed in. A few charters of the type you'd like to catch would add years to your experience level.
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I currently live close to Galveston Texas and will be moving to the Fort Myers area in the summer. How is the fishing there? I run a SeaHunt BX24.
Better Offshore than Bay or near shore?

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Great fishing, we go over to Bonita Springs ( same area ) once a year for a week and allways have a blast. We fish mainly inshore when we are on that coast so redfish, snook, tarpon, sheepshead, and lots of lady fish. There are BIG snook in that area too around the bridges, you cant keep em but if you want a fight to remember hook into one of those guys!
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in your boat...Shallow!!! The bottom fishing in SW FLA is very shallow and full of wrecks and reef. But is hard to find areas that are not over fished.
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in your boat...Shallow!!! The bottom fishing in SW FLA is very shallow and full of wrecks and reef. But is hard to find areas that are not over fished.
This is spot on... the shallow offshore spots seem pretty worked over. we fish in 80 feet offshore to get to the good spots, in our area 80 feet is in the area of 40 miles out.
You will have some days where you can make it offshore in the summer, you'll just have to pick your days and get an early morning start to return before the afternoon thunderstorms. Once you get dialed in to the area the fishing is actually really good. The Tarpon in Boca Grande and off the beaches of Sanibel are amazing at certain times of the year. If you love to fish, you'll like living here.
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Let me clarify...you will love living here. But look to hire guides when the itch for offshore action comes up. Use you boat for snook, redfish, and fishing the Pass. You will be much more satisfied spending 800-1000 bucks for a guide to take you 40-50 miles out and put you on keepers rather than filling your boat with fuel and ice to catch 18' Red Grouper.
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The fishing on the Gulfcoast is awesome....but don't plan on taking much of it home, the regulations suck.
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I fish predominately fish artificial for speckled trout, redfish, and flounder. I was told that due to the water clarity in Florida most people fish live bait is that true?
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live bait is very popular here but artificials are also very productive and are finding a home...the fishing wont disappoint you...its just different...there wouldnt be so many shows filmed in our waters if it sucked...
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TONS OF LIVE BAITING DOWN HERE. Buy a video on cast netting. Find your local inlet (pass) and bait should hold one of the markers. Do you have a bottom reader? You will want to work on Snook and Red fish for good action inshore. PM if you if like, good luck!
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I run out 30-50 miles for good bottom fishing action
always come home with fish and arms so sore from pulling up grouper, I don't feel right for 2 days.

inshore, I couldn't say but there's ton's of guys out there


with a bay boat, you should be able to run out on good days and a careful eye on the wind/weather
a buddy of mine runs out in a 24 Shearwater


A couple of trips with a local guide should get you going for inshore action
and there's lots of ways to get some offshore numbers...wink...and once you know what you're looking at on your bottom machine, you'll find crap loads of good fish producing spots out there
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The Kingfish run can be awesome, Tarpon on the beach, Snook under every dock light and at the passes in the Summer, Cobia in the Spring, jig some Pompano in the passes. Whitebait for the Gator Trout in the deep holes.

It's a great place to fish. The big Mangs move in close to shore in the winter along with the Gags. Troll the hard bottom for the Gags. The right moon will provide a swarm of keeper Mangroves in a chum slick just offshore on some hard bottom.

Come on down.......and yes the regulations suck.
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Fishing sucks here! Why spend 400 on fuel in the boat to maybe catch fish when you can spend 100 on fuel in the truck, catch spomething and still see land. I tow my boat to Pompano, The Keys or Tampa/St. Pete to save hundreds on fuel. I love to fish but can't find people here to go. Just not part of the Southwest life style like the East coast.

PM me when you get settled in. Split costs and Im up for fishing anytime.
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Fishing sucks here! Why spend 400 on fuel in the boat to maybe catch fish when you can spend 100 on fuel in the truck, catch spomething and still see land. I tow my boat to Pompano, The Keys or Tampa/St. Pete to save hundreds on fuel. I love to fish but can't find people here to go. Just not part of the Southwest life style like the East coast.

PM me when you get settled in. Split costs and Im up for fishing anytime.
Sorry to say and please take no offence, but you need some fishing lesson if you think fishing sucks off the beaches of Ft. Myers., Guy's run down from Sarasota to catch Kings there during the tournaments. Also theres some good hard bottom offshore in 45 feet of water that holds lots of fish. Anyone can catch fish off Pompano. I love to fish there too, but there is good fishing right where you live. Go down to the charter boats on Ft. Myers beach and check out their catches.
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Sorry to say and please take no offence, but you need some fishing lesson if you think fishing sucks off the beaches of Ft. Myers., Guy's run down from Sarasota to catch Kings there during the tournaments. Also theres some good hard bottom offshore in 45 feet of water that holds lots of fish. Anyone can catch fish off Pompano. I love to fish there too, but there is good fishing right where you live. Go down to the charter boats on Ft. Myers beach and check out their catches.
Not offended and open to any and all free lessons.

Kings or even Tarpon but but you have to run way out or north from Fort Myers to get 45 feet of water. Its 145-150 feet 1 1/2 miles out of Pompano inlet.
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but seriously, be prepared to run long distances off shore to get into any legitimate offshore species and consistency. Most charter captains run 35+ miles every charter. I went out with Fishy Business (Capt. Vic) out of Naples not too long ago and we ran 72 miles out...

As far as inshore goes, you can have plenty of fun with your boat in and around Ft. Myers passes and Sanibel with a plethora of shore species such as red fish, snook, trout, tarpon, black drum. Sanibel especially
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I fish out of Captiva Island a lot. Not too far from Ft. Myers. Blows my mind everytime I go there. Tarpon, snook, jack, shark, trout, redfish, mackerel, sheepshead, spadefish, grouper, etc. Best part is that you can catch all of those in 1 day of fishing, even in a very concentrated area. Last time I was down there, I fished with Capt Ben Chancey of Chew On This and Capt Tim who runs charters from the resort where our time shares are. When I'm not on the boats, I'm fishing around the resort. Best dock and rock fishing I have ever done. The bite off the surf wasn't that bad either.
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Sounds great....getting excited about the move. Thanks for all the input
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Have you given any thought to where you are going to live? That will have a lot to do with where you end up fishing. Are you looking for waterfront?
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The prices seem to have really dropped around there. Yes, we are looking for waterfront. Quite a bit more waterfront properties in Coral Cable than Fort Myers.
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