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Old 11-19-2019, 08:02 PM
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Hi everyone, I'm new here to take it easy on me!!! My father and I will be in Sanibel December 26 thru January 1. We're renting a 21' center console boat for the week and I was wondering if anyone could give us any tips on where to look for fish. The boat doesn't have a trolling motor so unless we're drifting or anchored, we'll be somewhat limited. I've read that sheepshead fishing should be good this time of year but what about reds, trout, or snook? We're both pretty seasoned freshwater anglers but pretty green when it comes to saltwater. Also, is the water around Sanibel Island and Pine Island pretty deep, or at least deep enough that we shouldn't get in trouble if we use common sense? The house we're renting has kayaks so we could take those out to access shallower water if we need to. My dad's in his mid 70's so I don't know if we'll be able to do something like this many more times and I want to make sure he has a good time.

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Old 11-20-2019, 07:26 PM
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All of the areas around Pine Island Sound are very shallow, 10' or less pretty much everywhere except the ICW channel.
Old 11-20-2019, 07:57 PM
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I appreciate that tip. We’ll be careful. We won’t be in a big hurry so hopefully we won’t get in trouble. What species should we be targeting? Should we be fishing docks and bridge pilings or maybe mangroves? We don’t really care what we catch, as long as we’re catching fish? Should we try using shrimp or maybe artificials?

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I know this section says "Gulfcoast", but you may get a lot more feedback if you post in the "Florida" section. Seems most here are northern GOM and panhandle. Good luck!
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Since you have sometime, you may want to do 1/2 day with a guide just to get the local lay of the land, a lot has to do with how the water quality is based on storms coming through. You can also search for locations of offshore structure, not a lot in the gulf but there are some.
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Originally Posted by jkmjr View Post
I know this section says "Gulfcoast", but you may get a lot more feedback if you post in the "Florida" section. Seems most here are northern GOM and panhandle. Good luck!
I’ll give that a try tonight. Thank you.
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Originally Posted by marlinmike View Post
Since you have sometime, you may want to do 1/2 day with a guide just to get the local lay of the land, a lot has to do with how the water quality is based on storms coming through. You can also search for locations of offshore structure, not a lot in the gulf but there are some.
I have considered doing this. Might be the best way to get a handle on things. I appreciate the help.
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Check tides4fishing.com site and call bait shops like Fishin Franks and local charter captains for inshore and offshore reports.


check FWC for current red tide maps.
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I only went once, rented an 18' Hurricane, drifted floats with live shrimp and it was non stop action, I barely got to fish because I was unhooking fish and baiting my wife's hook, she had the best time. We were mostly fishing in 5' over grass and probably caught over 10 different species even had some keeper trout.
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Originally Posted by Vitalsigns View Post
I only went once, rented an 18' Hurricane, drifted floats with live shrimp and it was non stop action, I barely got to fish because I was unhooking fish and baiting my wife's hook, she had the best time. We were mostly fishing in 5' over grass and probably caught over 10 different species even had some keeper trout.
That’d be great. We’re not looking to set any records, just looking to have a good time together.
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Go to Whitney bait and tackle. Spend a little money and BS with the guys in there. They will point you in the right direction.
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Castnet whitebait, throw at docks, points, rocks in inlets....check docks with lights after dark....

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