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Have you tried our Fishing ? Pine Island Sound offers the largest variety of fish in Florida, from 100-pound tarpon in the summer to dazzling colored sea trout in the winter. For great Tarpon Fishing we recommend Capt. Rob Tarpon Fishing Charters! Looking for off-shore action ? Only three miles out from the beaches of Captiva Island lie a series of rocky ledges and you know what that means --- snapper and grouper. In just a few minutes you can get a line in the water either inshore or off, that's the beauty of our Southwest Florida fishing.


What will you have a chance to catch ? Depends on the season. Fall is the best time for redfish, Spanish mackerel or cobia. The winter months are best for off-shore with triggerfish, several kinds of snapper and the favorite -- black grouper. In the spring it's back bay waters when sea trout, bluefish, whiting and perhaps and early arrival of tarpon and big-game sharks. Summer is the have-it-all time. Did I mention the fabled snook ? Summer is closed season for keeping snook, but it's the best time for catch-and-release fishing. You won't believe it !

Check with our guides and inquire about specialty fishing like fly rod angling, trolling, using live bait or artificial lures. You won't beat the variety of fish and the ways to catch them. One other thing. Pine Island Sounds is the best kept secret in the fishing world. Come on down and see what we have.


Have you ever visited an island where the streets are named after sea shells ?

 Where people get up at 5 a.m. and walk the beaches with a flash light, just to discover some special gift from the sea ? That's "shelling" on Sanibel and Captiva Islands and it approaches a fanatical proportions just after a big storm when some 200 kinds of collector shells can be washed to the beaches. Those in search of the shells bend over to get a closer look in what has become world famous as the Sanibel Stoop.

You can walk some 17 miles of gulf beaches on Sanibel and Captiva Island, looking for shells, but many serious collectors prefer to charter a shelling guide to deliver them to unspoiled islands like Cayo Costa, North Captiva and Johnson Shoals for collecting like it was years ago. In the summer, put on a mask and snorkel and search for shells in clear, clean gulf waters for everything from sand dollars to big horse conchs.

It's said that Sanibel and the barrier islands to the north are some of the best shelling beaches in America. Even the newest collector will find interesting things. You might have to come back again and again to get that certain special shell -- wouldn't that be a shame... Call one of our guides and find out more about shelling charters. It will be the highlight of your trip.

To find out more information about shelling on Sanibel and Captiva Island, check out Sanibel Online's Sanibel Shelling Page.




Sanibel Online would like to thank Capt. Mike Fuery for his contribution to this site. Mike Fuery has been writing for the Sanibel-Captiva Islander newspaper for 21 years, as well as several popular fishing magazines and is a popular Sanibel-Captiva Guide. You can visit his web page Here!






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