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Sanibel Island: A Top Destination for Fishing in Florida



When was the last time you caught a redfish off the coast of Florida? If you’re one of many summer vacationers checking into Sanibel Island condos this year, one activity you won’t want to miss out on is fishing.


Sanibel Island, located off the coast of South Florida, is in an ideal location for offshore fishing. Deep sea fisherman can get out of sight of land and will have a chance to catch everything, from Hogfish to Yellowtail Snapper. Red Grouper, Cobia, African Pompanos and Black Grouper are other fish that can be caught nearly year round. While there aren’t any coral reefs here, shipwrecks and artificial reefs keep things interesting for divers and fishers alike.

Ideal Place for Boats
Why stay at our Sanibel Arms condos? Free boat docking -- we’re right on the canal -- is one important amenity we offer our guests, and we have over 300 feet of dock space available. And if you don’t have a boat but would still like to get out on the water, we can give you recommendations for rentals or charters.

Ideal Location for All Fishermen
Sanibel island fishing isn’t just for offshore fisherman. It’s important to note that nine miles beyond the beach, offshore fishing guides need to have a restricted access license to fish. Also popular, though, is the inshore and back bay fishing, with species like snook, seatrout, and tarpon that can be pursued. If you’d like to fly fish from the shallow water flats, fish like Spanish mackerel, barracuda, and snappers will abound.

No Boat Fishing: Easy From This Island
If you’re looking for a fishing pier, you’ll find one here, located bayside to the Sanibel Lighthouse. The causeway beaches and the J.N. “Ding” Darling National Wildlife Refuge offer additional locales for excellent fishing. Just having a day to cast and relax will have a positive impact on your mental health; 53% of employees U.S. adults say they feel refreshed after coming back from a vacation.

Sanibel Island is a great place for fishing, and if you want to take a break, there are countless other activities to enjoy, from relaxing on the beach to playing golf (Florida has over 1,000 golf courses!). With 87 million visitors each year, there's a reason Florida is one of the top travel destinations in the world!

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