Spring fishing has started early this year in Southwest Florida. We have been experiencing some beautiful weather lately. Temperatures have been warmer than average and that translates to warmer water temperatures, which is good for the fishing. There have been some tarpon showing up off the beaches and around the Sanibel causeway. It shouldn't be too much longer before they are here in full force. We have been taking advantage of the low winds and venturing offshore to fish some of the artificial wrecks and live bottom areas about 7-9 miles west of Sanibel. We have been catching good amounts of snapper and sheepshead using live shrimp fished on the bottom. There should be kingfish, cobia, and permit showing up soon. The back bay fishing gets better every day. The trout fishing has been good on the grass flats and sand holes east of Sanibel. Lots of smaller sized fish, but definitely a few nice keepers mixed in. The oyster bars around the mouth of the river have been producing some larger trout and a few redfish on the higher tides. The snook fishing is starting to pick up. We have been catching some nice fish on some of the deeper shorelines around the mouth of the Caloosahatchee River. The fishing will continue to get better as we move into the month of March.
Capt. John Landry
Florida Native Fishing Charter