El Jobean offers incredible fishing
The unincorporated community known as El Jobean is located between Englewood and Port Charlotte on the eastern banks of the Myakka River where it empties into Charlotte Harbor. The Myakka River offers incredible fishing and boating opportunities.
Boaters who head north on the river will eventually leave civilization behind for a world of tiny islands and primitive beauty. Those going south can venture into Charlotte Harbor or the Gulf of Mexico.
El Jobean is home to boatyards and marinas with the feel of a true fishing village. Commercial fishing vessels sail out of this area along with hundreds of recreational boaters.
The El Jobean Fishing Pier, 4224 El Jobean Road, can be spotted while driving over the Myakka River bridge. At the foot of the bridge is the Bean Depot Cafe & Museum where musicians gather on the screen porch to jam or perform on the makeshift outdoor stage in front of picnic tables and plastic lawn chairs. The historic building once housed the El Jobean Post Office and still displays relics and memorabilia.
The newly renovated Charlotte Sports Park located between El Jobean and Port Charlotte is home to the Tampa Bay Rays spring training facility and the minor league Charlotte Stone Crabs. For more information on the Rays visit www.raysbaseball.com. For more information on the Stone Crabs visit www.stonecrabsbaseball.com.
Directly across State Road 776 from the sports park is the Charlotte County Fairgrounds with an annual fair that takes place in February. The fairgrounds feature an exhibition hall, livestock pavilion and show ring. Call (941) 629-4252 for dates and a full schedule of other events.