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Go fishing on Pine Island

By Staff | Aug 20, 2020

While many prefer to fish from a boat, shoreline opportunities abound. PHOTO COURTESY OF THE LEE COUNTY VISITOR & CONVENTION BUREAU

Folks from far and wide visit Pine Island for a variety of reasons, but possibly one activity that has increasingly become a draw is the fishing that is available in the waters surrounding the island.

Anglers can wet a line in Matlacha Pass, Charlotte Harbor, Pine Island Sound or San Carlos Bay, all of which surround the island. While many prefer to fish from a boat, shoreline opportunities abound with numerous places to fish for those landlocked casters. One such place is the drawbridge in Matlacha which has been touted as the “most fishingest bridge in the world.” This reputation has been well earned as anglers can be seen lining the bridge day and night year-round.

Within walking distance of the bridge are several bait shops staffed by local experts who will guide newcomers as to what bait or lure is working the best on any given day, as well as what fish species are biting and what rules and regulations are to be followed. One advantage that landlubber anglers have fishing from the bridge or any other shoreline is that no fishing license is required, however fishing enthusiasts still are required to abide by the state fishing laws so it is important to consult a bait and tackle dealer before wetting a line.