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On the Water: Fishing during the hot month of August

We closed out July with extremely warm days and this will continue into August as we are in the meat of summer. The water temperature is very warm, often in excess of 90 degrees by mid-day. Most days the better fishing comes over the morning hours as the water is at its coolest. If you don’t ...

what a catch! Captain Dave’s fishing report

Carson Trania, his dad Robert, and Carson’s girlfriend, Alyssa Chetti, fished 20 miles west of New Pass on Thursday morning, July 22. They used cut-bait and squid to catch and release 15 red grouper shorts to 19 inches, two lane snapper shorts, and four yellowtail snapper shorts. They boxed ...

Tarpon Bay Explorers

Tarpon Bay Explorers is the official concession to the J.N. “Ding” Darling National Wildlife Refuge. It provides low impact, recreational and educational activities for refuge visitors, and a portion of its proceeds go back to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Services to benefit the national ...

Go Fishing

Fort Myers Beach offers inshore and offshore fishing. Anglers can choose to fish from the shoreline, bridges and piers, or to go on a fishing charter. Inshore fishing supplies year-round opportunities to catch snook, redfish, spotted seatrout, sheepshead, jack crevalle, mangrove snapper and ...

Go fishing on Pine Island

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 ...

Bokeelia Fishing Pier

For over 100 years people have enjoyed fishing from the Bokeelia Fishing Pier. Located at the northern tip of Pine Island stretching into the waters of Charlotte Harbor, the Bokeelia Fishing Pier is known by many as the place to come for some of the finest fishing. No license required! Just ...

Cayo Costa State Park

A short boat ride away is the pristine island of Cayo Costa State Park, described by the state park's system as an unspoiled Gulf Coast island that “evokes images of wind-shaped trees, dunes, beaches and freedom to explore.” The island park known as one of the best shelling beaches in the ...

Pine Island

Looking at Matlacha and Pine Island today the visitor sees what some have described as Florida's "Art Mecca." But just a little over 30 years ago, before 1995, Matlacha and Pine Island were among the largest fishing communities in Florida.Fishermen and fishing families lived in the small ...

Saltwater Fishing in Florida

What you must know before you goSaltwater fishing licenses are sold online at GoOutdoorsFlorida.com, at county tax collectors' offices and at many license agents. Licenses may also be obtained over the telephone by dialing toll-free, 1-888-FISH-FLORIDA (347-4356). An additional fee is charged ...

Law Enforcement patrols

The FWC's Division of Law Enforcement patrols Florida's coastal waters to provide assistance to boaters and anglers as well as to enforce Florida's saltwater fishing and boating laws. FWC officers assist boaters who are in distress, provide advice and direction to those who are traveling ...