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Fishing and Boating Guide: Captiva Island

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Fishing and boating are top attractions for Captiva Island, Florida. Of course, all watersports are popular in the excellent weather and beautiful waters of the Gulf of Mexico and Pine Island Sound. You can rent or charter all types of boats from the local marinas, and in many vacation rental homes you don't even need to drive there.

Savvy professional guides can help anglers find lots of biting fish in any season. Hook up with professional charters for the most carefree and successful fishing trip. Reservations strongly suggested, especially in high season. Some visitors book well in advance to be sure of their first choice in guides. At right, commercial fishermen check their traps in the Gulf, which is healthy and teeming with marine life.

Directions and locations of these activities may be obtained from the Captiva Map. Just click the black & white name symbols next to each restaurant name and find that same symbol on the Map. For more information, telephone the activities directly (area code is 239, phone numbers shown below) or call American Realty of Captiva at 800-547-0127 (local 472-0564).

Fishing on Captiva Island, Florida (click to enlarge image)

Fishing on the Beach or on the Bay

The quickest way to get down to fishing is to toss in a line from the beach, or from your dock on the bay. Stop by any of the fishing centers listed below for bait, tackle, fishing licenses, and supplies. The experts can offer suggestions on what fish are biting on the Gulf beach side and on the bay side of the island.

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Fishing with "help" from Great Blue Heron

Don't be surprised to get some help while fishing on the beach - from a great blue heron. While these huge birds may seem exotic at first, you'll find one your constant companion as soon as you begin to fish. Of course, they may also be tempted to steal the bait from your bucket so keep an eye on them. In this photo, the heron is waiting to see if the fisherman brings up any good bait fish with the net. These nets are handy and effective, and are sold locally in various sizes. This fisherman knows how to enjoy a day at the beach: after casting his baited lines into the surf, he can relax with his family in the sun until there's a bite. Sometimes, you can have a great day whether or not the fish are biting a lot. Beachfront homes make surf casting a very convenient proposition, of course. Bayfront homes with docks are also great for fishing off the dock or taking the boat out. Many docks have lighted fish-cleaning benches with fresh running water - keeping it fun and easy as it can be.

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Charter Boat Captains
Click to see the Captiva Map   'Tween Waters Marina

Getting off the land and out onto the water is a fine thing at Captiva - the only thing for some visitors. There are so many ways to enjoy the water: gone fishing, take a charter to Cabbage Key or Useppa Island, get a rental boat for a week. The 'Tween Waters Inn (south of Captiva Village) has a nice marina with power boats, sail boats, canoes, kayaks, and other craft for rent. It serves as a base for several experienced charter captains to suit any mission... in particular, fishing! This is a carefree way to go, and you're certain to be guided toward maximum fun. And for the kids (of all ages), there's a learn-to-sail program to instruct in the basics and enjoy getting some more advanced experience. 239-472-5161

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Jensen's Marina
Click to see the Captiva Map   Jensen's Twin Palms Marina

Right in the Village Center is Jensen's Marina, offering Florida fishing licenses, boat rentals, bait and tackle, supplies, advice on where to go and how to rig up, and expert fishing guides to ensure the best success during your stay. Some of the fish awaiting you: sheepshead, mangrove snapper, sea trout, snook, redfish, black tip shark, tarpon in spring/summer, and many others. Fishing environments are varied and plentiful: the Gulf of Mexico and the inlets passing into the bay, beach surf, seagrass flats in the bay, and mangroves. 239-472-5800

Captain4hire - charters, boat rentals, fishing

We recommend Captain4hire for motorboat rentals, expecially for those staying in a home with a dock on the bay side of Captiva. You do not need any special license to operate boats, and insurance on their rental boats is included. Christa, Captain Kelly and Captain Harvey have lived in this area for many years and know all about nature, fishing, and boats. In addition to boat rentals, they offer charters, guided fishing trips, sunset cruises, and advice on fishing, shelling and more. They'll gladly deliver one of their nice boats to your dock, provide instruction and fishing equipment if you desire, and hand you the keys. At the end of your stay, they'll pick up the boat. There is no easier way to enjoy this water paradise! www.captain4hire.com, or call 239-994-7692.

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The New Moon
Click to see the Captiva Map   New Moon Sailing

The best day of your vacation will be spent cruising aboard your private sailing sloop, the New Moon, sailing from 'Tween Waters Inn. The New Moon is a beautifully appointed, fully equipped 39 ft. sailing vessel with full facilities and enclosed head for your comfort. You'll see the islands from the fresh and exciting perspective of Gulf and Bay waters, the dolphins with their perpetual smiles, swimming beside the boat, the manatees barely showing themselves and the sea otters playing around the docks are all just a part of our world. Reservations & Information 1-888-472-SAIL (7245), local (239) 395-1782.

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