Fishing on and off Sanibel Island is famous for its abundance and variety of fishing opportunities. Anglers use the plentiful areas to fish from shore along the Sanibel Causeway or go wading into the shallow waters to fish further out. Spanish Mackerel, Spotted Sea Trout, Sheepshead, Redfish, Cobia and others fish are caught near the island in shallow waters. Offshore fishing in deeper waters gives sport fishermen chances to land Snapper, Grouper, Sharks and other large fish. Lee and Collier Counties has created many offshore artificial reefs from concrete bridge parts and sunken boats. The Lee County Visitor and Convention Bureau website has some good information about fishing and other things to do while visiting Sanibel.
The pictures I have shown above include people fishing from boats off the Sanibel Bridge span, a person fishing from a sandbar, sea wall and a few men fishing by wading up to their waists off the coastline. There is a pier on the island where many fisherman cast their lines into the Pine Island Sound. On any given day you can see people fishing off the beach or on the many sea walls on the causeway and island. The local birds which either dive or wade through the waters compete with fishermen for local catches. Osprey, Pelicans, Blue Herons and White Egrets wade through the waters and fly over the waterways looking for a meal. The waters around the Sanibel Causeway are part of the Great Calusa Blueway where people kayak or canoe. Fishing from kayaks is becoming a major pastime. You can launch your kayak or canoe off the causeway or from a public boat launch on the island. There are also many vendors renting kayaks on and off the island.
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