On Sanibel Island, fishing has been a way of life for thousands of years. Evidence of this is found in the large shell mounds left by the native Americans six thousand years ago. The major fish targeted in the waters around Sanibel are Tarpon, Snook, Redfish and Spotted trout. A lot of mullet are caught too (with nets).
If you are fishing on a budget, all you need is a fishing pole, some tackle, bait, and a salt-water fishing license, but, you do not need a license if you are: under 16; over age 65. If you have some money to spend and really want to catch fish, your best bet is to charter a fishing guide. A fishing guide will provide the boat and the fishing poles and bait, and most importantly, professional fishing guides know where the fish are! You don’t need to have a fishing license if you are fishing with a professional guide, since you are covered under their license.
Fish can be found here year ‘round in Sanibel Island; Offshore, Inshore, Back bay, Pier, Beach and Wade sea fishing. Fish commonly caught on Sanibel and surrounding waters: