Fishing and Boating

Tarpon On!!!Pine Island's fishing heritage has supported generations of island families. Sport fishermen long ago, also discovered the abundance of finny creatures in Pine Island Sound, San Carlos Bay, Matlacha Pass, Charlotte Harbor and the Gulf of Mexico.

The sport of tarpon fishing originated in Pine Island Sound in the late 1880s. Boca Grande Pass (just 20 minutes across Pine Island Sound from Bokeelia) is considered the "Tarpon Capital of the World." Other popular game fish are snook, redfish, seatrout, grouper, snapper, cobia, mackerel, barracuda, blacktip shark, sheepshead, seabass and many others.

Until you know Pine Island's estuaries and the feeding preferences and habits of our local fish population, you might want to consider doing a few charter trips with a fishing guide. Choose half-day or all-day, offshore, inshore, back-bay (even saltwater fly) fishing. Catching fish is guaranteed! If you like "Fish'nTrips", you'll love Pine Island! By the way, summertime "fishin' is easy" and there's more of it to enjoy, mainly because you don't have to deal with the occasional windy days of downtime that occur from January into March during winter season. So come on down for a less crowded and less costly vacation or fishing extravaganza. (See MORE INFORMATION FOR YOU at the end of these DISCOVER PINE ISLAND Community Pages.)

While Pine Island beaches are limited to minimal, young-children-oriented, wading beaches, "the scenic boat ride to an outer island beach" is considered by many to be, "the most glorious 15 to 30 minutes of the day!" Redfish From either end of the island, St. James City or Bokeelia, that's all it takes to reach the renowned beaches of our barrier islands: Sanibel, Captiva, Upper Captiva and Cayo Costa (a Florida State Park). No waiting in long lines of traffic, no parking fees, no crowds . . . and the passing parade of seabirds and graceful dolphins is unsurpassed! You may use your own boat, one of many water-taxi services, or a tour or cruiseboat to accomplish your mission, be it fishing, beaching, shelling, sealife and seabird watching, nature loving or just enjoyable, relaxing or refreshing and passive transportation.

Sailors at the DockSince the subject of boating encompasses sailing and cruising, we feel we would be remiss if we did not leave you with a favorite excerpt from Claiborne Young's Cruising Guide to Southwest Florida: "You could literally spend weeks exploring Pine Island Sound alone and still not exhaust all the possibilities. Secluded anchorages, good marinas, historic inns with fabulous dining, deserted, white sand beaches, beautiful state parks . . . well, the list could go on and on, but perhaps you are beginning to get the idea. There is no other portion of the Western Florida coastline that combines, in such delightful measure, the fortunate qualities of ready accessibility and fabulous, often unpopulated cruising grounds as does the stretch between the Caloosahatchee River and Gasparilla Island! Get ready for a genuine cruising treat!" Pine Island is truly a Fishing and Boating Paradise!

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