Cape Coral Fishing

Cape Coral Fishing - The fishing in Florida is some of the best fishing in the world!

We have everything from deep sea fishing to freshwater canals, and everything in between, so rent a charter or bring your own boat.

Fishing is particularly good in our part of Southwest Florida, which has plenty of freshwater and saltwater fishing options.

Cape Coral has such great fishing because we are surrounded by the Caloosahatchee River on one side and Matlacha Pass on the other.  These estuary waters are protected by a mangrove preserve bordering the Cape, which creates a perfect habitat for all kinds of fish.

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Beyond these waters are the barrier islands of Sanibel and Captiva is the Gulf of Mexico and, of course, deep sea fishing.  For lakes and fishing fresh water canals Cape Coral has bass and panfish. And, you will find that there are largemouth bass, bream, bluegill, and black crappie in the Caloosahatchee River.

For saltwater fishing, try back-water and shallow-water or flats fishing along miles and miles of shoreline in bays, estuaries, and tidal creeks.

For deep sea fishing Cape Coral has grouper, snapper, kingfish, cobia, tuna, amberjack, Spanish mackerel, shark, barracuda, tarpon, mahi, wahoo, and giant red fish.

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Each year thousands of anglers come to Florida to catch a grand slam ............... one of each of Florida's most sought-after gamefish: snook, redfish, spotted sea trout, and tarpon.

To find out more about tarpon, snook, redfish, and grouper, go to my Best Fishing page.

If you want to charter a fishing guide, I highly recommend Venture Out, they're terrific! 

We used them to go flats fishing, they also offer inshore/offshore and backwater fishing, eco tours, custom charters, water taxi services; sunset, lunch/dinner, and sight-seeing excursions.

Although fishing is great year round in SW Florida, make sure you ask your fishing guide  which months are best to fish particular fish.

In general, the warmer months are better because fish become somewhat dormant in colder waters, and there are definite seasons for certain fish.

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We went fishing in November when the weather is usually in the low 80's and caught ladyfish, sea trout, Spanish mackerel, and I even caught a puffer fish.

Some items you should bring on your Cape Coral fishing trip are: sunscreen, a hat, sunglasses, a camera, snacks, and beverages are a must.

You may also want to bring light rain gear and shoes that can get wet. Coolers are on board.

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Another idea is to fish from an airboat. You can get into shallow areas that a regular boat can't get into for some really terrific fishing.

You don't even have to go all the ways to the Everglades, just go to Archer's Airboat Tours Florida over in Matlacha.

airboat fishing

A less expensive option for fishing is to go on a head boat, or party boat, which are at Ft Myers Beach. This is great for inexperienced anglers.

Head boats typically charge $20-$40 for a half-day, and $50 and over for a full day for 10-100 people on one excursion. The fees include bait, license, and equipment rental.

Some head boats take reservations, and some are first come first serve.

Either way, it makes to sense get there early so that you can get a prime spot.

Be aware that there is a problem with fishing lines getting tangled on these trips, so try to get a spot from the stern.

Bring cash for tips for the crew, bungee cords for your gear, and a towel for slimy hands.

To give fishing from Head Boats a try ...... you'll need to go to Ft Myers Beach.


Cape Coral Fishing Code of Ethics:

  • Support conservation efforts.
  • Practice effective catch-and-release of fish that are unwanted or prohibited to retain.
  • Don’t pollute; Recycle and dispose of trash.
  • Practice safe angling and boating, including hook awareness and use of personal flotation devices (PFDs).
  • Learn and obey fishing and boating rules and regulations, and purchase the appropriate licenses.
  • Respect other anglers’ and boaters’ rights.
  • Respect property owners’ rights and do not trespass.
  • Share fishing knowledge and skills with others.
  • Don’t release live bait into waters or spread exotic plants and fish.
  • Promote ethical sport fishing and encourage others to do the same while out on the water.
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I'd like to give a you couple of links. The first one is my webpage that lists  Cape Coral boat ramp locations.

You may need to get a fishing license.  This link sends you to where you can get an online fishing license.

Scroll down to the bottom of the page on their website for all the different fishing regulations.

Go to this link for more information about fishing and for fishing reports, fishing charters and guides, videos, shows, tournaments, and more.

For information on how to line a reel, rod and reel care, how to rig different kinds of bait, clean fish, the use and care of cast nets, and more, go to Florida Fishing Insider.

When you come to Cape Coral fishing should be put on your list of things to do!

It's a lot of fun, and a great sport too. In the video below, you can watch me catching a Spanish Mackerel:




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Related Pages to Cape Coral Fishing

Venture Out Fishing Charters
Airboat Tours Florida
Cape Coral Boating
Best Fishing
Cape Coral Canals
Cape Coral Fishing Charters
Burnt Store Marina

Tarpon Point Marina
Cape Coral Sailing
Cape Coral Beaches
Cape Coral Golf Courses
Cape Coral Diving
Cape Coral Parks
Things to Do in Cape Coral



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