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Southwest Florida Fishing & Travel Tips

Southwest Florida Inshore Fishing

The inshore fishing is outstanding in Southwest Florida.  Anglers usually target snook, redfish, sea trout, tarpon, flounder and many other species of fish inshore.  The snook fishing is what draws many people here and the tarpon fishing can be incredible as they migrate through here each year.  The areas that offer the most opportunities for fishing inshore are around Captiva & Sanibel Islands, Fort Myers BeachPine IslandMarco IslandNaples and Charlotte Harbor.

Southwest Florida Offshore Fishing

Offshore, there are plenty of destinations you can launch your boat out of or fish with a charter.  The offshore waters in the Gulf of Mexico provide excellent fishing for snapper, grouper and many other species of fish.  The more popular places to fish offshore in southwest Florida are Fort Myers BeachCaptiva & Sanibel IslandsMarco IslandNaples and Venice.

Popular Southwest Florida Fishing Destinations

Southwest Florida receives a lot of visitors every year, but there are a few places that receive the bulk of the attention.  Fort Myers BeachCaptiva & Sanibel Islands are where its are for most people visiting Southwest Florida.  This area has tons of lodging options, beaches, shop, dining and so much more.  Some of the other popular tourist destinations in this area are Marco IslandNaples and Venice.

Get Away From the Crowds

If you looking to visit Southwest Florida, but you don’t want to deal with the crowds, you have some options.  These area still attract people but are not as crowded.  Pine Island is just on the other side of Captiva & Sanibel Islands, but it will seem like a world away.  Expect some of the similar fishing pressure due to the water that this area shares with Captiva and Sanibel Islands.  The major road to get here is miles away and this island seems a lot different than the beach islands of Captiva and Sanibel.  

Bonita SpringsEnglewood and the Everglades also offer some excellent fishing, but you won’t find the crowds that you’ll find in some of the most popular destinations of Southwest Florida.

Pet Friendly Beaches

Fort Myers BeachCaptiva & Sanibel Islands offer its visitors some pet-friendly beaches.  If you’re looking to find an awesome vacation destination with fishing, beaches and a place for your dogs, this is a nice area to visit.

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