The average cost for a four hour trip in Fort Myers Beach is $563, while the average cost for an 8 hour trip is $1147. Prices can vary based on trip duration, boat size and amenities, and the type of fishing your group is looking to do. View all Fort Myers Beach Charters here.
There are no shared trips currently available in Fort Myers Beach. View all Fort Myers Beach Charters here.
The most common charter boat types in Fort Myers Beach are:
The average charter boat size in Fort Myers Beach is 24 feet.
Fort Myers Beach is a great beach town located in SW Florida on the barrier island of Estero Island. Many visitors and locals appreciate the tropical climate, sugar-sand beaches, and local shops and restaurants. Fort Myers Beach is home to the American Sand Sculpting Championship that takes place every November. It’s the largest sand sculpting event in the U.S. and draws nearly 50,000 visitors. The powdery white sand of Fort Myers Beach is also a key ingredient for the very popular activity of collecting sea shells, or “shelling”. Walk a stretch of the seven-mile barrier island and you’ll see why. If you’re planning on doing any shore fishing in Fort Myers Beach, it’s best to head to either the Sanibel Causeway, the downtown Fort Myers Beach pier, or the South End Bridge located off Estero Boulevard. Beachgoers and shell-collectors make beach shore fishing a bit of a challenge in Fort Myers Beach, so those locations are good alternatives.
Because Fort Myers Beach is on a barrier island, there’s the Gulf of Mexico on the west side, and the intercoastal bays and passes on the east side. Captains will fish Matanzas Pass, Hurricane Bay, or Hell Peckney Bay for a variety of inshore species. The topography of the mangroves and marshes cultivate a healthy fishery for those ready to cast a line. Fly fishing the shallows is favorite technique for those familiar with the area. Sight fishing is also very popular. Snook, redfish, and spotted seatrout are the highlights of any Fort Myers Beach inshore fishing trip. Snook (which rhymes with “hook”) is a very identifiable fish, thanks to the dark and prominent lateral line running down its sides. This identifiable trait has also earned Snook the nickname “linesider.” They are drift eaters, so use the drift fishing technique and let the bait float right to them. Live pinfish, shrimp, or mullets run along the bottom are your best bet. If you are familiar with largemouth bass fishing, it’s very similar to fishing for snook. They tend to eat on the same baits and even jump and thrash similar to the bass. Keep in mind, in SW Florida snook is catch-and-release only. If you’re feeling really adventurous, try targeting tarpon in Fort Myers Beach. During their summer migration in May and June, most anglers fix their sights on the silver king. Tarpon are known as Silver Kings because of their size and color. Adrenaline pumping doesn’t even begin to describe the thrill of fishing tarpon. Fly fishing the shallows is a very common trip, one that local guides book every available spot they have each and every year. Tarpon are catch-and-release only, and any over 40 inches must remain in the water. Make sure you know the regulations before heading out.
The good news is that it’s year round fishing for anglers in Fort Myers Beach. The weather is almost always good for a day on the water, and the Gulf of Mexico offers mostly calm waters throughout the year. Whether you stay in state water (within 9 miles of the shore) or head to federal waters, there’s a bounty of fish ready for your bait. Grouper, snapper, amberjack, cobia, king mackerel, spanish mackerel, and tuna are just a few examples of Fort Myers Beach offshore fishing trophies. Bottom fishing for grouper is a top request for Fort Myers Beach charters. Whether it’s the black grouper, gag grouper, red grouper, or the monster goliath grouper, the species is very popular for southwest Florida anglers. Groupers are bottom dwellers and will need lines of 30-pound test or higher; although light tackle anglers have caught many as well. If you’re going after the goliath, heavy tackle is needed. These are monster fish and can grow as large as 500 pounds! Grouper fishing is very popular in Fort Myers Beach, a few locals started a tournament just for the species. The Grouper Grapple happens each August and partners with Reunite the Fight to support veterans. Another popular Fort Myers Beach offshore species is the Mahi Mahi. Other names for this species include dolphin (not to be confused with the white-nose mammal like Flipper) and dorado. Mahi Mahi are blue and yellow with bulls having a large forehead. They are surface dwellers and are typically found under floating grasses or debris. Sight fishing or trolling for mahi is very common, and Fort Myers Beach captains will recommend a technique best for your group. If you’re heading out solo, here are some insider tips of the trade.
Whether you’re looking for an inshore fishing adventure, or the adrenaline rush of an offshore trip, the captains and guides of Fort Myers Beach can get you hooked up. The barrier island offers a variety of species and fishing grounds, perfect for your next trip. Find your next Fort Myers Beach fishing charter here.