With spring break quickly approaching, it’s a good time to start thinking about activities that the whole family can enjoy together. If you’re planning to visit Sanibel, an obvious choice is a family fishing charter.
Whether you're interested in the thrill of a first catch or the challenge of reeling in a big snook, we can customize the fishing experience for groups of all ages and skill levels. It is an activity that can be truly multigenerational, and fishing trips tend to create memories that will last a lifetime.
I still remember the excitement of catching my first fish (a crevalle jack) with my father while vacationing on Captiva Island as a child. Fishing with my family is what sparked my interest in wildlife and the ocean all the way through school, and set me on the path to becoming a guide and captain.
Connecting with our future anglers is something I find extremely rewarding in my work as a captain. As the pleasure of warm-water fishing has once again returned to our sanctuary island after a few cold spells this winter, I knew great fishing was in store for a family charter I hosted last week. I could tell from the excitement of the brother and sister pair that this was going to be a fun day out on the water. Mom, Dad, brother and sister all enjoyed trying their hand at catching some of our beautiful Southwest Florida fish species.
The biggest catch of the day was landed by none other than the younger sister. After her brother spent the entire day reeling in under slot sea trout, her chance to fight came just before heading home. Nestled within the calm waters of Tarpon Bay, her line made that sound all anglers love to hear – she had hooked something big. With encouragement from the entire group and a challenging five minute fight, she reeled in a perfect 34” snook. A catch anyone would be proud of.
Even if a few members of the family are less interested in fishing, it’s likely that they will still enjoy a charter. A day on the water is one of the best ways to experience the wildlife in our area – we often observe dolphins, manatees, shorebirds, sharks, and even sea turtles more frequently as our water temperatures increase.
There is also the option to stop for lunch at a favorite waterfront restaurant, or pull up to the beach to go shelling on North Captiva or Cayo Costa. We aim to give your family a vacation experience to remember, and we will work closely with you to create the best possible charter.