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One of Southwest Florida’s favorite past times is fishing. With the Gulf of Mexico as the area’s backyard, the waters here are teaming with hundreds of thousands of fish. There are also thousands of spots to explore in the bays, inlets and sounds that surround the islands here.
From April through June the majestic tarpons migrate through the area from the Florida Keys in huge numbers, drawing anglers from across the globe. Fishing is a year round sport in Southwest Florida with redfish, snook, snapper, shark, trout, grouper, mackerel and more on the menu.
If offshore fishing is on your radar, hop on board the ultra fast Miss Hayden with Sanibel Offshore where you can also reel in mahi mahi and blackfin tuna.
Because of the numerous mangrove islands, that can all look alike to the novice, along with the area's shallow waters, fishing with an experienced guide is key for a successful experience. Operators such as Adventures in Paradise and Good Time Charters certainly know how to give you a good time, especially if you are a family that also wants to do some touring in-between your casting.
If you’re looking to cast a line, this 10Best list will ‘hook’ you up with charters providing endless adventure from the back bays and mangrove forests to deep sea.