Find the Honey Holes
Fishing holes, honey holes are a fisherman's prize possession Here are a few spots you may want to check out.
Fishing is big in Southwest Florida, but if you don’t know where to go, you'll can be doing a whole lot of Fishing , probably not much Catching.
Naples Fishing Pier: the 1000-foot pier is one of the most popular fishing spots in Collier. With depths reaching nearly 20 feet, the pier is a well-established home for a wide variety of fish, including snook, trout, Spanish mackerel and even the occasional shark.
A bait shop and snack bar is located on premises at the midway point.
Wiggins Pass: Located on the northern end of Delnor Wiggins State Park, the pass, which separates the park from Barefoot Beach Preserve, is a favorite for shoreline anglers.
The swift currents that occur on changes of the tide act as a funnel that draws fish in and out of the protected cove, making it a great place to hook up with huge snook or tarpon that congregate along the deeper channel.
Dredging is the wild card. Last time the dredged (2013) the straighten out the "S" curve to a straight channel. There goal was for big boats (Yatchs) couldn't use the pass, now they can. Fishing was not a goal for county or state Government.
Some say the "S" Curve was good forfishing the pass. Now with the straight channel fishing the pass has declined.
Who knows. What we do know is at the end of this year, after turtle nesting season, sometime in the late fall they will go ahead and dredge the pass again They wil attempt a major dredge every 18 months to a major dredge every four years and maintenance every two years.
Lowdermilk Park and a little south near the rock jetties. Fish close to shore and cast in the surf trough or fish highway that traces the shoreline.
Lots of big snook cruising the beach channels looking for bait fish.
Venetian Bay directly across from Gulf beach access ... try your hand at surf or jetty fishing. Fish the jetty or the small cove. Go early, it's a honey hole.
Can Fish the boat docks which line the road.
The Posts: A few blocks north of the Naples Pier at the 3rd Avenue South access point of the beach there are the remnants of another pier.
All that remains are the vertical support posts that stretch about 75 yards into the Gulf, but as the only other structure on that stretch of beach, it attracts large schools of baitfish. In turn, this attracts a variety of bigger fish like snook and even the occasional tarpon.
Gordon Pass Jetties: ( Dredging the pas will occurr soon) This spot may require a little hiking, but it is well worth it, both for the scenic walk among some of Naples' most elaborate mansions and the big fish that await.
MY SECRET BEACH AND FISHING SPOT. Get there early especially if you do not have a Naples beach sticker. Very limited parking.
Gordon Pass is the primary connector between Naples Bay and the Gulf, so a variety of big fish, such as sharks, cobia and monster snook traverse the pass on a daily basis.
To get there, use the 33rd Avenue beach access point and head south.
There are several mitigation jetties along the way that hold a variety of pompano and mackerel, or you can head all the way down to the main rock pile at the pass if you want to try your luck with something bigger.
Ten Thousand Islands
Tigertail Beach: Head to the north end of Marco Island for this flat, wide beach. You can fish in the tidal pools or wade across the lagoon to drop your line in the Gulf on the pristine Sand Dollar Beach.
South Beach: On the southernmost point of Cape Marco is a stretch of beach about the length of a football field between two rock piles that offers some of the best shore fishing in Florida. Also a great family picnic beach and swimming.
Whiting, snook and flounder are plentiful here, and several larger species can be found congregating at the point where Caxambas Bay cuts through the Ten Thousand Islands.
Caxumbus Park Boat Launch near South Marco Beach at the end of Marco Island is a great spot to fish. The Launch Store sells bait, tackle, sandwiches and snacks.
South Marco Beach is around the corner and offers great fishing at the jetty,
Before you arrive at South beach, there is 7/11 store, take a left (can't go right) go down pass one inter-coastal bridge and before you reach the 2nd there's a large grassy lot on the right that goes clear down to the bridge/pass. Until they put a house or houses ( I've been going there for years) there its a great spot.
Old 41 near Collier-Seminole State park is a short cut to Marco Island if you happen to be camping at the state park. A convenient bait shop (live Shrimp-for non-locals) is near the state park for food , Ice and such.
Road is San Marco Road ( Route 92) off of Old 41, and it will take you through Goodland, Fl home of Stan's Idle Hour Restaurant ( great fun place -fair food- great drinking & you can fish there too. After all It is a Fishing Village.
Anyway, the road to Marco has canals on both sides of this narrow farm road. Anywhere along these canals is great for Trout, Snook and Red fish.
I caught many a whopper there. No crowds, bring food and beverage because there ain't none for miles.
When your done, take your catch to Captain Marco's in Marco and they'll cook it up for a small charge.
10,000 Islands: It’s worth the trip down to Everglades City. Take your boat or kayak and explore among the mangroves. Hey, you don't need a boat here. Lots of places to pull over and fishing and have a family picnic.
The area offers up freshwater, saltwater and brackish ponds. Hundreds of species of fish can be found here.
Fort Myers & the Islands
Fort Myers Beach Pier: This municipal fishing pier has been a favorite of both tourists and locals alike since it was first built in the 1930s.
The pier offers a mixed bag of potential species to catch, including silver trout, flounder, whiting and even the occasional bonnethead shark.
There is a bait shop and restrooms on site, and since it is located in the heart of Fort Myers Beach, there are plenty of restaurants and bars within walking distance if you need a break from the heat.
Lover's Key: Although there are a number of options in the winding backwater trails throughout the state park, the fishing pier on the south end of the main barrier island offers seclusion from most of the park-goers on a calm, mangrove-lined cove. Less people helps, but the park is so big not a problem.
Across the roadway at the entrance of Lovers Key are docks and boat launch. In addition a concession shack is there for Bait, kaycak rentals and such.
The pier, which is easily accessible on the tram system that runs throughout the park, has a covered shelter to escape the Florida sun. Redfish and sheepshead are the best bets.
New Pass: The concrete platforms at the base of both sides of the Estero Boulevard bridge over the pass offers a grab bag of available targets, depending on the tide.
It's a large active pass. Follow the tidal flow.
Snook, mackerel and pompano are common in the pass, while trout, redfish and flounder can be found on the grass flats on either side.
There is even a small beach area on the south end of the bridge to keep the rest of the family entertained.
Kayak launching point on both sides of the roadway. No parking or launch fee - Yet.
Blind Pass: The currents in the thin strip of water between Sanibel and Captiva are a haven for snook, redfish and more. Fish from the small beach or the rock jetty.
Jolley Bridge: Thanks to Hurricane Wilma, which destroyed the previous fishing catwalks under the main span onto Marco Island, there is plenty of rocky structure to fish on the western side of the bridge.
Sheepshead and black drum are plentiful on these areas so fish sand fleas around the pilings.
Anglers also can fish the base of the bridge on the mainland side of the span if they want to avoid the passing traffic.
In addition, there are two under the bridge concrete extension for fishing. One on each side.
Sanibel Causeway: Free Parking and lots of Things to do At about the midway point of the Sanibel Causeway, there is a small island that offers both a scenic view and a great spot to try your luck with a fishing rod.
The island sits at the intersection of the Caloosahatchee River, Pine Island Sound and the Gulf, each possessing their own unique ecosystem, so you never know what will be passing through at any given time.
As you are traveling from the mainland towards Sanibel Island you will pass through a D.O.T. Toll booth (toll is $6 , no fee required for park use) then crossover a "sky" bridge and arrive at the first island, referred to as "Island A".
If you continue on, you will crossover another "flat" bridge and arrive at the second island referred to as "Island B".
Both islands have been a very popular destination since built and can accessed from the water as well.
Some of the activities enjoyed are fishing, wading/swimming (beware of submerged structures), picnicking, canoeing/kayaking, (no launching or retrieval of vessels, this would include both aerial and water type crafts), wind surfing, kite boarding, shelling, sun bathing or just plain relaxing in the shade.
Island "A" has parking only.
Island "B" offers restrooms, drinking fountains (located on each side of the road) and a few picnic tables on the gulf side.
Grilling is permitted, so feel free to bring your own.
No ground fires permitted. No alcoholic beverages allowed. Leashed pets welcomed but, please remember to clean up after your pet Don't Feed the Monster, Part Doo
Don’t Pass on Matlacha Bridge -The major factor in the pass’s dynamism is dual tidal flow, both from the north and the south.
“I think it has a reputation as a backwater, when in actuality it has more current and more moving water than anywhere else in the area,” Bowdish says.
That current is responsible for the huge popularity and stellar angling reputation of the Matlacha Bridge, called “the fishingest bridge in the world"
Boca Grande Pass: The World’s Largest Tarpon Tournament is held at Boca Grande Pass each year for good reason. The popular area off the south end of the island is known among fisherman as one of the best tarpon fishing holes in the world.
You'll find a convenient boat launch from Pine Island. You'll pass the grass flates as you head toward Boca. great for a popping cork with a shrimp barbie.
May - July (Tarpon Time) bring a long pole net for scooping crap with the Tidal flow. (Gotta have a boat).
See Map. Places we fish, Pine Island Sound, Matlacha pass, San Carlos bay, Mantanza Pass, and Charlotte Harbor, Caloosahatchee River, and the Peace River
Boca Grande Pass - unequaled tarpon fishing Matanzas Pass (fixed bridge)The drawbridge over Matlacha Pass is known as the "Fishingest Bridge in the World,"Below the Fort Myers Beach Bridge's a smaller fishing bridge, another great spot. ( HEY, There's a McD's, Donkin Donuts and a Strip club within a mile of the bridge - Heaven)
Passes are excellent places to fish
STRUCTURE THAT'S THE KEY
You should always fish in and around structure. It's a simple formula.Where to FishStructure creates shallows.Shallows create plant growth.Plant growth attracts bait fish.Bait fish attract game fish.The fish you want to catch.
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