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Fishing freak headed for Captiva FL! Any advice?

Hi all, I am an avid fisherman from Wisconsin and I have fished the Sanibel/Captiva area every April for roughly 10 years and have fallen in love with the fishing there. We have an annual family vacation then and I always get plenty of fishing in, mostly from the beach, bridges and in Ding Darling. We also get offshore with a relative and catch grouper, AJs, cudas, snapper etc. 2 friends and I decided to rent an 18 foot center console for the week following October 13 this year and just try and fish our brains out! I would love to know from you guys, as I have been following this forum for years, what you would recommend as far as general fish to target during mid October and maybe some very general locations to catch fish and/or bait. (I'm not looking for gps coordinates or anything, although I'll take them. lol). We are looking for anything that pulls on the rod with a little bit of a preference on edible fish. (We all love to eat fish!) and we are willing to do just about anything within reason to hammer 'em. We are going to be docking at Jensen's on Captiva so anything within 40 miles of there is fair game. I'm up for trying anything from trolling the passes for gag grouper to live chumming snook and reds near mangrove lines to cruising markers for triple tail to running the beaches for tarpon. If the weather is calm we would love to try some near shore wrecks or bottom fishing as well. Anything you guys can give me advice on I would appreciate greatly! I've already learned a ton from this forum and I would love to meet some of you guys someday. I hope you all fared well through Irma. Thanks in advance!

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  • nuclearfishnnuclearfishn Posts: 8,355 Admiral
    Troll a Mann's stretch 20 in Captiva pass in 12-30 feet of water down the main channel. Make sure you're hitting the bottom. Big Gags will be in there thick that time of year. #50 braid and #80 leader and a stout rod. Troll the incoming tide only.
  • FlorsconsinFlorsconsin Posts: 6 Greenhorn
    Thanks for that tip!. Does this work better trolling into the tide or with the tide? and what speed relative to the current? Thanks again. That's the kind of stuff I would love to know about. Like if you guys could pick one fish and one method for mid-October what would you do?
  • ljkljk Posts: 89 Greenhorn
    Jensens is great for fishing advice. They have a tackle store right there as well. I would wait until you are down there, then ask them. All of their people are top notch fishermen.
  • FlorsconsinFlorsconsin Posts: 6 Greenhorn
    Thanks ljk. Our family has rented a pontoon from them every year for quite a few years now and they always have top notch service. I have asked them about the fishing several times before but they always seem kind of tight lipped, probably because we look like a bunch of googans who wouldn't know a redfish from a hammerhead shark. Maybe a case of beer will loosen them up a little!
  • mtyler06mtyler06 Posts: 24 Deckhand
    I'll be at Jensen's with my son 9/29 - 10/2. It's our first time fishing down that way but I'll post anything useful if we manage to get on some fish. Anyone know if there is a ramp on site to drop the boat in, or do you have to splash it somewhere else?
  • nuclearfishnnuclearfishn Posts: 8,355 Admiral
    Thanks for that tip!. Does this work better trolling into the tide or with the tide? and what speed relative to the current? Thanks again. That's the kind of stuff I would love to know about. Like if you guys could pick one fish and one method for mid-October what would you do?
    with the tide
  • FlorsconsinFlorsconsin Posts: 6 Greenhorn
    Thanks for the advice everyone! If you are just reading this I am still looking for any info I can get up until october 13.
  • FlorsconsinFlorsconsin Posts: 6 Greenhorn
    mtyler06 wrote: »
    I'll be at Jensen's with my son 9/29 - 10/2. It's our first time fishing down that way but I'll post anything useful if we manage to get on some fish. Anyone know if there is a ramp on site to drop the boat in, or do you have to splash it somewhere else?

    Man, I would appreciate that very much! You should have an fairly accurate idea of what's biting at least. If you want to PM or email me at [email protected] instead of posting that will work as well. There is no boat launch at Jensens. I am not sure where the nearest public launch is but I know there is a good one right at the causeway entrance to Sanibel.
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