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2 families with 4 teenagers renting a house with a  pontoon (150hp) in the Yacht Club area of Cape Coral (March 23-April 1st).  I am an avid midwest angler/boater in freshwater but have very little saltwater experience and it is all new to me but looking forward to learning about the area, fishery etc

We primarily plan to be tourists and explore the areas islands/beaches etc but I will have some rods rigged to try to get the kids on some fish if  the opportunity comes up-just looking for action-It is all new to me so If anyone is willing to share general locations, techniques, tackle/bait ideas, I would be very appreciative to any and all local advice...?  I have a general tackle list started based on lots of internet research but still looking to narrow that down-


  • AnEnglishFishermanAnEnglishFisherman Posts: 153 Deckhand
    I can give you some spots based on my trips there but they could be duds now after last year’s red tide. Not fully up to speed on here yet but think spots should be shared on pm but happy to share generally if people are ok with that? 
  • Hobbs28midsouthHobbs28midsouth Posts: 120 Deckhand
    edited March 2019 #3
    I will be down there the same time. You will catch some fish at the Yacht club pier with shrimp or small jigs in the evening. Also ding darling first thing in the morning. As far as a boat goes I am not sure
  • AnEnglishFishermanAnEnglishFisherman Posts: 153 Deckhand
    Not sure how these spots will fish now after the red tide but in the last few years in early summer I’ve done well on the flat to the southeast of st James city, the flat and channel off the second causeway island closest to sanibel and the flats off the various creeks on the backside of sanibel. Live shrimp, gulp shrimp and pinfish have all done well. 
  • Westwall01Westwall01 Posts: 5,452 Admiral
    Just be careful outside the channels unless you know where u are going. You can easily run aground on oyster or grass beds. If on a grass bed do not power out, push out. Try the causeway area, Snapper and Mackerel fishing have been good, but Trout fishing is near non-existent. An if keeping anything, make sure it is legal to do so, if in question release it unharmed.
  • JdogJdog Posts: 5 Greenhorn
    Thanks for all the pointers, much appreciated!
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