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Fort Myers/Bonita - Near Shore Fishing

catch_onecatch_one Fort Myers BeachPosts: 3 Greenhorn
Hey guy, despite the on going concerns I figured I was better off down in Southwest Florida that up north - we will see.  Given the forecast I was looking to get out off Fort Myers Beach/Bonita Springs this week and was hoping anyone can provide some insight as to the fishing conditions inside 25 miles or so.  I was looking to venture out to Edison, Causeway, and some other spots - am I wasting my time if I am looking to catch fish?

Any info would be appreciated...



  • Capt Dan MedinaCapt Dan Medina Posts: 799 Officer
    i might be a little late on the response here, but will give you my .02.  The fishing generally will get better the further you go. The wrecks and artificial reefs will hold some fish, but the closer and more accessible they are, the heavier thefishing pressure. This makes the fish a little "smarter" in terms of seeing and hearing boats, etc. 
    Generally, I would suggest running out deeper and finding some natural bottom areas that arent a public number.  Generally right now, I have been fishing 90 ft and deeper. There are spots inside of this that will produce fish.  If you are worried about distance, look up the numbers for the 240 ledge.  It is a a fairly large area that you should be able to find some fairly productive bottom. YOU DO NOT NEED TO FISH THE EXACT GPS NUMBER you get from the internet..  Instead, use your bottom machine to look around and find a good looking area out and away from it. This can be 100 ft or a 1/2 mile. Lots of good bottom in that area. 

    Best of luck!

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