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Any shore fishing to do in Bokeelia in August?

I'm going to be in Bokeelia in middle of August for few days for work.  I'll get up there a day early and stay an extra day after and my work usually starts at 8:00AM and finish by 5:00PM so I'll have some free time.  I have never been there or on Pine Island before but I'm thinking of taking a fishing pole.  
Is there any place in Bokeelia where I can do some shore or wade fishing before or after working hours?  I'm not a fishing expert by any means but I like tossing my DOA shrimp with my spinning rig when I have some time.  Last year I spent some time fishing the Venice Inlet area while working there and caught some fish...trout, red, jacks and ladyfish.
Let me know if it would be an worthwhile effort and any tips will be appreciated. 


  • nhkevnhkev Posts: 124 Deckhand
    edited July 2020 #2
    there is a long dock facing north on bocilla island,  they charge a little money to fish from there and I think you can sometimes buy bait.  you can also fish off the matlacha bridge,  some pay to fish off the seawalls at D&D bait shop.  not sure if it is reopened yet but there is a fishing pier at matlacha park.  by the dock on bocilla island you can probably start wade fishing.  once you're in the water you could probably walk a long distance either way.  Personally you might be better bringing an inflatable stand up paddle board or a kayak.  you can also rent kayaks
  • 2times2times Posts: 174 Deckhand
    I think I want to stay in Bokeelia and not drive around.  I'm going to be in a rental car so I don't want to drive around or take a lot of stuff.
    I was told by someone at work that I could walk over to Dean Preserve and fish the Shell Pass from shore or wading.   

  • 2times2times Posts: 174 Deckhand
    edited August 2020 #4
    Just got back this afternoon from working at Bokeelia for couple days.  Between work and thunderstorms I didn't have much opportunity to fish but I did get out 3 times.  I fished all 3 times on the flats west of the fishing pier on Bokeelia.  I had to walk past another private dock that is west of the fishing pier.  I just waded along the shore/flat for couple hundred feet casting DOA shrimp on the grass flats.  I managed to land 2 trout of about 14" and 16", one small jack, 2 undersize snappers and a large catfish.  The highlight of the trip was 2 tarpons of about 10 lb. and 15 lb. that I jumped and lost.   I also lost a large fish (20+ lb.) that I fought for about 5 minutes before the leader broke that I think was a large jack.  I  got cut off couple times by what I expect were small sharks.  I didn't get over to Dean Preserve to fish at Shell Pass as the road that way looked to be private.   

    In all it was good fishing by my standard.  I'll definitely go back with my family in next few months to enjoy the fishing again.
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