Sanibel winter fishing

Sanibel Winter Fishing

It has been a fairly mild start of the winter so far, with a few strong cold fronts coming through. We have been fortunate to only have to suffer a few cold days then back to high 70’s, low 80’s.  What this does for the fishing is change things briefly and then back to more of the standard. A few keys are barometric pressure, water temperatures and clarity. wind direction and where the hell am I going to get bait today. With all these factors changing the fish will move and feed differently and the bait will be a guessing game as well,  not only where to catch it but what to fish with. Sanibel winter fishing can be tricky but very rewarding, just to be able to catch snook and redfish in January and February is special.


When the water temperature drops shrimp can be very effective although I prefer to use it as a last resort because everything eats shrimp. So you can be harassed by pinfish, snapper and other bait thieves. If the water stays around 70, even into the high 60’s i’m hoping to have a well full of whitebait. Anyway watch the conditions and be prepared for all different situations this time of year. For example after a strong front I like to fish shrimp on a jig for redfish but as soon as it warms a bit it seems to fall off and little snapper are taking over so you have to adjust.


Sanibel winter fishing report for me has been one of many fish but not as much quality on a consistent basis. The snook population is in great shape with a lot of small to medium size fish and some bigger fish as well. The redfish was better for me up to December and has fallen off which is not uncommon, lately I am catching quite a few undersized fish with a few legal fish mixed in. Trout is pretty typical for winter where you can catch a lot of small fish and pull some keepers out as well. In short catching lots of fish and that is what we are supposed to be doing. However we are always working hard to find those quality fish as well.

Captain Clarence Reed


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November for Redfish Charters

November for Redfish Charters

While this fall has not been off the charts it has been extremely good at times. We were catching snook and redfish each trip out but a few weak cold fronts would slow the action down. Some days were insane with 20 to 30 redfish and up to 50 snook. Most of the snook were undersized but some slot fish were caught and some bigger fish as well. Whether  it was the lack of visibility or the redfish schools were further to the north I am not sure but I did not see as many schools as years past but  that didn’t seem to effect our catch. October was a windy month so we did not get to venture offshore for the bull reds, kingfish and other species that are migrating this time of year. November so far has been excellent weather with light winds and cooler temperatures but not cool to shut off the bite. The water temperature remains in the low 70’s creeping toward 75 by the afternoon. Redfish Charters  are great this time of year starting in September right through November.

It seems most of the bigger redfish have moved out and now the catches are still solid but more undersize fish are being caught with mid to upper slot fish mixed in. Yesterday we had a nice day catching 20 redfish, in which half were undersized and the keepers ranged from 22″ to 26″. The snook bite remains pretty solid with alot of small to mid size fish and lately some bigger fish have started to fatten up for winter. The biggest snook was well over 40″ and alot of fish in the 25″ to 35″ range. While this time of year I do not spend alot of time trout fishing we have caught a few gator trout while fishing for reds and snook. The few times I fished on the grass it seems to be the winter trend with alot of shorts and the occasional keeper. We hope the weather will hold out for a while and we have a late winter if not we always look forward to the fall.


Captain Clarence Reed

November for Redfish Charters


Redfishing in Fort Myers and Sanibel

Fall Redfishing Fort Myers Sanibel

Fall Redfishing Fort Myers Sanibel –

Find out more about Fall Redfishing Fort Myers Sanibel … the Redfishing in our area is starting to heat up with smaller bunches of fish and some larger schools. We have been catching a lot of slot fish with some oversized Reds as well. There has been a good Snook bite with some larger fish starting to show up early this season and plenty of small to medium size fish. The Mangrove Snapper bite has been fun with some jacks mixed in. Trout fishing has been a bit slow but we are catching some slot fish and a lot of shorts.

Fall Redfishing Fort Myers Sanibel | Call Sea Reed Charters Today!We look forward to Red October every year…  it is without a doubt the best time to catch redfish in our area and just a great month for fishing, if not the best month of the year here in Southwest Florida.  There are an abundance of Redfish, and with the Snook heading in from the beaches to the back country, October sets up to be an exciting time to fish, as always!

This is also a great time of year to get off the beaches and get into some real line screamers. Big schools of bait will be all along the beaches and there will be a lot of predators taking advantage of this. You can find these bait schools by looking for the birds and sometimes you will see them on the surface as well. Try to fish around the outside of these schools and get ready for just about anything. Tarpon, sharks, Bonita, redfish, kingfishand whatever else wants to join the party. The action can be a couple hundred yards off the beach to a few miles just look for the food chain and hang on.

See 5 Strategies for Catching Redfish by Sport Fishing Magazine and get ready for an awesome trip!