The fishing has remained hot around Sanibel Island and Fort Myers Beach. Large schools of redfish roaming around Tarpon Bay and working there way to Sanibel Bayou and back. Always on the move like the pigs of the sea, rooting around for food. Finding the school is the key to success, look for action on the flats. Once you locate a school move in slow and quiet. Don`t move in right at them, try to anticipate there movement and let them come to you.
The fishing on Sanibel Island and Fort Myers Beach is as good as it gets. We have lots of action fishing in the winter months. With so many types of fish to target you will never get tired of fishing here. Right now the water temps are constantly changing up and down. Look for fish to move with the conditions. As the water cools down the fish will seek deeper water with more stable water temps. As the water warms up look for fish to move in shallow. Dark muddy or oyster covered bottom will heat up faster and hold the heat longer.
Winter in Southwest Florida? The fish haven't noticed, with water temps around Sanibel Island in the mid 70s. Large schools of redfish are all over the flats and oyster bars. Top baits have been white bait, jigs tipped with Gulp and cut baits. (mullet & ladyfish) The key is to look for a spot with life. If you don't see birds and bait working the flat there is probably not a lot of fish on it.