I had the privilege of taking some friends from The Buffalo News in New York offshore fishing. They just posted a fantastic write up! Click the picture to check it out. Fun day.
This is a great article from our friends over at the VCB about the one-of-a-kind shelling destination that Sanibel Island is. Wanna take the family out an adventure and try to find some of these? Let us know!
This month we're featured in an article by Jason Houser in Adventure Sports Outdoors. We had a blast going off shore and. You never know what you're going to get into when you go fishing in the beautiful gulf waters of Fort Myers and Sanibel. Check out the article!
Any day on the water in Southwest Florida is a good day, but sometimes, you gotta hop out of the boat and get IN the water, if you’re going to catch some of Pine Island Sound’s most exciting gamefish…tailing Redfish.
It was a late Fall afternoon. The sun was beginning to set, the moon was nearly full, the tide was pulling out fast and the water was warm, calm and low. Mullet were everywhere and we were hoping Redfish would be too.
Dan James was along for the ride, bringing along several of his custom rods for us to put to the test. We pulled up to a large flat on the back of Sanibel Island that was covered in grass and hard sandy bottom. After anchoring up the boat, we threw some live bait on and climbed overboard. We set out in different directions in search of ‘tails’.
The bay was alive with creatures. Stingrays, juvenile nurse sharks and baitfish cruised the clear water, along with the aforementioned schools of mullet. It didn’t take long to spot the first Redfish tails. They were dipping in and out of the water as a small group of 7 or 8 Reds buried their noses in the grasses, searching for shrimp, crabs and anything else unlucky enough to be on the evening menu.
Live pilchards produced little results. Artificial shrimp and some swim baits produced a few lethargic strikes but not the action we were hoping for. These Reds were happy to move slow and forage through the seagrass. That meant one thing…time to toss some cut bait at ‘em.
We pitched a few chunks of cut up bait towards the action and waited. BAM! That’s the ticket! They began chewing and we started pulling them in! Some slowly picked up the bait, others hammered it like a concrete block, but we put Dan’s lightest action rods to the test and hauled them in.
If you’ve never had a chance to get out of the boat and stalk some Redfish, you are really missing out! Come hang out with us on (or in!) the beautiful waters that surround Fort Myers and Sanibel and let us show you how many different, exciting things we can do!
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What do you do when you can't even buy a bite?
It's gonna happen. No matter how well prepared you are, some days are just slow. Even here in the teeming gulf waters of Fort Myers and Sanibel. Of course everybody loves the days when the sea is calm and the fish are just jumping in the boat. But the reality is sometimes you may need a few more tricks up your sleeve to keep the crew happy.
The day has arrived, I'm feeling totally amped about what should be a total slam dunk fish smashfest! Daylight is an hour away. The boat is fueled, iced, rigged and ready. Forecast for the day is moderate winds and 1' seas, possibility of scattered showers along the coast. The radar is showing a few squalls 70 miles southwest and the offshore weather buoy is reading 1.3' wave height. My crew for the day is seasoned Capt. Wes Skinner, and two employees from Port Sanibel Marina, one of which has never been deep sea fishing. Sounds easy right? Light load, smooth sailing. Big Grouper here we come.
As we head out of the river and round the corner in front of the Sanibel Lighthouse, we can see a long line of looming grey clouds offshore. There's a bit of chop as I trim the boat down a bit and ease up on the throttles. After a half an hour the wind is really honking and the beanbags in the back are doing their best to keep the crew from feeling any of the bumps in the road. It’s turning into plan B time. We’re not gonna get 60 miles off the coast of Fort Myers today. No worries I think to myself. There’re good ledges and hard bottom halfway and plenty of red Grouper and mangrove Snapper to fill the box.
I slow up and put us over some really great show on the bottom. It was like the fish were just laughing at us. We dropped everything but the kitchen sink. Not a single bite! After what seemed like hours of moving around, hitting spot after spot and nothing to show for it, it was time for a new plan. The wind was really howling now and drifting was not getting any more comfortable. So we pack it in and head to a secret boat wreck I know about approximately 15 miles away.
With a refreshed outlook, and dreams of big Cobia we blasted off. After a short ride we get right to it. The sea is a bit bumpy, but there's plenty of fish on the screen. We drop baits and wait…the only thing anyone hooks is the wreck.
The writing is now on the wall. Time to get really creative. I start decreasing the gear size and bait until we get the first hit! I'm thinking sweet, there’s gotta be a pile of snapper down there. Nope. Just a brightly colored PorkFish. Great in an aquarium, but no bueno on a fishing trip. Another half hour goes by. Several hang-ups. You guessed it, no bites.
This is when you gotta let go and just let good things happen. Time for the ace up your sleeve. I say “alright guys and gals, we're gonna break out the trolling gear and ride with the radio up. Let's get out the food and a couple libations. If the fish don't wanna cooperate we’ll just enjoy a little boat ride and scout out some new ground.”
This, my friends, turns out to be the ticket.
Time flies when you’re trolling, especially when the food is good and you’re amongst friends. Throughout the rest of the day we picked off several fish. A pile of Spanish mackerel, a couple kings, a few Bonita, and one big ‘ole Barricuda!
By the time we reached the dock we were worn out. We shared stories and photos and poked fun at each other. As we pulled in I realized that, although the boxes weren't stuffed with grouper and snapper, we actually took home something more. A really fun experience!
Kudos to Danielle and Donna. The girls never did turn green.
-Capt. Ryan Kane
A fun little 'commercial' we threw together!
A couple of months ago I was able to take some journalists from China on a fishing and sightseeing trip around our beautiful Southwest Florida waters. The article on this area of Florida just got published in National Geographic China! I don't read Chinese but it's still pretty cool. Here's a couple of photos and link to the entire article...in Mandarin, I think, ha!
We're humbled and excited to be featured in Florida Sportsman's special double issue this month! If you get a chance, pick up a copy at your local retailer. The article is titled 'Captivating Seclusion' and focuses on fishing in and around the Captiva Islands here in Southwest Florida. Go check it out!
Here's a great article New York Outdoor News from a recent trip we took a couple weeks ago. So much fun!
Early last month, we had the privilege of taking Paul A. Smith from the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel out to do some fishing in our beautiful gulf waters! We had a blast and the fish were literally exploding out of the water! Check out the article and pics.
It's always fun to see what the folks over at Florida Sportsman Magazine are saying about our area; from Sarasota all the way down here to Sanibel and Fort Myers. If you've got a few minutes, it's worth checking out.
A couple months back I was fortunate enough to be featured in article highlighting the motor home destination that is Fort Myers, Florida. It's a great article and good reminder of how lucky we are to live in this coastal paradise; Southwest Florida. Check the link below.
See you on the water,
I never cease to be amazed at the beauty of the place I get to call home; Fort Myers, Florida. I'm reminded of it every time I back away from the dock for another day on the water. To call myself blessed would be an understatement. I recently came across this article the other day that once again reminded me of how special Southwest Florida really is. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did.
See you on the water,