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Fishing in Estero Bay

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Fishing in Estero Bay

Florida has a salt water fishing license. If you have children under 16 you can help them fish without a license, but they need to be the ones actively fishing. A non-resident 3-day saltwater fishing license is $17. Call 888-347-4356 or click here for more information on Florida Saltwater Licenses.

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It’s summertime in Estero Bay which means the early bird gets the catch! Steaming hot afternoons mean fish migrate from the shallower inland waters to the deeper, cooler waters offshore – so get your fishing done by noon for any real action. Light tackle with a shrimp and a small weight is our recommended setup for inshore fishing. Pull up to one of Estero Bay’s many mangrove islands or anchor next to an oyster bar for your best shot at reeling in snapper, a delicious and active species in the summer. Fishing any of our three nearby passes on a good tide is a reliable strategy to catch most of our local fish, especially sheepshead or spanish mackerel. Consider lightly chumming up the water with a few pieces of shrimp and you may find yourself lucky enough to catch a snook, an adrenaline-pumping good time even though you can’t keep ’em – snook are catch and release only in these waters until 2020. If you plan on bringing your catch in, know what you can keep and if you are not sure, let it go. Click here for more information on the different fish in Estero Bay.