Top Fishing Charter Destination: Cape Coral, Florida

May 17, 2019

Cape Coral Fishing

Cape Coral Sunrise Fishing

There’s no doubt that Florida is a top fishing location with abundant waters and species throughout. Among the top cities to visit for your next Florida family fishing vacation should be Cape Coral. Located in Southwest Florida, Cape Coral is a large peninsula with the Caloosahatchee River to the east and the Matlacha Pass to the west. Add in the many canals and intercoastal waterways in the area and you can bet that there’s almost always a line in the water somewhere!

Neighbors with Fort Myers, the beautiful city of Cape Coral offers a variety of outdoor activities for families. The wildlife is especially fantastic, as the many mangroves offer sanctuary to a variety of birds and fish. Further out in the Gulf you’re sure to see manatees and dolphins swimming around. A really great place to visit is Four Mile Cove, an “Eco Park” of sorts with walking trails and kayak rentals available for a great Cape Coral outdoor adventure.

Among the variety of outdoor activities in Cape Coral, we recommend a fishing trip with a Professional Charter Captain or Fishing Guide. Small groups and large groups alike are sure to find a Captain or Guide; and whatever your level of skill, you’re sure to find fishermen and women who enjoy sharing their passion for the sport. Whether you’re fishing the Caloosahatchee River, Charlotte Harbor, or the Gulf of Mexico, Cape Coral is a great choice for your next fishing destination.

What Fish are in Cape Coral?

Freshwater, saltwater, and brackish water (the mix of freshwater and saltwater) surround Cape Coral. This gives anglers plenty of fish species to choose from when hitting the water. Because you’ll often find a saltwater species in the freshwater rivers and canals, it’s best to get a Florida fishing license that covers both; that way you have a greater chance of getting to keep what you catch. Here are several fish species you can target in Cape Coral; both of the freshwater and saltwater variety:

Tarpon Fishing in Cape Coral

  • Cobia
  • Barracuda
  • Grouper
  • Ladyfish
  • Tripletail
  • Snook
  • Redfish
  • Black Drum
  • Jack Crevalle
  • Spotted Seatrout
  • Amberjack
  • Tarpon
  • Mahi Mahi
  • Spanish Mackerel
  • King Mackerel
  • Shark
  • Mangrove Snapper
  • Red Snapper
  • Sheepshead
  • Largemouth Bass
  • Bluegill
  • Black Crappie
  • Bream
  • Mullet
  • Sunfish
  • Mayan Cichlid
  • Midas Cichlid
  • Grass Carp
  • Alligator Gar
  • Tilapia
  • Catfish

It’s hard to say which is the most popular fish to catch in Cape Coral. It really just depends on if you’re inshore fishing, deep sea fishing, or lake fishing. Florida natives are familiar with Tarpon fishing as well – a unique fish known for jumping in the saltwater canals. It’s a difficult technique to master, but hooking up on a fully mature Tarpon is a feeling you’ll never forget!

Best Season to Fish Cape Coral

Fishing is always in season in Cape Coral. The thing to keep in mind when you’re fishing these waters is: “What’s the size of the fish?” and “How many of this fish have I already caught?” – as slot limits and bag limits are a big part of the fishing regulations here. It’s really all about conservation: this helps the fish populations remain sustainable for future anglers. There are also some fish species that have open and closed seasons. For example, the Red Snapper season opens June 1 (and you can bet people are counting down the days as Red Snappers are a very popular fish in Cape Coral!).

No matter what season you find yourself fishing in Cape Coral, remember that the tide effects the fishing in the canals and intercoastal waterways. Most fish are largely active during dawn and dusk, so plan your fishing trip accordingly if you’re looking for a good catch! We recommend booking with a Cape Coral Charter Captain or Fishing Guide, as they’ll know the best time to start your fishing trip, and if what you find on the end of your line is a keeper.

Popular Fishing in Cape Coral

Cape Coral, Florida is among our top fishing charter locations because you can fish the Caloosahatchee River, Matlacha Pass, Charlotte Harbor, or Gulf of Mexico.  With these fishing locations come a variety of fishing styles. Fly fishing in the flats is a great experience. As is bottom fishing the intercoastal waterways and brackish water. Deep sea fishing in the Gulf of Mexico is some of the finest in the world, and in one day you can catch any number of fish species, including Grouper, Snapper, Mackerels, and even Shark!

Fishing in Cape Coral

Fishing Cape Coral

Cape Coral is a great fishing location, simply because the fishing opportunities are plentiful; River fishing, offshore fishing and everything in between is at your fingertips. And the fisheries are plentiful too thanks to good conservation efforts. Southwest Florida really stands out as a top fishing destination, and Cape Coral is the crown jewel. Book your Cape Coral fishing trip with a FishAnywhere Captain or Guide and get ready to go fishing!

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