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Fishing

Go! Fish

Learn the art of catch and release from our resident fishing experts. Our waters are teeming with redfish, Spanish mackerel, grouper, and mangrove snapper.

What’s the Catch
Surf Casting & Shore Casting

Fish from the rocks around the pass, right off the T-dock, or on the beach. Get frozen bait at Ship's Store or live bait from the Harbourmaster in Yacht Harbour Marina.

Hook, Line, and Sinker
Sanibel and Captiva Fishing Charter

The backwaters of Pine Island Sound and San Carlos Bay near Fort Myers, Sanibel, and Captiva Island are legendary fishing grounds. A memorable excursion whether you’re an expert or out for your first time.

Reel it In
Boat Rentals

Boat rentals are available from Sunny Island Adventures, including pontoon boats for cruising, shelling, family fishing, and power boats for more serious anglers.

Anchors Aweigh
Fishing Gear & Boating Essentials

You’ll find additional supplies at the Ships Store on the north end of Marina Walk, and at South Seas Island Outfitters and Resort Logo Shop next to the Yacht Harbour and Marina.

Get Into Gear

Have a Story as Big as Your Catch

Find what lies beneath in the shadows of our legendary fishing waters.

Excellent weather, pristine waters, shallow coast, no large reefs, and an impressive variety and abundance of fish—more than 50 types in its coastal waters. It’s no wonder Captiva Island and nearby Sanibel are world renowned fishing destinations, a mecca for anglers. Venture offshore in search of the plentiful “silver king”—the exciting-to-hook tarpon—try some of the best back bay fishing around, or keep it simple: grab a bucket and a rod and toss a line on the beach at sunset or off the dock in the company of a watchful heron. Feel free to fish, surf cast, and shore cast anywhere on the property. Whether you’re looking for a trophy, a dinner, or a good old catch and release, you’re in for a great memorable day on the water, any way you cast it.

Q. Where can I fish from?

A. Anywhere along the beach and the T dock

Q. Where can I not fish from?

A. We do not allow fishing from the Bayside Marina, the Yacht Harbour Basin or the Golf Course ponds.

Q. Can I fish from the T-Dock without a fishing license?

A. Yes, the T-Dock is a licensed fishing Pier at South Seas for South Seas Resort guests. You must follow all fishing laws while fishing from the T-Dock.

Q. Do I need a fishing license?

A. If you fish anywhere else from land, other than the T-Dock itself, you are required to have a FL saltwater fishing license and any other specific stamps. For further clarification/ information and purchasing a fishing license please visit www.myfwc.com

Q. What can I catch?

A. While fishing from land or on a charter you can expect to catch ~Snook, Spotted Sea Trout, Mangrove Snapper, Sheepshead, Redfish, Ladyfish, Saltwater Catfish and more . . .

Q. Can I bring my own boat?

A. Yes, South Seas offers two Marinas.

1.) The Yacht Harbour ~ offers dockage for vessels up to 120’ in length and 6’ draft. The Marina offers 2200 linear feet of dockage and 13 slips for vessels 25’ and under. The Yacht Harbour offers non ethanol gasoline, dyed off road diesel, oils, charts, bait buckets and live shrimp. Dockage rates can be found here.

2.) Bayside Marina ~ offers dockage for vessels 25’ and under with 50 slips available. The Bayside Marina offers the resorts only boat ramp. Each slip has water for rinse down and 110 amp outlet to charge batteries.

Q. Can I bring my golf cart trailer or kayak trailer?

A. Yes, South Seas offers trailer storage for both golf cart trailers and kayak trailers. There is a fee associated with storage of the trailers.

Q. Can I park my trailer in front of my unit?

A. No, trailers must be parked in the South Seas trailer lot which is located next to the local post office.

Q. Are Fishing Charters available?

A. Yes, South Seas Island Resort offers private Captains to take you and your group out for a memorable time. Each charter is a private charter so we do not pair groups or individuals up to fill a vessel. Trips are 4 hours (1/2 day) or 8 hours (full day) and can accommodate up to 4 persons per vessel.

Half Day Reservation:
8:00am – 12:00pm
12:30pm – 4:30pm

Each Captain owns his own vessel (22’-26’) and will supply the following:

  • Fishing License for all on board the charter
  • Bait
  • Tackle
  • Cooler on board with ice for your use
  • Captain will fillet any fish that is legal size and in season, you’re responsible to have the fish cooked

You would need to bring the following:

  • Ball Cap
  • Sunglasses (polarized if possible)
  • Sunscreen
  • Proper clothing & rain gear if needed
  • Camera
  • Food & drink ~ bring plenty of water to hydrate

All charters have a 24 hour cancelation policy. Cancellations within 24 hours of the trips scheduled departure time or failure to show up for the trip, you will be charged the charters full amount. If the weather is not safe to go and the Captain cancels there is no fee and we will do our best to reschedule the charter.
Offshore Charters are available per request.

While You're Here Why not check out some other fun things to do…
Captiva Cruises

Find that perfect pastel conch shell. Watch dolphins ride the wake. Cruise to the out-islands, enjoy a private charter aboard a catamaran, or sail off into the sunset, sipping a cocktail.

Find A Cruise
Colgate Offshore Sailing School

Cast off and let the wind fill your sails. Take advantage of Captiva Island’s premier sailing location and learn the ropes in a breathtaking setting. Competitive streak? Try racing!

Back to School
Sanibel Sea School

Become ocean explorers! Discover Captiva Island's incredible ecosystem and wildlife. Learn snorkeling, surfing, and net fishing. Go on a guided birdwatching tour or shelling walk.

Start Learning
Surf Casting & Shore Casting

Fish from the rocks around the pass, right off the T-dock, or on the beach. Get frozen bait at Ship's Store or live bait from the Harbourmaster in Yacht Harbour Marina.

Hook, Line, and Sinker
Sunny Island Adventures

Explore South Seas Island Resort and Captiva Island by land or by sea. By golf cart, paddleboard, or kayak. Try a waverunner, parasailing, or a banana boat ride. Find fun, adventure, play.

Find Your Island Adventure
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