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Fishing & Boating

Fishing with a Cast Net

Fishing with a Cast Net

Pine Island’s fishing heritage stretches back at least 1,700 years to the Calusa Indians, who lived abundantly off the wealth of seafood in our area waters.

Commercial fishing has supported generations of island families, and sports fisherman long ago discovered the abundance in the Pine Island waters. Perhaps the best tarpon fishing in all the world lies just north of Bokeelia, in Boca Grande Pass. Other popular game fish are snook, redfish, trout, grouper  snapper, cobia, mackerel  blacktip shark  seabass, sheepshead and many others. Pine Island is a fisherman’s  paradise. You can fish off the Matlacha drawbridge known as “The Fishingest Bridge in the World”, or hire a fishing one of our local captains and let him or her guide you to  some nice fresh fish.

Boats at the Dock

Boats at the Dock

For those who just love being on the water, we are a boaters’ paradise!  Boating on Pine Island is fun for the entire family. It is a day-long boat ride to just cruise around the entire island.  There are dozens of beaches and islands within easy boating distance where you  can picnic, shell, explore, hike or just play in the water. From big boats to kayaks, it matter not as there is something for everyone.  Enjoy the fun of having a boat full of family and friends while a few dolphin to play in the wake of your boat. Bring your own boat or  take advantage of the boats and kayaks that are available for rent and charter from our many marinas. Sightseeing, sailing, fishing, kayaking, nature tours, sunsets or a water taxis to our nearby bridgeless islands are all available year around.

Be sure to visit our Member Directory for lists of our numerous fishing and boating choices.

As you are planning your day on the water,  please click the banner below to check  the current tides for the Pine Island area waters.


Southwest Florida Tide Charts