I’ve just returned from vacation in Florida’s beautiful Gulf Coast–a region comprising Fort Myers, Naples, and Marcos Island. My family and I enjoyed some much-needed R&R and no shortage of outdoor fun. Of course, our trip included some world-class fishing too!
My dad and I were lucky to fish with the delightful Debbie Hanson of SheFishes2 and Take Me Fishing, along with her husband Greg Stamper of Stamp Snook Charters. (You should book a trip with Captain Greg!) We spent half of the day doing some inshore fishing and were fruitful in our catches. We caught upwards of 10 different fish species–mangrove snapper, common snook, red drum, permit, a shark, pompano, a stingray, saltwater catfish, and more.
Most of the fish we caught were caught on a catch-and-release basis for size and conservation purposes. (And that’s perfectly fine.) We were able to keep several fish for consumption, so that was a bonus.
I used circle hooks for the first time and they surely didn’t disappoint! In fact, both Debbie and Greg said these hooks are more effective for reeling in fish without incurring too much damage on the fish. (How about that for efficiency and conservation???) I think I’m going to have to incorporate them into my fishing repertoire from now on–especially for fishing here in the Commonwealth of Virginia!
Below are some pictures of our catches:
Prior to fishing, here are some tips to ensure you have a great trip:
- Get a good night’s sleep
- Wear sunscreen
- Arrive earlier
- Pack a light snack and some water
- Take Dramamine if prone to sea-sickness
- Have fun!
Planning on fishing in SW Florida soon? Make sure you book Captain Greg for your next fishing excursion.
Have you fished in Fort Myers, FL? Let me know if you had a great fishing experience below!