Gafftopsail Catfish, Roosevelt Channel, Catch & Release, Sanibel Island Fishing Charters, Sanibel Fishing Report, Saturday, March 17, 2018, Sanibel Island.

Sanibel Fishing: Gafftopsail Catfish!

Gafftopsail Catfish, Roosevelt Channel, Catch & Release, Sanibel Island Fishing Charters, Sanibel Fishing Report, Saturday, March 17, 2018, Sanibel Island.
Gafftopsail Catfish, Roosevelt Channel, Catch & Release, Sanibel Island Fishing Charters, Sanibel Fishing Report, Saturday, March 17, 2018, Sanibel Island.

Sanibel Fishing & Captiva Fishing, Gafftopsail Catfish.

Sanibel Island Fishing Charters

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We fish out of Blind Pass, Sanibel Island: “Blind Pass is one of the best-kept secrets in Southwest Florida, a rare jewel that is open to anyone lucky enough to live or be visiting near the barrier reef islands of Captiva and Sanibel. Until recently, Blind Pass was a naturally occurring channel of water that separated the two islands.

Catfish, 11-28-14, Blind Pass, Sanibel Fishing Reports & Captiva Fishing Reports & Charters.
Catfish, 11-28-14, Blind Pass, Sanibel Fishing Reports & Captiva Fishing Reports & Charters.

Blind Pass is one of the best shelling spots in Florida. Its waters yield seashells that inhabit both the bay and gulf in one consolidated location.

Gafftopsail Catfish, Madeleine, Roosevelt Channel, Catch & Release, Sanibel Island Fishing Charters, Sanibel Fishing Report, Saturday, March 17, 2018, Sanibel Island.
Gafftopsail Catfish, Madeleine, Roosevelt Channel, Catch & Release, Sanibel Island Fishing Charters, Sanibel Fishing Report, Saturday, March 17, 2018, Sanibel Island.

After a fierce storm, Turner Beach, the beach adjoining the Pass, is frequently covered with a bounty of shells from Olives to Fighting Whelks to the more common Conchs. The fishing is also renowned for sharks in the summer, tailing redfish on the bayside flats and snook under and off the Blind Pass bridge. Because Turner Beach faces Westward, the sunsets are spectacular and a popular viewing point for residents and visitors alike.

The fishing is also renowned for sharks in the summer, tailing redfish on the bayside flats and snook under and off the Blind Pass bridge. Because Turner Beach faces Westward, the sunsets are spectacular and a popular viewing point for residents and visitors alike.”  More here.

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Image Credit: © Diane Rome Peebles

Gafftopsail Catfish: Bagre marinus

“Appearance:

  • Bluish-green back, fading to a silver-white belly
  • Three prominent, sharp spines (one at beginning of dorsal fin and one on each pectoral fin)
  • The three prominent spines have elongated, fleshy filaments
  • Two barbels on chin
  • Barbels at corner of mouth are flattened and very elongated

Similar Species: Hardhead catfish, A. felis (has four chin barbels and spines lack filaments)

Size: Up to 27 inches (10 pounds)

Habitat:

Coastal waters; may enter brackish waters

Behavior:

A good food-fish that is usually less common than the hardhead catfish

Additional Information

State Record:External Website  8 lb, 14 oz

Recreational Regulations.

Source & More Information @ FWC.

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We’re big advocates of catch and release, particularly for snook, but pretty much for most species.  Only take what you are going to eat, and a lot of fish are better off as sport fish, even if they are in season.  Our motto is let ‘em get bigger and catch ‘em again!

Please call 239-472-8658 and we’ll lineup a charter!

We depart from Castaways Marina, Santiva, Sanibel Island, on the bay side, just south of the Blind Pass bridge to Captiva Island.

Fair winds and following seas,

Captain Joe Burnsed, Sr. & Captain Joey Burnsed ~ please click calendar at the upper left or call 239-472-8658 to book a Sanibel & Captiva Islands, Boca Grande or Fort Myers fishing guide trip or shelling charter.