Baits and Rigs for fishing Sanibel

Baits and Rigs for fishing Sanibel

 

Really, with such an abundance of species in Sanibel and the surrounding waters available to catch, just about any rig you use should work for something.  Some of the most popular ones used in the area are listed below

Popping Cork–  Take any live bait (shrimp, pinfish, etc..) and attach a light split shot about a foot above it.  Adjust the popping cork based on the depth of the waters you are fishing but usually 3-4 feet above bait works.  This method allows your bait to float over the Sanibel grass flats and covers more area to find the fish in their holes

Live/Dead Bait-  These are most often fished using either the above method or just with enough weight (split shot) to cast out.  Just free line the bait this weight and wait for the fish to come to you.

Top water artificial-  Think along the lines of zara spook and “walk the dog” along the surface of the water.  This can cover a lot of area over the grass flats quick.  Be ready because when the fish hit these top waters it will really be an explosion

Lead Head Jigs with various tails attached–  Bounce these along the sand bottom off any Sanibel beach (Bowman’s beach area is usually good) for some of the bigger snook in the Spring and Summertime.  All fish will hit these based on the size and colors used.  As a rule of thumb try and match the attached tails to the bait fish you see where you are fishing

Other Artificials–  There are a lot of other artificials that will work in Sanibel’s waters.  DOA shrimp, Gold Spoons, Mirrorlures, and Rapala jerk bait are some of the most popular.

Sanibel has great waters for fishing

Sanibel has great waters for fishing