Top Wade Fishing Tips, Sanibel & Captiva Islands, Stan Kirkland, Photo Credit - MyFWCmedia.
Top Wade Fishing Tips, Sanibel & Captiva Islands, Stan Kirkland, Photo Credit - MyFWCmedia.

FWC’s Best Sanibel & Captiva Wade Fishing Tips!

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Sam Kirkland & The FWC’s Best Sanibel & Captiva Wade Fishing Tips!

Best Sanibel & Captiva Wade Fishing Tips, Throwing Castnet For Bait, Sanibel & Captiva Islands, Photo Credit - MyFWCmedia.

Best Sanibel & Captiva Wade Fishing Tips, Throwing Castnet For Bait, Sanibel & Captiva Islands, Photo Credit – MyFWCmedia.

Sam Kirkland reflected on his year’s at the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission and shared some best Sanibel & Captiva wade fishing tips before he leaves the agency!  Here is what he had to share.

  • Watch your tides.  Never fish a low tide.
  • High tides can be tricky as well.  If the water isn’t moving, the bait is not moving.
  • Get a pair of wading shoes or diving boots and wear them religiously.  There are a lot of sting rays out there.
  • Fish on a stringer.  Make sure you have a long stringer and let them float away from you.  In 25 years, Kirkland only had one problem with a shark coming for his fish, but he says he sure was glad those fish weren’t right next to him.
  • Think like a fly fisherman and “match for the hatch” by using bait on which fish are feeding.  Kirkland prefers finger mullet, alewives and bull minnows.
  • Don’t overfill your bait bucket. You only need 10 to 20 specimens at a time. More than that can kill the bait.
  • Protect yourself from the sun. Kirkland wears long sleeves, a hat, a Buff and good polarizing sunglasses and says all are a must.
  • Of course, make sure you have something to cover the buttons on your shirt if you plan to use a cast net for bait.

For more on wade fishing, please see Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission.


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