Who has the best selection of bait on Sanibel?

Display of our wide selection of artificial bait

Whitney's Bait & Tackle has the best selection of live, frozen and artificial bait on Sanibel Island. Check out our full inventory here.

Who's the best fishing captain on Sanibel Island?

Captain Whitney holding best fishing captain awards

Captain Whitney Jones has been voted best fishing charter captain on Sanibel since 2013

Are there any restaurants on Sanibel who will cook my fish?

grilled fish

Yes, Chef Aziz at Traditions On The Beach will cook your fish with advanced notice.

What kind of bait should I use to catch fish on Sanibel?

bait on a fishing hook

Depending on the fish, live or artificial bait can be used. Our fishing report includes details on what to catch each fish that's currently biting. If there's something not on there, just stop in or call us to ask!"

What kind of fishing tackle should I use?

sanibel bait and tackle shop

The type of fishing tackle we recommend depends on what you're trying to catch and where you're trying to catch it. Our shop has a variety of fly fishing tackle and other terminal tackle - we have everything you need to catch fish on Sanibel!

Do you rent fishing rods?

man holding fishing rod he rented on sanibel

Yes! We rent fishing rod and reel combos at our Sanibel fishing shop! We can also have it delivered to your vacation rental so it is waiting for you upon arrival to the Island!

Do I need a license to fish on Sanibel?

FL Fishing & Wildlife Logo for Fishing Licenses

Yes, you do need a fishing license on Sanibel. Stop in to purchase one at our shop or buy one online here.

Can I keep the fish I catch?

catch and release fishing sign

You can keep some varieties of fish on Sanibel while others are catch and release only. Refer to our 'Local Species' page for details on each.

Do you provide fishing lessons?

fishing lesson to tie hook to line

Yes! We provide FREE fishing lessons at our Sanibel fishing store! Call to schedule or just stop in!

Where is the best place to catch fish on Sanibel?

man fishing on land on snaibel

Fishing by land is very popular on Sanibel. We've compiled a list of local fishing spots for you here. But, for the best bang for your buck, our fishing charters are an excellent option and a great way to catch a wide variety of fish.