Southern Hot Spots

Pine Island Coast

Snook, tarpon, speckled trout, redfish, cobia, tripletail, Spanish mackerel

There are more famous names in Florida fishing, but few spots offer a better combination of great fishing in great scenery. Located on the southwestern Gulf coast west of the Fort Myers¿¿¿Cape Coral metro area, the Pine Island Coast encompasses some famous barrier islands, including Sanibel, Captiva, Cayo Costa, and Pine Island, as well as Pine Island Sound, which is filled with dozens of unnamed wilderness islands. It offers light-tackle and flyfishing opportunities for a whole list of glamour species. "You can have good fishing almost all year long, and you can get away from the crowds," says Capt. George "Hawkeye" Halper of Hawkeye Charters.

Sweet Spots: Points of islands in Pine Island Sound for snook
What's Hot: **Jigs tipped with shrimp for redfish
**Local Advice:
"Get a guide on your first trip, or expect to get lost," Halper says.
Prime Time: **March through November for snook
**More Info:
Hawkeye Charters, 239-282-1263; www.fishwithhawkeye.com