With Father’s Day around the corner, it’s time to start thinking about how to celebrate that holiest of holy days with gifts and adventure. How do all men want to spend Father’s Day? Golf! Yes, but also a day of relaxing and fishing on the beach is also at the top of the list. You know you’re almost to the end of Lee County when you get to Blind Pass. The winding pavement of Periwinkle Way connects Sanibel and Captiva Islands by a short fishing bridge that spans the very straights of Mecca. Directly out of a Southwest Florida vacation pamphlet, it’s a gem of a place to fish, swim, or join the sun worshipers and just grow new freckles. Consider a stretch of sand where two barrier islands come together and create a popular gathering place for shells, people, and fish. If you’re looking for a perfect beach Florida experience in South Florida, you’ve found your Xanadu.
Things To Do While At Blind Pass: Enjoy Sanibel and Captiva
- Fishing: In addition to being a visual splendor, Blind Pass bridge is one of the best fishing spots in the known universe. The deep channel and fast current make it an explosive feeding ground with torrents of red fish and snook. The later can be seen boiling to the top of the water, directly under the bridge, in search of green back sardines. The red fish are usually hiding on the Captiva side, under the mangroves, and should be sweet talked with a large shrimp, right on the bottom. The bigger, the better that is. Big shrimp catch big fish. The bottom line is that this pass connects two large bodies of water and the racing current makes it a place where something’s always happening underwater. Keep in mind, that like most places, the early bird gets the bait and the guy that caught all the fish left five minutes before you arrived.
- Swimming: While there is a bit of a current around and under the bridge, the currents out toward the stretching beach is not that fierce. The water has a reputation for being extremely clean here and the beauty of the site won’t be lost on even the most miserable teenager. There’s something for everyone. And for the miserable teenager, we have stingrays and sand spurs. Winning! Keep a sharp eye out during certain times of the year as phosphorescence can be found in the gulf shallows. At night, if the current is fast enough, you will virtually light up, as the small creatures slam into you and release their phosphorescent explosion. I’m telling you, it’s kinda sexy.
- Shelling: In the words of Stephen Wright, come see “the extensive collection of sea shells that I keep littered all over the beaches of the world.” Blind Pass has some of the best shelling anywhere. Keep a sharp eye after storms for delicate, unbroken shells, such as an angel’s wing or cabrit’s murrex. Remember snowbirds, make sure there’s nothing left in your shells or you will have no choice but to burn your beach bag when you get home.
- Enjoy Some Vittles: Directly across the street is a South Florida tradition, the Lazy Flamingo. If the fish aren’t biting, or you need a break from the sun, or you’re just ready to slurp a down a dozen and a pitcher, this place will be your safe haven. Don’t be too shy to take the smoked fish dip for a spin around the block. We’ve got Lazy Flamingos all over South Florida but don’t be fooled, this one is the original.
- Basking: Sometimes the fish aren’t biting and all the shells have walked away. After the bait’s all gone and the wind picks up, it’s time to relax and regain your smoothness. After all, you’re booping around a South Florida beach. Life could be a whole lot worse. Have a drink and catch some sun. There’s nothing sadder than someone whose been in country for a while and is still soft and pasty.
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As always, a pleasure. All this talk about fishing and shaving has left me a wee bit peckish. This issue of the Florida Digest: Blind Pass between Sanibel and Captiva has the fish. But where are they swimming? Straight to the other side of the islands to Tarpon Bay, the grass flats, and Picnic Island. Check out our other articles for the skinny on these Florida fishing destinations. a sailor. Ahoy!
— Jason Nail (@NailTravels) May 31, 2016