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SW Florida Fishing
Seasoned angler or just looking to play around on the beach? Driving south from Fort Myers Beach or north from Bonita, Big Hickory Island is one of our favorite Florida spots for sun, sand and the fine smell of fish guts on my hands. Hey, that rhymes. I think I’ll put it in a song.
Big Hickory Island Preserve is one stretch of the barrier island chain off the coast of Lee County. The northern boundary of the preserve is New Pass, which is used as the community beach. The eastern boundary is Estero Bay and the western boundary is the Gulf of Mexico and Big Hickory Pass.
Big Hickory Pass is one way to access the island by boat. The southern boundary is predominately mangrove swamp with plenty of places to launch. The City of Bonita Springs Beach Park North is a free launch for larger boats with free parking and a friendly restaurant at The Big Hickory Fishing Nook Marina. So you can pick up the tackle and bait you forgot. On the north side of the pass there’s a beach area kayaks and canoes can be launched.
We are focusing on the south end of the island and it’s fishing varieties. The beach is about a ten minute paddle from the launch, depending on the tide. Along the way there are mangroves and piers on both sides which serve as perfect hiding places for redfish (Sciaenops ocellatus) and snook (Centropomus undecimalis). You can always tell a good place to fish in a kayak when there are larger boats hanging out in the same place. You’d think they’d be further out, but that’s where the fish are. How about, “Hey, you’ve got a huge boat. Go find a first mate and steam to Cuba Travel on until you see the perfectly beautiful beaches of Big Hickory Island. This is really one of the most beautiful places to spend the day in South Florida. Unless you walk the entire length of the island down from Pelican Landing Beach Park, the only access is by boat, which helps keep down the traffic. No kidding kids. This is really as private and unspoiled as you are going to get around here.
The south end of the island has three distinct fishing environments. They include the south beach, snapper hole, and the mangroves. You may want to pick up some shrimp on the way, but bait can usually be found all over. Scaled sardines (Harengula jaguana), or green backs cruise the beach side while spottail pinfish (Diplodus holbrooki) and spotfin mojarra (Eucinostomos argenteus) or white bait can be found lurking on the mangrove side.
Where To Fish On Big Hickory Island
- South Beach– This area represents the south part of the island that butts up to the Gulf of Mexico. The blue-green water rolls onto the powder sand in little SW Florida waves. At low tide one can wade out about two hundred yards in search of bait balls. Fish the edges in search of Spanish mackerel and watch the grass flats for gator trout.
- Snapper Hole-Attention fellas. This is the secret spot you’ve come to expect from the Nail Travels team. The very southern tip of the island has a steep drop-off littered with dead trees. It is one of our favorite fishing holes because Mangrove Snapper are always there. Most of these are small fish but you will find them over ten inches with a little patience. Use a small hook with some light weights and let it sit on the bottom. When they begin to nibble, be ready, they move quickly. Oh, and by the way, they are just about the finest tasting fish in the world. (Ed. note: We discovered the snapper hole looking for redfish as they often run together, but recently, one of our Nail Travels fishing team wrangled a nice sized snook up to the sand. Boom Betsy!
- Mangroves– The backside of the island is deep in red mangroves where all great Florida fish hide. For reds, make sure it’s close to high tide, when they are patrolling the edge. Use bait on the bottom, but with a bigger hook this time. Everybody knows on Pine Island that it doesn’t matter if the bait shrimp are dead, as long as they’re huge. Big bait catches big fish. Thanks Tamiami.
Free parking free fishing, bait aplenty and one of the prettiest beaches around. It’s the perfect setting for your epic story. Thanks to Schick for sponsoring this part of the SW Florida dream. Get on board. Everyone has to shave sometime. When I shave I’m usually just tidying up the edges and I use the Schick Hydro® 5 Groomer or the Schick Hydro®.
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