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Best beaches for shore fishing in Southwest Florida

Posted: 7:44 AM, May 02, 2017
Updated: 2017-05-02 11:44:03Z

People like the beach for a variety of reasons - swimming, sunbathing, shelling to name a few. If you're looking for a good fishing spot - you can head to the beach for the catch of the day.

In our ' Taste and See Southwest Florida ' beach week list for today, we take you to the top 4 fishing beaches.

NAPLES BEACH

Anyone can fish without a license at Naples Municipal Beach and Pier. A bulk fishing license covers all users 24 hours a day for groups who have different tastes; you can enjoy the fishing while the others have 10 miles of beach to explore. But even non-fishing fans can enjoy the pier. Bird watching is almost a guarantee; dolphin and stingray sightings are also popular from the pier.

GASPARILLA ISLAND

Cast your rod with your toes in the sand, that's saltwater fishing at its best on Gasparilla Island. You can also snorkel or just walk the pristine shoreline along the gulf.

SANIBEL ISLAND

Fish with a view at Lighthouse Beach on Sanibel island; on the eastern tip is the iconic Sanibel lighthouse offering panoramic views of the Gulf of Mexico and Estero Bay. Anglers at the end of the pier catch a variety of fish - including redfish, black drum and snapper. You can take a break from the fish and choose to walk the nature trail, or seek shade under the nearby shelter. The dock itself seems to catch a nice breeze - even in the heat of Summer.

CAPE CORAL YACHT CLUB

The Cape Coral Yacht Club offers something for everyone. Visitors like It and say it's a nice, clean family beach with a convenient snack bar and live entertainment. You can't beat free parking and a fishing pier that doubles as a great perch to watch the sunset. Feel free to bring the kids although swimming in the river is not the best, there is a small playground and sandy beach next to the pier.

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