Know the Ins and Outs of Fishing in Fort Myers for Your Next Vacation

On your next stay in a Fort Myers vacation rental, you’ll want to spend as much time as possible soaking up the Florida sunshine. But you don’t want to spend your entire day just laying around on the beach. Doesn’t it sound much more fun to get to be the captain of your very own boat? In Fort Myers, anything is possible! If you want to spend the day in the water with your friends and family, taking your boat through the waters as you please, and catching fish for your dinner that night, Fort Myers is the place to be. Here’s how you can make it happen.

man on a fishing boat

Do You Need a License?

Before you can go fishing in Fort Myers, you’ll need to know the license requirements. In the vast majority of cases, you will need a fishing license before you set sail. However, youth under the age of 16 and Florida residents over the age of 65 do not need a fishing license. You can purchase your fishing license by phone, online, or in-person for a small fee.  

Where to Rent a Boat

Now that you’ve got your license, you need a boat! Luckily, there are several great spots for boat rentals in Fort Myers. Pure Florida is a local operation that serves both Fort Myers and nearby Naples. With their boat rental services, you and your family will have everything you need for an awesome day on the water. You’ll be provided with a stunning vessel that’s easy to operate and comfortable for all fishermen. Pure Florida is located at 2360 W 1st Street.

fishing boat

Another top spot for boating in Fort Myers? Salty Sam’s is one of the best marinas in Fort Myers. They’ve got tons of vessels for you to choose from, including pontoons, center consoles, power catamarans, bow riders, kayaks, and trimarans. Rent your boat for a half day (4.5 hours) or a full day (7 hours) to fit your itinerary however you please. Be sure to also visit the Ship Store to pick up your food, drinks, ice, sunscreen, souvenirs, and more! Salty Sam’s Marina is located at 2500 Main Street.

Where to Get Equipment

You don’t have to bring all your own fishing equipment with you on your vacation! You’ve got several places in the area that will rent everything you need for your fishing trip. Rudy’s Treasure Chest has all your fishing poles, frozen bait, assorted tackle, and more. Fishing pole rentals start at just $9.90 per day, making this location a wonderful budget-friendly option for your fishing needs. Visit Rudy’s at 10 Old San Carlos Road.

sunset boat

Bait N Wait is another option in the area where you can get fishing equipment for your entire family. The staff here is incredibly knowledgeable and friendly, making Bait N Wait more than just a tackle shop; they’re your one-stop shop for everything you need to know before you hit the water. You can pick up fishing poles for both the kids and adults in your group, as well as TICA tackle! Bait N Wait is located at 17885 San Carlos Boulevard. 

If you’re searching for fun outdoor activities in Fort Myers, fishing is the perfect solution.

It doesn’t matter how big your group is, how much time you have, what kind of fish you’re wanting to catch, or how experienced you are with the sport. By renting your own boat and equipment, you’ll have the water at your disposal! You can totally customize your experience and create unforgettable memories with the ones you love most.

Where to Stay?

After a long day out on the water, you’re bound to be tired. You’re going to want a relaxing and comfortable place to unwind or plan for the days ahead. Our Fort Myers pet-friendly vacation rentals are perfect for any size group, so you can find the exact home you desire. Contact us today to learn more!

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