Get Hooked at Whitney’s Bait and Tackle on Sanibel

Whitney’s Bait and Tackle is backed by years of local experience, making it the first port of call for anyone passionate about fishing on Sanibel Island. Whitney Jones, who has 20 years’ experience as a master rod builder, fishing guide, and lifelong angler himself, founded this friendly local store at 1554 Periwinkle Way. He has gradually built up a team of staff who share his passion for fishing, which means that when you go in search of tackle or bait, you get some sound information and local advice for free – just ask!

MustDo.com | Fishing enthusiasts on Sanibel will find everything they need at Whitney’s Bait and Tackle, from bespoke rods and hand-tied flies to guided fishing charters. Photo by Jennifer Brinkman.

Photo credit Jennifer Brinkman

Whitney’s Bait and Tackle Services

Whitney’s offers all the services you would expect of any top-notch bait and tackle shop. In addition, you’ll find rod and reel repairs, fly and spinning gear, the latest lures, plugs and scented jerkbaits, and a host of other fascinating fishing accessories. It’s certainly worth browsing the well-stocked shop to pick up new ideas and tips along with some friendly expert advice.

Fishing enthusiasts can check out the selection of Star and Temple Fork Rods and some of the top branded spinning reels including Shimano, Penn and Diawa. Fly fishermen are spoiled with an unrivalled selection of flies hand-tied by local guides who are familiar with local waters and know exactly what works best.

MustDo.com | Fishing enthusiasts on Sanibel will find everything they need at Whitney’s Bait and Tackle, from bespoke rods and hand-tied flies to guided fishing charters. Photo by Jennifer Brinkman.

Photo credit Jennifer Brinkman

The huge wooden deck and open sliders create a pleasant out-on-the-water atmosphere as you browse the displays of tackle, clothing and flies. Open daily from 5 a.m. to 8:30 p.m., Whitney’s Bait and Tackle is dedicated to meeting the needs of local fishing enthusiasts and welcomes visitors of all levels of experience and ability.

MustDo.com | Families visiting Sanibel on vacation will find everything they need at Whitney's Bait and Tackle, from rod rentals and bait (live or frozen) to tips on the best fishing spots for catching different fish, either from the fishing pier, the causeway or out on the water in a boat.

Photo credit Debi Pittman WIlkey

Those visiting Sanibel on vacation will find everything they need, from rod rentals and bait (live or frozen) to tips on the best fishing spots for catching different fish, either from the fishing pier, the causeway or out on the water in a boat. Don’t forget to stock up on extra protection for a day in the Florida sun with hats, sunglasses, T-shirts and sunscreen.

MustDo.com | Whitney's Bait and Tackle on Sanibel offers rod and reel repairs, fly and spinning gear, the latest lures, plugs and scented jerkbaits, and a host of other fascinating fishing accessories.

Photo credit Justin Fennell

Sanibel Fishing Charters with Whitney’s Bait and Tackle

Who better than Whitney’s to arrange the best guided fishing charter to suit your needs? Whether you want a day out with the kids, a day’s fishing in quiet backwaters or heading offshore for a full day of sport fishing, Whitney’s Bait and Tackle will plan a tailor-made fishing trip to exactly suit your needs. If you want to add some other local activities such as shelling, dolphin spotting and lunch at Cabbage Key, it can all be included in your bespoke fishing charter.

Charters include all licenses, tackle, bait and ice as well as a friendly local captain and guide who will provide plenty of helpful tips to ensure you have an outstanding trip. All you have to do is book your date and turn up at Punta Rassa boat ramp at the mainland approach to the Sanibel Causeway and look forward to a memorable and exciting day’s fishing. Expect to haul in bonita, Spanish mackerel, king mackerel, snook, redfish, sea trout, grouper, snapper, tarpon, pompano, whiting and flounder in this world-class fishing paradise. It all starts at Whitney’s Bait and Tackle!

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Nita Ettinger is the co-publisher for Siesta Publications and the Editor in Chief for Must Do Visitor Guides. Must Do Visitor Guides provides Southwest Florida visitor information through printed publications and the website MustDo.com. Must Do Visitor Guides are published bi-annually and are available at no cost in Sarasota, Lee, and Collier County chambers of commerce, visitor information centers, select Southwest Florida hotels, and wherever free publications are found.

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