Cape Coral Waterfront Property: What Are Those Jumping Fish, Anyway?
Hey, what are those jumping fish in the canal? As a long time resident of Cape Coral, I've been asked that question more times than I can count. If you are interested in Cape Coral waterfront property or off water Cape Coral homes, chances are pretty good that you have an interest in fishing as well. For those of you who still don't know what those lively jumping fish are called that grace our saltwater canals (or how to catch them), this article is for you. Oh, and don't worry, we'll cover the other fish too.
There's Great Fishing in These Waters!
Because Cape Coral's extensive canal systems (over 400 miles) include both freshwater and saltwater canals, as well as lakes, there are numerous fishing opportunities for the visitor or resident in search of a catch. Whether you plan to fish by boat or right off of your backyard canal, here is a list of what you'll find:
Freshwater Canal Fishing
Freshwater canals are home to more kinds of fish than you may think. Here's what's been recently reported in our waters.
- Largemouth Bass
- Alligator Gar
- Black Crappie
- Grass Carp
- Blue Gill
- Red Ear and Green Sunfish
- Mayan, Midas and Oscar Cichlid
Once you get used to certain fishing areas, you'll be able to recognize exactly where the Bass hang out, and who doesn't want to catch a Bass?
Saltwater Canal Fishing
The wonderful thing about Cape Coral living is the fact that you can catch saltwater fish right from your canal (that is, of course, if you happen to live on a saltwater canal). The closer to the Caloosahatchee River you are, the better the fishing is likely to be. Saltwater canals generally have excellent fishing close to the seawall, so there's no need to try to cast out to the middle of the canal. What can you reel in?
- Crevalle Jacks
- Striped Mojarra
If you are relatively new to fishing, high tide is best, and if you throw out your line out just after a nice summer rain, you are sure to reel in a catch.
The Scoop on the Jumping Fish
Ready to learn what those lively jumpers are in your saltwater canal? Ok, here's the scoop. They are called Mullet, and are a favorite food of any respectable Florida Cracker. They are easiest to catch with a cast net, but since that's illegal in Cape Coral waterways...not a good plan. Aside from cast net fishing, they are a tricky fish to catch. It used to be a favorite family pass time in days gone by, but has become somewhat of a dying sport.
Here's how the pros do it - Florida natives chum the fish up by laying mash (available in bait shops) and using a cane pole, #4 hooks, and white plastic worms or plastic flies for bait. Cast right into the baited area and watch your strike indicator. If you do happen to master the art of Mullet fishing, they are wonderful broiled or smoked. Only catch as much as you can eat in one meal since they taste best when fresh.
Deep Sea Fishing
Whether you are a boat owner or decide to go with a charter, deep sea fishing in the Cape Coral area is some of the finest in the world. In one day you could catch any number of fish, including Snook, Redfish, Spotted Sea Trout, Grouper, Amberjack, Tarpon, Mahi, Spanish Mackeral, Kingfish, and even a shark.
Cape Coral Area Fishing Events & Fun
This article wouldn't be complete without mentioning the upcoming fun and often crazy events going on in our area:
- The 12th annual Grouper Grab will take place August 19 - 21 at Cape Harbour to support Blessings in a Backpack.
- The Summer Slam Shootout, an exciting catch and release fishing tournament, which takes place on Fort Myers Beach, from September 23 - 25. These anglers will show you how it's done, as they compete for cash, trophies, and bragging rights!
As you enjoy the many fishing opportunities from your Cape Coral Waterfront Home or a nearby waterway, don't forget your fishing license and 'please practice safe angling' by learning and obeying fishing and boating rules and regulations.
If you are visiting our little slice of paradise and thinking about relocating (and who could blame you?) give us a call. We'll be happy to explain the different waterways and familiarize you with available Cape Coral homes in our fisherman's paradise.