Fishing Club to Discuss Overnight Offshore Trips to Dry Tortugas

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The Sanibel Island Fishing Club will discuss overnight, offshore trips to the Dry Tortugas by Sea Trek Deep Sea Fishing Charters, Fort Myers Beach, at its first meeting of the New Year on Tuesday, Jan. 14 at the Sanibel Community House, 2173 Periwinkle Way. The meeting will get underway at 6:30 p.m. with a half-hour social and the presentation will begin at 7 p.m. sharp. There is no admission charge for the meeting and the angling public is cordially invited to attend. Pizza and refreshments are available at a nominal charge.

Featured speaker Captain James, of Sea Trek, will give the club a good overview of the trips, which vary in length and pricing, but are generally from Friday morning to mid-day Sunday. The trips focus on fishing offshore wrecks and deep ledges, and whereas the half-day charters measure their catches in pounds, some of these distant trips measure in tonnage. Catches can include American red snapper, huge cobia, yellowtail and mangrove snapper, and red, black and gag grouper, as well as African pompano and more.

Captain James will talk about what tackle to bring along, the accommodations for up to 18 fishermen and fisherwomen, the satellite televisions and sat-phones, showers, bunks and angling arrangements. For fishermen interested in trying something completely out of the ordinary, these extended trips on the Sea Trek can provide a unique experience. Many of the anglers fish straight through the night and individual catches, with a mixed bag of species, can approach 75 fish per person.

There is also a 30-hour Blue Water Wreck trip that is offered only during February and March of each year. If you are looking for something different to try in 2020 this is a presentation you will not want to miss. To learn more about Sea Trek go to or friend them on Facebook.

The Sanibel Island Fishing Club meets monthly through season and sponsors several group outings as well as lending support for various fishing related charities and organizations such as Captains for Clean Water, SCCF and the Sanibel Sea School. For information on joining the club, contact President Tom Tilton at 901-494-8829 or attend our next meeting. The Sanibel Island Fishing club has been an active social club for more than 30 years on the island.

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