Sanibel Fishing Club Featuring Captain Ozzie

provided to The Santiva Chronicle

Captain Ozzie Lessinger with a very large snook he released shortly after taking this picture.

The Sanibel Island Fishing Club will hold its monthly meeting at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, March 8 in the north room of the Sanibel Community House, 2173 Periwinkle Way. There will be a half-hour social with the presentation at 7 p.m. by renowned Sanibel and Captiva fishing guide Ozzie Lessinger. Meeting attendance is free of charge and the angling public is cordially invited.

Lessinger has been a full-time fishing guide and tournament angler fishing the inshore and near shore of waters of the islands for the past 26 years. His experience extends from avid fly fishing to plug action to live bait. Lessinger fishes out of a 17-foot Action Craft flats boat that can easily accommodate up to three anglers. The boat is designed to get into the skinny waters of Pine Island sound where Lessinger does the vast majority of his guiding.

Lessinger will give a presentation on how to catch the big four inland species: snook, redfish, tarpon and sea trout. He will discuss his favorite artificial lures, his hook preferences as well has how he goes about targeting this popular inshore species. With decades of angling experience to draw from including winning dozens of local tournaments this is a presentation every inshore angler on Sanibel and Captiva will not want to miss.

Anyone who has ever been interested in the local fishing scene, becoming a member of the Sanibel Island Fishing Club should be on the agenda. Feel free to drop by and see what this great organization is all about. Anyone who wants to talk to a club member about joining the club, feel free to call the current president, Tom Tilton, at 901-494-8829. To learn more about the club and find some delicious fish recipes visit the fishing club’s website.

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