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I am going to be in Ft. Myers in mid April with the family. Can anyone recommend a beach there that would be good for the wife and kids and good fishing? Went to Marco Island last year and that was great but traffic ate up more than two hours round trip from Ft. Myers.

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Lover's Key State Park. Gorgeous beaches, playgrounds for the shorties.
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Big Bald, what am I trying to catch there? Plugs or bait? Thanks
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I am by no means the expert, but we were in Ft. Myers Beach last summer for a family reunion. The action on bait was better than artificials for me.

I was able to cast net shiners in the surf. Put them on the bottom with a wire leader and hold on. Many different kinds of fish picked them up including spanish mackerel and sea trout. Until I put the wire leader on we were getting bit off every other fish or so. The kids (and me) had fun with light tackle.

Just be careful, one of the resident sharks took a liking to a hooked up mack. As the kids,cousins, aunts, uncles scrambled off the sand bar the rational part of me said to go with them. However, I kept feeding the mack to the 4 ft. shark and tried to set the hook. I thought I had him on, as the reel started screaming for a couple of heart thumping seconds. Alas, all we were left with was a bitten in half mack...probably for the better.
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It seems like bait is what everybody uses there. I think I'll pack my cast net.
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Just got back from fishing Lover's key. I didn't do to much fishing damm rod broke but I did have a few hits from neddle fish and saw some Mullet jumping out of the water had a bump when I cast out toward where the mullet jumped. Good luck ThomT Oh yeah I can be hard to keep your mind on the fishing with all the Binikis running around.
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