We just returned from that area this week. We draw 6'. Anchorages we also enjoy-
-- Emerson Point Preserve - off Tampa Bay at Manatee River
-- Desoto National Park - off Tampa Bay at Manatee River (other bank)
-- Sanibel Island off Ding Darling/GIWW
-- St. James City off GIWW
-- Redington Shores - north of St. Pete Beach on GIWW/south of The
Narrows, very protected, follow Active Captain entry directions carefully.
-- North Tampa Bay Skyway
-- Around Useppa Island and across from Cabbage Key
-- south end of Cayo Costa/Pejuan Point near Captiva Passage
but great stop for shelling and natural beauty.
-- Bunche Beach/San Carlos Bay NW - both near Ft. Myers Beach
We love Pelican Bay near Cayo Costa and always spend some time there, but be very aware of charted depths. This last trip we watched a boat
struggle on the shoal with 3 dinghies assisting for an hour. Have a great time!