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Lobstering in the Florida Keys Mini Season Part 4
Have a great Holiday Season !!!
Shane Waterfront Wilson
In case you missed this … Here is
Lobstering in the Florida Keys Mini Season Part 4
Have a great Holiday Season !!!
Shane Waterfront Wilson
Lobstering in the Florida Keys Mini Season Part 4
Hello everyone, I hope you’re doing great! We have been very busy here in Southwest Florida since our last issue of the Boating Guide.
The weather has actually gotten warmer since we spoke last and it is beautiful out, a little windy, but sunny blue skies. The snowbirds are definitely coming down, roads are filling up. Restaurants are busy, the waterways are full of boats, and people are enjoying the climate, fishing and beaches.
The fishing here continues to be on fire! I’ve spoken to many of my friends who’ve been on the water fishing and they’re catching large mangrove snapper, large Snook (which are being released because they are out of season), and catching lots of Redfish, as well as Mackerel off the beaches. The bait fish are everywhere with big threads at the Sanibel Causeway. Small white bait and green backs are being caught off of Fort Myers Beach and the grass flats. Now is a great time to have your line in the water !!!
Another great thing is, the Army Corps of Engineers has stopped dumping water from Lake Okeechobee into the Caloosahatchee River. Our waters have become so clear it is absolutely amazing. I wish the water would stay like this year ’round! We are getting lots of Snook, Redfish, Snapper and many other species moving up the River again. There are large schools of mullet and dolphin migrating back up into the River as well.
I’ve spoken to some other friends who’ve been offshore fishing for grouper and here’s a recent update from FWC…
NEW: At the September meeting, the FWC Commission eliminated the February 1 through March 31 grouper closure for black, red, yellowfin, yellowmouth, rock hind, red hind, and scamp. These species of grouper are now open year-round in state waters of the Gulf.
My fellow anglers are pulling in lots of Grouper, Cobia and Permit out on the artificial wrecks and ledges. All this talk of fishing makes me want to skip out on work and get on the water… I just may have to go grab one of my clients, take the boat out, and see what we can catch!
I’ve spoken to several of my friends who are still up North - they sure are getting a cold snap! Lots of snow, ice and freezing weather with the wind chill pushing the thermometer below freezing. I’m so thankful and grateful that I live in sunny Southwest Florida.
date on our local real estate market, whether it be on the water or off the water, feel free to email me and I will set you up on my Listingbook program. Listingbook is a free service that I provide to my clients that will send you emails each day of new listings that come on the market as well as price reductions on properties that fit within your chosen parameters. I think you’ll like it, it’s a great way to explore the area and a great Real Estate tool.
Okay now on to the fun part, “The Boating Guide: Lobstering in the Florida Keys Mini Season Part 4″.
We left off last time with our second group of people and small children going out in the boat and catching more lobster in the afternoon. What a great time it was!
After a good night’s sleep we headed out for the second day of mini season in the Florida Keys. We headed out to several of our spots on the the north side of the Keys, Florida Bay, but did not do quite as well as we did in our morning venture. Many of our Bay spots were cleaned out so we decided to go out on the Atlantic Ocean to some patch reefs in about 25 to 30 foot of water. Once we got to our spot, Wade and I strapped on scuba tanks and went down for a look. This area is full of coral heads and sea fans; just a beautiful, beautiful place to dive. Crystal-clear with a visibility of over 40 feet, there’s so much marine life! I cannot even begin to name all of the different creatures we saw. Our harvest on that side actually turned out to be pretty good, catching about 12 Lobsters here. We also saw several small Moray Eels.
Check out some of these photos….
We did not take quite as many photos this afternoon, as we did earlier in the day. We had caught nearly our limit of lobster so we headed in a little early.
We met up with our friends at the dock; they did very well for the day limiting out on their catch. Check out the photos….
Another amazing day on the water! Just absolutely beautiful; words cannot describe what an amazing place this is.
The next morning we woke up and the whole crew took the boats out on a 10 mile ride to Alligator Light Reef, a marked reef with a massive light house off the lower keys. It’s a protected zone that allows no fishing, no spearfishing, and no taking of wildlife. Take a look at the photos, you’ll see the amazing beauty this reef has to offer. Sea life abounds here. It is one of my favorite places in the Keys. Want to learn more about Alligator Light?
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What a fabulous boat ride to Alligator Light Reef. The water is a brilliant crystal clear with a light blue-green tint to it; if you read the history, the lighthouse keepers referred to the water as “gin clear”. You could see the bottom all the way out to the reef. We saw several Loggerhead Sea Turtles as well as massive schools of Ballyhoo, which are a type of bait fish. Check out the photos….
When we arrived at Alligator Light, everyone anxiously got into the water and started swimming around. All you could hear was the children oohing and awing through their snorkels… “Mom, Dad, look at this, look at that, what kind of fish is this?” Even the adults were amazed to see all the marine life at Alligator Light, it/s like Marine Biology 101… Words cannot even describe the beauty of this incredible place… Enjoy the photos….
Fish, fish and more fish. Every species you could think of. In the first photo above you’ll see Barracuda, Parrot Fish, Yellow Tail, Grey Snapper, and millions and millions of bait fish. Check out these videos of my son filming the base of the lighthouse underwater. You have probably never seen anything like this before! TURN UP THE VOLUME and listen to the popping shrimp underwater… it is like a million crackling noises all at once……..
Watch this second Video..
Are these videos just amazing? Did you hear all popping shrimp? Even more incredible in real life!!!!!!
I did ask Anne and my buddy Craig, do you want to hand feed the fish??? They were both like, seriously?? Yes seriously.. Check out the photos…..
Watch Craig hand feeding the fish. (CAUTION) one of the fish bites off the end of Craig’s finger……
Just an incredible experience, especially if the person has never done it before.
Well by now it was time to say goodbye to Alligator Light. These children, and of course their parents, will never ever forget this day as long as they live. The things they saw and experienced today can never be duplicated until they come back to this magical place. Growing up in the Keys, I have been to Alligator Light many, many times and I’m still in awe with each visit. To be able to take friends and family out there and to see their excitement and enthusiasm is just an amazing feeling that I’m grateful to be able to share with other people.
Another Fantastic day on the water! However, this day is not over yet… Going to head to “Robbie’s” to hand-feed the Tarpon and have a fabulous lunch and drinks on the water. Sorry, but you will have to wait for the next edition of The Boating Guide: Lobstering in the Florida Keys Mini Season Part 5.
Until then, make time for Family and Friends. Do the things you talk about doing. Do not wait. Time goes by so fast. Like Nike says, “JUST DO IT!!”
Make it a great day, everyday, we all have that choice!!!!!!!
Shane “Waterfront” Wilson
Lobstering in the Florida Keys Mini-Season Part 3
Hello everyone, hope you all are doing great and had a wonderful week.
The weather continues to get cooler and cooler in Southwest Florida and it is so beautiful at night. The days are even nicer being cool, bright, and sunny with less humidity. We are seeing more and more snowbirds coming down to our area. The roads are filling up as are the waterways where we go boating. This is so very good for our economy and for everyone in our area.
The fishing here continues to be red-hot! I have many friends who are going offshore and catching their limits of Gag Grouper and Red Grouper. Anglers are catching Permit and Cobia on almost all of the artificial reefs in the Gulf . The inshore fishing is just as red-hot for Snook which are now in season, along with Red Fish and Trout which can be found on the grass flats. If you are not catching fish this time of year, you must not have a fishing line in the water!
Waterfront real estate continues to move right along. There were quite a few new pending sales in the last couple weeks and more closed/sold properties on the water.
If you would like any information on waterfront properties in Southwest Florida, or even properties off the water, I will be glad to set you up on my database program that is totally free and will keep you automatically updated on new properties that come on the market, as well properties that go pending, and closed properties.
Okay now on to the fun part: Lobstering in the Florida Keys Mini-Season Part 3
We left off last week with the crew coming in with our daily cash limit of lobsters - what a great morning it was! We loaded up the other families in our group with all the smaller hildren and took them back out to scout for more “bugs”. Everyone was so excited to go out after seeing our morning catch with the other families.
We searched and searched and searched for more bugs! Many of the spots were cleaned out but the kids were determined to find more lobsters.
In one of the holes we found a Stone Crab which is a delicacy in many restaurants. We brought him out of the water to show the kids but then had to release him because he was out of
We arrived at another spot and all the kids wanted to get into the water and snorkel around to see the marine life. Fish, lobster, snails, shells - all kinds of sea life! It was like a marine biology trip for the children and even for the adults! Please remember, most of the adults were from Chicago and had only seen these types of wildlife in an aquarium (or at the grocery store.
After exploring the area for a while, it was time to get out and search more ledges for lobster. Everyone was so excited and enthusiastic to find more lobster and to get more snorkeling time. Check out these photos of happy kids.
While driving along we found another ledge; take a look at this photo. This is what we see from the edge of the boat above the water, looking down into the water.
This is what it looks like in the water while swimming down to the ledge.
It’s so cool what we’re able to see underwater on the ledges - crabs, fish, lobster, Moray Eels, tiny shrimp - just amazing!
We had a pretty full afternoon and the little kids were beginning to get very tired as you will see. But they did have a ball; what a great day.
As we headed back into the channel, who do we see, but of course, the teenage kids out fishing! They could not get enough of it.
Getting back to the dock is the fun part! That’s where the kids get to watch us clean the lobster, take photos with the lobster, and touch them - oooohhhhh!!!
Guess what we had for dinner? Fresh baked lobster, fresh grilled lobster, fresh boiled lobster, all with drawn butter, yummy!!!!
What a fantastic day today! It’s so great to see the enthusiasm and excitement on all the children’s faces, especially the younger ones. The knowledge they’ve gained from experiencing and learning about our ocean and all the animals that live in it is priceless - just a great, great day!
Remember, take time for your family and friends; time goes by so fast.
Look for Lobstering in the Florida Keys Mini Season Part 4 next week.
Until then, make it a great day!!!
Hi Everyone … I made some changes to the last post, Lobstering in the Florida Keys Mini Season Part 2. There are some great Photos, take a look and enjoy. Maybe next year I will see you down there!!!
Lobstering In The Florida Keys Mini Season Part 2
Hello everyone, I hope you have had a wonderful week!!! We are doing great here in Southwest Florida and the weather is beginning to cool down some. The fishing for Snook, RedFish, and Trout has been red hot. There are even Tarpon off the beaches right now chasing pods of bait. The offshore Grouper bite has been hot as well. I cannot wait to get on the water and wet a line!
The Real Estate Market is still moving right along. If homes are accurately priced to reflect today’s market value, they are selling. Of course, the homes that are overpriced continue to sit on the market waiting for buyers. As you know, interest rates dropped again this last week with 30 year fixed rate loans just above 4% and 15 year loans just above 3%. Keep in mind this will vary some from lender to lender and depend on how many points you may, or may not, pay. As I said before, the homes on the water are moving. All price points are selling – from Gulf access homes in the high $100,000′s to the multi-million dollar homes. There is also a lot of new construction going up all over. In my neighborhood, there were three homes scraped and new homes are being built right now. I am seeing more and more of this type of turnover in many of our waterfront neighborhoods.
The snow birds are already here for the holidays, the roads appear to be filling up, and the restaurants are getting busy. I do not see a slowdown in sales of waterfront property; there is only so much of it and people from around the country and overseas want their own piece of paradise. If you are curious about what you can get for your money in Southwest Florida, or specifically about waterfront property values, please feel free to contact me and I will set you up on my FREE program that will automatically e-mail listings to you when they come on the market. It’s a neat program and I think you’ll enjoy it.
Okay now on to the fun stuff..
We left off last week down in the Florida Keys looking for Lobster and scouting out new spots before the mini season opened up. If you missed last week’s Boating Guide, go to my archives and look up Lobstering In The Florida Keys Mini Season Part 1.
Well today was the big day. The opening of Mini Lobster Season in the Florida Keys. We all got up at about 4:30 am as to get the boats loaded, beat the crowds of boaters out onto the water, and get to our secret spots.
Yes it is still very dark out. I have to tell you there is nothing more peaceful than planing off in your boat at night on flat calm water. No wind, no waves, not a ripple on the water. Just the smell of the ocean, and the boat hull gliding along the surface of the water. I will try to show you a photo of what this looks like. This photo does not do it justice though…
We ran about 7 or 8 miles South, Southwest to our spots. What an amazing ride, so quiet, so peaceful. When we finally got to our spot, it was still dark out, so we got our lights and gear and splashed in to the water. The first spot had a few on it, nothing to write home about. Below is Paige and Mr. Craig; they would double check the size of the lobsters to be sure they were legal size.
I cannot even begin to tell you how calm the water was, there was not a breath of wind. This is really good, so when we are scouting the ledges on the bay bottom, it makes it much easier to see… Look how calm it was…
We decided to move on to another spot, when we got there, we saw a lot of tentacles sticking out from under the ledges. Everyone jumped in. It is good to have spotters so if you are reaching up under a ledge and the Lobster shoots out the other end, you have a spotter to chase him down and get him!!! The spot we were on had a deep ledge, so we needed to bring down a scuba tank with us. My son Wade went to reach into one hole and out popped a Moray Eel. Bad news! They have razor sharp teeth that will slice you wide open, not to mention their teeth angle backwards, so if you try pulling your hand out of its mouth, it will tear your hand up. Wade decided to leave those Lobsters in that hole where the Moray Eel was. Check him out….
It was okay though, we had several other ledges to check out that were full of Bugs.. (Remember Lobsters are also called Bugs) We had everyone in the water – the catchers, the spotters, the chasers – everyone plays a roll, an important roll. Enjoy these photos….
Remember I mentioned earlier, we have spotters up above that watch for the runaway bugs!!! Well, Anne saw one getting away, she wasted no time and caught him, bare handed by the way, no gloves on!!! It tore her hand up some, but she was not about to let that bug get away!
I gotta tell you what Team Work we had. Bernie, Craig, Wade, Anne, Tyler, Paige we all had our positions and jobs to do, Team work!!!!!
We decided to hit one more spot; we were getting close to our limit of Lobster. When we got to our other spot, we found just off of it, a Lobster Motel. This is where someone uses some type of man-made object, whether it is a barrel, a sunken boat, a car hood, anything man-made. We came across a barrel full of bugs, they were all shorts though…
We found another ledge full of bugs. We all took our positions. We had to bring down the air tank this time so we could get more bottom time…Craig was on his mark to be sure no bug escaped!!!!!
We did great at this hole. By this time we had reached our limit of Lobster. So we decided to head on back in to get the other kids so they could have a chance to catch some bugs as well.
We had a fantastic boat ride back for the 10 mile run. Flat calm crystal clear Florida Keys water!!!! Enjoy the photos……
What an amazing morning we had boating, looking for bugs, spending time with Family and Great friends. Words cannot even describe what an amazing adventure we had this morning…
This is all the time we have this week so stay tuned next week for our afternoon Lobstering outing with all the kids. Until next time, make time for your Family and Friends. Time goes by so fast. Just DO IT!!!!
Make it a great day!!!!!!!
Hello every one! I hope you all are doing great. I know it has been some time since I sent out the Boating Guide. I have had a lot of response from people out there who miss it. They say they miss the updates on our local Real Estate Market and what our market is doing. I have had an even larger response from some saying they miss the boating guide itself, all the great boating adventures, places to go by boat, whether it’s really cool beaches, awesome places to fish, great places to go shelling, great restaurants and bars to go to by water. I have done this for years and years, we are all geared up and ready to share what is happening in the Waterfront Real Estate market as well as, I know many cool places to share with you regarding boating, beaching, shelling, fishing, restaurants, boating trips for places to go for the afternoon or longer boating trips for days. Please remember, no matter what I write about, please always feel free to contact me and ask me any questions. I am more than happy to share my years of waterfront knowledge with anyone who has questions. We are living The Waterfront Lifestyle and I could not imagine it any other way and I would love to share it with you.
Let’s start with our Waterfront Real Estate Market. 2013 has been a phenomenal year for Real Estate sales on the water. We have seen prices go up quickly. Why? Do you ask? There is only so much waterfront property available, our inventory of waterfront homes has come down. People who have always dreamed of being on the water are now living their dream of owning their home on the water and having their boat in the back yard ready to go boating anytime. Many people from up north and overseas are coming here and buying, because our waterfront property here, is still very much affordable compared to other parts of the Country. You have asked me what price ranges are selling, I would have to answer, all price ranges. Homes in South Ft. Myers are selling from the low $200′s to a Riverfront Estate listed at over $5,000,000 recently became pending, according to the MLS. There are waterfront homes with Gulf access in Cape Coral selling below the $200,000 mark to well in to the Millions in Cape Harbour. The sleeper area is North Ft. Myers in a neighborhood called Waterway Estates. You can buy a gulf access home there in the mid to high $100,000 range. Shoot down to the Estero and Bonita area and waterfront prices will jump up some, but you still have good access out to Estero Bay and then out to the Gulf of Mexico. Now moving farther south to Collier County (Naples) everyone has heard of Naples. Waterfront homes here start in the Million plus range up into the tens of Millions of dollars. South West Florida has waterfront Gulf access properties for everyone at all different price ranges. If you are serious about an area and want to know prices for waterfront homes for sale, pending and what has sold? Call me or e mail me and I will set you up on a free program that will e mail you all the details of any waterfront property you have questions about here in South West Florida. It is free and I will be happy to get you set up.
Okay, now onto the fun part of the Boating Guide… Where to go by boat and what to do by boat??? Should we stay here in our local waterways? Fort Myers Beach, Sanibel Island, Picnic Island, Captiva Island, North Captiva Island, Cayo Costa Island, Cabbage Key, Boca Grande Pass, Gasparilla Island or take trip to the Florida keys, Dry Tortugas(Fort Jefferson), Key West or the Bahamas?
LOBSTERING IN THE FLORIDA KEYS Mini SEASON Part 1
Tell you what; let’s start with a trip to the Florida Keys for Lobster Mini Season. If you have never been, you have got to go. Mini Lobster Season is when the Lobster Season opens early for two days only, they call it sportsman season. It is a blast; there are a bunch of Lobsters to be caught. Another name for Lobsters is “bugs”, yes bugs…
This year as years in the past we went with a group of families. Our local Fort Myers families and some families from up north who have never done this before. We loaded the boats on the trailers and headed to the keys. The first day is the drive to Layton Key which is about 4 to 4.5 hours depending on the traffic. Once we got there we unloaded, got settled in and got the boats into the water and brought them around to the hotel, which is located right on the canal.
The next morning we got up to scout our area where we would be bolstering. We loaded up the boats and headed out to our secret spots. We guard these spots with total secrecy; you are not allowed to tell anyone where the secret honey holes are. When we reached our destination, there were other boats around doing the same thing, scoping out the honey holes for the next days catch. Let me tell you, it is so hard to see all those bugs just sitting under the ledges and you cannot touch them or bother them in any way or you will face stiff penalties! We did find several new honey holes FULL of bugs. Below is what we are looking for from the surface, once you see these ledges from the surface you jump into the water and dive down to the holes and ledges and see who is home.
That lobster is looking me right back in the eye and saying, Ha Ha,, Cannot touch me. Ugggg….. Until tomorrow Mr. Lobster.
Check out this video, (turn up the volume)……
My son Wade looking for Lobster. If you look closely as soon as he goes down and looks in the first hole, what comes sticking his head out?? A Moray Eel. Yikes!!!!!!
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Okay now Dad’s turn to go down and scout out some bugs for the next two days catch!!!
Can you say Honey hole?? Wow!!!!!! (turn up the volume)……
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It is a great time for the kids as well, You never know what you are going to see. Look what Jake is holding. A big Horseshoe Crab..
We had so much fun the first day on the water. The weather was beautiful and calm. It was great to spend time with friends and family.
After an amazing day on the water looking for the Lobsters we headed back in to swim in the pool and get ready for a big feast with everyone.
You will have to wait until next week for LOBSTERING IN THE FLORIDA KEYS MInI SEASON Part 2. I promise you, it will be very exciting and interesting.
Please remember, time goes by so fast!!! Make time for your family and friends. As Nike says, “Just Do It”. Time goes by soooo fast…..see you next week.
Make it a great weekend!!!!!
City chooses Ford’s Boathouse to take over Yacht Club restaurant location
POSTED Tue, 07/16/2013 – 2:05am | POSTED BY Jeff Koehn
Ford’s Garage officially opened in the former Leapin’ Lizards location on July 4
On the day one era ended at the Cape Coral Yacht Club, another one began.
On Monday night, the Cape Coral City Council accepted the proposal of Zak Kearns one of the owners of local restaurant Ford’s Garage.
Ford’s Boathouse, as it will be known will take up residency at the former home of KC’s Riverstop at the Cape Coral Yacht Club pier, hopefully within the next four months.
Kearns says Ford’s Boathouse will be an extension of Ford’s Garage, which opened its Cape Coral location just a few weeks ago at the foot of the Cape Coral Bridge.
With their latest venture, the company will look to create a waterfront destination that would be family oriented with hamburgers, hot dogs, seafood, and drinks targeted to accommodate beach goers and boaters, “We are going to go above and beyond to make it a hang out.”
Included in the plan would be a possible extension of the restaurant’s deck, live music and entertainment, and possible beach service for food and drinks. Kearns also said the company is looking into the possibility of adding sunset cruises aboard a pontoon boat.
Ford’s Boathouse was one of three proposals the city received to take over the restaurant, fuel dock services and bait/tackle shop after the city decided not to extend the lease of current tenant KC’s Riverstop. Cape Coral’s Dixie Roadhouse and T&D Adventures of SW Florida were the other proposals received.
However, Dixie Roadhouse announced late Friday afternoon that they had withdrawn their proposal to concentrate more on their current business and expansion of that business.
With Dixie Roadhouse withdrawing, that left the council with the choice between Ford’s Boathouse and Poppy’s Grill at the Yacht Club.
Poppy’s Grill was proposed by T&D Adventures of SW Florida, owned by South Cape Diner owners Tom and Debra Timmerman. Also, part of the T&D Adventures team was former Cape Coral Mayor and owner of BJM Consulting Joe Mazurkiewicz.
Mazurkiewicz made the announcement of his involvement in the project while presenting the proposal to the city council at Monday night’s meeting.
Mazurkiewicz explained that between his 45 years in the community and the Timmerman’s years of experience in owning restaurants both in Cape Coral and New York, Poppy’s Grill would be just a piece of a larger puzzle, “This is bigger than a restaurant, this is about the entire Yacht Club,” he explained to the council. “We want to evolve this into the jewel of the Southeast Cape Coral.
He also stated that the two proposals were not that different, other than their approach, “T&D wants to evolve the site into a destination, and that will take 3-5-10 years.”
T&D said part of their growth strategy would the possibility of adding a roof covering three quarters of the deck in the second five years of their lease.
According to their written proposals, both establishments agreed to pay $3,500 per month in rent plus property tax. However, both told the council they were negotiable when it came to the amount of rent the city would charge. Both were asking for a five year lease, with Ford’s Boathouse asking for two five year options following.
For the council, while there was excitement generated by the proposals, there was also some questions, “I have some concern about the hours of operation,” explained council member Rana Erbrick, who said the restaurant’s location in a neighborhood area does not allow for late night music enjoyed at some establishments.
Council Member Kevin McGrail echoed Erbrick’s concerns, “I have a scary vision of bad karaoke at midnight.”
Both Ford’s and T&D explained that it was their goal to develop a strong relationship with their neighbors, and would have to adjust their entertainment accordingly in order to not have a negative impact on the area.
Another concern was the lack of parking available at the Yacht Club. No one had an immediate solution to that problem that has plagued the Yacht Club for years. However, both said they would work with the city to at the very least optimize the parking that is currently available.
In the end, the council commended both firms for having impressive proposals, but went with Ford’s Boathouse in a 5-3 vote with council members Marty McClain, McGrail, Derrick Donnell, John Carioscia, and Lenny Nesta voting for the proposal.
Kearns says they expect to have the improvements completed in time to have the new restaurant open for the upcoming season.
Now having two restaurants in the city, they are hoping to have a positive impact on the entire South Cape district, “It takes one to start a fire. I think Ford’s Garage is going to be the igniter. When we put them all together, along with all the other establishments in the South Cape, we can only make them better. We are extremely excited about adding Ford’s Boathouse to that mix.”
This article is courtesy of: CapeCoral.com
The water is warming up and the fish are biting again in Pine Island Sound and Boca Grande Pass areas. I have a really cool Historic/Nostalgic place to go to.
This is the one and only Tarpon Lodge on Pine Island. This place is really neat and offers something for everyone. You can go there for the day for lunch or dinner or make it a long weekend and stay at this amazing property. The accommodations are awesome. Stay in the Historic Lodge built in 1926. The rooms in the Lodge are awesome. Or you can Stay in the boat house or the Cottage, the choice is yours. Enjoy the Four Star Dining, Lunch or Dinner.
There are many things to do, of course for the boater you can bring your boats and moor up to the dock over night. For those of you that are not aware of the fishing in this area, it is outstanding, Snook, Red Fish,Trout,Flounder,Snapper,Sheep Head and many more species. Take a short boat ride to Boca Grande Pass and catch Grouper, Big Mangrove Snapper and Tarpon if your timing is right. Boca Grande is the Tarpon Fishing Capital of the world.
For those that are not into boating there are so many things to do at Tarpon Lodge. Hang out by the pool, grab a book and go sit on the dock and watch the wild life abound. Ospreys, Bald eagles, marine birds, so much wild life.
I could go on and on. Tarpon Lodge has got an amazing web site, so you have to go to it..
You will have a fantastic time!!!!!!
I have got another great place to go to by boat after a day of boating and fishing or just relaxing on the beach. You may or may not have heard of Doc Ford’s Rum Bar and Grill on Ft. Myers Beach. It just recently opened. It is where the Bridge Restaurant used to be for years. This is a great place to go to and try different types of food and drink, such as the Banana Leaf Snapper or their Island Mojito drink.
Doc Ford’s offers a great atmosphere. You can dine inside in the air conditioning or dine out side on the deck and enjoy the expansive views of the bay and Shrimp boats.
Please go to the website, it is very well done… http://www.docfordsfortmyersbeach.com
How do you get there?
Coming into Ft. Myers Beach from the Gulf of Mexico, head towards the big sky bridge. Go under the bridge and take a left following the well marked channel. Look to your left and you will see Doc Ford’s Rum Bar and Grill
Visit Doc Ford’s Sanibel Bar & grill on Sanibel 975 Rabbit Road Sanibel Island 239-472-8311
Look for Doc Ford’s opening soon on Captiva!!!
I have been getting a great response from all of the subscribers that get the boating guide weekly.
Many folks want to know where to go by boat to beaches that are not packed with a bunch of people and only accessible by boat
Here ya go, have you heard of Charlie’s pass? It is located on North Captiva Island. Charlie’s pass is an unofficial name for it, but everyone calls it Charlie’s Pass. Years ago when Hurricane Charlie came through, it literally blew a hole right through the island, hence the name Charlie’s Pass. It was plenty deep to bring larger boats through it. In a short time, the pass began to close up to where it looked like a little creek that only skinny water boats could get through. A very short time later the creek closed up. Now it is an amazing place to go to. We love to spend the day here on the beach. The neat thing about the beach here is, you can anchor and back right up to the beach with in feet of the dry sand. (No long walks to shore). The sand here is the nice white sugar sand and loads and loads of sea shells. Most people set up an umbrella or canopy right on the beach and enjoy the rolling waves on to the beach and the gentle sea breeze. My children and I cannot sit still, so we swim in the beautiful blue green waters and shell along the beautiful Beaches.
Okay this is the really fun part if you like to fish. Walk East Opposite of the Gulf about 200 yards and you will come to the back Bay, it is a natural estuary full of marine life. Birds, Crabs, Fish,, you name it. You will see in one of the photos my son throwing his cast net catching bait for his friend Jo Jo. Who caught a nice Snook and of course released it. Enjoy the photos below, this is such a beautiful place, unspoiled and full of nature. You are going to love it and you will not want to leave. Have fun!!!!!
How do you get there?
Coming from Pine Island Sound. Head towards Redfish Pass. Hint, South Seas Plantation is on the south side of the pass. Once you are in Redfish Pass, head north up the beach . You will see a few homes on your right. Keep heading north and you will come to an area where the trees are gone and you can see clear over to the Bayside. You are there. Enjoy..