My apologies for the boating guide that went out earlier – had some technical difficulties and it was sent before all the pictures were added! I should be back on track now – hopefully! I am sending you the all of Part Four Boating Guide “Lobstering in the Florida Keys” so you don’t miss a beat! ENJOY 🙂
Hello everyone, I hope you are all doing great!!!! I would like to update you on our local Real Estate Market. Our market continues to be strong. There are buyers here from all over buying the great deals that SW Florida offers. I found one of my clients a 3 bedroom 2 bath 2 car garage home on a direct access canal in South Fort Myers for $165,000. It needs some minor work. It has a boat dock right on the canal. It is a straight shot out to the Gulf of Mexico through Estero Bay. I just found another client a great deal, 3 bedrooms 2 bath 2 car garage pool home on a direct access canal in the mid $240’s. It needs some updating, but the view of intersecting canals is amazing. This home is also in South Fort Myers. I tell you this to show you there are still great values out there. With this said, our inventory of homes are decreasing. At this time there are more homes selling, (being taken off the market) than homes being listed for sale and (being put on the market). It will be interesting to see what happens with our pricing on properties as the supply of homes decreases and the demand increases. I know it is common economics J. Interest rates are still very, very low and yes banks are loaning money to qualified buyers. If you or someone you know have an interest in seeing what is available for sale in our market place, I would be happy (at no Charge) to set you up on a computer program that e mails you all the new listings directly from the MLS that come on the market and any other listings you want to search for. It is really a neat program and it provides you with a lot of great information. Please feel free to call me or e-mail me anytime.
Okay now on to the fun stuff…
Mini Season Lobstering in the Florida Keys 2011 Part 4
We last left off after a great day on the water looking for Lobster (Bugs). We had just seen a Cadillac Deville driving across the bay. It is crazy the things you see on the water.
As we headed north back home, I reflected on what an amazing day we have had on the water and all the different thing we had seen and experienced. We truly live in paradise. To be able to do all the things we do. (AND YOU CAN TOO). I know I have shown this to you before but we just love running through the Slawson Cut off. It is a skinny little short cut channel that we take to get home. Check out the video below. Watch the video all the way to the end, you are going to see something that is really cool and no it is not your eyes, it is in the video 🙂
It was a beautiful ride all the way home. Once we got to the dock. The girls went in to get ready for dinner and Wade and I started to clean the Lobster. Now some of you are not going to want to see this and some of you will. So here we go.
There are a couple of ways to prepare the lobster. One way is to break off the tentacles and leave the head on the Lobster and cut it right down the middle from the top of the head out through the bottom. To cook it, you would broil it in the oven. To make it one-step better, stuff the head with a crab meat stuffing. Oh my, it is sooooo good!!! The way Wade and I are going to clean them is the old twist the head off and clean out the pooper technique.
What ya do is grab the Lobster, one hand on the head and one hand on the tail and twist until the tail comes off. You can discard the head in to the water and all the other sea creatures will eat it and pick it clean. It is actually really cool what comes up to eat the heads. We saw a 60 or 70-pound Tarpon come up and nudge it a few times, then it got spooked and swam off. Back to cleaning the Lobster, you have the tail in your hand. You take one of the small tentacles from the Lobster and put the larger end of the tentacle up the Lobsters pooper (Yes, it’s Butt) and push it all the way up inside and then pull it out. I know it sounds nasty, but you do not want to eat sandy, gritty poopy when you do eat your Lobster. This has got to be done 🙂 Check out the photos…
Trust me clean out the poopers. The Lobster will taste a heck of a lot better 😉
I was so looking forward to a great sunset and fantastic evening on the water. I know looking at a photo cannot give you the feeling of being there. Look at these photos and just picture yourself out on that dock..There is no wind, the air has cooled down. All you can hear are the mullet jumping in the water, the Sea Gulls squawking in the air, the osprey swooping down on the water and grabbing a fish and flying away to eat and roost for the night. The Coconut Palm Inn as an amazing place to enjoy all of this. Enjoy the photos..
After dinner I decided to hit the water and try some Bully Netting. This is a special net that you use at night for catching Lobster. It is pretty easy. You need to be is shallow water and use bright lights to find them. You look for the reflection of their eyes when the lights hit them. This time I brought the generator to power some really bright lights. Check out the photos, they are not to clear cause it was at night.
We did not do any good that night, it was windy out and hard to see the bottom, not to mention it was only midnight. They really start moving around about 2 to 3 am in the morning.
Well that is it for now, I will be back next week with Part Five of the boating guide 🙂
Make it a Great Day!
Shane “Waterfront” Wilson