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Your Florida Waterfront Home

Shane Waterfront Wilson's Blog and Boating Guide

“Hello everyone. I wanted to send this apology out. For some reason the last boating guide that just came out had a bunch of glitches in it. We think it was something with the server or not uploading and grabbing all the photos. We did redo the boating guide and you are getting it again, but the corrected version. Please enjoy the this edition of the boating guide.”

I hope you all are doing great. It has been freezing down here. Like in the high thirties…. What happened to global warming???? Seriously it was very , very cold. We are not use to this kind of weather. The great news is that today it warmed back up to 80 degrees. I cannot believe it. First it is freezing cold, then the 80’s. Let me tell you, I will keep the 80 degree weather any day.

The fish bite has still been red hot. My friends are catching lots of mackerel in the passes and on the Gulf beaches. They are catching keeper Grouper in the passes as well. The Red Fish bite is still hot on the high tide fishing up along the Mangroves and the Sheep Head fish are biting well also. The Red Grouper and Gags and Black Grouper are moving in to our inshore reefs and into shallow water since the drop in the water temperatures. Last week my friend told me the water was 57 degrees in Pine Island Sound. Sounds hard to believe, but this is what I was told. BIRRRRR…..

I know I normally talk about cool places to go by boat and cool places to go eat by boat, But have a quick story to tell you about a client of mine that moved just moved down here. For those of you that have been getting the boating guide for some time you always hear me talk about peoples dreams of coming here and living this waterfont life style. You will hear me talk about what you can do, if you put your mind to it. I have a family that for a long long time has wanted to move here and buy a place on the water and live the waterfront life style. This person contacted me through my website after talking several times and e mailing quite a bit, this client decided that Shane “Waterfront” Wilson (me) was the most knowledgeable Realtor he had spoken to about waterfront property and the Real Estate Market in general. He had studied my website. He told me, “One day Shane you are the Person we want to work with and I know you will tell the truth and always be honest with us.” This Client came down and we looked at property. After seeing a couple homes we came to this amazing home. I said this is the one. They both looked at me and said, it is very nice and we like it but it is only the third or fourth home we have seen. I again said this is the one. Long story short, we put an offer in on that same home and put it under contract. As a celebration, I said let go out in my boat and check out the area. It was only a short boat ride, but while out there, My client ,now friend, Jerry Webb looked at me and said , Shane, man this is the Waterfront Life Style.” I look Jerry in the eye and said you just got it. Jerry smiled ear to ear. I yelled back to Sandy his wife who was sitting in the back of the boat and said, “Sandy what do you think?” She was already smiling ear to ear and said Shane, “This is it, I have dreamed about this for a long, long time and I cannot believe we are actually doing this. We are here.” She then said, “Shane I LOVE IT!!!” The home we put the offer on is a short sale. These take some time to get closed cause many of the lenders are so backed up. They went back home. Fast forwarding, We were able to get the sellers lender approval. Jerry flew back down. While he was here I said Jerry lets go fishing, he said that would be great !!!! Keep in mind Jerry if I recall had not fished in years and I do not think he had salt water fished. Jerry and I got out on the water and had a ball. The Dolphins were out the sun was shining, but off in the distance were some dark clouds, real dark. We were on a fishing spot and I said Jerry we need to leave soon or we are gonna get wet and stuck in a storm.. We both decide to keep fishing against my better judgement. Jerry was having a ball Catching Spotted SeaTrout, Lady fish. Watching all the Mackerel attack the pods of bait. Check out the photos….



Finally I said Jerry, Buddy we gotta go now!!!! or we are gonna get wet..

Well we made it to the mouth of the River heading to the dock and oh my gosh the sky opened up and it felt like needles hitting your skin, the tempurature dropped 20 degrees and the wind kicked up to 20 knots. I am thinking in my head, Shane you dork, what did you do. This guy is going to be very upset and angry with me that I got him into this storm. This is all I could think. I kept asking Jerry how are ya doing. He looked and me and said oh great, just great, with a big smile. I was not sure what to think. Look at the photos….you will see what I brought this poor guy through. Keep in mind he is from West Memphis Arkansas…..






We got to the dock and I was waiting to hear what was going to come out of his mouth… Yikes… He said, Shane if this is part of living the waterfront life style, I am in.” Now my wife Sandy would not have liked that at all. I was so relieved, I had only met Jerry once before, we hit it off well, but after this experience in the storm, I thought he was gonna smack me 🙂 LOL….

Jerry told me all about his and Sandy’s dream to move here and live on the water where they could boat and fish and just joy ride. Jerry and sandy have a son Patrick who had never ever fished before and really never boated hardly at all. I told them when Patrick gets here, we will get him out in the boat fishing.

Jerry and his son Patrick came down following the movers. I asked them to go out fishing. We headed out and this is when we were having the extremely cold weather here. When we hit the water is was still 50 degrees out. Yes cold guys. I promised we would go. I called Captain Bill Hammond to ask where all the bait is so I could go right to a spot and throw my cast net and get the bait we needed. He said, there is none Shane, it has all disappeared with this cold, cold weather. ( Please go to Captain Bill Hammond’s Website.. http://endlesssummercharters.net/ Book a charter with him, whether fishing, shelling, sight seeing. I promise you, you will have a great time. ) I was thinking in my head, I cannot cancel and I promised we would go fishing and I promised Patrick he would catch his first fish..MMMMMM… I do not break promises. I hopped in the boat and headed to the dock to pick them up. The whole time I was thinking where am I gonna get bait. Then it occurred to me at the mouth of the river there is a floating bait barge, with bait, pin fish Shrimp, drinks and snacks. I was hoping they were there. As we got closer I could see the bait barge..Yippee, I was saved. Now that bait was not going to be a problem. I pulled up to the bait barge and met Rick and Debbie. It was Renee’s day off. These are good people and very accommodating. I asked Rick and Debbie, do you have any live Shrimp and of course they had live Shrimp and Pin Fish. Call them to reserve bait for you on the water 239-677-7199. They are on facebook as well. In Facebook go to search, type in Bait Boat. It will come up. Check out the new look..




We loaded up on bait and headed to our spot.
On the way we ran in to some friends who wanted to play in our boat wake, so slowed down and let these beautiful Dolphins play awhile…look to the right side of the boat wake..


It was cold out and the water was very cold. You know what they say..”A bad day fishing is better than a good day at the office :-)” Well we actually had a great day fishing, I promised Patrick I would put him on some fish 🙂 and we did. Check out the photo…Remeber, Patrick has never ever caught a fish before in his life…







Jerry was catching fish too….:-)

I took some other photos just to try and share the beauty of this paradise that we live in….





We had a great day fishing and Patrick had the time of his life. He is so excited about coming to live here full time. This is what the waterfront lifestyle is all about. Enjoying the water, nature, the aquatic animals the amazing sites that you see.

I share this story with you to show you that Jerry and his wife Sandy had a dream, a goal, a plan they put in place a long time ago. As I said before, Sandy had visions of what it would be like down here, boating, living on the water. Jerry and Sandy just got back here yesterday full time. Yes totally moved here, in their new waterfront home with there son Patrick. They are just elated. I got a photo text this morning from Jerry. Below is the photo he sent to me with the text verbiage..Read below….

Good Morning,
Life just does not get any better than this!
This is the result of make a plan and work the plan. Jerry

Jerry took this photo this morning over looking his pool to his Gulf access canal with a mangrove preserve in the back. NICCCCE 🙂

Let us help you work your plan. Life is too short.

Homes on the water are selling well because prices have come down so much and of course interest rates a re very low.

If you would like, I can set you up on Listing Book, It is free service I provide that gives you full access to our MLS so you can search what ever properties you want to. It sends you morning reports automatically to show you any new listings that come on the market for sale. Yes it is free and there is no obligation to you 🙂

LIke I always say, make time for your family and friends. Life goes by so quickly.. Follow your dreams and goals and stick to them. You will be absolutely amazed at what you will do when you put your mind to it. Until next time, Make it a great day.

Shane”Waterfront”Wilson

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