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Charlie’s Pass

Posted by Shane On June 21st

Many folks want to know where to go by boat to beaches that are not packed with a lot of people and only accessible by boat.

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Here you 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 deep enough 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 within 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

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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, 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!!!!!

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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..

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Charlie’s Pass

Posted by Shane On May 29th

Hello Again,

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

 

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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.

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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!!!!!

 

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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..

 

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Hello Everyone. I hope you all are doing great. Our local Real Estate market still remains strong, contrary to what you may be seeing in the National News. Homes are still selling and our inventory of homes to sell is getting smaller and smaller. As I said last time, banks are lending money to buyers who can truly qualify for a mortgage. Yes, you have to qualify for the mortgage. (wow what a novel idea.) Interest rates are low, low, low…..Like crazy low. Try around 4% for a 30 fix rate loan, this is amazing. We are still seeing many foreigners from other countries coming here and buying property as well as the Northerners. They are coming here to buy for their retirement now while prices and interest rates are soooo low, they retire here in a few years to a home they bought at the bottom of the market. It you have any questions on the Real Estate Market and what is happening as far as values, what is on the market, what is selling. I would be happy to answer any questions you may have. I will set you up on a computer program that will give you full access to our MLS. It will even e mail you new updates whenever a property fitting your description hits the market. It is really a neat way to track our market and best of all, it is free… Yippee!!!!!!:-) Just let me know.

Okay on the fun stuff..
Mini Season Lobstering in the Florida Keys 2011 Part 3

We last left off Lobstering at a secret spot. We caught some bugs and and Stone Crab and saw some really cool fish. Of course we released the Stone Crab, cause they are out of season. About this time everyone started getting hungry, so we all decided to go to the Island Grill right on the Ocean. It is a cool place to go to by boat. It is right on the Atlantic Ocean. There are three areas to sit. One area is out on the beach with great views of Snake Creek and the Ocean. The next is inside in the A/C…. UGGGGG….The other area you can sit is on the canal side, it is all under cover and the ocean breeze feels great. Go and check out the website.. http://keysislandgrill.com/ It is a really cool place. Oh yah and try the Tuna Nachos, oh my, they are great!!!!! Check out the photos.. sorry I only got a few photos, I totally forgot to walk out to the beach bar and take more ☹

Well with our bellies full we headed to a different spot. This is another secret spot, so do not tell anyone…

Well as it turned out this spot was so very secret the Lobster could not find it either. There was nothing there. Now of course I have to hear it from my crew… Dad , Mr. Shane you could not find a Lobster if your life depended on it. Well of course my competitive nature kicked in. I said oh Yah, “Well. I am going to take you to a spot where I know there will be lots of Bugs (Lobsters) to get and no one knows about it. My crew on the boat was like Yah RIGHT!!!! I said you will see. So we headed off the top secret spot. I cannot take photos of the spot or you may know where it is, but I can show you what we caught.. Yes Capt. Shane redeemed himself J Oh Yessssss!!!!! See the photos……

It was now getting late and we decided to head home. We first ran south in the boat to Upper Matacmbe  to drop Nate off at his home. Nate also lives on the water. It is such a beautiful ride seeing all the nature, birds, fish, skinny little mangrove channels. Check out the video and the photos…



How cool is this, to have a channel in your back yard carved out of Coral Bed Rock to a basin in your back yard. I thought it was neat. Check it out…

We headed back north in the boat going home it was getting late.  Ya know I always say you never know what you are going to see on the water. I also know there are people out there that take their Lobstering very serious. Even if they do not have a boat to go out in they find some way to get on the water. We drove by these Kayaks that had dive flags and scuba tanks and diving gear on them. I thought this is very interesting. I do not think I would ever do this my self, but again it was interesting to see..

As I said before you never know what you are going to see on the water.. Well check this out!!!! Now I have seen it all..  I looked off in the distance and I see what I think to be a car driving on the water. I am thinking no way. Maybe I have heat stroke. I looked again and this car driving on the water was getting closer and closer. Now  my crew sees this thing and they say,” what the heck is that?, It looks like a car driving on the water.” I thought to myself thank goodness I am not losing it. A Cadillac Deville driving across the bay…”REALLY”

I am sorry to say now, but I have to go.  Stay tuned for “Mini Season Lobstering in the Florida Keys 2011 Part 4”

Remember make time to smell the roses, spend time with your family and friends.  Just make the time, schedule it out and JUST DO IT!! Life is way to short.

Until next time make it a great week.

Shane “Waterfront” Wilson

Hello everyone, I hope you are doing great. The weather continues to improve here. It is actually very cool in the morning, but it does get warmer in the afternoon which is awesome!!
I hear the fish are starting to bite again, although Snook Season is closed. There are still plenty of big Gator Trout being taken, Red Fish, Flounder, Spanish Mackerel. The pods of bait have found their way back to our local water which is nice. The bigger fish are following the pods of bait… Yippee!!!!!

Now on the continuation of our Quick Florida Keys get away part two….

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