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Shane Waterfront Wilson's Blog and Boating Guide

Happy Holidays Everyone!

I hope the season is treating you all well. It’s been a busy buying season in Southwest Florida – not only are people busy out on the roads buying presents, they are also busy buying HOUSES! If you are interested in buying a home in Southwest Florida, give me a call!

Also I wanted to share with you a Southwest Florida fishing charter guy that we just love. If you have a fisherman in the family that you are still trying to figure out a gift idea for – a GIFT CERTIFICATE for a Southwest Florida fishing charter with Capt Bill at Endless Summers Charters, can help you out, without leaving your home. You can buy and print the Gift Certificate right from your computer & printer.

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Camping by Boat to Cape Sable (Part Three)

Posted by Shane On December 9th

Welcome back to Part Three of Camping by Boat to Cape Sable!

Hope you are doing well this holiday season, can’t believe we are coming up on the end of the year already. 2012 will be here before you know it! I hope you are taking the time to enjoy your family and friends during the holidays. I’d love to hear what you have been up to, please leave a comment below and share!

Alright, so we left off last with a long night of fun pranks while sleeping on the beach at Cape Sable. The next morning or should I say when the sun came up. It was so beautiful. Cold as could be, but beautiful clear skies and no storms, Yippee..

We did have a small problem though, when we looked down to the boats, we realized that we had not anchored them far enough off shore. With the tide dropping so drastically, one of the boats sterns was high and dry…UGGGGG… Not a good thing..

It was not bad, we were able to get the boat right off… We went to check on the other boys still sleeping and they were out like lights….could not wake them up for anything. We started to cook the Bacon and Eggs and toast and wouldn’t you know, there heads popped out of the tent, we are hungry. We ate like kings, it was soooooo good. Imagine this… cooking an amazing breakfast on a beach that overlooks the gulf as far as you could see.. check out the photos….

After breakfast we all decided to run up to Lake Ingraham and fish for awhile. Lake Ingraham is amazing. There are all different types of Creeks feeding into it. This is a great place to catch Red Fish, Snook, Trout, Tarpon and some times Snapper if you can find some type of structure, whether it be man made or Mangrove Roots.

We did okay fishing caught a lot of fish, many of them too small so we released them. It was time to head back and pack up our camp and get ready for the beautiful journey ahead of us.. check out the photos and photos of our way home.

 

All in all, it was an amazing adventure. The weather was amazing and beautiful. Everyone caught fish, no one got hurt. The memories these kids have made. They will never ever forget this trip for as long as they live.

This is what life is all about, enjoying your family,friends and Loved Ones…

Make time to make time and enjoy life. It is far too short.

Until next time……

Shane”Waterfront”Wilson

Camping By Boat To Cape Sable (Part Two)

Posted by Shane On November 25th

Hello everyone, I hope you are doing great.

Our local Real Estate Market is still going strong. Homes continue to sell and new construction is being built. It is hard to believe, but the market is transitioning from a buyers market to a seller market. Our inventory is continuing  to shrink. Banks are loaning money to qualified buyers, yes qualified buyers. Although many of the transaction we are seeing in todays market are cash.

As they say, cash is king….

Home prices are so low and there are some amazing waterfront deals still out there,  but they are being bought up. If you would like any information on our local Real Estate Market, please let me know, by contacting me online or calling me at (800) 741-3757 . I will be happy to answer any questions you may have. I can set you up on an automatic program that will give you full access to our MLS. It will also update you on new listings that come on to the market as well as homes going pending. You will like it, it is a great program and it is free.

Okay now on to the fun stuff, the Boating Guide, Camping at Cape Sable by Boat Part 2.

We last left off with the sun getting ready to go down and getting ready to start dinner. We had the best dinner. Uncle TJ is a chef, seriously he is a chef and prepare this amazing food on the main land and brought it out in coolers. We warmed it up on the fire and cooked all of the fresh fish we caught, oh my it was just amazing. Out in the middle of no where and eating like kings. Of course with every campfire, you must have marshmallows.

After there fill of marshmallows, the kids decided to go on a walk about with their torches. This is gonna be good. I think they made it a couple miles down the beach and the torches burned out. Now that was funny, dark out, no light, & the flash lights back at the camp.

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Camping by Boat to Cape Sable (Part One)

Posted by Shane On November 10th

Hello everyone,

I hope you all are doing great . before we get into another boating adventure, I wanted to give you an update on our Real Estate market. Contrary to what may e happening around the country, homes here are selling. At this point in time there are more homes going pending and selling and closing than there are coming on the market.

There is definitely a market shift taking place.

In the past we had a huge over supply of homes for sale and it was killing our home prices, so needless to say home prices plummeted. We have seen a leveling off in our market place. Prices are stabilizing and in some areas we are seeing an uptick in pricing. Keep in mind the homes that are overpriced and have been over priced are going to sit on the market and get stagnant. Then when that seller decides to get realistic on pricing, they drop their price on their property and then you get the illusion prices are still falling.  

Right now as this  letter is being written, we have an under supply of homes for sale. In an average market, there is normally a 3 to 4 month supply of homes for sale. The current inventory of homes for sale is much less than that. The market is shifting. Have you noticed the new construction that has just started to be built again. Look around in all the developments, they are building homes and the crazy thing is, they are selling as fast as they can build them. Yes there is some inventory homes, but nothing like we have had for the last several years. Why is this happening, Interest rates are at an all time low, this is a fact. Home prices are so low now, it is like going back 12 to 14 years ago. You cannot afford to buy the dirt and build a new construction home for what many of the existing homes are selling for at this time. This buyers market we are in is beginning to shift and as the inventory dries up even more, you are going to see prices begin to rise at a normal rate. It is quite interesting to watch our Real Estate Market.

If you would like, at no cost or obligation, I can set you up on a program that is just like MLS. It will give you the most current information on home on the market, what is going pending and what is selling. It will even e mail to you any new listings that come on to the market. If there is anything I can do for you whether it be answer questions or if you have family or friends who want someone they can count on to give them honest accurate information, please feel free to give them my contact information. I will be happy to help anyway I can. Thank you in advance.

Okay now on to the fun part, the boating guide. It is getting to be that time of year again. It is cooling down and the mosquitos and bugs have gone away. It is time to go camping by boat. So load up all your camping gear, fishing rods and tackle, cause we are going to have a blast. We are going to Cape Sable, just south of the Everglades.

Let me show you a photo of where I am talking about. It is at the bottom of Florida.  

Do you see where it says Cape Sable, this is where we camped. Do you see to the right side of the screen where it says Planation Key (underlined in black). It is approximately 37 miles by boat from Plantation Key to Cape Sable through the Florida Bay. This has got to be one of the most beautiful boat rides in the entire world. The water is only a few feet deep all the way there. There are tiny wheel cuts, which are little skinny channels that you drive through with your boat. On either side of the wheel cuts, it is only a few inches deep with the miles and miles of grass flats. There are every kind of marine bird you can imagine, Brown Pelicans, White Pelicans, Ospreys, the Great Bald Eagles, Great White Herons, Great Blue Herons, White Egrets, Snowy Egrets, Sea Gulls, Roseate  Spoon Bills, (what an amazing brilliant pink bird), Cormorants ,Anhingas. There are so many more marine birds, that I cannot even tell you their names. 

When we started our trip out of Plantation key, we started with three boats. Several miles in to Florida bay one of the boats with a dad and three kids had a mechanical falure and could not be fixed. You know the old saying, leave no man behind. We were able to get the broken boat back to shore and on a trailer. Needless to say the dad and kids were devastated about not being able to go on the camping trip. My other buddies and I said what?, No way we are all still going. The kids and the other dad were elated. We crammed all of their supplies and gear in to the other two flats boats and headed out. It was tight 8 kids and 4 adults in two flats boats.. YEE HAAAA!!!!!

We headed back into the Florida Bay as I said before, it is just an amazing trip and the scenery is so beautiful, like nothing you have ever seen. I know the photos will do no justice to the real thing.. check out some photos…

On the way you sort of pass Ranger Station, it is in what they call Flamingo. You can get there by car. There is a small boat launch and marina.. Check out the web site….http://www.nps.gov/ever/planyourvisit/flamdirections.htm

After running awhile longer we came across the beaches, miles and miles of secluded beaches. There were a couple of campers which we saw up on shore. Check out the photos…

Finally we seek out camping spot. It is the best piece of Real Estate you could camp on… Check out this aerial shot 🙂 Check out our Gulf front View :-)…


Right on the point of what is called Middle Cape. Look at all that white sand. Miles and miles. So quiet and peaceful. No cell phones, no tv, no radio. Just the sounds of nature. The Chirping of the Osprey as they fly over, the screeching of the massive Bald Eagles. To see them swoop down and grab a fish from the ocean is just magnificent.  The best part of this spot is at the point that you see is a great tidal flow, very strong current which brings in the bait and the big fish that eat the bait. Great fishing on this point, but do not tell anyone..another good point about this spot is that you are somewhat protected from a storm, to a point. There have been many, many stories of winter storms that roll in. You are on the open Gulf with no protection at all. Many boats have broken anchor and washed up on the beach to be pounded by the crashing waves, eventually the boats break up. I have also seen boats washed up and a thousand pounds of sand has washed in to the boat. The only safe haven we have if the storm comes from the north we can tuck up into the south East side of Middle Cape.

Check out the photos as we come to our camping spot….

 

It is such a beautiful place, right on the Gulf of Mexico. With views of the ocean and beaches as far as the eye can see. We got the camp all set up and of course the boys wanted to fish right away…But of course if we wanted to stay warm we needed to collect fire wood. It was supposed to drop to the high 40’s. This is very, very cold for us Florida people.

It is kind of crazy who you will meet out at Cape Sable, after all you are 37 miles from home VIA the water. Mangrove Mike pulls up in his boat heading back home from fishing on Lake Ingraham. Mangrove Mike is a long time friend from the keys.. Mike owns Mangrove Mikes Café and Catering.. You really need to check out his website and the Black and white Ball he catered.  Scroll all the way towards the bottom. You have never seen anything like this, (Keys Style). Mike is a great guy and check out his Café when you go to the keys. Check out his website.

http://mangrovemikes.com/tag/islamorada/

We were all glad Mike came by, he gave us a bunch of fresh fish to cook that night, seeing how the fishing for us was slow. Not that we really tried that hard, we were busy setting up, the kids were all running around had to collect fire wood, ya know the normal stuff.. Okay, Okay, I will say it we go t skunked, we only caugt a few fish, not enough for Dinner. Thank goodness for Mike, Fresh Red Fish .. MM good..

I have to give one of the boys credit. He sat and he sat and he sat fishing. He said he was not going to move until he caught a fish. So he sat and sat and suddenly fish on!!!! I have never seen a kid soooooo happy 🙂

Well it was time to bust out the cooking gear to feed all these little rascals..

While getting prepared to cook one of the boys noticed one of the boats floating away, this is not good. No one would fess up to who did not tie it up well. It is so nice to have children that know how to run boats and solve problem. The boys quickly hopped on Uncle T.J.’s boat and went and Got Uncle Derek’s boat from floating away.

It was getting to be that time to secure the boats for the night and hope and pray there would be no storms hit us during the night. At least in the day time you can see them, at night the air get really cool and bam. Lightning and thunder and strong winds!!!!!! UGGG. You also have to be very careful not to anchor to close to shore. There are really high and low tides. Some times as high as 3 to 4 feet. If we anchor too close to shore we could wake up and have our boats high and dry..

The kids were having a ball catching crabs and catching fish right off the beach. It is such a joy to see children having so much fun and in return being parents, it make you feel so great to see the children having so much fun. Kids need to be kids, they grow up sooooo fast.

The kids were beginning to get hungry and we had to explain we had to build a fire and set up the other stoves. In the mean time the boys caught a bunch of hermit crabs and said they were going to saut’e them in a pan with garlic and olive oil. I said go right ahead, so they did. Icky…

What an amazing long day so far, the kids are having so mch fun and the adults are having a ball just watching the antics and goofing around of these kids. it is amazing to see how much they learn on trips like this and how smart these kids are, to watch them teach eachother different things, like how to clean a fish, bait a hook, real in a large fish, throw the cash net, catch crabs and bait, how each one of them has their own style to navigating a boat. It is just amazing. This trip in not over yet, wait till you see what happens once the sun goes down you are going to be laughing soooo hard, you will fall out of your chair right on the ground. The things these kids come up with.. Just wait for  Part 2 of Camping at Cape Sable by Boat.

Like I always say, take time to smell the roses. Time goes by so very fast. Make the plans right now to get away with family, friends, loved ones. Do not keep putting it off and say oh next month, next year. Where there is a will, there is a way. Until next time, make it a great week and even better weekend.

Shane “Waterfront” Wilson

Part 2 to follow……….

 

 



Hi There!

Thanks for your patience as I get Part FIVE of Lobstering in the Florida Keys 2011 underway. We have TONS of pictures in this last post of the boating guide! I hope you enjoy them. But before you check out the pictures, I wanted to let tell you about the Real Estate Market and Facts I just posted:

There has been a lot of news about our area, so I decided to gather all the facts together, so you can see what is happening in Southwest Florida for yourself! If you have any questinos about this information – don’t hesitate to give me a call (800) 741-3757.
Alright, now on to the fun… The next morning we woke up to this..… Just an incredible beautiful morning.. Check out the photos just outside my room and around the property..

Is it not just an absolutely amazing place. It is so tranquil and peaceful. You have to experience it for yourself. It is called the Coconut Palm Inn. It is in a great location. Close to shopping, restaurants, food stores. There is a boat ramp right next door to drop your boat in the water.

Check out their website:  www.CoconutPalmInn.com

and check this out …

See I told you this place is awesome!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Good golly, trying to wake up these kids and get on the water is like pulling teeth. I guess this is Teens today. Once I said the boat was leaving in 10 minutes, they finally got up and ready 🙂

We hit the water – WOW… the air was crisp and cooler than normal, there was a slight breeze, the sky was blue, blue, blue. We headed to some other Lobster spots where I knew we would do well. I am not going to bore you with a bunch of words, just enjoy the photos 🙂 …

Is this not one of the most beautiful places you have seen. The water is so clear, the sky so blue. It just does not get any better than this, unless you have a big fat Lobster in your net..Momma Caught a Lobster….Check it out…..

As it turns out this was a really great spot. We found all kinds of Lobster, which Many were shorts and we through them back of course.  I was towing Wade over a spot and I heard a loud.. Ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh through his snorkel. I looked back and I see Wade towing behind the boat with feet high in the air. I started thinking what in the world is Wade squealing about. Once I pulled him a little farther, I circled around to see what was up. He said Dad very funny!!!!!!! Exclaimed  Wade. I said What, Again, Very Funny DAD!!!!! I said what? Wade said Dad you Pulled me over a massive 9 to 10 foot Shark. I said Wade no way, He said , Yes Dad it was.. Ha, Ha, Ha, we got a good laugh afterwards.. There was a huge, massive Nurse Shard laying on the bottom near some rubble Wade was going to go down on.

We wanted to try one more spot where you need scuba tanks. Since Wade is a certified Scuba diver and so am I, we put on our tanks and headed to the bottom with a dive flag teathered to me so the boat could follow us. We saw several shorts, but no keepers. It was great fun…

We did really good catching Lobster throughout the day and the kids wanted to go and feed the Tarpon at Robbies. So we loaded up and headed to Robbies to feed the Tarpon and see a buddy of mine Joe who is a Charter boat captain there. Joe can take you out Dolphin, Tuna, Wahoo, Sailfish, Grouper, Yellow Tail, Snapper, whatever kind of fishing you want and he is great. He will even take you out Lobstering.. MMMM 🙂

Check out Robbies website…. www.robbies.com/offshore

Robbies has everything, boat rentals, Kayak rentals, jet skis, great food, awesome atmosphere. Everything you could want and of course hand feeding the Tarpon, It is a blast and the kids love it J Enjoy the photos…

 

 

 

 

What a long fantastic, amazing,  fun filled ,beautiful day!!!!! We decided to head home and you got, clean the Lobster.  As soon as we hit the doc the girls went to the room to get ready for dinner and the boys cleaned the bugs. We did get some great photos first. Check them out…

 

Wade took a liking to his Lobster buddy. I had to convince Wader, “Son you gotta twist his tail off, we are gonna eat him.” I think Wade was thinking something else. Look at the photo and you tell me …

It took awhile, But Wader did come to his senses and did what he had to do..

We got done cleaning the Lobsters  just in the nick of time, cause there was a big rain storm coming..

Wow, it is so neat to watch these storms come rolling in, the air temperature drops 15 sometimes 20 degrees, the lightning is flashing all over the skies, the lightning bolts are dropping from the heavens, the thunders sounds like loud bombs going off, shaking all the windows in the building. Then suddenly as it starts, it is gone. The air is has a crisp clean smell. Everything is so quiet and calm. The birds start to chirp again, the squirrels come out of the trees. Words cannot describe what it is like.

All in all it was a fabulous Mini Lobster Season in the Florida Keys. Everyone had Blast!!!!!  It was a safe, fun, amazing time. If you have never done this, you have got to do it with the family or just you and your significant other.

Before I sign off, I want to remind you all make time to smell the roses. Time goes by so fast, way too fast. Make the time now to set your vacation time with the kids, grandkids, family, friends.  Like NIKE says , JUST DO IT!!!!!

Till next time.. Make it a great week and even better weekend!!!!

Shane”Waterfront”Wilson

 

 

 

 

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

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