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Shane Waterfront Wilson's Blog and Boating Guide

Hello everyone. I hope you all are doing great. I know is has been a couple weeks since I have done the boating guide. We have just been very, very busy, work, then the weather was nasty for nearly 5 days in a row, lots of rain, etc.

I did want to update you on the oil spill. As I am sure you have heard the oil well has been capped off. The Beaches here in Lee County, covering Bonita Beach, Ft. Myers Beach, Sanibel, Captiva Islands, Cayo Costa, Boca Grande, Little Gasparilla are all oil free. No oil in the water or on the beches, NO oil….This is great news for us. Once again based on the computer models, there appears to be less than a 1% chance that we are going to see any oil. Please keep the other folks in the affected areas in your thoughts and prayers. The areas hit the hardest with the oil are having a really tough time. Once again, please keep them all in your thoughts and prayers. I do not think I know any more than you do about where the oil is going. If I hear anything new, I will be sure to let everyone know.

After and great time at Cabbage Key we headed over to Red Fish Pass. This is one of our favorite places to go. The water is beautiful, the water is always moving with a quick tide, bringing in bait such as shrimp, crabs, white bait, etc. In turn brings the bigger fish, such as Snook, Red Fish, Tarpon, Sharks, Flounder, Sea Trout, Sheeps Head,Cobia, Spanish Mackerel, King Fish, Blue Fish,Tarpon and many other species. Of course Flipper comes to see us as well. You can see why I like this spot so much, great place to fish off the beach while the family can play in the water and on the beach and there are not a lot of people here, huge plus 🙂 Something I failed to mention, there are many, many aquatic birds that you can watch feed all day. There are Great White Herons, Great Blue Herons, Midnight Miniature Herons, Cormorants, Anhingas, Pelicans, Sea Gulls, Sand Pipers, Osprey, and even Bald Eagles, they are really cool to see. Enjoy the photos below…

There is a place on the island where the water runs over this little man made dam. The family has a ball swimming against the current and to see who can swim the longest..

It is also a great place for the kids to catch minnows with their hands. It keeps the kids busy for a long, long time 🙂

Enjoying a beautiful day at the beach on the water,. Trying to practice what I preach to
you all the time. Yes, I took time to smell the roses and spend time with family.

On a serious learning note. For years my children always wanted to swim in a strong current and show me they could do it. For years I explained to my children, you will never beat a strong current, ever. If you ever do fall out of a boat or off a sea wall in to a fast moving current, number one do not panic, number two, do not ever swim into the current, you will never make it to your destination, you will wear your self out and probably drown. Swim sideways through the current until you are out of the fast moving body of water, then make your way to shore, boat any type of safety.The family got a little daring and wanted to try and swim in the real current. I said Okay. We were in a controlled environment, well as much as we could be. Of course with safety as a number one concern and not having my children swept out into the Gulf of Mexico. I stood down current of my children and one at a time I had them swim out into the ripping current and watch them try to swim against the current. One by one they got worn out and as they floated by me, I snatched them up. My own children and the other children that were with us that day all have a new respect for the power of Mother Nature and her power. The children now understand completely, you do not ever play or goof around in a fast moving body of water, cause daddy may not be there to pull them out. I hope this personal information will help you and your children or grandchildren one day. Remember what I said and teach it to your kids and grand kids 🙂 See the photos below….

What a great and beautiful day we had. You should really make it a point to come out and check it out for your self. It is just amazing and we see new things every time we go out. The best part about this is when I take customers and clients out to experience what we take for granted. The excitement and awe that is in their faces, you can see in their demeanor. We do live in paradise and it is in our back yard. We are truly blessed.

We had a special treat on the way home. As I was in one of the slow zones. I noticed a pod of Dolphins. I told my crew to hang on while I went over to them. I told my crew if we are lucky, we will get the Dolphin to come up and play in our boat wake…. Well what do you know???

Like I said before, you never know what you are going to see on the water 🙂

Until next time, make it a great weekend.

Like I always say, make time for your family and friends. Life goes by so fast, enjoy it.

Shane “WaterFront” Wilson



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