The question comes up often…… “I would like to do a fishing charter with my wife, but she is not really into fishing like I am. Can we do a combination of a fishing/sight seeing charter?
The truth is that there is so much natural beauty to enjoy while out on the water here in Southwest Florida. Much of the wildlife that can be seen, is in the calm and shallow backwaters of the 10,000 Island and the Everglades National Park. The same water that we fish.
As you can see from my photos, on a typical fishing charter we often have Porpoise come right up close to the boat. Depending on the season we sometimes see loggerhead turtles in the shallow water flats, bright pink Roseate Spoonbills feeding in the shallow water, Giant white Pelicans on the sandy island beaches, an occasional Bald Eagle nesting, Osprey talking to each other from high in the mangroves, Manatee feeding on the grass flats, Brown Pelicans catching baitfish, Cormorants popping out of the water with fish in their beaks, Frigate Birds circling high above, Herons & Egrets feeding in the mangroves, gulls, pipers, and various other birds searching for something to eat, and horseshoe crabs up on the beaches.
Being out on the water is not always about fishing. Truth be told, some of my happiest customers have been more excited about what we see during the course of the day, not what we caught on rod and reel. Whether you are an angler or not, be sure to get out there and take in the natural beauty of what Southwest Florida has to offer us.
Captain Rapps offers expert guided light tackle near shore and backwater fishing trips for anyone from beginner to seasoned pro. His trips and tours begin from Chokoloskee Island, which is just south of Naples and Marco Island in the Everglades National Park. Visit www.CaptainRapps.com for full details about charters, along with Captain Rapps’ availability calendar.