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Fishing the 10,000 in July

Redfish caught on a Captain Rapps Charter. PHOTOS BY CAPT. PETE RAPPS

FOLLOW THE FISH  Capt. Pete Rapps  CaptainRapps@gmail.com Here in the Ten Thousand Islands, the weather in July is somewhat predictable, as are the fishing patterns. Expect the bite to drop off during the mid-day heat and slack tides. The bite is early in the day, and again late in the afternoon/early evening after the mid-day storms cool things off a little. Day time air temperatures are now hovering around 90 degrees each day, bringing the water temperatures up to 87 degrees. Anglers can get into some nice snook on the outside islands. Top water plugs and suspended soft plastic artificials will ... Read More »

Fighting a Boat Fire

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By Lt. Bill Hempel  United States Power Squadrons In Florida, a 64-foot yacht that was ravaged by fire burned to the waterline. Follow up stories reported that the boat was presenting a hazard to navigation and was later towed to a nearby marina to be salvaged. There are a few lessons we can learn from this incident. Obviously, one lesson is to take all of the steps necessary to prevent fire, but when such a yacht is ravaged by fire, we can see just how horrific and all-consuming a boat fire can be. Fortunately, the subject boat was near the ... Read More »

Matt Browne Topples Billy Bush in Celebrity Doubles Match

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READMY TIPS Doug Browne dbrowne912@aol.com Skeptical, yes. Curious, sure. I always wondered how “Entertainment Tonight’s” Billy Bush moved up the line to secure such an awesome job in the television world. It surely can’t hurt to be a part of the Bush family; George H. W. Bush was President No. 41, first cousin George W. Bush was President No. 43 and first cousin Jeb Bush was the governor of Florida. Billy Bush, like his famous cousins, has a solid educational background as he attended the prestigious St. George’s School in Newport, Rhode Island, and then attained his degree at Colby ... Read More »

YMCA, FCA Hold Football Camp on Marco

Athletes taking part in the skills camp, along with their coaches, former NFL players through the Fellowship of Christian Athletes and the Marco Island YMCA ran the camp, with assistance from YMCA volunteers.

By Roger Lalonde roger@coastalbreezenews.com Two former NFL players towered over athletes, but it wasn’t the size that made the Marco Island YMCA Football Skills Camp a success. The camp was put on by former NFL players Steve Grant and Michael Cobb, through the Fellowship of Christian Athletes and Marco Island YMCA. Sometimes in a gentle voice, or a booming voice, the kids, ages 6-13, learned a lot of football and many life lessons. Grant was a linebacker for the Indianapolis Colts, 1992-1997, and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in 1998. He understands the importance of team work. “For me, sports parallels ... Read More »

US Coast Guard Auxiliary Celebrates 75 Years

Flotilla 95 coxswains kept boaters and racers safe during the recent MIYC Regatta. SUBMITTED PHOTO

By Noelle H. Lowery noelle@coastalbreezenews.com On June 23, 1939, the United States Congress authorized the act founding the Coast Guard Reserve as an organization of civilian volunteers to promote boating safety and to augment the local activities of US Coast Guard. It was a non-military service composed of unpaid, volunteer U.S. citizens who owned motorboats or yachts. Two years later, Congress amended the 1939 act with passage of the Auxiliary and Reserve Act of 1941. Passage of this act designated the Reserve as a military branch of the active service, while the civilian volunteers, formerly referred to as the Coast ... Read More »

Pre-Swing Fundamentals Part 3: Alignment

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Golf Tips Todd Elliott telliott@hideawaybeachclub.org Part 1 and 2 covered the grip and set-up position. Now, we move on to Part 3: alignment. This is the simplest fundamental of the four pre-swing fundamentals. Golfers can fix many problems by aiming a different direction. If a golfer always slices the ball to the right 30 yards, they will aim 30 yards left to get the ball to land at the target. This is a reasonable solution while playing golf. However, in the long run, aiming 30 yards left will lead to more problems. Golfers always tell me one thing: I want ... Read More »

Let’s Go Fishing!

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LADY ANGLERS Captain Mary A. Fink islandgirlscharters.com Southwest Florida summers are hot and steamy and a perfect time to enjoy fishing with family and friends. The experience doesn’t have to be all about the fish either. The quiet, scenic mystique of the area’s Ten Thousand Islands is about so much more than that! Manatee and dolphin sightings are likely, and the peaceful beaches found along some of the keys provide excellent shelling and swimming opportunities. It’s very possible that you may not see another person on the island you choose to explore! The best advice I can give to you ... Read More »

How Can My Opponent Be the Umpire?

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READ MY TIPS Doug Browne dbrowne912@aol.com Unless you are playing in a Grand Slam tennis tournament or a Master Series pro event, your opponent will be calling the lines in your next USTA or CTA match. Is it possible that your tennis foe has so much power? There is no way to sugarcoat this topic. With no umpires in sight, you have to rely on your opponent to call the ball as honestly as possible. However, tennis players are not the only participants who must deal with this fate. Here is an example of how crazy rules are in the great ... Read More »

2nd Annual SUP Poker Run

Rescue vessels were on hand to assist in the case of an emergency. Even the youngest attendees took part.

By Melinda Gray melinbrya3@yahoo.com Southwest Florida’s trademark bugs and humidity didn’t deter standup paddle board (SUP) enthusiasts of all ages from enjoying the 2nd Annual SUP Poker Run on Saturday, June 14. The Capri Fish House on Isle of Capri was packed to the gills with volunteers, coaches, participants, athletes and professionals who came to support sending the local Special Olympics (SO) athletes to this year’s SUP Invitational in Key West. The team created the annual poker run with the sole purpose of raising money to help offset the cost of attending the highly anticipated invitational, which includes bussing, food ... Read More »

Fishing the 10,000 Islands in June

Captain Rapps with a Permit. PHOTOS BY CAPT. PETE RAPPS

FOLLOW THE FISH Capt. Pete Rapps CaptainRapps@gmail.com The Summer heat is here, and the bite is on! Day time air temperatures in June are hovering around 90 degrees each day, which has now brought the average water temperature up to 86 degrees. Your best bet for fishing the shallow flats in June will be early morning up until about noon, and then again late in the afternoon after 4:00 PM until sunset. The regular mid-day storms will become more regular as the month progresses, so why not take advantage of a mid-day break off the water for a dip in ... Read More »

I’m Grounded, and I Can’t Get Off!

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By Lt. Bill Hempel, United States Power Squadrons In many locations where boaters cruise, there are opportunities to run aground. If you do, see that no one is injured, and get life jackets on all persons aboard. Then check to make certain there is no hull damage. A cracked or punctured hull means you don’t want to be afloat or in deeper water, so just remain aground while you make emergency repairs and call for help. If the hull is okay, you can get about the task of freeing your boat. Check the tide tables. A rising tide may work ... Read More »

Pre-swing Fundamentals Part 2: Address Position

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Golf Tips Todd Elliott telliott@hideawaybeachclub.org Now that we’ve developed a solid grip in Part One it is time to address the ball with the correct posture. People are made in different shapes and sizes. There is no one perfect posture in golf. Depending on height, arm length, leg length and torso length an athletic golf posture will look different. However, there are fundamentals of setting up to a golf ball that are absolute. The picture provided shows three different address position. N stands for neutral spine, which is desirable. C stands for a C curve in the back/spine at address, ... Read More »

Life Jacket Facts

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By Coastal Breeze News Staff Marco Island is paradise for boaters — with more than 100 miles of interior canals, six miles of beach and 6,000 registered boaters. As we approach the summer months, it is imperative to remember one of the most important and essential safety tools for boaters: the life jacket. According to the National Safe Boating Council, close to 85 percent of those who drown in boating accidents every year are not wearing a life jacket, despite requirements to have U.S. Coast Guard-approved life jackets on board vessels for all passengers. Further, the 2013 Boating Accident Statistical ... Read More »

The Four Pre-Swing Fundamentals: Part 1 of 4

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Golf Tips Todd Elliott telliott@hideawaybeachclub.org The four pre-swing fundamentals of the golf swing are grip, stance, alignment and ball position. The pre-swing fundamentals are the most important elements to becoming a better golfer. There are a million different ways to swing the club and make the golf ball go towards the target, however correct pre-swing fundamentals are universal. Bad fundamentals lead to bad habits in the golf swing. I teach golfers who aim 30 yards right of their target. The student will hit the first shot 30 yards right of their target, turn to me and say, “See, I told ... Read More »

The Reel and the Rod Tip

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LADY ANGLERS Captain Mary A. Fink islandgirlscharters.com There are many successful fishing techniques that can be utilized depending on your fishing location and targeted species. Some of the more common techniques used include fly fishing, trolling, bottom fishing, kite fishing and cast and retrieve. In the local back country areas of the Ten Thousand Islands and Everglades National Park, I have experimented with numerous techniques, but have found one, in particular, to be most effective which I will share with you in this article. I prefer to fish with light to ultra-light spinning tackle, a light- to medium-weight rod between ... Read More »

MIA Sports Year in Review

Front row from left, Dunsehka Cruz, Julia Cartwright, Romina Gimenez, Katherine Felipe, Kiera Ludwigsen, Victoria Vale, basketball. Back row, Patrick Michel, Andrew Delgado, Colin McMullen, Brian Flynn, Cole Stretton. Not in photo, Raul Rodriguez. PHOTOS BY ROGER LALONDE

By Roger Lalonde roger@coastalbreezenews.com As Marco Island Academy completes its third year, the grades are good for its sports program. The year marked the first time teams were eligible to earn Class 2A-District 10 appearances, and MIA’s student-athletes delivered. The boys basketball team won its district and a regional game before bowing out. The girls volleyball team came in second in the district before bowing out in regional play to Seacrest Country Day School, the eventual state champion. Roger Raymond, MIA athletic director, is a cheerleader for all the programs. The three-year-old school had its first senior class this year. ... Read More »

Pace of Play / Tee it Forward

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Golf Tips Todd Elliott telliott@hideawaybeachclub.org Slow play is contagious. It starts with the professional golfers and ends with casual golfers. Nothing is more frustrating than spending a day waiting on the group in front. This is why the USGA launched an initiative called, “While We’re Young.” This initiative is meant to get your attention and take a stern stance on slow play. Pace of Play at the club level is a sensitive issue. It is difficult for the golf professional to be critical and pull aside members that are slow, and it is harder for members to speak up to ... Read More »

Protecting Yourself from the Summer Sun

Wide Rimmed Hats are a must. PHOTOS BY PETE RAPPS

FOLLOW THE FISH Capt. Pete Rapps CaptainRapps@gmail.com Many flats fishermen have their boats set up for efficient casting. This involves minimizing items in the boat that can create obstacles and snags. Most of us fishing out of flats boats do not have bimini tops or T-tops for this reason. Because of this, there is no shade or any way to duck out of the direct sun. We have to dress properly to stay cool and prevent sun exposure. Out on the water, we have sun baking us from two directions. The most obvious is from above, but few think about ... Read More »

MICMS Sports Awards

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By Roger LaLonde Academics and team play headed the reasons why Olivia Watt and Will Glasser were named Student Athletes of the Year at the Marco Island Charter Middle Sports Awards Night on Thursday, May 8, in the school gymnasium. Roger Raymond, athletic director, said the eighth graders, Watt and Glasser, were academically strong while being team leaders. Watt was also named the top athlete for the girls soccer and track teams. Glasser was also named the top athlete in football and track. “Olivia exemplifies the student athlete, with a 4.0 grade point average and excelled in all the activities ... Read More »

Stretton Makes All Area Team

(Left) Preston Reese, left, and Cole Stretton were named to the All-Area basketball team sponsored by NDN. Stretton made the first team and Preston was honorable mention. The two were stalwarts for the Manta Rays who recorded its first winning season and
won the Class 2A-District 10 title. (right) Cole Stretton dunks! With a little help from Marco Island Academy teammate Preston Reese, Stretton, a 6-footer dunks the ball. Stetton got on Reese’s shoulder to get up to rim and then Reese walked away! PHOTOS BY ROGER LALONDE

By Roger Lalonde roger@coastalbreezenews.com If you watch Cole Stretton, no matter how much pressure comes from opponents on the basketball court, he seems to be in control. Even though a target the past season, Stretton, a sophomore, had enviable statistics. Plenty good enough to make the Naples Daily sponsored All-Area team. Preston Reese, a junior, was named honorable mention. High marks for two players in Class 2A, being judged along with players from schools like Naples, Lely, Community School and more. It marks the second straight year that a Manta Rays player was named to the team. A year ago, ... Read More »