Tag Archives: Everglades National Park

Five Tips to Maintain Fishing Rods and Reels

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Mesh rod sleeves keep your rods from tangling and chipping while being transported.

FOLLOW THE FISH Capt. Pete Rapps Your fishing rods and reels are your most vital fish catching tools, so you should know how to keep them in good working order. After all, no one wants to lose out on catching that trophy fish due to a broken rod tip or a frozen reel. However, with proper maintenance, you can keep your ... Read More »

Coming Soon! National Parks Special Edition

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By Coastal Breeze News Staff Celebrate the 100th Anniversary of our National Park Service with Coastal Breeze News! Watch for our September 30th edition where we will bring you a special keepsake section honoring our prized National Parks, and inspiring you to experience these treasures firsthand. The National Park system includes 413 areas covering more than 84 million acres in ... Read More »

Documentary on Artificial Reef Debuts

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Submitted Thirty-six new artificial reefs, each comprised of 500 tons of concrete, were deployed in six offshore locations near Naples and Marco Island in Collier County, Florida over the past year. During deployment missions and in the months afterward, Pure Image Productions of Naples was stationed with cameras on boats and underwater to record not only the sinking of the ... Read More »

Fishing the 10,000 Islands in June

Bob caught a nice catch and release snook on a Captain Rapps Charter. Photo by Capt. Pete Rapps

FOLLOW THE FISH Capt. Pete Rapps CaptainRapps@Outlook.com As May makes way for June, the season for summer fishing begins, bearing entrance into our four warmest months of the year. Midday air temperatures hover around 90 degrees every day, making the shallow flats in the early morning – before both the peak heat of the midday sun and the almost daily afternoon ... Read More »

The Best Grilled Pompano You’ll Ever Have

A good day’s catch of pompano. Photos by Capt. Pete Rapps

FOLLOW THE FISH Capt. Pete Rapps CaptainRapps@Outlook.com Fishing along our local beaches, you will have opportunity to catch some quality Pompano, and once you have your catch, you’ll want to make the most of it by turning it into something delicious. There are few feelings as satisfying as catching dinner, and we have a recipe that will allow you to make ... Read More »

Fishing 101: Protect Yourself From the Sun 

Appropriate sun protection on Kurt, who caught a snook.

FOLLOW THE FISH Capt. Pete Rapps CaptainRapps@Outlook.com With summer right around the corner and the weather finally warming up, fishing is becoming more and more popular every day. And why not? You get to go out and enjoy the sun, a cool breeze, and relax for the day as you anticipate the excitement of your catch of the day. Going ... Read More »

Everglades Saved by Pioneer Women

Submitted If it weren’t for activists like May Mann Jennings in 1916, before women had the vote, our Everglades might have been developed into yet more urban or agricultural terrain. This intelligent and spunky woman led the Florida Federation of Women’s Clubs to save the old-growth trees on Paradise Key near Homestead and create Royal Palm State Park. She personally ... Read More »

The 10,000 Islands Fish You Should Know

This lucky fisherman will enjoy trout for dinner!

FOLLOW THE FISH Capt. Pete Rapps CaptainRapps@Outlook.com The warm weather is coming in, and the fish are popping up along with it- making it a great time to head out on the boat to do some fishing! Here in the 10,000 we catch many different species of fish, from redfish to trout, flounder to mackerel, sheepshead to snook. Right now with ... Read More »

Snook Reopens in Gulf Waters

The recreational harvest season for one of Florida’s premier fish  ? snook  ? reopened on March 1 in Florida’s Gulf of Mexico state and adjacent federal waters, including Everglades National Park and Monroe County. The season will remain open through April 30. In the Gulf, anglers may keep one snook per day that is not less than 28 or more than 33 inches ... Read More »

Lemon Sea Trout With Capers

Capt. Pete Rapps with a speckled sea trout. SUBMITTED PHOTO

FOLLOW THE FISH Capt. Pete Rapps CaptainRapps@Outlook.com The January and February shallow water fishing season is all about speckled sea trout, and if you’re planning to take home dinner, there are plenty of incredible recipes you can use. One that is particularly simple and tasty is lemon sea trout with capers, which brings a little sunshine into our coldest weather season. ... Read More »

3 Ways To Cook Mangrove Snapper

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FOLLOW THE FISH Capt. Pete Rapps CaptainRapps@Outlook.com Mangrove snapper is going to start to become a regular catch as winter season moves in, and if you plan to bring a few home you’re going to want to know how to cook them! A few recipes can turn this kind of fish into your new favorite kind of fish, and there is ... Read More »

Winter in the Big Cypress Swamp

Green heron hides among the mangroves waiting for its next meal.

STEPPING STONES Bob McConville Master Naturalist Ah, the harsh winter climate of South Florida! So blustery, so cold that I had to wear long pants twice last January! I don’t know how people can stand it! Actually our climate provides a safe haven for many of our northern visitors to escape the cold and snow. These humans will take advantage of ... Read More »

The October Fishing Season in the 10,000 Islands

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FOLLOW THE FISH Capt. Pete Rapps CaptainRapps@gmail.com For us fishing enthusiasts in the 10,000 Islands, fall can prove to be our absolute favorite time of year! While the sun can still be strong during October, and the air will still be a bit thick, you can expect the regular rainstorms to taper off, as the changing of the season starts to ... Read More »

Fishing the 10,000 Islands in September

Jack with a juvenile 12-spot redfish. PHOTOS BY CAPT. PETE RAPPS

FOLLOW THE FISH Capt. Pete Rapps CaptainRapps@gmail.com September is about our hottest and wettest month of the year. Our typical daytime temperatures will hover in the mid to high 90’s each day, and dropping down to the chilly 80’s at night. Before heading out on the water, be sure to have a good look at the current weather report and keep ... Read More »

Wildfire in Big Cypress

Helicopters drop water on the wildfires. PHOTO BY CONNOR BOWDEN

By Coastal Breeze News Staff One of the compelling reasons we live in Southwest Florida is the beauty of the natural environment around us. One nearby national treasure is the Big Cypress National Preserve. Big Cypress is a protected area of over 725,000 acres, bordering the Everglades National Park to the south, and reaching into Collier, Monroe and Miami Dade ... Read More »

A Sanctuary For Wildlife In The ‘Glades’

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By Bob McConville Master Naturalist Okay, we all know that alligators, panthers and bears can be found in their natural habitats of the Big Cypress Swamp and Everglades National Park, just 30 minutes from Marco Island. Some of us are aware that crocodiles, river otters and several other unique species can also be found there. But, wait! Did I just ... Read More »

Celebrate National Park Week with Free Park Entrance

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Submitted National Park Week will be commemorated nationwide by the National Park Service April 18 to 26, and Everglades National Park is inviting everyone to come enjoy free park entrance the opening weekend, April 18 and 19. National Park Week is an opportunity to engage families and communities nationwide in America’s Great Outdoors, by reconnecting people with opportunities to enjoy ... Read More »

GOV. SCOTT: TAMIAMI TRAIL PROJECT WILL HELP MOVE WATER SOUTH

~DEP Issues Permit for Construction of Important Everglades Project~ Governor Scott today announced that the Florida Department of Environmental Protection recently issued a permit to the Department of Interior’s National Park Service, Everglades National Park, for the construction of 2.6 miles of bridging and road raising along the Tamiami Trail (U.S. 41) in Miami-Dade County. The project will deconstruct a ... Read More »

Last Fakahatchee Island cruise of season

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The Friends of Fakahatchee have announced their final cruise of the season to historic Fakahatchee Island on Saturday, March 21. Fakahatchee Island was once home to a thriving community of farming and fishing families and was first inhabited by the Calusa. On the way to the island, Everglades National Boat Tours will cruise among the mangroves of the Ten Thousand Islands. On the ... Read More »

Naples YMCA & National Parks Service Team Up for New Youth Program

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Greater Naples YMCA president, Paul Thein, attended the South Florida launch of a new initiative entitled Play. Learn. Serve. Work. from the Department of the Interior and the National Parks Service on Friday, March 13th in Miami, Florida. Here in South Florida, Big Cypress National Preserve, Biscayne National Park and Everglades National Park will be actively involved with the YMCA ... Read More »