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Fishing the 10,000 Islands in June

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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 »

Junebug Fire Update

The Junebug Fire was discovered May 24, north of interstate 75, between mile marker 57 & 58. The fire is estimated at 700 acres, zero percent contained. Cause of the fire is still to be determined. Extensive local resources are engaged, including personnel from Everglades National Park and Florida Panther National Wildlife Refuge. For more information, please use the following address:  http://www.nps.gov/bicy/parkmgmt/firemanagement.htm   Read More »

Snook Fishing Closes in Gulf

Snook will close to all harvest in Gulf state, federal and inland waters, including all of Monroe County and Everglades National Park, starting May 1. Seasonal harvest closures protect Florida’s valuable snook populations and help sustain and improve the fishery for the future. Snook is open to harvest in Atlantic state, federal and inland waters, including Lake Okeechobee and the Kissimmee River, through May 31, closing June 1. Both the Atlantic and Gulf will reopen for recreational harvest Sept. 1. Learn more about recreational fishing at MyFWC.com/Fishing by clicking on “Saltwater” and “Recreational Regulations.” Read More »

First Woman Completes Saltwater Paddling Trail

31-year-old Jodi Eller of St. Augustine, Florida became the first woman to complete the 1,515-mile Florida Circumnavigational Saltwater Paddling Trail that runs from Pensacola to Key West to the Georgia border. Eller paddled most of the trail in 2008 with husband Matt Keene, the first “thru paddler” of the trail and completed the remaining segments in late 2013. Highlights of Eller’s trip included seeing a black bear cub in a tree along the Crooked River near Carrabelle, island hopping in the Indian River Lagoon and experiencing “perfect water conditions” for her last segment from Flamingo to Everglades City through Everglades ... Read More »

Fishing in February

The Apfelbach family with a few nice fish. PHOTOS BY CAPT. PETE RAPPS

FOLLOW THE FISH Capt. Pete Rapps CaptainRapps@gmail.com During February, we will generally experience some small changes from January’s wind and cold fronts. We will still experience cold fronts, but they are usually a little less powerful. The water temperatures will remain about the same as January, hovering in the low- to mid-60’s. Daytime air temperatures will average about 52-76 degrees. Keep an eye on your tide chart because we have some extremely low tides around both the new moon and full moon. Be mindful of the morning full moon low tides Feb. 10-16, and the new moon low tides Feb. 25-March ... Read More »

Shrimp and Snapper Soup

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FOLLOW THE FISH Capt. Pete Rapps CaptainRapps@gmail.com What’s better than a warm, fresh homemade pot of locally caught seafood soup on a cool winter’s day? Head on down to the local grocer or farmer’s market, and pick up just about everything you need for this quick and easy recipe. It will take you just 30 minutes from start to finish. Serve with some warm fresh bread or biscuits and butter. ½ LB Ditalini or any small pasta 3 Cloves of chopped garlic 3 TBS Extra Virgin Olive oil 1 Pint of cherry tomatoes sliced into halves 1 Bunch of Asparagus chopped into 1” ... Read More »

The Spotted Sea Trout

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FOLLOW THE FISH Capt. Pete Rapps CaptainRapps@gmail.com The spotted sea trout (Cynoscion nebulosus), also called speckled trout, specs, trout or spotted weakfish, is a common shallow water fish found in our area of the Ten Thousand Islands. They are closely related to the northern weakfish (Cynoscion regalis). Even though most of these fish are caught on shallow grassy flats, spotted sea trout reside in virtually any inshore waters from the outside flats to far up our coastal saltwater rivers where they often move to for shelter during the colder winter months. Contrary to its name, the spotted sea trout is ... Read More »

Rookery Offers Interactive Map

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Submitted Rookery Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve has unveiled a new interactive, web-based map app that shows the large number of science projects taking place within its boundaries. Dots on the map reference more than 570 study sites for research and monitoring programs that have been, or are currently being conducted by visiting scientists and reserve staff. Check it out at this link: http://www.rookerybay.org/learn/research/mapping/interactive-map Search criteria on the app include project type (staff or visiting scientist), research and monitoring categories ranging from bats to weather, as well as the project status. When a point is clicked a pop-up window explains ... Read More »

Honoring National Everglades Day

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By Natalie Strom natalie@coastalbreezenews.com In honor of the Second Annual National Everglades Day, April 6th, Rookery Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve (RBNERR) was ready to throw a party. Just last year the date was chosen as it is the birthday of Marjorie Stoneman Douglas, a champion of the Everglades, known best for her book, “The Everglades: River of Grass.” She was at the forefront of the fight towards redefining the Everglades as a treasured river rather than a useless swamp. Much has been learned about “The River of Grass” since Douglas wrote the book in 1947, but the devastation to ... Read More »

Time to Rhyme with Big Cypress

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By Julia Barnett April is National Poetry Month, and Big Cypress National Preserve is celebrating by hosting its first annual poetry contest. Accepting submissions now through April 15th, the park encourages participants to visit the preserve and write about their experiences there. Big Cypress National Preserve is one of the United States National Parks, open to the public 24 hours a day. It is comprised of freshwater, and is a watershed to Everglades National Park. Set aside in 1974, it was named Big Cypress in reference to the large size of the area, and the expanses of cypress strands within ... Read More »

Nelson joins Python Challenge

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By Natalie Strom natalie@coastalbreezenews.com Saturday, January 12th, marked the start of The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission’s 2013 Python Challenge. The month long hunting competition aims to both educate the public and better understand the invasive Burmese python. Senator Bill Nelson joined the hunt alongside FWCC Commissioner Ron Bergeron on January 17th to bring awareness to the devastation of the Everglades caused by the constrictor snake. Before heading out on the hunt, Senator Nelson and Commissioner Bergeron addressed media alongside I-75 at the Mile Marker 41 Boat Ramp. Senator Nelson discussed the urgent need to control the ever-growing python ... Read More »

The Predator of the Sea: Marco’s Commercial Shark Fishing

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By Craig Woodward The former Coconut Island was a traditional place to raft up your boat, along with your friends’ boats, on a lazy Sunday afternoon and have a cookout on the beach while everyone swam and simply relaxed. It was a beautiful location – just north of the future Hideaway Beach, due east of Isles of Capri, situated in the mouth of the Marco River and the view to the west was of the Gulf of Mexico and the setting sun. Hurricane Donna created Coconut Island in 1960 when the south tip of Cannon Island was cut off; over ... Read More »

AMIKids Big Cypress: Turning Boys into Men

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By Natalie Strom natalie@coastalbreezenews.com Everyone deserves a second chance; a fresh start; a clean slate. At AMIKids Big Cypress, at-risk male youths are offered just that. Teens are sent to the program for anywhere from six months to a year depending on their juvenile criminal history. Rather than treating these boys as criminals, they are shown love and compassion and are given the chance to learn real world skills and how to be a part of a team. The program turns boys into young men. On January 10, two of these young men graduated from the program. The ceremony was ... Read More »

Music, Food and Fun

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BUZZ FROM THE SWAMP Patricia Huff mulletrapper@gmail.com If you’re coming to spend a day in the ‘Glades, start off your morning with a pancake breakfast hosted by Wings 10,000 Islands Tours at the Everglades Airpark on Saturday, January 26, from 10:00 AM to noon. Everyone is welcome. For information, phone Chuck at (239) 695-3296. The River of Grass Greenway project is seeking public comment on its interactive website, www.RiverofGrassGreenway.org. A Community Workshop is scheduled for next week in Naples from January 29 through February 2, at Edison State College, 7007 Lely Cultural Parkway. Locals, winter residents and visitors are invited to ... Read More »

Bumper Crop

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PROTECTING & PRESERVING Nancy Richie NRichie@cityofmarcoisland.com It is common knowledge on Marco Island that Florida Burrowing Owls (Athene cunicularia) are present, popular and so abundant that they are found in almost every neighborhood on the island. Not only do our residents enjoy these charismatic birds of prey, but people travel from all over the world to see them. Professional photographers charge top dollar to school the amateur how to photograph them in the “best light,” though any ol’ camera will do. One can’t go wrong when the subject has big yellow eyes, long downy legs and attitude that could take on ... Read More »

The Convicts have arrived!

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FOLLOW THE FISH Capt. Pete Rapps Pete@CaptainRapps.com Wintertime here in Southwest Florida is synonymous with the arrival of huge flocks of snowbirds, but did you know that convicts arrive here in big numbers too? Yes it’s true, but these are much welcomed convicts…AKA Sheepshead fish. These fish begin to arrive in big numbers about this time each year to spawn. They inhabit many of our near shore structures, oyster bars and the deeper mangrove pockets in the back county river mouths. We call them convicts because of the black and white stripes they “wear.” In addition to being called convicts, sheepshead ... Read More »

Cruises to Fakahatchee Island set for Feb. 1 and Feb. 15

The Friends of Fakahatchee have announced two February dates for their popular cruises through the mangroves of the Ten Thousand Islands to historic Fakahatchee Island. The chartered boat tours will leave Everglades National Park Ranger Station at 3 p.m. on Friday, February 1 and Friday, February 15. The fee for the cruise is $75 and reservations are required. Cruise participants find getting to the island is often half the fun as dolphins frequently accompany the boat on its journey through Fakahatchee Bay. On the return trip, the cruise passes a bird rookery that frequently offers memorable glimpses of its residents ... Read More »

Do you know how to make 2nd Set adjustments?

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READ MY TIPS Doug Browne dbrowne912@aol.com Nothing was more apparent last week during the big tennis exhibition showdown at Hideaway Beach than when veteran Franco Mata continually made strategic changes to confuse his young opponent and dominate the second set. In particular, he altered his speeds and placements and thus disrupted his foe’s tempo. As we delve into future CTA/USTA league doubles matches, players must be ready to completely change their game plan if the first set goes awry. Clearly, one of my favorite doubles strategies is to change return of serve positions. Why? This radical modification is obvious to the ... Read More »

SWFL Nature Festival Nears

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Every year, visitors flock to Southwest Florida to experience its beauty and serenity. Numerous ecosystems blend together naturally to allow for some of the most unique displays of plants and animals in the world. For the last nine years, Rookery Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve has been celebrating the natural splendor of our corner of the world with the Southwest Florida Nature Festival. The 9th Annual Southwest Florida Nature Festival will take place January 18th to the 20th. The event will feature numerous events, expeditions and speakers that will highlight the unique ecosystems of Southwest Florida. Beginning on Friday and ... Read More »

Bonnie Bozzo Portrays Ruth Bryan Owen “A Lady of ‘Firsts’”

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by Diane Bostick You probably don’t know Ruth Bryan Owen but you will be glad that you met her after seeing her portrayed by local actress Bonnie Bozzo. Mrs. Owen was the daughter of Williams Jennings Bryan who unsuccessfully ran for U.S. president three times but is better known for his part in the Scopes Monkey Trial opposite Clarence Darrow. But she is well known in her own right. She was the first female representative from the south to be elected to Congress with her district stretching from Jacksonville to Key West. While there, as a friend of Marjorie Stoneman ... Read More »