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The Star of the Everglades Its Journey From the 1920s to Today

The historical Lopez home located on the Lopez River. Jim Webb recalls that at the end of mullet season there were always big parties held here; the home no longer exists. Photo by Alvin Lederer

COASTAL HISTORY Craig Woodward CWoodward@wpl-legal.com Mention the vessel Star of the Everglades to local, long-time residents, and it brings a big smile to their faces. Soon, they are flooded with memories of this fabulous boat which was aptly named the Star. Not only was the Star a luxury cruise boat for its day, but it also opened up the Ten Thousand Islands to world-class fishing. Digging into the vessel’s history, one quickly hears stories. Its first owner made money in the bird feather, or plume, trade in the late 1800s. The boat’s builder was extremely wealthy, becoming famous by running whiskey ... Read More »

“Ladies, Let’s Go Fishing!®”

University Series will return to the Ft. Myers/Matlacha area March 8-9, 2014 at Matlacha Community Park. Held on a Saturday afternoon, the mini-event includes much of what is offered at the full LLGF Universities plus Kayak fishing on the curriculum. For this event, held in conjunction with support from the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) through the Sport Fish Restoration Program, women will travel from several states for education, hands-on fishing activities, habitat conservation and to meet other female anglers. On Saturday, the program begins with a session by the FWC on the importance of marine conservation, a demonstration of ... 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 »

For a Mixed Bag, Choose Shrimp

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LADY ANGLERS Captain Mary A. Fink islandgirlscharters.com Very few people can deny that shrimp are a tasty treat, and nearly all salt water fish concur. In fact, local species like sheepshead and black drum can be caught only on shrimp or other crustaceans. It is my belief that shrimp provide enticing bait offerings, but this is especially true during the winter months when water temperatures are cooler making it easier to keep the shrimp alive for extended periods, as shrimp are delicate crustaceans that tend to perish quickly. Additionally, finding and catching baitfish is more challenging during cooler winter months when ... Read More »

Weather Wreaks Havoc on Wildlife

By Natalie Strom natalie@coastalbreezenews.com The week of November 25 through December 1 was a strange week on the beach for many of the city’s volunteer beach stewards. A recent storm front and some odd activities led to an unusually large amount of marine mammal life to be washed ashore on Marco’s beaches. First up, octopi. In one day, a beach steward found eight stranded on the shore as he monitored the beach. Another one was found on Sand Dollar Beach in the same week. Of the nine, six were still alive and were able to be returned to the water. ... Read More »

Morgan Stanley Triple Crown Tourney

By Victor Ordija Al Jennings won first place in the Morgan Stanley Triple Crown fishing tournament and a cash prize of $285 by catching a Tarpon, Snook and Redfish over a three month period beginning on the 1st of August and ending on October 31st. The tournament, which is run by the Marco Sportsfishing Club (MSC), requires all three species of fish to be caught by participating anglers, and the goal is to catch the largest Snook and Redfish, and a Tarpon exceeding 30 inches. The annual contest which began three years ago has evolved into a challenging and competitive ... Read More »

Winter Fishery Changes in 10,000 Islands

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FOLLOW THE FISH Capt. Pete Rapps CaptainRapps@gmail.com Every year around this time, we see some major changes to our local fishery. Around the middle of the December we typically see our first major cold front come rolling through. We have already seen a few minor cold fronts come through in November which brought the night temperatures down into the 50’s. The fronts also brought some days where the wind hit 20+ mph. Expect Gulf water temperatures to drop down into the mid 60’s later this month. Be extremely diligent in December, and be certain to do your homework by reviewing local ... Read More »

Hunt for Reds in October

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By Howard Laskau Marco Sportfishing Club Marco Sportfishing Club’s “Hunt for Reds in October” got off to a great start early Saturday morning, October 12, as 40 anglers headed out to the Gulf and the 10,000 Islands in search of two prize-winning redfish. The “Hunt for Reds in October” is actually two separate fishing tournaments held during MSC’s “Redfish Week.” During this week, MSC club members spend about as much time fishing as they do eating and drinking! “Redfish Saturday” which took place on October 12, involved teams of two anglers whose goal is to bring in the two largest ... Read More »

Sweeping the Beach into the Fall

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By Nancy Richie A sunny, somewhat cool (relatively speaking for Floridians) Saturday morning in mid-October on Marco Island’s beach could not have been more perfect for a fall beach “sweep.” With clouds on the Gulf horizon, the fall sun, now slanted south of the equator moving toward the winter solstice, shed soft light across the beach. Another magical morning on Marco Island’s beach! The City of Marco Island’s Beach Advisory Committee’s monthly beach clean-up partnership with the community brought out 45 volunteers of Marco Island Civic Association (MICA) members to the beach to “sweep” it clean. Diane Hoover, the Beach ... Read More »

Winner Winner, Redfish Dinner!

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FOLLOW THE FISH Capt. Pete Rapps CaptainRapps@gmail.com One species of fish that we catch all year round here in the 10,000 islands is Redfish. Its true name is Red Drum, however most in our area refer to them as Redfish or just “Reds.” Their Latin name is Sciaenops Ocellatus, and they are closely related to the Black Drum or the Pogonias Cromis. They are classified as Drums because they make a deep drumming noise. Several times I have come upon large schools of Redfish that you could actually hear making a deep bass drumming noise in the water around the boat. ... Read More »

Want to Fish the Islands? Choose a Guide!

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LADY ANGLERS Captain Mary A. Fink islandgirlscharters.com Whether you are a novice or an experienced angler, it is wise to hire a guide to take you on a memorable fishing experience in our pristine islands. I don’t recommend this simply because I am a fishing guide; rather, I do so because it is the most effective and comfortable way to become familiar with the area, the types of fish found in the area and to expose you to numerous fishing techniques to help you succeed in catching. Our Ten Thousand Islands areas as well as Everglades National Park provide some of ... Read More »

Vibrio Questions Answered

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By Bryan Fleuch UF/IFAS Collier County Extension Director Florida Sea Grant Extension Agent Questions have been floating around as to whether it is safe to swim in local waters because of a recent incident where an elderly woman had to have her leg amputated due to exposure to Vibrio vulnificus. So far, nine people have died in Florida since January from the baceria. In case you are not familiar with Vibrio, here are some frequently asked questions about it, that can help you in case you are concerned. What is Vibrio vulnificus? Vibrio vulnificus is a bacterium that occurs naturally ... Read More »

Time to Get Snook-ered

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By Nancy Richie The Florida Snook season opens September 1, 2013 for a limited harvest in both the Gulf of Mexico and Atlantic Ocean state and federal waters. The season closes December 1 in the Gulf (including Monroe County and Everglades National Park) and December 15 in the Atlantic (including Lake Okeechobee and the Kissimmee River). The bag limits (catch/harvest per day) throughout the state are one-fish-per-person-per-day. Size limits differ on either side of the Florida peninsula: In the Gulf of Mexico, the snook must be not less than 28 inches and not more than 33 inches total length; in ... Read More »

Summer Fishing Means Sunnier Fishing

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FOLLOW THE FISH Capt. Pete Rapps CaptainRapps@gmail.com Summer here in Southwest Florida is an awesome time for both us locals and those visiting our area to really enjoy all that the area has to offer without the big crowds of the winter season. Although we are still really busy taking customers out on charters each day, boats out on the water are few and far between, the fishing pressure is really low, and it is a fantastic time to get outside and appreciate our local fishery and amazing wildlife. With that being said, the summer sun is now at its strongest ... Read More »

Florida Keys Summer Fishing Trips

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LADY ANGLERS Captain Mary A. Fink islandgirlscharters.com The Florida Keys provide an angler with nearly limitless options when it comes to fishing. Sight fishing, trolling, back country as well as reef and wreck fishing can be enjoyed all year round along the numerous beautiful islands stretching over 100 miles, connected by the chain of bridges called the scenic overseas highway. This article will address some basic tips for increasing your chances of enjoying a successful fishing day in the fabulous Florida Keys, only a short drive from our area. First, listen to Mother Nature. The single most important environmental factor to ... Read More »

Fishing the Ten Thousand Islands in August

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FOLLOW THE FISH Capt. Pete Rapps Pete@CaptainRapps.com August is for sure one of the warmest months of the year to fish here in the Ten Thousand Islands, however, if you time your day appropriately, it can also be one of your most productive fishing months. Day time air temperatures are now averaging around 92. Water temps around 87. It does heat up by mid day, but the daily thunder storms will drive you back to the dock just as the bite wanes. After the storms are over, head back out again for some great early evening / sunset action. I have ... Read More »

Chasin’ Tail Florida-Style

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PROTECTING &PRESERVING Nancy Richie NRichie@cityofmarcoisland.com In my household, sometimes I wonder if the refrigerator calendar of the Julian twelve months is really necessary as we mark our year by seasons – not fall, winter, spring and summer – but by stone crab, sailfish, mahi, grouper, scallops and lobster seasons. That’s just the oceanic seasons for my daughters and me; my husband adds in the hunting seasons as well for his year! It is definitely unanimous that we all love Lobster Season when late July and August roll around. Most Floridians know (and plan for) the “mini season” – two days ... Read More »

To Jig or not to Jig

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LADY ANGLERS Captain Mary A. Fink islandgirlscharters.com The word “jig” has two meanings relating to fishing. The noun “jig” relates to a type of artificial lure or “jig head” which is usually tipped with some form of live or cut bait. The other meaning, used as a verb; to “jig,” relates to the physical movement of the rod tip that will often entice fish to strike more readily. This article will address each meaning of the word and its relevance when fishing our fish rich waters. When fishing our beautiful local back country bays and mangrove islands, jig heads are most ... Read More »

The City of Marco Island’s Beach Ordinance

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The City of Marco Island’s Beach Ordinance #08-14, under Section 54-36. Regulation of Use and Conduct on the Beach, Item (g) states: It shall be unlawful for any person while on the Beach or within 1,000 feet from shore to fish for sharks or to fish by those methods commonly known as chumming or blood baiting. Nothing herein shall be construed to create a duty of any sort on the part of any law enforcement officer or city employee to prevent fishing or to warn of the presence of sharks in the Gulf of Mexico. To address the increase in ... Read More »

The Library and the Arts

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By Karen Swanker The Marco Island Public Library and the Marco Island Center for the Arts work cooperatively to provide monthly art shows at the Marco Island Library branch on Heathwood Drive. Each artist exhibits for two months. July and August 2013 will feature the work of Marco Island artist Rick Granneman. Before retiring and moving from Chicago to Marco in 2007, Rick and his wife, Billie, were involved in the R&D of new medicines like Humira, Depakote, Kaletra, Norvir, and Synthroid. Besides pursuit of their lifelong passion for the arts, they feel “blessed to enjoy the Gulf, Everglades, 10,000 ... Read More »