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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 »

Recreational Red Snapper Season Set

The Gulf recreational red snapper season will be a total of 52 days in 2014 and will start the Saturday before Memorial Day (May 24 this year) and remain open through July 14, closing July 15. Florida state waters in the Gulf are from shore to 9 nautical miles. Federal waters extend from where state waters end, out to about 200 nautical miles. The daily bag limit will remain 2 per person in state and federal waters. To learn more about recreational red snapper fishing in the Gulf of Mexico, visit MyFWC.com/Fishing and click on “Saltwater,” “Recreational Regulations” and “Gulf Snapper.” 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 »

Dreamlander Tours Making the World a Better Place

Steven spending time with Leonarda and Roberto Uriostegui on a recent trip to Cuernavaca, Mexico. SUBMITTED PHOTOS

By Coastal Breeze News Staff With a mission statement that reads “To build a business that blesses others in hopes that our business will be blessed,” it becomes obvious that Dreamlander Tours of Marco Island is not your ordinary for-profit business. Owners and operators, Steven and Kieu Banks, built this eco-educational tour company with a vision of building a sustainable foundation to be the economic engine to help them change lives all over the world, as well as locally. As Kieu is proud to point out, “We are a small family-owned, philanthropy-based corporation. Our inspiration is not how much money ... Read More »

Karate Kids

Students responded in sync to Sensei Nick’s direction.

By Melinda Gray When people think of Karate, they think of Bruce Lee, Jackie Chan and Mr. Miyagi, but make no mistake young grasshoppers, there is much more to it than the Hollywood portrayal. Nick Lemke, owner and sensei of Shima Dojo, will tell you that. On Saturday, March 22, Shima Dojo held their Third annual All-You-Can-Eat Blue Crab fundraiser. Unlike the previous fundraisers, which were held at the YMCA on Marco Island, this year it was hosted by Marker 8.5, and the setting was perfect. Students showed off their skills to proud parents and audience members enjoying their meal. ... Read More »

The Croatian Istrian Peninsula

Along the Lungomare in Opatija.

SPEAKING OF TRAVEL Vickie Kelber vickieonmarco@comcast.net The Croatian portion of the Istrian Peninsula is located in northwest Croatia, along the Adriatic’s Gulf of Kvarnar. Historically, this area was ruled first by the Romans, followed by the Venetians and then the Austrians. For a while in the 1920s, the Italians regained control. Although Istria became part of Yugoslavia in the 1940s, many towns still have two official names — one Croatian, the other Italian. A small part of the peninsula also lies in Slovenia and Italy. While visiting Istria, the town of Opatija was our home base. I could easily write of ... Read More »

2014 Gulf Recreational Red Snapper Season

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) proposed 2014 Gulf recreational red snapper season dates in state waters. This proposed season will be brought back before the Commission for final approval at its April 15-17 meeting in Tallahassee. The 2014 proposed season, if approved in April, would be 52 days long, starting the Saturday before Memorial Day, (May 24 this year) and remaining open through July 14, closing July 15. The Commission could choose to change the season length and dates at the April meeting. State waters in the Gulf are from shore to 9 nautical miles. Federal waters ... 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 »

Preparation, Key to Success, Comfort, Safety

A guide can help you learn the local catch, use the right bait, keep you from getting lost and even provide you with fresh filleted fish to take home!

LADY ANGLERS Captain Mary A. Fink islandgirlscharters.com Among the characteristics most all successful anglers possess is that of proper preparation for a day of fishing. Preparation involves things like the selection of a fishing location, tackle and bait requirements, targeting specific species, awareness of tidal exchange and weather, as well as packing proper clothing and gear. When these factors are carefully considered prior to departing for a day on the water, your chance for success, safety and comfort will be greatly enhanced. Once you have determined your preferred fishing location, the next step is to get acquainted with the tidal exchange ... 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 »

Loggerhead Released Near Goodland

Home sweet home! PHOTOS BY NATALIE STROM

By Natalie Strom natalie@coastalbreezenews.com The Conservancy of Southwest Florida released Sassy, its female loggerhead sea turtle into the Gulf of Mexico near the Ten Thousand Islands on Tuesday, Jan. 19. Born on Sanibel Island, Sassy was transferred to the Florida Atlantic University lab at Gumbo Limbo Nature Center in Boca Raton, where she was part of a gender study linking nest temperature to the gender of hatchlings. Following her two months in the ongoing sea turtle gender study, Sassy was brought to the Conservancy of Southwest Florida. In 2012, Sassy became the first resident of the 5,000-gallon saltwater tank in ... Read More »

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

More beautiful redfish  caught with Capt. Rapps.

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 »