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Learning About Sharks in the Ten Thousand Islands

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COASTAL CONNECTIONS Renee Wilson renee.wilson@dep.state.fl.us In the 1960s, a large residential neighborhood was created northeast of Marco Island called Southern Golden Gate Estates. Although the unfinished development was later abandoned, a network of roads and miles of canals were built that significantly altered the natural flow of fresh water to the estuaries in the Ten Thousand Islands. Today, Rookery Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve manages most of the estuaries downstream of that failed development. Because estuaries provide important nursery habitat for sharks and other marine life, the Reserve has been monitoring water quality there since the late 1990s. Studies indicate that ... 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 island, a Friends of Fakahatchee naturalist will lead a walking tour and describe the island’s colorful history. Cold drinks and snacks will be served on the boat. Please bring bug repellent and wear long-sleeved shirts and closed shoes. Jackets are ... Read More »

More Good News for Lady Anglers!

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LADY ANGLERS Captain Mary A. Fink islandgirlscharters.com There is plenty of exciting evidence that more and more women are discovering the great sport of fishing! One example of this is the continual growth of both local and state wide ladies fishing clubs and organizations where both fishing trips and social events are enjoyed by the club members and participants. One ladies fishing club, called Lady Anglers of South Florida (LASF), is comprised of ladies who love to fish and experience the enjoyment of the club’s social events as well. Captain Lynn Keller, the current president of the club states that “Lady ... Read More »

Marco Beach Ocean Resort

The Marco Beach Ocean Resort announced that it has earned an Expedia Insiders Select Award for 2014. The resort is one of just 650 winners worldwide from an annual survey of more than 2 million guest reviews from Expedia customers based upon criteria including service and value for the money. “It is an honor to receive this prestigious recognition which places the Marco Beach Ocean Resort among the top resorts around the globe,” said Joseph Fisher, General Manager of the Marco Beach Ocean Resort. “This award is especially gratifying because it is based upon our customers’ personal experiences at our property.” Overlooking ... Read More »

Conservancy of Southwest Florida 2014 Red Snook Tournament set for Oct. 24-26

An angler participates in the 2013 RedSnook Tournament to benefit Conservancy of Southwest Florida water quality and gamefish research initiatives.

This year’s tournament features lower entry fees, new kayak division and honorary chair Oliver White The 2014 RedSnook Catch and Release Charity Tournament will be held Oct. 24-26, and supports the water quality protection and gamefish research conducted by Conservancy of Southwest Florida. New this year is the kayak fishing division, which has become increasingly popular in Southwest Florida for recreational fishing. Anglers will enjoy lower entry fees than in years past.  Also new this year is the honorary chair, Oliver White.  White is a famed salt water fly fisher and entrepreneur. Brands from Costa Sunglasses to G. Loomis have endorsed ... 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 »

Rookery Bay Nets 15-foot Sawfish

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Submitted March 7 was a big day for Rookery Bay Reserve Fisheries Biologist Pat O’Donnell and his volunteers. The team captured three endangered smalltooth sawfish (Pristis pectinata) in Fakahatchee Bay while out on its monthly shark monitoring and tagging program. The biggest — a female measuring nearly 15 feet — is the largest sawfish captured by Rookery Bay since May 2000. It is no secret that many species of shark come into shallow, protected estuarine bays of the Ten Thousand Islands to give birth to their young. These back bays provide young sharks with plenty of food and protection from ... Read More »

Dr. Ellen Prager to Speak at Rookery Bay

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Submitted On April 4, Rookery Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve is celebrating Everglades Day with films, naturalist presentations, a guided walk and featured lecture by Dr. Ellen Prager called “Dive into the Story: Ocean Science and Storytelling, Fun for All” at 1:30 PM. From her books and adventures, the author and marine scientist will share stories and images that blend ocean science with entertainment, making it fun for people of all ages. Learn while you laugh and be amazed by the ocean’s strange creatures. See how even scientists can be surprised and get a sneak peek at Prager’s about-to-be released ... 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 »

2014 Christmas Bird Count

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PROTECTING & PRESERVING Nancy Richie NRichie@cityofmarcoisland.com Each winter, the National Audubon Society holds their annual nationwide Christmas Bird Count. This is 114th year that thousands of volunteers armed with binoculars, field guides and bird lists from all over the country get out in their neighborhoods, local parks and natural areas to document each and every bird they see and hear in about eight hours. It is “citizen science” at its best, giving an overall assessment — good or bad — of bird populations that enhance biologists’ studies of bird populations, migration routes and the health of our world’s ecosystems. This count ... Read More »

Out of this World Adventure Ride

By Natalie Strom natalie@coastalbreezenews.com People flock to Marco en masse every year for its pristine beaches, beautiful ocean scenery and endless amenities. Nothing is more exhilarating than getting out on the open water and feeling the ocean’s warm mist. Marco’s newest craze offers just that but in the form a thrill ride. Unlike any other watercraft experience offered on the island, Outer Limits Hovercraft Tours offers customers an exhilarating adventure over the water and sand flats of the Ten Thousand Islands and surrounding areas. Ron Michaels, owner of Outer Limits, is a licensed U.S. Coastguard Captain with more than 45 ... 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 »

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 »

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 »

Back Country Fish Finding Tips

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LADY ANGLERS Captain Mary A. Fink islandgirlscharters.com It is safe to say that all anglers, regardless of experience level, enjoy being on the water. What’s not to like? The beauty of the water, bountiful wildlife, serenity and the wonders of nature all come together to make a memorable experience. Finding and catching fish on a regular basis will only enhance your days on the water, whether in a boat or fishing from a beach, dock or bridge. In this article, I will share with you some very simple, yet effective ways to locate fish in our local back country areas ... Read More »

Boating Skills and Seamanship

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by Mike Harris The snowbirds have flown and the island is quiet. Just the right time to take care of the things your busy season schedule wouldn’t permit. Your local Coast Guard Auxiliary group, Flotilla 95, is offering a summer session of the Boating Skills and Seamanship (BS&S) course. This is an eight session course presented over four weeks.  The class will meet Monday and Thursday evenings from 7 PM to 9:30 PM at the Flotilla Station at Caxambas Park. The course will provide the new boater with all the basics of boating around the Marco Island area. It covers ... Read More »

What type of angler are you?

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After many years of fishing, I have come to the conclusion that there are basically two types of angling enthusiasts: Proactive anglers and reactive anglers. Both types serve preferred individual purposes and one is not necessarily better than the other. The reactive angler is patient and waits for fishing opportunities to present themselves. An example of this may be making the choice to anchor in an area and remain there until there is a change in tidal movement or when the fish may start to bite. This angler can remain quite content and patient in fishing one or two places ... Read More »

Power Up Your Boating Skills This Season

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By Danielle Dodder As part of the Ten Thousand Islands, the National Park Service aptly refers to this area as “a labyrinth of water and mangroves.” Add approximately 5,000 area boats out at any given time to enjoy this natural beauty, and it’s not a big surprise that Collier is one of the top ten counties in Florida for boating accidents, according to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission. The FWC adds that inexperience, inattention and speed were top causes of these accidents. “There are many reasons to understand safe boating around Marco Island,” points out Laura Carney of the ... 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 »