Friday, April 16, 2021

Enjoy a day on our local waters….It is not just about fishing!




Capt. Pete Rapps

From time to time I receive inquiries from potential customers asking me how one spouse could talk their other spouse into a fishing trip or boat tour. I hear things like…. “I would like to do a fishing charter with my wife, but she is not really into fishing like I am. Can we do a combination of a fishing and sight seeing charter?” “Is there anything for my spouse to see or do while I fish?” “Will my spouse be bored?”

Well, the truth is that there is so much natural beauty to enjoy while out on the water here in Southwest Florida. Much of the wildlife that can be



seen, is in the calm and shallow backwater areas of the 10,000 Islands and the Everglades National Park. The same exact waters that we fish in.

As you can see from my photos, on a typical fishing charter we often have Porpoise come right up close to the boat. Depending on the season, we sometimes see loggerhead turtles in the shallow water flats, bright pink Roseate Spoonbills feeding in the shallow water, Giant white Pelicans on the sandy island beaches, an occasional Bald Eagle nesting, Osprey talking to each other from high in the mangroves, Manatee feeding on the grass flats, Brown Pelicans catching baitfish, Cormorants popping out of the water with fish in their beaks, Frigate Birds circling high above, Herons & Egrets



feeding in the mangroves, gulls, pipers, and various other birds searching for something to eat, and horseshoe crabs up on the beaches.

Being out on the water is not always about fishing. Truth be told, some of my happiest customers have been more excited about what we see during the course of the day, not what we caught on rod and reel. There is so much natural beauty out on our local waters that cannot be seen from the busy mainland. Whether you are an angler or not, be sure to get out there and take in the natural beauty of what Southwest Florida has to offer us. Take a tour, rent a boat,



book a charter. Bring a camera, pack a cooler, and lather up that sunscreen. Isn’t it time you got out on the water?

Captain Rapps’ Fishing Charters offer expert guided, light tackle, near shore, and backwater fishing trips in the 10,000 Islands of the Everglades National Park. Capt. Rapps and his top notch guides accommodate men, women, & children of all ages, experienced or not, and those with special needs. Between their vast knowledge & experience of the area, and easy going demeanors, you are guaranteed to have a great day. Book your charter 24/7 using the online booking calendar, and see Capt. Rapps’ first class web site for Booking info, Videos, Recipes, Seasonings, and more at 

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