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This page was created to chronicle our progress with the site build and detail the ins, outs, ups, and downs of traversing Southwest Florida to bring you the best of the best. 


2014 Racks and Reels Ladyfish Tournament

Written by Ryan S on Sunday, 05 October 2014 17:31.

I was lucky enough to be asked by my friend Victoria to captain a boat in the 2014 Racks and Reels Ladies Fishing Tournament to benefit the American Cancer Society this past weekend. Normally, planning a fishing trip where you aren't allowed to fish sounds like torture, but there were a few things that made this trip one of the most fun yet:


Scuba Diving with Islamorada Dive Center

Written by Ryan S on Saturday, 16 August 2014 17:50.

I have a confession to make. Only now, after facing it head on and finally doing something about it, do I feel comfortable talking about it. It’s with a heavy heart and a dose of shame that I tell you this, but here it is: I never learned how to scuba dive… 

At least, not until a few days ago.


Upcoming Events: Late Summer 2014

Written by Ryan S on Thursday, 14 August 2014 00:38.

August 16

This weekend, 8/16 or 8/17, we are venturing in to Rookery Bay to take on the leisurely Shell Island paddle trail. We'll be fishing along the way. 

Interested? Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call or text (941) 202-2299. 

View Rookery Bay Shell Island Paddle in a larger map 

August 23rd

Pine Island Sound Scallop Count

We'll be helping the scientific community (not the gastronomical community) locate and count scallops in Pine Island Sound. There are still some spots available. Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or visit the Event Page. Boat captain volunteers are the only spots remaining!

September 20th

Crystal River Scallop trip

Scallop season closes for the summer on the 23rd, so we will be up against the wire gathering scallops in a much more sustainable scallop habitat that is the Crystal River. Interested? Call (941) 202-2299, text, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Summer Nights in Big Carlos Pass

Written by Ryan S on Wednesday, 23 July 2014 15:32.

Much has been said of the magic of summer nights outdoors around the country, but in SWFL most people tend to run for cover as night descends on our piece of paradise. The night time in Southwest Florida's summer can be uncomfortably sticky and humid. Even the sun ducks and hides when the bugs start coming out. However, in a lot of areas, if you're looking for fishing the way it used to be, or at least as I imagined it to be, the night time is your best bet. 


Bottle Cap Snook

Written by Ryan S on Monday, 14 July 2014 17:27.

Around 2 years ago, I built a bar for my lanai that doesn't get used nearly as often as it should. However, the one piece of the bar that continues to grow is the bottle cap collection. For whatever reason, I started collecting the caps off of every beer I drank at The Shore Bar and keeping them in cups. I've had a few fleeting ideas about what to do with them, but none really held my attention long enough to do anything about it. 


39 Things You Didn't Know About Southwest Florida

Written by Ryan S on Saturday, 21 June 2014 01:48.

1.)    The infamous pirate Jose Gaspar, A.K.A. Gasparilla, isn’t from Tampa Bay, he’s from SWFL's Charlotte Harbor.

A businessman around 1900 decided it would be a good PR move to move the legend to Tampa and start a festival. It worked. Today the Gasparilla festival in Tampa is one of the largest pirate festivals in the world. 

Credit: gasparillapiratefest.com

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