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The Snook Cowboy - Paradise Calling

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On: Tue, Mar 31, 2009 at 7:40AM | By: The Snook Cowboy

Hawaii, California’s Catalina Island, St. Martin, Pine Island Sound. Guess which one doesn’t belong?? I bet you were thinking Pine Island Sound. Actually it is St. Martin. The other three mentions are of paradise locations in the U.S., listed in the National Geographic Adventures magazine this year. Pine Island Sound is the only one listed that is on the East Coast. Imagine that!! We have finally been discovered. I just wish it had been kept a secret a little bit longer I used to vacation in this area when I was an Orlando resident. Many years my family and I would come to Pine Island Sound and fish while my mother and aunts prepared our previous day’s catch for lunch at the South Seas Plantation. Since then I have grown up and have become a permanent resident of Pine Island, designed and patented my own Snook system, and you couldn’t give me a house on the outer islands.

Pine Island is the last refuge for the true outdoors man. We have unspoiled well protected land throughout the island and ALL of the guide fisherman who know anything about the area always come to the Pine Island Sound for the best chances of hooking up with that trophy fish. We have nature trails; The Great Calusa Blueway (“A Kayak Highway”) winds through the area. There are unimaginable numbers of birds, dolphins, bobcats, gophers, wild boar, Snook, Redfish, Tarpon, and the list goes on and on. Pine Island has become a mecca for the kayak and camping enthusiast. My partner, Calusa John and myself are stewards of several private islands that we get to explore on, and we regularly take our clients with us. It’s not unusual for one of our guided adventure trips to last four days or more.

One of the islands we frequent has two artesian wells that we use for fresh water and showering. The only reason we come home is to let the wives know we are still alive! The green eco-industry is alive and well at Pine Island. Lee County is working very hard to make the waters and nature easily accessible for the kayak and camping enthusiast, with carpeted kayak canoe launch sites and The Great Calusa Blueway. John and I offer one- to ten-day adventures that you can custom design for you and your family, from professional guided fishing trips to night-time star-gazing tours in the sound to walks on the ancient Calusa Indian grounds in Pineland to kayak rentals and sales. When you get here make sure you look us up! If you would like to see some videos of what we do you can go to; you will see some videos of what we have to offer, so you can get a taste before you come out. Fishing has begun to pick up around the area.

The Snook have begun to bite again and with the continued warm weather the Spring run of ALL game-fish should be one for the record books!! We handle every type of fishing, from fly and wade fishing to going nose to nose with a monster Snook or wrestling a Shark in the passes; we have the excitement level for everyone!! Make your fishing/camping reservations early as we have had a tremendous response this year. Apparently the economy isn’t halting man’s need for a vacation!! If you would like to contact me personally, or have any questions about the area, don’t hesitate to drop me an E-mail at

We are the affordable alternative to a true Florida experience. ‘Til next month. THE SNOOK COWBOY Craig Timbes is a Florida native who specializes in the catch-and-release of Monster Snook. A Pine Island resident, he offers instruction, guided kayak fishing excursions, owns a U.S. Patent for his fishing pole, a premier partner for Excitations Discovery Channel, the exclusive adventure package provider for the Discovery Channel and its affiliates. e-mail BE GREEN!!!!


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