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The Snook Cowboy Summer Time in Spring - June 2009

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On: Tue, Jun 16, 2009 at 8:41AM | By: The Snook Cowboy

Ahhhh... Summertime in Spring. This is one of the best times of the season to visit Pine Island, if you are a Tarpon Angler. The annual run of the Silver King is on. This year there have been reports of these adrenaline-inducing beasts all over Pine Island Sound. In years past, we have been presented with hurricanes that messed up the water because they were releasing massive amounts of water into our estuary and killing everything, including the precious sea-grasses that maintained the “nursery quality” waters. The past three years we have experienced prolonged periods of no rain, so Lake Okeechobee wasn’t in danger of spilling over its banks and giving the Sound time to recuperate. What a recovery it has been!! The entire area, short of a few places, is back to its pristine condition.

This year has started off with a bang for Snook and Red-fishing, too. It doesn’t take a scientist to know that too much freshwater in an estuary will severely hamper its ability to sustain life. The adverse weather in the past has turned back to its predictable cycles of rain and sun. Water-borne activities are best achieved in the morning through early afternoon hours. The sea breezes usually won’t collide until around 3:00-4:00 in the afternoon, allowing the nature lover in all of us, no matter what the activity, to experience Florida at its best before the sun/water gets too hot and the storm clouds form on the eastern horizon. Then it’s usually off to the Lazy Flamingo in Bokeelia for a great afternoon snack and something cold to drink.

Being a Florida boy I really enjoy a large glass of iced tea and a calamari appetizer as I watch the short-lived afternoon storms roll off-shore. If it’s a four tide day, and I am not too tuckered out, I’ll head to the Bokeelia pier and catch one of the monster Snook that hang out under her planks. These things are so big it’s almost intimidating to fish for them. If you haven’t seen my “Amazing Adventures in S.W. Florida” video yet, check it out on YouTube; pretty exciting stuff. Pine Island is also one of those great places to come to on one tank of gas. If art galleries are your thing stop in Matlacha before you get to the main island and see some of the coolest coastal art creations. If you like botanical gardens there are several to visit right here on Pine Island. Paradise found is what this Florida Boy calls this neck of the woods. Well, my computer is trying to crash and I am officially frustrated!! I’m loadin’ up the kayak and heading out.

Come to Pine Island for your next outdoor adventure and you won’t regret it. Love & light. 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, is a staff writer for The Nautical Mile Magazine, and is a premier partner for Excitations Discovery Channel, the exclusive adventure package provider for the Discovery Channel and its affiliatess. e-mail BE GREEN !!!!


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