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Fishing and Boating on Florida's Pine Island

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On: Tue, Jul 20, 2010 at 9:05AM | By: Sherry Christiansen

Fishing has historically supported Pine Island’s residents for many generations. Sport fishermen discovered years ago the abundance of fish such as Tarpon in Pine Island. In fact, Tarpon fishing actually originated in Pine Island Sound as far back as the late 1880s. The Tarpon capital of the world is considered to be Boca Grande Pass (just 20 minutes across Pine Island Sound). Other game fish indigenous to the area include Snook, Redfish, Ocean Trout, Grouper, Snapper, Cobia, Mackerel, Barracuda, Shark, Sea Bass, and more.

Whether you choose to go offshore, inshore, back-bay, or even saltwater fly fishing, you are guaranteed a great catch, when fishing around Pine Island. Summer is the best season to boat and fish at Pine Island because you don't have to deal with the occasional windy days that occur from January through March.

Pine Island beaches are limited to wading beaches, from either end of the island, St. James City or Bokeelia; you cannot go wrong when planning to see some fabulous scenery by boat. The beaches are renowned on the barrier islands of Sanibel, Captiva, Upper Captiva as well as Florida State Park areaof Cayo Costa. You are sure to see an abundance of wild life such as Dolphins and many species of sea birds. You may use your own boat, one of many water-taxi services, or a tour or cruise boat to view the Island by water.Activities that are popular on the Island are fishing, beaching, shelling, sea life, and seabird watching, or just kicking back and relaxing while enjoying the gorgeous scenery.

Sailing and cruising are both popular pastimes on the Island; according to Claiborne Young's Cruising Guide to Southwest Florida: "You could literally spend weeks exploring Pine Island Sound alone and still not exhaust all the possibilities. Secluded anchorages, good marinas, historic inns with fabulous dining, deserted, white sand beaches, beautiful state parks . . . well, the list could go on and on, but perhaps you are beginning to get the idea. There is no other portion of the Western Florida coastline that combines, in such delightful measure, the fortunate qualities of ready accessibility and fabulous, often unpopulated cruising grounds as does the stretch between the Caloosahatchee River and Gasparilla Island! Get ready for a genuine cruising treat!" So if you are looking for a fabulous area in Florida for fishing and/or boating excursions, be sure to put Pine Island on your list of “must see” areas this summer.

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