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The Snook Cowboy: Big Doin's At Bowditch

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On: Thu, Feb 17, 2011 at 2:12PM | By: The Snook Cowboy

Wow, what a month February was!!  I don’t know where to begin. Now that everything is final, I want to share with you a new venture that I, Calusa John, Calusa Ghost Tours, and Jory Pearson of Florida Paddlesports are embarking on as a team.

We won a county bid for Bowditch Point Regional Park on the north end of Ft Myers Beach. This beautiful 17-acre park wraps around the entire north tip of the beach with deep-water docking, full beach access, and facilities that will house our kayak and tackle outfitters on one side of the building, and introduce the “Cast Iron Cafe”, a concession specializing in Florida cooking with a coastal ambiance.

We will feature a full breakfast menu, and a lunch menu with grilled hamburgers, hot dogs, Italian sausage with peppers, and pizza, as well as fresh shrimp and fish platters and sandwiches featuring hush puppies and curly fries. We also will have a full compliment of soft drinks and ice cream.

There will be a gift shop as well. As we gear up for our first season we plan to offer backwater, near-shore and offshore guided fishing trips, kayak and paddle board rentals/sales and classes, fishing seminars “Beach Side” with hands-on classes and fishing, children’s programs, and a plethora of activities that would suit anyone of any age. I will have more information for you next month as things progress. We are aiming towards a Grand Opening the first weekend of March, the 5th and 6th. You can follow us on the internet and the media will be covering this as well; it should prove to be an exciting weekend. Make sure you come out and spend a day at the beach. I know this is short notice, but things got sticky for a while and we had to keep a lid on things until the smoke cleared. I want to thank Lee County for giving Calusa Ghost Tours, Florida Paddle Sports, and me the chance to do some great things at Bowditch Regional Park. We won’t let them down !!!

The water has warmed considerably and the fish are feeding heartily. I have some new water to fish, and I can’t wait to report to you on how we are doing. Since the park is so close to Matanzas Pass there are deep water channels close to the island’s edge and on the west side we have the ocean where I can wade-fish to the channel, or fish the sands and ruts for Snook, Flounder, Pompano, and Permit, just to name a few. Just across the bay is Bunche Beach and all the flats and mangroves one could want to paddle around. Like I say, I haven’t had the chance to fish the area that much as I write this article. However, I can guarantee you I will have some news for you the next time around!!

The Tarpon are getting ready to make their spring run and they are accessible right from the beach If you have never caught a Tarpon, this is the place to do it. No boat necessary!!! Just a ladyfish, 3oz.weight, and an offshore rod and reel with a couple a hundred yards of PowerPro, and you’re good!!

I’m going to keep this short and sweet as the water is just coming out of the sixties and things are beginning to warm up. Next month I will have a full run down on the area, and I’ll let you know how the fishing is.

To Our Dedicated Fans:
Thank You!!!
The Snook Cowboy.


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