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Barry posted 01-20-2004 07:47 PM ET (US)   Profile for Barry   Send Email to Barry  
I won a raffle for the use of a nice house on Marco Island for a week. So I'm taking the family down during the kid's spring break. I'm thinking about unwrapping my 22' Outrage and hauling it down so that my boys and I can spend the week fishing. My wife doesn't fish but she and our daughter would enjoy cruising around inshore and shelling.

I'm looking for information including:
where to launch,
where I could leave the boat in the water (the house is on a canal but the dock there is full),
where to fish (although I've already found the coordinates for a number of offshore reefs and wrecks),
where to cruise including places to eat, sight-see, and shell.


stefan posted 01-21-2004 02:25 PM ET (US)     Profile for stefan  Send Email to stefan     
you've got to go to Goodland, great little fishing village, just S of Marco 15 min or so , marina to lauch boat, and islands right there.

the Little Bar has great food, and great booze
tell Tara I sent ya' she'll take care of ya


Bigshot posted 01-21-2004 03:14 PM ET (US)     Profile for Bigshot  Send Email to Bigshot     
Do a search here under Kice Island where we did a rendezvous in November. Just south of Marco....where Stefan is talking about. Although dock is full, you can always raft up for the night or ask a neighbor to use his dock,etc. Take the Whaler, you will be pissed if you don't.
daverdla posted 01-22-2004 08:29 AM ET (US)     Profile for daverdla  Send Email to daverdla     
I can second the Little Bar. Although I haven't been there in about 6 years. Can't help with the boating questions. Just played golf and went to the beach.
critch22 posted 01-27-2004 11:01 AM ET (US)     Profile for critch22  Send Email to critch22     
Bring the boat, buy a chart, and watch your depth. I like Caxambas Boat Ramp, tour the back country - I have seen some pretty big boats back in there. Getting lost is common though, it all sort of looks the same. Fish off cape Romano - triple-tails on the markers - snook and tarpon roaming the color change/mangrove isles. Use live bait or tip a yellow bucktail with a shrimp's ass and let it hit bottom before you start jigging.

This is where the Everglades meets the Gulf of Mexico - and there's no place like in the world. Use the web - - explore this site and learn everything you can before you go. A family could really stay busy in this area - especially aboard a good sized whaler.

Refer to - the fishing forum, click on "southwest florida - 10,000 islands" and look for fishing advise. I never do well offshore over there, so I am partial to the back-country - even in a bigger boat.

Ask around about cruising up to the Naples City Dock for lunch. This is a worthy day trip as Marco can get rather small for the active sorts. Plus you have a whole week.

And this is a must...
Find the untouched beach between Marco and Naples, anchor up in Gulf in about three or four feet of water. The sea floor is lined with sand dollars (which are protected). The water is warm and there are even snook in the small breaking waves. You will also see the dolphins swimming rather close to you.

BOB KEMMLER JR posted 01-27-2004 01:54 PM ET (US)     Profile for BOB KEMMLER JR    
I was down in that very area this past week and TAKE YOUR WHALER!!!!! I was going crazy not being able to do some fishing in those back bays and canals.We stayed in Naples,but checked out a lot of the surrounding areas.Definately go to the dockside resturants in Naples.Great food and you can check the boats coming in and out.I even got a picture of a dauntless 16 passing under the marco island bridge.Also make the drive to everglades city and the national park down there.I'm going back in july-aug to look at property-houses etc.I may look into taking along the 13 sport so i can do some exploring.Some of the nicest areas of florida i have ever seen.
Nushlie posted 01-27-2004 05:48 PM ET (US)     Profile for Nushlie  Send Email to Nushlie     

You can leave your boat at the Calusa Marina in Goodland; it is a full service marina. They have a good location relative to the backwater and also access to the Gulf. I think they will charge you about $10 per day to store and launch your boat from their ramp.

While on Marco try eating lunch at Pelican's Bend on the Isle of Capri. You could get there by boat as they have docks or just drive your car over. They have an excellent Grouper sandwich. If you enjoy Mexican cousine try Amigos on Marco and also on 41 south of Naples.

Have a good trip.


jaccoserv posted 02-01-2004 01:48 PM ET (US)     Profile for jaccoserv  Send Email to jaccoserv     
As charming as Goodland is, it makes a lot more sense to keep it on island, especially for someone who hasn't been there, doesn't know their way around. I would call Marco River Marina and Cedar Bay Marina, both are rack storage places right in Marco. I'm sure they'd cut you a deal for a week or so. Not to mention, there is a boat launch right at the base of the Marco bridge. Take a day trip up to the Little Bar and/or Stans. Take a ride up the waterway to Naples, you'll see a ton of dolphins and the scenery is absolutely beautiful.
lhg posted 02-01-2004 10:41 PM ET (US)     Profile for lhg    
Barry - I've done a lot of boating in that area, usually based in Naples. Get the fold out charts for the area. Everything mentioned above applies, and you can even work your way down to Everglades City. Heading north, the cruising is great around Naples, and up as far as Sanibel, Captiva. The inland waterway behind Ft Myers Beach down to Estero is good also. If you're heading north to Captiva, make a long day out of it, and when weather is calm. South Seas Plantation Resort is a great turnaround lunch stop.
Barry posted 02-03-2004 04:00 PM ET (US)     Profile for Barry  Send Email to Barry     
Thank you for your replies and the information.

I just purchased a 2000 GMC Yukon XL K2500 for use as a tow vehicle. I had it serviced and it checked out fine. Now I just need to get the engines on the boat checked out and I should be ready to go.

kingfish posted 02-03-2004 04:40 PM ET (US)     Profile for kingfish  Send Email to kingfish     
(Got any spare room, like in the cuddy or somewhere? I don't need much...)

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