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Hook ' em young ( the kids not the fi sh) Now, Cap'n Shaun Chute of Six Chuter Charters has seen a lot of fi shing in the Gulf in his 14 years of guiding and he has some tales that would make your hair curl... lots of stories of fi sh jumping into the boat, including barracuda ( that's a story for another day). But what appealed to me most was the fact that Jeremy Kenelly and his brother Patrick, ( shown bottom left) and their father, have been fi shing regularly with Shaun for 13 years. Jeremy and Patrick have got bigger, but so have the tarpon! Cap'n Shaun feels that through all of the years, the fi shing trips are one thing that really kept father and sons close and gave them an escape from hectic everyday life to be one on one with each other. " The trips have been a lot of fun for all of us" said Shaun. Size Doesn't Always Matter! Captain Denis Davin of Tarpon One Charters also enjoys introducing children to the art of fi shing and although he does catch a lot of big fi sh he commented to me that " the fi sh may not always be huge, but the memories will last a lifetime". The grin on the little girl's face shown above certainly bears witness to that! Hotspot # 1 Another family fi shing type of guy is Captain Jim Ponder of Anglers Charters. He had a little 9 year old boy out in the backwaters fi shing recently, but it happened to be one of those slooow mornings. Cap'n Jim told the young man it was time to move to his # 1 secret hotspot. On the way there, Jim decided to stop off at another favorite hole and they started catching fi sh, then more fi sh and lots of fi sh. When it slowed down again, Jim announced they were going to move on to the secret hotspot # 1. The little boy piped up " Isn't this the # 1 hotspot?" Jim said it wasn't, so the little boy promptly said " Okay, we will have to call this secret hotspot # 2". Sounds like pretty soon this little boy will be selling charts of all Jim's secret hotspots! CSI Marco Island Style We all know there are big fi sh out in the Gulf, but a lot of you may not realize how big the fi sh are in the backwaters. Cap'n Bill Jones of Make a Memory Charters was out in October with former NFL coach Kurt Schotten-heimer and two family friends ( shown right) and it wasn't long before they found out how big the fi sh can get out there. They fought this tarpon for 45 minutes and Bill estimates it weighed a good 180lbs. At times the tarpon was 300 yards from the boat and they travelled over 5 miles from where they hooked it to where they boated it. Incidentally, Bill swabs the outer jaw of the tarpon he catches and sends the samples to the Florida Fish & Wildlife Tarpon Genetic Recapture Study in Tampa. Tarpon can be identifi ed using DNA fi n printing ( not fi ngerprinting!) to determine survival rates, health, migration and movement of individual fi sh. So, fi shing around Marco is probably as varied as it gets anywhere in the world and as you can see from these pictures and tales, not only can some-thing quite unexpected happen, you can build lifelong fi shermen and lifelong friendships. It's a great way to spend a day and forget about the worries of the world. New Year 2010 www. marcoreview. com Page 81

Page 82 www. marcoreview. com New Year 2010 ON THE WATER