Fishing is an addiction. Why? It's the excitement, sometimes cha-os, that is created when you hook up on a fi sh. The rod starts to jump and bend, the sound of the drag squeals as the line disappears from the spool. For most captains the best feeling is the look on the face of someone (child or adult) when they get their fi rst fi sh. The sense of ac-complishment and that's when you know they're hooked. They can't get the next bait in the water fast enough.This spring or summer a trip on the water will be the highlight of your Marco Island visit. There are several different trips you can do and so many species you can catch. The closest would be the Backwaters, this is a scenic area that holds the 10,000 islands together. This vast mangrove tree wilderness is the winter home to many species that need protection from the harsh cooler elements. The mangrove bays and creeks serve as an estuary and protection for many of the species of fi sh such as snook, redfi sh, sheepshead, black drum, pompano and sea trout. Now that the waters are warming and the bait fi sh are moving into the backwaters, the snook and redfi sh are starting to move out into the mangrove bays and beaches. The spring tarpon run has begun and the fi shing is getting hot. The waters are always calm, very scenic and just a short travel distance from the dock, with dolphin sightings almost every trip.As for offshore, the spring and summer migration has started early with the king and Spanish mackerel moving north after the schools of baitfi sh. The red grouper and cobia will heat up throughout the summer months and shark fi shing (big sharks) will be good April thru June. Six Chuter Charters offers several types of trips ranging from 4 hour combo trips for the family with fi shing, shelling and sightseeing to 4, 6 and 8 hour Fish-ing Expeditions throughout the mangrove islands or the Gulf of Mexico. The Dolphin watching is great and occasionally you may even see some Manatees. No matter what trip you take, the captains will make it the most memorable day of your vacation and they will see you again next year because you will come back.... it's an addiction.Captain Shaun Chute of Six Chuter Charters is a lifetime native captain of Marco Island, and for over 14 years he has run a charter business comprising of 4 charter boats from Rose Marina on Bald Eagle Drive. He employs 4 other captains (or as he calls them. fi shing fools!) and they just can't get enough! They have all fi shed together throughout the 10,000 Islands, Gulf of Mexico and the Atlantic Ocean but each of them have different backgrounds: Capt. Steve Sorbara has fi shed competitively on the Redfi sh tour and still competes in local tournaments. Capt. Rob Fiermonti has a lifetime of experience fi shing the west coast of Florida, as well as fi shing Tuna and Billfi sh off the coast of the Carolinas. Capt. Scott, a Florida native, has fi shed everywhere, and done it all!
Spring 2011 www.marcoreview.com Page 87. PALM BREEZE CHARTERS - customized private sightsee-ing, shelling, dolphin/wildlife and sunset tours aboard a luxury pontoon boat. www.palmbreezechartersmarco.com. 239.206.0909 Extreme Watersports. WATERSKI & WAKEBOARD CHARTERS - Tubing, barefooting, waterskiing, kneeboarding and wake-boarding. Expert instruction by waterski professional on brand new boat. 239.825.7015Kayaking. EVERGLADES AREA TOURS - A mother boat takes you deep into the Everglades National Park where you'll start your guided kayak and/or fi shing adventure. Extended camping and spe-cialty photography trips also available. Located at JT's Gallery on Chokoloskee Island. 239.695.3633. FLORIDA BACKCOUNTRY ADVENTURES - Exciting and educational adventures through the coastal waters of the 10,000 islands, encountering dolphin, manatee, many birds and explor-ing uninhabited barrier islands in search of wonderful shells. Also offering challenging and educational kayak adventures through the backcountry waters of wild Florida. www.fl orida-backcountryadventures.com 239.595.7495. MARCO ISLAND KAYAK ADVENTURES - Boat assisted guided kayak eco-tours or kayak fi shing. No previous experi-ence necessary for this safe adventure for the whole family. Leaving daily from Rose Marina. www.sixchutercharters.com 239.389.1575. NAPLES KAYAK COMPANY - Southwest Florida's Kayak outfi tter has a well stocked retail store at 11369 Tamiami Trail in Naples as well as kayak rentals, nature and fi shing tours from Capri Fish House in Isles of Capri, and Glades Haven/The Oyster House in Everglades City. www.napleskayakcompany.com. 239.262.6149. PAUL'S BEACH RENTALS - rent kayaks, hobie cats and windsurfers on South beach, at the Charter Club of Marco Beach. 239.642.1202. TIGERTAIL PUBLIC BEACH - rent kayaks on the calm waters of Tigertail lagoon, which teems with wildlife and is totally unspoiled. Motorized sea squirts, water trikes and paddle boards are also available for rent. 239.642.8414The Marco ReviewWhat to do on the Water Guide Eco/Nature/Shelling continued from page 85continued on page 107ON THE WATER