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Airboats. AMERICAN AIRBOAT TOURS - See amazing wildlife from these stable 22 passenger airboats which take you on one hour ten minute thrill rides through the skinny waters of the Everglades and out to the Gulf of Mexico. Located at Stan's Idle Hour Restaurant, Goodland. Map 1 (7G) 239.970.2335. JUNGLE ERV'S - Small airboat tours in the heart of the Everglades near Everglades City. Ticket headquarters and visitor center on US41 just ½ mile west of SR29, look for the cell phone tower down the small driveway. 1.877.695.2820Beaches see feature on pages 30 to 32 and article on pages 90 to 92Boat and Wave Runner Rentals. BACK WATER ADVENTURE - Rent one of the the latest and most exciting water craft to reach SW Florida - deluxe 2 seater catamarans which are safe and easy to operate with speeds up to 30 mph. www.backwateradventure.com. 239.877.4531 . ROSE MARINA - Pontoon, center console, and deck boat rentals as well as bait & tackle, ship's store, full service boat-yard, gas and diesel and wet/dry storage. 951 Bald Eagle Drive Map1 (3C), www.rosemarina.com. 239.394.2502 . SPLITTIN WAVES - Rent a new 3 seater 2012 Sea-Doo wave runner to explore the mangroves or the Gulf of Mexico. Hourly rates. www.splittinwaves.com 239.970.2215Charter Fishing. ANGLER'S CHARTERS - Fishing charters, manatee tours, kids' fi shing charters with Capt Jim Ponder. 239.404.9036. CAPT BARRY - Backwater & Everglades National Park fi shing with tournament champion Capt Barry. Also offering 2½ hour family fi shing charters for one to six passengers. 239.389.06. CHOKOLOSKEE CHARTERS - Why fi sh Naples or Marco Island when the Everglades National Park is just 40 minutes away? www.chokoloskeecharters.com 239.695.9107.. DAWN PATROL - Backwater & nearshore reefs - family fi shing with Capt Bill Walsh. 239.394.0608. DOUBLE R's FISHING AND BOAT TOURS - Offshore and backwater fi shing for 1-6 passengers leaving from the heart of the Everglades at Port of the Islands. 239.642.9779. EVERGLADES BACKCOUNTRY EXPERIENCE - Capt Rodney Raffi eld, 5th generation native guide, offers 4 hour backcountry fi shing, in the Everglades National Park. 239.695.4626. FINS-N-GRINS - Backwater & nearshore charter fi shing, sightseeing, shelling and eco-tours leaving from Calusa Island Marina. Call Capt Michael Van Jones at 239.784.2442. MAKE A MEMORY CHARTERS - Light tackle and Fly Fishing in the Everglades National Park and the 10,000 Islands, with Capt Bill Jones. 239.394.6059. REEL KIND FISHING - Family fun half and full day fi shing charters with experienced Florida Fish & Wildlife and naturalist captains. Also kids' special 2½ hour trips. 239.249.9878. REEL MARCO ADVENTURES - Backwater & offshore 2½ to 8 hour fi shing charters. No fi sh no pay. 239.571.0613.. SEA GONE FISHING TEAM - Backwater and offshore fi shing aboard clean, well maintained, 6 passenger, restroom equipped boats. Shelling & Sightseeing trips also available. 239.642.7310.. SFP FISHING OUTFITTERS, INC - Fleet of 4 boats offering light tackle and fl y fi shing for 1-4 anglers. 239.537.6630continued on page 99 97

Fishing is an addiction. Why? It's the excitement, sometimes chaos, 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 accomplishment and that's when you know they're hooked. They can't get the next bait in the water fast enough.This summer and fall, 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 that 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 home to many species of fi sh such as snook, redfi sh, sheepshead, black drum, pompano and sea trout. Now that the waters are warming up and the bait fi sh are moving into the backwaters, the snook and redfi sh are moving into the mangrove bays. The tarpon will continue through early summer and slow in the fall. The waters are always calm, very scenic and just a short travel distance from the dock, with dolphin sightings almost every trip.If you prefer the deeper waters head offshore to a wreck or reef. In summer it heats up here with great grouper, shark and snapper fi shing. The fall will bring a southerly migration of King and Spanish Mackerel as they head south for the warmer waters. The action is good and you never know what you will catch.Six Chuter charters offers several types of trips ranging from 4hr combo trips for the family with fi shing, shelling and sightseeing to 4,6 and 8 hr fi shing ex-peditions throughout the mangrove islands or the Gulf of Mexico. The dolphin watching is great and occasionally you may even see some manatees. No mat-ter 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 18 years he has run a charter business comprising of 5 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. Chris Gill, a Carolina boy, was raised fi shing stripers and while in the Coast Guard fi shed the waters off Alaska. Capt. Sean Couturier was raised here and has fi shed the waters around Marco since he was a kid, which he thinks he still is!98