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Backwater fishingSince Rose Marina is a full service marina, they can also assist if you want to fi sh as part of your day on the water. They have rods for rent, bait for sale and blue dots on their chart marking the fi shing spots. Don't be fooled by the shallow water you will be in most of the day - we have caught sizeable snook, trout and shark in the backwaters. Remember to take a cooler and a fi sh identifi cation chart in case you want to keep your catch and grill it back on shore or take it to a local restaurant (cleaned and fi lleted fi rst of course) for them to cook for you. Take a trip to Naples or GoodlandHeading north along the Intercoastal Waterway will provide a very varied trip. No doubt seeing dolphin, plenty of shorebirds, osprey and herons before reaching the multi-million dollar homes of Port Royal. There are a number of waterside restaurants in Tin City to choose from for a waterside lunch, as well as the Capri Fish House on Capri and Marco's famous Snook Inn on the way back. Heading south under the Jolley bridge and the newly fi nished span, you will have plenty of views of the 10000 islands and its wildlife. Again, you should get to see dolphin and probably stingray and, if you're lucky, a loggerhead turtle on its way to or from nesting. After passing under Goodland bridge you have three or four choices for lunch at waterside restaurants (a couple will be closed in July, August and part of September). Yet again, use the waterproof chart which marks a few of the local restaurants accessible on your journey.Take your boat homeIf you happen to be renting a home or condo located on a canal, maybe think about a multi day rental (with appropriate discounts) and then dock your boat outside your home ready for more fun the next day. Having tried it once you'll want to be out on the water as much as you possibly can - enjoying Marco as it should be enjoyed - from and on the water. This is your captain speaking...Dining at a waterside restaurant, enjoying a secluded beach or fi shing in the backwaters - renting a boat opens up a wide range of fun ways to experience the waters around Marco. And the best part is - YOU are now the captain!The Ship's StoreThe Rose Marina store has a wide selection of men's and women's name brand clothing, footwear, and accessories that you'll be happy to be seen in while cruis-ing Marco's waters They include Columbia, Sperry and Tommy Bahama to name but a few. A huge fi shing tackle department with expert advice, jewelry and boat accessories completes the store's interesting lineup.Rose Marina is located at 951 Bald Eagle Drive 239.394.2502 www.rosemarina.com