June 2010


The most important news from southwest Florida today is "what's not happening".

There is no oil on the beaches, there are no hurricanes on the horizon, there are no tar balls polluting the surf and there are no closed fishing zones.

I hate what is going on with my neighbors in the panhandle region of the state but if you place all of your news gathering dependency on the national news media you're only getting a part of the story of the beautiful state of Florida. Here in the Ten Thousand Island area, south of Naples, the fish are biting the beaches are their normal, beautiful, bright white selves and life is good.

I have had many of my clients, friends and readers of this newsletter contact me and ask how "bad" it is in my area. Well, here's the answer from a guy who lives in a house that is 30 inches above high tide, (In other words, I'm not writing this from afar) it is as it is always is this time of year.

The months of May and June along with September and October offer some of the best sport fishing we have and this year is no different. Even though we are still feeling the effects of our hard winter all this does is just make the guides, myself included, just have to work a little harder but the catches are the same as in years past with some species even being better than usual, particularly tarpon and many pelagic species.

After guiding for twenty years in this area, I have convinced many of my fisher friends that if it's prime fishing and quality beach time you're after, now is the time to visit. I'm not trying to drum up business for the guide community or the tourist industry itself, I'm just stating a fact.

There is little traffic, the accommodation rates are lower than usual, the fishing is very good and the beaches are not crowded. Sure it rains almost every afternoon but that provides a respite from the noonday heat and the clouds are spectacular.


Many of my favorite restaurants will close this month or next for a summer break and to prepare for the next "season". It's interesting to watch the migration of the "watering hole" crowd as they select a different place to meet and trade tales in the lazy afternoons of summer and sometimes the height of the tales matches those of the cumulus clouds that bring the afternoon showers.


I almost always include a recipe in my newsletter but I don't really have one that I use for myself because I like cold meals during the summer heat and tend to eat sandwiches, fruits and cheeses. One of my favorite noonday lunches is a gazpacho soup with cold cuts and I just can't make that as well as others so I check out the local eateries until I find a good offering.

In closing this month's newsletter, I extend an invitation to come visit and enjoy our laid back summer days on Marco Island and Goodland. If you do visit, give me a call, until then have a safe and fun summer and remember to take a kid fishing.

So, until I next visit this column, stay well, stay calm and take a kid fishing.

For Reservations Call:
Capt. Jay's Fishing Charters
P.O. Box 777 ~ Goodland, Florida 34140
Website: www.captainjaysfishingcharters.com
Email: captainjaybo@gmail.com