Thursday, December 9, 2021

Holiday Family Fishing Fun



Captain Mary A. Fink

This is the time of year when friends and family come together to enjoy quality time during the holidays. I can think of no better way to enjoy time together than fishing in the magnificent inshore areas that South Florida has to offer. A good portion of the 10,000 Islands National Wildlife Refuge encompasses the area between Everglades National Park and Cape Romano and boasts some of the finest fishing opportunities in the state. Additionally, the area is rich with wildlife, including birds, manatees and dolphin due to the area’s pristine ecosystem and mangrove island habitat.

If you decide that a fishing day with family and friends is something that appeals to you, I suggest hiring an experienced guide who is familiar with the area to take you out for the first time. One of the many benefits of choosing a charter is that because your guide is knowledgeable about the area he/she can take you to fishing areas that have proven to be productive. Your charter captain is happy to provide local fishing tips and effective techniques for you which will surely up the odds of catching.

Additionally, due to many inshore areas that have dangerously low water levels, the navigational challenges need not be on your worry list! Your license, tackle and bait will be provided for you, and to top it off, your catch will be properly handled and filleted for your trip back home. The only real requirement of you is to wear sun screen, polarized sun glasses and a hat, as well as to enjoy your family and your friends in the scenic surroundings

Enjoy a day on the water this holiday season with the family. SUBMITTED PHOTOS

Enjoy a day on the water this holiday season with the family. SUBMITTED PHOTOS

our mangrove islands provide.

You can find charter opportunities in Marco Island, Goodland, Port of the Islands, Everglades City and Everglades National Park. Manatee tours, eco-tours, airboat rides and kayak adventure tours are available in these areas as well. All of these outdoor excursion activity’s can help make your holiday visit more exciting and meaningful.

One of the most wonderful things about the sport of fishing is that it provides the perfect climate for meaningful conversations and bonding without the daily high tech distractions we all experience in today’s fast paced world. Whether fishing from a beach, a dock or a boat, the scenery and wonders of nature found in our area instantly invites a calm, serene environment with which to share.

When engaged in the sport of fishing, one naturally tends to become more “present” because being cognizant of environmental factors like tidal exchange, wind, water depth and habitat or structure become important to experience success.

When sharing the excitement of that first fish or the passing of a beautiful bird, meaningful, long lasting memories are made that add to the quality of time well spent together.


Captain Mary specializes in fishing the beautiful Ten Thousand Islands. She holds a “six pack” captains license and has a knack for finding fish. A passionate angler possessing over 35 years of extensive experience in both backcountry and offshore fishing, Mary offers fishing expeditions through her Island Girls Charters company. When fishing with Captain Mary, you will be exposed to a variety of successful techniques including cast and retrieve, drift fishing, bottom fishing and sight fishing. Visit to learn about fishing with Capt. Mary, or reach her at 239-571-2947

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