North Captiva Island, FL – Part 2, Gulf Shore Adventures and Creatures

North Captiva Island Creature from the seaI was so excited when I got to North Captiva island by seaplane, see Part 1.  I was so overwhelmed that couldn’t decide what I wanted to do first – swim, fish, pick up shells, play in the sand, or ride the golf cart.  It did not take us more than 15 minutes to drive to the beach house rental, grab my fishing pole and head down to the beach with my mom’s boss, Mike.  He helped me learn about sea fishing since he grew up in this area and his dad now lives nearby, on Pine Island.  Anyway, his dad, Jim, who I talk about in Part 3 of this adventure,  is a long-time fisherman of these waters.

We walked into the water about 10-20 ft, carefully scurrying our feet in the sand to scare off any Stingray.  Stingray bury themselves in the sand near the beach and have a sharp barb on the top of their tail that can seriously hurt you.  This was my first-time in salt water!  It was warm and scary all at the same time.  My Dad, who wasn’t able to come with us, warned me of the jellyfish and stingray in the shallow waters of the FL gulf.   I shore fished that first night and caught 2 fish.  Mike and I met the rest of the family (the girls) for sunset at 5:30 to capture some great photos taken by my sister.

The next morning we woke at sunrise.  No alarm clocks needed.  My Mom, Sister, Mike and I took off to the East side of the island to fish and explore.  The rest of the girls went for a morning jog on the beach.  We were also amazed by the walk to the dock as we found many cool creatures: Giant crab (shown above), huge snail, living starfish, and a 4 foot wide stingray.  We used a 50lb. cast net off of a very dirty/seagul”poop” infested dock to catch some minnows.   My mom was busy cleaning the dock while I caught a Ladyfish. They like to jump out of the water when you reel them in and are a skinny silver fish.  Unfortunately, you can’t eat them.  After several hours of fishing and watching the stingray swim around our dock we decided to look for sand dollars.  So Mike and I walked nearly half

Gulf Shore fishing for the first time.

Spanish Mackerel

the island for sand dollars and shells.

Later that day… we cast a few lines and caught one edible fish that we grilled for dinner. It is called a Spanish Mackerel.

 

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