Flying down to Southwest Florida for a meeting of the SouthEastern Outdoor Press Association, Lowcountryoutdoors.com visited the Tarpon Lodge on Pine Island for some redfish, trout, snook, mangrove snapper and POONS! Chamber of Commerce weather (hot and calm) provided some good days of fishing and the 'old' Florida feel of the lodge and Pine Island in general helped to establish a content frame of mind. Fishing with Yakin' It Up kayak charters and Captain Josh Harvel we searched Indian Flats on the Great Calusa Blue Way for snook and redfish in the turtle grass. The fish that fell for a Riptide Saltwater Lures' firefly flats chub with black, gold and silver flakes. Robert Wells III is the ramrod at the lodge and he recommends Captain Doug Hatten and Captain Erik Flett when fishing for tarpon. After a 'hard' day of fishing return to the Lodge to dine in their four-star restaurant and sample the Blue Crab and Roasted Corn chowder that was voted one of the 100 dishes you have to try before you die. (YES, it's that good!) For more information consult www.tarponlodge.com.
Photos By Jeff Dennis: Captain Josh Harvel with a nice redfish caught, JBD with a jack crevalle caught on DOA, and signage for the beloved sea cows that inhabit Pine Island Sound