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samr

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We will be in Sanibel for 2 weeks in April and are interested in going out fishing around Red Fish Pass. A long time ago we went out from South Sea with a Captain Butch. I am looking for a recommendation for someone to take out 6 people-grandsons ages 9 and 24, granddaughter age 23 daughter in law and my husband and maybe me.  None have much experience. Any suggestions? Also, best place to buy fresh fish (in case the fishing doesn't work out).
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DonFromSLC

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Hey samr, you can write Capt. Butch Ricky at barhoppr@live.com. He got married a few years back and moved to drier ground, Las Vegas! I stay in touch with him and fish regularly out of Pine Island in a Native kayak he introduced me to and sold to me. Although he is not guiding anymore (dang it) I am sure he can recommend someone good to you. As far as fresh fish, look for the Andy's Seafood truck. They use to park at the Island Store on Tuesday's and Thursday's, selling all kinks of fresh fish from Pine Island. Look them up on the web and give them a call. You can even order in advance from them and if you can get mangrove snapper, give it a try. It has become our favorite eating fish but it is hard to find them big enough to keep. We are at our condo at Pine Island now, heading to South Seas for our annual 2 week family Thanksgiving get together. We are now officially "snowbirds" and planning on being here until April. The weather has has been absolutely perfect here and continues to look that way for the foreseeable future. I have been catching and eating all the fresh sea trout I want and the stone crab claws are now in season! Stay tuned for updates from paradise!

Here is a link to their Facebook page. I guess they are called Island Seafood.

https://www.facebook.com/islandseafoodmatlacha/about/?ref=page_internal
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samr

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Thanks for the lead. I will follow up with Butch.  When my grandson who was 12 at the time went out with Butch he (grandson) got an 8 foot bull shark.  He was quite thrilled with that.  He is now 24 and looking forward to catching something he can eat.
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FrozenMargNoSalt

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Years ago, the Burnsed family was referred to us when we started staying at South Seas in the summertime.  They are a family run fishing charter business out of Tween Waters Marina.  We've fished with Jimmy (Jr.) and Jim Sr. and have had lots of great fishing with both.  We usually have two adults and two kids (the boys were 12 last year) and it's a perfect setup.  I just looked up their website and it's Santiva Saltwater Fishing Team:

http://www.sanibelcaptivafishing.com/  Last time I called, Jim Sr's wife answered the phone and booked our trip...really nice family.  

Good luck!

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samr

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Thanks for the fishing guide recommendation. I will check it out.
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captiivated

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samr...You and your family are on Captiva at probably the best time of the year and fried or grilled snook is my favorite or try the Grouper basket at the Pink Flamingo along with a pitcher of Foster's.The kids will enjoy the ring toss.

Most importantly, You and your wife really must have an order of stone crab claws as a cold hors d'oeuvre with a white wine or glass of champagne...007 says it's the the best food ever, I agree. Enjoy!
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samr

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I wondered about April at Sanibel.  We've been to either Sanibel or Captiva in the past in Feb, May, Oct, Nov and Dec.  Thought we would try April this time.  Looking forward to trying all your suggestions for food, although the grouper sandwich was always a favorite at the old Pelican Pete's at the pool at Plantation House.
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DonFromSLC

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You will love Captiva in April! We are on Pine Island for the winter and the weather has been wonderful but there certainly are a lot more people than we are use to when we were coming in April/May and November. Captiivated, stone crabs are so plentiful this year, we just had a guy come to our door selling crab claws for $10 a pound that he caught last night. And they are BIG! We got 2 pounds and his contact info for when we want more. Also been buying locally caught shrimp right from the shrimper himself who lives just up the road from us for $5 a pound, heads on! Boy are they good! Fishing for snook and redfish is a little off this time of the year but I can catch all the sea trout I can stand! I now need to figure out where to catch big mangrove snapper and sheepshead.
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beachlvr

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just saw that south seas will be featured on nbcsports tomorrow 2 episodes 12 and 12:30
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captiivated

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OK, Is that EST or PST? Help?
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beachlvr

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its noon  eastern time
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reebop

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We've been going down for week 13 and 14 (last couple of days in March, first 12 or so in April) since the early 90s.  The weather is typically beautiful.  This time period is typically crowded.  That's our only complaint.  Easter week is also a factor that can skew crowds at the resort and most definitely at the restaurants on Captiva and Sanibel. That's spring break for a lot of public schools. If you're a pool person, and your option is the main pool, getting a lounge can be difficult and a Cabana needs to be reserved up to two months before your trip.  You can probably latch onto one due to cancellations when you're there, but not guaranteed.  Again this is for early April.  We book a Cabana before our trip since PH doesn't have a pool, the main pool is our only option, and we like the shade.  Sunset Beach usually has enough space.  Fishing along the breakwater isn't any more crowded than when we're down other times.  It's a beautiful time to be down.  Occupancy in later April, from what I hear, drops off.  If you'd prefer less people, mid to later April is a good bet, but watch out for the "wild card" of Easter.  If I'm not mistaken, this year Easter is week 15.  This typically means that the families with kids who have "Easter Vacation" will have our week 14 off.  However, this isn't as much of a factor as is used to be since many schools have taken to having a set week for Spring Break rather than chasing Easter.  April is a great time to be down.  Good weather almost guaranteed.

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samr

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Thanks for that insight.  We won't be out at South Seas, but rather at Villa Sanibel, right next door to Sanibel Cottages.  It is a very small complex so there usually is not a lot of competition at the pool, and it is very laid back. We need 3 BR's which is almost impossible to get out at South Seas, so stumbled on this place 2 years ago and it works well for our group, ages 9 to 75. I expect the restaurants to be crowded, but that's a good excuse to have a drink at the bar. My youngest grandson age 9 has Spring break during our first week there, but he and his family are going out to Vail, Colorado to visit his older brother age 25 then returning to NJ for a few days then they will all come from NJ and CO to Sanibel during our last week. By the way, Sam is my nickname, actual name is Sandra.  Had to smile a bit when someone suggested that my "wife and I" order some stone crab claws...my husband and I will do that!
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captiivated

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OK Sam, Just a tip, stone crabs are hard to find unless you know a local craber like Dons on Pine Island, so if you arrive on a Friday stop at Costco in Fort Myers. They almost always have their fresh sea food Stand their that day and should have fresh stone crabs available. They MUST be fresh, never frozen.

If you need my mustard sauce recipe for the stone crabs (highly recommended) you can find it on this site...I think...Enjoy.
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