Paradise Coast Kayak Fishing Club's 1st meeting.
- The first meeting of the Paradise Coast Kayak Fishing club was held
last night at the Sunshine Ace Hardware store, at Rattlesnake
Hammock & Tamiami Trail, in Naples. It was very well attended, and
it was almost more of a show, than a meeting.
The "show" started off with Chris Boland, of Saltwater Sports,
talking about the guest speakers, and then introducing them. Chris
had brought several fishing kayaks from his Saltwater Sports shop on
Tamiami Trail, in Naples.
The first speaker was Donnie Kish, a "back country" guide from the
Naples area. He explained that he has been fishing these waters his
whole life, and he talked about all of the advantages that kayak
fishers have, over the power boaters... that we can get to the
places the power boats can't, where the BIG fish are hiding from all
of the fishing pressure. He gave some very specific tips regarding
equipment, lures, and techniques. If you want some personal
instruction, to learn how to fish these waters, be sure to call
Captain Donnie Kish, at 239 825-1741, to arrange a charter.
The next speaker was promoter Bob Riley, who owns the promotion
company behind the upcoming Kayak Classic of Estero Bay tournament,
August 25th. Bob talked a little bit about the CCA, and highly
recommended that anyone that is serious about protecting the fishing
environment, and their fishing rights, should join the CCA for only
$25 per year. Membership includes a subscription to their magazine,
which Bob says is worth the price of membership. For more
information about the "Kayak Classic" tournament, go to:
and click on "Kayak Classic @ Estero Bay August 25th"
Our last speaker was Curtis Grant, the star of our own local TV
fishing show, "Tales of the Everglades Angler". It was very obvious
that Curtis and Donnie are fishing buddies that enjoy each other's
company. Curtis backed up a lot of what Donnie Kish had been saying
earlier, and added his own take on local fishing, talking a lot
about targeting the "big ones". Curtis is a dynamic speaker, and
really entertained the group, along with informing us. To learn
more about Curtis and "Tales of the Everglades Angler", go to:
After the speakers were finished, Chris Boland handed out raffle
tickets to EVERYONE. Donnie Kish was amazed... he kept saying that
he didn't see anyone exchanging money, but everyone had tickets!
How does that work? Not only did everyone get tickets, but everyone
got prizes too! As Yakov Smirnoff would say, "What a country!"
Thank you, to Chris Boland, of Saltwater Sports, Naples, and
Sunshine Ace Hardware, Tamiami Trail & Rattlesnake Hammock, for
providing prizes for everyone that attended this TOTALLY FREE
function! Sunshine Ace also offered a 10% discount on purchases for
everyone that was there, and a lot of anglers were anxious to pick
up some of the lures & equipment that had been talked about.
All in all, it was a great evening, but it didn't end there. After
the meeting was adjourned, a number of people crossed the street to
go to Foxboro's to continue the meeting, including a couple of
fishing enthusiasts that are fairly new to kayaking, Monica and
Lynne. They both have plenty of experience fishing, and had plenty
of stories to share. Since they work weekends, they might be
getting together with "Miss Guided" for some of her expeditions -
they all have mondays off. Curtis and Donnie accompanied the group
to Foxboro's, and the conversation switched from fishing, to
equipment, to funny stories... including how Donnie Kish got his own
It seems Donnie was out fishing on his power boat, when he saw what
looked like a rod tip sticking out of the mangroves. He edged his
boat closer, and not only saw that it was a fishing rod, but it was
sticking out of a partially submerged kayak, with the paddle still
in it! After some effort, he was able to retrieve the kayak, and he
searched the area, looking for a stranded kayaker (or a body!).
Failing at that, he brought it to the nearby marina, where he put it
on display for over a month, hoping that the owner would claim it...
nobody did. So, Donnie Kish... back country guide extraordinaire,
has a fishing kayak and NO EXCUSES! He's GOT to come fishing with
us, cause he's got the kayak!
A great time was had by all... thank you, to everyone that had a
part in putting this together. Don't miss the next meeting -
Thursday, September 6th, at 7pm, at the Sunshine Ace at Tamiami
Trail and Rattlesnake Hammock, in Naples.
(The blanks are now filled, Mike!)
--- In email@example.com, Michael Devlin <mikayak@...> wrote:
> Our first meeting was a huge success!! Lots of prizes, fun & great
fishing info. It's late I'm sure Don will fill in the blanks Mike
> REMEMBER: RESPECT THE WATER - KNOW YOUR ABILITIES
> PADDLE @ YOUR OWN RISK
> BE SAFE HAVE FUN !