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Old 04-01-2014, 09:16 AM
 
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So I am headed south away from the snow. I need to check on the house in PC now that the seasonal renters moved out yesterday. I am also looking into having a lift installed along with a solar pool heater as capital improvements this year, so i will need to get some qoutes.

After, I will be on vacation for 3 weeks with my fishing boat, an ElPescador 240. I plan to just fish, cruise around, and explore Charlotte Harbor. We will probably stay out by Boca Grande some nights, and hope to camp out on Cayo Costa as well. I would love to find an island where it s legal to camp and have a fire on he beach, if such a thing exists. Here is a link to the boat:

El Pescador 240 | El Pescador

A 10' Powerpole is being installed prior to my arrival, and the marina will "check out" the boat to make there are no issues, and that it is ready to launch.

Any tips on sights to see, bars and restaurants to cruise to by boat? Any places to avoid? General tips?

Any input is appreciated, I thought about adding to the fishing thread, but didn't want to dilute it with non fishing posts. I have some good ideas on where to fish, and will be checking in at Fishin Franks frequently.
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Old 04-01-2014, 09:46 AM
 
Location: Lemon Bay, Englewood, FL
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A "must do" is head up to Stumps Pass for one day of sandbar fun. There are 5 sandbars to choose from. Weekends are best, unless you want the place to yourself.
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Old 04-02-2014, 06:40 AM
 
Location: Port Charlotte
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The smAll ia d. Ear the swing. Ridge out to boca grande i d seen campers with tents on. Even the old railroad trese once. Cayo costa hAs cabins to rent. Probably tent sites also.
As far as resteraunt. Cabbame key assie o ly. Y. Oat would be one the the cishery resteraunt in placida has a. Oat do k and the navigator grill up the peace river also. Googe the name for all.
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Old 04-02-2014, 07:02 AM
 
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The smAll ia d. Ear the swing. Ridge out to boca grande i d seen campers with tents on. Even the old railroad trese once. Cayo costa hAs cabins to rent. Probably tent sites also.
As far as resteraunt. Cabbame key assie o ly. Y. Oat would be one the the cishery resteraunt in placida has a. Oat do k and the navigator grill up the peace river also. Googe the name for all.
Can someone translate this for me? I'm from South Jersey so I don't understand the local dialect yet. Mark
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Old 04-02-2014, 07:52 AM
 
Location: Lemon Bay, Englewood, FL
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I think Mike uses his phone and he had a stroke a few years ago, so bear with him. He tries :-)

What he referred to (I think) was the rope swing at Stumps Pass, down the island a little ways (north of the pass). He's seen tents on Boca Grande and on the old trestle islands (I confirm this). Then he mentions Cabbage Key restaurant (just south of Cayo Costa on the ICW) and The Fishery Restaurant in Placida has a dock. Also Nav-A-Gator which is way up the peace river, easily accessed by car or boat.
I'll add Leverock's Restaurant (at Palm Island Marina), Rum Bay restaurant (on Palm Island), Waterside Grille at Gasparilla Marina, Flounders in Englewood has docking, as does White Elephant, and Stumps Pass Grille
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Old 04-02-2014, 09:24 AM
 
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Sorry, never mean to make fun of people with an unfortunate medical issue. Just thought he had a small phone and big fingers.
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Old 04-03-2014, 08:31 AM
 
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have fun, sounds like a perfect vacation!
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Old 04-03-2014, 12:48 PM
 
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A "must do" is head up to Stumps Pass for one day of sandbar fun. There are 5 sandbars to choose from. Weekends are best, unless you want the place to yourself.
I just happened to chart that out the other day....it's a pretty good ride...28 miles each way from Alligator Creek going on the inside.

A lot quicker to trailer the boat and put in closer.

Gary

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Old 04-04-2014, 05:40 AM
 
Location: Lemon Bay, Englewood, FL
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I just happened to chart that out the other day....it's a pretty good ride...28 miles each way from Alligator Creek going on the inside.

A lot quicker to trailer the boat and put in closer.

Gary
Definitely quicker to trailer. That's what we do almost every weekend. Also why we're selling our PC house on Spring Lake to buy out there. Close to all of our activities
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Old 04-04-2014, 06:04 AM
 
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Thank you for all the replies, I am excited to get down there. Once I am done with the work at the house I plan to just cruise with the boat. I don't mind a 30 mile run, that is less than an hour, and should be a fun ride. I will definitely check out stump pass.
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