When I was a kid, my dad used to take me to Marco Island to fish with two legendary guides, captains Jim Grace and Phil Chapman.
We’d usually fish the urban areas at night with Jim, plying the docklights for snook and big jacks. I’d get so excited that Jim would have to “shush” me for fear of waking up the neighborhood.
With Phil, we’d adventure into the backcountry waters of the TK Refuge and down through the Ten Thousand Islands National Wildlife Refuge. One time, my dad, who is an attorney, got called back to a trial in the middle of a four-day trip with Phil. Dad left me the captain, who is also a biologist. Spending those few days with Phil, wearing out the snook, trout and redfish, while learning from him why we were finding fish where we did was a real awakening for a young mind fascinated by fish and fishing.
The Naples/Marco area is a place that made and left a real impression on me. I’d encourage you to check it out. It’s a great family spot. There are so few places where you can stay in comfort and style minutes from magnificent wilderness and all the fish that it sustains.