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Centuries of Fishing Culture

Returning for season, the “Cruise to Historic Tarpon Lodge & Calusa Indian Mounds on Pine Island” sounds incredibly interesting with its focus on centuries of local fishing culture.

Departing every Tuesday through April from McCarthy’s Marina on Captiva, the tour travels to Pineland on Pine Island.

On the way, passengers will get an up-close look at the historic fish houses in the Pine Island Sound and discuss the area’s diverse fishing cultures, from the indigenous Calusa Indians and Spanish Cuban Ranchos to the Punta Gorda Fish Company and famous tarpon and sport fishing that is found today.

“We go over 1,000 years of fishing in the area,” Captiva Cruises educator Richard Finkel said. “This particular cruise is a lot different than the other cruises we offer.  It’s a great opportunity not only to see the area by water, but gain a better insight into the ecology and history of the area.”

The Captiva Cruises weekly expedition take place on Tuesdays from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., at a cost of $45 for adults and $35 for youth.  Reservations are required.  Lunch is not included.

For more information or reservations, call 239-472-5300 or visit




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