Bare Foot Ladies

Bare Foot Ladies

What a wonderful day on the water. Today, I travelled with Libby, Lisa, Lori and Barb from White Bear Lake Minnesota.We started the trip by exploring a newly formed sandbar/island off the coast of Captiva.  These ladies christened the island and called it Bare Foot Sisters Island.  Next we travelled to one of Captain Brian’s secret spots and found many excellent discoveries as a result of the recent heavy surf.  To name a few, a very large banded tulip, a winged oyster, the most unbelievable olive shell that I have ever seen, miniature rice shells, a wentletrap and many other minis.  Another great day of shelling was had with the Bare Foot Sisters.
Brian Holaway

I have been a Shelling Guide to Cayo Costa State Park since 1995. Many people know me as the Shelling Guide and Captain with Captiva Cruises over the past 20 years. In 2016 I began solely offering private small boat charters to the islands of Pine Island Sound including Cayo Costa State Park, Cabbage Key, Useppa Island, Pine Island and North Captiva. I am a certified Florida Master Naturalist, licensed USCG Captain, avocational photographer, seashell enthusiast and passionate about the history, people and culture of Southwest Florida, especially Cayo Costa. I volunteer as a member of Friends of Cayo Costa State Park and have great respect for the heritage of Cayo Costa. My goal is to provide guests with an overall experience and appreciation for the waters, islands, shells, plants, marine life, wildlife, history and people of this unique area of Southwest Florida.

  • Kim@Snug Harbor
    Posted at 11:01h, 12 November

    That's a very impressive tulip!

  • Moira
    Posted at 11:01h, 12 November

    Holey cow – that true tulip is AWEsome!!! Ah-luv the olive, too! All of the finds shown on the board are wonderful! Where is the new island located? how cool – hope it stays there. Congrats to the Bear foot Ladies!

  • Traci Mason
    Posted at 01:37h, 13 November

    Omg Brian…I'm dy'in here…wow..just wow…what a huge tulip and olive with such wonderful coloring AND wentletraps too!! All those mini's..I spy that baby candy corn! SWEET haul!!! Man them bare foot sisters score good!

    Cant wait for January!!!!

  • Capt. Brian Holaway
    Posted at 02:13h, 13 November

    Moria, The new island slash sandbar is west of redfish pass by Captiva. Over the years it comes and goes. There was an easy swell push last week that changed a lot of the islands I go to. I noticed a few sutle changes yesterday on the beach we were on in May. The beauty is always changing:)

  • Roxanne Reinhart
    Posted at 03:05h, 13 November

    Omg. I am loving the barefoot island!! Look at all those shells. What a whopping big tulip!! Holy cow! Just beautiful

  • Traci Mason
    Posted at 17:11h, 13 November

    I took another look at ur post..question for anyone who knows…what is the shell pictured above the olive picture and below the cockle picture???

    Then again the two last pictures of the shell board..the very bottom right corner..those two shells? What shells are those???

  • Capt. Brian Holaway
    Posted at 17:42h, 14 November

    Traci, those are winged oysters. I don't find them that often.