Capt. Brian’s Shelling Finds Today

Capt. Brian’s Shelling Finds Today

Great finds today at the Goodwill Bookstore! First I saw one shelling book, then another, then anotherĀ and another. I bought all they had in the store. Two books were by Tucker Abbott. It was a great day for shelling books. I also had to throw in a picture of one of my favorite shelling books, Capt. Mike Fuery’s Shelling Guide. Mike is a great writer and I enjoy his writing from a guide’s perspective. His book to me is an island classic. It was printed in 1982 and is hard to come by, like the elusive junonia, but with enough searching… you may find one.

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 04:48h, 18 November

    Those are a bunch of treasures, for sure!

  • AntKaybe
    Posted at 01:10h, 19 November

    Wow! Nice haul. That's the first shelf I head to in the Goodwill bookstore is the Florida section for shell books. I have Capt Mike's book. It was the first one I ever bought full price but I love the stories he tells although he is a little skimpy on location details.

  • Capt. Brian Holaway
    Posted at 01:42h, 19 November

    Location, Location, Location, I can help you with that Kaybe;)I just might know a few…(You have already been to one spot but the tide was just a little high.) Next time. In fact I went by it this morning and thought of you. The tide was out.

  • Kim@Snug Harbor
    Posted at 01:43h, 19 November

    I'm going to have to check out some Goodwill stores next time – I'd like to get my hands on a copy of that Capt. Mike book too.

  • Capt. Brian Holaway
    Posted at 01:46h, 19 November

    Kim, If I see a copy I will grab it for you:)

  • Traci Mason
    Posted at 15:04h, 19 November

    If you google Capt Mike's book you will see there are two copies out there being sold. One copy is $35 plus $3.99 s&h. Sold by a random person. The second available copy to purchase is through at a whopping $210.00!!!!!

    So Id say goodwill was a great and smart place to go for treasure hunting!!!! Lol…

    I have found some really good stuff at thrift stores and good will specifically to include many shelling books. I love popping into these stores!!

  • Little Black Scrap Cat
    Posted at 14:26h, 21 November

    The board looks great with the extra numbers on it!!

  • Capt. Brian Holaway
    Posted at 02:46h, 28 November

    Thanks, Little black scrap cat. I like it alot.