Captain Mike Fuery and Captain Brian Travel To Cayo Costa Island

Captain Mike Fuery and Captain Brian Travel To Cayo Costa Island

Captain Mike Fuery and I traveled in my boat to a place we both have shelled for many years, Cayo Costa. This trip was to attend the placing of a plaque for the original “Shell Lady of Cayo Costa Island”, Carol Sellars. Carol lived on the island for decades and would shell almost every day.  A small group of people attended this special event. Everyone present placed a shell next to Carol’s plaque and stories were shared. It was a special day on the island. I enjoyed talking with Mike and listening to him on our trip to and from the island. We talked about shells, boats, secret spots, clients, cigars and shelling. Captain Mike Fuery and Carol Sellars are two people that I hold in high regards when it comes to Cayo Costa and shelling.

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 03:15h, 21 December

    What a cool memorial.

    On a side note – Capt. Brian in long pants! Don't see that often. 🙂

  • Gail Douglas
    Posted at 18:46h, 21 December

    I still have Capt. Mike's shelling guide book from 30 years ago!

  • Shelllady
    Posted at 13:33h, 31 December

    That is Awesome Capt. Brian, a very cool memorial and tribute by you two!!! I haven't had the pleasure yet to have shelled with Capt. Mike…but hope to one day!! Thanks for taking us along with you on this special voyage!!

  • Capt. Brian Holaway
    Posted at 03:08h, 02 January

    Shelllady, Capt. Mike Fuery after three decades has retired. He may come out with another shell book. If he does I will be the first to let you know.

  • Capt. Brian Holaway
    Posted at 03:10h, 02 January

    Gail, Hang on to Capt. Mike's shell book they are hard to come by and a real treasure.

  • Karen Blackford
    Posted at 03:17h, 02 January

    My 1st shell book from Sanibel was Capt Mike's. What a beautiful tribute.