Margaret And Crew

Margaret And Crew

Margaret, Pam, Patti and Cathy went shelling with me in two different secret spots. Margaret is a mover and a shaker when it comes to shelling. She was leading the pack. Last year I took Margaret and her husband Manny out. What a great guy! This year it was Margaret and three of her friends. Margaret found a beautiful piece of junonia and an excellent lace murex. I enjoyed walking and talking with the ladies at secret spot number 3. We found many sandollars and one of the ladies found a stunning albino fighting conch. She told me I should have it because I had found so many treasures for her . Well you know me and albinos, I was very pleased to add this shell to my collection. It is the only one of this kind that I have in my collection.  It was a fun day on the water and the weather was in our favor.  Thank you Margaret and crew.
P.S.  Tell Manny I say hi.
                                           Capt. Brian
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 03:33h, 07 December

    Such nice shells! I love the first photo – the sand looks like powder. Sigh….

  • Anonymous
    Posted at 03:33h, 07 December

    Thank you Captain Brian,
    We had a fantastic time, a little shaky at first with getting everyone in the boat. Manny and I will be back and we are planning on a full day with you. Manny loves his crucifix fish, Thank you for truly a wonderful time.


  • Traci Mason
    Posted at 13:22h, 07 December

    Great shells! I love the murex and thats a nice size welk too! Love the wormy too! And most of all nice albino…thats really cool and an awesome find!!

    I cant wait for our tr ip out..hope to find lots and lots of cool shells!!! Soon!

  • Capt. Brian Holaway
    Posted at 17:16h, 07 December

    Don't worry Traci. We are going to cover some ground.