Lately I have been exploring by land and sea. Revisiting black mangrove forests I haven’t walked in for 15 years. In my exploring I discovered a new secret spot. I will call it Secret Spot, “Wentletrap”. I remember  many young grasshoppers in that area of the island and also many moths. It was like a Charles Dickens novel, “A Tale of Two…..

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.

  • AntKaybe
    Posted at 12:30h, 08 November

    I can hear the sucking sound of my shoes slogging through the mangrove mud.

  • Kim@Snug Harbor
    Posted at 14:38h, 08 November

    I think the mangrove roots are so cool.

  • Traci Mason
    Posted at 17:56h, 08 November

    Does the name of your new secret spot imply you find wentletraps there??

    Love love the mangroves..agree with Kim..the roots ate soooo cool!! Anytime Im aroind mangroves I alwaus look for the mangrove snakes..they are there, rasy to miss!

  • Susan
    Posted at 11:27h, 09 November

    Pam posted about wentletraps on "I love shelling" today. It's an omen. Any red tide towards Cayo yet?

  • Capt. Brian Holaway
    Posted at 03:31h, 10 November

    Traci, Wentletraps can be found at this secret spot.

  • Capt. Brian Holaway
    Posted at 03:38h, 10 November

    Susan, Love Omens. There has been a hint of red tide at Cayo but not enough to speak about. Today was beautiful at Cayo.(not like there is a bad day) Look forward to seeing you in 9 days.