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Doc Fords Rum Bar and Grille of Sanibel is holding the third annual tarpon tournament to benefit the Sanibel’s Ding Darling Society on Saturday May 3rd, 2014.

The field is limited to 50 entries, and offers a 100% payback.    The entry fee is $500.00 per boat.  Entry deadline is 4/25.  Based on the popularity of this tournament, it’s a good idea to enter early.   This years tournament will be filmed for a popular fishing show.  This is a 100% catch and release tournament with extra points awarded for DNA scrubs submitted to help with tarpon research.

Tight and Right Team

Tight and Right Team

The Captains meeting will be held and Doc Fords Fort Myers Beach under the Sky Bridge on Friday May 2nd.   Always a great time to for old friends to get together. There will be a silent auction with great prizes that is open to the public. Starting around 6:00pm.

For entry forms, rules or sponsor information visit http://www.dingdarlingsociety.org/tarpon-tourney



Fort Myers, Florida is the spring training home of  the World Champion Boston Red Sox at Jet Blue Park, and Former World Champion Minnesota Twins at newly refurbished Hammond Stadium.  Truly the Field of Dreams, both teams had long droughts between championships that ended after relocating to Fort Myers.

Spring training is a welcome ritual for millions of fans, but for the luckiest, attending spring training games cures their Baseball fix and cabin fever from long winters at the same time.

Spring training is an experience that can exceed the big parks since the setting is so much smaller and intimate, the players more accessible and more relaxed.

The pitchers and catchers are working out now. For Schedule information for the Boston Red Sox Spring Training and the Minnesota Twins.

Book your unit at Kingfishervacations.net and attend your favorite teams games.



A great way to experience Captiva Island and Sanibel is by taking what we call a “life changing” kayak trip.  Many times you will see pelicans, seabirds, dolphins and fish as you boat along the many waterways.  Sanibel is on the Calusa Blueway trail. More on that later. There are also residential canals throughout the east end of Sanibel Island that offer a great view of the different homes that line the canals.

Launch on the bay side at the Sanibel Causeway, the Sanibel Boat Ramp , right from Wildlife Drive in Ding Darling or  from the beach to enjoy another perspective of the island.  You can rent a kayak on Sanibel at Tarpon Bay Explorers or through Finnemores.

On Captiva rent a kayak at McCarthy’s Marina and explore Roosevelt Channel, Hurricane Hole and Buck Key.

So get your kayak on, and get out on the water!


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The VCB reports of record visitation mirrors our experience here at Kingfisher Vacations.

The past few years have seen back to back in increases and with the recent top Beach rankings by Frommers and others, it can feel like peak season even in the off and shoulder seasons.

If you’re considering a visit to Sanibel or Captiva, don’t delay booking your unit.  Book as early as possible to ensure the best availability.

If your a Sanibel or Captiva Property owner and thinking about placing your Property  in a Vacation Rental program, give us a call!  We’d love to talk to you.   Our units are filled, we need more units to meet demand.  239-472-2100


Helpful for planning your vacation around fishing or shelling, the tides have been posted for the year. These are adjusted for Daylight Savings time and are all EST.  We don’t recommend you rely on these for navigation.   Enjoy!

Sanibel Tides  Captiva Tides

On December 7th the 4th annual Captiva Holiday Village golf cart parade was held.  Over 50 holiday themed golf carts participated.

Kingfisher Vacations won 1st place for the commercial category with their “Rudolphin” entry.

Rudolphin was a crowd pleaser for kids and adults as well. Be sure to watch last years event being televised on the Travel Channel on Dec 15th, 2013 on the holiday special “Xtreme Xmas”.

Rudolphin Captiva golf cart parade entry

1st Place Commerical Kingfisher Vacations

The Refuge has REOPENED as of Oct. 17.

Family Fun Day, Oct. 20, remains CANCELED
The rest of “Ding” Darling Days
will continue as scheduled.

A recent article in Florida Today pegs the economic value of fishing in Florida at over 5 Billion dollars. Virtually no place in the world offer’s the quality and variety of fishing as Florida.

It’s a bit of a cruel paradox, that some of the best fishing of the year, September-October and April-May, both season transition times, occur just before and just after peak season periods.

This Fall season will kick off a bit early since the Snook season will open on Sept 1st for the first time since the freezes of 2010 decimated snook populations. Although there is some disagreement over re-opening the season, Fish and Wildlife Commission Biologist, through sampling have determined that the populations have rebounded enough to resume Snook harvest.

Top fishing opportunities include just about everything that swims!

1)Redfish – This is peak season for Redfish. The fish are schooling and roaming the flats, mangroves, Oyster Bars and Passes. Shore fishermen can do well at the Sanibel Fishing Pier, the Causeway and Causeway islands, Blind Pass and Turner Beaches on Captiva. Fish the “tailing” Reds near creek mouths and flats after first light and just before dark.

2)Snook – Can hardly wait for the season to open on Sept 1st. Snook fishing has been incredible all year. Be ready for some real tackle busters. You can find them pretty much all the same places you find the Redfish. Add Oyster Bars to the mix and along the beaches as well. Again early and late are best times till the bait run gets into full swing. The cooler waters make the fish more active.

3)Tarpon – will make a re-appearance. Of course there are local tarpon that can be targeted year around, but the last few years, the September return trip by the migrating schools following the bait fish has been as good and in some cases much better than the spring season. Why? The Spring fish are being hammered, the fall Tarpon run is the best kept secret around.


Sanibel Fall tarpon


Captiva Fall Redfish


4)Grouper and Snapper – These great eating fish will begin moving back close to shore and the passes, making them much easier to reach in the passes, bridges and near shore reef’s.

5)Trout – Pompano – Mackerel will also be feeding heavily on the bait school migrations. Pine Island Sound is full of glass minnow’s and pilchards, resulting in slash and burn schooling activity. Not much more fun that catching fish on every cast!

And the list go’s on. Get the picture? What’s not to like about uncrowded beaches and restaurants, moderate weather, stellar fishing opportunities and the Lowest Rates of the here at http://www.kingfishervacations.net

Whether fishing by land, kayak, boat, or wade fishing. The experience is unforgettable. So check your dates and get booked!

Calling all amateur photographers.  Don’t miss the upcoming Ding Darling Days 26th Annual Photography Deadline.  Sept 15th is the deadline for entries.

This hugely popular event draws ever increasingly amazing shots.   You can find the rules and prior years image galleries here. http://www.dingdarlingsociety.org/photo-contests

This year should be interesting because wildlife drive has been closed for resurfacing for several months.

If you really need an excuse to get outdoors, this one is better than most!

Bowmans Beach on Sanibel Island has been Chosen as one of the Top 10 Beaches in the world by US News Travel.

This 2 mile stretch of beach on the western end of Sanibel is in it’s natural state, with a natural treeline, home to Osprey’s, Pelicans and Bald Eagles, dozens of shorebirds, and a favorite nesting area for our loggerhead turtles.

Long known as one of the best shelling beaches and birding destinations, it’s also known for outstanding fishing for Snook and even Tarpon. It’s one of the few places on the island you can consistently catch tarpon from the beach. The water is a little deeper than most of sanibel’s beaches that have 2 sand bars that mirror the shoreline keeping depths shallow near shore.

You can easily think your in one the other top 10 destinations that included Seychelles, Kauai, Cayman Islands, Maldives, Bali, Anguilla, Corfu, Turks & Caicos, and Rio de Janeiro.

Quoting US News Travel, “You’ll look out over a shore littered with colorful
seashells as you claim your spot on Bowman’s Beach.”

Amenities available at Bowman’s Beach include public parking, canoe & kayak launch,
hiking & walking trails, fishing, public restrooms, changing rooms,
showers, water fountains, picnic tables, barbeque grills, pavilions and a