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Naples boating/ fishing help

First time to fish and boat the Naples area this weekend and looking for some general info. I searched for ramps on the interweb and didn't find much. Also just some general info I'm looking for also. I'll be bringing a flats boat and fishing inshore. Any help would be great.
Thanks, Nick

Which are the best ramps?

Good bait and tackle shop?

Is there a sandbar hangout area?

As far as fishing, is there any live bait around?
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  • 1outlaw1outlaw Naples FLPosts: 1,642 Captain
    You will find a list of ramps and info about them here http://www.colliergov.net/your-government/divisions-f-r/parks-and-recreation/beaches-and-boats

    Almost all of Collier county ramps have a small tackle shop and livebait. The Bayshore ramp has a nice tackle shop right before the park.
    Depending on where you want to fish will determine your ramp.
    I personally fish out of Calussa because i mainly fish 10K islands and make my way to south of Marco for Sandbar time.
    There are plenty of places to hang out and keywayden probably #1 but its also crowded. Cape romano and anything north of there are all good places to chill.
    Jason :USA
  • polliwogpolliwog Posts: 348 Deckhand
    Bayshore ramp is convenient if you are in Naples, if you are south toward Marco there is a ramp on 951 which give you access to cape romano ,Keywayden and rookery bay. Go further south to Goodland county ramp south tip of Marco Island. Plenty of places to fish ,just have a good chart and GPS going. Buttonwood bay is a great area,but it gets shallow,so be aware.
  • Turner River TerrorTurner River Terror Posts: 9,545 Admiral
    Button wood Bay is a pretty long haul from Goodland and it's real shallow.
    I know cause I almost live there.
    You should not be sending a Newbie from out of town that far into the Back Country on his first trip.
    Unless he's real good with running shallow water he's gonna hit that 2 mile long rock point near Camp key just getting started in the morning , not to mention the rock piles in the Channel just west of Camp.
    There are lot's of good spots way before running way down there right now. Fact is most of the fish are out front with so much fresh water running out right now.
    Killin and Grillin :grin
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