The marquee event of Shark Fest 2011, the fifth annual Are You Man Enough? Shark Challenge pits teams of anglers against one of nature’s most fearsome predators in a two-day fishing competition that awards bragging rights and $15,000 in prizes to its victors. Armed with a bucket of chum and a thirst for adventure, teams depart Cape Harbour at 9:30 a.m. on Saturday to spend the next 12 hours earning themselves 100 tournament points per shark caught, with bonuses awarded for the biggest hammerhead landed, biggest bull shark landed, and most congenial shark thrown back, followed by a 10 p.m. results announcement. On Sunday, the top five teams return to the docks to do battle in a shotgun-started sudden-death contest in which teams scramble to assemble 16 feet of aggregate shark in front of thousands of spectators in order to claim the grand prize. Teams are responsible for knowing the tournament schedule and for providing their own boat, bait, and fishing equipment, as well as two active cell phones for sending back proof-of-catch videos and at least one fisherman-notary to inform captured sharks of their legal rights.
Signature service: Painting events for fun and relaxation
Staff Size: 1 person
Average Duration of Services: 1?2 hours
Brands Used: Acrylic paints, easels, variety of brushes, aprons, canvases
Pro Tip: Come to paint a personal masterpiece and receive some paint therapy. No skills required.
Describe a time your services really changed a client's life for the better.
Painting, even with no skill, is like therapy. Our events create a moment in time where you can let life stresses fade away.
Sometimes it's all about the little things in life. What supplemental courtesies do you include with your main services to leave clients with a smile on their face?
Everyone who attends a Paint Niche event receives personal attention and walks away with a personal masterpiece. Classes are taught in a step-by-step process, ensuring everyone is successful, even those who have never picked up a paintbrush.
When and how did you first develop a passion for your work?
I have always been interested in art. I began creating my own mini masterpieces as a young child. I had art classes every year from childhood to adulthood. I graduated with my bachelor's in fine arts and my master's in education. ... Creating art is a way for every person to express themselves. Whether your art is hanging in your own home or on a gallery wall, the meaning behind it is always from within.
Captain Nate Maynard may just as well have been born on a boat. Growing up in South Florida, he spent much of his youth studying the waters off Pine Island Sound, Charlotte Harbor, and Matlacha and San Carlos Passes, learning the patterns of the prized catches lurking beneath. As he got older, Maynard tested his expertise by entering the tournament scene, refining his approach for fishing the area’s expansive shallow flats, bays, and outer-island passes.
With Lip’em N Grip’em Fishing Charters, Maynard imparts his knowledge to all levels of anglers during guided outings. Supplying all equipment and preferring live bait such as pinfish and shrimp—but willing to use artificial lures based on the availability of live bait and clients’ preferences—the captain leads parties on fishing excursions for hauls of South Florida’s many species, including redfish, snook, and trout. For fisherman seeking bigger trophies, Maynard motors his 22-foot, 225 horse-power Sterling boat toward waters home to tarpon, shark, and flounder shaped like Academy Awards.
Captain Maynard operates by a “no fish, no pay” policy to demonstrate his integrity toward clients. In addition to guiding, he also takes guests on sunset cruises and wildlife excursions such as dolphin and manatee tours.:m]]
Florida Paddlesports' fleet of watercraft includes everything from tandem and fishing kayaks to yoga and touring paddleboards. When not selling or renting these aquatic vessels, the staff members use them to lead group tours of Florida waterways around destinations such as Punta Gorda, Port Charlotte, Pine Island, and Bokeelia. Along these trips, they lead paddlers past mangrove tunnels or glistening white beaches and point out dolphins giving manatees skincare tips. The crew also bestows paddling prowess upon groups during kayaking and standup paddleboarding lessons, and takes groups out on both vessels for fishing excursions.
Since the shop has at least one rental available of every kayak and paddleboard it sells, staff members recommend customers try out a Native Mariner kayak or Tahoe standup paddleboard before committing to one. Additionally, they deliver rentals to customers' launching spots and their retail shop brims with paddling wear and accessories from the likes of RailRiders clothing, SealLine, and Malone.
Beyond the breakers that crash onto Florida's sandy coastlines, there's an entire watery world to discover. And Don Moorhead, the USCG?certified guide and captain behind Keystone Fishing Charters, is just the man to lead the way. Moorhead has been casting lines into inland and offshore waters since childhood, and over the years, he has developed a deep knowledge of the best fishing spots along the West Coast. Today, he shares that knowledge during chartered fishing trips aboard a 23? Shearwater bay boat equipped with features such as a GPS-controlled trolling motor and advanced Ahab-tracking system. Groups angle for speckled trout, tarpon, and other native fish using custom-made rods and other equipment. But reeling in a catch isn't the only reason to schedule an expedition?groups can also embark on sightseeing trips to encounter manatee, dolphins, and other marine life.
Gulf Coast Kayak sits on the edge of Matlacha Pass Aquatic Preserve, a scenic sprawl of estuaries, back bays, and mangrove tunnels roofed by the interlaced branches of waterside trees. Their single and tandem kayaks give paddlers a way to drink up this scenery, instead of waiting on the shore, thumbs-outstretched, hoping to catch a ride from a passing mermaid. Alternatively, paddlers can opt for a guided tour, such as the Sunset Birding Tour, which can afford birdwatchers glimpses of osprey, herons, and spoonbills. For those who cannot make it to their storefront, Gulf Coast Kayak is able to deliver kayaks anywhere in Matlacha or Pine Island for a fee.