Cabbage Key

Saving “Ruddy”

Posted on September 27, 2016
By Rob Wells
Birding, Cabbage Key, Nature & Wildlife, Pineland FL

ckruddyThanks to our quick thinking staff members, “Ruddy” is one lucky bird. Last week, Oleg, Joe, Angela and Michelle were on the staff boat from Cabbage Key to Tarpon Lodge when they noticed a Ruddy Turnstone shorebird drowning.  They quickly pulled him to safety, put him in a box and took him to the Clinic for Rehabilitation Wildlife (CROW) drop off location in Capel Coral (

On Friday, we checked in with CROW and learned that Ruddy is recovering quite nicely.  He has scabbing on his legs and wings from his struggle, and he is underweight, but his appetite is good and he is expected to make a full recovery.  If not for the compassionate and swift attention of our crew, this would not have been the case.

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Making Waves TV Ep 4 Teaser

Posted on May 31, 2013
By Making Waves TV
Cabbage Key, Fishing, Pine Island

Making Waves TV — Episode 4. Jeff’s goin’ country in Pine Island Sound with Bo and Deidra, 2-time champions of Madfin Shark Series. They take us fishing in a Sea Hunt BX24 BR. Everyone lands at Cabbage Key Inn to kick back with the locals and country music star, Casey Weston and local favorite Taylor Goyette.

Go Fishing at Pine Island

Posted on February 16, 2013
By Florida Travel & Life
Cabbage Key, Fishing, Restaurant Reviews

A picture is worth a thousand words!

The Weekend: Go Fishing at Pine Island
 Pine Island may not have a single beach, but you’ll hardly notice while napping on a hammock or fishing along the 17-mile island’s coast.

Start Here: An old-school fishing lodge with upscale trimmings, Tarpon Lodge provides comfort; we love the island house, a building on stilts with views of Pine Island Sound. (You’re so close that the waves will lull you to sleep.) Get fortified with a complimentary continental breakfast at the 1926-built historic lodge building before heading out for the day.

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Tarpon Lodge, A Trip To The Past

Posted on July 7, 2011
By Capt. Rob Modys
Cabbage Key, Fishing, Fishing & Boating, Restaurant Reviews, Tarpon Lodge Reviews


I can’t tell you how many times I’ve heard the expression, “Old Florida”. Most of the time the description is close, but not right on the money. Tarpon Lodge on Pine Island, in my opinion, is the exception.

My wife, JoNell, has a fairly grueling travel itinerary associated with her job. She goes on excursions both near and far to preach the gospel of vacationing in the Collier County area of Florida. In the month of May, her birthday month, she traveled to New York City and San Francisco and spent her big day on the road, or in the skies as it were. She very much wanted to do something special for her birthday. She told me so, but our schedules just didn’t mesh. The window of opportunity was made smaller when she told me she had another trip scheduled to the state of Texas in early June. What’s a guy to do? ….

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Enjoy Florida’s bounty on Cabbage Key

Posted on April 11, 2011
By Janet K. Keeler, Times Food and Travel Editor
Cabbage Key, Fishing, Fishing & Boating


Next to the Pineland Marina on Pine Island is the Tarpon Lodge, also owned by the Wells family. Built in 1926, the lodge sustained major damage in Hurricane Charley and has been extensively updated. Furnishings are lovely, and beds are supremely comfortable. Rates are $115 to $295, depending on location and the season. Call (239) 283-3999 or go to A night or two in each place will give you a satisfying sample of the area. The sunset from the Tarpon Lodge is spectacular.

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Florida’s Secret Islands: Discover Matlacha/Pine Island

Posted on March 10, 2011
By Jeff Book, Coastal Living
Cabbage Key, Fishing & Boating, Pine Island, Recreation, Restaurant Reviews, Tarpon Lodge Overview, Tarpon Lodge Reviews


Pine Island’s sparse traffic–and the bike path running from one end to the other–makes it ideal for cycling. Hikers take the Calusa Heritage Trail, which winds among ancient shell mounds and the remnants of an impressive cross-island canal built by the Calusa Indians, who settled here around A.D. 1. Trail signs illustrate the thriving seaside village that greeted Spanish explorers in the early 1500’s.

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