Capt. Kathe and First Mate Pup Pup : Boats tours, fishing charters, Eco tours, boat rides in Cortez, Bradenton Beach, Anna Maria, Manatee County, Sarasota, Long Boat Key, West Coast of Florida.

Cortez/Anna Maria/Bradenton Beach Boat Tours & Charters

941-812-3241 : Located @ the dock of the Star Fish Company
Dockside Restaurant 12306 46th Ave W., Cortez, Florida


Captain Kathe and First Mate Pup-Pup

Eco Tours :

Meet groovy, grumpy, gorgeous and gruesome sea creatures caught in the Cortez "critter getter." A hands on nature tour.


Fishing Charters :

You can go on a tour with fishing equipment and help someone pay for their overpowered boat or go catch some fish with a knowledgable fourth generation commercial fisherman and native Cortezian.


Sightseeing Boat Tour :

Scenic, beautiful, peaceful interaction with all things natural and serene. Bring a picnic basket and camera. Better than a spa at a fraction of the price.


Rates :

No hidden fees. Best rates in town!


Contact !!

Call or email Captain Kathe!


Journal :

News, rants, pictures, stories and an ongoing love letter to the sea.



LINKS AND MORE INFORMATION:

Everglades for ever by Susan Mansfield. This story from the Scotsman dicusses natural Florida and the people who are key in sharing and saving it.

Captain Kathe buys her own boat! story by Cindy Lane of the Anna Maria Sun.

Captain Kim's Charters. The OTHER hardest working couple in Cortez!! Call Captain Kim for your boat detailing needs. Also a great couple to call in for your boat concerns during hurricane watches. Top, friendly service.

Anna Maria Sun article "Cortez woman starts shrimping business" by Cindy Lane.

Tampa Tribune "It Takes A Village.". A great tour with Captain Kathe, stories of Cortez and even her famous family recipe for fried Snook.

New York Times article: 2/13/2005

Weekly Planet Article "The Starfish Parables" by RhondaK. Includes Captain Kathe and some Cortez history.

Captain Kathe talks to the Sarasota Herald about Denzel Washington filming in Cortez and the net ban.

Captain Kathe wears Costa Del Mar sunglasses... to better see the manatees. She has a testimonial on their web site.

Bay News 9 : Sound bite of net bans effect on Cortez.

Star Fish Company : Captain Kathe docks at her favorite restaurant where she also makes the famous Key Lime Pie.

Bryan Ibasfalean, a Cortez fisherman and independent filmmaker, has posted mini-documentaries on his Web site.

Cortez's Glen "Rabbit" Brooks is president of the GFA, Gulf Fishermen's Association for commercial fishermen. Capt. Kathe often points out his boats at the docks on her tours or as they come back in with a catch.

Florida Institute for Saltwater Heritage (FISH) Web Portal: includes information on Cortez Commercial Fishing Festival.

Cortez History : from State of Florida. Includes timeline.

Lou's Market : Quickie mart to the locals! Great meat selection, ice and other necessities.

RhondaK - Tiki Bar Signs, Mermaids and More!

Extreme Polynesian Beach House. Captain Kathe often points this fabulous resort out on her tours as the perfect vacation getaway. How often do you see such an isolated island getaway so close to so many other things to do?

Captain Kathe is a fourth generation Cortezian. What this means to you as a visitor to our beautiful area is you're in the hands of a fun, storytelling real to the bones fisherman. Dead honest, funny and full of knowledge of waters she's fished with her Dad on their commercial fishing vessel the Ms. Karin. The net bans cost them their family business, but Capt.Kathe has stayed working on the sea, raising her own family the way her father raised her.

Captain Kathe can personalize a tour to making it a casual picnic tour to hunting down as many sea creatures as possible. Often manatees are very elusive, but through out season, Captain Kathe calls on her many Cortez and fishing friends to do a "manatee watch" so she can show you the beauty of wonder of these amazing creatures. She can also customize fishing tours or take you house hunting in a more fascinating way -- the waterfront view!!

Pup-Pup is the first mate. He's also known as a Cocker Spaniel. A familiar site on the docks, Pup-Pup's beautiful blond locks add to his star stature. He's also a really good boy. Pup-pup is a water loving sea dog who is fearless around crabs and children. In fact, he loves both equally.

STORIES ABOUT CAPTAIN KATHE AND CORTEZ:

Captain Kathe's Florida Secrets page. Florida Secrets seeks out those interesting and unique gems that are just around the bend in the road. If you're planning a vacation or a day trip - check Florida Secrets first for a real, honest good old Florida time.

Everglades for ever by Susan Mansfield. This story from the Scotsman dicusses natural Florida and the people who are key in sharing and saving it.

Captain Kathe buys her own boat! story by Cindy Lane of the Anna Maria Sun.

Bradenton Herald "Neighbors Column" - Committed to Cortez: Capt. Kathe Fannon lives for sea, village By NICHOLAS AZZARA

Anna Maria Sun article "Cortez woman starts shrimping business" by Cindy Lane.

Tampa Tribune "It Takes A Village.". Includes Capt.Kathe's fried snook recipe and her family history. Also a summary of Cortez history.

New York Times article: 2/13/2005

Weekly Planet Article "The Starfish Parables" by RhondaK. Includes Captain Kathe and some Cortez history.

Captain Kathe talks to the Sarasota Herald about Denzel Washington filming in Cortez and the net ban.

Captain Kathe wears Costa Del Mar sunglasses... to better see the manatees. She has a testimonial on their web site.

Bay News 9 : Sound bite of net bans effect on Cortez.

Captain Kathe and Mike Fannon, First Mate Pup Pup pose on the Fannon shrimp boat. That is another family business. Cortezians are all about investment diversity and hardwork!

Captain Kathe and First Mate Pup Pup.

One of the many dolphins in Sarasota Bay that you can see up close most days.

First Mate Pup Pup is a good sea buddy to have on a boat tour.

Some islands in the Bay are designated bird sanctuaries.

The water in the Bay is really an amazing color so that many sea creatures are visible.