Yvonne Patterson Humberston
THE SHORT BIO:
I am a native Floridian born in Coral Gables,Florida. I first vacationed on Sarasota’s Lido Beach in 1964 with my parents. We always stayed at the Triton Hotel on South Lido Beach. In 1967 my father purchased a small house at 128 South Washington Drive, St. Armand’s Key, Sarasota. This would become our family’s getaway every weekend and summer vacation. In an attempt to move to Sarasota my father purchased a beautiful historic home at 47 South Washington Drive, St. Armand Key.
It was a great location on Sarasota Bay and was the beginning of my fishing and water sport addiction. As a pre-teen I enjoyed fishing, snorkeling, spear fishing and the beach of course.
During the 60’s and early 70’s St. Armand Key and Lido Key had many residents that only spent winters in our area. The two keys had a wonderful array of social clubs and many celebrities lived here. I was fortunate to meet many of our neighbors who would walk the beaches in the early morning looking for shells. There were only a handful of children on the two keys and I would often get invited to the homes of the local residents who had no children or had children who were grown and gone. I had the privilege to see wonderful past pictures of the area and view interiors of beautiful homes that are no longer here. These same residents would tell me stories for hours and show me relics of earlier times. During these times their accounts of events would be so detailed that I would envision pictures and daydream of their wonderful tales.
My Father now lives in Marco Island and I am proud to be in Sarasota.
I have never lost my fishing enthusiasm for the wonderful waters of St. Armand Key, Bird Key, Lido Beach, Lido Shores, Longboat Key, Siesta Key and Boca Grand. During those wonderful years of my childhood the waters of Sarasota were fish and marine life plentiful . The beach was nothing as it is today. Ben Franklin Drive was less than 1000 ft from the water and rock jetties lined the area from the first access off St. Armand Circle to the old castle like pavilion. This area was full of many varieties of schooling fish and shellfish. The shoreline was full of coquina, sand fleas,and land crabs which included my favorite, colorful fiddler crabs. The fiddler crabs had shell tops which had little murals that resembled colorful hand painted Indian art. When we would swim out a few feet off the beach we could get several varieties of shellfish by just digging our toes in the soft sand while we fished. The rock jetties were home to many varieties of small grouper, snapper, sea bass and all sorts of colorful tropical fish now even rare in the Florida Keys. Whenever tropical storms would hit we would be blessed with unusual seaweed that would carry many varieties of sea horses and other now rare species of small marine life including baby octopus. We would have times that we could not go into the water because of hundreds of purple sea urchins, horseshoe crabs, sea bats, round jellyfish or sting rays.
I have never lost my fishing enthusiasm for the wonder waters of St. Armand Key, Bird Key, Lido Beach, Lido Shores, Longboat Key, Siesta Key and Boca Grand. My past experience with this amazing area is what has inspired my unique kayak business. During my guided trips I often give the areas we kayak a detailed bio and never get tired of telling the history. I love this part of Florida and I hope that it will always be my home town.
EXCITING NIGHT FISHING
CUSTOM FLATS FLY FISHING
SALTWATER STATE PARK TOURS
FUN SIGHT SEEING TOURS
REAL ESTATE BY WATER TOURS
SUNSET AND SUNRISE TOURS
FAMILY KAYAK FUN