Sometimes, even the most avid sportsman almost misses the boat. Jimmy Jacobs, editor of Florida Game and Fish magazine, admits that he nearly overlooked the fishing treasure that is Charlotte Harbor & the Gulf Islands, but now recognizes: "With inshore mangroves and grass flats, open waters in the harbor, and offshore action in the Gulf of Mexico, the area has all the fishing bases covered. Add in the paddling, hiking, birding and wildlife and this region is a sportsman's dream."