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CIHS documents tales, artifacts at ‘Share Your Story’ event

By CIHS - | Nov 25, 2020
PHOTO PROVIDED Island fishing icon Duke Sells shares one of his many fish tales.
PHOTO PROVIDED CIHS Board Member Mary Jane Vinson archives artifacts shared by Cindy and Capt. Jack Scragg.
PHOTO PROVIDED CIHS documentarian Ken Sneeden captures the big fish stories.
PHOTO PROVIDED Event hosts Jimmy and John Jensen show off some of their collection of vintage rods and reels.
PHOTO PROVIDED Captivian Kathy Kurtz Ferrari shares tales of her father and husband fishing the islands.
PHOTO PROVIDED Long-time Captiva angler Dan Stegmann had lots of fish stories.

In preparing for the Captiva Island Historical Society’s ninth documentary, “The History of Angling on Captiva,” Jensen’s Twin Palm Marina hosted the first CIHS “Share Your Story” event on Nov. 16.

Believe them or not, the CIHS heard some big fish stories.

Award-winning journalist and CIHS documentarian Ken Sneeden set up in the “World’s Smallest Fishing Museum” at Jensen’s to record the many who came by to share their “Big Fish Stories.” The CIHS thanked all who came out to tell their fish tales, including Duke Sells, Rich Stegmann, Dan Stegmann, Kathy Kurtz Ferrari, Joe Szaky, Jim Willis, Dave Godfrey and John Jensen.

In addition, Cindy and Capt. Jack Scragg generously shared their artifacts, which were scanned and will be added to the CIHS archives, officials reported on Nov. 21. Adding to the hospitality and iconic fishing heritage of Jensen’s, Capt. Dave Godfrey grilled up some mullet for everyone to share.

The CIHS sent a thank you to the Jensen brothers for hosting the event. It also extended its appreciation to The Sanibel Captiva Trust Company for its support as the presenting sponsor for the CIHS’ season.