Matlacha, the quiet little drinking village with a fishing problem. Well, that is what the t-shirt says (I think a lot of little towns have the same shirt!)
Someone mentioned they were going to Matlacha this year on a Keys thread so I thought I'd put this up here so it might get some better posts.
Pine Island Sound is spectacular and quite pristine compared to the Keys. Lots of fish, easy to catch. Snapper, tripletail, snook, mullet (not my favorite), grouper, etc. This time of year the Boca Grande Pass is full of tarpon, they look like mirrors flashing if you fly over. The Tarpon Tide fishing tournament has boats from all over the world come to fish Tarpon.
Pine Island mainly has dumpy places: Ragged Ass Saloon (started by Hooters girls) and Bert's Bar are just two places that are very popular. Bert's has food but all I've tried there were wings (ok) and the house made potato chips (good). Both have entertainment at night. Bert's has a million dollar view and looks terrifying from the road.
Best dinner: http://www.tarponlodge.com/dining/
No trip to this area is complete without Cabbage Key Inn
I might just cut and past this as a separate link to make sure you see it. LMF, who used to live at Burnt Store Marina and still lives nearby.