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St. James City Boat Rentals joins with Apex Aqua Adventures

May 15, 2019
By ED FRANKS ( , Pine Island Eagle

St. James City Boat Rentals, formerly located at Old Pine Island Marine, has relocated to Apex Aqua Adventures at 3339 Stringfellow Road, St James City.

Co-owners Ron Maas and Tim LaFevers are the owners of St. James City Boat Rentals and Pine Island Bait and Tackle, and Ron Kiser owns Apex Aqua Adventures.

"We've been operating as a boat rental for about a year," Maas said. "Then when Old Pine Island Marine closed, we had to make a decision whether to continue with our boat rental business or not."

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The co-owners of St. James City Boat Rentals and Pine Island Bait & Tackle, Tim Lafevres and Ron Maas. Ron Kiser of Apex Aqua Adventures was unavailable for the picture.


"Ron and I walked the short distance from Old Pine Island Marine to Apex Aqua Adventures and asked the owner, Ron Kiser, if he had any space available," co-owner Tim LaFevers said. "It was just good timing that he said yes."

Apex Aqua Adventures has both kayak rentals and sales, stand-up paddle boards, golf carts and bikes.

"I have fishing kayaks and touring kayaks and I hire local people as kayak guides," Kiser said. "Robin Saas takes people on group tours and private tours of the beautiful estuaries, Calusa Indian areas and mangrove tunnels."

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Kiser also carries catamaran hull kayaks that are more stable and have more comfortable seats.

"These are especially good for people kayaking for the first time." Kiser said. "You can even stand up on these."

"Adding boat rentals and bait and tackle is a great fit for me," Kiser said. "I have a lot of fishermen who can come to rent kayaks and at the same time they can get their tackle and their bait all in one stop."

Pine Island Bait and Tackle carries top-of-the-line rods by Star, Dan James, Crowder and reels by Daiwa, Shimano and Penn.

"Now we even have rod repair," Maas said.

"We have both live bait and frozen bait," Maas said. "We also carry a full line of in-shore and off-shore products including apparel, sun block, and just about everything you'll need."

St. James City Boat Rental has pontoon boats and deck boats.

Visit St. James City Boat Rentals and Pine Island Bait and Tackle at Apex Aqua Adventures at 3187 Stringfellow Road n St. James City.

Please call 443-250-0216 or 443-732-5238, or visit for additional information about the businesses.



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