March 8, 2024 – Hours wrestling a 200-pound tarpon isn’t everyone’s idea of peace, but it is Jill Sanders. Because when you’re a recovering heroin addict, keeping busy helps. “I don’t have any bad things going on in my life right now, but I want to always reflect on the past and when I do that I get into a dark place and fishing brings me out of it,” Sanders said. “I knew that if I didn’t do something I was going to die,” Sanders said. 

In 2020 she packed her things and headed for Florida.

“I packed up a $200 camper I found, a pop up camper, with what I could and hit the road,” Sanders said.

With no final destination in mind, she stopped all along the Gulf Coast before finding Fort Myers Beach. 

“When I came across the bridge for the first time, I knew I was home,” Sanders said. “It never felt like home even with my family, like you never felt that sense of comfort. As soon as I hit the bridge, I felt it.”