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Captain Terry Fisher’s April 25th Fishing Report

Captain Terry Fisher’s April 25th Fishing Report

Taking people fishing and boating has to rank as one of the better jobs in the world (if one can call that a job). I enjoy the company of both residents and vacationers alike, whether as ‘Captain for Hire’ on their vessel or taking them out on mine. Anglers of all ages seem to enjoy the experience, regardless of wind speed or temperature, so long as they catch fish. Most of my fishing expeditions this year have been north of the...

Boat Appétit: Life in a seafood lover’s paradise.

Boat Appétit: Life in a seafood lover’s paradise.

Boat Appétit: Life in a seafood lover’s paradise. As boaters in Southwest Florida, one of the great activities the lifestyle affords us is enjoying a day on the water followed by a waterfront meal. And when it comes to the menu...

Captain Terry says “Seatrout, Spanish Mackerel, Jack Crevalle and Pompano are around and have produced nice catches.”

Captain Terry says “Seatrout, Spanish Mackerel, Jack Crevalle and Pompano are around and have produced nice catches.”

(Ft. Myers Beach to Charlotte Harbor) Fishing is good in certain areas of Pine Island Sound northwest of the power lines of Cape Coral, Pine Island and Sanibel. The water in and around the mouth of the Caloosahatche River still has...

Fishin’ Frank’s April Fishing Update

Fishin’ Frank’s April Fishing Update

Cobia, Sharks, and Tarpon have all moved into the Harbor, and the cool thing is that they are eating dead bait. Quite often you need to catch and use fresh live bait to get these fish to eat, but reports...

Fishin’ Frank Says “Sharks are on the menu and on the beaches!”

Fishin’ Frank Says “Sharks are on the menu and on the beaches!”

Sharks are on the menu and on the beaches! We’re seeing Blacktips, Bonnets, Bulls, Sandbars and more. The best bait to attract these are Mullet or Ladyfish. Stingray and everything else are also working. Don't know if these really are...

“‘In-shore’ fishing in March has been good for a number of different species” Says Captain Terry

“‘In-shore’ fishing in March has been good for a number of different species” Says Captain Terry

(Ft. Myers Beach to Charlotte Harbor) ‘In-shore’ fishing in March has been good for a number of different species, but more specifically for Seatrout, Spanish Mackerel, Jack Crevalle, Ladyfish and occasionally a Pompano on the flats. Live shrimp have provided lots of bites and harvest when fished under a cork on a weighted jig head in about 3 to 6 foot of water, over grass beds. March was the transition month to spring, with rising and stabilizing water temperatures. March proved...

Captain Terry says “The last few days have produced some nice Spanish Mackerel and Seatrout.”

Captain Terry says “The last few days have produced some nice Spanish Mackerel and Seatrout.”

(Ft. Myers Beach to Charlotte Harbor) The month of March has proven to be as tough as it is good. The recent cool front put the fish down for a bit, but the last few days have rebounded and produced some nice Spanish Mackerel and Seatrout. Pictured here is the Jeremy Peterson family of Stillwater, MN. It has become and annual event with the children becoming fantastic junior anglers. This outing pictures D. J. (10), Robbie (8) and little Emma (7)...

Fishin’ Frank’s Easter Fishing Report

Fishin’ Frank’s Easter Fishing Report

Fishin Update 03/21/16 Happy Easter For those of you who do not wish to travel far for your fish, the Reds are in good numbers around Hog Island. Poppin corks with a shrimp, popped slowly near the mangroves about four...

Southwest Florida Yacht Club – February & March 2016 Cruising

Southwest Florida Yacht Club – February & March 2016 Cruising

Our cruising program was full steam ahead in February and March with a combined six cruises! In February we had our Valentine’s Day Fleet-In at our home base, Pincher’s / The Marina at Edison Ford in Fort Myers and a...

Captain Terry says “Spring is here and so are ‘Gator’ trout, Pompano, Spanish Mackerel and big Snook.”

Captain Terry says “Spring is here and so are ‘Gator’ trout, Pompano, Spanish Mackerel and big Snook.”

Spring is here and so are ‘Gator’ trout, Pompano, Spanish Mackerel and big Snook. Pictured here is Jack Roberts (10), of Blaine, Minnesota, posing with two of the three species mentioned. His Pompano was impressive to say the least. The...

Lake O slows discharge, conditions improve.

Lake O slows discharge, conditions improve.

In case you haven’t been keeping up on the latest, the conditions caused by the discharged water from Lake Okeechobee (Lake O) are improving. During the early stages, the situation had been causing a stir among fishermen and boaters. The...

Captain Terry Says “The cooler weather has attributed to lots of Sheepshead and larger Seatrouts”

Captain Terry Says “The cooler weather has attributed to lots of Sheepshead and larger Seatrouts”

(Ft. Myers Beach to Charlotte Harbor) Hello fishing and boating friends. Even though the month of February presented some high winds and cool climates, the fishing remained good north of Redfish Pass. Unfortunately, south of the pass has a lot of dark water, creating difficulty in locating and catching fish. I suggest fishing north of Redfish Pass and the surrounding waters of N. Captiva Pass together with other locations in Pine Island Sound. The water is much clearer and has...

Lake Okeechobee Water Release

Lake Okeechobee Water Release

Please take action! For many people, recent rain and subsequent release of water into the Caloosahatchee River has been a huge problem. We have received several inquiries from members asking what we can do? Because of the unusually heavy rains this winter, a massive amount of fresh water tainted with pollutants is being released from Lake Okeechobee into the Caloosahatchee River basin and the St. Lucie Waterway. We have received several inquiries from members asking what we can be done to...

Notice to Navigation: Canaveral and Okeechobee Waterway Lock Closures for Manatee Protection System Maintenance

Notice to Navigation: Canaveral and Okeechobee Waterway Lock Closures for Manatee Protection System Maintenance

NTN 2016-004 Lock Closures for Manatee Protection System Maintenance Notice to Navigation Interests: Canaveral and Okeechobee Waterway Lock Closures for Manatee Protection System Maintenance: read notice. Notice is given that Canaveral, W.P. Franklin and St. Lucie Locks will have scheduled 4...

Southwest Florida Yacht Club  – “The Cruisingest Yacht Club in the USA!”©

Southwest Florida Yacht Club – “The Cruisingest Yacht Club in the USA!”©

Southwest Florida Yacht Club (SFYC) has been a very active cruising club since its inception in early 2012. Our cruise program is year-round and last year we had 32 cruises to over 25 destinations! Our fleet travels ranged from...

“Snook action can be very good; especially the small and medium sizes along the mangroves…” Says Captain Terry

“Snook action can be very good; especially the small and medium sizes along the mangroves…” Says Captain Terry

(Ft. Myers Beach to Charlotte Harbor) The full moon is phasing out and the tides are positioned for several more days of good fishing during the daytime hours. Hopefully, the cold snaps will stay away for a while so that...

Manatee Down-listing – Public Comment Needed

Manatee Down-listing – Public Comment Needed

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has announced plans to downlist the West Indian manatee from endangered to a less-serious status of threatened under the Endangered Species Act.  This is primarily a result of a steady increase in the manatee...

Buying New vs. Used: Things to consider while you’re considering.

Buying New vs. Used: Things to consider while you’re considering.

It is a question boat buyers have faced for decades. And, while there is no perfect answer, there are pros and cons to each, and a right and wrong way to go about it. Breaking it down, there are five key areas to consider: Price One of the first reasons people consider used boats is cost. Once a boat is 5-10 years old, the depreciation factor starts to cause a considerable gap between used boat prices and their comparable new counterparts—for the...

Christmas Memories

Christmas Memories

This past holiday season I received a phone call from Mr. Chris Kelly of St. Augustine, Florida requesting a charter (on a short notice) for his 10 year old daughter Chloe for either December 23rd or 24th. Like most local ‘Charter Captains’, I was fully booked through the New Year and the only day I had off was Christmas Day. I tried to find Chloe a ‘ride’ but to no avail. Her father told me how much Chloe loved to...

Cape Coral Cruise Clubs 2015 Recap.

Cape Coral Cruise Clubs 2015 Recap.

The Cape Coral Cruise Club, founded in 1963, is unique among S.W. Florida boat clubs in that it owns a portion of a private island on the Caloosahatchee River east of the Franklin Lock near Alva. Over the years a...

Rally Around Town

Rally Around Town

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Notice: Ortona Lock Closings for Maintenance

Notice: Ortona Lock Closings for Maintenance

  The boating Public should be aware that the U.S. Army Core of Engineers has scheduled maintenance of the Ortona Lock, on the Okeechobee Waterway in Moore Haven. Maintenance, which will affect boating access, is projected to take place over approximately...

Captain Terry say “good fishing after the current cold front moves through bringing the bigger Sheepshead”

Captain Terry say “good fishing after the current cold front moves through bringing the bigger Sheepshead”

(Ft. Myers Beach to Charlotte Harbor) Fishing was fantastic for the whole month of December 2015. The warm weather allowed the ‘bait’ fish to remain on the shallow shoals, flats and around ‘piles’ of the bridges, making them easy targets...

Cape Coral Cruise Club returns to Marco Island

Cape Coral Cruise Club returns to Marco Island

Eleven boats were greeted with sunny skies for the November trip to Marco Island Marina, a destination that had been off the Club schedule for a few years.  All boats were neatly snuggled into their slips with the aid of dock master, Elmer Mimas, who located the entire group on one dock for our convenience.  Cruise leaders for this cruise were Terry and Laurie Carlson. The boats no sooner got tied up and the fun began as all boaters were...

It’s time to share the water again.

It’s time to share the water again.

Welcome, tourists! It’s time to share the water again.   As increased boater traffic descends upon SW Florida, a partial review of The Navigational Rules of the Road seems timely. Traffic volume Common sense dictates not to operate at high speed in high traffic density areas. A safe speed allows people piloting boats time to respond to situations as they develop, and minimizes the risk of collision—not only with the nearest approaching vessel, but with others around it…the domino effect, if you will. Heavy seas As winds...

“ Catch has been good for Snook, Redfish, Seatrout and Spanish Mackerel” says Captain Terry

“ Catch has been good for Snook, Redfish, Seatrout and Spanish Mackerel” says Captain Terry

This week’s forecast promises some nice weather for all boaters, fishermen and fisher-ladies alike. With the new moon phase, the tides are ‘in-line’ for good fishing in the mornings, afternoons or evenings. So far, the cold fronts have not put...

National Tom Sawyer Days

National Tom Sawyer Days

Image from WGEM   This year brought about lots of charters with clients catching lots of fish, having lots of fun and most importantly, lots of good memories. I traveled to Cuba to dive and fish while Vicki visited family in...

“The last couple of weeks produced lots of good fishing.” Says Captain Terry

“The last couple of weeks produced lots of good fishing.” Says Captain Terry

The last couple of weeks produced lots of good fishing. The numbers of Redfish caught per charter was scarce, but nice size fish were boated. Pictured here is one of the bigger Redfish landed during November. It measured 33” and...

Captain Terry Fisher’s Boat Show Fishing Report

Captain Terry Fisher’s Boat Show Fishing Report

Ft. Myers Beach to Charlotte Harbor - November 17, 2015 Prior to the cold front of last week, the fishing continued to be good for all inshore species. Offshore reports also were positive for Triple Tail, Grouper and other reef species. Inshore...

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