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Fishin’ Frank’s fishing report for December

Fishin’ Frank’s fishing report for December

In my 32 years of business, this is the second time we are currently experiencing red tide in the upper harbor. We are hoping the East and/or Northeast winds will blow the red tide back up out of the harbor. Fish kills have been up through Rocky Creek and almost all the way up to the US-41 bridges. The East winds should be able to get this mess out of here so folks at Burnt Store and Pirate Harbour can...

Captain Terry Says “Good weather is forecast for the next several days”

Captain Terry Says “Good weather is forecast for the next several days”

The Ft. Myers Boat Show proved to be another huge success with more vendors than ever. 1st Mate Vicki and I were honored when friends and clients stopped at our Fish Face Charter booth to chat and talk ‘fish’! More...

Fishin’ Frank’s Holiday Fishing Report

Fishin’ Frank’s Holiday Fishing Report

This holiday season, Redfish can be found in three prime locations. The first is around the southern half of the west wall south of the towers. Pirate Harbour a half mile to the north around the islands has also been...

Just Bought a Boat? Some Tips From The Experts.

Just Bought a Boat? Some Tips From The Experts.

With a number of boat shows happening this time of year, there are a good number of new boaters or, at least, new boat owners out there who might not be 100 percent certain or comfortable with everything that comes...

Captain Terry says “October finished strong for most inshore species”

Captain Terry says “October finished strong for most inshore species”

(Ft. Myers Beach to Charlotte Harbor) October finished strong for most inshore species, including Flounder, Spanish Mackerel, Mangrove Snapper and decent size Seatrout joining the ‘party’. Pictured here is Dave Anderson of Lake St. Louis, Missouri holding a nice Flounder he...

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

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

Notice to Navigation Notice is given that Canaveral, WP Franklin, Ortona, Moore Haven, Port Mayaca and St Lucie Locks will have scheduled 4 hour closures 7:30-11:30 a.m. and 12-4 p.m. at locations and dates listed below to support annual maintenance to the Manatee Protection System. W.P. Franklin Monday, December 5, 2016 Ortona Tuesday, December 6, 2016 Moore Haven Wednesday, December 7, 2016 Port Mayaca Thursday, December 8, 2016 St Lucie Friday, December 9, 2016 Canaveral Monday - Tuesday, December 12-13, 2016 Additional locking hours may be available based on the contractors work. Call the...

Fishing Florida’s East Coast Mullet Run at Captain’s Annual ‘Costa’ Slack Tide Gathering

Fishing Florida’s East Coast Mullet Run at Captain’s Annual ‘Costa’ Slack Tide Gathering

Jensen Beach, Florida This year Costa Del Mar, along with other ‘industry’ leading vendors (Simms, Yeti, G. Loomis, Hell’s Bay Boat Works and Nautilus Reels), rallied over 170 Charter Captains to attend a 2 day educational, informative and competitive event, in support of our livelihoods and continued longevity. It was a rewarding experience, held at River Palm Cottages & Fish Camp, hosted by the owner, Captain Rufus Wakeman. The location, hospitality, attention to service and detail was second to none. Leading industry...

Tails & Tailgating Fishing Tournament and Chili Cook-Off

Tails & Tailgating Fishing Tournament and Chili Cook-Off

Keep it REEL and Join Us for the Greater Fort Myers Chamber of Commerce 5th Annual "Tails & Tailgating" Fishing Tournament and Chili Cook-Off on Saturday, November 2nd from 1:00 - 7:00 PM at 2220 West First Street, Fort Myers,...

SaraBay Marina to Open Second Location in Naples

SaraBay Marina to Open Second Location in Naples

Sarasota, Florida - SaraBay Marina, one of Sarasota’s most prominent marinas, has announced they are expanding with a new Sales, Service, Parts and Storage facility in Naples, Florida. SaraBay-Naples will be located just south of Naples’ iconic ‘Tin City’ at 3470...

Captain Terry’s October 24th Fishing Report

Captain Terry’s October 24th Fishing Report

(Ft. Myers Beach to Charlotte Harbor) October 24th, 2016 Fishing has been very good north of the power lines in Pine Island Sound (‘Sound’) for species such as Snook, Redfish, Seatrout and Mangrove Snappers. South of them, the water is ‘coffee’ color...

Public Service Announcement: Bridge Construction Update

Public Service Announcement: Bridge Construction Update

Public Service Announcement: Bridge Construction Update Edgewater Drive Phase 2 Improvements Port Charlotte, FL. (Oct. 18, 2016) — A temporary change in the Sunrise Waterway Bridge clearance will be implemented Monday, Oct. 31 that will restrict boat traffic through the end of...

‘Tis the Season… To Buy a Boat

‘Tis the Season… To Buy a Boat

'Tis the Season... To Buy a Boat A boat show goers guide to doing it right. Most boaters agree the best time to buy a boat is during the winter boat show season. They also agree that boat shows are great opportunities to take advantage of manufacturers’ incentives on new boats—as most manufacturers run promotions to correspond with winter boat show season. Even if you aren't in the market to buy a boat yet, boat shows make a great family day to...

Southwest Florida Yacht Club Hosts Local Waters Seminar

Southwest Florida Yacht Club Hosts Local Waters Seminar

Southwest Florida Yacht Club, “The Cruisingest Yacht Club in the USA®”, has developed a Local Waters Seminar as a service to the local boating community. The seminar discusses local water tips “beyond the charts” and our many nearby boating destinations based on SFYC member experiences and insights. The first Local Waters Seminar was held at Pinchers – The Marina at Edison Ford on October 6th with over 30 attendees. Most of the seminar attendees were experienced boaters who seemed to enjoy...

Captain Terry says “Hurricane Matthew is finally gone”!

Captain Terry says “Hurricane Matthew is finally gone”!

(Ft. Myers Beach to Charlotte Harbor) Hurricane Matthew is finally gone so we can all go back to doing what we love to do; fishing and boating! The water temperatures and wind conditions should allow most anyone good opportunity over the...

Captain Larry’s Lane Snapper Fishing Report

Captain Larry’s Lane Snapper Fishing Report

Liberty Cole from Atlanta GA is pictured here with a nice lane snapper, one of the best tasting fish in the gulf. He caught this fish on his first offshore trip using a sardine in about 65 ft offshore of...

FWC seeks public input on anchoring and mooring rules, pilot program

FWC seeks public input on anchoring and mooring rules, pilot program

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) is seeking feedback from cruising boaters, local boaters and other residents in evaluating the state’s Anchoring and Mooring Pilot Program and related ordinances. The FWC has posted a brief online survey to accept...

Boating Etiquette: Helping a stranded vessel

Boating Etiquette: Helping a stranded vessel

Spend a considerable amount of time boating in Florida and, one day, you just might happen upon a stranded or in distress vessel. When this happens, there are some things you will want to know to make sure you do...

Gasparilla Light Temporarily Extinguished

Gasparilla Light Temporarily Extinguished

On September 29th, 2016, the Coast Guard will temporarily extinguish the Gasparilla Light in an effort to prevent sea turtles from becoming disoriented. This is a temporary measure to protect endangered and nesting sea turtles in the Gasparilla area. The Light will be relit following the end of turtle season, November 1st,...

Captain Terry Fisher’s SW Florida Fishing Report for September 26, 2016

Captain Terry Fisher’s SW Florida Fishing Report for September 26, 2016

(Ft. Myers Beach to Charlotte Harbor) Last week produced good fishing offshore as well as inshore. Red Grouper, Lane Snapper, Permit, Gray Snappers and a few Cobia were caught on live Pinfish, shrimp, squid and crabs. Many fisherman and guides enjoyed a good bite anywhere from 3 to 30 miles offshore. The inshore bite consisted of Snook, Black Drum, Redfish, Seatrout and Mangrove Snapper for the most part. Pictured here is Shannon Poff of Ohio holding a nice ‘slot’ Redfish she...

Captain Terry says “last week provided great weather with light winds”

Captain Terry says “last week provided great weather with light winds”

(Ft. Myers Beach to Charlotte Harbor) Last week provided great weather with light winds. Tides were good and bait available. The full moon phase should continue to provide great opportunity to catch fish throughout the remainder of the week. Offshore: legal grouper...

“Full Moon Rising!” Says Captain Terry

“Full Moon Rising!” Says Captain Terry

(Ft. Myers Beach to Charlotte Harbor) Full Moon Rising! It appears that the next number of days will provide great fishing accompanied by good weather and good tides. Last week the tropical storm prevented fishing, but as of last Saturday...

Captain Terry says “Fishing remains good inshore”

Captain Terry says “Fishing remains good inshore”

(Ft. Myers Beach to Charlotte Harbor) August 17, 2016 Fishing remains good inshore, especially early mornings on high incoming or outgoing tides for Seatrout on the flats. Troll for Spanish Mackerel around Sanibel Lighthouse, in Redfish, N. Captiva and Boca Grande Passes,...

Summer Boating Safety: Staying calm, cool and hydrated

Summer Boating Safety: Staying calm, cool and hydrated

In many parts of the country, summer boating safety tips revolve around the increased number of boats and activity on the water. In Florida, we experience that issue between Thanksgiving and Easter during what we affectionately refer to as ‘season’....

Captain Terry says “waters should clear up as summer temperatures return to the 90s”

Captain Terry says “waters should clear up as summer temperatures return to the 90s”

The last 10 days brought about a mix of good and not so good catches. Water levels were high enough, but due to the ‘on-slot’ of rain, muddy waters moved the fish from locations that I was expecting them to be. However, on the brighter side and with the exception of our normal afternoon showers, the waters should clear up a bit as summer temperatures return to the 90s. I am looking forward to some good fishing during the early...

Proposal for Critical Wildlife Areas In Pine Island Sound

Proposal for Critical Wildlife Areas In Pine Island Sound

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) will hold a public workshop in Sanibel to share information about and solicit comments on the proposal to designate new Critical Wildlife Areas (CWA) in Lee County. Pine Island Sound (Lee County) 6:30 - 8:30 p.m. Tuesday, August 9, 2016 Ding Darling Education Center 1 Wildlife Drive, Sanibel, FL 33957 The proposed initiative will look at Pine Island Sound and could close down some productive waters for fishing during the year or implement full time...

Ortona Lock Closure Extension

Ortona Lock Closure Extension

Notice is given that Ortona Lock approach wall construction has experienced delays requiring the Monday through Friday lock closures to be extended to 14 October 2016. This approach wall replacement project is necessary for public and vessel safety. During construction,...

Captain Terry Says “Early morning fishing should be good”

Captain Terry Says “Early morning fishing should be good”

(Ft. Myers Beach to Charlotte Harbor) Early morning fishing (inshore and offshore) should be good over the next 10 days or so. We have a ‘New-Moon’ phase bringing in high water levels for the inshore anglers together with strong water currents...

FWC Proposed CWA’s in Southwest Florida Could Impact Boating

FWC Proposed CWA’s in Southwest Florida Could Impact Boating

FWC has proposed several new critical wildlife areas (CWAs) in Southwest Florida. Many of these areas could impact accessibility for fishing and boating. Contact Kyle Good with the Southwest Florida Marine Industries Association, kyle@swfmia.com to express concerns about proposed CWA’s in...

Bertram Yachts acquires waterfront facility in Florida

Bertram Yachts acquires waterfront facility in Florida

Bertram Yachts has acquired a new waterfront facility on Tampa Bay. The new facility will serve as the company's World Headquarters, and will have the capability to build new yachts, as well as service the yachts of existing owners. This...

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