BOATING COURTESY

BOATING COURTESY

One of the common frustrations in boating is a general lack of awareness when it comes to observing the ‘rules of the road’ when on the water. While many states require young boaters to successfully complete a boating safety course before operating a boat or watercraft, it can be argued that boaters of all ages should be required to show proficiency in boat handling along with some simple instruction on basic boating courtesy—beyond what is required by law. While, in most...

“ The Snook bite is REALLY GOOD ” says Captain Terry

“ The Snook bite is REALLY GOOD ” says Captain Terry

(Ft. Myers Beach to Charlotte Harbor) I want to thank everyone who attended the Bonita Boat Show last weekend. It was a great show with lots of vendors and opportunities to learn about boating and fishing the waters of Lee...

Cape Coral Cruise Club’s cruise to the Pink Shell Marina.

Cape Coral Cruise Club’s cruise to the Pink Shell Marina.

Pink Shell Cruise Feb 2015 The destination for the second cruise of the Cape Coral Cruise Club in 2015 was the Pink Shell marina in Ft. Myers Beach. This destination has been a longtime favorite for the club....

THE BONITA SPRINGS SHOW

THE BONITA SPRINGS SHOW

Fort Myers, FL – Southwest Florida’s prime boating season is fast approaching and the Bonita Springs Boat Show, March 5-8 at the Naples Fort Myers Greyhound Track is the perfect chance to get ready. Southwest Florida Marine Industries Association’s 26th...

“Warm weather, decent wind forecasts and full moon on the way should allow access to lots of locations.” Says Captain Terry

“Warm weather, decent wind forecasts and full moon on the way should allow access to lots of locations.” Says Captain Terry

(Ft. Myers Beach to Charlotte Harbor) This week should be a good week for boaters and fishermen (ladies) alike. Warm weather, decent wind forecasts and full moon on the way should allow access to lots of locations. Last week was...

Captain Terry says “Fishing for the Sheepshead should be good anytime during moving water”

Captain Terry says “Fishing for the Sheepshead should be good anytime during moving water”

(Ft. Myers Beach to Charlotte Harbor) Even though last week brought on some brutal winds and a couple of unwanted cold fronts, fishing was a fantastic in the back country locations for those wanting to catch Sheepshead, Mangrove Snappers, Flounder and Redfish. The Redfish bite was good during a couple of days with strong southerly winds blowing in extra water providing access to remote locations. Live baits of choice for many guides and anglers have been shrimp and Pinfish. Fiddler...

“This week’s cold front and windy days will undoubtedly cause the bite to slow down” Says Captain Terry

“This week’s cold front and windy days will undoubtedly cause the bite to slow down” Says Captain Terry

(February 09, 2015) Ft. Myers Beach to Charlotte Harbour. Fishing during the past week was real good for Sheepshead in areas around the Mangroves as well as in Redfish and N. Captiva Passes along the docks. Larger Seatrouts and a few Spanish Mackerel are being caught, but not yet in big numbers or larger sizes. Some groupers are being caught in deep holes in Pine Island Sound and the back country areas when fishing for other species. Small Redfish are holding...

Cape Coral Cruise Club’s cruise for January 2015

Cape Coral Cruise Club’s cruise for January 2015

Most months of the year the Cape Coral Cruise Club schedules a cruise to a selected destination where the boats typically tie up for 3 days. Once the boats are tied and secure the club members engage in socializing and...

“THE SHEEPSHEAD BITE SHOULD BE HOT THIS WEEK!” Says Captain Terry

“THE SHEEPSHEAD BITE SHOULD BE HOT THIS WEEK!” Says Captain Terry

(Ft. Myers Beach to Charlotte Harbor) Last week continued to produce catches of numerous species including, Spanish Mackerel, Seatrouts, Mangrove Snappers, Snook, Redfish, Sheepshead and a few Flounder. On one hand; I am still disappointed with the size of Seatrout...

“Sheepshead should arrive in full force with bigger ones being caught for sport and harvest.” Says Captain Terry

“Sheepshead should arrive in full force with bigger ones being caught for sport and harvest.” Says Captain Terry

Ft. Myers Beach to Charlotte Harbor (January 24-January 31, 2015) Fishing this last week was fair to good. Unfortunately, the new moon phase provided the higher and stronger currents during night time hours when most of us were off the water. Furthermore,...

THE 14th ANNUAL CHARLOTTE COUNTY BOAT SHOW JANUARY 15-18, 2015

THE 14th ANNUAL CHARLOTTE COUNTY BOAT SHOW JANUARY 15-18, 2015

THE 14th ANNUAL CHARLOTTE COUNTY BOAT SHOW JANUARY 15-18, 2015 PORT CHARLOTTE, FL – Charlotte County is home to just about the finest boating waters in the United States and The 14th Annual Charlotte County Boat Show is coming to the...

“ Right now, it is all about the tides. ” says Captain Terry

“ Right now, it is all about the tides. ” says Captain Terry

(Ft. Myers Beach to Charlotte Harbor) So far we have had a mild winter and the bite continues to be consistent with few exceptions. A new moon is on the horizon and I suggest that anytime over the next week will provide good opportunity to get on the water and catch fish, even though the tide levels will be moderate. Early morning or late in the afternoon will likely be the most productive times. My long time friend, Mr. Rex...

2014 – A good year for the Cape Coral Cruise Club

2014 – A good year for the Cape Coral Cruise Club

Once again having a booth at the November Ft. Myers Boat Show was very worthwhile. With the able assistance of several Club members who manned the booth over the four days, we were able to attract about six new members. Both Club publicity and membership appreciates the time and effort of those participating, making this show the best yet. Between the News-Press monthly cruise articles and the community awareness generated by attending the Boat Show, the WORD IS OUT. If...

“Seatrout and Sheepshead bites and sizes should continue to improve.” Says Captain Terry

“Seatrout and Sheepshead bites and sizes should continue to improve.” Says Captain Terry

Ft. Myers Beach to Charlotte Harbor) Happy New Year to all Lee County boaters, fishermen and fisher ladies! Being my first report of the year, I want to report that fishing has remained good. Coming into the full moon over...

Captain Terry says “The better fishing for the balance of December will probably be from Christmas Eve through the weekend…”

Captain Terry says “The better fishing for the balance of December will probably be from Christmas Eve through the weekend…”

(Ft. Myers Beach to Charlotte Harbor) The holidays are here and are in full swing on the water. Lots of residents/visitors and boats enjoying area activities as Santa prepares to come with love for everyone. Last week has been good...

“The Spanish Mackerel and Pompano bites are picking up.” Says Captain Terry

“The Spanish Mackerel and Pompano bites are picking up.” Says Captain Terry

(Ft. Myers Beach to Charlotte Harbor) Last week's fishing continued to produce some decent back-country fishing for all of my clients. Some bait fish remained in the area allowing me to throw the cast net for baits to feed the...

“The Redfish ‘bite’ has been good on large shrimps” says Captain Terry

“The Redfish ‘bite’ has been good on large shrimps” says Captain Terry

(Ft. Myers Beach to Charlotte Harbor) Last week's 'full moon' cycle produced some good fishing for most species. Notwithstanding that Snook season closed, many of my charter clients hooked and landed a number of them in our search for Redfish....

“The canals are full of Snook and they are biting!” Says Fishin’ Frank

“The canals are full of Snook and they are biting!” Says Fishin’ Frank

Happy Thanksgiving everyone! Several people are saying thanks for the Snook fishing over the last few nights. Just when you think you know the rules about fishing, something new comes along. Did you know that right after a front, the bite should shut off for a while? This last front was a good one. I would have thought the fishing would have been slow for at least 2 days, however it was slow for about...

Captain Terry Says “I am forecasting a good week of fishing due to warm temperatures and full moon cycle.”

Captain Terry Says “I am forecasting a good week of fishing due to warm temperatures and full moon cycle.”

(Ft. Myers Beach to Charlotte Harbor) Last week and prior to the cold front of Thanksgiving Day my charters produced a number of catches, including big Snook, Seatrout, Jack Crevalle and Redfish. The Snook and Jack Crevalle preferred the white baits over Pinfish and Shrimps, while the Redfish chose the opposite. With the water temperatures cooling, the opportunity to cast nets for white bait and greenies will begin to diminish. Hopefully, the cooler temperatures we are experiencing over the Thanksgiving...

“If you have a small boat or kayak, the Allapatchee Shores Park ramp located in Punta Gorda, is a great place for…” Says Fishin’ Frank

“If you have a small boat or kayak, the Allapatchee Shores Park ramp located in Punta Gorda, is a great place for…” Says Fishin’ Frank

What to do? For starters, hide from the wind and rain. If you do venture out, there is some good fishing that can happen where it isn’t windy. If you have a small boat or kayak, the Allapatchee Shores Park ramp...

Fishin’ Frank says “ There are however a lot of Sheepshead in Alligator Creek and at El-Jo.”

Fishin’ Frank says “ There are however a lot of Sheepshead in Alligator Creek and at El-Jo.”

The weather is not what had been predicted, so chasing the Kings may not happen for a little while. There are however a lot of Sheepshead in Alligator Creek and at El-Jo. Shrimp is the bait of choice...

Captain Terry says “However, we should still have some good fishing throughout the next week or so…”

Captain Terry says “However, we should still have some good fishing throughout the next week or so…”

(Ft. Myers Beach to Charlotte Harbor) Prior to, during and after the recent Ft. Myers Boat Show the fishing was and has been fantastic on both incoming and outgoing tides. The 'white' bait has been around the bridges and cast...

The 42nd Annual Fort Myers Boat Show Set to Make a Splash!

The 42nd Annual Fort Myers Boat Show Set to Make a Splash!

Southwest Florida’s largest and most anticipated boat show returns for it’s 42nd annual exhibition of boats, equipment and seminars. The event will be held in the Harborside Event Center and the City of Fort Myers Yacht Basin Thursday, Nov. 13...

2014 Fisherman’s Village Cruise

2014 Fisherman’s Village Cruise

On a beautiful October Tuesday, fourteen Cape Coral Cruise Club boats headed north on the GICW, turned into Charlotte Harbor, then on to the Peace River to Fisherman’s Village Marina. The good member turnout was because this remains one of the Club’s favorite destinations. With mooring assistance from Harbor Master Jim’s helpful crew, boaters completed the always present post cruise boat chores, then relaxed the remainder of the afternoon. The Pre-happy hour time at the Boater’s Lounge...

Captain Terry says “ Live, dead, cut baits will be one’s best bet …”

Captain Terry says “ Live, dead, cut baits will be one’s best bet …”

(Ft. Myers Beach to Charlotte Harbor) Fishing has remained good during the month of October for most species. I had the opportunity to take a Martin Smith of Cape Coral out with his grandson's ( Isaac and Ethan) from Churubusco, Indiana to do some 'serious' fishing and 'catching'.. We left around noon to target some Seatrout on the flats (as the tides were better later in the day for Redfish and Snook). I was elated and surprised to find out...

Keep Lee County Beautiful Monofilament Madness

Keep Lee County Beautiful Monofilament Madness

CALLING ALL BOATERS! WE NEED YOU to join us in cleaning Estero Bay! MONOFILAMENT MADNESS SATURDAY, November 1, 2014 8:00 AM - 1:00PM FISH-TALE MARINA FORT MYERS BEACH Please fill out and return attached registration form so we may plan accordingly for the...

Full moon on the horizon.

Full moon on the horizon.

(Ft. Myers Beach to Charlotte Harbor) October is 'Redfish Month'. Those anglers seeking their dream of hooking, fighting and landing a big Redfish should make arrangements to target this species now; especially with a 'full moon on the horizon'! Notwithstanding...

Fishin’ Frank Says “Tom Adams Pier in Englewood is a very good day time spot for Mackerel and Snapper from land.”

Fishin’ Frank Says “Tom Adams Pier in Englewood is a very good day time spot for Mackerel and Snapper from land.”

10/6/14 By: Fishin’ Frank Reds are still doing well at the 41 bridges, cast at the high line wires. Tom Adams Pier in Englewood is a very good day time spot for Mackerel and Snapper from land. For the Mackerel, use a...

“Redfish are at the 41 bridge” Says Fishin’ Franks

“Redfish are at the 41 bridge” Says Fishin’ Franks

10/5/14 By: Fishin’ Frank Well our new hoodies are a welcome addition this morning with the temps at 60 degrees. It really was not that cold, but when it was 90 yesterday, it takes a couple of days to get used to...

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