“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 Snook and Redfish. Pictured here is Mr. Blaine Duncan of Saskatoon, SK. (Canada) holding his first Redfish catch here in SW Florida. The Seatrout bite is good, but I am still looking for some bigger ones which become more plentiful on...

“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...

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...

“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 right now for the Sheepshead. The larger shrimp should attract the larger fish. Many of the Sheepshead are close to the 20 inch mark. While fishing at El-Jo you should also be able to get your keeper...

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 netters have been active catching all of the bait they need on one cast. These baits have provided premium Snook action on both incoming and outgoing tides. (especially outgoing). Pictured here is Mr. Doug Frasier of Minnesota holding one of...

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...

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,...

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 that we are still a week away, both of the daily high tide cycles should provide plenty of water to seek out the fish in a number of areas around Punta Rassa Bay, Buck Key as well as other areas...

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 poppin' cork and shrimp (like you would for seatrout), pop it hard let them know your bait is there. If you are using lures, a 1./2 once or 3/4 once Spoon is your best bet, or a 4 inch paddle tail...

“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...

12 Member Boats Cruise to the Naples Boat Club

12 Member Boats Cruise to the Naples Boat Club

The Cape Coral Cruise Club enjoyed the beautiful Naples Boat Club for their September cruise on the 16th, 17th and 18th. Fourteen boats signed up for the cruise but two had to drop out – one for a mechanical issue...

“ Some of the year’s best Redfish action will be in October! ” Says Captain Terry

“ Some of the year’s best Redfish action will be in October! ” Says Captain Terry

(Ft. Myers Beach to Charlotte Harbor) My 1st Mate (Vicki) and I recently returned from a trip to Italy to experience some fly fishing on the Lima River close to Lucca, Italy. We had a wonderful time with one of...

BOATER ALERT

BOATER ALERT

BOATER ALERT: The USCG is surveying the boating community to see what impact a change in bridge opening schedules will have on boaters. This is being driven by All Aboard Florida which is a public/private passenger rail project (Florida East...

Southwest Florida has superb destinations.

Southwest Florida has superb destinations.

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. Over the years a covered pavilion has been built where the members enjoy monthly picnics. The facility also has four docks with both 50amp and 30amp power that can accommodate up to sixteen member boats for a weekend. CCCC is a group of active cruisers. Monthly cruises...

The Great Boat Lift of 9/11

The Great Boat Lift of 9/11

GoBoaters, please take a few minutes out of your day to watch this. Incredibly moving story about the heroic efforts of boaters on 9/11. The Great Boat Lift of 9/11 became the largest sea evacuation . . . in history! Larger than the evacuation of Dunkirk in WWII, where 339,000 British and French soldiers were rescued over the course of 9 days. On 9/11, nearly half a million civilians were rescued from Manhattan by boat. It took less than 9...

Captain Terry says “This time of the month should produce great action as the full moon cycle takes its course.”

Captain Terry says “This time of the month should produce great action as the full moon cycle takes its course.”

(Ft. Myers Beach to Charlotte Harbor) This time of the month should produce great action as the full moon cycle takes its course. Migratory species, such as King Fish and Spanish Mackerel will only add to the grouper and snapper...

Captain Terry says “ Snook season is open. Early morning or late evenings are good times to target these nocturnal feeders.”

Captain Terry says “ Snook season is open. Early morning or late evenings are good times to target these nocturnal feeders.”

(Ft. Myers Beach to Charlotte Harbor) Last week's southerly winds, good weather and high tides provided 'prime-time' for catching numerous species for off-shore and in-shore fishing alike. Reports of Spanish Mackerels, Triple Tails, Cobia, Snapper and Grouper catches were good....

“Fish will move with the tide, but when tides are low they will ‘hold up’ in deeper water.” says Captain Terry

“Fish will move with the tide, but when tides are low they will ‘hold up’ in deeper water.” says Captain Terry

(Ft. Myers Beach to Charlotte Harbor) Offshore; Spanish Mackerel are being reported in the passes and just off the beaches. The Kingfish migration has begun on the east coast and the west coast migration should follow suit. Groupers, Snappers, Cobia,...

Cape Coral Cruise Club Fall Schedule

Cape Coral Cruise Club Fall Schedule

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...

Collier officials warn boat owners about thefts

Collier officials warn boat owners about thefts

COLLIER COUNTY, Fla.- With so many boats around, criminals are always close-by. From brazen boat burglars in Sarasota, just hooking up a truck to a trailer and taking off with a 29 footer. To kayak thieves in Naples, loading a 13 foot kayak into a truck on Gulfshore Boulevard South, police say you're a target. Not just the boat, but what you own on it. "The criminal knows what it's coming for, it's like shopping." Electronics and other valuables on board are...

Captain Terry says “ I am forecasting great backcountry opportunities over the next week, especially in…”

Captain Terry says “ I am forecasting great backcountry opportunities over the next week, especially in…”

(Ft. Myers Beach to Charlotte Harbor) Last week was fantastic fishing with the full moon and southern breezes providing plenty of current and water from the Gulf of Mexico. Pictured here is one of my favorite junior anglers, Wyatt Day (11yrs young) of Cheyenne, Wyoming together with his cousins, Cameron Marrs (13yrs) and Christian Marrs (only 7) each holding one of the many fish that they caught on a 6 hour charter early this week. Cameron, is shown with a...

Dive In With Chiefy- Lobster Mini Season

Dive In With Chiefy- Lobster Mini Season

Near perfect weather conditions on the ocean for this year’s mini-season, found many divers out on the water in southeast Florida. This year mini-season fell on July 30th & 31st, the last consecutive Wednesday and Thursday in July. This tradition was...

“ Rains are swelling creeks and rivers so be sure and get into the backcountry locations two hours ahead of high tide…” Says Captain Terry

“ Rains are swelling creeks and rivers so be sure and get into the backcountry locations two hours ahead of high tide…” Says Captain Terry

(Ft. Myers Beach to Charlotte Harbor) Last week I had the pleasure to meet new clients as well as take some repeat clients to catch Snook, Redfish, Seatrout and Mangrove Snappers. The tides were good allowing me to get into...

A weekend on Blackwater Sound in Key Largo.

A weekend on Blackwater Sound in Key Largo.

Just finished one of those long weekends that you really wish would go on for several more days (or weeks!). My family had the good fortune of being invited to spend a few days with friends at their house...

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Reducing your risk of Vibrio infection

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