“ The flats produced good Seatrout action early in the mornings and late in the evenings.” Says Captain Terry

“ The flats produced good Seatrout action early in the mornings and late in the evenings.” Says Captain Terry

(Ft. Myers Beach to Charlotte Harbor) Last week produced some super big fish including the 29" Redfish caught by Mr. Jose Romanelli of Cape Coral, Florida on his birthday charter with his family (father, mother, sister and girlfriend). Jose is just turned 20 and is a junior at Edison University in Ft. Myers and is studying law as well as majoring in Marine Ecology. He is a friend of marine life and I consider him a good client and contact...

Impact of Boating in Pinellas County and St. Petersburg Downtown Waterfront Breakwater Proposal

Impact of Boating in Pinellas County and St. Petersburg Downtown Waterfront Breakwater Proposal

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St. Pete needs breakwaters in any pier plan

St. Pete needs breakwaters in any pier plan

JAY CONNER/STAFF   ST. PETERSBURG — Water taxis, kayaking and courtesy boat slips all made the short list for the city’s new pier, reflective of a community eager to turn its signature waterfront into a maritime playground. But those plans may be...

Florida Lobster Mini Season

Florida Lobster Mini Season

With Florida Lobster Mini Season just over one week away, it's time to get out on the water and scout out these tasty Florida creatures. Yesterday, I ventured out on my first prospective dive of the season departing the Hillsboro...

Captain Terry says “Offshore reports good Red Grouper, Cobia, Gray and Yellow Tail Snapper bites.”

Captain Terry says “Offshore reports good Red Grouper, Cobia, Gray and Yellow Tail Snapper bites.”

(Ft. Myers Beach to Charlotte Harbor) In my last report, I felt that coming into the 'Full Moon' Phase would produce some good fishing if the winds allowed access to 'less pressured' areas for both Snook, Redfish, Seatrouts, Pompano and...

Cape Coral Cruise Club revisits Burnt Store Marina

Cape Coral Cruise Club revisits Burnt Store Marina

Nine CCCC members made the trip to Burnt Store Marina for a 3 day cruise beginning June 17. Participating were cruise leaders Jack and Elsie Harris on Running Water, Robert and Carol Peterson on C R Slide, Ted and Beverley Hutson on New Horizons, Jim and Edie Limbright on Never Mind, Phil and Pat Kryger on Y Knot, Hal and Dee Moss on Hardee II, Lee and Brenda Jetton on Moonlighter, and Mack and Bobbie McEwen on Bullfrog with Bruce...

“ Fish areas with good water movement…” Says Captain Terry

“ Fish areas with good water movement…” Says Captain Terry

(Ft. Myers Beach to Charlotte Harbor) Tarpon are still in the area; off of the beaches, in the 'passes', in San Carlos Bay, Pine Island Sound and especially Charlotte Harbor. Their whereabouts depend on whether the tides are incoming or outgoing. Baits of choice are small Blue Crab, 'Pass' Crabs, Mullet and other bait fishes. However, the bite becomes slow after they get a look at a lot of presentations from the numerous boats; as they are surrounded like 'wagon...

Captain Terry says “ Tarpon and Shark are still here in big numbers…”

Captain Terry says “ Tarpon and Shark are still here in big numbers…”

(Ft. Myers Beach to Charlotte Harbor) Tarpon and Shark are still here in big numbers off the beaches and in the passes of the outer islands from Sanibel to Cayo Costa. Pine Island Sound and Charlotte Harbor are both holding...

LIFESTYLES OF THE “NOT SO” RICH AND FAMOUS – Cape Coral Cruise Club

LIFESTYLES OF THE “NOT SO” RICH AND FAMOUS – Cape Coral Cruise Club

On Monday the 19th of May 2014 at 8:00 am six boats from the Cape Coral Cruise Club set out on an adventure to the Out Islands of the Bahamas particularly on this trip, the Exumas. Those traveling are as...

“Great summer back-country fishing!” says Captain Terry

“Great summer back-country fishing!” says Captain Terry

Full moon, southerly winds and high summer tides make for great fishing. Tarpon, Redfish, Snook and Seatrout are abound. Tarpon are here in big numbers! Big Snook are active both in the backcountry and off of the beaches. Tournament size...

Cape Coral Cruise Club returns to Palm Island

Cape Coral Cruise Club returns to Palm Island

A flotilla of 9 boats set off on Tuesday May 20th heading north on the Gulf ICW with beautiful clear skies and calm seas that lasted for the entire cruise. Lead by Jon Lynch on Desperado, cruising members included...

Captain Terry says “ During the half moon phase, the fishing should continue to be good…”

Captain Terry says “ During the half moon phase, the fishing should continue to be good…”

(Ft. Myers Beach to Charlotte Harbor) Fishing was really good during the new moon phase; especially with the winds from south to southwest shoving ample water into the shallower backcountry locations. Pictured here is one of my better junior anglers, Ty Sandquist (10 yrs) of Holyoke, Colorado, proudly displaying one of several nice Redfish he caught while on a charter with his grandfather, John Sanquist of Imperial, Nebraska. They both share a picture of Tyler's second catch of the day....

DON’T FEED THE MONSTER!

DON’T FEED THE MONSTER!

WE’VE CREATED A MONSTER ON OUR SHORES, BAYS, RIVERS AND LAKES. Improper application of fertilizers such as using more than recommended amounts or applying the wrong formulas at certain times of the year, has come back to bite us. When combined with rains and run-off, these nutrients are redirected from our lawns and gardens and feed harmful aquatic algae that threatens our quality of life and our economy. We all need to do our part and ask you to do yours by...

“Fishing should improve over the next two weeks…” Says Captain Terry

“Fishing should improve over the next two weeks…” Says Captain Terry

(Ft. Myers Beach to Charlotte Harbor) Tarpon season is in full swing with tournaments from Ft. Myers Beach to Boca Grande Pass. Lee County Tarpon Hunters can be seen along the Inter-coastal water way and throughout Charlotte Harbor. Poor catching...

TowBoatUS Cape Coral Sponsors 10th Annual Ryan McCleskey Memorial Redfish Challenge

TowBoatUS Cape Coral Sponsors 10th Annual Ryan McCleskey Memorial Redfish Challenge

CAPE CORAL, FLORIDA (May 20, 2014) - TowBoatUS in Cape Coral announces it will be a sponsor for the 10th Annual “Ryan’s Redfish Challenge” fishing tournament on May 24th at Cape Harbor. The goal of the event is to raise...

Cape Coral Cruise Clubs “No Frills” cruise to Tween Waters.

Cape Coral Cruise Clubs “No Frills” cruise to Tween Waters.

“Short” “No Frills” Cruise to Tween Waters Resort Marina Proves Popular With a long cruise to the Golden Isles of Georgia scheduled in April, the Cape Coral Cruise Club offered a “short” cruise to Captiva Island’s Tween Waters Resort Marina Wednesday,...

Captain Terry says “ Tarpon season is in full swing”

Captain Terry says “ Tarpon season is in full swing”

(Ft. Myers Beach to Charlotte Harbor) Tarpon season is in full swing with big Threadfin's at the causeways, on other structures and just off the beaches. Boats are anchored up and down Pine Island Sound around Marker's 4 and 18 on...

Cape Coral Cruise Club visits the Isles of S.E. Georgia.

Cape Coral Cruise Club visits the Isles of S.E. Georgia.

On April 21 three boats from the Cape Coral Cruise Club left Cape Coral northbound to the "Golden Isles" of Georgia. These were boats that cruised under 20 knots. The following day three more boats, cruising in excess of 20 knots left the Cape Coral area at 8am so all could arrive at Sunset Bay Marina in Stuart that evening. The group traveled east on the Caloosahatchee River, across Lake Okeechobee and down the St Lucie Canal, headed for the...

“ More fish are being caught deeper into back country locations…” Says Captain Terry

“ More fish are being caught deeper into back country locations…” Says Captain Terry

(Ft. Myers Beach to Charlotte Harbor) Recently I heard lots of complaints from many local Captains regarding catches over the last couple of weeks. However, I have found that with the current moon phase, favorable wind directions resulting in higher tides, that more fish are being caught deeper into back country locations and around some of the small islands off the main channel of Pine Island Sound. These locations include; Patricio and Mondago islands up north, big Panther Key and...

Captain Terry says “Fishing remains tough and I am looking forward to things picking up.”

Captain Terry says “Fishing remains tough and I am looking forward to things picking up.”

(Ft. Myers Beach to Charlotte Harbor)A lot of Captains have been complaining about recent catches and on certain days I agree. Some of the charters last week produced about half of the catches I am accustom to. However, the...

Cape Coral Cruise Club returns to Legacy Harbour

Cape Coral Cruise Club returns to Legacy Harbour

The cruise to Legacy Harbour Marina was fully attended with 15 boats cruising to and four resident boats participating.  Harbormaster Eric Ravenschlag promised us 15 slips and he came through, and the marina was totally filled!  While most people ate...

Captain Terry says “ Be on the lookout for Tarpon, Cobia, King Mackerel…”

Captain Terry says “ Be on the lookout for Tarpon, Cobia, King Mackerel…”

(Ft. Myers Beach to Charlotte Harbor)The first part of last week proved to be very challenging finding and catching fish, with the exception of small Sheepshead and Mangrove Snappers. Nonetheless, three to four days after the cool front, the bite...

Captain Terry says “ Tarpon (along with sharks) are continuing to move into the area…”

Captain Terry says “ Tarpon (along with sharks) are continuing to move into the area…”

(Ft. Myers Beach to Charlotte Harbor) Fishing has been fantastic for most of my clients during the better part of March. Seatrout, Snook, Pompano, Spanish Mackerel, Sheepshead and Redfish have all been active from the Sanibel Causeway to Jug Creek just...

Cape Coral Cruise Club visits Pink Shell Resort Marina

Cape Coral Cruise Club visits Pink Shell Resort Marina

Pink Shell Resort Marina on Fort Myers Beach was the February destination for 18 Cape Coral Cruise Club boats. Pink Shell, with its floating docks, white sandy beach, three heated pools, spa, restaurants and attentive staff, proved once again to be a great place for a monthly cruise. Boats participating were “Happy Ours”, Cruise Leaders Gary & Kathy Taake; “Sunkissed”, Phil & Lyn Quick; “Sharon Ann”, Sharon & Len Palmisano; “Moonlighter”, Lee & Brenda Jetton; “Bow’t Time”, Terry & Laurie Carlson;...

“Catfish are active along with the Spanish Mackerels, which are signs of Tarpon returning to our areas.” Says Captain Terry

“Catfish are active along with the Spanish Mackerels, which are signs of Tarpon returning to our areas.” Says Captain Terry

(Ft. Myers Beach to Charlotte Harbor) Last week fishing continued to be good. Spanish Mackerel are everywhere, large Seatrout catches daily, Pompano catches every other day or so with an occasional Redfish when I have targeted them. Sheepshead are still active. Pictured here is Roger Chen of Ft. Myers, Florida with a nice Sheepshead caught on a piece of shrimp on light tackle around and in some piles on the flats. His friend, Mary Blackmon of Naples, Florida, displays a nice...

SWFMIA Spring Boat Show Moving To Bonita Springs.

SWFMIA Spring Boat Show Moving To Bonita Springs.

Fort Myers, FL  –  The  Southwest Florida Marine Industries Association has relocated its 25th Annual Spring Boat Show, to the Naples Fort Myers Greyhound Track in Bonita Springs, March 6th -9th. “After more than twenty years at the Lee Civic Center...

Captain Terry says “I see nothing in next week’s weather forecast to shut down the bite.”

Captain Terry says “I see nothing in next week’s weather forecast to shut down the bite.”

(Ft. Myers Beach to Charlotte Harbor) Last week continued to produce good fishing despite the cool fronts that pushed through. Some days offered southern winds that provided for good opportunities to reach 'hard to get to' winter spots due to the...

Captain Terry says “The days are getting longer, giving more time to work the tides.

Captain Terry says “The days are getting longer, giving more time to work the tides.

(Ft. Myers Beach to Charlotte Harbor) Prior to the cold front and the 'Full Moon', fishing for all of my clients was fantastic! Boat loads of Spanish Mackerel were all over areas of Bokelia and Foster Bay, just to mention two...

Captain Terry Says “Work the tides and get to the back country.”

Captain Terry Says “Work the tides and get to the back country.”

(Ft. Myers Beach to Charlotte Harbor) My fishing article in the January Issue of the Lee County monthly publication; The Nautical Mile, was titled 'Seatrout Fishing 101'. If you are having or was having trouble catching Seatrout, may I suggest that...

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