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Captain Terry says “fishing has been good”

Captain Terry says “fishing has been good”

Fishing has been good whether one is ‘fishing the flats’, ‘working the canals’ or ‘fishing the back areas’ around creek mouths, oyster bars and mangroves. Pictured here is Dan Wellacher of Cape Coral holding one of many Seatrout he caught earlier in the month. Not to be outdone, his friend, John Kellerstrass of Tulsa, Oklahoma almost matches Dan’s with a similar size fish. These fish were caught on the grass flats. These boys caught lots of fish that day and...

Captain Terry Says “Last week proved to be exceptional fishing for a number of species”

Captain Terry Says “Last week proved to be exceptional fishing for a number of species”

(Ft. Myers Beach to Charlotte Harbor) Last week proved to be exceptional fishing for a number of species including Seatrout, Snook and Redfish. Warm waters, good tides and lots of bait provided the opportunity to target virtually any species that swim...

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...

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 from 3 different boats, that were fishin the middle of the Harbor to down off Cape Haze, showed that they are eating frozen bait which worked as well as or better than the live bait. Mullet, Ladyfish, and Threadfin are all...

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 the best bait right now, but more people are buying Mullet and Ladyfish than anything else so that is why I guess they are the better bet. All you need to catch Sharks up to 3 foot long, is a...

“‘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...

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...

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 big Seatrout he is holding is one of many he caught on a charter with me during a recent visit to Cape Coral. Jack mixed it up this year catching Seatrout, Spanish Mackerel and Jack Crevalle on artificial presentations as...

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 water in question is from Lake Okeechobee; the large, inland lake in the center of southern Florida. Lake O is experiencing its highest water levels in nearly 100 years thanks to heavy rainfall. With water reaching a foot above normal,...

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...

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...

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 the fish adapt to sustained water temperatures. Seatrout, Spanish Mackerel and Pompano have been hard to find due to the cold fronts. However, the Snook action can be very good; especially the small and medium sizes along the mangroves, in and...

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 population in recent years. It is not anticipated that this would mean any short-term changes in speed zones or other protections currently in place.  In the longer term, it could ease some restrictions on dock permitting and dredging and may lessen...

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...

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...

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 the next seven months. Southwest Florida Marine Industries Association president, Hans Wilson, contacted the Army Corp to inquire about the schedule and the timing of the lock maintenance. Below is the response from the Army Core’s John Campbell. Our thanks to...

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 for cast netting. All species were active; especially Snook on Pilchards while fishing the outgoing tide. Pictured here is Lili Bunch (one of my better junior anglers), from Leawood, Kansas, holding one of many Snook she caught just before the...

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...

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...

“ 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...

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