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Hogfish conservation measures and boundaries effective Aug. 24

Hogfish conservation measures and boundaries effective Aug. 24

A new management boundary and several conservation measures for hogfish will go into effect in state and federal waters starting Aug. 24. State changes were approved by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) at its November 2016 meeting. Hogfish is overfished and undergoing overfishing in the Florida Keys and east Florida. Federal law requires the South Atlantic Fishery Management Council to end overfishing immediately and implement a 10-year rebuilding plan. Because most hogfish off the Keys and east Florida are...

HOW’S FISHIN’? Ask Fishin’ Frank

HOW’S FISHIN’? Ask Fishin’ Frank

ON THE FLATS REPORT Red Fish were hiding from me this weekend, but on the East side against the first row of Islands Snook, Snapper and Tarpon, all were pretty easy.  The tarpon wanted top water plugs.  The larger Heddon Torpedo...

Captains for Clean Water Fund Raiser

Captains for Clean Water Fund Raiser

Now that funding has been approved by the State of Florida to address Lake O, where do we go from here. Join us on August 15 for an evening discussion with Captain Daniel Andrews from Captains for Clean Water. Daniel Andrews...

August 11 Fishing Report

August 11 Fishing Report

The inshore bite has been as good this year as any I recall. Snook are in the passes, under docks and in the back areas of Pine Island Sound. Plenty of white bait, Pinfish and other offerings will entice these...

EARLY AUGUST SW FLORIDA FISHING REPORT

EARLY AUGUST SW FLORIDA FISHING REPORT

Fishing should prove to be really good the first part of the month. The tides will be high, the water movement swift, creating a lot of oxygen and motivating the fish to eat. I predict that virtually all species will...

Boating with Kids

Boating with Kids

For those born and raised, or just always on the water, bringing the entire family on the boat is second nature. However, even the most experienced boating families need to practice safe habits on the water. Many of these safety tips go without saying, but it’s always beneficial to have a refresher. Lifejackets are a must Teaching kids about the importance of wearing a lifejacket is a critical part of boat safety. We teach them to wear a helmet when riding a...

MID-JULY SW FLORIDA FISHING REPORT

MID-JULY SW FLORIDA FISHING REPORT

Subject to working around the squalls and storms, fishing was good over the last 10 days or so. Pictured here is Mrs. Lou Wolsefer of Clairmont, Florida holding a big Spanish Mackerel, one of many fish she caught on a half-day charter. Her son, Evan, is holding a nice size Seatrout. I had the pleasure of taking the Mark Wolsefer family and their friends on three expeditions last week while they vacationed on N. Captiva. Some of the family and...

4TH OF JULY FISHING REPORT

4TH OF JULY FISHING REPORT

Lots of fish were caught by recreational and professional fishermen alike over the 4th of July holiday. Weather and tides cooperated to bring forward a great time to be on the water for both offshore and inshore fisher-people. Pictured here is...

Big Carlos, New Passes to Be Dredged Deeper

Big Carlos, New Passes to Be Dredged Deeper

*This article was originally posted by news-press.com HERE Boating south of Fort Myers Beach should get a lot easier soon. After years of permitting tussles, Louisiana-based Coastal Dredging has started sucking sandy underwater soil from Big Carlos Pass, between Estero Island and Lovers...

Boat Ramp Rehabilitation Project

Boat Ramp Rehabilitation Project

Begins Wednesday Morning, July 5, 2017 The City will begin construction of the Boat Ramp Rehabilitation project at the Boat Ramp located at 888 Sextant Drive on Wednesday, July 5, 2017. The Boat Ramp will be closed until Friday, September 8,...

Help FWC monitor fish health by reporting fish kills

Help FWC monitor fish health by reporting fish kills

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) needs your help in monitoring fish health by tracking marine and freshwater fish kills in Florida. FWC scientists monitor and document fish kills and diseases, as well as other aquatic animal health issues...

Notice to Navigation Interests: NTN 2017-009 Tropical Storm and Hurricane Operations at Locks (Okeechobee Waterway and Canaveral Harbor)

Notice to Navigation Interests: NTN 2017-009 Tropical Storm and Hurricane Operations at Locks (Okeechobee Waterway and Canaveral Harbor)

*This notice was originally posted by the US Army Corps of Engineers (Jacksonville District) HERE Notice to Navigation Interests: NTN 2017-009 Notice is given that 72 hours prior to a Tropical Storm or Hurricane making local landfall locks will be open 7 AM to 10 PM supporting vessel safe harbor passage. Lock operations will stop 8 hours prior to land fall as Rail Road and drawbridges will be lowered or rotated and locked into a secure position. It’s important that all vessels are...

Anglers can take advantage of more Gulf red snapper fishing starting this weekend

Anglers can take advantage of more Gulf red snapper fishing starting this weekend

This Friday, June 16, begins the first weekend of an additional 39-day season for recreational red snapper fishing in Gulf federal waters and changes to the state season. The U.S. Department of Commerce announced these expanded fishing opportunities today, and the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) followed with an executive order setting the updated season in state waters. The 39-day season is open Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays from Friday, June 16, through Monday, Sept. 4. Also included are Monday...

Father’s Day 2017 SW Florida Inshore Fishing Report

Father’s Day 2017 SW Florida Inshore Fishing Report

Except for the early part of the June 4th week, inshore fishing remained good due to high tides. The next 10 days should yield great results and opportunities for all summer species so long as the weather permits. The tide...

What Boating Dads Really Want

What Boating Dads Really Want

Forget the necktie and “World’s Best Dad” mug, because we’ve netted some thoughtful and useful Father’s Day gift ideas for the Captain of the house. And if you’re a Dad yourself, feel free to “accidentally” send this list to your...

Cape Coral Cruise Club 2017 Spring Cruise Summary

Cape Coral Cruise Club 2017 Spring Cruise Summary

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 spoil island on the Caloosahatchee River east of the Franklin Lock near Alva. Over the years...

A Boater’s Guide to Handling Oil and Fuel Spills

A Boater’s Guide to Handling Oil and Fuel Spills

With the start of the summer season, we hope you are enjoying time on the water. With that in mind, we have created a Gulf-wide one-page guide on how to prepare for and respond to an accidental oil or fuel...

Captain Terry Fisher’s SW Florida Fishing Report

Captain Terry Fisher’s SW Florida Fishing Report

Just like weather reports, not all fishing reports and predictions are accurate. Fortunately however, my recent Memorial Day fishing report proved close to the content. Moreover, I have all of the confidence that the next ten days will prove more of the same with our inshore and offshore game fish, subject only to summer storms. The summer tides are here, offering great opportunities. Offshore; Tarpon, Snapper, Grouper, Permit, Cobia and other species are here for the taking on several of the...

2017 MEMORIAL WEEK FISHING IN SW FLORIDA

2017 MEMORIAL WEEK FISHING IN SW FLORIDA

  In my view this week and throughout the Memorial Day Holiday, the signs all point to great fishing opportunities, both offshore and in the back-country areas (spoil Keys and otherwise isolated islands). With high hill tides motivating species like Tarpon to migrate northward, Tarpon are on many angler’s minds and should be! These fish will be found ‘rolling’ in Charlotte Harbor, in the passes and just off the beaches from Ft. Myers to Boca Grande Pass. Pictured here is Mike...

Memorial Day

Memorial Day

Memorial Day is upon us, which means boating, beaches, and burgers. But most importantly, it means taking time to honor our fallen military service members. Before you hit the water, check out these 5 special events happening around SWFL where...

April 2017 Cruise to Fisherman’s Village

April 2017 Cruise to Fisherman’s Village

It was great!  We had a final count of seven boats who found their way to Fisherman’s Village via the Gulf Intracoastal Waterway for our April 18-21, 2017, cruise. Three boats came all the way from Burnt Store Isles in...

Captain Terry’s SW Florida Fishing Report

Captain Terry’s SW Florida Fishing Report

Over the last 10 days I have had the opportunity to fish from the mouth of the Caloosahatchee to Charlotte Harbor in search of Redfish, Trout and more recently Tarpon. I have found that the fishing has been better for...

TRICKS OF THE TRADE:  Docking in windy conditions.

TRICKS OF THE TRADE: Docking in windy conditions.

Spring in Florida means a couple of things. Less boat traffic, and more windy days. Yes, just about the time the tourists start blowing out of town, windy conditions start blowing our boats around a bit more. We see this...

Captain Terry’s SW Florida Fishing Report

Captain Terry’s SW Florida Fishing Report

It has been sometime since I had the opportunity to write a report for the offshore and inshore areas from Ft. Myers Beach to Charlotte Harbor. During the last few weeks, fishing has been ‘spotty’ to ‘really good’, depending on location, wind direction, wind velocity and tide levels. Offshore fishing should continue to produce so long as the weather cooperates in regards to wind and wind velocity. As always; reefs and areas closer to inshore are heavily fished and likely will...

Cape Coral Cruise Club returns to MARINA JACK, Sarasota

Cape Coral Cruise Club returns to MARINA JACK, Sarasota

By Joe Vizzini A number of Cape Coral Cruise Club boats got an early start on this cruise by first stopping at either Palm Island or Venice marinas on Monday March 20th. Weather was “picture-perfect” for boating, and dolphins abounded in the GICW. The Venice boaters were able to explore the interesting sites in town, and partake of some of its good restaurant offerings. Tuesday morning found the boaters taking a leisurely cruise up the GICW on another day of absolutely beautiful...

Federal agency reclassifies manatee from ‘endangered’ to ‘threatened’

Federal agency reclassifies manatee from ‘endangered’ to ‘threatened’

By Bruce Ritchie 03/30/2017 05:41 PM EDT TALLAHASSEE — The West Indian manatee is being downgraded from endangered to threatened under federal law, the U. S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced Thursday. The lumbering sea cow, Florida's state marine mammal, is the focus...

Lake Okeechobee Levels Below 12 Feet Will Require Lock Closures

Lake Okeechobee Levels Below 12 Feet Will Require Lock Closures

If dry conditions continue, several locks will be closed for safety reasons. This map shows the locks that could be closed because of low water levels in Lake Okeechobee. Click on image to see a larger version. West Palm Beach, FL - Boaters navigating to...

Enjoy a Boating Staycation

Enjoy a Boating Staycation

Some of the country’s best boating is right in our backyard. We occasionally hear boaters racking their brains over where to go for a fun, boating- related vacation or long weekend. When you stop to consider that thousands of people vacation...

Bridge Maintenance Impacts Lake Okeechobee Boaters at Torrey Island

Bridge Maintenance Impacts Lake Okeechobee Boaters at Torrey Island

The US Army Corps of Engineers Jacksonville District received word today that Palm Beach County will undertake emergency repairs on the bridge at Torrey Island near Belle Glade. Operation of the bridge has been suspended, effectively closing Route 2 of the Okeechobee Waterway...

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