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Captain Terry Says “Early morning fishing should be good”

Captain Terry Says “Early morning fishing should be good”

(Ft. Myers Beach to Charlotte Harbor) Early morning fishing (inshore and offshore) should be good over the next 10 days or so. We have a ‘New-Moon’ phase bringing in high water levels for the inshore anglers together with strong water currents that should enhance opportunities for offshore anglers as well. Pictured here Brian Marsh and his son, Jacob (14) of Fredonia, Virginia each holding Redfish. They caught Snook in the ‘back country’ and Seatrout on the grass ‘flats’. Jacob proudly displays one...

FWC Proposed CWA’s in Southwest Florida Could Impact Boating

FWC Proposed CWA’s in Southwest Florida Could Impact Boating

FWC has proposed several new critical wildlife areas (CWAs) in Southwest Florida. Many of these areas could impact accessibility for fishing and boating. Contact Kyle Good with the Southwest Florida Marine Industries Association, kyle@swfmia.com to express concerns about proposed CWA’s in...

Bertram Yachts acquires waterfront facility in Florida

Bertram Yachts acquires waterfront facility in Florida

Bertram Yachts has acquired a new waterfront facility on Tampa Bay. The new facility will serve as the company's World Headquarters, and will have the capability to build new yachts, as well as service the yachts of existing owners. This...

The Revival of the Original St. Petersburg – Habana Race

The Revival of the Original St. Petersburg – Habana Race

The St. Petersburg Yacht Club is proud to announce the revival of the original St. Petersburg - Habana Race Starting - February 28, 2017   Preliminary Schedule (Subject to Change) Feb 24-26: Arrival of vessels at SPYC Docks - Free dockage for boats entered. Feb...

Captain Terry says “Pilchards are arriving in bigger numbers”

Captain Terry says “Pilchards are arriving in bigger numbers”

(Ft. Myers Beach to Charlotte Harbor) My positive report of July 4th - July 11th was predicated on high tide levels with strong currents due to a new moon phase. Unfortunately, the tide predictions were wrong and we experienced lower water...

New boating laws on stops, operation take effect

New boating laws on stops, operation take effect

New laws have taken effect that no longer prohibit bow riding. Marine officers can no longer pull you over merely if someone is safely riding on your bow, as it does not constitute a danger to any person outside of the vessel. Another new change allows boats who are stopped for safety equipment checks to receive a new state sticker free of charge when they pass. Read the full article by Florida Keys News...

Fine tuning your VHF radio know how

Fine tuning your VHF radio know how

Fine tuning your VHF radio know how The VHF radio is still the communication device of choice for a boater. It is the standard and, as it is universally used, it is arguably one of the most important piece of safety gear you can have aboard. But here are some questions many ask as they consider what to use and how to use it: Fixed or Hand-held? Today’s hand-held VHF radios are very versatile and convenient—plus they have the distinct advantage of not...

Captain Terry Fisher’s 4th of July Fishing Report

Captain Terry Fisher’s 4th of July Fishing Report

(Ft. Myers Beach to Charlotte Harbor) This weekend and the first full week of July should offer anglers great opportunity to catch their fish of a lifetime. In ‘light’ of a new moon phase, the water levels will offer daytime access...

Captain Terry’s Father’s Day Fishing Report

Captain Terry’s Father’s Day Fishing Report

(Ft. Myers Beach to Charlotte Harbor) Father’s Day weekend proved to be fantastic fishing. The moon was full and the tides were high providing good opportunity all week long. I had better results in areas north of the Sanibel power lines....

Fishin’ Frank’s June Fishing Update

Fishin’ Frank’s June Fishing Update

Fishing off of the US-41 bridge has had some interesting fish lately. Redfish and black drum have mostly been caught off of the north end. Using dead/frozen shrimp for bait has worked very well. Those who are regularly out there...

Repairs impact operations at Ortona Lock

Repairs impact operations at Ortona Lock

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Jacksonville District is advising boaters on the Okeechobee Waterway that they could encounter delays as they navigate through Ortona Lock due to repairs. The Corps has developed an alternate locking schedule that will be in...

Fishing Europe with Captain Terry Fisher

Fishing Europe with Captain Terry Fisher

I do not know exactly the reason(s) motivating ‘Man’s desire to fish. Is it merely the solace that one experiences? The mystique of what one might ‘catch’, or the fact our bodies are made up of 65% of water and we are naturally drawn to it? My 1st Mate, Vicki and I travel with great anticipation and excitement to different destinations to experience and observe people’s everywhere sitting at ponds, lakes, creeks, riverbanks, coastlines and on vessels to enjoy...

Captain Terry’s Memorial Weekend Fishing Report

Captain Terry’s Memorial Weekend Fishing Report

(Ft. Myers Beach to Charlotte Harbor) Opportunity for some good fishing should be in order for the weekend and the days following. The weather reports are favorable and tides will be high and with strong current even though we are approaching a mid-moon cycle. There is plenty of bait around and everything seems to be eating shrimps. The Seatrout bite is good with sizeable fish. Some nice Sheepshead still remain. Nice size Mangrove Snappers are holding inside the passes in about...

Where and how to fuel up: Gauging your responsibility and options.

Where and how to fuel up: Gauging your responsibility and options.

Where and how to fuel up: Gauging your responsibility and options. As boaters in Southwest Florida, we need to keep in mind the challenges and hazards of fueling our vessels. Bigger boats often have quite large fuel tanks—much larger than cars—meaning...

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...

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 of options available in this part of the world, it is as appetizing as you’ll find—especially when you consider the opportunities to enjoy locally-caught seafood. This is something visitors from around the country come here craving, which should enhance your...

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 a ways to go to be acceptable due to the excessive water run-off from Lake Okeechobee. Because of this, most all of my charters fish the waters closer to Charlotte Harbor where the run-off has not had much effect. The weather...

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...

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...

“‘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 feet in front of the branches, is very effective. Also, try using a shrimp with a 1/8 ounce rockpport head, gold or pink, 1/2 or 2/0 hook tossed just under the mangroves. Let it sit for a minute and then...

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 cruise to Tween Waters. The Fleet-In coincided with our annual Valentine’s Dinner Dance where everyone enjoyed a great meal and dancing to live music. The Tween Waters cruise, always a favorite, featured a sand sculpting contest amongst teams of cruisers....

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...

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...

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...

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