Captain Terry says “REDFISH are everywhere.”

Captain Terry says “REDFISH are everywhere.”

REDFISH ('Reds') are everywhere. The Redfish numbers continue to grow and their sizes are getting bigger. The bull (big) 'Reds' will continue to migrate in from the gulf to eat and mate before heading back to the gulf in November to winter in deeper water. The FULL MOON will provide for higher and stronger tides, lots of oxygenation and the fish will become very aggressive when foraging for food. The baits of choice have been jumbo shrimps, live or cut Pinfish/...

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Goboatingflorida.com is hosted by the Southwest Florida Marine Industries Association. We are a member-owned trade association made up of businesses involved in the recreational boating industry. SWFMIA was formed in the early 1970’s when a small group of Ft. Myers...

Southwest Florida Yacht Club’s Summer Cruises

Southwest Florida Yacht Club’s Summer Cruises

Southwest Florida Yacht Club (SFYC) continues to cruise through the summer with trips to the Naples Boat Club (Burger/Marta) and Palm Island (Zych/McKinley) in June, Snook Bight (Burger/Scheinert) in July, and South Seas (Hummer) and Legacy Harbour (Barnhart/Mann) in August....

“ Redfish are everywhere. This is the opportunity to get out and get one.” Says Captain Terry

“ Redfish are everywhere. This is the opportunity to get out and get one.” Says Captain Terry

(Ft. Myers Beach to Charlotte Harbor) The Redfish are here in good numbers. The bigger Redfish are arriving daily as they come in from the Gulf of Mexico to fatten up for the winter months and to mate as well....

Cape Coral Cruise Club 2015 Fall Schedule

Cape Coral Cruise Club 2015 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 spoil island on the Caloosahatchee River east of the Franklin Lock near Alva. Over the years...

Buying your first boat: Navigating the sea of options

Buying your first boat: Navigating the sea of options

  Living on a planet that is 2/3 water might qualify a boat as a necessity rather than a luxury. We could not agree more! So let’s get down to the necessities of your shopping criteria and get you started. Question 1 - What kind of boat? Your first step is to determine the type of boat that will suit your needs, and that is based on how you plan to use the boat. There are three main boating activities: cruising, fishing, and...

“The stronger currents will provide more oxygen to the water and will improve the bite as well.” Says Captain Terry

“The stronger currents will provide more oxygen to the water and will improve the bite as well.” Says Captain Terry

(Ft. Myers Beach to Charlotte Harbor)  This week offers us great fishing with a ‘full’ moon and higher tide levels which will allow access for many anglers to the remote areas. The stronger currents will provide more oxygen to the water and will improve the bite as well. The Redfish bite has been strong and plentiful! I suggest getting to the mangroves and working the incoming before the tides ‘max’ out for your best chances. Redfish are not as easy to find...

Captain Terry visits the coasts and central waters of Italy!

Captain Terry visits the coasts and central waters of Italy!

Last September my 1st Mate Vicki and I took off on a 'whirl-wind' of a vacation to explore, compare and write about our experiences and adventures fishing and boating the waters of Italy. We started in Venice where other than...

NEWS: Only a few days left to make your comment on the EPA’s ethanol proposal.

NEWS: Only a few days left to make your comment on the EPA’s ethanol proposal.

There's only a few days left before the EPA’s ethanol comment period closes. This is our last chance to tell the EPA that we want less ethanol in our fuel supply, the freedom to choose E0 and the assurances to...

CCCC returns to ‘Tween Waters Inn

CCCC returns to ‘Tween Waters Inn

What an interesting and unusual cruise! Unlike most Cape Coral Cruise Club outings, we sailed without our fearless Commodore, whose Gulfstar is on the hard getting its bottom redone. Although 8 boats had planned to join the group, “stuff happens”...

Captain Terry says “ Snook are easier to catch on the outgoing tide because…”

Captain Terry says “ Snook are easier to catch on the outgoing tide because…”

(Ft. Myers Beach to Charlotte Harbor) Fishing has been good on high incoming tides for most species such as Seatrout, Mangrove Snappers, Redfish and Snook. The outgoing will also produce (especially for Snook). Snook are easier to catch on the...

“Grouper, Snapper, Permit and other structure loving species should provide plenty of action offshore.” says Captain Terry

“Grouper, Snapper, Permit and other structure loving species should provide plenty of action offshore.” says Captain Terry

(Ft. Myers Beach to Charlotte Harbour) Fireworks and fishing! Full moon, strong currents, high tides and summer temperatures will make for great holiday time fishing both inshore and offshore. The only issue for offshore will be the winds. Grouper, Snapper, Permit and other structure loving species should provide plenty of action offshore. Baits of choice will be large Pinfish, Grunts, Sardines, Threadfins and even shrimp. Threadfins are everywhere for anglers willing to cast a net. Inshore; the Seatrout bite has pickup...

NEWS: EPA proposes raising ethanol levels in our fuel.

NEWS: EPA proposes raising ethanol levels in our fuel.

Last week, the EPA held the only public forum on its proposal to raise the ethanol levels in our fuel supply. It was held in the heart of corn country, and no surprise it was decidedly a one-sided debate. Of the more than 250 testifying participants, all but a dozen were for increasing the amount of ethanol — even beyond the EPA’s proposal! Our voices will be drowned out if we don't take action. We need you to join our effort and...

New Waverider Buoy Supports Harbor Pilots

New Waverider Buoy Supports Harbor Pilots

A new wave monitoring buoy (WMO ID 42098) was deployed on June 5, 2015, near the entrance to the Tampa Bay shipping channel, 10 miles west of Egmont Key. The addition of this buoy to the existing NOAA Physical...

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“The Snook bite is excellent, especially when using live Pilchards.” says Captain Terry

“The Snook bite is excellent, especially when using live Pilchards.” says Captain Terry

(Ft. Myers Beach to Charlotte Harbour) Fishing was 'OK' the last few days as we struggled through the 1/4 moon phase approaching a 'new moon'. However all of next week should produce good opportunities as tides become higher during daylight...

Proper Propping: Getting the most from your boat’s performance

Proper Propping: Getting the most from your boat’s performance

Selecting the correct propeller is a critical factor in maximizing your boat’s performance.Choosing the correct size and style of prop for your boat will keep the engine operating within its recommended rpm range and allow it to harness as much...

Southwest Florida Yacht Club’s May Cruises

Southwest Florida Yacht Club’s May Cruises

Southwest Florida Yacht Club (SFYC) had three cruises in May – our traditional cruise to South Seas Island Resort for Mother’s Day weekend, a mid-week cruise to Tween Waters, and a two week cruise to Tarpon Springs. The following are highlights from the Mother’s Day and Tarpon Springs cruises. The theme for this year’s Mother’s Day Cruise, led by Alina & Harvey Steele and Debbie & Bill Hummer was “All Relaxation”. The cruisers, fifteen boats total, arrived on Friday and were...

Cape Coral Cruise Club returns to Palm Island Marina

Cape Coral Cruise Club returns to Palm Island Marina

Led by Jon Lynch and Elise Vannoy on Desperado, a flotilla of 10 boats cruised up the ICW to a club favorite destination, Palm Island Marina. Under sunny skies and seas that were surprisingly calm and slick as glass, many boats made record time. Many boaters voiced their surprise at the number of dolphins spotted during the trip. Joining in the fun were Commodore Lee Jetton and Brenda Butler on Moonlighter, Vice Commodore John and Pati Queen on Semper Paratus,...

“I expect the big bull Redfish to come in from the gulf sooner than later this year.” Says Captain Terry

“I expect the big bull Redfish to come in from the gulf sooner than later this year.” Says Captain Terry

(Ft. Myers Beach to Charlotte Harbor) Summer is here and the fishing has been fair. This week brings forward a 'full' moon phase offering high tide levels and access to remote areas not accessible to many anglers during 'mid-moon' phases....

Southwest Florida Yacht Club – Touch of Class/Swamp Grass Cruise – 2015

Southwest Florida Yacht Club – Touch of Class/Swamp Grass Cruise – 2015

Southwest Florida Yacht Club (SFYC) just returned from their bi-annual Touch of Class & Swamp Grass cruise led by Ed and Shirley Hatter and Rick and Lindsey Scheinert. This is the fourth time for this popular 7 day cruise and...

“Fishing is as good as it gets right now” Says Captain Terry

“Fishing is as good as it gets right now” Says Captain Terry

(Ft. Myers Beach to Charlotte Harbor) Fishing and boating should be fantastic over the next week or so. High tides, good weather forecasts excite most anyone looking to enjoy a day of cruising, beaching, shelling, swimming and of course, fishing! Fishing...

Cape Coral Cruise Club – 2015 Extended Cruise

Cape Coral Cruise Club – 2015 Extended Cruise

Each spring the Cape Coral Cruise Club plans a “long cruise”, which is to say a much longer itinerary is planned than its normal three day monthly cruises to local destinations not more than a 3 to 6 hour boat...

Captain Terry says “It is a ‘full’ moon and Tarpon are everywhere.”

Captain Terry says “It is a ‘full’ moon and Tarpon are everywhere.”

(Ft. Myers Beach to Charlotte Harbor) Looking back on the last few weeks brings good memories of a large number of Snook caught. My favorite Canadian client; Mr. Gino Mascarin (with Captain Terry) and his friend Jennifer Wintermans, both of Thunder Bay, Ontario are pictured here with a couple of nice Snook they caught during their annual visit to Cape Coral. Gino is a world class fisherman whose ranking is annually threatened by Jenifer who is on the verge of...

Boating Basics

Boating Basics

Learning begins with the basics. Master the fundamentals of anything and your ability to advance becomes much easier and firmly rooted. For boaters, there are four basic areas that provide that foundation. Master these, and you are well on your way to becoming a skilled and responsible boater. Know your boat and equipment Certified Coast Guard Captains are required to memorize vessel and engine specification manuals that are hundreds of pages thick. This way, they know their equipment down to the last bolt...

“The balance of the month and the first week of May should produce lots of action…” Says Captain Terry

“The balance of the month and the first week of May should produce lots of action…” Says Captain Terry

Ft. Myers Beach to Charlotte Harbor - Fishing has been good even though we have been in between the full and new moon phases. This has been attributed mostly to good tides, good wind directions (southeast, southwest and westerly), warm...

Fishin Frank’s Fishin Updates!

Fishin Frank’s Fishin Updates!

  Fishin Update - 4/16/15 Sea Trout have been pretty steady at Laishley Pier between sun up until around 9 and 10 o’clock in the morning. Here, the trout are hitting live shrimp under a poppin cork. Try to get about 4...

“Warmer water temperatures are bringing in Tarpon and other species in full force.” Says Captain Terry

“Warmer water temperatures are bringing in Tarpon and other species in full force.” Says Captain Terry

(Ft. Myers Beach to Charlotte Harbor) Warmer weather and higher tides complimented by the new moon should provide excellent fishing over the next few days. My clients have had their share of fun with warm weather and mild winds over...

Cape Coral Cruise Club heads to South Seas Resort

Cape Coral Cruise Club heads to South Seas Resort

The destination for the Cape Coral Cruise Club’s March Cruise was the always popular South Seas Resort on Captiva Island. Dubbed the “Cabbage Head Cruise”, 21 boats participated in the three day cruise in perfect weather. The ideal weather Tuesday allowed...

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