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 the 'shoe leather' express, the only way to get around is by boat. To my knowledge, Venice is the only place on earth where unique modes of water transportation play out in day to day living for residents, workers and...

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,...

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 Oceanographic Real Time System (PORTS) network builds upon the existing measurements of winds, currents and tides around the bay. Instruments on the Waverider buoy provide harbor pilots and other boating interests with real-time data on wave height, period and...

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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...

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. Hopefully, the currents will provide more oxygen and improve the 'bite'. Threadfin's are fairly plentiful and are best for Snook and Tarpon. Unfortunately, 'white' bait fishes have been scarce. Therefore, the baits of choice for Redfish, other than artificial presentations, will...

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...

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 weather bringing migrations of Tarpon, King Fish, Cobia, and Spanish Mackerel close to our shores. Other species such as Snook, Redfish, Seatrout and super size Jack Crevalle are providing plenty of action in virtually every area that one would expect...

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...

“The Tarpon have started to arrive” says Captain Terry

“The Tarpon have started to arrive” says Captain Terry

(Ft. Myers Beach to Charlotte Harbor) Inshore fishing has been really good for Spanish Mackerel, Seatrout, Permit, Pompano, Jack Crevelle, Ladyfish and Snook. The Tarpon have started to arrive with water temperatures at 74 degrees. I have hooked up a...

Boating Courtesy

Boating Courtesy

One of the common frustrations in boating is a general lack of awareness when it comes to observing the ‘rules of the road’ when on the water. While many states require young boaters to successfully complete a boating safety course before operating a boat or watercraft, it can be argued that boaters of all ages should be required to show proficiency in boat handling along with some simple instruction on basic boating courtesy—beyond what is required by law. While, in most...

“ The Snook bite is REALLY GOOD ” says Captain Terry

“ The Snook bite is REALLY GOOD ” says Captain Terry

(Ft. Myers Beach to Charlotte Harbor) I want to thank everyone who attended the Bonita Boat Show last weekend. It was a great show with lots of vendors and opportunities to learn about boating and fishing the waters of Lee and Collier Counties. The fishing seminars were a great success and my 1st Mate, Vicki and I enjoyed the opportunity to welcome all new 'charter' clients 'on board'! The full moon cycle last week help to produce some great catches. The...

Cape Coral Cruise Club’s cruise to the Pink Shell Marina.

Cape Coral Cruise Club’s cruise to the Pink Shell Marina.

Pink Shell Cruise Feb 2015 The destination for the second cruise of the Cape Coral Cruise Club in 2015 was the Pink Shell marina in Ft. Myers Beach. This destination has been a longtime favorite for the club....

The Bonita Springs Show

The Bonita Springs Show

Fort Myers, FL – Southwest Florida’s prime boating season is fast approaching and the Bonita Springs Boat Show, March 5-8 at the Naples Fort Myers Greyhound Track is the perfect chance to get ready. Southwest Florida Marine Industries Association’s 26th...

“Warm weather, decent wind forecasts and full moon on the way should allow access to lots of locations.” Says Captain Terry

“Warm weather, decent wind forecasts and full moon on the way should allow access to lots of locations.” Says Captain Terry

(Ft. Myers Beach to Charlotte Harbor) This week should be a good week for boaters and fishermen (ladies) alike. Warm weather, decent wind forecasts and full moon on the way should allow access to lots of locations. Last week was...

Captain Terry says “Fishing for the Sheepshead should be good anytime during moving water”

Captain Terry says “Fishing for the Sheepshead should be good anytime during moving water”

(Ft. Myers Beach to Charlotte Harbor) Even though last week brought on some brutal winds and a couple of unwanted cold fronts, fishing was a fantastic in the back country locations for those wanting to catch Sheepshead, Mangrove Snappers, Flounder...

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