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Captain Terry says “last week provided great weather with light winds”

Captain Terry says “last week provided great weather with light winds”

(Ft. Myers Beach to Charlotte Harbor) Last week provided great weather with light winds. Tides were good and bait available. The full moon phase should continue to provide great opportunity to catch fish throughout the remainder of the week. Offshore: legal grouper fishing is slow for those that do not go out to deeper waters (70ft. to 80ft.). Otherwise, Lane Snapper, grunts, Spanish Mackerel and an occasional Cobia will make up most of the bounty. Find the above species on artificial reefs,...

“Full Moon Rising!” Says Captain Terry

“Full Moon Rising!” Says Captain Terry

(Ft. Myers Beach to Charlotte Harbor) Full Moon Rising! It appears that the next number of days will provide great fishing accompanied by good weather and good tides. Last week the tropical storm prevented fishing, but as of last Saturday...

Captain Terry says “Fishing remains good inshore”

Captain Terry says “Fishing remains good inshore”

(Ft. Myers Beach to Charlotte Harbor) August 17, 2016 Fishing remains good inshore, especially early mornings on high incoming or outgoing tides for Seatrout on the flats. Troll for Spanish Mackerel around Sanibel Lighthouse, in Redfish, N. Captiva and Boca Grande Passes,...

Summer Boating Safety: Staying calm, cool and hydrated

Summer Boating Safety: Staying calm, cool and hydrated

In many parts of the country, summer boating safety tips revolve around the increased number of boats and activity on the water. In Florida, we experience that issue between Thanksgiving and Easter during what we affectionately refer to as ‘season’....

Captain Terry says “waters should clear up as summer temperatures return to the 90s”

Captain Terry says “waters should clear up as summer temperatures return to the 90s”

The last 10 days brought about a mix of good and not so good catches. Water levels were high enough, but due to the ‘on-slot’ of rain, muddy waters moved the fish from locations that I was expecting them to...

Proposal for Critical Wildlife Areas In Pine Island Sound

Proposal for Critical Wildlife Areas In Pine Island Sound

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) will hold a public workshop in Sanibel to share information about and solicit comments on the proposal to designate new Critical Wildlife Areas (CWA) in Lee County. Pine Island Sound (Lee County) 6:30 - 8:30 p.m. Tuesday, August 9, 2016 Ding Darling Education Center 1 Wildlife Drive, Sanibel, FL 33957 The proposed initiative will look at Pine Island Sound and could close down some productive waters for fishing during the year or implement full time...

Ortona Lock Closure Extension

Ortona Lock Closure Extension

Notice is given that Ortona Lock approach wall construction has experienced delays requiring the Monday through Friday lock closures to be extended to 14 October 2016. This approach wall replacement project is necessary for public and vessel safety. During construction, barges, cranes, pile driving equipment and divers will be working in the lock entrance requiring operations will be restricted for safety. Vessel operators are advised to use minimal speed and caution operating in the area of barges and floating cranes....

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...

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 levels, weaker currents and less fish activity. Nonetheless, Pilchards are arriving in bigger numbers and that is a good sign for those wanting live bait. They are small (hatchlings), but are growing and should provide good sizes by the end...

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...

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 effect during replacement of guide walls on either side of the lock. The schedule will be in effect when work obstructs the navigation channel or whenever divers are in the area. The repair work is expected to last through the...

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...

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 their vessel or taking them out on mine. Anglers of all ages seem to enjoy the experience, regardless of wind speed or temperature, so long as they catch fish. Most of my fishing expeditions this year have been north of the...

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...

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...

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