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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 the SW Florida, Enterprise Leasing group, celebrating high marks for customer satisfaction. These are all managers of area locations. They insure that Enterprise clients get the most for their investment when leasing or renting a vehicle from Enterprise.  Mr. Matt...

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...

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 levels should be very high throughout, especially in light of summer rains. Water currents will be strong encouraging aggressive feeding. Pictured below are some of my charter client’s recent catches during high tides with strong water movement: Ben Martin (Editor-In-Chief of Coastal...

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...

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 you can celebrate and support military personnel and their families. Be sure to check out our Boater’s Resource Directory for waterfront dining, boat rentals, and other celebration inspiration! Saturday, May 27: Matanzas on the Bay will hold their Bluesgrass, Brew and...

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...

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 of disputes over boating speed zones and in areas where people flock to see or swim with them. The federal agency said the manatee is being downgraded because it no longer is on the brink of extinction. And any protections now...

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...

PINK SHELL CRUISE FEBRUARY 21– 24, 2017

PINK SHELL CRUISE FEBRUARY 21– 24, 2017

- By Captain John Queen, Past Commodore, Cape Coral Cruise Club The Cape Coral Cruise Club has monthly cruises to a variety of destinations in SW Florida. For the month of February 2017, that destination was the popular Pink Shell Resort and...

Early March SW Florida Fishing Report

Early March SW Florida Fishing Report

I am excited to report that fishing (catching) has really turned on this past week and with continued warm weather, there is no reason not to believe SPRING FISHING IS HERE! Fishing has been ‘spotty’ and very tough at times due to a fractional seasonal change. SW Florida water temperatures have been around 68 degrees (F) for most of the winter and affected migratory patterns. Nonetheless, big Seatrout, Spanish Mackerel, Snook and Redfish are all here and making many anglers happy...

Snook to reopen in Gulf waters

Snook to reopen in Gulf waters

Florida Fish & Wildlife Conservation Commission sent this bulletin at 02/22/2017 09:52 AM EST (Original Article) The recreational harvest season for one of Florida’s premier fish, snook, reopens March 1 in Florida’s Gulf of Mexico state and adjacent federal waters, including Everglades National Park and Monroe County. The season will remain open through April 30. In the Gulf, anglers may keep one snook per day that is not less than 28 inches or more than 33 inches total length, which is measured...

SWFMIA’S COMMENT ON MANATEE REGULATIONS

SWFMIA’S COMMENT ON MANATEE REGULATIONS

Manatee deaths related to watercraft reached a record 104 in 2016, causing some to push for additional regulation. The Southwest Florida Marine Industries Association has put together a few facts and comments and a graph that puts some perspective on the...

Captain Terry’s SW Florida Fishing Report

Captain Terry’s SW Florida Fishing Report

(Ft. Myers Beach to Charlotte Harbor) Since my last report, fishing has been difficult due to low water levels, strong winds from the west, and little change in seasonal temperatures. Weather related, this has been an extremely mild winter, especially when...

Cold Snaps Have You Landlocked? Here’s a few things you can do in the meantime.

Cold Snaps Have You Landlocked? Here’s a few things you can do in the meantime.

There are few things that keep avid boaters off the water, but strong, chilly winds during a Floridian "winter" can be one of them. If you’ve got an itch to get on the water but the weather isn’t agreeing, check...

Mid-February SW Florida Fishing Report

Mid-February SW Florida Fishing Report

The beginning half of February has proven to be quite successful for Fishin’ Frank and his clients! This past weekend there have been multiple reports of Pompano along the coast and are best caught with sand fleas, pieces of peeled...

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