Cape Coral Cruise Club returns to Legacy Harbour

Cape Coral Cruise Club returns to Legacy Harbour

The cruise to Legacy Harbour Marina was fully attended with 15 boats cruising to and four resident boats participating.  Harbormaster Eric Ravenschlag promised us 15 slips and he came through, and the marina was totally filled!  While most people ate on their boat or walked downtown the first night, several of us tried out the little restaurant across from Joe’s Crab Shack.  We had to stand on our burgers to get them thin enough to bite into! Tuesday night saw cocktails...

Captain Terry says “ Be on the lookout for Tarpon, Cobia, King Mackerel…”

Captain Terry says “ Be on the lookout for Tarpon, Cobia, King Mackerel…”

(Ft. Myers Beach to Charlotte Harbor)The first part of last week proved to be very challenging finding and catching fish, with the exception of small Sheepshead and Mangrove Snappers. Nonetheless, three to four days after the cool front, the bite...

Captain Terry says “ Tarpon (along with sharks) are continuing to move into the area…”

Captain Terry says “ Tarpon (along with sharks) are continuing to move into the area…”

(Ft. Myers Beach to Charlotte Harbor) Fishing has been fantastic for most of my clients during the better part of March. Seatrout, Snook, Pompano, Spanish Mackerel, Sheepshead and Redfish have all been active from the Sanibel Causeway to Jug Creek just...

Cape Coral Cruise Club visits Pink Shell Resort Marina

Cape Coral Cruise Club visits Pink Shell Resort Marina

Pink Shell Resort Marina on Fort Myers Beach was the February destination for 18 Cape Coral Cruise Club boats. Pink Shell, with its floating docks, white sandy beach, three heated pools, spa, restaurants and attentive staff, proved once again to...

“Catfish are active along with the Spanish Mackerels, which are signs of Tarpon returning to our areas.” Says Captain Terry

“Catfish are active along with the Spanish Mackerels, which are signs of Tarpon returning to our areas.” Says Captain Terry

(Ft. Myers Beach to Charlotte Harbor) Last week fishing continued to be good. Spanish Mackerel are everywhere, large Seatrout catches daily, Pompano catches every other day or so with an occasional Redfish when I have targeted them. Sheepshead are still active....

SWFMIA Spring Boat Show Moving To Bonita Springs.

SWFMIA Spring Boat Show Moving To Bonita Springs.

Fort Myers, FL  –  The  Southwest Florida Marine Industries Association has relocated its 25th Annual Spring Boat Show, to the Naples Fort Myers Greyhound Track in Bonita Springs, March 6th -9th. “After more than twenty years at the Lee Civic Center in North Ft. Myers it was time for a change and we could not be more excited about this new venue,” commented John Good, Boat Show Manager.  “It moves our show into the heart of a fast growing population base...

Captain Terry says “I see nothing in next week’s weather forecast to shut down the bite.”

Captain Terry says “I see nothing in next week’s weather forecast to shut down the bite.”

(Ft. Myers Beach to Charlotte Harbor) Last week continued to produce good fishing despite the cool fronts that pushed through. Some days offered southern winds that provided for good opportunities to reach 'hard to get to' winter spots due to the seasonal low tides (southern winds tend to 'push' the water into Pine Island Sound, while northern winds will 'push' the water out). Pictured here are some fishing clients that had so much fun catching fish in early February that they opted...

Captain Terry says “The days are getting longer, giving more time to work the tides.

Captain Terry says “The days are getting longer, giving more time to work the tides.

(Ft. Myers Beach to Charlotte Harbor) Prior to the cold front and the 'Full Moon', fishing for all of my clients was fantastic! Boat loads of Spanish Mackerel were all over areas of Bokelia and Foster Bay, just to mention two...

Captain Terry Says “Work the tides and get to the back country.”

Captain Terry Says “Work the tides and get to the back country.”

(Ft. Myers Beach to Charlotte Harbor) My fishing article in the January Issue of the Lee County monthly publication; The Nautical Mile, was titled 'Seatrout Fishing 101'. If you are having or was having trouble catching Seatrout, may I suggest that...

South Seas Resort Cruise

South Seas Resort Cruise

South Seas Resort on Captiva Island was the January destination of the Cape Coral Cruise Club.  Always a popular location, eighteen boats signed up for the cruise, however, illness or mechanical issues left eight boats unable to participate.  The ten...

“Slow down the presentations and be patient.” says Captain Terry

“Slow down the presentations and be patient.” says Captain Terry

(Ft. Myers Beach to Charlotte Harbor) Regardless of the full moon cycle, the cool fronts have definitely slowed down the fishing as well as the ‘bites’. I have worked the flats and back country ‘on and off’ all last week...

Have you checked your rigging lately?

Have you checked your rigging lately?

Standing rigging are the most important parts that keep your mast on your boat. When the mast goes overboard, not only can it be dangerous, but it can also be very expensive. You probably lose your sails, the electronics on your mast (wind, radar, antennas etc.) and your boat will be less stable. The best way to check your rigging is have a qualified rigger go aloft and check the rigging from mast head to the chainplates. When should you check the...

“Shrimp, live and cut Pinfish are probably still one’s best bet” Says Captain Terry

“Shrimp, live and cut Pinfish are probably still one’s best bet” Says Captain Terry

(Ft. Myers Beach to Charlotte Harbor) Despite the cool fronts and variable winds the fish have remained active at certain times of the day. It has been difficult to determine as to when to schedule some of the charters, as the fish are sometimes more active early morning as opposed to letting the sun and temperature warm up the ‘flats’ at midday. However, the facts are that they must eat, but the questions remain; when, where and at what depths? Recently,...

Proper way to paint a boat bottom.

Proper way to paint a boat bottom.

Having antifouling paint applied to a boat bottom is the most common part of maintenance on a boat that stays in the water. A clean bottom is fuel efficient and at today’s fuel price it is something you should be...

Captain Terry says “I suggest going early morning for better chances”

Captain Terry says “I suggest going early morning for better chances”

(Ft. Myers Beach to Charlotte Harbor) Even though the New Year brought with it plenty of rain and gusty winds throughout our region, several ‘die hard’ anglers braved the elements in search of fish. I had the pleasure of fishing...

2014 Charlotte County Boat Show

2014 Charlotte County Boat Show

Don't miss out on the fun! The Charlotte County Boat Show will be held at the Charlotte County Fairgrounds from Thursday, January 16th through Sunday, January 19th. Admission is free to the public and parking is $5.00. The show will...

Which bottom paint should I use?

Which bottom paint should I use?

Most of our customers ask if there is a new bottom paint they should use on their boat? The honest answer is maybe. I always tell our customers if the paint they are using is working than don’t switch unless...

Cape Coral Cruise Club looks back at 2013.

Cape Coral Cruise Club looks back at 2013.

Cape Coral Cruise Club – 2013 Recap 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 island on the Caloosahatchee River east of the Franklin Lock near Alva. Over the years a covered pavilion has been built where the members enjoy monthly elaborate picnics, bocce, horseshoes and other relaxing activities. January, South Seas cruise: A fleet of sixteen vessels belonging to CCCC members cruised to South Seas...

“Canal and ‘up-river’ fishing should be good with the cooler weather” Says Captain Terry

“Canal and ‘up-river’ fishing should be good with the cooler weather” Says Captain Terry

Ft. Myers Beach to Charlotte Harbor) Since my last report, we experienced some real shallow (‘skinny’) water in conjunction with a cold front and strong north/northeast winds. Fortunately, the fish remained active. Shown here is Maik Lindner of Frankfurt, Germany holding a nice size Crevalle Jack he caught in a Cape Coral canal on the way to the ‘flats’. His brother, Christoff is shown with his first Snook on an artificial presentation while trolling the canal. Both fish were caught...

Checked your thru-hull fittings and seacocks/ball valves lately?

Checked your thru-hull fittings and seacocks/ball valves lately?

A few years ago there was a recall on cetain thru hull fittings. We were ready to haul the boat that needed to have all the thru hull fittings replaced and the skipper suggested that the thru hull fittings did...

Captain Terry says “So long as the weather remains good, so should the fishing.”

Captain Terry says “So long as the weather remains good, so should the fishing.”

(Ft. Myers Beach to Charlotte Harbor)Fishing continued to be good last week as nice weather and a full moon had the fish active. Cooperating winds allowed ‘fishing the flats’ with little trouble when the low tides prevented access to ‘back...

Sailing a New Beneteau 48 from Canet, France to Catania, Sicily.

Sailing a New Beneteau 48 from Canet, France to Catania, Sicily.

A friend of mine, Henry Lund of Dublin, Ireland, bought a new Beneteau Oceanis 48 and took delivery in Canet, France, which is just north of the Spanish border on the Gulf of Lion, the windiest part of the Mediterranean....

Snook, Seatrout, Crevalle Jacks and Redfish were all on the line this week!

Snook, Seatrout, Crevalle Jacks and Redfish were all on the line this week!

(Ft. Myers Beach to Charlotte Harbor) I just returned this week from an incredible experience in the Indian Ocean to ‘fish the flats’ on the Atolls in the Maldives. Needless to say, I was a little apprehensive doing my first...

Uncle Henry’s Marina cruise

Uncle Henry’s Marina cruise

Cruise leaders Mark and Kate Lewis planned the Cape Coral Cruise Club (CCCC) November trip to Uncle Henry’s Marina on Boca Grande. This is a location the Club had not been to in several years. Getting into Uncle Henry’s is a zigzag path through the channel off the GICW north of Boca Grande pass, but it is well marked and dock master Paul Robbins keeps a good eye on your progress so you don’t stray into trouble. The marina has...

Fishin’ Frank says “Living in Paradise”

Fishin’ Frank says “Living in Paradise”

Every once in a while I think about the bait shops in the north. Last night I was talking to my elder daughter, who happens to live in north Wisconsin. I am sitting on the back porch T-shirt (no sleeves of course) and shorts, 77.6 degrees when she happens to mention it is 2 degrees with a wind chill of 10 below zero. I could not hold back a chuckle, I hear from her during storm season about how can...

“Trout seem to be everywhere right about now,” says Fishin’ Frank

“Trout seem to be everywhere right about now,” says Fishin’ Frank

Trout. They seem to be everywhere right about now. We’re getting reports from Boca to the 41 bridges. Personally, I’ve been doing the best on trout on the east side of the harbor. If you’re looking for quality then head inside...

The winds and recent ‘cold’ fronts have made it a little difficult” Says Captain Terry

The winds and recent ‘cold’ fronts have made it a little difficult” Says Captain Terry

(Ft. Myers Beach to Charlotte Harbor) The Ft. Myers boat show was a huge success with lots of people interested in many aspects of the Marine Industry including boating and fishing. I enjoyed sharing fishing techniques and offering suggestions during my...

Captain Terry says “Approaching ‘full moon’ and hopefully moderate temperatures, fish should continue to be receptive”

Captain Terry says “Approaching ‘full moon’ and hopefully moderate temperatures, fish should continue to be receptive”

(Ft. Myers Beach to Charlotte Harbor) Last week proved good fishing. The only inconvenience were the winds blowing 10-20 knots out of the North/Northeast restricting access to some of my favorite spots. Snook, Seatrout and Redfish have been my emphasis; especially...

Captain Terry says “Fishing has been real good with Pilchards.”

Captain Terry says “Fishing has been real good with Pilchards.”

(Ft. Myers Beach to Charlotte Harbor) Fishing has been real good so long as I have been able to cast net and load the ‘bait-well’ with Pilchards. Other techniques; such as artificial, live and cut Pinfish and shrimps will also...

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