Florida Lobster Mini Season

Florida Lobster Mini Season

With Florida Lobster Mini Season just over one week away, it's time to get out on the water and scout out these tasty Florida creatures. Yesterday, I ventured out on my first prospective dive of the season departing the Hillsboro Inlet on the east coast of Florida in Pompano Beach. The wind was light, visibility was great, but I experienced an unusual and strong south current that brought some confusion to the dive. There have been many scattered reports for...

Captain Terry says “Offshore reports good Red Grouper, Cobia, Gray and Yellow Tail Snapper bites.”

Captain Terry says “Offshore reports good Red Grouper, Cobia, Gray and Yellow Tail Snapper bites.”

(Ft. Myers Beach to Charlotte Harbor) In my last report, I felt that coming into the 'Full Moon' Phase would produce some good fishing if the winds allowed access to 'less pressured' areas for both Snook, Redfish, Seatrouts, Pompano and...

Cape Coral Cruise Club revisits Burnt Store Marina

Cape Coral Cruise Club revisits Burnt Store Marina

Nine CCCC members made the trip to Burnt Store Marina for a 3 day cruise beginning June 17. Participating were cruise leaders Jack and Elsie Harris on Running Water, Robert and Carol Peterson on C R Slide, Ted and Beverley...

“ Fish areas with good water movement…” Says Captain Terry

“ Fish areas with good water movement…” Says Captain Terry

(Ft. Myers Beach to Charlotte Harbor) Tarpon are still in the area; off of the beaches, in the 'passes', in San Carlos Bay, Pine Island Sound and especially Charlotte Harbor. Their whereabouts depend on whether the tides are incoming or...

Captain Terry says “ Tarpon and Shark are still here in big numbers…”

Captain Terry says “ Tarpon and Shark are still here in big numbers…”

(Ft. Myers Beach to Charlotte Harbor) Tarpon and Shark are still here in big numbers off the beaches and in the passes of the outer islands from Sanibel to Cayo Costa. Pine Island Sound and Charlotte Harbor are both holding...

LIFESTYLES OF THE “NOT SO” RICH AND FAMOUS – Cape Coral Cruise Club

LIFESTYLES OF THE “NOT SO” RICH AND FAMOUS – Cape Coral Cruise Club

On Monday the 19th of May 2014 at 8:00 am six boats from the Cape Coral Cruise Club set out on an adventure to the Out Islands of the Bahamas particularly on this trip, the Exumas. Those traveling are as follows: Len and Sharon Palmisano on "Sharon Ann" with guests, Greg and Bev; Kenneth and Sandra Starnes on "Pop's Place"; Phil and Lyn Quick on "Sunkissed"; Rich and Robyn McGloin on "Robyn M"; Phil and Pat Kryger on ''Y Knot";...

“Great summer back-country fishing!” says Captain Terry

“Great summer back-country fishing!” says Captain Terry

Full moon, southerly winds and high summer tides make for great fishing. Tarpon, Redfish, Snook and Seatrout are abound. Tarpon are here in big numbers! Big Snook are active both in the backcountry and off of the beaches. Tournament size Redfish are around the 'hard to get to' spoil and natural islands with structure and mangroves. Southerly winds and higher summer tides give fishermen and fisher ladies alike more opportunity to target their favorite species and 'catch a fish of a...

Cape Coral Cruise Club returns to Palm Island

Cape Coral Cruise Club returns to Palm Island

A flotilla of 9 boats set off on Tuesday May 20th heading north on the Gulf ICW with beautiful clear skies and calm seas that lasted for the entire cruise. Lead by Jon Lynch on Desperado, cruising members included...

Captain Terry says “ During the half moon phase, the fishing should continue to be good…”

Captain Terry says “ During the half moon phase, the fishing should continue to be good…”

(Ft. Myers Beach to Charlotte Harbor) Fishing was really good during the new moon phase; especially with the winds from south to southwest shoving ample water into the shallower backcountry locations. Pictured here is one of my better junior anglers,...

DON’T FEED THE MONSTER!

DON’T FEED THE MONSTER!

WE’VE CREATED A MONSTER ON OUR SHORES, BAYS, RIVERS AND LAKES. Improper application of fertilizers such as using more than recommended amounts or applying the wrong formulas at certain times of the year, has come back to bite us. When combined...

“Fishing should improve over the next two weeks…” Says Captain Terry

“Fishing should improve over the next two weeks…” Says Captain Terry

(Ft. Myers Beach to Charlotte Harbor) Tarpon season is in full swing with tournaments from Ft. Myers Beach to Boca Grande Pass. Lee County Tarpon Hunters can be seen along the Inter-coastal water way and throughout Charlotte Harbor. Poor catching...

TowBoatUS Cape Coral Sponsors 10th Annual Ryan McCleskey Memorial Redfish Challenge

TowBoatUS Cape Coral Sponsors 10th Annual Ryan McCleskey Memorial Redfish Challenge

CAPE CORAL, FLORIDA (May 20, 2014) - TowBoatUS in Cape Coral announces it will be a sponsor for the 10th Annual “Ryan’s Redfish Challenge” fishing tournament on May 24th at Cape Harbor. The goal of the event is to raise awareness and funds for “Barbara’s Friends,” a branch of the Lee Memorial Health System Foundation. Proceeds will go to benefit the Golisano Children’s Hospital Cancer Fund.File Transfer: unknown.jpgThe event is held in honor of Ryan McCleskey, who ended his fight...

Cape Coral Cruise Clubs “No Frills” cruise to Tween Waters.

Cape Coral Cruise Clubs “No Frills” cruise to Tween Waters.

“Short” “No Frills” Cruise to Tween Waters Resort Marina Proves Popular With a long cruise to the Golden Isles of Georgia scheduled in April, the Cape Coral Cruise Club offered a “short” cruise to Captiva Island’s Tween Waters Resort Marina Wednesday, April 16th through Friday, April 18th. Although 13 boats signed up to participate, only 7 made the cruise due to boat problems, illness or other unforeseen events. The 7 boats were “Sunkissed”, Phil & Lyn Quick; “K D J”, Mark...

Captain Terry says “ Tarpon season is in full swing”

Captain Terry says “ Tarpon season is in full swing”

(Ft. Myers Beach to Charlotte Harbor) Tarpon season is in full swing with big Threadfin's at the causeways, on other structures and just off the beaches. Boats are anchored up and down Pine Island Sound around Marker's 4 and 18 on...

Cape Coral Cruise Club visits the Isles of S.E. Georgia.

Cape Coral Cruise Club visits the Isles of S.E. Georgia.

On April 21 three boats from the Cape Coral Cruise Club left Cape Coral northbound to the "Golden Isles" of Georgia. These were boats that cruised under 20 knots. The following day three more boats, cruising in excess of 20...

“ More fish are being caught deeper into back country locations…” Says Captain Terry

“ More fish are being caught deeper into back country locations…” Says Captain Terry

(Ft. Myers Beach to Charlotte Harbor) Recently I heard lots of complaints from many local Captains regarding catches over the last couple of weeks. However, I have found that with the current moon phase, favorable wind directions resulting in higher...

Captain Terry says “Fishing remains tough and I am looking forward to things picking up.”

Captain Terry says “Fishing remains tough and I am looking forward to things picking up.”

(Ft. Myers Beach to Charlotte Harbor)A lot of Captains have been complaining about recent catches and on certain days I agree. Some of the charters last week produced about half of the catches I am accustom to. However, the...

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 came back on, with reports of more fish being caught. The species included large Redfish, Snook, Spanish Mackerel, Pompano, King Mackerel, Cobia, Shark and Seatrout. Pictured here is one on my  best junior anglers of 2014, Wyatt Day (11yrs young),...

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...

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 prime locations.  Big hungry Seatrout were present in deep holes (4-6 ft) while small Seatrout, Crevalle Jacks were all around. We caught Redfish on incoming and outgoing tides at openings (deeper 'cuts') protecting grass flats. Mangrove Snappers and big Sheepshead...

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...

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