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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 and from Lake Okeechobee, please be advised that if drier-than-average conditions persist and the levels of Lake Okeechobee are further reduced, the South Florida Water Management District (SFWMD) will close navigation locks on the north shore for safety reasons. Personal...

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...

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 state of the manatee population in Florida.  Special thanks to Bob Atkins, President of Citizens for Florida's Waterways, and a designated Boating Public member of Governor Scott’s Boating Advisory Council for providing much of the data and commentary. The boating public...

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...

Cruise Club returns to Legacy Harbour

Cruise Club returns to Legacy Harbour

By Michael Stewart It was bluebird weather for the Cape Coral Cruise Club members taking part in the 2017 Legacy Harbour Cruise. All nine boats made it in, one boat being late while waiting for refurbished props to be reinstalled. First...

Southwest Florida Yacht Club Hosts Local Waters Seminar

Southwest Florida Yacht Club Hosts Local Waters Seminar

Southwest Florida Yacht Club, “The Cruisingest Yacht Club in the USA®”, is continuing its popular Local Waters Seminar in February.  The seminar, developed as a service to the local boating community, discusses local water tips “beyond the charts” and our many nearby boating destinations based on SFYC member experiences and insights. The previous four offerings of the seminar (October, November and January) were all fully booked.  Most of the seminar attendees were experienced boaters who seemed to enjoy learning more about...

Early February SW Florida Fishing Report

Early February SW Florida Fishing Report

(Ft. Myers Beach to Charlotte Harbor) The back half of January proved to be less productive than most of us like. However, Snook, Seatrout, Jack Crevalle and Mangrove Snapper were very active inshore. Recently, the larger Sheepshead have begun to show up on around docks and mangroves. Pictured here is Rex Burlison of St. Louis, Missouri holding a nice Sheepshead he caught in a St. James City canal. Not to be outdone, brother Ron Burlison of St. Peters, Missouri landed a...

Fishin’ Frank’s fishing report for January

Fishin’ Frank’s fishing report for January

Black Sea Bass have not been plentiful in Southwest Florida for several years but winter this year has brought this fish back to us! Right now if you are fishing from the beaches or off of a dock or old...

Captain Terry’s SW Florida Christmas Time Fishing Report

Captain Terry’s SW Florida Christmas Time Fishing Report

(Ft. Myers Beach to Charlotte Harbor) Christmas and the New Year Holiday brought good weather and lots of opportunities to accommodate a number of charter requests from locals and visitors alike. Fishing was ‘spotty’ during the Christmas break but still produced...

Captain Terry’s SW Florida Holiday Fishing Report

Captain Terry’s SW Florida Holiday Fishing Report

(Ft. Myers Beach to Charlotte Harbor) This is the time of the year when many come from the frigid areas of the north to enjoy the holidays of Christmas and the New Year. The last few charters have delivered some nice...

Captain Larry McGuire’s Fishing Report: Cobia for Christmas!

Captain Larry McGuire’s Fishing Report: Cobia for Christmas!

Cobia for Christmas! Howard Genesr from New Jersey left with a nice cobia he caught and assisted by Capt Larry McGuire holding up the monster. We were catching grouper and snapper in about 95 ft offshore of Anna Maria Island, when...

Fishin’ Frank’s fishing report for December

Fishin’ Frank’s fishing report for December

In my 32 years of business, this is the second time we are currently experiencing red tide in the upper harbor. We are hoping the East and/or Northeast winds will blow the red tide back up out of the harbor. Fish kills have been up through Rocky Creek and almost all the way up to the US-41 bridges. The East winds should be able to get this mess out of here so folks at Burnt Store and Pirate Harbour can...

Captain Terry Says “Good weather is forecast for the next several days”

Captain Terry Says “Good weather is forecast for the next several days”

The Ft. Myers Boat Show proved to be another huge success with more vendors than ever. 1st Mate Vicki and I were honored when friends and clients stopped at our Fish Face Charter booth to chat and talk ‘fish’! More fish were caught the earlier part of November than the latter part, due to cold fronts and windy conditions. Snook, Redfish, Pompano, Spanish Mackerel and Seatrout provided most of the inshore action. Offshore, the bite was good for Lane and...

Fishin’ Frank’s Holiday Fishing Report

Fishin’ Frank’s Holiday Fishing Report

This holiday season, Redfish can be found in three prime locations. The first is around the southern half of the west wall south of the towers. Pirate Harbour a half mile to the north around the islands has also been...

Just Bought a Boat? Some Tips From The Experts.

Just Bought a Boat? Some Tips From The Experts.

With a number of boat shows happening this time of year, there are a good number of new boaters or, at least, new boat owners out there who might not be 100 percent certain or comfortable with everything that comes...

Captain Terry says “October finished strong for most inshore species”

Captain Terry says “October finished strong for most inshore species”

(Ft. Myers Beach to Charlotte Harbor) October finished strong for most inshore species, including Flounder, Spanish Mackerel, Mangrove Snapper and decent size Seatrout joining the ‘party’. Pictured here is Dave Anderson of Lake St. Louis, Missouri holding a nice Flounder he...

Notice to Navigation: Canaveral & Okeechobee Waterway Lock Closures for Manatee Protection System Maintenance

Notice to Navigation: Canaveral & Okeechobee Waterway Lock Closures for Manatee Protection System Maintenance

Notice to Navigation Notice is given that Canaveral, WP Franklin, Ortona, Moore Haven, Port Mayaca and St Lucie Locks will have scheduled 4 hour closures 7:30-11:30 a.m. and 12-4 p.m. at locations and dates listed below to support annual maintenance to...

Fishing Florida’s East Coast Mullet Run at Captain’s Annual ‘Costa’ Slack Tide Gathering

Fishing Florida’s East Coast Mullet Run at Captain’s Annual ‘Costa’ Slack Tide Gathering

Jensen Beach, Florida This year Costa Del Mar, along with other ‘industry’ leading vendors (Simms, Yeti, G. Loomis, Hell’s Bay Boat Works and Nautilus Reels), rallied over 170 Charter Captains to attend a 2 day educational, informative and competitive event, in support of our livelihoods and continued longevity. It was a rewarding experience, held at River Palm Cottages & Fish Camp, hosted by the owner, Captain Rufus Wakeman. The location, hospitality, attention to service and detail was second to none. Leading industry...

Tails & Tailgating Fishing Tournament and Chili Cook-Off

Tails & Tailgating Fishing Tournament and Chili Cook-Off

Keep it REEL and Join Us for the Greater Fort Myers Chamber of Commerce 5th Annual "Tails & Tailgating" Fishing Tournament and Chili Cook-Off on Saturday, November 2nd from 1:00 - 7:00 PM at 2220 West First Street, Fort Myers, FL 33901. Angler Costs: $100 Single Angler $225 Family Angler Package (2 adults and 2 children under 16) And the Fun Doesn't Stop There Come out and tailgate with us for an afternoon filled with College Football, the Annual Chili Cook-Off and the Famous Shrimp...

SaraBay Marina to Open Second Location in Naples

SaraBay Marina to Open Second Location in Naples

Sarasota, Florida - SaraBay Marina, one of Sarasota’s most prominent marinas, has announced they are expanding with a new Sales, Service, Parts and Storage facility in Naples, Florida. SaraBay-Naples will be located just south of Naples’ iconic ‘Tin City’ at 3470...

Captain Terry’s October 24th Fishing Report

Captain Terry’s October 24th Fishing Report

(Ft. Myers Beach to Charlotte Harbor) October 24th, 2016 Fishing has been very good north of the power lines in Pine Island Sound (‘Sound’) for species such as Snook, Redfish, Seatrout and Mangrove Snappers. South of them, the water is ‘coffee’ color...

Public Service Announcement: Bridge Construction Update

Public Service Announcement: Bridge Construction Update

Public Service Announcement: Bridge Construction Update Edgewater Drive Phase 2 Improvements Port Charlotte, FL. (Oct. 18, 2016) — A temporary change in the Sunrise Waterway Bridge clearance will be implemented Monday, Oct. 31 that will restrict boat traffic through the end of...

‘Tis the Season… To Buy a Boat

‘Tis the Season… To Buy a Boat

'Tis the Season... To Buy a Boat A boat show goers guide to doing it right. Most boaters agree the best time to buy a boat is during the winter boat show season. They also agree that boat shows are great opportunities...

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