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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 pier, you’re most likely to hook this rare fish by using a shrimp as bait. Sheep head are also picking up and the colder waters are bringing on a better bite at Placida or Tom Adams but be sure to...

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....

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 a successful spot. Lastly, the sandbars at the mouth of Turtle Bay across to the Eagles cut rounds out the top three places to find Redfish this time of year. The sky-rocketing kings, King Mackerel, have been found jumping out of...

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...

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 Bayshore Drive, Naples, FL 34112 (formerly Gulf Shores Marina). SaraBay-Naples will be offering New & Used Boat Sales, Factory Authorized Service and Repairs, a fully stocked Parts Department and Dry Rack Storage. SaraBay Marina in Sarasota has been known for their...

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...

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®”, has developed a Local Waters Seminar as a service to the local boating community. The seminar discusses local water tips “beyond the charts” and our many nearby boating destinations...

Captain Terry says “Hurricane Matthew is finally gone”!

Captain Terry says “Hurricane Matthew is finally gone”!

(Ft. Myers Beach to Charlotte Harbor) Hurricane Matthew is finally gone so we can all go back to doing what we love to do; fishing and boating! The water temperatures and wind conditions should allow most anyone good opportunity over the next week to fish both offshore and inshore. Naturally, the winds will mostly dictate offshore activities. Offshore bottom fishing should produce good numbers of Grouper, Snapper, Porgies, Cobia and an occasional Triple Tail. Baits of choice include, Pinfish, Threadfins, Finger...

Captain Larry’s Lane Snapper Fishing Report

Captain Larry’s Lane Snapper Fishing Report

Liberty Cole from Atlanta GA is pictured here with a nice lane snapper, one of the best tasting fish in the gulf. He caught this fish on his first offshore trip using a sardine in about 65 ft offshore of Anna Maria Island. Liberty was fishing with his family on Show Me The Fish Charters with Capt Larry McGuire, who can be contacted by cell at 941-720-6475. Show Me The Fish Charters operates out of the Bradenton Beach...

FWC seeks public input on anchoring and mooring rules, pilot program

FWC seeks public input on anchoring and mooring rules, pilot program

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) is seeking feedback from cruising boaters, local boaters and other residents in evaluating the state’s Anchoring and Mooring Pilot Program and related ordinances. The FWC has posted a brief online survey to accept...

Boating Etiquette: Helping a stranded vessel

Boating Etiquette: Helping a stranded vessel

Spend a considerable amount of time boating in Florida and, one day, you just might happen upon a stranded or in distress vessel. When this happens, there are some things you will want to know to make sure you do...

Gasparilla Light Temporarily Extinguished

Gasparilla Light Temporarily Extinguished

On September 29th, 2016, the Coast Guard will temporarily extinguish the Gasparilla Light in an effort to prevent sea turtles from becoming disoriented. This is a temporary measure to protect endangered and nesting sea turtles in the Gasparilla area. The...

Captain Terry Fisher’s SW Florida Fishing Report for September 26, 2016

Captain Terry Fisher’s SW Florida Fishing Report for September 26, 2016

(Ft. Myers Beach to Charlotte Harbor) Last week produced good fishing offshore as well as inshore. Red Grouper, Lane Snapper, Permit, Gray Snappers and a few Cobia were caught on live Pinfish, shrimp, squid and crabs. Many fisherman and guides enjoyed...

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 (September 3rd) everything seemed to be returning to normal, including the fish bite. Captain Davey Dunlap and I fished the Redfish Flats Invitational (Ronald McDonald Sponsorship) out of Cape Harbour in Cape Coral. We finished in the money with two...

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...

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