“Snook action can be very good; especially the small and medium sizes along the mangroves…” Says Captain Terry

“Snook action can be very good; especially the small and medium sizes along the mangroves…” Says Captain Terry

(Ft. Myers Beach to Charlotte Harbor) The full moon is phasing out and the tides are positioned for several more days of good fishing during the daytime hours. Hopefully, the cold snaps will stay away for a while so that the fish adapt to sustained water temperatures. Seatrout, Spanish Mackerel and Pompano have been hard to find due to the cold fronts. However, the Snook action can be very good; especially the small and medium sizes along the mangroves, in and...

Manatee Down-listing – Public Comment Needed

Manatee Down-listing – Public Comment Needed

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has announced plans to downlist the West Indian manatee from endangered to a less-serious status of threatened under the Endangered Species Act.  This is primarily a result of a steady increase in the manatee...

Buying New vs. Used: Things to consider while you’re considering.

Buying New vs. Used: Things to consider while you’re considering.

It is a question boat buyers have faced for decades. And, while there is no perfect answer, there are pros and cons to each, and a right and wrong way to go about it. Breaking it down, there are five...

Christmas Memories

Christmas Memories

This past holiday season I received a phone call from Mr. Chris Kelly of St. Augustine, Florida requesting a charter (on a short notice) for his 10 year old daughter Chloe for either December 23rd or 24th. Like most local...

Cape Coral Cruise Clubs 2015 Recap.

Cape Coral Cruise Clubs 2015 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...

Rally Around Town

Rally Around Town

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Notice: Ortona Lock Closings for Maintenance

Notice: Ortona Lock Closings for Maintenance

  The boating Public should be aware that the U.S. Army Core of Engineers has scheduled maintenance of the Ortona Lock, on the Okeechobee Waterway in Moore Haven. Maintenance, which will affect boating access, is projected to take place over approximately the next seven months. Southwest Florida Marine Industries Association president, Hans Wilson, contacted the Army Corp to inquire about the schedule and the timing of the lock maintenance. Below is the response from the Army Core’s John Campbell. Our thanks to...

Captain Terry say “good fishing after the current cold front moves through bringing the bigger Sheepshead”

Captain Terry say “good fishing after the current cold front moves through bringing the bigger Sheepshead”

(Ft. Myers Beach to Charlotte Harbor) Fishing was fantastic for the whole month of December 2015. The warm weather allowed the ‘bait’ fish to remain on the shallow shoals, flats and around ‘piles’ of the bridges, making them easy targets...

Cape Coral Cruise Club returns to Marco Island

Cape Coral Cruise Club returns to Marco Island

Eleven boats were greeted with sunny skies for the November trip to Marco Island Marina, a destination that had been off the Club schedule for a few years.  All boats were neatly snuggled into their slips with the aid of...

It’s time to share the water again.

It’s time to share the water again.

Welcome, tourists! It’s time to share the water again.   As increased boater traffic descends upon SW Florida, a partial review of The Navigational Rules of the Road seems timely. Traffic volume Common sense dictates not to operate at high speed in high traffic density...

“ Catch has been good for Snook, Redfish, Seatrout and Spanish Mackerel” says Captain Terry

“ Catch has been good for Snook, Redfish, Seatrout and Spanish Mackerel” says Captain Terry

This week’s forecast promises some nice weather for all boaters, fishermen and fisher-ladies alike. With the new moon phase, the tides are ‘in-line’ for good fishing in the mornings, afternoons or evenings. So far, the cold fronts have not put...

National Tom Sawyer Days

National Tom Sawyer Days

Image from WGEM   This year brought about lots of charters with clients catching lots of fish, having lots of fun and most importantly, lots of good memories. I traveled to Cuba to dive and fish while Vicki visited family in Dallas and Chicago. We traveled to destinations in Europe exploring, snorkeling, diving, boating and fishing. One of my most treasured memories however, is that of returning home to Hannibal, Missouri to visit my family and attend functions surrounding Tom Sawyer...

“The last couple of weeks produced lots of good fishing.” Says Captain Terry

“The last couple of weeks produced lots of good fishing.” Says Captain Terry

The last couple of weeks produced lots of good fishing. The numbers of Redfish caught per charter was scarce, but nice size fish were boated. Pictured here is one of the bigger Redfish landed during November. It measured 33” and was caught by Rich Obser of New York. His wife Teri joined the party and is holding one of her catches. Both Redfish were caught on live shrimp. Rich and Teri had to go home to work the Macy’s Day...

Captain Terry Fisher’s Boat Show Fishing Report

Captain Terry Fisher’s Boat Show Fishing Report

Ft. Myers Beach to Charlotte Harbor - November 17, 2015 Prior to the cold front of last week, the fishing continued to be good for all inshore species. Offshore reports also were positive for Triple Tail, Grouper and other reef species. Inshore...

Cape Coral Cruise Club Revisits Fisherman’s Village Marina

Cape Coral Cruise Club Revisits Fisherman’s Village Marina

Despite a rocky, rolling, breeze driven, Charlotte Harbor, eleven hardy Cape Coral Cruise Club vessels and their crews maneuvered their way to Fisherman’s Village Marina in Punta Gorda for the October 21-23 cruise. Counting the boat crews and folks who...

Fishin’ Frank updates us on some bridge fishing & Turtle Bay action!

Fishin’ Frank updates us on some bridge fishing & Turtle Bay action!

Today’s update is on pier fishing or in this case bridge fishing. The Cobia and Tarpon are being hooked at the 41 bridges, with cut bait or lures that look like an eel green, white or brown lure colors. For you...

Captain Terry says “Redfish will continue to inhabit the flats and backcountry so long as the warm weather holds.”

Captain Terry says “Redfish will continue to inhabit the flats and backcountry so long as the warm weather holds.”

(October 29, 2015) Last week the inshore fishing continued to be excellent for Redfish and Snook together with a number of other species, including but not limited to, Seatrout, Spanish Mackerel, Flounder and Mangrove Snappers. The most productive days were the...

Dive Cuba!

Dive Cuba!

The Ft. Myers Boat Show will be held at the downtown Ft. Myers Convention Center from November 19-22, 2015. This year DEMA (Diving Equipment and Marketing Association) will be a big part of it, complete with a large pool, and dive instructors offering to those interested an opportunity to experience Scuba Diving first hand. This past August, I had the opportunity to join my long-time friend Mr. Wayne Hasson, President and owner of Aggressor Fleet, in Cuba for a trial run...

Fishin’ Frank says “Redfish are still going strong”

Fishin’ Frank says “Redfish are still going strong”

Redfish are still going strong, and the Reds are moving onto the west side of the Harbor. Shrimp, and Pinfish are the baits of choice right now. I believe the reason the Reds are getting thicker on the west side, is due to the lower fresh water volume coming into the Harbor from the rivers. The Peace River is down to 4.5 feet from 7.5 feet last week at this time, so you can finally start seeing...

Fishin Frank says “Charlotte Harbor fishing is getting better by the day!”

Fishin Frank says “Charlotte Harbor fishing is getting better by the day!”

Spanish Mackerel and Spotted Sea Trout are both starting to move into Charlotte Harbor in good numbers. The fishing is getting better by the day and these wonderful cool mornings are really helping. The rain has been slowing down and...

“Now is the time to go fishing for Redfish and Snook!” Says Captain Terry

“Now is the time to go fishing for Redfish and Snook!” Says Captain Terry

(October 19, 2015) Ft. Myers Beach to Charlotte Harbor - Fishing was good during the past week during the new moon phase, especially on the grass flats from Ft. Myers Beach all the way up to Charlotte Harbor. Areas holding Turtle...

Attention Gulf Red Snapper Anglers

Attention Gulf Red Snapper Anglers

Photo provided by MyFWC Big changes to Gulf recreational red snapper management could be coming – here’s your chance to weigh in and make sure your voice is heard. The Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council (Council) is holding public...

Go Boating Pro Series: Time Stands Still

Go Boating Pro Series: Time Stands Still

Old Florida isn’t always a thing of the past. Part of it is just off Channel Marker 60. One of the great joys of Southwest Florida boating is discovering all the hideaways and hidden gems scattered along the coast and its...

“October is the month!” says captain Terry

“October is the month!” says captain Terry

(Ft. Myers Beach to Charlotte Harbor) My 1st Mate (Vicki) and I recently returned from our ‘ANNUAL INTERNATIONAL FISHING AND DIVING EXPEDITION’ in Greece and Italy. I am happy to be back in SW Florida to do some serious ‘Redfishing’ and Snook fishing. October is the month! As reported prior to traveling, I was on them before I left and I have been on them since my return of October 1. Prior to departing on September 1, I had the...

Cape Coral Cruise Club Enjoys a fun time at Naples Boat Club.

Cape Coral Cruise Club Enjoys a fun time at Naples Boat Club.

Seventeen boats braved the “unknown" by taking a trip down the Gulf of Mexico for our annual trip to the beautiful Naples Boat Club. Why that adjective? September on the Gulf of Mexico… are you going to deal with a potential hurricane or be delighted by a gorgeous sunny day. Some southbound boaters experienced bumpy seas, but all arrived safely. Those cruising were Y Knot, Phil and Pat Kryger;, Infinite Sea, Paul and Stephanie Carrico; The Geezers, Stu and Jane Harelik; MarKate,...

Fishin’ Frank says “The Fishing is quite good right now and the weather is perfect.”

Fishin’ Frank says “The Fishing is quite good right now and the weather is perfect.”

Finally got to get out Fishin with my dad. As I have said before, there are lots of Redfish out in the Harbor.  We spent 3 hours fishing the east side, about 3/4 of a mile north of Pirate Harbor, and caught...

Rep. Jolly introduces bill that could lead to a longer Red Snapper fishing season

Rep. Jolly introduces bill that could lead to a longer Red Snapper fishing season

Seminole, FL – Congressman David Jolly (FL-13) has introduced legislation that will lead to a more accurate count of Red Snapper and other reef fish in the Gulf of Mexico. The bill, called the Gulf Red Snapper Data Improvement Act,...

Fishin Frank fills us in!

Fishin Frank fills us in!

Spanish, Jacks, Lady fish, And Sharks In the area around Boca Pass and the straights right across to Burnt Store, schools of bait fish like Thread Fins and Glass Minnows are moving in with the tide, and then move back to...

Cape Coral Cruise Club Cruises to Pink Shell Marina – (unofficially)

Cape Coral Cruise Club Cruises to Pink Shell Marina – (unofficially)

Each month, the Cape Coral Cruise Club takes a scheduled cruise to a different marina in SW Florida and stays for several days enjoying the area’s amenities and hospitality. We do that nine times a year along with an extended...

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