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TRICKS OF THE TRADE:  Docking in windy conditions.

TRICKS OF THE TRADE: Docking in windy conditions.

Spring in Florida means a couple of things. Less boat traffic, and more windy days. Yes, just about the time the tourists start blowing out of town, windy conditions start blowing our boats around a bit more. We see this as an opportunity to pass a long some great boat handling tips…because if you can manage your craft in snotty conditions, fair weather days become just that much easier and more enjoyable. Docking with the wind can be easier as you...

Captain Terry’s SW Florida Fishing Report

Captain Terry’s SW Florida Fishing Report

It has been sometime since I had the opportunity to write a report for the offshore and inshore areas from Ft. Myers Beach to Charlotte Harbor. During the last few weeks, fishing has been ‘spotty’ to ‘really good’, depending on...

Cape Coral Cruise Club returns to MARINA JACK, Sarasota

Cape Coral Cruise Club returns to MARINA JACK, Sarasota

By Joe Vizzini A number of Cape Coral Cruise Club boats got an early start on this cruise by first stopping at either Palm Island or Venice marinas on Monday March 20th. Weather was “picture-perfect” for boating, and dolphins abounded in...

Federal agency reclassifies manatee from ‘endangered’ to ‘threatened’

Federal agency reclassifies manatee from ‘endangered’ to ‘threatened’

By Bruce Ritchie 03/30/2017 05:41 PM EDT TALLAHASSEE — The West Indian manatee is being downgraded from endangered to threatened under federal law, the U. S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced Thursday. The lumbering sea cow, Florida's state marine mammal, is the focus...

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...

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 or relocate to Southwest Florida each year specifically for the vast boating opportunities, you certainly should include our home waters among your options. Destinations and activities are varied—from fishing to camping, shelling to sunbathing, dining to dolphin watching. Whether you prefer...

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 (also known as the "Rim Canal") at that location as most boats are too tall to pass under the structure. We expect that boaters will feel the impacts from this closure for the rest of the month. The Corps is issuing a notice...

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...

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...

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 compared to last January and February. None-the-less, time on the water boating and fishing has been exceptionally nice due to warm weather, warm water temperatures and moderate ‘cool’ fronts. The good news (as I write) is that recently fishing has improved....

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 out the boating and fishing related activities listed here to hold you over. Refresh Your Boaters Safety Knowledge Experienced boaters and newbies to the water alike could all use a refresher every once in a while. Cold, rainy days provide for a...

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...

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...

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 a number of great trips with sufficient catches of Grouper, Seatrout, Mangrove Snapper and Spanish Mackerel to satisfy most. Prior to Christmas I have the opportunity to ‘Captain for Hire’ on the vessel of Mr. Ron Sorenson of Cape Coral to...

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...

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 along with boat ownership. That’s natural. When it comes to boats and boating, everyone has their opinions, styles and preferences on just about every aspect. However, when it comes to the fundamentals—relative to safety, essential gear and basic maneuvering, most experts...

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,...

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