Boating and Fishing this summer appear to be the preferred past time of Floridians to get out and about during the COVID-19 Pandemic. Outdoor activities offer freedom from confined, indoor activities that make Social Distancing very hard to manage. Nothing like being on the water enjoying our beautiful weather. I predict that the marine industry will continue to drive the economy long after the Corona Virus is gone.
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Have the channels seemed crowded lately? You’re not imagining things. People are flocking to boating for freedom and fun, filling our waterways with more experienced captains and more novice boaters. With this unprecedented level of traffic on the water, it’s up to each and every one of us to share the water in a responsible, safe manner. So, we put together a specially curated list of boating tips for navigating crowded waterways.
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So far 2020 has been a rollercoaster, especially in our region famous for its tourism and hospitality. So how are things going on our coast as reopening progresses? We reached out to members of the local Marine Industries Association to get the inside scoop on how businesses are responding and rebounding. Here’s what they have to say in their own words…
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Here in Southwest Florida, boating isn’t just a lifestyle, it’s a passion that brings us together on and off the water. And whether boaters realize it or not, it takes a village to keep our boating community going! So, we’re taking a closer look at two local organizations that support boaters and make significant contributions to our area’s marine industry through education: Edison Sailing Center and Fort Myers Technical College.
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As boaters, we know that being out on the water is good for the soul. In fact, research shared by our friends over at Discover Boating confirms that spending time on the water can make you happier and healthier. And who couldn’t use more of that right now?! Here are our favorite ways you can use boating to boost your well-being while practicing social distancing.
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It is that time of year when I relish the opportunity to climb aboard Fish Face II with clients and once in a great while with my 1st Mate Vicki. In spite of the recent and existing Pandemic (Corona Virus) our Cape Coral Mayor Joe Coviello, City Council members and Lee County Sheriff Carmine Marceno, had the savvy and foresight to leave open the city boat ramps for residents and visitors to enjoy boating and fishing activities so long as there is compliance with the ‘Social Distancing Guidelines’.
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Thanks to miles of mangrove coastlines and barrier islands, Southwest Florida is home to some of the best fishing in the world. Whether you love chasing deep-water grouper or snook in the shallows, our area really does have something for every angler. But with so much water, you need to know where to look.
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Captain Terry Fisher and 1st Mate Vicki of Fish Face Charters LLC were recently at the Bonita Springs Boat Show offering free fishing seminars on both inshore and offshore fishing, answering boaters’ questions, and sharing important tips for fishing here in Southwest Florida.
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The 31st Annual Bonita Springs Boat Show begins next week and runs Thursday, March 5 through Sunday, March 8. With hundreds of boats on display from the area’s major dealers, there’s a model for every boater and every budget. In addition to boats, the show features a variety of marine accessories, engines, electronics, boat lifts, services, helpful how-to information, plus plenty of food and cold beverages. Check out the full event details and start planning your visit!
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January fishing has been really good and my suspect is that it will continue during times of good weather. However, cold fronts should tend to improve Sheepshead harvest with more catches and larger fish to boot. Early to middle month January catches included the following for both new, repeat clients and fishing friends.
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