Okeechobee Waterway Low Water

Notice to Navigation: NTN 2017-013 Okeechobee Waterway C-44 St. Lucie Canal Low Water

Okeechobee Waterway – St. Lucie Canal (C-44) High Flow and Low Water Hazardous Navigation

Notice is given that the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is advising commercial and recreational vessels to use extreme caution traveling the Okeechobee Waterway between Port Mayaca and St. Lucie Locks due to high current flowing east and low canal levels created by maximum lake releases.

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October Fishing in SW Florida

By Captain Terry Fisher

Early October failed to produce a lot of charters as well as opportunities to boat or fish in as much as strong winds and rain put a damper on things. The weather forecast for the week of the 8th of October is looking pretty good and should allow access to both inshore and offshore locations.  Unfortunately, I will not get to join the hunt for RED OCTOBER (Redfish) until the week of the 15th as I am traveling to the Turks and Caicos Islands. Fortunately however, I will have a week of Scuba Diving and some fly fishing, on the flats of those islands and cays.

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Post Hurricane Irma Fishing Report

By Captain Terry Fisher

The waters are still dark and dreary from Hurricane Irma. However, Mullet are everywhere and in bigger schools than I have seen in a long time. A variety of fish are biting, if and when you locate them, as there is not a lot of fishing pressure, due mostly to the time of year along with efforts to clean up after the storm. Baits such as shrimp are as good as I have seen prior to the storm. Other baitfish; for cast netting are off the beaches and are more active during mid-morning hours.

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Fishin’ Frank Late September Fishing Report

During the end of September focus on redfish and tarpon over on the west side. You’ll be able to find a group of 3-4 redfish holding out under the mangroves in a slightly deeper pocket. A shrimp with a rockport head or just free lined will help pull them out of their spot to eat. The tarpon seem to be just out from the mangroves or out on top of the bar. It may take a while to find that sweet spot this time of year but after you find it, you’ll stay busy.

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Southwest Florida Yacht Club Continues Popular Local Waters Seminar

Southwest Florida Yacht Club, “The Cruisingest Yacht Club in the USA®”, is continuing its popular Local Waters Seminar in October & November 2017.  We have now partnered with the four United States Power Squadrons in SW Florida (Cape Coral, Fort Myers, San Carlos Bay, and Sanibel Captiva) to expand on the material presented.  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.

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Boats in a Marina

Do You Have the Safest Boat in the Marina?

In 2016, Fort Myers was ranked in the top 5 cities with the most boat thefts in the country. Locking and tracking technology becomes more advanced every year, but unfortunately, so do the culprits. Thieves aren’t always out to steal an entire boat and are often looking for easier items to grab like outboard engines, trolling motors, props, and electronics. Big ticket items can come in small packages. Keeping up to date on the latest preventative measures can help keep your boat where it belongs—with you.

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Boat Lift Customization

By: Stokes Marine

No two boat lifts or docks are exactly the same so chances are you’ll need a bit of customization to fit your needs. These needs might include washing your boat, boat maintenance, entering and exiting the boat, and accessing different areas around your boat.

If the dock does not wrap all the way around both side of the boat, washing the boat can become very difficult.  Washing the hull of a boat while being on the boat can be rough on your back and sometimes impossible depending the what kind of hull you have.

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Fishin’ Update 08/24/17

We are getting reports of Sheepshead in the Canals around Cape Coral and in Punta Gorda Isles. Seems like winter time in some of the canals. Yes, Fourteen inch and larger fish. How strange is this?

Spanish mackerel are growing in numbers around Charlotte Harbor. We are seeing more and more from the reef off Alligator Creek to the passes and out into the near gulf waters.