Since the Bonita Boat Show last March, 1st Mate Vicki and I have been very busy with charters from people that we met at the booth and the fishing seminars. The Bonita Boat Show drew record crowds even though the Pandemic was still in full swing. As a matter of fact, the Pandemic has somewhat changed the face of the fishing and boating industry due to the high demands on both activities. The fishing and boating industry have experienced an increase in participation creating supply shortages of fishing supplies, boats and related items.

3 Deka Batteries


Between the engines, helm displays, trolling motors, live wells, sound systems, lights, and other gadgets, marine batteries are the unsung heroes of boating. Your boat’s batteries serve two primary functions: starting engines and running accessories. Some batteries are built for one function while others can do both, so it’s important to know your marine battery basics.  Read more “HOW TO CHOOSE THE RIGHT BATTERIES FOR YOUR BOAT”

Kayaks making their way through a trail

Kayak, Canoe & SUP Trails in SWFL

Spring brings great weather and warmer water temperatures, and that makes it the perfect time to explore Southwest Florida by paddle craft. Whether you opt for a kayak, canoe, or stand-up paddleboard (SUP), you’ll get to enjoy a unique experience that comes from seeing our waterways from water level. Paddling brings you closer to nature and offers access to spots where motorized boats and jet skis may not be able to reach. Grab a paddle and let’s go!
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Mans friend holding redfish he caught


Before you see what’s biting, I invite you to join me at the Bonita Springs boat show that runs Thursday, March 4 through Sunday, March 7. This wonderful show features a number of vendors offering the finest in products and expert guidance for all of your boating and fishing needs. I will be on hand to deliver a number of free fishing seminars each day for both onshore and offshore adventures, and I’ll provide updates and personalized instructions on where, when and how to catch fish!

Bonita Springs Boat Show boats on display

Coming Soon: Bonita Springs Boat Show

With the best time of year for boating quickly approaching, the 32nd Annual Bonita Springs Boat Show is a great opportunity to set yourself up to enjoy our beautiful waterways. The show runs March 4-7 and features everything a boater could want. Visitors can explore hundreds of boats from the area’s top dealers, all kinds of gear and accessories, and marine service pros. Coastal Angler and Fish Face Charters will also be on hand to share great fishing tips during free seminars each day.
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2021 Boater Resolutions

A new year means new goals and, in some cases realizing you never quite met last year’s goals. No judgement! Thanks to Southwest Florida’s never-ending boating season, we’re far too busy enjoying the water to worry about the resolutions we made a few weeks ago. Good news: you have our permission to put down the label maker and pour that kale smoothie in a to-go cup because we have a few boat goals for you to tackle instead.
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Captain Terry Fisher’s January Fishing Report

Hello ‘fishing and boating’ friends. The holiday’s and early part of this month (January) have brought out the best in people’s desire to put the stalemated Pandemic behind them to enjoy outdoor life on the water, fishing and boating. Many past clients and friends continue to insist on ‘getting out in the fresh air to enjoy the beaches and fishing’.
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Join us at the Charlotte County Boat Show

Ring in the New Year with a visit to the 20th Annual Charlotte County Boat Show! Hundreds of boats and all kinds of marine exhibitors will take over the Charlotte County Fairgrounds from January 7-10. The show offers a FREE opportunity to check out the latest boat models and loads of marine equipment and accessories. Plus, get answers to all your Florida fishing questions as we celebrate the return of Fishin Frank!
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2020 Holiday Gift Guide

Putting a boat gadget under the tree may feel like a cruel joke in the rest of the country, but here in Southwest Florida they make great gifts! Retailers are recommending you get a head start on your holiday shopping this year, so we’re putting out our 2020 boater’s wish list a little early! Our gift guide includes great ideas for all the captains (and Floridians) on your list.
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Redfish catch 3


October 2020 did not disappoint as the Redfish bite was good. Moreover, it seemed that virtually every species that inhabit our SW Florida waterways are here in good numbers. They say the fish follow the bait. That being said, there is plenty of bait around for cast netting and purchasing. Crabs, Shrimp, Mullet, Pilchard, Glass Minnows and Threadfins galore! Birds are everywhere (inshore and offshore) diving ferociously to get their bellies full. Plenty of fish, such as Spanish Mackerel and Seatrout, lurking just below the surface for the opportunity to gorge themselves.
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