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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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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Whether you’re shopping for your dream boat or just need a great excuse to get out of the house, the Fort Myers Boat Show is the place to go. The show runs November 13-15 and offers the largest display of boats, boating products, and services on our coast. The show features 600+ boats from 130+ manufacturers, plus accessory and equipment displays, so there’s a lot to see. Here’s some insider advice for making the most of this year’s show.
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One of the best perks of having a trailerable boat in Southwest Florida is being able to choose your own adventure. You can tow your boat to local launches for direct access to your favorite fishing spots, embark on a road trip along the Gulf Coast, or even haul it over to Route 1 and hit the Florida Keys. Being a responsible trailer boater goes beyond launching and loading, so check out our expert tips for making the journey safer—and less stressful—for everyone.
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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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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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