SWFL Boater’s Survival Guide: Safety Tips

In 2019, the Coast Guard counted 4,168 boat accidents that involved 613 deaths, 2,559 injuries and approximately $55,000,000 in property damage as a result of recreational boating accidents. Operator inexperience is one of the primary contributing factors in accidents. No matter where you’re cruising in SWFL, these boating safety reminders will help you avoid drama, danger, and disaster on the water.
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HOW TO CHOOSE THE RIGHT BATTERIES FOR YOUR BOAT

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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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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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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RED OCTOBER

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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Drone Photo of Fort Myers Boat Show marina layout

What to Expect at the 2020 Fort Myers Boat Show

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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Boat being launched at sunrise

BOAT TRAILERS: LESSONS FOR THE ROAD

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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Davis Hasson with his Redfish

SUMMER BOATING AND FISHING SW FLORIDA

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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