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. Read more “Coming Soon: Bonita Springs 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. Read more “What to Expect at the 2020 Fort Myers Boat Show”
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! Read more “LOTS TO SEE AT THE BONITA SPRINGS BOAT SHOW”
Now that funding has been approved by the State of Florida to address Lake O, where do we go from here. Join us on August 15 for an evening discussion with Captain Daniel Andrews from Captains for Clean Water.
Southwest Florida Yacht Club, “The Cruisingest Yacht Club in the USA®”, is continuing its popular Local Waters Seminar in February. 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.
Keep it REEL and Join Us for the Greater Fort Myers Chamber of Commerce 5th Annual “Tails & Tailgating” Fishing Tournament and Chili Cook-Off on Saturday, November 2nd from 1:00 – 7:00 PM at 2220 West First Street, Fort Myers, FL 33901.
Big changes to Gulf recreational red snapper management could be coming – here’s your chance to weigh in and make sure your voice is heard. The Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council (Council) is holding public hearings on a proposal known as regional management that could give states a larger role in red snapper management in federal waters. See meeting dates and times below.
Currently, the Council is responsible for management of the recreational red snapper fishery in all Gulf of Mexico federal waters. The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) manages state waters off Florida. If the Council approves regional management, the federal recreational red snapper quota would be divided state-by-state or at a regional level, and states would set recreational seasons and bag limits in both state and federal waters off their coast.
Regional management could allow for recreational red snapper regulations in federal waters to be tailored to more local needs. However, there are possible trade-offs, such as potentially fewer fishing days for Florida red snapper anglers.
Two meetings will be held in Florida on regional management during October. Council and FWC staff will be on hand at these meetings to discuss proposal details and what it might mean for Florida anglers. If you cannot attend an in-person meeting, there will also be a webinar.
The FWC Commission will discuss regional management and review input from the public hearings at its Nov. 18-19 meeting in Panama City. This input will help the FWC Commission decide how the FWC representative on the Council should vote on the Council’s regional management proposal.
The Council is expected to make a final decision on regional management at its Jan. 25-29 meeting in Orange Beach, AL.
Meeting dates and locations:
All in-person meetings begin at 6 p.m. local time and end no later than 9 p.m. local time. The webinar begins at 6 p.m. Eastern Time.
CALLING ALL BOATERS! WE NEED YOU to join us in cleaning Estero Bay!
SATURDAY, November 1, 2014
8:00 AM – 1:00PM
FISH-TALE MARINA FORT MYERS BEACH
Please fill out and return attached registration form so we may plan accordingly for the BBQ! Registration Form
The KLCB Marine Cleanup is an annual event during which volunteers go out in boats, kayaks, canoes, jet skis and anything else that floats, to remove monofilament fishing line and other harmful debris from the mangrove areas of Lee County. The boaters begin working at safe light (dawn) and continue until around noon at which time they are treated to a Volunteer Appreciation Barbecue by Sam Galloway Ford. Because of the focus on fishing line, the project committee has affectionately dubbed the cleanup “Monofilament Madness”. It is hoped that through educational awareness, the people who are causing the problem will be reached and their behavior modified so that, among other reasons, wildlife will be spared agonizing deaths from entanglement in monofilament fishing line.
How Did It Start?
The project was conceived in 1993 in a small tackle shop in North Fort Myers (Lehr’s Economy Tackle) by two local fisherman (Larry Davis and Dave Westra), who discussed doing something about the deplorable problem of monofilament fishing line which had been discarded or left by careless fishermen especially in the mangrove areas. Davis and Westra were sure they could drum up volunteer support from local fishermen and boaters, but were in need of help in raising the funds necessary for such a project. The two came to KLCB seeking help with their cleanup idea and the Marine Cleanup project was born. KLCB is a private non-profit 501 (c)(3) organization capable of coordinating such projects through community sponsor support. Sam Galloway agreed to provide a catered lunch to all volunteers who would come out on Marine Cleanup Day to clean up the mess. Other corporate leaders followed.
How Is The Cleanup’s Success Measured?
The ultimate goal, of course, is to eliminate the monofilament and trash problem, and the success of attaining that goal would be measured by the lack of the problem. Until then, we measure the cleanup’s success by the growing awareness and willingness of hundreds of volunteers to dedicate a Sunday to the cause.
What Is Found?
Nothing could have prepared us for the first Marine Cleanup day (October 29, 1993) when volunteers began unloading mounds of trash and huge tangles of monofilament line onto the dock at Tarpon Point Marina. As boat after boat pulled up to the dock, it became clear that the citizens of Lee County were very serious about cleaning up their beautiful waterways.
Exactly what do the volunteers find?
Without a doubt, the #1 culprit is monofilament fishing line — miles of it. In fact, according to the Executive Director of KLCB, Rudy Busch, the previous “Monofilament Madness” cleanups have produced enough discarded fishing line to stretch from Fort Myers to Tallahassee.
CAPE CORAL, FLORIDA (May 20, 2014) – TowBoatUS in Cape Coral announces it will be a sponsor for the 10th Annual “Ryan’s Redfish Challenge” fishing tournament on May 24th at Cape Harbor. The goal of the event is to raise awareness and funds for “Barbara’s Friends,” a branch of the Lee Memorial Health System Foundation. Proceeds will go to benefit the Golisano Children’s Hospital Cancer Fund.File Transfer: unknown.jpgThe event is held in honor of Ryan McCleskey, who ended his fight against cancer on February 3, 2006.
The tournament is organized by family, friends, and acquaintances of Ryan who wish to continue his battle with loving memory. To date, the “Ryan’s Redfish Challenge” event has raised over $80,000 for this cause.
“We are honored to be able to help such a worthy organization through our sponsorship,” said Captain Richard Paul, co-owner of TowBoatUS. “This tournament is sure to be a lot of fun for everyone involved, and we are looking forward to being a part of this event!”
Ryan’s Redfish Challenge Tournament takes place from 7am – 4pm on Saturday, May 24th, 2014. The final weigh-in will be held at 4pm at The Marina at Cape Harbour in Cape Coral, FL. Following the weigh-in will be an event with food, raffles, and live music, which goes until 7pm.”
Those participating in the tournament are invited to attend a “Captain’s Meeting” prior to the event, on Friday, May 23rd. Check-in for the Captain’s Meeting will be at the Twisted Conch in Cape Coral from 5:30-6:30pm, with food and drinks until 8:30pm, and live music from 7-9:30pm.
For more information about participating in Ryan’s Redfish Challenge or sponsorship opportunities, visit RyansRedfishChallenge.com.
ABOUT TOWBOATUS CAPE CORAL:
From sponsoring fishing tournaments that benefit wounded war veterans and cancer cure research to towing stranded boaters back to port, co-owners Richard Paul and Jay McMillan of TowBoatUS Cape Coral believe in giving back to the people of Southwest Florida who’ve helped their business become a success. While their company mainly provides marine salvage and boat towing services, most importantly they provide peace of mind to stranded boaters off the coast of Lee County, FL and along the Caloosahatchee waterway. To enjoy the same peace of mind, sign up for an unlimited recreational boater’s membership at BoatUS.com