Bruce Knutson of Helena, Montana holding a Triple Tail fish

2019 BONITA BOAT SHOW REPORT

By Captain Terry Fisher

It is that time of year when the SWFMIA have their product show at the Grey Hound Race Track parking lot on Bonita Road. This is an exciting event that 1st Mate Vicki and I are always excited to participate. It starts on Thursday and ends Sunday (February 28-March 3rd). Look for us at the Coastal Angler Magazine/Fish Face Charters booths. I will also be doing daily fishing seminars at the Frank’s Fishing Village. These seminars are designed to assist fishermen and ladies looking to improve their level of experience and angling success through discussion and demonstrations. Vicki and I are encouraging anyone interested to stop by our booth and check the seminar schedule.

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FISHING FUN IN SW FLORIDA

By Captain Terry Fisher

A lot of fun times and memories were made while fishing with Captain Terry Fisher over the holidays. Pictured here are several of my client friends and their families that I had the pleasure to spend time with on the water during the last week of December and into the first part of January 2019. Fishing was tough at times due to the cold fronts and other factors, but persistence seems to always provide just enough action to make it all worthwhile.

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December Fishing with Captain Terry Fisher

By Captain Terry Fisher

Early December fishing proved to many to be a great time to check and angler’s ability when targeting a fish-of-a-lifetime. Pictured here is my good friend John Hennessy of Indiana/Ft. Myers holding a 33″ Snook he landed. We used Pinfish in one of the many canals we targeted upon my returning from Breckenridge, Colorado to float fish for Rainbow and Brown Trout on the Colorado River. John was calm and collected as we waited for this brute to surface. Like many big Snook, this one stayed down like a big Jack Crevalle and tested the knot, line strength, rod and reel in hopes of failure. Good job, John!

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Morgan pictured with his Redfish.

Pre-boat show fishing & boating update

By Captain Terry Fisher

It is that time of year again when one of the most exciting and most informative events will take place in beautiful SW Florida. 1st Mate Vicki and I always look forward to this 4 day extravaganza to visit and meet clients and future clients of Fish Face Charters. Visitors and locals alike will once again enjoy a season of boating and fishing, with products available for purchase at the event. I will be on hand at our booth along with Coastal Angler Franchisee’s of The Year, Phil and Nadeen Welch, to answer questions on boating and fishing products, including fishing charter opportunities. Myself and other Captains will be doing daily seminars at Fishing Frank’s Fishing Village. Check the times for seminars in the brochure you receive at the gate.

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SW Florida Waters are Improving

By Captain Terry Fisher

I consider September a transitional month, especially after Labor Day Week when things normally slow down. Children and college students all returning back to school and non-vacation routines. Some good news for those living here or visiting in September is that water traffic and fishing pressure is less than most other months of the tourist season. I have noticed improvement in the water quality for most all areas ranging from Ft. Myers Beach to and including Charlotte Harbor. I applaud the temporary restrictions on the harvesting of Snook and Redfish until the FWC can assess any level of impact from Red Tide and Algae Bloom on fish populations. This does not mean that we cannot catch Snook or Redfish, we just need to release them unharmed. After all, most anglers enjoy the time on the water catching fish, as much as, if not more, than eating them.

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Labor Day Weekend Fishing Report

By Captain Terry Fisher

Fishing was tough going during most of August. Fortunately, however, I was able to find areas not affected by the red ride and algae blooms, or at least not as affected. Most of the areas that I fished during the month of August included the northern end of Matlacha Pass, Cape Haze (Charlotte Harbor) and mangrove islands along the western side of Pine Island and as far off the Inter-Coastal as possible. Early in the month, Snook and Redfish proved to be the more reliable targets. They were holding in their normal locations prior to red ride and negative impacts from the algae blooms.

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Jeff

Mid-July Fishing Report

By Captain Terry Fisher

Regardless of the negative publicity about the ongoing saga of excessive water releases from Lake O and red tide reports, my charters have been very successful recently. The only fish that have been hard to locate over the past number of days are Seatrout.  I believe the heat and 90° water temps have moved the fish from their traditional haunts to deeper water. Nonetheless, I am finding them. Other species such as Spanish Mackerel and Redfish are very active.

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June 2018 Fishing Report

By Captain Terry Fisher

All good when it comes to catching fish during the summer months, along the Gulf Coast of SW Florida. Many fond memories have been made this year. Earlier in the season I had lots of success while fishing with one of my favorite family clients, Dr. Tom O’Connor for whom I write of frequently. This time Tom is pictured with another of his three sons, William O’Connor, holding a Sheepshead he landed during a short visit to Bokeelia, Florida.
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Great Fishing Trips and Memories

Over the years, 1st Mate Vicki and I have several clients who have become friends. One client in particular is Dr. Tom O’ Connor, his three son’s, Dan, William, Andrew, daughter Maurine (Moe) and of course the grandchildren. I had the pleasure to take all of them fishing this year. They are perfect examples of the fun and bond that a close family can enjoy boating, dining and fishing the beautiful waters of SW Florida. Tom, his oldest son Dan O’ Connor, of Mequon, Wisconsin are pictured together holding a Redfish and Black Drum, caught on one of five ‘family’ outings last February. This ‘family’ loves to fish and good at it. Great going Tom and Dan! You guys always keep me on my ‘toes’ to try and better every fishing trip.

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