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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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.

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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