FORT MYERS,FL — As we approach the one-year anniversary of the devastation brought to southwest Florida by Hurricane Ian, the Marine Industries Association of Southwest Florida and Tampa Bay (MIA) and the Old Salt Fishing Foundation has wound down its Boaters Helping Boaters Fund. The fund was established to provide relief to those who make a living on the waterfront directly impacted by the storm. Read more “HURRICANE IAN MARINE INDUSTRY RELIEF FUND DISTRIBUTES $69,500 “
Although Southwest Florida is known for its miles of waterfront property and easy boating access, many of our area’s boaters load up and head for the water with trailers in tow. Read more “Avoid These Common Mistakes and Tow Like a Pro”
Hurricane Boat Prep 101
As we move past Summer’s halfway point, spaghetti plots and CAT ratings become a regular part of boater’s vocabularies. The height of hurricane season is fast approaching, and as with all things boating, preparedness is key. Read more “Hurricane Boat Prep 101”
Anyone who’s spent any time boating in Florida knows how intense our sun can be. And while it’s common practice to whip out the sunscreen before hitting the water, have you thought about the importance of protecting your eyes? Read more “Best Boating Sunglasses – What You Need to Know”
Spring in Florida typically means a couple of things. Fewer boats, and more windy days. Yep, just about the time the tourists start breezing out of town, windy conditions start blowing our boats around a bit more. Which gives us the perfect opportunity to pass along some great boat handling tips…because if you can manage your craft in the windy conditions, fairer weather days become that much easier and more enjoyable.
Summer months are my favorite months to go fishing as fishing in SW Florida is about as good as it gets in regards to both inshore and offshore adventures. August is a month to target a number of species to complete one’s bucket list. Reef and Pelagic species are abundant in our waters. Read more “CAPTAIN TERRY’S SUMMER FISHING 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.
Read more “SWFL Boater’s Survival Guide: Safety Tips”
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”
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.
Read more “BOAT TRAILERS: LESSONS FOR THE ROAD”