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Great Fishing Opportunities This Week

By Captain Terry Fisher
(Ft. Myers Beach to Charlotte Harbor) Overall, last week has provided good fishing results, acknowledging however, that there have been a couple of days when finding fish south of Redfish Pass has been a challenge, mostly because of the extensive water releases from Lake Okeechobee coupled with additional water from the afternoon storms.

I believe that great fishing opportunities exist for the next week or so for the following reasons:
1)  We are ‘on’ and soon ‘off’ of a new moon.
2)  Snook season is open (offering more opportunity to target another species for both sport and harvesting).
3)  Season change is bringing in the big ‘Bull’ Redfish to feed before returning to the ‘Gulf’ for the winter months.
4)  The bait fish (including shrimps) are bigger and more abundant.

When fishing the ‘back country’, I suggest the cooler, early morning hours when water levels are at their lowest and the fish cannot hide in the mangroves. (Read more). 

Freshwater Discharges

Boating in the SWFL region around the Caloosahatchee has been adversely affected as of late by the extreme pollution ridden freshwater discharges from Lake Okeechobee. However, Gov. Rick Scott just signed a bill committing 90 million to the Tamiami Trail project which essentially creates bridges allowing for more flow through the glades instead of out the Caloosahatchee and into our estuaries. To read more about the $90 million commitment for the Tamiami Trail project, click here

Finding the Right Jack 

For the times when you need to pick up the back end of your boat trailer, having the right jack can make a big difference.  Boating Magazine has compared four jacks, providing the pros and cons of each kind: 
  • Dutton-Lainson 6816
  • Springfield Quick-Change 
  • Dutton-Lainson 6400 
  • TrailerSense Tongue-Weight Indicator Jack
Click here to find which jack will best suit your needs. 


Mark Your Calendar!

The 41st Annual Fort Myers Boat Show will be here before we know it so be sure to mark your calendar for November 14th-17th. The Boat Show will take place at the Harborside Event Center & City Yacht Basin. You will find boats of all kinds on display, fishing seminars, the boat building festival, accessories, and much more! Plus, this year you can enjoy the new downtown water basin that overlooks the Caloosahatchee River. 


Protect Your Boat

With the growing problem of boat theft in Florida, it is important to take extra measures to protect your rig. Whether its using a good alarm and GPS tracking system or using trailer and wheel locks, there are extra steps you can take to prevent theft. Read more theft prevention tips from Florida Sportsman by clicking here.  

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