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Widely considered the premier boat show on Florida’s west coast, the 41st Annual Fort Myers Boat Show will feature boats of just about every type imaginable, marine products and services for both enthusiasts and novices alike. Now in its 41st year, the show will include seminars on fishing and boat safety. Local guides will be on hand to answer questions and present instruction about fishing in Southwest Florida. The show will also include a large kayaking section with daily seminars, products displays, and information about Lee County’s Great Calusa Blueway paddling trails. The U.S. Coast Guard will return this year with their interactive Boating safety trailer displaying a variety of safety equipment. Click here to get more details about the upcoming show! 

Redfish, Snook & Seatrout

By Capt. Terry

Last week was fantastic fishing for Redfish, Snook and Seatrout. I prefer fishing the northern half (Redfish Pass to Charlotte Harbor)  as well as the back waters of Matlacha Pass in light of  the high tannin water influxes at the mouth of the Caloosahatchee River. The water is much clearer up there with plenty of Pilchards available to cast to. Pilchards have been the ‘bait of choice’ for me and most of the other captains that I have talked with. I have had lesser success with artificial, live shrimp and cut baits. (Read more)

Protect Your Aluminum 

Saltwater can slowly eat away at your aluminum boat. Fortunately, there are some handy tips that will protect your metal from corrosion. Click here to find out how to maintain your aluminum boat. 


Riding the Storm

By: Sharon Bickel

I’ve heard the term before (riding the storm), but I never really experienced it until July of this year.  David and I were going to Marco Island to watch the fireworks and fish.  It was the usual hot Florida summer day and the storm cells that week formed anywhere, at any time.

It was impossible to anchor long enough to get a hook in the water before a thunder cloud threatened our safety.  We were off of Coon Key, searching for Triple tail near a large marker.  A storm cell formed, David announced we got 5 minutes... (read more)


Thick Spanish

By: Fishin' Frank

Grouper in Captiva Pass, this one is just short of keeper size. For bait, Shrimp, Squid, Bait fish (live or dead) all seem to be working well. The Spanish Mackerel are thick by the Artificial reef off Alligator Creek all the way down to Cape haze. To catch ... (read more)

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