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Nautical Mile May 2017 P U B L I C A T I O N S Inc. Serving SW Florida since 2003 Venice to Bonita Beach Local an d (Semi) Since 2003 INFORMATION Boating Fishing EXCLUSIVE Coastal Information Day 2017 pg 18 www. Get your Fishing License over the phone in 3 minutes (888) 347-4356 NauticalMileMagazine (239) 283-0200 Pineland Marina (239) 283-3962 Ship Store - Boat Sales - Haul Outs St. James City AUTHORIZED DEALER Sales - Service - Re-power MARINE .com Photo Jason Griffiths Folsom CA. 14.50 06502 10 oz Tube Largest selection of fiberglass around Starting at 72 BATTERIES Quart 12.95 core & We re the Do-It-Yourself boat parts store. Experienced staff with the knowledge to answer your questions. 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Instead of creating a new class we re looking at taking an existing stateapproved entrepreneur s class and making some modifications. My ideas were to leave the business lessons as-is and incorporate things that could be used in any facet of your life. When I say things I mean problem solving trouble-shooting creative thinking cultivating an idea etc. Things that go on in an entrepreneur s mind. If you want a business class take a business class but if you truly want to be a success in business you MUST learn what goes on in an entrepreneur s mind. I volunteered to mentor a class in another county for a group that was to invent a widget build the business plan and at the end present it to a group pretending to be a Shark-Tank. Not one drop of presentation skills was taught and not one drop of anything I mentioned above. It was all business. If you can t think your way out of a wet bag starting a business will not help you. As a runaway in my early teens I quickly figured out how to survive. Everything I now touch seems to turn to gold and I want to touch something that really matters. I know that if we can come together as a team we can make a real difference. I feel like James T. Kirk No communication with the surface the Borg is closing in and we have no phasors. Sounds like fun . I ll know more by next month for now be prepared for an announcement that has the power to alter the educational system as we know it The 501 that I created for the Fish36 has rolled into this. I wanted to something that created significance in my life. I believe that I ve found it and I so appreciate the support that the coastal community has offered. Like I often tell Robin Thank you for supporting my crazy ideas . On the nautical side of things I had another vision an annual gathering of 1 000 people listening to speakers discuss what SW Florida s coastal community has to offer. Well you know me..... a week later it was on the calendar June 17th this year but will be a March event. The day will include people invited to represent Mote Marine Tonya Wiley US Coast Guard Ding Darling Society Florida Fish & Wildlife Lee County Sheriff Dept. Captains for Clean Water Reel Anglers Fishing Club Charlotte Aquatic Preserve Cape Coral & Ft. Myers Beach Tarpon Hunters Homeland Security Local Conservation Experts Lee County Visitor s Bureau Cape Coral Newcomers Club SW Florida Power Squadrons and the SW Fl. Marine Industries Association. Doors open at 9 and fishing seminars run till about 11 30. Speakers take the stage at noon for what I m calling Rapid-Fire Speaking . Each gets 5-8 minutes to tell you On the cover- Jason Griffiths (Yes my brother) is quite the bass fisherman in Folsom California. who they are what they represent and how their group is woven into the coastal community. A lunch spread starts around 1 a 2 000 prize raffle at 1 45 and back to the stage. Captains for Clean Water wrap it up with exciting news about what they ve accomplished for all of us. Club member from tarpon Hunters Reel Anglers and Power Squadron members check with your club for group discounts. We should be out by about 2 30. See page 18 for more details. Printables This is getting popular so we shifted gears this month. TowBoatUS Lee & Charlotte has offered to take the lead and enhance this program that s getting a lot of attention. Go to our website and hover over the drop-down box called Printables . You ll find over 100 pages formatted on 8.5X11 that you can print yourself. Tides for the whole year in 16 locations from Bonita to Venice 11 charts bait shops of SW Florida water-access fuel docks knots marinas boat ramps shipwrecks and water-access restaurants. Well.... I m out of room Chloe ran into some monster redfish and trout in Bokeelia last month Publisher Nautical Mile You heard it here first thenauticalmile SW Florida s LOCAL marine resource guide 05 Nautical Mile Monthly Contributing Writers 09 16 20 22 26 29 34 36 38 41 43 45 50 54 56 58 59 60 TM Capt. Dick May d an Snook Cowboy Alyssa Grabner 2017 Moons Kathy Thousand First quarter May 2 Jim Hutchinson Sr. Full moon May 10 Dockside Dennis Last quarter May 18 New moon May 25 Meet Tanya Wiley First quarter June 1 Capt. Chuck Downes Barb Hansen SW Florida Robin Griffiths Coastal Capt. Charles Epranian Information Day Jeff Zimmerman Capt. Rob Modys June 17 2017 Dave Sully Capt. Bill Russell Kyra Quarles Capt. Gregg McKee See page 18 Bob Moro Local Boating Fishing Check out our new Printables feature. Page 27 P U B L I C A T I O N S Inc. TM P U B L I C A T I O N S Inc. www.NauticalMileMagaz Contact us Nautical Mile Newsletter Get ongoing updates on the local marine community upcoming boat shows and coastal events. P U B L I C A T I O N S Inc. PO Box 486 - Bokeelia Fl. 33922 Office (239) 980-5803 Fax 790-1370 thenauticalmile Sign up for free at Advertising Inquiries (239) 699-7394 Let the Specialists at Frantz EyeCare improve your quality of life with the following Bladeless Laser Cataract Surgery Bladeless WaveLight LASIK Dry Eye Center of Excellence Treatment of Eye Diseases Facial & Body Rejuvenation Routine Eye Exams Jonathan M. Frantz. 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Boat Bottoms Crane service Fiberglass AWLGRIP Gel Coat SW Florida s LOCAL Marine Resource Guide TM 07 pontoons Ship Store - Boat Sales - Haul Outs Pineland Marina MARINE (239) 283-0200 (239) 283-3962 St. James City Sales - Service - Re-power AUTHORIZED DEALER SW Florida s LOCAL Marine Resource Guide 08 Print your ownFormatted to 8.5 X 11 Printable pages for tides wrecks & reefs water-access restaurants water-access fuel locations moon phases knots marina facilities and 8 local charts for the Lee and Charlotte coastal community. Marinas & Bait Shops e year s fo r t h e s Tide lac in 16 p 24 7 365 days a year Charlotte County (239) 283-6060 Lee County (239) 945-1664 or VHF Channel 16 One Membership applies to ALL recreational boats you own rent or borrow anywhere in the world Largest Fleet Worldwide 300 Ports Nationwide rts 11 Ch a Boat-Acces s Restaurants Fuel Docks Wrecks & R ee fs Boat Ramps Only available from TowBoatUS at SW Florida s LOCAL Marine Resource Guide 09 Fair well to a friend AFTER SEVENTEEN YEARS LIVING IN BOKEELIA FIFTEEN YEARS DOING FISH CHARTERS AND TEN YEARS WRITING A FISHING COLUMN FOR THE NAUTICAL MILE IT S TIME FOR ME TO MOVE ON. IN APRIL I moved TO THE KANSAS CITY AREA TO LIVE NEAR MY SON. I TURNED EIGHTY THIS PAST YEAR AND I HAVE SOME HEALTH PROBLEMS THUS THE MOVE. I WORKED IN THE CORPORATE RESTAURANT BUSINESS FOR FORTY YEARS BEFORE RETIRING AND MOVING TO BOKEELIA. I HAD BEEN FISHING WITH A FRIEND HERE FOR ABOUT TWENTY YEARS THAT SUGGESTED I GET MY CAPTAINS LICENSE SO I PURSUED BEING A LOCAL FISHING GUIDE. I THOUGHT I MIGHT DO TWO OR THREE CHARTERS A MONTH DURING THE TOURIST SEASON AND MAKE SOME MONEY TO PAY FOR GAS AND FISHING TACKLE. I STARTED OUT WITH A 16 FT FLATS BOAT BUT SOON FOUND IT WAS TOO SMALL TO HANDLE THE PEOPLE WITH THREE OR FOUR ADULTS OR FAMILY S WITH SMALL KIDS. I WENT TO A BOAT SHOW AND FOUND A 22 FT. PATHFINDER FROM FT. MYERS MARINE. I HAVE NEVER REGRETTED THAT DECISION AND THE PEOPLE AT FT. MYERS MARINE HAVE BEEN THE BEST IN ORDER TO ATTRACT CLIENTS I WENT TO THE EAGLE NEWSPAPER AND OFFERED TO WRITE A WEEKLY RECIPE COLUMN IF THEY WOULD MENTION MY BUSINESS EASY RIDER CHARTERS WITH MY PHONE NUMBER. MY BUSINESS TOOK OFF I ALSO DID SEMINARS AT LOCAL FISHING SHOPS. THEN JIM GRIFFITHS PUBLISHER OF THE NAUTICAL MILE MAGAZINE ASKED ME TO DO A MONTHLY FISHING COLUMN. MY BUSINESS TOOK OFF MORE. THEN I BUILT A WEBSITE AND SOON FELL FROM RETIREMENT AND I HAD A FULL TIME JOB AGAIN. NOT EXACTLY WHAT I HAD PLANNED. I HAD CLIENT S FROM ALL OVER THE US CANADA AND GERMANY. IN THE SUMMER WHEN IT WAS SLOW I WROTE AND PUBLISHED THREE COOKBOOKS BASED ON FAMILY RECIPES THE RESTAURANTS I HAD OPERATED AND RESTAURANTS I HAD EATEN IN AS I TRAVELED THE THIRTY THREE STATES WE WERE LOCATED IN. PERHAPS YOU HAVE EATEN IN SOME OF OUR Captain Dick May retires RESTAURANTS. THEY WERE HOULIHANS BRISTOL DEVON AND CHEQUERS SEAFOOD BAR AND GRILL ANNIE S SANTA FE MEXICAN RESTAURA NTS HOGATES IN WASHINGTON DC CHARLEY S STEAK HOUSES IN NEW JERSEY AND FEDORA BAR AND GRILL. ONE HUNDRED AND FIFTEEN IN ALL. IT HAS BEEN A WONDERFUL TIME HERE IN SW FLORIDA. I HAVE FISHED FROM ALASKA TO SOUTH AMERICA AND THERE IS NOWHERE YOU CAN CATCH THE VARIETY OF THAT YOU CAN RIGHT HERE. I HAVE TRIED TO WRITE MY MONTHLY FORECAST COLUMN AS WHAT TO EXPECT DURING THE MONTH. FISHING DOES NOT CHANGE MUCH YEAR TO YEAR. THAT IS WHY I SUGGEST YOU KEEP A JOURNAL TO LOOK BACK AT THE NEXT YEAR. THE TROUT FISHING CONTINUES TO BE EXCELLENT AND THE SNOOK FISHING HAS COME BACK STRONG AFTER THE CLOSED TWO YEAR SEASONS. THE REDFISH FISHING HAS BEEN GRADUALLY DROPPING OFF. PERHAPS THE REDFISH HAD A LOT OF PRESSURE ON THEM DURING THE SNOOK CLOSURES. MAYBE A TWO YEAR CATCH AND RELEASE PROGRAM ON REDFISH HELP. I D LIKE TO SEE FLORIDA START A HATCHERY FOR REDFISH LIKE LOUISIANA HAS. REPORTS ARE THAT THEIR HATCHERY HAS PROVIDED THE GREATEST REDFISHING IN THE NATION. SO IT IS WITH DEEP REGRET I LEAVE PINE ISLAND. THANKS TO ALL MY CUSTOMERS READERS AND WONDERFUL FRIENDS AND NEIGHBORS. I LL GREATLY MISS YOU ALL April 12 2017 SW Florida s LOCAL Marine Resource Guide 10 REGISTRATION IS FILLED To celebrate the history of the first documented tarpon caught on a rod-and-reel in Ding Darling s Tarpon Bay in 1885 Doc Ford s and the Ding Darling Wildlife SocietyFriends of the Refuge have partnered to host this sixth annual care catch and release tournament on the weekend of May 19 2017. Total cash prizes for 2017 equals 33 000 A special Thank You to our donors and sponsors Senator Lizbeth Benacquisto Mark & Gretchen Banks Don & Ann-Marie Wildman Dex Imaging Trophy Case of Ft. Myers Ding Darling Wildlife Society PO Box 565 Sanibel FL 33957 Sanibel Island Fishing Club Gulf Star Marina SW Florida s LOCAL Marine Resource Guide 11 Waterway BOAT LIFT COVERS ve a i ty a n d r e c e i e r il Tour our fac r boat-lift cov ou i s c ou n t on y d e Sinc 1995 SW Florida s Original BOAT LIFT COVER Company When you want QUALITY ENGINEERING & PRICES 15040 Tamiami Trail Punta Gorda SW Florida s Original BOAT LIFT COVER Company All aluminum construction. Over 6 000 covers installed. Engineered for local & state code Lee County Charlotte County (239) 340-8429 (941) 505-0237 SW Florida s LOCAL Marine Resource Guide 12 Braggin Board Marks 26 1 2 Red from Powell Creek Rods Rods Rods Gavin from North Carolina. Photo by his sister Saige. MirrOlure Pup on a grass flat Reels Reels Reels Captain Chuck Downes is Wanted in our coastal but I think he s overdoing it a bit.... Lines Lines Lines Brian from Gulf Coast Kayak. (I doubt he caught these they ve been working 16 hour days) Send fish pictures to theNauticalMile Plus 995-2280 (239) SW Florida s LOCAL Marine Resource Guide 13 Before After The leading expert in piling protection restoration and repair in SW Florida Formapile has a US Patent Developed over 40 years ago Independent laboratory testing Engineer certified Above damage from a worm that lives in saltwater called a Marine Borer . They can start destroying a piling within 3 months of it being in the water. Formapile offers the only true 10-year manufacturer s warranty Call for a free piling inspection (239) 471-3998 SW Florida s LOCAL Marine Resource Guide 14 Always ample parking Be o n t he Water NOW and Wet-Slips and Dry Storage for rent now 190 Rack Storage Facility p for One-Sto g in everyth d you nee Dies now el Fuel a va i lable Fishing Guide Services - Open 6-6 Every Day Full Service Marina Ask about member fuel discounts Ice Beer & Snacks - Ethanol-Free Fuel Deep-Water Access with no Slow Zones Ship Store Tackle Shop - Live & Frozen Bait Full Service Department with Certified Mechanics Island Girl Charters Pine Island Charters Floating Kayak Launch Taxi Service to Cayo Costa Guide Services and Boat Rentals 24 hour service to the islands Island Girl Charters 13921 Waterfront Drive Pineland (239) 283-3593 Gateway to the Islands (239) 633-8142 SW Florida s LOCAL Marine Resource Guide 15 Sightseeing - Shelling Lunch Dinner Cruises Private Taxi Dolphin Watching 24 HOUR SERVICE North Captiva - Captiva - Cabbage Key (239) 633-8142 Boca Grande - Pine Island - Useppa SW Florida s PREMIER Water-Taxi Service Departs from Pineland Marina SW Florida s LOCAL Marine Resource Guide 16 Spring fishing with the Snook Cowboy Hi Everybody Fishing was a chore last month as the winds blew regularly up to about the 17th. The winds and late season temperature drops are the exact reason I usually don t get too serious about a fishing trip because there is just too much going on in the transition months. We had a great little window open up before the cold spells and having a good day on the water was easy after the first late season cold front came in. I thought for sure that that was it. There were three more to follow with winds to boot. Now that we are in May the rush is on to get on the water and get some great fishing in before heading home for seasonal residents and our local Bonanza of late Spring and early Summer fishing season just getting under way. There were some beautiful snook and reds caught early last month and now that things hopefully have calmed down a bit the fishing is good again. May is still a transitional month fish are on the move into the estuary and bait should be washing out of the rivers given we have any decent rain between now and the beginning of July by then it will be hot and a whole new set of variables to contend with once the summer pattern takes hold. Given we had an exceptionally hot summer last year I would lay odds that it s going to be hot again. The Earth goes through a 26 000 year Axial rotation moving the Earths poles and Equator causing the temperatures to fluctuate up and down though the cycles. SW Florida s LOCAL Marine Resource Guide 17 239-878-2665 At times we are more in direct line with the suns rays and at other times not so much. This is exactly like our yearly seasonal changes except this is a long Period cycle that can be tracked through geology. Well we are experiencing one pf those Warm periods now leading me to speculate that we are in for some hot summers for a while. Regardless we are not going to melt off the face of the Earth and we can fish for quite a while so don t let the heat stop you. Late Spring and early Summer are some of he best times to fish in S.W Florida. The bait pods have begun to show up and there are a ton of finger mullet in the Sound right now so I would guess that the Tarpon are feeding and if that s your thing get out there and get em . So fish like crazy between now and the summer thunderstorms and the inevitable outflow. All for now. Love & Light snookcowboy SW Florida s LOCAL Marine Resource Guide 18 Representatives from each group inform the public about their role in our coastal community SW Florida nual Coastal an Information Day June 17 2017 Doors open at 9am First Baptist Church Del Prado & Coronado - Cape Coral (4117 Coronado Pkwy Cape Coral) Seafood Market Bistro & Chill Bar Questions prize raffle and PLENTY of food 60 per person 800 room facility Avoid a line and pay online- Room for 800 SW Florida s LOCAL Marine Resource Guide 19 About the event Event Sponsors (to date April 22) Lee County TACKLE CRAFT of Pine Island on UPPER CAPTIVA Discounted tickets to Tarpon Hunters Power Squadrons and Reel Anglers. Check with your club. David Schuman Insurance Monroe Canal Marina P U B L I C A T I O N S Inc. (239) 980-5803 thenauticalmile Accelerating Proceeds benefit entrepreneurism More info at Third Draft in our school system TM SW Florida s LOCAL Marine Resource Guide 20 Sea Scope The Barreleye Fish Characteristics The barreleye fish is very spooky looking like something from a scifi film. This unusual species was discovered by Chapman (a marine biologist) in 1939 but little was known about the structure or being of the fish until 2004. This fish has a transparent head that exposes its brain. It lives in depths where light from the surface is faded to nearly complete blackness. Their eyes have adjusted to this aspect and are ultra-sensitive to search for any faint silhouettes of prey ahead. They have unusual eyes that rotate around in the transparent liquid shield that covers its head. This allows the fish to peer up at prey above them or to focus forward to see what it is eating. They have large flat fins that allow them to remain almost completely motionless in the water. Alyssa s Alyssa Grabner They are found in depths around 3330 ft just below the limits of light penetration. These fish live in both temperate and tropical waters. the bioluminescent glow of jellyfish. When they spot its prey they rotate their eyes to face forward and swim upward ready to feed. The barreleye fish swim into larger sized jellyfish areas and collect captured organisms from the long tentacles. The transparent shield protects the fish s eyes from getting stung. Diet The barreleye fish have very small mouths that suggest that they may be selective in what they eat. Their digestive systems are actually quite large meaning they can eat a variety of smaller animals drifting in the ocean current such as jellyfish. The barreleye fish has green pigments in its eyes that filter sunlight coming from above. This helps the fish spot Habitat The barreleye fish are deep-water fish that are mostly caught and found off the coast of California as well as the North Pacific region. 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Myers - 2455 Fowler Street Naples - 895 10th Street South SW Florida s LOCAL Marine Resource Guide 24 Balcony Monthly Monthly luncheon in Cape Coral with advanced entrepreneurship geared towards business owners. Experienced paid speakers monthly food from Lobster Lady Ceno Grill Jets Pizza plus bottled waters and a variety of snacks & sweets. The Entrepreneur s TM Post 8463 A special thank-you to Business luncheon Doors open at 11 30 Food is served at noon Talks begin at 12 15 Seafood Market Bistro & Chill Bar (239) 772-8000 David Schuman Insurance thirddraftorg It s socially dangerous not to evolve oyage on Maiden V r the er Join us fo hen author speak th e June 5 w ler takes the stag nk u Den n i s K thirddraftorg thethirddraft First Monday of every month 12-1 30 Seating capacity 168 SW Florida s LOCAL Marine Resource Guide 25 50 YEA RS OF SERV IC EXPERIE E NCE Trop ic Tr ailer We sell the best and repair the rest FREE TRAILER INSPECTIONS - NEW & USED TRAILERS WE BUY USED TRAILERS - CONSIGNMENTS WANTED PICK-Up & DELIVERY - TRADE-INS WELCOME I-75 EXIT 141 9541 WORKMAN WAY - FT. MYERS A great shot of the boys at the SW Florida annual conference last month SALES - PARTS SERVICE - HITCHES RENTALS - CONTAINERS Welcome to the neighborhood SW Florida s LOCAL Marine Resource Guide 26 Spring Fishing in New Jersey Jim Hutchinson Sr. I just happened to learn about the Coastal Information Day sponsored by the Nautical Mile magazine. If you have not heard of it this is a day where you can hear from a wide variety of sources and organizations about what the outdoors are like in southwest Florida. (see page 18) I could not believe the amount of information that will be available on June 17. When I started writing for the Nautical Mile my objective was to share information on what it is like to fish where I come from in the north New Jersey. However I seem to get off on tangents and talk about other topics. In this the May issue I will talk about what it is like to fish in New Jersey in the spring. First you must know that it is still pretty darn cool on the water. Inland areas may see temperatures in the 70 s and even 80 s on occasion but when you get right by the water I am talking saltwater here the temperature is usually in the 50 s with a bit of a stiff breeze. The reason for these cooler temperatures is a natural one. The water temperatures will still be in the 40 s and 50 s having a large influence on the air temperature. As I write this at the end of April my sources in New Jersey tell me the ocean temperature is still a cold 39degrees. There are a few options for saltwater fishing in May-the most notable of these being striped bass. Known as rockfish in the Chesapeake Bay area and south striped bass are an inshore angler s big game fish. The early run of stripers is schoolie sized from 10-25 inches. As the water starts to warm the larger fish arrive with fish approaching 50-pounds not unheard of. My personal best was just over 40-pounds. Striped bass fishermen will usually wear a few layers of clothing including long underwear to stave off the cold. Seafood Market Bistro & Chill Bar SW Florida Coastal See page 18 Information June 17 2017 Day SW Florida s LOCAL Marine Resource Guide 27 s aul P Mobile mechanic and more Service - Repairs - Electrical Gloves boots and rubber pants are standard. In the early season some fishermen seek stripers while fishing from shore either sod banks or beaches. In the cool water temperatures fresh bait works best with live bloodworms and whole clams the preferred baits. Mobile Marine SERVICE (239) 464-0753 catch a flounder dinner. Favored baits include live minnows spearing squid strips and mackerel strips. The best fishing is early in the season as the fish begin to move back into the ocean as summer develops and waters warm up. With the arrival of flounder coats are often not needed but few days are warm enough for fishing in your shirt sleeves. Also arriving in May are weakfish. Similar to our spotted sea trout weakfish come into the inshore waters early to spawn with some remaining around all summer. Lately there has been a sharp decline in their numbers and the daily allowable catch is just one fish. Although there is some overlap in the fish species in New Jersey it is unlike our Southwest Florida area where there always seems to be a smorgasbord of choices. to 10-pounds. These fish are thin from their long winter and ready to eat most anything in front of them. The anglers now can reduce their clothing a little but long sleeve shirts and hoodies are usually the clothing of the day. The bluefish race around the bays and ocean looking for food. They can be caught trolling with Anglers fishing from boats will anchor in the bays and inlets and fresh bait and casting with artificial lures. A favored method put out a chum slick of clam is to chase birds feeding over the chum. Whole clams are then drifted with the slick in hopes of bluefish schools and catch them on both metals and plugs. Wire attracting a hungry bass. Other leaders are a necessity with boaters like to troll the ocean their toothy jaws. waters within three miles of shore with a bunker spoons As the middle of May arrives umbrella lures or Stretch 25 s. more anglers launch their boats for the run of summer flounder. Large schools of a baitfish Known as fluke in the coastal named menhaden or bunker New Jersey waters these attract the attention of the stripers. Boaters use snag hooks flounder show up first in the inshore bay waters. to grab hold of one of these baitfish and live-line them as The fish have laid their eggs striper candy. offshore and come in to the As the striped bass run begins to warmer shallow waters and supply of food. 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Next time you remove your battery caps look down inside with a flashlight. You will see an opening that looks like a tube with slots coming up the sides. Fill to the bottom of this tube with distilled water only. If you cover up the slots by filling it too full the gas that is produced by the charging process will bubble out your electrolyte battery water. (This makes battery acid) Always remember this gas is hydrogen which is explosive. Remember the Hindenburg Also remember that battery acid and sea water combined make e Protecting your Battery Investment DOCKSIDE DENNIS 12 VOLT ELECTRICAL TROUBLE SHOOTING 239-541-1497 chlorine gas which is poisonous. And you thought rush hour traffic was dangerous. Another common mistake is using a poor quality one stage battery charger that goes up to 14.5 to 15 volts and leaving it hooked up for long periods of time boiling out the water in the cells. Using a good quality three stage charger [smart charger] that goes into a maintenance charge state at the end of its cycle of 13.2 volts at the end of the charge will not boil out the water in the cells. Leaving a battery discharged for an extended period of time will cause the lead plates in the battery to get a coating of sulfate on them. This coating will harden over a period of time decreasing the battery power. Also remember that a battery just sitting with nothing hooked to it will slowly discharge. You will find that you will replace it unnecessarily often. I use four 6-volt golf cart batteries series-parallel to get my necessary 12-volts. My last set of batteries lasted seven years. If you have a dual battery system with a battery selector switch practice starting your engine on battery one setting and the next time use battery two setting. If it takes two batteries to start your engine you are on borrowed time. My beer is cold my wife is happy life is good. 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While much of Southwest Florida has been designated as critical habitat for smalltooth sawfish this discovery underscores the exceptional importance of Everglades National Park to the conservation and recovery of the species. The smalltooth sawfish (Pristis pectinata) was listed as Endangered under the ESA in 2003. Under the leadership of NOAA the listing prompted strong federal protection for the species safeguards for critical habitat a comprehensive recovery plan and carefully controlled research. This new information will help us guide future efforts when making research conservation and management decisions regarding the US population of endangered smalltooth sawfish said Adam Brame smalltooth sawfish recovery coordinator for NOAA Fisheries. Florida s sawfish have a long road to recovery but exciting breakthroughs so far provide lessons and hope for other endangered populations around the world said Sonja Fordham President of Shark Advocates International a project of The Ocean Foundation. The new findings can help efforts to protect sawfish at critical times but also Researchers Discover Critical Clue in the Mystery of Sawfish Mating Scientific First Marks Key Step in Efforts to Recover Endangered Species For the first time in 17 years of Florida-based research scientists have discovered a mating ground for the Endangered smalltooth sawfish. During an expedition in early April to the shallow-water back-country of Everglades National Park a research team captured tagged and released three adult sawfish (one male and two females) in an area previously known almost exclusively as juvenile sawfish habitat. All three had distinctive lacerations apparently sustained during mating that match the pattern of teeth on the animals saw-like snouts. The team includes scientists from Florida State University (FSU) and the National Atmospheric and Oceanic Administration (NOAA) who conduct ongoing research permitted under the Endangered Species Act (ESA) to monitor sawfish population health. We ve long assumed sawfish mating was a rough and tumble business but we had never before seen fresh injuries consistent with recent mating or any evidence that it was happening in areas we ve been studying primarily as sawfish pupping grounds said Dr. Dean Grubbs Associate Director of Research for FSU s Coastal and Marine Laboratory. Figuring out where and when sawfish mate and whether they do so in pairs or aggregations is central to understanding their life history and ecology. highlight the need to protect the park system that ensures suitable habitat the funding for research and the overarching law that has made success to date possible. Dr. Grubbs Ms. Wiley and Ms. Fordham serve on NOAA s Smalltooth Sawfish Recovery Implementation Team. All research activities were conducted under Endangered Species Act permit 17787 and Everglades National Park permit EVER-2017-SCI-022. Tonya (941) 201-2685 SW Florida s LOCAL Marine Resource Guide 35 AUTHORIZED we know DEALERS San Carlos Marine 3300 Palm Beach Blvd. (239) 334-3424 Ft. Myers Marine 2137 FOWLER ST. (239) 334-7871 Sales - Service Re-power Fast Service Buying Power Skilled Mechanics SW FLORIDA s LEADERS SW Florida s LOCAL Marine Resource Guide 36 Walkin the Dog with Captain Chuck Downes Last month I attended the monthly meeting of the Reel Anglers Fishing Club of Cape Coral. When my wife and I joined the club 6 years ago and there were about 35 members today the club has become so popular that it has swelled to almost 300 members. I believe one of the reasons the club has become so popular is the sharing of information between its members. During the meeting Jim Griffiths spoke about an event that he would be hosting on June 17th called Coastal Information Day. Jim is going to present all the amazing things that are offered within our communities here in southwest Florida. The morning session will be filled with fishing seminars presented by local fishing guides followed by audience participation where they will be given the opportunity to ask questions to a small panel of guides. Following the morning session lunch will be provided by some of the local eateries included in your price of admission The afternoon sessions will have local groups and organizations that will speak about important information about the fantastic coastal community in which we live. Quality information will be shared by fishing clubs law enforcement natural resources water quality issues conservation efforts and much more. Captains for Clean Water will be a guest speaker. Raffle tickets will be given to every ticket holder and knowing Jim and the great businesses that support his efforts there will be some great prizes. This Coastal Information Day is shaping up to be an event you will not want to miss. I know that both my wife and I will be there. Mark your calendars for June 17th. 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I like to use Berkley s Fire Crystal Line or Power Pro s Super Slick line. Your casting distance will increase over standard braided line so be careful you don t cast too far into the mangroves. I recently stopped by Lehrs Tackle Shop and picked up a couple lures that have been productive MirrOlure C-Eyes and MirrOlure Catch 2000. These invited successful strikes that came after several long casts. I have seen lots of over slot reds in Matlacha Pass but once again it takes patience and many casts to invite a strike. Snook are on the move so your best bet may be live baits. I have thrown a variety of top water plugs before finding the right one. If you are throwing a top water plug then stick with it. It may take a while but believe me there is nothing like seeing a big red chase and inhale a top water plug. Some of the channels as you know are so very low that the fish are pushing into deeper water. So the deeper water is a good place to start looking for fish. Night fishing around the bridges has produced some nice snook. So for you land anglers - you may want to give that a try. With air and water temperatures on the rise we will be increasing the chances for those afternoon thunderstorms. Believe me if you know anyone who has been out on the water and experienced one of the storms they will tell you it was an experience they do not want to relive. The best fishing is now so get out there and start casting. Tight lines and great fishing. If you need additional information on anything in this article want to book a charter or simply want to talk fishing give me a call or e-mail me. 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However I want everybody to know sailing those same waters in summer is pretty nice too. Sure summers on land in Florida are warm but on the water off the coast you have the benefit of our natural air conditioner the waters of the Gulf. There is a distinct difference between landside temperatures and those on the Gulf to the benefit of boaters. As you awaken here on a summer morning temperatures are typically in the low 70 s. Many boaters cruise or fish from sunrise to lunch when they head to shore for their noon meal and time for shade and protection at a marina. After lunch there s time for a dip in the pool and a shower. The day s highest temperatures will occur by midafternoon usually in the low 90 s. However along with the heat comes the afternoon Westerly sea breeze. The wind gradually barb hansen temperatures. And that s the voice of experience speaking. Summers on land in Florida take some getting used to. There s no doubt about that. You also fills in making it a great time to have to be mindful of hurricanes head out for a sail. Just watch during our July to November out for the afternoon rain season. However I encourage showers. This late-day weather you to take a close look at pattern also brings a hurricane statistics over the temperature drop. It begins recent past. Florida is with spectacular cloud susceptible to hurricanes but formations and then a darkening that s also the case with any of followed by serious but brief the Atlantic states. At least rains. The rains end the sun hurricanes don t sneak up on reappears and the temperatures you. They give them names and have cooled. It s fresh and clean sometimes track them for everywhere. Those cloud weeks. formations head out to the Gulf creating a delightful backdrop My advice to you is to do your for sunsets that are hard to homework check things out and forget whether you re back on decide for yourself if your boat at the marina or summertime sailing and cruising walking along the beach. is for you. I decided quite a while ago that summers in Please understand Vic and I Florida like our winters are have enjoyed lovely summer pretty darn nice. And paradise days in the Great Lakes area is an apt description for both. where we are both from and have boated up and down the Atlantic Seaboard. Summers in those areas are very nice. But Barb Hansen manages Southwest those summers have also been Florida Yachts yacht charters and marked by some 100-degree Florida Sailing & Cruising School days and that just doesn t 6095 Silver Kind Blvd. Cape Coral happen here on the Gulf. 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It s when Mother Nature sheds the gray of winter and bring color to life again. Another reason I love this time of year is the month of May includes my birthday. You may not be excited about your birthdays but I am because it s a chance to look over the past and towards the future. This year is a special birthday as I am entering a new decade of my life. With each decade I have endeavored to develop or achieve something new. It all began many years ago when I gave up some bad habits to attained a better life. During these years I have been able to learn more about my myself and hopefully achieve wisdom. This year is no different. I began this year with a half marathon run. I have not done a distance run for many years and so I really had to work hard to get (literally) up to speed. I did make it through the run and what I learned is that this one was different. After completion I did not have the urge or adrenaline rush to train for another. I had accomplished what I set out to do and can move on to new and different goals. Next is getting my book published. Iva Mae The Book of Mom has been a fouryear project and I am in the last stages o b i ns R To Another Year... with a completion date this month. This will allow me to begin the next book of which will be about personal development. Stay tune... Finally my goal is to get back into shape so I can continue aging hopefully with grace and ease. I found that over the past five years I have be lax on my health and wellness. I believe we all get wrapped up in things that allow us to set aside many personal items that we should do but don t. Many of the concerns that have been shared with me range from aging parents losing love ones empty nest divorce new partners in life as well as career changes. All these changes can derail our best intentions. During my personal journey I had neglected my exercise program and allowed myself too many treats so the weight and loss of muscle came with those choices. This happened over the last several years while I was going through life changes and emotion loss. This is my year to get better and to do that I partnered with a personal trainer to keep me accountable and jump start my mindset. Wendy Pinkard owner of Wellness with Wendy P is the perfect coach to get me in the right frame of mind. Her philosophy begins with Love Yourself. I call them Wendy s Words of Wisdom which features working out breathing right and eating well for you. Nothing is set in stone as each person is an individual and has different needs. Follow my progress and Wendy s thoughts on my website You may be inspired for a change of your own. So while I celebrate the coming year and look forward to the future I hope that you will think about the great possibilities that you have when your next birthday arrives. Each year is an opportunity to grow learn as well as share our wisdom and experience. We can continue to give and receive the gift of life love and friendship no matter what our age. Those who improve with age embrace the power of personal growth and personal achievement and begin to replace youth with wisdom innocence with understanding and lack of purpose with self-actualization. (239) 699-7394 Speaker - Personal Coach - Author RaGriffs SW Florida s LOCAL Marine Resource Guide 42 Tournaments Offshore Rodeo & Reggae party Champions for Children Bobby Holloway Pine Island Elementary Derby LCEC United Way Bricks & Sticks fishing Filet & Release Backwater Series Flatsmasters Lee County Sheriff Bass Tournament Doc Ford s Tarpon Tournament Bert s Redfish Challenge Groups & Clubs Power Squadrons Boating Classes Charts Class GPS Instruction Peace River San Carlos Bay Cape Coral Ft. Myers Venice localusps venice Englewood (941) 474-2426 Nautical Mile contributing writers Barb Hansen Capt. 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Fishing is an exercise in patience which can give you a chance to think of nothing more than the sound of screaming drag. Focusing on your surroundings and trying to key in on the pulse of nature around you can really have a positive effect on even the most weary of souls. I recently had a chance to fish with someone who had experienced great loss in his life the kind of loss most of us can hardly imagine yet this guy had the greatest attitude and was the nicest guy. If anyone had the right to be jaded it was this fellow yet through years of ichthyotherapy he had a fantastic outlook and seemingly enjoyed every minute with a zest. We caught fish and had steady action throughout the day but it was mostly rat reds and sheephead. capt. c h a r l e s e p r a n i a n We did put some fish in the well and he went home with some dinner and I know he liked that. The point is fishing is an excellent way to get your head on straight so when life gets tuff instead of running off to the pharmacy or the bar maybe it makes sense to try some ichthyotherapy first and see if it gets you feeling better. I bet it just might. Spring has sprung and its a beautiful thing. Bait is widely available fish are making their moves from the winter haunts of the mangroves to the bay edges and passes . As the weather continues to head towards summer fishing will only get better and better. Keep your eye out for opportunities that might just present themselves when you aren t expecting it. Cobia tarpon and sharks of all kinds could show themselves at any time so it makes sense to always have a heavy rod rigged. I like to keep one ready with a float rig so if you see anything working the surface you can present a bait in the top of the water column. I use slim floats held on with a plastic peg at each end that are easily removed if you need a free-line in a hurry. I still like to keep some shrimp onboard in case you see a tripletail as you are running . Redfish will still be eating shrimp presented on a jighead as the water temps rise. Look for reds in 2-3 feet of water in the shade of overhanging mangroves. If you find an area with an oyster bar up against shore always throw a bait in the strip of white sand that s usually on the outside edge of the oysters. This is where the fish fall off to on the lower tides so it makes sense to always probe those spots for any fish laying in wait. It can also pay off to bring some mullet or use a ladyfish for chunk bait . Look for grassy bottom in 1-3 feet of water and set up the boat so the baits can be bombed way off the back of the boat and will stretch out with the tide . Stay as far out as you can so you don t spook weary fish in shallow water. This is also a courtesy for any other anglers who might fish the same area later after you have left. If you d like charter information or just want to talk fishing give me a call. Capt. Charles Epranian frshfsh5 (239) 410-2515 HUGE Selection of Fishing Tackle Rods reels terminal tackle Boat lifts and dry-storage Complete inventory of marine supplies Nautical apparel hats shoes and sunglasses Saltwater Clothing Center Hook & Tackle - Bimini Bay Salinity - Red Zone - Buff Smith Optics Located 10 minutes up Monroe Canal off Intercoastal 12 3187 Stringfellow Road - St. James City (239) 283-2548 SW Florida s LOCAL Marine Resource Guide 44 Englewood Bait House Fine Capt. Ted s Boat Towing - Fuel Deliveries - Jump Starts Disentanglements - Covered Ungroundings T&T Fishin Franks Downtown Laishley Rio Villa Bait & Tackle Shops Anderson s Bait & Tackle 15675 McGregor Blvd (239) 334-3474 D&D Matlacha Bait & Tackle 3922 Pine Island Rd. (239) 282-9122 Dick s Bait & Tackle At Diversified Yacht (239) 765-8700 Capt. 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If you go to a hardware store and purchase a basic orange extension cord it will be 16 wire and good for up to 10 amps. Heavier duty cords are also available but are less common and increase in price substantially compared to 16 cords. A 16 cord is good for many around the house uses such as Christmas lights most yard tools and small appliances. The place where you start to have problems is when you are running longer distances or you are powering something with an electric motor. When an extension cord is being used close to its rated capacity it can start to heat up. If you have a long cord running at maximum rating it can start to overheat. This can both start a fire and damage equipment. Since household circuit breakers are rated for 15 or 20 amps the breaker will not protect the cord or the equipment since the cord overloads at 10 amps and the breaker needs 15 or 20 amps to trip. Electric motors on extensions can be a problem. A motor requires about three times its normal running power to get started. Even if the cord is adequate for the normal running of the motor it might not be able to get the motor started. This will potentially damage both the motor and the cord. The simple solution to these problems is to use a heavy-duty cord in long length high load applications. Go to a heavier cord if you are getting close to the load rating of the existing cord. McGREGOR ELECTRIC MOTORS If a motor struggles to start it is not getting enough power and needs a heavier duty cord. If you follow these simple guidelines you can avoid overloaded cords and damaged equipment. 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It s when the big ones arrive off of our coast for an extended stay to feed on threadfin herrings and pass crabs. Yes we also have resident tarpon that hang out in the backcountry and the Caloosahatchee River year round but they are smaller versions of the big boys and gals that migrate from south to north in the spring. Tarpon fishing began here in the late 1800 s in Tarpon Bay on Sanibel Island. A catch in 1885 on a rod and reel by William Halsey Wood made big news for anglers across the nation and the world. It was the first big game fish caught on conventional tackle and Southwest Florida quickly became a fishing destination for many hopeful anglers. After more than 100 years the fever still hasn t waned. Getting started in the sport of tarpon fishing is easy with a little help. It s not something I d suggest you try without some good advice and perhaps someone to show you the ropes. The best bet in our area are two clubs the Fort Myers Beach Tarpon Hunters Club and the Cape Coral Tarpon Hunters Club. Both have members who are devoted to the Silver King and are very helpful with tips and advice for beginning tarpon fisher-persons. There s really no better place to get started in the sport. The Fort Myers Beach club meets the first Wednesday of every month at 7 00 pm next door to Bonita Bills under the Skybridge on Fort Myers Beach. The Cape Coral club meets the third Thursday of each month at the Cape Coral Yacht Club. Both clubs have websites with event schedules. The proper tackle is essential to success. There are many tackle dealers in our area that can help you select what s needed to go after tarpon. Cape Tool and Tackle Lehr s Economy Tackle D&D Bait and Tackle and Master Bait and Tackle are all good places to start. Each shop is staffed with knowledgeable people who can help anglers get started in the sport. While boats are an essential element for going after tarpon it s not the end-all be-all to hooking up with one. Kayaks are now being used with caution along with fishing from the beach. Granted the latter is not always the most successful way to catch a Sliver King but it is doable. The best bet Hire a tarpon guide. You ll learn more in about 6 hours on the boat than a month of classes and meetings. Many of our best guides specialize in tarpon during the spring and summer months. Do a little searching on the web or use the clubs and tackle dealers to help you find one. There s nothing quite like the first hookup with a tarpon. It s magical. They are without a doubt one the most challenging fish you ll ever wrestle with. After getting the first one on the line the sport will become addictive. There are hundreds of anglers that spend thousands of dollars traveling here each tarpon season for the chance to land one. The good news is... most of you reading this live here in Southwest Florida. That will make the addiction a little less expensive. Get out there and enjoy our backyard. Saturday mornings captrobmodys (239) 851-1242 SW Florida s LOCAL Marine Resource Guide 51 C A R S HUCK S UTO EPAIR ERVICE Cars - Boats - Trucks Foreign & Domestic Maintenance - Oil Changes Transmission - Tire Rotation RESTORATION SPECIALIST Professional On-Site Detailing Cars and Boats (239) 283-2916 5575 Doug Taylor Circle St. James City SW Florida s LOCAL Marine Resource Guide 52 Boating-Access Restaurants K 1b- Marker 34 - Cactus Jacks - TP Hoolihan s - Dale s Dockside - Rumrunner s - Fathoms - Tiki Bar - French Roast - Marina Club A I J M H Englewood G L D B F Placida E C Punta Gorda - Marker 92 - Nauti Mermaid - Pinchers Boca Grande 1b Cayo Costa 8 9 10 Pine Island Cape Coral 12 14 1a 17 1 15 Boca Grande (941) Eagle Grill Pink Elephant 20 Captiva 18 11 13 16 5 19 3 7 Ft. 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While she was growing up the family made frequent visits to Marco Island and Sanibel. Her relocation to Lee County came about when her children were of school age. She noted It was calmer and nicer than Dade County so I moved over here. Susan s interest in police work mirrors many of those who enter the profession but with a twist. She actually had a fairly long stint in another line of work before beginning her career with Lee County. She explained My father was a law enforcement officer for thirty years. I worked at a bank for twenty years. Then a friend started with the Sheriff s Department. She said I could do it and get paid the same money. She ended up taking her friend s advice and entered the Lee County Police Academy in 1997. Upon graduation she applied to Lee County was hired and began her career working in the jail a common entry to the department for a lot of deputies that same year. After about four years working there she began working the road. She observed I started in the West District working in Ft Myers Beach along with Pine Manor and Harlem. Then I became a training officer for the department and they opened Central District. The captain asked me to come there as an FTO (Field Training Officer). I also held several other positions. I was a Jam officer. I used to do night checks on juveniles who were on probation. I was also a School Resource Officer (SRO) and worked with the Civil Department investigating domestic violence among other positions in my career. It should be noted that Susan s participation in these various divisions were made by choice and provided her with a well-rounded background in the department. Being chosen to be a Field Training Officer demonstrates a high level of achievement as does her experience dealing with domestic violence. Working with the juvenile unit and as a school resource officer further enhanced her ability to work with all age groups. While working in the field Susan lived the inevitable highs and lows of an extremely stressful occupation. One of her best experiences was when she saved a 23 year old man s life using CPR. This is an excerpt from a letter sent by gracious parents- This is to formally acknowledge and sincerely thank the team that responded to a 911 call on September 12 2010. Our son was getting ready to visit Lee County Sheriff Dept. V.O.I.C.E Unit his grandparents when suddenly his heart stopped. Deputy Susan Dailey was the first to arrive and not wasting even a second immediately performed CPR. A few minutes later the EMTS arrived and did what they had to do to get his heart beating. The letter went on to thank everyone profusely for saving the young man s life. She noted Several weeks later he and his wife came up to me at a gas station and said they had been looking for me to offer their personal thanks. When I realized who he was the feeling of doing something that saved a life was overwhelming. It was one of my best moments. With such a varied background it might seem unlikely that Susan would gravitate to the Marine Unit but she had a very strong nautical history as well. Her grandfather SW Florida s LOCAL Marine Resource Guide 55 the Unit in 2006. After three or four years I left and then returned two and a half years ago. In her early days in the Marine Unit Susan became vitally interested in the preservation of manatees. She explained When I first started the manatee count was way down and they were on the endangered species list. (Because of efforts by enforcement officers like Susan the manatee population has grown and manatees have been taken off of the endangered species list and are now on the protected species list with the resultant numerous welldocumented manatee zones in the area ). I liked my job and enforced the manatee zones. I loved doing it. I actually got a letter from Florida Senator Burt Saunders who thanked me for my work and what a wonderful job I did. I was one of the more dedicated deputies in the enforcement of the manatee laws. I also got an award from Federal Fish and Wild Life for my efforts with the manatee zones. She summed up her Marine experience saying I enjoy rescuing the animals and working on the water. How many people get to have a job where they love to be all the time. It s the best job in the Sheriff s Office. I would love to finish my law enforcement career in the Marine Unit. Aside The nautical history extends to Susan s husband Rick who is also a member of the Lee County Sheriff s Department whose greatgrandfather BB Dailey is having a Coast Guard Cutter named after him in July. He was one of an intrepid group of men who rescued many sailors from shipwrecks off the notorious Cape Hatteras. In one instance he braved raging seas in nothing but a rowboat to save the crew of a sinking ship making several trips to complete the rescue when no one else would go out because it was too dangerous. Ray Jefferson not only provided a nautical background for Susan but was a groundbreaking pioneer. She explained My grandfather lived in the Keys when I was growing up. So I was always out on the water. In what became a historic moment he actually created the VHF radio when he came up with a frequency and combined it with a radio. She mentioned that the seed for the idea came from her grandmother who often complained that she couldn t contact him out on the water to tell him it was time to come home for lunch. Later Jefferson developed a low frequency band that had a range of 1 000 miles. (If you want to learn more about this nautical communications pioneer you can look up Jefferson online.) She continued I was always out on the boat with him and my father. Since I d spent so much time on the water I decided to apply. I joined Dave Sully dlsully99 Lee County Sheriff Dept. V.O.I.C.E Unit Dredging Pile Setting Floating Docks New Dock Construction Seawall Construction Boat Lift Construction Rip Rap Erosion Control Dock Repair Boat Lift Repairs Free Serving all of SW Florida Estimates (239) 259-8696 Lic CGC1511928 SW Florida s LOCAL Marine Resource Guide 56 GOOD TIMES AHEAD After a long and busy tourist season this is the month that we see a big change on the waters around southwest Florida. Most notable is the drop in boat traffic as many seasonal residents and visitors have put their vessels in storage for the summer. Lack of boats doesn t mean a drop-off in fishing May is a great month to grab the rods and hit the water. As most know its prime tarpon time on our coast this may be your best shot of the year at taking the silver king of your bucket list. Tarpon fishing is the one scenario that you are still likely to be around a crowd of boats all bunched together. Areas along the beaches and of course Boca Grande Pass are popular and often crowded for a reason they hold fish and at times large numbers. If you tackle this type of fishing it can get frustrating working around a bunch of boats as there are always a few who just don t get it and show no respect or common courtesy. Please show other anglers the same courtesy as you expect to receive. If tarpon isn t your thing and for many it s not no worries this is a great month for multiple other species without much competition. Many of the guides and serious anglers devote much of the next two months chasing the mighty tarpon this leaves little pressure on other fish such as snook redfish trout or sharks to name a few. Snook season is closed this month as they begin their summer spawn cycle. Snook fishing has been closed during the summer for a long time because the larger Captain Bill Russell females often gather in common areas and with a large pre-spawn appetite are much easier to catch or at least hook. Most anglers do not keep snook any time of year in season or not so nothing really changes with snook fishing for many of us except they are often less finicky and see far less fishing pressure. Look for good snook fishing around the gulf inlets passes and along the beaches throughout the summer. Redfish season is open year round and with much better tides this month. This gives you the option of working the low tides for tailing or waking reds or with plenty of good high tide days hitting the shade of mangrove shorelines. You may just be able to work an island without another boat insight which was near impossible the past few months. Guide Service Many of the big gator trout are spawned out and gone to wherever big gator trout go I never really have figured out where they come from or where they go. Still plenty of fish over twenty inches are around often the largest are haunting oyster bars on the high water or cruising the shallow flats over the morning or evening low tides. Schooling fish with many in the fifteen to twenty inch slot can be caught over grassy bottom in three to eight foot depths. Try to fish areas with good visibility or water clarity for best results. SW Florida s LOCAL Marine Resource Guide 57 If you want something with a good fight but don t want to play the tarpon game then sharks may be the answer. There s plenty around of all sizes and pretty easy to target. It s hard to beat a big chunk of fresh mullet or ladyfish for bait be sure to use at least a foot or more of wire leader if you really want to keep them hooked. A large blacktip or spinner shark doesn t get the attention of the tarpon but they have some incredible aerial moves and a no give up fight that will rival any tarpon. For the true angler this is a great month to hit the water as often as possible. You can target fish of all sizes with a stable weather pattern and far less competition. And if that s not enough we have Coastal Information Day coming. What s not to like (239) 283-7960 gcl2fish Guide Service CRUNCH DOWN PI Road 458-1940 CC Pkwy 257-3270 N. Ft. Myers 731-5500 SW Florida s LOCAL Marine Resource Guide 58 SW Florida Real Estate Kyra Quarles C21 Sunbelt When working with buyers unfamiliar with our area it s always an eye opening adventure when we take them out for a day on the water and showcase our waterfront wonderland. There is so much to see and do islands to hop and restaurants to enjoy. We have found it helps buyers reconcile their wants and must haves list with their budget as well as opening them to a variety of possibilities. We were recently working with a couple who had a generous budget however the beachfront property they desired and the criteria of what they had to have in a home out weighed the price range they were willing to pay. So before we wasted their time in showing properties that would only compromise their criteria list we put them in our boat and introduced them to the unique residential canal system of the Cape. They quickly realized they could have the house they wanted with a boat at their back dock ready to drop in the water on any given day weather permitting of course. From there they could beach the boat on any one of our beautiful islands or fish the flats within a reasonable amount of time. We were able to find them a gorgeous slightly new and softly used home with open floor plan phenomenal kitchen volume ceilings and the bedroom count & office necessary to accommodate their family. This particular property offered direct Gulf Access in a highly desirable location between Tarpon Point and Cape Harbor. The propane heated pool lanai kitchenette & grill and automated generator were a plus. The icing on the cake was the one year old boat they were able to score with the seller. We had the good fortune of assisting them on their maiden voyage and grabbing a stone crab lunch at Cabbage Key. We let them know that if they had not purchased the boat from the seller we surely would have what a deal Needless to say they are happy as clams enjoying their Cape Coral Waterfront home and exploring our Waterfront Wonderland as often as they can. For more information on market values here in the SW Florida or to find the property to meet your wants & must haves list feel free to contact Kyra & David The Quarles Team of Century 21 Sunbelt Realty. Follow the Quarles on Facebook TheQuarlesTeam or log onto and start your search today The Quarles Team David & Kyra Quarles Much more than just a sign in the yard SW Florida s LOCAL Marine Resource Guide 59 May in Southwest Florida is one of my favorite months since it s the real start of our tarpon season. The big migratory schools which usually show up in early April are still here but their numbers are really picking up as they move north from the Keys. The little resident fish and by little I mean any tarpon under 30 pounds will start sliding out of their hiding spots and become a regular sight on the inshore flats and residential canals all along the coast. If you re a fly angler these are the ultimate saltwater gamefish no matter what their size. You can target them with an easy casting 8-weight for the juveniles and up to a beefy 12-weight for the full grown ones. Tarpon will eat a variety of relatively simple patterns and with the right leader you can have them whipped in a lot less time than most folks realize. So let s talk about that leader system for both juvenile and adult fish. When I first started guiding two decades ago back in the Monofilament Era tarpon leaders were remarkably complex creations of several 12 to 80lb test line segments held together by a mix of Bimini Twists Homer Rhode loops and Huffnagal knots. I would start tying these in December and each leader usually took a quarter of Monday Night Football to construct before they were attached to their designated fly and snapped into something called a stretcher box. Once there they would wait in straightened silence for springtime. Fluorocarbon which is effortless to keep straight compared to mono changed all of that. Tarpon leaders can now be tied while motoring away from the ramp on the boat and I definitely don t miss those mind-numbing leader building sessions at all. Wild Fly Charters Capt. Gregg McKee For small tarpon I use Seaguar Red Label fluorocarbon to create a 10 leader I call a 4-3-2-1. That simply means 4 of 40lb 3 of 30lb 2 of 20lb which is the class tippet and just over 1 of 40lb for a shock tippet. If you think you ll encounter larger fish then bump that last part up to 60lb which will withstand a big tarpon s rough jaw even better. All these lengths are joined together by double surgeon s knots which are effortless and hold at nearly 100% of the line s strength. The fly is attached to the shock tippet with a perfection loop which I also use for all my spinning lures and that s it. If you tie your knots properly and test them afterwards they won t let you down. These leaders are more than strong enough to beat a 3 tarpon into submission in less than 5 minutes on an 8-weight. Hook up with a 100 pounder on a 12-weight and you should have it boatside in no more than half an hour. Homemade leaders are simple effective and very inexpensive compared to prepackaged ones which can cost up to 10 each. Give it a try and be thankful that you don t have to fill up a stretcher box anymore. (239) 565-2960 gmckee1 SW Florida s LOCAL Marine Resource Guide 60 Bob Moro I wrote a column a few years ago about Canal Envy -that homeowner condition whereby your eyes are invariably cast down into every canal you approach to determine its depth and compare it to your own muddy entrance to the nautical world. There s a frequent lament among my boating friends about the lack of depth in their canal. The low-water season we are emerging from compounds the ailment-our boats are often stranded on the lift or tilting to one side as they sit on the bottom waiting for a bigger tide to set them free. Theoretical suggestions fly Just tie your boat to the dock and rev the hell out of your motor to blow the stuff away from your dock. Get a power washer and blast the silt into the middle of the canal. Or grab a shovel and get your hands bloody. I say theoretical in case someone from the Florida Department of Environmental Protection reads The Nautical Mile Magazine. And it s often not much better in our major waterways. We are blessed with beautiful water everywhere. Unfortunately you can walk across 80% of it. I called Tim Engstrom to get a closer look into the rules permitting canal and waterway dredging in our area. Tim is a Lee County Government Communication Specialist who s always been helpful to me. He sent several links to help explain the dredging process. Whoa Betsy I thought the mangrove trimming regulations were wordy but a partial summary of the Federal Regulations alone (and this does not include how you re supposed to treat any fish turtles or Native Americans that might be affected by your dredging) runs more than 14 000 words. With Tim s help I learned how neighbors on a canal can petition Lee County to dredge their canal and pay for it through tax assessments. First 50% 1 (a majority) of the property owners must sign an informal petition. It just allows the County to gather information on how much the project will cost. The County then prepares a budget and a formal petition which states the cost to the property owners. 50% plus 1 of the property owners must then sign and have the petition notarized. This petition is a commitment by the property owner to pay the assessment(s). After receiving 51% 1 (a majority) of the property owners must sign and have the petition notarized.) It is then brought before the Lee County Commissioners for approval. Brace yourselves a short canal with maybe 20 homes on it could cost about 400K to dredge. If you want to dredge the area around your dock or lift you have to have a DEP and an Army Corps of Engineers permit and a Lee County Development Order and a County permit. SteMic Marine is a family owned marine construction company that s been in the dredging business since 1983. Co-Owner Butch Jones helped me navigate through the muddy waters of homeowner canal dredging. You need to make a formal application to the state if you live on a man-made canal. It includes drawings how much material will be removed erosion control methods to be used the preapproved spoil site to be used with SW Florida s LOCAL Marine Resource Guide 61 drawings of the spoil containment area and the truck route to be used hauling the dredge material to name a few. (You can dump it in the ocean if you don t mind jail.) And if the material is too wet they won t accept it. Then there s the issue of who owns the bottom-the state and feds control the water but it could be the subdivision or condo association or homeowner who owns the canal bottom Butch said. Some permitting jobs are pretty complicated but by and large if you live on a man-made canal the State of Florida does a good job of letting you maintain the value of your waterfront property Butch concluded. River and open waterway digging is much trickier. Who has jurisdiction means who pays And they all say they re not responsible Butch explained. But Butch gave pretty high marks to government authorities. Sanibel maintains their canals really well. Cape Coral is pretty good too. Never say never. We always follow the rules but we know how to ask the right questions and most likely we ll get it done for you Butch concluded. Currently there are 3 major dredging operations underway in our area. Big Carlos Pass) New Pass and Blind Pass. Matanzas Pass is currently being monitored with any potential dredging operation contingent upon approval by the Army Corps of Engineers. This proposed dredging area would probably be limited to the areas around Bowditch Point. Beware passing dredges If there s an obstruction on one side (pipe or suction lines for example) it will warn you away by displaying 2 vertical black balls during the day and 2 all around vertical red lights at night. On the opposite side if there is no obstruction it will display two vertical diamond shapes during the day and 2 all around vertical green lights at night. In addition on the mast the dredge would vertically display a black ball over a diamond over another black ball. At night it s 3 all around lights in a vertical line red over white over red. You knew all this right In Memoriam. Last month I wrote about a free service my United States Power Squadrons offers to all boaters-Vessel Safety Checks. 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