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May 2015 New for 2015 COBALT R7 Page 18 (888) 347-4356 NauticalMileMagazine FULL SERVICE TACKLE OUTFITTER FISHING CHARTERS LIVE BAIT INSHORE FISHING SPECIALIST New H 7-D ours ay 6-6 s (239) 540-FISH 3714 Del Prado Blvd. - Cape Coral Boats up 33 Beam Ship Store Sales & Service Parts Dept. Boat Bottoms Crane service Fiberglass AWLGRIP Gel Coat Pineland Marina TM (239) 283-0200 St. James City Outboard Financing (239) 283-3962 MARINE .com Get your Fishing License over the phone in 3 minutes www. PRICES GOOD THROUGH SEASON TRUCKLOAD Starboard remnants Bimini tops boat covers and much more 16.87 Quart 16.67 Gallon St t ar t ga in 5.95 Quart 6 Gallon 21 1 Quart 10.95 Gallon 29.95 5-Gallon 129.95 Seats - Anchors - Paddles Handles - Plugs - Dry Bags Garage Pulley Systems Truck Racks - Rings & Clips lus P 25.95 lus P New Starters & I O & Outboard Alternators Tachs WE STOCK Structural panels made of high-density polyurethane foam reinforced with layers of fiberglass. 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Large selection of trailer parts and tires at discount prices 3 Southwest Florida Locations Naples 2305 Davis Blvd. Port Charlotte 4694 Tamiami Trail Fort Myers Beach 15600 San Carlos Blvd. 239-997-5777 239-437-7475 239-793-5800 941-766-1044 Island P aradise ISLAND RESORT Upper Captiva Florida Vacation Rentals Cayo Costa Captiva Pass Island Wear - Local Artists Jewelry & Unique Island Gifts Vacation Rentals - Island Restaurant Kayak Tours - Beaches - Fishing Queenie s Ice Cream - Vacation Rentals od ing Seafo nn Award Wi St. James City Island Bazaar 40 Boat Slips North Captiva Redfish Pass Captiva Island Ba zaar Pet Friendly Blind Pass Sanibel N26.36.000 W082.12.875 (239) 472-1200 04 Serving SW Florida s Coastal Enthusiast from the Publisher Nautical Mile PUBLICATIONS Enjoying what is right in front of you The Hill Tide I mentioned is known to be the very best time to experience and hook the great Tarpolious Maximus. During the May & June spring tides of the new and full moon Calico crabs are washed out from Charlotte Harbor through Boca Grande Pass. During this natural phenomenon the Tarpon move inside the pass to an area called the hill. During a good hill tide countless Tarpon will engage in an incredible feeding frenzy. Picture a school of Jacks or Bluefish terrorizing a school of Menhaden on the surface of the bay. Picture the same except that these fish are between 60 and 200 plus pounds Florida 2015 Tarpon Hill Tide Dates May 2nd 3rd 4th 5th 6th 7th (Full moon on the 3rd) May 15th 16th 17th 18th 19th 20th 21st (New moon on the 18th) June May 31st & June 1st 2nd 3rd 4th 5th 6th (Full moon on the 2nd) June 14th 15th 16th 17th 18th 19th 20th (New moon on the 16th) July 1st 2nd 3rd 4th 5th (Full moon on the 1st) TM My office is coming up on 12 years of Nautical Mile and I can truly say that being able to spent time on the water in Lee County has been the best part. A lot of people even active boaters don t realize how much of a variety our local marine community has to offer. In the last few months I ve talked to 13 different local clubs with a 20-25 minute presentation that highlights what our marine area offers and I always compare it to other parts of the state. For example the Jacksonville area has a massive marine community yet only 4 water-access restaurants. Lee County has 41. Whether you want to go 90MPH with your hair on fire looking for sportfish or take the family out to Sanibel Island to get sand in your toes you re in the right area. I get my share of stalking fish at sunrise and I always have a packed freezer but sometimes I just like to go for a ride without a fishing rod. Robin got a fur-coated Razor Blade (Doberman) last month that loves the boat and sometimes I just like to take Bo my lab for a ride to watch dolphins jump behind the boat. One night last month Robin and I left the dogs home and went to Barnacles on North Captiva for dinner (they just introduced a new menu). After dinner we had a glass of wine on their dock and headed to Boca Grande to watch the Tarpon. It was 7PM and the tail end of a Hill Tide and every boat in the pass was hooked-up. It was an exciting 20 minutes. There s a tale of a kid fishing in a lake who sees a jet fly over. He dreams on one day being a pilot. Later in life he s a pilot flying over a lake and he imagines being on the lake fishing..... Find a way to get out on the water. Q Where can single men over the age of 60 find younger women who are interested in them A Try a bookstore under Fiction. Q What can a man do while his wife is going through menopause A Keep busy. If you re handy with tools you can finish the basement. When you re done you will have a place to live. Q How can you increase the heart rate of your over-60 year-old husband A Tell him you re pregnant. Q How can you avoid that terrible curse of the elderly wrinkles A Take off your glasses. Q Seriously What can I do for these crow s feet and all those wrinkles on my face A Go braless. It will usually pull them out. Q Why should 60 plus year old people use valet parking A Valets don t forget where they park your car. Q Is it common for 60-plus year olds to have problems with short term memory storage A Storing memory is not a problem recall it is the problem. Q As people age do they sleep more soundly A Yes but usually in the afternoon. Q Where should 60-plus year olds look for eye glasses A On their foreheads. Q What is the most common remark made by 60-plus year olds when they enter antique stores A Gosh I remember these G-Loomis - St. Croix Accurate Reels Penn Gold Label Team Daiwa - Top Shelf 3-Tand Fly Reels Wooly Bugger Lures Ross Fly Reels Star Rods - Quantum Hydro Glow Lights Buff Headwear Shimano - Bait Pens Maxx HD Sunglasses Lehr s Southwest Florida s Finest T s Florida s Oldest G-Loomis Dealer If you go out to watch the action be sure to keep at least a couple hundred foot distance from boats that are fishing. A hooked Tarpon jumps a lot you don t want it jumping in your boat and you don t want the guys chasing you down for causing them to loose a big fish. Most of them are known to play dirty..... There s about 15 fishing upcoming tournaments along with several other local marine events listed on our events calendar. We also created an e-mailer where you can put your e-mail address on a list to have monthly reminders of local marine events show up in your mail. It saves trying to find and keep up with them. Go to our website and click on the calendar. Scientific Angler Master Dealer Cortland Certified Pro Shop Rod & Reel Repair Shop Caloosa & Cracker Cast Nets Performance Headwear Flies & Fly Tying Supplies Custom Rod Parts G-Loomis Clothing Serving SW Florida since 1956 1366 N. Tamiami Trail (Business 41) N. Ft. Myers Minutes from the Shell Factory 995-2280 Modern Technology...... with old Florida Schoolin Contact us TM PUBLICATIONS OPEN HOUSE US Coast Guard Station Ft. Myers Beach Food - Tours - Seminars PO Box 486 - Bokeelia Fl. 33922 Office (239) 980-5803 Fax 790-1370 thenauticalmile Publisher thenauticalmile Cell (239) 980-5803 Fishing license in 3 minutes 1-888-FISH-FLORIDA Looking for a good home. See page 15 My wife Robin with our new buddy Ti (Tiberius) May 16-17 Check calendar for info & details Any darn fool can make something complex. It takes a genius to make something simple. - Pete Seeger SW Florida Coast Edition TM 05 PUBLICATIONS May 2015 - from our contributing writers 6 7 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 22 23 23 24 25 26 28 29 30 31 32 35 36 37 38 39 CCA S.T.A.R. Tournament Luscious Baked Fish Capt. Dick May Girl with the Purple Hair - Robin Griffiths Doc Ford s Tarpon Tournament SWFL Real Estate - David Quarles Find events and submit View from the Marina - Barb Hansen your own for free Think Big Capt. Bill Russell Wild Fly Charters - Capt. Gregg McKee Fishing with Capt. Terry Fisher Saltwater Fish ID Fishing with Capt. Dick May The Cobalt R7 Who said What Shark Hookers - Josh Ward Wrecks & Reefs Local Power Squadrons 2015 Hurricane Names BE THERE Capt. Charles Epranian Lionfish - Rachel Bowman Lasik Concerns - Jeffrey B. Robin MD Bob s World Dockside Dennis Water-Access Fuel The Blue Footed Booby Smile - Jim Hutchinson Sr. Blind Tournament Wrap-Up Water-Access Restaurants Get ongoing updates on the local Snikwa Clothing - Theresa George marine community upcoming events Fish Pix boat shows tournaments. Have it Business Directory all show up in your e-mail Classes - Boat Shows Fishing Tournaments Find them at Classes coming soon Punta Gorda Cape Coral - Naples Bradenton - Venice When to Fish The sun moon tides and weather all influence fish activity. For example fish tend to feed more at sunrise and sunset. During a full moon tides are higher than average and fish tend to feed more. Moon Phases May Full Moon May 4 New Moon May 18 June Full Moon Jun 2 New Moon Jun 16 Sign up for the Nautical Mile Newsletter Contact us TM PUBLICATIONS Nautical Mile PUBLICATIONS TM Sign up for free at PO Box 486 - Bokeelia Fl. 33922 Office (239) 980-5803 Fax 790-1370 thenauticalmile s H ou r Store ays 7-D 6-6 INSHORE FISHING SPECIALIST One of Lee County s Largest Selections of Inshore & Offshore Tackle 3714 Del Prado Blvd. Cape Coral FISHING CHARTERS CUSTOM ROD BUILDING & REPAIRS LIVE BAIT Full selection of rods & reels FULL SERVICE TACKLE OUTFITTER (239) 540-FISH Open till 7 on Fridays 06 Serving SW Florida s Coastal Enthusiast STAR Florida is a Catch & Photo tournament designed to educate the general public about the importance of conservation of Florida s marine resources and all that Coastal Conservation Association Florida does to protect these resources. STAR is a tool for CCA to significantly increase awareness of our mission as well as increase our strength with various councils and fisheries commissions as an advocacy voice for the recreational angler. Format encourages sportsmen and sportswomen of all ages to protect and conserve Florida s fishery resources for future viability and availability for all recreational anglers. By promoting STAR and membership in CCA CCA Florida will aid in the participation of the public becoming good stewards of our fishery help FWRI develop our youth into long time stewards of our marine environment recruit assistance with our habitat programs and educate the public on fish handling techniques as well as the collection of significant scientific data. All while providing anglers of all skill levels with the opportunity to participate in a familyfriendly angling competition. All STAR participants should develop a heightened appreciation for the challenges facing Florida s fishery resources and should thereby develop a newfound awareness of the efforts needed to preserve them. Kickoff is at sunrise on Saturday May 23 2015 Memorial Day weekend and ends at 5 p.m. September 7 2015 Labor Day offering participants a total of 108 fishing days. 30.00 STAR entry fee if CCA member. 60.00 if non-member with 30.00 for CCA membership. New Tide Members are FREE. New Tide membership is 10.00. New Tide members are ages 6 to 17. Nearly 500 000 in prizes. Eighty specially tagged redfish make up the signature division STAR Tagged Redfish. Tagged Redfish will be released in partnership with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) in advance of the tournament s starting date. CCA Florida & FWC will release up to 80 tagged redfish in state waters from the Panhandle to southern boundary of Everglades National Park. The tagged fish will be released along the west coast of Florida according to documented demographics provided by the Florida Fish & Wildlife Conservation Commission. Documented demographics used to determine release of tagged redfish consist of population fishing licenses purchased and other geographic features First six tagged redfish winners will claim a brand new boat motor and trailer package. Open Ladies Fly Kayak and Professional Guides division with the eligible species being spotted trout Snook Cobia and Sheepshead. Fish only need to be of legal minimum length to qualify for entry in STAR. First place in the OPEN division species category of spotted trout Snook Cobia and Sheepshead will each take home a boat motor and trailer an Allterrain vehicle or prize of equal value. 2nd thru 6th place winner in each species category of the Open division. Ladies Fly and Kayak division with first thru sixth place winners. Professional Guides division offers licensed charter captains the ability to win first second and third place prizes totaling 17 500.00 based on the number of clients they have register for the tournament. Youth Scholarship Division will provide 100 000 in college scholarships to a Florida college with two winners of 25 000 each and an additional ten winners of 5 000 each. The Youth Scholarship Division will have spotted trout Snook Cobia Sheepshead Ladyfish or Jack Crevalle as the eligible species for the drawing of the winners. FREE entry to participant s ages 6 17 who are current New Tide CCA members. Conservation Division will have each registered angler entering all fish caught no matter what species or size. This effort will provide a significant amount of catch data information that will be used by the conservation community to make science based decisions on habitat management and other relevant issues. Winner will be determined by the most data collected by an angler. Winner will be awarded a trophy and prize. Over 6 500 participants who will each have an opportunity to win making it Florida s largest saltwater fishing tournament. Winners of STAR will not be determined by longest length or weight of their catch. Tagged Redfish STARtagged redfish only. All STAR-Tagged Redfish will meet the slot requirements as required by current state law. Anglers who have caught a STAR tagged redfish will be required to call catch to tournament director within 2 hours of capture. The angler will be required to present the tagged redfish to Tournament director or committee member without removed STAR tag at the nearest Verification location within 24 hours of call notification. After verification of STAR tagged redfish angler must take and pass a polygraph test within the next 24 hours to confirm winning status. Species with Minimum Size Requirements Spotted Trout 15 inches using pinched-tail measurement method Snook 28 inches using pinched-tail measurement method Cobia 33 inches to the fork of the tail Sheepshead 12 inches using pinchedtail measurement method Species with no Minimum Size Requirements Ladyfish No minimum size requirements. Youth Division only Jack Crevalle No minimum size requirements. Youth Division only For the Conservation Division all species of fish caught by STAR entrants are eligible provided entries follow all STAR rules. There are no minimum size requirements for the Conservation Division entries. To be eligible to win a registered participant who is a CCA current member need only enter a photo of their species category or division catch on the official STAR measuring device which meets the FWC state regulations and tournament rules via STAR s smart phone application or upload to website. Official measuring devices will be distributed by STAR Verification locations and available April 1 2015. Verification locations will be marinas tackle shops and fishing resorts throughout the west coast. Verification locations will be listed on website brochure and receipt email for caught STAR tagged redfish entry. STAR participants will need to show their registration receipt to verification location via printed version or email on smart phone in order to receive Official measuring device. Winners of each category or division except for the tagged redfish will be determined by a drawing from all qualified entries in the category or division. A participant may only win in one category or division. STAR is a notforprofit entity. All revenues from angler entry fees and sponsorships will be used for prizes tournament promotion advertising and data collection. The first year of STAR will be limited to the West coast of Florida although anglers throughout Florida are eligible to participate as long as they are members of CCA. Coastal Conservation Association Florida Dedicated to Conserving and Protecting Florida s Marine Resources Stars Verification location for Lee County Serving SW Florida since 1956 1366 N. Tamiami Trail (Business 41) N. Ft. Myers Minutes from the Shell Factory 995-2280 Modern Technology...... with old Florida Schoolin 07 Serving SW Florida s Coastal Enthusiast Cooking with Capt. Dick May Waterway BOAT LIFT COVERS Nobody can beat our LUSCIOUS BAKED FISH 4 to 6 fish fillets Sea Trout Farm Raised Catfish and Snook work well. - Mayonnaise - Italian Style Panko Bread Crumbs - Sweet Cream Butter - Salt and Pepper Line a oven proof dish with aluminum foil and spray with nonstick oil. Salt and pepper fillets. Place fillets in dish and spread generously with mayo. Melt two Tbls. Of butter and stir in Panko until almost paste like. Spread onto top of Mayo and bake at 350 degrees for approximately 30 minutes. Serve with lemon wedges......... Serves 2 to 4 depending on size of fillets. QUALITY - ENGINEERING - PRICES All aluminum construction. Over 6 000 covers installed. Engineered for local & state code Capt. Dick s Recipes Since 1995 SW Florida s Original BOAT LIFT COVER Company Lee County Charlotte County (239) 340-8429 (941) 505-0237 The new book contains 375 recipes collected by Capt. Dick from all over America and particularly in the Gulf State area where he operates Easy Rider Charters fishing service. 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Myers Beach PIER FISHING at its finest Drive to the end of Bokeelia Located behind Captain Con s Seafood Restaurant Jug Creek Access - No Slow Zones INSURANCE Boats - Jet Skis - Motorcycle Auto - RV - Golf Cart - ATV Wind - Homeowners - Flood (239) 283-2244 Storage - Live Bait - Fuel - Wet slips - Detailing - Mechanic 450 Harbor Court Fort Myers Beach Great fishing for Snook Redfish Snapper Trout and more from our 300-foot pier Public Access Boat Ramp 1 mile past the post office North end of Bokeelia We don t just insure the island lifestyle.... we LIVE the island lifestyle And that s why we get it right (239) 765-6677 10 BOAT RAMP The Captain School Inc. Helping Mariners through the Maze OUPU - 6 Pack License Master Upgrade to Master Sailing Towing 10480 Stringfellow Road 4 St. James City Fl. 33956 283-6136 FIX MARINE SUPPLY CAPTAIN LICENSE BOAT INSURANCE Protect your Boat Protect your gear 1329 Hibiscus Drive CAPE CORAL Davidschuman3 Boat Lift Replacement Parts Boat Lift US Distributor 824 SE 47th Street Cape Coral (239) 540-2971 PROPELLER SERVICE New & Used Propellers Your LOCAL USCG approved school (239) 549-0271 BURRIS INBOARD OUTBOARD STERN DRIVES BurrisPropeller 905 SE 9th Terrace Cape Coral Felix Marine Serving SW Florida since 1966 MARINE ELECTRONICS CERTIFIED ELECTRICIANS A C-D C WIRING & MULTI MEDIA AIR CONDITIONING & REFRIGERATION DIVE GEAR Largest selection in Lee County Capt. Pete s Diving Outfitters OUTBOARD SHAFT STRAIGHTENING PROPELLER RECONDITIONING SKEG REPLACEMENT INSTRUCTION - SALES - SERVICE ADVENTURE AND TRAVEL 4391 Colonial Blvd. 123 - Ft. Myers 239-772-3222 800-226-7767 936-6463 (239) 337-9564 Beyond Mobile Services Mechanical Diesel & Gas Engine Service Outboard Engine Service Electronics Electrical Vessel Detailing Paint & Fiberglass Teakwood Refinishing and Restoration Personal Watercraft Captain & Mate Services Vessel & System Checks Repair & Upgrade Consulting Vessel Preparation for Safe Cruising Maintenance Scheduling 2011 DYS. The DYS logo is a registered trademark of Diversified Yacht Services Inc. Mercury is a registered trademark of Brunswick Corporation. 9 Serving SW Florida s Coastal Enthusiast R A NDOM The Girl with the Purple Hair Robin Griffiths So now based on recent experience I am looking at the function with a different light. I meet five different groups of college seniors that gave me a very sad outlook for their future. I found mostly poor presentation with little personal investment into the project or its goal. Out of the five groups I only found one that was exceptional. Mainly my initial reaction was immaturity and lack of seriousness. The Voice There is a voice inside of you That whispers all day long I feel this is right for me I know that this is wrong. No teacher preacher parent friend Or wise man can decide What s right for you just listen to The voice that speaks inside. Shel Silverstein I recently attended an event that I was invited to judge community projects by college student. I arrived at the campus greeted by the coordinator who had purple hair. Bright electric purple hair is a better description. It was long and so bright that I had difficulty looking beyond her head. Then I said the words to myself knowing that it was wrong to say.... It s hard to take someone seriously with Purple Hair. As soon as the thought popped into my head I knew that I was sounding like my parents. This is a very scary thought to know that you are doing the very thing that you swore that you would not do. Become your mother and sound like your father So why did the purple hair bother me and why did I immediately dismissed the person as someone not to be taken seriously First of all I found out that I was not scheduled as planned by the girl with the purple hair. She never bothered to email me in regards to the function after I had sent her all my information upon their request. Second upon finding out about the error she laughed it off and with no apology she dismissed the error. I find that as I age my level of tolerance for some things are stretched thin. I can find patience for many things but rudeness is not one of the items that I am very charitable. After getting the situation corrected I joined the audience for the beginning of the function and then on to judging the presentations of the students participating. So during this experience I am wondering to myself. Am I really looking though my parent s eyes Are these students really our future I was beginning to become very negative until I started to remember that my parents once saw me the same way. It was okay for me to sound a little like them. I am sure there were many times they looked at me as though I had purple hair and wondered how I would survive in the world. RAGRIFFS Cape Coral s Fishing HEADQUARTERS Live-bait tanks Over 1 000 Gallons Cape Coral Pkwy Half mile from Del Prado 1407 B Cape Coral Parkway E. Cape Coral Optics & Clothing Just in 8 Chef Knife (239) 257-3615 livebait 10 Serving SW Florida s Coastal Enthusiast Save the date for fourth annual Ding Darling & Doc Ford s Tarpon Tournament A 100 percent purse promises to make the fourth annual Ding Darling & Doc Ford s Tarpon Tournament on May 9 2015 the hottest competition on the water. It pays out 100 percent of the entry fee ( 500 per boat of up to four) as tournament awards. The Captain s Dinner takes place the evening prior May 8 at Doc Ford s Rum Bar on Fort Myers Beach. Following the competition the Silver King for Ding After-Party will be open to the public with limited tickets available at 50 for each nonfisherman including dinner and a silent auction. Doc Ford s -- with locations on Sanibel Island Captiva Island and Fort Myers Beach -- has again committed to being the title sponsor for the 2015 tournament along with the Ding Darling Wildlife SocietyFriends of the Refuge (DDWS). Proceeds will benefit wildlife and conservation education at J.N. Ding Darling National Wildlife Refuge on Sanibel Island. There s not another tarpon tournament like it in the area said Marty Harrity Doc Ford s co-owner. In past years we ve had fishermen from all over the country. Doc Ford s has been a faithful supporter of our efforts at Ding Darling helping greatly to bolster refuge programs and research to balance federal budget shortfalls said Birgie Miller DDWS executive director. Last year we raised 40 000 for the refuge as a result of sponsorships donations and auction proceeds. We re so grateful to Doc Ford s for this huge effort in our behalf. For more information on the tournament please visit www.dingdarlingtarpontourne As a non-profit 501(c)3 organization DDWS works to support J.N. Ding Darling National Wildlife Refuge s mission of conservation wildlife and habitat protection research and public education through charitable donations and Refuge Nature Shop proceeds. To support DDWS and the refuge with a tax-deductible gift visit or contact Birgie Miller at 239-292-0566 or director dingdarlingsociety. org. Tarpon teams head out at first light Doc Ford s Rum Bar & Grille is again title sponsor for the 2015 tournament. 11 Serving SW Florida s Coastal Enthusiast SW Florida Real Estate by The Quarles Team C21 Sunbelt The Quarles Team David & Kyra Quarles Much more than just a sign in the yard In today s economy it is difficult for first time home buyers to save up that 15 000. But if you can manage it you can be paying off your own home instead of paying rent. Perhaps you can even get by in a home a little below average for even less cash up front and even smaller monthly payments. Now I am sounding like your folks so enough about that. Is your lease ending soon Is your rent going up or are you worried it might I have good news There is a way to lock in your rent for the next 30 years so it does not keep going up. It is called getting a morgage . Let s go through a little exercise. As I write this there are 14 homes in Cape Coral that sold since December 9 2014 that fits the following description 3 bedrooms 2 baths 2 car garage pool all assessments for utilities paid between 10 and 20 years old and between 1 490 and 1 810 square feet in living area. In other words nice affordable homes in the Cape that commonly rent between 1 300 and 1 800 per month long term depending on location condition etc. Those 14 homes sold for an average of about 200 000. According to David Collins with Florida Community Bank to buy that average home a buyer on an FHA loan would need to bring around 15 100 cash to close. This assumes that seller pays deed stamps and owners title and making some industry assumptions for property tax property insurance and flood. The monthly payment at today s interest rate for a 30 year loan is about 1 553. It breaks down to Principle and Interest - 802 Homeowners Insurance - 250 Taxes - 285 Mortgage Insurance 116 Flood Insurance 100. Something that Buyers should be aware of when shopping for a resale home is the age of the roof. Premiums for homeowners insurance policies are partly based on the age of the shingles. Asphalt shingles at the age of 15 years are automatically suspect and after closing on the home your insurer may require an inspection to verify that the roof has another 3-5 years life. Be careful and don t step into that unforeseen trap. Also hip roofs are less expensive to insure but gable roofs afford a little more attic storage space a trade off. Even though our attic reaches 140 degrees on a hot day it is still a great space to store our good stuff. Talk to your insurer about the roof condition and shape prior to making that offer. Another good idea is to insist the Seller provide a homeowners insurance policy on the appliances and other mechanical equipment in the home. Those are available for 1 to 2 years at minimal expense and may keep you from having to pay to replace a refrigerator or AC early on in your ownership. New in town and don t know a mortgage banker or insurer to consult Ask your Realtor for some references. Unsure if you like SWFL Rent a boat and head out to Boca Grande Pass. We see more wildlife out there than anywhere. It is our favorite spot on earth Want to talk real estate or pleasure boating Follow us on Facebook or contact us through our website at or at 239 250 9763. ur it O c k Vis Do New room w Sho DECKS & DOCKS Lumber - Pilings - Bumpers Dock Lighting and Accessories Composite and Synthetic Wood Decking Full Service Marine Supply Visit our showroom at 645 Commercial Park Place in Cape Coral Next to the German American Club (239) 574-4844 Bokeelia Fishing Pier 7-7 Daily - 8 a Day - No License Required Join our Pier Club fish or launch your boat 9 times get the 10th time free 12 Serving SW Florida s Coastal Enthusiast Night Fishing Thursdays 7pm to midnight 10 per person Drive to the end of Bokeelia Located at Captain Con s Seafood Restaurant Great fishing for Snook Redfish Snapper Trout and more from our 300-foot pier 10 Ramp (239) 283-2244 View from the Marina Barb Hansen Family Vacation Planning Time When the economy turned sour a few years ago families throughout the U.S. came up with a way to vacation without breaking the bank. They called those respites taken nearby stay-cations. I m sure we are all pleased that the economy has improved. However I think there are some beneficial aspects of stay-cations that we ought to keep as part of our family vacation planning process. Families have bucket lists comprised of things they have always wanted to do but never seemed to have the time to do them. I d be willing to bet there are quite a few families that have always wanted to do something in their hometowns or states but haven t. How about getting to that list this summer those involved would no doubt appreciate your business and it would help the local economy. But there s more. Child psychologists say we should spend quality time with our children and grandchildren. I agree wholeheartedly. Furthermore I cannot think of any time that has more built in quality than the time you can spend with a child on a boat cruise. No I am not talking about a cruise on one of those giant cruise ships but a vessel with two or three cabins and a small galley. And the water you cruise can be salty or fresh. It makes no difference whether you are cruising off the coast of Florida on the Great Lakes Chesapeake Bay or a lake in Colorado. There are many opportunities to charter a boat take a sailing class or simply hang out on or near the water. There s no better family vacation with as many options and adventures from swimming kayaking and learning about history to fishing shelling star gazing and more. And the beauty of each one of those opportunities is that you do it together as a family. To me that s quality time with a capital Q . Vic and I have some experience here with the boats and the kids. We have gone on weeklong cruises with a brother sister-inlaw dog and three nieces all grown up now. Experience has taught us the best cruises are those with to do lists that follow a pretty regular schedule every day. This helps to avoid the question Are we there yet We are fortunate here in southwest Florida since we have so much to keep all family members engaged - Dolphin watching. We set up watches on the bow. These entertaining creatures love to swim jump and do flips in the waves produced by many boats. It s a better show than Sea World because it s the Real World - Exploring. We launch the dinghy and motor or paddle to a deserted beach so everyone can look for special shells and other treasures like shark s teeth. I suppose that where there are shark s teeth there must be ...oh never mind. The beach is always beautiful and the treasures are always fascinating. - Swimming. A swim in the surf is great fun but we also try to arrange a swim in the pool at a marina. In fact many of our local marinas offer great amenities pool tennis dining etc. So just for the cost of docking overnight the family has access to a first class resort - Fishing. Hereabouts a piece of shrimp on a little hook does the job almost every time. It s great to schedule fishing before dinner. That gives anglers young and old a chance to catch something for the grill. Make sure you get a photo of that. - There s also reading star gazing letter writing and even story writing. Teachers still ask for essays about what-I-did-onmy-vacation though they are probably input and not written out long hand. What a great way to get a head start on that assignment Memories are made of vacations like this. And the kids won t even have to argue about who is taking up too much room in the car There is no bad seat on the deck of a boat. Relax and enjoy. Plus you don t even have to pack and unpack Additionally everyone on board comprises the crew and that means each has his or her regular jobs answering to the captain. That s a nice blend of the lighthearted and discipline. Come to think of it the rules for a successful cruise are the same as those for a successful life. Whether your vacations plans take you far away or keep you close think about some time on the water you might find that experience and the lessons learned and shared by all the makings of the best family vacation ever. Barb Hansen manages Southwest Florida Yachts yacht charters and Florida Sailing & Cruising School a liveaboard yacht school. Barb can be reached at info or 239-257-2788. Jug Creek Access - No Slow Zones Bokeelia Boat Ramp 283-2244 Join our Pier Club fish or launch your boat 9 times get the 10th time free Drive to the end of Bokeelia Located behind Captain Con s Seafood Restaurant 10 Launch Public Access Boat Ramp 1 mile past the post office North end of Bokeelia Acres of Parking 13 Serving SW Florida s Coastal Enthusiast They are likely to show up curiously cruising around your boat just under the surface at any time you may think it s a shark but look closer it may be a big cobia. Anytime you spot a manatee or large ray look to see if a cobia is tagging along. They closely follow looking to grab any tasty morsel that may be flushed by the larger creatures. Cobia also have been known to follow large bull sharks. They seem to inhale anything thrown in their path or turn down all offerings but generally a live pinfish or crab don t last long. Captain Bill Russell As you can see this is the month to put the heavy tackle on the boat. Even if your plan isn t to target tarpon sharks or cobia you never know what you may run across. And those anglers that are prepared and ready are going to have some good fish stories by months end. Our weather is getting hot and humid and the white butterflies are flying that s good news for southwest Florida anglers it signals that time of year we test our will against tarpon and other large fish. Tarpon invade our inshore and nearshore waters by the thousands with more and more coming each day. It s actually possible to fish in a school of several hundred or more with them rolling jumping and splashing all around your boat. Sometimes they bite sometimes not but it s always exciting and interesting when you are looking at that many fish averaging 100 pounds or bigger each. Some of the best tarpon action will happen off the beaches from Bonito north to Gasparilla Island. The best bet is to get out there early shut the boat down and watch for signs of tarpon if they are present and active you will see them. They may be a few hundred yards off the beach out to several miles. A tarpons diet consists of most fish and crustaceans alive or dead. Off the beach favorite baits include live Atlantic thread herring pilchards or shad and small live crabs. Of course a large live hand-picked shrimp is always a good option. Large concentrations of tarpon also show up every season inshore in areas of Charlotte Harbor Pine Island Sound and San Carlos Bay. All the baits mentioned above also work well here as do large live pinfish or small ladyfish fished under a balloon or bobber and a variety of cut bait including catfish tails. Catfish at times can be a nuisance when dead bait fishing for tarpon fortunately an easy solution is to catch one cut the head off put the tail on a hook and soak it on bottom. For whatever reason catfish seldom touch a tail from their cousins but tarpon sure like them. Night time fishing around many of the bridges and piers can also be very productive a fresh catfish tail soaked on bottom is a time proven favorite after the sun sets. Where ever you choose to go tarpon fishing please please please be courteous and respectful of other anglers. To many fishermen act like they are in tournament mode all the time slow down relax fishing is supposed to be fun. And working a tarpon school can be fun when all the boats give the same courtesy and space that they expect to receive. If there are tarpon around you can expect sharks and the possibility of big ones. Off the beaches and around the Gulf Passes you will find hammerhead bull sand blacktip and spinners as the most common. The largest (hammers and bulls) are generally skirting the tarpon schools awaiting an easy meal as in a tired tarpon on the end of a line. Inshore large sharks will roam with the tarpon pods where lemons and bulls to 10 feet are possible plus there should be a lot of blacktip and other smaller sharks throughout the inshore waters. As most know sharks have a keen sense to pick up the smell of blood if you want to hook one a fresh bloody chunk of fish is best and a wire leader is a must to prevent those razor sharp teeth from parting the line. Cobia is a shark look alike and fools a lot of anglers. All cobia have two common traits they are curious and like to ride the backs of larger animals. (239) 283-7960 gcl2fish 14 Serving SW Florida s Coastal Enthusiast Wild Fly Charters Now that tarpon season is here it s time to think about your casting distance with a fly rod. A lot of experts will tell you that you need to be able to make at least an 80 foot cast in order to catch anything on the flats. You ll occasionally read this in magazines and often hear it from too many guides. In all honesty the 80 foot cast is a very demanding requirement for an experienced angler and a terribly discouraging one for most beginners. And in my experience it s simply not necessary. Nearly all of the tarpon I ve caught over the years were hooked within 50 feet of my boat and that s a cast that anyone can make. Even if you ve never touched a fly rod before a decent guide or instructor can get you casting out to 50 feet within an hour. The trick is to do it quickly and accurately and this is the part that takes a fair amount of practice. In many fly fishing situations from the time your guide points out a cruising tarpon to the moment you ll need to start your cast is around 10 seconds. You ll have the first 5 seconds to spot the target for yourself and the next 5 to get the fly in the water and in front of your Capt. Gregg McKee fish. This is a really narrow window but when we re talking about just 50 feet it can easily be done. Here s an exercise you should try if you re thinking of getting serious with a fly rod around Pine Island or any other saltwater destination and all you ll need to do is find an empty baseball field. String up your 10weight fly rod with a 1 0 baitfish pattern and stand on the pitcher s mound. The distance to home plate is 60 which is what I ve found to be the maximum distance of the average successful tarpon shot. Next strip out at least 80 feet of fly line from your reel. Leave a rod s length fly line hanging from the rod tip and hold the fly in your opposite hand by the eye of its hook. Have your partner hit the stopwatch and start counting out loud. At the same moment you ll start your false casts aiming for the home plate. When the count hits 5 stop your casting and present your fly. So how close are you to home If you realistically want to catch a big tarpon on a fly in the conditions you re going to find in Florida this time of year you should be within a foot of the plate. If you ve actually hit the plate then you re well ahead of the crowd but should still keep practicing. some real instruction. I ve seen a lot of self-taught anglers who ve taught themselves some seriously bad habits. If you re one of these folks you may be totally effective with a fly rod on a trout stream but it just won t happen on the flats. One hour of being taught the proper saltwater techniques whether it s on a ball field or on the deck of a boat will get you to home plate in no time. 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The month of May should provide anglers the best opportunities to catch fishes of a lifetime Warm water temperatures have provided Threadfins Pilchards Pin Fish and big shrimps in big numbers that create an environment for lots of good fishing from Ft. Myers Beach to Charlotte Harbor. The gulf side of the outer islands are providing plenty of opportunity for Cobia Permit Tarpon Snook Grouper and other species on structures and wrecks. Naturally much of the attention over the next couple months will be focused on Tarpon and the Shark that stalk them. Baits of choice will include the Spanish Mackerel and Catfish fillets (weighted) Threadfins Pin Fish Mullet either free-lined under corks or balloons or presented weighted on the seabed. C A P T A I N T E R R Y F I S H E R S MAY FISHING REPORT Moreover Pine Island Sound is loaded with 60-130 lb Tarpon ready to take any of the above presentations. Those wanting to know where they are most active may want to contact and join organizations such as the Cape Coral Tarpon Club (which give daily reports to members as the locations numbers sizes types of baits and rigging use to catch these most sought after species). A number of my April charters hooked up Tarpon on light tackle throughout Pine Island Sound while fishing the flats. Unfortunately the fish were bigger than the light tackle could conquer just to mention that a couple of times the bull sharks got the fish. Higher and stronger tides are not just added bonuses but accompany the changing environment that makes all of the good fishing possible. Other species such as big Seatrout Redfish and big Snook are plentiful and ready to challenge a natural presentation. Morning hours should be the best times to use artificial presentations on the incoming and outgoing higher tides. Areas such as Tropical Home Sites Punta Blanca Bay and Two Pines off of Matlacha Pass should offer plenty of opportunities. these more remote areas. Northern Pine Island Sound areas such as Rat Key Little Wood Key Josslyn Island will provide plenty of opportunities on higher tides. This is the time to go fishing for all anglers of all levels. Tarpon are everywhere but my advice is do not overlook other opportunities for Snook Trout and Redfish. The beautiful and best part of fishing in May is that one never knows what will take a presentation. Every species eats shrimp bait fishes (dead or alive) under a cork free-lined or on the bottom. NOW IS THE TIME TO GO FISHING Areas just off of Pine Island Sound such as Sanibel Bayou Galt Island This is Captain Terry Fisher of Fish Wulfert Keys Blind Pass and Face Charters wishing everyone Chino Island are holding all of safe boating and good fishing these and more. 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He also loves other dogs if your dog needs a friend Chloe Onyx Xana Zoey (239) 332-0364 Captain Terry Fisher s 80-page Lee County Marine Resource Guide Get your free copy of the 2015 edition at your favorite bait shop Welcome to Lee County boating The Lee County marine community includes over 30 water-access restaurants more than 600 miles of canals about 40 public boat ramps 22 places to buy fuel on the water and more than 20 bait and tackle shops. Lee County also offers first class inshore and offshore fishing. For 11 years our Nautical Mile office has been an exclusive source of information for Lee County s marine community. We also publish an annual boater s guide which has been converted to this bi-annual resource guide. There s a lot more to this guide than tides. My favorite part is a section from local professional fishing guides about how they work tides and moons around their fishing habits. If you re looking for a great day on the water make your way out to Barnacles Restaurant on Upper Captiva and order a Nautical Mile . They named a dish after us fresh local fish scallops and monster shrimp over a bed of black beans and rice Be safe on the water. Local Saltwater Fish ID Get your license on the phone in 3 minutes 1-888-FISH-FLORIDA (347-4356) IMPORTANT Regulations change with no notice Federal & State waters do have different regulations Different regulations also apply from Gulf to Atlantic waters For detailed & current information go to Different regulations apply to different parts of Florida Cobia Redfish Goliath Grouper Tarpon Detailed tides in multiple locations plus charts fishing regs fish ID & catch info GPS numbers wrecks & reefs wateraccess fuel restaurants.... and a LOT more Vermilion Snapper Red Snapper King Mackerel Common Grunt Yellowtail Snapper Lane Snapper Cero Mackerel Pigfish Gray (Mangrove) Snapper Porgy Spanish Mackerel Presented by Capt. 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Dick May Let me warn you about our local TV weather forecasters. You know these guys that claim to have the best Doppler Radar and have the most accurate forecast in Southwest Florida. On Sunday. April 11 2010 the forecast as late as 9 00 a.m. was for scattered showers and 10 to 12 mile per hour winds with a 30% chance of rain. I left the dock at 9 30 a.m. with three clients who said they didn t mind a few scattered showers and I always carry rain gear. They wanted to go fishing before returning up North to Maine. At 10 15 a.m. dark clouds formed to the north of us. I ran about 5 miles south thinking they would pass us by. There were no small craft warnings that morning. Upon arriving at a Mangrove shoreline the wind and rain started to blow hard. I pulled up into a small cut in the Mangroves put the anchor down and also ran a line from a boat cleat to some trees. Visibility was reduced to about 100 yards and it proceeded to rain four inches in the next two hours. Winds were 25 to 35 mph. Needless to say we were soaked even with rain jackets on. The Coast Guard was called out at Ft. Myers Beach to rescue boaters. Why did the Weathermen not see this coming I watched the 11 00 p.m. news that night and they made no mention of their miss. Rule 1 Do not rely completely on our local forecasters. Rule 2 Be sure you have life jackets in your boat Rule 3 Carry extra ropes to secure your boat Rule 4 Head for a Mangrove Island or shoreline if a storm approaches you and get out of the wind. If at all possible and safe get to a Marina or your home port. Rule 5 Check your bilge pump before every trip. with a oz. split shot on 30 lb. leader SHARKS Now about fishing. The month of will be in the May provides a real smorgasbord passes and of fish. Redfish Trout Snook bays. Tarpon Sharks Cobia Mackerel Anchor up Pompano are all around inshore. and chum with chopped up With the Whitebait in all of the yesterday s Whitebait Pinfish above will show up. It has been Ladyfish etc. Add a little several years now since we have Menenhaden Oil to it. Fish a had a serious outbreak of Red Tide Pinfish Mackerel chunk or in shore. I expect May to be an Ladyfish that you have scored excellent fishing month. with a knife so that it will bleed. Use heavy gear and wire leader. I REDFISH My favorite fish to usually fish one rig on the bottom pursue will be up under the and one about 3 feet deep under a Mangrove bushes on a rising tide large cork. The only Sharks I like of at least one and one half feet. to eat are Black Tip under three Pitch a live or frozen Shrimp feet in length. After catching your chunk of Ladyfish Pinfish or a Shark for eating bleed it frisky Whitebait into the shade immediately by scoring through and be patient. I will be using a 7 the gills with a knife and then put foot rod 4000 series reel 20 Lb. it on ice. If you do not have ice Power Pro line 30 Lb. Leader with you do not keep the Shark. oz. slip sinker and 2 or 3 0 circle Remember one Shark per person hook. My favorite bait for Redfish and no more than two per boat. is Shrimp. TARPON May should be the SNOOK will be in canals creeks peak of the Tarpon season. If you and Gulf passes or on points of like combat fishing try Boca Mangrove Islands in the current. Grande Pass and drift fish for White bait or a large Shrimp are them. My preference is to go early your best live baits. For artificial I A.M. to a known spot on the flats would use a Mirr-O-Lure twitch for Tarpon and soak a fresh bait. Release fish carefully in Catfish tail on the bottom and the water if out of season or not in another rod with a live Pinfish slot.. DO NOT NET Ladyfish or Large Jumbo Shrimp under a cork. You must anchor to SPANISH MACKEREL should do this. DO NOT ANCHOR IN be plentiful on the Boca Grande BOCA GRANDE PASS. Another bar and Cape Haze Point. Use a favorite way is to drift Boca small section of wire leader ahead Grande Pass in the evening on an of a small Clark spoon with an in- outgoing tide with live Pass Crabs. line sinker about 7 feet in front of a Use just enough split shot to keep spoon. Troll at about 1100 rpms. the Crab a foot or two under the They like it fairly fast. Once you surface. get into a school stop and cast Whitebait to them on a oz. TRIPLETAIL Run off-shore to jighead or a long shank hook with the Crab trap buoys and idle by far enough out to see if there is a fish with his nose up against the rope going to the trap. It may look like moss hanging on it so look closely. If a fish is there toss a Shrimp un-weighted on a hook so that it drifts by the fish. Check the current regulations on size and limits. SEA TROUT The big Gator Trout should be plentiful this month. Get out early or late and throw a top-water plug over the grass beds. I have caught my largest Trout on top water. Or fish a 3inch Gulp Shrimp or live Whitebait 3 feet under a Cajun Rattling Cork over grass beds. Don t be surprised to hook a Shark Mackerel or even an occasional Tarpon using this method. COBIA Always carry a medium to heavy weight rod rigged with a 2 0 hook to throw at a Cobia or even a Shark. For artificials for Cobia I use a 12 to 14 inch black plastic worm. They love eels ad the worm resembles an eel. They will also eat Crabs Whitebait Shrimp Pinfish etc. Well as you can see you have a lot of fishing to do in May. Get out there and be safe. (239) 283-3247 mrcmfish one of the shallowest running hulls in the industry BOAT CENTER CENTER BONITA New Naples Location Bonita Springs - 27760 S. Tamiami Trail Naples Location - 854 River Point Drive Open 7 Days (239) 992-5777 18 Serving SW Florida s Coastal Enthusiast Cobalt R7 PLASTIC LUMBER Beautiful and long lasting Fashion meet function It is all here. 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Myers - 10871 Kelly Road (239) 267-6857 Cape Coral - 1005 SE 10th Street (239) 573-6857 Charlotte County - 3055 S. McCall Rd. (941) 474-0099 THE APEX OF AUSTRALIA j o s h This month I would like to share the report of a recent catch for the ages from a land notorious for deadly animals like saltwater crocodiles and taipans (venomous snake) but none more imposing than the mammoth great white and tiger sharks dominating the waters surrounding it Australia. The following is the story of how Max from TBDsharkfishing landed a tiger shark that would have set an international world record. Enjoy fellow Hookers. I have finally achieved what I considered to be the epitome of land based catch and release shark fishing an easily 1000lb plus tiger shark. This shark was almost a decade in the making and absolutely tested everything I have learnt in that period of time to the point of breaking myself included. 12 6 inch 3.84m TO THE FORK Female tiger shark. Most large tiger sharks (12ft total length) have a gap between the fork to the tip of the tail ranging between 1 6 to 2ft so that PUTS THIS SHARK 14ft to 14ft 6inch overall length (For those who are dubious please consider the current catch and release WR tiger shark held by Joey Polk 10 8 fork length 12 9 overall length --difference 2 1 from fork length to overall length add the fact a bigger fish will obviously have a bigger tail) w a r d This is ONE of the largest tiger sharks ever caught off a beach anywhere ever. What s even better is that it swam off with no hesitation. The report After getting absolutely hammered up at rainbow beach with the weather all for nothing spectacular fishing wise I made the call to head back down to a beach in NSW that I have had some success with in the past. The first night baits sat there with no touches apart from my sand bag letting go on the 80w around 3 am so I chose to reel it in and leave it be until the morning. Morning came and just as I was about to reel in the senator 12 0 around 7 15 AM it slowly started to tick over. I let it have it for a decent amount of time not expecting much as this was my small bait for the night. But once I tightened up the drag and the 24 0 circle hook dug home I knew I was engaged into something I potentially couldn t handle as I was fishing just myself and my girlfriend on an almost 40 year old penn senator 12 0 antique Not wasting any time I instantly locked the drag down to full and shoved my hands in the reel for extra pressure which in turn the shark picked up pace heading straight out. There was nothing I could do I was going to get spooled. My reel got so hot I couldn t touch it we poured water over the reel and that left me with a big cloud of steam blow up in my face.... My only saving grace was after a 900m continuous run (I only had 50ish meters left on my reel ) it suddenly turned hard left That enabled me to sprint down the beach and start to use angles to my advantage and that s the only reason I was able to stop this fish which is a scary thought. Had it have continued on its way another 50m this report would be a completely different story The first hour this shark absolutely made a mockery out of me. I was hurting bad really bad. I ve never been in so much pain. Sun burning in my face shocking burns and blisters all over my hands sweat and sunscreen dripping into my eyes and my whole body aching from holding the intense pressure for such an extended time. Thoughts crossed my head like I can t do this It s too big I m not prepared enough I m on my own..... The second hour I slowly made progress got it to about 150m out when we got our first glimpse of it when it jumped out of the water What a sight I have never seen that before I called big hammer while gasping for air. As I thought the fight was coming to a close it then proceeded to do another 600m run straight out on lockdown drag with my hands tightly gripping the spool ignoring the painful burns and blood blisters. I was 100% drained by this stage. That run crushed me mentally I felt like giving up. I didn t know how much longer I could possibly stand up to this shark. Just as the third hour ticked over I managed to get it into shore. Being an absolute monster I left it in the water as much as possible quickly removed the 24 0 circle hook which was perfectly hooked In the corner of the jaw got a fork measurement (every time I went for an overall it would kick me offremember I was fishing solo and this shark was a lot bigger than me and in water) got a few quick photos and sent her off on her way I swam out after her to make sure she swam off ok but she quickly out swam me which was a great sign that she had recovered quickly. I collapsed on the beach and tried taking it all in. I had just achieved everything I had ever set out to. It was surreal. The time was 10.30am meaning I was on the rod and reel for over 3 hours. After the fight apart from being extremely sore I observed I had guzzled down over 6L of water during the 3 hour event My beautiful antique 12 0 metal plates have actually warped out of shape the spool now moves side to side about 3cm the drag plates are completely burnt out and the clicker is broken and my rod actually came separated when the epoxy cracked where the grip joins onto the reel seat and the blank has a stress crack running right up it now under the abuse I put it through But I cannot thank it enough for holding up to a fish of a lifetime. It will now be gracefully retired as a wall hang next to a blown up canvas print of the shark. I cannot thank everyone enough who s played a part in making this possible. Right from when I was a rookie sharker Ft. Myers Ma Deck & Bay Boats 244 XTS 214 XTS-SB 224 XTS 214 XTS SHEARWATER BAY BOATS Fish the Legend nearly a decade ago asking everyone stupid questions. I would also like to thank our followers. You all motivate us to fish harder to kayak baits through surf at 2am when it s a lot easier to just jump in a warm sleeping bag. I wouldn t change the experience for anything in the world it was true old school sharkin . Monster tiger on a penn senator. What more could you want Max TBDsharkfishing TBDsharkfishing2 75 fref ts Thank you for allowing us to experience this story Max and also for being such a great representative of our sport. Congratulations and best of luck in the future Until next time you stay classy Nautical Mile . . . Josh Ward - Co-Owner Shark Hookers LLC SharkHookers sharkhookers arine The Choice of Serious Fishermen N e ar l y 30 Yea rs in Lee Co u n ty 2137 FOWLER ST. 239-334-7871 22 Serving SW Florida s Coastal Enthusiast Clothing Hook and Tackle Salinity - Red Zone Breath Like a Fish Bimini Bay - Buff Rods reels terminal tackle Boat lifts racks and boat services Complete inventory of marine supplies Nautical apparel hats shoes and sunglasses HUGE Selection of Fishing Tackle Located 10 minutes up Monroe Canal off Intercoastal 12 3187 Stringfellow Road St. James City Fishing Rods Falcon - Crowder Shimano - Sewell - Star LAT ETERNAL REEF BALLS 26.25.360 DEAN HICKS REEF 26.22.980 PACE 8 ROCK 26.31.100 PACE 10 CONCRETE 26.31.215 PACE S PLACE REEF 26.31.171 BLANDA S REEF ROCK 26.25.313 BLANDA S REEF BRIDGE 26.25.189 WILDMANS REEF SHIP 26.31.177 ARC-SEAGUARD SHIP 26.24.963 ARC-REEFBALLS 26.24.898 BLANDA S REEF SHIP 26.25.185 SOUTH REEF ROCK 26.25.266 ARC TOWERS STEEL 26.24.964 HELENS BARGES 26.37.933 PACE RUB 2 26.31.249 PACE RUB 1 26.31.239 ARC RUBBLE 26.24.830 PACE TET MODULES 26.31.249 ARC TET MODULES 26.24.865 DOC KLINE LINCOLN 26.20.349 MARY S REEF 26.46.239 MARY S REEF 26.46.239 PACE S PLACE BARGE 26.31.169 MARY S REEF 26.46.239 EVAN THOMPSON RF 26.20.282 EVAN THOMPSON RF 26.20.282 EVAN THOMPSON RF 26.20.282 ARC 00 REEF 26.24.939 ARC 00 REEF 26.24.939 PACE S PLACE 26.31.070 PEGASUS TUGBOAT 26.33.130 ARC BARGE SITE 26.24.785 MAY REEF 26.22.377 MAY REEF 26.22.377 SCHOOL BUS 2 26.35.975 SCHOOL BUS 2 26.36.037 BELTON JOHNSON 26.25.454 BELTON JOHNSON 26.25.557 BELTON JOHNSON 26.25.345 BELTON JOHNSON 26.25.288 BELTON JOHNSON 26.25.320 BELTON JOHNSON 26.25.400 SHIRLEY D SHRMP BT 26.32.939 VIXEN WRECK 26.32.838 BELTON JOHNSON 26.25.483 G-H REEF CONCRETE 26.20.670 G-H REEF CONCRETE 26.20.743 CAPE HAZE (B) MODS 26.45.729 ARCOA REEF MODS 26.32.415 G-H REEF ROCK 26.20.656 ARC REEF BARGE 26.24.905 CHARLIE S RF BX CRS 26.33.373 ARCOA REEF MODS 26.32.487 BARGE 1 SITE MODS 26.32.235 E-F (JAYCEES) REEF 26.20.149 EDISON BRIDGE 26.18.407 EDISON REEF 8 26.18.400 EDISON REEF 7 26.18.450 EDISON REEF 6 26.18.500 EDISON REEF 5 26.18.520 EDISON REEF 4 26.18.541 EDISON REEF 3 26.18.579 EDISON REEF 2 26.18.620 EDISON REEF 1 26.18.700 SCHOOL BUS REEF 26.36.370 SHERMAN S BARGE 26.32.877 POWER POLE BARGE 26.40.957 JAYCEES 92 EF REEF 26.20.078 JAYCEES 91 EF REEF 26.20.148 REDFISH PASS BARGE 26.33.499 REDFISH PASS BARGE 26.33.653 HELEN S REEF 26.38.018 MARY S REEF 26.46.176 SANIBEL REEF 26.24.943 BOXCARS REEF 26.41.830 LEE-COLLIER BUSES 26.17.430 M.A.Y. RUBBLE REEF 26.22.731 ON SHORELINE ROCK 26.38.500 FT MYERS WHARF 26.38.429 BOKEELIA REEF 26.43.038 G-H BARGE 26.20.591 LONG DP RLF 82.18.940 38 3 82.01.082 26 6 82.16.900 35 9 82.16.986 35 8 82.16.968 34 5 82.19.086 44 5 82.19.075 44 12 82.17.046 36 16 82.24.719 57 13 82.24.672 57 5 82.19.100 45 8 82.19.038 45 8 82.24.625 58 25 82.17.161 30 6 82.16.940 36 17 82.17.064 36 17 82.24.684 58 10 82.17.001 36 14 82.24.640 58 10 82.05.392 30 8 82.18.430 30 13 82.18.430 30 13 82.16.952 34 12 82.18.430 30 13 82.05.121 32 12 82.05.121 32 12 82.05.121 32 12 82.24.816 58 15 82.24.816 58 15 82.17.010 36 10 82.43.415 85 36 82.24.826 56 8 81.55.112 22 10 81.55.112 22 10 82.28.350 68 16 82.28.250 68 16 82.12.092 32 8 82.11.818 32 8 82.11.662 32 14 82.11.805 32 5 82.11.680 32 14 82.11.783 32 5 82.24.836 60 6 82.24.793 60 20 82.11.700 30 8 81.56.698 27 8 81.57.190 28 8 82.09.466 18 4 82.24.972 60 6 81.57.518 28 6 82.24.691 60 10 82.43.367 90 24 82.25.080 60 6 82.25.111 57 9 82.05.556 31 8 82.13.474 40 16 82.13.200 45 16 82.12.360 45 16 82.13.530 45 16 82.12.980 45 16 82.13.250 45 16 82.13.140 45 16 82.13.310 45 16 82.13.400 45 16 82.28.221 64 12 82.24.931 60 10 82.22.470 45 82.05.348 31 8 82.05.352 31 8 82.14.568 24 10 82.14.199 26 10 82.17.085 30 8 82.18.353 30 6 82.03.160 20 20 82.36.063 72 12 81.55.050 35 12 81.55.383 20 10 81.52.500 0 81.52.482 82.09.642 10 4 81.57.239 30 8 (239) 283-2548 Tampa Bay 1- Bayronto 26.45.830 82.50.860 This 400 Ft. Freighter survived being torpedoed by a German U-Boat in July 1918. A year later the Bayronto ran into a hurricane and sank in 100 ft. of water. 2- Roatan Express 26.20.358 83.22.027 This 180 ft. Steel hulled offshore supply ship made numerous trips between Tampa and Honduras before sinking in rough seas appx. 80 miles west of Ft. Myers on Sept. 31 1992. The captain and one passenger lost their life. 3- J. Marine Sulphur Queen Wreck was never found On the morning of Feb. 4 1963 this 524 ft. tanker disappeared off the west coast of Florida en route to Norfolk Va. Debris was recovered two weeks later off Key West but no trace of its 39 man crew was ever found. Local Shipwrecks Artificial Reef information on this page is provided by multiple sources. For detailed information log on to Sarasota Cape Coral 1 2 5&8 4 4- Fantastico 26.17.775 82.50.082 The No-Name storm of 1993 claimed more ships than Hurricane Andrew. The Honduran freighter Fantastico slipped beneath the waves on March 13 as it carried a load of fertilizer from Miami to Tampa. Of the 10 crew members aboard only three survived. The 205 ft. Freighter sits in 115 feet of water about 50 miles out of Ft. Myers. 5- Pegasus Wreck 26.33.130 82.43.415 This 110 foot steel Tug-Boat and eventual gambling casino office was sunk as an artificial reef in 1999. 6- Paddlewheeler Wreck 25.53.320 82.17.510 The wreck of a stern paddlewheel steamer known locally as the Paddlewheeler rests upside down in 80 feet of water off Naples. The only clue to its identity is a pressure gauge that was manufactured in 1898. 7- Baja California 25.21.522 82.31.901 This 265 foot freighter was en route to Guatemala in July 1942 when a German U-Boat put two torpedoes through her hull just before midnight. In 10 minutes the ship turned on its side and sank in 115 feet of water between Ft. Myers and the Keys. Marco Island 6 Everglades City 7 8- USCGC Mohawk 26.33.146 82.43.423 The 165-foot World War II Coast Guard Cutter Mohawk was the last remaining ship of the Battle of the Atlantic. Key West The Mohawk was laid to rest in 90 feet of water on July 2 2012 at 12 36 PM roughly 28 nautical miles off of Sanibel Island on Florida s southwest coast creating the first Veterans Memorial Reef dedicated to all U.S. veterans. The reef will be the new home to untold numbers of fish and other invertebrates living in the Gulf of Mexico. W82.43.42.347 N26.33.14.64 Monroe Canal Marina (239) 282-8600 Marine Supplies - Boat Rentals Dock Rentals - Live Bait Tackle Shop - Beer - Soda - Ice Boat & Kayak Rentals Daily - Weekly - Monthly open 7 days Boat Ramp with parking for 40 trailers in St. James City BOAT REPAIRS - FISHING CHARTERS STORAGE - FUEL Drive to the end of Bokeelia Located behind Captain Con s Seafood Restaurant 3105 Stringfellow Rd. St. James City Jug Creek Access - No Slow Zones Bokeelia Boat Ramp 283-2244 Join our Pier Club fish or launch your boat 9 times get the 10th time free 10 Launch Public Access Boat Ramp 1 mile past the post office North end of Bokeelia Acres of Parking 23 Serving SW Florida s Coastal Enthusiast Hurricane Preparation for Boaters Offered by the San Carlos Bay Sail & Power Squadron - Cdr. Ron Terciak Are you READY for Hurricane Season The San Carlos Bay Sail and Power Squadron a unit of the United States Power Squadron that serves South Fort Myers Fort Myers Beach Bonita Springs and Estero will help you get ready. The Squadron will be offering an informative seminar Hurricane Preparation for Boaters -- Protect your boat from the next big one storms floods and wind on Saturday April 25 2015 from 8 45am to 11 00am. Hurricanes bring extreme weather conditions that can damage or destroy your boat. This seminar will teach you ways to protect your boat from the ravages of wind waves torrential rain tidal surges and high water. It will focus on developing a plan to protect your boat from the onslaught of a hurricane. This seminar will teach you how to Evaluate the storm protection provided by your marina or storage area Determine if when and how you should move your boat before a hurricane Take the steps needed before a hurricane approaches to secure your boat for hurricane conditions The cost of the course is 10.00 for non-Power Squadron members or 5.00 for Squadron members. The course is being taught at the San Carlos Bay Sail & Power Squadron Classroom located at 16048 San Carlos Blvd. at the corner of Kelly Road (across from ACE Hardware). Students can register online at or call the office at 239-466-4040. Cape Coral Sail & Power Squadron The Cape Coral Sail & Power Squadron offers the Safe Boating (ABC) Class every month except for December July & August (summer recess). The Safe Boating Course consists of six 2 hour evening classes held from 1830-2030 on Mondays and Wednesdays. The test is given on the last Wednesday and there is a reception for the students afterwards. One of the most important aspects of this class is learning the local waters especially important for new boaters to this area. The May class starts MONDAY THE 11TH at 1830 hours. NOTE Anyone born on or after January 1 1988 who operates a vessel powered by 10 horsepower or more must pass an approved Boater Safety Course and have in his her possession photographic identification and a Boating Safety Education identification card issued by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission. NOTE persons under 14 years of age or under are not allowed to operate personal watercraft (Jet Skis). To rent a PWC you must be 18 years or older. A Chart Use seminar will be held on the Thursday following the last Wednesday of the class Graduation Night. The Saturday morning Sea Scout Breakfast is over for this season. The Scouts of Ship 840 thank all of you for your support and hope to see you next season. The CRUISE & RENDEZVOUS CLUB has several events scheduled for May. It begins with it s annual Spring Cruise MAY 4 TO 18 with a trip to the east coast. The Partsch Trip so named will follow the Caloosahatchee River to the Roland & Mary Ann Martin s Marina and Resort in Clewiston where they will spend the night. Cruisers will then make their way across Lake Okeechobee and continue on to Stuart FL and Pirate s Cove Resort & Marina. Additional destinations are The Pelican Yacht Club in Fort Pierce Cape Canaveral (Kennedy Space Center) and Hutchinson Island South before returning to Cape Coral. Reservations are limited so call the Squadron office to make arrangements. 2015 Hurricane names Ana Bill Claudette Danny Erika Fred Grace Henri Ida Joaquin Kate Larry Mindy Nicholas Odette Peter Rose Sam Teresa Victor 24 Capt. Charles Epranian Serving SW Florida s Coastal Enthusiast Be There... Usually folks who take fishing charters are already some sort of fisherman and as such they know that not everyday is going to be a bang-up fishing day. As much as I hate to use the expression... that s why its called fishing not catching. When you have those type of days it really pays off to keep your eyes peeled to the beauty of your surroundings. Springtime is an awesome time of year for fishing around here. The bait is plentiful the days are just cool enough that you can stay out in it a little longer than say in July or August most anything that swims in our waters is available to take a shot at. Whether its snook tarpon redfish trout cobia mackerel.... all are here this time of year and can be targeted depending on what your fancy is for the day. to just be there in the here and now to enjoy whatever the day brings can be as much of a joy as catching the big one. Tarpon are here and the action has been hot. I have had several days of tarpon action that kept my heart rate up for hours. The snook bite has been good but getting a slot sized fish can be a real challenge with the 5 inch slot. Redfish have been sporadic at best on my boat. I don t think I am alone in this regard. Many I have talked with have been noticing the same thing. In years past at this time of year redfishing has been fantastic but this year I m just not finding them in the places I have in years past. I can t discern a reason for this but I m guessing its only a cyclical thing and they will be back to their usual patterns eventually. When running keep a sharp eye out for manatees. They are thick out there and only getting thicker no matter what the scientists say. Many are inhabiting areas not covered by manatee zones so even though you are allowed to run in these places it can really make sense to bring it down to slow speed to get through places you know they might be. This is for your own sake as well as theirs. Nobody wants to hit one of these great mammals if for no other reason than to keep your equipment safe and damage free but also to provide them a chance to get out of the way. I m not sure when we will have enough or how we will know what enough manatees is but as time goes by its becoming more and more clear that they will continue to proliferate and that means we will have to keep a sharp eye out for them to keep from having negative interactions with them. summers day quite the same way they do in the early morning or around sunset. This spring has basically become summer pretty much without any spring like stretches of weather. This has happened before where we go from winter to summer seemingly overnight. DO NOT GET ME WRONG I M NOT COMPLAINING. I love summer here and usually around February or March I can t wait for those dog days of summer where you walk outside and break out in a sweat almost immediately. It can however be very frustrating when what seems like the perfect day for fishing has less than the anticipated action. It s been over three years since new manager Jeff Wilson began to make changes to Pineland Marina and they are continuing with the improvements daily. The largest marina facility on Pine Island has new construction in progress and has remodeled the entire property. The ship store has an additional retail outlet and offices installed as part of the expansion plan. Also with the remodel the facility now has new restrooms and showers available for their patrons. A few months ago Freedom Boat Club added an office at the marina and is announcing fast growth enough to start expanding already. The Tiki building has had its Face lift and the inner canal dredging has been completed. Events are continually held at Pineland Marina and recently the facility hosted part of the Bobby Holloway Fishing Tournament. The marina offers ValvTect marine gasoline along with its 10 000 gallon tank (2k in diesel and 8k in gas). Island Girl Charters which became part of the marina s services this year is the only 24 hour-7 days a week water taxi service to North Captiva Island. They also offer daily trips to Cabbage Key and provide service to and from Boca Grande Captiva and Useppa Island. Pineland Marina recently had a 50 tour boat custom built. High demand added this to Island Girl Charters for Cabbage Upper Cap. & Useppa Islands. Pineland has again won Best-Of and has more plans to continue their ongoing success. These are the times when you ve just got to take what you ve got to work with and make the best of it. Most folks who are here visiting have seldom if ever seen the side of Florida All that being said you ll still have that we who live here get to see quite days where the action is less than you often. Many of them are totally hope for or expect. This can be a enamored with the environment here function of tides weather wind and that can even hold true on days of direction or even related to the water slow fishing action. I find most people quality. Even water that seems totally who experience these types of days are clean can be a challenge to fish just as happy seeing all the wildlife because of floating grass or rolling that we have as catching a bunch of moss. fish. Many times the dolphins and manatees and birds are just as much of I headed to a spot I like a lot on a strong incoming tide recently and after a thrill as are the fish. I love when folks have such a great attitude even a bit of a long run to get there I was though fishing action might be less met with all the conditions that I feel than they d hoped for. make it a great spot and only because of one single factor was it virtually unfishable. This time it was the rolling As a guide and a longtime resident of Southwest Florida it can be easy to feel moss. It was so thick that I felt like it disappointed with days of undersized had pushed the fish that usually hold fish since many of us have had days of in that area away to other locals. fishing action that many from other Everything seemed right I had a well full of frisky whitebait and pinfish the parts of the country never see in a lifetime but I must remind myself that tide was screaming in and yet after a for lots of people the action they may number of baits it became clear that have on a charter here is more and fish just were not there or just not bigger than they may have ever had in feeding. a lifetime of fishing in other areas. Sometimes this can also be because of The ones that are sullen about slow the sun and the moon and their action are usually the ones with respective locations in the sky. As the unrealistic expectations of a charter. I water continues to warm and for my know many assume that a guide will own comfort I like to get out early. I just go straight out and tie you into big find that fish feel the heat of the day fish every time . Well I m here to tell much like we do and will not be as you that not all days are like that and prone to feed in the middle of a hot If you d like charter information or just (Ad on page 16) want to talk fishing give me a call. 2013 & 20 14 Capt. Charles Epranian frshfsh5 (239) 410-2515 Sales - Service Used & Custom BOAT TRAILERS Huge selection of parts and accessories Trailer Service Axles Bearings Brakes Couplers Lights Wiring Tires Winches Frame Inspection Recreational Trailers Commercial Trailers Military Trailers Demo Trailers Used Trailers LED Lighting Boatmaster Trailers 11950 Amedicus Lane - Fort Myers 100% American Made (239) 768-2224 25 Serving SW Florida s Coastal Enthusiast Joseph W. Starowicz P.A. - Your SW Florida Waterfront Pro (239) 940-4580 Joe immediate swelling. Like a bee sting if you aren t allergic it s not fatal but the amount of venom can make the pain range from minor discomfort to something close to temporary agony. The venom is protein based meaning the only relief is to apply heat immediately. The good news Lionfish taste wonderful Their lack of fear of humans make them easy prey a threepronged pole spear is all it takes to end a lionfish s life. Cleaning a lionfish is simple avoid poking yourself with its spines (just like you would do if you were any species of fish such as a bass) can enjoyed just like any other white mild flaky fish even sashimi-style. Lionfish are also one of the healthiest fish available being the lowest in Mercury and one of the highest in Omega-3 acids. As of today Lionfish meat has also never tested positively for ciguatera. With humans being the only deterrent to a lionfish takeover encouraging commercial markets is a crucial step. Divers and snorkelers should spear any lionfish they see and report infested areas For a scuba diver or a snorkeler a your first lionfish sighting is something you never forget. With their brilliant red and white striped spines and ability to remain motionless in the water as they flare their fins out it s no wonder they are one of the worlds most popular aquarium fish. Few fish are as dramatically beautiful as a lionfish but once they are out of the aquarium this stunning creature becomes an uncontrollable predator. Lionfish were first reported in Florida off of Dania Beach in 1985. It is believed that the Pacific natives were released from an aquarium and using DNA samples scientists have traced the lionfish population explosion of the late 1990s back to a handful a lionfish. Lionfish rachel bowman Aquarium-held lions will eat 20 fish in 30 minutes. These voracious eaters who have a 15-year life-span have been found to have cholesterol issues off of the coast of North Carolina. Simply put they are over-eaters. This is especially bad news for the snapper grouper wrasse parrotfish and crustacean populations. Our native Atlantic species lack the genes that their Pacific cousins have with regard to recognizing the lionfish as a predator. Simply put they just don t know any better. Some areas of the Bahamas have already noticed localized extinctions of parrotfish species and Coney grouper fish which are vital to the marine ecosystem. Lionfish are now found as far north as New York as far west as Venezuela and have populated every area of the Gulf of Mexico and the Caribbean. They can live in water as cold as 60 degrees Fahrenheit and have been documented at depths of 1 000 feet. The lionfish has a red and white striped body covered in spines at the base of which is a venom gland making it a beautiful but formidable opponent. The dorsal anal and pelvic spines are venomous. While lionfish are not actively aggressive to humans a slight prick from a spine will result in a painful sting and Understanding the problem is a simple matter of numbers. They reproduce starting in the first year of their life and a female will release eggs every 3 days a total of 2 million eggs per year which are carried up the coast by the Gulf Stream. The eggs are then fertilized by a male and are protected against any larvae-eating predators by toxins in the glelatenous sack that houses them. Lionfish the biggest being around 19 inches will eat any fish or crustacean that is just inches smaller than they are. to the FWC. Landlubbers can join the fight too by ordering lionfish in restaurants and requesting it at seafood markets. By eating lionfish not only are you encouraging a commercial market but you are also taking pressure off of other species whose numbers are being affected by the hungry predator such as grouper and snapper. And they are DELICIOUS Rachel Lynn Bowman Conservation through Consumption Spearlionfish Local Weather LIVE local web-cams Local Weather - Weather Forum - Live Web Cams - Tides - Storms - Drought Index Fire Graphs - Winds - Rain - Humidity & Barometer - Almanac - UV Index - Radar - Buoy Data Lightning - Marine - Hurricane Center - Sea Temps - Hazards - Real Time WX 26 Serving SW Florida s Coastal Enthusiast Top 10 Concerns About LASIK Surgery By Jeffrey B. Robin MD LASIK & Cornea Specialist Frantz EyeCare Millions of Americans enjoy freedom from dependence on glasses and contacts thanks to the FDA approval of LASIK surgery in 1999. Yet many patients still have unfounded concerns about the procedure - how it works its safety and more. I hope you find these answers to the top 10 common concerns about LASIK useful as you consider whether LASIK is right for you. Concern 1. I need to put off having LASIK until it s been perfected. Since LASIK was first introduced in the mid-1990s an estimated 25 million people worldwide have undergone the procedure with excellent results. It is a remarkably successful procedure that is the gold standard for patients who want to permanently correct their vision and reduce or even eliminate dependence on glasses and contacts. In fact LASIK is approved by the U.S. Military for service men and women and by NASA for astronauts. Most patients can expect a greater than 90% chance of achieving 20 20 vision without correction following LASIK. Concern 2. LASIK is too risky. I could permanently damage my eyesight. No surgery is risk-free but according to a multi-center study undertaken by the FDA and the US Department of Defense and reported in 2014 LASIK has an excellent track record of visual results minimal risks complications and very high patient satisfaction. More than 95 percent of patients in the study achieved 20 20 vision or better after their procedure and all were very satisfied with the results. Realistically the only completely risk-free vision correction is wearing glasses. While safe in the vast majority of patients risks of complications with contact lenses are well documented and especially infections of the cornea which can result in permanent vision loss. And recent studies are finding that prolonged use of contact lenses may contribute to other vision challenges over time. Concern 3. I wouldn t qualify for LASIK. The degree of correction I need is too severe. Thanks to advances in technology the vast majority of people are good candidates for LASIK surgery today. A combination of sophisticated preoperative diagnostic tools and the leading-edge lasers used during the procedure make LASIK appropriate and safe for a wide range of prescriptions. When LASIK was first introduced more than two decades ago it was only available to patients with nearsightedness. Today it is widely used and accepted for nearsightedness farsightedness and astigmatism. If you a friend or family member were told in the past that you were not a good candidate for LASIK we recommend that you get a second opinion to see if that might have changed. Concern 4. LASIK is only temporary. I ll have to undergo surgery when I m older. For the majority of patients the results of LASIK are permanent. The surgery reshapes the cornea the clear outer surface of the eye. You may know of people who needed an enhancement or a touch-up but this is a very small percentage - less than 5 percent. It is extremely rare for LASIK-corrected vision to regress to the point that you would need to have the procedure again years later. Concern 5. If I have LASIK I won t be able to have cataract surgery if I need it in the future. There is no relationship between LASIK and cataract surgery. LASIK does not cause cataracts accelerate the development of cataracts or interfere with patients undergoing successful cataract surgery. LASIK changes the shape of the cornea to correct vision errors while cataracts are a gradual clouding of the lens inside the eye usually due to age. Patients who underwent LASIK two decades ago while in their 30s and 40s are now in their 50s and 60s and may be developing cataracts. With our laser Cataract Surgery procedure we are able to offer them excellent outcomes. Concern 6. LASIK causes dry eyes and terrible nighttime vision. In the early days of LASIK there were reports of dry eye and nighttime glare or halos. With the introduction of all-laser LASIK and other advances these issues are less of a problem for the majority of patients. Following LASIK there may be some degree of temporary dryness due to decreased tear production post-surgery but we take steps to manage this side effect by having patients use lubricating eye drops to reduce any discomfort. The vast majority of patients report marked improvement in only a few months. Similarly nighttime vision is also less of an issue today due to improvements in delivery of the laser energy to reshape the cornea. Mild symptoms almost always disappear within a few months. Concern 7. I am too old or too young to have LASIK. The truth is there is really not an age limit for LASIK. However most LASIK surgeons specify that patients must be at least 18 years old. Prior to that your prescription may still be changing due to the normal growth and development that occurs during the teen years. LASIK can also be successfully performed on patients in their 50s 60s or 70s however these age groups are more likely to have other potentially vision-affecting disorders especially cataracts and should schedule a consultation to make sure they are good candidates. If there are no vision-affecting cataracts LASIK may be a reasonable option. If cataracts are an issue we may recommend cataract surgery with Active Life Lenses that allow for seamless vision at all distances without the need for contacts or glasses. Concern 8. LASIK is only for distance and I need reading glasses. Some patients have the misunderstanding that by the time they reach 40 they are too old for LASIK. Others think that because they now need reading glasses they do not qualify for LASIK. Neither situation is accurate. Loss of sharp close-up vision is called presbyopia and is common as people age. Fortunately there is an effective solution called monovision where we can correct one eye for distance and the other eye for near vision. For patients who don t have difficulty with distance vision and have never worn glasses it may be possible to correct just one eye for reading. The vast majority of patients tolerate monovision well but we will assess your tolerance of monovision during your preoperative evaluation. Concern 9. LASIK is too expensive for me to afford. Consider the costs associated with corrective eyewear. The list is endless and can include glasses contact lenses contact lens solutions progressive lenses cases prescription designer sunglasses and doctor s visits. Now multiply that over a 20 or 30-year period. Your costs can easily run into tens of thousands of dollars. LASIK is a one-time only cost. If you wear contact lenses it is estimated that LASIK will pay for itself in about three years. The return on investment for LASIK is substantial and the potential freedom from corrective eyewear is priceless. Concern 10. Anyone can have LASIK. While advances in LASIK technology make permanent vision correction a reality for the vast majority of adults there are individuals who are not good candidates. Careful patient selection is the key to a successful experience and good results. People who have chronic issues related to the cornea other eye diseases or certain medical conditions may not be appropriate candidates for LASIK. As with any procedure there is no guarantee although it is important to note that LASIK has a long track record of success with millions of satisfied patients. LASIK & Cornea Specialist Frantz EyeCare To find out if you are a LASIK candidate the first step is a free consultation. Call Frantz EyeCare at 239.791.2020 or schedule your consultation online at Jeffrey B. Robin MD is a LASIK & Cornea Specialist who practices ophthalmology with Jonathan M. Frantz MD FACS. He and the team of doctors at Frantz EyeCare offer a broad spectrum of patient-focused comprehensive care from eye exams and eyewear to bladeless laser cataract removal treatment of eye diseases bladeless WaveLight LASIK laser vision correction and eyelid surgery with office locations in Fort Myers Cape Coral Punta Gorda Lehigh Acres and Naples. Specializing in custom marine products since 1994 2408 Andalusia Blvd. Cape Coral (239) 458-3860 27 Serving SW Florida s Coastal Enthusiast Local Ophthalmologist Jonathan M. Frantz MD FACS is pleased to announce that Jeffrey B. Robin MD has joined his medical team as a LASIK surgeon laser eye specialist and comprehensive ophthalmologist. Dr. Robin has performed over 65 000 laser vision correction procedures during his more than 20 years in practice. He has traveled to more than 30 countries to perform and teach vision correction surgery and has been designated by Best Doctors of America as a Top Doctor for several consecutive years. Additionally his extensive qualifications and experience place him among the top one percent of LASIK laser eye surgery and refractive surgeons in the United States. An extensively trained and experienced ophthalmologist Dr. Robin specializes in corneal diseases and surgery and refractive surgery. He has worked successfully in many ophthalmology scenarios including academic VA private practice and corporate. He has authored more than 100 peer-reviewed articles and has delivered thousands of lectures and seminars at ophthalmology meetings around the world. He is an internationally recognized refractive surgeon and was extensively involved in the development growth and leadership of the International Society of Refractive Surgery of which he is past president. In addition to performing LASIK surgery at Frantz EyeCare Dr. Robin will also see patients for eye conditions such as glaucoma diabetic eye disease dry eyes and pterygiums. Dr. Robin received his Bachelor of Science from Pennsylvania State University and Medical Degree from Jefferson Medical College in Philadelphia. After completing an internship at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center and ophthalmology residency at Georgetown University Medical Center in Washington DC Dr. Robin completed Fellowships in Cornea and External Diseases at Estelle Doheny Eye Foundation at the University of Southern California and LSU Eye Center at Louisiana State University School of Medicine where he also did a Fellowship in Ocular Virology and Immunology. Among his numerous professional societies Dr. Robin is a member of the American Academy of Ophthalmology the American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery and the International Society of Refractive Surgery. Frantz EyeCare and area residents are extremely fortunate to have a surgeon of such high caliber in the field of LASIK and refractive surgery right here in Southwest Florida said Frantz. Together with our team of four ophthalmologists and seven optometrists Frantz EyeCare has a medical team that is second to none in our area added Frantz. Dr. Robin will see patients at all five locations of Frantz EyeCare including Fort Myers Naples Cape Coral Lehigh Acres and Punta Gorda. To schedule an appointment call the main office in Fort Myers at (239) 418-0999. Jonathan M. Frantz MD FACS is named in The Guide to America s Top Ophthalmologists. He and his team of doctors at Frantz EyeCare offer a broad spectrum of patient-focused comprehensive care from eye exams and eyewear to bladeless laser cataract removal treatment of eye diseases bladeless iLASIK laser vision correction and eyelid surgery with office locations in Fort Myers Cape Coral Punta Gorda Lehigh Acres and Naples. Frantz EyeCare 12731 New Brittany Blvd Fort Myers (239) 418.0999 28 Serving SW Florida s Coastal Enthusiast Bob s World Bob Moro The Quad Squads are Looking Out for You I corralled my perpetual-motionmachine editor Jim Griffiths last month bringing him in as guest speaker to the monthly dinner meeting of my Fort Myers Power Squadron. Not surprisingly we had a near record gathering of 40 of our members and guests to hear Jim talk about his life on the water the origins of The Nautical Mile local bait and tackle shops fishing tactics dining on the water nautical apps we might like and one of our favorite subjects- improving boating skills through education. My members ate it up. Jim was a big hit. His love of boating and knowledge of all things nautical fits right into our wheelhouse. The United States Power Squadron is the largest recreational boating organization in the country and probably the world. We are 101 years old this year and while fewer people think its cool nowadays I like being a part of a venerable old institution that has its roots in boater safety and provides superior boating skills training. New United States Power Squadron members take an oath to promote high standards of navigation and seamanship and to render assistance whenever possible . We perform many public service projects. Recently the San Carlos Squadron rebuilt a kiosk at the Lovers Key State Park boat ramp. The kiosk houses signs for Manatee and Sea Grass protection as well as Vessel Safety Check information. The squadron also did a clean up of Picnic island. They ve planned a three day trip to Fishermen s Village in Punta Gorda this month. Past trips have included Lake Okechobee Palm Island on Cape Haze and Everglades City. My Fort Myers Power Squadron recently chartered The Sea Scouts a nautical division of the Boy Scouts of America. We host cruises to lunch and other social events every month. Chartered in March 1954 the Fort Myers Power Squadron is the senior member of the group and was instrumental in the start of all the other members of the Quad Squads. Owning it s own building has a number of advantages for the Fort Myers Power Squadron. We have a great place for our meetings and boating classes and we make our hall available for use by the public for parties and other private events. On any given day there are probably dozens of Quad Squads members cruising the local waters and looking out for you. Pretty good stuff if you ask me. We re pretty unique here in this part of southwest Florida in that we have four USPS chapters The Cape Coral Fort Myers San Carlos Bay and Sanibel-Captiva (Sail &) Power Squadrons collectively have more than 850 members. Not bad for our little area when our national organization has a little more than 35 000 members at present. Members enjoy beginner to advanced classes in all manner of boating and navigation and often assist local law enforcement agencies in boating safety -related issues but the best part for me has been the camaraderie and friendships that I have made through my membership. Cape Coral is the big kahuna with more than 500 members but each Squadron has a unique character personality and area of interest for their respective members. Collectively we re called The Quad Squad and we often collaborate with one another at boat shows and other events and through inter-squadron communications to discuss and promote areas of common interest. All squadrons are authorized by the USCG to perform free Vessel Safety Checks to ensure that all boats have the required safety equipment as mandated by the Coast Guard. We ll be hosting free VSC checks for any interested boater on Saturday May 23rd from 10 to 2 at the Centennial Park boat ramp in commemoration of National Safe Boating. Take a cruise over and get your free sticker. The recent local deaths of a paddleboarder and a kayaker within 4 days of one another got us talking to one another. Neither were wearing a PFD. If they were they d probably be alive today. The laws say they don t have to wear them-they just need to keep them aboard. Does it make sense to just keep one aboard a well board From that discussion emerged a task force looking into strengthening the laws around PFD use-especially for these skinny paddleboards that are nevertheless defined as a vessel by the USCG. The four Squadrons-The Quad Squads-also spent some time chatting about navigation lights. The laws on navigation lights aren t very well illuminating. Some folks out there don t bother outfitting their boats with navigation lights since they don t go out at night . Huh I don t plan on getting a flat but I still carry a spare in my automobile. And what about fog Sudden storms What happens when you break down or get lost and the sun sets before you make it home Coast Guard regulations require port starboard masthead and towing lights at night and during periods of restricted visibility but if your boat is less than 16 (or 7 meters by some accounts) a flashlight will do. Does that make boats safe enough in these busy waters Have you ever been offshore at night with only a flashlight Or less Need a boating class Seeking the company of others who love boating Interested in helping the boating community Give one of the Quad Squads a call or let me know and I ll put you in touch with a Power Squadron near you. Come for the Boating Education... Stay for the Friends Lt. C Bob Moro P Fort Myers Power Squadron bobmoro Lt. C Bob Moro P 29 Serving SW Florida s Coastal Enthusiast Cape Tool Bait & Tackle Shops Anderson s Bait & Tackle 15675 McGregor Blvd - Fort Myers - 334-3474 Lehrs Rite Angler 16450 S. Tamiami Trail - Ft. 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Myers - 995-2280 Master Bait & Tackle 4465 Bonita Beach Road - Bonita Springs - 992-2553 Water-Access location Master Bait ELECTRICAL PROBLEMS 101 PART II Dennis Doherty Part II of my three part series- What is straight current It is electricity that has gotten out of the electrical system usually because of broken insulation in a wet or very damp area or a defective heating element in a hot water tank. I like using the comparison of electricity flowing to water flowing thru a garden hose. Think of voltage as a difference of potential. That means the pressure is greater at one end of the hose than the other or water would not flow out of the hose. AMPS are comparable to the amount of water flowing thru the hose. Straight current (AMPS) is like having a leak from the hose and of coarse you could not see this leak. The problems would be under water metal corrosion. Another problem would be some strange voltage readings because electricity will always take the path of the least resistance. This straight current will escape the electrical system and sometimes re-entering thru another boat in a marina. A good indicator is when your sacrificial zincs get used up in two weeks depending upon how much current is escaping. The object of an electrical system is to keep the electrical current contained in the system. So two conditions need to happen for straight current. Defective wiring or defective heating element and alternative pathway thru the water for current to flow. Using a multi meter set on AMPS on the highest setting which is usually ten AMPS to protect the meter. Remember AMP meters need to be connected in series because the current has to go thru the meter just like the water meter of your house. This should be a zero reading on the meter. If not start by pulling fuses one at a time or turn off the circuit breakers one at a time until you find the drain. It is possible to have more than one problem on an older boat. As the boat ages and improper electrical splices have been done this makes this type of electrical headache caused by many combinations coming together to create an even bigger headache. The secret is to go slow have patience in diagnosing this type of problem. My wife is happy my beer is cold life is good. Live Pinfish White-Bait and Shrimp Frozen bait - Ice - Tackle - Sun Glasses Sandwiches - Burgers & Hot Dogs Chips & Soda - Water & Coffee 24 7 Open Watch out Facebook page for monthly specials Call ahead and reserve your bait (239) 699-3469 Dockside Dennis is a local Cape Coral resident a boat owner and a great asset to the Nautical Mile. His dockside marine services and expertise are available for hire. 12 VOLT ELECTRICAL TROUBLE SHOOTING DOCKSIDE DENNIS Anchored in the mouth of the Caloosahatchee outside of Tarpon Point 541-1497 30 Serving SW Florida s Coastal Enthusiast Lee County Water-Access Fuel Call ahead for Diesel availability 1- Four Winds Marina 283-0250 2- Monroe Canal Marina 282-8600 3- Moss Marine 463-6137 4- Old Fish House Marina 282-9577 5- Burnt Store Marina (941) 637-0083 6- Ft. Myers Yacht Basin 321-7080 7- The Marina at Cape Harbour 945-4330 8- Tarpon Point Marina 549 4900 9- The Boat House 945-BOAT (2628) 10- Gasparilla Marina (941) 697-2280 11- Sanibel Marina 472-2723 12- The Landings 481-7181 13- Gulf Harbor 437-0881 13a- Ft. Myers Boat Club 454-2629 14- Diversified Yacht 765-8700 15- Big Hickory Marina 992-0991 16- Pineland Marina 283-3593 17- Salty Sam s Marina 463-7333 18- Snook Bight Marina 765-4371 19- Fish Tale Marina 463-3600 20- Jug Creek Marina 283-3331 21- South Seas Resort 472-5111 22- Sweetwater Landing 694-3850 23- Jack s Marina 694-2708 24- Bonita Bay Marina 495-3222 25- Jensen s Marina 472-5800 26- Boca Grande Marina (941) 964-2100 27- Uncle Henry s Marina (941) 964-0154 28- Cape Coral Yacht Basin 574-0809 Marco Island and Goodland Boca Grande 10 Placida 5 29- Pelican Pier 389-2628 30- Walker s Hideaway 394-9333 31- Pelican Bend 394-3452 32- Tarpon Bay Marina 394-5643 33- Coon Key Marina 394-2797 34- Marco River 394-1034 35- Caxambas Boat Park 642-0004 36- Calusa Island Marina 394-3668 26 27 An 8X11 printable map is available at N. Ft. Myers 1 20 16 6 4 22 23 Downtown Ft. 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When a typical brood of one to three chicks hatches both parents feed and care for them. All half-dozen or so booby species are thought to take their name from the Spanish word bobo. The term means stupid which is how early European colonists may have characterized these clumsy and unwary birds when they saw them on land-- their least graceful environment. Blue-footed boobies are aptly named and males take great pride in their fabulous feet. During mating rituals male birds show off their feet to prospective mates with a high-stepping strut. The bluer the feet the more attractive the mate. These boobies live off the western coasts of Central and South America. The Gal pagos Islands population includes about half of all breeding pairs of blue-footed boobies. Like other boobies blue-foots nest on land at night. When day breaks they take to the air in search of seafood sometimes fishing in cooperative groups. They may fly far out to sea while keeping a keen eye out for schools of small fish such as anchovies. When their prey is in sight these seabirds utilize the physical adaptations that make them exceptional divers. They fold their long wings back around their streamlined bodies and plunge into the water from as high as 80 feet (24 meters). Blue-footed boobies can also dive from a sitting position on the water s surface. Blue Footed Booby 32 Serving SW Florida s Coastal Enthusiast Jim Hutchinson Sr. Last month I wrote about some of the things that really get under my skin and make me angry. Lest anyone thing that I am a habitual complainer I thought that this month I would write about some of the things that make me smile. I really like the feeling when I am leaving the dock to go fishing. I have all of the gear aboard and it seems like I am leaving all of my worries and concerns behind me. Not to mention the excitement of thinking about what lies ahead for the day. I really like the excitement on the faces of young children when they catch their first fish. Initially I experienced this with my own children and now am getting that same thrill as I watch my grandchildren holding up their catch of the day. I really like the feeling of clean sheets after a long day. There is something special about lying on clean sheets. I guess it is sort of the same feeling I get with the smell of a new car. Now if I can just talk my wife into hanging the sheets outside to dry like my mother used to do. I really like that first charge I get when I first feel a fish interested in my bait. It does not matter whether it is a soft tugging like a sheepshead or a hard charge of a large Spanish mackerel. That first feeling from a fish is the best part. That is why I like to hold my rod all of the time. Actually as far as I am concerned reeling a fish in after it is hooked is kind of anticlimactic. I really like the feeling of skimming across the surface of Pine Island Sound on a super calm day when there is no wind. Despite the sound of the engine and the wind rushing past there is a sense of peace and calm as my stresses and concerns seem to fly behind me. I guess it is much the same feeling that sailors receive as the wind drives their sails to propel them along. I really like it when I stop in WinnDixie with a shopping list and find some of the items on the list are on sale or two for one specials. It feels like I just won the lottery even though I am only saving a couple of dollars. I really like it when I go out to local restaurants in May and other months of the off-season and find parking spaces near the front door and no waiting line to get a table. Our winter visitors are great to have around but it is sure nice to be able to sit right down at a restaurant no matter what time of the day I go. I really like it when my grown son and I get a chance to go fishing together. Our fishing adventures started back when he was a two year old (see above) but there is something different about fishing with your son as a fishing buddy. We certainly still have that father and son bond but we are now equals having fun and enjoying each other s company as best friends. Actually he is a better fisherman now than I but don t tell him I said that. I really like it when I am casting next to the mangroves and I make a great cast that falls just short of the branches as if I know what I am doing. This is especially good when I have someone in the boat with me. I guess I am entitled to some good casts after all of those that ended up in the trees. I really like fishing around Pine Island when you never know what I really like it when I have a fresh kind of fish you are going to catch fish dinner of fish that I have next. I might be fishing for trout caught the very same day I cook it and catch a mackerel a ladyfish a up and eat. The fish always tastes shark a pompano or a dozen best when fresh but there is others. When we go out to the something special about being able reefs the choices multiply greatly. to catch clean and cook my own dinner especially all in the same I really like driving through day. It really doesn t matter what Matlacha when the traffic is light type of fish just so it is fresh. enough to cruise through at the speed limit. I don t mind at all I really like the feeling I get when I stopping for pedestrians or cars give someone some fishing advice wanting to pull out on Pine Island and it pays off for them. I am Road but I dislike being stuck certainly no expert but I do know behind a line of cars. what works for me when fishing. When I share some of this with I really like fishing and I really others and they catch fish it is a like my wife-so life is good. good feeling and makes me push my chest out a little as if I know what I am talking about. I really like living here in southwest Florida where we can open our windows so many days of the year. Sure there are many days when it is so hot we need the AC on but there are very few days when we need to close the windows because it is so cold outside. jamesghutch1 Pontoons - Tri-toons Performance-toons The only true Saltwater Series Pontoon Prices & Styles to fit every Budget BOAT CENTER CENTER BONITA Bonita Boat Center Now In Naples 854 River Pointe Drive (239) 417-2896 27760 S. 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Red snapper is a popular species that has a strong economic impact for many coastal communities throughout Florida. The 2015 season will start the Saturday before Memorial Day (May 23) and run through July 12 resume for all of Labor Day weekend (Sept. 5-7) and finish with Saturdays and Sundays throughout the rest of September and all of October with the last day of harvest being Sunday Nov. 1. The 2015 Gulf federal waters recreational red snapper season has not been set yet and will be announced later this spring by NOAA Fisheries. For more information visit About and click on The Commission and Commission Meetings. For information on Gulf red snapper visit Fishing and click on Saltwater Recreational Regulations and Gulf Snapper. C A R S HUCK S UTO EPAIR ERVICE Professional On-Site Detailing Cars - Boats - Trucks Cars and Boats Foreign & Domestic Maintenance - Oil Changes Transmission - Tire Rotation RESTORATION SPECIALIST 5575 Doug Taylor Circle St. James City (239) 283-2916 35 Serving SW Florida s Coastal Enthusiast This year s FCB blind fishing tournament also just happened to make a bit more money than I had originally hoped for I m still sorting all that out and hope to have a complete report ready to turn in to the FCB Fundraising committee and the FCB Treasurer within the next week or so. At this time I would like to profusely thank FCB President Jim Kracht. Jim thank you so much for encouraging me to stay with setting all this up Man at many different points throughout this whole thing Jim s emails of support basically talked me off the ledge Plus Jim couldn t make it here to fish in the tournament this year even though I know he really wanted to. So Jim created a really nice welcoming speech and emailed it to me. I opened up the morning by playing this welcome speech of Jim s to all present on the morning of the tournament This worked out so great I wouldn t be surprised if FCB picked up some membership Again great job Mr. President Blind Fishing Tournament a BIG SUCCESS Whew Well the numbers are finally in Even though the weather was just a bit off the fishing was truly what this blind angler right here would verbalized this past Saturday as Totally Sucking So knowing this by listening to the weather forecasts on Thursday night I told all the volunteer captains at the Friday night Non-Mandatory Captain s Meeting at the Cape Power Squadron Hey captains we all know Saturday s fishing is really gonna suck I need to be able to hand out these prizes So if your blind anglers first catch is just even only a catfish throw it in your live well So in the not quite unlikely event that everyone gets skunked we ll be able to hand out prizes for the biggest fish caught Well that s just about what happened It was cold and a blow in on Saturday morning of the 2015 Blind Fishing Tournament BTW Between you and me I wouldn t have gone out fishing that day myself But all 25 lucky blind anglers Sighted mates and volunteer captains of the 2015 Florida Council of the Blind s Annual Blind Fishing Tournament did just that A big personal hats off to all those 25 team s members And yes Virginia the fishing was tough at best OK if I were fishing in this year s tournament I d of said it totally blew But all reported they had the time of their life out on our beautiful waters Volunteer Captain Jim Kreitcha of Cape Coral Florida One year free membership with Sea Tow donated by Sea Tow of Cape Coral Mike Ulrich stay at the fabulous Pink Shell Resort on beautiful Ft. Myers Beach Florida. With two bottles of fine wine (Remember that bottle of Australian wine with the braille label from the blind wine maker ). Plus a bottle of French champagne was won by Captain Bob Novak That custom handmade way cool inshore rod with brand new Shimano Sahara 3000 spinning reel combo donated by Pine Island Tackle Crafts and Lehr s Economy Tackle of North Fort Myers respectively was won By Greg with Aqua Marine Construction of Cape Coral Unfortunately I didn t get the names of the winners for both The brand new Crab trap donated by Chiquita Bait and Tackle of Cape Coral and the very unique and highly collectable and way big time cool antique Greek hand blown glass fishing float donated by yours truly. But I know they were quite pleased with their winnings 2ND PLACE TEAM Team 12 entering one lone 1.4 pound Sea Trout Blind Angler Cory Bordeau of Cape Coral Florida One Shimano 7 foot 2 inch Crucial 8-14 pound inshore rod with Daiwa Exceler 2500 TSH spinning reel donated by Captain Rob s Bait and Tackle of Cape Coral Retail 300.00. Plus 80.00 in Hooter s Bucks donated by Hooter s of Cape Coral Sighted Mate Brian Thompson of Cape Coral Florida One 50.00 Bass Pro Shops gift card donated by the FT. Myers Bass Pro Shops Volunteer Captain John McDaniel One year free membership with Tow Boat US donated by Tow Boat US of Ft. Myers Florida 3RD PLACE TEAM Team 19 Entering one lone 1.3 pound Sea Trout Blind Angler Justin Hazelton One Penn Fierce inshore combo. 7 foot spinning rod with 3000 spinning reel. 79.99 value donated by Vision Ace Hardware of Cape Coral Plus 40.00 in Hooter s Bucks donated by Hooters of Cape Coral Sighted Mate Kim Hazelton One Shimano 7 foot Medium power fast action FXS70MB2 inshore rod. With Shimano FX 4000FB spinning reel. 40.00 value donated by Seven C s in Matlacha Florida Volunteer Captain Bobby Greenwell One 50.00 Ford s Boat House gift card donated by Ford s Garage of Ft. Myers Florida So here s how it all shook out 1ST PLACE TEAM Team 18 Entering one lone 1.5 pound Sea Trout Blind Angler Debbie Tenbusch of Ft. Myers Florida 500.00 cash One Hooters card good for Free wings for one year donated by Hooter s of Cape Coral Florida One 2 foot tall way cool 1st Place Trophy donated by Crown Trophy of Cape Coral Florida Sighted Mate Charlie Tenbusch of Ft. Myers Florida 100.00 cash One of the only things that disappointed me was the fact that we did not get any of our local media to come out on the morning of the tournament Although I did manage to get on the Thursday morning FOX4 Morning Blend Show to promote the FCB Blind Fishing Tournament to the general public That Plus we were able to present two of the link is the second link below. Even though Lighthouse of Collier s Transition kids who volunteered for the day to assist blind this year we set up a special boat as our folks during the tournament After-Party at Official Media Boat a 22 foot pontoon boat. But with not even one reporter or the Yacht Club s Beach Pavilion each a videographer showing up that morning I real nice rod reel combo I also gave the apologized profusely to that captain so he transition kids instructor Miss Katrina said no problem I ll just go home and Best a pretty neat little spinning rod reel come back for the After-Party. herself that has red L E D lights that light up when the reel is cranked But later on that day at about 2 00 pm we So hey guess what On Saturday April 25 did get a lone reporter from our local FOX The Collier County Lighthouse will drive station to come out and do two interviews Hat s off to FOX4 News me down to the Naples Fishing Pier where I will give the Lighthouse s transition kids a how to lesson on actually Here s the link fishing without any help by a sightling. A bit of mobility advocacy and the fine art of http fox4now news Fis hing-tournament-gets-blind-anglers-outlooking good when trying to rip their lips off LOL Well we ll see if we can scare up on-the-water-297909681.html any action anyways Following that Here s the Morning Blend Show link but there ll be some kind of cookout or please note Carly from the Morning Blend something like that. Show got some things wrong SWFCB instead of FCB and that I m the vice I think this is just too cool The whole Teach em to fish feed them for life thing president of SWFCB But what re you gonna do they got the basic message out anyway I also picked up some great contacts for another blind fishing tournament for next year too A possible different location to base the tournament out of that just might be accessible for our local para transit too This is Huuuuge Caroline Another one of these new contacts just might become a major sponsor too Again Huuuge Caroline http fox4now shows th e-morning-blend video 297665821.html Well I ve still got a lot of wrap up work to do for the 2015 FCB BFT and then maybe I ll take a little break Maybe I might even just go fish Here s the low down on our raffle winners Call in Sick Fort Myers Beach Get A Way raffle package One 2 night 3 day Mike Ulrich 36 Serving SW Florida s Coastal Enthusiast Lee County has 38 Boat-Access restaurants Print your own map at WATERFRONT DINING Lazy Flamingo 1 Boaters Welcome Free Docking For the freshest meal bring us your catch 1 32 4 5 Lazy Flamingo 3 Inc. 16501 Stringfellow Road Bokeelia (239) 283-5959 GPS N26.42.057 W082.09.381 Lazy Flamingo 2 Inc. 1036 Periwinkle Way Sanibel 239-472-6939 4 Locations Lazy Flamingo Inc. 6520-C Pine Ave Sanibel 239-472-5353 Lazy Flamingo 4 Inc. 12951 McGregor Blvd Ft. Myers 239-476-9000 If our seafood were any fresher we d be serving it underwater Located at in Bokeelia The Nautical Mile South Coast Florida Fisherman s Platter Grouper Shrimp and Scallops Either Grilled Blackened or Beer Battered and Deep Fried Golden Brown served over our famous Black Beans & Rice 5 Waterfront Dining on Upper Captiva 2 (239) 472-1200 N26.36.000 W082.12.875 Dine on the Dock Million Dollar View 3 New Cape Co ral Location 4 Boaters Welcome Live Music Fresh Seafood 239-282-3232 4271 Pine Island Rd. - Matlacha 37 Serving SW Florida s Coastal Enthusiast Pictured here is Larry Dahlberg Fishing Pro of The Hunt For Big Fish Fishing Show and Snikwah Ambassador Fishing Enthusiasts Save Your Skin theresa george provides SPF 50 Protection Without Sacrificing Style Anglers often pay the price for the love of their sport by subjecting their skin to the elements of sun cold and wind that can cause premature aging or melanoma. According to the American Cancer Society the rates of melanoma have been rising for at least 30 years. With nearly 3.7 million skin cancer diagnoses in the US annually extra protection with clothing is a must. Roy Smith CEO of Snikwah in Naples offers versatile stylish high performance shirts with a UPF 50 rating for maximum sun protection. The activewear provides excellent coverage for fishing on land or sea as well as leisurely boating kayaking sailing yachting surfing biking and for anyone working or playing outdoors. The Snikwah Original shirts are made with Drirelease a fabric with superior wicking abilities that keep you cooler in hotter temperatures and warmer in colder temperatures Snikwah CEO Roy Smith stated. Also remember when on the water the chances of getting burned are enhanced between the hours of 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. when the sun is at its strongest. Water reflects light and will make your skin burn much faster. Anglers need to be aware that glass on boats reflect the sun s harmful ultraviolet rays so protection is key Also when it s overcast outside make sure to take caution because UV rays penetrate clouds. To take cover from the SWFL heat Snikwah shirts are a great choice to protect the face neck chest and arms Smith said. Photo Thrive Media The performance shirts also feature a patented convertible neck that lets you control the level of protection you need exactly when you need it. The convertible neck can be worn down with the neck extended to cover your mouth as a full buff as a hood or as a buff with a hood Smith said. For spear fisherman Snikwah also offers the Hydro a compression fit rashguard designed for in-water use. It protects you from the elements helps control your temperature whether you re in tropical surf or diving in northern waters and has a 50 UPF rating. The Hydro s light weight fabric conforms to your body like a glove allowing you maximum comfort without any bunching or restriction. So if fishing by land by sea is your game take note Snikwah performance shirts are not only stylish but can keep you comfortable and protect your skin when you head out to catch the big one For more information go to Theresa George thrive media Fishing Charters Captain Miles Meredith Where fishing info and lies are FREE 574-6950 Live & Frozen Bait 405 NE Pine Island Rd. - Cape Coral On-Site Boat Rigging - Motor Repairs Custom Cast Nets - Rocket Trailers - Custom Rods Consignment Boats - Star Rods - Marine Supplies Cast Net Repair - Rod & Reel Repairs capetool 38 Serving SW Florida s Coastal Enthusiast the Nautical Mile Available at your favorite bait shop Rick Kevin & JC catching Red Grouper on a Spoon Vince Parkinson with his first release of the year Cousin John first snook while visiting Ron Candelori Photo 101 Today s phones have a high megapixle but poor lens quality and zooming reduces the quality of an image. If you want to zoom use your feet. We get a lot of quality photos for cover-shots but can t use them because people zoomed too close for us to fit text around the image. Leave plenty of space around the image for room for us to work with it. When sending photos through e-mail use original and or full-size avoid reducing or choosing small settings. Smaller images print poor. Send your high-res fish pictures to theNauticalMile Please send the image Full-Size Reduced images will not print RECORD SETTERS the Available at your favorite bait shop TM PUBLICATIONS Aluminum Welding and Metal Fabrication Cape Coral 458-3860 2408 Andalusia Fishing Charters Capt. Bill Russell Capt. Dick May Capt. Terry Fisher 357-6829 Capt. Charles Epranian 410-2515 Capt. Joe Greco 877-249-7472 Kayak Trips snookcowboy Capt. Gregg McKee Looking for a reputable business Towing Salvage 945-4820 3725-A Del Prado Blvd. 945-1664 24 Hours a day - 7 Days a week Bait & Tackle Shops 3714 Del Prado 574-6950 405 NE Pine Island Rd. 574-6950 10707 Stringfellow Road Bokeelia - 558-8085 Mouth of the Caloosahatchee Open 24 Hours 699-3469 1355 N. Tamiami Trail N. Ft. Myers - 995-2280 16450 S. Tamiami Trail - Ft. Myers 466-7326 This page is updated quarterly Water-Access Restaurants North Captiva Island 472-1200 282-3232 4271 Pine Island Road Matlacha 282-8233 3930 Pine Island Rd. Matlacha 541-5600 Tarpon Point Marina - Cape Coral 282-8233 Tarpon Point Marina - Cape Coral St. James City 283-5555 3051 Stringfellow Road Towing Salvage 945-4820 3725-A Del Prado Blvd. 945-1664 24 Hours a day - 7 Days a week Cape Yacht Club 945-2628 283-5959 16501 Stringfellow Rd. Bokeelia (Not on the water) Trailers 768-2224 12301 Metro Pkwy Ft. Myers 275-0880 2360 Crystal Road - Ft. Myers Insurance Boats - Auto - Wind 283-6136 1329 Hibiscus Drive - Cape Coral 242-8072 4085 Hancock Bridge Pkwy N. Ft. Myers 599-3220 Water Taxi Pineland Marina 633-8142 1407 Cape Coral Pkwy - Cape Coral 257-3615 1715 Cape Coral Pkwy 471-0136 4270 Pine Island Rd. - Matlacha 283-1674 4465 Bonita Beach Rd - Bonita Springs 992-2553 Marinas Facilities St. James City Bokeelia 283-3962 Bokeelia 10 Ramp 300 foot Fishing Pier 283-2244 Ft. Myers Beach 765-8700 Boatlift Covers (877) 587-4397 (877) 201-3606 RECORD SETTERS the Boat Sales (new) 27760 S. Tamiami Trail 2137 Fowler Street - 334-7871 3 SW Florida Locations 549-2628 Bokeelia 283-0250 16501 Stringfellow Rd. Ft. Myers 433-5111 14500 Vista River Dr. 282-8600 Repairs Rentals Service 450 Harbor Court - Ft. Myers Bch 283-3593 Storage Service Store Ramp Cayo Costa State Park Boca Grande Available at your favorite bait shop Charlotte Harbor N. Ft. Myers Bokeelia Burnt Store Classes Education Classes Education 549-9754 917 SE 47th Terrace 549-0271 Cape Coral Pineland Pin d lan e Is d Roa Marine Supplies 1156 N. Tamiami Trail N. Ft. Myers 997-5777 Pine Island Center Matlacha 337-9564 4391 Colonial Blvd.Ft. Myers (800) 237-8663 Colonial Cape Coral 15600 San Carlos Blvd Ft. Myers Beach 437-7475 North Captiva Pine Island Sound Cape Coral PKWY Daniels Docks Dock Supply 926 SE 9th St. Cape Coral 574-4844 Propeller Service Cape Coral 772-3222 905 SE 9th Terrace Cape Coral 772-3222 905 SE 9th Terrace Captiva Ft. Myers 267-6857 10871 Kelly Road St. James City Punta Rassa mm Su in erl Alico Road San Carlos Park Dive Gear Shops 337-9564 4391 Colonial Blvd. Ft. Myers Real Estate 940-4580 250-9763 Sanibel Island Sanibel Ft. Myers Beach Estero Bay Estero Electronics 541-1497 Mobile Marine Service Ft. Myers 936-6463 9250 College Pkwy. Bonita Springs Signage Printing Cape Coral 772-3000 Cape Coral 772-8200 Eye Care 5 SW Florida locations