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The absence of accountability responsibility and manipulated reporting is out of control. Walter Cronkite is gone and it s hard to know what to believe anymore. The oil spill was a great example. People canceled vacations to Florida thinking that our beaches were full of dead babies. Oil was not the problem irresponsible reporting was. We ll stay away from news and stick to fishin & boating If you re a member of a club I speak to hundreds of people every year at Power Squadrons and fishing clubs about local boating and fishing. It s a great talk for newcomer clubs and an opportunity for me to introduce new residents to our coast. The paper doesn t need me a lot. I m in the process of creating a business of being what I would call a Live in Business Coach . I see it as a future trend. People hire personal coaches to put passion back into their life. A coach can help you set and hit goals figure out what habits may be stopping you from getting things you want and overcome things that you don t even know about. My wife does this individually but I want to do it for businesses. I d work with owners and staff building them personally & characteristically. We d work on leadership and responsibilities work ethics customer service I d restructure the marketing and mostly get the company branded a lost art. the winds of change of the Nautical Mile Big changes this month- It s time to climb Lee County s walls. We re now covering from Bonita to Englewood and looking into going statewide. Gulf Coast Kayak in Matlacha mentioned that a lot of tours come from Charlotte. Everyone loves to paddle Matlacha. I recently had dinner with the owners of Barnacle s where they mentioned that boat clubs from the Charlotte area were making their North Captiva restaurant a destination. It s time we move north. I grew up here and Key Largo. About 25 years ago I returned to Cape Coral from a 6-month commercial fishing trip in Dutch Harbor Alaska. I had built a mobile boat waxing company in Cape Coral where I noticed there was no information source for the marine community. People simply had no directory or way of knowing that there were 40 water-access restaurants in Lee County alone. Publishing was far from waxing a boat but I was told it couldn t be done.... which was all I needed. I had never used a computer and I had so many doors slammed in my face trying to sell advertising that it came down to a personal challenge. People like to buy but they don t like to be sold. So I put together a publication they wanted to buy and I quit selling it. We maintain a 97% advertiser retention most likely a state record. I guess it worked. When I was a kid in the Keys I built custom fishing rods and I was booked for weeks at a time. The boat wax business was so busy that I took the phone number off my truck. I once worked retail where I tripled the numbers in my department only by displaying things differently. I find out-of-the-box thinking to be very simple where most just like to say the words. When it comes to acting people get scared and make safe Businesses like marinas have millions tied up in property and various costs but not a dime goes into building a staff characteristically and personally. Imagine a completely dedicated staff working together. People are jealous of companies like Google. This is how they think and how you think (plus breaking old habits) is what will get you out of your own 7-day routine I fish and boat a lot. I live in Pineland with my wife and 2 dogs and I m excited to explore Charlotte County. Years ago I boated from Matlacha to the Nav-A-Gator and it was one of my most memorable boating experiences. Charlotte took quite a hit from Hurricane Charley and I d bet the residents are proud of how well they overcame the disaster. Last month a client mentioned the Nautical Mile being a gift to the industry. Businesses have a place to put their name where people will see it it s with a company that doesn t hike up costs just because they can and the readership can find everything all in one place. Because of this no competitor has been able to survive in our region for the last 15 years. We ve obviously got something that works and it s time look for someone that wants to take it statewide. All I need is for someone to tell me that it can t be done..... If you re interested call me. It s Hurricane season be safe out there thenauticalmile SW Florida s LOCAL marine resource guide 05 Nautical Mile Contributing Writers 08 10 17 18 19 22 26 27 31 32 33 36 38 39 40 43 48 43 Capt. Chuck Downes The Quarles Team Jim Hutchinson Sr. Capt. Gregg McKee Lt. Bob Moro Kathy Thousand Capt. Rob Modys Dockside Dennis Capt. Bill Russell Robin Griffiths The Snook Cowboy Dave Sully Capt. Scott Swartz Capt. Charles Epranian Dr. Jonathan Frantz MD Barb Hansen Alyssa Grabner Capt. Dick May TM Local a nd 2016 Moons July New Moon Jul 4 Full Moon Jul 19 August New Moon Aug 2 Full Moon Aug 18 September New Moon Sept 1 Full Moon Sept 16 Boating Fishing P U B L I C A T I O N S Inc. SW Florida Coastal Information 11 Gulf Coast Shipwrecks 12 Local Fishing Pictures 16 Bait & Tackle Shops 20 Water-Access Boat Ramps 23 In-Water Marina Facilities 24 Water-Access Restaurants 30 Fishing Guides 34 To those who serve41 Coastal Groups and Clubs 46 SW Florida Water-Access Fuel 49-53 Business Cork Boards 54 Advertising in the Nautical Mile Business Co rk Boards pages 49-5 3 Nautical Mile Newsletter Get ongoing updates on the local marine community upcoming events boat shows tournaments. Sign up for free at Contact us PO Box 486 - Bokeelia Fl. 33922 Office (239) 980-5803 Fax 790-1370 Jonathan M. Frantz. 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Boat Bottoms Crane service Fiberglass AWLGRIP Gel Coat SW Florida s LOCAL Marine Resource Guide TM 07 pontoons Ship Store - Boat Sales - Haul Outs Pineland Marina MARINE (239) 283-0200 (239) 283-3962 St. James City Sales - Service - Re-power AUTHORIZED DEALER SW Florida s LOCAL Marine Resource Guide 08 Walkin the Dog with Captain Chuck Downes There are so many men woman and children enjoying the sport of fishing for a host of reasons. Some may be attempting to catch the largest fish most fish a variety of species fish they have never caught before taking pictures catch and release a hopeful battle with a trophy fish or simply just enjoying being out on the water. No matter what the reason you have for fishing there are always memorable experiences that become engrained in our minds. When stories are shared between anglers there is always a part of the story that every angler can relate to. On a personal level I had a recent personal experience that made such an impression on me that it will be etched in my mind forever. It all goes back to when my daughter Lindsey was just little girl. I had taken her out on our boat and tried to introduce her fishing off the coast of New Jersey. Although she caught a nice 18 inch flounder the motion of the ocean did not agree with her. Our trip was short because I wanted her to enjoy being on the sea not to feel miserable. Lindsey tried to enjoy going for rides but did not do much fishing for several years. Some years later she invited a friend to the beach and he wanted to go fishing. Although she was not comfortable being out in the ocean she decided to give it a try. We planned a short trip and she started to feel bad but was catching lots of fish. I tried to get her to give up fishing for the day and said we would return to the dock. She wanted to continue fishing. Once the trip was over Lindsey took another vacation from fishing. She started horseback riding and left the water behind. On a few trips to our home in Florida Lindsey wanted to go out on the boat to see all the amazing natural scenery we have in Southwest Florida. Seeing dolphins play beside the boat manatee swimming by and the variety of birds in flight made being out on the boat a very pleasurable experience. This was evident in her talking about her experiences out on the water. On her last visit she wanted to go out on the boat. The very next day was beautiful - the perfect day to go out on the boat. We spent several hours searching the creeks and flats for wildlife. When we returned home all Lindsey could talk about was how much fun it was being on our Beavertail Skiff that gave her the opportunity to get close to the wildlife. Later that evening my wife and I asked her what she would like to do the next day. We offered to take her to some of the local attractions. To my surprise she asked if we could go out on the boat again so I could teach her how to cast and walk the dog . The next day we searched the flats in Matlacha for a perfect spot. Once there I put down the stick-it to anchor us in the spot. I took out a spinning rod and demonstrated how to cast and walk the dog . I then handed the rod to Lindsey. She made several nice casts and in a short time she was walking the dog as if she has Walk the Dog Charters been doing for years. No fish were caught but that was not important to either one of us. We had spent several hours out in nature reconnected to fishing and enjoying ourselves. My wife always told me that there would come a day that Lindsey in her own time would want to see what was so enjoyable about being out on the water and she was right. Lesson learned. Be patient believe and you never know what may come around. Not only was this the best Fathers Day gift I could have received but a gift that my daughter keeps giving when she reminds me of that day. She can t wait to return to Florida this winter and this time she wants to catch that redfish or snook. So if you have a child or grandchild who is not quite interested in boating or fishing at this time be patient. Sometimes they may come around and want to try that adventure with you. Believe me it is worth the wait. Thanks to my wife and daughter for giving me this special gift. Until next time tight lines and enjoy what we have out there in paradise. (609) 412-7328 starfisher2 SW Florida s LOCAL Marine Resource Guide 09 Full Service Marina Boat ls Renta 2 minu te s to the Caloos ahatch ee Honoring the long history the name Blackfin has in the sport fishing world the 217 Blackfin is available with an optional fishing package which includes a GPS fish finder livewell with LED light bow filler fishing platform and stainless steel rod holders. 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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. 6 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. 7 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. Florida Keys All aluminum construction. Over 6 000 covers installed. Engineered for local & state code 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. 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. SW Florida s Original BOAT LIFT COVER Company Charlotte County (941) 505-0237 Lee County (239) 340-8429 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. 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. 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. ....more to come in August SW Florida s LOCAL Marine Resource Guide 12 Now THAT S a Porgy Thanks Bubba Capt. Gregg McKee reminiscing a baby tarpon caught in Puerto Rico Steve with a nice gag in beautiful weather Rods Rods Rods JC with a Texas sized canal jack Bob Skip & Millie Red & Snook fis hing Reels Reels Reels On our cover Matt McKee lands a monster Trout in Matlacha Pass while visiting from PA Lines Lines Lines Send fish pictures to theNauticalMile Plus 995-2280 (239) SW Florida s LOCAL Marine Resource Guide 13 s Over built and quality made (239) 992-5777 Prices & Styles to fit every Budget SW Florida s LOCAL Marine Resource Guide 14 for ne-Stop O ing everyth d you nee Be o n t he Water NOW and Wet-Slips and Dry Storage for rent now 190 Rack Storage Facility Dies now el Fuel a va i lable Fishing Guide Services - Open 6-6 Every Day Full Service Marina Ask about member fuel discounts Ice Beer & Snacks - Ethanol-Free Fuel Deep-Water Access with no Slow Zones Ship Store Tackle Shop - Live & Frozen Bait Full Service Department with Certified Mechanics Island Girl Charters Pine Island Charters Floating Kayak Launch Taxi Service to Cayo Costa Guide Services and Boat Rentals 24 hour service to the islands Island Girl Charters 13921 Waterfront Drive Pineland (239) 283-3593 Gateway to the Islands (239) 633-8142 SW Florida s LOCAL Marine Resource Guide 15 Sightseeing - Shelling Lunch Dinner Cruises Private Taxi Dolphin Watching 24 HOUR SERVICE North Captiva - Captiva - Cabbage Key (239) 633-8142 Boca Grande - Pine Island - Useppa Departs from Pineland Marina coming soon to N. 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(239) 823-6422 Englewood Bait House 1450 beach Rd (941) 475-4511 Fine Bait & Tackle 14503 Tamiami Trail (941) 240-5981 Capt. Ted s Bait & Tackle 1189 Tamiami Trail (941) 627-6800 Fishin Franks 4425 Tamiami trail (941) 625-3888 Downtown Bait & Tackle 120 Laishley Ct. (941) 621-4190 Fisherman s Edge 4425 Placida Rd. (941) 697-7595 Rio Villa Bait & Tackle 113 Rio Villa Dr. (941) 639-7166 Cape Tool Lehr s Jasper s Bait Capt. Rob s Snook Hut Jasper s Bait Boat Chiquita Bait Rite Angler Anderson s Bait Box Report more bait shops thenauticalmile Ft. Myers Lee County (239) 945-4820 Port Charlotte (941) 625-5454 Serving all of SW Florida Assisting Boaters Since 1983 Your Road Service at Sea SW Florida s LOCAL Marine Resource Guide 17 As I wondered what to write about for July I considered the Fourth of July. I would research our nation s founders for fishing exploits and quotes. In Poor Richard s Almanac Ben Franklin wrote Fish and visitors smell in three days. When fish is fresh or visitors first arrive they are welcome. Eventually both overstay their welcome. After Franklin I could find no quotes from our founding fathers. So I turned to a book of angling quotes The Quotable Fisherman compiled by Nick Lyons. Many dealt with angling enthusiasm. Robert Traver in Trout Madness said The true fisherman approaches the first day of fishing with all the sense of wonder and awe of a child approaching Christmas. Fishermen praise the positive effects nature. In Reflections On The Water s Edge John Bailey uttered No angler merely watches nature in a passive way. He enters into its very existence. Howard Marshall made a statement reflecting my experiences. He said Fishing consists of a series of misadventures interspersed by occasional moments of glory. Fishing Quotes Jim Hutchinson Sr. Fishermen are known to stretch the truth. Eugene Field wrote I never lost a little fish yes I am free to say. It always was the biggest fish I caught that got away. Ed Zern blamed fishing in To Hell With Fishing for anglers lying Fishermen are born honest but they get over it. Fishermen hang out at bait and tackle shops just passing time. In On Tackle Shops Arthur Ransome said There are two distinct kinds of visits to tackle shops the visit to buy tackle and the visit which may be described as Platonic when being for some reason unable to fish we look for an excuse to go in and waste a tackle dealer s time. I end with the quote first used in the 1800 s by Anne Isabella Ritchie in Mrs. Dymond. She wrote If you give a man a fish you feed him for a day. If you teach a man how to fish you feed him for a lifetime. Ernest Hemingway as well known for his fishing exploits as for his writing wrote heroically in On The Blue Water. There is great pleasure in being on the sea in the unknown wild suddenness of a great fish in his life and earth which he lives for you in an hour while your strength is harnessed to his and there is satisfaction in conquering this thing which rules the sea it lives in. Perhaps Harold Blaisdell had catfish in mind in The Philosophical Fisherman writing Quite possibly this is the key to fishing the ability to see glamour in whatever species one may fish for. Occasionally there are bluebird days when the fish seem to jump into the boat but usually there are problems. H. G. Tapply noted in The Sportsman s Notebook Fishing always reaches its peak at a time when the bugs are thickest. And bugs are thickest at the places where fishing is best. jamesghutch1 Monroe Canal Marina Marine Supplies - Boat Rentals Dock Rentals - Live Bait Tackle Shop - Beer - Soda - Ice Boat & Kayak Rentals Daily - Weekly - Monthly open 7 days (239) 282-8600 Boat Ramp with parking for 40 trailers in St. James City BOAT REPAIRS - FISHING CHARTERS STORAGE - FUEL 3105 Stringfellow Rd. St. James City SW Florida s LOCAL Marine Resource Guide Permit are one of Florida s most prized gamefish in both inshore and offshore waters. Unfortunately they re only common on the shallows from Biscayne Bay to Key West. We have plenty of them here in Southwest Florida but mostly on the deeper reefs and rock piles out in the Gulf of Mexico. Catching a permit on the inshore flats of Pine Island has always been a rare event but that might be changing for the better. I ve always seen permit on our flats as long as I ve been fishing this area especially on the sand bars of Charlotte Harbor but have never hooked one until recently. Last month I had a charter from New Jersey on board throwing live shrimp at some baby tarpon off Matlacha. We had a solid hit that pulled a nice amount of drag but the fish never jumped. I assumed it was another mid-sized jack which had been eating our baits all morning but I was thrilled when a two pound permit came up to the boat. I ve guided clients to several hundred of these fish off Key West and this was by far the smallest I d ever hooked. I also can t remember being so excited about any catch in a long time. The main reason I was so thrilled is because I seemed to be the only local flats guide who hadn t landed a permit in the past year. My friend Capt. Joe Harley had at least three anglers catch them on fly last fall out in Pine Island Sound. My other buddy Capt. Eric Wrenn had an amazing morning recently when he caught eight permit on live shrimp off a Matlacha Pass oyster bar. I ve also heard from at least a half dozen recreational anglers who ve landed these fish in the same waters on both live bait and artificials. Wild Fly Charters (239) 565-2960 18 This is really great news and it says a lot about the current condition of our fishery despite all the recent bad press we ve had after the Lake Okeechobee situation. At the same time I have no illusions about Pine Island becoming the next hot permit destination. This area will never rival Key West or Belize because our water is just too dark most of the year to allow the kind of sight fishing for this species those locations can offer. But word will spread and there is a cult of hard core permit anglers who won t hesitate to travel to any new spot to chase this Holy Grail of the Flats. Best of all they ll bring their money with them just like they did to the Keys and Central America several decades ago. So if you re reading this and have caught a permit on the Pine Island flats recently please don t keep it to yourself. Feel free to brag a little especially online. It will only benefit our local economy and our waters in the long run. Capt. Gregg McKee gmckee1 Aluminum Welding and fabrication (239) 458-3860 2408 Andalusia Blvd. Cape Coral Specializing in custom marine products since 1994 SW Florida s LOCAL Marine Resource Guide 19 2015 USCG Stats Lessons Learned The United States Coast Guard has just released its 2015 Recreational Boating Statistics and it says a lot about what we do wrong in our boating habits. Most people s eyes glaze over when they read such reports but I find them fascinating. Past is prologue so let s take a quick look Deaths (625) increased 2.6% and accidents increased 2.3% over 2014. Alcohol (Surprise ) was the 1 contributing factor in fatal accidents. 76% of deaths were drownings & 85% weren t wearing a life jacket. Only 15% percent of deaths occurred on vessels where the operator had received a nationally-approved boating safety course. (Take a course ) Operator inattention operator inexperience improper lookout machinery failure and excessive speed rank as the top five primary contributing factors in accidents. Jeff Hoedt is the Chief of the Boating Safety Division for the USCG. His division is responsible for compiling the statistics and preparing the report. I asked him what he thought the most important take-away was from this year s report particularly for Fort Myers area boaters. With your 12 month boating season and Florida s incredible fishing and beautiful waters you have the most Bob s World Bob Moro boaters and consequently the most accidents and fatalities. And your (shallow) water depth contributes to your boating safety risks. The best thing by far that a boater can do is to wear a life vest but it s a challenge to get them to wear it. Boaters always underestimate their environment and overestimate their abilities Hoedt said. To see the full 82-page report go to http library accide nt-statistics Recreational-BoatingStatistics-2015.pdf I was happy to receive several emails in response to last month s column Boat Wakes and Bad Tempers . A lot of you agree that even good boaters can create more problems with their wakes than they realize. I hate to sound like an ocean nanny but we would all do well to think a little more about the impact our wakes have on fellow boaters. Randy Headrick AP is past commander of the Cape Coral Sail and Power Squadron and he is their On-The-Water- Instructor. Here s his story I have a 55 Bluewater Cruiser and usually cruise at (just) 8 or 10 KTS when possible to save gas EVERY time I cruise the river or Pine Island Sound I get repeatedly buzzed by faster boats who usually pass within 30 at 30 KTS quite often throwing my family and any loose items around pretty severely. One wake knocked a 32 TV right out of its cabinet. I just spent 15 days cruising to Tampa and back and spent most of my travel time looking over my shoulder and trying to minimize the effects of the constant barrage of uninformed or ignorant boaters passing me in an unsafe manner. During the trip my Starboard engine overheated and had to be shut down so I was really at a disadvantage and could not easily maneuver to escape the wakes. The sad part is most of these boaters are experienced boaters driving mid-sized cruisers not beginners in a center console fishing boat. When I approached one boater a couple weeks ago and expressed my disappointment over the unprofessional and unsafe pass he gave me earlier in the day he said You are a big boat I certainly can t hurt your big boat with my wake . He was convinced he had done nothing wrong. Lt. C Bob Moro P Lt. C Bob Moro AP Fort Myers Power Squadron bobmoro Or de CRUNCH DOWN rO nl i ne PI Road 458-1940 CC Pkwy 257-3270 N. Ft. Myers 731-5500 SW Florida s LOCAL Marine Resource Guide 20 Buff Angler Gloves Buff known for technical and multifunctional headwear introduces their new line of Pro Series Angler Gloves. Crafted to enhance dexterity grip and UV protection Buff Handgear provides anglers with a performance advantage literally in the palm of their hands. Boat Ramps & Water-Access Report more ramps thenauticalmile North Port 21 32 Port Charlotte Englewood 33 29 28 27 26 24 23 22 25 Punta Gorda 31 Finally gloves designed for the enthusiasts to enhance your fishing performance. 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It can be a very daunting task for your caregiver so you may want to avoid future confusion make your wishes known now You can tell your caregiver family fishing buddy and health care professionals what kind of health care you would want or who you want to make decisions for you if you re too ill to speak for yourself with legal documents called Advance Directives. Types of Advance Directives a Health Care Proxy (durable power of attorney) is a document that names someone you trust (no pets please ) to make health decisions if you can t. A Living Will tells which treatment you want if your life is threatened (by a shark ) including dialysis & breathing machines resuscitation if you stop breathing or if your heart stops (yikes ) tube feeding and organ or tissue donation after you expire. How do you get an Advance Directive you ask Good sources would include your health care provider a local attorney (by the way if you had documents drawn up in another state you may want to have a FL attorney review them) your local Area Agency on Aging (there s one in North Fort Myers) or your State Health Department. You can also get a 1-800-MEDICARE Authorization to Disclose Personal Health Information directly from the website. (above information referenced from the Advance directives & long-term care page at Please don t take this column as legal advice.) Now that I have them what do I do with them Keep the original copies where you can easily find them. Give a copy to your caregiver health care providers hospital nursing home family or your fishing buddy. Carry a card in your wallet that says you have an Advance Directive right next to your fishing license. And review your Advance Directives each year. 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Its a list made by an individual of the things he or she wishes to accomplish before time runs out or because of age or health it becomes impossible to accomplish. A few popular examples are spotting the most birds butterflies animals and even flowers. There s also the exotic such as climbing each of the highest peaks on each continent. Heck I d be happy to just VISIT each continent But there s one that I personally dealt with on a fairly regular basis as a fishing guide... the fish species bucket list. I was absolutely amazed how many anglers actually kept a list of some sort about their fishing exploits. The obvious was a simple species list. Some of them though were pretty incredible. I met one gentleman that had a list of over 200 species and he was working toward 300. He even had pictures of each one and had recorded size and a bit of detailed information about where the catch was made and how. I remember the charter very vividly because he didn t want the normal stuff. We were looking for wrasse soapfish southern pufferfish and the very elusive gafftopsail catfish. Somehow he d managed to avoid this rather common catch. No problem. I knew right where to find one... many. The funny thing was what we also found on the same flat. Mixed in with the cats was a sea robin. I ve never seen a grown man so excited by what I consider to be one of the strangest fish we have in our local waters. I call it the Darwin fish. It s a strange example of evolution in process. It has a fish-like body with wings for pectoral fins and six crab legs. Basically it s a fish bird crab all in one With over 500 known species of fish in Gulf of Mexico waters the list possibilities are almost endless. I did the research and found that there are over 50 species of sharks alone. Hey There s another list My advice would be to keep it simple with both the list and how you record your catches. If it s made too complicated there s a good chance you won t use it. The best I ve seen is a simple pocket sized notepad where you can scribble down quick notes. These notes can be transferred later to a computer spreadsheet. Also be sure to take a photo. This will not only make the finished list more interesting to others it will help you begin to recognize the many species you will encounter over the years. I ve been fishing for years and believe it or not I ve just started my list. I ve decided to write down the ones I know well and then add the unusual and rare as time goes by. I m also going to mix saltwater and freshwater species. After all these years I now have a new fishing goal. This ought to fun Saturday mornings captrobmodys (239) 851-1242 Protect your boat this season Protected basin on the Caloosahatchee (239) Brackish water for less bottom growth Floating docks for better surge protection Full time dock staff and 24 hour security Storm prep and mechanical services available N26.31.760 W081.56.778 437-0881 Peace of mind at Gulf Harbour Marina SW Florida s LOCAL Marine Resource Guide 27 C HUCK S Full service auto repair A UTO R EPAIR S ERVICE You Know It Is Going To Be A Bad Day When The Water Is On The Wrong Side Of The Hull The two happiest days of boat ownership is the day you buy the boat and the day you sell the boat. The saddest day of boat ownership is the day the boat sinks. This would include a boat that is stored on a lift and fills up with rain water because the scuppers became plugged with leaves. The bilge pump will pump the water out until the battery is depleted then the boat will fill up with rain water and this happens more than you think. After the boat is pumped out get a mechanic to get the motor running as soon as possible. Set up some fans and let the boat dry out and open all hatches for cross ventilation. Plan on replacing your batteries. Spray Corrosion X on all terminals switches and plugs. The long term consequences of Cars - Boats - Trucks Foreign & Domestic Maintenance - Oil Changes Transmission - Tire Rotation 5575 Doug Taylor Circle St. James City DOCKSIDE DENNIS switch goes to the positive wire going to the horn on the boat. How this will work is if the the bilge pump is over whelmed with the water coming in and is losing ground your horn will start blaring. This system will work also if the battery going to the bilge pump has cycled on and off over a long period of time until the battery is depleted then the other battery will still have power in it to sound your horn. A 20 float switch and a couple hours for peace of mind is smart. By beer is cold and my wife is happy electrical wires being submerged is corrosion. The big decision is does the wiring need to be replaced Understand that the water will wick up inside the plastic insulation of the wire. If the sinking is fresh water the corrosion will not be as severe as a salt water sinking. If the boat was insured it would be prudent to replace the wiring. Just make sure that it is marine grade. This will be silver in color instead of brownish in color. A good inexpensive preventive update to your electrical system would be to install a float switch that is just like the float switch connected to your bilge pump. Install it six inches or so above the water level of your bilge pump float switch along with an in-line fuse. Connect this float switch to the other battery. 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While you might have the perfect plan all mapped out the day before your fishing trip conditions can change quickly and the good angler learns how to adapt with the conditions. Weather plays a huge factor in our fishing it s not something we can control but we can learn to use whatever conditions it throws at us to our advantage. Last month right in the middle of tarpon season tropical storm Colin threw us a curve ball as it moved up the coast. Strong westerly winds aren t ideal for chasing tarpon but combined with strong incoming tides gave fishermen a couple days of really good snook and redfish action in the backwaters. After several days of high wind or a couple strong thunderstorms areas inshore can get very stirred up and muddy with lots of floating grass. The grass can get so bad at times that it is about unfishable and no fun to fish for sure. The conditions are usually the worst on the afternoon falling tide. If you explore your options and move around you can almost always find some fishy water. Tides play a huge role in our fishing success and everyone s not lucky enough to plan fishing trips around the optimal tides. On those days with little to no tide movement and no breeze to move the water it can be a real struggle to entice a bite. During these tides fishing around the gulf passes and bridges or areas in the immediate vicinity can pay of big. The current is often way too strong to correctly fish these areas but on the slow tide days you can target these areas and often with good results. This is a great time and place to catch some tasty mangrove snapper. On a side note if you are fishing live bait in the backwaters keep a real close eye on your live well often you will stop to fish an area with poor water quality over the summer months only to find all your bait turning belly up. I know how hard we Captain Bill Rus sell often work to fill the well with bait losing them in this matter is hard to swallow. If your bait isn t looking good get the boat moving to a different area and quickly. While it s good to have an action plan for your day of fishing it s more important to learn to alter it for changing conditions. You might plan on tarpon fishing the beaches only to wake up to fifteen knot westerly winds or the area you planned on fishing inshore looks like a mud puddle that someone just mowed the grass over. When conditions change keep an open mind look at your options and adjust your plans accordingly. If there is one thing I have learned over the years if you want to have routine success you need to be able to adjust on the fly. (239) 283-7960 gcl2fish SW Florida s LOCAL Marine Resource Guide 32 A ND R o b i ns R OM Leading and Inspiring robin griffiths Let s look at the qualities that define a leader. Leaders understand that it s not about them. They get it. They take care of others and have selflessness in their characteristics. They also have a way of developing trust have empathy and put others ahead of themselves. Good leaders know their purpose but also can communicate it to others. Speaking of communicating leaders know that communication isn t about talking but about listening. Good leaders are like parents they protect others by taking the risk and they choose to make sacrifices so that the people that are important to them are safe. This is a phenomenon because the effect of a good leader will in turn make people give their all to see their leaders vision come to life. Leadership is a learned skill and by taking the time to find out what kind of person you are you can then take steps to become the person you want to be. I just recently saw an interview with Simon Sinek (author speaker and consultant on leadership and management) talking about leadership and how to inspire others to do remarkable things. It was a great way to look at how we interact with others whether it is with our friends family co-workers or customers. One of his points was how to create a safe environment where people wake up every day inspired to go to work and at the end of the day feel fulfilled by their work and their contribution to something greater than themselves. Hmmm I wonder how many people out there are actually looking to be inspired or to really care about the work they do or the relationships they have with others. Then I realized that it really doesn t matter if others are looking for this type of life or not. What really matters is what we are doing ourselves. Because when it comes right down to it you know that if you are doing the right thing and working towards the right stuff it doesn t matter what opinion others have. It s about knowing that you are doing the best you can to make life a better place for you and others. So often the public thinks of leaders as the head of a company government or a person in a high position. Contrary to that belief a leader can be anyone. It could be your parent an employee a friend...really anyone. If your actions inspire others to dream more learn more do more and become more you are a leader. -- John Quincy Adams - Robin Griffiths Trainer public speaker author and Certified Master Life-Coach specializes in working with businesses and individuals on their personal development to achieve a more successful life and reach their desired goals. RAGRIFFS Joseph W. Starowicz P.A. Your SW Florida Waterfront Pro (239) 940-4580 Joe Whether you are in the market for an affordable condominium or a luxurious waterfront home Joe promises to deliver the individual attention and honesty that you deserve. You also have his experience which is cumulated from my time as a licensed home builder 20 years in the mortgage industry along with buying and selling homes since 1979. SW Florida s LOCAL Marine Resource Guide 33 r Summe fishin e with th Snook Cowboy have gotten pretty warm you can bet the earlier you get out this year the better if you fish in the daytime hours. The higher the Sun is in the sky the further back the fish are going to be in the areas you re fishing. Early morning top water lures or a lively Free lined green back pilchard or shrimp should produce a Snook with no problem. When the water is warmer artificial lures work well because you don t have to slow down the action like you do when the water is colder. Snook like an erratic panicked action in their baits. The more manic the better. Stay cool this month Keeping it short this time. Love & Light Ft. Myers July is here and there s no doubt that it s hot Humidity was the biggest factor last month and now it s just plain hot. The best fishing this time of year is in the mornings and later evenings. Once the clock hits about 8 30 in the morning keeping the sweat out of your eyes and staying hydrated starts to overshadow the focus of fishing. I ll be honest with you I m as avid an angler that ever was but I don t like to be on the water in stifling heat. I m spoiled My wife says that to me all the time and she s right. I ve lived in Florida my whole life and I have had the freedom to go fishing with ease on a whim be it fresh or salt water. Living on a peninsula made it easy living on an estuary also makes it easy to say the least. Pine Island Sound and Charlotte Harbor are two of the best fishing locales S.W Florida has to offer. Snook are everywhere this year and yet the Red fishing action depending on who you talk to is less than noteworthy. Since the water and air 3 Days September 16-17-18 239-878-2665 snookcowboy e the r be e ll W SW Florida s LOCAL Marine Resource Guide 34 Wars may be fought with weapons but they are won by men. - General George Patton to those who serve t Mee CHOPPER Charles W. Center (AKA Chopper ) served on the USS Grouper an SSK Class submarine in the mid 50 s. Most of his time was spent during Cold War tensions and some of their missions are still secret to this day. The grouper was one of the first subs to be converted to a Hunter Killer submarine. His service had him all over the world including Bermuda Pearl Harbor Cuba and several places not to be discussed. Chopper has been a Cape Coral resident for almost 40 years and is a full time volunteer at the Military Museum in Cape Coral. I know you re curious.... he caught his hand in a fan the first day on the sub so the name Chopper stuck. Mr. Center on behalf of the SW Florida coastal community thank you for your service to this country. in June e Military Museum Chopper and I at th arine display in front of the Subm USS Grouper Mid 50 s 4820 Leonard Street Cape Coral Florida Call for a tour (239) 541-8704 Publisher Nautical Mile thenauticalmile This page has been donated to something we should all take more seriously. -Nautical Mile Nautical Mile P U B L I C A T I O N S Inc. SW Florida s LOCAL Marine Resource Guide 35 AUTHORIZED we know DEALERS San Carlos Marine 3300 Palm Beach Blvd. (239) 334-3424 Ft. Myers Marine 2137 FOWLER ST. (239) 334-7871 Sales - Service Re-power Fast Service Buying Power Skilled Mechanics SW FLORIDA s LEADERS SW Florida s LOCAL Marine Resource Guide Meet the Marine Unit Sgt. Kendall Wiseley by 36 In the May issue as part of an effort to familiarize the public with the group that helps keep Lee County waterways safe you met the commander of the Lee County Sheriff s Marine Division Lt Chris Nyce. In this edition you are going to hear about the second in command Sgt. Kendall Wiseley. The 49 year-old Wiseley was born and raised in Toledo Ohio on the shore of Lake Erie where he resided for 29 years. As he was growing up he became interested in law enforcement and was hired as a police officer by the Delta Ohio Police Department which sponsored his attendance at the Police Academy graduating in 1988. He worked in Delta from 1988 to 1994 and then went to the Village of Swanton from 1994 to 1996. Both are suburbs of Toledo. As time went on he developed an interest in law enforcement in Florida some it sparked by watching reality show Cops episodes which as anyone who watches the show on a regular basis knows does a lot off filming in the Sunshine State. The choice of the Ft. Myers area came about because his family had vacationed in Lee County often and became attached to the region. He noted I did my state certification in St. Petersburg put out applications and Lee County hired me on December 2nd 1996. Wiseley echoing the versatility of a number of deputies has proven his worth in a number of positions in the department. He explained I started out with road patrol in the South District which encompasses Bonita then I worked as a South District CID (detective) road patrol in West District (which includes Ft Myers Beach) then a stint with the Major Crimes Gang Unit and after a brief return to West I went right into the Marine Unit. Though his entry into the Marine Unit was not his primary goal all along he certainly had a background which would lead him in that direction. He observed I enjoyed boating in the area I grew up places like Northwest Ohio the Maumee River Lake Erie and Hemlock Lake in Michigan where I was involved in group water skiing and fishing. Once I got to Florida I began to take an interest in the waters in this area. In 1998 I bought a wave runner and started exploring. That s what piqued my interest in joining the Marine Unit. I got a hold of some of the deputies in the unit at the time and started doing ride-alongs in my off time. That progressed into doing off duty details at Ft Myers Beach and Bonita Springs in 2000. I applied for a position and Labor Day 2002 was my first day of full time duty in the Marine Unit. Wiseley took to the Marine Unit as the proverbial duck to water and has been involved in numerous operations in his fourteen years with the group. Promoted to Sergeant in 2016 after several years as a Corporal he has numerous administrative duties to perform but as with Lt Nyce he also spends considerable time on the water given Family owned since 1995 we offer a fresh approach to personal insurance always doing what is right for the client Just like our name implies we offer options working with a variety insurance companies. We also help low income seniors apply for extra help with their prescription drug costs. Life Long-Term Care Medicare. the relatively small number of full time deputies in the unit. He was recently involved in the well-documented capture of three boat thieves who were ultimately apprehended off of Cuba and is actively involved in ongoing investigations involving water-related crimes any of which could involve long hours and trying circumstances. He is also acknowledged as one of the more skilled boat operators which can be daunting in the often rough waters of the Gulf and the strong currents of the Caloosahatchee River where making traffic stops or boarding commercial vessels can sometimes become a hazardous endeavor. He is a training officer for members of the unit and has also been involved in training for other departments from as far away as Texas. I have witnessed his expertise numerous times on ride-alongs as a Volunteer with Sheriff s VOICE Unit chief of which was the rescue of the leatherback turtle where he was able to maneuver the 36 foot Ambar patrol boat in rough seas off Sanibel Island into a position where we could free the animal. In the course of his career in the Marine Unit Sgt. Wiseley has seen it all as the saying goes from aiding stricken boaters to the Call Kathy Thousand (239) 201-4560 Got Medicare Get Options Get Insurance Options SW Florida s LOCAL Marine Resource Guide 37 aforementioned major crimes. Asked to recount one of his more memorable experiences he didn t hesitate saying Friday August 13th 2004 at 3 00PM- Hurricane Charlie. A couple days prior we had been traveling around the islands North Captiva Cayo Costa Useppa and others assisting people who were leaving for higher ground or notifying them that it was a mandatory evacuation. If they chose to stay that was on them. On the morning of the 13th we were called to the substation on Boca Grande. All the boats were removed from the water the day before. We had to report there to stage for the aftermath. Charlie was a category 3 and was supposed to hit near Tampa so it didn t seem too bad for us. Then it took a last minute turn and came right at Captiva and North Captiva. We were told to make tracks to a fire station in Inglewood to ride out the storm. Charlie hit the area hit about 3 00 PM. I was allowed to go home about ten o clock that night after it passed. I had to drive through Hickory and Punta Gorda which was hit really hard down into Cape Coral and it was just surreal. It was like a war zone with buildings leveled. In some cases you could see flashlights inside the buildings and the rubble. It was either the building s owners checking them or looters. There were both going on. With all the downed trees and power lines getting home to check on the family was a real challenge. Once the storm passed there was the awesome task of assessing the damage and the inevitable clean-up. Wiseley was presented with a unique opportunity. He continued North Captiva was requesting law enforcement presence on the island and that they could provide a home on the island. Probably three out of every four homes received heavy damage there but this one suffered only minor damage. It was owned by a seasonal resident from Tom s River New Jersey named Bill Byrnes who was also a volunteer for the North Captiva Fire District. He came down immediately after the storm to check on his property and help the island recover. Since his house was virtually intact he offered it to the sheriff s office to provide housing for a deputy. I stayed there from MidAugust to Mid- December just before Christmas. The island had no power for six weeks. I had a big diesel generator that powered the house. My day started by getting the kids in the boat a 19 foot Mako with a 150 Optimax on it and take them to Pineland Marina to get them to school. The rest of my day was spent letting people know that there was a deputy on the island. I was busy ferrying diesel fuel for the fire department s generators and helping people any way I could. I mostly concentrated on North Captiva and Useppa Islands. I gave my cell phone number to anybody who wanted it and they could call me any time of the day or night. Wiseley reported that about fifteen residents refused to leave and rode out the storm on North Captiva and everybody came together in the aftermath. The National Guard was there for a week or two helping clean up and clear the roadways while also offering a security presence. Officers from all over the state came to help protect the islands. As is true in most emergencies people do come together to help each other. It s the ones who don t that make a law enforcement presence a necessity. He concluded It was one for the story books. It s one to remember. Despite the long hours and responsibilities of the job Wiseley still finds time to be a loyal Hockey Dad to his son Hayden 15 who has played the sport since he was seven years old and has been a member of traveling teams that have competed around the US and Canada. He also tries to spend time on his Kawasaki Vulcan 1700 Nomad motorcycle and his recently acquired Kawasaki four wheeler with his wife Jeanne. As for his future as it relates to the Marine Unit he concluded I just really enjoy it. I ve done the road patrol I ve done the detective work I ve done major crimes but this is my niche this is my calling this is what I m happy with. Dave Sully Lee County Sheriff Dept. V.O.I.C.E Unit dlsully99 SW Florida s LOCAL Marine Resource Guide 38 FLY FISHING SCHOOLS Captain Scott Swartz Summer Fly Fishing Fun For months tarpon have taken the spotlight with their annual migration of spawning bruisers. Anglers lost sleep running dawn patrols fishing the bays beaches and passes by day and the bridges by night. We are blessed with a tarpon fishery that lasts up to the cold fronts of winter long after the spawning fish have moved on. After chasing 100 pound fish with a fly (are fly fishermen crazy...or what ) maybe you re ready to change things up and experience something different. small flies that land softly and breathe without much retrieving motion. A fly that can wave and undulate with just the current is a good choice. Small 2 to 3 inch flies that are light colored and tied with materials such as marabou are perfect for this game. Snook will be right up against the dry sand in the first trough. If you wade into the gulf the snook will be behind you. Better to walk high and dry on the sand for a good viewing angle into the water. An 8 weight rod with a floating or clear intermediate tip line a 9 foot 30 pound fluorocarbon leader and small while flies are all you need besides sun block a hat polarized glasses and some water. When you spot cruising fish cast well out in front of them and let them discover your fly. Position yourself so that you are retrieving the fly the same direction the fish were traveling (away from them) so they can discover your fly and chase it. When the snook give chase DO NOT stop moving your fly. They can and will catch it if they want it. If you get refusals reduce the size of your fly from a size 1 0 or 1 down to a size 2 or even 4. This can be either leisurely or intense fishing. I have hiked the beaches literally running to get ahead of fish but I have also taken the family for a beach picnic and casually watched them swimming past our umbrellas taking easy opportunities. It is great sight fishing fun all summer and is especially good with an offshore wind and light waves. Release the snook quickly as they are on the beaches to make more snook. Be courteous to other beach goers and watch your back cast so you do not accidentally snag any mermaids basking in the sun. ...perfect for a change of pace. Not only is it sight fishing but it is very angler friendly. What more can you ask for than a fish that will wait until you get out of bed have a leisurely breakfast and then give you a chance to sight fish on foot so don t even need a boat And as a bonus it is found in the beautiful settings of S.W. Florida beaches. Scott Swartz Snook season is closed they are spawning on the beaches during the summer so be prepared with barbless hooks for quick healthy releases. Since snook are spawning there should be greater numbers present during the new and full moons. Snook feed at night and have their guard up during the day. Be stealthy in your approach and cast Scott SUMMER is here Residential Commercial LIC CAC1814975 (239) 573-2473 We know you hear a lot of talk about service that s why we do more than just talk. Our climate control experts provide industry-leading customer support every day on every job. We will happily lengthen the life of your existing AC equipment or recommend a new energy efficient air conditioning system that will save you money while keeping you cool. SW Florida s LOCAL Marine Resource Guide 39 Mind Your Line Capt. Charles Epranian I m often asked what it will feel like when a fish hits and I never really have a great response. I usually just say that when a fish hits you ll know it. This is usually the case but there are things you can do to up your chances of connecting to a fish. One thing is to mind your slack. when fishing perpendicular to the tide or wind your line will naturally get a bow in it in the direction of the wind tide. This can give fish just enough time to sense something is wrong and spit the bait before reaching the hook. It pays to always try to keep your line taut enough that you can almost feel your bait swimming. This is a delicate balancing act of leaving the bait as close to where you casted it all while keeping the bow out of your line by gently winding the slack out. This inevitably winds the bait out from the shoreline or structure so you ll have to recast often to keep the bait in the strike zone. Another thing to do is be a line watcher. Many times I notice a client has a fish before they do because I m watching their line and I can see when it starts to move laterally to the place it was cast. This is a strong indicator that a fish has eaten your bait and is moving on with his day not realizing that there is a hook involved in his last meal. When this happens you have to wind up your slack fast to get to the fish before he realizes something s amiss. These few things should help you get connected to more fish. Fishing for snook has been quite good lately. Its catch and release only since seasons closed but with proper handling you can catch a beauty and get a quick picture and send her back on her way to make more little snooklets for the future. I have been fishing the beach lately and finding nice fish anywhere there is a any sort of structure in the surf. Downed trees rock jetties exposed limestone are all places to look for big summer beach snook. If you d like charter information or just want to talk fishing give me a call. Water-Access Home for Sale in Matlacha 2 Bedroom in Matlacha Isles c c ess at A ailbo ridges S No b Steven W Chadbourne PA Call 239.888.5925 or visit for more information Capt. Charles Epranian frshfsh5 (239) 410-2515 334.9k Souther Premier Realty Inc Cape Coral Print shop (239) 772-8200 919 SE 13 Ave - Cape Coral Located in Cape Coral s Viscaya Industrial Park Gator Press has been a reliable press since 1967. Gator Press is one of the only in-house printers as opposed to sending jobs out. 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As we see more and more patients looking for a solution for reading glasses we often get questions about effective treatments to improve near vision said Frantz EyeCare Medical Director Jonathan Frantz MD. The KAMRA inlay offers an excellent option for the correction of presbyopia with minimal compromises and inconveniences that come with other treatment options. I am excited to offer the number one prescribed corneal inlay in the world to our patients added Frantz. The KAMRA inlay sits in the first few layers of the eye known as the cornea. Smaller and thinner than a contact lens the inlay is a mini-ring with an opening in the center. By using this pinhole effect the inlay focuses light coming into your eye. This restores near vision while maintaining distance vision without blurry zones. For those who are experiencing presbyopia symptoms such as trouble reading small print on cell phones and prescription labels I recommend making an appointment to see your primary eye doctor for a complete eye examination said Frantz. An eye doctor can provide a proper diagnosis and discuss longterm treatment options such as KAMRA inlay which provides a natural range of vision from near to far. patients had to rely on reading glasses or monovision to improve their near vision. Both alternatives have significant compromises. MD FACS To find out if the KAMRA inlay is right for you Dr. Frantz recommends asking your eye doctor some of the following questions Do I have presbyopia or some other condition What are my presbyopia treatment options Are there options other than reading glasses and contact lenses For more information on presbyopia and the KAMRA inlay or to make an appointment at Frantz EyeCare call the main office at 418.0999 or visit About Frantz EyeCare Jonathan M. Frantz MD FACS is named in Best Doctors in America and The Guide to America s Top Ophthalmologists. He and his team of specialists at Frantz EyeCare offer a broad spectrum of patient-focused comprehensive care from eye exams and eyewear to bladeless laser cataract removal bladeless WaveLight LASIK treatment of dry eye glaucoma macular degeneration and other eye diseases and facial and body rejuvenation with office locations in Fort Myers Cape Coral Punta Gorda Lehigh Acres and Naples. Presbyopia a frustratingly natural eye condition reduces the ability of the eye to focus on near objects. This condition occurs when the crystalline lens of the eye loses its flexibility making it difficult to focus on close objects. Presbyopia may seem to occur suddenly but the actual loss of flexibility takes place over a number of years usually becoming noticeable in the early to mid-40s. Presbyopia is not a disease and it cannot be prevented. 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His shoulder is weighted down with golf clubs and tennis rackets. And they have two stuffed hard-sided suitcases and the cell phone on his belt is ringing. Some of you have met this wellmeaning couple. The cartoon overstates the typical scenario but makes the point clearly that nonboating guests just don t know what to bring or what to wear when they re invited to cruise. We can also safely assume they do not know boating s protocols. For example they do not realize that on a boat it s really bad form to take long showers or turn on the galley tap and let the water run. They don t know that reading lamps are used sparingly if at all. Well you may reasonably ask if guests are such a problem why do we even invite them to cruise with us The reason is we like them. They are our friends. We enjoy their company and we like to boat combining the two is great. View from the Marina Cruising 101 for Newbies Barb Hansen The challenge is how we gently educate new friends about the do s and don ts of cruising. The answer is what I call Cruising 101 for Newbies. I usually talk to the female ahead of time and tell her what to wear and what to bring and importantly what not to bring. I tell them the boat only has so much fresh water so we take quick and infrequent showers. I say boating is a lot like camping. Space is tight. Reading lights are fine when the boat is running or plugged in to power at a marina but otherwise they just drain the batteries. My husband Vic carries on the male version of that conversation with the man. I ve found it helpful to couch all the warnings in the context of the rewards of boating. Cruising is that way I say. We give up some luxuries in order to experience the joy of being on the water. Some items are best discussed when the guests are on the boat and can see what you re talking about. We show them the PFDs and how to put them on. We show them the first aid kit the flashlight the fire extinguishers. We tell them what to do with wet towels and such. We cover safety matters like never letting their hands get pinched between the boat railing and the pilings. Regarding the propane stove we just simply ask them to let Vic or I take care of all the cooking and heating. There is another reason why Vic and I like our friends to cruise with us. Ambassadors of boating that we are we want all our friends to like boating too. To do that we ve got to get them on the boat and give them a taste of the good life. I m pleased to report that the vast majority of our students pass with flying colors and often return for advance courses. Cruising it s catching. Try it Barb Hansen manages Southwest Florida Yachts yacht charters and Florida Sailing & Cruising School 6095 Silver Kind Blvd. Cape Coral FL 33914. Email info phone 800-262-7939 or visit or Fishing Charters Captain Miles Meredith Where fishing info and lies are FREE 574-6950 Live & Frozen Bait 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 405 NE Pine Island Rd. - Cape Coral SW Florida s LOCAL Marine Resource Guide July in Pine Island Sound Capt. Dick May passes. They seem to bite best on a fast moving tide. Try small hooks and small pieces of Shrimp or Whitebait. Use just enough weight to keep your bait on the bottom. Filleted and fried these tasty fish cannot be beat. See my recipe to the right. An almost sure bet in July is Shark. I fish for them in two ways. One is to anchor just off a grass flat in 8 to 10 feet of water and chum with choppedup left-over bait mixed in with a little Menhaden Oil during a strong incoming or outgoing tide. Use wire leader and fish a live Pinfish that you have slashed with a knife so that it will bleed and fish it about 3 feet under a large cork. Put out a second rod with a chunk of Ladyfish or Pinfish in the hook and no cork or sinker. CAUTION I m told by Fish and Game people that fishing with cut Mackerel or Bluefish is illegal. The second method is to drift the passes with just enough weight to get your bait down in the water column. This works with cut or live bait. Remember that there is a one Shark per person and two Sharks per boat limit. If you keep a Shark you must bleed it and or gut it immediately and ice it down or it will not be good to eat. If you do not have ice do not keep the Shark. Trout will be small this month for the most part but there are still some keepers around. Gulp Shrimp Live Shrimp or Whitebait under a Cajun Rattling Cork will work best. There will still be Tarpon around and a Catfish tail fished on the bottom is hard to beat. Also try throwing a live Pinfish or large Shiner to them early in 43 the morning under low light conditions. In late July start watching for Redfish to school up. Quietly get in front of the school. Throw bait out in front of them and wait for them to get to it before you start working it. Good fishing and keep cool The bad news is that it is hot. The good news is that there will be fewer boats and fishermen out there. One of the keys to successful fishing during July is to fish big tides. There are excellent tides beginning the first of the month and the days following July 1st 12th and 27th. High fresh water coming in from the Gulf will energize the fish and the current caused by the tides will cause them to feed. Due to the heat during the day the water will be low on oxygen and the fish will not chase a bait. Cut bait fished slow is the way to go. I will be cutting off the tails of my Whitebait and Pinfish to cripple them and make them look like an easy meal. When you cast your bait into a good looking spot leave it there. In order to do this you will probably have to anchor your boat but it will be well worth it. For Redfish get out early at daybreak if there is a strong early morning tide that peaks out around 11 00 a.m. Fish under the bushes with Shrimp cut Ladyfish Pinfish under a cork or Greenbacks and Whitebait if you can find them. Get your bait up under the bushes and be patient. If the Mangrove Snappers will leave your bait alone give it up to 5 minutes before throwing to another spot. Later in the day on a falling tide anchor and fish deep pot holes surrounded by grass flats. The Snook will be out around the passes. Try drifting the beaches with snags and stumps and around pilings with Greenbacks Pinfish or handpicked Shrimp. Please use circle hooks for quick safe release as the season on Snook is closed. 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Classes are regularly held in Punta Gorda Cape Coral Naples Bradenton and Venice. SW Florida s LOCAL Marine Resource Guide 44 The most supported local marine publication in FLORIDA DECKS & DOCKS ESTABLISHED 2003 nautical mile publications The Quarles Team David & Kyra Quarles Contributing Writers Joseph W. Starowicz P.A. Your SW Florida Waterfront Pro David Schuman Insurance Monroe Canal Marina ISLAND RESTAURANT Lee County Port Charlotte BURRIS PROPELLER SERVICE ROCKET INTERNATIONAL BOAT TRAILERS ELECTRIC Gulf Harbour Marina Contact us TM Waterway BOAT LIFT COVERS P U B L I C A T I O N S Inc. Fishing Pier PO Box 486 - Bokeelia Fl. 33922 Office (239) 980-5803 Fax 790-1370 thenauticalmile SW Florida s LOCAL Marine Resource Guide james tho 45 mas griffiths Get inspired depending on where you are in life. For me it was about someone that didn t want to be normal. Jonathan was a seagull that didn t want to sit on a dock and wait for scraps of food to be thrown at him from fishing boats. He didn t want to just get by with the flock. He wanted to soar. Jonathan challenged himself as to how high and how fast he could fly while the flock made fun of him for being different. Jonathan climbed higher than any gull ever had and lost control on the decent crashing into the water. Floating in the ocean it would have been easy and accepted by society to say I ll never do that again . Instead he wondered what would happen if he tucked his wings tight to his body and slowly eased them out on the way down. Would this help maintain aerodynamics in a high-speed decent he wondered The best way to get me to do something is to tell me that I can t do it or that it simply can t be done. Even if I attempt and fail which has happened on countless occasions the habit of at least trying has paid off much more than not. To this day that book and its story reminds me of accomplishments. I ve always had a habit of finding a way to do something new or different when people around me claimed that it couldn t be done. In reality we d still all be living in caves if we didn t find new ways to do things yet still plagues society. It s the main thing stopping people from breaking their own barriers. There was a personal message here for me and my friend knew it. That book was what inspired me to leave Sacramento and go out into the world to discover. For years I ve had a habit that I didn t even know about I find better ways to do things and I think it all started by reading that book. Everything I touch seems to turn to gold and it s not me. I don t have a magic wand I find better ways to do things. The story of Jonathan Livingston Seagull reminded me of how our friends will often encourage us to take routes of little or no risk. If they advise to play it safe and you do you ll never know what could have been. No harm done and they re safe. If they suggest that you do not step out of the box and against their advise you do and you crash they re still safe. On the flip-side if they advise you to take a chance and you crash they could be to blame and the friendship may be on the line. Unless those friends are planning to pay your mortgage for the rest of your life consider making your own decisions. And when you feel that the timing is right for you get inspired. Don t wait for things to fall into your lap. Here s a little secret about timing..... some people wait for it and some go looking for it. A chapter from an upcoming bookIf you re doing ok while secretly waiting for something great to happen go out and get inspired. A lot of times great things seem to fall right in our lap but making it happen is more likely be what actually creates something new in your life. Inspiration comes in many different looks shapes and colors. It may be a book a person it could even a branch on a tree. If you re not looking you may never see it. Inspiration is an unmatched fuel in the human soul. From Bill Gates to our greatest Presidents there s not a lot of if any inspirational stories that didn t start with One day... . Here s one of mine One day a friend inspired me through a book he recommended. I was in my early twenties and not a big reader at the time. He promised that it was a quick read and that it would change my life. I had known this guy for years and I asked why he waited till now to recommend this book. He was a great mentor and knew that I wasn t ready for change till that time. Occasionally I can still hear some of his one-liners in my head. It s funny what we recall and what we don t. The instructions were to find a quiet place and sit under a tree somewhere peaceful with no distractions. The book was Jonathan Livingston Seagull by Richard Bach. I had a motorcycle at the time and rode through Placerville California through the Sahara Mountains to Lake Tahoe. I found a side-road a big tree and opened the book. It took less than an hour to read and it was truly a life changer. The book and its story will mean different things to different people Publisher Nautical Mile thenauticalmile SW Florida s LOCAL Marine Resource Guide 46 1- Four Winds Marina (239) 283-0250 32 2- Monroe Canal Marina (239) 282-8600 30- Fisherman s Village 23- Jack s Marina 3- Moss Marine (941) 575-3000 (239) 694-2708 36 (239) 463-6137 31- Laishley Park 24- Bonita Bay Marina 35 4- Old Fish House Marina (941) 575-0142 (239) 495-3222 (239) 282-9577 32- Stump Pass Marina 31 25- Jensen s Marina 5- Burnt Store Marina 30 (941) 697-2206 (239) 472-5800 (941) 637-0083 33- Whidden s Marina 26- Boca Grande Marina 6- Ft. 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With consent from the sender it s printed below Publisher Nautical Mile thenauticalmile Jim My wife and I retired to Fort Myers after my 40 year career in Maryland. The fishing possibilities in Pine Island Sound brought us here. We have been fishing together since high school and we have logged countless hours in small boats around the Chesapeake Bay and on the Susquehanna and Potomac and any other waterway that looked good enough to fish. Our best and most memorable days are now on the Sound in our bay boat . There are plenty of fishing publications out there. They all read about the same -except yours. You have managed to pull together the best writers -Rob Modys Gregg McKee Robin Griffiths-( loved this month s article and the quotes from Jada Pinkett Smith and Pope Paul VI) Chuck Downes and all the other Contributing Writers. They manage to capture and communicate the real meaning of being on the water. I want to catch fish and have caught my share -but for me -it s not about how many pounds of fish are brought to the boat -it s the total experience of being on the water. Please never forget about the experience and try to hold onto the Contributing Writers that make Nautical Mile the publication that I look forward to reading every month. Thanks for a great paper and for reminding me that it s all about the quality of the day on the water Mark G. Pohlhaus SW Florida s LOCAL Marine Resource Guide 48 Sea Scope BLUNTNOSE SIXGILL SHARK Alyssa Grabner Alyssa s The bluntnose sixgill shark is one-ofa-kind specie. As stated in the name this shark has six gills compared to the usual five on other shark species. It is the larger of the two-sixgill species and indeed is one of the world s largest sharks. day they rest at the bottom of the sea and then come out at night to move to shallower waters to feed. Young bluntnose sixgill sharks stay in shallow waters until they reach adolescence due to the fact that these sharks feed on one another opportunistically. The sharks are observed individually rather than in groups. One interaction found through studies is parasitism. Parasitism is a non-symbolic relationship between species where one species the parasite benefits at the expense of the other the host. Internally there are worms or nematodes in the digestive system while externally there are crustaceans and fish feeding off the fins and head of the shark. on decaying mammals such as whales seals and other large sharks. Although the bluntnose sixgill shark is a fierce hunter they are still threatened by sea lions killer whales and white sharks. The six gills on the side of their head yellowed lower teeth and a long tail distinguish the bluntnose sixgill shark. This shark is said to have appearances and features similar to fossil shark forms that date back to the Triassic period (about 200 million years ago) such as translucent eyelids six gills and having a dorsal fin located closer to the tail. The snout is rounded and blunt. They have blackish grayish brown skin that lightens near the stomach. They also have bright green eyes. This shark can grow up to 16 feet and 1 300 pounds. The female sixgill sharks are usually larger than the males. The bluntnose sixgill shark is categorized as near threatened . This means that they are close to qualifying for a threatened category in the near future but is not able to qualify for the position of being endangered. This species is hunted worldwide and their populations has depleted. These sharks are fished for commercially and for sport. They are utilized as a source of oil and fishmeal. They are marketed fresh frozen or even dried in salt. Beginning in the 1920s they were hunted for their skin to make shark leather. In 1937 they were discovered to contain vitamin A in their liver which later led to discovery of the use of oil from this shark. In the 1990s conservation efforts had begun due to the decrease of populations. The bluntnose sixgill shark is the most wide-ranging shark. They are found in the boreal temperate and tropical seas. It is considered to be that they are highly migratory species. These sharks are deepwater predator and are usually found in deep water habitats. During the Although this shark is a slow swimmer they are strong hunters. They hunt and feed mainly at night because adult bluntnose sixgill sharks are very sensitive to light and become distressed to the exposure of light. They have 6 rows of razor shark teeth that rip through skin and bone easily. These sharks have a great variety of prey that they feed on. Large bony fish other sharks rays octopus shrimp crabs etc are all apart of their diet. 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