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SW Florida s only coastal info source since 2003 TM P U B L I C A T I O N S Inc. cdal Lon a Boating Fishing October 2017 Capt. 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Fort Myers 1156 N. Tamiami Tr. 239-997-5777 N. Ft. Myers Fort Myers Beach 15600 San Carlos Blvd. Naples 989 S. Airport Pulling Road Port Charlotte 4694 Tamiami Trail Ft. Myers Beach 239-437-7475 239-793-5800 941-766-1044 4 Southwest Naples Florida Locations 04 SW Florida s Coastal Information Source I m sure you re worn out with hurricane stories but it s all still fresh and the after-effects will be around a while. I suffered nothing my home is on the tip of Pine Island but it s solid and my slab is about 14 above sea level. No worries. We also have a poured concrete safe-room just in case. Plus I m quite a Boy Scout when it comes to preparing for things like storms. The lower Keys on the other hand couldn t have been any more prepared than they were for a direct hit from a storm that powerful. We had and still have our problems here but the people in the lower Keys are beyond desperate. Many people couldn t even identify which home was theirs the morning after. People here were getting assistance so I decided to focus my own efforts on victims of the Keys. I launched something called Operation Lobster Drop which was 6 boxes set in stores throughout Lee County for people to drop personal care items to be delivered to the Keys. 5 out of the 6 boxes were full in 2 days. I collected weekly and got a garage full of personal care items and Publix gift cards. The original plan was to fly down and drop it off in Marathon but I decided to drive. The La Jolla in Islamorada offered to let me stay there and I m bringing power tools to help rebuild Robbie s Marina the world famous place where you hand-feed the Tarpon. I m using my column for this because I ve gotten a pile of compliments about how much quality items were collected and I ve been feeling guilty for getting credit for it all. SW Florida s coastal community has supported the Nautical Mile to a point of not even having competition worth mentioning anymore. The company does not need me much so I spend my time volunteering with high school and college business classes and I ve been writing a book on the mentality of entrepreneurism. I also volunteer with the Lee County Sheriff Dept Marine Unit and with all of this and more I still have a ton of free time. I created a valuable product that benefits businesses while others focused on selling anything they could. It worked and I ve benefited from it for over 15 years now but if not for the support of the Lee County coastal community businesses and readership I d be stuck in a cubicle like my out-of-business competitors and I d never have the time or abilities to any of the other things that are creating significance in my life. I m trying to say thank you. When I drive 2 000 worth of personal care items plus another 500 in gift cards to Keys victims or when I talk a high school kid into staying in school or when I inspire someone older to do more with their own life I realize that I m only the middle man. I or anyone else could never do some of the things I do without the support I ve gotten from our community. It s a team effort and I need to say thank you. I ll credit and pat myself on the back for creative thinking and taking action but it couldn t be done if I was stressed out working 70 hour weeks trying to run a paper. This storm made me realize how good I have it and it has made me want to work even more to be able to do more. It s a great circle to be caught up in. Drop box locations were Jets Pizza Marine Trading Post David Schuman Insurance Monroe Canal Marina Ft. Myers Marine and Lobster Lady Bistro. Rachel Bowman the woman heading up the Lionfish efforts in the Keys is hooking me up with a local 501 in Marathon specifically designed to distribute items to people that need it the most and it would be great if a ton of people would email the La Jolla and thank them for letting me stay there. Their website has a contact section plus they re active on Facebook. I leave for the Keys on October 3 and will be gone for 3-4 days. I ll post a story on-the-line by mid October with results and photos. FULL SERVICE TACKLE OUTFITTER LIVE & FROZEN BAIT Squid - Threadfins - Sardines - Worms Crabs - Chum - Shrimp - Bonita - Ballyhoo Dry Chum - Herring - Octopus - Ladyfish Cigar Minnows - Mullet - Block Chum CUSTOM ROD BUILDING & REPAIRS s Hour Store ays 7-D 6-6 Open till 7 on Fridays Publisher Nautical Mile thenauticalmile (239) 540-FISH SW F lorid a Di ve S hop s Capt. Pete s - FT. Myers Dean s Dive Center - Ft. Myers DepthFinder s - Port Charlotte Fantasea - Port Charlotte Gaspar s Dive & Board - Englewood Naples Scuba Diving - Naples Scuba Marco - Marco Island Scuba Quest - Cape Coral Scubavice - Ft. Myers Scuba Ventures - Naples Come see us at the Home Show this month at the Lee Civic Center. Free entry pass on page 8 3714 Del Prado Blvd. Cape Coral G FISHIN RS TE CHAR One of Lee County s Largest Selections of Inshore & Offshore Tackle See page 8 September 29 through October 1 05 SW Florida s Coastal Information Source TM Nautical Mile Monthly Contributing Writers 07 10 11 14 19 23 24 25 27 29 30 31 36 Tonya Wiley Capt. Gregg McKee Capt. Rob Modys Capt. Bill Russell Kathy Thousand Jim Hutchinson Sr. Bob Moro Capt. Charles Epranian Robin Griffiths Alyssa Grabner Snook Cowboy Capt. Joe Greco Capt. Chuck Downes 2017 Moons P U B L I C A T I O N S Inc. Local an d Boating Fishing Check out our new Printables feature. Page 27 Getting Connected Groups & Clubs Schools Classes Captain Schools Ft. 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Boat & Trade Shows Cape Coral Outdoor Expo SW Florida Boat Shows Home & Boat Shows Suncoast Boat Show (Sarasota) PO Box 486 - Bokeelia Fl. 33922 Office (239) 980-5803 Fax 790-1370 thenauticalmile Sign up for free at Advertising Inquiries (239) 699-7394 PROTECT YOUR BOAT Boat - Auto Home - Motorcycle and more 17 Ranger - 212 a YEAR 2009 Harley Road King - 120 a YEAR 2007 Ford F250 - 380 6-mo. 280 000 Cape Home - 780 a YEAR I can help you protect your boat and fishing gear. All for about 24 a month. Capt. DAVID RYAN SCHUMAN (239) 242-8072 Davidschuman3 06 SW Florida s Coastal Information Source Aluminum Welding and fabrication (239) 458-3860 2408 Andalusia Blvd. Cape Coral Specializing in custom marine products since 1994 entrance has shifted to the west end of Centennial Park. Entering at First St. & Carson St. (next to Joe s Crab Shack) show goers enjoy attractive displays along the river stretching from Centennial Park through Downtown along Edwards Dr. to the City Yacht Basin. With plenty of accessible parking in the large grass lot at First St. & Altamont Ave. (next to Publix) the show is very consumer and family friendly. Southwest Florida features a wide array of waters from back country flats bays rivers and estuaries to the Gulf of Mexico. With such a diverse boating market there are a variety of boat types on display including jet skis skiffs bay boats flats boats center consoles pontoon boats deck boats cruising boats sport fishers and more. To accommodate an increasing demand in the market the show and the Southwest Florida Marine Industries Association have made a substantial investment in floating docks & equipment which make for more impressive in water displays at the City Yacht Basin. In addition to boats you will find the largest display of accessory items and marine services of any Boat Show on Florida s west coast including electronic equipment motors boat lifts docks clothing and more. Fishing continues to be a highlight of this year s show well know from National Geographic s Wicked Tuna Paul Hebert captain of the Wicked Pissah will be in attendance Friday Saturday and Sunday to meet and greet show guests at the Maui Jim booth. Fishin Frank and his crew continue to make a splash with an expanded Fishin Frank s Fishin Village under the Heitman Bridge. Highlights include tackle displays with factory representatives on hand a seminar area with local charter captains show specials with factory pricing and Frank s popular fishing simulator giving guests a chance to catch anything from a 45th Annual Ft. Myers Boat Show The 45th Annual Fort Myers Boat Show Southwest Florida s Premier Boating Showcase is set for Nov. 16th-19 2017 running Thursday through Sunday. Downtown on the Caloosahatchee in the heart of the River District it s the perfect setting for a show. With a booming marine industry along with redevelopment in the downtown area the show s redesigned and expanded layout features more boats products and services than ever. As Mainsail Lodging & Development renovates the Harborside Event Center and builds an adjoining hotel the show s Largemouth Bass to a Marlin. The Fort Myers Boat Show runs Thursday Nov. 16th through Sunday Nov. 19th. Hours are Thursday Friday Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is 12 per person and children younger than 16 are free with a paid adult admission. Parking is just 5 in the grass lot at First St. & Altamont Ave. (next to Publix) and includes a short trolley ride to the entrance. 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MYERS SALES - PARTS SERVICE - HITCHES RENTALS - CONTAINERS SAWFISH NEWS by Tonya Wiley First-ever sawfish birth filmed in the wild Sawfish are creatures of myth and legend enormous shark-like rays with a huge rostrum bearing a row of formidable teeth protruding from each side. There are five species of sawfish in the world and all are considered Endangered or Critically Endangered in the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Dr. Dean Grubbs (Associate Director of Research Florida State University Coastal & Marine Laboratory) and his colleagues have been studying the critically endangered smalltooth sawfish in Florida and the Bahamas since 2010 conducting research to aid sawfish conservation efforts. Much of their work has been directed towards using surveys satellite tagging and tracking to determine where adult sawfish mate where the females give birth where important nurseries are and to determine where sawfish are most likely to be vulnerable to captures as bycatch in different fisheries. During a recent expedition funded by the Save Our Seas Foundation to the remote island of Andros his team made a discovery that will have major implications for recovery of this charismatic species. To set the stage in 2003 smalltooth sawfish became the first native marine fish species listed as Endangered under the U.S. Endangered Species Act. Mangrove lined estuaries from Charlotte Harbor Florida to Florida Bay in Everglades National Park have been designated as Critical Habitat for the species because these are the only areas where females were known to give birth and are thus critical to recovery of the species. Though sawfish were known to occur in the Bahamas it was unknown whether these sawfish were born in the Bahamas or perhaps were part of the Florida population. Close-up of sawfish pup s rostral blade peeking out. At the embryonic stage the rostrum is soft and flexible with teeth that are enclosed by a sheath to protect the mother during birth-documented for the first time. On December 7 2016 Dr. Grubbs team including Dr. Andrea Kroetz (NOAA) and FSUCML graduate research assistants Bianca Prohaska and Bryan Keller captured a female sawfish on the west side of Andros Bahamas that was just over 14-feet in length. During the process of tagging the large sawfish to monitor her movements the team noticed there were the rostra of two baby sawfish protruding from her vent she was giving birth. Not much is known about sawfish reproduction and while the birth was typical of many sharks and rays this confirmed pupping of sawfish in Andros Bahamas. Dr. Dean Grubbs has been studying sharks and rays for more than 25 years and describes the recent experience as the biggest day of my research career. This indicates there are now two known pupping and nursery areas The research team with the (southwest Florida and west assistance of Field School staff Andros) increasing the potential Jake Jerome and Nick Perni for recovery of this endangered assisted the mother sawfish in species. Importantly just as the birth of five pups (i.e. baby much of the critical sawfish sawfish) before releasing her to habitat in Florida is protected in birth the rest on her own (it is wildlife refuges and national believed sawfish give birth to 10- parks the area of Andros that the 12 pups). This is the first time a team has shown to be important live sawfish birth has been habitat for adult and juvenile documented in the wild. sawfish is within the recently formed West Side National Park. The rostrum of a newborn sawfish Protecting such areas is critical to emerges from the mother covered recovery of the species. in a thick sheath of tissue covering the needle sharp teeth Dr. Dean Grubbs holds sawfish thus protecting the mother. pup right after its birth. Dr. Grubbs team took genetic samples on both the mother and the five pups implanted an acoustic transmitter in the mother and attached a satellite tag to her dorsal fin for tracking her movements and inserted P.I.T. tags on the pups (a process similar to micro-chipping pets and lasts their lifespan). Afterward the mother and the five pups were set free in the wild. Dr. Grubbs assists sawfish give birth to two pups--documented for the first time. Sponsored by a Keystone Grant from the Save Our Seas Foundation and supported by The Field School and the Flamingo Cay Rod and Gun Club the purpose of the research is to discover if there is any evidence of exchange between the sawfish population in the U.S. and Bahamas. Currently sawfish populations are believed to be regionally resident meaning they do not migrate far from their original habitat. To see footage of the expedition and live sawfish birth check out a video produced by the Field School at https watc h v gt-sE14dYXs For more information about endangered sawfish visit http p r species fish smalltooth- Tonya (941) 201-2685 (Reprinted with permission from Florida State University Coastal & Marine Laboratory https news-around-the-lab dr-grubbs-documents-pregnant-sawfish-giving-birth-in-the-wild ) Jonathan M. Frantz. MD Medical Director Total Eye Care 12731 New Brittany Blvd Fort Myers Let the Specialists at Frantz EyeCare improve your quality of life with the following Bladeless Laser Cataract Surgery Bladeless WaveLight LASIK Dry Eye Center of Excellence Treatment of Eye Diseases Facial & Body Rejuvenation Routine Eye Exams (239) 418.0999 Ft. 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Myers 09 SW Florida s Coastal Information Source ul s Pa (239) Mobile Marine The Nautical Mile welcomes Capt. Joe Greco to our monthly staff writers Mobile mechanic and more SERVICE 464-0753 Service - Repairs - Electrical P U B L I C A T I O N S Inc. Capt. Joe Greco has been been a USCG licensed captain since 1991 and currently operates a charter fishing business in upstate New York and in southwest Florida. He operates JustyJoe Charters on the pristine waters of Lake George -in New York s Adirondack regionduring the summer months targeting salmon native lake trout and bass. From December through May Capt. Joe operates Fort Myers Fishing Adventures out of Salty Sam s Marina in Fort Myers Beach. Capt. Joe conducts fishing seminars on a regular basis and has been an avid outdoor writer for nearly two decades. He is a pro-staff for several companies including Shimano Reels and Scotty Downriggers. In addition to running fishing charters Captain Joe has an extensive kingfishtournament fishing background. Familyoriented back-bay near shore fishing excursions are his specialty. He can be contacted by calling toll free (877) 249-7472 or via his website Specializing is the sales and repair of Well Systems Marine Pumps Boat Lift Motors Water Softeners Pool Pump Motors AC Condenser Fans Variable Speed Pool Pumps Irrigation Pumps and Motors Fountains and Feature Pumps McGREGOR ELECTRIC MOTORS New and Rebuilt Pool Pump Experts Family owned and proudly serving Lee County since 1988 Do-It Yourselfers AVE on the service call and bring your motor to us Call now for simple instructions (239) 574-4499 Free Belt With the purchase of a boat lift motor Offers cannot be combined 958 Country Club Blvd Cape Coral - 10% OFF Any purchase or repair of 50 or more Offers cannot be combined Free Bench Testing on all motors and pumps Combine with any offer you like ) We obviously dodged a major bullet here on Matlacha and Pine Island with Hurricane Irma. Most of us were expecting to see damage on the scale of Hurricane Charley from 2004 and the fact that we were basically untouched in this part of SW Florida is a true miracle. Our local waters were churned up for just a few days and the fishing was back to normal less than a week later. Despite the direct impact of a Category 4 hurricane that really scared the hell out of me I actually lost almost no business and I m unbelievably grateful for that. That s also why I m especially sad for everyone who lives down in my two previous homes of the Florida Keys and Vieques Puerto Rico. Those folks are a whole lot worse off than we are and will be for some time. Big Pine Key which is about 30 miles north of Key West got hit by Hurricane Irma s eye like a fight-ending uppercut. I know you ve all seen the videos from the news networks. Nothing was left standing on the north side of Big Pine Key where a lot of working families including many commercial fishermen lived for several generations. Big Pine is one of the coolest and most natural communities in all of the Keys quite a lot like Matlacha and Pine Island in many respects. They re a tough and tight knit bunch of people who will rebuild Wild Fly Charters Capt. Gregg McKee 10 SW Florida s Coastal Information Source quickly. The entire economy of the Florida Keys is based on tourism so if you want to help them out the best thing you can do is plan a trip down there as soon as possible. I m very serious about that. The first major hurricane I went through was Georges back in 1998. The eye hit us directly on Key West the night of September 24th and the effects were almost as dramatic as Irma. I ran out of food very quickly and I ll never forget eating a cold can of tomato paste three days later which was the last edible thing in my apartment and washing it down with warm Bud Light. (For some reason I had plenty of those.) When the National Guard showed up with warm MREs the next morning I thought I died and went to culinary heaven. Two weeks later we had power back and I was booking charters despite the wreckage still littering A1A. Just knowing that money would be coming back eventually was an incredible stress relief and I know that this is what some folks in the Keys need more than anything right now. If you ve fished with a guide down there before just give them a quick call and let them know that you plan on making a return trip as soon as possible. Between Key West and Matlacha I also spent five years fishing on the island of Vieques just off the east coast of Puerto Rico. They got an almost direct hit from Hurricane Maria and from what I ve gathered so far the effects were catastrophic. Puerto Rico was already burdened by an outdated and nearly bankrupt electrical system when I moved there in 2005 and this storm was a knockout blow. I managed to get a get a call through to one of my fishing buddies down there the great Capt. Franco Gonzalez in San Juan and his first words describing the situation were utter devastation. No power no water and no fuel. Fortunately Puerto Rico is a U.S. commonwealth and the people there are all American citizens. Help will get to them far more quickly than some other Caribbean islands but their infrastructure has suffered from decades of neglect. It s going to take them a lot longer to recover than the Keys. So if you re still raking up palm fronds or repairing some screens on your pool cage here on Pine Island take a minute to be grateful. Just about everywhere else got it worse than us this last month. (239) 565-2960 gmckee1 Before After Above damage from a worm that lives in saltwater called a Marine Borer . They can start destroying a piling within 3 months of it being in the water. Formapile offers the only true 10-year manufacturer s warranty Formapile has a US Patent Developed over 40 years ago Independent laboratory testing Engineer certified The leading expert in piling protection restoration and repair in SW Florida Call for a free piling inspection (239) 471-3998 11 SW Florida s Coastal Information Source Reflections on the Water captain rob modys I ve often been asked when is the best time to go fishing. The standard easy answer is anytime you can. But of course it s a bit more complicated than that. In both saltwater and freshwater the best fishing is almost always when the barometric pressure is dropping. Ironically that could also be the most dangerous time if you stay too long. In other words the best time to fish is right before the approaching storm. It doesn t matter if it s a wintertime cold front heading towards our area from the north or a raging hurricane from the south. Either way the pressure is dropping. Furry animals birds and fish are all tuned to the weather via the barometer. When the pressure drops they have a sense that something is amiss and that finding food may be more difficult. Survival mode kicks in and they go on the feed. The most notable visual representation of that are birds. If you have a feeder in your yard it will most likely be swarmed by birds a day or two before the arrival of a storm front. You yourself may also have more personal symptoms. Your ears may suddenly pop from the change in pressure and some people even get headaches. Fish react by feeding in some cases voraciously. Some species will school up in the nearshore Gulf waters to make it easier to hunt and capture prey. In the backcountry you ll likely see fish that don t normally feed there. There will be more sharks and an abundance of spanish mackerel and bluefish. The tides and moon phases also play a part in the eating patterns of saltwater fish. They like to feed during moving water so slack tides are generally not very productive. The moon comes into play because it pulls and pushes more water during the full and new moon. Add to that the possibility that the approaching storm will also add to the flow of water and you have the makings of a fantastic bite. Now back to the dangerous part. It s important that all of us respect an approaching storm especially hurricanes. It appears that Irma has already taught us some valuable lessons about being prepared. We tend to become complacent after years of no hits and that can be our undoing. In other words when hurricane season begins it s up to us to get ready well in advance. It was apparent to me that that didn t happen for a lot of folks. On June 1st the beginning of hurricane season spend some time reviewing your hurricane plan. If you need shutters or wood for your windows buy it then while it s readily available and practice putting them up. Get batteries and flashlights or lanterns and put them away. Pick up a spare propane bottle for the grill or portable camping stove and DON T USE IT. Check your food supply for canned goods and stock up. Do you need a generator Get it well ahead of time unbox it and make sure it runs. If you already have a generator make sure to test it every so often and don t leave fuel in it for an extended period of time without running it. A fuel additive works great to keep moisture out of the gas tank. You ll also need heavy duty extension cords oil and fuel. To carry gas you ll need several gas containers. I have 6 and that was barely enough for Irma. Have an escape plan. Irma showed us how bad traffic can be if an all out evacuation of Florida is needed. With thousands of new Fishing and Hurricanes residents every month it s only going to get worse. Our plan has always been to run to other family in Florida. That didn t work this time because they lived in places that were also being told to evacuate. We were fortunate to have a place to hide during the worst part of the storm. Make sure you do too. On a personal note. My wife JoNell and I didn t have power for almost 10-days. Our garage flooded but luckily the water didn t get in the house. Our much adored backyard tropical garden was beaten into submission and our outdoor storage building was badly damaged. Simply put it sucked. But there was so much more damage south of us. Bonita Springs Immoakalee Everglades City Chokoloskee and the Lower Keys really took it on the chin. We were lucky. We still have a home and repairs will put things back the way they were. It s going to take time for those to the south and they really need our help. The news reports tend to disappear after the storm has passed so do your part to stay abreast of what s happening in those areas and please do what you can to help. 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Marine Sulphur Queen was never found Wreck 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. 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. Sanibel 5&8 4 RECORD SETTERS Available at your favorite bait shop the (888) 347-4356 Tarpon Hunters Cape Coral Ft. Myers - Reel Angler s Fishing Club SW Florida Marine Industries Assc. Punta Gorda Isles Naples 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 Fly Fishing Meetings joe 6- Paddlewheeler Wreck 82.17.510 25.53.320 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. Fishing Regulations 7 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. 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. Key West An afternoon fishing with Capt. Chuck Downes Rods Rods Rods Braggin Board Reels Reels Reels Lines Lines Lines 2 Snook caught by PJ and Dave. Released safely back into Pine Island Sound Plus Send fish pictures to theNauticalMile 995-2280 (239) 14 SW Florida s Coastal Information Source Bokeelia Boat Ramp 283-2244 Join our Pier Club fish or launch your boat 9 times get the 10th time free Jug Creek Access - No Slow Zones Drive to the end of Bokeelia Located behind Captain Con s Seafood Restaurant 10 Launch Captain Bill Russell Public Access Boat Ramp 1 mile past the post office North end of Bokeelia Acres of Parking Fishing and boating took a back seat for much of September as Floridians were focused on Hurricane Irma. It was a stressful period that hopefully most have moved past and settled back to day to day living. With the arrival of October we move into cooler days with lower humidity and fewer thunderstorms and hopefully no more hurricanes. With the seasonal change expect fish to be hungry and on the move. Schooling baitfish are everywhere inshore offshore the passes the grass flats everywhere. Depending on your target bait size can range from tiny glass minnows to large mullet. You shouldn t have too much problem loading up on your favorite baits. If catching and fishing live bait isn t your thing no problem there are a host of great lures and baits that mimic about every bait like creature that swims or craws just match the hatch so to speak with the bait around the area you are fishing. You well also notice birds birds and more birds they are great indicators as to where to begin your search for both bait and game fish. If they are working an area of water something is going on under the surface. This is a great month to take advantage of any opportunity that may present itself and not to get too hung up on any one species. If a targeted species isn t cooperating there are plenty of other fish to go after. A lot of fish both pelagic and local are on the move be ready for anything. Schools of large redfish are likely to make a presence along the flats or the gulf passes or nearshore waters. They will begin their offshore migration as the first couple cold fronts drop down. Large schools of jack crevalle also may show up at any time and if you re offshore there is no telling what you may come across. Keep your eyes open and stay prepared The key to success is a variety of bait live artificial or both. An assortment of tackle including rods and reels that are suited for anything a day on the water may throw at you. There are some big fish moving in and through our waters make sure you re equipped accordingly if you want a fair chance at landing them. Of course all the best baits and tackle in the world won t do much good if you aren t prepared pay attention to your surroundings and jump at an opportunity when it presents itself. Yes even a blind squirrel can find an acorn once in a while and the fishermen without a clue will occasionally catch his prize. But what separates the so-so anglers from the really good ones are simple preparation always paying attention to their surroundings and the knowledge to recognize an opportunity and act. Fishing is never the same twice variables change and it s never exactly the same two days in a row you as an angler should always be adapting and learning. There is not a day on the water that you shouldn t learn something new if you strive to be an above average angler just have fun while learning. We always hear that time on the water is great therapy for destressing. I couldn t agree more and a lot of folks could really use it. My first day back on the water following Hurricane Irma I was amazed how good it felt and how quickly the anxiety and stress went away. I highly recommend when you get a chance to do the same even if it s only for a little while. 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I was fortunate enough to be able to stay on Pine Island albeit not in my own home which is a 1958 wood frame cracker cottage that we raised up on 10 foot columns many years ago. Some awesome friends of ours (Todd and Lisa Steen) evacuated themselves but invited myself and my wife pets included to ride out the storm in their newly built ICF (insulated concrete form) constructed home which we did and never once felt imperiled. They were not the only ones to offer up their homes as refuge to us either. Two other families invited us to shelter in their vacant homes. My wonderful new neighbors Karen Halvorson and Cindy Scott offered us their brand new home as shelter. With the threat of such a high surge we opted for the one up the highest on pilings. I also was able to park my boat in a garage at another home offered for shelter (Greig and Jill Dougherty) rather than leave it out in the elements something that made it all just a little easier to bear. I guess I should give my little old house more credit than I do since now it has gone through all the major hurricanes to strike this area since Donna in 1960. The list is long. I always of course go through the same emotions we all did recently... will my house survive ... Will I survive ...Will we all wash away in a storm surge Well the reality is for us this time we made it. That s the difference 30 miles can make. Folks in The Middle Keys were not so fortunate. Many have lost all that they had and it will be a long road to recovery for many but one thing is for sure... coastal residents are a certain breed that thrive on living near the water and most of the time that means boating and fishing and enjoying the great weather but the price we sometimes pay is dealing with storms like this and learning to get back up on our feet and build it back and better than it was before. Many places in The Keys are devastated but I have found myself trying real hard to look for the good in the chaos. Focusing on homes that were NOT destroyed and buildings that had only minor damage. The news always focuses on the wrecked houses or the most dramatic devastation but there was some places not too badly damaged (not many but some) and Key West and the Lower Keys had much less damage more like what we had here. I have some neighbors here in St James City that of their own accord raised the money for purchased and collected and then delivered truckloads of essential items directly to Big Pine Key just days after the first cars were even allowed south on A1A. Cheers to you Mike and Tammie Smith. The pictures of what they saw were pure visions of impact and a great example of how lucky we are here. I know that many folks in SW Florida were moved to action after the dire warnings of authorities before the storm actually hit and I was impressed by how many people evacuated but as one who did not I also realize the decision to flee or to stay is a very personal one and others especially those far away should not judge the decisions made by those in harms way. Each of us decides whats best for us and our families and we take the good with the bad as far as the consequences of those decisions. Personally I prefer to stay because this is my home. Pine Island is where I live and when bad things happen in the world around me I want to be in my home and I want to be as close to my house as is safely possible. If I were to return to a splintered pile of house... thats MY splintered pile and I want to be the first to go through it. I know that sounds weird but its the reality as we prepare for storms. 1- Burnt Store 2- Yacht Club 3- Everest Horton Park 3a- Rosen Park 4- 3rd. 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Myers Beach 17 is back on and the rebuilding 4 process has begun and the 18 Sanibel 16 20 new normal will be that much better than it was before. 19 Bonita Springs Enough about hurricanes... lets talk fishing. Obviously many were not able to do much angling over the past several weeks but those that did were usually rewarded with good fishing. Bait is still plentiful even in the rain-stained water and most species have been quite cooperative. Certain places were affected by the wind and where there once was a great shady undercut in the mangroves may now be closed off but that just means exploring newly created pockets where fish might now be. As I often urge and it may be more important now get out there and explore. Storms are usually what create good fishing spots along mangrove shorelines and when these events happen its just the cycle of nature renewing that which was old. Fall has arrived and if you ve been here any amount of time you know what that means.... pretty much nothing. It does mean that at some point between now and say Christmas we should get our first cold front and finally cool down... lets just hope its sooner rather than later. It also means fish will start to migrate to there cooler weather locales and be more accessible to many who fish in the mangroves. That means its time to start keeping an eye out for schooling redfish or cruising cobia and be ready for whatever might present itself. If you d like charter information or just want to talk fishing give me a call. Capt. Charles Epranian frshfsh5 (239) 410-2515 Full Service Marine Supply Visit our showroom at 645 Commercial Park Place in Cape Coral Next to the German American Club (239) 574-4844 DECKS & DOCKS Lumber - Pilings - Bumpers Dock Lighting Filet Tables - Ladders Dock Boxes Composite and Wood Decking 26 SW Florida s Coastal Information Source A ND R o b i ns R OM Looking on the bright side robin griffiths 27 SW Florida s Coastal Information Source The month of September was a roller coaster of emotions because of hurricane Irma. For many it was days of preparing waiting watching hoping and praying. Many evacuated and several stayed in their home with friends or a shelter. And once Irma had passed over our area many of us faced multiple challenges of which each were handled in different ways. Finding your way through the network of recovery can be overwhelming at best. During times of stress it s easy to be short tempered depressed anxious as well as a multitude of other feelings. On the flipside other types of behaviors surface such as giving gratefulness as well as communities pulling together with resources. This latter behavior is what I want to talk about and how it is such an overall positive for individuals. As hard as it may seem to look for the bright side of life when disaster strikes the positive effects from having an optimistic attitude can help in preparing and then recovering. This is in no way to trivialize what anyone experiences when in the middle of harm s way. But if you can keep your thoughts on a positive note you will be able to plan function and focus on what needs to be done. Better judgement surfaces when you have a positive outlook. You also will not be distracted by negative images and will be more likely to organize and move quickly. This is a good quality to have for many situations in life. It may be a family crisis or a condition that concerns your job or business. By keeping a good view of the circumstances you will find that you may handle difficult times with more ease. Here are a few steps to keep in mind to help you work on a positive outlook. Change is Certain Whatever you may be facing know that change is inevitable. Look at these changes as an opportunity to find better ways to live or function. You may not see the overall good of this opportunity at first but by looking for the positive you will be open to finding the little things that will be helpful to you. Have a Mantra Find a way to give yourself positive selftalks. Adopt a saying or mantra that you can say when you find yourself moving to the negative side of life. These constructive conversations within your mind will keep you focused as well as give you more confidence. Look at the Big Picture Don t get so engrossed on the little details and look for the big picture. By thinking big you will be able to plan for many different scenarios which will help you be better prepared. This will help keep your confidence up and boost your positive thoughts. Ask for Help People are more than willing to help when needed and often they are waiting to be asked. Reach out to others if you find that you are unable to do something because of lack of knowledge or capabilities. Having a trusted advisor will help with doubts you may have and often verify your plan which will increase your positive thoughts. Take Action It is easy to take a wait and see stance when you are not sure of your direction. The best option is to weigh out all the facts and make decisions based on what is good for you. You may need to take baby steps with these actions but you will be looking at all your options and will determine the right choice for your circumstance. You can begin to build your positive thoughts and actions by using these techniques. Then when you are under stress you will be able to move through it a little easier with more confidence. 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Myers Beach 18 19 15 Boathouse Tiki Bar & Grill The most convenient fuel access on the Caloosahatchee Bonita Beach 24 L 0 Octane Diesel and 9 Gas Non-Ethanol aily Open 7am D Appeti Hot & C zers - Salads o Baskets ld Sandwich es and a lo t more EAT I N T AKE O UT Wiggins Pass 38 f as t rom Break F o Last Call t The Boathouse Tiki Bar & Grill at the Cape Coral Yacht Club 5819 Driftwood Parkway Cape Coral Marker R78 on the Caloosahatchee River (239) 945-BOAT (2628) 28 SW Florida s Coastal Information Source Available online and locally at 29 Serving SW Florida s Coastal Enthusiast Sea Scope Alyssa Alyssa s Grabner Characteristics The northern stargazer has a darker body usually black or brown with white spots ranging smaller to larger from its head to its tail. They have little side fins which they use as shovels to bury themselves into the sand quickly. The largest stargazer caught was 22 inches but they usually grow from 8 to 18 inches in length. They are distinguished by having three dark lines on their tail. This species gets its name solely because of their appearance. We all know that when we want to stargaze we look up at the sky with our eyes. The northern stargazer has its eyes positioned at the top of their head facing upwards. Habitat The northern stargazer is a native species. They live at the bottom of deep open waters they are benthic species. They are found along the Atlantic coast near New York and North Carolina. something swims by that they like they open their large mouth and create a vacuum to suck their prey in. This fish also has an organ on the top of their head that has the ability to send an electric charge that stuns prey so they are easy to eat and can ward off potential predators. Alyssa Grabner seascopearticle Diet The northern stargazer feeds on small fish crabs and other crustaceans. Their eyes play a great advantage with catching prey. They bury their body in the sand camouflaging into the sand and keep the top of their heads (where their eyes are) above the sand so that they can see their prey coming. Once FULL SERVICE LUMBER YARD NE W - NEW TanDeck MAX 5 4X6 deck board spans 2 feet ks oc D Beautiful and long lasting Beautiful Five vibrant fade-resistant colors N ew C ap e Water Coral at Tar Display pon Po int PLASTIC LUMBER Beautiful and long lasting Decks & Porches Wood-Free Not a composite Easy Retrofit Spans 24 joists to replace old decking Y 50 R EA R WA Y NT RA FULL SERVICE LUMBER YARD 3 Southwest Florida Locations Ft. 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 30 SW Florida s Coastal Information Source Snook Cowboy Happy Halloween I survived Hurricane Irma stuck around for the show. I ve been watching hurricane patterns since the Hurricane Charley season of 2004 and figured even if it comes inshore at Pine Island that flood surge really wasn t going to be a problem. Firstly because when a hurricane skirts the coastline there isn t enough time to build a torrential twelve to fifteen foot storm surge. Bring that same hurricane in directly across the Gulf from the Yucatan and you could kiss the barrier islands and Cape Coral goodbye. I rode out the storm with my pets. My three cats literally slept all the way through the storm my dogs and I were another story I had the weather radio on after we lost power and before the storm came through and I had to dig for an mp3 player and get a small pair of speakers going to take our minds off the banging of branches on the roof and howling of wind. The monotonous drone of that electronic voice became too much and I had absolutely no details as to where the storm was. I gambled that it would hit where it did and even had family in San Carlos in Estero plead with me to come to their place. My gamble paid off for me they took a direct hit however I did have my neighbors 80 foot Ficus tree come down on the front of my house. I was on the hood of my truck going into the downstairs entry of my lower floor when i heard a low rolling roar coming through the trees then heard this awful Pop I looked left and saw the tree coming down catch a cabbage palm directly in the head snap the palm and lay down as gently as you please onto my roof and through the gutters stopping at the main structure No leaks. Secondly before it all went down I earnestly called on God and the Calusa Spirits that inhabited this island to protect it and our island community. When I finally got power and hooked back up to cable did I realize my request had been fulfilled. The rest of South Florida took a thrashing. Seriously I was on the hood of my truck when the tree came down on top of everything. I plastered myself to the door like a Gecko lizard and watched everything in slow motion without the slightest angst. It was one of the most adrenaline pumping things I have ever experienced. My story was over at that point and I could relax a little. I also went into this in a forty plus year old Jim Walter home on stilts with two by six stringers in the floor with five by sixteen constructed beams in the ceiling. It s a tank Everything was strapped and patched after Hurricane Charley. Will I stay for another one No A tornado could have easily made all the difference in the world or a small jaunt into Charlotte Harbor instead of Marco Island. You have to deal with the power outages anyway you still have to deal with pealing trees off your house you still have to wait for gas and electric and surprisingly enough although Pine Island didn t take a direct hit. it still took nine long days of chasing generators allocating amperage and learning real damn fast how to service the basics of a small gas engine. Dirty gas water disintegrating filters missing screws on the carburetor housing causing the throttle bar to be jostled out of place at three in the morning. You still have to deal with all of it so you might as well start your recovery fresh non stressed and ready to conquer the world and help your neighbors. DO NOT STAY FOR A HURRICANE it s just plain stupid I ran from Charley stayed for this one......Stupid Fishing is just fine around here I don t hear anyone complaining and I still see boats coming onto the island loaded with fishing gear so it s just fine. Fall temperatures are here and it s a lot more tolerable outside and that makes the fishing in Florida bearable. It seems some of our leaders in the county think they are above the law and can do anything they want when representing the public let alone putting our lives in danger in the name of privilege. Whoever and I bet I know now who the person may be that is letting this fishing club go through on East Part Island whose dock lights I will be able to see on the western horizon. Now has an arrest record for a D.U.I. I know a lot of people in a lot of interesting places with very interesting backgrounds. You see things and you hear things. You keep your mouth shut and smile and know with a satisfying grin that Karma has their number. I live a humble life on purpose. I don t chase paper I indulge in life and the beauty that surrounds me both in nature and home and try to make the world a better place instead of exploiting it or myself in the name of greed. Now let s talk about being a good seasonal neighbor. Foliage grows very fast in S.W. Fl. especially trees. We appreciate y all expanding our tax base and raising the value of our area. Your properties down here are no less important than the ones you have at home. Being a good neighbor and not being a typical northerner from Michigan Ohio or New York. My neighbor is Hemming and Hawwing over getting his property cleared in an expedient fashion. The eighty foot Ficus on my house was his tree. There is a Norfolk and two other Ficus leaning towards my house that were compromised during Irma s landfall. I appreciate loving trees but you still have to be a good neighbor and maintain a safe yard. If you don t want the responsibility sell your property and go buy a nice dry treeless home in Vegas. Fortunately I pay taxes and there are entities within the county that can and will re-mediate the problem. Don t pay triple what it would have cost to have Gerard s Tree Service do it for you. 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There are no paid employees. Nobody makes a dime off it when they walk away. Aside from prize money and tournament expenses all proceeds go to local charities. For many years the event hosted at Cape Harbour and Fathoms restaurant in Cape Coral has benefited the Ronald McDonald House but now rotates to support other causes like youth sports and this year s beneficiary Captains for Clean Water. I grew up here and have been watching the Caloosahatchee River deteriorate in quality said Williamson as the tournament unfolded on Saturday September 2. It s an asset we re going to have for life and we need to protect it. Captains for Clean Water is a grassroots organization started by a couple of fishing guides frustrated with Lake Okeechobee water mismanagement and its devastating effects on the Everglades coastal estuaries and the waters of Florida Bay. They are currently fighting for the implementation of science based solutions through education and advocacy that they say can reverse the damage and restore health to these waters. We are working toward holding government accountable said Chris Wittman a founding member of Captains for Clean Water to implement recent legislation that we helped pass to reduce harmful Lake Okeechobee discharges and restore Florida s historic water flow. Tournament rules are simple. A 7 30am shotgun start sends anglers off to their favorite fishing holes. They must bring their catch back live for weigh-in at the Cape Harbour dock by 4pm. The highest combined weight of two slot redfish wins. At this year s tournament fifty-three fishing teams comprised of 147 anglers competed for a grand prize of 10 000. A second category gave a prize for the largest slot snook. Entrants and sponsors combined to make the 2017 Flats event the largest ever with about 75 000 in cash raised according to Williamson. Team Purified Air won first place with two 27 reds that tipped the scales at 16.5 lbs. Every single fish has to come in alive Williamson insisted. We support conservation and follow all laws from fishing licenses to measurements to caution with the fish. We specifically tell everybody if your fish is dying do not bring it to our dock. That s not what we do here. This is one of the best tournaments said Mike Herzog a member of the winning Purified Air team. I ve been trying to win this tournament for six years. I ve got a lot of seconds and thirds but this is my first time winning it. I just got lucky. Found a school that wanted to eat. A second tournament took place at the docks for young anglers the Little Captains tournament. Fishing tackle bait and guidance was provided at no charge for all participants. Ronald McDonald also made an appearance with a magic show and complimentary Happy Meals. It s all free for the kids said Williamson. They get a rod and reel. They learn how to tie knots and handle fish safely so it doesn t hurt them or the fish. And then Ronald McDonald shows up on a sheriff s boat. Wittman also used the Flats Invitational to stage another charity event. Captains for Clean Water rented a box truck and accepted donations for Hurricane Harvey victims ravaged by flooding in Houston. The response by attendees and area residents was overwhelming. First aid items cleaning supplies food clothing and other donations soon filled the truck to capacity. An additional trailer had to be rented to handle the overflow. The next day Wittman and cofounder Daniel Andrews drove the rig to Texas to deliver the relief supplies in person. They planned to stay on for a while to drive boats and help out anyway they could. 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