Your Guide To Florida Surf Fishing

If you’re looking for an exciting activity, there’s nothing that says “Florida” quite like surf fishing. A tradition for Florida families for generations, surf fishing is particularly thrilling during the annual fall mullet run down the Atlantic coast. Don’t count out the gulf coast, though; the fishing is fast and furious in the Gulf of Mexico all year long. Fort Myers is beautifully situated for fishing enthusiasts of all types, and it’s easy to find a great spot for surf fishing.

  • What’s the best time to go surf fishing? Plan to go early or stay late. You’ll catch the most fish before dawn, when they are looking for food, and after dusk, when it’s cooler and they’re ready for another meal.
  • Where are some likely spots for fishing from shore in Fort Myers? In the Fort Myers/Sanibel Island area, great fishing spots are everywhere you look! There are piers, bridges, and beaches abundantly available, and there are always people fishing in their favorite spots. While you’re trying to find your favorite spot, you might want to check out some of the most popular fishing areas in the area, which include:
    • Sanibel Causeway, along any of the causeway islands
    • Punta Rassa, just before the Sanibel causeway, which is also popular for camping and kite-boarding
    • Pier on Fort Myers Beach
    • South End Bridge, at the south end of Estero Boulevard
    • Lovers Key State Park
    • Anywhere along the beach where you can find a spot away from crowds of swimmers
  • What kinds of fish can be found in the area? All year, you can find snook, redfish, spotted seatrout, sheepshead, jack crevalle, mangrove snapper, and other species in the saltwater. The great thing about Fort Myers is that there’s plenty of opportunity for freshwater fishing as well, because the Caloosahatchee River, the Intracoastal Waterway, and the many natural and manmade lakes, ponds, and canals in the area are teeming with multiple species of fish. From a seawall or shore, you’re likely to catch bass, crappie, blue gill, catfish, shellcrackers, and Oscars.
  • Should I go it alone or hire a guide? If you’re new to the area, or new to surf fishing, a guide can be a big help. If you’re someone who likes the solitary nature of fishing and prefers to go it alone, patronizing the local bait shops can be an invaluable source of information. You can also learn a lot about what’s going on by reading the local fishing reports for Fort Myers Beach and Estero Bay.
  • Do I need a license? In a word, yes. They’re free for Florida residents, but visitors to the state will have to pay a small fee.

The fishing is amazing in Fort Myers, but if you don’t catch anything for dinner, don’t worry- we’ve got you covered. Come by Three Fishermen on North Cleveland Avenue in North Fort Myers, to try some of our fresh local seafood, cooked to order, with a special local catch of the day every day. Here, you’ll find waterfront dining in a relaxed atmosphere, where lunch and dinner are always a fun adventure. If you’ve got any questions, call us at (239) 599-8568 or visit our website for more information and to peruse the menu.

The Benefits of Eating Crab

Crabs are some of the most commonly harvested sea creatures used for food. While there are thousands of species of crab around the world, gazami crab (also known as Japanese blue crab or horse crab) is the one most likely to end up on your plate. Over 300,000 tons of these crustaceans are fished annually, accounting for nearly one-fifth of all the crabs harvested and eaten across the globe.

But crab is more than just a popular seafood item – it also offers an impressive array of health benefits. Here’s what you stand to gain when you make crab a regular part of your diet.

Improved Bone Health

After calcium, phosphorus is the second most important mineral for building strong bones and teeth. If you are at risk for osteoporosis, the high phosphorus content in crab meat is highly beneficial.

Boosted Cognitive Abilities

Crab is high in a diverse range of nutrients that support mental dexterity, including:

  • Copper: Crab has nearly 30 times more copper than cod and 56 times more than salmon, chicken or beef.
  • Riboflavin (Vitamin B2): The body must obtain this vitamin from food, which helps produce red blood cells and maintain the nervous system.
  • Selenium: All shellfish contain this nutrient, but crab possesses especially high levels.
  • Long chain omega-3 fatty acids: The body can use these immediately to aid brain development.

Faster Wound Healing

Cuts and other minor injuries take time to heal. Nutritionists suggest incorporating crab into your diet to speed up the recovery process. High levels of protein, vitamin B12 and zinc are the keys to alleviating pain, producing erythrocytes to reduce the risk of infection, and speeding up the overall healing process.

Protected Eye Health

Nutritionists recommend eating foods with vitamins A and B2 to improve your eyesight. Crab is chockfull of both nutrients. Not only can they help maintain good vision, but they can also reduce the risk of cataracts and macular degeneration later in life.

Enhanced Weight Loss

As long as you don’t pair crab meat with rich sauces and butter, you can enjoy all of the above benefits with astoundingly low fat content. Crab contains almost as much protein as other kinds of meat, which keeps you full and delivers a high dose of energy, but with far less saturated fat. In fact, crab meat is only 0.2% fat compared to “extra lean” ground beef, which is still at least 5% fat.

These are just a few of the health benefits of eating crab. You can also enjoy increased circulation, healthier skin, boosted immunity, less inflammation, improved heart health and more, thanks to the high nutrient content of this powerhouse food.

Get your daily dose of crab at Three Fishermen Seafood Restaurant in North Fort Myers. We’ll satisfy your cravings and boost your health at the same time! To learn more about us, or to plan your visit, please contact us online or call our seafood restaurant at (239) 599-8568 today.

Recreational Lobster Fishing in Florida

Lobstering is a popular recreational activity along Florida’s coastline. If you choose to engage in this sport, there are many rules and regulations you must follow. Use this guide to make sure your recreational lobster fishing activities are legal and environmentally friendly.

Lobster Fishing Seasons

To harvest lobster legally, you must have a valid Florida Saltwater Fishing License and current crawfish/lobster permit. Florida has two spiny lobster fishing seasons. The first is the regular eight-month season running from August 6 through March 31. The second is a two-day sport season, which takes place on the last consecutive Wednesday and Thursday in July.

Bag Limits

To prevent overfishing, state regulations set a limit of six lobsters per person per day during the regular eight-month lobster season. The daily limit is increased to 12 lobsters per person during the two-day sport season. If you’re fishing in Monroe County (the Florida Keys) or Biscayne National Park during the sport season, the limit remains six lobsters per person per day.

NOTE: It is illegal to possess lobsters in Everglades National Park (Florida Bay).

Size Requirements

All lobsters must be of a legal size – that is, their carapace must be 3 inches or longer – to be removed from the water. To ensure this is the case, make sure you bring a lobster measuring gauge into the water with you. If you come across lobsters smaller than three inches, you must release them unharmed.

Other Lobstering Rules

Ensure your activities are completely legal by following these additional regulations:

  • Keep all harvested lobster whole while at sea. Wait until you’re on land to separate the tails.
  • Egg-bearing lobsters must be released unharmed, regardless of species. You can tell a lobster is bearing eggs if you see a mass of orange, yellow, red or brown eggs on the underside of the tail.
  • While lobstering, avoid damaging coral. Refrain from touching, holding, standing on, breaking or otherwise harming this fragile living animal.
  • You are prohibited from using harvesting equipment that could puncture or crush the exoskeleton or flesh of the lobster.
  • Bully-netting and hoop-netting are permitted at night (defined as one hour after the official sunset to one hour before the official sunrise). However, night dives are not permitted in Monroe County and other nearby Federal waters.
  • Using or possessing bully nets or hoop nets is prohibited in Everglades National Park.
  • Recreational harvesters are not permitted to place artificial habitat in the water (including wood, metal, concrete, fiberglass or plastic) or harvest lobster from artificial habitat.

If you’re eager to sink your teeth into some delicious lobster, visit Three Fishermen Seafood Restaurant in North Fort Myers. We believe that like a great day of fishing, meals should be a relaxing and fun adventure. We’ll carefully prepare your meal to order, using the freshest lobster and other seafood available. To learn more about us, or to make a reservation, please contact us online or call (239) 599-8568.

What Type of Boat is Right for You?

Just like there are many types of vehicles on the road to choose from, there are also a variety of different types of boats. People choose vehicles based on their needs or lifestyle. For example, if you have kids to drive around you might want some type of van or SUV, but if you just want something fast and shiny you might opt for a sports car. The same is true with boats, so learning what type of boat is right for you is something you should take a few minutes to do.

There are three general categories of watercraft which are: cruising, fishing, and watersports. Cruising boats are geared toward recreation and relaxation. Some of them offer cabins to stay overnight while others are great for a day cruise. Fishing boats can vary from professional to smaller vessels without much seating room. Boats designed for water skiers or wakeboarders are also available.

Cruising Boats

Once you’ve narrowed down the style of boat you want, you still have plenty of choices. If you’ve decided on a cruising boat, now you’ll need to narrow it down among the following types of cruising boats:

  • Bowrider boats
  • Pontoon boats
  • Sailboats
  • Trawler boats
  • Cabin cruiser boats

Bowrider boats are good for day cruising and allow riders to sit in the bow and enjoy the breeze. They’re also good for skiing and have swim platforms off the stem. They can range from 16 to 35 feet. Pontoon boats are the most popular type in the world. They are comfortable and used for leisure and range from 16 to 30 feet. Sailboats are for experienced boaters and can save on fuel costs. They have a wide range, from 7 to 70 feet.

Trawler boats are good for longer trips and are fuel-efficient and have enough space to sleep and cook at 26 to 50 feet. Cabin cruiser boats have extra amenities like a sleeping area or bathroom. They are good at handling choppy seas but can require more skill to pilot and run from 24 to 75 feet.

Be sure to do your research to decide what type of boat is right for you. After a day out on the boat be sure to visit Three Fishermen Seafood Restaurant for dinner. Give us a call at 239-599-8568 for more information.

Make a Southern Classic with This Fish and Grits Recipe

If you enjoy fish and want to try a delicious southern recipe, there are a variety of fish and grits dishes to choose from. This comfort food can be done healthy or fried and is delightful either way. For this recipe, we will prepare healthy fish and sweet potato grits. This slimmed down version of a southern classic uses red snapper. It serves three and takes about 10 minutes to prepare and another 10 minutes to cook.

Healthy Red Snapper Recipe

Ingredients Needed:

  • 1 ½ pounds red snapper, boned with skin on and then cut into 4 serving pieces
  • 2 cups sliced red cabbage
  • 1 small onion, sliced
  • Cajun spices or creole seasoning
  • Olive oil, avocado oil, or coconut oil
  • Salt and pepper
  • Optional – 3 tablespoons gouda cheese or grated cheddar for sweet potato grits

Directions:

  1. Heat a heavy bottom frying pan with oil
  2. Rub the fish with Cajun spices on both sides
  3. Heat pan to medium heat and place fish in pan
  4. Cook for 2 to 4 minutes with skin side down until crispy
  5. Flip fish and repeat on other side
  6. Sauté onion and cabbage in another pan for about 6 minutes, until wilted
  7. Add salt and pepper to cabbage
  8. Arrange the fish on top of grits and garnish with red cabbage

If you aren’t sure how to make sweet potato grits, check out the recipe here. If you’d prefer, you can also substitute other types of fish including fried catfish.

If you’d prefer to leave the cooking to the experts, Three Fishermen Seafood Restaurant has a variety of delicious fresh seafood. We provide excellent service, generous portions, reasonable prices, and a relaxed family atmosphere in Fort Myers. For more information, give us a call today at 239-599-8568.

What You Should Know About Shrimp

Shrimp is one of the most commonly consumed forms of seafood, but many people don’t know a whole lot about it. Sometimes being uninformed about shrimp will cause people to avoid it altogether, but they may be missing out on something they would enjoy that has plenty of health benefits. Continue reading to learn more about shrimp.

  • Very Nutritious – Shrimp provide a number of the nutrients our bodies need. A four ounce serving of steamed shrimp has 100% of the selenium we need daily as well as 75% of vitamin B12, 50% of phosphorous, and 30% of copper, iodine, and choline. Shrimp also contains antioxidants.
  • Plenty of Protein – Shrimp is high in water but is made mainly of protein. Three ounces of broiled or baked shrimp provides almost the same amount of protein as a three-ounce chicken breast. One jumbo shrimp has about three grams of protein.
  • Low Calorie – One medium sized shrimp only contains about seven calories, which means one dozen has less than 85 total calories. Jumbo shrimp have about double the amount of calories and one teaspoon of cocktail sauce has about five calories.
  • Allergens – While shrimp does have many positive properties, it is among one of the top allergies as a member of the shellfish family. Being exposed to shrimp may cause severe allergic reactions ranging from mild to life-threatening. If you think you may be allergic to shrimp, you should visit an allergist to be tested. If you are allergic to shrimp, you may still be able to enjoy other types of seafood.

Here are some interesting facts about shrimp you probably didn’t know:

  • There are more than 2,000 different shrimp species in the world
  • Certain varieties of shrimp can be as large as 12 inches long
  • Shrimp are great swimmers and can quickly propel themselves backward
  • Selenium contained in shrimp can help fight the growth of cancer-causing free radicals

Visit Three Fishermen Seafood Restaurant today to enjoy shrimp cocktail, coconut shrimp, buffalo shrimp, and more. Give us a call at 239-599-8568.

4 Healthy Ways to Cook Your Catch

Going fishing is a very enjoyable hobby for many residents and visitors in Fort Myers. Fishing can be very peaceful and relaxing and can be done by yourself or with friends or family. While some fishermen prefer to catch and release, others like to take home what they catch and enjoy it for dinner. Fresh fish is certainly delicious, but you may want to learn some healthy ways to cook what you catch rather than frying it. Read on to learn about four healthy ways to cook your catch.

  • Grilling – Freshly grilled fish is certainly delicious, but you want to be sure you don’t overcook it. You’ll only need to cook it for a few minutes on each side. Start by brushing your fish with a bit of oil or use nonstick cooking spray. Position the fish near the edge of the grill where it’s not quite as hot. Signs the fish is done or ready to be flipped are when it starts to release some juices and develops light grill marks.
  • Poaching – This method is great for all types of seafood and will keep the fish moist and bring out its delicate flavors. Use a chicken or vegetable stock or make a homemade broth of herbs and spices known as a court-bouillon. Be sure to use a pan large enough so you can lay each piece of fish down flat. Pour in the liquid so it barely covers the fish and bring to a simmer. Be sure the liquid does not bubble, between 165 and 180°F. Let simmer until fish flakes easily from a fork.
  • Steaming – This gentle cooking method produces a milder tasting fish which is best paired with a flavorful sauce. Rub the fish with a combination of spices including herbs, garlic, ginger, and chile peppers. Place the fish into a bamboo steamer or folding steamer basket and pour about 1 ½ inches of water into the pan. Place the steamer over that water and then cover the pot and bring to a boil. Cook for about 10 minutes.
  • Baking – This classic way to cook fish is healthier than frying but still allows you to get some crunchiness out of the fish. Baking can quickly turn unhealthy so be sure to watch how much butter, mayonnaise, oil, and cheese you use.

If you prefer your fish caught and prepared for you, visit Three Fishermen Seafood Restaurant or call us at 239-599-8568.

Best Attractions in Southwest Florida

Maybe you’re vacationing in Southwest Florida, or you simply want to visit attractions you have never been to before. Don’t worry – there’s plenty to see and do in Southwest Florida for residents and tourists alike.

  • Big Cat Habitat and Gulf Coast Sanctuary – If you hope to see lions and tigers up close, this small-scale sanctuary in Sarasota is the place to go. The habitats are clean, the animals are well cared for and the big cat show provides great photo opportunities. Admission is $18 for adults, $8 for children ages 3 to 12, and free for children ages 2 and under.
  • Banana Bay Tour Company – This boating tour leaves from Sanibel Harbour Marriot Resort and Spa in Fort Myers for an ecological tour around the bay. This is your chance to experience marine animals in their natural habitat. The tour guarantees dolphin sightings or your next tour is free!
  • IMAG History and Science Center – Bring the whole family to this attraction in Fort Myers for a chance to pet an alligator, touch a stingray, watch a 3D movie and take a virtual reality tour of historic Fort Myers. Enjoy free parking, vending machines and a gift shop on the way out.
  • Collier County Museum – Journey back over 100 years to see a steam locomotive from the early 1900s. Then, travel back more than a million years to see prehistoric saber cat skeletons and dinosaur fossils. Admission to this Naples museum is free, although donations are accepted.
  • Everglades Wonder Gardens – Located in Bonita Springs, this attraction opened back in 1936 with the intent of rehabilitating injured animals. Now it’s home to panthers, bears, alligators, deer and exotic birds. Take a tour through the botanical gardens and learn about the region’s Calusa Indian tribes at the on-site museum. Admission is $15 for adults, $10 for children ages 3 to 10, and free for children ages 2 and under.
  • Manatee Park – This non-captive refuge for manatees in Fort Myers offers optimal views of these amazing animals from November through March. Even when the manatees aren’t present during the warmer months, the park has an extensive butterfly garden, amphitheater, playground and fishing pier. Parking is $1 per hour or $5 per day.
  • Congo River Golf – This safari-themed 18-hole miniature golf course in Bonita Springs is a perfect Southwest Florida attraction for the whole family to enjoy. Waterfalls, rivers and tunnels make for an exciting adventure, as well as a challenging but fun game of miniature golf.

If you’re looking for a great seafood restaurant in Southwest Florida to satisfy your hunger between attractions, check out Three Fishermen Seafood Restaurant. We offer a delicious seafood menu, frozen drinks, waterfront dining and much more! Contact us today at 239-599-8568 for directions or to make a reservation.

5 Interesting (and Delicious!) Facts About Oysters

Oysters may not be the most beautiful form of marine life, but they sure are tasty! The next time you sit down to a mouth-watering seafood meal, think of these five interesting – and delicious! – facts about oysters.

  • Oysters are nature’s water filters. Before they ever make it onto your dinner plate, oysters serve the important purpose of improving the health of the marine ecosystems in which they live. Oysters are filter feeders, which means they eat by drawing water over their gills. This traps plankton, algae, sediment and other edible nutrients in the gills, where they are transported to the oyster’s mouth. A single oyster filters about 50 gallons of water per day, leaving behind a cleaner waterway where other sea life can thrive.
  • Oysters are the key to healthy marine communities. Oyster reefs form beds that provide a habitat for sea anemones, barnacles and other creatures. This attracts larger fish that are destined for the dinner table. This means, even if you don’t like oysters, they are a critical part of the seafood chain.
  • There are only five species of oysters. Sure, there are hundreds of varieties of oysters, but they all stem from just five species: Pacific (or Japanese), Kumamoto, European Flat, Atlantic and Olympia. You can tell these species apart by their size, color, and shell shape and texture. But don’t trust your taste buds to tell you which species you’re eating because the same type of oyster tastes different depending on where it was raised.
  • The health benefits of oysters are undeniable. Zinc is the nutrient oysters are most famous for. It makes you feel good and keeps your energy levels up. It also boosts your libido, bolsters your immune system, helps eradicate acne, heals rashes and strengthens your bones. Oysters also provide a healthy dose of omega-3 fatty acids, calcium, vitamin C, iron and protein, all while remaining low in cholesterol.
  • Americans pioneered oyster drink pairings. You might love seafood and alcoholic beverages, but did you know that Americans were the ones who first paired oysters and alcohol? The practice started in New York in the 19 th century and eventually made its way down south. A pairing that remains popular to this day is oysters and stout.

Now that we have whetted your appetite with these interesting and delicious facts about oysters, you might feel ready to dig in! Come to Three Fishermen Seafood Restaurant for delicious gulf oysters on the half shell, oysters Mexi-Cali, steamed oysters and other delicacies. Give us a call at (239) 599-8568 to ask questions about our menu or to make a reservation.

Tips for Planning a Boating Excursion in Fort Myers

While there’s plenty to see and do in Southwest Florida, some of the most beautiful locations are only accessible via boat. That’s why there are plenty of boating excursions to choose from in the Fort Myers area for residents and tourists alike.

There are hundreds of islands in the Gulf, and many of them don’t have a bridge to get there. While Sanibel and Captiva are beautiful secluded areas to enjoy the beaches, Pine Island Sound is a local favorite. You can enjoy your day island hopping and visiting some of the 20 local marinas that offer both charter and sightseeing cruises. You’ll surely have a great time seeing the sights and enjoying your experience hopping between islands including Cayo Costa, Boca Grande, and Cabbage Key.

If you prefer to be a driver and not a passenger, you can learn to sail from the many courses offered in the area. You can also rent a kayak and navigate the water yourself. If you prefer a more hands-on approach, there are plenty of exciting shelling and snorkeling experiences to be had. You can become scuba certified and really get close up with everything the coastal waters have to offer.

If you have your own vessel, there are also plenty of places to boat in the Fort Myers area. The North Bay Marina is home to fishing and boating as well as charters. Don’t forget to check out the Caloosahatchee Creeks Preserve which has hiking paths, picnic pavilions, and a boardwalk.

Fort Myers offers plenty of shops and restaurants as well as galleries, museums, and much more. There are five beaches that provide a variety of places to get out onto the water. There are also plenty of boat rental opportunities as well as day cruises.

For some great seafood in Fort Myers contact Three Fishermen Seafood Restaurant at 239-599-8568.

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