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Fish on the move as weather cools changes anglers’ searches, locations

Most local anglers stowed their tarpon gear weeks ago and are now concentrating on snook that have moved inland away from the beaches, as well as cold tolerant species like redfish, seatrout and sheepshead that patrol the mangrove edges, bridges, docks and dark-bottom grass flats. Nearshore ...

Follow the birds to find feeding schools of fish

Follow the birds around offshore and if you’re lucky they’ll lead you to some of the year’s best, lite tackle action. If do locate a feeding frenzy of mackerel, bluefish or bonito, please don’t drive through the school! Stay back and cast to the edges of the feeding frenzy. Driving ...

Ability to make long casts comes in handy when fishing area waters

Everyone’s heard of overhead casting, fly casting, surfcasting, skip casting, roll casting, even spey casting, but when do you use pendulum casting? First, just how important is it to be able to make really long casts? Very! You see tailing reds far in front of the boat but getting closer ...

Even with the weather change, fishing here is good

What a quick change! From hot and steamy, dead-still mornings to westerly winds and needing-a-jacket coolness means one thing for sure, it’s a great time to be on the water in Southwest Florida. We still have some late-leaving migratory tarpon hanging around to target, and even though the ...

There are still plenty of reds out there to catch

If you’ve heard that redfishing is about over for the year, you’ve heard wrong. Although many bigger fish have headed offshore, there are still plenty of reds of all sizes to stretch your string. This week on back to back trips we caught several mostly over-slot fish with some real chunks ...

Clean up your old spinners and spoons for fall redfish fun

Fall, redfish, metal spoons, even bass spinner-baits, all go great together. Spoons and spinner-baits offer random “wounded” movement and action, underwater sounds and pressure waves, all to attract fish -- but flash is the real key to any spoon or spinner success. Shine up any old ...

Time’s running short if you are fishing for tarpon, redfish

The door is quickly closing, so get on the water soon to catch the tail end of local tarpon fishing and redfish schooling season. Although Southwest Florida has resident tarpon and redfishing year-round, fall brings the redfish gang all together for a flats schooling bonanza as the immature ...

Learning to catch redfish has been a journey

Being a mid-Atlantic-raised Yankee, my childhood fishing took place in small ponds and creeks eventually graduating to the salt, with that angling done in deeper water environments like the Chesapeake and Delaware Bays. My only Florida, saltwater flats fishing knowledge came from studying ...

Boat trailer maintenance keeps your fishing trips safe, sound

With boats and trailers used in saltwater there are always maintenance chores that need attention. If you’re not out taking advantage of this beautiful SW Florida weather and multi-species in and offshore, fall fishing bonanza, then let’s take some time to check out your boats trailer ...

Angling opportunities are nearly endless when fall arrives

Without question, fall is my favorite time to be fishing in Southwest Florida as the angling opportunities are nearly endless. Snook holdovers are still in beach mode, while many have already started their inland journey, eventually finding a warm place to winter which typically means warmer ...