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Lighter winds, cooler temps make for great fishing

It’s a great time to be fishing in Southwest Florida! Winds are down and it’s not hot as blazes just yet, so enjoy it while it lasts. With plenty of natural bait in the water, all of our fish species are eating heavily both in-, near- and offshore. Right now coastal and pass tarpon ...

It’s May, a variety of fish are ready and waiting

May fishing is under way and the fish are definitely cooperating. From back-country shallows to costly fuel-burning trips out to 150 feet or more depths, and all point’s in between, there’s a fish with your name on it. Although this area isn’t really known for offshore game like dolphin ...

It’s a great time to fish in Southwest Florida

One day away from May and some of the best fishing of the year in Southwest Florida! From many miles offshore in 100-plus feet of water to near shore structures, early morning beach walking to backcountry shallows, we’ve got a fish for you! Off- and near-shore grouper, big snapper, permit, ...

Fishing when the weather is not the best

Unfortunately, I had to fish this past Tuesday while facing some very tough inshore conditions. The never- ending spring winds obviously limited the near and offshore game as well. A big moon the night before, high winds and muddy water made for a more than tough, shallow-water outing. Being a ...

How do you find moving coastal fish?

Those big offshore snapper and grouper are wondering what happened to the fleet? Spring winds kept many in port this past last week and muddied up the shallows for the skinny water crews while tarpon anglers were looking to intercept pods of fish moving along the coastline or already in Captiva ...

Toxic chemical levels in fish

Ever wonder who checks on the toxic chemical compounds in the fish we consume from Florida’s waters? The Florida Department of Health, the Florida Department of Environmental Protection, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission and The Florida Department of Agriculture and ...

Some tips for those newbies with a case of tarpon fever

Spring has certainly sprung and while tarpon anglers are waiting for hopefully big numbers of fish to arrive this year, some have already scored. An early season hangout would include a few hundred yards to a few miles off Knapp’s Point where you’ll often find a cluster of early spring ...

Summer is near, and so are tarpon

My first glimpse of summer came last night as dark clouds blanketed the western horizon and orange lightning lit up the sky, also receiving my first mosquito and gnat bite while standing there. Better news is it’s also tarpon time, and definitely time to gear up. For locals it’s more ...

Poaching and other threats to sport of fishing

Fish poaching is big business here in Florida with individuals making $10K or more in a night's work and the practice isn’t about to stop any time soon. Poachers usually work in teams with land-based or boat-based radio law enforcement spotters even making a grand a night supporting illegal ...

Sunshine State largemouth bass on the menu?

Broiled Blue Crab Stuffed Black Bass – $24.99? Move over tilapia, soon Sunshine State largemouth black bass will be on local menus! The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission recently approved rules to allow for the production and sale of Florida largemouth bass as a food ...