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Challenges with local water quality continuing

Beach closures, health advisories, more red tides, hundreds and hundreds of leaking boats still needing to be recovered, dare I even say flesh eating bacteria and lots of who knows what else still floating or submerged, moving around with the tides -- to say there are continuing challenges ...

Pleasant weather ahead for fishing and boating

Looks like pleasant fishing and boating weather ahead with low 80s predicted for the next several days. Longtime residents might remember a different weather pattern back in 1977 when it snowed on Jan. 19. This record cold snap caused an estimated $350 million crop loss across the state. Even ...

Bass anglers hit the water as spawning season begins

Big bass anglers in this part of Florida are starting to or already are fishing the early bass spawning period, looking for that magic 10-pound class bucket mouth bedding in the shallows. When you talk largemouth fishing on Lake Okeechobee why not go to the source? Scott Martin, a big bucks ...

Learn to do a few basic maintenance chores

With an ever shrinking dollar, I’m a big fan of saving money. Learning to do a few basic maintenance chores will help keep money in your wallet and your boat out of the shop this winter. Keep in mind that if you need shop service during season, you may be looking at several weeks, possibly ...

Getting back to more normal winter fishing

What’s next? Not too many weeks ago a porta-pottie actually flew by my house at easily over a hundred miles per hour ending up in my neighbor’s tree 10 steps from his mostly glass front door. The past holiday week of 80 degree weather suddenly turned Arctic cold in time for Santa. Talk ...

Chilly temps won’t deter all anglers this weekend

Put away your snook rods and break out the ice fishing gear for the predicted Christmas weekend big freeze, something a temperature sensitive snook or die-hard angler never wants to hear. With daytime temperatures dropping into the 50s, made seemingly colder by cloudy skies and a steady north ...

Weather’s nice and a variety of fish are biting

Taking a look at today’s FWC Red Tide Map shows most areas along our coast and inshore to be problem free with some patches reported off Boca Grande as well as some high concentrations still lingering around Sarasota. Red tide isn’t the only water problem to worry about locally as who knows ...

Use common sense precautions in local waters for now

As if a record breaking, home wrecking, high powered hurricane wasn’t enough, we now have high concentrations of red tide that blanket our coastline with Lee County waters getting some of the highest concentrations along with reported fish kills. Other issues like my friends Matlacha canal ...

Holiday season treats

What’s better than the house-filling smell of a slow roasting Thanksgiving turkey and a freshly cut holiday tree? For me not a whole lot but for others the odor of freshly caught Gulf red snapper cooking under the broiler or frying in the skillet really gets them going. If you want your own, ...

Tarpon still lurking about

Don’t put away your tarpon sticks just yet because coastal as well as central Charlotte Harbor fish are a still eating with birds and bait schools your clues, especially in the harbor. With a prolonged cold front surely in the near future, it will all change rapidly sending migrating tarpon ...