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Fishing | It’s May — tarpon season is on in Boca Grande Pass

It’s May in Florida and tarpon season is on at Boca Grande Pass! Time to catch a plane! After getting over the shock of walking into a very moist hot oven as you leave the cool comfort of the Fort Myers airport, you finally find your room for a night, actually a few hours of nervous sleep, ...

Fishing | May brings fine fishing across Southwest Florida

Cape anglers are blessed with year-round sport and food fishing for a huge variety of species. Remember those long winter months sitting by the window in your snow white tan watching wet snow cover your boat while videos or magazine articles about sunny Florida’s Lake Okeechobee big bass or ...

Fishing | Change of seasons: snook closing, tarpon heating up

Time is running out for those looking to snack on a snook. May 1st is the deadline with the grand reopening in our Southwest Charlotte Harbor designation starting Oct. 1; up north, Sarasota region anglers get an earlier snook start-up on Sept. 1. Now don’t get me wrong, I’m aware that ...

Fishing | What is whitebait?

Southwest Florida fishing newbies often ask: “I keep hearing guides and local anglers talk about using ‘whitebait’ for fishing. What do they mean? What is it, and where can I buy it or find it?” Whitebait, or pilchards, are small baitfish used by live bait anglers to catch several ...

Fishing | Soothing a bad case of tarpon fever

Knowing that adult sized tarpon are starting to show up in Boca Grande and Captiva passes, as well as a few sightings around the 20-foot holes in Charlotte Harbor, only added to my already bad case of tarpon fever. After deciding the only remedy was not to sit and wait for the gang to arrive ...

Fishing | Where to fish for big bass, what’s biting in the Gulf

Like dwindling numbers of inshore sheepshead catches, freshwater crappie season has slowed as well. Florida largemouth anglers, especially those looking to cross that first double digit bass off their bucket list, will almost always rely on large, wild caught, golden shiners to get the job ...

Fishing | Be on the lookout for fish suffering from ‘the spins’

There’s something bad happening in the waters and to the fish in the Florida Keys and marine biologists from the FWC and other organizations can’t figure out why. From Key West up to Miami, reports of spinning, eventually dying fish, having been coming in since last November and the reports ...

Fishing | Tarpon making their way to Southwest Florida

With reports of fish already rolling in both Boca Grande and Captiva passes, it’s time to get your tarpon gear ready for the main body of migrating fish now making their way up from the Keys past the 10,000 Islands, past Fort Myers beach, eventually intercepted by our local tarpon fleet ...

Fishing | Seasons open for snook and grey triggerfish

If heading offshore to collect some delicious dinner guests, make sure you first obtain or renew your State Reef Fish Angler designation by visiting GoOutdoorsFlorida.com. Not only did snook season open on the first of the month but grey triggerfish season did as well. I only eat one good ...

Fishing | Snook season opens today

If you’ve been dying for a plate of delicious snook fillets, then March is the month to make it happen. Starting today you’re allowed to harvest one fish per day in the 28-inch to 32-inch slot with the season closing again on April 30. With warm sun and increasing water temperatures, ...