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Fall’s a good time to catch bull redfish

If catching a huge bull redfish is high up on your bucket list this fall, then pick your location and start casting. I’m not talking 10, 20 or even 30-pound drum, but those hitting the 50-pound mark or larger. Fall is redfish time from Texas to Florida and also northwards, far up the east ...

Fast, tough and vicious bluefish have returned to local waters

Right now there is a fish lurking in the shadowy shallows of Matlacha Pass that is truly bad to the bone, usually hungry and will viciously attack most any fish, lure or bait and even take a bite out of people and dogs. This creature is rocket fast, fights redfish hard, jumps snook high, has ...

What to do if you catch a bird instead of a fish — it happens!

A new record was accidentally set aboard my boat this past week. Ms. Jane T., now and forever known by her husband as Birdy T., of Toronto, Canada, accidentally caught and released a total of four assorted water birds and a fair number of fish this past Tuesday, beating my standing boat record ...

Protect yourself, and your boat, in a thunderstorm

When should a boat owner think about tossing a 1-foot-square of copper sheet material over the side? What’s a “cone of protection," an “air terminal” or “Franklin Rod”? During a lightning storm, are you safer in an aluminum or fiberglass boat? It takes less than 200 volts to ...

A few tips to make boating life a little easier

Need a break from the broiling sun? Too hot to fish? We know that rust never sleeps and with boats that spend their time around salt water, there’s always work to be done. Here are some tips to make boating life easier. Check all batteries to see if the water levels are low due to summer ...

Solutions needed for blue-green algae problems

The problem -- Microcystis is a type of toxic cyanobacteria that grows in Lake O. Pictures from a few months ago showed marinas on the lake blanketed in a solid mass of these poisonous algae. Agriculture run-off into the lake fuels these blooms, the summer rains come, the lake level get too ...

Hot fishing continues

It’s been a summer of plenty both in and offshore and the party will continue barring any major weather events. The hot snapper and grouper bite also continues but don’t forget that red snapper season closed this past Wednesday. Be sure to hit the beaches on foot or by boat, and join in ...

Get far out into the Gulf early for hot snapper, grouper bite

Get up early and make your run far out into the Gulf to take advantage of the hot snapper and grouper bite. These fish are waiting for your squid, ladyfish, pinfish or jig to be lowered down into the 80 to 150-foot zones where they live. Gulf red snapper have a 16-inch minimum size limit ...

Tarpon, permit and bonefish usually sit atop flats anglers’ bucket lists

For the many who live to challenge trophy class saltwater fish in very shallow water using light spinning and fly tackle, there is a small handful of fish species that stand out from the rest, that haunt the nightly dreams and daytime thoughts of these dedicated anglers, especially fly rod ...

With Elsa looming, it was time to try fishing a nearby canal

On days off, you’ll often find me at a close-to-home local canal, playing hooky with the invasive and native species, or just trying out a new rod, lure or fly pattern. No boat ramp or trailering madness, just toss a couple rods in the truck and go. Some of these spots are fairly secluded, ...