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Proper gear for early morning shore fishing

The early bird catches the fish, but, dress for a bug fight if you plan on doing the dawn beach walk in search of that leg-long surf snook. Lightweight long pants and a long sleeved shirt are early a.m. beachwear basics along with your favorite bug repellant, otherwise you probably won’t last ...

Know the rules for reef fishing

Turning on the news anymore is just too stressful. Between the virus dilemma, civil unrest and the latest that the first possible hurricane is looking for a place to land, it's a bit much for anyone. I just want to go fishing!If you go offshore in your new boat to sample some of our reef ...

Best bait for tarpon? Almost anything!

After finding the magic spot, anchoring, prepping the boat and tackle for battle, we're almost ready to fish.First time tarpon clients are usually quite surprised when I pull a catfish out of the well, quickly dispatch and trim it, then put a large fresh portion on the hook. Seems they expected ...

Here’s a couple do-it-yourself repair tips

Always a fan of saving money and preventing unnecessary on the water breakdowns, learning to do simple home maintenance on your boat systems can really pay off.With today's moisture-attracting ethanol blended fuels, I always preach that replacing your water separating fuel filter may be the ...

It’s hot — be prepared when out on the water

If you can't take the Southwest Florida heat, get out of the kitchen or, I wish I had bought that T-top model like she told me to. A little shade sure goes a long way these days, but the fish seem to enjoy the heat and both the in- and offshore bite is hot as well.Recently, while standing ...

Always inspect the bottom of your boat’s hull

Congrats to our boat question contest winner Jerry Durand of Cape Coral. Of the 118 email responses received, his was the first correct one also winning an inshore lure prize package. Of the 118 submitted 91 gave the correct response to the contest question. Yes, Uncle Homer's boat had grown a ...

A boating quiz, and fishing for ‘bridge beasts’

The Broadkill River begins at the base of Wagamon's Pond spillway in historic downtown Milton. A picturesque small town started by the Dutch in the 1600s. The Broadkill is a peaceful little tidal river that meanders for many miles through the forests and fields of southern Delaware all the way ...

Enjoying Grand Slam Invasive Species Day!

Tuesday was Grand Slam Invasive Species Day.Once or twice a month, I throw a few lite rods in the truck, some canned veggies, usually corn, and an assortment of tiny jigs, flies, floats, 3-inch pieces of nylon rope, a few tiny Mepps spinners and hit several spots throughout the northwest and ...

Safe Boating Week 2020

May 16th to the 22nd was Safe Boating Week, did you miss it? With the pandemic dominating the news it seemed to pass unnoticed. Normally by early May all the states have reported their annual boating accident statistics to the United States Coast Guard for compilation into a national report on ...

It’s time to grab the live bait and become a drifter

With tarpon and spring snook stacked up in and around the passes, it's time to break out the live bait and become a drifter. If the work and mess of live bait is a turn off and you're not a caster, there's always trolling.It's as simple as hanging some bait on a hook and making repeated drifts ...