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Looking for snook? Now’s the time to try your luck

Hit the beaches for an early morning snook fight. On foot or by boat, now’s the time, as these fish are in the mood for love and food, and will spend the summer in the surf, in and around the passes, even offshore, before heading inland again this fall. Try to plan your trip when the tide ...

‘Vampire fish’ in Florida’s waterways?

With local angler’s attention focused on tarpon, beach snook, permit, snapper and grouper, exotic fish and animal populations are quietly growing with more heading our way. If you’ve been waiting all year to battle a bright chrome, high jumping spring tarpon, then hooking into a fish that ...

Leader length varies with type of fishing

Those new to the sport of fishing often ask about leader length for inshore lure casting. Leader length will simply depend on the type of fishing you plan on doing. Typically, short leaders are more accurate to cast with but I believe longer leaders help catch more fish. On my boat you’ll ...

Outboard motors keep growing

Every time I open a boating magazine the outboard motors keep growing. I can remember when a 200 HP was a big deal, now 300 and 400 HP V6 outboards are common. The 300 Yamaha is a big seller in this area, especially in the single engine bay boat market and like other motors of this size, the ...

It’s a good time to be an angler

Over the years, the classic live shrimp or plastic imitation, suspended a foot or two below a popping cork or float, has proven to be a deadly rig featuring both sound and sight attraction and also a great flats and shallow bay search rig this time of year, catching everything from trout to ...

Tarpon time is here and just warming up

If you haven’t experienced it, now’s the time to enjoy one of angling’s greatest thrills and Southwest Florida is a great place to start. Yes, its tarpon time and it's just getting warmed up. We’ve got fish from 5 pounds to over 200 pounds, some golden in color, some covered in bright ...

It’s a great time to test shoreline waters with your fly rod

With redfish milling around shorelines and snook on the move towards the beaches for their summer break, now’s a great time to explore your favorite stretch of shoreline with that old battle-scarred plug or hot new fly pattern. Casting a shoreline with lots of structure and some moving water ...

For some, there’s no better prize than a big bucketmouth

With tarpon already arriving, snook on the move westward out of their winter sanctuaries, good trout and redfish action taking place, and grouper to permit offshore, what more could an angler want?  Southwest Florida is pretty close to a saltwater angler’s paradise and why many of us live ...

Fishing for pompano — a tasty treat

When cruising along and chrome fish start jumping out of the water in your wake, you’ve just run over or startled a school of pompano, one of Florida’s tastiest fish. Slow the boat and quietly circle back, then wind drift or lightly use the trolling motor while fan casting the area with ...

Stable weather pattern means good fishing inshore and off

Pick your weather window and enjoy Gulf of Mexico reef fishing on nearshore structure or venture out to the hundred foot mark and beyond. Starting Tuesday, we’ll enter into a sunny, stable weather pattern, with light winds. That’s if you believe the weather wizards and their ...