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Fishing | Change is in the air and fishing conditions should improve

Once you’re out at the 80-foot and beyond mark, red grouper, mangrove and lane snapper, porgies and grunts are already waiting for you and the crew to drop down treats. Closer to the coast GPS numbers will still put you on the best sheepshead fishing of the year but it won’t last too much ...

Fishing | Now’s a good time to test your luck by heading upriver

With winter, most of our inshore fish, snook, reds and trout, tend to run on the small side with some exceptions like an occasional slot-sized redfish. These days, time spent in deeper water areas like creeks, canals, holes or marinas will up your angling success. These deeper spots offer more ...

Fishing | Dealing with potentially dangerous puffer fish and lionfish

New to flats fishing? Why am I getting bites and losing soft plastic paddle and grub tails but still aren’t catching the fish that’s obviously biting? Welcome to puffer world. These sharp-toothed soft plastic bait killers are out in force these days following and chewing on lures. Other ...

Fishing | It’s FRW February, do you have your spot picked out?

It’s been a long wait but FRW February is finally here and across Florida, ramp watchers are definitely excited! Florida Ramp Watch members are busy gathering score cards, pick-nick supplies, new comfy lawn chairs, cameras, coolers and cleaning off the grill. With Florida roads, boat ramps ...

Fishing with Capt. George Tunison | Recent storm muddies the waters, literally

Recently Cape motorists, many driving way too fast, splashing and drowning their engines, were shocked to learn that their cars weren’t very seaworthy, and had to bail out. Will car insurance rates go down now if you carry a car life vest? This same quick 8-inch deluge also muddied up the ...

Fishing | Winter fishing on the water, and along the shore

With unsettled weather predicted for the weekend, try to hit the water hard this afternoon as the tide starts to move in at 3 p.m. With a morning high at 11 and the low at 3 p.m. today, there’s almost no water movement predicted on the Saltwater Tides.com tide chart. That dead tide prediction ...

Fishing | Spread the joy of fishing and the outdoors this year

Let’s hope you got that brand new boat, or engine, rod and reel, or electronics you were expecting for Christmas and that your New Year is filled with good health, happiness and angling success. This coming year spread the joy of fishing and the outdoors and get the kids on the water and ...

Fishing | Fishing on Christmas day? Expect low, slow tides and rain

If you plan to be on the water Christmas morning, expect a very low 0.7-foot, slow moving, all-day incoming tide, topping out at 2.0 feet before midnight. If you aren’t familiar with the area's shallow waters, by all means don’t stray from the marked channel pathway or you may experience ...

Fishing | Weekend’s expected stormy weather could change fishing plans

Looks to be a good weekend for sailing but not so much for angling which is a shame as sheepshead and snapper-loaded nearshore reefs await your chum and baits. Wild weather might also keep king and Spanish mackerel anglers from catching both species, which are presently feeding from just off ...