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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, ...

It’s a great time to fish Southwest Florida waters

What a great time to be an angler in Southwest Florida! The gang's all here from off-shore snapper, grouper, kings, cobia and permit, to snook-filled beaches. Charlotte Harbor is filled with bait, tarpon and sharks, and some really good trout fishing in clean water bays, just off islands in 2-4 ...

Some tips on fishing for trout in local waters

Those who fished for seatrout this past week in north Matlacha Pass found tons of bait fish, clean water and lots of willing trout -- in fact, some of the best trout fishing I’ve seen in quite a while. Those who chose to head south of the bridge found low oxygen content, decomposing algae ...

Now’s the time to fish offshore for that big shark

I barely managed to step out of the way as the wide-eyed angler at the back of the boat shot by me in a flash attached to something very big and very powerful, suddenly becoming the man at the front of the boat and possibly overboard and eaten, before finally loosening his drag on the big reel, ...

If you had to choose, which three lures would you pick?

How many lures is too many and if you are only allowed three onboard, which ones? Maybe I’m the wrong person to ask about too many lures since I have boxes upon boxes of them: snook lures, musky lures, bass, tarpon and redfish lures, jig boxes, redfish and king-fish spoon boxes, overstuffed ...

Shopping for a new boat? Looking for parts? Good luck!

Spending several months in near isolation gave you plenty of time to finally sit down and design your perfect boat. You’ve researched every detail, picked a well-known brand, the right motor, all the gear, even fancy wheels for the trailer and even somehow convinced yourself that it’s OK, ...

Rain may help improve our red tide situation

A report issued by the FWC this past Wednesday wasn’t good news. Sampling found red tide concentrations from Sarasota down the coast showing the highest concentrations in Lee and Collier counties. Fish kills and some respiratory issues were reported as well. To help try to combat this ...