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Lithium batteries for your boat may be the way to go

If you’re a boater, buying, installing, charging and maintaining batteries is unfortunately part of your world. A recent article about battery technology caught my eye and should be of interest to all boaters. Most modern bay boats usually sport 3-4 batteries or more used for cranking power ...

Fish don’t like chasing lures in the heat

Hot water and retrieving your lure too fast might not get you on the scoreboard this week as you dodge unpredictable morning and afternoon rains. Who wants to chase anything in this heat? We sure don’t and overheated fish often feel the same way. Suspending lures, twitch baits, like ...

Fishing in light rain a relief for anglers … and the fish

Morning and afternoon rains made planning fishing trips a bit tricky this past week although fishing in light rain with the local air temperatures on extra high can be quite refreshing for angler and fish alike. Cooling relief for us while oxygenating the water, it often gets fish out of ...

Want to beat the heat? Try a little night fishing

The oppressive and for some dangerous heat, plus strong afternoon lightning storms, have smart anglers hitting the flats early. Offshore boats are doing the same, leaving port early to catch various deep-water grouper and snapper. Better yet, with water and air temperatures boiling, and fish ...

There are underutilized lures that work well

This year, add these underutilized lures to your inshore tackle box to fool more trout, redfish and snook. Slim minnow style Rapala/Rebel/Bomber floating/diving lures have caught tons of freshwater bass over the years and even though large Bomber plugs caught on with the tarpon crowd years ...

Nighttime fly rod fishing for tarpon

For a lot of anglers, tarpon fishing is the ultimate inshore big game thrill, easily accessible and a reason that many of us live in the area. From backyard Cape canals to famous Boca Grande Pass, to coastal migrations and resident golden hued river fish, we definitely have a tarpon for ...

Islamorada is perfect for a quick getaway

Have time for a quick summer vacation? How about a close to home truly world class fishing destination featuring off-season rates? Like, hunting tarpon, bonefish and permit on beautiful flats along with sharks and speedy barracudas. Local bridges and channels, teeming with a huge variety of ...

Welcome to the summertime lightning capital of the country!

Welcome to Southwest Florida, the summertime lighting capitol of the U.S.A. NOAA estimates that the average lightning strike contains around 30 million volts! If becoming stranded by mechanical issues or ignoring common sense to decide to stay a little longer to try and catch “just one ...

Nighttime can be prime time for fishing action

I’m hardly a fan of our daytime summer steam bath but knowing that the hot weather period brings the hottest multi-species fishing of the year, I always find a way to cope. For me nighttime is the right time to fish for all my favorite hot weather Southwest Florida species. Inshore or ...

It’s hot out on the water … be prepared

A couple of times this past week I thought, “If I get any hotter, I’m going to catch fire!” Then the always, “I’m getting way too old for this!” and, of course, the ever popular, “Is it getting hotter each summer, or just me getting older?” Wow! The Southwest Florida heat and ...