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Crevalle jack — a mean package by any name

Some facts about our jacks:A member of the carangidae family; also called common jack, toro, cavally, cavalla, horse crevalle, even canal tuna or by any other name, this is one mean package of brute force, fast fins and real bad attitude.The IGFA All Tackle World Record Book recognizes 15 ...

Fish feeding habits change as weather cools

Here comes some cold as an unusually long summer finally starts to let go. Skipped fall and going straight into winter? Ask the weather man? Nope, gave up on that long ago. One thing for sure, these first few cold fronts will force the fish into a fattening up mode and the cooling weather will ...

Fish are biting — get out on the water!

Still enjoying redfish and snook action throughout the area and during this unseasonably warm past month, we've caught both on about everything in the box and baitwell.As father would say, "Nothing lasts forever," so, get in on the action with the nice warm weather, and enjoy the uncrowded boat ...

Switching from bass buggin’ to saltwater fly fishin’

If you grew up bass fishing shallow mill ponds like I did, you probably had an uncle, friend or cousin who was really into top water bass bugging with a fly rod and at some point you may have caught the fly rod virus from one of them.Now, after a lifetime of enjoying the sport of freshwater fly ...

Red tide hasn’t been an issue for fishing – yet

With the lack of summer rains this year, we were spared another Lake O algae disaster but unfortunately we're now suffering from a late season attack of red tide from the Gulf, which will hopefully break up soon and be gone.On Thursday, Capt. J. Nottingham of D&D Tackle in Matlacha ...

Right now, do whatever it takes to get out fishing

Call in sick, take vacation time or quit! Do whatever it takes to get out on the water for some of the year's finest fishing here in Southwest Florida.Continued warm water has many tarpon staying on and eating in Charlotte Harbor and in the major river mouths, even on a few nearshore reefs, ...

Sports Calendar 10-18

Upcoming EventsNov. 23rd Annual St Andrew Catholic School 5K - 7:30 a.m. start at Rotary Park, 5505 Rose Garden Road in Cape Coral; sign up on active.com or pick up registration form at the Run Shoppe, 1407 Cape Coral Parkway, Cape Coral FL 33904; all proceeds to benefit St Andrew Catholic ...

A few tips on how to catch redfish

First time redfish clients are usually amazed by the sheer power of Southwest Florida redfish. Trying to get a 10-pound red with a mouthful of your shrimp out from under a 5-foot canopy of mangrove fingers that are trying their best to snag your tight line can be quite the heart pumping battle, ...

Who is credited with catching the first tarpon?

With high water temperatures, many migratory tarpon are wondering whether to stay on till Thanksgiving or head south before getting caught in a sudden fall chill.Interesting, that credit for the first tarpon caught on rod and reel was reported by W.H. Wood in March of 1885, caught in Tarpon ...

If shark fishing is your thing, you’d better get going

With temperatures hovering in the 90s, shark fishing from boats or beaches is still a good bet if you like stretching your string and back muscles. Many of these fish move south with the tarpon migration, so if sharking is your thing, times wasting.Before planning your fun evening on the beach ...