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Enjoying some gifts from the Gulf

It's no secret that seatrout and most other inshore gamefish are attracted to the feeding sounds of a popping cork and then attacking the shrimp or soft plastic suspended below it.Change it up this week and substitute a top water plug for the popping cork. I like using a chrome Rebel floating ...

Offering a few tricks for fly fishing

The first time I bought a new fly line, I had no idea why the end had a loop in it. Being young and inexperienced with no fly fishing mentor and before YouTube or computers to provide instruction, I simply cut it off and attached a piece of leader material to the fly line with a knot that kept ...

Searching for trout when temperatures are fluctuating

Because of on and off again warm weather, be willing to search for trout as they might not be where you found them last week. General rule of thumb: when it gets cold, move deeper back into deep creeks or even marinas. After a couple of days of solar warming, like Thursday when the weather ...

Fishing when it’s cold, and paying tribute to a pioneer

This past ice cold Wednesday seemed like the ideal sheepshead day and what better local spot than the Matlacha Bridge to pursue these tasty critters. Bundling up to fight the freeze, we dropped baits into every crevice, nook and cranny of the bridge structure with no sheepshead luck, at all. ...

Migrating tarpon are on their way

With a warm winter season, migratory tarpon scouts have been seen and the main body is definitely on the way to local waters to join our resident fish that prefer Cape Coral year-round.If you need one now then you should trailer the boat or hire a guide to get to your fish. The 10,000 Islands ...

Snook bite has remained pretty hot

According to the FWC, "Snook are one of the many reasons Florida is the fishing capitol of the world."As the water temps drop so does snook activity but, since the waters have remained relatively warm this winter, the snook bite is still pretty hot. Slowly cruise the shorelines of Pine Island ...

Hunting tripletail, and some boat/trailer mishaps

Pick your weather day and head offshore to scout for tripletail. Usually found under a crab float or around markers or even random floating grass or garbage. Sometimes, seen floating on their sides hence the nickname: leaf fish.Pick a line of crab floats and motor by them, but not too closely. ...

One cast, one lure, three fish!

A good hunting or fishing guide naturally wants his or her clients to catch fish or bag game as well as providing friendly companionship, coaching and teaching as needed during the trip experience.I've been with guides that seemed more interested in catching their fish rather than in me ...

Hitting the flats looking for the first catch of the new year

By the time I arrived at the ramp on New Year's Day, the tide had dwindled and dock reports from returning anglers where pretty grim.With little free time and wanting to catch my first flats fish of 2019, we launched the boat.The boat parade was on as flats boats, go-fast boats and family ...

Fishing’s best now on, or close to, the bottom

Christmas holidays in the low 80s? I'll take it, along with a couple dozen, big, handpicked shrimp and jig heads to pin them to and slowly fish them around deeper docks or bridge structures.The action is on, or close to, the bottom so pick a weedless style jig heavy enough to get down and stay ...