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Hard-fighting pompano are a real fishing treat

While loading the ultra-lite spinning rods with soft plastics, at the same time explaining the finer points of bottom hopping jigs for sea trout, my first-time saltwater fishing clients were eager to get started.During their first 25 casts or so I watched as the line would jump or "tick" with ...

Looking for a boat? Check the used market

New boat sticker prices for quality boats are very high. Because of that fact, good quality used boat prices are also at an all-time high with limited inventory available.If you aren't prepared to plunk down $50,000 to $100,000 for a new 21-footer outfitted with the newest everything, including ...

The basics of fly fishing equipment

Not long after the first fiberglass fly rods were introduced by Shakespeare in the late '40s, the Scientific Anglers Company developed and introduced the first modern fly lines (1952) that we use today by "applying a tapered PVC coating over a level core." The following year the Cortland ...

Chasing redfish in shallow water

Thousands of Southwest Florida anglers welcome October's shallow water redfish as well as the sight fishing opportunities this transitional month brings.Everything's a trade off as our migratory tarpon end their season and once again journey southward for a Miami Christmas and are hopefully ...

Common sense, basic courtesy go a long way

After all the negative water news, it was wonderful to see a school of late September redfish pushing across the flats in the early morning light.Fat happy fish, tails up and noses down as they vacuumed the bottom for anything alive, completely unaware of our boat.Too shallow to use the ...

Fooling fish with interesting lures

To many anglers, names like Wigl-Y-Rind, Sinful Sal, Revolutions, Pee Dee or even the Close Pin have little meaning. Even a Paw Paw Spoon Belly Wobbler probably wouldn't ring a bell with 99 percent of today's anglers.Well-known fishing names like Shakes-peare, established in the 1890s; Pflueger ...

Some remarkable occurrences on teen brothers’ first saltwater adventure

Zak and Robert are two very competitive, hard core, 15-year-old twin brothers from Maine who simply live to fish as well as being crack-shot competitive target shooters winning lots of recognition and trophies. In between fishing and competitive shooting, they manage to squeeze in time to study ...

‘Come on over, the fishing is very good …’

Like many of us, my fishing fascination started with catching crappies, sunnies, yellow perch and largemouth bass in local streams and picturesque millponds in the Mid-Atlantic States eventually "graduating" to saltwater in the Chesapeake Like and Delaware Bays.Now living in the bass capitol ...

Late summer into fall is a great time to fish local waters

Late summer into fall is one of the best times to fish in Southwest Florida. I'm praying that the summer remains quiet as another bad weather event will only make our toxic water situation much worse.Finding cleaner water and cooperative fish in Charlotte Harbor from tarpon to trout. I ...

Head north or west if you want to catch fish

To cross this beautiful wide river of ours on a beautiful sunny summer day in paradise and not see a single boat as far as the eye can see both east and west is quite upsetting. The radio reported this morning on the tons of dead fish being removed from the beaches of Sanibel Island.My house ...