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Sharks are providing lots of fishing fun

Someone mentioned there's another hurricane coming across the ocean, but for the moment I don't care. I'm going fishing looking for snook and redfish to play with. I'm happy about Dorian leaving and need a few more days to de-stress and enjoy it before having to worry again about little things ...

With Dorian approaching, play it safe and be prepared

Oh, no! We were doing so well. I saw it this morning while shopping. It's something in the eyes of the shoppers and it's down right scary as hurricane stress sets in. Hopefully the east coast will break it down enough to minimize damage here or better, turn northward and spare Florida a direct ...

It’s almost time to start checking out area ‘snook highways’

Not all snook spawn every year or even head to their summer fling at the beach. The group that does stay beach-bound doesn't spawn all at the same time but does so over the course of the entire summer.One thing for sure is, they will all leave for their timeless journey back to their winter ...

Barbed hooks could soon become a thing of the past

There's no question that using circle hooks saved the lives of countless recreational fish that got CPR (caught, photoed and released) treatment. They are perfect for the beginner not accustomed to setting hooks as well as the expert angler and, in many cases, required by law.There's a day ...

Sun, heat and storms can all cause big problems

After recovering from a bad shoulder caused by an angry tarpon a few months ago, I was back on the platform for a trial run, pushing the skiff looking for shallow hiding tarpon. These dark water days makes that job that much harder. The heat doesn't help either.When poling in summer, you get a ...

Try to avoid ‘NBF’ when looking for a new boat

Summer may be the best time of all when thinking about that new or lovingly used or first boat. Life is short, go ahead treat yourself.After rising from the blacktop after fainting due to sticker shock, maybe that new boat might not be in your budget? If the price doesn't matter, good for you. ...

Registration to begin for Cape’s Cal Ripken Baseball

Baseball registration for the Cal Ripken Baseball Fall 2019 season in Cape Coral will open from Aug. 5 to Sept. 6, for boys and girls age 4-12 (age as of April 30, 2020).Players can register at the Cape Coral Athletic Office, on the second floor of City Hall, at 1015 Cultural Park Blvd. Hours ...

Walking the beaches at night stalking trophy snook

While most on-foot summer snook anglers patrol the beaches at dawn or dusk, many old salts stay home waiting for the night beach bite.It's no secret that snook - big trophy snook - bite at night and many snook fanatics and trophy snook guides only fish during the wee hours to stack the trophy ...

We can all help keep local waters, areas clean

With the summer rains getting charged up, what will this year bring us? Listening to the radio today and hearing about 5-year plans and long-term goals, one wonders how many decades will pass before the water flows naturally south through the Everglades as was intended by nature before ...

Fish for tarpon very early or late in the day

The dark water tarpon fishery season is upon us as is the oppressive and for some, even dangerous heat. Get out pre-dawn and watch for rolling fish that have predictably moved away from the passes and into Charlotte Harbor following their food source.Don't completely shun the passes as many ...