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Early preparation is key for any successful fishing trip

Putting together a successful day on the water will greatly depend on your ability to solve the puzzle before you. Your first moves should take place at home, long before the trip starts. Any successful fishing trip begins with good basic preparation like having a working knowledge of tides, ...

Longing to fish for tarpon? Head south

Now that we’ve seemed to skip March and move right into April, big schools of tarpon are just off Knapp’s Point! Well, not quite yet, but it would be nice, as I’m looking forward to stretching my back and line again while attached to a half-a-boat sized chrome giant, cartwheeling through ...

Creating unexpected lifetime memories

One of the winter trips I look forward to the most each year doesn’t involve long boat rides, hard-fighting snook, tasty sheepshead, pompano or any other high profile game or table fish, but still provides lifetime memories for the participants. First things needed are a family or relatives ...

Catching trout, sheepies and more during cold months

Southwest Florida cold fronts and ever lowering water temperatures kicks the sheepshead, trout and pompano, bite into high gear, so don’t let cold water and winters negative low tides get you down, as both can work in the angler's favor. During the coldest periods, trout will school and ...

Snook likely relieved with end of cold snap

After some bitter cold weather, Southwest Florida’s sub-tropical snook are happy to hear that we’ll be back in the 80s and that they will survive. With this cold snap they’ve been having nightmares about the prolonged “big freeze” of 2010 that took out nearly half million of their ...

Priced new or used boats or motors lately?

Last Sunday night I kept glancing out the window expecting at any moment to see snow flurries. While glancing through a 2022 boating showcase magazine, I noticed that the dog looked swollen and confused, refusing to go outside to use the facilities, once it got below 50 degrees. After finishing ...

Sheepshead bite heating up with cooler temperatures

Over the years my blood has apparently thinned out and now my electric heater and meter are working overtime trying to keep the house warm. If you’re sampling Southwest Florida winter fishing for the first time and are seeking some free advice at the local dock, look for the folks dressed in ...

Coming cold temperatures will make snook shiver, sheepshead hungrier

The water temperatures are dropping and with the coming week forecasted to be a cold one, that could finally get the sheepshead bite kick-started. This temperature drop report makes local snook shiver as they seek comfort in deeper creeks and canals. Our inshore tannin-stained warm waters ...

It’s time for boat ramp watching season in SWFL

Hope your boat is filled with Christmas gift goodies, or better, you’re towing a brand new boat behind your truck! One thing for certain -- everyone’s heading to the ramp, so look out! January kicks off an eight-week season that many Floridians look forward to each year. This family ...

New to boating in Southwest Florida?

Hope everyone had a wonderful Christmas with stockings stuffed with new reels, lures, electronics, even that new boat you’ve been dreaming about, now proudly sitting in the driveway. If you did get that new boat and are new to Southwest Florida, bringing little or no boating experience with ...