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Some tips on fishing for trout in local waters

Those who fished for seatrout this past week in north Matlacha Pass found tons of bait fish, clean water and lots of willing trout -- in fact, some of the best trout fishing I’ve seen in quite a while. Those who chose to head south of the bridge found low oxygen content, decomposing algae ...

Now’s the time to fish offshore for that big shark

I barely managed to step out of the way as the wide-eyed angler at the back of the boat shot by me in a flash attached to something very big and very powerful, suddenly becoming the man at the front of the boat and possibly overboard and eaten, before finally loosening his drag on the big reel, ...

If you had to choose, which three lures would you pick?

How many lures is too many and if you are only allowed three onboard, which ones? Maybe I’m the wrong person to ask about too many lures since I have boxes upon boxes of them: snook lures, musky lures, bass, tarpon and redfish lures, jig boxes, redfish and king-fish spoon boxes, overstuffed ...

Shopping for a new boat? Looking for parts? Good luck!

Spending several months in near isolation gave you plenty of time to finally sit down and design your perfect boat. You’ve researched every detail, picked a well-known brand, the right motor, all the gear, even fancy wheels for the trailer and even somehow convinced yourself that it’s OK, ...

Rain may help improve our red tide situation

A report issued by the FWC this past Wednesday wasn’t good news. Sampling found red tide concentrations from Sarasota down the coast showing the highest concentrations in Lee and Collier counties. Fish kills and some respiratory issues were reported as well. To help try to combat this ...

Seatrout rules to change, plus a few tarpon tips

If you miss taking a few trout home for dinner, the FWC tells us you’ll soon be able to although grilled snook or redfish still won’t be on your plate again this year in Southwest Florida. Starting June 1, 2021, from Sarasota Bay through Gordon Pass in Collier County: Spotted seatrout ...

Kiwanis offers kids a great chance to learn to fish

Don’t forget to bring the kids to the Cape Coral Yacht Club on Saturday for the 32nd Kiwanis Fishing Derby. All children from 5 -15 are invited to participate from 8:30 to 11 a.m. Show up earlier to register. The event is limited to the first 300 children and everything is free, just sign in ...

Looking for snook? Now’s the time to try your luck

Hit the beaches for an early morning snook fight. On foot or by boat, now’s the time, as these fish are in the mood for love and food, and will spend the summer in the surf, in and around the passes, even offshore, before heading inland again this fall. Try to plan your trip when the tide ...

‘Vampire fish’ in Florida’s waterways?

With local angler’s attention focused on tarpon, beach snook, permit, snapper and grouper, exotic fish and animal populations are quietly growing with more heading our way. If you’ve been waiting all year to battle a bright chrome, high jumping spring tarpon, then hooking into a fish that ...

Leader length varies with type of fishing

Those new to the sport of fishing often ask about leader length for inshore lure casting. Leader length will simply depend on the type of fishing you plan on doing. Typically, short leaders are more accurate to cast with but I believe longer leaders help catch more fish. On my boat you’ll ...