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Toxic chemical levels in fish

Ever wonder who checks on the toxic chemical compounds in the fish we consume from Florida’s waters? The Florida Department of Health, the Florida Department of Environmental Protection, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission and The Florida Department of Agriculture and ...

Some tips for those newbies with a case of tarpon fever

Spring has certainly sprung and while tarpon anglers are waiting for hopefully big numbers of fish to arrive this year, some have already scored. An early season hangout would include a few hundred yards to a few miles off Knapp’s Point where you’ll often find a cluster of early spring ...

Summer is near, and so are tarpon

My first glimpse of summer came last night as dark clouds blanketed the western horizon and orange lightning lit up the sky, also receiving my first mosquito and gnat bite while standing there. Better news is it’s also tarpon time, and definitely time to gear up. For locals it’s more ...

Poaching and other threats to sport of fishing

Fish poaching is big business here in Florida with individuals making $10K or more in a night's work and the practice isn’t about to stop any time soon. Poachers usually work in teams with land-based or boat-based radio law enforcement spotters even making a grand a night supporting illegal ...

Sunshine State largemouth bass on the menu?

Broiled Blue Crab Stuffed Black Bass – $24.99? Move over tilapia, soon Sunshine State largemouth black bass will be on local menus! The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission recently approved rules to allow for the production and sale of Florida largemouth bass as a food ...

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 ...