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Fishing for the freshwater king — the musky

Recently I took a trip to Tennessee to deal with a family health emergency and while there found that I had some time to kill. Always trying to make lemonade from life’s sometimes sour hurricane lemons, I made a call to a nationally known but local guide and found that due to client health ...

What to do if you catch a bird instead of a fish

(Editor’s note: Capt. Tunison was unable to write his column this week. The following column was published previously in The Breeze.) A new record was accidentally set aboard my boat this past week. Ms. Jane T., now and forever known by her husband as Birdy T., of Toronto, Canada, ...

Some of life’s simple pleasures are true gifts

Surviving an incredibly intense -- and for the thousands who lost everything, heartbreaking -- weather event like Ian makes life’s simple things simply better. Right now the mullet in my canal are rocketing out of the water in great numbers and, of course, my northern visitors quickly ask, ...

If you must get out on the water, be extra careful

Here’s hoping that everyone is safe, your roof intact or at least tarped, and the boat is still where you put it before the storm. If you survived with little damage, consider helping others less fortunate around you especially the senior population. For the last decade or so I’ve watched ...

Lithium batteries for your boat may be the way to go

If you’re a boater, buying, installing, charging and maintaining batteries is unfortunately part of your world. A recent article about battery technology caught my eye and should be of interest to all boaters. Most modern bay boats usually sport 3-4 batteries or more used for cranking power ...

Fish don’t like chasing lures in the heat

Hot water and retrieving your lure too fast might not get you on the scoreboard this week as you dodge unpredictable morning and afternoon rains. Who wants to chase anything in this heat? We sure don’t and overheated fish often feel the same way. Suspending lures, twitch baits, like ...

Fishing in light rain a relief for anglers … and the fish

Morning and afternoon rains made planning fishing trips a bit tricky this past week although fishing in light rain with the local air temperatures on extra high can be quite refreshing for angler and fish alike. Cooling relief for us while oxygenating the water, it often gets fish out of ...

Want to beat the heat? Try a little night fishing

The oppressive and for some dangerous heat, plus strong afternoon lightning storms, have smart anglers hitting the flats early. Offshore boats are doing the same, leaving port early to catch various deep-water grouper and snapper. Better yet, with water and air temperatures boiling, and fish ...

There are underutilized lures that work well

This year, add these underutilized lures to your inshore tackle box to fool more trout, redfish and snook. Slim minnow style Rapala/Rebel/Bomber floating/diving lures have caught tons of freshwater bass over the years and even though large Bomber plugs caught on with the tarpon crowd years ...

Nighttime fly rod fishing for tarpon

For a lot of anglers, tarpon fishing is the ultimate inshore big game thrill, easily accessible and a reason that many of us live in the area. From backyard Cape canals to famous Boca Grande Pass, to coastal migrations and resident golden hued river fish, we definitely have a tarpon for ...