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Losing another battle in ‘The Great Salt War’

Standing by the truck at 5 in the morning, I was concentrating on controlling my rising blood pressure by remembering my doctors’ advice about controlling stress by dissociating from the moment. He further advised me to adopt a personal mantra to also help distract me: “Fishing is fun.” ...

Ready for early fall fishing fun?

September is finally here and that means outstanding multi-species rod bending action both in and offshore. Tarpon are still here but if you’ve had enough of the weeks of blazing Southwest Florida day time heat then pick a river bridge or the causeway and fish the night shift. Choose your ...

End of an era for outboard motor users

Owners and longtime fans of Evinrude outboard motors were quite upset to hear that parent company Bombardier Recreational Products decided to pull the plug on manufacturing engines. No more E-TECs. The news was announced at the beginning of June. The present virus was the reason given for the ...

You may need to move around to find flats fish

If you’re not finding flats fish in your normal backwater hot spots, relocate closer to the Gulf. Moving, oxygenated water will be cooler and more productive. This time of year try your shallow inshore game is around the flats, oyster bars and docks along the Intracoastal Waterway, behind ...

When planning a saltwater fishing trip, check the tides

The question most asked by any new angler, especially a new saltwater angler is, “When’s the best time to go fishing?” Since saltwater fishing success is usually tide dependent, the first step in planning your trip is checking a tide chart. Day or night, moving water is productive ...

Insure proper hookups with bridled baits

Most know that the use of circle hooks helps decrease the odds of gut hooking a fish and when the circle finds that sweet spot in the jaw, the fish rarely escapes. Getting maximum efficiency from your circle or any hook means exposing as much of the hook and hook point as possible. A hook ...

Proper gear for early morning shore fishing

The early bird catches the fish, but, dress for a bug fight if you plan on doing the dawn beach walk in search of that leg-long surf snook. Lightweight long pants and a long sleeved shirt are early a.m. beachwear basics along with your favorite bug repellant, otherwise you probably won’t last ...

Know the rules for reef fishing

Turning on the news anymore is just too stressful. Between the virus dilemma, civil unrest and the latest that the first possible hurricane is looking for a place to land, it's a bit much for anyone. I just want to go fishing!If you go offshore in your new boat to sample some of our reef ...

Best bait for tarpon? Almost anything!

After finding the magic spot, anchoring, prepping the boat and tackle for battle, we're almost ready to fish.First time tarpon clients are usually quite surprised when I pull a catfish out of the well, quickly dispatch and trim it, then put a large fresh portion on the hook. Seems they expected ...

Here’s a couple do-it-yourself repair tips

Always a fan of saving money and preventing unnecessary on the water breakdowns, learning to do simple home maintenance on your boat systems can really pay off.With today's moisture-attracting ethanol blended fuels, I always preach that replacing your water separating fuel filter may be the ...