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It’s time to grab the live bait and become a drifter

With tarpon and spring snook stacked up in and around the passes, it's time to break out the live bait and become a drifter. If the work and mess of live bait is a turn off and you're not a caster, there's always trolling.It's as simple as hanging some bait on a hook and making repeated drifts ...

Tarpon can be found around the world

The two species of tarpon, Megalops atlantics, and its Pacific brother, Megalops cyprinoides, range widely throughout the world. Come May, a middle-aged tarpon wintering somewhere below Key West might show up in the Keys milling around the 7 Mile Bridge or Islamorada where the early spring ...

Saltwater fly fishing is a blast — and easy to learn

Now that you've decided to dive into the fly fishing game, it's time to gather the proper equipment. Choosing the proper fly reel will depend on the species you seek.There are multiplying reels that turn the spool two to three times for every revolution of the reel handle and in many case ...

Being properly prepared to fish an offshore reef or wreck

If you're new to the offshore reef and wreck grouper and snapper game but determined to try it, the time is right. After going light-years over budget on the new boat and most of the needed equipment, you're almost ready to go. Question is, where?The FWC website is always a great resource. ...

The sport of ‘Saltwater Ramp Watching’ can be fun or frightening

I was introduced to the wonderful sport of "Saltwater Ramp Watching" in my late teens. Participation in this interesting angling sport doesn't require tackle, a boat or truck to pull it with, just some comfy lawn chairs, virus masks for everyone, an umbrella, some sunscreen and bug repellent, ...

Don’t believe there are big fish out there? Check the record books

The International Game Fish Association lists Max Domecq as the owner of two impressive records, actually world records for tarpon. During March of 2003, he landed a 286-pound, 9-ounce giant on 80-pound line establishing an IGFA All Tackle World Record and Line Class World record.My angling ...

It’s tarpon time, but snook and redfish are also on the prowl

Tarpon fever is its on kind of incurable virus and many of us have had it for several decades and still function semi-normally. I opened the curtains very early this morning to see baby tarpon rolling behind my house and within the blink of an eye was standing on the seawall in green boxers and ...

Area ledges and rock formations holding a variety of fish these days

Off- and nearshore ledge and rock formations are loaded up with a variety of fish from red grouper, permit, mangrove and lane snapper and triggerfish, with a cobia sighting a strong possibility during the trip.Red grouper season is open year round in Gulf waters with a limit of two per day per ...

Local boat ramps open for business

Early Thursday morning calls to downtown Cape Coral and Pineland Marina indicated that the boats ramps are open.Matlacha Community Park didn't respond but their website stated the park was open.Call ahead before planning your trip in case there are changes.D & D tackle in Matlacha also ...