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It’s a good time to be an angler

Over the years, the classic live shrimp or plastic imitation, suspended a foot or two below a popping cork or float, has proven to be a deadly rig featuring both sound and sight attraction and also a great flats and shallow bay search rig this time of year, catching everything from trout to ...

Tarpon time is here and just warming up

If you haven’t experienced it, now’s the time to enjoy one of angling’s greatest thrills and Southwest Florida is a great place to start. Yes, its tarpon time and it's just getting warmed up. We’ve got fish from 5 pounds to over 200 pounds, some golden in color, some covered in bright ...

It’s a great time to test shoreline waters with your fly rod

With redfish milling around shorelines and snook on the move towards the beaches for their summer break, now’s a great time to explore your favorite stretch of shoreline with that old battle-scarred plug or hot new fly pattern. Casting a shoreline with lots of structure and some moving water ...

For some, there’s no better prize than a big bucketmouth

With tarpon already arriving, snook on the move westward out of their winter sanctuaries, good trout and redfish action taking place, and grouper to permit offshore, what more could an angler want?  Southwest Florida is pretty close to a saltwater angler’s paradise and why many of us live ...

Fishing for pompano — a tasty treat

When cruising along and chrome fish start jumping out of the water in your wake, you’ve just run over or startled a school of pompano, one of Florida’s tastiest fish. Slow the boat and quietly circle back, then wind drift or lightly use the trolling motor while fan casting the area with ...

Stable weather pattern means good fishing inshore and off

Pick your weather window and enjoy Gulf of Mexico reef fishing on nearshore structure or venture out to the hundred foot mark and beyond. Starting Tuesday, we’ll enter into a sunny, stable weather pattern, with light winds. That’s if you believe the weather wizards and their ...

Warm week brings anglers a mixed bag of winter fish

While many up North are scraping ice off their frozen windshields and sliding around on deadly black ice, we are enjoying the 80s and hopefully will lock into the same fantastic warm winter weather pattern we enjoyed last season. This past week inshore anglers caught and released a typical ...

New salt water single inline hooks are a win-win for anglers and fish

Each year we see more new salt water hard plastic lures being equipped with single inline hooks rather than treble hooks. The excellent Rapala Coastal Series twitch baits are a good example. I’m sure soft tissue mouthed fish like seatrout that readily bite small crankbaits and top waters and, ...

Sheepshead bite great in some areas, improving elsewhere

Off- or near-shore sheepshead fishing has been top-notch while inshore sheepie fishing steadily improves. Check out a bridge, oyster bar, mangrove point or dock near you. Don’t overlook downtown Cape Coral for your annual sheepshead outing. Saves gas and travel time. Use your electronics ...

Keep an eye out for big snook sunning near the shore

While casting around shallow mangrove shorelines on these delightfully warm winter afternoons, don’t be surprised to see the biggest snook of your life sitting motionless on the bottom sunning itself just a few feet ahead of the boat. If you’ve never seen a really big snook close up, at ...