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It’s hot — be prepared when out on the water

If you can't take the Southwest Florida heat, get out of the kitchen or, I wish I had bought that T-top model like she told me to. A little shade sure goes a long way these days, but the fish seem to enjoy the heat and both the in- and offshore bite is hot as well.Recently, while standing ...

Always inspect the bottom of your boat’s hull

Congrats to our boat question contest winner Jerry Durand of Cape Coral. Of the 118 email responses received, his was the first correct one also winning an inshore lure prize package. Of the 118 submitted 91 gave the correct response to the contest question. Yes, Uncle Homer's boat had grown a ...

A boating quiz, and fishing for ‘bridge beasts’

The Broadkill River begins at the base of Wagamon's Pond spillway in historic downtown Milton. A picturesque small town started by the Dutch in the 1600s. The Broadkill is a peaceful little tidal river that meanders for many miles through the forests and fields of southern Delaware all the way ...

Enjoying Grand Slam Invasive Species Day!

Tuesday was Grand Slam Invasive Species Day.Once or twice a month, I throw a few lite rods in the truck, some canned veggies, usually corn, and an assortment of tiny jigs, flies, floats, 3-inch pieces of nylon rope, a few tiny Mepps spinners and hit several spots throughout the northwest and ...

Safe Boating Week 2020

May 16th to the 22nd was Safe Boating Week, did you miss it? With the pandemic dominating the news it seemed to pass unnoticed. Normally by early May all the states have reported their annual boating accident statistics to the United States Coast Guard for compilation into a national report on ...

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. ...