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If you are selling a boat, beware of scammers

If you're selling a boat online through one of the sites, be aware of the various scams that people are using to get into your wallet.In my case the potential "buyer" was very interested in my boat and decided to buy it. Great! He liked the boat so much he didn't even want to negotiate on the ...

Weather again proves tricky for local anglers

The weatherman got us again! Last week every local weather station called for a Friday cold front lasting into early Sunday but ending with a pleasant Monday. Believing that information I was relieved as clients had already booked a trip for that "pleasant" day.By 1 p.m. on Monday, the wind was ...

Replacing rods, reels and other equipment today can be costly

While I was dipping shrimp from the rear livewell and Dad was getting drinks from the cooler, I heard a distinct splash.Six-year-old angler Jimmy decided he'd had enough fishing for the day and simply dropped my favorite ultra-lite rod and reel combo over the side and sat down on the deck.Not ...

There’s still time to fish for snapper and sheepshead

Good company and beverages, a mixed plate of baked crab-stuffed sheepshead with a side of lightly breaded pan-fried snapper always puts the crew in a great mood.Fix them how you like them and enjoy them while you can as both are available right now at a near and offshore ledge or rock pile near ...

Sheepshead still around despite weather

With our February summer weather pattern holding strong, some species like sheepshead, which are normally top winter cold species targets, aren't as plentiful for many inshore anglers this season. Off and nearshore boats are doing better when looking for these delicious champion bait stealers, ...

Trout are catch and release — handle them very carefully

Exactly 63 reader emails and quite a few calls pointed out an omission or were confused by last week's spotted seatrout rule change article because "someone" left out an important point. Yes, the new size and harvest limit rules went into effect Feb. 1, 2020, but due to the losses caused by the ...

Heads up anglers — new trout regulations are in effect

If sea trout fishing is your passion, be aware of the new rules that started the beginning of the month and are long overdue. What it means to Southwest Florida anglers is reduced size and harvest limits which, in the end, will only benefit the overall fishery.Instead of bringing home four ...

If offshore fishing is out of the question, try the river

Problem -- You're on a family vacation with limited time. After TSA probings, thigh high snow and 7-hour airport delays, you finally got the crew to Orlando. You booked the trip 35 weeks, 4 days and 17 hours ago while sitting home in North Dakota.After spending a small fortune and some college ...

Tarpon can be found in local waters in the winter months

The good things are that Southwest Florida cold fronts come and leave quickly and that somewhere around Miami, the Keys and points much further south there are untold numbers of tarpon just starting to make plans for a return to Boca Grande Pass in 16 weeks or so. Time flies, you just don't ...

Cooler weather is coming — get out and enjoy the warmth while you can

Grab your hats, coats and gloves as Frosty is on his way for the weekend, so today may be your last chance to enjoy our after Christmas, late summer-like, still warm waters, mid-80s weather pattern.Forced to work on today, but still need a last minute before bad weather bite? Get tough and get ...