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Priced new or used boats or motors lately?

Last Sunday night I kept glancing out the window expecting at any moment to see snow flurries. While glancing through a 2022 boating showcase magazine, I noticed that the dog looked swollen and confused, refusing to go outside to use the facilities, once it got below 50 degrees. After finishing ...

Sheepshead bite heating up with cooler temperatures

Over the years my blood has apparently thinned out and now my electric heater and meter are working overtime trying to keep the house warm. If you’re sampling Southwest Florida winter fishing for the first time and are seeking some free advice at the local dock, look for the folks dressed in ...

Coming cold temperatures will make snook shiver, sheepshead hungrier

The water temperatures are dropping and with the coming week forecasted to be a cold one, that could finally get the sheepshead bite kick-started. This temperature drop report makes local snook shiver as they seek comfort in deeper creeks and canals. Our inshore tannin-stained warm waters ...

It’s time for boat ramp watching season in SWFL

Hope your boat is filled with Christmas gift goodies, or better, you’re towing a brand new boat behind your truck! One thing for certain -- everyone’s heading to the ramp, so look out! January kicks off an eight-week season that many Floridians look forward to each year. This family ...

New to boating in Southwest Florida?

Hope everyone had a wonderful Christmas with stockings stuffed with new reels, lures, electronics, even that new boat you’ve been dreaming about, now proudly sitting in the driveway. If you did get that new boat and are new to Southwest Florida, bringing little or no boating experience with ...

Despite late season storm, fishing still good

Just when we thought we had this year’s storm season in the rear-view, along comes another strong reminder of the unpredictability of weather. I hope no one was harmed or their property not too damaged unlike the recent Kentucky area tornado victims that have had to endure such pain and ...

A golden shiner the best bait if fishing for local trophy bass

Up and down our state, the largemouth bass spawn is on in various stages and famous Florida lakes like Okeechobee, Tohopekaliga, Rodman, Kissimmee, and Istokpoga are luring locals as well as plane loads of winter tourist anglers and their angling dollars from all around the world, all hoping to ...

As water temps fall, seatrout fishing heats up

With water temperatures falling the local seatrout fishing is definitely heating up. This ever popular fish ranges from New York to the Gulf of Mexico but if you’re looking to catch a really big one, without question Florida is the place to begin your search. Unfortunately SW Florida isn’t ...

Fish on the move as weather cools changes anglers’ searches, locations

Most local anglers stowed their tarpon gear weeks ago and are now concentrating on snook that have moved inland away from the beaches, as well as cold tolerant species like redfish, seatrout and sheepshead that patrol the mangrove edges, bridges, docks and dark-bottom grass flats. Nearshore ...

Follow the birds to find feeding schools of fish

Follow the birds around offshore and if you’re lucky they’ll lead you to some of the year’s best, lite tackle action. If do locate a feeding frenzy of mackerel, bluefish or bonito, please don’t drive through the school! Stay back and cast to the edges of the feeding frenzy. Driving ...