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Fishing | Nearshore reefs holding a wide variety of fish

Nearshore reefs are hosting quite a few varieties of fish, including delicious snapper with lots of hungry sheepshead mixed in. Expect to continue to find Spanish macs and kings together from the passes to out past the nearshore reefs. The kingfish aren’t big with most less than a yard long ...

Fishing | Changing weather conditions means changing fishing techniques

Like fish, anglers have to adapt to changing conditions to continue to be successful. Maintaining a positive attitude is also another important tool in your mental tackle box and another important key to a productive day on the water. Most anglers don’t like wind but instead of cursing the ...

Fishing | Dreams of a new boat, pickup and more…

I was dreaming that since Christmas is right around the corner and I’m currently between boats that I should treat myself right so I walked into my local Pathfinder dealer and plunked down a $140,000 for a new 2600 HPS bay boat. Happy with my purchase I decided to double my pleasure so I ...

Fishing | Push-poles and being stealthy

Be it an old dented-in and leaking 10-foot duck boat, a modern high-end hi-tech saltwater skiff, a kayak or even a shiny new metalflake lake rocket bass boat, they all share one item of equipment – a push pole. Stealth equals angling success and in some cases thousands of dollars in ...

Cooling temperatures don’t bother hungry trout, redfish

Water temperatures are definitely falling, which makes our local seatrout population happy and hungry, while always ready to chow down redfish take notice, but just keep eating. With more cold fronts eventually coming, ever-growing in-shore redfish now big enough to spend the balance of their ...

Fishing | Nights are prime time for the big ones

Many anglers just want to go out and catch “a mess of fish” for the table while others are happy to challenge a snook, trout, or redfish on lite tackle, carefully releasing them after the fight. Still others are just happy to be on the water enjoying a beautiful Southwest Florida day, fish ...

Fishing | Deep water red snapper trips possible this weekend

Most forecasts call for decreasing winds this weekend hopefully making a red snapper trip possible for those able to access the 100 to 120-foot zones. In closer, bonito, Spanish macs, grunts and snapper are willing to bend your rod. If lite tackle, drag burning, “I can see the spool!” ...

Fishing | Tips for redfish first-timers

First time redfishing on your own on local waters? Have lots of questions like where do I go, how do I catch one, do I need a boat, and do they taste good? Starting off you’re here at the right time as fall is schooling time in Southwest Florida as fish up to 10 pounds and sometimes more ...

Fishing: Fighting the lure of juvie tarpon

I got the call from a friend in Punta Gorda telling me I had to come up right away, “Tarpon are everywhere! I know that juvie tarpon are your thing and my canal is loaded up; you’ve got to get up here!” I could feel the adrenaline starting to course through my veins, hands already ...

Learning the tricks for redfishing

Many years ago not long after relocating to Florida in the fall of the year, I found myself in my new flats boat eager to sample some Southwest Florida flats redfish angling. As an expert reader about redfishing, I knew to look for schools of fish in thin water, making the water boil or appear ...