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Too many boats, too few ramps

December 10, 2011 I was waiting in line at the ramp in Matlacha this past week surveying the scene unfolding in front of me. more »»

Trout, reds don’t mind cooler water

December 3, 2011 If you are looking for a gator trout, now is the time to get your personal best as big trout are striking, stimulated by the dropping water temperature. more »»

Add bonefish to your fishing ‘bucket list’

November 26, 2011 The bonefish, a species not often seen in our waters, has received special protection to conserve its numbers. The bonefish is now a catch and release species onl. more »»

Despite fall wind, inshore fishing’s hot

November 19, 2011 Although the fall winds are blowing, inshore fishing continues to be hot with really big snook on the prowl along with a great redfish bite. more »»

Snook are feeding for the winter

November 12, 2011 If you are a serious snookaholic looking for the big one now is the time. Suddenly, snook seem to be everywhere — under the mangroves, on oyster bars and potholes, on the open flats, and docks. more »»

Birds back for area’s best fishing

November 5, 2011 What a wonderful time to be returning to Southwest Florida and some of the best fishing of the entire year. Cooling temperatures equal hungry fish and comfortable all-day outings. more »»

Don’t wait to break out fly rod

October 29, 2011 When starting the season this year try out that fly rod you got as a gift about six years ago. You know, the one that sits pristine in its dust-bunny-covered case. more »»

Low tides ahead; check for structure

October 22, 2011 With the approaching cold water period and its extreme low tidal phases it’s a great time for the serious angler to get a better understanding of our local fishing grounds. more »»

Use tide to get redfish in shallows

October 8, 2011 Both fall and winter redfishing is upon us and reds are where you find them. more »»

Head south for schools of fall reds

October 1, 2011 Dead floating grass, high heat, and dark dirty water was the norm for the inshore angler on the hunt for trout, snook and redfish this past week. more »»

FWC relaxes season rule on seatrout

September 24, 2011 Soon, seatrout harvest may be allowed year round under upcoming rule changes by the powers that be. more »»

Life’s fishing season short, ever-changing

September 17, 2011 After just three hours of casting the other day I started to get sore in my joints and I thought to myself, “wait a minute, it couldn’t be the casting, I’ve casted all day for the last 50 years, mus... more »»

Time for Mr. Redfish is right now

September 10, 2011 What’s more exciting to a shallow saltwater angler than a quarter-acre of happy, feeding redfish and flapping tails? Not much. The time is now. The place? Right here in our back yard. more »»

Make plan to avoid lightning

September 3, 2011 After a long drought we welcome the summer rains even though they obviously make it difficult for those with limited recreation time. more »»

Redfish cooperate despite wind

August 27, 2011 I just got off the phone with my fishing buddy from Delaware. He was heading north away from the beach area with his truck and boat, chock full of his most important possession. more »»

Night trips produce trophy fish

August 20, 2011 I was out on my favorite flat Thursday afternoon searching for redfish tails and it suddenly struck me that there was not a boat, kayak, canoe, yacht nor airboat within sight. more »»

SWF area fishing is heavenly

August 6, 2011 When my time comes and, if I am somehow lucky enough to be given a choice of the where, when and how of my passing, I could think of two ways I’d love to depart the planet at the overripe age of . more »»

Old lures still work old magic

July 30, 2011 The slow and steady plop-plop-plop sound emanating from my 50+ year-old black Arbogast Jitterbug was music to my ears as I stood in the semi-light, straining to see the lure returning to me. more »»

Save bucks with DIY maintenance

July 16, 2011 Learning to change your lower unit oil and spark plugs, as well as small under-the-cowl filters, can save big bucks on outboard maintenance. more »»

Neighbor really hooked on ladyfish

July 9, 2011 Workers came and started clearing the empty lot across the lake. I voiced my displeasure to the dog and she immediately rolled her eyes and sneezed. “I agree,” I sai. more »»



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