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Best tactics for cold weather

January 9, 2010 After reading the news the other day, I have decided to quit guiding and become a full-time tuna fisherman and, hopefully, a rich ma. more »»

Fishing’s good despite wind, chill

January 2, 2010 What a great week of fishing! Even with the windy cold fronts and a couple of beautiful warm days, anglers caught redfish, snook, trout, pompano, ladyfish, Spanish macs, bluefish, and bonita, all on... more »»

A proper knot saves fishing day

December 26, 2009 So many times I’m confronted with the “K” question, especially after a client loses a nice fish to knot failure. more »»

Cold front will slow fish pattern

December 19, 2009 The unusually warm December weather has been a blessing for anglers seeking their favorite species, but the cold front and storms passing through Friday may put a brief kink in your fishing plans. more »»

Flicker, Fusion new options

December 12, 2009 Last week’s column on small poling skiffs spawned several emails reminding me of all the boats I did not mention. Sorry, but it’s a short column and things get omitted. more »»

Shallows require a special boat

December 5, 2009 The winter season brings ultra-low tides and clear water to Southwest Florida. A super shallow draft boat allows you to get a shot at the redfish that stay all winter and prowl the flats. more »»

Always thankful to be on the water

November 28, 2009 Another Thanksgiving has come and gone, and almost 24 hours later I’m still groggy from brown bird and stuffing overdose. more »»

Proper way to store that boat

November 14, 2009 This time of year when the first cold winds blow and the water temperatures start to fall, many fair weather fishermen think about putting old faithful on the lift or trailer for several months. more »»

All fish looking to chow down

November 7, 2009 What a great time of year to be fishing in Southwest Florida. All the fish are looking to chow down to put on winter fat. more »»

Shallow water ideal to fly fish

October 31, 2009 Last week’s article touched on salt water fly fishing and spawned a ton of emails with questions about equipment choices, techniques, what fish can be caught, how to get started, etc. more »»

Braided line is a no-brainer

October 24, 2009 I am constantly surprised by northern anglers asking “what kind of fishing line is this?” Even though Spectra, or braided lines, have been around for some time now many freshwater... more »»

Great time to get big fish is now

October 17, 2009 Snook are putting on the feed bag and now is the time to get your once-in-a-lifetime trophy. It’s just a great time of year to be fishing, weather- and fish-wise. more »»

Fly fishing surprisingly easy to learn

October 10, 2009 Most of the time you will find me using spinning or baitcasting gear, but I am no stranger to the fly rod. more »»

Boat buyer was taken for a ride

September 26, 2009 An older fellow recently called and asked me to field test a new boat and to show them “some spots.” They had bought the boat primarily to fish skinny water and poke around Matlacha Pass. more »»

It’s unwise to neglect that trailer

September 19, 2009 Think about the most neglected piece of gear for a lot of fishermen — his boat trailer. more »»

True tales about spots on redfish

September 12, 2009 What’s the deal with spots on a redfish? What’s the most you have ever counted? Why is a redfish spotted? I once caught a 31-inch red that had exactly 31 spots on it and all but three o... more »»

Find reds in passes, on bars, flats

September 5, 2009 I was at the dock offloading some very sunburned clients last week and some guys were on the way out in a rental boat. “Hey Captain, where do we go to find redfish. more »»

Delays are not helping Everglades

August 29, 2009 Not many people realize that the actual headwaters of the Everglades are just south of Orlando. more »»

Redfishing is gaining popularity

August 22, 2009 Redfishing is starting to get better and better as the weeks go by and September through December should be another banner redfishing seaso. more »»

Shoreline fishing no longer free

August 15, 2009 If you are a Florida resident, saltwater fishing “from shore or a structure affixed to shore” now requires a shoreline fishing license ($9), or a regular $17 saltwater fishing license. more »»

 
 

 

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