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Warmth always heats up fishing

March 30, 2013 We had a good game plan for Thursday’s thermal challenge fishing trip. Days of record breaking cold probably would drive fish off the flats and into deeper and warmer waters. more »»

Sheepshead great bait stealers

March 23, 2013 I asked a jogger to snap a picture of my charter Friday morning on the dock at Matlach. more »»

Migrating tarpon are Gulf prize

March 16, 2013 Although we are blessed with resident tarpon year-round, their southern cousins are slowly heading north and west along with an army of sharks that prey on them as they make the journey. more »»

River, canals stocked with winter fish

March 9, 2013 Even though northbound tarpon and subtropical heat and humidity are heading our way we still remain in a winter fishing pattern with many inshore fish seeking thermal protection in deepwater canals,... more »»

12-year-old defies all preparations

March 2, 2013 When the trip was booked I was told they just wanted to catch some fish, see the sights and would be down in late February. The 12th and 13th had been very cold with heavy north wind. more »»

Trouble locating your fish?

February 23, 2013 This year’s warm winter and water didn’t allow many fish to settle into their normal winter patterns. For years in a row I’ve had certain very reliable winter hotspots for redfish. more »»

Guide can help novice solve winter

February 16, 2013 During the cold months in Southwest Florida, novice or visiting anglers often ask where the best place and way to catch a nice snook, tarpon, or even a big jack. more »»

Are weeds ruining your spot?

February 9, 2013 Weeds everywhere. more »»

Practice might just save trip

February 2, 2013 For the last year or so you’ve hidden away a small sum from each check. You are finally taking that trip of a lifetime and, after all, you’ve earned it. more »»

Flounder a voracious creature

January 26, 2013 After letting the bogus shrimp fall to the bottom, one subtle twitch of the rod tripped the big southern flounder’s trigger and the fake was instantly inhaled, which was that flatties’ last shrimp... more »»

Tarpon Club clinic open to public

January 19, 2013 Wednesday’s charter was about sunscreen, shades and cool drinks. Friday morning was about long pants, socks and a jacket, and thanks that I didn’t have a trip scheduled. more »»

Shrimp is king of live winter bait

January 12, 2013 I was going through my log and found an entry for 1/9/10: Water temp 54 degrees in S. Matlacha Pass. These past weeks it’s been in the upper 70s in some wind protected bays. more »»

Work tides, current to advantage

January 5, 2013 Winter in SW Florida brings low or negative tides, crystal clear water and tailing redfish. more »»

Fish don’t mind short cold snaps

December 29, 2012 Years ago, living in the north, I hated being hot and sticky. Now years later, here I can’t stand being cold. Old, cold, and balding. Grea. more »»

Holiday gift ideas for anglers

December 22, 2012 Thankfully, the world didn’t end and you’re now ready to celebrate yet another Christmas holiday. more »»

When winds allow get offshore

December 15, 2012 If the winds allow, get offshore to your secret rock pile or wreck armed with bait as well as lures. more »»

Tailing reds are special sight

December 8, 2012 If Wednesday’s charter had been filmed for a TV fishing show it should have been titled “Happy Tails to You. more »»

Bluefish awesomely strong

December 1, 2012 Like many who reside or visit here, my early saltwater adventures took place in the Delaware and Chesapeake Bays chasing beautiful weakfish (sea trout), stripers or rockfish, flounder and wolf packs... more »»

Education best boat buying tip

November 17, 2012 The old adage about the first and last day of boat ownership being the two best in a boat owner’s life definitely holds true if you get stuck with, or worse, stick yourself with the wrong boat... more »»

Learn to read wind, tide charts

November 10, 2012 It was right off the cover of Sports Afield. One of those classic fishing action scenes forever burned in the mind to be recalled again and again. more »»



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