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Local boat ramps open for business

March 27, 2020 Early Thursday morning calls to downtown Cape Coral and Pineland Marina indicated that the boats ramps are open. Matlacha Community Park didn’t respond but their website stated the park was open. more »»

If you are selling a boat, beware of scammers

March 20, 2020 If you’re selling a boat online through one of the sites, be aware of the various scams that people are using to get into your walle. more »»

Weather again proves tricky for local anglers

March 13, 2020 The weatherman got us again! Last week every local weather station called for a Friday cold front lasting into early Sunday but ending with a pleasant Monday. more »»

Replacing rods, reels and other equipment today can be costly

March 6, 2020 While I was dipping shrimp from the rear livewell and Dad was getting drinks from the cooler, I heard a distinct splash. more »»

There’s still time to fish for snapper and sheepshead

February 28, 2020 Good company and beverages, a mixed plate of baked crab-stuffed sheepshead with a side of lightly breaded pan-fried snapper always puts the crew in a great moo. more »»

Sheepshead still around despite weather

February 21, 2020 With our February summer weather pattern holding strong, some species like sheepshead, which are normally top winter cold species targets, aren’t as plentiful for many inshore anglers this season. more »»

Trout are catch and release -- handle them very carefully

February 14, 2020 Exactly 63 reader emails and quite a few calls pointed out an omission or were confused by last week's spotted seatrout rule change article because “someone” left out an important poin. more »»

Heads up anglers -- new trout regulations are in effect

February 7, 2020 If sea trout fishing is your passion, be aware of the new rules that started the beginning of the month and are long overdue. more »»

If offshore fishing is out of the question, try the river

January 31, 2020 Problem -- You’re on a family vacation with limited time. After TSA probings, thigh high snow and 7-hour airport delays, you finally got the crew to Orlando. more »»

Tarpon can be found in local waters in the winter months

January 24, 2020 The good things are that Southwest Florida cold fronts come and leave quickly and that somewhere around Miami, the Keys and points much further south there are untold numbers of tarpon just starting... more »»

Cooler weather is coming -- get out and enjoy the warmth while you can

January 17, 2020 Grab your hats, coats and gloves as Frosty is on his way for the weekend, so today may be your last chance to enjoy our after Christmas, late summer-like, still warm waters, mid-80s weather pattern. more »»

Low water can test your fishing and boating skills

January 10, 2020 Slow moving, low water, negative tide days can test your skills and patience as shallow saltwater fish seem to sometimes disappear. more »»

Local brackish waters hold bass and many other fish

January 3, 2020 Although I clearly remember my very first childhood solo catch, a beautifully colored bluegill, THE most memorable “first catch” was my first 5-pound largemouth bass that missed my friends lure but... more »»

Catching a big black drum can be an adventure

December 27, 2019 Want to have some fishy fun? Take a kid or fishing newbie out to one of our river bridges and load a lite rod with a circle hook and half a small blue crab. Drop it close to the structure and wait. more »»

Trout fishing picking up after a slow summer

December 20, 2019 It’s easy to tell the locals from visitors these days. more »»

Sports Schedules 12-20

December 20, 2019 (Schedules are subject to change without notice.) Girls Soccer Friday, Dec. 20 North Fort Myers at Venice, 7 p.m. Girls Basketball Friday, Dec. 20 Cardinal Gibbons at Bishop Verot, 6:30 p.m. more »»

Fishing along shore for reds and sea trout

December 13, 2019 The inshore light tackle fun continues as hungry rat redfish and trout are bending rods throughout the area. These past few weeks casting along mangrove shorelines with D.O.A. more »»

Cold snap gets the sea trout in a biting mood

December 6, 2019 There's nothing like a cold snap to finally get our resident sea trout schooled up and in a biting mood. more »»

Holiday season’s a great time to go fishing

November 27, 2019 As we move into the holiday season, it’s a great time to spend a relaxing day of fishing with friends or family on the waters of Southwest Florida. more »»

Crevalle jack -- a mean package by any name

November 22, 2019 Some facts about our jacks: A member of the carangidae family; also called common jack, toro, cavally, cavalla, horse crevalle, even canal tuna or by any other name, this is one mean package of brut... more »»



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