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Odd to be talking bugs near February

January 20, 2017 Here it is near the end of January and I’m trying to entice a sizable snook into striking. I can see her and she can see me in the clear water. more »»

Nighttime brings out old giants

January 13, 2017 Inshore night fishing is not for everyone, but often that’s when the wise old giants come out to play. Look at the huge eyes of tarpon, snook, even ladyfish. All perfectly designed for night feedin. more »»

Sheepshead fights like a redfish

January 6, 2017 The shrimp entered the water just under the tips of the mangroves and suddenly the line went tight followed by a large boi. more »»

What’s on your Christmas gift wish list?

December 23, 2016 As usual, my Christmas tree is bobbing and weaving under the weight of a couple dozen MirrOlures, lights, Zara Spooks, tinsel, colored balls and even a handful of huge Muskie lure. more »»

Cold water period sets new styles

December 16, 2016 With temps forecasted to be in the mid 80s through next week talk of cold water period fishing and techniques seems a bit premature. But, it’s December and nothing lasts forever. more »»

Low tides, clear water flips fishing

December 9, 2016 As a fitting end to the inshore, schooling up phase of the redfish season, earlier this week I took an 18–3 redfish on a gold spoon in Matlacha Pass! That’s 18 spots on the port side and just 3 on... more »»

Michiganders get lesson in flats fishing

December 2, 2016 Visiting from Michigan the Gilberts decided they wanted to try their hand at saltwater flats fishing. Actually, Mr. G. more »»

Tips for use of braided fishing line

November 18, 2016 Often folks ask if they can bring their equipment, favorite rod, lure, etc., on their trip. more »»

Sight fishing adventures a team effort

November 11, 2016 Guiding or poling a client to their first sight fished snook, tarpon or redfish on the fly rod is a special experience for both guide and angler alike. Definitely a team effort. more »»

You can still fish if it’s windy

November 4, 2016 I’ll take rain, no-see-ums, heat, cold, even ice in the rod guides, but wind always makes it tough. Big waves, tough boat control, hard to anchor, fish, and dock. more »»

Kids reveal how much life has lost

October 28, 2016 I was outside washing the boat, watching a pack of kids walk down the street. An exceptional SW Florida fall day, a light breeze, a hint of fall in the air, just beautiful. more »»

Cool down puts fish in mood to feed

October 21, 2016 The fall cool down has fish on the move with feeding up for winter being number one on their mind. more »»

Stealth is key to get tailing reds

October 14, 2016 Consult your tide charts and if your schedule permits get out pre-dawn on an incoming tide morning. more »»

Islamorada my favorite place in the Keys

September 30, 2016 Every couple of years I make my way south to the Keys for a sun and fun scenery change. From Cape Coral it’s an easy 225-mile drive to beautiful Islamorada then another 80 miles or so to Key West. more »»

Fly rod is ideal rig for bonito

September 23, 2016 Nothing like steady weather to get the offshore boats out of port and chasing a wide variety of sport and table fish available on nearshore and offshore rock piles and ledges. more »»

Snook are recovering after 2010

September 16, 2016 Some nice snook catches this week along the beaches, docks near the ICW, and inland along Burnt Store Bar tells me like the weather it can only get better. more »»

Good advice for fishing new water

September 9, 2016 Tremendous amounts of fresh water and stirred-up bottom material have made it tough for inshore anglers seeking to play with their favorite specie. more »»

Stirring up worry over DEP, Lake O

September 2, 2016 These days it’s getting tougher for Floridians concerned with the environment, outdoor water sports, hunting, and shooting to not be worrie. more »»

Nothing is better than a newbie

August 26, 2016 After a lifetime of pursuing western freshwater trout with 3 to 5 weight fly rods and super fine leaders, this was indeed a whole new ball game. more »»

Anglers start to see fall redfish

August 19, 2016 I sensed the first change this past Tuesday and it felt good. For the first time in many months there was a slight crispness to the air. more »»



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