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Between a knot and a hard place

March 31, 2017 My favorite tarpon time of the year is about here. more »»

Trout still a favorite of SW Florida

March 24, 2017 With many anglers’ attention turning to spring tarpon fishing, the popular trout still remains a Southwest Florida favorite. With cool waters and low tides, finding trout can at times be eas. more »»

Tarpon are on the move, get going

March 10, 2017 Had enough wind? Hopefully, we will get a break so the offshore fleet can feed the grouper 20 to 40 miles out and inshore anglers can play with the snook that already are heading for the beaches. more »»

Warm temps starting cycle early

February 24, 2017 Can’t find your fish this week and need to stretch your line? Not picky about what you catch? Then move on out to the passes on a moving tide. more »»

Hard fights with tasty pompano

February 17, 2017 When cruising along in your boat and the fish start jumping out of the water in your wake quickly disregard any and all thoughts of you being now known as the Florida Fish Whisperer. more »»

Secrets to catch big sheepies

February 10, 2017 The smell from the oven made my mouth water as I pulled out a big pan of my baked blue claw crab stuffed sheepshead. Nothing like fresh fish caught and cleaned just a few hours befor. more »»

Look for sink when fly fishing trout

February 3, 2017 Trout are in the channel. Cold weather made the shallows too cold to hunt and now the school has moved to a deep drop-off and is milling about closer to the bottom than the surface. more »»

Let tide charts guide your fishing

January 27, 2017 For those making the conversion to saltwater fishing after a lifetime of chasing bass, walleye or muskie, having a basic understanding of tidal movements and moon phases and their effect on the... more »»

Americans edge Everblades 3-2

January 26, 2017 Dyson Stevenson, Spencer Asuchak and Derek Mathers each scored a goal to lead the Allen Americans to a 3-2 victory over the Florida Everblades Wednesday night at Germain Arena. more »»

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 »»



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