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Trophy fish really are out there

March 24, 2012 Just when you thought that real trophy snook are a thing of myth or only pictures in the pages of glossy outdoor magazines, you finally get to see one up close and personal. more »»

Reds hiding in bushes, roam flats

March 17, 2012 When hunting redfish I like our low winter tides and clear water. With the low water I know exactly where the fish won’t be; under the bushes. more »»

Winter fish seek refuge in the river

March 10, 2012 While Pine Island Sound, Boca Grande, Charlotte Harbor and Matlacha Pass get all the fishing press, pressure and glory, the Caloosahatchee River is a fantastic inshore fishery as well. more »»

Fishing still as great as the weather

March 3, 2012 To think that our inshore fishing season has been this good the past several months, and continues to be as great as the weather, and that tarpon season is almost upon us, makes me darn glad I’m a... more »»

Tritons stirred up memories

February 29, 2012 Watching the Mariner Tritons this season almost reach the pinnacle of boys’ high school basketball in Florida once again dredged up many memories of 199. more »»

Idiot-proof jigs catch everything

February 25, 2012 If you owned a survival kit during the war it probably contained a fishing kit with one style lure — a jig. more »»

Courtesy is lacking at boat ramps

February 18, 2012 Pulling into Matlacha Community Park to launch my boat I had to get in line. more »»

Area winter fishing is still blessed

February 11, 2012 Southwest Florida anglers have been blessed this winter with outstanding weather and a continuing hot bite for most inshore and offshore species common to our area. more »»

Competition grows for flats redfish

February 4, 2012 The recent weather fronts, oddball tides and low water have confused many fishermen while other anglers continue to report big catche. more »»

Warm temps good for fish, anglers

January 28, 2012 I was filling in my fishing log and opened a page dated Jan. 8, 2010. The water temperature that day was 56 degrees in central Matlacha Pass. more »»

Weather keeps trophy fish biting

January 20, 2012 It’s in the 80s in January and inshore big redfish and trophy trout are still biting along with snook, sheepshead, and pompano. Offshore the bite is hot with lots of grouper ready to eat your bait. more »»

Inshore reds, trout, snook still plentiful

January 14, 2012 I’m happy to report that the inshore fishing is pretty much the same as it has been for months with lots of reds all over the flats along with big trout and snook looking to fatten up. more »»

Freeze takes bite out of fish action

January 7, 2012 I’m still shivering from this past week’s cold snap and looking forward to a weekend warm-up. more »»

Time to take advantage of the frenzy

December 31, 2011 If like me you have been pounding the flats for months now it’s time for a little diversion and easy fishing. more »»

Brave the shallows for big reds

December 24, 2011 I’m standing in the boat Thursday daydreaming, slowly reeling in a spoon watching schools of mullet jump, thinking how nice it is to be here in late December. more »»

Gold spoon dynamite for rat reds

December 17, 2011 After two weeks on the water helping others catch fish it was nice to have a day off to go fishing with an old friend and try to catch a few myself. more »»

Too many boats, too few ramps

December 10, 2011 I was waiting in line at the ramp in Matlacha this past week surveying the scene unfolding in front of me. more »»

Trout, reds don’t mind cooler water

December 3, 2011 If you are looking for a gator trout, now is the time to get your personal best as big trout are striking, stimulated by the dropping water temperature. more »»

Add bonefish to your fishing ‘bucket list’

November 26, 2011 The bonefish, a species not often seen in our waters, has received special protection to conserve its numbers. The bonefish is now a catch and release species onl. more »»

Despite fall wind, inshore fishing’s hot

November 19, 2011 Although the fall winds are blowing, inshore fishing continues to be hot with really big snook on the prowl along with a great redfish bite. more »»



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