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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 »»

Tarpon will soon start migrating

August 5, 2016 Time flies. Get in your tarpon licks soon as it won’t be long before those fish inclined to winter farther south of here will be heading out. more »»

Increasing poisons in our water

July 29, 2016 You could have knocked me over with a feather when I read the great new news! Besides poisoning two rivers, slowly killing The Everglades, Florida Bay and the Keys, all for special interests and... more »»

Electrical fails tough to assess

July 15, 2016 My next bay boat will have an easy and full access electrical system that is logically and thoughtfully laid out. more »»

Offshore hot spots pay off big

July 8, 2016 Traveling to your offshore hot spots might pay off big with a great variety of fish to be caught and introduced to the fish box for trip home and a nice bed of charcoal. more »»

Protecting yourself from pesky bugs

July 1, 2016 Making a living or simply playing outdoors in sub-tropical Southwest Florida, one has to be concerned now more than ever about illness-bearing, biting bugs, especially ones carrying the Zika or West... more »»

Angling access rights under fire

June 24, 2016 Between summer’s dark brown water and Lake O discharges it’s a wonder fish can see to eat. more »»

Stranded! No power, no toolbox

June 17, 2016 About 10 miles from the dock we had had enough. Had lots of fun, caught some fish and probably too much sun. Time to head home and a cool shower. Everything stowed I hit the key. more »»

AM/PM is right time now to fish

June 10, 2016 With hot water under the boat, lethargic fish and a blazing sun overhead you now wish you had set the alarm clock for two hours earlier. You should be finishing up by now and heading back to the dock. more »»

On flats, permit are top target

June 3, 2016 Chances are when thinking of Southwest Florida fishing one normally thinks of chasing inshore fish like tarpon, trout, snook, or redfish or grouper for the offshore guys. more »»

Changes for harvesting popular fish

May 27, 2016 Hurry if you want a snook to take home for dinner because snook season closes for recreational harvest in Gulf of Mexico state and federal waters starting June 1, including Everglades National Park... more »»

Disappearing tarpon still a mystery

May 20, 2016 I haven’t received many reports of steady tarpon activity or catches. Recent reports indicate more fishing than catching with lots of hours being put in. more »»

14-year-old bags first SWF cobia

May 13, 2016 Matlacha is not my first pick for cobia fishing, but every year folks aboard my boat bag four or five on topwaters, spoons, and shrimp all intended for reds and snook. more »»

Jacks don’t jump, except in the gym

May 6, 2016 After dinner I grabbed a rod and walked out back to escape the insanity of the evening news and the subsequent stress induced heartburn. more »»

As weather heats up, so does fishing

April 29, 2016 Get out your cold towels from the cooler and slap on the sunscreen. It’s oven time. more »»

Cape canals rich with hefty tarpon

April 22, 2016 Paging through the big name outdoor angling magazines you’ll see 50-foot offshore luxury sport fishing yachts chasing three-quarter-ton black marlin off the Great Barrier Reef. more »»

As species return, trout still hot item

April 8, 2016 With local attention shifting to tarpon and pass snook, trout fishing is still hot. more »»

Anglers can score prized trophy trout

April 1, 2016 Visiting anglers looking to score on trout in Matlacha and Pine Island should try time tested spots like Two Pines, Jug Creek Shoal, Bull Bay and Turtle Bay. more »»

Gary, North baseball coaches fired

March 29, 2016 The nearly two-year tenure of Tavaris Gary as the North Fort Myers High School baseball coach has been stormy to say the least. more »»



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