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Closed: Too late for the grill

December 4, 2015 Both inshore and offshore anglers take note that gag grouper season is closed for recreational harvest in most Gulf of Mexico state waters today. All Gulf federal waters closed Thursday. more »»

No-see-ums, low tides can ruin outings

November 25, 2015 What’s worse than a mouthful, earful, hair full, nose and eye full, even underwear full of Matlacha November no-see-ums? Nothing! If you’ve been on the water this past week on a calm day and near... more »»

Cooling temps ignite big trout

November 20, 2015 This week’s cold fronts could be made to order for trout anglers not doing so well in our fall season warmer waters. Cooling temps will turn on more trout and especially big gator loners. more »»

Fly trip is hijacked by mullet

November 13, 2015 I recently hosted a group of English anglers on their annual Florida trip. more »»

Redfish, gags right for a fight

November 6, 2015 As you watch line disappear from your reel, which is attached to your deeply bent rod, you wonder just how darn big this redfish is. more »»

Boats at peril from crab traps

October 30, 2015 Know what happens when your 200 hp Yamaha with its prop spinning at 3,000 rpm hits a crab trap rope? At night? Looking over the transom with the motor tilted up using your cell phone “flashlight”... more »»

Fish freely feeding, so get going

October 23, 2015 What a treat! Hot fishing and cooler weather. Inshore anglers are enjoying a hot snook and redfish bite on lures, flies and bait. more »»

Results can be better than planned

October 16, 2015 Sometimes the best laid plans don’t work out, but often the unexpected results are better than what you originally hoped for. more »»

Redfish hit variety of lures, baits

October 9, 2015 Everyone seems to have caught redfish fever and clients have been catching them on a variety of lures, baits and technique. more »»

Big snook, reds strike offshore

October 2, 2015 Offshore anglers are catching some of the area’s biggest redfish and snook along with grouper, snapper, amberjack, sharks, Spanish mackerel and cobi. more »»

Throw reds something different

September 25, 2015 This year throw those flats redfish something different. Borrow from the Bassmasters and go old school. more »»

200-pounder satisfies a lost wager

September 11, 2015 On a lost bet I had to tangle with a Goliath grouper this week. After catching one years ago I had my lifetime fill, but I was determined to uphold my part of the bargai. more »»

Unlocked? Easy pickin’ for thieves

September 4, 2015 Another friend just lost a stainless prop and a near-new and expensive sonar unit to thieves in the night. The boat sits on his lift in a nice neighborhood. more »»

Don’t take chances with SWF storms

August 28, 2015 Great offshore reports of grouper, cobia, Spanish macs, and snapper from nearshore to deep offshore numbers as high temps cause many fish to drop deeper in the water column. more »»

Wide variety of fishing opportunities

August 21, 2015 To some, a delicate 4-weight fly rod in hand and a beautiful 8-inch brook trout on their hook is as good as it gets. more »»

Tarpon, snapper still top targets

August 14, 2015 Fresh water rains often take fish off their and your favorite spots. Move around and look for clean and clearer waters. more »»

Rain event was good for fishing

August 7, 2015 No wonder folks go off the deep end in the far north with constant darkness, in our case, rain caused. We need some sun and it looks like we may get it this weekend. more »»

Rain-swollen spillways a hot target

July 31, 2015 While driving north on Burnt Store Road this past Wednesday at exactly 5:16 p.m., I witnessed my first, four handed, one rod, one snook catch. more »»

Beating the heat without it snowing

July 24, 2015 Man, I wish it would snow! This past week while poling my skiff with two anglers on deck — along with ice, gear, motor, and gas — I prayed that I wouldn’t pass out from the heat and do a shoulder... more »»

Gear up for hot weather fishing fun

July 17, 2015 I don’t care how much or how hi-tech the latest guaranteed to keep the bugs off and the sun away shirt is. I think they are hot as blaze. more »»



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