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Answers to line, leader, knot FAQs

June 16, 2012 I recently had the pleasure of speaking in front of the Cape Coral RAFC and questions about line, knots and leaders, mainly for tarpon, dominated the seminar. Let’s go over some basic rigs. more »»

Living in fishing’s hog heaven

June 9, 2012 Let’s see, within minutes of my back door — or just a short ride away — is some of the best fishing in the world. Not bad. more »»

Over the side wrong way to go

June 2, 2012 My friends watched in semi-shock as I first did the slippery moon walk, then into a full twist, a tango, and finally ending in a full on side belly flop into the surprisingly salty Caloosahatchee... more »»

Tarpon like deep holes on flats

May 26, 2012 As the sun was setting, my blue balloon started to shake then took off headed back toward the boa. more »»

Tarpon can cause us to lose focus

May 19, 2012 Tarpon Time!! Redfish? Snook? Grouper? What’s that? Many Tarpon zealots don’t even fish for other species unless they are to be used for bait. more »»

Tarpon at night adds extra fun

May 12, 2012 To this day I still get that “buck fever moment” whenever a tarpon crashes through the surface, launching itself skyward in a violent thrashing display of raw prehistoric power. more »»

Tips for rigging for tarpon

May 5, 2012 Tarpon are here, and if this is your first rodeo and have no clue about getting rigged up correctly let’s look at some basic rigging options. more »»

Big surprise hot doggin’ for catfish

April 28, 2012 This time of year I’m always trying to catch some catfish hopefully to feed to the local and visiting tarpon on my next outing. more »»

Pompano put up hard battle thrills

April 21, 2012 On Wednesday’s charter we saw a lot of fish, including another near four-foot snook. Also streamlined sharks in waist deep water, missed a lot of nice fish, and caught a red or two and some trout. more »»

Perfect time to hook up

April 14, 2012 April is such a great fishing month, where do you start? Tarpon fishing in the river is under way with resident species being caught on everything from bottom chunks to lures. more »»

Big trout prefer one big gulp

April 7, 2012 Big trout are on the move and biting. I’m not talking little school juveniles. I’m talking gators. more »»

Spinnerbaits prove to be quite a jolt

March 31, 2012 Like many northern anglers I grew up fishing lakes, rivers, streams and millponds for bass and chain pickerel. In little old Delaware they were plentiful. more »»

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 »»



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