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I was first introduced to stone crabs as a waiter years ago in Key West. I thought they were pretty tasty, and I also didn’t mind the high price the chef was charging because it helped my gratuities. This was 20 years ago, and they were $30 a pound for the large size claws back then.

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I was lucky to have an opportunity to fish with Capt. Zack Lewis, an old friend’s son who is now guiding from the Blackwater Bar and Grill on the Withlacoochee River. They refer to this part of the state as the Nature Coast, and it’s a place that still retains its Old Florida charm and mystique.

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I have had interesting debates about whether hurricanes or tornadoes are worse. I spent my early youth living in tornado alley in the Midwest before moving here in the 1970s, so I have some experience with both of these meteorological manifestations.

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When you pull up to lake you’re not 100 percent familiar with, how on earth is it possible to identify water where the bass may be biting? Think about it. Many of Central Florida’s best bass lakes have miles upon miles of water. Where do you start?

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Spring forward, fall back. “To change, or not to change; that is the question: Whether ‘tis nobler…” Let’s not get into that argument now. But, we have fallen back. This means it gets light earlier and darker sooner, if you are watching the clock.

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The medical staff at Peace River Wildlife Center does amazing things on a daily basis. But the extent of the injuries we see and the number of species we treat make it impossible to do everything for every patient. That’s when we rely on the kindness of strangers.

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Got a boat for sale? Have we got a deal for you. We’ll help you sell it, and it won’t cost you anything. Zero. Zip. Zilch. Nada. Gratis.

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I was first introduced to stone crabs as a waiter years ago in Key West. I thought they were pretty tasty, and I also didn’t mind the high price the chef was charging because it helped my gratuities. This was 20 years ago, and they were $30 a pound for the large size claws back then.

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I was lucky to have an opportunity to fish with Capt. Zack Lewis, an old friend’s son who is now guiding from the Blackwater Bar and Grill on the Withlacoochee River. They refer to this part of the state as the Nature Coast, and it’s a place that still retains its Old Florida charm and mystique.

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I have had interesting debates about whether hurricanes or tornadoes are worse. I spent my early youth living in tornado alley in the Midwest before moving here in the 1970s, so I have some experience with both of these meteorological manifestations.

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When you pull up to lake you’re not 100 percent familiar with, how on earth is it possible to identify water where the bass may be biting? Think about it. Many of Central Florida’s best bass lakes have miles upon miles of water. Where do you start?

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Spring forward, fall back. “To change, or not to change; that is the question: Whether ‘tis nobler…” Let’s not get into that argument now. But, we have fallen back. This means it gets light earlier and darker sooner, if you are watching the clock.

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The medical staff at Peace River Wildlife Center does amazing things on a daily basis. But the extent of the injuries we see and the number of species we treat make it impossible to do everything for every patient. That’s when we rely on the kindness of strangers.

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Do you have a dog? If you answered yes, I like you 10 percent better than I otherwise would. I can’t imagine life without at least one dog. My wife and I have two. Roscoe is a roly-poly dachshund mix and pretty low-key. Penny is a hyperactive miniature pinscher mix. Actually, hyperactive isn…

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The anglers on my boat are always looking around at all the beauty of the area I have them fishing in. They’re constantly telling me how magnificent the mangrove shoreline we’re working is, or how beautiful the Boca Grande lighthouse is as we are looking for tarpon. And they really seem to l…

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Soft plastic lures come in so many styles, colors, brands and flavors that you could fish all day every day for five years and not have a chance to use them all. You could write a book on all the different types and the myriad ways to use them. I only have room for a column, so I’ll try to c…

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The beloved Rodgers and Hammerstein musical, “South Pacific,” runs through Dec. 2, on Venice Theatre’s MainStage.