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It was about 5 o’clock and I was cleaning up the shop to close. I got a call from my father, who was on his way in from fishing offshore with …

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It seems like it been forever already with this problem with our waters. I hope the minds much brighter than mine will find a solution so folk…

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To be fair, I don’t do a lot of live bait fishing. My wife and I mainly fish tournaments, and we aren’t allowed to fish with shiners in compet…

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With a little bit of red tide still on the Boca Grande beaches and the water temperature reaching 94.3 this week, conditions have been tough —…

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Four weeks made a huge difference in the terrain of our bird survey at Wildflower Preserve. Wildflower is going to be one of this area’s most …

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A few weeks ago I thought I was seeing it, but I wasn’t sure. Now I am certain: The grass in my yard is not growing quite as fast as it was. A…

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Peace River Wildlife Center’s adorable patient of the week goes to a northern parula. Brought to us by an astute couple who noticed him at the…

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I was blessed by my youngest brother and his boss with a week in Key West. Florida lobster season opened on Aug. 6, and we were able to snorke…

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Wooden canoes have been made and used for at least 5,000 years, but after World War II the outdoor community saw a significant change in paddl…

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Coyotes, loved by some and hated by others, have spread through the United States. Florida sightings started in the 1970s. If you see a full-g…

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RightAlign..263RightAlign..276RightAlign.. 291Angling 101 • robert lugiewicz

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(6/21 report) Trout are attacking topwater Rapalas in 3 feet of water over healthy grass. Lots of snook are around the mangrove shorelines, pa…

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State and federal regulations for Southwest Florida waters as of July 1, 2018. All bag limits are per harvester per day. Other limits may appl…

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Due to the ever-changing weather and water quality issues we have had to put up with these last couple of months, catching a tarpon on the fly…

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Most of the fish which live in Charlotte Harbor are euryhaline. Euryhaline fish can survive in wide a range of salinities or saltiness. The fi…

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Peace River Wildlife Center has a new education animal — a nine-banded armadillo. Our new resident’s name is Bodhi (pronounced BOH-dee), short…

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Fishermen have a strong tendency to brag about the size of their catches. Often, it seems to be a competition, with every man trying to convin…

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A mosquito may not actually be the devil himself — but these bloodsuckers certainly do the devil’s work. Who among us has not been driven near…

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Coyotes, loved by some and hated by others, have spread through the United States. Florida sightings started in the 1970s. If you see a full-g…

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Being a fishing guide here in Southwest Florida and the co-host of a radio show that is geared toward fishing (Fishing Talk Radio, Saturday mo…

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Most anglers eventually get a pigeon-hole mentality in their bait selections. Use this bait in the spring, that one in the summer, and now thi…

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Anglers tend to put numbers on the results of their fishing trips, but there are lots of different ways to do it. Commercial fishermen pretty …

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Extremes are our new normal weather forecasts. Drought, then monsoon, now drought again. Red tides pop up (and fortunately also disappear) ran…

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Every once and a while it’s good to get off the beaten road and do some exploring. Last Sunday I did just that.

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Officially known as the Fred C. Babcock/
Cecil M. Webb Wildlife Management Area, this Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission-manage…

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“The only thing we have to fear, is fear itself. And spiders.” That’s a direct quote from Franklin D. Roosevelt from his first inaugural addre…

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RightAlign..263RightAlign..276RightAlign.. 291Around Charlotte Harbor • capt. ralph allen

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