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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 pri…

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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? Thi…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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 magni…

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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 chan…

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With water temperatures dropping down to 75 degrees and stone crab traps getting put out in the Gulf, it’s almost time for some fun tripletail…

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Our reader survey is well underway, and while we’re nowhere near done gathering data, we’ve learned some surprising things.

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Mark Twain was first credited with the quip that “golf is a good walk spoiled” in the Saturday Evening Post in 1948. Oddly enough, Samuel Lang…

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For the past year and a half, I have been on the fence about whether to buy a new boat or to hang on to the boat I have and simply repair and …

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It has been quite a few years since I have been to Oscar Scherer State Park on a birding trip. So I was excited to go on Deb Johnson’s Venice …

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I’m tired of all the negative “news” about our algae problems. We are hearing about horror and devastation. There certainly have been very dev…

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Quick quiz: What do the following three things have in common? A floating coconut. A blade of turtle grass. The Great Barrier Reef. If you sai…

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Learn about Florida red tide blooms — including the challenging bloom of 2017-18 — during a Boca Grande red tide forum featuring scientists, u…

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The Kayak Club of Greater Charlotte Harbor organized a Halloween raid on the Peace River and the Nav-A-Gator. Dressed up in face makeup, old c…

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A monarch butterfly drinks the nectar of milkweed as a monarch caterpillar munches on the plant’s leaves. Mary Lundeberg’s column on these rem…

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The WaterLine reader survey is up and running, and there are five $50 Publix gift cards up for grabs. Help make WaterLine the best it can be —…

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Yes, I know that fall officially arrived more than a month ago. And I know that the plants and animals around us have been changing behaviors …

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When I was little, my Dad would take my brother and me fishing in Pioneer Park in Zolfo Springs. We would fish from the banks of the Peace Riv…

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Let’s explore the facts of red tide. We hear so many varied “facts,” and often they contradict one another. Many come from sources we want to …

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How do you feel about WaterLine? I run into a lot of people who tell me how much they enjoy the magazine, but I always ask them the same quest…

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My favorite tournament of the year is our season-ending Classic event. Nothing is better than finishing the year with some bragging rights goi…

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Here we are again: We made it through another hot and stormy Southwest Florida summer. Now, the winds are changing, the days are shorter, the …

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With last weekend’s cold front, we saw our first taste of winter’s north winds making conditions less than ideal for boating on local waters. …

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Autumn is normally a great time to be an angler in Southwest Florida — but we have some questions to be answered, don’t we? Even though my sum…

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Often my wife and I will take the RV on overnight trips. If we are looking to just get away for a night, or even spend a day somewhere and we …

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Well, the snowbirds are headed back down already. With the loss of tourism revenue from the red tide, I think this year they will be welcomed …

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For a lot of people, tarpon season means late spring and early summer, when the big adults migrate to this area for a series of massive spawni…

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Catching bass is so much easier when they hit the bait hard so you know they are there. But when they aren’t slamming it, you get bites that c…

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I can’t predict the future, but everything has come back to life for now. We looked around and fished some on Sunday and Tuesday last week and…

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This year, while all eyes and focus were along our coast, something was happening in the Harbor that went mostly unnoticed. And no, it wasn’t …

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I was thumbing through some of mom’s old scrapbooks and came across this photo from 1976. It shows a younger and much thinner version of mysel…

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WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump on Tuesday signed a wide-ranging bill to improve the nation’s water infrastructure, including a Flori…

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I was thumbing through some of mom’s old scrapbooks and came across this photo from 1976. It shows a younger and much thinner version of mysel…

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“You call that a deer? My dog’s bigger than that!” Sorry to disappoint, but Florida is not known for its trophy bucks. Look, if you want big g…

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While not the most successful release in the history of wildlife rehabilitation, the bald eagle dubbed Icarus returned to the skies after 10 m…

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Due to some changes here at the office, I’ve been spending a little more time on Facebook lately. While there’s some good stuff on social medi…

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If I ever found myself with nothing to eat other than canned tuna … well, I guess I would die of starvation. That is the one thing I can’t sta…

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There are few things in the fishing world more exciting than seeing the water erupt around your bait as a huge fish savagely attacks it. If th…

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Well, thanks to Hurricane Michael, we will be seeing our first cold front of the year. What bothers me is that it’s happening while we head ou…

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