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Most anglers today understand the importance of catch and release. The conservation message has become deeply embedded into our minds, which is a good thing since fish populations are under pressure from so many sources.

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I have been emphatically reminded lately of the importance of trailer and vehicle maintenance, and I’m not talking about changing your oil. Ge…

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There is nothing more fun than getting those violent strikes that almost rip the rod out of your end. Getting into a bunch of aggressive bass …

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Last week, a joint project of the Coastal Conservation Association, Duke Energy and FWC released 10,000 juvenile redfish in Placida. The fish …

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I spend a little time in the outdoors, both afoot and afloat. In a handful of decades of mucking around out in nature, I’ve encountered variou…

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To the uninitiated, summer in Florida might be perceived as just a hot, sweaty dash from one air-conditioned space to another. This is an unfo…

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For beginning birders, just identifying what they spot can be challenging enough. But once your eye becomes accustomed to what it sees, silhou…

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I don’t know if everyone else has noticed how much life is in the Harbor this year. There’s a lot of bait of all sizes — everything from tiny …

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You hear it all the time: “That guy has no clue how to fish.” “I saw some moron out there casting a topwater plug to a bunch of mullet.” “I ca…

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When I go out on an educational trip, I always talk with them the day before and come up with a detailed plan. Once I have a solid understandi…

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Hey, shooters! Target shooting can be a little boring when you’re just punching holes in paper, so let’s take a look at some of the shooting s…

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Every kayak, SUP or canoe paddler enjoys that moment right after they launch and take a few strokes. A sense of peace and calm replaces the ha…

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What is a successful trip? We are all unique, so we all have different answers. On my charters, I try to encourage communication — especially …

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All over Florida, a record number of green sea turtles (Chelonia mydas) continue to nest this season. As of Aug. 3, Mote’s Sea Turtle Program …

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During a recent conversation with a guy who is not a fisherman, I mentioned that I’d been fishing the morning prior and had caught a couple of…

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With July behind us, local Eyes on Seagrass volunteers have completed their seagrass surveys in upper Charlotte Harbor. This was the first yea…

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“Why don’t I ever see anything cool out in the woods?” If you’re asking this question, that’s great. It means that you’re willing to make some…

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Last week I was sitting on the dock at Whidden’s Marina talking to Wayne. I told him I wanted a black drum and he said that someone had told h…

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Since I have been bass fishing in Florida, I have caught bass flipping every type of cover you can find. Lately, the best thing I have found t…

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Don and I are getting up there in age — olderish, as some may say. In this Florida heat, we are warned not to spend too much time outside. But…

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We’re now in the meat of hurricane season. Yes, it officially began two months ago — but June and July are historically not very busy months f…

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Do I really have to say anything about it being hot? I actually had to make a couple clients sit down and drink water last week. It’s hard to …

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Tarpon fishing the U.S. 41 bridges over the mouth of the Peace River at night can be a blast. It’s easy, it’s usually peaceful, and you’re nev…

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I guess we fall into the “overprotective” category of kayak anglers. Our kayaks are now more than 10 years old and have had a lot of use. Back…

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Pretty much every local angler I’ve talked with agrees that our trout numbers are not what they used to be. Some folks tell me they’ve noticed…

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Here we are in the depths of summer. The temperature is in the mid 90s most days, unless there are all-day storms to keep us cooler (but also …

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Bivalves are mollusks that have a two-part hinged shell which hides the soft-bodied animal inside. Clams, oysters, scallops and mussels are al…

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I attended a meeting for commercial fishermen last weekend on the East Coast. They came from the Panhandle to Key West, so we had input from a…

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Fishing and worms go together like bread and butter. Or, as Forrest Gump said, like peas and carrots. Only a fly fisherman might scoff at the …

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We have kept our RV on the side of the house since we bought it. By now, the grass under and around it has all died off. But with that, the di…

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One of the most important (but least appreciated) aspects of a good three-dimensional yard wildlife habitat is the ground surface. Most people…

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I have an iguana problem at my house. A few months ago, I found one sitting on my dock, right where I rest my beverage. I thought, “He’s in my…

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Welcome to the Gunshine State! I love to refer to Florida this way, especially during the summer when sunshine is secondary to torrential rain…

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As we all know, Southwest Florida is home to one of the many migratory stops tarpon use along their long and winding route to God only knows w…

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One of the most frustrating things for a beginning angler is having your bait stolen. You know the bait was on the hook — after all, you put i…

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When we were kids, it seemed like summer break was somehow both very long and very short. You and your friends would make your plans for it li…

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With all the rain we have gotten over the past couple of weeks, water levels should not be a problem. However, when that water is constantly g…

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When you boil it all the way down, I think the reason we like to fly fish is because it’s downright hard. Fly fishing is a challenge, and it’s…

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The pale meadowbeauty (Rhexia mariana), also called the Maryland meadowbeauty, is found throughout most of the United States east of the Missi…

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I have used quite a few different techniques to catch mullet. I’ve never really fished them commercially, so I have no experience with large-s…

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Pre-planning your fishing trips is always a good idea, but in summer it’s crucial. The number one thing I do: The night before my trip, I look…

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Kayakers are initially concerned with making their kayak go. No doubt about it, paddling is a skill best learned on the water. Kayak anglers, …

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I got a slightly panicked call last week from one of my Fish Coach clients. He’d gone back to one of the places I had shown him in the Gaspari…