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At its February meeting in Gainesville this week, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) set the popular and economically important 2019 Gulf red snapper recreational season to open June 11 through July 12, with a possible fall reopening if quota is available.

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In last week’s column, I got started with a question-and-answer session that covers a lot of the things people ask every day in the tackle sho…

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Last Saturday morning I was listening to Radio WaterLine and the boys were talking about all the snappers that were being caught. I thought I’…

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Our weather is changing. There may be more cool spells ahead, but this week has been warm and humid. I’ve already observed white pelicans migr…

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At its February meeting in Gainesville this week, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) set the popular and economically…

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In case you missed the ridiculously commercialized attempt to lure your hard-earned dollars into the pockets of jewelry stores or candy and fl…

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I’ve been working at the tackle shop for 20 years now. In that time, I’ve been asked tens of thousands of fishing questions. I always take the…

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One of the easiest and most productive ways to fish an area in a kayak is by drifting with the wind, tides or currents. Since paddling and cas…

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Do you fish with your baby? I’m not talking about your sweetheart or your honeypie, even though it’s Valentine’s Day (or Valentime’s, accordin…

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Recently a buddy and I were fishing at the sandbar by my house. We both caught keeper black drum, and that got me thinking about cooking one o…

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It has been an interesting two weeks since I last put out an article. In that time though, I have heard from three different people who are lo…

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I took my oldest brother, Mike, to the range with me one day. We had never shot together before. We are very competitive in our family, and my…

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Last week’s column on sheepshead included a mention of the fact that the bag limit on sheepshead has been changed significantly by the FWC. Ou…

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As conservation ethics take a deeper root in the recreational fishing community, I have become more aware of poor fish handling — mostly becau…

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For those of us who love to fish, it’s sometimes hard to imagine that there are people who don’t. But it’s true — there are people who not onl…

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The Venice Area Birding Association’s yearly trip to Circle B Bar was approaching. We had a new couple in our group: Tina and Richard, who wer…

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The coldest, most blustery, most un-Florida-like weather occurs here during January and February. We don’t have much use for snow shovels in S…

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I was busy giving casting lessons today. Even though it was cold and windy, everybody showed up, stuck it out, learned something and had a goo…

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Recently, I was talking with our publisher about what types of fish were being caught right now, since I like to be topical and I usually end …

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