Let’s talk about Cerakote. Some of you may have heard of it, but most of you just learned a new word. Cerakote is a ceramic-based coating for …

Wow, it’s crazy on the water right now! Yes, we’ve got lots of traffic and people without any common sense, manners or boating knowledge at al…

If you take a look through the freezers at your friendly neighborhood bait shop, you’ll find an assortment of options. Of course there are shr…

I just returned from teaching our first Nautical Knowledge 101 boating education class down in Naples. At the conclusion of the class, I carve…

We live five minutes from Manasota Beach. When company comes, we usually take them to this lovely beach with white sand and a large parking lo…

I’m pretty sure it was an old Jack Benny show where I saw this corny gag. There was an Eskimo (Inuit) who for whatever ridiculous reason had t…

It seems like no other offshore fish gets people excited like red snapper. Most people will say it’s their amazing table quality, but I just d…

What is an American red snapper? I don’t know if there’s any difference between a red snapper in Mexican waters or in American waters. Seems l…

Boaters and fishermen deal with chains all the time. We all know what an anchor chain looks like, even if we don’t use them on our smaller ski…

I sat down to come up with an idea for this week’s column. What I came up with were a bunch of ideas, but nothing that really seemed worth dev…

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Tournament fishing has never been a real spectator sport. You just don’t see huge throngs of fans showing up for events. Outside of endurance …

On a recent trip to Gasparilla Island State Park, we found some fish feeding with enthusiasm after their long stretch of apathy. We headed out…

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…

It seems like every time we use our RV, we run into some conditions that are less than favorable. I can deal with rain and cold, but I don’t l…

I get many of my column ideas from my clients. It may be a trip they took, or a bucket list fish they want to catch, or a skill they are very …

Last week I spent almost every day out on the water training clients. On one particular trip, I met my client at a public boat ramp. This part…

Florida summers make me long for cooler places. One of my many favorite places in the U.S. to visit is Maine. Some years back, my good friend …

Over the past couple years, a growing number of people (mostly waterfront homeowners) have been advancing the idea of dredging a canal extensi…

Structure can be as obvious as old docks, sunken logs or rock ledges. But it can also be as subtle as a slight change in depth or type of shor…

We have not had much rain around the area lately, and it’s starting to show. Take a look at local retention ponds and flood-control areas whil…

If the forecasters can be believed (yeah, right), the high pressure system that has been sitting on top of Southwest Florida is sliding away f…