Two weeks ago (just after my last column), I received a call from a good friend who lives in Sarasota. He wanted me to come up and spend a few…

As I sat scratching my head thoughtfully, trying to stimulate some sort of idea that I could mold into a column, I had a brainstorm: Go check …

Hoo, boy: The age-old argument of which is better for bass fishing — spinning tackle or the baitcasting gear. Both have their place, not just …

Stringers are not the greatest tool for holding Southwest Florida fish between the time they’re caught and when it’s time to quit fishing for …

Last week, Robert Lugiewicz and I spent a night driving and walking around in the Everglades. We went to see what we could find, with the sort…

With apologies to Capt. Rex Gudgel, not every angler wants to fish fly tackle. While it’s an interesting addition to your resume, it’s also on…

Just in time for Peace River Wildlife Center’s grand reopening after the coronavirus shutdown, we have a couple new residents to introduce: Ja…

We’ve talked a lot about handguns, but one thing that we haven’t delved into is the different actions. You may have heard them referred to as …

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Although stone crabs range from Texas to the Carolinas, their center of abundance is in Florida — and this is also where most of them are eate…

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About a month ago, I joined a community of 1.4 million people who are creating a monumental database of the natural world around us. This grou…

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So, you plan on buying your first gun. Like 5 million other first-time gun buyers in the past few months, you’re probably looking for somethin…

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And now for the final column in our ammunition series: Rifle ammo. No, I didn’t save the best for last; in fact, rifle rounds are kind of bori…

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When is it not a great time to be in Southwest Florida? OK, if you are looking at the heat of August into September, sure, there are places we…

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2020 has been a real big pile of rotten fish. With so much crap and uncertainty coming from all directions, it’s sometimes hard to remember th…

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For years, I have had an admiration for bats — especially fruit bats. They always have fascinated me. They are not birds, but they fly. They a…

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Feeling a few days of cooler, less humid weather was a welcome relief. I’m taking it as a true sign that the fall season is close and hurrican…

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When I was a youngster fishing my then-home waters in the Midwest, if we caught a keeper fish we’d usually hang it on a stringer and put it ba…

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This week I am giving my usual column space to NOAA Fisheries Assistant Administrator Chris Oliver to discuss the results of the Great Red Sna…