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Red tide is once again blooming off the Southwest Florida coast. This current bloom first surfaced in Collier County a few weeks ago, and since then has expanded along the coast.

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Recently I was invited to a friend’s place in north Englewood to hang out with him in the cook shed behind his house. The shed has a tin roof …

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I recently enjoyed the opportunity to help teach some fifth-grade classes. Our objective was introducing them to the basics of fishing. Like m…

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Based on the fact that I still see everybody running around in shorts and T-shirts, I don’t know if everyone else realizes it’s getting pretty…

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I was talking with one of our local charter captains this past week about the tripletail bite in the Gulf. He said it had been pretty good if …

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When a good fish eats your fly and the electricity runs up the leader, through the fly line, down your rod and hits the raw nerve endings in y…

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Florida thrives on tourism, and this time of year we’re seeing more license plates from the north than at any other time of year. With that co…

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Recently, the city of Punta Gorda announced that some canals were experiencing flips or turns and this was contributing to an unpleasant odor.…

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The Thanksgiving holiday marks a change of seasons in Southwest Florida: A change from “off season” to “season.” Not only are we firmly out of…

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Another Thanksgiving, and again there is so much to be thankful and grateful for. My life has been through its ups and downs just like everyon…

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The holidays are a time for family. Whether that means the people you share genetic material with or those you have chosen to have in your lif…

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Wow! Is it not amazing how time just flies by? I can’t believe that the holiday season is already upon us and Christmas Day is just ten short …

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Those of you who have fished offshore in the Gulf of Mexico for more than a couple years will probably recall that back in 2013, federal fishe…

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If you spend a little time doing inquisitive reading, you can learn some interesting stuff. This is not a new idea, but it’s a point that some…

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Birders are always looking for birds. Even if we’re just going to the grocery store for milk, we’re observing how many great egrets are foragi…

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For newbies and old hands alike, being properly prepared for a fly fishing travel trip is just a no-brainer. Are you headed to Belize for some…

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Kayak anglers don’t have to look too far to find pictures of folks in kayaks catching huge fish miles from shore. It sure looks like fun, but …

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I have always envied my tournament buddies from days gone by not only for having the opportunity to fish professionally but also to get to fis…

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One of Florida’s nicknames is the Sunshine State. Although we have plenty of thunderstorms in the summer, during the winter tourist season sun…

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Despite the fact that 5:30 sunsets make me contemplate hanging myself — the sun should set at 9 p.m. every day — this is one of my favorite ti…

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Here in Southwest Florida, we don’t get too many leaves changing or frost on the car in the mornings when fall arrives. But we do see water te…

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It’s king mackerel time. The southbound migration of the Gulf of Mexico stock of king mackerel flows through the coastal waters of Southwest F…

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Dry firing is the act of shooting your firearm without live ammunition in it. This may be done to test the trigger pull or to function check t…

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I remember camping on the Peace River in Brownsville, just north of Arcadia. We would always fish for catfish and use chicken livers as bait. …

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The oceans are full of all sorts of life. Some creatures are beautiful and majestic. Some are not. Parasites rarely make anyone’s “favorite sp…

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We’ve been getting a lot of questions in the shop lately from anglers who are new to fishing in this area. That’s pretty normal for this time …

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In late October as many human “snowbirds” return to Florida from their northern summer retreats, a massive movement of birds also occurs, ofte…

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If you regularly bottom fish in the Gulf of Mexico, I have a question for you: How many red grouper are you seeing lately compared to what you…

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Here we go again with red tide. Calling all drama queens: The sky is falling! It’s the end of the world!

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If you do much fishing, you’ve probably seen fish feeding at the surface of the water. Sometimes the signs of surface feeding fish are subtle.…

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Hello there, ladies and gentlemen — are you ready to fish? Well, the song actually asks “are you ready to rock” (Cheap Trick, “Hello There,” 1…

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There is nothing more exciting than going to one of the great bass capitals of the world. Lake Guntersville is one of those lakes, and after g…

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As I write this, we’re feeling the effects of a cold front roaring through. The temperature has plummeted from the low 90s to the mid-80s (it …

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Man, I hope you have been out on the water getting in on the great fishing we’ve had lately. The tides have been moving a lot of water, and th…

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As kayak anglers, we need terminal tackle that packs small and will draw strikes from any gamefish we expect to encounter. Jigs work well for …

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Driving a vehicle that has some weight to it — while also towing a boat — can make driving in the mountains an adventure to say the least. Des…

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Key lime pie is a staple in my family. I learned how to make it from my great-grandmother when I was around 7 years old. The only thing that I…

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Halloween is a big event in Punta Gorda’s historic district. Many residents of that old neighborhood go all-out in decorating their yards and …

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How often do you use jigheads? I use them a lot. They’re by far my favorite way to rig a soft plastic lure (as opposed to swimbait hooks, Texa…

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I’m probably alone in this, but I don’t like getting seasick. By admitting this fact, I’m also admitting that I’m prone to seasickness, which …

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Frank W. Hommema, Sr. of Port Charlotte, Florida, passed on Monday, Oct. 21, at the age of 82. Frank was born in Chicago, Illinois, Oct. 19, 1…

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Red tide is once again blooming off the Southwest Florida coast. This current bloom first surfaced in Collier County a few weeks ago, and sinc…

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During your walks in October and November, you may see some bright pinkish flowers that are about 3 feet high and have flower heads several in…

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We’ve always had a contentious relationship with wild predators. Our ancestors on the African plains succeeded in developing suitable defenses…