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Redfish are not something we usually talk about in February. It is usually rat red season, meaning there are hardly any redfish around of legal size — just babies from 10 to 16 inches, although often there are a lot of them. They form schools and roam around on the flats and in the creeks.

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Last week I was having a discussion with a non-boater about the location of a newly proposed oyster reef construction project in the Harbor. S…

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I had our RV out on the road this past week. For the first time, I put myself and the RV in a situation I never want to be in again. By taking…

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When people ask me where I work, I tell them I work in private homes and on a farm just off Gasparilla Island. I’m usually asked that while we…

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Redfish are not something we usually talk about in February. It is usually rat red season, meaning there are hardly any redfish around of lega…

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We have the ability to help our devastated fish stocks and make a positive impact that could have rebuilt our fish stocks already. The science…

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Love is in the air. With Valentine Day approaching, it is a good time to see some of our avian species that have great love for their mates. H…

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Birds have caught a lot of fish for me. Well, maybe not literally caught them for me — though I do remember once when a two-pound saltwater ca…

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Keeping fish for dinner has become controversial. It wasn’t too many years ago that most anglers planned to put what they caught on the table.…

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When you buy something that is sold to you as new, you expect a certain level of customer service if and when we need it. You hope you never h…

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While we are occasionally blindsided by people who don’t appreciate or understand what we do, we are more often delighted by the people who ge…

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Have you ever been fishing and had just crazy little things go wrong? If you fish enough, you have. I’m not talking about forgetting to put th…

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Recently I have been enjoying some wild game. One of the things I’ve been eating is wild duck. I think of ducks as basically flying petite fil…

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For the last several years, many anglers have expressed concern for the health of area seagrasses — and in many regards, rightly so. When seag…

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What season is this? Is it winter, spring or fall? The weather doesn’t know what it wants to do and it has made the last couple months very st…

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There are radically opposing views regarding some of the challenges we face around our waters. Reality and the best answers are usually discov…

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I love most things about life in Southwest Florida. Really, I smile at the start of almost every day. But there are a few things that don’t ma…

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I would have to guess that I have probably caught more mangrove snapper than any other saltwater fish species. That’s mostly due to my habit o…

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I grew up with black-and-white TV in my youth, but I could always look outside to find bright colors and bizarre shapes. Nature seems to have …

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Have you caught a jack crevalle? If you have, you know what great sportfish they are. They are strong, fast and spirited, and they never give …

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My editor said he’s heard enough about our problems — tell me something good this week! Except for a few cold days, our conditions have been m…

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There are a ton of gadgets in the fishing world. Retailers call them “accessories,” and their manufacturers are forever unveiling new and exci…

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Most shark fishermen will tell you that summer is the time to target these toothy predators. So why would some crazy local guide be writing a …

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When you’re planning a fishing trip, how much attention do you give to moon phase? Most anglers don’t really seem to notice, but those who hav…

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I am not by nature blessed with a lot of patience. But bass fishing has taught me one thing: Being impatient can cause you some heartache and …

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When thinking about kayak angling in Southwest Florida, nearly everyone thinks of salt water. But there may come a day when you feel like an e…

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Did you miss the Radio WaterLine show on Saturday on 92.9 FM? I sure did! I’ve been doing a fishing radio show on Saturday mornings for almost…

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With red tide giving us a much-needed reprieve in Southwest Florida, it’s a good time to think about the future. Red tides have occurred in Fl…

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The seagrasses in most of Lemon Bay and Charlotte Harbor are gone. It’s a problem because most of our gamefish require lush grassflats to hide…

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I am not a professional prognosticator, and I can’t read your palm. But I do believe I have a pretty good sense of which way the wind blows. T…

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Fish and game recipes are great, but it’s hard to make a dessert with tripletail or venison. Since most of us like a bit of something sweet to…

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Lemon Bay Park is a 210-acre site hidden on the back streets of old Englewood, and it is a true gem in the community. Black mangroves, scrubby…

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It’s easy to tell when sheepshead season arrives here in Southwest Florida: Air and water temperatures drop into the 60s and there is increase…

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Coming soon to our Manasota Key beaches: The Gulf of Mexico. Like it or not, if we don’t add more sand periodically, our beachfront homes and …

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Coming soon to our Manasota Key beaches: The Gulf of Mexico. Like it or not, if we don’t add more sand periodically, our beachfront homes and …

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Fish slime is slippery stuff, as can be attested by anyone who’s had a wiggly fish squirt from their grasp. But it turns out that fish slime a…

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One of the comments we at Fishin’ Frank’s hear all the time is, “I’m from Up North and I have no idea how to fish here.” If you resemble that …

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I look for things. It’s what I do. If we go for a walk together, you’ll probably have to slow down or else leave me behind. I can walk faster …