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Many of the invasive species that cause mass destruction to our wildlife started out in the pet trade. Burmese pythons, tegus and monitor lizards, lionfish, monk parakeets — all of them came here not as food or hitchhikers on agricultural products but simply to fill a desire for the exotic t…

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There we were, having a nice warm Florida fall, when suddenly a cold front came into Southwest Florida, shifting the balmy 80-degree weather i…

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For as much as we talk about flats fishing here, a newbie might assume that every boat on Charlotte Harbor can drive through 6 inches of water…

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As the water temperature declines and gets to a point that moves those bass out of shallow water, do you have a plan to seek out and find them…

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Christmas is just around the corner, so you may be shopping for gifts for that angler on your list. There are all kinds of choices — but not a…

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Christmas is just around the corner, so you may be shopping for gifts for that angler on your list. There are all kinds of choices — but not a…

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Just a few years ago, Peace River Wildlife Center was floundering. We had a dwindling board of directors and frighteningly little money in the…

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All of us are trying to figure out how water conditions — red tide, low tides, weather, winds, etc. — can help or hurt our fishing fun. We can…

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OK, kids — storytime! Today, I’m going to tell you a cautionary tale in which I will serve as the horrible example, and I will describe for yo…

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I’m constantly learning new things. Sometimes things I’ve already learned fall out of my leaky brain and I get to learn them again. I’m sure y…

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I’m constantly learning new things. Sometimes things I’ve already learned fall out of my leaky brain and I get to learn them again. I’m sure y…

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‘There ain’t nothing to this. Just haul back on that trigger and it goes bang.”

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Editor’s note: This is a guest column from someone who wants to remain anonymous and allegedly actually tried this. ^pI had this idea that I c…

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Thanksgiving and Black Friday are behind us and we’re now on the downhill slide to Christmas. If you are reading this column the day it comes …

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An adult gopher tortoise forages in a DeSoto County cow pasture. Tortoises often share their burrows with snakes, so be cautious in watching f…

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Something amazing is happening in Rotonda West: A former golf course is being changed into Broadmoor Park.

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For the past four years, I’ve been fishing my backyard dock around 8 a.m. just about every morning. This is my way of starting my day. It’s pe…

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Sheepshead are tough fish to catch. The average angler probably feeds 20 for every one he hooks, so don’t get frustrated if you’re having a ha…

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Editor’s note: The good doctor has been so tied up with other obligations she’s had no time to write a new column for this week. Therefore, we…

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There are some fish which just don’t get much respect. For example, in Southwest Florida’s coastal waters, there are few fish that are as shun…

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Ever notice how some anglers consistently outfish others? How do you suppose they do it? Is it luck? Instinct? Skill? Or something else entire…

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With snook and redfish closed, anglers looking to bring home a fresh Charlotte Harbor fish dinner have had fewer options. While there are seve…

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Recently I sold my bass boat and agreed to meet the guy who bought it in Pensacola. I decided I’d tow the boat with the RV. Since I couldn’t l…

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With winter coming up quickly, this is my favorite time to fish for the entire year. Something magical is happening in the water right now. Th…

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Many of the invasive species that cause mass destruction to our wildlife started out in the pet trade. Burmese pythons, tegus and monitor liza…

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I know a lot of people get very excited about Black Friday shopping. If you’re one of them, that’s fine. But I am not, and I’m not the only on…

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Over the years, I’ve noticed a marked increase in the number of ladies wanting to be trained in the shooting sports. Now I’m up to about 60 pe…

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This is a great time of year to get out and fish, but it’s an even better time of year to get out and look for new areas to fish. It’s not 1,0…

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As the snowbirds start to stream down south for the winter, so do the snow birds. Here at Peace River Wildlife Center, we have noticed an incr…

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The name Red Bug Slough is enticing enough to make one want to explore this refuge and see the red bugs. Our very first visit many years ago w…

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It’s Thanksgiving and time to remember and be thankful for our heritage. I had a meeting last week in the old fishing village of Cortez. This …

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CLEARWATER, Fla. (AP) — A Florida animal rights activist was found guilty of misdemeanor theft and fined $500 for throwing a fisherman’s tilap…

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Thanksgiving weekend in Southwest Florida is sort of like a preview — a miniature version of our soon-to-arrive winter busy season. By Thanksg…

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For those who are interested in nature study, it’s intriguing to consider what areas are the “hottest” in terms of biodiversity. You might thi…

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After a couple weeks of reprieve, red tide is back in Southwest Florida. In case there’s any doubt, this is the same red tide bloom that’s bee…

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Got a boat for sale? Have we got a deal for you. We’ll help you sell it, and it won’t cost you anything. Zero. Zip. Zilch. Nada. Gratis.

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I was first introduced to stone crabs as a waiter years ago in Key West. I thought they were pretty tasty, and I also didn’t mind the high pri…

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I was lucky to have an opportunity to fish with Capt. Zack Lewis, an old friend’s son who is now guiding from the Blackwater Bar and Grill on …

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I have had interesting debates about whether hurricanes or tornadoes are worse. I spent my early youth living in tornado alley in the Midwest …

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When you pull up to lake you’re not 100 percent familiar with, how on earth is it possible to identify water where the bass may be biting? Thi…

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Spring forward, fall back. “To change, or not to change; that is the question: Whether ‘tis nobler…” Let’s not get into that argument now. But…

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The medical staff at Peace River Wildlife Center does amazing things on a daily basis. But the extent of the injuries we see and the number of…

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Do you have a dog? If you answered yes, I like you 10 percent better than I otherwise would. I can’t imagine life without at least one dog. My…

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The anglers on my boat are always looking around at all the beauty of the area I have them fishing in. They’re constantly telling me how magni…

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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…

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With water temperatures dropping down to 75 degrees and stone crab traps getting put out in the Gulf, it’s almost time for some fun tripletail…

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