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So you can’t keep a redfish, snook or trout to eat. That’s the bad news. The good news is that there are lots of other fish you can eat if you’re hankering for fresh fish. One of them is the humble sailcat, which I have eaten and enjoyed.

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OK, now it’s tarpon time. We are almost into the last week of May, and in between the very windy days, the tarpon action has been great for th…

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I’ve slowed down my charters because I can’t go like I used to, but I just did a full week of all-day trips. It was hard on this old man. I di…

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This is a crazy time of year to be on the water. There is just about everything swimming around in the water. Because of that, you have to be …

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Have you ever had the chance to be out fishing for bass and run into them when they are in full-blow eat mode? Well, my wife and I were gettin…

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Mangrove snapper are a very accommodating fish. You can catch them inshore or offshore, from a boat or from the pier. They’re not exactly pick…

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I was at the bait shop talking with a gentleman about fishing for black drum. The guy was getting excited about the prospect as we discussed b…

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Are you ready to celebrate? June 21-28 is Cephalopod Week. So exciting! No, we don’t get to take the week off from work, and it’s not a real h…

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One of the really cool things about living in Florida is that there’s evidence of life long ago all around us. The first fossils I collected w…

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So you can’t keep a redfish, snook or trout to eat. That’s the bad news. The good news is that there are lots of other fish you can eat if you…

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When it comes to bait, we have a lot of options here in Southwest Florida. We have shrimp, pinfish, whitebait and many other varieties of bait…

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I’m sitting at a hotel room desk putting this column together, frustrated because my wife and I are not in our RV. This is the first fishing t…

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Now that the FWC has closed snook, redfish and trout until next May, a lot of anglers are wondering how they’re going to catch supper. While t…

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Last week I wrote about fishing for large sharks in our area, which requires heavy-duty tackle and a lot of patience. Small sharks, on the oth…

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For as far back as I can remember, I’ve always been fascinated with nature. As a kid, I played outside so much that some of my classmates thou…

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It was a beautiful day in the neighborhood. Arising at dark o’clock was easy to do for our trip to Kiwanis Park in Port Charlotte, led by Robe…

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It’s a bit early to be talking about the rainy season, but we have had a few sprinkles in the past couple weeks. These pre-season showers set …

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Do you like herding a gaggle of wet cats and juggling running chainsaws while chewing on a big piece of tin foil? If you said yes, then you ne…

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Knowing how to fish all of the varying techniques used to catch bass is one thing. Understanding when to use these different methods is anothe…

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You don’t have to look far these days to see an angler standing up in a kayak waving a fly rod around. Back in the day, it was considered weir…

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If you ask me, the best part of winter is Florida is the lack of mosquitoes. Yes, the low humidity is nice. I enjoy being able to walk from th…

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Well, it’s tarpon season. Excuse me if I don’t sound amused, but I’m not. I don’t get excited about tarpon until after they leave the Pass. In…

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Recreational fishing is a hobby, a pastime. There are people who use the rod and reel as a way to put food on the table, but for most people (…

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By now, you’ve probably heard about the guy who was bitten by a shark while fishing in Boca Grande Pass. (If you haven’t, go to https://www.yo…

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If you have ever been to Cedar Key, then you probably had a clam dish at one of the restaurants there. Just about all of them offer linguine w…

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Weather, people and fish are all impossible to predict with certainty, but there are seasonal patterns associated with all three of them. Peop…

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Shooting guns for recreational purposes is lot of fun. Of course, safety is always a priority. I hope everyone knows the four rules of safe fi…

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Those of you who listen to Radio WaterLine (7 to 9 a.m. Saturdays on KIX Country 92.9 FM, or anytime at RadioWaterLine.com) are familiar with …

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It’s cownose ray mating season! This is the time of year when I’m frequently asked “What kind of fish is that swimming at the surface with two…

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The calendar says spring, but we all know that once Easter is behind us, it’s summer in Southwest Florida. With the heat we see big fish like …

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What part of fishing is most satisfying? Is it seeking out the fish and tricking them into taking a hook? Is it bending the rod and listening …

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I think the ultimate experience in the fly fishing game is stalking a fish, seeing it, making a good cast, moving the fly properly and then ha…

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About a month ago I was on the verge of building a standalone garage in our backyard to hold the boat and the RV — something simple to keep th…

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Tarpon are starting to show up about now. Really, they have been here for about six weeks, but most people didn’t expect them and haven’t been…

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We mostly fish with soft plastic lures, but there are times when having a couple of dozen live shrimp on board (or shiners and minnows for fre…

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