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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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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…

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One of the most fun things in fishing is watching a big fish blow up on a topwater lure. It’s an incredible sight. When they’re really getting…

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Everybody always wants to learn fishing secrets. I’ve stockpiled a few in my time, and I’ve got some I’ll be happy to share.

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We’re fortunate to have a large number of fish species in the waters of Southwest Florida. It’s hard to know exactly how many varieties live i…

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All systems were go as we took off from our designated meeting site. Our new good friend Mike joined us for a day of birding Lake Ackerman, Pa…

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A few months back, Charlotte County Sea Grant agent Betty Staugler asked me to preview and critique an online class. The class was going to be…

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My wife and I have been on some kind of a roll lately when it comes to catching quality bass. For whatever reason, the last 15 months have bee…

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In the Sept. 26 edition of WaterLine, I wrote about possibly making a trip north to Georgia soon to see the grandkids and possibly do a little…

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It seems like the fishing is on fire right now. How many times have you heard us say that October is the best month for fishing in Southwest F…

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Back in 2008, we discovered a treasure of pristine water just minutes from North Port to explore and fish in our kayaks. It was undiscovered b…

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Do you have treefrogs at your house? Almost all of us do, especially if you have garage or porch lights that stay on all night. Go out and tak…

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Between the magazine, Radio WaterLine, speaking at seminars, and my side gig as the Fish Coach, I spend a lot of time on angler education. Ove…

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Here’s a little-known fishing tidbit: The FWC stocked 27,000 sunshine bass in the canals of Gulf Cove in May 2019. Sunshine bass look like str…

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Autumn is here in sunny Florida. We do not get to see the fall changes in leaves that delight many northerners with the burst of yellow, brick…

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We visited the East Coast this year for our annual Florida Outdoor Writers Association conference. I signed up for the last seat on an airboat…

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For the first time since we have gotten into the RV way of life, we are heading out of state with the RV. We have decided on Lake Guntersville…

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Last week I went to a local supermarket not knowing I wanted to cook for dinner. I grabbed a cart and went on my usual route through the marke…

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I am truly lucky — I live on a saltwater canal. With 190 miles of saltwater canals in Charlotte County, so do a lot of others. But most of tho…

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I’m starting to get excited. It’s almost that time of year for the return of those notorious bait-stealing fish we call sheepshead. I know it’…

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I’m sure you have noticed I haven’t been excited about fishing recently. The last few years haven’t been inspirational for me around here with…