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We stink. Literally. Especially when your sense of smell is as highly attuned as a fish’s. Fish have very powerful and sensitive scent-detecti…

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Nothing is more frustrating than seeing bass break on bait but not be able to catch any of them. To know that the bass are there but I can’t m…

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I went fishing this morning. Well, not this morning for you, since you’re probably reading this on a Thursday. I went fishing this morning for…

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I know by the time you read this, the 17th anniversary of this event will be nine days behind us, but as I start this column it’s on all of ou…

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Peace River Wildlife Center is no different than any other wildlife rehabilitation facility in the country. On any given day, we see both the …

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Can you believe that summer is finally over? All right, it’s not officially over until Saturday, but who’s counting the days? That would be me…

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I’ve been writing weekly outdoors columns for the Sun newspapers since the mid 1980s. Sometimes the columns ran in the main newspaper, sometim…

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Let’s take a stroll down memory lane, when daytime dramas were king and Peace River Wildlife Center was a nascent group of plucky kids with a …

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After my wife and I finished up our cruise to the Bahamas last Friday, I had a chance to go out to do a little practice fishing on Lake Toho, …

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We all have our bad habits. I know what mine are, and if you’re being honest with yourself, you probably have a pretty good handle on yours. S…

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The water is looking better every day. I can’t say our red tide is over, but I can report that as I put this together, we are clear for now. I…

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What’s a snook worth? Is it worth the $10 stamp to harvest them during season, or is that too pricey? Calls for hatchery programs have intensi…

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As this is written, red tide is gone and our waters are clean everywhere, not just Charlotte Harbor, so that’s a good thing. Tarpon are on the…

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Growing up in Zolfo Springs, I ate my share of deep fried gator tail. It’s good stuff, and I still enjoy it with some Everglades-seasoned cock…

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In case you’ve been in a cave for the past week and haven’t heard, snook and redfish are closed along the Southwest Florida coast. The executi…

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There is not much good that can be said about this year’s red tide bloom, which has dragged on and on and on and has popped up at various time…

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Labor Day has passed and now summer is over. Tell that to the thermometers in Southwest Florida that refuse to budge below the high 90s during…

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As a follow up to my last column, we were able to make our California trip and land among the dwindling (but still smoldering) fires. Thanks t…

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Let’s look for bright spots as we pass Labor Day and head toward fall. It’s been a year since Irma shut everything down around here. We were l…

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WaterLine photo by Capt. Josh Olive

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New baits can definitely inject some life into a soft bait company’s product line. It always comes at a risk, though, because no is sure how t…

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As a longtime employee of a local bait and tackle shop, I know all to well that picking out that new rod for your fishing adventures can be qu…

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Those of you who are regular readers of Greg Bartz’s bass fishing columns have noticed that from time to time, he complains about aquatic weed…

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OK, so the headline is a little misleading. If you’re the type who gives up easily, maybe fishing isn’t really your thing. We’re really talkin…

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Right now, lobsters are the cheapest I’ve since in years. I think it’s because we aren’t selling them to China due to the tariff war, so the m…

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“Hey Ralphie Boy, hurry it up back there. You’re cutting into my beer-drinking time, eh.” That’s what I heard as I sherpa-schlepped a refriger…

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Four weeks made a huge difference in the terrain of our bird survey at Wildflower Preserve. Wildflower is going to be one of this area’s most …

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It’s hard to guess what tomorrow brings, much less next week. A bright future is not promised — we have had big problems and lost lots of valu…

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This time of year can lead to challenging fishing in the Harbor. We’ve had a ton of rain so our salinity is down. That rain has also made the …

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Fishing is just like any other sport: The more you practice, the better and more knowledgeable you become. Practice does not make you perfect,…

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Do you ever dream about winning a big lottery? Not just any lottery, but one of those big six-figure deals. About how life might change if mon…

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Red tide and blooms blue-green algae are two nasty problems that have the same root cause: An excessive amount of nutrients in the water. Thos…

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Even with this red tide mess, still have fishing opportunities most of the time. We also have problems that won’t be addressed if we don’t kee…

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Fishing is a privilege, not a right. How many people have lost fishing spots from land because “No trespassing” signs got posted in their spot…

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Soon I will be climbing aboard a jet plane in order to fly a few time zones into the past. No, I’m not expecting Marty McFly to be there, nor …

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Peace River Wildlife Center’s main mission is to treat and release injured native Florida wildlife. Over the past decade, we have admitted app…

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The last club tournament that we fished, my wife Missy and I were fortunate enough to win. Anchored by a 9.08-pound largemouth, we secured fir…

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It was about 5 o’clock and I was cleaning up the shop to close. I got a call from my father, who was on his way in from fishing offshore with …

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It seems like it been forever already with this problem with our waters. I hope the minds much brighter than mine will find a solution so folk…

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To be fair, I don’t do a lot of live bait fishing. My wife and I mainly fish tournaments, and we aren’t allowed to fish with shiners in compet…

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With a little bit of red tide still on the Boca Grande beaches and the water temperature reaching 94.3 this week, conditions have been tough —…

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A few weeks ago I thought I was seeing it, but I wasn’t sure. Now I am certain: The grass in my yard is not growing quite as fast as it was. A…

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Peace River Wildlife Center’s adorable patient of the week goes to a northern parula. Brought to us by an astute couple who noticed him at the…

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I was blessed by my youngest brother and his boss with a week in Key West. Florida lobster season opened on Aug. 6, and we were able to snorke…

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