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Grand Bahama Island is a 90-mile-long strip of low-lying land 56 miles east of Palm Beach and 85 miles northeast of Miami. For fly fishermen, it’s an easy and wonderful bonefish destination. I have spent a lot of time there in the years past.

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We dodged a bullet, but hurricane season is far from over. We should expect to experience some rain and wind events. How do we deal with them?

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I thought maybe I noticed it last week, but I wasn’t really sure. Then this week I was positive: My lawn’s summer growth is slowing.

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We are approaching one of my personal favorite times of the year. The period from the end of September through October might be the best time …

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Last year, federal fisheries regulators raised the king mackerel bag limit from two to three. We were told the reason was the stock was being …

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I’m sure you’ve heard people complaining that Florida has only two seasons: Summer and spring. While there is a little bit of truth to that — …

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Grand Bahama Island is a 90-mile-long strip of low-lying land 56 miles east of Palm Beach and 85 miles northeast of Miami. For fly fishermen, …

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We often talk to anglers convinced they have to find deep water to catch big fish. This belief often leads to buying heavy tackle and expensiv…

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By early September in Florida, humans begin to wilt under the prolonged heat, humidity and rainfall and start thinking about the upcoming fall…

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The dreaded month of September has arrived. Well, it’s dreaded if you’re in a business that’s seasonal, and of course that includes most busin…

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Last weekend, I fished behind my house and saw another fun fish to catch cruising past my dock: A jack crevalle. Jacks are very strong and put…

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If you fish, you probably have favorite spots. And, human nature being what it is, you probably feel some degree of territoriality about those…

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As I’m assembling this week’s magazine, I’m also watching the forecast for Hurricane Dorian. By the time you read this, we’ll both know how th…

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Labor Day weekend is here, and I’m sure a lot of you have plans to spend a good chunk of it on the boat. Not me, buddy. I’m not a fan of big c…

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We don’t see beneath the surface very well, so our view of the underwater world is pretty limited. As a result, we can never really be certain…

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We all know the fishing isn’t as good as it used to be. But how much do we understand about why our fish and fishing have changed? Are we will…

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It’s a fairly common question: What’s the best lure for catching snook, or redfish, or trout, et cetera, et cetera, et cetera? Usually the ans…

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What is the love affair we have with flamingos? These long-legged, coral-hued birds are adored all over the world, even by people who normally…

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This underused launch near the south end of Lemon Bay is one that should be on your list. It offers protection from northeast winds along with…

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If you have been out fishing the Charlotte Harbor area lately, then I’m assuming you have seen some action and caught some fish. Fishing has b…

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For me, a good day of fishing is one that ends with the boat still floating and everyone healthy and relatively happy. But that doesn’t mean I…

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Over this past year, I have found more bass than ever while practicing for tournaments. Outside of one tournament when I was waiting for my ne…

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Over the years, I have written a couple of columns about securing your boat from theft. We’re going to talk about it again because it has hit …

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Well, what did you expect when it rained for two weeks straight? As I write this, the Peace River stands a touch above 14 feet at Arcadia — th…

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“Why are there so many rabbits in my neighborhood?” It’s a question that’s been showing up with increasing frequency over the last couple year…

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Pinfish have got to be one of the top live baits for use in Charlotte Harbor. Part of this is the fact that they’re everywhere: On the grassfl…

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Our country is a pacesetter in many global industries, but we’re not among the world’s leaders in the building of commercial sea-going ships. …

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I was pleased to be able to make the annual Key West trip with my brothers this year. My youngest brother gets a deal and it allows the three …

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In the field of law enforcement or armed security guard service, the legal “duty to train” is well established in case law. The courts have lo…

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The Coreopsis genus includes 45 species of wildflowers in North America. There are 15 species in Florida, 11 of which are considered native. T…

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Being a fishing guide has its ups and downs. Fortunately for me, there have been way more ups than downs during my tenure as a captain. I feel…

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I was on the phone talking to my Grannie about Florida history while writing this column. My family is from Hardee County, and DeSoto before that.

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Did you know there are more than 800 fish species in the world that can purposefully make sounds? Fish make sounds for many reasons, including…

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I have been emphatically reminded lately of the importance of trailer and vehicle maintenance, and I’m not talking about changing your oil. Ge…

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There is nothing more fun than getting those violent strikes that almost rip the rod out of your end. Getting into a bunch of aggressive bass …

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Last week, a joint project of the Coastal Conservation Association, Duke Energy and FWC released 10,000 juvenile redfish in Placida. The fish …

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Most anglers today understand the importance of catch and release. The conservation message has become deeply embedded into our minds, which i…

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I spend a little time in the outdoors, both afoot and afloat. In a handful of decades of mucking around out in nature, I’ve encountered variou…

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To the uninitiated, summer in Florida might be perceived as just a hot, sweaty dash from one air-conditioned space to another. This is an unfo…

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For beginning birders, just identifying what they spot can be challenging enough. But once your eye becomes accustomed to what it sees, silhou…