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For those who love outdoor sports, October is an exciting time of year in Southwest Florida. The weather has broken just a bit, the days aren’t quite so brutally hot and our afternoon rains have stopped being an everyday occurrence. Hunting seasons are opening and fish are on the move as the…

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If I ever found myself with nothing to eat other than canned tuna … well, I guess I would die of starvation. That is the one thing I can’t sta…

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There are few things in the fishing world more exciting than seeing the water erupt around your bait as a huge fish savagely attacks it. If th…

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Well, thanks to Hurricane Michael, we will be seeing our first cold front of the year. What bothers me is that it’s happening while we head ou…

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Do you like picking up trash? Do you like free beer? If you answered yes to at least one of these questions, you need to register for the Coas…

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It did not matter if there was a threat of a hurricane — Venice Area Birding Association’s trip to Celery Fields in Sarasota was a go, with An…

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After a brutally hot summer, it’s finally time for us to cool off here in Southwest Florida. Hurricane Michael blew past last week; we all pra…

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For those who love outdoor sports, October is an exciting time of year in Southwest Florida. The weather has broken just a bit, the days aren’…

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Cyclists who participate in the 9th Annual Tour de North Port, set for Oct. 28 at Imagine School (2757 Sycamore St., North Port), will see a u…

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Q My builder tells me I that I’m required to plant shade trees at my newly build home before the final certificate of occupancy will be issued…

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Talk to Floridians who love nature and the outdoors, and you’ll find a wide variety of opinions on most subjects. While they all appreciate th…

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As Led Zeppelin did a few years ago (47, to be exact), I found myself going to California recently with an aching in my heart. Although the oc…

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Did someone tell you Southwest Florida fishing is dead? Forget what you’re hearing on the news and social media. We have lots of fish in most …

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It’s amazing how different the view is when you’re at eye level with the grasshoppers.

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Don’t look now, but the professional bass fishing world is about to change. As many as 80 anglers have signed up to be part of the new Major L…

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Do you prefer sunrises, or sunsets? Both are special times. Outdoorsmen have long known that the beginning and the end of each day are times o…

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There’s nothing more infuriating than attempting to make a long-awaited cast at a tailing redfish or rolling tarpon (or any fish, for that mat…

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Editor’s note: Doc Robin is on vacation in California and probably under the influence of … well, something. So please enjoy this column she w…

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Southwest Florida anglers have a love-hate relationship with pinfish. On the one hand, when they’re pecking apart the shrimp that we’re soakin…

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I’ll bet it’s been a while since you got some friends and family together, packed up the cooler with some soft drinks, sandwiches and snacks a…

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I’m over the doom and gloom we are bombarded with by many media gossips. We have many water quality issues that need our attention, but we als…

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It’s so easy to get caught in a pattern. You go to the same lake and you fish the same way every time. You throw the same baits at the same sp…

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In recent years, bowfishing has seen a huge increase in popularity around Southwest Florida. While I see lots of anglers showing an interest i…

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We were buzzing along on the trolling motor, running through the backcountry of Turtle Bay. We’d already spotted one school of redfish, but th…

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Stop me if you’ve heard this one before: A frog leaps up and snatches a hummingbird in mid-air. Anyone? While it does evoke an amusing image, …

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Recently I made a dish that I hadn’t made in years. It’s a pasta dish featuring shrimp and bacon, along with tomatoes, herbs, cheese, and of c…

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I am almost afraid to say it for fear of jinxing my lucky streak, but here goes: I have not ever been stung by a stingray. Although I’ve manag…

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I escaped red tide and drove away to attend my 30th annual Florida Outdoor Writers Association conference last week. It was held about 150 mil…

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“We aren’t gonna catch any fish today; they’ve been feeding all night with this full moon.”

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On last Saturday’s Fishin’ Talk Radio show (7 to 9 a.m. on KIX Country 92.9 FM), we spent most of the show answering listener questions. We go…

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Yes, the redfish are here. Yes, the tarpon are here. The sharks are kind of here. Those are the fish that get all the attention this time of y…

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I am often questioned about my affection for bluegill fishing. I know some avid saltwater fishermen who just can’t understand it. They are lik…

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At Peace River Wildlife Center, our primary goal is to treat and release injured native Florida wildlife. Our secondary purpose is education. …

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Productivity in natural systems refers to the amount of biomass produced by living organisms over a given period of time. Estuaries are one of…

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Florida does not have a lot of big lakes with deep water, but every so often you run across a lake that fits this description. And when I do, …

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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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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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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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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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