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What’s the best tide to fish? Some folks say that high tide is the right time to go. Others prefer an incoming or outgoing tide. Truth is, the…

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While giving the RV its regular cleaning after last using it, I found myself paying more attention to what and how I was cleaning than ever be…

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Most of WaterLine’s readers are not indoorsy types. We like to be on the water or in the field. It’s where we feel most at home — where we fee…

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Kayak anglers like us can only take so much “hunker down.” Although we encourage everyone to avoid public places and groups of people altogeth…

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It was another beautiful day in sunny Florida when a small group of Venice Area Bird Association members took off for the Celery Fields in Sar…

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The beginning of April usually means the start of baseball season. Not this year. We have no sports being played right now. Sports Center has …

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When you've decided to harvest a fish for food, it makes good sense to kill it quickly. Humanitarian concerns aside, fish that die lingering d…

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So you want to learn the flats. That’s a good thing! I’m assuming you’d like to learn from your boat, but you may want to be ready to transiti…

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How do I cast net bait? What is the best net to buy? Where do I go to find bait? These are questions people ask me all the time — and they are…

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If you conduct a poll of local fishermen, you'll find that the overwhelming majority focus most or all of their attention on saltwater species…

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Fair warning: This column is going to be boring to some of you. I know, I know — you’d rather read about how to catch the big ones. But going …

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There are two components to good casting: Distance and accuracy. If you have neither, you have a problem. If you have one but not the other, y…

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Did you know that there are venomous fish in Florida waters? Every year, we hear about local anglers getting tagged by stingrays and catfish, …

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This past week I have been doing a little bass fishing and I feel like I have a bit of bass fever. I’m finding myself trying to fit it a few f…

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I’ve had enough of watching everybody freak out. I’ve had enough of talking heads on TV, telling us that the world is crumbling around us. I’v…

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If you take a look through the freezers at your friendly neighborhood bait shop, you’ll find an assortment of options. Of course there are shr…

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An old fishermen’s saying explains why the fishing at a particular spot can be great one day but then be lousy the next day in that very same …

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At the time we bought our RV, we believed we would get some real use out of it. Now I can’t imagine how I would survive without having the RV …

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April 15 is right around the corner, so it’s time to get your house in order if you want to keep it. If you delay too long, they will take it …

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As I’m writing this, the air temperature is 61 degrees. That’s a little chilly for Florida, but overall our winter has been a mild one. Water …

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There are a lot of fish in the waters of Southwest Florida. Hundreds of species live here. They come in countless shapes, sizes and colors, an…

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In late February and early March, cobia start making a showing in Southwest Florida. These fish are often spotted by anglers seeking trout and…

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This has been one of the wackiest springs I have ever seen — and it’s not even officially spring until March 19. But when the bass take to the…

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{span style=”font-family: ‘Times New Roman’, serif;”}If you’re looking for a place with hungry fish and easy access that’s protected from high…

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Florida is the only state in the United States that hosts snail kites, although they are also found in South and Central America. The snail ki…

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Margaret Dunson has led a trip to Myakka State Park every year for the Venice Area Birding Association. It’s always a popular trip to one of m…

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I really am thankful that my editor asked me to start writing articles about owning and using an RV. As much as my wife and I have gotten into…

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By now, we’ve had a couple of weeks to absorb the news that the FWC has decided to extend the closures on snook, redfish and trout until May 3…

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“So, I just moved here from Ohio and I’ve never fished in salt water.” This phrase, or some variation of it, is heard over and over in local t…

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My four grandkids (ages ranging from 9 to 17) are going to be here soon for one of our nonstop action-packed weeks. Stone Crab and or Rays bas…

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Dolphins are fascinating animals. They are beautiful and entertaining to watch as they hunt and play in the waters of Southwest Florida. Knowi…

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I learned a valuable lesson in my first professional fishing tournament on the FLW Costa Series circuit: Before you worry about getting the ba…

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It marked a milestone in my life when Dad gave me his treasured little black book. Actually, his book had a blue cover, but it was his little …

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I recently attended a birding field trip to the Merritt Island area expertly organized by Abbie Banks and guided by Deb Johnson. The so-called…

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One of the challenges of the bait shop business is getting live bait. Trust me, it’s no fun to get dirty looks and have folks yell at you all …

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Kayak enthusiasts in Southwest Florida are blessed with a plethora of water and shoreline to paddle and fish. Unlike boating anglers, we do no…

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With our big three species (redfish, snook and trout) closed for another year, some folks are reluctant to go fishing if they can’t bring home…

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Last week I was having a discussion with a non-boater about the location of a newly proposed oyster reef construction project in the Harbor. S…