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On the Water: February: The beginning of the end of the cold season

January 29, 2014 I know our winter in Southwest Florida is no comparison to the colder climates to our nort. more »»

This Month in History: Examining the Matlacha Pass National Wildlife Refuge

January 29, 2014 On Sept. 26, 1908, President Theodore Roosevelt designated three small islands in the Matlacha Pass estuary as a "preserve and breeding ground for native birds. more »»

This Month in History: What role Useppa played in the 'Bay of Pigs' invasion

January 22, 2014 What word comes to mind when you hear the term “Bay of Pigs?" Kennedy? CIA? Cuba? Castro? Useppa? Some background. more »»

Catch ‘em & Cook ‘em: Marinated Country Pork Ribs

January 22, 2014 Ingredients 4 Country Ribs 1/3 Tbsp Cajun seasoning 5 oz zesty Italian dressing 2 oz liquid smoke 1/3 C A-1 Sauce 2 oz Worcestershire sauce How to: 1. Wash ribs and rub with Cajun seasoning. . more »»

On the Water: Cold days force change in fishing tactics

January 22, 2014 Several cold fronts over the week brought some windy days and dropped water temperatures bringing change to fishing tactic. more »»

Catch ‘em & Cook ‘em: Creamy Chicken with Biscuits

January 15, 2014 Ingredients 3/4 Lb carrots (about 4) cut into 1 inch lengths 2 stalks celery – thinly sliced 1 small onion – chopped 1/4 C flour 1 1/2 Lb boneless chicken thighs (about 8) 1/2 tsp poultry seasoning... more »»

On the Water: Fishing up and down like the weather

January 15, 2014 As our first real cold front of the season settled in, the inshore water temperatures fell from the lower to mid-70s down to around 60 degrees, then a few days later the air temperature was back int... more »»

This Month in History: More on the San Carlos Hotel in St. James City

January 15, 2014 Readers may recall my column Dec. 31 about the San Carlos Hotel in St. James City. more »»

This Month in History: How Lee County and other nearby counties were formed, named

January 8, 2014 This weekend I read a book about the history of Southwest Florida during the early 1800s. There were only two counties in Florida back then, but our state was the same size as it is today. more »»

On the Water: Fishing in January

January 8, 2014 January should bring us some of the coldest days of the year in Southwest Florida. Just how cold it gets will determine how and where to fish. more »»

Catch ‘em & Cook ‘em: Mini Corn Dogs with Cranberry Mustard

January 8, 2014 Cranberry Mustard How to: 1. Boil 1 C unsweetened cranberry juice in a small saucepan until reduced to 1/4 cup 2. Mix with 3/4 C Dijon mustard and 6 Tbsp packed light brown sugar Makes 1 cup. more »»

MOTI: Take a stroll through St. James City history with Knox

January 8, 2014 On Sunday, Jan. 19, at 2 p.m., Museum of the Islands historian Tim Knox will lead a group stroll with a visiting socialite who will share her impressions of early St. James City. more »»

This Month in History: The history of the fish hut at Safety Harbor

December 31, 2013 Recently I was asked if I knew the history of the fish hut at the entrance to Safety Harbor. Safety Harbor is on North Captiva Island. more »»

Catch ‘em & Cook ‘em: Mini Beef Wellington

December 31, 2013 Ingredients: 1 Tbsp EVOO (Extra Virgin Olive Oil) 4 to 5 Button Mushrooms – sliced 1/2 tsp finely chopped fresh Rosemary 1/4 tsp freshly ground Black Pepper Sea Salt 1 Large Egg – lightly beaten 1... more »»

On the Water: Cooler weather should give fishing a boost

December 31, 2013 Warm days finally gave way to cooler weather just in time for the Christmas holidays. more »»

Catch ‘em & Cook ‘em: Oven Roasted Prine Rib

December 23, 2013 Ingredients: 1/3 C kosher salt 3 Tbsp dry mustard 4 tsp ground black pepper 1 Tbsp dried minced garlic 1 Tbsp onion powder 2 tsp dried thyme – crushed 2 tsp dried oregano – crushed 2 tsp ground... more »»

This Month in History: The history of tracking Santa on Christmas Eve

December 23, 2013 Have you ever wondered how the U.S. Air Force came about the task of tracking Santa’s journey as he delivers presents to children around the world? It began on Christmas Eve in 1955 when Col. more »»

On the Water: Full moon brings extreme low tides

December 23, 2013 If you enjoy fishing low tides, you were in luck last week, a full moon plus a cool front pushed extreme amounts of water from the bays leaving exposed real estate that you seldom see. more »»

What's the connection between the telegraph office and Pine Island?

December 18, 2013 Readers may have wondered why I wrote an article a couple of weeks ago about the telegraph office at Punta Rassa when this column is about Pine Island histor. more »»

On the Water: Fishing slower than expected through the week

December 18, 2013 Despite a week that predominantly gave us favorable weather, many anglers experienced slower than expected fishing. Less than optimal tides were partially to blame as many days held very slow tides. more »»



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