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On the Water: Stone cold front stalls fishing in the area

January 11, 2017 Fishing was good ahead of the cold front that brought strong winds heading into the weekend, especially offshore fishing. more »»

Catch ‘em & Cook ‘em: Shrimp with Bacon

January 11, 2017 Shrimp with Bacon Ingredients: 1/2 Tbsp sour cream 1/2 Tbsp mayonnaise Juice from one lime 1/2 tsp chopped green onion 1/2 tsp ground black pepper 1/2 tsp salt 1/2 tsp crushed red pepper 7 large... more »»

Local Knowledge: Cape-lacha? Islanders say no way!

January 11, 2017 In my last Local Knowledge column, (10-26-16 Eagle), I wrote about how Matlacha came to be — built on the fill that was dug out of Matlacha Pass when the county commission decided to put in a swing... more »»

Catch ‘em & Cook ‘em: Scalloped Oysters

January 4, 2017 Ingredients: 1 qt fresh oysters 2 1/2 sleeves rectangle buttery crackers – crushed 1 tsp salt 1 C butter – melted 1 1/2 C Half and Half 1 tsp Worcestershire sauce 1/2 tsp ground pepper How to: 1. more »»

On the Water: Like the weather, fishing can change often in January

January 4, 2017 January will bring us some of the coldest days of the year on the water in Southwest Florida. more »»

On the Water: More warm days of fishing coming

December 28, 2016 Santa Claus brought us blue skies and warm weather for much of the holiday week, perfect for fishing and spending time on the water. more »»

Catch ‘em & Cook ‘em: Mini Beef Wellington

December 28, 2016 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: Make time for some holiday fishing

December 21, 2016 You have to love fishing and boating the waters of Southwest Florida in December, heading into Christmas and our daytime highs are well above 80 degrees. more »»

Catch ‘em & Cook ‘em: Holiday Redfish

December 21, 2016 Ingredients: 2 Lbs redfish fillets 1 1/4 tsp salt – divided Black pepper 1 (10 ½ oz) can Cream of Shrimp soup 3/4 C sour cream Dash nutmeg 1 1/2 C cooked rice 1/2 C slivered almonds – toasted 1/4 C... more »»

Jesus: What's in a name?

December 21, 2016 Many years ago, Erma Bom-beck wrote a funny but penetrating piece about Christmas. I’ll try to quote her as best as I can. Most of us have never seen anyone smile in the Post Office. more »»

Catch ‘em & Cook ‘em: Creamy Garlic Mussels

December 14, 2016 Ingredients: 4 lb mussels 4 T butter 2 T olive oil 2 cloves garlic – peeled and smashed 4 sprigs fresh thyme 1/2 Lemon – thinly sliced 3/4 C dry white wine 1/2 C chicken broth How to: 1. more »»

On the Water: Fishing’s been good for some anglers

December 14, 2016 While fishing has been difficult around Charlotte Harbor, the northern end of Pine Island Sound, and areas of Matlacha Pass, reports of good fishing came from the southern half of the sound, around... more »»

On the Water: December fishing brings some changes

December 7, 2016 As the inshore waters continue to cool this month, baitfish begin to vacate our waters and shrimp become the primary diet for most fish. more »»

Catch ‘em & Cook ‘em: Whole Fried Flounder

December 7, 2016 Ingredients: 1 (1 to 1 1/2 LB) flounder Vegetable oil for frying 2 C flour 1 tsp kosher salt 1 tsp fresh ground black pepper 1 recipe garlic-apricot glaze (recipe follows) How to: 1. more »»

Museum of the Islands: Runboats: workhorses for the islands

December 7, 2016 Runboats were used from around the 1890s through the 1950s throughout Charlotte Harbor and Pine Island Sound. more »»

On the Water: Red tide still lingering in Southwest Florida waters

November 30, 2016 Over the past week, red tide again played a factor in fishing as anglers continued to express concerns over dead fish, an itchy throat and a slow bite. more »»

Catch ‘em & Cook ‘em: Grandma's Buttermilk Pot Roast

November 30, 2016 Ingredients: 1 Tbsp flour 1 Tbsp dry mustard 1 1/2 tsp salt 1/4 tsp pepper 1 (3 to 4 lb) roast 1 Tbsp vegetable oil 1 Beef flavored bullion cube 1/3 C hot water 1 1/2 C buttermilk – divided 6 medium... more »»

MOTI: Patricio Island, one of the lesser known isles in North Pine Island Sound

November 30, 2016 Not many people hear about Patricio Island. It is about 2 miles southwest of Bokeelia in North Pine Island Sound. On maps it is shaped like an upside down “J. more »»

On the Water: It was a slow week out on the water

November 23, 2016 While I spent the past week out of town and off the water, it appeared I returned to find a slow bite and areas of red tide. more »»

Catch ‘em & Cook ‘em: Giblet Gravy

November 23, 2016 (Editor's note: The following recipe is an addition to the Roast Turkey & Dressing recipe featured in last week's (11-16) Pine Island Eagl. more »»



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