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On the Water: It was a windy start to the month

Like much of April, the first week of May continued with more windy days and a mild late season cool front. Overall, the days were nice, with the exception of the wind and slow tides that hampered anglers. Tarpon are around in good numbers as many anglers report hook-ups. On the windy days, ...

Norm’s Tasting Notes: 2018 Edna Valley Sauvignon Blanc

The North Georgia Wine Advisor normwine@bellsouth.net normwine@charter.net 2018 Edna Valley Sauvignon Blanc #19-2021 The Edna Valley is pretty much in the middle of California, about five miles inland from the coast, where the days are warm and the nights are cool. Its a good place to ...

On the Water: May brings great weather and great fishing

The month of May kicks off our slow season as neighbors and visitors head north for the summer. While tourist season may be slowing down with less boats on the water, fishing may be at its peak. This is the height of tarpon season and likely the best time to hook into a "Silver King." They ...

On the Water: Inshore fishing constant despite weather

First rain, then came the wind, that is how the week played out on the water. Early in the week, several days of thunderstorms brought us much needed rain, then blue skies returned with windy conditions. Offshore, there wasn’t much to report due to conditions, but inshore, anglers hooked into ...

Dolphin Tales: What do dolphins and bats have in common?

The nooks and crannies underneath the Matlacha Bridge are home to approximately 2,000 Brazilian free-tailed bats. Just one bat can consume up to 3,000 insects in a single night. They provide a very effective form of natural insect control. Dolphins and bats use echolocation to locate objects ...

Norm’s Tasting Notes: 2017 Obsidian Ridge Cabernet Sauvignon

The North Georgia Wine Advisor normwine@bellsouth.net normwine@charter.net 2017 Obsidian Ridge Cabernet Sauvignon #17-2021 We had a great steak dinner the other night featuring a two inch thick New York Strip from our local meat market (The best in the Southeast), and a bottle of Obsidian ...

On the Water: It was a good week of fishing

Overall, it was a good week -- a fishy week on the water. A little windy at times, but no complaints from the inshore guys, and offshore reports were good as well. Good numbers of big Spanish mackerel came from inshore, around the gulf passes, and nearshore reefs. Inshore, anglers fishing of ...

Norm’s Tasting Notes: 2016 Sterling Vineyards Napa Valley Chardonnay

The North Georgia Wine Advisor normwine@bellsouth.net normwine@charter.net 2016 Sterling Vineyards Napa Valley Chardonnay #16-2021 Last Friday night was rainy and windy, and perfect for Homemade Seafood Chowder, warm French Bread, an avocado and tomato salad, and, a bottle of 2016 ...

On the Water: Another week of up and down weather

It would be great to have one solid week that we could talk about fishing without weather concerns. Once again over the past week, conditions were good early to mid-week, then winds ramped up for the weekend with much needed rain and thunderstorms Sunday. April generally brings us relatively ...