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On the Water: October’s a great time to fish Southwest Florida waters

October is a refreshing time for anglers around Southwest Florida. After a long hot summer, we will finally see some relief with cooler days and a noticeable drop in humidity. This combination will set off good fishing opportunities as they will be hungry, active and on the move.Now is the time ...

Catch ‘em & Cook ‘em: Whole Fried Flounder

Ingredients:1 (1 to 1 1/2 LB) flounderVegetable oil for frying2 C flour1 tsp kosher salt1 tsp fresh ground black pepper1 recipe Garlic-Apricot Glaze (recipe follows)Ingredients:1. Wash and scale flounder2. Remove head and gut3. Score each side of the fish with a sharp knife in 1-inch diamond ...

On the Water: Fall fishing begins in Southwest Florida

As we exit summer and roll into the first week of fall, anglers should find good fishing for a variety of species inshore and in Gulf waters. Windy days dominated the past week, but we should see great weather heading into the change of seasons.Sea trout, with a few over 20 inches were caught ...

Catch ‘em & Cook ‘em: Creamy Garlic Mussels

Ingredients:4 lb mussels4 T butter2 T olive oil2 cloves garlic peeled and smashed4 sprigs fresh thyme1/2 lemon thinly sliced3/4 C dry white wine1/2 C chicken brothHow to:1. Scrub the mussels with a vegetable brush under running water and discard any with broken shells or that remain open when ...

Beacon of HOPE Wellness Committee: Warning signs of skin cancer

Skin cancers, including basal cell, squamous cell and melanoma, may start as changes to a lesion you have had for a long time or they can be new growths. It is important to recognize the warning signs of skin cancer because if treatment is started early it CAN be cured.Basal cell is the most ...

On the Water: Good fishing around the full moon

There might be fewer anglers on the water in the middle of September that any other time of year. Plus, a steady dose of wind also kept boats at home. With that said, a full moon brought strong tides and those fishermen that ventured out, often found good fishing.Redfish reports were consistent ...

Catch ‘em & Cook ‘em: Scalloped Oysters

Ingredients:1 qt fresh oysters2 1/2 sleeves rectangle buttery crackers crushed1 tsp salt1 C butter melted1 1/2 C Half and Half1 tsp Worcestershire sauce1/2 tsp ground pepperHow to:1. Drain oysters reserving 1/2 cup oyster liquid2. Place cracker crumbs in a large mixing bowl and sprinkle ...

On the Water: It was a great weekend out on the water

After Hurricane Dorian gave us a week or so of unsettled weather and windy days, the weather was beautiful as we headed into the weekend.Schooling redfish were reported on the eastern side of Pine Island Sound, inside the gulf passes and across Charlotte Harbor. Reds are running from 17 to well ...

On the Water: September begins a change of seasons

As we roll into September, the end of summer is in sight as we gradually break away from hot muggy days and transition to the cooler days of autumn. This is great news for anglers fishing around Southwest Florida. Days become less humid with a slight drop in temperature, a welcomed relief after ...

Faith racing

I entered the Hooters Half-Marathon which raises funds for cancer research. The race started and almost immediately I was dead last. It was really embarrassing. Then this guy in front of me sarcastically yelled: "Hey buddy, how does it feel to be last?" Dropping out of the race, I yelled: "Now ...