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

Strong winds for the better part of the week often made fishing difficult inshore and near impossible offshore. With that said, anglers found success for a variety of fish. Spanish mackerel were caught from the Matlacha Drawbridge and in Matlacha Pass north of marker 72. Also, mackerel were ...

Dolphin Tales: Flipper, faster than lightning

Most of us remember our beloved Flipper and the song of the same name. The television series ran from 1964 to 1967. There were actually five dolphins that portrayed Flipper. Richard “Ric” O’Barry captured and trained the five dolphin who resided in the Miami Seaquarium. All five dolphin ...

Norm’s Tasting Notes: 2016 Rodney Strong Knights Valley Cabernet Sauvignon

The North Georgia Wine Advisor normwine@bellsouth.net normwine@charter.net 2016 Rodney Strong Knights Valley Cabernet Sauvignon #44-2020 Some years back, the Chardonnay Queen and I were visiting wineries in both Sonoma and Napa California. We spent the night in Healdsberg after a day of ...

On the Water: It was another good week of fishing

Much of the week brought perfect fishing conditions with blue skies, lite winds and lower humidity. Winds ramped up over the weekend regulating anglers to fishing inshore and just off the beaches.   Despite a few windy days and bumpy conditions, anglers fishing offshore scored with grouper, ...

Norm’s Tasting Notes: 2017 14 Hands Stampede Red Blend

The North Georgia Wine Advisor normwine@bellsouth.net normwine@charter.net 2017 14 Hands Stampede Red Blend #43-2020 The 14 Hands Stampede is a pretty good choice for a value priced red blend which is easy to drink, and pairs well with a variety of foods. This blend is predominately Syrah ...

On the Water: Enjoying warm weather and good fishing

Warm weather continued over the week making for summer like fishing conditions. Anglers fishing the inshore waters enjoyed a good week for a variety of fish. Redfish numbers were good over the week with fish averaging in size from 20-31 inches. Fishing the morning high water through the ...

Dolphin Tales: Killer whales harvest shark livers

Did you know that the killer whale is an oceanic dolphin? Our Atlantic bottlenose dolphin (which are in our local waters) can be up to 12 feet in length while the killer whale, or orca, can reach up to 25 feet in length. The orca have a voracious appetite for shark’s liver, particularly that ...

Norm’s Tasting Notes: 2018 Coppola Director’s Cut Cabernet Sauvignon

The North Georgia Wine Advisor normwine@bellsouth.net normwine@charter.net 2018 Coppola Director's Cut Cabernet Sauvignon #42-2020 We had the pleasure to visit old friends at their place on the beach last week. While there we celebrated a gorgeous sunset with a bottle of Francis Ford ...

On the Water: Fish will be on the move in October

October is a refreshing month for anglers in Southwest Florida. After a long, hot summer, we finally get relief with cooler days and lower humidity. That combination can get your blood pumping and energy up for some good fishing. And good fishing we come to expect this month as fish are active, ...

On the Water: Good fishing with favorable weather and tides

It was another beautiful week on the water that started with cooler temperatures and breezy days. As the week concluded, flat seas returned as well as hot days. After a great summer snapper season across our inshore waters, they appear to be thinning out as they make their way offshore as the ...