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On the Water: A slow start with a good ending to the week

A cold front blew through early last week dropping the thermometer, along with gusty north winds and extreme low tides. In typical Florida fashion, we rebounded quick, and boating conditions were perfect over the weekend.  A drop in water temperature boosted the sheepshead bite. Fish up to ...

Dolphin Tales: Springtime in Pelican Bay

If you look at a chart of Pelican Bay, which is on the east side of North Cayo Costa Island, you can see a tiny keyhole on the eastern shore, just south of the state dock. This is where the manatees gather for the warm waters in March and a bit of socializing before the migration to cooler ...

Norm’s Tasting Notes: 2019 Josh Cellars Chardonnay

The North Georgia Wine Advisor normwine@bellsouth.net normwine@charter.net 2019 Josh Cellars Chardonnay #11-2021 When chicken needs to be more than chicken, like on a Saturday Night, just add wine.  Put in a little garlic, butter, bacon and spices with cognac and red wine, and you have ...

A variety of fish caught over the week

Despite a little wind, anglers fared well through the week ahead of a cool front that brought rain and strong winds for the weekend. Offshore reports came early in the week ahead of rough seas that settled in mid-week. Fishing over hard or coral bottom, several boats report limiting on red ...

Norm’s Tasting Notes: 2018 Cabria Katherine’s Vineyard Chardonnay

The North Georgia Wine Advisor normwine@bellsouth.net normwine@charter.net 2018 Cambria Katherine's Vineyard Chardonnay #10-2021 It's always great when good friends bring you a good bottle of wine when they visit. If we do not consume during the visit, we save for the next special meal. ...

On the Water: Beautiful weather to close out the month

Overall, it was a great week on the water with plenty of sunshine and blue skies to close out the month. Bottom fishing was good in gulf waters and the inshore bite was on and off. In the Gulf of Mexico, fishing depths from 80 to 110 feet yielded red grouper, a mixed snapper bag consisting of ...

Dolphin Tales: Bottlenose dolphin and the mangrove coast

Our local resident bottlenose dolphins can be spotted every day of the year along our mangrove coast. They will live their entire lives within a five-mile radius, joining other pods for hunting, socializing and mating. They are perhaps the most familiar and beloved of our marine mammals. Their ...

Norm’s Tasting Notes: 2017 Bogel Old Vine Zinfandel

The North Georgia Wine Advisor normwine@bellsouth.net normwine@charter.net 2017 Bogel Old Vine Zinfandel #09-2021 It was pizza night at our house, and we broke out a Zinfandel to go with our pie. The 2017 Bogel Old Vine Zin might just be a little too good for a mere pizza, but why not ...

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

Between the tides, wind, low water and a drop in temperature heading into the weekend, it was a tough week of fishing for many.   Early through mid-week, fishing was decent inshore for snook, seatrout and redfish. Redfish and snook were caught around islands and oyster bars with wind and ...

Norm’s Tasting Notes: 2017 Marques de Casa Concha Cabernet Sauvignon

The North Georgia Wine Advisor normwine@bellsouth.net normwine@charter.net 2017 Marques de Casa Concha Cabernet Sauvignon #08-2021 In the world of wine, very few wineries have been held in more admiration over the last two centuries than the Concha y Toro Winery in Maipo, Chile. They ...