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On the Water: It was a cool week of fishing in Southwest Florida

It was a cool week on the water, in fact it’s been a while since we’ve seen 80-degree highs. Cooler days made good fishing for some and not so good for others. Sheepshead fishing was hit or miss across the inshore waters. Often a good mess of fish was located one day only to be gone the ...

Dolphin Tales: The Seabrook Island Gang

We don’t often think of dolphins forming gangs, however, researchers off the coast of Charleston County, South Carolina, have been observing an extraordinary group of predatory bottlenose dolphin for years. Researchers call them the Seabrook Island Gang. Interestingly, our local bottlenose ...

Norm’s Tasting Notes: 2017 Columbia Winery Chardonnay

The North Georgia Wine Advisor normwine@bellsouth.net normwine@charter.net 2017 Columbia Winery Chardonnay #03-2021 In the wine country of Washington State north of the Columbia river, there are some good Chardonnay vineyards which produce very approachable wines for nominal sums, compared ...

On the Water: Ups and downs of winter fishing in Southwest Florida

This past week gave us winter fishing in Southwest Florida -- a cold front followed by several sunny days, and another cold front for the weekend. And, of course, some north wind and extreme low tides. Reports of red tide came from our southern areas, including waters around St. James City and ...

Norm’s Tasting Notes: 2018 J Lohr Riverstone Arroyo Secco Chardonnay

The North Georgia Wine Advisor normwine@bellsouth.net normwine@charter.net 2018 J Lohr Riverstone Arroyo Secco Chardonnay #01-2021 About two years ago, I wrote about a Chardonnay which both I, and the Chardonnay Queen were just raving about, the 2016 J Lohr Arroyo Secco from Monterey. ...

On the Water: Fishing the cooler months like January

January is generally our coolest month and our water temperature will be the lowest of the year. Of course, cool fronts only last a day or two, then it’s back to sunny mild days. There should be great opportunities on the water this month.  Our primary inshore targets this month are ...

Norm’s Tasting Notes: 2017 Cakebread Cellars Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon

The North Georgia Wine Advisor normwine@bellsouth.net normwine@charter.net 2017 Cakebread Cellars Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon #01-21 It is always great to visit old friends during the holidays, and even better when it involves great food and wine, especially if its my favorite, "a Slab ...

On the Water: Up and down fishing over the holiday week

The holiday week was a week of low tides, unpredictable fishing, changing weather conditions and a few very cold days. Fishing was all over the place -- good for some and terrible for others. That's often the case with wintertime fishing, but you won't know if you don't try if luck is on your ...

On the Water: It’s looking like it’s time for holiday fishing

As we head into the holiday week, cool fronts continue to drop down. A day or two after a front moves past, the wind settles down allowing for offshore fishing.  Inshore anglers are less affected as anglers often seek protected areas to fish. That’s the routine in winter, a cold front with a ...

Dolphin Tales: Auld Lang Syne

In September 2020, I wrote an article about Fungie, the Dingle Dolphin, who made his home in the harbor of Dingle, Ireland, in 1983. He was a longtime resident of the harbor and delighted people for nearly 40 years by riding in the wakes of tour boats, spinning, jumping, and delighting tourists ...