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Local anglers turn out for Holloway Tournament

pleblanc@breezenewspapers.com Ernestine Holloway Squires reports that the 23rd annual Bobby Holloway Jr. Memorial Fishing Tournament held this past weekend was an amazing event. “We had an amazing turn out -- 69 adult boats and 12 youth," said Holloway Squires, an organizer and hostess ...

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 ...

Champion cyclist competing in 2021 Tokyo Paralympics trains on Pine Island

pleblanc@breezenewspapers.com Eight-time World Champion snowbird Shelley Gautier is a Canadian Paralympic medalist in para-cycling who has been racing competitively for 11 years. In the 2016 Rio De Janeiro Paralympics, she won the bronze for Canada. Since the 2020 Olympics have been postponed ...

On the Water: Strong winds disrupt some good fishing

It feels like we are in a pattern where every two weeks a cool front drops down to end the week and gives us strong gusty winds and chilly days for the weekend. This past week was more of the same -- good weather and fishing, followed with unfavorable conditions that kept all but the true ...

On the Water: April brings great weather and excellent fishing

It doesn’t get much better than springtime fishing around the islands and coastal waters of Southwest Florida. The month of April generally brings great weather and fishing for our broadest range of species of the year.  The choice is yours on any given day on what species to target. ...

On the Water: Winter closes with windy fishing conditions

The last week of winter gave us wind day after day and a cool front for the weekend. Conditions were often difficult, but anglers that put in the time caught fish. Spanish mackerel reports were good with fish up to 4 pounds boated. They were hooked in north Matlacha Pass near marker 69, off ...

Islander makes 40-mile kayak trip around Pine Island in one day

pleblanc@breezenewspapers.com When John Connelly turned 60 in 2016, he celebrated with a 1,500-mile, 75-day solo canoe and kayak expedition, encouraged by his wife Nicole and the inspiration for his book, “Dying Out Here Is Not An Option.” No stranger to the open waters, he owned his ...

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 ...

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 ...

Islanders have experience with large sawfish

Special to The Eagle My girlfriend Courtney Westmiller and I walk out to the Matlacha pier to watch the sunrise every morning. One recent morning we were running a bit behind, but being a little late is what led us to be part of such a great experience. An older gentleman was fishing and ...