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Elks Lodge to hit the links for annual golf scramble

Players and sponsors are being sought for the 26 annual Charitable Trust Golf scramble presented by the Greater Pine Island Elks Lodge 2781. This year’s golf scramble takes place Saturday, Nov. 6, at the Alden Pines Golf Course in Bokeelia. “We’ve always made it a priority to serve the ...

Time is running short if you are fishing for tarpon or redfish

(Editor’s note: Capt. Bill Russell was on vacation last week and the “On the Water” column will return next week.) The door is quickly closing, so get on the water soon to catch the tail end of local tarpon fishing and redfish schooling season. Although Southwest Florida has resident ...

On the Water: It was a good week to catch an inshore slam

It was a good week for catching the big three (snook, redfish and seatrout) inshore species. Anglers found good action all week and many report catching all three species for an inshore slam.  Fishing the morning low tides around holes, troughs and natural channels off the flats, then moving ...

Walk to End Alzheimer’s set for Oct. 23

The Alzheimer’s Association is inviting Lee County residents to join the fight to end Alzheimer’s by participating in the Alzheimer’s Association Walk to End Alzheimer’s on Saturday, Oct. 23. Walk to End Alzheimer’s is the world’s largest event to raise funds for Alzheimer’s ...

On the Water: October fishing

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 ...

26th Pine Island Elks Charitable Trust Golf Tournament Nov. 6 at Alden Pines

The 26th Pine Island Elks Charitable Trust Golf Tournament will be held at the Alden Pines Country Club on Saturday, Nov. 6.  All of the sponsor money collected for the tournament will go toward the Charitable Trust that provides funds for youth and youth Activities on Greater Pine ...

On the Water: Good fishing over full moon

Over the past week anglers experienced great weather and full moon tides to welcome the beginning of Fall.   Anglers looking for a sea trout dinner found success throughout Pine Island Sound and the northern end of Matlacha Pass. Over early morning hours trout up to 21 inches were hooked on ...

On the Water: Fall fishing begins across Southwest Florida

As we put summer behind us and head into the first week of fall, anglers will find good fishing opportunities inshore and in gulf waters. Large bait schools are hanging over grass flats throughout Pine Island Sound and Charlotte Harbor. Fishing these areas gives the opportunity to hook ...

On the Water: It was a good week of fishing in local waters

From all accounts, fishing was good across our waters over the past week for a variety of species. Anglers report good times with rod-bending action on redfish schools across the inshore waters. Fish averaging 27-31 inches are roaming the inshore waters throughout Pine Island Sound, Charlotte ...

On the Water: Mixed variety of fish caught in inshore waters

While Southwest Florida was not directly impacted from Hurricane Ida, she churned up Gulf waters off our coast with large swells keeping most anglers inshore and brought unsettled weather over several days. A few schools of redfish were reported between keys on the eastern side of Pine Island ...