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On the Water: Warmer days should give fishing a boost

Mild days and bright blue skies returned to Southwest Florida. The holiday weekend was crowded on the water with a large number of boats and fishermen enjoying sunny warm days and just great weather.The sheepshead bite was good inshore and offshore as they are at the peak of their spawning ...

On the Water: An up and down week on the water

Other than a couple foggy mornings and afternoons, the weather was decent all week. Up to the weekend light winds allowed boats big and small to venture offshore into Gulf waters. As far as fishing, the bite was up and down, and changed from day to day.The sea trout bite wasn't great, in fact ...

On the Water: Looking for some warmer days ahead

The week started out cold on the water but heading into the weekend Florida weather returned with temperatures reaching into the 80s. Brisk winds early in the week gave way to a slight breeze that resulted in excellent conditions for offshore fishing over the weekend.From reports I received and ...

Little League sign-ups this Thursday and Saturday

Pine Island Little League will be holding sign-ups for its Spring Season in the upcoming weeks. All sign-ups will be held at the Little League concession stand behind the fire station at the Center.Sign-up dates are:- Jan. 31 5-7 p.m.- Feb. 2 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.Practices will begin the week of ...

On the Water: Looking ahead to fishing in February

This past week brought Southwest Florida cold, wind and plenty of rain - not the best fishing conditions, that's for sure. With a new month at our doorstep, let's look ahead at the possibilities.Inshore, look for sea trout fishing to get better as the month progresses, plus we will see a ...

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

It was a cool week on the water with a mixture of calm and windy days. Offshore fishing was good if the weather allowed and inshore was good at times and slow at others.Inshore and nearshore, sheepshead are the main target with fish up to 8 pounds recorded. As we mention often, they don't mind ...

On the Water: Fishing is good inshore and offshore

For boats running offshore, the past week held several perfect days with calm seas mixed with days of bumpy water. Fishing was good every day, some days were just more comfortable than others. The snapper bite was great over depths 60 feet and deeper, with boats limiting out on above average ...

On the Water: Great weather kicks off new year

Southwest Florida welcomed the New Year with great weather for fishing, boating and other outdoor activities.Favorable conditions allowed anglers to fish Gulf waters from near shore to a good distance off. Reports were good, with impressive catches coming from 80 to 120-foot depths. Big ...

On the Water: January fishing — many opportunities await

Happy New Year and I hope you are ready for Southwest Florida winter fishing. 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 plenty of great ...

On the Water: Sheepshead often the best bite going

Fishing was good, and weather cooperated the first half of the week, however as I am writing this column, a front is pushing through from the Gulf of Mexico bringing thunderstorms, rain and heavy winds ahead of the weekend.As with the past several weeks, sheepshead were often the best bite ...