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On the Water: A week of extreme low tides on the water

Well, that was an interesting week on the waters of Southwest Florida. To say we had some windy days would be an understatement as strong winds and even higher gusts kept many anglers off the water. It was all centered around a cold front that triggered the wind, dumped some rain, then coupled ...

On the Water: Sheepshead more active when the temperature cools

This is peak season for the one fish around Pine Island and Southwest Florida that thrives during the cooler winter months -- the sheepshead (Archosaurs probatocephalus). Sheepshead are easily identified by their broad body with telltale black vertical stripes that many have renamed the convict ...

On the Water: Fishing up and down like the weather

Like the weather, fishing was all over the place over the past week. We experienced beautiful sunny days with light winds as well as our coldest days in a couple years with strong gusts. Good fishing reports came from offshore in Gulf waters as conditions allowed, and inshore, the drop in ...

Low water can test your fishing and boating skills

(Editor's note: Capt.Bill Russell's On the Water column will return next week.)Slow moving, low water, negative tide days can test your skills and patience as shallow saltwater fish seem to sometimes disappear. Add long cold nights to the mix and soon temperature sensitive, sub-tropicals like ...

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

Strong winds hampered fishing efforts over the past week making offshore trips nearly impossible. With a full moon to go and strong east winds, we witnessed some of our lowest tides of the year in Southwest Florida. Although conditions were tough, fish were caught around the inshore ...

On the Water: 2020 off to a windy start in Southwest Florida

We opened the new year in Southwest Florida with steady winds over most days. Inshore anglers fared well despite conditions, however conditions offshore in gulf waters were not as accommodating.Anglers fishing Pine Island Sound and Matlacha Pass report a steady bite with a variety of fish. Just ...

January fishing in Southwest Florida

January will deliver some of the coldest days of the year on the water around Pine Island and Southwest Florida. Just how cold often determines how and where to fish. If you enjoy watching wildlife, it's a great month -- seems like everywhere you look something is happening.Over cool, windy ...

On the Water: Make some time for holiday fishing

Over the past couple weeks on the waters around Southwest Florida, we had many great boating days followed with not so desirable cool, windy and, at times, rainy weather. The weather forecast looks much improved as we head into the holiday week. Offshore, the better grouper bite continues in ...

On the Water: Anglers enjoy a great week out on the water

It was a great week on the water in Southwest Florida -- the weather was beautiful, and fishing was good. Days of sunshine and little to no wind made for comfortable fishing days offshore in gulf waters. Inshore, there were no reports of red tide and water quality looked much improved over ...

Winners announced for 16th annual Calusa Blueway Kayak Fishing Tournament

The weather wasn't great and the numbers were down, but Bryan and Diana Stockbridge are satisfied with the results of this year's 16th annual Calusa Blueway Kayak Fishing Tournament."We're already discussing how we can increase participation in next year's tournament," Diana Stockbridge ...