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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 ...

On the Water: Sheepshead fishing picks up with cooler weather upon us

The week started out cold and windy then quickly rebounded to perfect fishing weather. Leading into the weekend, light to no wind days made for comfortable fishing offshore in gulf waters as well as inshore.  Sheepshead numbers are on the rise with the cooler water temperatures as reports ...

On the Water: Cooler days bring some good fishing

The week started off cool and windy as a cold front dropped into Southwest Florida disrupting fishing for a few days. By mid-week, the sun was out with good days of fishing reported.  Drag-screaming action with bonito, Spanish, and king mackerel picked right up where it left off before the ...

On the Water: December brings changes on the water

December brings cooler days around Southwest Florida and a change in the way many of us fish. As temperatures drop, it will push small baitfish south to warmer waters.  Shrimp becomes the primary diet for many fish through the winter months. There are not many fish in our coastal waters that ...

On the Water: Know your tides when fishing local waters

It's that time of year in Southwest Florida that we progress into our cooler or winter months. While our weather change is not as dramatic as what our northern friends are accustomed to, it has an impact on how and where we fish. Tides and water depth play a key role for coastal anglers and ...

Veteran helping veterans: It’s the reel thing

Captain Jennifer Timothy was enthusiastic when approached by a Southwest Florida non-profit to take a local veteran out for a day of casting a line. What she didn’t expect was that veteran to be blind. Bonita Springs resident and Army Desert Storm veteran George Tice handled the rod with ...

On the Water: Weather back on track for the weekend

After what felt like a full week of dealing with Eta, the storm finally passed and great Southwest Florida weather returned just in time for the weekend. Gulf waters were still too churned up as of this writing for offshore reports, but we should get some results after the weekend. A few ...

On the Water: Tropical Storm Eta brings fishing to a halt

A very windy week that led up to rain and wind into the weekend as Tropical Storm Eta churned in Florida’s direction kept most anglers off the water. The few fishing reports came mid-week before conditions continued to diminish. Beach-bound anglers wading the surf on Sanibel and Captiva ...

On the Water: November brings good fishing opportunities

Look for plenty of great fishing opportunities throughout the month of November as cool fronts begin to arrive dropping water temperatures. Fish are transitioning from summer to winter patterns both inshore and in Gulf waters. This is one of those months that it’s possible to hook into about ...

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

Strong winds for the better part of the week often made fishing difficult inshore and near impossible offshore. With that said, anglers found success for a variety of fish. Spanish mackerel were caught from the Matlacha Drawbridge and in Matlacha Pass north of marker 72. Also, mackerel were ...