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On the Water: Fall fishing begins across Southwest Florida

As we put summer behind us and roll 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 around these areas produced steady action with ...

On the Water: Fishing good for some but slow for others

A full moon brought strong tides to boost the inshore bite, however it may have hampered offshore fishing. Mangrove snapper and redfish continue as top targets for inshore anglers. Often both were caught together along mangrove shorelines and oyster bars. They were reported in south Matlacha ...

On the Water: September begins a change of seasons

As we roll into September, the end of summer is in sight as we gradually break away from hot muggy days and transition to the cooler days of autumn. This is great news for anglers fishing around Pine Island and Southwest Florida.  Days become a little less humid with a slight drop in ...

On the Water: There’s plenty of action with snapper, sharks

As mentioned almost weekly over the past few months, mangrove snapper fishing is very good. Limits of tasty snappers were boxed offshore, in and around the gulf passes, and throughout the inshore waters.Snapper from 11 to 15 inches were taken throughout the inshore waters, including south ...

On the Water: Changing things up a little during August

Fishing or boating in Southwest Florida in August means dealing with the hot days of summer. Here are a couple options to cool down and possibly change things up a little. If you just want to have fun and maybe do a little fishing while relaxing, then the beaches are a good choice, especially ...

On the Water: Fishing is good despite unsettled weather

Wind, storms and rain over the past week helped to drop our water temperature that, in turn, improved fishing. Anglers found fish more active with the cooler water than previous weeks and it was much easier to keep baits alive and frisky. Strong tides brought reports of good snook fishing from ...

On the Water: Usual summer weather pattern returns

Overall, the weather was great over the past week. Of course, it is summer, so it was hot as expected. However, the weather pattern returned to a light easterly wind ahead of the afternoon sea breeze. Mornings on the water were very comfortable in comparison to the past few weeks. Plus, ...

On the Water: Dealing with hot days out on the water

With a lack of rain and hot sunny days, area water temperatures soared to 90 degrees and above. The added heat can make for tough mid-day fishing as both anglers and fish are in no mood to exert energy, plus keeping bait alive for the day is challenging.Offshore, early last week anglers ...

On the Water: Fishing Southwest Florida waters in July

As travel plans have changed over the past several months, many of us are staying close to home and enjoying what is available in our back yard. Lucky for us, we are a travel and vacation destination for folks around the world. We have plenty of outdoor activities to keep us busy without ...

On the Water: It was a good week for offshore anglers

The best fishing came from offshore over the past week, as inshore waters were hot and many areas experienced issues with water quality.Fishing offshore, with exception of the heat, you could not have asked for better weather. Blue skies, flat calm seas and very few storms made for ideal ...