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On the Water: Winter closes with windy fishing conditions

The last week of winter gave us wind day after day and a cool front for the weekend. Conditions were often difficult, but anglers that put in the time caught fish. Spanish mackerel reports were good with fish up to 4 pounds boated. They were hooked in north Matlacha Pass near marker 69, off ...

Islander makes 40-mile kayak trip around Pine Island in one day

pleblanc@breezenewspapers.com When John Connelly turned 60 in 2016, he celebrated with a 1,500-mile, 75-day solo canoe and kayak expedition, encouraged by his wife Nicole and the inspiration for his book, “Dying Out Here Is Not An Option.” No stranger to the open waters, he owned his ...

On the Water: A slow start with a good ending to the week

A cold front blew through early last week dropping the thermometer, along with gusty north winds and extreme low tides. In typical Florida fashion, we rebounded quick, and boating conditions were perfect over the weekend.  A drop in water temperature boosted the sheepshead bite. Fish up to ...

A variety of fish caught over the week

Despite a little wind, anglers fared well through the week ahead of a cool front that brought rain and strong winds for the weekend. Offshore reports came early in the week ahead of rough seas that settled in mid-week. Fishing over hard or coral bottom, several boats report limiting on red ...

Islanders have experience with large sawfish

Special to The Eagle My girlfriend Courtney Westmiller and I walk out to the Matlacha pier to watch the sunrise every morning. One recent morning we were running a bit behind, but being a little late is what led us to be part of such a great experience. An older gentleman was fishing and ...

On the Water: Beautiful weather to close out the month

Overall, it was a great week on the water with plenty of sunshine and blue skies to close out the month. Bottom fishing was good in gulf waters and the inshore bite was on and off. In the Gulf of Mexico, fishing depths from 80 to 110 feet yielded red grouper, a mixed snapper bag consisting of ...

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

Between the tides, wind, low water and a drop in temperature heading into the weekend, it was a tough week of fishing for many.   Early through mid-week, fishing was decent inshore for snook, seatrout and redfish. Redfish and snook were caught around islands and oyster bars with wind and ...

On the Water: Warm days bring some good fishing

With temperatures on a steady climb all week and warmer waters, fishing was good. Weekdays brought calm seas giving good days for the offshore run, then winds ramped up for the weekend keeping most boats inshore. Anglers hunting for a sheepshead dinner, boated fish up to 5 pounds in the ...

On the Water: Local fishing is good between fronts

Fishing was on and off this week due to vastly changing weather conditions. Several days were just unfishable due to high winds and unsafe conditions. Offshore anglers only had a couple days to head out over the week between fronts and strong winds. Conditions were still bumpy, but fish ...

On the Water: Cold days of February gradually turn warmer

Waters around southwest Florida affords us a choice of fishing opportunities as we move towards the close of winter with spring in sight. While some fish are completing their spawning duties, others are just beginning. February will bring us cold days followed with a warming trend. By the later ...