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FWC launches the new Florida Fishing Pier Finder

Are you looking for a place to fish from shore? Check out the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission’s new Florida Fishing Pier Finder, an interactive map that allows anglers to find publicly-accessed fishing piers, jetties and fishing-specific bridges in freshwater and saltwater ...

On the Water: May brings great weather and great fishing

The month of May kicks off our slow season as neighbors and visitors head north for the summer. While tourist season may be slowing down with less boats on the water, fishing may be at its peak. This is the height of tarpon season and likely the best time to hook into a "Silver King." They ...

On the Water: Inshore fishing constant despite weather

First rain, then came the wind, that is how the week played out on the water. Early in the week, several days of thunderstorms brought us much needed rain, then blue skies returned with windy conditions. Offshore, there wasn’t much to report due to conditions, but inshore, anglers hooked into ...

On the Water: It was a good week of fishing

Overall, it was a good week -- a fishy week on the water. A little windy at times, but no complaints from the inshore guys, and offshore reports were good as well. Good numbers of big Spanish mackerel came from inshore, around the gulf passes, and nearshore reefs. Inshore, anglers fishing of ...

Local anglers turn out for Holloway Tournament

pleblanc@breezenewspapers.com Ernestine Holloway Squires reports that the 23rd annual Bobby Holloway Jr. Memorial Fishing Tournament held this past weekend was an amazing event. “We had an amazing turn out -- 69 adult boats and 12 youth," said Holloway Squires, an organizer and hostess ...

On the Water: Another week of up and down weather

It would be great to have one solid week that we could talk about fishing without weather concerns. Once again over the past week, conditions were good early to mid-week, then winds ramped up for the weekend with much needed rain and thunderstorms Sunday. April generally brings us relatively ...

Champion cyclist competing in 2021 Tokyo Paralympics trains on Pine Island

pleblanc@breezenewspapers.com Eight-time World Champion snowbird Shelley Gautier is a Canadian Paralympic medalist in para-cycling who has been racing competitively for 11 years. In the 2016 Rio De Janeiro Paralympics, she won the bronze for Canada. Since the 2020 Olympics have been postponed ...

On the Water: Strong winds disrupt some good fishing

It feels like we are in a pattern where every two weeks a cool front drops down to end the week and gives us strong gusty winds and chilly days for the weekend. This past week was more of the same -- good weather and fishing, followed with unfavorable conditions that kept all but the true ...

On the Water: April brings great weather and excellent fishing

It doesn’t get much better than springtime fishing around the islands and coastal waters of Southwest Florida. The month of April generally brings great weather and fishing for our broadest range of species of the year.  The choice is yours on any given day on what species to target. ...

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 ...