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On the Water: A good week fishing offshore and inshore

Although a little cold to start the week, weather conditions were near perfect from mid-week through the weekend. Flat calm seas allowed boats from large to small to venture into Gulf waters. Inshore, despite the beautiful weather, slow tides impacted the bite at times throughout the ...

On the Water: It was a cool week of fishing in Southwest Florida

It was a cool week on the water, in fact it’s been a while since we’ve seen 80-degree highs. Cooler days made good fishing for some and not so good for others. Sheepshead fishing was hit or miss across the inshore waters. Often a good mess of fish was located one day only to be gone the ...

On the Water: Ups and downs of winter fishing in Southwest Florida

This past week gave us winter fishing in Southwest Florida -- a cold front followed by several sunny days, and another cold front for the weekend. And, of course, some north wind and extreme low tides. Reports of red tide came from our southern areas, including waters around St. James City and ...

On the Water: Fishing the cooler months like January

January is generally our coolest month and our water temperature will be the lowest of the year. Of course, cool fronts only last a day or two, then it’s back to sunny mild days. There should be great opportunities on the water this month.  Our primary inshore targets this month are ...

On the Water: Up and down fishing over the holiday week

The holiday week was a week of low tides, unpredictable fishing, changing weather conditions and a few very cold days. Fishing was all over the place -- good for some and terrible for others. That's often the case with wintertime fishing, but you won't know if you don't try if luck is on your ...

Pickleball is a hot game among island seniors

pleblanc@breezenewspapers.com Even a pandemic hasn’t gotten in the way of America’s love for pickleball. Although this sport has been around for decades, it seems to be gaining momentum, especially among active seniors like those who reside in Pine Island Cove. Tom Vales, Susan ...

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 ...