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On the Water: It was a wet week, but fishing was good

Well, we needed rain and we got it. Despite such a wet week and thunderstorms popping in at any time, fishing reports were good.Gag grouper seasons opened for all anglers on the first of the month and American red snapper season opened for federally permitted for-hire vessels. Red snapper ...

On the Water: June kicks off lazy days of summer on the waters

This month kicks off the lazy days of summer on the waters around southwest Florida. Warm sunny days with calm seas followed by afternoon thunderstorms is our typical weather pattern. The Coronavirus pandemic has no doubt altered summer vacation plans and travel for many of us. On the positive ...

On the Water: Memorial Day is beginning of our warm season

With the exception of a couple days that brought us much needed rain, weather and fishing conditions were near perfect leading up to Memorial Day weekend. Looking ahead, we are quickly exiting spring and heading into our warm or summer season.As we progress into the warmer months, it can get ...

On the Water: Another windy week on the water

Strong gusty winds hampered fishing efforts throughout the week before settling down for a great weekend on the water.Tarpon hook-ups were reported in Boca Grande Pass throughout the week although at times it was very difficult or impossible to fish due to rough water conditions. During adverse ...

On the Water: Fishing the full moon tides

A little cool front dropped down mid-week and brought some north and easterly wind with a slight drop in temperature and humidity. However, full moon tides moved a lot of water in and out and gave us some of the highest tides of the year.Fishing around public wrecks and reefs yielded Spanish ...

On the Water: May fishing in Southwest Florida waters

Weather wasn't the best over the past week as we had our share of windy days, plus off and on rain and thunderstorms. Looking ahead, we move into a new month this week and one that should bring some great fishing.The month of May is the best time to hook into a tarpon as they move into ...

On the Water: Fishing up and down with the weather

Weather and fishing reports were all over the place this past week. We experienced some beautiful days, windy days and much needed rain at times. On the weekend the water was very crowded, at times it looked as though every boat in the county was on the water. Despite some windy days, the ...

On the Water: Full moon brings strong tides and boosts fishing

A big full moon gave us strong tides over the Easter week and coupled with a breezy holiday weekend, brought us extra high water.Reports of consistent action with Spanish mackerel came from areas around the B and C spans of the Sanibel Causeway, plus both Redfish and Captiva passes. The best ...

On the Water: Good weather and great fishing in area waters

One positive came from all the negative news over the week -- recreational fishing is a necessity. With the amount of boats on the water it appeared as though anglers made the best of the situation and took advantage of some great weather.Offshore, anglers found rod-bending action from just off ...