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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 ...

On the Water: Summer fishing has arrived in Southwest Florida

Summer has officially arrived and with it comes the hot and humid days. Weekdays are relatively sparse of anglers with weekends getting most of the attention. Summer also brings us days with little to no wind, hot yes, but good for offshore runs.It was another good week for offshore anglers -- ...

On the Water: Favorable conditions for fishing offshore and inshore

Favorable weather for the better part of the week allowed anglers to venture to their favorite fishing grounds from offshore to inshore.With American red snapper season open and great weather, anglers made the long trek into gulf waters. Results were mixed -- many reported a slow bite although ...

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 ...