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

For a good part of the past week, we experienced rain, thunderstorms and unpredictable weather thanks to Tropical Storm Barry churning in the northern gulf. With an unstable weather pattern, fishing reports were sparse as few anglers ventured from the comforts of home.When a storm is brewing in ...

On the Water: Hot start to the month on the water

It was another week of extremely hot days on the water in southwest Florida. As typical with sunny summer days, fishing was good at times and slow at others.Schools of bait fish of all sizes are all over the inshore waters and along the beaches. When the waters calm, they are often easy to ...

On the Water: Despite summer heat, fishing is good

As we progress into the heat of summer, fishing both inshore and offshore can still be very good, just prepare for hot days and keep an eye on the weather. Many anglers prefer to get an early start and off the water ahead of the mid-day heat and afternoon storms.Inshore, the mangrove snapper ...

On the Water: Arrival of summer brings the heat

Summer arrived in Southwest Florida packing the heat. With little to no breeze and an absence of rain or clouds it was very hot on the water heading into the weekend. Also, poor tides with slow moving water to go with the mid-day heat often made for tough fishing conditions over several days.A ...

On the Water: Summer is here — fishing and weather are hot

As we head into summer, with the exception of a day or two, weather was good and so was fishing.With red snapper season open, anglers took advantage of decent weather and made the long run into Gulf waters with good success. Depths from 130 to 170 feet turned up limits of nice reds with many ...

On the Water: June fishing in the summer-like heat

As we progress into the heat of summer, fishing both inshore and offshore can still be very good, just prepare for hot days and keep an eye on the weather. Many anglers prefer to get an early start and off the water ahead of the mid-day heat and afternoon storms.Inshore, the mangrove snapper ...

On the Water: Fishing improves with great weather and good tides

After a few weeks of windier than normal weather for this time of year, anglers smiled as near perfect weather greeted them for the weekend. Good weather gave anglers the chance to target pretty much any species they desired inshore or offshore.Tarpon were reported in good numbers in and around ...

On the Water: Windy days leading up to the holiday weekend

Early in the week before the winds picked up, large schools of Spanish mackerel were common over the nearshore reefs within sight of land in state waters. A variety of other fish including mangrove snapper, king mackerel, cobia, permit, plus big sharks and goliath grouper were also sighted or ...

On the Water: Full moon rising, and a week ahead of summer-like weather

Overall the weather was great on the water over the past week. Despite a full moon and an easterly breeze that can slow the bite down, many anglers found success with a variety of fish.The wind wasn't strong enough to keep boats in port as many made the trek out into gulf waters. Red grouper ...

On the Water: A good week — tarpon inshore and grouper offshore

Despite a lingering wind that persisted most of the week, offshore and tarpon anglers made the best of it and recorded consistent catches. The south wind, accompanied with an incoming tide, often worked in favor of inshore anglers targeting snook and other species.With tarpon season in full ...