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On the Water: October fishing is off to a good start

Despite days with extreme high tides and a brisk breeze, fishing reports were still good on the waters around Southwest Florida.Anglers fishing Pine Island Sound report that bait fish are plentiful on grass flats and fishing was good for a mixed variety. Several boats located pods of hungry, ...

Power boats getting ready to roar offshore off Fort Myers Beach

Have a need for speed and a love for the water?Next weekend, the American Powerboat Association Roar Offshore event returns to Fort Myers Beach, where the inaugural APBA six-race series champions will be determined at the event that brings nearly 70,000 to the area annually.The races will also ...

On the Water: October’s a great time to fish Southwest Florida waters

October is a refreshing time for anglers around Southwest Florida. After a long hot summer, we will finally see some relief with cooler days and a noticeable drop in humidity. This combination will set off good fishing opportunities as they will be hungry, active and on the move.Now is the time ...

On the Water: Fall fishing begins in Southwest Florida

As we exit summer and roll into the first week of fall, anglers should find good fishing for a variety of species inshore and in Gulf waters. Windy days dominated the past week, but we should see great weather heading into the change of seasons.Sea trout, with a few over 20 inches were caught ...

Boxer prepares for Olympic trials at Matlacha Wellness Center

Ever since the Matlacha Wellness Center opened in 2013, owner Tim Shevlin's goal has been to offer the widest range of holistic services possible. Many locals have visited the center for physical therapy, massage therapy, personal training, rehabilitation and pain management.Carlos David Arce ...

On the Water: Good fishing around the full moon

There might be fewer anglers on the water in the middle of September that any other time of year. Plus, a steady dose of wind also kept boats at home. With that said, a full moon brought strong tides and those fishermen that ventured out, often found good fishing.Redfish reports were consistent ...

On the Water: It was a great weekend out on the water

After Hurricane Dorian gave us a week or so of unsettled weather and windy days, the weather was beautiful as we headed into the weekend.Schooling redfish were reported on the eastern side of Pine Island Sound, inside the gulf passes and across Charlotte Harbor. Reds are running from 17 to well ...

On the Water: September begins a change of seasons

As we roll into September, the end of summer is in sight as we gradually break away from hot muggy days and transition to the cooler days of autumn. This is great news for anglers fishing around Southwest Florida. Days become less humid with a slight drop in temperature, a welcomed relief after ...

Catch ‘em & Cook ‘em: Shrimp Fried Rice

Ingredients:4 Tbs soy sauce divided1 Lb shrimp - peeled and deveined5 Tbs vegetable oil divided2 Lg eggs lightly beaten1 C carrots finely chopped1/2 C minced green onion5 C cooked long grain rice chilled1 C frozen peas thawed1 tsp oyster sauceHow to:1. In a medium bowl, combine 2 Tbs soy ...

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

Rain, rain and more rain. That pretty much summed up the past week. The middle of August is a notoriously slow time without a lot of anglers fishing, throw in rain and unsettled weather and fishing reports were hard to come by.Inshore, redfish and mangrove snapper were the best thing going most ...