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On the Water: Bait invasion in area waters

Once again over the past week you had to dance around rainstorms to complete a day of fishing, but most anglers found it was worth the effort. Overcast skies that dropped water temperatures a few degrees along with good tides made for comfortable fishing and often had fish on a good ...

On the Water: Fishing’s good despite unsettled weather

Despite heavy rain showers that were likely to appear any time of day, fishing wasn't too bad for those who ventured out over the week.For table fare, it's been hard to beat mangrove snapper throughout the summer. They were caught inshore under mangrove overhangs, around oyster bars and under ...

On the Water: Out on the water in August in Southwest Florida

Fishing or boating in Southwest Florida in August means dealing with the hot days of summer. Here are a couple options to cool down and possibly change things up a little.If you just want to have fun and maybe a little fishing while relaxing, then the beaches are a good choice, especially if ...

On the Water: Good week on the water despite the heat

Overall the weather was great on the water over the past week. Of course, it is summer, so it was hot as expected. However, after watching the heat wave across much of the country, we have it pretty good. Fishing was slow at times and unpredictable from day to day, but that's normal for the ...

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 ...