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On the Water: Tarpon are out there and seatrout closure is set to begin

A week of warm weather kicked off tarpon season as increasing numbers of fish moved into Southwest Florida waters. A few of the hot spots included Pine Island Sound just off the intracoastal channel, a short distance off the beaches of Sanibel, Captiva, and Cayo Costa Islands, and in Captiva ...

On the Water: May means great weather, fewer boats and good fishing

The month of May kicks off our slow season in Southwest Florida as neighbors and visitors head north for the summer. Just as our roads and restaurants become less congested, far less boats are on the water. While tourist season may be slowing down, fishing may be at its peak without the crowds ...

On the Water: Late week front cools down fishing

Good news over the past week was strong full moon tides moving a lot of waters is always a plus for fishing. And the bad was another late season front dropped down to end the work week with gusty winds ahead and after its arrival. However, by the end of the weekend, the winds were dropping, and ...

On the Water: An up and down week on the water

For a good part of the past week, anglers dealt with windy conditions and days with slow tides at times. As expected, fishing reports were all over the place, from good to terrible, and everywhere in between.Good reports and consistent action with Spanish mackerel came from areas around the ...

On the Water: Warm weather brings good fishing

April kicked off with a front dropping down early in the week bringing a few windy days and scattered showers. As we moved closer to the weekend, we were back to sunny days with light wind. Offshore fishing was good for grouper and snapper, and a good mix of fish were caught inshore.Many boats ...

Young anglers enjoy 21st Holloway Fishing Tournament

It was a beautiful spring day Saturday for the 21st annual Memorial Bobby Holloway Jr. Fishing Tournament at Pineland Marina.A total of 72 young people participated in the tournament. The main tournament had 62 boats and there were 45 Little Bobbers with 13 volunteer captains."Due to the ...

On the Water: April is a great month to get out on the water

This is a month that has a lot to offer anglers on the coastal waters of Southwest Florida. It would be easy to argue that April may hold our best fishing of the year, plus possibly our best weather. It's a month with a lot of possibilities, it's highly recommended to load the boat with a range ...

Bobby Holloway Jr. Fishing Tournament to be held Saturday

With a few rule changes in effect, the 21st annual Memorial Bobby Holloway Jr. Fishing Tournament will be held this Saturday, March 30, at the Pineland Marina at 13921 Waterfront Drive, Pineland."Due to the temporary FWC closure of snook and redfish, the event will be catch and release of the ...

On the Water: It was a cool start to spring fishing

Spring arrived in Southwest Florida with a bit of a winter feel. Cool temperatures and a brisk north wind made for very comfortable weather on land, however anglers often found unfavorable conditions on the water. As usual it didn't last long - heading into the weekend the thermometer was ...

On the Water: Spring has arrived; it’s time to get out on the water

As typical for late winter in Southwest Florida, we are blessed with six or seven days of perfect fishing weather then set back for a day or two with bad weather. With the arrival of spring, we should slowly lose this weather pattern as cool fronts won't pack as much punch and water ...