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On the Water: A week of extreme low tides on the water

Well, that was an interesting week on the waters of Southwest Florida. To say we had some windy days would be an understatement as strong winds and even higher gusts kept many anglers off the water. It was all centered around a cold front that triggered the wind, dumped some rain, then coupled ...

On the Water: Fishing up and down like the weather

Like the weather, fishing was all over the place over the past week. We experienced beautiful sunny days with light winds as well as our coldest days in a couple years with strong gusts. Good fishing reports came from offshore in Gulf waters as conditions allowed, and inshore, the drop in ...

Low water can test your fishing and boating skills

(Editor's note: Capt.Bill Russell's On the Water column will return next week.)Slow moving, low water, negative tide days can test your skills and patience as shallow saltwater fish seem to sometimes disappear. Add long cold nights to the mix and soon temperature sensitive, sub-tropicals like ...

January fishing in Southwest Florida

January will deliver some of the coldest days of the year on the water around Pine Island and Southwest Florida. Just how cold often determines how and where to fish. If you enjoy watching wildlife, it's a great month -- seems like everywhere you look something is happening.Over cool, windy ...

On the Water: Make some time for holiday fishing

Over the past couple weeks on the waters around Southwest Florida, we had many great boating days followed with not so desirable cool, windy and, at times, rainy weather. The weather forecast looks much improved as we head into the holiday week. Offshore, the better grouper bite continues in ...