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A variety of fish caught over the week

Despite a little wind, anglers fared well through the week ahead of a cool front that brought rain and strong winds for the weekend. Offshore reports came early in the week ahead of rough seas that settled in mid-week. Fishing over hard or coral bottom, several boats report limiting on red ...

Islanders have experience with large sawfish

Special to The Eagle My girlfriend Courtney Westmiller and I walk out to the Matlacha pier to watch the sunrise every morning. One recent morning we were running a bit behind, but being a little late is what led us to be part of such a great experience. An older gentleman was fishing and ...

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

Between the tides, wind, low water and a drop in temperature heading into the weekend, it was a tough week of fishing for many.   Early through mid-week, fishing was decent inshore for snook, seatrout and redfish. Redfish and snook were caught around islands and oyster bars with wind and ...

On the Water: Warm days bring some good fishing

With temperatures on a steady climb all week and warmer waters, fishing was good. Weekdays brought calm seas giving good days for the offshore run, then winds ramped up for the weekend keeping most boats inshore. Anglers hunting for a sheepshead dinner, boated fish up to 5 pounds in the ...

On the Water: Local fishing is good between fronts

Fishing was on and off this week due to vastly changing weather conditions. Several days were just unfishable due to high winds and unsafe conditions. Offshore anglers only had a couple days to head out over the week between fronts and strong winds. Conditions were still bumpy, but fish ...