14 Jun 19

Recreational anglers heading offshore can keep red snapper starting June 11 thru July 12. There may be another short season later in the year if there is any recreational quota left. 50-foot is the starting depth and most snappers have been caught on live pinfish or sardines. Circle hooks are required when reef fishing and […]

07 Jun 19

June is a month that I feel fish and humans are getting accustomed to the heat of summer. Some of the best baits that I’ve used over the years have been cut bait. Some of the best cut baits are mullet, pinfish, lizard fish and ladyfish. Caring for Cut Bait With the water temps nearing […]

27 May 19
Jacinda's Salty Fishing Adventures

I was blessed to be able to go on a fishing adventure in a new area. One I’d heard so much about and was thrilled to be invited along by my good friend, Ronald Kersey. I met Ron about a year and a half ago, at the first Tampa Bay Fishing Club Kids Event at […]

10 May 19

 What do moms really want for Mother’s Day?  Some may want diamonds.  Some may want flowers.  Why not try buying some non-traditional Mother’s Day gifts this year for your very special mom?

09 May 19

Deeper water is where most of the action has been. To find trout, sea bass, Spanish mackerel, or flounder, head west. Eight to twelve feet is the range to use MirrOlure Lil’ Johns jigged vertically off the bottom. If the conditions are calm with a slow drift, work the bait very slowly near the bottom. […]

30 Mar 19
HOOK & FLY: Off -The-Beaten Path Fishing Adventures And Eclectic Musings Of An Itinerant Angler

Late March 2019 After a couple of days last week navigating and casting in the tight, sometimes maddening, quarters of backcountry mangrove tunnels, I’m ready for an easy day of fishing in my kayak.  One of my favorite close-in trips starts at the historic Smallwood Store, just a long stone’s throw from my winter abode […]

13 Mar 19
727 Angler

As a fisherman I exist in kind of a weird space in that I love fly fishing and consider myself an avid fly angler, but I also love throwing bait. The one thing that almost never do is throw soft plastic artificials. Sure, I will pick up the occasional MirrOlure or Rapala, but for the […]

09 Mar 19
Pure Fishing World

We looked high and low among the crowded interwebs for the best tips in Tarpon baits. Here is what we put together from the pro’s:

07 Mar 19

With this week’s burst of cold air, expect the cooler water to bunch the trout back up. Again, rocky points and knee-deep rock flats will hold the fish. D.O.A. glow jerk baits and MirrOlure MirrOdines will get the bite. The snook bite has been good on the incoming tide. They seem to be laying more […]

05 Mar 19
Kayak Angler

Standup paddleboarding is the fastest growing watersport in the country. There aren’t statistics on the number of paddleboard anglers, but head to the local waterhole and you’ll see the population is growing. For good reason—paddleboards are light, tough and stable offering easy access to the backwaters and offshore. But, most of all, the sporty, trendy […]

04 Mar 19
The Fish Wrap Writer

Close, close we are to those warm mornings of Spring, when there’s time for a few casts before work and those first tender plugs of daffodils part cold mulch but first, first we have some weeks of skating on thin ice, a few shots of root beer and watching movies to get us all kinds […]

02 Mar 19
Tight Lines

Both the Atlantic City Boat Show in Convention Hall and the World Fishing & Outdoor Expo at Rockland Community College Field Hose in Suffern, N.Y. finish their runs on Sunday. The Expo winds up with Family Day from 9;30-5. but those with kids of 11 or younger should get there early as the first 100  […]

06 Feb 19
Tight Lines

The Ocean Explorer posted a belated report of catching the big tautog on Tuesday to challenge John Snook’s 13 pound, 8 ounce seasonal pool leader  A couple of 10-pounders were boated, but the big news was the 13-pound, 10 ounce tog that was a mere 2 ounces bigger than the leader. Yet there were no […]

06 Feb 19

updated February 6, 2019 Great weather means great fishing. Earlier this week the members of the Homosassa Guides Association hosted the 5th grade class of Homosassa Elementary School for a fishing and learning trip. The HGA  has been working with the local elementary school, doing this trip for the last decade and enjoying every year. […]

03 Feb 19
HOOK & FLY: Off -The-Beaten Path Fishing Adventures And Eclectic Musings Of An Itinerant Angler

January 2019 For the first two articles in this series, see my earlier pieces on fishing Indian Key and Lignumvitae State Parks  Most visitors to the Florida Keys whiz down the Overseas Highway (US 1) heading for destinations in the Lower Keys like Bahia Honda State Park (Florida’s most popular) or Key West, oblivious to […]