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  • Captain's Log for the week of 6-9-16

    It was easy to tell that the offshore fishermen were back last week. By 8 a.m. on Saturday the nearest truck/trailer parking space was in Archer – slight exaggeration, so maybe Otter Creek.

    The weather was ideal and some impressive catches came in. John Blouse reported to me that the gag bite is strong, with plenty of fish in the legal range and several short fish (see photo). And the king mackerel are willing and able to stretch your line to its limits for those who care for smoked mackerel. I just like the way they scream the drag when they hit a flat line.

  • Captain's Log for the week of 5-19-16

    I have taken the University of Florida research group out several times and have a new outlook on our impact on the fish we put back that are short, big females that just need to be put back or trophy tarpon and such.

  • Captain's Log for the week of 5-5-16

    As a professional fishing guide I am concerned about the future of the resource that provides me an opportunity to pursue my passion...which of course is fishing. But I am very concerned that too many guides are only concerned about "today's dollar" by a practice that needs to stop, giving away their personal limit to their customers. And some guides do this twice a day which is clearly not legal.

  • Spring warmup rotates catch

    Things seem to be heating up offshore. A few red grouper have moved into the shallower water as of late, but the bite is no where near what I would call good. The gags are ready but are still a catch and release issue until June 1.

    A few cobia have also been caught in our local waters and I expect them to continue to get better as our water temps continue to rise. I have not heard of any king mackerel so far but they should be in place at their regular haunts.

  • Captain's Log for the week of 4-21-16

    Luck is a funny thing. Google says luck is success or failure apparently brought on by chance rather than through one’s actions. Well as for me I believe in luck. I have always felt lucky to have been born in America, raised by two loving parents who taught me hard work, empathy, dedication, patriotism, integrity, faithfulness, conservation and a million other important values. And luck has been with me most of my life, so you might ask, what is your point?

  • Captain's Log for the week of 4-14-16

    I don't know about you, but I have had all of the windy days I can stand. Once again, last week was so windy we could only fish a couple of days. I imagine we will want some of this wind in July and August when the dog days take your breath away.

  • The comeback of the chicken

    Chickens have been domesticated for thousands of years all over our planet. At one time, just about every farm and many city residences had chickens.

    Then starting in the 50's, small towns and cities wanted to have a more progressive image so they banned all livestock and mistakenly lumped chickens in with pigs, cattle, horses and sheep.

  • Captain's Log for the week of 4-7-16
  • Captain's Log for the week of 3-24-16

    The inshore fish picture now seems to be complete, as pretty much all of our expected species have arrived this past week. The warm southern breezes ushered in some very tasty pompano. Though they usually ignore most artificial lures my clients landed a few last week. And in the tug-of-war department they put on a very impressive contest. I also saw some of the first bait pods arrive, I believe they were silversides. I don't think it is coincidence that their arrival happens during the spotted seatrout spawn.

  • Vernal Equinox message: Donate your excess 

    One of the pluses of having a productive garden is that there is always extra produce, enough to share.  The reality is that the produce in your gardens will start to go down in quality due to hotter weather, bugs, and spacing of the plants.  You all have done a great job of caring for your beds, but in many cases, you will just not be able to eat all of that beautiful produce before it starts to go down in quality.