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Monday February 14 2011 ,09:21 am

Weather Bureau Wants Input from Mariners

On February 7th, winds were far stronger (up to 42 in gusts) along the coastal waters from Jupiter to Ft. Pierce.

The marine forecast called for 15 to 20 knots, so I emailed the National Weather Service to complain.

The response was excellent and t...

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Wednesday January 19 2011 ,10:30 am

Live oysters found in St. Lucie River North Fork

During a fishing trip yesterday in the St. Lucie River's north fork, my fishing partner snagged three or four oyster shell clumps and "landed" all of them. They did not "fight" much, but a couple were certainly alive and apparently thriving. The shells a...

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Monday January 17 2011 ,08:39 am

More Seasonable Weather Means MIxed-bag Catches

It's good to see the New Year coming in without record cold and freezes. Since Jan 1, we are seeing slightly warmer water temps in the Indian River Lagoon and St. Lucie River, into the mid 60's and slightly higher on incoming tides, so seatrout, redfish an...

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Monday October 18 2010 ,10:04 am

Fall Bite Report

Sorry to have let the entries go by the wayside for a month, but I have a legit excuse -- I've been fishing my brains out!

Snook on fly at night has been excellent through September, but in the last couple of weeks, the amount of bait in the St. Lucie ...

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Friday September 10 2010 ,10:52 am

My new Umpqua Fly Patterns

Here's a peek at the 2011 Umpqua fly catalog. I'm pretty jazzed that they promote my Midnight Mullet as a featured fly in the general saltwater fly section. And not to jab the guys at Umpqua--because I know full well from 14 years of fishing magazine edi...

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Friday September 10 2010 ,10:11 am

Stuart Fly Fishing Alive and Well

Over the last month fly fishing has been excellent in my area. Both the surf for snook(until that Hurricane Earl swell came through, though it is cleaning up nicely now) and the night fishing at bridges and docks for both snook and trout are terrific right...

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Tuesday August 24 2010 ,09:33 am

Think Pink

When it comes to choosing saltwater baitfish flies, I normally think size, then profile and then color. THough I like to create some lifelike stuff, blending in toppings in the wing to match the baits on hand, usually all-white and big eyes is what I go ...

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Wednesday August 11 2010 ,08:45 am

Catch and Release Ethics Debated

Though I normally would not hand the microphone to someone who questions the morality of sport fishing, I am posting this NY Times web piece, Room for Debate, which features essays both yea and nay on catch-and-release fishing. I found James Babb's piece, ...

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Saturday June 5 2010 ,07:35 am

Recreational Fishing Industry Chimes in for Relief

There is not a thing I can write here that you likely do not know about the oil spill. But, as the cries from the commercial fishing industry reach a defeaning level, as well they should, I am glad that sportfishermen, and all related industries (charter c...

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Wednesday May 19 2010 ,04:11 pm

Snook Strike Deep in the Heart of Texans!

Enjoyed guiding a pair of very good anglers from Lake Jackson, Texas this week. Allen Williams and Randall Groves are both dyed-in-the-wool trout men who love to wade, and they did quite well on seatrout while fishing on their own in the Indian River Lagoo...

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Monday May 17 2010 ,03:57 pm

Feds Say that St. Lucie Pollution will Continue

I don't know what is worse: Government types appeasing you, telling you what you want to hear, and then not being accountable, or, just looking you in the eye and telling you they are not going to take responsibility.

In the case of the Army Corps of E...

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Saturday May 8 2010 ,08:41 am

Daily and Hourly Oil Spill Updates

I stumbled upon a good web site (Louisiana Bucket Brigade) that logs observations from anglers and watermen regarding oil spill impacts. Check out http://oilspill.labucketbrigade.org/...

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Thursday May 6 2010 ,01:21 pm

National Park Flying the Rag

After filming a segment on permit and bonefish for Florida Sportsman TV last week in Biscayne National Park waters, Florida Sportsman editor Jeff Weakley and I were shocked to see that Old Glory had lost all of its glory on Adams Key over the waters of Bis...

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Sunday April 25 2010 ,08:11 am

NOAA Hosts the Recreational Fishing Summit

Key players in the saltwater recreational fishing community have expressed cautious optimism in regards to what appears to be government's improving attitude toward sportfishing.

Here is a good summation of the April 16-17 sportfishing summit presenta...

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Wednesday April 21 2010 ,07:29 am

Fly Shop State of the Union

Writing assignments are flowing in I'm happy to say, and as of late, I was assigned to contribute monthly the SE Florida region of the Action Spotter for Florida Sportsman, in addtion to all fly fishing seminar columns, and various features scheduled to ap...

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Friday April 9 2010 ,09:10 am

Snook Foundation "Funament" April 17th in Jensen Beach

The Snook Foundation (http://www.snookfoundation.org/) is holding a fund-raising family style fishing tournament out Jensen Beach on Saturday, April 17th.

Home base for the one-day event is River Palms Cottages on the banks of the Indian River Lagoon...

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Friday April 2 2010 ,09:35 am

Federal Judge delivers likely Death Blow to Sugar Land Purchase

Well that didn't take long, did it? On March 12 (see entry "Everglades Charade" below) I suggested that the well-meaning and well-conceptualized Plan 6 flowway of water from Lake O to the Everglades would die a slow death. But not a sudden death that a fed...

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Monday March 29 2010 ,10:01 am

March goes out like a Lion

I can't wait for summer. I want to sweat a river while I pole the flats again. I want my sunglasses to steam up as I get into casting range of a tailing bonefish. And I promise not to complain about the humidity (at least for a few weeks, anyway).

I ca...

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Saturday March 13 2010 ,08:43 am

Rising Water Temps Improve Fishing

At the midpoint of March, we are finally seeing rising water temps that likely will not again fall much below 65 this year.

The seatrout bite over shoreline grassflats and ICW spoil islands has been good to great from Stuart Causeway north to Vero, wit...

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Friday March 12 2010 ,02:21 pm

Everglades Charade

Now that the South Florida Water Management District has "bought some time" by extending the contract negotiations with U.S. Sugar over the purchase of sugar land acreage needed for a flowway from Lake Okeechobee to the Everglades, I can only shrug and say...

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Monday March 8 2010 ,09:12 am

A Must Read for Florida Anglers and Outdoorsmen

There was an article in this morning's newspaper about the unlikelihood of a Florida earthquake. It also referenced a terrific book archive which I use frequently, www.archive.org.

The article references an account of a light earthquake near Sebastian,...

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Tuesday March 2 2010 ,09:51 am

The Fishy Kind of Art

Most anglers who I know bristle at the thought of going to an art show. Most are dragged by the ear to them by their wives or girlfriends, and it especially hurts on nice-weather fishing days.

I happen to like a few Florida shows, but that's because I ...

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Monday March 1 2010 ,10:29 am

A "Little" Trout Fishing

As Florida continues to shiver its way into March, anglers are saying good riddance to January and February. Hopefully spring will have sprung by next week.

Last week, water temps in the Indian River were still hovering just above the 60-degree mark. A...

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Monday March 1 2010 ,10:14 am

Will Local Government Water Treatment Efforts be in Vain?

I was listening to escavating equipment this morning working to build a water treatment retrofit (filtration marsh) from my house a block from the St. Lucie River. Construction of the marsh, which will clean local basin runoff before it enters the south ...

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Tuesday February 16 2010 ,08:02 am

Know Before You Go

Some years ago, when it came to fishing-weather conditions, I lived by what was my mantra:

"You don't know unless you go."

Nowadays, I don't go fishing until I check a rather neat set of Web sites. At my fingertips, I can check current temps, wind...

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Saturday February 13 2010 ,10:32 am

All Tied Up Today

With cold front winds whistling at 30-plus and another night forecast in the mid 30s, what better time to tie flies? In my case, 24 of the same fly pattern. Umpqua Feather Merchants (www.umpqua.com),the largest fly pattern producer in the world, has taken ...

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Tuesday February 9 2010 ,10:11 am

Indian River Lagoon Fishing Steady

Took a half-day to get away from story writing, fly-tying and leader making, and the tedious little things that one must do after "getting the axe," and fished the IRL north of Jensen Beach.

After a cold morning and dealing with Kamikaze bluefish that ...

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Tuesday February 2 2010 ,02:14 pm

Bass in Drag

There's something brewin' in U.S. rivers that may be behind a rash of confused fish. Or maybe conflicted fish? Seems they are exhibiting both male and female characteristics.

These so-called "intersex" fish (smallmouth and largemouth bass) have been fo...

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Tuesday February 2 2010 ,01:36 pm

Water Pollution Limits..Say What? By When?

Under an agreement approved at the end of January, the federal government will supposedly set water pollution limits in Florida. This agreement is the first in the nation, between five environmental groups and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

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Monday February 1 2010 ,06:52 am

Suddenly Self-Employed

On this not-so-bright, rainy Monday morning, I made my commute to work in record time...14 seconds!

That's how long it takes me to walk from the master bathroom to my home office. It's the first day of self-employment for me in over 14 years. Like many...

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Sunday January 31 2010 ,11:14 am

Judge sides with Army Corps over St. Lucie River estuary

Treasure Coast recreational anglers, boaters and residents woke up to disappointing news this weekend. After a long legal battle with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers over repeated, destructive polluted discharges from Lake Okeechobee into the St. Lucie Ri...

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Thursday January 28 2010 ,06:40 am

Manatee Club Needs to Acknowledge Real Progress

Like most saltwater anglers, I like manatees. What I don't like is hardcore Save the Manatee Club zealots (yes, some are way over the top) who use the recent freeze, and resultant manatee deaths, to take more shots at boaters in general.

Dozens of the ...

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Thursday January 28 2010 ,06:38 am

Salts hit the Pond

Sometimes an angler's lingo gives away his or her preferences. Take for instance, this morning's fishing report in the Stuart News.

Over the previuos weekend,a father and son fished in a private freshwater pond because seas were unfavorable. Using topw...

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Sunday January 24 2010 ,11:45 am

Hey... LIVE fish for a Change!

Took to the surf on Thursday morning for some pompano "long-rodding," and fishing was good. Landed 9 or 10 fish during a 2-hour bite, and had a couple more "twist off" in the trough. The trip was salve for the blues over the Florida fish kill. It was nice ...

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Wednesday January 20 2010 ,06:02 am

Florida Extends Closed Season on Snook

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) has issued an order extending the closure on snook harvest through Sept 1, 2010. During the extended closure, fisheries managers expect to get a better grasp on just how many snook perished in the...

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Friday January 15 2010 ,02:25 pm

Florida Fish Kill Numbers Pile Up

As expected, report after report of numerous dead snook, tarpon, ladyfish, jacks, bonefish, permit and baitfish of all descriptions are coming in this week.

What was not expected is the number of more cold-hardy species such as pompano that succumbed t...

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Monday January 11 2010 ,05:35 pm

Fish Kill Patrol finds Tough Birds

Took a ride around town (Stuart/Jensen Beach) on Sunday to cure my cabin fever and look for fish kills. I did not see any floating snook in the 50-some-degree water, or even baitfish for that matter. Not in the back creeks and canals, or around the river c...

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Sunday January 10 2010 ,05:29 am

Frigid will mean Rigid

Just returned from New Orleans and redfishing was excellent despite record cold. Lows in the high 20s one morning, with highs all three days only in the low 40s. Crank in the wind at 10 knots on average and needless to say, my hands were burning! I just fi...

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Saturday January 2 2010 ,07:44 am

Bringing in 2010 and Arctic Reds

Haven't had a chance to write for awhile, what with the Holiday distractions.

Christmas and New Years were especially enjoyable, with great family visits, lavish dinners and some low-key revelry to kick 2009's ass out the door. Good riddance, I say...

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Saturday December 12 2009 ,09:27 am

Stuart Fly Shop Owner John Sweeny Passes

When I opened the door of my fishing closet tonight to grab some fly tying materials, I gazed upon my pegboard lined with packages with the label, "John B's." And then and there, it really hit home that fly fishers in not only the Stuart Florida area, but ...

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Saturday December 12 2009 ,09:03 am

The Trouble with Trebles

I've never been a big fan of treble hooks on lures.

Depending on the species of fish that strike a plug festooned with the things, the result can be anything from physical damage inside and outside the mouth, to missed hookups.

I had three or four st...

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Sunday December 6 2009 ,08:37 am

Will Everglades "bridge" benefit Florida Bay?

Having fished Florida Bay out of Flamingo in Everglades National Park since 1972, I've seen water quality changes that directly caused seagrass dieoffs and fish kills. The changes were well documented, and for a time in the early to mid 90s, I and many oth...

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Saturday December 5 2009 ,08:00 am

Body Clock Alarm Failure

Don't trust your body clock alarm--set the real thing!

Friday morning, I awoke an hour later (7 a.m.) than I wanted. I scrambled to load surf rods and gear, hurriedly grabbed a cup of Joe and a muffin and headed to a St. Lucie county beach access where...

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Wednesday December 2 2009 ,08:50 am

The Devil Fish

The term "devil fish" was blurted recently by a co-working angler who shares my fondness for pompano. It is the best nickname for the fish I've ever heard. They were certainly the devil to fool yesterday, when I came across good numbers in the Indian R...

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Saturday November 21 2009 ,07:49 am

Flats and Bay "Rage"

The subject of shallow-running with skiffs, bayboats and even airboats is becoming front-page news along both the Florida and Texas coast, and I would assume elsewhere.

In Florida, refuge managers at the Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge (Mo...

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