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Guest Essay: Thrill of a majestic Silver King

April 25, 2024
BY KATHY FUTCH Tarpon fishing became quite the sport in Boca Grande Pass, which is the deepest natural harbor in Florida. When the water temperature is just right and full of tasty shrimp and c…

May 18: Youth fishing tournament on Gasparilla Island

April 22, 2024
Grab your fishing pole and tackle box and come join the family fun at our Youth Fishing Tournament on Saturday, May 18 from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. Tournaments are for boys and girls ages 13 & un…

SW Florida Fishing: Time for tarpon is here!

April 19, 2024
BY CAPT. SANDY MELVIN It’s tarpon time! After what seemed like weeks of heavy spring winds, the area is now loaded with silver kings. While we have seen some tarpon scattered around since late …

SW Florida Fishing: Grouper, snappers & more …

April 19, 2024
Capt. Brad Hickman can be reach at 941-716-3757 or OffshoreBocaGrande.com. p32-2Download

EcoWatch: Make Earth Day more than just for one day

April 19, 2024
“There will be more plastic in the oceans than there are fish by 2050.” Universal comment Earth Day will be celebrated this year on April 22, 2024. It was born in 1970 when millions of peop…

Letters: Joni Mitchell song describes our local predicament

April 19, 2024
To the Editor: As Joni Mitchell sang “They paved paradise and put up a parking lot.” My eyes could not believe the likes of the building plans for the Island located longitude and latitude a…

The limits of our earth on this day

April 19, 2024
Earth Day is coming up this weekend. This week, we have a column about Earth Day from Delores Savas as well as a small article about one of the Earth Day activities in our news section. There are …

Earth Day features Bass Labs talk, events in Cedar Point

April 19, 2024
Earth Day is Monday, April 22 this year. This year’s theme is “Planet vs. Plastics,” which casts a spotlight on the issue of plastic pollution. Organizers are calling for a 60-percent reduction in…

Florida issues tarpon best practices for the 2024 season

April 19, 2024
When fishing for tarpon this season, be sure to use best fishing practices to keep silver kings reigning. The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission consulted a number of external partn…

Henry Becton and Oakley Johnson win Laser model sailboat regatta 

April 19, 2024
The Basin Sailing Yacht Club held its annual “Island Championships” this past Sunday, April 14, 2024 at the Boca Bay Powerhouse lagoon. Racing conditions were great, though mixed, with a Northwest…