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March 8, 2024
BY CAPT. JOE LACLAIR No, this is not a political conversation, I am talking about my flies for snook and redfish. With the clear water and clear skies, the fish have been easy to spot but hard …

March 8, 2024
“The problem is that bears are smart and humans aren’t. We’ll move into a remote area and leave a bag of dog food on our front porch and then panic when we see a bear helping himself.” William …

March 8, 2024
BY HARRY KALAJIAN  As a dog owner, sooner or later you will opt for some obedience classes. Owners must realize professional dog trainers are not magicians, they just know the proper steps n…

March 7, 2024
BY ARLENE HALL, BOCA GRANDE SEA TURTLE ASSOC. Although there is still a bit of morning chill in the air and in the gulf waters along the beaches of Gasparilla Island, sea turtle nesting season …

March 1, 2024
BY SCOTT COTHERMAN Hang around the first tee at any golf club and you will hear foursomes pair off for friendly games of wager. This includes the exchange of player handicaps which, thanks to a…

February 29, 2024
BY CAPT. SANDY MELVIN Last week was a good one for big speckled trout in the backcountry. We also saw some nice redfish scattered around as well. On these warmer days, we saw some big snook …

February 29, 2024
BY CAPT. JOE LACLAIR Spring fishing is so great, I love it. Big snook, reds, trout, and suicidal pompano on the shallow grass on windy days all makes for a great day! We don’t normally see larg…

February 29, 2024
“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed it’s the only thing that ever has.” – Margaret Mead, American cultural anthropologist and author …

February 22, 2024
BY K.Y. FUTCH When I first started my secretarial business, I had to use the typewriter at Capt. Charlie Wheeler’s home on Tarpon Street, where I and my husband, Mark, also lived. Charlie was q…

February 2, 2024
BY ROBERT J. ROBBINS PhD. and PERCY ANGELO In large measure Charlotte County’s nitrogen problem results from its disposal of untreated reclaimed water on properties throughout the county. The c…