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The Island Golfer: Cap patrol prevents sandbaggers from unfair advantage

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…

SW Florida Fishing: Trout Time …

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 …

SW Florida Fishing: It’s time for a day on the water

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…

EcoWatch: Good and bad news for Florida’s ecosystem

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 …

Placida Road owlets spring their nest

February 29, 2024
The family of owls nested in a giant street sign over Placida Road across from Lemon Bay High School have successfully raised their owlets, according to reports by Eva Furner, who has been watchin…

Cannonball jellyfish running in Gasparilla Pass

February 29, 2024
It was a beautiful sunny early afternoon after days of rain and cold, so I was extra excited to be out and playing around within the Gasparilla Sound on my friend’s boat. Captain Nelson Groome own…

SW Florida Fishing: Warm up to come…

February 22, 2024
BY CAPT. WILL WATERHOUSE The weather has been chilly but sunny this week in Boca Grande and the fishing has started to heat up in the mid day to late afternoon hours. We have been catching q…

GIWA asks help on water survey

February 22, 2024
Gasparilla Island Water Association Inc. will be submitting its annual per capita water withdrawal report to the Southwest Florida Water Management District this spring. This permit limits the amo…

Lee County adds to conservation land

February 22, 2024
Lee County continues to add to conservation lands in the county as part of their Conservation 20/20 land acquisition and stewardship advisory program. The new additions are: • Eight in-fill par…

SW Florida Fishing: Salt or freshwater … ready for action

February 16, 2024
BY CAPT. SANDY MELVIN After a week of warm weather that gave us the first hint that spring is around the corner, another cold front came through and brought us back to reality that it’s still w…