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SW Florida Fishing: Rain delay … then back to fishing

BY CAPT. SANDY MELVIN A tropical low weather system moved over us this week bringing some much needed rain in abundance, but it has also put a damper on our tarpon fishing for a few days. When we get these low pressure systems of cloudy days along with heavy thunderstorms and lightning, tarpon take flight […]

EcoWatch: Entrust those memories of the dads of yesterday

June 13, 2024
“The quality of a father can be seen in the goals, dreams, and aspirations he sets not only for himself but for his family.” Reed Markham, professor, and author of Communica…

Turtle report: Fancy stakes for turtle adoption

June 13, 2024
BY ARLENE HALL BGSTA SECRETARY  A stroll down the beaches from around 19th Street south to the parking lot by the state park will reveal some brightly colored stakes being u…

From tee to green: The role of imaging in diagnosing golf-related pain

June 13, 2024
By ANDREW COLBURN, RTC BOCA GRANDE HEALTH CLINIC The summer is the perfect time to focus on your game’s fundamentals and ensure you’re in top shape for the next season. Whet…

Howl at the Ladies tourney this weekend

June 13, 2024
BY BETSY FUGATE JOINER, GASPARILLA MARITIME MUSEUM PRESIDENT Ladies get ready to “Howl at The Moon” on Saturday, June 15 from 7 to 10 p.m. The tournament weekend begins w…

Boca Blue wins Kids Classic

June 13, 2024
Above, Bob Melvin releases one of Boca Blue’s three tarpon last Saturday afternoon in the Gasparilla Island Kids Classic Tarpon Tournament. The Shaw brothers battled three tarp…

Fishery management or is it mismanagement?

June 13, 2024
BY VAN HUBBARD First, I want to explain that fishery management is an impossible job. How do we accurately count multiple species of fish underwater, absorb the guessed numb…