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Southwest Florida Weekend Fishing 4Cast

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Florida Sportsman Fishing 4caster Capt. Ron Kowalyk
Covering Sarasota to Bonita Beach, including Siesta Key, Englewood, Boca Grande, Port Charlotte, Punta Gorda, Pine Island, Cape Coral, Captiva, Sanibel and Fort Myers

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What's Biting Now

Southwest Mangrove

Taking the Kids Fishing

Florida Sportsman member: Tight Loops The bite never really turned on but was steady all afternoon. Mostly shorts and “fun” fishing but we got to see mangrove snapper, a grunt, a lane snapper, tomtates, spanish mackerel, one flounder, sand perch, blue runners, whiting, baby grouper and a puffer that was a big hit as it inflated.

Southwest Blackfins

Fishing the Ledges

Florida Sportsman Member: Veikx Live pilchards were the go to bait, we had bought a some shrimp to try for any hogfish as well. The bite picked up after we put in a chum block, with smaller fish around 13 to 14 inches. The larger ones starting biting as soon as we brought out the grill and cooked some hot dogs!

Features

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Bluegill Fishing on the Fly

Tricks to take big bream on fly. Several years ago, I caught a mixed bag of four dozen bluegills and shellcrackers during a single, glorious afternoon. While that was practically all the law allowed, the real kicker is that these fish weighed close to a pound apiece.

How-To

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Touch Screen Electronics

Manufacturers of marine electronics were quick to embrace glass touchscreen technology, giving anglers touch-reactive control over sonar, chartplotters and radar. Now, segments of the boating industry are poised to bring the same kind of control to nearly every aspect of the ship’s systems, from battery switches, to nav lights, to bilge pumps.

Guides & Charters

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Southwest: Guides

Consider these top captains in the Southwest region for your next fishing trip.

Tackle Shops

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Economy Tackle/Dolphin Paddlesports

From its’ beginning as a converted army barracks in 1959, Economy Tackle has become an important member of the Sarasota area fishing community.

Accommodations

Four Winds

Southwest: Accommodations

Consider these top accommodations in the Southwest region when planning a fishing trip.

Marketplace

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Center Consoles

Florida Sportsman features the top center consoles for fishing the Sunshine State’s coastal and offshore waters.