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On the Water: Memorial Day is beginning of our warm season

May 27, 2020 With the exception of a couple days that brought us much needed rain, weather and fishing conditions were near perfect leading up to Memorial Day weekend. more »»

On the Water: Another windy week on the water

May 20, 2020 Strong gusty winds hampered fishing efforts throughout the week before settling down for a great weekend on the water. more »»

On the Water: Fishing the full moon tides

May 13, 2020 A little cool front dropped down mid-week and brought some north and easterly wind with a slight drop in temperature and humidit. more »»

Dolphin Tales: Dolphins saving humans

May 13, 2020 There are many legends, and in more recent times, news reports of dolphins coming to the aid of humans in peril. more »»

On the Water: Anglers hook into a variety of fish over the week, including tarpon

May 6, 2020 It's tarpon time in Southwest Florida as more fish are arriving daily. more »»

On the Water: May fishing in Southwest Florida waters

April 29, 2020 Weather wasn't the best over the past week as we had our share of windy days, plus off and on rain and thunderstorms. more »»

On the Water: Fishing up and down with the weather

April 22, 2020 Weather and fishing reports were all over the place this past week. We experienced some beautiful days, windy days and much needed rain at times. more »»

On the Water: Full moon brings strong tides and boosts fishing

April 15, 2020 A big full moon gave us strong tides over the Easter week and coupled with a breezy holiday weekend, brought us extra high water. more »»

Dolphin Tales: Dolphin days in Pine Island Sound

April 15, 2020 Dolphin days in Pine Island Sound can be the best form of entertainment in the region, especially during this time of social distancing. more »»

On the Water: Good weather and great fishing in area waters

April 8, 2020 One positive came from all the negative news over the week -- recreational fishing is a necessity. more »»

On the Water: April might be top month for fishing in Southwest Florida

April 1, 2020 Let's think positive and look forward to great fishing opportunities that may present themselves over the upcoming month. more »»

On the Water: It was a busy week out on the water

March 25, 2020 We enjoyed another week of sunny skies and warm weather on the waters of Southwest Florida. more »»

On the Water: What a week on the water

March 18, 2020 Wow! What a beautiful week it was on the waters around Southwest Florida. There were a lot of boats and our waters were busy. Hopefully everyone was decompressing from all the negative news of late. more »»

Beacon of Hope Wellness Committee: Using essential oils for health and wellness

March 18, 2020 Essential oils have been known since ancient times to cure disease and alleviate painful symptoms. more »»

Dolphin Tales: What are the natural predators of bottlenose dolphins?

March 18, 2020 Bottlenose dolphin are cetaceans that rarely become prey thanks to their size, their intelligence, the use of echolocation and their level of socialization that gives them a significant advantage by... more »»

Lent: A season to toss or add?

March 18, 2020 Many people view Lent as Plan B for failed New Year's Resolutions. Therefore, for many people Lent is following that quaint custom of giving up some pleasure. more »»

On the Water: It was an up and down week out on the water

March 11, 2020 The first week of March did not exactly deliver us the ideal fishing conditions anglers were hoping for. Mother Nature gave us plenty of wind followed with a cold front for the weekend. more »»

On the Water: Anything is possible in month of March

March 4, 2020 We closed out the month of February with tough fishing conditions that included cool weather and strong wind. more »»

On the Water: Snook, redfish and seatrout closure extended

February 26, 2020 We almost made it through the entire week with great weather and spring like conditions. more »»

On the Water: Warm days spark good fishing in the area

February 19, 2020 Good weather with blue skies and plenty of sunshine made for a great week on the water around Southwest Florida. more »»

Dolphin Tales: Dolphin give new meaning to ‘half asleep’

February 19, 2020 While sleeping, the dolphin shuts down only half of its brain, along with the opposite eye. The other half of the brain stays awake at a low level of alertness. more »»



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Norm's Tasting Notes

2017 Blindfold White

May 22, 2020 #22-20-PIE Although it is 80% Chardonnay, this 2017 white blend from The Prisoner Wine Company, adds in Viognier. more »

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