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Sept. 14, 2019
— So it might not feel much like autumn yet, but there are plenty of signs that fall is on its way. Are you ready for the change? Also, how to tell mullet from redfish while they're in the water, how to use a drift sock, eating oysters from the Harbor, why there are no striped bass in Southwest Florida, and a crazy idea about what you can do with a kayak. Spot Check: The
Inner Coastal Intercoastal
Intracoastal Waterway (ICW).
Sept. 7, 2019
— In case you didn't know, you can't claim several square miles of Charlotte Harbor as your own. Also, whatever happened to boat trailering safety, the effect of concrete pelicans on snook, whether line color matters to the fish, when mangrove snapper fishing is at its best, and somebody wants to know which fish they can snag legally. Spot Check: Redfish Pass.
August 31, 2019
— With a hurricane thinking about visiting Florida, we weren't in the fishingest mood. So we brought in Joel Sheran, the owner of J&J One-Stop Gun Shop
and Total Impact Guns
, to talk about firearms. Also, we argue about how Mike can't tell a lemon shark from a bull shark, and why dark lures in dark water is more a suggestion than an iron-clad rule. Spot Check: The Palm Island Ferry Reef.
August 24, 2019
— The weather has not been super for boat fishing, unless you don't mind getting a little rain on your head. But there are lots of opportunities for land-based fishing that keep you close to the truck and able to make a quick getaway. Also, catching plecos in your crab trap. Spot Check: Quarantine Rocks.
August 17, 2019
— With billions of gallons of dark fresh water moving down the rivers, the Harbor is going black. How is that affecting the fishing? Capt. Mike finally got a hog — find out how. Also, listener questions about how to land big fish, why wild tilapia are better, what to do with a broken reel, and how many Power-Poles you really need. Spot Check: The Skating Rink.
August 10, 2019
— Some folks think tarpon season is over, but they are quite mistaken. Tarpon season part 2 is on fire, and we're talking about locations and techniques you can use to fly some silver fish. Also, floats: Are they just for people who don't know how to fish? Spot Check: Sandfly & Devilfish Keys.
August 3, 2019
— We're joined by guest Jeannie Ann of the Fi-SHE-y Radio Show
as we discuss the Million Mackerel March that's going on around the passes, ideal methods for keeping bait shrimp alive for extended periods of time, and the best fillet knives for saltwater fishing. Spot Check: The 17th Street Reef.
July 27, 2019
— Believe it or not, there are enough redfish out there to actually go target them — which is fun, even though we can't keep them. Also, dreaming of sawfish, why store-bought flounder is disgusting, and where baby sharks live (doo doo, doo doo, doo-doo). Spot Check: Little Gasparilla Pass (the real one).
July 20, 2019
— When Spanish mackerel are mowing down baitfish right in front of you but won't take a hook, what do you do? Also: How to choose the right hook, prying the kids away from Disney to go fishing, when to hide from a thunderstorm, and how to catch some fish in the local canals. Spot Check: The Boca Grande phosphate dock.
July 13, 2019
— It's been a little bumpy on the Gulf these past few days — but when it settles, will there be mahi worth targeting? Also, freshwater catfishing, Fishin' Frank's ICAST review, where those rocks in the Gulf come from, fishing with poppers, why saltwater fish fight so much better, and hilarious pranks to play on your fishing buddies. Spot Check: Three Sisters (and how, exactly, to get there).
July 6, 2019
— Mike's playing hooky, but Josh and Robert are on hand to talk about black drum, argue about algae and when we should talk about it, offer tips for rust prevention, discuss how amazing our offshore fishing is right now, and try to figure out the answer to that eternal conundrum: How much beef jerky is too much? Spot Check: The 20-Foot Holes.
June 29, 2019
— Among this weeks' topics: Robert's adventures in Costa Rica, new shark rules, tiny shrimp, no red tide, shark teeth, getting bit by a snapper, water moccasins, properly sizing tarpon baits, and how you can learn to ID all the different fish we catch in Florida. Spot Check: The Myakka Cutoff.
June 22, 2019
— We're examining many burning questions this week: What effects the rainy season will have on our fishing, how to legally carry a gun on a boat, fishing for big snook, features to look for in a trolling motor, and whether it's a good idea to keep water bottles and fish in the same cooler. Spot Check: Turtle Bay.
June 15, 2019
- How to identify fishy spots when you don't know any fishy spots to go to. Also, managing your tarpon crabs, how to clean a sailcat, how many ladyfish you can keep, and tips for shark fishing without chum. Spot Check: Helen's Reef.
June 8, 2019
- Capt. Mike was the king of almost at the Gasparilla Island Kids Classic, but he cleverly avoided winning three different times. Also, red snapper season is upon us, and we have some tips for you. Plus, tips for staying cool in the summer heat, how to keep your phone from swimming, and trolling with feathers. Spot Check: Ski & Rag alleys.
June 1, 2019
- Today is the start of hurricane season and gag grouper season — which has you more excited? We're talking about fun with panfish and bass in the Everglades, mercury in fish, and whether it's a good idea to play music while fishing. Also, Fishin' Frank has tips for fishing a DOA Bait Buster. Spot Check: Pirate Harbor.
May 25, 2019
- The Memorial Day holiday means it's amateur hour on the water, so stay safe. Plus: The value of frozen bait, tips for keeping threadfins alive, our favorite Southwet Florida plugs, and ways to fish hydrilla (including why you sometimes shouldn't). Spot Check: Port Charlotte Beach.
May 18, 2019
- Learn why Capt. Mike has a Yamaha instead of a Suzuki now, and why he recommends every boater have a towing service. Also, tips for catching Mayan cichlids, why sinkers are still made of lead, where did the sheepshead go, and how to deal with a hooked octopus. Spot Check: The Placida Trestle.
May 11, 2019
- There's more than one way to catch a tarpon - let's discuss. Also, why fluorocarbon is better, avoiding alligators, the eternal struggle between fishermen and beachcombers, the best bait for porgies, and the legality of buying bait from your buddies. Spot Check: Venice Municipal Pier.
May 4, 2019
- Josh is out for the week, but Capt. Sandy Melvin came by to talk about the Gasparilla Island Kids Classic tarpon tournament
. Between Mike and Sandy, was Robert able to get a word in edgewise? Listen and find out! Spot Check: Captiva Pass.
April 27, 2019
- Everybody and their grandma is excited about whitebait, but today we're talking about alternatives. Also, what happened to the guitarfish, can you fake a golden shiner, and when is the best time to go tarpon fishing? Spot Check: The Mohawk reef.
April 20, 2019
- Robert's got a rant about respect (which is why the show starts a little ... weird). Also, other stuff! Spot Check: Jug Creek Shoal.
April 13, 2019
- Favorite fishing spots, places to kayak without getting run over, and tips for better casting. Spot Check: Coral Creek.
April 6, 2019
- Spring has just begun, but it's already time to start thinking about summer. And it's never a bad time to review your contigency plan for a boat breakdown. We're also talking tarpon, and the best way to go catch a flounder if someone has a gun to your head. Spot Check: The Capt. Jeff Steele Memorial Reef.
March 30, 2019
- Hard to believe it's been five years since we started this show. Today we're talking about jacks and jackasses (or, as Capt Mike says, jackbutts). Plus a surprise visit from a fan, and how to handle a shark. Here's the link to the seagrass survey project.
Spot Check: The Laishley Park Pier.
March 23, 2019
- Fish where the fish are, but not when they've just been released in an effort to boost the local population! Also, alternative baits for permit, how to deal with a net full of gilled bait, and why the tides chart and tides never match. Spot Check: The Ice House Flats.
March 16, 2019
- Keep those questions coming, y'all! On this episode: The Harbor is exploding with life, what the heck a sand shark really is, why catching your own bait shrimp is so hard, targeting early season tarpon, and what to do with an overcast day. Spot Check: The Power Poles reef.
March 9, 2019
- CCA Florida
representative Capt. Lieza Fitzgerald is here to talk about the STAR tournament and some of the CCA's conservation initiatives. Also, we're talking kingfish, buying garage sale tackle, and why so few anglers use bluegills for bass bait. Spot Check: Catfish Creek.
March 2, 2019
- Is it just us, or is there a noticeable lack of boating etiquette out there these days? If only there were a way we could stop the jackassery ... Also, it's starting to feel just a bit sharky out there, so let's talk a little about that. Spot Check: Mary's Reef.
Feb. 23, 2019
- Robert has the day off (except for his fishing report), so we brought in longtime local guide and WaterLine Magazine writer Capt. Van Hubbard
to sit in the middle seat and talk about the spring Spanish mackerel and kingfish run that appears to be just around the corner. Spot Check: Danger Reef.
Feb. 16, 2019
- While a few favorite species get most of the spotlight, Southwest Florida is home to many more fish that are worth catching. Let's pick a few — jack crevalle, flounder, squirrelfish, triggerfish and lionfish — and talk about how to target them. Spot Check: Captiva Rocks.
Feb. 9, 2019
- This is one of those shows where we're bouncing all over the place — but in a good way. Topics include sandbar sharks, the upcoming red snapper season, where whitebait go in winter, why there are so few whales around here, tips for would-be used boat buyers, and some pointers for catching redfish on fly. Spot Check: Albee Road Bridge.
Feb. 2, 2019
- Finally, we have a break in the weather. That's got a lot of anglers thinking about the Gulf, so let's spend a bit of time discussing the basic basics of reef fishing. Spot Check: The east wall.
Jan. 26, 2019
- It's been too rough for normal, sane people to go out to the Gulf. Crashing waves are making the beaches tough to fish. Inshore action has been OK in some spots and lousy in others, but overall spotty. What's a fisherman to do? That's easy — it's a good thing Florida is blessed with so much freshwater action. Spot Check: Bokeelia.
Jan. 19, 2019
- We had a couple weirdnesses today, but that didn't stop Capt. Josh and Robert from talking about fishing the mangroves, why some types of seagrass hold more fish than others, sharing tips for fishing Beetle Spins, looking into different names for the same fish, and why New Jersey anglers have a hard time catching fish in Southwest Florida (and vice-versa). Keep those questions coming, folks! Spot Check: The Boxcars reef.
Jan. 12, 2019
- To fillet or cook whole? For sheepshead and smaller reef fish, skipping the fillet will save you a lot of meat. Also, is it legal to collect snails for bait, and how can you maximize your chances of actually hooking sheepies on fiddler crabs instead of just feeding fish? Spot Check: Lake Betty Park.
Jan. 5, 2019
- Finding the perfect boat for fishing Charlotte Harbor is a very tricky thing. You need to be able to get into shallow water, but if you can't handle rough waters you're going to have a tough time in the Gulf. Is there really one boat that can do it all — and do it all well? Spot Check: Temper Tantrum Flats.
Dec. 29, 2018
- OK, so the plan was to discuss all sorts of artificial lures, but we only got as far as soft plastics. That's OK, though — lots of good stuff here. Plus, how far upriver do redfish and trout go, and do fish still bite in murky water? Spot Check: Cattle Dock Point.
Dec. 22, 2018
- It's been a bit sporty on the Gulf (18-foot seas will do that), but we're looking ahead to some offshore opportunities. Also, it's almost Christmas, and if your holiday shopping isn't down yet we have some ideas. Plus, why are so many of our grouper just an inch too short? Spot Check: The lower Peace River.
Dec. 15, 2018
- All kinds of fun things to talk about today: The new shark rules FWC is proposing, some really good listener questions (text yours to Capt. Mike at 941-416-8047 or Capt. Josh at 941-276-9657, or email Publisher@WaterLineWeekly.com), and we sort of diss on a local fishing legend for his choice of knots (sorry, Capt. Ralph — we love you!). Spot Check: Stump Pass.
Dec. 8, 2018
- After a year of Fishin' Talk Radio, we're back to Radio WaterLine. Don't worry — we're not changing much. However, we will try to tie in the show a little tighter with WaterLine Weekly Magazine
content. It's a good thing! Spot Check: Port Charlotte saltwater canals.
Dec. 1, 2018
- We've got Capt. Debbie Hanson
in the studio to talk about the freshwater fishing opportunities in Southwest Florida. Yes, she's a girl. Yes, she's probably better at fishing than you are. Can your male ego live with that? Let's hope, because it would be a shame to miss out on a learning opportunity. Spot Check: Gasparilla Island docks.
Nov. 24, 2018
- Capt. Josh and Robert are in the studio answering listener questions. It's amazing how much Robert has to say when he doesn't get steamrolled by Capt. Mike. If you have questions you'd like us to answer on a future show, text them to 941-276-9657 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Spot Check: Manasota beaches.
Nov. 17, 2018
- We're thankful we've got a whole general mish-mash of things to discuss this time around. For example, red tide 101, the new Phoenix Reef soon to be placed, hunting up crappie, and fish for Thanksgiving. Here's the mullet dip recipe: 4 smoked mullet fillets, 1/2 cup cream cheese. 1/2 cup sour cream, 1/2 cup Duke's mayonnaise (yes, the brand makes a difference), 1/4 cup sweet pickle relish, 2 tsp Key lime juice, Tabasco sauce to taste. Carefully pick bones from fillets and remove skin (watch for stray scales). In a large lidded bowl, smash meat into mince with a fork; don't turn it into mush. Add all other ingredients and stir until well mixed. Cover with lid and refrigerate 24 hours. Serve with a variety of crackers. Serves 16 as an appetizer, or two hungry rednecks. Spot Check: The Barge Canal.
Nov. 10, 2018
- Due to a technical glitch, we lost the first segment of this week's show. But we still have plenty to talk about, including answering a few listener questions. If you have questions for us, text them to 941-276-9657. Spot Check: The Venice Jetties.
Nov. 3, 2018
- Spotted seatrout — we all love to catch them, but nobody brags about them. Maybe if we started thinking of trout a little differently, we wouldn't be ashamed to call ourselves trout fishermen. Spot Check: Spring Lake (with an assist from Fishin' Frank).
Oct. 27, 2018
- Don't look now, but something is creeping up on us. Oh, wait — it's just fall! Temperatures have dropped out of the 90s, and that's a definite sign of autumn in Florida. Time to get ready for some major changes. Spot Check: The Placida Pier.
Oct. 20, 2018
- Today we talked about ... wait, what did we talk about? Let's see; there was the lack of red tide, and the changing weather, and then sharks and mackerel and tuna. Well, we talked about lots of stuff. Oh, and Googan Man had to go to the boat ramp. Spot Check: Alligator Creek.
Oct. 13, 2018
- Good news: The red tide seems to be all but gone from Southwest Florida, at least for now. We're noticing a few aftereffects from Hurricane Michael's passage (positive and negative) and also getting ready for the fall fish migration. Spot Check: Boca Bayou, or roughly thereabouts.
Oct. 6, 2018
- Of course fishermen love to fish. But we also love to argue about fishing. Barid or mono, and what color? Circle hooks or J-hooks? And don't even get started on favorite brands. These and other great debates, featured this week. Spot Check: Two Pines (Two Pine?).
Sept. 29, 2018
- Since most of the anglers we know are also shooters, we brought Joel from J&J Guns
into the studio to chat about firearms. Also, we picked on Capt. Mike because he's on vacation. Love you, Mike! Spot Check: The Turtle Bay bar.
Sept. 22, 2018
- So many questions out there, and each in need of an answer. Let's gather up a few from our listening audience and talk about the things that you need to know. Spot Check: Blind Pass (but which one?).
Sept. 15, 2018
- Secret spots: Every fisherman has them, but how secret are they really? Let's talk about how they work, how to get more, and — maybe most importantly — whether you should ever share them with anyone. Spot Check: The West Wall.
Sept. 8, 2018
- Despite all the negative Nellies, there are suddenly redfish turning on all over greater Charlotte Harbor. Let's take a look at some proven techniques that should get you on some spottails this week — but remember, no keepsies! Spot Check: The North Banks (Cabbage Key).
Sept. 1, 2018
- This should be opening day for snook ... but snook aren't opening just yet, and maybe not for a while. Redfish are shut down too! We're talking about it, but you can get more details here
. With Sea Grant agent Betty Staugler in the house, we're also discussing algae blooms. Spot Check: Matlacha.
August 25, 2018
- What happens when three fish nerds get together? Spoiler alert: Fish nerd talk! This week we're chatting with FWC marine biologist Dr. Gregg Poulakis, whose specialty is the smalltooth sawfish. Spot Check: Shell Creek (above the dam).
August 18, 2018
- We've just about had it with the "woe is me" whining — time to start talking about more positivity. Let's talk about how to hook yourself into an amberjack. And also, the world debut of Googan Man Episode #1. Spot Check: The Novak and Tremblay reefs.
August 11, 2018
- If you though tarpon season ended on the Fourth of July, think again — late summer is a hot time for tarpon, and the bite will go into the fall. Also, triggerfish are closing again (so soon?), and why is the Gulf Council asking about red grouper? Spot Check: Boca Grande Pass.
August 4, 2018
- The thing about red tide that a lot of people are getting wrong is that many fish survive. Also, it actually benefits some animals. Let's talk about the silver linings — and pompano. Here are the links mentioned in the show: Red tide reports
(scroll down and click on Southwest coast report) and the Aug. 17 Captains For Clean Water fundraiser
. Spot Check: Whorehouse Point.
July 28, 2018
- Well, the plan was to talk about freshwater fishing, and we did manage some of that. But we also got a little ranty. Tell us how you really feel, Capt. Mike! Spot Check: Cocoplum Waterway.
July 21, 2018
- We invited Capt. Paul DeGaeta
to come talk with us about the huge phosphate mine that may soon be a reality in DeSoto County. We all live downstream, so pay attention to what has happened in the past and could happen again. Also, red snapper season is over, but we can still go offshore. Spot Check: The BayRonto.
July 14, 2018
- Your radio crew spent some time at ICAST, the world's largest fishing tackle show, this week. Were we blown away? Not really — but we did see some cool stuff. We're also talking about vertical jigs: What they are, how to use them, and why you should have some in your offshore bag. Spot Check: The 14-Foot Hole.
July 7, 2018
- So, what we really want to know is ... what does Robert want to talk about? Only way to find out is to let him pick the topics, so we're discussing blue-green algae, brown water vs red tide, and the ineffable mysteries of leatherback sea turtles. Spot Check: The Tire Reef.
June 30, 2018
- We all love redfish, tarpon and snook, but there's a whole ocean of other fish species out there. Let's look at some of the underappreciated fishing targets that swim in our local waters. Spot Check: Alligator Bay.
June 23, 2018
- Nobody likes to talk about dead fish and red tide, but that's what we've got this week. We're talking with Capt. Daniel Andrews and Capt. Josh Greer from Captains For Clean Water
about one part of the solution. Spot Check: Ponce de Leon Park.
June 16, 2018
- And we're offshore for the fourth week in a row. But we have a great reason - kingfish are still around even though summer is upon us. The action might not last much longer, so get while the getting is good! Spot Check: Hog Island.
June 9, 2018
- We talked about offshore fishing last week, so this time around ... let's discuss offshore fishing! It's almost time to go red snapper fishing, and we're getting just the teensiest bit excited about heading waaaay out on the Gulf. Spot Check: The Burnt Store bar.
June 2, 2018
- June's arrival means amberjack and triggerfish seasons are closed for a couple months, but gag grouper are now open. Let's talk about the places you can catch a couple and the different ways to go about it. Spot Check: Johnson Shoals.
May 26, 2018
- There's a tropical system spinning in the Gulf of Mexico right now, but gag grouper will be opening in a few days and red snapper season will shortly follow. Time to talk about going out on the Gulf. Spot Check: El Jobean.
May 19, 2018
- Capt. Mike is AWOL, so we got our buddy Capt. Sandy Melvin to come hang out with us. The timing is good, because he's got a really cool event coming up — the
Gasparilla Island Kids Classic tournament. Spot Check: The Captiva Blue Hole.
May 12, 2018
- Seems like everybody is out chasing tarpon, so what are we gonna do — not talk about it? Hope you like silver kings, because we'll be discussing them off and on until fall. Spot Check: Gasparilla Pass (or is it Little Gasparilla Pass?).
May 5, 2018
- This time, we mostly stayed on the topic of sharks (although Mike kept trying to divert us onto tarpon talk). From 2-footers up to actual sea monsters, we've got 'em here in Southwest Florida. Spot Check: Bull Bay.
April 28, 2018
- Well, we started out to talk about shark fishing, but other stuff just kept coming up. We may have hopscotched around a little, but there's lots of good and interesting stuff in this show. Spot Check: Sandfly & Devilfish.
April 21, 2018
- Mikey's out fishing, but we still have plenty to talk about. Snook season is about to wrap up, but amberjack are opening soon (shortly followed by red snapper). Plus, there are black drum and cobia popping up out there. Spot Check: Caspersen Beach.
April 14, 2018
- Wanna catch a unicorn? That's what redfish have become to a lot of Southwest Florida anglers. Today we're talking about how to catch them, but also why it's gotten so much more difficult for many fishermen to find them. Spot Check: 17th Street Reef.
April 7, 2018
- The Return of the (Silver) King: Tarpon are back, baby! Now, where and how are you going to catch one? Let's talk about a few likely areas and some proven methods you can use to jump one yourself. Spot Check: Gallagher Cut and Keys.
March 31, 2018
- Live bait fishing is a very popular way to catch fish, so this week we're taking a look at different types of live baits and when to use them. Spot Check: Placida Harbor.
March 24, 2018
- Florida was a freshwater fishing destination long before anyone was catching saltwater fish for fun, and there are still loads of sweetwater opportunites in the Sunshine State — even if you forget about largemouths. Spot Check: Webb Lake.
March 17, 2018
- Fishin' stories — we have 'em, you have 'em, everybody has 'em. Today we're sharing stories and memories to celebrate our 200th show, and we're giving away some cool stuff to our loyal listeners. Spot Check: Alligator Creek Reef.
March 10, 2018
- When the weather is acting schizophrenic (one day it's winter, the next it's summer), there's one fish that you can still depend on. Trout get no respect, yet they're one of our favorite target species. Spot Check: The Palm Island Ferry reef.
March 3, 2018
- The calendar says it's winter, but the weather says it's late spring. That's when we expect to see tarpon showing up, and some have already been obliging anglers looking to scratch that silver king itch. Also, Mike saved a turtle. Spot Check: Harbor Heights.
Feb. 24, 2018
- Snook season is set to open March 1, and a lot of local anglers are excited. Why are these fish so popular, and how are you going to get in on the action? There are lots of places and ways to catch a linesider, so let's explore. Spot Check: Turtle Bay.
Feb. 17, 2018
- Our water temperature is in the 'magic window' and that means the migration of fish up the coast is about to explode. Learn how to get in on this exciting but short-lived action. Spot Check: The Gilchrist Pier (plus a couple bonus spots).
Feb. 10, 2018
- All three of us are big fans of fishing with artificial lures. Let's talk about why that is, and how you can be successful with some of our favorite fake baits. Spot Check: The 20-foot holes.
Feb. 3, 2018
- New tripletail and sheepshead rules might be on the way, how to choose a good pair of sunglasses and why the expensive ones are worth the money, and some tips for winter canal fishing. Spot Check: The Kings Highway ponds.
Jan. 27, 2018
- Most people don't really think of winter as the right time to go shark fishing, but there are certainly some available in Southwest Florida if you want to go looking for them. Spot Check: Cape Haze Point.
Jan. 20, 2018
- With a little break in the wind, it's a great time to head offshore — even if you don't have a true offshore boat. Let's talk about maximizing your opportunities on our nearshore reefs. Spot Check: Three Sisters.
Jan. 13, 2018
- Choosing the right boat is a challenge many anglers waste a lot of money and time on. We've got some pointers to help you out. Spot Check: Ainger Pier/Tom Adams Bridge.
Jan. 6, 2018
- Capt. Karl Butigian came by to chat with Robert and Capt. Mike about wintertime fishing on Charlotte Harbor. Spot Check: Robert's Little Rocks.
Dec. 30, 2017
- With the feds unable to get their own rule changes in on time, we're going to have most of January to catch amberjack in federal waters. Let's learn how. Also, red tide has reared its ugly head, but there are ways to work around this nasty scourge. Spot Check: The Boxcars Reef.
Dec. 23, 2017
- It's Christmas Eve Eve, and here we are talking about the weirdness that is causing amberjack season to open (even though it's not supposed to), winter inshore fishing ... and oh yeah, Santa drops by to give the boys what they deserve. Spot Check: The Intracoastal Waterway.
Dec. 16, 2017
- With Christmas just days away, it's time to get your last-minute holiday shopping done. We've got some suggestions for the anglers on your list — and we've got ideas to fit any budget. Spot Check: Quarantine Rocks.
Dec. 9, 2017
- Capt. Mike is in the frozen northlands celebrating his half-century birthday, but Fishin' Frank showed up to talk about buying gifts for the fishermen on your "nice" list and about overlooked freshwater opportunities. Spot Check: Catfish Creek.
Dec. 2, 2017
- Snowbirds are here and more are arriving daily, so it's probably a good time to take a look at some of the basics — from tackle and baits to boat ramp etiquette. Spot Check: Gasparilla Island docks.
Nov. 25, 2017
- It's about to be prime time for those convict-suited fish most of us love to hate: Sheepshead! Hooking sheepies can be frustrating, but really, they're not so bad — once you learn a few useful tricks. Spot Check: Punta Gorda's saltwater canals.
Nov. 18, 2017
- Our winter pattern makes inshore fishing tough. Blustery winds, chilly temperatures, low tides and bright blue skies may not be ideal fishing weather — but you can find a way to make it work. Also, how hard is it to target a cobia? Spot Check: The U.S. 41 bridges.
Nov. 11, 2017
- Everybody's always looking for fishing spots, so we're going to give you what you want this week. We're discussing several great local spots in depth, teaching you how and where to catch fish. Spot Check: The Matlacha Cutoff.
Nov. 4, 2017
- What's better: Live bait or lures? Incoming or outgoing tides? Snook or redfish? Sure, it's all opinion — but sometimes understanding differences of opinion can help you form your own. Spot Check: Mondongo and Patricio islands.
Oct. 28, 2017
- Kingfish are the big story, or would be if this wind would freakin' settle down. It will eventually, so let's talk about a bunch of different ways to catch yourself a king. Spot Check: The Ice House Flats.
Oct. 21, 2017
- What annoys you on the water? We've all got our lists, but for Josh, Robert and Capt. Mike, the big one is the lack of respect we see all too often. Remember the Golden Rule? A lot of people seem to have forgotten. Spot Check: Danger Reef.
Oct. 14, 2017
- The FWC is holding a Goliath grouper workshop
in Port Charlotte this week, so let's chat about these massive fish. Beach hfishing is starting to get good, so we'll talk about that too. Spot Check: The Skating Rink.
Oct. 7, 2017
- Robert's got the day off, so we filled his chair with Charlotte County Sea Grant agent Betty Staugler
. She's a science kind of girl, so in this show we're taking on some science kinds of issues. Spot Check: Redfish Pass.
Sept. 30, 2017
- The lunacy of redfish regulations just might be enough to drive you clinically insane, but there's good news: The most funnest fun fishing of the year is about to get crankin'. Spot Check: Lemon Bay Park.
Sept. 23, 2017
- Did you know it's National Hunting & Fishing Day
? Also, fall mackerel are starting to show up along our coast. How to catch 'em, and how to cook 'em so they're delicious. Spot Check: Venice Municipal Pier.
Sept. 16, 2017
- We're glad to be back and in one piece. As you might guess, this week we're discussing the after-effects of Hurricane Irma, and all just a bit about the upcoming fall fishing season. It's a good time to be alive. Spot Check: Captiva Rocks.
Sept. 9, 2017
- I debated putting this show up at all, but what the heck. This is our half-baked attempt to do a show as Cat 4 Hurricane Irma was barreling down on us. At that time, it was predicted to go right over the Harbor. Hard to listen to, but we did our best.
Sept. 2, 2017
- We're mostly talking about that most humble but most necessary piece of tackle, the fish hook, and how to choose the right one. Also discussed: Rain, sawfish, saltmarsh snakes, and the massive hotel/condo complex planned for Bayshore Road. Spot Check: The Power Pole reef.
August 26, 2017
- Snook season is right around the corner, so naturally we thought you might want to collect some tips and tricks to help you get a slot fish this fall. Spot Check: Ski & Rag Alleys.
August 19, 2017
- What? No Josh again? That's fine. Robert and Capt. Mike know how to talk too, and this week it's about a decision you need to make: Redfish or tarpon? Spot Check: The east side of Charlotte Harbor.
August 12, 2017
- Josh is busy this week, but Capt. Mike and Robert have plenty to talk about — mostly, questions from our listeners. We got some pretty good ones this week, so check it out. Spot Check: Helen's Reef.
August 5, 2017
- Fishin' stinks! No, we're not talking about how well the fish are biting — we're talking about how to use scent to get more fish interested in whatever you're casting at them. Spot Check: The Placida trestle.
July 29, 2017
- Too often, fishing reports assume that everyone has a boat and can go anywhere they want. This week, we're all about helping land-based anglers catch more fish. Spot Check: Gasparilla Island (Boca Grande) beaches.
July 22, 2017
- How big a hook do you really need? You might be surprised. Also, we have some great listener questions to answer (and if you have a question for a future show, email us
or text Josh at 941-276-9657). Spot Check: Coral Creek.
July 15, 2017
- The big ICAST fishing tackle show is over, but what if you could have a taste of ICAST right here in Port Charlotte? (It's coming!) Also, we're talking with Tyler Crane of Veteran Excursions To Sea
. Spot Check: The Mohawk wreck.
July 8, 2017
- While the cat's away, the mice will play! Josh is taking the week off, so Capt. Mike and Robert are running the show. They brought in Capt. Karl Butigian of KB Back Country Charters
to chat. Spot Check: Whidden Creek.
July 1, 2017
- Josh and Robert caught some cool fish without Mike, and then Robert gets a special delivery live in studio. Plus, maybe we can start catching tarpon now that "tarpon season" is about over. Spot Check: The phosphate docks at Boca Grande Pass.
June 24, 2017
- Red tide? Nah, that's just brown water. Happens every year when the rain starts. What's biting? Snook, sharklets, reef fish, and Mike brags about the redfish he found. Spot Check: The Capt. Jeff Steele Reef.
June 17, 2017
- Hey, it's red snapper season again! We're also talking about power loading at the boat ramp, freshwater fishing spots and a whole bunch of other local fishing info. Listen and learn something! Spot Check: Pirate Harbor.
June 10, 2017
- What does a hill tide have to do with The Hill at Boca Grande? Plus Capt. Mike explains how easy it is to be a fishing guide, and we answer some listener questions. Spot Check: Albee Road Bridge.
June 3, 2017
- Our old friend Capt. Sandy Melvin joins us to talk about the upcoming Gasparilla Island Kids Classic Tarpon Tournament
, plus tarpon fishing in general. Oops, did somebody say "tarpon jig?" Spot Check: Captiva Pass.
May 27, 2017
- Are you excited to finally go offshore? The winds are becoming agreeable and gag season opens June 1 (along with red snapper, for a whole three days). Time to get on the Gulf. Spot Check: Bokeelia.
May 20, 2017
- Things are a-changing: Rain is starting to fall and spring is giving way to summer. How are you going to deal with it? And also, you'll never forget the words "chub rub," even if you want to. Spot Check: Mary's Reef.
May 13, 2017
- Yes, we just talked about tarpon last month, but a lot has changed in four weeks. Let's take a look at where (and how) to target a sabalo right now. Spot Check: Harbor Heights.
May 6, 2017
- Crabs are an important food source for many species of fish, but oddly, most local anglers don't use them for bait very often. Maybe we can convince you to give them a try. Spot Check: Laishley Park Pier.
April 29, 2017
- It's the last weekend of the spring snook season, and if you don't get a keeper now you won't be able to bring one home until fall. Time for some last-minute tips! Spot Check: Manasota Key's beaches.
April 22, 2017
- Spanish and king mackerel are showing up in good numbers, and they're a lot of fun to catch. Also, Maralee from Harbor Seafood
brings in breakfast and Mike stuffs his face for a while. Spot Check: The Skating Rink.
April 15, 2017
- Tarpon are showing up all over, from the offshore Gulf to the river mouths. But convincing early season silver kings to bite can be frustrating, so we have some pointers to help you get hooked up. Spot Check: The Boxcars reef.
April 8, 2017
- People have been fascinated with sharks for a long, long time - so it's no surprise many anglers enjoy fishing for these toothy beasts, But even friends can disagree about what the best methods might be. Spot Check: Boca Grande Pass.
April 1, 2017
- Looking for a new challenge? How about a little largemouth bass fishing? We don't have much in the way of big lakes locally, but there's no shortage of fishing holes or fish. Spot Check: Johnson Shoals.
March 25, 2017
- Everybody wants to have fresh grouper for dinner, but grouper haven't been that easy to come by lately. If you're looking for some tips, we've got 'em. Also, who's gonna win the bass shootout: Mike or Josh? Stay tuned. Spot Check: Quarantine Rocks.
March 18, 2017
- There's nothing like the aroma of lightly grilled FWC officer to start your day. Officer Brian Norris stopped by to talk boating safety and we held his feet to the coals. Well, only a little - we actually like fish cops. Spot Check: Turtle Bay.
March 11, 2017
- Ah, spring: That time when a young man's fancy lightly turns to thoughts of huge glistening fish flying through the air. Tarpon are on the way - let's talk about how to make your silver king dream a reality. Spot Check: Two Pines.
March 4, 2017
- Snook season opened March 1 and a lot of fishermen have already been enjoying them. If you need some tips to help you connect to a linesider, no worries - that's what this show is all about. Spot Check: Hog Island.
Feb. 25, 2017
- The calendar says spring won't start until March 20th, but the weather says it's already begun - and the fish seem to agree. Let's take a look at what we'll be targeting over the next couple months. Spot Check: Sandfly & Devilfish Keys.
Feb. 18, 2017
- You have questions; we have answers. This week's show is all about answering reader questions, which we love doing. If you have questions for us or topics you want us to discuss on the show, send an email to email@example.com. Spot Check: El Jobean.
Feb. 11, 2017
- How do you feel about open season on Goliath grouper? And how many fish is enough to keep? Plus we've got some tricks for hooking those sneaky cobia. Spot Check: Catfish Creek.
Feb. 4, 2017
- How many species have you caught in Southwest Florida? There are more than you probably think. Plus we're talking ultralight tackle, microfishing, and Robert scolds Josh. Spot Check: The Palm Island Ferry reef.
Jan. 28, 2017
- The gremlins got into the studio, but we managed to make a show anyway. We're talking dock lights, freshwater opportunities and a little about catching and cooking cobia. Spot Check: Cocoplum Waterway (9-Mile Canal).
Jan. 21, 2017
- When the whitebait head south for the winter, it's time to break out the incredible, edible shrimp. The tough part is deciding whether to use them for bait or eat them yourself. Spot Check: Alligator Creek Reef.
Jan. 14, 2017
- Lower water temperatures mean the sheepshead bite is getting better and better. And the weather is amazing, giving us a rare winter window to go offshore in smaller boats. Spot Check: Caspersen Beach.
Jan. 7, 2017
- We're off to a bang-up new year: Cyberbullies invade the fishing world, the feds may redefine shark fishing, we're overcooking fish, and what a fisherman does when the weather really truly just sucks. Spot Check: Port Charlotte saltwater canals.
Dec. 31, 2016
- The year is just about over, but we'll have a new one starting tomorrow. We've got a few predictions for 2017, plus we're excited about the opening of amberjack season. Spot Check: Matlacha.
Dec. 24, 2016
- It's Christmas Eve, and we're stuck in a broadcast studio because of you. It's OK - we love you anyway. We're talking about tripletail, new tackle (whether you want it or not!) and how this warm water is making opportunities. Spot Check: The west wall.
Dec. 17, 2016
- Capt. Karl Butigan of KB BackCountry Charters
stopped by to talk redfish, and we learned that Josh is going to be doing a bit of education at Harbor Seafood, Meats & More.
Spot Check: Gasparilla Pass.
Dec. 10, 2016
- A little talking about the nasty red tide in the upper Harbor, and then a whole lot of talking about sheepshead and how to catch those bait-stealing punks. Spot Check: Ainger Pier/Tom Adams Bridge.
Dec. 3, 2016
- Capt. Mike and Robert are off, but Josh and Jesse from Old Pine Island Marina have plenty to talk about: Redfish, pompano and the magic of Pine Island Sound. Plus, we have cooking tips from Maralee at Harbor Seafood. Spot Check: Blind Pass.
Dec. 2, 2016
- This isn't actually a Radio WaterLine episode — it's the Dr. Triana show, with Radio WaterLine host Josh Olive as a guest. There's not much fishing how-to here, but you might find it entertaining.
Nov. 26, 2016
- Scattered red tide reports persist, but there are lots of fish to be caught inshore and offshore. Would you rather try for reds before they vanish or snook before season closes? Spot Check: The Bayronto.
Nov. 19, 2016
- Gag grouper are moving in, so let's talk about a couple good ways to target them. Also, red tide shows up in Charlotte Harbor, and what exactly is a Critical Wildlife Area? Spot Check: Whorehouse Point (hey, we didn't name it - we just fish there).
Nov. 12, 2016
- It's time: The kings are here! Whether you want to troll or drift, they're available in the Gulf right now - and it's calm enough to actually get out there and catch 'em. Spot Check: Novak & Tremblay reefs.
Nov. 5, 2016
- Some tips to help you catch a keeper snook before season ends. Plus, we're gearing up for some hot action in the saltwater canal systems. Spot Check: Alligator Creek.
Oct. 29, 2016
- Where's the bait, and how do you catch it? And what's the deal with all these freaking drones? Also, some helpful tips for improving your fishing photos. Spot Check: Bull Bay.
Oct. 22, 2016
- Capt. Mike is out on a charter, but Josh and Robert have plenty to talk about answering questions from listeners. You gonna learn today! Spot Check: The Venice jetties.
Oct. 15, 2016
- The tarpon bite is surging in Charlotte Harbor, and Bob's bobber will help you hook 'em. Plus, some tips and tricks for targeting those delicious pompano. Spot Check: The 20-foot holes.
Oct. 8, 2016
- We spend so much time focusing on catching fish, but how much effort do we put into preparing them? Maralee McGowan of Harbor Seafood, Meats & More walks us through from the water to the plate. Spot Check: The west wall.
Oct. 1, 2016
- Yeah, there's some red tide. It's not the end of the world - we can still go after reds and tarpon inshore, and the offshore bite is muy bueno. Spot Check: Ponce de Leon Park.
Sept. 24, 2016
- It's National Hunting & Fishing Day, and Southwest Florida is loaded down with on-the-water opportunities (and unfortunately, a bit of red tide). Spot Check: Placida Pier.
Sept. 17, 2016
- Capt. Mike is losing his shirt in Las Vegas, so we invited Fishin' Frank to come talk about choosing the right rod, kingfishing and assorted other things that popped into his head. Spot Check: Burnt Store bar.
Sept. 10, 2016
- Where did the big tarpon go, and what's going on with redfish? Plus, Mayan cichlids are delicious.
Sept. 3, 2016
- Post-storm fishing, checking over your tackle, and other miscellaneous rantings. See you next Tuesday!
Aug. 27, 2016
- Getting ready for opening day of snook season, plus we talk with Billy and Charlie about the Dylan Gonzalez Memorial Tournament.
Aug. 20, 2016
- How to get beat up with an artificial leg, the Goliath grouper problem, and what to do about rusty hooks.
Aug. 13, 2016
- Everything you need to know about catching Southwest Florida sharks - plus a few things to avoid doing.
Aug. 6, 2016
- Is it a flounder or a fluke? If you're fishing in Florida, all our flounder are fluke - and if you know how to catch fluke, flounder should be easy.
July 30, 2016
- Sure, there are grouper and snapper, but don't miss your other offshore opportunities. Also, Capt. Mike is a terrible shot.
July 23, 2016
- Amberjack and triggerfish are staying closed, how to fish in hot water, and tricks for shallow-running boats.
July 16, 2016
- The snapper bite is on fire, so let's go get a few. We'll also talk about our ICAST impressions and why you should be buying tackle locally.
July 9, 2016
- It's plenty hot out there, but we know a way to beat the heat: Go after dark. Also, Capt. Mike gets shot with a Nerf gun.
July 2, 2016
- That blue-green algae is gross, but it's not everywhere. Let's see where the redfish are and how to hook 'em.
June 25, 2016
- Sad news, but life goes on. We're catching snook on the beaches and looking ahead to ICAST.
June 18, 2016
- A chat with Capt. Tom about boats and booze, plus the changes that have been raining down on Southwest Florida.
June 11, 2016
- Why the hell would it be illegal to park your boat on your own driveway? Let's explore.
June 4, 2016
- Capt. Mike played with a whale shark, the best ways to freeze fish, and watch the tropics.
May 28, 2016
- Already? Gag grouper and red snapper open this week! It's time to get to the reefs - we'll tell you how to catch 'em.
May 21, 2016
- The rainy season is creeping up on us. Are you ready for the inevitable changes to the fishing patterns?
May 14, 2016
- With so many fishy opportunities right now, we're spoiled for choice. Good news - no one said you had to pick just one.
May 7, 2016
- Josh and Robert talk with Capt. Sandy Melvin about tarpon, bass fishing and the Gasparilla Island Kids Classic tournament.
April 30, 2016
- Avoiding tragedy on the water, changes to gag grouper, the last day of snook season and tarpon googans!
April 23, 2016
- Artficial lures are mysterious things to many anglers, but really, you just need to know how to use them.
April 16, 2016
- This week it's Capt. Mike's turn to be out of the studio, but we replaced him with our old pal Capt. Josh Greer and talked about fly fishing. Good stuff!
April 9, 2016
- Robert's out with a cold, but that's OK: Capt. Mike and Josh can still talk tarpon, and the bite is getting good.
April 2, 2016
- Holy moly, it's our second anniversary! The giveaways are over, but we still have some solid current fishing info for you.
March 26, 2016
- With so many fish to choose from, where do you start? Plan A is redfish, Plan B is cobia - let's make it happen.
March 19, 2016
- It's getting a little sharky out there. Wanna catch 'em like Capt. Mike does? You'll need to catch a few ladyfish first.
March 12, 2016
- The fish are biting, but the bait hasn't shown up yet. Time to grab some artificial lures - but which ones? We got ya covered!
March 5, 2016
- With spring showing itself, the bite is getting really good. Learn how to target snook, day or night, and get ready for offshore pelagics.
Feb. 27, 2016
- Snook season is just about to get underway on the Gulf Coast. Where will you be on opening night, and what will you be casting?
Feb. 20, 2016
- Red tide is vanishing all along the Southwest Florida coast and spring is springing. Get ready for the incredible action that's coming.
Feb. 13, 2016
- Capt. Mike's gonna be on the TV. Also, navigating dark water, chumming for snapper and fishin' with your sweetiehead.
Feb. 6, 2016
- Red tide: Two words no one likes to see together. But is it red tide or just dark water? And how bad are things, really?
Jan. 30, 2016
- It's been raining a lot, and the rivers show it. We're also talking red tide (it's back!), Stump Pass dredging, and those darn googans are everywhere!
Jan. 23, 2016
- Is it a sheepshead, a black drum or a spadefish? Also, tips and techniques for wintertime success in the canals.
Jan. 16, 2016
- Looking for the perfect boat? Bad news - it doesn't exist. But there are some pretty darn good compromises.
Jan. 9, 2016
- The snowbirds are here, so let's take it back to basics: How is saltwater fishing like freshwater fishing? Also, pompano and boat searches.
Jan. 2, 2016
- Hallelujah - red grouper, amberjack and triggerfish are open again! How to find and catch reef fish.
Dec. 26, 2015
- Places and tips for shore-based angling. You can hit the pier, the beach or wade the flats.
Dec. 19, 2015
- Fishing after a cold front can be tough - real tough. But there are techniques you can use that will get a fish on the line. It's also a great time to find fishing spots for the future.
Dec. 12, 2015
- Sheepshead are fun and tasty fish that can be hard to hook. Listen and learn how.
Dec. 5, 2015
- Our debut on KIX Country! Lots of fishing reports, plus a chat with Tim Johnson of Reaper Rods.
Nov. 28, 2015
- Recreational fishing is supposed to be recreational. Tips to put the fun back into your fishing.
Nov. 21, 2015
- Anybody can catch little trout. How do you target the bigger ones? Also, fall tarpon!
Nov. 14, 2015
- Dealing with those endless windy days, plus tips to help beginners catch fish.
Nov. 7, 2015
- Fish don't know it's fall, so get out there and enjoy summer, part deux.
Oct. 31, 2015
- What catches more fish: Artificial lures or natural bait? And which is more fun?
Oct. 24, 2015
- Boating etiquette (don't be a googan!) and how to target tasty floundah.
Oct. 17, 2015
- There's no avoiding the tide. But working with it, not cursing it, can make your fishing better.
Oct. 10, 2015
- "I'm talkin' about sharkin'!" Sharks are fun and usually willing to bite, so why not?
Oct. 3, 2015
- The fall migration is on, and it's time for a big mackerel attackerel on the Gulf of Mexico.
Sept. 26, 2015
- Choosing the perfect rod and reel, plus a friendly chat with local guide Capt. Billy Barton.
Sept. 19, 2015
- There are so many redfish out there it's ridiculous. Here's how to get on 'em.
Sept. 12, 2015
- Tarpon season is over? Hmmm ... looks like somebody forgot to tell the tarpon.
Sept. 5, 2015
- Fall is on the way, and that means a lot of changes are coming. Are you ready for them?
Aug. 29, 2015
- Snook season is opening, but there's a li'l tropical strom out there scaring folks.
Aug. 22, 2015
- We were going to talk about rods and reels, but Fishin' Frank wanted to talk new lures.
Aug. 15, 2015
- There are a lot of fish out there, but finding them is sometimes tough.
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Aug. 8, 2015
- All about fishing on the flats, plus how that jerkface Mike couldn't bring me one lousy tuna..
Aug. 1, 2015
- Boating regulations are great and all, but you need to apply common sense too.
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