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Annual children’s fishing tournament this Saturday

More than 100 children will be expected at this Saturday's annual fishing tournament on the public fishing pier and docks outside Bonita Bill's Waterfront Cafe and Tiki Bar.The tournament, which goes back decades to when it was a Fourth of July fishing contest, has been presented the past 28 ...

Captain Dave’s Fishing Tips

Captain Dave's Fishing Tip #1: Catching crevalle jacks is always fun. Pound for pound, they are one of the toughest fighters. Their strength has earned them the title of, "bulldogs of the bay." Large schools of jacks roam the beaches, passes, rivers and creeks, and they will eat most anything. ...

What a Catch!: Captain Dave’s Fishing Tips

Fishing Tip #1: When circle-hook regulations first took effect, there was some resistance from anglers who were used to fishing with "J" hooks. At first, I was also skeptical. But, after using circle hooks for a long time now, I find that they are very effective with live bait, even for the ...

Capt. Dave Hanson shares tales of fishing adventures

On Saturday morning, March 16, I fished the backwaters of southern Estero Bay with James Partyka and his friend, Stuart. The guys used live shrimp to catch ten mangrove snapper, including four keepers. They released a small sand bream, four sailcats ranging 18 to 20 inches, and five crevalle ...

Captain Dave’s Fishing Tips

Fishing Tip #1: Fish in heavily fished areas tend to be leery because they have been spooked too often. Fishing pressure can compromise your success in a big way. So, stay off the beaten trail-with summer's high-tides, it is easy to explore the far reaches of salt creeks and tide marshes. These ...

Major League Baseball cancels spring training

Spring training games have been canceled and the Major League Baseball season will be delayed by at least two weeks due to the national emergency created by the coronavirus, according to a statement issued by the Office of the Commissioner.The Minnesota Twins had been scheduled to play the ...

Future bright for Rays, Twins

These are good times for fans of the Minnesota Twins and Tampa Bay Rays.Not only do the teams look like major contenders in the American League but they are also using spring training to showcase their deep farm system.The prospects they showed off this past Friday during a game at Hammond ...

Red Sox, Twins youth key to spring training

If you are a Twins fan and see the team's 22-year-old left-handed hitting phenom Luis Arraez crouching low over the plate with his bat held in a way that brings back memories of one of the greatest pure hitters in history, you are not out of your mind.The young Venezuelan second baseman whose ...

Berrios sets tone in Twins home opener

With their sights on the World Series, the Minnesota Twins know their pitching will have to step up.Jose Berrios took to the mound at Hammond Stadium in Fort Myers for the Twins' Grapefruit League homer opener Sunday against the Toronto Blue Jays and gave his team what they wanted to see. The ...