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Reader Photos
Thu  Apr 16 2015 08:30AM
WE WANT YOUR PHOTOS! Here’s how it works: Take pictures of your outdoor adventures. Send your high-quality digital photos to, or send prints by snail mail to WaterLine, 23170 … Find out how to read more online.
Keep ’em honest
Thu  Apr 16 2015 08:30AM
I was at the Hook Kids on Fishing program last Saturday at Fishermen’s Village when a gentleman came up to me to tell me an unhappy little story. He was … Find out how to read more online.
Bone to pick over fish guts
Thu  Apr 16 2015 08:30AM
The crime occurred March 12. 5:26 p.m., according to a later report. The place: A dock on a canal behind a home on Mississippi Avenue in Englewood, an easy-going town, … Find out how to read more online.
Going to swim with the manatees? Maybe not
Thu  Apr 16 2015 08:30AM
CRYSTAL RIVER — For Michael Lusk, it was a bizarre and unpleasant encounter he had with some angry people and a woman in a pink chiffon dress that made him … Find out how to read more online.
Artist turns trophy fish into paintings
Thu  Apr 16 2015 08:30AM
WINFIELD, W.Va. (AP) — Janet Ripper Chambers is an artist, but she’s also a two-dimensional taxidermist. The trophies she creates don’t start off as slimy, smelly carcasses. They don’t have … Find out how to read more online.
The trash of the Jersey shore
Thu  Apr 16 2015 08:30AM
SANDY HOOK, N.J. (AP) — Among the seashells, sandcastles and ocean waves at the Jersey shore last year, you may also have seen these: A whoopee cushion, a parking meter, … Find out how to read more online.
Waiting for summer? It’s here
Thu  Apr 16 2015 08:30AM
It sure got hot quickly this year. We have enjoyed a few cooler days and there is talk with the weather folks of a cooler weekend coming up, but it’s … Find out how to read more online.
Things that surprise
Thu  Apr 9 2015 08:30AM
I’ve seen it many times, but every time a just-hooked tarpon cartwheels skyward, I’m surprised. Even if we’re targeting tarpon, even if there are dozens of tarpon rolling around the … Find out how to read more online.
No laws, just perceptions
Thu  Apr 16 2015 08:30AM
Editor’s note: We do not recommend “pushing” with any law enforcement officer. It’s a great way to turn a warning into a citation. I have an interesting story that I … Find out how to read more online.
What’s in your dock contract?
Thu  Apr 16 2015 08:30AM
Be sure to read your dock contract carefully, or you may be surprised to find that you can be held legally responsible for damages and injuries, even if you or … Find out how to read more online.
Hooking local kids on fishing
Thu  Apr 16 2015 08:30AM
Last Saturday, Hook Kids on Fishing held their annual kids’ fishing clinic at Fishermen’s Village in Punta Gorda. Some 125 kids showed up to learn about fishing. Each child was … Find out how to read more online.
’Glades python hunt will return
Thu  Apr 16 2015 08:30AM
MIAMI (AP) — Florida is bringing back a public hunt for invasive Burmese pythons in the Everglades. The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission plans to hold the next “Python … Find out how to read more online.
Turning a drag into big fun
Thu  Apr 16 2015 08:30AM
Have you ever noticed that you can present just about any artificial or natural bait in a multitude of ways? Most of the time, when WaterLine writers discuss a specific … Find out how to read more online.
Dwindling oyster supply threatens Apalachicola
Thu  Apr 16 2015 08:30AM
APALACHICOLA, Fla. (AP) — Five generations of Philip Vinson’s family have labored using tongs to pull oysters from Apalachicola Bay’s shallow waters. He fears there won’t be a sixth. The … Find out how to read more online.
‘River Monsters’ host finds surprise in Miami lake
Thu  Apr 16 2015 08:30AM
With season seven of Animal Planet’s popular series River Monsters underway, host Jeremy Wade took a busman’s holiday in Miami a week ago — and made an unexpected discovery. Wade … Find out how to read more online.
Environmental stewardship: It’s everyone’s job
Thu  Apr 16 2015 08:30AM
Florida’s vibrant ecosystems and abundant flora and fauna have always attracted human habitation. In pre-Columbian times, Southwest Florida’s Calusa and other Native Americans built unique civilizations using those natural resources. … Find out how to read more online.
letters to the editor
Thu  Apr 16 2015 08:30AM
JOSH: I just read Ralph Allen’s column, “Things that surprise.” Wow! To me, a great writer is one that can paint a picture in your mind or take you back … Find out how to read more online.
Flippers or feet?
Thu  Apr 16 2015 08:30AM
In the spring a young man’s fancy lightly turns to thoughts of … turtle murder? No disrespect meant to Alfred Tennyson or the myriad of people who think they are … Find out how to read more online.
Casts in the dark
Thu  Apr 16 2015 08:30AM
The days are getting hotter. It’s not truly hot yet — not by summer-in-Florida standards — but it’s definitely enough to make you sweat. If you want to fish but … Find out how to read more online.
The unwritten code
Thu  Apr 16 2015 08:30AM
I’ve been a full-time captain on the waters of Charlotte Harbor for the past 20 years. In that time I have noticed a lot of changes out on the water. … Find out how to read more online.