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Updated: 03/14/2014 08:06:16AM

Back to basics, part one

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If you’re a year-round resident, you have to have noticed the additional traffic on U.S. 41 and I-75. It’s not a surprise — it’s just the annual influx of snowbirds coming back to their winter nests. Local businesses are also seeing the effects of our seasonal population’s return. At the tackle shops, one of the ways we know our northern part-timers have arrived is the questions we get, which tend to be a little more basic.

Personally, I think it’s great. I’m always happy to teach somebody who genuinely wants to learn. And it’s undeniable that saltwater fishing along the Southwest Florida coast is very different from targeting stripers in the Northeast or smallmouth in the Midwest. So for the next couple weeks, we’re going back to the basics. If you think you know all this stuff, read it anyway. How else will you be able to argue with me about the parts I got wrong?

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