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Updated: 03/13/2014 02:59:25PM

Spring is sneaking up

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WATERLINE PHOTO BY RALPH ALLEN

A bunch of Spanish mackerel in the fishbox.

WATERLINE PHOTO BY RALPH ALLEN

A bunch of Spanish mackerel in the fishbox.

By Robert Lugiewicz

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It won’t be long now. The oak trees are in bloom and putting out new leaves. The February full moon is behind us, and with it probably our last major cold front. Schools of threadfins are ganging up out on the beaches, and whitebait are starting to gather up. Spanish are returning after their midwinter disappearing act. Anglers in the Keys and Marquesas are reporting tarpon returning to their waters (though not in huge numbers yet).

All of these signs point to the imminent arrival of spring. Southwest Florida’s winters are short, and we’ve had about enough of this one. Now is the time to prepare for one of the best fishing periods of the year.

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