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Updated: 05/16/2014 08:00:00AM

Blinded by silver

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By Capt. Mike Myers

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Southwest Florida is world-renowned for its unbelievable surplus of silver, which shines brightly throughout the Charlotte Harbor and Boca Grande region. It plays a huge role in boosting our local economy, especially during the late spring and summer months when most of the snowbirds (and their money) have migrated back up to their northern roosts. If it wasn’t for the droves of thrill-seekers that descend upon our area from all over this great planet to pan for our silvery treasures, a lot of our local businesses just might have to close (at least until the next snowbird season).

One of the things that I find fascinating about how people prospect for local silver kings is the sheer multitude of diverse techniques that can be utilized to help you in your quest to bring in the biggest piece of silver out there. I’m not really sure how many different methods there are out there for hunting silver-colored fish, but I’d bet it would take an entire season to attempt them all.

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