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Updated: 07/17/2014 08:00:01AM

Return of the rains

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By Robert Lugiewicz

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Once again, we find ourselves in a rainy Southwest Florida summer. Although we may curse the thunderstorms when they foil our plans to get out on the water, the wet season is natural and necessary for life here as we know it. Some of you remember the years when the rains didn’t fall regularly, and those were not the best of times. This area is a desert, complete with sand and cactuses, except that we get a good soaking every summer. If the rains didn’t come, you’d really have something to curse about.

Regardless of the need for the rainy season, it sure does muck up the fishing. Even when the skies aren’t threatening to pour down on you and there’s no nearby lightning, the massive inflow of fresh water into the Harbor radically affects what the fish are doing. Fortunately, there are still plenty of fish to be caught. You just may need to change your location and tactics to be successful in finding and catching them.

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