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Updated: 08/07/2014 08:00:01AM

Spoiled for choice

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Dale Piechochi of Indiana caught this 25-inch snook with Capt. Bart on a King Fisher Fleet charter.

By Robert Lugiewicz

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Most places where you fish, you might be able to target a handful of different species. Here in Southwest Florida, there are dozens of species you can intentionally fish for, and hundreds more that might end up grabbing your bait. We’re in the overlap zone between the temperate Atlantic and the tropical Caribbean, so we have a huge variety of fishes from both of these climate zones. Throw in our freshwater fishing, with an ever-increasing number of exotic fish showing up in the canals just to our south, and you could catch something different every day for a year and still not have caught them all.

Although the bounty is astounding, not every fish that swims here can be caught any time you want. Many of them are seasonal, spending only a few months or even a few weeks along our shores. That’s also due to our location between tropical and temperate zones. Most fish have preferred temperature ranges, and for some those ranges can be pretty narrow. These Goldilocks species visit us only when conditions are just right.

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