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Florida Keys - tarpon, snook, mahi, swords, snapper

Permit caught on light tackle at Sugarloaf KeyMarch and April are transition months in the Florida Keys, as winter winds die down and water temperatures rise. During this six- to eight-week period it’s possible to catch a variety of species that bridge both the winter and summer seasons.



The Chesapeake Bay - speckled trout, drum, rock, croaker

Monster speckled trout can be caught as far north as the Chesapeake Bay Bridge.Chesapeake Bay angling is ruled by the seasons, as is the case with many bodies of water on the East Coast. Sure, the Bay has its share of native species, but it’s the comings and goings of piscatorial targets such as striped bass, red and black drum, speckled trout, croakers and others that make it one of the most interesting places in the country to dip a line. And there’s no more exciting time than late spring and early summer, when things heat up and get truly interesting on this scenic piece of water.



New England - stripers, fluke, sea bass, cod

The action heats up this month.May is a tricky month for fishing in New England — tricky in large part because it marks the beginning of real “in-season” fishing for a variety of species over a major geographic sprawl, and tricky because everything is in flux, somewhere between winter grounds and the first places we know to go looking.



Where charming canals beckon

The three-bedroom home is on a cul-de-sac.Pete and Priscilla Anselmo designed their Punta Gorda, Fla., dream home to maximize wide water views and the laid-back Florida lifestyle, yet retain the privacy they enjoyed at their previous New England home. From their dock it’s an 8-minute cruise, unobstructed by bridges, to Charlotte Harbor on Florida’s west coast.



Our shared past

For the last year, past and present Soundings staff members have been reminiscing about their times at the magazine. We’ve read of masthead changes, unimaginable developments in the technologies of publishing and enormous innovations in the marine industry over this half-century. But it occurred to us, as we wrap up this golden anniversary celebration, that ours is an emotional and passionate pastime and that certain events have touched us all. We have a shared past.



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