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Rusty Chinnis

Rusty Chinnis
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Rusty Chinnis is the Outdoors Editor for The Sun.

Reel Time: When opportunity meets preparedness

Out there!  It’s where we all want to be, and where we get so few chances to actually spend time. Whether it’s stalking permit...
Reel Time Homosassa, river of fishes

Reel Time: Homosassa, river of fishes

The great American artist Winslow Homer (1836-1910) was enamored with Homosassa. Homer regularly traveled to Florida, the Bahamas and Cuba during the winter months...

Reel Time: Mentors chart course

Fly fishermen and fishermen, in general, are always seeking ways to improve their enjoyment of the sport. And while that ultimately boils down to...
Reel time red tide

Reel Time: Clear water hides looming problem

The red tide is gone! I don’t know anybody that isn’t elated that the most recent harmful algae bloom is absent from local waters....

Reel Time: Innovators – Architects of modern saltwater fly tackle, part 2

Many of us take the tackle we fish with for granted, but it wasn’t long ago that anglers didn’t have the choices we have...

Reel Time: Innovators – The architects of modern saltwater fly tackle

No two people are more knowledgeable about the origins of modern saltwater fly tackle than Lefty Kreh (passed in 2018) and Flip Pallot. I...
Reel Time: Release program promotes fishery recovery

Reel Time: Release program promotes fishery recovery

On Tuesday, Feb. 26, the Coastal Conservation Association (CCA), in conjunction with Duke Energy and the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, released adult...
Reel Time: Pothole savvy, Part 2

Reel Time: Pothole savvy, Part 2

Last week I wrote about the anatomy of potholes and how to approach them. Depending on conditions, you will want to tailor your strategy...

Reel Time: Fly fishing strategy – pothole savvy

Fly fishing is a sport that rewards the angler who carefully considers his prey and pays attention to the conditions and terrain that they...
Reel Time New dimensions in trolling motors

Reel Time: New dimensions in trolling motors

Most anglers I’ve talked to have a love-hate relationship with their trolling motors. Some have sworn off electrics altogether, using a push pole exclusively....

Pulitzer Prize-winning author to speak

There has never been a more important time for residents of our Gulf coast region to understand the importance of the resource that brought...

Reel Time: Clams restored to Manatee County waters

Sarasota Bay Watch capped a two-year clam restoration effort in January. Despite windy conditions and a choppy bay, board members and volunteers placed 7,000...

Reel Time: Push poles – a must in skinny water

Push poles are as essential as rods and reels to anglers who stalk the flats. They have evolved from wooden poling oars hewn from...

Reel Time: A new direction for Florida’s marine environment

At a press conference Jan. 10 at Mote Marine Laboratory, Florida’s new Republican governor, Ron DeSantis, announced some sweeping changes to the way his...

Reel Time: The miracle of Matlacha

Matlacha is a piece of Old Florida that has been spared, in large part, because it isn’t situated on the Gulf of Mexico. That...