Inshore

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Tampa Bay Redfish Bite

Florida Sportsman member: gettinwet We started in the backwaters focusing around mangrove points and cuts between islands as well as schools of large black mullet. After a lot of short strikes on topwater plugs we did manage to hook up a couple of nice reds.

Offshore

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Day Trip Success: Wahoo and Snapper

Florida Sportsman member: e-money Jeff ran right over his head as soon as we put lines in! Doc and Jordan tag team on cranking, E$ is on the leader. The fish pops up alongside the boat and my freaking jaw dropped.

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Boating

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Applying Non-Skid

As I get the opportunity to test many boats throughout the year, one thing I see all too often is manufacturers that don’t spend enough time on the water using their own products. If they did, switches would be easier to see and systems would have better access. Along these same lines some boat builders use anti-skid as more of a design pattern instead of its intended use of a secure place to step.

Paddle Craft

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Fishing the No Motor Zone

This is East Central Florida’s fabled No Motor Zone, 10,600 acres of water nestled in the Banana River, east of the Indian River Lagoon. It was established in 1990 to protect the manatee population. Merritt Island forms the west bank of the N.M.Z.; the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station is the barrier from the Atlantic Ocean.

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Fly Fishing

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Tandem Fly Rigs

I have long used tandem rigs, both in fresh and salt water. If you’ve ever fished topwater poppers and bugs and dealt with half-hearted strikes, it may have been during cold weather or when the surface was flat-calm under a high sun. That’s when a dropper fly can seal the deal for you.

Diving

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FS Seminar: Dive into Spearfishing

You stopped being a snorkeler the second you left the surface and entered a new realm and a sport that will challenge and reward you and combine three of your favorite things: hunting, fishing and diving. As with any other sport on the water, there is a lot to learn and safety is the number one priority with anyone wanting to go past the snorkeling phase.

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Hunting

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Gator Hunt: Teaching the Next Generation

Florida Sportsman member: bgeorge Passing on our outdoor activities to the next generations is so important to us. Here are a few pics so far of gators from the public water hunts. Just a little over a month left and still have many more to fill.

Fresh Water

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Frog Modifications

A big, protein-rich mouthful — that’s what frogs mean to bass. Anglers mimick this top-tier forage with topwater frogs that tempt fish hiding under mats or lurking in open water. Here’s a rundown of tips for maximizing your frog success.

Gear & Tackle

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Fishbrain App

Fishbrain is the world’s most popular mobile app and social network for anglers, and the fastest, easiest way to log fishing activity and share it with anglers worldwide.