Inshore

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Northeast Sheepshead

Florida Sportsman member:sydngoose
We hit channel markers and pilings from the inlet up the intercostal. Number one circle hooks and very small leaders (6 inches of 15 pound flouro) was the ticket. We ended up with six nice sheeps but two absolute STUDS, at 10.25 pounds and 7.20 pounds.

Offshore

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FWC Approves Grouper Bag Limit and Season Changes

At its Feb. 10 meeting at the Florida Public Safety Institute near Tallahassee, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) approved changes to the gag and black grouper minimum size limit and the gag grouper recreational season in Gulf state waters.

Reel Time with Florida Sportsman

Boating

Blazer 675 Ultimate Bay

Blazer 675 Ultimate Bay

If you want a bay boat to run at bass boat type speeds, then this hull with a high-performance pad bottom will give you the exhilaration you’re looking for. The sleek hull design is more than just aesthetically pleasing; it has the completely flat deck you would normally associate with a flats boat but the higher freeboard that bay boats are noted for.

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.

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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Freediving 101

Florida Sportsman’s Jeff Weakley joins World Champion freediver Martin Stepanek to go over some basics of freediving.

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Hunting

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Hogs at the Camp

Florida Sportsman member: swamp munky
We went out yesterday late afternoon and had some good daylight success. My lease is located in central Florida. They were on a feeder when we pulled up to fill it and the picture kind of says the rest.

Fresh Water

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FWC Approves New Freshwater Bass Conservation Measures

At its meeting Thursday, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) approved sweeping changes to streamline bass regulations and increase effectiveness. Commissioners meeting at the Florida Institute of Public Safety near Tallahassee approved implementation of new black bass conservation measures, which will go into effect July 1.

Gear & Tackle

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Walton’s Thumb Multi-Tool for Fisherman

The Walton’s Thumb® features 10 unique functions that any fisherman can appreciate. There are 4 lever operated functions, including Pincer, Cutter, Crimper and Split Shot Remover, and 6 more including the folding tools: Knife, Screw Driver, Split Ring Remover, Scissor, Hook Eye Cleaner/Knot Pick and Lanyard Ring.