Florida Sportsman member: Boattronics Leon was trying to be nice and let me get ahead, missing another two fish! But Leon, patiently behind my fumbles, spotted a fish coming right at him. He made a perfect cast, and I watched this fish slurp the bait right in front of me loud like I’ve never heard before…fish on!
Florida Sportsman member: keypond Hit Cedar Key, ran all the way to my first spot without stopping. We pulled up to see a massive amount of bait being busted by blues. Dropped the trolling rods in and instantly put three nice fish in the boat.
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.
The first time I live chummed offshore I had my angler standing beside me with a fly in the water waiting for a fish to cast at, only to have a 15-pound bonito make an arrival that just about ripped the rod out of his hand. There was no need to set the hook, as all his concentration and strength went into retaining possession of the rod as the fish dumped the 8-weight well into the backing.
Every year thousands of novice and experienced divers try their hand at hunting for spiny lobster. Experienced divers have learned the hard way that having the best catch bag on the market is important to keep from losing a lobster when opening the catch bag to add another catch.
Hunting with a bow or crossbow is a great way to get a jump on the gun hunters. Bowhunters are allowed in the woods a month-and-a-half earlier and get that first crack at the deer. Plus, during archery season, you can also take antlerless deer, which really increases your chances of putting venison in the freezer.
It’s by no coincidence that an angler’s day, during the summer months, starts early. Cooler morning temps make it favorable for bass to cruise the shallows in search of prey. This is where most fishermen concentrate their efforts because of the visual clues. Fallen trees, lily pads and other emergent vegetation offer cover for fish and casting targets for anglers.
As all outdoorsmen know, quality knives are essential tools for filleting fish or dressing an animal. These knives tend to come out of the box razor sharp, but even the best of blades tend to dull over time. Work Sharp has come out with the Guided Sharpening System, a product that can sharpen all of your knives, even fishing hooks.