Take it to the Bank

FSTV Host Blair Wickstrom with a strong Florida Gator.


Whether you’re fishing mangrove shorelines, seawalls, or piles of exposed sand fill, you’re fishing a bank that can be ripe for a “fish” or “game” withdraw.

One of the truisms of shoreline fishing is that the fish are tidally motivated. Fish with Jeff and Capt. Bill Faulkner, as they go deep in the bush during high tide where the fish are more comfortable, as they can maneuver under overhanging trees or push baitfish up tight against the bank.

And when it comes time to catch a “gator” and in this case we’re not referring to large trout, fishing the banks is your best bet as well. Sight casting for gators is as exciting as it gets. Not only do you have to make a perfect cast, you have to deal with an angry gator at the end of your line.

On the Conservation Front: Karl Wickstrom covers the problems with too much Phosphorus in our water.

Don’t miss this episode of Florida Sportsman TV, where you’ll learn how to legally rob the bank.


Target Species: Redfish, Snook, Trout
Sponsor: Carolina Lunker Sauce
Location: Chokoloskee, FL
Host/Editor: Jeff Weakley
Guide: Bill Faulkner www.gulfcoastguideservices.com

Lodging: Chokoloskee Resort and Marina, www.outdoor-resorts.com/ci

Sponsor: Pflueger
Rod: All Star 7’ medium-fast
Reel: Pflueger Medalist 12lb
Line: Berkley Big Game 10lb
Bait: Old Bayside Mud Mino

Sponsor: Mercury
Boat: 20′ Renegade Skate
Engine: Mercury 115 OptiMax


Target Species: Alligators
Sponsor: Bagley
Location: Lake Mattie, FL
Host/Editor: Blair Wickstrom
Guide: Dave Markett dmarkett@aol.com
Lodging: None

Sponsor: All Star Rods
Rod: Shakespeare Tiger Stiks 7’
Reel: Shakespeare Platinum 30lb.
Line: Stren Super Braid 50lb.
Hook: 9 ot Staniless Steel

No Boat Spec


Sponsor: Flambeau
On the Conservation Front: Sponsor: All Star


MERCURY MARINE – www.mercurymarine.com

PFLUEGER FISHING TACKLE – www.pfluegerfishing.com

BERKLEY – www.berkley-fishing.com

CRAIG CAT – www.craigcat.com

ALL STAR GRAPHITE RODS – www.allstarrods.com

Old BaySide – www.oldbayside.com

MirrOlure – www.mirrolure.com

Bagley Bait Company – www.bagleybait.com

Hook & Tackle Outfitters – www.hookandtackle.com

Rapala – www.rapala.com

Carolina Lunker Sauce – www.lunkersauce.com

Flambeau Outdoors – www.flambeauoutdoors.com

Bennett Trim Tabs – www.bennetttrimtabs.com

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