Keep your baits cool and your grill hot! One secret to success in the heat of summer is fishing deeper below the surface. Editor Jeff Weakley goes to Bimini and shows how to box yellowfin tuna on deep-jigs. Also tested are cutting-edge digital downriggers and fast-sinking flylines, deadly for giant kingfish and more. Staying with the theme of staying cool Jeff covers the specifics on how you need to rig your boat, with this month’s Dreamboat. And, we show how to bring home your own shrimp cocktail, dipping and cast netting shrimp at night. If you pick the right time to fish, September can be one of the best months in Florida.
With closed seasons, particularly snook on the west coast, a fresh catch of shrimp may be your best option for catching your dinner inshore, and filling a bucket with fresh shrimp, is easier than you think. Shrimping by day, shrimping by night: The secrets are all here in the September issue. To find out how to catch a limit of shrimp, don’t pass the cocktail sauce on this article.
Another way of beating the heat is by fishing at night. There’s no better time to fish in September than after the sun goes down. And that goes for fishing in the Gulf Stream as well. But, you better have your boat rigged correctly. Jeff Weakley found a boat rigged just for the task at hand, a Dusky 33 outfitted specifically for sword fishing.
Fish the unique rivers in the western Panhandle. They offer spectacular scenery and incredible fishing variety. “The Escambia River is the place to go for some of the biggest catfish in the state,” Publisher Blair commented. “Possibly my most memorable week of camping was canoe camping along the banks of the Blackwater River.”
The first phase of dove season begins October 1; Mike Conner covers your options, both from a public and private land perspective. Know how you can hunt this fall on public land. The FWC offers two types of limited-entry dove hunts on six managed dove fields. Read this story to help get your trip started.
News and commentary from the environmental battlegrounds around Florida. In the September issue, don’t miss the second in the two-part series exposing the inner workings of the federal fishery management councils. In most cases in life if you follow the money you’ll find out why and how decisions are being made. This month we show you where the money is.
Tunas are busting sardines in the Keys. Redfish are crawling all over the Everglades. Mackerel are making waves along the Atlantic and Gulf coasts. Our regional experts are on the scene to guide you to the hotspots. Wanna know exactly where to launch your boat at Steinhatchee? Which jetty to fish at Sebastian Inlet? You’ll get answers to these kinds of questions here. Also included are the pictures of the lucky few that did get a chance to get out. Use our advice, make a game plan and then send us a picture of your catch!