Florida has great fishing from one end of the state to another. For anglers who live near the state line, that great fishing keeps on going—right over into Alabama, on the Gulf Coast, and Georgia, on the Atlantic. “Fishin’ Across the Line,” as we’d say, is the title of an exciting report by author Ed Mashburn. Want to know where to catch the biggest redfish of your life? Spotted seatrout? The best cobia runs? We’ll tell you—plus give you insights into the tricky legal environment: which license will you need, how can you be sure about the limits. For “Reel Time” reports, what’s biting right now on waters all around Florida, learn about Florida Sportsman’s new video project.
Everyone knows about the fall mullet run, but did you know there’s a spring migration, too? When the silver mullet gang up in the lower estuaries before their offshore spawn, they become a key forage source for huge trout, snook, tarpon and more. For juicy details on the “Spring Mullet Mix,” David Brown fishes with and interviews experts on both Florida coasts. Permit are on the move, too, and our resident fish detective, David Conway, is hot on their trail, in “The Permit Zone.” And speaking of detective work, surely you’ve heard of sight fishing… but how about “smell fishing?” Bill Greer suggests we make notes on the various scents we encounter on the water, in the Inshore Seminar.
It’s Bahamas season, and anglers in the know are making big plans for those adventurous trips to the islands. In the Tropical Roundup, Editor Jeff Weakley gives some critical pointers for making successful trips over in your own boat. Will it be yellowfin tuna, dolphin or billfish? Or all three! Why not make your own chum, while you’re looking over the charts. David Brown offers a great recipe for home-brewed sardine blocks in the Offshore Seminar. They’ll work great in the islands or in your home waters.
The plastic worm has been a staple of bass fishing for fifty years or more. But every year there’s a new “twist,” so to speak. Our veteran bass fishing reporter Chris Christian interviews three top Florida experts on their secret wormin’ strategies for big Florida bass. It’s the latest installment in our occasional series, “How We Rig It,” illustrated by Joe Suroviec. In “On the Conservation Front,” reporter Chad Gillis reveals the remarkable success story behind the rehabilitation of a great bass fishery in Southwest Florida, Lake Trafford.
You’ll serve up perfectly grilled fish in minutes flat, after reading Tommy Thompson’s Sportsman’s Kitchen column. You’ll also be smarter for reading Al Herum’s Marine Electronics Column, where water- and shock-resistant covers for smart phones are featured. And, you’ll be a safer boater after reading Frank Sargeant’s advice on life rafts, in our Boatmanship Seminar. And you’ll never, ever go without fresh fish after reading Karl Wickstrom’s surprising “Openers” column. Don’t miss it!
Want to know where to go for big dolphin in the Keys? Tarpon fishing in Collier County? Kingfish off St. Petersburg? It’s all in the Action Spotter. And our reporters aren’t just focusing on the trophy-class fish: Panhandle Field Editor Buck Hall gives great tips for catching triggerfish, while Northwest Editor Bill Greer takes us for pompano on St. George Island. Local expertise is our forte, illustrated, as always by excellent photographs submitted by Florida Sportsman members around the state. Check out the Action Spotter to see who made the pages, and find out where you’ll make your next great catch!