Hogfish, a.k.a. hog snapper, is a familiar and much-appreciated target of spearfishermen statewide. In recent years, hook-and-line fishermen are catching more of these delectable species. Lighten up your gear, buy some fresh shrimp, and follow the gameplan laid out by writer David Brown in this month’s cover story. And while on the subject of fresh fish dinners, Jim Sutton, Northeast Field Editor, delivers a great instructional on saving fish cheeks, ribs, throats and other strategic, savory morsels. Managing Editor David Conway takes to the skies in “Fly to Fish,” a great piece of reporting sure to interest any outdoorsman who’s daydreamed about the ultimate fast-access to dream destinations.
Flamingo, in Everglades National Park, is one of the ultimate destinations for anglers in search of redfish. Spot number one in that area: Snake Bight, a broad expanse of shallow seagrass indented into the southern tip of the Florida peninsula. Expert fisherman and ace photographer Adrian Gray makes a good case for the recent change in access to Snake Bight, as he showcases the fantastic, up-close action of sight-fishing reds. Looking to maximize your casting distance? In the Inshore Seminar, Writer Roger Bullock enumerates the advantages of 8-foot-plus steelhead rods, Pacific-style sticks that are finding new homes in the arsenals of Florida anglers.
When you hear about fishing in South Florida, Miami and Palm Beach are the first cities that come to mind, places with big inlets, large charter fleets and historical fishing clubs. But in between these hubs is a stretch of imminently fishable coastline. The midpoint is Boca Raton, where locals have long enjoyed under-the-radar, ultra-convenient bluewater sportfishing. The Gulf Stream comes within a mile of shore some days, bringing dolphin, marlin and more almost to the mouth of the inlet. Editor Jeff Weakley checks out the action and talks with locals in the know. At the other end of the state, the Florida Gulf Coast is experiencing epic wahoo discoveries, as adventurous anglers from Pensacola to St. Petersburg troll the deep ledges. Find out how you can tap into all these great fisheries!
Hunting and Freshwater
General Gun deer and wild hog seasons are coming soon, and this month is a good time to study up on optimal loads and scope settings for your favorite rifles. Longtime FS contributor Chris Christian offers advice in our new addition to the Florida Sportsman Seminars department, Hunting. For the Freshwater enthusiast, in the Tropical Roundup department we’ve got a great primer on traveling south—way south—for peacock bass.
Seagrasses are dying off at an alarming pace in some parts of Florida, and the causes are hard to pinpoint. In this month’s “On the Conservation Front,” Sportsman’s Biologist Grant Gilmore examines a particularly insidious case in the middle Indian River Lagoon, from Fort Pierce to Sebastian Inlet. The stakes couldn’t be higher—this historically rich watershed is home to the All-Tackle Seatrout record and countless other marks in angling history. Magazine Founder Karl Wickstrom, in “Openers,” reveals why water quality is so difficult to manage in Florida. On the fisheries advocacy side, Doug Kelly tells why you should be alarmed at sector separation in the Gulf of Mexico.