Recent inshore fishing reports from the Big Bend region.


Cedar Key Reds and Trout

Florida Sportsman member: Gator4Life

The short trout were biting my Gulp shrimp. I moved around hitting the deeper edges of the grass flats and managed three keeper size. I went back to my red hole a second time to fish the top of the incoming. I’ve been getting them the two hours after the high, so I didn’t know if they would be there. I ended up with five more keepers, the biggest at 23.5″.

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Afternoon Redfish and Snook

Florida Sportsman member: Billy

We caught a few reds and a few snook plus a jack. Snook were really active, with me missing two of them when they jumped and threw the lure. The water was in the hot range and the fish were all in less than three feet of water. They were taken on soft jerkbaits, although I think Mark got one on a gold spoon. Nice day on the water.

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Successful Snookin’

Florida Sportsman member: HammerheadTed

Our trip this morning was a very short three hour, dock to dock, but the tide was good and the fish gods were smiling on us. Megan caught two big snook and an oversized trout, all on topwater. I caught a snook too, and it was not as small as she says, just so you know. We saw dolphins, manatee, ospreys diving and a pair of frigate birds up close.

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Two Hour Red Trip

Florida Sportsman member: Billy

It was a little choppy, but nice weather so we decided to head south. The fish were active, but were being picky about hitting an artificial. We managed to put an eater in the boat, added a few other reds, and probably six snook, counting the snooklets. All of the fish were caught on either a gold spoon or a soft jerkbait in less than three feet of water.

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Yankeetown Variety

Florida Sportsman member: CoachTL

First cast of the day, I got a nice redfish on topwater. We ended up catching another slot red along with several shorts. As we were working our way out of the area we were fishing, I hooked a nice snook. After a few jumps and hard runs I was able to land it, and she was just over 36 inches. At the beginning of the outgoing tide, we worked a couple outside rocks and bars and were able to catch a couple upper slot trout, along with a bonus flounder. All fish were caught on artificials.

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Red Hot in Yankeetown

Florida Sportsman member: NativeOne

My girlfriend landed her personal best red at 34″ and my daughter brought in two slot reds, a 29″ overslot, and a big ugly-her biggest fish yet. The black registered 42 pounds on the boga grip, which was funny because my daughter weighs 54 pounds. Once the girls got tired of catching fish, I was able to land a few for myself, before the tide got too low. It’s been some great fishing despite the temperatures and the recent full moon. The water still feels like bathwater, but all this rain we’ve been getting must be doing something to keep the bite going strong.

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Drumming in Crystal River

Florida Sportsman member: Biggary16

It wasn’t ideal conditions, but we caught a few snook and had fun sight fishing for some giant black drum or as we like to call them, big uglies. The next time I got out, I was with forum member WishinIwasfishin and wanted to try some new territory. We had a good high tide to search for some red drum. I found a nice 26.5″ red on a mangrove point. We patterned fished the points and had a good day finding redfish.

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Homosassa Redfish and Scallops

Florida Sportsman member: josh…BAMF

We headed out to the Floatilla for some scallops. We started north of Homosassa and the pickings were pretty slim. We moved a few times and slowly managed to get about three gallons over about two hours. We were mostly in about five to six feet of water. We also found a really cool ledge with nice sized snapper and grouper sitting on it, right in the middle of the grass flats. It was about 20 feet long and had about a three foot relief. Figuring we had enough scallops for an appetizer, we headed in to try fishing. I picked up an 18 inch red and the next cast my wife one upped me and caught a 21 incher. Also caught about four or five little 12 inch snook.

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Bayport Reds and Trout

Florida Sportsman member: mleach82

It’s been a while since I’ve fished out of Bayport, but I decided to stay local. I loaded up the kids and the boat and headed out around 10am. I cast netted some pinfish, while waiting for the tide to come in, then went to work. Spent maybe three hours on the water and ended up with a trout and four reds ranging from 19″-26″. Great day with the boys.

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Ozello Slammin’

Florida Sportsman member: anglerbros 7286

I finally got back in my little boat to give Ozello another try. In no time, I got some nice reds, 23″ and 26″. We lost a couple other slot reds and caught a baby snook. I figured we should plan for rain after 1:30pm, so we looked for trout quick. We caught a handful before getting bored with them, since catching trout in 8 feet of water in 15mph wind is no fun. We bounced around, looking for snook and managed one little baby. I got my first Ozello slam, with a couple nice reds.

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Rainy Redfish Bite

Florida Sportsman member: SassaWhaler

The fishing was slow, but steady at first. We noticed the rain showers coming in from the southwest and put up the bimini and prepared for the soaking. As soon as the rain started, the bite went nuts! We left the fish biting with five fish boated in no time. We decided to run out to 12′ NW of marker four to look for some cobia. No joy on the cobia. I fished the tourney Saturday with the wife and step-son. We got set up on the same island as Friday. Rains came again and so did the redfish. We boated six redfish and lost a very nice snook at the boat.

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Backcountry Redfish and Snook

Florida Sportsman member: Billy

The fish were cooperative. We took all of them on artificial, as usual, with soft jerk baits and the Redfish Magic being the lures of choice. The fish were extremely aggressive when hooked, and many just either got off or didn’t get hooked after hitting the lure hard. We put twelve reds in the boat and six snook were brought to the boat.

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Crystal River Topwater Blow Ups

Florida Sportsman member: anglerbros 7286

We made a quick trip on Mothers Day until 10:30 or so, just throwing topwater. For only a couple hours on the water, we still got a lot of hits on video. Hooking one out of ten hits is sometimes frustrating, but it’s so cool to see them crush it. We probably had three to four 30+” snook destroy it and miss three or four times. We also boated around five 20-26″ snook and a bunch of jacks.

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Crystal River Snookin’

Florida Sportsman member: HammerheadTed

We tried some new areas and were spectacularly rewarded with an epic day. We only use artificial hard baits, often topwater. We caught some big fat fish, all well over slot.

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Homosassa Mixed Bag

Florida Sportsman member: Catfish_Hunter

Homosassa Mixed Bag

We hit some of our usual spots and ended up with a bunch of reds, several that were over slot, a 30″ snook, and few drum and sheepshead mixed in.

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Crystal River Cobia

Florida Sportsman member: Alex from GA

Crystal River Cobia

I anchored where he said the redfish were and threw a DOA CAL a few times and caught a lizard fish, threw it some more and got a big bite. It was my first cobia.

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Crystal River Trout, Mackerel and Whiting

Florida Sportsman member: xmuskyguide

Crystal River Trout

We wanted to fish for cobia, but it was too windy to head out of the bay. We still managed to produce some fish to take home.

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Barge Canal Trout and Reds

Florida Sportsman member: anglerbros 7286

Barge Canal Trout

We had a full moon, cold front and somewhat windy day to deal with so it was a very slow bite. We ended up catching a couple nice trout and lost a few bigger fish either snook or reds.

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Yankeetown Slam

Florida Sportsman member: NativeOne

When the tide started to come in, we moved to a spoil island and worked some rocky bottom. We picked up a few solid reds 26-29″ using gold spoons and live blue crabs. We moved to one last island for the top half of the incoming, which produced a particularly unusual catch for us.

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Crystal River Mixed Bag

Florida Sportsman member: xmuskyguide

Crystal River

High winds held tidewaters back and where there is usually four feet of water there was only one foot. We still caught reds, sea trout, sand trout, whiting, etc. The highlight was a very nice redfish.

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Big Bend Winter Mixed Bag

Florida Sportsman member: AZ2FL

Winter Mixed Bag

All fish were caught with either Zoom Super Flukes, Z-man Paddlerz, Strike King Spinnerbait, Slayer Inc. Paddle Tails and Rapala Skitter Walk & X-Rap Twitchin Minnow.

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Crystal River Trout

Florida Sportsman member: Alex from GA

Crystal River Trout

Wednesday we went to the Crystal River trying to catch a redfish or snook. No reds or snook, but we took home four 17″+ trout and released several more.

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Crystal River Sheepshead

Florida Sportsman member: anglerbros 7286

Crystal River Sheepshead

We ended with 30 sheepshead by noon and released another dozen or so. All in the same spot in 32ft, never had to re-anchor. The sheepshead are everywhere still.

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Homosassa Trial and Error

Florida Sportsman member: Crabtrap

Homosassa

We decided there was enough water and started working the mangroves. In fairly short order, two upper slot trout, and two reds at 22” and 25” came aboard. Later, on the way home, Alex got his 25” trophy.

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Crystal River Sheepshead and Snapper

Florida Sportsman member: anglerbros 7286

Crystal River Sheepshead and Snapper

We noticed the sheepshead were like 5-10ft off the bottom when I dropped the go pro down. We got some by slowly dropping shrimp on light weight knocker rigs or single split shot. We moved to the reef and got around 20 snapper from 14″-20″ and some more nice sheepshead.

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Crystal River Variety

Florida Sportsman member: anglerbros 7286

Everything was on live shrimp today, besides one 24″ gag on a pinfish. Sheepshead were caught on a live shrimp 6-12″ off the bottom and the snapper were caught mostly freelined. All in about 30ft of water out of Crystal River.

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Crystal River Mixed Bag

Florida Sportsman member: Wishin i was fishin

Crystal River

Thinking the tide should be getting right to go hunt reds, we made our way though some shallow stuff and got set up on a oyster bar. Brandi struck quickly with a 19″ redfish. I hear her drag screaming again. She brings up a nice chunky 24″ fish.

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Hernando Beach Redfish

Florida Sportsman member: KingCatch

Hernando Beach Redfish

My friend Danny was using a DOA cal on a 1/4 oz jig and I was using a small, white rapala skitterwalk. We both had multiple hookups and caught a few mid-slot fish before the tide dropped out and the fish disappeared.

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Creek Fishing Trout and Redfish

Florida Sportsman member: Jim311

Fishing Trout and Redfish

I worked my way in the creek with nothing but a few trout to show for it, until I came across the highest spot in the creek. It had boulders strewn about on both sides of an oyster bar choke point. The reds were holding here, waiting for bait to get flushed out on the falling tide.

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First Ozello Redfish on Fly

Florida Sportsman member: Flat Nuts

Ozello Redfish on Fly

I switched to a jig tipped with shrimp and caught a decent snook and two rat reds. Fished my way home on the trolling motor, but no takers.Thursday morning wind was up and everything looked different from the two windless mornings I had Wednesday and Thursday.

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First Cedar Key Redfish

Florida Sportsman member: gunther318

Cedar Key Redfish

As I lifted the rod tip, he shook his head one last time and the line sounded like a guitar string breaking and I watched him swim off with my gold spoon. My son said, “To heck with it, I’m using the last spoon” and quickly tied it on his rod. About ten minutes later he had a red that looked like a twin to my first one in the boat!

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Mason Creek Inshore Slam

Florida Sportsman member: floridafan

Mason Creek Inshore Slam

I headed out of Mason Creek with my daughter, son-in-law and son to try a spot that usually holds a lot of slot redfish this time of year and they were not home! There were nice sized trout in the hole and we managed two nice snook as well as a 33″ redfish! A great day for three hours of fishing.

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Crystal River Fishing with Family

Florida Sportsman member: xmuskyguide

Crystal River Fishing

My grandson, Eli, caught several sand trout on his own, but needed a little help with his first Spanish Mac. James caught a real nice Mac also and we all caught a bunch of sand trout. Soon headed for the frying pan. A good two hours of fishing.

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Slow Inshore Weekend

Florida Sportsman member: Jim311

inshore

The plan was to drag some minnows for specks. We probably caught eight or so, but overall it was really slow. All of my fish came on soft plastic grubs and not minnows, which is odd. We abandoned that plan and started fishing some shiners near grass mats close to deep water. Caught one nice bass, but that was it.

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Homosassa Redfish and Big Trout

Florida Sportsman member: Billy

Homosassa Redfish

Duane was convinced yesterday was a good topwater day, so he was throwing it while I used my usual soft jerk bait. We put two reds in the cooler at 24, eight trout smallest at 18, and released eight more reds. The smallest reds were the 24’s we kept.

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A Week at Chassahowitzka River

Florida Sportsman member: zzzzzzsplash

Chassahowitzka River

We saw tons of mullet, small snappers, birds, manatees, bait fish, it’s really a cool environment. The kids wore out the 6″ snapper using dead shrimp, they easily caught 50+. No more than two miles from the ramp, I was bouncing a paddle tail soft bait near the bank and had my fishing highlight.

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Quick Ozello Trip

Florida Sportsman member: anglerbros 7286

Ozello Trip

We only had a couple of hours to fish and still had a great time. We caught plenty of fish that it felt like a whole day. Had a couple 24-25″ redfish and some 18-20″. We also got some nice drum and a sheepshead to bring home.

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Redfishing the Flats

Florida Sportsman member: Jim311

Redfishing

The structure and rock in there was incredible, with swiss cheese oyster covered rock everywhere and it was holding fish. It was so skinny you couldn’t throw any bait but topwater. I fished until I ran out of water. I boated at least a dozen good reds with the biggest at 30 inches and lost at least half a dozen. All of the fish but two were caught on topwater.

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Backcountry Redfishing

Florida Sportsman member: butchbal

Backcountry Redfishing

Barb and I headed out at noon to catch the afternoon tide. We found a school and caught a dozen or so in that spot. Barb caught her personal best red and had the biggest fish of the day.

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Homosassa Redfish, Snook and Trout

Florida Sportsman member: Widespread Panic

homosassa redfish

Sunday afternoon, my wife and I went out with the same plan in mind. After a few ladyfish were on ice, we fished a shoreline with artificials. My wife did great. Two trout and a snook. After the snook we tried to get her a red to round out the inshore slam.

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Yankeetown Redfish and Trout

Florida Sportsman member: gators7233

yankeetown redfish trout

I saw mullet jumping, tails popping out of the water, and wakes being made by some good looking redfish. I cut off the trolling motor drifted a little closer and on my second cast, fish on! For the next hour, this trend continued. I ended up landing a total of 9 redfish.

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Waccasassa Redfish, Snook and Trout

Florida Sportsman member: Jim311

We basically caught mid slot reds on the entire drift through this creek and also several 15-18 inch trout. Anna had a snook follow her spoon to the boat too. I caught a few decent reds on topwater and I definitely caught more trout than she did, they couldn’t resist the topwater spook.

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Variety Slam

Florida Sportsman member: Gator4Life

We pulled into an almost empty CK parking lot. That’s when you know your dedicated, dumb or both. Winds were blowing 15mph at times, but we made the most of it with four Reds, a Flounder and about ten Trout.

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Fishing The Chazz

Florida Sportsman member: Ruff One

Duane was fishing with his super secret redfish lure and his rod bends over. After a fight that has the red circling the gheenoe about 10 times, he finally boats a nice 30in fish!

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Homosassa Reds and Trout

Florida Sportsman member: SassaWhaler

Made several drifts catching trout on each pass. Stopped counting at 25 trout with 11 keepers in the box. Got 2 more keeper reds in the box with one being my friends son’s first redfish.

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Yankeetown Redfish

Florida Sportsman member: gators7233

After a slow start while trolling some new spots in Yankeetown, forum member gators7233 stumbled upon a couple of big Reds. Nice catch!

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Waccasassa Bay Redfish

Florida Sportsman member: Redbonz

Even though weather hasn’t been ideal, forum member Redbonz made the most out of his day off in the Waccasassa Bay and snagged 13 beautiful redfish, the largest of which was 30″. Nice!

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Fishing with Dad

Florida Sportsman member: ghostrider8

I see Jay putting on a paddle tail and I STRONGLY suggest that he use live bait as we had a bait well full of shrimp, pinfish and mud minnows and I figured it would increase his chances. But no, he stubbornly insists on using it and then promptly pulls this 29-inch snook out from under the mangroves on his first cast.

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Crystal River Redfish Action

Florida Sportsman member: anglerbros 7286

We had a hard time catching a lot at first, being on the opposite side of the bar from the school, so we got snagged a lot. There was so many that we still managed catching several on top of the rocks though.

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Waccasassa Redfish

Florida Sportsman member: Redbonz

You gotta love this time of year. The Reds start coming alive, cooler weather is on the way and the fishing should just explode.

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Crystal River Snookin’

Florida Sportsman member: HammerheadTed

Today I went out early with Robbie, but we started at slack high tide and didn’t catch anything until the water was flowing out hard. Been catching smaller snook and this 35 inch snook is the first big one I’ve gotten in a month or so and a real treat.

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Hot Redfishing

Florida Sportsman member: Billy

It was a little slow at first but then as we warmed up so did the fish. I started off with three keeper reds and a trout before we decided to move. Duane, not to be out done, adds three more keeper reds in the boat.

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Early Morning Reds

Florida Sportsman member: Billy

So off we go to Billy’s Creek. It was full of reds with some with their backs out of the water. The problem was they wouldn’t bite anything we threw at them. After a frustrating period of time, and for once wishing (sort of), that we should have had bait Duane says let’s move.

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Big Bend Reds

Florida Sportsman member: Billy

Fished a bit for a few trout, caught maybe three or four, to wait for water. That didn’t last long, just needed one for the box anyway, and Duane says let’s go for the reds. They were around, even saw one with it’s fins out of the water, but they were reluctant to feed. We kept trying and eventually put eight keepers in the boat all around the 22 inch size.

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Getting Revenge

Florida Sportsman member: HammerheadTed

It made a loooong run of probably 100 yards and we ran it down. When it came to the net, it was a “slob”, very similar to mine from the other day, in fact we measured it at 39″, same as mine, but a different place.

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Incoming Bite

Florida Sportsman member: permit_me

As I was re-rigging a spare rod, I put my rod in the holder and slam, Jack grabbed the rod was on with a 26 inch red. A couple minutes later we resume, I am just finishing my knot from earlier and slam, Jack takes my rod and lands another upper slot slob.

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Fishing with Grampa

Florida Sportsman member: anglerbros 7286

My grandpa was able to catch a couple which was cool because they are pretty much his favorite fish to catch, and this was his last trip he had before heading back to New York.

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A Trip to Crystal River

Florida Sportsman member: badonskybuccaneers

As the day progressed, the wind seemed to die down some, so we hunted some crab pot floats for tripletail on the way out but didn’t find anything legal. We tried working another bar along the spoils further out and picked up a couple more trout, some jacks, a redfish, and I finished my inshore slam with a decent snook.

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Steinhatchee Trip

Florida Sportsman member: Cole321

We went out the next afternoon into the Gulf and fished on the grass banks north of Steinhatchee. Found spots where there was thin grass and adjacent oyster bars/rock piles. The first spot we could see reds and drum tailing all over the place, the reds were also rubbing in the grass.

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Crystal River Slam

Florida Sportsman member:Blkmnstr

Finally had a nice enough day to head out to long point. We got a later start than what we wanted too but were still at the ramp in time to get to the banks before the tide changed. I hooked up with the first trout then my girlfriend landed the next three back to back.

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Short Trip, Hot Bite Florida Sportsman member: Jim311 The first stop was a creek that had produced well for me on Thursday, but it generally holds smaller fish. It was about two hours from the bottom of the low tide but we made the call to get skinny and risk getting stuck in the creek in hopes of finding a good bite and it paid off. Click here to read the full forum report


Fun on the Chaz Florida Sportsman member: Ruff One Duane uses that Chaz finesse and this snook is caught! But, he swallowed the lure completely and there was no way this one would go back. The damage was to great. At 28 1/2 inches he was legal and will give up some delicious fillets. Click here to read the full forum report


Fishing Both Sides Florida Sportsman member: Scott Crown From Yankeetown to Cedar Key to Horseshoe and both Palm Coast and Matanzas on the east coast. The east coast has had vary clear water for sight fishing and we have been getting 10 or so a trip. The west side, well let’s just say it’s been catching, not fishing. Click here to read the full forum report


Crystal River Trout and Sheepshead Florida Sportsman member: anglerbros 7286 After reading Super D’s post about catching trout in the days inn canal figured we’d start there since we launch there on every trip and was surprised to catch a 17 inch trout on my first cast with a gold lil john. Caught a few more on every other cast then got one more in the mullet hole before heading to the creeks. Click here to read the full forum report


Big Bend Trip Florida Sportsman member: Flat Nuts I made an excuse to come back up your way with my daughter. We were sneaking up to Ocala to pick up a new pup for my wife for Valentines day under the guise of a quick father daughter fishing trip. Click here to read the full forum report


Catching in the River Florida Sportsman member: 4WARD We stayed in the river on Sunday and jumped around here and there. Snapper were not very active but a couple reds decided to play. We ended up with two reds (23 and 26 3/4 inches), one drum and a couple snappers. Click here to read the full forum report


Catching on the New boat Florida Sportsman member: StandOutI2 I saw a fish tailing so I told mom where to look and she saw the fish and made the shot. Without me telling her where and boom, fish on! A solid fish at 27 inches and was her first real fish that she has sight fished. Click here to read the full forum report


Low Tide Action Florida Sportsman member: StandOutI2 The water came in a little bit so I started working a shoreline next to a creek mouth. This turned out to be the best decision. We saw several fish, and some absolute studs, on the outside along the shoreline. Ended up picking up a couple fish this way. Click here to read the full forum report


Catching on Topwater Florida Sportsman member: Scott Crown I got blasted three more times by giants here but they were over hitting the plug, literally coming out of the water. My co-worker had enough and went to top water as well. Did not take long and he was crushed by a giant. Click here to read the full forum report


Catching in the Creeks Florida Sportsman member: kingkong954 On our way out of the creek I managed to get my lure stuck in some grass. After much yanking and pulling and cursing the lure pops out into the water and wraps around my rod tip. After some cursing and untangling I find out the action had somehow attracted a redfish, who had eaten the lure while I untangled the line! Click here to read the full forum report


Crystal River Variety Florida Sportsman member: ripnlips Tripletail fishing has been great along the channel markers, crab trap buoys, and floating grass mats. Live shrimp under a float is a sure bet when targeting these fish. Look for them as you run from spot to spot. They hide just below the floating structure or nose up to channel markers. Click here to read the full forum report


December Big Bend Action Florida Sportsman member: Scott Crown We had a negative low mid morning which I like to fish up there, well it did not disappoint. The trout and reds were laid up in the pot holes just like they should be in spring weather. Caught well over 40 nice trout up to 23 inches and 20 reds up to 30 inches. Click here to read the full forum report


Topwater Action Florida Sportsman member: HammerheadTed I hear a big snook hit Robbie’s lure with that telltale giant suction slurp they do and the battle was on. Fish was in good current and was a multiple jumper of five or six times. After a good battle the 31 inch fish came to the net. Click here to read the full forum report


Yankeetown Reds and Trout Florida Sportsman member:StandOutI2 We ran out to a pretty low tide, so we started trout fishing. Boy were they on fire, they were eating everything, topwater, flukes, jigs, whatever we threw. Most of them being 19 to 23 inches with a few smaller ones mixed in. After about two hours of that we went to go find some reds. Click here to read the full forum report


Patience pays Florida Sportsman member:shuterkng Not a great day as it was starting to get late and the tide was about full. Then surprise, monster red invasion. Almost everyone got a big red as we were fighting for position on the boat, girls won. We kept four that were just under 27 inches and released a bunch more. Click here to read the full forum report


No Water No Problem Florida Sportsman member:barhopperAD Catching mullet paid off, first cast was a 26 inch red. Little bro was catching rat reds left and right. The water got higher and action got slower. So we moved around explored a little to find a fishy looking cove with lots of activity and that REALLY paid off. Click here to read the full forum report


Cedar Key Action Florida Sportsman member:Big Bend Brian We were without a bottomfinder as I just sent my Furuno in for repair so our plan was to just troll a shallow broad area of intermittent hard bottom we used to stone crab on. Stopping in 19 feet we deployed some grouper plugs despite a fair amount of grass on the surface and within 10 minutes had our first fish. Click here to read the full forum report


First Trip Success Florida Sportsman member:Gman27 30 minutes later I found a nice creek and a few lagoons and began working the banks with a paddle tail. I could see reds pushing bait on to the banks and lots of activity. Couple casts in and landed my first cedar key redfish of 19 inches. After the activity slowed down, I moved to a new lagoon and found more activity, landed another redfish of 29 inches. Click here to read the full forum report        


A Trip Down South Florida Sportsman member: Scott Crown Friday, we decided to trailer up to Flamingo and sight fish way back up in the glades. Made about a 25 mile run north of Flamingo to some super skinny creeks. Ended up sight fishing around 10 nice reds up to 30 inches and 4 snook up to 28 inches. All fish being caught in less than 12 inches of water. Click here to read the full forum report


Fishing with the Girls Florida Sportsman member: Redbonz Being the two girls have never caught redfish I thought this would be a good chance to put them on some fish. Didn’t really matter most were under slot, just catching was a blast for them. Click here to read the full forum report


Catching in Cedar Key Florida Sportsman member: barhopperAD We started off two keeper reds back to back. My little brother then hooked into a “redfish” which was screaming drag, pulled up to boat and it was a giant trout probably 25-27 inches, but the hook pulled right there and watched him swim away. Click here to read the full forum report


Waccasassa Reds Florida Sportsman member: Redbonz Headed out early even though it was a pretty early low tide. Took out a buddy that has not caught a lot of reds and was hoping to get him into some quality fish. He was not disappointed as we got into them pretty good. Click here to read the full forum report


Slot Slam Florida Sportsman member: anglerbros 7286 Bob stuck to topwater like I’m sure Ted does because they want that one fish, which I understand but I wanted to catch my share of reds and wanted to see if it worked for him before doing so. All my redfish didn’t change his mind then he landed a top of the slot redfish that inhaled his plug! I stuck with the spoon then hooked the first snook! Click here to read the full forum report


From Tripletail to Tarpon Florida Sportsman member: Scott Crown We head to where the third and final trap is, hopefully and sure enough it’s still there. We did not see any fish on it but made casts at it any way. My second cast and the cork goes under and drag starts screaming, another 10 pounder jumps. We get him netted and in the box. My kids both agreed that I needed to put my rod down. Click here to read the full forum report


Father and Son Fishing Florida Sportsman member: huntentails With the youngest son off of work and a favorable tide we settled on yesterday morning and it wasn’t a disappointment. We fished out of Crystal River and were on fish all morning with a strong outgoing tide. Robbie caught his best snook to date at 39 & 1/4 inches and I caught a 30 incher. Click here to read the full forum report


New Spot Producing Florida Sportsman member: Billy We went to an area that I’ve never been before, Duane hadn’t been in years, and we spent most of the trip fishing the same area. We put twelve keeper reds in the boat and Duane managed a snook after another one got off earlier. Click here to read the full forum report


Cedar Key Reds Florida Sportsman member: Redbonz Mid-morning the tide was moving pretty good so we hit up into some creeks and found what we were looking for. We got 14 reds on rattletraps, spoons and jerk baits. A couple of oversize, a few under, with the majority in the slot. Click here to read the full forum report


Muddy Water, Big Drum Florida Sportsman member: Scott Crown I told myself that when I hit this one bar, if there is a drum on it, I was going to get him. It was protected from the wind and would allow me to make a perfect cast. Sure enough, I round the corner and the tail was a waving. Click here to read the full forum report


Backwater Snook and Reds Florida Sportsman member: Ruff One With the tide getting lower every second, Duane say “Lets hit some redfish spots closer to home base”. Off we go on another wild ride and before you know it we are sitting on some rocks with redfish swirls looking us in the face. Pitch a spoon and a nice redfish is going home for dinner. Click here to read the full forum report


Yankeetown Drummin’ Florida Sportsman member: anglerbros 7286 The fishing really picked up with the incoming tide, as we released a few slot reds and one over slot. We also caught three black drum, all were great fights in the kayak. All fish were caught less than a mile from the ramp and on live shrimp. Click here to read the full forum report


Grinding it Out Florida Sportsman member: HammerheadTed Robbie went out with me for some topwater casting practice. Low outgoing to start and the incoming the rest of the morning. Robbie must of practiced ahead, because he hit a nice 36 inch snook at the first stop. Click here to read the full forum report


Cedar Key Florida Sportsman member: Scott Crown Well with in three casts with the skitter walk, I get smashed and a school stands the water up. Josh throws in and we are doubled up. Mine came in at 29 inches and his was 26 1/2, that set the tone for the day. We hit five or six spots and every spot had a school on it. Click here to read the full forum report


Snook and Scallops Florida Sportsman member: HammerheadTed We went to Sandy Hook yesterday so we decided to go Scalloping again on this beautiful day. After a late start, we motored out to the boat pack and found all the scallops I care to clean in a reasonable time. There are still plenty out there and they were big! Click here to read the full forum report


Crystal River Mixed Bag Florida Sportsman member: huntentails We started with an outgoing tide and a slight east wind. First cast was a great snook, but was lost before it was boated for a photo session. We had to make a move a few hundred yards to get away from the bluefish as they were just tearing up anything we threw. Click here to read the full forum report


Cedar Key Reds and Trout Florida Sportsman member: me3260 Live shrimp and cut ladyfish were the bait of the day. We caught a few on Gold Spoons, but the water is so dark, the only hits we got on spoons were throwing over a white sand bar, and reeling back across. Click here to read the full forum report


Big Bend Snook Florida Sportsman member: HammerheadTed By now I am fishing spots where I’ve never fished before. Paid off with this massive 39 inch snook that was the toughest I’ve ever caught. 3 jumps and 3 long runs and somehow she didn’t wrap herself up in the sargasm. Missed another big one a few casts later and left early with the grandkids visiting at home. Click here to read the full forum report


Big Bend Giant Florida Sportsman member: Biggary16 I called Pete (Snookspanker) to try for some snooks with the morning high tide. He liked the tide today too so we went out for a quick trip. He stuck a giant one within the 1st half hour. The shoulders and the girth of this 40 plus incher was unreal. Click here to read the full forum report


First Snook Florida Sportsman member: Lake13 We both were looking for our first snook and just pounded till we both got one. 14 hours of fishing for one fish apiece. Couldn’t be happier though. What a beautiful area and we will both be back. Click here to read the full forum report


Jumbo Drum Florida Sportsman member: Biggary16 We had some gulps so we messed around with some big drum pulling us around for a while. The last one that I caught was a behemoth and that was enough for me. We got out of there before the storm and made it home still dry. Click here to read the full forum report


Crystal River Reds and Scallops Florida Sportsman member: T-Bonefc After 15-20 minutes we shot further south and joined a small community between the C.R. crowd and Homosassa . The scallops were much better here in numbers. Still small for the most part but it is what it is in the beginning of the season. Click here to read the full forum report


Poling to the Reds Florida Sportsman member: Dveres95 We started the day out in Mason Creek and worked south toward Chassahowitzka, with a high morning tide we got deep into the back country to a flat that is very active and holds big redfish. Click here to read the full forum report


Catching in the Creeks Florida Sportsman member: Billy We managed a few reds and maybe a half dozen snook that actually made it to the boat. We kept hooking up the snook but a bunch simply either cut us off or came unbuttoned before we could get them to the boat. Click here to read the full forum report


Yankeetown Variety Florida Sportsman member: Biggary16 My brother was in town so we hit Yankeetown early. Got a nice snook on topwater that started the day out great. Had a couple other snook blow ups. Then went looking for reds. Click here to read the full forum report


Early Morning Snookin’ Florida Sportsman member: HammerheadTed Robbie had the big fish of the day on first and after a good battle, it gill plated the line, but we saw enough to know it was a big one. Then I got a fat 32 inch fish, which was a welcome relief. Click here to read the full forum report


Low Water, Big Snook Florida Sportsman member: StandOutI2 I heard drag screaming and saw a wake that looked like a torpedo going through the water. Had to pull the powerpole up and chase it for a little bit then finally it stopped making the long run and came close enough for me to realize it wasn’t the big red I thought it was. Click here to read the full forum report


On the Reds Florida Sportsman member: bigkahuna Forum member bigkahuna and wife got into the redfish in the big bend region, as well as a few bonus snook. Nice! Click here to read the full forum report


Yankeetown Redfish Bite Florida Sportsman member: StandOutI2 My step dad picked up a couple more shorts. Well, the school died down and we started working to another area. My mom was real quiet in the back of the boat and said she sees something. So she throws to it and sure enough, it’s a nice 27″ red! Her biggest to date. Click here to read the full forum report


Calling in “Sick” Florida Sportsman member: hausw Not more than 5 minutes later I hooked into a much larger one and battled him for almost an hour. Hoisted him in the boat for a few pics and released him. After that I was exhausted and called it a day. Click here to read the full forum report


Mason Creek Reds Florida Sportsman member: Dveres95 We caught all our Reds on gold spoons, the fish were concentrated in the deeper mud troughs between the islands, which still held 2 to 3 feet on the dead low. It has been a great past month in the creek and it’s only looking better. Click here to read the full forum report


Yankeetown Redfish Florida Sportsman member: StandOutI2 Well, got back to our normal spots on the incoming and noticed there wasn’t a whole lot of water moving. Turned around and went back out the way we came still on the incoming and boom, started seeing reds everywhere. Click here to read the full forum report


Big Bend Inshore Bite Florida Sportsman member: ripnlips Forum member and the Big Bend’s weekend 4caster ripnlips has been on the fish. Catching snook, trout, redfish and more. Click here to read the full forum report


Windy Day Success Florida Sportsman member: Billy It was windy. Even in the creeks it was a chore to have any kind of boat control but we stuck it out for a few hours. Tide was rushing in heavy and flooded a bunch of areas we usually fish. We had to change up a bit but it all worked out. Click here to read the full forum report


Working the Docks Florida Sportsman member: Bassin Assassin Switched to the smoke/gold halo color and was slowly swimming my lure near the bottom in the front of a dock, it got blasted. Set the hook on a solid fish. Got it away from the dock. After a nice aerial display and some good runs, Pat got her in the net. She measured 28 inches. Click here to read the full forum report


Crystal River Snook Bite Florida Sportsman member: Biggary16 Hammerhead Ted and I got out there early to catch the outgoing tide. Ted is the king of topwater snookin and he hooked a giant one on his 3rd or 4th cast. He fought it for a long time but it scraped his 40 pound leader up and broke off. Click here to read the full forum report


Fun with Friends Florida Sportsman member: Billy A great day on the water with a couple excellent fisherman and lots of laughs. Almost all fish came on top water and a Redfish Magic type lure. We’ll definitely do this again. Click here to read the full forum report


Big Bend Mixed Bag Florida Sportsman member: ripnlips Forum members ripnlips and Swampthing07 got into a nice mixed bag of fish from triple tail to black drum. Swampthing07 wife Kayla got in on the action too. Click here to read the full forum report


Successful Scouting Florida Sportsman member: CarneLoco We saw some big tails pop up in about 3 foot of water. Have heard of big black drum in these areas, but had no live crabs. Could have swore a few were reds mixed in. After many very good casts from both of us, Libby had a monster on. 15 minutes and a few laps around the bout she had her first black drum landed. Click here to read the full forum report


Big Bend, Big Reds Florida Sportsman member: Jim311 I pushed in further into the creek. I spooked one nice red which I didn’t even see until he’d spooked. Then I hooked up again, and again it was another super hard fight. This fish was bigger though, over 32 inches. It had a head on it the size of a football, a real stud fish. Click here to read the full forum report


Crystal River Snookin’ Florida Sportsman member: HammerheadTed We caught fish everywhere we went including some places that haven’t produced the last couple years. Robbie got 4 lower slot and under slot reds and several jacks. I missed a big snook early, but disappointment didn’t last too long when i got a 31 inch snook at the next place. Click here to read the full forum report


Sheepshead, Snook and Snapper Florida Sportsman member: ripnlips Sheepshead Snapper and Snook have been the targeted species lately. Seems like the sheeps are finally spawning out on the rocks reefs and ledges just offshore. They are willing to bite if you get good enough weather to get out there. When the weather gets bad we have been getting snapper and snook in the river. Live shrimp has been the bait of choice. Click here to read the full forum report


Big Bend Bruisers Florida Sportsman member: Scott Crown We hit the first spot, the water was clear and they were schooled up. Watched a school of over slots swim down the bank. Then got to watch the whole school fight over my fluke, simply awesome to watch. Click here to read the full forum report


Homosassa Redfish Florida Sportsman member: floridafan Pulled in about 60 mostly undersized reds but managed 4 keepers between 20 to 24 inches. We each had a run 10 fish in 10 casts for me and 11 fish in 11 casts for my son, both at the same time! 21 fish in less than 10 minutes! Click here to read the full forum report


Crystal River Inshore Florida Sportsman member: ripnlips Sheepshead are starting to show up in their normal wintertime spots. We’re still getting a by-catch of gag grouper too. All on 8 pound braid and live shrimp. Click here to read the full forum report


Afternoon Redfish Bite Florida Sportsman member: Scott Crown Once the tide came in enough we headed out front to fish the outer bars. Was slow for an hour or so but the last hour and a half of daylight they turned on. Had a couple of doubles then switched out to topwater and got a few good ones on top. Click here to read the full forum report


Catching the Bulls Florida Sportsman member: Scott Crown Well Jacobs first blind cast was inhaled by a 20 pound stud. I was thinking this is a good way to start. Jacob, my youngest son, and I were on one boat and moved out to another cut to the gulf. Took a while for another bite and I finally got on the board with another 25 pounder on topwater. Click here to read the full forum report


December Inshore Fishing Florida Sportsman member: ripnlips My son Jeremy came home for Christmas so we went out and fished for a few hours for trout around some creeks. Caught our limit of trout and released about 20 more by 11:30. Also caught these on jig and DOA Cals and some with live shrimp on a jig. Click here to read the full forum report


Nice Weather, Hungry Fish Florida Sportsman member: Scott Crown As I get within casting distance I see a pack of about 5 reds milling around so I post up and tell the boys to throw up there. Jacobs cast was right in the middle of them and he hooks up instantly. Click here to read the full forum report


Hiding From the Wind, Catching the Fish Florida Sportsman member: Billy Moving to some areas that were sheltered from the wind we caught jacks, more ladyfish than we cared to, mangroves with some keepers in the bunch, a red, and lots of snook. We managed to put twelve snook in the boat losing more than that before touching the leader. Click here to read the full forum report


Catching with the Kids Florida Sportsman member: Scott Crown We headed to the first spot and started throwing topwater over some oyster bars. Got one 25 inch red and a stud trout right off the bat. Pulled the hooks on two over slot reds and had several misses before making a move. I then jumped up on the platform and turned the front of the boat over to the boys. Click here to read the full forum report


Birthday Fun Florida Sportsman member: Bluewaterdrew We chased huge schools of mullet picking off reds here and there, Jen even hooked a nice flounder. After high tide we went to a bar to try our luck with black drum. Saw a few huge ones that didn’t seem to mind us being right on top of them, but the jacks were so thick it was hard to keep a lure in the water. Click here to read the full forum report


Catching in the Transition Florida Sportsman member: ripnlips For the past few weeks we have been seeing fish transition from Summer patterns to Fall patterns and this means that they are in the mood to eat. Now is the time to get out on the water and take advantage of it. Click here to read the full forum report


Seeing Red Florida Sportsman member: G8trbait Then the girls got a double hook up. It must have been a small school that swam by because they were hooked up back to back! April’s was a keeper, but Sophie’s had to grow up a little. It was legal, but we could afford to be picky and I don’t usually keep them unless they’re over 20 inches. Click here to read the full forum report


Big Bend Redfish Action Florida Sportsman member: cthurow Drew’s first cast with his Zara Spook and boom, fish on! Nice drag screamer. I already had a piece of lady fish rig on a larger rod so I went ahead and threw it out while Drew played his fish. As soon as I netted Drew’s 26 inch red, he yells, Dad that rod is bowed to the water! Click here to read the full forum report


Suwannee River Tripletail and More Florida Sportsman member: Scott Crown As we trolling motor up to the first pole, a 10 pounder sky rockets 6 feet in the air about 75 yards out in the open. First time I have seen one free jump. My brother makes a cast at the pole and hooks up instantly. The fish gave two amazing jumps and spits the hook. Click here to read the full forum report


Crystal River Fishing and Fun Florida Sportsman member: ripnlips Forum member ripnlips and friends had a great weekend, catching a slew of fish. They also loaded on scallops, making for a nice meal! Click here to read the full forum report


Waccasassa Reds Florida Sportsman member: Redbonz About the time the tides were getting right the heat was kicking into gear. After a couple of decent Reds a storm started brewing up towards Cedar Key so it was time to cut it short. Click here to read the full forum report


Tearing Up the Tripletails Florida Sportsman member: Scott Crown The chop made it a slow boat ride out but busted one on the very first pole. The fishing was hard due to waves coming over the bow and only being able to see down 3 to 4 inches but we made the most of it and put 5 in the box and called it after about 4 hours. Click here to read the full forum report


Big Bend Slam Florida Sportsman member: Billy All the fish were caught on artificial and I believe we didn’t get any on topwater. The snook was about 31 inches, the red is dinner, and the trout is back in the water. I have a place that you can almost always catch a trout even in this heat so we went there so Duane could try to get his slam. Duane came through with a Mirrodine. Click here to read the full forum report


Horseshoe Beach Inshore Florida Sportsman member: florida_dorksman The thunder cloud may have saved the day, because the first creek we hit had more activity than I have seen out of there in almost a year. A steady stream of live shrimp kept the bite on fire, and within an hour and a half we had 4 redfish to 28 1/2 inches, an 18 inch sheepshead and a 24 inch black drum. Click here to read the full forum report


Waccasassa Reds Florida Sportsman member: Redbonz So after the skies cleared up we were able to get up to where we wanted to fish. Strong tide and the breeze made for some tough fishing at first but we stuck with it and hit some quality fish. Five reds from 16 to 34 inches with two right at 27 inches that went home for dinner. Click here to read the full forum report


Yankeetown Black Drum Florida Sportsman member: Biggary16 Forum member Biggary16 got into some nice black drum! Only fishing for a few hours he caught 6 “big uglies” and a nice flounder. Tight work! Click here to read the full forum report


Big Bend Snook Bite Florida Sportsman member: Snook Spanker These fish weren’t just slobs, they were smart slobs just like all the big snook I’ve encountered. In fact the first 6 or 7 I hooked were on topwater lures and either threw the hooks, ran me into and around rocks and snags or had me on so long they wore through the 50 pound leader! Click here to read the full forum report


Wrecking the Reds Florida Sportsman member: PONCE Brandon and I had the best day of our life inshore fishing for Reds. We caught Reds up to 32 inches and 13 Reds overall on the outgoing tide, all reds and trout were caught on soft plastic paddle tail on a jig. The big fish came first then as the tide was bottoming out came the four 26 and 27 slots for the cooler. Click here to read the full forum report


Tarpon and Scallops in the Big Bend Florida Sportsman member: Bluewaterdrew Started off the day at my honey hole. Caught several jacks and runners. Then Jen hooked a nice little Tarpon that burned off lots of line and gave us several great jumps for the camera. Later we headed out for scallops and quickly got out limit. Click here to read the full forum report


Yankeetown Slam Florida Sportsman member: StandOutI2 5 minutes after we came off plane I get a little 16 inch red on a topwater plug to start the day off. My step brother threw right behind me and picked up another one about the same size. It was starting out as a promising morning. Just around the corner I threw into a spot I knew I was gonna hook up with a fish. I didn’t expect a 27 inch red to go into the box. Click here to read the full forum report


Big Bend Inshore Bite Florida Sportsman member: Scott Crown My brother said he was tired of catching jack so he declined to throw into the madness. I got hit three times before getting buttoned up. This was a better class of fish. Thought it was one of the 12 to 15 pound jacks but after a good battle a 10 pound permit pops up next to the boat. Click here to read the full forum report


Crystal River Opening Day Florida Sportsman member: ripnlips If I was to guess how many boats we saw out of Crystal River I would say maybe 1000. Even with all of the crowds we still got a boat limit of scallops in a decent amount of time. We had time today to even get some fishing done. Click here to read the full forum report


Scouting the Crystal River Florida Sportsman member: ripnlips After seeing the scallops we decide to see if the fish were biting. Jeremy got a quick slam and I got a decent snook. Jacks seem to be everywhere as always. Everything was caught on the same bait, DOA Cal shad tail on a jig. Click here to read the full forum report


Big Bend Slammin’ Florida Sportsman member: Billy Initially we stopped for some fishing and I hook up a decent snook but lose it, I hook up a red, yep, and lose it. Duane hooks a red and he too loses it. We’re thinking maybe we are getting rusty. Click here to read the full forum report


Father’s Day Fun Florida Sportsman member: huntentails Its not always about the fish You catch, it’s about the memories made and the things passed on from one who loves to fish to another! All I can say is thanks son for a great day on the water! Click here to read the full forum report


Getting to the Point Florida Sportsman member: shuterkng Forum member shuterkng got out this weekend and got into the fish! Fishing Long Point with live shrimp produced some nice fish, including black drum and flounder. Click here to read the full forum report.


Cedar Key Catching Florida Sportsman member: Flash Picked one of the islands out and moved down the shoreline. Saw some reds but got no action. Finally I eased us up along a bar, gave it a cast and fish on! Took me under the boat a couple of times but managed to bring him to the net girl. Click here to read the full forum report.


Shired Island Monster and More Florida Sportsman member: jwroe I started throwing my top water at it, but no luck, and a few minutes later , the tail pops up again. My wife casts a shrimp to it, and off to the races. She nails a nice 35 inch plus drum. about 10 to 15 minutes of fighting and we had it boat side. I reached down to get the lippers on it and it turned and broke line right at the boat. Click here to read the full forum report.


Cedar Key Trout and Macks Florida Sportsman member: lboverhof After being done with catching mackerel and before the tide slowly started coming back in, we started drifting over some grass between 3 to 4 feet of water behind snake. We ended up with 5 keeper trout with the biggest being 19 inches. At first there was maybe one other boat out there, but around 3:00 I look around and it looks like a parking lot. There had to have been 15+ boats that were pretty close to each other on the flats! Click here to read the full forum report.


Reds, Over and Under Florida Sportsman member: Billy No fish dinner tonight. Two over slots that were fat and healthy, plus eight under slots. I did catch a trout but no snook. All fish came on spoons, redfish magic, and soft jerkbaits. Click here to read the full forum report.


Busting Reds on Both Coasts Florida Sportsman member: Scott Crown I then jump up on the poling platform and start poling the boys around this big mud flat that has some scattered fish on it to see if we could sight fish some. We see a few and miss a few, then I see one headed down the bank and tell josh to cast a 11 o’clock and he nails the cast and the red jumps on the fluke. Another nice upper slot fish joins the party. Click here to read the full forum report.


Birds to the Bay

Florida Sportsman member: huntentails “We hit the water at the crack of noon. It wasn’t long before we had trout on almost every cast. Most were just underslot but we did manage to sort thru them for a nice bunch for dinner along with a nice pompano…” Want to catch trout like this? Click here for how-to videos, feature stories, and more!



Slammin’ the Big Bend Backcountry Florida Sportsman member: Billy Still looking for reds and trying to avoid the trout we pulled up on a point and a 33 inch snook hits my lure. After a long fight on trout and redfish gear I got it in the boat. The area we fish has some nice snook but they aren’t easy to catch until it warms up a bit. Click here to read the full forum report.


Light Tackle, Low Tides and Keeper Trout Florida Sportsman member: PONCE I finished today around noon and took off to Waccasassa. Short and Sweet, here it is guys I`m not going to hide where , what bait and everything. Got on the water at 2:30 this afternoon and headed in around 5:30. Fished the outgoing tide back in the creeks and caught Trout up to 18.5 inches and a small Red around 16 inches. Click here to read the full forum report.


Seein’ Red in Cedar Key Florida Sportsman member: GatoRella The contrast of a dark fish on a light colored bottom made them real easy targets for sight fishing. For the next hour or so we took turns netting and releasing big over slot reds, high-fiving, and generally having an awesome time. We ended up with 3 keeper reds including 2 bookend 27 inch tourney winners, a handful trout, and a bunch of 30 plus inch over slots. Click here to read the full forum report.


Rainy Day Trout Florida Sportsman member: huntentails Liking what I was seeing, but with little or no bait action we decided to fish a few of the points with deep water. It didn’t take long as the fish were there and hungry, we made short order of putting some in the box for a couple dinners until this weather cleans up. Click here to read the full forum report.


MidDay Trout Bite Florida Sportsman member: dakilmartin1 We worked the edges of deeper cuts during the outgoing tide and the shallow flats on the incoming. Every fish was taken on a MirroDine and several were sight fished. Long light leaders and longer casts were the trick today. Both Rob and I caught our personal best trout today on hard baits but I was more excited for rob as this was his first trip down the river! We easily put a limit of upper slot trout in the boat today but only kept a dozen. Click here to read the full forum report.


Steinhatchee Bulls Florida Sportsman member: JC_UF_ITK Outside of a handful of trout, 3 being keepers, we managed two monster redfish on a double hook up. The first fish ate a jerkbait and was followed by two others. A quick cast of a spinnerbait managed the second fish. One weighed 26 pounds and the other was 20 pounds. Click here to read the full forum report.


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