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42″ Mega Snook in the Canal

Recent inshore fishing reports from the West Central region.


42″ Mega Snook in the Canal

Florida Sportsman member: harrisa2006

Snook in the Canal

She put up one incredible fight. I knew this was going to be a good fish, but when she partially surfaced and I saw her tail, I could not believe me eyes. My arms began to shake, I was completely flabbergasted. I have caught big snook before, but this snook was so big, that it did not even look like a snook anymore. It looked like a living dinosaur.

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Anna Maria Island: Friends and Firsts

Florida Sportsman member: sas0061

Anna Maria Island

I set out three lines; one popping bobber with a 12″ leader and live shrimp and two freelined pilchards with 4′ leaders. After 30 minutes, the line started tearing out of one of the pilchard setups. I handed the rod to a friend who had never been inshore saltwater fishing before. She ended up landing her first trout and it was a big one!

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Anna Maria Island Fishing

Florida Sportsman member: sas0061

Anna Maria Island Fishing

We decided to hit some more oyster beds and mangroves. We freelined two pilchards out the front, one pilchard with the popping bobber out the back, and I threw a doa until it was time to check lines. About 45 minutes in, one of the freelined greenies was hit. As soon as I started to reel in, I saw the jump. It was a snook! Just after releasing it, a second fish struck the remaining freelined pilchard. In five minutes, we landed two nice snook.

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Fat Trout, Reclusive Reds

Florida Sportsman member: Matt822

Fat Trout

The big trout have really made a push on to the flats with fish average being over 20 inches. The Redfish seem to be a bit more elusive but I’ve still managed to get some ones and twos here and there. Haven’t been able to locate the “big school” everyone wants to see.

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Florida Fall Fishing

Florida Sportsman member: permit_me

Florida Fall Fishing

We fished the St. Joseph Sound/Anclote area for reds. The fish were there and we managed a few each. All nice fish, 24″ and over. We saw a couple sheepshead in about a foot of water threw to them and bam, we both got one. They were 16″ and 19″.

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Drift Fishing Tampa Bay: Skyway to Egmont

Florida Sportsman member: Soda Popinski

Drift Fishing Tampa Bay

We drifted a channel marker and my son got a 22″ gag on a pinfish that had very little life left in it. Caught it on 12lb cajun line with a 30lb mono leader, that leader was beat to death by the time we got him to the boat. Water temp was 66.4 degrees. No keepers but still fun to get out on the water, it had been a while. Love fishing the bay, you never know what you might hook.

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St. Pete Late Season Tarpon

Florida Sportsman member: stpetebaitman

Late Season Tarpon

The fish have been eating live pinfish very well. The pinfish spawn is about to happen so there are massive schools of them up in the bay. This happens every year and you can find schools of thousands of pinfish on the edges of flats. The tarpon have been pretty cooperative until the tide starts to really rip.

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Battle In The Bay Win

Florida Sportsman member: SouthshoreSlayer

Battle in the bay

Due to red tide in my area I fish this time of year, I decided to run to a new area I have never fished. Well the gamble ended up paying off, as by 10 AM we had two reds at 26 7/8″ each and a 23″ trout. Our weight came out to 18.05lbs to win us first out of 60 boats. We took home a check for $2,000.

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St. Pete Tarpon

Florida Sportsman member: stpetebaitman

st. pete tarpon

While looking for cobia, I came across a spot that I have never seen tarpon before. As I began to inspect the spot more, I found that tarpon were traveling in a particular zone and in a certain depth. They appeared to be using this spot as a highway.

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Ditch Trolling for Grouper

Florida Sportsman member: swordawet

I tweaked my ditch trolling technique with some new and valuable information. I sent the gear down at the early crack of 10am and by 10:15 I was tight with a nice 27″ gag. A quick selfie and into the ice bath he went.

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Skyway Channel Grouper

Florida Sportsman member: winderbill

I only caught four fish, but they were ALL keepers, 25″, 26″, 26″ and 28″. Only trolled for three hours and I was culling after an hour and a half. All were caught in the same hundred yard stretch, no shorts. I didn’t see another boat there the entire time. Troll em up, they’re out there!

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Tampa Bay Redfish

Florida Sportsman member: Matt822

I have not yet seen the redfish mixed in with the mullet yet the fish I have found in schools have been over slot size fish. If you can manage to find these fish before the rest of the people do they will be schooled up and eating every bait you throw at them.

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South Tampa Bite

Florida Sportsman member: gettinwet

We started in the backwaters focusing around mangrove points and cuts between islands as well as schools of large black mullet. After a lot of short strikes on topwater plugs we did manage to hook up a couple of nice reds.

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St. Pete Summer Bite

Florida Sportsman member: stpetebaitman

Tarpon are creatures of habit that move huge distances on a daily basis. They generally come back to the same haunts year after year, but it can at times be a bit of a struggle to find out where they are on a particular day, unless you get them “dialed in”. Getting them dialed takes a lot of time, a lot of dedication and a lot of failed attempts, but once you figure it out the feeling of accomplishment is something else.

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West Central Snookin’

Florida Sportsman member: CL604

Went fishing with our Son Capt. Mike ( Mangrove Bully ) out of Tarpon Springs. Despite the gusty winds we were able to find fish-able spots with a total of 11 snook and two reds in just two hours.

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Sarasota Tarpon

Florida Sportsman member: MGD

Linda and I fished w Capt. Clark Wright 3 days last week and it was amazing. I’ve caught small tarpon before (maybe 30 pounds) but wanted to get us on some big ones. We went 4/10, 4/6 and 2/5 in the three days fishing the pass and the beach.

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Tarpon Tips

Florida Sportsman member: stpetebaitman

I wanted to take a little time to help people understand what good etiquette means, as well as show you some of the fish that we have caught so far this year. Etiquette goes a long way and helps everyone catch more fish.

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Prefrontal Bite

Florida Sportsman member: Bassin Assassin

Casting with the wind down the side of a mangrove bank and I got a strike/pull-down on my mullet. I casted past the same spot again, reeling it through and nothing. I let the lure fall to the bottom near the boat and it got blasted.

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Manatee River Reds and More

Florida Sportsman member: Bassin Assassin

A few minutes later a pretty copper-colored rat red inhaled my bait. I needed to size up, so I kept paralleling the shoreline. Reeling in a few minutes later and my lure got blasted, I set the hook on something solid that had some weight.

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Wintertime in Tampa Bay

Florida Sportsman member: Capt.Jared

Trout have really moved in good with the last few cold fronts, and there has been some nice sized fish being caught between 18 to 22 inches. Artificial jigs have been out producing everything else over the past week, live shrimp did produce a few fish as well as sardines, but 5 “soft plastic jerkbaits darker in color rigged with a light lead head did the best.

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Tampa Bay Reds and Snook

Florida Sportsman member: Tailn_reds

I have been finding that the reds want the shrimp and the snook want the white bait. The last few times I have been out I have launched out of gandy and fished Weedon Island or south. I find that a lot of the fish I have been catching come from under the mangroves or in deeper water banks.

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Wade Slam

Florida Sportsman member: spydermonkey

We stopped at Gandy and got some shrimp in case I couldn’t find any greenies on the flat. Got to the flat about 8:30 and started off with topwaters. I was throwing a livetarget mullet and my dad was throwing a spook in mullet coloration. After about 20 minutes I hooked up with a nice redfish.

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Tampa Bay Fall Bite

Florida Sportsman member: Capt.Jared

Snook fishing has started to get real good inside of Tampa bay. The fish are starting to get concentrated in the canals, rivers, and creeks making for some of phenomenal snook fishing trips. Live sardines will be the bait of choice until they are gone for winter. Free lined baits rigged with a 1/0 hook are the rig of choice.

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South Shore Win

Florida Sportsman member: SouthShoreSlayer

We went where I was on a big school Friday but they never showed up. We moved and she got a 20 inch fish. We ran 15 miles north and I knew it was a bad call. We ran back to Fort Desoto and found them. We wrecked them with double hookups for 20 minutes then they shut back down.

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Catching in the Bay

Florida Sportsman member: Capt.Jared

Redfish have been everywhere this month, and the action should only get better. Most of the Redfish I have been catching have been coming from large schools of fish that are over-slot in size. I have also been catch a few more Redfish this week mixed with the Snook and these fish have been mid to upper slot size. Live sardines have been the bait of choice, and they can’t be too big for these big bruiser reds.

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Tampa Bay Variety

Florida Sportsman member: Capt.Jared

Juvenile Tarpon have really made a showing recently and have been a blast to catch on light tackle and fly rods. Look for the smaller tarpon to be in small creeks, canals, and river mouths throughout the bay area. Small poppers and weedless jerk baits have been working well during dawn and dusk hours.

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Hot Bite Before the Storm

Florida Sportsman member: Slamaholic

In that short time we landed 10 small tarpon and six snook. We worked structure with whitebait. Our chummers were getting blown up in every direction. Before we were pushed away by the thunderstorms, we dropped a lady fish on the bottom and landed a nice 20 pound goliath grouper.

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Tampa Bay Bruiser

Florida Sportsman member: SnookStack

My rod doubles over and I’m set for an 8 minute battle with a 40 inch snook on 20 pound test. Every head shake my heart dropped. I thought for sure this fish was going to own me. I played the fish with a real light drag she made multiple big runs with a few violent head shakes.

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Tampa Bay Tarpon and More

Florida Sportsman member: Capt. Jared

Inshore snook, redfish, mackerel, and snapper have been keeping the lines tight for the anglers that haven’t wanted to tangle with the silver king. Red fishing has seemed to be improving in the areas of the bay that I have been fishing and most of the fish have been over slot, cut bait has been the most effective with the heat.

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Snook on Sand

Florida Sportsman member: johnny-moe

Beach bite has been really good on these great tide days. Nice to see the return of good sized snook in numbers. Also was nice to get my son Charlie on his biggest snook around 38 to 40 inches.

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Dinner and a Show

Florida Sportsman member: SouthshoreSlayer

When the tide died we went Snapper fishing. The bite was on but the wind and tide were fighting each other and could not hold over the ledge. What I ended up doing was keeping the outboard in reverse to hold the anchor tight. It was difficult but we got it done with snapper to 19 inches.

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Surprise in the Bay

Florida Sportsman member: Royalflush

after a few minutes of finesse battle with only 20 pound braid and 30 pound mono leader, the brown bomber shows himself. But he’s not ready to be landed, got him boat side about 8 times and each time he darted back down.

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Rough Weather Tarpon

Florida Sportsman member: stpetebaitman

After locating some free jumping fish on Saturday with nothing but mackerel gear on board we decided to head back out Sunday and at least be semi-prepared. Spent two hours catching bait and headed out to get a bite within three minutes.

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Upper Tampa Bay Fishing

Florida Sportsman member: BryanC

While I was taking pics of that, my rod bent over in the rod holder and I was hooked into a big snook! Unfortunately, she broke me off. Another one bit a little later, and I got her close to the boat, this one looked smaller, possibly a slot fish, but once again my 20 pound leader broke.

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Insane Snook Day

Florida Sportsman member: Snookerman311

“Yesterday was a day that will go down in my record books and one I will never forget. On saturday night I had invited a close friend of mine to fish sunday morning with the intentions of throwing artificial and trying to hide from the wind…”

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Fishing in the Wind

Florida Sportsman member: Bassin Assassin

I loosen my drag cause I know she isn’t done. She gets to the boat and dives under it. I stick my rod in the water and she makes another long run for the mangroves, then a half-jump. Nice! I bring her around and baby her to the right and then left of the boat. She is on top now and I bring her right next to the boat and freaky expertly slips the net under her.

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Catching Dinner

Florida Sportsman member: freshfromthesalt

The day was cold but the bite was hot and by the time we brought up our last line we had 42 keeper sheepshead in the box, mixed in with a couple chunky key west grunts and black sea bass. Another 20 or more short sheeps were released.

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February Fishing

Florida Sportsman member: Capt.Jared

Live shrimp fished under a cork has been been producing good results, but artificial’s have been working just as well. Soft plastic jerk baits in darker colors fished on the bottom have been top producers, but suspending twitch bait’s have produced some of the larger fish.

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Negative Tides, Positive Results

Florida Sportsman member: SnookStack

Moving out to the flats I was anxious to start seeing trails and single reds scattered. Soon we started spooking fish, we set our drifts up and started working a 1 1/2 foot depth with mixed grass and sand. It was on, we landed quality reds on the next few drifts.

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January in Tampa Bay

Florida Sportsman member: Capt.Jared

Live shrimp has been producing good results either free-lined or fished under a cork. Soft plastic jigs have also been producing just as well as live bait. Darker colored soft plastic jerk baits fished on a lighter jig heads such as a 1/16 or 1/8 ounce.

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West Central Inshore Bite

Florida Sportsman member: Matt822

The redfish bite has been pretty good with the exception of last weeks cold front I think they are finally starting to settle in to a winter pattern. The big trout bite has really fired up the last couple weeks with fish in the 25-30 inch range holding in deep pot holes on the flats and edges of channels. I have been using all artificials and they have been producing consistently.

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Wintertime In Tampa Bay

Florida Sportsman member: Tfoucher

Bait was a little tough for us but we got it and the bite in the morning was not very good since we had slower tides and cold water to deal with. After moving around we finally got into some fish. We ended up with some nice snook, a couple of nice reds and some trout.

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South Shore Bite

Florida Sportsman member: SouthshoreSlayer

After fishing that for two hours the tide was getting right for my spots up North of Cockroach. We made 8 different stops on various mangrove edges, live chummed, and pulled fish from every stop. Most were Snook but we also got 9 Redfish, 3 Trout, and I caught a Sheepshead in a whitebait which was a first for me.

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Tampa Bay Hot Bite

Florida Sportsman member: Tfoucher

I really did not think the bite was going to be very good but I was wrong. We got 80 plus reds, snook and trout with it mostly being reds and snook with the few trout to round out our inshore slams.

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North Pinellas Inshore

Florida Sportsman member: Capt.Jared

Trout fishing has finally started to pick up in the last week with the slot fish starting to school up, and the larger breeder trout starting moving into the shallows. Look for slot size fish to be in the deeper channels and creeks throughout the bay area.

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Great Way to Spend Your Birthday

Florida Sportsman member: Tfoucher

We had caught the last of the outgoing tide and the whole incoming tide. The fish were unbelievably hungry. I told Chad that we had to keep count of all the fish that we caught. I told him that I felt this could be a 100 plus fish day. Boy was I right! To be exact it was 112.

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Mayhem Inshore

Florida Sportsman member: Tfoucher

We probably ended up with between 60 to 70 fish maybe more since we were not really keeping tabs. We got snook, reds and trout with most of the fish being snook. I was the only one not to get a slam on the boat!

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Catching on the Alafia

Florida Sportsman member: Bassin Assassin

I kept working the shallower docks. Skipped under one at 10:50am and got crushed. This fish had some weight and gave me a great battle. I got it in the boat and it was a solid slot red of 25 1/2 inches.

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Starting Them Young

Florida Sportsman member: jimmy77

We anchored up on the edge of a pot hole and put out pins and greenbacks under floats over the shallow flooding grass. I got a decent flounder on a pinfish and we got a few reds on greenbacks. My son got the nicest fish, a 23 inch redfish.

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Catching on the Drift

Florida Sportsman member: Bassin Assassin

The water was very skinny and we kept targeting the 1 1/2 to 3 foot zone. We drifted north and Stormy caught a 20 inch snook on the Bait Buster just a few minutes later. We caught more snook on the flats than I can ever remember.

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Upper Tampa Bay Hot Bite

Florida Sportsman member: snook1998

I handed my buddy a rod with a greenback on it and he made a perfect cast right up against a submerged log, BAM he was on. The fish took a good amount of line, we got it up to the boat and it was a 26 inch snook.

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West Central Inshore

Florida Sportsman member: Capt.Jared

Large tarpon have been inside the bay for a few months now and are in post-spawn transition patterns. Early morning and sundown is the best time to get shots at these large fish. Swimbaits such as the D.O.A. baitbuster are the go to lures right now.

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Tampa Bay Sight Fishing

Florida Sportsman member: Shadowcast

Got a chance to fish with Willie “Jack” Jackson in hopes of getting some sight fishing in on the +0.3 low tide late in the morning. The outgoing tide and the recent amount of rain left the water quite stained coming out of the Little Manatee River but we were able to work up a small slam including Jack’s first ever redfish.

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Taming the Tarpon

Florida Sportsman member: stpetebaitman

Locating the fish was the hardest part, but once we did find them they were willing to put on a show. We even had a double header Saturday and landed them both. We were in by noon both days as it seemed the bite shut down early.

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Changing Tactics, Catching Fish

Florida Sportsman member: SnookStack

I can’t seem to catch the specks, but being tempted to take my ladyfish and chunk it up was too tempting. I aborted trout fishing by 8 and the change in tactics paid off! I caught two beauties and was off the water by 10 am.

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Tampa Tarpon Action

Florida Sportsman member: CatchDog

Forum member CatchDog Put together an awesome video of some adrenaline filled Tampa tarpon. Between the big jumps and aggressive sharks, tarpon are sure to get your blood flowing. Nice Work!

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Wading Picnic Island

Florida Sportsman member: OverslotsOnly

Seeing some mullet getting spooked near a sand patch, I made a cast, twitched it twice and I was on, but it wasn’t a little trout. The drag starts singing and I’m thinking red, but then the fish breaks the surface with those big unmistakable headshakes I’m so accustomed to seeing over in my hometown of Stuart, huge snook!

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Keepers in the Bay

Florida Sportsman member: Captainbly

Only got one bite but only fished for about 30 minutes. But, it was a nice 24 inch gag. Caught on a magnum bomber gold and black trolled on a number 3 planer at about 3.1 mph going against the incoming tide.

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West Central Beach Snook

Florida Sportsman member: splitshot

Forum member splitshot shared some nice snook caught recently from the beach. Throwing top waters in the early morning has produced. Nice work!

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West Central Tarpon and More

Florida Sportsman member: stpetebaitman

Tarpon fishing has been excellent in the bay. But, they are not showing themselves very well. On the 4th we went 3 for 4 before noon. The only fish we saw were the ones we jumped, not a single fish rolled.

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Trout Fishing with a Cobia Surprise

Florida Sportsman member: spicyswamprabbit

Our first thought was that it was a shark but as the fight began we quickly realized that it was a rather large cobia. My dad quickly manned the trolling motor and the chase was on. My friend scrambled to get our gaff and readied himself incase we were able to get the fish close enough to the boat. We chased the fish for 15 minutes, and after a failed first attempt to gaff the fish, we managed to get it boat side, gaffed and in the boat.

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North Pinellas Snook Bite

Florida Sportsman member: TailingReds

Targeted linesiders around Three-Rooker and Anclote last Wednesday evening. Caught and released four snook to 35 inches, plus a bonus 23 inch trout. All fish were caught during the first part of the outgoing tide on palm sized pinfish and grunts.

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Tampa Bay Toads

Florida Sportsman member: Tailn_reds

I suddenly hooked up with a 25 and a 1/2 inch red. After we released it my fried hooks up with another monster snook we got it within 10 yards of the boat and it came off. Suddenly I hook up with a huge snook It jumped a few and was gone, finally I ended up getting a 39 inch snook.

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Snook for Everyone

Florida Sportsman member: Bruce F

Forum member Bruce F took his family out snook fishing on mother’s day. They got into them to say the least! Everyone caught nice fish! Great work.

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Anna Maria Island Sharkin’

Florida Sportsman member: Royalflush

First run was a 3 foot blacktip. 5 or 6 missed fish later , we had a big one, but turned out to be a 6 foot nurse. More missets and hook pulls, then boom the 12/0 gets nailed, hook set good! About a half hour into the hour long battle, we assume we have either a jewfish or small shark wrapped in a crab trap. Wrong , big bull, 105 inch fat boy.

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Tampa Bay Inshore

Florida Sportsman member: Tailn_reds

We showed up at our spot, water was high and getting ready to drop. The wind and rain started to pick up but we decided to fish through the weather. First cast through out a live bait not 2 minutes later I got smashed and my Friend hooked up with a 30 inch redfish. After a photo release we kept fishing, we caught multiple large jacks and lady fish.

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Disturbing the Peace, Catching Bruisers

Florida Sportsman member: Bassin Assassin

Reeling along slowly and as soon as the lure cleared the dock, it got blasted. Set the hook and my drag begins screaming. Rather than take me right back under the dock and break me off, the fish heads for deeper water at high speed. Rookie mistake by a big fish. The fish comes up tail-walking away from me. It is a beast!

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Skyway Kings

Florida Sportsman member: SnookStack

Early Saturday morning I headed out to the Sunshine Skyway to see if the Kings were around. At first light I got my first ever landed Kingfish. Being a flats fisherman this was quite the experience!

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Tampa Bay Slobs

Florida Sportsman member: Youngbuck

Forum member Youngbuck had a good week, busting 2 healthy Tampa Bay snook. One on a Cut bait and the other on a D.O.A. shrimp.

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Tampa Bay Snook and Reds

Florida Sportsman member: Capt.Jared

Red fishing has been excellent over the past few weeks and should remain steady for the next few months. Most of the fish we have been catching have been top slot fish, with many fish over slot. Double and triple hook ups have been pretty common on most trips and we have been averaging 12 to 20 fish on a four hour trip with many in the 28-34 inch range.

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Slammin’ Snook and More

Florida Sportsman member: Bassin Assassin

This is just a quick synopsis with the highlights. We fished from around 1pm to dark. First we caught a couple of keeper trout. Around 1:30pm, my lure got crushed on a wind blown bank. Up comes a very nice snook. After a great fight with another jump or two, we got her in the boat. She measured 33 inches.

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Tampa Bay Heating Up

Florida Sportsman member: Capt. Jared

The redfish bite has been extremely good especially fishing the high water around the new and full moon. Look for the fish to be schooled up on the flats on the higher part of the tides. Live bait has been productive, but fresh dead bait never fails, cut ladyfish, pinfish, threadfin and just about any fresh dead bait will do the trick.

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Sarasota Inshore Permit and Sheepshead

Florida Sportsman member: aaron

I saw something that looked like a massive sheepie sitting under a mangrove, so I landed my fly on its head and it ended up being about 5 medium to nice sized ones. They all swarmed my fly and I hooked up after one strip. We had to head out shortly after, but I am very curious if my method would have tricked one of those permit. I did see one school of three permit cruising along the mangroves averaging about 10 pounds, but I was being a fool and didn’t get a chance to throw to them.

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Tampa Bay Trout and More

Florida Sportsman member: rKotinsky

As the day moves on, I receive another hard hit and suspect a good mid-size red fish. It pulls drag and avoids my yak like the plague. I finally wear her out and see another gator trout, this time I do not miss with the net and capture this happy moment on my GoPro.

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Southshore Shallows

Florida Sportsman member: srqmynatt

We got into some ladyfish and jacks on the outer sandbar, then we made our way in and started getting trout on the flats. After putting a few nice trout in the box for dinner, we made our way back inside and managed one 25 inch redfish along the mangroves, he ate a penny gulp shrimp.

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Macks for Dinner

Florida Sportsman member: aquaholik

This warm weather has the macks fired up pretty good if you are looking for fish for the smoker. I’ve been experimenting with various jigs made of marabou and synthetics.

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West Central Bowfishing

Florida Sportsman member: Barnakiller

Bowfishing is not something you hear about often around here, but is a ton of fun. It’s like hunting, but you get a lot of shots. At the same time, it’s like spearfishing but you don’t have to get wet. I would like to get more people interested in it around these parts. Legally, anything you can spearfish you can bowfish.

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Doormats Inshore

Florida Sportsman member: NOTyourSPOT

Forum member NOTyourSPOT found some really nice sized flounder in deep holes inshore. Now is the time to get out there and bring home a doormat or two.

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West Central Winter Wading

Florida Sportsman member: secretspot

sheepshead-docks, rock piles and bridges, also on the flats in deeper holes-use barnacles, shrimp, fiddlers or tube worms
black drum-same as above but add in cut blue crab to the bait list. the big ones are still a month or so away.
trout , reds, flounder- shrimp or cut baits will work but I prefer a super slow fished soft plastic jig or plug- Logic Lures are working well as are the Unfair Lures rip n slash. Hit the same areas for all three, deeper flats, potholes, channels, docks , and seawalls.

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West Central Flats Fishing

Florida Sportsman member: Angler Systems

Fished a water depth under 30 inches all day. The majority of my fish were caught on a Sebile Innovative Fishing Stick Shad using FINS fishing Windtamer 10 pound braid, Seaguar Fluorocarbon 20 pound leader and a Shimano Stratic 3000FJ. Total fish count included Redfish up to 29 inches and Trout to 25 inches.

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Fighting the Wind, Catching the Fish

Florida Sportsman member: Bassin Assassin

This fish was pretty strong and ran towards the mangroves first, but inexplicably back out into open water. She had me if she got in the roots. Came up thrashing and it was a pretty good red. Came back to and dove under the boat. Got momentarily wrapped around the motor, a couple of more runs and slipped her into the net at 3:50pm. She had absolutely choked the lure and I had to use pliers it was so deep in her mouth. She measured 25 and a half inches.

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Fighting The Wind, Catching Fish

Florida Sportsman member: Bassin Assassin

This fish was pretty strong and ran towards the mangroves first, but inexplicably back out into open water. She had me if she got in the roots. Came up thrashing and it was a pretty good red. Came back to and dove under the boat. Got momentarily wrapped around the motor, a couple of more runs and slipped her into the net at 3:50pm. She had absolutely choked the lure and I had to use pliers it was so deep in her mouth. She measured 25 and a half inches.

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Fort Desoto Fun With The Whole Family

Florida Sportsman member: BryanC

Then Ron hooked into something that pulled quite a bit of drag. We had seen a few rays swimming around the boat and I figured he had hooked into one of them. Turned out to be a permit! That was pretty cool to see, and I thought we were kind of lucky to land it with 10 pound mono & no leader. A couple minutes later his line goes off again, and it’s another permit! After that everyone started to copy what he was doing and we ended up catching a total of 5 permit over the span of 45 minutes.

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Miguel Bay Via Kayak

Florida Sportsman member: rkotinsky

I fished my usual spots and began catching a lot of small trout and jacks but no slot fish. I moved on and followed my usual recipe for success, hit the ladyfish waypoint for cut bait and yak on over to the redfish honey hole. Not long after tossing out the cut ladyfish I hookup with a nice red.

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Miguel Bay Via Kayak

Florida Sportsman member: rkotinsky

I fished my usual spots and began catching a lot of small trout and jacks but no slot fish. I moved on and followed my usual recipe for success, hit the ladyfish waypoint for cut bait and yak on over to the redfish honey hole. Not long after tossing out the cut ladyfish I hookup with a nice red.

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South Shore Flats Fishing

Florida Sportsman member: Bassin Assassin

Cast out into about a foot of water with the electric chicken. Reeling in pretty quickly and my lure got destroyed. Set the hook and the fish came up and tried to shake it. Thought for sure it was a trout, but then I felt the power. It was a nice red that put up a great fight. Finally got her in the boat and she measured 25 1/2 inches.

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Shallow Water Reds

Florida Sportsman member: jbibler

These fish were pretty fired up, but you had to be super stealthy in order to get close enough for a cast.
With any clink, clunk, step up or down on the boat and they would push away outside of casting range.
If you could get a cast far enough outside of them they would eat, but if you threw into the middle they were off to the races. Lots of patients was the key and we were rewarded with several fish.

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Terra Ceia Slam

Florida Sportsman member: Bassin Assassin

We worked it a bit longer, but had no more luck there. We decided to run up to Miguel Bay. Lots of bird activity and baitfish near the mouth. Still working topwater and I hooked a 15 inch trout on the spook at 8:45am. We went inside, but tide was very low and had no luck. Back out to the mouth and we began to drift south along the shoreline. A small 12 1/2 inch trout for me at 9:45am. Pretty good sand and grass mix out there and the water was 2-3 feet deep. About this time Phi hooked into what appeared to be a good red on a topwater lure, but she got off. Another trout just over 15 inches for me at 9:53am. Five minutes later a trout just over 13 inch for me. Caught a trout just over 13 inch on the 3 inch shadflash at 10:25am

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South Shore Angling

Florida Sportsman member: Bassin Assassin

Launched out of CRB today at 7:45am. The wind was blowing at least 15mph out of the west. Plans were to go south towards Port Manatee and try my luck. Got down near Piney Point. The wind and floating grass were brutal. Went inside for a bit and picked up at snook just shy of 17 inches on the spook jr in bone at 8:37am. Came back out and went south.

Was struggling with the grass almost every cast. Was just about to go and managed to catch a 20 3/4-inch red on the 3-inch mullet in rootbeer at 9:34am. Worked south a bit longer, but no more strikes. It was so bad I contemplated going across the road and putting in the river to get a break from the wind and grass. Decided to keep trying. Went up in Big Pass. Water was really low now. Picked up a 14-inch trout on the spook at 11:49pm. Clouds rolled in and it began to rain. Picked up an 18-inch snook on the spook on a point inside Big Pass at 12:42pm.

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Upper Tampa Bay Reds and Snook

Florida Sportsman member: Bassin Assassin

Launched with Phil in UTB at 6:45am today. We headed over to a nearby oyster bar and Phil immediately hooked and landed an 18-inch red on the Spook Jr. in bone. No more strikes in this area so we went down to a nearby point. Phil’s spook got destroyed at 8am. After a tremendous fight I slipped an over slot red of 27 3/4 inches into the net.

We moved around the point into this shallow bay. It was alive with activity. Mullet were jumping everywhere and lots of bait fish were moving. Six minutes later Phil caught a small jack on the spook. I finally got on the board at 8:20am with a 20 1/2″ red on a skitterwalk that I sanded and re-painted gold. Phil got a 20 1/2-inch red on the spook just 3 minutes later. I picked up a 19-inch red at 9:05 am on the gold sw. At 9:26am I caught a 19 1/2-inch red on the sw.

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Spawning Reds

Florida Sportsman member: Tarpontine

Met up with a couple of buddies I hadn’t fished with in a while and decided to pick on some different fish. My buddy hooked a big trout on his first cast, went around 25 inches, then we worked our way around some flats. After getting some short trout and some 20-21 inch reds, we eased into an area I normally hit the big reds. They were home…but being picky! There was a decent size school, probably over 40-50 overslot or very upper slot, but just wouldn’t eat top water or jigs. I told my buddy if we switched it up to some bait we would get them.

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Paddling For Tarpon

Florida Sportsman member: abm5926

Fished off the beach in my kayak today. The day started off pretty bad with really high seas, wind, and catfish on every drop with my sabiki. I managed to get a few greenbacks but I wasn’t getting anything on them and I went through like 4 sabikis because the catfish would get all tangled in them. Finally I got a good sized grunt and put it under a cork. A few minutes later, I see a tarpon airborne with my bait. Took me about 40 min to pull the fish in and it was a relatively small one – probably around 80 to 100 pounds? I’m not too sure about the weight but it was between 5 and 6 feet long. It went around my anchor line and my sabiki during the fight, I have no idea how I got untangled and landed it. Awesome fight and released safely.The best part was I got the whole thing on video…

Here’s the video and as a warning, I think there is a curse word or two


Manatee River Snook

Florida Sportsman member: Bassin Assassin

We hit the south side of the 75 bridge first. I lost a small snook on 4 inch shadflash. There were tarpon rolling under the bridge, but couldn’t connect. Jeff hooked and landed a small snook. We went further up river and found a shade line in a little bay on the north side of the river. Jeff had a couple of good pops on the big spook in bone, but didn’t hook up. I lost a small snook on the spook jr.

We worked a long mangrove line near Redfish Point but had no luck

Went to my north side docks that have produced in the past. First cast under the last dock and I caught a small snook on the 4″ sf. We kept working docks and Jeff landed a small snook also on a paddle tail. Proceeded on down and we were probing under a dock thoroughly. Nothing. Made one more cast to the T of the dock and it got crushed. Set the hook on a good fish that went ballistic. She went out and then back for the dock. Kept her away and she made a great jump. Circled the boat and Jeff got her in the net. She measured 28.5 inches.

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Anclote Reds

Florida Sportsman member: TailingReds

Pretty good day on the water fishing the hill tide at Anclote. We caught two redfish, 23.5 inches and 32 inches. My buddy Mike caught the bigger fish on cut ladyfish and I caught the slot fish on a live pilchard. FYI, the small black tips are thick, so you have to sift through them to get the reds and snook.

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Little Cockroach Bay Action

Florida Sportsman member: Bassin Assassin

Launched out of Domino on the LMR today around 11:15am. Headed to the flat off LCRB. Still nothing happening there so I went back into LCRB. Fished back in there for the next 5+ hours. Worked mangrove islands, potholes and oyster bars. I did pretty well. All fish were caught on the 3 inch mullet in shadflash or the spook jr. in bone[...]

Finally got out of LCRB and went to the “guide” bank for some snook. Too windy and water was low. Went around the corner towards the back entrance to LCRB. Paralleling the mangroves with the spook in maybe 2-3′ of water. Getting near the entrance and my spook got crushed. The fish took off towards the mangroves and then came right back out. This fish had some power and was really putting me to the test. It was a good snook. She went under the boat and back out deep. After a great fight, I finally slipped her in the net at 6:50pm. She measured 30 1/4 inches and was extremely fat and healthy.

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Overcast Reds and Snook

Florida Sportsman member: abm5926

Yesterday, I went out to one of my trout/redfish spots and started throwing a spook jr since it was so cloudy. I caught several lower slot reds and some trout between 18 – 22 inches. It was low tide and when it started coming in, I was getting huge blow ups on topwater, seeing redfish starting to tail, and then some idiot in a inflatable boat ran his outboard right through the shallow flat I was fishing. I was pissed but I sucked it up and went to a steep drop off and started throwing 1/16th ounce jighead with a zman 5 inch shad tail. I twitched once and got slammed by something big. I was using a med/light rod and 3000 reel with 10 pound braid and 20 pound leader and almost went to the backing. After a nice fight, I pulled in this 36″ snook.

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Steady Snookin’

Florida Sportsman member: captainrandy

Todays charter landed two 39 inch snook and one 37 inch snook and lost another along the side of the boat. We have been catching them on the incoming tide along deep depressions and on points with rocks using white bait 4-6 inches in size. They have been feeding about an hour after the tide gets moving up to about 2 hours before high tide then they are cruising the mangroves and seem to settle in to looking at the baits. The trout have been around as well but they are in the lower limit of the slot with an occassional upper slot one thrown in. Get out and bend a rod as the cobia, mackerel are around to give you a great day on the water.

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St. Pete Trout and Reds

Florida Sportsman member: Icatcher22

Planned on taking the kayaks out to a protected flat in St.Pete to hide from the wind. The overcast made it a perfect opportunity for a top-water day. RawDaws (Brian) and myself both started off with skitterwalks. We started out hitting some average/smaller trout and then I finally got a big blow up. After a nice fight landed my personal best top-water trout that measured right at 27″.

Went on to work around the mangroves – had a couple followers that pushed some very large wakes but all hit and misses…I believe they were reds but for some reason, they were having trouble connecting with the top-water…tried slowing it down, stopping , changing retrieve but no luck w red on top-water.

Got back to a nice cove and switched to a 1/16thoz jighead w/ a white zmann jerk shad. Second cast and I connected with a pretty overslot red. It put up a great fight with a couple impressive runs. Ended up right around 31″

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Desoto Action

Florida Sportsman member: Bassin Assassin

Inspired by Cody’s recent beatdown that he put on the redfish over at Desoto, I decided to see if I could catch a few reds too. Fifty-three miles, $4.50 in tolls, $6 for ramp fee and an 1/8 of a tank of gas later, I made it to the launch. I put in at 12:30pm and headed over to Sawyer Key. I trolled over a pothole and at least 20 trout scattered. What I ended up doing during the day was circling Sawyer Key twice with a trek just north of there also. I mostly fished 1-5 feet in depth and focused on sandy areas with a decent grass mix whenever possible. I did work docks close by but had no luck on them. Water temp was 69-74 degrees. The weather was great and mullet were everywhere. This place was alive with activity[...]

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Going for the Trifecta

Florida Sportsman member: Bassin Assassin

Launched out of Wildcat Park today around 12:30pm. Water temp was 67-69 degrees and the wind was howling. Headed down to the big dock on the southside. Skipped under it with the 4 inch RT Mullet in smoke/gold halo. Got a strike on the first cast. It was a 14 1/4 inch rat red caught at 12:38pm. Went to the next dock but no strikes.

Down to the 75 bridge. Worked the pilings on the north side but no luck. Over to the south side. Worked one side and no strikes. Over to the other and threw out the same lure to parallel the pilings. Near the end of the cast and got a nice strike. Set the hook and a good snook broke the surface. Got her away from the pilings and she put up a great fight. Got her in the boat at 1:15pm. She measured 25 1/4 inches. Thought about taking a pic but too much of a hassle with the wind. It was brutal.

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Braden River Trout & Reds

Florida Sportsman member: Alex from GA

Didn’t get a bite until 1:15 when my partner caught a small redfish. Then I caught 5 trout from 12 to 16 inches in the next 45 minutes. In the next 3 hours I caught a 22, 23 and 28.5 inch redfish.

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Anclote Trout & Reds

Florida Sportsman member: Juicebucket

We drowned a handfull of already dead cut pins for about 10 minutess before the first rod went down. I was suprised to see 20 inch class Trout on the end instead of a Red. I’ve caught em on cut bait before I just wasn’t expecting it today. Suddenly it became a day of Trout fishing. Every few minutes a bait would get picked up and trout after trout came aboard. Decided it was time to get the girlfriend involved and had her grab the next rod to go down. It did and she did. A couple minutes later she had her first fish. It was a rather healthy 23″ Momma Gator; not a bad way to get into fishing I’d say[...]

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Tampa Bay Sheepshead

Florida Sportsman member: mojotarpon

Despite a little wind we had to get out and fish and break in the new boat. We loaded up on some shrimp and hit some spots for sheepshead. This time of year I love to target sheepshead and what a great battle they are on light tackle. Make sure you get plenty of shrimp, today two of us went through 15 dozen shrimp and ran out with fish eating. We started out on the incoming tide and work a line of docks. I like to get in the tower and just crews the docks spotting the fish and then just head back at the beging and target the docks with fish. We had pretty good luck and had a dozen nice fish in about a hour.

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Gator Trout & A Surprise Guest

Florida Sportsman member: secretspot

Jeremy came down for a day of fishing for some gators and maybe reds. After a very late start, we arrive to have the area all to ourselves- a rarity. I hook up with something that was fighting unlike anything I’ve ever hooked before. I then see why. It’s no fish but a little sea turtle. A few quick pics and a unhook and back he goes. We proceeded to tear into trout between 21-25 inches for about 2 hours. I lost a fish that might have been the biggest trout I’ve ever had. It was a monster.

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Killer Day on the South Shore

Florida Sportsman member: SouthshoreSlayer

With the warm weather we might have been able to get bait somewhere closer but I would rather head to the Skyway where I know I can get it 100%. After anchoring and getting set up just a couple tosses of the net and my 30 Gal well was full. We decided to hit Piney Point on the way back up to Cockroach. We fished there for about 30 minutes but there was no signs of bait, fish, mullet, or any life at all so we decided to head more North and hit the Cockroach flats. The tide was – 0.6 so there was hardly any water on the flats. Josh didn’t want to push his boat so he waded the outside bar while I pushed my boat through the real skinny parts and over the bar. I was looking for potholes and wakes. I saw some movement about 100 yards away and quietly headed that way. When I got within casting distance I anchored and threw out 2 bats of chummers. The were getting chased and I knew it was game on. I had a bait out for about 30 seconds and my drag starts to scream[...]”

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Full Day of Reds & Snook

Florida Sportsman member: second splash

First stop was a small cut near the mouth I did pretty well on last week and got set up. Cranked a couple baits of chummers and they were getting popped. First bait in the water gets hit within 15 seconds, a snook around the 18 inch range. As I release him Dave hooks up on an 18 inch red. Within 2 minutes of fishing we are 2/3 the way of a boat slam. All the fish caught today were in the 16-24 inch range. I think we need some cold weather to push more of the bigger ones back in the river. We caught 6 or so fish (reds and snook) at the first spot and decided to push up river. We anchored up on the second spot and started chumming. I get a snook on the first bait[...]”

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Got Snook?

Florida Sportsman member: Tarpontine

“Got on the water around 7 launching out of Gandy with a buddy. Loaded up pretty good on bait- some fat snook size whitebait, tons of little threads, and a couple dozen pins. Made a stop just north of the Howard Frankland and got a 23″ snook, a couple keeper size trout, and a rat red.

Looking for some more consistent action we moved to UTB, weaved our way through a maze of boats fishing the same area as we scouted for fish. Throwing some chummers as we went, we pulled on to an area where I started to see some fish. Next 2 hours were pretty steady- with the first 30-45 mins being non stop. Between the two of us we got 4 snook 30″ or better, a bunch in the low 20′s, and 10 or so rat reds. [...]”

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Gusty Winds, Redfish hitting

Florida Sportsman member: Lilcthefishslayer

“Mike busted up like 4 fat fish all within 20 mins or so. I caught a few myself with one being a real stud that came home for some blackened redfish. All fish were beautiful slot fish 24-26 except Mike getting one at 27 1/2. With a few 24′s in the mix as well. Only caught 1 rat which was nice! Plus all fish are fighting at least twice as hard now that the water temp has dropped. I love cold weather redfish! [...]”

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No Sunshine Slam

Florida Sportsman member: Lilcthefishslayer

Took Mike out on the skiff today hoping to get on some afternoon reds during the low tide. Well the sun wasn’t cooperating so no sight fishing. We picked up a few reds right off the bat, then we made a big move. At the next spot it was kinda slow, spotted a huge black drum just roaming around the flats but he wasn’t eating. Caught a few trout and snook along with a little red and made another move across the bay [...]

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Fort Desoto Breeder Reds

Florida Sportsman member: secretspot

Being that I am known as a gator trout specialist, I’d like to throw some reds up for your viewing pleasure. Two came on the spook Jr. Clown, pinfish color, and one on the DOA paddle tail, bream color. Leader was 20 pound flour with 10 pound braid main line. It was Capt. Chris Hanna, his girlfriend Christina, and myself [...]

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John’s Pass Slam

Florida Sportsman member: jewfish7

The weather looked ok for Thursday so I planned on throwing some artificials under the John’s Pass bridge and then hit a near shore reef to look for some snaps. The water was really dirty so the bridge didnt look so promising but I tried anyhow.Second cast using a 5-inch swimbait a tarpon eats it and makes some decent runs then a couple jumps and then he throws the hook next to the boat [...]

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Pass-A-Grille Beach Linesiders

Florida Sportsman member: watsondan1515

From the end of July up until last week I had good action (didn’t get skunked) each time I waded out from the beach at Pass-A-Grille. Go early, first light til about 10:30 a.m., or in the evening 7:30 p.m through sunset. Netted some greenies then chummed the outer sandbar in about waist deep water and hold on tight; trout, reds, snook, mackerel, blacktips, and of course the ladyfish [...]

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Flats Suprise

Florida Sportsman member: KeepmBent

We left out of Simmons Park looking to fish some reefs for grouper and snapper. We loaded up on threadfins that we used for cut bait and found a few mangos and macks, and a LOT of sharks. The gags did not want to play. We tried moving to some nearby wrecks but there were already boats anchored on them [...]

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Cockroach Bay Mixed Bag

Florida Sportsman member: flatsjunkie88

Got a call from a friend that wanted to give inshore fishing a shot. I told him I had a full boat but if he wanted to bring his we could hit the flats together. We loaded up with shrimp at Southshore Bait and Tackle. The shrimp were pitifully small ( 2″ was a big one ). We launched at CRB at 5:15 A.M. [...]

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Topwater Excitement

Florida Sportsman member: Bassin Assassin

Launched out of CRB at 6:15 a.m. yesterday with Dave (stormy). I had not done much fishing south of CRB so that was the plan. The noseeums are vicious at the ramp in the AM and then the mosquitos joined in at dark so have your repellent handy. We went out to the farthest mangrove point on the left and headed south along the shoreline. I started with the Spook Jr. in bone of course and Dave with the DOA chugger. It was overcast/cloudy and the sun only came out for a bit during the entire day. Conditions were ideal for a topwater bite [...]

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On the Road Again

Florida Sportsman member: Bassin Assassin

Decided to head back down to the Peace River yesterday with Dave (stormy). Launched out of Harbour Heights ramp at 6:20 a.m. I started off with the Spook Jr. in bone and Dave was throwing a DOA with a chugger head attached. We proceed over to the grassy points near the ramp, but no luck. Down to the little mangrove island at the mouth of Whidden Bay. Gave Dave first shot at the point of this island and he put it right on the money [...]

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St. Petersburg Reds

Florida Sportsman member: GEO

The redfish action continues to be strong with slot to oversized fish being caught around the Tampa Bay area. They are being caught on everything from top water lures, jigs, spoons, live bait and cut bait. If you can get upwind from them and drift in and set up this will leave them comfortable and willing to feed. With the wind at your back you will be able to make longer casts so that you can stay further away from the fish and catch more of them [...]

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Bishop’s Harbor- Tampa Bay Gem

Florida Sportsman member: Bassin Assassin

Launched out of Bishop’s Harbor with Dave (stormy) at 6:45am on Saturday. I had been there before with Hondo and Secret Spot and thought I would give it a try with Dave. The water temp was right at 80 degrees. The tide was incoming for a few hours, then kind of flat with a strong outgoing later. We eased out towards the mouth and the mullet were everywhere. We came up on a point with mullet jumping all around it. On my second cast with the Spook Jr in bone, my lure got crushed [...]

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Snook on Fire

Florida Sportsman member: flatsjunkie88

My buddy josh and I launched at Cockroach Bay at 5:15 A.M. We didn’t want to mess around looking for bait and it was still dark so we decided to run to the Skyway. We loaded both wells with whitebait and took off. We eased off the throttle as we hit the no wake zone as the sun was coming up. We anchor up along the mangroves and sling out some chummers [...]

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Peace River Catchin’

Florida Sportsman member: Bassin Assasin

Launched at Harbour Heights boat ramp at 6:30am yesterday with Dave (stormy). We were going to target boat docks again to see if we could duplicate our efforts from our last trip there. The fog was as thick as pea soup on the river. We went over to work the grassy area and island adjacent to the ramp. The water temp was 80 degrees and the tide was outgoing.

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Night Time is the Right Time

Florida Sportsman member: Trophy-Trips

Few pics from the other night. Basically how the last month has been. Snook bite has been solid day or night, and talk about quality fish this year. Bull reds hit or miss, tide and moon dependant. Few studs the other night but wasnt an all out blitz. As far as snook we still have a few good groups inside, but most have made their way out to the beaches and are chewing rather well on the right tides. Grunts, pins, cut lady, greenies and a few select other baits have been hard to beat. Should only get better over the next month.

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Peace River Dockin’

Florida Sportsman member: Bassin Assassin

Dave (Stormy) was going through snook withdrawal so I thought I might be able to put him on some snook if we took a bit of a drive. We headed down to the Peace River to work some docks. We launched at Harbour Heights boat ramp around 7am. The water temp was about 80 degrees with a high of 85 in areas. It was to be a slow incoming tide all day. We worked the mouth of Whidden Bay and the nearby island with no luck. We headed down river to a cut into the Shell Creek area [...]

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Beach Fishing Mixed Bag

Florida Sportsman member: PONCE

Spent a week down near IRB for my daughters wedding and a little RR with some beach fishing to boot. Kinda’ slow on the beach, only saw a handful of snook and a little bait was cruising around. We ended up fishing some causeways, inlets and beaches. Caught sharks, ladyfish, trout, snook and jacks as well as the usual beach-time residents. Thanks to the guys at DogFish for telling me where the trout and snook were hiding.

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Shallow Water Slam

Florida Sportsman member: CodyS

After a long week of testing at school all I wanted to do was get outside and on the water. Came home around 2:30pm, called up a fishing buddy, and were off. It was the end of the outgoing tide and middle of the afternoon…. not too great for fishing but we have a spot for that type of situation. Nearly dry flat with a sandbar and drop-off near a main channel [...]

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Windy Fishing

Florida Sportsman member: mojotarpon

Yesterday me and my dad hit the bay early, and the wind was blowing hard out of the North. Water temp around Gandy was a little above 74, and we had the 2 tide day with a tide slowly coming in all day. I had 4 blue crabs so we hit the Gandy Bridge first thing. It was pretty dang rough under that bridge with the wind and the smoke coming from up North made it more of a crazy morning. My dad made the first cast and was hooked up within seconds and the fight was on. After a a nice fight the big Black Drum was in the boat [...]

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Hooked into some Reds

Florida Sportsman member: Frogman

Hit the kings about 5 to 7 miles off, early in the morning got hits on blue runners and greenies. A lot of Spanish Mackerel floated one out for bait on a balloon but no takers. Wind picked up and then headed in back to the flats to hook into some reds. Caught some great size reds. Overall great day.

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Big Drum in the Bay

Florida Sportsman member: CodyS

Hit the bay early today around 6:30 a.m. and I was on my way to my first spot. Paddled out to a mudflat near some spoil islands and started throwing a topwater, first cast I get a huge blowup but whatever it was missed. After that all I was doing was atrracting a bunch of pesky ladyfish…those things seem to be everywhere. I moved out more to a grass bed in some deep water and started to drift, again the ladyfish are bashing my lure every cast but when it did make it to the bottom I hooked up with a nice trout, nothing big just 15-16 inch fish [...]

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Inshore Slayin’

Florida Sportsman member: inshoreslayer

My buddy and I hit the skyway early to load up on bait this am. Bait was everywhere, and there were tarpon under just about every light lurking around. First we waded docks in the river and scored a few trout 18-24 and I got a flounder around 15 ish. We picked a few snooklets up then we relocated to Palma Sola where we each scored a decent redfish. I also picked up my personal best trout that went 29 inches [...]

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March Double Grand Slam

Florida Sportsman member: mojotarpon

Today was another amazing day on Tampa Bay. Bait is really thick now, just about all the flats I checked today are loaded. After loading up on White Bait my son and I hit a couple spots just south of Gandy and we had a awesome bite. The Trout bite was sick, all fish were were just fat pigs in the 18″ to a nice 23″ Gator that my son “HRM” caught. We both hit a couple nice reds and we just need a couple snook for the slam [...]

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Peace River Trip

Florida Sportsman member: Bassin Assassin

Got up early Friday morning to drive to the Peace River. Got to the Harbour Heights Boat Ramp around 7am, which was just over 90 miles from the house. This ramp was very easy to find and within a couple of miles of I-75. Great ramp for small to mid-size boats. Normally you pay per hour for parking there at $.75 per hour. The machine wasn’t working and had a plastic bag around it so didn’t have to pay. Sweet! [...]

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Simply, Snook and Reds

Florida Sportsman member: mojotarpon

Today we went out for a few hours. Bait is so thick and easy right now, I love White Bait! We nailed some nice over slot Reds pushing the 29″ mark, and a couple Snook ate. Not bad for a afternoon trip [...]

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Snook are Chewing

Florida Sportsman member: mojotarpon

Now that bait is showing up we hit a couple spots for snook and nailed a couple nice fish on Tampa Bay. Thats my grandad , my dad, and my son. I nailed a nice fat pig and she put up a great fight. It was great having 4 generations on the boat. I love white bait!

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Still Chasing Sheep

Florida Sportsman member: Inshoreslayer

I went out and found the oldest sailboat I could find this morning covered in barnacles, tossed some crabs at em and they were hungry. Didnt get weights on em but yeilded some nice fillets. Once again free lined oyster crabs did the trick.[...]

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Plenty of Tampa Bay Trout

Florida Sportsman member: onthemarkcharters

Somebody pinch me! My calendar says its mid winter but it feels more like spring! Temperatures in the low 80’s with barely any wind is making for true Tampa Bay Chamber of Commerce weather. With afternoon water temperatures at 67 degrees on lower Tampa Bay the flats continue alive with action. My clients today Garry aka Larry and his wife Rosalyn from Alabama were treated to some amazing sights [...]

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Reef Fishing Miami

 

Recent offshore fishing reports from the South region.


Reef Fishing Miami

Florida Sportsman member: miami mutton

Reef Fishing Miami

The yellowtail bite was really good, we were targeting them shallower than usual. We also caught some keeper muttons and a nice grey, all in the same spot. We got there close to 9:am and by 10:30am we had close to a five man snapper limit, which we managed to complete, along with a few macks, bonito and a barracuda.

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Dania Beach Tuna and Dolphin

Florida Sportsman member: gsweaver

Dania Beach Tuna

We trolled black/ purple and black/red feathers south of Port Everglades. First fish in was a 22″ schoolie in 220 ft just south of Dania Pier. Then three more blackfin all in the same area. I was surprised to find them in that close.

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Port Everglades Mahi Haul

Florida Sportsman member: ProfessorO

Port Everglades Mahi

A few seconds later our second pilchard is hit and we have another nice fish on. We get another line in the water and another fish on. We slowly fight these fish and gaff both of them. 15 and 25 lb cows.

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Miami Reef Fishing Variety

Florida Sportsman member: miami mutton

Miami Reef Fishing

Fishing has been good on the reef with a good mix catch, we have been getting yellowtails, muttons, grouper, reds and blacks and even the rare, dog snapper.

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Chasing Kings in Haulover

Florida Sportsman member: paulrxp

Kings in Haulover

Winds were pretty light out of the E/SE less than 7mph with a very weak south current and high tide before 9am, as well as a Full Moon. Good pods of ballyhoo are out on the deeper reef and edge past 100ft and they were getting whacked by Kingfish, some of which were rocketing. We were able to catch our limit of Kings pretty quick with the live finger mullet, and numerous cutoffs on jigs/verticals, too many to count. It’s near impossible to keep them away from the Kings.

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Pavilion Key Cobia

Florida Sportsman: Raquel Waxon

Pavilion Key Cobia

Raquel Waxon, from Pembroke Pines, FL caught her first, legal sized cobia on a 10 lb. spinning outfit, one mile off Pavilion Key.

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Highland Beach Cobia

Florida Sportsman member: rhino2000

Highland Beach Cobia

I got out about 7 am and anchored up at about 80 feet. I put out some chum and had very little current. Had some fresh dead gogs and used a knocker rig and tortuga bottom rig. This cobia bit the tail half of the gog. Shockingly he was caught on a Penn Spinfisher 5500 with 30lb braid and 30lb flobo leader.

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Miami Reef Fishing

Florida Sportsman member: miami mutton

Miami Reef Fishing

The fish are moving shallower and the bait on the reef is being chased by Mahi and tuna and macs and kings, in the mix there are sailfish also, big sport fishing boat charters are running the reef line following birds and showering baits and hooking up to all the above. The bottom fishing has been good with limits of yellow tails happening on most trips.

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Hollywood King Fishing

Florida Sportsman member: T – L U V

Hollywood King Fishing

We picked up and headed south and set up off Hollywood. Chatted with Neal from Plastered a bit and it was slow for them as well. After about an hour, we finally picked up a ten pound king near the tenneco. We Circled back around and we are tight with a good fish.

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Miami Reef Fishing

Florida Sportsman member: Smokin_Reelz

miami reef fishing

We went out last Saturday from Miami to see if the Cero Mackerel were there. They are indeed. They are, along with about a billion ballyhoo. They weren’t that aggressive that day, as we caught only a few. But we went to the edge for about 10 minutes and caught 1/1 on sails.

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Hillsboro Wreck Fishing

Florida Sportsman member: MH79

I picked off a couple decent mangroves on the bottom and tons of large blue runners on freelined jigs. My girl caught a decent bluefish on the bottom, which we threw back. I starting getting cut off a lot by what must have been bluefish or Spanish mackerel … which was a reminder that winter is right around the corner.

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Miami Beach: A Trip To Remember

Florida Sportsman member: reelchaos27

We followed for a bit and slowly pulled up to this mammoth whale shark finning down sea. It was loaded with Cobia of all sizes. We sprung into action and started pitching baits. We all hooked up, had a few tangles, and a couple remoras to make things interesting.

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Port Everglades Sails

Florida Sportsman member:TLUV

Motored out through a sloppy inlet and headed south to do some slow trolling. Setup in 150 feet off of Hollywood. Within the first 10 minutes, we were 1 for 2 on sails and had a cutoff from a king.

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Miami Live Baiting

Florida Sportsman member: Ghostrider

In short order we managed to sabiki only a few threadfins and got a net full of ballyhoo.
made it to the edge and put the baits out, a few minutes later we missed a small dolphin that tried to eat a large ballyhoo.

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Catching Dinner

Florida Sportsman member: gdholbrook

A quick afternoon trip paid off, brought home some dinner. We went three for five on muttons, caught a nice black and red as well.

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Family Outing

Florida Sportsman member: miami mutton

Here is a day I wait for every year as both my boys, join me every year. my oldest Benny Jr. had a herniated disc last week so he was on the electric and got the feel for it and started catching mutton after mutton and had a very nice black grouper surprise as i had another black on the bottom rod on the other side.

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Mutton Madness

Florida Sportsman member: miami mutton

We have been catching some nice muttons out of Miami along with yellowtails and mangrove snapper. They continue to hit on ballyhoo. I was joined by my son, Miamimuttonman Jr. which helped me keep up with double hook ups and at one time, we had the flat line with a Mac, the boy with a yellowtail and the two bottom rods all with a fish at the same time.

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Tournament Winner

Florida Sportsman member: SmittysTeam

We ran out Saturday morning and fished the 700-800 feet for awhile but nada. Decided to run further out and picked up a couple nice fish on the 52 line. Blind trolling and off a pallet. Fishing was real slow but managed to get first place overall.

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Giant South Florida Swordfish

Florida Sportsman member: farinco

We made it out to the sword grounds at around 1:30PM and on the 2nd drop of the day … we get a bite way high off the bottom. We play with the bait to try and come tight on the fish and after a few MONSTER bites we get a hook in the fish. Little did we know what we had just gotten ourselves into.

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North Largo Muttons

Florida Sportsman member: fulltime

Started the day with the plan to go dolphin fishing, talked with a few charter guys who said it stunk offshore. Switched gears and went bottom fishing, caught seven muttons and called it a day.

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MIami Mixed Bag

Florida Sportsman member: Yeaaa_Chris

We had a few more mutton bites in 120, but we just didn’t connect. As we were picking up to head in, another small cow swam up behind the boat. My buddy had rigged up a gotcha earlier, and I just tossed it, and it got slammed right behind the boat.

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Port Everglades Offshore

Florida Sportsman member: conquistador

We fished 300 to 340 feet and caught aj’s, blackfins, grouper, bonito, and missed a monster that snapped my 40 pound spiderwire. I’m now a fan of vertical jigging and love it, can’t wait to get back out there.

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Muttons off Miami

Florida Sportsman member: miami mutton

After we had a good looking yellowtail cooler, We headed out to catch the muttons, we anchored over a good mark of fish, where we also released a nice black grouper and caught a nice porgy.

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First Sword

Florida Sportsman member: wahoowillie754

So about 9:30pm we get the first hit and my cousin gets the fish boat side and see that it’s a nice fish over a 100 pounds and then the hook pulls! Get set back up on the second drift and at 11:00pm we get the second bite.

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Haulover Swordfish

Florida Sportsman member: farinco

Fourth drop, tap tap, drop it down, fish on! We fought the fish for about 30 minutes and had her by the boat in short order. She was all lit up and was a beautiful sight to see.

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Day Trip to Bimini

Florida Sportsman member: Tomm

We did not start fishing until around 11:00am. Unfortunately we missed the best tide (outgoing) and also the moon phase was not the best, but we took a stab anyway and landed a wahoo about 30 minutes into the troll.

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Haulover Deep Dropping

Florida Sportsman member: farinco

We started the day fishing State waters for blueline tilefish and got a few really nice ones, including my personal best. We then proceeded to try and find the yelloweye snapper but they are thinning out and it was a bit of a challenge.

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Miami Flags

Florida Sportsman member: miami mutton

After three times missing the spot I wanted to hit, we hit it right on the fourth try and it worked out great. We started the chum, after anchoring in 95 feet, minutes later the tails started showing up and after a few technique demos and instructions, these guys were ready to start the catching.

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Muttons and More

Florida Sportsman member: gdholbrook

Forum member gdholbrook had some luck off of Miami recently. Drifting and fishing live pilchards over productive bottom was the ticket.

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Wahoo Success

Florida Sportsman member: CatchDog

We had a fantastic trip over in Bimini last weekend with multiple double headers and quality fish coming over the rail. Weather wasn’t too bad so was able to make a video of our trip, turned out pretty well.

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Hillsboro Offshore

Florida Sportsman member: FLATS BROKE

We started slowing trolling at sunrise and did not get a bite. Decided to set a drift starting in 100 feet of water. South current was strong, so we set out a couple flats and a couple down baits. Ended up hitting a school of kings and boated three fish pretty fast.

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Catch and Release Snappers

Florida Sportsman member: Reef Bandit

Joe grabbed his fly rod and did a short cast. He was using mono core which pulled the fly down slowly. 20 seconds passed and Joe was holding on to a red snapper that was screaming drag.

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Miami Mixed Bag

Florida Sportsman member: gdholbrook

We setup over some wrecks and lost more fish then we landed but ended up with a decent mixed bag of kings, muttons, fat yellow jack, a bonus yellow tail on a bottom rod and a nice african pompano.

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Port Everglades Phins

Florida Sportsman member: NightOwler

We picked up some blue runners at the sea buoy and ran out to 850 feet. Saw a free jumper and trolled the area but could not raise him. Stopped the boat by two weed patches pitched a livie, spro jig, and ballyhoo plug.

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South Florida Variety

Florida Sportsman member: skully1968

Put out new baits a little time passed and we were in 120 feet of water and we got the bite we were looking for. A sail ate the long bait, after a short chase we had the leader touch and the release. At the time we were the fourth boat to catch a fish.

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One and Done

Florida Sportsman member: BigTime

We decided to push off a bit further and it paid off. Just finished getting a third flat out when one rod lights up like there is no tomorrow. Wouldn’t you know it, it’s the only setup with a 2/0 hook on mono. Worked the fish for quite a while and finally got the chance to put a gaff in its head.

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Solo Action

Florida Sportsman member: Tomm

As I was moving to another spot saw frigate birds working, plus tons of bait skipping the surface and trying to get away from predators. Trolled and picked up a nice lifter Mahi only about three miles off the beach. I noticed a few bigger brothers swimming along and pitched cut Bonita to one of them. Bam, hook up!

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Swords and More

Florida Sportsman member: farinco

We left the inlet on Saturday in hopes of getting a keeper fish and what happened next was truly epic. We made it out to the sword grounds and within 5 minutes of our first drop, tap! no need to play with this fish, he was ON and we were TIGHT!

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Taking Veterans Fishing

Florida Sportsman member: rhino2000

Shortly after leaving the 4×4 heading east ran into a school of Mahi that just hammered our spread from both sides. We had six rods out and six mahi on, got tangled like crazy and ended up with two in the boat.

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Day Timing Down South

Florida Sportsman member: type1F-team

About 30 minutes into the drift I decided to try and entice one to bite by bring the bait up a few hundred feet and dropping it back down. After bringing it up about 100 feet the rod doubled over and we were on.

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South Snapper Bite

Florida Sportsman member: miami mutton

The mangrove bite has been great from Fowey rocks to carrysfort light. We did catch some real nice size ones. The current was perfect to the north both trips, one trip we caught a bunch of nice ones and a couple of muttons. On the next trip, We caught two huge ones, before I noticed the boat was filled with water and we were about to sink.

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Solo Trip Success

Florida Sportsman member: Tomm

The plan was to go to the Islamorada Humps. Unfortunately, however, my buddy backed out so it ended up being a solo trip. The blackfin and skipjack tuna were everywhere. I trolled up a bunch then decided to deploy some live bait close to six diving frigate birds, unfortunately this also happened to be roughest part of the hump.

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Find the Birds, Find the Fish

Florida Sportsman member: SmittysTeam

Cleared the inlet around 8 and Sabiki’d about 2-3 dozen pilchards in the morning. Ran out to about 13 to 15 miles and found two frigates working hard. We slow trolled live pilchards into them and got into a huge school.

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Getting Revenge

Florida Sportsman member: on deck

Turned north into it and immediately got a 15 pound bull on a blue and white islander over a ‘hoo. Switched out to the live ‘hoo spread and it was game on. Couple schools of 18 to 25 inch fish. Put two in the box and followed the line north.

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Family Fun in Marathon

Florida Sportsman member: ReelObsession

The rest of the school comes up and we can see 4 or 5 other fish and 1 big bull. My dad pitches a whole ballyhoo to him and he takes it. The fight is on my dad works him closer and closer to the boat. After about 20 minutes we get him next to the boat and he is still pretty green. I sink a gaff into him and flip him over the rail.

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Hot Reef Bite

Florida Sportsman member: miami mutton

It’s been non stop action on the reef, I’ve been fishing lately out of Miami, but here are some trips out of the upper keys also. The current has been decent moving north, which is my favorite.

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Making it Happen

Florida Sportsman member: snookyj

My oldest daughter told me the other night she wanted to catch her first mahi and then cook it and eat it. So me and grandpa loaded up the boat on Wednesday night and we were off at the crack of 8am on Thursday morning. The trip started out slow, but we found a floating chair about an hour into the trip and pulled some really nice fish off of it.

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South Florida Swords

Florida Sportsman member: farinco

We made it to the swordfish grounds and within 2 minutes of being down we get a tap. It was so subtle that I was second guessing it to be a fish or the lead bouncing but as always I reeled anyways. Second Tap, definitely a fish.

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Down South Mixed Bag

Florida Sportsman member: followotherboats

Not long after we found them, the first dolphin was coming over the side. Nice little lifter for my buddy’s wife. She was happy as the last time we took her out, she only caught a barracuda. No followers once again so back on troll we went.

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Saved by the Storm

Florida Sportsman member: flybycrb21

All of that changed on the way in when we noticed a single storm formation hovering right over port Everglades and decided to put out a trolling spread to pass time and let the storm pass. First hit came 5 minutes later, barely legal peanut in the boat. 5 minutes later we have a 10 pounds cow and get her in the boat too. Turn around and reset the spread to retrace our path and 10 minutes later we get crushed by a big bull.

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Day Trip Success

Florida Sportsman member: OneFastt997

On Friday I got a call with an opportunity to cross to the Bahamas to target yellowfins with a friend of a friend. After my trip two weeks ago where we saw them but didn’t hook up I knew I had to go back over and redeem myself.

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Miami Bottom Bite

Florida Sportsman member: miami mutton

As for yellowtail, they have been really hungry we have caught plenty on all trips and the kids and women have had a blast catching them one after another. The reef fishing will get better each day as summer is setting in and the day time mangrove bite will be coming soon.

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First Sail for the Boat

Florida Sportsman member: jtnole02

My buddy and I went out on Sunday afternoon to fly the kite for a few hours on my 18 seacraft. Picked up this sail which was my first on my boat and a few kings for the grill. We had 12 pilchards and landed 5 fish and were only out from 12 to 4pm.

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Down South Deep Dropping

Florida Sportsman member: copout@castaways

I fished with Angelo who holds the world record golden tile (65lbs), he manually dropped at most of the spots from 800 to 1000 feet, while I ran the T1000. We managed 2 tiles, one barrelfish, 8 rosies, 4 green eyed sharks and two throwback fins all off of Port Everglades.

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Sails Down South

Florida Sportsman member: andy5757

We headed north to the Steeple area and set lines out for a drift. Super calm with just a slight west wind and soft north current. Not 15 minutes into drift at 8:00am we hooked up to a sail. Erin fought the sail, admirably, and in short order the first sail was released.

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Haulover Swords

Florida Sportsman member: farinco

We made it to the grounds and within 1 hour we had our first bite. Fought the fish for about 15 minutes and got the harpoon in her. We dropped again and pulled a fish off down deep. Dropped again and hooked into a monster shark, probably a thresher, for about 25 minutes before he ate the hook.

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Leaving Them Biting

Florida Sportsman member: miami mutton

I started chumming in 65 feet and slowly brought the fish to visual distance and after a few test I did, to determine the best way to catch them, we started slowly picking at these nice size yellowtails. The current got better, after the wind dropped and the fish, turned on real good, letting us reach our limit and we left the big ball hungry for next time.

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Deep Dropping Out of Haulover

Florida Sportsman member: farinco

Got to the first spot and after a nice tangle on the first drop, we reset and BOOM, nice golden tilefish in the box. We got another golden, and then moved on to try to get other species. We managed 2 golden tilefish, 1 gray tilefish, 1 snowy grouper, and 1 yellowedge grouper before calling it a day.

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Wahoo on the Other Side

Florida Sportsman member: snookyj

We started trolling right out front of bimini, we decided to head south. Made it down around Cat and only had one sniff at our baits but it came unglued. Just south of Cat we had a good bite and new it was good fish. It was ripping line and after about a 20 minute tug of war we had him behind the boat. We leadered him in and I stuck him with the gaff.

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Barrel Bonanza

Florida Sportsman member: flybycrb21

We dropped the rig over some proven territory and pulled up 6 barrelfish and 2 rosies on 5 drifts. At this point I had more than my fair share of barrels and plenty of slime in the fish box so we decided to try dropping over a new spot a little bit shallower for some new species. Sent the rig down two more times and pulled up 4 more barrels.

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Limits out of Miami

Florida Sportsman member: miami mutton

We have been getting limits of yellow tails each day and today we did get grouper and a nice cobia to ad to the 4 man snapper limit. The current is stronger to the North as of today. bottom bite picked up or should I say, we didn’t miss the bottom fish, because yesterday we lost 8 bottom fish.

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Day Timing Before the Front

Florida Sportsman member: farinco

I went out with my friend Jesse to try and get a sword before this cold front pushed through. We got to the spot and within 7 minutes of our bait being down we got a bite and we were on!

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Swords out of Haulover

Florida Sportsman member: farinco

Went out with forum member johnnywizman to try and get tight on a few swordfish. He guaranteed me a fish on this trip. We had an epic bite, landing 4 out of 5 fish, with 2 rat’s released, and two 52″ lower jaw to fork swords in the box.

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Bringing Home Dinner

Florida Sportsman member: miami mutton

I got the chum going and we got the tails to come real close and started the kill. While catching the tails, we saw mahi show up and I quickly grabbed the toss rod, put a ballyhoo chunk and tossed it out, as I passed the rod to Carlos which had the fish on instantly.

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Dolphin off of Miami

Florida Sportsman member: ReelObsession

The pallet had all kinds of life under it and as soon as we trolled by it was game on. We caught 22 dolphins up to about 12 pounds. We threw back another 10 or so that were borderline keepers. After we caught enough dolphin we decided to jump in a spear a couple.

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Tearing up the Tortugas

Florida Sportsman member: Reef Bandit

Motoring a few hundred yards, we all readied. It didn’t take long to find out that the next spot was loaded with big red snappers. We caught them one after another. The only problem was that they were out of season so we had to vent them and let them go.

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Down South Yellowtails

Florida Sportsman member: wahito

I don’t know if it was the chum or just plain luck but we couldn’t keep the yellowtail away. They were biting everything we would throw at them live bait, frozen, artificials, everything! We almost had our limit and we ran out of bait. So we pulled anchor and decided to head back.

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Miami Jig Bite

Florida Sportsman member: angryangler

Ray shrilled “it’s a warsaw!” already dreaming of how many different ways he would prepare and eat the fish, my kids will eat for days! High fives all around and the boat was rocking, group pics and all.

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Big Fish on the Bottom

Florida Sportsman member: The BEAST

We did another fun trip with family and friends down in Key Largo. They had fun swim fishing for hog fish and schoolmasters. We went after some muttons with the only 3 live ballyhoo we managed to catch. We got 3 nice muttons, 8, 9½, and 17 pounds.

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Mangroves and More Off of Miami

Florida Sportsman member: miami mutton

We have been having a strong current most days, making fishing very hard to the unexperienced, in some trips it has defeated the ability to hook the fish that bite. Not everyone can pick up this technique proven to work day after day and brake their own habits, they have had for years, all in one trip.

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South Florida Spearfish

Florida Sportsman member: Poseidon10/31

Today I put my hands on my first shortbill spearfish, which is super rare for these waters. I fish on the Miss Britt out of Coconut Grove with the legendary Ray Rosher. In his decades of commercial and charter fishing this is only the second one he’s landed.

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Key Biscayne Bull

Florida Sportsman member: GameTimeFT

15 minutes into trolling, the rod takes off! A cow jumped and we immediately saw that she was a nice size fish. As we bring her in, directly behind her we see the bull jumping. Once we get the cow in the cooler the other rod takes off!

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Port Everglades Offshore

Florida Sportsman member: flybycrb21

Since we weren’t catching fish we decided to give the potential spot a drop. On the first drop the bait hit the bottom and the rod immediately bent over. We ended up pulling up a 23 pound barrel fish from 1200 feet. We dropped three more times after that and got a 15 to 25 pound barrel fish on each drop.

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Summer Sails

Florida Sportsman member: snookyj

Headed in to the reef and saw sailfish free jumping everywhere, i think we must have seen at least 7 fish free jumping. We set up a drift in 200 feet and almost immediately the mid depth rod gets hammered and we have a sail in the air. Wound up only catching one, but it was one that counted. It was Monica’s first sailfish!

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Miami Mutton Madness

Florida Sportsman member: miami mutton

It’s been non stop action, weather has been great and it’s supposed to continue good.The currents have been strong. The groupers are biting good and the yellowtails are also biting great. groupers have been more on the shallower reefs just below the tails.

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Down South Bottom Bite

Florida Sportsman member: Lucky Hook II

The bottom bite has been outstanding with good catches of grouper up to 30 pounds some nice muttons and a lot of yellowtails. Also, the mangrove snappers have started showing up on the reef in good numbers.

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Filling the Coolers Down South

Florida Sportsman member: GIT-R-DUnn

I put the rod in a holder to get a drink and not a minute went by she was buckled over. I grabbed the rod and knew it was big. But the reel with 50 pound braid put a whoopin on this fish and up came to be my best mutton.

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A Little Bit of Everything

Florida Sportsman member: cudaman

As the boat turned the engines on and started to move I let out the trolling rig and as I snapped the release clip on, I looked to the right I heard a scream and saw my rod bending, I picked it up and let the fish run a bit. I tightened the drag and started to fight the fish, I saw a big wide flash and screamed BIG DOLPHIN!

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Deep Dropping Down South

Florida Sportsman member: copout@castaways

Forum member copout@castaways got into some nice fish while deep dropping. Catching 7 barrel fish and 2 tile fish.

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Terrific Tortugas Trip

Florida Sportsman member: Reef Bandit

“We ended up catching over 100 groupers, a dozen muttons and limited out our snapper bag with yellowtails. I’d been down two days before this trip on a big boat and literally had to run away from all the red snappers, they’re everywhere! We even caught 10 of them on fly!”

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Port Everglades Sail

Florida Sportsman member: 23T

Forum member 23T caught this nice sail out of port everglades, While trolling for dolphin.

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Fishing on the Edge

Florida Sportsman member: Double Threat

Amberjack are biting pretty well on the wrecks (deep and even some shallower wrecks). We have had some king bites but it has been inconsistent. Lost some decent ones at the leader and a few other charter boats have caught them to 40 pounds. Blackfin tuna to 30 pounds are starting to show as well. Be careful live chumming though because the bonito have been insanely thick.

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Miami Muttons

Florida Sportsman member: Miami mutton

the screen was marking a load of fish so I gave it a couple minutes and brought up the first fish, that weighed on the Boga grip 13 pounds, after I bring this fish in, Al gets hit and is fighting another.Then Cal is on another fish on the other side, these fish were all big, I had a flash back and remembered, Captain Greg, from times on the Yankee Capts when we would get to a sunset spot and he would be marking a lot of fish and no one was catching for a few minutes while people would take the time to eat and he would sit there a few minutes longer and then , The bite started and the floor all around the boat would be pink and the mates would not have time to take each fish off the hook as they had to gaff another.

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King Cuda and Friends

Florida Sportsman member: The BEAST

This time the line got very heavy and for over an hour I watched Steve, then Rjon and even Devon, take turns on the rod. All 3 were grunting and working up a lather of sweat. The fish would give up a yard or two of line and then take back 3. Sometimes it would let them feel like they had it beat, allowing them to take in 25 or 30 yards of line, only to have the fish make a good run that stripped all that and more. This fish was doing whatever it wanted.

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South Florida Sails and More

Florida Sportsman member: The BEAST

The short rigger popped off and Devon put Jesse on the rod. He did the drop back and hook up perfectly. Sailfish on! Yeah Buddy! This fish went nuts for about 30 seconds and then dropped into the depths taking Jesse “down & dirty” for the remainder of the fight. It wasn’t a pretty fight, but it was a pretty long fight.

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Making It Happen in the Rough

Florida Sportsman member: danmanswag

Spent the day kite fishing with a few additional flat lines. We would catch 2 mahi and then reset, catch another 2 and then reset, pretty much the entire day minus 1 or 2 drifts. Was another grinder but made the best of it and finished with 9 mahi. Nothing big, but plenty of food on the plate. Our last drift produced a nice sail in about 150 feet just north of Triumph that hit the flat line.

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Swordfish on Soft Plastics

Florida Sportsman member: Captain Ross

The fish made two passes at the bait before getting hooked. Unfortunately the hook pulled just a minute or two in the the fight. With our adrenaline back up, we repositioned our boat and made another drop. This time using a Black 18 inch Hogy Soft Bait, just over the nose, we threaded a small pink octopus style skirt and added a squirt of pro cure scent.

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Hot Bottom Bite Down South

Florida Sportsman member: miami mutton

We hit the first spot in 60 feet and the current was just perfect, after chumming a little while, We had the yellow tail eating good behind the boat and the catching began. We fished this spot until the current got too strong and the big sharks showed up. After, we went deep for the mutton’s and King fish, but the kings did not want to eat dead bait today. We did get two nice muttons and lost a few big fish in the deep water.

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Droppin’ Deep for Big Fish

Florida Sportsman member: copout@castaways

Forum member copout@castaways Got into a mess of fish deep dropping with some buddy’s including this beautiful tile fish and many other species. This is a great way to fill the cooler with some of the best fish there is.

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A Full Day of Fun

Florida Sportsman member: The BEAST

We worked the area a bit longer and then I headed for a good mackerel spot I know. Within minutes of arriving in that area the down rod pops off and the reel is screaming. Brian jumped on it and we were thinking “smoker” king. Brian begins whipping up on the fish and soon we see color. Dang! It’s an extremely large Caribbean Spotted Mackerel, but darn impressive!

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Rough and Tough Sailfish in the South

Florida Sportsman member: The BEAST

“As the day moved along we caught several skipjacks. This seemed to be the predominate catch rolling down the corridor we were fishing. The day dragged on and the seas built up with each minute. As the time was running low we had a taker on the short rigger and here we go, sailfish! The guys were happy to see that fish as it did its acrobatics out of the water…”

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Florida Bay Cobia

Florida Sportsman member: Miami mutton

also hooked up with a Goliath, that was so big my friend could not lift it to the surface as it stopped where we could see it but could not lift it with his current rod, the fish looked around 400 pounds. We also caught and released a cuda and a few sharks, Then, we headed to the rivers and anchored in my favorite Gag spot. The first bait down got slammed by this 27 inch gag, we also got a snapper and lost three more gags to the bottom structure.

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On The Fish, Offshore

Florida Sportsman member: e-money

Left LWI at 8 a.m. with west/southwest winds at about 12 to 15 miles per hour. John found some “pretty water” in 160 feet off Lost Tree and birds working. Set out a seven rod trolling spread and as I put last bait in the ‘rigger the pink Moldcraft/bally combo gets crushed! Cool, nice gaffer in box.

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Deep Dropping Daylight Swords

Florida Sportsman member: ultraplayer26

From 1600-1700 feet it came right up. Once we got to the lead sinker the fish finally decided to take a dive back down to 400 feet. When the fish was brought back up to around 60 feet from the boat we see a big head splash above the water with a long bill. After 2 long hours we finally bring the fish boat side. It weighed 375 pounds at the scale.

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Solid Reef Fishing Down South

Florida Sportsman member: miami mutton

I put out my new hoop net and ended up catching a load of ballyhoo for the well, with the bait secured, I rigged a butterflied ballyhoo and sent it down for my customer. Two minutes later he got his first mutton of the day. We caught a few yellowtail here and put down a few baits, one of which got inhaled by a big grouper, that took drag to the bottom for the second time as he was able to find his hole.

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Offshore Kayak Action

Florida Sportsman member: gdholbrook

Right off the bat a big skipjack and double dolphins on the flatlines. Reset the kayak spread and another couple mahi make it to the boat. The limited cooler space on the yak was evident.

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The Fish Are Chewing Down South

Florida Sportsman member: The Beast

Ivan gets the Cow to the boat and Devon sticks the steel to her. One down and one to go. Ken works hard, retrieving 20 and then losing 30, gaining 30 and losing 10. Finally we have the Bull at the boat and Devon clocks him with the gaff and stones him with one pull. We have a beautiful matched set.

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Florida Bay Cobia

Florida Sportsman member: Miami Mutton

I see them come up and toss my bait in front of them and I’m hooked up with a 34 pound cobia, as I’m getting it close, I told Eddy “toss your bait close to my fish” and as soon as he did that he was hit, now we have a double hook up , after a 15 minute fight I bring mine close enough for a self gaff and got him in and then gaffed his fish.

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Government Cut Offshore

Florida Sportsman member: snookyj

We were stoked to be hooked up so quick, after about a 30 minute battle, Kristy had her first sailfish boatside ready for the release [...]

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Party On The Patch Reefs

Florida Sportsman member: Gettin’ Jiggy

For grouper, mutton snapper and cero mackerel, I use whole live ballyhoo or cut into plugs, depending on the size of the baits. I fish my baits on the bottom in the sand, near the edge of the rocks for grouper, and for muttons I like to cast my baits far from boat in the grassy areas, either on a sinker or free-lined live. There are some nice yellowtails that can show up as well, best baits for those are thin strips of ballyhoo fillets on tiny trollrites.

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Dolphin Bite Down South

Florida Sportsman member: The BEAST

We were sizing up the Cow and guessing it to be somewhere around 20 pounds. She was spent and reluctantly came to the boat where Devon put the steel to her. As he pulled the fish over the side she just kept growing. The tail finally crossed the gunwale and we couldn’t believe her size. This fish was large for a cow dolphin. We took some measurements after we settled down. She was over 49 inches long and pulled the scale down to 35 pounds.

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Miami Bottom Fishing Mixed Bag

Florida Sportsman member: miami mutton

Today I was lucky to have another mate that helped me a lot, by taking fish off the hook, as I was baiting hooks and catching bait and directing the fishing to keep the frenzy going. we got at least 30 yellow tails here and then moved on as the current dropped too much shutting the bite down to very slow. We got to another spot miles away to find a slow but fishable north current [...]

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Miami Muttons

Florida Sportsman member: miami mutton

Went to the famous missing buoy, the past two days, did good as the current has been moving north at a good flow.The muttons have been scattered lately, picking at some, as many have moved to very deep structure and wrecks. Ballyhoo have been plentiful on the reef and we have been seeing some nice dolphin in the edge of the drop off in 50 to 85 feet, we have tossed live hoos at them but they rather hit our 12 pound yellowtail line and being fish over 10 pounds, they didn’t last on the hook too long before fraying the line and cutting us off

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Big Bull out of Haulover

Florida Sportsman member: sflskier

Went out early Saturday out of Haulover on my new 24 foot Sailfish. Weather was nice and we went about 10 miles offshore. Found a nice slick, trolled it for a while got nothing. Saw some birds diving, pitched out a livie and hooked into a giant blue runner. No other birds, nothing. Started blind trolling on the way back with belly strips of that blue runner. About 7 miles offshore the spinner in the wash starts singing. 40 minutes later the bull was in the boat.

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Mutton Snapper out of Elliott Key

Florida Sportsman member: farinco

I have been itching to get out there again w/ my good friend Benny (Miami Mutton Man) to further improve my bottom fishing techniques. Last year we fished out of Haulover and this year we decided to head a bit more south towards Elliott Key to try and take advantage of some spots Benny knows and a little better fishing. After 1 re-scheduling due to weather, this Saturday was our day to go out there and try to make it happen.

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Marlin Double Header

Florida Sportsman member: Team Mayhem

Last weekend some buddies and I headed down to Tavernier to fish the Plantation Boat Mart Owners Tourney. After a 7:30 shotgun start out of Snake Creek We headed out to the 409 hump. I told the guys the plan was to run a little past the 409 Hump, put the spread out, and then troll over it with the current for as natural a presentation as possible. On our very first past the right mid (Squid Bait) gets hit and starts running.

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Tuna Time out of Gov’t Cut

Florida Sportsman member: JustinZ

I went out yesterday late afternoon/evening with my friend Mike. After reading all the reports of the big blackfins lately we were ready for some of our own. I wait all year for this time when the big tunas are around. My favorite fish to catch. Luckily Pedro was near government cut and sold us a few dozen nice pilchards.

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Haulover Mutton & Yellowtail

Florida Sportsman member: farinco

Today was a guest trip as I was taking out my mother and one of her client’s and kids. We pulled up to the first spot and had great north current. Got a bunch of yellowtail, but no muttons on the bottom. We went out a little deeper and fished the tail end of a dying north current and managed 3 muttons, with 2 of them making the box. All in all it was a great time. Tight lines out there!

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Port Everglades Blackfin Tuna

Florida Sportsman member: SmittysTeam

Caught this just north of Port Everglades Inlet. The tuna was caught on a free-lined pilchard. The conditions were perfect for live bait fishing. This huge blackfin tuna took 25 minutes to get to the boat. This tuna measured in at 28.5 pounds.

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Dolphin are Plentiful

Florida Sportsman member: cnunez3024

Went out Monday morning to fly the kites. Could not find live bait anywhere, so decided to look for dolphin. Ran out to about 400-500 feet looking for birds. Within 20 minutes, we saw 8 birds diving down like crazy. We tossed some cut ballyhoo where they were diving and then BOOM. We had a fish on within 10 seconds. After fighting the first fish for about 20 minutes we landed it on the boat.

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Port Everglades Sail, Blackfin & More

Florida Sportsman member: SmittysTeam

We trolled all the way to about 800 feet then decided to go live bait. We started live baiting around 300 feet. There was a massive color change around 200 feet and right when we went over it the line starts screaming. Then BOOM! fish off… Once we got to shallow, we did our second drift at 300 feet again. Then we drifted to 120 feet and the line screaming out!

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Miami Muttons and Yellowtail

Florida Sportsman member: miami mutton

This trip I took off in my boat, with my old time friend Billy, we fished back in the 80’s and early 90’s In the Tortugas aboard The Yankee Capts with Capt Greg and also fished Flamingo together, years ago. I called him and he was free, so we planned to be at the spot by 4 am and that is what we did, he is a bottom fishing fanatic, so it was easy to get him out there early. We got to the spot and the current was great we had frozen speedo and goggle eyes for bait, so he sends down a speedo head first and gets a nice mutton in just a few minutes and then I sent down a chunk of the body and soon enough I was hooked up too.

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Big Mahi Out of Haulover

Florida Sportsman member: Big_Boy

Decided to stop for lunch around 11:30 am, put out some pilchards and within 10 minutes a small group of schoolies showed up. Managed to pick up 3. Twenty minutes later we saw a tern working the water hard and managed to pick up 3 more. And then Mr. Frigate decided to join the party. Decided to change our game plan and troll a purple islander-long and a green one-short. We patiently tracked him for 20 minutes when BANG!

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Out of the Cut : Grouper, Pompano, Dolphin

Florida Sportsman member: JustinZ

Headed out of government cut this morning with my buddy, Mike. We went down to bug light to meet Frank to buy some pilchards. Apparently it was tough getting bait this morning around Government cut. We set up over the wrecks off key biscayne in 130 feet and did a bunch of drifts over the same area. We caught four african pompanos, two of which were big enough to come home for dinner. We landed one really nice grouper that had to go back, probably my biggest one ever.

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Port Everglades Bull

Florida Sportsman member: Blue Chip

Needed to run the boat and decided to head out into a choppy 2-4 foot sea with occasional 5 footer. It settled nicely later in the evening as the wind died a little. Trolled from Port Everglades to Hollywood ball zigging and zagging from 180-350 feet on a nice edge for about 1 1/2 hours with only a knockdown trollying Island lures and a few bally’s. Seen a nice sail all lit up behind the blue and white islander but didn’t eat. Decided to head north at the ball and head a little deeper being down sea. Found a magic temp break from 73.3 to 73.9 in 400 feet and port side short gets slammed. Fish on! Seeing the size of the fish when he jumped, I knew it was a good one.

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Push it to the Limit

Florida Sportsman member: miami mutton

We got to a spot in 58 feet and started chumming with a perfect current going north and a beautiful ocean less than a foot. Chris fished the bottom, releasing a nice black. As the tails were gathered behind the boat, Dylan, an 11 year old, and his grandfather took a crash course to quickly pick up my technique and bring in many double hook ups of nice size tails. Even though they never got a big flag, they had fun catching 15 to 18 inch tails. As they took a lunch break, Chris the Capt took over to finish off the limit of 40 fish.

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Easter Weekend Bull and Cow

Florida Sportsman member: Mahigator

Headed out of PE for some Easter weekend fun with my bro in law Mark and step dad Mark. We have been fishing together for years from WPB to the Keys. Managed to set a boat record bull 52 pound and 34 pound cow combo. We got an official weight at Lauderdale Marina. The cow hit the short line and the bull hit the out rigger. We were roughly off Haulover in about 1,000 feet with sparce weed.

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Haulover Mahi & Mutton

Florida Sportsman member: Reef-Chief

I went out yesterday w/ my cousin farinco and we tried to get some muttons and tails but only got 1 mutton so that means they are not thick out of Haulover yet so we will have to keep waiting.

The day started off flat calm with a west wind and once it shifted to the northeast it got snotty out there. We went offshore into 7 foo t+ Swells and setup a few deep drifts. We managed 6 Mahi to 15+ pounds and then were taking in too much water and it got scary a few times so we decided to play it safe and head in for the day

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Hillsboro Wahoo

Florida Sportsman member: JVL

Got a late start on Saturday. We Cleared Hillsboro at 9:30 a.m. in search of the edge. We found it, but the wind wasn’t blowing nearly as hard offshore as it was at the dock. Down goes the kite rigs and out comes the dragging gear. The first knockdown was a screamer that hit around a tuna school shortly after lines in. That fish hit a skirted Bally, and as we suspected, zebra stripes emerged from the blue water as we got him close.

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Miami Wahoo

Florida Sportsman member:ReelDeep

Went out of Matheson Sunday morning. Plan was to high speed troll down south and then do a couple drifts on the edge. We caught one nice wahoo and lost two other rigs. We caught this fish in about 100 feet near pacific reef. We did try to do a drift but there wasn’t much current and went straight north. Not much action on the edge so we headed in.

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Kings on Fire

Florida Sportsman member: farinco

The fishing has been tough this winter, very spotty, with few cold fronts and unpredictable fishing. Went out yesterday with my cousin, uncle, and 2 friends in search of kings and mackerel, and we found them. They are chewing. Go get em.

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Port Everglades Blue Marlin

Florida Sportsman member: JVL

Snuck out Friday AM with a couple of good friends to drag baits on what was supposed to be a light southwest wind and, as I have come to expect, the forecast was wrong again! Pulled for three hours in choppy seas with nada when the mid positioned just behind teaser starts to scream. Knew it was a big fish from the start and thought it may have been a nice YFT after 10 minutes of digging, circling and head shakes. Then the slob began to rise in the column and a bill pops out of the water….MARLIN.

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Hillsboro Inlet Tripletail

Florida Sportsman member: Gary M

I got my Forum buddy Kevin (Treetopflyn) to join me for a day of trolling and trying for some dolphin. The Portuguese Man-O-Wars were thicker than I have ever seen in 30-plus-years of fishing off of South Florida! We pressed on beyond most of them but after two hours of zero hits and finally finding a scattered weedline, we nearly ran over a big pod of nice tripletail!

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Wahoo out of Port Everglades

Florida Sportsman member: TRalph

Fished out of PE, Saturday, on the 28 Hydra- Sports with my son and buddy Justin. We could only fish the morning because I had to coach my daughters soccer game and the guys had to teach a ladders class in the afternoon. We pushed from the dock at 5:45 am. Live well filled with gogs and pilchard with the plan to fly the kite for a few sails.. We also knew the timing was right for a possible wahoo bite. We cleared PE after holding for the march of the cruise ships and looked to see what ships were still anchored in the anchorage. There were 4 vessels moored but the ocean yacht transport has been hooked to the bottom the longest so she was are target and we planned to set up the kite. Since it was about 30 minutes before sun up, low tide, 5 days after full moon and overcast… well out went the wahoo rigs.

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Christmas Gags & Muttons

Florida Sportsman member: farinco

We went out today to try and get a Christmas Special and like clockwork the Gags came out to play. We hit three spots and all of them produced strikes. We caught & released about eight just-short muttons, at least 5 just short gags, a few strawberries, and kept one 21-inch keeper mutton & two Big Gags (one 16 pounder) for the fish paella my uncle is making for my grandmother’s 75th birthday on Thursday I’m taking a few days off now because I’ve fished the past six days and I am officially beat

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Patch Reef Mutton

Florida Sportsman member: FlagMaster

Was fishing a patch reef in 20 feet of water. After bringing in one small tail after another, my son got slammed by something big two times that broke the 12 pound leader. I upped the leader to 20 pounds and the third time was the charm. Line started to scream and I knew he had something big. Helped him a little after Mr. Pink wrapped him up around some fan corals, but we were lucky enough to get him up boat side before the leader could break.

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Great Day Off Haulover

Florida Sportsman member: No_Bananas

Today was amazing. We left the dock at 9:00am today and had lines in by 9:30am. I begin with the vertical jig and by the third drop I had a fish on, 5 pound Almaco Jack. A few drops later I get a small king and get the feeling its going to be a good day. We’re fishing and all I hear is line getting ripped off the reel of one of our regulars named Bravid who was bottom fishing a double ballyhoo plug. This is a big fish. The way it was running line off and fighting i could have sworn he had a big shark on but he stopped him, got him turned and started putting the heat on him. After about 15 to 20 minutes and a mile of line we see a monster Gag coming up. The first mate Mike puts the gaff in him, and brings up the biggest gag i have ever seen. A 50 pounder, unbelievable.[...]

 


Gag Grouper in the Bay

Florida Sportsman member: UrbanAnglerMiami

“Caught some pilchards and pin fish and hooked onto some gag groupers, a nice cero mackerel & some mangrove snappers at night. We got our limit of gags in less than 5 minutes. on 4 casts. We saw some tarpons rolling but no cigar. Good times in Miami, FL. with Capt Rob Munoz a.k.a. “Gettin’ Jiggy!” on his Key West. Hard core angling at its best, especially by a local in our own back yard[...]“

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Muttons on the Move

Florida Sportsman member: Gettin’ Jiggy!

Muttons have been on my mind lately and figured since the waters much cooler now, thought we should give it a try. Actually the water temps were about 12-14 degrees cooler than before hurricane Sandy. Average temp in the bay was 70 degrees. It turned out that it wasn’t a bad idea. First spot resulted in two nice pinkies at 23 inches and 19 inches. Great fight on my favorite light outfit using 6lb Sufix and 20lb flouro leader and tiny size 2 Mustad live bait hooks [...]

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Bulls in the South

Florida Sportsman member: tonyfern

Went out Saturday on HydraMax to see if we could find some dolphin. We did not find many, but picked up two 10-pound cows and this nice 20-pound bull in 1100 feet off of Government Cut. Caught the bull trolling a naked ballyhoo on the long-line and the cows on live baits around scattered weeds. Not much out there and we were lucky to find these fish [...]

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Mack Attack off Miami

Florida Sportsman member: miami mutton

Back on my feet, this weather has been terrible and finally the winds dropped. The fish are there, but so are the predators and big AJ’s. We left Key Largo and headed north. On Edwin’s Yellowfin 36 we headed to the first intended spot in 60 feet, only to find very slow current crossed with a north wind, so we didn’t even put a line out for the tails, we just headed deeper to find some bottom fish [...]

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Three Hours of Catching!

Florida Sportsman member: The BEAST

I received a phone call from Josh Bailer whose friends were in town. They had but one afternoon available to fish before they had to fly out that same evening. He had 3 days to put this together and wanted to know if we had that day available for him. We did and of course we said sure! I never recommend doing a ½ day because it’s like putting handcuffs on Devon and me. Half days still require the same run time to and fro, and it limits your fishing time to 3 hours or less [...]

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Paying it Forward!

Florida Sportsman member: The BEAST

A very good customer of mine, Jon from Atlanta, booked an all day trip with us to acclimate his kids to offshore fishing. Jon has fished with me well over 50 times dating back as far as 1998. I’ve fished with his wife, Melissa, a time or two but this was the first time I ever met the children. I remember when the kids were born and now Ryan is 11 and Caroline is 8. I must be getting old! His plan was to see how the kids could handle the blue water scenario before he took them to Costa Rica in April [...]

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Epic Day off Port Everglades

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Sometimes, you have that feeling that you are in for an epic day of fishing. It’s the combination of preparation, the right crew, and perfect conditions which leave you spending the whole day in anticipation that you are in for one of those special days where the stars are going to align and you are going to have an unforgettable day on the water [...]

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Cubera Snapper Finale

Florida Sportsman member: The BEAST

We turned The BEAST out and made our way to grab a few quick Hardtails for backup bait. That happened with relative ease and in short order the Zuke 300’s were running for our Cricket patch. Although Uncle Al and I are, for lack of better terms, a senior crew, we managed to grab enough bugs in a reasonable time. Uncle Al may have a few years on Devon but he is still a bug snatching maniac. Since Jorge also brought along a custom jigging rod with 65# braid on a nice shiny Shimano Stella reel, we decided to give the “Grunt & Sweat” wreck a tryout [...]

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Key Biscayne Muttons

Florida Sportsman member: miami mutton

This trip was out of Miami, waited for one of the two doctors to go to a meeting early, then we left the dock at 8:30 a.m. and headed straight to the Bug Light. There, we caught some cigar minnows and a few pinfish, then we headed out. The first spot was in 65 feet. The current was heading north, and moving a little too fast for the yellowtail fishing, but for the bottom fishing it was good. Shortly after getting down the first bait, one of the docs hooks into a nice mutton and in he comes [...]

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Spectacular Mutton’s out of Haulover

Florida Sportsman member: Reporte de Pesca

One of our club members went out today out of Haulover and caught some phenomenal muttons, the smallest ones were 12 pounds and the biggest was 16 pounds, weighted not estimated. Also some nice 12 pound kings to top it off.

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Rod and Reel Yellow Eyes

Florida Sportsman member: Ufhalbert

I love fishing in South Florida, because on any given day you never know what you are going to catch. With not much current we headed to some numbers between 200 to 225 feet out of Port Everglades and caught 2 yellow-eyes and a giant porgy on squid and pilchards. I have seen yellow-eyes caught deep dropping in the Bahamas, but never on rod and reel and never off of South Florida. Either way, we were stoked to catch a new fish on the boat on an otherwise slow day.

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Gaffer Saves the Day

Florida Sportsman member: danmanswag

In 800 feet we see a LONG weed line, longest I think I’ve ever seen, went on for miles. Five minutes into the troll we hook up and our day is saved with a nice gaffer size mahi, only problem is we didn’t have a gaff. So I basically leave the fish in the water for an extra 10 minutes on light drag to let her get tired and my buddy finally puts on some gloves and grabs her by the tail and throws her into the boat [...]

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Big Groupers and Muttons

Florida Sportsman member: Lone Drifter

I had been really anxious to do another trip with Benny (on my boat of course) and get some payback on those runaway trains I wasn’t able to stop last trip. Huge groupers and snappers I was hoping to target I told Benny. I wasn’t really interested in any yellowtail, big groupers or muttons would be the intended target of the day [...]

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Miami Dolphin Report

Florida Sportsman member: ReelObsession

Headed offshore today in search of dolphin. We found them from 350 to 800 feet under birds and scattered weeds. Got most of the them on trolled ballyhoo. Found one school of about 10 and picked off a couple but couldnt get any more to bite. By 10 a.m. we had 6 dolphin and decided to head in to do a little free-diving. Got one nice hogfish and saw a lot of shorts. Called it a day by 12 and headed for the barn.

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Spectacular Muttons

Florida Sportsman member: Reporte de Pesca

One of our club members went out today out of Haulover and caught some phenomenal mutton snapper, the smallest ones were 12 pounds and the biggest was 16 pounds, weighted not estimated. Also some nice 12 pound kings to top it off. Same technique we’ve been using to target mutton snappers with great success [...]

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Wahoo Time

Florida Sportsman member: Saltydawg

Headed down to Key Largo on Saturday so decided to do a little high speed trolling in an area that has produced in the past and it produced again. Nothing like going to the Key for the weekend having enough fish to eat for the week before you get there.

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A Quick Afternoon Trip

Florida Sportsman member: farinco

Went out with my cousin and a friend of his today. We got out of the inlet with lines in the water by 5:45PM. First spot, no current. Second spot, no current but we decided to try and wait it out. A short while later the current started smoking to the North and the yellowtails were behind the boat pretty thick [...]

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Trophy Yellowtail

Florida Sportsman member: NVMata

Went out Friday morning beyond excited since  I haven’t fished in a while and knew it was going to be great weather. Got to our first spot anchored immediately and began to chum and work the area. In our spot we always get the tails right behind the boat. Unfortunately didnt even see a tail but had enough ballyhoo behind the boat to start a bait shop.

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Impressive Tails off Miami

Florida Sportsman member: miami mutton

Today, I went out in my boat with my son and an old friend and his son, that came from Puerto Rico; he is stationed there in the US Coast Guard. They wanted to get the big tails and some muttons, so I took them to the area where I can get them just that. We got to the spot and the current was ripping to the north as expected. The commercial boat was fishing inside his original spot so I went to the south up current from him on the deeper end pretty far ahead, where I marked good fish in 65 feet [...]

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Afternoon on the Wrecks

Florida Sportsman member: Double Threat

We headed out with the intention on jigging up a few fish. It was flat calm and it was a beautiful afternoon to sneak offshore. We got to the spot where conditions looked favorable. We had manageable current and overcast weather. We then proceeded to catch a decent number of fish while losing a few more. Several couldn’t be stopped.

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Key Biscayne Bugs

Florida Sportsman member: Dream Catcher

Limited out with 36. Hit the water at 7am and we were done by 10:30 a.m. Was filmed by Channel 7 & 10 as well as Telemundo.

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Haulover Mutton Fishing

Florida Sportsman member: farinco

The plan was to go out with my cousin and 2 of his closest friends tonight to celebrate his birthday with some fishing fun. We started fishing earlier than usual today (around 5PM) as I was keen to try some of the tricks I learned from Miami Mutton Man about fooling fish during the daytime. Chum in the water, a nice steady south current, and fish on! [...]

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Hammer Time

Florida Sportsman member: Reef Bandit

It’s not often that I start writing one of my stories 10 days before the trip starts but I figured that I might forget about some of the happenings as they occurred. I am to take some buddies that worked on the boat doing minor repairs fishing as a thank you (they didn’t charge for their time), so I figured I’d do the same for them [...]

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Dania Beach Variety

Florida Sportsman member: Nickc33

Headed out to Dania two days ago for some snookin and bait gathering for an offshore trip yesterday. Lots of bait, mostly smaller 2 to 3 inch pilchards and scaled sardines. Some bigger schools of 4-5 inchers just have to be patient. Had been fishing the few days before with artificials, had some hits and misses so decided to go with bait [...]

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Whistle Buoy Muttons

Florida Sportsman member: Lucky7Team2

Copout and myself got the invite from Rafael (Alacrity) to do a little bottom fishing at the whistle buoy. Anticipation was high all week long as the three of us had not fished in almost a month. We got there pretty early but the flotilla was already working the area. We moved around a bit looking for the right spot and settled in about 75 ft of water. We had 2 cases of chum ready to go and a barrel with 2 defrosted cases, some fish oil and oats. It was a beautiful day and the current was moving north at a good clip [...]

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Yellowtails and More

Florida Sportsman member: miami mutton

Went out of Government Cut and headed to the bent marker and filled the well with a bunch of threadfin herring, some real big ones. Then we headed south, the ocean was nice and an overcast morning made it stay cool for most of the morning. I was riding a diesel boat that was toping 19 knots, but was a solid fishing machine [...]

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Smoker King and More

Florida Sportsman member: Double Threat

Lots of kings out there, few sails around, and still the occasional blackfin, a couple dolphin on the edge with more way out there. Baits has been kind of spotty down south right now.

Caught 3 kings to 40 pounds, a sail, 3 bonito, a remora, and a moray eel in a half day on Friday.

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Weird Weather!

Florida Sportsman member: The BEAST

The month of May was pretty weird to say the least. So far, June is not doing much better either. We have run the gauntlet in regards to the weather. We’ve had record rainfall to bluebird skies, gale force winds to no breeze, strong current to barely moving current, and big rough seas to slick calm water. Each of the extremes requires a bag of tricks to pull off a good trip [...]

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Big Cobia!

Florida Sportsman member: Ikaika

My Wife and I had a charter with Capt. Dave Kostyo “Knot Nancy”. Dave’s great and I highly recommend. We launched around 3 pm and within 30 minutes we were in about 160 ft of water with a choppy southwest wind. Hot wind too. We put out a couple of herring on 20 lb spinning outfits and slow trolled to stay in the blue water. After 15 minutes we we got a hit – turned out to be a 25 lb blackfin. He is sashimi now [...]

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Mutton Report Key Largo

Florida Sportsman member: miami mutton

Today’s trip was out of Key Largo. Like the previous trip, We headed to a spot and chummed up some tails and caught a few, then we headed to another spot in 50 feet and put a bait down and lost nice a fish and the next bight produce a 28 inch red grouper. After throwing the net and getting some ballyhoo, we headed for the mutton grounds [...]

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Offshore Miami

Florida Sportsman member: alacrity

Left the dock before 530am on Sunday. Caught good bait, sardines and blue runners, at Bug Light.

Went offshore about 15 miles and trolled and live baited a few weedlines and found nothing. Some of the best weeds I’ve seen in a long time and was surprised to find nothing [...]

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One of Those Days

Florida Sportsman member: Flats Broke

The bite was on today. We all caught fish, non-stop action. All fish were caught on jigs in 185 to 350 feet.

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Grouper and Muttons

Florida Sportsman member: miami mutton

Today’s trip was out of homestead, I’m fishing everyday now. Second time, I go with Fro and Tony, we got to the first spot in 55 feet of water and the anchor got stuck on the winch and we missed the spot. I didn’t care since the screen showed a load of fish. I put both of them on the bottom and I started to catch bait. I put 8 speedos in the boat and a few dozen live hoos [...]

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Beasts of Burden

Florida Sportsman member: waterman419

Got off to a bad start, you see the boat is on a rack in Dania and there is this bridge and if you hit the dead high you will be sitting there cuz’ your sweet arse outriggers just won’t make it through. Anyway 5:45 a.m. turned into 8 a.m. Leave P/E and head out to 600 feet. My buddy was out yesterday and said there were tons o’ weeds and that by the a.m. they would clump together pretty nicely. Well he was right. We hit this beautiful weed line and troll it [...]

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Blackfin Tuna Feast

Florida Sportsman member: Double Threat

Left the dock early and headed to Bug. Bait was slow so we hit another spot and threw the net and loaded up on cigar minnows and spanish sardines. We ran to the edge and did a long drift from 130′ out to sea with the southwest wind. In about 300′ a sail came up on the left mid, and inhaled the spanish sardine on 30 pound fluorocarbon (We were targetting blackfin so everything had a fluoro trace). The fish was very acrobatic and danced around the boat in circles. We got the release after a few minutes.

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Slammer in Grove Slam

Florida Sportsman member: Team O-SEA-D

Team O-SEA-D wins biggest fish in Grove Slam and 4th overall on Cinco se Mayo banking over 12K for the day. After a 2 month break Team O-SEA-D wins in two back to back tournaments. Two weeks ago they slayed the Dolphins on a day that was meant to be on land. Battling 10 to 12 footers they landed 3 solid dolphins and one king to win 1st place. In Saturdays Grove Slam on a day that was relatively slow they boated a 41.2 pound bull to take the biggest mahi. We found pallets, Bambo, logs, and everything but the kitchen sink and all we saw were fish under 10 pounds. The bull was caught outside of Ocean reef in 480 feet under a frigate on fresh ballyhoo.

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Busy Catchin’

Florida Sportsman member: The BEAST

This past Friday we met Chuck and the boys, Mike, Justin and Gerry at the dock. 7 AM rolls around early and they were a tad bit late but who’s counting? Devon and I were ready and waiting and as soon as we got them loaded we unleashed The BEAST for this ¾ day trip. As we headed into the Bay, the winds were coming from the E at about 10-15 knots. We quickly hit a couple of Hardtail spots and got a dozen or so baits. OK. Let’s go see if we can get some ‘hoos real quick. I put the whip to the 600 ponies and we were up and cruising the reefs.

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Mother Nature vs. The BEAST

Florida Sportsman member: The BEAST

I got a call from a friend of my good buddy CL up in North Carolina. Carlton, his dad Carl, and his sister Sarah, wanted to come down and give our fishing a go. Our buddy CL told them to hook up with Devon and I on The BEAST. We were scheduled for this past Saturday. The weatherman called for winds and rain. They flew in from NC just for the weekend and were leaving early Monday afternoon. They came just to fish with us so we met at the dock on Saturday morning at 7 AM anyway [...]

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Dolphin, Kings, and Sailfish

Florida Sportsman member: farinco

The wind has been blowing 20 knots plus relentlessly all week but I’ve been itching to get fishing and figured 3 to 5 feet with 7 foot plus rollers would have to do. Called up the Tarponator and we were on the water by 4:00PM. We were planning on bottom fishing originally but with the sloppy conditions we quickly and wisely re-considered Off to the edge. First drift — nice mahi.

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Dolphin off Hillsburo

Florida Sportsman member: Dcurbelo1000

Got to get out yesterday out of Hillsboro. We put out our spread within 20 minutes we get our first fish in the box, a nice dolphin in a 150 feet. Then we decided to go deeper in about 400 we ended up getting some more dinner. We got to see a nice sword on the surface, what an amazing sight never seen that before in 350 feet of water.

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Yellowtails are Chewin’

Florida Sportsman member: farinco

Started to head out with the one and only Tarponator, as well as my cousin Jason at about 6:00 PM. Ran out to 800 to 1000 feet in search of the dolphin everyone seems to be catching this week, but no luck yet, just a 7 pound blackfin tuna. Decided it was time to hit the reefs at around 7:00PM with first lines and chum in the water by 7:15PM. Bite was on fire for the first 45 minutes at which point the current died and we had to relocate about 2 more times before we got back on the fish [...]

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Miami Dolphin Report

Florida Sportsman member: ReelObsession

Headed out yesterday morning. The plan was to hit the reef and catch some tails then head offshore for dolphins. Got to the reef and started chumming. We caught a few nice size tails, all around 20 inches but the bite was kinda slow so after about an hour we decided to head offshore. Got offshore and trolled some weeds in 250 but didn’t get anything so after 30 minutes we decided to head further out. In 600 we found some more weeds and only a couple minutes into the troll we had our first fish on.

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Kayak Bull

Florida Sportsman member: drichard1986

Decided to go out for a few hours after work on this beautiful day. Didn’t have anytime to get live bait and only had some squid left in the freezer so I went out expecting to really be just jigging for tuna. Got out to 300 saw some weeds and started drifting while free lining squid. Lol. Current was nonexistent but grabbed a decent almaco on a jig that went back in the drink then dropped the jig to the bottom and saw a large blue and green mass coming toward my kayak [...]

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Kings for the Smoker!

Florida Sportsman member: farinco

Been fishing pretty hard lately, everything from the reef at night to offshore looking for dolphin in the day time, or settling on macks and kings when I can only squeeze in a quick trip. Today’s mission was to get a fish or two for the SMOKER!! Bait of choice were the gogs we had left from last night’s trip.

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Jurassic Park Tails

Florida Sportsman member: miami mutton

We caught, Jurassic park tails today, It was a beautiful day on the water, the ocean was flat. Went out with John and his wife Jossei, we already had fresh ballyhoo, so we went straight to the Big tail spot, in 90 feet, the tide was very slow at first, but I new it would pic up and we were going to catch fish here, so I told them, get ready you are going to start catching big tails here, that will tire your arms, from the fight and I gave them instructions, and off they were, The tails started getting closer as the tide picked up to a perfect drift [...]

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Some Good Eats

Florida Sportsman member: JustinZ

Went out for a quickie after work since I had been dying to get out for weeks waiting out the bad weather. Mike and I headed out of Haulover after picking up some pilchards from Lester. We drifted the wrecks off the diamonds and right away caught a huge mutton. Then nothing for an hour and as we were getting ready to head back in, a school of dolphin and tunas, traveling together I guess, swam right by us. We had one free line rod ready to go, Mike threw it in with a pilchard and hooked up with a tuna [...]

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Sailfish, Dolphin, Blackfin…Hot Bite!

Florida Sportsman member: Double Threat

We left the dock at 7 and headed to Bug. Pilchards were thick on the mark and we loaded up pretty quick with a few cigar minnows as well. Conditions have been a bit better south so we made it to the edge and began trolling south. We put out a spread of swimming ballyhoo and feathers and started to make way. The wind was blowing about 15 knots out of the ENE and there was a decent water color out front that improved as we headed south [...]

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Mack Attack

Florida Sportsman member: farinco

Been itching to get fishing but contrary to my plan, I just could not seem to get out of bed early this morning. At about 12:00PM I made a few calls to rally up a few friends I know don’t mind fishing in the middle of the hot sunny afternoon. I got 2 takers and the three of us ended up leaving the dock at about 12:30 PM with first baits in the water at about 1:30 PM. We landed a few solid fish for a few hours before the bite shut down but all in all we had a blast and lost many more than we could count! [...]

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Daytime Cubera

Florida Sportsman member: miami mutton

Today, I was out for fun with my friends from Team Champion, on their 33 Hydra-sport, what a nice dry ride. We got out after making plans Friday with a forecast of ENE 15 to 20 Friday afternoon, by this morning it was down to 12 to 14 and seas 2 feet, but in reality it was 2 to 4 East then NE by the end of our trip, with a somewhat slow tide to the north at first followed by a perfect north flowing tide after noon [...]

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Swordfish!

Florida Sportsman member: osead marine

This is a late report from last week..So I’ve been wanting to get out lately but I’ve so busy at the store.So a couple of my customers were like come on lets go out and catch a monster,come on. So I couldnt resist and I said yes. So we boarded the (Tiburon)boat name, And headed out to 1900ft to find us a sword. After getting there the wind starts to pick up. 5.3 drift North and wind was blowing South. So I set up lines at 100/200/300/400 and then 2 flatlines 100/50.

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Got Lucky!

Florida Sportsman Member: Reel_fishy

Caught this little nugget as we were in neutral fighting a 15 pound cow this 30 pound bull came up and ate the ballyhoo as it was drifting! Wish I could be lucky like this every time we go out!

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Saturday Wahoo

Florida Sportsman member: JoeGuil

Headed out late and reached the inlet about 8:30. Trolled a pink rattle jet, 2 rapala magnums, a couple of other lures and a dolphin colored yozuri bonito. Zigged and zagged north for a little bit out to 450′ and in to 100′. Nada. Headed south and just north of the steeple picked up a smallish Wahoo on the rattle jet which surprised me with all the other stuff down deep. We were in 110′ [...]

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Miami Mutton Report- Yellowtails

Florida Sportsman member: miami mutton

Today, I went for the 5th time on the( take it easy). It’s a 30ft Robalo, out of key Biscayne. The seas were suppose to be 3 ft it was 2 to 4 at first then picked up, before we left around 2:pm it was already 4 to 6 feet, with east to southeast winds. We anchored in 90 feet, We were the only boat in the area. The tide was moving, but slow, started to chum and there came the yellow ball, the kids Inigo and John, started to catch tails back to back, while Ed, was fishing on the bottom, where he had a few hits and lost some nice fish [...]

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Kayak Sailfishin’

Florida Sportsman member: Saltysack

Well, where do I begin. How about, no one was up for Pompano and the second I walked out the door I saw lightning…solo trip and lightning. Well a few months ago I had a BAD run-in with a hammerhead and will only go solo on nice days when there are fellow boaters in the sea. Today was not that day. I saw the storm was pushing east and wouldn’t be a problem. But, I knew Rob was heading out of Dania. But, no bait in Dania [...]

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1,000 Islands Inshore Mixed Bag

 

Recent fishing reports from the East Central region.


1,000 Islands Inshore Mixed Bag

Florida Sportsman member: jmsnookman

1,000 Islands Inshore

We broke out the light tackle and pitched shrimp and Berkley gulp jigs tight to the mangroves. We had a blast catching and releasing black drum, trout, and redfish. Final tally was seven black drum, four slot trout, and one redfish; pretty good for two hours on the water.

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Titusville Shrimping

Florida Sportsman member: Alleni

Titusville Shrimping

We got our full pull last night by Rail Road Bridge. Started off slow, maybe one gallon the first two hours. the wind died down and the current switch and it started going off. Filled the other four gallons in less than 30 minutes. Probably could have filled another bucket or two. All good sized too.

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Mosquito Lagoon Trout and Reds

Florida Sportsman member: PaulBoat

Mosquito Lagoon Trout

After a couple days in the Bahamas, this father and son decided to continue their fishing back in the States in Mosquito Lagoon. Reds and trout were on the menu and their guide and angler did not disappoint.

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Windy Weekend Drum

Florida Sportsman member: SpaceCoast Slayer

drum

Kyle and his nephew Chris wanted to catch a couple drum, so we all jumped on Kyle’s skiff to go see if they were home. We launched at 8 under a stiff south wind. Live sand fleas on a 3/0 circle hook was the ticket. We caught a mess of em and had several double hookups.

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Indian River Lagoon Drum

Florida Sportsman member: SpaceCoast Slayer

Indian River Lagoon Drum

Same tactic as last trip, slow rolling gulp shrimp and crabs on the bottom of a hole where they stack up. Had two cutoffs on rocks and also got cut off on a manatee. Had a bunch of pulled hooks in the middle of the fights too. Switched to a 3/0 circle and gulp crab and the hookup ratio improved.

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Flats Fishing Black Drum

Florida Sportsman member: SpaceCoast Slayer

Flats Fishing Black Drum

I put on a gulp shrimp and dragged it excruciatingly slow across the bottom of this deep hole. Get thumped.. It’s a catfish. I thought to myself, “It’s gonna be one of THOSE days.” Whipped it out again and got another thump, but this one had some weight to it.

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Kayak Fishing Black Drum

Florida Sportsman member: SpaceCoast Slayer

kayak fishing black drum

I was throwing gulp shrimps and Michael was tossing a regular plastic shrimp. He actually got more hits on that than I did on gulp, but all his fish kept pulling off during the fight. We couldn’t get them to even look at a fly, even though they were on top high riding with backs and tails exposed all fired up.

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Sebastian Backcountry Snook

Florida Sportsman member: jmsnookman

sebastian backcountry snook

I had been itching to get back on the water since my last trip two weeks ago. Good news! The big snook are still in the backcountry. I was only three casts in this morning when this 43″ beast exploded on my bait.

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Black Drum Saves a Slow Day

Florida Sportsman member: SpaceCoast Slayer

black drum

About halfway to the launch I bump into a literal acre of black drum. I have never seen a school this big in my life, there were thousands. The drumming was outrageous it was all you could hear. Two guys who were well behind me caught up and I hollered at ‘em to come over. We sat there for two hours and had a ball.

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Snook-a-Palooza

Florida Sportsman member: jmsnookman

The snook were chewing this morning! The fish were amped up in the cooler water, punishing baits, screaming 15 lb braid off my stradic CI4, exploding out of the water, shaking their gills, trying to throw the hook before splashing back into water and ripping more drag.

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Sebastian Inshore Mixed Bag

Florida Sportsman member: duckmanJR

Senior forum member and avid angler duckmanJR has been having great success lately. Despite murky waters, he has been reeling in massive numbers of redfish, snook, trout, jacks and more! He celebrated his one hundredth day fishing with a gorgeous 32″ snook! Keep it up!

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Port Canaveral Inlet Variety

Florida Sportsman member: CFMonster

Caught nearly a dozen pounder jack crevalle, one 20″ speckled trout, one 20″ redfish, one 27″ snook, and an 18″ snook. Free lined / unweighted mullet often caught the attention of the birds, but caught the trout, red, smaller snook and some jacks. I had a 1/8th oz chartreuse jig head and caught the snook, several jacks, couple small blacktips, and hooked a small tarpon.

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Playalinda Beach Pompano

Florida Sportsman member: Epalm88

I caught this nice pompano at the beach before the hurricane. From the pictures of the aftermath, it looks like it will be a while before I can get back out there in the prime time of the year.

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East Central Slammin’

Florida Sportsman member: duckmanjr

I think I see a red up really shallow. I make a slow approach and notice one of those tiny shorebirds standing nearby and when it takes off, it scares the red….dang it! I toss out in the direction that the fish spooked and boom.

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Father and Son Fun

Florida Sportsman member: Permitted

Well turns out my redfish spot is kind of a hot spot for tarpon. So I took him back to the proving grounds to test his skills! Long story short he ended up catching his first tarpon and a couple more, also his biggest redfish to date.

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Making it Happen

Florida Sportsman member: KingCatch

The wind was blowing from the west around 15 mph. I just got up on the leeward bank and started poling down the flat. I ended up catching a few redfish and scouting some area that eventually led me to a little tarpon hole, catching a little guy to end the day.

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Sebastian Snook

Florida Sportsman member: jmsnookman

First time fishing in two weeks and I’m not sure what was better, the spectacular sunrise or the snook bite. Fished solo on Saturday and literally came home with sore forearms from battling overslot snook and bruiser jack crevalles.

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Sebastian Action

Florida Sportsman member: beachside321

Launched at Wabasso at 6:45 and had a short ride to the first spot. After some prospecting we found some bait that was getting busted. Picked up a decent red that I watched make a wake from 20 feet away to crash my bone super spook.

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Sebastian Monster

Florida Sportsman member: jmsnookman

My drag was screaming and the battle was on. The fish peeled off close to 100 yards of line before Ronnie started the big motor and took chase in the boat. As the battle wore on, I kept thinking my 20 pound fluorocarbon leader would give way. Ronnie’s excellent boat maneuvering was key in keeping the fish from getting into a narrow side canal and I was lucky to stop several runs just shy of the shoreline.

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Pompano and Friends

Florida Sportsman member: Larrypompanoman

I haven’t posted in a while because I haven’t had a lot of fishing time. I have had seminars and charters but today I had great success in New Smyrna and caught BIG fish, pompano, whiting and redfish.

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Mosquito Reds

Florida Sportsman member: beachside321

By 6:55am we found a big group of tailing fish. Made the most of them until they settled down by about 8am and we had to work for them. Conditions were still great for sight fishing until about 11:30am when the wind picked up and cloud cover moved in.

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Skinny Water Sight Fishing

Florida Sportsman member: SpaceCoast Slayer

The water is crystal clear in most spots I went to and I got to watch every one of em clobber the lure. No heroes but it’s awesome to see them eat whether they are 3 pounds or 30 pounds.

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Mosquito Report

Florida Sportsman member: C Dog

Not a bad day in the north goon. Water has cleared up a good bit. Sight fishing is at least feasible but still difficult. Didn’t catch any sight fishing, but caught four reds and finished the day with a surprise black drum. All were caught on cut mullet.

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East Central Inshore

Florida Sportsman member: jmsnookman

I called my buddy Ronnie to hit the inlet for some catch and release snook action. Had the pleasure of hopping on Ronnie’s Skeeter with his buddy Sergio. We landed six nice snook with the three best fish measuring 36 to 38.5 inches and called it a night early.

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Indian River Lagoon Action

Florida Sportsman member: RealSeabee

Water is dirty but the reds are hanging in the places they should be, for the most part. I found most production came from bait, upwind of the spoil islands. On calmer days it seems that jigging worked good on the hidden side of the same islands.

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East Central Reds

Florida Sportsman member: C Dog

The kids decided to stay home, which I didn’t blame them. They’ve spent many of weekends fishing and not catching. So it was just me and the wife. Saturday was probably one of the best days of fishing I’ve ever had, catching four bull reds.

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Sebastian Chaos

Florida Sportsman member: surfer23mg

From the bridge to the tip of the jetty I have never seen tarpon exploding like they were. 130 plus pound fish completely skyrocketing out of the water as far as you could see.

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Mosquito Lagoon Action

Florida Sportsman member: Capt Michael Savedow

Trevor wanted to treat his girlfriend to a fishing trip for her birthday, so we went redfish hunting on the flats, started off with a bang, with bites first thing, turned slow in the second half, but we still had a great time.

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Sebastian Fun

Florida Sportsman member: Kim Chi

My nine year old son caught the fishing bug over the summer and wants to fish every chance he can, so we have been hitting the inlet a lot lately. We have mostly been catching jacks, reds and snook on pins, pigs, croakers and mullet on all different stages of the tide.

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Windy Week

Florida Sportsman member: Final Point

That being said we still caught plenty of fish, especially back in wind protected areas. Baits of choice this week were live finger mullet pinned to a 3/8oz jig head and various hard twitch baits.

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Figuring It Out

Florida Sportsman member: EddyRodriguezU

Normally I’m looking for oyster bars, changes in the tide, grass flats, and deep sand pockets. Since majority of those are not evident in this area I just started looking for bait and fish the surrounding areas. Needless to say today was a completely different story. Within an hour or so I had four nice trout in the boat and a 24 inch red.

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Tarpon from the Paddleboard

Florida Sportsman member: SaltyRoots

With an enormous thunderstorm looming in the distance we knew we wouldn’t have much time to fish. Within three minutes I was hooked up to nice little tarpon. Landed the fish about 10-15 minutes later and safely released it.

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Cocoa Beach Tarpon

Florida Sportsman member: 186 KEYWEST

Forum member 186 KEYWEST and friends got into the tarpon off of Cocoa Beach. Within 15 minutes of getting bait, they were hooked up!

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Mosquito Lagoon Reds and More

Florida Sportsman member: Capt Michael Savedow

Fall is a great time for locals to fish the Lagoon, tourist season is over so many less guide trips on the water most days, locals who hunt are focusing on the fall hunting season, not out fishing, so much less boat traffic on the flats which is very welcome change from summer.

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Red Hot in the Lagoon

Florida Sportsman member: marcogrey

Got an early start this morning for the Lagoon, weather was great and reds were out. Between two boats we managed 10 reds in the range of 22 to 50 inches. The rookie in the group ended up with 4 including the beastly 50 inch monster on a shallow flat.

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Florida Sportsman member: cbmdk86

Went out a couple nights this full moon on the hunt for bulls on the flats, overall, it was pretty slow both nights. I did however manage to land my personal best red at 50.25 inches with a relaxed tail on the first night.

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Catching in the Backwater

Florida Sportsman member: cbmdk86

Hit it a couple days ago looking for the snook, they were nowhere to be found but these reds were happy to oblige on the same shorelines. I’ve only caught under slot reds back here so it was quite a surprise to put a 29″ and 26″ on deck in two back to back casts.

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Indian River Bulls

Florida Sportsman member: RealSeabee

Forum member RealSeabee recently got into some bull redfish in the northeast Indian River. These fish can be found in small schools along the shorelines.

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Surf Surprise

Florida Sportsman member: CFLnative

Decided to put lines back in 30 min before we were going to leave and this gal shows up. About pulled my rig into the surf. Not sure what it ate, either a clam strip (not likely), bare hook or a small croaker that was already hooked.

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Mosquito Lagoon Fishing

Florida Sportsman member: Capt Michael Savedow

Summer has arrived to Mosquito Lagoon and the Edgewater backcountry, loads of mullet schools, summer water temps mean early morning surface activity. Live mullet and pigfish, topwater lures early morning, weedless rigged jerk baits and soft plastics, cut mullet and ladyfish are all good summer pattern baits and lures.

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Sebastian Slam

Florida Sportsman member: duckmanJR

I decide to keep at it and miss a strike and as i’m trying to decide if I want to quit I see a nice fish up ahead. I move down on it and make a toss, but the wind takes it long and I cup the spool to stop it short by about a foot…but the fish turns and inhales it!

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Spring Time Variety

Florida Sportsman member: Capt Michael Savedow

Fishing from New Smyrna to Edgewater to Oak Hill and south into the lagoon, clients catching everything from Redfish and Seatrout, Black Drum and Sheepshead, Mangrove Snapper, Sharks, Bluefish, Jack Crevalle, Ladyfish, and more. Backcountry mixed bag trips have been great, 10 or more species on most trips, keeping it interesting waiting to see what type of fish will surface next.

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East Central Inshore

Florida Sportsman member: jmsnookman

It was a little tight with four anglers on the boat, but the fish were chewing hard at all three spots we hit this morning. Between breakoffs and missed hook sets we lost as many as we landed; and we landed twelve trout (mostly overslot), two slot reds, snook, and missed a tarpon that would have completed a grand slam.

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East Central Inshore

Florida Sportsman member: Reel Teal

I re-rigged another mullet and put it in the same spot and a couple minutes later got hammered again and this time stuck the hook in em. After about a 5 minute fight landed a 29 inch red. It had a fat belly full of those mullet I assume.

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Catching in the Indian River

Florida Sportsman member: tron1.8

Me and my wife headed out early and had a great time getting into some fish. She got her first tarpon and some large jacks. One jack had two large jigs down his throat. We were able to bring home some sheephead and one nice mangrove snapper as well.

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Night Time Sebastian Bite

Florida Sportsman member: Salty Roots

The night time tide changes have been our bread and butter. The snook have been hitting bucktails, the reds were hitting cut pogies when we could get them, live croakers when we could get them, and for two nights they were smacking crabs on the top.

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North Brevard Wading

Florida Sportsman member: IRJ

Forum member IRJ caught some nice fish wade fishing in North Brevard. Fishing soft-plastic paddle tails were the key to success.

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Catching in the Lagoon

Florida Sportsman member: Capt Michael Savedow

The shallow water coming up a few degrees can have some fish leave the school to look for food on their own, fishing some areas with soft muddy bottom, can have loose groups of reds and trout in dished out type spots of a couple feet deep.

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Windy Day on the Lagoon

Florida Sportsman member: flightcontroller

A good day on the goon even with the winds. We managed to drift up on several single/double over slot reds but the planets aligned only for this one 29 inch fatty. If we had been a bit more on our game, we could have boated a half dozen of these.

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Cocoa Beach Inshore

Florida Sportsman member: fishin4amission

Been busy enjoying our local waters trying to find some willing fish. Some days have been great letting us get some inshore slams. Others we are lucky to just catch a couple fish. Most fish have come on slowly presented paddle tails and doa shrimp.

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NIRL Drum Bite

Florida Sportsman member: RealSeabee

It’s a pretty good size piece of real estate to try and cover but I did manage to get three BIG red’s to eat, but none willing to get all the way inside the boat, two alongside and one about 10 feet away. They were all OVER Slot and would’a been released anyway but I’d rather have done the “releasing”.

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A Friend’s First

Florida Sportsman member: duckmanJR

With us having a grueling duck hunt schedule we finally had an off day on Monday while one buddy drove another to the airport and we slept in. We woke at 9 and the weather looked OK, so we splashed the skiff. Wind was brutal at 14 out of the northeast but it didn’t take too long.

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Wintertime Tarpon

Florida Sportsman member: redfish27

So my 14 year old son invites me out yesterday on his “new” skiff and says he knows where some tarpon are. I take him up on the invite, no doubt he knows his stuff. Seems like just yesterday I was showing him the tricks of fishing and boat handling, now he is taking Dad out and putting me on fish.

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Warm Winter in the Lagoon

Florida Sportsman member: Capt Michael Savedow

New clients Laszlo and Brittany from Connecticut had a great, first flats fishing experience out with me, good sight fishing conditions helped them catch 5 Redfish with most overslot fish up to 29 inches and upper slot fish, being good catch and release anglers all fish were sent off swimming.

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East Central Inshore

Florida Sportsman member: Cavanaugh68

The spotted seatrout are thick along the drop offs and ledges. However the big boys, the gators, are back in deep thick backcountry waters. Searching the white holes or sand spots and always keeping in mind your posture, bait movement and signs of their presence.

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Early Winter on the Lagoon

Florida Sportsman member: Capt Michael Savedow

The colder water has redfish starting to school on the flats with winter sight fishing patterns as water gets much clearer and the temperature drops. Sea trout are also a winter target species on the lagoon waters, the larger Trout frequent the flats along with Redfish, while most school size Trout are caught along the drop offs edges of holes and sloughs in the backcountry.

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Nearshore Mayhem

Florida Sportsman member: SaltyRoots

We went out of the Port in search of triple tail, flounder, redfish, and kings. Both times got blanked on the triple tail and flounder but that was because all of our time was spent reeling in kingfish and redfish!

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Braving the Conditions

Florida Sportsman member: Keystroke

We were the only boat in Sebastian Inlet for 2 hours. The fish were fattening up for winter on the incoming tide. As the tide started to swing to outgoing we got out of there. Sebastian Inlet can be a deadly place if not respected.

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East Central Slams

Florida Sportsman member: duckmanJR

I really didn’t keep count on how many I was catching, but it was close to “palooza” status. We ran south to a new spot and it didn’t take long till I had another trout, then a snook and then Frank hooks up his first snook ever.

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Fun in the Lagoon

Florida Sportsman member: Capt Michael Savedow

The water is still fairly high on the north lagoon so fished mostly shorelines and points that the north wind would allow. Mainly finger mullet baits as I fish with clients to give them the best chance for maximum bites, our second red did not take long at that first spot as daughter Calle hooked up with this 25″ extra spot fish.

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Banana River Red

Florida Sportsman member: Panfishangler1

My friend and I pulled the lines in, anchors up and began to let the fish lead the way. I was using 10 pound mono with a 25 pound test leader. If my drag wasn’t set right, there was no guess that I would have lost the fish.

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Messin’ with the Macks

Florida Sportsman member: Farout

We ended up with 30 Spanish, threw back countless bluefish and jacks and another 10 or so small mackerel. A huge shark came up and grabbed a small spanish we had just hooked, it came out of the water and performed an awesome acrobatic display for us and promptly snapped the line.

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Bulls off the Beach

Florida Sportsman member: triplehelix

Joined the fleet atop a redfish frenzy. They were feasting on pogy pods, so we matched the hatch with some live ones on the bottom. In half an hour we released four reds in the 15 to 20 pound range.

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Sebastian Inlet on Fire

Florida Sportsman member: Final Point

What an incredible fishery we have here in Sebastian. The last week has been full of some serious fish. The smallest snook to come in the boat was 30 inches, the smallest red was also 30 inches.

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East Central Action

Florida Sportsman member: SaltyRoots

Been hitting up the inlet for the late night outgoing tides with the old man. We’ve been pretty successful drifting through with live bait bouncing the bottom. Mullet, pins, pigs, croakers it didn’t matter, if you were bouncing bottom you were hooking up.

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Putting the In-Laws on the Fish

Florida Sportsman member: RealSeabee

Top Water (Skitter and Sebile Slim Sticks) and Cut Mullet are the baits. We’ve been doing much better this go around. Don has caught 18 reds to this point and we will be out again today.

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New Family Record

Florida Sportsman member: RealSeabee

The old family record red fish WAS 44 1/2 inches which my wife held. Well, today she done went and broke our family record, new record is 50 3/8 inches!

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Redfish Riot

Florida Sportsman member: cbmdk86

I also pitched them the monster 7 inch Fender Walker topwater plug. These reds lost their minds when they saw that plug, I had one red of at least 45 inches come completely out of the water about a foot above the surface trying to dismantle my plug. It was epic action to say the least.

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East Central Snookin’

Florida Sportsman member: Keystroke

There are some big fish out in the ocean along the beaches, feeding on all that little bait moving along the coast. The trick is to fool them into eating in that clear ocean water. Can’t wait till all the big girls find their way up through the inlet and visit us this fall.

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Early Morning Trout and Reds

Florida Sportsman member: B. Graves

I had some fun with the trout for a while then made my way to the spot I had been fishing the last few times out and the reds weren’t there. So I started trolling around looking for some and came across a school of 30 to 40 over slot reds.

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Indian River Reds

Florida Sportsman member: B. Graves

Took about an hour to find some redfish. Caught a couple decent trout on topwater while looking for reds. Finally started seeing tails so I anchored up and threw some top water, soft plastics and a spoon, nothing. So I turned to cut up pinfish.

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East Central Tailers

Florida Sportsman member: cbmdk86

We made the paddle out to the spot and we were greeted by 100 plus over slot reds happily tailing away in the grass, finning out, backs breaking the surface, the whole 9. We managed to scoop up 5 until the wind switched out of the east briskly and they all made their exit off to the deep end.

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Bulls Before the Storm

Florida Sportsman member: RiverRat321

Within ten minutes of that mullet surfacing the water there was the blow upp! I grabbed the bell and set a perfect hook set and enjoyed the ride! She put up a nice and long fight for her size at 36 inches, I got her in and unhooked her. Of course we released her just in time to head in before the storm.

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Backwater Tarpon in the Rain

Florida Sportsman member: cbmdk86

40 hookups between us give or take, the vast majority of them shook off after a fine display of acrobatics. We got a few decent ones to the boat though, including a nice one Steven caught on fly.

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Sebastian Slob Snook

Florida Sportsman member: MelbourneMark

A little defeated we headed to one of our shorelines to soak some shrimp, hoping to catch some trout or reds. We were using light tackle with 25 pound leader. This was my wife’s first snook over 40 inches, and she did a wonderful job of handling her around the boat. The fish ran what seemed like 100 yards before slowing down. I finally got her in the net, but she would not fit completely.

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Setting Personal Records

Florida Sportsman member: SlamPiece

School of 30 or so breeder reds tailing in the flats, carefully casted with the jerkbait and twitched it twice. Thought I spooked the school (as a huge wake was formed near my lure) but turns out two or three reds were racing to get to the lure first. Hooked up and after a nice fight on my lightest outfit I landed a 44 inch red!

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East Central Reds

Florida Sportsman member: FLChance92

I spent a ton of time up in north Brevard and some schools in the Banana this past week. I haven’t fished up there much in a while and figured I would go chase some schools of Redfish I used to fish for as a kid.

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Tarpon off the Beach

Florida Sportsman member: Secretweapon321

Forum member Secretweapon321 got into the tarpon recently. Jumping one fish and landing one after an hour and a half battle! Nice work.

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Solo Mission in the Lagoon

Florida Sportsman member: FowlMouth824

After a couple hundred yards on the pole I spotted a small school of slot reds. They were milling about, completely unaware of my approach. I tossed out the ole trusty CAL on an 1/4oz head, one fish spotted the “prey”, broke ranks and pounced.

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East Central Gators

Florida Sportsman member: FowlMouth824

There was no shortage of bait or game fish, we saw hundreds of black drum all morning long. We could hear them drumming through the water. Though we never could convince one to eat. We threw D.O.A. shrimp, cals and an assortment of flies. They were just completely disinterested.

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Snookin’ Success

Florida Sportsman member: Postal

This girl blasted my bait and screamed off line the fight is on. She headed for the dock pilings and the mangroves. After a fun battle and yelling ” no! ” a 100 times with every dart she took for the dock, I landed the old girl.

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East Central Reds and Trout

Florida Sportsman member: Montana1

I think we only caught two fish that were under slot, and one that was just over. None of the fish were tailing, and 90 percent of them were caught while blind casting, and just like always they were all caught on artificials, and released to fight again.

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Big Mosquito Lagoon Snaggle Tooth

Florida Sportsman member: tron1.8

My friend invited me out Sunday for a short trip. Caught a couple of small trout and reds, nothing major but it was nice to get out. Then this one took my DOA glow shrimp with my 6 pound line. Ended up being 30 inches long, one of the biggest I have caught in a long time!

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Saturday Sheepsheading

Florida Sportsman member: DeHeaven

We ran to our first spot and within a few hours had boated five keepers. Kris had the winner with a seven pounder! We ran out of fiddlers and the weather started to improve so we decided to go to port to get some food and more bait and try fishing at the mouth to see about a mix bag.

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Gator at Daybreak

Florida Sportsman member: dtm

As soon as it got daybreak I was ready to fish. About 5 casts and then wham! Fish on and a good one, it came up shaking its head trying to spit the hook then surged for the trolling motor under the boat ,buried in the mud and then game over. right into the one arm landing net. This thing is a hog first fish of the day and wow. By this time another boat showed an was working the same area but keeping his distance. I kept on a fishing and wammo another hog at 25 inches and released it.

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East Central Action

Florida Sportsman member: KLUELESS II

Not having a push pole we drifted the flat until we started seeing tailing reds (BONUS!).The wind dropped and the rain started but it seemed to really get the fish fired up. Although I struck first blood with a small rat red that I will not post pictures of, captain Adam was the top hook with a just short slot red and two slob trout!

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Big Trout in The Lagoon

Florida Sportsman member: dtm

Hit a few deep spots hoping the trout would be hunkered down waiting for the flats to warm up, we threw gulps and worked them slowly in their face and they couldn’t let the easy meal go by.

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Redzilla In The Inlet

Florida Sportsman member: SaltyRoots

Got a solid hook set and 25 to 30 minutes later, redzilla was boat side. It bottomed out our 40 pound boga grip scale with ease. We guess it to be 45 plus pounds and it was a hell of a way to start off the new year.

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Sebastian Inlet Holding Big Fish

Florida Sportsman member: SaltyRoots

Occasional weeds fouled plugs and Friday and Saturday the waves made it a little dicey in a 16 foot boat to say the least, but the fishing was on fire. Managed to catch around 11 snook (2 slot before the 15th), 7 reds, and 2 tarpon and lost countless others. We were using 50 pound Yozuri Flouro with a decent size split shot about 8-12 inches above a Owner Mutu Light 4/0-5/0 circle hook.

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Trying Something New

Florida Sportsman member: Muskee50

I went fishing today for the first time out of Port Canaveral. I usually fish out of Mosquito Lagoon but decided to try something different. I fish out of a 17 foot flats boat so we were waiting for a nice day like today to fish along the shoreline. We picked up a few small bluefish and this nice bull Red. It is by far my largest red to date. I battled it for approximately 15 minutes before finally bringing it to the boat. I didn’t want to keep the fish out of the water any longer than necessary so no measurements or weights were taken , just this photo.

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Night Time Bruisers In The Inlet

Florida Sportsman member: Final Point

Did a trip with a good friend on Saturday evening. It rained on us most of the night but the fish didn’t mind. I’ll just show you the two big fish of the night. All fish caught on 6000 series PENNS with 50 pound braid, 50 pound fluorocarbon leader and 4/0 circle hooks. Baits were pigs, pins, croakers.

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Slobs In Sebastian

Florida Sportsman member: Final Point

Then, as the sun was starting to drop Sammy hooks into something big. Never got it close enough to see it even though at some points the top of the leader was out of the water, fought it over about three quarters of a mile of inlet and almost 20 minutes before it pulled the hook. I thought he was going to lose it and chuck my pole in the water but he kept it together. And on the very next drift he had redemption.

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Bringing Home Dinner In Sebastian

Florida Sportsman member: duckmanJR

At this point both the wind and water clarity were past what I like and my arm was now past the point that the two morning Aleve were doing anything. I was willing to quit with dinner in the well but thought,
“one pass on those oysters by the island over there” and that’s where this nice red was to finish the slam.

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Banana River “Red” Hot

Florida Sportsman member: SLW UroCane

So here are a few more pictures. Started in the morning on west side out of the wind by Kars campsite. 2 reds there including the biggest of the week. Few trout and jumped another tarpon under that dock. Then went over to 528 and waded out to the bombing target. No reds but a lot of small trout. Finished about of the wind south of 520. Another red and a few trout on the Mirrodine. All fish this week released alive. Best part, not a single jack, catfish, or lizardfish!

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Redfish Mayhem in Cocoa Beach

Florida Sportsman member: Fin & Fly Charters

The redfish bite is super hot right now, were catching 10 to 40 redfish a trip and all of them are on artificial. Topwater is definitely the best strike for them but you can use any of your favorite lures [...]

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Indian River Lagoon Redfish

Florida Sportsman member: cbmdk86

my fish was a stud, and would have been the biggest fish of the day, which got wrapped around someone’s boat and I actually managed to work it out, had it pretty whooped and to the boat. It made one more big run and crossed someone else’s hooked fish, and my line parted also had a double hookup of smaller ones that made it to the boat. we hooked 9, landed 5.

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Titusville Reds

Florida Sportsman member: AdamHughes

I drove down to Jacksonville and met my family at the ramp at 9, we took off and before we got to the first channel marker had engine trouble. Great start to the day, we ran the river looking for the big schools of spawning reds and after about an hour we found them. The school was so large it looked like a moving sandbar. We started tossing live pinfish and crabs at them with only the pinfish getting hit. We hooked up on the first fish and my mom gave it a good fight before pulling it in for some pictures. The school kept moving and the crowd began to grow. We worked the school for a couple more hours not getting to much action until I tossed out at top water. Second twitch I get blown up and the fish takes off, only to be broken off by a flurry of panicked fish swimming into my line. I quickly tied on another and as we got back into position I got my line right on the nose of the school. It seemed like the whole school targeted my bait. I got blown out of the water 3 to 4 times before finally getting a hook set.

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Cocoa Beach Snook

Florida Sportsman member: Off Shore Dude

Went out of PC this morning hunting for tarpon with friend Capt. Alex Jr. On the water by 6:15 and saw no pogies till sunrise. Then they were everywhere. We didn’t see a single tarpon all day!

However, we did run into some nice snook right off the beach. Once we realized there were snook around we started to target them. Hooked five and netted four. Caught them on pogies and all fish were released in good condition.

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Cocoa Beach Tarpon

Florida Sportsman member: Off Shore Dude

Went out this morning with my friends Alex and Bob. Ran down the beach – pogies everywhere. Found some Tarpon rolling and busting bait between 520 down to steeples. We did run down to patrick but the pogie pods disappeared south of steeples. Was kind of weird but the water off Patrick

Fort George Inlet Flounder and Trout

 

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Fort George Inlet Flounder and Trout

Florida Sportsman member: DinsmoreOutdoors

Fort George Inlet Flounder

I caught the incoming tide at Fort George Inlet, water temp was around 64. Found some keeper trout and even got some flounder!

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River Variety Caught on Shrimp

Florida Sportsman member: creekgeek

River Variety

I thought we had hooked into a stray bull red with the peeling drag, long runs and violent head shakes,. After about five minutes of back and forth, the biggest cat I have ever seen in person blew bubbles behind the boat and Sophia got his head in the net. He was 35″ and was probably in the 30 pound range.

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Pine Island Redfish and Trout

Florida Sportsman member: Shallow Man
Pine Island Redfish

Fished all day in the Pine Island area and caught tons of small reds and slightly smaller trout. All the reds were 17-18 inches and caught on live shrimp. All the trout were 10-14 inches and caught on Gulp new penny.

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St. Augustine Stone Crab

Florida Sportsman member: Blue gills

St. Augustine Stone Crab

So far it has been a pretty good season. I started with six traps and still have four, so that’s pretty good. Plus I have been on the crabs pretty steady. I got over twenty claws between my last two pulls. The ones I have been getting have been pretty large. I have been going out of St.Augustine and baiting with pigs feet.

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Mayport Inlet Huge Bull Reds

Florida Sportsman member: Morocco_madness

Mayport Inlet

Ever heard of 20-30 personal bests in one day? There were seven captains in the group and through the course of about four hours, close to 40 Bulls were landed with every fish being bigger than the previous.

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Talbot Surf Fishing Pompano

Florida Sportsman member: Sea Snake

Talbot Surf Fishing Pompano

We headed up to Talbot to check the rumors that a few pompano were still around. Armed with clams and crab we hit it right at low tide, and within five minutes of setting up, this nice pompano came through the wash.

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Mayport Inlet Variety: December Advice

Florida Sportsman member: Morocco_madness

Mayport Inlet Variety

The Bull Reds are absolutely thriving in the Inlet, as usual for this time of year. We’re averaging a dozen on through 20 or even as many as 40 Bulls per trip. We’re scoring our best numbers on the outgoing tide, in the 70-80 foot north trough, just inside the north submerged row.

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Fishing Artificials Inshore

Florida Sportsman member: Guanagator

fishing artificials inshore

Flounder have been very hit or miss but the last hit sure was a good one. Got lucky and stuck my PB at just over 22″ on a sureset jighead Zman paddlerz combo. Thought I was sight casting a red, then once I started working it I was worried it was a stingray. I was so happy to see those spots and really glad I had a friend with me to net it.

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Palm Valley Variety

Florida Sportsman member: slobouf

Palm Valley Variety

The weather has been beautiful and the areas we fished were full of life. All fish were caught on cut mullet. The live mullet didn’t fair as well. The live shrimp we used only produced rat reds and one dink trout. No-brainer rigs with a chunk of mullet caught all of our keeper fish.

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Redfish: Personal Record

Florida Sportsman member: Justinbrow56

redfish

My personnel record of a red 26.5″ I’ve been fishing since I moved here for a red like this. After that excitement settled down we caught a bunch of trout some fatties too. I caught my first grand slam this weekend, I hope its the first of many.

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St. Johns Inlet: Sheepshead and More

Florida Sportsman member: Morocco_madness

St Johns Inlet

The Sheepshead push is going strong in the St. Johns Inlet. The first waves are smaller fish around two to three pounds on average with several from three to five pounds mixed in. Angler beware though, the Black Tips are taxing the heck out of us on the tips of the jetties right now.

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Jacksonville Jetties Big Redfish

Florida Sportsman member: Doc Ron

We decided to go into the Jetties, where we caught a few bass and a Bull Red. It was a beauty, well outside the slot. Always a good day out on the boat!

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Mayport Inlet: The Spot is Hot

Florida Sportsman member: Salty Dog

Went out to some of the sheepshead and trout spots around the Mayport area to see if the fall fishing season had arrived yet. I found hungry, aggressive fish at every spot. Brought home a cooler full of sheepshead, trout and nice inshore sized mangrove snapper.

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Mayport Inlet: Sheepshead, Flounder, Redfish and Trout

Florida Sportsman member: Morocco_madness

The transition from late October to November is always prime time Sheepshead fishing. The largest concentration of fish come through Mayport Inlet every year at this time. They quickly disperse throughout the river, the ICW, and neighboring estuaries. The best fishing tends to be at the tips of the Mayport Inlet Jetties.

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Bridge Fishing with the Mayor

Florida Sportsman member: Sea Snake

The one thing that I took off of that trip, was that it is way more to fishing that bridge, than just wheeling out a cart and tossing shrimp over. It takes patience, preparation, and timing to be successful. Knowing what the fish want and how to present it, are crucial.

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Jacksonville Inshore: Bull Reds

Florida Sportsman member: Cast&Blast

Finally getting around to posting some shots from our day fishing the Full of Bull tournament. We did decent catching and releasing three fish from 29 to 38 inches. It was a little slower than the previous days we were out “practicing” for the tournament.

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Jacksonville Mixed Bag: Flounder and More

Florida Sportsman member: Morocco_madness

The retrieve I go with is simple, “bump, pause, bump, pause.” Roll the bait back towards the boat slowly and once you get bit, pause roughly 1 to 2 seconds and sting it! The bite of a Flounder varies from fish to fish but most of the time, if the fish is of half way decent size, you’ll feel a single thump followed by a sensation of weight.

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Pine Island Variety

Florida Sportsman member: slobouf

I stopped in the creek across from Pine Island to catch more bait. I got lucky and caught a nice ladyfish while netting some mullet at sunrise. We went south and found a few places that looked fishy. By 9AM, (2 hours of fishing) we had five 22 to 24 inch redfish and a nice 25 inch trout.

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Fun with the Boys

Florida Sportsman member: Sea-Squatch

It was pretty steady action for about 2 hours. We caught rat reds, trout, mangos, and flounder. We lost some good hits too. The tide came up, and water covered up our sandbar, so we decided to call it a day.

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Redfish Palooza

Florida Sportsman member: Morocco_madness

The Big, breeder Red Fish have started their annual movement up river from the St. Johns River Inlet in anticipation of spawning season. These fish begin staging on the 40 foot dredge lines that edge the shoulders of the rivers shipping lanes every June. This period is what we call the “Pre-Spawn”. The breeders gather up in numbers and gorge on fish and crustacions to fatten up for the spawn that typically begins in the early weeks of August.

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Northeast Flatties

Florida Sportsman member: jameslentz

I got about a dozen finger mullet and paddled north out of beach marine. Fished the finger mullet on cork and Carolina rig for the last two hours of the incoming with no luck. As the tide started flowing out I switched to a 1/4 ounce jighead and penny gulp shrimp. Started dragging it in creek mouths and banks and ended up with three keepers.

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Jacksonville Action

Florida Sportsman member: Morocco_madness

The Shrimp boat action is hot and there is no shortage of fast and furious, line screaming craziness to be found. No hassle, no wait, instant gratification. Big Jacks as large as 50 pounds and all manner of sharks. You can pitch large plugs behind the these boats and get these guys nearly every cast.

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Fishing the Flood

Florida Sportsman member: Cast&Blast

I’ve never really scouted for the flood tide around home so last night I decided to go check out some areas I thought I might be able to walk once I felt confident that those pop up storms weren’t going to be an issue.

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Buckman Reds

Florida Sportsman member: REDROB

Went out after work yesterday to soak a few crabs, fishing the buckman in 20 feet of water, the bite was on fire! 9 reds all over 36 inches with the biggest being 42 and one 40 incher with a tag in her.

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Back at It

Florida Sportsman member: Chongg

The reds are on fire around the little jetties. Last Saturday we brought in seven upper/over slot reds fishing shrimp on the last of the outgoing and first of the incoming. All the fish swam away healthy that day.

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Late Spring Fishing

Florida Sportsman member: Guanagator

At this point I know what I have and am overcome with mixture of excitement, nervousness, excitement, this is why I’ve been using 30 pound leader after all! After the first jump the fish found the current and ran towards the ICW and deeper water, line peeling off my 1000 letting the drag work.

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River Reds

Florida Sportsman member: trousertroutman

Fellow forum member and childhood fishing buddy “Flounderpounder” was gracious enough to take me out on his sick ranger whip, and we got a couple nice reds fishing docks with live and cut mullet.

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Hot Artificial Bite

Florida Sportsman member: Guanagator

Fishing all artificial, mostly working the docks on mid tides and natural structure on West side closer to the bridge and just south at high tide to mid low, some nice sized reds, a couple of flounder and a few smaller trout first couple trips then Saturday night my buddy put the first North Florida snook on my boat.

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Beachside Action

Florida Sportsman member: Sea Snake

Sunday I went back with my grandson Hunter, my daughter and momma Snake, we had a nice catch of fish in a couple of hours of fishing. With this time all of them being keepers.

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Northeast Pompano

Florida Sportsman member: Sea Snake

All in all a good day for us. I got to spend some time with my sweetie, and catch some fish too, and anytime the targeted species is acquired, then in my book it’s a good day!

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Northeast Big Uglies

Florida Sportsman member: Morocco_madness

It’s that time of year again! The first full moon of early Spring has past and the “big uglies” have reached the North East Florida inlets. These massive inlet monsters head up from south Florida and migrate north every year around february.

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Epic Week in the Valley

Florida Sportsman member: Slug-O

The past week in the valley has been nothing short of “EPIC” for me. With the water temp in solid 70 degree range and bait thick as fleas on a stray dog, the bite has been the best so far this year. With mullet as thick as you can imagine, the reds, trout and a few flounder have all the food they want.

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Lots of Bait, Lots of Fish

Florida Sportsman member: Slug-O

Three ways are really working well with mullet. Popping corks with 24 inches of 30 pound flouro with 3/0 khale hook works well at creek mouths or oyster beds with current. Freeline live mullet hooked through the back, casting to schools working the banks. The last is 1/8th ounce jig head with a live mullet that can be used about a 1000 ways.

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Northeast Trout and Reds

Florida Sportsman member: Morocco_madness

Focus on the river, not the creeks, but river shoulders. Find spots with current breaks, bottom contours, and sharp drop offs. Bottom type is definitely a factor. Gravel, shell and rocky bottoms are all good signs to look for. I don’t do well in areas with sand or mud bottom.

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Fun in the Creeks

Florida Sportsman member: Guanagator

Got out this morning and picked the right creek, Alexis had a fat 16 inch flounder within a minute of the mullet hitting the water. Was expecting reds but no complaints. My second cast, I hooked something solid on the catch 2000 and unfortunately it got me in the oysters and sliced the leader, downside of using a 1000.

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Northeast Sheepshead

Florida Sportsman member: sydngoose

We hit channel markers and pilings from the inlet up the intercostal. Number one circle hooks and very small leaders (6 inches of 15 pound flouro) was the ticket. We ended up with six nice sheeps but two absolute STUDS, at 10.25 pounds and 7.20 pounds.

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Oak Harbor Slam

Florida Sportsman member: Cast&Blast

Went and hit the Harbor in the cold wind with two buddies and 4 dozen shrimp. Most fish caught were under slot reds and trout but we found a 20 inch red and a 17 inch flounder to bring home for dinner.

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Cold Weather Convicts

Florida Sportsman member: fsu11

We managed nine keepers the majority were 2 to 4 pounds again. We didn’t go through half a pint both days. The key was moving water, we fished the exact same spot both days and when the tide was moving we caught fish and when it stopped, so did the bites.

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Cold Water, Hot Bite

Florida Sportsman member: Slug-O

This is my favorite time of year, the water temperature drops into the 50s-60s and the reds start to school up thick. Low tides and mud flats are a few degrees warmer than the rest of the ICW and I target them there. Moving slow on my push pole, no trolling motor, I can get close to a school and start picking them off.

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Northeast Redfish

Florida Sportsman member: Spongking

Wednesday we got out and went to jetty. Beautiful weather and fish biting. We got one giant red on light inshore setup. He swam away strong too which had me worried after a 15 minute fight.

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Northeast Drummin’

Florida Sportsman member: Morocco_madness

I spent a day hitting a number of productive Inlet holes in an attempt to reassess what’s around out there. I haven’t been spending much time in my usual playground. It didn’t take long to figure out that the bull reds and black drum were pretty thick.

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December to Remember

Florida Sportsman member: Slug-O

Aside from the windy afternoons you can’t ask for anything better. The bait situation is just amazing with all the shrimp, mullet and blue crab right now in the valley. Fishing creek mouths, oyster beds, mud flats, and drop offs this time of year will produce big payoffs.

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Palm Valley Report

Florida Sportsman member: Slug-O

Water temperature is still in the high 60′s and will stay there until something big comes along to change that. Trout, reds and flounder are still thick and are feeding on mullet and a second hatch of shrimp in the valley. Best bet is popping corks fishing with 3/0 kale hooks working the last outgoing tide and incoming tide.

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December Tarpon

Florida Sportsman member: Alec_904

However about 30 minutes later my rod tip starts bouncing, I pick it up and i’m on! This one did the same thing as the last, immediately screamed drag and jumped, it proceeded to jump four more times before we got him to the boat.

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Inshore Variety

Florida Sportsman member: Morocco_madness

Eventually, we reach a spot where I’m hooking up pretty consistently. Chips getting some action on the Fluke but not near the action I was getting. Eventually, he ties on an X-Rap he happened to have. His was orange and yellow. Before long, we’re either hooking up or getting hit on every cast.

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Valley Report

Florida Sportsman member: Slug-O

The wind will be great the next few days to fish the valley. Water temperature is still from 67 to 70 degrees, last year it was 57! Lots of shrimp, mullet and pogies are still here to be used as bait.

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Fishing the Creeks

Florida Sportsman member: sydngoose

We had one hour of nonstop action- rods bending, fish retrieving, rebaiting, casting, releasing fish, kept a few. Every bait was eaten, all three said presentations. I would subjectively say the live mullet was the most popular choice.

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Family Fishing

Florida Sportsman member: creekgeek

We finished the day in the same spot my dad landed his big fish and my 11 year old, Marina, connected with her best red ever. She wanted to give the rod up as the big fish made several long runs on light tackle and with the help of a strong outgoing tide.

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Northeast Reds and Trout

Florida Sportsman member: Morocco_madness

I’ve been on a healthy dose of both species as well as some of the largest sand trout I’ve ever seen. The same places I mentioned above are holding ridiculous numbers of trout. I was actually targeting trout when I realized that the Bull Red presence was so thick in the shallows.

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Northeast Reds

Florida Sportsman member: Spongking

A few nice fish came unglued but all in all a win. Good weather and beat crowd back to ramp by about 20 minutes. Just enough time to clean up boat and get in line to get out of there.

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Fall Fishing

Florida Sportsman member: Morocco_madness

The slot reds are chewing VERY well right now at both the little and big jetties. The bull reds have emptied out of the river and are officially done spawning. The good news is they are a year round species for us and the inlet is where you’ll be finding them from this point on through early June.

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Fishing with the Wife

Florida Sportsman member: butchbal

After Barb saw what I caught yesterday, she wanted to go out and get a few reds herself.

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Heroes on the Water

Florida Sportsman member: M

Tasty Fort Pierce Mixed Bag

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Tasty Fort Pierce Mixed Bag

Florida Sportsman member: SLW UroCane

Fort Pierce

Hugged a few mangrove shorelines and released ten small snook and three reds. Again using live shrimp on 1/8 ounce HookUp jig, but floated it from a popping cork. Then went South along the East side of the river. Water was clear and the pompano were skipping! Caught four fat ones, used Goofy Jig, 3/8 ounce.

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Fort Pierce Variety Bites

Florida Sportsman member: FISHHUNTR

Fort Pierce

Getting on some fish each trip, some more than others, usually several under slots a night and some bigger fish on the jigs. The other night was jack after jack in two areas I fish (10-15lb). They ran me off. I literally got tired of catching them.

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Stuart and St. Lucie Inshore Variety

Florida Sportsman member: snookcook

St. Lucie County Inshore

We ran back up the river some and found a seawall. Threw a mullet up on it and connected with a nice 32″ Snook. After a ton of acrobatics & close calls with the engine & trolling motor, we boated the beast.

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Fort Pierce Channel Marker Mixed Bag

Florida Sportsman member: Telese

Fort Pierce Channel Marker

We put in at South bridge Fort Pierce with four dozen live shrimp and hit the markers. I rigged up the small spinners with 10 lb braid, 30lb flouro leaders, and 1/8 ounce white hook up lure jig head. I feel with the small 1/8 ounce head I can feel the slightest sheepshead tap better, only problem is that the hooks bend after a couple good size ones. We had nonstop action all day.

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Stuart Snook and Mixed Bag

Florida Sportsman member: snookcook

stuart snook

We boated about 20 under slot and managed one nice 31.5″. We also landed a really big fat snook, a little over 24″. Several trout landed in the boat all keepers under 20″. Ladyfish, jacks, mangrove snapper, and a flathead catfish also made appearances. We went through about five dozen live shrimp from the Snook Nook. Landed the biggest snook on the snook jig. Four or five of the trout and others were caught on soft plastics with 1/8 ounce jigheads.

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Targeting Tripletail

Florida Sportsman member: lunkerman

Targeting Tripletail

Dad got the first bite on the vudu shrimp. Turns out to be the biggest fish of the day. Caught three more on the same marker, two on live shrimp, two on vudu. Got one more off of another marker along with a nice sheepshead before the wind picked up and the tide went slack and the bite turned off.

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Outfishing Dad in Stick Marsh

Florida Sportsman: Collin Brown

stick marsh

If you ask 9-year-old, Collin what he wants to be, he’ll say a professional fisherman and hunter. He and his dad fished Stick Marsh in Fellsmere, where he caught 17 bass using shiners. Dad didn’t catch any! Keep it up, Collin!

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Saint Lucie Redfish, Trout and Grouper

Florida Sportsman member: lunkerman

Saint Lucie Redfish

I made the move to the gulp shrimp on a hookup jig. Popped from dock to dock and nailed a nice slot red. About 25″. I found a nice school of trout and got four keepers within ten casts. All really nice eating size at around 20-23″. At this point I’m thinking slam and look for my snook. A few minutes later I get the bite and he’s taking drag and it must be a snook….right? Finally get him out in the open and get a look and it’s not what I want but a cool surprise nonetheless.

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Fort Pierce Snook and Tripletail

Florida Sportsman member: Telese

Fort Pierce Snook and Tripletail

We put in around 5:15am at the south bridge and threw some hawks for about 30 minutes or so and produced a 31″ slot snook. The tripletail were plentiful out there today. Caught numerous shorts and three 16″ and one 22″. All on live mullet except the biggest which inhaled a live small blue runner believe it or not.

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Fort Pierce Snook: Know Your Electronics

Florida Sportsman member: FISHHUNTR

Fort Pierce Snook

The HDS isn’t quite as good as marking fish as hummingbird, which is what I used to have. After playing with some settings, I think I have it dialed in. I ran across a spot that showed several laying on bottom. First cast results in a 30″ Snook! Gave it a few more casts, just for the heck of it. Landed a 21″ black grouper and a short snook.

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Palm Beach Inlet Variety Bites

Florida Sportsman member: Angler Management

palm beach inlet

I know it’s been windy but the inshore bite has been very good. The tarpon are swirling. The jacks and snook are around and under them. Pitch small gogs, or big pilchards on light line around them and wait.

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Jupiter Inlet Variety: Redfish, Snook, and Jack

Florida Sportsman member: timswriter

I was shocked to see that they both caught Redfish in the Jupiter Inlet which is not something I hear happening a lot. Ricky managed to score a slotty while Pete’s red was just a tad too short.

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Fort Pierce Tripletail

Florida Sportsman member: Capt.AW

Forum member Capt.AW has been on some nice tripletail in the intracoastal.”Been running the markers the past few weeks. Gulp shrimp, jerk baits, and live shrimp on a jig head have been the baits of choice.”

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SLI Bite

Florida Sportsman member: greenie-slayer

For the next few hours no sardine lasted more than 10 seconds after hitting the water before getting a fish on, countless numbers of sharks and jacks. Jumped two poons on the day and saw a bunch of snook that weren’t fast enough to get to out baits before the jacks did.

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Jetty Action

Florida Sportsman member: SLW UroCane

I’ve been doing pretty good on pomps lately, limiting out three days this past two weeks at Fort Pierce jetty. Using a Doc’s Goofy jig tipped with shrimp, pink/pink, pink/white, pink/yellow.

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Catching Dinner

Florida Sportsman member: Fowlplay87

I caught some more mullet and it wasn’t long before her rod was bent over, landing her biggest to date and first slot snook followed by a second and a pile of nice jacks. We ended the trip around sunset with the last mullet getting eaten and up comes a 25 inch gator trout, her biggest to date as well.

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Spring Time Bite

Florida Sportsman member: Capt. AW

The bite has been great lately using pinfish, croakers, and greenies. Drifting or anchored, around the inlet and bridges with very few fish in the slot.

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Fort Pierce Inshore

Florida Sportsman member: Capt. AW

The river bite is on fire. With the cooler weather the river plummeted into the high 50′s low 60′s depending on locations and tide. I prefer fishing midday low tides when it gets this cold. We have been beating down the docks, mangroves, flats, and catching a nice mixed bag.

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Fernandina Surf Fishing

Florida Sportsman member: Amelia Paddler

Started out an hour into the falling tide, dirty & flat water so I had no high aspirations for a good day. I ended up getting slammed right off the bat with a 31-32″ red and lost another one in the wash that was a bit smaller. Managed a few keeper whitings for lunch tomorrow as well.

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Night Time Bite

Florida Sportsman member: FISHHUNTR

Moved around a lot more and ended up in the inlet. I was slow rolling a jig and got a vicious hit followed by line screaming off the reel and figured I was into an overslot snook, up pops a fat gag which taped out at 29.25 inches!

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Fort Pierce Inshore

Florida Sportsman member: Capt.AW

The redfish bite has been good for the past few weeks. We have been soaking cut bait,ladyfish and pins primarily, in the dirty water and doing well with the reds. Most fish have been in the slot with a few just barely over.

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Fishing with Dad

Florida Sportsman member: lunkerman

Well today’s trip showed me that you should always listen to your papa! He dropped down a berkley gulp crab on a sliding sinker rig and boom! It wasn’t 30 seconds until he was hooked up.

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Fort Pierce Night Bite

Florida Sportsman member: FISHHUNTR

Tried a few spots before finding the fish and once I did the bite was on fire! Landed several shorts on the spooltek, two of which were 27 inches and picked up one on a freelined live mullet. I put a bait on the bottom as the tide slowed and got two reds, one just under 27 the other just over 27 inches.

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Summer Fishing Fun

Florida Sportsman member: MattBudd

The snook fishing has been as good as it gets in the inlet and my charter customers have been taking full advantage of that. As you will see from the pictures I have attached. We caught and released a 51 inch slob in July which is still the big fish of the season but many others in the upper 40 inch range.

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Southeast Inshore

Florida Sportsman member: LilJim

Last week my buddy and I did a few short trips throughout the week. We had decent luck at the mosquito impoundments for snook and reds. We also picked up a nice flounder and a few black drum as well. Lots of giant croakers out right now as well, some pushing up to 20 inches.

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Indian River Reds and More

Florida Sportsman member: Telese

Indian River has been packed with snook and reds! Started fishing around 6 am between midway rd and the power lines. Went out with some buddies wading who have done well the last few days. A couple over slot snook, trout, ladies, jacks, and reds. Bass assassin sea shads on 1/8 ounce twist lock heads did the trick today.

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Southeast Snook Bite

Florida Sportsman member: bsnookn584

The last few nights that I have been able to get out have been really productive. Some spring mullet are starting to show up, so I have been using some larger artificial’s. Targeting small schools of mullet when you can find them, and fishing swimbaits low and slow around bridges and seawalls have been key.

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Topwater Time

Florida Sportsman member: Net 30

Went out at 6:00pm and fished for 90 minutes last evening before lightning chased us off the water. Found a nice little piece of shoreline with good bait and had a blast with my oldest son.

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Treasure Coast Sight Fishing

Florida Sportsman member: palmbeachpete

I went to Ft. Pierce and fished north of Little Johns Island. It was a little windy and the fish were shallow. Had a great time and will be back there again soon.

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Slammin’ in the Canoe

Florida Sportsman member: ReelLefty

We loaded up on bait with a throw of the net and drifted along the shore line with a decent south wind and incoming tide. Fish were also picked up on gulp jerkbait.

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Father and Son Fun

Florida Sportsman member: SLW Urocane

We then worked the flats for a few hours, both if us tossing Vudu shrimp. We caught about 7 trout, including a nice fatty . We moved and worked a few mangroves and went 2 for 3 on snook.

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Vero Beach Reds

Florida Sportsman member: SS Canoe

I also put my mom on her personal best trout, an excellent weekend slamming the fish. I’m still looking for those big snook to show up in numbers on the flats. They make for some interesting eats in shallow water.

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Treasure Coast Reds

Florida Sportsman member: summer daze

We did manage 4 slot redfish, one 25 inch trout and a snook. We released everything to fight another day, We were throwing vudu shrimp and sebile soft mullet.

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Beach Sharkin’

Florida Sportsman member: AlexAngler

We had a few runs and within half an hour I had landed a nice black tip shark that was 5 feet 3 inches, I was thrilled! It was awesome to come to a completely new area and with help from you guys on the forum do good and catch a nice shark!

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Treasure Coast Reds

Florida Sportsman member: SLW Urocane

Got out this afternoon with a buddy who wanted to try a few of his redfish spots in north Ft. Pierce. We worked the mangroves out of the wind and landed 7 slot and 1 over-slot fish. Kept our limit one each for some blackening. Go to bait was mullet.

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Epic Bass Fishing

Florida Sportsman member: inshore dave

“All fish were fat, healthy and beautiful. Once hooked, they all, even the dinks, fought with attitude. They were all released unharmed and healthy. We were off the water by 4 p.m. We didn’t see another boat all day.”

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December Inshore Bite

Florida Sportsman member: Snookslayer772

Doa Terroreyz has been a major go to with the colder water, bouncing bottom in the deeper holes and ledges. The pompano bite has been pretty good, find 66 to 68 degree water and you should be in them, as well as a good tide, higher the tide, the further they push back, and a lot of people don’t realize this.

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St. Lucie Snook and More

Florida Sportsman member: snookcook

Hooked up with a sweet snook that turned out to be a slot. One more and I guess we could go home. We went out to get one slot each & only planned to fish a couple hours. We had been out not even fifteen minutes and we had two in the boat.

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Stuart Pompano

Florida Sportsman member: Captain Dave

This morning Brian and I decided to give the pompano a try for a few hours. The tides weren’t exactly convenient for our tight schedule, but we weren’t more than 15 minutes into fishing when Brian nabbed a fatty that was 19 inches to the fork of the tail.

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Pompano from the Pier

Florida Sportsman member: Compleat

Forecast said to pass on the offshore but my missus was in fishing mode. We tossed the rods in the car and hit the pier. We started off slow but picked three nice pompano.

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Tournament Win and Nice Reds

Florida Sportsman member: SS Canoe

With my direction he whipped his doa into the feeding fish, bam, hooked up. Got the fish in and pictured, a 20 inch red. About this time the were finger mullet being showered along the mangroves. A quick pole over, a hookup and a picture was all we needed and he was 2/3 done with the slam that I knew would win this tournament.

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Indian River Night Bite

Florida Sportsman member: snookcook

I prefer to fish at night or in the evening mainly to avoid the sun. Plus, the night time is the right time! The docks have been holding tons of trout and snook. The tarpon are here in huge numbers in the river and on the beach. We jumped a few this week, got lots of hits, and landed a few.

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The Trout are Chewin’

Florida Sportsman member: Snookslayer772

“September is here and so is the bait! The finger mullet schools throughout the South Indian River are the ticket. Fishing these schools with topwater lures and suspending twitch baits below the schools have been great…”

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From the Spillways to the Beaches

Florida Sportsman member: Snookslayer772

“Now’s the time to get out there and pull on some bruiser snook! Been catching them in the river all the way to the beach. If you can find clear water on the beach sight fishing these big breeders is a blast (really gets the adrenaline pumping watching one eat)…”

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Tangling with Tarpon

Florida Sportsman member: SaltyRoots

We’ve been fishing the beaches early morning and late afternoon for tarpon. Mainly from kayaks and paddleboards but some days it’s easier to catch them from the beach. The tarpon have been crushing bait pods from Vero Beach to South Patrick. Pogies, pilchards, glass minnows, and now mullet have been schooling just outside the breakers.

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From the Spillways to the Beaches

Florida Sportsman member: Snookslayer772

“Now’s the time to get out there and pull on some bruiser snook! Been catching them in the river all the way to the beach. If you can find clear water on the beach sight fishing these big breeders is a blast (really gets the adrenaline pumping watching one eat)…”

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St. Lucie Beach Tarpon

Florida Sportsman member: snookcook

“Fishing has been awesome! Tarpon are in, snook are popping, trout are munching, and snapper are snapping! Some reds are around too, just have not been targeting them. I have been getting a good mangrove bite, in the St. Lucie and Indian River on both tides.”

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Hot Snook Bite

Florida Sportsman member: Snookslayer772

As we progress into the full swing of summer the snook bite has been on fire. Whether fishing the beach, inlets or backwater, all of it is good right now. Mostly throwing artificials and fly and sight fishing a lot of them.

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Cobia From a Bridge

Florida Sportsman member: landshark

My buddy Ryan has made some impressive catches over the years, including the Juno pier record Cobia a while back. He’s back at it but this time he did something pretty unusual and landed a keeper Cobia on a Bridge at night while snook fishing.

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Spring Snookin’

Florida Sportsman member: OverslotsOnly

Recently, the snook seem to be keying in on baitfish. Any kind of whitebait or mullet are great when available, but don’t overlook blue runners, especially closer to the inlet, ladyfish, or sand perch. If a certain type of bait isn’t around, try something else that’s more available.

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South Indian River Bite

Florida Sportsman member: capt charlie

Our best fishing has been around the mangroves this past week. We have caught redfish, snook and trout in those areas. Our redfish have been up to 32 inches. The snook have beaten us on a number of occasions where we couldn’t slow them down before being broken off under the mangroves. We have caught some nice trout in the upper 20 inch range this week as well.

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Welcome to the Neighborhood

Florida Sportsman member: Snookslayer772

Well last week the girlfriend and I scored a new place on indian river drive. With a 540 foot dock to fish and many fish to catch I’m in heaven. The fish have welcomed me to the neighborhood in a the nicest way possible, letting me catch them!

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Stuart Snookin’ with a Bonus

Florida Sportsman member: MinerCatch

After cleaning the boat i decide to pull an iron man now that i feel like an insomniac and decide to go fishing inshore with my buddy Ben. Ended up with a few stud snook all of which were in the upper 40 inch range and a decent 29 inch trout.

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Monster Snook and More

Florida Sportsman member: Snookslayer772

I knew it was a snook by the way she smacked the topwater. The fish came up and shook her head and I realized the size this fish had! I loosened up my drag and started to play this fish to make sure I had the best chance and landing it. Don’t forget this is with only 25 pound leader and a 2000 size reel. 8 or so minutes of me doing the dance with her and some pretty epic head shakes I had her!

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Fort Pierce Snook Bite

Florida Sportsman member: dukhuntr1991

I loaded up on bait this week so we went out to drown a few tonight. The bite was on when we got there and we had a 34 inch fish in the boat 2 minutes after pulling up. Caught a big jack and also caught a 32 inch keeper before heading in.

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Stuart Snookin’

Florida Sportsman member: Bullshark

We hit it hard the last few days. All in all we caught about 50 Snook and 1 Red. 3 of the Snook being slot fish.

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Snook Fishing In The Cold

Florida Sportsman member: Marker954

These cold fronts have been great for loading up the deep channels with big snook. We fished during the recent polar vortex (aka a cold front), and landed six of these nice snook and got hit by 8 others. Here is Tom Lewis with a nice 39 inch oversized Fort Pierce schoolie from Tuesday night using a First Light Tackle snook jig.

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South Indian River Bite

Florida Sportsman member: capt Charlie

We spent some time in the turning basin of Fort Pierce with the jacks, runners and ladyfish to finish off the morning. Cheryl, Frank and Steven were out on the two windiest days of the week. We caught lots of fish, but had to hide from the worst of the weather. Frank finished off the trip with a nice Spanish mackerel. It was a fun time on the water this week in spite of the conditions.

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South Indian River Bite

Florida Sportsman member: capt Charlie

Redfish have been hanging around docks and mangroves lately for us. Try a CAL paddle tail around the mangroves and docks. The trout bite was slower this week mainly due to the windy days keeping us off most of the grass flats. We did catch a few short snook around the mangroves while searching for redfish. The black drum and sheepshead are moving into the river and you should see good catches of them in the next several months. Try bridges, docks and channel edges for these species.

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Backwater Reds Are Chewing

Florida Sportsman member: evergladeskid243

Worked my way into some mangrove cuts and started jigging the current rips and points and found a nice lit up 27 and a half inch redfish! He inhaled my DOA jig and gave me a fun tug o war up in the tight mangrove canal, trying to catch the line on down branches and roots!

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Seeing Red In The Southeast

Florida Sportsman member: SS Canoe

Not 10 minutes go by and I get slammed by a big fish big, it boils and I knew It was red. Got him to the boat and he stretched the 30 inch mark. Biggest red I’d pulled off that flat in years. Boom Cole’s on, We Boat the redfish, 25 inches. Great 2 days before the front. Like clockwork!

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Winter Time Wading In The Southeast

Florida Sportsman member: Snookslayer772

Throwing Mirrolure lil jons on 1/8th ounce jig head just hopping them through the grass, and that was the ticket! second cast with mine, boom, a trout. After that it was every other cast catching them. No gators but kept the rod bent. Did hook one and realized he got really heavy half way through the fight, brought him to my feet and he was sawed right in half by something, and I didn’t want to find out what it was.

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Great Fishing With Mom In Vero

Florida Sportsman member: SS Canoe

I have fished the lagoon since I was a young child, but after all these years I have never taken my mom fishing. well, recently I bought a little Carolina skiff that is much more stable than my old jon boat, so I decided it was time. Excellent introduction to fishing the lagoon! Ended up with 4 reds up to 27 inches, and she caught 3 of them.

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Dinner On The Flats

Florida Sportsman member: SLW UroCane

Got out and fished solo today. Had to deal with rain and wind all day. Fished mostly the Round Island and Moorings area. At least the bite was ok. DOA Cal and MirroLure suspending twitch baits were the key. Caught trout, pompano, ladyfish, jacks and a small red. Kept the pomp for dinner. Water color was terrible, as expected, but the bite was fairly steady.

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Night Time Stuart Action

Florida Sportsman member: Snookslayer772

Was getting ready to leave till I saw this bruiser cruising the shadow line, pitched a live bait in her face and watched it get destroyed. From the bridge she only looked 33 inches or so but realized she was a lot bigger when hooked. Measured out to 40 inches.

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Light Tackle Mayhem

Florida Sportsman member: Snookslayer772

The sun started to go down and the finger mullet started to pack up in tight schools and were getting busted. I threw my topwater in a school of mullet and no more than 2 twitches later BOOM! I thought it was a slot fish till I saw it jump and realized it was way over slot.

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Fort Pierce Variety

Florida Sportsman member: FISHHUNTR

Pitch out a 6 inch mullet and immediately it is crushed, I thought it was a jack initially but noted it was really digging for the bottom and that got me hoping. Sure enough I see color and it’s a keeper gag that ended up taping out at 27 inches!

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Sebastian Inlet Mixed Bag

Florida Sportsman member: Final Point

We Landed one more nice red before we called it a night. Fishing is starting to pick up in the inlet. Saw several tarpon role to the south of the inlet but they didn’t want to chew. All in all it was a great day of fun fishing with some tasty treats for the cast iron skillet.

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Boca Midnight Snook

Florida Sportsman member: Dolphin_Hunter

The fish fought hard and I knew it was big. Never saw her. Luckily she went in the middle of the intercoastal away from pilings. I backed off on the drag since I was only fishing 15 pound braid with 25 pound leader. 10 minutes later, fish in the boat! 40 inch total length and a solid 18-20 pounds. Biggest snook I’ve caught in a long time. Super stoked! Awesome fight on a 4000 reel. Revived the fish and she swam away strong.

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Ft. Pierce Trout, Reds and Snook

Florida Sportsman member: Pensacola

Put together a little friendly inshore tourney against some fellow forum members. I was on my Gheenoe going against Ricky (seein red) on his Ranger and one other forum member who I wont mention…because he slept in! No showed the tourney, so it was just us against Seein red. Format was total length biggest red, trout, and snook, picture only.

We get out early in hopes to get a early morning trout. Plan comes together with a small 15 inch trout on a doa shrimp. As the sun comes up, we chum a little and castnet some nice pinfish for livies. We set up and I get tight on a nice 25 inch red. So we have a 40 inch slam so far. Around 9 a.m., I get tight on a really sluggish fish, felt like a catfish, no headshakes or anything. Get it to the boat and ends up being a big 27 inch gator trout. I think the warm water had him fighting weak. Quick pic, strong revival, and off he swam. So we have a 52 inch slam and im feeling good.

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3 Nights, 60 Snook + More

Florida Sportsman member: Joupdog1

The snook bite has been great to say the least! Before we got on the snook, Sunday I met up with my buddy Shane and we got on the redfish up in Ft.Pierce! Sight fishing schools of up to 100 fish. All beautiful 26 to 28 inch fish. Dad also took the boat out and got a stud 28″ trout at midday. At night we’ve been bridge fishing the shadow lines in the St.Lucie and found plenty of snook willing to eat. We totaled 33 on our first night out with the biggest being right in slot. I went wading down in Jupiter with my buddy the next evening and wasn’t disappointed. Only 2 snook were caught, but both were slobs. My first one being a fat, 38 incher that about made it to the channel on my little 2500 Stradic.

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Gator Trout and Monster Snook

Florida Sportsman member: Joupdog1

Decided to head out to a flat that had been good for trout and within the first 5 minutes hooked up on a nice 26 inch trout! Snapped a few pictures and released. We worked the flat for almost the rest of the evening, but it only produced 5 or 6 slot trout. I mention that maybe we should work a little closer to the docks on the way in. We move in and I land a cast about 30 yards from the nearest dock and hook up! My little 2500 Stradic is screaming! The fish pushes a huge wake as it beelines for the dock. Somehow I turn it before it gets to the dock. After about 5 minutes, I finally get a half jump from it and see it is a huge snook. Once I’ve got it close, it decides it wasn’t done and takes back off on another 15 second run. 3 jumps later, it’s landed! My 12 pound braid/30 pound leader held up and I could tell immediately that it was my new personal best.

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Trials & Tribulations of Fishing a New Spot

Florida Sportsman member: Joupdog1

Left the house bright and early with Dad, ready to go explore somewhere new. Knowing the wind was going to kick up out of the south, we headed up to Ft.Pierce. We launch the Gheenoe in calm conditions and made a run to a dock line that looked good. We dropped the trolling motor and reached for the rods, except we left them in the truck at the ramp. Fifteen minutes later, we’re back in position. We catch some baby tarpon sized ladyfish and big drag screaming jacks to start things off. We move more onto the flat and catch 6 or 7 trout up to 18 inches, but nothing too good. We cut over to the other side of the river and hide from the now strong south wind behind some of the islands. Dads 1st cast, nice flounder! Next thing you know, we had 2 small mutton snapper and a nice mangrove in the boat. About 9:30, the action slows down so we go to the channel and make a run.

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Flats Snook on Topwater

Florida Sportsman member: SS Canoe

This monster snook busted my rapala skitterwalk in 2 feet of water.The fight was on, and what a fight it was. After 10 minutes of screaming runs and ticking line, I got him in with no frayage on my 25 pound flourocarbon leader.It made a great addition to a slew of topwater snook this summer. You have to trust the topwater in order for it to work for you. Don’t switch lures or move around. Make long casts and walk the dog to the best of your ability.

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July Fishing report

Florida Sportsman member:capt. charlie

July brings hot weather, chances of afternoon rains and Fourth of July parties. Oh….and lots of great fishing out there, too! Watch out for afternoon thunderstorms this month. Mornings on the river will bring action at first light on top water lures for snook or trout along the flats. They will seek deeper water as the sun rises. It’s a hot, but very productive month around the Treasure Coast.

I will be fishing along the mangroves for snook and redfish with DOA shrimp, CAL jerk baits and top water lures, like the new DOA Airhead, where the water will be 2-3 feet deep. Trout will move to deeper flats in 2-6 feet of water and will most likely hit pigfish, DOA shrimp or Deadly Combos. Look for the trout to move to the deeper edges of the flats as the sun warms up the water. Fish the sand holes on the flats! You will find the bigger fish sitting in these holes waiting on the tides to bring the food to them. It has been another banner year for big trout around the area. Redfish will continue to hold up on the flats. Read the water as you move across the flats and look for any activity that might be a school of reds. Gold spoons, soft baits, like DOA shrimp or CAL jerk baits will work best for them. Search along the docks during the day for snook or redfish hanging around there as well. It’s a fantastic month to be fishing…

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Fort Pierce Mixed bag

Florida Sportsman member:Capt.AW

Thursday the 13th we had plans to look for permit or tarpon on the beach. It took a while, but we finally found the permit and managed to pull 3 mid teen size fish from the school.

Friday the 14th we went out looking for the permit again, but the water temps dropped almost 9 degrees overnight. Knowing that our odds of finding them at that point were slim to none we made a long run up the beach to look for some tarpon. Once arriving we found big pods of bait being worked by some bigger mackerel and snook. So we decided to stay with the bait and pull on some snook. We ended up landing a few in the upper slot to over slot range then called it a day.

Thursday the 20th Joe, Dj, and I headed out hoping to find those beach snook again. Upon arriving at the location things looked bleak the conditions or more importantly the bait wasn’t there. From there we bounced around to a few spots but ended up coming back in catching a couple decent snook and reds.

Friday the 21st I got an early start to meet up with a buddy who’s been telling me I need to come down and get on these monster snook he’s been catching. While we didn’t get any true monsters, I did get one in the high 30’s that probably went 20lbs or so. My buddy was gracious enough to hop in the water to make the release but wanted me to crop his head out of the photo


Stuart Causeway Redfish

Florida Sportsman member Jermos

I had Friday off so I decided to wake up at 5:30 and take a mini excursion from Stuart to a spot I usually kayak fish near Ft. Pierce. No signs of any activity which was unusual, spent almost an hour there and called it quits. Went back south for some breakfast then tried one of the beaches in search for a surfin snook, no luck. Left the beach around 10am headed back home to Stuart, on my way over the causeway I noticed the glassy conditions on the north side of the river and couldnt resist. I normally overlook this spot a lot, but when I pulled up there was all kinds of surface activity. I was able to castnet a school of nice sized pilchards, and quickly waded out with one on my light rod. I had him tail hooked free-lining for maybe 10 minutes when I got bumped and rod almost ripped from my hands with the drag screaming. Definitely thought it was a good sized jack or small shark from the violent head shakes. Fish made numerous violent runs before I finally get a glimpse of the tail, a big red?!! Yup, dont know exact length but she/he was a lil over slot. Surprised as a kid on Christmas morning, I got out the gopro for a flick. Then released it and called it a day by 11,


Inshore Slam in Stuart

Florida Sportsman member: Joupdog1

Decided last minute to go scope a new spot with Dad this evening and what a good decision that was! Arrived around 6:00pm and were greeted by mullet running with big jacks chasing them. No takers there, so we continued to work down the docks and flats. Finally hook into a nice fish and it goes airborne quickly. First thought is snook, but it’s a 26 inch trout! We start to work back at 7:15 and it absolutely went off! We notice some fish busting so we each launch a cast into them. Immediately double up both fish screaming drag, mine tires pretty quickly as it was a big blue runner. Dad’s on the other hand, just never stopped. It would scream drag and kind of circle around him. Finally get a look and it is a MONSTER trout. Dad gently eases it closer and I grab it! Absolute monster. Get some good pictures of it and release. Just over 30 inches and Dad’s personal best….

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Ft. Pierce Reds

Florida Sportsman member: evergladeskid243

Launched out of the $2 fee Torpey Rd boat ramp around 7 a.m., paddled out and was greeted by a high tide with no current movement which made things tough right off the start. Threw topwaters but only got one bite/miss by a nice trout. Didn’t land the first fish until around 9 or 10 a.m., which were a mix of small trout and jacks. Paddled across the river to the far east side and missed a huge trout who tried to eat the spook jr twice, catching the hooks the second time only to come unhooked, bummer! Next cast I hook into a nice red who gave me a nice ride before I landed him. Beautiful colors on him, he was all lit up and bright orange, a perfect specimen for the GoPro! Dont know how long, didnt bother to measure

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Snook in the Shallows

Florida Sportsman member: SS Canoe

The snook always seem to be more aggressive during the summertime and I have been catching a lot by sighting out the snook, waking and throwing topwater in front of them. They have been hitting it almost everytime. My cousin Cole has never caught a big overslot and i told him that this is the time of year to do it. We set out at about 6:30 and started bombing topwaters. Not too long after the sun peeked out of the clouds, I spotted a wake, a big one. Cole casts a little too much on top of him, and bam! The snook attacks the lure and Cole has a hookup!

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Beachside Snook

Florida Sportsman member: BigNiner19

NOAA calling for some really rough seas, so I elected to leave the boat on the trailer and grab a rod and some snook lures and head down to the beach. Good action, snook busting on bait and looked like some schools of bluefish were mixed in. The winds can make it a challenge fishing from the beach, but timing is everything. Ended up landing a few nice snook. Caught one inside the slot but let it swim away to fight another day.

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Fort Pierce Snook, Trout & More

Florida Sportsman member: Pensacola

Hit the flats this morning with Ric

East Central Florida Weekend Fishing 4Cast


Tomoka Basin to Sebastian Inlet

Includes Daytona Beach, Titusville, Cape Canaveral, Cocoa and Melbourne

January 13-15

PONCE INLET

OFFSHORE

It’s been fairly bumpy to there over the past few days, but anglers should be able to find sailfish, dolphin, and a few wahoo on the ledges in the 180 to 250-foot depths. Small to medium sized ballyhoo run naked with a chin weight, or a small dark-colored skirt should be your best bet when searching for these fish. King Mackerel should be possible inside of this area on the wrecks and reefs in the 70 to 140-foot depths. Trolling with ballyhoo may get some to strike but sea which bait strip combos can be just as effective and more durable in some cases. Slow trolling with frozen sardines or live ones if they are available on a wire stinger rig will definitely get these fish to strike.

INSHORE

The inlet has been pretty rough lately so anglers have not been fishing here on most days. Once the ocean clams a bit you should expect bull reds, a variety of sharks, and black drum can be found along the rock jetties. Farther back in the inlet mangrove snapper and flounder are possible. Live shrimp or mud minnows on a fish finder or Knocker rig will usually work well for these fish. Farther south in the Oak Hill area decent numbers of reds and trout are holding in sandy potholes in the Mosquito Lagoon. Good areas to search are Tiger Shoal, Van’s Slough, Twin Palms near Pardon Slough, and the area from the Observatory to Eddie Creek. Live shrimp or cut baits are working best.

PORT CANAVERAL

OFFSHORE

King mackerel are available on the reefs in 70 to 90-feet of water. Chris Benson reef, the Coast Guard bottom, 8A reef, and Pelican Flats reef are all good places to find them while slow trolling with frozen sardines. These fish will move around during the day so keep an eye out for bait pods that may not actually be holding directly on one of these reefs. Cobia are another fish that may show up while you are searching for the kings. Have a jig ready for them if they do.

INSHORE

Schooling action has been decent for small trout in the residential canals in Cocoa Beach and Merritt Island with the recent cold front. Black drum, small redfish, and even a few whiting are possible as well for anglers using live shrimp or pieces of shrimp near docks and mangrove covered shoreline areas. Schooling black drum can also be found out in the open waters on some days. Look for these fish floating on the surface in decent sized schools on some days if the winds are calm.

SEBASTIAN INLET

OFFSHORE

King mackerel are the best bet outside of the inlet this week. Look for them in the 40 to 65-foot depths following bait pods. Using methods mentioned in the other two offshore reports should work, but fish in this area will also hit spoons pulled behind a planer or also lipped diving plugs like a Rapala X-Rap magnum 20 or CD 14.

INSHORE

Bluefish, weakfish and speckled trout action remains decent along the deeper areas of the lagoon. Look for these fish near docks and spoil Islands in 4 to 7-feet of water. Areas south of the inlet have been very good this week. Flounder are showing up inside the inlet and on the flats near the west side of the inlet due to the recent cold snap. Live baitfish or Saltwater Assassin sea shad tails are highly effective on them right now.

Until next week….Catch a memory!!!!

Captain Jim Ross / www.FinelineFishingCharters.com / (321) 636-3728 / captjimross@cfl.rr.com

Florida Panhandle Weekend Fishing 4Cast


Perdido Key to Cape San Blas
Includes Pensacola, Gulf Breeze, Fort Walton Beach, Destin, Panama City and Port St. Joe


January 13-15

Inshore

Looks like we will be somewhat back to regular Winter weather this weekend. Temperatures in 70′s during the day and 10 to 15 knot East winds will bring choppy conditions inshore and 3 to 5 foot seas offshore. If the winds stay on the lighter side it could make for a really nice weekend on the water. Inshore the best bets will be trout in the backwaters, red-fish around the bridges, and some early pompano on the beaches.

The trout bite has been pretty good and with the warmer temps the small schools of bait fish will be on the move with trout close behind. Look for the schools of minnows to show along the shorelines as the day heats up. Drifting live shrimp under a popping cork, small suspending jerk baits, and even spoons will work well. Creeks, bayous, and canals are all favorites this time of year and any intersecting creek or run off area is worth an extra cast or two.

The red-fish bite has finally slowed a little but if you are persistent and check the usual honey holes you should find some fresh fish for the grill. With the warmer weather the shallower docks have potential but the best bet for the upper slot reds will be fishing the bridges, jetties, and deeper docks near the passes. Live shrimp or cut mullet on a jig head tight to the structure and on the bottom will be hard for any red close by to pass up. The Mid Bay Bridge in Destin and the jetties near the passes in Panama City are good places to start looking.

The beaches and piers have been a little slow but the action will pick up quick in the coming months and it wont be long before people are shoulder to shoulder waiting on a Cobia. Until then the best bet will be bonito outer ends of the piers and maybe a few early pompano around the outer sandbar along the beach. Sandfleas can be hard to come by this time of year so the best bet will be fresh dead frozen shrimp.

Offshore

The weather has been less then ideal for offshore fishing the last few weeks. Hopefully this weekend will be a little different. The best bets this weekend will amberjack and vermillion snapper if you’re bottom fishing and tuna and wahoo if you plan on heading SW to rigs. The name of the game will be having a variety of bait and taking the time to catch live bait in addition to cut bait.

Amberjack have been closed for a while now and if your like me your eager to get and bend a rod on some. Live baits are hard to come by this time of year but if you can find them it will be well worth the effort. The best bet is to fish medium to large live baits mid water around the larger wrecks and reefs. Stout gear and heavy leaders are must to keep these bruisers out of the wreck. Another good option is using vertical jigs to entice a reaction strike. 7-9 ounce flat sided knife jigs are my favorite and in general the quicker you jig the better. Be ready the bite can come at anytime.

If you are looking to venture a little further offshore the best bets will be wahoo around the rigs in 350-400 feet of water and tuna at the same rigs as well as the floaters. For wahoo the best bet will be pulling diving lures like x-raps and stretch 25s between 5-7 knots around the rigs. It can take a few laps around the rig before the first bite, just be patient and look for balls of bait to mark between 50-250 feet down. Often times wahoo will mark like a log holding off the backside of the bait. Keep only what you will eat fresh and release the rest for the future. Tight lines!


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Florida Keys Weekend Fishing 4Cast

 

Key Largo to Key West
Includes Islamorada and Marathon

Jan 6-8

Backcountry

Hello everybody! Amazing winter fishing going on right now in the Florida Keys backcountry! We been fishing every day and even though it’s been cold and windy we put together some spectacular days of fishing. Saturday we fished some wrecks in the Gulf and the bite was on fire! The rays were migrating and the cobia weren’t far behind. Big sharks, snappers and all the mackerel you want where all there for you to catch. When the wind started blowing and the temperatures plummeted we braved it all and headed to the Cape Sable area. We soaked some stinky shrimp for an epic snook bite with black drum and a few redfish mixed in.

Even though the water temperature stayed in the low 60′s in the Gulf we had some stellar days full of action with snappers, mackerel and bluefish among others.

The bonefish have been tough to find thanks to the weather conditions but a few of the guides that target them were not disappointed. Around the bridges and channels some snappers, groupers, snook and others where caught. Over all don’t let the weather full you! There are plenty of fish to catch in the Florida Keys backcountry!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Upper Keys

Hello everyone, and welcome back to this week’s report! It has been a tough week here in Islamorada as the winds have been relentless. Not too many boats making it out thus far, as the winds have been blowing around 25 mph all week. The forecast for the rest of the week seems to be the same, so we will see what it brings. The fishing this week for those who have made it out has been fairly tough at best. The bite to the North has been much better, as we are lacking current and clean water here in our back yard. Hopefully this East wind we have now will blow in some clean water from the Gulf Stream, and things will get back to normal. However, there were a few Sailfish caught with a boat here and there catching a few or so, and still some Kings around on the shallow edge of the reef in the dirty water as well.

No one to my knowledge made it offshore due to the weather, but the swordfish bite was incredible last week. It looks like the winds are going to subside next week, so I a sure there will be a good report from the deep ledge. The reef has been pretty good this week even with the cooler water from the front that just passed. The patches should be on fire right now, as the shrimp were pouring through last weekend. I don’t know of anyone who fished on the patch reefs this week, but you can bet the fish have moved in close to take advantage of this opportunity. I am sure once a few boats start getting out that this will all turn around. The winds have just been making it tough for the customers, so once it subsides I am sure the story will change. Well, that is it for this week’s report! Check back next week after some better weather and I will get you all caught up as to what is going on in our little piece of paradise!


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Lower Keys

Hey Everyone, we’ve had a super breezy week here in the lower Florida Keys. However, if you can withstand the wind and make it out fishing, it has been well worth it. The January full moon can be one of my favorite times of year to fish offshore around key West. The tuna bite has been really good around the Atlantic side wrecks. Usually the evening time is the best time to get the tunas, either trolling or on pilchards. The wahoo bite has been fantastic as well. We caught a couple wahoo earlier in the week and missed a few more good bites. We were using larger live baits on the surface, such as blue runners, to target the wahoo. There were plenty of fish caught on trolled ballyhoo too. I have seen some sailfish around this week, mostly in shallower water, spraying bait on the reef. The kingfish and cero mackerels have also been close to the reef chasing the ballyhoo schools.

If you can’t make it offshore this weekend, fish some of the rock piles and patch reefs inshore. There have been some big mutton snappers on the patch reefs. There has been a lot of different types of bait around recently too. The muttons will eat live pilchards, but if you can get some ballyhoo, whether in a cast net or on a sabiki rig, drop them to the bottom. Also, this time of year, shrimp can be really effective around the rock piles. If you can get live shrimp that’s the best, but frozen shrimp can work great as well. I tend to catch a lot of porgies on the shrimp, but snappers and other species will eat the shrimp.

I haven’t done to much fishing on the flats this week due to the winds, but the basins and the channels in the backcountry have been loaded with life. The mangrove snapper fishing in the channels out back has been great, with nice size fish and a really consistent bite. I like anchoring up or staking out and drifting live pinfish or pilchards on lighter sized jigs down the edges of the channels. It’s a great way to stay busy bending rods and mangrove snappers make for great table fair.

Capt. Jamie Connell
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South Florida Weekend Fishing 4Cast


Deerfield Beach to Key Largo & Flamingo to Cape Sable
Includes Pompano Beach, Ft. Lauderdale, Miami and Homestead

January 13-15

Deerfield Beach to Key Largo & Flamingo to Cape Sable

NOAA Weather is predicting breezy conditions to hold through the weekend. Winds are forecasted to be from the east at 15 to 20 miles per hour. Snook and gag grouper seasons are closed this month on the Gulf side of Florida. On the Atlantic side snook and groupers are also closed this month.

Pompano Beach, Port Everglades, Haulover, Government Cut to Ocean Reef

The windy weather that was forecasted for this past week was correct. Mixed in with the wind was a lot of rain as well. Due to the weather fishing reports were pretty spotty. The ocean inlets had some decent fishing when the conditions were fishable. If your boat and you can handle the rough conditions from an outgoing tide and strong easterly flow as well as the large wakes that the big boats and ships create when using the inlets this is what you might catch. On the bottom snapper, grouper and hogfish were eager to grab a large live shrimp or live baitfish. On the surface snook, jacks and Spanish mackerel also were feeding on live shrimp and live baitfish. Jetty fishermen might have a shot at some of these fish as well, especially on the incoming tides. Pier fishermen have a good shot at catching pompano when using Doc’s Goofy jigs, sand fleas and shrimp for bait. Most of this action will take place from the surf to just outside the sand bar. Offshore anglers braving seas that were quite rough had action from kingfish, skip jack tuna, sailfish, dolphins and blackfin tuna. The party boat anglers did well on most of these fish using vertical jigs and fresh ballyhoo and a one ounce jig. On the bottom a few mutton snappers, vermillion snappers and amberjacks were caught despite the rough conditions. The nighttime bottom fishing was tough due to the rough conditions. High tide at Government Cut Friday night will be at 9:24.

North Biscayne Bay Inshore

The windy conditions made fishing a lot of North Bay tough. Most of the grass flats that had somewhat clear water had plenty of 14 to 15 inch sea trout. The trout were eagerly eating liver pilchards fished under a Cajun Thunder float. We were using a Mustad #1 long shank hook, 30 inches of 30 pound monofilament leader material, a split shot and of course a Cajun Thunder float. The long shank hook was necessary because there were small barracudas, Spanish mackerel and bluefish hitting the baits as well. We also had action from sea trout using a Hookup lure jig head tipped with a Gulp baitfish tail. Live shrimp didn’t seem to keep any of the fish’s attention. I found a few schools of pilchards up on the flats and was able to catch them with a cast net. You might have a shot at purchasing some live baits from <Lester of Lester’s Live Baits. You can contact him on VHF radio on channel 10 or look for him around Haulover Inlet. Ashley of Ashley’s Bait can be found in the Government Cut area and Captain Jimmy Lewis has live baits for sale and can be found around Key Biscayne. The waters north of Eastern Shores had protection from the wind plus jack crevalles and a few snook to target. High tide at Indian Creek Golf Club Saturday morning is at 11:10 AM

South Biscayne Bay

Due to the windy and rough conditions the bonefish and permit action was off. Most South Bay anglers that fished this past week worked the Finger Channels for small mutton, mangrove, lane and yellowtail snappers plus groupers for catch and release action. These bottom feeding fish were eating live shrimp, live pilchards and cut baits. The key to this fishing is chumming and patience. On the surface a few Spanish mackerel, bluefish, jacks and bluerunners were attracted to the chum and caught on the live baits. A few snook and tarpon were feeding around the Key Biscayne bridges and shorelines. High tide at Soldier Key on Saturday will be at 10:27 in the morning.

Flamingo

The rough and cold conditions had the outside Florida Bay waters almost unfishable but if you could make it up to East Cape Canal, Lake Ingram and Middle Cape you could escape the wind and fish for snook, redfish, black drum and sheepshead. These fish were plentiful and eating shrimp fished on the bottom. Again patience was necessary to get these fish. The best action was on the outgoing tides and the bites were lite. These fish were scattered but if you put your time in and fished the bites would come. A lot of the small creeks in these areas and the areas to the north also had plenty of fish to target. The backcountry waters were holding snapper, sea trout, redfish and snook. Live shrimp attached to a ¼ ounce Hookup lure jig head worked pretty good in Oyster Bay, Whitewater Bay and the Shark Rivers. Low tide at Flamingo in Florida Bay on Saturday will be at 12:19 PM and at the mouth of Shark River low tide is at 9:19 AM.

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Saint Lucie Inlet Wahoo and Sails

 

Recent offshore fishing reports from the Southeast region.


Saint Lucie Inlet Wahoo and Sails

Florida Sportsman member: Skimfla

Saint Lucie Inlet Wahoo

Started trolling around 8am headed NE. Hit a rip in about 120′ and hooked on to two hoo’s in the middle of all the sport fishers kite fishing for sails. Went bottom fishing and had a couple of bites on the bottom, when suddenly we were bombarded by a group of three-four sails. Hooked up on two.

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Trolling and Bottom Fishing St. Lucie Inlet

Florida Sportsman member: tunahound

Bottom Fishing St. Lucie Inlet

Eric’s reels starts screaming, and he’s into the fight. Eric starts to gain some line and suddenly we see color. Now everything gets serious and we’re grabbing the gaffs and clearing lines. Eric gets the fish up next to the boat and Gary and I hit it with two gaff shots and get it into the fish box. The Cobia went 38lbs and was about 48 inches.

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Jupiter Wahoo, Sailfish and Tuna

Florida Sportsman member: GSS

jupiter wahoo

We decided to go with the kite on day two. Turned out to be a good call since it led to a wahoo and sail. Both caught in 150ft. The Wahoo ate the closest kite bait and put on a great show. Huge shoutout to Mike with Angler Management for urging us to use a wire leader. That wahoo would have gotten a free lunch had we not gotten the tip.

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Lake Worth Mahi Surprise

Florida Sportsman member: Kaimana

Lake Worth Mahi

I started heading west and found some weed lining up in about 95′. Followed that north and got my first hit towards the north end of Singer Island. I looked at the depth finder and saw 90′ and no jumps, so was kind of thinking Bonito territory, but once I got him close I saw Christmas tree green. What a sight for sore eyes.

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Trolling Lake Worth Inlet

Florida Sportsman member: e-money

Trolling Lake Worth Inlet

We ran south and it was blowing about 15 out of south/southeast with clean water. Good north current too. We caught a dolphin, then had a big king get sharked. Then we caught a sail, got clean release and reset. The best fishing for us was 120-135′

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St. Lucie County Mixed Bag

Florida Sportsman member: torresson

St. Lucie County

We started off breakers and within five minutes we had a 33 lb bull and 24 lb cow in the boat! While I was resetting the bow kite, the stern had a double kingfish. The bite was on for the three hours we fished. Had two sails, three kings and seven mahi.

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Jupiter Cobia Catch

Florida Sportsman member: Team gt

jupiter cobia catch

We got out today to do some snapper fishing and end up getting some nice cobia. Stuck one with the gaff and wasn’t prepared for the reaction, so if anybody finds a gaff floatin off Jupiter, you’ll know why.

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Huge Jupiter Swordfish

Team No Competition
Huge Jupiter Swordfish

Check out this sword! Team No Competition caught this 488 pound stud while daytime swordfishing off of Jupiter. Nice fish guys!

 

 

 

 

 

 


Boca Raton Snapper Limit

Florida Sportsman member: HurricaneBK

Boca Raton Snapper

We started off with a few kingfish bites on the vertical jig, finally landing a nice one which was followed shortly by a double on sails on the kite. Some more vertical jigging brought up an amberjack followed shortly by a small red grouper and finally a vermillion snapper. Realizing we were on vermillion’s, we switched over to targeting them and limited out in about an hour.

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Jupiter Sailfish

Florida Sportsman member: MakoLogi

Jupiter Sailfish

After trolling out to 300 or so and back in, set up some live bait lines in about 250 ft. Picked up two very pissed off sails, both in 230-270ish. Had some fun and got lots of jumps. Mine was weird, he headed straight for the bottom and took a long time to come up before he decided to get aerial.

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Making Memories: Father and Son Fishing

Florida Sportsman member: PaulBoat

Father and Son Fishing

Joseph and I crossed over to West End on Friday afternoon. Spent the evening at the marina. Fished Saturday until 1pm. Ended up with seven wahoo in the box.

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Huge Lake Worth Wahoo

Florida Sportsman member: Ryanmc6884

Lake Worth Wahoo

At 4:30, 300ft north of Lake Worth pier we got the hit we been waiting for. The fish did not want to come to the surface and gave us hell boatside, but teamwork paid off and we got him in the cooler! We ended up with five small dolphin, three tuna, and a nice wahoo!

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Trolling Wahoo and Deep Dropping Snapper

Florida Sportsman member: CNTDR

trolling wahoo

After about an hour, we get a huge hit, the pole bends over double and the reels is singing. Not like a beautiful bird, but like a feral poisonous bird that is sick and dying. The guys easily slide a 40 pound class wahoo thru the transom door like clockwork.

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Epic Swordfish and Shark Bite

Florida Sportsman member: e-money

swordfish and shark

First drop? Nice swordfish about 110lbs and 60″. Second drop, we catch his twin, who is about 100lbs. Third drop, 300+/- Big Eye Thresher, which we released. Congrats to Team No Competition, who was right next to us who landed a 488lb beast.

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Shrimp Boat Fishing Slam

Florida Sportsman member: bambam78

The line ran off the reel faster and stronger than any of the other bites. The fight on a fast action rod and a 30 class reel was an absolute blast. Capt. Chaz told me as the fish got closer to the surface, that Yellowfin will do crazy things. Sure enough he was right. We saw color on the fish and shortly after, it made a run for the bow of the boat.

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Palm Beach Offshore Action

Florida Sportsman member: Angler Managemnt

Great action on the last two days. Kites up between 70-120. We landed six out of seven on sails and several mahi, kings and snappers on gigs and small mullet dragged on the bottom. Even snagged a snook at the end of the drift, in 50″ Sailfish action!!

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Boca Raton Variety

Florida Sportsman member: SenseiTony

I spent all weekend trying to get the ship ready to take it out on this small chance of boatable seas. We got out around two pm and within one minute out of Boca, we had a barracuda hit one of my ballyhoo.

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Southeast Offshore: Epic Catch

Florida Sportsman member: dcheek2112

While fishing in the Southeast, Forum member dcheek2112 snags an epic assortment of wahoo, grouper, snapper, tiles and porgies. He caught a limit of grouper: gag, scamp, snowy, kitty and yellowedge. Nice!

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Day Trip Success: Wahoo and Snapper

Florida Sportsman member: e-money

Jeff ran right over his head as soon as we put lines in! Doc and Jordan tag team on cranking, E$ is on the leader. The fish pops up alongside the boat and my freaking jaw dropped.

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Personal Best Wahoo

Florida Sportsman member: GRSC

I have my brother in town and went out this afternoon to attempt a repeat of yesterday’s magical day. Well, fell short by 30 pounds but 48 is still respectable and his personal best.

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Tournament Fun

Florida Sportsman member: latitudeadjustment

We decided to try a rattle jet for the shotgun and a few ballys and bonita strip. In about 240 feet a few small mahi hit the spread and was really cool to see some jumps with 2 fish on, a bit frantic but landed them both and kept one, nothing major but thankful once again for some mahi action and meat for our table.

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Boca Dolphin

Florida Sportsman member: MGD

We had two doubles and caught one of those, also had a triple and got all three. All fish hit ballyhoos with either a sail lure or a small notcho or rattle jet.

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Finding the Phins

Florida Sportsman member: CAPTAIN KABUK

I took the wife out dolphin fishing, found nice line in about 1000 feet of water, and got five nice dolphin from 8 to 13 pounds.

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A Wahoo Surprise

Florida Sportsman member: Mike Butcher

I get Jody baited up with a live Sardine and she flips it out 20 feet from the side of the boat. A Wahoo skyrockets 5 feet out of the water next to the boat and it was game on. I’m waiting any minute for the line to go slack since we are using 40 pound fluorocarbon leader. After 45 minutes the fish is within gaffing range and I get a great head shot.

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Fort Pierce Offshore Bite

Florida Sportsman member:BacDoc

Grunt chunks and sardines have been my bait of choice, live goggle eye caught some nice ones too. I use a long leader, 15 feet of 40 pound fluorocarbon and a circle hook for the snapper. The best bite has been when tide is running the right direction from the south with lite ESE wind. The bite has been the best when tide has us using 4 to 8 ounces to hold bottom.

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Full Moon Snapper Fishing

Florida Sportsman member: FISHHUNTR

Headed to a spot in 25 feet I hadn’t fished since last year; marks on the machine indicate some life so lines in around 1:30am. Depsite not having any chum the fishing was good, baits were getting thumped not long after hitting bottom. I caught a 28 & 26 inch mutton right off the bat and a few legal mangos and some short muttons.

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Working for the Bite

Florida Sportsman member: lunkerman

There were a lot of nice fish (including a 25 pound bull) hanging around the boat for another 3 to 5 minutes but they were the smart ones and wouldn’t eat.

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Day Saver

Florida Sportsman member: Del Mar

We started on the hill, with the current ripping at seven MPH, tuna were deep at 200 plus feet. Trolled the 80 foot line. Nice weed line but no bites. Bottom fished by black condo when a cobia came up to boat. The fish ate a bucktail jig and 25 minutes later we landed a 30 pound cobia.

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Money in the Bank

Florida Sportsman member: Ryanmc6884

Started trolling off of Boynton heading North. Got a king early on to get the team fired up and in gear. Next up was the grown man as buddy buddy calls the wahoo. Started screaming on the planer. After lines all cleared she popped up on the surface to make life a little easier.

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Yellowfin for the Kids

Florida Sportsman member: PaulBoat

Went over to the channel this past weekend. Joseph wanted to put one of his little buddies on the tuna.The bite was tough in the channel as you’ve seen from several reports but we did manage to bend some rods and bring home three 60 to 70 pounders and a couple of smaller fish.

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Jupiter Phins

Florida Sportsman member: SonarSup

After that I decided since the bite seemed to be in the 400 to 500 foot range we should stay there. I turned back out to 500 feet. Got to 500 turned around and started heading back to 400 and saw a large green turtle with about four dolphin under him.

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Wife’s Biggest

Florida Sportsman member: Barrell

I had my fingers crossed but I had a feeling the wind would be more then predicted. Anyway lines in ,fish on ,and she reels in her biggest mahi to date. She was thrilled and the winds were picking up so I turned back toward the inlet and called it a day.

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Solo Bull

Florida Sportsman member: Aftershock

It’s been a month since my last trip and was well rewarded for the long wait. It was kinda ugly in the am but the phone radar showed it was going to clear. Trolled all morning to no avail between 280 and 420 feet, strong current and blue water. Found a slight rip in 300 feet off Jupiter and at high noon the flatline goes off.

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The Maiden Voyage

Florida Sportsman member: CNTDR

Within about 10 minutes of trolling the long starboard reel starts screaming, rod is bent over double, and all the wire is off the reel leaving only about 50 yards of the backing. I was worried that the wire to mono connection would break, fortunately we remained tight and after about 15 minutes we slid that wahoo thru the transom door and the congratulations began.

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Bahamian Hoo’s

Florida Sportsman member: PaulBoat

We checked in, topped off and got out hunting. Looking for the right conditions led us north of Memory. Pounded that area between 100 and 400 feet, running big lures at 15 knots. We steadily picked at them and put eight fish in the box (seven hoos and one fat king).

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Patterning Them

Florida Sportsman member: Angler Management

I think the fishing is in a good pattern right now, the steady dose of light north winds have finally allowed us to develop a pattern. The sails are moving in nice packs from 110 to 130 and 180 to 210 feet. Mixed in are the usual kingfish, Mahi and some cobias on the flat (deep) rods.

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Port Everglades Action

Florida Sportsman member: brianuf5220

We pull up and my wife snags a wahoo on a vertical jig under the mouth. Bar jacks were everywhere and could not keep baits away. I decided to jump in, saw about 25 to 30 wahoo under the water that would stay deep, but come up to the surface every now and then. I shot a dolphin, rainbow runner and a triple tail (Federal Waters).

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Palm Beach Offshore

Florida Sportsman member: Angler Management

The beach has spinner sharks migrating down it so its a great way to hear action. 10 to 20 feet from breakers to dodge wall is holding large schools of sharks. 20 pound spinning gear makes it a blast. In the mix we managed a 39 pound cobia and lots and lots of sails.

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PBI Sailfish Bite

Florida Sportsman member: Capt Tommy

A little while later another fish came up on the same short kite. Also aggressive he ate in one bite and headed for the long bait. This one I was ready for and came tight quickly. He didn’t even skip a beat. Despite me pulling on him he took drag right to the long kite bait. I tried winding it out of the way but he inhaled it. Holy cow!

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Breaking Marina Records

Florida Sportsman member: Angler Management

Action was off the condos in 130 to 150 feet, with 143 being the hot number. Goggle eyes were getting pounded all day and we broke off a few and had some 30 plus pound fish sharked, but managed a 42 and 45 pounder on the marina scale and broke our current record.

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Making it Happen

Florida Sportsman member: e-money

I had a chance to get on a 306 Grady white,just like my old boat, with long time friends Deep Dropper and Jim. The forecast was sporty, but we decided to try to get across for a half day.

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SLI Action

Florida Sportsman member: e-money

Two minutes later we had a HOT sail lit up behind our daisy chain. It was lit up and going back and forth between dredge, chain and pitch. I pulled chain away, Fred expertly dropped back, sail ate, was in air, jumped twice and we were tight!

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Dinner Guests

Florida Sportsman member: greenie-slayer

Saw some reports recently of some nice tripletail being caught and thought I wouldn’t mind inviting a few home for dinner. Sunday we headed out with my dad and brother and the first spot we pull up too yields a nice seven pound tripletail.

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New Years Wahoo

Florida Sportsman member: Lazy Bones

Pretty good swell with chop on top for the ride home, luckily we were cruising in the troughs. Lucky enough to see the first two sunrise and sunsets of 2016 from the boat and catch some good fish go along. Hopefully it’s a good omen for the rest of the year.

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Boynton Bull

Florida Sportsman member: Reel Retreat

I thought I saw a huge flash of mahi blue but wasn’t sure so I didn’t wanna get my hopes up. But when I saw a cow around 10 to 15 pounds hit the other line as we were clearing I knew then it was a pair and this thing put on a show.

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SLI Tunas

Florida Sportsman member: Maribella

Another pass and I’m in the process of setting a rigger bait in the clip and the line starts smoking for a few seconds then nada. It turns out it was a blue marlin that went over to our other rigger bait and popped off before we had much to say about it. It did put on a nice show on the surface as he was greyhounding away though.

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Bull in the Inflatable

Florida Sportsman member: b1gdog83

I caught and release a few more slingers. I came across some type of blue plastic 15 gallon bucket/drum. I trolled passed it and get hit (big bull) on my 12 pound test spinning rod. I was losing line fast and was afraid I was going to get spooled. I was by myself so I had to back down and fight the fish at the same time.

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Southeast Mixed Bag

Florida Sportsman member: e-money

We set up shop at about 7am, and within two minutes we had a nice gaffer in the box.
We reset and get SMOKED, this time it’s a nice king. Put em back out and a stud Wahoo misses the first time, then comes back at 50mph and gets it!

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Evening Bite off Boynton

Florida Sportsman member: bluechip

I’m on the reel and start reeling like crazy as he’s definitely eaten it by now. The clip pops, I come tight, he goes crazy. We were treated to a very nice show for 10 minutes and had him to the boat.

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Maiden Voyage Success

Florida Sportsman member: dpdash

Found great conditions in 200′ and put a couple of ballyhoo’s out. Ended up finding an incredible edge with huge mats and flyers in 600′ with nobody around. After 15 minutes we found a few dollies and a little tuna for sashimi.

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Southeast Bottom Bite

Florida Sportsman member: colossalcatch

We headed over to another spot that is known to have some big gags and blacks all over it. Set back up and threw out some flat lines and started bending rods , once again muttons and mangos were hitting the deck.

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Jupiter Offshore

Florida Sportsman member: Black Attack

Crew wanted to make a run for it, so offshore we headed to the swordfish grounds. Before we even got our full spread out, the long feather chain gets nailed and gaffer Mahi on. Landed the fish in short order and reset our spread.

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Hoos on the Other Side

Florida Sportsman member: paulboat

Long story short, we worked hard for it. Water was dirty, got one north of Sandy and the rest at the corner where we found clean fishy water.

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Inflatable Phins

Florida Sportsman member: b1gdog83

On the way back in we stopped at those same weed lines we saw on the way out and caught two 8 pound fins. We had the school around the boat a couple times but just like the fins under the wooden crate they seemed lethargic and were not hungry.

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Weekend Recap

Florida Sportsman member: Angler Managemnt

The action started in 140 and was hot all day from 70-130 feet from trump to breakers. We were able to hook lots of fish and the lady anglers did their best and we captured four nice fish over three hours. They were able to get 4th place dolphin and 4th place King however the prize money was paid only three prizes.

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First Place Hoo

Florida Sportsman member: 1974Donzi

The fish was brought to the boat quickly and we didn’t realize it was a wahoo until it was right next to the boat. Fish was landed (21.6 lbs) and total chaos broke out on the boat! Sarah knew right then and there that she got her first wahoo and possibly first ladies tournament win. She lost her voice from screaming she was so excited!

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Fish on the Weeds

Florida Sportsman member: Mike Butcher

It didn’t look like anything was on it, so we threw a weighted mullet under it and counted to 10. Both of us came tight on fins and got them in the boat. We also caught one triple tail on a live mullet.

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First Place Phin

Florida Sportsman member: Chasentailz

So we made the call to run past the fleet. Got about 12 miles out and found a slick with some decent weeds on it. Started chunking and in no time a school of nice sized dolphin were everywhere.

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Father and Son Time

Florida Sportsman member: PaulBoat

We made it to Old Bahama Bay in under two hours, topped off the gas tank, cleared customs, got our slip, set up our lines, shore power etc. We then untied around 2pm and went out to catch dinner.

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A Bakers Dozen

Florida Sportsman member: LET’S GO

We catch two or three more and work for some time and it was either quiet or the bells are ringing as we ended up with a baker’s dozen of decent size dolphin. They are not all that big but they are easy to clean and very tasty, we threw back several that did not meet the size limit and hopefully the next trip out they will still be around and have grown considerably and put up a lot more fight.

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New Marina Record

Florida Sportsman member: Angler Management

110 feet just south of Juno today, 4 inch micro goggle eye on 12 pound spinning gear, customer fought it for 30 minutes. Was 54 in the boat and after 2 hours weighed 49.89 on sailfish marina tournament scale.

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Birthday Hoo’

Florida Sportsman member: 1974Donzi

Justin just turned 21 years old and wanted a big wahoo for his birthday. Started off high speed trolling at 5:30. No hits so I change it up to mullets at 6:00. I noticed there were plenty of flying fish everywhere so I put out a white and blue islander over a big split tail mullet on the shot gun line about 400 feet behind the boat. As I was setting up other lines, the shotgun line starts screaming.

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Southeast Offshore Bite

Florida Sportsman member: e-money

Ran out to the deep and found SICK conditions like Bill and others saw. Thousands of baits, acres of mats and starving dolphin.We caught 10 schoolies before we found the bigger fish and boxed several nice gaffers in the 15 to 20 pound range.

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Summertime Phins

Florida Sportsman member: Angler Management

Nice temperature break in about 120 to 150 feet out there with a color change. There are schools of dolphin and big dolphin around it. We’re averaging about 12 fish per charter. Get out there and get you some.

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Deep Water Gold

Florida Sportsman member: catch’emall

We decided to sneak out for half-a-day between storms and try our luck on tilefish. It took us a while to find a hungry colony, but worth the effort. Ended up with my first double header and our limit of five.

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Bahamas Wahoo

Florida Sportsman member: e-money

Forum member e-money and friends got into a hot wahoo bite off of west end. Six bites in an hour, with four coming to the boat. Nice!

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Dodging the Storms

Florida Sportsman member: BigNiner19

We had a nice knock down but didn’t stay hooked and have no idea what it was. Then after a driver switch and turn back south the drag starts screaming. Brought up a real nice black fin tuna. This fish was not leader shy one bit.

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Fishing for a Cause

Florida Sportsman member: Jfenn10

We decided for Saturday’s Bigdog Fatcat we were gonna fish some other spots south. Well it turns out it was the right move, we killed it. We ended up with 9 kings from 11 to 26.7 pounds, a short cobia, 4 keeper muttons up to 4.5 pounds, bonita, and some other bottom dwellers.

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SLI Cobia

Florida Sportsman member: LET’S GO

We then headed East to deeper water and found some promising changes in the surface and we deployed our live bait, we did some chumming and quickly gathered some large sharks behind the boat with a few good size cobia.

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Stuart Sails and More

Florida Sportsman member: Captain Dave

Back out to a different edge in 135, toss one bait out, went to grab the second rod and I look back to see a sail already chasing our first bait in the water. Talk about stopping on top of one!

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First Place Phin

Florida Sportsman member: Seamanator561

I slowly bring the fish close enough for Mike to reach out and stick a perfect gaff shot right in the melon. As him and Yoan fight to bring him into the boat is when I realize how big he really is. We get him on the deck and reality sets it!

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Fish Filled Weekend

Florida Sportsman member: greenie-slayer

We moved deeper to 200-300 feet, no bites. Well we thought no bites. As we reeled in the deep rod it had a small blackfin tuna attached to it. Weird thing was he wasn’t hooked. The circle hook just around his tail. We must have been dragging in backward for a long time because he came in dead as a door nail.

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SLI Cobia

Florida Sportsman member: LastMango

Forum member LastMango got into some cobia off Stuart in 65 feet. Bull Sharks were the ticket to success for these fish.

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Treasure Coast Dolphin

Florida Sportsman member: P@t

“Lots of life in 65 feet, so we lowered the riggers and started trolling. First knock down was at 7:20, small gaffer fin. Reset and continued to work a rip, south. Second knock down shortly after, spooled us before we could get control…”

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An Adventure to Costa Rica

Florida Sportsman member: greenie-slayer

Got the chance to venture down to Costa Rica in March to get away from work and do a little fishing. Fished with Tranquilo Charters out at the FADs. Ended up getting my first marlin and roosterfish. Got a lot of bites from marlin but being the noob that I am to marlin fishing most came unglued.

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SlI Sailfish Bite

Florida Sportsman member: Sea Monkey Too

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