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Century 2600

The family will love the bow with its padded lounge seating and removable cocktail table. The front seat of the console rounds out the conversation pit and below the cushion is an insulated drink cooler. Step down inside the center console to find a pottie and dry storage that extends under the deck. Helm seats adjust for standing or sitting and behind the seat is a tackle rigging station with ample storage. The stern seating in the cockpit is just forward of a live baitwell with clear lid and to the port is a bait prep area complete with sink and wash-down. Just the right length for fishing beyond the inlet, diving the reef or taking the family out for the day, all in a trailerable size.

Century Boats
40047 County Road 54 east
Zephyrhills, FL 33540
813-236-8879
www.centuryboats.com

Century 2600 Center Console Specifications
LOA: 26 feet 4 inches
Beam: 8 feet 6 inches
Fuel Capacity: 200 gal
Max hp: 450
Hull Weight: 5,800 lbs
MSRP: 113,312.00 with T200 Yamahas

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West Central Florida Weekend Fishing 4Cast


Aripeka to Longboat Key
Includes Hudson, New Port Richey, Anclote Key, Tarpon Springs, Dunedin, Clearwater, Tampa, St. Petersburg, Anna Maria Island and Bradenton


July 22-24

With daytime temperatures soaring well into the nineties and the “feels-like” temperatures well over 100-degrees, anglers and fish alike are both feeling the heat. Drink plenty of water to stay hydrated. Afternoon thunderstorms have been severe with a lot of lightning. Monitor the weather and seek safe harbor if it threatens. The fry bait that was in the bay a few weeks ago is getting larger. Most are 3-inches or more and are usable. Fish are keying in on this size.

OFFSHORE

Gag grouper anglers may be having a little tougher time finding the fish they are after. Reports of slow gag fishing seem to be across the board, but several anglers continue to get rods bent despite those reports. Some of the best reports are coming from depths greater than 120-feet west from Sarasota to Tarpon Springs.

Red grouper action has been a little more brisk in the heat, with anglers reporting good catches at around 90-to 100-feet. Some deep water catches for red, gag, black, snowy, and some other kinds of groupers are being reported by anglers fishing Florida’s Middle Grounds, the Peaks, and the Steps. These areas and wherever the Loop Current forms this time of year in the Gulf will hold billfish. Swordfish, sailfish, and both blue and white marlin are caught annually around the Loop. At its closest, the current moves to approximately 70-miles off the West Central coast.

Mangrove, vermilion, lane, and American Red snappers are being caught right now in good numbers by anglers deep dropping in depths over 200-feet. Mangrove snapper were thick on rock piles and hard bottom areas in depths from 20-feet of water and greater around Tuesday’s full moon. With currents running hard, the best time to target these fish may be around the turn of the tides.

Offshore wrecks are holding permit. Anglers arriving early may find permit fining on the surface. Live crabs or shrimp free lined to these fish will draw strikes. These same wrecks are holding sharks, barracudas, and cobia. Keeping a heavy rod rigged with 50-pound braid will ensure an opportunity to land some of these big fish.

Capt. Dylan Hubbard, of Hubbard’s Marina at John’s Pass had this report to post:

“Our latest 39 hour trip had some decent trolling action on the way out many kingfish were caught but not until we were past the 20-25 mile mark well into the offshore waters. Kingfish and bonito continued biting well throughout the troll but the mackerel weren’t around for us this trip. Trolling between spots netted some monster blackfin tuna on Rapala x-rap magnum 30’s. The porgy bite was on fire during this trip it was hard getting the cut threadfins past them to the mangrove snapper, but boy were they big and aggressive making the fishing action packed. Live pinfish being used during this time needed a long soak but the big gags and even bigger mangroves would slurp them up during the porgy bite chaos making the night fishing very enjoyable until the kingfish interrupted our bottom fishing. About an hour before sunrise the kingfish turned on like a light switch foaming up around the boat eating leads, swivels, bare hooks, or anything that was dropped into the water. This made anglers trying to target bottom species frustrated because they kept getting clean cut off while dropping to bottom but those who switched to wire leader and any type of bait got some beautiful kingfish and many of them, until after sunrise. Day bite was slow and steady but the big gag grouper, steady mangroves and hot end of day red snapper bite was the highlights. Overall, it was a great trip with many happy anglers and we look forward to doing it again this weekend. Check out our latest videos on Facebook as we have been doing video updates after each long range trip returns: https://www.facebook.com/hubbardsmarina/videos”

INSHORE

Rob Austin (L) with son, Mike with a Tampa Bay red, team up for inshore grand slams with me this week aboard the Flat Back II.

Heat might be the biggest factor for anglers fishing the shallows this time of year. Shallow areas are topping the 90-degree mark, and most fish are finding it to be just as uncomfortable as we do. But these areas are holding the food that fish feed on. Hitting the shallows just before dawn may be the most productive time of day for catching redfish. Morning tides are bottoming out, putting trout, snook, and redfish in potholes and on channel edges where escape routes from the flats intercept the channels. As the morning tide begins to move back in, anglers pitching cut baits like ladyfish, pinfish, and grunts are catching redfish around edges of mangroves with deeper troughs. One of the most productive suspending lures has been the MirrOlure 17MR MirrOdine. The size and profile of this bait imitates the predominate baitfish in the bays right now.

I’ve found that late afternoon into the evening has been best for a good trout bite. MirrOlure Soft Shad and Marsh Minnows along with CAL Jigs with Shad tails have produced some quality trout. As the sun sets, moving into the evening, lighted docks begin to produce. Capt. Dylan Hubbard, of Hubbard’s Marina, reported some non-stop action around John’s Pass for big trout after sunset. Trout are working bait schools around the dock lights.

Late afternoon/ evening will see quick-moving water that’s perfect for both snook. Catch and release action for snook might be best before the tide bottoms out. Feeder creeks, mosquito ditches and small river mouths empty out where linesiders stage up at the bottom of the tide. These fish are most effectively fished by wade fishing. Cockroach Bay anglers fishing near the mouth of the Little Manatee River do well around the mouth of the river while wade fishing the flats there. Years ago, Capt. Fred Everson, Frank Sargeant, and about a dozen or so others would do a full moon soirée centered on the evening of the full moon. Some light-hearted competition would ensue with each angler making a small donation to the pot. One kind of lure was allowed by each angler. It was a lure of choice, and we would fish for snook, trout, and redfish for a slam. Biggest slam wins the “pot”. Sunset was our deadline before we all piled back into boats to head back to Shell Point. While we may not have those soirées any more, those fish still stage up around the mouths of creeks and rivers that empty into Tampa Bay, Sarasota, and the ICW in Clearwater, Dunedin, and Tarpon Springs.

Tarpon fishing has been excellent this week. Weedlines that form on the outgoing tide late in the day are holding spots for crabs and shrimp that flush out of the bay on the outgoing tide. Tarpon stage up at the mouth of Tampa Bay, around Egmont Key and in areas where the bays move lots of water out to the Gulf. Target these areas for some fast action with tarpon in the evening. Crabs and shrimp will be top-performing baits for poons this time of day.

Working the beaches from Venice north can be productive if you target tripletail. These fish are structure oriented. About the only structure along the beaches are the swim buoys. Approach them slowly with a live shrimp, small jig, or DOA Shrimp and sight-fish them, allowing the bait or lure to slowly fall to the fish.

Pompano have been active around the Skyway Bridge. Doc’s Goofy Jigs have been the top performer when combined with small teaser flies that Doc makes for the jig combo. Yellow jigs ranging from ¼ to ½-ounce are the typical sizes along with a pink, chartreuse, or yellow fly will take pompano. Other jigs will work too as will live shrimp. Tipping jigs with a bit of fresh shrimp will also enhance a jig.

FRESHWATER

I had the opportunity to speak to an old friend at ICAST this past week, bass fishing great, Shaw Grigsby Jr. I asked Shaw what technique he finds most productive this time of year for bass. His reply, “flipping is what I do most this time of year”. With the heat of summer upon us, bass bury deep in the grass and hold in the shade. Flipping heavy jigs or big 8-inch worms like the new CAL worms and working them slowly will produce some big bass. Be observant of the bushes, reeds, or whatever structure you are fishing. You’ll see bass ‘bump’ a bush from time to time, making the bush or stickup move. Easing over to where you see that occur and flipping your worm to it will consistently produce big bass. ‘Til then…I’ll catch ya later!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

EMAIL Ray {941-228-3474} www.CaptainRayMarkham.com

Green Turtle Adventure

Recent fishing reports from the Bahamas and tropics.


Green Turtle Adventure

Florida Sportsman member: dpdash

One day at Manjack, we had a turtle come up to the boat. We see turtles almost every dive but have never had one come so close. We ended up hand feeding this one squid and he hung out for almost 20 minutes, very very cool!

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Grand Success

Florida Sportsman member: Pensacola

Found a bucket floating with some nice mahi on it, pulled a 30 pound bull off it along with a few of his girlfriends. Next day found the birds and found the yellowfin! They were firing off launching out of the water, pretty epic.

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Island Hopping

Florida Sportsman member: dpdash

I had the opportunity to go deep into the Bahamas last week on a beautiful boat with great crew. We got all the way as far as San Salvador and had tremendous fishing along the way.

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A Trip to Remember

Florida Sportsman member: zmanwhite

Day three we headed out and by 9am we have already released 20 fish. Around 11:30 a 600 pound plus blue crashes the left flat ballyhoo and all I can do is grab the rod with Brad yelling “big marlin”, lock it up! I looked at Brad, he looked at me and says “this is a big girl.” When he says that, it’s for real, again well over 600 pounds.

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A Trip to Spanish Wells

Florida Sportsman member: CNTDR

At times I felt as if I could be pulled over rod and all into the brink. The pressure that these fish put on is amazing. The fight seemed to go on forever as Deek thought that I got sharked. I was determined to beat whatever I had on the line. After twenty or thirty minutes, wasn’t keeping track, we finally saw the color of a YFT and Deek gaffed the largest fish of the day.

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Action Packed Week

Florida Sportsman member: PaulBoat

We fished two full days (18th and 19th). We raised 56 sails and released 37, also landed a nice yellowfin tuna. I’m not that much into billfishing but when you have a hot bite like we did, you just can’t help but like it.

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Weekend on the Other Side

Florida Sportsman member: dpdash

For those that cancelled this weekend, it wasn’t bad at all. Fished friday afternoon and Saturday, if we wouldn’t have used rubber hooks would have got several, pulled a bunch off for whatever reason. Best bite was up by Isaac’s.

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Fun in Bimini

Florida Sportsman member: Carolina Gentleman

I was leary about towing the the new skiff across in the event that the weatherman was wrong for the return home, this time he was right. We caught a few nice bonefish, I have done a ton of fishing on the flats in Bimini and have never seen more fish than on this trip.

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Pounding Them in Panama

Florida Sportsman member: Pesca Pimp Panama

The Yellowfin Tunas were still around in big numbers but unlike first week of June the Tunas were not up in feeding frenzies and eating everything we pitched at them. The bite slowed down a bit and the weather got a bit sloppy. We had to work for our fish as the Porpoises were keen to the boat traffic and were a bit shy.

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The Bimini Blues

Florida Sportsman member: Intrepid377

On Thursday morning we raised our first blue which came in hot on the left teaser. We managed to pull him off the teaser and he turned and crushed the left short rigger lure. He was on and angry! Started tearing up the ocean as only a blue can do.

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Epic Trip to Nosara

Florida Sportsman member: KayakDiving

“We came across a piece of debris and caught numerous small yellowfin tuna as bait. A little while later, bam! A blue marlin. After a good 45 minute fight we landed him. The rest of the day we caught numerous small yellowfin which made great boat side sashimi and dinner that night.”

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18th Annual International Marlin Tournament in El Salvador

Florida Sportsman member: GT Fish

Well once again I got the invite to join Paco Saca and his sons in the 18th International Marlin Tournament in El Salvador! Bart and I made are way down to Bahia Del Sol Marina and Hotel. We were greeted by Mauricio a Rep for Flora De Cana rum. They sponsor the tournament and others in Central and South America. He explained various ages of rum and the process of how it’s made. We then proceeded to “Taste test” We all had a nice testing! We ate some dinner and they brought us Desert. Bart grabbed the bottle of 18 year old rum and drenched it in Flan [...]

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Chasing “Blue Ones” in St. Thomas

Florida Sportsman member: INTREPID377

My brother and I had the chance to fish with some guys that REALLY have their game together on “bait and switch” marlin fishing on the north drop off St. Thomas. We fished two days and managed to go three for four on blues and even found a white for a bit of variety.

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A Summer in the Bahamas

Florida Sportsman member: TikoLiko

“Haven’t posted in a while, but here’s a video and some pictures of some fish shot in the Bahamas over two trips this summer. We forgot the Go Pro’s on the second trip when we got to break in our new Invincible, but at least we got some good fish. Check out the video and let me know what you think, watch in HD!”

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Chunkin’ the Tuna

Lindsey Pankey sent in this photo from a recent trip to the Bahamas. After locating the birds in the northwest channel, a miles north of Little Issac, they began to chunk the yellowfin tuna that were in a feeding frenzy underneath. All the tuna were roughly 60-to 70-pounds. Scott Nichols is on the left, Taylor Pankey on right.

 

 

 

 

 

 


Chunkin’ Tuna off Lucaya Monty White of Team Fin-Addict went on a tuna trip for the 4th of July weekend. He had this to say about the trip: “It was an active few days, fish and birds everywere. We were trolling and chunking tuna under the birds circling around Tuna Canyon off Lucaya, Bahamas. We landed 10 dolphin, over 45 tuna, and lost several more to big brown reef sharks that had to be over 350 pounds. Mike Haun caught a 79 and 68 pound yellowfin tuna, Tim Johnson landed a 50 pound yellowfin, and we had a few around 40 hit the deck along with many smaller tuna of both black and yellow sorts. Another epic trip with great friends!” Here are some pictures from the trip:


Cleanin’ Up West End

Florida Sportsman member: Blue Devil

We had a great time fishing out of Blue Marlin Cove this past weekend. It was our first trip over there so a big thank you to the forum members who gave me some great advice on planning for and fishing that area. We were focused on snappers, groupers and hogfish and worked hard to find them. Most of the muttons and strawberries and about half the hogs were caught very close to BMC. The tails and the rest of the hogs were caught a few mile North of Memory. Marvin at BMC was a great help and put in the general vicinity of the fish.

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Tuna off the Gingerbreads

Tom Gordon of Miami completes his afternoon workout session with a 50 pound "tuna.

Fulton Ivy stands two fisted with a pair of quality yellowfin tuna.

 

Bimini, Bahamas. “I caught one and thought I was going to throw up,” said Tom Gordon. These fish aren’t snapper. “We were fishing yellowtail off the gingerbreads and decided to go look for birds around 2 p.m. in the afternoon on June 14th. About five miles from the yellowtail spot we saw some birds, stopped the boat, threw a couple of baits out and had a double header of yellowfin on within 5 minutes. We found the birds using binoculars (no radar). Ran over to them close, not right into them, just close. Had cut sardines into 3rds and had in a bucket. Just started chucking 2-3 pieces every 20 seconds or so. The tuna found us. Once we saw the tuna we put out some heavy iron with 60 foot of 50 lb fluorocarbon leader, braided line. Worst part of it is we didn’t have any rod belts. Tuna was really not on our target list. We were just messing around. Try catching one with an International without using a rod belt. We got mugged by 5 boats when we had on the double header. Big mistake, those boats steamed right into the birds. Then it looked like most tried trolling. None hooked up and they eventually left. We went on to catch 3 more and could have caught more (enough is enough, like I said catching one made me want to throw up). I think the key was to not spook the fish by running into them. It was a total Cinderella story! Ended up catching five in two hours and quit. We left them there biting. I don’t think we will ever get that lucky again. It was stupid easy and just total blind luck. A truly amazing day.”


The Endless Summer

Florida Sportsman member: JohnnyBlack

The Endless Summer started yesterday at 4:30 am as we pushed out of Boca inlet on “The Soundboy”, ChadJ55′s boat here on the forum. The itinerary for my trip this month will be 5 days in West End Bahamas at Blue Marlin Cove resort then a short one day back here in the states and then it’s off to Treasure Cay in the Abaco’s for 2 weeks to Marlin fish the Bahamas Billfish Championship on “The Zinn Dog”, Captain Jeff Maggio’s boat out of Ft. Lauderdale [...]

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Quick Trip to West End

Florida Sportsman member: footankleg

I was invitied to cross on a buddy’s boat and we left Saturday a.m. for West End after loading up on some livies. We had a nice crossing and encountered a pod of pilot whales and shortly after, we came across a pod of bottlenose. The porpoise hung right at the boat and checked us out for awhile. It was very cool. We then continued on and cleared at OBB which was quick and easy. We then headed out in search of birds. We did find a few but not with any action or bites [...]

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Big Boy Fishing Team in Bimini

Florida Sportsman member: DAHOGKILLA

Have not posted much lately, been really busy with school and other stuff, but finally got a break last week and took advantage of the open weather window for this past weekend and decided to cross over for some serious fishing and fun in Bimini. We left Friday evening and returned to Miami Sunday morning, after clearing customs and checking in the hotel we set up out front for the muttons but we had missed the bite by an hour, decided to stay until 2 am, and got cutoff on two big mystery fish. Saturday morning headed south to deep drop for the day, it was a bit slow at first but then it picked up and we caught yelloweye snappers, queen snapper, a mystic grouper, big amberjacks that were released and sharks too.

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April in Guam

FS member Night Moves is back with fantastic action from Guam.  “At about 1400, we had made the full round trip down the East side and back up. We didn’t feel like gambling on the back side as the front had been so productive. I knew we would have a good shot at a Marlin if we trolled all the way back in the deep water, but to maximize or fishing time, we picked up the lines and did a little “run and gun” to Stu bank, then baby on to Galvez. We even baited up the spinning rods and had a blast bringing in a few more Mahi that followed in our hooked fish. Pulled in the lines at Galvez NE and ran back to Agat arriving at 1730. 12 hours on the water. Finished with 13 Mahi, 4 Wahoo, 2 Rainbows and the Doggie. Mahi averaged a nice size. I hope they stick around just a little longer! Hook up ratio was a little off today as we had about 10 knockdowns that didn’t stay hooked. Most were Mahi who took to the sky and did somersaults and back flips to get off. By the time we got the boat washed and cleaned up, it was 2100. After waking up at 0340 that sure makes for a long day, but great days on the water like that are worth it. Its awesome to be able to enjoy Guams beauty and catch some fish in the process!” For more on Night Moves action click here:

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Time To Be In Bimini

FS member sam50 shows why it’s worth the trip across,  “the tide ended so we switched gears and put out a spread of big ballyhoo and some strip baits behind islanders. Out in 900 feet of water the long line(strip bait) gets absolutely freight-trained and is dumping the 30w international quickly, we get the angler into the harness and clear the spread, and realize the Man-in-the-Blue-Suit decided to make an appearance!! The fight lasted a while, but eventually the mono leader gave up, as we were not “equipped” for Marlin. Things slowed down and the group decided to head in for lunch. We took a stroll south on the streets and ended up at Fabian’s Conch shack and had some great eats with a few cold Kalik Golds. Afternoon fishing trip was to deep drop again, but a lack of current spoiled that plan, as the yellow eyes are very finicky, only 2 boated. We found some good looking weeds and then Mr. Frigate showed us the way. We nailed some nice phins late in the day to top it all off.

Click here for the full Forum Report: http://forums.floridasportsman.com/showthread.php?47972-Bimini-Weekend-3-30-to-4-1


Wahoo Snapping Off Walker

Florida Sportsman member Flyers Up made the right call and hit wahoo paydirt.

Flyers Up posted, “we made the walkers trip on Friday, had great weather arrived about 10.45 cleared customs and off to Rosies. Went 20 off to find some YF but no luck, trolled for two hours not one knock down. Saturday did some deep dropping and bottom fishing did ok some groupers and one nice mutton 14 lbs, yellow eyes and black fins and one sm mystic about 8 lbs. Sunday morning get up early to fish home wind blowing 18 gusting to 23 out of the north, not going home today so we decided go get some conch with our new friend Tiko and drink rum. Monday morning with the wind blowing out of the west SW 7 to 10 knots so we checked out and went to Matanilla reef to speed troll for wahoo where we went 7 for 9. Range in size from 30 to 65 pounds and two dolphin.”

 

Click here for the full Forum Report: http://forums.floridasportsman.com/showthread.php?47730-Walkers-Grand


Panama Fishing Report

Florida Sportsman member: Pesca Pimp Panama

Canadians Andy and Sonya Copeland, and their son Max, joined us for a few days at the island last week. Andy wanted to try his hand at some “Deep Sea Fishing” and boy…..was he ever introduced royaly! We showed up at Hannibal Bank at 8:30 and to my surprise there were no other fishing boats only a Tiara with some spearos working the high spot. Two days before we counted 14 sport fishing boats and 4 commercial boats all on the bank! There was a real good mark of bait on the sonar and Bonitos and Tunny’s were busting all around [...]

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Quick Bimini Trip Report

Florida Sportsman member: Cytranic

Headed out of Boca 6am Friday morning to a nice 11 knot wind out of the S. Seas were 1-2 almost the whole ride over till we were about 15 miles off Bimini, then they switched to 2-4. All and all the crossing was pretty much a non event. We cleared customs around 9am and began an hour long search for Kalik golds on the island. The island was pretty dead so alot of stores were closed. Sue and Joy’s had kaliks [...]

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Walker’s Wahoo and Grouper Florida Sportsman Member: Docked Wages

Weekend of Jan 8-9, Scott (Bloodstream), Chris (Light_Tackle) , Frank and myself loaded up and ran across to Walkers Cay targeting some Wahoo. This was to be a quick one night trip and back covering approximately 350 miles out of Sebastain in two days. Walkers Cay continues to decline as the docks are now roped off for access and nearly no place to tie up and transit to the Bahamian Customs office.

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Hot Redfishing

Recent inshore fishing reports from the Big Bend region.


Hot Redfishing

Florida Sportsman member: Billy

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

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Early Morning Reds

Florida Sportsman member: Billy

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

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Big Bend Reds

Florida Sportsman member: Billy

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

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Getting Revenge

Florida Sportsman member: HammerheadTed

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

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Incoming Bite

Florida Sportsman member: permit_me

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

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Fishing with Grampa

Florida Sportsman member: anglerbros 7286

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

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A Trip to Crystal River

Florida Sportsman member: badonskybuccaneers

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

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Steinhatchee Trip

Florida Sportsman member: Cole321

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

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Crystal River Slam

Florida Sportsman member:Blkmnstr

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

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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


Birds to the Bay

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



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


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


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


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


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


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


Catching A Little Bit of Everything Florida Sportsman member: troutman57 The first stop Jake says “Look at that gag”. I told him it looked like a trout to me and caught it to prove it. Seems like those trout just like me! It was so smooth I could read good structure from a half mile away by the surface boil from the tide moving over the rocks. Knocker rigs with 2/0 worm hooks 1/8 to 3/16 oz bullet weights tipped with shrimp did the job for us. Click here to read the full forum report.


Big Bend, Big Reds Florida Sportsman member: Scott Crown Had a good bit of time of over the holidays. Unfortunately the weather was bad for a good part of it. Was able to fish in several locations including Wacasassa/Cedar Key, Suwannee, and Palm Coast on the east coast. We managed to get good numbers of trout on the lower tides, but once the tide came in it was all about reds! Caught reds from 8 inches to 34 inches. Click here to read the full forum report.


Winter Time Trout Florida Sportsman member: kingkong954 Then with about an hour left before we were due at the marina, headed off to the flats in search of the trout, which I thought were supposed to be tucked into their creeks. To our surprise, we found them! In about an hour of fishing we landed 4 keeper trout, Nia catching two 18 inch trout and I found a much smaller pair. Click here to read the full forum report.


Steinhatchee Reds Florida Sportsman member: JC_UF_ITK While we didn’t find fish at the same spot I’ve been seeing them, we did manage two nice reds while working our way to the spot. The largest was well over 36 inches (biggest ruler I have) and weighted 18.5 pounds on the boga grip. Click here to read the full forum report.


Homosassa Inshore Florida Sportsman member: troutman57 The larger trout were in the skinny stuff along with a few reds but not real thick or active. The shallow flat north of the channel up to Homosassa point had a decent number of big trout. Ladyfish were in front of the river along with some big mackerel. Another good day to be on the water with friends! Click here to read the full forum report.


Creeping The Creeks Florida Sportsman member: PONCE We fished some nice deep creeks right behind our Red spots. The big Trout were loaded up in the deep cuts. There was a double hook-up mixed in there that were keepers. We lost some nice ones but Brandon had a real nice couple hours with his limit and I had a big one in the boat. Click here to read the full forum report.


Homosassa Reds and Trout Florida Sportsman member: troutman57 The largest trout of the season so far made it into the boat. Along with the trout were a pair of upper slot redfish and a pile of rat reds. We worked the channel edges waiting for the tide and moved in close as soon as we could. Several of the trout were between 23 and 26 inches with most of the big girls released. The reds were in all the usual places and feisty. Click here to read the full forum report.


Crystal River Trout Bite Florida Sportsman member: OneMoreYear For 90 minutes the action was non-stop, with the majority of fish caught on Mirrolure Lil-Johns. The biggest trout was 20.5 inches. We had a good number of fish between 18 to 20 inches. We had our 3 person limit by noon. Ended up releasing about five 15 to 16 inch fish, and probably caught 5 to 7 shorts. The majority of fish were keeper trout, with only 2 ladyfish and a small redfish. Click here to read the full forum report.


Windy Weather, Nice Fish Florida Sportsman member: shuterkng She got a nice over slot red, I got a little sheepy. After that the waves were getting to all of us so I figured I could maybe find some action in the crystal river. We anchored up inside of shell island near some bars and the rat reds were eating! We all proceeded to catch and release numerous little reds. Click here to read the full forum report.


Shallow Creek Reds Florida Sportsman member: PONCE The water temperature was running about 59 degrees today and had a slight breeze to keep us comfortable. We got out to a dead low tide and as the tide turned there was even very little tide on the high. All the bars we fished were out of the water at High Tide. Click here to read the full forum report.


Homosassa Gator Trout Florida Sportsman member: Troutman57 Trout, ladyfish, and bluefish were all over our Mirrodines. For a couple hours we circled a small area and took a bunch of fat trout all pushing the top of the slot to over 23 inches. We did find a few smaller reds but stayed on the trout since they were pulling more drag. We kept a few for Mikes freezer and one for Bill and his better half’s dinner. Click Here to read the full forum report


Big Bend Snook Florida Sportsman member: Bluewaterdrew I saw huge swirl and quickly cast on it. Instantly the fight was on making plenty of exciting runs. After what seem like an eternity, this beautiful linesider broke the surface and was quickly scooped into the net. She measured in at 35 inches and I am happy to say swam off to fight another day. Click here to read the full forum report.


Great Homosassa Inshore Bite Florida Sportsman member: troutman57 We hit several islands and took a total of 8 reds with 3 being between 30 and 32 inches. As a bonus we caught fat 24 inch trout up with the reds on bait. Yes we fished bait as this was Eric’s first time targeting redfish and it was going to be an easy day Click here to read the full forum report.


Seeing Red Solo Florida Sportsman member: PONCE Immediately started throwing Mikes Aqua Dream Gold Spoons and landed a 20 inch Red within 30 minutes and got my 27 inch Red on a Zoom Super Fluke about a hour later on a weedy point to finish my limit. Click here to read the full forum report.


Kayaking Kings Bay Florida Sportsman member: NoQuarterNoMercy He heads away from the docks and is all tuckered out. I feel him give up and now it’s just a matter of hauling him in. As he nears the yak, he heads underneath it and somehow I managed to pull a ninja spin around the stern of the kayak and get him to the other side. That’s no tarpon, it’s a monster snook! Click here to read the full forum report.


Cedar Key Smorgasbord Florida Sportsman member: Flash Her personal best Flounder to date at 19 inches. I saw some action also and tossed a rattle trap. Hooked up and had a good fight going until it came free. Turned out it broke one of the hooks on the trap. Looking at them, it needs a new one for sure. Click here to read the full forum report.


Big Bend Bulls on Top Florida Sportsman member: jperdue Took the wife fishing this morning. Top water is about the only thing she fishes with anymore. I Caught one red about 22 inches then she went back to back on top water with a 38 incher and 36 incher. Bite shut down at 10:00am. Both were the largest I have ever seen caught on top water. They were sent back in with no harm done. Skitter walks around the creek mouths seem to work the best. Click here to read the full forum report.


Crystal River Reds and Scallops Florida Sportsman member: tekmunki We had a great time, went for a dip with a few scallops, didn’t get too crazy or gung-ho about limiting, just wanted a nice day and something to nibble on… it should be noted, my scallop location skills pale in comparison to Marrio’s. LOL We didn’t spend all day on the scallops by any means, we managed to sneak in some fishing, which I’m sure was a welcome refreshing change to the nonstop scalloping Marrio has been busy with. With Marrio’s help, I caught my first mangrove snapper and the kids each got to reel one in, then we moved into the red-fishing where Marrio got a taste of my redfish curse for a bit- that is until— BAM big hit, big fish, 30-inch red. I caught my first overslot red! Click here to read the full forum report.


Holiday in Hudson Florida Sportsman member:Jim311 A friend of mine has a small house on a canal in Hudson. I hadn’t ever been to the area and she is out of town and asked me to mow the lawn so I figured I might as well make a weekend out of it. Adam met me down there Friday night. We fished in the canal for a few minutes but got run off by the rain. Got up at a decent hour Saturday and hit the nearest boat ramp. The wind was blowing a fair bit, and we were in my gheenoe and seeking protected water. We fished some grass flats right near the ramp and deep cuts on the outside of a little private bayou with no luck. We ran into some creeks south of a big residential canal and knocked around in there too. The water looked great, lots of deep cuts, grass, good amounts of bait.. but nothing was biting. We got tired of that after a while and ran back towards the marina and had lunch at the restaurant right near the marina. Lunch was pretty good, and after chilling there for a while we went to the marina and got some frozen shrimp, and then headed north to try that area on a suggestion from a forum member here. The area there looked similar to the last place. We beached the Gheenoe near a shack and wade fished for a bit. After a while I had a blowup on a topwater plug, and landed an upper slot trout. That was the only fish caught wade fishing in that spot, so we shoved off and drifted a deep cut between islands, casting topwater plugs, paddle tails, and Mirrodines. Good size trout were just blasting my topwater plug and we took home 4 for a fish fry… Click here to read the full forum report.


Crystal River Mixed Bag Florida Sportsman member:nick We went out Saturday and got rained on a bit, but that’s what rain gear is for. Cruised in the shallows basically spooking reds with the trolling motor down, alternating between; the gulp shrimp, pumpkin spice zoom super fluke, gold spoon, mirrominnow, and a top dog. Released 6 slot reds and one overslot. I lost a 30 inch plus red that went airborne after my top dog. After 3 attempts at the bait he finally got it but pulled the hook after a few runs. Big trout were busting the mullet schools and this made easy pickings with at mirrominnow. Released 8 trout that were all over 20 inches except one that was 18. Pops also got spooled by a tarpon after it made two jumps. Fish was probably 80 pound’s but he didn’t stand a chance with a 2500 stradic. Lots of juvenile sharks swimming in the shallows. Water temp 79-84. Sunday-Only went out for a few hours throwing gold spoons we released 5 lower slot reds and one 25 inches. I did manage to successfully sight fish a 42 inch black drum with a gulp that put up a good 15 minute fight. After the tide got up high it was over and we decided to try for triple tail on the way back even though I had no shrimp. Saw 7 tripletail, hooked 4 and put 2 on ice. One that wouldn’t eat I attempted to throw the cast net on Water temp 81-85


Crystal River Snook, Reds & More Florida Sportsman member: mitziboy By the time I loaded the boat, made a sandwich, and lowered my baby into the canal it was about 11am. First spot first cast I missed about a 25 pound snook on topwater, that will get the blood flowing. It was a super low tide so I didn’t expect to get much more than that hit since whatever fish were in the hole would be trapped, but that was not the case. We ended up with close to a dozen snook, most around 25-30 inches and a half dozen reds around 17-20 inches. Fished around some more and caught a few more of both and headed back to the house. Click here for full forum report.


Chassahowitzka Trout & Reds Florida Sportsman member: Billy Ran to my trout spot and I put a decent trout in the boat. We both said nope, “we want reds”, so back it went. After a couple more fish that didn’t make it into the boat we went hunting for reds. To say Duane knows the area is an understatement. I thought I had a pretty good feel for fishing spots but he took it to another level. The skies were clear as a bell and the sun was beating down but he had a few spots to try. First nice fish was a 21 inch red, then I got a 23 incher, we lost a couple more, Duane hooks a decent snook but it gets off at the boat. He hooks another and it gets off. He then hooked a touney winning red…right under the mark. I hook up on a snook, hoping for some sort of slam[...] Click here for full forum report.


Homosassa Redfish & Trout Florida Sportsman member: huntentails We had a window Saturday morning so another instructor and long time friend from North Dakota and I made a run from the south to the Bend for some shallow water fishing. We hit the ramp at just after 6:30 am and I finely new why I have been spoiled by fishing weekdays, and staying away on the weekends! With that being said, we were out front Homosassa around 7:45 and in search of a bite There was no shortage of boats and people. It makes it tough fishing the skinny stuff with people constantly running by checking you out. The fish were there but very spooky and most times would fail to engage, even though you put the plug where it needed to be. We did manage a nice red and 7 big trout for our efforts with the red a hair under 27 inches, trout of 24 & 23 inches and five more from 18 to 20 inches. Click here for full forum report.


Crystal River Inshore Slam Florida Sportsman member: HammerheadTed Went out for what I thought was a couple hours topwater. Tide was high incoming, light wind and blue sky. First place- nothing. Second place, the bar was covered, but I fished it thoroughly, getting a few small Jacks and a lady fish and finally a small trout, but a trout none the less that would become important later. With the water higher than I expected, I decided to head way inshore. Even though it was getting late and the sun was high I pressed on with my trusty Skitterwalk. This 25 inch Red rewarded my perseverance with a great battle. It was one of those fish that would not give up[...] Click here for full forum report.


Crystal River Trout Florida Sportsman member: anglerbros 7286 Jake and I headed towards the channel out of Ozcello this morning looking for trout. Saw overcast skies so we thought it would be a good day for topwater! Started off with some nice trout on the spooks, the bites were a bit spread out and the tide was moving out so I didn’t want to get stuck so we moved out a bit. We started thinking when we hit 5 keepers we would limit easy so we were letting go anything in the 15 inch range and not bother measure anything unless it looked pretty big. Got a couple 20 inchers to add to the cooler and limit around 12. Jake’s went 22 inches and mine went 20 inches. Then came the tide change an wanted to get in the water and dive to change pace. Feels good to jump in once in a while to look at the inshore rocks and see all the spade fish, snapper, small sheephead and the ocassional gag in 3-8 feet of water. Caught and released some more trout, not many more keepers but we released a good 5-10 keeper trout and several under sized trout on the lil johns. Click here for full forum report.


Homosassa Reds and Trout Florida Sportsman member: Dogdoc2011 Went with two buddies of mine out of crystal river and ran south at first light. Got on a school of nice slot reds at first spot and had a double and triple hook ups on topwater. Limited out on reds in about 20 minutes and turned a few back before moving onto trout. Found the trout in 2-3 feet spotted bottom and all they wanted was topwater as well. Caught 3 limits of nice trout with the biggest being 24 inches by 11:30 and called it a day. Click here for full forum report.


Crystal River Trout Florida Sportsman member: anglerbros 7286 Jake and I headed towards the channel out of Ozcello this morning looking for trout. Saw overcast skies so we thought it would be a good day for topwater! Started off with some nice trout on the spooks, the bites were a bit spread out and the tide was moving out so I didn’t want to get stuck so we moved out a bit. We started thinking when we hit 5 keepers we would limit easy so we were letting go anything in the 15 inch range and not bother measure anything unless it looked pretty big. Got a couple 20 inchers to add to the cooler and limit around 12. Jake’s went 22 inches and mine went 20 inches. Then came the tide change an wanted to get in the water and dive to change pace. Feels good to jump in once in a while to look at the inshore rocks and see all the spade fish, snapper, small sheephead and the ocassional gag in 3-8 feet of water. Caught and released some more trout, not many more keepers but we released a good 5-10 keeper trout and several under sized trout on the lil johns. Click here for full forum report.


Homosassa Reds and Trout Florida Sportsman member: Dogdoc2011 Went with two buddies of mine out of crystal river and ran south at first light. Got on a school of nice slot reds at first spot and had a double and triple hook ups on topwater. Limited out on reds in about 20 minutes and turned a few back before moving onto trout. Found the trout in 2-3 feet spotted bottom and all they wanted was topwater as well. Caught 3 limits of nice trout with the biggest being 24 inches by 11:30 and called it a day. Click here for full forum report.


Crystal River Nearshore Cobia Florida Sportsman member: Clay G. Shidler With reports of Cobia moving north and the hot tripletail bite that has being going on out of Crystal River me and my brother headed out in search of some nearshore pelagics. We started our search at the scallop rack where we promptly caught a well full of live pinfish and a few small spanish mackerel. After loading up on live bait we headed west under cloudy skies in search of brown bombers on a series of small limestone ledges in 12 feet of water and we were not disappointed. As we pulled up on the first spot, my younger brother threw a 2 ounce Spro jig towards the spot and his jig was immediately crushed by a spunky 25 pound Cobia. As he landed his fish I pinned a live bait on a 5/0 circle hook and dropped it over the side and before I could put the rod in the holder my pinfish was eaten. I reeled down tight and the fish took off like a rocket towards the south and the fight was on. Click here for full forum report.


Homosassa Nearshore Trout Florida Sportsman member: troutman57 We took off at 7:15 and headed out about 6 miles to a 5 foot flat I call the bombing range. Nothing military just the area we break out the bombers and pitch them at anything that would bite. This being my 1st trip there this season I really didn’t know what to expect. Ladyfish, blue runners seabass mackerel shark and of course trout. Lots of everything but plenty of trout to fill our limit with 16 to 22 inchers. The only slow period was on the tide change for about a half hour. Had a live pinfish out for any big guys that wanted to play but only shark today. The trout pushing offshore right on time and seemed to really like chartruse in the morning and green backs in the late morning and afternoon. Click here for full forum report.


Waccasassa Reds Florida Sportsman member: G8trbait When the wife is away the men will FISH! Wife headed to California for her spring break so I took a planned mental health day this Monday with a coworker of mine. Hit the water around 8:30 in the morning to high cold winds The bite was too quick, caught two nice ones at 24 inches and 25.5 inches, and that was it. The water was coming out of the creeks so fast it reminded me of trout fishing in N.C. I was actually trying to get hung on the bottom. Once hung the fish would come by and pick up my shrimp. This did make for two very good fights. They would turn sideways and just pull drag! Unfortunately the catching was done within the first hour. The wind pushed the tide in so fast I don’t even think the fish noticed it. Click here for full forum report.


Warming Weather and Hot Fishing Florida Sportsman member: Clay G. Shidler This past week has been great for inshore fishing; guides from both Crystal River and Homosassa have had successful days with good catches of both trout and redfish not being uncommon. Rising water temperatures has been the driving force behind the great fishing this week. Anglers should look for the trout to be active in water temperatures above 65 degrees and redfish to become active in temperatures of 63 degrees and higher. The kelp grass flats and oyster bars in the Crystal River and Homosassa areas are holding good numbers of trout because those are the areas that warm up the fastest. The redfish are beginning to school up on the hard bottom flats and oysters bars in the Ozello area and they can normally be found patrolling the backside of most islands that are in the sun and out of the wind. The best way to target these fish is to fish live baits in the morning when the fish are colder and less active, as the sun warms the water artificial lures become the best way to cover the most water. Click here for full forum report.


Windy Post Front Trout Florida Sportsman member: troutman57 Forum member Roger was heaqding to Homosassa for a visit and asked me if I would take them out fishing for a day during thier visit. I rarely say no to a forum brother and we chose Wednesday to chase some trou. We took off at 11 and found scasttered slot trout while we waited for the tide to get right. There were pockets of small trout to be caught on every cast but we avoided those to find larger fish. As the tide turned to incoming the wind picked up to 20 from the NW making our drifts faster than ideal. Racheal had the hot stick this day catching several overslot trout. They took a dozen trout for a fish fry and released the rest. The water was clear and 62 degrees with small pockets of 64 degrees. Click here for full forum report.


Red Hot Crystal River Florida Sportsman member: jbehnen Weather was not promising, but Dan said lets give it a try, and I was glad we did. We hit some rock bars, oysterbars and shorelines off Crystal River and it was one fish after the next in the boat. The trout bite was so good we ended up throwing back a ton of fish because they were too big and we already had our three over twenty on board. We started hoping for some shorter fish. We hit it all, trout, reds, pompano, spanish mackerel, and sheepshead[...] Click here for full forum report.


Rainy and Cold with a Hot Bite Florida Sportsman member: troutman57 Kevin Joined me again today to see if we coulld get some big trout to pose for the camera (I lost the shots Monday). His brother Tom joined us as well. The forecast said light breeze and 30 percent chance of showers. Well it rained from the time we tossed our first lure till I was finished cleaning fish. Kevin used to -fish with me up in Rochester NY trolling for salmon but his brother has not spent that much time on the water. Despite the conditions the trout were really chewing. Another 50+ fish day with several solid 3 and 4 pounders. Click here for full forum report.


Short Day on the Bay Florida Sportsman member: huntentails Linda and I did the ten to two today despite the wind? All I can say is the fish are there even though today most were just a little shy of the slot? Its always fun having the action but we kinda picked our way around the sub slots to end up catching a few nice ones? Linda had fish of the day today at 22 inches most were returned to fight again, but we headed home with three for the grill! Click here for full forum report.


Waccasassa Bay Shalow Creeks Florida Sportsman member: PONCE We went up the West side to a nice productive hole last year but things were tough. The beginning of a new moon and nice winds did not go well for the hunt for Reds today. Lots of mullet but no signs of reds at all. Brandon got out and walked some creek bars and caught a couple smaller slot reds with me landing a nice 19 and 21-inch trout all on soft plastics. Click here for full forum report.


Homosassa Trout’n Florida Sportsman member: troutman57 Don and I spent a few hours on the flats today doing what we love to do. The day started off a bit slow while we killed time waiting for the tide to shift to incoming. Working the edges of cuts with Mirrolures we picked away at mid to under slot trout. When the tide got right we started picking up quality trout on a regular basis. We released several over slot fish and kept a limit of smaller 17-20 inch trout for the table. Click here for full forum report.


Homosassa Gator Trout Florida Sportsman member: troutman57 Don and I chose today to jead out for the day on the bay. It looked like Thursday was to be the best day for us so off we went. The water temp started out at a chilly 58 degrees and very low tide. We worked the shallow stuff exclusively looking for some big girls. Today they were on but not in any real big numbers. The quality more than made up for it. We picked away for 4 hours and bagged 4 over slot trout from 21 to 26 inches. the 26 incher was my best in a year and she was fat and fought like a redfish despite the cool water temps[...] Click here for full forum report.


Playing Around in the Backcountry Florida Sportsman member: river1 My wife and I fished up around the Salt River today. What a great day in the back country. We casted plastic on 1/8 oz jigs. My wife does not like treble hooks so that was an easy fix. We only got one under size trout but oh boy we landed some nice trout over slot and a Spanish mackerel all in the skinny water. We did have to bring a couple fish home for dinner only because they were eating so hard they swallowed the bait deep. [...] Click here for full forum report.


Crystal River Reds & Trout Florida Sportsman member: ripnlips The day started at around 9am with one of my friends from work Will and my son Jeremy. Launched at F.I.T. and went to the mangrove covered shorelines of the Salt River to sight fish some reds and trout. We saw a bunch of reds from the tower but soon realized that they can see me just as good as I can see them. We found some shorelines that the sun was at the correct angle to camouflage the boat. We got into a ton of rat reds next to a sandbar that appeared to have fiddler crab holes all over it. After getting our fill of rat reds we drifted some flats that had a good amount of kelp grass. That was the ticket today for the trout [...] Click here for full forum report.


Homosassa Reds & Trout Florida Sportsman member: troutman57 We started in an area along a series of islands casting spoons for reds with no luck. We saw very little life there so we decided to head inside to look for trout. With the 68 degree clear water we were unsure where the larger trout might be. We tossed mirrodines from the barrier islands out to about a half mile onto the flats with some success but nothing fast. I decided that we should move inside a good bit and that did the trick with trout coming to the boat often. Don hooked a nice red and landed it for a quick photo and back it went. Then we hit a deeper cut that put a trout on our lines on almost every cast. when that bite slowed we started drifting along a shoreline and I hooked and landed a 27 inch red that we took a photo and released [...] Click here for full forum report.


Still Catching  Fish on a Rough Day Florida Sportsman member: anglerbros 7286 We couldn’t wait to even put the fish away we were tossing them on the floor trying to get a bait in the water asap! After about 15-20 minutes of this bite we brought in 5 nice sea bass with two around 12 inches and a nice sheepshead a little short of 16 inches. Bite slowed down we looked at the floor and was like I guess we can put the fish away now . Moved around a bit in this nice hole, picked up a keeper here and there and then I got another sheepshead pushing 17 inches [...] Click here for full forum report.


Great Weather, Great Bite Florida Sportsman member: Scott Crown Put the boat in around noon to flat calm overcast conditions. I was thinking topwater all afternoon. Got to the first spot and within 5 cast had a nice trout in the box. 5 more cast and Bruce adds a 24 inch red to the party in the cooler. But then the clouds parted and the sun came out. Had to switch over to soft plastics and the bite slowed a bit but was steady and we had our limit of trout and reds with in just over 4 hours. I also took my fishing bow to shot the sheephead we have been seeing but had a very high tide that put 3 foot of water over most of the bars. Now the black drum are in full force and were running down soft plastics[...] Click here for full forum report.


Good Day in King’s Bay/Crystal River/Salt River Florida Sportsman member: ripnlips Got out today with Adam (LineDrive) and my son Jeremy for a day of fishing. Got out to Kings Bay early this morning to see if we could jump some tarpon before the dive boats show up. Got a bunch of ladyfish early on. Fun to catch but we wanted to see the pooners. Each of us ended up with one hitting our baits but no connection. The dive boats show up in full force and put the pooners on edge so we decide to hit the salt river for some trout and redfish action[...] Click here for full forum report.


Homosassa; Staying Busy. Florida Sportsman member: troutman57 Today’s forecast was looking like a winner so we shoved off at around 11AM. The sun was shining bright but the wind was blowing a bit stiff from the north. As we hit the rivermouth well into the long outgoing tide, we picked an area that would allow us to cover productive areas casting with the wind. We worked the edges of cuts adjacent to the shallow flats with slow sinking twitchbaits and shallow diving crankbaits. The action wasn’t fast and furious but I managed half a dozen trout all right at 20 inches with one being 22 inches[...] Click here for full forum report.


Homosassa Trout Florida Sportsman member: angler18 Since I was there and had a few hours to play Sunday morning, me and Mitchell left the dock at 8 am to see if we could find him a few trout to take home for dinner. The water was 64-65 everywhere we went, and the wind was lighter than forecasted for a change. We threw mirrodines and soft jerk baits for about 3 hours and picked up about a dozen trout with 2 just over 18″ and 6 keepers in all. Also had about a dozen ladyfish to keep us busy between the tide change. A better than expected quick trip and a good time[...] Click here for full forum report.


Foggy Day Trout Florida Sportsman member: Scott Crown Wanted to see if the trout have showed up yet. I Have not been to my old stomping grounds in months and my buddy Mike bought a new (to him) flats boat last week, so I had an excuse. Hit the water at daylight, if that’s what you want to call it. It was flat calm, very foggy conditions. Went to some of my shallow spots first and they were[...] Click here for full forum report.


34 Inch Snook caught at Blind Pass Florida Sportsman member: PONCE The fish were more active down there with average size 20-to 24-inch snook being caught along with some black drum off the bridge along with a assortment of other fish. There were a ton of mullet and white bait running the shoreline at Blind Pass so the cast net came in very handy [...] Click here for full forum report.


Waccasassa Bay Reds Florida Sportsman member: Redbonz Well what do you do when it’s going to be windy, tides are wrong, and the Gators are playing in the evening. Go fishing of course. I knew it was calling for some wind and they were right. It did make for some tough fishing but me and Capt. Mullet still got a good mess of trout while waiting for the afternoon high tide. Bright skies and a pretty good breeze made topwaters a no-go. So go to back up plan of traps and spoons and we were able to put a few reds in the boat [...] Click here for full forum report.


A Good Morning on the Crystal River Florida Sportsman member: ripnlips After nearly a month off the water I was finally able to spend a couple of hours harassing some fish today. The day started out with a beautiful sunrise on the Salt River. We made our first stop at a few mangrove shorelines at high tide and my Uncle Roger was the first to hook up. A fat 23 inch redfish. We got on a few rats but this was the one that was coming home for dinner [...] Click here for full forum report.


Trout, Reds, and Flounder Florida Sportsman member: troutman57 Don and I took a short trip today to work the inshore flats with plugs. I packed a light tackle bag with just (what I thought) I needed. The trout were taking Rapala Flat Raps but right off the surface. With my topwater plugs at home I made it work twitching that flat rap along the surface. Before long we had a couple trout each in the box for dinner and released a few more most pushing 19 inches [...] Click here for full forum report.


Hot Homosassa Redfishing Florida Sportsman member: troutman57 So, when the bite is good, it’s hard to stay home. Plus, it’s always fun to put some friends on the hot bite, so I had Don and Lee join me today. We finally found a few ladyfish and some decent trout so the bait was in the box by noon and it was off to the islands. A strong high tide along with overcast skys and rain on the way put the reds on the bite even better than yesterday [...] Click here for full forum report.


CR Reds and Rain Florida Sportsman member: HammerheadTed Woke up early for some topwater and was greeted with some rain just offshore, SHOCKER. Actually, it worked out well since there was a good cloud cover, just what I like. Decided to stay in the Salt River area since it is a shorter run when the %#&@* hits. Caught a 21 inch red in the first area, but the Jacks were so thick it was hard to get an undisturbed retrieve, but fun! [...] Click here for full forum report.


Crystal River Scalloping Day Florida Sportsman member: wmflyfisher First of all I would like to thank windysurfer and troutman for helping me over these past few weeks. It’s been YEARS since I’ve been scalloping and yesterday didn’t disappoint. We put in at Yankeetown and traveled south to CR for scallops. Water was clear and the tide was high. My wife, mother, and sister had never scalloped before. Once I figured out what I was doing we had our limit in a couple of hours. Had to move around a few times but no biggie. Had a BLAST! Click here for full forum report.


Spoon Fed Reds Florida Sportsman member: troutman57 Both reds were in the mid-slot and returned to fight another day. A first for me was seeing two reds casting at both and actually catching both. I usually blind cast to areas that I know hold fish but this time was a bit different tossing spoons past and infront of fish I spotted. It certainly is a ton of fun to see a the fish smash a spoon (or any other bait). A short but sweet trip with my neighbor and friend Don. Click here for full forum report.


Nature Coast Reds and Trout Florida Sportsman member: troutman57 Don and I got up early this morning to hit the daybreak tide to get after some reds with spoons and then head out to drift for some trout. We hit the 1st half of the outgoing and the reds had started moving out off the banks a bit. But for an hour the bite was hot with 3 reds boated all in the upper and over slot [...] Click here for full forum report.


Homosassa Scalloping Report Florida Sportsman member: Catalyst We headed to the Camp and Water Outdoor Resort for our first family scalloping adventure. I have always wanted to give scalloping a try and finally got a chance to make it over to Homosassa. We started our trip with very little knowledge of the area other than head out the river and look for boats. We quickly found the boats and also got a few scallops. We started kind of deep in 6-8 feet and didn’t really know what to look for but we still got a few dozen [...] Click here for full forum report.


Inshore with New Neighbors Florida Sportsman member: troutman57 Mike contacted me from Coneticut by reading our fishing reports. His Mom and dad bought a place in my neighborhood and love to fish but are new to saltwater fishing. Mike and his wife are here on a visit and asked if I would take His wife Laura, his Mom Patty, His dad Eric and himself out and show them the ropes [...] Click here for full forum report.


Homosassa Trout Bite Florida Sportsman member: troutman57 Had to shake the cobb webs off after the storm so I decided to head out and work the shoreline for ladyfish with Pete. The water temp was a comfy 80 degrees and stained. We worked the cut infront of the Homosassa River and picked away at ladyfish and trout all morning. The trout came near structure at the ends of the tides and the ladyfish were everywhere. I believe I limited on slot trout, keeping only one for dinner [...] Click here for full forum report.


Father’s Day Trout Driftin’ Florida Sportsman member: ripnlips We decided to give the redfish a break today and do a little Carolina drifting for trout. We first started the day around the oyster bars and the mangrove shorelines for a little top water action. Got a few to cooperate [...] Click here for full forum report.


Fishing with the Reel McCoy’s Florida Sportsman member: troutman57 Forum Member Brent (Reel McCoy) has fished with me a few times before this trip and it is always fun to have him and his family aboard. Today both of his sons Colby (the younger guy) and Dallas joined dad for a day drifting up some trout. We hit the water at 7:45 and ran out to 9′ to begin our drift with the outgoing tide [...] Click here for full forum report.


Fishing the Waccasassa Florida Sportsman member: Redbonz You know the weather man never gets the forecast right. So they predicted rain and since they are usually wrong it going to be a good day. With a early morning high tide we get to the ramp at first light.. A perfect morning for top-waters. I get this big blowup and don’t connect so Ponce comes back and scores a slot red. Click here for full forum report.


Nature Coast Weekend Florida Sportsman member: jaeforceone Had a chance to sneak out and do some fishing over on the Nature Coast with A2OZ. Working a certain cove I hooked a ladyfish and she spit the spook in the air. oh well…I twitched the lure three more times to have this fat snook smash it. Probably the most epic topwater bite I have ever experienced. With such a wide back I was hoping she measured over 35 but was 5 inches short. Either way it was a good fight and a great way to test out the new eyecon 6’8 MXF. Click here for full forum report.


Wacasassa Fishing Florida Sportsman member: Redbonz Friday the 11th we hit Wacasassa knowing there was a little bit of a high in the morning but not a lot of water moving. Caught a few redfish on topwater, gotta’ love the blowups on topwater and quite a few blowups and short strikes. Not going to tell what color was happening- ha, ha. Trout were hitting Gulps and dines and got a good Georgia limit. Water was pretty clean for the WB [...] Click here for full forum report.


Spoon Fed Reds Florida Sportsman member: troutman57 Mike and Rye wanted to get on some redfish on artificials. Like myself that means no bait no gulp just spoons, spinnerbaits and plugs. we took off at 3:30 to catch the late afternoon high tide. The skys were high so I concentrsated in areas that I knew would have some colored water. The reds were fiesty right from the start. They were chasing the spoons and we could see them miss often. A few found thier mark and inhaled the spoon. We moved around points with good flow and deep water near by and picked away finding a great late afternoon redfish bite. All the reds we caught were in the slot. Click here for full forum report.


Super Moon Slammin’ Florida Sportsman member: troutman57 The CCBA tourney is a family fishing tournament that I have fish the past 5 years.The format is simple and fun for all. It’s main prize money is for trout and redfish and includes cobia and catfish as secondary categories. The past couple years Joe and Billy joined me as the team on my boat. It seems to be a rare thing when 3 guys can spend 3 days aboard a boat and not get on each others needs. It’s even better when my two guests are superb fisherman with the drive necessary to fish hard all day while keeping it fun and focused [...] Click here for full forum report.


Crystal River Reds Florida Sportsman member: ripnlips I finally got back on the water after 2 weeks. I end up getting a chance to fish with my old friends Dennis and Mike. We haven’t fished together since Christmas because our work schedules do not match but he took off today to fish with me [...] Click here for full forum report.


Inshore Red Florida Sportsman member: troutman57 Don and I hit the water for a short afternoon trip on the inshore flats. The water temp was 69 degrees out near Marker 22 and clear. We drifted over the skinny flats on the incoming tide and the large trout and redfish were hungry! Mirrodines fished slow over the flats and along the shorelines produced lots of trout most over slot to 24″ and four reds to 32″. The fish are scattered all around the flats including some out to 6′ that I heard of today. Another fine productive day on the bay here in the Big Bend. Click here for full forum report.


Lesson One and Nice Snook Florida Sportsman member: troutman57 Mike, A neighbor on our street had moved here a few months ago and is getting into the swing of saltwater fishing. He has spent lots of time here in Florida mostly bass fishing and has chartered a few times on the flats. He hooked up with a guide here and also a few neighbors that to him over complicated the flats fishing here and wouldn’t really show him the here and why of Homosassa. His friend who rewards our forum talked him into approaching me to teach him the ins and outs of Homosassa. Of course i agreed ’cause it’s what I truly enjoy doing. Click here for full forum report.


Homosassa Inshore with Don Florida Sportsman member: troutman57 Well the family is all back to work and home now so it’s time to get back into my routine. Well the same game but the names have changed to protect! Don and I hit the water at a leisurely 9:00 and headed out onto the flats looking for some trout for dinner. We took a few in tight on mirrodines but decided to look around for some other areas. We did find some trout around the outer St. Martins Keys and once we had enough for 3 households dinner we moved inside looking for reds [...] Click here for full forum report.


Fish Were Hungry Florida Sportsman member: Fishin Rod Lightnin’ and I headed for HSB again this morning to see what we could get to come out and play. We dropped the boat in the water at a little after 6:00am and sat there in the howling wind waiting on daylight. As soon as it got light enough to see we headed for our favorite redfish hole and it was way to rough to hit the flats or even fish the outside today. We hit one of the creeks and it was nice fishing with the wind being blocked but then came the rain. Click here for full forum report.


HSB Florida Sportsman member: tekmunki The inshore seas were super-calm this morning and remained as such all day, the breeze was just enough to keep the heat from getting to you, and kept the bimini top down all day in spite of equipping it expecting a 90+ degree scorcher… When it got too toasty, we got up on plane and cooled off with some ice-cold dye-free Gatorades that really hit the spot. Now this was a great day to take kids fishing [...] Click here for full forum report.


Every Other Day Florida Sportsman member: jaeforceone Took some of my nursing classmates to the Homosassa area for a late morning launch. Started off landing 20″ Seatrout and some lower slot reds. Soon after a short instruction I had them working the spook jr trying to get the rhythmic motion down. Each of them caught only one fish each but they were big fish. One Trout at 20″ and One Red at 27.25″ [...] Click here for full forum report.


Reds with Joe and Billy Florida Sportsman member: troutman57 There are always a few guys that just seem to click when together on the water and today I had the pleasure of fishing with two of the best. Joe and Billy (both forum members) joined me this afternoon for a day pounding the banks for reds. With the strong high pressure and strong winds I figured we would go through the motions but really didn’t expect too much. We hit the incoming tide for it’s duration and found what shelter from the wind we could manage. Click here for full forum report.


Lovin’ Spring Time Florida Sportsman member: jimsfishingobsession I did a few fishing trips over the past couple weeks and of course got a dive in too. We got a ton of snook in the river one afternoon. The snook came in at all different sizes anywhere from a foot long to almost 40 inches. we mainly fished with the D.O.A. terror eyzs for the snook. We also managed to catch about a half dozen reds and 3 mangrove snapper that same afternoon in the river but most were small even though we did get 3 slot reds, all after the sun went down [...] Click here for full forum report.


FS TV Nature Coast Shoot Florida Sportsman member: troutman57 Blair contacted me a couple weeks ago and asked if I would help out by doing an inshore segment for thier television series “Destinations” Our part was the Nature coast area. I agreed figuring it would be relatively easy to put together some inshore action this time of year. Well a couple of curve balls were toosed my way. Mother nature decided to blow 20 out of the east for a solid week having me worried about having enough water to even get near my fish. The other part was a real challenge [...] Click here for full forum report.


Windy River Fishing Florida Sportsman member: ripnlips Me, my son Jeremy, and my friend John decide to hit the creeks of Crystal River today no matter what the weatherman said about the SW winds. We end up hitting the river early so we can catch the incoming tide. We hit the water at about 7 am with the winds blowing at a 10 to 15 from the west. The winds got worse and worse the rest of the day. Turned 20 to 25 real quickly [...] Click here for full forum report.


Big Big Snook Florida Sportsman member: Indianoutlaw I got to fish a little bit with SnookMagnet two weekends ago, but we didn’t have much to report. Simply had a great day on the water, did well with the trout, but only managed three reds. Captain Jerry Kernan sent me pictures of a great snook he caught last week. Fish was hooked in 18 inches of water on a falling tide down South, made three blistering runs of 50-75 yards, and then [...] Click here for full forum report.


Homosassa Trout and Reds Florida Sportsman member: troutman57 Mark contacted me and asked if I would take him and a couple friends out on the flats fishing during thier stay here in Homosassa. I offered to show them around at the begining of thier trip so they would have an idea where to start when they set out on thier own. We settled on a Friday afternoon trip with Bob and his friends Steve and Craig. They met me dockside at 12:30 ready to fish. All of them were able fisherman so I planed a day of chasing trout with artificials (mirrodines) and maybe a redfish or two Click here for full forum report.


Sheepshead Beat Down Florida Sportsman member: ripnlips Today’s plan was to hit the near shore rock piles and see if we could get the sheepshead to bite. The day started out beautiful with light winds from the west and air temps in the low 50’s. With the baitwell filled with 200 shrimp we set off to some rock piles that shutterkng and I hit a few weeks back and also some that I have not been to in nearly 15 years. Click here for full forum report.

East Central Florida Weekend Fishing 4Cast


Tomoka Basin to Sebastian Inlet

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

July 22-24

PONCE INLET

OFFSHORE

Amberjack can be found on most of the wrecks and reefs in the 90 to 180-foot depths. Drop live pogies, pinfish, or croakers on a standard bottom rig to the depths that you are marking them in on your sounder. Once your bait is lowered it shouldn’t take long to get hooked up to one. Mangrove snapper can be chummed to the surface on these same wrecks. Use chunk baits or shrimp to get them to bite. A few cobia may also show up in your slick so be prepared with a jig or live offering that you can get in front of them quickly.

INSHORE

Trout and slot sized redfish are still doing well in the Mosquito Lagoon. Use live or cut pigfish near grassy areas in the flats or near rocky patches near the channel side of the Klinkers. Large reds and black drum are hitting cut dead baits and crab inside the Haulover canal.

PORT CANAVERAL

OFFSHORE

Scattered king mackerel, sailfish, and dolphin can be found in the 75 to 180-foot depths where clean water is available. Keep searching until you find decent water because there has been a lot of dirty green water mixed throughout this portion of the reporting areas. Sardine schools in the 50 to 90-foot depths may require some additional investigating to see if any of these species are around.

INSHORE

The water quality in the Indian and Banana River lagoons is once again returning to a horrible shade of brown as the algae blooms return to this portion of the lagoons system. Look for the remaining pockets of clean water to find snook, speckled trout, and slot sized redfish holding near structures like docks, and overhanging trees. Glass minnows have been the best baitfish to cast near this week in order to find one of the predator species mentioned. Assassin 4 inch sea shad tails in the Butt Naked and Fried Chicken colors are working very well on them and this time.

SEBASTIAN INLET

OFFSHORE

Mangrove snapper have been hitting chunk baits drifted back into your chum slick on the 65 to 120-foot reefs. Cobia and shark are two other A few sailfish and small dolphin can be had if you troll small to medium sized chin-weighted ballyhoo with no skirt. Try using a 7/0 VMC circle hook inline with the bill of your baitfish to get the desired action that will entice the sails when they come into your trolling spread.

INSHORE

Speckled trout are holding near spoil islands and some of the points along the eastern shoreline this week. Find areas where baitfish are concentrated near these features and use small jigs or other types of 3-5 inch lures that imitate baitfish. Snook are possible here as well but will usually only hit live baits cast to them from fairly long distances. Redfish, mangroves snapper, and snook are hitting at the inlet. Look for them near the tip of the jetty rocks. Goliath grouper are trying to steal every one of the previously mentioned targets in the inlet right now so be prepared to loose a few fish to these large aggressive fish.

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


July 22-24

Inshore

Looks like the weather is going to make for another ideal weekend fishing the crystal clear Panhandle waters. For inshore anglers the best bets will be fishing the bridges, jetties, and docks for red-fish during the day. As the day heats up the beaches and piers will be the best bet for hungry spanish mackerel on the outer sandbar. Then as the day comes to an end and the bright moonlight rises the lighted docks will make for ideal summer time trout fishing.

The Destin Bridge, Pensacola Bay Bridge, and Panama City Beach Jetties have been pretty good for red-fish, especially around the falling tide. Twenty-pound fluorocarbon leaders tied to a 1/4-ounce jighead tipped tipped with a live shrimp will locate the fish. The key is matching the jighead weight to the current and depth. Its a must to keep the baits close to the structure and tight to the bottom. If you cant find live shrimp, live glass minnows or gulp bait shrimps will work.

During the heat of the day the outer sandbars can be summer time hot spots for feeding mackerel. The beach is a great way to get the entire family involved and bend a rod. Flashy lures like gotcha plugs and holographic Calcutta swim bait work great for mackerel and can offer hours of light tackle fun. A short piece of steel leader will keep you hooked up and keep from loosing pricy lures. A light action fly rod is also a blast this time of year and for those that spend time to find a beach area with little others around it can be about as perfect as fly fishermen can ask for. Who doesn’t like standing in waist deep crystal clear water with a fly rod in hand?

The heat of the day can be tough to overcome and with a full-moon out its a perfect time to head out at night and fish the dock lights. Its hard for any family member to complain about your time fishing if its done when they sleep, lol. The best bet is heading out just before dark and getting a jump start on the other dock light fishermen. Any dock with a light has potential to hold fish, but those close to deep water seem to be a little better. Trout, red-fish, flounder, spanish mackerel, and bluefish are all possible. Look for most of the action to come around the tidal shifts and near the edges of the shadows.

Offshore

The offshore bite has been good, but those that are looking for a mixed bag it may take a little work to make it happen. With red snapper, trigger-fish, and amber-jack closed anglers are a little limited. In state waters anglers will want to focus in on king mackerel, black snapper, and chicken dolphins. Federal water anglers will want to gear up for vermillion snapper, scamp grouper, red grouper, and gag grouper. Blue water anglers are having an epic season this year and the best bets will be making the long run to the tuna grounds.

The best bet for those staying close will be trolling for kings from the passes to the bottom spots. Then switching over and fishing for black snapper. For kings the best bet will be duster rigs with cigar minnows behind planner boards. For black snapper the best bet will be chumming them to the surface then drifting free lined baits back to the fish. Be prepared to fish through some red snappers, and those that tough it out will be rewarded with some nice black snappers. On the way back in keep an eye out for anything floating, chicken dolphins have been thick the last few days.

Federal water anglers will want to have a variety of live and dead baits. Vermillion snapper will key in on the smaller cut baits like squid and northern mackerel, while groupers will tend to like live baits. Bait size will play a big role in what bites. Scamps prefer smaller baits while gags will like the larger ones. One thing is certain the best bet will be keeping your bait on or near the bottom. Groupers usually don’t come very far off the bottom and even a few cranks can make a big difference in results.

The blue water fishing has been hot with a few mahi-mahi and wahoo around. The best bet will be chasing tunas and the yellow-fin bite has been hot! Live baiting and chunking will give you the best chance and if your marking fish its probably a good idea to stay put and wait them out. They have to eat sometime! Tight lines!


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Florida Keys Weekend Fishing 4Cast

 

Key Largo to Key West
Includes Islamorada and Marathon

July 22-24

Backcountry

Hello everyone! The windy conditions last week didn’t stopped most of us from putting together some great Florida Keys backcountry fishing. Anglers in Key Largo put together a nice bite of snook, trout and big jacks, among others. Fishing the mainland shorelines with live baits was the key. The Flamingo area has been kind of tough for most anglers thanks to the bad water quality. Look for a descent trout bite in the deeper channels with Sharks and other rod benders, as well.

The mainland shorelines west of Flamingo all the way around the coast have been on fire with great snook fishing. A few redfish and tarpon are there, as well. A live well full of pilchards or pinfish has been a most but we caught a bunch on artificial’s too, all depending on the spot your fishing. Triple tails have been free floating around the coast and a well presented shrimp will get you hooked up.

If the weather lets you look for great action out on the farther wrecks in the Gulf. From giant trout to sharks, permit, cobia, goliath grouper and many more.

Captain Andy Putetti has been getting in to some bonefish despite the weather conditions fishing the local flats and banks in Islamorada. Local tarpon can be seen rolling around local bridges and adjacent channels. A live well full of pilchards for some live chumming or a dead mullet or ladyfish on the bottom are your best chances for a hook up during the daylight hours. Drifting a medium size crab at night time on the outgoing tide is still your best bet for a guaranty hook up. Anglers stalking the deeper edges of banks and flats looking for permit are also getting shots at some tarpon. Look for the Bone fishing to be more active in the early and later parts of the day when the water temperatures are the lowest. Both oceanside and bayside flats have been providing shots at tailing fish on the lower tide stages and pushing or mudding fish on the higher stages of the tides. Stormy weather has settled in so keep your eye on the radar and plan accordingly. Be safe on the water and keep on fishing!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Upper Keys

Hello everyone, and welcome back to this week’s report! Another great week of fishing here in the Florida Keys, and the weather looks like it is going to be nice for the weekend! The offshore scene this week has been awesome with good numbers of really nice sized fish. This is honestly the first week of the summer that it has actually felt like dolphin season. A lot of weed lines, debris, and birds all helping us get to the mahi, and even a few bonus fish out of the blue on the troll. This week has been fun, and it should carry over into the weekend! The early part of the week was miserably rough, but the seas have calmed and hopefully these rain clouds will move on out for the weekend. It appears from the forecast that the weekend will be pretty nice, so we will have to wait and see. The tuna are biting well on the humps and the “footballs” are getting bigger! Still a few Jacks left out there and a lot of Sharks, so plenty to do offshore. No swordfishing report this week due to the weather, but I am sure I will have one next week. A little closer in around the 200 to 300 foot ledge there have been some wahoo on the color change. All up and down the Keys, up the entire coast for that matter, there have been some wahoo on the loose! A few nice one’s down here recently up to 72 pounds, so don’t be afraid to put in a little time where these guys are concerned. The wrecks and ledges are producing mutton snappers and groupers, as they should be after we leave this moon. This should remain good through the weekend, as well. The reef is good too, with some nice YT’s and mangroves, but find the current and the dirtier the water the better. It can get a little tough this time of year when it gets still, and very clear. Thanks everyone, and have a great weekend!


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Lower Keys

Well, it happened again! I hate to sound like a broken record, but last weeks cold front brought a hot tarpon bite to a stand still with its lower temperatures. We easily lost 5 degrees in water temperature!

The offshore bite also weaned off, the north wind pushed off the weed lines way to he south making it very difficult to find mahi. I did make it off in the Gulf the same day as the front came through with lots of success! Plenty of blackfin tuna off the back of the shrimp boats and on the way back we stopped at a wreck where we hooked up some permit and kept two large cobia, as well.

Tight lines!

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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


July 22-24

NOAA Weather is predictions winds to be from the east southeast at 10 knots throughout the weekend.

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

Snook for catch and release can be targeted around all of the ocean inlets this weekend. The snook can be caught with live pinfish, mullet and threadfin herring in the inlets and along the beaches. Trolling Rapala Magnum hard plastic plugs will also get plenty of snook strikes. Offshore lots of bontos, a few minutes kingfish and a few sailfish can be targeted with live baits and fresh baits fished near the surface. Further offshore in depths from 400 feet out past 1000 feet of water dolphins and blackfin tuna can be targeted with trolling feathers and live baits. Over the wrecks large mutton snappers, a few groupers and plenty of jacks ca be targeted with live pinfish, threadfin herring and vertical jigs. Nighttime bottom fishing is still your best bet if your looking for cooler temperatures and steady action. Cut bait fished near the bottom over any good reef could get you a quick snapper limit.
High tide at Government Cut Friday night will be at 11:37.

North Biscayne Bay Inshore

Sea trout have been biting in three to six feet of water. Look for the trout to be scattered over the grass flats. Try using Hookup lures tipped with a Gulp soft plastics to help you location the fish. Lots of snappers can be found on the grass flats. Barracuda, jacks and ladyfish will be there too. Nighttime snook, snapper and small tarpon fishing should be good on the of going tide. Low tide at Indian Creek Golf Club Saturday morning is at 7:09 AM

South Biscayne Bay

Bonefish, permits, yellowjacks and sharks will be feeding on the early morning’s incoming tides along th Oceanside flats south of Key Biscayne. Mutton snappers have been caught recently in the Finger Channels. Low tide at Soldier Key on Saturday will be at 6:33 in the morning.

Flamingo

Look for redfish, snook and sharks to be chasing mullet schools high ontop of the Florida Bay flats in the morninig. Tarpon have been feeding along the,shoreline near Northwest Cape. Live mullet, pinfish, ladyfish and pilchards are getting a lot of the tarpon strikes. Snook can be found along the outside shorelines from East Cape north to Lostman’s river. Plenty of snappers and sea trout can be found around Conchie Channel, First National Bank and in the area of Sandy Key. High tide at Flamingo in Florida Bay on Saturday will be at 6:40 AM and at the mouth of Shark River high tide is at 11:06 AM.

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Florida Big Bend Weekend Fishing 4Cast

Homosassa to Steinhatchee
Includes Homosassa, Crystal River, Yankeetown, Waccasassa Bay, Cedar Key, Suwannee, Horseshoe Beach, Steinhatchee and Keaton Beach

July 22-24

For mid summer the inshore bite has been good. Redfish are the main target on my charters, poling keys north of the Homosassa River and seeing fish is the best way to catch them. Most of the redfish are biting live or cut pinfish and a few are eating shrimp if it stay’s on the hook long enough. Live or cut bait is the best way to produce for my clients this time of year but today was different. My client wanted redfish on artificial bait. We did put some nice reds in the boat and all were caught south of the Homosassa River. North of the river the floating grass killed us and south there was less grass but I have found over the years the Chassahowitzka National Wildlife Refuge is more productive when it come to casting lures. Up north I do catch plenty of fish on lures but south I believe the tannic run off from the Chassahowitzka swamp helps hide the lures true intention of putting a hook through the lip of the fish. I could be wrong because it can be very clear down there also, but just wanted to share that with fellow anglers.

The shallow structure has been excellent for keeper mangrove snapper. Free lined live shrimp or threaded on a 1/8-ounce chartreuse jighead with the tide across the structure will get the bite. Good current is best to catch the mango’s and if it is clear enough to see the snapper, that is all the better. A few pieces of cut up shrimp will initiate the bite, but don’t over feed them. The bite will flow in waves so don’t get inpatient.

If you want some big summer time trout try the spoil islands around Crystal River, the flats around the Bird Rack or the bars around Bird Island (Chassahowitzka) early morning high out going tide.

Capt. Mark Brady out of Steinhatchee reports a typical slow summer trout bite but enough to keep anglers interested out at 6 to 8 feet. Best baits have been a Z–Man in Barbecue Chicken under a popping cork with a 30” leader or without a cork vertically jigged just of the bottom. The redfish bite is good with the incoming tide north of the river. Use gold spoons or cut mullet but if the floating grass is not to bad use a Live Target or Top Dog MirrOlure to get the strike. Capt. Brady has also been casting at schools of tarpon early morning in the Cedar Key Channel.

Talking about Cedar Key, Capt. Jimbo Keith has been devoting his time in the evenings to the youth at Camp Anderson on the Suwanee River but during the day it is back to work in his guide boat. The redfish bite has been good on the incoming tide and live shrimp or cut mullet is the best bait. A cool bite that Jimbo has told me about is the triple tail. He and his father has caught good numbers of free floating “tails” on weed lines. Live shrimp or a Unfair Lures Shrimp 85mm will get the bite. Look for a mid day low tide this weekend that is good for scalloping and catch some fish by beating the heat early morning or late evening.

Capt. William Toney | (352) 422-4141 | captwilliamtoney@bontheweb.net | www.homosassainshorefishing.com