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Florida Keys Weekend Fishing 4Cast

 

Key Largo to Key West
Includes Islamorada and Marathon

March 24-26

Backcountry

Hope everyone enjoyed the warm weather we had lately but get ready to switch gears back to winter mode. Temperatures have dropped once again in south Florida and will stay on the colder side for the weekend. Fish the deeper edges of runoffs, island moats and channels in the Flamingo area for redfish, trout and blackdrum. A shrimp on a 1/4 oz jig sitting on the bottom or worked really slow will get the bites. Look for trout, ladyfish and jacks around the main channels in the Flamingo area.

The Cape Sable area has been producing great catches of snook, redfish, blackdrum and tarpon. The warm conditions we had last week got the tarpon going in the area giving many anglers a chance to battle with some nice fish. The cool weather that’s forecasted will push the fish back out so we just have to wait until the water warms back up. Work the creeks, runoffs and mainland shorelines with a shrimp and jig for redfish, blackdrum and some snook mixed in as well. Same goes towards the Middle Cape area but expect the bite to be better. The recent warm spell brought in some great fishing back in Gulf waters with great catches of cobia, mackerel, snappers, sharks and many more. If the water gets down to the mid 60′s the action will slow down some but there should still be enough action to keep you busy. The colder it gets the further west you go for a better bite.

The bonefishing really picked up last week with the warm conditions. The warmer temperatures have gotten the schools of bonefish moving around Oceanside flats giving anglers multiple shots at tailing and mudding fish with a couple of permit in the mix. When the water temperature drops expect the action to slow down a bit. Fish the higher tides around Oceanside flats in the warmest parts of the day for the best action. Look for fish to be concentrating in the deeper edges, look for mudding fish and cast a good size shrimp in there path and they should eat it. As for the tarpon it seems that one week they’re here and the next they’re gone. The up and down trend in water temperatures has the fish in and out of town, so let’s wait for the water to warm back up after this cool down for more tarpon fishing action. Get those jackets ready, get out on the water and enjoy the great fishing in the Florida Keys backcountry.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Upper Keys

Hello everyone, and welcome back to this week’s report! The weather has been decent this week, with a little wind from the front, but it is mid-week now and starting to really cool off. The winds are going to blow out of the North to northeast for the remainder of the week at about 17 knots, and the weekend looks like its gonna settle down and get really nice, so we have that to definitely look forward to! The fishing this week has been pretty good, with a little bit of everything biting. The offshore report has been lacking swordfishing due to the wind, but there have been a few boats out that have hit up the humps for tunas, as well as aj’s and both with good reports. The sharks are still pretty thick on all of the humps, but have been laying off the hooked fish for the past day or two, which has been nice from what I was hearing. There have even been a few mahi scattered around on some of the offshore weed lines, and a few white and blue marlin as well! It’s been pretty exciting around here actually as we have seen all sorts of really cool stuff lately like whale sharks, bluefin tunas, a mako shark, and some really great east current which I am sure is the reason for all of this action!

The deep ledge of the reef, and the wrecks, has been pretty solid with a good bite of muttons and groupers. We still can’t keep the groupers, but the muttons have been pretty much solid for the past week. It got a little difficult when the current was three knots inside of 230 feet, but they were biting! There has been some nice kings and wahoo that have been patrolling these areas as well, so the action has been pretty good! The sails were biting well last weekend, and into the beginning of the week. A little slow mid-week, but I expect that will pick up as the wind comes around. The yellowtails on the reef slowed with this temperature change, but the patches should get pretty decent if the shrimp start to run. I bet it will be pretty good since we haven’t had much of a cool winter this year. One last run would be great! Well, that is it for this week! Check back next week to see what’s going on with the offshore report! Be safe everyone!


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Lower Keys

Hey Everybody, hopefully the fishing was great to you last weekend. We had some cooler temps and nice weather, but the offshore fishing was decent around Key West. I know of some sailfish and mahi that were caught, but not many. The tuna bite continues to be awesome and that has been mostly happening around the evening time. The amberjacks and jack crevalles have been very thick around some of the offshore wrecks and they have been eating live baits and jigs. The permit have also began to spawn on some of the offshore rock piles and wrecks. If you make it offshore or to the reef this weekend, make sure you have some small crabs with you and look for the permit to be tailing on the surface. The reef action continues to be consistent as well, with nice size yellowtail snapper, mutton snapper, kingfish and other species.

We have started to see a lot more tarpon in the back country this past week. With the cooler temperature it has been difficult to get them to bite, but once it warms up, there should be some good tarpon fishing. We haven’t seen many bonefish or permit around either and that is mostly likely a factor of the colder weather too. The barracudas have been active on the flats and there have been some big fish around. The cuda tubes and other top water lures have been working well on the barracudas.

Capt. Jamie Connell
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South Florida Weekend Fishing 4Cast


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

March 24 – 26

Deerfield Beach to Key Largo & Flamingo to Cape Sable

A weak cold front is expected to move through South Florida late Thursday. We won’t see much of a temperature change but we will see the winds go from the northeast to east at 20 to 25 late Friday then dropping down to 15 to 20 through the rest of the weekend.

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

With the windy weather forecast fishing Friday night might be unwise. Saturday and Sunday are better days to fish inshore from a small boat. Offshore anglers in bigger boats will be treated to some big seas Saturday but come Sunday things will be a bit better. The offshore fleet this past week continued to find some yellowfin tunas in the 30-pound class. The tunas were being caught in depths around 200 feet of water. Plenty of small to medium size blackfin tuna are being caught offshore in depths from 200 to 600 feet of water. Trolling small feathers way back behind the boat has been the best way to get into the blackfin tuna bite. Small dolphins were feeding along a pretty good weed line that was in about 400 feet of water. A few sailfish, wahoo, bonitos and kingfish were also being caught outside the outer reef. Over the wrecks a few legal mutton snappers, amberjacks and almoco jacks were being caught on live ballyhoo, pinfish and threadfin herring. The vertical jig fishermen were doing well on blackfin tuna. High tide at Government Cut Friday night will be at 6:54.

North Biscayne Bay Inshore

Spawning sea trout have been biting over most of the grass flats south of 79th street. The best action has come in areas that have pelicans and terns diving. There are quite a few pinfish up on the flats so if your using live shrimp for bait expect to go through a lot of them. Cajun Thunder floats with shrimp, live small to medium size pinfish or pilchards is a good way to get into the trout bite. The fish are also eating Rapala Slash baits, X Raps and Skitter Walks. Drifting in the areas where the birds are active is going to be the easiest way to locate the fish. A few barracudas, snapper, ladyfish and jacks are feeding in the same areas. The nighttime snook and tarpon action might be tough this weekend due to choppy conditions and dirty water. High tide at Indian Creek Golf Club Saturday morning is at 8:39 AM

South Biscayne Bay

Tarpon have been feeding along the shorelines just to the south of the Rickenbacker Causeway. These tarpons are going for live mullet and plugs that resemble the mullet. The finger channels are producing porgies, mutton snappers, yellow jacks, bluerunners, jack crevalles, yellowtail, lane and mangrove snappers plus a few catch and release gag, black and red groupers. One of my clients last Saturday had an estimated 12-pound bluefish to boat side only to lose the fish when it cut through the leader with its sharp teeth. Lots of medium size barracudas are feeding on the shallow grass flats of South Bay. Surface plugs reeled in quickly are getting the strikes. Bonefish and permits were also being caught on most of the usual flats. With the winds up try the backsides of the Oceanside islands. High tide at Soldier Key on Saturday will be at 7:56 in the morning.

Flamingo

Flamingo is going through a transition period where the snook, tarpon and redfish will be heading for their spring haunts. At this time, most of the quality fish are still trying to figure out when the cooler conditions will leave. On Tuesday at the inside boat ramp at 7:30 AM the temperature was 59 degrees. Sea trout are on the Florida Bay flats with a few jacks, ladyfish and lots of catfish mixed in. Black drum a few redfish and an occasional snook are being caught in the East Cape Canal and in Lake Ingram. Offshore on the calm and warm days’ tripletail, pompano and cobias are being caught. Whitewater Bay and Oyster Bays have had scattered sea trout, snook and redfish. On the warmest days’ tarpon are feeding in Whitewater Bay. Low tide at Flamingo in Florida Bay on Saturday will be at 10:03 AM and at the mouth of Shark River low tide is at 7:12 AM.

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Florida 10,000 Islands Weekend Fishing 4Cast


Naples to Flamingo
Includes Naples, Marco Island, Everglades City and Chokoloskee


March 24-26

Weather & Tides

After a wicked cold front, our weather is turning from Winter to Summer in a hurry. Water temperatures plummeted during the cold front but are quickly on the rise in the mid to upper 60 range and sustained water temps over 70 degrees may be a reality this weekend. Expect a small front to pass through Thursday making way to mild post front conditions for the weekend. After super slow moving tides earlier this week, the tides return to a good pace this weekend with the approaching dark (new) moon on Monday the 27th.

Inshore

With warming waters and a new moon approaching, we have a recipe for great fishing this weekend. The barometer should be on the move and fish should recover nicely from the cold front, so be sure to plan a day this weekend to get out in the backcountry and take advantage of migrating snook. Snook are making their way to beaches to spawn in a few weeks, so they are using the major passes as highways to get there. Get yourself a livewell of hand-sized threadfin herring or pilchards and focus on the deeper passes that have current such as Dismal Key Pass, Caxambas Pass or Blind Pass. These all have relatively close proximity to sandy bottomed areas and there adjacent beaches are perennial spawning areas. In addition, the countless bights and sounds south of the Chatham River have a plethora of sandy areas that these big female linesiders will migrate to.

Be on the lookout for migrating tarpon. The resident fish have responded well for those who are aware of their whereabouts, but pods of migratory fish should be energized to be on the move with improving water clarity, rising water temperatures and major moon phase on Monday. Do some scouting and networking to find these fish in 15-25 feet of water migrating just offshore. Large schools of threadfin herring are starting to show up, but could become rampant throughout the region by the weekend or early next week, so it is just a matter of what time they will show up.

The redfish are also starting to improve with fish showing themselves a bit more frequently on the lower tide stages, chasing small artificial casted with accuracy. A precisely placed shrimp scented soft plastic imitator in white, new penny or molting will generally get the job done, as will soft plastic jerkbaits in similar hues. As the tides rise throughout the mornings, the copper pennies will push up to the bank and stake out in the countless pockets and points throughout the region. Upper Addison Bay and Unknown Bay have the right topography with the “pockets and points” if you need a reference to duplicate.

Offshore

After a banner season of good amberjack fishing, the Recreational harvest of greater amberjack in federal waters of the Gulf of Mexico will close at 12:01 a.m., local time, on March 24, 2017, and will remain closed until January 1, 2018 which is a crushing blow to everyone that enjoys pulling on these reef donkeys, many of which are released to fight another day.

NOAA’s reasoning for the closure is that their data states that the 1,255,600-pound whole weight recreational annual catch limit for 2016 was exceeded, requiring the 2017 annual catch limit and annual catch target to be reduced by the amount of the overage in 2016. NOAA Fisheries is required to close the recreational sector for greater amberjack when the recreational annual catch target is reached, or is projected to be reached. Based on available data, NOAA Fisheries projects the adjusted 335,741-pound whole weight recreational annual catch target for 2017 will be reached by March 24, 2017. Therefore, the recreational fishing season will close in federal waters at 12:01 a.m. on March 24, 2017, and remain closed until January 1, 2018.

NOAA believes this closure is necessary to protect the greater amberjack population. The greater amberjack population is overfished (the population is too low) and limiting harvest is necessary for the population to recover.

NOAA Fisheries reminds fishermen that state water regulations for greater amberjack may differ from federal water regulations. It is important for fishermen to check the applicable state regulations to determine whether harvest is allowed in state waters.

DURING THE CLOSURE:

- Recreational harvest or possession of greater amberjack is prohibited in federal waters.

- The closure applies in both state and federal waters for vessels that have a valid Gulf of Mexico reef fish charter/headboat permit.

Captain Steve Dall
USCG Licensed Captain- 10K Islands & Estero Bay
(239) 405-9898
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Jetty Variety

 

Recent inshore fishing reports from the Northeast region.


Jetty Variety

Florida Sportsman member: Cast&Blast

Jetty

I picked up another sheepshead when I look over to the back and one of the droppers is screaming. Johnny Moon was right next to it and quickly grabbed it and started what would be a lengthy battle. After a couple epic runs, we finally see color… a lot of color.

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Mayport Drum

Florida Sportsman member: Spongking

Mayport Drum

The only fish came in a great way at end of our session. The finder lit up with one big mark. Then rod tip started bouncing hard. I hand it off to my buddy, who had never caught a big red or black drum before.

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Palm Valley Trout

Florida Sportsman member: trousertroutman

I got this beauty yesterday fishing with my brother. She was large! I caught her on a white 3″ gulp shrimp on a jighead, and released.

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Mayport Sheepshead

Florida Sportsman member: northfl

Mayport Sheepshead

They finally started biting for a few minutes. We moved inward to the ferry slip and caught a few more. We ended up with six, with one being six pounds.

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Jacksonville Inshore Fishing

Florida Sportsman member: Splitshot Syndicate

Jacksonville Inshore Fishing

Ended up finding the reds with a freelined shrimp in about two to four feet in between the docks. They were caught using 15lb Spiderwire, 25lb fluorocarbon, and a 2/0 Octopus hook, with a shrimp pinned through the tail. Everything else caught using live shrimp on a 1/8 – 1/4 oz H&H short shank jig with 25lb fluorocarbon and 15lb Spiderwire. Water temperature was 71 degrees.

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Downtown Jacksonville Trout and Reds

Florida Sportsman member: Cast&Blast

Downtown Jacksonville Trout

River was oil slick after the rainstorm and the trout were chewing.

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Mayport Inlet Variety

Florida Sportsman member: northfl

Mayport Inlet

We got a couple pounds of shrimp and decided to head east towards the rocks. After a bunch of little strawberry grouper, we decided to head back and hit a couple docks. We got to my two favorite docks and within five minutes I hooked two reds.

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Seeing Silver in the St. Augustine Surf

Florida Sportsman member: flattie

St. Augustine Surf

Forum member flattie caught a nice mess of whiting and pompano near the St. Augustine Inlet.

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Freshwater Speck Action

Florida Sportsman member: Sea Snake

Freshwater Speck

I got word Monday that the specks had hit the pads good, so decided that is bail out of work early Tuesday and get down there to fish the afternoon till dark. The fish started biting at 3 o’clock and we poked around enough to have a nice little mess for a fish fry, but the fish we did catch were very nice ones.

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Fort George Inlet Flounder and Trout

Florida Sportsman member: DinsmoreOutdoors

Fort George Inlet Flounder

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

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River Variety Caught on Shrimp

Florida Sportsman member: creekgeek

River Variety

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

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Pine Island Redfish and Trout

Florida Sportsman member: Shallow Man
Pine Island Redfish

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

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St. Augustine Stone Crab

Florida Sportsman member: Blue gills

St. Augustine Stone Crab

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

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Mayport Inlet Huge Bull Reds

Florida Sportsman member: Morocco_madness

Mayport Inlet

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

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Talbot Surf Fishing Pompano

Florida Sportsman member: Sea Snake

Talbot Surf Fishing Pompano

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

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Mayport Inlet Variety: December Advice

Florida Sportsman member: Morocco_madness

Mayport Inlet Variety

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

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Fishing Artificials Inshore

Florida Sportsman member: Guanagator

fishing artificials inshore

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

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Palm Valley Variety

Florida Sportsman member: slobouf

Palm Valley Variety

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

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Redfish: Personal Record

Florida Sportsman member: Justinbrow56

redfish

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

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St. Johns Inlet: Sheepshead and More

Florida Sportsman member: Morocco_madness

St Johns Inlet

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

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Jacksonville Jetties Big Redfish

Florida Sportsman member: Doc Ron

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

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Mayport Inlet: The Spot is Hot

Florida Sportsman member: Salty Dog

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

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Mayport Inlet: Sheepshead, Flounder, Redfish and Trout

Florida Sportsman member: Morocco_madness

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

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Bridge Fishing with the Mayor

Florida Sportsman member: Sea Snake

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

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Jacksonville Inshore: Bull Reds

Florida Sportsman member: Cast&Blast

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

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Jacksonville Mixed Bag: Flounder and More

Florida Sportsman member: Morocco_madness

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

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Pine Island Variety

Florida Sportsman member: slobouf

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

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Fun with the Boys

Florida Sportsman member: Sea-Squatch

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

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Redfish Palooza

Florida Sportsman member: Morocco_madness

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

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Northeast Flatties

Florida Sportsman member: jameslentz

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

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Jacksonville Action

Florida Sportsman member: Morocco_madness

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

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Fishing the Flood

Florida Sportsman member: Cast&Blast

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

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Buckman Reds

Florida Sportsman member: REDROB

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

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Back at It

Florida Sportsman member: Chongg

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

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Late Spring Fishing

Florida Sportsman member: Guanagator

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

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River Reds

Florida Sportsman member: trousertroutman

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

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Hot Artificial Bite

Florida Sportsman member: Guanagator

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

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Beachside Action

Florida Sportsman member: Sea Snake

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

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Northeast Pompano

Florida Sportsman member: Sea Snake

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

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Northeast Big Uglies

Florida Sportsman member: Morocco_madness

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

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Epic Week in the Valley

Florida Sportsman member: Slug-O

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

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Lots of Bait, Lots of Fish

Florida Sportsman member: Slug-O

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

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Northeast Trout and Reds

Florida Sportsman member: Morocco_madness

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

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Fun in the Creeks

Florida Sportsman member: Guanagator

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

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Northeast Sheepshead

Florida Sportsman member: sydngoose

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

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Oak Harbor Slam

Florida Sportsman member: Cast&Blast

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

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Cold Weather Convicts

Florida Sportsman member: fsu11

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

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Cold Water, Hot Bite

Florida Sportsman member: Slug-O

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

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Northeast Redfish

Florida Sportsman member: Spongking

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

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Northeast Drummin’

Florida Sportsman member: Morocco_madness

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

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December to Remember

Florida Sportsman member: Slug-O

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

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Palm Valley Report

Florida Sportsman member: Slug-O

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

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December Tarpon

Florida Sportsman member: Alec_904

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

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Inshore Variety

Florida Sportsman member: Morocco_madness

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

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Valley Report

Florida Sportsman member: Slug-O

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

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Fishing the Creeks

Florida Sportsman member: sydngoose

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

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Family Fishing

Florida Sportsman member: creekgeek

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

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Northeast Reds and Trout

Florida Sportsman member: Morocco_madness

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

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Northeast Reds

Florida Sportsman member: Spongking

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

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Fall Fishing

Florida Sportsman member: Morocco_madness

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

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Fishing with the Wife

Florida Sportsman member: butchbal

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

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Heroes on the Water

Florida Sportsman member: M

Southeast Florida Weekend Fishing 4Cast


Includes Vero Beach, Ft. Pierce, Stuart, West Palm Beach and Lake Worth


March 24-26

JUPITER TO LAKE WORTH

Even though it can be blustery, if you really want the variety and the quality now is the time. Dolphin are virtually a given and the bigger kings are showing for sure. Cobia are getting bigger and a visit to the wrecks is always a good idea as a result, especially since African pompano and big barracudas will also be around. Trolling is perfect for catching blackfin tunas and helps cover the water needed to find those mahis. Bottom fishermen will be finding more and more yellowtails and triggerfish regardless of the current, but when its down, look for those tasty vermilions..

The big news inshore has been the huge variety. Sea robin, spots, sand perch, goatfish, catfish, sheepshead, hard tail jack, crevalle jack and lots and lots of small lane snappers. Having a good dehooker is never a bad idea. Snook will start moving towards the inlets and in the meanwhile will be encountered from time to time under docks and along ripraps and seawalls. Tarpon are eating live shrimp at night around the mouth of the inlet. Permit will be eating live crabs from the inlets as well as from Lake Worth and Juno piers.

BOYNTON TO BOCA

Sailfish season is still in full swing. Live bait is key and is far easier to catch than off the Palm Beaches. Goggle eyes are always preferred but Spanish sardines and pilchards can be fantastic for really racking up the numbers, particularly when the fish are on the small side. Yellowtail and mangrove snappers will be the quarry but remember to keep checking that bait! Dolphin have shown in good numbers and cobia are getting larger. Kingfish are scattered, mostly inside 200 feet.

Without the spinner sharks to target the consolation is the number of big permit around. Fish the high outgoing tide with a live crab. Cobia will be the bycatch. Bridge anglers using live shrimp will be catching a real mixed bag including mangrove snappers, sand perch, jacks, blue runners, Spanish mackerel and catfish. Sharks will be on the flats just inside Boynton inlet.

WABASSO BEACH TO STUART

Sharks have been a real issue for pompano anglers. Apparently the fish absent to the south are here instead. Even the whiting get a little antsy. Snook, trout and redfish anglers will be finding plenty of action inside. Use soft plastics and live shrimp. Spanish mackerel and bluefish will be along the beach but expect everything to soon start moving north.

Dolphin, sailfish, cobia, kingfish now is absolutely the time. Even up here its a long summer of bonito and sharks so if you want the variety mentioned earlier get off the couch! The mangrove and lane snapper fishing is the best of the entire region and if you want a genuine red, at least there’s a chance. Blackfin tunas are abundant offshore, where wahoo are always a possibility.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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West Central Florida Weekend Fishing 4Cast


March 24-26

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

After a cool period last weekend, things turned around this week to warm up by mid-week. But hold on. A new front blowing in Thursday will bring some wind with it and it will hang on through Friday. The good news, according to forecasts, is that it will blow out quickly for a nice warm up and settling seas for the weekend.

OFFSHORE/NEARSHORE

There aren’t too many words that better describe the action aboard charter boat trips out of Hubbard’s Marina lately other than impressive. A recent private charter aboard the new Flying Hub 2 scored some nice red grouper along with a variety of other species. Dylan Hubbard reported catches of porgies, blackfin tuna, amberjacks, kingfish, cobia and a variety of snappers on trips aboard Hubbard’s head boats. Most trips give an opportunity for anglers to bottom fish as well as troll on the way out and on the way back. Hubbard expects more and more cobia to be showing up in our near shore waters as water temps rise. In addition, he’s seeing some movement of red grouper toward shallower waters. He also is anticipating some hot action offshore for the bigger mangrove snapper during April and May. In June and July he says the numbers increase, but for sheer size, the next couple of month should produce bigger fish.

INSHORE

Capt. Mike Goodwine (L) posing with one of 37 reds he and one of his charters landed Wednesday while fishing Tampa Bay area.


Next Monday’s new moon should get tides moving again. After this week’s creeping tides, some good moving water will be a real asset in the catching department. Look for this to be a good opportunity to catch some snook that are on the flats, points, and bars.

Guides everywhere seem to be seeing red, as in redfish. While fishing the south end of the West Central area with Capt. Mark Nichols of DOA Lures Tuesday, we got on a big school of reds and managed to pick out only one 30-inch red. The red ate a night glow colored CAL 5.5 Jerk Bait rigged on a CAL 1/16-ounce chartreuse jig head. The school of mostly over-slot fish was very finicky, perhaps due to fishing pressure, red tide or whatever excuse you might like to insert. Live bait anglers were fishing the same area and we saw no hook-ups on live bait in the hour or so we prodded the waters for them. However, on Wednesday, Capt. Mike Goodwine of Blackneck Adventures Charters reported a banner day. Not only did he find a school of reds, but he and his anglers landed 37 redfish and 3 snook on a combination of both live and artificial baits. Goodwine fished an undisclosed area.

Flounder action has been picking up in lower Tampa Bay. My recent trips produced flatties up to 20-inches on CAL Jigs with Shad Tails and MirrOlure Lil’ John jerk baits on light jigheads.

Speckled trout action has been on the rise in Tampa Bay’s west side. From Pinellas Point south on the Clam Bar all the way to the rest stop on the Pinellas side, anglers have been putting mid-slot trout in the boat. Most are being caught on whitebait, but some anglers tossing popping corks with live shrimp are doing well. In addition, those anglers with shrimp are finding some tripletail in increasing numbers along the Egmont Ship’s Channel and the channel markers or crab pot buoys that are scattered on lower Tampa Bay. Look for cobia in the same areas.

Spanish mackerel are still being caught in lower Tampa Bay. Best action has been when seas are calm and winds light. Threadfin herring, scaled sardines, and live shrimp are working for natural baits, but an assortment of flashy spoons or jig will have similar results.

FRESHWATER

Crappie action continues to be fairly good on Lake Tarpon. Best baits include live Missouri minnows and a variety of light jigs such as Hal Flies and small spinnerbaits like the Beetle Spin. Topwater lures just at sunrise are getting plenty of attention from bass down in Lake Manatee. Zara Spooks, L&S Bait Company’s 12LS popper and Rebel Pop-R’s are taking some nice bass. With the upcoming new moon next Monday you can expect some excellent action. ‘Til then…I’ll catch ya later!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

Southwest Florida Weekend Fishing 4Cast

Sarasota to Bonita Beach

Includes Siesta Key, Venice, Englewood, Boca Grande, Port Charlotte, Punta Gorda, Pine Island, Cape Coral, Captiva, Sanibel and Fort Myers


March 24-26

Bad news, good news on the weather forecast for the weekend. A back-door front will come into play from the northeast on Friday and the winds will blow. Advisories are mentioned by the National Weather Service. However, Saturday and Sunday should be very nice with winds laying down and improving conditions.

Offshore

Since Friday will be tough for hitting the Gulf, I’d suggest waiting until Saturday, or even Sunday, before making plans. The good news is the offshore bite has been good despite the breezy weather of last week. Grouper, snapper and many other species were in the mix.

The red grouper bite should continue over waters from 10-miles out. Live bottom has been working and should continue to do so. Cut bait has been the go-to with frozen threadfin herrings at the top of the list. Keep your eyes peeled for topwater fish like mackerel, kings and cobia. All were reported in catches last week and that should continue.

One black mark on offshore fishing will be the closing of amberjack in federal waters of the Gulf of Mexico. That closure starts at 12:01 a.m. on March 24, this Friday. Amberjack will remain closed to recreational anglers until January 1st of 2018. Angers can continue to target them, they just can’t keep one.

Inshore

Snook fishing has taken a hit on two fronts, available live bait and cooler weather. Night time temperatures in the 50’s have slowed the bite, especially in the morning. It’s also pushed the pilchards into deeper offshore waters, so catching them has been difficult. Snook is still doable, but anglers will have to work deeper pockets in back bay waters while using a good selection of artificial baits or flies. Soft plastics tend to work better than hard bodies. They can be moved slower and slow is what’s needed when the water cools down.

On the flip side the cool water and breezes turned on the big seatrout. They were going after topwater plugs and live shrimp under popping corks in the north end of Pine Island Sound and Matlacha Pass. It’s time to break out those Heddon Zara Spooks and Rapala Skitterwalks.

The redfish bite also slowed some, but only in the early mornings. They perked up once the sun came up and warmed the flats. That pattern should hold true through the weekend. Reds also love moving water and the new moon should help quite a bit. On the bait side, live shrimp should be the preferred way to go along with cut ladyfish and mullet.

Freshwater

Reports over the last week were good in deeper canals and small impoundments. Water levels are low due to the lack of rain, and any showers from this weather front will probably not change the situation much. Water has cleared quite a bit so go with smaller artificial finesse baits and work them slowly along the bottom. Darker colors have been the best in just about all situations, but don’t be afraid to experiment.

Have a great weekend on the water and please take a kid fishing!

Capt. Rob Modys
239-851-1242
captrobmodys@gmail.com

West Clearwater Fishing Variety

Recent offshore fishing reports from the West Central region.


West Clearwater Fishing Variety

Florida Sportsman member: releasegear

Clearwater Fishing

We decided to stay at 45 feet and caught lots of grunts, gags, one goliath and six hogs.

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Full Moon Snapper

Florida Sportsman member: clarosa

We got a little over 30 mango’s with a few slobs mixed in. We got one 27″er over nine pounds and a handful more in the low to mid 20″ range, as well.

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West Central Offshore

Florida Sportsman member: Royalflush

West Central Offshore

Rich grabs a rod, live shrimp, and points to a small piece of debris, which we putter over to and see a big dark shadow underneath. Showtime! First pitch, the dinosaur inhales.

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Offshore Variety

Florida Sportsman member: clarosa

Offshore Variety

Got the chum flowing and the mango’s and yellowtail made an appearance. Got five nice sized yellowtail and a handful of really nice mangos, all on sardines.

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Offshore Mixed Bag

Florida Sportsman member: john martin

Offshore Mixed Bag

Normally I start with dead bait, as it gets the chum started, but I decided to drop a livey down. I was barely on the bottom when, bang! Nice one on. Turned out to be a gag around ten pounds. This would be the first of many.

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One fish, Two fish, Red Snapper, Red Snapper

Florida Sportsman member: anglingarchitect

Red Snapper

First drop trigger fish, then keeper red snapper’s before bottom is hit on each drop. We let out more rope, but they were covering this spot. We caught a couple of 22″ gags, also went back. Finally, we move into a ledge in 90′ and same story we couldn’t catch one mango. We lost count at 50+ red snapper.

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Skyway Mixed Bag in Rough Seas

Florida Sportsman member: john martin

Skyway Mixed Bag

The weatherman might be right, as it was raining and the wind had picked up to 20 knots. Still fishable, so what was the big deal? Mangos bit from the start so conditions were easy to ignore. The big goozers were chewing on live pinfish.

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St.Pete Snapper, Hogs and Grouper

Florida Sportsman member: junglejim

St.Pete Snapper

A bit sporty in the morning, seas were a good 3-4′. Stopped in 75′ and red snapper everywhere. Most were 14-16″. Decided to head offshore to 100′ on some ledges with the same result, red snapper again. Did manage two red grouper. Wind finally started to subside so we decided to head in and try for hogfish in 45′. Manage to catch three with one nice male that my sister caught.

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Fort De Soto Snapper and Gags

Florida Sportsman member: releasegear

Fort De Soto Snapper

The plan was to hit a wreck with good relief – fish should be stacked up after the front last week. We made it out and anchored up. First bait down got slammed by 34″ gag – then it was on. We got our limit of four – all 30-34″, released over a dozen 30″+. Only lost one to the cudas- video attached.

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Bouncing but Catching

Florida Sportsman member: john martin

grouper

I heard some yelling from the stern which turned out to be a young kid who landed Gag over 30lbs. Excited I fired down another and bang! Hooked up again with what I knew was another nice Gag. I had him ¾ of the way up when a Goliath Grouper nailed him.

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Trolling Dunedin Grouper

Florida Sportsman member: Joyfly

Trolling Dunedin Grouper

We landed a 31″ and 27″ gag in just a few hours. A third large gag was lost when it was cut off on the rocks. We were just off Dunedin in 30 feet of water. We pulled deep diving plugs about 150 feet back at about four knots. The bite was steady with good size gags.

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Trolling Anclote Key Grouper

Florida Sportsman member: clarosa

Trolling Anclote Key Grouper

Went trolling for gags out of Anclote in 30′ of water and they weren’t thick but were there. Trolled for a couple hours and picked up 4 keepers. Smallest was 26″ biggest was 31″. Caught a few shorts as well. Water temp was 65, so perfect for trolling. Got two on 30′ divers and two on the 25′ diving plug.

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Clearwater Massive Tripletail

Florida Sportsman member: Moscador

Clearwater Massive Tripletail

After spending several days chasing macks and kings with only minor success, I devoted yesterday to finding a tripletail dinner. I’m glad I did. A monster tripletail ate my shrimp and put me through a fire drill.

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Offshore Mixed Bag

Florida Sportsman member: releasegear

offshore mixed bag

Bait was thick right off the beach. We ran out 12 miles – non stop action on bonito, spanish mackerel, barracudas, AJs and one cobia. The cobia swam right up to my GoPro. He had two small porgies in his belly.

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Offshore Mixed Bag

Florida Sportsman member: releasegear

offshore mixed bag

Bait was thick right off the beach. We ran out 12 miles – non stop action on bonito, spanish mackerel, barracudas, AJs and one cobia. The cobia swam right up to my GoPro. He had two small porgies in his belly.

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New Port Richey Grouper

Florida Sportsman member: clarosa

newport richey grouper

My buddy caught a grunt so I grabbed it, cut it in half, sent it down and immediately got rocked! Keeper around 28″. My next drop was a squirrel fish and as soon as it hit the bottom it got hammered as well. Up came another 28″ gag.

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Taking the Kids Fishing

Florida Sportsman member: releasegear

By the time I got the wire rod down and blue runner on he was out of site so I tossed him straight off the back, 5/0 circle hook, 12 inches of 90 pound wire , 50 pound flouro leader and 50 pound braid on a Shimano Baitrunner. Thirty seconds later the wahoo explodes on the runner, shooting out of the water like a missile.

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Catching in the Rain

Florida Sportsman member: harbison

On this, and many trips, it’s an honor to welcome the hard working, dedicated, FWC biologist, Mr. Joe Tarnecki and Ernest Jaramillo, on the Florida Fisherman ll. This is real, on the water, up to date, data:
Joe made a thorough study of our Marine’s huge mutton snapper.

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The ABC’s

Florida Sportsman member: john martin

I was soaking a large Pig fish when I felt my line move a little I put my reel in freespool (keeping my thumb on it) and let a little line out. Bang! I quickly closed my bail and started cranking. It was touch and go for a moment but I got his head turned and coming my way. Tip: Once you get a big fish turned and off the bottom just steady reel, avoid pumping the rod as this puts undo pressure on the point of hook up and can lose you a big fish. The bang turned out to be a 19 pound “fire truck” red grouper.

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West Central Offshore

Florida Sportsman member: releasegear

Next stop was 120 feet. Managed to get a few Aj’s on fly and get a nice mix of snaps and gags.
After 3 hours still no Tuna. That changed as Matt was casting to AJ’s he saw something else swimming and made a cast. BOOM tuna!

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Full Moon Snapper and More

Florida Sportsman member: harbison

Mangrove snapper tend to go “crazy” during the full moon periods. The full moon for July is 7/19/16 ay 6:59 P.M. We will be fishing a few days after the full of the moon. The weather prediction is picture Florida perfect, this should be a great one!

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Tarpon Springs Overnight Trip

Florida Sportsman member: Matt822

As the sun started to show we sent our first grouper baits down and boy did we get schooled on not leaving the big tackle at home, the daylight bite was really good. Even though I had my Accurate 30′s with 34 pounds of drag I only had the 80 pound test on them and it wasn’t enough to keep these guys away from the rocks or breaking off.

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Summertime Offshore Bite

Florida Sportsman member: harbison

Our Florida is now one of the most populated states in the entire country. And, for very good reasons! Our climate is second to none, Our beaches are among the finest in the world, southern cooking is tops, and, never to be forgotten, our fishing. Florida is widely known as the Fishing Capital of the World.

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Open Season

Florida Sportsman member: harbison

For the first time in years both American red snapper and gag grouper season will open June first. The Florida Fisherman ll, Hubbard’s Marina, will be leaving on a 39 hour Middle Grounds and vicinity trip Tuesday, May 31, in search of American reds, gags, and a lot more.

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West Central Deep Dropping

Florida Sportsman member: harbison

3:00 P.M. sixteen serious, dedicated, anglers are ready for a 63 hour ‘Deep Drop Florida Style’ trip deep into the very heart of our Gulf of Mexico.

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Catching in Rough Seas

Florida Sportsman member: harbison

Last weekend’s weather forecast called for 5 to 6 foot waves Saturday morning, then calming down some later on. Early Saturday saw 6 to 7 footers. Absolutely no danger for a boat as big as the Florida Fisherman ll. I decided to set this one out, but, Thanks to Mr. John Martin & Mr. Dylan Hubbard, we have some excellent pictures to share.

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Running West

Florida Sportsman member: releasegear

Out we went to 110 feet and loaded up on red snapper, gags, vermillion and almaco jacks for a few hours. We ended up keeping three vermillions, everything else was released to fight another day.

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Wrestling with Aj’s

Florida Sportsman member: ericf

A 6/0 Mustad Big Gun assist hook, crimped on with 125 pound mono on the spot got straightened out like a pencil. These dang fish have some brutal strength, it would be a struggle to bend that hook with two pairs of vice grips that way.

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Grouper Hunting

Florida Sportsman member: Mako224

We cleared the Pass at 7AM and tried to locate bait. Nothing around the pass so off we went to 30 feet and caught pins, grunts and sardines. Then off we went to 100 plus feet.

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Mangrove Mission

Florida Sportsman member: clarosa

We got the chum flowing and mangroves stated hitting the deck. Nothing crazy but steady, most in the 14 to 18 inch range, with a few around 21 inches. We worked and worked and got near our four man limit of forty with a lot of keeper throwback gags and even a 24 inch red grouper and 16 inch hogfish.

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Middle Grounds Action

Florida Sportsman member: harbison

On the way out we troll for kings and bonito. Bonito are excellent bait. After a Chef Tammy meat balls and pasta dinner it’s bunk time. We want to be ready for the many fights sure to come. First up, the hard to fool mangrove snapper.

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West Central Offshore

Florida Sportsman member: therobertbrooks

Ran about three miles to a wreck in 58 feet, although it’s only about 45 feet on top of the wreck. Noticed some suspended fish showing, so when letting my pinfish down I stopped it midway, and within about three seconds my rod doubles over.

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Anclote Offshore

Florida Sportsman member: BryanC

Went looking for gags with my buddies Chad and Conrad yesterday and we found them in 60 foot. We got our limit at the first stop, with one at 26 inches and the rest from 29.5 to 33. I even caught a 29 incher on an inshore rod later on while targeting mangos, but we already our six in the box so back it went.

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Mangroves and More

Florida Sportsman member: clarosa

Slowly but surely the mango’s started coming over the rail. Got a few in the 6 to 7 pound range but the bite was kinda slow. Every once in awhile the flatline I leave out for tuna would get nailed and ended up being AJ’s just about every time, got a couple in the 25 to 30 pound range.

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Middle Grounds Mayhem

Florida Sportsman member: harbison

Last week’s full moon Florida Fisherman’s over night trip deep into the heart of our Gulf of Mexico returned Sunday morning with the entire boat completely limited out, two day limit 20 each, of Middle Ground’s sized mangrove snapper.

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Deep Dwellers

Florida Sportsman member: harbison

We fought stronger than predicted winds and monster currents. Regardless, this, like all deep-drop trips, resulted in huge trophy fish never to be forgotten.

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Catching in the Gulf

Florida Sportsman member: harbison

That new outfit really worked out well for Dan. His ‘in the money’ jackpot winning snowy grouper hit the scales at a whopping 40 pounds. Not to be outdone, Dan’s very good friend, Ed, is ever so proud of his 55 pound wahoo.

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Awesome Day Offshore

Florida Sportsman member: clarosa

We got to our spot around 8:45 in 85 feet of water. Started to chum and then sent down a few big baits and immediately hooked up with a 30 inch gag. Not a minute later my buddy starts hollering and it’s fighting a little different, it starts running out instead of down and we get it closer and it’s a nice 45 pound cobia.

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West Central Grouper Success

Florida Sportsman member: Thumper363

I got my dad, buddy, and my oldest little boy out for a late day start. One of those days where you get started way later than expected and don’t really have a plan. I decided to sip on some cold beer and spend time with the family and hit a couple gag spots, it paid off.

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Fishing the Deep Water

Florida Sportsman member: harbison

Forum member harbison shared a recent trip aboard the Florida Fisherman II, as they headed out to the deep water to chase big fish.

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Catching off of Clearwater

Florida Sportsman member: Matt822

We headed west and watched the sun start to peek over the horizon as the anchor hit the bottom in 120 feet. The first stop produced a few mangos in the four pound range, three yellow tail and four gags in the 10 to 15 pound range. then the Aj’s came to play after catching more then enough of them we boxed three for some smoked fish dip.

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Mangrove Madness

Florida Sportsman member: Mako224

At 1:30 I chose to run out to 95 feet on some natural ledges. Once we dropped the hook and I allowed the Snapper Up chum to work the bite was on for the next three hours. We put 30 fish in the box with about 15 more thrown back, ranging from 2 two to eight pounds.

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Fishing the Deep

Florida Sportsman member: harbison

Today’s gags are darker in color; they have not migrate to much deeper water. They stay very close to their rocky homes. They are not too happy with the idea of joining us for dinner.

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Pulley Ridge Trip

Florida Sportsman member: _norm

As dawn began to break, the captain signaled for us to bring our lines up so we could make the 3-hour trek to the deeper water in the 550 foot depth. Everyone prepped their electric gear and returned to the bunks for some more rest.

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West Central Mixed Bag

Florida Sportsman member: harbison

Forum member harbison and the whole crew aboard the Florida Fisherman II got into a mess of fish recently. Including big groupers, snappers, and more!

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West Central Grouper

Florida Sportsman member: Double Action

We went 40 miles out and my first drop with 50 pound tackle was a break off. Stepped up to the 80 pound setup and got a 25 inch gag. Threw back a couple 22 inchers and then got a personal best red grouper at 29 inches.

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Back on the Water

Florida Sportsman member: sagory

I haven’t been fishing in several months and was itching to go. The reports have said mangrove snapper fishing has been good so the plan was to try for those. Jim, and Scott and I left my house around 6:30 and made a quick stop at the bait boat for a big scoop of whitebait.

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Snapper on the Brain

Florida Sportsman member: harbison

One very good thing about Florida fishing is that there is always plenty of fish to fish for. When one season closes, another opens. Gags & amberjack are now closed; so what? We will be, ‘Targeting snapper.’ Red snapper, for head boats, is open until July 14.

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West Central Offshore

Florida Sportsman member: clarosa

I made a quick statement, after the bite slowed down “if we get a nice tuna now, we can just go in and forget the last two snapper”. Not 5 mins later, the big freelined pinfish rod’s baitrunner went zinging! After a 30 minute battle, a big blackfin is circling the boat ready for the gaff!

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Targeting the Big Boys

Florida Sportsman member: harbison

After a great Chef Tammy dinner, it’s bunk time. After all, we will be challenging the big boys for three days. OK! We are well rested and ready to go. So are the fish

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Tuna, Snapper and More

Florida Sportsman member: harbison

Tuesday, let’s do it all over again. We are ready, I mean good and ready. The excitement level is off the chart. Our home for the next 39 hours, the Florida Fisherman ll, is loaded with enough food and drinks to supply a small army.

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Running the Bay Boat Offshore

Florida Sportsman member: SouthshoreSlayer

After about 2 hours of snapper fishing the flat lines start getting cut off. We didn’t have any wire or long shank hooks, we all rigged our big setups and the king bite was on for the next hour.

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Full Moon Snapper and More

Florida Sportsman member: harbison

Most consider mangrove snapper fishing to be at its very best during the full moon periods of the month. Last month the Florida Fisherman ll, out of Hubbard’s Marina, fished three days after the full moon. We limited out on AJ’s (two day limit) and the mangos were on fire.

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West Central Mixed Bag

Florida Sportsman member: sagory

We moved out to 115 feet and this is where we did the best. We weren’t too far from a wreck so we decided to try for yellowtails. We saw someone was on it so we changed plans and ran 13 miles back in to try for hogfish on a ledge in just under 60 feet.

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Hog Huntin’

Florida Sportsman member: slper

This was our second trip targeting hogfish and we found them. The great day started out a little cold and seas were 2 to 3, but it warmed up and calmed down. My wife, buddy Jimmie and I got our limit in under 4 hours.

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Fish for All

Florida Sportsman member: harbison

Better hit the sack; after all, we will be challenging the monsters of the deep for twenty five hours of actual fishing time. Captain Garett has advised us to get plenty of rest; we are going to need it. After mango time we are going to this wreck known to be the home of Mr. Amber jack and family.

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West Central Offshore

Florida Sportsman member: sagory

We caught a couple fish but it was pretty slow. We moved on and both the breeze and the bite picked up a little. We were able to anchor and started catching a mix of red grouper and snapper. Troy had the fish of the day with a 24 inch, 7 pound mangrove snapper.

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Red Grouper Rampage

Florida Sportsman member: harbison

Looks like all good things must come to an end. With well over 200 gray snapper and 30 large red grouper this will be a trip to be remembered. Let’s go ‘In search of red grouper’ again ASAP.

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Catch and Release Gags

Florida Sportsman member: OU-Pilot

Went out Sunday off Port Richey to some reef lines in 30 feet. The water was pretty nice all day. Temperature was 62 on the surface. We trolled some Rapala Mag 30′s and a stretch 25′s. Trolled about 2 hours from 3pm to 5pm on either side of high tide. Managed 5 gags with 2 double headers!

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Finding the Honey Hole

Florida Sportsman member: freshfromthesalt

In 120 feet of water, these huge, alien fish, would slam your stoutest meat stick against the gunwale again and again using squid, sardines, live bait – it didn’t matter. This would continue until your back gave out, fighting belt or not. Mixed in with these beasts were some amberjacks that you could not lift off the bottom and other fish, that, if you tried to, would break your terminal tackle somewhere in between hook and main line.

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Starting the Year Right

Florida Sportsman member: harbison

The Florida Fisherman ll, Hubbard’s Marina, is ready to challenge 2015 with the first ever 44 hour trip one hundred miles off beautiful Madeira Beach, Florida. We will be fishing a couple of days before the full moon; it just does not get any better than that.

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West Central Bottom Fishing

Florida Sportsman member: releasegear

We went out friday and saturday afternoon to 70 feet of water. It was non stop gag action with some amberjacks, scamp, and mangroves mixed in. All were caught on live bait. Spotted most of the bait in 50 to 60 feet.

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Full Moon Mangrove Bite

Florida Sportsman member: Harbison

For the Florida Fisherman that means it’s mangrove snapper time. The mangrove snapper is one of the best eating, most abundant, fish Florida has to offer. They can be found from very shallow bays to way off shore. We will be fishing 100 miles off beautiful Madeira Beach, Florida.

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Trolling for Grouper

Florida Sportsman member: freshfromthesalt

Despite high wind and big seas we were able to get out to the trolling grounds for one last meat trip before the upcoming closure. As usual, gag grouper trolling ace, Justin Spigener, put us on the fish even in relatively rough conditions.

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Grouper Grand Slam

Florida Sportsman member: harbison

That’s it! The boat has completely limited out on grouper; and that’s a two day limit of 8 each. We are still a very long ways from Madeira Beach, Florida. Let’s feast on that Chef Tammy steak dinner, with all the trimmings, and hit our bunks. We are tired, I mean really tired; grouper wore out tired.

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Clearwater Offshore Bite

Florida Sportsman member: releasegear

It was take the neighborhood kids fishing day! Headed out at 8:30 and tried to get bait. It was tough but managed to get a couple dozen runners, grunts and a few squirrel fish. We went out to 55 feet of water and set up. The AJ and gag action was non stop from 10:30 to 12:30, all caught on live bait.

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Veterans Day Fun

Florida Sportsman member: OneLandOneSea

Headed out to 65 feet of water for some kings and grouper. Bite was slow but caught two nice 32 inch gags and broke off a bunch more. We lucked out with a nice 20 pound cobia on the bottom too.

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Trolling for Grouper

Florida Sportsman member: freshfromthesalt

I hopped aboard the gag grouper catching machine, the Grumpy Grouper, and trolled up some of the fattest fish I have put on the deck this season. We caught fish from 27 to 35 inches and no shorts. Limited out and back to the dock by noon.

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Fishing with an Old Friend

Florida Sportsman member: sagory

We left my dock around 7:30 and headed to 40 feet which is about 7 miles out. It started out slow but after some hopping around we found some fish willing to eat. We ended up with 4 gags and 5 red grouper which was a little surprising.

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Fun for All

Florida Sportsman member: releasegear

Monday evening we went out 12 miles and anchored up. On the way there saw schools of cigars minnows and spanish sardines and loaded up 5 at a time. We were in 50 feet and the area was covered in small baits. We caught gags, cobia, barracuda, spinner sharks and Ajs.

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West Central Offshore Bite

Florida Sportsman member: harbison

Whenever cold fronts move into the gulf the pressures starts to plummet, this causes the fish to go into a feeding frenzy because they know the coming storm will stir the water and prevent them from feeding easily. So the days leading up to a front are great fishing, but then the day the weather blows up the fishing stops.

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Catching a Mountain of Fish

Florida Sportsman member: harbison

Three P.M. friday afternoon, Madeira Beach is under a severe storm warning. As we board the Florida Fisherman ll at Hubbard’s Marina, we can not help but wonder will this overnight trip produce, ‘A Mountain of Fish,’ or be a complete wash-out?

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West Central Bottom Fishing

Florida Sportsman member: Jerseygirl

We ran south and hit some hard bottom spots that were very productive. The current was strong and the bite was on at most spots we hit. starting out with dead bait, then switching to live once the fish got chewing. We started out with a couple smallish red grouper and some medium sized scamps, then the bigger fish started to show.

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Shallow Sailfish off St. Pete

Florida Sportsman member: Jcclark

About 15 seconds later our flat line starts singing and as soon as my friend grabs the rod the sail starts dancing on top of the water for about 15 yards. I broke off on my fish and jumped up and pulled the anchor. We chased it down and after a great fight we were able to boat the fish for a few pictures and get it back in the water to revive it.

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West Central Offshore Variety

Florida Sportsman member: harbison

Once again time for a 39 hour adventure that defies the imagination. Our weekend home away from home is Hubbard Marina’s Florida Fisherman ll. We love to catch fish, however, what makes these extended trips really special is the chance to get to really know real sportsmen/women from all over the country.

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Hook and Line Hogfish

Florida Sportsman member: spanishsardine

I got the chance to venture to my new fishing spot. I call it The Spanish Sardine Fishing hole. We managed to catch 3 hogfish in 2 hours. We also caught triggerfish, grunts, porgy’s, gag grouper, red grouper, and mangrove snapper.

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Making the Run for Red Snapper

Florida Sportsman member: anglingarchitect

Forum member anglingarchitect got out during this short red snapper season. Making a long run, but producing some really nice fish!

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Monster from the Depths

Florida Sportsman member: harbison

The trophy fish takes Matt from the starboard bow to the stern, and across the stern to the port side. Finally, forty five minutes later, we see color, the color of a huge amber jack. Quick Will, the gaff. Kyle, get the other gaff; it’s going to take both of us to bring this trophy of all trophies over the bow.

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Mangrove Madness

Florida Sportsman member: harbison

The Middle Grounds, located roughly 100 miles north west of Madeira Beach, Florida, is a prehistoric coral-reef complex covering 461 square miles, and is home to 170 species of fish, including the hard to fool, hard to catch, mangrove snapper. Mango snapper are notorious bait thieves.

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Middle Ground Mayhem in the Rain

Florida Sportsman member: harbison

Ms. Lisa Shouron, Tampa, refuses to let a little moisture rain on her day. Lisa, fishing out of spot number 10, shows that nice cobia who the boss really is, after all, Lisa is all woman!

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Sharks and Snapper

Florida Sportsman member: jewfish7

The bite was on right away for mangos with a few other tasty fish coming over the rail.Best mang bite this year for me but most were around 15 inches,but quantity made up for quality.The two biggest snapper of the day got eaten bye sharks just under the boat.

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Grouper on the Rocks

Florida Sportsman member: jewfish7

We did well for a few hours then the bite shut down, we tried moving around but was limited because we only had about 125 feet of anchor line. Towards the end of the day we drifted over the best shows and put a few more mangos in the box.

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Taking Out The Kids

Florida Sportsman member: releasegear

We caught lots of short reds, a few keeper scamp and five good gags. the kids were reeling in a fish and about half way up it got blasted so I put out a mackerel we had sabiki’d up. Soon we had a shark on, a tiger shark. About 30 minute later another Tiger ate a red grouper right next to the boat.

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Grouper Limit Out Of Longboat Key

Florida Sportsman member: ericf

We came in closer to public numbers in 30 feet, and experienced the hottest grouper bite I have ever seen. Nonstop gags! Live blue runners, frozen sardines, regurgitated whatever from caught fish picked off the deck of the boat, nothing lasted more than 20 to 30 seconds. We limited out in about half an hour, and released a few fish after that. It was mayhem, totally crazy.

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First Foreign Kingfish

Florida Sportsman member: guifri

We are on vacation from Germany. Trolled around the crab buoys 1.5 Miles from the shore to catch some Macks. After a while put a white/red yozuri on the Second rod. It only lasted minutes until the drag was singing!

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100 Miles Off Madeira Beach

Florida Sportsman member: Harbison

Captain Mark Hubbard fires up the Florida’s two huge Caterpillar diesels and punches in the numbers for ‘One hundred miles off Madeira Beach.’ We are on a mission, a mission to catch fish. Will the mangrove snapper be hungry? Join the party as we find out together.

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a Long Trip Equals a lot of Fish

Florida Sportsman member: TennesseeDave

I got one red snapper and one large amberjack, some mangos, beeliners, and such. Some people did well and some people didn’t. The weather held out pretty good. At 1 a.m. on the way out it got bumpy for a little while but then softened back down so we could get some rest [...]

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Gags, Red Grouper & Rough Seas

Florida Sportsman member: flatsrunna

Pulled double duty today, had two 4 hr trips and again huge seas, but not as bad as the day before. We managed 6 reds and a batch of nice grunts before the current decided it wanted to move as fast as the breeze we were in. We got nice fish in 40 feet today. I love it when they are super close! We were in by 12 fish cleaned and headed to go get our next group.

2nd trip we got a good number of fish as the seas totally laid down in only an hr, loved it ! 28 knot cruise out and back and nice fish to boot !

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St. Pete Red Grouper

Florida Sportsman member: GASeminole

With the 10 knot West wind, the trip out was into 2 foot or less chop. Water was clean and flying fish started showing up around 50 feet. Schools of bonito were boiling every so often, saw a couple of king mackerel “sky” as well.

Stopped about 20 NM out, about 3/4 mile from a public number (found this spot while re-rigging/drifting one windy day and saw it on the sonar.) Anchored up and my wife and I caught 21 reds. Pulled anchor and drifted over area and caught 3 more. Released all but 7, the one pictured below was the biggest, and was my personal best grouper. All caught on live pins.

While we were out the winds died down and it was hard not to head farther west, but we had more than enough fish in the box and were happy to head home.

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Fort Drum Gag Grouper

Florida Sportsman member: glihon

Went out for some grouper Sunday from Ft D (finally my first trip since the season opened). No tidal movement and other issues in the morning made bait catching difficult at the small bridge. Wasted enough time so just headed out. Ran through a solid rain on the way but made it to the area we wanted to fish and the day turned beautiful. Weed pushed in from the west wind made the trolling difficult but we did get a nice 29-inch gag to the boat as well as 24-inch spanish. Started bottom dropping with the bait we did have and only found short rg. Tried ledges in 45 feet, 55 feet and a wreck in 40 feet.

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Shallow Water Grouper off Anclote

Florida Sportsman member: Juicebucket

Got the boat wet around 6:30 and headed out to the island for bait.

Whitebait was super thick and super tiny. After getting about 450 net wreckers and a couple dozen pins we headed back into the river to fuel up and ride. We hit the GPS and made the long 5 mile run to his first spot. When I think grouper fishing I think straight drops on 4/0 reels and falling to my knees to yank them off the bottom. This was a whole different ball game. The water was so shallow we had to anchor way off and cast to them just like if we were mangrove or dock fishing. Basically once you hook up you have to drag them across 50 feet of bottom that they can wedge themselves into rather than yank them vertically 10 feet until you’re safe. I’ve never had a 24 inch gag fight harder then the ones we caught on this trip. Shallow water fish have a different gear, I swore everyone was 30 pounds during the fights and the bruises on my arms and hips are testament.

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Mixed Bag out of Bean Point

Florida Sportsman member: JEIBE

After casting off out of my place at 530am in palma sola we were met with beautifully calm seas out of bean point. We stopped at the 3 mile north and quickly filled up on cigars and pins. From there it was a nice 43 mile run out. We got 31kph at 2.1 mpg on the freshly re worked 250. We got to our spot in 147 feet and immediately were greeted with a Christmas tree on the foruno. It felt like 20 minutes and we had our boat limit of keeper snapper. they were loving the threads more than anything. We then moved to a barge in 80 feet and of course had the water walking with bonita, sharks and cudas. A captain in a contender came up and asked to share the wreck. He then unloaded hundreds of white bait in to the water and it was game on with monster cudas, mango snapper, sharks, golaiths, bonitas and some baby amberjacks.

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Rough Conditions and Worthy Catches

Florida Sportsman member: Jayzilla

After another 2 hours of getting the crap beat out of us we finally made it out deeper to the first spot. We made a couple of drifts and it produced a mixed bag of jacks, gags, and mangos. Anyone who has ever fished with me knows that I hate to anchor but with the stiff winds, big swells, and ripping current it was a must. We dropped the hook and it was perfect, 7 feet directly in front of the spot. The next two hours we proceed to fill a 150 quart cooler with big mangos. It would have been more snappers but we kept getting the occasional by catch or break off from big jacks or gags. Just before I decided to leave that spot I managed to catch a nice rusty belly on 30 pound snapper tackle. I actually broke the fish off earlier because when I got him up I saw two circle hooks buried in the corner of his mouth. Greedy grouper couldn’t stop eating those 3 inch pinfish.

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Sarasota Mixed Bag

Florida Sportsman member: srqmynatt

We ran out to a spot in 135 feet between New Pass and Longboat pass, I had found these numbers back in April and new right away it was covered in snapper. I fished it once or twice in May just seeing what was there and found out the Mangos and ARS were stacked up 20 feet off the bottom. I brought the numbers with me and sure enough we marked a nice pile of fish so we set the anchor. We started with smaller gear and worked our way up to the red grouper. Had a nice mixed bag[...]

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Way Offshore – Grouper & Amberjack

Florida Sportsman member: Jerseygirl

We decided to hit some numbers past the 400 foot contour line. Definitely worth the run time, although next time need to budget for more line in the water time for further exploration. Spent most of the day running, but the fish were there. While we did come up empty trolling, deep dropping was interesting. Neil F. bagged a nice Yellow-Edge Grouper around 25 pounds and I managed a 50 plus pound AJ that hit on the bottom at 430 feet (not fun, especially when you are expecting another big deep-water Grouper). Looking forward to more time fishing this depth to better learn how to approach it.

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Longboat Pass Gags, Kings and More

Florida Sportsman member: rreed

We headed out of Longboat Pass at first light, with a few dozen shrimp and lots of old bait to cut up. The pinfish catching was slow, due to large blue runners tangling and breaking off sabikis. Wind and tide opposition made for slow going without getting soaked in small boat.

As we got out deeper the sun broke through the clouds and seas laid down for a nice day. We drifted for Red Grouper first, quickly putting keepers in the box around 90 feet. We saw some structure during drift and threw out marker. On second try we were on the spot. Given the last few trips RG success came quickly, we brought different setups and shrimp to try to diversify the catch. I brought a 4000 reel with 20 pound mono/ 20 foot 20 pound fluro sliding 3 ounce to 3/O hook, this caught all the mangos.

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St.Pete Offshore

Florida Sportsman member: 06powerstroke

Launched the boat out of Fort Desoto around 5:30 PM and cruised over to the Skyway to put a few live baits in the livewell, bait wasn’t hard to find at all. Cruised out to the pipeline at sunset, tried a few different spots and picked up a few Mangos hear and there. On our way to the next spot watching the bottom machine found a sweet spot! It was loaded with Mangos! Made short work of filling our limit and caught my personal largest. Just before the sun was coming up we cruised out to 125 feet of water to try and find decent AJ’s. Couldn’t find them anchored so we started trolling. We were getting Bonita one after another which is fun to catch for me but then the rod bent over good and line was screaming off. We hooked into a decent Blackfin Tuna! This was my first tuna I have ever caught.

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Snapper and Blackfin Tuna Action

Florida Sportsman member: Navy_Fishing

Headed out towards the Elbow to see if we could hit the big fish for a 2nd trip in a row. Started out fishing the Pipeline in about 155 feet and hit a few mangos here and there. Most were of decent size, 2-4 pounds. A few 5 pounders came over the side as well. Then it happened. One of the regulars, Ritchie hooked up with a fast moving fish that turned out to be a nice blackfin tuna that ate one of his pigfish being sent down on a knocker rig for mangos. I was working a 1 ounce jighead with live bait and got hammered about 5 feet off the bottom and ended up boating a 25 pound Blackfin.

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Prefront Bite

Florida Sportsman member: srchn4salmon

I was a bit skeptical only going about 9 miles out for Mangrove Snapper but the first 2 fish that came up were a couple small mangs. After that we did everything we could to get away from the “endangered” Gags. It was an amazing bite, every drop produce Gag after Gag. Thankfully a couple Mangs were mixed in to get some fish in the cooler. Finally tally for the day was 8 Mangs brought home, biggest being 21”, at least 40 gags with more than half of those being keepers. The biggest came on a triple hook up that we all managed to land our fish.

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An All Florida Week to Remember

Florida Sportsman member: harbison

Florida weather, Florida fishing, Florida shrimp, and Florida hunting, all in one week. Who could ask for anything more? Sunday, three P.M., twenty eight emotionally charged anglers are ready to go, ready to challenge the monsters of the Middle Grounds. The Florida Middle Grounds, 100 miles Northwest of beautiful Madeira Beach, Florida, consist of underwater formations of stony hard and soft coral growths, ledges with twenty-thirty foot drops, and numerous ship wrecks. The 330 square mile Middle Grounds provides a natural aquarium for many species of fish and a tropical wonderland for the serious angler[...]

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MLK Day Snapper Trip

Florida Sportsman member: sagory

I had the day off of school for MLK day and the weather looked good for a trip offshore. I called a few buddies and we did the first trip of 2013 in my boat and it was a good one. We fished 90-100 feet. and the mangroves were chewing. Most fish were caught on light jigs or knocker rigs. We headed in around 1:30 and had over 30 mangroves and a handful of red grouper. The biggest snapper was just shy of 25 inches. It was a great day.[...]

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Hogs, Snapper, and Grouper

Florida Sportsman member: Navy_Fishing

Took out the dusky for it’s 2nd fishing trip since being completed. Had an old Navy friend come over from Lakeland to fish with us. I also brought along two guides that I have come to know since working at O’Neill’s, Capt. Lee Blick and Capt. Craig Weaver.We set out about 0800 and headed west. Got out to a snapper spot that has been good to us for the last few trips. Fishing was slow to start but picked up as we moved around the area to find the fish.[...]

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Foggy Snapper, Grouper, & More

Florida Sportsman member: Navy_Fishing

My buddy has been working for the last 14 months restoring an 85 foot Dusky. Some of you may have actually seen his thread on the Hull Truth. well, he finally got it complete and after a quick sea trial last Friday to make sure it floated and ran as desired, we decided to take her out for the maiden fishing trip. Left out of O’Neill’s at 8ish and the fog was still thick. After a slow trek out of the bay through Pass-a-Grille, we finally were able to get up to speed and head 30ish miles west. seas were a bit sportier than the forecast called for, but we pushed on with hopes they would lie down as advertised. Got to the area we wanted to fish and came upon a spot that lite up the bottom machine about half a mile from our intended stop. We dropped down some sardines and it was game on with the mangos and yellowtail. We boated 4 or 5 within the 1st 10 minutes and then the rudderfish hit us. We couldn’t get away from them.

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Kings in the Fog

Florida Sportsman member: rreed

I haven’t been able to get offshore for awhile, with my wife past 8 months pregnant I needed to stay close. The newest fisherman has joined the family and things are getting back to normal. On the drive to friend’s house was thinking I hadn’t gotten a king trip in this year, just a passing thought on long drive. Load boat with ice and old cooler full of old bait from freezer. We were met with a real challenge safely navigating to pass. Sabiki’d blue runners and cigar minnows, just outside of pass. Headed for 85 foot area we fished last few times out. Got two keeper Red Grouper on drift and tossed marker out. Started chunking old bait and caught short reds and grunts while slick built up. Once the chum was built flat lines didn’t last more than a minute in the water. Baits intended for the bottom didn’t make it. Didn’t prepare for kings, had 40 pound mono with circle hooks on flat lines. Lost quite a few, but landed some beasts [...]

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Middle Grounds Action

Florida Sportsman member: JerseyGril

The action picked up pretty quick with a Dolphin (small) right away, then a 20 pound class Blackfin Tuna not long after that hit the shotgun line. After that we were nearly spooled by what turned out to be a monster Kingfish around 60 pounds that we released, to bad there were not any tourneys going on as this fish would have won.The King hit a Marauder plug as did the next Tuna in the box (15 pounds), then were nearly spooled again on the same lure by a big fish that broke off after a 30 minute fight. That killed the party as we did not have any more Marauder plugs. Not bad action for 2 hours of trolling, unfortunately with short daylight this time of year, we had to crank up and make the run home soon after. [...]

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Clearwater Grouper

Florida Sportsman member: releasegear

Got the kids up and decided to head out for a quick quick grouper trip . Found pinfish and blue runners a mile off the beach in 20 ft. Went to a good bottom area in 40 ft and anchored. Every bait down got eaten. We a mix of red and gag grouper with the biggest gags all taken on blue runners.After 2 hours our live bait was gone and it was time to go. The kids are reeling in a small red grouper and Im reeling up my bait. As we get to the surface a tiger shark goes after the red grouper, misses but grabs my pinfish and then tries to get the grouper again. i quickly back the drag off has he starts running – now hes tangled in the red grouper line, goes around the anchor, then heads back underneath the boat and kids are screaming “shark” non stop ! [...]

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Plenty of Scamp out of Egmont

Florida Sportsman member: perlmman1234

Went out with a buddy on his bad a** 35 foot center console. First stop at 20 miles or so and reeled in a couple keeper reds. Bait was northern mackerel live shrimp and live 2 inch greenbacks. Second stop was around 45 miles out and let me tell you the scamp were on fire. I cant remember the last time I caught scamp like this. Every shrimp down barely made it to the bottom. As you can see in the video there are no shortage of them at this spot [...]

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Plenty of Bait, Plenty of Action.

Florida Sportsman member: releasegear

A few of us had the afternoon open so we headed out of clearwater. Marked bait as I was heading out of the pass , steve threw the net out the back and loaded us up with scaled sardines. Took 3 of us to bring it in, filled the well and 2 five gallon buckets – still had the deck covered. Stop by the rube and toss out a few free lines. slammed right away and steve gets a cobia. Next bait out, slammed again. This one almost spooled my battle with 320 yds of 30lb power pro. I got a nice king. The boca grip was going between 38-42 lbs . [...]

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Pass-A-Grille Offshore Variety

Florida Sportsman member: yelladevil17

With the recent winds, we wanted to wait a few days until the water cleared up. My cousin Tan wanted to show some east coast friends what it was like to fish on our side of the state. We loaded up with lots of live shrimp, white bait, and frozen sardines. Great day to be out on the water…overcast clouds, slight breeze, small chop. Mystery sighting of the day: As we were going out, Tan spotted a sailfish…he said it popped its bill and sail out of the water while chasing bait. That would have been a cool sight, considering we were only in about 50-60′ and 20 mi out. We got to our first spot in 65′. Gene was the first to drop down a shrimp and gets railed on his light tackle setup. The fish kept digging and running all over the boat. After a tough fight, we netted a nice 35″ cobia[...]

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Box of Red Grouper, King for the smoker

Florida Sportsman member: CaptainBly

About 8 miles into our trip I see a really nice show on the screen. I Turn around and the bottom just exploded with color. Throw the jug. Drift it a couple times and some almost keeper reds come over the side. But way bigger than the last spot so we were hopeful. We decided to anchor.

Within an hour and a half we had our limit of Red Grouper and a nice king that is about to go on the smoker in about 20 minutes… Not a bad day for no plan,not hitting the water until almost 11:00am, and not putting a line in until noon[...]

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Spooktacular Mahi and Mangro Snapper

Florida Sportsman member: indabox.bc

“Headed out of John’s Pass Friday afternoon for some Friday night mangros. Ran into a school of mahi 30 miles out. Luckily, we had plenty of live whitebait to keep them at the boat.After an hour of mayhem, 33 mahi were In Da Box and we left them biting to get set up for the nighttime mangro bite[...]”

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Girl Power on the Grounds

Florida Sportsman member: harbison

The Florida Fisherman, Hubbard’s Marina, has been on dry dock for a few weeks. Spent my weekends attending Jesuit High School football games instead of fishing the Florida Middle Grounds. That is about to change, the Florida is back. Forty eight anglers and a crew of five are busting at the seams in anticipation. Let’s go! The weather forecast is great, the moon is full, the Florida is loaded with enough food & drinks to supply a small, make that a large, army. It’s time! [...]

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Fishing the Forty Fathom Break

Florida Sportsman member: harbison

Friday means deep water time for the Florida Fisherman, Hubbard’s Marina. The moon phase is perfect for an all out assault on the ‘Monsters of the Elbow & Forty Fathom Break.’ Thirty dedicated anglers wait to board the Florida Fisherman ll. This is going to be all out war.

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Hogfish on Artificial

Florida Sportsman member: jewfish7

Monday’s trip hit a little snag when we got to the marina, they were out of live shrimp. We never head offshore without a livewell full of shrimp, everything eats them. Instead we got a box of dines and castnetted up some pins and greenbacks.We ran out to the pipe knowing that there is some big mangs out there [...]

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ARS Pay Back Time

Florida Sportsman member: harbison

Friday, June first, 2012, American red snapper season opens. The very best to one & all, let’s go get them. Finally! It’s ARS pay back time. No more free meals.Forty four anglers, and a full crew, departs Hubbard’s Marina on the Florida Fisherman ll. We will be fishing two days before the full of the moon, the best time of the month. Will the fish be hungry? Let’s go see.

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Gag Reflex

Florida Sportsman member: flatsrunna

Took my buddy out today for a lil’ action, he hasn’t fished in 12 years. So I rolled up to the marina at about 9:30. Droped 300 dollars on gas, loaded the boat, and we were off to the nearest flat to catch bait. After a few tosses we had bait and we were off to the wild blue yonder. Feels like we threw back 100 plus fish today. Bite was sick.

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Giant Cobia in Clearwater

Florida Sportsman member: ericj359

A good buddy asked me if I wanted to go out on his newly re-powered Calcutta 263 well I said said “OH YEAH!” A lot different from the 18 foot Mako I usually run. We went out to our favorite cobia spot to see if anybody was home, it was pretty rough at 45 feet, in about 3-6 foot swells the boat handled it great. We ran 25 mph the whole way through it and didn’t get wet. Enough about sounding like a Calcutta commercial and back to fishing. We anchored up and started to chum and I hooked up on the biggest blue runner I’ve ever seen, it was huge! [...]

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Full Moon Mango Madness

Florida Sportsman member: Navy_Fishing

Showed up at Mango’s house and loaded the boat. Heading out to challange the GOM beasts would be Mango, Kokosing Lover, Manny (Mango’s friend) and myself. Got the boat in the water sometime between 12:30 and 1 PM. Headed out of Blind Pass and started looking for the bait. Got a few cigars and runners and then headed out to about 100′. Started to drift over form fishy looking hard bottom and I get hooked up by a big fish only to have my knot to the swivel come undone [...]

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Offshore AMI

Florida Sportsman member: JEIBE

Finally had a day off with school and work being so crazy so Capt Vern treated me to a trip. Started off at the 3 mile and sabiki’d up pins, blue runners, pig fish, sardines, you name it. We were going to run out to 100 or so in search of some big fire trucks but we found a bottom chunk we couldnt pass up. Several gag grouper in the large and larger range were caught. RGs got in the action as well with bringing 4 keepers home…between 20-23″ [...]

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Cobia’s out of Clearwater

Florida Sportsman member: ericj359

While most of you were fishing the king of the beach. I didn’t enter cause kings are a hit or miss with me. Headed out to a public wreck in 45 feet about 10 miles out looking for some light tackle bonita mackerel action, well that wasn’t the case. Filled the well at a bridge in the intercoastal so we started chumming, the first bait in the water gets slammed not even 5 minutes in [...]

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Middle Grounds Trip

Florida Sportsman member: harbison

Once again we challenge the Florida Middle Grounds. Once again the weekend weather prediction is less than perfect; in fact, down right lousy. Forty eight anglers hope for the best. Low pressure or no low pressure, we know what the Grounds has to offer. Most of us arrive at Hubbard’s Marina early. One reason is to watch the 1/2 day boat returning. Sure enough, the Friendly Fisherman returned one P.M. Friday afternoon. Grunts were targeted. Grunts, small but very good eating. Also some very impressive king fish and mackerel were landed.

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75 Miles

Florida Sportsman member: electricblue

Ran out for opening grouper and got on the mangos something nice. See the 8#er. Had the ARS chummed up from 200′. Folks these bastards have doubled in size. It’s almost like they know they get a free pass. Some sort of hope and change I guess…. $1000 in fuel, couple of fish, day on the water, priceless…Life is good.

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First Cobia- and much more!

Florida Sportsman member: timbo615

Went out to run the boat because it hadn’t been ran in a while. Engine had a hard time and thought it was gas. Got out 4 to 5 miles and started trolling. Dropped a big lipped lure down and was about to get the spoon out and boom the lure gets killed. Stopped the boat and he was not moving. Maybe I got hung up. Motor back over it and he comes out. About a 28 in gag. Have no idea how he got in the rocks trolling. I turned the engine off and when I went to turn it back on, nothing. I opened a compartment and smelled gas. The water fuel separator is spitting out gas [...]

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Kingfish out of Hubbard’s

Florida Sportsman member: TennesseeDave

Me and my neighbor went on Hubbard’s Sunday morning half-day. Trolling on the way out we caught a bunch of Spanish mackerel. One was at least 4-5 pounds (sweet). These were caught using a #1 planer and a green drone spoon off one of the corner spots. My buddy used a silver spoon with a small trolling weight wayyyyyyyyyyyyyy back [...]

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Cobia!

Florida Sportsman member: GEO

Cobia have started to show up at the mouth of Tampa Bay to just inside the Skyway Bridge in decent numbers to where I think we are going to have a great cobia year. On back to back trips we were able to catch four while sight casting to them. Pinfish or scaled sardines under a popping cork is a deadly combo for these brown bombers. They fight great especially the second time after they see the boat. Look for these fish to be around reefs, bridge pilings channel markers and similar structure [...]

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Gags, a Mango, and a Porgy

Florida Sportsman member: Navy_Fishing

LateAgain, Myself and an old Navy friend from Lakeland went out to try our luck with the Mangos this morning and to say the bite was tough would be an understatement. Only 1 Mango wanted to come home for dinner, so we of course obliged him or maybe her. Gags were hot and eating everything we dropped down. Sardines, live shrimp, dead shrimp. Largest went 11 something pounds [...]

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Big Gags and a Frisky Shark

Florida Sportsman member: jewfish7

The weather looked decent so I tried to get a crew together but only my buddy Kit could ride out,oh well time to go find something willing to put up a battle. On the way out about 12 miles out we see something that looked very stange, there was a loon diving down and there was a huge colorspot under him.We pulled up and to our surprise it was a massive whale shark with a school of bait fish all around him,the loon was diving down getting him some.I made the mistake of taking my eye off the whale shark fetching the camera,when I got he dove down never to be seen again [...]

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The Bottom Bite

Florida Sportsman member: Gordo35

Ended up fishing with 3 buddies today. I just put the boat back at O’Neill’s the other day and we departed from my lift around 6:50. Stopped at the PAG marker and got some smallish Pinfish to go with the live shrimp I got from the marina. Headed out to the Egmont channel markers and got some nice Sardines and Cigar Minnows to join the crowd in the livewell [...]

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Can You Say Tuna!

Florida Sportsman Member: timbo615

My uncle is a long time local who moved to Tennessee. Whenever he comes in town I make sure I have plenty of time to take him out. This past week Thursday-Saturday looked to be the best days. Took another person out with us, his son-in-law, never really been offshore before. We ran out to the pride in hopes of playing around with some aj’s. We get there and the aj’s are all over. Uncle throws out a soft plastic and gets hooked up. He saw that it wasn’t a aj as it was really silver [...]

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10K Big Redfish and More

Recent inshore fishing reports from the Ten Thousands Islands region.


10K Big Redfish and More

Florida Sportsman member: Joe Snook

Redfish

I was poling around a bay and saw a big fish swimming in circles and zigzags in a small area. Luckily, the fish stayed on course and intersected perfectly with the DOA Cal Paddle Tail and two twitches was all it took to get the bite set the hook and hand the rod back to Jake.

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10K Fishing Trip

Florida Sportsman member: Viking

10K Fishing Trip

I joined a group of friends for several days of fishing and camping in the Ten Thousand Islands. During the trip we caught snook, reds, trout and other species. It was some of the best snook fishing I have had in years.

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Everglades Mixed Bag

Florida Sportsman member: TieOneOn

Everglades

Easily one of the highlights of the trip was the monster tarpon we found sitting in just a couple feet of water. Despite my initial goobered cast with my fly, he didn’t spook and let me present the bait again. This time I caught his attention and he quickly began to follow.

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10K Inshore Slam

Florida Sportsman member: WATERTIMEinshore

10K Inshore Slam

We ran south from Goodland and stopped in a spot I have been looking at for quite a while and it happened to be out of the wind, so we tried it. It was holding some beautiful upper slot fish. Throwing jigs, we covered this edge and it produced three reds, two of which were over the slot and one landed right on 27″.

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10K Variety Bites

Florida Sportsman member: Joe Snook

10K Variety Bites

Super Bowl Sunday I went out to fill the bait pen and get some triple tail with a friend and I got this slob, who was almost 30 inches.

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10K Inshore Recap

Florida Sportsman member: WATERTIMEinshore

10k Inshore

The redfish bite was on! We wound up in the double digits with nice fish, some spots producing up to five to six fish off one branch. Got them all on gulp, so bait is not a necessity. Trout bite has also been consistent and also managed to find some quality fish lurking around the deeper holes and bars.

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10k Winter Fishing Variety

Florida Sportsman member: Joe Snook

10k Winter Fishing

The the cold water makes for some slower days catching our favorite species like snook, reds and tarpon, even though I have had some great trips on those species this winter. Pompano, trout, sheepshead and grouper, just to name a few, have created some very good trips, when the regular targeted species were challenging to find or bite.

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Big Flamingo Redfish

Florida Sportsman member: urbanamazon

Flamingo Redfish

I found some massive fish poling around Whitewater Bay this morning before the front, all on topwater plugs.

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Flamingo Snook and Struggles

Florida Sportsman member: lemaymiami

Flamingo Snook

We did find some big tarpon later that day, but all of our baits also went to sharks. Moving back inside, Yuan Bing finally scored a really nice 33″ snook that weighed 10lbs on the Boga before being carefully released.

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Everglades Trip: Three Days, 16 Species

Florida Sportsman member: footankleg

everglades

Day three was a slam dunk. Tides and hangouts dialed in better. We had a blast with keeper sized trout and ladyfish on topwaters in the early morning. While we lost some tackle, we also kept some macs. A couple of sharks were in the mix and gave a good test to the smoothness of our drags. Mr. snook finally showed in area where we had encountered schools of trout.

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Everglades Backcountry Fishing Trip

Florida Sportsman member: southerntide

Everglades Backcountry Fishing

As the sun hung a little low, we ran back inside the mouth of the Chatham area where we caught some nice snook, one nice red, and jacks. Upon reeling in a jack, we had a six foot tax collector engulf it two foot off the bow. What a sight! On the ride home we saw two other big spinner sharks come completely out of the water after mullet. Spectacular!

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Personal Best Snook Fishing

Florida Sportsman member: Oldfloridangler

snook fishing

Just beat my last 40″ personal best Snook with a fish just shy of 43″, but was she was stocked up fat as can be, weighing in at almost 26lbs. I sight fished her in less than a foot of water, and I will tell you I had no idea this fish was this big when I pitched the jig at her. 10 lb braid line, 25lb leader and an 11 minute fight later, here she is.

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10K Islands: Inshore Variety

Florida Sportsman member: snookerf150

Fished out of the port Thursday through Saturday last week for the romp in the swamp. We caught lots of fish and some quality fish we just couldn’t get all three to cooperate on tournament day. We had a blast though and love staying down there even if it is only 15 minutes from the house, it is a great staycation for sure.

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10K Islands: Redfish and Snook

Florida Sportsman member: WATERTIMEinshore

Lately the fishing has been nothing short of great. We have been seeing a great push of redfish into the area and have been averaging some solid upper slot fish on just about every outing.

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Trying Something New

Florida Sportsman member: WATERTIMEinshore

I continued on seeing a lot of nice pushes along the banks most were mullet but finally saw one that looked a little bigger. Pitched him the Gulp and boom 32.5 inch red worked me good for a few minutes. Pretty much was the highlight of the morning and as usual got hot things slowed up so we called it a day.

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Chokoloskee Snookin’

Florida Sportsman member: Beamer

By this time it was around 1pm and I went to a spot where we always catch a bunch of trout on the last hour of the tide and man that was a great decision. The first bait that hit the water was a 36 inch snook!

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Personal Best

Florida Sportsman member: charlemagne

I have hooked many big snook, they just have never made it to the side of the boat, usually find a way to fray the leader or take me into the mangroves,but this one I was totally not losing! I put my rod down into the water and starting turning her as best I could, after a decent fight, I FINALLY landed a decent sized snook!

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Chokoloskee Trip

Florida Sportsman member: Fowlplay87

Day two we got some shrimp for the ladies and hit the gulf which yielded boat loads more of catfish along with some trout, snappers and a bonus pompano. We did see a few tarpon but couldn’t focus in on them to try and get a bite.

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10,000 Islands Mixed Bag

Florida Sportsman member: Joe Snook

Snook off the beaches have been just incredible and I have had some Great 30 to 40 fish days in back with some beautiful fish caught but same old story the giant mama’s getting away. I guess where I find them are in too tight of places to land the big girls.

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Summertime Patterns

Florida Sportsman member: CaptrainRapps

You can count on the Redfish to take a Gulp shrimp on the last half of the incoming tide. Live shrimp under a popping cork works great for Reds too!

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Chokoloskee Report

Florida Sportsman member: Fowlplay87

Headed west and arrived at the first spot and in short order we release a small snook, followed by a keeper trout then a slot size red joins the box followed by a mangrove the hit my spook. Switched over from the topwater to a jig and added 2 more trout to the box and another snapper and around that time it was getting hot and tide was dead low.

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10,000 Islands Action

Florida Sportsman member: Joe Snook

Fishing has been good, not great with all this crazy weather but some nice fish have been taken just about every trip along with all the usual cold water suspects sheepies, trout and silver trout.

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A Glades Adventure

Florida Sportsman member: southerntide

I wait a few minutes then turn the click on and put the rod in the holder. As soon as the rod leaves my hand a 4 foot tarpon comes flying out of the water with my mullet, ripping drag then breaks me off in about 30 seconds.

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Playing in the Backcountry

Florida Sportsman member: blewitupsir

Headed to the deep back country today to check the bite. Been fishing out front mostly so didn’t really know how it was gonna be. Very solid bite, even with the huge tides we are going through.

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New Personal Best

Florida Sportsman member: Joe Snook

This trip was extra special because I was able to be part of watching this avid and great angler catch the biggest snook of his life. The tide was a nice outgoing and the beaches were looking good with small baits around and moving water with easy access to deep water.

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Fishing Around the State

Florida Sportsman member: Joe Snook

The sight fishing along the beaches has been incredible with keys clear water and pods of 10 plus fish passing through willing to eat small baits and particularly small flies. Tried getting permit offshore on fly one day but they were very spooky.

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Summertime Everglades

Florida Sportsman member: CaptainRapps

Redfish are roaming the outside oyster bars looking for little crustaceans on the bottom. Try throwing them a live shrimp on a 4/0 circle hook under a popping cork. Keep ringing that dinner bell by popping that cork about every 5 to 10 seconds.

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Ten Thousand Islands Spring Bite

Florida Sportsman member: Oldfloridaangler

It is the most wonderful time of the year here in south west Florida. Warmer weather, less traffic, and the arrival of migrating tarpon and snook moving into passes is just the cherry to top off this sweet bowl of summer time in Naples.

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Trout Fishing with the Kids

Florida Sportsman member: charlemagne

The first spot we stayed at for about two hours, turned into a trout fishing competition between the two. I believe final count after two hours was Anna Maria with 45 and Paul with 31 (Just trout), she kicked his butt! There was tons of bait all around us and she caught a few macks mixed in with her trout as well.

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Ten Thousand Islands Inshore Bite

Florida Sportsman member: Joe Snook

It was snook and redfish days like they were in september and october. My anglers were catching 20 to 30 Snook a day, not huge but not tiny. The Reds were the same with only one day mostly rats, which is good to see for the years to come.

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Fall Everglades Bite

Florida Sportsman member: CaptainRapps

Stock up on D.O.A. Baitbusters and Terror Eyz and head to the backwaters to battle with the Snook as they head way back into the creeks and rivers for the winter season. In a good moving tide, fish the eddy side of the points. For some fantastic action, throw them a handful of live pilchards followed by one on a circle hook. Hang on!

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10,000 Islands Inshore

Florida Sportsman member: Oldfloridaangler

Within minutes we had reds schooling around us, over-slot bulls fighting for our jigs. We were also joined by a few skittish tarpon, that were darting in and out of view snatching the baits as they frantically evaded the frenzy. The reds openly accepted anything with a bronze or new penny color.

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Marco Island Inshore

Florida Sportsman member: snookerf150

I put in at bay view at 7am and ran out through the pass and headed north. Shut down and waited and within a few minutes there were pods of bait everywhere, one throw and I had bait for days. I fished the beach for a few minutes while I waited for his phone call, ended up with a few small snook and a couple monster jacks.

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Small Lure, Big Fish

Florida Sportsman member: Joe Snook

I put my rod in the water to keep the fish from coming up and fraying the leader thumbed the spool a bit and within a minute I reached down and grabbed what was a 37 inch snook. It has been quite some time since I have been on the receiving end of a beautiful fish instead of spectating or instructing an angler on my boat while they’re in a battle.

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Summer in the Ten Thousand Islands

Florida Sportsman member: Joe Snook

I’ve been getting the reds a number of ways from topwater to a shrimp or a live pilchard. The technique all depends on the tide and times of what tide that depends on how I like to go for them. I hate sitting there with baits on the bottom but lets face it the bottom line is catching fish and thats been what’s working due to high water temperature.

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Whitehorse Key Camping Trip

Florida Sportsman member: CapnAhab

Luckily it only got better from there. That evening, after we waited out the storm and ate mountain house meals in our tents, we heard a ton of mullet going crazy all over the shore around the tip of the island. We hopped out and looked around to see that they were getting chased by sharks right up on to the beach.

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Chokoloskee Backwater Bite

Florida Sportsman member: Piperhigh13

The tide was low so the bank was mostly exposed limiting the areas the snook could get me into trouble. There was however one tree limb in about six inches of water that I paid no attention to until of course the fish makes a beeline straight towards it.

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Ten Thousand Island Inshore Bite

Florida Sportsman member: blewitupsir

Trout have been plentiful, with lots of smaller fish and some slobs in the mix as well. Popping corks and live shrimp or a scented plastic will do the trick. Look around the grasses and points out front, but my bigger fish are actually coming from the back off the bars.

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Catching Dinner and a Trophy

Florida Sportsman member: rgarry

Headed further offshore and Philip redeemed himself with a large snook. Headed even further offshore and landed 3 black tips, and 18 snappers. Not getting out there for 6 months, the fishing gods were smiling on me.

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Ten Thousand Islands Mixed Bag

Florida Sportsman member: Charlemagne

We found a nice spot in the gulf where there was a slight drop off from hard bottom, around 2ft of water to 6 feet and sandy bottom. This was the surprise spot of the day, very productive as well! Since we were not able to find whitebait, we were using live shrimp on jigs, then it happened. Our drags started screaming out like crazy, at first I thought it was a big snook, but it didn’t fight like one.

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Great Snook Bite

Florida Sportsman member: Joe Snook

Crazy May cold front conditions today. I went out knowing it was not going to be an easy day but tried my best and it payed off. I’ve been watching people lose big snook a lot the past year so I have been bringing along two new pigsticker set ups that I have used for personal use in certain hazardous big snook fishing situations.

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Shrimp Dunking with the Wife

Florida Sportsman member: Jdstang50

I took the wife out yesterday for a couple of hours. We hit the water at 9am and searched the beach for white bait. With no luck, I ran over to the boat ramp and got some shrimp. I am not much of a shrimp dunker but it was my only choice. We found a shoreline that was hidden from the wind and began to troll our way. Her fourth cast she landed this monster red. Knowing that she was satisfied, I ran back to the lift and gave the Canyon Bay a spring cleaning. “A happy wife is a happy life”.

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Fantastic Fishing in the Ten Thousand Islands

Florida Sportsman member: Joe Snook

Forum member Joe Snook has been on the fish lately, from snook to sharks, he’s keeping the rods bent. Tight work!

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Cooler Weather Heating Up the Fishing

Florida Sportsman member: Joe Snook

While the weather has started to cool the fishing has really heated up! All month has been great but the end of the month just got even better when my tarpon showed back up leading to numerous anglers being able to complete the highly sought after inshore grand slam [...]

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Chokoloskee Firsts

Florida Sportsman member: Charlemagne

There was what I thought was a first gag grouper, turns out it was a goliath around 20 pounds. It was handled gently and put back in the water super quickly. hey, I suck at grouper ID, but I will never make that mistake again! I caught some snook at this spot all around 18-22 inches and about 25-30 catfish as well as assorted mangrove snappers and small jacks.

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10,000 Islands Prodigy

Florida Sportsman member: Joe Snook

I had a mother and a son duo today so, I figured it would just be a regular kid and parent trip. As were idling down the canal, the kids talkin my ear off, which I dont mind, it happens alot because people are usually excited and jacked up about their day which gets me going too. Well the youngster is 8 years old and Im chattin about fishing with this kid and what hes sayin is all just about right. Im wondering to myself wheres he pickin it up from I asked mom and she says hes self taught, Im guessing he picked it up from magazines and TV shows [...]

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Everglades Campin’ and Snookin’

Florida Sportsman member: blewitupsir

Took off last Friday morning from the house at Fishermans Cove in my Duracraft with Jeff, Don and Travis were on Dons Carolina Skiff and started the long journey down to Willy Willy. Loaded up with ice, tackle and gas to get us thru Sunday night.

Got our camp set up, boats unloaded and then it was off to start the fishing marathon. Don is 72 years old and has been fishing the glades since his dad brought him here when he was 1 year old. The knowledge I get from him is unreal. We headed out and fished all over on Friday[...]

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Flounder & Trips

Florida Sportsman member: nightfly

Got to the ramp around 7:30 this morning. We picked up some shrimp and headed out to the nearshore reefs. The action was really slow at first. I had a shrimp on bottom and was throwing 1/2oz bucktails. No hits on the shrimp and was picking up a few on the jigs; mackerel,blue runners,and some small snapper. Then i started throwing a 1oz bucktail hoping for a cobia. I’ve caught a couple in this spot in the past this time of year. I get a hit and its not a cobia, but a hog of a flounder [...]

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Reds in the 10k

Florida Sportsman member: Joe Snook

We got the usual jigged up fish trout, pomps and some others. Tide came in we worked our way back and got some nice reds and more trout. We each got some dink snook too, the biggest wbeing about 24 inches. I had a nice time actually catching instead of just watching. A few reds, including a 24incher and 25incher we caught and kept for dinner.

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Chokoloskee Catches

Florida Sportsman member: nightfly

So it’s been three weeks since I’ve been fishing and I decided to bring the best fisherman I know, my daughter Audrey. There was no getting up at the crack of dawn. We didn’t get on the water till after 10am. We went to my first spot, she was using live shrimp and I was throwing bucktails. All day we caught a few small ones; snappers,jacks,ladys…the usual suspects. Went to another spot and same thing, lots of small ones. I then hook into something big right away[...]

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Tripletail for the Table

Florida Sportsman member: tg.

Believe me when I say that my plans rarely come together this well. Anyway, I saw something swimming around one of the crab floats earlier this week when I was out with the wife. I just didn’t have a rod or bait. So yesterday, I headed out with some live shrimp to see if he might still be there. He was 18-plus inches and my first ever.

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Fall Fishing Producing Solid Catches

Florida Sportsman member: Capt. Milk

Took a client out from Louisiana yesterday and he ended up landing his biggest snook and red in one trip. Its a privilege to get to meet some of the awesome clients chartering has offered over the years. I’ve been reading all of the posts and it seems like the fish are biting for everyone which is great news [...]

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Getting Ready for the Showdown

Florida Sportsman member: tailchaser16

Fished a half day Friday and all day Saturday getting ready for the Showdown. As PF mentioned reds were everywhere and a few snook came out to play as well. Watch out fish!

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Awesome Snook on Fly

Florida Sportsman member: FLA_tony

Went out this morning at day break with my fiancé. She hasn’t been out on the boat since the baby was born, so this was her first trip back out. We planned to start the morning with snook. I headed to the first spot. We are fishing a nice bank, I’m on the bow throwing my fly rod and my fiancé is at the stern switching between a topwater and live shrimp, as I’m watching my gurgler on the retrieve I see this snook rise from the bottom and inhale my fly [...]

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Everglades Inshore Mixed Bag

Florida Sportsman member: blewitupsir

Took another group of guys out last weekend. These gentleman had never been fishing on a boat before and booked a trip to try something new. Left POI around 7 a.m. and headed out. With the weather conditions and threat of storms all day, inshore was going to be the place to be. Water was low with the negative low tides, so I brought us to some deeper cuts to drift until the tide turned [...]

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10K Islands Inshore Action

Florida Sportsman member: blewitupsir

Fished today with a gent from Clewiston area out of POI. I again originally wanted to head out, but its just not to be right now for my boat with the current weather patterns. So we focused all our attention inshore. Again the redfish are plentiful and very willing to please. Caught around 10 with the average size of about 22″, the largest being a fat 27″ fish [...]

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Solo Everglades Tarpon Trip

Florida Sportsman member: deerfly

I’m a S. Fl native from the late 50′s and relocated to Hernando County in ’98. I don’t get to fish this region nearly enough anymore. Nowadays, if I make my way down here 2-3 times a year I consider myself lucky. Anyway, I figured I’d post my report in the TT section instead of my usual BB region. I hope you locals don’t mind the intrusion [...]

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Backcountry Reds

Florida Sportsman member: nightfly

Got up this morning looked at the radar and went back to bed. Didn’t get on the water till about 10:30 a.m., went to a spot that I found last year that holds a bunch of redfish in the summer. This was my first time there this summer and the reds were there too. I ended up catching five reds, two measured in at 26-inches and the others were around 23-inches [...]

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Wiggins Pass Snookin’

Florida Sportsman member: odiesfloatie

It was a beautiful (just a tad hot) morning with a light east-southeasterly hint in the air. Even though I have lived in Naples for almost 5 years now, I have never actually fished in Wiggins Pass. I have been launching at Cocohatchee Park and meeting the family at the beach and I thought this time I would take a rod and see if I could find a couple spots that I could fish in the future on the way to meeting the family out at the beach.

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10,000 Islands Topwater Action

Florida Sportsman member: Joe Snook

We were headed out to do some fishing Saturday morning and as we idled out I decided to change plans and go to wading for a lil’ R&R. I cracked a beer and headed north through the backcountry. On the way I noticed the tide was coming in strong and decided to stop real quick and see if the fish were home at an incoming spot I haven’t fished in a while. First cast with the spook and was a hit and miss. I had her follow it up with a paddletail and bam! Fish on!

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Sunday Snookin’

Florida Sportsman member: SnookMagnet

Fishing with Capt. Joe Cassaro – our biggest of the day at 32 inches. Caught a few just under slot fish as well.

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Marco Island Memorial Day Trip

Florida Sportsman member: Captain Bill Curtis

We were able to take the holiday weekend off, and got the invite from Mom to join her at their great place in Marco Island. We loaded up the family, the dog, boat and way too much other stuff for a 2 day trip Sunday morning. We got to the ramp at 951 at the bright and early hour of 10 am or so and weren’t surprised by the nice long line. We were surprised to see an attendant though, and things actually moved along rather quickly [...]

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Memorial Day Snook

Florida Sportsman member: nightfly

My buddy bailed on me first thig this morning so it was a solo trip. I did what I always do and stopped at island cafe in EC and grabbed some breakfast. At my first spot I picked up a trout and a mackerel. Caught a bunch of mackerel throughout the day. Ran to another spot and picked up 2 nice flounder and another trout [...]

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First Florida Slam!

Florida Sportsman member: asleepatthereel

My first Florida slam! Moved here from Texas a while back and never had the chance to fish for snook. I love how you can tell right off the bat whether it’s a snook…awesome day and great memory! Caught my second slam the next day!

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Week Recap, A Good One

Florida Sportsman member: Capt. Milk

These are some of the pictures from the past couple of fishing trips we’ve made. The snook have been biting really strong with a couple 33” and 35” fish and one up to 38”. Looking forward to the following month or so of snook fishing. The redfish have still been biting strong for us as well. The bait has been for the most part very plentiful.

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Chokoloskee Fishing

Florida Sportsman member: nightfly

Got to Island Park Marina around 7:15 a.m. and we went to my first spot and it produced nothing. Then tried another spot and picked up a couple of trout and a small snook. Then I wanted to go on a recon mission for inshore gags to get ready when season opened. I’ve never targeted this fish, just catch a few from time to time with dumb luck. Didn’t catch any today but found a few spots and picked up a couple of baby jewfish and a nice snook [...]

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Wiggins Back Bay

Florida Sportsman member: JSTickum

Headed out into Wiggins Bay today with fellow member DaveO on Yaks, had a great time in the 4 hours we were out there. The tide was going out in the morning and turned around at around 10 a.m. All fish were caught on artificials, enjoy the pics.

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Redfish, Redfish, Redfish

Florida Sportsman member: pjstevko

I’ve wanted to fish the E City / Chokoloskee area for some time now but have been a little reluctant because there is just so much area to get lost in so as a belated birthday and early wedding gift to myself I booked a inshore charter for my best man and I celebrate everything that has been happening. I booked the charter with Captain Andy Lee of Grassroots Guiding who is a new and upcoming guide in Southwest Florida. He’s mostly a fly fishing guy but since the weather was so windy on Saturday we threw our spinning gear all day [...]

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Great Day, Despite the Winds

Florida Sportsman member: Capt. Milk

Headed out early early Saturday morning to get some bait before the winds really started kicking. Thanks to the East wind it wasn’t too rough for how strong the winds were. We ended up loading up the livewells with some nice white bait and headed down south to catch some fish. Our first spot we pulled up to in Fakahatchee bay landed us with a 38” snook and a 31” redfish. When the action slowed down we moved out to the gulf and weren’t as lucky with the big fish. We caught a few smaller reds and trout near the points around Dismal Key. We planned on fishing longer until a big storm decided to show up and force us to run home. Running in the rain for 30 straight minutes was a rough ride.

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Chokoloskee Red

Florida Sportsman member: nightfly

Went out of Chokoloskee Island Park Marina this morning and headed down the Lopez River and hit the back bays with with the fly rod and the trolling motor and caught half dozen small snook. Had a shot at a bigger one but he didn’t want to play, also saw about a 6 foot shark cruising the mangrove shoreline. After a few hours I decided to head back around rabbit key pass [...]

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Estero Bay Reds

Florida Sportsman member: Indianoutlaw

Had a chance to get out with Captain Dave for a little fishing Saturday am. We had some novices on the boat that am, so we spent an hour trying to get bait, but had little success. We did have a first as Dave caught a redfish in the net while trying for whitebait! We spent all morning trying to get the guys on fish, but it was a battle with lots of poor casting and a little frustration on my part. We dropped the novices off around noon and Dave and I went fishing for real. We fished a pretty shore line close to the outside and Dave connected on our first red of the day [...]

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Marco/Goodland Redfishing

Florida Sportsman member: nightfly

Got up early and was at the boat ramp at 5 a.m., took my sister along who on the last two trips broke one of my fishing poles each time. She didn’t break any this time. I wanted to fish the dock lights for some snook but had no luck seen a few but had no takers. At first light we ran to the pilings out of Big Marco Pass to net some bait. headed back inshore and caught a couple small trout, ladys, and jacks. I decided to make the run to Goodland. Its been a while since I’ve made the trip between the bridges [...]

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The Last Couple Weekends

Florida Sportsman member: HookedOnSnook

I haven’t posted in a WHILE and barely have time to browse around here anymore, but there doesn’t seem to be enough action around here so this my report from the last couple weekends. Fished 3/3 and it was howling, but found plenty of quite water in the backcountry and caught about 10 redfish of all sizes from 16″-28.5″ and well as a handful of small to slot sized trout and about 20 snook. No snook bigger than 22″ Though. I also got a black drum on my fly rod which was a first [...]

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Night Time Snookin’ on Fly

Florida Sportsman member: nightfly

Went out yesterday late afternoon and it started out with a real slow bite with catching some ladyfish and a couple small trout. and about 9pm my buddy wanted to go home so i dropped him off at the ramp i wanted to catch some fish. by this time the tide was slack and i figured by the time it got moving the snook would start eating [...]

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Late Afternoon Trip

Florida Sportsman member: Joe Snook

Passed few days have been concentrated on boat maintenance. It was time to put the boat back in the water so i Took a friend out of poi on hi tide yesterday afternoon. Water was way warmer then ive seen it in a long time. things are really heating up. in a couple hours we managed to get some beautiful trout biggest ones being 21, 20 and 18. those were caught along the mangroves near small pods of bait fish [...]

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Two Days of Marco Action

Florida Sportsman member: Captain Bill Curtis

We got to spend a few days out of Marco Island with family over the weekend and managed to get some fishing in. We arrived at my parent’s incredible new waterfront home in Marco to hear stories of the Goodland boat parade that we missed on Saturday. It sounded highly entertaining with highlights of tremendous beer bellies, hula skirts, and coconut bikinis all on the same characters [...]

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February Fishing in Chokoloskee and Everglades City

Florida Sportsman member: CaptainRapps

February is a month where we normally will see some subtle changes from January’s cold fronts and wind. The cold fronts will still hit us, but are usually a little less powerful. Water temperatures will continue to hover in the low 60’s. Daytime air temperatures will average 52-76 degrees [...]

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Sunny Weather Fishing

Florida Sportsman Member: Rizangler

Fished on Tuesday and Wednesday. Great weather, calm seas and sunny warm afternoons. Fished raising tide with success of the outer Islands near Indian Key. Spanish Macks all over the place. Hit Trout and Red fish on flies. Green bucktail jigs bringing the fish on using cut lady fish for my first time instead of shrimp or gulp [...]

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