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Glasstream 280 Pro-XS

Glasstream

Here you can see the 280 racing along atop of her steps.

At 28 feet long the Glasstream 280 Pro-XS still handles like a sports car due to its narrow beam and double stepped, ventilated hull design. The slimmer profile also makes it a breeze to tow behind even a half-ton pick up or SUV. To help hold you securely in place while underway, there’s a race inspired bolster seat behind the helm. With the seat cushions dropped out of the way, you are nestled into the wrap-around cushion. Swing the seat bottom back into the up position and you have comfortable seating for longer runs. V-shaped seating in the bow doubles as storage and the entire front of the console swing up, providing access to more storage and a head with (macerator optional). The Family will enjoy the stern lounge seating while anglers will appreciate the aerated live well across the transom.

Standard Equipment

-High performance set back molded transom


-High lift dual ventilated step hull


-High performance control center

-Molded in foot rest, glove box, low profile windshield

-Front entrance with gas shock support to head/additional storage

-Removable console headliner for easy access to gauges and wiring

-64-quart aerated bait station

-240-quart fish box with outside drain

-Molded nonskid surface

-Leaning post with rod holders

-Large rope locker and anchor storage

-All Stainless steel hardware and fasteners

-Off set molded composite transom (no wood)


-Easy access PVC rigging tubes


-All fiberglass stringer system


-Cockpit lighting (bow and stern)


-Dry storage compartments


-Heat shrink terminals on all electrical connections with independent breakers for each accessory


-Raw water wash down station

Optional Equipment

-Clarion stereo with (4) speakers

-Compact Bluetooth stereo with (4) speakers

-Bimini Top

-T-Top


-Ski arch


-Graphics

-Removable aft seating

-Bow sundeck cushion


-Single or Double drop out bolster


-Stainless steel prop(s)

-Hydraulic steering


-LED lighting 


-Pedestal seat


-Removable back rest


-Bow rails


-Raw/fresh water wash down


-Powder coating


-Additional stainless steel rod holders


-Stainless steel wheel with knob


-Full pull up cleats


- Underwater lights (2)


-Electric trim tabs

-Porta head with macerator

-Compass

-Dive ladder

Specs

-Length 27’8″


-Beam 8’ 5”

-Cockpit Width 84″


-Cockpit Freeboard 28”

-Rated 400 HP 


-Fuel Capacity 135 Gallons

www.glasstream.com

Pavilion Key Cobia

 

Recent offshore fishing reports from the South region.


Pavilion Key Cobia

Florida Sportsman member: Raquel Waxon

Pavilion Key Cobia

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

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Highland Beach Cobia

Florida Sportsman member: rhino2000

Highland Beach Cobia

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

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Miami Reef Fishing

Florida Sportsman member: miami mutton

Miami Reef Fishing

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

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Hollywood King Fishing

Florida Sportsman member: T – L U V

Hollywood King Fishing

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

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Miami Reef Fishing

Florida Sportsman member: Smokin_Reelz

miami reef fishing

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

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Hillsboro Wreck Fishing

Florida Sportsman member: MH79

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

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Miami Beach: A Trip To Remember

Florida Sportsman member: reelchaos27

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

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Port Everglades Sails

Florida Sportsman member:TLUV

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

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Miami Live Baiting

Florida Sportsman member: Ghostrider

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

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Catching Dinner

Florida Sportsman member: gdholbrook

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

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Family Outing

Florida Sportsman member: miami mutton

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

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Mutton Madness

Florida Sportsman member: miami mutton

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

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Tournament Winner

Florida Sportsman member: SmittysTeam

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

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Giant South Florida Swordfish

Florida Sportsman member: farinco

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

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North Largo Muttons

Florida Sportsman member: fulltime

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

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MIami Mixed Bag

Florida Sportsman member: Yeaaa_Chris

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

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Port Everglades Offshore

Florida Sportsman member: conquistador

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

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Muttons off Miami

Florida Sportsman member: miami mutton

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

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First Sword

Florida Sportsman member: wahoowillie754

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

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Haulover Swordfish

Florida Sportsman member: farinco

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

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Day Trip to Bimini

Florida Sportsman member: Tomm

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

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Haulover Deep Dropping

Florida Sportsman member: farinco

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

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Miami Flags

Florida Sportsman member: miami mutton

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

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Muttons and More

Florida Sportsman member: gdholbrook

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

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Wahoo Success

Florida Sportsman member: CatchDog

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

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Hillsboro Offshore

Florida Sportsman member: FLATS BROKE

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

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Catch and Release Snappers

Florida Sportsman member: Reef Bandit

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

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Miami Mixed Bag

Florida Sportsman member: gdholbrook

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

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Port Everglades Phins

Florida Sportsman member: NightOwler

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

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South Florida Variety

Florida Sportsman member: skully1968

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

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One and Done

Florida Sportsman member: BigTime

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

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Solo Action

Florida Sportsman member: Tomm

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

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Swords and More

Florida Sportsman member: farinco

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

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Taking Veterans Fishing

Florida Sportsman member: rhino2000

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

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Day Timing Down South

Florida Sportsman member: type1F-team

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

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South Snapper Bite

Florida Sportsman member: miami mutton

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

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Solo Trip Success

Florida Sportsman member: Tomm

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

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Find the Birds, Find the Fish

Florida Sportsman member: SmittysTeam

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

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Getting Revenge

Florida Sportsman member: on deck

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

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Family Fun in Marathon

Florida Sportsman member: ReelObsession

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

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Hot Reef Bite

Florida Sportsman member: miami mutton

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

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Making it Happen

Florida Sportsman member: snookyj

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

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South Florida Swords

Florida Sportsman member: farinco

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

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Down South Mixed Bag

Florida Sportsman member: followotherboats

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

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Saved by the Storm

Florida Sportsman member: flybycrb21

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

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Day Trip Success

Florida Sportsman member: OneFastt997

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

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Miami Bottom Bite

Florida Sportsman member: miami mutton

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

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First Sail for the Boat

Florida Sportsman member: jtnole02

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

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Down South Deep Dropping

Florida Sportsman member: copout@castaways

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

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Sails Down South

Florida Sportsman member: andy5757

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

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Haulover Swords

Florida Sportsman member: farinco

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

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Leaving Them Biting

Florida Sportsman member: miami mutton

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

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Deep Dropping Out of Haulover

Florida Sportsman member: farinco

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

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Wahoo on the Other Side

Florida Sportsman member: snookyj

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

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Barrel Bonanza

Florida Sportsman member: flybycrb21

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

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Limits out of Miami

Florida Sportsman member: miami mutton

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

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Day Timing Before the Front

Florida Sportsman member: farinco

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

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Swords out of Haulover

Florida Sportsman member: farinco

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

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Bringing Home Dinner

Florida Sportsman member: miami mutton

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

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Dolphin off of Miami

Florida Sportsman member: ReelObsession

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

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Tearing up the Tortugas

Florida Sportsman member: Reef Bandit

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

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Down South Yellowtails

Florida Sportsman member: wahito

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

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Miami Jig Bite

Florida Sportsman member: angryangler

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

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Big Fish on the Bottom

Florida Sportsman member: The BEAST

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

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Mangroves and More Off of Miami

Florida Sportsman member: miami mutton

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

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South Florida Spearfish

Florida Sportsman member: Poseidon10/31

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

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Key Biscayne Bull

Florida Sportsman member: GameTimeFT

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

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Port Everglades Offshore

Florida Sportsman member: flybycrb21

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

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Summer Sails

Florida Sportsman member: snookyj

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

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Miami Mutton Madness

Florida Sportsman member: miami mutton

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

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Down South Bottom Bite

Florida Sportsman member: Lucky Hook II

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

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Filling the Coolers Down South

Florida Sportsman member: GIT-R-DUnn

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

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A Little Bit of Everything

Florida Sportsman member: cudaman

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

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Deep Dropping Down South

Florida Sportsman member: copout@castaways

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

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Terrific Tortugas Trip

Florida Sportsman member: Reef Bandit

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

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Port Everglades Sail

Florida Sportsman member: 23T

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

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Fishing on the Edge

Florida Sportsman member: Double Threat

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

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Miami Muttons

Florida Sportsman member: Miami mutton

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

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King Cuda and Friends

Florida Sportsman member: The BEAST

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

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South Florida Sails and More

Florida Sportsman member: The BEAST

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

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Making It Happen in the Rough

Florida Sportsman member: danmanswag

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

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Swordfish on Soft Plastics

Florida Sportsman member: Captain Ross

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

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Hot Bottom Bite Down South

Florida Sportsman member: miami mutton

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

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Droppin’ Deep for Big Fish

Florida Sportsman member: copout@castaways

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

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A Full Day of Fun

Florida Sportsman member: The BEAST

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

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Rough and Tough Sailfish in the South

Florida Sportsman member: The BEAST

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

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Florida Bay Cobia

Florida Sportsman member: Miami mutton

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

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On The Fish, Offshore

Florida Sportsman member: e-money

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

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Deep Dropping Daylight Swords

Florida Sportsman member: ultraplayer26

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

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Solid Reef Fishing Down South

Florida Sportsman member: miami mutton

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

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Offshore Kayak Action

Florida Sportsman member: gdholbrook

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

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The Fish Are Chewing Down South

Florida Sportsman member: The Beast

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

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Florida Bay Cobia

Florida Sportsman member: Miami Mutton

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

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Government Cut Offshore

Florida Sportsman member: snookyj

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

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Party On The Patch Reefs

Florida Sportsman member: Gettin’ Jiggy

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

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Dolphin Bite Down South

Florida Sportsman member: The BEAST

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

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Miami Bottom Fishing Mixed Bag

Florida Sportsman member: miami mutton

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

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Miami Muttons

Florida Sportsman member: miami mutton

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

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Big Bull out of Haulover

Florida Sportsman member: sflskier

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

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Mutton Snapper out of Elliott Key

Florida Sportsman member: farinco

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

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Marlin Double Header

Florida Sportsman member: Team Mayhem

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

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Tuna Time out of Gov’t Cut

Florida Sportsman member: JustinZ

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

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Haulover Mutton & Yellowtail

Florida Sportsman member: farinco

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

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Port Everglades Blackfin Tuna

Florida Sportsman member: SmittysTeam

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

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Dolphin are Plentiful

Florida Sportsman member: cnunez3024

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

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Port Everglades Sail, Blackfin & More

Florida Sportsman member: SmittysTeam

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

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Miami Muttons and Yellowtail

Florida Sportsman member: miami mutton

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

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Big Mahi Out of Haulover

Florida Sportsman member: Big_Boy

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

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Out of the Cut : Grouper, Pompano, Dolphin

Florida Sportsman member: JustinZ

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

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Port Everglades Bull

Florida Sportsman member: Blue Chip

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

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Push it to the Limit

Florida Sportsman member: miami mutton

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

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Easter Weekend Bull and Cow

Florida Sportsman member: Mahigator

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

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Haulover Mahi & Mutton

Florida Sportsman member: Reef-Chief

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

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

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Hillsboro Wahoo

Florida Sportsman member: JVL

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

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Miami Wahoo

Florida Sportsman member:ReelDeep

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

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Kings on Fire

Florida Sportsman member: farinco

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

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Port Everglades Blue Marlin

Florida Sportsman member: JVL

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

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Hillsboro Inlet Tripletail

Florida Sportsman member: Gary M

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

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Wahoo out of Port Everglades

Florida Sportsman member: TRalph

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

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Christmas Gags & Muttons

Florida Sportsman member: farinco

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

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Patch Reef Mutton

Florida Sportsman member: FlagMaster

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

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Great Day Off Haulover

Florida Sportsman member: No_Bananas

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

 


Gag Grouper in the Bay

Florida Sportsman member: UrbanAnglerMiami

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

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Muttons on the Move

Florida Sportsman member: Gettin’ Jiggy!

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

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Bulls in the South

Florida Sportsman member: tonyfern

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

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Mack Attack off Miami

Florida Sportsman member: miami mutton

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

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Three Hours of Catching!

Florida Sportsman member: The BEAST

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

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Paying it Forward!

Florida Sportsman member: The BEAST

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

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Epic Day off Port Everglades

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

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Cubera Snapper Finale

Florida Sportsman member: The BEAST

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

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Key Biscayne Muttons

Florida Sportsman member: miami mutton

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

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Spectacular Mutton’s out of Haulover

Florida Sportsman member: Reporte de Pesca

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

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Rod and Reel Yellow Eyes

Florida Sportsman member: Ufhalbert

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

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Gaffer Saves the Day

Florida Sportsman member: danmanswag

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

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Big Groupers and Muttons

Florida Sportsman member: Lone Drifter

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

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Miami Dolphin Report

Florida Sportsman member: ReelObsession

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

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Spectacular Muttons

Florida Sportsman member: Reporte de Pesca

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

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Wahoo Time

Florida Sportsman member: Saltydawg

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

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A Quick Afternoon Trip

Florida Sportsman member: farinco

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

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Trophy Yellowtail

Florida Sportsman member: NVMata

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

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Impressive Tails off Miami

Florida Sportsman member: miami mutton

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

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Afternoon on the Wrecks

Florida Sportsman member: Double Threat

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

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Key Biscayne Bugs

Florida Sportsman member: Dream Catcher

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

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Haulover Mutton Fishing

Florida Sportsman member: farinco

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

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Hammer Time

Florida Sportsman member: Reef Bandit

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

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Dania Beach Variety

Florida Sportsman member: Nickc33

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

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Whistle Buoy Muttons

Florida Sportsman member: Lucky7Team2

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

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Yellowtails and More

Florida Sportsman member: miami mutton

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

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Smoker King and More

Florida Sportsman member: Double Threat

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

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

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Weird Weather!

Florida Sportsman member: The BEAST

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

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Big Cobia!

Florida Sportsman member: Ikaika

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

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Mutton Report Key Largo

Florida Sportsman member: miami mutton

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

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Offshore Miami

Florida Sportsman member: alacrity

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

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

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One of Those Days

Florida Sportsman member: Flats Broke

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

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Grouper and Muttons

Florida Sportsman member: miami mutton

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

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Beasts of Burden

Florida Sportsman member: waterman419

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

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Blackfin Tuna Feast

Florida Sportsman member: Double Threat

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

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Slammer in Grove Slam

Florida Sportsman member: Team O-SEA-D

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

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Busy Catchin’

Florida Sportsman member: The BEAST

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

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Mother Nature vs. The BEAST

Florida Sportsman member: The BEAST

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

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Dolphin, Kings, and Sailfish

Florida Sportsman member: farinco

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

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Dolphin off Hillsburo

Florida Sportsman member: Dcurbelo1000

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

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Yellowtails are Chewin’

Florida Sportsman member: farinco

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

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Miami Dolphin Report

Florida Sportsman member: ReelObsession

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

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Kayak Bull

Florida Sportsman member: drichard1986

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

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Kings for the Smoker!

Florida Sportsman member: farinco

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

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Jurassic Park Tails

Florida Sportsman member: miami mutton

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

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Some Good Eats

Florida Sportsman member: JustinZ

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

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Sailfish, Dolphin, Blackfin…Hot Bite!

Florida Sportsman member: Double Threat

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

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Mack Attack

Florida Sportsman member: farinco

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

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Daytime Cubera

Florida Sportsman member: miami mutton

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

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Swordfish!

Florida Sportsman member: osead marine

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

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Got Lucky!

Florida Sportsman Member: Reel_fishy

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

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Saturday Wahoo

Florida Sportsman member: JoeGuil

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

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Miami Mutton Report- Yellowtails

Florida Sportsman member: miami mutton

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

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Kayak Sailfishin’

Florida Sportsman member: Saltysack

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

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Florida Sportsman Best Boat – ActionCraft 24 ACE, Sea Chaser 26LX, Glasstream 280 Pro-XS


12/9 8:30am | 12/11 8:30pm

In this episode of Florida Sportsman Best Boat

Shallow draft, and ability to handle rough water, the ActionCraft 24 ACE is capable of both. The length and beam of the Sea Chaser 26LX allows for nearshore and light offshore fishing. Light weight construction allows the Glasstream 280 Pro-X to be powered light, but perform excellent.

Jupiter Cobia Catch

 

Recent offshore fishing reports from the Southeast region.


Jupiter Cobia Catch

Florida Sportsman member: Team gt

jupiter cobia catch

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

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Huge Jupiter Swordfish

Team No Competition
Huge Jupiter Swordfish

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

 

 

 

 

 

 


Boca Raton Snapper Limit

Florida Sportsman member: HurricaneBK

Boca Raton Snapper

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

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Jupiter Sailfish

Florida Sportsman member: MakoLogi

Jupiter Sailfish

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

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Making Memories: Father and Son Fishing

Florida Sportsman member: PaulBoat

Father and Son Fishing

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

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Huge Lake Worth Wahoo

Florida Sportsman member: Ryanmc6884

Lake Worth Wahoo

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

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Trolling Wahoo and Deep Dropping Snapper

Florida Sportsman member: CNTDR

trolling wahoo

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

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Epic Swordfish and Shark Bite

Florida Sportsman member: e-money

swordfish and shark

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

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Shrimp Boat Fishing Slam

Florida Sportsman member: bambam78

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

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Palm Beach Offshore Action

Florida Sportsman member: Angler Managemnt

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

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Boca Raton Variety

Florida Sportsman member: SenseiTony

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

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Southeast Offshore: Epic Catch

Florida Sportsman member: dcheek2112

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

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Day Trip Success: Wahoo and Snapper

Florida Sportsman member: e-money

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

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Personal Best Wahoo

Florida Sportsman member: GRSC

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

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Tournament Fun

Florida Sportsman member: latitudeadjustment

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

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Boca Dolphin

Florida Sportsman member: MGD

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

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Finding the Phins

Florida Sportsman member: CAPTAIN KABUK

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

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A Wahoo Surprise

Florida Sportsman member: Mike Butcher

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

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Fort Pierce Offshore Bite

Florida Sportsman member:BacDoc

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

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Full Moon Snapper Fishing

Florida Sportsman member: FISHHUNTR

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

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Working for the Bite

Florida Sportsman member: lunkerman

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

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Day Saver

Florida Sportsman member: Del Mar

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

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Money in the Bank

Florida Sportsman member: Ryanmc6884

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

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Yellowfin for the Kids

Florida Sportsman member: PaulBoat

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

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Jupiter Phins

Florida Sportsman member: SonarSup

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

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Wife’s Biggest

Florida Sportsman member: Barrell

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

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Solo Bull

Florida Sportsman member: Aftershock

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

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The Maiden Voyage

Florida Sportsman member: CNTDR

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

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Bahamian Hoo’s

Florida Sportsman member: PaulBoat

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

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Patterning Them

Florida Sportsman member: Angler Management

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

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Port Everglades Action

Florida Sportsman member: brianuf5220

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

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Palm Beach Offshore

Florida Sportsman member: Angler Management

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

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PBI Sailfish Bite

Florida Sportsman member: Capt Tommy

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

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Breaking Marina Records

Florida Sportsman member: Angler Management

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

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Making it Happen

Florida Sportsman member: e-money

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

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SLI Action

Florida Sportsman member: e-money

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

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Dinner Guests

Florida Sportsman member: greenie-slayer

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

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New Years Wahoo

Florida Sportsman member: Lazy Bones

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

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Boynton Bull

Florida Sportsman member: Reel Retreat

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

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SLI Tunas

Florida Sportsman member: Maribella

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

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Bull in the Inflatable

Florida Sportsman member: b1gdog83

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

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Southeast Mixed Bag

Florida Sportsman member: e-money

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

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Evening Bite off Boynton

Florida Sportsman member: bluechip

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

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Maiden Voyage Success

Florida Sportsman member: dpdash

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

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Southeast Bottom Bite

Florida Sportsman member: colossalcatch

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

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Jupiter Offshore

Florida Sportsman member: Black Attack

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

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Hoos on the Other Side

Florida Sportsman member: paulboat

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

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Inflatable Phins

Florida Sportsman member: b1gdog83

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

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Weekend Recap

Florida Sportsman member: Angler Managemnt

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

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First Place Hoo

Florida Sportsman member: 1974Donzi

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

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Fish on the Weeds

Florida Sportsman member: Mike Butcher

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

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First Place Phin

Florida Sportsman member: Chasentailz

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

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Father and Son Time

Florida Sportsman member: PaulBoat

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

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A Bakers Dozen

Florida Sportsman member: LET’S GO

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

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New Marina Record

Florida Sportsman member: Angler Management

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

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Birthday Hoo’

Florida Sportsman member: 1974Donzi

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

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Southeast Offshore Bite

Florida Sportsman member: e-money

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

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Summertime Phins

Florida Sportsman member: Angler Management

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

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Deep Water Gold

Florida Sportsman member: catch’emall

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

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Bahamas Wahoo

Florida Sportsman member: e-money

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

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Dodging the Storms

Florida Sportsman member: BigNiner19

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

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Fishing for a Cause

Florida Sportsman member: Jfenn10

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

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SLI Cobia

Florida Sportsman member: LET’S GO

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

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Stuart Sails and More

Florida Sportsman member: Captain Dave

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

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First Place Phin

Florida Sportsman member: Seamanator561

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

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Fish Filled Weekend

Florida Sportsman member: greenie-slayer

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

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SLI Cobia

Florida Sportsman member: LastMango

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

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Treasure Coast Dolphin

Florida Sportsman member: P@t

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

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An Adventure to Costa Rica

Florida Sportsman member: greenie-slayer

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

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SlI Sailfish Bite

Florida Sportsman member: Sea Monkey Too

Quickly caught 3 dozen baits and headed out to 270 feet. Wasn’t long before we had a double header sailfish. We got one and mine spit the hook. Soon after that settled down we had yet another double header sailfish hookup. This time we got both to the boat.

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SlI Marlin

Florida Sportsman member: LET’S GO

They trolled around for a bit and at the end of the day were able to score a few decent dolphin, a couple of skippies and the prize of the day, a marlin.

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Dolphin for All

Florida Sportsman member: sam50

I spot a frigate and Capt. Adam puts us in the area as 2 live gogs were sent out to slow troll along, didn’t take long and big bull is jumping behind the boat. Ian was aboard today and never caught a dolphin, so the rod was passed to him and he did a sweet job leading that fish right to the gaff.

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Southeast Phins

Florida Sportsman member: SammyT

Decided we might as well pull a spread during our beer drinking adventure. Ended up with 4 dolphin. Smaller 3 in the 28-30 inch range, and the big one went 43 pounds. There wasn’t a favorite bait among the fish today.

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Great Trip to the Other Side

Florida Sportsman member: e-money

Ran about 15 miles off and I spotted a bundle of balloons and floats then Ryan spotted the right frigate!
On the third pass I look back and see 4 20 to 30 pound phins chasing the spread! All 4 rods go off, but we went 2 for 4 with a 20 plus pound cow and about a 25 pound bull!

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SLI Solo

Florida Sportsman member: Maribella

Headed out of town for a week so figured I better slip offshore this morning. Some beautiful edges with weed out there in various depths. I opted for one in 235 feet and had two sail releases on flatlined greenies within the first 90 minutes before things got quiet.

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Sushi for All

Florida Sportsman member: footankleg

The flocks were far and few but persistence paid off and we had a triple header on. Two of the fish got cutoff either by sharks or wahoo but I luckily stayed tight to my fish. The battle was outstanding and made me promise to start doing lower back exercises.

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Southeast Bull

Florida Sportsman member: Pensacola

The day started off slow only had one phin in the box by 1pm. We then found a sweet edge with some grass and it was on! We went 8 for 10 on dolphin in 2 hours then the edge dissolved.

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Big Tuna off Palm Beach

Florida Sportsman member: frigategetsfish

After practically stopping the boat and locking the drag on this fish otherwise he would have spooled my 50 wide tiagra I start cranking the fish in which took about 30 minutes of pain and agony to get to the shock cord. The fish was almost directly straight down when I noticed the wings of the yellowfin tuna.

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Hillsboro Offshore

Florida Sportsman member: jtluongo

Two for 4 on sails just south of Hillsboro inlet in about 150 feet of water. They were hitting everything, pilchards, flying gogs, weighted gogs, you name it.

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Palm Beach Offshore

Florida Sportsman member: Angler Management

The wind overpowered the current so it kept us moving south and we fished our majority of the time just south of the breakers. We seem to float between 180 and 350 feet of water, although we really weren’t paying attention because it was really nonstop action.

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Birthday Fishin’

Florida Sportsman member: Lori Jo Fishing

Today was Cayden’s birthday so were looking for a birthday phin or hoo. We cleared the inlet to nice flat seas. About an hour in the planer pops and Cayden starts reeling gets tight and bring it to the boat. That was his first fish on the wire line. It was a nice one the biggest of the day.

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Southeast Bull

Florida Sportsman member: Bow Movement

Forum member Bow movement reported a slow weekend of fishing, but the few bites they had were good ones.

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Hillsboro Bite

Florida Sportsman member: dpdash

There were several very nice triple tails but we couldn’t get a bait to them though the hundreds of jacks and triggerfish. After 30 minutes of trying I finally was able to get a bait to the biggest one. Two jumps and he threw the hook, bummer for sure. Trolled a bit more and made several drops with only some very large Rosie’s to show, no love from the tiles.

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Boynton Beach Offshore

Florida Sportsman member: First Born

Nothing on the troll, but after a few drops at the tile grounds we got a 17 pounder, headed shallow and picked up a grey tile as well. We trolled home, seeing a lot of flyers and birds and ended up with 10 footballs and 3 average phins. Good times! Phins and tuna were landed around 200 to 350 feet.

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Harbour Island Trip

Florida Sportsman member: Off The Wall

After slowing the boat and pushing the drag way up the rod was bowed way over and we all thought we were going to have a really nice wahoo. Well on the leader that wahoo turned into a 70 pound class yellowfin. The tunas around Harbour Island are known for eating only live bait, but this one wanted a blue and white islander on cable going 18mph.

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Offshore Slammin’

Florida Sportsman member: ScottR

Got to 120 foot and the right long goes off like a firecracker, but no run. As we are discussing whether we wanted to keep this ‘bonito’ for strip baits, and the angler is cranking like a banshee, we see stripes! Here comes the hoo!

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Jupiter Offshore

Florida Sportsman member: Roc N Rol

We headed out to the bait grounds and managed to get a couple dozen goggle eyes. After the sun came up we headed south to the kingfish fleet in 70 feet off of Juno pier and joined the masses. We got our limit of Kings from 30 to 36 inches and then headed out to try our luck deep dropping for golden tilefish.

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Southeast Cobia

Florida Sportsman member: snapahead

We started drifting in 110 feet off the breakers and dropped goggle eyes half way down. Hooked up these 2 slobs back to back.

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February Phins

Florida Sportsman member: Bencarr

I was able to convince the captain to go out again and we almost had to turn around at the BIG inlet. We caught another 6 phins in very sporty conditions. 5 of the 6 were in the 10 to 12 pound range.

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SLI Daytiming

Florida Sportsman member: shady business

I asked the guys if they wanted to reset or head in and drop for some tilefish and they all wanted to reset so we did and it’s good thing we did. We hooked up within minutes of dropping and then the tug of war began. The next fish finally came to the surface and we could tell it was a much larger fish. Another harpoon shot and we drug her into the boat.

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West End Wahoo

Florida Sportsman member: Lazy Bones

The seas were nice and we were able to put 4 in the box by 10:30 or so before heading back to Old Bahama Bay to meet some friends and have some lunch. Trolled from OBB to Sandy, nothing doing. Pulled in and reset N of Memory. The wind has swung around and it was a little bumpier and wetter, but we managed another 2.

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Cat Cay Day Trip

Florida Sportsman member: PaulBoat

Forum member Paulboat and friends got across the the “other side” recently and put a hurting on the fish. Nice work!

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Small Boat, Big Fish

Florida Sportsman member: SkunkLife

Forum member SkunkLife didn’t need a big offshore boat to get out there and catch some sailfish recently. Drifting live baits was the technique used to catch the fish from his Carolina Skiff j16.

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Sails and Dolphin off Jupiter

Florida Sportsman member: millerlightdrinker

“I’ve been fortunate to fish the last few weekends, live baiting off of Jupiter. We have been catching sails and dolphin pretty consistently similar to other reports on this forum. I had the awesome experience of watching my daughters both catch their first sailfish…”

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Fun in Costa Rica

Florida Sportsman member: SLW UroCane

We went 13 for 15 on sails, with a few on fly. Lots of big mahi. A few YFTs that made for some sashimi. We also bottom fished, dropping to about 405 ft and landed a nice red snapper and a few blue-line tiles, which tasted absolutely incredible whole fried that night!

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Family Weekend in West End

Florida Sportsman member: PaulBoat

She came up to me and wondered how come I’ve never taken her wahoo fishing… “It’s too hard for you to reel,” I said. “I’ve seen your videos and those big electric reels,” she replied. “It can get a bit boring if we’re just running around looking for a bite,” I said. “I’m patient, I’ll bring a book and some magazines.

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Girls Day Out

Florida Sportsman member: Jupiter Double D’s

It was kind of sloppy and grew as the day went on. We put one of the girls on her first sailfish. A big one! So we ended up taking a quickie photo and then a nice slow clean release. We grabbed a mahi and then a mutton when the girls said they weren’t feeling too good. So we went in a little early.

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Limiting Out on Wahoo

Florida Sportsman member: Hooklesslure

Turns out we never ran out for dolphin because we were catching up wahoo all morning on the out going tide. The current was running south and a front was visible just to the north. We were fishing with two wire lines and a 80 wide with braid and a variety of trolling lead from 16 to 48 ounces.

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Jupiter Offshore

Florida Sportsman member: RockNReeler

Becky wanted to catch some tuna, so we headed northeast of the inlet and started trolling tuna lures and a cedar plug. I had been successful here about two weeks ago, and wasn’t disappointed today. 10 minutes into the troll in 250 feet of water one, then two, rods start screaming, fish on!

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Wahoo Proposal

Florida Sportsman member: gray

As I was setting up my next bait the customer asked me to stop and video him proposing. Caught me off guard at first but it turned out pretty cool. They were really excited. We packed up and reset off the condos and got hit by a nice wahoo in 120 feet.

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Catching on the Other Side

Florida Sportsman member: e-money

The first pass 1 minute after lines were in we had a nice little gaffer and a schoolie. We reset and bam 15 to 20 pound gaffer and another schoolie. 15 minutes in we were 5 for 7 . We left em biting to hunt for wahoo.

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A First for a New Friend

Florida Sportsman member: Captain Dave

About two minutes after I was just joking and saying to Rob “I promise we’re doing everything right”, I see a sailfish out of the corner of my eye pop up on the outrigger ballyhoo. He was on it like stink on a monkey, and after a quick drop-back it was GAME ON!

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Mission Accomplished

Florida Sportsman member: dpdash

Didn’t get the third line out in 225 feet when the sail took off with the deep line. After a spirited fight, sail came up tail wrapped, quick pic with Trevor’s first billfish then some resuscitation, colors came back quickly and away he went.

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A Summer to Remember

Florida Sportsman member: Jupiter Double D’s

Forum member Jupiter Double D’s put together an awesome video of some memorable moments from this summer. With big fish caught and some great spearfishing, it was definitely a summer to remember. Nice work!

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Summer Recap

Florida Sportsman member: AFT561

Been quite busy with work and tournaments this season so I haven’t had much time, but I was finally able to put together a few videos of what we were up to this summer. Big tuna, sails, mahi, kingfish, big wahoo, the whole summer shindig wrapped up into 2 videos.

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Mahi and More

Florida Sportsman member: ScottR

Went back on the troll and all of a sudden, it went off! Singles, doubles, triples, it was a crime scene and the Mahi were on the “hit list”. We couldn’t go 10 minutes without fish pounding the spread.

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Jupiter Offshore Action

Florida Sportsman member: Angler Management

No wahoo in the AM so we live baited and caught a bunch of different fish till about 10:30 then the bite shut off. We had some cool sailfish action and it was the customers first! We also had some kingfish around early. Took one to the scale and it stood in 2nd place.

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Stuart Sail

Florida Sportsman member: rgambotz

We started the troll at 200 feet and kept the heading until we hit 300 feet, we saw 2 huge hammerheads cruising right past the boat and then 2 minutes later we see the left long line bounce once, twice and then bam fish on. A sail hit the black and purple bubbler and gives us a few jumps and then comes boat side.

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Hoo on the Troll

Florida Sportsman member: latitudeadjustment

I put out a tuna spread in 150 feet or so and headed deeper, just wanting to nail a decent blackfin. Trolled some known spots for tuna but we did not get any hits, saw a nice jumping sail fish which was very cool but no takers on our rigs.

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Woohoo for Wahoo

Florida Sportsman member: 1974Donzi

Forum member 1974Donzi has been on the wahoo. Fishing off of Palm Beach, catching multiple big “hoo’s”. High speed trolling has been the ticket for these fish.

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Big Jupiter Hoo

Florida Sportsman member: Jupiter Double D’s

In 150 feet of water off Jupiter the 80 wide starts screaming. A LONG RUN, which was good because it gave us time to clear the other 2 lines. Had to switch to low gear to get her in. After what seemed like eternity and my worry of the sharks biting her in half on the way in, I grab the leader and Derek sinks the gaff!

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Palm Beach Offshore

Florida Sportsman member: e-money

Forum member e-money has been getting out there and putting clients on the fish! Catching kingfish, cudas and other species, the rods are always bent. Tight work.

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Costa Rica Trip

Florida Sportsman member: Dominic74

As soon as we saw it jump we couldn’t believe what was happening, we were hooked up on a Pacific Blue Marlin! and it was awesome! I fought him for an hour and a half and over two miles, all stand up, except for a few times I leaned up against the chair, my back was killing me. We leadered him 4 times before we got him close enough to take a few pictures.

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The Bahamas Bite

Florida Sportsman member: Chips Ahoy Charters

Been on other side for past few weekends. Tuna and mahi fishing is still pretty good over there in the channel. Weather has been great along with the fishing. Fished over there last weekend had some nice yellowfins, big blackfins, and some pretty good deep dropping on the way home.

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Saint Lucie Sails

Florida Sportsman member: DropBack

The fish tail walked from about 100 feet behind the boat and ended up way out in front when she finally settled back into the water. My girlfriend had no idea what she was in for, she fought it for about an hour like a pro and finally got it boat side.

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Two Weeks in Paradise

Florida Sportsman member: dpdash

One day bottom fishing, one of the boys left a rod leaning against the gunnel with a bait in the water, all of a sudden Christi shouts the rod just went over! I look over the side and it is sinking out of sight, I jumped in and swam down about 10 feet and grabbed it. Despite a good rinse, it wouldn’t work the rest of the trip.

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Harassing the Hoo’s

Florida Sportsman member: Hooklesslure

Clayton says it feels like a big fish and as soon as we see the mouth we knew we had good one. Clayton brings the fish close, Dale maneuvers the boat and I sink the gaff into this huge wahoo. I finally get this wahoo over the gunnel and we all could not believe the size of the fish.

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Setting the Bar High

Florida Sportsman member: Lobsterdb12

After a few drops and one AJ we decided to continue to trolling. Nephew reeled in his first Cuda so he was very excited. Caught and released the Cuda and continued trolling. Get a big knock down and we see a nice sail on, pops sets the hook and puts Isaac on the rod. He does a great job on the sail and we get him in the boat for a smooth catch and release.

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Dolphin Fishing with Dad

Florida Sportsman member: juliem

After scooping up about three or four balloons, we finally found what we were hoping for, a wooden pallet loaded with nice sized dolphin and triple tail. We were convinced that the reason we had such luck was because of our good deed of scooping up the balloons from the ocean.

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Stud Snapper out of Fort Pierce

Florida Sportsman member: FISHHUNTR

Great time with friends Adam and Ben last night, didn’t load the boat but we figure we hit the 50 pound mark with 8 fish.

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Monster Southeast Sail

Florida Sportsman member: kershel

After breaking our back with more reef donkeys go inside to about 70 feet. I watch my light tackle cobia rod’s bait getting slashed by a sail on top. I had no clue what I was in for the next hour and half. Released my personal best sail and on light tackle.

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Monster

Florida Sportsman member: Captain Dave

I asked John what he wanted to catch and the word “sailfish” was belted out immediately as he had never caught a sail before. Hmmm, summer time… two straight days of west winds… always love a challenge. Well alright, let’s go try and find a sailfish then!

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Southeast Night Bite

Florida Sportsman member: B Lang

Bait of choice has been a live cigar minnow or sardine. Earlier trips were a slow north current but the last two have been a steady south current, last night the ribbonfish ate us up but still managed a dozen and a half fat boys.

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Big Hoo’s Bring the Money

Florida Sportsman member: campertop

Broke the inlet and set up for our Wahoo target, about 45 minutes in to it we get the bite, short battle and number 1 in the boat. We make a circle and come back across the mark from the first and number 2 starts singing, Short while later number 2 is on the deck.

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Bruiser Blackfin out of Lake Worth

Florida Sportsman member: robgfish

The east wind pushed us inshore, so at 95 feet we decided to slow troll back out deeper keeping the kite up, at about 100 feet the long kite bait gets hit. We didn’t see the fish hit but could tell it was a solid fish. Took Scott around the boat a few laps, finally as it got closer we saw a flash of gold, sushi!

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Memorial Day Bite

Florida Sportsman member: Jupiter Double D’s

In around 100 feet of Jupiter a Canyon Gear skirt bally gets nailed and goes on a pretty good run. Ends up being a nice smoker king just under 30 pounds. Ok, the skunk is off. Continued trolling deep with no luck. Scattered weeds were a pain to deal with and really didn’t produce any strikes for us. So back in to the ledge when we get another hit on a swimming mullet in 150 feet off Juno.

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Taking Home the Win

Florida Sportsman member: Angler Management

We were immediately in 4 to 7 foot seas and stayed in shallow and it was still solid 7 to 9 with 10 to 12 footers mixed in. We kept the engines moving to keep the bow into it for a power drift with 4 live baits off the stern. 30 seconds into it in 70 feet we get the first strike.

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Big Bull and More

Florida Sportsman member: e-money

Current ripping in 115 feet off lost tree, 24 pound cow eats left short and smacks the gog off hook. Wow she must be hungry because now the deep bait Is screaming! Did not know it was same fish for sure till I found 2 goggle eye in her belly at table. After a 20 minute battle and expert cooperation I Gaff her in the dome. We reset back to 200 feet and promptly jump off a 30 plus pound bull. Hold on a sec! He ate, jumped off and came back for left short! 30 minute battle and 59 inch 36.1 pound bull in the box!

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Hot Bahama Bite

Florida Sportsman member: Lazy Bones

The weather was less than favorable for radar so we fast trolled the area and picked off a 40 pound yellowfin. Found some nice weed and nabbed a 19 pound dolphin. Having caught 2 of the 3 targets, we decided to take advantage of the outgoing tide to try and pick off a wahoo. Same lure from last year came through again.

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Bahama Days and Big Fish

Florida Sportsman member: PaulBoat

Forum member PaulBoat enjoyed a great weekend in the bahamas. Catching multiple Big yellowfins and more. Great fish! Now is the time to cross the Gulf Stream and catch some on the other side!

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Tripled Up out of Boca

Florida Sportsman member: bobert421

A big ray, with an 8 foot wing span at least swam up next to the boat to investigate. Then I hear “are those sharks with it?” No! There was a bunch of Cobia with him. I grab the closest bait and toss it over. A small one investigates first and I pull the bait away. Then one of the big ones inhales it. It was a rigged ballyhoo that he ate. After a good battle around the boat a nice Cobe joins the ice in the cooler.

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Kings and Cobes, Great Tournament Win

Florida Sportsman member: sam50

Gary grabs the rod and gets tight! We need to chase this king down, so anchor ball goes overboard as me, Justin, and Kirsten bring in kites, clear flat lines, Dalton is on the wheel and backing down. Well next thing you know we got 12 inches of water in the boat and sinking, as this whole boat is a live well. King gets close and we see a shark on it, makes a run under the boat and is wrapped up in the motors now.

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Killer Cobia

Florida Sportsman member: e-money

Forum member e-money posted a solid report with a stud 58 inch, 46 pound cobia to top it off. Great fish!

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S.L.I. Dolphin

Florida Sportsman member: scubadude

Forum member scubadude got into some nice dolphin out of the Saint Lucie inlet. He was trolling in 80 to 100 feet, dragging skirted ballyhoos. Nice work!

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Huge Jupiter Hoo

Florida Sportsman member: Tightlines2234

Around 10:45 the down rigger bait popped the clip and started a short run, at first we thought it was going to be a 20 pound class fish, that of course was before the fish realized it was hooked! After multiple runs and dumping hundreds of yards of 20 pound test off the Avet reel, we managed to get a glimpse of our fish, long silver and resembled that wahoo we wanted so badly. After 2 hours of an epic battle, we finally had the fish coming up, we finally had color and stripes! We sank the gaff first shot and had to use a second to hoist the wahoo over the side! What a monster!

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Smokers and Blackfins out of Palm Beach

Florida Sportsman member: e-money

About 15 minutes in the deep bait gets smacked! Get him up and it is a 35 pound class king, who was gaffed and welcomed to slush bath! The deep bait with stinger was “clutch”.

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A Good Springbreak

Florida Sportsman member: Jupiter Double D’s

Derek wanted to head to Venice Marina for Spring Break. That place is phenomenal! Always delivers quality fishing! Can’t wait to go back this summer.

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Gaffers, Smokers and Big Blackfins

Florida Sportsman member: e-money

We ran south, and I put 3 on top and stealth break away deep. Within 3 minutes of lines in the deep bait gets smoked! We fight fish to the boat and it is a 20 something pound king! High Fives!

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Jigging Palm Beach

Florida Sportsman member: angryangler

Nice Mix of muttons, porgies, yellowtail, margate and other various undesirables on small vertical and Inchiku jigs. I love the challenge of artificial bait fishing and I spend a lot of time offshore trying to bag some of our areas live bottom species. Todays catch included several muttons, 6 but only two keepers, with one weighing in at 7.5 pounds.

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Solid Southeast Offshore Bite

Florida Sportsman member: AFT561

As we work our way into spring, so far it looks pretty promising. Our past few sessions have been loaded with big resident sailfish, nice to finally slow down a bit and fight a fish rather than working for double digits, nice Mahis, kingfish, and some blackfins in the mix too.

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“LET’S GO” Get Wahoo

Florida Sportsman member: LET’S GO

In about 110 feet we deploy the lines and began our trolling to the east the the further the east we go, the bigger the waves, in about 180 feet I start a short video and we are interrupted by a fish on. At first he is a real screamer peeling off perhaps 150 yards of line. He gives up quickly and is boat side the gaff is and and he’s in the box.

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Southeast Kite Fishing

Florida Sportsman member: Angler Management

We ran up that way and ran out of baits both times, Had dual Boston Big game kites, each with 3 live baits and 4 flat lines. NON STOP king fish action. Kept one for the smoker and tossed the rest back, sky rocketing fish made everyone happy, we did find a few dolphin also that visited the kite baits too. Then on the way in we saw spinner sharks and hooked up the guys on 20 pound spinning tackle and had a blast with jumping sharks.

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Fort Pierce Phins

Florida Sportsman member: FISHHUNTR

I scanned to the south I saw a tern circling, so I headed over there. Once there as soon as I shut down we see a gaffer cow swim behind the boat which promptly inhaled the greenie we pitched out. Decided to just drift some livies and over the course of 35 minutes we pick up 2 more gaffers. Another 30 minutes goes by without a bite and the wind dwindled allowing seas to flatten out, feeling better about the conditions we headed back out deeper. In 150 feet we spot big mats formed up and saw a fin free jump near one, so we pitched out the baits and hook up with another gaffer and she had about a dozen (slingers) with her.

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SLI Dolphin

Florida Sportsman member: Lori Jo Fishing

There was a nice edge with weeds in 200 feet but weeds made it tough working the inside. So about 9am we troll offshore. In about 800 feet the planer pops and drag starts screaming. A nice cow goes airborne 3 or 4 times. Wish the camera was rolling for that! Anyways got her to the boat and a perfect gaff shot by Chris, dolphin in the box.

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Cobias Out of Jupiter

Florida Sportsman member: Jupiter Double D’s

I see something of color on top of the water of some pretty decent size maybe a ray, but not sure. So I stop quickly and begin the solo Chinese fire drill and deploy 2 runners and 1 dead sardine. I wanted Mr. sardine but I couldn’t catch him quick enough. Almost immediately the Penn SpinFisher V 5500 gets nailed on a blue runner and not even that small of a runner!

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“Lets Go” Get Cobia

Florida Sportsman member: latitudeajustment

Proceed to open the bail to let him feed as it looked like he may have dropped it from his mouth, close bail and the line gets tight. I then fight the fish for several minutes trying not to horse him to the boat too quickly. He did a couple of decent runs where we saw he was a good size cobia but finally he ended up off the stern quarter and then off starboard side where Zach did a great gaff shot just as the fish began to swim away!

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Boynton Beach Bull and More

Florida Sportsman member: jokerj280

About 30 seconds later we hear the crack of the outrigger followed by that screaming drag that sends our adrenaline rushing. I look over and the rod is horizontal and dumping line fast! Grab it an give it one good hook set and the water explodes about 200 yards back. Knew it was a big dolphin but our guess was around 30 pounds. After about 25 minutes, multiple runs and aerials the fish was brought boat side. I back up to the opposite gunnel, Chris leaders the fish and hits him 1st shot right in the head. The fish that came over the rail was a lot bigger than the one in the water.

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Great Day Out of Palm Beach

Florida Sportsman member: Tori’S Toy

one of the kite baits gets nailed, sailfish! Our friend takes the rod for that one. thing is tail walking like crazy, then another kite bait gets slammed, another sail! two tail walkers. Then the ballon gog gets nailed, dolphin, triple header!

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Dolphin on the Drift

Florida Sportsman member: Salty_Cracker

Reset the drift in about 140 feet this time. Had something peel line off like crazy and break through the mono. Guessing king, but maybe a hoo seeing how fast he took the bait. Then had a dolphin double header. The cow spit the hook but we stuck this decent bull.

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Bay Boat Kings and Sails

Florida Sportsman member: Tightlines2234

The day started off slow but mid morning we found a sailfish sun bathing in 220 feet and managed to get hooked up. Worked hard all day in the sloppy conditions in my 19 key west and finally found some Kings willing to bite. First fish was a rat king caught on the downrigger and the next four were all 25 to 30 pound smokers caught on goggs. Total for the day 5 Kings and 1 Sail.

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Southeast Sheepshead and Cobia

Florida Sportsman member: bullchaser

Picked away at small snapper, seabass, and some other trash fish. Around 11 or so the flatline gets a little knock and then a nice run, captain sets the hook and its game on. Work this fish to the boat and ends his day in the kill box! First cobia of the season.

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Good Bottom Bite Out of SLI

Florida Sportsman member: Snookslayer772

Down goes a bait. It gets slammed and starts taking some good drag, I know what this is! Mr. Amberjack, I’m not complaining though. Right as the next bait his the bottom I’m on, Not pulling like an AJ either. Get him away from the rocks and up comes another gag! Bigger than the first! My biggest gag to date. Unhooked him, wiped away my tears, and let him go.

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Sails on the Troll

Florida Sportsman member: Salty_Cracker

I grabbed the big spinner and a naked ballyhoo and gave the prospecting a shot. About 10 to 15 minutes into it, the ballyhoo gets slammed. I didn’t see what hit it so I left it alone. Then the beak came back up and swatted the hoo a couple times. So I flipped the bail and let some line out. By that time he moved on to the rigger ballyhoo and popped it out of the release clip. My fiancé clicks it in free spool for a few seconds and GAME ON!

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Lake Worth Sails

Florida Sportsman member: robgfish

Drifting north in about 140 feet, I see a sail streaking across the surface, quickly to realize he has one of our flatlines! I grab that one and fight him from a dead boat on the spinner, a few circles around the boat and some good work by Scott raising the kite bait out of the water to let the fish swim under, get a quick pic and set him free.

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Putting Foreigners on the Fish

Florida Sportsman member: Angler Management

Ocean was 2-3 feet with some 4′s in there but all in all nice. We got gogs and saw 2 sails on the kite before 9AM in 90 feet and had a mess of fun fish south of the inlet from 80 to 110 feet on cut gogs and bonito. Not much pelagic action with the west wind, but the bottom bite is very good. limited out on yellowtails and had 6 mice muttons, kings, and a ton more!

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Catching Fish In The Slop

Florida Sportsman member: SnapperSlapper

Headed out this AM excited about the 5-10 knots of wind NOAA predicted. Well they were right for about 30 minutes. Made

Outfishing Dad in Stick Marsh

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Outfishing Dad in Stick Marsh

Florida Sportsman: Collin Brown

stick marsh

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

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Saint Lucie Redfish, Trout and Grouper

Florida Sportsman member: lunkerman

Saint Lucie Redfish

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

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Fort Pierce Snook and Tripletail

Florida Sportsman member: Telese

Fort Pierce Snook and Tripletail

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

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Fort Pierce Snook: Know Your Electronics

Florida Sportsman member: FISHHUNTR

Fort Pierce Snook

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

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Palm Beach Inlet Variety Bites

Florida Sportsman member: Angler Management

palm beach inlet

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

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Jupiter Inlet Variety: Redfish, Snook, and Jack

Florida Sportsman member: timswriter

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

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Fort Pierce Tripletail

Florida Sportsman member: Capt.AW

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

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SLI Bite

Florida Sportsman member: greenie-slayer

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

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Jetty Action

Florida Sportsman member: SLW UroCane

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

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Catching Dinner

Florida Sportsman member: Fowlplay87

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

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Spring Time Bite

Florida Sportsman member: Capt. AW

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

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Fort Pierce Inshore

Florida Sportsman member: Capt. AW

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

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Fernandina Surf Fishing

Florida Sportsman member: Amelia Paddler

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

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Night Time Bite

Florida Sportsman member: FISHHUNTR

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

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Fort Pierce Inshore

Florida Sportsman member: Capt.AW

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

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Fishing with Dad

Florida Sportsman member: lunkerman

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

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Fort Pierce Night Bite

Florida Sportsman member: FISHHUNTR

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

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Summer Fishing Fun

Florida Sportsman member: MattBudd

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

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Southeast Inshore

Florida Sportsman member: LilJim

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

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Indian River Reds and More

Florida Sportsman member: Telese

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

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Southeast Snook Bite

Florida Sportsman member: bsnookn584

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

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Topwater Time

Florida Sportsman member: Net 30

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

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Treasure Coast Sight Fishing

Florida Sportsman member: palmbeachpete

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

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Slammin’ in the Canoe

Florida Sportsman member: ReelLefty

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

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Father and Son Fun

Florida Sportsman member: SLW Urocane

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

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Vero Beach Reds

Florida Sportsman member: SS Canoe

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

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Treasure Coast Reds

Florida Sportsman member: summer daze

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

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Beach Sharkin’

Florida Sportsman member: AlexAngler

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

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Treasure Coast Reds

Florida Sportsman member: SLW Urocane

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

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Epic Bass Fishing

Florida Sportsman member: inshore dave

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

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December Inshore Bite

Florida Sportsman member: Snookslayer772

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

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St. Lucie Snook and More

Florida Sportsman member: snookcook

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

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Stuart Pompano

Florida Sportsman member: Captain Dave

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

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Pompano from the Pier

Florida Sportsman member: Compleat

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

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Tournament Win and Nice Reds

Florida Sportsman member: SS Canoe

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

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Indian River Night Bite

Florida Sportsman member: snookcook

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

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The Trout are Chewin’

Florida Sportsman member: Snookslayer772

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

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From the Spillways to the Beaches

Florida Sportsman member: Snookslayer772

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

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Tangling with Tarpon

Florida Sportsman member: SaltyRoots

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

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From the Spillways to the Beaches

Florida Sportsman member: Snookslayer772

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

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St. Lucie Beach Tarpon

Florida Sportsman member: snookcook

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

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Hot Snook Bite

Florida Sportsman member: Snookslayer772

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

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Cobia From a Bridge

Florida Sportsman member: landshark

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

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Spring Snookin’

Florida Sportsman member: OverslotsOnly

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

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South Indian River Bite

Florida Sportsman member: capt charlie

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

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Welcome to the Neighborhood

Florida Sportsman member: Snookslayer772

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

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Stuart Snookin’ with a Bonus

Florida Sportsman member: MinerCatch

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

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Monster Snook and More

Florida Sportsman member: Snookslayer772

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

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Fort Pierce Snook Bite

Florida Sportsman member: dukhuntr1991

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

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Stuart Snookin’

Florida Sportsman member: Bullshark

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

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Snook Fishing In The Cold

Florida Sportsman member: Marker954

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

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South Indian River Bite

Florida Sportsman member: capt Charlie

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

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South Indian River Bite

Florida Sportsman member: capt Charlie

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

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Backwater Reds Are Chewing

Florida Sportsman member: evergladeskid243

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

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Seeing Red In The Southeast

Florida Sportsman member: SS Canoe

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

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Winter Time Wading In The Southeast

Florida Sportsman member: Snookslayer772

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

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Great Fishing With Mom In Vero

Florida Sportsman member: SS Canoe

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

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Dinner On The Flats

Florida Sportsman member: SLW UroCane

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

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Night Time Stuart Action

Florida Sportsman member: Snookslayer772

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

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Light Tackle Mayhem

Florida Sportsman member: Snookslayer772

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

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Fort Pierce Variety

Florida Sportsman member: FISHHUNTR

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

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Sebastian Inlet Mixed Bag

Florida Sportsman member: Final Point

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

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Boca Midnight Snook

Florida Sportsman member: Dolphin_Hunter

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

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Ft. Pierce Trout, Reds and Snook

Florida Sportsman member: Pensacola

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

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

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3 Nights, 60 Snook + More

Florida Sportsman member: Joupdog1

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

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Gator Trout and Monster Snook

Florida Sportsman member: Joupdog1

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

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Trials & Tribulations of Fishing a New Spot

Florida Sportsman member: Joupdog1

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

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Flats Snook on Topwater

Florida Sportsman member: SS Canoe

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

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July Fishing report

Florida Sportsman member:capt. charlie

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

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

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Fort Pierce Mixed bag

Florida Sportsman member:Capt.AW

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

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

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

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


Stuart Causeway Redfish

Florida Sportsman member Jermos

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


Inshore Slam in Stuart

Florida Sportsman member: Joupdog1

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

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Ft. Pierce Reds

Florida Sportsman member: evergladeskid243

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

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Snook in the Shallows

Florida Sportsman member: SS Canoe

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

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Beachside Snook

Florida Sportsman member: BigNiner19

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

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Fort Pierce Snook, Trout & More

Florida Sportsman member: Pensacola

Hit the flats this morning with Ricky, forum member Seein Red. Ricky just passed his captains license test, so he is official now! Castnetted some live bait and off we went. NOAA was right today as the wind was howling from the west. We took shelter behind some islands and mangroves. I got a solid 20+ pound snook in 2 feet of water. He made some long drag peeling runs and jumped a few times. So cool to catch snook like that in the shallows. Got a couple decent trout as well on livies. We tried like crazy to get a redfish to complete the slam, but no luck.

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Doubleheader Hammerheads

Florida Sportsman member: blacktip hunter

It’s not everyday that you get to witness two hammerhead sharks caught at the same time from the beach! This was the last day of my spring break, I had to leave in the morning. The mackerel schools were very thick off the beach. The commercial fishermen were catching them with cast nets. That night I got a call from my friend Peter that he had hooked a monster. I quickly grabbed the pelican case and drove down to help him out. When I arrived, both Peters were hooked up on big fish. Peter landed the first hammer. We didn’t measure it, but it was roughly 9 feet[...]

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Ft. Pierce Snook, Reds and Trout

Florida Sportsman member: Capt.AW

The plan for the day was to catch some big trout, fish the mangroves for redfish, and finish day the day in the inlet looking for a snook. I’ll be the first to admit that it’s seldom that all the plans come together. Today just happened to be one of those days when everything worked. We worked the spoil islands and picked off a 29 inch, 27 inch, and 2-22 inch trout. After the trout we moved closer to the mangroves and Audra pulled out a nice redfish. We continued to work our way down the shoreline but could convince any more fish to bite. We left there and slid across the river to a dock only to be broken off by a mystery fish. It was getting late in the morning so we made our push to the inlet to fish the tail end of the incoming. It took a bit but Gaylon landed a pig snook that measured 34″ that probably would’ve went 35-36 if the tail wasn’t so chewed up.

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Trout of a Lifetime

Florida Sportsman member: Joupdog1

Action was pretty consistent. We picked up 9 snook including one a few inches under slot. With about a half hour of sunlight left. We move down a few more docks and I make a cast out towards some open water. I work it all the way back to me when my lure gets slammed! The fish pulls a little bit of drag but doesn’t ever take off like a big snook would. I fought it for a few minutes and neither me or Chris know what it is yet. It would come up and make some big boils, but never reveal itself. After finally tiring it down. We see a HUGE trout come up. We land it and Chris gets some good pictures of it. After measuring it, the fish went 32 inches long and 11.5 pounds!


Ft. Pierce Inshore Slam

Florida Sportsman member: SS Canoe

The wind was hard out of the west so I headed for cover in the backcountry. There we found a healthy amount of fish on an outgoing tide. I hooked up a 20 inch trout first on an outflow pipe. As we head deeper into the back water, we spot big pushes and a lot of activity. I hook up again, a 22 inch red. We pole even deeper and I complete the trout, snook & red slam with a 21 inch snook. Further we go and garret hooks up to a small snook then decent trout.

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Ft. Pierce Gator Trout

Florida Sportsman member: LilJim

Since today turned out to be such a beautiful day, my sister and I wanted to go fishing. I’ll let the pictures do the talking. All together we caught 3 trout all over 25 inches. One on topwater, two on live shrimp. She was killing it with the shrimp. Sadly her phone was on the verge of death when she took the 2nd picture and had to snap a real fast pic.

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Cold Water Reds

Florida Sportsman member: SS Canoe

Getting out there early isn’t as important with this cold weather and water. I’ve found that the bite turns on sometimes when the temperature begins to rise. I went with my buddy Garrett and we started fishing around 9 a.m., the plan was to fish ’till sundown. The wind was whipping so we decided to beat it and head to the mangroves for shelter from the wind. We poled up to a line of groves that I usually catch and see fish. The water was crystal clear [...]

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Steady IRL Action

Florida Sportsman member: nubinlife

Got out around 4:00 pm a little north of Walton Rd. on the west bank. Had steady action using a popping cork and live shrimp. Fished the docks and grass. Got a nice 27 inch gator, a couple of pompano, some sheepshead and a nice black drum.

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Reds in the Wind

Florida Sportsman member: Seein’ Red

Decided to take the wife out for some redfish today but with the wind like it was, they didn’t come easy. I was about 20 minutes into the falling tide when they started showing up and when we boated our first. All the red ranged from 23-24 inches. We also jumped a slot to over-slot snook and my wife had something on her rod that was testing the durability of her reels drag[...]

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Ft.Pierce Sheepshead

Florida Sportsman member: Seein’ Red

Been going to the ramp a little later because of the cold weather (no use waking up too early when its 54 degrees outside). The morning time on both days started off really slow but picked up when the temperature increased. Keeping it short, we caught 7 reds up to 29 inches, 2 trout to 25 inches, a monster stingray, and a bunch of trash fish. Most fish were caught on live mullet & shrimp.

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Jensen Variety

Florida Sportsman member: Joupdog1

Went out this morning with the Gheenoe and the ramp was busy as conditions were much better than yesterday. Put in and headed over to the west side to our first spot. Fish were busting and what appeared to be spanish macs clearing the water. Only took a few casts to catch some jacks, ladyfish and of course a few trout. Then dad hooks up to something that pulls some drag! After a good fight and what we think is a bigger jack, up comes a nice pompano. Dad’s 1st pomp ever and was a “keeper”, but we released back into the river to be caught again another day. After that, we caught a few more trout and then decided to run north[...]

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Duck Island Snook

Florida Sportsman member: Spoonman

I had stopped in the park on a motorcycle ride and wanted to come back and fish the area. My buddy Marvin calls and tells me he was up there on his bike and we should take the yaks up there. I took that as a sign. So after mostly recovering from the Death Flu my buddy Marvin and I loaded the truck and drove up there. I was a chamber of commerce day. We fished from noon till 5pm. It was very interesting to see how little it was affected by the tides. There was plenty of bait in the water so I thought this could be good. We stated off on the left channel and Marvin catches two juvenile snook maybe 12 inches. Then we hit some little Jacks and they were endless. There were a few bigger ones in there too. I went to the next channel and got a little mangrove snapper and then a huge hit.[...]

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Full Day of Fishing – Peacocks and Snook

Florida Sportsman member: Joupdog1

We had been planning a trip with a buddy of mine down south in Broward and he said he was free Saturday. We drove down to Broward to meet Adam from Reel Deal Adventures for some peacock bass action. It was cloudy, but he didn’t seem worried. One of the first spots resulted in my 1st peacock and a nice largemouth on the Unfair Lures Stickminno. We checked a few other spots and saw fish, but none that were willing to bite. Finally spotted a pea that wanted to eat. Hooked up and drag coming out. A solid 3 to 4 pound fish. Next spot, Dad got back to back 3 pounders. Checked a few more spots with no luck. Fish weren’t aggressive due to the little amount of sunlight we were getting. I pulled out another solid fish and then we finished the day catching smaller fish on the mighty might! Which is a 3ft rod with 4 pound line. [...]

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Ft. Pierce Reds & Trout

Florida Sportsman member: Pensacola

Got lines wet around 7:30am. Bite started right away with a double hookup of nice trout. Cody boats his first and then comes mine, a stout fish. After a few pics and revival, we set back up. Cody gets hooked up on a nice trout, which ended up going 28 inches! Made sure to get a good revival on her, and set back up. After 5 trout, we are wondering where the reds are. Finally, around 9:30am, we find them[...]

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Starting the New Year out with a Bang

Florida Sportsman member: Joupdog1

Dad and I put the Gheenoe in around 7:30pm last night for the first trip of 2013. Plan was to hit some dock lights and fish bridges with flare hawks. Got to the first spot we wanted to throw the hawk and on the first cast, dad gets hit! But doesn’t stick. Second cast of the night and he’s on! After a good fight, we land a very nice slot snook and what would be smallest fish of the night. The tide begins to go slack (which we prefer because it is easier to maneuver the Gheenoe) and we head to the next spot. Right away, Dad hooks another one up, but pulls off. 10 minutes later, Dad hooks up again. Has to wrench it away from the structure and he does. The fish comes up after a shorter battle and I grab it, but it wasn’t ready to be landed. I hang on while it makes some hard head shakes and leaves me with some nasty cuts. Just over slot and very thick. [...]

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Action Packed Morning in Ft. Pierce

Florida Sportsman member: Joupdog1

Chris, Dad, and myself hit the water this morning. Showed up to a glassy calm river and immediately got a nice trout. We all caught a few jacks and ladyfish before I stuck a nice 20-inch trout! The wind started to pick up and then I hook into a good fish! It’s not jumping and feels pretty heavy. Pull it up beside me and up comes an absolute monster of a ladyfish. My personal best for sure. Now we go down a little further, battling the stiff 10 mph east wind (we were on the west side). I’m hooked up again! [...]

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Windy, Snook Still Biting

Florida Sportsman member: Joupdog1

Went out after school to test out some new lures that Treasure Coast Tackle is now carrying. They are “Unfair Lures”. My first 2 casts resulted in 2 baby snook! The wind was blowing 15 out of the north, but I was hiding in the mangroves. One snook after another on the Unfair Lures Mullet. All around 20 inches until my buddy shows up and hooks up to a much better one. Pulls some drag then I go down and land it. Solid fish, just under slot! He left after a few more fish and I went back to catching. It was fish after fish[...]

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South IRL; Trout Bite is On

Florida Sportsman member: capt charlie

“Wonderful fall weather and lots of sunshine has turned on the bite around the Treasure Coast this week. Water temperatures have been running around 70 degrees in the river and that has given us a good bite around the area. Expect more of this nice weather the rest of November and have some fun out there fishing!

The trout bite turned on most of the week as the water temps continued to rise. As the winds let up, the sun warmed up the water quickly. Fall is a different fishing pattern from the rest of the year, so plan on changing tactics on any given day as weather conditions change things around. We had been fishing south of Fort Pierce with good success, but have switched to the north of the area for our fishing in recent days. Water temperature has a big effect on fishing each day and will dictate where the best place might be [...]“

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Jensen Inshore; Wading/Kayaking

Florida Sportsman member: Joupdog1

“Went over to the east side last night for a quick wading trip. Scouted out a new area and I got a small snook on a gold DOA Shrimp. We kept working down and dad launches a perfect cast down a patch of mangroves. Hooked up! After a good fight, up comes a pretty big flounder. Pictured and released. Saw a lot of action, but had to head back in so the mosquito’s didn’t eat us alive. Came back this morning with the kayaks and paddled over to a flat we used to fish in the Gheenoe last winter. Dad was trolling to the spot and immediately picked up 2 nice trout before the sun was even up [...]“

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South IRL; Hungry Fish, Excellent Weather

Florida Sportsman member: capt charlie

“The sun has been warming up the water the past several days and it has also turned on the fish around the Treasure Coast. I was out one day and the temps ranged from 59 to 63 degrees and a couple days later it was 66 – 72 degrees. The water has started to clear up gradually and things are looking good for the weeks ahead on the Indian River around the Fort Pierce area. The fish are hungry and with the calmer winds lately, it has been nice to fish all over the river. [...]“

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Monster Trout in the IRL

Florida Sportsman member: Joupdog1

“So headed out to wade for the 1st time since the cold front passed through. Headed out to our spot with bait everywhere! Pilchards, greenies, mullet, minnows and every other form of bait. I was throwing a CAL and Chris had a DOA Shrimp on. After about a half hour, I’m slammed and it’s dead weight before the fish rips out some drag. After a good fight, the fish comes up and it’s a nice 24 inch redfish! Get some good pics of it and released. 15 minutes later, Chris is just starting to say “Maybe I shouldn’t be throwing a shrimp” when he is slammed. Drag peels out and then up comes a MASSIVE trout. [...]“

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Stud Snook out of Ft. Pierce

Florida Sportsman member: Pensacola

Took my fiancee out on my Gheenoe yesterday for a afternoon of fishing. She’s not a fan of the offshore game, but I’m trying to get her hooked on inshore at least, baby steps right? Anyway we get some live bait and start fishing. She catches a nice 24 inch red off the bat. Then she catches her biggest trout to date, a 26 incher. So I’m thinking, I can’t get outfished by my woman! [...]

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Tarpon Bite is Heating Up

Florida Sportsman member: Capt. Andy Tasker

Tarpon fishing is going good but it’s still not that crazy, non-stop action, bite. Just need a good cold front to get the mullet running more. Snook fishing is slow compared to the last 5 years at this time, with all the dumping of the spillways, making the river dirty. It needs to stop! Tarpon are ranging in all different sizes and can be found every where if you put your time in looking [...]

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Redfish Surprise

Florida Sportsman member: snook87

Took my friends boat out and headed out of sandsprint with tons of perfect sized mullet and pinfish. We headed out to Bull Shark in hopes for some good baits and offshore action but couldn’t get bait. With a bumpy ride, we opted to stay inside the inlet. We headed to some some spots a friend wanted to share with me that was inside the inlet and set up anchor there. We were in snook mode and started casting [...]

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Summer Snookin’ 2012

Florida Sportsman member: bben

Well here is my annual rundown of big snook me and my buddy managed to wrangle with this year from the bridges. The count for this year was 243 fish all released with the biggest fish being right at 46″. I’m putting pictures of my best fish this year. Time to put the big ones aside and catch the slots! Hope you all enjoy. Cheers!

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Wading the West Side

Florida Sportsman member: Joupdog1

Had plans to go wade the west side with topwaters this morning, but when we showed up, realized it was far too windy for topwater. So we quickly tied on Mirrodine twitch baits and got in the water. Wasn’t long before we were on a steady bite from 15 to 17 inch trout. Right as I mention that I hadn’t caught a ladyfish since the tropical storm came through, I’m slammed by a giant ladyfish [...]

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Hot Bite in Ft. Pierce

Florida Sportsman member: Pensacola

With some swells lately, I have been staying inshore. The past week has been insane fishing for us. Our 3 recent trips have yielded some great fish. All fish have come on assorted DOA’s and Mirrolures. Here’s a breakdown of each trip [...]

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August Beach Snookin’

Florida Sportsman member: schmittyfish561

After reading and seeing multiple reports of snook being caught off the beach I decided to give it a try. I was so amped up to catch one I couldn’t wait for the weekend, so after work I gathered up everything I would need (5 gal bucket, aerator, 2 rods, sabiki/livebait, 25lb fluro, and a few extra circle hooks), I was set [...]

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South Indian River Mixed Bag

Florida Sportsman member: capt charlie

Both the weather and fish have cooperated this week for us on the Treasure Coast. We have enjoyed lots of exciting action all over the Indian River this week. You still need to watch out for those afternoon and evening thunderstorms, but it’s been a lot of fun out on the water.

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Ending Summer with a Slam

Florida Sportsman member: Joupdog1

Went out this morning to try and get on some of the tarpon we hooked yesterday and they were a little more picky. Jumped off 3 of them all together. Then my buddy, Jason, calls me and asks if I want to go wade with him, so with it being the last day of my summer break, I couldn’t say no [...]

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Wading the West Side

Florida Sportsman member: Joupdog1

Went out to wade the west side this morning and we were kind of surprised to see the wind blowing as hard as it was, white capping at 7:15 a.m. Bait schools were still getting busted all around and we got 10 trout, all in slot with the exception of 1 over slot. Also got the biggest ladyfish that I’ve ever seen, even pulled some drag! [...]

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Solo Tarpon Battle

Florida Sportsman member: Pairadox

Decided to take the little boat out for a quick morning trip today. The plan was to find some cobia on the beach. Found tons of bait up past the house, but no cobes. The snook where everywhere and a great site to see them so plentiful!

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Big Fish Wading

Florida Sportsman member: Joupdog1

After doing well yesterday, me and my buddy headed back over to the west side this morning to do some more wading. We notice some fish busting and assume they are jacks, but we make our way over to them anyways. He throws his topwater in them and it’s taken right away and after the fish peels off some drag, we see that it’s a 26 inch redfish and a great start to the morning! [...]

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A Good Snook

Florida Sportsman member: ShallowExpectations

Got out there looking for tarpon. Saw very few tarpon and the ones we did see weren’t letting us take quality shots. Not the way to start a trip. Ran into a gator, a big gator. It stuck both it’s head and tail out of the water, then slammed his head back down. Really agressive and obviously was not happy about us being in his yard. Decided to get away from him and look for our targeted speices. Got up to the orange bouys and started casting across. Seeing a few larger tarpon on the other side had us excited. Took two casts, boom fish on [...]

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The Tale of Twin Hammerheads

Florida Sportsman member: REELEMIN

My buddy John came down for the weekend from Georgia, like he does once a year, and this time he had good timing! It all started Friday when John got to my house, we got the truck loaded as soon as we could. The weather was not very good, heavy rain, and strong winds, but with reports of lots of big fish around, it was do or die time! [...]

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Fort Pierce Inlet Reds and Snook

Florida Sportsman member: capt_toddtt

Hello fellow forum readers – had a half day on tap that was rescheduled from Weds due to weather. Today was much nicer although plenty windy. Hit the inlet this morning and dragged some lures in hopes of scoring a grouper or two but there was a ton of floating crud riding the incoming tide which made keeping the deep divers clean impossible. So we turned to drifting to make use of our livewell full of nice pilchards – Thank you Dave’s Live Bait! [...]

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Hand Lining Goliaths

Florida Sportsman member: TCangler

So my buddy Harry aka (Floridaboy) bought a spool of heavy duty hand line to try up aginst the massive goliaths. Sounded crazy but we gave it a shot. We loaded up the boat and headed straight to the Boils. After getting some threadfins, we started fishin! We caught a few big jacks and kept them for the goliaths [...]

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Snookin’ the St. Lucie

Florida Sportsman member: snookcook

Hey everyone, That was a great tournament, I can’t wait to do it again next year. Although I did not fish the tournament, I got to be one of the guys checking in the fish at the weigh in. If was fun mainly because I was just as anxious to see who was taking the leader board, as I was trying to load the pics on the computer. Some really nice fish where caught [...]

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A Full Day of Fishing

Florida Sportsman member: Joupdog1

We launch from Jensen Beach Causeway about 6:15 a.m. and head over to some dock lights before the sun rises. No luck on them but we keep working the docks through sunrise and I’m hooked up and the fish is stripping drag. I try to stop it but it gets around the dock and breaks me off after a minute or so. About 15 minutes later, dad has a snook pop his lure right beside the boat, but miss it. We go back to fish the line again and I pick up a couple of 6 to 8 pound jacks, which are always a blast [...]

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Recently Released

Florida Sportsman member: Converted_UWF

After a week of fixing a few things we took her out for a maiden voyage this afternoon after church. Boat ran great. My friend’s son broke it in nicely and landed his first snook. It was a keeper at 31.5″ North Fork of the St. Lucie on a soft plastic jerk bait.

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Goliaths, Reds, Snook and More

Florida Sportsman member: capt_toddtt

Hello forum friends, I have a two reports rolled into one for you. A few days ago we ventured out to try out my new Okuma Makaira 50WII reel. I had it rigged and ready for some heavyweight prize fighting and we quickly found it with several Goliaths. Big Goliaths. I did a lot of research before deciding to invest in this reel and I must say I’m glad I got it. In low gear this reel is nothing short of a winch and with 85 Lbs. of drag on tap you’d better know how to back it off quickly or plan on going swimming – or water skiing. This thing is AWESOME! [...]

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Red Tide!

Florida Sportsman member: mr.redfish79

Met CaptNoBait along with his coworker Jim at the ramp at 5:30 for some inlet red/snook fishing. After three throws of the net we had enough bait to last for the day with plenty extras as well. Bumped into Capt Charlie on our way into the turning basin, and gave him three scoops of bait since I knew we had more than enough to spare. We milled around in the basin and just south of south bridge looking for some snook or whatever while we waited on the tide to get right. Jim and I both pulled the hook on two snook while CNB managed a @7lb crevalle. Finally the tide was good so we slid out to the inlet to start drifting.

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Pompanotastic Day!

Florida Sportsman member: snook87

Few friends wanted to go out fishing for a little while today and I couldn’t resist with picture perfect weather (a little too breezy for me). We launched off around 3 to 4 in the afternoon at Sandsprit Park and head straight over to the flats and using cut bait tried to get some snappers but we were getting a few very tiny lanes so we moved on. Hit the docks and still some small snappers, none worth keeping. We all figured we would head over to some of my good docks in Sewall’s Point and try and scoop up a red or two but on the way over I figured I’d give it a shot at some pompano [...]

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More Wading…More Fish!

Florida Sportsman member: Joupdog1

The bite had been good, so we figured why not fish some more! Rodney was already out there so we joined him at about 5:15pm. Walked down a ways so we were casting with the stiff 15mph south wind then began to fish. Really really low tide! I was a good 100 yards out from shore and the water was just over knee deep. We work down, catch some jacks and ladyfish then Rodney is slammed. Mid 20 inch snook, but the line down its side is broken! Really cool to see that [...]

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GOLIATH!

Florida Sportsman member: capt_toddtt

We have spent a ton of time in the Fort Pierce Inlet lately fishing for a variety of species using a variety of techniques. Occasionally we get hooked into something very powerful and after a short fight it’s gone. Pretty sure we were dealing with Goliath Grouper so we decided to gear up and drag one of these mystery bites to the surface. As you can see we were correct in our assumption. Bait was live Ladyfish [...]

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Snook Spring Fever

Florida Sportsman member: phlats

March madness has arrived and the fishing has followed suite, spring fishing offers great action for a variety of species. Anglers should expect spectacular fishing the next few weeks as many should be gearing up for the up coming mullet run. Snook action is superior along sea walls, docks, sand and grass flats. Early morning snook are active taking heddon spooks walked slowly near structure. As the sun rises jigs and live baits take precedence. Anglers are having great success jigging the bottom enticing snook to feed. Green colors have been the go to, 1/8 jig heads allow anglers to work baits, feeling every move and strike [...]

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Full Inshore Report

Florida Sportsman member: zar2754

Just returned from 8 days in stuart fla, unfortunately the wind blew 20-30knts every day we were there untill the day we departed (big suprise). We fished 5 days, and caught a variery of species encluding but not limited to Snook, Sheepshead, Jack Cravale, Mangrove/Grey Snapper, Southern Kingfish, Spanish Mackeral, Gag Grouper, Fluke, Bluefish, Lady Fish, and Speckle Sea Trout to name a few [...]

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Down at the Boardwalk

Florida Sportsman member: snookcook

I could not stand it. I can see the Roosevelt bridge from where I am. The wind has died down & my tide clock says High Tide. I need to get to bed butttttt, the water is about to start flowing so, I grabbed my rod and walked down the boardwalk to the bridge. When I got down there I found my buddy fishing a point with his mirror lure. He got a couple lady fish but nothing else, after shootin’ the breeze for a bit, we got to talking about the bite [...]

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St. Lucie Inshore

Florida Sportsman member: snookcook

I fished all last week in the St. Lucie River, was too busy to report but fish everyday some days twice everyday the same action. Snook, trout, snapper, jacks, bluefish, moonfish, ladyfish, mostly threw live mullet up on seawall and shrimp under the bridge. Went threw lots of dozens of mullet. Tons of jack and snook in the St. Lucie. Also tons of Trout. Went out one night with the fly rod and got a bunch of trout and snook [...]

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Ft. Pierce Inshore Mixed Bag

Florida Sportsman member: SLW UroCane

Cut out of the office today. Fished solo (kids in school and wife at tennis). Had 4 dozen shrimp and headed up to Queen’s Cove area. Catch and release about dozen trout (throw in the occasional jack, ladyfish, pufferfish). Decided to troll YoZuri blue plugs from Harbour Branch down past South Bridge. Landed a bunch of bluefish and macks (also several lizard fish, ? can you eat them ?). Also had a nice pull (thought I [...]

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Stuart Night Snookin’

Florida Sportsman member: snook87

Just got in from a great snook bite at the bridges in Stuart. I took Jeremy (snookcook) and a friend of mine Austin out to the bridge for some evening fun. First couple casts I got a few hits and I hooked up on one that was stripping line when I fully locked drag on my Penn Battle 5000, got this baby up to the piling and called for the net, soon as someone grabbed the net this snook pushing 40+ inches decided not to go in the net and headed right to the fender and broke me off. The second one got to the bridge probably pushing 35-40inches gave one kick before the net and popped my 30lb braid like it was nothing [...]

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East Central Florida Weekend Fishing 4Cast


Tomoka Basin to Sebastian Inlet

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

December 9-11

PONCE INLET

OFFSHORE

A few days of fair weather have allowed anglers to get out and troll the blue water outside of the inlet. Wahoo action is beginning to get slightly better for those high speed trolling in the 180 to 300-foot depths. Ballyhoo draggers are finding a few sailfish and dolphin on the temperature breaks, color changes, and rips associated with the western edge of the Gulf Stream this week. Look for this action to get better after the next cold front passes and the seas calm to fishable conditions again.

INSHORE

Good numbers of Sheepshead continue to be available for anglers this week. Fiddler crabs, cut shrimp, and sand fleas are the best baits to use for these hard fighting striped fish. Just about any area with hard structure can hold the sheepshead. Speckled trout and redfish action continues to be good on the incoming tide phases for anglers working the areas from Browns Bay to Bissett Bay. Slippery Creek, Cedar Creek and other deeper areas are holding ood numbers as well. Look for redfish cruising along the edges of islands and oyster bars on the upper stages of the tide looking for minnows and shrimp to eat . Saltwater Assassin 4-inch sea shad tails rigged on a 1/8 to 1/4 ounce jig head have been extremely effective. Bone Diamond and Chicken on a chain colors are working well. Flounder action inside the inlet has been pretty good this week. Anglers are targeting them with shrimp, fingerling mullet, and mud minnows on a HookUp Jig head or short sliding sinker rig.

PORT CANAVERAL

OFFSHORE

King Mackerel seems to be the most prevalent fish being targeted outside of this inlet. Anglers finding live pogies, pilchards, or sardines are having no problem catching their limit. Slow trolling with these baits or frozen strip baits with a pink sea witch has been very productive. 8A Reef and the northern end of Pelican Flats Reef have been two of the better spots lately. But if you find the bite to be slow, move around until you find a school that is ready to feed. Mangrove Snapper action seems to be good on the middle and south end of Pelican Flats as well. Chunk baits such as squid or sardines and large live shrimp are the best baits to use on these fish.
Be prepared for cobia that may follow the hooked snapper up to the boat or just swim up to see what you are doing.

INSHORE

Other than a few small trout and redfish the Indian and Banana River Lagoon systems in the Cocoa Beach, Merritt Island, and Satellite Beach areas there hasn’t been much to talk about. This portion of the lagoon is still suffering from multiple fish kills and relatively low baitfish counts at his time. The waters in these areas have cleared up somewhat as the brown algae has started to die out, but it will still take some time to have new larger fish move in to these areas and restock the ones that have been lost this year. Inside of Port Canaveral sheepshead are striking fiddler crabs and sand fleas near dock pilings and both rock jetties. Flounder, redfish, jacks, and snook are also possible near the jetties for those using fingerling mullet, pinfish chunks, and mud minnows near these structures. Outside of the Port anglers are still finding a few bull reds cruising the surf and near-shore waters. Large chink baits or live baitfish such as pinfish or mullet will usually get them to strike. If bait pods are present fish large cobia style jigs under the pods and you should have good success n the reds. Tripletail are also possible near buoys and any type of floating debris. Live shrimp or small jigs and flies that imitate minnows or shrimp should work well on these fish.

SEBASTIAN INLET

OFFSHORE

King mackerel are striking slow trolled live baits or frozen sardines on wire stinger rigs. Strip baits on a sea witch pulled behind a planer or down rigger will also work for these fish. Look for schools of mackerel to hold near bait pods on the reefs and wrecks in the 65 to 90-foot depths. Anglers can also troll lipped diving plugs to find these schooling fish. Good models to try are the Rapala Magnum X-Rap 15 or 20 or Count Down CD 14 and CD 18 series of lures. These lures usually find the smaller more aggressive fish and then anglers can switch to some of the other forms of trolling with baits previously mentioned to target the larger fish in the area. Cobia should be pososible on these same structures so have a jig rod ready in case one or two show up in your prop wash.

INSHORE

A decent mixed bag of fish is possible at the inlet this week. Jack, snook, redfish, spanish mackerel, black drum, small flounder, and sheepshead are just a few of these. Live pinfish and croakers are best for the snook and reds when fishing near the jetties. The jack, flounder, and mackerel wil strike jigs or live fingerling mullet west of the A1A bridge. And the black drum are taking cut clam, shrimp, or sand fleas along the mangroves covered areas at the west side of the inlet. Sheepshead are also striking sand fleas and fiddler crabs near rocky areas in the inlet, but can also be found along the docks and spoil islands in the river from Vero Beach to Grant. Schools of jacks to 10 pounds, snook, and speckled trout can also be found along the I.C.W. spoil islands and bars from the Sebastian River northward to Grant Farm Island.

Until next week….Catch a Memory!!!!

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

Florida Panhandle Weekend Fishing 4Cast


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


December 9-11

Inshore

The last two weeks have been pretty windy with the passing fronts. There is hope for this weekend. Friday moderate winds out of the North will begin to back off and switch to around 10knts out the East. Not ideal conditions, but it looks like it will be fish-able. Inshore the red-fish bite continues to be good if not great. Speckled and white trout have moved into the deeper pockets of the backwaters and make for ideal places to fish on windier days. If the winds lay down enough its always a good idea to head a few miles offshore and experience the winter flounder bite.

The hottest red-fish bite right now has to be in Pensacola Bay for bulls. The over slot schools have been huge and the fishing has been outstanding. Almost any lure will work and if you always wanted to tangle with a big fish on the fly this is the perfect opportunity. If slot sized fish is on your radar look for action around the bridges, deeper docks and jetties, and along the grass edges on a high tide. A jig head tipped with a live shrimp will work in most scenarios and the natural bait can make a big difference when the fish slow during the cold spells.

If the winds blow tucking up into the backwaters and chasing trout may be the best bet. Look for the majority of fish to hold in the deeper pockets. Bends in creeks/smaller rivers,and places where two or more creeks and rivers connect are good places to start looking. The best bet will be casting up current and drifting slow sinking baits through the strike zone. Look for the majority of the fish to hold mid water column. Its also sometimes worth the extra few seconds at the end of every drift to allow the bait to reach the bottom and possibly find a hungry red. Just be prepared to loose a few jig heads to debris on the bottom.

Speaking of fishing on the bottom, the flounder bite is really heating up as the temperatures drop. For the most part the flounder have moved offshore and for the few that know where the action can be hard to beat. The best bet will be anchoring up off the side of a shallow wreck and soaking small live baits on the bottom in the sand. Live bull or mud minnows work best and finger mullet are a close 2nd. It can take a little while to find bait at times, but a close look near the boat ramp should help locate a few. For flounder I like to use a knocker rig with a 2-3oz weight, a 3-5/0 Trokar hook and 2-3ft of fluorocarbon leader. After the bait hits the bottom I usually pay out a few feet of line and allow the bait to swim/drift more naturally. Be ready for the bite at all times, never know when the next big one will bite. Cant catch them with the rod in the rod holder.

Offshore

If the winds lay down it looks like this weekend could offer up a window for some serious offshore fishing. Even tho the Government seems to have a strong-hold on current fishing regulations there is plenty to chase for the fish box. Vermillion, lane, and black snapper will be the focus for most in State waters. For the serious guys its definitely time to head offshore to edge and past in search of groupers, tunas, and winter wahoo.

State water can be a challenge with red snapper, but if you change up techniques and bait you should be able to dial in the other snappers while limiting the number of red snapper caught. Chumming can help and make it easier to spot the keeper fish like black snapper. The crystal clear water makes fishing easier in some respects but will also make using fluorocarbon a requirement when fishing for black snapper. I prefer a 4-5ft 40lb fluorocarbon leader with a 5/0 circle hook. Drifting small baits with the chum will work best and the more natural the better. These fish can be very shy at times and challenge the best of anglers.

Grouper can be just as challenging and the best bet will be soaking baits on or near the bottom. Live baits work best but dead bait can be just as productive at times. Its all about having a variety and being ready for anything, especially for when the bite slows. Anyone can catch fish when the bite is hot, the really good guys still capitalize when the bite slows. Look for the best grouper bites to come from over natural bottom areas between 200-350ft. The deeper spots can be a little slower at times but are usually worth the wait. Keep an eye out for Almaco jacks too, lots of people confuse them for amber-jacks, but if you spend time familiarizing yourself with pictures online they can be easily recognized.

Further offshore the bill-fish bite has slowed with falling temperatures but the wahoo and tuna bite are heating up around the shallower rigs. The ideal depth would be 300-500ft, look for schools of bait to hold in the top 250ft and if you find bait you should find some pelagics near by. Trolling for wahoo and chunking for tuna seems to be working best. Keep at it and sty patient, your bite will come. Tight lines and calm seas!


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Florida Keys Weekend Fishing 4Cast

 

Key Largo to Key West
Includes Islamorada and Marathon

December 9-11

Backcountry

Hello everyone! Fishing is going on strong in the Florida Keys backcountry. The mainland shorelines from Key Largo to Flamingo have been providing anglers with great catches of snook, redfish, black drum and trout to name a few. Baits like pilchards, live shrimp and pinfish fished either on a cork, jig or free-lined around deeper shorelines, creeks and overhangs will get you into some good action. Anglers stalking redfish and snook on the shallow flats and shorelines are getting multiple shots both on fly and spinning gear. A Berkley Gulp Alive! bait rigged weedless and casted accurately will not be refused by a hungry redfish or snook. Find yourself a mullet mud or work the deeper grassy areas and deeper channels with a cork and shrimp combination for some nice trout, ladyfish and jacks plus even some hard fighting bluefish or Spanish mackerel. The shallow flats in front of Flamingo have been providing great action of redfish, snook and black drum. Look for the fish to be getting up in the flats as the water rises and out of them with the falling water. The deeper channels, runoffs and island moats in the same area have been also producing great action. Fish a shrimp on a 1/4 oz jig slowly on the bottom and the action will follow. Same goes for the creeks and shorelines in East Cape and Lake Ingram area. Anglers have been reporting great action of snook, reds, tarpon and black drum. Chum with pilchards, shrimp or cut bait to get the fish fired up for some amazing action.

Out on the Gulf the fishing is on fire! We had some family trips last weekend and the action was outstanding. Anchor up right off Sprigger or Schooner banks and start chumming. Cast a shrimp and jig combination towards the chum slick and slowly bounce it back to the boat. Soon enough your drags will be punished by fast runs and a lot of excitement from the speedy Spanish mackerel. Farther West on the wrecks and bottom structure the cobia have been showing up with good regularity. Sharks, mackerel, bluefish, grouper and many more will make for sore arms and great fishing. like always keep an eye on the crab trap buoys for a laid up tripletail. When you find one go back around and cast a shrimp up-current from the buoy and reel it in so it passes right next to the fish, open the bail let it eat and reel up to get tight. It’s a very exciting fishery with a great reward!

Back around the Island chain the bonefishing picked up mid-week with the nice weather but with the weekend forecast might get tough again. Look for the fish to be pushing and mudding around the deeper edges of oceanside flats with the outgoing tide in the morning and as the water rises in the afternoon look for the fish to be following the water back up in to the flat. Permit continue to be found feeding around the deeper edges of flats and banks both oceanside and bayside. This fishery requires good visibility for best success. Keep an eye for the weather conditions as they are forecasting some cloudy and windy weather conditions for the weekend. Have fun on the water!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Upper Keys

Hello everyone, and welcome back to this week’s report! It has been a crazy week with the weather as it blew throughout last weekend into early into this week, but old man winter is giving us two days of nicer weather on Wednesday and Thursday, but coming back for the weekend with vengeance. I don’t think this weekend is going to fare too well for us boaters here in the Florida Keys with the weather being forecast with winds gusting to 40mph. Pretty serious front coming through, so batten down the hatches because it is going to blow! Having said that, this week the fishing has been pretty good so far with a little of all of the usual suspects around. Some sails have been caught on the edge and in the deep, and there have been some kings and wahoo scattered around the wrecks and deeper ledges of the reef.

The larger blackfin tuna have been mixed in from the edge of the Reef to 180 feet, so these guys have been fun to deal with, plus the obvious great table fare, makes them a great addition to the fish box. The bottom critters are biting good enough, but I wouldn’t say jumping in the boat. Some nicer muttons mixed with some smaller ones, but plenty to make people happy. The grouper bite up this way has been on the slow side, and the AJ’s have been sporadic on the deeper wrecks and there have been plenty of sharks. The reef and patches have been pretty solid with all of the snappers and smaller grouper. A few keeper groupers mixed in, but there are plenty of undersized ones in between. It is nice to see so many juvenile fish, as this is a testament to the closures I believe. A lot of good fishing to be had this week, but I don’t think we are going to see too much of it this weekend if the weather holds up. We will just have to wait and see what old man winter brings! Happy Holidays everyone, and be safe!


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Lower Keys

The fishing in the lower Keys has picked up this past week both offshore and in the backcountry. The tunas started snapping better offshore again and hopefully that continues around this next full moon. We also have a cold front moving in for the weekend and that may turn the sailfish bite on offshore. It will be rough out there, but if the wind stays mostly north it may not be that bad. Also, there were some mahi caught this past week and if we still have the blue water around the mahi may stay as well.

The Gulf has been productive recently, with kingfish, blackfin tuna, cobia and other species. We fished the shrimp boats this past week and they were covered up with bonita, but we did manage a couple blackfins. We fished some wrecks out in the gulf and there were nice grey snappers and cobia. The kingfish were also thick. Anytime we were chumming live baits, the kingfish showed up. We also fished one wreck that was covered in amberjacks. It really has been a great variety of fish out in the gulf.

There has been a lot of life in the backcountry this past week. The ballyhoo schools have been thick and the jack crevalles and yellow jacks have been chasing them around the basins and channels. If you want action fishing this is a great activity or if your learning to fly cast, these are great fish to target. They are fast, strong, and will eat just about anything. I would expect to see these guys cruising around the backcountry for most of the winter. The barracuda fishing on the flats has been great, they seemed to be very aggressive this week. We even had a few schools of tarpon feeding with this warmer weather, but that will most likely end with the next cold front.

Capt. Jamie Connell
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Snook Harvest Seasonal Closure in Atlantic Starts Dec. 15

The recreational harvest season for snook closes Dec. 15 in Atlantic state and federal waters, including Lake Okeechobee and the Kissimmee River, and will remain closed through Jan. 31, 2017, reopening to harvest Feb. 1. Anglers may continue to catch and release snook during the closed season.

Gulf state and federal waters, including Monroe County and Everglades National Park, closed Dec. 1 and will reopen to harvest March 1, 2017.

This and other regular season closures are designed to help protect the species during vulnerable times such as cold weather.

For more information on snook, visit MyFWC.com/Fishing and click on “Saltwater Fishing,” “Recreational Regulations” and “Snook.”

South Florida Weekend Fishing 4Cast


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

December 9-11

Deerfield Beach to Key Largo & Flamingo to Cape Sable

If NOAA Weather’s forecast for this weekend is correct South Florida is instore for some breezy conditions. Winds are forecasted to be blowing at 20 to 25 knots from the northeast to east throughout the weekend. Good news for the sailfish fleet that can handle these rough conditions not good for the smaller boaters. Often many of the fish in South Florida feed hard days before a full moon.

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

With the winds blowing hard at 20 to 25 I would expect bluefish and possibly pompano to be feeding along the beaches. Could be a good time to catch or buy some sand fleas and mullet and head to an ocean pier. Fish just outside the breakers for bluefish and pompano and inside the breakers for snook and pompano. Offshore outside the outer reef in depths from 80 to 250 feet of water there should be sailfish to be riding the swells if there is a decent north current. For the past few weeks the offshore fleet fishing with live large threadfin herring and goggle eye jacks under a kite has had steady action from the sailfish. Not big numbers but a fish or two a day with a few other sailfish bites. Joining in on the surface and sub surface action has been some dolphins in the three to 40 pound range and a decent amount of kingfish to 30 pounds. Skipjack and blackfin tuna and bonitos and an occasional wahoo have also been landed this past week. Bottom fishing day and night is producing some real nice red groupers, yellowtail, mangrove and mutton snappers. Low tide at Government Cut Friday night will be at 10:11.

North Biscayne Bay Inshore

This past week my clients had action from juvenile kingfish, Spanish mackerel, bluerunners and loads of jacks. Most of this action came in areas that diving birds and baitfish schools. I found that trolling Rapala #8 and #10 X Raps in these areas keep my guys catching fish. Every time we stopped the boat and fished live baits or just cast the lures the action stopped. The reason was the predators were chasing the baitfish schools so you had to intercept the baitfish schools to get a strike. Fishing this way gave my guys many multiple hook ups. Over the grass flats we had small to medium size sea trout that ate Hookup lures tipped with a Gulp soft plastic. Jacks, ladyfish, small barracudas, lizardfish, 14 inch mangrove snappers, mutton snappers and a 22 inch gag grouper gave my guys plenty of action. Around the ocean inlets we had blacktip sharks to 30 pounds, a 15 pound barracuda, mutton, mangrove and yellowtail snappers and an estimated 25 to 30 pound tarpon. The snook fishing has been much more difficult now that the fish have scattered throughout the bay. Fishing up in Dumfoundling Bay and Eastern Shores resulted in my guys wearing their arms out fighting jack crevalles in the two to 11 pound class. These fish ate live threadfin herring hooked to a Mustad Ultra Point #2 short shank hook. Late night small tarpon fishing has been good in the Bay. High tide at Indian Creek Golf Club Saturday morning is at 6:10 AM

South Biscayne Bay

With the high winds and rough waters from the predicted 20 to 25 mile an hour winds for this weekend it might be a good idea to stick to the finger channels where the flats will protect you from the rough waters. Pick a good spot and anchor while you chum with frozen ground chum blocks or bags of Aquatic Nutrition Inc. chum. Keep the chums going and the fish will come to you. Fish the bottom with live and dead shrimp, pilchards and Spanish sardines and you can expect to catch mangrove, mutton, lane and yellowtail snappers, red, black, gag and Nassau groupers plus porgies, hogfish, bluefish, pompano, Spanish mackerel, jack crevalles, yellowjacks and bluerunners. Low tide at Soldier Key on Saturday will be at 11:58 in the morning.

Flamingo

The high winds and low early morning tides will keep most fishermen away from the Florida Bay side. Expect most of Florida Bay to have muddy water till you get up towards East Cape and even up there it won’t be that clear. Fish live shrimp close to the bottom for snook, redfish, sheepshead, sea trout and black drum. Some of the best action may come from the creeks and rivers where the wind won’t be as big a factor. The backcountry waters in Joe River, Whitewater Bay, Oyster Bay and the Shark River area will get you some wind protection. Lower your expectations and have more patience in each spot you fish and you will catch some quality fish. Live shrimp again fished on the bottom and from under a Cajun Thunder float will work on the backcountry sea trout, redfish and snook. Low tide at Flamingo in Florida Bay on Saturday will be at 7:26 AM and at the mouth of Shark River high tide is at 10:29 AM.

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