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Snook Season Opening September 1st

Press Release FWC

The recreational harvest season for Florida’s premier game fish, snook, opens Sept. 1 statewide. Unique to the region, snook are one of the many reasons Florida is the Fishing Capital of the World.

While the fishery is already more than 90 percent catch-and-release, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) encourages anglers to continue to use moderation when determining whether or not to take a snook home. Gulf snook populations were negatively impacted by a 2010 cold kill. Gulf snook numbers currently exceed FWC management goals but are still rebuilding to pre-cold-kill levels, which is one of the reasons why it is important to handle fish with care in this region and use moderation when determining whether or not to harvest one.

When releasing a snook, proper handling methods can help ensure the species’ abundance for anglers today and generations to come. To learn more about catch-and-release and the best way to handle a fish, visit MyFWC.com/Fishing and click on “Saltwater” then “Recreational Regulations.”

Regular season closures are designed to help protect the species during vulnerable times such as cold weather and spawning. Snook are closed to harvest Dec. 1 through the end of February and May 1 through Aug. 31 in Gulf state and federal waters, including Monroe County and Everglades National Park. In Atlantic state and federal waters, including Lake Okeechobee and the Kissimmee River, snook is closed Dec. 15 through Jan. 31 and June 1 through Aug. 31.

Management measures such as the one-fish-per-person, per-day bag limit, annual closed seasons and size limits will help continue rebuilding snook populations on both coasts.

Minimum and maximum size limits help protect juvenile and older breeding fish within the population. In the Atlantic, snook must be not less than 28 inches and not more than 32 inches total length, which is measured from the most forward point of the head with the mouth closed to the farthest tip of the tail with the tail compressed or squeezed while the fish is lying on its side. In the Gulf, they must be not less than 28 inches and not more than 33 inches total length.

A snook permit as well as a recreational saltwater license is required unless the angler is exempt from having a license. Snook may be targeted or harvested with hook and line gear only. Snagging is prohibited.
It is illegal to buy or sell snook.

Anglers can report their catch on the Snook & Gamefish Foundation’s website at SnookFoundation.org by clicking on the Angler Action link. Researchers also ask anglers who harvest the fish to save their filleted carcasses and provide them to the FWC by dropping them off at a participating bait and tackle store. For the county-by-county list, go to MyFWC.com/Research and click on “Saltwater,” then “Snook” (under “Saltwater Fish”) and “Snook Anglers Asked to Help with Research.”

These carcasses provide biological data, including the size, age, maturity and sex of the catch. This information is important to the FWC in completing stock assessments on species such as snook. If you see a snook fishery violation, please call the Wildlife Alert Program at 888-404-FWCC (3922). Visit MyFWC.com/Fishing and click on “Saltwater Fishing” and “Recreational Regulations” for more information on snook.

New Paddle Craft Gear for 2014

Left: “The unique slim design of the Swivel Stick shallow water anchor allows for the anchoring pole to be stowed at the side of your kayak, canoe, or boat.”

It has been a banner year for kayak and fishing gear manufacturers. Tons of new products have been hitting store shelves all over the country. Let’s face it, kayakers can be a cheap bunch, but we are always interested in quality products and want more bang for our buck. Many of these new products revealed at ICAST 2014 seem to fit the bill. These are a few of the new items available this year.

These products are just a sampling of the new products introduced this year at ICAST 2014. Look for more gear reviews in the gear section of the Florida Sportsman No Motor Zone.

Stealth, Fly Rods and Reluctant Redfish

Get out of the way and into the fish on the Indian River.

Florida Sportsman member Dj Dan Decibel with a great redfish on the fly.

“Thank you, thank you, thank you!” My words of gratitude came in rapid succession as we landed our third redfish in less than an hour. But this success was a long time coming. It didn’t come easy. For several weeks, I had known that there were schools of redfish on the shallow flats at the southern end of Mosquito Lagoon. Until now, however, I had been unable to catch more than one or two fish a day, no matter what I seemed to do. I was about ready to give up.

I changed locations from the grassflats to the shoreline to culvert mouths, hoping to find feeding fish. I repeatedly changed my method of retrieval, and changed lures until there was nothing left to try. I even waited to see if the fish that I located would feed on a different tide. Nothing seemed to work.

Rather than giving up, I called my long-time fishing friend, Pete Elkins, explained the problem to him, and asked his opinion on what I should do. What had become very frustrating for me turned to anticipation when he offered to come down from Alabama and see if we could find a solution to the reluctant redfish of the Indian River system.

Florida’s Indian River offers the best opportunity in the country to catch bragging-sized redfish in shallow water. That’s a bold statement, but since the banning of the nets just a few years ago the number and size of redfish has increased dramatically. The word has long been out that massive schools of redfish roam the extensive grassflats of the Indian River, the Banana River, and Mosquito Lagoon. As a result, fishing pressure has increased significantly. Today’s flats fishermen are good. They have better boats, improved tackle and are more informed than ever. Still, redfish continue to frustrate such anglers most of the time. At times, redfish can be difficult to find. They also spook rather easily. When you can get close enough to cast to them, redfish sometimes refuse every spoon, jig, and plug that you cast.

When I phoned Pete and asked him for advice, he first asked me why I thought it was that the redfish had refused all of my offerings. I really dislike it when people respond to a question with another question, but upon reflection, the answer was simple: fishing pressure, and the fact that caught-and-released fish survive, become educated, and the dumb ones become fillets. Because of the fishing pressure on the Indian River, redfish feed at different times and places. They have learned to recognize the most commonly fished baits, and they have developed a fear for their ultimate predator, the flats fisherman.

But redfish are redfish. They are going to continue rooting around for small crabs, seizing an unwary shrimp, or taking a fingerling mullet that stands out from the rest. On the Indian River system, it’s just that reds are going to greater lengths to avoid contact with fishermen. Places which have traditionally held fish no longer seem to have the same numbers. As more anglers learn of redfish hotspots, the fish simply relocate. They don’t move to better feeding places (one has to assume that the hotspot was the best feeding place), but they do move to a place where they can feed with less pressure. Even when redfish remain in a hard-fished area, they often refuse lures that worked so well in the past.

Like all fish, redfish detect vibrations in the water. Lures emit a repetitive vibration when they wobble. In time, the fish catch on to the very lures they’ve been caught on, or have been bombarded by time and time again. It’s simply learned behavior. If you don’t think fish are capable of catching on, you don’t give ‘em enough credit. To help solve my reluctant redfish problem, Pete has a sugestion: When in Rome, do as the Romans do. Or in this case, do as the redfish do-get away from the crowds.

“We need to fish some good water that other flats fishermen are not fishing,” Pete began.

“But they’re everywhere!” I responded.

“Then we just need to get into shallow water that few fishermen can get to. Water where only a small boat can go. Do you know of a place where we can launch a small boat that is near water that a flats boat would have difficulty running in?” he asked.

A quiet approach in a canoe allowed Pete Elkins and the author to enjoy multiple hookups.

I thought for a moment and recalled Eddy Creek, east of Titusville, at the southern end of Mosquito Lagoon. There is an unpaved ramp there that gets little use because the area has so much shallow water. I agreed to get my square-back canoe and 8 h.p. kicker ready that evening so that we could be the first ones there the following morning. At Pete’s insistence, I got a fly rod ready, too.

Pete is an avid fly fisherman who penned the book Catching Freshwater Striped Bass in 1977. I showed him several mullet flies tied by Florida fly tyer Ken Bay. Dressed on a 1/0 hook, the fly has a deer-hair head and a grizzly hackle body and tail. Bay colors the gill area with a red permanent marker and adds plastic eyes for a touch of realism. “These look like perfect imitations of finger mullet, I’m sure they’ll do the trick. We just need to find the fish,” Pete exclaimed. His 8-weight rod was rigged with a floating, weight-forward line, as was my 9-weight. We both tied on a leader and a mullet fly and stashed the rods in my van so that we wouldn’t have to rig up in the morning darkness.

We arrived at the Eddy Creek ramp well before first light. The ramp is on the barrier island separating the Atlantic Ocean from Mosquito Lagoon, and is within the Canaveral National Seashore. We were the first to launch and as the light came up, we motored a short distance to the extensive grassflats where we lifted the motor and began to paddle.

We were looking for relaxed fish. When we found them, if need be, we would cast the mullet flies from as far away as possible. I was confident that our mullet flies were unlike anything reds in this section of flats were used to seeing. Lagoon reds have seen every crab and shrimp pattern in the book. They were certainly nothing like the familiar lures they had likely seen time and time again. We paddled perhaps a half-mile across the grassflat when I spotted the tell-tale wake of what I hoped was a redfish moving away from us a short distance ahead. “Do you think it could be a school of redfish?” I wondered aloud. Pete began to paddle harder to get around and in front of the annoyed reds.

The redfish wakes disappeared. We wondered if the school had stopped, turned, or was just continuing to move away at a slower pace. Here we were in inches of gin-clear water and we had no clue where the redfish had gone. We paddled slowly for ten minutes, sure that we were close to where the school had headed.

“Pete, put down your paddle and get ready to cast,” I whispered. “We’ll only want one paddle in the water so that we don’t spook them again.” Just ahead, what looked like no more than a blade of grass sticking up above the surface gradually sank from sight. Then a second and a third one poked into view. After a moment, the grass blades disappeared. Fins! A school of redfish was directly in front of us, but if I stood to see them more clearly, they would see me, too, and surely spook.

“Cast to the edge of the school, as softly as you can,” I whispered to Pete, wedging the paddle into the soft bottom to hold us. It may have been presumptuous of me to suggest he not line any of the fish and spook the entire school. Pete has been married to the same woman for 30 years and takes directions well. He made two false casts then gently laid his mullet fly just beyond and in front of the nearest blue-tipped tail.

Pete made two slow strips and the tail disappeared. On the third strip, a swirl indicated that the red spotted the fly. Pete’s fly line seemed to defy gravity as it rose from the water when he set the hook.

Pete worked furiously to get the line cleared to the reel. Once the red was on the reel, its locomotive run pulled the canoe in semi-circles as Pete pulled in the opposite direction his fish wanted to go. He managed to pull his fish away from the departing school, and when the red was finally alongside the canoe, we could see that its copper color perfectly matched the tint of the submerged grass.

We maintained contact with the same school for the next hour and each caught another redfish. The stealthful approach that we had used to find the redfish kept them in a feeding mood as long as our first presentations were good. And the delicate entries of our flies didn’t put the fish on alert. Never did they feel more like prey than predator, for a change. We were able to hook a fish out of several more schools as the morning progressed and came across single redfish cruising in the emerging grass while we paddled and drifted in search of the schools. The singles required a more precise presentation-which meant multiple casts for me-to get the fly to land just right. So long as I did not touch or cross the red with my floating fly line, they accepted the fly.

By midday, the wind picked up, making it harder to detect redfish from a distance. When the sky darkened, I knew that it was time to get off the water. Afternoon showers were imminent. I was satisfied that we fooled the reluctant redfish of the Indian River system. It took stealth, fly rods, and on this day, an unfamiliar fly.

First Published Florida Sportsman Feb. 2005
By Larry Kinder

Tangling with Tarpon

Recent inshore fishing reports from the Southeast region.


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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Big Bend Grouper Bite

Recent offshore fishing reports from the Big Bend region.


Big Bend Grouper Bite

Florida Sportsman member: StandOutI2

We stopped at a shallower spot and saw that the water was clean so we stayed there. First drops down and all we were hooking up with was lady fish, grunts, and some small grouper. Moved over another 75 yards and found what we were looking for. For several hours, as soon as the bait hit the bottom it was getting eaten.

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Grouper on the Troll

Florida Sportsman member: Ruff One

We decided to move out to 22 feet, just to get some air moving. We get there and put out the plugs, starting to troll over some nice live bottom and right away the rods are going off.

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Middle Grounds Adventure

Florida Sportsman member: Big Slick

We ran a few miles, anchored and immediately started getting freight trained by 12 to 18 pound red snappers. Within a couple of hours we had our limit and we started targeting mangos and beeliners with hopes of some red grouper. We fished and slept on and off until dawn and had a limit of mangos by then.

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Big Bend Cobia

Florida Sportsman member: Ruff One

We get the rods set back up again, and now it’s Gail turn. Doesn’t take long and her Redi-Rig float goes down and she hooked into a nice one. After a 45 minute battle she works him to the boat, and the net does the job. Nice 30 pound fish comes aboard.

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Homosassa Grouper Bite

Florida Sportsman member: troutman57

Gags were around and a few good ones took our bait. Smaller pieces of ladyfish was the top producer. 3 of the red grouper were small, around 20 to 22 inches and 5 were between 24 and 26 inches. A few more blackies and some decent grunts rounded out our catch. Only 2 red grouper were under size and were released along with all the gags.

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Rough Seas, But The Fish Were Biting

Florida Sportsman member: troutman57

The weather buoy data showed winds between 15 and 20 mph all day with waves to 4 feet. We slogged out to 45 feet and made a couple drops, Gags and more Gags. So I said lets take out medicine now and get to where the bait and red grouper are. We slogged out another 6 miles and 55 feet was loaded with bait. 55 feet was also loaded with gag grouper and one keeper red grouper.

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Deep Water, Quality Fish

Florida Sportsman member: Top Contender

Fished a little farther out this time in 380 to 465 feet, caught tilefish, snowy grouper, kitty Mitchell grouper, scamp, gags, red snapper, AJs, bar jacks and porgies. This is my first Kitty Mitchell grouper so I wanted to share it. Gags were all 20-38 pounds and snapper were all 15-20 pounds which really hurt to release.

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Shallow Water Grouper In Homosassa

Florida Sportsman member: Capt.Zachary

The hot bait today was the white Rapala X Rap 20. Today we were also getting our bigger grouper trolling using a unique technique, we would hook up with the first fish then slow down and work the other lure hard and more than once we hooked up with bigger Gags on the second rod. We had to retire two plugs today because they were destroyed from big gags smacking them.

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Great Big Bend Grouper Bite

Florida Sportsman member: bone

Then we switched to big live baits and ended up with 6 gags and 1 26 inch Red. Biggest gag was 29 inches. Weather was awesome, my Bluewater rode 35 mph the whole way out and back. Not the best day but we will have fresh grouper all week.

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Homosassa Offshore Variety

Florida Sportsman member: troutman57

The plan was to explore a new area a bit deeper than I have been over the past few trips. We shoved off at 7:00 and ran out close to 50 feet and set up on an area that I knew held some gags. As soon as we dropped out bait the bite was on with a pair of gags one 31 and one 33 inches. The continued with a good 23-inch red grouper and a few shorts then shut down. Rather than wait them out we started trolling and looking for new bottom and took one 24-inch gag on stretch 30 which we tossed back. After another 45 minutes of trolling we found some good bottom and set up on it. The bite started to pick back up and before we knew it we took 3 reds between 23 and 27 inches and another gag right at 30 inches. A couple more local moves over new bottom and a couple more grouper at each stop. We counted 14 grouper in the box so we moved once to finish our limit but all shorts. One last move and it was a triple, 2 really nice reds over 24 inches and a 27 inch gag.

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Big Bend Grouper

Florida Sportsman member:GatoRella

Had a good day offshore groupering yesterday. Headed out to 45 feet into overcast, stormy skies, and a little chop but nothing too bad. The particular spot we were headed to is a large patch reef area, not much relief but good hard, live bottom. The plan was to get out there and troll around for a little and see if we could catch a grouper or at least find a new spot or two. We syck at grouper trolling and didn’t get a bite, but after about 15 minutes we marked two nice looking spots. We set up on the most promising one and the bite was on! We caught a few shorts but most were keepers, the ratio of keeper to shorts has changed quite a bit from last season. Think that’s a good sign for the grouper population, but I’m no marine biologist.

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Homosassa Offshore – The Mrs. Gets Even

Florida Sportsman member: Ruff One

After taking Billy out for a Cobia trip he won’t forget, I am sitting at the computer having coffee Sunday morning and I look over my shoulder and Mrs. Ruff One is standing there dressed in her fishing outfit. She looks at me and says ” seas are down, wind is down, cobia are biting, get off your a–, get your stuff together and lets get out here!” She doesn’t have to twist my arm much for me to respond. In thirty minutes we were at the ramp and rolling. No messing around on this trip. Headed off shore about 15 miles and setup on some real nice live bottom. I don’t even have the chum bag out and Mrs. Ruff is hooked into a Cobia.

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Grouper Digging with the Kids

Florida Sportsman member: Scott Crown

With grouper season about to close we got the kids out one last time. Got to the ramp to find it empty on a sunday. Weird. Put in with a stiff 15 knot NE wind. Took our time getting to 60 feet but on the first spot we put 8 nice red grouper in the boat right off the bat. We were having some issues with the anchor holding in the 4 foot seas but after swithcing anchors that problem stopped. We moved around from spot to spot putting another 7 red grouper in the box and some real nice gags back in the water.[...]

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Homosassa Offshore Red Hot Bite

Florida Sportsman member: troutman57

Doc Mike and I took advantage of the beautiful weather to head offshore for some end of the season red grouper. looking at the intellicast windfinder it looked like a perfect day to head out deep. We hit the water at 8 and ran directly to our 60-65 foot area. Perfect seas all the way and one drop of the anchor and it was looking good with a fat 26″red in the boat in short order. That action continued for an hour as we put 6 grouper of similar size in the box. Rather than weeding through 10 shorts to land a keeper we were landing about half under and half over well over. [...]

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Homosassa Offshore Gags

Florida Sportsman member: Capt.Zachary

If you go offshore, don’t be surprised if you catch one of those elusive Gag Groupers, you might catch 1 or 100. But on a serious note, the Red Grouper are still biting good in 45-60 feet and the bite is heavier in 90-100 foot range. We did an over night trip out to an area in 100 feet of water and did really good on Big Mangrove Snapper and Red Porgy. I also learned something new, Red Snapper and Gag grouper love fried chicken. I gave one of my friends the rest of my dinner, just the bones and told him it was great grouper bait, he dropped it down and to our surprise got a 39 inch Gag about 5 seconds after the bait hit the bottom! [...]

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Suwannee Offshore Mix

Florida Sportsman member: Chesapeake troller

Bait of the day was Octopus and Herring Jerky. Sharks were manageable, I did have two rigs messed up but nothing like earlier in the week. Flying teeth was not as bad but bad enough at the dock. On the conditions, it finally did calm down around 3 and the run in was manageable, by the time we got to 10 miles out it was calm, at 5 miles slick calm. Only saw four boats all day on the water, did see a few inshore guys in the river but everyone is saying the trout are out of the creeks and back in the GOM. [...]

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Homosassa Offshore; Gags & Reds

Florida Sportsman member: troutman57

Lee., Mike, and I set out for deep water to dig up some red grouper. After finding out we had overwritten all of our GPS information we found an area with a modest bite. As we worked that area Lee managed to get the GPS info off a sd card and we ran only a half mile to the area we intended to fish. Large gags were taking our baits and putting a serious hurting on our tackle. No hot bite but we moved around from point to point and kept the bite going. after all the action came to a hault we boxed a few red grouper and a big pile of grunts for the table. All fish were caught on frozen cut bait. Flat seas, good company and perfect weather made for another excellent day on the bay here on the Nature Coast [...]

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CK Offshore Slam

Florida Sportsman member: Togam

Didn’t get on the water till 8:15, but getting bait didn’t take long on the flats. By 9:00 we had the wells blacked out with pinfish. First stop was in 50 feet, made a couple drifts boating a 24-inch gag and a kingfish. Continued out another 15 miles and stopped in 65 feet. The bite was on fire dropping live pinfish and cut threadfins, we had our limit in about 2 hours. Also caught a short AJ on live bottom and hung two kings on the flat line [...]

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Offshore Homosassa Bottom Report

Florida Sportsman member: Animal1

Went offshore out of Homosassa for the first time last Saturday. Picked the spot off the Top Spot map, caught alot of big grunts and red grouper, 2 being keepers. We were chummimg when we spotted the man in the brown suit, I grab freeline pole put a pinfish on and it gets whacked. After a nice fight bring him to the net and in the boat he comes 44 inch cobia [...]

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Kings on the Beach

Florida Sportsman member: huntentails

Well, rumor has it that a cold water up dwelling and the full moon almost on us should have the rays up and the cobia with them. Linda and I headed over to the other side to see if we could find em’. We caught up with my brother John at his boat in Port Canaveral and off we went!

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Cobia Tourney: Winning Fish

Florida Sportsman member: butchbal

I posted some other pictures and report from the tourney in the General Fishing Section but I wanted to post a few more here taken during while fighting and boating the fish [...]

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Crystal River Meat Trip

Florida Sportsman member: Makakoa

Left the dock at 6:30 a.m. with a little more wind than I expected, I knew it would be a little bumpy as soon as I looked at the stacks on the power plant. Steady West wind all day. Scooted out to 50+/- feet, having to slow some the last 7 miles or so since it got a little “rolly”. We anchored up on a spot that did very well a few weeks earlier and it was on instantly. We only needed to move twice and loaded up on some very nice red grouper [...]

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CR Rough Reds

Florida Sportsman member: fishy tales

It has been a while since I posted any reports, so I figured it was time to do so. I will tell you this, the weatherman lies. Calling for 2 to 3 foot seas, a good boating day, yeah right. It was more like 5 to 6 foot seas winds blowing 15 to 18 knots. Bounded and determined we made our way to the 50 foot range in search of red grouper.

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“Ruff Water Cobia”

Florida Sportsman member: Ruff One

The weather man was half right today. Morning forecast was for 10mph or less-wrong–more like 15mph and blowing constant. The seas were angry and made fishing in my boat a chore. Afternoon forecast was for the winds to lay down and they were right on. Since it was howling this morning, we decided to hit the first shallow water structure we could find. Settled on some areas in 12 ft. Decided not to anchor, so we made some drifts. On the second drift, Mrs. Ruff One hollers over the wind–here comes a cobe, and she’s hooked up [...]

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HSB Offshore

Florida Sportsman member: RORY

Got out early. Caught bait at the last channel marker and headed offshore at 30 mph by sunrise. Great day on the water! We hooked up with a few AJs on live bait then switched to a 9″ topwater plug. As i got the AJ close to the boat 2 goliaths and 2 small sharks came after it. I’m sure this AJ would have been toast if i didnt have 65 lb braid and an 80 lb leader. Luckily I got the fish close enough to the boat that they lost interest. Water temp was 75 in 55′!

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Grouper Father and Son Style

Florida Sportsman member: troutman57

My son is here visiting from the Keys and mother nature offered up a perfect day to show off some of Homosassa’s famous grouper fishing. Kyle and I hit the water at 8:30 after saying hello to Salty Dawg we ran out 30 miles to 45 feet of water. On the way out we noticed the suspended layer of algae from 15 feet all the way out to where we started in 45 feet. We used the Minn Kota as an anchor and dropped cut bait on Carolina rigs and the grouper did not disappoint!

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Beautiful Day to Chase Cobia

Florida Sportsman member: Ruff One

Seas were flat, wind was perfect, water temps. are on the rise, it was one nice day to chase the brown bombers. We had decided to go out and fish a wreck in 25 ft. but on the way we would hit some good structure spots . First stop Mrs. Ruff One hooks up, and after a few runs, gets off. Next I connect and of all things, the brand new circle hook breaks in half, fish gone! Finally Gail boats one and it’s 1/4 in. short! Oh well, we move on and head out to our final destination [...]

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Misdemeanors and Felonies

Florida Sportsman member: keypond

Everyone thinks of sheepshead as convicts, because they steal a few shrimp, but I’ve come to the conclusion, shrimp theft is only a misdemeanor compared to the felonies the AJ’s have committed upon my tackle and wallet this year. And there was the plan for the day, take the family and the neighbors out to associate with both known criminals and hopefully invite a few over for dinnner [...]

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Century 2301

At first glance the 23-foot long Century 2301 was a bit understated with its 8-foot, 6-inch wide interior looking somewhat unadorned. At closer inspection we found all of the key features designed into the boat and some surprising extras. The bow was comprised of a cavernous anchor locker and seating, which is on top of the largest fish boxes in the mix. We expected to find a potty, which we did, this one is housed in a truly standup head in the center console. Also in the console, batteries were stored dry, out of the bilge, behind a hatch and an upholstered interior finish. The helm seat had a built-in tackle center and the stern seat included a removable back rest and two grab handles for safety. To access the swim ladder the Century had a hinged transom door and if your recreational outings include diving, this seemingly simple feature would soon become a must have. A 250 Yamaha 4 stroke powered this boat with enough speed to keep up with any other boat in this size range.

Century 2301 Specifications
LOA – 23 feet, 0 inches
Beam – 8 feet, 6 inches
RPM – 3500
MPH – 28.3
GPH – 8.8
MPG – 3.22
WOT – 47.6 MPH
MSRP w/power – $82,585.00

Century Boats
40047 County Rd. 54 East
Zephyrhills, FL
813 236-8879
www.centuryboats.com

Trophy Gator


Trophy Gator

Florida Sportsman member: mike923

We got a good one we last Friday night. Measured and weighed at central florida trophy hunts at 13′ 1″ and weighed 836 pounds.

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Patience Pays Off

Florida Sportsman member: trg03

Within 20 minutes he had snapped my rod in two places. I grabbed my baitcaster, set another hook in him and he proceeded to blow out the anti reverse and release the treble. At this point he was sitting on the bottom and not moving so I was able to cut the braid on the broken rod and transfer the line to the 6500 with no anti reverse.

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STA Gators

Florida Sportsman member: floridacrackr

Forum member floridacrackr got into some big gators this weekend. Hunting out at STA 5, the gators measured 11’9″ and 9’8″. Nice lizards!

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Filling Tags

Florida Sportsman member: Big Bend Brian

Unlike my gator hunting where I’ve baited gators using “well-fermented” (rancid) sheep lungs we would be using rod and reels and snatch hooks adorned with a small cyalume chemlight so you can see where you’re casting. Gear would be strong spinning reels with stout rods, 60 pound braid, two feet of 80 pound leader on which the cyalume is attached and a weighted treble hook.

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Getting the Gators

Florida Sportsman member: BowtechGen3

Well this year I was not fortunate enough to be drawn for a gator tag but luckily I have a couple of friends that drew a few Tags. We filled 2 of the 4 tags we had for the first phase this weekend and with a little luck hopefully we will fill the other 2 this week!

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Opening Day Success

Florida Sportsman member: conchobrady

Forum member conchobrady got out on opening morning of bow season and took a respectable buck. Congrats!

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Turkey Down

Florida Sportsman member: down4dacount

Forum member down4dacount put together a great video of his son taking a turkey this season. That’s the way to do it! Nice Bird.

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Big Hog Down

Florida Sportsman member: CatchDog

Forum member CatchDog got ahold of a big barred hog recently, with 3 inch cutters on him!The video shows how it went down. Nice Pig!

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Giggin’ For Dinner

Florida Sportsman member: roachbuster

Forum member roachbuster got a chance to get out and do some gigging recently, loading up on some big frogs. Great fun and a good meal! Nice work.

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Team “Spur Me” in Missouri

Florida Sportsman member: Ruff One

Opening morning found me sitting in a small food plot down from the ridge. No gobbling! No sounds any where. Really an unusual morning. Decided to just sit back, make a yelp here and there. Just enjoy the morning. Right at seven o’clock I hear that familiar sound that you just love to hear. A drumming gobbler!! He’s behind me and working his way right by me headed to my brand new Avain decoy. He didn’t make it.

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Night Time Pig and Recipe

Florida Sportsman member: Big Bend Brian

After sunset I heard a deer snorting in the distance and about 30 minutes later I heard a pig “woof”. Ten minutes and a few hog grunts later, a single black hog works through the palmettoes. Turning on the green hog light I see her moving through the palmettoes and with a clear shot she drops. It’s more pork chops to play with!

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Like Father, Like Son

Florida Sportsman member: cetchdawg

Forum member cetchdawg shared some great photos of him and his son with some nice hogs. There’s nothing better than being in the outdoors and making memories that will last a lifetime!

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A Turkey Surprise

Florida Sportsman member: Iggy7

I was out hog hunting right near the end of turkey season. I knew the property I was hunting had a good number of turkeys but I was simply trying to get some hog sausage for the freezer.

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Pork Chops, it’s what’s for Dinner

Florida Sportsman member: Big Bend Brian

We sat for almost 3 hours in light rain when four piggies came out of the palmettos. By then we couldn’t really see them well enough for a good shot so Casey turned on the hog light. The green light didn’t even phase them. While Casey was turning on the lighted red reticle on the red dot I asked him not to shoot the largest one, as I was pretty certain it was a boar hog. One shot and the second largest hog dropped and the three others tore out of there.

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A Solid Season

Florida Sportsman member: hooksetter

Forum member hooksetter has had a great turkey season this year. Not only hunting in Florida, But throughout Georgia and South Carolina as well. Great Work!

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Laying Down Her First Bird

Florida Sportsman member: Longhaul

Forum member Longhaul put his 8 year old daughter on this beautiful bird the opening weekend of youth turkey season. She took the bird with her 410, Congrats to both of you!

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Turkey Season Recap

Florida Sportsman member: triplehelix

A week later after two more unsuccessful hunts in this area I had an exciting day. Spooked two gobblers off the roost walking in, and sat down immediately. Heard hens fly down minutes later and talked with them for an hour. Cackling back and forth, yelping, cutting…it was pretty awesome and lent me some confidence in my calling. But I never saw a bird.

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Central Florida Osceola Down

Florida Sportsman member: huntentails

Five minutes later Linda let the air out of the gobble bag and sent the ole boy into a final dirt nap. Some how its not just about a dead bird, its spending time with good friends and people you love chasing birds in fields and woods all over this beautiful country!

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Wrapping Up the Season

Florida Sportsman member: Larry Mac

It is an area where because of neighboring fences, you are forced to walk very close to roosted birds. Fortunately it was dark, especially with tree cover, very dark. We walked in again trying to simulate a cow under the birds. As we set up the decoys we could hear some very quiet clucks and tree yelps so we knew turkeys were nearby. Once we were seated , it didn’t take long to hear gobbling in response to coyotes yipping.

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First Bird Down

Florida Sportsman member: anglingarchitect

I kill deer and pigs, regularly but though I have been Turkey hunting each spring for at least a couple of hunts, I had never been close enough to a Gobbler to bag one. Last year I even went with a professional guide at the invitation of a Turkey Hunting Client. Of course I have seen birds, especially out of season, and had birds respond to calls, but never in range.

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Great Turkey Season

Florida Sportsman member: chainsawcity

Single bird is 11.5 inch beard with 1.5 inch spurs taken on a WMA hunt and the double birds both have 13 inch beards one has 1.2 inch spurs the other has 1.35 inch spurs.

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Working for Your Bird

Florida Sportsman member: james 14

It’s at this point where it gets blurry because I had him in range but needed his head up and over the palmettos as he started to walk straight away. Finally he stops with his head up but it’s behind a dead palm frond, oh well, BOOM! He rolled, I ran up a few steps and, having already resolved myself to the action, shot him again.

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Nice Bird Down

Florida Sportsman member: redfishrob

Forum member redfishrob scored his personal best bird coming in at 20 pounds with a 9.75 inch beard. Congrats!

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Doubling Up, Turkey Style

Florida Sportsman member: wildrooter

For thirty minutes we were calling back and forth and they would respond right away. Finally one of the birds began closing the distance and got within 20 yards and stopped to see what we were. Eric shot the first bird and rolled him right there and right away the next one came running at the dead bird and jumped on it like you see on tv. Quickly I shot the second one and down he went.

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Big Barred Hog

Florida Sportsman member: Big Bend Brian

Walking up to it I couldn’t believe how large it was. It had to be between 275 and 300 pounds. With my time running out I put a rope on it and tried moving it. It barely budged and there was no way in heck I was getting it back to the truck.

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Night Hunting, Pig Down

Florida Sportsman member: Big Bend Brian

By now it’s getting light and they stayed bedded down for about 30 minutes until a shot off in the distance startled them and they stood up. The largest one walked away with the second following it and I thought I had blown it but the smaller one worked its way out of the palmettoes. This time I didn’t wait and took the shot as soon as it presented a chance. At the shot it dropped.

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Recapping the Season

Florida Sportsman member: DropTine797

I was then invited to hunt with my buddy and his dad and brother on a management area I’ve never been to. They gave me one rule. If it’s legal, shoot it. So when two sows busted out of the palmettos in front of us, I greeted them with 3 volleys of 00 buck.

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Big Buck With the Bow

Florida Sportsman member: Lc-hunter86

Forum member Lc-hunter86 took this beautiful buck with his bow recently, this deer weighed 150 pounds and scored 105 and 3/8th.

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Buck Down

Florida Sportsman member: Panhandler80

Woke up at 4 am this morning and it was pouring down rain. Really wanted to roll back over, but I showered up and figured I’d sit in truck until it eased a little bit. With a little light in the sky the rain eased, so I a silently made my way over wet leaves to a lane that essentially parallels my food plot; the two actually almost come together where I was sitting and then diverge at about a 30 degree angle.

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Snipin’ While the Water’s High

Florida Sportsman member: rrbgtt

Forum member rrbgtt used the recent downpour to his advantage, Limiting out on these awesome birds. Despite the lack of meat due to small size, the snipe makes up for it in taste! Not to forget how much fun targeting these guys are.

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Running Dogs and Catching Hogs

Florida Sportsman member: dukhuntr1991

Hit the marsh hard for the short season since it was open for dog hunting. Went 8 times in the 14 days it was open. Ended up catching 8 with my 2 dogs. No big ones but still had a good time.

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Polk County 11 Point

Florida Sportsman member: jbeam863

Forum member jbeam863 took this beautiful 11 point buck with his 30-30 in Fort Meade.

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Fine Swine

Florida Sportsman member: UCF HUNTER

I get about 50 yards from the stand and hear a faint splash behind me. As I turn around dead in the middle of the trail there are four pigs following me looking dead at me and continuing to walk straight at me just loafing along at about 80 yards. So I got down on a knee picked out the biggest Sow and laid the hammer down. She went 190 pounds on the scale.

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The Wife’s First Buck

Florida Sportsman member: Catalina26

Getting nearly dark and on the verge of being too dark for camera light. She squeezed the trigger and a solid hit. In the camera I watched it go down about 30 yards into the thick brush. I didn’t say anything and watched her squirm in her seat still wondering if she hit it or not. I played the I don’t know if you did I couldn’t tell in the camera. Made her wait patiently for a half hour and we got down.

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When You’re On You’re On

Florida Sportsman member: flydown

Forum member Snookslayer has been on the deer, with this beautiful buck being the most recent.

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Bucks And Ducks

Florida Sportsman member: Git-R-Dunn

We spotted some bucks cruising but had no shot. Ended up getting down and making a beeline towards them. Cut the distance down to 150-200 yards and picked out what I thought was the biggest. I was wrong, but it was still a doozy. Put the crosshairs on him and let my super six bark.

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Nice 9 Point Hernando County Buck

Florida Sportsman member: drgibby

The last picture I had of him was from the first week in October. Having not seen him in almost two months I had assumed he had been killed. This being said I was surprised to see him trotting across a hay field at about 180 yards last Friday shortly after first light. After my third grunt he finally stopped and the Hornady .270 Super Performance did the rest.

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Slingin’ Steel, Ducks Downs

Florida Sportsman member: slayer 52

Florida Sportsman member slayer 52 has been on the ducks his past few times out and decided share.

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Solid WMA Buck

Florida Sportsman member: luv2kildeer

I grunted twice and he started coming. He got inside 200 yards and I pulled the trigger. Oops. I forgot to take the safety off. I tried to calm myself and lined up for a shot again. He stopped broad side 180 yards out and I shot. I could see that I hit him.

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For The Love Of The Hunt

Florida Sportsman member: PalmettoKid

My boots sunk deep into the ancient peat soil. For a moment, there came a sudden realization of the perceived futility of what it was that I was attempting to do. I began tugging on my legs to break the grip of the swamp. The only branch within arms reach was lifeless, suspended in the air only by the strength of some small vines. A few small vines which my right arm, seemingly by its own volition, had become entangled with. So there I am with a heavy slug gun in my left hand, a right arm elbow deep into a knot of vines and both feet held snug in the muck.

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Little Guy, Big Hog

Florida Sportsman member: Mojito

Friday afternoon started slowly in the blind, until a couple of coons showed up to entertain him till the feeder went off. The dinner bell rang and we had only one guest show up. This bad boy turned broadside at 30 yards. and my son aimed his shooter and proclaimed he was ready. As a precaution I drew down on him with my .308 to make certain of a clean, humane kill. It turned out my rifle would not be needed. My boy dropped the hammer and I watched in awe as the pig stumbled spraying blood for about 25 yds. till he fell dead.

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Hungryland Buck

Florida Sportsman member: Marx Man

He slowly turned to leave and gave me the front quarter shot and I took it. He made it about 5 yards and was down dead. Perfect heart shot. There was absolutely no blood so he would have been real hard to track. When my buddy came over he said “There’s no hole. He’s not dead”. Funny thing is the day before We sat for 13 hours straight and didn’t see squat.

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Solid Central Florida Buck

Florida Sportsman member: PinkIndian321

We backed out with our climbers and tried a different approach to the same area. First sit after the adjustment yesterday evening and this bad boy popped out. Filled our tag nicely. Took this picture of him with his buck right where we found him. 113 2/8 10 point. His first good buck and our first public land registry buck hunting together.

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Great Gun Season So Far

Florida Sportsman member: Lc-hunter86

Well I have already started things off with a bang, managed to harvest this 4 point while dog hunting with some buddies in Ocala and I was also able to harvest a nice 8 point as well.

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Georgia Buck

Florida Sportsman member: bone

Finally after passing numerous 2 and a half and a couple nice 3 and a half year olds I watched this guy follow a doe on to a food plot . Never been seen before and never on any of our cams. And I never had to think about shooting him.

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Big Buck in The Swamp

Florida Sportsman member: flydown

Well, I managed to weed one of the dumb ones out of the shallow end of the gene pool. Not much to the story, early Saturday morning he came in through the swamp eating submerged acorns. The .50 caliber did it’s job.

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Something You Don’t See Everyday

Florida Sportsman member: Gone_Fishing

My son took this piebald 5 point this morning during a youth hunt. Could not believe what I was seeing when he shot it. I have only ever seen 1 piebald deer and that was at the Joe Budd check station. Really cool deer. We are having the whole hide tanned.

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Nice Quota Buck

Florida Sportsman member: Lc-hunter86

Busted this buck this morning at first light running the heck out of a doe! Unique looking buck! My dad and I were sitting together so he got to watch the whole thing unfold.

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First Buck

Florida Sportsman member: if_it_flies_it_dies

So after sitting for about an hour at 7:30 I see a big bodied deer crossing a shooting lane at 50 yards. Antlers! I was just a little too high to have a perfectly clear shot so I made an awful noise that was supposed to sound like a grunt and stopped him in his tracks. I had a shot at the rear part of his vitals so I took it quickly and in a weird position. When the smoke cleared I saw no deer.

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Tracking Down the First Buck of the Season

Florida Sportsman member: tarpontamer2007

Sunday morning I almost slept in, but finally got motivated to go. Really nice morning but no activity for a while. At 7:45 a.m. I look to my right and spot a deer at 30 yards that had just came out from behind a bush. He ate for a few minutes and finally gave me a 27 yd shot.The hit was a hair back but it still got his lungs. The deer took off around a corner and out of sight. I decide to trail immediately because of approaching rain. I Got on a decent blood trail and made it 150 yards then the rain started to hit hard. I lost all the blood in the middle of a ankle high grass field. I decided to walk in a grid to search the field. I finally found him after a 45 minute search and walking right by him 2 times. So happy I found him.

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Gator Hunting with a First Timer

Florida Sportsman member: bswiv

Made a trip to the lake this morning with the wife, daughter and her boy friend ( His first time on a gator hunt. ). Caught this guy ( 11′ 8″ ). Kind of odd in that we heard them bellowing just like in the spring and then this guys swims out all bowed up a few hundred yards away.

Got lucky in that he was in some thick stuff when he went down. He settled instead of swimming off as they usually do. Gently set a big hook in him and slowly raised him to the surface, rod in one hand and harpoon in the other. Soon as he came into sight hurled the harpoon and from there it got wild as he was green. Pulled the boat all over for a while before we could get another harpoon in him.

Where we got lucky was in that if he had bolted when the hook was the only thing in him we’d of lost him.

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Big 9-Point Down

Florida Sportsman member: floridacrackr

Well after watching this buck all summer and following his every move around the ranch I finally caught up to him. A long story short the hunt Saturday night in the pouring rain, on the ground because my wife wanted to go, and a panther at 10 yds was my most memorable hunt ever. With the lightening cracking all around us I never thought we would have much action. Well at about 7:30 the rain let up and this guy decided to show up…very cautiously. He came in at 110 & 3/8 pounds.

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First Buck of the Season

Florida Sportsman member: eorlando

Well deer season officially kicked off for us this morning here in FL. It started off a little rocky but ended with sweet success. My Alarm went off at 4 o’clock this morning. I was out of the house by 4:30 and out to my hunting spot by 5:15. I got to the tree I was going to climb and put my climber up against it and realized something wasn’t right with my new hazamore seat. I fiddled around with it for about 15 minutes and couldn’t get it figured out and decided it was time to climb the tree and that I would just have to stand for the morning. I was all ready and set up when the sun came up, except I had no where to sit. Right at daylight I catch movement… it’s 2 does. They were at 25 yards and stopped. They knew something was up and kind of wandered off in the other direction.

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Last Bird of the Season

Florida Sportsman member: Fish Addict

Last day of the hunt decided to leave them alone and hunt another bird we thought would cooperate. Well that didn’t pan out either. Right at daylight he gobbled and gobbled his head off but quickly flew down to a group of hens. Around 7:45am we decided to move over to the pasture again where we knew those birds were working through. Thought what the heck.. last day of hunt dont have anything to lose. Get setup around 8 in this cow pen on the edge of the field and put out the Dave Smith gobbler with a hen decoy. Waited about 20 minutes and made a few light calls. All of sudden we see hens working to the right of us. They don’t seem interested at all in calls or decoys, but all of sudden things changed. A gobbler was tailing the hens and once he saw the decoys it was full strut mode. He ran to the gobbler decoy and preceded to beat the living crap out of it. Man i wish i had the camera with me because for the next few minutes (which felt like eternity) he put on quite the show. He jumped on top of the decoy, ripped the tail off.. spitting, drumming, mad as hell trying to kill the decoy. Waited until he broke strut and got a few feet away from the decoy and let the lead fly. What a hunt. What a decoy. What a way to end the season.

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Gobbler Down

Florida Sportsman member: down4dacount

Well, after guiding for my boy and a friends wife and (3 for 3), It’s my turn now. Got setup at dark in a spot I usually see turkeys work the area. I started moving further in , called a couple of times in one spot. Nothing. Moved a 100 yards away a made a few hard cuts and a few yelps. Bam! A hen fired off 60 yards away. I quickly scrambled to find where to sit. Got settled and 2 minutes later she showed up. Yelping,purring,cuttin’, and looking for me. She passed 12 yards by me and went in the woods still calling non stop[...]

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Doubling Up

Florida Sportsman member: BnT

Saturday and Sunday Chief Osceola and I got worked over pretty good by this one bird we called “long gobble” He had the longest gobble we have ever heard. Anyway he was a smart one. Saturday morning we set out the decoy and he gobbled at least 40 times off the roost and flew down and was on a beeline to our decoy. We both thought well, this is gonna be easy. That was until he stopped at about 65 yards and stayed that distance for about an hour til his hens came and then they dragged him to the other side of the field.

[...]Well after 15 minutes of watching I catch something out of the corner of my eye and its a gobbler only 30 yards away walking towards them! I wait for Joe to get the camera on him and Joe clucks to get his head up and boom..I missed! he started running and I popped him on the run… My bird is there flopping and i hear Joe say “dont go get him yet and hand me the gun” the other bird “long gobble” sprinted from 200 yards across the field to spur my bird.Once he got a lick in Joe nailed him.

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Great Weekend of Hunting

Florida Sportsman member: BCSAILS

Made camp too late to Turkey hunt Saturday afternoon so I set out to roost a bird while walking with my rifle for a hog. Had a nice Boar pop up and used my new VXR red dot scope on my old Browning 30-06 A-Bolt to drop him. Great scope for low light hog hunting as I always had problems with low light and a black cross hair on a black hog. Got a couple pics then had to clean him on the ground as best I could in the Jeeps headlights as I could not lift him alone. About half way through cleaning had Yotes all around me howling. Kinda cool but also makes the hair on the back of your neck rase. Sunday am heard gobbling way off and made some calls but then had two barking dogs running all over! That killed that hunt. Sunday afternoon set up on a dry slew and had a hen and her boyfriend come in. I let him do his dance with her then I cut in. Boom, nice bird. Great weekend of hunting.

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First Turkey

Florida Sportsman member: down4dacount

We got to our spot and went in with 45 minutes left of daylight. On the way I heard a gobble bout 200 yards out, then 3 more. I knew where he was going so we circled him. We got 150 yards from where I thought he would be and yep ,there he was. Big longbeard hanging down . It was a long night that’s all can say. We setup on him 80 yards from him. I could see him through the branches. Sunwas coming up and hawks and crows calling. First gobble from him sparked 4 other birds in the area. Christopher was getting excited and shaking. I made some soft purrs and clucks, and that bird gobbled at everything I threw at him. The only thing I overlooked was a old trail in between the pines. I kinda knew he would flydown and maybe go down that trail. He flew down and landed 65 yards from the hen decoy. Then right from above us, 2 other birds flew behind us[...]

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Youth Waterfowl Hunt

Florida Sportsman member: down4dacount

I want to give thanks to all the guys in UWF for doing 2013 Jack Bylsma III Youth Hunt at STA 1 and everyone who helped and donated . Every kid won something in the raffle and the food was awesome. Thanks to both Bill’s for cooking , Big Thanks to Milan , Ryan , Newton and everybody else who made this event possible . This is Christopher’s 3rd Youth Waterfowl Hunt , but this one he was doing all the loading and aiming on his own . Still waterwhacking but doing the job . I told him next season it’s time to shoot flying ducks .

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Another Buck Down

Florida Sportsman member: huntmstr

Spent the weekend with some buddies hunting their club on the Bama border near Blackwater and busted this 175 pound 11-point buck chasing a doe across a cut bean field. Shot him trotting at 350 yards. Have yet to score him.

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Alabama First Buck

Florida Sportsman member: maq attaq

We extended our deer season this year and hunted in Alabama this past weekend. My oldest son Michael killed his first buck. The rut was supposed to be in full swing there, it wasn’t quite on yet, there were definitely signs though. We put in some serious hours in the stand and he was able to kill a 7 point. Both my boys got there first bucks this year.

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Last Chance Buck

Florida Sportsman member: ScreaminSeamen

I wanted to share this with you guys, an east central Florida public land buck! My brother saw this buck as we were walking around but could only see horns over the tail grass. We got within 60 yards, the wind was good and the buck made two steps my way. I had a clear shot! By far my biggest buck! What do you guys think he will score?

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Scoters in South Florida

Florida Sportsman member: dukhuntr1991

Haven’t posted any duck reports from this year so far but we’ve been having a pretty good season. Quite a few limits of ringers/teal, a couple redheads, a few pintails, ruddys, mottled ducks, blue bills, etc.
I shot something this morning I never would have imagined could make it this far south, a pair of black scoters. We were hunting blue bills when I had a group of 20 large divers come in, I peeled out 2, a drake and a hen [...]

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Tennessee Christmas

Florida Sportsman member: KBG

The wife and I made the Christmas trip to Tennessee to visit Mom and Dad this year. They usally come down here. It was definatly the right choice. Got there Friday night (21st) and temp was already 25 degrees. While unpacking I realized I forgot extra ammo for the rifle! I only had three rounds for the trip. Woke up Saturday morning to 18* on the top of the mountain the bottom was even colder. Yeah, ummm I think I’ll go back to bed and scout later. So later that day I’m sitting in a old barn in a “holler” where I had seen a huge buck about 5 years ago. Right before dark two little wrens fly in the barn and start taking a dust bath two feet from me. “Pretty cool” [...]

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A Ocala Buck

Florida Sportsman member: snowman

Shot this one today ahead of dogs in Ocala. He was trying to slip across the road when the 30-06 bar caught him. He weighed 114 pounds. Dogs trailed him for over an hour and a half before they jumped him.

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A Look Back at 2012

Florida Sportsman member: bluefieldbowhunter

My season has been pretty slow until a few weeks ago when things started to take a turn for the better. Up until early Dec I had only seen one good shooter buck, probably a 120-inch 10 point that came into a food plot at 1 p.m. on a full moon on Sept 29th and stayed behind a pile of grapevine and some palmettos until he was 12 yards away. I was drawn on him for a minute but could not find a window to shoot before the wind swirled and he got nervous and trotted off. I was pretty down after that because I usually only get one or two chances a year at a good mature deer with the bow and for the remainder of the first part of our chopped up season I hardly saw a thing. Meanwhile 3 friends came out and each killed an 8 point on their first sits of the year [...]


Unbelievable Hunting Weekend

Florida Sportsman member: Iggy7

First morning out last week and within a minute of being in my stand (and with my gun still on the ground at the end of my pull rope) two deer walk in. I am somehow able to pull the gun up without spooking them and the buck walks into a clearing and stops with just enough of his body showing for me to get a 60 yard broadside shot. Just under 20 minutes later, another buck walks in and gives me a quartering to shot at 25 yards. And with that, I have 2 bucks on the ground less than 30 minutes after getting in my stand. Three days later, I’m sitting with my 16 year old son who has been shutout for 4 hunting seasons straight. We see a couple deer and he finally is able to put his first deer on the ground! [...]

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Thanksgiving Weekend Doe

Florida Sportsman member: Gone_Fishing

My son and I were invited to hunt some private land outside of Tallahassee. He took a 80 pound doe at 80 yards through both shoulders with his .243 Rem 700 Youth. Actually, Friday, the day after Thanksgiving. We saw 8 deer including a buck harassing does. It was a beautiful morning.

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Dawson’s First Buck

Florida Sportsman member: rrbgtt

If you’ve followed any of my threads, you’ve probably seen pictures of Dawson (my friends 12 year old son). Whenever I go to GA to hunt, I sit in the stand with him so his Dad can sit with his little brother. I hunted with him this past weekend when my daughter, Toni, killed her first buck. Dawson didn’t get to hunt again until this morning. He just called me as excited as he could be. He said, “Mr. Rusty, I got him!”

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Successful Weekend; Hogs, Deer

Florida Sportsman member: down4dacount

This was another successful weekend, even if I hadn’t killed anything . I managed to pickup a return on Wednesday. I Called my buddy he couldn’t make so I called another friend . Friday we left and got there 3:00pm . Had several options on where I had seen bucks, so we did a little stalk hunting / scouting. Wind was blowing 15-20 mph which was good for stalking . Walked up to 2 does within 25 yards . Saw very little sign of deer , lot’s of rottin , and none of who made them . On the way out decided to check out several oaks and saw a hog that was easily 250+[...]

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Georgia No Longer On My Mind!

Florida Sportsman member: hooksetter

My dad and I made it to our place in Georgia for our yearly deer hunting trip. Had a great time. Checked the cameras the night we got there and we did not have any monsters or anything. Had one decent buck that had some pretty good browtines. Everyone around us had pictures of him and I tried thinking of what stand I could catch him at the next morning. I decided that I might be able to catch him a few hundred yards from the water hole as he was going back to bed. I was right [...]

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Turkey Season; Deer Scouting Pays Off

Florida Sportsman member: huntmstr

While glassing the edge of the island at 9:30, I caught a little movement and lifted the glasses to see the 3 gobblers feeding about 90 yards away. Just then, out of the corner of my left eye, I saw a streak of brown. I dropped the glasses and saw a doe coming right down the logging trail with a buck on her butt. He was grunting and had his head down to where I could only see he was tall but not count points. I picked an opening in brush about 60 yards in front of me and trained my scope on it, keeping both eyes open to make a quick judgement on the buck. As the doe entered the opening, the buck slowed and I could tell he was legal by club standards. As soon as his chest hit the edge of the scope, I centered and pulled the trigger. He didn’t even twitch. I figured he was an 8 and was pretty tickled to get him.[...]

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Muzzleloader Buck, Big Buck Contest Continues

Florida Sportsman member: Lc-hunter86

As you guys know, it has been windy as heck, but I couldn’t resist swaying back and forth for a few hours! Right about 7:30 a.m. this morning after hitting the grunt call a few times, this bad boy slipped in behind me in the nasty cypress swamp I was sitting in. One shot to the neck was all she wrote. The good thing about the wind was that the smoke cleared pretty quick and I could see him hit the dirt! Quick hunt!

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Successful Weekend of Hog Hunting

Florida Sportsman member: FloridaBoy

I knew it was going to be an action packed weekend so I waited until today to post it all in one report, so here it goes. Thursday I went out with a buddy to my favorite WMA to set up my tree stand and check my camera for the last time. I have been getting some good bucks on my camera but it was only taking a few pics of them so I decided to set it to the most sensitive setting. So when we checked the cam there was 2,700 plus pics [...]

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Great Buck, Great Weekend

Florida Sportsman member: down4dacount

Another great weekend, but this one had lots of events from the start. A few miles from the entrance to the WMA, in the middle of my lane were two big hogs, luckily I saw them and swerved and avoided ramming and damaging my truck. We checked in a headed to our spot. The plan was to wait until daylight in an area we were last weekend where I had seen a big buck with a doe right at daylight. We waited for an hour and nothing. Well, since in my usual spot I hunt not much action happened the weekend before, it was time for a new game plan [...]

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Awesome Archery Buck with Grandpa

Florida Sportsman member: BowtechGen3

Well this year I had the fortune of picking a quality Archery Quote Permit in the 2nd Phase of the redraws. We did manage to get out and get a little scouting done and set some trail cameras out. My guest for the hunt was my Grandpa, who turned 83 this year, but still gets around remarkably well for his age. Once the hunt started it was extremely slow compared to our prior outings in this area. But we hung with it and were seeing a few deer here and there [...]

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Great Archery Buck

Florida Sportsman member: ReelAffair23

I shot this buck on Saturday morning at 7:40 a.m. on my lease in Fargo, Georgia near the Okeefenokee. I had one those mornings you dream about. I had a nice 8 come in from an overgrown clear cut with dog fennels head high. He caught me in my stand, and after a 5 minute stare down, he finally relaxed and when he went behind a bush, I was able to stand and get my bow. At that point he started to stare down an abandoned road, and here comes a 6, a smaller 8 and this deer [...]

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A “Florida Sportsman” Weekend

Florida Sportsman member: onICE

I was lucky to have pulled a gator permit for STA 1 phase 2 and my buddy Jeremy (fishaddict) knew a few honey holes so we (me, jeremy, my dad) headed out saturday and Sunday mornings to try to fill our tags. Got an 8 foot right off the bat Saturday, a good eater, and cleaned him. Had a blast. Wanted to head back out Sunday morning and be “picky”, only going for a 10 foot plus [...]

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8 Point Down

Florida Sportsman member: gator4ever

Last year I shot an 8 point on the last day. Fast forward to ml opener this year. Here is my story:

Finally I used the new hunting season dates to my advantage and was able to kill me a rutting South Florida buck.

Saturday was opening day for our black powder season down south. First morning was beautiful, not a lick of wind. One of them mornings you dream about during the off season. Only problem was you didn’t need a flashlight to get to your stand the dang moon as bright as can be. I sat at my favorite for sure thing stand and didnt see a thing. Was I surprised, NO, been there done that too many times [...]

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Opening Weekend Success

Florida Sportsman member: BCSAILS

The plan was to get my older brother his first deer/Buck this opening weekend. He can’t shoot a traditional bow due to his Rotator Cuff tears in his shoulder so he would be using his cross bow which he had yet to take any game with. His son, my nephew, always comes out to the lease with me and helps me so I always give him one of my two allotted Bucks, which he decided to give to his dad this year. So, the mission was on [...]

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Deep Camp Photos

Florida Sportsman member: jrb651

With a lull in-between seasons, Florida Sportsman member jrb651 thought it would be a fun idea for everyone to share some photos of their deer camps made while the season was in full swing. Check em’ out, you may get some great ideas for when it’s time to set up camp once again this year!

“Hey everyone, I saw a post like this on another forum recently Im not sure if a simliar thread has been started on FS but I had a great time scrolling through the picutures of every one’s hunting camps. It’s kind of a “lull” time of year so its fun to at least see photos of deer camp. Could be old or new, matter of fact the old time camp pics are fun to look at.”

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Hunting Collaboration Video

Florida Sportsman member: eorlando

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Nebraska Spring Turkey Trip

Florida Sportsman member: BCSAILS

As a “Florida Sportsman” sometimes you need to prolong your season so a trip out of state is required. This was our third year going to Nebraska to chase big Eastern Gobbler’s. My brother, his two sons and I hunted west and south of Lincoln on public WMA’s and private farms. We stayed at my nephews friends little hunting “shack” as you can see and had to rough it [...]

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Missouri Hunt

Florida Sportsman member: flydown

Well, my good string of bad luck continues, as I went birdless for 2012, but I won’t complain too much after getting 6 days of great hunting weather, while chasing turkeys in my favorite part of the country.

Pictured are a few of the birds taken, as well as a 174″ gross buck shot in Iowa last fall, by a friend.

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A Great Bird

Florida Sportsman member: trotsky

Headed up to my buddies lease for some fun on the last weekend. The plan was to do some calling for 1 of my buddies since I had already limited out. Well the boys stayed up to late, and enjoyed themselves a tad to much. When I got out of bed it was already light, and over cast with rain threatening. My friend who was supposed to go was sawing logs so well I opted out, and took my other buddy. I was not real optimistic. Since I killed my bird on opening weekend at his place the birds had been scare I think mainly do to a dog problem [...]

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Bird Down! Bird Down!

Florida Sportsman member: relicshunter

My first Osceola turkey, a 12 lb, 9in bearded, 3/4&7/8 in. spurred turkey. I have been pursuing the elusive wild turkey for two seasons now, and today it finally work out. I have had many sits with Jay calling and toms responding but just could not bring them into the decoys or gun range. Some of my closer calls were ended by someone else’s gun shot. This season started out promising, I saw lots of birds just could not get them in range. I was hunting a local WMA with 30-40 other hunters and they were just too stirred up. This place has too many roads and drive by callers [...]

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“Hog of my Dreams”

Florida Sportsman member: harbison

One of my all time favorite sports is the challenge of hog hunting. The wild hog, recognized as one of the smartest animals in the woods, is also a gourmet’s delight. No wonder hogs are one of the most sought after animals in the woods. Florida is a tropical paradise. A paradise offering some of the most exciting hunting this great country has to offer. At the top of the list is the big bad Florida wild boar. The Florida wild boar, a cunning, dangerous, adversary, the beast with an attitude, all bad. Who could ask for anything more? [...]

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Big Central Florida Buck

Florida Sportsman member: catchusifyoucan

Great shot of a big buck taken in Central Florida. “Finally killed him,” he reported. “I have 15 pictures of him on game camera since bow season. He finally made a mistake. 106 5/8 gross score and 104 3/8. Another Florida Registry buck.”

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Small Lure, Big Fish

Recent inshore fishing reports from the Ten Thousands Islands region.


Small Lure, Big Fish

Florida Sportsman member: Joe Snook

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

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Summer in the Ten Thousand Islands

Florida Sportsman member: Joe Snook

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

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Whitehorse Key Camping Trip

Florida Sportsman member: CapnAhab

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

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Chokoloskee Backwater Bite

Florida Sportsman member: Piperhigh13

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

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Ten Thousand Island Inshore Bite

Florida Sportsman member: blewitupsir

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

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Catching Dinner and a Trophy

Florida Sportsman member: rgarry

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

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Ten Thousand Islands Mixed Bag

Florida Sportsman member: Charlemagne

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

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Great Snook Bite

Florida Sportsman member: Joe Snook

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

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Shrimp Dunking with the Wife

Florida Sportsman member: Jdstang50

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

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Fantastic Fishing in the Ten Thousand Islands

Florida Sportsman member: Joe Snook

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

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Cooler Weather Heating Up the Fishing

Florida Sportsman member: Joe Snook

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

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Chokoloskee Firsts

Florida Sportsman member: Charlemagne

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

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10,000 Islands Prodigy

Florida Sportsman member: Joe Snook

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

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Everglades Campin’ and Snookin’

Florida Sportsman member: blewitupsir

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

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

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Flounder & Trips

Florida Sportsman member: nightfly

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

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Reds in the 10k

Florida Sportsman member: Joe Snook

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

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Chokoloskee Catches

Florida Sportsman member: nightfly

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

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Tripletail for the Table

Florida Sportsman member: tg.

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

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Fall Fishing Producing Solid Catches

Florida Sportsman member: Capt. Milk

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

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Getting Ready for the Showdown

Florida Sportsman member: tailchaser16

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

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Awesome Snook on Fly

Florida Sportsman member: FLA_tony

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

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Everglades Inshore Mixed Bag

Florida Sportsman member: blewitupsir

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

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10K Islands Inshore Action

Florida Sportsman member: blewitupsir

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

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Solo Everglades Tarpon Trip

Florida Sportsman member: deerfly

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

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Backcountry Reds

Florida Sportsman member: nightfly

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

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Wiggins Pass Snookin’

Florida Sportsman member: odiesfloatie

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

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10,000 Islands Topwater Action

Florida Sportsman member: Joe Snook

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

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Sunday Snookin’

Florida Sportsman member: SnookMagnet

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

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Marco Island Memorial Day Trip

Florida Sportsman member: Captain Bill Curtis

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

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Memorial Day Snook

Florida Sportsman member: nightfly

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

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First Florida Slam!

Florida Sportsman member: asleepatthereel

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

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Week Recap, A Good One

Florida Sportsman member: Capt. Milk

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

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Chokoloskee Fishing

Florida Sportsman member: nightfly

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

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Wiggins Back Bay

Florida Sportsman member: JSTickum

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

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Redfish, Redfish, Redfish

Florida Sportsman member: pjstevko

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

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Great Day, Despite the Winds

Florida Sportsman member: Capt. Milk

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

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Chokoloskee Red

Florida Sportsman member: nightfly

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

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Estero Bay Reds

Florida Sportsman member: Indianoutlaw

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

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Marco/Goodland Redfishing

Florida Sportsman member: nightfly

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

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The Last Couple Weekends

Florida Sportsman member: HookedOnSnook

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

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Night Time Snookin’ on Fly

Florida Sportsman member: nightfly

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

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Late Afternoon Trip

Florida Sportsman member: Joe Snook

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

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Two Days of Marco Action

Florida Sportsman member: Captain Bill Curtis

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

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February Fishing in Chokoloskee and Everglades City

Florida Sportsman member: CaptainRapps

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

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Sunny Weather Fishing

Florida Sportsman Member: Rizangler

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

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Light Leader Peacock Bass

Recent fly fishing reports from all around the state.


Light Leader Peacock Bass

Florida Sportsman member: Beto_Matheus

The powerful attack and subsequent run left no doubt it was the butterfly. With the light leader I had to work the fish and he gave two good runs taking all my fly line out. It then ran towards the only submerged branch in sight to my right where bushes blocked my way. There was only one thing to do if I wanted the fish: had to get in the water.

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Flood Tide Reds

Florida Sportsman member: T-Shirt Bob

Forum member T-Shirt Bob has been catching some nice flood tide redfish in Jacksonville. Tying up his own rendition of a fiddler crab and the fish seem to love it. Nice tie and great fish!

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Bonito Blitz

Florida Sportsman member: FlyFishJax

Gotta love the hottest time of the year! We had a great fly bite and reel screaming test this past Sunday 8/17 out of St. Augustine with about 12 to 15 of these speedsters running between 9 and 12 pounds. on the 9wt. We also caught some on spin gear too. What a blast!

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Big Blackfin on Fly

Florida Sportsman member: Capt. Scott

I had this guy show up in the melee of false albacore, big blue runners, rainbow runners and ravenous sharks I was chumming with live chum. The fish ate the fly 4 feet from the side of the boat. I have no idea how I got it past the sharks, weighed in at 34 pounds.

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Baby Tarpon on Fly

Florida Sportsman member: E-type

Forum member E-type put together a video of some aerial action of baby tarpon on fly. These fish are a ball in the backwaters, always willing to put on a show.

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Summertime Trip to the North

Florida Sportsman member: Ol’DirtyCaster

Laurentides was no different, but the weather didn’t cooperate so I was forced to dredge weedlines with tungsten heads for pike, which actually produced more bass than anything else. I did have some odd catches, I caught my first lake trout, my first walleye, and a 20 inch brown trout in a river that I was told didn’t have any trout. I fished the St. Laurence, the Ottawa, the Saranac, and the Ouaro rivers.

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Bahamas Bonefish

Florida Sportsman member: Prhea36

Forum member Prhea36 put together a video of some DIY bonefish on fly! Chasing these fish with a fly rod can really get your blood flowing. Nice work!

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Gorge Fly Fishing

Florida Sportsman member: remo_5_0

Hit Flaming Gorge a few weeks ago with a buddy, there has been an epic Cicada hatch this year and the lake was covered in them and the trout and bass were killing them, and so were we! Nothing like surface action with some big ugly bugs.

I woke up at 6am every morning to watch the sunrise and have a cool morning alone, with no tourist. Having the beach to myself I sight casted fish non stop, Most schools of snook where 5 to 10 fish thick, with a few Tarpon mixed in.

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West Coast Snook

Florida Sportsman member: Slamaholic

I woke up at 6am every morning to watch the sunrise and have a cool morning alone, with no tourist. Having the beach to myself I sight casted fish non stop, Most schools of snook where 5 to 10 fish thick, with a few Tarpon mixed in.

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Summer Snook

Florida Sportsman member: twobbles

Was tossing a big white fly and was making casts every few minutes to singles or little groups cruising along. Most would come up and nose the fly before either turning away or opening their mouths to inhale it while I let it drift, while others tried to rip the rod from my hands as soon as the fly hit the water.

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Sanibel Snookin’

Florida Sportsman member: Tgrass

My best day on the water was when I found a pod of Snook cruising the beach about 30 feet off shore on a long flat and I was able to pull 4 fish from the same school before the 5th fish wore through the bite tippet. It was my best day of the week with sight casting and landing 12 fish and at least 5 others that hit and came unbuttoned,some on some really wild jumps.

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Withlacoochee Slam

Florida Sportsman member: capt louie

Pete has a couple of 3/4 weights really light fly rods and we had 4 pound tippets and small popping bugs. The fish were ready.

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New Personal Best

Florida Sportsman member: Pmoconnor89

The fish was on the edge of muddy water created by an eddy on the shoreline. I was able to sight fish it and had an excellent 4 to 5 minute battle with two long runs. It’s rare that I catch a beach snook on fly that can’t be stripped in, but this one was on the reel almost immediately.

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First on the Fly

Florida Sportsman member: HenrySRQ

I had borrowed a friends fly rod and after getting some casting tips I went out to a bridge light for a try at some snook with it. Practice payed off with this nice snook.

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Big Trout Out Back

Florida Sportsman member: ShallowPersonality

Got home today after a long day and decided to throw the fly rod a bit in the back yard. Went down to the dock and casted my gurgler over to a fishy looking mangrove line and got nailed first cast. Ended up being a beautiful trout.

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Hitting the Ditches

Florida Sportsman member: weetza

Had an interview in Naples on the way back decided to hit the famed Tamiami Trail. Middle of the day in the sweltering heat, hit a couple of spots last one finally paid off.

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First Snook on Sand

Florida Sportsman member: pjstevko

I had a lot of followers but only 2 hook ups and only landed one but a sight fished beach snook on fly is a big deal for me! This little guy was in 6 inches of water and followed the fly right up to the sand before he hit.

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Matlacha on the Fly

Florida Sportsman member: Capt. Gregg McKee

The one in the second photo ate a Crazy Charlie that we were blind casting over a wide open grass flat in the Indian Fields and was followed up by a similar sized gator on the very next cast. Smaller shrimp patterns like the Charlie really worked well on these guys all week.

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A Change of Pace

Florida Sportsman member: remo_5_0

Forum member remo_5_0 Shared his recent trout fishing trip in Wyoming. A change of pace from what Florida has to offer to fly fishermen. Beautiful fish!

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Fighting the Wind, Catching Fish

Florida Sportsman member: DKT

First time out in almost a year, neck and back surgery suck! Even though conditions weren’t the best I was stoked just to be out. All in all it was a good day, got to use a new rod & reel I’ve been couch fishing with and caught a few fish.

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Smashing the Docklights

Florida Sportsman member: Snookslayer772

Docklight fishing with the fly rod is one of my favorite types of fishing to do and it’s been producing pretty good lately. Went out the other night with the 6 and 8 weight and put a hurting on them for a few hours. Ended up with 14 snook and 2 trout.

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Busting Them on Top, The Fly Way

Florida Sportsman member: redjim

I have been spending the last couple of weeks throwing a Pole Dancer fly around. Most of the time I usually end up throwing some type of topwater fly, usually a gurgler, so I really was excited to give this gal a test. In two weeks ended up with four tarpon, six or seven snook and a bunch of trout and of course jacks.

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Night Time Fly Fishing in Boca

Florida Sportsman member: fishfullthinking

Got out to do some night fishing throwing flies. My son landed his first tarpon on the fly and we had a double hookup on snook. Landed 4 snook total with one just making the slot. Took a few casts at 100 plus pound tarpon but could not get them to bite.

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Keeping the Rod Bent

Florida Sportsman member: SUPER D

The West bank gave up 12 trout and two blue fish. Most of the trout 17 to 19 inches, all keepers that swam free. The East bank, gave up only one snook, a 21 inch fish that ate the bend back, the trout and blues destroyed my Shrimp fly. Could not find a red, or tarpon to complete the slam, but had a bent rod most of the day.

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The Best By-Catch

Florida Sportsman member: Docked Wages

After we were convinced that no cobia were in tow we broke off pursuit and stumbled across a school of redfish. It took me a while and finally I got one to eat! This being my personal best redfish on fly. He got so far into my backing I got really nervous about breaking the line or pulling the hook.

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Red on Fly

Florida Sportsman member: E-type

Forum member E-type shared this video of a nice redfish on fly in shallow water, something that many epitomize as the best fly fishing has to offer.

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Charlotte Harbor Snook on Fly

Florida Sportsman member: E-type

Forum member E-type shared some awesome pictures of stud snook on the long rod that him and friends have been enjoying this winter in Charlotte Harbor.

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Guides Day Off

Florida Sportsman member: FlyFishJax

In this video forum member FlyFishJax decided to share what he likes to do on his day off from guiding, which is to fish!

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First Snook On Fly

Florida Sportsman member: LilJim

First night out hitting the lights I managed to convince this guy to take a bite after just 3 casts, ended up getting a small trout on fly as well.

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Pompano On The Buggy Whip

Florida Sportsman member: sunflower

Pompano running this am. Got them on a kind of bright, high-tied clouser minnow.

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Only One Fish, But Made It Count

Florida Sportsman member: SUPER D

Florida Sportsman Member SUPER D caught this beautiful 29 inch trout while fishing the north Indian River. Fish was caught on a tan shrimp fly while working it through a sand hole.

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Always Will Remember Your First Fish

Florida Sportsman member: JonathanT305

I decided to try tying my own fly. I saw a version of a Mayan cichlid fly on here and wanted to try for myself. After attempting to make one with yarn, feathers, a sharpie, and some eyes from other lures it came together. Within 10 minutes I was connected to my first fish, a respectable peacock, about 3 pounds.

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Tampa Bay Reds On Fly

Florida Sportsman member: Icatcher22

Have been sight fishing reds on fly off the kayaks recently. Had some luck with the Northeast wind last week blowing all the water out of the bay. The reds were real shallow and gave us some good opportunities.

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D.I.Y. Louisiana

Florida Sportsman member: Chief_Osceola

My friends and I just got back from my first Louisiana marsh trip. It is truly a sight fishing paradise. We went in totally blind, and caught our first 25 fish within two hours. We caught way too many fish to count in three days, I can’t wait to go back. All in all the trip cost less than $400.

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Good Outcome On A New Fly

Florida Sportsman member: Snookslayer772

I figured to just go for it and went to a buddy’s dock with the 6 weight in hand, I love the fight on the 6 weight compared to the 8 weight, and fired it in his dock light a few times. Put in right in the fishes face and they couldn’t resist. caught two that measured out to 25 inches a piece and called it a night, 2 fish in 5 minutes is good with me.

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Docklight Trout

Florida Sportsman member: bubujimbo

The second set of lights was loaded with trout and not feeding so we knew it would be a challenge. We were able to pull a couple nice fish off the light and had a great night. Our best luck was on a size two ep baitfish pattern.

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Two Days of Action : Tarpon & Reds

Florida Sportsman member: mangohunter11

Another beautiful day and miles of gin clear flats. After polling around and nothing in sight I caught a silver flash to my 3 o’clock. As I made my way I saw a tail… ” is this it?” I asked “a permit”… I followed it for some time until I saw an opening I creeped up only to see something I was not to egger to see… I decided I may not cast at it… As I put the rod down and the lure hit the water Mr. tapron had other endeavors. it raced over and took my lure and we began the dance yet again… Didn’t even have to cast and I was hooking tarpon what luck… Still a good way to open the day.

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Trip to the Black Canyon of Gunnison

Florida Sportsman member: razorreilly09

razorreilly09 recently made a scenic and fish-filled trip to the Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park in Colorado.

“Just got back from a three day solo hike/camp into the canyon. This is my current favorite place on earth. The hike into is not for the weak of heart, and the hike out even more considerable, but that’s what makes the fishing so good. The fishing was great, although very hot temps.”

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Boca Peacock Action

Florida Sportsman member: Prhea36

Before I left I was on a really awesome peacock bite and couldn’t wait to get back at it, so I grabbed the 6 weight and headed down to some of my favorite areas! Within a couple minutes of my arrival, it seemed like nothing changed. They were everywhere. Ended up landing 5 with some being in the 3-pound range over all awesome hour and a half of bank hopping.

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Sebastian Offshore Fly

Florida Sportsman member: Flyguy1

I got the opportunity this past Friday to make it out with a friend of mine to slay some big mangrove snapper on the flats skiff. We did end up whacking the mangroves up to 12 pounds on spin gear, but I also brought the 10 wt. out with me so I could have some fun! First up was a small mahi that spit the fly after charging it. Then bonita charged the chum and I made short work of three of them before a small cobia swam up. I didn’t care if it was small, I wanted a cobia on fly!

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A Day in the Park

Florida Sportsman member: mangohunter11

As we approach our first destination there weren’t too many tarpon, so I suggested moving onto an area I knew the target species would be waiting. As we pushed on I gave the guys some direction and an instruction and sent them on there way. It didn’t take long for all of us to find some nice tailers waving for our attention. I was the first the first to hook up onto a decent tailer. Another victim of the fly… Lesson learned don’t cross my path!

The flat was much alive at this point and the guys where taking shots at fish but couldn’t connect. Tony finally hooked up only to see the nice red break off next to the yak. I continued my assault on these fish with target practice was in full affect at this point…

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Battling Bonito

Florida Sportsman member:Capt. Scott

Anchored up in 40 ft of water on a rock pile chumming up blue runners, small bonito and a few rudder fish when some significantly larger boils appear around the boat. I ask my guy if he’d like to switch up from the eight weight and he says “Whats the worst that could happen? I’ll stick with the eight”. Right about then I lose my grip on my chum throwing scoop and throw it over the side and the current immediately pulls it out of reach. “I guess I’m going to have to go after that” come out of my mouth at the same moment client gets nailed and fish goes off on a screaming run. I get to the anchor line, untie and toss the release ball, fish still screaming. Walk back, get the motors started and say to my guy, “You know to let me know before you run out of line, right?” He starts sputtering and stuttering, his way of saying “I’M OUT OF LINE!” I guess….

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Daytona Tarpon

Florida Sportsman member: SUPER D

I took a vacation day to fish the new moon hoping for a nice tarpon, on fly. It was a little cool in the morning with calm conditions until the wind picked up around noon. I found some fish rolling, and was able to get one to eat. At the end of April, I jumped one 60 to 80 pounds, this one was probably 50+ pounds, 4 to 5 feet long, thick, and my best one to date. This fish would not give up, leadering it 4 times, and having to let go. This fish would not open its mouth, and I did not want to lip gaff it. The fourth time I had the DNA pad next to my knee, the shock in my hand, and it shook hard[...]

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Biscayne Evening Tarpon

Florida Sportsman member: mbowers

When my friend Bob was interested in splitting the trip we drove down to Miami to fish with Capt LeMay. As expected Capt LeMay was very friendly with lots of experience in the area. We got a touristy trivia tour around the Bay and hit a couple of docklights while waiting for the tide to start going out. The first bridge did not show any tarpon. The second bridge showed a couple of tarpon cruising but not eating shrimp. Bob used a live shrimp to prove that the fish far from the bridge busting in packs were in fact jacks. The third bridge (first bridge now on the outgoing) showed a couple of tarpon busting and Bob hooked one on live shrimp. A decent battle but it finally got into some bridge pilings and broke the 10lb test. We moved to the fourth bridge[...]

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Miami Peacocks and Bones

Florida Sportsman member: paint it black

Finally, with a forecast for light west winds, Dan and I hitched up the skiff and made our way to Biscayne Bay. The objective was to finally get Dan his first bonefish. We had put in a lot of time throughout the winter, but it was so inconsistent, that things were tough. He had a shot at a couple finning bones early on, but as the fly landed ahead of the only two fish we saw, it actually landed on top of a school of bones that we could not see due to the low light. With a few scattered shots throughout the morning, we finally found some fish that were eager to chase down a fly[...]

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Peacock Bass, Bonefish, and Snook, Oh My!

Florida Sportsman member: paint it black

The other day, a friend hit me up to go harass some peacock bass, so we tied up a few clousers and were on our way. The high sun and hot weather made for aggressive fish cruising the shallows. They sure put a nice bend in the 6 wt. Then we made our way to a flat off the edge of a bank. The shallow area extended about 80 feet at the furthest point. The fish would come in from the deep and assault minnows. We caught a nice amount in about 45 minutes before calling it a day.

The same friend called me the day after to do some more fishing. But I told him I had something else in mind, and he was up for it. The wind was a little harder than we anticipated, but it was still very doable. After about 45 minutes of not seeing a single fish, finally, he saw bait scattering, so he shot the fly out to the commotion. He instantly hooked up and was in his backing in no time. We were looking for bonefish, but it wasn’t pulling like a bone[...]

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Stuart Evening Snook

Florida Sportsman member: snook87

Set out for my normal Thursday night fishing around Stuart. We started out fishing with jigs and then came upon a favorite dock of mine to fly fish. The current was ripping out so getting the fly in the zone was hard. I got a few jacks and a seatrout on a small white schminnow. About to give up on a snook I had a few more bonus casts. Saw the snook take after and engulfed the fly and it was fish on! An awesome fight it put up and got my blood pumping to keep it away from the dock and I quickly stripped line to the boat. I landed it and it was much bigger then I thought and measured 23 inches. Have it a quick revive and released.

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Flamingo, It’s That Good

Florida Sportsman member: paint it black

The weather man was calling for low winds, but cloudy skies, so my buddy Ramiro and I made the two hour trek down to Everglades National Park. Only to be greeted by strong 20mph winds, so we headed for cover in disgust by the once again wrong forecast. We worked a protected shoreline for quite a bit. I managed to get an eat from a nice 10lb jack, but didn’t get the hook to stick. Then managed to get a dink rat red minutes later. After exhausting all of our options for sheltered areas, we were forced to just head for open flats, and use the wind to aid us in the direction it was blowing. We missed some eats on a few scattered tailing reds, and at about noon, decided to make one last stop before calling it a day. Shortly after arriving at the last spot, the clouds passed, winds laid down and the bay become a sheet of glass. The tails began to surface.

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First Black Drum on Fly

Florida Sportsman member: Dj Dan Decibel

Well its almost spring and it seems like the fish are biting. I’ve been going out and it has been pretty good. Some days are really good and some days are not so good. It usually has to do with the wind situation. Calm mornings has been really good but around 10 a.m. the wind starts kicking and everything goes to hell after that. Sight fishing for reds and snook has been really fun. Also I was able to catch my first black drum on fly. I thought he was a red but looked kinda funny as he got closer [...]

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Fishing High and Low

Florida Sportsman member: mangohunter11

Well, with winter in full affect patterns are showing up finally. Snook are starting to hold up where they should be and reds are still prevalent in some areas. Biscayne Bay has stayed the same with over slot trout bedded up with plenty of little trout and jacks mixed in with bluefish to keep things honest. I have had the opportunity to fish several new locations in the everglades on the boat scouting new grounds in search of the next big fish. High winds have kept me at bay but has not stopped the bite.

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Backyard Tarpon

Florida Sportsman member: Joupdog1

Went over to the pond in my apartment complex, like I do every evening, to cast the fly rod for some bass. I’ve always seen some tarpon rolling and caught one, but it was only 10 inches or so. Hooked up to a big fish but never saw it before it spit the fly. I fished around the pond a little ways with nothing. Then I came to a spot in between some trees that looked fishy. Cast my fly out and strip two or three times and slammed! Fish on! The slack line is flying back out and then up comes a really nice tarpon flying out of the water! I manage to keep it hooked, but it is burning the drag on my 5 weight. It would make another jump and I’d gain on it, but then it would make another hard run. At one point, it was on the other shoreline and I was well into my backing. Got the line back and then called my mom to come down when I realized I had a shot at landing this one.

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Flipping the Coin

Florida Sportsman member: Dj Dan Decibel

As of lately, I have been flipping a coin for every fishing trip I go on. Usually because I am not sure of where I want to go and it usually has to do a lot with the weather. Fishing has been pretty good despite of the bad weather. There has been couple of windows were you can have a really good day on the water with calm winds but other days you want rip your head off. I have been going on out on the Kayak, Gheenoe and friend’s boat. Some days have been really bad with finicky fish on the flats. And some days you find yourself with tailing fish all day long.

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Chunk Bass on Fly

Florida Sportsman member: ShallowExpectations

I tied on a bend back that I had whipped a few nights before to see how it swam. My buddy was using a gurgler and was getting 2lb bass all day. I ended up tossing towards a culvert, two strips, and the water erupted. Had to remind myself where I was because it was such an aggressive strike I imagined tarpon or big snook. Solid chunk for a Kook.

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Red Races

Florida Sportsman member: SUPER D

It was cold and windy today, and the sun did not come out all day. The conditions were pretty bad for sight fishing. I went to the peacocks pocket area today. I found two reds tailing next to each other, they saw the fly at the same time, and the race was on, it ended with a great whoosh, and fish on. It was the coolest take I have ever had. I just had to share it with you guys.

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Happy Days on the Fly

Florida Sportsman member: mangohunter11

Well with Christmas, New Years and the BCS bowl game all mixed in a month span I have been stuck at work since late December. Watching the calendar days zip by with only my thought and memories of 2012 to hold me through the long days. I finally got a chance to hit the water and do what I know how to do best, disconnect and get some fishing in. Here is where I left off in 2012, my last trip [...]

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Son’s First Fish on Fly

Florida Sportsman member: sunflower

Not much of a fisherman, but he showed an interest so we went out this weekend and he made some casts. A lot of blind casting, he missed a few fish on the strike, and finally he hooked what I thought was big pinfish. We can both die happy.

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Yankeetown Reds

Florida Sportsman member: deerfly

Broke into the new year on my Panga skiff and decided I’d try to get back on those Yankeetown reds I wrestled with last Friday in the canoe. The boy wanted to sleep in, so I was solo again. Launched at the end of SR40 for the first time too. Ramps aren’t too bad out there and saves me the long run through the barge canal. Weather was a little weird at first [...]

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Dorado Gone Wild

Florida Sportsman member: Carl Blackledge

My Loreto trip this year would more than do justice to this title. The Dorado is arguably the most aggressive fish that swims in the ocean, and has also been called the perfect saltwater fly rod fish. I agree totally. Only in Loreto can you watch the fired up fish fight to bite. When hooked, he rips a few hundred feet of line off your reel, then jumps and throws the fly only to have his partner swimming next to him grab it. What a rush!

If anybody loves to cast floating lines with poppers and Crease flies to Dorado, and watch the wild top water action, then I feel sorry for anyone who didn’t get to enjoy the phenomenal Dorado and billfish bite in Loreto this year. I guess I was especially lucky because this was the year I chose to go for three weeks instead of my usual two. I had made that decision based on last year’s abundance of small Dorado; I figured maybe this year they had grown up! That turned out to be an understatement, because this year we were inundated with giants[...]

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Banana River Reds

Florida Sportsman member: Flyguy1

We got out early and started poling looking for tails and other signs of fish activity. The fishing was very slow for the first few hours but once the sun got up pretty high we started catching fish. My buddy is a spin fisherman so he stuck with jigs the whole day and he ended up with 4 mid slot reds and a small trout. I started out with the jig and once I got a fish or two I switched to the fly. I ended up with 4 mid slot reds and a rat as well as a few nice trout and one snook.

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Carolina Trout

Florida Sportsman member: Bullshark

My father and I crewed off the boat at the same time this hitch so we decided to hit up NC for some trout action. We went two days solo, along with one with a guide I used three times before. The water was very low and the fishing was a bit tougher than its been in the past but we were able to catch about 40 trout on our own and another 60 with the guide Josh. I landed the odd looking giant brown on a one last chance stop at the river on the way to the airport.

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Back in No Man’s Land

Florida Sportsman member: mangohunter11

Been doing quite a bit of exploring fishing with some of my good fishing buddies deep in the Everglades in no man’s land. The paddles are long full of creatures that would not mind having you for dinner or biting to fill there stomachs but the fishing has been outstanding. Fly fishing exclusively for these fish has been a challenge but the rewards have been all that sweeter!

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Merry “Carpmas”!

Florida Sportsman member: KyTrkyHntr

After the front pushed through last night today was Sunny and perfect for sight fishing these jokers, but all I found were a lot of laid up fish!! No one was in the mood to eat and I didn’t see a lot of mudders! I did manage to find one working the bank and connected! Ho, Ho, Ho Merry “Carpmas” Everyone!!

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The “Gold” Mining Continues

Florida Sportsman member: KyTrkyHntr

With the abundant sunshine today I decided to take advantage of it! Found numerous fish, but they were stubborn today. They were mudding and tailing pretty consistent, but for the life of me I couldn’t get them to eat! Changed up the fly, but still no connections. Went back to the Olive Backstabber and finally connected on a couple of fish.

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Fly Fishing Tampa Bay

Florida Sportsman member: Shadowcast

Decided to take advantage of low tides early in the afternoon and look for some reds with the fly rods. The fishing was tough even though Rob and I saw over 100 redfish, several snook, and found a pocket holding some very large trout. Clean water was at a premium. The outgoing tide made the water off color which made it tough to sight the fish until we were on top of them. We managed a few fish by blind casting some deeper holes on the low tide [...]

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Kentucky Carp

Florida Sportsman member: KyTrkyHntr

Man, these jokers have driven me crazy all summer long! They’ve haunted my dreams every night! I’ve had fish turn off every fly I’ve thrown, spooky fish and with the drought this spring/summer all the weeds and vegetation grown up where the fish usually hang out! It’s taken the lake draw down to winter pool to get them back on the mud flats to even get a shot. I didn’t think they would eat with this colder weather, but today I found a couple of hungry fish after it warmed up a little! Got some payback! Now I can sleep at night![...]

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Fly Times in the Everglades

Florida Sportsman member: mangohunter11

Still tearing it up in the Everglades! I have dropped the spinning rod and picked up the fly thanks to my buddy Dan Decibel and have been having a blast. Not as easy as one thinks but I could attest this has freshened things up from the same old routine.

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Everglades City on the Fly

Florida Sportsman member: miket1515

As we headed down Tamiami Trail we noticed that there was fog everywhere and for me this was the first time I have witnessed this in the Glades, so I thought this would be an interesting time out on the water. We arrived at Everglades City and launched at the Ranger station. We started paddling out into the fog [...]

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Bass and Bream on Fly

Florida Sportman member: Pmoconnor89

There is something to be said about the simplicity of fly fishing for bluegill. I love tossing a popper, letting the rubber legs quiver and being greeted by that classic slurp. If you were ever looking to get in to fly fishing this is surely the way to do it. Any rod from a 3-to 6-wt is proficient, and it doesn’t have to be technical [...]

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Crystal River Snook on Fly

Florida Sportsman member: sparse grey

Made it to Crystal River Wednesday with my son Sean for our first time scalloping. After launching, getting a couple of miles into the Gulf, seeing way more wind than was expected and seeing no boats on the scallop grounds and lousy visibility we changed plans and went back into the river to spend some time fishing. Drifted a good looking shoreline with good looking sand and oyster beds in about 2 feet of water. Saw no fish or bait. Heading towards the ramp I saw some action along a built bulkhead so we set a drift [...]

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Fly Fishing in the Summertime

Florida Sportsman member: Dj Dan Decibel

How’s it going guys? I hope everything is good, its been a while since I’ve posted but this has been my catches as of recently. I’ve been leaving the spinning gear at home, strictly fly fishing as of lately. The days have been hot and the Paddles have gotten Longer by the day. Seems like the only good time to fish is until about 10 or 11 am because the fish and myself can’t stand this heat wave going on outside unless you wanna fish until later on in the day [...]

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Jupiter Snook on Fly

Florida Sportsman member: ABayne

Fished Jupiter again last week with Captain Dino and it was real good. Hammered them under the lights and managed a slob in the 35 pound range on a popper. Hopefully the pics uploaded properly. Thanks again Dino. Great time.

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Big Linesider on Fly

Florida Sportsman member: Capt.Dino

A couple of fly catches from some recent fishing trips [...]

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False Albies on Fly

Florida Sportsman member: ABayne

Fished with Capt. Dino last weekend for albies off of Jupiter. It was another amazing trip with him. We had fish all day long. Saw some amazing shark attacks as well. Thanks Dino. See you in August for some snook!

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First Snook on Fly

Florida Sportsman member: saltybum

Been trying for a while now to get a snook on fly. Tied up a bunch of white flies for Sanibel a couple years ago but was greeted by filthy water after the first tropical storm hit that August. Cleaned up the last day we were there. Had to leave. No snook. Hit the surf and around Port Canaveral and had more than plenty my share of lady fish, jacks etc. but no snook [...]

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Biscayne Bay Nights

Florida Sportsman member: lemaymiami

This past week the ‘Glades along the coast north and south of the Little Shark River were the destination of choice during the daytime. I was able to add one night in Biscayne Bay where the tarpon action was pretty strong (and will stay that way for weeks to come…). Here’s an extract of the fly fishing that we did [...]

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Independence Day Tarpon on Fly

Florida Sportsman member: sunflower

Perfect day for beach tarpon off Venice. Flat ocean, full moon setting, no wind, and tarpon rolling all around. Weird thing, something went wrong, my toad started getting pulled away, and my 12-weight got all bent over and stuff!

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Multi-Fish Mojo

Florida Sportsman member: KyTrkyHntr

After being off these fish for the last two weekends it was time to get back to work!! The lake is still down almost 4 feet below summer pool and the flats are still covered in “green stuff” Fish are scattered and you have to find a “gravel” bank with some kind of shelf on it. Fish sit on this shelf and feed along or face the bank waiting for something to fall in…. I missed 2 eats and I think it was because the water so so clear that I was just so mesmerized watching these fish inhale the fly and then spit it out that I didn’t strip strike for a hook set! [...]

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Canada Northerns & Walleye on Fly

Florida Sportsman member: Docked Wages

Spent 10 days at a very remote fly-in only lodge on Carol Lake in Northern Canada, 60 miles north of Lake LaRonge, Saskatchawaan. I am still relatively inexperienced with fly fishing and stopped by the Fishing Hole in Saskatchatoon on the way for some local flies. I ended up with two new species under my belt, Northern Pike and Walleye on fly [...]

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Past Month on Fly

Florida Sportsman member: FLA_tony

I haven’t posted much lately. Between the baby on the way (5 more weeks) and working the bugs out of the new to me maverick. The new boat is awesome just working out some bugs. I have still been managing 1-2 trips a week everywhere between Goodland and Pine Island sound. The snook fishing has been on fire way in the back creeks all the way out to the beaches. First thing in the morning i have been throwing topwater flies, there is nothing more exciting then top water explosions [...]

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Tarpon on Fly

Florida Sportsman member: Tight Loops

Got an invitation to fly fish Pine Island for tarpon. Met up with Joe Harley at dark thirty and headed out for dawn patrol. it a lot of spots running and gunnin. I was first up and got a fantastic eat by a 24 inch fish. He struck and missed the fly and would not give up. Missing it over and over all the way back to the boat. Just as I was out of line and out of room he ate! Wish I had a video of that. Next up is Joe who hooks up on baby tarpon. What a beautiful fish that was carefully photographed and released [...]

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Black Drum Redemption

Florida Sportsman member: freshfromthesalt

Using a heavier weight fly rod (9 wt.) and having someone on board to land the fish all make for a recipe for success. A 3 plus hour fight becomes a half hour fight and your fish actually makes it to the deck. No need for lengthy, amateurish video to prove to friends and family that you truly had an enormous fish on the fly. By noon, we had 5 eats and 3 fish landed [...]

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Carp-O-licious!

Florida Sportsman member: KyTrkyHntr

With the lake trying to come up to summer pool It’s tough to find a flat with no “green stuff”…. If you find fish up in the shallows, they are in so much debris it’s tough getting a fly in an open spot! Found some fish that were up on the rocks and facing the bank. These guys were waiting for stuff to fall in the water and then they would turn and feed around. Finally connected with a nice fish that turned and ate the fly!

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Fly Fishing Tailing Reds

Florida Sportsman member: FlyFishJax

I fished with my friend Tim over the weekend in St. Augustine. We saw over 40 tailing Reds up on the flooded grass flats to kick the season off. They were challenging to say the least playing there typical hide and seek games. Most were in the lower slot size. I ended up catching a couple mid to upper slot Reds with this bigger one pictured below which was caught on my last cast of the night before the lights went out. Redfish grass hunting season is officially open.

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Big Peacocks on Fly

Florida Sportsman member: kahmad

Got to the water around noon, the fish were thick around our launch area. Tons of mayans, largemouths and peacocks just sitting around, occasionally busting up some bait. Threw in a couple of casts before launching the boat and I pulled out a small largemouth, about 1 pound. As I’m getting the hook out Jim is casting at a pipe. All I hear is “OH MY GOD!” and I turn to see a solid mass of bright orange and green take off about 3 feet out of the water.

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Fly Fishing Carp in the Bluegrass State

Florida Sportsman member: KyTrkyHntr

My home waters (Barren River Lake) has been below summer pool for a while now and that has the vegetation growing and my mud flats are just “green” now… With the lake coming up to Summer pool it’s been a little tough to find “open” spots to get some decent shots at fish. You have to find spots with no weeds/grass to get a fly in there on mudding fish or fish looking for an easy meal. Some fish are still spawning up in the vegetation and I’ve never witnessed anything like it! [...]

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Up The Creeks

Florida Sportsman member: Capt. Gregg McKee

Thanks to the huge moon and more boat traffic than ever, I couldn’t put my charter on anything decent yesterday on any of my favorite spots. Since I finally had some time to myself this morning I decided to do a little exploring and find where all the fish were hiding. There was a great incoming tide in Matlacha Pass around 10AM so I let the current carry me into one of the longer creeks in the north part of Buzzard Bay. I started seeing a lot of fish when the water started turning the same color as cherry soda. I was casting an 8wt fly rod and a 3/0 deer hair slider since I thought spinning tackle would make too much noise.

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Jacksonville Surf Report

Florida Sportsman member: FlyFishJax

I fished the beachfront with my long time fly buddy Scott from Ponte Vedre on Sunday morning. We caught a couple of the ghostly colored Redfish. We saw some Black Drum to and way to many Sharks. Action was a little on the slow side and ended up taking a lot of video for making a movie. It was a nice change of pace. Seems like there’s nothing more refreshing than getting and break from guiding and taking a long walk on the beach and getting washed up by waves.

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First Albies of the Year in Jupiter

Florida Sportsman member: Capt. Scott

Here they come! Got these guys fired up on live glass minnows and had at em’. Landed six or eight. Nice sized 12 pound plus fish. Tight lines indeed.

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Sight Casting Snook at Night on Fly

Florida Sportsman member: snookcook

Took a quick trip out tonight after a week of ever blowing wind. The river was a sheet of glass. Thought it would be good to get out and throw the fly rod at some snook under the lights. Put in at Sandsprit Park on the end of the incoming tide. Hit the first couple of docks and found a bunch of small fat snook chowing down some small creatures that were floating by. I put a cast in with a small white deceiver & it got picked up right a way. It was small too, about 14 inches. Could have stayed there all night [...]

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Solid Day Fly Fishing

Florida Sportsman member: SUPER D

I launched, at the 406 bridge and went south around peacocks pocket. I have never been to this place, thought I would give it a try. The day was perfect, not a ripple on the water all day. Caught nothing big, but I had a blast. All I used all day, was my 7 weight, and 1 fly, a white shrimp looking fly. I end up with 5 Reds, from 17″ to 25″, and 12 Trout, from 17″ to 22″. I had the hook pull out on two upper slot reds, and 4 big trout, and I lined a couple of tailers, oops. The most fun though, was sight fishing trout [...]

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Banana River Red

Florida Sportsman member: Ol’DirtyCaster

I was double booked today, sort of. My freind John came down from Ontario and I’d already made plans with Mr. Adam Sanderson, so all of us hit the water this morning at about 8am. We started seeing fish right off the bat and it wasn’t long before Adam hooked his very first redfish on fly tackle. The pictures are great, and just thought I’d share. It’s great to see an 11yr old that has no love for video games, and would rather spend time at the vise than in front of a TV.

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St. Lucie River to the Indian River

Florida Sportsman member: snookcook

Heard about a fly fishing tournament out of The Back Country Fly shop in Vero, so I decided to pay the fifty bucks and have a go at it. Invited a friend to fish with me. So we got to the spot for lines in a 7:00 AM. Fished at the first spot way too long, about forty mins with no action, so I moved over to the spots I regularly see big fish, but have never thrown a fly to. We worked the Seawalls & docks really hard with poppers & clousers.

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St. Lucie River Dock Lights

Florida Sportsman member: snookcook

New to this Forum and I wanted to start reporting my fly fishing adventures. I am a fishing guide in Stuart, Fl I took a client out Friday to some dock lights in Downtown Stuart. Waited until about 8 pm until the tide really started moving. We pulled up to the first light & the trout were jumping out of the water tearing up shrimp. After we posted up on the light, he put his first cast in. Bam! It gets picked up by a nice 19.5 inch trout [...]

 

 

 


Shad Running in the St. Johns River

Florida Sportsman Member duke6543brings an encouraging report to the Fly Catching Forum this week. The shad are indeed on the run in the St. Johns River, as anticipated in this month’s print edition of FS.

Here’s what duke6543 had to say:

“I got out of work at lunch and made a run to meet up with my fishing partner who has targeted the shad run a few times on the St. Johns river. I have only heard the stories of catching them on fly so I was pretty excited to finally get on the river. I have crossed the St. Johns several thousand times but never actually fished it. The weather was quite windy with a chill in the air.

“It didn’t take five minutes and Greg was hooked up to a nice striper that nailed the clouser minnow he was using. The second hit was a big shad. What a great show they put on. He had me schooled for the first two hours until I hooked up with a catfish that made me feel a little better. Once the ice was broken I finally hooked up with the target species. Then a few small crappies decided to hit my fly. So there were several first time catches for me.

“There were six species of fish caught in the four hour trip with a few really nice stripers coming boat side and a total of four shad caught with the largest being about two pounds. Great afternoon of fly fishing. Now I can’t wait to get back to the river.”

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One Fly Reds and Trout

Florida Sportsman member: Super D

FS Member Super D reported a great trip on the Fly Catching Forum this week. Launching from the SR 406 bridge in Titusville and fishing south on the Indian River, he caught 5 redfish and 12 trout… all on a 7-weight fly rod … and all on the same fly (a shrimpy-slidey-thingy some of us recognize as a Kwan fly). For the full thread, click here. Super D fishes a 15-foot Alumacraft tunnel boat.

 

 

 

 


Juvenile Tarpon on Fly

Florida Sportsman member: jkayakfly

Gary from NH wanted to set out this weekend to try to catch his first ever tarpon. Mission accomplished with several landed and multiple grabs on fly. Take advantage of the mid to the last of the incoming tide to catch more than your fair share of tarpon and snook in the backwaters and canals [...]

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