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Ding Darling Tarpon

Florida Sportsman member: Tgrass

I decide to give Ding Darling a try before the rain came in the afternoon. It was the first morning we had early cloud cover and i was finally able to find a few small tarpon up and feeding.

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Sanibel Beach Fishing

Florida Sportsman member: Tgrass

It was a very interesting day, I had two fish on that were similar in size to the one my friend caught, the first one was on 20 seconds before we parted ways the second one 20 minutes ending with the same results, a lost fish.

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Charlotte Harbor Reds

Florida Sportsman member: E-type

Forum member E-type and friends have been on the redfish in Charlotte Harbor. Wading seems to be the ticket for these fish. Awesome!

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Hitting the Sweet Water

Florida Sportsman member: FowlMouth824

Almost immediately I was seeing strikes on the surface around the thicker vegetation. After a few missed strikes, and avoiding the small alligators that were also interested in my offering, I was finally able to connect and land a decent sized bass.

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March Action

Florida Sportsman member: ethankiburz

Fly fishing for tarpon is only going to get better and better as the temperatures rise into the mid to upper 70′s. Our resident tarpon will stage up and feed in preparation for their annual migration. They can be targeted in our area at night or during the day using flies that push water. This is especially critical as our water clarity diminishes with the algae bloom in the warmer water temperatures.

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Foolin’ the Reds

Florida Sportsman member: RG Air

My third cast to the previously populated redfish oyster bed did the trick. It was sweet victory on the early side of my day. The cherry on top was she ate my own tie.

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Big Bend Fly Fishing

Florida Sportsman member: Shallow Sightings

An inshore slam can likely be caught in under 20 inches of water. It doesn’t get much better than that. Almost all winter I’ve been throwing crab and shrimp patterns but i just started to throw a baitfish pattern more often(pictured below).

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Slam on Fly

Florida Sportsman member: SUPER D

This time things were a little better, although no big fish, I did get a slam of snook, trout, and a red all on a brown bend back with gold and dark green flash. Ended the day with three trout to 21″, two snook to 23″, one dink red, one little mangrove snappy, and a bait size lady fish.

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Palm Valley Fun

Florida Sportsman member: Black Clouser

It turned out to be a beautiful morning once the sun came up. Calm as could be and 65 glorious degrees. Poled a couple of miles back in a remote creek I haven’t hit in a while and was greeted by quite a few happy reds showing themselves.

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Hiding from the Wind

Florida Sportsman member: Snookslayer772

Went and hid from the wind yesterday around Wabasso and found a few fish. Ended up running into a bunch of baby tarpon and ended up playing with them until we had enough. Caught a bunch of snook and a redfish while casting at the tarpon, which was a nice surprise.

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A Trip to the Lagoon

Florida Sportsman member: irlyriser

When it was my turn to fish, we saw something a little strange swimming down a prop scar. Turned out to be a very pleasant surprise. A nice trout, made more special by catching it on a 5 weight I had brought more as an afterthought.

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Getting in on the Action

Florida Sportsman member: Black Clouser

Forum member Black Clouser has got in on the shad action the St. Johns has to offer. “These fish are a real hoot on the 5 weight.”

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Shad on the Fly

Florida Sportsman member: Docked Wages

We got on the spot around 10:00am to find no crowd and no one fishing, surprising for a Saturday. This enabled us to drift versus anchor up and each drift we picked up a fish.

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Good Luck in the Valley

Florida Sportsman member: Black Clouser

Had some sick fly fishing lately down my neck of the woods in Palm Valley. Last several trips have been true sight fishing bliss with double digit catching with some crazy good takes on the trusty seven weight.

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Chassahowitzka on the Fly

Florida Sportsman member: Shallow Sightings

his is my favorite time of year to target red drum and gator trout. The east winds and low/weak winter tides create a perfect scenario for fly fishing. Two things happen, it compacts the fish and the tides are so minimal it allows the sediments to sink and the water to get crystal clear.

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RedFly Results

Florida Sportsman member: Shadowcast

RedFly #10 is in the books and it was a huge success. We had more participants than ever and raised $1100 for CCA Florida.

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Banana River Fly Fishing

Florida Sportsman member: Snookslayer772

The wind was a little more than expected, but we still got it done. Was able to catch snook, trout, redfish and tarpon, majority being sight fished. Highlight for me was I ended up cane poling a redfish (leader still in my guides) four feet from the boat that was belly crawling in the mud with his back out.

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A Fly Weekend

Florida Sportsman member: Black Clouser

Sunday was just plain Insane, we had fish backing, tailing and coming down the bank one school after another. I would tell you how many were caught but you may not believe me.

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Sheepshead on Fly

Florida Sportsman member: E-type

Was trying out a new spoonful pattern I tied. I was casting under the mangroves and had caught a few little snook. Then this guy grabbed it and wanted to go deep for the mangrove roots.

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Breaking the Curse

Florida Sportsman member: Tgrass

It has been four years since I caught a Redfish on Sanibel and I think if you’re going to break the redfish drought it is always good to do it with a 31 inch red. This fish ate a size 2 white deceiver.

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Taking a Walk

Florida Sportsman member: Black Clouser

I decided to fish the flood grass up north this morning and what a beautiful fall wake up it was. The flood lasted a manageable 2 and a half hours and I was able to land three, two of which were epic takes.

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Sanibel on Fly

Florida Sportsman member: Tgrass

After my trout I was able to hook and get one great jump out of a snook that just tossed the fly, The fish had to be an easy 30 inches or better, It was fun while it lasted for the five seconds.

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Tailers in the Grass

Florida Sportsman member: Black Clouser

We had huge tides to begin with and that coupled with screaming North East winds turned the flood grass into a Lake real quick. Got out Sunday and the water was still a little high for me but nothing like it had been. Saw quite a few quick tails, some slurpers and one hard tailing fish. Managed to get a few small guys and enjoyed every minute of it.

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Albies from the Beach

Florida Sportsman member: Tgrass

It has been a long time, 8 years I believe since I was able to get an albie from Shore. This year has been a good one and in the last 2 weeks I was able to land 16 with my best day being yesterday when I went 8 for 10.

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Reds in the Grass

Florida Sportsman member: FlyFishJax

Forum member FlyFishJax shared a recent video he put together of the flood tide fishing in Jacksonville. Stealthy approaches and accurate casts often pay off with a red in hand. Nice work!

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Fishing the Floods

Florida Sportsman member: Black Clouser

My trusty BC Critter Fly has always worked well for me in the flood grass and I also do equally well spoon feeding them with the Dupree Spoon. Lately I’ve been changing it up a little and throwing a small topwater Slurpee Gurgler in the mix. Pretty cool watching them take topwater in the grass.

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Tangling with Tripletail

Florida Sportsman member: ifitswims

Never seen fish come up and kiss the bait, sometimes pressing their closed mouth to the fly for several seconds. Of course sometimes they scream over and bite immediately. The bigger fish were more wary for sure and a few I could not get to react.

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First Tarpon on Fly

Florida Sportsman member: FlatsFrenzy

I stripped it twice, he took a swipe at it and missed, I stripped it again and he inhaled it, I felt weight and crossed his eyes with a hard strip strike. Hilarity ensued for the next 30 seconds as I tried to clear my line and keep him hooked up until I had him on the reel and could fight him. As I was doing this, my partner on the poling platform was screaming “Strip it! Set it!”.

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It’s all About Speed

Florida Sportsman member: Beto_Matheus

Found a couple of peacocks sitting in the shallows in a canal in Boca and had a chance to pass three different flies by them. The same fly on a slow strip did nothing. Exact same cast but moved the fly as fast as I could and it got pounded.

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Close Call

Florida Sportsman member: E-type

Forum member E-type got some awesome footage of juvie tarpon action on the fly, with a close call, almost losing part of the fly rod.

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A Trip to Mexico

Florida Sportsman member: Carl Blackledge

he next day we maybe got a dozen each, the second to the last day we landed over 25, and the last day we only landed eight. The best trick was to spot or hook a dorado, get a sardine in front of the new group and your fly at the same time, and when everything lined up, you caught lots of dorado.

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Snook in the Surf

Florida Sportsman member: Shadowcast

A little action from the beach today. I saw hundreds today shadowing bait pods. Most were males in the 20-30 inch class. I saw a few big girls but no takers.

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Juvies on the Fly

Florida Sportsman member: Snookslayer772

The juvie tarpon fishing around the treasure coast has been the best i’ve seen it in years. With most fish holding in deeper bays and residential canals. I have found a few bigger fish hanging around channel edges though. My go to fly has been a white bunny strip tail with 5 or so wraps of orange palmering chenille up front.

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Sanibel Snookin’

Florida Sportsman member: Tgrass

My friends and I spent a week at Sanibel and even with the wind and murky water we had very good week. In addition to these we had a fair amount of smaller fish all on the fly.

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Buggy Whip Blackfin

Florida Sportsman member: Capt. Scott

Went out solo in the late afternoon after day trip finished and the result was this. Surprised I was able to pull this off solo, especially the landing/boating part. Easily bottomed out my 30 poind Boga Grip.

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Snapper on the Fly

Florida Sportsman member: mrl0004

I was totally unprepared for how hard these fish fight. I was using a 12wt, and I thought that fish was going to snap it in two. We had snapper and triggers swimming around, and after I caught several snapper, I tried to get one of the triggers to bite. I had to actually start snatching the fly away from snapper to give the triggers a chance.

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First Snook on Fly

Florida Sportsman member: RG Air

Hadn’t seen many fish but it was only a matter of time as the setup was legit. First cast was directed to the dock’s southernmost pillar, couple of strips, water wallows and battle began. Few minutes later and I had my first snook on fly.

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Night Time Tarpon

Florida Sportsman member: sparse grey

It was high tide around 9P.M. at a local bridge. We could not hear or see much action due to the wind but I went 1 for 2 & John P. caught his first. Great privilege to help with this.

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Biscayne Bay Permit

Florida Sportsman member: jnrosenthal

Forum member jnrosenthal caught and released this beautiful Biscayne Bay permit, fishing with captain Joe Gonzalez. His next goal is to take one of these fish on fly from his kayak.

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A First on Fly

Florida Sportsman member: westpalmspearo

I ended up finding some monster reds after throwing at them at least 12 times with not even a look I headed home completely frustrated with plans to comeback asap. two days later I was back and still couldn’t get the reds to eat but did manage my first 3 bones.

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Beach Side Snookin’

Florida Sportsman member: Tgrass

Forum member Tgrass recently had some good success fishing the beaches of Sanibel for snook. Clear water means light leader and accurate presentations are necessary to fool these linesiders. “The Snook fishing on the beach although difficult can be very rewarding”, says Tgrass.

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Sight Fished Bruiser

Florida Sportsman member: snookslayer

Forum member snookslayer sight fished this 40 inch snook recently with the fly rod. This fish was caught in Indian River Lagoon.

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Brackish Water Fun

Florida Sportsman member: dogman58

I have been using small baitfish patterns and topwater foam flies. On the light fly rods this is a great fishery, catching swordspine, tarpon, fat and common snook.

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Peacock Bass on the Fly

Florida Sportsman member: Prhea36

Forum member Prhea36 put together an awesome video of peacock bass on the fly. “When the weather is not optimal we grab the 6wt’s and do some good ole bank hopping.”

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A Different Type of Flats

Florida Sportsman member: remo_5_0

Found a nice “flat” at Flaming Gorge reservoir, got tight with some nice Rainbows while stripping egg sucking leech patterns on a fast sinking line.

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Brackish Water Snookin’

Florida Sportsman member: freshfromthesalt

The snook are chewing baitfish patterns well in local upriver spots. Lots of short fish, but a few photo worthy fish in the mix.

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Fresh and Salt with the Fly

Florida Sportsman member: Snookslayer772

Fishing a size 8 minnow I was able to fool a few. With how spooky these fish are around beds, it can be pretty frustrating. I have noticed though, stay as low as possible and keep your shadow to a minimum, I try to hide in a tree’s shadow or some type of cover.

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Fly Fishing the Glades

Florida Sportsman member: Native21

I was anticipating light winds in the morning so I took my light 6 weight out for some sporty action in the backcountry. I had some nice shots and landed quite a few before the winds picked up in the afternoon.

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Offshore with the Fly

Florida Sportsman member: Slamaholic

As soon as we got to the spots we had around 30 amberjack all around us. With a little chumming and throwing a chugger with a spinning rod we had the fish in a frenzy. Hook ups, doubles, triples, you name it. All fish were over 30 pounds some in the mid 40′s on a fly rod, we even chummed the American red snapper up enough to catch those on the fly rods as well, by vertically jigging massive clousers.

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First on the Fly

Florida Sportsman member: NSByak

I finally stuck my first Mosquito Lagoon red last weekend. What a great feeling, Of course it would happen the day I left the gopro at home, so I could only grab some cell phone shots. Watching it eat was incredible.

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Sinking a Fly

Florida Sportsman member: Capt. Scott

I had a client using a five weight at the same place yesterday, throwing at 1 to 4 pound barjacks, when what had to be a fifty pound amberjack inhaled and departed with the barjack he was fighting. Not much to do except watch the line melt off his reel, right down to the knot.

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Backwater Poons

Florida Sportsman member: Snookslayer772

A heavily weighted size 2 white shminnow has been the go to fly for these fish, presenting it with long and slow strips. I have jumped fish to 10 pounds or so and have seen a few 20 pounders roll, but have yet to get a hook in them.

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North Florida Reds on Fly

Florida Sportsman member: lost1317

Went out for a few hours the other day. Seems like every creek you look into has a school of fish. Found this school and caught a few off it, 3 on fly.

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Jacksonville Reds on Fly

Florida Sportsman member: FlyFishJax

Forum member FlyFishJax shared some videos he put together of some great wintertime redfishing with the long rod.

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Backcountry Tarpon

Florida Sportsman member: heavychevy15

Carlos then got into another Tarpon right after the first one. This one put up a hell of a fight. Being that he was fighting it from land, i thought he might not land it when it started making its run up the canal. He was able to turn the fish though and get him back towards us.

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Cold Weather Trout

Florida Sportsman member: SUPER D

When I launched, the water temperature was 55 degrees. I found a lot of nice trout sitting in a foot of water. I caught a nice 22 inch trout on a white bend back, and a Nice 25 inch trout on a white shrimp fly.

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Tripletail on Fly

Florida Sportsman member: OutdoorAddict

Forum member OutdoorAddict got into some tripletail on fly recently. He went 3 for 5 on these fish, throwing a tan shrimp fly.

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A Trip to the Lowcountry

Florida Sportsman member: greenie-slayer

It took Capt. Chris about 45 seconds to find a couple big schools of redfish. In short order he had me on the bow landing the first fish. Landed a bunch of nice sized redfish during the day and some even came up to eat gurglers which was surprising.

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Making it Happen

Florida Sportsman member: SUPER D

I switched to 2/0 bend backs, white/gray with dark green and blue flash, brown with dark green and gold flash. I ended the day with nineteen Snook from 17 to 22 inches, and one small tarpon. They chewed up six flies. The water temp never got over 62 degrees, but the fish were spunky and strong, lots of fun on 8 pound tippet.

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Hitting the Lights

Florida Sportsman member: Snookslayer772

Went out on my buddy’s Jon boat yesterday evening to “test and tune” his new motor. brought the fly rods along, as we figured we might as well hit some dock lights once the sun dropped. The front pushing through really kicked up the wind once it got dark, but we were able to get tight on a few.

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False Albacore and More on Fly

Florida Sportsman member: freshfromthesalt

We came across about an acre of bull reds. My buddy was quick on the gun and got his fly into these monsters first and got an immediate hookup. He was taken deep into his backing and again. I chose to skip the easy double header in order to help him land his fish. Good thing because this 23 pound behemoth snapped his 9 weight fly rod like a twig boat-side just before I got the boga grip on him.

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Tampa Bay Fly Fishing

Florida Sportsman member: Shadowcast

Visibility was at a minimum and we had to deal with wind and rain showers early on. Conditions improved throughout the morning and we managed a few reds on 6 and 8 weight gear. Using a Monic clear floating line helped out as we could not see the fish at any real distance.

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Hitting the Streams

Florida Sportsman member: remo_5_0

Got out in the river today with a buddy, fishing was decent but had a steady 20 mile per hour wind gusting to 30′s. I caught some decent ones, he got a few bigger ones, this week we will be hunting Big Brown trout.

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Personal Best

Florida Sportsman member: E-type

I was slowly drifting in water so shallow I had to pick up my trolling motor and I saw a group of fish coming at me. Not being that experienced at telling the difference between mullet and redfish, I could only hope. They were moving with a purpose. Then about 70 feet away a few stopped and tails came up!

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Freshwater Action on Fly

Florida Sportsman member: chasinfins

Forum member chasinfins shared some of his recent freshwater catches on fly. All the fish were caught on flies he tied.

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First Tailer of the Season

Florida Sportsman member: E-type

Forum member E-type posted his first tailing redfish of the fall. It’s hard to beat catching skinny water reds on the long rod. Tight work!

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First Redfish on Fly

Florida Sportsman member: staysalty

Forum member staysalty scored his first redfish on fly. This fish ate a small white minnow fly out of a docklight near Siesta Key. Congrats!

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A Juvenile Summer

Florida Sportsman member: redjim

I had a nice day on tuesday and got my 61st baby tarpon of the summer. Most of these fish came from the ditches and canals of Merritt Island, Rockledge and a few from North Indian River Lagoon. I learned early it did not matter what fly I offered these fish yet how I presented my fly to them.

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A Belize Adventure

Florida Sportsman member: DogDoc

He then took us to a flat where the bonefish were tailing and cruising everywhere. Small groups of 5 to 10 fish mixed with singles and doubles. On this one flat I saw more tailing bonefish than all of the bonefish I’ve seen in the Keys my entire life.

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Fishing the Dream Stream

Florida Sportsman member: greenie-slayer

Fishing Started off red hot landing 5 fish in the first hole with most being 12 to 16 inches. The last fish in that hole though was a true stud of a trout. A 26 inch brown that held tight to the bottom most of the fight. She ended up taking a run and pulling the hook but I told the guide that I could still see the fish sitting in about 2 feet of water. Put another cast in and she ate again.

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Sanibel Snook

Florida Sportsman member: SUPER D

I ended the week with 5 snook, 2 trout, and 1 tarpon. I jumped 4 other tarpon and the one I caught plus 2 of the snook at Ding Darling. I had a big snook try to eat one of the trout as I pulled it in, which was kinda cool.

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Putting Them in the Air

Florida Sportsman member: E-type

Forum member E-type got some killer Gopro video of some fun size tarpon. What’s better than a tarpon jump? A tarpon jump in slow motion!

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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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Hinge and Hide It

Fit your rig in the garage with a swing-away tongue.

By Ariel Cabrera
Originally published in the April 2008 print edition.

Coupler with removable cotter and locking pin shortens trailer length by hinging tongue to allow rigs to fit in tight spaces, like a garage.

Not able to fit your boat in the garage? Or maybe feeling hesitant about getting a boat because it won’t fit in there? You’re not alone. Numerous boaters experience the same problem, and many resort to tedious and expensive custom work by professional trailer shops.

The good news is there are now complete kits available to get this task done, start to finish, on your own. Just a little elbow grease and a little help from a buddy will be needed so you can get that garage door to close behind your boat—DIY style! Cost is $110 to $155, depending on the model and where you buy.

Keeping your rig at home in the garage has multiple advantages. First, it is out of thieves’ sights. Second, indoor protection against UV light, heat and outdoors elements keeps your boat new-looking. And lastly, your boat will always be prepared because you can leave tackle and electronics in place. Just press the garage door button and “Open Sesame.”

Fulton Performance Products (www.fultonperformance.com or www.cequentgroup.com) offers complete kits with all the necessary hardware and assembly instructions. (Do the measurement math first before you invest in a kit—some rigs won’t fit, period.) They install easily on 3-inch by 3-inch or 3-inch by 4-inch trailer tongues (be sure to measure yours before you order) with 3,500 pounds or 5,000 pounds gross weight capacities, reducing 21 to 34 inches of total length. Basic tools such as a Sawzall power metal saw, drill, grinder or sander, wrenches, and measuring tape are required to get the job done. The following steps illustrate the basic steps to installing a 3- by 3-inch tongue with a standard coupler. First make room for the cut by moving any jack or winch stand:

• Measure and mark the spot for the cut (approximately 21 inches from the coupler’s center; some models offer a 34-inch swing length).

• Remove or rearrange wiring and begin cutting with a metal cutting saw along the scribe line.

• Use the template provided to mark and drill 1⁄2-inch holes for safety chain bolts.

• Secure safety chains.

• Place “male casting” on trailer tongue and temporarily secure with clamp.

• Using provided punch to mark location holes on trailer tongue, top and bottom.

• Remove casting and drill eight 1⁄8-inch pilot holes at centermarks, one side at a time making sure to drill square to the trailer tongue. Increase holes to 1⁄4 inch and then to 3⁄8 inch and again to 1⁄2 inch—it’s easier than drilling a 1⁄2-inch hole to start.

• Replace male casting and tighten with provided fasteners; torque each nut to 75 foot-pounds.

• Attach swing tongue to trailer tongue by attaching or pairing mating castings together.

• Grease the hinge pin and check to verify if system works by pivoting swing tongue back and forth.

• Trailer wiring should now be re-inserted and routed back through the trailer section and ground wire should be re-attached. Take precautions to avoid sharp edges which can chafe and short the circuit.

• Place coupler over swing tongue and secure using manufacturer’s hardware and torque specifications exactly as specified.

• Route the safety chains through chain guide and make sure they are long enough to reach the tow vehicle.

• Final step before towing: Open and close the swing tongue checking for proper operation, using hinge pin and hairpin cotter.

• For storage, remove cotter and locking pin, fold the tongue, and slide your rig into the garage.

The steps above may sound easy, but you may need two people when assembling. Proper alignment is critical and can be a challenge. One other important thing to remember: do not mount accessories like jacks, winch stands and spare tires to the foldaway tongue. Brake couplers can be adapted, if needed; however, these are not supplied with kits.

The Fulton swing-away is made of painted steel, which means it will rust if exposed to saltwater. Add a coat of primer and several coats of rust-resistant paint to the new tongue as you finish the job. Particularly, coat the cut edges and drilled holes.

Even with the swing-away, most boats will have to be put in at a diagonal in order to take advantage of longitudinal space, and this takes up room for your wife’s car. But, it may be the only solution for lengthy boat and trailer configurations.

North Largo Muttons

 

Recent offshore fishing reports from the South region.


North Largo Muttons

Florida Sportsman member: fulltime

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

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MIami Mixed Bag

Florida Sportsman member: Yeaaa_Chris

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

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Port Everglades Offshore

Florida Sportsman member: conquistador

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

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Muttons off Miami

Florida Sportsman member: miami mutton

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

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First Sword

Florida Sportsman member: wahoowillie754

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

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Haulover Swordfish

Florida Sportsman member: farinco

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

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Day Trip to Bimini

Florida Sportsman member: Tomm

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

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Haulover Deep Dropping

Florida Sportsman member: farinco

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

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Miami Flags

Florida Sportsman member: miami mutton

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

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Muttons and More

Florida Sportsman member: gdholbrook

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

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Wahoo Success

Florida Sportsman member: CatchDog

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

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Hillsboro Offshore

Florida Sportsman member: FLATS BROKE

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

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Catch and Release Snappers

Florida Sportsman member: Reef Bandit

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

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Miami Mixed Bag

Florida Sportsman member: gdholbrook

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

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Port Everglades Phins

Florida Sportsman member: NightOwler

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

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South Florida Variety

Florida Sportsman member: skully1968

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

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One and Done

Florida Sportsman member: BigTime

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

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Solo Action

Florida Sportsman member: Tomm

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

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Swords and More

Florida Sportsman member: farinco

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

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Taking Veterans Fishing

Florida Sportsman member: rhino2000

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

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Day Timing Down South

Florida Sportsman member: type1F-team

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

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South Snapper Bite

Florida Sportsman member: miami mutton

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

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Solo Trip Success

Florida Sportsman member: Tomm

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

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Find the Birds, Find the Fish

Florida Sportsman member: SmittysTeam

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

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Getting Revenge

Florida Sportsman member: on deck

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

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Family Fun in Marathon

Florida Sportsman member: ReelObsession

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

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Hot Reef Bite

Florida Sportsman member: miami mutton

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

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Making it Happen

Florida Sportsman member: snookyj

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

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South Florida Swords

Florida Sportsman member: farinco

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

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Down South Mixed Bag

Florida Sportsman member: followotherboats

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

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Saved by the Storm

Florida Sportsman member: flybycrb21

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

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Day Trip Success

Florida Sportsman member: OneFastt997

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

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Miami Bottom Bite

Florida Sportsman member: miami mutton

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

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First Sail for the Boat

Florida Sportsman member: jtnole02

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

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Down South Deep Dropping

Florida Sportsman member: copout@castaways

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

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Sails Down South

Florida Sportsman member: andy5757

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

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Haulover Swords

Florida Sportsman member: farinco

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

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Leaving Them Biting

Florida Sportsman member: miami mutton

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

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Deep Dropping Out of Haulover

Florida Sportsman member: farinco

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

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Wahoo on the Other Side

Florida Sportsman member: snookyj

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

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Barrel Bonanza

Florida Sportsman member: flybycrb21

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

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Limits out of Miami

Florida Sportsman member: miami mutton

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

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Day Timing Before the Front

Florida Sportsman member: farinco

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

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Swords out of Haulover

Florida Sportsman member: farinco

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

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Bringing Home Dinner

Florida Sportsman member: miami mutton

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

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Dolphin off of Miami

Florida Sportsman member: ReelObsession

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

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Tearing up the Tortugas

Florida Sportsman member: Reef Bandit

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

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Down South Yellowtails

Florida Sportsman member: wahito

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

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Miami Jig Bite

Florida Sportsman member: angryangler

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

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Big Fish on the Bottom

Florida Sportsman member: The BEAST

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

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Mangroves and More Off of Miami

Florida Sportsman member: miami mutton

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

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South Florida Spearfish

Florida Sportsman member: Poseidon10/31

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

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Key Biscayne Bull

Florida Sportsman member: GameTimeFT

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

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Port Everglades Offshore

Florida Sportsman member: flybycrb21

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

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Summer Sails

Florida Sportsman member: snookyj

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

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Miami Mutton Madness

Florida Sportsman member: miami mutton

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

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Down South Bottom Bite

Florida Sportsman member: Lucky Hook II

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

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Filling the Coolers Down South

Florida Sportsman member: GIT-R-DUnn

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

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A Little Bit of Everything

Florida Sportsman member: cudaman

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

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Deep Dropping Down South

Florida Sportsman member: copout@castaways

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

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Terrific Tortugas Trip

Florida Sportsman member: Reef Bandit

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

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Port Everglades Sail

Florida Sportsman member: 23T

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

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Fishing on the Edge

Florida Sportsman member: Double Threat

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

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Miami Muttons

Florida Sportsman member: Miami mutton

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

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King Cuda and Friends

Florida Sportsman member: The BEAST

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

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South Florida Sails and More

Florida Sportsman member: The BEAST

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

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Making It Happen in the Rough

Florida Sportsman member: danmanswag

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

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Swordfish on Soft Plastics

Florida Sportsman member: Captain Ross

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

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Hot Bottom Bite Down South

Florida Sportsman member: miami mutton

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

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Droppin’ Deep for Big Fish

Florida Sportsman member: copout@castaways

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

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A Full Day of Fun

Florida Sportsman member: The BEAST

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

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Rough and Tough Sailfish in the South

Florida Sportsman member: The BEAST

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

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Florida Bay Cobia

Florida Sportsman member: Miami mutton

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

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On The Fish, Offshore

Florida Sportsman member: e-money

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

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Deep Dropping Daylight Swords

Florida Sportsman member: ultraplayer26

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

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Solid Reef Fishing Down South

Florida Sportsman member: miami mutton

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

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Offshore Kayak Action

Florida Sportsman member: gdholbrook

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

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The Fish Are Chewing Down South

Florida Sportsman member: The Beast

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

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Florida Bay Cobia

Florida Sportsman member: Miami Mutton

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

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Government Cut Offshore

Florida Sportsman member: snookyj

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

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Party On The Patch Reefs

Florida Sportsman member: Gettin’ Jiggy

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

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Dolphin Bite Down South

Florida Sportsman member: The BEAST

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

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Miami Bottom Fishing Mixed Bag

Florida Sportsman member: miami mutton

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

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Miami Muttons

Florida Sportsman member: miami mutton

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

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Big Bull out of Haulover

Florida Sportsman member: sflskier

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

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Mutton Snapper out of Elliott Key

Florida Sportsman member: farinco

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

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Marlin Double Header

Florida Sportsman member: Team Mayhem

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

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Tuna Time out of Gov’t Cut

Florida Sportsman member: JustinZ

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

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Haulover Mutton & Yellowtail

Florida Sportsman member: farinco

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

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Port Everglades Blackfin Tuna

Florida Sportsman member: SmittysTeam

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

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Dolphin are Plentiful

Florida Sportsman member: cnunez3024

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

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Port Everglades Sail, Blackfin & More

Florida Sportsman member: SmittysTeam

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

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Miami Muttons and Yellowtail

Florida Sportsman member: miami mutton

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

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Big Mahi Out of Haulover

Florida Sportsman member: Big_Boy

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

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Out of the Cut : Grouper, Pompano, Dolphin

Florida Sportsman member: JustinZ

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

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Port Everglades Bull

Florida Sportsman member: Blue Chip

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

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Push it to the Limit

Florida Sportsman member: miami mutton

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

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Easter Weekend Bull and Cow

Florida Sportsman member: Mahigator

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

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Haulover Mahi & Mutton

Florida Sportsman member: Reef-Chief

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

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

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Hillsboro Wahoo

Florida Sportsman member: JVL

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

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Miami Wahoo

Florida Sportsman member:ReelDeep

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

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Kings on Fire

Florida Sportsman member: farinco

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

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Port Everglades Blue Marlin

Florida Sportsman member: JVL

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

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Hillsboro Inlet Tripletail

Florida Sportsman member: Gary M

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

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Wahoo out of Port Everglades

Florida Sportsman member: TRalph

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

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Christmas Gags & Muttons

Florida Sportsman member: farinco

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

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Patch Reef Mutton

Florida Sportsman member: FlagMaster

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

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Great Day Off Haulover

Florida Sportsman member: No_Bananas

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

 


Gag Grouper in the Bay

Florida Sportsman member: UrbanAnglerMiami

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

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Muttons on the Move

Florida Sportsman member: Gettin’ Jiggy!

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

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Bulls in the South

Florida Sportsman member: tonyfern

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

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Mack Attack off Miami

Florida Sportsman member: miami mutton

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

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Three Hours of Catching!

Florida Sportsman member: The BEAST

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

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Paying it Forward!

Florida Sportsman member: The BEAST

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

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Epic Day off Port Everglades

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

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Cubera Snapper Finale

Florida Sportsman member: The BEAST

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

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Key Biscayne Muttons

Florida Sportsman member: miami mutton

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

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Spectacular Mutton’s out of Haulover

Florida Sportsman member: Reporte de Pesca

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

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Rod and Reel Yellow Eyes

Florida Sportsman member: Ufhalbert

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

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Gaffer Saves the Day

Florida Sportsman member: danmanswag

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

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Big Groupers and Muttons

Florida Sportsman member: Lone Drifter

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

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Miami Dolphin Report

Florida Sportsman member: ReelObsession

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

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Spectacular Muttons

Florida Sportsman member: Reporte de Pesca

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

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Wahoo Time

Florida Sportsman member: Saltydawg

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

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A Quick Afternoon Trip

Florida Sportsman member: farinco

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

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Trophy Yellowtail

Florida Sportsman member: NVMata

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

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Impressive Tails off Miami

Florida Sportsman member: miami mutton

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

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Afternoon on the Wrecks

Florida Sportsman member: Double Threat

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

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Key Biscayne Bugs

Florida Sportsman member: Dream Catcher

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

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Haulover Mutton Fishing

Florida Sportsman member: farinco

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

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Hammer Time

Florida Sportsman member: Reef Bandit

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

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Dania Beach Variety

Florida Sportsman member: Nickc33

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

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Whistle Buoy Muttons

Florida Sportsman member: Lucky7Team2

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

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Yellowtails and More

Florida Sportsman member: miami mutton

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

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Smoker King and More

Florida Sportsman member: Double Threat

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

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

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Weird Weather!

Florida Sportsman member: The BEAST

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

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Big Cobia!

Florida Sportsman member: Ikaika

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

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Mutton Report Key Largo

Florida Sportsman member: miami mutton

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

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Offshore Miami

Florida Sportsman member: alacrity

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

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

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One of Those Days

Florida Sportsman member: Flats Broke

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

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Grouper and Muttons

Florida Sportsman member: miami mutton

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

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Beasts of Burden

Florida Sportsman member: waterman419

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

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Blackfin Tuna Feast

Florida Sportsman member: Double Threat

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

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Slammer in Grove Slam

Florida Sportsman member: Team O-SEA-D

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

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Busy Catchin’

Florida Sportsman member: The BEAST

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

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Mother Nature vs. The BEAST

Florida Sportsman member: The BEAST

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

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Dolphin, Kings, and Sailfish

Florida Sportsman member: farinco

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

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Dolphin off Hillsburo

Florida Sportsman member: Dcurbelo1000

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

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Yellowtails are Chewin’

Florida Sportsman member: farinco

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

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Miami Dolphin Report

Florida Sportsman member: ReelObsession

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

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Kayak Bull

Florida Sportsman member: drichard1986

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

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Kings for the Smoker!

Florida Sportsman member: farinco

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

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Jurassic Park Tails

Florida Sportsman member: miami mutton

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

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Some Good Eats

Florida Sportsman member: JustinZ

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

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Sailfish, Dolphin, Blackfin…Hot Bite!

Florida Sportsman member: Double Threat

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

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Mack Attack

Florida Sportsman member: farinco

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

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Daytime Cubera

Florida Sportsman member: miami mutton

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

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Swordfish!

Florida Sportsman member: osead marine

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

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Got Lucky!

Florida Sportsman Member: Reel_fishy

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

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Saturday Wahoo

Florida Sportsman member: JoeGuil

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

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Miami Mutton Report- Yellowtails

Florida Sportsman member: miami mutton

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

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Kayak Sailfishin’

Florida Sportsman member: Saltysack

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

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River Reds

 

Recent inshore fishing reports from the Northeast region.


River Reds

Florida Sportsman member: trousertroutman

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

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Hot Artificial Bite

Florida Sportsman member: Guanagator

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

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Beachside Action

Florida Sportsman member: Sea Snake

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

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Northeast Pompano

Florida Sportsman member: Sea Snake

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

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Northeast Big Uglies

Florida Sportsman member: Morocco_madness

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

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Epic Week in the Valley

Florida Sportsman member: Slug-O

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

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Lots of Bait, Lots of Fish

Florida Sportsman member: Slug-O

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

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Northeast Trout and Reds

Florida Sportsman member: Morocco_madness

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

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Fun in the Creeks

Florida Sportsman member: Guanagator

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

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Northeast Sheepshead

Florida Sportsman member: sydngoose

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

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Oak Harbor Slam

Florida Sportsman member: Cast&Blast

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

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Cold Weather Convicts

Florida Sportsman member: fsu11

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

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Cold Water, Hot Bite

Florida Sportsman member: Slug-O

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

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Northeast Redfish

Florida Sportsman member: Spongking

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

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Northeast Drummin’

Florida Sportsman member: Morocco_madness

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

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December to Remember

Florida Sportsman member: Slug-O

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

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Palm Valley Report

Florida Sportsman member: Slug-O

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

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December Tarpon

Florida Sportsman member: Alec_904

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

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Inshore Variety

Florida Sportsman member: Morocco_madness

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

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Valley Report

Florida Sportsman member: Slug-O

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

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Fishing the Creeks

Florida Sportsman member: sydngoose

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

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Family Fishing

Florida Sportsman member: creekgeek

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

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Northeast Reds and Trout

Florida Sportsman member: Morocco_madness

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

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Northeast Reds

Florida Sportsman member: Spongking

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

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Fall Fishing

Florida Sportsman member: Morocco_madness

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

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Fishing with the Wife

Florida Sportsman member: butchbal

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

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Heroes on the Water

Florida Sportsman member: Morocco_Madness

One veteran in particular overcame a hurdle with PTSD(Post Traumatic Stress Disorder) and managed to come out despite some anxiety. Coincidentally, he caught the most bulls and had a great time. Once we broke the ice with that first fish, his demeanor was like that of a kid in a candy store!

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Artificial Bulls

Florida Sportsman member: LightTackleKing

We got roughly 30 reds in about three hours today all on artificial and 10 pound braid and 2500 series reels. Super fun and action packed, Most of the fish came on the new Wahoo inline spinnerbait as well as the Wahoo bucktail and a SureSet Jig with a plastic.

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Scout Camping Trip

Florida Sportsman member: Big Bend Brian

Twenty three of these scouts had never scalloped before so this was going to be really cool to introduce to them a truly unique Florida activity. Nine of the 12 dads had not scalloped before either.

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Flood Tide with the Fly

Florida Sportsman member: Boattronics

Leon was trying to be nice and let me get ahead, missing another two fish! But Leon, patiently behind my fumbles, spotted a fish coming right at him. He made a perfect cast, and I watched this fish slurp the bait right in front of me loud like I’ve never heard before…fish on!

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Hot Weather, Hot Bite

Florida Sportsman member: Slug-O

Water temp is around 88 degrees so keep your bait well pump going or you will have dead bait fast. One of my favorite things to look for on the banks of the ICW is popping shrimp. This is a dead give away there are fish in the area. Work the area well and you will be rewarded.

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Birthday Bulls

Florida Sportsman member: Colonel Angus

It was my birthday yesterday, and we were on a mission for the big bull reds. Got out to little jetties little after 9am. This was our first time targeting these fish, anchored up at the first spot for about 20 minutes with no bite. We watched another boat near us pulled in two big ones, so we decided to move to try another spot. Found a better hump, dropped 3 lines and within a minute I had the first fish on.

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Bull Reds 101

Florida Sportsman member: Morocco_madness

Mullet don’t start showing up thick in the river channels until early Fall so it makes sense that mullet are off the menu. The blue crab are often either in shallow water or on the surface making their way to the ocean. Based on that, it also makes sense that the Blue Crab aren’t getting a lot of love either.

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Fishing with the Kids

Florida Sportsman member: rookiemistake

We got 5 rats, one big boy, couple stingrays and cats. They had a great time and pretty good sports when the rain came down on the way in. We were giving it a few minutes before heading in cause the rain was coming and of coarse that’s when the line took off.

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Summertime Fishing in the Northeast

Florida Sportsman member: Slug-O

From fishing knocker rigs in the mouth and bends in creeks to pop n corks over oyster beds trout, reds and flounder can be caught. In the past two weeks we also have had a lot of southeast wind that has dropped the water temp from the normal 90 degrees this time of year to about 83-85.

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Palm Valley Redfish

Florida Sportsman member: Slug-O

In the past week the valley water has dropped almost 10 degrees and that has moved the fish around. Where they were a week ago is empty and fishing there is a waste of time. Bait, last week all I talked about was crab. Well things have changed fast to mullet to shrimp again.

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Northeast Trout Bite

Florida Sportsman member: PTFBrian

Been a ton of fun on the water with decent reds a few dink trout and just a ton of gator trout the past week. Every day out we’ve only got 1-3 fish but at least every trip has resulted in a 22 inch plus trout. I also got my personal best trout so far which went 28 inches and almost 8 pounds.

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Jacksonville Variety

Florida Sportsman member: Morocco_madness

Before long, we had our lines in the water. The action was immediate. Right off the bat, we had a nice slot red in the boat. A few minutes later, the jacks started chewing. After the kids caught a few of those, the tarpon started showing up.

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Fishing with the Wife

Florida Sportsman member: slobouf

I netted about 25 finger mullet around Pine Island and decided to post up on the south bank. Lots of life today, bait schools, cruising redfish, crabs, rays, etc… Dead low was around 2pm, got first decent bite at 4pm. Nice sized trout ate a live shrimp on the bottom.

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Jumbo Reds for All

Florida Sportsman member: PTFBrian

We up early Saturday am and headed out to see what we could find and get my dad and 10 yr old son of some bull reds or sharks. Leon did not disappoint within 15 minutes my son was fighting the biggest fish of his life and about 30 after that my dad hooks up with the biggest red I’ve ever seen in person.

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From Generation to Generation

Florida Sportsman member: jonesz28

My father, uncle and grandfather got to come in town from West Virginia and were looking to get on some fish. I did my best looking for some bulls with my boat it was a little rough for the jetties. So we headed into some onshore spots and did pretty well on the fish.

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Personal Best for Both

Florida Sportsman member: Cast&Blast

Make that two new personal best! 45 inches for mine and my buddy Marks just edging mine out at 46 inches. Caught on live mullet in 39 feet of water. Both took some pretty epic runs, so great hearing the drag scream like that!

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A Red Surprise

Florida Sportsman member: Spongking

Out a ways in 40 feet of water the ocean was boiling from 1/4 mile away. Birds were crashing all over it. So we fired over to find it was a monster school of bull reds erupting on bait. We had our big cobia jigs and boom. Not even a chance to close bail and it was fish on.

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Inshore Sharkin’

Florida Sportsman member: Morocco_madness

Getting to see one up close was an obsession. One would think that after catching a number of them I would lose interest and even find them to be a nuisance after a while but no way, I love sharks. It’s not about the fight, but more about the pictures and hands on experience after the tussle.

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Backyard Drum

Florida Sportsman member: Let’s Go Amigo

It was really slow for the first hour and then the dinner bell rang. We caught 7 Black Drum. I’m talking up to 18 pounds. All on light tackle, with 7 to 10 year old kids. Not to mention, it was pouring on us. I don’t know about the kids, but I had a blast!

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Northeast Sight Fishing

Florida Sportsman member: Boattronics

He’s throwing a wake, and he’s darting in and out of the mullet, sometimes with his whole back out the water. My good bud Rod is on the bow and I point to his position, Rod leads it with a perfect cast, and wham! fish on!

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Northeast Giant Drum

Florida Sportsman member: Morocco_madness

One of the last ones we caught wound up being the largest I’ve seen to date. I don’t know what this joker weighed, but we had serious problems getting this monster off the deck. I had three of the guys hold onto it for a picture and we got big boy back in the water.

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Northeast Jetty Report

Florida Sportsman member: zay

We found the slot reds schooled up pretty thick and ended up getting our limit and released about 7 more till we decided it was time to move to find the sheeps. As we were leaving,we yelled over to the boat next to us that they could get in the “spot” since we didn’t really see them hooking up.

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Filling the Cooler

Florida Sportsman member: Sea Snake

The fishing didn’t disappoint either, me and my buddy worked em over good, catching over 30 nice fish. Most fish under 2 pounds got tossed back, and it took only 22 big fish to fill up this big cooler! Lots of 7 to 8 pounders with one big fish right at 10 or so.

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Flounder for All

Florida Sportsman member: Brickman

We were using fish finder rigs and jig heads with shrimp and mud minnows. My son found a nice flattie next to a dock with his bright pink jig head tipped with a piece of dead shrimp. At that point we put on a few more 1/4 ounce jig heads with the live and dead bait we had hitting docks and working our way south trying creek mouths and oyster beds and they all produced.

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Big Fish in the Northeast

Florida Sportsman member: Morocco_madness

The warmer water from the creeks was flushing through the area and seemed like a promising stop. Once the lines were in the water, it didn’t take long at all before hooks were getting cleaned. My crew was having some difficulty getting used to the hook set timing but before long, with a bit of coaching, they started hooking up. One of which, took off like a missile!

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Catching the Bulls

Florida Sportsman member: Morocco_madness

The reds and the drum have been chewing but the usual blue crabs have not been producing for us. Believe it or not, we can only seem to get these fish to eat shrimp. We are getting the occasional taker on the crab but the consistent bite has been primarily on shrimp.

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Mixed Bag at the Jetty

Florida Sportsman member: Morocco_madness

After the first 40 minutes we were starting to get nervous with an impending skunk looming on the horizon. Next thing I know, my lightest rig gets slammed big time and we get a line tight for the first time all day. A bit of time passes and an over slot Red comes aboard. A few minutes pass and Zay reels one in too.

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Northeast Sight Fishing

Florida Sportsman member: Boattronics

Watching the fish is teaching me a lot about presentation, etc. If you cast a bait in front of them, it will typically spook them. I’ve found that I need to lead the fish by at least 10 to 15 feet. The fish are being extremely lethargic in this cold water we have, and I’ve found the best way to get a fish to eat that was spooked earlier is to just let the bait sit there, even just a twitch and they spook again!

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High Tide in the Marsh

Florida Sportsman member: Spongking

Forum member Spongking made his way deep into the marshes of the northeast and got onto some nice fish!

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Solo Slam

Florida Sportsman member: Bobs Your Uncle

I totaled out at 5 reds, 1 flounder, and 2 Trout. The big fish of the day was a 27 inch red. The flounder was 16 inches and the trout were both 17 inches. I started at 9 o’clock but had to call it a day at 2 o’clock due to the wind.

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Light Tackle Bull and More

Florida Sportsman member: Morocco_madness

This fish was Jakes biggest red of his life. It took nearly every bit of line off the spool, what a monster. Not sure on the exact measurement but it looked around 44 inches to me. Jakes buddy managed to get a very nice sheepshead at 8 pounds as well.

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Sliming up the New Boat

Florida Sportsman member: Morocco_madness

The reds were on a rampage! We were hooked up for a good hour straight with one Red after the other. Most fish were right at 26 to 27 inches. There were also a few smaller fish around 22 to 23 inches. We got one over slot around 29 inches as well as a few rats.

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Hittin’ the Creeks

Florida Sportsman member: zay

I hit the creeks this past weekend to see how the trout bite was and it was on fire! We found most of the bigger trout early in the morning. I tried to fish deeper water in the icw mid day but only came up with dinks.

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Sheepshead and Drum at the Inlet

Florida Sportsman member: Morocco_madness

All the fish that we caught were in no deeper than around 10 feet. The deeper structure had nothing whatsoever for us today. I believe the water clarity may have thrown off the bite a bit. The water temp is holding strong at 63 degrees which should be perfect.

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Winter Time Gator

Florida Sportsman member: zay

We also got into a huge school of rat reds that were chewin which was a ton of fun.The highlight of the day was a monster trout that smashed a mirrodine.It measured at 28 inches but the girth on this thing was insane.

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Convicts at the Inlet

Florida Sportsman member: Morocco_madness

Today we were using medium action spinning tackle. We were dropping carolina rigs consisting of 1 to 1.5 ounce egg weights, 2/0 Owner Mosquito Hooks and 25 pound leader material, fluorocarbon or mono, it doesn’t matter. Bait was the ole trusty fiddler crab.

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Light Tackle, Big Reds

Florida Sportsman member: Bill Duane

My brother, and I caught 5 of these studs on crank baits while fishing for trout in 9 feet of water. quite a handful on light spinning gear.

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Bull Reds on a Beautiful Day

Florida Sportsman member: Angler170.

We were greeted with a beautiful sunrise just before the current began to slow and the fish began to fire off! We started the morning off with a 42 and a 38 inch fish. we then had one break 60 pound leader and another pull the hook. Once the tide began to fall, I moved up river in deeper water where we boated two at 41 inches.

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Shrimp Boat Tarpon

Florida Sportsman member: Cojer

Me and my brother fished the shrimp boat lines, as there was no action on the beach. Only one boat had fish but they were staying in 60 feet of water where the shrimpers had trollied throughout during the day. One fish landed and about 10 jumpers using artificial lures.

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Back on the Water

Florida Sportsman member: Morocco_madness

Found a lot of trout going off but couldn’t seem to get them to bite consistently. They were blowing up on the surface in the morning. We got a couple decent fish. We lost a massive one boat side that was pushing 25 plus inches.

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The Maiden Voyage

Florida Sportsman member: Boattronics

Forum member Boattronics got himself a new boat, “Trinity”. He wasted no time sliming it up, with some breeder size redfish! Nice work.

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Giant Drum in the Northeast

Florida Sportsman member: Richardbloom

He finally set the hook then I saw headshakes. He gained about 10 feet of line and the fish never ran so i instantly assumed it was a little guy. All a sudden the fish started screaming but it was going up current not down. After a fairly short fight the beast showed itself and had me panicking. Biggest redfish I’ve ever seen and it was barely hooked. The second she came next to my boat I grabbed her by the gill plate and almost got pulled in trying to lift her.

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Running of the Bulls

Florida Sportsman member: Morocco_madness

A couple minutes pass and the first big Red sends a rod into a full arch right in the rod holder. Lines screaming and the second in line goes for it.These guys were pretty inexperienced but they learned quickly after breaking a few big fish off. I gave them a bit of coaching and soon they were landing big fish one after the other!

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St. Augustine Redfish

Florida Sportsman member: billy boy

Took the grandsons to tolomato river for some shore fishing today, It was one of those spectacular days that does not happen very often. We caught 20 redfish, all slot or over in 2 hours on live finger mullet.

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Low Tide Reds

Florida Sportsman member: Maverick

Forum member Maverick put together a sweet video of some shallow water redfish action for all to enjoy. Catching fish on about everything thrown at them and being home before 10am. That sounds like a killer morning!

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Topwater Time in the Northeast

Florida Sportsman member: Morocco_madness

The minute that lure hits the water, it was as if the fish was playing catch! It hammers that Skitterwalk so hard it’s entire body is in the air! Never seen anything like this. After an intense battle, he gets the monster boat side and i drop the net under it. This Gator weighed 7.8 pounds and was fat! Feeling pretty good about that bit of redemption, we decide to head in.

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Bulls at the Jetty

Florida Sportsman member: Coydog

But, when we first got there had some quick hits. First was a good sized Black Drum, Samsiam74 estimated at 50 plus pounds. Didn’t get it into the boat, broke the hook off. After redoing the tackle, threw on a new chunk of grab, waited about 15 minutes or so and this guy started to peel off line.

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The Quest Achieved

Florida Sportsman member: Sea Snake

I think I was there maybe 15 minutes, when I felt a subtle tap tap, and by instinct I just easily raised the rod tip up to see if maybe it was just rocks and current or a fishy and as I did this it kinda pulled back so I gave it a little hook set and the fight was on. I could tell she was a good sheep, by the bucking, and couple that with her trying to use the current, well I just took her easy.

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Sheepshead Smackdown

Florida Sportsman member: Morocco_madness

We were using medium action spinning rods, 15 pound Spider Ultracast and 25 pound mono leader. I prefer using Carolina Rigs when fishing rocks with decent current. I’ll use the lightest egg weight that I can get away with. Hooks used were Owner short shank sheepshead hooks in 2/0.

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Catching in the Cold

Florida Sportsman member: Jizzo

When the tide slacked we fished a few bridge pilings with no luck. The Little Jetties must have been our 10th spot. As soon as the tide started coming back in we started getting bites. I love low tide fishing. It just seems more natural to me.

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High Tide Reds

Florida Sportsman member: Spongking

After few more shots it was my turn. We switched places at the helm and I moved us into a small cove and while I was explaining the bottom contour I tossed an 1/8th ounce jig head and a live shrimp. 1 flick and it was off. A nice fish.

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Fired Up Reds in the Northeast

Florida Sportsman member: Maverick

Got to take advantage of the good weather today and chased some reds. Caught them on just about everything we threw at them. Paddle tails, jerk baits, flies, anything, They were hungry! Probably caught 10 or more fish today. All sight fished outta skinny water.

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Pre-Spawn Gator Trout

Florida Sportsman member: T-shirt Bob

Got about 15 keepers between 2 to 4 pounds before I hooked this big gal which had some wide shoulders but didn’t appear to have roe yet. She tipped a tad over 7 pounds on the boga grip. A MirrOlure Paul Brown floating by a dock piling was just too much for her to resist.

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Inlet Drum Recon

Florida Sportsman member: Morocco_madness

If these guys are here, any day now we should start seeing waves of large fully mature fish coming through. Just as i had hoped. We managed to pick up 4 solid Drum and my second largest Bull Red at 44 inches. Pretty sweet for this time of year. We got a few other odd balls, including a 13 inch Sea Bass.

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Sheepshead and More

Florida Sportsman member: Badfish

Launched for the last few hours of the outgoing after realizing nobody had fiddlers, but that didn’t stop us from hunting down some sheep. First cast produced a trout and we got into a good 12 inch sea bass bite before Joey gets blown up! but it wasn’t no sheep! His Personal best redfish and he was stoked. Not 5 minutes later he hooked into the target species, also his personal best.

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Redfish Chewing in The Northeast

Florida Sportsman member: JonathanBoston

I moved into an area I had a lot of luck in around may and june but hadn’t caught any there for awhile. It’s a large shallow mud flat that sometimes holds some real finicky fish. After an hour or so of fishing I finally got a bite. It ended up being a 25 incher. After that it was nonstop for an hour, fish after fish after fish, by the time the sun started to set behind the trees I caught 11 reds and released 9 of them and kept my limit, a 25 and a 26 incher.

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Pre-Front Blitz

Florida Sportsman member: Morocco_madness

Since we were only able to find a bite in one spot the day before, we went ahead and hit the same area first. The reds were chewing immediately! I got one on my second cast. Mike got one a few minutes later. Some time after that I managed a rat red and it wasn’t long before we had to make a move. We staked up in another area and immediately found the porgies chewing! We put about 15 or so in the boat and took off to beat some bad weather back in.

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Drummin’ in the Northeast

Florida Sportsman member: pennwardo

Randomly checked out a “fishy looking” spot and found a nice drop off. Threw some dead shrimp out at the start of the outgoing and the bite was on. Ran out of shrimp and time and headed in. New Personal best for black drum. Long cold day but ended up worth it.

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Inlet Action In the Northeast

Florida Sportsman member: Morocco_Madness

Took my cousin out on Monday to attempt getting him on his first salt water fish. He immediately hooked up into a solid 7 pound sheepshead, He was stoked. Unfortunately, he was projectile vomiting the rest of the morning and it wasn’t long before we had to call it a day.

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Catching Convicts

Florida Sportsman member: Blind Squirell

Dropped the boat in by Nassau Bridge and got our first lines in the water around noon. We stayed close to the inlet, fishing a few bridge and dock pilings. The bite was scattered, but steady. Picked up a couple of fish at each of our stops. Wrapped it up around 4pm with a total of 7 fish to 18 inches. No studs, but made for a few decent bags of fillets.

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Northeast Surf Fishing At its Finest

Florida Sportsman member: Slug-O

I set up with 4 rods and had my first of many pomps before I could get the last rod out! It looked like a good sign but I didn’t have a clue as to how great of a day fishing it was going to be. Whiting from 11 inches to 15 inches in size were hungry and shrimp was the bait of choice. The pompano preferred sand fleas. This time of year the fleas are very large and one will be perfect for a pomp or a redfish if he finds it first.

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Grass Flats Flounder

Florida Sportsman member: Morocco_madness

Today, me and Jimmy saw right away that we had a similar tide situation and just like the day before, it was cooler out. this time a bit colder. We decided to cut straight for shallow mud bottom. We found a fishy looking Spartina Grass line and staked out. Second cast and I have a nice Flounder. A few casts later and I have a bigger one, our best for the day at around 3.5-4 pounds. Jimmy switches over to a Spinner and proceeds to kicking my butt. It was nice being the man making it happen but this guy wouldn’t let me have my moment for very long. It Wasn’t long before he’s slaying the Flounder. By the end of the day our scores were Jimmy 6, Steve 4.

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Flounder Bite Producing in the Northeast

Florida Sportsman member: Morocco_madness

The Flatties were more than willing to chew on Berkley Gulp Shrimp in Pearl White with Chartreuse tails, tipped on Slayer 3/0 Jig heads in 1/4 ounce. Steve had some success on Stinky Finger Shrimp on the same Jig heads. He started off using Red jig heads and had no luck at all. Once he switched over to the Slayers, it was instantly game on. Chartreuse was the color of choice.

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Northeast Jetty Bulls

Florida Sportsman member: GrayBeard50

My next door neighbors and I have been fishing together on my boat all summer and have had a lot of fun catching bull reds. We went out Monday night to the Jetties and later back into the ICW south of the little jetties and had a lot of success again on the bulls. We were using blue crabs and mullet on the out going tide. When one, using a mullet, she ran for a piling. The anchor had to be pulled, lines brought in and the boat moved to open water away from the obstructions.I hooked up on this big After the lines were retrieved, Tony cranked the boat and Amy pulled the anchor. Tony positioned the boat and Amy netted the fish. Good teamwork.

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“Hooked for Life”- First Bull Reds

Florida Sportsman member: Brother Dave

Took a very good friend and business partner and his 14 yr. old son out today in search of big reds. The boys been bugging me since last yr. to put him on his first bull red. so today was the day and we headed out early to the beach to secure some pogies. I had fresh crab but wanted the ol’ reliable just in case. Had to throw a few times south of the poles but we got a well full. As we were heading back in the jetties we got to see a tarpon show along the south rocks. There were fish skying on mullet all along the rocks and they couldn’t believe it. It was tempting but we were on a mission so up river we headed and anchored up at the parking lot for the second halve of the outgoing. It was an awesome bite this morning from 9 am on…non-stop action. Let’s just say the boy popped his bull red cherry about ten times today and was crying uncle by 1pm. He is now officially “hooked for life”!

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Big Bulls off the Little Jetties

Florida Sportsman member: Morocco_madness

My wife decided she was ready to head out to the river so we decided to make it a group activity and invite some old friends that we haven’t fished with in a while. Hit the beach first for some Pogies and they were thick today. One cast and we had more live bait than we were ever gonna need. Hit the jetties North rocks for a bit and found a few Lady Fish(which was convenient) and a nice Drum which we invited home for dinner. The tide finally made its outbound run and we gave it another 30 minutes in the Inlet just to buy time for a favorable tide up river. We pulled up anchor and headed to the Little Jetties first. Got anchored up and immediately doubled up. Our friend Tammy got big boy in the boat and the other fish came unglued. A few minutes later and my wife has her first Bull of the season hooked up! I don’t think she cared much for the Bait caster rods but she made due and landed a hoss nonetheless! Minutes later Timmy gets his and before we know it, we have a guy anchored up right on top of us.

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Bulls on Parade

Florida Sportsman member: Morocco_madness

Hit a few other areas up and down the beach starting from the Red Tops back all the way to Atlantic Beach and Found that the entire beach was just too Shark infested. No sign of Tarpon today. We made the decision to go ahead with our Plan B. Headed back in and anchored up river for some Channel Donkeys! We got set up and things were pretty slow. At first we were using Live Pogies and cut Jack. Decided to change up our bait and got some Chunked up Blue Crab put out and instantaneous action followed. For the next 45 minutes or so Crab was the only bait they would eat. We doubled up twice. The action was just none stop. Before too long the down going tide started slowing down and the Crab stopped getting hit.

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Northeast Spawning Reds

Florida Sportsman member: Richardrbloom

Went out today around 3 o’clock and went for some bull reds. Started off messing with some jacks but then got bored so headed to the red grounds and anchored up. Started the day with no bait but saw some crabs swimming and netted them and also cast netted some mullet. Threw a mullet out on the only rod that was already rigged up and before we could finish rigging another rod we where hooked up. Pulled in the fish and it was just around 40 inches. Next three another mullet out and rod starts bouncing. My friend picked up the rod and started reeling slowly to get a firm hookset. Once the fish felt the pressure it took off peeling line for almost a minute. Finally gained a few inches then it turned around and started running again after. After watching the rod for a few minutes we had a feeling it wasn’t a redfish. Noticed no head shakes and fast bounces on the rod every now and then.

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Little Jetties : Reds & Snapper

Florida Sportsman member: JLcustoms

Hit the Sisters creek boat ramp about 7am and went straight to the Little Jetties. Got a 2 man limit on mangrove snappers and this 30-inch red. All caught on live shrimp.I also caught a ladyfish for bait. Cut it up and caught a big bluefish for my neighbor. I didn’t get to eat the redfish and didn’t want to eat the bluefish, but I got a tiny bag of snapper.

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Hot Bull Red Bite

Florida Sportsman member: JLcustoms

First off, I have to shout out a huge thanks to Morocco_madness! He gave me a handful of priceless advice on here! My dad and his friend are from Jupiter, FL and do not have many reds down there and they have never caught any this big. I took them out Saturday and man were they biting! I had some frozen pogies and dropped those down towards the bottom and within 15 minutes we caught the first fish of 44 inches! Lost a couple and caught more. biggest was 45 inches and over 30 pounds.

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Back to work

Florida Sportsman member:Morocco_madness

Been working on some research and development working on some new areas. Haven’t been all that productive… Found a few areas for Flounder season that look like they could be epic. Well, today i decided to work on more of the “tried and true” and put him on some better fish. We started off in the inlet and found that seas were way up. Turned around and fished a rock cluster that held quality fish for me many years ago. Still fished the Jetties just much further West. The North rocks on the tail end of the up going produced some absolute monster Sea Bass. We got 6 keepers and released at least 20 at 12 inches.

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Northeast Variety

Florida Sportsman member: float & stalk

As I continue to learn the inshore waters of NE Florida, I decided to bring out the big guns and hire a little professional help. A good friend recommended Jeffrey Crabtree of Right Spot Charters and after a little back and forth we decided that yesterday morning looked as good as any. Thankfully (for me) Jeffrey’s boat was on the mend which meant we got to fish from mine.

We worked the last couple hours of the outgoing tide starting at first light. Threw a variety of artificials and had a pretty good morning catching Redfish to 29 inch, Trout, Flounder and lady fish. Highlight for me was this 25 inch Red that ate a Gulp Shrimp.

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Super Moon Inshore

Florida Sportsman member: Badfish

We hit Oak Harbour at 6am and it was bright as day before the sun even started to come up with the huge moon….pretty cool to see! The high tide didn’t flood as much as expected, but it was high enough to get into the backs of a few of my favorite creeks. We started with top water and Boathouse was dead…only one rat wanted to eat. Moved into Chicopit only to find more of the same, some small flounder but that was about it. Fished several high tide flats to no avail. Moved to the Little Jetty as the tide topped out and had fun with a big school of keeper sized grey snapper, although we tossed them all back. A few sea bass, jacks, yellow mouth was all we could find until Joey got a very nice surprise using a mud minnow on a fishfinder rig….

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Geting By with a Little Help

Florida Sportsman member: Boattronics

The pressure was on. My good friend Josh’s 10 year old son Aiden had never caught a fish before! We needed to fix this asap, so I was tapping any info possible. First I went to an old faithful back creek spot. The tide was wrong, but I figured it would be a good spot to let them warm up their casting skills. Lo and behold, a red decided to cooperate and bit Aiden’s bait and the fight was on! It was a solid fish, about 25 inches!

It was only about 8a.m., and the gnats were biting so we decided to go for a boat ride. I had reached out to Arun and he told me about a redfish creek spot holding some big uns! So we went there not having a clue how to fish the spot, etc.

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ICW Trout and Flounder

Florida Sportsman member: mjs

Fished the ICW for a few hours this afternoon.Caught 3 keeper trout (26.75, 17, and 16 inches), 1 short trout, a jack and a flounder (15 inches). Kept the small slot trout/flounder for dinner and let the big one go to catch another day. This is my personal best trout and I have to say that large trout (22 inches plus) make my day! Reds are fun to catch, but large trout are special to me.

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Mayport Spanish Mackerel and Sheepshead

Florida Sportsman member: Salty Dog

Headed out to the Mayport south jetties after lunch today on the falling tide. The east wind with the outgoing tide had the water rolling in the channel but was not too bad on the south side of the rocks. Cast around for some trout, but the blues were there instead hitting everything I threw at them. Even caught a 13″ spanish mackerel, the first one I’ve seen this year. Guess the spring migration has started. No trout, so I moved into the river and looked for some sheepshead. The whiteshell rocks had lots of little sheepshead that successfully stole every fiddler I put in the water.

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Jetty Monsters

Florida Sportsman member: Badfish

I’m getting married two weeks from today and my soon-to-be wife and I needed a break so we loaded up with blue crabs and hit the Mayport ramp. B+M was slow and the ramp was dead…..it was perfect.High tide was 12:30 and we dropped the hook around 10:30 and didn’t catch more than some dirty ‘ol toadfish for the first couple hours. But after the tide turned, the inlet laid down and the fish started cooperating. All fish took 1/2 blue crabs (live) on circle hooks. All fish were caught right in the lip and all swam away healthy after a little TLC.

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Herding the Sheeps

Florida Sportsman member: arunram

Day three of our sheep herding marathon. Gotta love Increasing daylight after work. Bob, myself and Scott (Sea Snake’s neighbor) fished from 3.30 to 5.30 pm and got on to some nice sheeps. Boated 10 fish from 3 pounds to 9 pounds. Most were over 7 pounds. In three days of short fishing trips in a combined 6 hours of fishing, we caught some big black drum and boated 20 stud sheeps. Our fishing for the week is done and might go again next week for a couple of trips. After the sheeps, I’ll be switching gears to pompano in the surf and topwater trout in the creeks!

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Copperhead Road Reds

Florida Sportsman member: ReelSkinny211

Fun day out with the_big_shrimp. Headed out to test some new things out on the boat. Of course we had to take some tackle with us! We went through some places that looked mighty fishy and decided to wet a line. the_big_shrimp hooked into a nice fat red right of the get go. Successful day of testing I would say!

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Mayport Inlet Drum Roll

Florida Sportsman member: Morocco_madness

Today we went with brined clams, fresh shrimp and live blue crabs. The real producers were the blue crab and shrimp. Right away the Sonar is pinging like mad. All morning long there were large quantities of fish under the boat. Didn’t take them long to find our baits either. Right away we are loading up on perfect sized drum and large Sea Bass. The average size on the sea bass that we kept was 15 inches. All nice fish. The drum were on fire. One after another. Once the tide slowed down a bit the bite calmed down right along with it. For whatever reason the current picked right back up again and the minute it did, the fish turned back on. That’s when my whole live blue gets owned and sends my rod bending. I start reeling and it’s on! 10 minutes later a large bull red is in the boat[...]

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Nassau Sound Mixed Bag

Florida Sportsman member: AjNJax

Braved the wind and fished Nassau sound with my brother Jon. Plan was to fish under the bridge for sheeps but the wind was horrible, ended up fishing some docks that we normally wade in the summer and found em biting…ended up with 7 sheepies I’m guessing 3-7 pounds, 3 reds at 16-28 inches, and 2 blk drum at 14 & 17 inches, all on fiddlers! Bought two dozen live shrimp as a backup plan and brought home 22 of them.

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Lucky Red

Florida Sportsman member: ChippyDiesel

Was catching a bunch of yellow mouth and croaker in the river on dead shrimp when this guy showed up to party! Kind of funny I got this guy on dead shrimp because I was fishing the tip of the jetties on Friday with blue crabs and couldn’t find a big drum to save my life. Very fun fight on the light tackle I was using. First good fish I have caught on my new boat, hope to add many more!

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Florida Sportsman member: ReelSkinny211

Went out today with my bro the_big_shrimp, to test out his new Shimano he got from west marine. Ended up trying some spots that we hadn’t been to in awhile and ended up hooking in to plenty of nice fish, including the_big_shrimps personal best flats red at 32 inches [...]

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St.Augustine Gator Trout

Florida Sportsman member: Jweig20

I caught this big slob on a topwater in the St. Augustine intercostal from shore. I limited out after also catching and releasing another big 24-incher. The rest were all in the 18-19 inch range. After all year of catching 14 1/4 inch fish, I’m pumped to finally stack em up! She was a 29 1/4 inch, 9 pound ,16 inch girth pig! I think its a fish of a lifetime but we will just have to wait and see! I went back the next day and caught a 24 1/4 inch the same hole.

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More Stud Sheeps

Florida Sportsman member: arunram

Went out to scout for some tourney quality sheeps. Our trip to Nassasu was a bust three weeks ago so we didn’t even bother with the sheeps until yesterday. We fished end of sisters creek and worked the structure all the way to Nassau sound. We found the big ones in the deepest part of the bridge. Yesterday was the day we lost more sheeps than we caught. Everytime a monster sheep was lost my heart sank! Ended the day with about 6 of ‘em all from 7 to 8 pounds and a couple of keeper sea bass. The fish were caught on fiddlers.

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10 Pound Sheepshead

Florida Sportsman member: ReelSavage89

My neighbor Bruce and his little ones went for a quick trip yesterday afternoon! Finishing the last of Dads live shrimp, Ashley hooked into a monster sheepshead! She was so excited, I heard the story three times while getting the camera ready. They also caught a bunch of whiting and trout. Bruce did a great job putting his kids on fish, and thats what its all about! Those kids we hooked and ready to go again![...]

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Cold Front Gator Trout

Florida Sportsman member: ReelSavage89

Snuck out of work early today to catch the front coming through. Conditions were close to perfect as I as loading up my kayak. Wind was still, temps were cooling and it wasn’t raining! Tied on one of my favorite lures, the spook jr. in the bone color. Saw some mullet get freaked out near a deep channel and slung the plug 6 feet past the spooked mullet and worked it back without pausing. It got hammered but then just turned over on it. So I gave it one more shot and slowed the presentation, pausing every third pop. All of a sudden this fat 26 incher just about swallowed the plug. Glad to see some big trout still hitting topwater!!! Other than the usual dink trout I caught two reds!! Great afternoon sure beats working in the O.R.[...]

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Big Seas, Cold, and Raining Sideways

Florida Sportsman member: Morocco_madness

Had a chance to get out and attempt some catching today. Met up with forum member Javier AKA Optimum7 at B&M this morning. Loaded up on Fiddlers along with various essentials and made our way to the boat launch. I noticed that we had a 40% chance of rain today but being the guy that has zero faith in weather prediction, i went along with our plan anyways. Got just shy of the base and we were greeted by big rollers and strong easterly wind. Things started looking awful right off the bat. We changed our course and headed for the Little Jetties. Not sure why but the Sheepshead were just not biting. We sat it out for a good hour or so and it appeared that the rough weather in the Inlet may have subsided. We dragged up and headed back out and the inlet was looking like glass(minus the points). Made for the southern point and went to work[...]

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Gate Station Red

Florida Sportsman member: fjohns67

Hit the beach around 7:30 a.m. The bite started a little slow but picked up later in the morning. I put a bunch of whiting and a nice size bluefish in the cooler. I even caught a whiting on a finger mullet. That was a first. The catch of the day was on a small piece of shrimp with a clam fish bite and a #2 hook on a drop down rig. The red hit and surfaced as soon as it was hooked. I thought it was a big shark at first. I was lucky there was a guy fishing right down the beach that came down and helped me land the fish and get a good picture for me. The fish was released right after the picture was taken. It was by far the biggest red I’ve ever caught [...]

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Vilano Variety

Florida Sportsman member: Morocco_madness

An old friend called me up last night wanting to know if i wanted to take him fishing. Needless to say we went! Fun day for sure. Started off as it often does when fishing Vilano Inlet, SLOW. We hit our first area in search of some more of those Delicious Permit. None around today. Found a good stock of Whiting in their stead. Wore them out for a little while and dragged up the anchor to try out a couple other areas. Different spots with more of the same thing. No worthwhile fish being caught. Started getting tired of working sandbars so i took us over to the Inlet to work the rocks. This is about the point where things started looking up. Right away im pulling up decent sized Ring Tails. Lost far more than i caught but did at least put 4 in the boat, along with a 4lb sheepshead[...]

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Inshore Slammin’ After Dusk

Florida Sportsman member: Cooney’s Fishin’ FL

Launched the boat at dusk and caught a red and then headed south to gig some flounder and to scoop up a few stone crabs. Then we finished the night with some dock light trout. We had much success, the big flounder is 7 pounds, and we probably caught and released 20 trout, but kept 3. Good eating for the next week or so!

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Vilano; Reds,Popano,Sheepshead & More

Florida Sportsman member: Noel

“Who said Redfish are picky eaters? This large one we got ate the shark rig! 10/0 circle, 480 lb cable, and the bigger half of a 10″ Whiting. The rest of the morning we went threw 3 dozen colossal clams which you get 3 baits from each one. We left them biting at 11AM. In the cooler 10 Pompano, 12 Whiting, 2 Blues, and a 5lb Sheepshead. We through back 10 Whiting, 6 Pompano, a 3′ Blacktip Shark, and a 23 lb Redfish.[...]”

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Successful Day; Multiple Inshore Slams

Florida Sportsman member: Boattronics

“Went out for a bit today to scout some new stuff, or water we hadnt tried since last year. Using spinner baits, jigged paddle tails, and finger mullet jigs, we found quite a bite nearly everywhere we went. We got on some real nice upper slot reds, quite a few trout, and hooked about 30 flounder, catching multiple slams. The bite was on today! The highlight of the day, for me, was when I suggested a new spot[...]”

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Mayport Jetties – Reds, Sheepshead

Florida Sportsman member: Morocco_madness

“My partner saw that we were getting on some Sheepshead Friday and wanted to give it a shot. We met up this morning and made way for B&M to load up on Fiddlers. Picked up a quart and headed to the launch. Was a flat, calm day in the inlet. Started off throwing some Finger Mullet for Reds as we waited for a favorable tide for Sheepshead(down going). We got 2 29″ Reds and an absolute pile of Yellowmouth and Speckled Sea Trout[...]”

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Nassau Sound

Florida Sportsman member: Maverick

“Went with a buddy out to nassau sound to see what was goin on. Ended up netting up a bunch of mullet and started slaying the trout and bluefish. Caught fish non stop from about 3 till dark[...]”

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Spinnerbaits for Flounder

Florida Sportsman member: Boattronics

This years flounder run has been very confusing. I’ve been trying to keep tabs on my friends since I’ve been too busy, and the information they are giving me has been weird. I finally got out on the water to see for myself on Tuesday, and yup, things are not going as expected. First of all, the “thick” of the flounder, is still way up river. “Up river” to me, is downtown. A few friends have been stomping them hard up there, so we went into unfamiliar territory to check things out [...]

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Creek Wars Triple Challenge Tournament Winners

Florida Sportsman member: CreekWars

Gusty winds and swift tides greeted this years Creek Wars Triple Challenge Tournament (visit www.creekwars.com for results and photos). The conditions made for a challenging and exciting proving ground for our tournament anglers.

The Creek Wars 4th Annual Triple Challenge Tournament held Saturday, October 13th, 2012 at the Jim King Park and Boat Ramp at Sisters Creek, grew to a 76 boat turnout with 38 anglers weighing catch for their chance to win one of twelve opportunities for cash prizes [...]

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Slob Trout in the Northeast

Florida Sportsman member: abacon

Caught these two slobs this morning on some D.O.A paddle tails. The one I landed had few to no spots, pretty strange!

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Flat Fish Report

Florida Sportsman member: arunram

Went scouting for flounder with my partner Bob this Saturday. It was a slow day for quality “flatties”. We threw everything except the kitchen sink and tried so many spots that looked fishy. Kept some real nice ones. Many 12 inches to 14 inches, went back to the drink. Spoke to a commercial flounder gig fisherman and he said they are not schooled up in large numbers yet in the usual areas. We will go for them again soon.

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Jacksonville Bull Reds

Florida Sportsman member: ShallowExpectations

So my brother, Greenie Slayer, is living in Jacksonville going to school at UNF. Pops and Momma decided they wanted to go up and visit him so I decided I would tag along since they said they were bringing the boat and going fishing. I will let the pictures tell the tale.

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A Bull Red to Remember

Florida Sportsman member: Morocco_madness

The NE Florida Redfish migration is in full swing. My buddy and I have been discussing the idea of putting his wife Mendy on some fish for a while now. She’s never caught a red before so we thought, “Why not make her first a bull?” We made it happen. Got out bright and early and hit up B&M for some tackle and frozen mullet. Hit the boat launch and made wakes to our first stop in Mill Cove. Was a slow start with a few pecker fish. As the tide change hit, so did the first PIG [...]

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South Jax Lagoon

Florida Sportsman member: swkowboy

Since last night was so hot, we decided to try again. Man, it was nonstop action all afternoon. We hooked 12 to 15 tarpon, landed 7. Mostly juvenile 4 to 8 pounds. My wife had the biggest and I lost it right at the bank. We also caught some mangrove snapper, ladyfish, and a nice 8 to 10 pound redfish caught by Carter and my Dad. All were caught on live shrimp and mud minnows mostly on the top [...]

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Bull Reds Only

Florida Sportsman member: arunram

Went out fishing with Steve and Jay hoping for more tarpon and bull redfish action. Loaded the livewell with some 8 inch mullet right at the Mayport boat ramp. We tried for pogies but couldn’t find any on the beach today [...]

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Windy Day for Bull Reds

Florida Sportsman member: Brother Dave

Got out Saturday morning early with some friends to try and sneak a couple hours in before the winds picked up. The big reds were chewing good for the conditions. Maybe the falling barometer helped, who knows, but by 9:30 the wind was howling and the river got pretty snotty. Got off the water by noon and there was a 3 foot wind chop in Clapboard Creek by the ramp!

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Deep Creek Fishing

Florida Sportsman member: Booyuhka

Was itching to out today even tho the tides weren’t that great launched at mayport and headed to deep creek, ‘yep the tide was already slack. Super high. No movement. After hooking onto a small flounder and small trout I thought eh’ maybe it won’t be so bad [...]

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Sisters Creek Reds

Florida Sportsman member: Jizzo

I’ve been on vacation this week. My camping trip at little talbot last weekend got rained out so no beach fishing. I made it out Tuesday to fish the rocks at Vilano. We didn’t catch much but we saw some tarpon airing it out against the rocks but we couldn’t get em’ to eat. I took my daughter fishing Thursday to west Chicopit. Its hard to find the fish with a 6 year old in the boat. We saw a big school of dolphin with some babies jumping out of the water. My daughter loved that and we watched em for about an hour before we got pushed off the water by a storm [...]

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Mayport Inlet Reds

Florida Sportsman member: Morocco_madness

Took an old friend out today to catch some inlet reds. Caught some pogies headed for the rocks. Wasn’t long before we had our first of the day in the boat. Caught a few more and the bite pretty much turned off. Decided to ride out the tide change and it paid off. Timmy gets his PB 37 inch red. Caught a few more and the inlet got pretty rough so we called it a day. Got a few reds out there Friday as well [...]

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Downtown Trout Hole

Florida Sportsman member: chasingtails1

Went out yesterday evening for a couple of hours to a downtown trout hole and wore the trout out. Solid action from the first couple of casts to the last cast. Started out throwing Top Dog JR’s and Mirrodines, that’s all we had to use. We caught over 30 specks then switched to plastics and caught a bunch of yellowmouth [...]

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Mayport Jetties Produce

Florida Sportsman member: Morocco_madness

Spent the morning with good company, chasing the ever elusive Tarpon. Found a huge Pogie pod and loaded up on a days worth of bait. Spot locked and started fishing. Was maybe 5 minutes and I was on my PB Red fish (40″). A few minutes later and my partner is being spooled by something large [...]

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Beast From the Beach

Florida Sportsman member: Bighammerhunter

After about 1 hour and 10 minutes and a half mile down the beach later, we land this PB lemon with a 9/0 with 80 pound line. We were taken so far down the beach we did not have a tape measure but when we used my 10 foot crowder as “scale” we figured she was about 10 to 11 feet and FAT as I have seen [...]

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Jax Beach Pier, July 4th

Florida Sportsman member: kayakling

Woke up way late not according to plan and oddly enough still found plenty of free parking near the pier at 11:00 a.m. Water was respectable, winds were light SW and then shifting sustained E. Baits were spots, moonpies, mullet, and menhaden in large schools mostly headed N. Overall action was steady for myself and some of the people I was fishing with. Bluefish and ladyfish were ever-present, runs of trout and pompano were off-and-on, some Spanish were now-and-then (I only managed one), saw a black drum and a flouder get decked as well [...]

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Seeing Red

Florida Sportsman member: reelhooker

Hit the water this morning with my neighbor at 0700. We put in at Oak Harbour and snagged a ton of pinky sized finger mullet and headed towards clean water. The tide was ripping and the water was brown so we scouted around looking for some bait pods and caught some Jacks and bluefish. I was determined to catch a ladyfish to use as cut bait since the water was so dirty [...]

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Afternoon Trouting

Florida Sportsman member: chasingtails1

Went back to my favorite trout hole to see if all the rain has affected the bite, trout were still there, not as many but better fish. I got my limit pretty quick though throwing skitterwalk in the baby trout pattern and redfish pattern. Switched to the mirrodine and continued catching decent trout for about a hour then headed home [...]

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Monster Flattie!

Florida Sportsman member: 3ofakind

I thought it may be a red as it made a strong run and felt way too heavy to be a flounder. After a minute I realized it wasn’t a red and thought I may have a big ray. A minute later I saw what would be the largest flounder I have ever caught let alone seen in person. After 2 times in and out of the net, a few strong runs and several choice words we boated the 13.36 lb 31″ monster [...]

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Catching up on Reports

Florida Sportsman member: creekgeek

So, I haven’t posted any reports in awhile but the rain has brought on some boredom so I’m going to try to make up for it. Before the tropical storm (must be what, 12 inches of rain ago or there about), we were starting to catch some big reds in the river. Made several trips to a favorite spot near the island and landed several just over the slot, one in the slot and one serious beauty [...]

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South Jax Beach Intracostal

Florida Sportsman member: swkowboy

Caught this 14 pound drum, a 3 to 4 pound red tonight, and baby tarpon from a few days ago. All on dead shrimp on the bottom. Not to mention a couple of bass, pinfish, and baby croakers. Fun night!

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Pesky Croakers

Florida Sportsman member: Bigchocolatelab

I noticed lots of action near us in the light so I threw the net and what do you know about a dozen croakers came up in the net. At this point I’m thinking lets ride. My buddy though states, “hey man you need to match the hatch”. So I said EF it let’s throw one of these suckers into the current. Instantly I get slammed and sink into a nice red. For about the next hour or so we sank into real nice reds and trout. All on croakers.

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Mayport Inlet Reds

Florida Sportsman member: Morocco_madness

Met up again with my new fishin buddy Arun. First thing we went over to Chicopit to catch some Finger Mullet. We had to work pretty hard for them but the work paid off and we set off for the inlet with a full live well. Reached our destination and dropped in some line. Wasn’t long before we had our first Red of the day. Arun pulls up a very nice 26.5″ red. In the box he goes. Minutes later i get my first Red of the day, a 28″ fish that got put back in the water after some revival [...]

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NB Surf Report

Florida Sportsman member: Sea-Squatch

I took my two little boys down about noon today to see what was biting. The tide had just started going out. The surf was small, and very, very clear. I used pomp rigs w/ clam on the bottom hook, and “fresh” dead shrimp on the top. I had three rods out for two hours, and only lost one bait.

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Vilano and ICW

Florida Sportsman member: pdog1966

I’m posting this because we are very proud of our son. Headed out of Vilano at around 900am with my wife, two kids, my mate BJ and one of his sons. We were armed with shrimp, mud minnows and fiddlers. Wanted to check out the ocean for cobia and sharks, but it looked too rough and dangerous. Our oldest who is 9 y.o. was disappointed. But, we decided to anchor at the jetties. After losing a few jig heads and carolina rigs in the stones, we altered our strategy and started to catch – small sea bass, large lady fish and jack. My wife and oldest son recommended keeping a lady for chunk bait so we did. Tossed a 1″ chunk on a circle hook bottom rig and went back to catching sea bass [...]

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Easter Trip

Florida Sportsman member: reelhooker

Headed out on the water around 2pm and had plans to go chase some cobia. As weather would have it, our plans were quickly altered and back to the ramp to change out gear. We hit some a couple areas that I like to fish on low tides and caught the normal reds and trout. I did however hook up with this guy who put on quite the show on light tackle.

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Sight Fishing Flounder

Florida Sportsman member: LightTackleKing

Is it fall because the flounder seem to think it is. Me and my brother went out for about 3 hrs to try some new water… As soon as we get back there bait is everywhere you look and getting busted. Drop the trolling motor down and start down the creek, Flounder were so thick they were busting and jumping out the water busting mullet. I have never had a spring run of flounder like this, it got to the point where we were sight casting flounder [...]

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Kids Count Tourney Slam!

Florida Sportsman member: LightTackleKing

Well the kids count tourney was today and my son has been waiting to fish it. Of course the wind was blowing. The goal was to just have a lot of fun and see what happens. Headed out early and hit my 1st spot to try and pick up a redfish and my son lands a decent flounder about 18″ which I was happy about to go ahead and get that out the way. Headed to catch some trout and we hammered them got a quick 17″ and wanted to try for the last puzzle which was the red [...]

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Low Tide Topwater Reds

Florida Sportsman member: Bigchocolatelab

Finally was able to get out today on this gorgeous day. The last couple of days have been crazy wind and rainy weather. Well me and 2 other buddys decided to take advantage of the pretty day and get out around 3:30. We rigged up our bait casters with bomber lures and skitterwalks and picked up some live shrimp just in case. We were going to be fishing a strong out going tide so I knew we had togo to some spots out of the river (as it can get strong out there during a heavy outgoing) [...]

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El Cheapo: The Saga Continues

Florida Sportsman member: Boattronics

I saw someone brought the “Bling bling” flounder post back up…. I didnt want to respond to an old report, but it gave me some inspiration….. I’ve been lying a little “dormant” lately. Not that I havnt been fishing, just figured (with suggestion) the report section could use a little break. Its been a double whammy lately with my main sheep herding partner becoming increasingly camera shy as we near the tourney! Quality fish have never been thrown overboard quicker than this seasons sheepshead [...]

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Monster Sheepie

Florida Sportsman member: Gaffit

Monster in my book 12lb 25inch. Sheepshead. Was caught at 1-4 bridges south of beach blvd ramp. Set up: penn 650 on a 6′ sturdy stick mono 25lb test, 1/2once weight, 200lb swivel,same 25lb test, size 2 j hook. It was a spare rod with what I could find tackle and a handful of fiddlers. My girlfriend had the rod [...]

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Trophy Sheepies

Florida Sportsman member: arunram

Me and my partner Bob went out for half a day this afternoon in his boat to hunt for some trophy sheeps in deep water. We fished 40 to 45 foot water in the river on some good looking bottom and caught some nice sheepshead. Oh boy we missed / lost some nice ones that felt every bit 10 pounds. There was a point I was about to cry when I lost 3 straight bigguns. Ended the day with 21 sheeps and 3 drum. We had a couple 8 pounders and couple 7 pounders. Moby **** is still out there! We were surprised that the sheeps could see our fiddlers that deep in faint light with all that fog all around us.[...]

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Inshore Heartbreak

Florida Sportsman member: Badfish

My buddy Eric and I spent all of 8 1/2 hours on the water and covered a lot of it fishing between Chicopit and JTB. It was a beautiful morning and the water was nice and glassy around 8am. After a slow start we found a steady bite near Wonderwood. We pulled out a lower slot red, and a decent sheepshead along with countless small croaker/trout using live shrimp and cut shrimp. Eric had both of the keepers in the cooler as the tide bottomed out, making my recent loss much harder to swallow [...]

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Getting Revenge

Recent inshore fishing reports from the Big Bend region.


Getting Revenge

Florida Sportsman member: HammerheadTed

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

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Incoming Bite

Florida Sportsman member: permit_me

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

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Fishing with Grampa

Florida Sportsman member: anglerbros 7286

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

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A Trip to Crystal River

Florida Sportsman member: badonskybuccaneers

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

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Steinhatchee Trip

Florida Sportsman member: Cole321

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

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Crystal River Slam

Florida Sportsman member:Blkmnstr

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

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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


Birds to the Bay

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



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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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

New Boat Mojo

Recent offshore fishing reports from the Northeast region of Florida.


New Boat Mojo

Florida Sportsman member: Maverick

Loaded the well with some stud pogies, milled around on the beach for a little bit to see nothing worth staying so we moved off shore. Hit it hard but never did find a brown fish. Luckily we found seven grouper, but only two were legals. And more snapper than any one person really wants to catch when you can’t keep em’.

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Northeast Dolphin Bite

Florida Sportsman member: flblue

We started with just a four line spread but quickly dropped to three, at one point we had a triple hookup. Got them all on board but it was chaotic. The kid with me at one point said “This is a story I’ll be telling my grand kids!”

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Northeast Wahoo Bite

Florida Sportsman member: arunram

I had a great time wahoo fishing with Capt. Jerry Moulton aboard his boat Another Tangle last weekend. We had four nice wahoo at 60, 50,50 and 40 pounds. We also caught a bunch of triggers, pinky, AJ and a limit of bees to go with it!

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St. Augustine Offshore

Florida Sportsman member: Chilly

This spot looked better so we dropped the hook to focus on cobia for a bit. We sent down live mullet and starting catching fish! Several big snappers came up on the first drop. We decided to use some chicken rigs to get fish moving up and down in the column. Before long, the big bait on the back got slammed and up comes a cobia with a golden ticket for the fish box.

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Northeast Mixed Bag

Florida Sportsman member: Captnathanstuart

Forum member Captnathanstuart and friends got into some fish recently, filling the cooler with a nice mixed bag of fish.

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Northeast Wahoo

Florida Sportsman member: Off the Hook

Within the first 20 minutes that ever so energizing sound of reel screaming was heard. The original plan was to troll out to the break, but we never traveled more than three miles from the spot we caught the first of what would turn out to be six wahoo.

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Northeast Bottom Fishin

Florida Sportsman member: Bigchocolatelab

Broke the jetty’s to light NE winds and pretty seas. Plan for the day was to load up on white baits and fish deep. Found all the bait we wanted at the barge and pointed her east. Arrived in 160 feet and didn’t see much on bottom. We dropped lines anyways and found bite to be sluggish at first. Finally found the fish and managed to get on an incredible drift.

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Jumbo Mangroves and More

Florida Sportsman member: sheepdawg

Well we started out pretty good on the Mangos and had 8 big ones before dark. They lit up the screen pretty good as the sun went down and then the sharks found our chum line and we had to make a run to another spot.

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Northeast Kings

Florida Sportsman member: zay

After that we decided to stop and drop the sabikis down for some live bait and filled the livewell with some nice cigar minnows then started trolling again. Not 5 minutes in we get a double with two nice kings that my brother in law and dad both caught.

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Thermocline Bite

Florida Sportsman member: Boattronics

I went out to the nearshore wrecks and found that that thermocline out there has the cobes stacked up. We fished a few different spots and crushed the cobia on all of them, going 11 for 13 before getting chased in early by a storm. Almost all of our fish came off alien jigs.

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Northeast Cobia

Florida Sportsman member: OnTop~170

Right before I climb off the tower I decide to pitch one more in and let her sink and bam another hook up. This time I set the hook I don’t know how many times and muscle the fish in. Finally I get one on the gaff and it went 39 pounds.

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Northeast Blue Marlin

Florida Sportsman member: Captjeffcrabtree

As we were talking about the conditions being too perfect for a billfish, the left flat gets hammered. As it’s dumping a 50 wide, we see a bill thrashing up top. At that point we knew we found him. Cleared the lines and 15 minutes later released a beautiful blue marlin in the 150 pound class.

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Jumbo Hoo

Florida Sportsman member: CZKid

Forum member CZKid caught this 93 pound Wahoo on his last day of the Wahoo Shoot Out.

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Northeast Wahoo

Florida Sportsman member: out of the blue

Picked a couple numbers off the temp charts and plugged them into the machine and off we went, we stayed mainly in 130 feet water 15 to 23 line. We got bit within 30 minutes of trolling and pulled the hook , for a bit I thought, bad sign then Michael got on his first northeast florida hoo, it got interesting because we missed 3 bites in a row. We just couldn’t figure out how they don’t get hooked at 15 knots with 2 mustad 10/0 hooks, then luck changed and we got the next 3 fish and headed for home.

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Crazy Cobia Action

Florida Sportsman member: Boattronics

Arriving at the spot, my eyes bulged as the new Lowrance marked the bottom, there was no doubt in my mind what I was looking at. I deployed the Ipilot, and within only a couple minutes, I was bent over the gunnel with a good fish! The next hour and a half of fishing was absolute mayhem! In less than two hours, I boated 10 cobia!

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Long Runs and A Lot of Fish

Florida Sportsman member: AUcary

As it approached the boat it looked like a huge blackfin 30 feet back, that’s when we saw the stripes! Wahoo! Chris put a nice gaff job on the fish and we had our first hoo of 2015 in the boat! Time for a beer!

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Northeast Bottom Fishing

Florida Sportsman member: minnowsnmonsters

Our first stop was in 62 feet of water, about 6 miles from the jetties, and we found a ton of snapper from little chickens up to 22 to 23 inch fish, a few decent bass but mostly just legals and shorts. Fortunately we found 2 keeper grouper with one being 24 1/8 inches and the other around 27-29 inches.

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Fishing with New Friends

Florida Sportsman member: model14

We next moved and found a goldmine of fish. Catch included many black seabass, numerous ringtail porgy, a big bull red, and a nice red snapper. I was really glad to see the boys get on some fish. Bait was squid, sardines, grunt and boston mackerel.

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Northeast Bottom Bite

Florida Sportsman member: minnowsnmonsters

We caught a few more just short grouper on that spot along with 12 to 15 snapper and a few bass before we decided it was time to move. Bait of choice all day was boston mackerel, the small livies were being inhaled by sea bass and snapper immediately upon hitting the bottom.

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Weekend Wahoo

Florida Sportsman member: out of the blue

The short flat starts to sing around 11am and we got our first high speed trolling hoo in the boat! Put lines back in water and then got a nice fish at 57.5 pounds.

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Northeast Offshore

Florida Sportsman member: benchmark

We fished only big hooks and tried to avoid them. No luck, caught them on everything we put down and released them all. Luke caught his personal best trigger, he was very happy young man. We also caught scamp, gags, and lots of red snappers.

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Breaking in the New Boat

Florida Sportsman member: Lug Man

We drifted the spot and put about 2 dozen baits in the live well anyway. My buddy decided he didn’t want to run another 15 miles in the slop so we just hung around 9 mile and drifted baits. We caught mostly sharks and red snapper which were released to swim free.

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Northeast Offshore

Florida Sportsman member: Richardrbloom

I gave the fish another 30 yards or so then threw it into strike and held on. Then the shotgun rod goes off and my buddy Austin grabs it. We had a double hookup for about a minute until mine came off again. We fought his fish to the boat and after only a few minutes of fighting it I sunk the gaff into it.

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Running Deep in the Bay Boat

Florida Sportsman member: Bigchocolatelab

Decided to make a move and pressed on eastward. Next spot, dropped squid on chicken rigs and livies and got into em. Found good football size bees, triggers, pinkys, and other fish.

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Cobia Chaos

Florida Sportsman member: Pangaman

The small cobia raced to the jig and grunts before I could get a bait in front of the big one. I caught and released 3 more cobia on the jig and pitch rod before I was able to get a bait in front of the big one. I had used all the grunts in the livewell and the only thing remaining was a half dozen small spanish sardines.

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Venice Bottom Fishing

Florida Sportsman member: Blind Squirrell

We fished sardines, squid, cut-bait and live pinfish on the bottom in 100″-110″ of water. We boxed our limit of red grouper, mixed in with big mangroves, some flag yellowtail, a few scamp, porgies, and lane snapper.

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Topwater Tuna Time

Florida Sportsman member: Snaphappy

When we arrived we were the first boat on the scene and there were fish busting everywhere! We started casting poppers and it was game on immediately. For the next two and half hours it was wide open. We boated 10 fish on poppers and 6 on live bait.

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Ending on a Good Note

Florida Sportsman member: bgood

We then headed off 35 miles to our first stop, the bites started off a little slow but it picked up and we caught our limit of snapper. 3 of them measuring out to 30 inches plus, we threw back quite a few 18 inch ones also.

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St. Augustine Bottom Fishing

Florida Sportsman member: DoradoDreamin

We finally changed to some chicken rigs and smaller hooks and the triggers, beeliners and porgies started coming over the gunnel. A bait would not last on the bottom for even 5 seconds before a fish would be biting.

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Birthday Snapper

Florida Sportsman member: Uncle_Mike

After the long run out we dropped the first bait to the bottom and had a 25 pound snapper in the boat within the first 5 minutes. After that it was non stop action for the next 2 hours. Had to pull up and leave early due to a storm moving in.

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Northeast Bottom Bumping

Florida Sportsman member: Mirage-GNV

Baited up at a wreck then went out to 21 fathoms in somewhat snotty 2 to 3 foot seas with a little rain mixed in to boot. The vermillion bite was easy, the ARS’s were reasonably plentiful along with the lesser AJs, but the sharks were thick on the ledges and live bottom.

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Mahi and More in the Northeast

Florida Sportsman member: arunram

“We could have stayed north and killed them but we just wanted to see what’s happening south. We released some small ones and kept 12 big mahi with the biggest around 40 pounds. Then we bottom fished for a very little time and caught…”

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Bam Bam Mahi

Florida Sportsman member: Bam Bam

We had fish on within a couple minutes. The fish were chewing and we put 23 mahi in the box with including a few studs. Had one small sailfish and saw a big blue marlin go through a school of peanut dolphin and come out of the water with one in his mouth about 20 yards from the side of the boat.

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Northeast Mahi Madness

Florida Sportsman member: no peekin

We caught fish on plastics and skirted ballyhoo.Ended up keeping 20 fish and released some others.All were nice fish with 5 going over 30 pounds and the big fish hit the planer and was 36.8 pounds.

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Making it Happen in the Slop

Florida Sportsman member: T-Daddy

220 feet seemed to be the trick and we boated seven or eight Mahi, mostly from 15 to 20 pounds, but one at 36 pounds. We knocked more than one off boat side in the rough water and teetering gaff. One Wahoo hit on the plainer coming in at 26 pounds. We had a Sailfish in the spread as well but he picked on one of the only two rigs without a Ballyhoo and didn’t hook up.

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Getting Fishy out of State

Florida Sportsman member: ledslinger29

Hit the ledge to find a slow but steady bite on the troll, with 15 fish in the box we rode in to dive some numbers and see what we could do. Slippers were all over the place, and got a personal best 13 pound spiny. Also shot a 14 pound hog and a 25 pound gag, and had an overall good day.

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Crushing the Cobes

Florida Sportsman member: Boattronics

Next trip, Luis headed south with me again, and this time Jason the duck slayer got invited. Fresh off of grounding restrictions from telling a fish “secret” lol, he was eager to redeem himself to the rest of the crew, which he did get to do that day!

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Bringing Home Some Trophies

Florida Sportsman member: capcioffi

Time goes on and we spot a huge rip with weeds all over it in 800 feet. We go down one side (inside) and it is not producing. Cut across the weed/rip line and the water jumps 3 degrees. In come some of the marlin lures and out goes the meat. Within 5 minutes we get hit!

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Wrecking the Wahoo in the Northeast

Florida Sportsman member: 15whaler

“When we have a wahoo strike, its like a car accident. We are traveling at 13 to 20 knots, the fish is a torpedo, traveling at 30 to 40. Its a very violent collision.” Englert continued “We don’t throttle down, though. When we get a fish to the boat, I want you to grab the shock leader and secure the trolling weight. Walk everything to the front of the bow. That’s your job, understand?”

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Beating the Bottom, Northeast Style

Florida Sportsman member: JSiler21

We had a couple cool surprises also. My dad reeled up a grunt on a chicken rig and decided to just open the bail and send it right back down the way it was. Within 30 seconds his rod doubles over and the line starts screaming off the penn battle 6000. I decided clear a line we had on the bottom with another live grunt on it and when it came tight, my rod also doubled over. The penn senator 4/0 cranked in the fish in no time and to my surprise was my first bull red!

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Bottom Bite in the Northeast

Florida Sportsman member: redpro

Bite wasn’t on fire but we managed a good meat trip. Passed a nice rip around 130 feet that made us wish we were trolling. Caught our limit of beeliners to 4 pounds and some nice triggers, one almost hitting 8 pounds!

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Bottom Fishing from the Bay Boat

Florida Sportsman member: Bigchocolatelab

Bite has been frequent and consistent. Went out last few days with some friends in the Coastal Bay and found them in 80-110 feet. Got into a mix of nice BSB, triggers, B-liners, ARS, and a nice 15 pound gag! Couldn’t find the cobia everyone’s been posting on the forum about.

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Awesome Day On And In The Water

Florida Sportsman member: renovator

In between dives we fished and loaded up with some nice fish, threw back a few red snapper, and got a scamp at the end of the day. 4 lobster made the trip back to the dock as well. Found some new bottom numbers to boot.

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Teaching Them Young

Florida Sportsman member: capcioffi

I took my 5-year-old Cohen out Saturday before the weather front to snag some fish. In the morning it was gamey with some big rollers and side chop, but little man was game and put his fishing face on. It took me 30 years to get my first red snapper on a spinner and found a school of fish 16 miles out to put him on his first at age of 5. We caught over 70 red snapper, 14 vermillion snapper, 10 triggerfish, 6 small sharks, 1 sheepshead (Brother snagged him sniffing the bait), and 1 sea bass [...]

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Nearshore King for the Smoker

Florida Sportsman member: creekgeek

The fish headed due east but we caught up pretty quickly and stayed on top of her as there were a lot of other boats in that area. I have not caught a lot of big kings so, when I first saw it down in the clear water, I was more than a little excited at it’s size. Plus, I’m a fisherman and you all know that adds at least 25-50% to the size of any good fish! One good circle or three and Bob put the gaff in her and we had our first beach king. Awesome. I know a lot of you have been catching 30 pounders this summer and I really had no doubt that we had one but those must be some huge fish because I thought this was a whopper and it only weighed…25 pounds.

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Elton Bottom Fishing

Florida Sportsman member: Phinatical

Cleared the inlet around 6:25 Saturday with a crew of 4 plus my recon man (diver) Pat. Hunted pogies with little to show from one throw, they were just scattered everywhere but never balled up anywhere, so we pointed her east for the 50mi ride to Elton. Stopped short at TW to look around and then kept heading east. Pulled up on the first spot and on the first drift starting pulling up monsterous seabass. Most were easy 16 inches and fat if not more. We also got a couple fat beeliners off this spot and released some pig red snapper. We moved a little and then a little more and found some more nice bottom and dropped on it, pulling up an african pompano, two red porgies, a very nice mango, and then the cobia showed up under the boat along with some amberjack.

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Southeast Hole Sails

Florida Sportsman member: Triple A

Went to the rip and it was rough, turned south and pounded our way to the southeast hole to get a few kings for the smoker. Put the baits out in around 55-60 feet of water. Not ten minutes went buy we had our first hit. It took off like a smoker king would then it jumped. Dad called a cuda but I saw a sail and bill. Fought the fish for good while got him in the boat for a picture and then back in the water. He revived quickly and swam off. Looked back
towards land and saw nothing but dark skies the wind pick up but we stuck it out. After the storm skirted us we continued fishing with nothing but sharks, with our baits dying and looking pathetic we put out our final spread and were calling it quits at 1:30. Around 1:15 we saw a sail free jumping south east off the bow we turned towards him and did not see him, 5 minutes later we have another sail on the same rod, reel, and rig we caught the first sail on, after another good fight the fish was quickly revived and swam off.

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Bottom Bumpin’

Florida Sportsman member: Bigchocolatelab

Arrived at spot and seas built a little but not too bad. SW wind mixed with the SE swell to create a confused layout, but it was definitely fishable! We decided to drift fish with live bait and found action right away.

First fish up to bat was an assortment of seabass and beeliners. After that 2 of us stuck into a doubleheader of decent fish. First fish at the boat was a big Red snapper…and back he goes. Next fish was a nice Cobia! After a gaff malfunction we finally got him in and cracked open a few beers. Only 30 minutes in and the day started off right!

We drifted passed the spot and reset. This time we threw two flat lines out with big live pogies and started to bottom bump again. The drift produced again only this time Big amberjacks and red snappers showed themselves. As were drifting, both flat lines go off[...]

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Mayport Wahoo & Dolphin

Florida Sportsman member: mikelavine

Headed out of Mayport around 6:30 and stopped at 30 miles due to a lack of time today. Fishing in 100 feet of water, we got on a few cudas right away. After about a hour, we landed a 20 pound king with a curious cobia following that we couldn’t get to eat the bait. He finally swam off and got the lines back out. Within 10 minutes had a hit and pulled in a 10 pound dolphin. At 10am we had a hit on the ballyhoo and by the time the rod was off the outrigger, the reel was smoking and came close to being spooled on a freight train of a run. Got the lines up and had a 15 minute fight without even seeing the fish. The fish decided to take off again and then snap…my rod broke in two below the third eyelet. Great. We carefully kept fighting and 5 minutes later my buddy yells, “Thats a big wahoo!” Got him next to the boat, gaffed, and in the boat he came!

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Busy Day at the Ledge

Florida Sportsman member: arunram

That was my second offshore trip and I felt like I was in a dream. That water was cobalt blue!! I would never forget this trip in my life. The mahi mahi jumping and tail walking in the air was a beautiful sight to see. We also saw a 15 foot hammerhead shark cruise by us that scared the living daylights out of me. Boy, pulling those groupers up is like pulling a baby elephant from 120 foot water. These offshore monsters definitely whooped me! Thanks very much to Jimmy, Jerry and his crew for having me aboard the “Another Tangle”. It was a dream come true!

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Trippin’ Out on Tripletail

Florida Sportsman member: Morocco_madness

Me and Steve AKA Pilingjunkie, hit the water around 8:00am for a day in the Inlet. Got out there and there was nothing happening. Got a pile of Whiting but the desirable species were just not there. First time in a while that the Inlet was a wash. Around 1ish i get a call from Tony(Boattronics). Turns out he had some luck finding the Triple Tails. He gave us a few pointers on how to catch them and donated a dozen or so live Shrimp. Hadn’t really intended on making the trip up the coast but we really needed to reclaim our dignity after the butt kicking we took in the Inlet. We took off toward Nassau following the coast at around 40-50 feet. We found some decent fish free swimming. Managed to get Steve his first TT and man, what a killer experience!! those things go all over the place! They jump and pull like crazy. Now of course im all kinds of pumped and want me one of these bad boys!

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Mayport “Jurassic Drum”

Florida Sportsman member: Morocco_madness

Hit the water with another of our fellow forum members, Trevor, AKA, Shadowcast777. Stevo(Pilingjunky) hooked me up with around 2.5 dozen live Blue Crabs 2 days ago and decided to put them bad boys to use. We originally were planning on doing something different but nobody had live Shrimp. Once we got out to the Inlet, we set up shop on the South rocks. Set up a good spread of rods and kicked back. Wasn’t but maybe ten minutes before the first rod goes stripping. Had Trevor take care of it. 15 minutes pass and hes got a stud Bull Red in the boat. We set back up and it isn’t long before we have another Bull in the boat. Both fish were right at 40″. The bite died down so we dragged up and hit another area[...]

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Playin’ the Drums

Florida Sportsman member: samsiam74

After looking high and low for some Blue Crabs, we headed out… The weather man’s report last night said 10-12 NW winds and sunny. Nice by the standards that Steve and I encountered over the last couple of days! Well, the weather man got the sunny part right but it was frigid this morning and the wind was a good 18-20 steady out of the north until about noon. Water was choppy as could be but we crept out to a spot that looked doable and anchored up.

Lines go out and not ten minutes later Sing is doing the tango in the back of the boat as he wrestles his PB Drum up to the surface.. A guess would be around 35 pounds… What a nice way to start the day! We send that big fish back down and lines go back out… A half hour goes by and one of his rigs starts doubling over again!

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Mayport Inlet Reds

Florida Sportsman member: Morocco_madness

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Me and my buddy Tim went out today for a few hours of sheepshead fishing. Got to our target area at the Little Jetty rocks. Didn’t want to rough the Inlet due to the weatherman’s prediction of high winds and 3-5 foot seas. We wasted an hour or so at the Little Jetties and managed nothing other than a keeper Sea Bass. Seemed pretty calm out so i decided to check the Inlet just in case the weather prediction was off. Glad i checked. Dead calm, no wind and less than 1 foot seas. What a joke. Anyways, the sheepshead bite was very slow in the inlet today. Didn’t see anyone catching. decided to use up the dozen Large Blue Crabs i brought as a back up. Got a few bull reds and lost something very large.[...]

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Slaying the Porgies

Florida Sportsman member: Morocco_madness

I really enjoyed fishing for Sheepshead using a jighead. Took a second to get used to it but was a lot of fun. The Bite at our first spot turned off so we headed over to the Southern rocks. Once we got situated it wasn’t long before we get a few Decent Sheep in the boat. A short while later Leon brings up this giant Ring Tail! Neither of us have ever seen one this large. Next thing i know we are catching them left and right! Long story short, we end up boating about 40 of these things. Wasn’t long before the water clarity went to crap and we called it a day. An absolute blast![...]

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St. Augustine Bottom Fishing

Florida Sportsman member: blue bird

Made the run out in great conditions Sunday morning. The bottom bite was good with all the endangered species making a great showing!!

We kept some nice triggers and a nosy cobia. Strangely enough, we didn’t get a grouper bite. We did see some blackfins feeding around 27 miles out. They were traveling at warp speed, so we didn’t even try to put out a spread. it got pretty snotty later in the morning, laid down mid-day for a decent ride back in until the 15 mile mark. At that point the following East wind turned into some kind of Northwest / South combination wind that slowed us down a bit on the end of the ride[...]

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Offshore Jax Bottom Fishing

Florida Sportsman member: boattronics

We headed out to about 110′ before dropping. Action was very good, flat seas and minimal wind and current certainly helped. Good clean water too. We started filling the box with the tastiest demersals the bottom can offer, and as we worked deeper, the action continued to get better as we power drifted drops out to 145′[...]

We caught huge triggers, gorgeous mutton snapper, grouper and cobia for the box. A couple sharks, some amberjack, etc. And as always, we sifted through endless red snappers, huge vermillions and seabass that were unfortunately released.

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Northeast Sword Report

Florida Sportsman member: knot tight

We went 3/3 on swords with 1 being released and two being taken. We high speed trolled in the evening with only a barracuda to show for it. We threw out ballyhoo in 400 feet in the morning and pulled the hooks on a nice wahoo and released another barracuda. We had a great trip with a awesome crew despite being surrounded by storms more than half of the trip. Thanks to Adrian, Casey, and Ryan for being an awesome crew in less than ideal conditions.

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Sunday Snapper Day

Florida Sportsman member: renovator

Left the dock with crew of Chris, Troutdiggler and his dad Mark, Mularkey, and myself just before sunlight for the last day and the only day this crew was able to get in for this “mini snapper season”, puleeeezze! Baited up at BB, fished 110 feet water and caught fish most of the day. Had to move around a bit to get our limit, and along with some B’s, trigs, one gag, and plenty of throw back keeper seabass. Anyhow, hope a lot of folks were able to get out and enjoy the bite when you could find them.

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Birthday Fishing in St. Augustine

Florida Sportsman member: jacqueo

First of all…let me thank everyone on the forum for ALL of their awesome advice. About a month ago I posted on here questioning about St. Auggie fishing – AND the dreaded inlet. Growing up in South Florida the inlets are INSANE – narrow, and zig-zaggy (Boynton Beach Inlet to be specific). I hadn’t taken our new boat offshore since getting it about 4 months ago [...]

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“Guana Bite” Swordfish Report

Florida Sportsman member: beaubaker

Had a great time Saturday night/Sunday morning on the “Guana Bite”. Thanks to Captain Kevin and first mate Darryl for having me and Brian along to try our luck at the swordfish grounds. We dropped baits in the water way south and setup drift for a long, long, sleepless night. Around midnight we had a good bite on the short/deep rod but couldn’t manage to hook that fish up. We dozed and listened to satellite radio until sunrise when the short/deep drag sounds again [...]

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Beautiful Northeast Mangrove Snapper

Florida Sportsman member: Pangaman

Started the day at 20 miles catching bait. No white bait whatsoever, just grunts. We loaded up with 20 or so grunts and caught 3 barracudas and a bonito at the bait spot. We headed east and put out a bonito lure since we could only make 13 knots do to the swells being close together. We caught one nice bonito on the way to our first spot [...]

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Cobia Addiction

Florida Sportsman member: meglacharchodon

The first cobia hit a flat line on the Baitrunner, he put up a nice fight but pulled the hook ten feet from the boat. The next one hit a pogie on the bottom, he came to the surface and made a spectacular jump right before he ran circles around the anchor rope [...]

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The Ledge Report

Florida Sportsman member: knot tight

We had planned on fishing the Northeast Florida Marlin Association’s Dolphin Tourney but they cancelled it on Thursday due to a 3-5 forecast. We decided to make the run still and were pleasantly surprised. We started on a weedline in 120 and picked up a dolphin and a wahoo quickly. Fished it for a while but only had a few small bites so we headed east. We picked up a blackfin on the way east in about 150 feet. Had a nice fish light up the planer rod and pulled the hooks after about 3 minutes on the rod [...]

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Church Fishing Tournament

Florida Sportsman member: KINIB

So I had been thinking for a while now of ways to give back to my church and have fun at the same time. I am blessed to know a lot of great guys in this fishing community we have here and came up with the idea to try and hold a church fishing tournament. My thought was to try and get three captains to take four anglers a piece fishing for the day and with this also raise money for various charities the church participates in [...]

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STUD Phins!

Florida Sportsman member: CEE-STUD

It was one thing after another that has kept the CEE-STUD off the water for this dolphin season. Finally we had a weather window and nothing was stopping us this past Thursday. Sticking to our normal schedule, we were crossing the ledge at around 7 a.m. The water was green inshore at this time. We continued east until we found cobalt blue water in 1100 feet. There we picked up of a bunch of large patches of weed and scattered weed. We decided to start here [...]

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Hotspur Fishing Report

Florida Sportsman member: benchmark

Got talked into another last minute trip with noaa forecast at 3 to 5 feet Friday. Took Chuck and Officer Rob from AZ off to find the mahi bite. Really need to get back to work and see if we are still in business. Fish have been chewing with the barometer bouncing up and down. Had 10 fish in the first 1 hour of fishing and ended up with 25 for the day. Released numerous schoolies to grow bigger.

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Cobia Madness

Florida Sportsman member: Maverick

Dad had a buddy from work come into town this weekend and wanted to get on the cobia. Went out Saturday (5/5) to some pretty calm seas and high hopes. Worked it all day to only find 2 fish with lockjaw. Quite discouraging. Got up today (5/6) and figured we would head to Nassau Sound to see if we could get anything going…NADA. Went back to our original strategy and we found em’ [...]

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Mayport Cobia Trip

Florida Sportsman member: ledslinger29

Not a bad looking box, and that's not the half of it.

It’s cobia and flounder season, for sure, though you wouldn’t always know it from checking the surface of the seas.

Go a little deeper, as FS member ledslinger29 did, and you’ll see the fish. He posted a brief but pointed report about his trip off Maport on the FS Forum.

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The Fish Whistle

Florida Sportsman member: Fish Whistle

It’s been awhile since a grind had to sharpen some senses. Left Mayport around 5 a.m. Saturday to nice flat seas and picked up bait. Headed offshore for some Moppin N’ Boxin. Our target species was the “mysterious” mutton. LOL! Fished the 30 30 – 30 05 We picked at them slowly the whole trip had 20 i believe. Seemed to be biting better in the day in 140ft. They are slowing down if you like them better get em’, had two nice mangos and a yellowtail, triggers we scattered along the break and plenty of pinkies to raid you bait! Jacks are biting extremely well! [...]

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Recent Cobia Action!

Florida Sportsman member: Boattronics

Lately there have been quite a few inquiries about the cobia bite, so here ya go! Last year I met a customer that was obviously into cobia fishing. Every conversation we had, instantly gravitated towards that specail fish that we both love so much. A friendship was forged and we went cobia fishing, and had a great time. He called me again a couple weeks ago to do some more work, and once again we were talking about cobia [...]

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Florida Sportsman member: Pullin’ Out

Left the inlet early wednesday morning to a black rough sea. took our time getting out, so we didnt beat the boat or ourselves to death. made it to 150′ @ 67 deg, put in the high speed lures and continued east. made it to 250′, saw a nice rip, cross it to find 70 deg water temp and turn south to troll down the rip. within 5 minutes we had a small dolphin on, put him in the cooler. reset the high speed and another dolphin is [...]

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Wahoo on Sabbatical

Florida Sportsman member: bigfishliar

Jonathan took the crew thru not so calm ocean yesterday to hunt for wahoo. Not that bad on 45 ft boat.We high speed trolled, than switched to ballyhoo, fishing was slow. First bite around noon, got couple mahis, than later on wahoo on planer /lost by boat/. Switched back to high speed and got double hook up. The bigger fish took around 300 yards of line. Great day and fun with friends on the ocean. Sorry Jonathan for not using that overused EPIC word [...]

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Fish Whistle Family Matter

Florida Sportsman member: Fish Whistle

Quick report from the phone left St. Aug LATE around 9 picked up some live bait and headed east started on the break trolled to the 29 58 with nothing headed deeper picked up one in 350 with nothing else to show for out there. So we came back to the break and trolled to the 30 08. Picked up lines as it was dark lol! Switched gears headed north for the mutton bite so as we got there it was on but I had to rig all the rods as I was the only dude there! [...]

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2 for 2 Wahoo!

Florida Sportsman Member: Off the Wall 31

Fished Friday on the ledge east of St Aug. Had two strikes all day fast trolling, one at 10am and one at 2pm. Both at the south end 29-54 on the shallow side. First was in the mid 30′s and the second 20′s [...]

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Hallandale Phin

>Recent fishing reports from “No Motor Zone” anglers from all regions around the state.


Hallandale Phin

Florida Sportsman member: Dude-On-A-Kayak

At around 7:30AM I hooked up with a nice bull dolphin or “mahi”. It ate the first ballyhoo I tossed out in 105′ of water. I think that is the shallowest I have ever caught a dolphin. During the battle I buried a treble hook in my leg (like all the way in) and lost my sabiki rod. It was another expensive trip, but it was fun.

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All Day AJ’s

Florida Sportsman member: John McKroid

At one point, I casted out and within 20 seconds of my jig hitting the water, I was bent over on a fish. The fish was peeling line off the reel towards the wreck, so I put some heavy pressure on him and he pulled off. I began reeling in, and another fish smashed the jig, and again pulled off under heavy pressure. When I reeled up the jig, it was bent up with a straightened out hook.

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Heavy Wind, Epic Bite

Florida Sportsman member: Rkotinsky

She surfaces and I see a massive head and huge dorsal fins as she circles my kayak. I loosen the drag so as not to lose the fish to a warn leader. She runs again and jumps fully out of the water, which is not very common for a snook this size.

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Catching Across the Stream

Florida Sportsman member: Cannible

Forum member Cannible shared some photos from his trip to the Bahamas, while fishing the Battle in the Bahamas kayak tournament.

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Boynton Phin

Florida Sportsman member: Produkt

As I was paddling back closer to the beach I picked up this mahi in about 150 feet. I headed back to the beach just as Brian’s client hooked up to a sailfish. Solid day.

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Trying Something New

Florida Sportsman member: anglerbros 7286

When I bought my kayak the original plan was to explore new areas and access waters I normally wouldn’t be able to reach. Instead I keep going back to what I’m familiar with and it seems I may never leave. I decided to launch over by Pete’s Pier since it’s so close to everything. I tried something new this time and brought a cast net along with me and caught some really nice 2 to 4 inch white baitfish.

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A Fresh Change

Florida Sportsman member: SpaceCoast Slayer

My first few trips were pretty productive but the fish really left a lot to be desired in the size department. Went out this afternoon and finally put a couple halfway decent ones on deck plus way too many dinks to count.

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Catching off of Boynton

Florida Sportsman member: Pottymouth

We decided to head in shallower, nada. Boat chatter on the radio was the same, nada! Was just about to head out deep when the clients rod got tight, king on. The greedy king ate a runner and a jimyjig so he wasn’t going anywhere.

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Dinner and a Show

Florida Sportsman member: John McKroid

Since the current was dead, and a fellow kayaker reported some action, I decided to head out to 500 feet to try for tilefish. I had a fair number of bites on nearly every drop, but only managed to catch four.

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Boynton Bite

Florida Sportsman member: John McKroid

Landed one nice almaco in 460 feet, hooked right on the bottom. Continued to drift north while dragging a flat line bait and vertical jigging inwards from 480 to 180 feet. Metered some fish on the wreck just north of the inlet, but luck was not with me, I missed a fish on bait and got bit off on the jig the first pass.

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Mosquito Madness

Florida Sportsman member: SpaceCoast Slayer

Around 11, the wind dropped out and the sun came out nice and bright. This was the catalyst as the fish began popping up everywhere. We were on at least 10 separate pods of reds at one time with monster trout mixed in.

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Changing Tactics, Catching Fish

Florida Sportsman member: Anna

The tide was high when we got into the creek, so we tried our luck working some mud-flats and grass lines with various presentations, but only taker was a rat red. After a couple of hours I could tell that my friend was getting a little frustrated, so it was time to switch gears.

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First Time Fishing the Lagoon

Florida Sportsman member: kingkong954

Nia and I decided to take advantage of the long weekend and kayak the ‘pole and troll’ zones of the Mosquito Lagoon. It was was our first time there, which means I had zero expectations of catching any fish

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First Time Fishing the Lagoon

Florida Sportsman member: kingkong954

Nia and I decided to take advantage of the long weekend and kayak the ‘pole and troll’ zones of the Mosquito Lagoon. It was was our first time there, which means I had zero expectations of catching any fish

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Lauderdale Action

Florida Sportsman member: John McKroid

First good strike in 500 feet of water broke off the braid line, must have been a bad spot in the line. I re-tied and landed a nice blackfin tuna on my very next drop.

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Paddling Sebastian

Florida Sportsman member: palmbeachpete

Forum member palmbeachpete posted an awesome video of some nice trout and redfish he caught via paddleboard. Pete says “January is a great time to paddle the mangroves and hunt redfish. The water is clearing up around Sebastian and the fishing is good.”

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Wintertime Kayak Fishing

Florida Sportsman member: harrisa2006

I battled her close quarters and managed to prevail. Feeling good, my casting accuracy got better and made some stellar casts between boats and pilings. I managed to pull out more snook 26 inch, 24 and a 22 incher. I also got a surprise redfish to boot.

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Pompano Beach Jigging

Florida Sportsman member: John Mckroid

The current was light and variable making it easy to stay on top of the marks. A Lot of the marks were small little tunny(bonito) and large blue runners, but occasionally an almaco jack, blackfin tuna or something else would hit the jig.

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Dania Beach Mahi and Tuna

Florida Sportsman member: kayakfrank

The bite picked up for me between 3:30pm and 5:00 pm. I managed to pick up an almaco, bonito, another tuna and a nice mahi. The mahi hit a live goggle eye in 250 feet of water. I put the smallest circle hook I had available and downsized the leader size for visibility, it worked out this time.

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Catching with Junior

Florida Sportsman member: SpaceCoast Slayer

We lost a monster drum as well, 40-50 pounder. I had the net in my hand but he made a big surge as he broke the surface and pulled the hook..at least we got to see him! Had a great time out there just relaxing and watching the manatees and dolphins..even heard the drum drumming down there as we were fishing.

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Offshore Action

Florida Sportsman member: meckert

We were actually able to get offshore one day last week and fishing was great. Between Eric and I we got 3 kings (one being 30lbs) a sail and a nice mahi. All fish hit small blue runners in roughly 150 to 200 feet of water.

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First Red

Florida Sportsman member: SpaceCoast Slayer

The kids are out of school on christmas break so I figured I would get my boy out on the water in the yaks. He’s still a little too young to be interested in hardcore plastic slinging type fishing so I just brought him out to where I knew there were a couple reds and we laid out a couple chunks and relaxed while taking in the scenery.

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Topwater Snookin’

Florida Sportsman member: kwanza98

Forum member kwanza98 put together a cool short video of a big snook destroying a topwater. Nice work!

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Hot Action before the Cold

Florida Sportsman member: Spacecoast Slayer

After half an hour of paddling I see a nice group of backs breaking the surface. Threw a chartreuse Mr. Wiffelure past them and whizzed it by and it got thumped. Assumed it was going to be a red but to my surprise it was a drum.

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From Dawn till Dusk

Florida Sportsman member: John McKroid

In 185 feet of water while approaching an area of feeding birds, the runner rod bent over. A mahi was jumping on the end of the line, and before I could get him landed the other reel started screaming.

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Great Day of Fishing

Florida Sportsman member: harrisa2006

Not 20 minutes later I am working a nice choke point and I get crushed again! This time this fish knew instantly something wasn’t right, and ran straight towards the mangroves went way back in there.

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West Palm Offshore

Florida Sportsman member: Pottymouth

We got a late start so we purchased bait instead of catching some. Made it out to the grounds tossed out a livie and began jigging. Soon after I hear flip yell out “mahi heading to your gog.”

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Dolphin on the Jig

Florida Sportsman member: meckert

Mine hit a Victory Lures Pink Dart Jig and Adam tossed his gog bug and another Mahi that was swimming by.

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Dania Wahoo

Florida Sportsman member: kayakfrank

I was trolling a Yozuri Crystal Minnow and a blue runner. Just as soon as I reached 60 ft, the Yozuri got smacked. The fish made some hard runs before tiring down a bit, just enough to let me glimpse at the biggest kingfish I had seen next to my kayak.

Read more: http://forums.floridasportsman.com/showthread.php?206791-Wahoo-Caught-At-Dania-Beach-11-2-2015#ixzz3qdB1IjY5

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Starting November Right

Florida Sportsman member: jcanracer

We were thinking of calling it a day by 11am, but out of nowhere my last, near-dead, goggle eye got smacked and I was onto mahi number two. As with before, the fish did not want to come into the kayak. This time the mahi, after being landed, made a heroic leap back into the water!

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Pompano Mixed Bag

Florida Sportsman member: John McKroid

After filling up with runners, I started fishing at 7:30am and there was no current, rain, but thankfully a little wind and frequent schools of baby bonitas breaking the water feeding. Fish bit good on runners for about two and a half hours.

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Jiggin’ em Offshore

Florida Sportsman member: Whelan

Launched with Paul from Boyton this morning. Caught all of my fish on a JimyJig Japo in the color punk pink.

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Boynton Drift

Florida Sportsman member: Produkt

I hit the water at six to mullet all over the surf with runners, ladyfish and bluefish chasing them. Mullet were jumping into my kayak and I was even able to scoop some out of the water by hand. Got out and put a live runner on a rip in 130 feet and quickly got hit by a king.

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Banana River Action

Florida Sportsman member: AceDawg

Black drum were also scattered in small schools in about two feet of water, just barely breaking the surface with their tails. The total for the day ended with 17 reds, 2 trout, 1 tarpon, and 2 black drum.

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Pompano Offshore

Florida Sportsman member: jcanracer

We decide to pitch some lures that way to play with them for a while but they just wouldn’t hit anything bigger than the white fry they were apparently chasing. As we were giving up on this area I see a mahi jump behind and to my left, then I see it jump again, and I look at my rod as it then bends over and starts to go off!

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Bulls from the Kayak

Florida Sportsman member: SpaceCoast Slayer

We poled around in the murk for three hours without seeing a single fish. I finally ran into one, almost literally but with the extreme murkiness it didn’t see me. I flipped my Pearl White MrWiffelure three feet beyond the fish and proceeded to rip it back to me and he crushed five feet from the boat.

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Boynton Tunas

Florida Sportsman member: Produkt

A few guys got some kings early in the morning but the live bait drift was mostly slow despite bait balls everywhere. I went out a little deeper to 315-325 feet and found some tuna. Caught a few and headed in to make it to work by noon.

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Doubled up

Florida Sportsman member: meckert

Forum member meckert put together a video of some nice sails caught via kayak. Nice work!

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Personal Best

Florida Sportsman member: TideUp

The water came on up and my go to spot was looking right so moved over there and bam caught a nice spotted red really quick. While dehooking him, I heard a monster slam around the bend so I grabbed the spook jr. And waded around the corner for a cast.

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Pompano Mixed Bag

Florida Sportsman member: John McKroid

Small Almacos bit well on the vertical jigs, one drop caught two jacks on one jig. Total catch for the day included 10 Almacos, two cudas, a bonita and a yellowtail snapper taken in 200 feet of water on the vertical jig.

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Boynton Bull

Florida Sportsman member: meckert

Forum member meckert shared a recent video he put together. He caught two nice dolphin off of Boynton and Lake Worth, on a speed jig and a blue runner. Nice work!

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Tampa Bay Tailers

Florida Sportsman member: rkotinsky

I looked at the tide tables and found some good low tides occurring after working hours. Launched two hours before low tide and worked my way out to the flats. Saw dozens of mullet schools along the way none of which contained any red fish.

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Flamingo Reds

Florida Sportsman member: Produkt

Today went much better. Finally got my first Florida redfish and my first redfish from the kayak. I caught two redfish, one mangrove snapper and two jack crevelle, my buddy caught one juvenile tarpon, six redfish, and a handful of mangrove snapper.

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Paddling the Banana River

Florida Sportsman member: AceDawg

The bite is solid from 6am till about 830. It slows down but is still possible to catch fish. One of the last reds I caught was right along the shoreline as I was heading back in around 1130. I saw a splash out of the corner of my eye and it looked like he was doing backflips in the water.

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Flood Tide Via Paddleboard

Florida Sportsman member: Jettyrat3200

Forum member Jettyrat3200 recently got on some nice reds from the paddleboard. Fishing the flood tides, flies were the ticket to getting the bite.

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Mill Cove Kayaking

Florida Sportsman member: jacqueo

I must have hit the red on the head as I threw it because within seconds my line was screaming. 20 inch red into the cooler! Yes!

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Big Girl from the Groves

Florida Sportsman member: harrisa2006

I positioned my yak to make a few good cast and my second cast in, I get thumped by a solid snook. I only had 20 pound leader but this fish wanted to play hide and seek in the mangroves so I had to get down and dirty with her and pull her out from under the mangroves twice! I landed her after a couple minutes and she hit the tape at 34 inches, but really really fat!

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Banana River Mixed Bag

Florida Sportsman member: AceDawg

After messing with them for a bit started heading back south scouting the shoreline and started spotting fins cruising the shore. Reds were scattered throughout along the shore and buried in grass. Caught 7 on my way back down before getting stuck in a storm. Hunkered down in the mangroves and sat it out for an hour.

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Vilano from the Kayak

Florida Sportsman member: kayakling

For about an hour large schools of spanish mackerel were about destroying bait. After tearing through some of those and some bluefish I slowly started to drift back to the bridge. Hit up my favorite spots on the way and only managed smaller jacks.

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A Drift with Friends

Florida Sportsman member: kayakfrank

We planned a drift a few days back, and some nice fish were caught. Steve killed it out there with a sailfish, tuna and a kingfish.

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Good Day in the Bay

Florida Sportsman member: rkotinsky

After a few casts my lure gets inhaled and I have a nice fish on. She goes airborne and a nice battle ensues with a good size snook. She heads for the mangroves and I stop her, she jumps again and again then goes under my kayak. I slowly work her and she tires and I measure her out to 34 inches.

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Pompano Blackfins

Florida Sportsman member: John McKoid

Weather was flat calm, but unfortunately the weeds were still a problem, causing fouled baits. Current was not too strong, but found a distinct current break in about 120 feet of water, fished it for awhile with no luck. Saw a few small blackfins jumping and jigged up one in about 175 feet of water.

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Tarpon at the Bridge

Florida Sportsman member: harrisa2006

I was able to fish the last of the outgoing, and the beginning of the incoming and the bite was on today! Was able to stick 4 fish, 2 of which absolutely school me around pilings, and 2 that I was able to put the boots to in tight quarters and get them to the boat!

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Fort Pierce Kayaking

Florida Sportsman member: inshore dave

I was casting a DOA Cal under the mangrove overhangs when I had a big explosion as soon as it hit the water. Well, after a 20 minute fight I landed by biggest snook to date.

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Sunset Reds

Florida Sportsman member: rkotinsky

Put on my favorite sardine lure for a few more last casts into some mangrove edges in the hopes of saving the day with at least one keeper sized fish. My fish was granted when I cast into one of the few weedless edges on the backside of a mangrove island. Finally a good hard hit and the sound of drag with the end result being a nice 24 inch fatty red fish.

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Sebastian Offshore Via Kayak

Florida Sportsman member: fyshfynder

Next trip was solo about a mile South of the inlet. Wasn’t much going on. Saw some birds way out, so I started paddling. Fish were busting under the birds. Tossed a live mojarra into the frenzy and got a big bonito that snapped my rod at the boat.

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First Sailfish

Florida Sportsman member: Tuffstang

After my second drop the drag clicker on my live bait started screaming. Dropped lever into strike and started cranking. It was just a dead weight no pull or flutter on the line. We went from depths of 200 feet to 400 feet in minutes when the sail leaped out and danced across the water. A couple more leaps and literally jumping over Devodud’s bow, the sail tired out.

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Silver Kings from the Kayak

Florida Sportsman member: mjrudd1

During my latest visit to Florida, I went after tarpon mostly. Caught a few and had a great time. I prefer chasing them in shallow water but got to go where they are, not where they aren’t. It gets really crowded out there, over 50 boats fishing the same area and usually I’m the only kayak.

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Vilano Kayaking

Florida Sportsman member: kayakling

On my last cast after about three hours there I did stick an old nasty redfish. I helped him out and cleared some old rigs out from his mouth, medium effort measure in the Hobie was close to 42 inches. Left with a couple of decent flounder, also caught whiting, pigfish, ladyfish.

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Tuna on the Drift

Florida Sportsman member: John McKroid

Made 2 drifts for 2 bonita and hooked and lost something bigger. It was too exhaustive to try to make another wreck drift ( current was around 2.5 knots). Put out the live flying fish and it did not take long to get eaten.

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Banana River Variety

Florida Sportsman member: AceDawg

Got a wide variety of bites in the Banana River today. In total 6 reds, a small snook, 2 juvenile tarpon, my buddy got a nice black drum on a mirrolure (of all things for them to hit, haven’t seen that before) and a handful of trout.

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Shallow Water Reds

Florida Sportsman member: SnookStack

During the lowlight morning hours artificial baits have been producing fish on the flats of Tampa. With the grass grown in it’s been a weightless, weedless setup for my choice artificial setup. Later in the day, I’ve been working the late evening incoming through high tide with cut mullet.

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Tampa Bay Kayak Fishing

Florida Sportsman member: rkotinsky

I leave the oyster flat and work some other channels and choke points and land another nice 23 inchred fish. With the day coming to an end I try my snook hole and work it from every angle. My lure gets absolutely annihilated and it feels like what I hope to be my first 40 plus inch snook.

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Canoeing with the Wife

Florida Sportsman member: Bush Whacker

Thankfully the rain stayed over towards the barrier islands the whole time we were out. We paddled south and tried the deeper flats for a bit with nothing but a few small trout. We then decided to whack the bushes. And that’s where things lit up.

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Boca to Boynton Drift

Florida Sportsman member: John McKroid

There was some steady action including a big reef donkey that got away. Catches included 2 bonita, 2 small amicos, a small blackfin, a king and mutton. All caught on jigs except for the mutton.

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NMZ Fun

Florida Sportsman member: AceDawg

I hit the Banana River today out of Kars Park. Caught 6 reds and 3 snook for the day. First time I’ve caught a snook, great fight. Pretty good day even though the wind just hasn’t given up.

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Good Bite on the Drift

Florida Sportsman member: kitesfr

As we passed the inlet, I hooked into something that made my reel scream pretty good. I felt a bit of a head shake, so I thought I had a big big bonito. He kept taking line and giving me a little back. I finally got a glimpse of it and thought I saw stripes!

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Coot Bay Kayaking

Florida Sportsman member: Tnolaninc

I was able to land a decent micro-poon in the morning on a hand tied fly, jumped maybe 5 more on artificial Zman baits rigged weedless and on a DOA 1/8 jig, Landed 4 snook one of decent size.

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Jacksonville Tarpon

Florida Sportsman member: unincom

Eventually the tarpon figured out which direction it wanted to go and pulled my anchor free from the bank and started taking me south. It pulled me back into a side creek above a submerged sandbar, which was a blessing as it allowed to to hop out of the kayak and fight it standing up.

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Backwater Action

Florida Sportsman member: cbmdk86

Been getting the snook and reds on the 4 inch MrWiffelure Shad in the white/fire tail and straight pink colors. This is a killer lure and the snook hit it like it owes em money. Since I have started throwing it, it has definitely helped me put more snook on deck.

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Fort Pierce Backcountry

Florida Sportsman member: evergladeskid243

Picked up a redfish as I began to make my exit out of my spot, blind casting every mangrove shoreline with a topwater, hoping to hook a snook as grand as the one who had left me in despair earlier.

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After Work Red

Florida Sportsman member: jacqueo

I threw just past where all the commotion was and worked it back over all the bait ruckus, when slam! It took off under my kayak, to the left, to the right, around in a circle, all the while I’m cursing like a sailor at the fish.

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Clapboard Creek Kayaking

Florida Sportsman member: jacqueo

That’s when I remembered that I had a pedal drive and could easily troll instead of sitting in one place fighting the skunk. Threw a mud minnow onto a jig, cast it behind me and started working the grassline. Within one minute I had a great bite and pulled in my personal best flounder.

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African Pompano from the Yak

Florida Sportsman member: lmp1978

Forum member lmp1978 caught a stud african pompano via kayak, off of the beaches of Dania Beach. Not only do african pompano pull hard, they are great table fare.

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New Personal Best

Florida Sportsman member: rkotinsky

I loosened the drag a bit so as not to have the hooks bend or the fish pull free. After 3 minutes of getting no where with the fish it finally came into view and knew it was a new personal best red. Now the pressure was on me to land the fish for some pictures and entry into the 30 inch club.

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Bahamas Fun

Florida Sportsman member: John McKroid

The weather was nice, little bit of offshore wind on day one of the tournament, but overall very manageable compared to Florida.

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Dinner and a Show

Florida Sportsman member: sake138

We met the bait guy on the water around 730. The current was pretty strong and so was the wind. We ended up drifting north about 7 miles! I got two mahi mahi, one being a 50 inch bull, and my first sail on a yak!

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West Central Kingfish on a Kayak

Florida Sportsman member: harrisa2006

Getting a kingfish on the west coast, from a kayak, not the easiest task. When you consider relative quick migration, dirty Gulf water, days off from work, combined with hoping for good conditions, and getting your bait to stick once one decides to eat, the odds can be stacked against us!

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Indian River Kayaking

Florida Sportsman member: Rulesman69

The bait was everywhere in the cove. Started throwing chrome Twitchin’ Raps, 10:15, bam! Watched a 3 pound trout come up and slam the Rap right by the boat. 10:35, wham, big fish on, fought it to the boat and landed and released another trout about 7 pounds.

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Snook Filled Weekend

Florida Sportsman member: Silent snooker

Went back up to the Loxahatchee River hoping to play with some of the small snook we were catching two weeks ago and was lucky enough to find more upper and over slot snook than small ones.

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West Palm Offshore

Florida Sportsman member: Pottymouth

Forum member PottyMouth and friend, Flip got out and caught some nice fish off of Palm Beach, also losing a few to the tax man.

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Good Luck in the Bluewater

Florida Sportsman member: Temensisyakfishing

I put the jigging rod in the flush mount rod holder, and I grab the rod when I see this beast jumping out of the water!. let me say that I can count the times I have gone out offshore with my fingers and this is my second sailfish ever, so it is amazing to catch one.

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Catching in the Kayak Offshore

Florida Sportsman member: Nick561

Forum member Nick561 got into some fish offshore recently on his kayak.

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Brother’s First

Florida Sportsman member: frankthetank

Forum member frankthetank got out with his brother recently and caught some fish. Fishing off of Boynton, not only did his brother catch his first sailfish, they caught 6 blackfin tunas as well. Nice!

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Snook Island

Florida Sportsman member: Produkt

I had fished there many times before without much luck but it had been a while and decided to give it a shot. We only fished for about an hour and a half but I managed to get 2 for 2 on the under-slot snook. First one was about 23 inches and second one was about 25.

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Wintertime Bruiser

Florida Sportsman member: harrisa2006

I moved on, moving further up the canal and noticed I was sitting in 10+ feet of water, but I could see the bottom, up near the mangroves not far from me, so I knew there was a drop off, and with the water by the mangroves not moving nearly as fast as the channel, I figured it was a good ambush spot.

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Ozello Reds

Florida Sportsman member: TideUp

I fished around most of the morning without any bites fishing deeper cuts and drops around the area with no luck. Spooked a few reds after lunch in shallow flats so I changed my strategy and started sight fishing.

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Loxahatchee Snookin’

Florida Sportsman member: palmbeachpete

Forum member palmbeachpete put together a video of him wrestling with some nice snook on his paddleboard in the Loxahatchee River.

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First Slam

Florida Sportsman member: MSW_SatelliteBeach

Coffee now cold and I’m wondering why, after years of catching trout with no problem, I can’t find any. Wind starts blowing me off the bank I’m following just as I toss out a cast. Adjust kayak, reel line in to tighten slack on the rod and just as the mirrodine hits the top of the water, BAM!

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Sebastian Inshore

Florida Sportsman member: palmbeachpete

Forum member palmbeachpete shows what Sebastian has to offer for the paddling angler. Launching at Riverview park, he gets into some fish and gives some helpful tips and directions.

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Fishing the Backwater

Florida Sportsman member: rkotinsky

One particular area had a lot of mullet activity and the best water flow in the immediate area. We both continued to land more small snook and worked the area hard given all of the activity. Well it finally paid off when mama snook showed up for the party with her 32 inches of glory!

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Chokoloskee Via Paddleboard

Florida Sportsman member: Lurchy

I fished the whole incoming and part of the outgoing in the maze of creeks and bars to the WSW of Choko. Saw some reds throughout the day, and got a decent one close to the end of the day. I saw him move off a oyster bar and under some groves, pitched a gulp and he ate.

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Sanibel Kayaking

Florida Sportsman member: rkotinsky

Fan casted the area with my paddle tail jig and had a hit and miss from a good sized trout. Convinced that there had to be some big fish in the area I gave one last cast with my Rapala and it paid off with a solid hit and a big run towards the mangroves.

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Backcountry Camping and Fishing

Florida Sportsman member: Native21

We went back to the spot we originally worked and the poons were thick. We caught several more and jumped many more, the snook were mixed in as well so we were also pulling them out. We fished till about 4pm and made our way to our camp area.

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Skinny Water Bulls

Florida Sportsman member: cbmdk86

We actually had a sweet double hookup at this point but his pulled the hook. After a quick photo op with my fish, Neil was hooked up again within two minutes and after a half hour fight put his redzilla in the yak. The girth on his fish was unreal, it was 35 pounds plus and healthy.

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Negative Tides and Chewing Fish

Florida Sportsman member: SnookStack

I planned on scouting reds either tailing or pushing water on the flats. As I moved out onto the flat, I was instantly gratified by seeing a bunch of single reds pushing wakes and leaving evidence of redfish with trails of dust.

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Pine Island Trout and Reds

Florida Sportsman member: JoeyHotFizzle

Forum member JoeyHotFizzle shared his recent kayak trip, fishing in Pine Island. Throwing a mix of artificials, he was able to fool some nice trout and redfish. Nice work!

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Avoiding the Wind and Catching Fish

Florida Sportsman member: C Dog

Hard to describe my emotions when I saw it wasn’t a red, but it was the biggest trout I had ever seen.

I didn’t have a scale or a tape measure. But using my old bass fishing days as a reference, I would say it was a lunker at least 6 to 8 pounds, at least 26 inches, and fat!

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Glades Slam

Florida Sportsman member: Native21

Here are a few fish from the day that helped me catch a slam. Although the poons had me numbered I jumped about 10 and happened to land the micro but none the less a slam. Snook were everywhere in that spot and it seemed like every other cast I was hooking up.

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Kayak Bassin’

Florida Sportsman member: inshore dave

To say that the day was stellar is an understatement. Between Steve and I we caught over 75 fish. Most were dinks in the 1-2 pound range with a good mixing of 3 pounders too. We also caught fish from just over 4 pounds to the biggest caught by me at 8 pounds 6 ounces.

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Night Time Tarpon

Florida Sportsman member: frankthetank

I managed to come tight on a 50 to 60 pound fish that fought hard to get away. But after a long and intense fight, I got my picture and released the fish with good energy. After resetting the lines we had a few missed hits and with the last bait I hooked a monster over 150 but wasn’t prepared and after a minute long run my leader popped.

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Trying a New Spot

Florida Sportsman member: YaknYeti

I started working the islands in this area and as I made my way around one of them something exploded on my DOA Shrimp. I thought it was a red at first because it wouldn’t show itself and kept making long runs. Turns out it was a nice Snook.

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Crystal River Kayaking

Florida Sportsman member: rkotinsky

Pushed further out towards the gulf and found a nice channel with depths from 3 to 4 feet and water temperatures near 70 degrees. Switched to a RipTide mullet paddle tail with 1/4 ounce jig head in order to work the channel deeper and began landing trout after trout.

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Last Trip of the Year

Florida Sportsman member: lmp1978

Forum member lmp1978 got out one last time before the year ends and he went out with a bang. Beautiful fish and great work.

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Bradenton Trout Bite

Florida Sportsman member: rkotinsky

I tossed my RipTide mullet with 1/4 oz jig head into a channel chokepoint and out of the depths only a few feet from my yak a large trout inhaled the lure. It was an awesome sight to behold given it’s above average size and the visual provided after hours of fruitless fishing. For the next few hours I worked the area and landed over a dozen or more trout and limited out with 4 nice keepers.

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Day Saver

Florida Sportsman member: Pottymouth

Forum member Pottymouth and a few buddies got out recently to chase some fish offshore. The bite was slow although they had live mullet and greenies, but this nice sailfish saved the day. Tight work!

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Bringing Home Dinner

Florida Sportsman member: John McKroid

The one cigar minnow that I caught did not last 5 minutes in the water before being inhaled by a mahi. I think a tank full of pilchards would have produced a lot of Dorados. Trolled quite a bit with the blue runners looking for a wahoo, only to catch another shark. Even though it was relatively unproductive, it was a pleasant day on the water.

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First Time Offshore

Florida Sportsman member: peacockbass921

I have done freshwater and inshore and I have done pretty good so far. Offshore was always in the back of my mind and I definitely wanted to try it. After declining a couple of invitations, because I didn’t have any gear, I decided to go for it.

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Drum on Artificial

Florida Sportsman member: cbmdk86

Saw what I thought was a big red about 75 feet away on a transitional edge. I pitched a copper colored Banks Lures Pimpin Shrimp with a dab of Blue Crab Pro-Cure at it, and the fish happily mowed it down.

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Bulls from the Kayak

Florida Sportsman member: cbmdk86

My buddy Geoff and I got out not too long ago and played with some decent sized ocean Reds. They were thick and we got a nice day of sleigh rides in exchange for our sizable paddle to the spot.

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Catching Them in the Rain

Florida Sportsman member: meckert

Went offshore this past Sunday, it was rainy and overcast all morning but the seas were flat. Managed to get a sail, small tuna and this nice mahi.

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Kayak Blackfins

Florida Sportsman member: BOGEY

Went out yesterday around 1p.m. from Dania. Was only out for 3 hours in 280 to 320 feet of water. I caught these bad boys plus some smaller ones that I let go. It was an awesome day of fishing, no current, 5 knot winds, and the water was like glass.

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Late Season Tarpon

Florida Sportsman member: Captain Ross

So, at about 1am I made a 15 mile hike to another location and splashed in. As we rolled up, fish were happy and popping on top. On Zack’s first cast, he hooked and landed this respectable tarpon on a 7inch Bone Hogy Original.

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Busting Them off Boynton

Florida Sportsman member: Pottymouth

Set up our drift and nothing. Hours went by and not a nibble. So I decided to try an old school trick and 5 minutes, later a fish was on!

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Epic SouthShore Redfishing

Florida Sportsman member: rkotinsky

What ensued next was simply amazing, as I worked the GOLD spoon with hard violent twitches I had an ensemble of jacks and reds follow the spoon, some came within 4 feet of my yak! The harder I worked the spoon the more fish that followed it, unfortunately the jacks are faster fish and grab the lure first so I decided to toss out more cut pinfish.

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Foolin’ with Artificial

Florida Sportsman member: nwxnw

Forum member nwxnw explained that he has been fishing live bait primarily for the past year, but recently has resorted to artificials, with great success! Nice work.

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Sails for All

Florida Sportsman member: Pottymouth

Two clients, one from Colorado the other from Canada flew down for one thing, a South Florida sailfish lap dance. They gave me 4 days to put em on sailfish, we got it done the first day out and went 3 for 3.

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Kayak Fishing Yankeetown

Florida Sportsman member: TideUp

I ended up finding a beautiful shell flat that produced big time. There were small schools of black drum and sheepshead everywhere just waving their tails at me asking for a precise cast! I ended up catching more black drum than I wanted but managed to dodge a few to find some nice sheepies.

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Sailin’ off Boynton

Florida Sportsman member: Nick561

Within 10 minutes one of Robs clients hooks up on a sail and it was off to the races. while they played with that I managed to lose 3 jigs to to cutoffs. I finally started jigging up some small blackfins.

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Amberjack From the Kayak

Florida Sportsman member: Janos

Forum member Janos recently caught his first amberjack, and a pretty nice one at that. He was fishing from his kayak in 230 feet of water off of Dania, the fish ate a 7 ounce jig.

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South Beach Snook and Tarpon

Florida Sportsman member: Poseidon10/31

Fished this am with Mapache Mike in Government Cut. No bait pods, luckily I brought some mullet for us. We landed a couple snook in quick order at the mouth of the inlet. He had to take off so I decided to escape the sharks and slow troll a hog leg mullet down the beach.

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Runners off Boynton

Florida Sportsman member: John McKroid

I was drifting 2 live goggle eyes near the skycliff when the rainbow runners hit both my baits simultaneously. I was lucky to land the smaller one, then grab the other rod out of the holder and land the bigger one that had hooked itself.

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Offshore Action in the Yaks

Florida Sportsman member: Ericjames22

Forum member Ericjames22 got into some nice pelagics lately, and happened to film it. Big Kingfish, Double hook ups on sails and more, all from the kayaks!

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South Florida Snakehead Fishing

Florida Sportsman member: peacockbass921

I love the small Ribbit frogs, black or green in color and using 6/0 Owner hooks for them. Small frog, big hook, this allows the Snakehead to take the whole frog and increases the chances of hooking them to about 75 percent.

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Dania ICW Fishing

Florida Sportsman member: peacockbass921

After 30 minutes, right before slack tide was there my line went tight and I started fighting a big fish. My target was tarpon so I was thinking TARPON! But since it didn’t jump I knew it was a big snook.

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Yankeetown Yakin’

Florida Sportsman member: TideUp

We paddled out to our first spot around 9:30 to simply catch a couple rats and get equipment tuned in for later spots. My first cast with the spoon landed a little red so I knew it was going to be a productive day.

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South Florida Sail

Florida Sportsman member: bluewateryak13

What an awesome day on the water. It’s been a while since having a nice calm sunny day of fishing. Relatively quiet, but definitely a memorable day as this is a first for me.

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Chasing Tarpon, Catching Snook

Florida Sportsman member: lmp1978

I went to Dania cutoff canal, looking for tarpon and I end it up catching this beauty. 39 inch snook, this guy was happily released back in the water.

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Indian River Bruiser

Florida Sportsman member: davederb

We took a break out near Pelican Island, when on the way back to our launch point, my live bait rod starts screaming. He immediately starts yelling shark, we were pleasantly surprised as this is my biggest snook yet from a kayak which measured 37 inches.

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Snook Saves the Day

Florida Sportsman member: Nick561

The weatherman was wrong. Wind was blowing and the waves were pounding. About to call it a day till rob says “I got a plan B”. So off to his spot and sure enough it paid off. I got a nice 40″ snook that was a fatty and rob hooked up but the hook pulled on what I think was a tarpon.

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Making it Happen off of Pompano

Florida Sportsman member: John McKroid

At deep color, I could see it was a long slender bluish silver fish, and since I was out beyond normal kingfish territory, anticipation of a wahoo was high. About 10 minutes later she was on the gaff, 53 inches and 32 pounds! It was a total rush!

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Boca Wahoo

Florida Sportsman member: AC_Yak

Weeds were a huge issue today with live baiting so i decided to set up shop and spool the baits out so they wouldn’t get weeded as bad. I’ve found this tactic to be extremely effect in the morning hours when the fish are aggressively feeding.

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Reds in the Grass

Florida Sportsman member: Maverick

I use the yak to get close, very quietly, then slip out and wade to the fish. Makes it a lot easier to make a good presentation to the fish with a fly, especially in this wind. The fish were hungry and aggressive. I only spooked 1 or 2 with the line.

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Treasure Coast Snook and Reds

Florida Sportsman member: evergladeskid243

I made a couple more passes through the area having many strikes, wakes, and blow ups but no connections. Finally connected with a solid fish around that pulled me around and gave my stradic 3000 and 10 pound braid a good workout.

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Summer Slammin’

Florida Sportsman member: Devodud

We set out in a southeasterly direction at sunrise and stopped in 150 feet of water. As soon as we stopped my live bait rod gets slammed. It ends up being my biggest kingfish of the day. Within 5 minutes Suede lands a kingfish that could be the twin to mine.

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Summertime Kayak Bite

Florida Sportsman member: evergladeskid243

Found no shortage of baby tarpon feeding up in the shadows of the mangrove overhangs and culvert outflows. I caught lots of these little guys on both spin and on the 8wt on these small minnow patterns I have been tying, and on my new favorite lure I decided to try randomly, the Vudu shrimp.

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Matlacha Kayak Fishing

Florida Sportsman member: jocofi

We made a trip to Matlacha with big hopes of tarpon. They laughed around all around us most of the day. We even got a close up look at one that was sniffing around shallow waters. He seemed so intensely focused on the grass bed he didn’t notice that he came within a few feet of our kayaks.

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Wahoo from the Kayak

Florida Sportsman member: Captain Yak

I was losing line fast, so I started pedaling to chase him down. The fish came to the surface and circled about 15 feet away. I saw the unmistakably tiger stripes and my adrenaline skyrocketed! The wahoo made a deep run and I slowly worked him up tail wrapped. After about 40 minutes, I gaffed him and brought him up.

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Night Time Snook Bite

Florida Sportsman member: AC_YaK

So far I have got over 10 snook over the 38 inch mark. All fish were caught in Boynton Spillway after sun down. All this rain has got the water moving pretty fast through the flood gates and it really heats up the bite.

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Tampa Kayak Fishing

Florida Sportsman member: rkotinsky

My yak buddy made his way over to a deeper spot and hooked into multiple redfish and gave me a call to move on in. After landing his 4th fish, I failed to get a single hit with any of my lures; he continued to catch and release over the next hour.

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Sashimi and Sail

Florida Sportsman member: timmcollins

Forum member timmcollins and friends had a successful day off of Boynton. Not only did they boat a beautiful sailfish, they also caught a 35 inch black fin tuna for dinner. Nice!

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Big King off Boynton

Florida Sportsman member: 1OzLead

Early on we trolled to 180 feet and found some scattered weeds and stuff was going on here and there. After some drops we decided to move to 220 feet and Gio calls out fish on! Some time later Gio calls a king and we get together to gaff it and bring the catch in my bag.

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Slammin’ in the Yak

Florida Sportsman member: summer daze

My top water plug was getting crushed just about every throw. Best fish of the day was a 39 inch snook. Caught lots of snook and trout and one redfish to complete the inshore slam. The biggest trout was 25 inches. Released everything except the big trout.

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Big Fish off of Boynton

Florida Sportsman member: Nick561

So I send the bait out while thinking how pissed I’m going to be when I lose another fish, I was in that mood. Well before I know it, a sail is cat walking right at me and I see my line slack, Fish on!

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Dania Wahoo

Florida Sportsman member: kayakfrank

Anyways, found a nice north stream between 250 to 300 feet, and began jigging between those depths only. I couldn’t capture on film the first couple minutes of the long run. I was busy just trying to keep my focus on having a good hookset. I thought I lost the fish, as he began to swim toward me. That’s where the short video clip begins

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Destin Kayak Fishing

Florida Sportsman member: jmj75

Forum member jmj75 shared a great video, kayak fishing off of Destin. Amberjacks, snappers and a nice tuna to top it off. Nice work!

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A Recap

Florida Sportsman member: mangohunter11

Forum member mangohunter11 decided to post some pictures recapping recent fishing trips. Great photography and nice fish!

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South Beach Tarpon

Florida Sportsman member: Poseidon10/31

I decided to start taking length and girth measurements of my tarpon so I could better calibrate my eye when judging weights of fish. I haven’t measured a fish in so long, I wasn’t sure if I was accurately judging weights.

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Flamingo Kayak Fishing

Florida Sportsman member: BigGuyinaLittleBoat

My lure gets inhaled, I set the hook, and a 50 pound tarpon erupts. It’s not even light out yet, welcome to Flamingo! After the initial jump it stays in the water and ends up just dragging me along the shoreline towing me like I’m not even there. After getting drug back a half mile the way I came I put too much pressure on my 20 pound braid and broke him off.

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Everglades Adventure

Florida Sportsman member: jvanpelt

Next it was my turn. As I sat and watched I noticed a small pod of tarpon feeding on some bait up against the mangrove shoreline. I through my Riptide Flats Chub past the pod and started to quickly retrieve it. I was immediately rewarded with an aerial display of another juvenile tarpon.

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Paddling off of Pompano

Florida Sportsman member: Captain Yak

I quickly threw the goggle eye back in the bucket and began fighting. After about 10 minutes with several gaff misses, I quickly realized that it’s time for a longer gaff. I finally got it which ended up being a nice 42 inch king, my personal best.

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A Week in the Glades

Florida Sportsman member: jvanpelt

Day 1 was spent in a canal system that I was familiar with but had never fished. We launched our kayaks and were immediately met with rolling tarpon.

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Boynton Offshore

Florida Sportsman member: Produkt

We head to deeper water and continue jigging and drifting. I hook up to something big until it breaks my 30 pound test line. Seconds later my gog gets smoked in 180 feet. Nice blackfin in the boat after a short fight.

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N.M.Z. Monster

Florida Sportsman member: RiverRat321

I casted my line out and let it sit for a second while I took a sip of my beverage and BOOM not even 5 minutes I was hooked up to the biggest fish I’ve caught to date unknowingly. The drag was screaming like no other. I set it as tight and possible without there being too much tension for my line to break.

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Vilano Kayaking

Florida Sportsman member: kayakling

A large shark (likely) did wind up eating a ladyfish half Drew was drifting, he started getting towed but as he added some pressure it broke off. At around 10:30 we decided to head over to the bridge. I caught a nice 6 pound flounder (my biggest) right away but then besides ladyfish and jacks that was really it for a long while.

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Kayak Kings

Florida Sportsman member: meckert

Forum member meckert got into some nice kingfish recently from his kayak. Despite the storms chasing him off the water. Nice work!

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Wahoo from the Kayak

Florida Sportsman member: Pottymouth

Forum member Pottymouth caught this nice wahoo from his kayak. Fishing off of Pompano Beach with live bait produced the fish. Nice work!

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Siesta Key Tarpon

Florida Sportsman member: strangeBrue

Finally got my new Predator wet off the beach for a little tarpon fishing. I’ve been watching guys get dragged around for years and finally got my chance. I had a bunch of shots throughout the morning and finally got one to eat a whitebait around 9:30. It was quite a ride.

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Slammin’ before the Storm

Florida Sportsman member: SlamPiece

then got into a few schools that were interested, caught 6 reds up to 32 inches on Gulp!, jerk baits, and live mullet. Also saw several tarpon and hooked up to at least 8 or 9 times with no success but then i finally landed one! Also caught a few trout to complete a not so common slam for me.

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Boynton Sail

Florida Sportsman member: Produkt

We head out straight east and deploy our gogs at 80 feet. We make it to 250-ish and I hear my drag pull a little. I look at it again and it pulls a little more. Just as I’m about to pick it up I see a monster sailfish leap 30 yards away and my drag goes off. 30 to40 minutes later I have a huge sail in my lap.

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Emerald Coast Kayaking

Florida Sportsman member: brunyan

Had a great time with a getaway to the Emerald Coast for opening of Snapper Season. First day went 4 for 4 on snapper (kept 2) and 1 for 1 on kings. Really surprised we didn’t get into more kings that day. Second day caught a short gag, 2 short red snapper, 1 vermilion snapper, and a king.

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Kayak Trout

Florida Sportsman member: inshore dave

I spent the night at my buddy Stan’s place Sunday night. Woke up early to fish the Indian River at Hutchinson Island with Stan and his girlfriend Tammy. Conditions were good with winds out of the East from 5 to 15 knots and a wind ripple in the water. Caught my biggest trout to date-27 3/4 inches long and a fat 6 pounds.

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Dania Jumbos

Florida Sportsman member: frankthetank

forum member frankthetank crushed the big blackfin tuna this weekend via kayak. Fishing off of Dania with live goggle eye produced fish up to 27 pounds!

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Tangling with Tarpon

Florida Sportsman member: Skunklife

Forum member Skunklife got down the keys recently and got into the tarpon! Going two for two from kayaks, while fishing channel edges. Tight work!

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N.M.Z. Bull

Florida Sportsman member: LilTucci

I pull up my park n pole and prepare for the sleigh ride! 5 minutes go by with this fish tearing off 20 pound braid and dragging my loaded down pro angler no problem, I gain a little bit of line and finally get a glimpse of the fish as it breaks the surface in the distance. Those red scales shimmering in the sun gave it away and I immediately knew this was a solid bull red! Needless to say at this point I am grinning ear to ear as this is why we came here.

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Slaying the Southshore

Florida Sportsman member: rkotinsky

Managed to land a small snook and a 24 inch keeper red before having to take cover from the lightning for a couple of hours. After the storms faded, high tide approached and I began working the mangroves with the live target scaled sardine.

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Bluewater Kayaking

Florida Sportsman member: LilTucci

Trolled for a little over an hour and had the pleasant surprise of having a 10 foot hammerhead circle my kayak a couple times before he decided to destroy my flat line and take me for a sleigh ride for a few minutes. Thankfully the line snapped before he spooled me. Peddled out to 150 feet where I saw some weeds, was there no longer than 2 minutes and my last blue runner gets inhaled by a big dolly.

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Redfish Sleigh Ride

Florida Sportsman member: cbmdk86

Got a good ride out of this dude. I usually jump out and stake off to fight a big one but they really tucker out quick when they’re towing an 18 foot canoe with a big ole dude like me in it.

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Battle in the Bahamas

Florida Sportsman member: palmbeachpete

Forum member and contributing writer palmbeachpete shared his recent trip to the Bahamas while fishing in the extreme kayak and paddle board tournament. A lot of nice fish caught and looked to be a great time had by all!

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Fort Lauderdale Wreck Fishing

Florida Sportsman member: kayakfrank

As soon as we reached our first spot, we both hooked up to bonitos right away. Not what we wanted, but still an ice breaker on the jigs. After getting in our workout on those bonitos, Jason landed a small AJ for the smoker and an African Pompano. No BFT’s in these shallower waters. We averaged 225 feet or less depth throughout the day.

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Boynton Phins

Florida Sportsman member: drichard1986

Headed north for the first time ever in the yak. Did a Boynton to WPB drift with Eric and the bite was good all day. I got 3 dolphin, he got 2 and they were decent size! Eric also snagged an AJ and jumped a sail a few times. Awesome day on the water and glad to get back out on the yak and get some fish.

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Hallandale Offshore Kayaking

Florida Sportsman member: bugdoc

Got another runner, then a few drops later I felt something a little larger. Got it about 60 feet off the bottom and it suddenly realized it was hooked, and drag started peeling out straight down. Finally pulled up a 28 pound amberjack after about 15 minutes. I went back to the rest of the group and took them back to the Tenneco, and I got a 22 inch mutton and what looks like a charcoal variant of a blue runner.

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Coral Springs Snakin’

Florida Sportsman member: USNAVY_Angler

While Rob spent most of the day trying to effectively deploy a fly for a Snakehead to eat, I had many opportunities to seal the deal and uncharacteristically missed more hook sets than I’m proud to admit, not sure what it was today. All in all, managed to land a solid 28 inch 5 to 6 pound Snake, another medium one around 2.5 pound and a baby which was released.

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Catching Fish and Bringing Home the Cash

Florida Sportsman member: cbmdk86

Assumed that this was my tournament hopes down the drain, and made my way back to the truck, but after a 17 mile round trip and 6 hours of fishing time, my little dink trout proved enough to secure the victory! Brought it home despite the stiff competition of 175 other competitors, with a good number of them in skiffs. Proof positive you can go out and be successful with just the bare minimum!

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Football Season

Florida Sportsman member:AC_YaK

After getting beat up on the wreck I headed out to see if the tuna bite would be on as it got later in the day and as soon as I got to 240 feet they were jumping everywhere. landed 5 out of 6 in 20 minutes CASTING the same 60 glow jig and ripping it on the surface. The last tuna I jigged up in 300 feet. A fun and action filled afternoon!

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Weedon Island Gator Trout

Florida Sportsman member: rkotinsky

High tide peaked at 6:00PM so I placed my yak into one of the passes and waited for the big drain to start. At 6:01PM one of my trolling rods with a clear gold speckled DOA shrimp gets hit hard and after a decent fight I pull in a 24 inch gator trout.

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ENP Kayaking

Florida Sportsman member: USNAVY_Angler

There were no tails to be seen anywhere but we pushed through and eventually found the Reds munching but fully submerged. I was able to hook up to this beautiful spotless Red that finally allowed me to try my Abu Garcia Revo Inshore bait caster. What a fight it gave me. We each hooked Sharks and lost them. Oh well.

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Mosquito Lagoon Reds

Florida Sportsman member: Pescatoral Pursuit

As fortune would have it, there was a small school pushing right towards me that I would’ve never seen except that the sun was at just the right angle, and though they weren’t making a wake, there was just enough of a disturbance to “bend” the reflection on the water a slight bit. At first I thought it was a slight breeze kicking up, but it soon became apparent what it was.

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Second Place Dolphin Via Kayak

Florida Sportsman member: Ericjames22

Pretty solid day on the water March 22nd, I ended up with second place with the beautiful bull mahi. Hit a live goggle eye in 160 feet of water.

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Weedon Island Kayak Reds

Florida Sportsman member: Slamaholic

Our plan was to go to Googe Island and work all the back mangrove Islands on the way. We watched bait being attacked by pelicans and a lot of mullet action in deeper holes. We set up on the outside of the holes and would cast in Jig heads with live shrimp and bump the bottom. It didn’t take long to hook up on the Reds. Great day out with the family.

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Southeast Yak Fishing

Florida Sportsman member: LilTucci

Inshore the trout bite has been picking up along with a few decent snook recently, haven’t been able to get into any reds except for a couple rats though. Last offshore trip I hooked into my first sailfish, went for a sleigh ride for 5 minutes but unfortunately the Sail wore through my line after a couple water walking jumps.

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Steinhatchee Yakin’

Florida Sportsman member: rkotinsky

We started our final run back to the creek mouth and continued to work the grass edges, sand holes and oyster bars which resulted in a lot of small reds and trout. As we made it back to the channel I cast into a deep cut and thought I had snagged a rock with my LT greenie. The rock started moving and I knew it would be the biggest fish of the day. After a nice fight, this beauty made my day at 26 inches and 7 pounds.

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Coral Springs Kayaking

Florida Sportsman member: USNAVY_Angler

Total tally was 6 Largemouths, one was 19 inches, two others were 17 inches, I estimate the 19 incher to be around 4-5 pounds. All caught on 6/0 Gamakatsu worm hooks and a variation of Gambler Cane and Zoom toads. Nothing better than topwater action.

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Dania Beach Dolphin

Florida Sportsman member: lmp1978

Another beautiful day on the water, lost my gaff in the morning to two big waves that hit me bad and after that it wasn’t there any more. Did end up catching a nice spanish mackerel and a nice dolphin though.

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Monster Vilano Beach Red

Florida Sportsman member: kayakling

Was about to call it and then a big beast latched on to my lure in around 25 feet. This is one of the two biggest fish I have ever caught from my kayak. I tail grabbed it into the yak and then had to paddle (couldn’t peddle with the tail up around my neck and the head blocking the peddles) over to shore to measure and photograph. I measured as best I could with it in the Hobie and wound up with somewhere around 43 inches.

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Big Tarpon on the Yak

Florida Sportsman member: Captain Ross

We went 2 for 7 on tarpon from 80 pounds to the one pictured. It ate a Hogy 10 inch Original Series fished on a 6/0 Soft Circle Hook. 50 pound Power Pro Slick, 80 pound Mono leader, Sustain FG 10,000 on a Sewell Custom 8 foot Tarpon Rod. The fight lasted about 35 minutes and spanned close to a mile from start to finish.

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Sailing in the Kayaks

Florida Sportsman member: Cvstrat

After not getting any more bites and the wind starting to pick up and make it hard to jig in place, I switched back to trolling a live gog. About 10 minutes into paddling the rip, way out I saw my first sail come leaping out the water. Rob made it there in time to snap a photo of the landing which went off pretty well for my first time.

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Striking Chokoloskee Gold

Florida Sportsman member: pjstevko

About 6 minutes into the hunt I spot a big fish gingerly patrolling the outer edges of shallow mud bank and I fire off a cast about ten feet in front of her. She’s slowly moving right towards my DOA shrimp and I leave it lie motionless on the bottom until she’s about 2 feet away and then I just slowly raise the rod tip causing the shrimp to “pop” off the bottom and she bulldogs it, fish on!

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Skinny Water Snook

Florida Sportsman member:Snookslayer772

Before the sun was up high enough to sight fish, I was firing topwater and had a fish clobber a skitterwalk up shallow. he choked it and pulled some drag for me, came out to 27 inches. Once the sun came up it was game on, ended up picking one fish off on fly that was laid up on a mangrove shoreline and one on spin off of a flat. both fish being sub slot but were fun watching the eat and the fight when they’re shallow.

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Double Sailfish and More Via Yak

Florida Sportsman member: AC_YaK

My first Sailfish Double. It was hectic! Both jumping at once pulling my kayak in different ways but somehow lucky enough to land and revive both.

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Dolphin, Tuna, Tile, From the Yak

Florida Sportsman member: AC_YAK

First Dolphin of the day was around 8:15am on a live runner in 225 feet on a weed line using my Avet LX and 20 pound mono. Notice the scars all over its tail. The tax collector tried to swoop in and steal my catch, however it was not your usual man in the grey suit but a monster barracuda.

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Kayak Lobstering

Florida Sportsman member: frankthetank

Forum member frankthetank charged the 3 to 4 foot seas and 15 knot winds out of Dania Beach via kayak to be rewarded with some real nice bugs!

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Kayak Kings

Florida Sportsman member: AC_YaK

Needless to say their was a good bite out there today before the front moved in. Bait was thick in 190 to 220 feet. Weedline running NNE in the same depth. Salvaged the day with this king that skied on a dead tunny with the tail cut off on a stinger rig trolling it in, 39 inches to the fork.

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First Football From the Kayak

Florida Sportsman member: PESCAHOLIC

The seas were building and I made the decision to set my lines in a trolling spread and set an east course to do a large loop back to shore under sail. After my course changed back to west, I got a knock down on my starboard plug. It made a few good runs on my Penn 5500 and then in the kayak came my first blackfin tuna ever!

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Dania Beach Kayak Wahoo

Florida Sportsman member: lmp1978

Boom! Again, but this time it felt deferent, it felt like a big fish! There it goes! My first Wahoo. I was impressed how fast this fish runs! I’ve never seen my drag going so fast. Definitely a unforgettable adventure!

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Winter Kayak Fishing

Florida Sportsman member:Pmoconnor89

Location: Brackish water area of Myakka River

Time: 0845-1445

Tides: Outgoing

Weather: Overcast, pre-frontal conditions, Hi/Lo 68/57, Winds 10-15, gusting to 30.

Vessel: Native Watercraft Ultimate 14.5

Fish: 9 Snook to 26″, 1 Jack Crevalle @ 5 Lbs, 1 tarpon jumped @8-10 lbs, 1 Mangrove Snapper @ 11″

Tactics: Spinning tackle. Light jigheads with soft plastic jerk baits were most successful.

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Flamingo Fishing Adventure

Florida Sportsman member: USNavy_Angler

Between Dave and I we spotted over 15 Reds, some we casted with both soft baits and topwater plugs and had no luck, we were able to land 2 solid slot Reds, and a couple missed my topwater plug. We safely released all, I didn’t feel like cleaning fish today.

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Yak Trout

Florida Sportsman member: ranckgarman

Fun time out with my girlfriend on a windy day. Caught a nice trout on my D.O.A. shrimp within 10 minutes of throwing the anchor, this guy made for some amazing trout tacos! Caught another 4 trout that day with 3 out of 5 being over 18 inches.

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Drumming The NMZ

Florida Sportsman member: evergladeskid243

Began the day throwing DOA CALs in the copper crush color and ended up changing to the dark green Bream color after blowing out a few cruising fish and that did the trick! First fish of the day ended up being a bit over 27 inches.

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I.R.L. Yakin’

Florida Sportsman member: evergladeskid243

Started the day poling and sight casting in the lee of spoil islands only finding 1 slot red, casting to him with the fly rod, and have him follow it right to the yak before deciding not to eat it! Moved on and threw DOA jigs around some culverts and pulled what I thought was a decent snook, ended up being a solid trout!

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Dania Beach Hoo

Florida Sportsman member: Pottymouth

Hit up Dania a little late this morning, no bait and peddled out into some face slapping slop. After a few drops landed a decent sized almaco then the biggest blue runner I ever caught. Moved out a little deeper, dropped the jig and fish on! After my sleigh ride up comes some stripes, wahoo baby!

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Intercoastal Reds

Florida Sportsman member: abm5926

I haven’t posted on here in awhile so thought I’d contribute. The past 2 days, I’ve hit up barrier islands in the Intracoastal Water Way in my kayak looking for reds and gator trout. Didn’t catch any real gators but got lots and lots of redfish all on topwater, z man paddlerz, and manic shrimp.

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Hand Lining Tarpon From A Yak

Florida Sportsman member: Poseidon10/31

Lost a couple big ones due to leader fray. 80 pound was always plenty on a rod and reel but for some reason it’s not enough with the hand line. Anyways, live mullet were the ticket, trolled and free lined pretty much anywhere near the beach.

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Estero Bay NMZ

Florida Sportsman member: jocofi

Aside from getting out and surprisingly sinking into muck above my knees my morning was rather uneventful. As we finished our trek from the no motor zone to open water I casted my DOA CAL, red and gold jerk bait into a deep channel. After a few twitches I got trucked. it didn’t feel like any inshore species I’ve fought before. When it broke the surface I was surprised to see the crusty camo of my first inshore Goliath.

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Nice Pine Island Trout

Florida Sportsman member: Bobbkkat

I was throwing a topwater and when it came up next to my Pro Angler a big trout came out of the water on it, but threw it. I dropped it right back and he nailed it again. I had him this time! After a nice little fight I brought it up and lipped him. It measured out at 25 inches which is definitely me biggest trout in Matlacha to date.

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Great Way To Spend Your Birthday

Florida Sportsman member: summer daze

I was working a lure in about 4 feet of water when it gets crushed and line starts screaming toward the mangroves. Managed to keep her out of the roots and forced her back to deep water. Maybe it was karma for letting the other one go but this one was 34 inches and a fatty!

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Kayaking Kings Bay

Florida Sportsman member: NoQuarterNoMercy

He heads away from the docks and is all tuckered out. I feel him give up and now it’s just a matter of hauling him in. As he nears the yak, he heads underneath it and somehow I managed to pull a ninja spin around the stern of the kayak and get him to the other side. That’s no tarpon, it’s a monster snook!

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Awesome Offshore Kayak Bite Out of Pompano

Florida Sportsman member: LilTucci

We ended up hitting the water at 6:45 and paddled out to 280 feet initially. My plan was to learn how to vertical jig since I never had tried it before but I also rigged up a goggle eye and threw it overboard. Started jigging in 280 feet and my buddy immediately hooks up with a decent Bonita. We decided to go into 260ft and I finally had my first hook up, after a couple minute fight on my 5000 series reel I’m surprised to see a nice 24 inch snapper.

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Fishing the IFA Kayak Tour Ruskin Event

Florida Sportsman member: Bobbkkat

Me and my friend Conrad Fiocca fished the IFA Kayak Tour event in Ruskin this past weekend. Prior to the captains meeting we had very poor prefishing results and on tournament day I decided to fish close to the hotel area. On tournament day we launched by the hotel and paddled out to immediately get into redfish and trout. We caught quite a few trout with the biggest being 18 inches. We paddled over to the redfish spot and we both caught a red within 10 minutes of getting there. We decided to continue to try and upgrade our reds. We both caught 4 or 5 more reds until we each had a 24-25 inch red. We looked around but then came back to our original spot, and Conrad decided to throw a rattle trap and ended up catching a 27-inch red!

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NMZ Trout and Reds

Florida Sportsman member: shallow water assassin

Loaded the slayer up yesterday and took it on its first trip to the NMZ. Lunched at sunrise and the trout bite was good on top waters. Switched up to Z Mann swimmers and ended up landing two slot reds. Poled the while day standing on the seat in the high position with no problems. This yak in by far the best yak if been in for fishing the flats.

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Sneaking Up on Reds & Trout

Florida Sportsman member: Hobie Angler

Fishing was good once again. Started the day with a nice trout. Later in the morning found some Reds in very shallow water and they were tailing. I managed to sneak up on a school and luckily the camera was on when one of them attacked. Had the wind pushing from behind with a small island of dead grass in front of me. One of the fish was facing the opposite way and allowed me to get real close without spooking him…. The other Redfish hit a Topwater lure. I ended the day with two Reds, a beefy Trout and a psycho Ladyfish

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Port Everglades Sail

Florida Sportsman member: Pottymouth

Port everglades wanted to show a little love to skunk and a boat almost ran his *** over . Bonita city out there, I managed a med almaco and a sail, I lost another sail about 30 min later hooked up on a jig that sail went crazy popped my leader then Threw the jig. Slow day but at least the bonita kept us busy.

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Big Jumbo & Mixed Bag

Florida Sportsman member: frankthetank

Had a late start guys getting bait at 15th st. We didn’t make it offshore until about 8am, where I followed andy to about 250 feet. We scored a little pre-work out on some bonita and a small amberjack that Andy got. Being in the middle of the group, Andy wanted to go to 340 feet to look for any bit of current so I followed. We almost left but then I finally got a small football in. First Tuna Since November! Andy gets one a little bigger. A few minutes later I got slammed and went on a speedy sleigh ride. After a couple minutes, I’m thrilled to see black and gold rising from the deep and it wasn’t small either.

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Surprise Snook

Florida Sportsman member: Poseidon10/31

I have a nemesis living in bear cut that has made a fool of me quite a few times now. It’s a giant barracuda whose size I didn’t fully know until today. Over the past 7 months he has cut me off and wrapped me on pilings about 6 times. It’s always in the EXACT SAME spot, making me think it’s the same fish. Last time by the bridge I put 18″ of #5 wire on to avoid getting cut off. That wasn’t enough and he PWND me again!!! Today I was using a float with a good 3′ of wire and a live 12″ blue runner. I put the bait in the water momentarily to spin the yak around (25′ up current of his home) and immediately the beast swirled at the bait, missing on the first pass but bit my line above the cork and wire. He spun around, grabbed the bait and took off.

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Round Island Snapper Bite

Florida Sportsman member: evergladeskid243

Being over in Europe, cruising the Med and crossing the Atlantic was cool and all but the whole time my mind was on the Indian River! Loaded the Slayer and hit the river to check continue where i left off before my departure. Hit up my Vero Beach backcountry spot twice last week with nuthing to show but a few small snook and one baby tarpon…

Decided to hit Round Island this afternoon and see if she would produce for me. Couldn’t find a trout anywhere, first fish was a mangrove on a topwater. Checked some spots in the mangroves for some baby tarpon and snook, but there were none to be found. Ended up getting on a good lane snapper bite out off some of the spoil islands by the ICW. Not the bite I was hoping for, but when everything else is slow you just roll with it.

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Boynton Beach Wahoo, Sails and Kings

Florida Sportsman member: bbarton13

Yesterday Marty Mood ( PA hillbilly) and I decided to get a quick last minute trip in. We ran into some big bulls in the shallows and they were hungry for some top waters! There is nothing like catching big reds in 2 feet of water. When they exploded on the topwaters it sounded like a whale breaching. The biggest red was my 41 incher that ate a one knocker spook.

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Boynton Beach Wahoo, Sails and Kings

Florida Sportsman member: NELBAG

Been trying to get an upgrade on my weehoo from early this summer and finally did. Had to weed though the sailfish and kings to get one. I lost a few fish over the last few weeks and went through changing different bait presentations and hook set-ups. The fish weighed 25 pounds, caught in 200 feet on a live gog off Boynton Beach.

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Playa Linda Tarpon Madness

Florida Sportsman member: Devodud

We paddled towards the area where we saw the tarpon roll and my depth sounder screen lit up with large objects. A look over the side of the kayak revealed a couple dozen tarpon in the 70 pound to120 pound class lazily swimming 15 feet directly below me. I opted to bait my light 20 pound class kingfish rod knowing full well I would never land a fish; I just wanted to fight one on the light rod for a while. Suede was using an 8000 Battle spooled with 80 pound Power-Pro and an 80 pound fluorocarbon leader, fully intent on landing a tarpon.

I took my croaker out of the live-well and dropped it straight down over the pod of tarpon. The croaker made a futile attempt to swim away from the pod but a large tarpon rose from the school and inhaled the bite size fish. I set the hook and line started coming off of my reel. The fish didn’t make the usual instant jump; it just took off straight east. Within a few seconds I hear Suede’s drag screaming and one of the giants energetically leaped from the water just feet from my kayak. We had just doubled up on tarpon and complete chaos was enveloping the scene.

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Dania Beach Gags and Kings

Florida Sportsman member: kayakangler

We made our way to one of drichards secret grouper spots(which I of course marked on my FF) and started dropping the jigs. after a couple drops I pull up an decent 10-pound gag. Shortly after, drichard hooks a small almaco that gets engulfed and then let go by a large grouper that rips all the scales off the little almaco. Later the same thing happens to me but this time the larger fish was hooked good. I tried my hardest to stop this thing from running down into the rocks but it was impossible, I almost got pulled over board. Doug was screaming that I had a monster grouper on and I was praying that my line didn’t snap.

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Ft. Lauderdale King

Florida Sportsman member: Captain Yak

Launched at 7am off of Ft. Lauderdale beach. The ocean looked like a sheet of ice. I tried multiple depths not getting anything on my go-to jigs. I also tried multiple depths trolling a few different lures. Turned out to be productive. Got a bonito, trigger, squirrel fish, remora… All trash. Decided to call it a day. Trolled an x-rap on the way in when I hooked up on this king around 130 feet.

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Delray to Boynton Drift

Florida Sportsman member: 1OzLead

Keeping an eye peeled out for storms, Damon, John, Sebastian, and I headed out of Delray to calm seas and clear skies. The current was low, somewhere between 1.5-2 knots so we started jigging on 180 feet. Everyone was getting on fish today and the AJ bite was intense. Later we hit 300 feet and then we got into the Tunas across from the Martini glass. We approached Boynton inlet as soon as a small twister touched down.

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Dania Beach Wahoo

Florida Sportsman member: Pottymouth

I Hit up Dania Beach and it was beautiful out. Flat sea’s, light wind & current, and tons of people going on the hunt for bugs. It was pretty fishy out, so I tossed the cast net from the Pa and loaded up on chum(small pilchards). On the way out I got slammed by a nice king, once we made our way to the desired depth I tossed out my gog and it got slammed, so of course I thought it was another king just bigger. Nope once I saw stripes I knew it was Mr hoo and he was coming to dinner.

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Tilefish Off Delray Beach

Florida Sportsman member: Hooked

Blazing Reels and I hit the sands of Delray Beach this morning before the crack of dawn. We were welcomed with the sight of calm winds and sea. We rush to get out on the water to enjoy the morning bite, so we headed south towards Boca to provide us a little drifting distance. We heard reports of the current picking up strong, but we found out there was none at all. We picked up some good sized Bonitas on the way out which helped us with a good warm up. Our first stop was in about 200 feet of water, we both dropped our jigs a few times and kept an eye on which way the current was flowing. I guess the fish were pretty hungry this morning because on one of my drops I got a double header. I first felt one big slam on my jig and then a few seconds later another big slam, but it was weird because it was going the opposite way.

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North Biscayne Trout Bite

Florida Sportsman member: Poseidon10/31

I decided to try my luck on the grass flats just south of 195 this morning. Got on the water just as the sun was coming up with 3 dozen shrimp. I tried some topwater baits to start things off but only one small trout wanted to play. After 15 minutes, I switched to the go-to popping cork and it was non stop action from then on. I literally blew through all 3 dozen shrimp in about an hour. The majority of the trout were 16-18 inches, only had two little runt trout all day. Didn’t get any needlefish or cuda’s all day, and I was really surprised by that! The grovers were in full force too, caught 8 or 9 in the 6-10″ range. After I used all the shrimp and only got 2 that were just about 20″, I sabiki’d up some pinfish.

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North Mosquito Lagoon

Florida Sportsman member:Hobie Angler

What a beautiful morning…. With a picture perfect sunrise, went out and found that I was the only kayak out there all morning. I just can’t get over how perfect the conditions were and yet there was nobody around. Fish were very active and the opportunities were numerous. Was somewhat disappointed that I ended up losing what would have been the biggest fish of the day. A beefy Red comes to the surface and aggressively snags the lure. Had the fish on for a good run and yet a minute later I am standing there wondering in complete disbelieve.

Heres a video taken throughout the day

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Offshore Mothership Trip

Florida Sportsman member:Heywood

This past Wednesday, July 10th six of us chartered the “Fish Taxi” captained by Ryan Wagner out of the Salt Rock Grill for some off shore action. The targets would be grouper, AJ’s, snapper or just whatever was biting. Joining me would be my good friend Mark Watanabe, Rusty Driver, Rob Devore, Edward Ratanun and Tyler Peterson. Arriving before our schedule launch time of 7am, we quickly loaded the 32 foot Sabalos and made a short trip down the ICW, stopping just short of Johns Pass for fuel. Once done with that we headed out the pass for our 20 mile trip out into the Gulf.

So once in position we dropped our baits, which consisted of either cut or whole sardines and live pinfish and the fight, was on. One Red Grouper after another. You had to go through 20 or 30 short ones to get one that was legal to keep, that being larger than 20 inches.

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Beach Tarpon Madness (Video)

Florida Sportsman member:Devodud

We headed to A1A and began checking beach launches for acceptable surf, bait, and fish activity. We only had to hit a couple of cross-overs before we found an acceptable launch area. We launched to find widely scattered pogies and a few rolling tarpon ranging from just outside the surf to a quarter mile from shore. The water close to the surf was really muddy so we paddled until we found some clearer water and began drifting our baits. Almost immediately we began hooking up. I jumped a couple tarpon and caught some sharks on pigfish and mullet. Suede put out a jumbo mullet and had a tarpon chase it to the surface and leap completely out of the water trying to eat it, all this just feet from his kayak. Neither of us landed a tarpon first thing in the morning, but we had fun trying. Once the morning bite slowed we tried trolling some stingers and diving plugs out farther offshore. The only fish yielded was a huge bonito and a tiny barracuda.

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Snookin’ in the Rain

Florida Sportsman member: jocofi

Over the 4th of July holiday 3 friends got together to enjoy a day of fishing. Almost everyday has been a down pour but the early part of thursday was blue skies.

We headed out from one of our favorite spots. The over abundance of rain run off has turned much of our saltwater spot into fresh water so we needed to head further out to find fish. All 3 of us found snook as well as double digits of trout (not pictured). The snook were hungry all day feasting on DOA Shrimp, zara spook jrs, and skitter walk’s. The rain was held back for most of the day but we did finally get hammered by multiple storms. Though the storms did not break our spirit to continue to fish. We found a few snook on our way back. It was an amazing day in our back country

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Dania Drift

Florida Sportsman member:drichard1986

First time getting out since the big wahoo and fishing has slowed way down in the last few weeks. Went out after work Friday for an hour or so and managed a nice king and lost a big mutton right under the yak Saturday did a drift from port Everglades inlet to Pompano with a couple other guys Doug P, Rob and Andy. First time out of the inlet and it was fun to say the least. With the outgoing tide there was 4-6 foot rollers all the way out to 100 feet of water. Awesome scenery to start the morning though. Fishing was slow with a bunch of huge bonita caught as well as a handful of football bfts. I managed to pull up a small snowy grouper deep droppin in the 300 foot range which was a first for me. Also hooked up to a nice mahi maybe 15 pounds that shook the hook first jump. Also had a fun visit and a couple circles from mr hammerhead. Slow day but nice to get out on the water again

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Vilano Reds

Florida Sportsman member:Flats Broke

After monitoring extraordinary fluctuations in the evening’s weather forecast for St. Augustine, myself and Josh/WDE414 decided to load the Hobie’s and just go. We arrived at the Vilano ramp at around 17:30 and the conditions were excellent. Winds were light from the west and the current was slow and steady outgoing. The plan was to fish the Usina until at least nightfall and mainly drop Got-Cha’s and other heavier lead-heads around the deep spots. When we got to the bridge we quickly racked up multiple trashcan slams but both of us still had high hopes. When the tide was just about bottoming out I hooked-up and boated a 31.5 inch redfish. Shortly after that I was hooked up again to another redfish right around 31 inches. Josh caught some bluefish at around that time and kept one for the grill. I managed a keeper trout somewhere in there too that I threw on the ice. Right after dark fell and the tide switched, I managed a perfect 27 inch redfish that joined the trout on the menu tonight.

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Big Kayak Bull

Florida Sportsman member:Flats Broke

Joe Hector landed this fish, off Pompano on June 27. This bull dolphin was caught on a dead sardine, in 180 feet. Having no gaff did not cause to much of a problem until the fish got wrapped around the mirage drive. The angler Joe was with, Fred York, had to jump in and untangle the line. Joe then reached down, grabbed the fish and bear hugged it into the kayak. The fish weighed an estimated 30 plus pounds


Ultralight Bull

Florida Sportsman member:Chuck D

Fished the Indian River today, and the water is DARK. Super brown, but the fish are there, and they still have to eat. Launched the kayaks at 5:30 to an overcast sunrise. Decided to give my ultralight a workout today, 4 to 10 pound Seagis with a 1000 Saros, 8 pound braid. We started throwing topwater plugs, and they started getting hit. Caught a lot of trout early, and hooked up with a nice red that came unglued on the zara spook jr. Looked for tails, saw none. Kept plugging away with topwater until it stopped working around 10 or 11 am. Started throwing a DOA CAL shad tail and caught a few more nice trout, and hooked up with the first red of the day trolling it behind me (and working it a little) while moving across the flat.The artificial bite slowed a bit after that, so we decided to deploy a few fresh mullet chunks out. Was throwing two lines out on the deeper section of the flat and the action started to heat up. First I nailed a 30 incher as a storm was passing and then we had a double hook up of slightly over 30 inch reds. I had to play these fish and chase them down to not get spooled on the light tackle, they all seemed to hit the bait on the light rod. Maybe because of the lighter leader I was using on it (20 pound floro). I finally get a screaming hit quickly after re-deploying baits, and the line is dumping off the little Saros 1000. In about 4 seconds I was starting to see the spool through the braid, as I was unhooking from my makeshift anchor (my paddle). I got free just in time and started to chase down this fish. I was trying to play it as best I could, and it was dragging me all over the place. My rod was doubled over, my drag was locked but still screaming, and I was very afraid something in the setup would break, possibly the rod. I see the huge tail, and know I’m in for a long fight.Finally the beast rolls over, and gives up. I applied boga grips and it was a caught fish.Revived very quickly, and off to spawn or whatever those big fish do.Thanks to user EasternGlow for help taking the pics! I’d post yours but I know some people may be wary of posting their photos online for the masses…

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Boynton Bonita’s

Florida Sportsman member: Hooked

The Boynton Boys are definitely feeling the summer time, its when you have to catch 20 bonita’s before you catch anything worth wild. We had more pics for you all but one of are camera’s fell of the kayak while in transit probably due to us rushing to get into the cold a/c of vehicle and not checking the traps on the gear. Last Saturday Oarknot and I launched out of Delray Beach and drifted to Boynton and ended catching this little guy in about 300 feet deep with a Tormenter Jig. We have also been having some success with mutton snapper and some nice size reef donkeys. Since they dredged Delray Beach we haven’t seen any nice grouper…

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Dania Offshore Success

Florida Sportsman member: Bugdoc

Finally got a chance to head offshore again. The surf was a little sporty in the morning. A newbie in the parking lot asked if it was a good day to try his new kayak off the beach. It didn’t sound like he had much experience and just a 12 foot kayak, but I figured with an experienced hand like myself I could get him past the waves. I was wrong, he flipped twice in little waves that weren’t even breaking, so I advised him to practice in Whiskey Creek and launched myself out. Once the clouds moved on the seas died down to summer normal. Got a small bonito trolling around 110 feet, lost something on the jig at 120 and got a 2nd bigger bonito jigging. I then foul-hooked a juvenile african pompano and a tiny blowfish. Met forum member jcan and family on the paddle back, they at least got a couple of black-fin tunas for dinner. It’s still nice to get a bend in the rod, especially when you set the drag light so they pull some line.


Ft. Lauderdale Blackfin Tuna

Florida Sportsman Member: Captain Yak

Peddled out with no live bait. Just trolled a plug out to the deep waters and almost snagged a huge sea turtle. Was able to luckily get my line off the turtle without hooking him or putting him under any pressure. Got out to 140 feet and hooked up on a decent bonnie. Threw him back and went to 160 feet.

Immediately hooked up and this fish was a monster. Checking the time on my video, it took my drag for over a minute straight. As it got closer, I realized that I had a monster bonnie. Got him in, but he was so worn he didn’t make it back in the drink.

Switched up Jigs to get away from the bonito. On my second drop and I feel a light hit. I Set the hook and the fish is not really fighting. I get him to the surface and realize I have a jumbo blackfin tuna. I worked him real slow just before bringing him on the yak. He saved his fight for when I had him on board.

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Dania Beach King and Wahoo

Florida Sportsman Member: drichard1986

Launched at sunrise and headed out solo with some gogs swimmin happy in the livewell. Got out to 185 feet, not much current. I caught a few almacos on the jig and then my gog gets whacked. A few good runs and i land a nice 25 pound smoker king. Went out deeper in search of some dolphin and tuna where i found some nice weeds in 380 feet or so. Pulling up to the weeds a school of small dolphin start going crazy and at the same time my gog goes off. At first I though i had a schoolie but after it ran 400 yds off my reel i knew it was something serious! About an hour battle of tug-a-war I get a glimpse of the stripes! A few minutes later I sink the gaff in its head and struggle to pull her in the yak! weighed in at a little over 61 pounds

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Backcountry Grand Slam

Florida Sportsman Member: evergladeskid243

Loaded the Slayer 14.5 up around 11:30 and decided the day wasnt over just yet and that I would go check out a new backcountry spot up in north Ft Pierce. Got some lunch and killed some time while the hottest part of the day passed. Got to the launch spot and set off towards the spot. Got there and started exploring every inch of it with the super spook jr. Landed a baracuda and then my lure gets hit by something that instantly breaks the line, bummer my favorate lure is gone only 5 min in! I tie on a mirroLure topwater prop bait and continue on. I hook into what I thought was a snook, but turned out to be a nice Redfish! Gave a hell of a fight in a foot of water, trying to catch me in the mangroves the entire time.

Throw off a mangrove point and something big hits the lure but dosnt stick which sends the lure flying back at me and tangling my line on itself forcing me to retie. Retie the lure with 25 pound florocarbon this time instead of 20 and cast back to the same spot and it gets inhaled! I set the hook good, anticipating a big jump, but it doesnt jump. It heads straight for the Mangroves so i pull harder and then it jumps… a giant snook again!

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Mosquito Lagoon Trout

Florida Sportsman Member: Stalker1211

Went out Saturday with friends Austin (fish4reds) and Tammy for a little recon during this “Brown Tide” craze everyone is talking about. Indeed, the water clarity is poor, and the water quality is suffering as well. But Mother Nature will always find a way to adapt.

The wind kept switching directions: South to South East to South West. Then all of a sudden, the wind stopped. Tons of mullet appeared, and more tails started popping up. Then I noticed these tails had spots all over them. These aren’t Reds, they are giant Trout! With slick glass calm conditions and within 40 feet from these tails, I grabbed my Slayer Lure SSB with a little Pro Cure Ladyfish Scent and pitched it past a few tails. Of course, the minute I stop paying attention I get thumped. Set the hook into what felt like a solid brick wall.

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South Florida Mahi & Blackfin

Florida Sportsman Member: NELBAG

Switched it up a little bit today and launched further north than usual. Making our way out to blackfin country, I picked up a small one on my deep plug. Put him on ice and continued out. Two minutes later my shallow plug gets hit, I look back and see a cow in the air. My first thought is “cool, but she’s gonna pop off the trebles.” To my surprise she held on and I got her into the Hobie. I ended up with 5 blacks, mahi and few bonita.

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Ft. Pierce Inshore Slam

Florida Sportsman Member: Ginzu

I rolled out this morning to get a little time on the water, since I have to work an evening shift today. I had visions of landing another Cobia after seeing my boy’s slob from yesterday. Well, it didn’t take long. I had a 25 pound Cobia decide to hit my Yozuri deep diver after I got out past the second bar. Fought a short fight and had him yak side. Hit him with the gaff and he flips out doing the gator roll. In the process he slips off the gaff and bent out the treble on the lure and off he swam. I was livid. Cussing at no one for hours. Pulled up one trophy snapper on a spot, then moved to another pulling the only live bait I had, a big hardtail. Well somehow he wiggles off, so now I am stuck pulling nasty cigsicles I had. On the way to our famed Trigger hole I see some birds working the water pretty hard. I start heading that way when I notice an odd thump on the King rig

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Ft. Pierce Inshore Slam

Florida Sportsman Member: evergladeskid243

Met up today with Nick (ShallowWaterAssassin on the FS forum), launched and headed towards one of my favorite flats that has been producing lately. Found the mullet and we began working the schools with topwaters. No more than five minutes in, Nick gets a huge explosion on his topwater but it didn’t stick unfortunately. I finally get a nice hit but it didn’t stick, so I slowed the bait down and sure enough here comes a huge wake behind the bait. The bait gets nailed, fish on! The fish takes me on a nice little ride before I landed a slob redfish, measuring right at 29 inches. It probably would have measured at 30 inches if its tail wasn’t so chewed up.

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Exploring Kismet

Florida Sportsman Member: jocofi

I came up empty for the day but the wife got a few nice sized trout. Probably because I was paddling while she fished and napped. My buddy had no problem killing it with a few large reds(26″,28″), one 21 inch snook and a hand full of trout. Most of the fish were picked up along a newly explored path. Can’t wait to get out and explore more spots.

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Maiden Voyage Snook

Florida Sportsman Member: evergladeskid243

I located and purchased a Slayer 14.5. Picked the boat up yesterday and took it out this morning to hit up some of my favorite flats in Fort Fierce. Got on the water around 6:30 and paddled out to some mullet schools that were getting busted on by snook. Hooked and lost a fish on a super spook jr. but then I got one to stick. Landed the barely slot snook got some quick picture with it and the new yak. I was super pumped. Good way to break the Slayer in!

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“Smoker” Kings off Pompano Beach

Florida Sportsman Member: meckert

Another great morning. Sunny, wind was down, no Surf…Perfect! As soon as I got to 150 feet my gog gets slammed! I knew it was a “smoker” by the run it took. 20 minutes later when I got him to the yak I was in 300 feet! Heck of a fight. Decided to release him (hopefully someone catches him this weekend!) I estimated him to be about 30 to 35 pounds. Around 10:30 decided to call it a day ( never caught anything after 10:30 anyways ) When I got to 85 feet and my rod goes off again. This time I hear a big splash, so I’m thinking Sail…but knew quickly it was another “Smoker” when it ripped off 200 yards in a matter of a few seconds.

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Pompano Beach Amberjack

Florida Sportsman Member: Pottymouth

Hit up Pompano scouting for the tourney, meet up with Bobby and his old man and decided to head out together, it was a nice launch but I knew it was gonna get ugly fast. Meet up with Larrythelobsterman ( I think JetskiLarry is a better name) out in deeper water. As we made our way to my fav wreck, I noted a nice little rock pile and marked it. We made it to the wreck and first drop fish on Bobby hooks up as well. It was good fight and then my leader popped right at the knot . I switched rods and by the second drop I had fish on, tearing line off my reel had to palm it a few times[...]

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Pompano Beach King & Grouper

Florida Sportsman Member: Poseidon10/31

Took the yak off Pompano since I’ve had good luck up there. Seas were less than 2 feet with a north breeze. Just past the third reef there was nice rip and I put a gog out. Saw a couple kings launch out of the water probably 5-10 feet in the air. Pretty awesome to see. I paddled that way and got bit. There was a sharp tug and then nothing… I opened the bail thinking it was a short strike and the fish would come back for the rest. After 10-15 seconds of nothing I reeled up the slack to find dead weight on the other end. There was no tug, no run, just dead weight. I didn’t even think it was a fish until I dragged it in 50 yards to the yak. Then the king took off and decided to fight.

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Pine Island Topwater Bite

Florida Sportsman Member: Bobbkkat

Launched out of Pineland marina this morning and was in the rain right away. We started to get into trout just out of the marina using topwaters. The fish were nailing the unfair lures dawgwalker 110 in the pearl olive w/red head. Those bites were some of the most violent trout bites I have ever seen. I caught quite a few trout, and I even caught a 20 inch and a 22 inch trout right after each other. We moved towards the trees and started getting hits right away. We had a few nice reds explode on topwaters but couldn’t connect with any. Finally I had one boil on it right in front of my kayak and then it boiled again and inhaled the bait three feet in front of my kayak.

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Tuna Time

Florida Sportsman Member: NELBAG

Launched in Boynton this morning anticipating to dodge storms throughout the day. To my surprise, I didn’t get a rain drop on me. I Worked a jig from 200-240 feet targeting areas that hold tuna this time of year. By the time I hit skycliff, I had 4 blackfins on ice and lost one sail to a break off. Soon after, forum member Blazing Reels comes out of the blue and decides to tag along for the rest of the day. We continued to work our jigs with good success. Blazing got on some mahi and lost a sail that hit his jig . By the end of the day I ended up with 14 blackfins…one at 18 pounds.

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Plenty of Action Out of Kismet

Florida Sportsman Member: jocofi

After reading a recent post my friend and I needed to make another trip to the Kismet launch. This is in north cape coral.

The tally for the day was:

Reece, 1snook (22 inches), 2reds (21 & 22 inches, infinite trout( largest was 21 inches) and 4 flounder.

Josh, 3snook (16, 15 and 17 inches), infinite trout(largest was 18 inches) and a Pompano (see picture for size) The Pompano was a new addition to my caught species fishing list.

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Double Ling Up

Florida Sportsman Member: Red Fish

The plan was to head out to the 2nd color change and look for ling as we headed east. We dragged cigs hoping to pick up a smoker but no dice.

I decided to head out a little deeper and see if we could find any bottom to drop on. I drifted over some hard bottom and flipped my flounder jig and immidiately slammed. I was worried I had a jack cause it was kicking my tail. After about 7-8 minutes, I pulled a nice red up. I looked beneath him and there was the first ling of the day mixed in with this massive school of reds. I moved on trying to get back with the school when my other rod with the cig on started screaming. I first thought king but then realized it was probably another red. But with no head shakes my hopes were high it was a ling. After about 30 minutes I gaffed this guy. He weighed 27 pounds.

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Bonito Bonanza

Florida Sportsman Member: Poseidon10/31

There was an all day feeding frenzy over the third reef stretching as far as the eye could see. Mostly bonito or little tunnys with some blue runners and mackerel mixed in. I had a goggle eye down deep that got crushed and cut off after a screaming run. The fish were keyed in on these little 1 inch baits (not sure what kind exactly) and paid no attention to my pilchards. Tried a couple top water baits with no bites til I tied on a Shimano Waxwing. I was hooking up every other cast with the waxwing. I kept looking for a blackfin tuna mixed in there somewhere but no takers. Still, it was fun to keep a tight line. Ended up with a small spanish mackerel and around a dozen of these guys.

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North Biscayne Trout Bite

Florida Sportsman Member: Pmoconnor89

I decided to try my luck on the grass flats just south of 195 this morning. Got on the water just as the sun was coming up with 3 dozen shrimp. Tried some topwater baits to start things off but only one small trout wanted to play. After 15 minutes I switched to the go-to popping cork and it was non stop action from then on. I literally blew through all 3 dozen shrimp in about an hour. The majority of the trout were 16-18 inches, only had two little runt trout all day. Didn’t get any needlefish or cuda’s all day, and I was really surprised by that! The grovers were in full force too, caught 8 or 9 in the 6-10 inch range. After I used all the shrimp and only got 2 that were just about 20 inches, I sabiki’d up some pinfish. Even caught a couple trout on the sabiki too. Using the palm size pinfish I caught with the sabiki I managed to get 3 trout over 20 inches, and lost one that was over 25 inches.

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Placida Snook and Trout

We met up when I got off work Sunday morning at a launch in the Placida/Gasparilla sound area. I had success here early in the week so we figured it would be worth a shot. I tried to offer as much input and knowledge as possible… stuff like “I’ve caught a redfish on this dock using this bait…” “Snook like to hang out there…” “a faster retrieve here gets more trout but if you slow it down…” It wound up paying off because within about an hour he had a decent slam including his biggest trout ever at 18 inches. My luck was almost non existent for most of the morning, as I caught a handful of trout with only one even being slot sized.

[...] I knew it was a snook right off the bat. It gave a nice headshake above the water and I realized it was a bit bigger fish. It was a perfect scenario, the fight started about 50 yards from the closest dock and about 25 yards from the closest submerged mangrove roots, so there wasn’t much chance of the fish getting in to anything and breaking me off. After a lot of drag screaming I got the fish to the side of the boat and asked my brother to come over and get a picture as I knew it would at least be competing for my biggest snook ever.

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Pompano Beach Offshore Meet-Up

The meet-up turned out well, a lot of kayakers showed up. The weather was nasty! Wind was non-stop blowing from the SSE, and every bit of 3 to 5 feet. Hats off to everyone that stuck it out and continued to fish throughout the day. Those conditions do not make it easy to fish but some fish were caught. Congrats to kayakangler AKA Joe Kraatz with the biggest combo of the day (nice king and 31 pound AJ). We started fishing in 250 feet where the AJ was landed [...]

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Dania Beach King

Florida Sportsman member: drichard1986

Got to the beach at sunrise and saw Rob there so we headed out together. He had his sail on the ocean kayak and damn does that thing haul. I dropped a gog out at 100 feet on the way out and 2 minutes later the drag starts to scream… After a 20 minute fight of drag screaming, I pull up a fat king. Rob headed out deep and landed a few small dolphin and a king. I stayed in, bouncing on the shallow wrecks in search of a cobia but just got a few almacos. Overall it was a slow day but it was nice to get out.

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Navarre Cobia

Florida Sportsman member: Ginzu

Beautiful flat goodness greeted me at the launch. Trolled a cig duster and a deep diver. No taps. Moved on to another spot and decided to drop down the tried and true flounder setup. Thumped the bottom once, and bam! It was on like donkey kong. Fish was running hard, so I cupped the spool to try and slow him down. I Couldn’t put too much pressure on him cause I was rocking my Stradic 5k with 30lb braid. My initial thought was shark, and as I got him within sight, it was none other than the brown bomber.

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Dania Beach Macs and Jack

Florida Sportsman member: Baxter22

Winds and outgoing tide made it look “sporty” like my buddy and mentor Android likes To say. Close to limit of macs using all artificials.They hit everything! Biggest fish trolling 1 1/4 oz spoon. Jack hit ballyhoo on kingfish rig with sinker removed trolling east from towers. The kids said mac bite was over till I used a different jig and got four more in the boat. Did not head out as big waves came in. Knew we were done when surfers showed up.

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St. Augustine Top Water Reds

Florida Sportsman member: cbuckholts

The fishing was a bit slow this morning. We saw few reds really pushing any wakes. After about 20 minutes or so we managed to pick up a red around 17 inches. A few trout here and there climbed on in the kayak. It was around 7:45 and I hung into a 30 inch monster red. He slammed the top water and took off the opposite direction I was facing. He snapped the kayak around the started stripping drag. This fish meant business. After he pulled me at least 50 yards down the creek I was able to get him at least turned around. After getting pulled like a dog sled down the creek I managed to land this monster.

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Reds to Spare

Florida Sportsman member: cbuckholts

We’ve really been catching the reds up here well. They’ve been hanging out in around 3 feet of water early in the morning and later afternoon. I caught a monster 27 inch red and another 29 inch red on top water earlier in the week. I’m heading out to a new spot in the trusty yak to catch some more monsters tomorrow.

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Pompano Beach Dolphin

Florida Sportsman member: drichard1986

Weather was calling for 14 foot seas so me and flats broke decided what the hell lets give it a shot lol. Got a late start but weather started beautiful, 2-3 foot seas with weedlines and blue water. Flats hooked a mahi right away on jig but shook the hook. Few minutes later my live bait gets hit n I land a decent phin… Few more drifts with no luck and the wind kept increasing with seas 4-6 feet we decide to call it a day[...]

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Boynton Beach Dolphin

Florida Sportsman member: NELBAG

Started out on a solo Dolphin trip today, but met Paul in the surf and he asked to tag along. Being the nice guy I am, I said sure. I Hope my kind deed pays off later because Paul hooked this stud not 15 feet from me. First ever in the yak! Congrats!

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Everglades City Jack & Reds

Florida Sportsman member: jvanpelt

Headed down to Everglades City today with the one and only Bonitabob himself. We met up with Woody Callaway of Native Watercraft and Rich Jones (RJVermont) and hit the water a little later than usual. I did a little bit of fishing but was more interested in playing with my new camera than anything else.

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Everglades Paddle Bassin’

Florida Sportsman member: jvanpelt

Drove down to Collier County today to do a little bass fishing. Day started off with a ton of small ones and then just as I was starting to discount this lakes productivity the big girls started to show up.

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Kites and Kayaks

Florida Sportsman member: FLATS BROKE

The thought of flying kites from our kayaks has been in our minds for a while and today we had a perfect opportunity to do so. With a NE wind whipping in at 10-20KTS plus, We had to go.

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1,000 Island Park

Florida Sportsman member: jocofi

We left Kars park headed almost straight out for deeper water. We fished for a while, after only two 10-inch-plus trout, the frustrating puffer fish destroying my gulp, and the wind picking up, we decided to head for cover. My friend said that 1,000 Island Park in Cocoa Beach has miles of mangrove canals to fish. It was a great place. Lots of canals that protected us from the wind. We saw a few small schools of reds that had lock jaw and tons of finger mullet [...]

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Pine Island Catches

Florida Sportsman member: jvanpelt

Headed out today despite the forecast calling for wind and rain. Hit up Pine Island with redfish on the mind. Very quickly that was satisfied and we continued to explore some back creeks out in Pine Island. We all managed quite a few fish, reds, trout, and snook. The best part of my day however was getting good fishing buddy Ken hooked up and watching him land his first ever tarpon.

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Pompano Beach Offshore

Florida Sportsman member:FLATS BROKE

Paddled out from Pompano beach on Sunday at sunrise. Beach was flat. Offshore was nasty. The wind was relentless. First 2 fish that were caught were Black fin tuna by Drichard1986 & Jvanpelt. Both fish were caught on live flat lined Pilchards. I stayed in a little shallower and was able to land a nice size King on a flat lined Goggle Eye in 135 feet. Soon after that I peddled over to KayakAngler to see he landed his first ever grouper and a nice one at that! The grouper was caught on a vertical jig in 250 feet.

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Kismet Snook

Florida Sportsman member: jocofi

So we made it to the Kismet launch (north cape coral) yesterday. It was an awesome trip. I had heard some great stories about the area and the real thing didn’t disappoint. We saw so many fish, some monster reds and snook out there. We made it all the way out to Charlotte Harbor but the wind kept us off the grass flats so we headed back into the mangrove lakes. I was able to pick up one snook and my friend caught one red and one snook. Also there was so much drift wood..I need a bigger yard for all that. I can’t wait to get back out there.

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Everglades Backcountry

Florida Sportsman member: miket1515