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Blue Wave 2400 Pure Bay

The Blue Wave 24 Pure Bay meets the needs of inshore and offshore anglers alike.

Performance meets style is the best way to describe the Blue Wave 2400 Pure Bay. Computer engineering combined with over 40 years of boat building experience has produced a bay boat that meets the needs of the most demanding angler and looks good doing it.

100 percent hand-laid composite construction; including 4 full length, fully bonded stringers, yields a high strength yet lighter weight hull. The transom is bonded through the sidewall and has a two-level gusset support system.

The Pure Bays fully molded inner liner has all of the fishing features you would expect to find in a tournament winning bay boat like built in rod storage under the front casting deck and under the gunnels. Two livewells, fish boxes and lots of dry storage compartments. The bow deck has a flat area specifically made to accept a trolling motor and is pre-wired. They also haven’t forgotten the family by adding a pair of unique high back Cyclone seats at the helm with additional stern seating across the rear casting deck.

Other standard features include a high tech center console design with plenty of room for your flush mounted electronics, a built in cooler, vertical rod holders, tackle storage and much more. Their innovative stern livewell has a 3-inch drain, Pro Air plus Recirc Pump.

Florida Sportsman Boating Editor, Dave East, took time away from the filming of the new Florida Sportsman Best Boat series to meet with Tim Long, factory rep for Blue Wave, to get a closer look at the 2400 Pure Bay. “The fit and finish of this boat is the finest I’ve seen in the industry and the ride is nothing short of amazing,” remarked East.

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2400 Pure Bay Specifications

Length Overall: 24 feet, 5 inches
Beam: 8 feet, 6 inches
Dry Weight: 2,200 pounds
Draft: 12 inches
Maximum Horsepower: single 300 hp
Shaft Length: 25 inches
MSRP w/power: $59,995.00

Small Lure, Big Fish

Recent inshore fishing reports from the Ten Thousands Islands region.


Small Lure, Big Fish

Florida Sportsman member: Joe Snook

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

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Summer in the Ten Thousand Islands

Florida Sportsman member: Joe Snook

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

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Whitehorse Key Camping Trip

Florida Sportsman member: CapnAhab

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

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Chokoloskee Backwater Bite

Florida Sportsman member: Piperhigh13

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

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Ten Thousand Island Inshore Bite

Florida Sportsman member: blewitupsir

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

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Catching Dinner and a Trophy

Florida Sportsman member: rgarry

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

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Ten Thousand Islands Mixed Bag

Florida Sportsman member: Charlemagne

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

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Great Snook Bite

Florida Sportsman member: Joe Snook

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

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Shrimp Dunking with the Wife

Florida Sportsman member: Jdstang50

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

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Fantastic Fishing in the Ten Thousand Islands

Florida Sportsman member: Joe Snook

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

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Cooler Weather Heating Up the Fishing

Florida Sportsman member: Joe Snook

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

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Chokoloskee Firsts

Florida Sportsman member: Charlemagne

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

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10,000 Islands Prodigy

Florida Sportsman member: Joe Snook

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

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Everglades Campin’ and Snookin’

Florida Sportsman member: blewitupsir

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

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

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Flounder & Trips

Florida Sportsman member: nightfly

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

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Reds in the 10k

Florida Sportsman member: Joe Snook

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

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Chokoloskee Catches

Florida Sportsman member: nightfly

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

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Tripletail for the Table

Florida Sportsman member: tg.

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

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Fall Fishing Producing Solid Catches

Florida Sportsman member: Capt. Milk

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

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Getting Ready for the Showdown

Florida Sportsman member: tailchaser16

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

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Awesome Snook on Fly

Florida Sportsman member: FLA_tony

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

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Everglades Inshore Mixed Bag

Florida Sportsman member: blewitupsir

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

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10K Islands Inshore Action

Florida Sportsman member: blewitupsir

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

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Solo Everglades Tarpon Trip

Florida Sportsman member: deerfly

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

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Backcountry Reds

Florida Sportsman member: nightfly

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

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Wiggins Pass Snookin’

Florida Sportsman member: odiesfloatie

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

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10,000 Islands Topwater Action

Florida Sportsman member: Joe Snook

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

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Sunday Snookin’

Florida Sportsman member: SnookMagnet

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

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Marco Island Memorial Day Trip

Florida Sportsman member: Captain Bill Curtis

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

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Memorial Day Snook

Florida Sportsman member: nightfly

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

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First Florida Slam!

Florida Sportsman member: asleepatthereel

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

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Week Recap, A Good One

Florida Sportsman member: Capt. Milk

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

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Chokoloskee Fishing

Florida Sportsman member: nightfly

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

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Wiggins Back Bay

Florida Sportsman member: JSTickum

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

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Redfish, Redfish, Redfish

Florida Sportsman member: pjstevko

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

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Great Day, Despite the Winds

Florida Sportsman member: Capt. Milk

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

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Chokoloskee Red

Florida Sportsman member: nightfly

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

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Estero Bay Reds

Florida Sportsman member: Indianoutlaw

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

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Marco/Goodland Redfishing

Florida Sportsman member: nightfly

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

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The Last Couple Weekends

Florida Sportsman member: HookedOnSnook

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

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Night Time Snookin’ on Fly

Florida Sportsman member: nightfly

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

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Late Afternoon Trip

Florida Sportsman member: Joe Snook

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

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Two Days of Marco Action

Florida Sportsman member: Captain Bill Curtis

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

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February Fishing in Chokoloskee and Everglades City

Florida Sportsman member: CaptainRapps

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

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Sunny Weather Fishing

Florida Sportsman Member: Rizangler

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

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Light Leader Peacock Bass

Recent fly fishing reports from all around the state.


Light Leader Peacock Bass

Florida Sportsman member: Beto_Matheus

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

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Flood Tide Reds

Florida Sportsman member: T-Shirt Bob

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

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Bonito Blitz

Florida Sportsman member: FlyFishJax

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

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Big Blackfin on Fly

Florida Sportsman member: Capt. Scott

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

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Baby Tarpon on Fly

Florida Sportsman member: E-type

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

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Summertime Trip to the North

Florida Sportsman member: Ol’DirtyCaster

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

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Bahamas Bonefish

Florida Sportsman member: Prhea36

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

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Gorge Fly Fishing

Florida Sportsman member: remo_5_0

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

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

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West Coast Snook

Florida Sportsman member: Slamaholic

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

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Summer Snook

Florida Sportsman member: twobbles

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

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Sanibel Snookin’

Florida Sportsman member: Tgrass

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

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Withlacoochee Slam

Florida Sportsman member: capt louie

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

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New Personal Best

Florida Sportsman member: Pmoconnor89

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

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First on the Fly

Florida Sportsman member: HenrySRQ

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

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Big Trout Out Back

Florida Sportsman member: ShallowPersonality

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

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Hitting the Ditches

Florida Sportsman member: weetza

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

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First Snook on Sand

Florida Sportsman member: pjstevko

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

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Matlacha on the Fly

Florida Sportsman member: Capt. Gregg McKee

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

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A Change of Pace

Florida Sportsman member: remo_5_0

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

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Fighting the Wind, Catching Fish

Florida Sportsman member: DKT

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

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Smashing the Docklights

Florida Sportsman member: Snookslayer772

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

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Busting Them on Top, The Fly Way

Florida Sportsman member: redjim

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

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Night Time Fly Fishing in Boca

Florida Sportsman member: fishfullthinking

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

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Keeping the Rod Bent

Florida Sportsman member: SUPER D

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

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The Best By-Catch

Florida Sportsman member: Docked Wages

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

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Red on Fly

Florida Sportsman member: E-type

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

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Charlotte Harbor Snook on Fly

Florida Sportsman member: E-type

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

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Guides Day Off

Florida Sportsman member: FlyFishJax

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

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First Snook On Fly

Florida Sportsman member: LilJim

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

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Pompano On The Buggy Whip

Florida Sportsman member: sunflower

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

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Only One Fish, But Made It Count

Florida Sportsman member: SUPER D

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

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Always Will Remember Your First Fish

Florida Sportsman member: JonathanT305

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

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Tampa Bay Reds On Fly

Florida Sportsman member: Icatcher22

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

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D.I.Y. Louisiana

Florida Sportsman member: Chief_Osceola

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

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Good Outcome On A New Fly

Florida Sportsman member: Snookslayer772

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

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Docklight Trout

Florida Sportsman member: bubujimbo

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

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Two Days of Action : Tarpon & Reds

Florida Sportsman member: mangohunter11

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

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Trip to the Black Canyon of Gunnison

Florida Sportsman member: razorreilly09

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

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

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Boca Peacock Action

Florida Sportsman member: Prhea36

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

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Sebastian Offshore Fly

Florida Sportsman member: Flyguy1

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

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A Day in the Park

Florida Sportsman member: mangohunter11

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

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

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Battling Bonito

Florida Sportsman member:Capt. Scott

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

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Daytona Tarpon

Florida Sportsman member: SUPER D

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

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Biscayne Evening Tarpon

Florida Sportsman member: mbowers

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

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Miami Peacocks and Bones

Florida Sportsman member: paint it black

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

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Peacock Bass, Bonefish, and Snook, Oh My!

Florida Sportsman member: paint it black

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

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

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Stuart Evening Snook

Florida Sportsman member: snook87

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

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Flamingo, It’s That Good

Florida Sportsman member: paint it black

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

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First Black Drum on Fly

Florida Sportsman member: Dj Dan Decibel

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

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Fishing High and Low

Florida Sportsman member: mangohunter11

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

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Backyard Tarpon

Florida Sportsman member: Joupdog1

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

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Flipping the Coin

Florida Sportsman member: Dj Dan Decibel

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

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Chunk Bass on Fly

Florida Sportsman member: ShallowExpectations

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

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Red Races

Florida Sportsman member: SUPER D

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

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Happy Days on the Fly

Florida Sportsman member: mangohunter11

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

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Son’s First Fish on Fly

Florida Sportsman member: sunflower

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

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Yankeetown Reds

Florida Sportsman member: deerfly

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

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Dorado Gone Wild

Florida Sportsman member: Carl Blackledge

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

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

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Banana River Reds

Florida Sportsman member: Flyguy1

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

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Carolina Trout

Florida Sportsman member: Bullshark

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

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Back in No Man’s Land

Florida Sportsman member: mangohunter11

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

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Merry “Carpmas”!

Florida Sportsman member: KyTrkyHntr

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

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The “Gold” Mining Continues

Florida Sportsman member: KyTrkyHntr

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

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Fly Fishing Tampa Bay

Florida Sportsman member: Shadowcast

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

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Kentucky Carp

Florida Sportsman member: KyTrkyHntr

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

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Fly Times in the Everglades

Florida Sportsman member: mangohunter11

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

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Everglades City on the Fly

Florida Sportsman member: miket1515

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

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Bass and Bream on Fly

Florida Sportman member: Pmoconnor89

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

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Crystal River Snook on Fly

Florida Sportsman member: sparse grey

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

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Fly Fishing in the Summertime

Florida Sportsman member: Dj Dan Decibel

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

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Jupiter Snook on Fly

Florida Sportsman member: ABayne

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

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Big Linesider on Fly

Florida Sportsman member: Capt.Dino

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

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False Albies on Fly

Florida Sportsman member: ABayne

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

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First Snook on Fly

Florida Sportsman member: saltybum

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

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Biscayne Bay Nights

Florida Sportsman member: lemaymiami

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

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Independence Day Tarpon on Fly

Florida Sportsman member: sunflower

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

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Multi-Fish Mojo

Florida Sportsman member: KyTrkyHntr

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

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Canada Northerns & Walleye on Fly

Florida Sportsman member: Docked Wages

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

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Past Month on Fly

Florida Sportsman member: FLA_tony

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

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Tarpon on Fly

Florida Sportsman member: Tight Loops

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

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Black Drum Redemption

Florida Sportsman member: freshfromthesalt

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

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Carp-O-licious!

Florida Sportsman member: KyTrkyHntr

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

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Fly Fishing Tailing Reds

Florida Sportsman member: FlyFishJax

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

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Big Peacocks on Fly

Florida Sportsman member: kahmad

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

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Fly Fishing Carp in the Bluegrass State

Florida Sportsman member: KyTrkyHntr

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

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Up The Creeks

Florida Sportsman member: Capt. Gregg McKee

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

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Jacksonville Surf Report

Florida Sportsman member: FlyFishJax

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

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First Albies of the Year in Jupiter

Florida Sportsman member: Capt. Scott

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

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Sight Casting Snook at Night on Fly

Florida Sportsman member: snookcook

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

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Solid Day Fly Fishing

Florida Sportsman member: SUPER D

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

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Banana River Red

Florida Sportsman member: Ol’DirtyCaster

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

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St. Lucie River to the Indian River

Florida Sportsman member: snookcook

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

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St. Lucie River Dock Lights

Florida Sportsman member: snookcook

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

 

 

 


Shad Running in the St. Johns River

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

Here’s what duke6543 had to say:

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

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

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

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One Fly Reds and Trout

Florida Sportsman member: Super D

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

 

 

 

 


Juvenile Tarpon on Fly

Florida Sportsman member: jkayakfly

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

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Hoo on the Troll

Recent offshore fishing reports from the Southeast region.


Hoo on the Troll

Florida Sportsman member: latitudeadjustment

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

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Woohoo for Wahoo

Florida Sportsman member: 1974Donzi

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

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Big Jupiter Hoo

Florida Sportsman member: Jupiter Double D’s

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

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Palm Beach Offshore

Florida Sportsman member: e-money

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

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Costa Rica Trip

Florida Sportsman member: Dominic74

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

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The Bahamas Bite

Florida Sportsman member: Chips Ahoy Charters

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

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Saint Lucie Sails

Florida Sportsman member: DropBack

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

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Two Weeks in Paradise

Florida Sportsman member: dpdash

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

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Harassing the Hoo’s

Florida Sportsman member: Hooklesslure

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

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Setting the Bar High

Florida Sportsman member: Lobsterdb12

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

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Dolphin Fishing with Dad

Florida Sportsman member: juliem

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

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Stud Snapper out of Fort Pierce

Florida Sportsman member: FISHHUNTR

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

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Monster Southeast Sail

Florida Sportsman member: kershel

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

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Monster

Florida Sportsman member: Captain Dave

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

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Southeast Night Bite

Florida Sportsman member: B Lang

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

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Big Hoo’s Bring the Money

Florida Sportsman member: campertop

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

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Bruiser Blackfin out of Lake Worth

Florida Sportsman member: robgfish

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

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Memorial Day Bite

Florida Sportsman member: Jupiter Double D’s

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

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Taking Home the Win

Florida Sportsman member: Angler Management

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

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Big Bull and More

Florida Sportsman member: e-money

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

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Hot Bahama Bite

Florida Sportsman member: Lazy Bones

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

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Bahama Days and Big Fish

Florida Sportsman member: PaulBoat

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

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Tripled Up out of Boca

Florida Sportsman member: bobert421

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

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Kings and Cobes, Great Tournament Win

Florida Sportsman member: sam50

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

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Killer Cobia

Florida Sportsman member: e-money

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

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S.L.I. Dolphin

Florida Sportsman member: scubadude

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

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Huge Jupiter Hoo

Florida Sportsman member: Tightlines2234

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

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Smokers and Blackfins out of Palm Beach

Florida Sportsman member: e-money

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

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A Good Springbreak

Florida Sportsman member: Jupiter Double D’s

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

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Gaffers, Smokers and Big Blackfins

Florida Sportsman member: e-money

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

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Jigging Palm Beach

Florida Sportsman member: angryangler

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

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Solid Southeast Offshore Bite

Florida Sportsman member: AFT561

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

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“LET’S GO” Get Wahoo

Florida Sportsman member: LET’S GO

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

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Southeast Kite Fishing

Florida Sportsman member: Angler Management

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

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Fort Pierce Phins

Florida Sportsman member: FISHHUNTR

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

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SLI Dolphin

Florida Sportsman member: Lori Jo Fishing

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

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Cobias Out of Jupiter

Florida Sportsman member: Jupiter Double D’s

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

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“Lets Go” Get Cobia

Florida Sportsman member: latitudeajustment

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

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Boynton Beach Bull and More

Florida Sportsman member: jokerj280

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

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Great Day Out of Palm Beach

Florida Sportsman member: Tori’S Toy

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

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Dolphin on the Drift

Florida Sportsman member: Salty_Cracker

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

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Bay Boat Kings and Sails

Florida Sportsman member: Tightlines2234

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

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Southeast Sheepshead and Cobia

Florida Sportsman member: bullchaser

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

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Good Bottom Bite Out of SLI

Florida Sportsman member: Snookslayer772

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

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Sails on the Troll

Florida Sportsman member: Salty_Cracker

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

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Lake Worth Sails

Florida Sportsman member: robgfish

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

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Putting Foreigners on the Fish

Florida Sportsman member: Angler Management

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

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Catching Fish In The Slop

Florida Sportsman member: SnapperSlapper

Headed out this AM excited about the 5-10 knots of wind NOAA predicted. Well they were right for about 30 minutes. Made our way out quickly a little south of east and put in a spread of ballyhoo in 100 feet of water. Within minutes the wind picked up to a steady 15knots out of the Northwest. Made it a bit sloppy for the rest of the day.

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Lake Worth Bottom Bite

Florida Sportsman member: Jupiter Double D’s

Once I hit 105 feet, the bottom came alive. Remoras, the largest queen trigger I have ever seen, 5 muttons, all around 15 inches, porgies, mangroves, squirrelfish, and yellowtails. Safely returned all the undersized fish except 4 yellowtails and 1 mangrove snapper.

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Lake Worth Offshore

Florida Sportsman member: e-money

We scaled down, and quickly were in a “Bonita Fest” with football BFT’s mixed in. We hooked a nice gaffer, but he spit hook. Great people, and made the best of cards dealt. Some of the boneheads were 15 plus pounds and saved for a date with Broadbills.

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Dancing With Dolphin

Florida Sportsman member: Captain Dave

We searched around for a while more and then started getting into a groove in the right area, a bit shallower to the north of there in 95 feet. Luck kept coming our way and we continued boating multiple dolphin on each shot of fish that came into our spread. Triple headers are always fun when there’s just two of us on the boat! We fished a mix of naked ballyhoo and lures and the fish ate everything we put back there.

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Boynton Beach Hoo

Florida Sportsman member: First Born

There were birds working heavy, also saw some skippies and small boneheads tearing up bait. Picked up a phin early after working the rip. Continuing north, the wire line starts to sing. While cranking it in I can feel that he had decent size too him, Chris puts the gloves on and once we got to the shock line he starts hand jacking it in. Finally we see a beak coming up to the boat and confirm our catch, I sink the gaff and we have a hoo in the box!

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Dolphin Out of Boynton

Florida Sportsman member: Dominic74

We got our first hit right out side the inlet in 120 feet, boated a nice 10 pound skipjack. We continued south of the inlet, one out rigger pops and a decent dolphin is on, Kevin brings him to the boat as I throw out a gog in hopes of a follower, within a few seconds I am hooked up. We ended up catching three more phins and a few bonita before 11am.

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S.L.I. Wahoo

Florida Sportsman member: bullchaser

Around 9:30 in 140 feet we get our lone hit on the pink chug that takes a ton of line on first run so the hoping game was on. After the first run it turned to almost dead weight. Put doc on the rod and he is reeling and reeling and gets the fish 20 feet from boat still not knowing what’s on the other end. It takes 3 hard runs chaffing the leader on the boat on the last run. Get him boat side and the water lights up with stripes. I knew I only had one chance, I put the hook in his gut and and into the kill box he went!

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Southeast Offshore Action

Florida Sportsman member: rowerybo

About an hour into fishing, the short bait gets batted by a sail, but I missed it as the bait was batted off. Very quickly, a second sail is on the long bait. This one gets the hooks and takes to the air. I could see more fish around but with one angler, focused on the hooked fish while it danced around the boat. The fish was brought to the boat and released in healthy condition.

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Sometimes You Just Get Lucky

Florida Sportsman member: SammyT

So I look at this wahoo and now I know I’m dreaming. Friend calls me and makes me take his boat out without him. 5 minutes in I hook a wahoo on a snook plug, on a Penn 750, on 20lb braid with no leader. Then he almost spools me. Then my super novice gaff man makes a great first shot to seal the deal. Weighed out at 39 pounds.

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Great Palm Beach Offshore Bite

Florida Sportsman member: Ryanmc6884

then it hit and it hit like a bullet on the shotgun rigged swimming mullet. Probably the sickest run I have ever seen a fish take, it had the Trinidad 50 singing like a bird! Not to mention at the same time the wahoo hit we had a small sail hit the short rod.

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Dolphin Mania Off Palm Beach

Florida Sportsman member: dscherz

“I am scrambling to get the lines cleared as Derek and Kyle fight their fish. All good so far, so we gaff Kyle’s bull and chase down the big cow. Teamwork at its best as Derek hands the rod to Kyle while I am driving and trying to GoPro at the same time! Derek sinks the gaff in her after a few sketchy runs when she was right near the boat. HIGH FIVES! Derek’s personal best on dolphin at almost 30 pounds!”

 




Palm Beach Inlet Producing

Florida Sportsman member: Salty_Cracker

Found a few scattered weeds but they weren’t holding fish so we headed back shallower. Were getting tired of not catching so we put the tuna chain out down the middle. Picked up some black fins quickly and kept 3 for dinner.

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Stuart Offshore Action

Florida Sportsman member: snook87

Didn’t keep all we caught but end of day we caught over 14 mahi, keeping only five and two blackfin which went for sushi at the dock. We picked up a sail but it didn’t take hold long enough for the hook set but did see it jump. Saw plenty of huge triple tail on debris, logs, doors, and buckets but hard to stop a eight wide spread.

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Wonderful West End Weekend

Florida Sportsman member: CNTDR

After breezing thru customs, we started our wahoo troll out in front of Old Bahama Bay. Within 10 minutes we boated our first hoo. Next pass we got hooked up again. They both hit the shotgun mackerel lure. Trolled another hour without any more bites. We made the decision to deep drop and caught our limit of queen snapper and yelloweyes within an hour.

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Solo Jupiter Trip Pays Off

Florida Sportsman member: dscherz

I had heard the dolphin were in shallow so straight out Jupiter Inlet I deploy the spread in 75 feet of water heading east. I only get to 80 feet and my long line gets nailed. Nice phin, he is doing the dance. I have 3 other lines out but have the fish off the side so I leave them in while maintaining a slow troll. Sure enough, double header, I get another phin on.

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Boca Blue Marlin

Florida Sportsman member: BocaCentury2900

Within 15 minutes one of my TLD25′s started screaming and didn’t stop until it was almost down to the knot. Quickly pulled all lines out of the water and turned the boat to chase and gain some line back. After a few leaps he sounded to around 500 feet right under the boat, Fight ensued for about 45 minutes and we brought him to the boat side.

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Stuart Dolphin and Sailfish

Florida Sportsman member: Captain Dave

About an hour after that in 185 feet we hooked up to a sail off the port outrigger and Kim was back at it on the rod yet again. It put on a spectacular show with plenty of jumps and some good runs. We got him to boat where I unhooked it and swam it to revive it for a couple minutes. It didn’t need much and his tail was kicking good so off he went to give another angler the same thrill in the future.

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Fort Pierce Bay Boat Snapper

Florida Sportsman member: FISHHUNTR

I let the fish take some line and set up on it and I knew I had a good fish on. Too good I thought at first because despite my heavy drag setting line was leaving the reel pretty fast on the initial run. Typically what we see from small sharks, but it was soon apparent it was fighting like the right species, after several tense minutes I was able to boat a nice 21” mutton snapper.

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Boynton Beach Wahoo

Florida Sportsman member: Hooklesslure

Headed out with a good friend Mike from work in hopes of catching a wahoo on his vessel, which hasn’t been done as of yet. Last month we missed a good wahoo that smoked my wire line with a 50W. Today we trolled the last little bit of out going tide. We trolled depths from 150 -400 feet. We found a good rip and weed line at 30 feet’ so we worked that for a bit with no action. Decided to head in a little and got this wahoo in 230 feet on the wire line again with a split tail mullet.

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Mutton Fest

Florida Sportsman member: e-money

Caught some nice muttons to 21-inches and porgies to 5 pounds. We vent and release everything we don’t want to eat and throw NO trash in the ocean. Short but fun day with good eats. Have a good day!

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Massive Yellowfin out of Boynton Inlet

Florida Sportsman member: Chips Ahoy Charters

Got to boynton, put the spread out, but no bites for about an hour. The next thing I hear is a splash, two other guys on the boat, Nate and Jeff are doing back flips off my hard top. Its now almost 1:30, we are in 175feet of water almost straight off of boynton inlet, and they are just getting back in the boat from their swim. I hear Matt and Nick almost at the same time yell HOLY SHI** . I turn around and saw what was left of a huge explosion.

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Sailfish & Amberjacks out of the SLI

Florida Sportsman member: Alwaysforward

Hanks goal is to load up the freezer with fish and wanted to catch an AJ so our first stop this morning is the AJ spot and put two fish in the box first thing this morning.

We broke the SLI before 6:00am at high tide and headed to the red buoy out front in hopes of locating some Blue Runners. Nothing doing there so we hit the NE spot and caught a mix bag of Grunts, one large Goggle Eye and a Blue Runner. I even caught a small grouper and mutton (both tossed back)[...]

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Boynton Wahoo

Florida Sportsman member: Hooklesslure

Head out early today in hopes of the elusive wahoo. We trolled through different depths in front of inlet from 100-350 feet. We got this wahoo on the wire line using a split tail mullet as bait. Weighed the fish on Miller Time’s digital scale and the fish weighed 32lbs. Enjoyed lunch at Two George’s then headed home to clean the boat.

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Palm Beach Inlet Wahoo & Snapper

Florida Sportsman member: jaysil123

I took my son out snapper fishing today. We found a good mangrove bite in 110 feet just north of the inlet. We moved to reset the drift and set out a flat line, within 5 minutes the flat line goes off. My dad hands the rod to my son and he goes to work.

He had the fish to the boat in about 10 minutes we sink the gaff and high fives all around. Not sure who was happier him catching the fish or me watching him catch it. This was his first wahoo. We ended the day with 5 mangroves a yellowtail and 1 wahoo.

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Jupiter King, Muttons & More

Florida Sportsman member: e-money

Brett R, Jerry, and Mark were in town, and wanted to fish the Everglades. Asked if I was game and my reply was akin to “does a bear….” (last 2 trips we killed it on Wahoos, fins, sails) Grabbed a few sardines / cigars on way out and buzzed edge for an hour w no bites. Conditions looked so so w nice rips, but dirty green water, million jelly fish etc. Had reports today that Water was 2 degrees cooler than week-end, green water out to 240′+. Current was ripping at 3.6 to 4.0 to the N with a 8-10 knot E/SE breeze.

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Fort Pierce Dolphin, Kings & Snapper

Florida Sportsman member: Pensacola

Headed out of Fort pierce really early to try and buy bait from Dave, but he wasn’t there.. I personally do not like going to the buoy at all, but I needed live bait, so we headed to 10 a.m. Crew was my wife and my buddy Jeremy. We loaded up the livewell in no time at all, but all the baits were VERY small…little sardines, little cigars, and little hornbellies.

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Wahoo Weekend

Florida Sportsman member: PaulBoat

I’ve been reading all the greats wahoo reports (congrats to all) so I decided last minute to go wet some lines. The wife and kids had been north for about 10 days visiting family and I stayed behind to complete some projects around the house (honey-do list). Got my high speed gear on the boat, 2 bags of ice and cleared the inlet solo at 9 a.m. Ran a 4-line spread. Bite came at 10:30 am between Ritz and pier on the 300 line in 220 feet. A few minutes later, gangsta hoo #1 in the box.

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Palm Beach Wahoo

Florida Sportsman member: Stetson Law

With all the wahoo reports and our run in with King Kong last weekend, the crew wanted to target wahoo this morning instead of swordfish. The lures were rigged, the rods were readied, and the plan was made. Hit the inlet at 6:00 a.m. and headed north. Ten minutes into the troll our long gets smoked. Three crew members cranked in the inside three rods as the angler started to winch in the fish. Ten minutes later the hoo pooped up on the surface dragging behind the boat.

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Boynton Beach Blue Marlin Solo Trip

Florida Sportsman member: CaptKeemau

I quickly packed up the boat and headed to the boat ramp. Dropped the boat in at 12:30, 10 minuets later lines in at 150ft and headed east. Scattered weeds at 250 and 480, kept going. At 890 I see a promising rip with weeds up ahead. About 150ft from making my turn to parallel the weed line the port rigger goes off. Line’s going off the TLD30 faster than I’ve ever seen before.

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Boynton Amberjack and Wahoo

Florida Sportsman member: Lori Jo Fishing

Cleared the inlet at 6am with Chris, Cayden, and Billy. Lines in at 6:15 work the inlet all morning. Cayeden gets a bonita. Then when pull by the skycliff, the braid starts screaming. 15 mins later we were shocked to see a amberjack come up. Reset the spread and in about an hour the braid goes off again. This time a 22lb. wahoo comes aboard. Then about 45 mins later the braid goes off and doesn’t stop. About 900 yards off braid gone the backing is starting show.

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Monster Amberjack off Jupiter

Florida Sportsman member: beerhunter

About 5 minutes passed while we continued bottom fishing with the light spinning tackle. I then noticed that the tip of the heavy rod was slightly “twitching”. I thought that it might be some smaller bait-stealers, but wasn’t sure. I picked the rod out of the rod holder and gave it a few slow cranks. The line came tight and I set the hook. The fish didn’t make much of a run, and for 5 seconds or so, I thought I might have snagged bottom. I then handed the rod to my brother-in-law and strapped on the fighting belt.

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Team Bandit Saltwater Showdown

Florida Sportsman member: sam50

With the final leg of the Bluewater Tournaments on Saturday we needed to load the pen with bait. Headed out of Boynton early Friday and caught 8 dozen gogs in short order. I just happened to bring two rods so we could pre-fish a little before catching runners and speedos. Ran just south of the Martini in 260 feet where the water was nice and blue. I pitched out a goggle-eye on the TLD 15 with engine in gear and about 30 yards from the boat I get crushed. Fish is making a blistering run offshore and we chase it down.

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Boca Wahoo

Florida Sportsman member: sailfish-007

We were launching off by 6:30AM. Catching bait was not an option today. We loaded up on goggle eyes from teh bait man and headed offshore. We setup at 380′ of water with one on the down rigger and two surface lines. Within 10 minutes, the surface line screamed and we found that the goggle eye was cut in half. We reset and 30 minutes later, as we were about to pick up and go, another surface line screamed again.

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Father Daughter Offshore Day

Florida Sportsman member:Alwaysforward

Taking my daughter Jamie out today. We arrive at the ramp a little after 5:30am to a small crowd at the ramp. We ran into the Undertaker (Chuck), my UPS man at the ramp this morning.We pick up 30 dollars worth of baits being that there is a outgoing tide this morning with Lake O water flooding all our favorite bait spots. We ran to the NE spot just to see if we can mark any baits. They were there but they were not chewing. We decided to point the bow Southeast into the rough seas and make our way as far south as we could to stay south of the inlet all day to make the ride in easier.

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2 Hour Trip Produces a Personal Record

Florida Sportsman member:Fi$h2nguyen

Windfinder was calling for 3.4 feet at 4sec on Saturday, so we decided not to go. Of course they were wrong, resulting in Paul and I missing out on a perfectly calm day offshore. We were not happy to get punk’D by Windfinder so between his daughters birthday and me having out of town visitors, we were briefly able to sneak out and fish from 11-1pm Sunday. Seas were sloppy 3-5 foot, and close together. Lots of mating turtles and flyers all over.

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Mission Accomplished : Cobia & Snook

Florida Sportsman member: Bullshark

I started off by attending a fishing seminar at White’s Tackle in Stuart which was headed by the host of Reel Time Florida Sportsman George Gozdz. It got me pumped! It was a Cobia and Tarpon seminar.

So after we got our bait we hit the beach for Tarpon. We found nothing. Cobia never crossed my mind until the class but since I had a idea now how to catch them in this area we set out. That was one of the first times in my life that on the first trip of targeting a certain fish we nailed it. We went 5 for 7 on Cobia.

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Blackfin Tuna Action & More

Florida Sportsman member: e-money

Ran all the way out to 1200 feet and there were no weedlines rips or anything to fish. This summer has proven to be TOUGH on catching bait and little to no sargassum. Started heading back to the ledge when we spotted a palm frond with 2 nice tripletail. Then we put out a trolling spread with E$ at helm and worked from 160 to 115 feet at the north end of Condos to Tiara. The current was smoking at 3.5 knots to the north and water was gin clear past 100 feet. First bite ripped some drag, pulled the hook??

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Ft. Pierce Bull and Cows

Florida Sportsman member: SmittysTeam

We headed out with waves any where from 2-4 feet. The wind blowing pretty good, which meant we were getting soaked on the way out. We finally got to the dolphin grounds and started trolling in 200 feet of water. We trolled both ballyhoo and artificials but didn’t get anything. We continued to troll for a few hours and then decided to drift with live bait in hopes of sailfish or dolphin. We started drifting in 200 feet of water for about 30 minutes. We didn’t get any hits, so we decided to go a little shallower.

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Jupiter Muttons, Yellowtail & Kings

Florida Sportsman member: nearshore1

Got a super late start after having a few adult beverages at the lighthouse sand bar. While there I caught a few grunt on bits of squid and out the inlet to calm 2 foot seas by 2:15. B lined it for the edge. Got out off the pier and it was non stop. Current was strange! Felt like no current on the bottom but there were rips going all directions out there. Any squid or sardine whole or chunk got inhaled within 30 seconds. Caught some decent yellowtails, muttons, porgies and a king (on squid). Put in 2 solid hours and kept enough for dinner. The biggest mutton was caught by a first timer! Nice way to start out huh?

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FPI Blackfin Tuna, Cobia & King

Florida Sportsman member: B.Wilmot

We left the inlet bout 6:30 after stoping to get bait from Dave. Headed northeast to bottom fish a ledge. I have several good bottom spots out of SLI but since I’ve moved north I’ve yet to find any good prouductive bottom numbers out if FPI. The seas were 3 ft but far enough apart to run the 16 miles fairly quickly. We anchor up in 80-90 feet just southeast of Bethel shoal. I was expecting a fast current but was surprised at the lack of it. We get our chum and lines set up and in no time the flat line gets hit.

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Slob Wahoo

Florida Sportsman member: choppy

Went out yesterday looking for that big dolphin…I have yet to get a big boy this year! Ran out and found absolutely nothing. Made the decision to come in and fish the tide change on the edge and look for wahoo and it was a good decision! Picked up this slob mid-afternoon on the tide in 130 feet just north of the inlet. She ate a horse bally…naked ! Also picked up a couple small dolphin. Really enjoying the new contender! Gonna take the weekend off from the tournaments and enjoy a little peanut island!

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SLI Blue Marlin

Florida Sportsman member: Off the Chain

Bait was hard to catch this morning, so I was glad that I bought a few dozen pilchards and some crabs. After hitting bottom spot after spot with little to no luck, we had made our way up past the peanut. 175 line. I was headed to another spot when we past a huge black mat, and what at first I thought was a sail under it. I spun the boat around and quickly tied a new leader and hook onto our spinner. As we made our way back to the fish I knew it was to big to be a sail, but didn’t want to say marlin and be wrong.

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Boca Mutton Snapper

Florida Sportsman member: ShinySide

Went out boozin on the Ocean yesterday with some lady friends and my buddies Cpt. Nick Morris and Cpt. Ryan Stang. We snagged a few baits from a friend out on the water just to have some lines out for the hell of it. Hooked up in 250 feet of water drifting a threadfin on a weight about 100 feet down. Low and behold it was a mutton. That son of b musta been hungry. Let the ladies take turns reeling it in. Summer time must be here…bikinis and snapper.

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Boynton Sails

Florida Sportsman member: Dominic74

I decided to go out last minute, considering next week is mothers day and I usually give that weekend to the wife. I met up with my buddy Kevin and hit the inlet around 7 a.m. We picked up a half dozen live sardines from Gary Jr. just in case trolling didn’t pan out. We started trolling north all the way to the pier with only one bonita to show for it. We then went off shore to around 900 feet and not much going on out there. Heading back was a little snotty with the wind blowing out of the west.

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Swords and Phins

Florida Sportsman member: schmittyfish561

I hear the swords have been chewing so I loaded up the boat and made the run down south. The ocean was nice and the storms were staying on shore! Got 2 nice size dolphin on the weigh out around 20-25 pounds. I Made 3 drops; the first drop had a couple weak hits pulled up half a bait; the 2nd drop got tight with a nice fish pulled half way up. The 3rd drop was down 10 minutes 2 hits later, the rod started to load out my hooker on full speed and got a good hook in set. The fish didn’t fight much on the way up until I got the weight off. The fish started to surface behind the boat slashing its bill. I backed up on him and he started to come right to the boat so I stuck him with the gaff! I was running low on gas so we headed in. My buddy got a 450 pounder when we went in!

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SLI Morning Gaffers

Florida Sportsman member: itsmine

Thought I would sneak offshore today before work. Me and a couple of friends left Sandsprit around 6:45 a.m. The sea was a little rough with a 3-5 foot swell and some chop, but not too bad. We started trolling in 80 feet and had a nice gaffer bull on within twenty minutes on a green stubby bubbler with a ballyhoo. We kept trolling and had 2 knock downs with nothing to show for it. Then around 9:30 we caught a gaffer cow in 140 feet on a blue and white skirted bait. The water was really warm today, about 78 degrees. Headed in around 10:30 and the inlet was definitely a little sketchy in my 18 foot pioneer.

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Busy Day off the St. Lucie Inlet

Florida Sportsman member: bullchaser

Instead of leaving at 4 we pushed it to 6 to check the stream out and if it was a go we would continue. Shoved off at 6 and made or way out SLI. Once in the stream we were hitting 5-6 feet on the chin so made the call to do it another day. Pointed west and came back into 200 feet off the powerplant. From there it was a steady flurry of action. We picked away at schoolie dolphin, cudas, and Bonita’s. I believe we were working the 160 foot area as I don’t think I had a free minute from 8-11 to even look where we were depth wise.

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Fort Pierce Wahoo, Dolphin, Tripletail

Florida Sportsman member: Pensacola

We cleared the inlet to some absolutely beautiful conditions. Glassed over ocean, literally like a lake. Made for a beautiful ride out. We set up the spread in 100 and started to work our way out. I think the winds from the past week had pushed debris in, because there were all sorts of weedlines, buoys, buckets, and bamboo floating around. We pull up to a buoy with rope in 220. No dolphin on it, but LOADED with triple tail. We get our first ever triple tail in the boat! Had another one on but he got off the hook. At that point they all swam down so we moved on.

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Bull off Boynton Beach

Florida Sportsman member: twindude3

Headed out aboard The Jim n’ Tonic Monday about 6:45am. We set up to troll in 150 feet. About 20 minutes into it, a nice cow hits port inside rod. Into the box she went.About 730 feet we see a phin looking at the port rigger,he takes it, I grab the rod as he spits the hook. I throw it into free spool to see if he’ll hit again…he just doesn’t hit…he devours and bulldogs across top of water. From a distance we know its a big bull. Fighting him to the boat, 30 minutes later, he’s whipped as he’s gaffed and welcomed aboard the Jim n’ Tonic. High fives circulated the boat, coffee replaced by Miller Light.

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PBI Smoker and Sail

Florida Sportsman member: FromDawntoDusky

Picked up some Goggs and broke the inlet (PBI) to a confused sea around 7:45am on Sunday. Wind was nearly non-existant, but it was snottier then expected and waves were fairly tight together. Decided to break out the artificials and trolled south between 100-300 feet with a purple/orange yo-zuri, two skirted lures, and a feather way back. Saw a lot of birds working what must have been small tuna/bonies crashing tiny flyers, but no strikes.

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Morning Dolphin Action

Florida Sportsman member: Off the Chain

The wind dropped off to less than 20 so off we went. The morning started off a little rough with a bad throttle cable causing a 1 hour delay. We set our baits out at 8:30 in 130 feet of water on a color change with scattered grass and lots of flying fish being shoved around by dolphin ranging from 20 inches to 20 pounds.

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Boynton Sailfish

Florida Sportsman member: pa28r200

Put two more people on their first sails yesterday! My buddy asked me at the dock if the sails where still biting and I said, think its just about over. First fish came at 8:20am in 85 feet of water off Lake Worth Pier. Second fish was in 160 feet off the Breakers. The conditions where less than comfortable (seas where not bad, wind was HOWLING). First time I used my high wind kite and it was struggling to stay in the air[...]

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Jupiter Sail, Wahoo, and Bullshark

Florida Sportsman member: dscherz

Only got around dozen mixed gogs and runnners. Decided to high speed down to Singer Island. No luck. Set up drift in around 125 feet and drifted in to 100 feet. No action. Next we set up in 150ft with live baits on the freeline and a few down as well. Now we are drifting out. At around 200 feet off Juno we get a real mild hit on the goggle eye on the flatline. Gets hit again but really didn’t eat it, or so I thought. Decide to check the bait only to realize we have a sail on the line! He goes bananas and puts on a good show.

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Fort Pierce Wahoo & Kingfish

Florida Sportsman member: JohnnyPlant

Hit the inlet in the dark, bought bait and headed out. Five line spread in before sunrise in 120 feet of water due east of the inlet. Less the 15 minutes in the troll, we see something crash the short bait and miss. Two seconds later both long lines get hit. My buddy Dan on the starboard line fights the fish to the boat as I fight the port fish/ clear lines. He gets fish to boat and its wahoo. I gaff fish after my other buddy misses with gaff twice. My fish is now in rod holder for second time. Box his fish and mine before 8 am[...]

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Sneaking Out on the “Nice” Day

Florida Sportsman member: Off the Chain

I fished a ¾ day, and because of the big swell and the turned up bottom, live bait was not to be had. I pretty much knew that would be the case, so I already had the dredge and trolling baits ready to go. We ran out to the NE and set out in 75 feet of water. I nice down sea tack while we set out brought us to an edge in 100 feet of water about 3 miles north of the inlet. We fished it for a bit with only bonita bites to show for it. I decide to push offshore to a couple hundred feet and check it out. There was another rip in 160 feet with some grass and bait in it.

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Stuart Sails & Phins

Florida Sportsman member: DayMaker

Today was a great day of Stuart Fl charter fishing. We started our day trolling on the 110 line in 90ft on an edge and before I got the dredge in the water we had hooked 4 gaffer dolphin on the troll. We ended up catching 3 of them. We picked away at the Mahi’s all day and ended the day with over 30 bites and boxing 22 of them from 7-14lbs. We also managed to have 6 sail bites on the troll with our guys hooking and landing their own sails.

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SLI Dolphin & Wahoo

Florida Sportsman member: itsmine

Left SLI at 6:30 Sunday to do some trolling with my soon to be father and brother in law. We headed south out the inlet, and caught a 15 pound wahoo on mono rigged ballyhoo at 7:30 in 90 feet. After that my father in law made me aware that he brought bananas with him, and laughing knowing how I feel about having them on my boat.We were headed for push button after that and found scattered weeds and birds in 170 feet doubled up with two schoolies at 10. Around 11:30 we saw a fish going after the short line, and we are sure its a sail behind the bait. We drop it back to him, and it ended up being a 20 pound bull.

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Jupiter Mahi & Tuna

Florida Sportsman member: 1974Donzi

We went offshore at 7:00 a.m. Caught a nice tuna at 200 feet, east of Jupiter around 8:30. Noticed a little slick and continued zig zagging north on it. At 9:15 planer pops in 240′ and 10 pound mahi is in the boat. 9:30 planer pops in 280 feet and line is screaming off and then spits the hook. Thinking maybe a wahoo. Get back to trolling my new spreader bars/daisy chains and at 10:00 4 miles south of Push Button Hill my buddy Matt sees a big fish free jumping with 2 birds circling above.

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Jupiter Porgy & More

Florida Sportsman member: RockNReeler

Wanted to get out on the water before the winds started howling again. After calling everyone on my phone, finally asked my 73 year-old neighbor if he wanted to go fishing. He said “Sure”, so we headed out this morning around 7:15AM. Trolled for about 1.5 hours, no luck. Winds started picking up from the North, so we headed in to the 70 feet reef off of Juno. Got a couple of small yellowtail, then some of nice size. So we move about 1/4 mile north and pull in a Rainbow Runner. Then Fuzzy’s rod bends over and he is tugging and pulling away. Low and behold a big Fat Porgy comes to the boat. Very nice size fish

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Jupiter Inlet Snapper

Florida Sportsman member: zzzzzzsplash

Got out for a minute Saturday and caught a snapper limit. Beautiful start to the day cruising through Jupiter, but the wind and waves picked up by noon and we had a salty ride home.

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Vero Tripletail

Florida Sportsman member: sebastianshine

Wanted to share/brag on my first triple tails. One was 18 pounds and the other was 12 pounds. The picture is of the 18 pounder. Got them pretty far offshore, and that’s about all I have to say about that.

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SLI Variety

Florida Sportsman member: DayMaker

Started our day on the 4th catching a well full of bait. After the previous days fishing we had big expectations for some dolphin and sail action. Conditions changed We started where we had good action the previous 3 days for sails and mahi’s. We caught a 12 pound king and had a few others cut us off. We pushed offshore and caught some boneheads. Back inshore and we jumped a sail off and had another scissor lip us. Decided to do a little meat fishing to break up the monotony. We caught 4 amberjacks to 25 pounds, and an 18 pound Gag Grouper.

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SLI Dolphin

Florida Sportsman member: bullchaser

Went out Saturday to try and bag a few phins for Superbowl Sunday! Started out north of SLI in 130/’ and worked our way out to 250 feet. Pretty blue water out in 250 feet with scattered weed and missed on a few phins. Then finally connected on a solid cow in 150 feet. Missed on double of sails. Naked ballyhoo and pink skirt/bally combo were the ticket. Sounds like we’re going out in the am so hoping for some more dinner.

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SLI Dolphin & Sails

Florida Sportsman member: DayMaker

We had a fun day and enjoyed great conditions. Plenty of bites from Kings and other critters. We caught 1 out of 2 sails today on the troll. We missed one in the dirty green water in 80 feet this morning straight out and caught 1 in the pretty blue water in 115 ft a little NE.

The highlight of the day was the dolphin action. We ended up having plenty of bites with a couple fish around 25 pounds and a bull that tipped the scales at 49 pounds. Took us for ever to catch that sucker (ironically the fight was exactly 49 minutes on the old GPS) The bull came with a 25 pound cow the second of those for the day. All fish ate trolled circle hook ballyhoo and the best mahi fishing was in the blended water between 80-120 feet. Lots of flyers and scattered grass.

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King for the Smoker

Florida Sportsman member: dscherz

Went out Friday morning with a bunch of runners and a few gogs but got beat up as seas built quickly so headed back in around 10am. Noticed the seas seems to be laying down yesterday while I was on a booze cruise up and down the ditch so decided to go out this am early. Inlet was smooth at 6 am and seas were manageable all day long, 2-3 feet. Today we cleaned up on goggle eyes at North rocks and actually had more goggles than runners! We thought we would slay it today.

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SLI Action

Florida Sportsman member: Off the Chain

Today I fished with Capt. Jimmy (Ace), Brad, Stan, and Scott for the third day in a row targeting sails. Yesterday was way slow and we only did a ¾ day with the last hour focusing on the bottom and reefs for Amber Jacks and Cobia. We caught a few AJs but no cobia that day. Today we had sails on the mind again, but after spending pretty much all day with the kites up and only jumping one sailfish off, catching a dolphin, losing a dolphin, and having a ton of kingfish and shark bites we went back to the bottom. Even though we didn’t catch the sail, we did get a few pictures of it.

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SLI Gaffer & Tripletail

Florida Sportsman member: Pairadox

We cleared the inlet to FLAT seas, picked up a handful of blue runners just outside the inlet and headed on our way. We had read the bite south was slow for the past few days, so NE we went. Attempted to bottom bounce the sandpile on the way out and sunk a few liveys to no avail. We pointed the bow NE to find some “fishy” conditions. I Decided to double back against the stream and came across about a 30 foot tree floating with its own ecosystem. Squirt some mild and drop out some runners and gaffer on! This was my friend son’s first phin!

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Jupiter Wahoo

Florida Sportsman member: 1974Donzi

Went out with some friends this morning to go catch wahoo, mahi, and tuna. With only a 2 hour trip off Jupiter inlet we landed a tuna and a wahoo, and lost a dolphin at the transom. Fishing was great. I caught the wahoo deep off a planer with a white over blue flasher series islander with a horse ballyhoo. The tuna was caught on a naked ballyhoo. All fish were caught between 120-280 feet. Good day with good friends.

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Dolphin, Kings, & Snapper Off Fort Pierce

Florida Sportsman member: Pensacola

Finally got a break in the weather and we jumped on the opportunity to dust off the old grady and fish. Cleared the inlet around 7 and the seas were absolutely beautiful. We started off the powerplant in 100 and worked our way out. There was a huge fleet of sportfish boats working this area, so we joined in the mix. We troll by a big matt of weeds and outrigger pops, dolphin on. While fighting him, i see another dolphin jumping and he had the shotgun bait in his mouth. My friend got tight on him. Dad gaffs number one, then gaffs number two, and we have dinner.

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Wahoo South of Hillsboro

Florida Sportsman member: Team Tuppens

Once again it seems when least prepared, We get a nice one!! Left Boynton inlet 8 A.M. enroute to Ft. Lauderdale for a Garmin electronics seminar and training class. Before turning to the South, we do a high speed troll for a couple circles in front of Boynton inlet, Nice fish on for about 4 seconds in 180 then gone! After a couple more passes we turned South and didn’t get anything until Boca. A quick hit and gone! 280 feet just south of Hillsboro we have nice fish on and soon after it’s in the boat!

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Rough Conditions, Tight Lines

Florida Sportsman member: Lori Jo Fishing

“Cleared the inlet the around 7am with Chris and Billy. Was greeted with 3-5 footer’s at the inlet and got though them with no problems. We set up the spread and head north. Get a bonita on a strip to start the morning off. Then the planer pops and nothing. Right after that the rigger gets hit and loose that one. Later on we get a double-header. Two phins in the box. Get up to the ritz and work that for a while and then head back south.

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Bucket List: Catch a Sailfish, Check!

Mate Chris Watkins (left) and angler Paul Duwyne (right).

Kelly Johnson sent this recent fishing success in to share with the FS community. It’s a good sign of what’s to come this season as the temperatures continue to cool. Sailfish are here!

“On his personal bucket list, Paul Duwyne wanted to enjoy a day of offshore fishing in Florida and catch his very first sailfish. Well, the conditions were not ideal, but his wish became a reality aboard Reel Candy Sportfishing Charters, out of Jupiter, Florida this past weekend. In sloppy 4 to 6 foot seas, Captain Marvin Steining and mate Chris Watkins were able to grant Paul his wish by catching not only his first sailfish, but another as well! Both of the sailfish were caught and released off a kite, using goggle eyes for bait.”


Epic Bloody Sunday

Florida Sportsman member: e-money

Had a  half-day lined up on my boat Sunday AM for trip with kids. Wind was HOWLING 20 plus at dawn and I did not feel comfortable so i called them to re-schedule. I heard MD20/20 was rolling out, and they were kind enough to pick me up for the day! Man I was stoked for “work” as the recent weather has put a hurting on guides, captains, dive boats. Total last minute, I literally RAN to the dock [...]

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Tuna, Dolphin, and Sails off Stuart

Florida Sportsman member: Capt George Gozdz

I’ve been crazy busy filming “Reel Time” and I’ve been slacking on my reports. The bite offshore has been great so no better time to report then now. After loading the wells full of mullet and pilchards we headed out. Set up both days in the same exact spot. 110′ was the magic number for me. Chummed while we fished 2 kite baits and 3 flatlines.[...]

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Picture Perfect Day off Stuart

Florida Sportsman member: Stetson Law

Florida Sportsman member Stetson Law captured some fantastic images off Stuart this past weekend. Greyhounding sailfish and frisky dolphin made for the perfect subjects. “Started off sailfish season off Stuart this morning on the Three Buoys. Non-stop action all day long. Hooked 8 sailfish, 10 dolphin, 1 cobia, and 1 big mutton on live bait.”

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Offshore with the Kids

Florida Sportsman member: Lori Jo Fishing

Went out Saturday morning with Chris and Cayden. Plan was to fish ’till noon, then go anchor up at the island to let the kids play. Set up the spread around 6:40 a.m. and start working around the inlet from 140 to 380. Around 7 a.m. the down rod goes off and half way to the boat a ‘phin goes airborne. As Chris gets it closer to the boat, I was thinking maybe a gaffer, then the line in the rigger pops out and the rod doubles-over. Grab the rod and a few minutes later a nice blackfin comes up to the boat [...]

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Crushing the Hoo’s

Florida Sportsman member: e-money

Was blessed to get the call from CNTDR about a Bahamas trip! We had an awesome crew with CNTDR (aka “Jiffy” Jeff), Clarke, Jim and E$. Cleared and put em’ in right away, 15 minutes in ZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZ! STUD hoo’ pushing 50 pounds in the box. Set em’ back and it got quiet so we bottom fished, catching a variety of muttons, yellowtails, strawberries, porgies, and rocked up by at least 4 BIG groupers [...]

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Bull Dolphin on the Fly

Florida Sportsman member: Capt. Scott

Well, the water went to total crap everywhere inside of 400 feet today. Brown and nasty. Tried the spots the tuna had been, but there was no love there. Plenty of small false albacore, but that was it. So, after the sun cleared out enough to have decent visibility, wandered out to about 800 feet and poked around some loosly formed mats of weeds. Was at it for a while without seeing anything remarkable when this thing swam up!

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SLI Offshore

Florida Sportsman member: FISHHUNTR

Got an early start with Zach (FLDXT) and was at Bull Shark at sunrise, not much happening in the way of bait. Managed a few small dines & gogs not worth hanging around for. Shot out to the Shrimper and that was an improvement, managed some decent dines and cigar minnows. While bringing in a stringer full, Zach has a cobe come up and commence to help himself to the struggling baits on the sabiki, turns out 3 more were with em’.

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Blue Marlin off St. Lucie Inlet

Florida Sportsman member: unhooked

The coffee colored water got us pretty far offshore today. The water turned from green to blue in 370 feet. Tucker (from West Marine in Jupiter) and I were talking on the way out about blues, I have been wanting to finish the SLI Billfish Grand Slam (sword, sail, white and blue marlin) all I needed was to land a blue, long odds! [...]

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Boynton Beach Wahoo

Florida Sportsman member: Lori Jo Fishing

Headed out this morning with Chris and Billy, cleared the inlet with seas about 2-to 4-feet. We headed north and put the spread out in 80 feet. Tons of turtle grass and weeds everywhere. Kept getting weeded up from 150-to 400-feet. After a couple hours of that and getting pushed way north of the Lake Worth peir, we head back south. We go into shallower water to get away from the weeds. Going straight south into the waves was a bumpy troll but worth it [...]

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Stud Wahoo of Jupiter

Florida Sportsman member: Net 30

Spent the day fishing with our buddy Charlie Stuve out of Jupiter Inlet. Loaded the well with 200 sardines just outside the inlet and headed out in search of muttons. Charlie had a 12 pound and 17 pound mutton this week, so we had high expectations. Had my 14-year old son and his buddy on board for a trip before school begins on Monday [....]

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Dolphin and Kings off Boynton

Florida Sportsman member: Dominic74

Called my buddy Chris and Alan on Saturday and made plans to fish Sunday hoping we would not get rained out. We got to the ramp at 6:40 and went for bait in front of the inlet, it was loaded with sardines and gogs, picked up about a dozen and a half and started trolling. The idea was to troll for wahoo and possibly pick up a few kings in between. Headed north and right away planer pops in 125 feet in front of the inlet and first kingfish in the boat, he hit a strip with pink skirt [...]

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Wahoo Triplets

Florida Sportsman member: FishThis1

My buddy has been trying for a few years to catch the elusive palm beach wahoo! He has been with me in the Bahamas and caught a few but they have eluded him on his boat. I went a couple of times and we scatched out one or two bites but never got one in the boat. Well this changed this weekend! We figured it would be crowded on the water so we had lines in at 530 a.m. and put out some mullets [...]

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Swordfish in the Southeast

Florida Sportsman member: Offshore9393

When I got a call on thursday that my friends gaterzone19 and flatsfisher were coming down from FSU, the first thing that came to my mind was swordfishing, and that is exactly what we did. I loaded our pen with runners the day before and we were ready to go. We decided to get out early and make a few daytime drops [...]

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Smoking Drags in the Southeast

Florida Sportsman member: e-money

Had the pleasure of hosting Mark, Aiden and Brennan for a 1/2 day. It was a celebratory trip for Aiden, who just celebrated his 9th birthday! E$ hadn’t broke out the hoo gear in a minute, but felt confident [...]

 

 

 

 

 

 


Hot Tuna Bite off Stuart

Florida Sportsman member: Alwaysforward

We decided with the higher winds yesterday that we should buy some baits this morning just to be safe. Picked 20 baits up from (2) kids running Chips boat at the ramp around 5 a.m. or so then headed out insearch of some sardines. Arrived at Bullshark and loaded up on goggle eyes and sardines. When I tossed in a large blue runner into the livewell, Alie started talking fish talk [...]

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Hot Phins

Florida Sportsman member: Ocean Motion

Ken and I decide to return to bump trolling that same weed line as we followed it N/B. We get to the east side of the weed line and set out one line which gets hit immediately by a gaffer Phin. I still have bait on a down line and Ken throws out his bait which gets hit almost immediately. There were gaffer phins swimming all around the boat. Then the down line gets hit by another gaffer [...]

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On the Yellowfins

Florida Sportsman member: o-sea-d

Made a run to the east in some pretty sporty weather to say the least. Came to a flock of birds just out of the gulf stream approx. 45 miles to the east and started our chunking. Unfortunately, we only had a couple dozen gogs with us and 3 flats of sardines, no live chumming on this venture. Went through the flock with a couple 30 tiagras to try and pick up some skippies and mark the yellowfins. Successfully we marked them and caught some extra chunking bait “skipjacks” before we made a drift [...]

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Team Sargent Winning Wahoo

Florida Sportsman member: Hooklesslure

Gary, Jim , John and myself were sponsored by the Palm Beach County Fire Rescue Benevolent to fish in the Fourth Annual Team Sargent KDW out of the Rybovich Marina in West Palm Beach. Getting an early start from Boynton Beach we met up with Dynamite Live Bait picked up a dozen goggle eyes and two dozen pilchards then headed to the fishing grounds. Decided to troll first with wahoo on our minds. My usual spread consisted of Islanders ranging from white/pink(mylar), purple/black, red/black(mylar) and a split tail mullet on the wire line [...]

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Solid BFT’s

Florida Sportsman member: e-money

Within 15 minutes of setting up, we have a BOMB on long kite bait. Get him up, solid blackfin in the box. As this is going on the flatline gets SMOKED by a 30 pound class blackfin! He goes in the box as the other kite bait goes off! It was GREAT team was stoked. Head back out for a few hours Saturday [...]

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Dolphin and BFT’s

Florida Sportsman member: alwaysforward

Took a vacation day today to take 4 people out today for some offshore fun. Gary, his brother Dan and his son Derek along with Gary’s son AJ. Full boat today for sure. We picked up some bait from the bait guy at the ramp this morning just in case [...]

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Kingfish on the E$

Florida Sportsman member: e-money

Had the pleasure of hosting a repeat trip for Kasper clan Sunday. Weather was nice, bait was tough but managed some runners and hand full of gogs pre-dawn. Water was still green inshore but instead of South current, it was ripping N at 3.5 knots (does anyone have a clue on how current can do a 180 like that)? In about 200 feet we spot some “floatsam”. Pulled some almaco jacks and SOLID triple tails! [...]

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Lady Stuart Epic Day

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Captain David Knight of Lady Stuart Deep Sea Fishing party boat, docked at Hutchinson Island Marriott, reported a spectacular day of fishing on Wednesday. 23 anglers caught about 3 dozen sea bass, four huge triggerfish, 3 whitebone porgies, 4 banded rudderfish, 8 mahi, 6 mangrove snapper, and a 25lb amberjack. The catch of the day was a 29.4 lb mutton snapper, which was just 1 lb shy of the world record! This moster of a fish was reeled in by Tom Kulinski of Port St. Lucie, FL using 20lb test line on a light spinning rod. Tom Kulinski took the fish to the Snook Nook, where it was officially weighed in on a digital scale.

According to Captain David Knight, the mutton and mangrove snapper bite should continue strong through the summer. We also anticipate the bite to continue strong for mahi, as well as black sea bass, triggerfish, porgies, vermillion snapper, and lane snapper.


Port Saint Lucie Offshore Fishing Report

Florida Sportsman member: Alwaysforward

Headed out from 70ft in search of some weeds. Finally came across ouf first weeds in 700 ft north of the Hill. Put out the normal spread of livey’s, chunks and menhaden oil and one other special ingredient – Menhaden Milk. Read in Florida Sportsman about how the milk mixes better with the water than the oil does. I figured best of both worlds when using both. The oil makes the slick so you can see where to keep your bait in and the milk disperses in the water [...]

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Dolphin under the Weeds

Florida Sportsman member: Dominic74

Headed out of Boynton Inlet around 6:30am with my buddy Chris, looked for some bait in front of the inlet and only managed about six sardines . Headed off shore to look for dolphin, came across a weed line around 450ft, quick troll, nothing. Decided to head way off shore , passed 750ft with some really nice weed patches, but already two many boats around, so continued out further to find our own, we saw a buoy of some sort floating in about 1,400 ft or so we thought it was a buoy [...]

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Team Bandit- Francis Langford Tournament

Florida Sportsman member: sam50

With our success last tournament hopes were high to have a good showing for the first SKA Div. 8 battle. Team was the same except I had my cousin Dale down from Georgia for the weekend and he volunteered to be the picture and video guy. Weather was forcasted to be flat calm with the possibility of thunderstorms in the afternoon. We loaded the wells with bait just inside the inlet and waited patiently for the Bimini start at 7 a.m. [...]

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Buddy’s First Fish

Florida Sportsman member: ChadJ55

On Saturday, Ria and I took her brother out fishing, along with three of her brother’s friends from Ohio, one of whom had never fished in his life, let alone caught anything before. We broke the inlet around 8:45 to flat calm seas and a beautiful day. Ran out to around 550′ where we found the second nice looking weedline. (Passed the first after not seeing much life and wanting to start the day deeper.) Once we got the lines in, a few flying fish made an appearance and had the newbies in absolute awe that fish could indeed actually fly [...]

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SLI Offshore, Weeds Everywhere

Florida Sportsman member: Fi$h2nguyen

Water was beautiful and flat, so we were able to get to 75ft pretty quickly before setting the spread. GPS was set for PBH, but before we could get there, we ran into the Holy Grail of weedlines (there was no current today).

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SE Bash Kingfish

Florida Sportsman member: Cat_Sass

The Cat Sass fishing team was all excited about fishing this tournament for a great cause. We decided to skip live bait due to the forecasted sea conditions and opted to pull rigged bally’s. All seemed calm heading out of the pocket to the inlet until we found that ripping outgoing tide stacking up against that 15 knot onshore wind. Needless to say, we were all covered with sea spray before we made it through the inlet [...]

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King Krazy!

Florida Sportsman member: Sam50

With the weather forecast spot on, Derek and Carlos opted for a quick half day trip on the Reel Service. Loaded the wells up with some top secret baits and we were off to the spot, smack in the middle of all the chaos on the Juno ledge!! What a sight, boats stacked on top of each other and a tug and barge plowing thru the middle of it all…priceless!

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First ‘Phins!

Florida Sportsman member: Squiddly86

Captain Bryan picked me up at 3:45 p.m. We got to the house, met-up with TrimTab and loaded-up. Hit the inlet at around 4:15 and went south-and-out to about 135 feet. Capt. Bryan got a fish on and lost it, (then so did Trim) so we headed out a lil’ further to about 340 feet (saw some birds and rips). We threw the chum bag over and put the baits out. I rigged an extra line and let it in the water (really close to the boat, about 6 foot and under), in case we got a dolphin on. Out of nowhere, my line goes off…but I realize its the one right next to the boat! My FIRST phin was TOO easy. I seriously didnt expect THAT line to go off. Pretty cool though!

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Spearfishing Cobia

Florida Sportsman member: nutsmagoo

Got the call from Bluewaterspearo yesterday morning for an afternoon spearfishing trip to target mahi. With reports of big Mahi being taken recently we were hoping to score. Loaded up the boat with Kris, Kyle and Jeff and we were off. Ran due east 14 miles out of the inlet looking for weed lines or debris and came up empty handed. On to plan B – targeting cobia off of the bull sharks. Got to our spot and jumped in with the flashers and within a minute the sharks showed up – but no cobia in tow [...]

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Fins and Wahoo!

Florida Sportsman member: PaulBoat

Another day, another fishing adventure. Cleared the inlet shortly after 9 am and was greeted by super calm seas. There were already quite a few boats out there. Put out my spread and headed East. I had found some fins in 750’ the day before, so I figured I’d head back out there. There were scattered weeds, slicks and rips along the way.

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Day-timing!

Florida Sportsman member: Chronic Obsession

Fished Saturday with Billy, had a couple bites early but didn’t get tight. Picked up and moved a bit. We downed a REEL ADRENALINE and 20 minutes later were tight. Fish is boat side within 20 minutes, Billy AKA Top Dawg hits her with a poon’ and we’ve got an estimated 250+ on the deck. Good thing the fish didn’t drink a Reel Adrenaline or we would have had a longer fight! [...]

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Epic Trip!

Florida Sportsman member: e-money

Was blessed to get booked for an over-night trip to West End with Team Pairadox. We had Captain Mike, Kenny D, Gavin, and E$ “in the house”. We met up 2 days prior to departure to review gear & formulate a game plan. Mike has a gorgeous 31 Jupiter w 300 Suzuki’s. Rode like a champ! It was awesome to meet and fish with such a cool group of guys & we were AMPED to get them on some fish. Shoved off about 7:00 AM from SLI, got checked in and magic and comedy started happening [...]

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Slob Cobia

Florida Sportsman member: PBG POOLGUY

Fished North of the inlet in 115 feet and caught 2 cobia. One was 22 pounds and then I caught this one and it went 58! Very sloppy on the ride home but worth it. Both fish were caught on dead sardines on the bottom.

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First Report a Success

Florida Sportsman member: djjohnj

We headed out a little late on Saturday. We had to finish installing the tackle station in the boat. I am glad we did it before this trip. I knew it would clean up the tackle bags on the deck but never thought it would be that good. So we stopped off and got some live bait and broke the inlet about 10am. Beautiful day! We took off south. Ran to about 185ft and set out a spread of gogs and pilchards. We didn’t bring the helium, so no kite [...]

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SLI Report

Florida Sportsman member: Dolfan

Went out fishing this morning with my friend Art and his two sons Brian and Bill on Art’s 320 Sea Vee. We caught a Sailfish, 2 Mahi, and an AJ. Lost a third smaller Mahi at the boat. The big Mahi weighed 32lbs and the smaller one 13lbs. Another calmer than forecast day.

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Live Bait Action

Florida Sportsman member: schmittyfish561

It looked like we had a window opportunity Saturday, talked to a buddy and he had his first fishing charter and needed some help! Me looking for any opportunity to go fish i was like you bet i got about a dozen gogs penned up i had left over from a day that was cut short. we left the dock at 6:30 made a short run picked up our live bait [...]

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TUNA, DOLPHIN, and WAHOO SLAM

Florida Sportsman member: PaulBoat

I’m sure everyone still remembers the very sad news of the passing of Capt. Dan (Reel C’s). I didn’t know what was going on except I noticed that the “crew” had not posted at all for a while. Upon digging around a bit, I found the news and spoke with Eric (Plan Fish N) and invited the crew for a fishing outing on the Checked~Out [...]

 

 

 

 

 


SLI Offshore Wahoo and Dolphin

Florida Sportsman member: Cat_Sass

We got a late start and cleared the inlet at 7:30 with overcast skies. Since it was just my wife and I, we decided to skip the livies and just troll some bally’s. We dropped the riggers at 80′ and started to set the spread. First out was a feather lure on the shotgun which was immediately hit by a small bonita. Then as soon as all the lines were set, the long goes off and my wife reels in a really small peanut [...]

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Valentines Day Treat

Florida Sportsman Member: Hooklesslure

Got an early start, met up with Gary Sr. with Dynamite Live Bait for some goggle eyes then headed for the inlet. Lines in by 7 a.m. we headed northward, not a half hour goes by we have two dolphin in the boat. Continuing northward in and out from 100′ – 300′ we continue to pick up more dolphin. Finally making it up towards the Sloans Curve area in the 200′ range the wire line begins clicking , could it be? Yes, hand jack the line to the boat and its a small wahoo.

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Red Hot Fishin’

Florida Sportsman member: e-money

Ended up 4 for 6 on sails, (2 were tagged) and about 10 fins. (8 gaffers and a couple flippers.) We also released several 5-10 lb fins for good karma!! We also got 2 kings in the 20-30 class.

All in all a FANTASTIC day on the water, where we went thru 4 dozen gogs+ Got a couple pics, and also a brief video [...]

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Reds in the Grass

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


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

Next I decided to do some Fly Fishing in the Everglades Backcountry by myself.Total count for the day. 11 Snook and 6 Tarpon all on flies. Saw some huge Black Drums tailing but they refused my fly.

So after I told my buddy how I did he decided to come along. So we went in my yak towards the backcountry and I showed him what the Everglades backcountry was all about. Of course the backcountry delivered. As we were almost leaving I tossed my paddle tail to some bait jumping in 8 inches of water and my biggest Snook to date was hooked to the end of my line.

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Inshore Miami 20 Pound Jack

Florida Sportsman member: levosgien

Launched off morningside after waiting for the gurds to open the gate 30 minutes late. When I finally get on the water, I see pods of mullet getting hammered by something big. I cast a sub-surface lure to see if I get hit but nothing, so after the third cast I switch to a zara spook. By this time whatever was chasing the bait splits into 3-4 groups and hit the bait hard, by this time I worry these may be dolphins. Next thing I know a wake comes towards me so I cast and walk my dog in front of it and bam! I get hit hard.

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First Red in Chokoloskee

Florida Sportsman member: quatin

It’s that time of the year. Our “annual” weekend trip to Chokoloskee. We rented a lodge at the Chokoloskee Island Park Marina and fished all day Saturday and Sunday morning. The weather was a bit spotty with storms pushing through the area. We had our moments of flat calm throughout the day though. The local residents had a fish fry when we got back from the first day and invited us to some free chow. Can’t find a nicer bunch of folks.

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Pineland Reds & Pompano

Florida Sportsman member: jvanpelt

Went out today with bonitabob and his brother in law for the first time in a long time and slaughtered the fish. Here’s a few pics and I’m sure he’ll be adding his as well. Another great Southwest Florida winter day.

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Offshore Variety

Florida Sportsman member: FLATS BROKE

Well it was a slow weekend for me as I only managed to land one alamaco and a couple Bonita but Mr Joe Hector, tournament director for Extreme had a great weekend and day today. He landed one nice Black fin tuna on 1/5/13, Joe Kraatz (Kayakangler) landed a small mahi (no pic) and this stud of a wahoo the morning of 1/8/13. Both fish were caught on live Pilchards in 180-200 feet of water.

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Dania Beach King

Florida Sportsman member: drichard1986

Got out deep n got 4 or 5 almacos and lost a sail. Then I found a pod of toothy critters that cut off 4 of my jigs back to back. My luck they were all wahoo. Went in to a shallow wreck in 115′ n as soon as I got there my goggle eye gets eaten. It screams out 300 yards of line on first run. After about 15 minutes, I get him in. It’s a jumbo king. I Decide to call it a day and head in.

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Dania Beach Offshore Video Recap

Florida Sportsman member: Pottymouth

Clear water, light current, and low winds, beautiful two days on the water. Dolphin “flipper” all over the place, two big turtles, a huge manta ray, and a hammerhead all came by to say “hi.”


IRL Redfishin’

Florida Sportsman member: Art Vandelay

I was able to get out and do a little kayak fishing yesterday. It was pretty chilly in the morning but it was forecasted to be the calm and warm up in the afternoon. We launched into some super clear shallow water and almost immediately started spotting some slot sized reds. They were really spooky with the clear water and it made it hard to get within casting distance. The water warmed up during the day and we ended up catching most of our fish [...]

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Fall in Flamingo

Florida Sportsman member: Dj Dan Decibel

It has been quite a while since I’ve posted here, I know this report ins’t strictly kayak fishing but most of the fishing was done on the kayak. I figured I post up some of the trips of this Fall. I have been going out on the kayak, Gheenoe, and a friends boat. It has been tough some days to fish with this winter pattern as we are getting days where the wind is blowing all day but if you get those two or three days of nice weather, make them count. Some of my friends are recently getting into the fly fishing scene and I have been taking them on the Gheenoe to catch their first reds, snook, and tarpon on fly [...]

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Topwater Galore

Florida Sportsman member: YakerLG

Woke up and made the long drive down to the Everglades this morning, still a little buzzed from last nights festivities. The wind forecast was calling for 2 to 3 mph winds all morning, and the tide seemed just right-making my two hours of sleep easily forgotten.

The drive down was foggy, and by the time I made it to the ramp the sun had just risen, revealing a beautiful skyline. After having my only two one knockers cracked by redfish on Tuesday, the Skitterwalk was tied on by default. Threw the pink skitter into the mangroves and picked up a nice snook to start the morning. He hit it four times before the rusty trebles stuck [...]

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Dania Beach Sailfish

Florida Sportsman member: FLATS BROKE

Headed out of Dania on the 8th. The conditions weren’t the best, with a straight east wind that made paddling out take forever. Decided I was only going to jig that day I didn’t bring any live bait. Fishing was real slow for me. Ended up catching a perfect size blue runner for live bait in 180 feet of water, tied up a stinger rig real quick and tossed him out. Not even 10 minutes later I get a hit and see it jump.

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Pineland Kayak Catches

Florida Sportsman member: jvanpelt

Headed out today with my Ryan Warden. Bite was a little slower than I expected it to be today but there were a few nice fish caught, we managed a few decent reds, and some trout including the smallest trout I’ve ever seen that popped a trout pattern topwater bigger than him, and I managed to find a nice hole loaded with keeper mangrove snapper [...]

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Flyfishing in the Everglades

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 you 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 much sweeter! [...]

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Trout North of Heckscher

Florida Sportsman member: mrtopwater

Had a chance to get my wife Stephanie out on the water this morning in “Her Native Mariner”. So after a quick stop at BCFC for some of their ninja mudminnows we were on the water about 8:15 am. We come up on Dreads, spoke with him a minute then we set up to locate the trout. Stef does not get out to fish much so I wanted her to catch plenty of fish. Which she did, we must of caught 40 plus trout in the range of 13 inches to 17 inches. Did not get on any big fish but did manage a few rat reds mixed in. She had a great time and that’s all I was after [...]

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Biscayne Bay Smörgåsbord

Florida Sportsman member: bugdoc

Hit North Biscayne Bay about 0800 looking for whatever. Tried the trout flats for an hour and a half with nothing to show for it but some pinfish-chewed up soft baits. Since bluefish and mackerel had been showing up lately, I headed to the deep channel and tossed on a refurbished crystal minnow. Quickly hook up with a nice Spanish mack, followed a few minutes later by a nice bluefish. The bite died again, so I paddled south of the causeway and got a just keeper size trout and another bluefish [...]

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Flood Tide Catches

Florida Sportsman member: Maverick

Decided to do a little fishing this afternoon with the flood tide. I have not tried flood tide fishing in the middle of the day yet and figured I would give it a try. Was joined by a buddy of mine and we were off by about 1. Pulled up to my first flood flat and saw 1 tail. He then disappeared so we moved to the next flat. Pulled up to the second flat and saw nothing, looked a little more before we decided to just start working the creeks and islands. Then it was on. My buddy was throwing a rootbeer DOA shrimp and flipped up along the grass and I heard his drag start screaming and the yak took off.
After a good little fight we had our first red of the day.[...]

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Paddling Pine Island

Florida Sportsman member: Bobbkkat

Launched at Pine Island this morning with a very strong breeze and some dark clouds. As we launched the kayaks I was wondering if it was going to be worth it, and it was! One my first cast i Had a nice red blow up on the topwater, which was right at the launch! Of course he missed it and we pressed on. We came out on the flats and I hook a really nice fish on the topwater, and pull in a 25-inch trout! That was definitely my personal best in Pine Island [...]

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Who Needs a Flats Boat? A night on the Kayak

Florida Sportsman member: JoupDog1

Dad and I dropped the kayaks in this evening just before 8:00pm. We Paddled over to our first dock light and before I could even get my rod out, dad was already hooked up on a small fat snook! So I skip in and get another fat snook to start things off. Next light there are some larger fish popping in and a few casts later, I’m locked into a better fish. Turns out to be my personal best fat snook. Dad then gets another fat snook that was only slightly smaller than the one I had just got! That’s four fat snook in a row. Then dad breaks the streak with a small common. We Head around to one of our last lights and we quickly pick off two nice snook. Both about 25 inches [...]

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Mingo to Keys Chronicles

Florida Sportsman member: mangohunter11

OK folks, here is a compilation of trips in the recent mouth. I will start with the best. As all epic trips start off, I get a phone call from Chris “Tex” Lewis telling me about an idea of a trip from Flamingo to Islamorada on kayaks as I was driving to work one afternoon. With out hesitation, I say I am in. Minutes later, I get a call from Dj DanDecibel all pumped up about the trip. So for the next 6 days we planned everything out and got all the gear ready. After days of gearing up tying flies and looking at the weather the day of reckoning [...]

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Action-Packed Day off Delray

Florida Sportsman member: Mmusser0

My buddy Justin and I had the day off of work so we decided to head out on the Yaks. After finding some bait we had the yaks in the water around 10:30. Lines in the water about 105 feet and within seconds my buddy Justin spots a 6 foot Hammerhead on one of his baits…

…Total for the day One Hammerhead, 2 Big Dolphin, and Our First Yak Sailfish! Awesome day and so worth the crazy paddle back. Got an awesome gopro video that I edited and put up[...]

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NMZ on Fire, Redfish for Dinner

Florida Sportsman member: Redfish Chuck

After talking with Alan Ryland about the day he and Steve Brand spent on the “NMZ”; the location of our next Boondoggle, I knew I needed to get out there and put hooks in fishes faces! So I met up with Alan around 7:15 a.m. or so, got all unloaded and off we went in search of reds and trout. The wind was light out of the west and the water was very cool already so we knew it would be a bit of a waiting game until the flat warmed up a bit [...]

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Windy Day Snookin’ at Pine Island

Florida Sportsman member: bobbkkat

After a little while my friend hooks up into a 25 inch snook that gets off next to the yak, so I start to work an area near him and I hook into something big! It starts screaming out drag and honestly I thought it was a big jack crevalle at first. But once it started going into the trees and thrashing on the surface I knew it had to be better. I finally get it up next to the kayak and it is a nice snook!

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Slammin’ in Flamingo

Florida Sportsman member: Yak Hard

Had plans to head into Snake Bight this morning, but never made it that far. The bite was on at the ranger dock during a strong sweeping tide letting out of the flats into the little channel there. I anchored up in a sweet spot and started off with a decent shallow water jack on a top water, but a DOA Shrimp was the champion of the day. A slow retrieve with a light lift/drop of the rod tip landed everything for the remainder of the day.

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Cobia Surprise off Canaveral

Florida Sportsman member: Stalker1211

Last weekend, I had the chance to try my hand at something I’ve always wanted to do: hit the beach out of my kayak. My good buds Nick and Jon helped show me the ropes, since they had already fished the beaches before. We launched around 7 a.m., heading straight offshore and growing hairs on our chest as we pummeled through 2 foot swells. They had been telling me all week “Dude, we will just sabiki up a ton of croakers when we get out there to use for bait.” I’m thinking “Hey, croakers are awesome bait; until I see that what they thought were “croakers” were actually horn-bellies, which I thought was trash, but hey, we made lemonade [...]

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Kayak Session Before Work

Florida Sportsman member: HotDragKnep

Myself and AJ a.k.a EastCoastAngler decided to save a little gas money and take out the yaks. We headed out of Stuart and started catching some jacks that were feeding on the big schools of glass minnows. We moved on to some submerged trees and caught a snook that was about 20-inches. We got to our mangrove destination were we had some good bites on topwater, so we decided to net some fingers. Tried for a while before I finally hooked a 35-inch snook that nearly got me into the mangroves [...]

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Hooked on Kayak Fishing

Florida Sportsman member: FSChris

It looks like my love for kayak fishing has finally become an addiction. After becoming the proud new owner of a Wilderness Systems 14 Commander a few weeks back, I have been trying and trying to get on the water. Busy schedule it seems. Finally, about a week ago, I was able to put her on top of the Jeep and head out in search of some reds that had been (and still are) my mind for quite some time [...]

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Hooking Up in Matlacha

Florida Sportsman member: jvanpelt

Went out today with my buddy Josh Harvel (YakNitUp Charters) to Matlacha around 9:30 to catch the 11 a.m. low tide. We immediately were concerned with the wind and with the approaching storm clouds, BUT, we launched anyways. We headed out and were immediately greeted with a very welcome site, TARPON, and man they were everywhere!!! We played around in the canal systems for a little while having a blast watching the tarpon bust our topwaters [...]

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Jumbo BFT’s off Pompano

Florida Sportsman member: kayakangler

Kellan and I got a late start yesterday, we launched off pompano around 9:30 a.m. The waves were crashing pretty hard on the beach but we managed to get out after a good soaking. We headed out to the first wreck and on my first drop with a jig, my line started screaming. I get the fish up to the yak and realize it is a very nice mutton. This is my first mutton on a jig. I must say this was a very nice start to the day [...]

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Estero Bay Get Together

Florida Sportsman member: bonitabob

Some of the folks from the SWFKAA got together for a little fishing in Estero Bay. We arrived at 6:30am and spent the next 30 minutes waiting for the rain that would evenyually cancel the trip. At around 7am, we ran out of excuses and decided to launch. We had Troy (Yaknew), Esteban (CaptBlackbeard), Joe (jcorrigan), Josh (Jfish), Eric (my boy) and me. We launched into surprisingly calm conditions and were instantly on the fish. First up was the trout and they did not disappoint on topwater.

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Paddling for Ft. Pierce Gators

Florida Sportsman member: NELBAG

Finally had a day to fish inshore with no clients or tournaments to worry about. Launch with a 5 to 10 knot wind from the south which became 15 mph by 10 a.m. The south wind and a strong current incoming tide from the north made it difficult to fish. Jacks, blues and a few small trout was about it until 11 a.m. First fish was FAT! 26 inches. Someone has been enjoying all the mullet! Probably one of the largest girths I have seen on a trout that size.

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Mixed Bag at Bayport

Florida Sportsman member: mleach82

With my available fishing weekends quickly narrowing down, decided to head out to Bayport today to see if we could improve upon last weeks trip. Put in around 7:30 to a low tide and steady breeze. Tide wasn’t supposed to be in until 2 p.m. so we had a few hours to kill until the water started moving again [...]

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Big Snook on the Yak

Florida Sportsman member: Chobeeboys

After reading the article on seawall snook, saltwater assasin and I decided to try our luck and work some seawalls in Stuart. We started the day with the last drizzle of the outgoing tide. This morning I decided that I would throw a black and gold Top Dog. While still trying to perfect my walk the dog I was able to hook up with one snook before the tide went slack. As the article stated when the water isn’t moving the fish are not biting. The big gal inhaled my lure about 10 feet in front of my kayak and then lazily let herself get dragged to the yak [...]

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Kayak Lobstering

Florida Sportsman member: quatin

After years of talking about going “lobstering” by kayak, weeks of practicing and the 3rd day trying to catch one. I finally caught my first lobster.

Kellan, Chris and I went to Dania Beach today with our Hookah setups to go lobstering. The storm must have pushed them shallow since we were getting them in ~15 feet. The visibility was pretty poor and I had to surface several times when I lost the reef [...]

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Fishing the IFA Kayak Tour

Florida Sportsman member: Bobbkkat

We fished the IFA kayak tour regional event which was held in Titusville on August 26. We arrived Friday afternoon and fished on the south end of the Banana River with some great results. It was our first time fishing anywhere in this area and I caught my first red there within 20 minutes of hitting the water, I was able to easily see him along the mangroves when I was standing on my Hobie pro angler 12 [...]

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Skinny Water Tails

Florida Sportsman member: mangohunter11

With the last few months of summer looming upon us, Mother Nature has not given up her relentless grasp just yet. With mornings feeling more like an ascent at the summit of Mt. Everest leaving one gasping for air, mid day has brought punishing temperatures that could only be compared to the most hostile places in our solar system. Combined the weather with grueling paddles, endless miles of poling and lighting storms that could only be compared to science fiction movie “War of the worlds” and you begin to wonder what draws fisherman to this inhospitable world [...]

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Dirty Water Days

Florida Sportsman member: Redfish Chuck

Hit the water with my good friend Chris in search of some ML Redfish. At the launch I noticed the water looked alot like coffee with a lot of creamer, well it is that time of the year so off we go. Once we got to the flat we saw pushes near the bank and tails in the thick grass, so we fan out to cover more water.

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Kayak Cobia

Florida Sportsman member: Baxter22

Met up with Andriod this morning for first trip off Dania Pier. He was kind enough to lend me a jigging rod, jig and point me in the right direction. After sunrise broke the ice with small bonito. Followed his lead and kept drifting and jigging. Lost a trigger fish but was good sign. Lost a jig to a mystery break off [..]

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First Kayak, First Redfish

Florida Sportsman member: stanandsnow

I recently purchased a new Hobie AI. Wow, what a blast. I’ve been fishing offshore three times now and I guess the third times a charm. A little background, I grew up fishing in the Keys and other South Florida spots and have come to love offshore fishing. I recently came across the sport of kayak fishing and dove in head first. What a difference [...]

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Kayak Sailfishing with Bananas

Florida Sportsman member: Captain Yak

I ate a banana today which everyone was saying was bad luck for fishing. Even though my luck was doomed, I still decided to go out this morning out of Dania with Redneck Rocket and NewYorker. A couple of new guys also tagged along for their first offshore trip. Grabbed some bait from the beach and headed out [...]

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Hot Water Reds

Florida Sportsman member: Dj Dan Decibel

THE WEATHER HAS BEEN HOT WITH COUPLE OF STORMS AROUND BUT DEFINITELY WORTH IT SOMETIMES GOING WITH THE BAD WEATHER I HAVENT BEEN TAKING MANY PICTURES BUT I HAVE BEEN DOING TONS OF RECORDING. I WILL PUT THE LINK WHERE YOU CAN WATCH A VIDEO I PUT TOGETHER OF SOME OF THE FLY FISHING IVE BEEN DOING. ENJOY THE REPORT!

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Paddle Craft Happenings

Florida Sportsman member: irishjean

Let’s start with the fact that the water temperature was spring cold, 72 degrees at 11am. Caught lots of big Bluefish and plenty of Trout as well. While paddling around I passed over some deep water and a freaking Sailfish (approx. 4ft?) passed under my kayak!!! I just started laughing, that’s a new one for me! Then I caught these two Grouper on the same DOA Shrimp. What a day!

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Clearwater Bull Reds

Florida Sportsman member: abm5926

Got out early and started catching slot reds and small snook and then in caught 2 big snook and 2 bull reds in the afternoon. Caught bulls on cut bait under a cork and big snook on 1/8 oz jighead with z man scented paddlerz. The biggest of the snook is the biggest fish I’ve ever caught on artificials. Caught flounder, snook, redfish, blk drum, and trout. One of the best days I’ve ever had fishing!

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Summertime Tails

Florida Sportsman member: mangohunter11

Summertime fishing can be the most rewarding and most frustrating time to fish south Florida waters. With temperatures soaring well over the hundreds and afternoon thunderstorms just about every day it has been a challenge. Being able to predict the weather and fighting the heat has paid off in my quest for the next thrill seeking adventure [...]

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After Work Blackfin

Florida Sportsman member: FLATS BROKE

Had the itch bad yesterday. As soon as I got off work, 5 p.m., I ran straight to the beach. Paddled out, no depth finder. Managed to get this nice blackfin, at 31 inches.

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Lake O Kayak Bassin’

Florida Sportsman member: shallow water assassin

Just got in from a great day on the lake and figured I would give a report. Got on the water at 6 a.m. and first cast, boom, 2 pound bass on a Big Easy topwater. Got a few more on topwater then swiched to fliping docks with a trick worm as I was zoned out with that my Buddy Ryan gets a 6 pounder on a KVD frog 15 feet away from me.

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Dania Drift, Wahoo!

Florida Sportsman member: pottymouth

Went out this morning with livingthedream and Larry the lobsterman. Hit some nice weeds, couldn’t tell you how deep (no fishfinder) and no lives today so everything was caught on jigs and plugs. Picked up 3 blackfin tuna, caught 3 throw back mahi-mahi, 4 almaco’s, and a bunch of BIG bonito, and called it after landing a 5 foot wahoo [...]

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Tuna Slaying, Kayak Style

Florida Sportsman member: NELBAG

I had forum member davederb and his nephew Devin out with me today to slay some tunas and that we did.

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Kayak Bottom Bouncin’

Florida Sportsman member: drichard1986

Went out of pompano today with a floatilla of other yakers. From what I’ve heard so far it was pretty much a bonita bonanza for most of the people that went. Flats Broke got a blackfin tuna, I ended up dropping a chicken rig down on one of the deep wrecks and hit the vermillion snappers pretty good. Past them around to a few yaks so nobody was over the limit [...]

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Big Tarpon, Little Kayak

Florida Sportsman member: highstrung

I got in between my friend Dale’s little kayak and big tarpon with my video camera yesterday just off the Port Charlotte Beach Complex. We were fishing for snook with 12 pound test and a chrome spook jr. I posted a short under 5 minute video on youtube of some of the highlights called “Dale’s Big Tarpon, Little Kayak”. Dale guessed 80 pounds.

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Palm Beach Sail

Florida Sportsman member: NELBAG

The one day I forget my Gopro Camera pole I catch this sail that had to jump 20 times with her whole body coming out of the water each time. Thanks to the Spanish speaking Americans for the pic that thought I wanted thier gaff when I was asking for a picture. After 10 minutes revival she swam off strong.

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Kayak Sailfish off Pompano

Florida Sportsman member: Livinthedream

Started the morning early and launched with Chris (frankthetank) around 6 a.m. from Pompano Beach. We were greeted by decent size waves breaking right on the beach. So we timed our launch and got a little wet as we passed through them, luckily without rolling.

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Kayak Fishing Estero Bay

Florida Sportsman member: golflaxfish

We got in last Saturday to breezy, rainy conditions that didn’t seem to let up the whole week. Crazy things happened on Saturday and Sunday, so let’s fast-forward to Monday, and our first fishing day. I guess you could say that it was a learning day, as all I could find was mud bottom and no current…sweet :( . I did end up accidentally catching a short sheepshead in the cast net, so I won’t count it as a skunk. Anyway, on to Tuesday, and where the fun begins. My uncle Roger and his family were in town, so I was determined to put him on some nice fish, so after an hour or so we moved in search of oysters, current, clean water, and grass…we found it! [...]

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Summertime Beach Snookin’

Florida Sportsman member: FLATS BROKE

Well the beach fishing is phenomenal right now. Decided not to take the kayaks out because of the strong NE wind and current. Tarpon and snook are everywhere on the beaches right now. No matter where you go. We jumped off several tarpon before we landed this nice snook. Using live pilchard with a 3oz pyramid weight to hold the bait in place. After a few pics the snook was released unharmed.

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Saint Augustine Springtime Recap

Florida Sportsman member: Action Kayak Adventures

Has been a fun spring. My clients have been doing great getting back to the fish and able to close the deal on some really nice redfish, flounder and trout. Even some dirty ginclear water days for some close up sight fishing. The weather has been awesome for kayaking with the exception of the occasional south 20 mph afternoon winds [...]

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Sailfish on a Kayak

Florida Sportsman member: FLATS BROKE

Paddled out with Capt.Yak. Headed straight to the wrecks in 250 feet to try and jig up an AJ but not much action going on. Reeled the jigs up and tossed out some live bait on the down rigger set at 60 feet. As I start to head shallow in about 215 feet I get my first hit, 41 inch King. Skinny guy but had the length. As I get into 115 feet my down rigger pops and my reel starts screaming, up comes the sail. 5 minutes later I land this beautiful sailfish.

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After Work Kayak Fishing

Florida Sportsman member: SWCracker

After work yesterday fellow forum member Nolez12 and I headed out to get some fishing time in. Both of us were forum members before all the changes and recently decided to get back on the forum. Anyways, we launched around 6 p.m with a nice incoming tide. I had a nice snook that didnt completely commit along the first wall we fished.

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Fishing the Everglades

Florida Sportsman member: Dj Dan Decibel

Fishing has been pretty good. I have broken a couple of my personal records. Recently I caught my biggest snook at 35 inches, my biggest redfish on fly, and also caught a big black drum. I never got to measure the black drum because he did not fit inside my kayak [...]

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Paddling the Indian River Lagoon

Florida Sportsman member: Redfish Chuck

It’s been a while since I have been able to spend some time on the water, but this past weekend I took advantage of the good weather and set out on a solo trip looking for Redfish and Trout. I hit the launch at day break and worked my way south along the west side of the river [...]

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Stand Up Paddleboard Amberjack

Florida Sportsman member: FLATS BROKE

AJ CAUGHT IN 250FT ON THE JIG, SUP!?! “EXTREME BALANCE”.

Watch the video!

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Memorial Weekend BFT

Florida Sportsman member: Pottymouth

Hit it up all weekend, nice and early, got’em in different depth’s too. Sun was a quick hit and run, it sure was fishy out. Picked up alot more big bonies but still managed 2 BFT [...]

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Kayak Fishing Biscayne Bay

Florida Sportsman member: frankthetank

Me and my bro headed to Biscayne to meet Dave, who was kind enough to show us a hot trout spot. As we paddled out through snapper creek, I trolled a soft plastic and got slammed by a monster snook, which broke off immediately. We kept going and as we rounded the corner Dave spots tailing bones. My bro makes a cast and hooks up [...]

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Kayaking for Miami Exotics

Florida Sportsman member: bonitabob

I asked noted Photographer Doug Stamm to join me on a day trip over to Miami for some Peacock Bass fishing. We left the West coast at 0600 and began the drive. It was tempting to stop at all the canals along the way, but we were on a mission. We arrived after a few short stops at around 0830 and met up with Mike Teixidor. Mike is a good friend and fellow Blue Line Fishing Team member, and he knows Miami Peacock bass.

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Lake Worth Kayak Snookin’

Florida Sportsman member: frankthetank

Woke up early to haul but to Lake Worth. We launched at the snook Island Kayak launch me and my older brother and began our journey. We fished in an out of every nook and cranny of the snook island area nothing but a stingray and bait everywhere. Paddled north seen some sheepies but no connections, we found this nice little sandbar exposed with rock piles next to it so we worked the only lure I ever caught snook on, a Bass Assassin silver chartreuse, hooked up [...]

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Boynton Boys Offshore Report

Florida Sportsman member: CamDawg

Better weather is finally approaching, and the fishing is hot hot hot offshore. Saturday winds and surf were a little choppier than predicted but we got into some nice fish. Winds were great for the kayak and currents did not start ripping until after 1pm. On saturday, hooked, oarknot, and myself ventured out. caught alot of bonita, nice kings, runners, jacks of all sorts and sizes and one tuna. Water was murkier than normal which is not a bad thing, plankton and silt brings bait and bait brings predators. I will also make note that, absolutely zero bait, live or dead, are used on any of our trips, so whatever we catch is on artificials.

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Offshore Kayak Success

Florida Sportsman member: FLATS BROKE

Everyone I spoke to slayed fished yesterday. Here are a couple of the bigs boys Joe & I brought in. I was happy about my 35″ BFT until I spoke to Rob(PottyMouth) and he told me he landed a 40″! What a beast!

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Super Moon Kayaking

Florida Sportsman member: bbarton13

We decided to hit some bottom spots off destin on this super full moon. well we didnt launch till about 3 a.m. or so and it was calm and the sky was lit up! got to the first spot and josh pulls up this beast red snapper. not much going on after that till’ the sun started to rise. We heard a loud splash and everyone looked over there then we saw a sailfish jump and we all freak out and started going over towards it [...]

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Delray Beach Kayak Sailfish

Florida Sportsman member: blazing_reels

I was free lining a whole squid on the Penn Torque and had not checked the bait in quite a bit. I had let out quite a bit of line and was trying to speed reel the line in. As the line got close I slowed down to a stop to see if anything might of been following it. Sure enough I see a rather large shadow behind the squid. I let it sit but the lack of action made him lose interest. I pulled it in a threw it out in front of my yak, sure enough I saw him dart right for it.

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Paddling the Florida Keys

Florida Sportsman member: bugdoc

Took the wife down to Conch Key Cottages, MM 61, for a few days of paddling and exploring. She let me fish a little. The hotel is right on the water adjacent to what should have been good bonefish flats, but I did not see one the whole trip. There were some respectable barracudas to be had. It’s nice to be able to roll out of bed and be fishing within 5 minutes.

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The Delray Yak’ Drift

Florida Sportsman member: lckirk

Planned on a Delray to Boynton inlet drift, even staged a car at Boynton inlet. We put in at the beach in Delray water was perfect, flat and a light wind. We never got that far off only about 80ft we let the wind take us. It ended up taking us south east not the way we planned on going. The ocean had a good April fools joke by taking us the wrong way. But it ended up working out. Birds were diving all around us and bait was getting slammed on the top of the water. My bro-in law ended up with 2 AJ’s and I was skunked. Still a great day on the water.

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A Month of Action

Florida Sportsman member: Dj Dan Decibel

I haven’t posted anything in about two months or so, I just got back from Djing out of the country in late February. I’ve been doing some fishing here and there but this month has been really windy and it seems like the only time to have some fishing opportunity has been in the mornings when the winds are kind of calm. Even though the high winds we have, I have had some luck here and there [...]

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Palm Beach Offshore Yakin’

Florida Sportsman member: NELBAG

Well the plan was to get on the Cobia bite today as I have been hearing scattered reports. We hit the beach at Phipps Park in Lake Worth and are greated by 2-4′ seas and a erroded beach. We disscussed for awhile and decided to charge the surf at 7am. We hit 100′ and throw out flat lines and start jigging with DOA swimming mullets. Hour into the trip..nada..so we decide to paddle back out and north as the east wind has blown us in. My buddy Hoke trolls a DOA Terror Eyz in golden bream and is slammed by this gal in 65′ [...]

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Little Hickory Pass

Florida Sportsman member: bonitabob

The plan was to launch from the North end of Lover’s Key and visit the islands in the middle of the bay and look for reds and snook. When I arrived at the launch, I found my plans thwarted as one million mph winds were coming across the bay. Not to be outdone by weather, I opted to launch at Hickory Pass and maybe find some shelter from the wind. I met up with my buddy Mike, and we took off at sunrise [...]

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Mixed Bag

Florida Sportsman member: Yaksquatch

Decided to try somewhere brackish I haven’t spent much time, just to try something new this afternoon. Fished a few hours of daylight plus about 30min after dark with the moon so bright.

Was push-poling around in a foot of water when I came across a big, dark, gnarly tail sticking out of the water. Thought it was a big black drum and threw on him. After a 20minute sleigh ride I found out I was mistaken [...]

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Estero Bay Double Slam

Florida Sportsman member: bonitabob

I wanted to get over my dismal 12th place finish in the IFA tournament so I called Allen Reddick for some Estero Bay fishing. We launched at Week’s into a little wind, but not as bad as it was yesterday. Week’s is such a great place to lauch as it’s never too busy! We started fishing the flats right outside of the channel on the falling tide. I was using my usual, Gulp shrimp on a DOA cal jighead and it didn’t take long to snatch up a slot redfish [...]

 

 

 

 


Downrigger Plus Gog Equals Smoker Kayak King

Florida Sportsman member: FLATS BROKE

Went out yesterday with a half dozen gogs paddled out to 90ft and put my baits out, 1 flat line 1 on the downrigger. Slow troll out to 165ft and drop my jig and pull up a small king 28 inch. Headed in to 140ft where there was a nice color change and my rigger goes off zzzz’. 15 mins later I land this nice king. The downrigger was set at 50 feet.

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Florida Sportsman Member: FLATS BROKE

Fishing was slow for us this weekend, Current was ripping North 3+mph. Managed to catch this kingfish (70ft) on the way out on a deep diving Yozuri plug. We did a lot more kayaking than fishing. I sold the fish on the beach for a whopping $13.00 to a Canadian couple that really wanted it. They offerd to buy it so I said “$20 its great deal”, Then he said he had no cash .I loaded up my kayak and was ready to leave when I noticed the guy running down the street towards me with cash in his hand. He told me he managed to borrow $13 and thats all he had. So I gave in and took the $13.00 and used it for bait the next day [...]

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Shoreline Specks

Recent freshwater fishing reports from all around the state.


Shoreline Specks

Florida Sportsman member: Jiganomics

Forum member Jiganomics got into a mess of specks, fishing from land. These fish were keyed into a bright colored “grapefruit” jig. Looks like a fish fry is in the near future.

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Backyard Fun

Florida Sportsman member: Morocco_madness

Plenty of dinner plate sized gills around. They were being difficult but, in the end they eventually succumbed to bread balls on a flat line. By no means complicated stuff. When it’s right there in the backyard though, it beats sitting on the couch. Eventually, a carp came by and my neighbor Craig put a Fly on big girls nose. She inhaled it and was off to the races.

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Taking the Tournament

Florida Sportsman member: capt louie

Worked the area and added a 2 pound to the well and I caught a 5 plus pounder to help. Fishing was slow but we were able to cull twice and threw a bunch of 2 pounders back. I lost a big one flipping I never turned but it didn’t matter. Our 21.62 final weight took the win!

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Big Blue Gill and Carp

Florida Sportsman member: Morocco_madness

Rather than waste a promising morning of fishing we decided to hit some nearby ponds for a Big Carp. Little Joey had never caught one before so we made it happen. The boys got around 15 or so large bluegill,over a pound,and 4 big grass carp.

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Flip Fest Fatties

Florida Sportsman member: Bass2bucks

The key is to find the cleaner water with minimal current. After pre-fishing with minimal success my partner and I got lucky on tournament day and found the mother load. We burned up some gas running over 40 miles before we got lucky and stumbled on these fish.

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Freshwater Fun

Florida Sportsman member: Fishin Rod

Forum member Fishin Rod and grandson were able to get out and enjoy some great bream fishing, ending with a fish fry! Nice work!

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Bluegill, the Fly Way

Florida Sportsman member: Pmoconnor89

Made a trip to a new area I have been meaning to get out to for nearly a year now. Shell Creek is a freshwater creek system off of the Peace River in Punta Gorda. I had heard good reports of panfish and bass in the past from this location and put it up on my list of places to try out.

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Summertime in South Florida

Florida Sportsman member: Captain Shane Procell

The Peacock bite is as strong as ever. We have been catching them on a live shiners, x-raps and top water prop baits. One morning we caught a snook and a tarpon on my hand poured buzz frog.

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Freshwater Warfare

Florida Sportsman member: Morocco_madness

We dragged the kayaks over to our trusty lake and set out. Jay had a very productive morning, 2 big Bass around 6 pounds, 2 around 4 pounds and a bunch in the 3 pound range. I on the other hand, not so much.

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Big Urban Bass

Florida Sportsman member: Morocco_madness

Here’s a solid Bass i picked up this morning fishing a pond near my home. Picked up several other good fish but this one was my best. I think it’s my personal best. All fish were caught on Zoom, U-Tails in Junebug color pattern. The fish once again, were in either deeper water or underneath low lying tree limbs keeping in the shade.

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Big Bags Out of Holiday Park

Florida Sportsman member: Bass2bucks

With the falling water levels the big fish are in the canals and feeding on Snakes, freshwater eels, Frogs and Bluegill. This has made for one heck of a good time and I have taken full advantage of this time of year. In the last three weeks I have weighed in two bags over thirty and at this weeks King of the Glades Championship round I weighed in 26.86 which got me nothing more than a pat on the back. The top 5 teams all had bags over 30 pounds.

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Mixed Bag Down South

Florida Sportsman member: Captain Shane Procell

Forum member Captain Shane Procell has been on the fish this past week! Not only catching big largemouth and peacock bass, but also catching some freshwater snook and tarpon.

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Busting the Bass

Florida Sportsman member: Morrocco_madness

Once the bait made it’s touch down, fish were on it nearly every cast. Many casts didn’t require a retrieve as fish were picking it up on the drop. The bite was very aggressive. We had a great day with a lot of solid fish being caught including my personal best, a stout 6 pound Bass with a mouth big enough to put my fist in.

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Peacock Bite Heating Up

Florida Sportsman member: aladro

Forum member aladro got into some peacock action down south in Miami, fishing crystal clear lakes that produced nice fish to 4 pounds! Nice work.

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Miami Peacocks

Florida Sportsman member: COBRA

These two anglers were hardcore! We fished and fished even while the rain was falling. The bite was slow but we had action in the deeper waters while fishing live baits. Brandon also got to fight a fresh water tarpon in the 30 pound class for a few jumps before it wore through the leader and swam away. They managed to land a couple of largemouth bass, and a couple of different cichlid species as well.

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Lake Griffin Bass

Florida Sportsman member: capt louie

High stuck a fish and when I finally caught up to it I realized it was a nice one. I backed off my drag and it made a pretty good run before I netted it. If this was the tournament it would have got off,but of course that wasn’t going to happen.

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Fishing the River

Florida Sportsman member: jvanpelt

After about hour or so of throwing the worm and nearly giving up on it I pitched it up under a rock ledge and was met with an almost instantaneous thump. As the fish started to fight and pull drag I immediately knew I had something other than a bass on. Finally after a few laps around the boat and nearly losing her in the prop I was able to boat a respectable 33 inch snook, my first on a bass worm!

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Busting the Bass

Florida Sportsman member: Captain Shane Procell

The water has come off the flats and concentrated the bass in the canals. Holiday Park seems to be offering the most exciting fishing. Bass anglers are taking monster bass to 9 pounds. One of the latest Holiday Park tournaments was won with an astounding 5 fish sack at over 37 pounds.

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Spring Fishing at its Finest

Florida Sportsman member: chut03

Forum member chut03 has been tearing up the South Florida canals and ponds, catching some quality bass with a few stud snakeheads in the mix. Nice work!

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Kayakin’ for Largemouth

Florida Sportsman member: syd7792

“The bass were on fire last weekend here in Valrico Lake. Bass fishing out of a boat is awesome but nothing compares to fishing out of a kayak. When you hook a bass that gives you the fight and the ride of a lifetime, it is just epic!”

 

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Backcountry Bass Bite

Florida Sportsman member: COBRA

I had the pleasure to take a father and son team out for a day of chasing these beautiful, and ferocious gamefish. Steve and his dad came down from Ohio and wanted to scratch Peacock Bass off their bucket list’s. Being that the Peacock bass is one of, if not the hardest fighting freshwater fish. It’s always great seeing the looks of amazement of someone when they hook into their first Peacock bass.

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Busting Bass on Rousseau

Florida Sportsman member: capt louie

The bass were on this flat last month and I hammered them in a tournament but got no big females.
Same was true today. Fun fish but no biggies.

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Afternoon Peacocks

Florida Sportsman member: USNavy_Angler

Forum member USNavy_Angler enjoyed some awesome south Florida peacock bass yesterday afternoon. He also took his Gopro camera and got some video and killer underwater shots.

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Lake Tarpon Specks

Florida Sportsman member: kmander3

We flipped minnows under corks for a couple hours and picked up 8 Crappie the biggest went 14 inches, and 1 Warmouth. We certainly didn’t crush it but Dad had been wanting some crappie which is what we got him.

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Down South Action

Florida Sportsman member: TLUV

I took my son out for about an hour and put him on a couple nice peacocks and a decent largemouth. He had a blast! I hope to get the boat back Tuesday and get out in the ocean this week and get some bigger fish!

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Wintertime Backyard Bass

Florida Sportsman member: chut03

“The fish have mostly been hitting soft plastics, and the Zoom Trick Worm really is a bass magnet! I landed the largest one, a 5 pound’r, on a black Trick Worm last week. All fish were released safely and will live to fight another day!…”

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Cold Weather Peacocks

Florida Sportsman member: PeacockFever

I fished a familiar spot armed with my fly rod and got exactly what I came for, a 3 pound peacock was hanging by a pipe and the second my fly hit the water he went bonkers for it, he had a pretty good sized hump on him considering it was very late in the spawn season.

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Fishing the Blue Lagoon

Florida Sportsman member: aladro

It didn’t take long for my buddy to hook up the first hog bass of the day! We got a few more then it slowed down big time till the sun came out and warmed up the lake, then the peacock bass came out to play.

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Winter Time Peacocks

Florida Sportsman member: COBRA

We’re catching some real brutes in the systems we fish. Water levels are dropping and the forage fish are a little bit bigger. Which translates into awesome days of fishing for those who prefer throwing artificial lures. On one of my first trips out this year we landed a beautiful 7+ pound Peacock bass that absolutely crushed a DOA swimbait that was tossed his way.

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Down South “P’s”

Florida Sportsman member: Captain Shane Procell

December at the Miami Airport Lakes was excellent for the Peacock Bass. Last week we got into the P’s pretty good on top water plugs, X-raps and shiners. The weather was too windy for the main lake so we ventured into the residential canals and found the P’s ready to chomp on our offerings

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A Change Of Pace

Florida Sportsman member: heavychevy15

I primarily fish saltwater down south. My nephew has been asking me to go fishing with him in the local lakes around his house. After work yesterday I swung by and bent the rod with him for a couple hours. He ended up catching 4 and I got 2. Was a nice change of pace from my usual fishing.

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Lake Okeechobee Bassin’

Florida Sportsman member: Bass2bucks

From what I’ve heard and seen, the lakes starting to turn back around however for me, it fished a little tough this weekend. There’s no doubt those bigger fish are staging and about to move into spawn, it’s just a matter of time before the lake pops off and those big 30 plus pound bags are brought to the scales. We did manage to catch probably 20 to 30 fish and only one bigger fish at 5 pounds.

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Solid Everglades Bass Bite

Florida Sportsman member: Captain Shane Procell

The water in the glades has come down a little lately and the bite has picked up considerably. Me and Johnny fished last week way back in the center of the glades. We started at first light with Spro frogs and Rapala Skitter Props in the lily pads. The first hour was non stop with the top water baits. As the sun came up the top water bite died. We changed out the top water baits for some diving Rapala baits. It was a steady bite all day…no monsters but good fun. I’m really looking forward to the next several months. It should be an incredible bass bite.

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Miami Slam

Florida Sportsman member: COBRA

“LET’S GOR FOR IT!!” Is the reply I received when suggestion was made for the Slam. It was music to my ears! Now we’re on a mission, and we headed off for the Tarpon bite. After setting up current of the tarpon and a quick talk about their fighting habits. We start the drift into the hot spot. Within a couple of minutes we get a hit,but it popped loose at the surface. A few minutes later Tim hooks up with a nice Sword Spine Snook!…Species #2 down. Not to be out done Jess” reel starts singing and a typical Miami fresh water Tarpon comes flying out of the water. Seven acrobatic jumps later it comes aboard for a quick pic,and release…. Speicies #3 Slam achieved, and it’s only 8:30 in the morning.

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Stickmarsh & Lake Blue Cypress Bass

Florida Sportsman member: flranger

Hit up the Stickmarsh, for the first time since I think 1992 today. Long dirt road wasn’t bad, put in and headed to the SW corner of Farm 13. Ended up with two nice fish around 3 pounds or so. Went to spillway, no water running. Went to ditch in middle of Farm 13, nothing. Went to buggywhip patches on south side of Stickmarsh and caught 3 around 2-3 pounds. Decided to hit the ramp around 12p. Total bass fisherman with trailers at ramp around 8.

Since we pulled off the marsh early, stopped by Lake Blue Cypress since I’ve never fished it. Really a beautiful place, probably what most Florida lakes looked like once upon a time. Fished it for about 90 minutes and rode around the whole lake. Awesome looking cypress trees. Stumbled into this little 9-pounder in some Kissimmee grass on the north side.

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Night Fishing for Largemouth Bass

Florida Sportsman member: Bass2bucks

I recently went night fishing in one of our canals down here in south florida. I have found the night bite in the summer time down here to be pretty awesome. I don’t know why but for some reason those big fish will cruise at night and you can catch some absolute giant bass. I put together a short video of some of the action I hope you all enjoy it.

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NW Florida Cats

Florida Sportsman member: CatHunter

Hit the River tonight for about 3 hours and managed some really nice cats. Big fish was 45 pounds. We had a few double and triple hook ups. What a night. The big flathead was released to fight another day.

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Bucket List Kind of Weekend

Florida Sportsman member: USNavy_Angler

My buddy Anthony and I headed out on Saturday after deciding it would be best to hit the urban waters and leave the boat on the trailer. Shortly after getting out there, our goal became to get him a nice fish on fly. After a few hours of fending for ourselves, we get a hold of Adam Rizzi from Reel Deal Adventures, and he invites us out for some Snakehead hunting. Who could every say no to fishing with RDA? He found out Anthony had never caught a Peacock and it was on! Then he reminded me, that I still did not have a Snakehead off my list, and the very first spot he took us to, SNAP! That jaw closed, my hook was set and he leaped out of the water.

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Lake O Personal Best

Florida Sportsman member: Captain Shane Procell

Caught my personal best on Lake Okeechobee yesterday using a Gambler Big EZ. It was a hair under 10-3/4 pounds. My client had just boated a fish close to seven pounds when it started to get stormy and bolts of lightening started striking the lake. We ran in and waited out the storm. Eventually we ran back out to the school of bass we had found and this girl exploded on the Gambler Big EZ. I was using a Shimano Chronarch 200e7 with a Hawg Tech Hawg Handle mounted on a Fitzgerald Rod.

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Blue Lagoon Peacock Bass

Florida Sportsman member:COBRA

Ok, folks here goes. I had a chance to guide one of my best clients in the Blue Lagoon system here in Miami for a day of Peacock bass fishing…Oh what a day!!Seeing that Peacock bass are in their summer pattern down here. It only makes sense to start off the day a little later than the usual sunrise start. The peacock bass are a fish that loves bright sunshine and hot days, usually the hotter, the day the better the bite. We left the ramp at around 11′ish and headed straight into the canals systems in search of some bigguns.
Right away I had my client on fish that were full of fight and beautiful to look at, very colorful. After a quick lunch break we decided to head off into some canals that I’ve seen monsters in before. We didn’t hook up with any big one’s there,but she did land a very respectable freshwater snook that inhaled a very well placed lure…

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Fathers Day Weekend Peacock Bass

Florida Sportsman member: Joupdog1

We woke up early Sunday and drove south to fish some peacock bass. Pulled up to a spot on a canal that we had done good on before and were able to sight fish right away. Most of the fish were in pairs, but we got 6 nice peacocks, 3 on fly from the first spot alone. We hopped around to a few spots the rest of the day and got 3 more before it got too hot for us and we headed home. All around great weekend!

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Big Bites on Lake Okeechobee

Florida Sportsman member: Captain Shane Procell

I was fishing on Lake Okeechobee a few weeks ago with some fellas from Ohio. They had told me that the everglades bass were too easy and they did not care to catch a 100 normal sized bass but would like to catch a few good hawgs. I suggested Lake Okeechobee for some chubby chaseing, which turned out to be a great idea. A week prior to this trip I had found a school with some pretty good sized fish, so I was hoping they were still around. They started off with three some small fish and then then it was on like donkey kong. Bruce was working a BoohYah spinnerbait, clacking it on the surface and making a heck of a fuss. But it did trigger the first chubby of the morning. Then Bruce followed that one with a ten pounder on the same bait, same technique. I made a cast and was looking around to see what was happening in the back of the boat, when I looked back at my frog it was gone. I set up just in case and was rewarded with a heck of a fight from a beautiful nine plus pounder. We fished for 6 hours and got 12 fish. All released to fight another day. I love days like this.

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Miami Peacock Action

Florida Sportsman member: UrbanAnglerMiami

Got a phone call late last night after leaving the IGFA for the 10th Annual World Records Achievement Awards, my old friend Rey wanted to get out for a couple of hours this morning and chase some peas. That we did, after watching a band of rain cruise right by as the sun was just peaking out. It wasn’t too long before we started to get hits, bumps, and super aggressive charges. The water is almost back up to normal levels in most parts, the sun was shinning, winds laid down finally and the peas were out for blood today. Bass thumb was an understatement!

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A Crappie Day on Lake Talquin

Florida Sportsman member: skiff89_jr

Headed over to Talquin bright and early Thursday morning. My girlfriends grandpa has really been wanting to go over there and see how trolling is done. Also had a friend from Tallahassee meet us at the ramp to tag along. With little wind it was a very nice day to be long-lining. I was worried that with the fish we caught 2 weeks being full of eggs and the full moon would have them on bed, but they were not. All our fish came out of deep water in the channels. We probably boated over 150 specks, but with Talquin having a 10 inch limit, we only ended up with 33 keeper specks, a striper, and an aggressive bream.

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Relentless Bass

Florida Sportsman member: syd7792

This girl put up a fight! I was flipping a KVD perfect plastic caffeine shad rigged weightless around trees that had fallen in the water. I twitched the bait twice, let it sink, then when I went to reel in the slack POW! She hit that bait hard! I set the hook and she came jumping out of the water and thats when I knew she was a hog! She did not come easy though! I reeled her up to the left side of my boat where my aunt went to net her but the bass dove right back down under the boat! I took some tension off her and got her back up to the surface but as soon as she saw that net coming down she dove again but towards the front of the boat all the way around to the right side! I thought she was going to break off several times in these few minutes that felt like forever! Finally my aunt was able to net her and I was stoked! My adrenaline was going and my heart was beating like crazy! I went home a very happy girl!

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Stud Peacock on Fly

Florida Sportsman member: UrbanAnglerMiami

Went out with a mission this morning. I wanted to get a decent pea on fly and caught this 23 inch stud male butterfly peacock. He came out of nowhere and crushed my clouser like it owed him money. He swirled on the fly and missed it twice before he tore off some line. My biggest peacock on fly to date in Miami, FL. I almost broke my rod landing this guy.

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Cold Front Peacocks

Florida Sportsman member: UrbanAnglerMiami

Hooked up with a father & son team from Jersey today. It was pretty cold in the am but the winds laid down a bit with clear blue skies all day. The waters are low again and the bite was very slow but picked up after lunch. We caught many largemouth bass, nothing crazy…a bunch of peas and a spotted tilapia to complete a lil’ freshwater slam. Always a pleasure to put people on a new species and cross it off their “bucket list”. We started off the day with a very nice largemouth bass in the a.m. Great way to start the day!

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Hot Bass Bite

Florida Sportsman member: Reel Tease

Saturday went out with my dad to do a little fresh water fishing. Its amazing how lucky we are to live in South Florida. There is such a big variety of fish here in our very own backyard. Anyways we ended up fishing lakes and canals all over Miami Dade and what a great day it was. We caught too many bass to count, and many “Lunkers” as well as the aggressive Peacock Bass. These fish are beautiful. I encourage anyone who has never caught one to go out and catch your self some.

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Action-Packed Lake

Florida Sportsman member: former bluefishinny

John (new member) and I met up and Lake BankerLunker. I lost a SLOB, just as nice as the previous 3 I had landed. After that, John gets this beauty! Same bait…Same technique…

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Rainy Day Bass

Florida Sportsman member: syd7792

The day started out beautiful so my aunt and I decided to hit the water. Once we put the boat in the wind picked up immediately and became very cloudy. To get out of the wind, I went down one of the canals in the pond we were fishing which ends in a big bowl type area. I was flipping up to the bank under some tree limbs that were hanging down, two twitches out of the rod and BAM! There she was!

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Nice Bass at New Spot

Florida Sportsman member: former bluefishinny

Found a new lake! A bag of watermelon seed flukes in pocket, extra EWG weighted hook…bam! I did not weigh it but it was definitely over 8-pounds!

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Peacocks are Plentiful

Florida Sportsman member: lowe-boy

There really is no science to peacocking. Peacocks are territorial and aggressive and will strike at anything you throw at them. My favorite lure for peacocks is the good ol’ rattle-trap. live bait is way to easy and provides zero challenge. Went out Sunday afternoon with Juanito and we got into some great action. Caught 15-20 fish between us in a couple of hours.

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Plethora of Peacocks

Florida Sportsman member: HialeahAngler

Had some time to kill recently so I decided I’d head out to some of the local peacock canals. I was tossing flies and small hardbaits. I lost count of how many I caught, and had a heck of a time! I got a few more pics but they’re all peacock. You get the picture. There’s nothing to it. No special live bait needed. Just get your favorite hardbait or fly and walk the canals. Some of these are from Kendall, and the others are a little further north.

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Personal Best

Florida Sportsman member: Catalyst

My 8 year old caught a nice bass on a super fluke this weekend. His biggest yet. Bass fishing was real good all weekend in western Palm Beach County. Fish were hitting flukes and crankbaits fished slow.

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Sizeable Topwater Bass

Florida Sportsman member: Bob1sh

Hooked a pig tonight on a topwater water Rapala popper. I was working the outside edges of the vegetation and the fish slammed my lure! Thank God for braid[...]

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Some Monster Peacocks

Florida Sportsman member: bigzee20

Florida Sportsman memeber bigzee20 and friends made a little video of them catching some nice sized peacock bass using live striped tilapia for bait.

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Cool Water Peacocks

Florida Sportsman member: UrbanAnglerMiami

Went out yesterday with a buddy of mine to hit up some peacocks. The county is still doing some weed pulling in Miami-Dade at certain canals still…causing the waters to become milky and shuts the fishing down but turns it up in other areas. We rode around for a bit or what I like to call, “urban run ‘n gun”, looking for some December peacocks in Miami, Fl. I sighted three very decent peas in a run off, end plug [...]

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Lake Okeechobee Video Report

Florida Sportsman member: Bass2bucks

I had the pleasure of fishing with an old fishing buddy I hadn’t seen since I moved away for college this weekend. Now that I graduated and finally moved back home to South Florida I will be able to fish my old honey holes and enjoy some of this awesome south florida bass fishing. This particular buddy of mine is this years Florida Bass Federation Champion and taught me a lot about bass fishing I had no clue about. We went out to Lake Okeechobee and tore the bass up. We didn’t have a real pattern we just runned and gunned around the lake fishing different spots a long the way [...]

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December Peacocks in South Florida

Florida Sportsman member: Reel-Deal

Fishing here in Broward has been great lately, even for December. We have been catching tons of peacocks, putting up 10 to 20 fish per trip, with some nice 3 to 6 pound fish mixed in.I can go on and on about each day of fishing but being too much to write about so I’m simply going to post some pics. Hope you all enjoy [...]

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Freshwater Snookin’, Say What?

Florida Sportsman member: Joupdog1

Recently, FS member Joupdog1 stumbled upon an interesting fishery in the Southeast region of the forums. Big bass, pig snook, and rolling tarpon, all living in harmony in the freshwater ecosystem of a local neighborhood lake. Sounds too good to be true! Check out the first post, here.

Hit our new found secret pond and got 3 bass up to 4 pounds, but the highlight of the day came when Chris stuck an upper/over slot snook! This pond is a wonderful thing [...]

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Lake Bassin’ Heating Up

Florida Sportsman member: Brooksrobinson9

“Talked the parents into letting us get out of school early Friday before Thanksgiving Break and man it was a good decision! Saw a pretty sweet sunset while we were out there too!” Fish caught on Little Bear Lake.

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Urban Peacock Bass; November Bite

Florida Sportsman member: UrbanAnglerMiami

Target species; butterfly peacock in late fall, November in Miami, FL. The water is about a foot or so low, the levies are closed, the waters are still and scouting for peacocks the day before a guide wasn’t too promising. I always scout for targeted species a day or two prior to any guide. We had an early shower around 8 am and a light shower a bit later with overcast skies all day, making it very difficult to sight peas. The winds picked up and dropped throughout our 3/4 day guide. Upon calling to inform my client from Miami Lakes about the conditions yesterday afternoon, he gave me the thumbs up and we headed out despite my scouting report and mother nature. This guide was his birthday gift to his 19 yr. old son and the pressure was definitely on [...]

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Targeting Schooling Bass on the St. Johns River

Florida Sportsman member: Bass2bucks

We had an awesome day on the St. Johns River today despite the 20 mph plus winds and 65 degree temperature this morning. To be honest my expectations for today weren’t that great considering this storm we had, the moon phase and the blue bird skies but we still managed to lay the smack down on these bass [...]

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Peacock Paradise

Florida Sportsman member: Reel-Deal

Had the opportunity to take a repeat client and his son out for some peacocks this past weekend. Skies were overcast, and rain occasionally came down, but we pushed through and managed some nice fish. The first two spots didn’t produce very many, but nonetheless, fish were caught. Since the bite wasn’t consistent, we headed to a lake system I’ve nicknamed “The Falls”. Within a single hour, Sehoon and his son tallied 23 peacocks and 6 largemouth bass [...]

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2012 Bass Club “Classic” – Big Toho

Florida Sportsman member: capt louie

The club stayed at Richardson’s Fish Camp for this years end of year tournament. Nice place, VERY quaint, but OK. My father-in-law and I arrived Thursday and got to pre-fish that afternoon and Friday prior to the Saturday/Sunday event. I found some schooling bass and located an area in Goblits Cove that had some current flow, it looked promising Thursday but the next day was a bust. I checked the schoolers and got a decent fish quick so called it a day at noon Friday [...

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Peacock Paradise

Florida Sportsman member: Reel-Deal

Had the opportunity this past Saturday to take my friend and snakehead guide Chris Licato on a Reel-Deal Adventure to Peacock Paradise. After his 30 minute drive down from Coral Springs to Pembroke Pines, I wasted little time, as the first spot produced 8 peacocks, including 3 bulldozers (4+ lbs). Here is just a sample [...]

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Miami Exotics and More

Florida Sportsman member: miket1515

I was awaken by the sound of my alarm so I looked at it and said the hell with this and went back to bed. Way to start my fishing adventure, so I woke up at 8 and thought what now. It’s too late to make the 2 hour trip to Flamingo so I did the next best thing, go freshwater. I had to put away all my saltwater gear and grab my freshwater equipment and off I went. I arrived at Blue Lagoon at around 9 and off I paddled [...]

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Birthday Bassin’

Florida Sportsman member: kodiakzack

Spent my birthday weekend with 5 hours fishing on Friday with a co-worker, and 6 hours Saturday with my son Josh. Co-worker was stoked because he got his biggest bass ever. Josh was stoked because he got his biggest fish this year [...]

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A Summer in Canada

Florida Sportsman member: Docked Wages

Last month LOB and I returned to Northern Saskatchewan Canada for a 10 day extreme fishing excursion. I focused on fly fishing and therefore found myself fishing solo quite a bit. Sunsets at 10:30 p.m. and sunrises at 3:30 a.m. gave us plenty of time to fish. We targeted walleyes, lake trout and northern pike [...]

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Miami Urban Fishing Report

Florida Sportsman member: COBRA

The peacock bass fishing here in Miami is going steady. Good fishing is to be had early and later in the day. The afternoon rain showers are cooling off the temps and creating a good amount of current, which is always a good thing while fishing for peacock bass. They seem to be keying in on the huge hatch of minnows we’ve had this year [...]

 

The weather and the bite are a couple of things I cannot control. Just like the rest of the country, the everglades is experiencing the dog days of summer. It just get’s plain miserable from mid-morning untill the late afternoon. But even in these unbearable temperatures I have been on a Zara Spook bite all day, everyday for the past month. It’s has been a magical time of fishing.

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Gheenoe Bassin’

Florida Sportsman member: bass-buster

Dropped my Gheenoe in the old neighborhood lake this morning. Fished 2 hours and caught 3 fish, missed 2 others. This one here was the biggest at around 3.5 to 4 pounds, trying again tomorrow [...]

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Big Bass of 2012

Florida Sportsman member: Bass2bucks

Decided to put together a little video of some of the bigger fish we have caught on film this year. I fish a lot of the different lakes around central Florida and have brought friends along with me for a lot of the trips. Here are some of their bass from this year so far. Hope ya’ like the video [...]

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Bassin’ Before the Storm

Florida Sportsman member: jasonstadnik

Went out to a private lake Saturday just before the storm moved in to the Ocala area. Fished for about 4 hours, the fish were turned on. There was a giant school of 1/2 to 1 1/2 pound bass chasing shinners in deep water. Followed them around for half an hour before they went down. We also caught a good number of fish off the weed pockets in about 4 foot of water [...]

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Trip to the Rodman Reservoir

Florida Sportsman member: Bass2bucks

I decided to fish the Rodman Reservoir for the first time ever this weekend. I have always heard what an awesome place to fish it is as well as all the big bass stories that come out of this place so I had to make the trip. Game plan was to leave the house by 4 AM and make the 1hr 30 minute drive to the Kenwood boat ramp in Interlachen, Florida. The boat ramp is a nice two lane ramp with plenty of places to park. I met up with my buddy Matt who like me, has never fished the reservoir either [...]

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Grass Carp Fishin’

Florida Sportsman member: chut03

Here’s my little brother’s first grass carp. Caught on some bread with 10lb test line. Unfortunately I wasn’t able to weigh it as I didn’t have my scale with me and I didn’t want to stress the fish too much. This fish was caught in a medium sized pond in Broward County.

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Okeechobee Bassin’

Florida Sportsman member: Captain Shane Procell

My youth league football and basketball coach came from La. to fish with me in the everglades and on lake Okeechobee. The Lake was tough as a storm with 55 mph wind came through just before dawn but we did manage some fish and a good one to boot. We went into the glades the next day and the fishing was much better [...]

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Backyard Topwater Fun

Florida Sportsman member: Ol’DirtyCaster

This afternoon I did a little messing around with the 7wt in the backyard pond with some sliders I’d cranked out earlier this week. Probably caught somewhere in the neighborhood of 10-12bass in the 1-3.5lb range all on deer hair bugs. No monsters, but still lots of fun.

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Apalachicola Catfish Tournament Report

Florida Sportsman member: CatHunter

We fished The Apalachicola Catfish Tournament on April 28th with some pretty good results, but not enough to win. Unfortunately I chose a bad section of river to fish that was about dried up even still we caught some good fish our biggest was about 12 lbs but I had a buddy on another section of the river that got some good fish his largest was 15 lbs. A 33.5 lb Flathead won the first place prize for largest fish, and 177 lbs took the 1st place for most poundage.

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One for the Wall

Florida Sportsman member: tampaspicer

“I’m going to get it mounted for his birthday. Weighed 7-8 pounds and caught on a topwater. We caught a total of 7 bass in about a hour.”

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Canal Bass Fishing

Florida Sportsman member: bonitabob

It’s not very often I get to spend some time with my son Eric. Like a typical 18 year old, he has better thing things to do then hang out with me. If he’s not working he’s out with the ladies. We both happened to be off work on Monday and decided to hit some canals around the area, specifically the 10 mile canal off of Alico Rd. We have caught some very nice snook there in the past. We started out a little late in the morning and when we arrived we found there was no water coming over the water control dam [...]

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John’s Lake TOAD!

Florida Sportsman member: Bass2bucks

Took my buddy Conner fishing with me today on Johns lake in Clermont Florida. He had a blast and I was able to put him on some bass. The biggest one of the day was actually the first one of the day and we caught him after a few minutes of pulling up on our first spot! I love it when a plan comes together!

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Big Bass!

Florida Sportsman member: Bass2bucks

Next month I have a tournament on Johns Lake in Clermont Florida against a group of guys who are GOOD. When I mean good I mean that if you don’t have at least 5 bass weighing 20 lbs or more than you need not waste your time weighing in. That being said, I know I have my work cut out for me; especially since I have only fished this lake a total of two times before today. My plan of attack today was to look at Navionics charts and find where all the major spawning flats in the lake may be [...]

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Miami Backcountry Report

Florida Sportsman member: COBRA

Well folks it looks like the Peacock Bass in Miami have fared very well through the “winter” months. I took my older son out this morning in some of the southern canals to do some scouting. Turns out not to have been a bad idea. We caught a fresh water slam and some really decent Peacock Bass too. The fish are now in a post spawn mode so their feeding heavily on shad and wild shiners. So you have to make sure the lures or flies your throwing match the hatch. Or you’ll be chunking lures all day with no takes.

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Everglades Bassin’

Florida Sportsman member: Captain Shane Procell

The water has been high and the bite has been hit and miss this winter down south , but the bite is just about to go off in the southern most parts of the everglades. I had Keith and Brandi down from Alabama and they tore up some bass on a combination of Yamamoto wacky rigged senkos, and Heddon torpedos. The largest bass of the day came from a 12″ black and blue Bass Pro Shops worm. The hot bite down south should be just a few days away.

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They Have Been Biting!

Florida Sportsman member: Reaper

Florida Sportsman member Reaper has been having quite the impressive bass bite, check out his forum post to review the pictures!

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Snakehead!

Congratulations to South Florida angler and my friend, Corey Nowakowski for a pending new world record snakehead catch. The fish was caught here in South Florida on a buzz frog. The fished weighed in at 12 pounds, eclipseing the current I.G.F.A. record of 11.8 pounds which was caught Asia.

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Peacock Bass and Snake Head Fishing

Florida Sportsman member: Captain Shane Procell

I had some really great guys down for some snake head and peacock bass fishing. Trude and his father, Jason were fishing one last time together as Trude will be leaving the country for two years. Jason had fished for the peacocks a few years ago with another guide and the trip made quiet an impression on him. We loaded the livewell with shiners and headed south to the motherland of peacock bass. The peacocks were easy to find and more than willing to fight. They boated somehwere around twenty-five with the biggest one tipping the boga at six pounds.

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South Florida Bassin’

Exciting fishing report from a Florida Sportsman Member who took his girlfriend and two nieces fishing along a canal near Holiday Park. Using live shiners, they caught and released over 50 bass. After the girls left for a break, Bass2bucks fished alone for a while.

“I caught the majority of my bass on a watermelon seed Zoom Super Fluke and a june bug colored worm. Also quite a few on a Swimmin Senko (Christmas colored) and a few on a horny toad. I didnt see any bass on the beds which is what I hoped for but we still did manage to catch quite a few decent fish. All in all it was a great trip. My girlfriend caught her personal biggest (6 pounds) and my niece caught her biggest as well (5 lbs). Cant wait to get back down south and do it all over again. Until then I’m back in Orlando with a bass boat.”

 

 

 


Miami Peacock Bass and More

Florida Sportsman Member: COBRA

Today I had the opportunity to guide a younger angler in the canal systems for some Peacock bass. His birthday was recently and his parents chartered me for a half day trip for his present. The morning started off a lil slow due to the colder temps we’ve been having lately, but it sure picked up after the sun came up a bit. My angler Chris had his hands full trying to battle the P’s in close quarters. But he came out great landing about a dozen and missing a few more. The surprise of the trip was a real nice freshie Snook that beat the Peacock bass to a well placed lure by Chris. Boy was he HAPPY!! Anyways it was a great trip and I hope we can do it again sometime. We took some pics of the day for yous to check out. Thanks for reading our report.


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East Central Diving

Recent dive reports from all around the state.


East Central Diving

Florida Sportsman member: Kapt.Hook

When we jumped in to do some free diving the ocean came alive! We were using Pogy and Bonita chunks to chum with and two 4 inch disco balls suspended at 60 feet. The big kings were coming in and taking chunks really quick, we weren’t able to get in close enough to make any shots unfortunately.

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Keaton Beach Scalloping

Florida Sportsman member: Big Bend Brian

Pretty clear water and light winds allowed looking at the bottom for scallops as we idled in 4 feet of water. Right away we found the turtle and manatee grass that scallops love and started the hunt. We had to move around a number of times but we managed our 6 gallons.

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Lobster Fun in the Keys

Florida Sportsman member: followotherboats

It was unfortunate that mini season was so close to the regular season and it really showed. In total for the 7 days, we ended up with 52 lobster and about 60 snapper. Most if not all the snapper were eaten while we were down there and I didn’t really take pics of the fish. This was a lobster trip and man it was fun.

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Sebastian Diving

Florida Sportsman member: Kapt.Hook

Two of my buddies dropped down and I jumped in with a float line to try and get lucky with a king. I wasn’t able to make any shots on them; the kings were very skittish and the bulls were very interested in what I was doing. We had 4 bulls that were hanging around and one big bull that had some cobia following him. It was a failed attempted to stick one unfortunately.

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Loading on Lobster

Florida Sportsman member: Trollaltdelete

Forum member Trollaltdelete shared his mini season catches with us. Diving off of Cudjoe Key, he explains “We were able to limit out with 6 hunters each day.” After unsuccessful trips a few years prior, he put in the time to find spots and was able fill the cooler. Nice!

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BPK Bugs

Florida Sportsman member: AMPED

Our first 2 spots had been wiped clean, not even a short left, makes you wonder. We got our 4 person limit of 24 in about 40 minutes at stop number 3. Then we just hung out, went swimming, and had lunch before heading back home. All in all it was good couple of days.

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Cedar Key Spearfishing

Florida Sportsman member: Big Bend Brian

After that we continued offshore starting in 72 feet and working easterly inshore to shallower water as we hit numerous spots, almost all of them small so we did bounce dives. Every drop would end up in a couple of fish, some of which the red groupers were really nice sized fire trucks.

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Fort Pierce Cobia

Florida Sportsman member: dukhuntr1991

After a very unproductive day trolling yesterday we decided to dive today instead. The storms were making it difficult right from the start but we did get a couple quick dives in and were able to hit a couple nice cobia.

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What’s Under the Waves

Florida Sportsman member: TikoLiko

Forum member TikoLiko Shared an awesome video he put together. Freediving with pole spears and hawaiian slings, he shows the fish who is boss! Nice work.

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Crystal River Scalloping

Florida Sportsman member: ripnlips

Second half of opening weekend was just as good as the first. We went to the scallop grounds and got a limit by 11:30 and we decided to go fish for a bit.

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Diving for Dentures

Florida Sportsman member: Big Bend Brian

In years past my wife & I always did well diving for shark teeth off the beach in 18 feet of water so my buddy and I did a beach dive off the Venice Service Park beach. We geared up & finned out 300 yards on the surface then dropped down to 18 feet of water.

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Mutton on the Spear

Florida Sportsman member: snookyj

We started in about 30ft and worked our way in shallower…we shot a few nice hogs and i missed a stud black. I noticed my buddy take a shot at a fish outta of the corner of my eye, I knew it was a good fish but had no idea the size or species because he was a good ways away from me. Finally I got a good look at the fish and almost crapped myself,one of the biggest muttons I have seen on the spear!

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Fort Pierce Freediving

Florida Sportsman member: flamencoguru

Forum member flamencoguru got into some great fish out of Fort Pierce. Diving rubble piles in 63 feet of water, he limited out on grouper and speared a bonus 40 pound cubera snapper.

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Dry Tortugas Trip

Florida Sportsman member: fla cracker

For several years I had talked about making the trip, back then mainly for rod and reel fishing. But in the past few years my family has been doing a lot more freediving and spearfishing, mostly out of Marathon. Last june I pulled the trigger on setting up the trip and within a few minutes our crew was established.

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Cobia Spearfishing

Florida Sportsman member: Robert D.

Forum member Robert D. shared a video he put together of him spearing some cobia, not only did he get into the fish, you can also see how these fish interact with rays and each other under water. Good stuff Robert.

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Tampa Freediving

Florida Sportsman member: Lilcthefishslayer

Then went and found out the water was not too bad in clarity in certain spots. So we gave it a shot, it paid off! Didn’t miss a shot and got 2 fatties. Been awhile since I did any diving so I was really happy with my performance.

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Awesome Keys Dive Trip with the Troop

Florida Sportsman member: Big Bend Brian

I’m the Scoutmaster of Troop 277 in Ponte Vedra Beach and this past Spring Break my 15 year old son & I, along with 4 other Boy Scouts and 2 scouting fathers, spent Spring Break at the BSA High Adventure Sea Base near Islamorada in the FL Keys doing their SCUBA Adventure program. Over 7 days we did a total of 10 day dives and one awesome night dive.

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Last Bug Run of the Season

Florida Sportsman member: Gaffit

I came to the end of the ledge and it was a ghost town. Little pissed off, I swam back to find Cullen neck deep under a ledge with a loaded lobster bag. One of his bugs went 10 pounds! Managed to get close to my limit in the 1500 pounds of air I had left.

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Spearing Cobia off Bull Sharks

Florida Sportsman member: nutmagoo

Tough conditions with the wind building from 15 to 20 plus mph, along with building seas up to 6 feet. But we made it happen with Bluewaterspearo scoring a nice 60 pound cobia. I shot a big cobia too but unfortunately it tore off. I also shot a nice AJ on a wreck in 90 feet and this poor fish had a very tough last couple minutes of his life getting chased around by many predators and ultimately getting demolished before we could get him in the boat. At least I was able to get some very exciting footage!

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Spearing Key West Video

Florida Sportsman member: Fasteddie72

Us college kids from UCF finally got a break from school and headed down to Key West for some fishing and diving this spring break. As far as a report goes the weather couldn’t of worked out better for us, thankfully. We got in 3 and a half solid days full of fishing and diving then the weather turned on us and gave us a great excuse to go get wild on Duval Street.

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Florida Sportsman member: Apnatic

We got anchored up and immediately started chumming with cut kingfish and Spanish mackerel so I stayed on the boat while keeping the slick going while my buddy jumped in. On his second dive he shot a nice 12 pound mutton that was off the bottom eating the chum. We found a big kingfish head in his stomach so I guess its safe to say muttons like to eat kingfish! We stayed out till about sunset and went 2 for 4 on the muttons!

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Spearfishing Key West

Florida Sportsman member: beeuclothing

Got a short break from school so ran down to Key West for a couple days of spearing. All footage shot freediving with Gopro hero 3, guns used were a Koah Euro 130 and Rob Allen 1300. Hope you like it and thanks for watching!

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Buggin’ Fort Pierce

Florida Sportsman member: dukhuntr1991

Well, hunting season finished up this past weekend so it’s back to the water! Heard the water was clear on the beach and getting nasty tomorrow so I talked my dad into being captain and we took the skiff out FPI at 4 pm after work. Water was chilly but clear. I grabbed 6 nice ones and we were back to the dock at 5:30. Nice to get wet again!

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Monster Cobia, In First Person

Florida Sportsman member: Robert D.

http://vimeo.com/80191806

Forum member Robert D. had the chance to take a shot on a cobia of a lifetime, and made it count! Watch as this takes place while filming with his Gopro camera mounted on his head.

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Night Dive Success

Florida Sportsman member: SOFLO Angler

Right after we got that guy I see a huge snout poking out under a ledge, landed a perfect shot through one cheek out the other, this being the biggest hog I’ve seen in person and the biggest I’ve ever bagged! I was screaming underwater. We surfaced for a minute right after and I guess the coast guard heard our screams of joy and came to check us out, after everything was cleared we went back down to finish up the dive.

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South Spearfishing

Florida Sportsman member: farinco

I know it’s been a while since I’ve posted but I’ve been spending a lot of time under the water lately compared to my usual rod-n-reel fish hunting, its been fun.

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Bahamas Freedive Spear Fishing

Florida Sportsman member: TikoLiko

Many Floridians take advantage of the Bahamian waters and the excellent fishing and diving within boating range from Florida’s east coast. Florida sportsman member TikoLiko shows the great free diving opportunities and the chances you have with some big fish all with just a Hawaiian sling.

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Homosassa Gags, Amberjack & More

Florida Sportsman member: butchbal

Weather reports looked good for Saturday so my wife, son and I went out to troll and dive to get some fish for the freezer. Seas were beautiful, 1 foot or less in the morning and flat in the afternoon. We ran northwest from Homosassa to a wreck in 50 feet for our first drop. Vis was 20 to 30 feet with a weak current. Got a nice AJ, gags, a sheepie and a bunch of FAT mangos. Ran to our second drop in 60 feet to find top to bottom vis and again very little current. Shot two more gags, some even fatter mangos, and a few nice spanish. I took a long shot at a nice cobe but just nicked him, bummer! The second dive was on a wreck that is mostly just rusty rubble now but was probably a 60-foot or so boat before.

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Bugs N’ Tails

Florida Sportsman member: Big Bend Brian

Just a fun post…the family managed to sneak in one more short Florida Keys trip before school, soccer, and Boy Scouts command all our attention. Over the Labor Day weekend we dragged our small 19 foot “Plan B” to Key Largo to play with some lobster and yellowtails.

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Lionfish – A Meal with a Painful Price

Florida Sportsman member: Naclh2oDave

We got a bit of a late start on Monday with the weather rolling thru and all. But we got out and dove with no complications. By the time that we fueled the boat and launched the rain was over and never once got rained on the whole day, despite water spouts in the bay. The radar showed the storms coming thru but they all showed them inshore, so we left the hill and had a good day offshore.

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A Week in Islamorada – Bugs and Snapper

Florida Sportsman member: Klinger

This was the Geriatric week, as with the exception of the 52 year old & the 34 year old, the ages ranged from 66-68. Saturday was a transition day, so it wasn’t very well organized. We did get out a little late, and we did get a pretty good box of bugs, but I didn’t get any pictures and don’t remember how many Sunday 8/25 brought some excellent weather for the first time in a week or two, & the new crew took advantage.

Ended up with 25 decent Mangroves, a Cero Mackerel , & 1 good trout. Action was non-stop, so we almost didn’t mind not getting to chase bugs.

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Horseshoe Beach Scallops

Florida Sportsman member: liveaction

We got a late start out of HSB Saturday morning about 10-1030. It was pretty choppy and the wind was on it, but we made our way north to pepperfish. There were tons of boats but the wind and chop laid down soon after we got there. Water clarity was poor, but we managed to find about 6-7 gallons which made for a tasty dinner and then some leftover.

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Crystal River Scalloping

Florida Sportsman member: ripnlips

Wow what a busy season this has been. Lots and lots of folks out on the water enjoying quality time with family and friends and getting some of the best seafood that the gulf has to offer. The scalloping in Crystal River and Homosassa has been great with limit after limit coming in every day. We have been targeting water depth of 4 to 6 feet and we are having great success even with the cloudy overcast skies. I have started to go further south around the bird rack north of the Homosassa channel on the days that we have overcast since the water clarity is very good down there nearly all the time.

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Big Peck’s Lake Bug

Florida Sportsman member: Bagger

Intended to look for some Spanish and jump in the water if it was clear. Got a late start and cleared inlet around 14:30. Did not see any bait while driving south (3 to 4 miles). Water was clear so we jumped in, temperature was 75.5 degress and 20 plus feet of vis. Saw only one bug but he was a good size one on a 45 minute dive in 20 to 25 feet [...]

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Naples Offshore Spearfishing

Florida Sportsman member: Naples Spearo

The spearfishing has been good to me and my crew this year, as this was the first year we have really got into spearfishing. Most of the dives are in the 65-75 feet range and some going to 125 feet and my most recent trip was in 45 feet. My goal for the boat this year was to limit out on hog fish on one of my trips. We accomplished that goal Dec. 15th in 45 feet of water. I also shot a lion fish on that trip. Scary that they are that close in. My buddys friends also caught a lion fish just off the beach in front of the Ritz in Naples, couple hundred yards offshore.

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FS member quatin wanted to show some new GoPro video of his lobstering off Dania Beach. He calls it his “first successful lobster hunt,” so good for him. From his avatar image, looks like he might be diving off his kayak. Pretty cool. Some good snares and some good video shots:

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Diving off the Gingerbreads

Florida Sportsman member: Venturesome

Did our annual squadron trip to the breads to do some shooting. The weather was fantastic. It was so clear and calm on Friday we could see the fish from the boat! The crew was made up of some of my best friends from my squadron days at Homestead plus one who is an excellent builder here in our area [...]

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Big Bahamas Lobster

Natalie Velger brings in a big spiny lobster. Watch those legs!

Whoa! Natalie Velger sent in this shot of the lobster her boyfriend Will Campbell caught earlier this month in The Bahamas. He shot it with a sling spear. She won’t say where in The Bahamas, but did say that it weighed 13 pounds, with legs plenty big enough to eat.

What’s the biggest lobster you’ve caught this year? Anyone have one bigger than 13? We’ve seen a number of 10-pounders, but not many bigger than that.

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Crystal River Scalloping

Florida Sportsman member: keypond

Lori’s cousin Kris and his wife Becky came in from Kansas this weekend and wanted to try some scalloping while they were here. I made a couple of phone calls and realized the water at Pepperfish was still realy murky. Then I made another all to Marrio, aka ripnlips, and he pointed me in the right direction to find some out of Crystal River [..]

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Buggin’ in Marathon

Florida Sportsman member: Klinger

The crew said they were tired of strong current and murky water so we went to an area that is always clear. The only problem with areas that are always clears is everybody else likes them too, so they are not always as productive. We still ended up with a good box of 23 bugs and 3 good grouper [...]

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Mini Season Recap

Florida Sportsman member: TeamTeke

TeamTeke flew back down to our home in KCB to enjoy what would be our first Mini-Season. Although we have owned our home since 2001, we have not been here for the big event. With the addition of a couple of hardy, younger diving friends all things came out well. We took limits on both days, easily on the first, but had to work somewhat on the second [...]

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BIG Hogfish

Florida Sportsman member: UMfootball

Went out last saturday 7/7 out of BFP with Deepcnut and hill to try and find some hogs. I never thought i would get another one bigger than the week before but this monster 24 inches came into site and I was lucky to get a shot on him. We also got 4 more all between 13 and 17 inches. I have been on a good luck streak lately to say the least.

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Bunch-o-Hogs

Florida Sportsman member: butchbal

Earlier this year I promised my 14 year old son Alec that if he kept his grades up I would sign him up for a scuba certification camp. Well, he held up his end of the bargain so off to a two week camp he went. It was a ten day camp from 8:30 to 4:30 everyday for kids from ages 10 to 17. Alec got the highest exam scores in his class and is now the proud holder of a C-card [...]

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Florida Sportsman member: Stingray2K

A super thorough Diver’s Corner Forum post from FS member Stingray2K about a recent trip spearing and fishing–great report on the action. Gags, red grouper and hogs, hogs, hogs, among other fish, made up his trip’s catch.

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Cinco de Mayo Spearing

Florida Sportsman member: SnookMagnet

Headed offshore from Marco with JoeSnook on Saturday looking for a limit of Red Groupers and we weren’t disappointed. Great weather, calm(ish) seas, and a hot bite. Put four keepers in the box via rod and reel, threw back a bunch of shorts, then strapped on the tanks and speared up the rest of our limit (plus some big grovers).

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BPK Spearin’

Florida Sportsman member: Gamekilla

Left the house around 8 a.m. and put in a spread of 4 around 150 feet, trolled out to about 600 and didnt see anything, no good weedlines, no debris…nothing.  So we head back to around 100 feet and anchored up and started chumming, nothing! It’s my first day so maybe I’m still getting warmed up but it was slow [...]

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Free Diving for Brown Bombers

Florida Sportsman member: tobyhere

We limited out. Shark Tales may look familiar to a lot of you. I was almost as stoked to drive that boat around as I was to shoot big fish. The most noteworthy thing I’d like to say about that day of diving was that my SD card was full before I shot my fish and I took it off of a school of at least 100 plus cobes following 1 shark…all 30 plus pounders. It was the coolest thing I’ve ever seen diving. Kyle from FL Freedivers said it best, “looked like a gigantic school of mullet swimming up from the bottom.” Mike wore the gopro for a long dive through some crevalle Jacks and it turned out rad [...]

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LWI Bluewater Spearing

Florida Sportsman member: Bluewaterspearo

The last couple weeks have been awesome with cobia action. The cobia are thick right now on the bulls….. Find the bulls and you will find the cobia! Morning started yesterday at 6am. We wanted to get some diving in before the front hit. Myself and 3 buddies headed out the inlet and it was very smooth ride to the cobia grounds. I was getting stoked as the water looked real blue and we jump in and its 100 ft viz! Also a raging north current at 3.5 knots [...]

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Monster Lobster Haul

Florida Sportsman member: vettepicking

Caught off Stuart 30 feet of water. Two 7 pounders and one 4 pounder. 17 bugs in total.

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Homestead Mutton’s and More

Florida Sportsman Member: Rootbeer

Went out with our friends over to Matheson for a change… Usually we have been launching out of homestead but to save some money we decided to go to Matheson since its about 15 minute drive from our house. There was cops road blocking old cutler that held us for 1 hour before they let us [...]

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Gladiator: Swordfish Life Cycle

Inside look at the unique life history of the swordfish.

Swordfish develop quickly—within one year, this little guy may be 39 inches.

By Juan C. Levesque
Ph.D. Candidate

As a fishery biologist working aboard commercial fishing vessels back in the 1990s, I can still remember the first broadbill swordfish (Xiphias gladius) I saw captured in the western North Atlantic Ocean. Besides its brilliant, radiant blue color, I remember becoming instantly fascinated by the swordfish’s bill; it’s no wonder why Linnaeus named it after the Latin word for sword, gladius, back in 1758.

From the perspective of a modern sportfisherman, “gladiator of the sea” is a great way to describe the swordfish: a powerful, determined fighter, capable of astonishing runs and leaps. And the fact is, science tells us these fish are fighters from day one.

Swordfish larvae primarily feed on fish larvae, but they also consume zooplankton. In the juvenile stage, swordfish have a diet that is very similar to an adult, which consists of squid, pelagic crustaceans, and a variety of fish. Born with a short snout and prickly scales, swordfish develop rapidly. Researchers in the Mediterranean Sea estimated the average growth rate of post-larvae/juvenile swordfish at somewhere between one-eighth and one-quarter of an inch per day, which is similar to postlarval growth rates reported for blue marlin and bluefin tuna. In the Pacific Ocean, the average size of a one-year-old swordfish is around 39 inches eye-to-fork length; most one-year-old swordfish are still immature—big babies, so to speak.

Considered the most widely distributed billfish, swordfish are found in tropical temperate sections of the Atlantic, Pacific and Indian Oceans from about 45°N to 45°S latitude. In the western North Atlantic Ocean, swordfish are found from Newfoundland to Argentina; I’ve personally collected data on these fish from the Grand Banks to Brazil. In terms of year-round concentration, I recorded some of the highest catches of swordfish between Miami and Ft. Pierce, Florida between 1995 and 2001. Given their daily movement pattern, swordfish can be found between the surface and as deep as 3,700 feet. As such, they can tolerate wide-ranging water temperatures (41-81°F). In fact, swordfish have been reported to have the widest temperature range of any billfish.

Movement Patterns

Using pop-up satellite tags, researchers have shown that swordfish display a regular daily vertical migration pattern; they are active near the surface at night and in deeper (980 to 2000 feet) waters during the day. However, swordfish are also known to bask near the surface during the day. Like many species, the daily movements coincided with crepuscular (dawn and dusk) periods. These patterns are also affected by the moon phase.

Swordfish are also known to make long seasonal migrations. Although it is presumed there are resident populations in some locations (e.g. South Florida), many swordfish migrate to cooler waters in summer and warmer waters in winter. Satellite tracking data has shown that swordfish are capable of traveling 1,500 miles in just six weeks (about 37 miles per day). Recapturing a swordfish with a tag is quite an experience. I was on several trips where we recaptured several tagged swordfish. Based on my experience, I found that the most successful fishing captains understood this migratory behavior. They planned their trips and strategies by considering various environmental and behavioral factors, such as the moon phase, water temperature, current direction, swordfish movements, location and time of year.

Diet

Examining countless swordfish stomach contents to assess their diet, I found that swordfish are not generally selective predators. Classified as opportunistic feeders, swordfish consume a variety of species, including squid, pelagic crustaceans, and surface and deep dwelling fish. Swordfish pursue prey throughout the water column. Interestingly, research by Tibbo back in the 1960s proved that swordfish used their long bill to slash at larger prey. Although classified as apex predators, marine mammals and sharks have been known to prey on swordfish.

Age and Growth

The age and growth of swordfish has been challenging to estimate given their small otolith (ear bone), so scientists have used other hard parts, such as vertebrae, or dorsal and anal fins. Removing numerous anal fins with a hacksaw, I know that preparing, reading, and interpreting hard parts is quite an art. Despite these challenges, researchers from all over the world have now estimated the age and growth of swordfish from different oceans. For instance, in the Aegean Sea and Indian Ocean, swordfish have been reported to live up to 10 years, but in the Pacific Ocean longevity has been estimated at 12 years. It’s possible that swordfish can live longer, as these studies were based on specimens collected in commercial fisheries, which can sometimes bias age estimates. More recently, Arocha, a colleague of mine, estimated the age of a female swordfish at 16 years and a male at 12 years; these fish were captured off Venezuela.

Overall, swordfish grow rapidly in early years, but then their growth slows with age, which occurs around age 8 or 9. On average, swordfish grow about 14 inches per year, but there are differences between the sexes. Female swordfish grow faster, live longer, and reach a larger size than male swordfish; almost every swordfish I weighed that was heavier than 200 pounds was a female. It has been reported that swordfish can top 14 feet and 1,400 pounds in weight, but these large fish are rare these days. In my 7 years collecting data on commercial fishing vessels, the largest swordfish I ever saw captured was around 500 pounds; it was caught near West Palm Beach, Florida.

Reproduction

Similar to most fish, male swordfish mature at a smaller and younger age than females. According to a study by Taylor and Murphy in 1992, a small percentage of male swordfish begin to mature at age 1, at which time most of them measure about 39 inches from the tip of the lower jaw to the fork of the tail, otherwise known as lower jaw fork length, or LJFL. Females don’t begin maturing until age 4 (63 inches LJFL). By the time they are 5 (male) and 9 (female) years old, all swordfish are mature. In the Florida Straits, and around the world, swordfish display a protracted spawning season. In other words, active spawning occurs year-round. However, off Florida, spawning activity peaks from April to July. Research by Taylor and Murphy showed that gonad (reproductive gland) development for male (testis) and female (ovary) swordfish peaked in June. They also reported that female swordfish are capable of releasing between 1.4 and 4.2 million eggs; more recent research suggests that swordfish are capable of producing up to 8.7 million eggs. Interestingly, Taylor and Murphy did not find any evidence that larger and heavier female swordfish release more eggs than smaller and lighter females, which is sometimes common in other species. Although swordfish can spawn in multiple locations, they found histological evidence that swordfish spawn in the Gulf Stream between the Florida Keys and Cape Canaveral, Florida. In another study, Lee and Arocha, my old boss and colleague, respectively, discovered that swordfish primarily spawn off Florida, but they also spawn in the northern Caribbean Sea. Although I collected biological data on many ripe female swordfish in the Florida Straits, large females always seemed to gather in specific areas of the Caribbean, such the Windward Passage between Cuba and Haiti during fall through winter. Based on tagging, histological, and larvae abundance data, it’s evident that swordfish spawn in specific areas, such as the Florida Straits.

Fishery Management

In the United States, swordfish are targeted by commercial and recreational fisheries. Given their economic and social importance, management of swordfish and other Highly Migratory Species in the
western North Atlantic Ocean is a multilayered process that involves both domestic and international governing bodies; working as a fishery manager for NMFS in a previous life, I can attest that it’s a complicated process. The primary international governing body is the International Commission for the Conservation of Atlantic Tunas (ICCAT), which is headquartered in Madrid, Spain. In the United States, swordfish are managed by the NMFS under the authority of several Congressional Acts, such as the Magnuson-Stevens Act and the Atlantic Tunas Convention Act. The NMFS implements fishery management regulatory measures under the guidance of ICCAT and other advisory groups, such as the HMS Advisory Panel. The latter is a diverse group of stakeholders and experts who are knowledgeable about Atlantic HMS and/or Atlantic HMS fisheries; HMS AP members serve three year terms. Currently, swordfish are managed using catch quotas, size limits, time/ area closures, and gear restrictions.

The commercial fishery began with a few fishermen targeting swordfish during the day with harpoons in the 1920s, but the fishery never fully expanded until the development of specialized commercial fishing gear (i.e., pelagic longline), which occurred in the 1960s. Directed commercial fishing effort continued to increase during the 1970s through 1980s, and by 1987 swordfish landings peaked in the western North Atlantic Ocean. Shortly thereafter, an evaluation of the swordfish stock revealed it had significantly declined and was at the verge of possible collapse. To recover the stock, ICCAT immediately implemented a 10-year rebuilding plan for swordfish in the Atlantic Ocean in 1999, which included reductions in the total allowable catch. In addition, the NMFS instituted a series of time area closures in the Gulf of Mexico and the Southeast region of the United States to prevent the bycatch and discards of HMS species that included juvenile swordfish.

Today, due to the stringent fishery management actions, reduction in commercial fishing effort, and strong recruitment, the most recent stock assessment for swordfish in the Atlantic suggests the stock has recovered and it’s at, or above, maximum sustainable yield. Given this recovery, swordfish once again support a productive recreational fishery.

As the first biologist to document the recovery of the recreational swordfish fishery off South Florida back in the early 2000s, I described the basic gear and techniques anglers used to target this highly migratory species. Today, these tactics have dramatically changed with the development of the daytime deep-drop strategy, which has produced some very large swordfish and helped expand the fishing guide service in South Florida. FS

First Published Florida Sportsman Sept. 2014

Bahama 31

Many combined years of boat building experience led to the development of the Bahama 31. Its 11-foot beam, computer-aided tooling and all-composite construction combine to create a boat that’s efficient and fast as well as stable at rest, all in a length of 31-feet, 6-inches.

The 6,600 pound hull (dry weight without power) carries 368 gallons of fuel, 50 gallons of fresh water, 60 gallons in the baitwell and large insulated fish boxes. All of the below deck storage compartments are fully finished and protected with double gasketed hatches that have pneumatic assists plus compression latches.

The center console contains a standup head and a 15-gallon cooler for forward seating. Divers as well as a fisherman trying to boat a trophy catch will enjoy the walk-through transom door that has a flip-up gunnel top.

The hull carries a rating of 700 maximum horsepower and your new boat can be custom rigged exclusively by Henley’s Custom Marine.

Bahama 31’ Specifications
LOA – 31 feet, 6 inches
Beam – 11 feet, 0 inches
RPM – 4000
MPH – 36.0
GPH – 27.7
MPG – 1.3
WOT – 53.0 MPH
MRSP w/power – $219,900.00

Bahama Boat Works
5470 Dexter Way #A
West Palm Beach, FL
561 882-4069
www.bahamaboatworks.com

West Central Florida Weekend Fishing 4Cast


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


August 29-31

This holiday weekend will be a busy one on the water. Tides have been similar most of the week but will begin changing this weekend as we get away from the new moon. Tropical storm activity is increasing in a big way and disturbances in the Caribbean are increasing along with hurricanes. Pay special attention to weather forecasts if you’re planning to be on the water and monitor your VHF radio for changes.

An increased presence of law enforcement is expected on the water this Labor Day Weekend, so be sure your safety equipment is up to snuff.

Scientists at Mote Marine continue to monitor red tide that remains off the coast of northern Pinellas 5-to 10-miles and running north to Dixie County. No red tide has been noted on any beaches on the Gulf Coast and waters are clean. A weekly update is expected Friday. Go to www.myfwc.com/redtidestatus to view the update.

OFFSHORE/ NEARSHORE

Red grouper in the box aboard Capt. Dave Mistretta's Jaws Too.

Capt. Dave Mistretta of out of Indian Rocks reported a hot grouper bite this week for his anglers fishing aboard the Jaws Too. Monster red grouper are being hauled in aboard his boat his boat on charters off Pinellas shores. For information on charters with Mistretta, go to his website at www.Jawstoo.com.

With the closure on greater amberjack August 25th, anglers must release fish caught, and for those anglers pushing out beyond the 100-foot mark, it’s tough to get bait down without hitting one of these back busting fish. Monster AJs are being hooked and landed on butterfly jigs and an assortment of live baits. Chumming over wrecks and ledges is drawing fish up to the surface, and for those targeting mangrove snapper, the rewards are terrific. Mangos approaching 10-pounds have been reported.

Bluewater anglers fishing 250-feet of water out of Bradenton reported catching sailfish, blackfin tuna, dolphin, and wahoo while pulling live baits and skirted ballyhoo.

Coastal anglers are beginning to find schools of bonito and Spanish mackerel hitting bait pods near the “Ditch” off Egmont Key. Hungry mackerel to 5-pounds have been caught while trolling Clark Spoon Squids behind #2 planers. Anglers casting Gotcha Plugs are also getting their share of action with Spanish mackerel. Kingfish are also in the report this week.

Permit fishing may be at its peak for the season. Look for these jacks to fin on the surface early, around sunrise. A live small blue crab is productive for these fish. Reports of anglers putting 20-pound permit in the boat are coming in. Areas west of Sarasota/ Manatee Counties in 50-to 80-feet of water have produced the majority of the fish being reported. Try hitting the artificial reef system in these areas. These spots can be found marked on Florida Sportsman Fishing Charts.

INSHORE

Capt. Ryan Harrington with a school redfish caught around the Fort Desoto area.

The weather is hot! At times the fishing can be just as hot, but most fish should be targeted during cooler times of the day. Snook fishing has been good for catch and release anglers through the end of this month, but beginning September 1, one fish per person with a slot of 28-to 33-inches may be in your possession in Gulf waters. West Central anglers have had the best snookin’ success this week on the outgoing tide late in the evening, but the mid-day outgoing for the weekend will bottom out near the noon hour, making for a good opportunity during daylight hours. The MirrOlure MirrOdine continues to top the list of local favorite hard plastic lures anglers are using for snook. Soft plastic lures remain the standard for inshore fish with the CAL Shad, Saltwater Assassin Sea Shad, and MirrOlure Provoker being a few of the local favorites.

Anglers targeting tarpon continue to land fish or jump good numbers of fish up inside Tampa Bay and in the canals down around Punta Gorda. These fish to the south are smaller and anglers fishing with flies or DOA TerrorEyz are landing good numbers of fish. Inside Tampa Bay, most of the bay bridges are holding poons. Cut blue crabs or dead shad fished on the bottom are attracting the majority of the fish. These fish are also hitting at night in the shadow lines of the bridges. The MirrOlure Catch 2000 has been productive for rolling fish. Big black drum are also being caught at the same locations with some drum approaching 50-pounds.

Look for redfish pushing water as they work inside small bays. They are running the shorelines on high tides chewing on glass minnows and small baitfish. Anglers fishing pilchards have schools of fish chummed up in the Tarpon Key area and are landing good numbers of redfish from each school. Capt. Ryan Harrington reported good action in the Fort Desoto while working schools of reds. Ryan reported schools numbering well over 100 fish per school. Upper slot and larger fish are being caught on CAL Shads, cut ladyfish, and live whitebait.

Deep grass beds off Pinellas Point and on the edges of the Clam Bar in that area are producing some nice trout for anglers fishing the DOA Deadly Combo and MirrOlure TTR slow sinking lures.

FRESHWATER

Some of the new Scatter Rap lures from Rapala are making a big splash with bass anglers. Many of the phosphate pits have deep water that big bass thrive in during the summer months, and areas such as these are perfect for casting crank baits that go deep. The erratic swimming action of these new Scatter Rap lures is extremely attractive to big bass, and the crazy movement of these lures is eliciting vicious strikes from bass. You can also try a Carolina rig and work it deep. This rig produces fish but big crankbaits continue to produce bigger fish. ‘Till then…I’ll catch ya’ later!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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