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Scuba Diving Ear Equalization Basics

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When it comes to diving, whether tank diving or free diving, one of the first problems new divers run into is ear pressure. Unfamiliar with the process of “equalizing,” this sometimes can come as a surprise. Granted, it can be quite the nuisance for beginners and advanced divers alike. Of course, having the right gear makes a world of difference. A good mask (low volume) for deeper dives, a well-purposed set of fins, a weight belt, and a wet suit to match the water temperature, all help a diver feel more comfortable and “at home” in the water. The more comfortable, the more naturally equalization will come. When it comes down to it though, knowing the proper procedures for equalizing is essential. If the proper equalization technique fails to be preformed, serious damage could occur in the ears.

Florida Sportsman member fishingkid315 raises a few questions in regards to equalization, in “Depth and Breathing.”
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Here are a few techniques that are very familiar with most divers:

Valsalva Maneuver- Pinch your nostrils closed and blow gently through your nose.

Frenzel Maneuver- Preform a very gentle Valsalva maneuver by breathing against pinched nostrils and swallowing at the same time.

Swallow or Wiggle Your Jaw- While keeping the regulator in your mouth, swallow or wiggle your jaw.

A diver should equalize before they feel pain or discomfort in their ears, and you can never over-equalize. So, when it doubt, don’t hesitate to try your favorite equalization technique!

 

Regulator 34

The Regulator Marine folks have done a nice job of building a boat in the 34’ class that packs a ton of features into a boat her size while not cluttering up the usable working space to do so with this model. The 34CC offers comforts you might expect from a boat much larger than this. Along with an extremely fishable cockpit layout and hull design you’ll probably be hard pressed to find something she’s missing once you step on board. The forward seating configuration provides space for lots of storage beneath a comfortable seating area. Matching insulated 328- quart fish boxes port and starboard flank a generous 480-quart below deck fishbox/locking rod storage box. Forward center you’ll find another368-quart storage space. The forward console seat sits atop a 100-quart insulated drink cooler. The large console accommodates a roomy enclosed electric head, sink and hand held shower nozzle, rod racks. From a running perspective, you’ll find a well thought out dash space with all of the features you’d hope for in a readily accessible layout ahead of a very comfortable helm seating arrangement in standing or sitting positions for extended runs. Choose from multiple seating options/tackle center/ livewell configurations according to your needs. In the roomy cockpit aft you’ll find another 368-quart below deck storage compartment, a transom livewell and fishbox, transom walkthrough door, fresh and saltwater washdowns and transom shower nozzle. All of these features complement a serious offshore fishing platform that is a proven design with obvious Outer Banks heritage. To see a complete breakdown of the Regulator 34 features and options visit them on the web at www.regulatormarine.com

Specifications

Length – 33’ 10”
Beam – 10’ 11”
Draft – 27”
Dead rise – 24-degrees
Dry Weight – 11,315lbs
Fuel Max – 350 gallon
Max. Horse Power – 900
MSRP with Twin F350 Yamaha four strokes – $285,995.00

Port Everglades Tuna

 

Recent offshore fishing reports from the South region.


Port Everglades Tuna

Florida Sportsman member: T – L U V

Port Everglades Tuna

We put out a spread that consisted of one ballyhoo, one squid, and a black and purple islander with a bonito strip. The first fish hit around 3pm in 680′, just north of Dania pier. Got him in the boat and set back up. We made another pass in the same area and got the second fish.

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Miami Snapper and Grouper

Florida Sportsman member: boneheadhunting

Miami Snapper

We managed to get a couple yellowtail with a super strong current. The bite on the bottom was great.

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Homestead Mixed Bites

Florida Sportsman member: Hooked4Reel

Homestead Mixed Bites

All-in-all, the day ended with one cero mackerel in the cooler along with twenty three yellowtails, ranging in size from 13″ to 18″.

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Winter Reef Fishing

Florida Sportsman member: Miami mutton

Winter Reef Fishing

These approaching cold fronts turn the bite on good. The yellowtails have been bigger and we will continue to catch bigger ones by next month. Here off Miami and upper to middle keys, the muttons are very shallow or very deep. Keep that in mind to target them in winter.

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Port Everglades Mixed Bag

Florida Sportsman member: Jesse8410

Port Everglades

The seas were flat and calm. We headed to the wreck and set out a few flat lines and some bottom baits. I had two cut offs on the flat lines, one short mutton, one keeper vermilion and an AJ down low. The wind picked up and set up the kite in another spot. Picked up a king.

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Reef Fishing Miami

Florida Sportsman member: miami mutton

Reef Fishing Miami

The yellowtail bite was really good, we were targeting them shallower than usual. We also caught some keeper muttons and a nice grey, all in the same spot. We got there close to 9:am and by 10:30am we had close to a five man snapper limit, which we managed to complete, along with a few macks, bonito and a barracuda.

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Dania Beach Tuna and Dolphin

Florida Sportsman member: gsweaver

Dania Beach Tuna

We trolled black/ purple and black/red feathers south of Port Everglades. First fish in was a 22″ schoolie in 220 ft just south of Dania Pier. Then three more blackfin all in the same area. I was surprised to find them in that close.

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Port Everglades Mahi Haul

Florida Sportsman member: ProfessorO

Port Everglades Mahi

A few seconds later our second pilchard is hit and we have another nice fish on. We get another line in the water and another fish on. We slowly fight these fish and gaff both of them. 15 and 25 lb cows.

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Miami Reef Fishing Variety

Florida Sportsman member: miami mutton

Miami Reef Fishing

Fishing has been good on the reef with a good mix catch, we have been getting yellowtails, muttons, grouper, reds and blacks and even the rare, dog snapper.

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Chasing Kings in Haulover

Florida Sportsman member: paulrxp

Kings in Haulover

Winds were pretty light out of the E/SE less than 7mph with a very weak south current and high tide before 9am, as well as a Full Moon. Good pods of ballyhoo are out on the deeper reef and edge past 100ft and they were getting whacked by Kingfish, some of which were rocketing. We were able to catch our limit of Kings pretty quick with the live finger mullet, and numerous cutoffs on jigs/verticals, too many to count. It’s near impossible to keep them away from the Kings.

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Pavilion Key Cobia

Florida Sportsman: Raquel Waxon

Pavilion Key Cobia

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

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Highland Beach Cobia

Florida Sportsman member: rhino2000

Highland Beach Cobia

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

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Miami Reef Fishing

Florida Sportsman member: miami mutton

Miami Reef Fishing

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

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Hollywood King Fishing

Florida Sportsman member: T – L U V

Hollywood King Fishing

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

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Miami Reef Fishing

Florida Sportsman member: Smokin_Reelz

miami reef fishing

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

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Hillsboro Wreck Fishing

Florida Sportsman member: MH79

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

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Miami Beach: A Trip To Remember

Florida Sportsman member: reelchaos27

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

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Port Everglades Sails

Florida Sportsman member:TLUV

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

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Miami Live Baiting

Florida Sportsman member: Ghostrider

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

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Catching Dinner

Florida Sportsman member: gdholbrook

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

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Family Outing

Florida Sportsman member: miami mutton

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

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Mutton Madness

Florida Sportsman member: miami mutton

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

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Tournament Winner

Florida Sportsman member: SmittysTeam

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

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Giant South Florida Swordfish

Florida Sportsman member: farinco

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

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North Largo Muttons

Florida Sportsman member: fulltime

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

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MIami Mixed Bag

Florida Sportsman member: Yeaaa_Chris

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

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Port Everglades Offshore

Florida Sportsman member: conquistador

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

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Muttons off Miami

Florida Sportsman member: miami mutton

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

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First Sword

Florida Sportsman member: wahoowillie754

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

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Haulover Swordfish

Florida Sportsman member: farinco

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

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Day Trip to Bimini

Florida Sportsman member: Tomm

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

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Haulover Deep Dropping

Florida Sportsman member: farinco

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

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Miami Flags

Florida Sportsman member: miami mutton

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

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Muttons and More

Florida Sportsman member: gdholbrook

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

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Wahoo Success

Florida Sportsman member: CatchDog

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

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Hillsboro Offshore

Florida Sportsman member: FLATS BROKE

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

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Catch and Release Snappers

Florida Sportsman member: Reef Bandit

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

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Miami Mixed Bag

Florida Sportsman member: gdholbrook

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

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Port Everglades Phins

Florida Sportsman member: NightOwler

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

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South Florida Variety

Florida Sportsman member: skully1968

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

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One and Done

Florida Sportsman member: BigTime

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

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Solo Action

Florida Sportsman member: Tomm

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

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Swords and More

Florida Sportsman member: farinco

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

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Taking Veterans Fishing

Florida Sportsman member: rhino2000

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

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Day Timing Down South

Florida Sportsman member: type1F-team

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

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South Snapper Bite

Florida Sportsman member: miami mutton

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

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Solo Trip Success

Florida Sportsman member: Tomm

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

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Find the Birds, Find the Fish

Florida Sportsman member: SmittysTeam

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

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Getting Revenge

Florida Sportsman member: on deck

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

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Family Fun in Marathon

Florida Sportsman member: ReelObsession

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

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Hot Reef Bite

Florida Sportsman member: miami mutton

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

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Making it Happen

Florida Sportsman member: snookyj

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

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South Florida Swords

Florida Sportsman member: farinco

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

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Down South Mixed Bag

Florida Sportsman member: followotherboats

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

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Saved by the Storm

Florida Sportsman member: flybycrb21

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

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Day Trip Success

Florida Sportsman member: OneFastt997

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

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Miami Bottom Bite

Florida Sportsman member: miami mutton

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

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First Sail for the Boat

Florida Sportsman member: jtnole02

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

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Down South Deep Dropping

Florida Sportsman member: copout@castaways

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

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Sails Down South

Florida Sportsman member: andy5757

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

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Haulover Swords

Florida Sportsman member: farinco

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

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Leaving Them Biting

Florida Sportsman member: miami mutton

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

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Deep Dropping Out of Haulover

Florida Sportsman member: farinco

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

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Wahoo on the Other Side

Florida Sportsman member: snookyj

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

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Barrel Bonanza

Florida Sportsman member: flybycrb21

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

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Limits out of Miami

Florida Sportsman member: miami mutton

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

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Day Timing Before the Front

Florida Sportsman member: farinco

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

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Swords out of Haulover

Florida Sportsman member: farinco

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

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Bringing Home Dinner

Florida Sportsman member: miami mutton

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

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Dolphin off of Miami

Florida Sportsman member: ReelObsession

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

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Tearing up the Tortugas

Florida Sportsman member: Reef Bandit

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

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Down South Yellowtails

Florida Sportsman member: wahito

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

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Miami Jig Bite

Florida Sportsman member: angryangler

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

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Big Fish on the Bottom

Florida Sportsman member: The BEAST

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

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Mangroves and More Off of Miami

Florida Sportsman member: miami mutton

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

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South Florida Spearfish

Florida Sportsman member: Poseidon10/31

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

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Key Biscayne Bull

Florida Sportsman member: GameTimeFT

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

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Port Everglades Offshore

Florida Sportsman member: flybycrb21

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

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Summer Sails

Florida Sportsman member: snookyj

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

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Miami Mutton Madness

Florida Sportsman member: miami mutton

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

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Down South Bottom Bite

Florida Sportsman member: Lucky Hook II

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

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Filling the Coolers Down South

Florida Sportsman member: GIT-R-DUnn

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

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A Little Bit of Everything

Florida Sportsman member: cudaman

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

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Deep Dropping Down South

Florida Sportsman member: copout@castaways

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

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Terrific Tortugas Trip

Florida Sportsman member: Reef Bandit

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

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Port Everglades Sail

Florida Sportsman member: 23T

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

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Fishing on the Edge

Florida Sportsman member: Double Threat

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

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Miami Muttons

Florida Sportsman member: Miami mutton

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

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King Cuda and Friends

Florida Sportsman member: The BEAST

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

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South Florida Sails and More

Florida Sportsman member: The BEAST

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

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Making It Happen in the Rough

Florida Sportsman member: danmanswag

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

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Swordfish on Soft Plastics

Florida Sportsman member: Captain Ross

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

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Hot Bottom Bite Down South

Florida Sportsman member: miami mutton

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

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Droppin’ Deep for Big Fish

Florida Sportsman member: copout@castaways

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

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A Full Day of Fun

Florida Sportsman member: The BEAST

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

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Rough and Tough Sailfish in the South

Florida Sportsman member: The BEAST

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

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Florida Bay Cobia

Florida Sportsman member: Miami mutton

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

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On The Fish, Offshore

Florida Sportsman member: e-money

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

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Deep Dropping Daylight Swords

Florida Sportsman member: ultraplayer26

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

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Solid Reef Fishing Down South

Florida Sportsman member: miami mutton

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

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Offshore Kayak Action

Florida Sportsman member: gdholbrook

Right off the bat a big skipjack and

East Central Florida Weekend Fishing 4Cast


Tomoka Basin to Sebastian Inlet

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

February 24-26

PONCE INLET

OFFSHORE

King mackerel action should continue to be fairly good on the 70 to 90-foot reefs. Slow trolling with live or dead baits on a stinger rig is very effective, but sea witch bait strip combos, spoons, and naked ballyhoo will also work on these fish. A flurry of cobia popped up on bait pods in the 50 to 80-foot depths to the south of the inlet this week as well. Look for cobia around these pods by trolling live baits or using cobia jigs around the edges of the schools of bait. Bottom fishing has been a struggle lately. This is a result of the various fish that are on the closed species list. Redeyes, triggerfish, and sea bass are still possible on some of the structures in the 80 to 140-foot depths.

INSHORE

Sheepshead can be found around hard structures like jetties, pilings and piers. Fiddler crabs and sand fleas are your best bet. Speckled trout and redfish catches are on the downswing this week with the super low water levels and the fluctuating weather conditions. Live shrimp and jigs are still the best two options to get them to strike. Pompano and whiting catches are decent along the beaches when the surf will allow. Bluefish are also possible for anglers using lipped diving plugs and silver spoons from the beach

PORT CANAVERAL

OFFSHORE

Cobia are possible here as well. Look for bait pods in the 55 to 75=foot depths due east and south of the port. The seas will be up for a few days, but once they subside this pattern should still be in play. Try using live baits or jigs around the pods of baitfish to get the cobia to strike. Large topwater plugs and chuggers are often a good way to get them to come up from under these pods. The kingfish bite should be good on the reefs in the 70 to 90-foot depths as well. Slow troll live pogies or other herring style baitfish on a wire stinger rig to get them to strike. Tarpon may be possible in the 20 to 50 foot depths. A reasonably consistent pattern this past week seem to be looking for them near the baitfish pods out deeper in the morning and following them as they start moving into the beaches later in the day. A few mangrove snapper, sea bass and triggerfish are possible on some of the reefs and wrecks in the 70 to 140 foot depths, but you will have to work your way through the unicorn snapper to get to them.

INSHORE

Scattered black drum and slot sized redfish can be found around the flats of the Indian and Banana Rivers. Cut baits like ladyfish or mullet seem to be working well for them. In the Mosquito Lagoon anglers are finding a few schools or redfish in the south end near the Whale Tail flat and along the outside near Gallinipper north of Eddie Creek. Soft plastic and live shrimp are your best options for these fish.

SEBASTIAN INLET

OFFSHORE

Scattered sailfish can be found in the 100 to 350-foot depths when anglers can get out there. Chin weighted naked ballyhoo have been working well for them when trolled at 3 to 4-knots. Kingfish are holding in the reefs and bars in the 60 to 90 foot depths. Strip baits and spoons should get them to commit. A cobia or two should be possible in the same areas as the king mackerel especially if there are large pods of baitfish around.

INSHORE

Snook, jack, bluefish and redfish are still hitting live baitfish and shrimp inside of the inlet on most days. Large plugs and jigs will work for these same fish at night. Sheepshead, drum, and an occasional snapper or two will also be possible near the rocks on the north and south jetties. Spinner shark are striking live baitfish slow trolled between the Monster Hole and the along the beach just south of the inlet.

Until next week….Catch a memory!!!!

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

Sebastian Super Slam

 

Recent fishing reports from the East Central region.


Sebastian Super Slam

Florida Sportsman member: Flec

Sebastian Super Slam

We got a few trout early along with some jacks and ladies. Once the cool water rose a few degrees, the small snook started hitting. We tried a new area in the afternoon and it paid off.

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Full Moon Red and Black Drum

Florida Sportsman member: SpaceCoast Slayer

Red and Black Drum

As we approached we could hear the sweet sound of croaking drum underneath us. We both put out two rods each, one with a mullet chunk and one with a halved crab. Within five minutes my mullet rod doubled over and it was on.

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Topwater Snookin’

Florida Sportsman member: SpaceCoast Slayer

Topwater Snookin

Launched the yak around four, armed with one rod rigged with a topwater. Didn’t take long to start getting blowups. Wound up with four snook total and also had five or six of them miss the plug, including one of about 20lbs, who came completely out of the water after it.

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Massive School of Black Drum

Florida Sportsman member: SpaceCoast Slayer

school of black drum

Way in the distance I start to see a few tails. Then a few more. Then a few more turned into about 100. I thought for sure I was on a school of bull reds, so I fired in a gulp shrimp and got the hookup and landed… a black drum. Yup, it was a massive school of drum, but they were fired up tailing hard.

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Snook on Topwater

Florida Sportsman member: SpaceCoast Slayer

Snook on Topwater

I went out for a quick one this afternoon on a snook hunt to try and take advantage of the approaching front. I put the yak in at first and got a little guy right off the bat, but I seriously underestimated the wind, as it was basically un-kayakable.

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1,000 Islands Inshore Mixed Bag

Florida Sportsman member: jmsnookman

1,000 Islands Inshore

We broke out the light tackle and pitched shrimp and Berkley gulp jigs tight to the mangroves. We had a blast catching and releasing black drum, trout, and redfish. Final tally was seven black drum, four slot trout, and one redfish; pretty good for two hours on the water.

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Titusville Shrimping

Florida Sportsman member: Alleni

Titusville Shrimping

We got our full pull last night by Rail Road Bridge. Started off slow, maybe one gallon the first two hours. the wind died down and the current switch and it started going off. Filled the other four gallons in less than 30 minutes. Probably could have filled another bucket or two. All good sized too.

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Mosquito Lagoon Trout and Reds

Florida Sportsman member: PaulBoat

Mosquito Lagoon Trout

After a couple days in the Bahamas, this father and son decided to continue their fishing back in the States in Mosquito Lagoon. Reds and trout were on the menu and their guide and angler did not disappoint.

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Windy Weekend Drum

Florida Sportsman member: SpaceCoast Slayer

drum

Kyle and his nephew Chris wanted to catch a couple drum, so we all jumped on Kyle’s skiff to go see if they were home. We launched at 8 under a stiff south wind. Live sand fleas on a 3/0 circle hook was the ticket. We caught a mess of em and had several double hookups.

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Indian River Lagoon Drum

Florida Sportsman member: SpaceCoast Slayer

Indian River Lagoon Drum

Same tactic as last trip, slow rolling gulp shrimp and crabs on the bottom of a hole where they stack up. Had two cutoffs on rocks and also got cut off on a manatee. Had a bunch of pulled hooks in the middle of the fights too. Switched to a 3/0 circle and gulp crab and the hookup ratio improved.

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Flats Fishing Black Drum

Florida Sportsman member: SpaceCoast Slayer

Flats Fishing Black Drum

I put on a gulp shrimp and dragged it excruciatingly slow across the bottom of this deep hole. Get thumped.. It’s a catfish. I thought to myself, “It’s gonna be one of THOSE days.” Whipped it out again and got another thump, but this one had some weight to it.

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Kayak Fishing Black Drum

Florida Sportsman member: SpaceCoast Slayer

kayak fishing black drum

I was throwing gulp shrimps and Michael was tossing a regular plastic shrimp. He actually got more hits on that than I did on gulp, but all his fish kept pulling off during the fight. We couldn’t get them to even look at a fly, even though they were on top high riding with backs and tails exposed all fired up.

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Sebastian Backcountry Snook

Florida Sportsman member: jmsnookman

sebastian backcountry snook

I had been itching to get back on the water since my last trip two weeks ago. Good news! The big snook are still in the backcountry. I was only three casts in this morning when this 43″ beast exploded on my bait.

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Black Drum Saves a Slow Day

Florida Sportsman member: SpaceCoast Slayer

black drum

About halfway to the launch I bump into a literal acre of black drum. I have never seen a school this big in my life, there were thousands. The drumming was outrageous it was all you could hear. Two guys who were well behind me caught up and I hollered at ‘em to come over. We sat there for two hours and had a ball.

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Snook-a-Palooza

Florida Sportsman member: jmsnookman

The snook were chewing this morning! The fish were amped up in the cooler water, punishing baits, screaming 15 lb braid off my stradic CI4, exploding out of the water, shaking their gills, trying to throw the hook before splashing back into water and ripping more drag.

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Sebastian Inshore Mixed Bag

Florida Sportsman member: duckmanJR

Senior forum member and avid angler duckmanJR has been having great success lately. Despite murky waters, he has been reeling in massive numbers of redfish, snook, trout, jacks and more! He celebrated his one hundredth day fishing with a gorgeous 32″ snook! Keep it up!

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Port Canaveral Inlet Variety

Florida Sportsman member: CFMonster

Caught nearly a dozen pounder jack crevalle, one 20″ speckled trout, one 20″ redfish, one 27″ snook, and an 18″ snook. Free lined / unweighted mullet often caught the attention of the birds, but caught the trout, red, smaller snook and some jacks. I had a 1/8th oz chartreuse jig head and caught the snook, several jacks, couple small blacktips, and hooked a small tarpon.

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Playalinda Beach Pompano

Florida Sportsman member: Epalm88

I caught this nice pompano at the beach before the hurricane. From the pictures of the aftermath, it looks like it will be a while before I can get back out there in the prime time of the year.

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East Central Slammin’

Florida Sportsman member: duckmanjr

I think I see a red up really shallow. I make a slow approach and notice one of those tiny shorebirds standing nearby and when it takes off, it scares the red….dang it! I toss out in the direction that the fish spooked and boom.

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Father and Son Fun

Florida Sportsman member: Permitted

Well turns out my redfish spot is kind of a hot spot for tarpon. So I took him back to the proving grounds to test his skills! Long story short he ended up catching his first tarpon and a couple more, also his biggest redfish to date.

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Making it Happen

Florida Sportsman member: KingCatch

The wind was blowing from the west around 15 mph. I just got up on the leeward bank and started poling down the flat. I ended up catching a few redfish and scouting some area that eventually led me to a little tarpon hole, catching a little guy to end the day.

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Sebastian Snook

Florida Sportsman member: jmsnookman

First time fishing in two weeks and I’m not sure what was better, the spectacular sunrise or the snook bite. Fished solo on Saturday and literally came home with sore forearms from battling overslot snook and bruiser jack crevalles.

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Sebastian Action

Florida Sportsman member: beachside321

Launched at Wabasso at 6:45 and had a short ride to the first spot. After some prospecting we found some bait that was getting busted. Picked up a decent red that I watched make a wake from 20 feet away to crash my bone super spook.

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Sebastian Monster

Florida Sportsman member: jmsnookman

My drag was screaming and the battle was on. The fish peeled off close to 100 yards of line before Ronnie started the big motor and took chase in the boat. As the battle wore on, I kept thinking my 20 pound fluorocarbon leader would give way. Ronnie’s excellent boat maneuvering was key in keeping the fish from getting into a narrow side canal and I was lucky to stop several runs just shy of the shoreline.

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Pompano and Friends

Florida Sportsman member: Larrypompanoman

I haven’t posted in a while because I haven’t had a lot of fishing time. I have had seminars and charters but today I had great success in New Smyrna and caught BIG fish, pompano, whiting and redfish.

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Mosquito Reds

Florida Sportsman member: beachside321

By 6:55am we found a big group of tailing fish. Made the most of them until they settled down by about 8am and we had to work for them. Conditions were still great for sight fishing until about 11:30am when the wind picked up and cloud cover moved in.

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Skinny Water Sight Fishing

Florida Sportsman member: SpaceCoast Slayer

The water is crystal clear in most spots I went to and I got to watch every one of em clobber the lure. No heroes but it’s awesome to see them eat whether they are 3 pounds or 30 pounds.

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Mosquito Report

Florida Sportsman member: C Dog

Not a bad day in the north goon. Water has cleared up a good bit. Sight fishing is at least feasible but still difficult. Didn’t catch any sight fishing, but caught four reds and finished the day with a surprise black drum. All were caught on cut mullet.

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East Central Inshore

Florida Sportsman member: jmsnookman

I called my buddy Ronnie to hit the inlet for some catch and release snook action. Had the pleasure of hopping on Ronnie’s Skeeter with his buddy Sergio. We landed six nice snook with the three best fish measuring 36 to 38.5 inches and called it a night early.

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Indian River Lagoon Action

Florida Sportsman member: RealSeabee

Water is dirty but the reds are hanging in the places they should be, for the most part. I found most production came from bait, upwind of the spoil islands. On calmer days it seems that jigging worked good on the hidden side of the same islands.

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East Central Reds

Florida Sportsman member: C Dog

The kids decided to stay home, which I didn’t blame them. They’ve spent many of weekends fishing and not catching. So it was just me and the wife. Saturday was probably one of the best days of fishing I’ve ever had, catching four bull reds.

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Sebastian Chaos

Florida Sportsman member: surfer23mg

From the bridge to the tip of the jetty I have never seen tarpon exploding like they were. 130 plus pound fish completely skyrocketing out of the water as far as you could see.

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Mosquito Lagoon Action

Florida Sportsman member: Capt Michael Savedow

Trevor wanted to treat his girlfriend to a fishing trip for her birthday, so we went redfish hunting on the flats, started off with a bang, with bites first thing, turned slow in the second half, but we still had a great time.

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Sebastian Fun

Florida Sportsman member: Kim Chi

My nine year old son caught the fishing bug over the summer and wants to fish every chance he can, so we have been hitting the inlet a lot lately. We have mostly been catching jacks, reds and snook on pins, pigs, croakers and mullet on all different stages of the tide.

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Windy Week

Florida Sportsman member: Final Point

That being said we still caught plenty of fish, especially back in wind protected areas. Baits of choice this week were live finger mullet pinned to a 3/8oz jig head and various hard twitch baits.

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Figuring It Out

Florida Sportsman member: EddyRodriguezU

Normally I’m looking for oyster bars, changes in the tide, grass flats, and deep sand pockets. Since majority of those are not evident in this area I just started looking for bait and fish the surrounding areas. Needless to say today was a completely different story. Within an hour or so I had four nice trout in the boat and a 24 inch red.

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Tarpon from the Paddleboard

Florida Sportsman member: SaltyRoots

With an enormous thunderstorm looming in the distance we knew we wouldn’t have much time to fish. Within three minutes I was hooked up to nice little tarpon. Landed the fish about 10-15 minutes later and safely released it.

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Cocoa Beach Tarpon

Florida Sportsman member: 186 KEYWEST

Forum member 186 KEYWEST and friends got into the tarpon off of Cocoa Beach. Within 15 minutes of getting bait, they were hooked up!

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Mosquito Lagoon Reds and More

Florida Sportsman member: Capt Michael Savedow

Fall is a great time for locals to fish the Lagoon, tourist season is over so many less guide trips on the water most days, locals who hunt are focusing on the fall hunting season, not out fishing, so much less boat traffic on the flats which is very welcome change from summer.

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Red Hot in the Lagoon

Florida Sportsman member: marcogrey

Got an early start this morning for the Lagoon, weather was great and reds were out. Between two boats we managed 10 reds in the range of 22 to 50 inches. The rookie in the group ended up with 4 including the beastly 50 inch monster on a shallow flat.

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Florida Sportsman member: cbmdk86

Went out a couple nights this full moon on the hunt for bulls on the flats, overall, it was pretty slow both nights. I did however manage to land my personal best red at 50.25 inches with a relaxed tail on the first night.

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Catching in the Backwater

Florida Sportsman member: cbmdk86

Hit it a couple days ago looking for the snook, they were nowhere to be found but these reds were happy to oblige on the same shorelines. I’ve only caught under slot reds back here so it was quite a surprise to put a 29″ and 26″ on deck in two back to back casts.

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Indian River Bulls

Florida Sportsman member: RealSeabee

Forum member RealSeabee recently got into some bull redfish in the northeast Indian River. These fish can be found in small schools along the shorelines.

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Surf Surprise

Florida Sportsman member: CFLnative

Decided to put lines back in 30 min before we were going to leave and this gal shows up. About pulled my rig into the surf. Not sure what it ate, either a clam strip (not likely), bare hook or a small croaker that was already hooked.

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Mosquito Lagoon Fishing

Florida Sportsman member: Capt Michael Savedow

Summer has arrived to Mosquito Lagoon and the Edgewater backcountry, loads of mullet schools, summer water temps mean early morning surface activity. Live mullet and pigfish, topwater lures early morning, weedless rigged jerk baits and soft plastics, cut mullet and ladyfish are all good summer pattern baits and lures.

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Sebastian Slam

Florida Sportsman member: duckmanJR

I decide to keep at it and miss a strike and as i’m trying to decide if I want to quit I see a nice fish up ahead. I move down on it and make a toss, but the wind takes it long and I cup the spool to stop it short by about a foot…but the fish turns and inhales it!

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Spring Time Variety

Florida Sportsman member: Capt Michael Savedow

Fishing from New Smyrna to Edgewater to Oak Hill and south into the lagoon, clients catching everything from Redfish and Seatrout, Black Drum and Sheepshead, Mangrove Snapper, Sharks, Bluefish, Jack Crevalle, Ladyfish, and more. Backcountry mixed bag trips have been great, 10 or more species on most trips, keeping it interesting waiting to see what type of fish will surface next.

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East Central Inshore

Florida Sportsman member: jmsnookman

It was a little tight with four anglers on the boat, but the fish were chewing hard at all three spots we hit this morning. Between breakoffs and missed hook sets we lost as many as we landed; and we landed twelve trout (mostly overslot), two slot reds, snook, and missed a tarpon that would have completed a grand slam.

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East Central Inshore

Florida Sportsman member: Reel Teal

I re-rigged another mullet and put it in the same spot and a couple minutes later got hammered again and this time stuck the hook in em. After about a 5 minute fight landed a 29 inch red. It had a fat belly full of those mullet I assume.

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Catching in the Indian River

Florida Sportsman member: tron1.8

Me and my wife headed out early and had a great time getting into some fish. She got her first tarpon and some large jacks. One jack had two large jigs down his throat. We were able to bring home some sheephead and one nice mangrove snapper as well.

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Night Time Sebastian Bite

Florida Sportsman member: Salty Roots

The night time tide changes have been our bread and butter. The snook have been hitting bucktails, the reds were hitting cut pogies when we could get them, live croakers when we could get them, and for two nights they were smacking crabs on the top.

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North Brevard Wading

Florida Sportsman member: IRJ

Forum member IRJ caught some nice fish wade fishing in North Brevard. Fishing soft-plastic paddle tails were the key to success.

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Catching in the Lagoon

Florida Sportsman member: Capt Michael Savedow

The shallow water coming up a few degrees can have some fish leave the school to look for food on their own, fishing some areas with soft muddy bottom, can have loose groups of reds and trout in dished out type spots of a couple feet deep.

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Windy Day on the Lagoon

Florida Sportsman member: flightcontroller

A good day on the goon even with the winds. We managed to drift up on several single/double over slot reds but the planets aligned only for this one 29 inch fatty. If we had been a bit more on our game, we could have boated a half dozen of these.

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Cocoa Beach Inshore

Florida Sportsman member: fishin4amission

Been busy enjoying our local waters trying to find some willing fish. Some days have been great letting us get some inshore slams. Others we are lucky to just catch a couple fish. Most fish have come on slowly presented paddle tails and doa shrimp.

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NIRL Drum Bite

Florida Sportsman member: RealSeabee

It’s a pretty good size piece of real estate to try and cover but I did manage to get three BIG red’s to eat, but none willing to get all the way inside the boat, two alongside and one about 10 feet away. They were all OVER Slot and would’a been released anyway but I’d rather have done the “releasing”.

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A Friend’s First

Florida Sportsman member: duckmanJR

With us having a grueling duck hunt schedule we finally had an off day on Monday while one buddy drove another to the airport and we slept in. We woke at 9 and the weather looked OK, so we splashed the skiff. Wind was brutal at 14 out of the northeast but it didn’t take too long.

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Wintertime Tarpon

Florida Sportsman member: redfish27

So my 14 year old son invites me out yesterday on his “new” skiff and says he knows where some tarpon are. I take him up on the invite, no doubt he knows his stuff. Seems like just yesterday I was showing him the tricks of fishing and boat handling, now he is taking Dad out and putting me on fish.

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Warm Winter in the Lagoon

Florida Sportsman member: Capt Michael Savedow

New clients Laszlo and Brittany from Connecticut had a great, first flats fishing experience out with me, good sight fishing conditions helped them catch 5 Redfish with most overslot fish up to 29 inches and upper slot fish, being good catch and release anglers all fish were sent off swimming.

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East Central Inshore

Florida Sportsman member: Cavanaugh68

The spotted seatrout are thick along the drop offs and ledges. However the big boys, the gators, are back in deep thick backcountry waters. Searching the white holes or sand spots and always keeping in mind your posture, bait movement and signs of their presence.

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Early Winter on the Lagoon

Florida Sportsman member: Capt Michael Savedow

The colder water has redfish starting to school on the flats with winter sight fishing patterns as water gets much clearer and the temperature drops. Sea trout are also a winter target species on the lagoon waters, the larger Trout frequent the flats along with Redfish, while most school size Trout are caught along the drop offs edges of holes and sloughs in the backcountry.

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Nearshore Mayhem

Florida Sportsman member: SaltyRoots

We went out of the Port in search of triple tail, flounder, redfish, and kings. Both times got blanked on the triple tail and flounder but that was because all of our time was spent reeling in kingfish and redfish!

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Braving the Conditions

Florida Sportsman member: Keystroke

We were the only boat in Sebastian Inlet for 2 hours. The fish were fattening up for winter on the incoming tide. As the tide started to swing to outgoing we got out of there. Sebastian Inlet can be a deadly place if not respected.

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East Central Slams

Florida Sportsman member: duckmanJR

I really didn’t keep count on how many I was catching, but it was close to “palooza” status. We ran south to a new spot and it didn’t take long till I had another trout, then a snook and then Frank hooks up his first snook ever.

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Fun in the Lagoon

Florida Sportsman member: Capt Michael Savedow

The water is still fairly high on the north lagoon so fished mostly shorelines and points that the north wind would allow. Mainly finger mullet baits as I fish with clients to give them the best chance for maximum bites, our second red did not take long at that first spot as daughter Calle hooked up with this 25″ extra spot fish.

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Banana River Red

Florida Sportsman member: Panfishangler1

My friend and I pulled the lines in, anchors up and began to let the fish lead the way. I was using 10 pound mono with a 25 pound test leader. If my drag wasn’t set right, there was no guess that I would have lost the fish.

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Messin’ with the Macks

Florida Sportsman member: Farout

We ended up with 30 Spanish, threw back countless bluefish and jacks and another 10 or so small mackerel. A huge shark came up and grabbed a small spanish we had just hooked, it came out of the water and performed an awesome acrobatic display for us and promptly snapped the line.

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Bulls off the Beach

Florida Sportsman member: triplehelix

Joined the fleet atop a redfish frenzy. They were feasting on pogy pods, so we matched the hatch with some live ones on the bottom. In half an hour we released four reds in the 15 to 20 pound range.

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Sebastian Inlet on Fire

Florida Sportsman member: Final Point

What an incredible fishery we have here in Sebastian. The last week has been full of some serious fish. The smallest snook to come in the boat was 30 inches, the smallest red was also 30 inches.

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East Central Action

Florida Sportsman member: SaltyRoots

Been hitting up the inlet for the late night outgoing tides with the old man. We’ve been pretty successful drifting through with live bait bouncing the bottom. Mullet, pins, pigs, croakers it didn’t matter, if you were bouncing bottom you were hooking up.

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Putting the In-Laws on the Fish

Florida Sportsman member: RealSeabee

Top Water (Skitter and Sebile Slim Sticks) and Cut Mullet are the baits. We’ve been doing much better this go around. Don has caught 18 reds to this point and we will be out again today.

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New Family Record

Florida Sportsman member: RealSeabee

The old family record red fish WAS 44 1/2 inches which my wife held. Well, today she done went and broke our family record, new record is 50 3/8 inches!

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Redfish Riot

Florida Sportsman member: cbmdk86

I also pitched them the monster 7 inch Fender Walker topwater plug. These reds lost their minds when they saw that plug, I had one red of at least 45 inches come completely out of the water about a foot above the surface trying to dismantle my plug. It was epic action to say the least.

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East Central Snookin’

Florida Sportsman member: Keystroke

There are some big fish out in the ocean along the beaches, feeding on all that little bait moving along the coast. The trick is to fool them into eating in that clear ocean water. Can’t wait till all the big girls find their way up through the inlet and visit us this fall.

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Early Morning Trout and Reds

Florida Sportsman member: B. Graves

I had some fun with the trout for a while then made my way to the spot I had been fishing the last few times out and the reds weren’t there. So I started trolling around looking for some and came across a school of 30 to 40 over slot reds.

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Indian River Reds

Florida Sportsman member: B. Graves

Took about an hour to find some redfish. Caught a couple decent trout on topwater while looking for reds. Finally started seeing tails so I anchored up and threw some top water, soft plastics and a spoon, nothing. So I turned to cut up pinfish.

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East Central Tailers

Florida Sportsman member: cbmdk86

We made the paddle out to the spot and we were greeted by 100 plus over slot reds happily tailing away in the grass, finning out, backs breaking the surface, the whole 9. We managed to scoop up 5 until the wind switched out of the east briskly and they all made their exit off to the deep end.

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Bulls Before the Storm

Florida Sportsman member: RiverRat321

Within ten minutes of that mullet surfacing the water there was the blow upp! I grabbed the bell and set a perfect hook set and enjoyed the ride! She put up a nice and long fight for her size at 36 inches, I got her in and unhooked her. Of course we released her just in time to head in before the storm.

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Backwater Tarpon in the Rain

Florida Sportsman member: cbmdk86

40 hookups between us give or take, the vast majority of them shook off after a fine display of acrobatics. We got a few decent ones to the boat though, including a nice one Steven caught on fly.

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Sebastian Slob Snook

Florida Sportsman member: MelbourneMark

A little defeated we headed to one of our shorelines to soak some shrimp, hoping to catch some trout or reds. We were using light tackle with 25 pound leader. This was my wife’s first snook over 40 inches, and she did a wonderful job of handling her around the boat. The fish ran what seemed like 100 yards before slowing down. I finally got her in the net, but she would not fit completely.

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Setting Personal Records

Florida Sportsman member: SlamPiece

School of 30 or so breeder reds tailing in the flats, carefully casted with the jerkbait and twitched it twice. Thought I spooked the school (as a huge wake was formed near my lure) but turns out two or three reds were racing to get to the lure first. Hooked up and after a nice fight on my lightest outfit I landed a 44 inch red!

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East Central Reds

Florida Sportsman member: FLChance92

I spent a ton of time up in north Brevard and some schools in the Banana this past week. I haven’t fished up there much in a while and figured I would go chase some schools of Redfish I used to fish for as a kid.

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Tarpon off the Beach

Florida Sportsman member: Secretweapon321

Forum member Secretweapon321 got into the tarpon recently. Jumping one fish and landing one after an hour and a half battle! Nice work.

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Solo Mission in the Lagoon

Florida Sportsman member: FowlMouth824

After a couple hundred yards on the pole I spotted a small school of slot reds. They were milling about, completely unaware of my approach. I tossed out the ole trusty CAL on an 1/4oz head, one fish spotted the “prey”, broke ranks and pounced.

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East Central Gators

Florida Sportsman member: FowlMouth824

There was no shortage of bait or game fish, we saw hundreds of black drum all morning long. We could hear them drumming through the water. Though we never could convince one to eat. We threw D.O.A. shrimp, cals and an assortment of flies. They were just completely disinterested.

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Snookin’ Success

Florida Sportsman member: Postal

This girl blasted my bait and screamed off line the fight is on. She headed for the dock pilings and the mangroves. After a fun battle and yelling ” no! ” a 100 times with every dart she took for the dock, I landed the old girl.

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East Central Reds and Trout

Florida Sportsman member: Montana1

I think we only caught two fish that were under slot, and one that was just over. None of the fish were tailing, and 90 percent of them were caught while blind casting, and just like always they were all caught on artificials, and released to fight again.

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Big Mosquito Lagoon Snaggle Tooth

Florida Sportsman member: tron1.8

My friend invited me out Sunday for a short trip. Caught a couple of small trout and reds, nothing major but it was nice to get out. Then this one took my DOA glow shrimp with my 6 pound line. Ended up being 30 inches long, one of the biggest I have caught in a long time!

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Saturday Sheepsheading

Florida Sportsman member: DeHeaven

We ran to our first spot and within a few hours had boated five keepers. Kris had the winner with a seven pounder! We ran out of fiddlers and the weather started to improve so we decided to go to port to get some food and more bait and try fishing at the mouth to see about a mix bag.

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Gator at Daybreak

Florida Sportsman member: dtm

As soon as it got daybreak I was ready to fish. About 5 casts and then wham! Fish on and a good one, it came up shaking its head trying to spit the hook then surged for the trolling motor under the boat ,buried in the mud and then game over. right into the one arm landing net. This thing is a hog first fish of the day and wow. By this time another boat showed an was working the same area but keeping his distance. I kept on a fishing and wammo another hog at 25 inches and released it.

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East Central Action

Florida Sportsman member: KLUELESS II

Not having a push pole we drifted the flat until we started seeing tailing reds (BONUS!).The wind dropped and the rain started but it seemed to really get the fish fired up. Although I struck first blood with a small rat red that I will not post pictures of, captain Adam was the top hook with a just short slot red and two slob trout!

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Big Trout in The Lagoon

Florida Sportsman member: dtm

Hit a few deep spots hoping the trout would be hunkered down waiting for the flats to warm up, we threw gulps and worked them slowly in their face and they couldn’t let the easy meal go by.

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Redzilla In The Inlet

Florida Sportsman member: SaltyRoots

Got a solid hook set and 25 to 30 minutes later, redzilla was boat side. It bottomed out our 40 pound boga grip scale with ease. We guess it to be 45 plus pounds and it was a hell of a way to start off the new year.

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Sebastian Inlet Holding Big Fish

Florida Sportsman member: SaltyRoots

Occasional weeds fouled plugs and Friday and Saturday the waves made it a little dicey in a 16 foot boat to say the least, but the fishing was on fire. Managed to catch around 11 snook (2 slot before the 15th), 7 reds, and 2 tarpon and lost countless others. We were using 50 pound Yozuri Flouro with a decent size split shot about 8-12 inches above a Owner Mutu Light 4/0-5/0 circle hook.

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Trying Something New

Florida Sportsman member: Muskee50

I went fishing today for the first time out of Port Canaveral. I usually fish out of Mosquito Lagoon but decided to try something different. I fish out of a 17 foot flats boat so we were waiting for a nice day like today to fish along the shoreline. We picked up a few small bluefish and this nice bull Red. It is by far my largest red to date. I battled it for approximately 15 minutes before finally bringing it to the boat. I didn’t want to keep the fish out of the water any longer than necessary so no measurements or weights were taken , just this photo.

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Night Time Bruisers In The Inlet

Florida Sportsman member: Final Point

Did a trip with a good friend on Saturday evening. It rained on us most of the night but the fish didn’t mind. I’ll just show you the two big fish of the night. All fish caught on 6000 series PENNS with 50 pound braid, 50 pound fluorocarbon leader and 4/0 circle hooks. Baits were pigs, pins, croakers.

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Slobs In Sebastian

Florida Sportsman member: Final Point

Then, as the sun was starting to drop Sammy hooks into something big. Never got it close enough to see it even though at some points the top of the leader was out of the water, fought it over about three quarters of a mile of inlet and almost 20 minutes before it pulled the hook. I thought he was going to lose it and chuck my pole in the water but he kept it together. And on the very next drift he had redemption.

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Bringing Home Dinner In Sebastian

Florida Sportsman member: duckmanJR

At this point both the wind and water clarity were past what I like and my arm was now past the point that the two morning Aleve were doing anything. I was willing to quit with dinner in the well but thought,
“one pass on those oysters by the island over there” and that’s where this nice red was to finish the slam.

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Banana River “Red” Hot

Florida Sportsman member: SLW UroCane

So here are a few more pictures. Started in the morning on west side out of the wind by Kars campsite. 2 reds there including the biggest of the week. Few trout and jumped another tarpon under that dock. Then went over to 528 and waded out to the bombing target. No reds but a lot of small trout. Finished about of the wind south of 520. Another red and a few trout on the Mirrodine. All fish this week released alive. Best part, not a single jack, catfish, or lizardfish!

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Redfish Mayhem in Cocoa Beach

Florida Sportsman member: Fin & Fly Charters

The redfish bite is super hot right now, were catching 10 to 40 redfish a trip and all of them are on artificial. Topwater is definitely the best strike for them but you can use any of your favorite lures [...]

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Indian River Lagoon Redfish

Florida Sportsman member: cbmdk86

my fish was a stud, and would have been the biggest fish of the day, which got wrapped around someone’s boat and I actually managed to work it out, had it pretty whooped and to the boat. It made one more big run and crossed someone else’s hooked fish, and my line parted also had a double hookup of smaller ones that made it to the boat. we hooked 9, landed 5.

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Titusville Reds

Florida Sportsman member: AdamHughes

I drove down to Jacksonville and met my family at the ramp at 9, we took off and before we got to the first channel marker had engine trouble. Great start to the day, we ran the river looking for the big schools of spawning reds and after about an hour we found them. The school was so large it looked like a moving sandbar. We started tossing live pinfish and crabs at them with only the pinfish getting hit. We hooked up on the first fish and my mom gave it a good fight before pulling it in for some pictures. The school kept moving and the crowd began to grow. We worked the school for a couple more hours not getting to much action until I tossed out at top water. Second twitch I get blown up and the fish takes off, only to be broken off by a flurry of panicked fish swimming into my line. I quickly tied on another and as we got back into position I got my line right on the nose of the school. It seemed like the whole school targeted my bait. I got blown out of the water 3 to 4 times before finally getting a hook set.

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Cocoa Beach Snook

Florida Sportsman member: Off Shore Dude

Went out of PC this morning hunting for tarpon with friend Capt. Alex Jr. On the water by 6:15 and saw no pogies till sunrise. Then they were everywhere. We didn’t see a single tarpon all day!

However, we did run into some nice snook right off the beach. Once we realized there were snook around we started to target them. Hooked five and netted four. Caught them on pogies and all fish were released in good condition.

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Cocoa Beach Tarpon

Florida Sportsman member: Off Shore Dude

Went out this morning with my friends Alex and Bob. Ran down the beach – pogies everywhere. Found some Tarpon rolling and busting bait between 520 down to steeples. We did run down to patrick but the pogie pods disappeared south of steeples. Was kind of weird but the water off Patrick

Florida Big Bend Weekend Fishing 4Cast

Homosassa to Steinhatchee
Includes Homosassa, Crystal River, Yankeetown, Waccasassa Bay, Cedar Key, Suwannee, Horseshoe Beach, Steinhatchee and Keaton Beach

February 24-26

The sheepshead bite continues to remain very good. The deeper the water, the better and most sheep’s are being caught north of Homosassa in 18 to 20 feet of water over natural structure or some public reefs west of Crystal River. There has also been some hogfish and grunts caught in this depth too. Live shrimp on a knocker rig is the best bait. The shallow rocks west of Homosassa have a few sheepshead but most of them are holding bluefish, spanish mackerel, grunts and trout.

Inshore the trout bite is very good. Depending on tide is where the trout will be. On low water the creek mouths and deeper parts of their channels is where the fish will. When it’s very low like this past week it will concentrate the fish but getting to them can be the tricky part. On the incoming tide, bars, points and shallow passes are the best places to fish. Shallow running plugs, soft plastics or free lined live shrimp will get the bite. Sight-casting for redfish has been fun as of this week with the warm weather. An angler can do this alone but it’s so much better with a fishing buddy especially one that knows how to pole a skiff. This is the best way to approach skinny water wary redfish. To all Big Bend bait house’s, guides and Captains who read this report send me your report at captainwilliamtoney@gmail.com. The new moon incoming high tide will start in around noon this weekend.

Capt. William Toney | (352) 422-4141 | captwilliamtoney@bontheweb.net | www.homosassainshorefishing.com

Northeast Florida Weekend Fishing 4cast


Fernandina Beach to Flagler Beach
Includes Jacksonville and St. Augustine


February 24-26

Offshore

There is a front that will be approaching Saturday night and bring cooler temps on Sunday which places all bets on chances to get out early Saturday morning. Wahoo and blackfin tuna will be top targets for blue water anglers high speed trolling Gulfstream waters and possibly stopping on a few wrecks in 120 feet or deeper for trigger, grey snapper, grouper, and possible cobia. Some anglers preparing for the up coming El Cheapo sheepshead tournament will be checking wrecks just offshore inside four miles as big spawning sheepshead usually hang on these structures before venturing inshore. Dropping fiddler crabs or quartered blue crab is sheepshead baits of choice.

Inshore

Chris Mobley getting in the structure for sheepshead.

Water clarity has been crystal clear and has been running far into our river systems, as lack of rain is most likely the reason. Sight fishing redfish is as good as it gets, especially along the main Intracostal North and South and small creeks that pour into it. Slow steady investigating by either trolling motor or push pole will get you in position to make casts on pushing redfish with either a weedless plastic lure or live shrimp on a jig head. Trout fishing has been scattered but first light anglers have had some success throwing top waters, but as the day goes on, jig and plastics in seven feet or deeper has proven best results. Sheepshead anglers have had mixed success either dropping fiddler crabs on a major jetty or exploring inshore, on other oyster encrusted structures. The point is that sheepshead are biting and you don’t have to fight a wave at a inlet jetty to catch them. Stock up on some fiddler crabs and take advantage of the sure fire bite.

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Pulley Ridge Haul

Recent offshore fishing reports from the Florida Keys region.


Pulley Ridge Haul

Florida Sportsman member: cameron sleep

Pulley Ridge Haul

Jacks started hammering baits, all up and down the port side. So when I felt three, quick, vicious strikes on my bait, I locked up and less than a second later, Dang did too. I hauled rather hard to keep him from burning up and down through the water column. I noticed that Dang’s rod, right beside me and mine, were dipping and rising in unison and suspected we both had the same fish.

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Big Pine Blackfin

Florida Sportsman member: Northern

Big Pine Blackfin

There seems to be a lot of big blackfins around right now. Unfortunately, I’m losing too many boat side in the process of trying to get them in the boat. This one was 17.5lbs, but the two lost at boat side were bigger.

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Pulley Ridge Trip

Florida Sportsman member: Xaf

Pulley Ridge Trip

There was a steady pick all day long. A few AJs, more snowy grouper, and gray tiles came up. There were yellow eye, hambone, and black fin snapper on almost every drop. Sometimes you could feel them hit before you even got to the bottom.

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Big Pine Key Bites

Florida Sportsman member: AMPED

Big Pine Key

Fished from American Shoal Lighthouse to the Sambos. All bites/fish came between 115-165 feet, with the exception of the missed wahoo around 270 feet. Finished with the following, one blackfin tuna, one sailfish, one kingfish and one bonito.

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Big Grouper Surprise

Florida Sportsman member: Northern

Big Grouper Surprise

We were on our way to a spot that we were going to anchor up and them chum for snapper. We trolled the last part of the distance to the spot hoping to catch something to use as fresh bait. Instead Teri caught the biggest grouper of her life!

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Big Kings in Backcountry

Florida Sportsman member: piner_wahoo

Kings in Backcountry

Fire up the smoker, Keys backcountry is a hot spot right now! Check out these big kings piner_wahoo is showing off. He also snagged some spanish macks and snapper while exploring.

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Lower Keys Wreck Vertical Jigging

Florida Sportsman member: kayakerinkeywest

wreck vertical jigging

A guide boat showed up and started with the pilchards, so we tucked right behind them and drifted along. Blackfins were popping and we were able to capitalize on their chumming. We caught the mutton on the bottom and the kings and tuna towards the top.

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Keys Gulf Stream Fishing Success

Florida Sportsman member: Hollywood Joe

Keys Gulfstream Fishing

I trolled the whole way out and caught a decent sized mackerel, which was donated to the smoking committee in hopes of a few more to make for a nice X-Mas fish dip. Nothing else, until we slowed down nearing the first spot. I was reeling in, and with my lure about 10 feet from the boat, this kind sacrificial fella decided to take his own life for me.

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Key Largo Reef Fishing

Florida Sportsman member: miami mutton

Key Largo Reef Fishing

Some nice fish have been reported by forum member miami mutton. These were caught out of Ocean Reef in Key Largo.

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Big Pine Key Wahoo

Florida Sportsman member: piner_wahoo

Big Pine Key Wahoo

Forum member piner_wahoo has been doing solo trips over the last week off Big Pine Key and has been bringing home some nice ‘hoos, each one seemingly bigger than the last.

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Grassy Key Mahi and Mixed Bites

Florida Sportsman member: piner_wahoo

grass key mahi

Forum member piner_wahoo nailed a nice mixed bag got off Grassy Key in 180′-230′. They took home bonito, cero mackerel, skipjack, and some nice dolphins!

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South Key Largo Grouper and Snapper Bites

Florida Sportsman member: miami mutton

South Key Largo Grouper

The fish are shallow now with cooling waters, we fished 55 ft and the bite was great. We had the yellow tails close behind and of decent size. The first bait down got slammed by a nice black grouper and the next bait got hit by a mutton, after another black was caught.

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Cudjoe Key Variety Fishing

Florida Sportsman member: saltlifegarrett

Cudjoe Key Variety Fishing

We have been catch everything from mutton to sailfish. Mahi and tuna have been caught just about everyday.

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Week of Fishing in Marathon: Tasty Mixed Bag

Florida Sportsman member: cameron sleep

Fishing in Marathon

Something ran off with the bait and really objected to my attempts to bring it to the surface. The something turned out to be a beautiful 25 inch mutton snapper, probably 8-9 pounds and I quickly aborted moving. Next drop, a 21 inch mutton met the same fate. My chicken rig was producing small yellowtails and a decent 18 inch, tasty, speckled grouper. A more urgent pull yielded a double header of 16 inch muttons, to complete the catching for the day.

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Keys Snapper Assortment

Florida Sportsman member: piner_wahoo

keys snapper

Forum member, piner_wahoo picked up a nice assortment of thick snapper over by Big Pine Key. Someone is gonna be eating good tonight!

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Shrimp Boat Fishing Slam

Florida Sportsman member: bambam78

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

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Wahoo in the Keys

Florida Sportsman member: flbluerunner

We decided to make a quick Wahoo trip since the wind laid down and I had a good tide. On our second pass in one of my favorite areas, we got 45lb-er in the box.

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Islamorada Action

Florida Sportsman member: Captain Easy

Even with the tough fishing we’ve managed to put a lot of nice catches together. We haven’t had many easy days though, but the last two days out this week saw a huge improvement and I’m hoping it’s the beginning of some red hot fishing. We got in on several large schools of mahi of mixed sizes from schoolies to some fish up to 30 pounds the last two days.

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Tortugas Trip

Florida Sportsman member: Gary M

Yuri would toss out some herring pieces to get the fish next to the boat. He was looking to see if any blackfins were in the schools of bonito and he had warned us, “You may have to catch 10 bonito in order to finally hook a blackfin so break off any bonito as soon as you can, re-tie and get a bait back in the water.”

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Red Hot Reef Action

Florida Sportsman member: Captain Easy

We’ve had some really good reef fishing down here in Islamorada the last few weeks. Yellowtail fishing has been on fire and we’re catching some really nice black grouper and mutton snapper as well. Today we went to the reef and caught our limit of 40 yellowtail snapper in the morning.

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Surprise Visitor

Florida Sportsman member: boackerman

Forum member boackerman and friends got into some nice yellowtails and grouper recently. They also got a surpise visit from a cobia, that came home for dinner.

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Tavernier Muttons

Florida Sportsman member: miami mutton

As we were heading to it, I noticed a big party boat anchored about a mile before getting to my spot, knowing this area well, I knew he was on the fish. Keeping our distance and about a half mile down current, I told Capt. Evan slow down and let’s scan the bottom here with the sounder and sure enough, we marked a load of fish right on the bottom.

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Heading Out to the Hump

Florida Sportsman member: flbluerunner

We left the dock at about 8am, and worked our way to the Marathon Hump, made a couple of passes, got a handful of tuna and moved on. We ended up catching the mahi about three miles south of the hump.

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Islamorada Wahoo

Florida Sportsman member: Captain Easy

We loaded the bait wells and headed just offshore of the reef in the 140 foot range to start fishing. Flat calm seas, glowing blue water, and a very strong current are all great wahoo conditions and we had them all. That and the approaching front coming later that evening seemed to have the wahoo’s fired up! I think almost every boat fishing in a three to four mile area just offshore of the reef caught wahoo yesterday.

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Dry Tortugas Jigging

Florida Sportsman member: benwah22

I have never seen a wide open scamp bite before, but drop after drop they kept hitting slow pitch jigs. We didn’t even have time to get some of them in the cooler, and I was kicking scamps off the rail.

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A Trip to the West

Florida Sportsman member: Gary M

The next morning, I dropped one of my whole shrimp to the bottom and bam, I was hooked up! He ran just like a shark would have done, but I got him stopped and got him off the bottom. Looking down, I saw a stockier fish than a shark and I soon knew it was a nice mutton snapper!

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Islamorada Action

Florida Sportsman member: Captain Easy

We wound up catching two sailfish, a nice black grouper, a mutton snapper, a few kingfish, and best of all a triple header of 30 to 40 pound wahoo on 16 pound spinning tackle. The wahoo flurry was quite the sight. We hooked the first one on a live cigar minnow on the down rod, It bit while we were winding it up to check the bait.

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Dolphin in Close

Florida Sportsman member: Teamteke

With rain storms solid offshore, we worked the shallow 220 to 270 foot depths where the scattered weeds held the dolphin. NOAA said the gulf stream was only two miles off of Sombrero light. We did venture out to about 500 feet and found a one degree rise in the water temp.

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Dolphin in the Weeds

Florida Sportsman member: flbluerunner

We did have a big one on but could not keep him from loading up on weeds and coming unwound. Funny thing, it was raining and if I got out of the rain the bite shut off, so we fished in the rain, and I took pellet beating in the tower.

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Speed Jigging Fun

Florida Sportsman member: Tavernierguy

The guys I had aboard jig from Kayaks all day, so they had it dialed. Bite was at the low tide then just kept getting and better has the tide started to move. Caught a wide variety of fish and few “fish heads”.

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Good Bite Out Deep

Florida Sportsman member: INTREPID377

The most excitement we had was a when a school of juvenile sailfish began tearing up the spread. We had five lines hit in addition to both teasers. Finally, after running around in circles from rod to rod, we got one to stick on the Wide Range moldcraft in the shotgun position. He wasn’t very big, but he was a sailfish.

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Fun in the Marquesas

Florida Sportsman member: Captbernie

Just back from a week in Key West with my wife and son. We had outstanding weather,fishing and diving. We spent four out of the six days fishing, diving and exploring the Marquesas. Limited on bugs daily and caught/speared enough fish for eats each day.

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Marathon Reef Fishing

Florida Sportsman member: miami mutton

The ballyhoos are on the reef but the speedos are a gamble, one day, they are at the bag and the next they are lost. Grouper have been biting good on speedos and live horse hoos and some nice muttons have fallen for those same baits.

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A Keys Adventure

Florida Sportsman member: Fish Tails

We stopped to check some fishy rips and a smaller weed line but Captain didn’t like the color of the water. And right about 28 miles off shore there it was. The mother of all weed lines, beautiful blue water and lines were in. Not three minutes later the starboard short goes off and my boy is on his first dolphin.

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Keys Trip with the Kids

Florida Sportsman member: FlagMaster

Forum member FlagMaster and kids enjoyed a recent trip to the keys. Big grouper, mutton and yellowtail snapper filled the cooler, as well as hogfish taken via speargun.

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Florida Keys Offshore

Florida Sportsman member: Gary M

We also had a pretty good bite with the yellowtail snappers. I tend to fish for them more than the heavy gear on the bottom and on this trip I got nice fish up to 23 1/2 inches. Fat ones too and on my light spinner, it was just a blast.

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Epic Trip to Pulley Ridge

Florida Sportsman member: cudaman

A lot of screaming reels all over the boat with double hook ups, up to quad hookups, the over under screaming of the mates could be heard from one end of the boat to the other as the mixed bag of fish started flooding the decks. Some bonitas (little tunny) found their way into the mix and a regular scene to happen of the days of fishing.

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Find the Birds, Find the Fish

Florida Sportsman member: seamonkey23

We then decided to run and gun. I saw 2 or 3 birds that were joined by 3 or 4 more circling something, so dropped the baits. We watched the birds circle back to our baits and as soon as I mentioned that, we hooked up on the bigger bull and cow.

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Night Time is the Right Time

Florida Sportsman member: PBG POOLGUY

The mangrove bite was red hot! Got out a couple hours before dark, had the chum flowing and picked at some smaller snappers and managed a nice rock hind, but when the sun went down it was on! All the big whitebait you wanted in the light all night long, bug a bait, drop it down and bam!

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Keys Offshore Bite

Florida Sportsman member: Got Ta Go

Dolphin have been holding mostly between 500-750′. I won’t say they have been easy, but if you keep working at it in the grass you’ll put together a nice catch. Seems they’ve been wanting meat, as most my catches have been coming on ballyhoo with or without skirts.

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Tearing Up the Tortugas

Florida Sportsman member: Gary M

It was a matter of picking off a few nice fish, move to another spot and repeat throughout the trip. But we did have a wild snapper bite that gave us a very busy hour at sundown the first night!

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Islamorada Offshore Variety

Florida Sportsman member: Captain Easy

Dolphin fishing has really picked up for us over the past week down here in Islamorada. Every day has been a little different, and it can still be a little hit or miss, but we had a few outstanding trips over the weekend.

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The Gift of Dolphin

Florida Sportsman member: kajo

We headed out to 650 feet, put out a few trolling rigs and hooked up pretty fast. We got some schoolies in the cooler and after hooking 4 we saw a mass of flying fish blast out of the water a little ways away and a second later a huge mahi mauling them.

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Keys Trip Success

Florida Sportsman member: stoutner

We went back out Thursday afternoon and found a nice solid weedline in about 650-700 feet of water. Trolled up to it and as soon as we arrived we were doubled up on Dolphin. Stopped trolling and started to chunk up that Bonito to bring the school to us.

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Day Saving Tuna

Florida Sportsman member:flbluerunner

Decided to go Southwest, there were broken weeds the whole way. Got out about 28 miles off and found birds were everywhere.

It was a big school of blackfins,and we were able to catch all we wanted. Kept 3 nice ones and let the rest go.

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Working for the Fish

Florida Sportsman member: Gulf2Back2Front

Weed formations were key with the occasional dolphin jumping to confirm our aspirations. These were caught mostly on Billy Bait and our own techniques for getting more.

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Islamorada Grouper

Florida Sportsman member: Captain Easy

So we ditched the reef fishing plan and headed off to power drift on some deeper wrecks. In addition to the grouper there were also lots of amberjack and jack crevalle on many of the wrecks. I did notice a lot of pressure on the reef and wrecks. It was hard to find a spot not covered up with either boats hook and line fishing or divers spearfishing.

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Islamorada Day and Night

Florida Sportsman member: jcuilla

Our guests were some long time anglers in the area and Uncle Ted, the brother of Robbie, as in Robbie’s Marina. Awesome guy! Toward the end of the trip the short line gets slammed and it’s game on!

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Catching in the Marquesas

Florida Sportsman member: heavychevy15

Fished the Marquesas and got some decent fish out there this past weekend. We caught yellow tail, muttons, red snapper, some other bi-catch, and a handful of grouper (that all went back).

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Permit, Cobia and a Surprise

Florida Sportsman member: NauticalWheeler

The real surprise at this location was when I saw a small shark with interesting markings cruising around the boat. I thought it might resemble a tiger shark, but wasn’t sure. I threw out a live bait in haste and was only using 40 pound mono for a leader and was lucky to not get bitten off, but the hook was right in the corner of the mouth.

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Islamorada Wahoo and More

Florida Sportsman member: Captain Easy

We had about a 45 minute flurry with at least one wahoo on the whole time. We wound up catching 4 out of 8 and had as many as 3 wahoo fighting over baits at once just 20 feet behind the boat including a couple the skyrocketed about 8 feet out of the water chasing the baits.

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Shallow Water Fun

Florida Sportsman member: Jciulla

Here’s a few pics from this week in patch reefs from 18-22 feet. Lots of good action from mangroves, muttons and mackerel. It seems like the fish are starting to go back to hitting the cut bait more as well as the live shrimp.

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Catching Fish on the Drift

Florida Sportsman member: youngguns2

We wanted to fill the box so decided to fish all wire on the top and mid rods and immediately had a triple on sailfish on the first set up. With only two people on board and wire leader, you can imagine the chaos that ensued but we did manage to land one out of the three.

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Fishing the Patches

Florida Sportsman member: Captain Easy

We had a great day patch fishing today. Fishing the patches about a half mile inside the edge of the reef. The water was completely mudded over with the strong southwest wind we had last night. That and a moderate northeast current made for some great patch fishing conditions. We wound up with a few dozen nice yellowtail, some hogfish, porgies, and a half dozen muttons including some really nice ones.

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Mack Attack

Florida Sportsman member: piner_wahoo

Forum member piner_wahoo got into some nice fish offshore, fishing in his flats boat. Big kingfish and snapper should make for some excellent fillets and fish dip!

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Islamorada Deep Dropping

Florida Sportsman member: Captain Easy

The kings made for some fast action and after catching our limit of them on cigar minnows just offshore of the reef. We then headed offshore and spent the rest of the day bottom dropping in depths from 400 to 800 feet deep. We wound up with an excellent catch of yellow eye snapper, vermillion snapper, queen snapper, tilefish, and a couple of beautiful yellow edge grouper up to 30 pounds.

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Keys Mixed Bag

Florida Sportsman member: TeamTeke

Along the way we set out a dolphin spread of four Billy Baits. Luckily I put out one that had some wire on it as it got slammed by a nice wahoo. Others suggested at hookup that it was just a skipjack tuna but this fish was pulling some serious drag and did not want to come in. Finally getting it closer Harry yelled from the upper helm that it was a good wahoo. Bingo!

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Duck Key Reef Report

Florida Sportsman member: TeamTeke

Albert takes the first drift. Only one angler drifts at a time. At a moderate distance back he gets a run-off and hook up which produced a nice mangrove snapper. My wife Tania and myself each took our turns having bites and landing fish also. I think Albert went 7 or 8 fish straight without a miss.

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Summerland Key Offshore

Florida Sportsman member: Death From Above

The weather was still good so we went for it one more time. Picked up some nice dolphin on another weedline and then the big hoo shows up. Hit a blue and with Islander with a rigged ballyhoo. The bait was rigged with mono so it was a little tense until he hit the deck.

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Fun Weekend in the Keys

Florida Sportsman member: Lori Jo Fishing

Cayden’s on the reel, gets him boat side and the phin goes crazy. Then the captain sees more phins and says get some more baits out. Me and Jeff hook up and we ended up catching all three.

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Tavernier Tuna and Dolphin

Florida Sportsman member: TavernierGuy

Found dolphin all afternoon and into the evening. Dolphin were on small current rips and slicks. Found a couple on small white birds. Fish were between 270 to 350 feet for me. They were in closer as well, but found the best action in that depth so I stuck with it.

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Tearin’ Up the Tortugas

Florida Sportsman member: cudaman

In the morning I started jigging and was able to connect with a red grouper, a story that would repeat over and over about 20 times. On this trip the ged groupers seemed to like jigs slowly jigged near the bottom.

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Mixed Bag off Islamorada

Florida Sportsman member: EarlyBird

We managed to hook three and land two 40 pound hoo’s. My guests then looked at me and says, “Capt let’s head on in because we can’t top this” and I happily took her on in. We ended the day with 7 wahoos, 40 mahi, 2 tripletail, and a dozen tunas.

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Day Timing off Duck Key

Florida Sportsman member: out of the blue

We were now 5 for 6 on the day and we deployed once more and as we were near the end of the drift, there was the unmistakable tap. We went to work, he felt heavy all the way up so we were thinking it was foul hooked or a shark.

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Slayin’ Them Solo

Florida Sportsman member: TavernierGuy

Went solo today looking for a phins and maybe wahoo and the fish were hungry! The bull and the cow crashed the baits at the same time. Cow hit the wire leader and the bull smacked the mono. 20 minutes later put them over the rail, thankfully the seas were flat. Both ate blue and white islanders.

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Limiting Out

Florida Sportsman member: miami mutton

I started the usual chum slick to find the yellowtails eating right behind the motors. The guys took pictures and were excited to begin the catching, which they did just that, in a short time we had our limit and a mutton on the bottom to make the 50 snapper limit.

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Fishing on the Edge

Florida Sportsman member: ShallowSalt

Biggest score of the week was a 19.5 pound blackfin tuna caught on 20 pound spin gear while drifting. We began to see the big boys skying about a quarter mile behind the boat and eventually they worked their way close enough and took a drifting bait behind the boat.

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Islamorada Offshore

Florida Sportsman member: INTREPID377

Based on what we saw, if you want a shot at a dolphin, you’re going to need to run a bit. I know some bigger dolphin were caught in close, but no real numbers. If you want blackfin tuna, both the 409 and Islamorada Hump were loaded with small fish.

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Catching in Key Largo

Florida Sportsman member: Joepilot

Dolphin were abundant about 10 to 17 miles off Key Largo. The ocean was glass and no one around to compete with. The edge of the stream was clearly visible in these condition, which was really interesting to see so defined.

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Keys Swords

Florida Sportsman member: out of the blue

We went to work and after a short battle placed a 50 incher on the deck. My spell had been broken and it was my buddy’s turn, unfortunately we pulled the hook on the next bite and then we caught a big mako in 1700 feet of water, we let that one go as it was only 1130 am and no point on putting that on the deck.

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Pulley Ridge Trip

Florida Sportsman member: Xaf

Greg said we could go ahead and load our gear. So we lugged all the above mentioned gear from the truck to the boat. Then it was off to the Hogfish for a bowl of lobster bisque and an order of hogfish fingers. Soon the rest of the anglers for the trip started showing up and went through the ritual of loading their gear on the boat. Finally it was 8 pm and time to shove off.

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Dry Tortugas Trip

Florida Sportsman member: Gary M

We all agreed the next morning that none of us had ever seen such a long, hot bite of such consistently BIG yellowtails! Even Ed, who fishes for yellowtails a lot in the Bahamas, was having a hard time remembering such great action over in the islands.

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Little Torch Key Mixed Bag

Florida Sportsman member: punchdog

It was getting to be early evening so we decided to troll back in and saw a frigate at about 600 feet. Followed him for a short while and a schoolie mahi hits a lure. As we are bringing him in 3 or 4 big mahi are following. Avery, who is 12, grabs a pitch rod, puts a pinfish on the big circle hook, tosses it out and hooks the 47 inch cow. About 20 minutes later, good gaff shot and it is in the boat.

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Deep Dropping and Dolphin off Key Largo

Florida Sportsman member: Veikx

We set up a drift, and put down some bonita chunks. First pull up 3 roses, we were ecstatic! We did two more drops with 3 rosies each time. Afterward we continued to troll and found a nice log in 650 feet. This was loaded with schoolies, most of them were right at 20 inches but we landed 5 that were 22 plus inches. Many were thrown back to get bigger.

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Dinosaur Dolphin off Key Largo

Florida Sportsman member: SeaCarrII

Around 12:30 pm, we came up on a frigate tracking fish from about 30 yards up, with bait splashing below. Followed him for a few minutes, and our two trolled ballyhoo got hit. About a 30 pound cow jumped and spit the hook, but this bull came aboard after a long fight. It hit a green skirted ballyhoo in 670 feet, about 17 or 18 miles out.

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First Phin in the Box

Florida Sportsman member: SonarSup

Looked for weed lines and birds and didn’t find any. A lot of sargasso patches but no distinct weed lines to troll up and down. I trolled around 5 knots when I hit the 330 foot mark my drag started screaming. About 5 minutes later my wife and I got the fish in the boat. 20 pound 40 inch first dolphin for my wife and I!

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Big Pine Offshore

Florida Sportsman member: AMPED

We went out to about 625 feet today, East of Big Pine Key & West of Sombrero Light. We caught some really nice phins (triple header), some peanuts which were tagged and released, average size wahoo, a black fin tuna, and some cudas. Left at 8am and was back by 3:00 pm.

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Mahi in Marathon

Florida Sportsman member: CatchDog

Forum member CatchDog has been on the dolphin off of Marathon. Catching many fish trolling naked and skirted ballyhoo between 630 and 750 feet. The big bull was taken on a blue and white islander.

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Tearing up Tavernier

Florida Sportsman member: TavernierGuy

Reef bite has been ok when the current cooperates. Been having some fun catching and releasing Permit. Got to do some grouper fishing on Sunday May 4 for the first time in along while. First drop we took a nice black grouper for dinner!

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Gettin’ Jiggy in the Keys

Florida Sportsman member: Captain Easy

On Saturday we took out Greg, George, Eric, Jomal, and Lynn and released 32 amberjacks all between 30 and 75 pounds as well as a dozen almaco jacks and banded rudderfish. These guys are a group of vertical jiggers from Miami and loosely refer to themselves as the “Miami wrecking crew”.

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Lower Keys Cobes

Florida Sportsman member: Bill Welder

We kept the first 3 and released number 4 and passed on number 5. We could have taken more.They ate whatever we threw at them. My clients also kept about a dozen yellowtails between 18 to 20 inches. Sharks are thick. We leadered a large Bull shark after a 45 minute tug of war. Only saw 2 Sportfishers all day.

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Tavernier Slammers

Florida Sportsman member: youngguns2

Found a nice bucket with bait but no mahi, then came across a nice piece of bamboo with heavy mono tied to it with again lots of bait and a triple tail but no mahi. Kept running southwest till about 11:30 am when we spotted a hawk heading down on the water in 750 feet and it was chaos from then on. With only 3 guys on the boat, we got covered by 3 large slammers, hooked all 3 fish but ended up landing the bull and the smaller cow.

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Awesome Trip on the Yankee Capts

Florida Sportsman member: LitiGATOR

The mate gaffed the fish and a beautiful mutton hit the deck. I don’t know if Juozas had ever caught one before, but I believe it was his first on the Yankee. At 10-years old, on his first trip out here. That’s impressive. You couldn’t wipe the smile of his face.

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Lower Keys Reef Bite

Florida Sportsman member: Apnatic

Decided that was enough mutton meat for us so we headed in a little shallower to a wreck in 100 feet to get some tails. After sandballing for about 45 minutes we had as much as I could keep and give away to a few buddies.

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Little Bit of Everything Out of Islamorada

Florida Sportsman member: Captain Easy

The deep dropping has been spectacular when the conditions have been right for it. Mostly a mix of queen snapper and nice blueline tilefish with some snowy grouper mixed in. I think I’ve probably seen more queen snapper this winter than I have in years. The queens and bigger tiles have been in 600 to 800 feet of water while there have been yelloweye snapper, and some nice vermillions in the 400 feet depths.

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Staying in the Fish on the Yankee Captain

Florida Sportsman member: cameronsleep

Capt Greg motored us to a canyon with current. Golden tile fish, barrel fish and numerous other fishies appeared, then the highlight, queen snappers! I was lucky and nailed on of the largest of these beauties, almost as big as the one I caught last summer. What a climax to the trip! About eight or ten were landed, including one that came unhooked and was floating away. Greg got us to reel in and went on a recovery mission. You don’t abandon a beauty like that!

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Deep Dropping Off Cudjoe Key

Florida Sportsman member: urbanRenewal

We only had a few hours due to prior commitments but we ran out deep and rigged up while we figured out the drift. We made one pass over the structure, adjusted and quickly into the next pass it was game on. Jeff, with some help from Bugsy, got to work.

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Big Blackfins off Big Pine

Florida Sportsman member: piner_wahoo

Forum member piner_wahoo Caught some monster blackfin tuna on live bait in the lower keys recently. Some anglers can’t decide what is better, the fight of these awesome fish, or the filets!

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Going Gulf Side

Florida Sportsman member: Got TA Go

Was a little bumpy on the south side when we left the dock, so I was glad that we were headed to the Gulf. Stopped by the airport marker to get some Pilchards for the live well, and they were there. After sabiking some up we headed for the Gulf. Sad to say that we didn’t find and Cobia, but conditions were awesome. Flat calm seas, clear skies.

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Down South Dolphin

Florida Sportsman member: Bill Welder

Just looking for birds, we stumbled on a weed line that was clean on the north edge and ran for a couple miles on the edge of the Ups and Downs. We were in 575 feet at daylight and never saw another boat. Only a fool would troll that deep this time of the year for dolphin. Gentle breeze changed to the east and the bite was over. We were back by 11AM. Mark and I ended up with 8 dolphin to 24 pounds.

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Sails and Tails

Florida Sportsman member: SaltwaterSportswoman

The bait used today were goggle eyes. While drifting we fished the bottom rod and hooked up to some mutton snapper and small sharks. We also caught some yellowtail snapper on the patches. The first sailfish came up on one of the baits mid-day and had a successful release. The next sailfish came up on the long bait about 30 minutes later and unfortunately unhooked during the fight.

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Great Way To End The Year

Florida Sportsman member: Captain Easy

Paul, the angler who caught it paid his dues big time for this one. He stayed out and got soaked for over an hour fighting this fish on 20# spinning tackle. With the rain pouring down and some pretty big waves breaking over the stern while we where backing down. I was afraid we might lose him overboard one time.

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Wintertime Wahoo

Florida Sportsman member: TavernierGuy

My wife and I went to the reef yesterday morning on Christmas Eve. We went 1 for 3 on wahoo. Fish were eating in 190 feet of water. Caught on red/black on the down bait over dead ballyhoo, trolling 7 knots. Got the one we wanted!

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Big Pine Fishing

Florida Sportsman member: dihrd

Most of the fishing has happened from the protection of land. We have caught lots of small to keeper mangrove snapper, and grouper around bridges. Some of the best spots have been deep holes in channels where we have caught good numbers of muttons and red grouper with several keepers.

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Reef Fishing Off Key Largo

Florida Sportsman member: Gary M

The next time the bottom rod when off, I knew that I had a real fish. When I finally saw “pink”, I no doubt grinned as it was my favorite fish, a nice Mutton Snapper. I netted him and he measured out at 19 inches. The fish box instantly got a lot better looking!

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“Grouper Bombs” Off Tavernier 

Florida Sportsman member: TavernierGuy

The black grouper bite continues to produce for my clients who want to target them. Finding them between 60 to75 feet. Took A couple guys from Missouri last week in for a short reef “meat” trip. They made one request prior to the trip, catch a black grouper for dinner. Caught a mess of tails then switched over to dropping “grouper bombs”. Went 1 for 3 then headed in with a grouper for dinner.

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Putting A Legend On The Fish

Florida Sportsman member: CaptainGeoffrey

Today we had a real treat, Captain Tred Barta on the boat. We caught 15 tunas, handful of medium Mahi, and a sail!

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Tallying Up The Tile Fish Down South

Florida Sportsman member: urbanRenewel

Yesterday afternoon we targeted Wahoo without success. Today, with reports of slim pickings on pelagics offshore, light winds and little current we kept the trolling gear in the racks and opted to deep drop. 6 tilefish later we headed home after a successful ‘Plan B”, 27 inches being the biggest.

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Keys Offshore Producing

Florida Sportsman member: TavernierGuy

Thursday I had another group of repeat clients from Denmark. Trolled for a little awhile but these guys like reef action more than chasing tunas and dolphin. Tails were chewing for them on Wednesday night. Seas were slick and we had good current. They were of pretty good size. Not spring time quality but still good looking fish.

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Upper Keys Flags

Florida Sportsman member: heavychevy15

The day started off really rough with a storm moving through. We tried to stay away but all it did was ruin the time we had to fish. We decided to run through it and get to some spots. We started chumming and here came the trigger fish. Once we were able to get past them we had the yellow tails coming over the sides. Finished with 17 tails and a few had some real good size to them. Made for a good dinner that night with friends visiting from Ocala.

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Big Keys Grouper

Florida Sportsman member: TavernierGuy

Clients have had “grouper” fever of late, No muttons or yellowtails, just grouper. So we did the grouper thing again on Saturday morning. Had a couple from Iowa first time fishing in the Keys. The fish were beating them up but they stuck with it. Was going to switch them back to Yellowtail fishing when McKayla made one last drop for her “picture” fish. Heard her scream, thought something was wrong. She put the heat on this fish. Caught the fish in the middle of day. We put the fish in the box and went home.

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Snapper Slam

Florida Sportsman member: Miamimuttonman

Today I was out on the Yellowfin 42 again, with the girls. These girls are fishing fanatics they will fish all day long and want to reel in every fish that they hook big or small. We got to today’s spot and the current was running fast to the north, caught one yellowtail before a big yacht went right across the chum slick. We left for another spot 3 miles away in 68 feet, we anchored there and saw a small boat with two guys fishing about 200 feet on the east side of where we anchored. Instantly I knew when these girls got going and start catching fish the neighbors were not going to feel to good. It was a perfect day with the correct conditions, even though I would of preferred a little less current, and the fish started coming over the gunnel

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Mutton Spawn

Florida Sportsman member: Miamimuttonman

I was out today from south Key Largo, we headed to Tavernier, I put the yellowtails behind the boat in 65 feet and the current was so slow they would not eat. The barracudas however, would eat as soon as wee hooked a fish. My customer got a nice mutton on the bottom As I caught about 15 ballyhoo, then we were set for the mutton bite in deep water we headed north 10 miles or so and got to 150 feet deep in a spot marking good fish on the bottom so we anchored. after a few minutes, my customer hooks up with a nice black grouper that fought real nice, I pulled him in the boat, then began with the high fives and pics. After the celebrations were over back down we go with another ballyhoo and a good north current. He hooked up to a nice mutton next after pulliing him in his son hooks up and its another mutton. We got a hand full here and time ran out,but they where happy to get dinner for a couple of days….

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Tavernier Mutton Mania

FLorida Sportsman member: Miamimuttonman

We headed straight out to the deep as we had a load of goggle eyes and ballyhoo. We headed north and anchored in 140 feet, put down a bait using a 24 oz lead and it was barely holding as the current was ripping north. We put down another line on the other side with a 28 oz weight and ended up catching two muttons The current was getting stronger as time went by, we got out a 32 oz weight and it was just too much for these guys to feel the bottom while keeping the weight there, So I decided to go back south and hit 60 feet, for some yellowtails and bottom fishing there. We got to the spot and the yellowtails came close behind as I was chumming heavily. I put two guys on the bottom rods and as one of them started fishing for the yellow tails the fish pushed back and the muttons started to bite on the yellow tail rigs with a small hook and 12 lb test. The first mutton, just couldn’t be turned as he ran for the bottom, another 6 made it to the boat though, as Jeff put the pressure of the rods to work turning the head of the fish towards the boat as they all took some drag.We also released an undersized black and lost the usual fish to the rocky bottom, they had a great time and all took turns catching fish overall a great day on the water until next time tight lines


Lower Keys Tripletail

Florida Sportsman member: swordslayer71

I’ve been thoroughly enjoying this break in the weather pattern we’ve had since the end of May and taking advantage by staying primarily offshore. There have been dolphin everywhere each day from 300 feet. and on out to the wall. I haven’t seen too many larger fish, but some 15 to 20 pounders are still being caught with an occasional 35 plus being heard of. Lots of blackfins still scattered around as well [...]

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Tavernier Bull

Florida Sportsman member: COJE PEJE

My buddy and I cleared Tavernier Creek about 7:30 and headed out to find that the forecast was actually on point. We found a decent weed line in 400 feet of water and began trolling. We hooked up with a nice cow which we boated, and caught 2 more schoolies on the troll. At about 10:00 we got hit hard, and a huge bull jumped out of the water. Seconds later the cow takes the other bait and starts running, but soon after jumps shaking her head and spits the bait. After a 25 minute fight, we finally landed the bull which ended up weighing 44 pounds.

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Islamorada Dolphin

Florida Sportsman member: INTREPID377

I squeezed one more trip in yesterday before bringing the boat back to Lauderdale to prep for Bimini. Based on our recent trips I decided to focus on 650′ of water and see what we could find. We were rewarded almost immediately with a nice cow.

These fish were very finicky and we had to follow them for extended periods to get a strike. They were gorging themselves on flying fish and had tuna sized flocks of birds over them. We could shadow the fish at trolling speed and watch them lazily cruise by the boat. They’d turn on pitched baits but not hit and then casually swim from bait to bait in the spread. It was frustrating but at the same time very cool to watch the fish for an extended period of time. Finally after following one fish for nearly an hour (and having a “run & gun” boat give up ) we got the largest dolphin of the day to eat a pitched ballyhoo.

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Key Largo Dolphin

Florida Sportsman member: Chewdog2121

Finally got the opportunity to get offshore and chase all these dolphin everyone is talking about. Water temps were 77-78 degrees and a solid SE Wind at 13 mph. Well, we had to work, but managed to put together a respectable haul. It was a bit sloppy, call it a solid 3-4 feet at times, some a bit more. We shot out to 900+ feet briefly, but ended up pushing back in to the 300-450 foot zone. At least there was broken live grass in this area and lots of terns. Anything past 500 feet was pretty desert-like, no grass, debris, and minimal bird activity out there. Once we came back in, we picked up the only frigate we saw all day, along with a tern working hard to the southeast. The flying fish were flying! We casted live bait into the activity and hooked up a nice 30-lb cow

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Mahi Off Cudjoe Key

Florida Sportsman member: urbanRenewal

We headed offshore and after talking to a few others on the radio, we decided to drop in and start trolling at 350 feet or so. Almost immediately we hooked and landed a schoolie that was about 25 inches. At about 450 feet the rigger popped and we had a much better fish, call it 38 inch fork length. We continued south through the ups and downs with reports of the occasional fish in the second 600 feet. Sure enough, a way back goes off and another 38-40 inch fork comes in. We continued to troll and on the way back in at 600 feet we hook up again and put another 40 inch fork Mahi in the box.

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Key Largo Grouper and Redfish

Florida Sportsman member: gtpvette

Finally got out yesterday and the wife and I had a really nice day! We ended up running in about 1PM as a couple of Storm clouds were moving in. We were in 120′ Grouper were really biting. Our one Red went the better part of 15l pounds. I Hated putting him back. Water was flat and clear.

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Lower Keys Amberjack

Florida Sportsman member: swordslayer71

After getting through the windy/rainy/lightning filled Friday I was excited for the “predicted” calm(er) Saturday. It of course wasn’t to be and with a small craft advisory hanging out we decided to give it a little time to lay down. We finally left the dock at 11 or so and got on the water. It was still pretty sloppy but calmed down a fair amount while we were out there. Very fishable, just had to drive carefully. The plan was to head offshore and get some people their first AJ’s. The fish were very cooperative and readily ate the jigs we presented.

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Offshore & Patch Reefs/strong>

Florida Sportsman member: TavernierGuy

Have not venture offshore in awhile, but here is what I know. Bigger Tuna on the Islamorada Hump and the 409 Hump showed up. Phins are being caught on the southeast wind. Pick and choose your days. 300-600 feet. Guys got on them late yesterday, right place at the right time. Pick your sick days on the southeast wind. Few wahoo. We lost one yesterday on the edge in 130 feet on the tide change. Chewed through #7 wire. Fished 85 feet for Yellowtails yesterday, few fat flags, but the water temp. is hoovering around 73 degrees fahrenheit. Few sails cruising the edge. Kingfish bite was on with the cold.

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Lower Keys Offshore

Florida Sportsman member: swordslayer71

The offshore bite is there, but not rock solid. Wahoo have been caught but not in any serious numbers. The tunas are out as well but it seems the most reliable bite is coming from live chumming early in the morning. I’ve been playing around with the early tarpon on light tackle that have been showing up and they’ve been pretty co-operative. As long as the wind is from the north it’s pretty nice out front. Here are some pictures of a baby goliath we got on the reef, a nighttime tarpon release, my good friend Capt. Joe and his recent wahoo catch, and a picture I like that I took of bahia honda today.

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Staying Busy in Islamorada

Florida Sportsman member: Captain Easy

We’ve had some great fishing down here in Islamorada this week. Today we had a beautiful catch of mutton snapper and kingfish. The kings haven’t really shown up too good this winter, but today we had a nice bite of fish from snakes all the way up to 30 pounds. We also caught some really nice muttons. Both the kings and muttons were taken on live cigar minnows. If anyone wants to know where we caught them, all of the muttons were caught right in the corner of the mouth. There’s also been some really nice dolphin lately. This 46 pound bull was caught along with a 27 pound cow on friday in about 250 feet of water.

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Patch Reef Windy Day

Florida Sportsman member: TavernierGuy

Got out this morning with Capt. Troy and Capt. Jason to do a little windy day patch reef fishing. Kept 2 Nice Muttons for dinner. Bite did not let up. Lost a few mystery fish. Good day.

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Muttons in the Tortugas

Florida Sportsman member: rwood

We caught a lot of muttons, blackfin tuna, red grouper, had a sailfish on the line, kingfish and more. Incredible trip. We left Key West at 7:30am and got to our first spot at 9am. First spot was good with a couple of muttons. We then moved to another spot that was solid action. At one point one of us was fighting a sailfish, another was fighting a blackfin tuna and the other was hauling in a mutton[...]

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Mutton Snapper off Tavernier

Florida Sportsman member: TavernierGuy

Got a late afternoon start today so I only had a couple of hours to get some fishing in before the cold front pushed through, did not feel like chasing phins. Decided to stay in close & look for mutton snappers and groupers. Had one dead bonito for bait. At about 2:30 PM the fish fired up, caught two heavy lifters. After putting the second one in the box, it was time to go as it was starting to get ugly looking off towards the west, not to mention the Bonito meat was gone and the Cudas were thick around the boat. [...]

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Dolphin & Blackfin Off Tavernier

Florida Sportsman member: TavernierGuy

Grabbed 3 conventional rods & 1 spinning rod today, no ballyhoo rigging. Just going fishing. Keeping it simple paid off today. Fish were chewing. Got to love the Southeast wind in December. We were working a weedline that had been picked through pretty good early in the day by other boats, spotted a lone frigate bird about 2 miles off the weed line, set the course, then hooked a tuna under the frigate then up came the dolphin. All the drags started screaming. Had a serious fire drill going on, but it was a hell of a lot of fun! The fish did not want to stick around the boat, so we stuck under the Frigate bird for another 2 fish then started to move back in, had enough fish. Caught 5 at 2:00 PM, that was a enough for us. [...]

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A Bit of Tavernier Patch Reef Action

Florida Sportsman member: Augie3000

Fished a patch in 15 feet, inside of little conch reef using shrimp and ballyhoo plugs. Caught a few short muttons around 10-12 inches, a red grouper about 1 inches, a couple keeper yellowtails and this pretty nice short black too. We only fished for a little over an hour at this spot and there was good action. I’m sure there were some keeper groupers down there we just didn’t find them. Water was very clear, light winds under 10 mph from the ENE , and almost flat calm with a tiny bump. Very light current.[...]

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Thanksgiving Dry Tortugas Trip

Florida Sportsman member: kilsong

My fishing report might be different from others because I concentrated on jigging on this trip testing/experimenting tackle as I own a tackle shop specializing in jigging and popping.

I am an addicted grouper jig fishermen and I knew I could catch many groupers on jigs on the trip.

But I really wanted to catch black grouper on jigs as I haven’t done it before. Also, I wanted to catch mutton snapper on jigs and figure out what kind jigs work best for them. But, the most important objective of this trip was to know whether jigging actually scare off mutton snapper as some mutton snapper bait fishermen claim [...]

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Patch Reef Muttons

Florida Sportsman member: TavernierGuy

Wind was gusting pretty good from the North early Friday. Did not want to mess around chasing Sailfish offshore as my guests just wanted to bend the rod & catch dinner. Set up in 90 feet, but sea sickness took its toll shortly after the hook was set. Went with Plan B and hit a couple of my favorite patch reefs and rockpiles in 15 feet to 20 feet of water that hold nice snappers in the winter [...]

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Fat Keys Muttons

Florida Sportsman member: flagfishing

Started of with a beautiful day with winds under 7 mph. Joined some friends for a day of bottom fishing with Captain Jack with Two Conchs Charters. He put us on a reef and we hit the mangroves and yellowtail snapper. Then we headed out to deeper waters for the big boys. We caught four fat mutton snapper to complete the day. Thanks Captain Jack for a great outing!

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Big Pine Reef Report

Florida Sportsman member: fyrdriver

We headed out Saturday afternoon before the winds started on Sunday. My family got a couple hours of fishing in. Caught tons of smallish yellows, regardless of where we anchored. Can’t complain about the bite though, it was constant, just drop and reel up. Although the only notibles were a 19-inch mutton, 18-inch mango and a 24-inch grouper, we had a great time. And yes, my son outfished me again, he got the grouper all by himself [...]

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Dry Tortugas Fishing Adventure

Florida Sportsman member: cudaman

It was going to be a mixed jigging trip and bait trip. We had planned what worked for us last year, no bait in the water until we finished jigging. It worked at the beginning but later on we seemed to have gone in our own individual plans to get the fish to bite. We all had mixed jigging and baits at the same time and it worked ok. Jigging didn’t impair fishing with bait and fishing with bait didn’t impair jigging. Dead bait worked better by switching to different baits as often as the bite slowed down [...]

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Big Pine Reef Report

Florida Sportsman member: fyrdriver

My son and I went out to Big Pine reef area on the 30th for some yellowtailing. The forecast said 1 to 3 but really was 2 to 4 and wind chopped (they were way off with the wind forecast too). I aimed a little shallow because I wanted my son to catch lots of fish and have a good time, so we ended up in about 50 feet of water. Right now there are tons of ballyhoo in the area, so when we started chumming they were everywhere [...]

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Daytime Swords off Islamorada

Florida Sportsman member: Captain Easy

We’ve had some great fishing down here in Islamorada especially this past weekend. On thursday the 20th we started the weekend out with a swordfish trip and had a great day bringing 2 swordfish back to the dock. The current was ripping out in the deep, but the bite was on with 3 bites on 3 drops [...]

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Lower Keys Reef Trip

Florida Sportsman member: swordslayer71

Headed out for a brief trip to the reef Saturday after finding a break in the weather. Did some bottom fishing and found the usual snapper/grouper suspects willing to cooperate. My buddy Jack who was yellowtailing on straight 10lb got a solid hit from a mystery fish. We all suspected it was a yellowtail that had gotten cuda’d but we hadn’t seen any tell tale cuda’ signs yet. Once we finally saw the fish as it shot to the surface we were all pretty surprised to see a cobia.

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Groupers and Muttons off Key West

Florida Sportsman member: snappersnatcher

Hey guys! Fishing started with a 7 hour ride, way west. We dropped our first baits and it was on, bites right away. I thought for sure it was on, but I thought to soon, the bite shut off for a little bit and then sharks started to turn on. After some sharks, we made a move and we started to pluck some more muttons. The trip wasn’t on fire but if you put in time on the rail you managed to do well. Goggle eyes were working well, as well as ballyhoo [...]

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Keys Offshore Smorgasbord

Florida Sportsman member: INTREPID377

For those of you that have read my reports you know it’s usually dolphin, dolphin, and the occasional dolphin. This one will be a little different. We fished Friday and Saturday and here’s what we found.

We spent most of our time between 350′ and 750′ (10 mile to 16 miles) and conditions were similar over that entire spread. The dominant theme is birds and tunas, LOTS of birds and tuna [...]

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Big Sword out of Islamorada

Florida Sportsman member: syxx

Well everything seemed to settle down after the minimal tropical storm we encountered last week. The weather has been been very good, with moderate to light winds in the 5 to 12 knot range for the most part. The mahi bite has still been fair the past few days. If you find the right piece of debris (which holds bait and keeps the mahi around), your day can be made, which happened on the Catch 22 a few days ago. They found a piece of bamboo and caught 50 mahi off it to 12 pounds!

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Labor Day Weekend in Marathon

Florida Sportsman member: gatormonroe

We were down for the long weekend and decided to try fishing three different ways on the three different days.

Saturday was a little choppy for my son, so we started off on a patch reef. We caught quite a few small snapper and grouper and kept a decent mangrove and a couple of grunts. Before you laugh, try it. Grunt is excellent. There just isn’t much meat on them.

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Key Colony Flag Yellowtails

Florida Sportsman member: miami mutton

Today, I was out of Key Colony, with a family that wanted to fish for yellowtails. They rented a house there and didn’t know the area well, so we started by going to a spot where I’ve caught many tails and some bait with a previous customer with his family. I moved around and anchored near and all we caught where some bonitos, so we moved on and tried a few more spots [...]

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Trolling off the Islamorada Humps

Florida Sportsman member: Mako my Day

Made a trip offshore from Tavernier creek today, stopped at the Islamorada hump and trolled up a few Tuna, then headed out to look for the elusive Mahi Mahi. We managed to find a huge school of peanuts, but no keepers. The wind picked up a bit for the ride in this afternoon, made a couple of quick drifts for grouper, but no takers. All of the out of towners caught a fish, and came home with smiles, so a good day, topped off with a plateful of seared tuna and a cold cerveza [...]

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Blackfin off the 409 Humps

Florida Sportsman member: expedition

Late post , we were actually down on the humps last weekend on the 12th, what a great day we had, got 9 nice blackfin tuna. Never even saw a dolphin or any sign, lots of birds and tuna schools on the way to the humps but we could not get them to eat, we tried several schools [...]

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Tavernier Bottom Report

Florida Sportsman member: miamimutton

Today’s trip was out of Tavernier, The ocean was nice with smooth conditions, we ran out to 70 feet and the current was slow to the north, the fish did not want to show very much, I started with a demo and got one tail but, the bite was too slow and far so we moved on to another spot in 82 feet and I noticed a commercial boat near by he was a friend of mine [...]

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Marathon Patch Reef Fishing

Florida Sportsman member: captdallas2

With all the lobster and spear fishing reports I just had to add that you can actually catch fish hook and line in the Florida Keys. With a weak current up the anchor line, the ‘tails developed lock jaw after a couple were boated so we shifted to patch fishing. The Mangrove was about 25 inches and the Red grouper 22 inches. The mutton was just legal, but Tom seemed pretty happy to invite it home for dinner.

 

We lobstered Monday and Tuesday. A bit rough for my boat to do much else but we did get some nice snapper with some help from CaptDallas2. Then bit a little Sunday afternoon [...]

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Full Moon Snapper Fishing

Florida Sportsman member: Trollaltdelete

The plan was to do some spearfishing and then hit the reef for full moon snapper fishing. On the way out back we dropped the pinfish traps and then since we had a youngin on board, we hit some shallow water for some hog hunting. We saw lots of them, but only small ones. I did see one big one in the deeper water, but I was out of air when he appeared and he was not sticking around [...]

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Lower Keys Bull Dolphin

Florida Sportsman member: fyrdriver

Kinda’ new to the forums, but I decided to post our report from yesterday. Trolling off Big Pine we found some nice weed patches and birds in about 600 feet, but only got a couple throw back dolphin early. At about 11:00 we hooked up with this bull in about 550 feet in some scattered weed. He made a few hard runs but in about 10 to 15 minutes we were able to gaff him!

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Key Largo Blue Marlin

Florida Sportsman member: releasegear

Went out with Capt. Geoffrey Campbell on the Sweetwater. Headed out to 600 feet but didn’t see much action. Decided to go back to 400 feet where we saw a nice weed line. As soon as we get there we see a big splash, looked like a marlin, but not 100 percent. We had a chin weighted ballyhoo back deep on a 20 pound outfit, she hits hit twice and lets go, but on the third time she’s hooked. Took two and a half hours to get her boatside for pics and release [...]

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Marathon Mixed Bag

Florida Sportsman member: miami mutton

Today we went out of the Channel Five Bridge and headed south. My customer said he wanted big fish, he didn’t want quantity he wanted quality, so I changed my original plan since he was with his kids. I was going to get them in an easy catching frenzy of tails, so I changed to a flag spot in deep water where the bottom holds unstoppable groupers [...]

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Family Fishing in the Keys

Florida Sportsman member: releasegear

Hi, last week took the family out for a short trip with Captain Geoffrey on the Sweetwater. We only fished for 2 hours (storms were coming) but had non-stop snapper action and great conditions. Kids had a blast!

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Dry Tortugas Grouper Diggin’

Florida Sportsman member: Yellowtail 23

Been trying to post our trip for a couple of days now. I think I broke the code on posting pics. We’ll see in a few lines. After a ton of planning and prep, we finally set a date for our trip to the Tortugas. Crew consisted of myself, son-in-law Matt and a former Chief of his in the USCG, also named Matt. We’ll call him Chief for the remainder of the post. Chief just got back to the keys from the panhandle and brought his beautiful new toy, a 27′ Walk around Grady! [...]

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Miami Mutton Marathon Vacation

Florida Sportsman member: miami mutton

I’ve been on vacation, doing what I like best, fishing with family and friends. We went out after all the storms and fished for mangroves at night and got our limit of 20 in 1 hour and ran in quickly with another storm coming. We took the nephews and cousins the next morning, went out and got 25 yellowtails. These fish where flags [...]

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Dry Tortugas Fishing Bonanza

Florida Sportsman member: bassjedi

Headed down to Key West on June 24 ready to do some fishing. I had never been there before and was excited to get some new species. Unfortunately the weather was not cooperating and I had to sit at the dock June 25, 26, and 27. Finally on the 28th I was able to get out and fish. I hopped on the Allison Jane out of Key West with Captain Steve Sanchez. Captain Steve has been fishing there his whole life and it showed [...]

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Key West Offshore/Nearshore

Florida Sportsman member: Got TA Go

In general, as we got closer to the full moon…the bite got tougher. Last Friday there were tuna all over the place, but it was tough to get in front of them and get them to bite. Finally did and got a double on the skippies on a Rattle Jet in the way back position and on a ballyhoo/skirt combo in close. Dolphin were tough too, ate the blue Rattle Jet mid spread [...]

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Nice Bull off Summerland

Florida Sportsman member: Death From Above

Ran out to the wall looking for dolphin and tuna. The dolphin have been scattered but we manged this one around 5 miles past the wall under a couple of birds. Hit a rigged ballyhoo on a blue and white Island lure. We had a big Boone bird teaser out and that may have helped him find the bigger bait. Found the tuna schools right at the wall and caught them till our arms hurt. Purple and black were the hot colors for the tuna.

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Yankee Capt’s Fishing Fun

Florida Sportsman member: cudaman

At the last minute I decided to jump on the 2 day Yankee Capts trip. I did not have much time to go out and catch bait on my own but I did look for Gogs but couldn’t find them so I loaded with white bait, small runners, and dork jacks. Nilson (rare) one of my fishing buddies gave me some more bait including some pinfish and so I went on my way to the Keys [...]

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Lower Keys Offshore Report

Florida Sportsman member: swordslayer71

Been taking advantage of this nice weather as of late and have fished both offshore and the reef. The offshore bite has been kind of sporadic dolphin wise, where it seems to be if you find ‘em you’ll kill ‘em but if you don’t, you don’t. The skipjacks have been large and in good numbers right on and near the wall itself. 9 out of 10 pieces of debris I’ve found have been empty, but that 1 has been holding dolphin and tripletail. The reef is real hot right now, both shallow and deep. Tight lines.

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Dry Tortugas with Capt. Yuri

Florida Sportsman member: Fingerling

Hi all, new to the forum so here goes. Also, sorry for the late report. Headed down to the keys on Thu 6/14 for our annual Dry Tortugas pilgrimage with the famous Capt Yuri. Our group of John, Gil, Bob, Dean and myself (Frank) have gone on many trips with Yuri (this one made 9 for me) and we always have a great time. This year, Yuris’ nephew Chris joined us since he was down visiting for a few months. What a great kid and pretty good fisherman too, must run in the genes [...]

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Offshore of Marathon

Florida Sportsman member: chompchomp

It’s Saturday morning, and the same old story’s really getting old. Small craft advisory yaddah, yaddah, yaddah. Yesterday we fished really hard only to boat three mahi. Found the first one under some birds just beyond the reef and thought it might be one of those days when we find the fish inside, but we ended up having to run 23 miles out to find birds.

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KW Offshore Grad Gift

Florida Sportsman member: Got TA Go

I had the opportunity to run offshore with a father/daughter team to go catch dolphin on Dream Catchers 32′ Yellowfin Wednesday and had a blast! The trip was originally scheduled to go on Tuesday, but Capt Steve and I discussed it and decided if the pair could fish Wend it would be much better. Fortunately, their schedule allowed for the shift and it was set [...]

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Offshore of Marathon

Florida Sportsman member: chompchomp

We arrived on Saturday and will be here for two weeks. Considering the long-range forecast deteriorating from bad to worse, we decided to take a beating on Sunday. It’s hard to fish when you can’t stand up in the boat, but we trudged out toward the Hump, looking for signs along the way. Ten miles off, we found birds and practiced for awhile on short schoolies before moving deeper. In 650, we found a decent weedline that held a big red plastic water tank. We trolled by and a nice bull immediately slammed a skirted hoo. Though our gaff broke on the first attempt, we pulled out the backup and put the 25 pounder on ice [...]

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Yankee Capts Trip Report

Florida Sportsman member: cudaman

The morning started slowly for me, one pink muffing and since I saw Bobby hooked on an AJ I took out my toys to do some jigging and had some fun with a 50 pounder AJ that was released. What a pain they are to fight but I love it [...]

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Lower Keys Dolphin

Florida Sportsman member: swordslayer71

The dolphin have definitely been around this past week. I’ve seen the majority of the fish in the 350-450 foot range on scattered weeds, with the tell being small birds hovering over the fish. The average size has been smaller, around 18-25 inches, but there are still plenty of keepers to be picked out. We were able to catch as many as we wanted, and whenever they’d get finicky I’d throw a plastic swimbait out and they’d get fired right back up again.

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Little Torch Mutton

Florida Sportsman member: captdallas2

Just had to post Elijah with his first mutton snapper. The current was a little off for the tails. Only put a couple in the box before the ceros and rainbow runners took over. We caught the mutton on in the channel scouting spots. Fun little half day showing them around.

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Hogs on Hooks

Florida Sportsman member: Reel Tease

Went down to the keys before the weekend started to get on some hogfish action. The day was rainy, with some bad weather rolling in early in the morning. The wind and current were not our friends that day. They were totally opposite and everyone knows how much of a pain that can be. Anyways we managed to pull up a few Hogs and some nice sized mangroves. The day wasn’t the best, but was able to spend some time out with my dad and some friends [...]

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Yankee Capts Charter

Florida Sportsman member: bite my bait

We got to the mothership at 8:45 a.m., and began the process of unloading the suv and U-Haul. Then the clock hit 12 and then 12:15 and still we didn’t leave. Greg has always been punctual on departure time, anyways we had a few late birds show up at 12:30 and if me and my boys didn’t help them unload we would have been at the dock till 3 p.m. Anyways we leave at 1 p.m. and we heard that we were going for a long ride, we started fishing at 6:30 p.m. [...]

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Lower Keys Offshore and Reef Report

Florida Sportsman member: swordslayer71

I’ve been fishing a pretty even split of offshore and reef recently, and both have been producing pretty well. The dolphin are definitely “here” now, and we’ve been finding them from as shallow as 50ft(chasing bait onto the reef), and out to 650 ft. with consistency. The last few days the ticket was a color change in 450 feet that was very strong and full of weed/birds just due south of Looe Key [...]

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Marathon Offshore- Sailfish and Nice Mahi

Florida Sportsman member: TeamTeke

My luck changed for the better this past Saturday with folks from Boca Raton, the Rotenbergs and their friend David. We worked out from KCB in a Southeast direction staying mostly in the 450-650′ range. We had a nice surprise of a sailfish that came in open ocean with the fish taking a lure without ballyhoo. Billy Bait Super Magnum in dolphin colors. Never caught a sail before on just a lure [...]

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Memorial Weekend in the Tortugas

Florida Sportsman member: mtbrider85

I have fished in Key West growing up my whole life and never made the trip out to Dry Tourtugas. So a few friends and coworkers of mine decided to plan a trip out for the holiday weekend. We left friday morning after loading up on bait, fuel, and ice. Stoped at the Sub wreck, caught a alamaco jack, and a large, what I thought was, a big grunt…but was informed it was a margate. It was the first I’ve ever caught. After that we went onto the reef to try spearfishing and load up on some live ballyhoo [...]

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Port Largo Tails

Florida Sportsman member: miami mutton

Today I went out with Carl for the 3rd time and Jeff and Tyler for the second time. We left port largo at 7 Am picked up some pin fish traps and didn’t get many, so we went out to 55 feet anchored up and the current was going south and slow, Ocean was 1 foot and water was cloudy.

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Old Friends Fish the Keys

Florida Sportsman member: TeamTeke

We planned the reunion of friends from the late 1970′s and early 1980′s who lived in the mountains of Colorado. We were all fishing and hunting buddies from Summit County, Colorado. This is the ski country region 75 miles west of Denver- Breckenridge, Keystone and Copper Mountain. Life has taken us all different directions and careers [...]

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Keys Dolphin Report

Florida Sportsman member: CaptBill

My good friend DogDoc(Bert) and I left at noon and found a weedline in 700. Nothing active until we found a little debris and I started chunking ballyhoo while Bert jigged. He has been able to bring a school up from the depths in the past. After 10 minutes the school could be seen and we boated several schoolies on pitch bait and lures.

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Fishing the Humps

Florida Sportsman member: TeamTeke

TeamTeke had the pleasure of fishing with Dan Bloomquist and his lady friend Evamarie Buskirk from Kalkaska, MI. today on a deep offshore trip to the Marathon Hump. We got an early start and were blessed with calm seas but heavy overcast skies all day. Rain threatened throughout the day but we only had a short sprinkle in early afternoon. The air was heavy and the humidity high [...]

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Key West Dolphin!

Florida Sportsman member: Got TA Go

After taking a little trip, to New York, to take “Roll Tide” back to her homeport on Long Island I needed a fishing fix. We had planned to stop in the Bahamas for some fishing along the way, but mother nature kept the winds up…so outside of hand-lining some Trout, Lookdowns, Ladyfish and Stingrays in various Marinas…there was no fishing included in over 1,000 miles of water.

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Yuri Trip

Florida Sportsman member: Spoonman

When you have a Yuri trip booked it is hard to sleep the week before, at least for me. Particularly because the weather the week before was 4 to 6 foot seas and 15 to 20 knot winds which is hard fishing and not very comfortable. The seas the whole trip was 1 foot or less as you can see in the picture of Al with one of his Kingfish. Three of the six parties on this trip went down early on the 6th in the hopes of securing bait. Glenn unfortunately was hit broad side and his car was disable which put a wrench in the bait situation.

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Big Pine Key Fishing

Florida Sportsman member: Gamekilla

Left the house around 8 a.m. and headed out to about 150 feet and got our troll on, nothing until about 550 where we spot a white crab trap buoy. At about half mile we head that way to check it out and it is attached to what looks like a small parachute….needless to say SCORE! We notice a big triple tail on it. The area is full of dolphin but they are small…so we catch about 10 to 15 letting them all go except the couple that were not fortunate with an easy release [...]

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A Nice Surprise

Florida Sportsman member: INTREPID377

If it was possible to anchor there, I would. We didn’t catch a fish outside of 500′ all week and very few inside of 300′. Today most of the boats went further offshore because the weather allowed it. I heard very few positive reports on the radio. Don’t give in to the temptation to run “far”[...]

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Islamorada Grouper Opener

Florida Sportsman member: Captain Easy

After getting blown and rained out the last few days of April and Tuesday, we finally managed to get out there on Wednesday and today. The grouper season started out very good for us with limit catches of blacks and gags the first two days so far. A few of the wrecks have been an instant bite as soon as you hit bottom and they’ve been biting on the edge of the reef as well [...]

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Wind, Waves and a Few Fish

Florida Sportsman member: INTREPID377

Yesterday was good because the winds DROPPED to only 20 to 25 knots. We were limited in the number of lines we could troll and trolling into the seas wasn’t a good idea. We made it out as far as 425′ but found more action in close around 300′. At about 12 miles out we noticed a nearly one degree jump in water temperature. Not sure if the stream could be in that close (doubt it) but there was an edge there for sure [...]

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Loaded up in the Tortugas

Florida Sportsman member: duke6543

This trip was booked when we got off the boat last year so there were 360 days of anticipation for this trip. The six of us met at the boat on Stock Island and made a quick trip to Duval Street for a couple cold ones and then back to the Hog Fish Grill for a good stuffing before we loaded the boat with everything we would needed for the next four days, beer, food, tackle and more beer [...]

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Mixed Bag Reef Fishing

Florida Sportsman member: NauticalWheeler

A bit breezy for offshore (for us anyway), so we went exploring to the Marquesas and played with snappers and jacks in a couple of the channels. On the way back played with some more jacks, snappers, etc. in the channels draining the Lakes Passage. The best fish of the day was this mutton my wife caught in one of the channels. She has some mutton magic going on…she has caught several good ones over the past couple of years. She caught another nice one in the NW Channel a few days ago.

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Lots of Tuna, Mahi, and Big Amberjack

Florida Sportsman member: TeamTeke

Fished this past Monday with Matt & Jennifer Ruff from North Carolina. They wanted a Hump trip and the weather was a question mark up until the morning of the trip. Winds had been 20 knots but luckily it calmed down on Monday morning.

We got an early start at 7am leaving from Capt. Hook’s Marina at Vaca Cut. It was somewhat bumpy but we averaged about 22 knots on the ride out. When we got to the Hump it was a pleasure to see that I was the first boat out there. Arriving early or staying late is what you want to do to find the tuna active and on top.

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Reef/Bar Success

Florida Sportsman member: NauticalWheeler

First day on the water in KW this year. Beautiful day…seas flat. Went out a little past Western Dry Rocks looking for yellowtail. Scouted around the reef and bar, and didn’t mark any fish…at least no obvious schools. Meanwhile, saw some nice weed lines, with fish busting… false albacore/bonito and ceros mainly. We chased those around for a while and caught this nice cero probably at least 5 lb and a nice flag yellowtail under the weeds on a spoon near the surface [...]

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Key West Reef Fishing

Florida Sportsman member: Got TA Go

I’ve been out fishing the last few days and took the day off today to get some rest and get caught up on paperwork as well as other misc “stuff”.

On Thursday, I was out fishing with the Adler family aboard their 45′ Silverton (Eagle VI). We had the grandkids aboard and needed to put them on some fish before they headed home on Friday. It was blowing a little more than the kids were prepared for, so I took the safe route and took them to the North West Channel for some assured catching in calm waters.

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Keys Swordfish Impresses

Captain Kenny Spaulding, Angler Mike McIntyre

This 520-pound swordfish was caught last week on the Caribsea out of Islamorada with Captain Kenny Spaulding. The 2-hour battle waged in 1,000 feet of water, but angler Mike McIntyre, of Ft. Myers, was finally victorious. The fish was officially weighed at Bud ‘N’ Mary’s Marina.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


The Reef and Luck

Florida Sportsman member: urbanRenewal

Vicky is down from VA visiting so we did offshore trolling the other day, trying to get her hooked up with Mahi and got skunked. The next day was diving for lobster. She found lots out there but most were shorts! Then a day of diving on Looe Key which is a can’t miss proposition. We were one for three and today was the day for reef fishing [...]

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Key West Tourney Fishing

Florida Sportsman member: Got TA Go

“I guess the easiest thing to do is post some “Fish Porn” so that everyone can see the variety that was caught over the weekend during the Tourney. Keep in mind that “lines-in” was at 8:30 am each day and “lines-out was at 3:00.”

Full results are posted on the Key West Fishing Tournament Homepage.

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Quick Gulf Side Report

Florida Sportsman member: Got TA Go

Over in General…I said that I was fishing today no matter what. Seas were good, scattered rain, Strong tides (full moon), green water, not too bad and cool…Fished just West/Southwest of Smith Shoal. Caught Cobia, Grouper, Mangrove/Yellowtail Snapper, Grouper (all Reds) and various Jacks and Bluefish [...]

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Another Slammer!

Florida Sportsman member: urbanRenewal

Well, I must be living right or something ! For the second time in three days we’ve put a big Mahi in the boat. Two days ago it was with Dave on his boat in 275 feet off American Shoal. Today Susan and I took advantage of the great weather to head back offshore on our boat and hooked up in 575 feet just on the outside edge of the ups and down. Just like 3 days ago, it was the only hit we had all day [...]

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Islamorada Slammer Dolphin and Wahoo

Florida Sportsman member: Captain Easy

Fishing has been pretty good down here in Islamorada lately. This report is a few days old, but we had Pat and the boys from South Dakota out for 2 days late last week and managed to show them a great time. On day 1 we started out catching kingfish just off the edge of the reef on live cigar minnows which made for some fast action. After warming the guys up with our limit of kings and a nice blackfin tuna I decided to hit some of the deeper wrecks in the 200 foot range and put a few nice mutton snapper in the box [...]

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Marquesas Snapper

Florida Sportsman member: Deep Penetration

Thursday night I go through the regular routine of readying all the tackle, boat, food, and miscellaneous items. All the while, in the back of my mind, I’m constantly thinking to myself if the trailer is ready for the 160 miles to KW and if boat engines are up to the 35 miles to Tail End. Luckily, a few trips out of Miami in recent weeks had given me a little sense of security. Friday morning 3 am and we’re loaded and on our way down.

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Dolphin and Wahoo!

Florida Sportsman member: Hooked Up Key West

Had a trip yesterday and today and went trolling for both to try and get some nice fish. Yesterday we managed to get some nice schoolies and lost a wahoo. Today we went two for three on wahoo. The weather was really nice both days. Scattered weeds around and the dolphin were under birds. All fish caught on Ballyhoo.

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Beast St. Mary’s Bass

Recent freshwater fishing reports from all around the state.


Beast St. Mary’s Bass

Florida Sportsman member: Sea Snake

St. Mary's Bass

My nephew caught this 10.7 pound largemouth while fishing a local bass club tournament. Now for those of you not familiar with St Mary’s, it is not known for producing giants like this very often. Usually two to five pounders are the norm. So this one was the trophy of a lifetime!

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It’s Crappie Time

Florida Sportsman member: stingwray

Crappie

It’s time to crappie fish. It took a while to find some willing to chew, but when I finally found them they were chewing the hooks off. The fish wanted no part of the minnows, but were more then ready for some jig action.

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Personal Best Bass

Florida Sportsman member: Bass2bucks

bass

I took a buddy bass fishing. It was his second time ever bass fishing and he stuck a few giants. He initially thought he was snagged on a tree, but then the tree started swimming off.

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Hooked on Bassin’

Florida Sportsman member: Bass2bucks

Hooked on Bassin'

I recently took a buddy bass fishing that wants to get into the sport. Unfortunately for him, I think he is hooked!

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Stick Marsh Bassin’

Florida Sportsman member: Bass2bucks

Stick Marsh

Forum member Bass2bucks took his girlfriend out to the Stick Marsh recently, where they recorded their bass adventure. After a slow start, they found where the bass were hiding and enticed them with some live shiners.

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Lake Ida Peacocks

Florida Sportsman member: 23T

Lake Ida Peacock

Almost each cast with a live shiner into the sun got some action. The double header with my dad was the the highlight of the trip. Also had plenty of largemouths as well.

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Lakeland Bassin’ with the Grandson

Florida Sportsman member: butchbal

Lakeland Bassin'

Grandma decides to show him how it’s done. A nice 3.5 lb ditch pickle smashes a shiner, again Barb holds the rod and Bently cranks for all he is worth.

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Lake Lowry Bass

Florida Sportsman member: mike.robo

Lake Lowry Bass

We got up today, bought some shiners and went to Lake Lowry in Camp Blanding. We caught 16 total bass. We did manage to catch a couple two pounders and a three pounder, the rest were dinks, but fun. My oldest hooked and lost a monster that had our blood pumping.

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Palm Beach Fishing in the Triple Digits

Florida Sportsman member: westpalmspearo

Palm Beach Fishing

Awesome morning fishing with Dave and his grandkids, I doubt they could have caught more fish. Easily triple digits today, largemouth, sunshines and some really nice peacocks. Dave caught the only clown knife fish of the day, which was also his first.

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Canal Casting for Bass

Florida Sportsman member: ReelFinsFlorida

Canal Casting for Bass

After fishing several miles with a few fish here and there, we finally found an area where the fish were schooling up and biting! Jerk baits and the gambler EZ swimmer were the key lures. Overall we put together some nice decent bass to end the morning!

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Black Crappie in the Creek

Florida Sportsman member: Phantom309

black crappie

Forum member Phantom309 decided to fish the creek behind his trailer park and left with tons of speckled perch!

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Jigging Bass

Florida Sportsman member: Livinwide

jigging bass

Since my Tortugas trip this summer I’ve been trying a 3/4 ounce pink and white BPS Freestyle jig every once in awhile in the backyard lake. I finally connected two weekends ago while fishing with my nephew.

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Bass Fishing with Dad

Florida Sportsman member: ebgator

Can only say “The bite was HOT!!!” Caught one on the first cast and it was almost one on every other cast! Caught nine in about 30 minutes and got pics of six of them.

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Hot Weather, Hot Bite

Florida Sportsman member: ScottsFT

Great day of peacock bass fishing. Big fish of the day pushing 7 pounds and 23 inches, many other fish landed up to 5 pounds as well throughout the day. Awesome stuff! All of these fish were landed on jigs. They are active and ready to be on your line right now!

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Wekiva River Fun

Florida Sportsman member: NSB Photog

There was plenty of fishing action mixed in with the scenic views, and I lost count of the number of redbellies I caught along the way. There were a few small bass mixed in as well to mix things up a bit, and I saw a number of large gar that would have really made things interesting on the ultralight tackle.

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Big Bass, Big Smiles

Florida Sportsman member: syd7792

First cast was under some suspending tree limbs. I took my eye off the line to look at Bert as I hear him fighting a fish. I look back at my line and it is slowing moving away from the limbs into deeper water. I set the hook and all of a sudden I was in a fight of a life time!

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Glades’ Variety

Florida Sportsman member: mikenav

I did some Navionics Sonar Scans in the Everglades and while we were out doing that anyway, we decided to throw some topwater lures and see what happened. It was AWESOME! Largemouth bass and snook on alternate casts throughout the day.

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New Personal Record

Florida Sportsman member: RealSeabee

We had the good fortune of finding out what happens when all the planets are in alignment and all timing in the universe is in sync, with regards to fishing today was more like catching.

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Jumbo Catfish

Florida Sportsman member: FloridaHunter1

About 20 minutes later I got a big bite and the fight was on! The fish rose to the surface and splashed, then it just started peeling my braid like nothing.

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Big Numbers

Florida Sportsman member: RealSeabee

Today we boated 53 largemouth bass and three sunshines. 5.87 pound largemouth and a 5.05 pound sunshine were the kicker fish today.

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Jumping the Line

Florida Sportsman member: stingwray

Well not offshore in the gulf but to a lake in Southwest Georgia. With fishing reports in the Panhandle area on slow side, I thought it might be time to wake everyone up before the cobia get thick off the beach. Left the boat ramp at 6:30am, back by 11:30am and had a blast.

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On the Podium

Florida Sportsman member: RealSeabee

They ended up taking second and third overall and his buddy got biggest bass of the tournament at six pounds, nine ounces. Oh yeah, I forgot to mention, the two teens on the boat were actually competing against each other. It all worked out very well.

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St. Johns Largemouth Action

Florida Sportsman member: RealSeabee

As the little guys get in the mix it will be important to get under the top feeders to get down to the “drag burners”. Figuring a bait that will get down fast and throw long and accurate can be a challenge…carolina rig.

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Transitional Bite

Florida Sportsman member: PK_IN_TAMPA

Over the last six weeks I have been targeting bass that have are transitioning in Lake Tarpon more successfully than the bedded fish. The bedded fish seemed very skittish in the clear water of the canals but they are really aggressive in their transition areas.

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St. Johns Bass

Florida Sportsman member: RealSeabee

Me and a good friend of mine went out searching for LMB and those big drag burning sunshine’s yesterday and found enough to tighten the old wrists. My bud Mike also caught his first largemouth and it was the only one caught by us at 4.54 pounds.

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High Water on the Withlacoochee

Florida Sportsman member: Alex from GA

The water has risen over three feet in the past month and fish were hard to find with the flooded trees and fast water. The trick was non moving or very slow water, water temperature was 65 to 66 degrees all day.

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Fun with the Ladies

Florida Sportsman member:TD-Anglin

The wife and soon to be little one came along also which made for quite the crew! Anyway lots of fish, singles, doubles even a few top water fish came over the rails. There was lots of laughs and squeals, and fun had by all!

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Honor Roll Trip

Florida Sportsman member: RealSeabee

I have a deal with a few of the neighbor kids (their parents are in on it) for honor roll fishing trips. My little fishing buddy today is Dylan and this is his second honor roll trip out to get some sunshine bass.

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Sunshines on Valentine’s

Florida Sportsman member: RealSeabee

My wife and I went targeting sunshines for Valentine’s morning. We made it a little later start than normal and did ok considering the last few days, boating five. Nothing on the troll like they were, all caught on shrimp (live and fresh-dead) bottom rigged.

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Sunshine Bass Fishing

Florida Sportsman member: RealSeabee

Finally got back on the fresh water today after chasing Reds for a few days with my Son on the Lagoon. The sunshine bass did not disappoint taking them on the troll with 10 pound tackle is a blast and they do burn some drag.

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Action on the Econ

Florida Sportsman member: RealSeabee

Since the freezer looks good with specks, it is on to the sunshines and shortly the schooling bass. The bass we’ve caught have been mostly on plastic with a few smaller ones on plastic swim baits.

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Cool Weather on the Withlacoochee

Florida Sportsman member: Alex from GA

The spring was 71 degrees and the river was 53 degrees. I caught four small bass in the spring run. After that I went down stream and fished the slower water close to the warmer bank with a worm. I didn’t count but caught more than a dozen and had a couple of larger ones come unbuttoned.

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Speck Recon

Florida Sportsman member: Sea Snake

Myself and Big Bend Brian decided to make the day trip and fished with an old buddy Jim Keith, that Brian knew from Cedar Key. A learning mission, if you will, with some tasty rewards!

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Lochloosa Specks

Florida Sportsman member: Sea Snake

Now I must admit, I haven’t fished this lake in over 30 years, like I stated earlier, and over the years fishing tactics change. Most of the morning was pretty slow, with just a fish here and there, as we tried to figure out where the fish were and it was cold too.

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South Florida Freshwater

Florida Sportsman member: chut03

Forum member chut03 caught some nice largemouth and peacock bass recently. All fish were caught on spinnerbaits, trick worms and live bait.

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Friendly Competition

Florida Sportsman member: syd7792

I tossed the lure in-between the pipes and started slowly twitching it. As soon as the lure came across the face of one of the pipes and my rod just went straight down. I knew right then this bass was a big one!

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Withlacoochee Bassin’

Florida Sportsman member: Alex from GA

Forum member Alex from GA recently got out on the Withlacoochee and got into the bass. Although losing some fish, it seemed like he still had a good day of catching, all fish being caught on worms.

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Bass on Shrimp

Florida Sportsman member: JimmyD

Headed up to some cattails in the lake and put live shrimp out on the bottom and one on a float. The one on a float got hit pretty fast and I fought the fish for a bit before it spit the hook. Was slow for another twenty minutes or so and then got another hit on the shrimp under the float.

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Two Personal Bests In One Day

Florida Sportsman member: sandwashslugger

I completely re-tied my leader before throwing back out and that proved to be the right move. I hooked and landed a new personal best that went at 4.8 pounds. Very next cast I hooked into what I knew was a big fish. At first glance I thought I had hooked the same fish again.

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Drifting the Sante Fe

Florida Sportsman member: Alex from Ga

The first third of the float didn’t amount to much catching just trying to avoid all the canoes and kayaks. After the big shoal the fishing started to pick up with a bunch of bass caught. No big ones but some nice largemouth and suwanee bass.

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Make It 1,000

Florida Sportsman member: RealSeabee

The day was not over by a long shot. We kept catching them at a steady pace until about 9:20. When we finished, we had 10 bass each and Steph came away with the big girl. To my surprise we ended up with five fish over four pounds.

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Bass Out Back

Florida Sportsman member: southboundchicken

Been fishing freshwater in my backyard in between trips to the ICW for my reds. The bites been pretty good using zoom super flukes in watermelon seed color fishing way back up in the grass where nobody goes.

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South Florida Freshwater

Florida Sportsman member: chut03

Forum member chut03 and friends have been catching a nice variety of fish in the South Florida Freshwater systems, including, bass, carp, snakeheads and even snook.

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Summertime Peacocks

Florida Sportsman member: sandwashslugger

Fishing for peacock bass has been heating up lately. Seems like the fish are schooling up and getting ready to spawn again. I’ve been averaging around 5 fish per short trip, and had ten the other day.

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Withlacoochee Bassin’

Florida Sportsman member: anglerbros 7286

I never went for more than a few hours each trip but caught over 20 bass each time. Several fish were 1 to 2 pounds. Each time I lost a couple 3 pounders, but last trip I caught a big fat 7lber. Had alot of fun in the kayaks on the Withlacoochee river.

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A Miami Adventure

Florida Sportsman member: spicyswamprabbit

This past weekend my brother, a friend and I took a guys’ trip to Miami to fish for exotics. We took our kayaks with us so we could explore some of the canals. We managed to catch quite a few peacock bass as well as Mayan cichlids and oscars on artificial baits, shiners and even a few on fly.

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Saint Johns Schoolers

Florida Sportsman member: RealSeebee

If someone would’ve told me that I could get out there with Suspending Jerk/Twitch baits and Topwater Sebile Slim Sticks (walk the dog topwater) and catch 25 Largemouth in three hours I’d have thought they were crazy.

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South Florida Freshwater

Florida Sportsman member: Kill N Time

We had to cover a lot of ground and do a lot of casting to catch the ones that we caught. We were throwing top water rubber frogs for the snakeheads and when they decide to eat they absolutely crush the frogs. We also caught about a dozen large mouth bass while we were fishing for the snakeheads.

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Lake Garcia Slob

Florida Sportsman member: Topwater Guy

Forum member Topwater Guy shows off a solid 8.5 pound largemouth caught on Lake Garcia. This fish fell for a 10 inch red ribbontail worm.

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Saddle Creek Bassin’

Florida Sportsman member: Bassin Assassin

The heat is oppressive. The bite is tough. Sweating bullets and my back is killing me. I cast out my trick worm on a point. I work it a bit and lean forward to ease the tension in my back. I begin to reel in and my line is coming to me. I set the hook and a big bass has taken my bait.

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Heading South for Peacocks

Florida Sportsman member: Kill N Time

Since the wind was blowing Saturday my son and I took the opportunity to run South to Fort Lauderdale to see if we could find some more areas that were holding peacock bass. We ended up catching 14 peacock bass, half a dozen large mouth bass and we made a few attempts at a decent size snook that we could not get to eat before he swam off.

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Snook Surprise

Florida Sportsman member: kmander3

That was until my crank bait stopped as if I’d hung a brush pile then line starts dumping off my bait caster. Fought the fish for about 10 minutes thinking my bad day off bass fishing was gonna end with a trophy size largemouth. When this snook comes up to the surface.

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St. Johns Fun

Florida Sportsman member: Klinger

Not saltwater, but fishing nonetheless, a group of us try to catch the bream & shell cracker bedding season. Many of the beds have been abandoned, but catching is still not bad!

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A Freshwater First

Florida Sportsman member: PeacockFever

As we continued down the canal I was catching a midas on almost every bait I put in the water. We got to this one spot and I caught this big yellow 2 pound midas cichlid.

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Fooling Them with Plastic

Florida Sportsman member: Austins26

The last few weeks my buddy and I have hit a few lakes when the planets were in perfect alignment. We had a more than a few two an half hour trips when we caught 30 to 50 bass between us. A few were 6 to 8 pounds and most came during the hottest part of the day.

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Fun on the River

Florida Sportsman member: Alex from GA

My buddy came from north Georgia to fish with me this weekend. We fished the Withlacoochee above the 200 and did pretty well. He mostly caught his fish on jigs while I used a worm. I caught a smorgasbord of fish including a huge bowfin, stumpknockers, warmouth and a bunch of bass.

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Public Water Giant

Florida Sportsman member: mcnallyoutdoors

This enormous largemouth bass was caught by noted Jacksonville, Florida angler Tim Mann from a large public lake. It was weighed, photographed and released unharmed.

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Bass from a Different Angle

Florida Sportsman member: Bass2bucks

Forum member Bass2bucks posted an awesome video. He placed his Gopro camera in a bass bed, and was able to capture the bass eating his lure. Nice!

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South Florida Freshwater

Florida Sportsman member: PeacockFever

I had a great week in the freshwater, fishing several spots. Two of the days I managed a freshwater grand slam and even pulled a nice snook out of one of my spots.

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Florida Sportsman member: Alex from GA

Beautiful day on the Withlacoochee, even caught a fish. We ended up with around eight pretty bass along with some redbreasts and warmouth. Everything was caught on worms.

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Lake O’ Largemouths

Florida Sportsman member: Lucky_Lefty

Well my brothers were in town and we decided to take my center console over to Lake Okeechobee for the first time and try for bass. We stopped and got 2 dozen shiners. We launched out of the Kissimmee River and headed out to a area that looked good.

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Catching the Peacocks

Florida Sportsman member: sandwashslugger

I went out fishing with my buddy Paul, our target were the big boys. The 2 to 3 pounder, which are quality fish, were left alone. The fish were very skittish so live bait got us the most fish.

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Withlacoochee River Bassin’

Florida Sportsman member: Alex from GA

Caught the largest bass I’ve caught in Florida this afternoon. Also caught several more on the same green pumpkin finesse worm that I’ve been using almost exclusively for the past 12 years. The big fish weighed in at 4 pounds 8 ounces.

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Crappie Dinner

Florida Sportsman member: stingwray

Got a call from a fishing buddy about going for a little perch fishing, so off we went sunday afternoon. Fished about 3 hours and it was a blast, we left the fish chewin because we had more than enough.

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Residential Bass

Florida Sportsman member: chut03

Forum member chut03 got into some nice bass recently, as well as some by-catch species. The baits used were live killifish, jigs and crankbaits.

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Find the Bait, Find the Fish

Florida Sportsman member: Realseabee

Weather was for crap but we went anyway and was rewarded with 28 Bass (19 Largemouth and 9 Sunshines). 5 Pounds biggest largemouth and 7 pounds was the biggest sunshine. Bait ranged today with three guys throwing at them but the best was still the Mirrodine.

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Lake Harney Largemouth

Florida Sportsman member: RealSeabee

Located some bait again today and the largemouth and several nice stripers were close behind. Just my wife and I today put 15 in the boat. MirrOLures ruled the day, medium MirrOdine and large MirroMinnow.

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South Florida Urban Fishing

Florida Sportsman member: chut03

Forum member chut03 has been tearin’ up the South Florida residential ponds and canals. Catching largemouth bass, peacock bass, crappie and more. Nice!

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Tearin’ them up on Topwater

Florida Sportsman member: Snookslayer772

Primarily fishing Gambler Big Ez’s rigged on 7/0 ewg hooks, reeling them on the surface, we were able to watch every bass destroy our baits. Did lose a giant due to the braid breaking and a few more to the lilly pads, but all in all a good day of fishing.

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Lake Hernando Mixed Bag

Florida Sportsman member: Alex from GA

Monday morning we saw some birds diving and caught a dozen crappie for dinner then went bass fishing. Using worms, spinnerbaits and jerkbaits we caught a dozen or so bass with a 14 incher being the largest. The water warmed up to 62 degrees and the bite turned on, some what.

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A Day on the Lake

Florida Sportsman member: greenie-slayer

The morning started out a little windy but once the wind laid down in the afternoon the fishing started to pick up. We ended up with only 5 crappie, some small bass, 1 catfish, and a pleco. We missed a couple bigger fish in the weeds because we were using some very light tackle.

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Panfish Fun

Florida Sportsman member: Pmoconnor89

As far as fishing, it was markedly slow until the sun got low. I managed a few decent fish on my nymph fly but the real action started as dusk set in and the fish began feeding on the surface. In a matter of 5 minutes I boated two 10″ bluegills on a popping fly and lost another large fish due to a missed hookset.

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A Switch from the Salt

Florida Sportsman member: greenie-slayer

Decided to change it up a little today and go try my luck on some freshwater fish. Threw poppers, spinner baits, and some flies to catch around 20 bass and a pickerel. Got cut off by a few pickerel too. Nothing very big but watching the bass and pickerel shoot out from under the lily pads to crush a a popper is all the excitement I need.

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Catching in the Cold

Florida Sportsman member: syd7792

I headed straight to the lily pads and started some flipping. My first fifteen minutes were slow but I could see slight movement around the pads. I saw a lilly pad twitch so I flipped the why not over to that pad and as soon as that bait hit the water that bass nailed it! Nice four pounder landed!

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Taking a Kid Fishing

Florida Sportsman member: syd7792

I give the rod to him and he makes his first cast. He is reeling it in and comes across a stick pile. As soon as the worm bumped an underwater limb a tiny mouth came out of the water and made a splash. I say,”Seth you got one set the hook buddy set the hook”! He’s freaking out in excitement and hands me the rod. I land the bass and go to give him a high five. In that very moment I seen a smile that went from ear to ear and a little boy that was filled with joy.

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Chasing the Peacocks

Florida Sportsman member: heavychevy15

It was getting late so i switched over to spin gear to see if i couldn’t land a decent size peacock before we called it a day. I would have much rather gotten the fish on fly, but i’ll still take it. It was a solid fish and a good way to end the day.

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South Florida Mixed Bag

Florida Sportsman member: chut03

Forum member chut03 has been fishing south Florida canals and lakes, and has been catching an awesome variety of fish. Nice work!

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Loxahatchee Largemouth and More

Florida Sportsman member: Fireman Bill

Monday’s forecast meant kayaking out of the wind somewhere so down the Loxahatchee. We went in my tandem kayak. The water is still higher than I like but it was manageable. The big bass was the only fish I caught for the day but I made it count. My friend caught one bass, 6 snook and a hoard on panfish as I paddled.

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Backyard Bassin’

Florida Sportsman member: Brooksrobinson9

I recently moved and lucky for me our new house is on an awesome lake. Here is a video from what has been caught so far, with hopefully many more to come.

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Panhandle Pickerel

Florida Sportsman member: Klinger

We discovered the pickerel were more active than the bass in that stretch, so just a few bass, but a bunch of pickerel. We ended up with a possession limit of bass and more pickerel than we really wanted to dress.

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South Florida Mixed Bag

Florida Sportsman member: chut03

Used primarily topwater rubber frogs for the snakehead, and the biggest bass attacked the frogs too. Peacocks on lipless crankbaits, and livebait. Plus one catfish on a rubber worm strangely enough. and even a needlefish that took a jig.

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Hitting the River

Florida Sportsman member: stingwray

My real passion for fishing is in the offshore waters but I also do a lot of freshwater fishing in creeks,rivers and lakes. On this trip got a late start leaving dock at 3pm. We fished shallow water throwing crankbaits and jigs.

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BassZilla

Florida Sportsman member: LilJim

Forum member LilJim got some great footage on his GoPro of a giant bass. This fish ate a slow rolled alabama rig, Nice!

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Sight Fishing Peacocks

Florida Sportsman member: peacockbass921

Other guys hooked into snook, jacks and tons of little bass and cichlids but I was able to land the biggest peacock of the event at 17.5 inches. I also caught a 14 inch female and saw tons of other fish like big largemouths, mayan cichlids, huge carp that look like bull reds and others.

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Clowning Around

Florida Sportsman member: FL-B

Forum member FL-B got into some exotic species this past weekend. Fishing in Lake Clarke Shores, he caught two nice clown knife fish. Sweet catch!

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Smallies Up North

Florida Sportsman member: Docked Wages

We managed to get on the water yesterday on Lake Mille Lacs to target small mouth bass and managed to pull lips on a dozen or so and lost a few too.

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Little Girl, Big Gar

Florida Sportsman member: Shark-Bait

my 6 year old landed a nice 40 pound gar on the trinity river, this was the day we landed 3 of them on cut carp, this was the last one for the day and the smallest of all three.

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Catching the Carp

Florida Sportsman member: former chut03

My fish ate a piece of expired potato bread. Brought him in on 8 pound test on a 6 foot rod and bass pro viper spinning reel. Measured in at 41 inches in length and a 24 inch girth. Both fish were fought for less than 15 minutes and safely released.

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A Trip to the Stomping Grounds

Florida Sportsman member: former bluefishinny

Got a call from a buddy over in Fort Lauderdale saturday morning that the peacock bass were back in full force at the old stomping grounds in Weston. I grabbed the gear, packed the car, and made the 3 hour drive from Sarasota to West Fort Lauderdale. We said our hi’s and such, and it was off in search of peacock bass. And peacocks o plenty we found.

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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

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BGt8oYYaJ1k#t=94

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.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=WMYLFCUsHaQ#!

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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 [...]

http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=HwCiojpHAmo#!

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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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http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=wpdbViyOJqA

 


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 [...]

Check out the video on YouTube.

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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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Surf Fishing Sharks

Recent offshore fishing reports from the Southwest region.


Surf Fishing Sharks

Florida Sportsman member: MuskyChaser

Surf Fishing Sharks

We dropped baits an hour before sunset and right after the sun went down my 50w started screaming. A short ten minute battle later I had a decent 6.5′ lemon shark on the sand.

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Offshore Variety Catches

Florida Sportsman member: RMD

Offshore Variety Catches

We wanted to burn more of the fuel so we headed out a bit deeper for some AJ’s. We managed to get two keepers, and could have had more if it weren’t for the giant cudas. The added bonus was four nice blackfin tunas.

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Offshore Mixed Bag

Florida Sportsman member: BlueWater Gear

Offshore Mixed Bag

Went out again two days ago and found some fish! Slick, calm, ran about 50 miles and got a nice mixed bag. Found some cobias on the bottom, African Pompanos, yellowtail and mangs, and 1.3 tunas (lost everything, but the head on one to the sharks.)

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Snagging Some Sarasota Snapper

Florida Sportsman member: BlueWater Gear

Sarasota Snapper

During the day we fished out of Sarasota as deep as 150′ and as shallow as 70′. Most fish were in the two to three pound range with a couple fatty six-seven pounders. Leader size and weight did not seem to matter, because our grouper rod set ups were getting inhaled by snapper! They also seemed to like medium sized squirrel fish.

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Redfish Pass King and Snapper

Florida Sportsman member: larrywitt
Redfish Pass King

I hear Frank yelling as line was flying off the reel. All he could do was hold on. After multiple runs and trips around the boat we start to see color. This was not a small king!

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Fort Myers Offshore Bites

Florida Sportsman member: Veikx

Fort Myers Offshore

Freelined chunk’s of threadfin or squid on 30lb flouro have been the ticket. Some of the highlights have been large mangroves to 7lbs, red grouper topping the scales at 17lbs, yellowtail maxing at 5lbs, and an amberjack over 100lb+. Aj was caught prior to season opening and was released, ended up measuring 68″ in length.

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Venice Offshore Mixed Bag

Florida Sportsman member: nfairbank

Venice Offshore

The water was calm so it was easy to see the schools of cigar minnows. We caught enough for the trip in about a half hour, then it was off to the first stop to 125′. Overall it was a great trip with a large blackfin about 30lbs, a 32″ gag grouper, lots of mangroves up to about 6lbs, red grouper to about 30″, and lane snapper.

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Naples Surf Fishing Blacktips

Florida Sportsman member: MuskyChaser

Naples Surf Fishing Blacktips

We headed south to try and fish the Bonita Springs/Naples area. Welp…we found the sharks. Every night produces multiple sharks, all blacktips. My guess is we caught them migrating south. On our best night, where we had eight runs and landed five sharks.

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Cape Coral Offshore Variety

Florida Sportsman member: Capt Dan Medina

Cape Coral Offshore

We caught tons and tons of grouper, lots of which were too small to keep. We did manage some very nice ones up to 28″, as well as a couple dozen lane snapper, porgies, and a couple really nice sized key west grunts. We must have caught another dozen or so dinner plate sized triggerfish that had to go back because the season is closed.

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Sarasota Snapper, Mackerel and Grouper Bites

Florida Sportsman member: sk018

Sarasota Snapper

We anchored up in 45 feet on some hard bottom. It was an okay bite. We fished with shrimp on jigheads mostly. One big gag ate a live grunt. Managed one other legal gag on the snapper rod with a tiny live squirrel fish, which also produced the biggest mangrove snapper. Added a keeper red grouper on a bucktail, a couple spanish mackerel that were attacking baits on the way down and a handful of lanes and mangroves.

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Trolling and Hard Bottom Fishing Sarasota

Florida Sportsman member: BlueWater Gear

Hard Bottom Fishing Sarasota

We loaded up on bait of all kinds and got out to 150′. We hit some new ledges and hard bottom areas and found several species. Got some nice mangrove snapper and red grouper with gags, yellowtail, too many amberjack, small kings, and a nice blackfin to join the ice bath party.

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Cape Coral Grouper and More

Florida Sportsman member: Capt Dan Medina

Cape Coral Grouper

As Darwin’s theory suggests, the biggest fish always comes on the smallest rod. This held true this trip as well, with the biggest grouper at 27″ coming on a 4000 penn battle with a 2/0 circle hook and 30 lb leader. A 25″ Grouper followed suit on the same combo.

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Offshore Mixed Bag

Florida Sportsman member: Firetruck1

Offshore Mixed Bag

We managed a couple nice toads and even a red snapper. Hurts to release red snapper, but rules are rules. Kept four out of nine grouper caught. Not much on trolling. We used mostly octopus and dead finger mullet for bait. For whatever reason, lives weren’t receiving any interest.

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Trolling Tuna and Bonito

Florida Sportsman member: BlueWater Gear

Tons of birds, fish clearing the water, a big piece of bamboo, and “yellow gold” in the form of a ginormous weed patch that I have only seen in the keys. We immediately put the spread out and first pass 3 rods go off. Two bonito and a nice blackfin.

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Southwest Offshore: Pulley Ridge Trip

Florida Sportsman member: NaplesSnapper

While running we marked a ton of spots, the bottom out there is just stupid good. Each spot produced a few fish, however we hit the motherland after going over a spot we randomly found. First drift, my buddy on the bow throws a 20 pound scamp over, another guy in the back throws a 12 pound mutton in, and another guy in the middle throws a 33 inch red grouper on the deck.

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Southwest Offshore: Going Deep

Florida Sportsman member: Veikx

We did a deep trip this past weekend, four of us for a long trip. Started out in 200′ catching red grouper up to 23lbs. Average size was 18 pounds overall. Picked up a few large porgies mixed in as well. Squid and bonita strips worked well on knocker rigs. Moved out into the deeper 450′ and started catching some blueline tiles, yellow eye snapper, and blackfin snapper.

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Southwest Grouper and Snapper

Florida Sportsman member: larrywitt

Bait was shrimp, squid, fish heads from my last trip and cans of chum. The bite was steady on the lanes and short reds and mangos the two keepers came on lane fish heads.

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Southwest Bottom Fishing

Florida Sportsman member: Veikx

We fished with a father and son that reside in Fort Myers. Fished in 160′ of water landed their limits of american reds, red grouper, gag grouper and a huge scamp (that they let me catch!). Knocker rigs on with 60 pound flouro produced with a whole squid.

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Making the Run

Florida Sportsman member: Strippedmyclutch!

Headed to a grouper spot we found last year and it was pretty steady. We drifted with two-speed conventionals with 60 pound braid to a 150 pound swivel to 80 pound flouro, 10 ounce weight and a 10/0 circle hook. The current and wind were great and made the drifts slow and easy. Caught four cookie cutter gags at 33 inches, as well as scamps 23 to 29 inches.

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Season Finale

Florida Sportsman member: Strippedmyclutch!

Snapper season extended two days meant we were itching to get back out. Friday had some decent rain storms and we were hoping for better weather on Saturday 6/11. After watching the radar we said go, go, go at 3 am, glad we didn’t call it.

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Overnight in the Gulf

Florida Sportsman member: Strippedmyclutch!

Once on the hook, we cut chunks and set the chum block out while we ate some food before the mayhem began. Shortly after midnight we had two red snapper on board that were caught on the way down. I threw down a vertical jig and had a nice 12 pounder to the boat.

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Southwest Variety

Florida Sportsman member: dccheek2112

Captain Kyle put us on the fish, wind was brutal and cut our fishing time way down. Highlights were a 20 pound mahi that swam up to the boat all lit up, a fat double header of yellow edge, 25 pound black, and a pretty nice queen.

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Runnin’ and Gunnin’

Florida Sportsman member: Veikx

As we rolled out to our number we find two boats already anchored up. Moved a few miles to the north and began picking away at nice ARS and red grouper. Average grouper was 13 to 15 pounds. Also pulled up two gags with the larger one being 18 pounds, a decent scamp and couple porgies were also added to the box.

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Mangrove Madness

Florida Sportsman member: Veikx

We setup immediately and began catching some quality mangrove snapper. 20 pound flouro on knocker rigs as well as chunking thread-fin and free lining squid worked well for us. The largest Mangrove I pulled up weighed 7 pounds on the scale with the majority in the 4 to 5 pound range with a few smaller.

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Southwest Offshore

Florida Sportsman member: RMD

It was a bit sporty in the morning and calmed down as the day went on. We had about 25 mangos, 3 sheepshead, 3 tripletail, and 3 nice hogfish. The fish all preferred shrimp presented on a jig head or fishfinder rig. The knocker rig did not fare as well.

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Fort Myers Grouper

Florida Sportsman member: Veikx

I had a trip offshore this past Monday, with following seas we made it out to 115 feet. Five people aboard, we caught their limit of grouper up to 17 pounds. Made two stops for the grouper, did stop on a wreck to try and get the snapper biting but to no avail the tide switched and ran against the wind.

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Deep Water, Big Fish

Florida Sportsman member: Veikx

Around 75 feet was where we found nice blue water and headed out right to the edge of the 20 fathom mark. Current running against wind and the full moon we kept one decent AJ for the smoker. Made three stops for red grouper pulling in all 27″ plus fish, biggest one weighed in at 18 pounds

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Southwest Offshore

Florida Sportsman member: Veikx

We have had a solid bite on amberjack in nearshore on the artificial public numbers, the largest we landed was right in the 40 pound range. Mangrove snapper have also been hot, we landed about a dozen up to 18 inches nearshore. The kings have been hit or miss throw a free line out there and you may get a straggler!

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Fishing with Family

Florida Sportsman member: Angler22

With a few tips from Larry, some cut threads, and live shrimp we were able to have an exciting day. We caught a variety of fish including keeper size red grouper, short red grouper, short gags, flounder, nice lane snappers, mangos, too many blue runners, and a cool looking fish that I have never seen before.

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Fort Myers Offshore Fun

Florida Sportsman member: Veikx

I took the wire off and the AJ’s began biting, the bigger ones have made a big push in closer and there is an abundance of them offshore. Some of the bigger ones may have been in the 80 to 90 pound range. Live chumming fired everything up out there, before we left the wreck about a 100 yards back there was a big school of 50 to 75 pound AJ’s cruising the waves which was pretty spectacular.

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Sarasota Cobia

Florida Sportsman member: jbsrq

We ended up anchoring on a spot in about 30 feet of water and as soon as we got situated a big school of cobia cruised by the boat. My buddy threw a bucktail jig which was quickly eaten and it was game on. We ended the day with 12 cobia to the boat and kept a 4 person limit of 4.

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Southwest Snapper Bite

Florida Sportsman member: larrywitt

Dropped a marker at the first number Med. spin rods 14 pound flouro leader, small no 2 circle hooks, squid for bait, grunt bite was instant. Most were small and sent back. After chum had been out for about 30 minutes or so I decide to drifted a shrimp back (keys style) just a small split shot , open bail just feeding the line out with the slick.

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Southwest Hogs

Florida Sportsman member: RMD

We used our structure scan to find some nice ledges and rocky areas. Our first spot we landed a few beautiful shallow water gags that were absolute monsters for being within sight of land. We then switched over to hoggin’ and had a banner day, getting 20 keepers to the boat.

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A Trip to West End

Florida Sportsman member: Veikx

Sunday morning we woke up and a strong breeze had kicked up from the south west, packed our things and went out to do some more high speed trolling on the outgoing tide. Worked our way north to Memory Rock to do a little deep dropping, found some nice bottom in 550′ and started catching yellow eyes!

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Southwest Bottom Bite

Florida Sportsman member: Angler22

Once we had our fill of that we headed back west and settle in 125 or so feet. We worked around but never really found anything much. After a few stops I did boat a nice 31 inch red grouper. We worked the area some more and picked up another red at 21 inches, a stout 28 inch red, and a few shorts.

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Tangling with Triple Tail

Florida Sportsman member: voltman

I got up early today and decided to target some tripletail, I caught one last week so thought I might find one this week ,started off losing a bruiser and snapping a fishing rod in the process, but all in all the wife and I caught 4.

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Deep Water Giants

Florida Sportsman member: Captain Ross

We hit some of my numbers that I try to fish during red snapper season and hoped for the best. Light seas, winds and current allowed us to drift fish the entire day.

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Due West for Grouper

Florida Sportsman member: larrywitt

The winds laid down so a slow drift was in order. It was fish on, first three over the sides were all keepers. The bite was steady and in no time we had our limit of reds of two each up to 25 inches. in fact we had to release 2 more to 24 inches as we were pulling our lines in.

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Long Runs and Big Fish

Florida Sportsman member: Veikx

We left that spot and continued in, not more then two miles we found another spike. Very similar and could see the hard rocky bottom down 150 feet. Did a few more drifts and produced some more nice red grouper and massive scamps.

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Southwest Grouper Bite

Florida Sportsman member: RMD

We moved and anchored on a different show and this spot was absolutely on fire with red grouper. We were trying to target mangos, but we could not get a bait past the red grouper. They were so aggressive that we had our limit in probably 30 minutes or less.

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Plan B Pays Off

Florida Sportsman member: larrywitt

Lines were dropped to the bottom and there were instant hits but no fish ever made to the surface. You could get it four to ten feet off the bottom and then the rod was almost ripped from your hands till the line would break. We were using 60 pound main line and 80 to 100 pound leader.

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Fishing the Ledges

Florida Sportsman member: Veikx

The bite was relatively slow, we fished with 20lb fluorocarbon using a 1/2-1 oz knocker rig on a #2 mutu light hook. Live pilchards were the go to bait, we had bought a some shrimp to try for any hogfish as well. The bite picked up after we put in a chum block, with smaller fish around 13 to 14 inches. The larger ones starting biting as soon as we brought out the grill and cooked some hot dogs!

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Catching While You Can

Florida Sportsman member: larrywitt

First spot was only 7 miles out where i have had a good lane snapper bite plus some nice flounder in the mix. We set up on the spot the bite was constant grunts, porgys, mangrove snapper, and the first black sea bass I have ever seen caught on this coast.

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Night Time Snapper Bite

Florida Sportsman member: Veikx

We used 5000 sized spinning gear with 15 feet of 20 pound flourocarbon leader. We used knocker rigs in the beginning and then switched over to 1/0 mutu light circle hooks free-lined with pilchards and squid. We had some quality yellowtails for only being in 55 feet.

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Grouper Prospecting

Florida Sportsman member: Angler22

We ended up working our way back south due west of Doctors and began drifting around 1:00 in 75 feet of water. The red grouper were active but a lot of shorts. We finally put a keeper in the boat. Slowly we started adding more keepers. At around 2:00 they turned on with us ending the day with 8 keepers and 40 to 50 shorts.

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Grouper Grapple Win

Florida Sportsman member: PigskinCapt

We managed a 79 pound black to take first place. Also weighed a 23 pound gag and a 17 pound red grouper. The gag fishing this summer has been a little slow in the deeper water. We only managed to catch 2 gags in some areas that generally hold some nice fish. Weighed one 12 pound mutton snapper, the winning fish was just under 18 pounds.

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Nearshore Mangrove Snapper

Florida Sportsman member: RMD

Found a nice little mango spot in 70 feet of water. The fish were pretty selective today. A few mangos were picked up on chicken rigs, but the majority of fish landed were caught on a 3/8 ounce jig head tipped with live shrimp. We also caught a handful of nice lanes, grunts, and porgies. The prize of the day was a fat hogfish.

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Venice Offshore Bite

Florida Sportsman member: perlman1234

Forum member perlman123 got into some nice fish off of Venice recently. prospecting his new home water, he brought home the filets! Nice work.

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Groupers out of Redfish Pass

Florida Sportsman member: larrywitt

Very fast drift, 8 ounces minimum to stay near bottom. First 6 fish were keepers, 21 to 24 inches so we worked the area till the tide stopped as did the bite. Found some good bottom set out the hook and broke out the chum. Took 10 to 15 minutes to turn the bite back on. Never did go deeper as planned. oh well always a next time. Final tally 12 in the box to 25 inches.

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Hitting the Deep Water

Florida Sportsman member: ThePigskinCaptain

Made one night spot where we picked some nice yellowtails and a few muttons. The barracudas were ferocious and, as it’s been for the last few months, the amberjacks and almacos were a real pest. Caught a 60 pound jack in 900 feet of water deep dropping.

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Fort Myers Offshore

Florida Sportsman member: GDM Phil

We got about 25 miles out and setup. It was non stop action all day! Between huge gags, that had to be thrown back and the red grouper. We managed 3 keepers grouper, a bunch of Grover’s, lanes and grunts.

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Full Moon Grouper in the Southwest

Florida Sportsman member: larrywitt

He also brought some cat fish that he had for tarpon season on one rod for quite awhile no takers so he took it off threw it over board . Puts on a pin fish and it gets slammed! We get it on deck and what does it spit out? the cat fish we had thrown overboard. Go figure!

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Deep Trip : Swords, Sails and Black Grouper

Florida Sportsman member: Feeding Frenzy

We recently did a long range trip from Venice, Fl to Orange Beach, Alabama to fish around the oil rigs and did fairly well. The fishing in Orange Beach was horrible as all of the run-off from the mid-West’s springtime heavy rains finally made their way down the Mississippi River and out into the Gulf. We fished the rigs 100-125 nm out and found the water to be a coffee color and very warm. While our target quarry was yellowfin tuna and marlin, it did not work out. The rigs however were very impressive to see.

We fished three rods at varying depths; all rigged with large squid baits from Baitmaster’s of Florida. At about 11:30 pm we got a bite on the far right rod and had a pretty decent fish on the line. After about a 45 minute fight, we had a nice swordfish on the leader. Turns out, the silly fish ate all three baits in the spread and certainly wasn’t going anywhere.

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Punta Rassa Red Grouper & Yellowtail

Florida Sportsman member: Veikx

We headed out right before dawn, the thunderstorms surrounded us at Punta Rassa and made it out there regardless. Needless to say we did not get wet at all after breaking out the rain gear. We made a pitstop in 50 feet to load up on some pins and headed straight to the stoney. We immediately set up and got the chum working, in about 2-3 minutes, Joe Isley hooks up to a big fish. All of us are laughing right now as we think it is a big blue runner or a almaco jack. Fish comes into sight and it is a TRUE flag!! We land that sucker and it measured in at 28.5 inches the biggest one i’ve seen on our coast. My record tail was 27 inches so my record was beat.. We caught two more tails, regarding bait, they were all caught on live shrimp tipped on 1/2 oz jig heads with 30 pound yozuri flouro. We booked it to some red grouper grounds where we managed a couple red’s nothing too big, just barely keepers at 21-23 inches.

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New Pass : Gags, Red Grouper & Amberjack

Florida Sportsman member:capeangler

Fished somewhere around 60 miles out of New Pass today on a Gag specific trip. Plan was to fish a handful of ledges in the 26.** line. All bait caught the night before died, so we got out pretty late, after refilling the well with big baits. Caught a limit of Gags and even 2 Reds. All fish were in the 30 inch + range. Fishing was slow but consistent until the AJ’s showed up and seemed to follow us everywhere. Released a dozen or so AJ’s. Lost some monster gags to the ledges today. 65/60 was just a little too light.

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Armed Forces Grouper fishing

Florida Sportsman member:larrywitt

Had the privilege of fishing with Brooke and her dad Keith, she just finished basic and is going to her first posting.We wanted to get an early start targeting grouper. We met at Tight Loops boat at 6am and began to prepare for the day. I put in the numbers on his GPS for our first stop. As we were still preparing his boat we could see and hear the thunder and lightning in the gulf towards the south west, the exact direction we were heading. My hopes were that it would be heading away from us WRONG!! As we were heading out the front was moving closer so I decided to detour the Edison drop a line and see what the weather was going to give us. Drift was really fast because of the wind requiring six to 8 ounce weights to even get close to the bottom.In no time Brooke was pulling fish over the gunnels, she even caught a stone crab.Wind, waves, and dark clouds Brooke never flinched. We could see a slight clearing in the clouds so we made the run for it. Arrived at the first number and dropped in our lines still 3 to 4 mile south drift porgys,grunts,lanes and red shorts were caught. seas were laying down a little I put in another line and made a move. Brooke got hammered on a white jig head Tight Loops put on for her. It was fun to watch.

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Wild Moon Red Grouper

Florida Sportsman member:Bluefin

The target was red grouper yesterday, and the day did not start out very promising. Rounding up live pinfish is usually pretty easy. Not this time. After chewing up quite a bit of time at three different spots, we only managed half a dozen live baits. I was starting to worry that the super full moon was going to somehow shut down the fishing. We ran out of New Pass to about 100 feet anyway and started our drifts using live bait on one rig, and a jig and squid combo on another.

Almost immediately, Peter had a fish on, and a minute later I was into a fish. We had a double red grouper hook up, except both fish were shorts. Again I started fussing that the full moon was going to screw up the fishing and that it’s not a lot of fun to run out to 100 feet for a bunch of shorts. Well the action was pretty steady over the next few hours. We ended up with 6 nice keepers ranging from 22 inches to 26 inches, with a bunch of shorts thrown into the mix. The type of bait used made no difference…

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Boca Grande Bottom Fishing

Florida Sportsman member:SJC

Headed 20 miles west of Boca Grande member Ptrshenry as a buddy boat. With another false forecast from NOAA it was a manageable but, not a very fun ride out in a 20 ft bay boat, thankfully the seas died down through the day and turned into a beautiful day for fishing.
We stoped and an artificial reef and after a couple drifts found where the fish were holding and dropped anchor. It was lane Snapper after lane, porgy after porgy. Then the red grouper woke up and it was non stop for about 2 hours. A lot of shorts I bet we threw back 20 that were 18 inches or smaller than that. We did end up with a keeper from the group…

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Successful Red Snapper Trip

Florida Sportsman member: Angler Systems

It was a solid day on the water today and a great start to Red Snapper season. On the way out we did try trolling for an hour in 100 feet but without any action we continued out to our first spot in 158 feet. First two lines down brought up two keeper fish a Red Snapper and Scamp. The bite continued for about an hour but then slowed significantly. With keeper fish consisting of three Red Snapper, three Scamp and two Red Grouper we began to worry. We moved around and fished in 156 feet to 162 feet marking a mess but catching only a few. We fished the next two hours only putting two more fish on the box. Then like it often does all craziness broke loose and we achieved our goal for a Red Snapper limit. We caught 16 Grouper up to 30 inches, three Scamps, a nice Mango Snapper and a 24 inch gator porgy.

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A Busy Day Offshore/strong>

Florida Sportsman member: Gamekilla

Headed out of Weeks around 7. Tried Big carlos for bait but there was no current, so we headed off to the tripod and loaded up with a few casts of the net. Cruised past the group of boats off Knapps point and headed out to some wrecks about 12 miles offshore. It was a nasty ride out on the pathfinder but worth it. Constant action all day with some big kings, released gags, bonita and amberjack. We probably lost 30-40 fish (probably kings) but some took us in the wreck so you never know. We used white bait all day and had times when we had three rods going off all at once! It was a great day.

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Grouper : Southwest of Sanibel

Florida Sportsman member: conch50

Took my son and some of his high school buddies out Sunday. Started in 80 feet and picked up a few reds in the 22 to 24 range. Bite was not bad but still a lot of barely 20 or just under that went back. Was too busy venting to get many pictures and the ones I did get had my thumb in the middle lol. Decided to try a couple of ledges out in about 100. Dropped down a couple of good sized pins and rods bent. Couple of nice gags about 26 inches.They were vented and sent back down to hopefully be seen again in a couple of months. I put down a light rig with live shrimp and get slammed. After a few minutes of battling up comes the biggest porgy I have ever caught. One of the boys hooks up on a goliath. These guys play football and are always bragging about how much they can bench or squat. By the time he finally got him up-five good runs and about 30 minutes he had 2 of his buddies on the rod lifting to reel in. In the picture I’m not sure if he is smiling because of the fish or just that it was over with[...]

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Starting Off Grouper Season the Right Way

Florida Sportsman member: jocofi

We hit our usual producing grouper grounds but didn’t get much. On Sunday we caught lots of bait, then we headed to our usual grounds again. We picked up a few small fish and then decided to head out a bit further to search for new grounds. In 70 feet of water we drifted over a magical spot, surrounded by mackerel and broom stick bending grouper. We continued to run the same drift with similar results. Heavy leadheaded jigs tipped with various types of fish did the trick. We also had a dolphin hanging around us for a few spots. Most of the undersized fish made it safely back down but one grouper hung around the surface too long and was captured.

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Venice Offshore

Florida Sportsman member: nfairbank

After a rather late start due to the fog, managed to catch a few baits and then off to 140 feet. First fish in the boat was an African Pompano about 27 inches.The AJ fishing was good with lots of decent size fish, 45 – 70 pounds, for all on board. After boxing our limit of AJs, it was off to grouper fish.

The gag grouper were biting and of course returned to live until opening day. The juvenile red grouper were biting but could not find any decent fish. We went to some spots we fished last Friday where caught some really nice reds up to about 18 pounds.

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Sarasota Offshore

Florida Sportsman member: Captain_Tim

Went offshore Superbowl Sunday with the intentions of catching a mako, but like always the weather man was wrong again, was suppose to be 10 to 15 knots with 2 to 3 foot seas but after hitting the 20 mile mark it was easy 4 to 5 feet with a few 6 footers mixed in. So changed plans on the way out and decided to opt out of targeting a 200-to 400-pound high jumping shark and go for some snapper and amberjack.

Ended up with a 20-pound cobia, some nice 4-to 5-pound mango snapper, some yellowtail snapper, beeliners, porgies, AJ’s in the 30-to 40-pound class, oh and an African pompano.

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Limiting out on Red Grouper

Florida Sportsman member: Angler Systems

Mission accomplished for us yesterday. The plan was to limit out on Red Grouper before the season closes at the end of the month. We had an older boat wishing to follow us (some history of motor issues) so we wanted to stay as close as possible but still get into some keeper fish. We left the dock at 7:45, broke the pass by 8:30 and were fishing by 9:10 in 75 to 80 feet[...]

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Grouper off Ft. Myers

Florida Sportsman member: nuclearfishn

Headed out past the 240 ledge. Saw too many boat out there so went another 8 miles. Picked up a few grouper and snapper in the 70-75 foot range. Grouper are real spread out. Not one fish broke the surface all day. Caught this fat 27 inch grouper dropping a jig. Fattest grouper I have ever caught for this size. had to go close to 20 pounds [...]

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Grouper Southwest of Sanibel

Florida Sportsman member: conch50

Went out yesterday with my 15 year old. Fishing 65-70 feet of water. Bite was pretty decent and conditions were just about perfect. Kept 4 reds with the largest 27 inches, couple of nice mangroves around 17 inches. Sometimes when things are breaking down or a trip doesn’t go right, I start complaining to myself about the money it takes to keep a boat. Then you get a day like yesterday, beautiful water with just you and your son (and best friend) and it all makes sense why it’s worth it.[...]

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Sarasota Trolling Bite

Florida Sportsman member: FlatzBroke

Headed offshore Wednesday in search of a trolling bite, mainly looking for wahoo and tuna. Stopped in 140 feet and found plenty of bonito. Not quite what we were looking for so we headed out to 160 feet again, more bonito. But, we did find a decent dolphin. So we headed to our last spot in 180 feet that drops off to over 200 feet. As soon as we got in the area we spot a frigate bird. Ok, things are looking up. I steer the boat right under him and he leads me right to the ledge, as soon as my arrival alarm sounds BAM! Tripled header of blackfins! Alright things are looking much better. Anyway, we troll around for the next couple of hours or so and end up with at least 2 triple headers multiple doubles and singles. And plenty of lost fish too. Total for the day was 14 blackfins, 2 red grouper and a dolphin [...]

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Tripletail Hunting

Florida Sportsman member: InshoreSlam

Headed out this morning with a good buddy of mine for tripletail. With the livewell full of shrimp, we headed out off the lighthouse offshore to find a nice string of crab pots. In about 25-30 feet of water we found a nice string and followed it all the way to redfish pass. During the run we wound up seeing a trip around every 5 to 6 pots down. Most of the ones we caught were small…around 10-12 inches, but managed 2 keepers, a 15 inch and a 23 inch. We wound up catching around 7 or 8 total. It was a great day, the seas were calm and the sun was out![...]

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More Triple Tail Action

Florida Sportsman member: Feeding Frenzy

The tripletail fishing this past week has been phenomenal !! I have fished in SW Florida for a long time and this is the best season, by far. The trips have been holding on the deeper (30ft plus) trap balls. Today, we caught 18 and saw well over 30 fish, with some trap balls holding multiple fish. If they weren’t bigger ones, we did not even turn around on them. Some have been pushing the 10 lb mark over the past 7 days or so[...]

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Monster Triple Tail off SRQ

Florida Sportsman member: Captain_Tim

Went out for a few hours today with one of the mates that I work with to target some triple tail, since he told me he has never caught or eaten one. So we left the dock around 12:30pm with a few dozen hand pick shrimp in search of some triple tail. We started running the crab pots and with in minutes we had our first tail in the box, only about 16 inches but a good way to start the day. For the next half hour or so we probably caught 7-10 shorts between 12-15 inches and then I see the beast of triple tail hanging on a buoy. We throw the biggest shrimp we had on a circle hook, put it right in front of his nose and he sucked it down! Ended up fighting that fish for almost 15 min but we finally got him in the boat and we put him on the scale to see what he weighed 18 POUNDS![...]

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Southwest Offshore; Red Grouper,Permit

Florida Sportsman member: Veikx

We managed to make it to some red grouper grounds out 40 miles. The early morning was brutal with the thick fog close to shore. Thank god for radar, as one boat came within 70 feet of us buzzing by. Around 7am we were out looking for bait, the closer bait spots of mine had been wiped clean from this past red tide we had. We trekked out further to about 50′ and found a nice new spot. We Loaded the well with hardtails and made our way to 80′ of water. Headed to some ledges with 4-5′ of relief and bagged 4 red grouper. Marked some new bottom and then decided to head to our red grouper grounds 11 miles further out. [...]

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Action Packed Two Day Adventure

Florida Sportsman member: Captain_Tim

Around the end of September I get a call from a buddy of mine that is a camera guy for a new fishing show that will be on NBC Sports in January 2013 called Gaff Life. He calls me and said they were going to shoot a show in North Carolina but there was some bad weather so it got canceled and would I be able to put a offshore trip together for the show? So of course I said hell yeah, called my boss who owns the Flying Fish Fleet and I tell him what we want to do and we quickly put a trip together [...]

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Venice Bottom Bite on Fire

Florida Sportsman member: RMD

We left New Pass at around 7 a.m. and headed out to about 160 feet. Spent a few hours trolling and picked up a few bonita for bait, but the pelagic bite was slow. Decided to switch gears and do some bottom fishing which was very productive. The seas were smooth and winds were calm, which provided perfect conditions for drifting [...]

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Summer Gags

Florida Sportsman member: YoungRx

A buddy and I reluctantly decided to give it a try on Saturday even though all the “regulars” were otherwise occupied and the surf was pretty loud from my place north of the Jetties (a good indication that the seas are to be reckoned with). I just had the engines serviced and wanted to give them some exercise prior to a deep run, so we decided to check out the conditions and stay inside 15 to 20 miles, depending. We picked up 6 dozen handpicks and a few chum blocks, then stopped outside the jetties for the obligatory sabiki dip [...]

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Naples Grouper and Hogs

Florida Sportsman member: Naples Spearo

Went out this past Saturday for the 4th weekend in a row with Dan (Dcheek2112) and our normal grouper diggin’ crew, along with 2 other guys which was there first trip on my boat. The plan was to do some diving/spearing and some hook and line in between dives. We had some new spots we found in around 120 feet of water a few weeks ago that we wanted to dive and see what was down there [...]

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The Dark Night

Florida Sportsman member: Anzuelo

As the weekend approached we made plans to leave Friday after work. We knew that it would be a pitch black night with the moon setting at the same time as the sun, but hoped that the so-called minor/minor would produce a hot bite [...]

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ARS, Gags, Wahoo, Dolphin and Mangs

Florida Sportsman member: Feeding Frenzy

The past two days offshore have been fantastic. If you have the ability to run deep while the seasons are open, do it. As other reports have indicated, the Gulf has been extremely flat and waves nonexistent. That being said, it has also been very hot due to the lack of any wind. Drink plenty of water. We have been running just past the 160′ mark to our usual marks and found the bottom bite to be fantastic. Ars on the first 5 drops, then the RG’s and chunky gags chimed in. We found some large AJ’s down on the bottom as well [...]

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Red Grouper on the Troll

Florida Sportsman member: nuclearfishn

Headed out looking for gags. Was thinking about the 240 ledge area, but saw way to many boats headed that way. Started trolling about 5 miles north of the ledge in 65 feet. trolled NW out to 80 feet. Did not mark any new spots, but did manage 4 keeper reds, biggest one around 26 inches caught in 75 feet. The woman out fished me again! Lost a big kingfish at the boat, and lost something big that pulled the hook on the troll. Next time I will go deeper [...]

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Mangroves and Kings

Florida Sportsman member: Tight Loops

I am a new offshore guy. Normally spend my time with a fly rod in the backcountry but I heard the near shore mangrove snapper bite was going off and wanted to try it.  Hooked up with Larrywit and took off with the only “intel” we had which was 50 feet off of Sanibel. Hit a spot and chummed with some home-made nuclear chum but not much action [...]

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American Red Snapper Run

Florida Sportsman member: Angler Systems

Mission accomplished today, left the dock at 5:45AM (back by 6:00 PM), ran 54 miles out to 155 – 160 feet.. Got our limit today on American Red Snapper (12) to about 10 lbs, 8 Mahi Mahi, 7 Red Grouper to 18 lbs, 3 Scamp to 10 lbs and a variety of other good stuff. Just finished having some Mahi on the grill…excellent!!! Can’t wait to run off again.

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Out of Redfish Pass

Florida Sportsman member: larrywitt

Decided to not run way out to grouper spots. Stopped at 7 miles set the hook ,no chum slick set out not too active red shorts real short. Decided to run out to catch one of Marys favorite eating fish porgys and snapper 16 miles out, circled to find the right bottom, set the hook. Let out the chum, down sized the leader line to 20 lb floro. small 2or 3 size hook lite to med spin rods took about 30 min for the fish to show [...]

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Opening Day out of Venice

Florida Sportsman member: chico

I was waiting for one of the guys who made it out with Joe Miller to post something, until then, I got this message from one of the guys: ” All in all it was good. Joe did his usual and put us on the fish. We limited out on the grouper and caught a bunch of nice mangrove’s and lane’s. I hooked and fought about a 5-6 foot spinner shark off the back on a free line that jumped twice completely out of the water before breaking me off about 3 minutes later [...]

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Excellent Kingfishing

Florida Sportsman member: Feeding Frenzy

Fished in the Venice Indians Grand Slam Fishing Tournament today and based on the weather and marine forecast decided to strictly target Kings. Other categories included inshore (redfish and trout), snapper and Wildcard, but decided our best bet would be kings. After spending the better part of 4 hours yesterday cast-netting mullet, we had a few decent baits in the baitwell for the ride out. My buddy Kirk did an outstanding job on the rod when the fish hit, landing this 37.2 lb King to secure our first place win in the kingfish division [...]

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Looking for Dinner?

Florida Sportsman member: larrywitt

Well as you know it was not 2 footers, more like 2-4′s. Mary and I ran out to a spot we were last week, I had the guys catching porgy’s and grunts and nice lanes. It was kind of hard to anchor up just right, set the hook and this time I mixed some chum in an old salt container put it in a chum bag to it I attached a 5 pound weight so I could lower it to the bottom, I used some old red line I had laying around (mistake) it took about a half an hour for the bite to start [...]

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Cobia and Mangs

Florida Sportsman member: Feeding Frenzy

Got this decent cobia today while snapper fishing on the county reefs just off Sarasota. 20 lb test fluorocarbon leader, 1/0 circle hook and a big fat shrimp right on the bottom. The fish fought for 45 minutes on light tackle. Managed about 15 or so really nice mangs (sorry no pics) and some porgy as well. Needed to chum really heavy to get the bite started, most likely because of the big moon. Even managed a decent tripletail yesterday on the ride along the beach [...]

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Offshore from Redfish Pass

Florida Sportsman member: larrywitt

Got a late start with a crew of two from Naples. Did not leave the dock till 10AM planned for a short run to catch some nice grunt for a fish fry. Stopped at about 7 miles out started catching grunts at first drop and grouper gags and reds..at around 12:30 it really laid down i suggested we run another 10 miles to where i have had a good bite lately [...]

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Fishing on the Wrecks

Florida Sportsman member: Captain Scott

The past week the wreck fishing has been amazing. The choice of bait is frozen shrimp on a 3/8 jighead. The sheepies have been in the 3 to 5 pound range. Off these wrecks my clients have been pulling in some nice snapper,flounder and grouper. Inshore fishing has been hit or miss. Back in the creeks has been good for reds and snook. Make sure you chum them up. The reds are around 15″to 25″ and the snook are on the small side [...]

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