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Drift Boats in Florida

Where teamwork and paddle craft meet.

A Western river-style drift boat on a Florida bass lake? What’s wrong with this picture, or, what’s right? Two fly anglers and a stealthy, minimalist approach works.

Fly fishers see a picture of a drift boat and think Rocky Mountain river trout fishing. But lately there has been some talk among fly-fishing folk that the drift boat might be just right for Florida bass fishing, too.

It may have started with Capt. Craig Crumbliss. Crumbliss brought his Colorado drift boat to Florida to guide fly fishers for bass on Central Florida’s celebrated lunker waters. He’d put one fly angler in the front and one in the back. “I’d be in the middle and ready to tie flies, dispense advice and maneuver us into a good position,” he said. His boat—a Native Driftboat— so impressed one of his clients that the client pulled out his checkbook and bought it from the guide.

The drift boat brings some advantages to Florida. You don’t need a high-powered SUV to trailer a drift boat. A four-cylinder SUV has plenty of hustle for this off-road work.

The boat launches and trailers by hand, with ease.

You don’t need a boat ramp. You can launch anywhere you can get the trailer wheels to the water. This makes the drift boat especially suitable for small lakes that don’t get a lot of fishing pressure. Crumbliss was always on the lookout for lakes and ponds of less than 200 acres and portions of rivers that others overlook.

The drift boat can fish two fly anglers at a time with the guide or a third person in the middle on the oars. The drift boat is stable. An angler can even stand up.

Drift boats don’t draw much water, maybe 6 to 8 inches, and that lets the person on the oars maneuver it into some skinny and fishy areas that a bass boat will never see.

The price is right, too. There are quite a few drift boat manufacturers using a variety of techniques and materials. New boat prices start at about $6,000. Do some online research. Drift boat companies are mostly located in western states but they do ship to Florida. Look up Hyde, Clackacraft, Don Hill, Willie Boats, RO, Koffler, Greg Tatman, Wood Watercraft, Koffler, Adipose Boat Works, Pavati, Stream Tech, Montana Boat Builders and Montana River Boat Co. That last company also sells plans for build-it-yourself boats.

Captain Craig Crumbliss' three-seat drift boat sits ashore in the shallows.

Used boats are a heck of a deal with asking prices from $3,000 to $5,000, typically. The downside for the Florida angler is that most of the used boats are in Colorado, Montana, Wyoming, California and Oregon. It is said that the drift boat got its start on Oregon’s Rogue River back in the 1930s. Author Zane Grey owned one.

Most drift boats are made of fiberglass. Some are aluminum. Some are wood. In fact, more than a few fly anglers have built their own drift boats to suit their own needs.

There are some disadvantages. Someone has to row. Wind will blow the drift boat around a bit. But sometimes the wind is your friend. If the wind blows in the right direction a drift boat moves slowly enough so that the fly anglers can work a productive shoreline quickly. The guide in the middle will pivot the boat this way or that so that both fly casters get off a few good shots.

Will we start seeing more drift boats in Florida? Crumbliss thinks so. Now that he’s paid his dues on Florida waters he has some ideas about what the ideal Florida drift boat would look like. It would have lower sides. It would look a little like a drift boat and a little like a skiff.

Little River Marine, a Gainesville company, is clearly on that wavelength with its 12-, 15- and 18-foot Heritage model guide boats. It differs from the Colorado-style drift boat in a few major ways. Gunwales are lower so the boats are more wind resistant. It has a long-length to short-beam ratio so the rowing speed is fast. But, it also has a squared-off stern so you could put a little outboard or electric trolling motor on the back if you want to shave off a little time getting to your honey holes.

So is this the start of a building-wave of drift boats made in Florida, for Florida? Who knows? Lets talk it up. Meanwhile, it’s good to know there are plenty of drift boats, new and used, for sale out west. FS

By Bill AuCoin

First Published Florida Sportsman Dec.2012

Boat Loading with a Winch

Make easy work of boat loading with a push of the button.

By Ariel Cabrera
Originally published March 2009 print edition

Hubs stay dry while boat glides onto the trailer.

No one wants to hand-crank a ton of fiberglass while a Saturday crowd looks on, and the fact is, you shouldn’t need to.

A float-on trailer with correctly positioned bunks and guide poles makes loading and launching a breeze. In the Florida salt, however, special attention—and cash—must be devoted to trailer construction and maintenance, particularly submerged wheel bearings.

For some boat owners, an electric winch is a suitable alternative. The remote control, or RC, type is especially attractive. With well-maintained rollers on your trailer, and slicks on the bunks, you may find it feasible to keep your trailer high and dry without breaking a sweat.

I’ve enjoyed good results with the Powerwinch by Carefree of Colorado. The company sells complete kits with wiring harness and quick disconnect mounts. Cost ranges from $200 to $500. As with any winch system, select a model rated for the weight of your vessel, taking into account the incline of the ramp.

Installation instructions are easy to follow. I chose temporary wiring, which allows me to switch vehicles when needed. I crimped alligator clips to the ends of the wire harness. A dedicated deep cycle battery kept in the trunk of the tow vehicle is convenient; make sure you charge it periodically. (This extra battery may also come in handy in the event you need to jump-start a boat or truck at the ramp.)

Permanent wiring requires you to run the wiring under the vehicle to the battery, attaching tie wraps at approximately 18-inch intervals to the vehicle frame.

Power winches generally have similar operating instructions. When launching, turn the clutch control clockwise to release the brake. Do this slowly to control the speed at which the boat comes off the trailer; the clutch knob is like the safety on your hand-crank winch. You may have to give it a push.

Loading requires extra power, so plug the wiring harness into the winch. Free wheel enough cable to hook the bow and tighten the clutch knob to set the brake. Now press the IN button on the winch or remote control. When the boat reaches the bow stop, take your finger off the button and disconnect the harness. Don’t forget to use a safety chain and trailer straps when you’re ready to hit the road.

All modern, high-quality power winches have an emergency hand-crank lever in case your truck battery goes dead or you forgot your winch cell. Also, remember to keep your truck engine running while winching; a hard-working winch can drain a car battery in just one pull. Some boaters opt to upgrade their automotive alternators or starting batteries for this reason.

A few important details to consider: Secure your investment with anti-theft protection. I used a Master coupler lock to protect my winch from thieves. At the least, throw an old towel or make a raggedy canvas cover for it, to keep your new winch out of sight.

Truck-mount hydraulic recovery winch.

Hydraulic winches, such as those made by Mile Marker, run off the vehicle power steering pump while the truck is running. These rarely overheat, but they are more complicated to install due to a solenoid necessary to activate fluid to the winch. Mile Marker also has quick disconnect kits with removable stands, which can be used on the front or rear of a tow vehicle on the common receiver hitch. Great to have in the woods or for the fisherman/duck hunter who needs to launch and retrieve in awkward places. This system can be adapted to a boat trailer and would be a great choice for continuous work.

On the subject, I feel every marina should have a recovery winch—hydraulic or electric. I have seen trucks and cars literally swallowed by boat ramps. Winches definitely make it easier to get out of tough places and recover personal property. FS

Pensacola Bulls

Recent fishing reports from the Panhandle region.


Pensacola Bulls

Florida Sportsman member: pcola-reds

The bull reds have made it into the bay and are everywhere. We went out for a couple hours on 11/19 and found the reds running in the bay. Finally total was 11 with the smallest being 30 inches.

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Pompano Jigging with a Surprise

Florida Sportsman member: 85okhai

Got out there and caught a few sheepshead and decided to tie on a jig that Garbo gave me a few months ago. I have never caught a pompano on a jig and don’t even know when the last time I even caught a pompano was. Third or fourth cast in hooked into something nice and what I thought was a pompano ended up being a nice sheepshead.

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Herding the Sheep

Florida Sportsman member: 85okhai

Hit up the pass today and did pretty well on the sheephead. fished with live shrimp, swells were pretty big. Ran out of bait and we were getting hungry so we ended the day with 31 sheephead.

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Panhandle Pass Fishing

Florida Sportsman member: 85okhai

With the heavy current and little bigger bait we were using a little heavier tackle and 6 ounce weights and they were barely holding bottom with the current. Ended up catching one red on the smallest rod and reel and smallest bait. Fished another hour or so and didn’t have any action so decided to call it a day

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Burnt Mill Creek Speckled Trout & Redfish

Florida Sportsman member: Old Dog

I like fishing a falling tide and since high tide was about 8:00 a.m., we got on the water in time to get to our first spot and get ourselves ready for what we hoped would be a fish-catching frenzy. The fish cooperated and nearly every place we stopped we caught fish. Nearly all the trout we caught were too small to keep but the action was steady and since for me the fun is in the catching, I was happy.

Nudging 71, I have caught a few trout and reds, and I enjoy catching a few keeper trout and reds for the fryer, especially trout, but it’s not the chief reason I fish. For me I like the bite. I like to feel the thunk of a strike, and if it’s a keeper fine, but I also like being outdoors with good friends and a good fish bite is just icing on the cake.

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Schooled on Redfish

Florida Sportsman member: Garbo

More than 10 years later…today we are going to fish together again. We arrive at Crooked Island Sound, trade places I back the boat into the water and Joey pulls it off the trailer, I park the truck, walk back to the boat and we are off smooth as if we had fished together for the past 10 years. On the way to the open water of the sound we make plans to fish the shell beds first then Wild Goose Lagoon. Joey takes to the upwind side of the shell beds and he shuts the motor down and drops the trolling motor. It takes a few cast but Joey is the first to hook up and sticks a really nice trout. Joey zig zags the shell beds and many cast later I luck up and get a decent trout. The trip is already way cool as we share stories and talk as if we have known each other forever but in reality we have only fished together once before today. The rest of the shell beds didn’t produce anything to speak of so we made our way to Wild Goose Lagoon.

After shutting down in Wild Goose within seconds Joey looks up and spots a pod of Redfish as they wake down the bank…then a second pod…then a third pod. We both do our best to get our fakes into the right place at the right time and it just doesn’t come together for either of us. We work the complete bank and eventually cross to the opposite bank in an effort to find some fish that want to play. Not long after getting to the opposite side Joey makes a long cast at some rolling fish and after a few turns of his reel handle comes tight on a Redfish that has plenty of shoulder.

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Reds on Fire

Florida Sportsman member: KayakMacGyver

Went 9 for 9 this a.m. on Bull Reds in the pass. What a BEAUTIFUL morning. We got to the pass just before the the wind kicked up (6:30 a.m.) , and it only took about 10 minutes to get the first fish on. I am a firm believer in both the early sunrise bite (also sunset), as well as the tidal bite (last 2 hours of any tide) when it comes to Redfish. Tides always take precedent, and I WILL sleep in if it looks like garbage for a sunrise. Wind died to nothing around the tide change (appx: 11:30). Took a SMOOOOOOTH power in at lunch [...]

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Reds on Fire

Florida Sportsman member: KayakMacGyver

Went 9 for 9 this a.m. on Bull Reds in the pass. What a BEAUTIFUL morning. We got to the pass just before the the wind kicked up (6:30 a.m.) , and it only took about 10 minutes to get the first fish on. I am a firm believer in both the early sunrise bite (also sunset), as well as the tidal bite (last 2 hours of any tide) when it comes to Redfish. Tides always take precedent, and I WILL sleep in if it looks like garbage for a sunrise. Wind died to nothing around the tide change (appx: 11:30). Took a SMOOOOOOTH power in at lunch [...]

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Destin Inshore Fishing

Florida Sportsman member: Capt. Blake Nelson

We had a good day with the trout. Everything was caught on live shrimp under a popping cork in 3-5 ft of water by a creek mouth. The average fish we caught was in the 14″-15″ range…seemed like they were all 14.75″. We managed 35 keepers for the day, the biggest was 21.5″.

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Another West Bay Trip

Florida Sportsman member: donald811

Went back to West bay Saturday. Thought it was gonna be too warm, the no see-ums like to eat us up. There was still fish in the deep holes though. When the water started moving in they started biting. Had a few fish close to 20 inches [...]

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ICW Monster Redfish

Florida Sportsman Member: Jeepchief

I put in the other day around 12 under 79 with a livewell full of shrimp and a bunch of frozen shad about 8 in. long that I caught the day before at Lake Powell under the bridge. I caught a bunch of small reds and small trout on shrimp. I started chumming with the shad and hooked into this redfish, it was 38 inches and weighed 18 pounds. It was all messed up from either a boat or a shark or something, it was a good fish [...]

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Making it Happen

Recent fly fishing reports from all around the state.


Making it Happen

Florida Sportsman member: SUPER D

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

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Hitting the Lights

Florida Sportsman member: Snookslayer772

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

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False Albacore and More on Fly

Florida Sportsman member: freshfromthesalt

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

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Tampa Bay Fly Fishing

Florida Sportsman member: Shadowcast

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

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Hitting the Streams

Florida Sportsman member: remo_5_0

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

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Personal Best

Florida Sportsman member: E-type

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

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Freshwater Action on Fly

Florida Sportsman member: chasinfins

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

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First Tailer of the Season

Florida Sportsman member: E-type

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

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First Redfish on Fly

Florida Sportsman member: staysalty

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

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A Juvenile Summer

Florida Sportsman member: redjim

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

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A Belize Adventure

Florida Sportsman member: DogDoc

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

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Fishing the Dream Stream

Florida Sportsman member: greenie-slayer

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

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Sanibel Snook

Florida Sportsman member: SUPER D

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

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Putting Them in the Air

Florida Sportsman member: E-type

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

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Light Leader Peacock Bass

Florida Sportsman member: Beto_Matheus

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

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Flood Tide Reds

Florida Sportsman member: T-Shirt Bob

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

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Bonito Blitz

Florida Sportsman member: FlyFishJax

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

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Big Blackfin on Fly

Florida Sportsman member: Capt. Scott

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

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Baby Tarpon on Fly

Florida Sportsman member: E-type

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

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Summertime Trip to the North

Florida Sportsman member: Ol’DirtyCaster

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

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Bahamas Bonefish

Florida Sportsman member: Prhea36

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

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Gorge Fly Fishing

Florida Sportsman member: remo_5_0

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

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

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West Coast Snook

Florida Sportsman member: Slamaholic

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

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Summer Snook

Florida Sportsman member: twobbles

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

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Sanibel Snookin’

Florida Sportsman member: Tgrass

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

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Withlacoochee Slam

Florida Sportsman member: capt louie

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

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New Personal Best

Florida Sportsman member: Pmoconnor89

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

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First on the Fly

Florida Sportsman member: HenrySRQ

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

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Big Trout Out Back

Florida Sportsman member: ShallowPersonality

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

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Hitting the Ditches

Florida Sportsman member: weetza

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

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First Snook on Sand

Florida Sportsman member: pjstevko

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

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Matlacha on the Fly

Florida Sportsman member: Capt. Gregg McKee

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

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A Change of Pace

Florida Sportsman member: remo_5_0

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

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Fighting the Wind, Catching Fish

Florida Sportsman member: DKT

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

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Smashing the Docklights

Florida Sportsman member: Snookslayer772

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

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Busting Them on Top, The Fly Way

Florida Sportsman member: redjim

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

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Night Time Fly Fishing in Boca

Florida Sportsman member: fishfullthinking

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

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Keeping the Rod Bent

Florida Sportsman member: SUPER D

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

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The Best By-Catch

Florida Sportsman member: Docked Wages

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

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Red on Fly

Florida Sportsman member: E-type

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

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Charlotte Harbor Snook on Fly

Florida Sportsman member: E-type

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

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Guides Day Off

Florida Sportsman member: FlyFishJax

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

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First Snook On Fly

Florida Sportsman member: LilJim

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

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Pompano On The Buggy Whip

Florida Sportsman member: sunflower

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

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Only One Fish, But Made It Count

Florida Sportsman member: SUPER D

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

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Always Will Remember Your First Fish

Florida Sportsman member: JonathanT305

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

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Tampa Bay Reds On Fly

Florida Sportsman member: Icatcher22

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

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D.I.Y. Louisiana

Florida Sportsman member: Chief_Osceola

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

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Good Outcome On A New Fly

Florida Sportsman member: Snookslayer772

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

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Docklight Trout

Florida Sportsman member: bubujimbo

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

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Two Days of Action : Tarpon & Reds

Florida Sportsman member: mangohunter11

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

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Trip to the Black Canyon of Gunnison

Florida Sportsman member: razorreilly09

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

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

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Boca Peacock Action

Florida Sportsman member: Prhea36

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

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Sebastian Offshore Fly

Florida Sportsman member: Flyguy1

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

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A Day in the Park

Florida Sportsman member: mangohunter11

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

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

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Battling Bonito

Florida Sportsman member:Capt. Scott

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

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Daytona Tarpon

Florida Sportsman member: SUPER D

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

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Biscayne Evening Tarpon

Florida Sportsman member: mbowers

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

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Miami Peacocks and Bones

Florida Sportsman member: paint it black

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

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Peacock Bass, Bonefish, and Snook, Oh My!

Florida Sportsman member: paint it black

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

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

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Stuart Evening Snook

Florida Sportsman member: snook87

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

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Flamingo, It’s That Good

Florida Sportsman member: paint it black

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

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First Black Drum on Fly

Florida Sportsman member: Dj Dan Decibel

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

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Fishing High and Low

Florida Sportsman member: mangohunter11

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

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Backyard Tarpon

Florida Sportsman member: Joupdog1

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

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Flipping the Coin

Florida Sportsman member: Dj Dan Decibel

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

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Chunk Bass on Fly

Florida Sportsman member: ShallowExpectations

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

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Red Races

Florida Sportsman member: SUPER D

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

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Happy Days on the Fly

Florida Sportsman member: mangohunter11

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

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Son’s First Fish on Fly

Florida Sportsman member: sunflower

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

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Yankeetown Reds

Florida Sportsman member: deerfly

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

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Dorado Gone Wild

Florida Sportsman member: Carl Blackledge

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

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

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Banana River Reds

Florida Sportsman member: Flyguy1

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

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Carolina Trout

Florida Sportsman member: Bullshark

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

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Back in No Man’s Land

Florida Sportsman member: mangohunter11

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

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Merry “Carpmas”!

Florida Sportsman member: KyTrkyHntr

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

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The “Gold” Mining Continues

Florida Sportsman member: KyTrkyHntr

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

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Fly Fishing Tampa Bay

Florida Sportsman member: Shadowcast

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

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Kentucky Carp

Florida Sportsman member: KyTrkyHntr

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

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Fly Times in the Everglades

Florida Sportsman member: mangohunter11

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

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Everglades City on the Fly

Florida Sportsman member: miket1515

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

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Bass and Bream on Fly

Florida Sportman member: Pmoconnor89

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

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Crystal River Snook on Fly

Florida Sportsman member: sparse grey

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

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Fly Fishing in the Summertime

Florida Sportsman member: Dj Dan Decibel

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

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Jupiter Snook on Fly

Florida Sportsman member: ABayne

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

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Big Linesider on Fly

Florida Sportsman member: Capt.Dino

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

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False Albies on Fly

Florida Sportsman member: ABayne

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

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First Snook on Fly

Florida Sportsman member: saltybum

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

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Biscayne Bay Nights

Florida Sportsman member: lemaymiami

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

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Independence Day Tarpon on Fly

Florida Sportsman member: sunflower

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

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Multi-Fish Mojo

Florida Sportsman member: KyTrkyHntr

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

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Canada Northerns & Walleye on Fly

Florida Sportsman member: Docked Wages

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

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Past Month on Fly

Florida Sportsman member: FLA_tony

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

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Tarpon on Fly

Florida Sportsman member: Tight Loops

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

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Black Drum Redemption

Florida Sportsman member: freshfromthesalt

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

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Carp-O-licious!

Florida Sportsman member: KyTrkyHntr

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

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Fly Fishing Tailing Reds

Florida Sportsman member: FlyFishJax

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

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Big Peacocks on Fly

Florida Sportsman member: kahmad

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

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Fly Fishing Carp in the Bluegrass State

Florida Sportsman member: KyTrkyHntr

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

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Up The Creeks

Florida Sportsman member: Capt. Gregg McKee

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

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Jacksonville Surf Report

Florida Sportsman member: FlyFishJax

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

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First Albies of the Year in Jupiter

Florida Sportsman member: Capt. Scott

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

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Sight Casting Snook at Night on Fly

Florida Sportsman member: snookcook

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

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Solid Day Fly Fishing

Florida Sportsman member: SUPER D

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

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Banana River Red

Florida Sportsman member: Ol’DirtyCaster

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

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St. Lucie River to the Indian River

Florida Sportsman member: snookcook

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

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St. Lucie River Dock Lights

Florida Sportsman member: snookcook

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

 

 

 


Shad Running in the St. Johns River

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

Here’s what duke6543 had to say:

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

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

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

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One Fly Reds and Trout

Florida Sportsman member: Super D

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

 

 

 

 


Juvenile Tarpon on Fly

Florida Sportsman member: jkayakfly

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

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Fun in Costa Rica

Recent offshore fishing reports from the Southeast region.


Fun in Costa Rica

Florida Sportsman member: SLW UroCane

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

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Family Weekend in West End

Florida Sportsman member: PaulBoat

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

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Girls Day Out

Florida Sportsman member: Jupiter Double D’s

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

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Limiting Out on Wahoo

Florida Sportsman member: Hooklesslure

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

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Jupiter Offshore

Florida Sportsman member: RockNReeler

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

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Wahoo Proposal

Florida Sportsman member: gray

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

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Catching on the Other Side

Florida Sportsman member: e-money

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

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A First for a New Friend

Florida Sportsman member: Captain Dave

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

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Mission Accomplished

Florida Sportsman member: dpdash

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

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A Summer to Remember

Florida Sportsman member: Jupiter Double D’s

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

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Summer Recap

Florida Sportsman member: AFT561

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

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Mahi and More

Florida Sportsman member: ScottR

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

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Jupiter Offshore Action

Florida Sportsman member: Angler Management

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

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Stuart Sail

Florida Sportsman member: rgambotz

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

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Hoo on the Troll

Florida Sportsman member: latitudeadjustment

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

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Woohoo for Wahoo

Florida Sportsman member: 1974Donzi

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

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Big Jupiter Hoo

Florida Sportsman member: Jupiter Double D’s

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

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Palm Beach Offshore

Florida Sportsman member: e-money

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

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Costa Rica Trip

Florida Sportsman member: Dominic74

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

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The Bahamas Bite

Florida Sportsman member: Chips Ahoy Charters

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

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Saint Lucie Sails

Florida Sportsman member: DropBack

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

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Two Weeks in Paradise

Florida Sportsman member: dpdash

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

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Harassing the Hoo’s

Florida Sportsman member: Hooklesslure

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

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Setting the Bar High

Florida Sportsman member: Lobsterdb12

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

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Dolphin Fishing with Dad

Florida Sportsman member: juliem

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

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Stud Snapper out of Fort Pierce

Florida Sportsman member: FISHHUNTR

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

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Monster Southeast Sail

Florida Sportsman member: kershel

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

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Monster

Florida Sportsman member: Captain Dave

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

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Southeast Night Bite

Florida Sportsman member: B Lang

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

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Big Hoo’s Bring the Money

Florida Sportsman member: campertop

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

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Bruiser Blackfin out of Lake Worth

Florida Sportsman member: robgfish

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

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Memorial Day Bite

Florida Sportsman member: Jupiter Double D’s

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

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Taking Home the Win

Florida Sportsman member: Angler Management

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

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Big Bull and More

Florida Sportsman member: e-money

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

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Hot Bahama Bite

Florida Sportsman member: Lazy Bones

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

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Bahama Days and Big Fish

Florida Sportsman member: PaulBoat

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

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Tripled Up out of Boca

Florida Sportsman member: bobert421

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

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Kings and Cobes, Great Tournament Win

Florida Sportsman member: sam50

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

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Killer Cobia

Florida Sportsman member: e-money

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

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S.L.I. Dolphin

Florida Sportsman member: scubadude

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

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Huge Jupiter Hoo

Florida Sportsman member: Tightlines2234

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

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Smokers and Blackfins out of Palm Beach

Florida Sportsman member: e-money

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

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A Good Springbreak

Florida Sportsman member: Jupiter Double D’s

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

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Gaffers, Smokers and Big Blackfins

Florida Sportsman member: e-money

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

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Jigging Palm Beach

Florida Sportsman member: angryangler

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

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Solid Southeast Offshore Bite

Florida Sportsman member: AFT561

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

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“LET’S GO” Get Wahoo

Florida Sportsman member: LET’S GO

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

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Southeast Kite Fishing

Florida Sportsman member: Angler Management

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

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Fort Pierce Phins

Florida Sportsman member: FISHHUNTR

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

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SLI Dolphin

Florida Sportsman member: Lori Jo Fishing

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

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Cobias Out of Jupiter

Florida Sportsman member: Jupiter Double D’s

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

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“Lets Go” Get Cobia

Florida Sportsman member: latitudeajustment

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

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Boynton Beach Bull and More

Florida Sportsman member: jokerj280

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

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Great Day Out of Palm Beach

Florida Sportsman member: Tori’S Toy

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

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Dolphin on the Drift

Florida Sportsman member: Salty_Cracker

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

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Bay Boat Kings and Sails

Florida Sportsman member: Tightlines2234

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

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Southeast Sheepshead and Cobia

Florida Sportsman member: bullchaser

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

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Good Bottom Bite Out of SLI

Florida Sportsman member: Snookslayer772

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

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Sails on the Troll

Florida Sportsman member: Salty_Cracker

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

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Lake Worth Sails

Florida Sportsman member: robgfish

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

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Putting Foreigners on the Fish

Florida Sportsman member: Angler Management

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

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Catching Fish In The Slop

Florida Sportsman member: SnapperSlapper

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

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Lake Worth Bottom Bite

Florida Sportsman member: Jupiter Double D’s

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

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Lake Worth Offshore

Florida Sportsman member: e-money

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

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Dancing With Dolphin

Florida Sportsman member: Captain Dave

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

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Boynton Beach Hoo

Florida Sportsman member: First Born

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

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Dolphin Out of Boynton

Florida Sportsman member: Dominic74

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

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S.L.I. Wahoo

Florida Sportsman member: bullchaser

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

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Southeast Offshore Action

Florida Sportsman member: rowerybo

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

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Sometimes You Just Get Lucky

Florida Sportsman member: SammyT

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

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Great Palm Beach Offshore Bite

Florida Sportsman member: Ryanmc6884

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

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Dolphin Mania Off Palm Beach

Florida Sportsman member: dscherz

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

 




Palm Beach Inlet Producing

Florida Sportsman member: Salty_Cracker

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

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Stuart Offshore Action

Florida Sportsman member: snook87

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

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Wonderful West End Weekend

Florida Sportsman member: CNTDR

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

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Solo Jupiter Trip Pays Off

Florida Sportsman member: dscherz

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

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Boca Blue Marlin

Florida Sportsman member: BocaCentury2900

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

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Stuart Dolphin and Sailfish

Florida Sportsman member: Captain Dave

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

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Fort Pierce Bay Boat Snapper

Florida Sportsman member: FISHHUNTR

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

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Boynton Beach Wahoo

Florida Sportsman member: Hooklesslure

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

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Mutton Fest

Florida Sportsman member: e-money

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

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Massive Yellowfin out of Boynton Inlet

Florida Sportsman member: Chips Ahoy Charters

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

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Sailfish & Amberjacks out of the SLI

Florida Sportsman member: Alwaysforward

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

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

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Boynton Wahoo

Florida Sportsman member: Hooklesslure

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

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Palm Beach Inlet Wahoo & Snapper

Florida Sportsman member: jaysil123

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

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

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Jupiter King, Muttons & More

Florida Sportsman member: e-money

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

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Fort Pierce Dolphin, Kings & Snapper

Florida Sportsman member: Pensacola

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

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Wahoo Weekend

Florida Sportsman member: PaulBoat

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

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Palm Beach Wahoo

Florida Sportsman member: Stetson Law

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

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Boynton Beach Blue Marlin Solo Trip

Florida Sportsman member: CaptKeemau

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

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Boynton Amberjack and Wahoo

Florida Sportsman member: Lori Jo Fishing

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

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Monster Amberjack off Jupiter

Florida Sportsman member: beerhunter

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

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Team Bandit Saltwater Showdown

Florida Sportsman member: sam50

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

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Boca Wahoo

Florida Sportsman member: sailfish-007

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

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Father Daughter Offshore Day

Florida Sportsman member:Alwaysforward

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

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2 Hour Trip Produces a Personal Record

Florida Sportsman member:Fi$h2nguyen

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

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Mission Accomplished : Cobia & Snook

Florida Sportsman member: Bullshark

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

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

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Blackfin Tuna Action & More

Florida Sportsman member: e-money

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

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Ft. Pierce Bull and Cows

Florida Sportsman member: SmittysTeam

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

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Jupiter Muttons, Yellowtail & Kings

Florida Sportsman member: nearshore1

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

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FPI Blackfin Tuna, Cobia & King

Florida Sportsman member: B.Wilmot

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

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Slob Wahoo

Florida Sportsman member: choppy

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

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SLI Blue Marlin

Florida Sportsman member: Off the Chain

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

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Boca Mutton Snapper

Florida Sportsman member: ShinySide

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

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Boynton Sails

Florida Sportsman member: Dominic74

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

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Swords and Phins

Florida Sportsman member: schmittyfish561

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

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SLI Morning Gaffers

Florida Sportsman member: itsmine

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

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Busy Day off the St. Lucie Inlet

Florida Sportsman member: bullchaser

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

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Fort Pierce Wahoo, Dolphin, Tripletail

Florida Sportsman member: Pensacola

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

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Bull off Boynton Beach

Florida Sportsman member: twindude3

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

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PBI Smoker and Sail

Florida Sportsman member: FromDawntoDusky

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

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Morning Dolphin Action

Florida Sportsman member: Off the Chain

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

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Boynton Sailfish

Florida Sportsman member: pa28r200

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

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Jupiter Sail, Wahoo, and Bullshark

Florida Sportsman member: dscherz

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

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Fort Pierce Wahoo & Kingfish

Florida Sportsman member: JohnnyPlant

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

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Sneaking Out on the “Nice” Day

Florida Sportsman member: Off the Chain

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

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Stuart Sails & Phins

Florida Sportsman member: DayMaker

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

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SLI Dolphin & Wahoo

Florida Sportsman member: itsmine

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

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Jupiter Mahi & Tuna

Florida Sportsman member: 1974Donzi

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

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Jupiter Porgy & More

Florida Sportsman member: RockNReeler

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

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Jupiter Inlet Snapper

Florida Sportsman member: zzzzzzsplash

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

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Vero Tripletail

Florida Sportsman member: sebastianshine

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

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SLI Variety

Florida Sportsman member: DayMaker

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

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SLI Dolphin

Florida Sportsman member: bullchaser

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

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SLI Dolphin & Sails

Florida Sportsman member: DayMaker

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

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

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King for the Smoker

Florida Sportsman member: dscherz

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

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SLI Action

Florida Sportsman member: Off the Chain

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

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SLI Gaffer & Tripletail

Florida Sportsman member: Pairadox

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

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Jupiter Wahoo

Florida Sportsman member: 1974Donzi

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

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Dolphin, Kings, & Snapper Off Fort Pierce

Florida Sportsman member: Pensacola

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

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Wahoo South of Hillsboro

Florida Sportsman member: Team Tuppens

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

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Rough Conditions, Tight Lines

Florida Sportsman member: Lori Jo Fishing

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

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Bucket List: Catch a Sailfish, Check!

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

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

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


Epic Bloody Sunday

Florida Sportsman member: e-money

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

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Tuna, Dolphin, and Sails off Stuart

Florida Sportsman member: Capt George Gozdz

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

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Picture Perfect Day off Stuart

Florida Sportsman member: Stetson Law

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

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Offshore with the Kids

Florida Sportsman member: Lori Jo Fishing

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

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Crushing the Hoo’s

Florida Sportsman member: e-money

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

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Bull Dolphin on the Fly

Florida Sportsman member: Capt. Scott

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

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SLI Offshore

Florida Sportsman member: FISHHUNTR

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

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Blue Marlin off St. Lucie Inlet

Florida Sportsman member: unhooked

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

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Boynton Beach Wahoo

Florida Sportsman member: Lori Jo Fishing

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

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Stud Wahoo of Jupiter

Florida Sportsman member: Net 30

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

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Dolphin and Kings off Boynton

Florida Sportsman member: Dominic74

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

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Wahoo Triplets

Florida Sportsman member: FishThis1

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

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Swordfish in the Southeast

Florida Sportsman member: Offshore9393

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

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Smoking Drags in the Southeast

Florida Sportsman member: e-money

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

 

 

 

 

 

 


Hot Tuna Bite off Stuart

Florida Sportsman member: Alwaysforward

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

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Hot Phins

Florida Sportsman member: Ocean Motion

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

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On the Yellowfins

Florida Sportsman member: o-sea-d

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

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Team Sargent Winning Wahoo

Florida Sportsman member: Hooklesslure

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

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Solid BFT’s

Florida Sportsman member: e-money

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

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Dolphin and BFT’s

Florida Sportsman member: alwaysforward

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

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Kingfish on the E$

Florida Sportsman member: e-money

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

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Lady Stuart Epic Day

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

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


Port Saint Lucie Offshore Fishing Report

Florida Sportsman member: Alwaysforward

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

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Dolphin under the Weeds

Florida Sportsman member: Dominic74

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

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Team Bandit- Francis Langford Tournament

Florida Sportsman member: sam50

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

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Buddy’s First Fish

Florida Sportsman member: ChadJ55

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

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SLI Offshore, Weeds Everywhere

Florida Sportsman member: Fi$h2nguyen

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

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SE Bash Kingfish

Florida Sportsman member: Cat_Sass

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

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King Krazy!

Florida Sportsman member: Sam50

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

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First ‘Phins!

Florida Sportsman member: Squiddly86

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

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Spearfishing Cobia

Florida Sportsman member: nutsmagoo

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

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Fins and Wahoo!

Florida Sportsman member: PaulBoat

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

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Day-timing!

Florida Sportsman member: Chronic Obsession

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

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Epic Trip!

Florida Sportsman member: e-money

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

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Slob Cobia

Florida Sportsman member: PBG POOLGUY

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

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First Report a Success

Florida Sportsman member: djjohnj

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

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SLI Report

Florida Sportsman member: Dolfan

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

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Live Bait Action

Florida Sportsman member: schmittyfish561

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

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TUNA, DOLPHIN, and WAHOO SLAM

Florida Sportsman member: PaulBoat

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

 

 

 

 

 


SLI Offshore Wahoo and Dolphin

Florida Sportsman member: Cat_Sass

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

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Valentines Day Treat

Florida Sportsman Member: Hooklesslure

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

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Red Hot Fishin’

Florida Sportsman member: e-money

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

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

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Opening Day

 


Opening Day

Florida Sportsman member: Cast&Blast

Well that was fun! Had my limit in 20 minutes. Could have had it in 5 but i was being “patient” waiting on something other than teal.

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Last Minute Success

Florida Sportsman member: If_it_flies_it_dies

He’s standing behind some grapevines so I still cant see the headgear real well, but at this point I don’t care. I have a clear shot at his chest and it’s a legal buck on my last hunt. Bad day to be him. I take aim at his chest, take my time and BOOM goes the slug gun.

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Neighborhood Pests

Florida Sportsman member: Big Bend Brian

Five minutes later the one that walked past me appeared right in front of me and I turned the green light on, covering the beam to diminish the light beam, I estimated it was at 20 yards and brought the crossbow up holding the green light under the crossbow. As the illuminated red reticle sight got right behind the hog’s shoulder I opened my hand to make the beam stronger and let er rip.

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Another One Down

Florida Sportsman member: Lc-hunter86

He appeared to have a little better head gear so I told her to hit her grunt call and estrus bleat to see if he will come in…what do ya know? He starts making a beeline for us! He presented me with a perfect 22 yard broadside shot and the rest is history!

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Awesome Youth Deer Hunt

Florida Sportsman member: Big Bend Brian

one girl had deer hunted with her father for 3 years but had yet to get a deer and also Aliyah, who had never hunted before but was so proud of taking her first deer. Of the eleven youth hunters that participated, nine of them got a deer!

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South Georgia Fun

Florida Sportsman member: rrbgtt

Tori’s boyfriend, Dean took out one the cull bucks we have on the “to be disposed of” wall and Toni shot, what she thought was a doe at about 200 yards. It ended up being a button buck, but that happens to the best of us.

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Muzzleloader Buck

Florida Sportsman member: relicshunter

The smoke cleared the opposite way he ran so I saw most of the exit and heard a great big crash. Upon retrieval I found him to be a nice 7 point, 132 pounds, check station estimated him at 3.5 years old.

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Season in Review

Florida Sportsman member: creekgeek

The big buck left a good blood trail and was pretty easy to find even in water but he only went about 15 yards. The two smaller bucks left no blood at all in the first few yards. The first of the smaller ones was also in a swamp and completely covered himself with mud.

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Vacation Buck

Florida Sportsman member: HuntnFL

He finally stopped 200 yards away and I was able to get a shot and put him down. I thought he was just a nice 8 but when I walked up I realized he was a 13 pointer. Needless to say, it made up for my unsuccessful bow hunt.

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A Couple Nice Bucks on a Windy Weekend

Florida Sportsman member: Lc-hunter86

The second morning she managed to whack a very nice 7 point about 45 minutes after daylight. He was very run down, probably from chasing does. Even so he still weighed in at 136 pounds.

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Youngest’s First Deer

Florida Sportsman member: huntmstr

“Emma, get the gun. It’s a buck for sure,” I whispered. I stuck the barrel out the window and Emma laid across my lap as she trained the scope on the deer’s torso.

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A Great Weekend

Florida Sportsman member: Lc-hunter86

He was only able to hunt one day of the permit so we had to make something happen from one evening of scouting and one day of sitting. Well we got it done opening morning!

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Public Land Stud

Florida Sportsman member: FloridaBoy

I let my buddy decide where to hunt the first afternoon and he decided to make a clutch move and try the area one more time and guess what? It worked out!

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New Personal Best

Florida Sportsman member: HookandStick

I took my best bow buck Friday evening. He is a typical 10 point, I believe he’s pretty old as well. At last light he appeared and gave me a 25 yard forward quartering shot.

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Making it Happen

Florida Sportsman member: Git-R-Dunn

I watched the does and Turkey,which were only 20 yards away,and I just happened to look to my left. Here comes a nice 8 point. I wake up quickly,as I was running on 4 hours of sleep.

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Big Eight Down

Florida Sportsman member: dilligaf84

This buck had been cruising roughly 700 acres based on trail pics so it was anyone’s guess where he would show up. He came in checking for does at last light. Haven’t put a tape on him yet but looks like he may break 100 inches.

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Buck in the Swamp

Florida Sportsman member: away

Around 6:15 I hear what sounds like a deer creeping through the water and can barely make out feet in the distance before he makes a turn and starts angling toward me. Stopped him at about 28 yards quartering to me. Passed right through and he piled up 30 yards away.

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Buck Down

Florida Sportsman member: roachbuster

With the woods being wet from rain overnight this deer snuck up on me, looked over and he was 15 yards away. when he got behind a tree I stood up pulled back and shot him. I hit him perfect but arrow didn’t come out other shoulder.

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Filling the Freezer

Florida Sportsman member: rrbgtt

I dropped her off and turned the tractor around headed back to the clubhouse. Before I made it back, she called and said to turn around. She had shot a doe. She said they came out into the plot just as the tractor pulled away. This time one made the mistake of getting within range.

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Quick Kill

Florida Sportsman member: jhandyman

We launched the boat and had a gator on the line in 5 minutes. 30 minutes later, the boats back on the trailer and we’re headed home. 7’5″ and about 2 inches missing from the tail.

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Central Florida Nine Point

Florida Sportsman member: Gone_Fishing

Took this 9 pt Wednesday morning at 7:20am following a doe. No official weight, estimated at 135 to 140 pounds. 47 yard shot with a 100 grain RamCat. This buck didn’t have much width but he had some nice mass and interesting character to the rack.

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Bucks and Bacon

Florida Sportsman member: jnicholson1437

Finally this archery season I told him I am sitting with him in his blind, and bringing all my gear and making this thing happen. And happen it did!

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Public Land Buck

Florida Sportsman member: zack&drake

My plan was to let anything walk until the last evening unless it was a monster. I get a text at 7:35 that says 6 point, down come get me! I call my buddy and he was so excited he could barely talk.

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First Bow Kill

Florida Sportsman member: Rebel998

I see the path hes going and set up a shot as he walks into my shooting lane. 20 yards out I release my arrow with a toxic broadhead and I hear that sound for the first time “thwack”! He’s hit! I watch him
run and crash and continue running.

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Double Does Down

Florida Sportsman member: maq attaq

Danny dropped his first doe on Saturday at 130 yds and his second on Sunday at around 120 yds. They both dropped in their tracks. We had a great time hanging out, exploring and enjoying our pup Gunner. He got his first taste of deer blood. Watching Danny hunt is so much more rewarding than squeezing the trigger myself.

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Rainy Day 10 Point

Florida Sportsman member: Killingtime1

At about 8 I caught this guy trying to slip through one of my shooting lanes at 35 yards, so I gave him a grunt to stop him and I sent a slick trick on its way, the shot was farther back than I hoped for. After a sparse blood trail of 50 yards I backed out and called a buddy with best tracking dog (Rascal) that I have ever seen. It only took Rascal 10 minutes to retrieve my kill.

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Buck Down

Florida Sportsman member: FloridaBoy

After a soggy sit Saturday, I was happy to see clear skies Sunday. Had deer out all day in the fields Saturday, Sunday morning I had a buck walk by my stand before shooting light. About 8am I saw this buck out in the field and grunted him in to 30 yards. Close enough. Thwack. Smoked em.

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Opening Day Deer

Florida Sportsman member: BowtechGen3

We got quite a surprise when arrived at our tree that morning as turkey’s were roosted in our tree despite not having any pictures of them in the preceding weeks they scared the crap out of us when they flushed. But we were able to get set up and ready with plenty of time to wait for daylight.

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First Bow Buck

Florida Sportsman member: Lc-hunter86

Well my girl and I decided to try hunting a romp n stomp WMA I’ve never hunted before this year. After a lot of scouting and a rough opening day, she was able to score her first ever archery buck. It’s not her largest buck she’s ever killed, but I’d say it’s probably her biggest hunting accomplishment to date! A nice little 4 point to start the season off right!

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Taggin’ Out

Florida Sportsman member: mr300s

We had a ball we and ended up tagging out, four heroes took four gators, mine was 10 feet 2 inches as well another and two smaller ones. We hunted area 540 in Melbourne out of air boats.

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Trophy Gator

Florida Sportsman member: mike923

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

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Patience Pays Off

Florida Sportsman member: trg03

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

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STA Gators

Florida Sportsman member: floridacrackr

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

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Filling Tags

Florida Sportsman member: Big Bend Brian

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

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Getting the Gators

Florida Sportsman member: BowtechGen3

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

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Opening Day Success

Florida Sportsman member: conchobrady

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

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Turkey Down

Florida Sportsman member: down4dacount

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

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Big Hog Down

Florida Sportsman member: CatchDog

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

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Giggin’ For Dinner

Florida Sportsman member: roachbuster

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

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Team “Spur Me” in Missouri

Florida Sportsman member: Ruff One

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

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Night Time Pig and Recipe

Florida Sportsman member: Big Bend Brian

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

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Like Father, Like Son

Florida Sportsman member: cetchdawg

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

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A Turkey Surprise

Florida Sportsman member: Iggy7

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

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Pork Chops, it’s what’s for Dinner

Florida Sportsman member: Big Bend Brian

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

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A Solid Season

Florida Sportsman member: hooksetter

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

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Laying Down Her First Bird

Florida Sportsman member: Longhaul

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

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Turkey Season Recap

Florida Sportsman member: triplehelix

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

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Central Florida Osceola Down

Florida Sportsman member: huntentails

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

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Wrapping Up the Season

Florida Sportsman member: Larry Mac

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

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First Bird Down

Florida Sportsman member: anglingarchitect

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

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Great Turkey Season

Florida Sportsman member: chainsawcity

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

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Working for Your Bird

Florida Sportsman member: james 14

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

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Nice Bird Down

Florida Sportsman member: redfishrob

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

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Doubling Up, Turkey Style

Florida Sportsman member: wildrooter

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

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Big Barred Hog

Florida Sportsman member: Big Bend Brian

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

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Night Hunting, Pig Down

Florida Sportsman member: Big Bend Brian

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

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Recapping the Season

Florida Sportsman member: DropTine797

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

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Big Buck With the Bow

Florida Sportsman member: Lc-hunter86

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

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Buck Down

Florida Sportsman member: Panhandler80

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

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Snipin’ While the Water’s High

Florida Sportsman member: rrbgtt

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

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Running Dogs and Catching Hogs

Florida Sportsman member: dukhuntr1991

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

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Polk County 11 Point

Florida Sportsman member: jbeam863

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

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Fine Swine

Florida Sportsman member: UCF HUNTER

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

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The Wife’s First Buck

Florida Sportsman member: Catalina26

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

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When You’re On You’re On

Florida Sportsman member: flydown

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

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Bucks And Ducks

Florida Sportsman member: Git-R-Dunn

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

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Nice 9 Point Hernando County Buck

Florida Sportsman member: drgibby

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

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Slingin’ Steel, Ducks Downs

Florida Sportsman member: slayer 52

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

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Solid WMA Buck

Florida Sportsman member: luv2kildeer

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

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For The Love Of The Hunt

Florida Sportsman member: PalmettoKid

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

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Little Guy, Big Hog

Florida Sportsman member: Mojito

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

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Hungryland Buck

Florida Sportsman member: Marx Man

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

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Solid Central Florida Buck

Florida Sportsman member: PinkIndian321

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

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Great Gun Season So Far

Florida Sportsman member: Lc-hunter86

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

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Georgia Buck

Florida Sportsman member: bone

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

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Big Buck in The Swamp

Florida Sportsman member: flydown

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

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Something You Don’t See Everyday

Florida Sportsman member: Gone_Fishing

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

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Nice Quota Buck

Florida Sportsman member: Lc-hunter86

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

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First Buck

Florida Sportsman member: if_it_flies_it_dies

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

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Tracking Down the First Buck of the Season

Florida Sportsman member: tarpontamer2007

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

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Gator Hunting with a First Timer

Florida Sportsman member: bswiv

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

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

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

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Big 9-Point Down

Florida Sportsman member: floridacrackr

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

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First Buck of the Season

Florida Sportsman member: eorlando

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

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Last Bird of the Season

Florida Sportsman member: Fish Addict

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

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Gobbler Down

Florida Sportsman member: down4dacount

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

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Doubling Up

Florida Sportsman member: BnT

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

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

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Great Weekend of Hunting

Florida Sportsman member: BCSAILS

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

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First Turkey

Florida Sportsman member: down4dacount

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

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Youth Waterfowl Hunt

Florida Sportsman member: down4dacount

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

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Another Buck Down

Florida Sportsman member: huntmstr

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

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Alabama First Buck

Florida Sportsman member: maq attaq

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

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Last Chance Buck

Florida Sportsman member: ScreaminSeamen

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

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Scoters in South Florida

Florida Sportsman member: dukhuntr1991

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

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Tennessee Christmas

Florida Sportsman member: KBG

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

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A Ocala Buck

Florida Sportsman member: snowman

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

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A Look Back at 2012

Florida Sportsman member: bluefieldbowhunter

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


Unbelievable Hunting Weekend

Florida Sportsman member: Iggy7

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

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Thanksgiving Weekend Doe

Florida Sportsman member: Gone_Fishing

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

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Dawson’s First Buck

Florida Sportsman member: rrbgtt

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

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Successful Weekend; Hogs, Deer

Florida Sportsman member: down4dacount

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

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Georgia No Longer On My Mind!

Florida Sportsman member: hooksetter

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

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Turkey Season; Deer Scouting Pays Off

Florida Sportsman member: huntmstr

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

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Muzzleloader Buck, Big Buck Contest Continues

Florida Sportsman member: Lc-hunter86

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

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Successful Weekend of Hog Hunting

Florida Sportsman member: FloridaBoy

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

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Great Buck, Great Weekend

Florida Sportsman member: down4dacount

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

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Awesome Archery Buck with Grandpa

Florida Sportsman member: BowtechGen3

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

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Great Archery Buck

Florida Sportsman member: ReelAffair23

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

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A “Florida Sportsman” Weekend

Florida Sportsman member: onICE

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

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8 Point Down

Florida Sportsman member: gator4ever

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

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

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

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Opening Weekend Success

Florida Sportsman member: BCSAILS

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

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Deep Camp Photos

Florida Sportsman member: jrb651

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

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

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Hunting Collaboration Video

Florida Sportsman member: eorlando

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Nebraska Spring Turkey Trip

Florida Sportsman member: BCSAILS

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

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Missouri Hunt

Florida Sportsman member: flydown

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

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

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A Great Bird

Florida Sportsman member: trotsky

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

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Bird Down! Bird Down!

Florida Sportsman member: relicshunter

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

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“Hog of my Dreams”

Florida Sportsman member: harbison

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

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Big Central Florida Buck

Florida Sportsman member: catchusifyoucan

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

See the thread here.

My Catch Monday

Want to win great prizes and show off your catch at the same time? Participate in My Catch Monday (MCM)! MCM is a Facebook contest designed to encourage fans (like you!) to share photos and descriptions of their catches from the weekend on Monday morning. MCM encourages and rewards anglers, hunters, and all outdoors fans for doing something they’re already doing, sharing and liking on Facebook!

My Catch Monday will be promoted with a post each Monday morning on Facebook encouraging fans to post pictures from their weekend fishing trips and to vote for their favorites by liking them, with a prize going to the person who gets the most likes for the photo they posted.

This week, the grand prize consists of a prize pack from Bomber Lures!

Rules/Execution:

• Monday 9 a.m. MCM graphic with that week’s prize will be posted on FB.
• Only one photo is to be submitted, if additional photos are submitted, they will be deleted.
• Photos containing nudity, profanity, rude gestures, etc. will be eliminated.
• Tuesday 10 a.m MCM contest concludes. A screen shot of all posts and likes will be taken at 10am.
• Tuesday Noon, Winner is announced, we send a FB message to the winner getting contact information to send to the weekly sponsor so they can drop ship the prize within 7-14 days.
• In the case of a tie, the winner will be determined by who posted the photo first.
• Fish that are caught and are in possession illegally are not eligible to win.
• Game such as deer, alligator or other game are also eligible to win.
• You are only eligible to win one MCM contest per month.
• In the case of a Monday Holiday MCM will be held on the following day, Tuesday.

Red Grouper Conservation Measures Approved by FWC

Press Release FWC
Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission: MyFWC.com
At its meeting in Key Largo on Nov. 20, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) approved lowering of the red grouper recreational bag limit from four to two fish per person in Gulf of Mexico state waters, excluding Monroe County.

The Commission hopes that this change will mean an increase in the length of the recreational red grouper season in federal waters, which closed early this year because the recreational catch limit was exceeded in 2013. A two-fish bag limit was initially requested by Florida anglers and for-hire captains to help maximize fishing opportunities for red grouper, especially during late fall.

This change would make state regulations consistent with similar pending regulations in Gulf federal waters. Assuming the two-fish bag limit is finalized in federal waters, the state change will go into effect beginning Jan. 1, 2015.

To learn more, visit MyFWC.com/Commission and click on “Commission Meetings” then find the topic in the agenda. To learn more about red grouper, visit MyFWC.com/Fishing and click on “Saltwater,” “Recreational Regulations” and “Gulf Grouper.”

Florida Keys Weekend Fishing 4Cast

 

Key Largo to Key West
Includes Islamorada and Marathon

November 21-23

Backcountry

Hello everyone! The fishing last weekend was nothing more than spectacular in the Florida Keys backcountry. A strong cold front passed through on Tuesday afternoon bringing with it strong winds and colder temperatures. These conditions can really fire up the fishing in the Everglades National Park. Switching your focus from the shallow areas to the deeper channels and shorelines will make your time on the water more productive. Lots of shrimp and a ¼-ounce jig head fished slowly on the bottom will get you in to a great bite of snook, redfish, sheepshead, black drum, Trout and many more. If a battle is what your looking for a 20-pound outfit rigged with some wire and a circle hook will get your workout going with a big shark.

The windy conditions have kept us from venturing out in to Gulf waters. Great reports came in last week on the calmer days from anglers that ventured out in to the farther wrecks and ledges. It’s that time of the year when the fishing starts to get really good with cobia, mackerel, tripletail and many more. We just need the weather conditions to improve to take full advantage of it. So hang in there cause as soon as the waters settle its game on! If you have a bigger boat and don’t want to get ruffed up at the reef then head over west for some calmer water and some fun fishing. All you need is lots of chum, good current and a live well full of shrimp. Try finding the cleanest water in the area for best success.

Bonefish will remain tough to target and your best approach to catch one will be chumming for them. The pilchards continue to be available at the regular bait spots. Fill up your live wells and do some local channel fishing for a mixed bag of snappers, groupers, jacks, snook and the occasional tarpon. Let’s hope the winds settle soon and we all get out on the water for some great Florida Keys backcountry fishing.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Upper Keys

Hello everyone and welcome back to this week’s forecast. As most of you know, the front has come through and the winds have picked up. Temperatures all over the United States have plummeted to historical lows, and record snowfall amounts. It’s and early winter, and it is a good thing…for us at least! The further south the Jet stream gets pushed down from the Canadian arctic air, the cooler the temperatures get to the south. What does this mean for us down here in South Florida? It means the fish are forced to migrate south that much faster as they follow the bait and falling temperatures. In plain, this means the fish show up early and allow us to have some fun with them. This past week was mother nature getting set up for what is to come I believe as there were a few sails around, but nothing to get too excited about. This front should be the ticket to really get this season rolling, and keep a solid body of fish in our area. The kites have been the method of choice this week, as we have had a decent amount of dolphin and tuna in the area as well. The pilchards have been plentiful, so catching bait has been a cinch. Slow trolling live baits and live chumming have also been productive, so pretty much if you get one in the area with the right bait you are going to get a shot. Looking for the weekend to pick up a bit with these cooler temperatures.

The wrecks have been productive this past week with mutton snappers, some African pompano, and even a few cobia. Of course there are some sharks in these areas, but nothing out of the ordinary. They will start picking up as well with this cold front coming through. On the reef, it has been as solid as you could ask for this time of year. Snappers and ceros have been very cooperative for everyone. Even some nice kingfish up tight on the edge of the reef, so there is plenty to do there. This cold spell will surely be the indicator that shows us how this is going to really kick off. Should be a good one!

That pretty much sums up what you can expect for the weekend! Remember, if you need a charter please feel free to give me a call at 305-803-1321 or contact me through my website at www.catchalottafish.com. You can also stop by World Wide Sportsman’s Bayside Marina and check us out, as I will be glad to help you out with whatever you need. If you are new to the sport and have checked out the magazine and forum, you can also check out www.Islamoradafishingsource.com for some in depth information on what charter boats we have in our area, and what kind of fishing we all do. It is becoming a great resource and directory for people looking to fish in our area! I hope everyone has a great weekend, and remember to boat responsibly!


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Lower Keys

Fishing this past week in the lower Florida Keys picked up with action inshore and offshore!

Cobia are here and can be found in the blue water as well as the backcountry channels and Gulf wrecks. Like most other species, live bait is usually the bait of choice, but a hungry cobia will eat pretty much anything.

The blackfin tuna bite is back on at the west end of the bar and live pilchards are the bait of choice. But, the trolling boats are doing well, too. Sails and wahoo are showing up, so if you are trolling make sure to use some wire.

The inshore reef patch snapper bite is strong with many different species like large porgies and snappers to be found, along with a few groupers. Live shrimp is usually the ticket for this. But, artificial bait like Gulp! can get you some action, as well.

We just had a strong cold front come in last night with high winds that will make sure the boats stay tied up at the dock for the next few days. Remember, safety first!

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Florida Sportsman Best Boat – 18’ to 20’ Aluminum Skiffs


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If the areas you fish have shallow oyster beds, submerged rocks or stump fields, an aluminum skiff like the G3 Bay 18 DLX, the SeaArk 2072 VFX and the Alumacraft 2072 can stand up to a lot of abuse and may be the best boat for you. For more information and the full episode guide, visit www.floridasportsman.com/floridasportsmanbestboat.