Fishing


Hillsboro Tuna

Hillsboro Tuna and Sailfish

Florida Sportsman member: JVL We saw an explosion on the long bait and it was game on. After 30 minutes of googan avoidance, digging, head shakes and death circles, the silhouette of a trophy blackfin tuna appeared.

Venice Pompano

Venice Pompano Saves the Day

Florida Sportsman member: rhymechizel I was trolling back to the launch spot with a jerk bait and hooked up with this pompano. One fish can change the day.

Crystal River Cobia

Crystal River Cobia

Florida Sportsman Member: Alex from GA I anchored where he said the redfish were and threw a DOA CAL a few times and caught a lizard fish, threw it some more and got a big bite. It was my first cobia.

Ponce Inlet

Ponce Inlet Mixed Bag

Florida Sportsman member: reeladdiction Trolled east until about 210′ and picked up a nice dolphin, followed by a thirteen pound blackfin, both into the ice box. We continued east into the bumpy seas until about 240′ where we picked up another dolphin. He had some company.

Tuna

Tuna on the Edge

Florida Sportsman member: BillMe We did get a nice little open water yellowfin. It committed suicide on a cable rigged bonito lure.

crab fly

Tying a Realistic Crab Fly

Crabs can make up as much as 70 percent of a redfish’s diet in many areas along the Florida coast. Shallow grassflats and mangrove prop roots offer ideal habitat for a variety of crabs. Redfish and many other species love to root around for these delicacies.

Key Largo Patch Reef

Key Largo Patch Reef

Florida Sportsman member: beachsideandy I got out to a patch reef with a nice 16 to 30ft drop. I netted a ton of ballyhoo to take back with me for the dolphin run up in my area. Right when I was finishing up, two cobia appeared behind the boat. One ate a ballyhoo chunk and I put it in the box.

Panama

15 Species in Panama

Florida Sportsman member: Pesca Pimp Panama Inshore we had luck with pretty much everything except roosterfish! We got a number of species including blue trevalle, jack crevalle, horse-eye jack, yellow snapper, and cubera snapper. We had one monster cubera of about 60 pounds that we caught and released just a mile from our lodge.

snook

Monster Momma Snook

Florida Sportsman Member: duckmanJR She lights it up, melting eight pound mono off my 2500 Diawa like butter in a hot skillet. I’m on the troller hard, trying to not get spooled. She is so fat she can only her her head kinda out of the water and flops back in.

kites

Tigress Kite Fishing Products

Tigress Outriggers and Gear has introduced new kite products to cover a wide range of conditions. Both kites have lightweight carbon graphite spars and come with an additional fifth, extra spar.

Boca Raton Dolphin

Boca Raton Dolphin, Kings and Bonito

Florida Sportsman member: landshark We deiced to make the run north. We found a crazy edge in 300-350ft of water, with a smoking north current. It went from being 2-4 to 4-6 real quick out there. The mahi were stacked up on that edge.

Full Day Fishin'

Full Day Fishin’

Florida Sportsman member: ALV The temperature inshore was 77 and offshore was 75 degrees. Seas were three to four feet. Winds ten to fifteen. We drifted several interesting areas and loaded up with some pretty big bass and a kingfish.

verosnook

Finding Fish in Vero

Florida Sportsman member: palmbeachpete Even with all this wind you can find a place to paddle and fish. All you have to do is do a little homework and have a little luck.

Wreck Fishing Snapper

Wreck Fishing Snapper

Florida Sportsman Member: clarosa While anchored on a wreck in 100′ of water, we chummed heavily and caught a lot of big yellowtails with a lot of them in the 20-23″ range. Also caught a huge mango in the 9lb range that was 27″.

Big Pine Key

Big Pine Key Variety

Florida Sportsman Member: Viking On a recent trip to Bahia Honda State Park, I was able to find plenty of areas to catch tarpon, bonefish and plenty of other varieties of fish. This video covers how to identify productive areas and the baits used to catch fish.

Mixed Bag

Well Earned Mixed Bag

Florida Sportsman: Bassin Assassin I worked mangroves lining the pond and came to a crab pot out in the middle. I casted past it. Just past the pot, my lure got blasted so hard the rod almost came out of my hand.