Fishing


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Way Down on the Econ

If Stephen Foster had known about the Econlockhatchee, or Econ, the lyrics to his famous song may have been different.
The Econ doesn’t come up in discussions of great Florida fishing waters. Fishing the Econ is usually a lovely day on the water with a few beautiful fish thrown in. It can be better than that, but you really can’t expect it to be.

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A Fishing Trip to Remember

Florida Sportsman member: Gonzalezrob Day two started slower than day one, but Capt. Ozzie Fischer was determined to put us on some quality fish. After trying a few spots and netting some live pilchards, Capt. put on a bunch of snook. There were a couple of occasions were we had doubleheader and even a triple header.

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A Trip to the Lagoon

Florida Sportsman member: Snookslayer772 Highlight of the day was my buddy catching a 30 inch trout, three feet from the boat. Poling through a back creek, he spotted the tail of the fish sticking out of the grass under water, dropped the fly and boom!

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The End Game

“Fish on!” is the sound all offshore fishermen live for. You’ve trolled through miles of blue water and suddenly the rigger pin snaps, the rod bends, and the fight is on. The line is disappearing at an alarming rate, your sea monster is getting farther and farther away and every instinct in your body is screaming, “Stop the boat!”

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South Tampa Bite

Florida Sportsman member: gettinwet We started in the backwaters focusing around mangrove points and cuts between islands as well as schools of large black mullet. After a lot of short strikes on topwater plugs we did manage to hook up a couple of nice reds.

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Stiltsville Flats Fishing

Florida Sportsman member: Gary M A fishing trip with Capt.Carl Ball with AWOL Fishing Charters was won in a raffle, so Saturday was the day! Tom and his 15 year old son Thomas met Capt. Ball at the ramp at Crandon Marina.

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Father and Son Fun

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

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East Central Offshore

Florida Sportsman member:Kapt. Hook There’s been a lot of african pompano around on the ledges. The cobia have been small lately but in good numbers. Snapper have moved out and left the bottom a cold ghost town. Not a lot of bait on the beaches or the buoy. Live pinfish and mullet are the best bet for live baits right now.

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Trying Something New

Florida Sportsman Member: WATERTIMEinshore I continued on seeing a lot of nice pushes along the banks most were mullet but finally saw one that looked a little bigger. Pitched him the Gulp and boom 32.5 inch red worked me good for a few minutes. Pretty much was the highlight of the morning and as usual got hot things slowed up so we called it a day.

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St. Marks Redfishing

Florida Sportsman Member: tailwaters Sunday we did a little better, landing 22 fish (give or take). Most measured in the mid 20’s with one going over slot. It was top water early, then spoons and plastic twitch baits as the tide rose. Around 10am we switched over to pinfish. Had to get off the water by noon both days due to the heat.

Legendary fisherman and TV host Roland Martin shows off a nice bass caught on a recent trip to Lake Trafford.

The Little Lake that Could

“Lake Trafford is an important resource for boating, fishing and wildlife viewing,” said Barron Moody, regional administrator for the FWC’s Division of Freshwater Fisheries Management. “One of the FWC’s primary goals in the restoration of Lake Trafford was to create healthy habitat for Florida’s fish and wildlife resources, which in turn has generated more recreational opportunities for anglers and outdoor enthusiasts.”

We had an excellent day of golf and fishing with 96 participants for FS Bass & Birdies

2016 Florida Sportsman Bass & Birdies Classic

Fishing tackle industry figures from around the world showed their drive at the third annual Florida Sportsman Bass & Birdies Classic. The unique event, a hybrid golf and bass tournament, heralds the opening of the International Convention of Allied Sportfishing Trades, or ICAST, which is the world’s premier fishing tackle trade show.

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Bimini Yellowfins

Florida Sportsman Member: HurricaneBK A couple scoops of live pilchards and they were around us and I was hooked up. Never had time to get the rod out of the rod holder as my bent butt 50 wide made short work of a nice 60 pound class yellowfin and our target species was in the boat.

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Crystal River Snookin’

Florida Sportsman Member: HammerheadTed Today I went out early with Robbie, but we started at slack high tide and didn’t catch anything until the water was flowing out hard. Been catching smaller snook and this 35 inch snook is the first big one I’ve gotten in a month or so and a real treat.

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Northeast Offshore

Florida Sportsman member:Cast&Blast On Stef’s first drop, she was locked into something huge. Hunter and I were both doing our part to keep her from being pulled overboard. This fish took a couple great runs with the drag locked down pretty good.

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A Step Above the Others

Fly fishing for summer tarpon from a unique perspective. I’ve caught many fish from the comfort and stability of my ladder long after the sea breeze swept waves have chased the others away.