Fishing


Surf Fishing Sharks

Surf Fishing Sharks

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

Crystal River Sheepshead and Snapper

Crystal River Sheepshead and Snapper

Florida Sportsman Member: anglerbros 7286 We noticed the sheepshead were like 5-10ft off the bottom when I dropped the go pro down. We got some by slowly dropping shrimp on light weight knocker rigs or single split shot. We moved to the reef and got around 20 snapper from 14″-20″ and some more nice sheepshead.

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Snook Season Reopens in Gulf Waters March 1st

The recreational harvest season for one of Florida’s premier fish, snook, reopens March 1 in Florida’s Gulf of Mexico state and adjacent federal waters, including Everglades National Park and Monroe County. The season will remain open through April 30.

Palm Beach Shark

Palm Beach Shark in the Surf

Florida Sportsman member: sandwashslugger After an hour of not one bite, I reeled in my line to check my bait. Right before I went to cast I saw a good size blacktip shark literally right at my feet. I pitched the bait, he turned on it and I turned on the gopro.

Sanilbel Sheepshead

Sanibel Sheepshead

Florida Sportsman member: larrywitt The light rod and line is doing its job. He lands his first 17″ to 18″ sheepshead and boy is there a smile on his face now. We ended up with 14 sheeps from 14″ to 18″ in the box, we released a large amount of legal size ones to get a little bigger, two nice pompano, and one nice flounder.

Jacksonville Inshore Fishing

Jacksonville Inshore Fishing

Florida Sportsman member: Splitshot Syndicate Ended up finding the reds with a freelined shrimp in about two to four feet in between the docks. They were caught using 15lb Spiderwire, 25lb fluorocarbon, and a 2/0 Octopus hook, with a shrimp pinned through the tail. Everything else caught using live shrimp on a 1/8 – 1/4 oz H&H short shank jig with 25lb fluorocarbon and 15lb Spiderwire. Water temperature was 71 degrees.

Simple loop knot with light cable tightens unevenly but holds well.

Prevent Breakoffs with Wire Tippet

You can get away with heavy monofilament or fluorocarbon for smaller toothy fish, such as Spanish macks and little blues (not ‘cudas!) but if the macks are “max” or you’re on some kingfish, wire is a must. When a sizeable toothy fish clenches its teeth, your fly is gone. Now I make it habit to carry both singlestrand and braided wire leader, and there are new products that make it easier to rig up for flies.

Fort Pierce Snook

Fort Pierce Snook Frenzy

Florida Sportsman member: Capt.AW Since the season has opened, the snook bite has been absurd. For a little over a week, it was every bait as soon as it hit the bottom. Most have been in the slot or just above. Bait, on the other hand, has been tough.

Offshore Variety

Offshore Variety

Florida Sportsman Member: clarosa Got the chum flowing and the mango’s and yellowtail made an appearance. Got five nice sized yellowtail and a handful of really nice mangos, all on sardines.

Keaton Trout

Keaton Trout

Florida Sportsman Member: HookemBookem We caught a lot of shorts and a couple nice keepers. All were caught in 3.5 feet with white gulp and popper.

Panama Fishing

Panama Fishing Recap

Florida Sportsman member: Pesca Pimp Panama These guys got lucky as it started out slow on the first day, but we came across a pod of feeding porpoises that sure enough had Tunas hanging around them. They got a couple of real nice yellowfin tunas on live baits.

February Inshore

February Inshore Review

Florida Sportsman: Matt822 The trout bite has been really good as well with some fish in the 24-28″ range. I’ve been getting them on zman paddle tails, bouncing the edges of the pot holes in one to five feet of water. They usually hit it on the drop, so be ready.

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Fernandina Offshore Reef Variety

Florida Sportsman member: dillon5458 Fished three different spots at KBY reef for about three hours. We only found one short sheep, but loaded the boat with some of the biggest ringtail porgies I have ever seen. They are fat. My wife picked up a nice drum. All in all great day, happy kids and wife.

10K Variety Bites

10K Variety Bites

Florida Sportsman Member: Joe Snook Super Bowl Sunday I went out to fill the bait pen and get some triple tail with a friend and I got this slob, who was almost 30 inches.

Crappie

It’s Crappie Time

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

Ponce Inlet Trolling

Ponce Inlet Trolling and Bottom Fishing

Florida Sportsman member: Mako224 We headed back to the ledge we started at and wanted to work some bottom. This paid off. Lots of vermillion, stud mangos, triggers, porgies and jacks.