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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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