Fishing


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Summer Fishing Fun

Florida Sportsman member: MattBudd The snook fishing has been as good as it gets in the inlet and my charter customers have been taking full advantage of that. As you will see from the pictures I have attached. We caught and released a 51 inch slob in July which is still the big fish of the season but many others in the upper 40 inch range.

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Big Taper Fly Lines

If you plan to fling half a chicken anytime soon, today’s fastest, powerful fly rods, and an aggressive (short belly)
specialty taper fly line can help you do that, without sending you in for Tommy John surgery.

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Organize Your Hooks

One of the keys to successful live bait fishing is matching the size and style hook to the bait you fish. Regardless of whether you catch or buy your bait, baits vary in size from trip to trip. That’s why we’ve developed a hook box system so that we are always prepared to find the right hook for the bait at hand and the species of fish that we are targeting.

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South Florida Freshwater

Florida Sportsman member: chut03 Forum member chut03 and friends have been catching a nice variety of fish in the South Florida Freshwater systems, including, bass, carp, snakeheads and even snook.

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Southwest Redfish Bite

Florida Sportsman member: GatorInPISound The rain slowed things up just a little and changed the bite from actively aggressive to timid and lethargic but the fish did cooperate. I thank the lord for enabling us to catch fish and have safe passage on the water, it was a great three weeks of fishing.

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South Florida Peacock Bass

When you hear the word bass, most think of sparkly boats, baitcasters and big tournament payouts. But for fisherman in South Florida, the peacock bass is the staple in the local freshwater systems. With their aggressive eats, strong runs and beautiful colors, these fish have become prized gamefish.

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Scouting Days

How would you handle fishing for one particular kind of fish, hundreds of miles from home, on a random calendar date? What would be your strategy? What resources might you use? What tackle would you bring?These are the kinds of questions tournament fishermen routinely answer.

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Pounding Them in Panama

Florida Sportsman Member: Pesca Pimp Panama The Yellowfin Tunas were still around in big numbers but unlike first week of June the Tunas were not up in feeding frenzies and eating everything we pitched at them. The bite slowed down a bit and the weather got a bit sloppy. We had to work for our fish as the Porpoises were keen to the boat traffic and were a bit shy.

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Fishing for Juvenile Tarpon

Find a dark, stagnant pool or stream tucked way back in a mangrove swamp and there’s a good chance you’ll spot little silver fish rolling at the surface. Odds are they are tarpon, very small ones, only 1 to 3 feet long, and they are gulping air—a survival tactic that enables these fish to survive in habitats that repel most others.

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Take Your Shiner For a Stroll

It’s not the most glamorous bass tactic, and you’re not likely to see it on the cable TV fishing shows. But there’s a reason why slow-trolling live shiners is the bread and butter technique for bass guides from Lake Okeechobee to Talquin–it works.

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Florida Keys Offshore

Florida Sportsman member: Gary M We also had a pretty good bite with the yellowtail snappers. I tend to fish for them more than the heavy gear on the bottom and on this trip I got nice fish up to 23 1/2 inches. Fat ones too and on my light spinner, it was just a blast.

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Big Bend Snook

Florida Sportsman Member: HammerheadTed By now I am fishing spots where I’ve never fished before. Paid off with this massive 39 inch snook that was the toughest I’ve ever caught. 3 jumps and 3 long runs and somehow she didn’t wrap herself up in the sargasm. Missed another big one a few casts later and left early with the grandkids visiting at home.

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Catching Mullet on Fly

Solving the jumping enigma with flies. When you think about it, the “game” in gamefish says a lot about a fish. It helps explain why one man’s grunting and sweating aboard a drifting sportfisherman seems so far removed from another’s grilled swordfish in a restaurant.

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Find the Birds, Find the Fish

Florida Sportsman member: SmittysTeam Cleared the inlet around 8 and Sabiki’d about 2-3 dozen pilchards in the morning. Ran out to about 13 to 15 miles and found two frigates working hard. We slow trolled live pilchards into them and got into a huge school.

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Bull Reds 101

Florida Sportsman member: Morocco_madness Mullet don’t start showing up thick in the river channels until early Fall so it makes sense that mullet are off the menu. The blue crab are often either in shallow water or on the surface making their way to the ocean. Based on that, it also makes sense that the Blue Crab aren’t getting a lot of love either.

Photo of Capt. Bill Smith, in 1939, with the first-ever bonefish caught on regulation fly tackle. That's a copy of Smith's fly, framed with the image.

Bonefish on Fly: A Challenge from the Start

Excerpt from Florida’s Fishing Legends and Pioneers: “I hit the Islamorada flats armed with those flies. I saw many bonefish and cast at them, and it didn’t take long at all for one of them to chomp it …”