Fishing


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Mosquito Lagoon Seatrout on Fly

Get a few fly-caught redfish on your resume, then test your mettle against Mosquito Lagoon trout. Fly fishermen possess a rare trait. A desire to experience hot fishing, in its purest form, boils through their veins.

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Northeast Offshore

Florida Sportsman member: Richardrbloom I gave the fish another 30 yards or so then threw it into strike and held on. Then the shotgun rod goes off and my buddy Austin grabs it. We had a double hookup for about a minute until mine came off again.

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South Florida Mixed Bag

Florida Sportsman member: chut03 Used primarily topwater rubber frogs for the snakehead, and the biggest bass attacked the frogs too. Peacocks on lipless crankbaits, and livebait. Plus one catfish on a rubber worm strangely enough. and even a needlefish that took a jig.

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Bumping the Bridges

Florida Sportsman member: Real V Forum member Real V got into some nice Charlotte Harbor snook recently. The tactic used for these linesider was hopping D.O.A. Terroreyz along the bottom around bridge structure.

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Skinny Water Grouper Tournament

MacRae’s, Florida Fisherman & Settin the Hook Apparel present the First Annual Skinny Water Grouper Tournament on October 17, 18 & 19th! Limited to the first 200 boats.

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Hooked Up for Tatas

HOOKED UP FOR TATAS FISHING TOURNAMENT @ PLANTATION ON CRYSTAL RIVER Presented by: Reel Action Promotions Benefiting: Making Strides Against…»

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Catching in the Transition

Florida Sportsman Member: ripnlips For the past few weeks we have been seeing fish transition from Summer patterns to Fall patterns and this means that they are in the mood to eat. Now is the time to get out on the water and take advantage of it.

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First Redfish on Fly

Florida Sportsman member: staysalty Forum member staysalty scored his first redfish on fly. This fish ate a small white minnow fly out of a docklight near Siesta Key. Congrats!

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Reaction Strikes

Yet, if you dangle a ball of yarn in front of that cat it will take a swipe at it. Toss a ball and the dog will chase it. Bass are hard-wired with the same predatory responses. Given the right stimulus they will strike a lure, even if they are not feeding. Call this a reaction strike. The right lure presentation will trigger it.

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Fly Fishing for Billfish

A historical piece about fly fishing with teasers for billfish with the “Robinson System” developed by Webster Robinson and his wife Helen Robinson in the early 1960s.

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Grouper on the Troll

Florida Sportsman member: Ruff one She wanted to hit some nasty bottom area in 15 feet, so we were off. It seems like we pull a trophy gag out of this spot every time we visit it. Guess what? We didn’t have the plug in the water 1 minute and Gail’s rod is screaming!

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Bull Reds on a Beautiful Day

Florida Sportsman member: Angler170. We were greeted with a beautiful sunrise just before the current began to slow and the fish began to fire off! We started the morning off with a 42 and a 38 inch fish. we then had one break 60 pound leader and another pull the hook.

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Fly Fishing on Wrecks

Mixed-bag action during the spring migration Wreck fly fishing is fun and rewarding, but purists will need to check their mindset at the dock. For dependable action, chumming is key. Frozen block chum and freshly cast-netted baitfish really get the snappers, jacks and mackerels prowling the upper portion of the water column.

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Season Three of Florida TrophyCatch Program Underway

Season two of TrophyCatch was a huge success. The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC), anglers and fishing-related businesses around the state are celebrating the success and kicking off season three. For the second season, which just ended, more than $200,000 worth of individual prizes will be rewarded, thanks to TrophyCatch’s valued corporate partners.

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Reds Love Flies

Around the state, redfish on the flats provide a nearly perfect target for flycasters. As a fly fisherman’s meat and potatoes, you could hardly dish out anything to improve on the redfish.

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Night Time Snapper Bite

Florida Sportsman Member: Veikx We used 5000 sized spinning gear with 15 feet of 20 pound flourocarbon leader. We used knocker rigs in the beginning and then switched over to 1/0 mutu light circle hooks free-lined with pilchards and squid.