Fishing


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Treasure Coast Reds

Florida Sportsman member: summer daze We did manage 4 slot redfish, one 25 inch trout and a snook. We released everything to fight another day, We were throwing vudu shrimp and sebile soft mullet.

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Clear Water Bass Tactics

Many of Florida’s rivers and lakes are fed by springs, and the water tends to be very clear year-round. But even on waterbodies fed primarily by surface runoff, late winter and spring can see exceptionally clear conditions, due to the cool water and limited growth of algae. This puts us anglers at a disadvantage.

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Fly Fishing the Glades

Florida Sportsman member: Native21 I was anticipating light winds in the morning so I took my light 6 weight out for some sporty action in the backcountry. I had some nice shots and landed quite a few before the winds picked up in the afternoon.

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Jupiter Offshore

Florida Sportsman member: Roc N Rol We headed out to the bait grounds and managed to get a couple dozen goggle eyes. After the sun came up we headed south to the kingfish fleet in 70 feet off of Juno pier and joined the masses. We got our limit of Kings from 30 to 36 inches and then headed out to try our luck deep dropping for golden tilefish.

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Catching Dinner

Florida Sportsman member: freshfromthesalt The day was cold but the bite was hot and by the time we brought up our last line we had 42 keeper sheepshead in the box, mixed in with a couple chunky key west grunts and black sea bass. Another 20 or more short sheeps were released.

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Surf Fly Fishing in Destin Florida

An eye-opening approach to Emerald Coast beaches and beyond. We struck through Destin Pass with fly rods, light casting outfits and jackets zipped up tight. Outside, we found dreamlike conditions.

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Haulover Swords

Florida Sportsman member: farinco We made it to the grounds and within 1 hour we had our first bite. Fought the fish for about 15 minutes and got the harpoon in her. We dropped again and pulled a fish off down deep. Dropped again and hooked into a monster shark, probably a thresher, for about 25 minutes before he ate the hook.

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West Central Mixed Bag

Florida Sportsman Member: sagory We moved out to 115 feet and this is where we did the best. We weren’t too far from a wreck so we decided to try for yellowtails. We saw someone was on it so we changed plans and ran 13 miles back in to try for hogfish on a ledge in just under 60 feet.

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South Florida Urban Fishing

Florida Sportsman member: chut03 Forum member chut03 has been tearin’ up the South Florida residential ponds and canals. Catching largemouth bass, peacock bass, crappie and more. Nice!
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TrophyCatch Helps Demonstrate Success of Lake Trafford Restoration

During a recent fishing tournament, John Stewart, 54, of Alva caught, documented and released an 8-pound, 2-ounce Florida largemouth bass on Lake Trafford.

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Sheepshead, Snook and Snapper

Florida Sportsman Member: ripnlips Sheepshead Snapper and Snook have been the targeted species lately. Seems like the sheeps are finally spawning out on the rocks reefs and ledges just offshore. They are willing to bite if you get good enough weather to get out there. When the weather gets bad we have been getting snapper and snook in the river. Live shrimp has been the bait of choice.

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Anglers For The Cure Tournament

Anglers For The Cure, a non-profit charity was founded by Adriana Somberg, who lost her husband of 29 years to prostate cancer, he was diagnosed at 54 and he had no family history of prostate cancer. This event’s main goal is making all men over the age of 40 aware of the importance of getting their screening for prostate cancer.

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Florida Chain Pickerel Fishing

Way I see it, there’s not any kind of fishing much more exciting than pulling a buzzbait or weedless in-line spinner across a field of lily pads and having a big pickerel come blasting up to engulf the bait.

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Fishing Florida Bay

In winter, shallow wrecks, banks and markers attract all sorts of visitors to the leeward side of the Florida Keys. “What’s this guy doing over here?” Capt. Chris Daly wondered aloud.

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Trophy-Sized Bass with a Past

We (FWC biologists) are offering Florida bass fishermen a revised version of an age-old adage. “If you love something, set it free. If it comes back to you, it could be 13…pounds that is.” What we are referring to are largemouth bass, and in particular, one monster that had nearly grown to the 13 pound mark.

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Fishing in Islamorada

That slim stretch of land halfway down the Keys is a stroke of geological genius for anglers. Only three miles to Islamorada’s south stands the reef, home of snapper and grouper. From there, the sea floor quickly drops off to the continental shelf.