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Snook Population on the Rise

Beginning September 1st, the recreational harvest season for Florida’s game fish snook, opened statewide. Snook are very popular with recreational anglers due to their mild flavor and strong fighting spirit. Permits and recreational fishing licenses are required and the fish may be caught using hook and line only. There is a one-fish-per-person, per-day bag limit, the 28- to 33-inch total length slot limit for the Gulf and 28-to 32-inch requirement for the Atlantic.


Florida Shipwrecks: Fishing for History

Thousands of of wrecks, thousands of fishing spots and countless fascinating tales.

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Putting the In-Laws on the Fish

Florida Sportsman Member: RealSeabee Top Water (Skitter and Sebile Slim Sticks) and Cut Mullet are the baits. We’ve been doing much better this go around. Don has caught 18 reds to this point and we will be out again today.

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Tearing up the Tortugas

Florida Sportsman member: Reef Bandit Motoring a few hundred yards, we all readied. It didn’t take long to find out that the next spot was loaded with big red snappers. We caught them one after another. The only problem was that they were out of season so we had to vent them and let them go.


Fishing on the Edge

Florida Sportsman member: ShallowSalt Biggest score of the week was a 19.5 pound blackfin tuna caught on 20 pound spin gear while drifting. We began to see the big boys skying about a quarter mile behind the boat and eventually they worked their way close enough and took a drifting bait behind the boat.

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Indian River Night Bite

Florida Sportsman member: snookcook I prefer to fish at night or in the evening mainly to avoid the sun. Plus, the night time is the right time! The docks have been holding tons of trout and snook. The tarpon are here in huge numbers in the river and on the beach.


A Belize Adventure

Florida Sportsman member: DogDoc He then took us to a flat where the bonefish were tailing and cruising everywhere. Small groups of 5 to 10 fish mixed with singles and doubles. On this one flat I saw more tailing bonefish than all of the bonefish I’ve seen in the Keys my entire life.


Sight Fishing Peacocks

Florida Sportsman member: peacockbass921 Other guys hooked into snook, jacks and tons of little bass and cichlids but I was able to land the biggest peacock of the event at 17.5 inches.

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Planers for Wahoo

In the clear Gulf Stream water that sweeps along the coast of South Florida, wahoo aficionados use the scaled-down planer method to entice more strikes than they might otherwise get with the heavy lures and steel cable leaders used in high-speed trolling.


3rd Annual FS Northeast Bash & Tournament

The 3rd Annual Northeast Florida Sportsman Bash and Tournament is this weekend, September 26th & 27th! This is a family event AND a fishing tournament.

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Fly Line Management

Line management is the single biggest issue for fly fishermen. A wet beach towel placed over offending projections might solve your problems. Sometimes duct tape will do it. When that isn’t enough, you may need a line management tool.

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10,000 Islands Inshore

Florida Sportsman Member: Oldfloridaangler We were also joined by a few skittish tarpon, that were darting in and out of view snatching the baits as they frantically evaded the frenzy. The reds openly accepted anything with a bronze or new penny color.


Sebastian Offshore

Florida Sportsman member: bighardey We put the lines back out and slow trolled at 5 knots and about 11:15 on blue & green Islander skirted ballyhoo the hoo hits hard, heads deep. Yanked her back to the boat nice and easy, gaffed and put in the box. It was a super day and good to be back.

Keeping low, author delivers a fly to a bullseye snakehead.

Aim for a Bullseye

As a Florida invasive, bullseye snakeheads began in Tamarac, and have spread throughout most of the neighborhoods above Ft. Lauderdale and below Palm Beach. Any body of water in these areas on any given day can hold snakeheads.


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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Tarpon, Tripletail and More

Florida Sportsman member: Captain Ross We’ve still been plugging away at tarpon at night, it was a bit inconsistent around the last full moon. One night we jumped six, the next night four, then the two following trips we jumped a big fat zero.