High-leaping Atlantic sails gather at the northern end of Sailfish Alley in early winter. Ft. Pierce, at the north end of Sailfish Alley, heats up when temperatures drop. A walk down Fort Pierce docks reads like a Who’s Who list of sailfish chasers.
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.
Get ready…Get set…Go for Florida’s state saltwater fish! It’s finally here: November, start of sailfish season in South Florida. You wake up one morning and there’s a cool wind out of the north. Out on the reef, packs of spindlebeaks are heading south, black etchings in vivid sapphire seas.
What’s better than turkey, football and relatives you haven’t seen all year? Easy answer: wahoo, high-speed trolling and a boat only big enough for six of your best friends or family.
The Carbon Fiber Fighting Belts will come in three sizes and four colors to each size. Carbon Fiber Fighting Belts will enable fisherman to battle and land the biggest of predators that swim while minimizing fatigue and discomfort, while allowing the angler to maintain concentration on the fight.
Host of Reel Time Florida Sportsman Capt. George Gozdz shows us the basics of kite fishing. Kite fishing is a great way to present live baits to pelagics. Capt. George breaks down the essentials required for rigging the ideal kite fishing setup.
Easy ways to find currents and eddies offshore. Tracking weather fronts has long been a big part of offshore fishing. Pretty easy, too. Just turn on the TV or check the Internet. No excuse for getting caught in a norther on your way to the marlin grounds.
Andrew Jones joins the FS crew to explain some of the finer points of offshore big game trolling. During this FS Seminar, Andrew explains how to set up the rods and reels in the cockpit of your boat for a worry-free spread of lines.
Ocean fish of all sorts love these versatile baits. Spanish sardines are among the best live baits when they’re available, but don’t discount the frozen ones. Partyboats, charter skippers and private anglers have been using them for a long time.
The sport. The new regs. The future of the fishery. Only minutes after I met Capt. Greg Poland for the first time in Key West last fall, he told me the story of some angling friends in Miami, who it turned out I knew as well, who had—ten years back—invited him to dinner. And, he said, they served permit.
When it’s calm enough, troll the beaches to pick up awesome bluewater live baits. Abundant around the state, a 6- to 9-inch runner is perfect for big kings, sailfish, wahoo, you name it. Fishing in hard-pressured Palm Beach County, I’ve found one method that, with a little tweaking, quickly accounts for enough runners to fill a day: trolling with small jigs.
Tips for planning a center console outrigger installation. Want to build a wider trolling spread for sailfish or dolphin season? Modern T-tops are commonly built to accommodate topmount outriggers, preserving the fisharound quality of a center console vessel.
Florida Sportsman, Yamaha Marine, Costa Del Mar, and the Guy Harvey Foundation together announced the “Yamaha Fishing for Warriors” contest on June 13, 2013, an ongoing Florida-based initiative that welcomes home returning U.S. warriors by hosting them on recreational fishing trips on Florida waters.
Check Out This Florida Drift-Fisherman’s Daisy Chain. Every now and then, something comes around that makes you ask yourself, “Why didn’t I think of that?” Vertical flashers make so much sense, I’m ashamed I didn’t arrive at the idea on my own. Years from now, we may look back at this system in the same way see outriggers and fishing kites.
Natural trolling strips can be cut from the sides and belly portions of virtually any shiny fish, but the Florida species best-suited for this is a little tunny, a.k.a. bonito or false albacore. Let the bonito sit on ice for at least a few hours if not a day so the blood congeals and the flesh becomes more workable.