Offshore Fishing

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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.

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Nighttime Swordfishing Rigs

In the FS Seminar, Florida Sportsman editor Jeff Weakley joins Harry Schafer at Grand Slam Tackle & Marine Supply. Weakley and Schafer go over some basic rigging for catching swordfish at night.

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Homemade Eel Lures

A lure with a strong silhouette—I like black best—that’s got some wiggling action and can be made in a variety of sizes is ideal. A cost-effective, homeboy customized “eel” made from a bicycle inner tube is a great rig.

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Choosing the Right Hook

In this FS Seminar, Rick Ryals tells us what the most important things are to consider when selecting the right hook for the job. Ryals explains which hooks are best for live bait and dead baits, and the key differences and advantages of using j-hooks and circle hooks.

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Panhandle Offshore With a Surprise

Florida Sportsman member: mahiwahi Several casts in I hooked a fish and it went flying into the air. I thought I had foul hooked a bonita but my friend yelled “it’s a dolphin”. Since it’s January I was in disbelief but as it got closer and I saw yellow I knew he was right.

Slick calm days are fewer than in summer, but the average fish is bigger. This one's 130 pounds, taken by the Three Buoys crew off Palm Beach County.

Warming Up to Winter Swordfish

Many of the largest swordfish of the year are caught as they migrate through our waters in winter. Each year as the weather turns cold, Florida east coast anglers begin targeting sailfish as they migrate south with each passing cold front. When chasing sailfish, the best fishing usually occurs on the leading edge of the cold front when the wind is blowing the hardest and the seas are rough.

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Save That Kite!

Fishing kites withstand a lot of abuse, but over time components may fail. Even the most experienced kite fisherman occasionally dunks a kite, and now and then a strut, string or crosspiece breaks. At least for recovered kites, there’s a good chance it will fly again. Torn ones won’t, but can be kept for parts. Here are some ways to save your kites.

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Sailfish Alley North

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.

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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.

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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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Best Rigs for Bottom Fishing

When thinking of bottom fishing, most imagine a cooler full of fish and a hot meal on the table. What about the days you can’t convince a keeper to eat? Fishing with the right rig can make all the difference.

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Live Bait Rigging Methods

The way a live bait is rigged when trolling can make a world of a difference when it comes to the way the bait swims through the water. Florida Sportsman’s Rick Ryals explains a few simple techniques that will get your bait swimming the right way, depending on they type of fishing you want to do.

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Comfort Offshore Starts with Dry Feet

Modern deck boots enhance safety and comfort. Dry feet are a hot commodity on a fishing deck awash in chilly water. Ask any seasoned bluewater fisherman or mate.

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Amberjack and Gray Triggerfish Reopen August 1st in Gulf State Waters

The recreational harvest of greater amberjack and gray triggerfish in Gulf of Mexico state waters (shore to 9 nautical miles) reopens Aug. 1.

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Daiwa Mag Sealed Technology

Curt Arakawa of Daiwa Corp. talks about their MagSeal technology used on their line of salt and fresh water spinning reels. Magnetic oil is one of a new generation of Nano Fluids that can change density and shape when a magnetic field is applied.

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Penn Battle II Spinning Reel

Mike Rice, Penn brand manager, introduces the new Penn Battle II at ICAST 2014. The predeccessor is the Battle, the Battle II has enhanced corrosion protection due to the use of five sealed bearings and one anti-reverse bearing.

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Rigging a Live Bait

There is a long list of great baits found throughout Florida. One thing that can stump many anglers after catching your favorite game fish candy is, how to rig it?

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Preserving Soft Baits

Companies like Berkley Gulp! often sell scented baits in a tub of scented “juice” that marinates the baits while not in use. Florida Sportsman’s Rick Ryals explains how these tubs of the “magical juice” can be utilized to preserve and give old baits a scent that fish can’t resist.

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The Florida Reef Fishing Menu

What kinds of fish might you find on the artificial reefs and wrecks around the Florida coast? That depends on season and latitude, to some extent. In midwinter, for instance, there’s a pretty big difference between the cold, nutrient-rich green water you’d encounter off Fernandina Beach, in far northeast Florida, and the warm, crystal clear Gulf Stream along the Florida Keys.

Going for bluefin, Bahamas style, is a sight fishing game.

Field Report from Cat Cay Bluefin Tournament

Following the release of the Bahamas tuna documentary, Bluefin on the Line, six teams competed in the 2014 Cat Cay Tuna Tournament, held June 5-7. No fish were landed, but Amanda Perryman, Marketing Director for Costa, which produced the film, said that about 60 fish were spotted and two good bunches were baited, with no bites.