BonitaBob Paddlecraft Blog at Florida Sportsman


Exploring the Indian River Lagoon

The Indian River Lagoon runs south along Florida’s east coast from Ponce De Leon Inlet approximately 150 miles to Hobe Sound and is part of the Intracoastal Waterway. Its many inlets provide the tidal movement that is crucial for maintaining a healthy fish habitat.

Brian's Snook

The Benefits of Kayak Fishing Clubs

There are many kayak fishing clubs throughout Florida. If you are a kayak angler in Florida looking for new fishing buddies, all you have to do is a web search to find one near you.

Snappers for days

Key West on Foot

I traveled with the family to Key West for our annual fishing trip. We stay for a week at the Galleon Resort and fish right there from the dock, catching plenty of gray snappers and gag grouper to freeze for the year.


Hitting the Trail

It’s easy to get caught up in the same type of fishing when you do it all the time. For me, it’s inshore saltwater flats fishing. I like to take the occasional forays into other types of fishing, but I sometimes forget how much fun I am missing.

Editor Sam Hudson with a snook

‘Choko’ Fishing with Rich and Sam

The tides are very strong in the 10,000 Islands and the fish respond to it. We were rewarded with snook and redfish right away.

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Summer Sharkin’

Warm summer nights in Southwest Florida means sharks. Every year from May to September the forum comes alive with beach shark fishing reports from Naples to Sanibel and with incredible pictures to go along.


Kayak Fishing ClassicS

Kayak anglers comparing prospective fishing areas. Kayak fishing tournaments have become fairly common throughout Florida. Whether it’s a charitable event,…»


Everglades City Slam

Everglades City is the kind of place that conjures up thoughts of adventure and intrigue. Nestled deep in the Everglades,…»


East Coast Offshore Kayak Fishing

I have had east coast offshore fishing on my bucket list for quite some time now. Every new offshore post that comes across the forum features incredible photos of beautiful fish that just a few years ago were thought to be accessible only by boat.


Pine Island Sound Paddling

The mention of Pine Island Sound conjures up visions of big bull redfish and gator trout being caught on light tackle over beautiful grass flats and sandy potholes.


Scouting Palma Sola Bay

Palma Sola Bay, Perico Bayou and Anna Maria Sound all connect to the most southern area of Tampa Bay by the mouth of the Manatee River. All the elements of a great fishery are here


Paddling Mason Creek

Mason Creek is a tidal creek just outside of Homosassa on the Nature Coast of Florida. Located just south of the Crystal River, it flows into Porpoise Bay and out into the Gulf of Mexico.


Kayaking Near Week’s Fish Camp in Estero

I met up with Allen Reddick (reelman325) at Weeks Fish Camp in Estero. Allen has been fishing the Southwest Florida area since he was a boy.


Bonitabob’s Fishing Adventures

Hi folks! I am Bob Bramblet, bonitabob on the forum. Some of you know me from the forum, but the vast majority of you have never heard of me.