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Tips for Using Artificial Shrimp

When it comes to artificial baits, the plastic shrimp is one of the most versatile baits both inshore and offshore. Like any bait, using the right technique is vital to making your presentation swim naturally, improving your chances of catching and landing more fish.

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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.

Mike Harris, far left, hoists a 46-pound kingfish caught this week by anglers aboard the Miami charterboat Free Spool Too.

Big Kings Showing off Miami

Quick update on the light tackle kingfish bite off Miami, from Capt. Dennis Forgione of the Free Spool Too. Forgione is interviewed in the January 2014 issue of Florida Sportsman, in the how-to article “Returning to the Light.”

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Ford Outfitter Insider Adventure Winner Catches Dream Fishing Trip To Florida

Recently, Florida Sportsman had a chance to host Gary Ring, of Alpharetta, Georgia, for a Ford Outfitters Insider Adventure. Ring’s name…»

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Florida Shark Fishing

A battle worthy for any angler, sharks are worthy of protection. Though some anglers talk contemptuously about sharks, they sure can be tough to catch. A mix of muscle and sharp-edged teeth, coupled with a demeanor similar to a pitbull.

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Oct. 1-Oct 14. Gulf Red Snapper Season Announced

From Southeast Fishery Bulletin, Sept. 13, 2013 NOAA Fisheries announces a rule increasing the allowable catch for red snapper from…»

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Snowy Grouper, Golden Tilefish Close on Atlantic Side

From NOAA Fisheries: Recreational Harvest of Snowy Grouper Closing  to Vessels Fishing in the South Atlantic Federal Waters   on…»

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FS Seminar – Rigging Ballyhoo

During this offshore FS Seminar, Florida Sportsman’s Rick Ryals shows you how to troll offshore more efficiently by rigging ballyhoo the right way.

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Bag It!

Save bucks and catch more using yesterday’s bait. This advice won’t sit well with all the pelicans, herons, egrets and sea gulls accustomed to scoring free chow when livebait anglers dump their wells at day’s end. Nevertheless, saving that leftover bait will save you time, effort and maybe some green on your next trip.

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Gulf Coast Yellowtail Snapper

Tips for tackling yellowtail snapper. Most yellowtail snapper landings come from the Keys coral reef tract, but scattered populations range as far north as Jacksonville on the Atlantic coast and St. Petersburg in the Gulf of Mexico. When they show up, savvy anglers enjoy fast action on a great-eating, beautiful fish.

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‘Tails You Win

Tips for tackling yellowtail snapper. Most yellowtail snapper landings come from the Keys coral reef tract, but scattered populations range as far north as Jacksonville on the Atlantic coast and St. Petersburg in the Gulf of Mexico. When they show up, savvy anglers enjoy fast action on a great-eating, beautiful fish.

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Casting Call for Florida Anglers: New Competition-Reality Show Looking for You

The producers of Top Shot, Dirty Jobs and The Ultimate Fighter are seeking America’s best and boldest fishermen to take on Animal Planet’s extreme fishing competition, Top Hooker …

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Deep Drop Florida Grouper Fishing

For anglers, it’s a matter of having the right gear and coordinates, and I suppose, being able to hit a postage stamp in the far corner of left field. There’s also the considerable expense.