There’s something to be said about grabbing a handful of lures and hitting your favorite spot, just your two feet and your fishing rod. Covering a lot of ground may be out of the question, but with careful planning you can cover it thoroughly.
Local business Whatz Up Products Inc. released its latest product line of the Bait Dipper kits. Each unique design accommodates fishermen of all types and has been proven to keep bait alive longer and healthier than those in the past.
Big rewards lurk under big bridges—if you’re prepared. The same fastidious thought needs to go into a night bridge-fishing expedition as an offshore trip. I admit to being a bit lackadaisical about safety when fishing a foot-deep grassflat far off the beaten-boat path.
The Blue Wave 2200 Pure Bay has a LOA of 21 feet, 4 inches and an 8 feet, 6 inch beam. The deck layout leans more toward the fisherman but there are some very nice family features as well.
Florida Sportsman Member: larrywitt Lines were dropped to the bottom and there were instant hits but no fish ever made to the surface. You could get it four to ten feet off the bottom and then the rod was almost ripped from your hands till the line would break. We were using 60 pound main line and 80 to 100 pound leader.
Florida Sportsman member: Manbeast Saturday was extremely windy, cloudy, and a lot of the water was blown off the flats so we didn’t spend any time searching for the reds in the shallows. After having some trouble locating good water, we found a 31 inch snook and a 26 inch red to follow shortly after.
Florida Sportsman member: Lucky_Lefty Well my brothers were in town and we decided to take my center console over to Lake Okeechobee for the first time and try for bass. We stopped and got 2 dozen shiners. We launched out of the Kissimmee River and headed out to a area that looked good.
On my beautiful, state-of-the-art “fast-action” graphite Winston $1,000 outfit, I was able to cast the Sharkwave line farther than the $79 Wind River outfit…but only by 6 feet!
n this Florida Sportsman seminar, Reel Time Host Capt. George Gozdz demonstrates a common freshwater technique of flipping in heavy structure.
Florida Sportsman Member: Jim311 I pushed in further into the creek. I spooked one nice red which I didn’t even see until he’d spooked. Then I hooked up again, and again it was another super hard fight. This fish was bigger though, over 32 inches.
Florida Sportsman member: Angler Management The wind overpowered the current so it kept us moving south and we fished our majority of the time just south of the breakers. We seem to float between 180 and 350 feet of water, although we really weren’t paying attention because it was really nonstop action.
Florida Sportsman Member: Silent snooker Went back up to the Loxahatchee River hoping to play with some of the small snook we were catching two weeks ago and was lucky enough to find more upper and over slot snook than small ones.
Florida Sportsman member: hoggator I called again, and they answered, but kept walking. Too far for my son to shoot! Some would argue that maybe too far for me as well! I leaned across my son, rested my elbow on his thigh, told him to cover his ears, and let the Mossberg 835 with 3.5” Longbeard XRs sing.
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Rich Vidulich teaches surf anglers how to cast better. He’s learned from the best. His mentor is American distance champion Tommy Farmer of North Carolina, whose record throw reached 859 feet.
Casting weighted flies certainly brings challenges. An angler might struggle just to get the fly and line out of the water. Then, once the fly is airborne, our favorite rod and our favorite skull are at risk from these sharpened anvils.
A slow-moving, bottom-bouncing worm is great for thoroughly working a small area. But there are situations where getting that worm off the bottom can be a better bet. Here are three ways to turn that bait into a faster-moving lure.
Florida Sportsman member: Docked Wages Some chunky bamboo we came across north of the Port last friday. After releasing a few shorts we motored up and filmed a variety of species co-mingling underneath. Two Tripletail stuck around for the video.
Unveiled at the Miami Boat Show in February, the HydraSports Custom 53’ Sueños represents a new level of center console fishing boat, winning the show’s coveted Innovation Award. Not only is it the world’s largest outboard powered center console, the Sueños (“Dream”) offers refinements never before seen on an open fisherman.
August days are long, and fishing outings often push the dinner hour towards dusk. And there are few of us who relish the idea of slaving in the kitchen preparing a nice dinner for ourselves or guests as the sun sets under the yardarm. So, why not consider having everything prepped and ready to cook in advance?
The spiny lobster recreational and commercial season closes to harvest in state and federal waters starting April 1 and will reopen Aug. 6. The two-day recreational sport season is the last consecutive Wednesday and Thursday of July, which is July 29 and 30 this year.
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