Stealth, Fly Rods and Reluctant Redfish

Get out of the way and into the fish on the Indian River. I had known that there were schools of redfish on the shallow flats at the southern end of Mosquito Lagoon. Until now, however, I had been unable to catch more than one or two fish a day, no matter what I seemed to do. I was about ready to give up.


Bahamas Wahoo

Florida Sportsman member: e-money Forum member e-money and friends got into a hot wahoo bite off of west end. Six bites in an hour, with four coming to the boat. Nice!


Mill Cove Kayaking

Florida Sportsman Member: jacqueo I must have hit the red on the head as I threw it because within seconds my line was screaming. 20 inch red into the cooler! Yes!


2015 Florida Sportsman Bass & Birdies Classic A Success

The weather, the venue, the fishing and the camaraderie all came together perfectly for the second annual Florida Sportsman Bass & Birdies Classic, beamed tournament director Rick Ryals.

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Register for the CCA Star Tournament Before it’s Too Late

Within the past week CCA Star tagged redfish number 14 and 15 have been caught. Unfortunately, both anglers who caught these fish were not registered with and were not eligible for the Hell’s Bay Waterman giveaway.


Officers Run Down Gill Netters at Night

On July 29, 2015, officers from the Charlotte County Sheriffs’ Marine Unit found themselves involved in a high speed chase through pitch black Charlotte Harbor as they tracked down 4 men accused of illegal gill netting.


Carolina Skiff 19 DLX

One big advantage of a flat bottom skiff hull is the ability to run in very shallow water, it’s mainly limited by the amount of water required for the outboard’s lower unit.


Bait Trays Rigged and Ready

Keeping trolling baits fresh and durable is essential; bait trays make it a cinch. Bait trays are available in a variety of materials, as well as shapes and sizes specific to different cooler brands and dimensions.


Summer Fishing Fun

Florida Sportsman member: MattBudd The snook fishing has been as good as it gets in the inlet and my charter customers have been taking full advantage of that. As you will see from the pictures I have attached. We caught and released a 51 inch slob in July which is still the big fish of the season but many others in the upper 40 inch range.


My Catch Monday

Want to win great prizes and show off your catch at the same time? Participate in My Catch Monday (MCM)! MCM is a Facebook contest designed to encourage fans (like you!) to share photos and descriptions of their catches from the weekend on Monday morning. MCM encourages and rewards anglers, hunters, and all outdoors fans for doing something they’re already doing, sharing and liking on Facebook!

Getting the kayaks ready for a day on the water.

The Basics to Lobstering in a Kayak

Once lobster season rolls around in Florida, the excitement couldn’t be any more on fire. Being the popular thing to…»


Big Taper Fly Lines

If you plan to fling half a chicken anytime soon, today’s fastest, powerful fly rods, and an aggressive (short belly)
specialty taper fly line can help you do that, without sending you in for Tommy John surgery.


Organize Your Hooks

One of the keys to successful live bait fishing is matching the size and style hook to the bait you fish. Regardless of whether you catch or buy your bait, baits vary in size from trip to trip. That’s why we’ve developed a hook box system so that we are always prepared to find the right hook for the bait at hand and the species of fish that we are targeting.


Legislation Introduced to Preserve Fishing Access in Biscayne National Park

On the heels of the recent announcement to close over 10,000 acres of Biscayne National Park to fishing, a coalition of recreational fishing and boating organizations praised the introduction of a bipartisan bill, H.R. 3310, that will help stop this and similar unwarranted fishing closures from occurring.


The Grass Anchor

Spoil the reed and spare the fish. Let’s face it. Dropping even the smallest anchor in a tidal creek or wilderness canal can turn off the fish. Whether it’s the splash, or simply because fish sense your presence, they can be frightened by anchors, particularly in tight quarters.


Hinge and Hide It

Keeping your rig at home in the garage has multiple advantages. First, it is out of thieves’ sights. Second, indoor protection against UV light, heat and outdoors elements keeps your boat new-looking. And lastly, your boat will always be prepared because you can leave tackle and electronics in place.


South Florida Freshwater

Florida Sportsman member: chut03 Forum member chut03 and friends have been catching a nice variety of fish in the South Florida Freshwater systems, including, bass, carp, snakeheads and even snook.


Southwest Redfish Bite

Florida Sportsman member: GatorInPISound The rain slowed things up just a little and changed the bite from actively aggressive to timid and lethargic but the fish did cooperate. I thank the lord for enabling us to catch fish and have safe passage on the water, it was a great three weeks of fishing.


South Florida Peacock Bass

When you hear the word bass, most think of sparkly boats, baitcasters and big tournament payouts. But for fisherman in South Florida, the peacock bass is the staple in the local freshwater systems. With their aggressive eats, strong runs and beautiful colors, these fish have become prized gamefish.


CCA Helps Fund Artificial Reef off Jupiter

Press release The Fishing Wire Building Conservation Trust joins effort to create new angling, diving destination. Marine fisheries and recreational…»


Gulf Reef Fish Survey In Florida

Press Release The Fishing Wire As part of its goal of working with anglers to improve data collection and management…»

Delicate morsels of Florida bay scallops are turned into a summertime treat with only a few simple ingredients.

Scallops on the Half Shell

It’s the season to catch your own.


Scouting Days

How would you handle fishing for one particular kind of fish, hundreds of miles from home, on a random calendar date? What would be your strategy? What resources might you use? What tackle would you bring?These are the kinds of questions tournament fishermen routinely answer.


Removing Hull Stains

If you leave your boat in the water for extended periods of time, or even just run in dirty waters, you’ll find yourself dealing with a stubborn yellowish stain from the waterline down. Freshwater and soap won’t even make a dent in removing this discoloration. Having the right cleaner will make the job painless.

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Pounding Them in Panama

Florida Sportsman Member: Pesca Pimp Panama The Yellowfin Tunas were still around in big numbers but unlike first week of June the Tunas were not up in feeding frenzies and eating everything we pitched at them. The bite slowed down a bit and the weather got a bit sloppy. We had to work for our fish as the Porpoises were keen to the boat traffic and were a bit shy.