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Reaction Strikes

Yet, if you dangle a ball of yarn in front of that cat it will take a swipe at it. Toss a ball and the dog will chase it. Bass are hard-wired with the same predatory responses. Given the right stimulus they will strike a lure, even if they are not feeding. Call this a reaction strike. The right lure presentation will trigger it.

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Topwater Time of Year

Surface lures are deadly when bass come off the beds. Many anglers consider the spring spawning season the most excit- ing time of the year. But, when it ends, the action isn’t over. The three- month period that follows may produce your biggest bass of the year—especially if you enjoy throwing topwater lures.

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Basics of Lobster Diving : Part 2

In this FS Seminar, Publisher Blair Wickstrom dives with his long time friend Juan Comendeiro to find lobsters off of Bimini, Bahamas. Comendeiro covers a few techniques for catching lobster when you don’t have a net at hand.

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A Change of Pace

Florida Sportsman member: remo_5_0 Forum member remo_5_0 Shared his recent trout fishing trip in Wyoming. A change of pace from what Florida has to offer to fly fishermen. Beautiful fish!

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Dusky 19 Bay Shark

If you want to mount a trolling motor on an affordable, offshore-viable boat, definitely check out the 19 Bay Shark

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Fort Myers Fishing

Florida Sportsman member: Captain Bill Curtis After the first 2 baits got stolen, the third was the charm when the large threadfin got hammered and a giant snook broke the water when the circle hook came tight. My angler did a stellar job of leaning on the fish, with the 20 pound braid, as it raced to the mangrove roots hoping to escape.

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Fishing on the Edge

Florida Sportsman member: Double Threat Amberjack are biting pretty well on the wrecks (deep and even some shallower wrecks). We have had some king bites but it has been inconsistent. Lost some decent ones at the leader and a few other charter boats have caught them to 40 pounds. Blackfin tuna to 30 pounds are starting to show as well

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REACTOR Watch & Bill Boyce Western Outdoor News Los Cabos 2014 Tuna Jackpot Sweepstakes

Winner and guest will receive over $7,500 in prizes including the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to fish with world famous Bill Boyce on their tournament team.

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Tarpon Time in the Keys

Florida Sportsman Member: syxx I’ve been fishing tarpon since the first week of February and we’ve had pretty good early season fishing but now the real big schools are showing up. Just a few days ago we had a 5 fish day with most fish in the 60-100 pound range.

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Triple Trouble

Tripletail offer a curious challenge to the fly angler, and they are available around the state. Days and nights of stiff northeasterly winds had hampered our attempts to venture into the windblown Atlantic for more than a week. But now the long wait had ended with the arrival of calm winds and moderate ground swells.

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Coral Springs Snakin’

Florida Sportsman Member: USNAVY_Angler All in all, managed to land a solid 28 inch 5 to 6 pound Snake, another medium one around 2.5 pound and a baby which was released.

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A Solid Season

Florida Sportsman member: hooksetter Forum member hooksetter has had a great turkey season this year. Not only hunting in Florida, But throughout Georgia and South Carolina as well. Great Work!

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Off the Hook

Chasing big fish in tight quarters? Rig a quick-release float to get off the anchor quick. While the finest braided lines, high-speed reels, situation-specific rods and marine electronics do a great job of putting us into position, getting out of a sticky situation is just as important.

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Go Small For Big Results

Rigging and fishing little plastics for dug-in fish. Knowing the bass are there is one thing; getting to them is another. Given the opportunity, the largest bass in any body of water will conceal themselves beneath a canopy of grass, hydrilla, hyacinth or other cover.

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Reel Time Florida Sportsman – Islamorada Sailfish

Capt. George Gozdz and the Reel Time crew travel to the Florida Keys to fish with Brittney Novalsky aka SaltwaterSportswoman…»

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Kayak Fishing Report: Snook Are On Fire

The weather has been breaking it’s winter patterns and the flats are finally starting to gradually warm up; along with…»

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Peacock Bass – Florida Butterfly vs. Brazilian Speckled

But how do the butterfly peacocks of South Florida stand up to speckled peacocks of the Amazon Basin? A look at the similarities and differences of the Florida Butterfly Peacock versus the Brazilian Speckled Peacock.

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Fly Fishing for Cobia In Florida

The perfect warmup for spring tarpon season. Spring-run cobia travel inshore where even small skiffs can reach them on calm days. The fish are quick to snap up flies, and a big one will tax a 10-weight as well as any tarpon of comparable size. Where best to tackle these great fish on fly? Here are four scenarios.

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Hobie Pro Angler

Considering Hobie Pro Angler’s outstanding stability for standup casting, it’s effective in sight-fishing flats redfish. We snuck in a quick test trip to Indian River Lagoon flats in search of snook and trout.

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Triton 351 Express

Exclusive photos of the Triton 351 Express from Florida Sportsman magazine. It’s a 34-footer with center-console helm, lounge seating foward, and a forward cabin.

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Killer Cobia

Florida Sportsman member: e-money Forum member e-money posted a solid report with a stud 58 inch, 46 pound cobia to top it off. Great fish!

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Drift Boats in Florida

Where teamwork and paddle craft meet. Fly fishers see a picture of a drift boat and think Rocky Mountain river trout fishing. But lately there has been some talk among fly-fishing folk that the drift boat might be just right for Florida bass fishing, too.

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Conservation Organizations Team Up for Quail

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) at its meeting today near Tallahassee announced a partnership with three other conservation organizations to help the northern bobwhite (quail) and youth shooting programs in Florida and Georgia.

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FS Seminar – Outriggers

During this FS Seminar, Florida Sportsman publisher Blair Wickstrom goes over the basics of outriggers. Outriggers serve two main purposes: separating your baits and providing a small drop back when a fish strikes a bait.

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Reactor Watches Los Cabos Sweepstakes with Bill Boyce

REACTOR, maker of the worlds’ most durable and progressive sport watches, is partnering with Bill Boyce, renowned underwater photographer, sport fisherman and host of The International Game Fish Association’s television show Anglers Digest to send one lucky winner to the Western Outdoor News Los Cabos 2014 Tuna Jackpot.