At its meeting in Key Largo on Nov. 20, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) approved lowering of the red grouper recreational bag limit from four to two fish per person in Gulf of Mexico state waters, excluding Monroe County.
Florida Sportsman Fishing 4caster Captains James Chappell and Juan Garcia
Covering Key Largo to Key West, including Islamorada and Marathon
If the areas you fish have shallow oyster beds, submerged rocks or stump fields, an aluminum skiff like the G3 Bay 18 DLX, the SeaArk 2072 VFX and the Alumacraft 2072 can stand up to a lot of abuse and may be the best boat for you.
We struck through Destin Pass with fly rods, light casting outfits and jackets zipped up tight. Outside, we found dreamlike conditions.
Florida Sportsman member: PaulBoat She came up to me and wondered how come I’ve never taken her wahoo fishing… “It’s too hard for you to reel,” I said. “I’ve seen your videos and those big electric reels,” she replied. “It can get a bit boring if we’re just running around looking for a bite,” I said. “I’m patient, I’ll bring a book and some magazines.
Florida Sportsman Member: cbmdk86 My buddy Geoff and I got out not too long ago and played with some decent sized ocean Reds. They were thick and we got a nice day of sleigh rides in exchange for our sizable paddle to the spot.
Florida Sportsman member: zay we also got into a huge school of rat reds that were chewin which was a ton of fun.The highlight of the day was a monster trout that smashed a mirrodine.It measured at 28 inches but the girth on this thing was insane.
Florida Sportsman Fishing 4caster Capt. Ray Markham
Covering Aripeka to Longboat Key, including Hudson, Anclote Key, Tarpon Springs, Dunedin, Clearwater, Tampa, St. Petersburg, Anna Maria Island and Bradenton
Florida Sportsman Fishing 4caster Capt. Alan Sherman
Covering Deerfield Beach to Key Largo & Flamingo to Cape Sable, including Pompano Beach, Ft. Lauderdale, Miami and Homestead
Florida Sportsman Fishing 4caster Capt. Chaz Heller
Covering Perdido Key to Cape San Blas, including Pensacola, Gulf Breeze, Fort Walton Beach, Destin, Panama City and Port St. Joe
Florida Sportsman Fishing 4caster Capt. Tommy Thompson
Covering Homosassa, Crystal River, Yankeetown, Waccasassa Bay, Cedar Key, Suwannee, Horseshoe Beach, Steinhatchee and Keaton Beach
Florida Sportsman Fishing 4caster Capt. Kevin Merritt
Covering Naples to Flamingo, including Naples, Marco Island, Everglades City and Chokoloskee
Florida Sportsman Fishing 4caster Capt. Ron Kowalyk
Covering Sarasota to Bonita Beach, including Siesta Key, Englewood, Boca Grande, Port Charlotte, Punta Gorda, Pine Island, Cape Coral, Captiva, Sanibel and Fort Myers
Florida Sportsman Fishing 4caster Capt. Eden White
Covering Wabasso Beach to Boca Raton, including Vero Beach, Ft. Pierce, Stuart, West Palm Beach and Lake Worth
Florida Sportsman Fishing 4caster Capt. Brent Romiti
Covering St. Vincent Island to Steinhatchee, including Apalachicola, St. George Island, Carabelle, St. Marks and Keaton Beach
Florida Sportsman Fishing 4caster Capt. Jim Ross
Covering Tomoka Basin to Sebastian Inlet, including Daytona Beach, Titusville, Cape Canaveral, Cocoa and Melbourne
Florida Sportsman Fishing 4caster Capt. Roger Bump
Covering Fernandina Beach to Flagler Beach, including Jacksonville and St. Augustine
Florida Sportsman member: cudaman In the morning I started jigging and was able to connect with a red grouper, a story that would repeat over and over about 20 times. On this trip the ged groupers seemed to like jigs slowly jigged near the bottom.
Florida Sportsman Member: SaltyRoots We went out of the Port in search of triple tail, flounder, redfish, and kings. Both times got blanked on the triple tail and flounder but that was because all of our time was spent reeling in kingfish and redfish!
This imitation of a successful lure works just as well when tied as a fly. All veteran redfishermen are aware of how effective weedless spoons are on reds. Jon Cave knew this as well and wanted to transfer that success to flyfishing.
Florida Sportsman member: Fireman Bill The water is still higher than I like but it was manageable. The big bass was the only fish I caught for the day but I made it count. My friend caught one bass, 6 snook and a hoard on panfish as I paddled.
60 years in the boat building industry is evident in Skeeter’s new Saltwater Series SX2250 Bay Boat. Designed with the serious fisherman in mind, this boat serves a dual role with a super shallow draft and a hull design that will flatten a choppy bay.
Well, its fall…at least it is while I am working on this blog… and the cooler weather it ushers in brings out anglers on the hunt for black crappie. Just so happens, fall is also when FWC’s Fish and Wildlife Research Institute (FWRI) biologists are doing the bulk of their sampling.
On December 10th, top billfishing teams will return to Sailfish Marina for the third annual Operation Sailfish tournament. These teams will battle it out Friday, December 12th through Saturday, December 13th for a purse in excess of $500,000.
This season the homeowners of Sailfish Point are inviting the Light Tackle Tournament to indulge in the breathtaking views and amenities of the ultra private community. This venue combined with the prestige of the historic Stuart Sailfish Club is sure deliver the highlight of the winter tournament season.
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