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Scuba Diving Ear Equalization Basics

When it comes to diving, whether tank diving or free diving, one of the first problems new divers run into is ear pressure. Unfamiliar with the process of “equalizing”, this sometimes can come as a surprise.

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Regulator 34

The Regulator Marine folks have done a nice job of building a boat in the 34’ class that packs a ton of features into a boat her size while not cluttering up the usable working space to do so with this model. The 34CC offers comforts you might expect from a boat much larger than this.

Port Everglades Tuna

Port Everglades Tuna

Florida Sportsman member: T – L U V We put out a spread that consisted of one ballyhoo, one squid, and a black and purple islander with a bonito strip. The first fish hit around 3pm in 680′, just north of Dania pier. Got him in the boat and set back up. We made another pass in the same area and got the second fish.

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East Central Florida Weekend Fishing 4Cast

Florida Sportsman Fishing 4caster Capt. Jim Ross
Covering Tomoka Basin to Sebastian Inlet, including Daytona Beach, Titusville, Cape Canaveral, Cocoa and Melbourne

Sebastian Super Slam

Sebastian Super Slam

Florida Sportsman Member: Flec We got a few trout early along with some jacks and ladies. Once the cool water rose a few degrees, the small snook started hitting. We tried a new area in the afternoon and it paid off.

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Florida Big Bend Weekend Fishing 4Cast

Florida Sportsman Fishing 4caster Capt. William Toney
Covering Homosassa, Crystal River, Yankeetown, Waccasassa Bay, Cedar Key, Suwannee, Horseshoe Beach, Steinhatchee and Keaton Beach

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Northeast Florida Weekend Fishing 4cast

Florida Sportsman Fishing 4caster Capt. Roger Bump
Covering Fernandina Beach to Flagler Beach, including Jacksonville and St. Augustine

Pulley Ridge Haul

Pulley Ridge Haul

Florida Sportsman member: cameron sleep Jacks started hammering baits, all up and down the port side. So when I felt three, quick, vicious strikes on my bait, I locked up and less than a second later, Dang did too. I hauled rather hard to keep him from burning up and down through the water column. I noticed that Dang’s rod, right beside me and mine, were dipping and rising in unison and suspected we both had the same fish.

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Beast St. Mary’s Bass

Florida Sportsman member: Sea Snake My nephew caught this 10.7 pound largemouth while fishing a local bass club tournament. Now for those of you not familiar with St Mary’s, it is not known for producing giants like this very often. Usually two to five pounders are the norm. So this one was the trophy of a lifetime!

Surf Fishing Sharks

Surf Fishing Sharks

Florida Sportsman Member: MuskyChaser We dropped baits an hour before sunset and right after the sun went down my 50w started screaming. A short ten minute battle later I had a decent 6.5′ lemon shark on the sand.

Crystal River Sheepshead and Snapper

Crystal River Sheepshead and Snapper

Florida Sportsman Member: anglerbros 7286 We noticed the sheepshead were like 5-10ft off the bottom when I dropped the go pro down. We got some by slowly dropping shrimp on light weight knocker rigs or single split shot. We moved to the reef and got around 20 snapper from 14″-20″ and some more nice sheepshead.

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Snook Season Reopens in Gulf Waters March 1st

The recreational harvest season for one of Florida’s premier fish, snook, reopens March 1 in Florida’s Gulf of Mexico state and adjacent federal waters, including Everglades National Park and Monroe County. The season will remain open through April 30.

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Learn to Kayak Fish Like a Pro

Kayak Fishing with the Pro’s is an annual event with a mission to teach ethical, effective techniques for catching more fish. You can learn more here in a day than would take a year to learn on your own.

Palm Beach Shark

Palm Beach Shark in the Surf

Florida Sportsman member: sandwashslugger After an hour of not one bite, I reeled in my line to check my bait. Right before I went to cast I saw a good size blacktip shark literally right at my feet. I pitched the bait, he turned on it and I turned on the gopro.

Sanilbel Sheepshead

Sanibel Sheepshead

Florida Sportsman member: larrywitt The light rod and line is doing its job. He lands his first 17″ to 18″ sheepshead and boy is there a smile on his face now. We ended up with 14 sheeps from 14″ to 18″ in the box, we released a large amount of legal size ones to get a little bigger, two nice pompano, and one nice flounder.

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Florida Panhandle Weekend Fishing 4Cast

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

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Florida Keys Weekend Fishing 4Cast

Florida Sportsman Fishing 4caster Captains James Chappell, Juan Garcia and Jamie Connell
Covering Key Largo to Key West, including Islamorada and Marathon

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South Florida Weekend Fishing 4Cast

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

Jacksonville Inshore Fishing

Jacksonville Inshore Fishing

Florida Sportsman member: Splitshot Syndicate Ended up finding the reds with a freelined shrimp in about two to four feet in between the docks. They were caught using 15lb Spiderwire, 25lb fluorocarbon, and a 2/0 Octopus hook, with a shrimp pinned through the tail. Everything else caught using live shrimp on a 1/8 – 1/4 oz H&H short shank jig with 25lb fluorocarbon and 15lb Spiderwire. Water temperature was 71 degrees.

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Southeast Florida Weekend Fishing 4Cast

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

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West Central Florida Weekend Fishing 4Cast

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

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Southwest Florida Weekend Fishing 4Cast

Florida Sportsman Fishing 4caster Capt. Rob Modys
Covering Sarasota to Bonita Beach, including Siesta Key, Englewood, Boca Grande, Port Charlotte, Punta Gorda, Pine Island, Cape Coral, Captiva, Sanibel and Fort Myers

Simple loop knot with light cable tightens unevenly but holds well.

Prevent Breakoffs with Wire Tippet

You can get away with heavy monofilament or fluorocarbon for smaller toothy fish, such as Spanish macks and little blues (not ‘cudas!) but if the macks are “max” or you’re on some kingfish, wire is a must. When a sizeable toothy fish clenches its teeth, your fly is gone. Now I make it habit to carry both singlestrand and braided wire leader, and there are new products that make it easier to rig up for flies.

This pelican had a spoon hooked to its head and the line was cut right next to it. Mike Conneen was able to catch it, safely remove the spoon and it flew away.

Gone Coastal: Fishing Line and Tackle Disposal

Fishing line and other fishing tackle frequently enter Florida’s aquatic systems as a result of incidental snags or improper disposal. When left in the aquatic environment, fishing line and tackle create potential traps for unsuspecting wildlife that can become entangled and snared, leading to injury and death.

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Upper Keys History and Discovery Center

The seemingly non-descript 11-acre Indian Key is one of the great hidden gems of the Florida Keys. Located one mile east of Islamorada’s Lower Matecumbe Key, the island chain’s only ghost town was once home to the largest community in the Florida Keys—outside of Key West.