Ozello Trip

Quick Ozello Trip

Florida Sportsman Member: anglerbros 7286 We only had a couple of hours to fish and still had a great time. We caught plenty of fish that it felt like a whole day. Had a couple 24-25″ redfish and some 18-20″. We also got some nice drum and a sheepshead to bring home.

Hard Bottom Fishing Sarasota

Trolling and Hard Bottom Fishing Sarasota

Florida Sportsman Member: BlueWater Gear We loaded up on bait of all kinds and got out to 150′. We hit some new ledges and hard bottom areas and found several species. Got some nice mangrove snapper and red grouper with gags, yellowtail, too many amberjack, small kings, and a nice blackfin to join the ice bath party.

New Port Richey Fishing

New Port Richey Fishing and Spearing

Florida Sportsman member: grey2112 About 15 miles northwest of New Port Richey, temps around 68 so a bit chilly in a 3 mil and crappy hood. Water vizibility about 15 feet vertical and 20+ horizontal, and little cloudy. It was very fishy – the gags are all in now, and on both drops we saw tons of jewfish.


December “Outta’ the Woods”: Duck and Dove Hunting Regulations

There’s a chill in the Florida air, and soon children will be out of school on winter break. During the holidays, I encourage you to take time off from work and spend some quality time with family and friends in the great outdoors.


Done with the Discharges: Plan Six Flowway

What hurts the most is that the true fix sits right there for the taking—the Plan Six Flowway. This is a concept drawn by the Corps itself back in '94.


Blackfin Bites

Florida Sportsman member: piner_wahoo Forum member piner_wahoo reported catching some blackfin tuna down in the keys. Nice catch!


Biscayne nights, Everglades days

Florida Sportsman member: lemaymiami Most of the snook and reds we found were pretty sharp and were seeing us just about when we saw them. We found a bunch of trout in a bit deeper water. When we shifted to shorelines with a bit deeper water, both Larry and Sean hooked up with a couple of nice snook in the 22 to 24 inch range.

2017 Calender SD

Sportsman’s Best 2017 Calendar

Whether you fish inshore or offshore, from a boat or from shore, on any given day in Florida you have the chance to catch that fish of a lifetime. Let us help you, with the most sportsman friendly calendar around.


St. Mark’s Hot Bites

Florida Sportsman Member: bbb Once in the creek it took two casts to find the 13″ trout. We caught 25 of these with three keepers and moved 30 yards. Then we caught 20 more with five keepers. Moved 50 more yards and caught 20 more with five keepers and a 23.5″ keeper red.


The Women Anglers of Florida Sportsman 2017 Calendar

Don’t miss out on The 2017 Women Anglers of Florida Sportsman Calendar!

Hollywood Beach Kayak Fishing

Hollywood Beach Kayak Fishing

Florida Sportsman Member: John McKroid I vertical jigged throughout the morning and afternoon for only a handful of small Little Tunny and big Blue Runners. One of my trolled baits was hooked up from above. On one of my final passes through the fishy zone, a nice King Mackerel skyrocketed on my surface bait.


Florida Sportsman December 2016

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Mayport Inlet Variety

Mayport Inlet Variety: December Advice

Florida Sportsman member: Morocco_madness The Bull Reds are absolutely thriving in the Inlet, as usual for this time of year. We’re averaging a dozen on through 20 or even as many as 40 Bulls per trip. We’re scoring our best numbers on the outgoing tide, in the 70-80 foot north trough, just inside the north submerged row.

Five Hunting Dangers

Top Five Florida Hunting Dangers

After thorough online research on hunting-related injuries and fatalities nationwide over the last several years, I have devised five general categories of threats Sunshine State hunters should be aware of before trekking into our landscapes.

Flats Fishing Black Drum

Flats Fishing Black Drum

Florida Sportsman Member: SpaceCoast Slayer I put on a gulp shrimp and dragged it excruciatingly slow across the bottom of this deep hole. Get thumped.. It’s a catfish. I thought to myself, “It’s gonna be one of THOSE days.” Whipped it out again and got another thump, but this one had some weight to it.

Palm Beach Kingfish

Palm Beach Kingfish, Mahi and More

Florida Sportsman: Angler Managemnt There’s plenty of sails off Palm Beach in 70-100 feet along with kings and mahi. A great snapper bite is still around in the 75-90 foot range. Live gogs under the kite and fresh cut bait on double hook rigs with 6-8oz are fine for the bottom.

Matlacha Pass Snook

Matlacha Pass Snook and Reds

Florida Sportsman member: TimGleason Fishing has been surprisingly steady. Slot size and undersized snook have been steady in the predawn and dawn time frame. The redfish bite has been steady as well. Fishing isn’t on fire but a pick bite is better than water devoid of life like in the red tide areas.

Compass Cay Bahamas Wahoo

Compass Cay Bahamas Wahoo

Florida Sportsman Member: tefird21 There seemed to be a good bite going on north of Highborne in the Exumas, we nabbed a 31 and 23 pounder and a surprise 22 lb mahi high speeding. Our best day was when we ran 40 miles west of Compass Cay to the Tongue and landed a 66 and 37 in a doubleheader. Most of our trolling was at 12-15 knots.

Must haves for kayak fishing

Five Must Haves for Kayak Fishing

If you are into kayak fishing, here is your list of five must haves when fishing.

Homosassa Offshore

Homosassa Offshore Variety

Florida Sportsman member: ALV We caught a 29″ grouper on a Bomber Long A, about 300 feet back, probably six to eight feet down. That grouper came up 25 or so feet to attack the bomber (blue/white) and passed on the divers. We were also running a couple of Rapala Magnums (25 to 30 ft.). The water was so clear that earlier that day in 40+ feet, I watched a ladyfish plug rest on the bottom with a huge turtle and a remora swimming behind the turtle. Amazing.


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


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


Florida Keys Weekend Fishing 4Cast

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

Capt. Alan n Snook

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


Florida 10,000 Islands Weekend Fishing 4Cast

Florida Sportsman Fishing 4caster Capt. Steve Dall
Covering Naples to Flamingo, including Naples, Marco Island, Everglades City and Chokoloskee