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First CCA Star Tagged Redfish Caught!

Should a, would a, could a is something too many anglers said last summer during the CCA Florida STAR tournament. Don’t let that be you this summer.

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Small Lake Bass

Within minutes we boated a fat 3-pound bass, and that was the start of a steady parade of fish. By the time an early afternoon thunderstorm ended our day, we had tallied over 20 bass. The best was pushing 7 pounds.

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Tournament Winner

Florida Sportsman member: SmittysTeam We ran out Saturday morning and fished the 700-800 feet for awhile but nada. Decided to run further out and picked up a couple nice fish on the 52 line. Blind trolling and off a pallet. Fishing was real slow but managed to get first place overall.

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Buckman Reds

Florida Sportsman member: REDROB
Went out after work yesterday to soak a few crabs, fishing the buckman in 20 feet of water, the bite was on fire! 9 reds all over 36 inches with the biggest being 42 and one 40 incher with a tag in her.

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Ponce Offshore

Florida Sportsman member:chompchomp We found a decent rip in 450′ with decent weed and ended up catching 10. Several times we had to drop back five or six times to hook up, but every time we finally got the 30 plus pounders next to the boat, they had big friends tagging along.

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DIY Kayak

Build a wooden boat for fishing. Catching a fish on a homemade lure or rod is a real thrill. How about catching a fish from a boat you’ve built for yourself?

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A Red Morning

Florida Sportsman member: GatorInPISound At this point we were hoping the incoming tide would really trigger a bite but the only thing we conjured up was a small shark. We continued on for a bit and picked up a couple more reds including a tiny reddish looking shark and a 22 inch snook.

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Fiddler Crabs for Bait

Remember chasing fiddler crabs when you were a kid? Fiddlers are probably my all-around best bait, especially if kids are along. Catching the crabs can involve action, yelps of joy, lots of bending over, and a great lesson in biology. They’re also an irresistible bait for hungry fish.

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{P_:PP:Matanzas Kayak Fishing

Sketchy low tides and a minefield of oyster shell? No problem for these Northeast Florida kayakers. Edward Abbey once said if you want to see the desert, get down on your knees and start crawling. Kayaking is the boating equivalent, with fish and other wildlife only inches away.

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Reel Time Florida Sportsman – Crystal in the Rough

Capt. George Gozdz finds a new and exciting way to target grouper in the Crystal River shallows.

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FS Project Dreamboat – 32 Seacraft Intro, Costa Rica Bound Panga

Boat owner Tyler Gorman looks to the experts at Marine Customs Unlimited to convert his recently purchased 32 Seacraft into a boat perfectly suited for family fishing and diving; FS Boating Editor Dave East meets with Craig Sutton, to discuss the build of his custom built Panga, headed to explore bluewater in Costa Rica; and the crew at MCU works on a custom 30 Dorado, being transformed into an inshore fishing machine.

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Teenager Catches State Record Flathead Catfish

Charles Patchen (13) from Alabama caught a 63.8-pound flathead catfish on the Chattahoochee River in Jackson County at 2:30 p.m. on May 15. He beat the previous certified state record by more than eight pounds.

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Apply for Fall Quota Permits and Special-Op Hunts Now!

The summer brings fishing and other recreational activities, but it’s never too early to start planning for the upcoming hunting season. If you’re going to hunt public land, you may submit your applications for fall quota hunt permits from now through June 15 to hunt during archery, muzzleloading gun and the general gun season.

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Safe Boating Saves Lives

Although Florida’s boating season never really ends, the traditional start is marked by National Safe Boating Week, May 21–27. The week is a time for boaters to focus on simple and effective steps that make boating safer. The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) wants all boaters to remember to boat safely. As the boating capital of the world, Florida leads the nation with nearly 1 million registered vessels across the state and is known as a prime boating spot for residents and visitors. Each year, FWC officers respond to far too many tragic and preventable boating accidents.

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Speak Up Against Closures, Gang, Your Voice Is Needed

It’s urgent that fishing conservationists attend a special hearing on the federal government’s proposal to shut down recreational angling in a third of the historic and productive reefs off Florida’s southeast coast.

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The Mission It is Creeping

It started out as a harmless enough effort to protect reefs. Suddenly it’s become one more of the biggest-ever attempts to ban fishing on a grand scale.

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Sanibel Action

Florida Sportsman member: Tgrass The next fish was a big girl cruising up the beach and I watched it eat the fly. I was lucky to have two people from the UK walking the beach who were nice enough to take this picture. This fish was hook solid in the corner of the mouth, it measured 38 inches.

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West Central Deep Dropping

Florida Sportsman Member:harbison 3:00 P.M. sixteen serious, dedicated, anglers are ready for a 63 hour ‘Deep Drop Florida Style’ trip deep into the very heart of our Gulf of Mexico.

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Making it Happen

Florida Sportsman Member: KingCatch The wind was blowing from the west around 15 mph. I just got up on the leeward bank and started poling down the flat. I ended up catching a few redfish and scouting some area that eventually led me to a little tarpon hole, catching a little guy to end the day.

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Ten Thousand Islands Backcountry Kayaking

My quest for solitude and hidden fishing hot spots that didn’t involve a multi-day, overnight paddle or motor boat had started a few days earlier with Capt. Charles Wright, local ecotour operator and fishing guru.

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Key West Trip

Florida Sportsman member: ReelObsession Forum member ReelObsession and friends recently took a trip down to Key West to indulge in some great spearfishing. As you can see from the pictures, it was a good time had by all.

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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

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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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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

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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