Three Tricks With Spinnerbaits for Bass

You can do a lot more with this lure than just cast and reel it. There are a lot of ways to use a spinnerbait, and a number of different retrieves that can make it more effective. Here are three retrieve methods that can increase your catch.


Tangling with Triple Tail

Florida Sportsman Member: voltman I got up early today and decided to target some tripletail, I caught one last week so thought I might find one this week ,started off losing a bruiser and snapping a fishing rod in the process, but all in all the wife and I caught 4.


Casting Weighted Flies

Casting weighted flies certainly brings challenges. An angler might struggle just to get the fly and line out of the water. Then, once the fly is airborne, our favorite rod and our favorite skull are at risk from these sharpened anvils.

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Tampa Bay Tarpon and More

Florida Sportsman member: Capt. Jared Inshore snook, redfish, mackerel, and snapper have been keeping the lines tight for the anglers that haven’t wanted to tangle with the silver king. Red fishing has seemed to be improving in the areas of the bay that I have been fishing and most of the fish have been over slot, cut bait has been the most effective with the heat.


Silver Kings from the Kayak

Florida Sportsman Member: mjrudd1 During my latest visit to Florida, I went after tarpon mostly. Caught a few and had a great time. I prefer chasing them in shallow water but got to go where they are, not where they aren’t. It gets really crowded out there, over 50 boats fishing the same area and usually I’m the only kayak.


Andros Tarpon 26

A slight departure in styling from many of the bay boat hull designs in use today, the Andros Tarpon 26 looks more the look of a Panga. This style of hull has been battle tested over the years, especially in the Islands, and has the same great attributes.


Finesse the Pads

Lily pads make great sunshades for late-summer largemouth, but they are difficult to fish without snagging. One solution that works very well is casting small, weedless-rigged soft plastics along the outer edges of shoreline pads.


The Devil in Your Fuel

If it’s been three months or longer since you last ran your boat, consider having the fuel system serviced. If you’re buying a used boat which has sat idle for an indeterminate time, definitely get her in the shop before firing her up.

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Yankeetown Variety

Florida Sportsman Member: Biggary16 My brother was in town so we hit Yankeetown early. Got a nice snook on topwater that started the day out great. Had a couple other snook blow ups. Then went looking for reds.


Stuart Sails and More

Florida Sportsman member: Captain Dave Back out to a different edge in 135, toss one bait out, went to grab the second rod and I look back to see a sail already chasing our first bait in the water. Talk about stopping on top of one!


Add Distance to your Cast

On my beautiful, state-of-the-art “fast-action” graphite Winston $1,000 outfit, I was able to cast the Sharkwave line farther than the $79 Wind River outfit…but only by 6 feet!

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STAR Tagged Redfish Caught!

CCA Florida STAR Tournament presented by Yamaha has more than 70 days of fishing left. Plenty of time to fish for the next winning STAR tagged redfish.

End of the Day June 17

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End of the Day, photo by Jason Rebol. The final spot (Charlotte Harbor) after a long 4 days fishing of fishing. Heading back to our temporary abode on Useppa Island.


Reel Time Florida Sportsman – Tarpon in the Magic City

Miami shows off its incredible tarpon fishery in this episode of Reel Time Florida Sportsman. For more information on Reel Time Florida Sportsman, including the full-episode guide and access to full HD episodes, visit www.floridasportsman.com/rtfs.

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Plantation on Crystal River Redfish Classic

Plantation on Crystal River is introducing an Annual Redfish Classic presented by Sodium Fishing Gear. The tournament mission is to produce the area’s best family-friendly redfish tournament while showcasing Plantation on Crystal River and the sponsors of the event in a professional and upscale manner.


Kids Win Big Hospice Horizons Fishing Tournament

The 16th Annual Hospice Horizons Fishing Tournament took place, June 20th at Riviera Beach Marina. Catch One for the Kids caught much more than fish, capturing the attention and charitable hearts of local anglers, individuals and businesses, alike.


New Emerald Coast Blue Marlin Classic at Sandestin Record Set with 899.6 Pound Blue Marlin

For the captain and crew of Cotton Patch, the 13th Annual Emerald Coast Blue Marlin Classic (ECBC) was anything but…»


Lunker Lures for Lunker Bass

There’s something that just doesn’t compute for me when it comes to tying a $50 bill on the end of my line and throwing it out there for the Fates to intervene. But for a growing number of bass anglers, the opportunity of hooking a lunker largemouth is worth the risk.


Dive in for Scallops

News Flash! The 2015 bay scallop season is about to open. Ports along Florida’s Big Bend from the Pasco/Hernando county line north to the Mexico Beach Canal are expecting a record “crop” and are prepared for a very busy couple of months. This year’s season begins on June 27 and ends on September 24, giving everyone plenty of time to scoop up some of these cherished critters.


Back on the Water

Florida Sportsman Member: sagory I haven’t been fishing in several months and was itching to go. The reports have said mangrove snapper fishing has been good so the plan was to try for those. Jim, and Scott and I left my house around 6:30 and made a quick stop at the bait boat for a big scoop of whitebait.


Indian River Bulls

Florida Sportsman Member: RealSeabee Forum member RealSeabee recently got into some bull redfish in the northeast Indian River. These fish can be found in small schools along the shorelines.


Redo a Canoe for Better Fishing

Rowing kits give canoes speed, power. The great thing about rowing a canoe, as opposed to paddling, is that it’s fast and easy. The light, narrow hulls are very efficient.


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

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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