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Hard-to-figure prices, empty fuel docks. How do we cut fuel costs? Tips to save at the gas dock.

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Short Trip, A lot of Fish

Florida Sportsman member: Panhandler80 We couldn’t soak baits long enough for grouper due to snapper. After boxing about 20 beeliners, we moved offshore another mile. Given the time constraint and no other spots close, I made the decision to anchor on it right off the bat.

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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.

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Tampa Tarpon Action

Florida Sportsman member: CatchDog Forum member CatchDog Put together an awesome video of some adrenaline filled Tampa tarpon. Between the big jumps and aggressive sharks, tarpon are sure to get your blood flowing. Nice Work!

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Big King off Boynton

Florida Sportsman Member: 1OzLead Early on we trolled to 180 feet and found some scattered weeds and stuff was going on here and there. After some drops we decided to move to 220 feet and Gio calls out fish on! Some time later Gio calls a king and we get together to gaff it and bring the catch in my bag.

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Imported Lionfish Not Welcome in Florida

Florida is known as a tourist-friendly state, but starting Aug. 1, one visitor will no longer be welcome: the invasive lionfish. Introduced into Florida waters in the late 1980s, lionfish populations have boomed in recent years, negatively impacting native wildlife and habitat.

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Brevard Zoo Oyster Gardening Program Aims Improve Indian River Lagoon Water Quality

Brevard Zoo, in partnership with the Brevard County Natural Resources Department, will double the size of its Oyster Gardening volunteer program by the end of the year. The Oyster Gardening program, funded by the Brevard County Commissioners, is part of the larger Brevard Oyster Restoration project, available for residents with direct waterfront on the Indian River Lagoon.

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FWC Using New Tactics to Monitor Harmful Algal Blooms in Indian River Lagoon

FWC researchers have begun using new approaches to more quickly detect and track harmful algal blooms in the Indian River Lagoon, which spans 156 miles and makes up 40 percent of Florida’s east coast, supporting commercial and recreational clam and oyster farming.

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Live Bait Trolling (Bump Trolling)

Florida Sportsman’s Rick Ryals gives advice on how-to most effectively slow troll live baits while offshore fishing. It’s important to note that trolling live bait is not the same as trolling dead baits and lures. Live baits would quickly die if pulled at similar speeds. Not to mention, look very unnatural.

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Pop the Top on Big O

Classic summer Okeechobee bass-bugging at its best. By early June last year, Lake Okeechobee was low, 11 feet, three inches, so low bass and panfish were jammed into natural depressions and manmade canals around Belle Glade.

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Biscayne Reds and More

Florida Sportsman member: flatsstalker Fished the afternoon with my dad and nephew and found massive schools of snappers, snook and sheepshead. Mixed in were plenty of small tarpon which my dad jumped one on a live target sardine.

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Contender 39T

The largest center console in the Contender fleet is their 39. It’s available in three different models depending on your mission. The Tournament, which is aimed at the competitive circuit anglers.

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Ending on a Good Note

Florida Sportsman member: bgood We then headed off 35 miles to our first stop, the bites started off a little slow but it picked up and we caught our limit of snapper. 3 of them measuring out to 30 inches plus, we threw back quite a few 18 inch ones also.

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Taking the Tournament

Florida Sportsman member: capt louie Worked the area and added a 2 pound to the well and I caught a 5 plus pounder to help. Fishing was slow but we were able to cull twice and threw a bunch of 2 pounders back. I lost a big one flipping I never turned but it didn’t matter. Our 21.62 final weight took the win!

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Turkey Down

Florida Sportsman member: down4dacount Forum member down4dacount put together a great video of his son taking a turkey this season. That’s the way to do it! Nice Bird.

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Cortland Unveils ‘Next 100 Years’ Initiative

For nearly a century, Cortland Line Company has stood as an innovative leader not just in its core business of fishing line, but also in fisheries conservation. To mark the company’s centennial in 2015, Cortland announces it is partnering with four of America’s most respected conservation and education organizations to help ensure that great fishing remains a part of our nation’s heritage for another century and more.

Idle speed for the Tidewater 2200 Carolina Bay, as the 22-foot bay boat heads toward an area inlet. Plenty of bow flare has this unique vessel gaining attention from anglers in Florida waters.

TideWater 2200 Carolina Bay

Florida Sportsman’s Rick Ryals met up with TideWater Boats in North Florida to photograph the 2200 Carolina Bay.

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Snook and Tarpon Action In July

Florida Sportsman member: Captain Ross Most tarpon have been in the 40 to 80 pound range and we’ve been averaging 2 to 5 tarpon in the air per night for our effort. While it’s not the out of control excitement that late April, May and June offered, one can’t simply give up on tarpon fishing when it gets a bit more difficult.

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Rookie Team Wins 2014 Blue Marlin Grand Championship

New boat owner Cramer Pierce made the most of his opportunity. Pierce saw his first blue marlin ever come up on a pink Marlin Magic lure Friday, hooked the fish and finally landed it after a three-hour battle.

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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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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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Sage Salt Series

Jesse Robins of Sage introduces their new line of fly rods, the Salt Series at ICAST 2014. For more information visit www.sageflyfish.com.

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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 and Juan Garcia
Covering Key Largo to Key West, including Islamorada and Marathon

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Florida Big Bend Weekend Fishing 4Cast

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