Kite Fishing Tips

With winter winds right around the corner, now is a good time to refresh your kite-fishing supplies. Let’s look at a few accessories that enable us to maximize kite fishing success in varying conditions.


From Tripletail to Tarpon

Florida Sportsman Member: Scott Crown We head to where the third and final trap is, hopefully and sure enough it’s still there. We did not see any fish on it but made casts at it any way. My second cast and the cork goes under and drag starts screaming, another 10 pounder jumps.


First of Many

Florida Sportsman member: down4dacount Forum member down4dacount‘s son recently took his first buck. As you can tell from the picture, it was big smiles all around! Nice work!


Florida Sportsman October 2015

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Fall Redfish Oct. 7

HD – Fall Redfish

Fall Redfish, photo by David Danforth. To see more or Danforth’s work, visit www.relogear.com.


Mud Crabs

Fisherman get a clear picture of the little-known, but widely distributed, mud crab.


Crankbaits in Grass

Jerk those lipless crankbaits through heavy cover. It works! Loud, flashy and long-casting, lipless crankbaits are the lure of choice when searching for bass in submerged hydrilla.

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Weekend Recap

Florida Sportsman member: Angler Managemnt The action started in 140 and was hot all day from 70-130 feet from trump to breakers. We were able to hook lots of fish and the lady anglers did their best and we captured four nice fish over three hours.


Basics of Lobster Diving

In this FS Seminar, Publisher Blair Wickstrom dives with his long time friend Juan Comendeiro to find lobsters off of Bimini, Bahamas. They give a few basic tips on how to find and successfully catch lobster.


Live Chum for Offshore Flyfishing

The first time I live chummed offshore I had my angler standing beside me with a fly in the water waiting for a fish to cast at, only to have a 15-pound bonito make an arrival that just about ripped the rod out of his hand. There was no need to set the hook, as all his concentration and strength went into retaining possession of the rod as the fish dumped the 8-weight well into the backing.

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The Boat Bully

After a long day on the water, most people dread cleaning the boat. The Boat Bully is a three in one cleaning sponge made to knock your cleaning time in half. No need for any soap, just wet the sponge and start cleaning.


The Real Thing?

Super life-like lures open new angling possibilities. Improved photo-copying, computer-assisted design and advanced molding technology now make it possible to shape near-perfect imitations of the critters fish love to eat, and a number of lure-makers are taking advantage.


Tailers in the Grass

Florida Sportsman member: Black Clouser Got out Sunday and the water was still a little high for me but nothing like it had been. Saw quite a few quick tails, some slurpers and one hard tailing fish. Managed to get a few small guys and enjoyed every minute of it.


Fishing Shrimp Offshore

Live shrimp is one of the most familiar baits for inshore fishing. But shrimp have a lot of utility in the offshore waters, too.


Pompano Offshore

Florida Sportsman Member: jcanracer We decide to pitch some lures that way to play with them for a while but they just wouldn’t hit anything bigger than the white fry they were apparently chasing. As we were giving up on this area I see a mahi jump behind and to my left, then I see it jump again, and I look at my rod as it then bends over and starts to go off!


Triple Trouble

Tripletail offer a curious challenge to the fly angler, and they are available around the state. Days and nights of stiff northeasterly winds had hampered our attempts to venture into the windblown Atlantic for more than a week. But now the long wait had ended with the arrival of calm winds and moderate ground swells.


Florida Gar Fishing

Gar range from the Everglades to the Georgia border and west to Alabama. However, for some fast and fun gar fishing, potential gar anglers might want to journey to the rivers of Panhandle Florida and look for gar as they come to the surface to take breaths of air.


Florida Sportsman Best Boat – Choosing the Right Type of Fishing Boat

Depending on what you’re fishing for, how you’re fishing and with how many people, you’ll want to watch this episode to help you decide what’s the best type of boat for you: a center console, bay boat or flats boat.


TrophyCatch Approaches 3,000 Trophy Bass Recycled as Season 4 Begins

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) is proudly wrapping up Season 3 of TrophyCatch. Since inception of this innovative citizen-science, conservation rewards program in October 2012, nearly 3,000 trophy largemouth bass heavier than 8 pounds have been caught, documented and released in Florida.


Recreational Red Grouper Season Closing in the Gulf

The recreational harvest of red grouper in the Gulf of Mexico will close at12:01 a.m., local time, on October 8, 2015, and remain closed until January 1, 2016.


Belzona 327 Walk Around

A boat that fishes lake a center console but has the amenities of a weekender cuddy cabin is in a class all its own. Something you don’t see very often on a pleasure boat is a forward leaning windshield. Commercial boats use them to keep glare to a minimum and rain has a better tendency to flow off of it and not obscure your vision.


Beautiful Fish

A fish strikes, your youngest daughter puts aside her American Girl doll to take the rod, and in your heart…»

Plantation Redfish Classic winners from L to R, Paul Cross, Clay Shidler, Braxton Blitch

Plantation Redfish Classic a Huge Success

Plantation on Crystal River’s Inaugural Plantation Redfish Classic took place on Saturday, September 19 with 46 boats and 132 participants. More than $6000 was handed out in cash prizes which included first, second and third place for largest redfish, trout and grouper. Capt. Clay Shidler with Hang’em High Sport Fishing, Braxton Blitch with Team Woods/Blitch Fishing, and Paul Cross, Plantation on Crystal River’s Adventure Center and Dive Shop manager took home the $3000 first place prize for largest redfish.


Register for the 2016 Python Challenge

Want to help conserve Florida’s unique Everglades ecosystem? Then sign up for the 2016 Python Challenge™ competition and join the Florida Fish and Conservation Commission (FWC), the Fish & Wildlife Foundation of Florida Inc. and partners to remove invasive Burmese pythons from public lands in south Florida.

Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission: MyFWC.com

Seven Essential Points for Bear Hunting in Florida

Florida will be having its first bear hunt in two decades. The black bear is a conservation success story in the Sunshine State, and because of the species’ population growth, hunting will be used as one part of the FWC’s overall approach in stabilizing expanding bear populations within certain areas of the state.