If your bay boat, set up for fishing, has to also conform to the needs of the family, this bow arrangement can be configured for U-shaped seating, a large flat sun lounge or a dinette area for picnics.
Florida Sportsman member: Capt.AW Forum member Capt.AW has been on some nice tripletail in the intracoastal. “Been running the markers the past few weeks. Gulp shrimp, jerk baits, and live shrimp on a jig head have been the baits of choice.”
Most of us think of "hard bottom" as a term relevant only to those who chase reef species like grouper
and red snapper far offshore. But along broad stretches of Florida's coast, fishing hard bottom is also an effective inshore strategy for trout, blues, Spanish mackerel, tarpon, black sea bass, sheepshead, mangrove snapper—and even, yes, the occasional keeper gag.
Florida Sportsman Member:releasegear By the time I got the wire rod down and blue runner on he was out of site so I tossed him straight off the back, 5/0 circle hook, 12 inches of 90 pound wire , 50 pound flouro leader and 50 pound braid on a Shimano Baitrunner. Thirty seconds later the wahoo explodes on the runner, shooting out of the water like a missile.
Taking photos and videos from paddle craft has always been a challenge. Many great catches go unrecorded, leaving you with only a story. With new camera mounts on the market, getting that perfect shot is easier than ever.
Florida Sportsman Fishing 4caster Capt. Jim Ross
Covering Tomoka Basin to Sebastian Inlet, including Daytona Beach, Titusville, Cape Canaveral, Cocoa and Melbourne
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 Sportsman Fishing 4caster Captains James Chappell and Juan Garcia
Covering Key Largo to Key West, including Islamorada and Marathon
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 Sportsman Fishing 4caster Capt. William Toney
Covering Homosassa, Crystal River, Yankeetown, Waccasassa Bay, Cedar Key, Suwannee, Horseshoe Beach, Steinhatchee and Keaton Beach
Florida Sportsman Fishing 4caster Capt. Eden White
Covering Wabasso Beach to Boca Raton, including Vero Beach, Ft. Pierce, Stuart, West Palm Beach and Lake Worth
Florida Sportsman Fishing 4caster Capt. Roger Bump
Covering Fernandina Beach to Flagler Beach, including Jacksonville and St. Augustine
When it comes to cooking Florida lobster (Panulirus argus, Caribbean spiny lobster) there are two simple rules. The first: Don’t over-season. The second: Don’t overcook.
Florida Sportsman member:BacDoc Grunt chunks and sardines have been my bait of choice, live goggle eye caught some nice ones too. I use a long leader, 15 feet of 40 pound fluorocarbon and a circle hook for the snapper. The best bite has been when tide is running the right direction from the south with lite ESE wind. The bite has been the best when tide has us using 4 to 8 ounces to hold bottom.
Advocacy has become one of the most important aspects of the saltwater angler’s public life. In this episode of From the Head, Florida Sportsman contributor Sid Dobrin talks about the dangers of stagnation in fisheries policy advocacy.
In this FS Seminar, FS Boating Forum Moderator Dan McCarthy shows how-to keep your hull in tip-top shape. If your hull is looking dull and faded, you can bring back its original luster and shine with ease. For more information on the products used visit www.starbrite.com.
Florida Sportsman Member: RWood Outdoors I hit the flats near Sebastian Inlet over the weekend, and was pleased to hook up with an acrobatic juvenile tarpon in a spot I usually get snook and reds. I also caught a nice bonnethead shark.
Florida Sportsman member: minnowsnmonsters The run out to our first stop was a 96 mile stretch that we made quick work of by taking turns at the wheel, and before we knew it we were in 130 feet of water at our destination. The current wasn’t bad at all so we started drifting this area of structure, dropping a combo of live baits and Boston mackerel.
Plunging into the blue abyss for the first time is something that I will always remember. It was a completely different environment than I was used to spearfishing in. Looking through your mask, all you see is blue, in every direction.
If Stephen Foster had known about the Econlockhatchee, or Econ, the lyrics to his famous song may have been different.
The Econ doesn’t come up in discussions of great Florida fishing waters. Fishing the Econ is usually a lovely day on the water with a few beautiful fish thrown in. It can be better than that, but you really can’t expect it to be.
Florida Sportsman member: Gonzalezrob Day two started slower than day one, but Capt. Ozzie Fischer was determined to put us on some quality fish. After trying a few spots and netting some live pilchards, Capt. put on a bunch of snook. There were a couple of occasions were we had doubleheader and even a triple header.
Florida Sportsman member: Snookslayer772 Highlight of the day was my buddy catching a 30 inch trout, three feet from the boat. Poling through a back creek, he spotted the tail of the fish sticking out of the grass under water, dropped the fly and boom!
When Capt. Matt Matheson and I complained about the heat on the day Mike Blackney (USN) fished aboard Matt’s boat “Kingpin” he could only laugh at us. He has spent 23 years in the Navy, and after doing multiple tours in both Afghanistan, and Iraq, trolling across a calm ocean sure felt good to him. Capt Matt was thrilled to host Mike as part of Florida Sportsman’s “Fishing For Warriors.” Mike went home with three kingfish, and was already planning a neighborhood fish fry.
Sometimes family features take precedence over center console fishing features and that’s where a dual console interior layout will shine. When you open up the center of the boat’s cockpit the amount of usable deck space is incredible.
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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