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Removing Hull Stains

If you leave your boat in the water for extended periods of time, or even just run in dirty waters, you’ll find yourself dealing with a stubborn yellowish stain from the waterline down. Freshwater and soap won’t even make a dent in removing this discoloration. Having the right cleaner will make the job painless.

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Catching with the Kids

Florida Sportsman Member: Scott Crown We headed to the first spot and started throwing topwater over some oyster bars. Got one 25 inch red and a stud trout right off the bat. Pulled the hooks on two over slot reds and had several misses before making a move. I then jumped up on the platform and turned the front of the boat over to the boys.

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Diving from Kayaks

There’s a cool hookah rig for diving from kayaks, a popular way to get to nearshore dive spots for a lot of Florida divers. Brownie’s Kayak Diving Hose Kits put your tank topside and let divers move about freely and effortlessly down below.

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Swords out of Haulover

Florida Sportsman member: farinco Went out with forum member johnnywizman to try and get tight on a few swordfish. He guaranteed me a fish on this trip. We had an epic bite, landing 4 out of 5 fish, with 2 rat’s released, and two 52″ lower jaw to fork swords in the box.

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Fishing for Carp: Grass Carp and Tilapia

Florida anglers know it’s not always a fish-eatfish world out there. Vegetarian fish lack innate regard for the ingenuity lavished on modern sportfishing tackle and artificial lures. Florida’s fresh water hosts a few such ingrates, whose office it is to torture young anglers, frustrate them with their large bodies and small, declining mouths.

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My Catch Monday

Want to win great prizes and show off your catch at the same time? Participate in My Catch Monday (MCM)! MCM is a Facebook contest designed to encourage fans (like you!) to share photos and descriptions of their catches from the weekend on Monday morning. MCM encourages and rewards anglers, hunters, and all outdoors fans for doing something they’re already doing, sharing and liking on Facebook!

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Florida Sportsman Best Boat – 16′ to 22′ Flats Boats

If you want to fish in 7 to 12 inches of water, utilize your poling platform to stealthily move you boat across a flat then, depending on the number of people you want to fish the Skull Island 16, the Hewes Redfisher 18 or the Sterling 220XS flats boats in the 16-to 22-foot range will work perfectly.

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FWC Meeting November 20-21st in Key Largo

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) will meet Nov. 20 and 21 in Key Largo at the Hilton Key Largo Resort, 97000 Overseas Highway. Thursday and Friday sessions both start at 8:30 a.m. The public is invited and will be provided opportunities to speak.

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Hammerhead Shark Stalks Kayakers

We never imagined that the already epic dolphin trip would get any better (or worse depending on how you look at it). We certainly didn’t imagine a sizable hammerhead shark would be closely following us back for the majority of the paddle.

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Small Craft Advisory

When winter winds blow, pack your socks. If you get a rare day this month that allows kayak fishing off the beach, don’t even think about fishing for big game offshore without a drift chute.

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Sundance FX17 Flicker

A late-morning start gave the Intracoastal Waterway plenty of time to chop up. With lots of flush deck space and a shallow draft, the 17 Flicker appears to be the right tool for the job

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Pine Island Inshore

Florida Sportsman member: GatorInPISound At this point we looked at some potholes and sandy bare bottom zones to see if the fish might be hanging around waiting on the incoming, and a few were.

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Florida Sportsman Holiday Wishlist

Shopping for a sportsman? Looking for some great ideas? We can help with our gift guide 2014! For this year’s…»

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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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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

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Andros Tarpon 26

Andy Eggebrecht, president of Andros Boatworks, brought the Andros Tarpon 26 down to Miami from Sarasota for a firsthand look.

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Florida 10,000 Islands Weekend Fishing 4Cast

Florida Sportsman Fishing 4caster Capt. Kevin Merritt
Covering Naples to Flamingo, including Naples, Marco Island, Everglades City and Chokoloskee

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Southwest Florida Weekend Fishing 4Cast

Florida Sportsman Fishing 4caster Capt. Ron Kowalyk
Covering Sarasota to Bonita Beach, including Siesta Key, Englewood, Boca Grande, Port Charlotte, Punta Gorda, Pine Island, Cape Coral, Captiva, Sanibel and Fort Myers

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Northwest Florida Weekend Fishing 4Cast

Florida Sportsman Fishing 4caster Capt. Brent Romiti
Covering St. Vincent Island to Steinhatchee, including Apalachicola, St. George Island, Carabelle, St. Marks and Keaton Beach

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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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Northeast Florida Weekend Fishing 4cast

Florida Sportsman Fishing 4caster Capt. Roger Bump
Covering Fernandina Beach to Flagler Beach, including Jacksonville and St. Augustine

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Pompano from the Pier

Florida Sportsman member: Compleat Forecast said to pass on the offshore but my missus was in fishing mode. We tossed the rods in the car and hit the pier. We started off slow but picked three nice pompano.