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
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
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
For snook, trout and other inshore predators, docklights provide easy pickings at an all-night buffet of crustaceans and minnows flowing through with the tide.
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.
Both waterways terminate at Lake Okeechobee, arguably the world’s most famous largemouth bass fishery. But if your idea of bass fishing is pitching soft plastics through hydrilla mats, drifting huge wild shiners and zooming home with 250 horses at your transom, you’re in for an awakening.
Florida Sportsman Member: dpdash I had the opportunity to go deep into the Bahamas last week on a beautiful boat with great crew. We got all the way as far as San Salvador and had tremendous fishing along the way.
Update on where and when to go for silver king action in the Sunshine State. Where do you want to fish for tarpon this year? For Florida boat-owners and even many shore fishermen, the answer may be as simple as, how long do you want to wait for them to arrive?
Boat owner Taylor Mason seeks the expertise of Marine Customs Unlimited to transform his 23 Seacraft into a reef fishing machine; FS Boating Editor Dave East heads out with Tony Eden, who tricked out a 24 Pathfinder for sight fishing cobia and tripletail; and, we head to Birdsall Marine to fabricate a custom t-top for the 25 Hydra-Sports build.
When your mission calls for a rugged center console that has to stand up to unforgiving offshore conditions, consider a time-tested hull design with a heavy bow flare. Three-piece construction that includes the hull and deck hand-laminated together produces an incredibly strong hull.
Along Highway 98, photo by Ed Mashburn. Check out Ed Mashburn’s feature story in the April issue of Florida Sportsman, “Let’s Go Fishing Down Highway 98: A fisherman’s scenic tour of the Florida Panhandle.”
Capt. George Gozdz travels to the grouper capital of the world in west central Florida to learn all about the tasty fishery.
During this FS Seminar, Florida Sportsman editor Jeff Weakley gives indispensable tips on searching for fish while sight fishing. At the heart of sight fishing, he explains the importance of recognizing the aspects of shape, motion, and color while scanning for fish.
Florida Sportsman Member: Veikx We setup immediately and began catching some quality mangrove snapper. 20 pound flouro on knocker rigs as well as chunking thread-fin and free lining squid worked well for us. The largest Mangrove I pulled up weighed 7 pounds on the scale with the majority in the 4 to 5 pound range with a few smaller.
As a Florida invasive, bullseye snakeheads began in Tamarac, and have spread throughout most of the neighborhoods above Ft. Lauderdale and below Palm Beach. Any body of water in these areas on any given day can hold snakeheads.
The highly touted 2016 Quest for the Crest Sailfish Series came to a close over the weekend with Final Sail, the grand finale of the 4-leg series that spans the east coast waters from West Palm Beach to Key West, FL. With an $800,000 purse up for grabs and the world champion title on the line, the stakes could not have been higher in Key West for the 36 teams competing in Final Sail.
This winter, I was granted a unique vantage point from which to observe the decision-making process. I was on board a SeaVee center console with the Sailsmen team. The 7-man team, many of them longtime friends, were preparing for Operation Sailfish, first of a 4-leg competitive series, the Quest for the Crest. The series wraps up April 12-17 with the Final Sail event.
The mission, put PENN’s new Clash Spinning reels to the test. The location, Crocodile Bay Lodge, Costa Rica. In three days of fishing Blair Wickstrom, Florida Sportsman Publisher, along with several other outdoor writers from around the world fished along the Costa Rican coast, casting Sebile swimbaits for roosterfish and then offshore trolling live yellowfin tuna in hopes of catching blue marlin.
Florida Sportsman member: SonarSup After that I decided since the bite seemed to be in the 400 to 500 foot range we should stay there. I turned back out to 500 feet. Got to 500 turned around and started heading back to 400 and saw a large green turtle with about four dolphin under him.
Florida Sportsman member: Bassin Assassin Casting with the wind down the side of a mangrove bank and I got a strike/pull-down on my mullet. I casted past the same spot again, reeling it through and nothing. I let the lure fall to the bottom near the boat and it got blasted.
When you hear the word bass, most think of sparkly boats, baitcasters and big tournament payouts. But for fisherman in South Florida, the peacock bass is the staple in the local freshwater systems. With their aggressive eats, strong runs and beautiful colors, these fish have become prized gamefish.
The Cutting Edge: What makes the kingfish such a deadly predator also makes it a fisherman’s favorite. Check out Joe Richard’s feature story on page 42 of the April issue of Florida Sportsman.
We meet with the experts at Armstrong Nautical Products to fabricate a custom engine bracket for the 25 Hydra-Sports project; FS Boating Editor Dave East meets with Dan McCarthy to discuss the restoration of his classic Super Hawaiian flats skiff; and, MCU’s paint specialist works to bring an aging bass boat, back to life.