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FWC Celebrates 75 Years of Wildlife Management Area Conservation Success

In 2017, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) is commemorating the 75th anniversary of the wildlife management area system, one of the state’s greatest natural treasures.

St. Augustine Snapper

St. Augustine Snapper Are Hungry

Florida Sportsman member: capcioffi We went to two different areas out there and caught three triggers, four red eyes, and over 40 snapper. I mean, the things are eating little pieces of squid two-three inches short, that we cut small trying to get trigger and vermilion. The snapper were eating rigs before we could get to bottom and the bigger the bait the bigger the snapper.

Ducks for Days

Ducks for Days

Florida Sportsman member: Cast&Blast I have been logging some miles the last few weeks and have been able to have a couple really good hunts with some new friends. My freezer is looking great at this point.

Sarasota Snapper

Snagging Some Sarasota Snapper

Florida Sportsman Member: BlueWater Gear During the day we fished out of Sarasota as deep as 150′ and as shallow as 70′. Most fish were in the two to three pound range with a couple fatty six-seven pounders. Leader size and weight did not seem to matter, because our grouper rod set ups were getting inhaled by snapper! They also seemed to like medium sized squirrel fish.

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42″ Mega Snook in the Canal

Florida Sportsman member: harrisa2006 She put up one incredible fight. I knew this was going to be a good fish, but when she partially surfaced and I saw her tail, I could not believe me eyes. My arms began to shake, I was completely flabbergasted. I have caught big snook before, but this snook was so big, that it did not even look like a snook anymore. It looked like a living dinosaur.

Reef Fishing Miami

Reef Fishing Miami

Florida Sportsman member: miami mutton The yellowtail bite was really good, we were targeting them shallower than usual. We also caught some keeper muttons and a nice grey, all in the same spot. We got there close to 9:am and by 10:30am we had close to a five man snapper limit, which we managed to complete, along with a few macks, bonito and a barracuda.

1,000 Islands Inshore

1,000 Islands Inshore Mixed Bag

Florida Sportsman Member: jmsnookman We broke out the light tackle and pitched shrimp and Berkley gulp jigs tight to the mangroves. We had a blast catching and releasing black drum, trout, and redfish. Final tally was seven black drum, four slot trout, and one redfish; pretty good for two hours on the water.

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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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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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Free! Complete 2017 Florida Monthly Tide Charts Available Online

Florida Sportsman is proud to announce the online availability of exclusive wave-form tide charts for the entire year.

Night Redfishing

Night Redfishing

Florida Sportsman Member: grouperdawg Blew all week we were down at the coast, so last day my oldest talked me into taking them redfishing. We caught fifteen in about two hours, two were slots.

St. Petersburg Tides 2017

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St. Marks Tides 2017

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Pensacola Tides 2017

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Miami Tides 2017

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East Central: Tackle Stores

Consider these tackle shops in the East Central region the next time you plan a fishing trip.

Dolphin Super Skiff

Dolphin Super Skiff Pro 16

The Dolphin Super Skiff is a great little boat with a lot of history that crosses the bridge between a…»

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ManOwar Fishing Company

Looking for something unique in your bait shop? Check out ManOWar Fishing Company in Vero. Quality products, baits and charters at realistic prices!

A tarpon on fly can be a long, grueling battle.

Winter Fly Fishing Florida

Head for cover when it’s whistling. Stalk the flats when it’s not. Saltwater fly fishing isn’t always about sun-baked flats kissed by light winds, and bathed by sparkling warm water and battalions of tailing fish.

Mayport Tides 2017

Key West Tides 2017

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Skyway Mixed Bag

Skyway Mixed Bag in Rough Seas

Florida Sportsman Member: john martin The weatherman might be right, as it was raining and the wind had picked up to 20 knots. Still fishable, so what was the big deal? Mangos bit from the start so conditions were easy to ignore. The big goozers were chewing on live pinfish.

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Best Florida Duck Hunting Locations

Waterfowling here is legal on most bodies of water with public access. The coasts provide an almost-endless opportunity to set up for a hunt. Multiple river systems and WMA's throughout the state are there to be explored. The options are incredible.

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Big Flamingo Redfish

Florida Sportsman Member: urbanamazon I found some massive fish poling around Whitewater Bay this morning before the front, all on topwater plugs.

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Lobster in the Keys

Florida Sportsman member: latitudeajustment I made a late run yesterday and thankfully scored two for my wife’s birthday. We got out today and found a few more. Great times and great eats!