Florida Sportsman member: Capt.AW Since the season has opened, the snook bite has been absurd. For a little over a week, it was every bait as soon as it hit the bottom. Most have been in the slot or just above. Bait, on the other hand, has been tough.
Florida Sportsman Member: clarosa Got the chum flowing and the mango’s and yellowtail made an appearance. Got five nice sized yellowtail and a handful of really nice mangos, all on sardines.
Florida Sportsman Member: HookemBookem We caught a lot of shorts and a couple nice keepers. All were caught in 3.5 feet with white gulp and popper.
Florida Sportsman Fishing 4caster Capt. Steve Dall
Covering Naples to Flamingo, including Naples, Marco Island, Everglades City and Chokoloskee
Stuart Boatworks bills their 23’ model as the “Little Brother” to the Stuart 27 but there is nothing little about this boat.
Florida Sportsman member: srokag44 Vision was marginal, but enough to shoot some snapper and lionfish. Had to fend off a big sandbar shark that circled us on the descent and showed back up on the ascent.
Florida Sportsman member: Pesca Pimp Panama These guys got lucky as it started out slow on the first day, but we came across a pod of feeding porpoises that sure enough had Tunas hanging around them. They got a couple of real nice yellowfin tunas on live baits.
With cooler temperatures throughout the Sunshine State, more people are likely to head to the woods to enjoy hiking, wildlife viewing, fishing, hunting and other outdoor activities. The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) is asking the public to assist with Florida panther research and management by reporting sightings of the large feline to the agency’s panther sightings webpage.
Florida Sportsman: Matt822 The trout bite has been really good as well with some fish in the 24-28″ range. I’ve been getting them on zman paddle tails, bouncing the edges of the pot holes in one to five feet of water. They usually hit it on the drop, so be ready.
Florida Sportsman member: dillon5458 Fished three different spots at KBY reef for about three hours. We only found one short sheep, but loaded the boat with some of the biggest ringtail porgies I have ever seen. They are fat. My wife picked up a nice drum. All in all great day, happy kids and wife.
Florida Sportsman member: JaxQuack Saturday was a great time for those at Guana. Mother Nature made sure to let the kids know that she was in charge, as she graced them with winds out of the north, 20-22mph. In all, a handful of ducks were harvested, which included a crack-shot 15-year-old getting her limit of green-winged teal.
Florida Sportsman Member: Joe Snook Super Bowl Sunday I went out to fill the bait pen and get some triple tail with a friend and I got this slob, who was almost 30 inches.
Florida Sportsman Member: stingwray It’s time to crappie fish. It took a while to find some willing to chew, but when I finally found them they were chewing the hooks off. The fish wanted no part of the minnows, but were more then ready for some jig action.
Florida Sportsman member: Mako224 We headed back to the ledge we started at and wanted to work some bottom. This paid off. Lots of vermillion, stud mangos, triggers, porgies and jacks.
Join Anglers for Conservation for the Fly Fishing Film Tour on Sunday, February 26th at Premiere Theaters Oaks 10 in Melbourne. Tickets are $35 each and include films, intermission/two drink tickets and followed by dinner at Hemingway’s Tavern with complimentary Key West Sunset Ale on tap.
Forum member mcnallyoutdoors posted a very informative video on the use Slate Turkey Calls. Preston Pittman shows some tips and techniques to help new turkey hunters get their call down!
Florida Sportsman Member: Fl_Native61 While it wasn’t ideal conditions for boating, it was a good day of fishing. I landed two trout and four redfish with the best two being 26″ and 27.5″.
Florida Sportsman Fishing 4caster Capt. Jordan Todd
Covering St. Vincent Island to Steinhatchee, including Apalachicola, St. George Island, Carabelle, St. Marks and Keaton Beach
There is always going to be fantastic new equipment on the market. But for the most part, basic spearfishing gear should be something that is tried and true and most importantly, fits comfortably.
Florida Sportsman member: butchbal We moved to a spot over a wreck and it was on! We caught ten or so amberjack, all in the 30″ to 33″ range. We finally got a keeper at 35.5″ and decided to head in, tired, sore and happy. We had some of the flattest seas I have seen and perfect weather all day.
The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) will meet Feb. 8-9 at the Plantation on Crystal River. The meeting both days starts at 8:30 a.m. Both sessions are open to the public and the public will be provided opportunities to speak.
On lakes big and small, in rough water or calm, trolling is a great way to catch speckled perch, a.k.a. black crappie.
Florida Sportsman Member: latitudeajustment Mrs. LA and I made a crack of noon start today and headed out back to see what we could find. Thankfully, the macks came to play.