Redfishing the Flats

Florida Sportsman Member: Jim311 The structure and rock in there was incredible, with swiss cheese oyster covered rock everywhere and it was holding fish. It was so skinny you couldn’t throw any bait but topwater. I fished until I ran out of water. I boated at least a dozen good reds with the biggest at 30 inches and lost at least half a dozen. All of the fish but two were caught on topwater.

Offshore Grouper

Offshore Grouper and Variety Bites

Florida Sportsman Member: sololobo30 Tide was about high/switch and figured I’d see if we could box a gag or two. We fished an old spot that was on fire for a solid hour. We caught a limit of gags to 34″ and released three to four keepers, then got the mangs chewing. I caught all these fish on light spinning gear 20lb braid.

snook harvest

Snook Harvest Seasonal Closure in Gulf Starts Dec. 1

The recreational harvest season for snook closes Dec. 1 in Gulf state and federal waters, including Monroe County and Everglades National Park, and will remain closed through Feb. 28, 2017

Duck Dog Boat Training

Duck Dog Boat Training

Florida Sportsman member: BodieDrake Forum member BodieDrake put together a quick video with some helpful tips to teach your duck dog proper boat etiquette.

Best Boat

Florida Sportsman Best Boat – Fiesta 24, Sea Born FX25, Release 301 RX

In this episode of Florida Sportsman Best Boat:

Want to take out the friends and family, but still want to fish in stye, check out the Fiesta 24. The Seaborn FX25 offers is a great hybrid boat, for both inshore and offshore. When the sailfish and tuna are on the hit list, the Release 301 RX is sure to get you there.

Cape Coral Grouper

Cape Coral Grouper and More

Florida Sportsman Member: Capt Dan Medina As Darwin’s theory suggests, the biggest fish always comes on the smallest rod. This held true this trip as well, with the biggest grouper at 27″ coming on a 4000 penn battle with a 2/0 circle hook and 30 lb leader. A 25″ Grouper followed suit on the same combo.

Key West Kayak Fishing

Key West Kayak Fishing Variety

Florida Sportsman Member: kayakerinkeywest Ton’s of bait on the Atlantic side flats so lots of fish just hanging around on the edge of the channels. Lots of fun.

Highland Beach Cobia

Highland Beach Cobia

Florida Sportsman member: rhino2000 I got out about 7 am and anchored up at about 80 feet. I put out some chum and had very little current. Had some fresh dead gogs and used a knocker rig and tortuga bottom rig. This cobia bit the tail half of the gog. Shockingly he was caught on a Penn Spinfisher 5500 with 30lb braid and 30lb flobo leader.

Key West Kayak Fishing on Fly

Key West Kayak Fishing on Fly

Florida Sportsman member: kayakerinkeywest I’m not much of a fly guy, but I knew this spot was action packed because at the moment the flats are packed full of glass minnows and pilchards. Any spot where the current running over the flats dumps into a channel, there will be fish waiting.

St. Augustine Variety

St. Augustine Variety Bites

Florida Sportsman member: JaxJosh We started off in about 150 foot of water. Nice conditions and not too much current. The triggers were on fire along with pinkies and big beeliners. By the end of the day, we had over 70 big fat triggers. Also, chewing nicely were the muttons and mangoes. Amberjack were thick as thieves too. It was hard to get the grouper bites because they were so thick.

Saint Lucie Redfish

Saint Lucie Redfish, Trout and Grouper

Florida Sportsman member: lunkerman I made the move to the gulp shrimp on a hookup jig. Popped from dock to dock and nailed a nice slot red. About 25″. I found a nice school of trout and got four keepers within ten casts. All really nice eating size at around 20-23″. At this point I’m thinking slam and look for my snook. A few minutes later I get the bite and he’s taking drag and it must be a snook….right? Finally get him out in the open and get a look and it’s not what I want but a cool surprise nonetheless.

amberjack harvest closing

Atlantic Sport Harvest of AJ, Hogfish Closes Nov. 30

The recreational harvest of greater amberjack in federal waters of the South Atlantic will close, at 12:01 a.m. (local time) November 30, 2016.

flamingo backcountry

Flamingo Backcountry Mixed Bag

Florida Sportsman member: lemaymiami Winter species, mackerel, speckled trout, and gag grouper are moving inshore daily, reds and snook are moving back up inside and tarpon are here one day then gone the next. Each day now is pretty much a mixed bag. This is Riley Pevec with her first pompano, caught in Whitewater Bay on a small jig.

Canal Casting for Bass

Canal Casting for Bass

Florida Sportsman member: ReelFinsFlorida After fishing several miles with a few fish here and there, we finally found an area where the fish were schooling up and biting! Jerk baits and the gambler EZ swimmer were the key lures. Overall we put together some nice decent bass to end the morning!

st. john's river lobster

St. John’s River Lobster

Florida Sportsman member: benchmark Took the family diving this week. They did well on the bugs, with the boys both getting their personal best this trip. Big bugs all days.

Trolling Dunedin Grouper

Trolling Dunedin Grouper

Florida Sportsman Member: Joyfly We landed a 31″ and 27″ gag in just a few hours. A third large gag was lost when it was cut off on the rocks. We were just off Dunedin in 30 feet of water. We pulled deep diving plugs about 150 feet back at about four knots. The bite was steady with good size gags.


Harvest of Hogfish Will Close on November 30th

Recreational harvest of hogfish in federal waters of the South Atlantic will close at 12:01 a.m. (local time) on November 30, 2016.

snook fishing

Personal Best Snook Fishing

Florida Sportsman Member: Oldfloridangler Just beat my last 40″ personal best Snook with a fish just shy of 43″, but was she was stocked up fat as can be, weighing in at almost 26lbs. I sight fished her in less than a foot of water, and I will tell you I had no idea this fish was this big when I pitched the jig at her. 10 lb braid line, 25lb leader and an 11 minute fight later, here she is.

Stuart Boatworks

Stuart Boatworks 27

This week we look at a brand new offering from Stuart Boatworks. The Stuart 27 is a retooling of the former Stuart 26 model. Stuart Boatworks took the already popular 26-foot design back to the drawing board and added some noteworthy improvements.

Best Boat

Florida Sportsman Best Boat – Blue Wave 22 RS1, Ranger 23 Bay, Stuart Boatworks 27

Performance and efficiency, both can be found from the stepped hull of the Blue Wave 22 RS1. The Ranger 23 Bay is a hardcore fishing boat, but with the amenities for a day at the sandbar with the family. When it comes to offshore, sleek lines and classy look compliment the Stuart Boatworks 27 fishability.


Florida Big Bend Weekend Fishing 4Cast

Florida Sportsman Fishing 4caster Capt. William Toney
Covering Homosassa, Crystal River, Yankeetown, Waccasassa Bay, Cedar Key, Suwannee, Horseshoe Beach, Steinhatchee and Keaton Beach

duck hunting the coasts

Duck Hunting the Coasts

Where to Hunt Duck in Florida: If you’re unable to locate productive duck hunting in Florida, you’re simply not trying hard enough. Even a brief glance of Google Earth demonstrates we are not a state wanting for huntable waterways. The interior freshwater rivers, lakes, and Stormwater Treatment Areas garner most hunter attention, but excellent waterfowling exists along the coasts, too. With nearly 2,300 miles of tidal shoreline and rivers that greet the saltwater, Florida’s coastal habitats are winter homes to large numbers of waterfowl.


TrophyCatch Program Receives National Award

TrophyCatch receives award from American Fisheries Society at Commission meeting. The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission’s (FWC) TrophyCatch program…»


Hogfish, Barracuda and Triggerfish Rules for State Waters Updates

Hogfish Atlantic bag drops to one; size limits change on both coasts.

Redfish in the Bay

Bull Redfish in the Bay

Florida Sportsman Member: pcola-reds The weather was 75 degrees, sunny and low wind. No better conditions for looking for the schooling redfish. I found a few schools cruising the bay. Large schools of hundreds were busting the water, chasing bait. I ended up catching two on topwater and one on a bucktail jig.