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