Surf Fishing Sharks

Surf Fishing Sharks

Florida Sportsman member: sandwashslugger At times, I could count ten sharks within sight. I was literally sight casting to these guys. It’s a royal pain re-tying these rigs on the beach, but as quickly as I could get another rig ready, I would be hooked up within minutes.

Clearwater Fishing

West Clearwater Fishing Variety

Florida Sportsman Member: releasegear We decided to stay at 45 feet and caught lots of grunts, gags, one goliath and six hogs.


10K Big Redfish and More

Florida Sportsman Member: Joe Snook I was poling around a bay and saw a big fish swimming in circles and zigzags in a small area. Luckily, the fish stayed on course and intersected perfectly with the DOA Cal Paddle Tail and two twitches was all it took to get the bite set the hook and hand the rod back to Jake.

Winter Mixed Bag

Big Bend Winter Mixed Bag

Florida Sportsman Member: AZ2FL All fish were caught with either Zoom Super Flukes, Z-man Paddlerz, Strike King Spinnerbait, Slayer Inc. Paddle Tails and Rapala Skitter Walk & X-Rap Twitchin Minnow.


Greater Amberjack Recreational Fishing Will Close on March 24 in Gulf

Recreational harvest of greater amberjack in federal waters of the Gulf of Mexico will close at 12:01 a.m., local time, on March 24, 2017, and will remain closed until January 1, 2018.


Sebile Magic Swimmer

This second-generation version is available in hard and soft bodies and still has the natural swimming action that attracts strikes. The colors have been tweaked, the body detail increased and the hooks and split rings are improved.

Jacksonville Mahi

Offshore Jacksonville Mahi

Florida Sportsman member: 60/40 Went out of Jacksonville on Friday. We put our lines in at 140 feet and high sped past the ledge. We switched to ballyhoo and caught one dolphin on a cedar plug. We went bottom fishing for the rest of the day.

Black Drum

Schooling Black Drum

Florida Sportsman Member: SpaceCoast Slayer I paddled up to my next area and was greeted by literally hundreds of tails breaking a mirrored, slick, calm surface. Massive school of drum just hoover vacuuming the bottom. Gulp shrimps casted into the school didn’t last long on the bottom before they were inhaled.

Pulley Ridge King

Screamer Pulley Ridge King

Florida Sportsman member: cameron sleep The drag was set light and I had thirty feet of mono, to lessen the sudden impact of a good bite, but as this speedster ran. I increased the drag, trying to slow him down. The fish would not stop!

Sarasota Snooking

Sarasota Snooking

Florida Sportsman member: Jirvin70 The cold fronts definitely slowed down the big snook from moving out of the bay and the water has become very turbid. Plenty of fish out there, just need to adjust tactics.

Offshore Stuart Wahoo

Offshore Stuart Wahoo and More

Florida Sportsman member: e-money Finally we see color and my jaw drops. It is a 73″ 74 pound wahoo hooked on just 40 pound mono and a 5/0 circle!

Port Canaveral Trolling

Port Canaveral Trolling and Bottom Fishing

Florida Sportsman member: Wavewalker We left early and picked up two mahi right away in about 130′. Later we got a few bonitos and a shark on the troll, that was a first for me.


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


Fiesta Beachcomber 24 Family Fisher

For those folks who like me, have spent a lifetime running around on high performance offshore fishing boats, a “pontoon”…»


Dexter UR-Cut Fillet Knife

This 7-inch narrow fillet knife from long-established knife-maker Dexter has a unique feature: You can mold the handle to fit your own hand.


Do Your Part to Protect Our Waters

We must keep up the pressure to stop the discharges from inland or have to swallow more of the pollution that poisons our estuaries in wet times.

A marine scientist assesses damages on Breakers Reef in Palm Beach. Photo: Bill Fay, ATM.

Reef Injury Prevention Program

Florida’s Coral Reef Awareness Program   It’s worth reminding boaters of Florida’s Coral Reef Protection Act and what it entails.…»


Robalo 226 Cayman Bay

The Robalo 226 Cayman is the middle child in the series of Cayman boats at 22’ 6” rounds out the…»


Eels for Cobia

The eel harvest season is usually March till the water warms up in early summer. Short and sweet, catch them when you can, and right on time for the Panhandle cobia to migrate on through!

Mid-Bay Drums

Destin Drums

Florida Sportsman Member: PanhandlePoon We caught two upper slot keepers at the Mid-Bay Bridge this morning and a hand full of rats in the bayous nearby. We also released a pair of over slots and a black drum.


Miss Britt Contender Sweeps Sailfish Challenge

By noon on Day 1, Miss Britt Contender had already released 11 sailfish between Lake Worth Pier and Palm Beach Inlet. They released two more fish in the afternoon to win the daily with 13 releases; six better than the next closest team. As it turns out, they could have stayed home on Day 2 and still finished with enough releases to win the whole tournament.

Florida Sportsman March 2017

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Fly Fishing Around Structure

When you hook a big fish on a grassflat, you just let it run. When you hook a big fish under a dock or around pilings you can’t do that, unless you want to lose your expensive fly line as well as the fish.


Paddleboard Fishing

Maximizing for the minimalist. First, the legal requirements for outfitting a standup paddleboard, or SUP: For most fishing waters, you must have an approved Personal Flotation Device (PFD) and a noise-making device.


Northwest Florida Weekend Fishing 4Cast

Florida Sportsman Fishing 4caster Capt. Jordan Todd
Covering St. Vincent Island to Steinhatchee, including Apalachicola, St. George Island, Carabelle, St. Marks and Keaton Beach