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Dolphin off of Miami

Florida Sportsman member: ReelObsession The pallet had all kinds of life under it and as soon as we trolled by it was game on. We caught 22 dolphins up to about 12 pounds. We threw back another 10 or so that were borderline keepers. After we caught enough dolphin we decided to jump in a spear a couple.

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Skipcasting from Kayaks

Fishing mangroves and docks requires being able to cast your presentation underneath overhanging structure using a method called the skipcast.

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Regulator 34

With outboards mounted on an Armstrong bracket, the Regulator 34 has the same size cockpit as most 39’s. This rig is optimally powered with twin engines to a maximum of 700 horsepower.

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Fly Line Backing

Since fly line backing can cost only pennies per foot, the function of taking up space is cheaper with backing. Most importantly, backing helps you catch fish. In Florida, we grow fish that require long casts and that run when struck with the hook. They will bring your backing to hand and make you glad that you paid attention to it.

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HD – Flood Tide Tail Hunting

Flood Tide Tail Hunting, photo by Capt. Rich Santos, www.flyfishjax.com.

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Tournament Win and Nice Reds

Florida Sportsman member: SS Canoe With my direction he whipped his doa into the feeding fish, bam, hooked up. Got the fish in and pictured, a 20 inch red. About this time the were finger mullet being showered along the mangroves. A quick pole over, a hookup and a picture was all we needed and he was 2/3 done with the slam that I knew would win this tournament.

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Fun for All

Florida Sportsman Member: releasegear Monday evening we went out 12 miles and anchored up. On the way there saw schools of cigars minnows and spanish sardines and loaded up 5 at a time. We were in 50 feet and the area was covered in small baits. We caught gags, cobia, barracuda, spinner sharks and Ajs.

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New Personal Best

Florida Sportsman member: HookandStick I took my best bow buck Friday evening. He is a typical 10 point, I believe he’s pretty old as well. At last light he appeared and gave me a 25 yard forward quartering shot.

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Congressmen Urge Council to Table Amendment 40

The Congressional Sportsmen’s Caucus (CSC) has joined a groundswell of opposition to a controversial mangemement proposal for Gulf red snapper scheduled for a final vote of the Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council this week in Mobile, Alabama.

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Revo Blue Water Lenses

The REVO Blue Water lens is perfect for cutting glare in bright conditions on the water. They provide maximum glare protection and visible clarity with the classic heritage of the REVO blue water coating.

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Winter Fly Fishing in 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.

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Light Tackle, Big Reds

Florida Sportsman member: Bill Duane My brother, and I caught 5 of these studs on crank baits while fishing for trout in 9 feet of water. quite a handful on light spinning gear.

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Spoil Island Camping and Fishing

We’d beached the kayaks on the Indian River Lagoon spoil island half an hour earlier. We agreed—at least I agreed—that the kids would set up the tent while I built a fire and got lunch started.

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Panhandle Offshore Bite

Florida Sportsman member: 85okhai We had some lunch and moved to a few more spots to pick up some beeliners. Plan was to be in pretty early but we still wanted some red groupers so we made the run in to fish state waters and were able to pull up a few red groupers and a couple of jacks.

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Flippin’ Freshwater Baits

n this Florida Sportsman seminar, Reel Time Host Capt. George Gozdz demonstrates a common freshwater technique of flipping in heavy structure.

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Touch Screen Electronics

Manufacturers of marine electronics were quick to embrace glass touchscreen technology, giving anglers touch-reactive control over sonar, chartplotters and radar. Now, segments of the boating industry are poised to bring the same kind of control to nearly every aspect of the ship’s systems, from battery switches, to nav lights, to bilge pumps.

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Ambidexterity

It pays to become a proficient caster with either hand, but until then, here’s a shortcut. The redfish materialized at 2 o’clock. I told my fisherman where they were and started turning the boat. He couldn’t wait.

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Catching on the Drift

Florida Sportsman member: Bassin Assassin The water was very skinny and we kept targeting the 1 1/2 to 3 foot zone. We drifted north and Stormy caught a 20 inch snook on the Bait Buster just a few minutes later.

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My Catch Monday

Want to win great prizes and show off your catch at the same time? Participate in My Catch Monday (MCM)! MCM is a Facebook contest designed to encourage fans (like you!) to share photos and descriptions of their catches from the weekend on Monday morning. MCM encourages and rewards anglers, hunters, and all outdoors fans for doing something they’re already doing, sharing and liking on Facebook!

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Cold Water Wetsuit Advice

A bit of advice on buying a wetsuit in Florida. As we get in to our colder seasons here in Florida, wearing a wetsuit while diving is necessary as water temperatures drop about 10 to 15 degrees. There are many different factors that go into buying a wetsuit including the style of suit, the thickness, and color.

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Mosquito Lagoon Seatrout on Fly

Get a few fly-caught redfish on your resume, then test your mettle against Mosquito Lagoon trout. Fly fishermen possess a rare trait. A desire to experience hot fishing, in its purest form, boils through their veins.

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Renegade Nomad 20

Steady design and ride set apart the Renegade Nomad 20. Offshore in the morning, inshore in the afternoon—both trips are feasible on the 20 Nomad from Renegade Marine. This 20-foot, 3-inch center console was designed to be superior.

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Northeast Offshore

Florida Sportsman member: Richardrbloom I gave the fish another 30 yards or so then threw it into strike and held on. Then the shotgun rod goes off and my buddy Austin grabs it. We had a double hookup for about a minute until mine came off again.

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South Florida Mixed Bag

Florida Sportsman member: chut03 Used primarily topwater rubber frogs for the snakehead, and the biggest bass attacked the frogs too. Peacocks on lipless crankbaits, and livebait. Plus one catfish on a rubber worm strangely enough. and even a needlefish that took a jig.

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Bumping the Bridges

Florida Sportsman member: Real V Forum member Real V got into some nice Charlotte Harbor snook recently. The tactic used for these linesider was hopping D.O.A. Terroreyz along the bottom around bridge structure.