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Drift Boats in Florida

Where teamwork and paddle craft meet. Fly fishers see a picture of a drift boat and think Rocky Mountain river trout fishing. But lately there has been some talk among fly-fishing folk that the drift boat might be just right for Florida bass fishing, too.

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Conservation Organizations Team Up for Quail

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) at its meeting today near Tallahassee announced a partnership with three other conservation organizations to help the northern bobwhite (quail) and youth shooting programs in Florida and Georgia.

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FS Seminar – Outriggers

During this FS Seminar, Florida Sportsman publisher Blair Wickstrom goes over the basics of outriggers. Outriggers serve two main purposes: separating your baits and providing a small drop back when a fish strikes a bait.

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Reactor Watches Los Cabos Sweepstakes with Bill Boyce

REACTOR, maker of the worlds’ most durable and progressive sport watches, is partnering with Bill Boyce, renowned underwater photographer, sport fisherman and host of The International Game Fish Association’s television show Anglers Digest to send one lucky winner to the Western Outdoor News Los Cabos 2014 Tuna Jackpot.

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Northwest Florida Weekend Fishing 4Cast

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

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Northeast Florida Weekend Fishing 4cast

Florida Sportsman Fishing 4caster Capt. Roger Bump
Covering Fernandina Beach to Flagler Beach, including Jacksonville and St. Augustine

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Gulf Recreational Red Snapper Season set

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) set the Gulf recreational red snapper season in state waters April 16 at a meeting near Tallahassee. The season will be a total of 52 days in 2014 and will start the Saturday before Memorial Day (May 24 this year) and remain open through July 14, closing July 15.

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Lionfish invasion: FWC Moves Forward with Management Changes

The lionfish is an invasive species that threatens Florida’s native wildlife and habitat. With that in mind, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) on April 16 moved forward with steps to combat the spread of invasive lionfish.

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Florida 10,000 Islands Weekend Fishing 4Cast

Florida Sportsman Fishing 4caster Capt. Kevin Merritt
Covering Naples to Flamingo, including Naples, Marco Island, Everglades City and Chokoloskee

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Florida Panhandle Weekend Fishing 4Cast

Florida Sportsman Fishing 4caster Capt. Chaz Heller
Covering Perdido Key to Cape San Blas, including Pensacola, Gulf Breeze, Fort Walton Beach, Destin, Panama City and Port St. Joe

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Florida Keys Weekend Fishing 4Cast

Florida Sportsman Fishing 4caster Captains James Chappell and Juan Garcia
Covering Key Largo to Key West, including Islamorada and Marathon

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South Florida Weekend Fishing 4Cast

Florida Sportsman Fishing 4caster Capt. Alan Sherman
Covering Deerfield Beach to Key Largo & Flamingo to Cape Sable, including Pompano Beach, Ft. Lauderdale, Miami and Homestead

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Florida Big Bend Weekend Fishing 4Cast

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

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Southeast Florida Weekend Fishing 4Cast

Florida Sportsman Fishing 4caster Capt. Eden White
Covering Wabasso Beach to Boca Raton, including Vero Beach, Ft. Pierce, Stuart, West Palm Beach and Lake Worth

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West Central Florida Weekend Fishing 4Cast

Florida Sportsman Fishing 4caster Capt. Ray Markham
Covering Aripeka to Longboat Key, including Hudson, Anclote Key, Tarpon Springs, Dunedin, Clearwater, Tampa, St. Petersburg, Anna Maria Island and Bradenton

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Southwest Florida Weekend Fishing 4Cast

Florida Sportsman Fishing 4caster Capt. Ron Kowalyk
Covering Sarasota to Bonita Beach, including Siesta Key, Englewood, Boca Grande, Port Charlotte, Punta Gorda, Pine Island, Cape Coral, Captiva, Sanibel and Fort Myers

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Three Tricks With Spinnerbaits for Bass

You can do a lot more with this lure than just cast and reel it. There are a lot of ways to use a spinnerbait, and a number of different retrieves that can make it more effective. Here are three retrieve methods that can increase your catch.

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HD – Marquesas Mangrove

Marquesas Mangrove: Photograph by Carlton Ward Jr / CarltonWard.com. A red mangrove tree rises above the grass flats along the…»

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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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Panhandle Lings

Florida Sportsman member: 85okhai Went 2 for 7 yesterday. First fish ate a grunt and second fish was pulled off of a school of 4. It ended up being the smallest of the school. Fish went 46 pounds gutted.

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Beach Bones

Florida Sportsman member: ReelDeep Forum member ReelDeep has been getting into a mess of fish off the Miami beaches including bonefish, snook and tarpon.

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Small Lakes Can Offer Big Incentives

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) often focuses on big, marquee water bodies, such as the Kissimee Chain of Lakes or Lake Okeechobee, but also works on smaller water bodies with great fishing potential.

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Cobia Spearfishing

Florida Sportsman member: Robert D. Forum member Robert D. shared a video he put together of him spearing some cobia, not only did he get into the fish, you can also see how these fish interact with rays and each other under water. Good stuff Robert.

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Finding Your Boat’s Proper Trim

Find your boat’s proper trim for best running attitude. Many things can affect the performance of your boat, but one that’s consistently underutilized is proper trim. Running at the right attitude will increase your speed, reduce your fuel consumption and greatly improve the comfort of your ride.

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Groupers out of Redfish Pass

Florida Sportsman Member: larrywitt Found some good bottom set out the hook and broke out the chum. Took 10 to 15 minutes to turn the bite back on. Never did go deeper as planned. oh well always a next time. Final tally 12 in the box to 25 inches.