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First Redfish on Fly

Florida Sportsman member: staysalty Forum member staysalty scored his first redfish on fly. This fish ate a small white minnow fly out of a docklight near Siesta Key. Congrats!

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Reaction Strikes

Yet, if you dangle a ball of yarn in front of that cat it will take a swipe at it. Toss a ball and the dog will chase it. Bass are hard-wired with the same predatory responses. Given the right stimulus they will strike a lure, even if they are not feeding. Call this a reaction strike. The right lure presentation will trigger it.

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New Smyrna Beach Fishing Basics

There’s always a way to duck the wind and catch fish in this east coast town just south of Daytona Beach.

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Florida Sportsman Best Boat – 20′ to 22′ Bay Boats

If you want to fish the flats inshore, yet when sea are calm, head offshore for bottom fishing or trolling, with one to three friends, a Bay Boat in the 20’ to 22’ range similar to the Blue Wave 2000 Pure Bay, the Sea Chaser 210 LX or the Velocity 220 Bay may be the best boat for you.

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Wahoo Proposal

Florida Sportsman member: gray As I was setting up my next bait the customer asked me to stop and video him proposing. Caught me off guard at first but it turned out pretty cool. They were really excited. We packed up and reset off the condos and got hit by a nice wahoo in 120 feet.

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Fly Fishing for Billfish

A historical piece about fly fishing with teasers for billfish with the “Robinson System” developed by Webster Robinson and his wife Helen Robinson in the early 1960s.

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Stone Crab Season Opening October 15th

Florida’s recreational and commercial stone crab claw harvest season opens Oct. 15 in state and federal waters. To ensure this valuable resource is available for generations to come, take care when removing crab claws, and follow all protective management guidelines for stone crab harvest.

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Bimini Big Game Club Announces “Writer in Residence” Program

The historic Bimini Big Game Club Resort & Marina today announced a “Writer in Residence” program providing complimentary lodging for published writers. Lodging, in a cottage once occupied by Dr. Martin Luther King (if available), will be limited to three days-Monday through Wednesday, said Sales and Marketing Director Diana Weber.

Top-end personal flotation devices like Mustang's Automatic Deluxe Inflatable Collar are available at outdoor retailers such as West Marine.

Inflatable Life Jacket Myths

Personal flotation devices automatically or manually inflate with the tug of a pull cord. There are still quite a few misperceptions about how these life saving devices work.

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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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Grouper on the Troll

Florida Sportsman member: Ruff one She wanted to hit some nasty bottom area in 15 feet, so we were off. It seems like we pull a trophy gag out of this spot every time we visit it. Guess what? We didn’t have the plug in the water 1 minute and Gail’s rod is screaming!

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CCA Florida Wants to Give You a Boat!

Don’t wait, the clock is ticking! A Contender 28 Tournament with twin 200 hp Yamahas (or $75,000 CASH) could be named yours at the CCA Dade Banquet on October 23!

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Bull Reds on a Beautiful Day

Florida Sportsman member: Angler170. We were greeted with a beautiful sunrise just before the current began to slow and the fish began to fire off! We started the morning off with a 42 and a 38 inch fish. we then had one break 60 pound leader and another pull the hook.

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Boat Graphics Service by BoatUS

Boat names are as varied as boat owners. However, owners looking for something special to put on their vessel now have a new premium level Custom Boat Graphics service from Boat Owners Association of The United States (BoatUS) that includes the services of their own private designer.

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Mullet Run, by Adam Byerly. Mullet frenzy off Juno Beach caught by Adam Byerly (www.shorebreakphototgraphy.com). Just as the sun was setting the tarpon turned on and they were blasting mullet, capturing them in midair. Shot with a Canon 7D 100-400L, F4.5-5.6 @ F5.6, 1/200, ISO 2000.

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Upper Tampa Bay Hot Bite

Florida Sportsman member: snook1998 I handed my buddy a rod with a greenback on it and he made a perfect cast right up against a submerged log, BAM he was on. The fish took a good amount of line, we got it up to the boat and it was a 26 inch snook.

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Fly Fishing on Wrecks

Mixed-bag action during the spring migration Wreck fly fishing is fun and rewarding, but purists will need to check their mindset at the dock. For dependable action, chumming is key. Frozen block chum and freshly cast-netted baitfish really get the snappers, jacks and mackerels prowling the upper portion of the water column.

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Season Three of Florida TrophyCatch Program Underway

Season two of TrophyCatch was a huge success. The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC), anglers and fishing-related businesses around the state are celebrating the success and kicking off season three. For the second season, which just ended, more than $200,000 worth of individual prizes will be rewarded, thanks to TrophyCatch’s valued corporate partners.

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Properly Using a Super Cooler

In this FS Seminar, Rick Ryals explains how simple things such as limiting cooler use, storing it in a cool environment before adding ice, and loading it full to the top, will contribute to many days of cold drinks and fish.

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Reds Love Flies

Around the state, redfish on the flats provide a nearly perfect target for flycasters. As a fly fisherman’s meat and potatoes, you could hardly dish out anything to improve on the redfish.

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Night Time Snapper Bite

Florida Sportsman Member: Veikx We used 5000 sized spinning gear with 15 feet of 20 pound flourocarbon leader. We used knocker rigs in the beginning and then switched over to 1/0 mutu light circle hooks free-lined with pilchards and squid.

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Pedal Drive Maintenance

How to care for state-of-the-art foot-propulsion systems. Florida has thousands of miles of coastal shoreline to cover, not to mention a few lakes here and there. Paddling can be strenuous, even if the rewards are many.

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Fly Fishing Line Connections

Assemble a fool-proof backing, flyline, leader and fly connection system. You should never lose a fish because the leader and fly line separated, or lose a fly line to a fish because the backing-to-fly line connection failed. Fly fishers should know how to make the proper connections in their tackle. Making these practical connections requires no tool other than a line clipper.

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Shearwater 23 TE

Power, room and workmanship for shallow water fishing. American Marine Sports of Groveland, Florida has been building boats for more than 30 years, everything from racing boats to bass boats to flats boats.

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West Central Offshore Bite

Florida Sportsman Member: harbison Whenever cold fronts move into the gulf the pressures starts to plummet, this causes the fish to go into a feeding frenzy because they know the coming storm will stir the water and prevent them from feeding easily.