Stealthy hunts, visual fishing and great fights are what we enjoy, right? Pompano on their annual migration offer great opportunities for fly fishermen.
Florida Sportsman member: CL604 Went fishing with our Son Capt. Mike ( Mangrove Bully ) out of Tarpon Springs. Despite the gusty winds we were able to find fish-able spots with a total of 11 snook and two reds in just two hours.
Florida Sportsman member: Billme Packed up the FN PAIR-A-DICE and headed for the rigs again last weekend. The tuna bite was not what we had hoped for, but we managed a few and turned the trip into a mixed bag bonanza with dolphin and wahoo.
You’re on the flats, hunting. You’ve spotted a fish, or perhaps a school. What you do in the next 60 seconds determines whether you taste the thrill of victory, or the agony of defeat.
Florida Sportsman member: Ryanmc6884 Started trolling off of Boynton heading North. Got a king early on to get the team fired up and in gear. Next up was the grown man as buddy buddy calls the wahoo. Started screaming on the planer. After lines all cleared she popped up on the surface to make life a little easier.
Versatility best describes the Pathfinder 2600 TRS that gives an angler the ability to fish the bays and light offshore in the same outing. The shoal draft will give you access to many of the flats reserved for much smaller boats. The bays and just inside the inlet would rarely be rough enough to be uncomfortable.
Two back-to-back July marlin tournaments are on tap for anglers in the Florida Keys.
Light southeast winds and calm seas were a welcomed sight for the 220 boats entered in this year’s Palm Beach County KDW Classic headquartered out of the newly renovated Riviera Beach Marina and Marina Village on June 4th.
Florida Sportsman Member: Strippedmyclutch! Snapper season extended two days meant we were itching to get back out. Friday had some decent rain storms and we were hoping for better weather on Saturday 6/11. After watching the radar we said go, go, go at 3 am, glad we didn’t call it.
Florida Sportsman member: SLW Urocane We used a combo of live shrimp under a cork, topwater, Gulp! swim baits and chunks of ladyfish. Caught 10 species throughout the weekend, including snook, redfish, trout, tarpon (small), bonnethead and blacktip sharks, ladyfish, jacks, tones of small mangos, catfish (surprise!), and sheepshead.
When bass are tight to cover or buried beneath it, getting a lure in front of them can be difficult. Plugs with treble hooks are suited for nibbling around edges of cover. If fish are active such an approach may work well. However, when bass hunker in places inaccessible to most lures, as they often do, a weedless offering is a must.
The first time I live chummed offshore I had my angler standing beside me with a fly in the water waiting for a fish to cast at, only to have a 15-pound bonito make an arrival that just about ripped the rod out of his hand. There was no need to set the hook, as all his concentration and strength went into retaining possession of the rod as the fish dumped the 8-weight well into the backing.
Take Your Lion’s Share, photo by Jimmy Nelson. Check out Willie Howard’s feature story, “Take Your Lion’s Share,” all about what you need to know to dive for lionfish around Florida in the June issue of Florida Sportsman.
Paddles, pedals and power: Expanding the range of kayaks on the flats. Paddling saltwater grassflats today, it’s obvious that kayaks have supplanted canoes as Florida’s personal fishing craft of choice.
Recently, an expert from a national outdoors company came to Tampa to teach fly casting. He used a video camera on a tripod to show casters their mistakes. The novelty was showing casters their errors, hoping they’d be motivated and capable of correcting them.
Sighting in a deer rifle is simple, if you do it right. The preseason “sight in session” is ritual for many hunters. For some, it’s a quick, simple, and inexpensive affair. For others, it can be a lengthy and frustrating process that burns up a lot of expensive ammunition.
The Cobia 277 is a trailerable sized center console that has serious blue water capabilities. A deep V entry smooth’s out the ride and the large uncluttered deck allows multiple anglers to fish without getting in each other's way.
Find a dark, stagnant pool or stream tucked way back in a mangrove swamp and there’s a good chance you’ll spot little silver fish rolling at the surface. Odds are they are tarpon, very small ones, only 1 to 3 feet long, and they are gulping air—a survival tactic that enables these fish to survive in habitats that repel most others.
Tyler’s 32 Seacraft project receives a final splash of color; FS Boating Editor Dave East heads out with Royce Brooker, to discuss the build of his 15’ Hobie Skiff, customized for fishability and functionality; the crew at MCU brings back a classic 22 Mako to its former glory; and…Brian meets with Jason Baumiller, who is looking to restore a run-down flats boat on a fixed budget.
Capt. George Gozdz explores the St. John’s River while fishing for shad and striper.
Florida Sportsman Member:harbison For the first time in years both American red snapper and gag grouper season will open June first. The Florida Fisherman ll, Hubbard’s Marina, will be leaving on a 39 hour Middle Grounds and vicinity trip Tuesday, May 31, in search of American reds, gags, and a lot more.
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.
Florida Sportsman member: jameslentz I got about a dozen finger mullet and paddled north out of beach marine. Fished the finger mullet on cork and Carolina rig for the last two hours of the incoming with no luck. As the tide started flowing out I switched to a 1/4 ounce jighead and penny gulp shrimp. Started dragging it in creek mouths and banks and ended up with three keepers.
Florida Sportsman Fishing 4caster Capt. Alan Sherman
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