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


The End Game

“Fish on!” is the sound all offshore fishermen live for. You’ve trolled through miles of blue water and suddenly the rigger pin snaps, the rod bends, and the fight is on. The line is disappearing at an alarming rate, your sea monster is getting farther and farther away and every instinct in your body is screaming, “Stop the boat!”

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South Tampa Bite

Florida Sportsman member: gettinwet We started in the backwaters focusing around mangrove points and cuts between islands as well as schools of large black mullet. After a lot of short strikes on topwater plugs we did manage to hook up a couple of nice reds.


Nautic Star 244 XTS

With a 79-gallon fuel tank and a super-efficient single-stepped hull, the range of this boat would be farther than you could possibly travel in a full day round trip. That equates to fuel savings and peace of mind when you’re exploring back bays or running offshore to the Gulf Stream.


Stiltsville Flats Fishing

Florida Sportsman member: Gary M A fishing trip with Capt.Carl Ball with AWOL Fishing Charters was won in a raffle, so Saturday was the day! Tom and his 15 year old son Thomas met Capt. Ball at the ramp at Crandon Marina.


Florida 10,000 Islands Weekend Fishing 4Cast

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


Florida Sportsman August 2016

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Looking For the Next Guy Harvey

Kids of all ages are eager to relax and de-stress while putting pens and pencils to paper and creating their own artwork. Coloring generates wellness and stimulates brain areas related to motor skills, the senses and creativity. Plus, it is and always has been, fun.

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CCA Star Tournament Rules Changing

The CCA Florida STAR Tournament presented by Yamaha is making BIG changes to create even more excitement and ensure someone goes home with a top prize in addition to the over $200,000 in other division prizes at the end of the 2016 competition.


Pompano Beach Saltwater Showdown a Big Success

70 teams participated in 2016 Mercury/SeaVee Pompano Beach Saltwater Showdown on Saturday, August 6th. The Showdown is the final event in the 3-leg Pompano Beach Saltwater Circuit that takes place from May through August each year in Pompano Beach, FL.


Father and Son Fun

Florida Sportsman Member: Permitted Well turns out my redfish spot is kind of a hot spot for tarpon. So I took him back to the proving grounds to test his skills! Long story short he ended up catching his first tarpon and a couple more, also his biggest redfish to date.


Mutton Snapper Workshops Coming up

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) is hosting several mutton snapper workshops this August to gather public input on potential management changes in state waters. FWC staff presented draft rules to the Commission at the June meeting and these rules will be brought back before the Commission for a final public hearing at the September meeting in St. Augustine.

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East Central Offshore

Florida Sportsman member:Kapt. Hook There’s been a lot of african pompano around on the ledges. The cobia have been small lately but in good numbers. Snapper have moved out and left the bottom a cold ghost town. Not a lot of bait on the beaches or the buoy. Live pinfish and mullet are the best bet for live baits right now.

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Trying Something New

Florida Sportsman Member: WATERTIMEinshore I continued on seeing a lot of nice pushes along the banks most were mullet but finally saw one that looked a little bigger. Pitched him the Gulp and boom 32.5 inch red worked me good for a few minutes. Pretty much was the highlight of the morning and as usual got hot things slowed up so we called it a day.


SilverWave 230 Island CC

When the family requires a pontoon boat with plush lounges but you don’t want to give up the features found in a serious fishing boat, choose a center console layout that has an interior configuration with a combination of L-shaped couches, four casting chairs and a live baitwell.


St. Marks Redfishing

Florida Sportsman Member: tailwaters Sunday we did a little better, landing 22 fish (give or take). Most measured in the mid 20’s with one going over slot. It was top water early, then spoons and plastic twitch baits as the tide rose. Around 10am we switched over to pinfish. Had to get off the water by noon both days due to the heat.

Legendary fisherman and TV host Roland Martin shows off a nice bass caught on a recent trip to Lake Trafford.

The Little Lake that Could

“Lake Trafford is an important resource for boating, fishing and wildlife viewing,” said Barron Moody, regional administrator for the FWC’s Division of Freshwater Fisheries Management. “One of the FWC’s primary goals in the restoration of Lake Trafford was to create healthy habitat for Florida’s fish and wildlife resources, which in turn has generated more recreational opportunities for anglers and outdoor enthusiasts.”

We had an excellent day of golf and fishing with 96 participants for FS Bass & Birdies

2016 Florida Sportsman Bass & Birdies Classic

Fishing tackle industry figures from around the world showed their drive at the third annual Florida Sportsman Bass & Birdies Classic. The unique event, a hybrid golf and bass tournament, heralds the opening of the International Convention of Allied Sportfishing Trades, or ICAST, which is the world’s premier fishing tackle trade show.


August “Outta the Woods”

Help monitor for CWD; Floridians hunting out of state need to be aware of what they can bring back.

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Miami Spearfishing

Florida Sportsman member: boneheadhunting Long story short it took almost 30 minutes to get that black out of that cave. Once we got it out I went back down to see it again and was amazed with how far back it went. After that we made some short work out of some muttons and decided to head in.


Cape Horn 32

A no nonsense approach to fishing produces a boat design that is rugged and reliable.


Bimini Yellowfins

Florida Sportsman Member: HurricaneBK A couple scoops of live pilchards and they were around us and I was hooked up. Never had time to get the rod out of the rod holder as my bent butt 50 wide made short work of a nice 60 pound class yellowfin and our target species was in the boat.

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Crystal River Snookin’

Florida Sportsman Member: HammerheadTed Today I went out early with Robbie, but we started at slack high tide and didn’t catch anything until the water was flowing out hard. Been catching smaller snook and this 35 inch snook is the first big one I’ve gotten in a month or so and a real treat.


Gulf Greater AJ Season Closed in Fed Waters for Remainder of 2016

NOAA projects the Gulf of Mexico greater amberjack recreational fishery exceeded its allowable harvest. Therefore, the recreational fishing season will not reopen as scheduled on August 1, 2016, and will remain closed until December 31, 2016. The recreational season will reopen on January 1, 2017.


Mutton Snapper Workshops Coming Up Soon

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission is hosting several mutton snapper workshops this August to gather public input on potential management changes in state waters. FWC staff presented draft rules to the Commission at the June meeting and these rules will be brought back before the Commission for a final public hearing at the September meeting in St. Augustine.