Florida Sportsman Fishing 4caster Capt. Tommy Thompson
Covering Homosassa, Crystal River, Yankeetown, Waccasassa Bay, Cedar Key, Suwannee, Horseshoe Beach, Steinhatchee and Keaton Beach
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
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
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
Waxing and detailing your boat is an essential process to keeping the boat in peak condition. Before the waxing and detailing take place, it is crucial that you clean the boat of all dirt and grime.
Brown Water Redfish, painting by Capt. Ron Kowalyk. Redfish in hot pursuit of a “Crabby Appleton fly” is an acrylic painting on panel by Capt. Ron Kowalyk of Bonita Beach, who also writes for Florida Sportsman and writes the weekly Fishing 4casts on www.floridasportsman.com.
Designed to take on a variety of inshore and offshore tasks, the versatile Angler Panga 22 is equally at home drift-fishing a foot-deep flat for trout or bottom-fishing a 200-foot wreck.
There’s always a way to duck the wind and catch fish in this east coast town just south of Daytona Beach.
Florida Sportsman member: lemaymiami Four more times I had the leader but the fish was still way too strong. Finally Neil’s rod broke at the base ferrule and it was all I could do retrieve the broken portion, which had slid down the leader to the fish.
Florida Sportsman member: LitiGATOR The mate gaffed the fish and a beautiful mutton hit the deck. I don’t know if Juozas had ever caught one before, but I believe it was his first on the Yankee. At 10-years old, on his first trip out here. That’s impressive. You couldn’t wipe the smile of his face.
There’s something to be said for one big hook. Stick a trophy fish, and you can apply the full pressure the tackle will deliver, muscle it out of whatever cover it was hiding in and bring the fish to the boat quickly
Long sticks catch crappie! Cane poles, jigging rods and crappie poles, often more than 12 feet long, are highly effective for catching tasty crappie when these fish are in shallow water. But Florida anglers may find that a fly rod is the most versatile and best crappie stick of them all.
Egret’s largest flats boat to date lives up to its name. Frank Afshari, owner of Egret boats out of North Carolina, showed off the 20-footer on the Indian River Lagoon near St. Lucie Inlet.
Florida Sportsman member: redpro Bite wasn’t on fire but we managed a good meat trip. Passed a nice rip around 130 feet that made us wish we were trolling. Caught our limit of beeliners to 4 pounds and some nice triggers, one almost hitting 8 pounds!
A fan favorite of inshore anglers stages a comeback in the Gulf. From where I was standing, in the bow of Walker’s tidy center console, Christen’s catch was the happy conclusion to a dramatic fishery management story. Twenty years ago, the future of blacktip shark looked bleak, mired in commercial overfishing.
There’s a cool hookah rig for diving from kayaks, a popular way to get to nearshore dive spots for a lot of Florida divers. Brownie’s Kayak Diving Hose Kits put your tank topside and let divers move about freely and effortlessly down below.
Florida is known for its alligators, some of which grow to monstrous proportions. The central portion of the state offers some great gator hunting in Florida and no one knows this country better than outfitter Corby Durrell of Indian River Outfitters based in Vero Beach.
Mike Miller shows how to properly secure your boat while camping overnight in the everglades during this FS Seminar. Extreme high and low tides can leave your boat high and dry come morning.
The idea of catching a 100-pound tarpon on “regulation” tackle was looked upon by most fly fishermen as not merely a dream, but a fantasy as far-fetched as interstellar travel.
Phosphate pits are unique in Florida for their underwater terrain. Unlike our natural lakes, which are mostly shallow bowls, the dug pits contain humps, deep holes and even hilltops projecting above the submerged landscape.
Tips for more successful saltwater fly fishing. The old saw, “Ten percent of fishermen catch 90 percent of the fish” might go double for saltwater fly fishers, given the technical nature of fly fishing. Even more so for sight fishing the flats.
Cellular devices seem capable of doing almost anything thanks to the advent of smartphones and downloadable applications. This versatility and cell phones’ portability are leading many recreational boaters to have too much faith in them as the sole means of communication on the water, especially in emergency situations.
he Department of State’s Museum of Florida History announces a new special exhibit, The Lure of Florida Fishing, opening with a reception on March 13, at 5:30 p.m., and remaining on display until August 26. More than 100 artifacts, including artwork, historic images, trophies, fish mounts and tackle help tell the tale of sport fishing in the Sunshine State.