Bringing fish caught recreationally in the Bahamas back to Florida by water will become a little easier soon. A new exception goes into place Sept. 13 in state waters, allowing anglers to possess and land filleted dolphin, wahoo and reef fish that were caught in Bahamian waters.
For snook, trout and other inshore predators, docklights provide easy pickings at an all-night buffet of crustaceans and minnows flowing through with the tide.
Florida Sportsman member: Ghostrider Motored out through a sloppy inlet and headed south to do some slow trolling. Setup in 150 feet off of Hollywood. Within the first 10 minutes, we were 1 for 2 on sails and had a cutoff from a king.
Double steps, in the hull’s running surface, lessen the wetted surface for better performance and fuel efficiency. The large bow casting deck has two deep rod storage boxes that are insulated and double as fish boxes, perfect for the over-sized kingfish or dolphin.
At its September 8th meeting in St. Augustine, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) approved closing Gulf state waters to recreational harvest of greater amberjack for the remainder of 2016. This closure was put into place because NOAA Fisheries estimates that the annual federal recreational quota was exceeded.
Less than 20 miles from Tallahassee, there’s a magic place where anglers can find quiet and solitude on the water—except when speckled trout, redfish, flounder and other inshore species of fish insist on crushing baits presented to them!
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
Mark Lacovara and I got to know Tyler back in May, when we took him fishing aboard Mark’s fabulous 39 Sea Vee the “Sweat Equity” as part of Florida Sportsman’s “Fishing for Warriors” program. We knew he had a good time. The tuna and mahi did their part. As I always do, I made sure Tyler had my number with specific instructions to call me if he ever needed anything.
Reds on the Tide, photo by Mike Pedigo. Mike Pedigo (@flyline_productions) has an incredible eye for the variety of natural life in Northeast Florida. It’s about the time of year to start scouting the grassflats there for tailing redfish.
The large center console has a step down interior for additional storage and a marine head. The dash can accept twin large MFDs for your electronics. A one piece level deck from bow to stern lets you position your angler anywhere you want for battling offshore pelagics and the self-bailing cockpit can be washed down in a snap.
Florida Sportsman Fishing 4caster Capt. Jim Ross
Covering Tomoka Basin to Sebastian Inlet, including Daytona Beach, Titusville, Cape Canaveral, Cocoa and Melbourne
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
Florida Sportsman Fishing 4caster Captains James Chappell and Juan Garcia
Covering Key Largo to Key West, including Islamorada and Marathon
Florida Sportsman Fishing 4caster Capt. William Toney
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. Roger Bump
Covering Fernandina Beach to Flagler Beach, including Jacksonville and St. Augustine
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. Rob Modys
Covering Sarasota to Bonita Beach, including Siesta Key, Englewood, Boca Grande, Port Charlotte, Punta Gorda, Pine Island, Cape Coral, Captiva, Sanibel and Fort Myers
You stopped being a snorkeler the second you left the surface and entered a new realm and a sport that will challenge and reward you and combine three of your favorite things: hunting, fishing and diving. As with any other sport on the water, there is a lot to learn and safety is the number one priority with anyone wanting to go past the snorkeling phase.
Spoil the reed and spare the fish. Let’s face it. Dropping even the smallest anchor in a tidal creek or wilderness canal can turn off the fish. Whether it’s the splash, or simply because fish sense your presence, they can be frightened by anchors, particularly in tight quarters.
Florida Sportsman member: Binder We dropped the powerpole and “fired out” some baits. Within minutes we had a double hookup on a redfish and a snook. We re-baited and casted in the same spot, another red.
New inline-eye single hooks are great for retrofitting plugs and other multi-hook lures.
Florida Sportsman member: 85okhai By sunrise we were anchored up with baits all over the place, fishing was slower than anticipated. Sat there for a couple hours with one short strike to show for. About 8:00am we got the bite we were looking for, stripping nearly 500 yards of line we were able to stay tight and get the fish next to the boat.
The 2016 recreational red snapper season in Gulf of Mexico state waters (shore to 9 nautical miles) will reopen September 2nd and remain open Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays in September and October, and on Labor Day.
The recreational harvest season for snook starts September 1st statewide. Unique to the region, snook are one of the many reasons Florida is the Fishing Capital of the World.