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The Other Side of Bimini

The westernmost island of the Bahamas, Bimini, lays just 53 miles east of Miami. Made up of actually three islands, North, South and East, the Lucayans were the first to settle there. Over the years the Bimini islands have undergone many changes, some by the forces of Mother Nature and others by the hands of man.

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Steinhatchee Redfish Fly Fishing

Reds are the main players for sight-fishing fly fishers. The first time I fished Steinhatchee, I knew immediately that its shallows stood apart from those I’d sampled elsewhere.

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Florida Chain Pickerel Fishing

Way I see it, there’s not any kind of fishing much more exciting than pulling a buzzbait or weedless in-line spinner across a field of lily pads and having a big pickerel come blasting up to engulf the bait.

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Cedar Key Fly Fishing

Lose yourself (and maybe a few flies) in the tangly wilderness of Cedar Key. Cedar Key is flyfishing central for Big Bend waters. The island offers access to a sprawling salt marsh complex of tidal creeks and channels, Spartina grass, oyster bars, and islands covered with pine, cedar, and cabbage palm.

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Scout 245

This was the one boat out of the three that leaned more toward family use, with its plush interior and full height windshield. The Scout 245 has a LOA of 24-feet, 5-inches and a beam of 8-feet, 6-inches.

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Live Chum for Offshore Flyfishing

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.

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The Florida Reef Fishing Menu

What kinds of fish might you find on the artificial reefs and wrecks around the Florida coast? That depends on season and latitude, to some extent. In midwinter, for instance, there’s a pretty big difference between the cold, nutrient-rich green water you’d encounter off Fernandina Beach, in far northeast Florida, and the warm, crystal clear Gulf Stream along the Florida Keys.

Going for bluefin, Bahamas style, is a sight fishing game.

Field Report from Cat Cay Bluefin Tournament

Following the release of the Bahamas tuna documentary, Bluefin on the Line, six teams competed in the 2014 Cat Cay Tuna Tournament, held June 5-7. No fish were landed, but Amanda Perryman, Marketing Director for Costa, which produced the film, said that about 60 fish were spotted and two good bunches were baited, with no bites.

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Small Lake Bass

Within minutes we boated a fat 3-pound bass, and that was the start of a steady parade of fish. By the time an early afternoon thunderstorm ended our day, we had tallied over 20 bass. The best was pushing 7 pounds.

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Fishing Lake Okeechobee

Located in the eastern middle of the state, Lake Okeechobee is truly a huge body of water. Miles of shoreline, bays, airboat trails, grass edges, floating hyacinth islands and a host of other bass habitat await anglers. It seems that every foot of it is prime bass water. The lake also holds stable populations of black crappie, shellcrackers, bluegill, channel catfish, gar and a host of other freshwater fishes.

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Spoil Island Camping and Fishing

We’d beached the kayaks on the Indian River Lagoon spoil island half an hour earlier. We agreed—at least I agreed—that the kids would set up the tent while I built a fire and got lunch started.

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Robalo R300

The Robalo R300 , 29-feet, 2-inches long and 10-feet, 6-inches wide, combines tournament level fishing appointments with a wide array of family features. A VacuFlush Porcelain Marine Head is housed in the center console along with a sink and pull-out shower.

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Turkey Hunting Tips

Each spring Florida hunters take to the woods with visions of longbeards running into their setup. Taking into consideration the basics of nature, it’s not rocket science why birds commonly stay out of gun range.

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Everglades Camping With Kayaks

Kayaker Jerry McBride recounts his camping trip to the Everglades, just in time for you to plan one for yourself. Included are photos and planning tips to make your trip a success.

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Everglades 243 CC

Everglades is known for yacht-quality fit and finish. The Everglades 243cc has that, plus innovative features like patented sliding center console windshields and unsinkable RAMCAP construction that fills the hull with high density closed cell, structural foam flotation.

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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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Kayak Rigging For Bluewater Fishing

rett Fitzgerald recounts his trip offshore to the Gulf Stream–in a kayak–with Palm Beach County resident Peter Hinck, the guru of bluewater kayak fishing in Southeast Florida. Hinck has been bluewater kayak fishing for years now.

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Beach Fishing for Tarpon

An east coast skiff guide divulges his secrets for locating and catching beach-run tarpon. Good numbers of tarpon are off the beaches in east/central Florida from late-May through October, as they are along Florida’s Gulf of Mexico shores.

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Bass of the Wild Wacissa River

Fly fishing a pristine North Florida stream for Suwannee bass. The Wacissa River is not a place where you concentrate on fishing and just give the scenery a once over when things are slow. Instead, it’s a place so beautiful and so alive that it’s hard to stay focused on the task at hand-namely dropping a fly in just the right spot to entice a lurking Suwannee bass.

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Florida Sportsman Southeast Bash and Tournament 2014

The SE Bash is more about getting together for a good time than trying to catch the biggest fish to win a tournament. All Florida Sportsman members, their family and friends are encouraged to come out and enjoy the music, food and good company. The Bash is open to all.