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Breed Clubs in Florida

In the September 2013 issue of Florida Sportsman magazine, feature writer Carolee Anita Boyles discusses the most popular breeds for use while duck hunting in the field and marsh of Florida. Below, these breeds are listed along with their associated clubs.

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Sailfish North

Leaving the narrow corridor of South Florida reef, anglers find surprising concentrations of sailfish to the state line and beyond. Fifty miles off St. Augustine, we were trolling in dark, green water, praying for a stray bite. I’d spent the day in a heavy jacket, trying to salvage my trip by trolling up and down the 28 fathom ledge.

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Florida Freshwater Catfishing

Besides their willingness to bite when other fish won’t, catfish are crowd favorites at fish fries. The farm-raised channel cats, in fact, are among the few seafood offerings I find consistently satisfying at restaurants. Shrimp, salmon, lobster, and saltwater catches of the day such as mahi and grouper seem to arrive at my table in varying and unpredictable degrees of freshness and doneness—usually over-doneness.

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Choosing a Kayak Color

Kayak color can enhance more than fishing pictures. Beyond economics, exercise and access to shallow backwaters, a major impetus [...]

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Homework For Florida Deer Hunters

The white-tailed deer is the most heavily hunted of all Florida’s game species. During the 2011-2012 hunting season, approximately 137,000 hunters in Florida spent more than 2.8 million days afield.

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FS Classics: Vic Dunaway, Trail of the Jaguar Pt. II

The sweat that drenched my back suddenly turned cold with anticipation and, I now have to admit, at least a little fear…

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Redo a Canoe for Better Fishing

Rowing kits give canoes speed, power. The great thing about rowing a canoe, as opposed to paddling, is that it’s fast and easy. The light, narrow hulls are very efficient.

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Hewes Redfisher 18

Maverick Boat Company, manufacturer of Hewes Light Tackle Boats, has redesigned their versatile, mid-sized skiff. For decades this boat has been a favorite of backcountry anglers and many Keys guides have made their living out of one. Famous for its speed, range and ride, the Redfisher 18 now boasts even more features.

There were many large sharks spotted, typical for April. This one is a greater hammerhead about 7 feet long and it’s homing in on a live goggle-eye suspending from a fishing kite.

Dive Boat Operators Face Charges of Illegally Feeding Sharks in State Waters

Investigators with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) have filed charges against four men linked to the illegal feeding of sharks and fish within state waters.

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Best Places to Catch Crappie

Crappie are among the most popular freshwater fishes in Florida. Their deep body with nearly symmetrical dorsal and anal fins and a speckled pattern on the body make them easy to distinguish.

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Peacock Bass Fly Fishing, South Florida-Style

Equatorial natives survive on the edge of the subtropics. During my high school cross-country running days, practice was held at John Prince Park, in Lake Worth, Florida. We trained around Lake Osborne.

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Florida Varmint Hunting

Mention varmint hunting to the seasoned outdoors person and the talk will turn to prairie dogs, coyotes in the snow, and other critters of the mountains and prairies. Even many seasoned varmint hunters don’t realize that Florida, too, can be a good place for this style of hunting.

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DIY Kayak

Build a wooden boat for fishing. Catching a fish on a homemade lure or rod is a real thrill. How about catching a fish from a boat you’ve built for yourself?

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Small Lakes Can Offer Big Incentives

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) works hard to maintain our status as the “Fishing Capital of the World” by actively managing fishery resources to foster the best fishing opportunities possible.

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Live Baiting for Kingfish

Catching smoker kingfish in the Florida Keys is a blast with these simple techniques. I used to cringe whenever someone bragged about catching smoker kingfish in the 30- to 40-pound class.

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Belzona 325

The Belzona 325 is full of innovations accented by luxurious styling. Its LOA is 32-feet, 6-inches and has a beam of 10-foot, 8-inches with a max horsepower rating of 700. Standard fuel capacity is 280 gallons and the fresh water tank holds 41 gallons.

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Bluegill Fishing on the Fly

Tricks to take big bream on fly. Several years ago, I caught a mixed bag of four dozen bluegills and shellcrackers during a single, glorious afternoon. While that was practically all the law allowed, the real kicker is that these fish weighed close to a pound apiece.

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Buying the Right Kayak

How to choose a purpose-built fishing platform. The sit-on-top kayak in the 12- to 14-foot range has become the most popular paddle craft for fishing, and for good reason.

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Florida Fishing Inshore in the Winter

Gulf Coast anglers go for reds, trout and snook on winter low tides. “How low can you go?” More than a catchy limbo phrase, these words tell the tale of winter fishing in West Central Florida.

Florida Sportsman Member Fish Addict (left) took this fine Osceola on public land in South Florida. The report is posted in the General Hunting Forum, under FINALLY bird down.

Advice on Managing Land for Longbeards

Whether you oversee a large tract of land or own a smaller parcel, there are many wildlife management techniques you can use to help attract wild turkeys to your property …