No fish in the sea is immune to the lure of fresh menhaden. If menhaden ranged throughout Florida, I’m convinced they would top every angler’s list of best baits. These fish are oily, reflective and loaded with energy. From the backwaters to the beaches, they’re a top menu item for a huge variety of gamefish, from seatrout to sailfish.
April isn’t complete until we have April Fool’s Day on April 1, income tax deadline day on April 15, and crowds of people throwing fish across the Alabama-Florida state line on the last full weekend of the month.
The Mexico Beach Artificial Reef Association, which is one of the most active nonprofit artificial reef organizations in the state, on behalf of the city of Mexico Beach, just completed the oversight and management of a significant expansion to several existing artificial reef sites off Bay County.
Anglers targeting grouper in Florida state waters of the Atlantic, including Monroe County, will be able to take some of their catch home starting May 1, when the season reopens to harvest.
The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) on April 17 at its meeting near Tallahassee discussed waiving the commercial and recreational bag limit and the recreational license requirement for divers harvesting lionfish using certain gear.
The South Florida National Parks Trust has delivered grant checks worth $80,000 to Biscayne National Park in recent weeks to support critical park programs and projects, thanks in part to the generous support of Pescanova USA.
Everglades National Park has added two more public meeting dates for comment on their Draft General Management Plan. The draft plan places severe restrictions on fisherman and boaters ability to reach many parts of the park.
If you like to hunt wild hogs, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) has several upcoming opportunities on public lands in northwest Florida that you won’t find in the most recent printed brochures for wildlife management areas.
The Halifax Sport Fishing Club is holding the 25th Annual Lady Angler Tournament on 8 June 2013 It is a 1 Day Offshore Lady’s Event for Dolphin-Wahoo- King Mackerel with Payouts for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place for each species and Overall.
OAA Fisheries is seeking comments on a proposed rule for Gulf of Mexico Red Snapper. The rule, if implemented, would set the 2013 quotas for commercial and recreational red snapper harvest.
Florida Sportsman executive editor Jeff Weakley joined up with the crews down at the 2013 Yamaha Contender Miami Billfish Tournament to capture some of the action. Check out the photos and captions below for a rundown of the event.
Try this run-and-dump method to catch your fill of yellowfin tuna. We hadn’t caught any large yellowfin tuna, but we’d found birds with our radar while trolling up a decent blackfin, a football-size yellowfin and several skipjacks [...]
The Volusia County Port Authority, Ponce Inlet District, The Marine Science Center, The Halifax Sport Fishing Club and the Volusia County Reef Research Dive Team presented a seminar about the Volusia County Artificial Reef’s on Saturday, April 6, 2013.