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Bass Fishing at Stick Marsh

If you can’t catch a 6-pound bass on this lake near Vero Beach, something’s wrong. What happens when you rear back into the biggest bass of your life, it dives into a hydrilla mat, and your premium grade hook snaps in half?

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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.

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Fishing for Warriors

Florida Sportsman, Yamaha Marine, Costa Del Mar, and the Guy Harvey Foundation together announced the “Yamaha Fishing for Warriors” contest on June 13, 2013, an ongoing Florida-based initiative that welcomes home returning U.S. warriors by hosting them on recreational fishing trips on Florida waters.

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Fishing the No Motor Zone

This is East Central Florida’s fabled No Motor Zone, 10,600 acres of water nestled in the Banana River, east of the Indian River Lagoon. It was established in 1990 to protect the manatee population. Merritt Island forms the west bank of the N.M.Z.; the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station is the barrier from the Atlantic Ocean.

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Tampa Bay Double – Winter Action

From the duck blind to the redfish flats for an extra dose of cold season action. Ask most sportsmen about the action on Tampa Bay and they’ll say it’s a “blast.” Practically speaking, that colloquialism usually starts with a “cast” to snook, redfish, trout and the like.

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Fishing for Carp: Grass Carp and Tilapia

Florida anglers know it’s not always a fish-eatfish world out there. Vegetarian fish lack innate regard for the ingenuity lavished on modern sportfishing tackle and artificial lures. Florida’s fresh water hosts a few such ingrates, whose office it is to torture young anglers, frustrate them with their large bodies and small, declining mouths.

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Triple Trouble

Tripletail offer a curious challenge to the fly angler, and they are available around the state. Days and nights of stiff northeasterly winds had hampered our attempts to venture into the windblown Atlantic for more than a week. But now the long wait had ended with the arrival of calm winds and moderate ground swells.

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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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Finesse the Pads

Lily pads make great sunshades for late-summer largemouth, but they are difficult to fish without snagging. One solution that works very well is casting small, weedless-rigged soft plastics along the outer edges of shoreline pads.

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Fishing St. Marks

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!

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Surf Fly Fishing in Destin Florida

An eye-opening approach to Emerald Coast beaches and beyond. We struck through Destin Pass with fly rods, light casting outfits and jackets zipped up tight. Outside, we found dreamlike conditions.

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Sportsman 231

New to the market but certainly not new to the industry, the two partners behind Sportsman supervised the production of over 75,000 boats over the years. The Sportsman 231 we tested was 22-feet, 9-inches in length and 8-foot, 6-inches in width.

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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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Paddle Craft: Bridge Toll

Big rewards lurk under big bridges—if you’re prepared. The same fastidious thought needs to go into a night bridge-fishing expedition as an offshore trip. I admit to being a bit lackadaisical about safety when fishing a foot-deep grassflat far off the beaten-boat path.

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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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Fishing the Forgotten Chain: Osceola County Lakes

There’s room to explore on these largely unfished Osceola County lakes. It’s The Rodney Dangerfield Chain O’ Lakes. Right alongside the magnificently named and fun to say Tohopekaliga, it dares names like Coon, Lizzie, Center, Trout for God’s sake, and Alligator, like that’s a species you don’t often find in lakes.

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2014 Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show

It is that time of year again, The Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show has rolled into town and is in full swing. The vast array of new boating and fishing innovations can be quite overwhelming – so we have provided, in the gallery below, what impressed us most. Many boat manufacturers have unveiled their newest boats at the show this year and they are ready for you to check them out.

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Kayak Bar-Hopping

There are no overpriced drinks, no shaky sound systems, no shallow conversations. But when inshore anglers long for entertainment seasoned with diversity, many turn to bar-hopping.

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Release 208 RX

Maybe a smaller boat is a better fit for your driveway and your budget – the Release 208 RX fits the bill. Just because you choose a shorter hull doesn’t mean you have to give up the features you want. A molded fiberglass inner liner with bow seating, stern seating and in-deck storage give you the feel of a much larger boat.

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Secrets to Tracking the Best Hunting Leases

It’s peak season to begin finding a backwoods getaway to call your own. Here’s how to do it. The exchange between the landowner and the hunter can be difficult to navigate. Finding a lease, evaluating the property and negotiating terms all have their challenges. But finding a good lease is possible.