FS Seminars


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Chain Pickerel Fishing in Florida

Chain pickerel, or jack, are the ruin of shiners and fingers, but great fun nonetheless. How often have you heard “Oh, crap! It’s a bass,” from your buddy when his fish jumps in the middle of a dogged battle?  That’s right.  Not very often.

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St. Marks Suwannee Bass

One of Florida’s spring-fed gems also contains one of the world’s rarest bass. The lower St. Marks River begins at the St. Marks Rise, a large spring vent located south of Natural Bridge near Woodville. From there the river is a swift-flowing chute of cool, clear water lined with limestone shoals and thick manes of eelgrass—perfect habitat for the scrappy Suwannee.

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FS Seminar – Survival Bag

Florida Sportsman boating editor Dave East reviews the essential items to pack in a survival bag in case of an emergency. Check out Dave East’s boating seminar “Backcountry Ditch Bag” in the April 2013 issue of Florida Sportsman magazine for more information.

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Tips On Using Your Power-Pole

During this FS Seminar, George Gozdz, host of Reel Time Florida Sportsman shows us a few great tips and tricks on using your Power-Pole in shallow water to catch more fish.

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Targeting Trophy Seatrout

Grow up, change habits and target trophy seatrout. There’s a point in a spotted seatrout’s life when it reaches about 17 inches and like most teenagers, it gets an attitude. It goes from a fish that can be waterskied back to the boat on light tackle to one that will take drag.

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Nighttime Swordfishing Rigs

In the FS Seminar, Florida Sportsman editor Jeff Weakley joins Harry Schafer at Grand Slam Tackle & Marine Supply. Weakley and Schafer go over some basic rigging for catching swordfish at night.

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How to Clean, Wax & Detail Your Boat – Part Three

After completing the cleaning and waxing process (found in the Part 1 & 2 videos of this series), the final step to making your boat really shine is to detail the aluminum and vinyl parts of the boat. In this FS Seminar, we explain the simple steps to do so.

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How to Clean, Wax & Detail Your Boat – Part Two

Waxing and polishing after cleaning your boat of all dirt and grime is essential for keeping your boat ship shape. In this FS Seminar, we explain the basic steps of compounding and waxing a boat to achieve that new boat shine and protect it for many more years of use.

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How to Clean, Wax & Detail Your Boat – Part One

Waxing and detailing your boat is an essential process to keeping the boat in peak condition. Before the waxing and detailing take place, it is crucial that you clean the boat of all dirt and grime.

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FS Seminar – Pulley Anchor System

Mike Miller shows how to properly secure your boat while camping overnight in the everglades during this FS Seminar. Extreme high and low tides can leave your boat high and dry come morning.

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FS Seminar – Dive Safety

Florida Sportsman Editor David Conway meets up with diver/spearfisherman Rob Murphy and talks about safety techniques that should always be exercised while diving.

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Soda Straw Shrimp Flies

The perfect silhouette for picky saltwater fish. Tying realistic shrimp flies can be a challenge, with antennae, multiple legs, eyes on stalks and the carapace. Some diligent tiers have come up with tiny taxonomically correct sculptures.

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Take Your Boat for a Walk

A street-level approach to fishing Florida’s suburban lakes. The usual process is for the boat-reliant angler to painstakingly mount canoe, johnboat or kayak on his car and drive five miles to the designated “lake that lots of people fish in and is therefore the best around,” leaving the pond or private lake across the street thoroughly untried and ignored.

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Basics of Lobster Diving

In this FS Seminar, Publisher Blair Wickstrom dives with his long time friend Juan Comendeiro to find lobsters off of Bimini, Bahamas. They give a few basic tips on how to find and successfully catch lobster.

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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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Hog Hunting in Florida

Great-eating wild hogs are never out of season if you know where to go. Wild hogs, also called wild boars or feral pigs, aren’t native to Florida. They either were introduced by colonists or may even have been brought over by the Spanish explorer Hernando DeSoto as early as 1539. Either way, they have adapted and prospered in Florida’s mild climate and are plentiful throughout the state, found in all 67 counties.