FS Seminars

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Maintaining Your Boat’s Cooling System

Florida fishing boats require special attention to cooling systems. It’s easy to lose track of time during those long summer days on the water. It’s also easy to forget that grasses and stirred-up sediments may compromise your engine’s cooling system. On coastal water, salt water itself, over the long term, is a threat.

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Choosing the Right Hook

In this FS Seminar, Rick Ryals tells us what the most important things are to consider when selecting the right hook for the job. Ryals explains which hooks are best for live bait and dead baits, and the key differences and advantages of using j-hooks and circle hooks.

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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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Soft Sell

Lighten up and go easy to entice hard-pressured fish. After September 11, 2001, the east side of the no motor zone in the Banana River Lagoon was closed to all entry for four and a half years. On the day it opened again (to badged NASA personnel and their guests only) I was there with Tom Van Horn.

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Don’t Forget Your Sunglasses!

Heading out on the water without a quality pair of polarized sunglasses is just crazy talk! Polarized sunglasses not only help you see things in or above the water you couldn’t normally see, they protect your eyes (you only get one set!) from the sun’s harmful UV rays.

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Basics of Lobster Diving : Part 2

In this FS Seminar, Publisher Blair Wickstrom dives with his long time friend Juan Comendeiro to find lobsters off of Bimini, Bahamas. Comendeiro covers a few techniques for catching lobster when you don’t have a net at hand.

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Fly Fishing Line Connections

Assemble a fool-proof backing, flyline, leader and fly connection system. You should never lose a fish because the leader and fly line separated, or lose a fly line to a fish because the backing-to-fly line connection failed. Fly fishers should know how to make the proper connections in their tackle. Making these practical connections requires no tool other than a line clipper.

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Battery Maintenance

Florida Sportsman Publisher Blair Wickstrom joins Ralph Baker of RJ Marine Group to talk about maintaining a vital piece of boat equipment, the batteries.

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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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FS Review – DragonFly Marsh Hen

Florida Sportsman Boating Editor, Dave East, speaks with Mark Caslow of DragonFly Boatworks about the new DragonFly Marsh Hen. For more information visit www.dragonflyboatworksllc.com.

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Peacock Bass – Florida Butterfly vs. Brazilian Speckled

But how do the butterfly peacocks of South Florida stand up to speckled peacocks of the Amazon Basin? A look at the similarities and differences of the Florida Butterfly Peacock versus the Brazilian Speckled Peacock.

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Live Bait Rigging Methods

The way a live bait is rigged when trolling can make a world of a difference when it comes to the way the bait swims through the water. Florida Sportsman’s Rick Ryals explains a few simple techniques that will get your bait swimming the right way, depending on they type of fishing you want to do.

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Finding Your Boat’s Proper Trim

Find your boat’s proper trim for best running attitude. Many things can affect the performance of your boat, but one that’s consistently underutilized is proper trim. Running at the right attitude will increase your speed, reduce your fuel consumption and greatly improve the comfort of your ride.

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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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Livewell Systems and Caring for Your Bait

Knowing how to properly use your boat’s livewell system can make a notable difference in your bait’s liveliness. In this FS Seminar, Reel Time Florida Sportsman host, Capt. George Gozdz, discusses tips and techniques about caring for your live bait and livewell systems.

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Preserving Soft Baits

Companies like Berkley Gulp! often sell scented baits in a tub of scented “juice” that marinates the baits while not in use. Florida Sportsman’s Rick Ryals explains how these tubs of the “magical juice” can be utilized to preserve and give old baits a scent that fish can’t resist.

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Topwater Time of Year

Surface lures are deadly when bass come off the beds. Many anglers consider the spring spawning season the most excit- ing time of the year. But, when it ends, the action isn’t over. The three- month period that follows may produce your biggest bass of the year—especially if you enjoy throwing topwater lures.

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Securing Your Boat Overnight

In this Florida Sportsman video seminar, Capt. George Gozdz explains how to properly secure your boat while staying overnight at the beach and spoil islands, especially in areas with extreme high and low tides.

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Hooking Up Soft Plastics

In this FS Seminar, Florida Sportsman’s Rick Ryals give two tried and true methods of hooking up soft plastics that will make your presentation look as natural as possible.

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FS Review – Hell’s Bay Boatworks Marquesa

Florida Sportsman Boating Editor Dave East speaks with Scott Peterson of Hell’s Bay about the Hell’s Bay Marquesa.