FS Seminars

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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.

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Jigging Rods for Kayaking

Florida Sportsman seminar writer Peter Hinck shares his vast experience with jigging offshore while on his kayak for bottom fish and pelagics alike.

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Freediving 101

Florida Sportsman’s Jeff Weakley joins World Champion freediver Martin Stepanek to go over some basics of freediving.

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Basic Florida Seagrass Facts

A primer on the favorite flats habitat. They say Inuit people can identify seven different kinds of snow. There are almost that many kinds of sea grass on Florida’s flats, but if you can tell the difference between just three varieties, it’s likely to make you a considerably better angler.

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Pattern Your Bass

A basic knowledge of bass habits, combined with keen observation, can make for a very productive day. A spot gives an angler a general area to fish. A pattern tells the angler the specific depth and cover situations within that area where his casts need to go—and those areas that can be ignored.

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Gold on the Beach

Fly fishing for massive bull redfish is a different and challenging game, but the rewards of hooking and catching bull reds on a fly rod make the extra work involved with the long rod well worth it.

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Flashers: A Second Look

Spear fisherman offers insights into the new rage on the bluewater grounds: vertical flash teasers. Recently, light tackle hook-and-line fishermen have discovered the effectiveness of vertical flash teasers for wahoo and other pelagic fish. These tools have long been part of the bluewater spearfisherman’s game.

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FS SEMINAR- Installing Hydraulic Steering

This Florida Sportsman boatmanship seminar gives step-by-step instruction on how to convert from cable/install hydraulic steering on your boat.

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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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Cleaning an Alligator

In the seminar above, Florida Sportsman’s Trey Wheeler met up with the staff at All American Gator Products in Ft. Pierce, FL to learn how to properly skin and clean a Florida ‘gator.

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Looking Out for Florida Hunters

Success in hunting is never a sure thing and neither is getting drawn for Limited Entry Hunts in Florida. These high-demand hunting areas are popular and the only way to make access fair is with a lottery system.

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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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Options for Paddle Trolling

Any time you paddle out to your favorite fishing spot, you cover water that could hold the catch of the day. Trolling increases your chances to catch more fish, but also presents a few challenges to the kayak, canoe or paddleboard angler.