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.
Florida Sportsman contributing editor Peter Hinck breaks down the essentials to rigging your kayak for safe and easy fishing. Hinck covers the basics, from selecting the right paddle to choosing the best places to mount rod holders.
Lure-cork combos are deadly on trout and reds—if you work them right. The sound a big fish makes when it explodes on the surface and inhales bait is a beautiful thing. That’s the sound you want to duplicate with a popping cork. When the fish hear it, they’ll almost certainly come over to investigate.
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.
The popular sport of kayak fishing will be part of the next “Ladies, Let’s Go Fishing!” seminar, hosted March 9-10 at the Matlacha Community Park, 4577 Pine Island Road N.W., Matlacha, which is just offshore of Fort Myers.