FS Seminars

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Boat Infusion

Infusion boat building methods are increasingly being used in production facilities including those of several popular Florida fishing boat brands.

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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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Properly Using a Super Cooler

In this FS Seminar, Rick Ryals explains how simple things such as limiting cooler use, storing it in a cool environment before adding ice, and loading it full to the top, will contribute to many days of cold drinks and fish.

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Choosing the Right Cooler

In this FS Seminar, Reel Time Florida Sportsman host George Gozdz goes over a few things to consider when choosing the choosing the right cooler for you. Gozdz covers features such as size, functionality, insulation and more.

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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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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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Trolling Hard Plastics for Pelagics

During this FS Seminar, Rick Ryals ventures 60 miles offshore of Jacksonville Beach in search of fast-moving pelagics. Bruiser blackfin tuna, wahoo, and dolphin gobbled hard-plastic lipped diving plugs, in favor of natural presentations.

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Using Scented Soft Plastics Offshore

In this FS Seminar, Rick Ryals shows us that heading offshore for tasty bottom creatures doesn’t always require picking up frozen baits or stopping to throw the net or sabiki rig, it can be as easy as grabbing a pack of scented soft plastic lures.

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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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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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Bluegill Bounty

Flies fool plenty of panfish. They’re often underrated as a sportfish; often overlooked by Floridians whose egos tell them they’ve advanced beyond their panfish beginnings. Nevertheless, bluegill present a ton of rod bending opportunity and catching these precocious panfish on flies is some of the most fun you’ll have in fresh water.

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FS Review: Regulator 34 CC

Florida Sportsman Boating Editor, Dave East, speaks with a Regulator Marine representative Chris about the new Regulator 34 Center Console.

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FS Seminar – Properly Trimming Your Boat

George Gozdz, host of Reel Time Florida Sportsman, shows how to properly trim your boat using both the trim angle of the motor and trim tabs. Having the correct trim while running will allow for a much safer and more comfortable ride.

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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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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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Fly Fishing for Cobia In Florida

The perfect warmup for spring tarpon season. Spring-run cobia travel inshore where even small skiffs can reach them on calm days. The fish are quick to snap up flies, and a big one will tax a 10-weight as well as any tarpon of comparable size. Where best to tackle these great fish on fly? Here are four scenarios.

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FS Seminar – Outriggers

During this FS Seminar, Florida Sportsman publisher Blair Wickstrom goes over the basics of outriggers. Outriggers serve two main purposes: separating your baits and providing a small drop back when a fish strikes a bait.

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FS Review – Chaos 16 Bonefish

Whether you’re in the backcountry, the river, or even an inlet, the Chaos 16 Bonefish is a unique fishing machine, offering a true Carolina flare that provides a dry ride and ample casting deck.

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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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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.