FS Seminars

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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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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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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.

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FS Seminar – Changing Outboard Engine Oil

This Florida Sportsman boatmanship seminar gives step-by-step instruction on how to change the oil in your 4-stroke outboard. Jay Warrick of Palm City Yachts shows us how it’s done.

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Three Tricks With Spinnerbaits for Bass

You can do a lot more with this lure than just cast and reel it. There are a lot of ways to use a spinnerbait, and a number of different retrieves that can make it more effective. Here are three retrieve methods that can increase your catch.

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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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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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Improve Your Boat’s Fuel Efficiency and Performance

Reel Time Florida Sportsman host, Capt. George Gozdz, discusses tips on improving your boat’s fuel efficiency and performance. Using proper trim, limiting weight load, keeping your bottom clean, and many other things will keep gas money in your pocket and get the best performance out of your fishing machine.

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The Real Thing?

Super life-like lures open new angling possibilities. Improved photo-copying, computer-assisted design and advanced molding technology now make it possible to shape near-perfect imitations of the critters fish love to eat, and a number of lure-makers are taking advantage.

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FS Review- SeaVee 39 Center Console

Florida Sportsman Boating Editor Dave East speaks with John of SeaVee Boats about their new 39CC, featured at the 2012 Ft. Lauderdale Boat Show.