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Reaction Strikes

Yet, if you dangle a ball of yarn in front of that cat it will take a swipe at it. Toss a ball and the dog will chase it. Bass are hard-wired with the same predatory responses. Given the right stimulus they will strike a lure, even if they are not feeding. Call this a reaction strike. The right lure presentation will trigger it.

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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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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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Off the Hook

Chasing big fish in tight quarters? Rig a quick-release float to get off the anchor quick. While the finest braided lines, high-speed reels, situation-specific rods and marine electronics do a great job of putting us into position, getting out of a sticky situation is just as important.

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Go Small For Big Results

Rigging and fishing little plastics for dug-in fish. Knowing the bass are there is one thing; getting to them is another. Given the opportunity, the largest bass in any body of water will conceal themselves beneath a canopy of grass, hydrilla, hyacinth or other cover.

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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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Drift Boats in Florida

Where teamwork and paddle craft meet. Fly fishers see a picture of a drift boat and think Rocky Mountain river trout fishing. But lately there has been some talk among fly-fishing folk that the drift boat might be just right for Florida bass fishing, too.

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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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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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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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Top Tips for Sight Fishing

During this FS Seminar, Florida Sportsman editor Jeff Weakley gives indispensable tips on searching for fish while sight fishing. At the heart of sight fishing, he explains the importance of recognizing the aspects of shape, motion, and color while scanning for fish.

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Camping Via Kayak

No bugs, no sweat, and an actual use for campfire besides cooking. Most outdoorsmen agree: Camping in Florida is best done in the winter time. Kayakers and other fishermen that use paddle craft are ideal candidates for camping trips.

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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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Un-Reel, Cane Pole Fishing

Besides that, sometimes it’s just fun to shed the gadgets and drift back to basics. Relax. Kick your shoes off. Set a spell and harken back to a simpler time.

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Sighting for Success

Sighting in a deer rifle is simple, if you do it right. The preseason “sight in session” is ritual for many hunters. For some, it’s a quick, simple, and inexpensive affair. For others, it can be a lengthy and frustrating process that burns up a lot of expensive ammunition.