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Trolling for Speckled Perch

On lakes big and small, in rough water or calm, trolling is a great way to catch speckled perch, a.k.a. black crappie.

Picking the right paddle

Picking the Right Paddle

There’s a world of difference between a well-made kayak paddle constructed with strong, lightweight materials and a paddle made to be sold cheaply. Trying to paddle a fishing kayak with a heavy, poorly made, ill-fitting paddle is not fun at all.

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Fishing the Feeding Lane

On Florida’s clear spring runs and tannin-stained rivers alike, reading the water and knowing where a feeding lane is can be the difference between a nice day casting and a great day catching.

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Improve Your Dive Videos With GoPro

As more and more people are using the surprisingly good, and relatively inexpensive, underwater GoPro video cameras people are seeing first hand what only a few ever got a chance to see. For the first time many Sportsmen are seeing what’s it like at the base of their favorite jetty or what really is sunk at artificial reef number nine.

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Inshore Hard Bottom Fishing Techniques

Along broad stretches of Florida’s coast, fishing hard bottom is also an effective inshore strategy for trout, blues, Spanish mackerel, tarpon, black sea bass, sheepshead, mangrove snapper—and even, yes, the occasional keeper gag.

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Best Florida Duck Hunting Locations

Waterfowling here is legal on most bodies of water with public access. The coasts provide an almost-endless opportunity to set up for a hunt. Multiple river systems and WMA's throughout the state are there to be explored. The options are incredible.

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Best Weedguards for Flies

Much of Florida fly fishing takes place in waters that have abundant surface and subsurface vegetation, oyster shell, shoreline cover and manmade structure. Fish love all of this habitat—the kinds of places where you will hang your flies. So you need to protect your hook point.

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Sight-fish Sailfish Like a Pro

Sapp decided to slow troll live baits and run the boat to sailfish spotted from the tower of Liquid, a 39-foot Sea Vee. The run-and-gun approach paid off. The Liquid team released nine more sailfish on day 2 to edge out Reel Easy by one fish and win top boat in the 79th annual derby with a two-day total of 11 releases.

Diving for Black Grouper

Dive Bomb Black Grouper

No matter how good you become as a spearfisherman, the black grouper is a tough, smart and all-around fantastic fish to hunt. But how should you engage this elusive predator of the coral reefs? Dive bomb them.

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Diving from Kayaks

There’s a cool hookah rig for diving from kayaks, a popular way to get to nearshore dive spots for a lot of Florida divers. Brownie’s Kayak Diving Hose Kits put your tank topside and let divers move about freely and effortlessly down below.

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Targeting Blackfin Tuna on Fly

Trosset fishes over wrecks and reef edges and might run 40 miles or more to underwater ridges off Key West to find blackfins. His clients usually catch a few blackfins on spinning rods while he pitches out live pilchards to work the tuna into a steady feeding pattern near his boat, Reel Fly.

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Spider Rigging for Crappie

Spider rigging employs the use of multiple rod holders mounted to the bow of the boat, enabling up to eight lines (per tournament regulation) to be presented simultaneously. Anglers may fish these rigs while drifting, or by “pushing” with a trolling motor, in order to increase or decrease speed dependent on conditions. The object is to present lures vertically at various depths above suspended fish.

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Top Five Florida Hunting Dangers

After thorough online research on hunting-related injuries and fatalities nationwide over the last several years, I have devised five general categories of threats Sunshine State hunters should be aware of before trekking into our landscapes.

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Five Must Haves for Kayak Fishing

If you are into kayak fishing, here is your list of five must haves when fishing.

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Charm Bass with Snake Baits

Brett Isackson had long observed the small, black snakes that hang around the edges of Florida’s ponds and canals. He noticed that when the snakes get wet, they get eaten. The veteran fishing guide thought imitating the serpents would be a tremendous way to catch some of Florida’s biggest bass, and he was right.

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Applying Non-Skid

As I get the opportunity to test many boats throughout the year, one thing I see all too often is manufacturers that don’t spend enough time on the water using their own products. If they did, switches would be easier to see and systems would have better access. Along these same lines some boat builders use anti-skid as more of a design pattern instead of its intended use of a secure place to step.