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Small Craft Advisory

When winter winds blow, pack your socks. If you get a rare day this month that allows kayak fishing off the beach, don’t even think about fishing for big game offshore without a drift chute.

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Dive Certification

What’s the going rate for group open-water diving certification? What do FS members think are the best places to get certification in your area? What should you look for in an instructor and a dive shop when you’re thinking about taking scuba lessons?

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Keeping Your Dock Lines Shipshape

Most anglers are fairly casual about their seamanship, and that’s understandable. But that shouldn’t stop you from keeping your dock lines shipshape.

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Wiggle and Wobble a Dipstick Worm

The technique is a minimalist approach that lets the two ends of the worm sink slowly to the bottom, pulsating on the drop.

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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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Rust-Free Kayak Transportation

A few years ago I bought a lightly used, 4WD 5SPD 1998 Toyota 4Runner. It seemed to be the perfect hauler for kayaks and fishing gear, but one day I noticed a small, ¼-inch hole near one of the screws that secures the roof rack. Removing the rack for closer inspection, I found a hole that could house a golf ball, surrounded by thinning metal.

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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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Casting Weighted Flies

Casting weighted flies certainly brings challenges. An angler might struggle just to get the fly and line out of the water. Then, once the fly is airborne, our favorite rod and our favorite skull are at risk from these sharpened anvils.

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Hinge and Hide It

Keeping your rig at home in the garage has multiple advantages. First, it is out of thieves’ sights. Second, indoor protection against UV light, heat and outdoors elements keeps your boat new-looking. And lastly, your boat will always be prepared because you can leave tackle and electronics in place.

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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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Blind Casting with a Fly Rod

If conditions aren’t suitable for sight-fishing, you can improve your odds of catching fish by limiting the search area and, like a good chess player, thinking a few moves ahead.

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One Plot at a Time

How Florida landowners can help restore wild quail populations. Experts say the decline of native quail is related to habitat loss. It’s up to Florida landowners to take an interest and create what the birds need to thrive once again.

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Advice for Jellyfish Stings

There are many types of jellyfish in Florida’s waters, but most assuredly you do not want to get stung by any one of them. In case of a painful jellyfish sting, there are a few different home remedies you can try.

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Maximize Mileage

Hard-to-figure prices, empty fuel docks. How do we cut fuel costs? Tips to save at the gas dock.

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Rigs for Catching Flounder

Flounder—the southern and Gulf varieties— are the ultimate bottom-dwellers, shuffling into sand or mud to lie in ambush. Flatties, or “doormats” when they get big, like their meals low and tight, so you’ll do best to keep a tempting bait in their zone.

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Don’t Forget Your Sunglasses!

Heading out on the water without a quality pair of polarized sunglasses is just crazy talk! Polarized sunglasses not only help you see things in or above the water you couldn’t normally see, they protect your eyes (you only get one set!) from the sun’s harmful UV rays.