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Fly Fishing on Wrecks

Mixed-bag action during the spring migration Wreck fly fishing is fun and rewarding, but purists will need to check their mindset at the dock. For dependable action, chumming is key. Frozen block chum and freshly cast-netted baitfish really get the snappers, jacks and mackerels prowling the upper portion of the water column.

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Improve Your Dive Videos With A Little Go Pro Advice

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 Sportsman 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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Topwater Frogs for Bass

A hard- or soft-body toad is absolutely tantalizing to bass near cover. Working the bait on the surface in-between a mat of grass or stretch of lily pads produces exciting strikes from bucketmouths. It’s why the baits are so popular amongst bass tournament anglers, and why a number of lure-makers are producing impressive amphibian imitators.

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Chain Pickerel Fishing in Florida

Chain pickerel, or jack, are the ruin of shiners and fingers, but great fun nonetheless. How often have you heard “Oh, crap! It’s a bass,” from your buddy when his fish jumps in the middle of a dogged battle?  That’s right.  Not very often.

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Quicker Sticker Downers

The way auto-anchoring is going, you just might be able to power-stick your grouper rig on the reef at 110 feet before too long.

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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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Rigging a Live Bait

There is a long list of great baits found throughout Florida. One thing that can stump many anglers after catching your favorite game fish candy is, how to rig it?

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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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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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Reach for the Top

How a T-top makes the boat. T-top offers shelter, an unobstructed deck and a platform to carry an array of electronics, antennas, rod holders, outriggers and overhead storage.

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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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Shining the Way to Your Biggest Bass

Florida-grown livies are still the killers for trophy fish. We’ve got plastic worms, spinnerbaits, topwater toads and all kinds of monster killers, but the closest thing to a can’t-miss is a live wild shiner.

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Tips for Towing Big Boats

Tips for hauling a maxed-out fishing machine safely on the highway. A center console boat over 32 feet used to be an oddity, but now you see them at the boat ramp more and more. The biggest concerns about trailering an oversized boat are dealing with state requirements and having the right size tow vehicle.

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Ambidexterity

It pays to become a proficient caster with either hand, but until then, here’s a shortcut. The redfish materialized at 2 o’clock. I told my fisherman where they were and started turning the boat. He couldn’t wait.

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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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Preserving Soft Baits

Companies like Berkley Gulp! often sell scented baits in a tub of scented “juice” that marinates the baits while not in use. Florida Sportsman’s Rick Ryals explains how these tubs of the “magical juice” can be utilized to preserve and give old baits a scent that fish can’t resist.