Clarifying some light confusion over vessel light requirements. There are minimum lighting standards for boating in Florida waters— in fact all U.S. coastal and inland waters, outlined in the Code of Federal Regulations, Title 33, Navigation and Navigable Waters.
Tagging is so 1990s…Long ago, when Florida anglers began releasing tarpon, some would pull off a scale as a memento of a great battle. By the 1960s, the tables were turned and it was anglers leaving the fish with a memento, a coded plastic anchor tag that could be identified in the event the fish was recaptured. Today, we’re again taking something from the fish—a tiny bit of skin cells.
Lure-and-fly combinations increase your fish-catching potential. Back when I first started fishing the Indian River Lagoon for snook, redfish and seatrout there was a group of older anglers who spent a lot of time wadefishing and were generally considered the authorities on catching these species on the flats. I befriended a lot of these fishermen and learned a lot from them, but if there was one consistency among the group it’s that they used one version or another of what they called a “poacher” rig.
Florida Sportman’s Blair Wickstrom joins Jeff Mancini and Capt. Frank Crescitelli as they fish for false albacore off Cony Island, New York. After fishing all depths, they conclude that the middle water column is sometimes the most active.
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.
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.