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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.

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Short Fly Rods: Improve Accuracy, Decrease Fatigue

Well, I hope you don’t work a fly rod like a whip, and some of the fly rods out there aren’t so long. They can be pretty short in fact. And short can be better, in some situations. I fish a variety of short rods, from 7-foot to 8-foot, 4 inches.

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Lobster Diving Basics

In this FS Seminar, Publisher Blair Wickstrom dives with his long time friend Juan Comendeiro to find lobsters off of Bimini, Bahamas. They give a few basic tips on how to find and successfully catch lobster.

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Top Five Florida Bass Lakes

With hundreds of publicly-accessible lakes and river fisheries, the Sunshine State offers tremendous opportunities to stretch a line with big largemouth bass. Everyone has their favorite fishin’ hole, but to fairly rank a top-5, we sought relevant perspective from the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission’s TrophyCatch program

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Five Essential Florida Hunting Firearms

When I started noodling what collection of guns would be most suitable for hunting in Florida, I considered three criteria: versatility, functionality, and availability.

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Top Five Tarpon Flies

Stick with these basic fly styles wherever you fish for tarpon.

Feel like fishing onshore today? Kayak doubles as a surf fishing cart.

Kayak Surf Fishing

The fall bait run along the beach is some of the most exciting fishing you can do in Florida. And a kayak is a great vehicle for getting in on the action.

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Offshore Techniques for Bay Boats

Larger bay boats have become increasingly popular in recent years, mainly due to their versatility inshore and offshore.

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Bobber Fishing Catfish

Looking to catch delicious freshwater catfish—big ones—in broad daylight, one after the other? In many Florida watersheds, the key is finding the right tree. Mature catfish hang around the submerged root systems of old, large trees.