Vertical jigging is ideal for the offshore kayak angler, as it offers a way to catch a variety of fish with one outfit. Off the Southeast and Panhandle coasts of Florida, experienced kayak anglers can paddle to waters over 60 feet deep and take advantage of this style of fishing. Early summer is prime time, as the wind and seas calm.
A street-level approach to fishing Florida’s suburban lakes. The usual process is for the boat-reliant angler to painstakingly mount canoe, johnboat or kayak on his car and drive five miles to the designated “lake that lots of people fish in and is therefore the best around,” leaving the pond or private lake across the street thoroughly untried and ignored.
A good fly fisherman understands that time, effort and practice cultivate technique and successful execution. Among those techniques is the dreaded “wrong side” cast. Adding this to your arsenal will greatly improve the outcome of each day on the water.
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.
Great-eating wild hogs are never out of season if you know where to go. Wild hogs, also called wild boars or feral pigs, aren’t native to Florida. They either were introduced by colonists or may even have been brought over by the Spanish explorer Hernando DeSoto as early as 1539. Either way, they have adapted and prospered in Florida’s mild climate and are plentiful throughout the state, found in all 67 counties.
When Chris Paxton, Regional Fisheries Administrator for the Northwest Regional Office of the Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) went out last fall to sample black bass in several north Florida streams, he didn’t know he was going to come back with a new species of bass.