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Launching Solo

Tips for getting in and out without help. If you’re boating alone, a simple plan will enable you to back her in, bump her off and keep her tethered long enough for a quick cleating.

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Maintaining Your Boat’s Cooling System

Florida fishing boats require special attention to cooling systems. It’s easy to lose track of time during those long summer days on the water. It’s also easy to forget that grasses and stirred-up sediments may compromise your engine’s cooling system. On coastal water, salt water itself, over the long term, is a threat.

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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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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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Fly Fishing for Billfish

A historical piece about fly fishing with teasers for billfish with the “Robinson System” developed by Webster Robinson and his wife Helen Robinson in the early 1960s.

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Landing Fish in a Paddle Craft

Proper technique allows kayak and canoe fishermen to land large fish without getting dumped overboard. Offshore kayak fishing is a relatively new technique, and many anglers are learning on the fly. Safety must always be the first priority.

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Ethanol and Old Outboard Boat Engines

Ever since E10 gasoline (gas containing 10 percent ethanol) became widely available several years ago, boaters have complained about outboard engine problems.

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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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And Welcome Aboard, Kids

Make family boating grand. “Pa, can we go in the boat?” The words were music to my ears. Jax, my grandson, at not yet two years old, had already developed a fondness for the outdoors, especially time we share together on the water.

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Three Tips On The Hook Set

It is one of the set-apart moments of our sport. In the instant we connect to the fish, we are still anticipating the excitement of the strike and the satisfaction of success.

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Choosing a Kayak Color

Kayak color can enhance more than fishing pictures. Beyond economics, exercise and access to shallow backwaters, a major impetus [...]

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Man the Life Boats

Fishing far offshore? A life raft may be your most important boating investment. Let’s take a break from the daydreams for a moment and look at a serious piece of boating gear: a life raft.

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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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Redo a Canoe for Better Fishing

Rowing kits give canoes speed, power. The great thing about rowing a canoe, as opposed to paddling, is that it’s fast and easy. The light, narrow hulls are very efficient.

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St. Marks Suwannee Bass

One of Florida’s spring-fed gems also contains one of the world’s rarest bass. The lower St. Marks River begins at the St. Marks Rise, a large spring vent located south of Natural Bridge near Woodville. From there the river is a swift-flowing chute of cool, clear water lined with limestone shoals and thick manes of eelgrass—perfect habitat for the scrappy Suwannee.

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Turkey Call Basics

Forum member mcnallyoutdoors posted a very informative video on the use Slate Turkey Calls. Preston Pittman shows some tips and techniques to help new turkey hunters get their call down!

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FS Seminar – Survival Bag

Florida Sportsman boating editor Dave East reviews the essential items to pack in a survival bag in case of an emergency. Check out Dave East’s boating seminar “Backcountry Ditch Bag” in the April 2013 issue of Florida Sportsman magazine for more information.

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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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DIY Kayak

Build a wooden boat for fishing. Catching a fish on a homemade lure or rod is a real thrill. How about catching a fish from a boat you’ve built for yourself?

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Tips On Using Your Power-Pole

During this FS Seminar, George Gozdz, host of Reel Time Florida Sportsman shows us a few great tips and tricks on using your Power-Pole in shallow water to catch more fish.