Sportsman HD

Chasing the Tide Apr 29

HD – Chasing the Tide

Chasing the Tide, photo by Richard Santos from the 2015 Sportsman HD calendar. Kayaker watches for red drum, which raid the spartina grass on flood tide to eat snails and crabs. An hour ago, this was dry ground. And an hour from now, dry ground it will be again.

A Fly in Hand Apr 22

HD – A Fly in Hand

What determines tarpon fishing success? Casting distance and fly selection are secondary and tertiary to a simple function of line management: You have a fly ready to cast, enough line outside the rod tip, and the nerve to make your delivery with minimal fuss.

Another Day in Paradise Apr 15

HD – Another Day in Paradise

Another Day in Paradise, photo by Eric Wickstrom, from the 2015 Sportsman HD Calendar. Sportfisher heads for the reefline. Turn off the cell phone and turn on the radar. It’s game time.

Hunting the Cypress  Apr 8

HD – Hunting the Cypress

Hunting the Cypress, photo by Collin Ross, from the 2015 Sportsman HD Calendar. The swamp awakens around you. Squawking herons. Hooting owls. The occasional wood duck squeal. And then you pick it up: a few simple yelps, a hen turkey. You tense up, hoping she’s not alone.

Sea Bound at Sunrise Apr 1

HD – Sea Bound at Sunrise

Sea Bound at Sunrise, by Brenton Roberts. Small sport fish boat makes its way towards the ocean while the sun makes its way in the sky. Shot with a Canon 60D, 1/250 shutter speed, F/6.3, ISO 200, 135mm focal length.

Frigate Low March 25

HD – Frigate Low

Frigate Low, photo by Jason Stemple. Professional photographer Jason Stemple ( shot this frigate bird snagging a ballyhoo offshore out of Hawks Cay. What a nice sight to see as the spring dolphin season gets set to start around Florida. D300s, 70-200mm 2.8, 1/1250, f5.6.

Wakeup Call March 18

HD – Wakeup Call

Morning begins, for many, with the comforting smells of coffee and bacon and the rustle of a newspaper. Here in the Florida Keys, it’s sunblock, diesel and the rattle of castnet leads.

Blue World Mar 11

HD – Blue World

Blue World, photo by David Danforth. Danforth recently caught the image of anglers getting bait near Bradenton Beach on a late winter day.

Snook Thumb Mar 4

HD – Snook Thumb

“A good snook release comes when the fish bites down on the thumb just before you let go, leaving a sandpaper-rough feeling on your skin, which to me is the best part of the catch,” says Drew, who is the art director and frequent feature photographer for Florida Sportsman magazine.


HD – Backcountry Marsh

Backcountry Marsh, photo by Chris Duerksen. Coming up in the March issue of Florida Sportsman, kayak back into the headwater streams of the 10,000 Islands with Chris Duerksen in his feature story, “Backcountry Creek Ways.”

Hunters_Reflection Feb 18

HD – Hunter’s Reflection

Hunter’s Reflection, photo by Dennis Jones. “I’m not sure if you would even consider this a ‘fishing’ photo, but that exactly what this great blue heron was doing,” says photographer Dennis Jones.

Fly Speed Feb 11

HD – Fly Speed

Fly Speed, photo by David Danforth. On a recent trip offshore with fly tackle, Danforth caught the image of a…»


HD – Hog Lion

Hog Lion, photo by Steele French. Stone French, left, and Stephen French, right, with a distinctive looking Florida hog.

Tampa Electric Redfish Jan 28

HD – Tampa Electric Redfish

Tampa Electric Redfish, photo by Sam Root. On cold winter days, redfish, seatrout and other fish congregate near the warm water downstream of powerplants, such as this redfish at Tampa Electric at Apollo Beach. Read Ed Mashburn’s story, “Hot Spots,” coming in the February issue of Florida Sportsman magazine.

Clear Water Snook Jan 21

HD – Clear Water Snook

Clear Water Snook, photo by Pat Ford. As winter waters cool and clear up, snook, like this one in the southern part of the state, can be sight fished on grassflats, where they go to feed and warm up in the shallower waters.

Around the Bend Jan 14

HD – Around the Bend

Around the Bend, photo by Sean Murphy. “There’s nothing like trolling around a North Florida creek bend to find a broad shouldered redfish showing off her tail,” Murphy says. He was fishing with Capt. Cole Scheaffer. See more of his work at

Reds on the Beach Jan 7

HD – Reds on the Beach

Reds on the Beach, photo by Nick Binnings. In a “secret” location on Florida’s Panhandle, anglers scan the brilliant waters for schools of cruising redfish. Read about it in Ed Mashburn’s story, “Bull Reds on the Beach” in January’s Florida Sportsman magazine.

All Lit Up, Dec 31

HD – All Lit Up

All Lit Up, photo by Pat Ford. A sailfish in bronze mode hunts baits, as featured in Willie Howard’s story, “Lit Up,” about the color phases sailfish take, in January’s issue of Florida Sportsman magazine.

Winter Days Dec 24

HD – Winter Days

Winter Days, photo by David Danforth. Flyfishing during a west coast Florida sunset on Anna Maria island, hunting for some twilight topwater hits. David Danforth,

Sail at Close Range Dec 10

HD – Sail at Close Range

Sail at Close Range, photo by Capt. Dave Perkins. Capt. Perkins of Tavernier Key jumped out of his boat to get the picture of his customer’s sailfish. Sailfish season is on in South Florida.