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End of the Day June 17

HD – End of the Day

End of the Day, photo by Jason Rebol. The final spot (Charlotte Harbor) after a long 4 days fishing of fishing. Heading back to our temporary abode on Useppa Island.

Keys Flats June 10

HD – Fishing the Flats of the Florida Keys

Fishing the Flats of the Florida Keys, paddleboard style. Photo by Robin Wicker.

Sheet Glass June 3 (1)

HD – Sheet Glass

Whisper of seabreeze and eruption of sunlight will soon divide water from sky. For now, you’re in a netherworld of stillness as you watch, and listen, for the pulse of tails disturbing the surface.

West Coast Tarpon May 27

HD – West Coast Tarpon

West Coast Tarpon, photo by David Danforth. When you have been out all day, watching the tarpon rolling and bursting into the air all around you, you milk every last ray of sun light in the day to catch just one more,” said Danforth. See more of Danforth’s work at

Lagoon Red May 20

HD – Lagoon Red

Lagoon Red, photo Cyril Tan. Michelle David and her redfish caught on a paddletail lure on an early flood tide season on Mosquito Lagoon.

Banana River NMZ May 13

HD – Banana River NMZ

Banana River NMZ, photo by Steve Clark. Photographer Steve Clark linked up with Capt Alex of Local Lines Charters and angler Jorge Salas to nail this shot in the Banana River No Motor Zone (NMZ).

Big as the Boat May 6

HD – Big as the Boat

Big as the Boat, photo by Sam Root, from the 2015 Sportsman HD Calendar. Huge tarpon takes to the air off Southwest Florida, where the term “big as the boat” isn’t just a fish story.

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.