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Florida Sportsman Dream Blog Trip

Thanks for joining Meagan and Jeremy’s Dream Trip Blog. For ten days we fished and blogged and you can see our adventure day by day here. We began our trip in Pensacola. Next, we traveled down the Gulf Coast to Steinhatchee, Tampa Bay and the Keys. Then we headed north again, stopping in Flamingo and Stuart, ending at home in St. Augustine.


Day 1: Pensacola

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Our adventure has officially begun! We ended up coming to Pensacola a couple of days early to spend some time with family and to do some much needed maintenance on Lil’ Blue.

Day 2: Freshwater Kayaking at Steinhatchee

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We arrived at Steinhatchee Landing Resort around 11:30. This place highly exceeded our expectations! Terri at the front desk set us up with our kayaks and a perfect cottage.

Day 3: Steinhatchee with Capt. Tommy Thompson

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At our first fishing spot we measured the wind and it was averaging about 18.5 knots out of the southwest. This was the worst wind direction because there is no way to find shelter.

Day 4: Exploring the Mangroves at Terra Ceia

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We trolled around countless mangroves, looking for redfish, seatrout and snook. Cooney hooked up to the biggest trout of the day in one of these mangrove cuts.

Day 5: First Time Tarpon Fishing at Marathon

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Norm at Captain Pips went through a safety run with Cooney. We had some live mullet ordered, but it wouldn’t be at Captain Pips until 2:30. So we went across the street to get some live shrimp.

Day 6: We Finally Got Our Tarpon!

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We were supposed to be fishing offshore today with Capt. Lee Lucas but the seas were upward of 3 to 5 feet. So that didn’t work out. Instead, we were lucky to meet Chris and Christy Johnson with SeaSquared Charters at Porky’s.

Day 7: Tuna Time on the Hump

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We had no problem finding the place, and to our surprise we had the privilege to have two captains today. We had Capt. Lucas, with his Spotless 30-foot Angler, and Capt. Jim Griffith with Angler Management Charters.

Day 8 – Catching in Flamingo

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We have never done this kind of sight fishing before; we learned to love it instantly. There is such sport in having to perfectly execute the cast and retrieval. Cooney caught another nice trout and I lost a big red.

Day 9: Hitting Stuart’s Night Life

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Then it was on to sample Stuart’s night life, fishing the lighted docks. We met Drew Wickstrom, Florida Sportsman’s art director, at the ramp and set off for a little wading on a nearby flat before sunset.

Day 10: Back in St. Augustine

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The sunset was beautiful! We spent a couple of minutes throwing D.O.A. shrimp at the creek near our site and I hooked a for-sure slot-size flounder that broke my line.


Let Florida Sportsman magazine blog your dream fishing trip!

There has never been a better time to plan that dream Florida fishing trip. And Florida Sportsman wants to hear about it. In fact, Florida Sportsman wants to publish it in our NEW Follow the Readers blog. Think of it as a travel fishing blog by FS readers for FS readers, or as a days-long forum fishing report with the ability to follow along.

If you believe you have a future trip planned that’s a candidate for an FS reader’s “Dream Trip” blog we would like to hear from you. Send your inquiries to Sam@floridasportsman.com (Associate Editor, Sam Hudson). Tell us about yourselves; tell us what kind of boat you have; and tell us something about your home waters and where you’re planning on going. Send us a few sample photos (and videos) along with a couple paragraphs on why you’d like to be featured on Florida Sportsman’s Dream Trip blog.

The trips should be informative and fun, with some emphasis on helping other readers with their own future fishing trips. Maybe the trip is to travel to different destinations? Or it’s a single destination fishing multiple days? As long as it’s at least a 3-day trip, preferably 5 days, it could make a great fishing blog.

We’ll need some basic information like where you plan to fish, for how long and why it might be considered a “Dream Trip.” Florida Sportsman isn’t paying for your trip and Florida Sportsman is not liable if something happens during your trip. The trips are up to you to make happen. Plus, the trips shouldn’t be overly commercial—this is a Dream Trip blog, not an advertisement for a fishing captain or resort.

When you’ve got your dream trip scheduled, send your inquiry to Associate Editor Sam Hudson (Sam@floridasportsman.com). Fellow readers want to follow you on your next adventure!