Fresh Water

Member Galleries

What's Biting Now


Make It 1,000

Florida Sportsman member: RealSeabee The day was not over by a long shot. We kept catching them at a steady pace until about 9:20. When we finished, we had 10 bass each and Steph came away with the big girl. To my surprise we ended up with five fish over four pounds.

FWC Fisheries Blog


BMI (Bass Mass Index) for Freshwater Fish

Whether you want to pay attention to it or not, use of the body mass index (BMI) is well established. Though it may not be perfect, the concept is sound. It uses a weight to height ratio to let you know how you compare to an average healthy person of your size and age. When FWRI freshwater fisheries biologists are assessing the health of fish, they use a measurement they call “condition.”

Freshwater How-To


New Technology for Finding Bass

It’s by no coincidence that an angler’s day, during the summer months, starts early. Cooler morning temps make it favorable for bass to cruise the shallows in search of prey. This is where most fishermen concentrate their efforts because of the visual clues. Fallen trees, lily pads and other emergent vegetation offer cover for fish and casting targets for anglers.



South Florida Peacock Bass

When you hear the word bass, most think of sparkly boats, baitcasters and big tournament payouts. But for fisherman in South Florida, the peacock bass is the staple in the local freshwater systems. With their aggressive eats, strong runs and beautiful colors, these fish have become prized gamefish.



Northland’s “Impulse” Tube Lure for Panfish

Northland Fishing Tackle introduces the new IMPULSE 1″ TUBE, a tube lure that is molded hollow for panfish to swallow. The tube is small, subtle and natural, with a design in mind to mimic diminutive natural forage species, and to slip between the lips surrounding tiny panfish mouths.

Freshwater Videos


Choosing the Right Hook

In this FS Seminar, Rick Ryals tells us what the most important things are to consider when selecting the right hook for the job. Ryals explains which hooks are best for live bait and dead baits, and the key differences and advantages of using j-hooks and circle hooks.


Snakehead Fishing 101

“I have been getting an over whelming array of questions about the South Florida snakehead fishing. Most of the questions were where can I catch them, how do you catch them and what are the rules.”