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Buckman Reds

Florida Sportsman member: REDROB
Went out after work yesterday to soak a few crabs, fishing the buckman in 20 feet of water, the bite was on fire! 9 reds all over 36 inches with the biggest being 42 and one 40 incher with a tag in her.

Inshore How-To

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Fiddler Crabs for Bait

Remember chasing fiddler crabs when you were a kid? Fiddlers are probably my all-around best bait, especially if kids are along. Catching the crabs can involve action, yelps of joy, lots of bending over, and a great lesson in biology. They’re also an irresistible bait for hungry fish.

Inshore Gear

Rich Vidulich demonstrating his casting stance on a Stuart Beach.

Surf Fishing Gear the Pros Use

Akios Reels and Cast Pro Rods paired up for max-cast distance. While researching for the new Sportsman’s Best: Surf Fishing book, written by Florida Sportsman contributor David Brown, I checked in with surf fishing pro Rich Vidulich on some casting technique and tackle questions.

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Six Ways to See Fish Better

Sight fishing is one of the most exciting ways to fish inshore, whether it is a school of redfish feeding on a grassflat, a snook roaming a shoreline, or a laid up tarpon in the back-country. To be successful at sight fishing, you must see the fish. Obvious, right? But to the untrained eye, this can be difficult and very frustrating.

Inshore Boats

Blue Pure 2200 Pure Bay

Blue Wave 2200 Pure Bay

The large forward casting deck on the 2200 Pure Bay includes two insulated storage boxes, a long insulated fish box and locking rod storage with a unique shelf to protect your reels from damage. Castnet storage in the floor is just forward of the console seat baitwell.

Dorado 25

Dorado 25

The new hull design, with an integrated step, is the biggest feature that stands out on the Dorado 25. It’s somewhat of a departure from the hull shape that the company is best known for, but they did keep true to their heritage with the low freeboard, flat transom and Porta Bracket-mounted outboard.