Florida Sportsman: Collin Brown If you ask 9-year-old, Collin what he wants to be, he’ll say a professional fisherman and hunter. He and his dad fished Stick Marsh in Fellsmere, where he caught 17 bass using shiners. Dad didn’t catch any! Keep it up, Collin!
Flounder—the southern and Gulf varieties— are the ultimate bottom-dwellers, shuffling into sand or mud to lie in ambush. Flatties, or “doormats” when they get big, like their meals low and tight, so you’ll do best to keep a tempting bait in their zone.
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.
An east coast skiff guide divulges his secrets for locating and catching beach-run tarpon. Good numbers of tarpon are off the beaches in east/central Florida from late-May through October, as they are along Florida’s Gulf of Mexico shores.
The low sheer and sleek looks of this bay boat match its high-speed performance. The forward casting deck is recessed which provides a nice toe kick. Twin rod lockers, which can handle up to a 10-foot rod, flank an anchor locker and dry storage compartments.
When buying a new bay boat it might be helpful for a manufacturer to make most of your choices for you. This bay boat is available only one way from the factory, pre-packaged with a 150 horsepower outboard, electronics, Power Pole and trailer.