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Outfishing Dad in Stick Marsh

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!

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Rigs for Catching Flounder

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.

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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Beach Fishing for Tarpon

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.

Inshore Boats

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Shearwater 23LTZ

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.

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Skeeter SX210 Bay

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.