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Crystal River Sheepshead and Snapper

Crystal River Sheepshead and Snapper

Florida Sportsman Member: anglerbros 7286 We noticed the sheepshead were like 5-10ft off the bottom when I dropped the go pro down. We got some by slowly dropping shrimp on light weight knocker rigs or single split shot. We moved to the reef and got around 20 snapper from 14″-20″ and some more nice sheepshead.

Inshore How-To

Sonar (including side image, right) reveals baitfish on small mid-bay lump.

Inshore Hard Bottom Fishing Techniques

Along broad stretches of Florida’s coast, fishing hard bottom is also an effective inshore strategy for trout, blues, Spanish mackerel, tarpon, black sea bass, sheepshead, mangrove snapper—and even, yes, the occasional keeper gag.

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.



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


Contender 25 Bay

From Contender Boats comes a smart looking extremely functional Bay/Hybrid boat that is sure to make you stand up and…»


Skeeter SX230

Skeeter boats have been a trusted name in bass boat circles for many years and have taken their bass boat…»