- Southeast Florida Weekend Fishing 4Cast
- Spoil Island Camping and Fishing
- Snapper-Grouper Closure Area in the South Atlantic to Open?
- Tribute to Captain Andy Tasker
- Stuart Snookin’ with a Bonus
- Surf Fishing Pompano
- Permit on the Wrecks
- Estuary Recovery In Action
- Florida Sportsman Southeast Bash BLOWS UP
- Bass Fishing Kids On Tour in Broward, Palm Beach Counties
Despite the fun fishing we were enjoying, the Indian River and associated Mosquito Lagoon and Banana River have been in a sad state of affairs for a while. Three or four years ago, this slender, 150-mile long waterway on Florida’s east coast was full of rich seagrass. But starting in 2010, the grass began dying off in unusual patterns, preceded and followed by algae blooms locals had never seen before.
Plunging into the blue abyss for the first time is something that I will always remember. It was a completely different environment than I was used to spearfishing in. Looking through your mask, all you see is blue, in every direction.
Many of the largest swordfish of the year are caught as they migrate through our waters in winter. Each year as the weather turns cold, Florida east coast anglers begin targeting sailfish as they migrate south with each passing cold front. When chasing sailfish, the best fishing usually occurs on the leading edge of the cold front when the wind is blowing the hardest and the seas are rough.
The recreational harvest season for snook closes Dec. 15 in Atlantic state and federal waters, including Lake Okeechobee and the Kissimmee River, and will remain closed through Jan. 31, 2014, reopening to harvest Feb. 1. Snook can continue to be caught and released during the closed season.
High-leaping Atlantic sails gather at the northern end of Sailfish Alley in early winter. Ft. Pierce, at the north end of Sailfish Alley, heats up when temperatures drop. A walk down Fort Pierce docks reads like a Who’s Who list of sailfish chasers.
4 patterns for tracking down late-season snook. To me there’s more to winter snooking than just harvesting that 11th-hour keeper. There’s mystery. You’re casting for a tropical species with a cool north wind on your neck. Each day is a riddle to be solved.
Winging through the decades with a jig built to snook specifications. Exactly what the fish think it is, no one’s sure. I’ve heard a dozen theories from a dozen anglers: a big shrimp; a sideways-swimming crab; a bottom-hugging mullet; an eel. For fun I’ll throw in my own two cents: a snook.
Today, Long Nguyen and Blair Wickstrom presented a $9372.00 check to the Jouppi family of Stuart, FL. The check will benefit the youngest, Dylan Jouppi, who was born with an encephalocele, hydrocephalus, Dandy-Walker Syndrome and Klippel-Feil Syndrome. This check came from the Florida Sportsman Southeast Bash fishing tournament that ran this past May.
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