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Family Weekend in West End

Florida Sportsman member: PaulBoat She came up to me and wondered how come I’ve never taken her wahoo fishing… “It’s too hard for you to reel,” I said. “I’ve seen your videos and those big electric reels,” she replied. “It can get a bit boring if we’re just running around looking for a bite,” I said. “I’m patient, I’ll bring a book and some magazines.


Bulls from the Kayak

Florida Sportsman Member: cbmdk86 My buddy Geoff and I got out not too long ago and played with some decent sized ocean Reds. They were thick and we got a nice day of sleigh rides in exchange for our sizable paddle to the spot.


Winter Time Gator

Florida Sportsman member: zay we also got into a huge school of rat reds that were chewin which was a ton of fun.The highlight of the day was a monster trout that smashed a mirrodine.It measured at 28 inches but the girth on this thing was insane.


Tearin’ Up the Tortugas

Florida Sportsman member: cudaman In the morning I started jigging and was able to connect with a red grouper, a story that would repeat over and over about 20 times. On this trip the ged groupers seemed to like jigs slowly jigged near the bottom.

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Nearshore Mayhem

Florida Sportsman Member: SaltyRoots We went out of the Port in search of triple tail, flounder, redfish, and kings. Both times got blanked on the triple tail and flounder but that was because all of our time was spent reeling in kingfish and redfish!


Loxahatchee Largemouth and More

Florida Sportsman member: Fireman Bill The water is still higher than I like but it was manageable. The big bass was the only fish I caught for the day but I made it count. My friend caught one bass, 6 snook and a hoard on panfish as I paddled.


Grouper Grand Slam

Florida Sportsman Member: harbison That’s it! The boat has completely limited out on grouper; and that’s a two day limit of 8 each. We are still a very long ways from Madeira Beach, Florida. Let’s feast on that Chef Tammy steak dinner, with all the trimmings, and hit our bunks. We are tired, I mean really tired; grouper wore out tired.


Hitting the Lights

Florida Sportsman member: Snookslayer772 Went out on my buddy’s Jon boat yesterday evening to “test and tune” his new motor. brought the fly rods along, as we figured we might as well hit some dock lights once the sun dropped. The front pushing through really kicked up the wind once it got dark, but we were able to get tight on a few.


Catching with the Kids

Florida Sportsman Member: Scott Crown We headed to the first spot and started throwing topwater over some oyster bars. Got one 25 inch red and a stud trout right off the bat. Pulled the hooks on two over slot reds and had several misses before making a move. I then jumped up on the platform and turned the front of the boat over to the boys.


Swords out of Haulover

Florida Sportsman member: farinco Went out with forum member johnnywizman to try and get tight on a few swordfish. He guaranteed me a fish on this trip. We had an epic bite, landing 4 out of 5 fish, with 2 rat’s released, and two 52″ lower jaw to fork swords in the box.


Pine Island Inshore

Florida Sportsman member: GatorInPISound At this point we looked at some potholes and sandy bare bottom zones to see if the fish might be hanging around waiting on the incoming, and a few were.


Pompano from the Pier

Florida Sportsman member: Compleat Forecast said to pass on the offshore but my missus was in fishing mode. We tossed the rods in the car and hit the pier. We started off slow but picked three nice pompano.


Breaking in the New Boat

Florida Sportsman member: Lug Man We drifted the spot and put about 2 dozen baits in the live well anyway. My buddy decided he didn’t want to run another 15 miles in the slop so we just hung around 9 mile and drifted baits. We caught mostly sharks and red snapper which were released to swim free.


Dad and Daughter Fishing Day

Florida Sportsman member: Fishesman The kid finally started to rouse around 2pm and I asked her if she wanted to stop and catch grunts (she can’t handle grouper yet). She said “yes,” stood up, turned green, and asked to go in. We did just that. You have to love her fortitude though. On the way home she asked when we could go again.


Catching While You Can

Florida Sportsman Member: larrywitt First spot was only 7 miles out where i have had a good lane snapper bite plus some nice flounder in the mix. We set up on the spot the bite was constant grunts, porgys, mangrove snapper, and the first black sea bass I have ever seen caught on this coast.

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Mayhem Inshore

Florida Sportsman member: Tfoucher We probably ended up with between 60 to 70 fish maybe more since we were not really keeping tabs. We got snook, reds and trout with most of the fish being snook. I was the only one not to get a slam on the boat!


Fall Everglades Bite

Florida Sportsman Member: CaptainRapps Stock up on D.O.A. Baitbusters and Terror Eyz and head to the backwaters to battle with the Snook as they head way back into the creeks and rivers for the winter season. In a good moving tide, fish the eddy side of the points.


Port Everglades Dive

Florida Sportsman member: 23T Forum member 23T got himself some nice lobster on a recent dive out of Port Everglades. Although the jellyfish were thick, they were able to get around them and score these bugs in 20 to 30 feet of water.

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October in the ‘Glades

Florida Sportsman member: lemaymiami Redfishing has been good most days and we usually find them with small snook. The big surprise has been the number of sawfish we’ve encountered while working bait for those reds.

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Panhandle Offshore Bite

Florida Sportsman member: 85okhai We had some lunch and moved to a few more spots to pick up some beeliners. Plan was to be in pretty early but we still wanted some red groupers so we made the run in to fish state waters and were able to pull up a few red groupers and a couple of jacks.


Sebastian Offshore

Florida Sportsman member: bighardey We put the lines back out and slow trolled at 5 knots and about 11:15 on blue & green Islander skirted ballyhoo the hoo hits hard, heads deep. Yanked her back to the boat nice and easy, gaffed and put in the box. It was a super day and good to be back.


Kingfish Fun

Florida Sportsman Member: Bonecracker My daughter came home last week after doing a 3 month internship in New York City and she needed some boat and beach time badly before heading back to UGA. Trout and redfishing has it moments in August (mostly bad) so I decided to load up on some tasty bait fish and head offshore for some action.

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August in Islamorada

Florida Sportsman Member: syxx I’ve been fishing mostly fresh mullet that we catching first thing in the morning still in the backcountry. In the bays the trout and snapper fishing has been best out closer to the gulf. Here the water is cooler and also alive with various baitfish such as ballyhoo, pilchards, pinfish, mullet, and more.


Pompano Jigging with a Surprise

Florida Sportsman Member: 85okhai I have never caught a pompano on a jig and don’t even know when the last time I even caught a pompano was. Third or fourth cast in hooked into something nice and what I thought was a pompano ended up being a nice sheepshead.

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Gulf Grouper Action on the Drift

Florida Sportsman Member: Doc1 A couple of buds and I ran out of Marco about 20 miles this morning. The bite was slow, but steady. We picked up 4 keepers over the 4 hours we fished. The largest was about 24 inches and was caught on a live blue runner.

Kaden Wolfe, 3, caught this nice channel catfish with Grandpa, Jim Whitted. Both are residents of Sanford, FL (Jim is active on the FS Forum as prowlin4reds).

Grins and Whiskers at Sanford Kids Fishing Rodeo

What a day! A kids’ fishing rodeo was held in conjunction with the Crappie Masters Florida State Championship over the weekend (Feb. 2) in Sanford.


18th Annual International Marlin Tournament in El Salvador

Well once again I got the invite to join Paco Saca and his sons in the 18th International Marlin Tournament in El Salvador! Bart and I made are way down to Bahia Del Sol Marina and Hotel [...]


Miami Lobster Tournament

FS member SpinyMike (Mike Maler) put on another good lobster-gettin’ show in Miami this year, The Miami Spiny Lobster Tournament.…»


Spear Lionfish In Palm Beach County

Where to spear and how to fillet the lionfish, tips from your friends.


Spearing Hogfish

This hogfish was shot by Tom Jones during a June diving trip to the Middlegrounds out of Crystal River. The…»