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What's Biting Now
Florida Sportsman member: SmittysTeam We ran out Saturday morning and fished the 700-800 feet for awhile but nada. Decided to run further out and picked up a couple nice fish on the 52 line. Blind trolling and off a pallet. Fishing was real slow but managed to get first place overall.
Florida Sportsman member: REDROB
Went out after work yesterday to soak a few crabs, fishing the buckman in 20 feet of water, the bite was on fire! 9 reds all over 36 inches with the biggest being 42 and one 40 incher with a tag in her.
Florida Sportsman member:chompchomp We found a decent rip in 450′ with decent weed and ended up catching 10. Several times we had to drop back five or six times to hook up, but every time we finally got the 30 plus pounders next to the boat, they had big friends tagging along.
Florida Sportsman member: GatorInPISound At this point we were hoping the incoming tide would really trigger a bite but the only thing we conjured up was a small shark. We continued on for a bit and picked up a couple more reds including a tiny reddish looking shark and a 22 inch snook.
Florida Sportsman member: Tgrass The next fish was a big girl cruising up the beach and I watched it eat the fly. I was lucky to have two people from the UK walking the beach who were nice enough to take this picture. This fish was hook solid in the corner of the mouth, it measured 38 inches.
Florida Sportsman Member:harbison 3:00 P.M. sixteen serious, dedicated, anglers are ready for a 63 hour ‘Deep Drop Florida Style’ trip deep into the very heart of our Gulf of Mexico.
Florida Sportsman Member: KingCatch The wind was blowing from the west around 15 mph. I just got up on the leeward bank and started poling down the flat. I ended up catching a few redfish and scouting some area that eventually led me to a little tarpon hole, catching a little guy to end the day.
Florida Sportsman member: ReelObsession Forum member ReelObsession and friends recently took a trip down to Key West to indulge in some great spearfishing. As you can see from the pictures, it was a good time had by all.
Florida Sportsman member: Gary M Yuri would toss out some herring pieces to get the fish next to the boat. He was looking to see if any blackfins were in the schools of bonito and he had warned us, “You may have to catch 10 bonito in order to finally hook a blackfin so break off any bonito as soon as you can, re-tie and get a bait back in the water.”
Florida Sportsman member: stpetebaitman I wanted to take a little time to help people understand what good etiquette means, as well as show you some of the fish that we have caught so far this year. Etiquette goes a long way and helps everyone catch more fish.
Florida Sportsman member: SLW UroCane I’ve been doing pretty good on pomps lately, limiting out three days this past two weeks at Fort Pierce jetty. Using a Doc’s Goofy jig tipped with shrimp, pink/pink, pink/white, pink/yellow.
Florida Sportsman Member:John McKroid I scratched up 6 runners and began fishing around 7:45am. First bait was not out more than 15 minutes before it was hit, boom! It acted like a big King Mackerel from the very first signature long screeching run.
Florida Sportsman member: Big Bend Brian At the Ledge in 180 feet the starboard flatline gets hit but comes off followed by a hit on the port flatline which pulled drag but came off too. Looking back you could see the head of the dolphin trying to inhale the lure. Casey drops the lure back and we watched him eat it. Once the line came tight it was some very cool jumps by a very large dolphin!
Florida Sportsman member: PaulBoat Went over to the channel this past weekend. Joseph wanted to put one of his little buddies on the tuna.The bite was tough in the channel as you’ve seen from several reports but we did manage to bend some rods and bring home three 60 to 70 pounders and a couple of smaller fish.
Florida Sportsman Member: HammerheadTed It made a loooong run of probably 100 yards and we ran it down. When it came to the net, it was a “slob”, very similar to mine from the other day, in fact we measured it at 39″, same as mine, but a different place.
Florida Sportsman member: RealSeabee We had the good fortune of finding out what happens when all the planets are in alignment and all timing in the universe is in sync, with regards to fishing today was more like catching.
Florida Sportsman Member: dpdash I had the opportunity to go deep into the Bahamas last week on a beautiful boat with great crew. We got all the way as far as San Salvador and had tremendous fishing along the way.
Florida Sportsman Member: Veikx We setup immediately and began catching some quality mangrove snapper. 20 pound flouro on knocker rigs as well as chunking thread-fin and free lining squid worked well for us. The largest Mangrove I pulled up weighed 7 pounds on the scale with the majority in the 4 to 5 pound range with a few smaller.
Florida Sportsman member: Ruff One Tuesday I headed out to work on a new technique. With the way cobia and groupers love eel looking plastics, I wanted to be able to put theses plastics in front of them without having to resort to heavy down riggers.
Florida Sportsman Member: Bonecracker My daughter came down to the coast for her birthday weekend and wanted to go fishing! So dad poled the boat for two days and here are the results from this weekend fishing around Carrabelle, FL. She caught nine over 15 pounds and I actually caught two on fly and one on spin.
Florida Sportsman member: lemaymiami Now for the good news, they called me late yesterday to report that the big tarpon had showed up in good numbers. They also found big trout and snook up to 36 inches while also jumping off a tarpon well over 100 pounds, so maybe my coaching wasn’t for nothing.
Florida Sportsman Member: Joe Snook Fishing has been good, not great with all this crazy weather but some nice fish have been taken just about every trip along with all the usual cold water suspects sheepies, trout and silver trout.
Florida Sportsman Member: nightfly We had a spot far away were this time last year we were catching large mangroves. We had the bait and the weather to do it, so we went for it. We got there and bottom machine looked great. Right away the bite was on, lots of muttons, one after the other.
Florida Sportsman member: mahiwahi Several casts in I hooked a fish and it went flying into the air. I thought I had foul hooked a bonita but my friend yelled “it’s a dolphin”. Since it’s January I was in disbelief but as it got closer and I saw yellow I knew he was right.
Florida Sportsman Member: Garbo Shannon gets tired after 20 minutes or so, she hands it off to lucky young Angler. Upon being handed the fully loaded rod he looked up to his mother and said “It is so strooong.”
Florida Sportsman Member: torchkey The flats were active with sharks, barracuda, and bonefish. Had some good shots at bones and ended up with a couple of nice fish. Ended the day catching some trout for the dinner table. It was a good day to be on the water!
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.
FS member SpinyMike (Mike Maler) put on another good lobster-gettin’ show in Miami this year, The Miami Spiny Lobster Tournament.…»
Where to spear and how to fillet the lionfish, tips from your friends.