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What's Biting Now
Florida Sportsman member: Icatcher22 Have been sight fishing reds on fly off the kayaks recently. Had some luck with the Northeast wind last week blowing all the water out of the bay. The reds were real shallow and gave us some good opportunities.
Florida Sportsman Member: Poseidon10/31 Lost a couple big ones due to leader fray. 80 pound was always plenty on a rod and reel but for some reason it’s not enough with the hand line. Anyways, live mullet were the ticket, trolled and free lined pretty much anywhere near the beach.
Florida Sportsman member: Gary M The next time the bottom rod when off, I knew that I had a real fish. When I finally saw “pink”, I no doubt grinned as it was my favorite fish, a nice Mutton Snapper. I netted him and he measured out at 19 inches. The fish box instantly got a lot better looking!
Florida Sportsman member: Snookslayer772 throwing Mirrolure lil jons on 1/8th ounce jig head just hopping them through the grass, and that was the ticket! second cast with mine, boom, a trout. After that it was every other cast catching them.
Florida Sportsman member: Stepabo I prepped a bucket with that while we moved and reset our drift a little deeper where we were seeing some birds. Doc picked up another mutton but short, then a keeper yellowtail, then I started the chumming and we continued to catch a nice selection of bottom, more yellowtails and red grouper.
Florida Sportsman member: Blind Squirell The bite was scattered, but steady. Picked up a couple of fish at each of our stops. Wrapped it up around 4 p.m. with a total of 7 fish to 18 inches. No studs, but made for a few decent bags of fillets.
Florida Sportsman Member: OneMoreYear The biggest trout was 20.5 inches. We had a good number of fish between 18 to 20 inches. We had our 3 person limit by noon. Ended up releasing about five 15 to 16 inch fish, and probably caught 5 to 7 shorts
Florida Sportsman Member: ericf Live blue runners, frozen sardines, regurgitated whatever from caught fish picked off the deck of the boat, nothing lasted more than 20 to 30 seconds. We limited out in about half an hour, and released a few fish after that. It was mayhem, totally crazy.
Florida Sportsman member: gdholbrook Right off the bat a big skipjack and double dolphins on the flatlines. Reset the kayak spread and another couple mahi make it to the boat. The limited cooler space on the yak was evident.
Florida Sportsman member: heavychevy15 The reds were everywhere in the morning and the first cast my buddy made produced a 29.5 inch red. Shortly after I got a 24inch red, so we decided to go after some snook.
Florida Sportsman member: capcioffi I took my 5-year-old Cohen out Saturday before the weather front to snag some fish. In the morning it was gamey with some big rollers and side chop, but little man was game and put his fishing face on.
Florida Sportsman member: SOFLO Angler Right after we got that guy I see a huge snout poking out under a ledge, landed a perfect shot through one cheek out the other, this being the biggest hog I’ve seen in person and the biggest I’ve ever bagged!
Florida Sportsman member: Capt.Zachary we would hook up with the first fish then slow down and work the other lure hard and more than once we hooked up with bigger Gags on the second rod. We had to retire two plugs today because they were destroyed from big gags smacking them.
Florida Sportsman member: Tight Loops Bottom of the full moon low tide, just as it started to flood back in. I had a couple of folks I wanted to show tailing red fish to on a flat in less than a foot of water. Saturday was the better of the two days as it stayed overcast for most of the morning. We managed to find some redfish and a few nice single trout hanging out as well.
Florida Sportsman member: rkotinsky I fished my usual spots and began catching a lot of small trout and jacks but no slot fish. I moved on and followed my usual recipe for success, hit the ladyfish waypoint for cut bait and yak on over to the redfish honey hole. Not long after tossing out the cut ladyfish I hookup with a nice red.
Florida Sportsman Member: Final Point Did a trip with a good friend on Saturday evening. It rained on us most of the night but the fish didn’t mind. I’ll just show you the two big fish of the night. All fish caught on 6000 series PENNS with 50 pound braid, 50 pound fluorocarbon leader and 4/0 circle hooks. Baits were pigs, pins, croakers.
Florida Sportsman Member: larrywitt He also brought some cat fish that he had for tarpon season on one rod for quite awhile no takers so he took it off threw it over board . Puts on a pin fish and it gets slammed! We get it on deck and what does it spit out? the cat fish we had thrown overboard. Go figure!
Florida Sportsman Member: tailwaters After poling a few hundred more yards I see another large wake in very shallow water. Again placed a shrimp at its nose, boom! Another sheepshead and this one was even bigger than the first.
Florida Sportsman Member: Joe Snook While the weather has started to cool the fishing has really heated up! All month has been great but the end of the month just got even better when my tarpon showed back up.
Florida Sportsman member: janderson Checked a spot about a mile off the beach and Megan managed to box her first fish on the new boat. She landed a few small fish that we tossed back and a couple of 28 inch amberjack that she swore must have weighed 100 pounds before she got them to the boat.
Florida Sportsman member: Captain Shane Procell The first hour was non-stop with the topwater baits. As the sun came up the topwater bite died. We changed out the topwater baits for some diving Rapala baits.
Florida Sportsman Member: syxx If you put your time in you can usually produce a bite or two, though not a guaranteed thing. Mullet is still the go-to bait, you just have to find them usually early in the morning.
Florida Sportsman member : dtm Decided to go on the troll for barracudas and bonitos and then we score with a Wahoo. There are some shrimpers out there in about 180 feet. We anchored up we worked our way toward one and got slammed again a smoker king[...]
Florida Sportsman Member: Old Dog I like fishing a falling tide and since high tide was about 8:00 a.m., we got on the water in time to get to our first spot and get ourselves ready for what we hoped would be a fish-catching frenzy. The fish cooperated and nearly every place we stopped we caught fish.
Florida Sportsman Member: NervousWreck By sunrise we were 75 miles out dropped trolling rigs in and ran 15 knots out to 125 miles. Took forever hanging up on bonita every mile, some tunas. Fished the big 25 foot ledge for about 5 hours, mostly scamps, 275 feet deep is fun bottom fishing.
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.
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 [...]
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.