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grass key mahi

Grass Key Mahi and Mixed Bites

Florida Sportsman member: piner_wahoo Forum member piner_wahoo nailed a nice mixed bag got off Grassy Key in 180′-230′. They took home bonito, cero mackerel, skipjack, and some nice dolphins!

Huge Jupiter Swordfish

Huge Jupiter Swordfish

Florida Sportsman: Team No Competition Check out this sword! Team No Competition caught this 488 pound stud while daytime swordfishing off of Jupiter. Nice fish guys!

Matlacha Pass Snook

Matlacha Pass Snook and Reds

Florida Sportsman member: TimGleason Fishing has been surprisingly steady. Slot size and undersized snook have been steady in the predawn and dawn time frame. The redfish bite has been steady as well. Fishing isn’t on fire but a pick bite is better than water devoid of life like in the red tide areas.

Compass Cay Bahamas Wahoo

Compass Cay Bahamas Wahoo

Florida Sportsman Member: tefird21 There seemed to be a good bite going on north of Highborne in the Exumas, we nabbed a 31 and 23 pounder and a surprise 22 lb mahi high speeding. Our best day was when we ran 40 miles west of Compass Cay to the Tongue and landed a 66 and 37 in a doubleheader. Most of our trolling was at 12-15 knots.

Homosassa Offshore

Homosassa Offshore Variety

Florida Sportsman member: ALV We caught a 29″ grouper on a Bomber Long A, about 300 feet back, probably six to eight feet down. That grouper came up 25 or so feet to attack the bomber (blue/white) and passed on the divers. We were also running a couple of Rapala Magnums (25 to 30 ft.). The water was so clear that earlier that day in 40+ feet, I watched a ladyfish plug rest on the bottom with a huge turtle and a remora swimming behind the turtle. Amazing.


Redfishing the Flats

Florida Sportsman Member: Jim311 The structure and rock in there was incredible, with swiss cheese oyster covered rock everywhere and it was holding fish. It was so skinny you couldn’t throw any bait but topwater. I fished until I ran out of water. I boated at least a dozen good reds with the biggest at 30 inches and lost at least half a dozen. All of the fish but two were caught on topwater.

Offshore Grouper

Offshore Grouper and Variety Bites

Florida Sportsman Member: sololobo30 Tide was about high/switch and figured I’d see if we could box a gag or two. We fished an old spot that was on fire for a solid hour. We caught a limit of gags to 34″ and released three to four keepers, then got the mangs chewing. I caught all these fish on light spinning gear 20lb braid.

Cape Coral Grouper

Cape Coral Grouper and More

Florida Sportsman Member: Capt Dan Medina As Darwin’s theory suggests, the biggest fish always comes on the smallest rod. This held true this trip as well, with the biggest grouper at 27″ coming on a 4000 penn battle with a 2/0 circle hook and 30 lb leader. A 25″ Grouper followed suit on the same combo.

Key West Kayak Fishing

Key West Kayak Fishing Variety

Florida Sportsman Member: kayakerinkeywest Ton’s of bait on the Atlantic side flats so lots of fish just hanging around on the edge of the channels. Lots of fun.

Highland Beach Cobia

Highland Beach Cobia

Florida Sportsman member: rhino2000 I got out about 7 am and anchored up at about 80 feet. I put out some chum and had very little current. Had some fresh dead gogs and used a knocker rig and tortuga bottom rig. This cobia bit the tail half of the gog. Shockingly he was caught on a Penn Spinfisher 5500 with 30lb braid and 30lb flobo leader.

Key West Kayak Fishing on Fly

Key West Kayak Fishing on Fly

Florida Sportsman member: kayakerinkeywest I’m not much of a fly guy, but I knew this spot was action packed because at the moment the flats are packed full of glass minnows and pilchards. Any spot where the current running over the flats dumps into a channel, there will be fish waiting.

St. Augustine Variety

St. Augustine Variety

Florida Sportsman member: JaxJosh We started off in about 150 foot of water. Nice conditions and not too much current. The triggers were on fire along with pinkies and big beeliners. By the end of the day, we had over 70 big fat triggers. Also, chewing nicely were the muttons and mangoes. Amberjack were thick as thieves too. It was hard to get the grouper bites because they were so thick.

Saint Lucie Redfish

Saint Lucie Redfish, Trout and Grouper

Florida Sportsman member: lunkerman I made the move to the gulp shrimp on a hookup jig. Popped from dock to dock and nailed a nice slot red. About 25″. I found a nice school of trout and got four keepers within ten casts. All really nice eating size at around 20-23″. At this point I’m thinking slam and look for my snook. A few minutes later I get the bite and he’s taking drag and it must be a snook….right? Finally get him out in the open and get a look and it’s not what I want but a cool surprise nonetheless.

flamingo backcountry

Flamingo Backcountry Mixed Bag

Florida Sportsman member: lemaymiami Winter species, mackerel, speckled trout, and gag grouper are moving inshore daily, reds and snook are moving back up inside and tarpon are here one day then gone the next. Each day now is pretty much a mixed bag. This is Riley Pevec with her first pompano, caught in Whitewater Bay on a small jig.

Canal Casting for Bass

Canal Casting for Bass

Florida Sportsman member: ReelFinsFlorida After fishing several miles with a few fish here and there, we finally found an area where the fish were schooling up and biting! Jerk baits and the gambler EZ swimmer were the key lures. Overall we put together some nice decent bass to end the morning!

st. john's river lobster

St. John’s River Lobster

Florida Sportsman member: benchmark Took the family diving this week. They did well on the bugs, with the boys both getting their personal best this trip. Big bugs all days.

Trolling Dunedin Grouper

Trolling Dunedin Grouper

Florida Sportsman Member: Joyfly We landed a 31″ and 27″ gag in just a few hours. A third large gag was lost when it was cut off on the rocks. We were just off Dunedin in 30 feet of water. We pulled deep diving plugs about 150 feet back at about four knots. The bite was steady with good size gags.

fishing artificials inshore

Fishing Artificials Inshore

Florida Sportsman member: Guanagator Flounder have been very hit or miss but the last hit sure was a good one. Got lucky and stuck my PB at just over 22″ on a sureset jighead Zman paddlerz combo. Thought I was sight casting a red, then once I started working it I was worried it was a stingray. I was so happy to see those spots and really glad I had a friend with me to net it.

snook fishing

Personal Best Snook Fishing

Florida Sportsman Member: Oldfloridangler Just beat my last 40″ personal best Snook with a fish just shy of 43″, but was she was stocked up fat as can be, weighing in at almost 26lbs. I sight fished her in less than a foot of water, and I will tell you I had no idea this fish was this big when I pitched the jig at her. 10 lb braid line, 25lb leader and an 11 minute fight later, here she is.

kayak fishing black drum

Kayak Fishing Black Drum

Florida Sportsman Member: SpaceCoast Slayer I was throwing gulp shrimps and Michael was tossing a regular plastic shrimp. He actually got more hits on that than I did on gulp, but all his fish kept pulling off during the fight. We couldn’t get them to even look at a fly, even though they were on top high riding with backs and tails exposed all fired up.

Redfish in the Bay

Bull Redfish in the Bay

Florida Sportsman Member: pcola-reds The weather was 75 degrees, sunny and low wind. No better conditions for looking for the schooling redfish. I found a few schools cruising the bay. Large schools of hundreds were busting the water, chasing bait. I ended up catching two on topwater and one on a bucktail jig.

Late Season Tarpon

St. Pete Late Season Tarpon

Florida Sportsman member: stpetebaitman The fish have been eating live pinfish very well. The pinfish spawn is about to happen so there are massive schools of them up in the bay. This happens every year and you can find schools of thousands of pinfish on the edges of flats. The tarpon have been pretty cooperative until the tide starts to really rip.

trolling port canaveral mahi

Trolling Port Canaveral Mahi

Florida Sportsman member: Tonytoli Headed out of Bluepoints Marina about 8:30 and with flat seas, ran 30 knots out to 220′. Trolled out to 700′. Ran back to 230′ and put back in headed west. Had a triple knock down at about 220′ and got two of three, but it was slow the rest of the day.

panama city snapper

Panama City Snapper

Florida Sportsman member: stingwray We made a short run and our first fishing stop was about three miles off beach. It was a grind to get our snapper, possibly due to moon phase. We had to run lots of numbers picking up a few fish here and there. The fish that were willing to bite were caught on dead and live bait.


Keys Backcountry Fishing

Florida Sportsman Member: piner_wahoo Senior forum member piner_wahoo and some friends have had two consecutive successful days out in the Florida Keys backcountry. They left with some nice lobster, trout, snapper and grouper- but not without a lot of work.


St. Mark’s Redfish and Trout

Florida Sportsman Member: tailwaters We picked up four or five reds during the slack tide. Once the water started to move, the fishing picked up and we landed another 25 or so reds along with a few trout.

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.


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…»