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Florida Sportsman Member: ripnlips Sheepshead are starting to show up in their normal wintertime spots. We’re still getting a by-catch of gag grouper too. All on 8 pound braid and live shrimp.
Florida Sportsman Member: harbison Looks like all good things must come to an end. With well over 200 gray snapper and 30 large red grouper this will be a trip to be remembered. Let’s go ‘In search of red grouper’ again ASAP.
Florida Sportsman member: Captain Easy We then headed offshore and spent the rest of the day bottom dropping in depths from 400 to 800 feet deep. We wound up with an excellent catch of yellow eye snapper, vermillion snapper, queen snapper, tilefish, and a couple of beautiful yellow edge grouper up to 30 pounds.
Florida Sportsman Member: cbmdk86 We actually had a sweet double hookup at this point but his pulled the hook. After a quick photo op with my fish, Neil was hooked up again within two minutes and after a half hour fight put his redzilla in the yak. The girth on his fish was unreal, it was 35 pounds plus and healthy.
Florida Sportsman member: Ryanlee I waited until the tide wasn’t negative to go out and saw a lot of reds on the east wall. Water temps were around 74 degrees. Got a nice 30 inch fish on a zman shrimp. I’m able to cover a lot of ground with my trolling motor looking for them.
Florida Sportsman Member: duckmanJR With us having a grueling duck hunt schedule we finally had an off day on Monday while one buddy drove another to the airport and we slept in. We woke at 9 and the weather looked OK, so we splashed the skiff. Wind was brutal at 14 out of the northeast but it didn’t take too long.
Florida Sportsman member: Boattronics I deployed the Ipilot, and within only a couple minutes, I was bent over the gunnel with a good fish! The next hour and a half of fishing was absolute mayhem! In less than two hours, I boated 10 cobia!
Florida Sportsman member: greenie-slayer The morning started out a little windy but once the wind laid down in the afternoon the fishing started to pick up. We ended up with only 5 crappie, some small bass, 1 catfish, and a pleco. We missed a couple bigger fish in the weeds because we were using some very light tackle.
Florida Sportsman member: Matt822 The big trout bite has really fired up the last couple weeks with fish in the 25-30 inch range holding in deep pot holes on the flats and edges of channels. I have been using all artificials and they have been producing consistently.
Florida Sportsman member: Morocco_madness This fish was Jakes biggest red of his life. It took nearly every bit of line off the spool, what a monster. Not sure on the exact measurement but it looked around 44 inches to me. Jakes buddy managed to get a very nice sheepshead at 8 pounds as well.
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: FlyFishJax Forum member FlyFishJax shared some videos he put together of some great wintertime redfishing with the long rod.
Florida Sportsman member: farinco Got to the first spot and after a nice tangle on the first drop, we reset and BOOM, nice golden tilefish in the box. We got another golden, and then moved on to try to get other species. We managed 2 golden tilefish, 1 gray tilefish, 1 snowy grouper, and 1 yellowedge grouper before calling it a day.
Florida Sportsman Member: Charlemagne The first spot we stayed at for about two hours, turned into a trout fishing competition between the two. I believe final count after two hours was Anna Maria with 45 and Paul with 31 (Just trout), she kicked his butt! There was tons of bait all around us and she caught a few macks mixed in with her trout as well.
Florida Sportsman member: PaulBoat Forum member Paulboat and friends got across the the “other side” recently and put a hurting on the fish. Nice work!
Florida Sportsman member: snookslayer772 Doa Terroreyz has been a major go to with the colder water, bouncing bottom in the deeper holes and ledges. The pompano bite has been pretty good, find 66 to 68 degree water and you should be in them, as well as a good tide, higher the tide, the further they push back, and a lot of people don’t realize this.
Florida Sportsman Member: Veikx Live pilchards were the go to bait, we had bought a some shrimp to try for any hogfish as well. The bite picked up after we put in a chum block, with smaller fish around 13 to 14 inches. The larger ones starting biting as soon as we brought out the grill and cooked some hot dogs!
Florida Sportsman member: cflcycleparts The water temp was a bleak 70 degrees, our only hope was to make it into the warmer waters of the stream. We make our way out to the cones about 30 miles out and find 74.99 degree water. It’ll do. We happen to run by some debris including a floating log with weeds around it, and then pandemonium.
Florida Sportsman member: Doc Stressor The trick to finding the gags was to check out a lot of different areas with good relief and only fish the ones with bait showing. Wherever we saw bait stacked off the bottom we caught gags.
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!
Florida Sportsman Member: pcola-reds The bull reds have made it into the bay and are everywhere. We went out for a couple hours on 11/19 and found the reds running in the bay. Finally total was 11 with the smallest being 30 inches.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.