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What's Biting Now
Florida Sportsman Member: larrywitt Lines were dropped to the bottom and there were instant hits but no fish ever made to the surface. You could get it four to ten feet off the bottom and then the rod was almost ripped from your hands till the line would break. We were using 60 pound main line and 80 to 100 pound leader.
Florida Sportsman member: Manbeast Saturday was extremely windy, cloudy, and a lot of the water was blown off the flats so we didn’t spend any time searching for the reds in the shallows. After having some trouble locating good water, we found a 31 inch snook and a 26 inch red to follow shortly after.
Florida Sportsman member: Lucky_Lefty Well my brothers were in town and we decided to take my center console over to Lake Okeechobee for the first time and try for bass. We stopped and got 2 dozen shiners. We launched out of the Kissimmee River and headed out to a area that looked good.
Florida Sportsman Member: Jim311 I pushed in further into the creek. I spooked one nice red which I didn’t even see until he’d spooked. Then I hooked up again, and again it was another super hard fight. This fish was bigger though, over 32 inches.
Florida Sportsman member: Angler Management The wind overpowered the current so it kept us moving south and we fished our majority of the time just south of the breakers. We seem to float between 180 and 350 feet of water, although we really weren’t paying attention because it was really nonstop action.
Florida Sportsman Member: Silent snooker Went back up to the Loxahatchee River hoping to play with some of the small snook we were catching two weeks ago and was lucky enough to find more upper and over slot snook than small ones.
Florida Sportsman member: Docked Wages Some chunky bamboo we came across north of the Port last friday. After releasing a few shorts we motored up and filmed a variety of species co-mingling underneath. Two Tripletail stuck around for the video.
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: freshfromthesalt The snook are chewing baitfish patterns well in local upriver spots. Lots of short fish, but a few photo worthy fish in the mix.
Florida Sportsman Member: SouthshoreSlayer After about 2 hours of snapper fishing the flat lines start getting cut off. We didn’t have any wire or long shank hooks, we all rigged our big setups and the king bite was on for the next hour.
Florida Sportsman member: zay We found the slot reds schooled up pretty thick and ended up getting our limit and released about 7 more till we decided it was time to move to find the sheeps. As we were leaving,we yelled over to the boat next to us that they could get in the “spot” since we didn’t really see them hooking up.
Florida Sportsman member: copout@castaways I fished with Angelo who holds the world record golden tile (65lbs), he manually dropped at most of the spots from 800 to 1000 feet, while I ran the T1000. We managed 2 tiles, one barrelfish, 8 rosies, 4 green eyed sharks and two throwback fins all off of Port Everglades.
Florida Sportsman member: Captain Easy We had about a 45 minute flurry with at least one wahoo on the whole time. We wound up catching 4 out of 8 and had as many as 3 wahoo fighting over baits at once just 20 feet behind the boat including a couple the skyrocketed about 8 feet out of the water chasing the baits.
Florida Sportsman member: Grey Beard It was noon and the bumpy northeast winds of the early morning were gone and it was now flat calm. I put on a chartreuse Zara Spook Jr. and missed a decent bite. Then a big whoosh and a nice battle, thinking I had another red, it turned out to be my biggest trout ever at 25 inches and 5 pounds, a real gator.
Florida Sportsman member: SLW Urocane We then worked the flats for a few hours, both if us tossing Vudu shrimp. We caught about 7 trout, including a nice fatty . We moved and worked a few mangroves and went 2 for 3 on snook.
Florida Sportsman member: CaneDiver65 Forum member CaneDiver65 put together a sweet video of him spearfishing in the Bahamas. Nice work!
Florida Sportsman member: out of the blue We got bit within 30 minutes of trolling and pulled the hook , for a bit I thought, bad sign then Michael got on his first northeast florida hoo, it got interesting because we missed 3 bites in a row. We just couldn’t figure out how they don’t get hooked at 15 knots with 2 mustad 10/0 hooks, then luck changed and we got the next 3 fish and headed for home.
Florida Sportsman member: Bassin Assassin I loosen my drag cause I know she isn’t done. She gets to the boat and dives under it. I stick my rod in the water and she makes another long run for the mangroves, then a half-jump. Nice!
Florida Sportsman Member: Salty Roots The night time tide changes have been our bread and butter. The snook have been hitting bucktails, the reds were hitting cut pogies when we could get them, live croakers when we could get them, and for two nights they were smacking crabs on the top.
Florida Sportsman member: Top Contender We drifted and chunked around the horseshoe rigs and developed a slow bite that turned into an all out feeding frenzy. We caught Blackfin Tuna to 20 pounds, kingfish to 50 pounds, red snapper to 18 pounds, AJs to 70 and of course yellowfin tuna up to 150 pounds.
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: 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: 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: 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.…»
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