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Florida Sportsman member: SaltyRoots We’ve been fishing the beaches early morning and late afternoon for tarpon. Mainly from kayaks and paddleboards but some days it’s easier to catch them from the beach.
Florida Sportsman member: StandOutI2 First drops down and all we were hooking up with was lady fish, grunts, and some small grouper. Moved over another 75 yards and found what we were looking for. For several hours, as soon as the bait hit the bottom it was getting eaten.
Florida Sportsman Member: Joe Snook I put my rod in the water to keep the fish from coming up and fraying the leader thumbed the spool a bit and within a minute I reached down and grabbed what was a 37 inch snook.
Florida Sportsman member: Beto_Matheus The powerful attack and subsequent run left no doubt it was the butterfly. With the light leader I had to work the fish and he gave two good runs taking all my fly line out. It then ran towards the only submerged branch in sight to my right where bushes blocked my way.
Florida Sportsman member: latitudeadjustment I put out a tuna spread in 150 feet or so and headed deeper, just wanting to nail a decent blackfin. Trolled some known spots for tuna but we did not get any hits, saw a nice jumping sail fish which was very cool but no takers on our rigs.
Florida Sportsman Member: Maverick I use the yak to get close, very quietly, then slip out and wade to the fish. Makes it a lot easier to make a good presentation to the fish with a fly, especially in this wind. The fish were hungry and aggressive. I only spooked 1 or 2 with the line.
Florida Sportsman member: Jiganomics Forum member Jiganomics got into a mess of specks, fishing from land. These fish were keyed into a bright colored “grapefruit” jig. Looks like a fish fry is in the near future.
Florida Sportsman member: Kapt.Hook When we jumped in to do some free diving the ocean came alive! We were using Pogy and Bonita chunks to chum with and two 4 inch disco balls suspended at 60 feet. The big kings were coming in and taking chunks really quick, we weren’t able to get in close enough to make any shots unfortunately.
Florida Sportsman Member: Redbonz About the time the tides were getting right the heat was kicking into gear. After a couple of decent Reds a storm started brewing up towards Cedar Key so it was time to cut it short.
Florida Sportsman member: miami mutton We have been having a strong current most days, making fishing very hard to the unexperienced, in some trips it has defeated the ability to hook the fish that bite.
Florida Sportsman member: Capt. Mickey Locke We fished around 200 feet both days. The jacks wrecked us the first day but ended up with 3 nice fish and 18 groupers. The next day was a tough bite on the jacks for us but we ended up with 2 nice fish and limit of grouper.
Florida Sportsman member: Tidesright We had to force my buddy John on the bow as he is always quick to jump on the poling platform. He got a shot and the line started to peel off the reel as the fish screamed across the flat. A couple tense moments later and Permit was in the boat!
Florida Sportsman member: GatorInPISound They got fired up, eating both under and off of the bushes. When the sun went behind a cloud the fish came out very far off the shadow line, and when it was sunny they retreated to the sanctuary of the roots.
Florida Sportsman member: SnookStack I can’t seem to catch the specks, but being tempted to take my ladyfish and chunk it up was too tempting. I aborted trout fishing by 8 and the change in tactics paid off! I caught two beauties and was off the water by 10 am.
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: harbison Three P.M. friday afternoon, Madeira Beach is under a severe storm warning. As we board the Florida Fisherman ll at Hubbard’s Marina, we can not help but wonder will this overnight trip produce, ‘A Mountain of Fish,’ or be a complete wash-out?
Florida Sportsman Member: PigskinCapt We managed a 79 pound black to take first place. Also weighed a 23 pound gag and a 17 pound red grouper. The gag fishing this summer has been a little slow in the deeper water.
Florida Sportsman Member: Keystroke There are some big fish out in the ocean along the beaches, feeding on all that little bait moving along the coast. The trick is to fool them into eating in that clear ocean water. Can’t wait till all the big girls find their way up through the inlet and visit us this fall.
Florida Sportsman member: billy boy Took the grandsons to tolomato river for some shore fishing today, It was one of those spectacular days that does not happen very often. We caught 20 redfish, all slot or over in 2 hours on live finger mullet.
Florida Sportsman member: Snaphappy When we arrived we were the first boat on the scene and there were fish busting everywhere! We started casting poppers and it was game on immediately. For the next two and half hours it was wide open. We boated 10 fish on poppers and 6 on live bait.
Florida Sportsman Member: syxx I’ve been fishing mostly fresh mullet that we catching first thing in the morning still in the backcountry. In the bays the trout and snapper fishing has been best out closer to the gulf. Here the water is cooler and also alive with various baitfish such as ballyhoo, pilchards, pinfish, mullet, and more.
Florida Sportsman member: InLimbo No further bite came after the first couple of hits. I said, “Maybe you should drop down a little more and she interrupted and said ‘no, no, no, she’s still there I know it,’ so I shut up and watched as we both concentrated on the rod tip then the rod tip just bent straight down…”
Florida Sportsman member: Gary M We all agreed the next morning that none of us had ever seen such a long, hot bite of such consistently BIG yellowtails! Even Ed, who fishes for yellowtails a lot in the Bahamas, was having a hard time remembering such great action over in the islands.
Florida Sportsman Member: 85okhai I have never caught a pompano on a jig and don’t even know when the last time I even caught a pompano was. Third or fourth cast in hooked into something nice and what I thought was a pompano ended up being a nice sheepshead.
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.