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Florida Sportsman Member: dpdash One day at Manjack, we had a turtle come up to the boat. We see turtles almost every dive but have never had one come so close. We ended up hand feeding this one squid and he hung out for almost 20 minutes, very very cool!
Florida Sportsman Member: Billy It was a little slow at first but then as we warmed up so did the fish. I started off with three keeper reds and a trout before we decided to move. Duane, not to be out done, adds three more keeper reds in the boat.
Florida Sportsman Member: Matt822 As the sun started to show we sent our first grouper baits down and boy did we get schooled on not leaving the big tackle at home, the daylight bite was really good. Even though I had my Accurate 30′s with 34 pounds of drag I only had the 80 pound test on them and it wasn’t enough to keep these guys away from the rocks or breaking off.
Florida Sportsman Member: Charlotte Forum member Charlotte sight fished her new personal best trout from her kayak, while fishing in Mosquito Lagoon. This fish weighed eight pounds on the fish grip. Nice!
Florida Sportsman Member: Beamer By this time it was around 1pm and I went to a spot where we always catch a bunch of trout on the last hour of the tide and man that was a great decision. The first bait that hit the water was a 36 inch snook!
Florida Sportsman member: Big Bend Brian Five Venture scouts and 4 adults from Venture Crew 288 of Ponte Vedra Beach left early Thursday morning for Steinhatchee (2.75 hours away) to try their hand at scalloping. Seven of the nine Venturers had not scalloped before and a couple had never snorkeled before either.
Florida Sportsman member: Ghostrider In short order we managed to sabiki only a few threadfins and got a net full of ballyhoo. We made it to the edge and put the baits out, a few minutes later we missed a small dolphin that tried to eat a large ballyhoo.
Florida Sportsman member: ScottsFT Great day of peacock bass fishing. Big fish of the day pushing 7 pounds and 23 inches, many other fish landed up to 5 pounds as well throughout the day. Awesome stuff! All of these fish were landed on jigs. They are active and ready to be on your line right now!
Florida Sportsman Member: Veikx We fished with a father and son that reside in Fort Myers. Fished in 160′ of water landed their limits of american reds, red grouper, gag grouper and a huge scamp (that they let me catch!). Knocker rigs on with 60 pound flouro produced with a whole squid.
Florida Sportsman member:Cast&Blast We missed two more strikes on the freelined pogie that were most likely kings. Again while bottom fishing, three schoolies show back up and we get a double hook up on em and into the ice. Move spots and get into a great beeliner bite, lost a couple good ones, but still managed eight.
Florida Sportsman member: Morocco_madness The Big, breeder Red Fish have started their annual movement up river from the St. Johns River Inlet in anticipation of spawning season. These fish begin staging on the 40 foot dredge lines that edge the shoulders of the rivers shipping lanes every June. This period is what we call the “Pre-Spawn”. The breeders gather up in numbers and gorge on fish and crustacions to fatten up for the spawn that typically begins in the early weeks of August.
Florida Sportsman member: LilOrange I did catch a really nice sized mahi mahi. It swam up to the boat while we were bottom fishing. I grabbed our flat line rod (still rigged with a wire leader) and tossed out a live cigar minnow. It hammered it immediately and took off like a rocket.
Florida Sportsman member: Captain Easy Even with the tough fishing we’ve managed to put a lot of nice catches together. We haven’t had many easy days though, but the last two days out this week saw a huge improvement and I’m hoping it’s the beginning of some red hot fishing. We got in on several large schools of mahi of mixed sizes from schoolies to some fish up to 30 pounds the last two days.
Florida Sportsman member: former bluefishinny We hit an area, and after a few little trout pops, Mark gets a nice boil on his Super Spook. Fish rolls, we can see its a red – “fire at him, see if he will eat you” Mark says. I present a smaller bait, different color. Swirl, and I am on to this just shy 28 inch red.
Florida Sportsman member: pazozausf Decided to go mess around with the seven weight and see if I could put a hook into some of the small snook in the surf. Hooked into this girl, she was a little bigger than I was expecting.
Florida Sportsman member: greenie-slayer For the next few hours no sardine lasted more than 10 seconds after hitting the water before getting a fish on, countless numbers of sharks and jacks. Jumped two poons on the day and saw a bunch of snook that weren’t fast enough to get to out baits before the jacks did.
Florida Sportsman member: CL604 Went fishing with our Son Capt. Mike ( Mangrove Bully ) out of Tarpon Springs. Despite the gusty winds we were able to find fish-able spots with a total of 11 snook and two reds in just two hours.
Florida Sportsman member: Ryanmc6884 Started trolling off of Boynton heading North. Got a king early on to get the team fired up and in gear. Next up was the grown man as buddy buddy calls the wahoo. Started screaming on the planer. After lines all cleared she popped up on the surface to make life a little easier.
Florida Sportsman member: SLW Urocane We used a combo of live shrimp under a cork, topwater, Gulp! swim baits and chunks of ladyfish. Caught 10 species throughout the weekend, including snook, redfish, trout, tarpon (small), bonnethead and blacktip sharks, ladyfish, jacks, tones of small mangos, catfish (surprise!), and sheepshead.
Florida Sportsman member: Top Contender The real star of the show and the fish that sealed the deal for us was a giant 60 pound kingfish. After being on ice for 24 plus hours he weighed in at 58.95 pounds. We also had a 40 pound King that would’ve been good for 2nd if that was allowed.
Florida Sportsman Member: spotremover Then a school of bulls moved in and we really had some fun on 2500′s and 15 pound braid as you can see in the photo’s. Fish are there you’ll go get em and we’ll keep dreaming and looking for that tagged fish.
Florida Sportsman member:No_Cool_Name Hooked two running the together at 124 feet. We hooked the cow and had Rodney reel her in slowly so I could get lines hoping for a tagalong. Once the fish was next to the boat saw the bull and pitched a ballyhoo on the spinning rod.
Florida Sportsman Member: KingCatch The wind was blowing from the west around 15 mph. I just got up on the leeward bank and started poling down the flat. I ended up catching a few redfish and scouting some area that eventually led me to a little tarpon hole, catching a little guy to end the day.
Florida Sportsman Member: nightfly We had a spot far away were this time last year we were catching large mangroves. We had the bait and the weather to do it, so we went for it. We got there and bottom machine looked great. Right away the bite was on, lots of muttons, one after the other.
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: 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!
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.
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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