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Port Everglades Tuna

Port Everglades Tuna

Florida Sportsman member: T – L U V We put out a spread that consisted of one ballyhoo, one squid, and a black and purple islander with a bonito strip. The first fish hit around 3pm in 680′, just north of Dania pier. Got him in the boat and set back up. We made another pass in the same area and got the second fish.

Sebastian Super Slam

Sebastian Super Slam

Florida Sportsman Member: Flec We got a few trout early along with some jacks and ladies. Once the cool water rose a few degrees, the small snook started hitting. We tried a new area in the afternoon and it paid off.

Pulley Ridge Haul

Pulley Ridge Haul

Florida Sportsman member: cameron sleep Jacks started hammering baits, all up and down the port side. So when I felt three, quick, vicious strikes on my bait, I locked up and less than a second later, Dang did too. I hauled rather hard to keep him from burning up and down through the water column. I noticed that Dang’s rod, right beside me and mine, were dipping and rising in unison and suspected we both had the same fish.

St. Mary's Bass

Beast St. Mary’s Bass

Florida Sportsman member: Sea Snake My nephew caught this 10.7 pound largemouth while fishing a local bass club tournament. Now for those of you not familiar with St Mary’s, it is not known for producing giants like this very often. Usually two to five pounders are the norm. So this one was the trophy of a lifetime!

Surf Fishing Sharks

Surf Fishing Sharks

Florida Sportsman Member: MuskyChaser We dropped baits an hour before sunset and right after the sun went down my 50w started screaming. A short ten minute battle later I had a decent 6.5′ lemon shark on the sand.

Crystal River Sheepshead and Snapper

Crystal River Sheepshead and Snapper

Florida Sportsman Member: anglerbros 7286 We noticed the sheepshead were like 5-10ft off the bottom when I dropped the go pro down. We got some by slowly dropping shrimp on light weight knocker rigs or single split shot. We moved to the reef and got around 20 snapper from 14″-20″ and some more nice sheepshead.

Palm Beach Shark

Palm Beach Shark in the Surf

Florida Sportsman member: sandwashslugger After an hour of not one bite, I reeled in my line to check my bait. Right before I went to cast I saw a good size blacktip shark literally right at my feet. I pitched the bait, he turned on it and I turned on the gopro.

Sanilbel Sheepshead

Sanibel Sheepshead

Florida Sportsman member: larrywitt The light rod and line is doing its job. He lands his first 17″ to 18″ sheepshead and boy is there a smile on his face now. We ended up with 14 sheeps from 14″ to 18″ in the box, we released a large amount of legal size ones to get a little bigger, two nice pompano, and one nice flounder.

Jacksonville Inshore Fishing

Jacksonville Inshore Fishing

Florida Sportsman member: Splitshot Syndicate Ended up finding the reds with a freelined shrimp in about two to four feet in between the docks. They were caught using 15lb Spiderwire, 25lb fluorocarbon, and a 2/0 Octopus hook, with a shrimp pinned through the tail. Everything else caught using live shrimp on a 1/8 – 1/4 oz H&H short shank jig with 25lb fluorocarbon and 15lb Spiderwire. Water temperature was 71 degrees.

Fort Pierce Snook

Fort Pierce Snook Frenzy

Florida Sportsman member: Capt.AW Since the season has opened, the snook bite has been absurd. For a little over a week, it was every bait as soon as it hit the bottom. Most have been in the slot or just above. Bait, on the other hand, has been tough.

Offshore Variety

Offshore Variety

Florida Sportsman Member: clarosa Got the chum flowing and the mango’s and yellowtail made an appearance. Got five nice sized yellowtail and a handful of really nice mangos, all on sardines.

Keaton Trout

Keaton Trout

Florida Sportsman Member: HookemBookem We caught a lot of shorts and a couple nice keepers. All were caught in 3.5 feet with white gulp and popper.

Port Canaveral Spearing

Port Canaveral Spearing and Fishing

Florida Sportsman member: srokag44 Vision was marginal, but enough to shoot some snapper and lionfish. Had to fend off a big sandbar shark that circled us on the descent and showed back up on the ascent.

Panama Fishing

Panama Fishing Recap

Florida Sportsman member: Pesca Pimp Panama These guys got lucky as it started out slow on the first day, but we came across a pod of feeding porpoises that sure enough had Tunas hanging around them. They got a couple of real nice yellowfin tunas on live baits.

February Inshore

February Inshore Review

Florida Sportsman: Matt822 The trout bite has been really good as well with some fish in the 24-28″ range. I’ve been getting them on zman paddle tails, bouncing the edges of the pot holes in one to five feet of water. They usually hit it on the drop, so be ready.

nestripe

Fernandina Offshore Reef Variety

Florida Sportsman member: dillon5458 Fished three different spots at KBY reef for about three hours. We only found one short sheep, but loaded the boat with some of the biggest ringtail porgies I have ever seen. They are fat. My wife picked up a nice drum. All in all great day, happy kids and wife.

10K Variety Bites

10K Variety Bites

Florida Sportsman Member: Joe Snook Super Bowl Sunday I went out to fill the bait pen and get some triple tail with a friend and I got this slob, who was almost 30 inches.

Crappie

It’s Crappie Time

Florida Sportsman Member: stingwray It’s time to crappie fish. It took a while to find some willing to chew, but when I finally found them they were chewing the hooks off. The fish wanted no part of the minnows, but were more then ready for some jig action.

Ponce Inlet Trolling

Ponce Inlet Trolling and Bottom Fishing

Florida Sportsman member: Mako224 We headed back to the ledge we started at and wanted to work some bottom. This paid off. Lots of vermillion, stud mangos, triggers, porgies and jacks.

Eddie Creek Trout

Eddy Creek Trout and Reds

Florida Sportsman Member: Fl_Native61 While it wasn’t ideal conditions for boating, it was a good day of fishing. I landed two trout and four redfish with the best two being 26″ and 27.5″.

Amberjack

Birthday Amberjack and Snapper

Florida Sportsman member: butchbal We moved to a spot over a wreck and it was on! We caught ten or so amberjack, all in the 30″ to 33″ range. We finally got a keeper at 35.5″ and decided to head in, tired, sore and happy. We had some of the flattest seas I have seen and perfect weather all day.

Big Pine Key Spanish Mackerel

Big Pine Key Spanish Mackerel

Florida Sportsman Member: latitudeajustment Mrs. LA and I made a crack of noon start today and headed out back to see what we could find. Thankfully, the macks came to play.

Everglades Snook on Fly

Everglades Snook on Fly

Florida Sportsman member: HeartNShoal Got my personal best snook on fly, 30″, in the morning. Then sight fished a 32″ in the afternoon and bested it! Overall a great trip, especially for a beginner!

Everglades Inshore Slam

Everglades Inshore Slam

Florida Sportsman member: lemaymiami That day we were working mostly small artificials on light spinning gear. Out near the coast, Randy tossed a 1/8 oz lure up against a downed tree and we were off to the races with a nice slot snook that fought all the way until I was able to grab it for a quick photo. It measured right at 30″ and was Randy’s first snook ever.

Deep Dropping Pensacola

Deep Dropping Pensacola

Florida Sportsman member: BillMe Got out of Pensacola last week during the weather break. It was gorgeous out! Did some deep dropping and got some nice ones.

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Everglades City: Calm Weather, Slow Bite

Florida Sportsman Member: sololobo30 I went offshore to get a late-day bite on the last part of the outgoing tide while the moon was rising. I caught some nice gag grouper and after sundown limited out on mangrove snapper.

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.

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Miami Lobster Tournament

FS member SpinyMike (Mike Maler) put on another good lobster-gettin’ show in Miami this year, The Miami Spiny Lobster Tournament.…»

lionfish

Spear Lionfish In Palm Beach County

Where to spear and how to fillet the lionfish, tips from your friends.

HogfishJones

Spearing Hogfish

This hogfish was shot by Tom Jones during a June diving trip to the Middlegrounds out of Crystal River. The…»