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What's Biting Now
Florida Sportsman member: e-money Jeff ran right over his head as soon as we put lines in! Doc and Jordan tag team on cranking, E$ is on the leader. The fish pops up alongside the boat and my freaking jaw dropped.
Florida Sportsman member: gettinwet We started in the backwaters focusing around mangrove points and cuts between islands as well as schools of large black mullet. After a lot of short strikes on topwater plugs we did manage to hook up a couple of nice reds.
Florida Sportsman Member: blewitupsir Now that the winds laying down more days than not been really spending more time offshore. Tripletail fishing has been good lately, with free swimmers being found all through the region as well as the typical fish hanging around the floats and crab traps. Live shrimp as well as artificial lures will get the job done.
Florida Sportsman Member: ghostrider8 I see Jay putting on a paddle tail and I STRONGLY suggest that he use live bait as we had a bait well full of shrimp, pinfish and mud minnows and I figured it would increase his chances. But no, he stubbornly insists on using it and then promptly pulls this 29-inch snook out from under the mangroves on his first cast.
Florida Sportsman member: Black Clouser We had some pretty high flood tides and calm conditions today and it was a perfect time to get out in the grass. The highs for this morning was the great surface slurpee bite on gurglers just awesome takes.
Florida Sportsman Member: duckmanjr I think I see a red up really shallow. I make a slow approach and notice one of those tiny shorebirds standing nearby and when it takes off, it scares the red….dang it! I toss out in the direction that the fish spooked and boom.
Florida Sportsman Member: John Mckroid I caught this fish on the first live goggle eye bait in the water, drifting in 200 feet of water off Boynton Beach.
Florida Sportsman member: slobouf I stopped in the creek across from Pine Island to catch more bait. I got lucky and caught a nice ladyfish while netting some mullet at sunrise. We went south and found a few places that looked fishy. By 9AM, (2 hours of fishing) we had five 22 to 24 inch redfish and a nice 25 inch trout.
Florida Sportsman Member: larrywitt Bait was shrimp, squid, fish heads from my last trip and cans of chum. The bite was steady on the lanes and short reds and mangos the two keepers came on lane fish heads.
Florida Sportsman member: Ghostrider Motored out through a sloppy inlet and headed south to do some slow trolling. Setup in 150 feet off of Hollywood. Within the first 10 minutes, we were 1 for 2 on sails and had a cutoff from a king.
Florida Sportsman member: Binder We dropped the powerpole and “fired out” some baits. Within minutes we had a double hookup on a redfish and a snook. We re-baited and casted in the same spot, another red.
Florida Sportsman member: 85okhai By sunrise we were anchored up with baits all over the place, fishing was slower than anticipated. Sat there for a couple hours with one short strike to show for. About 8:00am we got the bite we were looking for, stripping nearly 500 yards of line we were able to stay tight and get the fish next to the boat.
Florida Sportsman member: Capt.AW Forum member Capt.AW has been on some nice tripletail in the intracoastal. “Been running the markers the past few weeks. Gulp shrimp, jerk baits, and live shrimp on a jig head have been the baits of choice.”
Florida Sportsman Member:releasegear By the time I got the wire rod down and blue runner on he was out of site so I tossed him straight off the back, 5/0 circle hook, 12 inches of 90 pound wire , 50 pound flouro leader and 50 pound braid on a Shimano Baitrunner. Thirty seconds later the wahoo explodes on the runner, shooting out of the water like a missile.
Florida Sportsman member: minnowsnmonsters The run out to our first stop was a 96 mile stretch that we made quick work of by taking turns at the wheel, and before we knew it we were in 130 feet of water at our destination. The current wasn’t bad at all so we started drifting this area of structure, dropping a combo of live baits and Boston mackerel.
Florida Sportsman member: Gary M A fishing trip with Capt.Carl Ball with AWOL Fishing Charters was won in a raffle, so Saturday was the day! Tom and his 15 year old son Thomas met Capt. Ball at the ramp at Crandon Marina.
Florida Sportsman member:Kapt. Hook There’s been a lot of african pompano around on the ledges. The cobia have been small lately but in good numbers. Snapper have moved out and left the bottom a cold ghost town. Not a lot of bait on the beaches or the buoy. Live pinfish and mullet are the best bet for live baits right now.
Florida Sportsman Member: WATERTIMEinshore I continued on seeing a lot of nice pushes along the banks most were mullet but finally saw one that looked a little bigger. Pitched him the Gulp and boom 32.5 inch red worked me good for a few minutes. Pretty much was the highlight of the morning and as usual got hot things slowed up so we called it a day.
Florida Sportsman Member: tailwaters Sunday we did a little better, landing 22 fish (give or take). Most measured in the mid 20’s with one going over slot. It was top water early, then spoons and plastic twitch baits as the tide rose. Around 10am we switched over to pinfish. Had to get off the water by noon both days due to the heat.
Florida Sportsman member: boneheadhunting Long story short it took almost 30 minutes to get that black out of that cave. Once we got it out I went back down to see it again and was amazed with how far back it went. After that we made some short work out of some muttons and decided to head in.
Florida Sportsman Member: HurricaneBK A couple scoops of live pilchards and they were around us and I was hooked up. Never had time to get the rod out of the rod holder as my bent butt 50 wide made short work of a nice 60 pound class yellowfin and our target species was in the boat.
Florida Sportsman member:Cast&Blast On Stef’s first drop, she was locked into something huge. Hunter and I were both doing our part to keep her from being pulled overboard. This fish took a couple great runs with the drag locked down pretty good.
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!
<b>Florida Sportsman member: Captain Easy </b> 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: 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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