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What's Biting Now
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: Tgrass We spent the first five hours in the backcountry but we did not see many Snook, we did however see a good number of Redfish and had a lot of good shots at them. We also saw a good number of Tarpon and jumped four but came up empty. They are impressive fish, I can see why people become addicted to them.
Florida Sportsman Member: SpaceCoast Slayer I slowly waded up to them trying not to make too much noise and then just behind them I see a couple red brooms pop up, really nice reds. At this point, I didn’t even care about those drum. I was able to get within 30 to 40 feet of the tails and laid one in right in the sweet spot on the first cast.
Florida Sportsman member: gdholbrook A quick afternoon trip paid off, brought home some dinner. We went three for five on muttons, caught a nice black and red as well.
Florida Sportsman member: NSB Photog There was plenty of fishing action mixed in with the scenic views, and I lost count of the number of redbellies I caught along the way. There were a few small bass mixed in as well to mix things up a bit, and I saw a number of large gar that would have really made things interesting on the ultralight tackle.
Florida Sportsman Member: Fowlplay87 Headed west and arrived at the first spot and in short order we release a small snook, followed by a keeper trout then a slot size red joins the box followed by a mangrove the hit my spook. Switched over from the topwater to a jig and added 2 more trout to the box and another snapper and around that time it was getting hot and tide was dead low.
Florida Sportsman Member: Billy They were around, even saw one with it’s fins out of the water, but they were reluctant to feed. We kept trying and eventually put eight keepers in the boat all around the 22 inch size.
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: Billme Packed up the FN PAIR-A-DICE and headed for the rigs again last weekend. The tuna bite was not what we had hoped for, but we managed a few and turned the trip into a mixed bag bonanza with dolphin and wahoo.
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: Strippedmyclutch! Snapper season extended two days meant we were itching to get back out. Friday had some decent rain storms and we were hoping for better weather on Saturday 6/11. After watching the radar we said go, go, go at 3 am, glad we didn’t call it.
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:harbison For the first time in years both American red snapper and gag grouper season will open June first. The Florida Fisherman ll, Hubbard’s Marina, will be leaving on a 39 hour Middle Grounds and vicinity trip Tuesday, May 31, in search of American reds, gags, and a lot more.
Florida Sportsman member: jameslentz I got about a dozen finger mullet and paddled north out of beach marine. Fished the finger mullet on cork and Carolina rig for the last two hours of the incoming with no luck. As the tide started flowing out I switched to a 1/4 ounce jighead and penny gulp shrimp. Started dragging it in creek mouths and banks and ended up with three keepers.
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: Pensacola Found a bucket floating with some nice mahi on it, pulled a 30 pound bull off it along with a few of his girlfriends. Next day found the birds and found the yellowfin! They were firing off launching out of the water, pretty epic.
Florida Sportsman member: LouD Our first stop was at 40 miles at 120 feet and later stops were at 140 and 150 feet (50 miles). Continuous action all day. Captain Roger put us on fish at every stop with emphasis on targeting grouper and Mangos using live bait and 8 to 10 foot leaders.
Florida Sportsman member: GatorInPISound At this point we were hoping the incoming tide would really trigger a bite but the only thing we conjured up was a small shark. We continued on for a bit and picked up a couple more reds including a tiny reddish looking shark and a 22 inch snook.
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: ReelObsession Forum member ReelObsession and friends recently took a trip down to Key West to indulge in some great spearfishing. As you can see from the pictures, it was a good time had by all.
Florida Sportsman member: Gary M Yuri would toss out some herring pieces to get the fish next to the boat. He was looking to see if any blackfins were in the schools of bonito and he had warned us, “You may have to catch 10 bonito in order to finally hook a blackfin so break off any bonito as soon as you can, re-tie and get a bait back in the water.”
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.…»
Where to spear and how to fillet the lionfish, tips from your friends.