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Florida Sportsman Member: Captain Yak Switched up jigs to get away from the bonito. On my second drop and I feel a light hit. I set the hook and the fish is not really fighting. I get him to the surface and realize I have a jumbo blackfin tuna.
Florida Sportsman member: Bassin Assassin Set the hook on a good fish that went ballistic. She went out and then back for the dock. Kept her away and she made a great jump. Circled the boat and Jeff got her in the net. She measured 28.5 inches.
Florida Sportsman Member: big bend gyrene Growing worried we might not get any more bites, I decided to chum some dead baits and it sure seemed to work as within minutes we had on the bite we wanted! A big keeper cobia that gave Ontiltttttt exactly the fight he wanted[...]
Florida Sportsman member: swordslayer71 I’ve been thoroughly enjoying this break in the weather pattern we’ve had since the end of May and taking advantage by staying primarily offshore.
Florida Sportsman member: Joupdog1 We woke up early Sunday and drove south to fish some peacock bass. Pulled up to a spot on a canal that we had done good on before and were able to sight fish right away. Most of the fish were in pairs, but we got 6 nice peacocks, 3 on fly from the first spot alone.
Florida Sportsman Member: Jayzilla We dropped the hook and it was perfect, 7 feet directly in front of the spot. The next two hours we proceed to fill a 150 quart cooler with big mangos. It would have been more snappers but we kept getting the occasional by catch or break off from big jacks or gags
Florida Sportsman Member: blefils Ended up fishing more spots as we headed north to Tiger Shoals. We fished out in the open, close to the shoal that zigs and zags in the middle of that portion of the lagoon. That provided the cleanest water of the day which was not very clear. I saw a slow cruising 26 inch red. I tossed a chunk of mullet out in front of it. It swirled, went down, and inhaled.
Florida Sportsman member: Team Mayhem At first I’m thinking it’s a sail given it’s size and how it’s jumping but it extended it’s fin at one point and you could clearly see it was a marlin. Then the 2nd fish comes up and starts jumping around. Sure enough, It’s a another marlin!
Florida Sportsman member : Sea Hunt With 15 more miles to the inlet, we spotted a couple flying fish in some widely scattered weeds at about 85 feet deep. We put out the baits again and wound up getting this red snapper on the ballyhoo/sea witch rig ! As we got the snapper coming up near the surface, we saw over a dozen school mates following him up !
Florida Sportsman member: BullsharkI said “lets try for those”, thinking they were Tarpon. The first cast with my Tarpon set-up and the rod bent like it never has before then the biggest snook I’ve ever seen breaks out of the water. This is by far the biggest snook I’ve ever caught…
Florida Sportsman member: Bigchocolatelab We drifted passed the spot and reset, this time we threw two flat lines out with big live pogies and started to bottom bump again. The drift produced again only this time big amberjacks and red snappers showed themselves.
Florida Sportsman member: evergladeskid243 Next cast I hook into a nice red who gave me a nice ride before I landed him. Beautiful colors on him, he was all lit up and bright orange, a perfect specimen for the GoPro!
Florida Sportsman Member: mitziboy It was a super low tide so I didn’t expect to get much more than that hit since whatever fish were in the hole would be trapped, but that was not the case. We ended up with close to a dozen snook, most around 25-30 inches and a half dozen reds around 17-20 inches.
Florida Sportsman member: Angler Systems We moved around and fished in 156 feet to 162 feet marking a mess but catching only a few. We fished the next two hours only putting two more fish on the box. Then like it often does all craziness broke loose and we achieved our goal for a Red Snapper limit.
Florida Sportsman Member: DogDoc We had several hits and drag pulls before the first hookup, but that ended up being a nice 75-pound tarpon. A few minutes later another hit but no hookup, then a bait down deep was taken. The fish ran long but stayed deep, and when we caught up with it we were pleasantly surprised that it was a 40-pound permit.
Florida Sportsman member: Ruff One She looks at me and says ” seas are down, wind is down, cobia are biting, get off your a–, get your stuff together and lets get out here!” She doesn’t have to twist my arm much for me to respond. In thirty minutes we were at the ramp and rolling. No messing around on this trip..
Florida Sportsman member: Boattronics he tide was wrong, but I figured it would be a good spot to let them warm up their casting skills. Lo and behold, a red decided to cooperate and bit Aidens bait and the fight was on! It was a solid fish, about 25 inches!
Florida Sportsman member: SUPER D I found some fish rolling, and was able to get one to eat. At the end of April I jumped one 60 to 80 pounds, but this one was probably 50+ pounds, 4 to 5 feet long, thick, and my best one to date.
Florida Sportsman member: ColeJennette Three members hit the flats last night in search of some picture worthy snook. The evening overall started off slow, very slow. Three of us were throwing soft plastics in dark colors, black and gold – as this is our confidence bait in this area. A few flounder here and there, some short trout, and Matt finally hooks up on a drag screamer.
Florida Sportsman member: Split Shot Conditions were a bit tough with the winds and currents but we managed just fine even if we didn’t catch a fish it was a time etched into memories!
Florida Sportsman member: Bullshark I said lets try for those thinking they were Tarpon. The first cast with my Tarpon set-up and the rod bent like it never has before then the biggest snook I’ve ever seen breaks out of the water. This is by far the biggest snook I’ve ever caught…
Florida Sportsman Member: blewitupsir Loaded up with ice, tackle and gas to get us thru Sunday night. Got our camp set up, boats unloaded and then it was off to start the fishing marathon.
Florida Sportsman member: Bagger Intended to look for some Spanish and jump in the water if it was clear. Got a late start and cleared inlet around 14:30. Did not see any bait while driving south (3 to 4 miles). Water was clear so we jumped [...]
Florida Sportsman Member: blewitupsir Lots of nice sheephead were coming in.The average fish being about 16 inches or so. A ton of big bluefish, a few went in the box for the smoker. We caught Jacks, bluerunners, pigfish, and had a real nice fight with one of the big goliaths[...]
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.…»
The first lobster mini-season photo to our offices.
Where to spear and how to fillet the lionfish, tips from your friends.