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What's Biting Now
Florida Sportsman member: Splitshot Syndicate Decided to use artificials on the Northeast side of the lake to get out of the wind and maybe bend a rod. The bait was popping and there were fish around, but only managed one three pound bass on a New Penny Gulp Shrimp on a 1/8 oz jig in one foot of water.
Florida Sportsman member: snookcook Been catching snook and trout on fly at night. Also, the snook bite in the day has been great. Plenty of snook around eating live mullet, shrimp, and artificials.
Florida Sportsman member: dzank We ran north of Memory Rock and had a great day with various snappers and grouper, as well as the ever present ‘cuda. We actually had one barracuda rocket into the boat chasing a yellowtail, which was a bit scary, to say the least.
Florida Sportsman member: Cast&Blast I picked up another sheepshead when I look over to the back and one of the droppers is screaming. Johnny Moon was right next to it and quickly grabbed it and started what would be a lengthy battle. After a couple epic runs, we finally see color… a lot of color.
Florida Sportsman member: dzank We ran north and we got into a nice bunch of mangos and muttons. We dove up some conch on the way back to Bootle Bay.
Florida Sportsman member: sandwashslugger At times, I could count ten sharks within sight. I was literally sight casting to these guys. It’s a royal pain re-tying these rigs on the beach, but as quickly as I could get another rig ready, I would be hooked up within minutes.
Florida Sportsman Member: releasegear We decided to stay at 45 feet and caught lots of grunts, gags, one goliath and six hogs.
Florida Sportsman Member: Joe Snook I was poling around a bay and saw a big fish swimming in circles and zigzags in a small area. Luckily, the fish stayed on course and intersected perfectly with the DOA Cal Paddle Tail and two twitches was all it took to get the bite set the hook and hand the rod back to Jake.
Florida Sportsman Member: AZ2FL All fish were caught with either Zoom Super Flukes, Z-man Paddlerz, Strike King Spinnerbait, Slayer Inc. Paddle Tails and Rapala Skitter Walk & X-Rap Twitchin Minnow.
Florida Sportsman member: 60/40 Went out of Jacksonville on Friday. We put our lines in at 140 feet and high sped past the ledge. We switched to ballyhoo and caught one dolphin on a cedar plug. We went bottom fishing for the rest of the day.
Florida Sportsman Member: SpaceCoast Slayer I paddled up to my next area and was greeted by literally hundreds of tails breaking a mirrored, slick, calm surface. Massive school of drum just hoover vacuuming the bottom. Gulp shrimps casted into the school didn’t last long on the bottom before they were inhaled.
Florida Sportsman member: cameron sleep The drag was set light and I had thirty feet of mono, to lessen the sudden impact of a good bite, but as this speedster ran. I increased the drag, trying to slow him down. The fish would not stop!
Florida Sportsman member: Jirvin70 The cold fronts definitely slowed down the big snook from moving out of the bay and the water has become very turbid. Plenty of fish out there, just need to adjust tactics.
Florida Sportsman member: e-money Finally we see color and my jaw drops. It is a 73″ 74 pound wahoo hooked on just 40 pound mono and a 5/0 circle!
Florida Sportsman member: miami mutton The reef bite is growing better each day as summer is approaching. The bait on the reef is abundant, drawing into shallow water the pelagics, including mahi and tuna. As soon as the chum goes in the water, we are having ballyhoo and speedo come up, followed by a big yellow ball of yellowtails.
Florida Sportsman Member: HookemBookem We fished past the light house in St.Marks, in very shallow water near creek mouths and got in some reds. We had noticed bait fish running and figured the reds were near by. We chased them down with the trolling motor and just followed them while throwing jig heads with gulp.
Florida Sportsman member: Wavewalker We left early and picked up two mahi right away in about 130′. Later we got a few bonitos and a shark on the troll, that was a first for me.
Florida Sportsman Member: palmbeachpete My friend Danny and I fished a warm water discharge area from a nuclear power plant that holds big fish and even bigger sharks. You never know what you will catch when you put your line in.
Florida Sportsman Member: Capt Dan Medina We headed out to 90 feet of water and were rewarded with lots of aj’s circling the boat. We dropped down the vertical jig and it was game on.
Florida Sportsman: capt.nate The bite started slow, but after the first fish ate, it was on like Donkey Kong! That first fish happened to be a 38″ beast of a snook! They caught fish, after fish, after fish for four solid hours.
Florida Sportsman Member: PanhandlePoon We caught two upper slot keepers at the Mid-Bay Bridge this morning and a hand full of rats in the bayous nearby. We also released a pair of over slots and a black drum.
Florida Sportsman Member: kmagnuss In three nights of fishing we jumped 37 tarpon, 14 were landed. Out of the 37, all but two were over 50 pounds. I would estimate that at least 25 of them were over 80 pounds.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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