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West Central Florida Weekend Fishing 4Cast

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Florida Sportsman Fishing 4caster Capt. Ray Markham
Covering Aripeka to Longboat Key, including Hudson, Anclote Key, Tarpon Springs, Dunedin, Clearwater, Tampa, St. Petersburg, Anna Maria Island and Bradenton

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Wreck Fishing Snapper

Wreck Fishing Snapper

Florida Sportsman Member: clarosa While anchored on a wreck in 100′ of water, we chummed heavily and caught a lot of big yellowtails with a lot of them in the 20-23″ range. Also caught a huge mango in the 9lb range that was 27″.

Mixed Bag

Well Earned Mixed Bag

Florida Sportsman: Bassin Assassin I worked mangroves lining the pond and came to a crab pot out in the middle. I casted past it. Just past the pot, my lure got blasted so hard the rod almost came out of my hand.

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Small Lake Bass

Within minutes we boated a fat 3-pound bass, and that was the start of a steady parade of fish. By the time an early afternoon thunderstorm ended our day, we had tallied over 20 bass. The best was pushing 7 pounds.

How-To

Simple loop knot with light cable tightens unevenly but holds well.

Prevent Breakoffs with Wire Tippet

You can get away with heavy monofilament or fluorocarbon for smaller toothy fish, such as Spanish macks and little blues (not ‘cudas!) but if the macks are “max” or you’re on some kingfish, wire is a must. When a sizeable toothy fish clenches its teeth, your fly is gone. Now I make it habit to carry both singlestrand and braided wire leader, and there are new products that make it easier to rig up for flies.

Tackle Shops

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Dogfish Tackle Company

Dogfish Tackle Company was established in 1985 by owner Bob Martin when he started selling tackle at the Wagon Wheel Flea Market.

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West Central: Tackle Stores

Consider these tackle shops in the West Central region the next time you plan a fishing trip.

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Center Consoles

Florida Sportsman features the top center consoles for fishing the Sunshine State’s coastal and offshore waters.

Guides & Charters

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West Central: Guides

Consider these top captains in the West Central region the next time you plan a fishing trip.