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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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What's Biting Now

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West Central Offshore

Florida Sportsman Member: clarosa I made a quick statement, after the bite slowed down “if we get a nice tuna now, we can just go in and forget the last two snapper”. Not 5 mins later, the big freelined pinfish rod’s baitrunner went zinging! After a 30 minute battle, a big blackfin is circling the boat ready for the gaff!

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Surprise in the Bay

Florida Sportsman member: Royalflush after a few minutes of finesse battle with only 20 pound braid and 30 pound mono leader, the brown bomber shows himself. But he’s not ready to be landed, got him boat side about 8 times and each time he darted back down.

Features

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Mangrove Snapper Topside

An often fast-paced and highly visual pursuit, snaring mangroves within a rod length of the transom defines “cool,” but it’s also practically advantageous. Normally, when a guy tells me my fishing day will involve glass minnows and pompano jigs, I assume we’re talking flats and beaches.

How-To

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Fly Fishing Around Structure

When you hook a big fish on a grassflat, you just let it run. When you hook a big fish under a dock or around pilings you can’t do that, unless you want to lose your expensive fly line as well as the fish.

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.

Marketplace

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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.