March 27, 2013
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Cobia can't hide, not when you know what makes them tick. April is prime time for cobia sight-fishing, as warming water and rising plankton levels trigger all sorts of migratory patterns. But always remember the chief habit of cobia, the one behavior that makes them vulnerable at any time of year, is that they … Well, you'll have to read to find out! Also in this issue are valuable tips for bottom fishing during complicated season closures, with advice for catching great-eating snappers. Plus we have a rundown on tarpon migrations, new advances in offshore fishing, and regional reports on best bites around the state.
April is the start of big-trout season in many parts of Florida. Expert angler Mike Holliday delivers solid advice for catching solid trout, in this month's Seminar Inshore. For round-the-state tarpon bites, Editor Jeff Weakley explores the hotspots and the hidden gems, in “Tarpon on the Move.” And many of those great-eating snappers discussed in “Snaps of a Different Stripe” are found within casting distance of jetties and inshore access points. Find out about lanes, cuberas and other inshore snappers.
Bluewater spearfishing is a thrilling, growing sport among Florida sportsmen. Whether you're pulling the trigger or fishing topside with rod-and-reel, you can learn a lot from the guys beneath the waves. Find out some new perspectives on vertical flash teasers for wahoo and other fish, in the Seminar Offshore. Marlin fishing gets started this month, as dolphin and bonito schools migrate north into the Gulf of Mexico and upper Florida Atlantic coast. Check out a great technique discussion from Corky Decker about the “Destin Billfish Slam.” Find out trolling patterns and lure styles to catch blues, whites and sailfish.
Deer seasons are a distant memory, and turkey is winding down around the state. What's a hunter to do? Find a buddy with access to private land, and bag a hog before the hot summer weather sets in! Check out the Seminar Hunting column by FWC staffer and hardcore hunter Tony Young. Plus, a reminder about the start of quota and special-op hunt application dates with the commission.
Reports of fewer bonefish in the Florida Keys may not reflect long-term problems or overfishing, but instead the results of cold winters in recent years. Doug Kelly talks to veteran guides to zero in on the real story. Also this month, we give NOAA Fisheries an opportunity to explain the sudden season closures that have affected sea bass and snapper fishermen offshore. Learn about ACLs and data collection methods. You might not agree with what NOAA has to say, but you do need to listen to understand the issues.
This month we have news from the professional crappie circuit, including a report from tournament action in the Sanford area of the St. Johns River. Spider-rigging? Longlining? Jigging the pads? Find out what works during spring cold snaps. Plus, veteran crappie anglers weigh in on their favorite methods for cooking these delicious freshwater panfish. In the Action Spotter, our East Central, Northwest and Northeast field reporters offer gameplans for intercepting late-spawn largemouths and other freshwater favorites.
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