Sebastian Flats Surprise

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>Recent fishing reports from “No Motor Zone” anglers from all regions around the state.


Sebastian Flats Surprise

Florida Sportsman member: RWood Outdoors

I hit the flats near Sebastian Inlet over the weekend, and was pleased to hook up with an acrobatic juvenile tarpon in a spot I usually get snook and reds. I also caught a nice bonnethead shark.

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Hillsboro Variety

Florida Sportsman member: John McKroid

After getting over the shock and disappointment of losing the outfit with a nice fish on the other end, I tied a stinger rig on my sabiki rod and put another bait out. Twenty minutes later, boom! another kingfish and this time the outcome was favorable.

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Mosquito Lagoon Reds

Florida Sportsman member: FL_Native61

Last Saturday was a nice calm day when I fished Mosquito Lagoon. The brown algae isn’t getting any better with visibility around 6″, and water levels the lowest I’ve ever seen. It turned out to be a great day though with 5 redfish landed and I was back at the ramp by 11:00 AM.

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Predators of the Flats

Florida Sportsman member: RWood Outdoors

I had some fun action on the inshore flats near Sebastian Inlet. Storms were threatening, but was able to get a few fish before the heavens opened up.

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Wahoo from the Yak

Florida Sportsman member: Produkt

Went out of Boynton and drifted all the way to Palm Beach with nothing to show except a big yellow jack on the jig early in the day. Was about to call it a day and land at the Breakers when I did a little bit of jigging in 60 feet for snapper and seeing if I can get a king on the reef before calling it quits. My live bait gets hit and you can see the rest.

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Boynton Beach Sail

Florida Sportsman member: John McKroid

Hooked a sailfish in 200 feet along a weedline, The sailfish sleigh ride ended in 470 feet of water where the current was ripping 3 knots. There were some birds diving nearby, a few small Blackfin jumping and fish on the meter 120 feet down.

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Beachside Tarpon

Florida Sportsman member: RWood Outdoors

Lightning strikes twice for me this 2016 ocean kayaking season. Got my second giant tarpon of the year over the weekend fishing just north of Sebastian Inlet. Trolling Live atlantic bumpers (horn bellies) for bait.

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New Personal Best

Florida Sportsman member: Charlotte

Forum member Charlotte sight fished her new personal best trout from her kayak, while fishing in Mosquito Lagoon. This fish weighed eight pounds on the fish grip. Nice!

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Kayak Trout Fishing

Florida Sportsman member: Hobie Angler

In the past couple of weeks, despite the poor water conditions at the lagoon, I have found that the overall population of seatrout is very healthy. I could be wrong, but as far as I can see the fish look very strong. This has been my experience so far this summer.

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Tarpon Sleigh Ride

Florida Sportsman member: QuiksilverIHB

Forum member QuiksilverIHB got himself a nice tarpon off the beach via paddleboard. We’re sure that was one fun ride. Nice fish!

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Personal Best

Florida Sportsman member: SpaceCoast Slayer

I slowly waded up to them trying not to make too much noise and then just behind them I see a couple red brooms pop up, really nice reds. At this point, I didn’t even care about those drum. I was able to get within 30 to 40 feet of the tails and laid one in right in the sweet spot on the first cast.

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Hollywood Offshore

Florida Sportsman member: Dude-On-A-Kayak

Went out yesterday afternoon, the king bite was on in 100 feet of water off the Diplomat. I was starting to think my fish finder sucked, but I started marking fish and dropped the jig right on them. This was the first time I have actually been able to see several kings chase my jig back to the boat.

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Lagoon Tails

Florida Sportsman member: SpaceCoast Slayer

When they’re tailing, they are so wrapped up in what they are rooting on that most fish you literally have to touch with the lure to get them to notice it. A good handful of the reds I have been catching recently were cane poled right at the side of the kayak close enough to where I can touch them with the rod tip.

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Plan B

Florida Sportsman member: Dude-On-A-Kayak

Without gogs or runners wahoo fishing was questionable. After trying live pichards + jigging from about 90-200′ I gave up and went bottom fishing. I headed to a bottom spot off Dania. I hauled in a nice gag on the second drop of my mullet colored 230 gram “rudo” Jimy jig

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Monster from the Kayak

Florida Sportsman member: Produkt

He has never been fishing in the Atlantic Ocean before and had never even been in a kayak before. We were in 110 feet off Boynton Beach when I set up his live bait rig with a live goggle eye and dropped it in the water. I am holding the rod explaining how a conventional reel works for only a few seconds when the drag starts to pull, then it starts to scream.

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Ozello Kayaking

Florida Sportsman member: TightLinesGuy

Made the drive up to Ozello to do some kayak fishing with my Uncle for a few hours. Gorgeous backcountry fishing up there, I don’t do it nearly enough.

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Catching off of Hillsboro

Florida Sportsman member: John McKroid

I scratched up 6 runners and began fishing around 7:45am. First bait was not out more than 15 minutes before it was hit, boom! It acted like a big King Mackerel from the very first signature long screeching run.

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Matlacha Snookin’

Florida Sportsman member: ReelFinsFlorida

After an hour or so of no action I ran into a nice shoreline with lots of action and hooked up to the biggest snook I’ve caught off a kayak. What an incredible fight off the kayak with light tackle!

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Hallandale Phin

Florida Sportsman member: Dude-On-A-Kayak

At around 7:30AM I hooked up with a nice bull dolphin or “mahi”. It ate the first ballyhoo I tossed out in 105′ of water. I think that is the shallowest I have ever caught a dolphin. During the battle I buried a treble hook in my leg (like all the way in) and lost my sabiki rod. It was another expensive trip, but it was fun.

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All Day AJ’s

Florida Sportsman member: John McKroid

At one point, I casted out and within 20 seconds of my jig hitting the water, I was bent over on a fish. The fish was peeling line off the reel towards the wreck, so I put some heavy pressure on him and he pulled off. I began reeling in, and another fish smashed the jig, and again pulled off under heavy pressure. When I reeled up the jig, it was bent up with a straightened out hook.

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Heavy Wind, Epic Bite

Florida Sportsman member: Rkotinsky

She surfaces and I see a massive head and huge dorsal fins as she circles my kayak. I loosen the drag so as not to lose the fish to a warn leader. She runs again and jumps fully out of the water, which is not very common for a snook this size.

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Catching Across the Stream

Florida Sportsman member: Cannible

Forum member Cannible shared some photos from his trip to the Bahamas, while fishing the Battle in the Bahamas kayak tournament.

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Boynton Phin

Florida Sportsman member: Produkt

As I was paddling back closer to the beach I picked up this mahi in about 150 feet. I headed back to the beach just as Brian’s client hooked up to a sailfish. Solid day.

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Trying Something New

Florida Sportsman member: anglerbros 7286

When I bought my kayak the original plan was to explore new areas and access waters I normally wouldn’t be able to reach. Instead I keep going back to what I’m familiar with and it seems I may never leave. I decided to launch over by Pete’s Pier since it’s so close to everything. I tried something new this time and brought a cast net along with me and caught some really nice 2 to 4 inch white baitfish.

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A Fresh Change

Florida Sportsman member: SpaceCoast Slayer

My first few trips were pretty productive but the fish really left a lot to be desired in the size department. Went out this afternoon and finally put a couple halfway decent ones on deck plus way too many dinks to count.

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Catching off of Boynton

Florida Sportsman member: Pottymouth

We decided to head in shallower, nada. Boat chatter on the radio was the same, nada! Was just about to head out deep when the clients rod got tight, king on. The greedy king ate a runner and a jimyjig so he wasn’t going anywhere.

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Dinner and a Show

Florida Sportsman member: John McKroid

Since the current was dead, and a fellow kayaker reported some action, I decided to head out to 500 feet to try for tilefish. I had a fair number of bites on nearly every drop, but only managed to catch four.

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Boynton Bite

Florida Sportsman member: John McKroid

Landed one nice almaco in 460 feet, hooked right on the bottom. Continued to drift north while dragging a flat line bait and vertical jigging inwards from 480 to 180 feet. Metered some fish on the wreck just north of the inlet, but luck was not with me, I missed a fish on bait and got bit off on the jig the first pass.

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Mosquito Madness

Florida Sportsman member: SpaceCoast Slayer

Around 11, the wind dropped out and the sun came out nice and bright. This was the catalyst as the fish began popping up everywhere. We were on at least 10 separate pods of reds at one time with monster trout mixed in.

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Changing Tactics, Catching Fish

Florida Sportsman member: Anna

The tide was high when we got into the creek, so we tried our luck working some mud-flats and grass lines with various presentations, but only taker was a rat red. After a couple of hours I could tell that my friend was getting a little frustrated, so it was time to switch gears.

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First Time Fishing the Lagoon

Florida Sportsman member: kingkong954

Nia and I decided to take advantage of the long weekend and kayak the ‘pole and troll’ zones of the Mosquito Lagoon. It was was our first time there, which means I had zero expectations of catching any fish

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First Time Fishing the Lagoon

Florida Sportsman member: kingkong954

Nia and I decided to take advantage of the long weekend and kayak the ‘pole and troll’ zones of the Mosquito Lagoon. It was was our first time there, which means I had zero expectations of catching any fish

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Lauderdale Action

Florida Sportsman member: John McKroid

First good strike in 500 feet of water broke off the braid line, must have been a bad spot in the line. I re-tied and landed a nice blackfin tuna on my very next drop.

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Paddling Sebastian

Florida Sportsman member: palmbeachpete

Forum member palmbeachpete posted an awesome video of some nice trout and redfish he caught via paddleboard. Pete says “January is a great time to paddle the mangroves and hunt redfish. The water is clearing up around Sebastian and the fishing is good.”

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Wintertime Kayak Fishing

Florida Sportsman member: harrisa2006

I battled her close quarters and managed to prevail. Feeling good, my casting accuracy got better and made some stellar casts between boats and pilings. I managed to pull out more snook 26 inch, 24 and a 22 incher. I also got a surprise redfish to boot.

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Pompano Beach Jigging

Florida Sportsman member: John Mckroid

The current was light and variable making it easy to stay on top of the marks. A Lot of the marks were small little tunny(bonito) and large blue runners, but occasionally an almaco jack, blackfin tuna or something else would hit the jig.

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Dania Beach Mahi and Tuna

Florida Sportsman member: kayakfrank

The bite picked up for me between 3:30pm and 5:00 pm. I managed to pick up an almaco, bonito, another tuna and a nice mahi. The mahi hit a live goggle eye in 250 feet of water. I put the smallest circle hook I had available and downsized the leader size for visibility, it worked out this time.

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Catching with Junior

Florida Sportsman member: SpaceCoast Slayer

We lost a monster drum as well, 40-50 pounder. I had the net in my hand but he made a big surge as he broke the surface and pulled the hook..at least we got to see him! Had a great time out there just relaxing and watching the manatees and dolphins..even heard the drum drumming down there as we were fishing.

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Offshore Action

Florida Sportsman member: meckert

We were actually able to get offshore one day last week and fishing was great. Between Eric and I we got 3 kings (one being 30lbs) a sail and a nice mahi. All fish hit small blue runners in roughly 150 to 200 feet of water.

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First Red

Florida Sportsman member: SpaceCoast Slayer

The kids are out of school on christmas break so I figured I would get my boy out on the water in the yaks. He’s still a little too young to be interested in hardcore plastic slinging type fishing so I just brought him out to where I knew there were a couple reds and we laid out a couple chunks and relaxed while taking in the scenery.

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Topwater Snookin’

Florida Sportsman member: kwanza98

Forum member kwanza98 put together a cool short video of a big snook destroying a topwater. Nice work!

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Hot Action before the Cold

Florida Sportsman member: Spacecoast Slayer

After half an hour of paddling I see a nice group of backs breaking the surface. Threw a chartreuse Mr. Wiffelure past them and whizzed it by and it got thumped. Assumed it was going to be a red but to my surprise it was a drum.

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From Dawn till Dusk

Florida Sportsman member: John McKroid

In 185 feet of water while approaching an area of feeding birds, the runner rod bent over. A mahi was jumping on the end of the line, and before I could get him landed the other reel started screaming.

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Great Day of Fishing

Florida Sportsman member: harrisa2006

Not 20 minutes later I am working a nice choke point and I get crushed again! This time this fish knew instantly something wasn’t right, and ran straight towards the mangroves went way back in there.

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West Palm Offshore

Florida Sportsman member: Pottymouth

We got a late start so we purchased bait instead of catching some. Made it out to the grounds tossed out a livie and began jigging. Soon after I hear flip yell out “mahi heading to your gog.”

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Dolphin on the Jig

Florida Sportsman member: meckert

Mine hit a Victory Lures Pink Dart Jig and Adam tossed his gog bug and another Mahi that was swimming by.

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Dania Wahoo

Florida Sportsman member: kayakfrank

I was trolling a Yozuri Crystal Minnow and a blue runner. Just as soon as I reached 60 ft, the Yozuri got smacked. The fish made some hard runs before tiring down a bit, just enough to let me glimpse at the biggest kingfish I had seen next to my kayak.

Read more: http://forums.floridasportsman.com/showthread.php?206791-Wahoo-Caught-At-Dania-Beach-11-2-2015#ixzz3qdB1IjY5

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Starting November Right

Florida Sportsman member: jcanracer

We were thinking of calling it a day by 11am, but out of nowhere my last, near-dead, goggle eye got smacked and I was onto mahi number two. As with before, the fish did not want to come into the kayak. This time the mahi, after being landed, made a heroic leap back into the water!

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Pompano Mixed Bag

Florida Sportsman member: John McKroid

After filling up with runners, I started fishing at 7:30am and there was no current, rain, but thankfully a little wind and frequent schools of baby bonitas breaking the water feeding. Fish bit good on runners for about two and a half hours.

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Jiggin’ em Offshore

Florida Sportsman member: Whelan

Launched with Paul from Boyton this morning. Caught all of my fish on a JimyJig Japo in the color punk pink.

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Boynton Drift

Florida Sportsman member: Produkt

I hit the water at six to mullet all over the surf with runners, ladyfish and bluefish chasing them. Mullet were jumping into my kayak and I was even able to scoop some out of the water by hand. Got out and put a live runner on a rip in 130 feet and quickly got hit by a king.

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Banana River Action

Florida Sportsman member: AceDawg

Black drum were also scattered in small schools in about two feet of water, just barely breaking the surface with their tails. The total for the day ended with 17 reds, 2 trout, 1 tarpon, and 2 black drum.

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Pompano Offshore

Florida Sportsman member: jcanracer

We decide to pitch some lures that way to play with them for a while but they just wouldn’t hit anything bigger than the white fry they were apparently chasing. As we were giving up on this area I see a mahi jump behind and to my left, then I see it jump again, and I look at my rod as it then bends over and starts to go off!

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Bulls from the Kayak

Florida Sportsman member: SpaceCoast Slayer

We poled around in the murk for three hours without seeing a single fish. I finally ran into one, almost literally but with the extreme murkiness it didn’t see me. I flipped my Pearl White MrWiffelure three feet beyond the fish and proceeded to rip it back to me and he crushed five feet from the boat.

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Boynton Tunas

Florida Sportsman member: Produkt

A few guys got some kings early in the morning but the live bait drift was mostly slow despite bait balls everywhere. I went out a little deeper to 315-325 feet and found some tuna. Caught a few and headed in to make it to work by noon.

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Doubled up

Florida Sportsman member: meckert

Forum member meckert put together a video of some nice sails caught via kayak. Nice work!

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Personal Best

Florida Sportsman member: TideUp

The water came on up and my go to spot was looking right so moved over there and bam caught a nice spotted red really quick. While dehooking him, I heard a monster slam around the bend so I grabbed the spook jr. And waded around the corner for a cast.

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Pompano Mixed Bag

Florida Sportsman member: John McKroid

Small Almacos bit well on the vertical jigs, one drop caught two jacks on one jig. Total catch for the day included 10 Almacos, two cudas, a bonita and a yellowtail snapper taken in 200 feet of water on the vertical jig.

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Boynton Bull

Florida Sportsman member: meckert

Forum member meckert shared a recent video he put together. He caught two nice dolphin off of Boynton and Lake Worth, on a speed jig and a blue runner. Nice work!

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Tampa Bay Tailers

Florida Sportsman member: rkotinsky

I looked at the tide tables and found some good low tides occurring after working hours. Launched two hours before low tide and worked my way out to the flats. Saw dozens of mullet schools along the way none of which contained any red fish.

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Flamingo Reds

Florida Sportsman member: Produkt

Today went much better. Finally got my first Florida redfish and my first redfish from the kayak. I caught two redfish, one mangrove snapper and two jack crevelle, my buddy caught one juvenile tarpon, six redfish, and a handful of mangrove snapper.

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Paddling the Banana River

Florida Sportsman member: AceDawg

The bite is solid from 6am till about 830. It slows down but is still possible to catch fish. One of the last reds I caught was right along the shoreline as I was heading back in around 1130. I saw a splash out of the corner of my eye and it looked like he was doing backflips in the water.

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Flood Tide Via Paddleboard

Florida Sportsman member: Jettyrat3200

Forum member Jettyrat3200 recently got on some nice reds from the paddleboard. Fishing the flood tides, flies were the ticket to getting the bite.

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Mill Cove Kayaking

Florida Sportsman member: jacqueo

I must have hit the red on the head as I threw it because within seconds my line was screaming. 20 inch red into the cooler! Yes!

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Big Girl from the Groves

Florida Sportsman member: harrisa2006

I positioned my yak to make a few good cast and my second cast in, I get thumped by a solid snook. I only had 20 pound leader but this fish wanted to play hide and seek in the mangroves so I had to get down and dirty with her and pull her out from under the mangroves twice! I landed her after a couple minutes and she hit the tape at 34 inches, but really really fat!

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Banana River Mixed Bag

Florida Sportsman member: AceDawg

After messing with them for a bit started heading back south scouting the shoreline and started spotting fins cruising the shore. Reds were scattered throughout along the shore and buried in grass. Caught 7 on my way back down before getting stuck in a storm. Hunkered down in the mangroves and sat it out for an hour.

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Vilano from the Kayak

Florida Sportsman member: kayakling

For about an hour large schools of spanish mackerel were about destroying bait. After tearing through some of those and some bluefish I slowly started to drift back to the bridge. Hit up my favorite spots on the way and only managed smaller jacks.

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A Drift with Friends

Florida Sportsman member: kayakfrank

We planned a drift a few days back, and some nice fish were caught. Steve killed it out there with a sailfish, tuna and a kingfish.

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Good Day in the Bay

Florida Sportsman member: rkotinsky

After a few casts my lure gets inhaled and I have a nice fish on. She goes airborne and a nice battle ensues with a good size snook. She heads for the mangroves and I stop her, she jumps again and again then goes under my kayak. I slowly work her and she tires and I measure her out to 34 inches.

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Pompano Blackfins

Florida Sportsman member: John McKoid

Weather was flat calm, but unfortunately the weeds were still a problem, causing fouled baits. Current was not too strong, but found a distinct current break in about 120 feet of water, fished it for awhile with no luck. Saw a few small blackfins jumping and jigged up one in about 175 feet of water.

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Tarpon at the Bridge

Florida Sportsman member: harrisa2006

I was able to fish the last of the outgoing, and the beginning of the incoming and the bite was on today! Was able to stick 4 fish, 2 of which absolutely school me around pilings, and 2 that I was able to put the boots to in tight quarters and get them to the boat!

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Fort Pierce Kayaking

Florida Sportsman member: inshore dave

I was casting a DOA Cal under the mangrove overhangs when I had a big explosion as soon as it hit the water. Well, after a 20 minute fight I landed by biggest snook to date.

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Sunset Reds

Florida Sportsman member: rkotinsky

Put on my favorite sardine lure for a few more last casts into some mangrove edges in the hopes of saving the day with at least one keeper sized fish. My fish was granted when I cast into one of the few weedless edges on the backside of a mangrove island. Finally a good hard hit and the sound of drag with the end result being a nice 24 inch fatty red fish.

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Sebastian Offshore Via Kayak

Florida Sportsman member: fyshfynder

Next trip was solo about a mile South of the inlet. Wasn’t much going on. Saw some birds way out, so I started paddling. Fish were busting under the birds. Tossed a live mojarra into the frenzy and got a big bonito that snapped my rod at the boat.

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First Sailfish

Florida Sportsman member: Tuffstang

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