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The Golden Oak community

Among the 100 most expensive homes in Central Florida, more than 10 percent are clustered in Walt Disney Company’s Golden Oak residential community along Enchanted Oak Drive, where development began in 2010.  Central Florida’s most expensive homes also are clustered in such locations as Alaqua Lakes, Celebration, Reunion and Windermere’s Isleworth community.

An analysis of property records in four Central Florida counties by Potomac Land Company also shows that the most valuable house in the region is a lakefront estate in Ilseworth owned by Vince Carter, a professional basketball player with the Memphis Grizzlies. It has a market value in excess of $10 million. [Orlando Sentinel]Mike Seemuth

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Recent dive reports from all around the state.


Anna Maria Island Grouper

Florida Sportsman: Maddy Valadie

Anna Maria Island Grouper

As the grouper season is coming to a close, Maddy had to get her last gag of the year. Here she is with nice gag shot off Anna Maria Island, three days before the end of the season.

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Boca Raton Fishing and Spearing

Florida Sportsman member: SS Canoe

Boca Raton Fishing

I look at the boat and look down the line and see a very big bull with three cows about 20 yards away, also uninterested in the live bait. I try to make my way calmly and remember tangle predicament I start yanking on it trying to clear it while keeping an eye on the big bull. Somehow it comes free and I got as close as I could and let one fly.

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New Port Richey Fishing and Spearing

Florida Sportsman member: grey2112

New Port Richey Fishing

About 15 miles northwest of New Port Richey, temps around 68 so a bit chilly in a 3 mil and crappy hood. Water vizibility about 15 feet vertical and 20+ horizontal, and little cloudy. It was very fishy – the gags are all in now, and on both drops we saw tons of jewfish.

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St. John’s River Lobster

Florida Sportsman member: benchmark

st. john's river lobster

Took the family diving this week. They did well on the bugs, with the boys both getting their personal best this trip. Big bugs all days.

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Anclote Key Spearfishing Grouper and Hogfish

Florida Sportsman member: Bottomfinder#1

spearfishing grouper and hogfish

We headed out to incredible water visibility and water temperature. Nice easy day under 30 feet. We reached our limit of nice gag grouper and hogfish.

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Miami Spearfishing

Florida Sportsman member: boneheadhunting

Long story short it took almost 30 minutes to get that black out of that cave. Once we got it out I went back down to see it again and was amazed with how far back it went. After that we made some short work out of some muttons and decided to head in.

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Mini Season Success

Florida Sportsman member: greenie-slayer

We didn’t get a chance to go out on day one so had to settle for day two. My brother and I found a decent number of lobster. 16 total keepers while having to pass up many shorts and one with eggs.

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Scout Trip

Florida Sportsman member: Big Bend Brian

Five Venture scouts and 4 adults from Venture Crew 288 of Ponte Vedra Beach left early Thursday morning for Steinhatchee (2.75 hours away) to try their hand at scalloping. Seven of the nine Venturers had not scalloped before and a couple had never snorkeled before either.

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Homosassa Scalloping

Florida Sportsman member: Catfish_Hunter

We made the run up north of homosassa to find some scallops. We ended up finding them in pretty shallow water and got our limit in a few hours. I don’t usually get in the water much so it was fun doing something different.

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Key West Trip

Florida Sportsman member: ReelObsession

Forum member ReelObsession and friends recently took a trip down to Key West to indulge in some great spearfishing. As you can see from the pictures, it was a good time had by all.

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Cold Water Lobstering

Florida Sportsman member: latitudeajustment

We had fun on a beauty of a day in the lower Florida Keys. I’m glad to get a few bugs once more, not sure if we’ll get back before the end of the season.

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Diving the Ledges

Florida Sportsman member: Veikx

Nailed a nice 21 inch mangrove right when I made it to the bottom as he was quite curious to see me. Shortly after this beautiful hog presented himself and landed a good stone shot. Picked up a few more hogs and mangroves through out first and second dives.

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Southwest Nearshore Dives

Florida Sportsman member: Veikx

Made it out offshore to 50 feet of water to some of our ledges, got a crew together to do a couple dives in the morning and early afternoon. Visibility near the surface was a total murk to 30 feet down and then it cleared up for about a 15 feet of vis. Plenty of quality hogs and bigger mangroves and managed to stick one gag that was 23 inches.

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Crystal River Trip

Florida Sportsman member: Beck

Forum member Beck and friends recently took their annual trip to Crystal River. From the looks of it, a lot laughs and fun was had!

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Fun in the Bahamas

Florida Sportsman member: Big Bend Brian

In no time we got settled into our house and one of Mark’s Bahamian friends, Grady and his son Kermit, came aboard to show us around and off we went to spear hogfish, “silver snapper” and lobster and catch some conch too.

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One Last Trip

Florida Sportsman member: dpdash

Greg is off to college in Tallahassee this week so we wanted to squeeze one more island trip in before the real work starts. Made the 9am bridge on Friday and crossed without incident, into a pretty strong current. Got to Bluewater and JR and Leroy were waiting to greet us.

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Lobster and Hogs

Florida Sportsman member: greenie-slayer

We went back down to our lobster hole again this weekend. Limited out the first day and were 3 short of a limit today. Throw in a couple hogfish and a mangrove snapper and it was a pretty good time.

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A Great Start to the Season

Florida Sportsman member: 23T

Forum member 23T and friends got out right at the opening of season, 12am, for some night time bug hunting. focusing on spots outside of Port Everglades in 10 to 20 feet of water, success was had, with 22 keepers. Nice work!

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Steinhatchee Scalloping

Florida Sportsman member: DeHeaven

We caught one short redfish and missed a few others. Came back in for lunch and a recharge and picked up a few more people and headed to the scallop spot and were on them almost immediately. I wasn’t keeping track of time but we quickly had our 10 gallon limit and headed home.

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Homosassa Diving

Florida Sportsman member: butchbal

We moved out to 45 feet on another patch reef and Barb and I dropped over. It was covered with nice sized hogs, mangos, and a ton of gags. I got a limit of hogs, two mangos and a fat red grouper that came to watch me put a hog on the stringer.

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Bahamas Fun

Florida Sportsman member: e-money

Ryan stoned a few big hogfish, and a yellow jack! We also caught some yellow eyes and had a great “cook your catch feast”.

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Spearfishing Cobia

Florida Sportsman member: nutsmagoo

We had an epic day of spear fishing for cobia off of Jupiter yesterday! The seas were calm, the visibility was great and the cobia were plentiful. We ended up with 8 cobia and bluewaterspearo scored a solid blackfin tuna, which was the icing on the cake.

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Islamorada Diving

Florida Sportsman member: Jciulla

I was also told that several large black grouper were spotted on the dives. I can’t wait til May first for grouper season to start. Muttons were all shot in 50 feet on a bigger patch reef, hogs were an ledges from 55 to 80 feet.

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Bahamas Spearing

Florida Sportsman member: CaneDiver65

Forum member CaneDiver65 put together a sweet video of him spearfishing in the Bahamas. Nice work!

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Palm Beach Spearfishing

Florida Sportsman member: nutsmagoo

Headed out of LWI sunday morning for some spearfishing with our crew. Rough and nasty on the surface but the visibility was great and we had lots of action! We did several drifts between 100′ and 180′ Ended up with 3 nice cobias and a mahi.

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Port Everglades Dive

Florida Sportsman member: 23T

Forum member 23T got himself some nice lobster on a recent dive out of Port Everglades. Although the jellyfish were thick, they were able to get around them and score these bugs in 20 to 30 feet of water.

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Spearing out of Johns Pass

Florida Sportsman member: Bottomfinder#1

The visibility was perfect water temperature was a comfortable 74 degrees. First two stops in 60 feet yielded only a few hog fish. We came into 30 feet and we limited on hogfish and I shot a nice gag on the way down.

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Scalloping Fun

Florida Sportsman member: Big Bend Brian

there was a scallop flotilla of 15 boats tight together but they were in solid turtle grass and the viz dropped compared to Keaton so we headed back up north to clearer water. Finally found a spot with turtle and manatee grass and enough scallops to work. We didn’t tear them up but it was a fun family outing!

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Port Canaveral Dive

Florida Sportsman member: Bluewaterfever

Went diving on Pelican Flats today with Randy and Matt. We had 20-30 feet of visibility and nice warm water. We managed a few grouper, hog snapper, mangos triggers and sheepshead. Came home with box full of good eats

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A Keys Adventure

Florida Sportsman member: Klinger

With the exception of a couple of weather days and a couple of days with engine problems, a very enjoyable 4 weeks. Made it back home in about 14 hours and currently making plans for 2015!

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East Central Diving

Florida Sportsman member: Kapt.Hook

When we jumped in to do some free diving the ocean came alive! We were using Pogy and Bonita chunks to chum with and two 4 inch disco balls suspended at 60 feet. The big kings were coming in and taking chunks really quick, we weren’t able to get in close enough to make any shots unfortunately.

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Keaton Beach Scalloping

Florida Sportsman member: Big Bend Brian

Pretty clear water and light winds allowed looking at the bottom for scallops as we idled in 4 feet of water. Right away we found the turtle and manatee grass that scallops love and started the hunt. We had to move around a number of times but we managed our 6 gallons.

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Lobster Fun in the Keys

Florida Sportsman member: followotherboats

It was unfortunate that mini season was so close to the regular season and it really showed. In total for the 7 days, we ended up with 52 lobster and about 60 snapper. Most if not all the snapper were eaten while we were down there and I didn’t really take pics of the fish. This was a lobster trip and man it was fun.

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Sebastian Diving

Florida Sportsman member: Kapt.Hook

Two of my buddies dropped down and I jumped in with a float line to try and get lucky with a king. I wasn’t able to make any shots on them; the kings were very skittish and the bulls were very interested in what I was doing. We had 4 bulls that were hanging around and one big bull that had some cobia following him. It was a failed attempted to stick one unfortunately.

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Loading on Lobster

Florida Sportsman member: Trollaltdelete

Forum member Trollaltdelete shared his mini season catches with us. Diving off of Cudjoe Key, he explains “We were able to limit out with 6 hunters each day.” After unsuccessful trips a few years prior, he put in the time to find spots and was able fill the cooler. Nice!

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BPK Bugs

Florida Sportsman member: AMPED

Our first 2 spots had been wiped clean, not even a short left, makes you wonder. We got our 4 person limit of 24 in about 40 minutes at stop number 3. Then we just hung out, went swimming, and had lunch before heading back home. All in all it was good couple of days.

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Cedar Key Spearfishing

Florida Sportsman member: Big Bend Brian

After that we continued offshore starting in 72 feet and working easterly inshore to shallower water as we hit numerous spots, almost all of them small so we did bounce dives. Every drop would end up in a couple of fish, some of which the red groupers were really nice sized fire trucks.

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Fort Pierce Cobia

Florida Sportsman member: dukhuntr1991

After a very unproductive day trolling yesterday we decided to dive today instead. The storms were making it difficult right from the start but we did get a couple quick dives in and were able to hit a couple nice cobia.

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What’s Under the Waves

Florida Sportsman member: TikoLiko

Forum member TikoLiko Shared an awesome video he put together. Freediving with pole spears and hawaiian slings, he shows the fish who is boss! Nice work.

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Crystal River Scalloping

Florida Sportsman member: ripnlips

Second half of opening weekend was just as good as the first. We went to the scallop grounds and got a limit by 11:30 and we decided to go fish for a bit.

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Diving for Dentures

Florida Sportsman member: Big Bend Brian

In years past my wife & I always did well diving for shark teeth off the beach in 18 feet of water so my buddy and I did a beach dive off the Venice Service Park beach. We geared up & finned out 300 yards on the surface then dropped down to 18 feet of water.

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Mutton on the Spear

Florida Sportsman member: snookyj

We started in about 30ft and worked our way in shallower…we shot a few nice hogs and i missed a stud black. I noticed my buddy take a shot at a fish outta of the corner of my eye, I knew it was a good fish but had no idea the size or species because he was a good ways away from me. Finally I got a good look at the fish and almost crapped myself,one of the biggest muttons I have seen on the spear!

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Fort Pierce Freediving

Florida Sportsman member: flamencoguru

Forum member flamencoguru got into some great fish out of Fort Pierce. Diving rubble piles in 63 feet of water, he limited out on grouper and speared a bonus 40 pound cubera snapper.

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Dry Tortugas Trip

Florida Sportsman member: fla cracker

For several years I had talked about making the trip, back then mainly for rod and reel fishing. But in the past few years my family has been doing a lot more freediving and spearfishing, mostly out of Marathon. Last june I pulled the trigger on setting up the trip and within a few minutes our crew was established.

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Cobia Spearfishing

Florida Sportsman member: Robert D.

Forum member Robert D. shared a video he put together of him spearing some cobia, not only did he get into the fish, you can also see how these fish interact with rays and each other under water. Good stuff Robert.

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Tampa Freediving

Florida Sportsman member: Lilcthefishslayer

Then went and found out the water was not too bad in clarity in certain spots. So we gave it a shot, it paid off! Didn’t miss a shot and got 2 fatties. Been awhile since I did any diving so I was really happy with my performance.

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Awesome Keys Dive Trip with the Troop

Florida Sportsman member: Big Bend Brian

I’m the Scoutmaster of Troop 277 in Ponte Vedra Beach and this past Spring Break my 15 year old son & I, along with 4 other Boy Scouts and 2 scouting fathers, spent Spring Break at the BSA High Adventure Sea Base near Islamorada in the FL Keys doing their SCUBA Adventure program. Over 7 days we did a total of 10 day dives and one awesome night dive.

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Last Bug Run of the Season

Florida Sportsman member: Gaffit

I came to the end of the ledge and it was a ghost town. Little pissed off, I swam back to find Cullen neck deep under a ledge with a loaded lobster bag. One of his bugs went 10 pounds! Managed to get close to my limit in the 1500 pounds of air I had left.

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Spearing Cobia off Bull Sharks

Florida Sportsman member: nutmagoo

Tough conditions with the wind building from 15 to 20 plus mph, along with building seas up to 6 feet. But we made it happen with Bluewaterspearo scoring a nice 60 pound cobia. I shot a big cobia too but unfortunately it tore off. I also shot a nice AJ on a wreck in 90 feet and this poor fish had a very tough last couple minutes of his life getting chased around by many predators and ultimately getting demolished before we could get him in the boat. At least I was able to get some very exciting footage!

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Spearing Key West Video

Florida Sportsman member: Fasteddie72

Us college kids from UCF finally got a break from school and headed down to Key West for some fishing and diving this spring break. As far as a report goes the weather couldn’t of worked out better for us, thankfully. We got in 3 and a half solid days full of fishing and diving then the weather turned on us and gave us a great excuse to go get wild on Duval Street.

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Florida Sportsman member: Apnatic

We got anchored up and immediately started chumming with cut kingfish and Spanish mackerel so I stayed on the boat while keeping the slick going while my buddy jumped in. On his second dive he shot a nice 12 pound mutton that was off the bottom eating the chum. We found a big kingfish head in his stomach so I guess its safe to say muttons like to eat kingfish! We stayed out till about sunset and went 2 for 4 on the muttons!

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Spearfishing Key West

Florida Sportsman member: beeuclothing

Got a short break from school so ran down to Key West for a couple days of spearing. All footage shot freediving with Gopro hero 3, guns used were a Koah Euro 130 and Rob Allen 1300. Hope you like it and thanks for watching!

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Buggin’ Fort Pierce

Florida Sportsman member: dukhuntr1991

Well, hunting season finished up this past weekend so it’s back to the water! Heard the water was clear on the beach and getting nasty tomorrow so I talked my dad into being captain and we took the skiff out FPI at 4 pm after work. Water was chilly but clear. I grabbed 6 nice ones and we were back to the dock at 5:30. Nice to get wet again!

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Monster Cobia, In First Person

Florida Sportsman member: Robert D.

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Forum member Robert D. had the chance to take a shot on a cobia of a lifetime, and made it count! Watch as this takes place while filming with his Gopro camera mounted on his head.

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Night Dive Success

Florida Sportsman member: SOFLO Angler

Right after we got that guy I see a huge snout poking out under a ledge, landed a perfect shot through one cheek out the other, this being the biggest hog I’ve seen in person and the biggest I’ve ever bagged! I was screaming underwater. We surfaced for a minute right after and I guess the coast guard heard our screams of joy and came to check us out, after everything was cleared we went back down to finish up the dive.

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South Spearfishing

Florida Sportsman member: farinco

I know it’s been a while since I’ve posted but I’ve been spending a lot of time under the water lately compared to my usual rod-n-reel fish hunting, its been fun.

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Bahamas Freedive Spear Fishing

Florida Sportsman member: TikoLiko

Many Floridians take advantage of the Bahamian waters and the excellent fishing and diving within boating range from Florida’s east coast. Florida sportsman member TikoLiko shows the great free diving opportunities and the chances you have with some big fish all with just a Hawaiian sling.

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Homosassa Gags, Amberjack & More

Florida Sportsman member: butchbal

Weather reports looked good for Saturday so my wife, son and I went out to troll and dive to get some fish for the freezer. Seas were beautiful, 1 foot or less in the morning and flat in the afternoon. We ran northwest from Homosassa to a wreck in 50 feet for our first drop. Vis was 20 to 30 feet with a weak current. Got a nice AJ, gags, a sheepie and a bunch of FAT mangos. Ran to our second drop in 60 feet to find top to bottom vis and again very little current. Shot two more gags, some even fatter mangos, and a few nice spanish. I took a long shot at a nice cobe but just nicked him, bummer! The second dive was on a wreck that is mostly just rusty rubble now but was probably a 60-foot or so boat before.

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Bugs N’ Tails

Florida Sportsman member: Big Bend Brian

Just a fun post…the family managed to sneak in one more short Florida Keys trip before school, soccer, and Boy Scouts command all our attention. Over the Labor Day weekend we dragged our small 19 foot “Plan B” to Key Largo to play with some lobster and yellowtails.

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Lionfish – A Meal with a Painful Price

Florida Sportsman member: Naclh2oDave

We got a bit of a late start on Monday with the weather rolling thru and all. But we got out and dove with no complications. By the time that we fueled the boat and launched the rain was over and never once got rained on the whole day, despite water spouts in the bay. The radar showed the storms coming thru but they all showed them inshore, so we left the hill and had a good day offshore.

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A Week in Islamorada – Bugs and Snapper

Florida Sportsman member: Klinger

This was the Geriatric week, as with the exception of the 52 year old & the 34 year old, the ages ranged from 66-68. Saturday was a transition day, so it wasn’t very well organized. We did get out a little late, and we did get a pretty good box of bugs, but I didn’t get any pictures and don’t remember how many Sunday 8/25 brought some excellent weather for the first time in a week or two, & the new crew took advantage.

Ended up with 25 decent Mangroves, a Cero Mackerel , & 1 good trout. Action was non-stop, so we almost didn’t mind not getting to chase bugs.

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Horseshoe Beach Scallops

Florida Sportsman member: liveaction

We got a late start out of HSB Saturday morning about 10-1030. It was pretty choppy and the wind was on it, but we made our way north to pepperfish. There were tons of boats but the wind and chop laid down soon after we got there. Water clarity was poor, but we managed to find about 6-7 gallons which made for a tasty dinner and then some leftover.

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Crystal River Scalloping

Florida Sportsman member: ripnlips

Wow what a busy season this has been. Lots and lots of folks out on the water enjoying quality time with family and friends and getting some of the best seafood that the gulf has to offer. The scalloping in Crystal River and Homosassa has been great with limit after limit coming in every day. We have been targeting water depth of 4 to 6 feet and we are having great success even with the cloudy overcast skies. I have started to go further south around the bird rack north of the Homosassa channel on the days that we have overcast since the water clarity is very good down there nearly all the time.

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Big Peck’s Lake Bug

Florida Sportsman member: Bagger

Intended to look for some Spanish and jump in the water if it was clear. Got a late start and cleared inlet around 14:30. Did not see any bait while driving south (3 to 4 miles). Water was clear so we jumped in, temperature was 75.5 degress and 20 plus feet of vis. Saw only one bug but he was a good size one on a 45 minute dive in 20 to 25 feet […]

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Naples Offshore Spearfishing

Florida Sportsman member: Naples Spearo

The spearfishing has been good to me and my crew this year, as this was the first year we have really got into spearfishing. Most of the dives are in the 65-75 feet range and some going to 125 feet and my most recent trip was in 45 feet. My goal for the boat this year was to limit out on hog fish on one of my trips. We accomplished that goal Dec. 15th in 45 feet of water. I also shot a lion fish on that trip. Scary that they are that close in. My buddys friends also caught a lion fish just off the beach in front of the Ritz in Naples, couple hundred yards offshore.

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FS member quatin wanted to show some new GoPro video of his lobstering off Dania Beach. He calls it his “first successful lobster hunt,” so good for him. From his avatar image, looks like he might be diving off his kayak. Pretty cool. Some good snares and some good video shots:

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Diving off the Gingerbreads

Florida Sportsman member: Venturesome

Did our annual squadron trip to the breads to do some shooting. The weather was fantastic. It was so clear and calm on Friday we could see the fish from the boat! The crew was made up of some of my best friends from my squadron days at Homestead plus one who is an excellent builder here in our area […]

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Big Bahamas Lobster

Natalie Velger brings in a big spiny lobster. Watch those legs!

Whoa! Natalie Velger sent in this shot of the lobster her boyfriend Will Campbell caught earlier this month in The Bahamas. He shot it with a sling spear. She won’t say where in The Bahamas, but did say that it weighed 13 pounds, with legs plenty big enough to eat.

What’s the biggest lobster you’ve caught this year? Anyone have one bigger than 13? We’ve seen a number of 10-pounders, but not many bigger than that.

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Crystal River Scalloping

Florida Sportsman member: keypond

Lori’s cousin Kris and his wife Becky came in from Kansas this weekend and wanted to try some scalloping while they were here. I made a couple of phone calls and realized the water at Pepperfish was still realy murky. Then I made another all to Marrio, aka ripnlips, and he pointed me in the right direction to find some out of Crystal River [..]

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Buggin’ in Marathon

Florida Sportsman member: Klinger

The crew said they were tired of strong current and murky water so we went to an area that is always clear. The only problem with areas that are always clears is everybody else likes them too, so they are not always as productive. We still ended up with a good box of 23 bugs and 3 good grouper […]

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Mini Season Recap

Florida Sportsman member: TeamTeke

TeamTeke flew back down to our home in KCB to enjoy what would be our first Mini-Season. Although we have owned our home since 2001, we have not been here for the big event. With the addition of a couple of hardy, younger diving friends all things came out well. We took limits on both days, easily on the first, but had to work somewhat on the second […]

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BIG Hogfish

Florida Sportsman member: UMfootball

Went out last saturday 7/7 out of BFP with Deepcnut and hill to try and find some hogs. I never thought i would get another one bigger than the week before but this monster 24 inches came into site and I was lucky to get a shot on him. We also got 4 more all between 13 and 1

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Best Weedguards for Flies

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By Mike Conner

Ways to keep your flies weed-free.

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Inverted tie, with wing protecting point.

Much of Florida fly fishing takes place in waters that have abundant surface and subsurface vegetation, oyster shell, shoreline cover and manmade structure. Fish love all of this habitat-the kinds of places where you will hang your flies. So you need to protect your hook point. Depending on the size of your fly and the type of cover you are fishing, most guards are fashioned from hard mono in the 15- to 25-pound range or light gauge single strand wire. The following options will get the job done.

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Standard monofilament loop.

Single Mono Strand

This one is the standard guard used in bass bugs but it also works well on streamers. Use “hard type” 15- to 20-pound mono such as Mason. Tie the bitter end of a 5- to 6-inch strand in atop the hook bend with plenty of thread wraps. It is advisable to first lay down a foundation of thread to keep the mono strand from slipping around the hook shank. Wrap the thread down to the middle of the bend, then advance it back to the top of the bend. Lightly cement the thread wraps. Tie the fly, leaving enough room on the shank behind the hookeye to tie the guard in. Once the fly is finished, pull the strand forward and tie it in with a few wraps of thread. Now adjust the guard so that it is positioned just below the hook bend, protecting the point. Once in place, tie it in securely and cement the wraps. (You can opt for two strands for extra weed protection.)

weedguard

Single strand wire horseshoe loop.

Horseshoe Loop

Unlike the single mono strand guard, this one does not fill the hook gap. Rather, it extends down from the hookeye and is tilted back at a slight angle toward the hook point. It is tied in after the fly is completed. Be sure to leave enough room on the shank to tie it in. Lay down a thread base just behind the hookeye. Form the loop first in your hand by doubling over your strand of mono. For example, if your fly hook has a half-inch gap, figure on making the finished loop 3⁄4-inch long (start with about a 3-inch strand of mono). Match up the bitter ends of the mono and crimp the tips with a pair of forceps. Bend back the crimped tips to align them to point toward the hookeye. Tie them onto the hook shank securely and cement the thread wraps.

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Mustache mono weedguard.

Mustache Two-Prong

This is basically an inverted Horseshoe Loop, described above. To form it, start with a 3-inch strand of mono, and crimp it at the midpoint. Tie the fly, leaving sufficient space behind the hookeye to tie the guard in. Hang the crimped guard over the shank, and tie it in with figure-8 thread wraps until secure. Cement the thread wraps. Clip the bitter ends of the mono strands so that they extend below the hook point enough to provide protection. (Crimping the ends of the stands and bending the tips back a bit allow bits of algae to slide off.)

Popper Protector

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Weedless patterns are vital for bonefish, which predominantly feed in heavy grass.

If you buy rather than tie poppers, you can add a guard rather easily. Heat the tip of a fly tying bodkin (or a big sewing needle) and sear a hole in the bottom of the foam body. Dip the end of a stiff strand of mono (20- to 30-pound) or single strand wire into quick-dry epoxy and insert it in the hole. Trim, crimp and bend back the tip of the strand to allow bits of vegetation to slide off the guard.

Weedless Wing

Some flies are somewhat weedless without an added guard. Bonefish patterns and the venerable Bendback streamer are tied inverted (wing materials are tied in “under” the hook shank to force the fly to flip over and swim point-up). Guards can be added to these flies as well; in fact many bonefishers are doing just that to be on the safe side. The key is to use fairly stiff winging material to make the fly as weed-proof as possible. FS

First Published Florida Sportsman Magazine November 2016

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Recent fishing reports from the East Central region.


Mosquito Lagoon Trout and Reds

Florida Sportsman member: PaulBoat

Mosquito Lagoon Trout

After a couple days in the Bahamas, this father and son decided to continue their fishing back in the States in Mosquito Lagoon. Reds and trout were on the menu and their guide and angler did not disappoint.

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Windy Weekend Drum

Florida Sportsman member: SpaceCoast Slayer

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Kyle and his nephew Chris wanted to catch a couple drum, so we all jumped on Kyle’s skiff to go see if they were home. We launched at 8 under a stiff south wind. Live sand fleas on a 3/0 circle hook was the ticket. We caught a mess of em and had several double hookups.

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Indian River Lagoon Drum

Florida Sportsman member: SpaceCoast Slayer

Indian River Lagoon Drum

Same tactic as last trip, slow rolling gulp shrimp and crabs on the bottom of a hole where they stack up. Had two cutoffs on rocks and also got cut off on a manatee. Had a bunch of pulled hooks in the middle of the fights too. Switched to a 3/0 circle and gulp crab and the hookup ratio improved.

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Flats Fishing Black Drum

Florida Sportsman member: SpaceCoast Slayer

Flats Fishing Black Drum

I put on a gulp shrimp and dragged it excruciatingly slow across the bottom of this deep hole. Get thumped.. It’s a catfish. I thought to myself, “It’s gonna be one of THOSE days.” Whipped it out again and got another thump, but this one had some weight to it.

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Kayak Fishing Black Drum

Florida Sportsman member: SpaceCoast Slayer

kayak fishing black drum

I was throwing gulp shrimps and Michael was tossing a regular plastic shrimp. He actually got more hits on that than I did on gulp, but all his fish kept pulling off during the fight. We couldn’t get them to even look at a fly, even though they were on top high riding with backs and tails exposed all fired up.

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Sebastian Backcountry Snook

Florida Sportsman member: jmsnookman

sebastian backcountry snook

I had been itching to get back on the water since my last trip two weeks ago. Good news! The big snook are still in the backcountry. I was only three casts in this morning when this 43″ beast exploded on my bait.

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Black Drum Saves a Slow Day

Florida Sportsman member: SpaceCoast Slayer

black drum

About halfway to the launch I bump into a literal acre of black drum. I have never seen a school this big in my life, there were thousands. The drumming was outrageous it was all you could hear. Two guys who were well behind me caught up and I hollered at ’em to come over. We sat there for two hours and had a ball.

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Snook-a-Palooza

Florida Sportsman member: jmsnookman

The snook were chewing this morning! The fish were amped up in the cooler water, punishing baits, screaming 15 lb braid off my stradic CI4, exploding out of the water, shaking their gills, trying to throw the hook before splashing back into water and ripping more drag.

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Sebastian Inshore Mixed Bag

Florida Sportsman member: duckmanJR

Senior forum member and avid angler duckmanJR has been having great success lately. Despite murky waters, he has been reeling in massive numbers of redfish, snook, trout, jacks and more! He celebrated his one hundredth day fishing with a gorgeous 32″ snook! Keep it up!

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Port Canaveral Inlet Variety

Florida Sportsman member: CFMonster

Caught nearly a dozen pounder jack crevalle, one 20″ speckled trout, one 20″ redfish, one 27″ snook, and an 18″ snook. Free lined / unweighted mullet often caught the attention of the birds, but caught the trout, red, smaller snook and some jacks. I had a 1/8th oz chartreuse jig head and caught the snook, several jacks, couple small blacktips, and hooked a small tarpon.

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Playalinda Beach Pompano

Florida Sportsman member: Epalm88

I caught this nice pompano at the beach before the hurricane. From the pictures of the aftermath, it looks like it will be a while before I can get back out there in the prime time of the year.

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East Central Slammin’

Florida Sportsman member: duckmanjr

I think I see a red up really shallow. I make a slow approach and notice one of those tiny shorebirds standing nearby and when it takes off, it scares the red….dang it! I toss out in the direction that the fish spooked and boom.

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Father and Son Fun

Florida Sportsman member: Permitted

Well turns out my redfish spot is kind of a hot spot for tarpon. So I took him back to the proving grounds to test his skills! Long story short he ended up catching his first tarpon and a couple more, also his biggest redfish to date.

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Making it Happen

Florida Sportsman member: KingCatch

The wind was blowing from the west around 15 mph. I just got up on the leeward bank and started poling down the flat. I ended up catching a few redfish and scouting some area that eventually led me to a little tarpon hole, catching a little guy to end the day.

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Sebastian Snook

Florida Sportsman member: jmsnookman

First time fishing in two weeks and I’m not sure what was better, the spectacular sunrise or the snook bite. Fished solo on Saturday and literally came home with sore forearms from battling overslot snook and bruiser jack crevalles.

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Sebastian Action

Florida Sportsman member: beachside321

Launched at Wabasso at 6:45 and had a short ride to the first spot. After some prospecting we found some bait that was getting busted. Picked up a decent red that I watched make a wake from 20 feet away to crash my bone super spook.

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Sebastian Monster

Florida Sportsman member: jmsnookman

My drag was screaming and the battle was on. The fish peeled off close to 100 yards of line before Ronnie started the big motor and took chase in the boat. As the battle wore on, I kept thinking my 20 pound fluorocarbon leader would give way. Ronnie’s excellent boat maneuvering was key in keeping the fish from getting into a narrow side canal and I was lucky to stop several runs just shy of the shoreline.

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Pompano and Friends

Florida Sportsman member: Larrypompanoman

I haven’t posted in a while because I haven’t had a lot of fishing time. I have had seminars and charters but today I had great success in New Smyrna and caught BIG fish, pompano, whiting and redfish.

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Mosquito Reds

Florida Sportsman member: beachside321

By 6:55am we found a big group of tailing fish. Made the most of them until they settled down by about 8am and we had to work for them. Conditions were still great for sight fishing until about 11:30am when the wind picked up and cloud cover moved in.

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Skinny Water Sight Fishing

Florida Sportsman member: SpaceCoast Slayer

The water is crystal clear in most spots I went to and I got to watch every one of em clobber the lure. No heroes but it’s awesome to see them eat whether they are 3 pounds or 30 pounds.

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Mosquito Report

Florida Sportsman member: C Dog

Not a bad day in the north goon. Water has cleared up a good bit. Sight fishing is at least feasible but still difficult. Didn’t catch any sight fishing, but caught four reds and finished the day with a surprise black drum. All were caught on cut mullet.

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East Central Inshore

Florida Sportsman member: jmsnookman

I called my buddy Ronnie to hit the inlet for some catch and release snook action. Had the pleasure of hopping on Ronnie’s Skeeter with his buddy Sergio. We landed six nice snook with the three best fish measuring 36 to 38.5 inches and called it a night early.

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Indian River Lagoon Action

Florida Sportsman member: RealSeabee

Water is dirty but the reds are hanging in the places they should be, for the most part. I found most production came from bait, upwind of the spoil islands. On calmer days it seems that jigging worked good on the hidden side of the same islands.

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East Central Reds

Florida Sportsman member: C Dog

The kids decided to stay home, which I didn’t blame them. They’ve spent many of weekends fishing and not catching. So it was just me and the wife. Saturday was probably one of the best days of fishing I’ve ever had, catching four bull reds.

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Sebastian Chaos

Florida Sportsman member: surfer23mg

From the bridge to the tip of the jetty I have never seen tarpon exploding like they were. 130 plus pound fish completely skyrocketing out of the water as far as you could see.

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Mosquito Lagoon Action

Florida Sportsman member: Capt Michael Savedow

Trevor wanted to treat his girlfriend to a fishing trip for her birthday, so we went redfish hunting on the flats, started off with a bang, with bites first thing, turned slow in the second half, but we still had a great time.

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Sebastian Fun

Florida Sportsman member: Kim Chi

My nine year old son caught the fishing bug over the summer and wants to fish every chance he can, so we have been hitting the inlet a lot lately. We have mostly been catching jacks, reds and snook on pins, pigs, croakers and mullet on all different stages of the tide.

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Windy Week

Florida Sportsman member: Final Point

That being said we still caught plenty of fish, especially back in wind protected areas. Baits of choice this week were live finger mullet pinned to a 3/8oz jig head and various hard twitch baits.

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Figuring It Out

Florida Sportsman member: EddyRodriguezU

Normally I’m looking for oyster bars, changes in the tide, grass flats, and deep sand pockets. Since majority of those are not evident in this area I just started looking for bait and fish the surrounding areas. Needless to say today was a completely different story. Within an hour or so I had four nice trout in the boat and a 24 inch red.

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Tarpon from the Paddleboard

Florida Sportsman member: SaltyRoots

With an enormous thunderstorm looming in the distance we knew we wouldn’t have much time to fish. Within three minutes I was hooked up to nice little tarpon. Landed the fish about 10-15 minutes later and safely released it.

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Cocoa Beach Tarpon

Florida Sportsman member: 186 KEYWEST

Forum member 186 KEYWEST and friends got into the tarpon off of Cocoa Beach. Within 15 minutes of getting bait, they were hooked up!

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Mosquito Lagoon Reds and More

Florida Sportsman member: Capt Michael Savedow

Fall is a great time for locals to fish the Lagoon, tourist season is over so many less guide trips on the water most days, locals who hunt are focusing on the fall hunting season, not out fishing, so much less boat traffic on the flats which is very welcome change from summer.

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Red Hot in the Lagoon

Florida Sportsman member: marcogrey

Got an early start this morning for the Lagoon, weather was great and reds were out. Between two boats we managed 10 reds in the range of 22 to 50 inches. The rookie in the group ended up with 4 including the beastly 50 inch monster on a shallow flat.

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Florida Sportsman member: cbmdk86

Went out a couple nights this full moon on the hunt for bulls on the flats, overall, it was pretty slow both nights. I did however manage to land my personal best red at 50.25 inches with a relaxed tail on the first night.

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Catching in the Backwater

Florida Sportsman member: cbmdk86

Hit it a couple days ago looking for the snook, they were nowhere to be found but these reds were happy to oblige on the same shorelines. I’ve only caught under slot reds back here so it was quite a surprise to put a 29″ and 26″ on deck in two back to back casts.

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Indian River Bulls

Florida Sportsman member: RealSeabee

Forum member RealSeabee recently got into some bull redfish in the northeast Indian River. These fish can be found in small schools along the shorelines.

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Surf Surprise

Florida Sportsman member: CFLnative

Decided to put lines back in 30 min before we were going to leave and this gal shows up. About pulled my rig into the surf. Not sure what it ate, either a clam strip (not likely), bare hook or a small croaker that was already hooked.

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Mosquito Lagoon Fishing

Florida Sportsman member: Capt Michael Savedow

Summer has arrived to Mosquito Lagoon and the Edgewater backcountry, loads of mullet schools, summer water temps mean early morning surface activity. Live mullet and pigfish, topwater lures early morning, weedless rigged jerk baits and soft plastics, cut mullet and ladyfish are all good summer pattern baits and lures.

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Sebastian Slam

Florida Sportsman member: duckmanJR

I decide to keep at it and miss a strike and as i’m trying to decide if I want to quit I see a nice fish up ahead. I move down on it and make a toss, but the wind takes it long and I cup the spool to stop it short by about a foot…but the fish turns and inhales it!

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Spring Time Variety

Florida Sportsman member: Capt Michael Savedow

Fishing from New Smyrna to Edgewater to Oak Hill and south into the lagoon, clients catching everything from Redfish and Seatrout, Black Drum and Sheepshead, Mangrove Snapper, Sharks, Bluefish, Jack Crevalle, Ladyfish, and more. Backcountry mixed bag trips have been great, 10 or more species on most trips, keeping it interesting waiting to see what type of fish will surface next.

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East Central Inshore

Florida Sportsman member: jmsnookman

It was a little tight with four anglers on the boat, but the fish were chewing hard at all three spots we hit this morning. Between breakoffs and missed hook sets we lost as many as we landed; and we landed twelve trout (mostly overslot), two slot reds, snook, and missed a tarpon that would have completed a grand slam.

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East Central Inshore

Florida Sportsman member: Reel Teal

I re-rigged another mullet and put it in the same spot and a couple minutes later got hammered again and this time stuck the hook in em. After about a 5 minute fight landed a 29 inch red. It had a fat belly full of those mullet I assume.

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Catching in the Indian River

Florida Sportsman member: tron1.8

Me and my wife headed out early and had a great time getting into some fish. She got her first tarpon and some large jacks. One jack had two large jigs down his throat. We were able to bring home some sheephead and one nice mangrove snapper as well.

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Night Time Sebastian Bite

Florida Sportsman member: Salty Roots

The night time tide changes have been our bread and butter. The snook have been hitting bucktails, the reds were hitting cut pogies when we could get them, live croakers when we could get them, and for two nights they were smacking crabs on the top.

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North Brevard Wading

Florida Sportsman member: IRJ

Forum member IRJ caught some nice fish wade fishing in North Brevard. Fishing soft-plastic paddle tails were the key to success.

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Catching in the Lagoon

Florida Sportsman member: Capt Michael Savedow

The shallow water coming up a few degrees can have some fish leave the school to look for food on their own, fishing some areas with soft muddy bottom, can have loose groups of reds and trout in dished out type spots of a couple feet deep.

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Windy Day on the Lagoon

Florida Sportsman member: flightcontroller

A good day on the goon even with the winds. We managed to drift up on several single/double over slot reds but the planets aligned only for this one 29 inch fatty. If we had been a bit more on our game, we could have boated a half dozen of these.

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Cocoa Beach Inshore

Florida Sportsman member: fishin4amission

Been busy enjoying our local waters trying to find some willing fish. Some days have been great letting us get some inshore slams. Others we are lucky to just catch a couple fish. Most fish have come on slowly presented paddle tails and doa shrimp.

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NIRL Drum Bite

Florida Sportsman member: RealSeabee

It’s a pretty good size piece of real estate to try and cover but I did manage to get three BIG red’s to eat, but none willing to get all the way inside the boat, two alongside and one about 10 feet away. They were all OVER Slot and would’a been released anyway but I’d rather have done the “releasing”.

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A Friend’s First

Florida Sportsman member: duckmanJR

With us having a grueling duck hunt schedule we finally had an off day on Monday while one buddy drove another to the airport and we slept in. We woke at 9 and the weather looked OK, so we splashed the skiff. Wind was brutal at 14 out of the northeast but it didn’t take too long.

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Wintertime Tarpon

Florida Sportsman member: redfish27

So my 14 year old son invites me out yesterday on his “new” skiff and says he knows where some tarpon are. I take him up on the invite, no doubt he knows his stuff. Seems like just yesterday I was showing him the tricks of fishing and boat handling, now he is taking Dad out and putting me on fish.

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Warm Winter in the Lagoon

Florida Sportsman member: Capt Michael Savedow

New clients Laszlo and Brittany from Connecticut had a great, first flats fishing experience out with me, good sight fishing conditions helped them catch 5 Redfish with most overslot fish up to 29 inches and upper slot fish, being good catch and release anglers all fish were sent off swimming.

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East Central Inshore

Florida Sportsman member: Cavanaugh68

The spotted seatrout are thick along the drop offs and ledges. However the big boys, the gators, are back in deep thick backcountry waters. Searching the white holes or sand spots and always keeping in mind your posture, bait movement and signs of their presence.

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Early Winter on the Lagoon

Florida Sportsman member: Capt Michael Savedow

The colder water has redfish starting to school on the flats with winter sight fishing patterns as water gets much clearer and the temperature drops. Sea trout are also a winter target species on the lagoon waters, the larger Trout frequent the flats along with Redfish, while most school size Trout are caught along the drop offs edges of holes and sloughs in the backcountry.

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Nearshore Mayhem

Florida Sportsman member: SaltyRoots

We went out of the Port in search of triple tail, flounder, redfish, and kings. Both times got blanked on the triple tail and flounder but that was because all of our time was spent reeling in kingfish and redfish!

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Braving the Conditions

Florida Sportsman member: Keystroke

We were the only boat in Sebastian Inlet for 2 hours. The fish were fattening up for winter on the incoming tide. As the tide started to swing to outgoing we got out of there. Sebastian Inlet can be a deadly place if not respected.

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East Central Slams

Florida Sportsman member: duckmanJR

I really didn’t keep count on how many I was catching, but it was close to “palooza” status. We ran south to a new spot and it didn’t take long till I had another trout, then a snook and then Frank hooks up his first snook ever.

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Fun in the Lagoon

Florida Sportsman member: Capt Michael Savedow

The water is still fairly high on the north lagoon so fished mostly shorelines and points that the north wind would allow. Mainly finger mullet baits as I fish with clients to give them the best chance for maximum bites, our second red did not take long at that first spot as daughter Calle hooked up with this 25″ extra spot fish.

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Banana River Red

Florida Sportsman member: Panfishangler1

My friend and I pulled the lines in, anchors up and began to let the fish lead the way. I was using 10 pound mono with a 25 pound test leader. If my drag wasn’t set right, there was no guess that I would have lost the fish.

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Messin’ with the Macks

Florida Sportsman member: Farout

We ended up with 30 Spanish, threw back countless bluefish and jacks and another 10 or so small mackerel. A huge shark came up and grabbed a small spanish we had just hooked, it came out of the water and performed an awesome acrobatic display for us and promptly snapped the line.

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Bulls off the Beach

Florida Sportsman member: triplehelix

Joined the fleet atop a redfish frenzy. They were feasting on pogy pods, so we matched the hatch with some live ones on the bottom. In half an hour we released four reds in the 15 to 20 pound range.

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Sebastian Inlet on Fire

Florida Sportsman member: Final Point

What an incredible fishery we have here in Sebastian. The last week has been full of some serious fish. The smallest snook to come in the boat was 30 inches, the smallest red was also 30 inches.

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East Central Action

Florida Sportsman member: SaltyRoots

Been hitting up the inlet for the late night outgoing tides with the old man. We’ve been pretty successful drifting through with live bait bouncing the bottom. Mullet, pins, pigs, croakers it didn’t matter, if you were bouncing bottom you were hooking up.

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Putting the In-Laws on the Fish

Florida Sportsman member: RealSeabee

Top Water (Skitter and Sebile Slim Sticks) and Cut Mullet are the baits. We’ve been doing much better this go around. Don has caught 18 reds to this point and we will be out again today.

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New Family Record

Florida Sportsman member: RealSeabee

The old family record red fish WAS 44 1/2 inches which my wife held. Well, today she done went and broke our family record, new record is 50 3/8 inches!

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Redfish Riot

Florida Sportsman member: cbmdk86

I also pitched them the monster 7 inch Fender Walker topwater plug. These reds lost their minds when they saw that plug, I had one red of at least 45 inches come completely out of the water about a foot above the surface trying to dismantle my plug. It was epic action to say the least.

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East Central Snookin’

Florida Sportsman member: Keystroke

There are some big fish out in the ocean along the beaches, feeding on all that little bait moving along the coast. The trick is to fool them into eating in that clear ocean water. Can’t wait till all the big girls find their way up through the inlet and visit us this fall.

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Early Morning Trout and Reds

Florida Sportsman member: B. Graves

I had some fun with the trout for a while then made my way to the spot I had been fishing the last few times out and the reds weren’t there. So I started trolling around looking for some and came across a school of 30 to 40 over slot reds.

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Indian River Reds

Florida Sportsman member: B. Graves

Took about an hour to find some redfish. Caught a couple decent trout on topwater while looking for reds. Finally started seeing tails so I anchored up and threw some top water, soft plastics and a spoon, nothing. So I turned to cut up pinfish.

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East Central Tailers

Florida Sportsman member: cbmdk86

We made the paddle out to the spot and we were greeted by 100 plus over slot reds happily tailing away in the grass, finning out, backs breaking the surface, the whole 9. We managed to scoop up 5 until the wind switched out of the east briskly and they all made their exit off to the deep end.

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Bulls Before the Storm

Florida Sportsman member: RiverRat321

Within ten minutes of that mullet surfacing the water there was the blow upp! I grabbed the bell and set a perfect hook set and enjoyed the ride! She put up a nice and long fight for her size at 36 inches, I got her in and unhooked her. Of course we released her just in time to head in before the storm.

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Backwater Tarpon in the Rain

Florida Sportsman member: cbmdk86

40 hookups between us give or take, the vast majority of them shook off after a fine display of acrobatics. We got a few decent ones to the boat though, including a nice one Steven caught on fly.

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Sebastian Slob Snook

Florida Sportsman member: MelbourneMark

A little defeated we headed to one of our shorelines to soak some shrimp, hoping to catch some trout or reds. We were using light tackle with 25 pound leader. This was my wife’s first snook over 40 inches, and she did a wonderful job of handling her around the boat. The fish ran what seemed like 100 yards before slowing down. I finally got her in the net, but she would not fit completely.

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Setting Personal Records

Florida Sportsman member: SlamPiece

School of 30 or so breeder reds tailing in the flats, carefully casted with the jerkbait and twitched it twice. Thought I spooked the school (as a huge wake was formed near my lure) but turns out two or three reds were racing to get to the lure first. Hooked up and after a nice fight on my lightest outfit I landed a 44 inch red!

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East Central Reds

Florida Sportsman member: FLChance92

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