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Florida Sport Fishing July/August 2018

The most comprehensive resource for resident and visiting saltwater and freshwater anglers and boaters in Florida and beyond. Each issue is jam-packed with revealing editorials and informative departments complimented by award winning covers, spectacular photography and creative illustrations. Published by fishermen for fishermen!

United States
South Florida Sport Fishing
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6 Issues


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the human factor

AS AVID ANGLERS WITH ACCESS to many fertile fisheries, we’ve certainly all enjoyed successful days on the water. It’s the times when we could do no wrong that leave us holding our head high. However, we’ve also hightailed it home bruised, battered and deflated on more occasions than we care to admit. We can prepare, plan and hope for the best, but until we’re out on the water we just don’t know what the day will bring. Inshore or offshore, fishing is always a gamble. The reality is that even with sophisticated chartplotters and three-dimensional sonar units, knowledge uncovered by tagging studies, drones and hi-resolution satellite mapping, technology cannot provide captains with an accurate presumption of where any species will be, when and for how long. The only way to know…

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full steam ahead

STAFF REPORT I RELOCATED TO FLORIDA FROM MARYLAND about a year ago and cherish the year-round opportunities to enjoy the outdoors. Although I have fallen in love with saltwater fishing, I miss crabbing in the Chesapeake Bay. What is the most effective method to catch blue crabs in Florida and what are the rules and regulations for recreational harvesters setting traps here? Many Floridians are aware of the presence of stone crabs in our waters, but these famously delicious crustaceans aren’t the only game in town. Prized for their sweet meat, blue crabs range throughout the state’s coastal waters and provide excellent table fare as well. Additionally, juvenile blue crabs comprise an essential source of forage for a variety of shallow water predators including permit, tarpon, bonefish, redfish, black drum and more.…

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mesh network

STAFF REPORT REMAINING RATHER UNCHANGED for thousands of years, cast nets appear to be simple tools. Toss atop a school of baitfish and haul in your bounty. However, cast nets are available in a variety of sizes and styles comprising minute differences to suit a host of species and water conditions. Delivery is important, but it is the sewing of panels, lead line weight and mesh size that determines a net’s performance. When researching to purchase a cast net there are many factors one must take into consideration that will determine sink speed and ability to effectively capture the intended quarry in any venue. Cast nets are measured from the horn, a round plastic piece at the very top of the net where the netting is tied, to the lead line at…

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double stack

STAFF REPORT INNOVATIVE ANGLERS HAVE DEVELOPED several tactics and techniques to effectively present offerings deep below the surface. Popular options include planers and trolling weights. However, these devices come with a bit of guesswork in regard to their exact depth of deployment. Downriggers are much more accurate and also provide anglers with the opportunity to fish with lighter outfits. Though presenting a single live bait from a downrigger is highly effective, the most successful anglers add depth to their spread by stacking clips. And when dual downrigger baits are deployed in correlation to what you see on the sonar, anglers can present offerings throughout the water column with surgeon-like precision. During the course of the day, often relating to the moon phase, game fish actively feed at various levels of the water column.…

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secrets of sargassum

STAFF REPORT EXCLUDING FRAGILE CORAL REEFS, aging shipwrecks and massive seamounts, the ocean is a rather featureless expanse. Off the coast of Florida and across much of the tropics, fish migrations are largely dictated by prevailing currents. Caught in the same gyres, floating ecosystems of sargassum seaweed are the basis of life that provide structure and sanctuary for a host of predators and prey. Comprised of two species, Sargassum natans and Sargassum fluitans, sargassum is a actually a type of brown macroalgae. These dense, holopelagic floating structures consist of branched, leafy vegetation and gas-filled floats allowing the marine plants to drift near the surface where photosynthesis can occur. While providing essential refuge and safe breeding grounds for juvenile pelagics, sargassum also offers safety and security to numerous species of marine animals including fish,…

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gear guide

Boat Outfitters Trident Rigging Station Website: boatoutfitters.com MSRP: $299.00 Specs ▶ 5-degree angled base▶ Available with white or black anodized pipework Grouping three rods within a single station without the need for individual rod holders, this heavy-duty fishing trident with integrated rigging tray enables anglers to effortlessly set and tend kite spreads. King starboard construction with aluminum pipework ensures lasting durability in the toughest marine environments. Intelligent design includes a tackle storage tray and Plano 3740 box, as well as individual drink, knife, plier and cup holders. Mercury Marine V6 FourStroke Website: mercurymarine.com MSRP: $17,425.00 Specs ▶ Dry Weight: 475 pounds▶ Shaft Length: 20-, 25-, 30-inch Built on an all-new 3.4-liter V6 platform, which is designed to be powerful, light, compact and fuel efficient, the latest outboard from Mercury sets a new benchmark in the marine industry. At 475 pounds, the 200 HP FourStroke is the lightest…