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Florida Sportsman February 2019

Florida Sportsman is the complete fishing magazine for Florida and the Tropics. Devoted to fishing, boating, and outdoor activities in the Sunshine State, Florida Sportsman is the authoritative source for Florida's most active fishermen.

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boat smart, boat safe

It’s pretty much always boat show season in Florida, but February takes it to another level. If you’re in the market, we’d like to think you’ll find your next chariot at our very own Florida Sportsman Expo in Fort Myers, Feb. 9-10. Or maybe the Miami International Boat Show Feb. 14-18. Or Bonita Springs Feb. 28-Mar. 3. Or any number of venues in between. First time shopping? You’ll no doubt get all kinds of advice. If you ask me, I’d start by pointing you to George LaBonte and Rick Ryals, hosts of our Best Boat TV and frequent contributors to this magazine. The captains share insights on all manner of boat topics, from design fundamentals to equipment and proper vessel handling. As for my own advice, I’ll offer two pieces: One, buy yourself an…

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little bit of wild in palm beach

A short ways north of Palm Beach Inlet on Singer Island, between lines of high-rise condos, sits a 436-acre testament to South Florida’s biodiversity. Real estate magnate John D. MacArthur—upon recognizing the value of this remarkable parcel—donated the land to the state. In 1989, MacArthur Park—the only state park in Palm Beach County—came into being. Nowadays, not only beach-goers, but fishermen, kayakers, bicyclists, students, naturalists of every description—in fact, all manner of outdoor enthusiasts—are enjoying MacArthur’s legacy. THE MANGROVE OPTION Hoping to reach the beach? Follow the winding entrance road to one of two tree-shaded parking lots, then head south on foot to the wooden bridge. Here you can either hoof it or ride the tram over the one third mile-long structure that spans a salty lagoon that runs the length of the…

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seeing double

ALBEMARLE 27DC With over four decades as a builder of smooth-riding, deep-vee express fishing boats, Albemarle hasn’t lost sight of the fact that boating families have broad interests. Albemarle recently introduced the 27DC Dual Console model, featuring family-friendly amenities such as bow-to-stern seating, private electric head and freshwater shower, ample dry and insulated storage and a roomy shade top with enclosure. All punctuate the practical design of a dual console boat with a high-seas pedigree. National advertised pricing for this 27-footer is $212,719. See www.albemarleboats.com ROBALO R317 Robalo introduces its biggest model to date, the R317. Among other clever design features, the boat has three separate relaxation zones: loop-shaped forward seating; twin helm chairs and L-shaped settee under shade to port; and the industry leading convertible “Vista-View” electric lounge pad. Wondering if it’s…

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cut to the chase

Much like the argument about which hulls raise the most fish, each lifelong fish-cleaner has an idea on just what knives are best for cleaning fish. I’ll narrow it down and suggest three basic blades—with a possible fourth. For starters, you’ll want a 7- or 8-inch all-around fillet knife. For big fish such as groupers and cobia, I prefer the stiffness and edge-holding quality of an 8-inch Dexter Russell or Forschner. A second, smaller blade—thin and flexible—is also valuable. A 4-incher, such as the classic Rapala Fish N Fillet with the wood handle, is my “go-to” knife for cutting the backbone out of a “cutback” mullet or trimming a bonito strip to swim perfectly. It’s also ideal for cutting the backside off a flounder—you want all that great meat you can take! The…

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dollars and sense

WASHDOWN FOR THE TRUCK It’s inevitable: No matter how good you wipe down your feet, beat your shoes, or try to tip toe through the grime, you’re going to get sand in your vehicle after wading or walking down the beach. I realized I could avoid all of the above with a $5, one-gallon weed sprayer from Walmart. I fill it up at home and when I leave the truck, I put it in the bed. A quick spray off of my feet, boots and waders (if wearing any) and even my rod and reel, and I’m good as new! No batteries required, none of that, pump the handle a few times and you’re pressurized. For $5, even a once-a-year investment is cheaper than taking your vehicle to the car wash. FOAM ROD…

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call the fly doctor

They’re feeding on something; looks like your fly, but you’re not getting a sniff. Wrong size? Wrong color? Wrong sink rate? You might change flies, or you might change your fly. A bit of doctoring sometimes does the trick. SIZE DOWN In my experience, fussy fish that won’t eat a 3- or 4-inch Deceiver often go ballistic over a smaller offering. I keep a pair of fly-tying scissors in my fly box, for just that reason. A quick haircut has worked wonders for me while casting at big false albies. Same for hard-fished docklight snook. When the fish want smaller prey, I trim my fly down in length and girth to shrink the profile. Recently, I was frustrated by bluegills and big tilapia in my neighborhood pond. Just before sunset the ’gills were rising and sipping…