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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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KSE Sportsman Media, Inc.
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boat smart, boat safe

Jeff Weakley EDITOR IN CHIEF 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. Captain Rick Ryals fields questions on boats and bait-rigging at the FS Expo in Fort Myers. This year: Feb. 9-10. 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.…

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little bit of wild in palm beach

Basic collection of softplastics for snook and seatrout will be all this SUP angler needs. 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. John D. MacArthur Beach State Park Angler fights a mystery fish hooked in the Caribbean blue surf. THE MANGROVE OPTION Hoping to reach the beach? Follow the…

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seeing double

ALBEMARLE 27DCWith 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 Albemarle 27DC Length 27' 4" • Beam 8' 8" • Weight 8,000 lbs. ROBALO R317Robalo 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…

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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!…

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new gear

Looking for a compact power-assist reel to double as a kite-fishing reel and deepwater grocery-getter? The new Daiwa Tanacom 500 offers 550 yards of 40-pound braid capacity, 33 pounds of max (star) drag, all in a hand-sized, rigid aluminum package. Weight is 28 ounces, about the same as many 25-series non-electric trolling reels. $599. ■…

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dollars and sense

Good ideas, but... attach your wife’s beauty supplies to your truck and that outdoor shower might come in handy for more than just tackle-rinsing. 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…