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Florida Sportsman

Florida Sportsman June 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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3 Min.
snapping up gulf riches

Thirty folks. Twelve Texans. Three from Louisiana. One each from Mississippi and ‘Bama. A lucky thirteen from Florida. That’s the “one percenters” club, commercial fishers holding at least that much of a share in the Gulf red snapper Individual Fishing Quota (IFQ) program. A few hundred more hold less than that, but for now let’s reflect on what it means to be a one-percenter. Many of the one-percenters no doubt received their shares back in 2007, when the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) went live with the IFQ snapper program. The percentages were granted based on historical landings in the 1990s. That’s granted, as in free. Here we are, almost 30 years later: Government announces annual catch limits for snapper, guys who fished during the Clinton administration get to keep their share, fish…

3 Min.
bahia honda state park

In 1935 the Labor Day Hurricane struck the Florida Keys and destroyed Henry Flagler’s Florida East Coast Railway that linked Miami to Key West. Its 200-mph winds wreaked havoc on Bahia Honda Key, sending a 17-foot flood tide over the island. Recovery took years. In 1961, Bahia ( BAY-ah) Honda Key was given to the state of Florida. The 524-acre park quickly became popular with its crystal-clear water, epic fishing and white sand beaches. In the fall of 2017, Hurricane Irma slammed into Bahia Honda, again sending a surge over the island. Pre-Irma, tarpon, snapper, permit, bonefish, jack crevalle and barracuda went about their business among the boaters, campers and sun-worshippers who thronged to the beaches. Irma drastically reshaped the land- and seascape, but the good news is that the fishing…

2 Min.
new boats & power

TWIN VEE 240 CC This latest design from Twin Vee Powercats illustrates the company’s move towards more refined finish work and details. Beyond the smooth ride these boats are known for, twin hull boats have struggled to gain acceptance based on looks alone. This model certainly hits the mark for style points along with fishability. At 24 feet long and 8 feet, 8 inches wide, the 240 CC uses all available deck space wisely, offering a generous and stable platform for serious anglers or divers along with comfortable forward lounge seating for relaxing cruise outings. A total of 620 quarts of insulated storage, 40-gallon livewell and stow-away stainless transom boarding ladder, among many other features, are useful assets for a productive fish/dive outing. Base price $69,900. www.twinvee.com SILVER WAVE GRAND COSTA 230…

3 Min.
seatrout for star ters

For the next few months, spotted seatrout catches will figure into the Coastal Conservation Association Florida STAR event, the statewide anglers rodeo where participants submit catch reports via the STAR smartphone app or website. There are prizes awaiting for names drawn from trout submissions, as well as many other species (last month we touched on redfish). The fish don’t have to be killed, and in fact it’s common practice among anglers to release the big, roe-laden female trout that are sometimes caught in summer. How might you catch good numbers of trout? In summer, it’s pretty easy: Find the seagrass, find some moving tide, and you’ll find the fish. Trout hunt pinfish, grunts, shrimp and other edibles in the turtlegrass, shoal grass and manatee grass matrix that makes up much of…

1 Min.
register for 2019 cca florida star

• Conservation, data collection and education, plus prizes and scholarships valued at nearly $500,000, makes CCA Florida STAR the state’s can’t-miss summer-long fishing competition. • Saturday, May 25 to Labor Day, September 2, 2019 • 101-day competition offers prizes in 17 divisions including tagged, non-tagged, inshore and offshore species. • Largest family-friendly saltwater fishing competition in Florida • Amazing prizes for anglers of all ages and skill levels • STAR uses the social media-based event to educate the public on the importance of protecting Florida’s marine resources. • “Catch, photo and release,” format uses a smart phone app to document the catch. No need to harvest or transport fish. • Anglers have their shot at brand new boat, motor and trailer packages, cash, marine electronics, Yamaha motors, all-terrain vehicles, scholarships and much more. • Entry is only $40…

3 Min.
mullet, part ii

Rigging the classic deboned mullet is easy, and with a little practice it will become part of your everyday spread. I don’t pull them nearly as often as I’d like, but I’ve caught three dolphin over 50 pounds, and they’ve all come on a whole deboned mullet. All three fish struck on the surface, but it’s on a planer or downrigger that a deboned mullet really shines. The best size mullet for deboning are 8 to 10 inches long. Start by scaling the head. Next, make a small cut on each side of the spine starting directly at the back of the head, and cutting back approximately 1 ½ inches. Reaching in with a pair of small scissors, snip and remove about the first half inch of the backbone. Next, remove the…