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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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KSE Sportsman Media, Inc.
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florida sportsman

PUBLISHER Blair WickstromFOUNDER IN MEMORIAM Karl WickstromEDITORIAL STAFFEDITOR IN CHIEF Jeff WeakleyART DIRECTOR Drew WickstromBOATING EDITOR George LaBontePROJECTS EDITOR Rick RyalsASSOCIATE EDITOR Brenton Roberts FIELD EDITORSPepe Gonzalez (KEYS), Alan Sherman (SOUTH), Steve Dall (10,000 ISLANDS), Ralph Allen (SOUTHWEST), Bill Sargent (EAST CENTRAL), Ray Markham (WEST CENTRAL), Tommy Thompson (BIG BEND), William Greer (NORTHWEST), Chaz Heller (PANHANDLE), Brett Fitzgerald (TROPICS) CONTRIBUTING EDITORSCarolee Boyles, David Brown, Mike Conner, Corky Decker, R. Grant Gilmore, Peter Hinck, Willie Howard, Doug Kelly, Cameron Kirkconnell, Jamion Kries, Terry Lacoss, Tom Levine, Tim Lewis, David McGrath, Frank Sargeant, Peter Slis, Eric WickstromONLINE ASSOCIATE Shelby Busenbark ADVERTISINGJim Langone (772) 763-2227 jim.langone@outdoorsg.comRhett Nelson (772) 763-2226 rhett.nelson@outdoorsg.comTrey Wheeler (772) 763-2205 trey.wheeler@outdoorsg.com PRODUCTION MANAGERJean McElroy (772) 219-7400 ext. 209 FLORIDA SPORTSMAN RADIORick Ryals (904) 334-8808 PRESIDENT & CEO Jim Liberatore…

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snapping up gulf riches

Another one for the market. The real fish grab occurred in 2007, when lucractive transferable quotas were handed out. Houston Chronicle photo. Thirty folks.Twelve Texans. Three from Louisiana. One each from Mississippi and ‘Bama. A lucky thirteen from Florida. Jeff Weakley EDITOR IN CHIEFThat’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…

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bahia honda state park

Charter customers celebrate a Bahia Honda tarpon catch. Above: Morning sun lights up the landmark steel bridge. (Bahiahondatarponcharters.com; Tom Stack) 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…

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new boats & power

TWIN VEE 240 CCThis 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 Twin Vee…

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seatrout for star ters

Young participant in last year's STAR holds up a spotted seatrout eligible for entry in the Seatrout Open, Youth, Kayak or Conservation divisions. You pick! 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,…

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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…