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Florida Sportsman

November 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.

United States
KSE Sportsman Media, Inc.
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12 Issues


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florida sportsman

PUBLISHER Blair Wickstrom FOUNDER IN MEMORIAM Karl Wickstrom EDITORIAL STAFF EDITOR IN CHIEF Jeff Weakley ART DIRECTOR Drew Wickstrom CONSERVATION EDITOR Mike Conner BOATING EDITOR George LaBonte PROJECTS EDITOR Rick Ryals ASSOCIATE EDITOR Brenton Roberts FIELD EDITORS Pepe 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 EDITORS Carolee Boyles, David Brown, Corky Decker, R. Grant Gilmore, Peter Hinck, Willie Howard, Doug Kelly, Terry Lacoss, Tom Levine, Tim Lewis, David McGrath, Frank Sargeant, Peter Slis, Eric Wickstrom ONLINE ASSOCIATE Shelby Busenbark ADVERTISING Jim Langone (772) 763-2227 jim.langone@outdoorsg.com Rhett Nelson (772) 763-2226 rhett.nelson@outdoorsg.com Trey Wheeler (772) 763-2205 trey.wheeler@outdoorsg.com PRODUCTION MANAGER Jean McElroy (772) 763-2209 jean.mcelroy@outdoorsg.com FLORIDA SPORTSMAN RADIO Rick Ryals (904) 334-8808 OUTDOOR SPORTSMAN GROUP® PRESIDENT & CEO Jim Liberatore Chief Operating Officer, Publishing & Branded Media Mike Carney EVP, GROUP…

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’94: a november we remember

There was no reverse gear at Karl Wickstrom’s helm. During the last year of his life, I tried getting him to reflect on his success in publishing, his work promoting fisheries reform, his legacy of defending citizens’ access to waters, many other accomplishments. Nope. He would tell a funny story … and then field a phone call on plans to fix the Everglades. Doctors said heart failure took him. I figured the tides took him, as I never saw that heart give out. No doubt Karl would’ve devoted this column to proposing some fresh initiative. That the vote implementing Florida’s constitutional net-limitation amendment (his idea!) took place this month exactly 25 years ago, would’ve warranted maybe a one-liner. Sorry, Karl. I’m looking back. And, I’m assigning the work to you. Here’s an abridged version…

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lighthouse point

Shoehorned discreetly between the Intracoastal Waterway and Federal Highway (U.S. 1) —and situated diagonally across from Hillsboro Inlet and the Hillsboro Lighthouse, where it acquired its name—sits Lighthouse Point, Florida, a former mangrove swamp-turned-farmland that morphed into an upscale Broward boating community. Settled in the late 1940s, and later incorporated—first as a town in 1955 and then as a city in 1956—LHP soon began attracting boaters and fishermen. Lighthouse Point Marina recently celebrated its 50-year anniversary. Meanwhile, Tom Greene’s illustrious Custom Rod and Reel, has been in Lighthouse Point for 43. Tom, known as the snook-fishing guru, as well as long-time tackle merchant, also put LHP on the map. So did the Honorable Sandy Johnson, a New York transplant who currently serves as a City Commissioner. She’s a long-time LHP resident who’s…

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if you go

HILLSBORO INLET LIGHTHOUSE: Go figure! The namesake of Lighthouse Point… is not actually in Lighthouse Point. But it is located on a point, on the north side of Hillsboro Inlet, important passage for boaters heading offshore. Periodic tours are offered; call 954-942-2102. Also great live web cam at hillsborolighthouse.org. CHARTER AND DRIFT FISHING: Hillsboro Inlet Fishing Center ATTRACTIONS: Dine on seafood delicacies in an old-time casino and speakeasy, Cap’s Place (capsplace.com). Accessible only by water—a launch ferries patrons from Cap’s parking lot at Lighthouse Point Marina. Also drop in at RJ Boyle Studio on Federal Highway for bluewater tackle and unique artwork. SHORE FISHING: An updated Pompano Beach Pier is slated to reopen this fall. Great spot for Spanish mackerel, snappers, and a delicious, silvery member of the jacks family (wanna guess?). Another…

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sea fox 368 commander

The new flagship for Sea Fox, the 368 Commander rides solid and smooth thanks to the 23-degree deadrise bottom and a new lamination process adopted by Sea Fox for this model. A massive, foam-filled stringer grid is structurally integrated at multiple bonding points via resin infusion to the hull and deck, creating a rock solid structure that feels like much more than her 36-foot centerline should provide. The wise use of space for seating allows a quick conversion from cruising to tournament fishing. Forward seating includes a wrap-around scalloped high backrest facing aft with an electric actuated table that quickly raises from deck level to dining height. The center console includes a reclining sun lounge for two, with insulated drink compartment beneath the leg rest. A move to the helm area brings…

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notes from the crest

It is midnight without any moonlight as Capt. Nick Carullo winds up a sabiki rig of goggle-eyes flipping back and forth. “I like my baits to have a hardy layer so their scales don’t fall off,” he says. “Baits get red marks when they are caught and these marks usually appear a couple of days after it happens. They will either die or just not make the cut for tournament use.” Carullo goes on to explain that unmarred, well-fed bait will win out against marred baits which may have not eaten recently or regularly. This midnight foray is part of the dedication which wins sailfish tournaments. You will often find yourself in a steep competition as Carullo did with his teammates on day one of the Final Sail tournament, last April…