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Florida Sport Fishing September/October 2019

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The most comprehensive resource for resident and visiting saltwater and freshwater anglers and boaters in Florida and beyond. Each issue is jam-packed with revealing editorials and informative departments complimented by award winning covers, spectacular photography and creative illustrations. Published by fishermen for fishermen!

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United States
South Florida Sport Fishing
6 Issues

in this issue

2 min.
camera shy

AS WE APPROACH ONE HUNDRED episodes of Florida Sport Fishing TV, I find myself taking a stroll down memory lane thinking about all of the shows we’ve filmed over the past eight seasons. We’ve successfully traveled coast-to-coast creating educational footage of Florida’s favorite sport fish. While trolling, jigging, deep dropping and kite fishing we've encountered swordfish, redfish, sailfish, tarpon, yellowfin tuna, golden tilefish and many more exciting species. Yet there's one particular light tackle target that continues to stand out and for all the wrong reasons. Perhaps the most prolific near-shore predator roaming both the Atlantic and Gulf, Spanish mackerel remain a thorn in my side by continuing to elude capture on camera. If I'm fishing alone, then I have no problem catching a few. But when that giant Pelican camera…

3 min.
grass master

A JOB TRANSFER RECENTLY PLANTED my family in Nassau County. The inshore fishing opportunities are excellent, but the tides here are huge! I really want to fish the flooded grass this fall though I’m afraid of getting stuck in the mud. How do the locals accurately time the giant tidal swings? – Paige McCallister The fishing in north Florida is phenomenal and anglers are gearing up for some of the best inshore opportunities of the entire year. From Amelia Island to the Matanzas Inlet, backwater estuaries come alive as extreme high tides flood coastal salt marshes. With acres of fiddler crabs not normally accessible, redfish and sheepshead are eager to investigate the fresh real estate. Unlike other areas of the state where tailing redfish are common occurrences, along the northeast coast inshore…

4 min.
chasing silver

AS TROPICAL WEATHER PATTERNS DISRUPT the Atlantic basin, water temperatures will begin to fall and prevailing southeast winds will gradually veer to the north. This highly anticipated changing of seasons ignites an incredible migration. With mullet inundating inlets, beaches and shallow backcountry venues in massive pulses, it’s best described as a full-on feeding frenzy lasting for weeks on end. Like autumn foliage changing colors, Floridians know that every fall mullet will wander south and cloud waters along the coast. As certain as this annual migration is, it never ceases to amaze. While Florida anglers have been patiently waiting for the action, mullet have been on high alert for weeks as they fight for their freedom while exiting coastal shallows of Mid-Atlantic States. Once they leave the safety of these inshore estuaries,…

4 min.
puncture perfect

SUCCESSFUL OFFSHORE ENDEAVORS can require substantial collections of specialized gear, with the greatest emphasis often placed on items with exorbitant price tags. However, seasoned captains and mates know that while expensive equipment is part of the game, several small and seemingly trivial tools carry a great deal of importance. Whether used for stitching, bridling or splicing, rigging needles are essential implements. Those who truly understand the necessity of flawless presentations rely on high-quality instruments to get the job done. Rigging needles are common commodities throughout sport fishing venues worldwide, though many anglers remain unaware of the different types that exist. There is a level of simplicity to a needle a few inches long with a point at one end and eye at the other, but the devil is in the details…

5 min.
pop star

POPPING CORKS ARE FUNDAMENTAL tools for catching seatrout, redfish and snook with natural and artificial baits. Most of us learned early on about their efficiency at triggering and signaling strikes. Now it’s for you to decide if a specific fishery calls for a clicking sound mimicking shrimp, or a gulping noise that simulates a wounded mullet skipping on the surface. As they forage the flats attacking quarry and driving helpless baitfish to the surface, predators on the prowl produce distinct noises and reverberations. Nearby game fish not wanting to miss out on an easy meal are also attracted to the sound of surface activity. In addition to mimicking this natural cadence, popping corks effectively control the depth your offering is being presented at and allow for long distance casting of lightweight…

3 min.
gear guide

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