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Florida Sport Fishing November/December 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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in this issue

2 min.
bahamas strong

▸ WE’VE ALL SEEN THE DEVASTATION. With sustained wind speeds of 185 mph and storm surge as high as 23 feet, Hurricane Dorian first made landfall in Elbow Cay. The historic storm swirled over the Abacos for 36 straight hours before pounding Grand Bahama Island, leaving a trail of destruction in its wake. Dorian was the first major hurricane of the 2019 season and the most powerful storm to hit The Bahamas since record keeping began, with some wind gusts reaching 220 mph. Entire communities have been swept away and many families displaced, with the extent of the damage truly overwhelming. Early estimates included 15,000 homes severely damaged or completely destroyed and 70,000 residents left with nothing more than the shirt on their back. If the eye of the storm wandered…

3 min.
call in the cavalry

▸ I'VE BEEN BOATING MY ENTIRE LIFE, but I'm new to open water environments. In the event of an emergency, I want to be found fast. What’s the difference between an Emergency Position Indicating Radio Beacon and Personal Locator Beacon? Is it true that EPIRBs are only useful if my boat sinks? Personal floatation devices and inflatable life rafts save lives by extending one’s time in the water while waiting for rescue efforts, but how long do you want to drift with the current before being found? Fortunately, modern technology provides boaters and outdoorsmen with a host of advanced devices that can help search and rescue crews find you fast. The two most popular safety tools for mariners are EPIRBs and PLBs. Designed specifically for marine use, EPIRBs transmit a 406 MHz…

4 min.
ghost nets

▸ MODERN CENTER CONSOLES ARE OUTFITTED with complex livewell systems capable of housing multiple forage species within hundreds of gallons of recirculating seawater. However, even with the best pumps and plumbing fixtures you can really only reap the full rewards if you care for captives in the best possible manner by embracing the most disciplined handling practices. Though sometimes the only option, buying live bait is not the best method of procurement. The most successful captains know that catching, penning and feeding baitfish for weeks produces fish that are far superior in their abilities to attract keen-eyed predators. You’ll also save money and achieve a level of gratification that only comes with enticing quality fish on bait that you invested your own time and energy to catch. Anglers around the state…

4 min.
numbers game

▸ PREMIUM SUPERLINES WOVEN WITH high molecular weight polyethylene fibers revolutionized the industry by influencing the way anglers approach unique fisheries and also how manufacturers design the latest rods, reels and lures. Thanks to ultra-thin diameter braid, anglers have pushed tackle and technique to the extremes and continue to excel in the development of new angling methodology once unfathomable. The benefits of fishing with braid are numerous and include reduced diameters at any given strength, low memory, greater line capacity and heightened sensitivity. In combination with these attributes, braid has allowed anglers to explore new depths and improve bait presentation across all venues. From daytime swordfishing to drop-shotting Lake O largemouth, braid is arguably the most significant development in the history of sport fishing. When it comes to manufacturing technique-specific braid, the…

4 min.
point blank

▸ AMID A FIRM UNDERSTANDING of how the changing tide influences game fish staging and feeding habits, equipment selection cannot be overlooked. Complementing silky smooth reels and industry-leading terminal tackle, modern inshore rods cater to the demands of meticulous lure fishermen with designs enhancing power, sensitivity and strike detection. In order to achieve the varied actions necessary for the many inshore presentations utilized across Florida’s wide-ranging shallow water environs, manufacturers employ vastly different blank engineering and construction techniques. Graphite is the most common material comprising inshore rods, with sheets of composite fabric rolled around a cylindrical mandrel and cured using extremely high temperatures. The multi-step process creates tensile strength, sometimes called high strain, and stiffness usually referred to as modulus. The challenge facing builders is that as graphite rod blanks become…

12 min.
holiday hot list

The most wonderful time of the year also brings a perfect storm of stress. Fighting traffic, family drama and weight gain adds to the associated festive torment of overwhelming wish lists, especially when it comes to choosing gifts for certain people. Fishermen are notoriously difficult to shop for, we admit it. We either have what we want or know exactly what we want. And with an explosion of sophisticated tackle, equipment, electronics and apparel hitting the market, shopping for the avid angler in your life is more challenging than ever before. From surefooted deck boots to backcountry better haves, polarized sunglasses, aged rum and much more, we’ve curated the season’s top gifts for the avid angler you care most about. Even if it’s yourself! 1. Papa's Pilar Blonde Rum Inspired by Ernest…