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Florida Sport Fishing January/February 2020

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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.
flying high

THANKS TO THEIR PORTABILITY, easy flight controls and reasonable purchase price, it is easy to see why drones are rapidly gaining popularity across nearly every segment of the production industry. In the most cost-effective means, sensational aerials, dynamic running shots and never before seen angles are now accomplished with apparent ease. In the production of Florida Sport Fishing TV, we’re no strangers to drones and over the past few seasons have experienced our share of highs and lows with these modern marvels, including hair-raising flyaways and tragic nosedives. However, not all flights end in the drink and we continue to get a big kick when reviewing the footage during each episode’s pre-production process. To our surprise, it seems our drone pilot might be missing a thing or two. You can’t blame…

3 min.
high pressured

THERE ARE CERTAINLY DIFFICULTIES involved, but I cannot comprehend how the marine forecast is so inaccurate at times. It’s nice to be surprised by calm conditions when they are calling for a gale, but I lose a lot of trips over dramatized forecasts. Sometimes I question if NOAA really knows? – Captain Tom Anderson We’re quick to kill the messenger when a forecast doesn’t pan out, but it’s important to understand that predicting the weather is far from a perfect science. Meteorologists at NOAA’s National Weather Service (NWS) develop local marine predictions based on computer models that produce wind forecasts through numerical data. The scalable dynamical core takes equations describing movement in the atmosphere and translates them into computer-solvable language. These calculations represent a proximations that could very well contain errors.…

4 min.
prickly ploy

WHILE THEY AREN’T AS ELEGANT compared to threadfin herring with long-flowing dorsal filaments, pinfish are the most numerically dominant forage species found along inshore seagrass communities of the Atlantic coast and Gulf of Mexico. Widespread anglers cherish these petite porgy for their abilities to entice prized game fish, but it is believed they have a much greater significance. Carefully hold a pinfish in the palm of your hand and you’ll question why any fish would willingly consume such a spiky bait. The meal must be well worth the pain because without a moment’s hesitation, almost every predator residing in the shallows will readily pounce on a properly presented pinfish. While anglers are keenly aware of their benefits, scientists are looking to uncover a greater understanding of their ecological interactions within estuarine…

4 min.
straight up with a twist

COUNTLESS SPECIES-SPECIFIC RIGGING TECHNIQUES EXIST in attempts to present natural bait near the seafloor, but the simple dropper rig is well established in producing various snapper species, tilefish, seabass, porgy, croaker, triggerfish, sheepshead and much more. Commonly referred to as a high-low rig, this branching configuration of leader material positions hooks above the weight for more effective detection of subtle bites. The upright approach also prevents hooks from making contact with sticky structure below. Depending on the depth of water and target species, dropper rigs can be fashioned to exacting particulars regarding the size of branch lines, distance between hooks and also the number of drops. A two-hook configuration like this takes a bit more time to craft than a Carolina rig, but can be quickly and easily modified to accommodate…

5 min.
refraction factor

WHILE ADVANCES IN RAW MATERIALS and manufacturing methods continue to enrich our angling experiences, fluorocarbon leader remains the superior choice for a great variety of saltwater applications. To fully value the stealth and abrasion resistance of modern polyvinylidene-fluoride lines, we must first comprehend how light is absorbed and refracted within the water column. Refraction is the phenomenon to which rays of light change direction while passing through a certain medium. The higher the index of refraction, the slower light travels. What this means in terms of fishing line in the underwater realm is that light will bend when it hits a material with a dissimilar index. The larger the difference between two materials the more light that will be reflected, resulting in a clear line that’s noticeably visible. Saltwater at a salinity…

4 min.
gear guide

Reel Rack Big Game Rack While ambitious pursuits with Florida’s big game targets are hard on our wide-ranging arsenals, a majority of rod and reel damage occurs as a result of poor storage. Now, anglers can safely display their favorite outfits with this sleek rod rack designed to neatly accommodate 11 traditional outfits, with the option to convert 5 receivers to store bent butt rods. Fabricated from Starboard and featuring beveled edges with a smooth finish, this is the last rod rack you’ll ever have to purchase. 30” x 17” x 9” 19 lbs. myreelrack.com $198.25 Z-Man Texas Eye Jighead Merging a weedless Texas rig with a pivoting jighead, the Texas Eye Jighead gives anglers an unbeatable advantage. Designed to easily shed grass and prevent fouling, the flat sided head with oversized eyes and upturned eyelet produces…