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Florida Sportsman

Florida Sportsman

November 2020

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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1 min.
the predator conundrum

If you end up feeding your hookups to sharks, Goliath grouper or porpoises, fish somewhere else, please. If you lose a regu lated fish this way, it should count against your limit, if you look upon it ethically. It is the subject of hot debate all over Florida. Many anglers blame the “overpopulation” of sharks, which can be argued further; or shark-feeding operations, which may con dition sharks to come to the dinner bell; or porpoises, you name it. Rarely will you hear anglers say maybe our predictable behaviors are part of the problem. Many bag limits are being decreased as of late, on quality table species that fall victim to predators when released to “get bigger.” They rarely get bigger when released exhausted over wrecks and fishy features that hold…

1 min.
big bend discovery: keaton beach flats

What You’ll Find: November through April are the best months for sight-fishing this stretch of coastline. But spring and fall can have larger concentrations of fish along with more rain, which affects water clarity. The hotter summer months cause the reds to move to deeper areas where sight fishing is not an option. How to Get There: The Keaton Beach Boat Ramp. Bait and Tackle: Wilson’s Bait & Tackle, Big Bend Outfitters, both in Perry. Lodging Keaton Beach Vacation Rentals. Fishing charters Capt. Jay Carson, Plug and Fly Charters, 850-371-1022.…

9 min.
on the front lines offshore

Offshore anglers know there’s blue water and there’s blue water. When you cross into the main flow of the Gulf Stream or one of those huge eddies in the deep Gulf of Mexico, the water turns so blue it’s almost purple, electric. You can see down 100 feet or more. It’s like clouds parting after a cold front, the dust and green of the coastal waters blown free. The temptation among novice anglers is to celebrate that blue water, put the baits out and get ready. Surely this is where the big fish roam, the tunas, wahoo, marlin and mahi. No more of the pedestrian kingfish, bonito and barracudas of the coast. The truth, though, is that fishing prospects in deep, open blue water are limited. The stuff you think you want to…

4 min.

Short on Daylight, Long on Options This month really kicks off our winter fisheries throughout the region. Days will be short, as daylight savings time ends on the 1st of the month. Cooler air and cooler water are refreshing to both us and the fish, after a hot summer. I really like to start my hunt for pompano this month, as they begin to show up with consistency. These fish are always on the move, so it is often a run-and-gun game, working drop-offs, holes and channels with pompano jigs (the brightly painted ones with the little accessory flies), until you find them. If you catch one, chances are there’s more, as these fish move in packs. They move with the tide, so staying with them is important. If they stop biting,…

4 min.

School Days Our big three inshore species are snook, redfish and trout and we are in a great time of year for all three. As a reminder, in this region harvest is still closed on all of them so brush up on your fish handling skills for careful catch-and-release. Snook are showing up further inland every week and there are now good numbers in the river mouths and in the canal systems in Punta Gorda, Port Charlotte and Cape Coral. The bigger whitebait that’s on the flats this month is killer for these inland snook. Redfish are running the mangrove shorelines and exploring up into the tidal creeks. Points, pockets and creek mouths are all good bets and can be fished in prospect mode or by simply setting up and waiting for…

4 min.
big bend

Reliable Reefs Forty years ago, when I started fishing the Big Bend, towns like Cedar Key, Suwannee and Steinhatchee were small and mostly inhabited by commercial fishermen. There were no condos and few recreational anglers had the means to fish very deep or very shallow. Channels were either poorly marked or nonexistent and navigation by compass was the norm. Social changes have definitely changed these places. But geology is a hard, unchanging master and thus, with a few exceptions, the natural structure of our coastline has remained the same for thousands of years. Yes, we’ve had storms, flooded rivers, and boondoggles like the Cross Florida Barge Canal attempting to cut the Florida peninsula in half. For the most part, most islands, natural reefs and channels remain. One of the best examples of an…