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Florida Sportsman March 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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United States
Idioma:
English
Editor:
KSE Sportsman Media, Inc.
Periodicidad:
Monthly
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3 min.
are you fee'd up yet?

There’s this little joint in Key Largo where we like to go to catch our breath now and then, The Pelican Cottages. Nothing fancy, nice place to bring a boat. The dock is on the “Gulf side,” on Buttonwood Sound. Fine waters for sunset cruises, kayaking, and the like. If the breeze nudges you a little west, watch it, Pal—you might cross the line. Now you’re in Everglades National Park. Not until very recently had I thought much about that boundary. Drifting for seatrout and snappers, enjoying sunsets over the last 20 years or so: We were in a park? This year, that distinction matters. Everglades National Park now requires anyone crossing into park waters to pay an entry fee. Now, I’m accustomed to paying a park entry fee when we drive through…

3 min.
help write a new lake o playbook

Here’s your chance to help stop harmful Lake Okeechobee releases to the east and west, events which have proved just as hazardous to humans as to seagrasses, oysters, fish and other coastal life forms. As you may know, Lake releases containing microcystis cyanobacteria—a toxic, blue-green algae—have created a human health crisis in both the St. Lucie and Caloosahatchee estuaries. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, which manages the releases, has acknowledged during Congressional testimony that discharges from Lake Okeechobee containing microcystis cyanobacteria are hazardous to human health, and most hazardous where the blooms meet salt water. Research has linked long-term neurological disorders—Alzheimer’s, ALS and Parkinson’s diseases—to microcystis cyanobacteria and its breakdown products. We’ve also seen how stockpiling water in Lake O, which leads to the releases, has starved Florida Bay of…

1 min.
beyond spring break

With two and a half miles of gorgeous white sand beaches and lots of backwaters, St. Andrews State Park is a popular destination. Over 750,000 folks visit the park annually, but it is big enough that it never seems overly crowded. Lots of birds, gators and other wildlife are seen in the park by visitors, but it’s the fishing that draws the most attention. St. Andrews State Park offers a world of great fishing—several worlds, really. Anglers can wade fish the inside waters of St. Andrews Bay/Grand Lagoon north of the park and find redfish, speckled trout, and flounder. This inside area is a great kayak fishing spot. Starting sometime in late March or April, Spanish mackerel begin roaming the beaches and the pass. There is a fine fishing pier which points…

2 min.
if you go

GAME PLAN: Book trip with local guide for inshore and offshore fishing or slide your own boat into the waters and motor or paddle until fish show up. Wade fishing always a good choice. Live shrimp works best, but soft plastic shrimp imitations are very good. Early and late topwater fishing can be outstanding in Grand Lagoon north of the park. Captain Matt Smith (Panama City Inshore, 850-527-2336) advises anglers to throw heavy spoons, Gotcha plugs and heavy bucktails for Spanish mackerel in the pass and off the beaches. WHEN: Spring and summer are peak tourist season, and crowds can be thick. Although the Panama City Beach area was once a prime spring-break destination for college students and other folks, behavior is much improved because of stricter law enforcement on the…

2 min.
best boat

REGULATOR 24XO The latest addition to the popular XO Crossover series from Regulator Marine is the all-new 24XO. The popularity of the XO series for this company speaks to the need of many boaters for a versatile hull equally comfortable in fresh water or the shallow backwaters in the salt, while also providing a capable option to explore beyond the jetties for offshore enthusiasts alike. Three forward insulated 190-quart compartments and a pair of aft 25-gallon livewells along with a 51-quart forward cooler seat serve the needs of anglers and cruisers equally. Add luxury seating and a stand-up head compartment to Regulator’s list of comfort options and this 24-footer becomes a standout in her class. Length is 24 feet, 4 inches. Beam is 8 feet, 5 inches. Weight with power is…

3 min.
fair weather sailfish

On days when the ocean is engulfed in whitecaps, the big 40-foot-plus sportfishermen are likely out there battling waves in search of sailfish and, possibly, lucrative tournament payouts. Their crews may be pulling hundreds of dollars worth of fresh mullet on the complex dredge teasers, and fresh ballyhoo on their hooks. But when the wind and seas lay down, out come fishermen just as capable—if perhaps minimalist in their approach. Matt George of Stuart, FL, is a good representative of Florida’s committed and resourceful fair-weather billfish fleet. If you don’t think these guys catch their numbers, think again. Matt has a 22-foot Islamorada Bay Boat. He has no outriggers, and he uses no downriggers. He pulls the same Fishrazr strip teaser every day, and fishes only three lines at a time. He…