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Florida Sportsman April 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.
beware of tarpum

Tarpon fishing is an enduring pursuit. What else can we say? Way back in 1876, hopeful Florida travelers received this advice from an article in Forest and Stream magazine: “…beware of a great and dangerous fish known to the natives as the ‘tarpum.’ A fisherman seeing tarpum should remove his bait from the water to keep his tackle from being destroyed.” Obviously, you know what that fish was. And, you know the rest of the story. Never much good at following instructions, anglers eventually figured out how to catch these tarpum without destroying (much) tackle. The operation can still be a little on the dangerous side. One night, back in the heyday of the MirrOlure Purple Demon, I was fishing in a canoe in a Miami Dade canal. I hooked a tarpon which…

3 min.
let’s make earth

Oyster bars, mangrove islands, grass flats and grass shorelines, good ole wet-terra firma, nothing impacts the future of our inshore fisheries more than nature’s natural filters, shoreline protectors and oxygen producers. And possibly even more important, to some of you, than snook, reds and trout, are the questions we share relating to our own future quality of life, especially in the lower third of the state. With experts predicting increased coastal erosion and flooding on the horizon, there are some things we can do to begin slowing the effects of climate change, which is needed. But, in the short term there are things we can be doing right now, today, which will improve our fisheries and not coincidently will help mitigate the effects of sea level rise. And how are we going…

2 min.
down a sleepy creek

Thousands of motorists pass right over Lofton Creek each day not realizing how good the fishing is in this brackish tidal estuary. Lofton Creek is quite narrow but opens into a wide tidal river downstream. Within a hundred yards south of the Melton Nelson ramp, fishermen will find a deep turn in the river where several largemouth bass weighing over the ten-pound mark have been caught. This popular fishing hole is properly named the “Horseshoe” after Captain Richard Sheets,who has a memorial plaque on a nearby cypress tree. Bass fishermen working the first mile of water south from the boat ramp will find a panorama of cypress trees, lily pads, boat docks and feeder creek mouths. Work a weightless black plastic worm with blue metal flakes slowly at shoreline cover. Or,…

1 min.
if you go

WHERE: Lofton Creek, major tributary of the Nassau River in northeast Florida. BOAT RAMPS: Melton Nelson Memorial Park and public boat ramp on SR 200 (AIA) five miles west of Amelia Island. Creek fishermen can also launch at the Nassau Landing public boat ramp at 436 Edwards Road, good for fishing the lower reaches. After launching, you will have a short ride downriver to reach the mouth of Lofton Creek. Fishermen launching their fishing boat here will also have the option of fishing Thomas, Boggy and Mills creeks as well for both fresh and saltwater species. PADDLE TOURS: Amelia Island Kayak guides guests in Lofton Creek; they charter 4-10 kayaks almost every day that I’m fishing there. Typically they go up the creek where most boats can’t go and there is a…

2 min.
best boat

OLD TOWN SPORTSMAN AUTOPILOT 120 Old Town Canoe & Kayak premiered its newest high-tech model at the inaugural Bassmaster B.A.S.S. Nation Kayak Series. The serious fishing machine features Minn Kota Spot-Lock Technology, allowing kayak fishermen to motor quickly to a location and hold position in current or wind with the simple push of a button on the i-Pilot remote. Easily deploy motor when launching or landing. Battery storage under seat with quick connect. Stand to sight cast with comfort and ease. Ready to personalize with four built-in accessory tracks, and flush mounted forward & backward facing rod holders. Length is 12 feet. Width is 37 inches. Hull weight comes in at 85 pounds. Motor weighs 24 pounds. Powered by a 45-pound thrust, 12V Minn Kota motor with i-Pilot remote. MSRP $3,799.99.…

3 min.
let ’em run

Whatever happened to spinning reels equipped with a built-in freespool mechanism? The Shimano Baitrunners and the like. I’ve watched the popularity of such systems wax and wane over the years. Today, I think reels like this are poised for a comeback. It was round about 1990 when “Baitrunner” style reels—to borrow a proprietary term from Shimano—gained the allegiance of saltwater anglers. Many of us were drifting or anchored, fishing baits from rods mounted in gunnels or T-tops. It was a great help, we found, to flip that lever to “free” and temporarily disengage the primary drag, substituting an alternate preset drag of much reduced resistance. The result: A fish takes the bait, swims with it and gulps it down without feeling pressure, a built-in dropback. To the spinning reel’s accepted merits…