It’s the Habitat, Stupid

Southwest Florida’s Rookery Bay restoration project will help restore tidal flow to vital juvenile fish habitat. Rookery Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve There’s a simple truth that most anglers understand intuitively: a fishery is only as healthy as the habitat that supports it. This holds true in both fresh and salt water, from trout to […]

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Watkins Wins His Third, Takes NPFL Kissimmee Crown

Taylor Watkins takes home the final NPFL Shield of the 2022 Season with the win on Kissimmee. With a 28-pound, 11-ounce giant bag on day three, Taylor Watkins becomes a three-time NPFL Champion with his win on the Kissimmee Chain of Lakes. Watkins weighed in 23-pounds, 12-ounces on day one and 17-pounds, 7-ounces on day two to […]

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Enter Florida’s Goliath Grouper Lottery

Goliath grouper can grow as big as a refrigerator. Anglers catch them in all different sizes. For those lucky enough to receive a permit and tag in 2023, keeper goliaths will have to measure somewhere in between 24 and 36 inches. More than 30 years have gone by since anglers in Florida have been able […]

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Fishing From a Stand-Up Paddleboard

Of all the ways to target different species of fish, none seems as unique as stepping on a paddleboard. Here’s why. The concept of minimalism simply means restricting yourself to the basic necessities and being as streamlined and efficient as possible, and this becomes particularly apparent in paddleboard fishing. Fishing from a boat allows for […]

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Sailfish Caught on Kayak Near Beach

Chuba needed help getting the kayak, and its outsized cargo, on the beach. Corey Chuba Navarre Beach, Florida, near Pensacola on the panhandle, has become a mecca for kayak fishermen. Its artificial reefs hold plenty of fish, and when billfish migrate to the area in September, you have a shot at catching a fish half […]

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Popular Baitfish Successfully Grown at Fish Farm

This croaker was raised from an egg in captivity in early 2022. Nicole Kirchhoff Many snook, redfish, grouper, and trout anglers believe a 4- to 8-inch croaker is the most productive live bait available, particularly in the surf, around jetties, and over shallow grass flats. Farther north along the Atlantic coast, anglers use croakers to […]

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The Best Lures to Throw During the Mullet Run

One of the most popular species to target during the mullet run are full-grown tarpon. Spotting them along the beach is much easier than actually landing them. Ben Holtzclaw There are 78 species of mullet and each one has a unique appearance and behavior. Imitating them, some of the most common backwater baitfish, is key […]

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The Best Permit Fishing Records of All Time

For some anglers, a permit is a dream catch. The hard-fighting fish is tough to handle no matter its size. Below, check out the top current world records for this bucket-list species. There’s just something about sight casting to a large permit cruising crystalline water. Swimming just below the surface in the flats or other […]

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Rare Redfish Hybrid Caught in Florida

Have you seen a drum like this? The fish looks similar to a redfish, but it also has characteristics of a black drum. Capt. Billy Rotne Captain Billy Rotne, of Ponce Inlet Charters, positioned his friend within range of a school of black drum and redfish mixed together in Florida’s Indian River Lagoon. In front […]

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Florida Updates Redfish Regulations

Redfish are a popular Florida inshore species. State regulators approved changes to the redfish regulations to help support the population. Alex Suescun Fisheries management and controversy seem to go hand-in-hand. The real problem is that in many cases, the management process creates winners and losers. While this is an unfortunate reality, I always hope that […]

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One Redfish Limit Returns to Southwest Florida

Redfish were protected in Southwest Florida after a red tide caused a massive fish kill in 2018. In September, anglers can once again keep one for the table. Bob McNally At its May meeting, Florida’s Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) made some significant harvest changes to the state’s popular red drum (redfish) fishery. (“Harvest” […]

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