Archive for February, 2017

2011 Jeep Wrangler Sport Upgrades

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Originally Posted by firefighter17
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Welcome.

If you’re going to go off-road I would start with diff covers and some skid plates… Protect what you’ve already paid for.

My suggestion is you drive the Jeep for a couple of months minimum and figure out what you want to be capable of doing. As far as getting hung up sooner or later, doesn’t matter what size tire you have your going to have to use a winch. Find some guys that are built and do hard trails and catch a ride, Then decide if that something you want to be capable of and plan your build around that!

You’re running a D30 upfront… Depending on what is the ultimate size tire you want to run you’re probably going to have to reinforce that with either sleeves or truss and gusset the C’s. Bigger tire means deeper gears, it makes no sense to put lockers in until you know what gears you ultimately want to run. And that decision will be based on what size tires and what capability you ultimately want.

Definitely look into disconnects, you can probably find a set on WF classifieds, CL, or purchased brand-new from one of our vendors.

Take care of what you have right now, see if you can find any maintenance records. If not, then look into changing your fluids and start keeping a log of all the maintenance AND MODS that you do to the vehicle. This will help if you ever decide to sell it, have an accident or there ever becomes an issue. Good luck, enjoy what you have right now!

The vast majority of people are on a budget. Plan out your build, make sure that’s what you really want NOT just what you want right now. Then start to put together a plan on how you’re going to pay for it. Learning to do the work yourself will save you a tremendous amount of money by not having to pay labor. There’s an entire thread on modifications people regret doing. And as many regrets there’s just as many reasons why they did that particular modification at the time. Most of it can be tracked down to failure to do research. Build your rig once, build it right and you’ll have something you will enjoy for a long time! Remember, the majority of the advice you’re going to get here is good, however, a lot of people tend to recommend what they did with their Jeep rather than what’s right for YOU!

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Casting for Escape to Margaritaville announced

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From Broadway.com: “Paul Alexander Nolan Set to Star in Broadway-Aimed Escape to Margaritaville’s World Premiere

Paul Alexander Nolan will sink his teeth into a starring role (and perhaps a cheeseburger in paradise?) in the Broadway-aimed Jimmy Buffett musical Escape to Margaritaville. The Bright Star standout will headline the production’s world premiere at La Jolla Playhouse. He is set to play Tully, a part-time bartender and singer. Broadway alums Alison Luff and Lisa Howard will take on the roles of Rachel and Tammy, respectively. Performances of the Christopher Ashley-helmed musical are scheduled to begin on May 9. As previously announced, a Great White Way opening is slated for spring 2018.

The new show will feature Buffett’s classic hits, as well as original songs from the singer/songwriter. The story, crafted by book writers Greg Garcia and Mike O’Malley, follows a Nolan’s character Tully at the titular tropical island resort as he questions his relaxed ways upon meeting (and falling in love with) a career-minded tourist.

The La Jolla engagement is scheduled to run through June 25. The production will then go to New Orleans’ Saenger Theatre from October 20 through 28. Performances at Houston’s Hobby Center will run from October 31 through November 5. The Chicago stint is set for November 9 through December 3. Further casting will be announced at a later date.

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Article source: http://www.buffettnews.com/2017/02/28/26620/

Turkey Hunt Setup for Success

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By Scott Ellis
Solutions to four common scenarios during the spring turkey hunt.

Plotting the course of a stubborn gobbler may yet yield late-morning success.

One of the most-overlooked aspects of successful spring gobbler hunting is the setup. Position is often the most important key to affording the hunter the best opportunity to harvest the bird. Below we will discuss four scenarios and some key factors that could seal the deal this spring.

1) Daybreak: Gobbler on the Roost

Once you have a gobbler answering your locator calls at daybreak, one of the oldest rules in the book is to slip in as close as possible to his position and then engage the gobbler. The farther you set up from a gobbler on the roost the more mishaps can occur. Two factors to consider when trying to work a gobbler from extended distances: One, other hunters can come between you and your quarry. Two, distance gives the hens plenty of time and space to intervene as you attempt to coax the tom into gun range.

Set up tight on the gobbler on the roost but be very careful not to spook him. If you have worked the gobbler previous hunts, he may be following some type of pattern after he flies down. Set up and begin your conversation where you have noted he is flying down and beginning his morning routine.

2) Setting Up in a Hurry

As exciting as “running and gunning” can be, it often creates an unsuccessful scenario as the hunter’s adrenaline levels are high and excitement blocks productive thought processes. As you’re easing along trying to elicit a response from a hot gobbler, be cognizant of a possible setup before you utter a sound. Survey your surroundings. Key on cover but ensure that it provides visibility. Do your best to quickly identify terrain features and avoid setups that could hinder the gobbler’s route to your location. Position yourself in his path of least resistance. Providing easy access to your setup makes calling him into gun range a more reasonable prospect.

3) Following the Leader

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Try the locator call to pinpoint his position.

If you have been pursuing a mouthy gobbler that is constantly moving away, it’s time to cease hen calling and position yourself in front of the gobbler’s apparent path. Utilize your locator calls such as a crow or hawk to pinpoint the tom’s position as you circle around to get in front of his route. Attempt to course his movement and his general direction. Take note if he is traveling the perimeter of a driedup pond, pasture edge or ridge. Attempting to plot his course will help you will choose a setup that could have the gobbler wander by in gun or bow range. As mentioned earlier, consider visibility and cover when choosing your setup.

4) Late Season, Less-Vocal Turkeys

Once the season starts winding down and the turkeys start becoming less vocal, I adjust my tactics. At this point it is imperative to set up in places where you know turkeys are frequenting even though the gobbling has waned. I will set up on logging roads, pasture edges or strut zones. Identify feeding areas that hens are utilizing.

If you can locate concentrations of hens, there is a strong possibility that there will be gobblers in the area. Once I have identified a turkey-rich environment, I then utilize available natural materials (limbs, brush and vegetation) to create a makeshift blind to mask movement. Ensure that the greenery you utilize is placed beyond the length of your shouldered shotgun barrel or bow at full draw. It is also imperative that your blind is not too high, hindering your vision or your ability to move if needed, ensuring a clean shot. Lastly, settle in for the long haul, as patience in this scenario will often prevail. Once I have set up, I begin producing soft subtle calling. This includes soft purrs , clucks and whines, occasionally throwing in very soft 3 to 5 note yelps. As well, incorporate the age-old tactic of scratching in the leaves while producing these calls, thus simulating a feeding hen.

Conclusion

Always be mindful of setting up where the gobbler wants to go. This will make calling him into gun range much easier. Hunt hard, hunt safe and good luck! FS

First Published Florida Sportsman Magazine March 2016

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Florida Turkey Hunting: Setting the Mood

Football Coach Eddie Gran of FSU harvested this 17-pound gobbler with a 9-inch beard and 1 1/4-inch spurs. Gran was hunting recently at BANG 57 Ranch in Okeechobee, where he enjoyed a short break from raising three kids, coaching and recruiting.
Turkey Season Reminders from NWTF

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Turkey Call Basics

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Turkey Calling Tips

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American Boating Congress a Success for Recreational Boating

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Kayak Seats

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Fly by Yak

Adding skirts or small lures in front of baits will let you pull them faster and will decrease the rate at which they wash out.
Trolling Speed and Bait Position

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Stocking Your Ditch Bag

Article source: http://www.floridasportsman.com/2017/02/28/turkey-hunt-setup-success/

Clean Up and Have Fun

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Join These Coastal Waterways Clean-up Sessions.

Across Florida this year, anglers will get a chance to lend a hand to make the waterways better at a series of Trash Tours organized by Swamp Head Brewery, Hell’s Bay Boatworks and Coastal Conservation Association Florida (CCA Florida). The series of trash cleanup events around the state will help clean up garbage from our coastal waterways, and participants will not only get the reward of a job well done, but enjoy free beverages and some takeaway gifts.

Each Trash Tour stop will be run as a tournament-style trash round up with a ton of prizes.

The 2017 Trash Tour dates and locations include:

• Cedar Key: Saturday, March 25, 6am-1pm, Cedar Cove Marina.

• Titusville: Saturday, April 22, 6am-1pm, Parrish Park.

• Jacksonville: Saturday, June 10, 6am-1pm, Jim King Park Boat Ramp at Sisters Creek Marina.

• Steinhatchee: Saturday, August 26, 6am-1pm, Sea Hag Marina.

• St. Augustine: Saturday, November 4, 6am-1pm, Location TBD.

Come on out, lend a hand and have some fun. There is no entry fee or other costs associated with the Trash Tour and volunteers can gather trash on foot or by boat. For more information and to register, go to www.swamphead.com/trash-tour. Participants are encouraged but not required to pre-register. Each participant in the Trash Tour will walk away with goodies.

Please come out and join us for a good time and a day of coastal conservation that benefits us all. Many thanks to Costa Sunglasses, Academy Sports Outdoors and Drummond Community Bank for sponsoring the Trash Tour.

As we all know too well, debris in the waterways poses a threat to people, marine life, and wildlife. It can cause economic losses, reduce navigational safety, and damage habitats along our fragile coastlines. Please consider joining Swamp Head, Hell’s Bay Boatworks and CCA Florida at one or all of these coastal cleanup events for a good time and a job well done.

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Article source: http://www.floridasportsman.com/2017/02/28/clean-fun/

Boyton Grouper and Jacks

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Recent offshore fishing reports from the Southeast region.


Boyton Grouper and Jacks

Florida Sportsman member: landshark

Boyton Grouper

Next drop was one to remember! The fish fought just like an AJ, and we thought it was an AJ the entire time, till we went to leader and saw it was a nice 20-25lb black grouper!

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Palm Beach Shark in the Surf

Florida Sportsman member: sandwashslugger

Palm Beach Shark

After an hour of not one bite, I reeled in my line to check my bait. Right before I went to cast I saw a good size blacktip shark literally right at my feet. I pitched the bait, he turned on it and I turned on the gopro.

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Palm Beach Inlet Mixed Bag

Florida Sportsman member: ControlledChaos

Palm Beach Inlet

We ended the morning with two sails, six mahi up to 26lbs, two kingfish, a big bull shark, a red grouper, an AJ, and short muttons. Round 2 was a completely different story.

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Palm Beach Bottom Fishing

Florida Sportsman member: tunawahoo

Palm Beach Bottom Fishing

Great bottom fishing today with vermillion snappers, porgies, triggers and all kinds of reef fish making for fast action with light tackle.

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Palm Beach Inlet Wahoo and King

Florida Sportsman member: Tori’S Toy

Palm Beach Inlet Wahoo

After getting the baits reset, I see a school of bait fish jumping out of the water just north of us. We slow troll that way and stop where we think the action was. Ricky once again goes for the bottom fish. About 15 minutes later, a reel goes screaming out.

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Fort Pierce Inlet Dolphin

Florida Sportsman member: SonarSup

Fort Pierce Inlet Dolphin

Inside 200′ seas were very calm 0-2′. Outside 200′ there were some very big rollies 4-8′. Around two, in 150′, the line on the down planner went off. The phin wasn’t very big, but still better than getting skunked for a long day. The bite was on a blue and white Iland Sea Star.

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Palm Beach Inlet Muttons, Kings and African Pompano

Florida Sportsman member: ControlledChaos

Palm Beach Inlet Mutton

We had a charter cancel last minute this morning. Scotty and I already had the boat ready, so we decided to go out anyway. We didn’t get many hits, but what we did was all quality. Two kings, 42 and 46 lb, a 13lb African pompano, a bunch of short muttons and one mutton just under seven pounds.

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Lake Worth Inlet Wide Variety

Florida Sportsman member: e-money

Lake Worth Inlet

We started fishing some live bait, while prospecting the bottom. ZZZZZZZZZZZZZZ! Holy smokes Mickey got a huge smoker, then another, and a few snakes too. Not having a king permit, we just kept two, and released several, feeling good about being “conservation minded”. Of the two we kept, the biggest smoker was about 40lbs.

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Lake Worth Inlet Success

Florida Sportsman member: e-money

Lake Worth Inlet

Mickey loves light tackle, so when a nice king slammed his torium 16 with 15lb test, he was delighted! He rallies a limit of kings in 15 minutes and then I see movement on my stealth bomber. I have the entire Buccaneer Sailfish fleet all around me! Helium and kites fill the sky, but no one is catching. Meanwhile, Mickey is tight and his sailfish is dancing all around their spreads!

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Mahi, Macks and More

Florida Sportsman member: e-money

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We were on the bump about 30 minutes and the long gets drilled! Nice king in the box. Long story short we had two per person in short order. We even released two or three that were well above legal limit, for good karma. It paid off.

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Fort Pierce Inlet Wahoo and Dolphin

Florida Sportsman member: SonarSup

Fort Pierce Inlet Wahoo

Around 200′ we noticed a decent amount of scattered weeds. We got bit on mid-distance centerline from the boat with a pink and white islander on pre-rigged ballyhoo with wire. We saw a flash of blue, but no acrobatics. We cleared the other lines, and got the fish to the back of the boat and saw the zebra. As soon as he saw the boat, he took a smoking run. We barely got him back up and in the boat.

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Saint Lucie Inlet Wahoo and Sails

Florida Sportsman member: Skimfla

Saint Lucie Inlet Wahoo

Started trolling around 8am headed NE. Hit a rip in about 120′ and hooked on to two hoo’s in the middle of all the sport fishers kite fishing for sails. Went bottom fishing and had a couple of bites on the bottom, when suddenly we were bombarded by a group of three-four sails. Hooked up on two.

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Trolling and Bottom Fishing St. Lucie Inlet

Florida Sportsman member: tunahound

Bottom Fishing St. Lucie Inlet

Eric’s reels starts screaming, and he’s into the fight. Eric starts to gain some line and suddenly we see color. Now everything gets serious and we’re grabbing the gaffs and clearing lines. Eric gets the fish up next to the boat and Gary and I hit it with two gaff shots and get it into the fish box. The Cobia went 38lbs and was about 48 inches.

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Jupiter Wahoo, Sailfish and Tuna

Florida Sportsman member: GSS

jupiter wahoo

We decided to go with the kite on day two. Turned out to be a good call since it led to a wahoo and sail. Both caught in 150ft. The Wahoo ate the closest kite bait and put on a great show. Huge shoutout to Mike with Angler Management for urging us to use a wire leader. That wahoo would have gotten a free lunch had we not gotten the tip.

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Lake Worth Mahi Surprise

Florida Sportsman member: Kaimana

Lake Worth Mahi

I started heading west and found some weed lining up in about 95′. Followed that north and got my first hit towards the north end of Singer Island. I looked at the depth finder and saw 90′ and no jumps, so was kind of thinking Bonito territory, but once I got him close I saw Christmas tree green. What a sight for sore eyes.

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Trolling Lake Worth Inlet

Florida Sportsman member: e-money

Trolling Lake Worth Inlet

We ran south and it was blowing about 15 out of south/southeast with clean water. Good north current too. We caught a dolphin, then had a big king get sharked. Then we caught a sail, got clean release and reset. The best fishing for us was 120-135′

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St. Lucie County Mixed Bag

Florida Sportsman member: torresson

St. Lucie County

We started off breakers and within five minutes we had a 33 lb bull and 24 lb cow in the boat! While I was resetting the bow kite, the stern had a double kingfish. The bite was on for the three hours we fished. Had two sails, three kings and seven mahi.

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Jupiter Cobia Catch

Florida Sportsman member: Team gt

jupiter cobia catch

We got out today to do some snapper fishing and end up getting some nice cobia. Stuck one with the gaff and wasn’t prepared for the reaction, so if anybody finds a gaff floatin off Jupiter, you’ll know why.

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Huge Jupiter Swordfish

Team No Competition
Huge Jupiter Swordfish

Check out this sword! Team No Competition caught this 488 pound stud while daytime swordfishing off of Jupiter. Nice fish guys!

 

 

 

 

 

 


Boca Raton Snapper Limit

Florida Sportsman member: HurricaneBK

Boca Raton Snapper

We started off with a few kingfish bites on the vertical jig, finally landing a nice one which was followed shortly by a double on sails on the kite. Some more vertical jigging brought up an amberjack followed shortly by a small red grouper and finally a vermillion snapper. Realizing we were on vermillion’s, we switched over to targeting them and limited out in about an hour.

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Jupiter Sailfish

Florida Sportsman member: MakoLogi

Jupiter Sailfish

After trolling out to 300 or so and back in, set up some live bait lines in about 250 ft. Picked up two very pissed off sails, both in 230-270ish. Had some fun and got lots of jumps. Mine was weird, he headed straight for the bottom and took a long time to come up before he decided to get aerial.

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Making Memories: Father and Son Fishing

Florida Sportsman member: PaulBoat

Father and Son Fishing

Joseph and I crossed over to West End on Friday afternoon. Spent the evening at the marina. Fished Saturday until 1pm. Ended up with seven wahoo in the box.

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Huge Lake Worth Wahoo

Florida Sportsman member: Ryanmc6884

Lake Worth Wahoo

At 4:30, 300ft north of Lake Worth pier we got the hit we been waiting for. The fish did not want to come to the surface and gave us hell boatside, but teamwork paid off and we got him in the cooler! We ended up with five small dolphin, three tuna, and a nice wahoo!

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Trolling Wahoo and Deep Dropping Snapper

Florida Sportsman member: CNTDR

trolling wahoo

After about an hour, we get a huge hit, the pole bends over double and the reels is singing. Not like a beautiful bird, but like a feral poisonous bird that is sick and dying. The guys easily slide a 40 pound class wahoo thru the transom door like clockwork.

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Epic Swordfish and Shark Bite

Florida Sportsman member: e-money

swordfish and shark

First drop? Nice swordfish about 110lbs and 60″. Second drop, we catch his twin, who is about 100lbs. Third drop, 300+/- Big Eye Thresher, which we released. Congrats to Team No Competition, who was right next to us who landed a 488lb beast.

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Shrimp Boat Fishing Slam

Florida Sportsman member: bambam78

The line ran off the reel faster and stronger than any of the other bites. The fight on a fast action rod and a 30 class reel was an absolute blast. Capt. Chaz told me as the fish got closer to the surface, that Yellowfin will do crazy things. Sure enough he was right. We saw color on the fish and shortly after, it made a run for the bow of the boat.

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Palm Beach Offshore Action

Florida Sportsman member: Angler Managemnt

Great action on the last two days. Kites up between 70-120. We landed six out of seven on sails and several mahi, kings and snappers on gigs and small mullet dragged on the bottom. Even snagged a snook at the end of the drift, in 50″ Sailfish action!!

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Boca Raton Variety

Florida Sportsman member: SenseiTony

I spent all weekend trying to get the ship ready to take it out on this small chance of boatable seas. We got out around two pm and within one minute out of Boca, we had a barracuda hit one of my ballyhoo.

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Southeast Offshore: Epic Catch

Florida Sportsman member: dcheek2112

While fishing in the Southeast, Forum member dcheek2112 snags an epic assortment of wahoo, grouper, snapper, tiles and porgies. He caught a limit of grouper: gag, scamp, snowy, kitty and yellowedge. Nice!

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Day Trip Success: Wahoo and Snapper

Florida Sportsman member: e-money

Jeff ran right over his head as soon as we put lines in! Doc and Jordan tag team on cranking, E$ is on the leader. The fish pops up alongside the boat and my freaking jaw dropped.

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Personal Best Wahoo

Florida Sportsman member: GRSC

I have my brother in town and went out this afternoon to attempt a repeat of yesterday’s magical day. Well, fell short by 30 pounds but 48 is still respectable and his personal best.

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Tournament Fun

Florida Sportsman member: latitudeadjustment

We decided to try a rattle jet for the shotgun and a few ballys and bonita strip. In about 240 feet a few small mahi hit the spread and was really cool to see some jumps with 2 fish on, a bit frantic but landed them both and kept one, nothing major but thankful once again for some mahi action and meat for our table.

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Boca Dolphin

Florida Sportsman member: MGD

We had two doubles and caught one of those, also had a triple and got all three. All fish hit ballyhoos with either a sail lure or a small notcho or rattle jet.

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Finding the Phins

Florida Sportsman member: CAPTAIN KABUK

I took the wife out dolphin fishing, found nice line in about 1000 feet of water, and got five nice dolphin from 8 to 13 pounds.

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A Wahoo Surprise

Florida Sportsman member: Mike Butcher

I get Jody baited up with a live Sardine and she flips it out 20 feet from the side of the boat. A Wahoo skyrockets 5 feet out of the water next to the boat and it was game on. I’m waiting any minute for the line to go slack since we are using 40 pound fluorocarbon leader. After 45 minutes the fish is within gaffing range and I get a great head shot.

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Fort Pierce Offshore Bite

Florida Sportsman member:BacDoc

Grunt chunks and sardines have been my bait of choice, live goggle eye caught some nice ones too. I use a long leader, 15 feet of 40 pound fluorocarbon and a circle hook for the snapper. The best bite has been when tide is running the right direction from the south with lite ESE wind. The bite has been the best when tide has us using 4 to 8 ounces to hold bottom.

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Full Moon Snapper Fishing

Florida Sportsman member: FISHHUNTR

Headed to a spot in 25 feet I hadn’t fished since last year; marks on the machine indicate some life so lines in around 1:30am. Depsite not having any chum the fishing was good, baits were getting thumped not long after hitting bottom. I caught a 28 26 inch mutton right off the bat and a few legal mangos and some short muttons.

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Working for the Bite

Florida Sportsman member: lunkerman

There were a lot of nice fish (including a 25 pound bull) hanging around the boat for another 3 to 5 minutes but they were the smart ones and wouldn’t eat.

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Day Saver

Florida Sportsman member: Del Mar

We started on the hill, with the current ripping at seven MPH, tuna were deep at 200 plus feet. Trolled the 80 foot line. Nice weed line but no bites. Bottom fished by black condo when a cobia came up to boat. The fish ate a bucktail jig and 25 minutes later we landed a 30 pound cobia.

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Money in the Bank

Florida Sportsman member: Ryanmc6884

Started trolling off of Boynton heading North. Got a king early on to get the team fired up and in gear. Next up was the grown man as buddy buddy calls the wahoo. Started screaming on the planer. After lines all cleared she popped up on the surface to make life a little easier.

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Yellowfin for the Kids

Florida Sportsman member: PaulBoat

Went over to the channel this past weekend. Joseph wanted to put one of his little buddies on the tuna.The bite was tough in the channel as you’ve seen from several reports but we did manage to bend some rods and bring home three 60 to 70 pounders and a couple of smaller fish.

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Jupiter Phins

Florida Sportsman member: SonarSup

After that I decided since the bite seemed to be in the 400 to 500 foot range we should stay there. I turned back out to 500 feet. Got to 500 turned around and started heading back to 400 and saw a large green turtle with about four dolphin under him.

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Wife’s Biggest

Florida Sportsman member: Barrell

I had my fingers crossed but I had a feeling the wind would be more then predicted. Anyway lines in ,fish on ,and she reels in her biggest mahi to date. She was thrilled and the winds were picking up so I turned back toward the inlet and called it a day.

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Solo Bull

Florida Sportsman member: Aftershock

It’s been a month since my last trip and was well rewarded for the long wait. It was kinda ugly in the am but the phone radar showed it was going to clear. Trolled all morning to no avail between 280 and 420 feet, strong current and blue water. Found a slight rip in 300 feet off Jupiter and at high noon the flatline goes off.

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The Maiden Voyage

Florida Sportsman member: CNTDR

Within about 10 minutes of trolling the long starboard reel starts screaming, rod is bent over double, and all the wire is off the reel leaving only about 50 yards of the backing. I was worried that the wire to mono connection would break, fortunately we remained tight and after about 15 minutes we slid that wahoo thru the transom door and the congratulations began.

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Bahamian Hoo’s

Florida Sportsman member: PaulBoat

We checked in, topped off and got out hunting. Looking for the right conditions led us north of Memory. Pounded that area between 100 and 400 feet, running big lures at 15 knots. We steadily picked at them and put eight fish in the box (seven hoos and one fat king).

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Patterning Them

Florida Sportsman member: Angler Management

I think the fishing is in a good pattern right now, the steady dose of light north winds have finally allowed us to develop a pattern. The sails are moving in nice packs from 110 to 130 and 180 to 210 feet. Mixed in are the usual kingfish, Mahi and some cobias on the flat (deep) rods.

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Port Everglades Action

Florida Sportsman member: brianuf5220

We pull up and my wife snags a wahoo on a vertical jig under the mouth. Bar jacks were everywhere and could not keep baits away. I decided to jump in, saw about 25 to 30 wahoo under the water that would stay deep, but come up to the surface every now and then. I shot a dolphin, rainbow runner and a triple tail (Federal Waters).

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Palm Beach Offshore

Florida Sportsman member: Angler Management

The beach has spinner sharks migrating down it so its a great way to hear action. 10 to 20 feet from breakers to dodge wall is holding large schools of sharks. 20 pound spinning gear makes it a blast. In the mix we managed a 39 pound cobia and lots and lots of sails.

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PBI Sailfish Bite

Florida Sportsman member: Capt Tommy

A little while later another fish came up on the same short kite. Also aggressive he ate in one bite and headed for the long bait. This one I was ready for and came tight quickly. He didn’t even skip a beat. Despite me pulling on him he took drag right to the long kite bait. I tried winding it out of the way but he inhaled it. Holy cow!

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Breaking Marina Records

Florida Sportsman member: Angler Management

Action was off the condos in 130 to 150 feet, with 143 being the hot number. Goggle eyes were getting pounded all day and we broke off a few and had some 30 plus pound fish sharked, but managed a 42 and 45 pounder on the marina scale and broke our current record.

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Making it Happen

Florida Sportsman member: e-money

I had a chance to get on a 306 Grady white,just like my old boat, with long time friends Deep Dropper and Jim. The forecast was sporty, but we decided to try to get across for a half day.

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SLI Action

Florida Sportsman member: e-money

Two minutes later we had a HOT sail lit up behind our daisy chain. It was lit up and going back and forth between dredge, chain and pitch. I pulled chain away, Fred expertly dropped back, sail ate, was in air, jumped twice and we were tight!

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Dinner Guests

Florida Sportsman member: greenie-slayer

Saw some reports recently of some nice tripletail being caught and thought I wouldn’t mind inviting a few home for dinner. Sunday we headed out with my dad and brother and the first spot we pull up too yields a nice seven pound tripletail.

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New Years Wahoo

Florida Sportsman member: Lazy Bones

Pretty good swell with chop on top for the ride home, luckily we were cruising in the troughs. Lucky enough to see the first two sunrise and sunsets of 2016 from the boat and catch some good fish go along. Hopefully it’s a good omen for the rest of the year.

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Boynton Bull

Florida Sportsman member: Reel Retreat

I thought I saw a huge flash of mahi blue but wasn’t sure so I didn’t wanna get my hopes up. But when I saw a cow around 10 to 15 pounds hit the other line as we were clearing I knew then it was a pair and this thing put on a show.

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SLI Tunas

Florida Sportsman member: Maribella

Another pass and I’m in the process of setting a rigger bait in the clip and the line starts smoking for a few seconds then nada. It turns out it was a blue marlin that went over to our other rigger bait and popped off before we had much to say about it. It did put on a nice show on the surface as he was greyhounding away though.

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Bull in the Inflatable

Florida Sportsman member: b1gdog83

I caught and release a few more slingers. I came across some type of blue plastic 15 gallon bucket/drum. I trolled passed it and get hit (big bull) on my 12 pound test spinning rod. I was losing line fast and was afraid I was going to get spooled. I was by myself so I had to back down and fight the fish at the same time.

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Southeast Mixed Bag

Florida Sportsman member: e-money

We set up shop at about 7am, and within two minutes we had a nice gaffer in the box.
We reset and get SMOKED, this time it’s a nice king. Put em back out and a stud Wahoo misses the first time, then comes back at 50mph and gets it!

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Evening Bite off Boynton

Florida Sportsman member: bluechip

I’m on the reel and start reeling like crazy as he’s definitely eaten it by now. The clip pops, I come tight, he goes crazy. We were treated to a very nice show for 10 minutes and had him to the boat.

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Maiden Voyage Success

Florida Sportsman member: dpdash

Found great conditions in 200′ and put a couple of ballyhoo’s out. Ended up finding an incredible edge with huge mats and flyers in 600′ with nobody around. After 15 minutes we found a few dollies and a little tuna for sashimi.

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Southeast Bottom Bite

Florida Sportsman member: colossalcatch

We headed over to another spot that is known to have some big gags and blacks all over it. Set back up and threw out some flat lines and started bending rods , once again muttons and mangos were hitting the deck.

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Jupiter Offshore

Florida Sportsman member: Black Attack

Crew wanted to make a run for it, so offshore we headed to the swordfish grounds. Before we even got our full spread out, the long feather chain gets nailed and gaffer Mahi on. Landed the fish in short order and reset our spread.

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Hoos on the Other Side

Florida Sportsman member: paulboat

Long story short, we worked hard for it. Water was dirty, got one north of Sandy and the rest at the corner where we found clean fishy water.

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Inflatable Phins

Florida Sportsman member: b1gdog83

On the way back in we stopped at those same weed lines we saw on the way out and caught two 8 pound fins. We had the school around the boat a couple times but just like the fins under the wooden crate they seemed lethargic and were not hungry.

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Weekend Recap

Florida Sportsman member: Angler Managemnt

The action started in 140 and was hot all day from 70-130 feet from trump to breakers. We were able to hook lots of fish and the lady anglers did their best and we captured four nice fish over three hours. They were able to get 4th place dolphin and 4th place King however the prize money was paid only three prizes.

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First Place Hoo

Florida Sportsman member: 1974Donzi

The fish was brought to the boat quickly and we didn’t realize it was a wahoo until it was right next to the boat. Fish was landed (21.6 lbs) and total chaos broke out on the boat! Sarah knew right then and there that she got her first wahoo and possibly first ladies tournament win. She lost her voice from screaming she was so excited!

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Fish on the Weeds

Florida Sportsman member: Mike Butcher

It didn’t look like anything was on it, so we threw a weighted mullet under it and counted to 10. Both of us came tight on fins and got them in the boat. We also caught one triple tail on a live mullet.

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First Place Phin

Florida Sportsman member: Chasentailz

So we made the call to run past the fleet. Got about 12 miles out and found a slick with some decent weeds on it. Started chunking and in no time a school of nice sized dolphin were everywhere.

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Father and Son Time

Florida Sportsman member: PaulBoat

We made it to Old Bahama Bay in under two hours, topped off the gas tank, cleared customs, got our slip, set up our lines, shore power etc. We then untied around 2pm and went out to catch dinner.

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A Bakers Dozen

Florida Sportsman member: LET’S GO

We catch two or three more and work for some time and it was either quiet or the bells are ringing as we ended up with a baker’s dozen of decent size dolphin. They are not all that big but they are easy to clean and very tasty, we threw back several that did not meet the size limit and hopefully the next trip out they will still be around and have grown considerably and put up a lot more fight.

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New Marina Record

Florida Sportsman member: Angler Management

110 feet just south of Juno today, 4 inch micro goggle eye on 12 pound spinning gear, customer fought it for 30 minutes. Was 54 in the boat and after 2 hours weighed 49.89 on sailfish marina tournament scale.

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Birthday Hoo’

Florida Sportsman member: 1974Donzi

Justin just turned 21 years old and wanted a big wahoo for his birthday. Started off high speed trolling at 5:30. No hits so I change it up to mullets at 6:00. I noticed there were plenty of flying fish everywhere so I put out a white and blue islander over a big split tail mullet on the shot gun line about 400 feet behind the boat. As I was setting up other lines, the shotgun line starts screaming.

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Southeast Offshore Bite

Florida Sportsman member: e-money

Ran out to the deep and found SICK conditions like Bill and others saw. Thousands of baits, acres of mats and starving dolphin.We caught 10 schoolies before we found the bigger fish and boxed several nice gaffers in the 15 to 20 pound range.

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Summertime Phins

Florida Sportsman member: Angler Management

Nice temperature break in about 120 to 150 feet out there with a color change. There are schools of dolphin and big dolphin around it. We’re averaging about 12 fish per charter. Get out there and get you some.

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Deep Water Gold

Florida Sportsman member: catch’emall

We decided to sneak out for half-a-day between storms and try our luck on tilefish. It took us a while to find a hungry colony, but worth the effort. Ended up with my first double header and our limit of five.

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Bahamas Wahoo

Florida Sportsman member: e-money

Forum member e-money and friends got into a hot wahoo bite off of west end. Six bites in an hour, with four coming to the boat. Nice!

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Dodging the Storms

Florida Sportsman member: BigNiner19

We had a nice knock down but didn’t stay hooked and have no idea what it was. Then after a driver switch and turn back south the drag starts screaming. Brought up a real nice black fin tuna. This fish was not leader shy one bit.

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Fishing for a Cause

Florida Sportsman member: Jfenn10

We decided for Saturday’s Bigdog Fatcat we were gonna fish some other spots south. Well it turns out it was the right move, we killed it. We ended up with 9 kings from 11 to 26.7 pounds, a short cobia, 4 keeper muttons up to 4.5 pounds, bonita, and some other bottom dwellers.

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SLI Cobia

Florida Sportsman member: LET’S GO

We then headed East to deeper water and found some promising changes in the surface and we deployed our live bait, we did some chumming and quickly gathered some large sharks behind the boat with a few good size cobia.

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Stuart Sails and More

Florida Sportsman member: Captain Dave

Back out to a different edge in 135, toss one bait out, went to grab the second rod and I look back to see a sail already chasing our first bait in the water. Talk about stopping on top of one!

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First Place Phin

Florida Sportsman member: Seamanator561

I slowly bring the fish close enough for Mike to reach out and stick a perfect gaff shot right in the melon. As him and Yoan fight to bring him into the boat is when I realize how big he really is. We get him on the deck and reality sets it!

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Fish Filled Weekend

Florida Sportsman member: greenie-slayer

We moved deeper to 200-300 feet, no bites. Well we thought no bites. As we reeled in the deep rod it had a small blackfin tuna attached to it. Weird thing was he wasn’t hooked. The circle hook just around his tail. We must have been dragging in backward for a long time because he came in dead as a door nail.

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SLI Cobia

Florida Sportsman member: LastMango

Forum member LastMango got into some cobia off Stuart in 65 feet. Bull Sharks were the ticket to success for these fish.

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Treasure Coast Dolphin

Florida Sportsman member: P@t

“Lots of life in 65 feet, so we lowered the riggers and started trolling. First knock down was at 7:20, small gaffer fin. Reset and continued to work a rip, south. Second knock down shortly after, spooled us before we could get control…”

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An Adventure to Costa Rica

Florida Sportsman member: greenie-slayer

Got the chance to venture down to Costa Rica in March to get away from work and do a little fishing. Fished with Tranquilo Charters out at the FADs. Ended up getting my first marlin and roosterfish. Got a lot of bites from marlin but being the noob that I am to marlin fishing most came unglued.

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SlI Sailfish Bite

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Lanark Redfish

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Recent inshore and offshore fishing reports from the Northwest region.


Lanark Redfish

Florida Sportsman member: Saltygatorvet

Lanark Redfish

We put in at about noon with some shrimp to exercise some sheepies on some nearshore wrecks. On the way out we started looking for some bull reds.

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Keaton Trout

Florida Sportsman member: HookemBookem

Keaton Trout

We caught a lot of shorts and a couple nice keepers. All were caught in 3.5 feet with white gulp and popper.

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Night Redfishing

Florida Sportsman member: grouperdawg

Night Redfishing

Blew all week we were down at the coast, so last day my oldest talked me into taking them redfishing. We caught fifteen in about two hours, two were slots.

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St. Mark’s Hot Bites

Florida Sportsman member: bbb

Once in the creek it took two casts to find the 13″ trout. We caught 25 of these with three keepers and moved 30 yards. Then we caught 20 more with five keepers. Moved 50 more yards and caught 20 more with five keepers and a 23.5″ keeper red.

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St. Mark’s Redfish and Trout

Florida Sportsman member: tailwaters

We picked up four or five reds during the slack tide. Once the water started to move, the fishing picked up and we landed another 25 or so reds along with a few trout.

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St. Mary’s: Trout, Redfish, Black Drum, and Flounder

Florida Sportsman member: Familyfisher

This ended up being one of the best days we’ve ever had for bringing fish home. We’ve definitely caught more fish, but we’ve not kept a lot more. Ended up with some nice trout, redfish, black drum, and a decent flounder.

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St. Marks Redfishing

Florida Sportsman member: tailwaters

Sunday we did a little better, landing 22 fish (give or take). Most measured in the mid 20’s with one going over slot. It was top water early, then spoons and plastic twitch baits as the tide rose. Around 10am we switched over to pinfish. Had to get off the water by noon both days due to the heat.

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Steinhatchee Fun

Florida Sportsman member: HookemBookem

Took my fiancé and the new boat to Steinhatchee this weekend. First time she has ever been out on a boat in the saltwater. Limited out on scallops in the morning and trout in the evening. All the trout were caught on white gulps.

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St. Marks Redfish

Florida Sportsman member: spotremover

Then a school of bulls moved in and we really had some fun on 2500′s and 15 pound braid as you can see in the photo’s. Fish are there you’ll go get em and we’ll keep dreaming and looking for that tagged fish.

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Spring Reds

Florida Sportsman member: Bonecracker

My daughter came down to the coast for her birthday weekend and wanted to go fishing! So dad poled the boat for two days and here are the results from this weekend fishing around Carrabelle, FL. She caught nine over 15 pounds and I actually caught two on fly and one on spin.

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Lanark Reds

Florida Sportsman member: tailwaters

Forum member tailwaters got into some nice redfish on the flats of the Northwest region lately. Clear water and light winds resulted in some good fish.

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Starting the Season Right

Florida Sportsman member: KayakMacGyver

The next spot had an absolute incredible show of fish on the bottom. As quick as we could get a bait to the bottom, our rods were getting doubled over. HUGE sow snapper, one after the other. In between the snapper, we caught a few red grouper and a healthy stock of sea bass.

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Kingfish Fun

Florida Sportsman member: Bonecracker

My daughter came home last week after doing a 3 month internship in New York City and she needed some boat and beach time badly before heading back to UGA. Trout and redfishing has it moments in August (mostly bad) so I decided to load up on some tasty bait fish and head offshore for some action.

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Bay Boat Bottom Fishing

Florida Sportsman member: KayakMacGyver

Alicia and Tyler were on fire and pulled in some nice fish while I lost a few good ones and followed through with a skunk nasty. We caught 4 grouper on the last spot before running out of live bait and left a bunch of fish in the rocks.

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Red Snapper and More in the Northwest

Florida Sportsman member: vlcmsrfr

We moved around a few places in that depth, catching some more keepers and picking through a lot of shorts. We needed to head in soon so I started working my way back in and found some new bottom showing fish. We ended up finishing our limit and getting the red grouper here and ran in with the fish still biting.

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St. Marks Redfish Action

Florida Sportsman member: spotremover

about 10am and a little more water, we headed to the spot, eased into the area and within minutes I had locked up with a 23 inch redfish on a topwater plug. After landing that redfish, we then hooked up with another, this time a 29 incher that gave me one of my best ever redfish fights. For the next 2 hours we were in solid redfish.

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Panacea Inshore

Florida Sportsman member: spotremover

My next cast I get a huge blowup, fish gets hooked and taking drag. It’s got to be a red, couple of good runs and I get the fish close enough to see and it’s another large trout. Into the boat and another quick measure at just over 27 inches and 5.12 pounds.

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St. Marks Redfish and Trout

Florida Sportsman member: KayakMacGyver

Like I was saying, the bite was off the chain. The fish just kept hitting and hitting. Trout, Jacks, Spanish and Bluefish, a completely mixed bag, were all crushing our plugs. By about 10 o’clock, it slowed down a bit and we turned our last ditch effort towards getting a Redfish with the peak tidal movement coming in.

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Carrabelle Offshore

Florida Sportsman member: KayakMacGyver

At the first hole it was game on from the first drop and we proceeded to load the boat with the giant humpback seabass I’ve been hearing about. Seabass are our parents’ favorite fish and Alicia and I enjoy them very much for table fare as well. We wanted to make sure we caught enough to feed us for a few weeks, but to also save some for my folks back in Orlando.

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Jam Packed Weekend Of Fishing

Florida Sportsman member: tailwaters

On the way I see a big wake in about 6 inches of water to which I place a nice shrimp at it nose. Fish on, although it didn’t make the normal runs like a red. As it gets closer we realize its big 5 pound sheepshead. I don’t catch too many sheepshead tailing so this was a nice bonus. After poling a few hundred more yards I see another large wake in very shallow water. Again placed a shrimp at its nose, boom! Another sheepshead and this one was even bigger than the first.

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Northwest Bottom Fishing

Florida Sportsman member: ranaman

We set up on spot two and proceeded to put a few big Red snapper boat side to be vented and released, cussing their lack of presence the previous week, I think everyone took turns reeling up a decent ARS before the Mango’s and the Red Grouper started chewing and I can’t tell you how happy that made us! And yes some other anglers drifted so close to our marker buoy I thought they were going to use it to anchor on.

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St. Marks Reds

Florida Sportsman member: Saltygatorvet

Our plan was to fish the Wakulla beach area, but concernes of crossing the mouth if the river forced us east. The mouth of the river can get too choppy for a 14-foot John in a hurry. We ran into a carpet of floating grass, forcing us off plane every 100 yards or so. We started fishing creekmouths as the tide started coming in. We didn’t have much luck so we headed up the creeks. We went way up, further than I thought they would be. We went to a spot I affectionately call “liars bend”. Tw and I have fished this spot about 10 times in the past 2 years and have never caught a fish there. But when he goes solo, it seems to produce. Liars bend gave us 4 slot fish 20-26 inches and a rat. We moved to a creek over and found a nice bend and picked up another 4 slot fish bewteen 23-26 inches and a nice 31-inch fish for the captain.

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Rough Morning Pays off

Florida Sportsman member:micci_man

A quick stop at the Moorings for fuel, ice and bait and we were off. The plan was to go deep but with fresh repairs we were kind of hesitant. The boat ran great at 2100 rpm’s and cruising at 23 knots and once we hit 80 feet with no problems the owner made the call to keep going. Not much further and a over heating alarm came on for the #2 engine, the one that was worked on. We couldn’t see any leaking fluid so we limped on with one engine. We reached our destination and the first baits were dropped at 1pm. Right off the bat every rod was bent over and 5 snapper came over the side and hit the deck. The show on the bottom machine was unreal but as soon as we got there lightening appeared from nowhere. Everybody jumped in the cabin and the radar was pulled up. There was a storm a few miles south of us and it was growing rather fast. As much as we hated to leave that mark we moved on. We stopped 2 more times (a total of 3 stops) and we were headed north. By this time the engine had cooled enough to get the cap off of the radiator and we couldn’t see any coolant. We added about 3 gallons (it holds 4) of water, started the emgine, looked for leaks which we didn’t see and headed on in. The cap was not real tight and we’re not sure where the fluid went or even if it was topped off after being worked on. I’m thinking with us sitting around waiting on them to fix it coolant was not put back in but not really sure. The engine ran great with no alarms all the way back in. Other than a couple of setbacks it was a great trip. 10 red snapper, 3 Lane snapper, 1 red grouper and 1 king was the catch for the day. The seas were great at 1-2 foot the entire day.

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A Cobia “Orientation” Day

Florida Sportsman member: big bend gyrene

After loading up with bait, I ran out to a spot in 18′ with very rocky bottom and within seconds of dropping our anchor we’re spotting eagle rays and cobia are tackling our initial drops. We’re a bit slow to reach our initial bite and lose it, but didn’t have time to cry about it because almost instantly another rod off the back gets hit. End result a 31 foot short but solid fighter that we tag and release.

Things really slowed down after the initial bite, with just enough time between a few monster bites that we were too slow to the reels. Growing worried we might not get any more bites, I decided to chum some dead baits and it sure seemed to work as within minutes we had on the bite we wanted! A BIG keeper cobe that gave Ontiltttttt exactly the fight he wanted[…]

 


Ecofina Cobia Grouper

Florida Sportsman member: big bend gyrene

Met up outside Tallahassee at 5:00am, and with crossed fingers we would be greeted by calm waters we made our way to the coast. First good sign of the day, it was calm… quite a change compared to the prior week’s weather.

Bman couldn’t have fought the fish more perfectly. He had the darn beast on for about 40 minutes or so, with us gasping at each and every run and turn of the reel, wondering which would give first, the fish, his 20 pound line being pulled down towards rocks, or his small freshwater size chug bug. Again, Bman showed unbelievable finesse in keeping the 30 to 40 pound cobia on the line and slowly but surely he turned the tide against the beast, or at least it appeared so as the cobia came closer and closer to the boat.

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Action Packed Day out of Ecofina

Florida Sportsman member: big bend gyrene

First good sign of the day, it was calm… quite a change compared to the prior week’s weather.
Second good sign of the day, while I quickly load the live well with pins Bman has a hot hand during slack tide catching mackerel, bluefish, and trout.

The good start had me biting at the bit to get on cobia, but due to the open grouper season and a slack tide pre-dawn launch I asked Bman to humor a different plan of attack than I’ve taken in the past.

Versus instantly running out to deeper hotspots, Bman and I stopped in a 15 foot rocky area and started trolling stretches towards a distant 19 foot spot. My goal involved more than simply catching grouper, as I wanted to record bottom readings from my Lowrance for future reference. This all sounded good and well during our pre-fishing war room strategy talk, but unfortunately we had not one single grouper bite during the scouting mission.

The only positive of the mission came when we reached our rocky end point in 19 feet of water. Bman noticed a wake being pushed about 30 feet in front of our bow and thinking it was a big mackerel, he threw a small chug bug to it on a rig that just as easily could have been used for catching small bass. Massive, massive, MASSIVE topwater gulping bite, and Bman yells, “IT’S A COBIA!” Absolutely and the very first midshore cast of the year off Marine’s Dream and it’s a BIG cobia.

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Carrabelle Reds

Florida Sportsman member: flat sick

Left the dock yesterday afternoon at 3:30 with every one running in from the storms look at me and my guest like we had lost are minds. With nasty looking storms all around lightning popping to the north I was wondering on are last min decisions to get out and try to catch a few fish. With my trusty I phone in hand I could see a small break in the storms so we put the hammer down and headed out the river.

Hit a couple spots looking for some sheepshead for dinner with no volunteers for the tacos. So I headed off to flat that had been holding some decent schools of reds earlier in the week. The wind had picked up pretty good so I figured it would be pretty challenging to say the least. No sooner than the trolling motor got wet we where hooked up on a pig[…]

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What It’s All About

Florida Sportsman member: GrouperGuru

Finally after months of dealing with house buying, house selling, moving, the holidays, I was able to get back on the water. The weather Sunday was absolutely perfect. Sunshine, blue skies, 1 foot in the morning, slick in the afternoon…It doesn’t get any better than that! We ran out and secured a dinner of beeliners and seabass then I let the kids spend the afternoon catching AJs one after the other. Two worn out kids, lots of smiles, and a great memory for her friend who caught the biggest fish of his life. As much as I love fishing with my buddies, this is the kind of day I really live for.

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Carrabelle Inshore

Florida Sportsman member: flat sick

Has been a while since my last post but man the fishing has been great this year. Yesterday me and a client headed out about lunch time for some skinny water inshore action. Sheepshead where every where making it hard to spot reds with the sheepies darting every where. I was on the poling deck maybe 10 minutes when we spotted are first target. One cast landed this nice pompano.

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Large Reds Around Lanark

Florida Sportsman member: Bonecracker

Decided to fish around Lanark as I had got some good reports from fishing buddies of trout and redfish being caught. Had a few numbers in the GPS that had been productive in the past so we headed over to them and did little for over an hour due to low tide except catch pinfish for bait. Around 12:30 Mackenzie’s drag starts screamin’ and she had something big on her pinfish. Fifteen minutes later with a little help she lands this big Redfish between 20-25lbs[…]

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Last Call Gag Grouper Fishin’

Florida Sportsman member: Jhults11

We made the call to take our last licks at some gags before the closure on November first. The crew for the day was myself, Dad, Don (Greenbone), and Mike. We pushed away from Shell Island Fish Camp in St. Marks at 7:30 a.m. to a brisk, sunny morning. NOAA was calling for 5-10 knot winds and 1-2 foot seas but when we made it to the flats, well, let’s just say they were wrong. It was white capping as far as you could see with a stiff 15-20 knot northeast wind. We caught a well full of pins and pigs and decided to stick to the flats for a few hours and see if she would lay down enough to get to some close federal holes […]

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Big Econfina Reds

Florida Sportsman member: flatsbroke22

Was down at Econfina for the weekend. Fishing was very slow due to lack of moving water and very stained water clarity. We did manage 14 trout, 5 rock bass, and one flounder for the cooler. All fish were caught on gulp shrimp in various colors. The surprise came friday mourning when we fishing around a rock pile in two foot of water. My partner had a gulp on a cork freelined out the back of the boat. Then bam rod gets doubled over and the fight is on!

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Slamming St. Marks

Florida Sportsman member: esapronetti

We went to St. Mark’s at sunrise to take advantage of cooler weather in the area. I caught a 20 inch redfish right away using live shrimp. There were plenty of Spanish mackerel that kept crashing into a bait fish school, so I knew I would get some of them. My first was a 20 inches and then I caught an 18 inch snapper and kept both. I was losing a lot of bait to a school of small sea bass, but then a mangrove snapper of keeper size showed up and I was able to add him to my haul […]

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Grouper Were Chewin’

Florida Sportsman member: omegafoo

Decided to try a post storm trip to find some grouper. We had to weed through a few 8 to 10 pound snapper (well, maybe a lot more than a few) but managed a nice box of fish.

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Ochlocknee Bay Offshore

Florida Sportsman member: alligatorob

Went out with Clay Oaks, it was a bit rough but we caught fish: 6 AJs, 5 gag grouper, 3 red grouper, and various assorted smaller snappers. Brought up a whole lot of red snapper, that was frustrating. We were in 92 to 96 feet of water.

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Mexico Beach Snapper Closer

Florida Sportsman member: omegafoo

With snapper season coming to an end in the near future Line Dancer wanted to make two final trips offshore. The first was going to be a test run with the World Cat with just LD, myself, and his father-in-law on 7/12 with us swapping out the father-in-law for his wife and sister-in-law on Friday (the 13th – more to come on that) […]

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Snappers Snappin’ off Carrabelle

Florida Sportsman member: GrouperGuru

Hit the fish again today with my little brother. Never had a fast bite today like we did yesterday morning, but we caught fish pretty steady all day. Again back at the ramp by 1:30. Limit of red snapper and gags, 3 red grouper, 4 mangrove snapper, and some assorted sea bass and beeliners […]

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Carrabelle Bottom Bite

Florida Sportsman member: ranaman

Celestial Crab Anniversary/birthday trip was successful! Happy Eight years to my rib Celeste!! We had a great diner at my friend Danny’s restaurant Tamara’s in Apalachicola. This our unexpected second June trip this snapper season, things somehow worked out that The Celestial one and my beautiful daughter could join us, the stars aligned, the moon was waxing and the crew restless. Seas were not as predicted, but then when are they, my plans were to fish with some familiar faces, but a son of one and daughter of mine threw us a curve ball, we did best to make contact and keep things in play, but with extra fielders it ended up being a 2 boat trip on Saturday […]

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Grand Slamming St. Marks

Florida Sportsman member: esapronetti

My wife and I went out early to the jetty in front of the St. Mark’s lighthouse and had a great day. Using live shrimp I caught a 17.5 inch redfish, and followed it with another at 17.75 inch and released both of course. My wife caught a huge Spanish mackerel that gave her quite a fight. I managed to pull in a flounder and then she topped off the day with a surprise pompano […]

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Snapper Season Opening

Florida Sportsman member: line dancer

I planned on fishing with my wife’s uncle on Friday, but that got called off due to the weather. Omegafoo was planning to fish on my boat with us on Saturday. with the forecast still more than my back could bear we changed gears and decide to try some of the close in stuff. We got ready and headed out early Saturday morning and the seas sure made me glad we were not going to try and run 40 plus miles […]

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Snapper, Grouper, Flounder…Lanrk Offshore

Florida Sportsman member: Jhults11

Seeing that it was the opening weekend of red snapper season and we had a narrow weather window on Sunday, myself and the crew decided to give it a go. My best friend who I used to fish with all the time until he moved to Delaware to take a job was in town for the week and chomping at the bit. We left Tallahassee at 6 am and were in St. Marks putting the boat on the trailer at the marina by 715. Once on the trailer we headed west to Lanark […]

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SGI Fishing Report

Florida Sportsman member: Circle-Hook

Quick report on a week at SGI with family and college kids, who think 6:00 a.m. is time to go to bed, not fish […]

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Panacea Offshore

Florida Sportsman member: SIGN4U

Had a great week of fishing. Water was flat. Caught everything on ly’s and live hard tails.

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Taylor County Spring Fishing

Florida Sportsman member: reel cowboy

Here are a few pics from some recent trips to Taylor County. Most of these fish were caught out of Fenholloway but long runs between points, bars creeks. Mostly my tournament partner but a couple of me as well […]

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Some Trout and a Cobia Conquest

Florida Sportsman member: IAM

I’ve been fishing quite a bit since it warmed up, but wasn’t too much thinking about cobia until 2 weeks ago. We were working the bars at the mouth of St. Marks and having luck here and there on redfish, trout and flounder that were unlucky enough to smell the fish blood stains on my skiff (it’s like collateral chumming), but never really keyed in on the fish in my opinion. We got some trout and had some fun over the numerous trips in March and April, and Bruddy fell in the water. The trout are around the bars and nearshore, pinfish are on the flats in 4 to 8 feet. In about 20 feet, things were pretty quiet most trips except for the hoards of millions of bait that seemed ever-present and hungry […]

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Econfina/Aucilla River

Florida Sportsman member: Jolly Man

My dad and uncle and some friends camped down at the Econfina State Park to make some memories. Uncle Butch and I met down there a little after lunch and set up camp. After setting up tent and screen room we decided to go out…wind was calm and we were met by bites on every cast soon to find out the bottom is littered with baby rock bass. Ended up catching one keeper trout. My buddy and his kids were out there and had been since 10 am they had four when we went to fish shoreline in hopes of reds with no luck. We decided to head in at 6 pm to meet with dad. Only to learn dismayed that my buddy stayed where we drifting and put 9 more keeper trout in the boat.

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Ecofina Reds and Trout

Florida Sportsman member: charlie tuna

Put in around 9:00 AM – tide dead low — ran North and fished in 3 to 4 foot of water that had a lot of bait pods. First fish was a good size mack, but as i didn’t have my net ready he ended turning at the side of the boat and cut me off and swam away with a brand new $12.00 lure .. Fishing was red hot, lots of ladyfish, lower slot trout, couple of bluefish, kept one 22 inch trout. Moved inside to fish the river mouths as the tide was on the increase. Caught eight reds, one 24 and one 22 inch which i kept.

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Lanark Inshore Report

Florida Sportsman member: flat sick

I love the spring every time you go on the water you never know what your going to find. We have been fishing grass flats from 2′ to 5′. Speckled trout have been busting top water plugs and jerk shads. There are a few spanish showing up and a lot of bait on the flats. Live shrimp on the reds and flounder has been the ticket the weather and the fishing has been outstanding […]

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St. Teresa Inshore

Florida Sportsman member: flat sick

First off, hi everybody, I’m new to the forum. Enough about me me lets talk fishing. The weather the last couple of weeks has made it a little challenging. I’ve been catching some nice speckled trout in the creek mouths in the crooked and new river. Top-water plugs are my favorite mirror lure or what ever you got as long as it looks like a wounded mullet fishing em’ slow. On the flats we have been fishing for big red drum there’s some big schools out there sight fish in 1 to 2′ fish points, potholes, look for mullet
and rock grass fish DOA shrimp or gulp. Trout and flounder are also being caught on the flats with some blue fish and spanish starting to show up […]

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A St. Marks Winter

Florida Sportsman member: IAM

Hey yall’, I don’t know if you’ve been thinking fishing lately like I have, but this warm weather is really sticking around. Most trips, the warm outer clothes had to stay on most of the day, but we were blessed with a few calm days where conditions allowed for me to turn the skiff loose in the gulf […]

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Spring Warrior

Florida Sportsman member: beer thirty

Pony Keg had to stay behind to work on a school project and was not happy about it. That left me and Big D to thin out the fish population. This is my favorite time of the year to fish for many reasons. No bugs, no sweating, and no crowded ramps to name a few. We did not set any records, but did catch a few good fish and had a great time floating around on the flats. I will be back before the first hard freeze hits […]

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Article source: http://www.floridasportsman.com/2017/02/28/whats-biting-now-northwest/

Buffett attends the Vanity Fair Oscar Party

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Jimmy Buffett and his wife Jane attended the Vanity Fair Oscars party on Sunday night.

From Vanity Fair: The first wave of party guests—including James Corden, J.J. Abrams, Jean Pigozzi, Jimmy Buffett, Rashida Jones, and Jon Hamm—made their way into a circular, wood-paneled dining room to find their seats (signified with a custom-inscribed miniature Oscar) and watch the ceremony. As Oscar host Jimmy Kimmel took the stage on flat-screen TVs, guests tucked into dinner, courtesy of French Laundry and Per Se mastermind Thomas Keller: avocado louie, classic chicken pot pie, black truffle lasagna, and, as the grand finale, banana splits.

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Article source: http://www.buffettnews.com/2017/02/28/26616/

Key West Neighborhoods

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When most people think of Key West neighborhoods, they think of the beautiful homes that New England sea captains built here, in the style of homes in their hometowns of Gloucester, New Bedford, Kennebunkport, Mystic, Provincetown, Newport, Chatham, and others. Or, they may think of the conch houses that were brought over from the Bahamas, and homes built here subsequently in that style. Others may also think of Hemingway’s French Mediterranean style home, the only one of that style on the island.

Key West, after all, is an island one hundred and six miles out to sea. On the south side is The Atlantic Ocean/Straights of Florida and the north side is The Gulf of Mexico.

Article source: http://keywestmusic.blogspot.com/2017/02/key-west-neighborhoods-moring-field.html

Key West Neighborhoods

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When most people think of Key West neighborhoods, they think of the beautiful homes that New England sea captains built here, in the style of homes in their hometowns of Gloucester, New Bedford, Kennebunkport, Mystic, Provincetown, Newport, Chatham, and others. Or, they may think of the conch houses that were brought over from the Bahamas, and homes built here subsequently in that style. Others may also think of Hemingway’s French Mediterranean style home, the only one of that style on the island.

Key West, after all, is an island one hundred and six miles out to sea. On the south side is The Atlantic Ocean/Straights of Florida and the north side is The Gulf of Mexico.

Article source: http://keywestmusic.blogspot.com/2017/02/key-west-neighborhoods-moring-field.html

Here comes Spring

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It was a great week in Destin. The weather was nice, the birds are singing, fish are biting, and everyone is getting ready for the Spring Break crowds. This week kicks it off. It was noticed by a lot of us how many people had sun burns after this weekend.

Some of that could have been caused by the Mardi Gras parade in Harborwalk Village. Thousands of people lined the harbor to cheer on the marchers and to scream for beads. The Parrot Heads marched in the parade and we had a blast. Most of us met early at Harry T’s for a few warm up drinks. Red was working the bar and Dan made sure we were well taken care of. With this being a short parade we had plenty of time for fun before and after.



When we finished I walked over to The Crust Pizzeria to see if Charley was there. He was and we had a chance to catch up. Charley is selling his small place in Mary Ester but still has this Destin location and his newest place in Ft. Walton Beach. The hole in the building that was caused by a truck going through the wall is now a new window. You would never know there was a problem. As he started to fill up after the parade I walked down to Brotula’s where the Parrot Heads were gathering to listen to Flash Flood Duo.



We must have had about 20 of us there enjoying their music. I stayed for a while then walked down to the Cantina. Alan and Jackie were there. We talked to Carlos and got the scoop on Southern Drawl Band’s upcoming show this Thursday. No one was sure of the time so Carlos called Mike Nash and got it pinned down to 5-9 pm. It is going to be a fun show. I walked over to Harry T’s with Alan and Jackie then I headed home. Sunshine Cindy had stayed home to get some things done at home and we relaxed the rest of the day.

Thursday evening Sunshine Cindy and I headed to AJ’s Oyster Shanty on the island. BT was playing and he was surprised to see us. We stayed for his entire show. Folks were walking over from the condo’s and people were staying to listen and party with BT. A wedding party from Minnesota was there and of course Sunshine Cindy had to talk to them. LOL  It was a fun time that we finished at the Waffle House for some late night food.



On Sunday we took Chaos to the harbor to listen to BT again at Crab Island Cantina. As we walked up BT hollered on the mic…”Chaos is here! Come here Chaos!” No greeting for us but our pooch got a great welcome! LOL  Alan and Jackie came and later Julie also showed up. We talked with several of the tourist there and of course Chaos was a center of attention. When we left we stopped at Landshark to get a pizza to bring home. Chaos was worn out and sleep most of the rest of the night.

The only news from around town is there is finally a sign on the empty lot on Hwy 98 in Ft. Walton Beach where PMI used to be is going to be a Holiday Inn Express. It took about a year to tear down the buildings so no telling how long it will take to build the hotel.

Be sure to come out to the Cantina this Thursday for Southern Drawl Band. You will love these guys! See ya next Monday.

Destin Steve

Article source: http://destinsteve.blogspot.com/2017/02/here-comes-spring.html