Bug Light was demolished and removed, which means anglers and charter captains have to look elsewhere for live bait.
Lobster fishing | Annual two-day miniseason (Wed.-Thu.)
Florida’s largest undeclared state holiday — the annual two-day lobster miniseason — arrives Wednesday and Thursday. Thousands of hopeful scuba divers, snorkelers and bully netters will crowd the state’s waterways, vying for neighborhood barbecue supremacy.
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Captain John Long and I zipped west in his skiff from Key West to the Marquesas Keys on Wednesday, filled with anticipation of permit. A few days earlier, anglers competing in the three-day Del Brown Invitational Permit Tournament had released 15 on fly and the winner, Nathaniel Linville, had five releases. That might not sound like much to a non-fly angler, but it’s huge. And on the previous day, Long and a friend had no less than 40 shots at permit on the flats west of Key West. They hooked two and lost them.
Only one weekend remains open in this summer’s eight-day red snapper recreational mini-season in federal South Atlantic waters. Anglers have from one minute after midnight Friday until midnight Saturday to bring home one fish per person of any size. After that, the season will be closed indefinitely.
Captain Dean Panos of Double D charters out of Keystone Point Marina reported large amounts of Sargasso weeds in the Gulf Stream continue to attract large numbers of dolphins. Most of the dolphins have been schoolies but a few have been more than 30pounds. The dolphins have been in depths from 400 feet of water out as far as 18 miles.
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Fishing kayaks with motors; lures that change color with different water temperatures; sonar fish-finders you cast like a bobber; and multiple variations of the popular bass frog.
Building on the two-year-old TrophyCatch incentive program for bass anglers, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission has announced it will launch similar programs for saltwater fishers.
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H If youve got the urge to dive for your dinner but dont want to wait two weeks for the annual two-day lobster mini-season, why not head up to Homosassa in Floridas Big Bend region?
Captain Jimbo Thomas from the charter boat Thomas Flyer out of Bayside Marina reported there have been plenty of dolphin from 6 to 20miles offshore of Miami this past week. The dolphin have been under birds, under floating big pieces of debris or feeding along substantial weed lines. Most of the these fish have been either small schoolies too small to keep, large schoolies in the 5- to 7-pound range or single or paired up fish more than 20pounds. The dolphin have been hungry and eating small bluerunners Sabiki caught from under large weed patches.
Fish anywhere, pay nothing and eat free fried fish in the annual Treasure Trove Fishing Tournament on Saturday at 2933 SE Fifth St., Fort Lauderdale. Proceeds benefit Foundation Fighting Blindness. For more information, call 754-245-6062 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Recreational anglers in South Florida and around the state got some welcome news earlier this week from the First District Court of Appeals in Tallahassee.
Captain Bouncer Smith will conduct a seminar on Bottom fishing from 20 feet to 2,000 feet at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, July 10, at Dusky Sportcenter, 110 N. Bryan Rd., Dania Beach. Admission is $15, redeemable for store merchandise. Call 954-922-8890.
The fishing near Flamingo in Everglades National Park is so good these days you almost forget about the bloodthirsty insects descending on you and the cloying heat enveloping you the minute you get out of the car.
Captain Jason Sullivan of Rising Tide Charters reported having some of the best tailing redfish action he has seen in years over the flats in Florida Bay. At times he has come across schools of redfish that numbered close to 100. Captain Jon Fetter of Catching the Cure Backcountry Fishing Charters out of Fort Myers reported redfishing has been hot during the early mornings around the mangrove shorelines. Shrimp-tipped jigs have been the top redfish baits this week. Plenty of mangrove snapper can be caught along the mangrove islands and oyster bars where they are attacking shrimp-tipped jigs.
University of Florida researchers find evidence that shows bass learn to avoid certain fishing lures
Anglers in saltwater and fresh water have been insisting for generations that fish get smarter refusing to bite certain baits after repeated encounters.
Scuba divers and snorkelers now have another safety option besides the divers-down flag for alerting boaters to their presence, courtesy of the Florida legislature.
Timing the tide just right, using a stealthy approach and choosing the correct bait can pay off with a big prize.
Captain Jim Hobales of Caught Lookin Charters reported fishing in Florida Bay has been excellent. Working the mullet muds along the flats, his clients are catching large sea trout, redfish, snook and mangrove snappers. There also have been some lure shy tailing tarpon on the flats. Plenty of sharks are available for rod-bending action. Snook have been plentiful along the beaches north of East Cape for catch and release. These snook are eating swim baits and Gulps hooked to a jig head.
Offshore fishing teams from around the world are invited to compete in the 30th annual Blue Marlin World Cup Challenge on Friday. Teams will compete in their own time zones to catch the largest blue marlin over 500 pounds in a winner-take-all competition. Entry fee is $3,000 per boat and there’s a optional $5,000 value-added prize category. Visit www.bluemarlinworldcup.com.
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