In more than 60 years of fishing in South Florida, Capt. Bouncer Smith had caught just about everything in the ocean except a barrel fish.
The legendary Miami Beach charter captain, who has caught everything from snook and tarpon to sailfish and swordfish, finally checked that off his bucket list.
Florida’s lobster season closes March 31 and the seasons for grouper and hogfish don’t open until May 1, so what’s an underwater hunter to do in April?
The big fish are showing up from Key Largo to Key West
Despite some obstacles, Joe Hector of Extreme Kayak Fishing says his hugely popular Sailfish Smackdown tournament will be held no matter what.
Big kingfish can be caught year-round in Key West, but January is when anglers catch the biggest kings, and more of them.
According to Capt. Casey Hunt, one of many experts on the Nautical Ventures Weekly Fisherman radio show that airs from 6-8 a.m. Saturday on WINZ 940-AM and live-streams on the Nautical Ventures Facebook page, big kingfish are moving out of the Gulf of Mexico toward the Keys. And the fishing should remain excellent through February.
Now that winter is here in South Florida, the vast majority of flats anglers won’t bother fishing for bonefish when a cold front drops the water temperature.
According to Capt. Bouncer Smith, who does the Tackle Tips segment on the Nautical Ventures Weekly Fisherman radio show, which airs from 6-8 a.m. Saturday on WINZ 940-AM and live-streams on the Nautical Ventures Facebook page, one of the best ways to catch grouper this time of year is by trolling skirted ballyhoo along shallow coral reefs.
If you can wait out the cold fronts and the rough seas that they stir up, you can enjoy some good lobstering when the ocean calms down according to Jim “Chiefy” Mathie.
Now that the first cold fronts of November have moved through South Florida, get ready for red-hot offshore fishing.
Competitive fishermen in south Florida have a variety of tournaments open for registration for 2022, including old traditions and newer challenges.
While people head north to catch the fall foliage, local anglers head to beaches, fishing piers and jettys to catch the annual fall mullet run, which happens in late September and October.
As captain of the United States Spearfishing Team, Francisco Loffredi has high hopes for his freedivers who are competing this week in the 2021 Spearfishing World Championship in Arbatax, Italy.
It used to be that May and June were the prime months to catch big dolphin in South Florida. But now, September and October are best for catching dolphin over 20 pounds.
For Capt. Bouncer Smith, the inaugural Gray Fishtag Research Swordquest tournament was a highlight of his long, legendary career as South Florida’s most respected charter fishing captain.
Florida fishermen and boaters can’t seem to get enough of the water. While lots of these men and ladies will be found fishing from a center console all weekend long, many of them have found themselves hopping in a kayak when a full boat trip is not warranted. A quick weekday evening fishing trip or a speedy paddle between dropping off the kids at soccer practice is ideal in a kayak.
Recreational fishing and boating organizations supported a final House bill for including provisions reflective of the recommendations of the Commission on Saltwater Recreational Fisheries Management, also known as the Morris-Deal Commission, named after co-chairmen John Morris, the founder of Bass Pro Shops, and Scott Deal, president of Maverick Boats.
Recently a new bill was passed by the U.S. House of Representative as part of the SHARE ACT – Sportsman’s Heritage and Recreational Enhancement Act. The new bill, called the “Preserving Public Access to Public Waters Act,” S. 2807, will safeguard the role of state fisheries management agencies and help prevent unwarranted fishing closures.
Ryan Jones grew up near Oklahoma City, where he was honing his kayak fishing skills for over 15 years.
The 2016 EKFT Sailfish Smackdown was definitely the most action packed tournament to date. Here are the results from this Battle in the Bahamas:
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Jigging is the practice of vertical fishing with a lure where you create a up & down jerking motion to attract the fish. Ideally the fisherman uses a rod with enough sensitivity to feel contact with the lure and ultimately the strike of the fish. Most fish are caught near the bottom.
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