Schools tend to stick around through mid-April...
Shallow bay flats and back channels produce serious-caliber fluke fishing.
Summertime yields a mixed bag off Florida's east coast
Checking out the latest engines in Sanibel
The tiny town of Port St. Joe packs a big punch when it comes to fishing action
The waters near Port St. Joe hold Florida's biggest redfish.
Fishermen find epic battles with the tackle-busting bluefin tuna of Diamond Shoals
Don't miss the redfish blitz in this Florida hot spot
Sunny skies and good vibes greeted us at the Ft. Lauderdale Boat Show and I quickly got lost, well, entrenched in the vast winding maze of the marketplace and tackle section. After continually getting sidetracked by the Bud Light girls, I found some new products that caught my eye.The Ballyhood Banshee Cowbell trolling lures, meant to target wahoo, were a hot new product. These things can be pulled at 25 knots and still stay rooted, meaning you can troll them on the run to the canyons, maximizing fishing time. www.ballyhood.com
Every weekend I’m not on the boat, I make the trek to Canaveral National Seashore, at Playalinda Beach, and get back to my surf-fishing roots. I know I’m not going to be hauling in 100-pound tarpon or chasing down 40-pound reds, but more likely fooling around with a scrappy little whiting, some small bluefish or, if I’m lucky, a few dinner-plate-size pompano for the frying pan. This past weekend, I set up my full picket line of surf sticks, kicked back in the camp chair with a hot coffee and saw the sun crack the morning horizon over NASA’s launchpad. Beautiful.