Challenge Your Limits – Tampa Bay Tarpon

Perhaps the biggest lure of saltwater sport fishing is the battle to land a hooked fish. For many anglers the tougher this fight is in direct correlation to how good of a day one has while out fishing.  And few species put up a bigger battle than Tarpon, the Silver Kings which have helped make Florida’s Gulf Coast known worldwide among serious saltwater fishing enthusiasts.  Although common to almost all the Gulf’s coastal waters, a variety of factors can make locating them difficult.  Lucky for sport anglers that Tampa Bay’s annual Crab Flush helps make it among the premiere destinations for reliable Tarpon action. Continue reading “Challenge Your Limits – Tampa Bay Tarpon”

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Grouper – Deebos of the Deep

Saltwater sport fishing is one of the most popular past times in Florida. All you really need is a rod and reel, a hook and bait/lures (and a fishing license!) and you are good to go.  But despite a wide diversity of species for anglers to target, many Florida fishermen only have experience with inshore species like flounder, redfish and spotted seatrout.  Throughout much of the state the continental shelf extends far offshore, and since most angling is done from the shore, piers or small boats like kayaks and skiffs, fishermen hunting these flats are just scratching the surface of what the state’s waters have to offer.  But for those anglers willing to go a little deeper the rewards are worth it, as Florida has some of the best grouper fishing of anywhere in the world. Continue reading “Grouper – Deebos of the Deep”

The Fish & the Furious

Fast cars, fast food, fast boats, the Fast and the Furious movies… Speed is addictive, in almost everything we do. And sport fishing is no exception.  Anglers love the thrill of tackling game fish that peel line off reels like drag racers peel rubber off tires.  For many, the chances of hooking into a fish that feels more like an underwater torpedo is the ultimate experience.  And for those seeking speed, the Scombridae family of fish are what fishermen are targeting. Continue reading “The Fish & the Furious”

The Rodney Dangerfield of Inshore Fishing

One of the most overlooked game fish that inshore sport anglers forget would have to be the Spotted Seatrout. If Spotted Seatrout could talk, they would complain that they “Don’t get no respect!”  Known to fishermen throughout the Gulf of Mexico and the Atlantic Coast, this species’ range extends as far north as Nova Scotia and Newfoundland.  But southern waters are where this species is most often hooked.  Not known to be as pugnacious as their skinny water neighbors, Red Drum, these speckled inshore predators often hunt the same shallow grassy flats as Drum and Flounder and are often caught right alongside them. Continue reading “The Rodney Dangerfield of Inshore Fishing”