Florida Sportsman September 2012

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Snook season reopens on Florida’s Atlantic coast September 1. It’s always a tricky time of year to catch those post-spawn fish as they leave the confines of ocean inlets and spread to offshore reefs and Intracoastal haunts. Writer Peter Slis, a regular on the Indian River Lagoon, taps the expertise of fellow snookers to put together 4 game-plans for catching fall snook. Gulf Coast anglers (and those in Monroe County, which follows Florida’s Gulf-side snook seasons) will have to be satisfied with catch-and-release snook action until next fall (2013). Magazine Founder Karl Wickstrom and Contributing Editor Doug Kelly, in Openers and Conservation Front, shine some light on the controversial decision to keep the Gulf side closed.







Snook may get harder to catch in September, but not redfish. As summer draws to a close, maturing redfish in the 30-inch class begin to leave the estuaries and join schools of monster breeder reds in open water. Along Florida’s Panhandle coast, anglers out of Pensacola are dialed in to this fishery, as reported by Ed Mashburn. Find out when the fish will arrive, how to locate them, how to catch them, and how to enjoy the action while ensuring the fish continue to return in big numbers season after season. We cover another major inshore rod-bender in this issue: Associate Editor Sam Hudson gives a concise look at Florida Keys-style shark fishing on the flats, in the Inshore Seminar.



Let’s put some great-eating mangrove snapper in the box, and let’s do in the cool of night! It’s a late-summer tradition, anchoring on the reefs off the Florida coasts and setting out baits for plump mangrove, or gray, snapper. But it’s also a pursuit fraught with potential peril. Managing Editor David Conway looks out for your safety and satisfaction in a terrific feature article this month. The story is based out of Fort Pierce, but the snapper techniques and navigation advice are relevant anywhere in the state. In the Offshore Seminar, Rick Ryals presents a tutorial for making up quick, stealthy dropper rigs. Bait up with a hunk of squid, cut fish or shrimp, and add seabass and triggerfish to your dinner menu.


Hunting and Freshwater

Florida’s early hunting seasons, including Archery and Muzzleloading, are apt to open under 80-degree daytime heat. That puts a premium on comfortable camouflage. Chris Christian offers some hints on dressing for the weather, and gives sage advice on picking the best camo pattern for the game at hand. Some days, that’s no camo at all—hot orange for safety during General Gun seasons. On the freshwater rivers, writer Ed Mashburn catches up with the catfish hunters from North Florida, guys who stay up all night trying to bag 30-pound flathead and blue catfish. Learn their secrets for locating big fish, and find out what Florida fisheries officials are planning for this unusual, burgeoning fishery.



Gulf Coast anglers aren’t all happy about the FWC decision to keep the snook season closed on that side. Karl Wickstrom proposes an easy way out of the Snook Imbroglio, including simplified seasons, bag limits and slot limits.














Previous Issues:


Florida Sportsman August 2012

Florida Sportsman July 2012

– Florida Sportsman June 2012

Florida Sportsman May 2012

Florida Sportsman April 2012

Florida Sportsman March 2012

Florida Sportsman February 2012

Florida Sportsman January 2012


Florida Sportsman December 2011

Florida Sportsman November 2011

Florida Sportsman October 2011

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