Catching Snook

August 1, 2017

Catching snook is a much sought-after game fish species here in Florida because of its tremendous fighting ability and its ambush-style attacks. The most distinctive feature of the snook is the black lateral line running the length of its body. Snook typically fall in the 5- to 15-pound range, but catches of 20- and 30-pounders […]

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Catch-and-Release Practices Help to Sustain Florida’s Fisheries

May 24, 2017

Fishing remains one of the most popular pastimes for Americans. In fact, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission estimates that millions of residents and tourists caught more than 121 million fish in Florida waters in 2011. If all those fish were harvested, and that continued year after year, the state’s fisheries eventually would suffer. […]

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Essential Sporting Goods You Need for Summer Adventures

April 20, 2017

Summer is coming, and if you’re into more active pursuits than sitting on a beach, here’s some planning tips for your warm-weather adventures. So make a plan, make a list and visit an outdoor retailer to geared up right. Continue reading to learn what essential sporting goods you need. Essential Sporting Goods You Need: Backpacking […]

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Early Spring Fishing Tips to Keep in Mind This Season

March 30, 2017

Spring is a transitional time. Water temperatures are warming, we have sunlight later in our day, and the moon’s influence on tides increases. All that and other factors mean one thing is certain: Marine life is becoming more active, and better fishing is on the way. In fact, it’s happening now. Continue reading to learn some […]

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Stop Wasting Your Life Away Inside: 3 Ways to Spend Your Free Time

February 23, 2017

Here in Florida, it’s always a great time to be outdoors. You can pursue just about any outdoor sport or hobby and have something really exciting to look forward to every weekend. So if you’re looking to spend more free time outside and improve your relationship with nature, here are 3 ways to spend your […]

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Quick and Easy Fishing Guide for Beginners

August 22, 2016

Fishing remains one of the most popular pastimes for those who spend time in the outdoors. In fact, more than 33 million Americans said they went fishing multiple times in 2011, according to a U.S. Fish and Wildlife survey released in 2012. And that number is growing all the time. Anyone can take up fishing: […]

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Kayak fishing accessories to trick-out your ride

July 15, 2015

Here in the Tampa Bay area we are blessed with calm gulf waters and miles of shoreline for great inshore fishing. Many anglers are choosing to fish from kayaks because these shallow-running vessels put them in “skinny” water, where a good caster can work the tight spaces of a mangrove shoreline for a bounty of […]

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How to throw a cast net – Video

June 21, 2015

There are many ways to throw a cast net to collect bait. In this video, Alex of our Fishing Department demonstrates the shoulder method for throwing an 8-foot diameter, 1/4-inch mesh Cracker Cast Net.  

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Fishing report, May 3rd: Black drum under mangroves

May 3, 2015

Fishing report based on what the Bill Jackson’s staff is seeing and hearing about: Snook are now closed to harvest in Gulf of Mexico waters as of May 1, and many anglers are finding success with black drum under the mangroves. To set up properly for black drum, use a 7-foot-6 medium-light, fast-action rod with […]

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Fishing report for April 26: Rig for tarpon from the piers

April 27, 2015

Fishing report based on what the Bill Jackson’s staff is seeing and hearing about during the past week: The tarpon migration is here and these silver kings are along the gulf beaches. In addition, the king mackerel bite and the pompano bites remain strong. But for the next few weeks, tarpon will be on the […]

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