Drainage District

Area anglers know South Florida’s widespread canal system as the home of sought-after freshwater species like largemouth bass and butterfly peac

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Amazonia

Tropical birds flushed from the impenetrable overgrowth as we eased along the heavily vegetated lowlands. Looking like something from a prehistoric ag

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The Perfect Storm

In a place as flat as Florida, nobody likes to fish when the wind blows a gale, but a stiff breeze might actually put more bass in the boat. Brutal wi

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Dead Lakes

Serenaded by songbirds, herons and other feathered creatures, we eased along the shoreline, periodically dropping tiny jigs into tannin‑stained waters

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Speck-Tacular

Keeping an eye on the electronics, we followed the drop-off that separates the St. Johns River channel from the main part of Lake Monroe. In front of

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Blasting Stripers

While the striped bass encountered in Florida aren’t of the cow variety commonly caught in the Northeast, there are two species of striped bass that i

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Bayou Blowout

About 40 miles west of Pensacola, anglers can find exceptional fishing for almost every species that inhabits the northern Gulf Coast. Largely surroun

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Wicked Weaponry

Professional bass anglers depend on their skills with various artificial lures across a multitude of venues to earn enough money to pay their bills. B

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Take Your Pick

Barely rippling the surface, the chartreuse spinnerbait pushed a bulge of water, creating a V-shaped wake with its chrome blades as it sputtered over

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Twist Of Fate

In 1893, John J. Hildebrandt flattened and reshaped a coin before drilling an offset hole through it. He then slipped his wife’s hairpin through the h

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Kick Bass In The Grass

Florida’s varied aquatic vegetation provides incredible habitat diversity and serves an important role in the food chain and lifecycle of countless fr

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River Monster

Like a machine gun repelling an enemy attack, the clicker screamed as line sizzled from the big Penn reel. After running about 100 yards the fish even

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Newfound Glory

Many freshwater anglers fish the same body of water weekend after weekend and often employ the same tactics they’ve used for years regardless of the s

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Revolution Evolution

Even the most successful professional anglers started their fishing careers with a basic spincast reel, which ranks among the simplest types of tackle

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Crescent Lake

Several rods in holders hanging off the stern all bent over at once, kicking off an exciting frenzy in the back of the boat as we passed over a honey

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One Cast

The Alabama rig exploded in popularity in October 2011 when Paul Elias, a former Bassmaster Classic champion, dominated an FLW Tour event by landing f

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High Expectations

On February 20, 2011, Kevin VanDam made angling history during the Bassmaster Classic, held in the Louisiana Delta south of New Orleans. The professio

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Sweet & Salty

In many coastal deltas, fresh river water mixes with ocean brine, forming a rich primordial stew where life thrives in one of the most fertile and div

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Go Big or Go Home

When it comes to producing monster largemouth, no state can mess with Florida. Fortunately, the Sunshine State’s subspecies of largemouth bass grows f

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Oh Crappie

While largemouth bass usually make headlines, crappie actually attract a larger and perhaps faster-growing following. Tasty and widespread, crappie oc

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Whisker Warfare

While Florida certainly offers impressive largemouth bass, there are also numerous species of catfish that inhabit area waters throughout the state. T

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Bass Beware

It’s no secret that technology is changing the way we find and catch fish. From high-definition sonar systems to the latest rod and reel technology, t

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Read Between The Lines

Stripers are arguably the Eastern Seaboard’s most attainable game fish, yet it’s not too often you hear Florida anglers swapping fish tales about a re

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Don’t Be A Toad

Across Florida, thick weed mats, lily pads and floating vegetation dominate the vast majority of freshwater venues. This presents the ideal scenario a

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Second Chance Bass

Everyone’s heard and maybe even shared stories themselves about the one that got away. Unfortunately, you can’t always come out on top. Regardless of

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Nighttime Is The Right Time

With the sweltering summer season once again upon us, you’ve undoubtedly had your fair share of sunburns and strikeouts. Record temperatures definitel

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