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Brett Fitzgerald | Posted 1 month 1 week
Florida Red Tide Stinks. But even now, in the middle of one of the largest blooms most of us can remember, there is good fishing to be had. Data collected through the iAngler Tournament system over the past few years shows that fish are being caught...
Brett Fitzgerald | Posted 1 month 3 weeks
A recent survey completed by Southwick Associates found that a mere 21% of fishers use any kind of fishing app yet 85% of anglers own a smart phone. While skimming through the article, which came my way via the daily Fishing Wire – my personal...
Brett Fitzgerald | Posted 2 months 5 days
By now, all Florida anglers have at least heard about how bad this year’s red tide bloom is, if not spent the past few months living through it. Due to the unusually severe impacts of this bloom, FWC has banned the harvest of two popular gamefish...
Brett Fitzgerald | Posted 2 months 1 week
SGF's Annual Meeting will take place at the Vinoy Hotel in St. Pete on Oct. 6 at 6PM. SGF will have a strong presence in the area that weekend. We'll be hosting the Yerrid Pediatric Cancer Tournament for the 4th consecutive year, and will have a...
Brett Fitzgerald | Posted 2 months 2 weeks
Many fish are managed using a slot. Usually, we have a 'keeper' slot, which means we get to keep fish which are within a given slot. Snook (28-32" or 33", depending on the coast) and red drum (18-27") are examples in Florida. Some species allow for...
Brett Fitzgerald | Posted 2 months 2 weeks
  What it means for you and the fish, and what you can do to help. (Hint: log more, log now - it's never been more important!) The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) has temporarily mandated that snook and red drum are '...
Brett Fitzgerald | Posted 9 months 3 weeks
If you have ever been grouper fishing, I know this has happened to you: You feel the thump of a bite, reel down and next thing you know the fish has “rocked you up” and before you can react, your line goes slack. Fish – and tackle – gone. More times...
Mike Hodge | Posted 9 months 3 weeks
Probably not the grass you thought I meant. For anglers like me, grass means one thing: the long, skinny green stuff that grows in shallow waters. In fresh waters we often call it tape grass; in salt water we go with sea grass. In a healthy estuary...
Brett Fitzgerald | Posted 10 months 2 weeks
It’s chilly out there. In fact, it’s downright cold in some of Florida’s typically balmy coastal regions. Whether you appreciate the break from the heat or you are suddenly longing for our typically warm weather, it is worth taking a minute to think...
Brett Fitzgerald | Posted 1 year 1 month
This past September, the South Atlantic Fishery Management Council (SAFMC) reversed its recent trend of keeping the Atlantic Red Snapper fishery closed to recreational harvest by recommending a short recreational season later this fall. The council...