Proper Tactics Key to Catching Florida Fish

By: Terry Tomalin

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If you want to catch fish in Florida, but don’t how, remember the Seven T’s. It doesn’t matter if you are fishing in Jacksonville or Key West, Pensacola or Miami, knowing Tackle, Tactics, Terrain, Time, Temperature, Tide and Tips will insure success.

You have read about Tackle; now it is time for Tactics.

Fish are like people. They have different tastes, habits and comfort zones. King mackerel, for example, are open-ocean swimmers that can be found on both coasts during their annual fall and spring migratory runs. They are voracious predators that tend to feed on large schools of baitfish.

Red drum in comparison spend most of their juvenile lives in the estuaries, venturing out into the open ocean only after they have reached sexual maturity. Redfish, as they are commonly called, feed on mollusks and crustaceans along grass beds and oyster bars.

What works for king mackerel will not work for red drum. Before you head out, do some research. Just as a good football coach studies the other team’s offense and defense, you too should know the opposition.

And there is no better way to learn about Florida fish than to consult the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission's Research Institute in St. Petersburg.

Stay tuned for Terrain, Time, Temperature, Tide and Tips.


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