Best Bets for Fishing, August Through December

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As the Fishing Capital of the World, Florida is the envy of northern states because we enjoy great fishing weather year-round and there's always something running. Here's a list of popular species, and a description of the best places and times of year, August through December, to intercept them.

August: Little Tunny, better known as "false albacore" gang up off Southeast Florida in numbers not seen anywhere else in the world. I'd wager on the waters off Palm Beach County and Stuart in the late summer. And the fish are huge--averaging 12 pounds or so but often exceeding 20. It's fly-fishing heaven.

September: It's the mullet run -- one of the most spectacular wildlife migrations on the planet. You never know what you'll catch when you fish around these massive schools of bait, including sharks, tarpon, snook, jacks and bluefish. Intercept it anywhere from Amelia Island to Miami Beach.

October: Huge redfish school up outside the inlets and passes. Best bets include the Mayport Jetties and Sebastian Inlet. We're talking fish to 90 pounds. Sometimes the ocean turns bright crimson there are so many of them.

November: Speckled trout, the state's most popular fish among anglers, start stacking up into the creeks and holes of coastal rivers, especially in Northwest and Northeast Florida. Check out the rivers below Tallahassee in the Panacea area, and those around St. Augustine.

December: Crappie are coming into the cooler by the boatload as they school up to spawn in the winter. Try night fishing around bridges and docks under the lights with live minnows and jigs, in waterways such as the Kissimmee River, near Buckhead Ridge.

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