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10 Reasons to Visit the Florida Bass Conservation Center

10 Reasons to Visit the Florida Bass Conservation Center

Do you know how fish populations are enhanced in some of your favorite Florida freshwater fishing spots? Wondering which types of conservation projects your state fishing license dollars contribute to? The Florida Bass Conservation Center, located in Sumter County, is part of the answer to both of these questions. In addition to largemouth bass, striped bass, and sunshine bass; the…

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How To Choose The Right Reel Gear Ratio

How To Choose The Right Reel Gear Ratio

5.1:1? 6.2:1? Huh? You're ready to buy a new freshwater fishing reel, but all the talk about gear ratio has you "reel-y" confused. You want to make sure you buy the right reel with the most appropriate gear ratio for the type of fishing you plan to do. Or, maybe you're wondering which fishing techniques call for higher reel gear…

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7 Practical Product Picks From ICAST 2017

7 Practical Product Picks From ICAST 2017

While the post-ICAST uproar over a pricey load out bucket continues, I'm contemplating the products that may not necessarily be new to the world's largest sport fishing trade show, but that rank from a practicality standpoint. In other words, which handful of ICAST 2017 products offer useful features or benefits at reasonable price points given the quality and construction? I'm…

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Fly Fishing For Florida’s Freshwater Exotics

Fly Fishing For Florida’s Freshwater Exotics

In the Florida fishing community, freshwater exotics are often viewed as the scrappy kids from the other side of the tracks. They tend to be overlooked when considered alongside of our many saltwater species. Or, snubbed by those who would much rather pursue our state's official freshwater game fish, the Florida-strain largemouth bass. However, if you haven't had the chance…

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About Debbie Hanson

About Debbie Hanson

As a Chicago area native, I was blessed to have had the experience of spending childhood summers fishing the lakes of Upper Michigan with my grandfather for bluegill, perch, and walleye. I'll forever be grateful to my grandfather for taking me out on the water at a young age. However, throughout adolescence, I struggled to find myself and the courage…

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Product Review: Zeko Fishing Shoes

Product Review: Zeko Fishing Shoes

At the very minimum, fishing shoes have to keep you from sliding around on a slippery boat deck and withstand constant abuse from drenching waves. With that being said, they are an incredibly important part of an angler's ensemble. I've certainly seen my fair share of fishing footwear faux pas while living in Florida. People, flip-flops aren't meant for serious…

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Florida Wildlife To Avoid When Freshwater Fishing

Florida Wildlife To Avoid When Freshwater Fishing

When you go freshwater fishing, you are likely to come across a variety of Florida wildlife on your adventures. More often than not, these wildlife encounters consist of serene experiences such as a great white egret soaring overhead or perhaps a family of red-bellied turtles sitting on a nearby log. However, every once and a while you will come across…

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10 Holiday Fishing Gift Ideas For Lady Anglers

10 Holiday Fishing Gift Ideas For Lady Anglers

Are you trying to come up with fishing gift ideas for a lady angler friend or relative, but don't want to spend hours trying to figure out what she might want or need? Well, don't stress because I've come up with a list of fishing gift ideas that will save you time and make your holiday shopping a whole lot…

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How To Catch Jumbo Jack Crevalle

How To Catch Jumbo Jack Crevalle

While many anglers snub the jack crevalle, considering the species as just another undesirable component in a saltwater trash can slam, you may want to experience the unwavering strength and stamina first-hand before you make any judgment of your own. If you learn how to land a jumbo jack crevalle that's 10-pounds or more, your fish fighting prowess will certainly…

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Shoreline Bass Fishing Tips For Webb Lake

Shoreline Bass Fishing Tips For Webb Lake

Florida shoreline bass fishing fans shouldn't overlook the 395-acre man-made lake that is located on the Babcock/Webb Wildlife Management Area in Charlotte County. While a Daily Use Permit ($6 per vehicle) or Management Area Stamp is required to gain access, there is a fee station at the front entrance that is open to the public from 1½ hours before sunrise…

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