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Spanish Mackerel a tasty catch

Posted on April 18, 2014 at 10:23 am

J. Daniel Pearson Under the Bobber As coastal waters warm up, this is an excellent time to go after one of my favorite fighting game fish, the Spanish Mackerel. Similar in appearance to its much larger cousin, the King Mackerel, Spanish Mackerel will grow to 10 pounds or so, with the state record being a 12-pound fish caught off of Fort Pierce in 1984.  This is a migratory fish that

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  • Sometimes, a long drive is worth it

    Posted on April 11, 2014 at 2:47 pm

    J. Daniel Pearson Under the Bobber One of the great things about living in Central Florida is the fact that the fishing opportunities are almost endless.  While our bass fishing is world famous, our freshwater lakes, ponds and rivers provide a wide variety of other opportunities including catfish, specs, bluegill and shad. Inlets, small creeks, and the intercoastal waterways are awesome places to catch snook, red fish, sea bass, black

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  • Harmony fish team 2nd at state

    Posted on April 4, 2014 at 11:22 am

    For Harmony High School students Corbin Smith and Steven Soileau the Osceola Anglers High School Fishing Club was just another avenue to do what they really love to do – namely fish.  But the club has led them on to something bigger and better, an opportunity to represent Osceola County and the State of Florida next fall in Tennessee. The duo, as well as 16 other high school students in

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  • Bass are hitting on shiners

    Posted on March 28, 2014 at 11:51 am

    J. Daniel Pearson Under the Bobber As the weather warms up, bass fishing is really starting to heat up in Lake Toho and surrounding Osceola County waters. February and March were good months, as guides are reporting the warmer than normal conditions have resulted in some outstanding catches. Action was hot and heavy, especially when fishermen were using wild shiners for bait. Steve Boyd of Florida Bass Adventures reports that

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  • Disabled fishermen to compete

    Posted on March 21, 2014 at 12:24 pm

     J. Daniel Pearson Under the Bobber When talking about fishing tournaments, you seldom get to use the words courageous or inspirational. But that will all change when the Paralyzed Veterans of America (PVA) presents the Citrus Slam on Lake Toho next weekend, March 29-30. The tournament is first of the five-stop Paralyzed Veterans of America Bass Tour, which begins on Lake Toho and concludes with a June tournament on the

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  • Specs may be doing just fine

    Posted on March 14, 2014 at 1:45 pm

    J. Daniel Pearson Under the Bobber My column two weeks ago on the decline of spec fishing in Osceola County drew some interesting comments from local anglers. Many agreed that the black crappie fishing has shown significant decline in area lakes, while others said they have been doing just fine. Perhaps the most interesting response came from Marty Mann, a state fisheries biologist. His first point was that spec fishing

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  • Anglers can grab cash for catches

    Posted on March 7, 2014 at 12:24 pm

    J. Daniel Pearson Under the Bobber Love to bass fish? Well thanks to a second-year program being offered by the state’s Black Bass Management Program (BBMP), catching that lunker bass could be worth a lot more than bragging rights to local fisherman. Trophy Catch is a rewards program created by the BBMP to recognize trophy bass weighing more than 8 pounds that are caught in Florida. This year’s program started

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  • What is happening to specs?

    Posted on February 28, 2014 at 12:27 pm

    J. Daniel Pearson Under the Bobber When the weather turns cooler in Florida, fishing for specs (black crappie) gets hot.  Or does it? Relying on observational evidence, it appears that spec fisherman in Central Florida are not having near as much fun as they had a decade ago.  And for every fisherman complaining about the decline in spec fishing, there are just as many different explanations as to why it

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  • Iowa native became a fishing ambassador and a friend to all

    Posted on November 29, 2013 at 12:59 pm

    Jacque ‘Captain Jac’ Mitchell, 1940-2013 Jacque “Captain Jac” Mitchell, 73, the fishing columnist for the Osceola News-Gazette for 25 years, passed away Nov. 23 at his Kissimmee home. This tribute will be his final “Fishin’ Fun” column for the News-Gazette. Mitchell was born in Iowa City, Iowa, in 1940. After a career in newspaper production in Iowa, Jacque and his wife, Mary Mitchell, moved to Kissimmee in 1983. Jacque Mitchell

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