Suwannee River providing summer fishing favorite

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might seem like a relatively small and isolated angling specialty, but the Suwannee River redbreasted sunfish claims a surprisingly large fan base among North Florida fishers.

Even though the river has been full of the ultralight tackle casters for more than a month now, the redbelly bite is still going strong.

Longtime river fishers, Jason, Ralph, and Russell O’Steen have taken their fair share.

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Local fishing spots holding strong during hot weather

fourthOften by Independence Day, most of this area’s best fishing opportunities have come and gone, leaving hot weather anglers to settle for bream or hope for good crops of scallops and St. John’s river-run shrimp.

But things are much better this summer.

Gulf or Atlantic Coast, ponds, lakes, or rivers … the North Florida angler presently has an uncommonly large list of good summertime choices.

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Bream remain most dependable freshwater option

Water Hyacinth (Eichhornia crassipes)

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ether they target redbellies, bluegills, or stumpknockers, freshwater fishers know that bream are their most dependable target through the summer. And as it should be, the bream fishing is good.

Ren Gallon and Gene Brooks fished Rodman Reservoir on Sunday in a steady wind that made their favorite bream-catching technique challenging.

Placing weightless grass shrimp precisely beside floating rafts of mixed vegetation isn’t easy when the wind is up. The floating hyacinth and water lettuce certainly is abundant on Rodman; upon launching at Kenwood Landing, the Gainesville men had to motor through a nearly solid pack of floating greenery.

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Reeling for Kids has another successful turnout

reelingforkidsDoug Johnson’s 11th Reeling for Kids Saltwater Challenge is in the books — as always, a well-executed success. Ninety teams competed in offshore and inshore divisions, and the Steinhatchee waters produced for them well.

Capt. Joey Landreneau weighed in the only cobia of the tournament — winning with the 17.8-pounder.

Winning speckled trout of 5.30, 4.65, and 4.40 pounds were taken by Rick Davidson, Robert Hart, and Brett Brantley, respectively.

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