The Bountiful Shallows of Florida

A selection of redfish, trout, snook and flounder photos from Florida’s inshore fisheries

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PHOTOGRAPHER’S SHOWCASE

Jan Maizler specializes in writing about flats fishing and light-tackle angling travel. Not just a photographer, author, and contributor to Sport Fishing, Jan is also a past IGFA world record holder for bonefish on two-pound test line (8 pounds, 4 ounces) and permit on four-pound test line (23 pounds, 15 ounces). His latest and most thorough book on flats fishing — Fishing Florida's Flats — is available at www.fishingfloridasflats.com. PHOTO: This Florida Bay redfish slammed a soft plastic Money Minnow worked on top.Jan Maizler
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A live finger mullet bait tempted this nice bull red near Shark River, Everglades National Park.Jan Maizler
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This head shot of a bull red’s battle scars shows the life of an inshore predator does not come easy.Jan Maizler
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Some giant redfish swim in Mosquito Lagoon. This one ate an artificial lure.Jan Maizler
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This ’Goon monster gobbled a ladyfish chunk cast in its path.Jan Maizler
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North Biscayne Bay has some big trout. This beauty ate a pilchard.Jan Maizler
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Sea trout love a soft-plastic swim bait. This victory took place near Palma Sola Bay.Jan Maizler
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Highly colored arties do the trick, plus the scent exuded by this Gulp! tail. The catching happened near Coot Bay, Everglades National Park.Jan Maizler
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Sea trout have mean dispositions and a raptor-like mouth. This one really smacked a D.O.A. shrimp.Jan Maizler
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The ubiquitous lead-head jig and live shrimp bested this beauty off Crystal River.Jan Maizler
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The Long Bar area in Sarasota Bay was loaded with mullet, but at least one snook among them crashed this plastic tail lure.Jan Maizler
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A tiny paddle-tail plastic bait works well on minnow-feeding snook. This was in the Little Marco River.Jan Maizler
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Brightly colored lures work well at times on laid-up snook. I took this in Florida Bay.Jan Maizler
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It’s hard for a snook to turn down a live pilchard, and this Sanibel Island linesider was no different.Jan Maizler
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Capt. Butch Constable lowered a pinfish in Jupiter Inlet. In moments, this snook gobbled it up.Jan Maizler
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This flounder in the Mosquito Lagoon was taken while feeding under a culvert.Jan Maizler
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One way to catch a big fat flatty is with a jig and shrimp. This fun took place in St. Augustine.Jan Maizler
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This shiny specimen ate a Gulp! shrimp in Tampa Bay.Jan Maizler