I hate flying only because of all the regulations, security time, and how hard it is to take anything with you anymore. That and every time I fly it seems it ends up taking me almost as long as it would to drive when you figure in what time you leave your house door till you walk in to where ever your ever staying. I wish I had more advice, but everyone has hit the mark don't bring anything with hooks in carry on, and I'd check about the fishing poles and what the max length is for checked luggage. Anymore now you'll probably get charged extra for checking something long like poles. I've driven down to sarasota area before with my boat, so my choice would be to drive took me 15hrs from my area. Flying was quicker but not by enough to make me deal with it by the time I figured out the time from leaving my house door to getting to the rental home down there. Flying wasn't much faster cause the nearest air port for me is an hour away to louisville or INDY lay over in Atlanta or Charlotte then to tampa then 40 min drive from tampa air port to sarasota total travel time for flying was something like almost 10 hrs from my house door to the vacation home. I said the hell with not being able to bring the boat or fishing gear, and decided to just load the truck and boat and drive for that trip.
why does everything have to get in the way of fishing and hunting?