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Tips For Catch-AndRelease Flounder
Whiting: It's What's For Dinner
Anglers Set New Florida Saltwater Fishing Records
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By Capt. Michael Okruhlik
By Chris Beardsley
By CAM Staff
Follow the Bait For Fall Bass
Mono-Hull Vs. "Cat" Dual-Hull Performance
Streamers for Fall Trophy Browns
High Flying Tuna
Inspect and Maintain Your Boat's Hydraulic Steering
Giant Swordfish Breaks Canaveral Record By CAM Staff
Snook Fishing in Jupiter, Florida
By Thatch McGuire
By Jacob Milholland
By Will Robinson
By the Experts at Dometic Marine
BBy Ryan Izquierdo
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By Antti Kalske
Go Find Some Fall Reds On the Fly By CAM Staff
By TAM Staff
Fly Selection Philosophy of a World Champion
By Patrick “Tupat” Eichstaedt
Gulf Cobia Study Underway By CAM Staff
Fishing the Silver Scales International Fly Fishing Tournament
By Rex Hannon
Speeches Repeats as Bonanza Champ
Nine Alternative Deceiver Patterns
Monster Canadian Sturgeon By CAM Staff
By CAM Staff
By Carlos Hidalgo
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By Capt. Michael Okruhlik
TIPS FOR FLOUNDER CATCH-AND-RELEASE
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s the weather changes, so do the fishing patterns. This year, along with the seasonal changes, we also have some regulation changes to keep in mind. Here in Texas and also in Florida there are new closed seasons for flounder in 2021. From Nov. 1-Dec. 14, Texas flounder will be catch and release only. In Florida, the recreational season will be closed Oct. 15-Nov. 30. These closures are part of regulations-tightening trend for Gulf and Atlantic states after a federal study showed southern flounder numbers at historically low levels. I’m happy to report we’re still catching flounder, but be sure to check for updates to your state’s seasons and bag limits before applying the following tips. I enjoy the precise approach to successfully and consistently catch flounder. Although I won’t be able to harvest any during the closed period, I’ll still land some saddle blankets for photos before release. I’ll also modify my tactics to improve my hook-up ratio, which will also increase the odds of flounder survival during this spawning season. While targeting flounder, I generally pause after I feel the initial strike. I do this for a few reasons. Flounder hold their prey in locked jaws for a period of time in order to kill the bait and reposition it before swallowing. I don’t get as many hook-ups when setting the hook on the first thump of a flounder strike. In preparation for the closed season, I’ve practiced downsizing lures. A shorter and smaller profile significantly increased my first-strike hookup ratio. A lure that has proven very effective is the new 3.25inch Knockin Tail Lure. It has a small profile, which allows for a wider gap between the plastic and the hook tip. With the boney jaw of a flounder, ample hook exposure increases penetration. This lure also has a built-in tail rattle and a ton of action. When targeting flounder, I start each day with a new jighead, and I might even replace it during the day depending on the bottom structure in the area. A sharp hook is crucial to consistently piercing a flounder’s jaw, which is where most of the hooks will be if you’re not waiting for the second or third bite, which is what I do if I plan to retain my catch. I also recommend a jighead with a strong solid hook with little to no flex. My final tip for targeting flounder is to use bright colors. Any color can work, but I catch more flounder on bright patterns.
Some of my favorites are, white/limetruese, chartreuse with glitter and a bright green/ bright red combo. I hope these tips give you the edge during this year’s flounder runs. Don’t forget to take a kid fishing. Flounder can be an easy target for young anglers, even on lures. Capt. Michael Okruhlik is the inventor of Knockin Tail Lures, Controlled Descent Lures and the owner of www.MyCoastOutdoors.com.
FALL FISHING IN FLORIDA
all is one of the better times to be out on the water. The summer heat and thunderstorms start to give way to slightly breezier weather, and the Sun doesn't pound as hard because its angle in the sky changes. Add in shorter days, and the temperature starts to drop, which triggers a migration of both bait and game fish. Luckily, we have you covered with some fishing tips and suggestions for the right gear to keep you angling all day. When it comes to inshore fishing in Florida, the fish are known to respond positively during fall. Baitfish will be plentiful since the flats will cool comfortably to the upper 60s and mid70s. Inshore fish like Snook will be feeding heavily on bait in preparation for the cooler winter months. Since Snook are ambush predators, they set up where the current will bring them prey. Anything from bridges, boat docks, points, oyster bars, mangrove tree lines, and changes in the depths are all ideal places to find Snook. The men's GILLZ Contender Quarter Zip in Grey Mist is the perfect inshore fishing shirt. The zip feature gives it a higher degree of versatility needed with changes in the weather. Paired with the Waterman Mask and GILLZ Tournament Light-Weight Pants, you cannot go wrong with sheer comfort and all-day protection. In the fall, Redfish are scattered throughout
the shallow grass flats. It's best to find Redfish during a tidal waterflow. Tidal creeks will hold more fish as the water temperature drops. Oyster bars are always an excellent spot to find Redfish. If you want to catch some Speckled Gator Trout, they respond well to the cooler temperatures and scatter over the grassy inshore flats. The most straightforward and exciting fall saltwater fishing in Florida is at the beach. Either coast is excellent for fall surf fishing—lower water temperatures bring in tons of baitfish.
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On the west coast, these include Cigar Minnows, Scaled Sardines, Blue Runners, and Threadfin Herring. This attracts Spanish Mackerel, Cobia, and sharks. The east coast has the famous Mullet run. Almost every Florida game fish is chasing them down the coast, including Jack Crevalle, King Fish, Spanish Mackerel, Bluefish, Snook, sharks, and Cobia. An excellent tip for surf fishing is to look for busting fish on a school of bait. This occurs when game fish trap their prey against the water's surface, where they cannot escape. A great tool for spotting game fish busting on schools of bait, are the GILLZ Spinner 102 sunglasses that provide extreme-polarized lens in a sports wrapped performance frame perfect for reducing serious glare off the ocean’s surface. Once the fish are spotted, anglers can cast a lure or live bait into a school of active bait fish and are almost guaranteed a strike. The GILLZ Waterman Packable Jacket with Trucker Hat are the perfect combination for protection while surf fishing. The compact jacket folds into its own pocket nicely in your tackle box when not in use and is excellent for the occasional wind and rain. Our Trucker Hat keeps your eye on the prize or for the busting fish on a school of bait. No matter the season, GILLZ technical fishing gear has you covered.
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Whiting It’s What’s For Dinner... By Chris Beardsley
hen I first started fishing in the Gulf of Mexico, I researched the necessary tackle and what I might catch and tried to memorize the different species. But really, I just hoped to catch anything big. I knew I would be fishing exclusively from the beach and had my sights set on a bull red or nice gator trout, and if a shark happened along so much the better. With unrealistically high expectations and hopes to match, when I felt the first strike I knew it had to be something good. To my surprise, my surf rod didn’t strain under the massive weight. The drag refused to peel. Images of Spencer Tracy in “The Old Man and the Sea” did not flash before my eyes, as whatever hit my bait most assuredly had gotten off. The only sign that a fish was still on was the slightest wiggle, an almost imperceptible headshake. The fish I hauled in was pale and reminded me of the redhorse suckers we used to spear just before trapping season in Wisconsin. It was not glamorous in any way and certainly not magazine cover worthy. Worse, I didn’t even know what it was! After all the time spent looking at pictures of cobia, speckled seatrout and big redfish, I had no idea what this fish was. Checking my cheat sheet, it looked like a whiting, or more accurately Gulf kingfish, but I wasn’t sure. An older gentleman fishing a short walk down the beach confirmed my suspicions and added that they’re pretty good to eat. Soon, every tick of the rod tip resulted in yet another whiting. I downsized my gear to a budget 7-foot Okuma combo spooled with 15-lb. Berkley Big Game and a flouro leader. A Carolina rig with
a 1-oz. barrel sinker and 1/0 circle hook topped off with bits of shrimp turned me into a whiting catching machine. Shrimp and clams, or similarly scented Fishbites, are excellent baits for these coastal croakers. Whiting are relatively small, opportunistic bottom feeders, and using light tackle helps detect the slightest bite. In the spring, whiting migrate north along the Florida Gulf Coast only to make the return trip migrating south in the fall. The fall fishing can be fast and furious as large schools migrate south. Casting into the first trough, usually within 30 yards (or less) from shore, makes this a great fish for kids to target too. Of course the whiting, in all its plainness, is one of the best eating fish in the Gulf. To add credence to my humble opinion, a past fish fry ended with my daughter asking for more chicken! To this day we often refer to whiting as the chicken of the sea… Sorry Charlie! After 17 years of surf fishing, I have a lot of equipment and have caught a fair number of whiting. Occasionally, when the wind is right and the stars align, I get to return the favor as the older gentleman down the beach – and if it’s a whiting, I let them know that they’re pretty good to eat too! THE ANGLER VIDEO MAGAZINE OCTOBER 2021 9
ANGLERS SET NEW FLORIDA SALTWATER FISHING RECORDS Scamp Grouper
t was a monster summer for three anglers who each landed a Florida Saltwater Alltackle Fishing Record. Whiting (Gulf kingfish) Capt. Sidney Little caught the latest Gulf kingfish (whiting) Florida Saltwater Fishing Record on April 7 while fishing at Santa Rosa Beach. Sidney’s 2.8-pound catch beat out the previous record of 2.4 pounds. If you feel like you’re having déjà vu, don’t worry, you’re not alone. That previous record of 2.4 pounds was set earlier this year by angler Joseph Peckham. Scamp Grouper A new Florida Saltwater Fishing Record for scamp was set by Mark John Gibner during a fishing expedition near John’s Pass Marina in Pinellas County on June 11. His 29.6-pound scamp beat the previous record of 28.38 pounds set by Braden Douglas Pursell in April 2002.
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“I think that for the first 20 feet or so, the fish didn’t know that it was hooked,” said Gibner. “When it did, it started to dig. At first, as he was pulling drag, I had to palm my reel to slow him down. But after a short back and forth, I finally got the upper hand and was able to land him with lots of enthusiasm from my friends.” Schoolmaster Anthony Mastitski filled the vacant schoolmaster category, which was opened Jan. 1, 2019. Mastitski’s 2.07-pound schoolmaster was caught in Broward County on July 27. Claim Your Record Want to claim your own state record? There are currently no records listed for white grunt or blueline tilefish in the alltackle category. There are also numerous fly-fishing tackle categories with vacant records, giving anglers an opportunity to hold the record for these species. The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) maintains state records in all-tackle and fly fishing categories for 81 species caught in Florida state waters and adjacent federal waters. Saltwater record holders receive a certificate of accomplishment, prize pack, recognition in various publications, and a custom ink fish print to memorialize their catch courtesy of Fish Print Shop. To qualify for a record, the catch must be weighed on land with a certified scale, and photographs must be submitted clearly showing the weight displayed on the scale, the scale’s certification, the rod and reel used to make the catch, the angler with their catch, and various views of the fish for identification purposes. The angler’s signature on a completed application form must be witnessed by a notary. For more information and to view current records, visit CatchaFloridaMemory.com and click “Records,” contact AnglerRecognition@MyFWC.com or call 850-487-0554. THE ANGLER VIDEO MAGAZINE
FALL BASS By TAM Staff
he days are shorter. The nights are cooler. Cold fronts are sweeping in, and bass are in the transition that brings some of the best fishing of the year. For tournament anglers or weekend warriors, the fall feed-up is one of the most exciting times to be on the water. Whether it’s a large reservoir or the backyard bass pond, fish are on the move. They’ve left the deep-water structure where they were schooled up all summer, and they’re tailing baitfish into the creeks and shallows. Catching bass right now is less about patterning structure and more about finding bait than it is at any other time of year. Of course baitfish, even on the move, will often relate to some type of structure or cover. Fall fishing is very similar to what you’ll find in the spring for bass that are in pre- and post-spawn patterns. The bass and baitfish use the same channels and ledges to migrate as they did in spring. On the big lakes, you’ll find them by graphing the mouths of the creeks and then moving in as the fish progress back to the secondary points and finally the backs of the creeks. On a pond, go where you see the bait. It could be on that prominent drop off the flats or just off the creek channel. The key here is finding the shad, or whatever the dominant bait species is where you fish. Bass have one thing in mind, and that is to pack on as much weight as possible. They’ll require energy for the cold months ahead and to fuel the production of eggs and sperm for the spawn on the other end of winter. It’s a fun time of year to fish. Get on the trolling motor or walk the banks with your favorite fast-moving baits. You can cover a lot of water with crankbaits, spinnerbaits and even buzzbaits to prospect available cover like docks, laydowns, brush and stumps. Or maybe the bait is up in the grass. There’s nothing more fun than working a swim jig or fluke in and along the grass edges. No matter what you do, keep your favorite jerkbait, topwater walking bait or swimbait easily accessible. When fleeing baitfish scatter around a cove and bass are busting on top, you’ll want to have something you can throw a long way to put yourself in the action. There’s no secret to patterning bass this time of year. Find the baitfish, and the predatory fish will be with them. This is generally not a time to slow down and dissect structure. Fan casting an area that is holding baitfish can result in fast action.
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FLY SELECTION PHILOSOPHY of a World Champion By Antti Kalske
ach year since 1981, some of the world’s best anglers have convened to compete in the FIPS-Mouche World Fly Fishing Championship held in different venues on some of the best lakes and rivers in the world. This year, the championship was held in the Kuusamo and Taivalkoski regions of Finland, where teams of anglers fished several lakes and rivers, competing for points based on length and number of brown trout, grayling, whitefish and rainbow trout.
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The Two (or three or five) Flies Jyrki Hiltunen has successfully toured international fly fishing competitions for over a decade, won a silver medal in the 2018 World Championships and certainly mastered modern tightline techniques. As a recent highlight, he was part of the Finnish championship-winning team in 2021, where in addition to the strong team effort his teammates Heikki Kurtti and Jari Heikkinen took individual gold and silver. Thousands of hours spent on the water have narrowed his fly choices to the ones he finds most effective. “I think it’s intriguing that no matter where in the world I’ve fished, the same patterns keep producing,” Jyrki said. “Whether it’s Tasmania, Europe, U.S. or the Nordics, I know from experience that in most conditions these patterns work. So instead of varying different fly models, I emphasize variation in bead color, weight and size.” The flies in question are jig-style tungsten beadheads known as Orange Tag and Red Rib Killer, including a pink ribbed version of the latter – Pink Rib Killer. But what makes them so special? Both have effective features such as UV materials, a lively CDC hackle and something to consider as a hot spot. But according to Jyrki, the real key is that instead of trying to be realistic replicas of a certain hatch, they are generic enough to imitate almost anything effectively. That’s also probably the reason why they work anywhere around the world, in rivers with completely different aquatic fauna.
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he home team, Finland, took the win, and it should come as no surprise to those who follow competitive fly fishing that tightlining, sometimes called Euronymphing in the U.S., was one of the most utilized tactics. Here’s a look at the tactics and fly box of Jyrki Hiltunen, a 2018 individual silver medalist and member of the 2021 worldchampion Finland team.
You might think a seasoned competition angler’s fly box is loaded with a variety of different patterns. You’d need completely different flies for different countries, rivers, hatches, conditions, techniques and seasons, right? Well, it was a bit of a surprise when the company Superflies first contacted Fly Fishing Team Finland on whether they would like to have a custom fly series of their favorite nymphs produced. The idea was to sponsor them by supplying all the flies they need for competitions, while also offering the same patterns to customers. The surprise was that a major part of their tightline fishing techniques evolved around only two patterns. While two flies might not sound like much, it’s also not the whole story. 18
anglers, the more you need to size down. “You can see this clearly during the course of the fishing season in my home waters in Central Finland, where the fly size needs to gradually go down towards August. Fishing competitions exemplify that same development packed into a matter of days—the fish become much pickier towards the end of the competition after seeing countless flies drift past.” Grayling fishing in Northern Finland is another good example of the former. “When fishing a pool for the first time, the fish might be hitting the flies on every single drift. After going through the pool once, it gets much more challenging, and you really need to put some thought into your fly selection.” At this point, someone might wonder why a competitive angler reveals the most sacred of his trusted fly patterns. Then again, just tying on an Orange Tag won’t make you a trout whisperer. It’s how you use them that makes the difference.
About Techniques Jyrki’s standard setup is a rig of two nymphs about 20 inches apart on a French-style leader, which is a long tightlining rig designed for stealth. He fishes it upstream on a dead drift
Vary the Color, Weight and Size “Bead colors and fly size are then the features I try to optimize for each situation. Sometimes only changing from a light metallic pink bead to a copper one, or vice versa, can have a huge difference,” Jyrki explained. He often fishes the same pool multiple times, moving upstream and changing bead colors after the first round. While bead color is about attracting the fish, weight has more to do with maximizing time in the strike zone. “Having different bead weights is important in order to adjust to different kinds of pockets and water depths. In the tightest pockets, where the area I want to fish might be only 3 feet long, the flies need to sink immediately to the fishing depth. There you might, for instance, select a 3.8 mm tungsten bead. In shallower water or when you have more time to sink the fly, you can rely on a lighter bead, like 3.0 mm or even 2.5 mm,” he continued. “Naturally, also, the strength of the current and activity of the fish affects your choice of bead size.” Finally, there’s the size of the fly. Jyrki’s general rule of thumb is that you can use larger flies when there is less fishing pressure. The more the fish are exposed to flies and
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and most often he uses 0.14-0.16 mm diameter tippet. This varies in both directions depending on conditions and how shy the fish are. So, is it really just Orange Tags and Red Rib Killers he ties on to his rig? Although these two patterns are the bread and butter of his fly box, he does also complement with other flies. “For example, during the earlier part of the season in Central Finland, fish seem to be extremely focused on caddis larva. That means I usually put on a Hydro Larva as my point fly and a Red Rib Killer as my dropper fly.” So there is some local flavor included after all. During the summer, he mostly fishes his
Tightline Dry Droppers Tightline dry droppers are one of Jyrki’s favorite techniques. The rig helped teammate Heikki Kurtti succeed in one of the most challenging pools on his way
to the individual world championship in 2021. Fishing with a tungsten bead nymph paired with a dry fly is both effective and can offer takes you will never experience fishing with a fly line. “In this kind of a setup, you keep constant contact with the point fly – often an Orange Tag. That means that the dry fly on the dropper is at times floating on the surface, like in traditional dry fly fishing, but often also hanging in mid-air. It’s quite something to witness strikes where trout literally jump completely out of the water to get your fly from way above the surface!” Another reason for using dry droppers is that it allows to effectively cover places that would be practically unfishable with traditional fly line techniques. “Some of the best hot spots of a river are right at the edges of the fastest main current. You can, of course, easily fish the edge closer to you with a fly line. But try casting across the main current to the far side and your fly line will quickly start to drag the fly even with constant mending,” Jyrki explained. “With a tight-line technique, you keep contact with the point fly, which also ensures a tight line that stays out of the fast current. You’ll able to do perfect drifts on the far-side edge, right on that seam of the fast and calm water.” Superflies is a proud sponsor of Fly Fishing Team Finland. Visit www.superflies.com to check out the flies Finland used to win the 2021 World Fly Fishing Championships.
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local waters with a #14 Orange Tag as the point fly, again paired with a #14 Red or Pink Rib Killer. If the flies need to be downsized, he’ll use the same ones in size #16 or replace one of them with a Perdigon nymph. When serving to highly pressured fish, Jyrki might also change from a pure dead drift to actively “jigging” the flies by twitching his rod tip. But again, it’s often the usual suspects he jigs: the Orange Tag and Red Rib Killer. “Even during events like massive caddis hatches, my Red Rib Killer and Hydro Larva almost always pass as a caddis pupa. Sometimes, but seldom, when the fish are really concentrating on feeding from the surface, you might need to resort to matching the hatch more specifically. Those situations might call for a Parachute Caddis or extended body dry fly.” Wait, dry flies on a French leader?
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FALL REDS On theFly WATCH
By CAM Staff
edfish spawn in fall. What this means for anglers is spawning-sized reds, the bull reds, will be moving in from offshore across much of their range in preparation for the spawn. Large aggregations of big redfish, hungry from expending energy, become easy targets. The dirty water often associated with the weather of fall can make visibility difficult in many areas, and anglers chucking cut bait from beaches, piers and jetties find an advantage in their stinking offerings. But what about the purists… the fly fishers, who find joy in placing themselves at a disadvantage with self-imposed limitations? Well, fall also brings some of the best action of the year for redfish on the fly. The trick is to choose the location wisely. Here are a few options: SOUTH CAROLINA LOWCOUNTRY The marshes of the Lowcountry between Charleston, S.C. and Savannah, Ga. offer some
of the best fly fishing for redfish on the east coast. Although the big bulls actually move out in fall, the best sight fishing of the year occurs when water temperatures begin to drop. Cool water means clear water here, and young redfish can be found in schools of 20 to 30 fish tailing on the mud flats and in tidal creeks. In less than 3 feet of water, these fish are skittish, and stealth is important. Bring your 8-weight to battle fish from 5 to 10 pounds. If you’re lucky, you’ll find them crushing big shrimp along a grass line, so pack a box of shrimp patterns. But be sure to bring your baitfish patterns, too, because mullet and menhaden will also be on the menu. FLORIDA PANHANDLE From Steinhatchee to Pensacola, oversized redfish in the thousands push in from offshore each fall to school up in preparation for the spawn. At the same time, menhaden and mullet will be making their way out of the estuaries into the bays in search of deeper,
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warmer water. The result is a whole lot of big fish gorging on plentiful baitfish around the passes. The reds can show up in pods of 10 or 20 or schooling by the hundreds. Bring your 10-weight rod to battle 20-pound reds as well as a box full of baitfish patterns and spoonflies. A sinking line might be in order as well. LOUISIANA With the cooling waters, bull redfish pile into the Louisiana estuaries each year. If tangling with 20 to 40-plus pound reds on a fly rod sounds like fun, this might be the best season and the best place on the planet to do it. Anglers from around the world eagerly await Louisiana’s fall invasion of enormous reds, so if you haven’t already booked your charter, you’re probably out of luck. Clean water means the opportunity is there to sight fish for bull reds that are grubbing up crabs in the marshes. Bring your 10-weight and a box of crab patterns.
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’m going to date myself here, but what is about to happen will come as no surprise to me. This is time of year I live for. You see, I’ve been watching this beautiful cycle happen with grouper for almost four decades now. As soon as the mullet run slows, and the vast schools of cigar minnows (cigs) and sardines drift inshore, so do the larger (male) gag grouper. This generally occurs around the middle of October. The scamp bite will be hard and fast during this same time in deeper water. I started my grouper fishing career with heavy electric and hydraulic commercial reels and eventually switched over to Elec-Tra-Mates and Precision Auto Reels, but now I’ve gone full circle to lighter (heavyduty) level-wind reels with braided line and ultra stealth terminal tackle to stay ahead of the mental evolution of grouper and large snapper. You see, back in the day when there were so many grouper, it was a competitive atmosphere on the bottom. The first bait to the bottom used to catch the biggest red snapper or gag, even using monofilament leader, but now it’s just not that way.
I’ve ever used. I tie them in with red braided line and a short piece of fluorocarbon leader tied in a loop knot. Then I sweeten the pot with a live bait. Bait selection is important. Live cigs and sardines are by far the best choice for Tim Barefoot instant bites, but the problem with them is I haven’t cleaned hundreds of grouper… everything down there gives them a whack. I’ve cleaned thousands of them before selling Fishing a bait that eliminates everything but them, and I’m always curious about what they were eating. One common denominator in gags and red grouper, but not as many scamp grouper, are the small red crabs that are
large black sea bass, large snapper and grouper helps weed through the smaller fish to find the big male grouper you’re looking for. Live pinfish, sailors choice grunts, grass grunts and tomtate grunts all work. I like to fish big stacks of beeliners, and that makes beeliners one of my all-time favorite baits. I fish them live or butterflied on a Crab Decoy Jig. The older, wiser males are growing increasingly tackle shy, so shed all the useless terminal tackle obviously plentiful on live bottom. and scale down to “clean” heavy-duty tackle This is what prompted me to experiment that can fool ole big boy into biting. with crab jigs. I made my first batch of Crab Decoy Jigs over a decade ago and quickly WATCH VIDEO realized they out-fish any other bottom rig THE ANGLER VIDEO MAGAZINE
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STREAMERS FOR FALL
TROPHY BROWNS O ctober is a special month in the mountains. Autumn colors and cooler weather signal it’s time to head back to trout water. Hunting a trophy brown trout is what fall is all about. These fish can be caught nymphing a big stonefly or drifting an October caddis, but the old adage, “big bait, big fish,” holds true. Streamer fishing is a surefire way to try and target these old brutes. Streamers are flies that imitate forage such as baitfish, crawfish, sculpin, other trout or even mice. While the common way to fish a streamer is to enact action by “stripping” or pulling the fly line, streamers can be dead drifted, jigged or swung. There is no wrong way to fish streamers, but the goal is to make the fly look like the real thing. EQUIPMENT: We fish heavier rods, tippets and leaders, as we are targeting larger fish. The flies are more wind resistant or heavily weighted, and the strikes can be more aggressive. Think 5 to 8 weights and 8 to 20-pound fluorocarbon tippet/leader. 26
By Jacob Milholland
A misconception of streamer fishing is that it must be done from a boat on a large river. While a boat is nice for covering ground, wading anglers can adapt these tactics to any size body of water. If you have the option to fish from a boat, multiple rods with different rate-of-fall (ROF) sinking fly lines should be in your arsenal to probe different depths: floating, intermediate (falls at one foot per second), and ROF-6 (falls at six inches per second). FLY SELECTION: Ask anyone what they throw, and you’ll get a different answer. It’s hard to go wrong with Woolly Bugger variations— like Sparkle Minnows or Bow River Buggers— any Kelly Galloup pattern or Clouser minnows to start out. Pick staple colors that allow you to adjust to conditions: white, black, bold (yellow or chartreuse) and flashy. Big fish drop their guard in nasty weather, and these can result in
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the best days on the water. Tactics: Brown trout ambush their prey, so look for places adjacent to current where fish can sit without expending too much energy. Covering water is paramount to success with a streamer. Likely holding water can produce results immediately, so don’t spend too much time in one spot. You are hunting the largest fish willing to eat the fly, not trying to force inactive fish to feed. Vary your retrieve; sometimes jigging or dead drifting can be better than a strip, or slower or faster retrieves may get a fish to react. Mental fortitude is just as important as the where and how. You can go hours or even days without seeing a fish follow the fly, but the magic of streamer fishing lies in the take of the fly and the caliber of fish. Jacob Milholland fishes with Cohutta Fishing Company in Blue Ridge, Ga. Check them out at www.cohuttafishingco.com or call (706) 946-3044.
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The Best Place to Drop a Fishing Line
ou don’t need a formal invitation to have fun in Upcountry South Carolina: Come kayak in our crystal blue lakes, hike to our rushing waterfalls, dig into our local cuisine, attend our family-oriented events and festivals, and breathe deep our fresh mountain air any time you want to feel refreshed. But when you hold a valid South Carolina fishing license, it feels like an official ticket to enjoy the great outdoors. Fishing is an activity that anglers of any age can enjoy and whole families can do together. Whether sitting on a boat or standing on shore, you can relax into the simple pleasure of holding a rod surrounded by beautiful green mountains and blue water. There’s a jolt of excitement with each pull on your line and you spring into action to reel in your catch. Only minimal equipment is needed and no specific skills are required, so fishing appeals to novices as readily as pros. Fish are biting year round in the lakes, rivers and streams of Upcountry South Carolina, located in the state’s northwestern corner in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountain. Try reeling in a worldclass catch at Devils Fork State Park in Salem, where Lake Jocassee holds state fish records for rainbow trout, brown trout, redeye bass, smallmouth bass, spotted bass, and yellow perch. Or try your luck in Lake Hartwell, at Lake Hartwell State Park in Fair Play and Sadlers Creek State Park in Anderson, three-time host of the Bassmaster Classic (2008, 2015 and 2018). The Chattooga River, ranked as one of the nation’s best wild and scenic rivers, boasts healthy wild trout populations plus is regularly stocked by Oconee County’s Walhalla State Fish Hatchery. You can fish for brown trout, rainbow trout, redeye
bass, catfish, bluegill, brown brook and bream in the Chattooga River. The Whitewater River above Lower Whitewater Falls is another great option for wild trout fishing. Lake Keowee at KeoweeToxaway State Park in Pickens County swims with largemouth, smallmouth and spotted bass as well as crappie, bluegill, yellow perch, catfish, brown trout and rainbow trout. Pick up everything you need to ensure a great angling experience—including advice—at local fly shops or book a guided fishing trip. Sam Jones of Jocassee Charters knows the best locations on Lake Jocassee to hook trophy trout year round. Buster Green’s Guide Service reels in stripers, hybrids and largemouth bass on Lake Hartwell and Lake Keowee. Chattooga River Fly Shop leads catch-and-release fly fishing trips for trout and redeye bass on the Chattooga and Chauga Rivers. Of course you can get out on the water even if you don’t plan to fish. Jocassee Lake Tours offers tours of the 9,000-acre Lake Jocassee and of the Jocassee Gorges, which National Geographic ranks as a “Destination of a Lifetime.” Some of the most amazing spots can only be reached by boat. Several different tours are offered, so you can learn from a naturalist while riding on a pontoon or paddling a kayak through quiet coves and under waterfalls. Some tours boat then hike to remote swimming spots, South Carolina’s highest point, or other surprises. If you prefer to stay on solid ground, some road vehicle tours are available, too. Prefer to captain your own boat? No problem! Several rental companies, including Tri-County Boat Rental, operate on Lake Keowee, Lake Jocassee, Lake Hartwell, and other lakes to make it easy to get out on the water. Whether you prefer
kayaking, canoeing, stand-up paddle boarding, water skiing, or tootling around in a pontoon boat, it’s invigorating to navigate clear water while surrounded by great mountain views. If you’d rather be under the water than on it, go scuba diving in Lake Jocassee—that’s right: You can scuba dive in the mountains! Lake Jocassee is a world-renowned freshwater diving destination that boasts visibility of more than 50 feet at depth on warm clear days. Dive down to see the “wall” created when the side of the mountain was blasted during construction of the dam. You can also swim through a 40-foot wooden sail boat. Lake Jocassee Dive Shop offers lessons if you’re a novice or hope to refine your diving skills. From fishing to boating, hiking to camping, biking to bird watching and more, the Upcountry’s South Carolina State Parks are a great place to come and play. Dip into the swimming hole at Oconee State Park. Hike past mountain streams to the tops of Pinnacle and Table Rock mountains at Table Rock State Park. Explore the 13,000-acre Mountain Bridge Wilderness Area at Caesars Head State Park. Scuba, swim or fish at Devils Fork State Park. Or create your own adventure at any of the Upcountry’s 13 state parks, with enough fun to fill a trip of any length. There’s so much to explore, it’s best to plan to stay awhile. Upcountry South Carolina is packed with a range of comfortable overnight accommodation options. Stay in a rustic mountain cabin, at an upscale bed and breakfast, a lakefront villa, a city hotel in Spartanburg or Greenville, or even a treehouse. Visit UpcountrySC.com to learn more.
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lebroc Industries began business in 1981 as a medium to high-end seat manufacturing company. During the 80s they evolved into a front-line manufacturer of a diverse group of automotive products for pickups, Suburbans and SUVs. But, in 1997 Llebroc switched primary focus to marine seating. Their first customers were Champion and Skeeter, both manufacturers of bass boats. Since then, the company rapidly expanded their scope of operations to include seating for boats and ships of every size and description.To accomplish this in such a short span of time, they exercised extensive experience in automotive seating, and now, just 24 years later, Llebroc is creating the most innovative concepts and designs in seating for the marine industry. Their Series 1 line, for use in an enclosed helm with limited exposure to the weather, currently features eight models with standard features that include: power coasted 1-inch square tube steel; molded foam seat cushions, armrests and headrests; Modern Allante vinyl upholstery; and a 24-month warranty. The Series 2 line for both indoor and outdoor use currently numbers 14 models with an array of standard features that include all-aluminum construction; UV texture powder coating; UltraLeather material (standard); dual positive lock seat-back adjusters; multi-position arms; Llebroc’s AquaFlex Mitigating System, which provides a level of compact and safety previously unavailable in marine seating; and a three-year warranty. All Llebroc seats offer free shipping in the continental United States. Llebroc also produces all-weather seating (11 models), bass boat seating (7 models), seat accessories and all the necessary hardware required for proper installation and utilization. Simply stated, Llebroc creates the highest quality marine seating that can be found on today’s market. It begins with initial concept drawings and proceeds on through each stage of production. In addition, every effort is enhanced by dedication to superior customer service. Each Helm Chair features rugged durability, extraordinary comfort, functional design, an impressive list of standard features and, perhaps best of all, an affordable price. For information about Llebroc products and services, visit www.llebroc.com or call Toll Free: 800-284-5771 • Fax: 817-831-3623.
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By Will Robinson
fter a twohour run into the open Gulf of Mexico, there they were on the horizon. Two shrimp boats marking the spot like an X on a secret treasure map. As they sat culling their catch, the shrimpers created a feeding frenzy of silver and black missiles exploding on the surface like a Fourth of July fireworks finale. We could see the tuna bite was in full force from quite a distance, and with virtually no wind the fishing gods were giving us the perfect chance to trade our conventional tackle for fly rods. As I began casting, fish after fish came racing up to my fly only to turn away at the last second. “I need to strip faster,” I thought. On my next cast, I put the butt of the rod under my arm and used both hands to work the fly as fast as humanly possible. From under the whitefeathered fly came my quarry sky rocketing some 3 feet in the air before streaking 200 yards 32
into the depths, taking my fly and plenty of backing with him. That’s when the real work began. For the fly fisherman, the lack of lifting power gives the fish a distinct advantage. It becomes a game of inches, and he already had the edge. But persistence paid off, and 20 minutes later the tuna came over the side of the boat. If you’ve ever caught tuna, you know they are a blast with explosive strikes and blistering runs. On a fly rod, the thrill is ten-fold, and the process is not that difficult. Unlike sight casting to a skittish permit, these fish are not boat shy and when in a frenzy will hit anything that is seemingly trying to get away. Also, adding a little chum to the water to pull the fish closer will eliminate the need to make long, accurate casts. You will need to strip fast… really fast. Tuck the rod under your arm and use both hands. Sweeping the rod to the side at the end
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of a retrieve will also keep the fly moving and give you a more time with the fly in the water. The gear: A 20-pound tuna needs a 12-weight rod to give the angler any chance of lifting the fish after a sounding run. I find a G Loomis GLX and NRX rod with a Galvan Torque Tournament reel works great. You have enough lifting power, backing and retrieve rate to get the job done. For flies, any good baitfish profile works well and even poppers elicit jawdropping strikes. I’m partial to all white, but white with a blue or green back works well too. When it comes to fly fishing, don’t get caught just thinking about inshore species, there’s a lot of fun to be had offshore too. Will Robinson is a seasoned tournament angler who has been writing about fishing for two decades. Check out Galvan reels at Galvanflyreels.com.
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f you’re an avid outdoorsman, you need a trailer hitch that can handle any occasion. Trailers, boats, tree stands, campers, ATVs and kayaks are the toys we take out on every weekend, holiday and family vacation. B&W’s Tow and Stow Adjustable Ball Mount creates a simple way to enjoy all your toys without using multiple hitches. Simply adjust the mount to the desired level, select your ball size, and load up. Whenever you’re not using the hitch, simply reverse the hitch to have it sit under your bumper to avoid a nasty collision with your shin, garage door or another bumper. Every obstacle has been considered, every adventure accounted for. Simply plug and play and forget about all the extra parts and pieces you used to have to search for in your garage. Take advantage of the all-in-one adjustable mount to ensure you are prepared for every need. For the avid angler, this mount will allow you
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INSPECT AND MAINTAIN YOUR BOAT’S HYDRAULIC STEERING E
By the Experts at Dometic Marine
xperienced boaters know regular inspection, preventative maintenance and fixing small problems before they become large ones are keys to trouble-free time on the water. Many boaters, however, tend to overlook hydraulic steering systems. This isn’t surprising, given these systems’ reliability and durability. Owners of outboardpowered boats expect smooth, easy steering control and rarely think about steering-system components until they wear out or need repair. According to Brian Dudra, vice president/ general manager for Dometic Marine, boaters can ensure trouble-free steering and extend the life of components through simple inspections and maintenance. “While each of our hydraulic systems are designed for the harsh marine environment, like any critical control system, it requires periodic checks and maintenance,” Dudra explained. “As per your owner’s manual and product labels, hydraulic steering systems should be inspected prior to every use for fluid level, steering response, leaks or worn/ binding components.” In addition, most systems require a small amount of maintenance from a qualified dealer every six months. Here’s how to inspect and care for your hydraulic steering system. Check the Helm: Starting with the steering helm, make sure the steering cylinder and helm hydraulic hose connections are tight. Dudra recommends greasing the helm shaft when installing the steering wheel to facilitate easier future removal. Check hydraulic fluid level inside the helm by unscrewing the fill plug and looking inside. The level should be 1/8- to ¼-inch below the lowest thread in the fill port. If lower than this, fill the helm to the proper level, but avoid over-filling. Check steering response when turning the wheel. It should respond within a quarter turn. If not, the system might need fluid or there might be air in the system, which requires purging. For tilt-and-lock steering helms, make sure the plastic covers are secured. Inspect Hoses & Fittings: When inspecting hoses, run your hand down them to feel for cuts, chafing or cracks. If you discover wear, have a qualified service shop replace suspect hoses. Also, ensure hose fittings are tight. Feel for hydraulic fluid leaks or weeps by running a finger around the fitting. If you find a leak, tighten the fitting. If that fails, have a qualified service shop address the issue.
Check Steering Cylinder & Glands:
Most outboard-powered boats use front-mounted hydraulic steering cylinders. The cylinder should be periodically inspected with focus on the cylinder hose connections and glands on each end of the cylinder to ensure there are no leaks. 36
Inspect the glands, which contain seals, on the ends of the steering cylinder by running your finger around the edges. If you discover fluid weeping, it’s time to replace the gland with authentic SeaStar parts. Check the steering cylinder’s shaft and support rod. Inspect the cylinder shaft for salt buildup, corrosion and nicks that might damage the cylinder. Major damage might require replacement of the entire cylinder. Apply a thin film of grease to the visible portions of the support rod. Remove and inspect the rod annually. The support rod and outboard tilt tube must be cleaned of old grease and debris prior to re-applying quality marine grease before re-installing.
Fix Leaks: If the hose fittings are weeping fluid, the hoses might require replacement. The same applies to the glands. SeaStar offers a gland replacement kit and O-ring seals for the bleeders and other fittings. If you follow the provided instructions carefully, fixing leaks is relatively easy for competent DIY boaters. You can also turn the job over to a qualified marine shop. To ensure the steering is secure and tight, check all assembly nuts for proper tightness,
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including the adjusting nut on the starboard side of the support rod. Purge Air: Air in the hydraulic steering system causes sloppy unresponsive steering and noisy operation. It can make your boat unsafe. Air finds its way into the hydraulic system through leaks or when replacing key components. It must be purged through a process called “bleeding.” Your owner’s manual explains bleeding. If you lack confidence, tools or manpower to do it yourself, ask a qualified marine shop to handle this.
Check for Water Intrusion. Make sure water hasn’t entered the system. Water can cause damage and internal corrosion. “This is a subjective examination, but can be performed by taking a syringe and sampling the fluid in the helm reservoir,” Dudra advised. “If the fluid looks like ‘chocolate milk,’ then the fluid is likely contaminated with water.” If this occurs, the entire system must be inspected for leaks. Once these are fixed, the system should be flushed with clean oil to remove any contaminated oil. To learn more about marine steering and components from the industry leader, visit www.dometic.com.
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IER P PRESSURE By Ryan Izquierdo
t’s not easy being the new kid in town. When I was 12 years old, I moved to Palm Beach County, and I didn’t know anyone. I found a great way to spend my time when I discovered the Juno Beach Pier only a 10-minute drive from my house. From the first moment I walked out on that long beachfront pier, my addiction for pier fishing was born. A routine developed. The alarm would sound at 5:45 a.m., and I’d load my rods and tackle in Mom’s car. She’d drop me off at the pier by 6:15 a.m., where I’d wait in line and pay the $4 fishing fee. I’d have lines in by 6:30 a.m., and I’d fish the pier from sunrise to sundown only to do the
same thing the next day. I have become a better fisherman and a better person because of it. What I find most exciting about pier fishing is the diversity it offers. Seasonal changes bring different species of fish to catch and a variety of techniques to catch them. In this article, I’ll discuss bait, tackle and techniques that have helped me find success fishing the pier.
BAIT & LURES
Organization is key in pier fishing. Depending on which pier you go to, there is usually a limit on how many rods you can
bring. Juno Pier allows three rods per angler. I usually bring a light spinning rod to catch bait, a conventional rod for casting live baits on bottom and a long surf rod to cast lures and freeline live baits. Something I always have in my tackle bag are Sabiki rigs. Usually you can find pods of pilchards, sardines, cigar minnows or other baitfish at piers. I use a size 3 Sabiki and a 1-ounce weight. Simply cast in the school and jig your rod slowly. You will have a bucket of live bait in no time. From tarpon and snapper to snook, pretty much every species of
fish on the pier will eat a live pilchard. The size of bait and water clarity are how I determine what size leader and hook I will fish. I keep a little bit of everything in my tackle bag: leader from 20 to 80 pounds, pyramid and egg weights, swivels and 1/0 to 6/0 J and circle hooks.
The changing of seasons initiates an incredible display of nature called the mullet run. Millions of migrating baitfish, in this case silver and black mullet, push south along Florida’s east coast beaches, through inlets and backcountry estuaries. It’s not hard to spot or hear. These mullet are being attacked from every direction by hungry tarpon, snook, jacks, Spanish and king mackerel, bluefish and sharks.
When the mullet schools make their way down, they are the main focus. I recommend either buying or cast netting mullet on the beach or in the river. Make sure to have either a livewell or bucket and bubbler to keep the bait alive. Hook mullet through the lips or under the soft dorsal fin. Live-line them around the outside edges of bait schools with 60- to 100-pound leader, a 6/0 to 8/0 circle hook, and nothing smaller than a 5000-size reel loaded with 30- to 50-pound braid. I recommend bringing a drop net to any pier you go to. This helps you land and release your catch safely.
I love to throw artificial lures at piers. I find the most success when the wind is blowing and the
conditions are rough with white wash in the surf. Large 2- to 4-ounce plugs, swimbaits, Flair Hawks, bucktails and topwater plugs are some of my favorite lures. If I’m throwing lures, I won’t use anything less than 60-pound leader. I recommend throwing lures at first light and at sundown. It can be tough hooking up in the middle of the day, unless large schools of bait are present. Try and match the hatch with whatever live bait is around. Throw lures similar in size and color to what’s actually swimming in the water. Over the years of fishing the pier, I’ve caught some incredible fish and made relationships that will last a lifetime. This fall, head out to your local pier and catch some memories for yourself.
For more pier fishing tips from Ryan Izquierdo, check out the videos posted on his YouTube channel: Ryan Iz Fishing.
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SHOULD YOU BUY A TRAILER DOLLY FOR MOVING YOUR BOAT? M
oving your boat trailer can be a pain. Literally. You’ve likely experienced pain and fatigue after pulling your boat up your driveway, maneuvering it into the garage, or trying to get it into your yard. Has your back hurts afterwards, even from moving it a shorter distance on hard, level ground? Dragging a 1000+ lbs boat on top of a trailer (that weighs another few hundred pounds) puts a lot of strain on your muscles. Strain that your body is not meant to handle. And if you have a boat so big and heavy that you’d need the Hulk to help you push it, then you’re probably familiar with the struggle of trying to carefully maneuver the trailer with a vehicle only to find that you can’t get it to go quite where you want it. This is why many boaters opt to purchase trailer dollies.
A BOAT TRAILER DOLLY CAN LIGHTEN YOUR LOAD
There are several different types of trailer dollies, but they all function in the same basic way by lifting the tongue of the trailer and providing a handle, or another method of steering. A trailer dolly gives you a ball mount that attaches to the hitch, placing the tongue weight onto better wheels with good tires (usually two wheels, rather than one). These provide much better grip. And they aren’t prone to wearing flat on one side, the way the plastic wheels do. But better tires aren’t the only advantage. When it comes to hand-pulled trailer dollies, the long handle creates a lever, lessening the amount of force required to move your boat. This maximizes efficiency by allowing you to use less effort to move your boat over the same distances.
TRAILER DOLLIES SIMPLIFY STEERING
Have you ever been frustrated in your attempts to back your boat into a garage or narrow laneway while a spotter shouts directions at you? (Or tried to do it without the spotter and ended up hitting something?) Certain parking jobs require a lot of precision – precision that a vehicle just can’t give you. The handle setup on a dolly allows you to have a lot more control when it comes to
steering. You can make more micro adjustments with a dolly than you can with a motorized vehicle. Plus, it helps you to see the situation more clearly, instead of through mirrors and car windows. If you park your boat in a garage or another small space that is awkward for a vehicle to access, then a trailer dolly can help you move in and out of that spot much more easily. They also let you park your boat in spaces that vehicles could simply never access, providing anti-theft protection.
ELECTRIC DOLLIES REQUIRE EVEN LESS EFFORT
An electric dolly is more of an investment, but many people find it a worthwhile purchase because of how easy it is to use. Those who move their boat frequently and over longer distances, who own multiple trailers, or who suffer from chronic pain, might select an electric trailer dolly instead of a manual dolly. Unlike hand-pulled dollies, electric trailer dollies require no force on the part of the individual. All you have to do to move your boat
with an electric dolly is switch on the motor to get the wheels moving, and steer. Some larger models even offer a remote control, so you can walk around and assess your parking job as you steer.
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Giant Swordfish Breaks Canaveral Record By CAM Staff
n the early morning hours of Saturday, Sept. 11, three anglers fishing out of Cape Canaveral, Fla., idled the “High Maintenance” into Sunrise Marina towing a swordfish that’s being called a Port Canaveral record. The broadbill bottomed out a set of 500-pound scales after being dead for more than 16 hours, so it’s safe to say it outweighed the unofficial and long-standing port record of 365 pounds. One of the anglers, Steven Sharpe, estimated its weight to be 550 pounds, based on measurements. Records aside, it was a huge fish. Sharpe, his long-time fishing buddy, Jeff Thummel, and George Birkhead, who was on his first swordfish trip, were drifting in 1,500-foot depths about 40 miles out of Port Canaveral. On their first set, they had bite that came unbuttoned. They re-baited with a whole ladyfish and dropped it down to about 1,400 feet. The big fish came tight at about 10:30 a.m. and then rocketed toward the surface. Sharpe
said they had no idea of the size of the fish through most of a 5 ½-hour fight. Their Lindgren-Pitman S2-1200 electric reel and Handler custom rod battled the fish as it surfaced and dove numerous times and dragged the boat 25 miles from where the fish was initially hooked. “About every hour, he’d show,” Sharpe said. “We didn’t realize how big he was until we got him to the boat. “We harpooned it, hauled it in and gaffed it. When we gaffed it, all hell broke loose.” The big fish beat itself against the boat until it finally expired and the crew got a tail rope on it at about 4 p.m. Only then was there a moment for celebration and cigars. They pulled a tape on the fish
a n d got a short length of 101 inches from the fork of the tail to the tip of the lower jaw. Then the hard work began. “There were three people on board, and we couldn’t get that fish in the boat,” Sharpe said. “We tried everything and ended up having to idle it all the way home. We didn’t get to port until about 1 a.m.” They had to wait until 8 a.m. Saturday morning to get the fish up on scales.
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FISH A LIPLESS CRANK
he weather is cooling, and bass are feeding heavily before the spawn. This time of year, baitfish is prevalent in waters across the country, and there is one lure that puts fish in the boat just about everywhere. This bait is a lipless crankbait. A lipless crank can play a huge role in getting baitfish-feeding bass to bite. I use it all over the country. Sometimes it’s as easy as casting it out and retrieving it steadily. But sometimes it’s a bit more complicated. Inside the lure, there are rattles. Sizes vary from ¼-ounce up to an ounce, and it is best to match the size of baitfish bass are feeding on. There are different types of rattles inside different lures. Two I like are a multi-rattle and a one-knock. Multirattles make a lot of noise. I throw this style when fish are very active and feeding heavily. The noise draws their attention from real baitfish and gets them to react and eat your bait. I like the one-knocker version and its slower, deeper-pitch knock when fish are feeding on baitfish, but not very actively. Fish tend to scatter out when they aren’t actively feeding, and that deeper pitch can sometimes trigger them to bite. There are many ways to retrieve a lipless crankbait. A steady retrieve can sometimes be the trick, especially if
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you see bass feeding. But my absolute favorite way to fish a lipless crank is to yo-yo it. This is a varied retrieve with the reel handle, with an occasional pull and pause with the rod to let the bait flutter up and fall back down. This technique is deadly. When you pull the bait up fast, it makes a loud rattle. Then, when you let it flutter down, it looks like an injured baitfish, and bass can’t resist it. In the fall, bass also feed on crayfish in some parts of the country. A lipless crank can be a massive player in this scenario. When crayfish flee, their tails smack against their bodies and make a clacking noise similar to a rattle. When deciding colors, I match the color of the lure to the color of the baitfish present. 13 Fishing makes an awesome lure called the Magic Man that comes in both multi-rattle and one-knocker versions. When matching baitfish, I use chromes, whites and sometimes chartreuse. When mimicking crayfish, I use reds and oranges.
Trap Fishing Gear I’ve done a ton of experimenting with setups for lipless cranks, and I’ve got it down to a science. When dealing with treble hooks, you want a rod with a decent amount of backbone and a bit of bend to let the fish get the hooks. I use a 13 Fishing Omen Black 7’4MH Moderate action rod. I pair this with a 7:1 Concept A 13 Fishing reel spooled with 15-pound Seaguar Abrazx line. Tyler Woolcott is a professional tournament angler and guide. Check out his website at www.tylerwoolcottfishing.com.
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e went fishing with Captain Matt Budd from Jupiter Florida and he put us on some of the biggest snook I've seen in a while. The best part is that I got to spend it with my son Ethan and good friends Bobby Minotti. We started in the backwater throwing top water but that didn't work so we got some live bait and went offshore and scored to say the least! I hope you enjoy this episode!
GULF COBIA STUDY UNDERWAY WATCH
exas researchers are conducting some pretty cool research with Gulf of Mexico cobia in order to better understand the migratory patterns of this highly mobile species. Each spring and fall, you’ll see tower-bearing cobia boats cruising Gulf Coast beaches sight fishing for cobia as they migrate along the coast from Texas to the west coast of Florida and back again. Research has shown that brownies overwinter off the coast of Mississippi and Alabama as well as off South Florida, where there is mixing of Gulf and Atlantic cobia stocks. Researchers with the Center for Sportfish Science and Conservation are tagging Texas cobia with pop-up satellite archival transmitting tags (PSATs) to better understand the species. Many Texas anglers have reported declining cobia landings in recent years. Texas Parks & Wildlife Department and federal agencies have funded additional assessments of Texas’ cobia populations. Areas of interest are post-release survival, habitat use patterns and seasonal movements. Evaluating whether or not cobia stocks mix between U.S. and Mexican waters is of particular interest. It could have Gulf-wide management implications if the stock overlap between the U.S. Gulf and Mexican waters is high. To learn more about the program, and how to claim your reward if you catch a tagged cobia, check out this video: https://bit.ly/LoneStarLing.
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itting in the Cancun International Airport, I couldn’t help but reflect on the past 15 days on Mexico’s beautiful Caribbean coast. In August, I traveled to the little fishing village Xcalak to compete in the Silver Scales International Fly Fishing Tournament. Xcalak is a quaint little village very near the border of Belize in southern Quintana Roo. It doesn’t make it on most tourist lists. In fact, a large percentage of Mexican citizens have probably never heard of the place. If it wasn’t for Xcalak’s world-class flats fishery, even fewer would know of it. The Silver Scales International Fly Fishing Tournament is an annual gathering of some of the finest saltwater fly fishers on the planet. The tournament focuses on the “grand slam” of permit, bonefish and tarpon. Combine that with a snook, and you have the “super slam.” Points are assigned for each fish, and there’s an added bonus for anglers who catch a slam. The grand slam is all three species in a 24-hour period, or in this case the day’s allotted fishing hours. Xcalak is an amazing fishery. If your bucket list includes the pursuit of this elusive
challenge, there is no better place on the planet. Sighting schools of bonefish is commonplace, but the real prize is the abundance of “black-tailed devils” known as permit. Just because there are great numbers of these highly sought after game fish, they are by no mean easy. It’s much more fishing than catching. Fifteen teams and 30 total anglers fished three days in 2021, and the results were impressive. There were seven grand slams caught and two super slams. Total catch included 27 bonefish, three snook, 13 tarpon and 22 permit. Like I stated earlier, the Silver Scales draws some very talented anglers from around the globe. Brothers Javier and Mauricio Osorio, of Escamas Plateadas dedicated months to ensure the gathering was a success. The success our team “Fly Fish Costa Maya” is due to the passion and dedication of my friend Will Robins and the hard work and intimate knowledge of our guide Moises Cordova. The tournament is a
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grueling three days of hot sun, little sleep and nothing short of physical torture. It was one of the best times of my life. Preparation, hard work and endurance paid off in a respectable fourth-place finish. But, our success in fishing the tournament was nowhere near the highlight of this trip. Just knowing there are special places and people like this warms the heart and makes you want to return. I was anxious to board the plane for home and see my beautiful wife, but—with God’s blessing—I know I’ll return to this place soon.
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uzuki Marine USA, LLC is pleased to report that the company is proceeding with testing of its innovative Micro-Plastics Filter Device developed exclusively for use on outboard motors. This one-of-a-kind system integrates with the engine’s cooling system, allowing a specially designed filter screen to collect micro-plastic pollution as owners drive their boats. Suzuki is testing this device on boats around the world, with an eye towards making boaters part of the solution to the global challenge of micro-plastics pollution. As Suzuki Marine has made Florida its new home base — with a new U.S. Technical Center in Panama City and new corporate headquarters in Tampa — the company is especially motivated to test this new technology in Florida’s coastal waters. Suzuki Marine’s team recently installed the filter aboard Latitude Lindsey, one of a fleet of vessels operated by Pirate Water Taxi. This 38foot commercial passenger vessel is powered
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ocal captain Pete Speeches, of Scarborough, Maine, and the crew of Backstabber, brought a giant 719-pound bluefin tuna to the scale to win the Third Annual Casco Bay Bluefin Bonanza out of South Portland, Maine. They took home their second consecutive Casco Bay Cup. It was a fretful year for the Bonanza, as proposed restricted fishing days threatened to scuttle the Bonanza. Then, an 11thhour category closure forced postponement of the three-day tournament from early August to early September. Despite the tremendous inconvenience to all, and a less-than-favorable forecast, the boats set out and didn’t disappoint. First to the dock on Day 1 was Endorfin with a 511-pounder. Keith Jordan, of the Bailey and Bella, quickly set the bar higher with a fat tuna that weighed 700 pounds on the nose. Speeches 60
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was hot on his tail, arriving at the scales just 20 minutes later with what would eventually prove to be the tournament winner. He was preceded by Mitch Napalitano’s 598-pounder, moving Mitch down to a third-place position, at least temporarily. Perennial frontrunner Kurt Christensen and the Molly Jane came in with a 373-pounder with Wasabi, High Anxiety and Lion’s den bringing in fish of 478, 311 and 440 pounds, respectively. Forecasted high winds and thunder showers kept many boats off the water on Day 2, but Backstabber—vying for the cumulative-weight prize—landed their second, a 467-pounder followed by Bailey & Bella’s 582-pounder. Bounty Hunter II, one of the smaller boats in the tournament went way offshore and after a five-hour battle managed to wrangle in a 422-pounder, and make the scales before they closed. Despite challenging conditions,
the crew of Molly Jane showed their mettle, bringing in a 632-pounder to open Day 3 that would ultimately hold up in the top five. Hot on their heels was Bailey & Bella with a 646-pounder that would take fourth place
and secure the overall cumulative weight. The final fish was ANUT’s 698-pounder, which moved them back into third place. In the end, over $18,000 in prize money was handed out, including a top prize of $7,500 and the Casco Cup for the largest fish. More importantly, the Bluefin Bonanza raised enough money to ensure that 14 students, two from each of Maine’s seven community colleges, will receive scholarships
next year. The Bonanza will also be able to fulfill their endowment to the Foundation for Maine’s Community Colleges, ensuring there will always be scholarships in the future. Furthermore, a new endowment will be established with the University of Maine’s School of Marine Sciences and the Gulf of Maine Research Institute to support vital bluefin tuna research that will ensure the resource and the fishery remain sustainable.
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The Wahoo bite has already been crazy this season and is only going to get better. Trolling lures 10-15 knots is ideal starting around the 90’ mark. Keep an eye out for weed lines and large patches of grass, you never know what’s below them. Whenever I see grass patches I like to stop and sight fish for Mahi, Tuna, Wahoo, and Triple tail. For Mahi I like to keep a light pitch rod with 20# fluorocarbon and 2/0 Owner circle hook. Live bait works really well on the larger bulls and cut squid works better on the smaller chicken dolphins. If lures are your thing I prefer Yozuri Crystal Minnows and honestly color doesn’t matter. Pitch around the weed lines or patches and look deeper down for the bigger Mahi. As for Tuna with all the chumming going on, I like to send down a vertical jig on 60#-80# test at least 100’ below the boat. Working your jig through the water column is a good way to fire up any kind of fish that may be lurking around in the shadows. If you have a large diamond jig I’d put some heavy wire in front of it for a chance at a wahoo. Triple Tail are amazing fish on light tackle and I recommend 15#-20# fluorocarbon and #2 Owner hook. Live shrimp work really well along with small cuts of squid. If bottom fishing is your go to joy Vermillion snappers, Groupers, and Rock salmon is my target. For Vermillion snappers I like using a 2-3 hook chicken rig mixed with cut squid and Boston mackerel. Let your weight sit right on the bottom and wait for those 2-3 light bites. Rock salmon and Groupers like to hide out in the rocks and caves, so a slip lead is what I like to use. Heavier leader line for Groupers and larger baits close to the bottom. Feel the bite and start cranking. The first 20’-30’ are the most important so DON’T STOP reeling. When it comes to offshore fishing don’t give up. There’s a lot of trial and error. Figure out what works best for you and as always keep your lines out and keep them tight.
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By Carlos Hidalgo
efty’s Deceiver may be the most effective fly pattern ever. Lefty Kreh developed the fly in the 1950s and since then Deceivers have caught fish all over the world. Lefty describes the Deceiver as a tying method rather than a specific fly pattern. This allows for modifications in color, size and materials. These alterations have made the Deceiver extremely versatile. Here are a few “alternative” Deceivers you should think about tying: Half-and-Half is a hybrid fly that combines the best elements of the Deceiver and the Clouser Minnow. The fly is essentially a Clouser Minnow with hackle feathers instead of bucktail for the tail. The Half-and-Half is very popular in the salt from Maine to the Outer Banks. Striped bass, bluefish, redfish and seatrout are suckers for it. Big-Eye Deceiver is a standard Deceiver with a teal or mallard feather “cheek” on either side of the collar. The feather is treated with Flexament and then either a big eye is painted on it or a big prismatic tape eye is glued to it. This pattern is usually tied in larger sizes for bigger gamefish. Cockroach Deceiver (tail: grizzly hackle, collar: gray squirrel tail) has been fooling tarpon for decades. Angler, author and former editor of Fly Tyer magazine, Art Schenk calls this pattern his desperation pattern for largemouth bass. Fishair Deceiver (tail: Fishair, collar: Fishair) uses synthetic hair which produces a very durable fly. This variation is good for bluefish, barracuda, mackerel and other toothy critters. Marabou Deceiver (tail: hackle, collar: marabou) is a great fly to use when you want to dead drift a baitfish imitation in current. The marabou breathes and pulses on its own and provides a lot of action. Bucktail Deceiver (tail: bucktail, collar: bucktail) is easier to tie than the original. If tied so the bucktail flares a bit, the pattern can mimic the transparency of many small baitfish. Ostrich Deceiver (tail: ostrich herl, collar: bucktail) is a nice pattern to imitate narrowbodied baitfish like sand lances or large eels.
Clockwise from top: Big Eye Deceiver, Marabou Deceiver, Crawfish Deceiver, Ostrich Deceiver, Bucktail Deceiver, Hidalgo’s Potergeist, Deceiver with Squirrel Collar.
Northeast striper anglers need to tie some of these up. Hidalgo’s Poltergeist (tail: Sparkleflash, body: Diamond Braid, collar: Sparkleflash) This is a very effective, flashy minnow imitation that I tie in small sizes. Sparkleflash is not very common in the United States. Flashabou Weave (three-strand blend) is similar and can be substituted. Crawfish Deceiver (tail: red squirrel tail, body: non-lead wire covered with brown chenille, collar: red squirrel tail) I tie this fly to imitate swimming crawfish. It is much easier to
tie than most crawfish imitations. Fish it with short sharp strips followed by pauses. Tie some of these for largemouth, smallmouth, trout or any other gamefish that likes mud bugs. I hope you add some of these “alternative” Lefty’s Deceivers to your arsenal. They will help you catch more fish. Contact Carlos at firstname.lastname@example.org to submit a pattern for consideration in this column, if you would like a high-resolution copy of this photo or if you would like to order his book, “South Florida’s Peacock Bass.”
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hite Sturgeon can live longer than 100 years, so it’s likely this monster fish has been swimming between the northern Pacific and British Columbia’s Fraser River for the better part of a century. According to the Vancouver Sun, it took a group of Canadian anglers about 25 minutes to land this huge sturgeon in August. It stretched the tape to 11-feet, 6-inches and had a girth of 55 inches. An estimate based on those measurements puts the weight of the fish near 900 pounds. That would make it a Canadian provincial
record for the species, according to the Sun. The anglers were fishing the Fraser River east of Vancouver. National Hockey League great Pete Peeters and his buddy Jake Driedger took turns on the rod. White sturgeon are widely protected, which makes them a difficult species in terms of records. In British Columbia, catch-and-release fishing for sturgeon is allowed, but fish longer than 5 feet must remain in the water before release. These protections as well their size makes it nearly impossible to get a certified weight
on angler catches. The IGFA all-tackle world record white sturgeon was caught in 1983 and weighed just 468 pounds. There have been several reported but uncertified catches heavier than 1,000 pounds, including a 12-foot, 4-incher caught in 2012 from the Fraser River. It was estimated at 1,100 pounds. However, it’s likely the all-tackle record is permanent because it’s no longer possible to weigh white sturgeon. For more on fishing opportunities in British Columbia, visit www.gofishbc.com.
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Offshore Wind Creating Opportunities for Anglers and Virginia
n June 2020, two new structures appeared in the Atlantic Ocean about 27 miles offshore of Virginia Beach. The two, six-megawatt offshore wind turbines, each more than 600 feet tall and 0.6 miles apart, were installed as part of Dominion Energy’s Coastal Virginia Offshore Wind (CVOW) pilot project. These pilot turbines, currently providing enough energy to power up to 3,000 Virginia homes, were constructed to help inform Dominion Energy how to safely and efficiently develop the 2.6-gigawatt CVOW commercial project, the largest planned offshore wind farm currently under development in the United States. Throughout the project’s development, Dominion Energy has worked collaboratively with recreational and commercial fishermen, fisheries organizations and regional fisheries managers. “We are committed to coexisting with recreational and commercial fisheries, and we will continue working with fishermen to ensure any limitations on fishing around the Coastal Virginia Offshore Wind project will be temporary -- only during certain work activities and limited in area,” said Kevin Carroll, Dominion Energy’s manager of offshore wind operations and maintenance. Offshore wind generation is a major component of Dominion Energy’s comprehensive clean energy strategy to meet the requirements of the Virginia Clean Economy Act. It will also help the company achieve its commitment of net zero carbon dioxide and methane emissions by 2050 across its 16-state footprint. Dominion Energy plans to install up to 180 turbines in a 112,800-acre lease area that begins 27 miles off the coast of Virginia Beach and extends an additional 15 miles east into the Atlantic Ocean. Once complete, the project will generate 2.6-gigawatts of clean, renewable energy, enough to power up to 660,000 Dominion Energy Virginia customers’ homes.
During offshore survey and construction activities, an exclusion zone may be established for the safety of crews, sea life and other ocean users. Dominion Energy will work with fishermen to communicate the activity in advance and to minimize any potential impact. “Through our engagement with the U.S. Coast Guard and fishing community, we understand that navigational safety and maintaining access to fishing grounds are important,” said Carroll. “We will continue working with the U.S. Coast Guard and the fishing community to ensure the CVOW project has little to no effect on fishing or military operations.” CVOW will be built in a manner that protects the environment and sensitive marine species, such as the North Atlantic Right Whale. Protected Species Observers will be on duty during critical activities to continuously watch for marine mammals and turtles. They will stop operations if these animals are observed in the designated exclusion zones. On July 2, the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) issued a Notice of Intent (NOI) for the CVOW project. This marks the
IF YOU PLAN TO FISH AROUND THE CVOW TURBINES, HERE ARE SOME DO’S AND DON’TS: • Check the local notices to mariners about important work activities in the area and visit the project website at www.coastalvawind.com. • Give way to vessels approaching turbines to conduct operational maintenance activities. • Maintain a safe distance from turbine foundations to avoid risk of allision from swell. • Practice boating safety in and around the turbines. • Observe the Safety Zone that may be established around offshore activities. • Follow instructions from safety vessels that may be monitoring the Safety Zone. • Do not attempt to touch, bump or access the wind turbines. 70
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beginning of the review done by BOEM and other federal agencies in preparation of an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS). The NOI keeps the CVOW project on schedule to complete construction in 2026. Dominion Energy encourages fishermen to be part of the process by providing comment in person at public meetings or via online platforms hosted by BOEM and Dominion Energy. Fishermen can also reach out to Dominion Energy’s Fisheries Liaison Officers, who are actively engaging fishermen to share project information and encourage feedback. “Fishermen are principal users of the offshore environment and they will naturally have questions about its development,” said Ron Larsen, one of Dominion Energy’s Fisheries Liaison Officers. “We want to hear their questions, concerns, experiences and suggestions, so we can maintain, or even enhance, their offshore experience.” Once construction is complete, the turbine foundations will act as an artificial reef, attracting fish taking advantage of the food web that builds around the structure. A video survey of the turbines in November 2020 showed a number of different species around the area, including Black Sea Bass, Tautog and Spadefish. In the summer months, the turbines are expected to attract warm water species passing through the area, including cobia, mahi mahi, and other pelagic predators. If you have questions about the CVOW project, please contact Kevin Carroll at kevin.m.carroll@ dominionenergy.com and Ron Larsen, (570) 242-5023 or email@example.com. Presentations with Q&A sessions can also be arranged for meetings or a local fishing event.
A cleaner energy future is on the horizon. As a leader in wind and solar, we take our responsibility to the planet very seriously. That is why we are developing the country’s largest offshore wind project—one which will produce enough energy to power up to 660,000 homes by 2026. We have also added more than 3.6 million solar panels throughout Virginia since 2015, helping to make us America’s third largest in solar. While our commitment to cleaner energy has made us a national leader in sustainability, it is our commitment to future generations that inspires us every day. For more information, visit DominionEnergy.com.
CUTTING EDGE INNOVATION A ny surgeon or taxidermist will tell you the best tool for cutting flesh is a scalpel. That’s where knife-maker Havalon got its start. Their parent company, Havel’s, is a medical device company that supplies scalpels for surgical use. When the idea arose to bring the same incredibly sharp blades to the outdoors, it gave tools to outdoorsmen that are more precise than any hunting or fillet knife ever invented. The first Havalon Piranta was a blade modeled after an autopsy scalpel that folded into a sturdy handle. It offered all sorts of outdoorsmen the benefits of an ultra-sharp scalpel blade in the form of a pocketknife. But the blade itself was not built to handle the rigors of everyday use. That’s when Havalon began tinkering to find the best combination of sharpness and strength. The resulting innovation has made Havalon one of the topselling knife companies in the country and the leader in the hunting industry. The need for a sturdier blade that retains Havalon-level sharpness launched the Talon project. Designers set out to create a knife handle that accommodates an entire collection of different ultra-sharp blade styles. With a 3-inch serrated blade, a 3-inch gut hook combo
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blade and fillet blades of 5, 7 and 9 inches, it is the only knife you’ll ever need at the cutting board or skinning pole. This all-in-one precision cutting tool was three years in the making. Designing a handle mechanism to swap out blades quickly and easily was achieved with the ingeniously simple push-button Quik Change II system. Finding the sweet spot between scalpel sharp and durable was the next step, and the blades also needed to be tailored to their particular uses. Through more tinkering and testing, Havalon landed on AUS-8 steel—the gold standard—which offers the best combination of edge retention and strength. Thickness and shapes of the different blades were custom designed. Fillet knives require flexibility; gut hooks do not. Each blade type was carefully considered and rigorously tested to achieve optimal performance for its intended use. The
final result is a single knife kit that outperforms a whole cutlery set of traditional knives. Extreme sharpness is something Havalon users have come to expect with blades intended for replacement when they lose their edge. Talon blades are different. They are scalpel sharp, yet they are strong enough to be resharpened. To see all the features of the Talon and all of Havalon’s other scalpel-sharp knives, visit www.havalon.com.
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