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Bimini Bay Sets A New Standard With BloodGuard Apparel By CAM Staff

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Bay an industry leader in today’s outdoor apparel industry. Always in the forefront of new fabric technology, Bimini Bay has also been a manufacturing leader in creating moisture management systems. Their shirts are engineered to keep the body comfortable and dry by drawing moisture to the fabric’s surface (wicking) where it can quickly evaporate. Now, with the introduction of their BloodGuard line, they have set a new standard in the industry. Try one of these new BloodGuard shirts for yourself. Blood washes right off with only water. No more bringing detergents or peroxide on the boat or dock to spare your favorite fishing shirt. Designed and tested in the field with real anglers, this new line of outdoor apparel is destined to set a new standard in the industry.

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rom the offshore fishing boats of the Florida Keys to the mountains of upstate New York, Bimini Bay clothing has long been known as the first choice of the active sportsman. Their rugged line of men’s and women’s clothing combines functional outdoor styling with today’s latest technical fabrics. Now, through a patented nano technology process, Bimini Bay introduces a major breakthrough in outdoor apparel. Their new BloodGuard apparel line is nothing short of amazing. Blood and grime effortlessly rinses away. Powered by Nanotex, this new proprietary apparel forms a barrier against all types of blood, dirt and bio-stains. As with all their outdoor apparel, attractive pricing, attention to detail, contemporary styling and a generous fit are all part of what makes Bimini

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he origins of Salt Life are pure. With two simple words in a scrawling font, the iconic brand began as a tattoo inked on the backs of a couple of surfing fishermen in Jacksonville Beach, Fla. Four hard-core watermen began grassroots promotion of the design in 2003, selling bumper stickers and T-shirts. During the humble early years, no one foresaw the eventual scope of the worldwide phenomenon they had launched. Salt Life has come to represent everything everyone loves about the ocean. At a glance, the now-familiar logo proudly displays a love of the saltwater lifestyle. Fisherman and diver Jeff Stillwell, who just happens to be president of Salt Life, said he is blessed to be part of the phenomenon. “Whatever attracts you to the water, Salt Life represents that,” he said. “If you happen to love to fish, it means fishing to you. I happen to be an avid diver. It means diving to me. If you’re a surfer, it means surfing. If you just like hanging out on the beach and enjoying a cold beverage, it means that.” No longer just T-shirts and decals, Salt Life has grown to include a huge assortment of gear and apparel. Two concepts accompany all their offerings. The first holds true to the original message, a devotion to the coastal lifestyle and its fashions. The second builds on those roots by coupling fashion with performance in gear and apparel that helps customers better enjoy water-based activities. From high-performance sunglasses, featuring the best Zeiss polarized lenses, to technical clothing for fishing, surfing, diving, paddleboarding and beach-sitting, Salt Life has you covered. Stillwell mentioned Salt Life’s new Fusion Performance Pocket Fishing Shirts as an example of innovative design that will appeal to anglers. It’s got UV30 sun protection and ventilation, and it’s got something else you won’t find on other fishing shirts. “It really came upon me sitting on the back of a boat, fishing a tournament,” Stillwell said. “Every time that reel goes off, you start looking for things. I don’t know why no one has ever done this, but we took one of these high-performance shirts and put pockets on the back of it. When that reel goes off, I don’t have to look for gloves or a pair of pliers. Whatever I need, I’ve got it right there with me. ’Cause once I get in that chair, I’m going to be there for a while.” Only an angler would recognize the need for this kind of design, and it’s this kind of innovation that has made Salt Life a lot more than just a cool logo. Stillwell said they’ve got a line of waterproof gear on the horizon, and he’s excited about the territory expansion of Salt Life Lager. Yep… Salt Life launched an easy-drinking beer to celebrate its 15th anniversary in 2018. “It goes hand-in-hand with our lifestyle,” Stillwell said. “We’re all out there on the water for a great fun-filled day in the sun, and at the end of the day our customer loves to kick back, as do I, with a nice cold beer.” But all the fun, and all the success, comes with responsibility. Without healthy oceans to play in, there would be no Salt Life. The company has joined with conservation organizations like Artificial Reefs International and Roatan Marine Park in protecting and enhancing the resources so that future generations can enjoy living the Salt Life.

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APPAREL Product Reviews Fish Hippie Performance Trucker Hat Fish Hippie was created by anglers as a celebration of the lifestyle. Their water-based Performance Trucker Hats meld performance with classic styling that tops off the look of an angler dedicated to the water. With back venting of a classic trucker hat and a performance bend structure front, these hats are 100 percent polyester for breathability and quick drying. New for spring 2019, they are available in seafoam and navy. Fish Hippie truckers sport a classic look and an even better fit with snapback closure, a semi-flat bill, and designs and colors for everyone.

fishhippie.com GILLZ CoolCore Shirts GILLZ shirts are mechanically engineered with CoolCore patented fabric, offering chemical-free cooling technology that never washes out. They are lightweight, soft, durable and cool—30 percent cooler than the competition. CoolCore has changed cooling fabric technology by redesigning the actual fabric, so unlike shirts with applied chemicals that wear off with use and repeated washings, GILLZ gear stays cool and protects for the long haul. Get out on the water with GILLZ and have all of the fun and none of the sun!

gillz-gear.com Hook & Tackle Wicked Dry & Cool Hi-Performance Fishing Shirt Hook & Tackle’s new collection of Wicked Dry & Cool Hi-Performance Fishing Shirts are made of a superior soft breakthrough Micro-Poly that wicks moisture while keeping you cool. It also features quick dry, radial sleeves for expansive arm movement, odor resistance and UPF 50+ for maximum sun protection. Available in many styles from sizes XS-3XL.

hookandtackle.com Hooked Soul Performance Apparel Hooked Soul 100 percent microfiber performance apparel features SPF 50 sun protection, Pure-Tech moisture wicking technology, vibrant colors and vivid graphics. When you wear Hooked Soul, you will look cool and be cool, too. Hooked Soul produces many designs of performance wear for men and women and also T-shirts, hats and accessories like neck gaiters and gloves. To check out the full line of Hooked Soul apparel and accessories, go to www. hookedsoul.com. Hooked Soul, do you have it!

hookedsoul.com King Kracken Outdoor Clothing King Kracken Outdoor Clothing Co. offers a one-of-a-kind fishing shirt featuring hand-drawn designs and bold graphics in a breathable polyester blend that dries quickly and boasts 50+ SPF protection. King Kracken shirts are hand-stitched and come with a 100 percent guarantee and free size exchanges. From $45, they are available in men’s sizes S to 4XL and Women’s S, M and L.

KingKracken.com Kluch Geo Marlin Collection Check out the latest collection from Kluch Apparel. Introducing the Geo Marlin collection represented by animals escaping out of their geometric forms. This series encourages us to “unleash the beast” within ourselves, to be risk takers, wild, free and adventurous.

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APPAREL Product Reviews Bimini Bay BloodGuard Shirt Fishing involves a lot of dirt, bait, blood, scales and guts. Realizing the inherent messy nature of the sport, Bimini Bay has introduced new BloodGuard technology that will keep your favorite fishing apparel looking sharp no matter how good—and gory—it gets on the water. Developed with Nanotex, a provider of textile solutions for military and medical applications, BloodGuard repels all types of stains, especially blood and guts. Bimini Bay is so confident in its BloodGuard technology that it has offered a one-year limited warranty against stains on a wide range of performance fishing clothing equipped with BloodGuard.

biminibayclothing.com Old Guys Rule Old Guys Rule introduces their five design offerings for the angler. Their 100 percent cotton tees in short or long sleeve make the perfect statement for the over-40 crowd. Once considered to be primarily related to the surfing industry, Old Guys Rule now covers a complete gamut of recreational pursuits. Be the first angler on the dock making the iconic statement, “Old Guys Rule.” For more information, visit http://oldguysrule.fishing or call 866-465-9640.

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Poncho: “The World’s Best Fishing Shirt.” Poncho is a new company that makes just one thing: a fishing shirt. We like that focus. Poncho calls their shirt “The World’s Best Fishing Shirt.” We’re impressed with the fast-drying fabric and innovative magnetic pocket flaps, which you can easily open with one hand. Smart details like a built-in eyeglass cleaner, slot to hang your sunglasses, roll-up sleeve tabs, and hidden zipper pocket will make anglers happy. They even go the extra mile by offering both relaxed and slim sizes. Poncho founder Clay Spencer grew up fishing the humid Texas coast. He’s also a former Alaskan fly fishing guide, so he knows a thing or two about extreme conditions. Clay said, “I made the Poncho shirt for guys who are serious about being comfortable on the water and don’t want a bunch of gimmicks. I cut the velcro, loops and baggy pockets. This shirt is made to have everything you need—and nothing you don’t.” Get a free hat with purchase of a shirt with code COASTALMAG. For more information, visit www. ponchooutdoors.com or contact Clay at clay@ponchooutdoors.com.

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Realtree Fishing Men’s 1/4 Zip Wind Shirt The Realtree Fishing Men’s 1/4 Zip Wind Shirt provides anglers with unique colors suited for a variety of freshwater and saltwater adventures. Making use of the the new Realtree Fishing Pattern, all styles come equipped with sun protection SPF30 and moisture-wicking dry-weave ventilated fabric for increased breathability to make sure you’re cool, comfortable and protected throughout your time on the water. You can find these shirts in a variety of fishing and outdoor retailers as well as on the Realtree e-comm store.

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Salt Life Fusion Performance Pocket Fishing Tee The Salt Life CAMO Fusion SLX UVapor performance long sleeve pocket tee features a sublimation printed all over graphic. This shirt features three all purpose pockets on the back with elastic openings to secure small items like fishing gloves and leaders within easy reach. The left chest pocket features an elastic loop to secure your sunglasses. This tee is made from 88 percent polyester, 12 percent spandex and treated for UV30 sun protection. Anti-microbial, mega soft, ultra light quick reaction fabric provides a built-in cooling and ventilation system. Machine washable for easy care!

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illz was started by a passionate angler, an angler driven by the need for one thing—performance. It’s evident in the style and quality of the Gillz brand. Started back in 2009, the idea was to design the perfect fishing shirt that would be lightweight, soft, comfortable and protective. This led to the first innovation – Cross Breeze Ventilation, which consisted of mesh panels under the arms and down the sides of the body. This allowed airflow through and under the shirt, making it even cooler and more comfortable. Other innovations followed, like a vented mask with “gills” for ventilation. This radical mask design offered unparalleled cooling and comfort. The technological innovations kept coming, and Gillz introduced CoolCore technology. CoolCore is a redesign of the actual structure of the fabric to make it cooler. Unlike most companies that simply apply a chemical to their fabric, which can wear off after repeated use and washings, CoolCore is a natural, chemical-free way to cool—up to 30 percent cooler than competitors. In addition, Gillz shirts are non-clinging and non-saturating. They wick sweat away from the body and offer UPF+50 sun protection. Gillz is designed for the passionate angler, the recreational fisherman, or anyone who lives an active outdoor lifestyle. The brand has grown from one innovative fishing shirt to a full apparel line. From tees, to high-performance shirts, to hats, to masks, sunglasses and hoodies, Gillz makes gear for every condition. Designs and patterns are constantly being updated, but the focus on performance is always a constant. Gillz considers making the most comfortable fishing shirt in the world an ongoing process, so innovation will always be of paramount importance. Gillz has come a long way from just making a simple fishing shirt. For more information, visit gillz-gear.com.

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ld Guys Rule was created to embrace a new breed of guys who have incredible energy, passion for life, wisdom gained from years of experience and the time to spend doing the activities they enjoy. Old Guys Rule gear should be worn as a badge of honor for a life well-spent, but not nearly over. Let’s face it, in today’s society if you’re over 40, you’re considered old. Old Guys Rule makes the statement: “So what?” We’re still having fun, still doing what we enjoy and, oh by the way, we’re in control. Don’t let the rest of the world try to tell you anything different. Old guys rule! Founder Don Craig brought the Old Guys Rule concept to the California surfing community in 2003. Its popularity quickly spread to include numerous genres and recreational pursuits. Now anglers can make their statement as well through a series of nine angler-themed shirts including bass, mahi, tuna and marlin. No matter where or how you fish, let the world know “You Rule.” For more information on Old Guys Rule offerings, visit http://oldguysrule.fishing or call 866-465-9640.

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Crossing For A Cure Organizer Travis Suit, with his daughter Piper, who was diagnosed with cystic fibrosis at age 4. Photo by Lori Griffith, Chasin a Dream photography.

Piper’s Angels assemble in a paddle out to honor cystic fibrosis families before the Crossing For A Cure. Photo by Talia Schizzano, Tallymark Productions.

Paddlers gather at midnight in Bimini as they prepare to set out for Florida at the start of the 2018 Crossing For A Cure. Photo by Lori Griffith, Chasin a Dream photography.

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f all the animals a diver might encounter, the octopus most easily qualifies as a creature from outer space. But, despite their eight arms, three hearts, nine brains and blue blood, octopuses really do have an earthly lineage. They are a mollusk (think oysters and conchs), but gave up their shells around 400 million years ago. In that time, nature has figured out some strange but effective ways for this animal to eat without being eaten. Dispensing with its shell gave the octopus flexibility and mobility. To take advantage of their mobility, the octopus features eight flexible, sucker-equipped arms. With these arms octopuses can pull themselves in any direction over the ocean bottom or swim through open water. For real emergencies, they can squirt a blast of water from their siphon for a jet-propelled take-off. Just about every part of an octopus except its beak and eyes can flow like Silly Putty. Consequently, an octopus can work its way through just about any opening it can get its beak through. That means an octopus has lots of places to hide.

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Octopuses have turned hiding into an art form. Their skin contains millions of chromatophores—cells that contain red, orange, yellow, brown or black pigment. Each cell can be individually expanded or contracted to show or hide color and change the texture of their skin. This allows the octopus to match its surroundings in a fraction of a second as it moves. The most alien characteristic of octopuses is probably their eight arms. Each arm has double rows of suckers that not only grasp, but also taste. As an octopus hunts the ocean bottom, the arms independently probe cracks and crevices in search of prey. If it appears those arms have minds of their own, they do. While an octopus has about 500 million neurons, only about a third of them form the central brain. The remaining two-thirds are equally divided among the eight arms, putting them where they can most efficiently interact with those myriad muscles, sensors and chromatophores. So where does a diver go to encounter these amazing animals? My favorite local spot is the Blue Heron Bridge. Octopus studies at the site, led by local researcher Chelsea Bennett, have found common octopus, the Atlantic longarm octopus, Caribbean two-spot, Caribbean reef, pygmy and brownstriped octopuses there. Since octopuses are so good at hiding, Chelsea offered advice from her many hours of octopus observation. “The common and the longarm octopuses are generally found in high densities at the east and west end of BHB (typically just south of the bridges). I call these species underwater neighbors because they are both found in same areas but can coexist because they are associated with different substrates. The common octopus lives in hard-bottom areas (rock, rubble, shell) and the Atlantic longarm in sandy plains.” Pura Vida Divers is featuring Blue Heron Bridge Diver specialty courses throughout the month of March. You’ll learn to navigate the site, identify wildlife and recognize indicators of dens for animals like octopuses. Sign up for an upcoming class by calling 561-8408750.

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KAYAK REPORT BY: BENTON PARROTT

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pring is finally here this month. Warmer days and warmer water should make the bite great! Early morning and late evenings a top water bait is hard to beat for trout and reds. My favorite 2 are the Rapalla Skitterwalk and Heddon Spook Jr. I prefer the natural color but will swap it up depending on the water clarity. Change the speeds of your retrieval until you find what is producing a strike. I use a slow and methodical retrieval stopping along the way just letting it sit. Always work your bait all the way back to the kayak. Flounder, reds, and specks are still being fooled by Saltwater Assassin sea shads fished slowly along the bottom and drop offs. Not to miss in March. The IFA starts off the Louisiana Division on the 3rd in Lafitte, LA. and then on to Port Aransas, TX. on the 31, for a CPR (Catch Photo and Release) tournament based off length of a speckled trout and red fish. The IFA Tour has tournaments running all year long from South Carolina to Texas. The Championship will be determined later in the year and you have to fish 2 IFA events to be qualified for the Championship. Hobie is having their Hobie Bass Open Series at Lake Shasta, CA. the 9th-10th. The winner of each series wins a spot for Team USA for the 2020 Worlds Tournament! The Mobile Bay Kayak

Fishing Association is having a Fish Out on Sat. 9th starting at 5 a.m. at Delta Port Marina in Coden, Al. The heaviest inshore slam wins. On March 23rd the GCKFA is having their inshore Shoot-out starting at 6 a.m. As always we have a running tab on what’s going on in the kayak community at our Facebook page: Kayak Fishing U. Remember while fishing from a kayak to always think safety. We are low to the water and not always easily seen. Keep a 360-degree light on at dark and low light conditions, wear a PFD, keep hydrated, and let someone know your float plan. Benton Parrott Hobie Regional Team / Pro Staff Fishing Guide dbparrott@bellsouth.net

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WHEN THE GOING GETS TOUGH, THE TOUGH USE FLIP FLOPS? TALES FROM A CPR TOURNAMENT BY: RICH ELLISON

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believe it is well documented by now that I fish a lot at night. I enjoy this tactic because it doesn’t require a whole lot of finesse or skill, just time and effort. I have put in my share of both. Be advised, this story is not going to end the way you think it might. It is pretty funny though, so feel free to laugh at along! Three years ago Mobile Bay & surrounding waters were the greatest places to catch bull redfish at night; you’ll never convince me otherwise. It was dry and warm summer thru new year. As such, giant fish just pushed right up into our estuaries. You can always catch bulls in the fall, but this year was different. It was akin to shooting fish in a barrel. I do not fish tournaments, it’s never been my thing. Pensacola Kayak & Sail was hosting their annual winter fishing tournament. It’s just a week long, catch-photograph & release,

low stakes tourney that is mostly for fun. I went out fishing, but was not in said tournament. Naturally I caught a huge redfish, just under 40”. I went home happy with my catch and convinced I could duplicate those results the following night. I joined the tournament. The following night I paddled through a foggy bay to my favorite dock. Sure enough the water had the appearance of hand grenades going off as huge reds consumed every creature under the lamp. I made a cast, oomph! That’s the sound you make when a 44” plus bull red nearly breaks your rod in half upon striking. Game on! My drag was screaming. This fish was in control and I couldn’t do anything with him but hold on. Luckily, he made a run to open water. Would you believe he pulled me all the way back to the launch? That’s exactly how it happened, he was played out at the launch. In disbelief of what just happened, I hopped out and grabbed my measuring board. Did you know measuring boards only go 30” or so standard? I didn’t either! It never occurred to me that a Hawg Trough that I bought for river fishing was too small for the sea monster I was chasing tonight! The point of a CPR tournament is to keep the fish alive. I had a family member

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MOBILE / DAUPHIN ISLAND BY: CAPT. CHARLIE GRAY

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own here at the Island, we are still in a winter fishing pattern, the water is still just below the low 60-degree temperature which is when the trout will begin moving out of the deep rivers and onto the warmer flats around the small islands. Until then, the trout will still be in the deeper tidal rivers like Fowl, Dog, and Bayou La Batre, and some of the warmer and deeper bays around the Island; Mainly now, I am throwing hard baits like the Yo-Zuri 3D Inshore Minnow in the Mullet, Ghost Shad or Silver Black colors and soft plastics.

These baits are perfect mullet imitations and can be found here locally at Tackle This Shoot That in Mobile. When using the soft plastics, make sure you jig lightly and keep in contact with the bottom when jigging; There have been some live shrimp available this winter and that should continue into spring as the weather warms a bit more, but I am still using various types of soft plastics too like the shrimp, mullet or minnow imitations including the Matrix Shad and VuDu Shrimp in various colors from pink and chartreuse to natural. As the temps rise so will the fish as they start to move out to the shallower flats that are close to the main deeper channels in the rivers and bays. One positive thing that occurs in March and into April is the spawn of the Sheepshead; they will congregate in huge numbers around most any good structure in the bay and sound and around the gas rigs in the lower bay and near shore. Fish rock piles, bridge pilings and the gas rigs with live shrimp or the freshest dead shrimp you can find. The Sheephead also love fiddler crabs and even cracked hermit crab that some of the bait shops sell. I fish a khale or suicide hook or any other small hook that is stout on about 2 feet of 15lb to 20lb flouro clear or clear mono leader, tied to a barrel swivel, above the swivel I will use a ¼ oz to ½ oz up to a 1 oz egg sinker on the main line which is 12lb mono or 20-pound braid. Fish as close to the structure

as you can but be careful because the Sheepshead will wrap you in the structure very quickly when hooked. Use the lightest egg sinker that you can that will allow the bait to present more naturally. Check your bait often. Sheepshead are notorious bait stealers and will often steal the bait as you drop down, it takes a bit of practice to catch them but once you get it down it will be on. There are still ground mullet (whiting) on the Gulf beach too. There will be large Reds on Dixey Bar and also in the tidal rivers and bays, like Heron, Portersville and Grand, fish the areas where small rivers flow or dump into the bays, look for water movement. Moving water is critical, no moving water = no fish biting. Artificial baits work well here for the redfish, try jigging shrimp and or mullet imitations or fish the soft plastics under a popping cork or throw the hard baits. We are still booking Spring and Summer trips but we are filling up the good dates quickly, so call us and Lets go Fishing and Catching! Visit us on Facebook or at www. Graygulfcharters.com Until next month, tight lines and good fishing! Capt. Charlie Gray Gray Gulf Charters Dauphin Island / Mobile Bay / Ft Morgan Alabama 251.379.5067 Charlie@Graygulfcharters.com www.Graygulfcharters.com

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MOBILE BAY / EASTERN SHORE BY: CAPT. DAN KOLENICH

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inter turned out to be a cold one and that has water temps cooler than usual. As of the middle of February our rainfall has been close to average. This could make for a earlier spring as long as we don’t get a ton of rain. March fishing is all about finding salty water. If the rain is less than average, the Mobile River will be a good place to look for specs. The Theodore Industrial Canal is another place to find specs coming off their winter naps. Bull reds are still hanging out in the passes at the gulf. Some of the near shore rigs may be worth checking out as well. Orange Beach is a good place to find salty water and some big specs will be around the deeper docks in Old River and in some of the canals. I use soft plastics on jig heads for reds and Mirrolures for trout. Typically, I look to the creeks that flow into the bay like Fowl, Dog, Fish, Magnolia, Bon Secour, and the Theodore Industrial Canal. With cooler water this year the Shoals and grass fats around Dauphin Island may not be worth checking out until later in the month. My favorite baits are soft plastics on jig heads and Mirrolure’s glad shad. Try bright colors, chartreuse, pink, or white in dirty water and natural shrimp, root beer, or chartreuse in clear water. If I’m in salty water less than 4 feet Mirrolure’s Catch Jr. or Catch 2000 are my first choice. The key this month will be to find the salty water. If your fishing the rivers look deep and fish slow. As the water warms up, more bait will show up and the feeding frenzy will begin. Good luck and stay out of the rain. Capt. Dan Kolenich info@captdankolenich.com 251-422-3474

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and other state agencies. Did you know that small children and women of child bearing age should not eat Cobia, at all, ever? I love Cobia. One regional name for it is Lemonfish because it has a naturally lemony taste and it holds mercury like crazy. There are recommendations for adult males that I am now paying attention to. A good friend of mine is quite often a weighmaster at numerous fishing tournaments throughout the region. He is aware of these health advisories and when he officiates weighing in a large King Mackerel, he always asks the angler if they are familiar with these advisories. He tells me that the anglers rarely know anything about the health advisories. According to the Florida Department of Health, no one should eat King Mackerel if it is over 31 inches in length, too much Mercury. As stated earlier, Ciguatera used to be something we were only concerned with when in the Caribbean. It has been found that the dinoflagellate’s that form the basis for this neurotoxic fish poisoning are now being found on the oil rigs in the northern Gulf on Mexico. The partaking of local seafood is not all doom and gloom. At Dive Pros we have been educating people on Lionfish preparation and consumption since early 2011. We always prepare the Lionfish very simply so that people can really taste the fish itself. These efforts have been paying off as

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f you closed your eyes, could you imagine what $150 Million worth of Yachts and Boats look like all in one place? If you love boats, boating, fishing or just being on the water you don’t have to try to imagine it. You can see it for yourself again this spring at The Wharf in Orange Beach, AL. The annual Wharf Boat and Yacht Show makes its return to The Wharf in Orange Beach March 29-31. Known in the industry for consistently producing record-breaking sales for dealers, The Wharf Boat & Yacht Show again promises to bring the best pricing of the year for Gulf Coast boat buyers. The Wharf Boat and Yacht Show quickly grew from a local show in the Orange Beach/Gulf Shores/Mobile/Pensacola markets to becoming a major force in the Southeast U.S. boating market. The show’s ability to attract not only local dealers from Alabama, Florida, Mississippi, Louisiana and Georgia but also manufacturers from across the country and from all facets of the marine industry is what drives highly qualified buyers to the Alabama Gulf Coast each spring. In addition to boats, the latest technology in marine electronics and boating, as well as fishing tackle and accessories, from the companies, boaters know well and the upstart companies that are changing the boating industry, will all be exhibiting this March in Orange Beach. Today, boating is even more about providing families with an opportunity to spend precious time together than ever before. That’s why the show’s weekend is filled with fishing and boating seminars, live music, food vendors, boating seminars exclusively for women, kids activities and the famous Triple Crown Fighting Chair

Challenge raising money for St. Jude Children’s Hospital. The Wharf Boat and Yacht Show is always evolving and growing. More exhibitors, more vendors, more boats and more of everything about enjoying time on the water is the focus of this event. This year the footprint of the show expands once again at The Wharf to accommodate new dealers introducing new makes and models to the Gulf Coast. Also new in 2019 will be in water boating seminars. Boat U.S. is offering an ‘Introduction to Boating’ three-hour training program as well as a ‘Women Making Waves’ three-hour training seminar. The Wharf Boat & Yacht Show will also introduce ‘The Sportfishing Simulator’ for anyone wanting to experience the thrill of catching a Marlin or Sailfish! This new virtual fishing experience uses rare underwater film footage of the strike and fight of both Marlin and Sailfish. This exciting angling challenge was recently featured at the International Game Fish Associations’ (IGFA) World Fishing Center. Throughout the three days, world-class dining and shopping are always just steps away at the beautiful waterfront property of The Wharf. But the real stars of the show are the boats and yachts that are on display. The Wharf Marina on the intra-coastal waterway is filled with the boats of owners both local and transients year-round. But every March the marina features over 150 boats in the water that are for sale. The in-water display is one of the extraordinary features of this show. New sportfishing yachts up to 74’ as well as brokerage yachts, center consoles and cruisers all draw big

crowds yearly to the docks. In addition to the boats in the water, nearly 700 boats are on display on the pristine grounds of The Wharf. No matter your boating preference you can find it at this show. Bay Boats, skiffs, center consoles, pontoons, cruisers, ski boats, personal watercraft and the newest, big horsepower outboard motors are available for inspection by would-be buyers. And of course, the special pricing and incentives from dealers and manufacturers that is only available at The Wharf Boat and Yacht Show ends when the show closes on Sunday, March 31. The three-day show begins on Friday, March 29 with the Red Carpet Spectacular from 10 AM to 6 PM. Saturday, March 30th is Ladies Day also from 10 AM to 6 PM, and the show concludes on Sunday, March 31 with the annual Military & First Responder Appreciation Day from 10 AM until 4 PM. To purchase tickets online and to find a complete schedule, list of exhibitors and all other details are available at www.wharfboatshow.com. It’s Off the Charts.

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ith temperatures beginning to rise and spring on its way our area is beginning to see a lot of changes in fish patterns. One of the largest changes we will see is the influx in sheepshead around structures in Pensacola and Perdido Bay, these fish are very finicky and require light leader like 20lb fluorocarbon about 18” long. A live fiddler crab or small live shrimp seem to get the most action out of these fish. Also another change we’ll begin to see is that the large schools of trout are leaving the rivers and heading

out to the grass flats with the bait, as always I start my search using a 1/4oz jig head on a matrix soft plastic, if you’re looking for a trophy trout this is the time to find it in our area. The early spring months are when you’re going to find the fish that have more mass to them since they’ve been tucked up in the rivers and creeks eating away at the mullet all winter. Early in the morning throwing around a large top water plug isn’t going to land a million strikes this time of year but the fish that are active and attack it are

normally the fish of a life time so from daylight till when the sun gets up good I’ll be doing this and then switching to my soft plastic because with the sun high they can see the treble hooks of the top water. We wish you calm seas and good fishing from Gulf Bay Charters! Captain Johnny Willis Lost Bay Charters 850-748-5076

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ell the plugs in, the water is rising, the water is warming, and hopefully by now the rains are back to normal. March is the big kickoff of huge stripers and they will continue to weigh their heaviest for the 60-75 days before they spawn out. February we were actually seeing a few eggs started to get in the stripers, so by now they might not be completely full but definitely well in their way. In past years, I would’ve said to find all these big fish in the creeks and rivers in

March. But now Lake Martin has so many stripers you could walk across the lake. I’ve come to learn over the thousands of days fishing for stripers that you never ever want to overlook just out in the wide-open part of the lake particularly under water islands etc., for huge stripers in March. Planer boards pulling live baits will certainly catch the attention of this awesome fighting game fish however you most definitely can catch them casting top water plugs to them also. If the wind is calm enough for the water to be slick you can sit in certain areas and watch for the stripers to be roaming close to the surface, when you see this just make your way toward them preferably with the trolling motor within casting distance and throw your favorite top water plug and work it back to the boat , be ready for a serious explosion and then the fight is on . The lighter the tackle the more exciting the fight, just keep your drag loose and follow the hooked striper around with your trolling motor until he or she wears itself down then carefully dip it up with a dip net. Never try to boat a striper without a net because 95% of the time you’re going to break off your catch. With over 500 thousand stripers stocked again last year in Lake Martin it’s no drought that you will catch some stripers on the smaller size but don’t kid yourself their is thousands of trophy fish just waiting for the right bait (hopefully yours) to pass by and then it’s on. 2018 produced a lot of 30-lb stripers with our guide service and the occasional 40 + pounder

including a 45-pounder caught on my personal guide boat by one of my repeat clients. By the way, in case you’re wondering, he is booked again this March in search for that 50-pounder now! A few years back our guide service boated a 52 pounder in March, so now you know why March is what we call the start of the big fish bite. If you would like to try your luck at one of these spring time monsters give me a call and I will take care of you, your family and friends and not to mention your larger groups of up to 40. Need a place to stay while here fishing well I can put you in touch with any type accommodations you’re looking for. Hope to see you all in March here on Lake Martin. Capt. David B. Hare Alex City Guide Service 256-401-3089 2036 Cherokee Rd Suite 205 Alexander City, Al. 35010 davidbhare@yahoo.com www.alexcityguideservice.com Fbook/alexcityguideservice/LakeMartin

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arch is finally here and a little warmer weather. The great news is that triggerfish is open in March, April and possibly May. These fish may be caught and kept on the half day trips and longer. Vermillion snapper may be kept yearround. Spanish mackerel will hopefully appear in March or April. We are catching a few sheepshead and an occasional bull redfish within a couple of miles. I always say fish a half day or go well offshore

for deep drop fishing in March. Gag grouper, red grouper and scamp grouper, amberjack and red snapper are closed in March. Red grouper and scamp will open in April. On a full day offshore in March there is a good chance of catching snowy grouper, yellow edge grouper, long tail sea bass and tilefish. These fish are caught with power assisted reels in waters beyond 400 feet deep. These fish are excellent table fare. Historically, March fishing has been great with catches of triggerfish and vermillion snapper. These fish may be kept and are very tasty. We are also catching and releasing red snapper and amberjack. The 5 and 6-hour charters have been good options. We are catching some Spanish mackerel and bonita on the 4-hour charters. these are all awesome family fishing charters. If you are looking for a more serious charter then the 12-hour trip is very good for deep drop fishing for snowy grouper, yellowedge grouper, tilefish and more. Remember, recreational red snapper season will be

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CONSTANT YELLOWFIN, DORADO AND

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he action in northwest Costa Rica is outstanding. All five boats of our boats were on the water in January, with 83 trips logged for the month. Yellowfin tuna and dorado are a constant this time of year, but the team also fought a bunch of massive marlin. We released nine blue marlin, 11 striped marlin, three black marlin and 78 sailfish. We also melted a lot of ice with 256 dorado and 158 yellowfin tuna. The 32-foot Harvester was deep in the battle on Jan. 14, as client Kevin Poindexter battled a sweet blue marlin. The marlin was the headliner, but it was supported by an excellent sailfish release. They rounded out the day with a dorado and a yellowfin. Good thing, because it’s easy to work up a big appetite when catching all day long! The Adventurer is a 23-foot panga with the fishing tool of a boat twice her size and a bad attitude to match. This year we have added a Photo by Andy Blackledge bottom machine, tuna tube and outriggers.

Jeff Capen made history on Jan. 15 with the second-ever marlin release on the panga. A blue marlin release is a magnificent achievement on any boat, let alone the sneaky 23-foot switchblade. It’s proof you don’t need a big boat to catch big fish in Costa Rica! FishingNosara hall-of-famer and northeast FishingNosara representative Mark Cooney pulled off an amazing fishing feat with Capt. David on Jan. 18. What, you’ve never released a sailfish on a 23-foot panga with a tiller-steered motor? Legendary Texas angler Jerome McKown added to his record on Jan. 27 with a gaggle of sailfish releases with Capt. Carlos of the 32-foot Discoverer. Great work by Mate Kevin to safely wrangle and release these monsters. Of course these boys weren’t going hungry, thanks to a half-dozen excellent dorado scores. The flagship Wanderer is celebrating her 10th year of fishing in these waters, and one must marvel at the man who has commanded her from Day 1. It is no exaggeration that Capt. William and the Wanderer ran more trips last year than any boat in all of Central America. FishingNosara hall-of-famers Catherine Chase and Ron LaGro added to their legend on Jan. 19 with Capt. William. A striped marlin led off a great day of action. After Catherine’s release, Ron added a sailfish release. They rounded out the morning with a nice stack of dorado filets. This report barely scratches the surface of the blistering-hot action in Nosara. Remember, you can always check the FishingNosara Blog for daily catch updates. If you have been reading this report for a while and waiting for the right time to visit, stop wishing and come fishing! Call FishingNosara at 904-591-2161 or email craig@ fishingnosara.com.

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ere are some of my favorite fish to eat in the lagoon along with some tips on how to catch them. It’s ok to eat fish from the lagoon, but do it in moderation. 1) Pompano: This silver-blue slab has some of the best white meat. It’s a cold-water fish and is usually caught between December and April on a variety of lures and live bait. Fish small jigs and pompano jigs around shallow drop-offs in 3 to 5 feet of water. Also look for them around bridges and deeper cuts. For live bait, use shrimp or sand fleas. 2) Snook: You can only keep one snook between 28 and 32 inches and only in certain months of the year. Closed season for snook is Dec. 15-Jan. 31 and June 1-Aug. 31. Snook have excellent flaky white meat. Snook can be caught on a variety of lures including topwaters, jigs and live bait. They prefer structure (piers, bridges, mangroves) and feed more actively at night. 3) Flounder: Often overlooked or targeted as table-fare, this species of fish has two eyes on one side of its heads and lies on the bottom waiting for bait to come by. I’ve caught flounder in the lagoon up to 5 pounds and sometimes three or four on an outing. Flounder love jigs and live bait, especially shrimp (live or dead). Fish for them on flats around bridges and on shallow flats in 3 to 4 feet of water. 4) Black drum and red drum (redfish): Black drum love any sort of crustacean, from shrimp to blue crabs and can also be caught on cut bait (ladyfish). Fish for them with bait around bridge pilings or under piers. Redfish will eat bait, and they’ll also take lures. Try a 4-inch jig with a paddle tail or a jig tipped with shrimp. 5) Snapper: I’ve fished for mangrove snapper (10” min) and lane snapper (8” min), and they can be caught easily on small jigs, jigs tipped with shrimp and shrimp. Fish around piers and structure and deeper areas on the flats. 6) Sheepshead and tripletail: Sheepshead are members of porgy family and eat crustaceans and barnacles. Shrimp, fiddler crabs and crabs are favorite baits. Fish for them on the bottom around piers and bridges. Tripletail will hit jigs, but fishing shrimp around buoys and floating markers is your best bet. 7) Mackerel and bluefish. Both species are fast and will hit any lure or live bait. I prefer mackerel to bluefish. They are cold-water fish and move into the lagoon during the winter months. They can be caught around structure, especially bridges with moving water. Richard Matteson is the staff writer for the Stuart Rod and Reel Club. Visit www.stuartrodandreel.com. Richard can be reached at 336-414-3440.

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ranks of the invasive lionfish? Lionfish throughout the affected regions of the Western Atlantic, Gulf of Mexico and some Caribbean island locations have all documented nasty-looking lesions or ulcers on their flesh. Currently, only a relatively small percentage of their populations are showing these signs. We have been following this event (lionfish showing skin lesions) for nearly two years now. Several researchers have been studying samples of ulcerated fish from many different locations. A relatively small percentage of lionfish are affected across the invaded areas. The northern Gulf of Mexico seemed to be a bit of a hot-spot about a year ago, but reports of skin lesions have been waning lately. It is suspected that some lionfish did not survive the “infection,” while others appeared to have survived with healed scars and seem to be doing well. These lesions are very similar in appearance to several other common fish-related skin diseases, but scientists have not been able to pin it down exactly. Should anyone encounter a lionfish that has signs of these lesions, report it to the FWC. MyFWC.com/FishKill and provide them with the following info: 1. Location 2. The number of lionfish you noted with ulcers 3. A photograph of what you saw, if possible

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To date, there have been no reports of people becoming ill from eating lionfish presenting skin ulcers. We and many others will continue to consume this delicious invader. As additional research provides further clarification on this situation, we will gladly pass it on. Here is the link to a published research paper on this event: https://www.researchgate.net/publication/328462223_First_Report_of_an_Emerging_Ulcerative_Skin_Disease_in_Invasive_Lionfish?fbclid=IwAR1J1Rvqs5nxC29vCU6SshPjSCurRqF1lsrfS8E_ OTJmdSVGQvMsQinU4CI

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f you’re an angler who enjoys following up a day on mountain trout streams with a refreshing craft beverage or two, cast your attention to the Blue Ridge mountain town of Hendersonville. This North Carolina town, about 22 miles south of Asheville, offers miles of stocked trout waters, as well as the popular Hendersonville Cheers! Trail. The two resources make it possible to spend the day catching three types of trout – rainbow, brown and brook – while spending an evening exploring three types of craft beverages – beer, wine and hard cider. First, the fishing part. North Mills River is the prime trout stream in the Hendersonville area. The river’s 4-mile section of delayed harvest waters receives an annual infusion of 11,000 trout from N.C. Wildlife, divvied between brook, rainbow and brown. Spring is a great time to fly fish the delayed harvest waters of North Mills River because no trout have been harvested since Sept. 30. Another hot spot for trout fishing is just across the Henderson County line toward Brevard. The Davidson River offers miles of public trout waters that receive annual stockings of 16,500 fish. Other lesser-known spots for fishing near Hendersonville include

three streams on the eastern side of Henderson County, about 20 to 30 minutes from downtown. Rocky Broad River has a 1.2-mile stretch of hatchery support waters from Rocky River Lane to the Rutherford County line near Chimney Rock, while Cane Creek, near the Fletcher community, has 1.5-mile stretch of hatchery supported waters. For those who really want a unique experience, Little River in DuPont State Recreational Forest provides not only a scenic setting for trout fishing, but also a unique one. Delayed harvest waters flow through undisturbed mountains and over several notable waterfalls. Those waterfalls were immortalized on Hollywood’s silver screen in The Last of the Mohicans, as well as the backdrop for the exploits of Katniss Everdeen in the original Hunger Games movie. When the fishing is done, the Cheers! Trail awaits. The trail is one of North Carolina’s best, featuring 16 craft producers offering a variety of experiences. Beer fans love Sierra Nevada’s tasting room, which is one of the largest on the East Coast and features an expansive patio and outdoor amphitheater, while Bold Rock Hard Cider has emerged as a national leader in the hard cider industry and regularly hosts live music (indoors and outdoors), along with cidery tours and a food truck. Several craft producers on the trail create small-batch beverages prized for their quality and originality. Three breweries – Southern Appalachian, Triskelion and Guidon – are within a few blocks of each other in the Depot District, while Sanctuary Brewing Co. is only a few blocks away on Main Street. Sanctuary is pet-friendly with a commitment to pet rescue. Three wineries produce high-quality wines from European varietals. The newest – Point Lookout Vineyards – is located atop a 3,000-foot mountain with panoramic views of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Saint Paul Mountain Vineyards, the area’s first vineyard, is on farmland that’s been in the family for more than nine generations. And two miles from Saint Paul, Burntshirt Vineyards offers tastings in its renovated farmhouse overlooking rolling hills of vines. For complete Hendersonville information and lodging details, call 800-828-4244 or go to: www.VisitHendersonvilleNC.org.

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ew names resonate as deeply in the world of light-tackle fly fishing as the name Flip Pallot. Many of us remember waking up on Saturday mornings to watch Flip’s show, Walker’s Cay Chronicles. Fish Hippie, the North Carolina-based outdoor lifestyle brand, has teamed up with Pallot, who plans to put Fish Hippie apparel and accessories to the test during his on- and off-thewater adventures as the brand’s ambassador. Pallot’s unparalleled passion for fishing has paved the way for his successful career and has inspired fishing enthusiasts worldwide. He is widely recognized for Walker’s Cay Chronicles, which aired for 16 seasons on ESPN, a TBS series titled Saltwater Angler and his most recent Fishing the Keys show on VERSUS network. Each show is centered around Pallot’s fishing insight as he travels around the world on angling adventures. “I smile, knowing that most of my life is spent in a glow of solar energy reflected by the world’s most beautiful wet spots,” said Pallot. “Montana meadow stream or shimmering, tropical bonefish flat, I’m stacking sun drenched miles on my Fish Hippie wardrobe. I’m enjoying the function of the product along with the fashion attention when I return to the dock!” In spring 2017, Fish Hippie launched the Solarhaze Performance Collection, which has become a fast favorite among outdoor and fishing enthusiasts nationwide, including Pallot. Function and fashion meet on and off with water with the Solarhaze Performance Collection, which has set a new standard of luxury and necessity in the performancewear industry. Technical features—including slick, moisture-wicking fabrics, UPF +40 and ultra-lightweight materials—are coupled with modern cuts, ultimate comfort and effortless style for those who appreciate the finer side of outdoor living. From hunting and fishing to work and leisure, this collection is designed to fit into your everyday agenda. The collection includes performance button-downs, technical performance hoodies, technical performance crews, performance shorts and a variety of hats. “We are honored to have such an incredible fishing icon wear and enjoy our Fish Hippie clothing,” said Ben Webb, co-founder of Fish Hippie. “We’re excited to hear how Flip’s new Fish Hippie wardrobe will serve him as he tracks many miles on and off shore.” For more information about Fish Hippie apparel and accessories, visit FishHippie.com.

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s past president and current board member of IUSA (the organization that ratifies world records for spearfishing), I get to share the excitement of big fish applications. The entire IUSA board was amazed by a recent submission. We received word that Luis Viyella had speared a 480-pound yellowfin off the Dominican Republic on Dec. 23, 2018. If approved, this fish would not only be the new spearfishing world record, but it would also beat the current IGFA All-Tackle rod-and-reel record! The All-Tackle stands at 427 pounds, held by angler Guy Yocom and caught off Cabo San Lucas, Mexico. Viyella supplied the required photos of the fish, the measurements, the weighing, and the certified scale. He provided witnesses and documented the “Story of the Hunt” which was well-written and riveting. Viyella was new to freediving and bluewater hunting but accompanied by an experienced friend. They were targeting wahoo that day when the tunas showed up. He was excited when his buddy speared a 125-pound yellowfin. As requested, Viyella added a second shot to the fish—a common practice to secure the fish and make the extraction quicker and easier. A bigger tuna showed up, but Viyella’s speargun was already discharged and embedded in the 125-pound tuna, so he called out for his new Daryl Wong speargun from the boat. It wasn’t a bluewater gun, and it wasn’t the ideal set up, but he needed to act quickly. Viyella attached a line and float to the reel gun, dove down, and fired a well-placed shot into the tuna. After attaching additional floats, he made headway in raising the tuna toward the surface. His buddy dove down and placed a second shot to the head, helped manage the lines, and kept sharks at bay until it was landed—all the things a good buddy does.

News of this magnificent fish traveled fast. Viyella was told that, if approved, his fish would eclipse the current spearfishing record of 353 pounds. During the application process, he learned the rules the hard way. In order to qualify, one must shoot and land the fish without assistance from others. It was heartbreaking for Viyella and the board, but his catch is still outstanding, and IUSA awarded a meritorious award. Viyella accepted it with grace and gratitude. He said, “Inside the boat, we realized it was a very extraordinary, giant yellowfin tuna. I cannot describe our feelings of gratitude to God, our emotions, joy, sense of achievement, cheers, hugs, screams of happiness. It had been the most amazing day at sea, and the most exciting catch ever, and I had caught, on rod and reel, a 900-pound blue marlin and 600+ pound swordfish before. This bluewater apnea spearfishing catch was a higher dimension, another level of joy and sense of achievement. Glory goes to God for His love and generosity.” Amen to that, Mr. Viyella! May you continue to be blessed with that same sense of wonder and joy, for that is the real treasure of the sea. Sheri is a world-record holder, host of Speargun Hunter, and producer of “The Blue Wild Ocean Adventure Expo” in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla. Follow “Sheri Daye” and “The Blue Wild” on Facebook and Instagram.

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he 2019 Bassmaster Classic, scheduled for March 15-17 on the Tennessee River, will feature the usual mix of established pro fishing superstars and hungry young pros who are destined to be the stars of tomorrow. The 52 anglers converging on Knoxville will be gunning for the largest share of the $1 million prize fund, and they’ll be aiming to establish their angling legacy by winning the most important title in professional fishing. Among the field are eight former Classic winners, including four-time champion Kevin VanDam of Kalamazoo, Mich., and defending champion Jordan Lee of Grant, Ala., who last year became one of only three anglers to claim back-to-back wins in the event. Seven of the pros have hoisted the Toyota Bassmaster Angler of

the Year trophy, including 2018 AOY winner Justin Lucas of Guntersville, Ala., and Aaron Martens of Leeds, Ala., who has claimed the award three times. “The Classic is a showcase for some of the most accomplished bass anglers in the world,” said B.A.S.S. CEO Bruce Akin. “You’ll have veteran pros out there who’ve experienced the huge stage that is the Classic and excelled in that environment in the past. But you’ll also have some young guys who are just chomping at the bit to make a name for themselves. “That’s one of the most exciting things about the Classic—it literally will change someone’s life forever.” Anglers hungry for first-time Classic glory include Florida’s Drew Benton, Tennessee’s Brandon Lester and Arizona’s Clifford Pirch — just to name a few. Whoever wins the event, the immediate effects will be easy to see. There’s the world-famous Classic trophy, which weighs more than 40 pounds and is easily the most coveted piece of hardware in professional fishing. Then there’s the $300,000 first-place check and the chance to stand before an arena full of screaming fans as confetti cannons set the stage for the accomplishment of a lifetime. This year’s weigh-ins will be held in Thompson-Boling Arena on the campus of the University of Tennessee. As always, the Classic will be held in conjunction with the fan-favorite Bassmaster Classic Outdoors Expo presented by DICK’S Sporting Goods. Known as the most important consumer show in the bass fishing world, the Classic Expo will be held in the Knoxville Convention Center and the adjacent World’s Fair Exhibition Hall. Companies from across the fishing industry use the Expo annually to debut new products, and fans will be able to purchase many lures, rods, reels and accessories for the first time anywhere. For more information about the Bassmaster Classic, go to www. bassmaster.com.

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Baja’s Inshore Action

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By Nick Carter Big cubera snapper are just one of the species waiting inshore on the East Cape. This one was caught by Jim Rodriguez, a cameraman with the TV show Livin’ The Dream. Photo by Jimmy Nelson.

J

ust looking at a map will tell you the Sea of Cortez is a fish trap. Separated from the Pacific Ocean by Mexico’s nearly 800-mile long Baja California Peninsula, it’s a 62,000 square mile canyon that drops to depths approaching 10,000 feet. The sportfishing out of Cabo San Lucas, on the Peninsula’s southern tip is legendary. It is a bustling destination where marlin, sailfish and tuna abound. But Capt. Jimmy Nelson, host of the TV show Livin’ The Dream, pointed to a quieter destination and some awesome fishing up the Peninsula’s East Cape. Out of the Buena Vista Beach Resort about an hour’s drive north of Cabo, the Sea of Cortez drops to 1,000-foot depths just a few hundred yards off sand beaches. There’s a fleet of sportfishing boats waiting to take anglers offshore to chase all the big pelagics, and the inshore action borders on unbelievable. Even shorebased fishermen can catch some species typically associated with long runs offshore. At a place renowned for billfish, Nelson said the inshore action is as much of a reason to go as the marlin. “You never know what you’re going to get. There’s all kinds of things that will be right there on the edge,” Nelson said. “Roosterfish, African pompano, cubera snapper, Sierra mackerel, even dolphin, wahoo and yellowfin tuna will hit your popper right off the beach.” Never knowing what’s on the end of the line requires anglers to gear up. This is not the same as inshore fishing in the Gulf of Mexico or Atlantic. Nelson said casting 8-inch poppers or live lookdowns from shore is a ton of fun and requires 8000 size spinning reels. A big cubera snapper slamming your popper is a fight you’ll never forget. “It’s a rush,” he said. “You’re catching a bottomfish on top, so they go straight down to the bottom. You have to gear up with some pretty heavy tackle.” Trolling just off the beach is another tactic that puts anglers on a surprising array of the Pacific’s best sportfish. Big roosterfish might be primary target, but again, you never know what will eat when you’re pulling lookdowns and goggle eyes. Big yellowfin tuna have been known to surprise anglers just off the beaches, so 30 wide reels and heavy tackle are required. COASTALANGLERMAG.COM • THEANGLERMAG.COM

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