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DESTINATION: El Salto, Mexico FISH: Largemouth Bass PEAK SEASON: September-July THE FISHING: There might be a few lakes out there that produce larger largemouths on occasion, but none are as consistent as Lake El Salto at producing huge catches of quality sized bass with the ever-present potential to catch a true giant. For more than 30 years, El Salto has been one of the world’s best bass fisheries, and it remains right at the top of the bucket list for travelling bass anglers. It is a place where 100-fish days are normal, the average fish weighs 4 to 5 pounds, and 7- to 10-pound fish are a regular occurrence. The best day on El Salto? Well, the lake record bass weighed 18 pounds, 6 ounces. The record for most bass caught in a day stands at 607 fish. El Salto is a 25,000-acre impoundment of the Elota River. It sits in the foothills of the Sierra Madre Mountains in the Mexican state of Sinaloa. A yearround growing season and the introduction of Florida strain largemouth bass in the 1980s helped build this big-bass factory. Abundant tilapia as a forage species as well as varied habitat and lots of sunken timber maintain it. If all this doesn’t pique your interest, it’s worth mentioning that many of the biggest fish caught each year from El Salto are victims of topwater tactics. INFORMATION: www.anglersinn.com

Mongolia

DESTINATION: Khentii Aimag and Khovsgol Aimag, Mongolia FISH: Siberian Taimen PEAK SEASON: June 15-October THE FISHING: Imagine fly fishing a river for trout that can weigh 20 pounds

or more. Now imagine these giant trout surface feed on ducks and rodents instead of insects. Sounds like a fairytale, right? Well it’s not. Fish like this actually exist, but the behaviors of Mongolia’s Siberian taimen are more aptly described as the stuff of nightmares than fairytales. The taimen is the largest, most ferocious salmonid in the world. Tactics for catching them include chugging giant topwater poppers on 9-weight fly rods, and the violence exhibited on a taimen’s take can only be matched by the ensuing fight. Anglers can expect to tangle with good numbers of taimen in the 6- to 15-pound range on a week-long camp-and-float through gorgeous Mongolian canyons. A trophy longer than 40 inches and weighing 25 pounds or more is a definite possibility. But the fishing is only part of what makes a Mongolia so special. The warmth of Mongolian hospitality, the skill of its guides and the beauty of its scenery make for an unforgettable expedition. Taimen fisheries in Mongolia are catch-and-release, fly fishing only with a single barbless hook.

DESTINATION: San Cristobal, Galapagos Islands, Ecuador FISH: Striped Marlin, Blue Marlin, Black Marlin, Wahoo, Yellowfin Tuna PEAK SEASON: January-April THE FISHING: Everyone has heard of the tortoises, diving iguanas and other strange wildlife that made the Galapagos Islands famous. The incredible bluewater fishing is not as well publicized. Deep sea currents carry warm waters and plentiful baitfish past this underwater mountain range about 600 miles off the coast of Ecuador. Blue, black and striped marlin congregate to feed around banks that rise to 300 and 600 feet from more than 2,000 feet of water. It’s some of the best fishing in the Pacific, and it’s only about an hour’s run from the docks at San Cristobal. The striped marlin bite might be the best in the world, with fast action for fish that average 200 pounds and get up into the 350-pound range. Blacks and blues are less frequently encountered than striped marlin, but they are plentiful and big. Fish from 500 to 800 pounds are the norm. Topwater popper fishing for yellowfin tuna is off the chain for fish up to 150 pounds. Big dorado, African pompano and Almaco jacks are bonus fish. And the wahoo fishing is good, as well. INFORMATION: sportfishgalapagos.com

Florida Keys

DESTINATION: Florida Keys, U.S.A. FISH: Tarpon PEAK SEASON: April-June THE FISHING: Although the Florida Keys aren’t as remote as many of the marquee fishing destinations this planet offers, the fishing is second to none. On the southern edge of the continent, where the Gulf Stream carries fecund waters from the Gulf of Mexico through the Florida Straits to the Atlantic, this chain of islands is perfectly situated to create one of the most productive marine environments in the world. Big-game sportfishing and backcountry fly fishing arose from the outstanding and diverse fisheries of The Keys. Year-round, there is excellent fishing inshore, nearshore and offshore. One of the most iconic of these fisheries is for big flats tarpon. There are always tarpon present in the Florida Keys, and nowhere else in the world do they run so thick through clear, shallow waters during their migrations. In ultra-clear water, sight fishing for these beasts from a flats skiff has to be the ultimate shallow-water experience. The size and raw power of tarpon are unmatched among flats species. The aerial displays of fish heavier than 100 pounds are part of what makes fishing in The Keys legendary. INFORMATION: fla-keys.com

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Franklin County, Florida DESTINATION: Franklin County, Fla. FISH: Tarpon, Redfish, King Mackerel, Wahoo, Jack Crevalle, Amberjack, Gag Grouper, Pompano PEAK SEASON: June-December THE FISHING: Take a step back in time to experience Florida’s Forgotten Coast. Every cast could produce something different in one of the most diverse ecosystems in the world. Last month, Hurricane Michael lashed out on this beautiful slice of the Panhandle, but the fisheries should bounce back as strong as ever. You’ll find offshore species like wahoo, grouper and sailfish, as well as inshore species like pompano, redfish, tarpon, jack crevalle and speckled trout. In early spring, look for cobia and Spanish mackerel nearshore, while inshore you’ll find trout and redfish crushing topwaters. In summer, the king mackerel bite can be non-stop and tarpon are big and plentiful. Several species of snapper and grouper are always on the menu while offshore, blackfin tuna, wahoo, sailfish and more can be had. As we get into fall, big jacks will be tearing up tackle and the delicious flounder will be found as they spawn. False albacore or bonito can warm up a cool day in the blue water, also. From the mouth of the Apalachicola River to Carrabelle, you’ll find some of the hottest action anywhere! Redfish, trout and flounder abound, and you can cast for freshwater species like bass and stripers the same day. INFORMATION: www.floridasforgottencoast.com

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DESTINATION: Kona Coast, Big Island, Hawaii FISH: Pacific Blue Marlin PEAK SEASON: April-September THE FISHING: If a giant marlin is on your bucket list, there may be no better place in the world to check it off than on the Kona Coast of Hawaii’s Big Island. On the southeastern end of a 1,500-mile archipelago in the middle of the Pacific Ocean, massive shield volcanoes protect the leeward side of the Big Island from wind and rain, resulting in nearly perpetual calm seas off the Kona Coast. Three miles from land, the bottom drops into 6,000-foot depths while winds and topography create miles-wide cyclonic eddies that funnel nutrient-rich water up into the warm surface layers. These localized patches of biologically productive water attract big pelagics. Within sight of land, there is the opportunity to catch six species of billfish, six species of tuna, ono (wahoo) and mahi-mahi, among others. The main drawing card is blue marlin… big ones. Kona lays claim to more than 80 blues heavier than 1,000 pounds over the years, and that doesn’t include all the granders that were released. More than half of all the granders ever recorded from the Hawaiian Islands were caught off the Kona Coast. INFORMATION: www.gohawaii.com

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DESTINATION: Kamchatka, Russia FISH: Rainbow Trout PEAK SEASON: July-September THE FISHING: Some scientists believe the Kamchatka Peninsula is where rainbow trout originated in a web of cold-water rivers on Russia’s eastern coast. With very few roads and little human population to speak of, this roughly 100,000-square-mile slice of land across the Bering Sea from Alaska is as remote as it gets. In fact, the only feasible way to access its hundreds of miles of trout water is by helicopter. Kamchatka is a place that makes even the Alaskan tundra seem overpopulated with humans. It offers a wilderness experience unlike any other, and the fishing isn’t too shabby, either. Trout that eat dry flies, streamers and deer-hair mice skated across the surface average 20 to 22 inches. Each short season, anglers catch 30-inchers that are aggressive and as hot as they come. And while the rainbows are the headliners, there are also several species of Pacific salmon that make annual runs into the peninsula. Huge kundzha, a close relative of Dolly Varden, weigh into the teens. And trophy grayling round out a diverse fishery that’s one of the most unspoiled on the planet. INFORMATION: www.thebestofkamchatka.com

DESTINATION: Santee Cooper Lakes, South Carolina FISH: Striped Bass, Catfish, Largemouth Bass, Crappie, Shellcracker PEAK SEASON: Year-round THE FISHING: For a world-class freshwater fishery, the Santee Cooper lakes in South Carolina are as accessible as it gets. Interstate I-95 crosses Lake Marion and I-26 flanks the twin-lake system to the south. The lakes are connected by a 7-mile-long diversion canal, which provides another unique fishery. Lake Marion’s 102,400 acres of water are a timber-studded, aquatic vegetation-laden fish factory, while Lake Moultrie’s 59,900 acres have an incredible diversity of underwater cover and structure. This twin-lake system provides unmatched freshwater diversity. Marauding striped bass provide surface-schooling triple-digit catches per boat in peak season. The state record blue catfish was taken in 2017 and topped 113-pounds. Catfish in the 50- to 70-pound class are reasonable targets, and the big-fish population is on an upsurge. The system currently holds the world record channel catfish at 58-pounds. Need more? Crappies are abundant and commonly exceed 2 pounds, with 3-pound-plus fish distinctly possible. The system holds state records for black crappie at 5-pounds, largemouth bass topping 16-pounds and the former world record shellcracker that tipped the scales to 5 pounds, 7 1/2 ounces. Santee Cooper is the living legend of freshwater fishing. COASTALANGLERMAG.COM • THEANGLERMAG.COM I NOVEMBER 2018 I NATIONAL 9 INFORMATION: www.santeecoopercountry.org

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ifteen years ago, a friend and I flew into San Jose and took a small plane to Quepos, Costa Rica, where we fished offshore on a 42 express boat called Fishing Frenzy. It was my first fishing trip to Costa Rica, and I didn’t know it at the time, but the over-the-top offshore experience was typical for this tropical Central American paradise. It consisted of plenty of tuna, sailfish and dorado, and the never-ending chase for marlin. The trip had such an impact that it became an annual event. Then, four years ago everything changed. I started some business dealings in Costa Rica, which allowed me to begin splitting time between Costa Rica and my native south Florida. It has been the adventure of a lifetime. I’m not sure I can say what specifically drew me to Costa Rica. I think it’s a little bit of everything. The people, the adventure, the fishing and the beautiful scenery are all truly amazing. The people are always happy and definitely live the national slogan “Pura Vida,” which translates to “The Pure Life.” The diversity and magnificence of the scenery is over the top. Delivering Coastal Angler Magazine throughout the country has exposed me to different and varying locations. Within a four hour drive I can be exposed to the volcanos and hot springs of Arenal, the gorgeous beaches and surfing of Guanacaste, the beautiful and exotic jungles of Golfito and the Osa Peninsula, the quiet beauty and fishing of the Nicoya Peninsula, the world class surfing and fishing of Herradura, Hermosa and Quepos, and even the cooler climates and cultural centers of the Central Valley. The tourism of Costa Rica is truly an adventure. From ziplining through a jungle canopy to four wheeling up a mountain, from white water rafting to rappelling down a waterfall, and even seeing sloths and monkeys in their natural habitats, the adventures are endless. Adventure definitely exists in the fishing of Costa Rica. In 2017 the Herradura Quepos fishery was named the No. 1 billfishing area in the world by the Billfish Report. Offshore fishing easily offers the complete line up of pelagic fish and often includes double-digit catches. This is one of the few countries where catching an offshore billfish grand slam can be accomplished in one day. Last month, Coastal Angler Editor-in-Chief Ben Martin came down and we managed to squeeze in one day of fishing on my 32 Luhrs, Dream II out of Los Suenos. Where else in the world can you catch two blue marlin, two sailfish, and 15 dorado in a day of fishing? The inshore fishing for roosterfish, cubera snapper, snook and even tarpon is also world class. The freshwater fishing offers everything from rainbow bass (guapote) to machaca, and trout to largemouth bass. I have been to many places in the world, and Costa Rica stands out as one of my favorite bucket list destinations. Mike Erickson is co-publisher of Coastal Angler Magazine Costa Rica.

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t’s 2 p.m. on a bright, sunny day and I’m pitching pilchards in the shadow of a small bridge not 50 yards from a marina. As my bait turns and swims momentarily into the sunlight, a sudden swirl connects me to a solid slot-sized snook. My line has been in the water for less than a minute. “It can happen fast,” chuckled Capt. George Gozdz, who in 2019 is scheduled to host a new fishing show on The Sportsman Channel called Unfathomed. “There’s quality snook under almost any significant structure around here.” “Around here” would be the Indian River Lagoon (IRL) and St. Lucie River system, an estuarine wonderland on Florida’s southeast coast that stretches 155 miles and dishes up everything from monster snook, gator trout and delicious pompano to king-sized tarpon, jacks and a variety of grouper. The city of Stuart sits dead-center in this expansive maze of fishing heaven, and makes the perfect launch point Capt. George Gozdz shows off a monfor learning these waters. ster St. Lucie River snook. Look for “The diversity in this area is 8- to 10-foot depths with good current something special,” explained Gonear structure to find the big ones, he zdz, “Two systems converge here, said. Photo courtesy of George Gozdz. the St. Lucie River and Indian River, and St. Lucie Inlet provides access for ocean pelagics like sailfish. Inshore, snook is the most popular target on a year-round basis. From December through March, you’ll find the best action up inside the St. Lucie River because the water is warmest there. The stretch from Rt. A1A (aka: 10 Cent Bridge) west into the north or south fork of the St. Lucie River is the prime winter snook area. I throw Yo-Zuri Crystal Minnows and Hydro Poppers in low light conditions and pitch pilchards once the sun gets up in the sky.” Generally speaking, tidal stage doesn’t matter much for these snook, as long as the water is moving. Look for heavy structure near 10-foot depths with good flow and you’ll eventually connect. “Keep in mind this isn’t finesse fishing,” advised Gozdz. “There’s no way to haul a big snook— they can top 40 inches in length—out of heavy structure with light lines. I use 80-lb. test Yo-Zuri Super Braid with an 80- to 100-lb. test Top Knot fluorocarbon leader.” If you are looking to stay overnight in Stuart, Pirate’s Cove Resort and Marina (www.piratescoveresort.com; 772-287-2500) is a great choice with affordable rooms, wet slips and free launching around the corner at the Sandsprit Park. To fish with Gozdz, email: ggozdz@bellsouth.net.

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MOBILE / DAUPHIN ISLAND BY: CAPT. CHARLIE GRAY

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ell, Halloween is behind us and the first true cold fronts of the season are pushing through and the fishing is getting hot! The water

temps are finally dropping, and it feels like fall. Fishing wise, October was similar to September, fish were all over the lower bay area. The fish are now finally making their migration north into the marsh and tidal rivers around Mobile Bay, Portersville Bay, and Heron Bay including Fowl River, Bayou La Batre and Grand Bay where they will winter. The fish will stay in the deeper parts of these rivers early and as the day warms up they will move out to the flats and school up around the oyster beds. Fish with live shrimp, as long as you can find them, under a popping cork. Move around, look for fish slicks (the glassy areas on top of the water) and look for birds working and diving; The birds are a dead giveaway. There will be fish under them eating the shrimp and rain or glass minnows just like the birds. Ease up as you approach the birds and the school, turn the big motor off get on your trolling motor or simply

drift around the school. Don’t go charging into the flock, you will spook the fish. Be stealthy and quiet. Remain calm, fish on! When you find these birds, you can throw shrimp imitations like Vudu shrimp, fin fish imitations like Matrix shad and Beetle spins or even the old faithful live shrimp. Hard baits like the Yozuri 3DS Minnow will work well too. Redfish will be mixed in here as well and will eat up a live shrimp tossed to them over and around the oyster beds. Check the points where the smaller tidal rivers dump into the larger rivers for nice flounder mixed in with the trout and reds as well. The white trout will remain around structure in the Bay and Sound too. They will hit dead shrimp and live shrimp and all the shrimp imitations. Have fun and stay warm! We are still booking trips through these cooler months, so call us and let’s go catching, not just casting, it’s what we do! Check us out on the website or contact me. Gray Gulf Charters, we know these waters! Until next month, tight lines and good fishing to you! 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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KAYAK REPORT BY: BENTON PARROTT

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ooler temperatures mean cooler waters and fall fishing should be heating up. I like being able to cover all the water columns so I’m always ready with several rods rigged up when I hit the water. Starting off with topwaters usually being a skitterwalk or spook jr depending on the wind. Then for my mid-range in the shallows I like throwing ripstop or shad rap shad. Both do well producing reds and trout. Soft plastics and cover all ranges depending on how you rig them. I usually use a ¼ to 1/8 oz. jig head flutter bouncing them off the bottom. Bull reds should be gathering in passes and off the bar. I like using 6” curly tail on a jig head or a surface popper for some fun. These

large schools of bulls make it easy to sight cast when they are swimming through. Not to miss in November. Nov.2nd is the 7th annual Spankn the Specks in Gulfport, MS. This is a 3-speckled trout stringer tournament with honors going to the top 3 anglers. There are also awards for largest red and flounder. Its only $40 to enter and you can sign up at www. everythingkayak.com or at the store Everything Kayak 15240 Creosote RD. Gulfport, MS. We keep a running tab of all the happenings in the kayak community on 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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obile Bay is full of juvenile redfish! If you want to bend your rod, head to your nearest dock light and hold on. The days are getting cooler & shorter, as such the fish are responding accordingly. I was able to fish before and after Hurricane Michael, and he had zero effect on the bay. If anything the huge tide cycle cleaned things up a bit and produced a better bite. We really dodged a bullet with this storm, but we hope for a speedy recovery for our neighbors to the east. I have been experimenting with different baits, just looking for more options. At night it really doesn’t matter all that much. I have said for years I should try a Beetle Spin. I got one cast out of mine before a hungry drum smashed the bait and destroyed the wire. I decided to try Fish Bites Fight Club. I was hoping they would hold up

better than my GULP! Swimming Mullet. They did, but marginally so. The paddle tail seems to have very little action to it. Fish hit the darting white object; good enough for me! I have taken a real liking to Bass Assassin jig heads. The way the jigs are ribbed really hold those soft body lures better than other jig heads. I have zero sponsorship from any of these companies, this is just a peak into my tackle box. I took my friend Casey fishing recently and we had a fine time. The bay produced mostly pup reds, but we did both catch our legal limit. I managed a small trout and Casey landed a stud 3.2# Southern Flounder; we pulled off the inshore slam between the two of us. The highlight of the night came in a most unusual way. I released a small redfish that I hoped would live, but feared was too deeply hooked. The very next cast, Casey caught that same fish! I had an equally bizarre experience last week when I landed a good red. While I was unhooking him on my lap, he was trying to eat the glass minnows leaping from his jaws! Red drum may be the sturdiest fish our Creator ever made! I recently purchased a new Hobie Outback from Fairhope Boat Company. The 2019 model is outstanding! I am really enjoying the square hatch and the large rear space. I did learn the hard way that it will not turn as quickly as previous model Outbacks. When fishing dock lights, sometimes the fish will pull you around, and I had the hardest time staying off the pilings in this fine

new boat! I even lost a rod that got hung up in the wooden planks above, while a bull red drug me around against my will! Luckily my friend Casey was able to fish it from the bay floor. This boat is equipped with reverse on the Mirage Drive. It works smoothly & given my experience, is a necessity. Hobie has really outdone themselves with this boat. I recently sold my 2016 model. I enjoyed fishing from it, but was disappointed largely. It was just like my 2012, except for a much upgraded seat. The 2019 Outback has set the bar very high, but there are many good boats out there. The competition is what inspired these much needed upgrades. Whatever vessel you choose, make sure it fits your personality. I’m loyal to Hobie because these little boats got me on the water when I couldn’t afford very much boat. I continue to fish from them because I love the simplicity of throwing a plastic boat in the water and catching dinner. The fishing should continue to steadily improve, be sure to take advantage of it. Winter will be here before you know it! Rich Ellison Outback Fishing Adventures 251-223-7085

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MOBILE BAY / EASTERN SHORE BY: CAPT. DAN KOLENICH

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ovember is the time to be fishing on the causeway. Specs, reds, and flounder were biting in October. I’ve caught some nice reds on the causeway with High Tide plastics on jig head while looking for specs in the rivers on the causeway. Water temps are in the low 70’s and each cold front will have water temps into the 60’s soon. Things will be hot by the time November gets here. A few more cold fronts are just what we need. If you’re looking for specs, look in the rivers north of the causeway. I drift the falling tide with soft plastics on 3/8 oz jig heads. Try depths around 12 feet and just drift in the current bouncing grubs along the bottom. I like High Tide plastics and jig heads in chartreuse/ red, root beer/chartreuse, white/ chartreuse, and purple/chartreuse. If you want to throw top water this is the time but my favorite Mirrolure is the suspending lures like the Catch 2000 or Catch Jr. Hit the points and flats about three feet deep along the rivers. I prefer the points that face up current. A live shrimp under a popping cork will

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efore sitting down to write this article I took a gander at this coming weekend’s forecast, it reads more like the mean height of a high school population than a sea state I want to be out on. This simple fact has me thinking where else we may be able to dive this weekend. Truth be told, we look at these alternative locations all the time. Divers just having received their certification, those reentering the sport after a lull, and those who cannot afford a boat every weekend need to be aware of the other opportunities available to them. This is a very exciting time for us on the Western Emerald Coast, with the recent addition of snorkeling reefs within an hour drive out of Pensacola. The three Alabama reef sites consist of 116 reef modules in total and are accessible

approximately 500 feet from shore. These reefs, along with those already established in both Escambia County and Santa Rosa County, provide fruitful opportunities for scuba diving and snorkeling from our region’s shores. Not that long ago the only places we had to watch the wonders of the sea were at some jetties, under bridges, and a few scattered wrecks. These were often dangerous undertakings with the currents and other hazards added to just plain old swimming in the ocean. The new reefs will allow us to interact with our finned fiends, and expand options we have to account for the environmental conditions. The pioneering work done to establish the snorkeling reefs in Escambia County is paying off, and there are more reefs on the way! Current

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ctober was unusually warm and many anglers enjoyed fishing off the Alabama Gulf Coast this past month. For those anglers who enjoy fishing in the fall, then November is a great month. You just need to fish between the cold fronts. Fishing along the shoreline within a couple of miles can be enjoyable and productive as the typical north wind blows but is blocked by land and buildings in November. Spanish mackerel and king mackerel can usually be caught by trolling spoons and dusters behind #2 planers. Bull redfish can also be caught by trolling and casting jigs into a school. Offshore bottom fishing should continue to be good with vermillion snapper, white snapper, scamp grouper, red grouper and gag grouper. Amberjack, red snapper and triggerfish will be closed. Make plans now and lets go fishing! Capt. Don McPherson 251-752-0235 Getaway Charters www.getawaycharters.com

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ith falling temperatures, the fishing has been fantastic! Schools of trout are being found along grass flats and around piers and other structures in 3-5 ft of water, and flounder are becoming ever more common as this cool weather is rolling in! Also, with this change of weather with water temps dropping we will start to see this wonderful bull redfish run we have annually as more and more redfish make their way down the beach and into Pensacola Bay and Perdido Bay. With this time of the year, we will well as well find large amounts of bait with crashing birds which often contain the big red fish or jack crevalle. When searching for trout and slot redfish a Mattix Soft Plastic and a quarter ounce jig head is always a good starting point when fan casting to cover ground. When you run into the big schools of redfish and jack crevalle we start to see around the end of this month a 1 1/2oz Spro buck tail jig with a 18” long forty pound monofilament leader will do the trick, along with a Hoagie 2oz swim bait using dark colors with low sun light and brighter colors as the sun begins to shine! Once the sun is

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