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Christopher Tan with the nearly 5-foot Nile perch he caught in Uganda.

Allum’s Rainbow Trout Emily Allum caught and released an impressive 13.30-kilogram (29-pound, 5-ounce) rainbow trout to set the new IGFA Women’s 4-kg (8-lb.) Line Class World Record. Allum was casting a Glo Bug in the Tekapo Canal, New Zealand, and fought the record trout for 10-minutes prior to weighing and releasing it. Schmid’s Arctic Char James Schmid recently set the new IGFA All-Tackle Length World Record for Arctic char with a gorgeous 93-centimeter (nearly 17-inch) fish. The char ate a Vibrax Blue Fox spinner in the Red Belly Lake, Victoria Island, Canada. After an 8-minute fight, James took the required measurement and released the fish.

(Left) Mark Weeks’ Seychelles parrotfish weighed more than 100 pounds. (Right) Emily Allum’s New Zealand rainbow is a new line-class record.

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The 35th annual Palm Beach International Boat Show (PBIBS) pulls into port March 26 - 29, featuring hundreds of boats from around the world, ranging from 8-foot inflatables to super yachts nearly 300 feet long. As one of the top five boat shows in the country, owned by the Marine Industries Association of Palm Beach County, Inc. (MIAPBC) and produced by Informa Markets, PBIBS will feature more than $1.2 billion worth of yachts and accessories while offering fun and educational activities, including free youth fishing clinics presented by Hook the Future and IGFA School of Sportfishing seminars. Attendees will also enjoy live music and refreshments at the show’s famous floating cocktail lounges. Guests are invited to come by boat and tie up to free docks located south of the in-water displays. The show’s Windward VIP Experience includes admission to the show and VIP lounge featuring a premium open bar, sumptuous lunch, late afternoon tapas, pop-up events as well as concierge service in an indoor and outdoor exclusive setting in the heart of the show. Overlooking beautiful Flagler Drive at the Lakeside Pavilion, the Windward VIP is sponsored by Bradford Marine and Compass real estate. New to the show this year is Superyacht Show Palm Beach, which will host 10 to 12 superyachts, ranging in size from 180 to 300 feet long. The invitation-only event will be held at the Flagler Museum in the town of Palm Beach and is expected to attract highly qualified buyers from across the U.S. and around the globe. Superyacht Show Palm Beach will offer an exclusive display of the Show’s most luxurious superyachts, while featuring a mix of entertainment, luxury experiences, Superyacht seminars, and private evening events. Invited guests will be treated to valet parking, private tenders and limousine service to and from the airport. Superyacht Show Palm Beach will take place on March 26-28.

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The team started out strong with a win in the 56th Annual Islamorada Sailfish Tournament, releasing 19 sailfish. The team would release another three sails during the Cheeca Lodge Presidential Sailfish Tournament Jan. 24 and 26, followed by one release to conclude the trifecta at the Islamorada Fishing Club Captain’s Cup Tournament. The combined total of 23 releases crowned the Caribsea Grand Champions with Caribee Boat Sales—and Yamaha Outboards—sponsored gold cups along with trophies for the captain and mate. The team took home a check for $13,000. Second place went to Capt. JC Cleare aboard the Remix. Anglers John and Ben Dorton of Weston, Fla., along with Nick Carullo, George Corzo, Sarah Melia and Madison Wright, from Miami, Fla., and Doug Meintkiewicz of Islamorada, Fla., released a total of 19 fish. The team released 12 fish in the Islamorada Sailfish Tournament, five in the Cheeca Presidential and two in the Islamorada Fishing Club Tournament. The team’s 19 releases on-time sealed second place for trophies and a check for $7,200. Contagious took home third-place honors. Contagious Capt. Brian Cone led the team to 16 sailfish releases in the first leg of the series. Anglers Mark Mitchell and Kenneth Padgett, from Charlotte, N.C., photographer Tim Rahn, from Islamorada, Fla., along with Travis Bennett and Capt. Brian’s son Andy Cone, from Tavernier, Fla., had one more release at the Cheeca Presidential Tournament and two releases in the Islamorada Fishing Club Tournament for 19 total releases. The team received trophies and a check for $4,800. It was a close battle for the High Point Angler Championship Ring, sponsored by Tackle Center of Islamorada. Local artist and Capt. Sam Milazzo aboard the Caribsea started on top with eight releases in the first tournament, and although the field was nipping at his heels, his two releases in the Cheeca and one in the Islamorada Fishing Club tournaments gave him 11 total to join the elite crowd of championship ring winners. In total, 168 sailfish were released by 73 anglers participating in this season’s event. The Florida Keys Gold Cup Championship Series is a fundraiser for the Islamorada Charter Boat Association. The Series would like to thank major sponsors, Caribee Boat Sales, Yamaha Outboards, Tackle Center of Islamorada and Mangrove Mike’s Cafe. The hosts of the events included Whale Harbor Restaurants and Marina, Cheeca Lodge and Spa and the Islamorada Fishing Club. For more information, visit www.islamoradasailfishtournament.com.

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Springtime is the official start of the fishing season. Many of us will stick to our tested and trued methods for targeting a variety of both fresh and saltwater species. Whether you’re a diehard spin-caster or a master of the plug rod, I always encourage anglers to learn a new fishing technique to add to their arsenal. Learning the basic skills of fly fishing will open up more fishing opportunities to put more fish in the net! Getting started: Choose the Correct Saltwater Outfit Getting started in saltwater fly fishing can seem like and overwhelming task, but it is really uncomplicated. It’s most important to purchase the right rod and reel for the type of fly fishing you’ll be doing. The East Coast striper fly fisherman will require a different outfit than the West Coast surf perch fisherman, and the guy interested in catching redfish in the Louisiana marsh will have a different rig than the angler casting to bonito off a jetty in Southern California.

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THE LIONFISH SLAYERS OF THE NORTHERN GULF BY: KERRY FREELAND / DIVE PROS

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t was the fall of 2010 when we finally got proof the Lionfish were in the Northern Gulf. An Escambia County employee, Robert Turpin, was surveying the local reefs for oil and tar on the heels of the Deepwater Horizon event. He happened to be carrying collection bags to gather these petroleum samples when he came upon a fish not normally seen in this part of the world. There on the bottom staring back, eye to eye with the Chief of Marine Resources, was a Pterois Volitans, a Red Lionfish. With the collection bag in hand Mr. Turpin was able to collect the first documented Lionfish of the Pensacola area. The collection of this fish set off quite a stir. Dive Pros immediately put a bounty on the fish. We knew of their destructive tendencies, and we were in store to learn a lot more. Dive Pros put $2.50 a head on every fish brought in. All went well for a few months, Dive Pros paid out for a few fish here, and a few fish there. Then in April, just as the Gulf was starting to warm up, one of our Charter Captains comes in and has a cooler full of Lionfish. In one weekend he managed to harvest a hundred and fifty of them. He came to us not to collect the bounty, but to advise us of their sudden increase in numbers. Thank you, Dave, for being a “solid” kind of guy. The bounty was off, Dive Pros could not afford to pay out these kinds of numbers without help. It turned out that help was right around the corner. The Perdido Key Chamber of Commerce had just received a large sum of money from BP. With some discussion, a nonprofit organization was formed and together we were able to finance six different Lionfish tournaments over the next two and a half years, resulting in almost 8,000 Lionfish being removed from our waters! It goes without saying that these tournaments were a huge success. Not only was the local diving community taking large numbers of these fish out of the water, but we had managed to get the attention of the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, FWC. FWC at the time was fiercely trying to come up with incentive programs to encourage the harvest of the invasive Lionfish. Enter the Lionfish Removal and Awareness Day. Due to the numbers of Lionfish being taken

at the local tournaments, in comparison to the tournaments and derby’s being held elsewhere throughout the state, the decision was made to launch this statewide initiative from Pensacola. The subsequent associated tournaments have been very effective. And each year, no matter how many tournaments are held throughout the entire state of Florida, the numbers of Lionfish coming from the Northern Gulf / Pensacola region, account for more than half of the fish taken. Even in 2019, when we had been hearing about decreases in their numbers, the LRAD tournament, this time in Destin, logged in over 19,000 Lionfish. A new world record! Consequently, the Northern Gulf Lionfish hunters have become some of the best in the field. Developing the diving methodology, the spearing techniques, and the handling protocols that have been adopted by most of the serious hunters. Having all these fish around has also given our community the capacity to commercialize them as best we can. Fish wholesalers were brought in to buy them at the tournaments, and then make the connections to continue with these buyer and seller relationships. Groups of us have cleaned thousands of Lionfish to serve at these events. We have served the fish in many forms in order to get the general public a taste of these critters. We want people to go out and encourage the restaurants they frequent to serve Lionfish, and thus further the demand for Lionfish as table fare. One local group has purchased a machine that will strip the meat from smaller Lionfish to make a fish dip from the ones that are too small to filet. This entrepreneurial spirit has many sides, we have seen many crafty folks taking the fabulous and long fins of the Lionfish and are making jewelry, headbands, and other fashion accessories.

be this year’s premier Lionfish tournament. The pre-tournament is designed to gather up Lionfish to be served in local restaurants in the weeks before the actual Emerald Coast Open. The pretournament will run until May 14th. Then the regular three day tournament will be May 15th through May 17th.The area will be host to at least one other tournament in the Fall. We hope to bring you the 2nd annual Pensacola Lionfish Classic in October. These efforts most certainly are making a difference to the local environment. The abundance of Lionfish that we used to see on the popular reefs has diminished. However, it is not likely we will ever get rid of Lionfish. What we can do is help level the playing field for our local species of fish. After all, they are already under a lot of pressure from other sources. As the water warms up the Lionfish will start moving into shallower waters. I don’t want to say it will be Lionfish hunting season, because that season runs all year ‘round. The fact is that more people will be getting in the water. I want you all to join the ranks of the Northern Gulf Lionfish Slayers. Stay safe and eat ‘em to beat ‘em. For more information, contact Dive Pros at #850-456-8845

With the experience and knowledge that the Northern Gulf Lionfish hunters have amassed. Some, members of the local nonprofit Coast Watch Alliance, have been tapped to develop tournament, and business models to bring this ability to other countries. Truly importing Lionfish remediation to other nations. February 1st starts the pre-tournament for the Emerald Coast Open. Once again billed to

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MOBILE / DAUPHIN ISLAND BY: CAPT. CHARLIE GRAY

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own here around 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. VuDu also has some GREAT new colors, Blue Moon, Bloody Mary, Red Pepper and Creole Magic to name a few. As the temps rise so will the fish as they start to move out to the more shallow 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 Sheepies 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!

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inter turned out to be a warm one so far and that has water temps warmer than usual. As of the middle of February our rainfall has been more than normal. This could make for a earlier spring as long as we don’t get a ton of rain in the second half of February. 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 warmer water this year, the shoals and grass fats around Dauphin Island should be worth checking out this 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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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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pring is finally here this month. Warmer days and warmer water should make the bite great! Early morning and late evenings a top water 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. 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. Mirrodines have been good to me lately. I have had great

results with the Mirrodine 17mr skinz series. Slow retrieval with small twitches have been getting it done. Not to miss in March.The IFA Kayak Tour will be in Steinhatchee, FL. on the 8th this is 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 in Grand Isle,LA.and you have to fish 2 IFA events to be qualified for the Championship. The Hobie B.O.S series will be at Lake Norman Mooresville, N.C. on the 14th-15th This a very well run 2 day kayak bass trail with big payouts! March 21st the GCKFA is having their

inshore Shoot-out. This is based off total weight of 3 speckled trout and 1 slot red fish. 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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was out today, in between all the storms, and boated some very nice stripers once I located some clean water ( remember this is 2/12 when I’m writing this ) stripers were a lot deeper than usual as deep as 60 ft . February weather wise and catching wise has been very unpredictable but for the most part we’ve had some very successful trips. Moving on to March now it’s the beginning of some very busy days for weeks and months ahead for us here at Alex City Guide Service. We will be running multiple boats to handle all the springtime trips here on Lake Martin. If you haven’t booked yours yet, then now is the time to pick up that phone and call or text me at 256-4013089 and get on the calendar! Wind Creek State Park and Campground will be filling up with crappie fishing people, both

camping or just launching boats. If you are looking for a good get away with your camper and never visited us at Lake Martin, then reserve you a camp spot and come on over you will be pleasantly surprised on how nice the grounds are. If camping isn’t your style, then Lake Martin is full of vacation rental properties including the apartments at the Marina that we launch from. Lake Side at Bay Pines Marina is just out the door on to our guide boats. Several big-time tournaments will be going on this Spring including the well-known FLW out of Wind Creek during March. It takes a lot more pounds of bass these days on Lake Martin to win a tournament than say 5-6 years ago thanks to the herring putting big time weight on the bass, stripers and even the crappie and catfish. Yes, even crappie will eat herring (don’t believe it clean a few in winter and see what’s in their stomachs). You’re going to see a lot of boats trolling and or strolling for crappie in all the creeks during this month. You’ll see striper boats pulling planer boards trying to catch that Trophy on top w live

baits. Plus, some catfish boats anchored out or drifting for those whiskered giants, and last but not least, you’re going to see bass boats jumping from spot to spot at very high speeds. Saying this, everyone needs to have respect for other fishing boats and stay a safe distance while under power. Keep alert for others it’s like on the highway practice defensive driving. Water temps are still very cold in March so be on the safe side and wear a PFD in case you go overboard. Rising waters could have debris floating most anywhere on the water so stay alert! Start expecting to see a little top water action this month so always be prepared to sling (cast) your favorite artificial top water plug at the one that shows up next to your boat. Until next time be careful and catch one for me! 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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ears ago, Z-Man introduced the Original Chatterbait, and it proved to be a true fish-catcher for thousands of anglers. Today you’ll find many versions of the Z-Man Chatterbait as well as many other manufacturers offering their version of a bladed jig. The shuddering action of these baits entices reaction strikes better than just about anything.

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As bass transition into spring patterns and move shallow to spawn, you can choose from a wide variety of lures and presentations to get bites. There will be situations when fishing very slowly with soft plastics is extremely productive, but first you’ve got to find fish. You need a reliable search tool to do this. The beauty of the bladed jig is you can vary the weights, colors and trailer types to suit any type of pattern. If fish are feeding on shad along weed lines and channel breaks, a ½- to ¾-ounce bladed jig in a shad pattern is my first choice. I can slow roll this lure along fairly shallow breaks and let it flutter down into the deeper haunts with a lift and fall action. Bass will often move up and down contour lines feeding before they head into really shallow water to spawn. A swimbait trailer is a good bet here. Choose your line size based on how deep you want your lure to run and water clarity. If you want to get a ½-ounce lure down 10 feet, use 15-pound-test fluorocarbon. If you want to keep it shallower or if water is stained with lots of timber, move up to 20-pound fluorocarbon or 50-pound braid. A 7-foot or longer rod designed for medium-diving crankbaits works best here. Not all bass move shallow at the same time on a body of water, and usually you can count on some being very shallow even before water temps hit the 60s. Often, the ones that do move up early are monsters, like the 8.6-pounder pictured here that fell for a bladed jig. For searching shallow flats, it’s hard to beat a 3/8-ounce bladed jig in brown, green or black patterns with matching swimbait or craw trailers. For clear water, I like green pumpkin. For stained water, I choose black and blue. The biggest enemy to spawning bass is bream and bluegill. These nest robbers are hungry and follow bass to the shallows for a chance at eggs. Most small bass don’t pay much attention to the thieves, but big bass will turn a bream’s good day into its last one. Rigged on 50-pound braid, I can cast bladed jigs to skinny water and work quickly around grass and timber to cover a lot of water. Let the lure get down into the grass, and then rip it out and let it flutter back down before retrieving again. Just be sure to hold on. This is usually when the biggest bass bite these lures. Give bladed jigs a try, and you’ll see why they live up to the hype.

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ust a 20-minute drive north of Myrtle Beach, S.C., Little River Inlet and the Intracoastal Waterway (ICW) that snakes behind it offer year-round fishing in generally calm, shallow water. Check it out on a map, and you’ll instantly know this is a fishy place. The inside waters here are bordered by marshes, parklands and plenty of drainages positioned perfectly for pumping baitfish, small shrimp and other tasty fodder right into the main channels on a dropping tide. It’s an ideal set-up for anglers to connect with speckled trout, redfish, black drum, flounder, sheepshead and even an occasional gray trout (a.k.a. weakfish). “The ocean water from Little River Inlet refreshes this strip of Intracoastal Waterway,” said Capt. Bob Strange, of Strange Magic Fishing Charters (www.strangemagiccharters.com; 843-274-1082). “We spend a lot of time working the backwaters here—the creeks, the drainages, the coves.” Strange predominately targets speckled trout, redfish and sheepshead in early spring, adding black drum and flounder in April. He’ll expand his efforts to waters outside Little River Inlet once the waters stabilize at about 70 degrees in May and June, as Spanish mackerel, king mackerel and additional species arrive. “Our early-season action is a lot fun,” noted Strange. “The ICW can be a busy place once the summer gets rolling, but in March and April it sees very little boating traffic. That means once you find the speckled trout you can usually have ’em all to yourself.” From his 22’ Pathfinder, Strange arms clients with 6’6” Shimano spinning rods with a medium action and fast tips. Shimano 2500 or 3000 series reels filled with 10- to 20-pound braid are a good match. He uses a 15- to 20-pound fluorocarbon leader and then the terminal tackle. Strange fishes live mud minnows, cut bait or fresh shrimp about 25 percent of the time and artificials the rest of the way. He favors small jigs tipped with Berkley Gulp! Swim Mullets, Z-Man trailers or similar soft plastics with white or chartreuse his most productive colors. The lures can be cast and jigged back to the boat or worked beneath popping corks. “Oyster bars make a great starting point, but don’t overlook creek bends, docks and the like,” explained Strange. “Any of these can be a hot spot. Transition areas work great, too, especially where you find shell banks changing over to grass or a drainage emptying onto a flat. Add in a little structure, and you’re in great shape.” While it is advisable to start your search with some hired help, anglers looking to trailer their own vessels can launch at a public ramp at the base of the RT. 17 bridge where it crosses the ICW between Little River and North Myrtle Beach. Bait and tackle along with info are available at Cricket Cove Marina in Little River (843-249-7169; www.cricketcovemarina.com).

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By CAM Staff mall boats with tall towers have become a harbinger of spring on coastal waters. It began as a northern Gulf Coast phenomenon, when anglers developed run-and-gun sight-fishing tactics for spring-run cobia. But the technique has migrated like the fish. The timing varies according to the arrival of cobia in various locations around the Gulf and up the Atlantic Coast. In waters off Virginia and up into Chesapeake Bay, it’s more of a summer deal. But

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