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Darcie Arahill’s biggest mutton snapper to date came from 200 feet of water off Marathon in the Florida Keys.

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he Texas summer surf can spoil a newcomer in a heartbeat and is what the seasoned surf angler awaits each year. Vacation days are set aside well in advance and excuses to come in late to work are ready and often recycled. Spoil a newcomer, addiction, you might ask, what is so special about the surf? My fastest limit, 10 trout from the upper Texas coast, came on 12 consecutive casts. One was a dud, a lost fish, and 10 were solid trout, 19.5 to 24 inches. After I caught my limit, I continued to catch and release solid trout up to 5 ½ pounds. If that doesn’t spoil you, nothing will. Days like this are not uncommon when the conditions are right. The key to a successful morning in the surf is to remember you don’t plan a trip when you want, you go when the surf calls you. Green incoming tides rising with the sun paired with a calm surf are my favored conditions. May and June routinely provide the best odds of landing the larger trout with Independence Day marking the arrival of masses of school-size fish. I like to start my day before the sun’s rays illuminate the horizon. Standing on the sand, tossing topwaters or suspending baits parallel and as close to the sand as I can effectively work the lure. I have caught many trout pushing 7 pounds along with large flounder and snook using this approach. It is amazing the size of fish that will feed in mere inches of breaking water. As the blanket of darkness no longer conceals my presence, I will begin to gradually angle my casts towards the open Gulf. I will broaden my search area and structure type until I find where the fish are feeding, never overlooking the shallow water where I began my day. As the sun climbs, the trout will typically find comfort in the guts, chasing mullet, shrimp, shad and other baitfish. When this occurs, I still vary my cast from parallel to offshore, covering the deep guts and not overlooking the structure, which is the bar. As you would do while fishing the bay, don’t overlook the drop off. Casting along it can produce great catches. White water and waves crashing is an often-overlooked hot spot. I seldom see surf fishermen casting into the whitewash, which can be a huge mistake. The turbulence disorients the baitfish which are easy meals for the thick-bodied, strong-swimming surf trout. I can remember one day in particular when most, if not all, of my trout were caught in the white water on top of the bar. A solid trout inhaled my slow-sinking lure as it tossed and turned in the froth. After that, I made repeated casts into the turbid water to end a successful day that up until that point had been quite slow. Let me check the forecast, is it calm yet? Capt. Michael Okruhlik is the inventor of Controlled Descent Lures and the owner of www.MyCoastOutdoors.com.

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aving been actively involved in the sunglasses industry for over 20 years and having sold over 25,000 pairs of sunglasses last year, I’m often asked, “What is the most important thing to consider when choosing a pair of sunglasses?” My answer is always, “the way they fit your face; comfort is the most important consideration.” I’m surprised at the number of people who choose their sunglasses based on brand. For anglers, and I am one, the next consideration can be offshore or inshore. The blue mirror lens models hold the best lens clarity for offshore while the green mirror/amber lenses produce the clearest lens visibility for the inshore angler. I’ve been a big fan of Revo’s Blue Crawlers for my offshore sunglasses, and I switch to my ambers as my go-to inshore glasses. Another big consideration for some is OSHA-approved eyewear. The correct approval body is ANSI approved. This ANSI validation of the sunglasses is the only accepted approval by OSHA’s requirements, however, few brands actually possess the ANSI approval. If OSHA requirements are important for your choice of sunglasses, make sure you’re seeing the ANSI approval in writing and not simply relying on your representative’s assurance. Finally, if you’re a prescription eyewear user, ensuring that the lens you receive when you request your prescription sunglasses from your favorite brand is not always apples to apples. Make sure that the exact same lens technology

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Costa Del Mar was born on the water and is committed to protecting it. This summer, Costa will celebrate its tradition of conservation by launching its OCEARCH Limited Edition collection. Costa is a primary supporter of OCEARCH, a research organization that generates critical scientific data on keystone marine species like great white and tiger sharks. Its vessel, the M/V OCEARCH, is an at-sea laboratory that puts science on the side of sharks to help protect our oceans worldwide. One of the models in this OCEARCH Limited Edition collection is the Remora, a brand new frame that features all of Costa’s signature performance technologies. This particular pair features a brand new lens as well! The Gray Silver Mirror lens is great for all-day wear. It is a polycarbonate lens with silver mirror on a gray base. The frame color is called Tiger Shark, and reflects the patterns of its namesake. Think of it as the popular tortoise shell in a more shark and ocean-inspired colorway! MSRP: $169. These glasses also come with a limited edition cleaning cloth and C-MASK. For more on OCEARCH, go to www.ocearch.org.

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New for 2018, take hold and be bold with Flying Fisherman’s Moray sunglasses, a sporty frame equipped to take your fishing game to the next level. Built with durability and comfort in mind for anglers who work hard and play even harder, the medium fit, semi-rimless wrap-around frame provides generous lens coverage, helping shield the sun from all angles. Non-slip, co-injected temples and adjustable, rubberized nosepiece give this frame solid performance and comfort for all-day wear. The Flying Fisherman Polarized, AcuTint lens coloring system eliminates glare and enhances color contrast, without distorting natural colors. The enhanced visual sharpness and comfort adds to fishing productivity, and maximizes the outdoors experience for anglers and watersports enthusiasts who need to see below the water’s surface to spot fish and structure. Morays are available in matte black frames with copper-red mirror, smoke, or smoke blue-mirror lenses, matte grey frames with smoke blue-mirror lenses, and matte white frames with smoke-blue mirror AcuTint lenses. MSRP is $24.95 - $29.95, and the Moray will be in stores this September. Call 305-852-8989 or visit the website for more information or to receive a free catalog.

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Skeleton Optics high-performance eyewear delivers superb craftsmanship, trend-forward innovation and advanced technology for outdoor enthusiasts everywhere. From the Rocky Mountains to the Atlantic Ocean, Skeleton Optics sunglasses are designed to empower ordinary people to do extraordinary things, inspiring them to live the “No Boundaries” lifestyle. The new Skeleton Optics Renegade frames not only embrace that belief but take it to the next level. Adding to their already popular Original Collection, Skeleton Optics took the wraparound feature of the best-selling Scout model, and extended the frame width while working closely with the Zeiss Optical team to increase the lens height and create the all new Renegade sunglasses. Rugged and durable, yet sleek and stylish, Renegade sunglasses are perfect for a day on the water, on the trail, in the car, at the beach or in town. Renegades feature polarized polycarbonate lenses by Zeiss with 100 percent UV protection and advanced TRI-PEL/RI-PEL coating to enhance colors and promote clear vision in any outdoor environment. Lenses also include a premium hard coating for scratch and impact resistance. Grilamid TR-90 frames were designed and manufactured in Italy for lasting durability, comfort and protection. The in-line nosepiece is anti-slip and moisture wicking. Specifications: • Base Curve of 8 • DBL: 18mm • Temple Length: 115mm • Lens Size A/B: A65xB40 For information, call 888-564-9025.

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in tarpon fishing. With the rod under and arm, the only way to hook the fish is with a solid stripstrike. For a successful twohanded strip do the following: • After the fly has been cast, place the rod under the arm (right or left). • Point the rod tip down, keeping the tip on the water at all times. • Begin the strip by pulling the fly line with your hand at the first stripping guide. Repeat this with the other hand. • There should be a continual motion, changing hands with each strip. • Vary the speed of the fly as you strip it through the water. • Strip the fly all the way to the boat and repeat. If you feel a strike, give your line a solid strip-strike. Use the two-handed strip, and I guarantee you will never go back to the one-hand strip again. Good luck on the tarpon grounds this season!

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grew up fishing lakes well-known for large schools of bass spending the summer months offshore. When we get to mid-summer and the water temperature starts hitting 80 degrees, it is safe bet that fish are going to be on offshore structure like ledges, humps and drop offs. I start looking on main-lake areas, on the lower half of the lake from the dam, where most good summer ledges are on the lakes I fish. Using the mapping on my Raymarine electronics, I search for places that top out from 12 to 20 feet and drop down to anywhere from 50 to 60 feet. Bass will start heading out there when the water gets to 70 degrees and at 80 they will definitely be out there. They spawn with a water temperature of 62 to 64, so as the water warms they will be headed that way. When the water is 80 degrees, the fish in the lake that move (some stay shallow all year) will be out there. The biggest deal is finding the depth range of the fish. When they first get out to offshore structure, they like 12 to 17 feet. As they stay longer— it could be weeks or a month—they will then move deeper, from 18 to 25 feet, maybe even as deep as 30 feet. To find the depth range of the fish, I will graph and look for the bait and then the fish. Usually I can see the fish on my Raymarine units, but I will often fish around a big school of bait in case the bass are hiding right under the thick bait. If I don’t see bait or bass, I won’t make a cast. Electronics are too good these days to fish places just because there were fish there at one point in the past. Gear To Use Offshore I always start with a moving bait, such as a deep-diving crankbait, to see if I can get the fish fired up. The biggest ones in the school will bite a crankbait. I like a Strike King 6XD and 8XD fished on a MHX CB907 cranking rod that I built myself with supplies

from Mud Hole. I always put new Mustad hooks on the baits. #2 KVD Triple Grip trebles are my preference. For line I use 10- to 12-lb. Vicious Fluorocarbon for the 6XD and 15- to 17-lb. on the 8XD. I like a slower 5:4:1 gear ratio reel to help them dive to their deepest depths. When those fish start grouping up out on the ledges, you can really have a lot of fun. Hundred-fish days are possible on the Tennessee River lakes, and I get excited just thinking about it. When that water temp gets close to 80, it is time to get out deep and get healthy in a hurry come tournament day.

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Maine Outdoor Adventures with Twin Maple Outdoors By Richard Yvon - Twin Maple Outdoors

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waters surface. This method of that you can start out with most is an age-old tradition where fishing is sought after by some of simplistic set up to get started. people from all over the world the most passionate of fly fishers. Rods can be carbon fiber, high modulus graphite or fiberglass. come to fish the states pristine Streamer fishing is simulating All can be good and is conrivers, ponds and lakes. As soon forage of bait or baby fish. Comsidered personnel preference. as ice comes off the lakes in late monly used in the spring of the Our guide service uses NuCast, April through to November, year to imitate a spawning melt which are a mid point priced fly-fishing can be enjoyed. I want and in the fall of the year to prorod and serves us well. A medito express to everyone that has voke a predatory reaction from um fast rod can be less forgiving the thought of coming to Maine spawning fish. while a slower, while a whippier to fly fish, not to hesitate and get rod, can be more forgiving to up here! Fly-fishing equipment… the beginner. Fly Reels can be simple or inhold line…again, Whether you're a beginner volved. The sport reels hold line! To or experienced, fly-fishing in can be considbuy a reel is imMaine will exceed your expectaered evolving portant although tions. Maine has gin clear freenot necessary to stone rivers, lakes and remote and one to grow with which is break the bank. wild, native book trout filled why it’s never The best advice ponds waiting to be fished. boring or complaI can give to anyone is to try before Three basic ways to fly-fish… cent. Drift boat fishing is a very relaxing you buy. See what feels Nymph, Dry fly and Streamers way to visit a river while takbest for you and fits best with Although there are several variing a boat up waterfalls to chase the type fishing you are doing. ations that can be discussed, I smelt can be a exhilarating way Every rod can be unique even will keep it simple for the novice to approach a fishery. Streamamong several rods made by the to grasp the essence of our sport. side fishing can be as simple as a same manufacture. Attending a Nymph fishing… is nothing small stream and a pair of shorts fly-fishing clinic, sports event or more that fishing below the sur- or in more technical water-wear- even hiring a guide can be benface of the water using a fly that ing waders, belt and wading eficial. imitates an aquatic insect. There shoes. So anyway you choose to are many techniques and strate- start or enjoy, be comfortable If you are interested in a Northand always safety first! ern Maine Outdoor Adventure, gies. please reach out to Rich! Dry fly fishing is simply im- Fly fishing rods and reels can be itating an insect afloat on the a whole topic all by its self. The About Richard Yvon… Rich is a important thing to remember is full time Registered Maine Guide

and Sporting Lodge operator. He is a “Certified Yamaha G3 Guide” that runs fly and spin fishing trips with a G3 Jet boat and drift boat. Located in Bradford Maine, Rich guides World Class Maine hunting, fishing and recreation adventures. As well as guiding, Rich is also an outdoor writer, tree farmer, fly-fishing and certified NRA firearms instructor. Spending time in Maine’s North Woods has provided a canvas for Rich to share his passion of the outdoors with all walks of life. When Rich is not in the field, he sits as a director for The Maine Highlands of Maine Tourism. By contributing to the board of directors, he is in constant communication with visitors, guides, lodges and business owners in Maine promoting the outdoors and conservation. Due to limited space, booking in advance is highly recommended.

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hey descend down a steep hill and pour into a quaint French village one cyclist after another, the wheels of their bicycles spinning steadily on their own while the riders’ tired legs are finally allowed to rest. A rush of wind revives them and provides a jolt of energy as many spread their arms like wings and fly. It’s a moment of triumph after an arduous trek where each cyclist had questioned their own abilities and endurance only to find the answers at journey’s end in the coastal town of Deauville. The scene described here isn’t a snap shot from the famed Tour de France. Instead, it’s a shared memory among twenty-two Boston students who were given the learning experience of a lifetime courtesy of The Vantage Foundation, the charitable arm of world renowned tour operator Vantage Deluxe World Travel. The students are all members of the West End House Boys & Girls Club in Allston, Massachusetts, and were selected by academic eligibility and club participation for an all expense paid cruise through France.

in Boston and flew 3,435 miles (many flying for the first time) before landing in Paris, France. The students immediately hopped on a bus and were whisked into the City of Light where they visited the Eiffel Tower and other majestic sites seen by them before only on screen or on a postcard. Their journey had only just begun. The students were then escorted board Vantage Travel’s ms River Venture, a luxurious river boat that would serve as their floating hotel for the next several days while cruising along the historic River Seine. It’s said that no two people view the same work of art the same way. This is also true for world travel. Each student formed lasting memories that were uniquely their own.

Jasmine, a recent graduate of UMASS, was most inspired by the beauty at the Chateau Gaillard, the 800 year old fortress that once served as a stronghold of Richard the Lionheart in Les Andeleys. “I got to hike up to the castle and it had an awesome view of the Seine,” she recalls. “It was breathtaking and the guides educated “We have been long time sup- us all on the rich history of porters of the West End House the ruins. It’s a place I never and its mission, which is to thought I’d be able to visit.” provide educational opportunities to more than 1,500 stu- Jasmine also made sure to endents across Boston, said Patri- rich her palate with French cia Lewis, Co-Founder of the delicacies such as escargot, Vantage Foundation. “These caviar and foie gras. The stuyoung people have worked so dents were also welcomed hard and we take great pride in warmly by older passengers on giving them the opportunity to the cruise who bonded with broaden their knowledge and them over dinners prepared by see the world.” an executive chef and nightly dancing in the lounge. And see the world they did. With passports in hand, these Eric, currently studying at young people boarded a plane Bridgewater State University, 2 BOSTON | JULY 2017

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Ryan. But even he was unprepared for the emotional pull of real life. “I met a few veterans on the ship,” he says. “It was amazing to watch them during the memorial ceremony at the American Cemetery. I had goose bumps. I did not speak that day. I didn’t take pictures. Instead, I reflected on this important moment in world history. It was my day of silence.”

The students appreciated the level of physical activity and exciting challenges offered to the passengers.

Upon their return home, the students worked to complete projects about what they learned on the trip. Some made formal presentations at Still, there was plenty of time the West End House. to slow down and soak in the surroundings. The group "I can say without reservation toured Monet’s gardens where that for these young people it the painter had once found was a life altering experience," inspiration to revolutionize observed Henry Barr, a West the art world. They walked End House Board Member. in the footsteps of the icon- "They projected enthusiasm, ic heroine Joan of Arc in the passion and sincere gratitude. City of Rouen where she was It was also clear from the comled to her fate. And they gave ments of the staff who chapthanks on the landing beaches eroned and the kids, that they of Normandy, site of the great- could not say enough about est military invasion in world the personal kindness and conhistory. Both the moment sideration shown by the Lewis and the place were not lost on fam- ily and Vantage Deluxe the students, all born more World Travthan a half century afel." ter that epic struggle for freedom during WWII. Damani, a student at Curry College, had been eager to visit the hallowed grounds he had read much about in books and seen in movies like Saving Private

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Striped Bass On Saconesset Shoal In The Morning By Braeden Smaykiewicz

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he wake up call rings around four in the morning. I jump up and get ready for the fun day ahead of me and the others that are going for the striper bite on Saconesset shoal. I get ready as quick as I usually do when we are going fishing, trying to stay quiet as I go downstairs and meet my Dad who is getting his things together. I throw on my hat, Costa glasses and jacket and step out the door to the dewy Sunday morning. The 24 foot bay boat, already hooked up to the truck, was sitting in the driveway waiting to be released. I uncovered the white beast and set up the rods as we were waiting for the other 3. I put on pinkish lures to represent small squids that were being targeted by these amazing fighters, especially when you are using 3000 and 4000 size reels with 20 pound braid and 15 pound fluorocarbon.

when we set out of the driveway for the freeing blue water of the atlantic ocean. We went to the newly done White's Landing in Waquoit to launch the boat. I take the boat off the trailer and pull it up to the dock. My Dad parks the truck and trailer while everyone jumps into the boat. We putt out of the river and into Waquoit Bay where my Dad guns the boat to 45 mph with no protection from the wind. The Yamaha 250 VMAX SHO engine shows off its power and it feels like we are flying. We turn left out of the jetties of Waquoit to the rips of Saconesset shoal where there were barely any boats, but we found the spot. I put down the trolling motor and my Dad sets it up for the outgoing tide.

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that were pretty good size. We were pulling them in one after the other until the tide changed to slack. So we left our spot and went to another where we saw some big fish but did not catch a keeper, but we did sight cast to some large shallow water stripers. We stayed there until the tide had switched over to an incoming. And we headed back to the bite. We set up like we did before just opposite because the tide had shifted. There were a lot more boats now that it was later in the day. The bite was not as good as the early morning bite but it was still pretty good. We moved to the next fleet of boats and the bite still did not com-

pare to the early morning but was still good. ItwastimetogoinandIwasnotveryhappybutwehadto. Soifyouwantaquickeasy hook up with a Striped bass go out to Saconesset shoal on the squid bite with a pink lure and you are guaranteed to catch a strong fighting striper.

Braeden Smaykiewicz is a 13-year-old avid fisherman. He began fishing at 4-years-old and has experience catching everything from freshwater species to saltwater, inshore to offshore. Welcome to the Coastal Angler Boston team, Braeden!

Want to be featured in our Catch of the Month section? S adventures and you could be our next winner! E-mail boston@coastalanglermagazine.com with your photograph and a caption to enter.

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Cobbosseecontee Lake: One of the Best Enjoy great fishing and fun for the whole family

By Dan Kenney atmosphere with natural beauty, friendly people and unique attractions.

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f you love b ass fishing, you need to check out the award-winning Cobbosseecontee Lake. Featured in Bassmaster Magazine’s Top 100 Best Bass Lakes list for the past 20 years, Cobbosseecontee Lake has always been a great destination for top fishing professionals and elite anglers, not to mention television shows and outdoor writers. Being in the fishing and outdoors industry, I get to travel around the country and I'm fortunate to stay at some very nice places, but I have no problem saying that Cobbosseecontee Lake is one of my favorite spots. The fishing is downright incredible and there are wonderful activities for the whole family, both on and off the water. The Cobbosseecontee Lake area is a great

Perhaps what makes these trips truly great is our stays at Lakeside Lodge and Marina in East Winthrop, Maine, just outside of Augusta, where we’ve been going for the past 17 years. With lodging and boating right on the water, Lakeside Lodge and Marina is the kind of place you love at first sight and hate to leave. First, the accommodations are more than you expect. You can choose from efficiencies, two-bedroom cabins with full kitchens, and motel-style rooms. And at Lakeside they make it easy for you to get out on the water, as they sell nonresident Maine fishing licenses and are fully stocked with all the bait and tackle you need. You can bring your own boat or rent one of theirs and boat docks come with electrical hook-ups. There’s even an onsite fueling station! It truly is the perfect situation— all set up for you to have a great time! The fishing is obviously spectacular. You’ll find ABUNDANT large and smallmouth bass along

with trout, perch & pike. Plus, Lakeside delivers fun for the whole family, with great swimming, canoe and paddle boat rentals on the lake, and exciting activities in the surrounding community. The area is brimming w i t h museums, historical landmarks, golf courses, state parks, great restaurants and more. This is a quiet, familyfriendly area, yet it’s adding more and more attractions. There’s even a new airport in Augusta! Founded by Andy and Sheree Wess 30 years ago, Lakeside Lodge and Marina is a genuine, family-owned business and a homegrown Maine treasure. Recently, Andy and Sheree decided it was time for retirement and they’ve passed the business along to new owners Travis Mills and Zach Stewart. Travis and Zach are bent on preserving the incredible atmosphere that Andy and Sheree created while making tremendous improvements and updates. Fortunately, Lakeside Lodge and Marina wasn't sold to some out-of-state hotel chain. On my recent stay I saw the hard work that Zach, Travis and their families have been putting in. They have the enthusiasm, energy and mindset that it takes to keep

this a true family destination, with sincere, friendly service, local know-how and all the amenities you need for the perfect vacation. So if you're​ looking for an economical destination to enjoy between May 1st and Columbus Day, I highly recommend a stay at Lakeside Lodge and Marina:

www.lakesidelodging.com For my family it's become a tradition that we look forward to every year. I can honestly say that we plan on doing this for as long as I am walking this earth.

Until next time, God Bless & Go Fish!

FORECAST BY: Dan is an avid angler and host of the television show “Go Fish with Dan Kenney.” The television program airs via the Charter Spectrum network and is seen on YouTube at youtube.com/gofishdanshow. Dan also runs the New England Fishing & Outdoor Expo (nefishing.com). Dan wears Typhoon polarized sunglasses on all of his fishing adventures.

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EDITORIAL

Jay Cashman and the Power of Wind By Sean Gonsalves

One of the most historically-significant projects he supervised was the building of the Pilgrim Monument in Provincetown to commemorate the place where Myles Standish and the pilgrims first dropped anchor on their maiden voyage to America before landing at Plymouth Rock.

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t was the spring of 1850 and James Cashman was searching for a new beginning. He bid farewell to Ireland - and the potato famine ravaging the land of his birth and with his wife Catherine and their two children, Judith and John, boarded a sailing vessel and let the wind carry them to Boston. James and Catherine settled in Hanover, Massachusetts where James built the family homestead. It was the first thing he built - but it was only the beginning. Over the next 30 years, James Cashman rose to become one of the most sought after builders in the area. He was well known for building and maintaining roads, bridges, sidewalks, laying drain pipes, carting gravel, digging ditches and wells. He also served as the town surveyor and Road Commissioner. James Cashman was not only instrumental in building the infrastructure needed in the developing town of Hanover, he was also paving the way for a long line of Cashmans to build a foundation for their own success. James’ son, John, made a name for himself in nearby Quincy, where he started his own business in 1874. By 1893, John Cashman had 40 employees working for him – doing excavation and masonry work, as well as building roads. In the late 1890s, he began building bridges, mostly notably train crossings for the Old Colony and New Haven railroads.

As the owner of a large quarry in West Quincy, John Cashman also owned and operated Bay State Dredging Ltd. – a venture that went far beyond making the Bay State’s most significant waterways easier to navigate. Not only did John Cashman deepen New York Harbor, he was able to steer his company into becoming a leader of bridge and tunnel construction – projects that stretched as far south as Chile and Brazil. At the time of his death in 1913, John Cashman was considered one of the bestknown contractors and bridge builders in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, foreshadowing the work his great-great grandson Jay Cashman would take up. A century after John Cashman left his mark - Jay Cashman would pick up where his forbears left off. John Cashman built the Greenbush line for the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority. Jay Cashman would later re-build it. And over the past four decades, Jay Cashman, a Quincy native, has built his own company into a titan of heavy civil engineering – from bridge construction to paving the way for vital transportation. Cashman was the force behind the coastal reconstruction projects when the infamous Blizzard of ’78 destroyed seawalls and jetties along the coast of Massachusetts. His company built the marine facility for the Martha’s Vineyard Steamship Authority, the ferry service that shuttles passengers between the Cape & Islands.

When Boston’s Central Artery gave the fledgling Patriot RenewTunnel project ran into problems, ables a blueprint for success. it was Cashman who was called on to finish the “Big Dig.” Another opportunity presented itself in Maine. Commissioned Most recently, however, Cashman in 2008 to service Central Maine has turned his attention not to his- Power, the Beaver Ridge Wind tory but to how he can reduce his project called for 3 turbines with carbon footprint for the sake of a total capacity of 4.5 megawatts, future generations. Reflecting on which translates into approxithe past with an eye toward pos- mately 12 million kilowatt-hours terity, it was his great-great-grand- of emission-free electricity each father who left an unwitting clue year, enough to power about 2,000 about the way forward. The same homes in the region. power source that first brought the Cashman family across the Atlan- Patriot Renewables next project tic Ocean could now be harnessed was Spruce Mountain Wind in to power regional economies and Woodstock, Maine, which conhelp America become energy in- sisted of 10 turbines with a total dependent. capacity of 20 megawatts. Patriot Renewables finished developing Just as John Cashman late in his and constructing the small wind career focused on the energy farm in December 2011 and Cashsector as the head of the Quincy man’s company still oversees its Electric Light and Power Com- operation. pany, Jay Cashman has turned his focused energy in the same direc- Spruce Mountain Wind was foltion -- with the founding of Patri- lowed by an even larger project ot Renewables. in Carthage, Maine known as Saddleback Ridge Wind, which After several forays into the pumps out 34.2 megawatts of emerging sector of renewable power. That project was completenergy -- including a partner- ed in September 2015. ship with the stalled Cape Wind project in Nantucket Sound, and Today, Patriot Renewables is the a failed attempt to build an off- leading wind energy developer shore wind farm in Buzzards Bay in New England, with more wind -- Jay Cashman wasn’t going to farms in the pipeline. No longer a let set-backs derail him. Cashman start-up, the company is now an forged ahead. established energy producer, looking for more opportunities to exHis first success came in the form pand further into wind, solar, and of a single-turbine project in- even LNG storage. Cashman aims stalled on the campus of the Mas- to offer a total energy solution sachusetts Maritime Academy in and has begun offering investors a Buzzards Bay, Massachusetts in chance to buy-in. 2006. Unlike the more ambitious vision of constructing an off-shore “We have put together an enerwind farm in Buzzards Bay, this gy investment fund to work with project was a relatively easy one other business people to do bigger for Cashman to complete. Locat- projects,” Cashman says. “It’s a ed on the banks of the Cape Cod great opportunity to reduce carCanal, the single turbine would bon emissions and to make money provide the school with up to 660 doing it -- because really there’s an kilowatts per hour and has since environmentalist in all of us.” netted the Academy hundreds of thousands of dollars in energy sav- Please visit www.patriotrenewings. It wasn’t a big project. But, it ables.com

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Unusual Catches By Shelley Wigglesworth

Here are some photos of not so often seen sea creatures- these were all taken during fishing trips in the Gulf of Maine. Colorful and beautiful, encounters with ocean life like this make commercial and recreational fishing all the more enjoyable.

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the g around s swimmin a w ed le p o rt o tu er. we sc This sea last summ s r a e w st a e e h rf-v No ture and a quick pic r fo p u him released. Shelley Wigglesworth is an award winning freelance journalist from Maine specializing in at-sea stories, maritime topics and the commercial fishing industry. She is also a part time mate for  Captain John’s Charters on the Island Prince and the deep sea fishing boat the Nor’Easter. She has fished with, worked with and written about some of the best fishermen in the business including National Geographic Channel’s Wicked Tuna captains Dave Marciano, Dave Carraro, T.J Ott and Tyler McLaughlin. Her work appears regularly in the following publications: National Fisherman Magazine, Commercial Fisheries News, Points East Magazine, Yankee Magazine Online, Coastal Angler, Neighbors of the Kennebunks, Maine Boats, Homes and Harbors, Maine Lobstermen's Association’s  Landings,  The Biddeford-Saco Journal Tribune, York County Coast Star and The Bangor Daily News. 8 BOSTON | JULY 2017

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Lobsterm en in the G ulf of Main find a seah e occasion orse attach ally ed to their one was b traps. This rought up near Kenn ebunkport .

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Plymouth 400 Bass And Blues Tournament July 15-16 • Plymouth, MA The Bass and Blue tournament is open to all ages, and includes opportunities for team registration this year. Participants can win up to $1,000 dollars for the largest catch. Participants may fish in any Massachusetts waters and the weigh-in station is located at Cordage Park Pier in North Plymouth.

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The Massachusetts Striped Bass Association will meet on the fourth Wednesday of each month at the Viking Club in Braintree, MA. The public is welcome to join us at our monthly meetings which includes a short business meeting, entertaining seminars by industry professionals and leaders, refreshments, and a raffle at the end of the night. It’s a great time for both young and old, and nobody is turned away! We look forward to seeing you there!

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EARLY RISE OUTFITTERS By Patrick Barone

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want to use this month to answer the question that I am asked the most:

chunks of what I call 'fish water' and 'fisherman water'. The former being where you will want to spend your valuable fishing time, the latter being where you want to avoid wasting your time for a variety of reasons.

How do you pick spots to fish?

Study the maps to understand the water.

What makes this question more interesting is I am asked it by clients, friends, and random internet people at a rather regular pace. Many are looking for pointers on how to better use their time on the water, and some as we know, are playing the long-con waiting to ask for specific spots when they feel emboldened. No matter their intentions, I try and tell everyone the same things to help them become better fishermen and women.

When Google first released its satellite imagery fishermen rejoiced at the ability to see aerial shots of the coast to find good locations. I use the maps to look for coastal bays with narrow openings all along the coast. Once I find Study the maps to these, I research them further understand the water; to see which lead into herring runs and other baitfish spawnThink like a fish. ing habitat. Right away, these I use this two-part system to areas should be more producbreak down a large area of tive than those that do not have water into manageable sized large bait populations. I follow this by looking at the bottom 10 BOSTON | JULY 2017

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contours, more specifically the channel as it winds its way out of the bay. I am looking for locations where the deep water comes close to a shallow shelf or the shore to allow us access to fish that might be holding deeper. We eliminate areas to avoid by analyzing characteristics of the shoreline, current flow and direction, wind issues, and access to bait. If any two of these factors are going against you, it’s time to look for a new location. By separating the water into 'fish water' and 'fisherman water' we have created a plan to maximize our time and efforts on the water.

Think like a fish. When I am looking at a new location, I first imagine what the daily cycle of any baitfish in the area would be. Just like the big fish, I want to know where the bait is. It is the first step to finding fish. I then survey the area

paying close attention to transitions in bottom composition and what type of water we are seeing the most bait in. Then I start to think like a gamefish and begin my hunt searching all the areas that I have identified as potentially holding fish based on my map study, and firsthand observations on the water. With knowledge of the underwater environment, the daily cycle of baitfish, and the methodology of a predatory game fish it is a matter of time until you put your fly or lure right where it needs to be, and then:

FISH ON!

Interested in a guided float or wading fly or conventional tackle fishing trip for stripers, pike, trout, and bass? Check out earlyriseoutfitters.com or contact me at patrick@earlyriseoutfitters.com. FORECAST BY: Patrick is a lifelong fisherman, who has been bitten by the fly fishing bug. He is also the co-founder/co-owner of Early Rise Outfitters, a year-round catch and release fly fishing guide service dedicated to providing enjoyable angling adventures throughout Massachusetts, with an emphasis on education and conservation.

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EDITORIAL

Boating, Biofuels and Dirty Politics

By Former U.S. Congressman William Delahunt (D-MA) of 500 U.S. boaters finds that an overwhelming majority, 94 percent, find it easy to pick the right fuel and are confident in their selection. It also doesn’t hurt that higher ethanol blends, which typically cost less and contain more octane than regular unleaded, are only sold with a giant orange sticker to prevent misfueling. You can’t ashington, D.C. is full miss it. of advocates. Some are very effective champi- So why all the fuss about ethons for important causes, anol and boats? It’s part of but others get sucked into the Big Oil spin machine. A the maelstrom of competing full 97 percent of all gasoline special interests. Lately, I’ve contains 10 percent ethanol, seen a lot of the latter type a renewable fuel made from represented among those plants. We use it every day who claim to serve boating and every major marine manenthusiasts but have become ufacturer – Kawasaki, Merdupes of a well-funded fos- cury Marine, OMC, Pleasusil fuel campaign. Listening recraft, Tigershark, Tracker, to these voices, you would Honda, Yamaha and others think that boaters have no – approves 10 percent blends idea what kind of gasoline to (E10) in its marine engines. put in their marine engine. Oil companies hate it beIn turn, the oil industry in- cause America displaced over sists that cleaner fuel options 500 million barrels of oil last should never be offered at the year with renewable energy – pump – simply because there helping to offset rising oil imis a chance that boaters could ports from countries like Iraq select the wrong fuel. Oil lob- and Nigeria. byists use that demeaning excuse to demand lawmakers There is a lot to like about pull blends of homegrown ethanol. It displaces canbiofuels off the market. cer-causing chemicals in gasoline like benzene. It replaced Given that marinas don’t even methyl tert-butyl ether, or sell higher biofuel blends MTBE, which polluted drinkcontaining 15 percent etha- ing water throughout the nol (E15), the chances are far 1990s. And it’s homegrown. greater that someone would America is the world leader put diesel gas in their favor- in biofuel production, both in ite go-kart. In fact, a new poll terms of ethanol made from

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corn and new varieties made from agricultural leftovers like stalks and cobs. Today, the industry supports hundreds of thousands of jobs, including farmers as well as scientists at innovative biotech companies like Mascoma in New Hampshire. Ethanol also reduces carbon emissions by at least 43 percent compared to gasoline, a number that continues to rise, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Some claim that biofuels are bad for boats because ethanol “attracts” water. This myth is so common that the Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory actually conducted a study to show that “ethanol blends can hold more water without phase separation than hydrocarbon, and more ethanol improves their resistance to phase separation. This is an advantage that can help keep fuel systems dry by moving low levels of water out of the system.” Similarly, Mercury Marine has issued warnings to consumers about listening to those who sell “revolutionary” or “space-age” additives for standard ethanol blends.

ation exclusively uses E10 for all its races. All this progress on clean energy was made possible by a federal policy called the Renewable Fuel Standard. Enacted over a decade ago, it has made us less reliant on foreign oil, reduced fuel prices and help to protect our air and water. It accomplishes that by requiring oil refiners to give biofuels an opportunity to compete at the pump. There’s simply no credible reason why trade associations that claim to represent boaters would side with the oil industry against clean energy, but that’s the exactly what we’ve seen with groups like the Boat Owners Association of The United States.

My advice to boat owners is to keep their money in their pocket when these folks come calling for donations. Let the oil industry pay for their own lobbyists. Having served in the U.S. Coast Guard Reserve and spent countless hours on the Massachusetts Bay, I’m proud to have supported polices like the RFS in Congress, and I urge fellow boaters to join me in helping to protect our waterways and American Interestingly, honest brokers energy security. in the boating community are actually big ethanol fans. According to CK Motorsports, Former U.S. Rep. ethanol fuels help marine enWilliam Delahunt, gines run cooler, run longer D-MA, served in and make better horsepower Congress from 1997 gains. Perhaps that’s why the to 2011. National Boat Racing Associ-

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First Confirmed Snakehead Caught in Mississippi Lake

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he scourge is spreading. In early June, a bowfisherman arrowed Mississippi’s first confirmed northern snakehead from an oxbow lake of the Mississippi River. The fish was caught from Lake Whittington in west-central Mississippi’s Bolivar County near the Arkansas border. Bow fishermen Brad Baugh and Bubba Steadman, of Cleveland, Miss., shot the fish on June 5. They kept the fish, photographed it, and immediately contacted the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks (MDWFP). “Snakeheads have been present in the White River Basin in Arkansas since 2008 and have been steadily expanding their range towards the Mississippi River,” said MDWFP Delta fisheries biologist Nathan Aycock. “The Mississippi River provides these fish with access to connected oxbows like Lake Whittington as well as the Yazoo and Big Black Rivers.” Northern snakeheads are native to China, Russia and Korea. Established populations have been found in Arkansas, Maryland, New York, Pennsylvania and Virginia, where their impacts to native fish populations remain unknown. Northern snakeheads are typically found in shallow, backwater areas and can breathe air, which allows them to survive for extended periods of time out of the water. Northern snakeheads appear similar to the Southeast’s native Bowfin, also known as grinnel or mud bass. MDWFP and other state wildlife agencies encourage anyone who thinks they have caught a snakehead to keep the fish, photograph it, and contact wildlife officials.

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n appropriate Florida fish for July, when we celebrate our independence on the fourth, is the flagfish, also called the American flagfish, a small fish that is usually found only in Florida. It takes its name from the male fish’s resemblance to the American flag: a large black or blue dot and red-and-white stripes on its body that resemble a flag. The Latin name (“Jordanella floridae”) honors an important zoologist, C. Basil Jordan, who ran a fish research program for the U.S. Fish Commission and for the Smithsonian Institution in the late 1880s. He was also the U.S. Commissioner for Fish and Fisheries, as well as the author of many publications and scientific reports. The fish, which fish stores sell for aquaria, takes its other common name, “pupfish,” from the seemingly playful mating habits of the male fish, habits that look like puppies at play. The fish were originally found in Florida drainage ponds, as well as the Ochlocknee and St. Johns Rivers. They seem to prefer slow-moving water with a lot of vegetation and are usually found in swamps and marshes. A sharp-eyed observer may see them even in brackish waters, for example in estuaries where river water mixes with

seawater. The small fish, which may grow to only 2 1/2 inches in length, are actually in the Guinness Book of World Records as the fish with the fewest eggs. The fish usually produce only about twenty eggs over a span of several days, although the female fish have been known to lay many more eggs in aquaria, where the fish are very productive at eating algae in the aquaria. In the wild, flagfish feed on crustaceans, insects, plants and worms. The males do their part in taking care of the eggs, which the female has laid over algal-covered rocks. The eggs will adhere to the rocks because of a sticky thread that connects the eggs to the rocks. The male adults will guard the newly laid eggs and fan them with their fins in order to keep them clean and aerated. The life span of the fish is two to three

USA Fields First-Ever Ladies’ Team For Match Fishing World Championships

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atch fishing… chances are it’s a style of competitive fishing you’ve never heard of. While match fishing is hugely popular throughout Europe, its seemingly bizarre tactics leave even experienced American anglers scratching their heads. But don’t confuse something unfamiliar with a sport that’s simple or unsophisticated. To the contrary, a quick search of the Internet will reveal a world of highly evolved angling complexity. Match fishing competitions find participants confined to small areas, or pegs, along a bank, with the goal of catching the heaviest combined weight of fish during a prescribed time period. Equipment and tactics vary depending on the venue and available species. Top competitors catch six fish or more per minute over a three-hour period—all the while managing

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years, but – with care – they can live for five years. This column usually deals with much larger fish, the kinds that can be found in our oceans and rivers, but it seemed appropriate on this Independence Day to honor the American flagfish. Kevin McCarthy, the award-winning author of “South Florida Waterways” (2013 - available at amazon.com for $7), can be reached at ceyhankevin@gmail.com.

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delicate tackle, adjusting presentations and continually metering precise quantities of ground bait into the water to attract fish and keep them feeding. Competitors often employ tiny size 16-20 hooks to target fish less than four-inches long, but must be ready to battle larger fish like carp on the same gear. Six accomplished female anglers will represent the United States at the 24th Annual Ladies’ Match Fishing World Championships in Szolnok, Hungary on Aug. 26 and 27. The first-ever ladies team was assembled by the United States Angling Confederation. The team consists of Barb Carey, Hannah Stonehouse Hudson and Kristen Monroe, all of Wisconsin, Elise De Villiers and Penelope Smit, of Florida, and Shelly Holland, of Minnesota. De Villiers and Smit are veteran match anglers, while Carey, Holland, Hudson and Monroe will be competing for the first time in Hungary. “We don’t expect miracles,” said Team Coach, Attila Agh, a lifelong match angler from Hungary who moved to the United States 17 years ago and has since become a U.S. citizen. “Our competition has been fishing in this way for their entire lives. But I am very encouraged by the spirit our ladies are showing, their angling ability and their competitive nature. They are learning the necessary skills that are new to them and progressing quickly.” Agh warned the competition not to count the Americans out, and the team agrees. De Villiers, who started her match-fishing career in the U.S. nearly 20 years ago, coached and fished on South Africa’s ladies team in the FIPSed World Championships in 2012 and 2013. “I’m very excited that the U.S.A. will have a team competing in Hungary this summer,” she said. “I’m enjoying getting to know these other wonderful ladies and helping to prepare them however I can. I’m extremely proud to be representing Team USA.” In addition to maintaining a rigorous training schedule, the USA Ladies’ Match Fishing Team is raising money to offset significant costs leading up to the competition. Individuals and businesses interested in helping financially are invited to make tax-deductible donations of any amount at www.gofundme.com/team-usa-ladies-match-fishing. Visit www.teamusafishing.org for more information, or join the conversation on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/TeamUSALadiesMatchFishing/.

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he first time I heard the term ‘shallow-water blackout’ my family had already been freediving and spearfishing for 24 years. My 19-year-old son Robert had taken a course and began describing this phenomenon of how a freediver could blackout while breath-hold diving. I waved my hand dismissively. “That happens to people who don’t know what they are doing,” I said. “We’re experienced.” Three months later, I got schooled in just how wrong I was. April 19, 2008 dawned with beautiful calm seas and clear skies—a spearfisherman’s dream. It was Robert’s 20th birthday, and he wanted to celebrate it by diving with his 16-year-old brother, David, and three other friends: Carson, 20; Nicky, 16; and Richard, 15, who were not experienced freedivers. The boys left early in the morning to freedive together, and we planned to join them in the afternoon with friends and family who were coming out with us on our larger boat. After a successful dive of 50 feet, the boys decided to do a deeper dive. They put the anchor out in 92 feet of water, and Robert headed down first with David behind him. At the bottom, they both grabbed some sand before heading back up. Robert was 15 feet from the surface when he looked down at his brother and saw David motionless 30 feet below him. Robert swam down and grabbed his unconscious brother around the chest before heading for the surface. That’s the last thing Robert remembers. Their friends on the boat suddenly noticed my sons’ bodies drifting face down in the current some 30 yards away. Carson dived off the boat and swam out to them with Nicky right behind him. They turned the boys over. My sons’ faces were blue with swollen purple lips and open staring eyes. The color of their eyes had faded. They were not breathing and were bleeding from the mouth. Their three traumatized friends— engulfed in a nightmare—worked together to bring them onboard and start CPR. And then I got the call. “Hello?” “There’s been an accident.” “Which one?” I asked as fear enveloped me. “Both.” I clung to the table. My heart felt like it was going to explode. I took deep breaths trying to ease the pain in my chest, but it didn’t work. I started praying, with Carson’s girlfriend, that my sons would be spared. My husband Walter and I met the helicopter at the hospital. The boys’ arterial blood gases (oxygen levels) were so low—32 and 54 per-

cent—the ER doctor did not believe the report and had it verbally repeated five times. The pulmonologist told us our sons’ lungs presented as drowning victims. Yet, after three days in ICU, Robert and David were sent home to finish healing. It was a miracle. Soon after the accident, concerned freedive experts contacted me and encouraged me to use my story to make a difference. I felt a strong desire to respond, and so two months after the accident, I founded DiveWise to further freedive safety education. Tracking fatality reports is vital in understanding how accidents happen and how we can prevent them. Divers Alert Network (DAN) maintains an online Breath-hold Incident Database, so divers can report fatal and non-fatal blackout events easily and anonymously. This can be accessed at DiveWise.org. Through much effort and single-minded dedication, Terry Maas has given a gift to freedivers everywhere with his ingenious device, the Freediver Recovery Vest (FRV). This unit is designed, through the diver’s preset depth and time setting, to deliver a blackout victim to the surface face up. You can read more about it at oceanicss.com. My sons now wear the FRV when they freedive and spearfish. There are other ways freedivers can mitigate the risk in this sport: 1. Dive with an evenly matched partner and conform to the level of the least capable diver. 2. Weight yourself correctly by being positively buoyant at the surface after a full exhalation. 3. Do not hyperventilate to excess. 4. Dive one up/one down maintaining constant visual contact. 5. When conditions allow, each diver should have a dive flag; if a boat is involved a dive flag should be conspicuously displayed. 6. Maintain close, direct supervision of a freediver for no less than 30 seconds after they surface, even if they have signaled “OK.” 7. Make your minimum surface interval twice the duration of your dive time. 8. Do not take every dive to its limit; maintain a reserve. 9. Review, practice, and discuss how to recognize and handle blackouts and near blackouts. Never before has more effort from more groups created a greater combined potential for saving lives in the sport of freediving and spearfishing. We are hopeful this will correspond to a lower fatality rate. DiveWise isn’t my organization. It’s yours. We are here to serve the freedive community. Please help by donating online at our website DiveWise.org, a 501 c(3) nonprofit organization, or by offering your suggestions on how we can better help the freedive community. We offer a big “thank you” to the organizations and individuals who have given generously these past nine years in support of our work. We couldn’t have done it without you. Julie Richardson lives in Miami, Fla. with her husband and their three sons. She and her family are avid boaters and spearfishers. In 2010, Julie won the National Award from the Coast Guard funded National Water Safety Congress for her work in promoting water safety. To learn more visit DiveWise.org.

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FRESHWATER $1200 IN-HOUSE REBATE OR FREE BOAT COVER By Frank Geremski t The St. Lawrence produced a tie for the state record smallmouth last August when Patrick Hildenbrand caught this 8-lb., 4-oz. fish that was just 21.5 inches long.

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he St. Lawrence is a majestic river that combines a world-famous historic seaway with breathtaking scenery. Countless islands speckle the St. Lawrence, coining the area’s moniker as the 1000 Islands Region. The area’s beauty must be witnessed first-hand to be truly appreciated. Most important for anglers, this deep-water channel that connects the Great Lakes with the Atlantic Ocean creates countless fishing opportunities. The 1000 Islands Region of Upstate New York offers world-class fishing for huge and plentiful northern pike and tasty walleye, and for as long as anyone can remember it’s been the musky capital of North America. But it’s the St. Lawrence’s bass fishing that will take center stage this summer, with the Bassmaster Elite Series coming to the 1000 Islands Region for the third time in five years. This fishery has always offered tremendous bass fishing, with countless shoals and sunken ships that create textbook structure for smallmouth bass, and myriad bays and weedy backwaters that offer phenomenal largemouth opportunities. A full day of bent rods on 2- and 3-pound smallmouth has always been the norm. In the last decade, an invasive baitfish species, the goby, has populated this and other Great Lakes. Their spread has been like steroids for the smallmouth population. The goby’s desired habitat aligns perfectly with the smallie’s dinner table. Evidence of this is the pot-bellied New York record 8-lb., 4-oz. smallmouth landed last August. This trophy smallmouth fishing has lured the highest level of tournament bass fishing to small, yet quaint Waddington, N.Y. from July 20-23. Bassmaster recently polled its professionals and found that the St. Lawrence ranks among their favorite destinations. Five fish bags over 20 pounds are expected. The Angler Magazine field expert and Bassmaster Justin Walts predicts about 75 percent of the professionals will target smallmouths. In smallmouth waters, pros often ensure a five-fish bag of 2- to 3-pound smallies before seeking out bigger largemouth. On the St. Lawrence, the dynamic changes because of the possibility of scoring huge smallmouth. Walts, who fishes the St. Lawrence often, favors drop-shotting deeper shoals in 25 to 50 feet of water with watermelon, shad or perch colored V-tailed shad or casting crankbaits and swimbaits on shoals 25 feet or shallower. Flipping weeds or tossing frogs in back bays is the ticket to score largemouth. Spectator participation is also a factor for the Elite Series return to Waddington. In 2015, the town hosted over 30,000 fishing fans, breaking an Elite Series record. Waddington hosts a four-day event to entertain and feed visitors, with music and fireworks provided by local sponsors. Waddington is easily reached via a picturesque drive from Syracuse, or via airports in Massena, Ogdensburg, or Watertown, N.Y. Visit www.waddingtonpartyinthepark.com for more details. For more on fishing St. Lawrence County, visit www.fishcap.com to receive a free St. Lawrence County Anglers Guide and information on other tremendous fisheries, specifically Black Lake which is loaded with bass, crappie and pike. 20

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club members are there because they are sociable and willing to help others. They remember starting out and are often willing to take you out and give advice. Just remember to return the favor by being a good buddy; help pay for the gas, bring snacks and water to share, and help clean the boat. That will hopefully get you invited back. Learning from others who already do it is probably the most valuable step you can take. If you are lucky, you will share many great experiences, have a new AJ Hally and Sheri Daye with dinner. set of lifelong friends, and maybe even find a mentor or two.

ummer is here! What better time to learn to spearfish? Many people have gotten into it because they were already “divers” and wanted to try another activity while underwater—as happened to me. A few fishermen, who weren’t yet divers, have asked me where to begin if they wanted to learn. My first piece of advice to anyone is to be sure you are comfortable underwater, whether scuba diving or freediving. One must be so comfortable underwater that it becomes second nature. If scuba diving, achieving proper buoyancy should happen without even thinking about it. If freediving, it’s best to have many dives under your belt before picking up a speargun. Fortunately, there are many dive agencies and dive shops that offer scuba certification and freediving instruction. Beyond that, I recommend at least one year’s worth of experience diving under different conditions before attempting to spearfish. It is a very good sign if you are so calm and collected in the water that fish which are normally “spooky” will let you swim near them instead of running from your presence (such as mutton snappers and black groupers). This is the sign of an experienced diver and will help you to properly hunt fish. When ready to begin, it’s important to have the right equipment— and I’m not just talking about a speargun. Get advice from a reputable dive shop that specializes in spearfishing. They will guide you toward the right wetsuit, mask, knife, gloves and speargun. Dive shops are familiar with local conditions and will give good advice. If you have a spearfishing club in the area, by all means, join! Many

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Here are a few more tips: 1. Always remember that safety comes first. Don’t do anything that is risky or beyond your comfort zone. 2. Learn what size and species to target in order to maintain quality and selectivity. Keep it honorable and ethical. Consider setting even higher standards than the law allows. 3. Spend more time observing in the beginning. Watch the more experienced hunters; you can learn a lot just by watching them. 4. Consider starting with a polespear instead of a speargun in order to refine your stalking skills, as this requires that you get closer. This is especially good for young divers. 5. Enjoy the experience, keep it fun and consider being a mentor to someone else as you improve. 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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t’s summertime, and shallow-water fishing for reds is kicking off this month. It will last through mid October on the Atlantic Coast, and to mid February along the Gulf Coast. Before you “see” your first tailing redfish, you really feel like everyone is just making this up. You see nothing during an eight hour shallow-water expedition, and others come back speaking of tails “… like a used car lot, flags everywhere,” as Capt. Chuck Uzzle of Orange, Texas would say.

But why aren’t you seeing this? There are several factors involved in seeing tailing redfish, redfish swimming in shallow water; they are not easy to see. If you are fishing shallow seagrass, marsh or even flooded spartina marsh in areas where redfish roam and you’re doing it during a season when shrimp are abundant in those areas, then there are tailing redfish there. Let’s take a look at what you should be looking for with your eyes. Both Capt. Steve Soule of Galveston, Texas and Chuck McKinney of Portland, Texas say you should be looking for the horizontal line of the redfish’s back. Everything in the marsh and on seagrass flats tends to be either vertical or irregular shaped. Grass is vertical, potholes are irregular, even oyster reef edges are irregular. See a redfish cruising the flats, and the first thing you will notice is the horizontal line of it’s back. A good pair of Costa 580g lenses is what you want for this. The only difference between a cruiser and a tailer is that the tailer is probably nose down into the mud and a little bit of his tail is sticking out of the water. You’ll probably only see a little dark triangle at the end of the horizontal line of the redfish’s back. You typically won’t see the big blue tail and black dot rising out of the water waving at you like a little red flag back and forth. So begin to look for the horizontal line, the small triangle, and the glow of coppery orange. This should help you to see what’s been in front of you all along. Let’s talk about something else here that’s also a problem for most people. These environments are very grassy, and throwing an open-throated jig head during summer low tides is asking for trouble. Might as well go ahead and throw the lunch salad on a hook, because that’s all that fish is going to see. You have to throw something weedless that you can cast accurately, no matter the wind, something that can get the fish’s attention with action or accuracy, and sinks naturally so they can’t pass up such an easy meal. The troutsupport.com lure solves many of the frustrations sight casters have to put up with. Both reds and speckled trout love it. It casts far and accurately, walks the dog, wobbles like a big slow spoon, but is buoyant enough to sink slowly right in the fish’s face. Tobin created TroutSupport.com to help anglers develop their abilities by learning what to look for on the water.

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Choosing Colors

For Your Trolling Lures By Darrell Primrose, Ballyhood Lures

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atch the hatch” is an old adage fishermen have used for ages. It comes from freshwater fly fishing, in which anglers seek to match, with an artificial fly, the insect life hatching off the water to fool feeding trout. The same concept applies across the fishing world. Offshore, this can mean taking the time to examine the stomach contents of the first fish you catch to see what it was feeding on. Cut that fish open and check the length and size of the current forage as well as its color. Then use that information to choose your lures accordingly. I get to talk to anglers worldwide on a daily basis. I ask them all, “What colors are most prevalent?” What I’ve learned from them goes into our Ballyhood trolling lures, and the best color combinations change from location to location. On the West Coast, where anchovies, sardines, mackerel and squid

are the most prolific forage species, the most popular trolling lure colors are used in our Mexican flag, which is green/yellow/red/white. Black/ purple is another color scheme proven to produce in a trolling spread. Squid turn purple, and that could be a reason it is such a successful color. Zuchini is also a very popular color used on the West Coast. It’s a green/ orange/yellow lure. Now, taking a look at the northeast—in the Atlantic off New York, Massachusetts and New Jersey—they catch more tuna than most places in the world. Their top must-use colors are solid green, green/yellow and black/purple. In Florida, the Bahamas and the Virgin Islands, the No. 1 color is light blue. Colors known as Bally Blue and Flying Fish Blue are quite productive. I’ll assume you caught the baitfish reference in those color names. Pink/white and black/red also see a lot of time in the water, but anglers in these southern waters very rarely use anything green. Their water is very clear, which I think has something to do with it. In the Northeast, as on the West Coast of the U.S., the water is fairly dark. When you start to get farther south in the Pacific around Cabo San Lucas and down to Cancun, the colors used tend to lean toward the same choices as those used in Florida, the Bahamas and the Caribbean. The southern Pacific has the same type of clear water as they enjoy off south Florida. I can tell you the most overlooked color on the southern West Coast is pink or pink/white, at the same time pink/white is the No. 1 color for albacore off Oregon and Washington. Another guideline to color choices is to use dark colors on dark days and bright colors on bright days. Now some of this information has to do with matching the hatch, some of it is based on water clarity, but all off it is gathered from onthe-water experience and reflects what produces fish the best. Color is an absolutely critical factor in choosing which lures to include in a spread. For information on Ballyhood Top Gun Lures see www.ballyhood. com or call 714-545-0196.

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