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This months kicks off striper season

and there’s no better way to celebrate than by signing up for Meeting Street’s annual catch-and-release tournament. Compete for cash prizes while supporting a good cause! More info inside, along with some awesome articles and catch photos.

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or those who want to catch a heavy speckled trout, April is perhaps your best opportunity. April trout are still heavy from their lowered metabolism of winter. They are heavy with eggs and about to spawn. This makes April a prime month for heavy fish. The warmer water also makes them extremely aggressive and more willing to strike artificial lures of all styles. Let’s go over the how, when and where to target trophy trout in the spring. How: When water temp reaches the low to mid 70s, topwater action can be some of the best of the year. Aggressive trout are attracted by the rattling sound and erratic sway of the cigarshaped lures. You can’t go wrong with bone/white/ silver or a combination of these colors. I like to match the size to the conditions and forage in the immediate area. Required casting distance and surface conditions also play a vital role in my decision making. In rougher conditions, I typically use a large lure. The rattles of various lures also have different pitch. I prefer to use the higher pitch over a muddy bottom and a lower tone over sand, grass or shell. Slow-sinking, rattling, shad-style twitch baits

are also a good choice when trout don’t want to “rise” to the occasion. I prefer these lures with near-mirror reflective finishes. They do an excellent job of impersonating a wounded baitfish, and no large spawning trout in its right mind will pass up an injured baitfish. I can’t leave out the most versatile trout lure of all, the soft plastic. There are many styles, sizes and colors, but I prefer those that give more bang for the buck. When the fish are aggressive, I steer toward a soft plastic with a larger paddle that vibrates, creates a great swimming motion even on the pause, and one that rattles. These three components stimulate a fish’s lateral line, and they can’t resist the need to feed. When: I plan trips according to the solunar tables. I make every effort to be at my spot fishing during peak feeding times so that I’m not traveling from spot to spot when the fish are eating. Where: In spring, I direct my attention to grass flats. Wading is the superior method to consistently catch large trout, but you can still target flats from a boat. I prefer a flat with broken grass patches, potholes, channels, the dreaded prop scar or anything else that breaks up the grass to create ambush points for trout. Try to cover each transition from multiple angles, as trout will

stage on the edge of the sand against the grass. Pay attention to the where, when and how on your next trip. It will increase your odds of landing a trophy trout. It never hurts to practice catch and release on these beautiful fish. Capt. Michael Okruhlik is the inventor of Knockin Tail Lures, Controlled Descent Lures and the owner of www.MyCoastOutdoors.com.

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atching big pelagics is one of those “someday” goals for many kayak anglers. Venturing into the open ocean under paddle power after species like kingfish, mahi, sailfish and tuna can seem daunting to anglers accustomed to inshore waters or freshwater lakes and rivers. The first question you might have is: “Where am I going to find them?” Inshore, there are grass flats, mangroves and channels drop-offs that offer kayak anglers good places to start. Offshore waters don’t always give up information quite as easily, but the clues are out there. You just have to know what you’re looking for. The ocean is a big place, but I believe 10 percent of the water holds 90 percent of the fish. Narrowing it down to that 10 percent is the first step. Start your research off the water by locating a beach or other launch point that is close to hard bottom, wrecks or a reef line. This can be done with a little online research and a good mapping chip for your GPS. When the day comes to venture into the pelagic zone, take some time on the beach before heading out. Know the current, wind and water conditions. Is it calm? Is it rough? Are there a lot of weeds on the beach? Is there bait close to shore? Which way is the wind blowing? Answering these questions helps you decide what baits to use and at what depths to fish them. In general, calm days call for running baits deeper in the water column. With some surface chop or visible action on top—like bait jumping or fish breaking the water—run baits closer to the surface. Other things to look for are rips, color changes, birds and weed lines. A rip is an area where two currents meet. The water will look more turbulent than surrounding areas. A defined color change will have strong current running along its edge. Usually these color breaks and rips consolidate debris and weeds, and often birds will hover over these areas. The weeds and current attract bait, which in turn attract the pelagics. When you’re offshore, you have to take what the ocean gives you. Anything that looks different than the surrounding water is a place to put baits out. If you find yourself on the water with no wind, surface activity or weeds, look to your GPS to show you the way to hard bottom, structure, rock piles or reefs. There will always be some type of baitfish around these areas to attract pelagics. Find the bait, and you will find the fish. If you are new to offshore kayak fishing or are thinking about trying it, this information should give you a start on your quest to land a pelagic from your kayak.

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ennessee’s Lake Chickamauga has garnered a lot of press in recent years for giant largemouth bass. The introduction of Florida-strain largemouths certainly paid off for this 60-mile-long Tennessee River impoundment. The thing is, all the hype over bucketmouths has overshadowed world-class fisheries that already existed on the Tennessee River from Chickamauga down through Chattanooga. Flowing between high ridges of The Scenic City, the big river pumps out some pretty spectacular action for catfish and smallmouth bass. Richard Simms, of Scenic City Charters, said the fishing heats up with water temperatures this time of year. Whether you’re looking for bigshouldered river smallies, giant blue cats—or a little bit of both—right now is the time to be on the water. Smallmouth Bass: The Chickamauga tailrace lights up with aggressive smallies in spring. They feed up in a 10-mile stretch below the dam. Simms said fishing jigs and soft plastics around rip-rap, current seams and edges is productive. But drifting live threadfin shad or shiners with the current leads to faster action. With light 6-poundtest line enticing the most bites, any smallmouth is a handful. They typically run from 2 to 4 pounds on the river, and a decent day will produce 10 to 15 of

these scrappy bronzebacks. Simms said to expect a mixed bag on live bait. Everything eats shiners, so anglers will also catch white bass, spotted bass, largemouth bass, crappie, yellow bass, catfish and maybe a striped bass. Catfish: Big blue catfish are abundant on the Tennessee River from Chickamauga Dam all the way down through Chattanooga. When flows are right, the tailrace can be very good. When too much water is being released from the dam, Simms heads up to the reservoir. Either side of the dam, the prespawn bite peaks in April. “Both fisheries hold great big catfish,” said Simms, “and pre-spawn is a great time for catching trophy fish.” On the reservoir, deep drop-offs and river channel holes with structure are the places to vertical drop cut skipjack herring, bluegill or chicken breast. Below the dam, Simms drift fishes those same baits on light 10-pound tackle. In 2009, Simms’ client, Jerry Uhrine, caught a 52-inch-long, 75-pound blue catfish on 10-poundtest line. It is a National Freshwater Fishing Hall of Fame line-class record. “That light tackle technique is really fun because the average catfish we catch is 5 to 10 pounds,” said Simms. “Those 10 to 20 pounders aren’t unusual,

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and every now and then we get one of those really big fish.” An average half-day trip from April through October typically yields 50 to 100 pounds of catfish. “It’s real easy to stock a freezer,” said Simms. Check out Scenic City Fishing Charters at www.sceniccityfishing.com.

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April action can be fast and furious off the Outer Banks. Here’s one on deck and another on the line.

By Tom Schlichter

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he Outer Banks of North Carolina needs little introduction to fishing fans. A true angling Mecca, it boasts super action with striped bass, red drum, cobia, sea trout and a host of inshore species while also offering tremendous offshore action for tuna, billfish, wahoo, mahi and additional pelagic favorites. These ocean predators really get your blood boiling in April, when the action comes alive 25 to 30 miles offshore. “We really do see a great mix of blue water species in April,” said charter Capt. Dan Rooks of the 51-foot custom Carolina Sportfisher, Tuna Duck (252-216-6160; http://tunaduck.com) which sails out of Hatteras Harbor Marina (252-986-2166; https://www.hatterasharbor.com.) “Typical action this month sees yellowfins in the 40- to 70-pound class, blackfin tuna weighing 20 to 25 pounds, and wahoo to 60 pounds. Early in the month, you might also deck a bluefin while the end of the month sees white marlin, blue marlin and sailfish arrive on the scene. Many of the big blues will top 400 pounds.” It’s the combination of bottom structure and a meeting of offshore currents that draws big game species to these waters, explained Rooks. The warm waters of the Gulf Stream flowing up from the south and cool waters of the Labrador Current dropping down from the north meet along the edge of the continental shelf, providing sharp temperature breaks that stack squid, ballyhoo, flying fish and other baitfish. Match a Anglers aboard Capt. Dan Rook’s Tuna Duck Charters celebrate a break over some structure, and you have a great spot to start hefty tuna that slammed a popper off North Carolina’s Outer Banks. your search. “It’s not as important that the temperature break be large as that it be well-defined,” noted Rooks. “I’ve seen breaks here as small as half-a- said. “A storm might push the cool water farther out or bring warmer water degree and as large as 20 degrees. Any break can produce if the surrounding closer in, so you constantly need to make adjustments. Expect to spend some conditions are right. Look for clean water, active baitfish and plenty of life. time searching out the fish even if they were stacked up just a day before. That’s one plus for heading out with a charter skipper; we’re on the water daily, Those are tip-offs that you are in the right area.” Although he’ll sometimes jig or work poppers for tuna, Rooks spends which helps us keep track of shifting currents, temperature breaks and baitfish most of his time trolling. His favorite setup is a natural dead-bait spread, with schools. Some days you find the predators sooner than others – but never give eight ballyhoo trolled in a V-pattern at 7 knots. He works hard to drag his up hope because once you dial ’em in, the fishing here is as good as it gets.” Anglers looking to trailer to this area can find transient dockage, fuel, hotel offerings across structure points, where temperature breaks are discovered accommodations and a boat launch ($10) all at Village Marina (252-986-2522; using on-board temperature gauges and satellite imagery. “The breaks move, of course, and you need to be aware of that,” Rooks www.villagemarinahatteras.com) in Hatteras. COASTALANGLERMAG.COM • THEANGLERMAG.COM

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Choosing a Fly Fishing Rod for Beginners by Stephanie Winter

When selecting a beginner rod for yourself or others there can be a daunting amount of factors to consider before making your purchase. Here are the five most important considerations when determining the right rod for a beginner.

Length: Most standard rods are 8’ to 9’ long. Shorter rods are good for locations where you’ll be dealing with quite a bit of foliage while longer rods provide more power and distance each cast. A beginner will do best with an 8.5’ or 9’ rod.

Weight: the first decision you need to make is what weight rod do you want? Rods go from 1 weight all the way up to a 15 weight, but generally, anglers only use rods in the 4 to 12 weight category. Rods increase in strength the larger the number. 5 and 6 weight rods would be great for trout streams, while 8 to 10 weight rods are appropriate for salmon, steelhead and saltwater fishing.

Number of pieces: rods come in anywhere from 1 piece to 5 pieces. It’s important to understand how you’ll be using the rod to determine the number of pieces you need. A four-piece rod is generally the easiest to travel with as it will fit in most suitcases and the back of vehicles. You may opt for a two or three-piece if you’d like to minimize your set up time or don’t plan on traveling with your rod much.

Action: action refers to how quickly the rod responds to a movement you make. Fast action is a stiffer rod and will respond very quickly to your casting motion. Fast action rods bend only at the tip. Slow action rods are sluggish to respond to motion. The entire rod will bend when casting or fighting a fish. The best action for a beginner is something in between the two as figuring out timing when casting is extremely important for beginners.

Price: when buying a fly fishing rod, you can pay anywhere from $70-$3,000. For beginners, there’s no need to go above $200 on a rod. Most rods come with a lengthy warranty so make sure you register your rod with the company you purchased it from in case it needs to be fixed. Stephanie Winter is a fly fishing guide and lover of the outdoors. You can follow her exploits on Instagram @stephrwinter

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Registration now open for ‘Fishing for a Cause’ to Benefit Schwartz School at Meeting Street The 10th Annual Meeting Street Fishing for a Cause Tournament, Meeting Street’s Massachusetts Campus’ largest fundraiser of the year, returns to local waters June 12th and 13th. Recreational boats of any size are encouraged to participate in the catch-and-release striped bass, bluefish, black sea bass and fluke tournament. Trophies and prizes up to $2,500 will be awarded to the angler with the largest fish by length in each division. The tournament is held in the waters of Buzzard’s Bay to Block Island and beyond. Following the fishing tournament, Meeting Street will host a seaside dinner and awards ceremony, including a live auction and dancing. The event raises money to benefit the thousands of children and families the organization serves each year. For more information and to register visit www.meetingstreet.org/FFAC $150 per person includes a day of fishing, cocktail and award ceremony $250 per person includes a day of fishing, cocktail and award ceremony, seaside dinner and entertainment $50 per person for additional cocktail party guest (only available to angler guests)

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Chasing the Rainbow Smelt by Richard Yvon

Maine Outdoors Adventures with Twin Maple Outdoors Every spring is a unique time in Maine’s frontier. The four seasons offer new perspectives and opportunity for the all living things. Lobsters are back in season, sap is flowing in maple trees, woodcock dance and the rebirth of all living things commence! The land lock smelt in Maine start their annual spawn run leaving their deep, cold, lake water to swim up along river banks. Triggered by the amount of day light, they run up to the origin of their birth. The salter smelt, leave their ocean homes and run up fresh water tributaries to spawn. The rainbow smelt is a predatory fish native to the north Atlantic coastal regions of North America and a few lakes in the Ottawa Valley in the St. Lawrence River watershed. For years, the smelt have been propagated inland by man. The introduction of smelt in water other than their native water, has had catastrophic results of decimating native species like Maine’s Arctic Char or “Blu-Back Trout” The rainbow smelt is a predatory, carnivorous fish, which feeds on just about anything. They will compete with native fish for food, literally starving a native fish to death. It is considered invasive and doesn’t belong where not historically found. Maine has two distinct rainbow smelt, a anadromous salter and a freshwater land lock version. Rainbow smelt populations occur in northeastern North America, with differences in life history. Historically, smelt had been abundant coastally for farming, with populations as far south as Chesapeake Bay. Today, some populations are threatened due to loss of suitable spawning habitat, warming of the ocean, predation and over fishing. The populations are dwindling so researchers continue to look for definitive answers. The smelt populations are now only found as far south, just north of 4 BOSTON | APRIL 2020

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Long Island Sound and remain popular forage and bait fish. Typically in Maine, ice out starts in late April and by the beginning of May for lakes. Anglers from all over the state are itching to get their lines wet and partake in an annual ritual of Ice Out. So as ice melts and rivers swell, Maine’s Rainbow Smelt gather in an annual ritual of spawning. As a spring evening comes into darkness, these small fish come from the lake into the river to spawn. During this time a highly regulated and monitored smelt harvest occurs in the Maine Highlands. For the past 30 years, harvest limits have decreased along with smelt populations. Populations have decreased due to habitat loss and destruction. Conservation laws ensure the survival of smelt with a balance of a family tradition that has been on-going for generations by Maine Sportsmen and their families. As ice melts and daylight changes, the primary food source for Maine’s Highlands fishery, the Rainbow Smelt, starts to spawn. The Land Lock Salmon and Lake Trout are now taking the opportunity in feeding on these fish. Fishing for Land Locks in Maine has traditionally been done in several ways. By trolling flies such as Black Ghost, Grey Ghost and basically anything that imitates a smelt has been a favorite amongst fly fishers. Spinning Lure fishing is yet another way to be productive by trolling spinners or Spoons Photo: e FireDisc like Dare Devils, Laker Takers, Blue-Fox or “Th an old favorite, The Cooker” by Yvon Mooselook Wobbler. Whatever method you choose,Richard getting out and shaking off the cabin fever is always a welcomed event in the spring of the year!

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Another springtime favorite in the Maine Highlands is the beautiful, wild and native “Brookie” or “Square Tail”. As glacial lakes begin to have ice out, spring creeks and rivers flow and begin new life for our most revered fishes in Maine. Brook trout come into swollen spring creeks to feed on smelt, spawning sucker eggs, and insect hatches. These fish are very opportunistic, carnivores. The brook trout stream fishing remains very good as long as oxygen and temperatures remain sustainable for the fish. Most fishing takes place in daylight due to feeding is relied upon their eyesight. As spring runs into summer and water levels reseed, warm and lower oxygen levels take over. The fish now travel back into more cooler, oxygenated bigger rivers, ponds and lakes until fall rolls around and the annual spawn ritual begins. Along with other Maine Char, the Brook Trout spawn in October and into November. Much like Salmon, they lay eggs in stream gravel beds and depressions called Redds. The fresh water

About Richard Yvon…Rich is a full time Registered Maine Guide. He owns and operates Twin Maple Outdoors guide service and sporting lodge located in Bradford, Maine. He is a “Certified Yamaha G3 Guide” that runs fly and spin fishing trips with a G3 Jet boat and Stealthcraft drift boat. Rich also guides Maine Partridge, Turkey, Moose, Deer hunting and recreation adventures. When Rich is not on adventures, he serves as a board member for the Native Fish Coalition, Maine chapter. He is also an outdoor writer, tree farmer, flyfishing instructor 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. His company’s mission is “To Provide All People the Opportunity to Enjoy Maine’s Outdoors.”

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Hunting Bass on the Fly by Jim Wilkie

We’ve all watched it on T.V. A 50 inch tarpon leaping through the air and back into the crystai—clear water in some tropical location very far from New England. For most of us it's just a bucket list vacation destination. We put it on the back burner and go about our normal bass fishing routine. Each springl load up my boat with baitcasters, spinning gear, jigs, soft plastics and an array of crankbaits. More recently l also have another weapon in my arsenal. A fly rod. I am not a conventional fly fisherman by any means. I had always fished using the tried and true methods of artificial lures and a baitcaster. Being a passionate outdoorsman, I wanted to give fly fishing 3 try. The problem is that I don’t live near any good trout fisheries and a Florida Keys flats fishing vacation is not in the cards anytime soon. Nonetheless I grabbed an entry level fly rod setup and practiced casting in my backyard. After a quick google search I found some flies that should work on bass and headed out to the lake. After working some docks and ledges, I came up empty. One problem was that l was using floating line and a black wooly bugger that seemed to only attract followers of bluegill and perch. After another class from "Google University," I had a new plan. I started tying my own flies catered to my style of fishing. l needed bigger flies to mimic the baitfish in my local lake. ! experimented with tying saltwater type streamers on freshwater size hooks.

I snuck into a shallow weed bed and spotted a giant largemouth sitting still in the weeds. I started to strip some line out and cast to her. I danced my fly a few feet away from its mouth and my heart stopped as it engulfed my, not so pretty, homemade streamer. I set the hook and away she went. Being connected through the fly line is a feeling like no other. You feel every head shake, every burst of energy out of the fish. After bringing it to the boat, a quick picture and a clean release, my heart rate was still on full throttle. It wasn’t a trophy size tarpon I caught on a shallow flat in the Caribbean, but it felt pretty darn close. I'm not sure if it’s the therapeutic motion of the cast or the sound of the line shooting through the guides on a calm sunny morning that got me hooked on fly fishing, but either way it's a fishing style that I urge every bass fisherman to try. So, this season, grab some fly gear, wait for the perfect conditions and enjoy this exotic style of bass fishing.

The next few times I went out, l hooked up with some smallmouth on a ledge using my newly purchased sinking line and homemade files. After cruising around the lake, I pulled into a calm, shallow cove with plenty of weeds. With the sun to my back and water like glass, a lightbulb went off in my head. These conditions are not too far from that saltwater flats fishing program I watched over the winter. 8 BOSTON | APRIL 2020

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FEATURED PHOTOS BY PETE MCMANUS Pete McManus is an angler and photographer from Cape Cod. You can see more of his work on Instagram – @pete_mcmanus_

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any kayak fishermen enter the sport as fishermen, not kayakers. Therefore, fundamental paddling skills are typically relatively low. Through necessity and self-discovery, most of us learn how to make a kayak move in the direction needed. But many bad habits are developed in the process, and bad habits can put stress on a paddler’s shoulders. Taking the time to learn correct paddling strokes will increase time on the water and decrease the chance for injury. The forward stroke is the most basic of all paddle strokes, and it’s usually the first one beginning paddlers figure out on their own. It’s also the most important stroke to perform correctly because you’ll use it 90 percent of the time. The key to a correct forward stroke is to engage the large muscles of the core and use them to power the stroke instead of our arms and shoulders. Performed correctly, the stroke is more efficient and allows you to paddle farther

drop the paddle it would land in the water without hitting the kayak. The draw stroke is one that, now that I’ve learned it, I cannot paddle without. The draw is used to move the kayak sideways. To perform the draw, rotate your torso until you are facing sideways in the direction you want to travel. Reach out, turn the paddle blade horizontal with the kayak, plant it in the water and draw it toward you. To recover, turn the blade 90 degrees and slide it through

the water away from the kayak. Rotate it horizontally, and draw it back toward you. Repeat as necessary. Mastering the correct versions of these strokes will greatly improve your paddling experience and increase your time on the water. Youtube has several excellent channels that illustrate proper stroke techniques. One of my favorite channels is SeaKayakingTV, and there are several others that are top notch.

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here was no denying Elite Series veteran Hank Cherry. Riding a first-day sack of nearly 30 pounds, he led wireto-wire during the 50th anniversary Bassmaster Classic at Lake Guntersville to capture the most coveted title in tournament bass fishing. The 46-year-old B.A.S.S. photo by Gary Tramontina from Lincolnton, N.C. hoisted the trophy on championship Sunday March 8 and accepted his winnings of $307,500 as the Classic champion. It was sweet redemption for a man who’s fished the Classic five times and came heartbreakingly close to winning the whole enchilada back in 2013. During the 2013 Classic at Grand Lake, Oklahoma, a lost jerkbait fish dropped Cherry into third place. It’s safe to say his luck held on Guntersville, where limits of 29-3, 16-10 and 19-8 gave him a three-day total of 65 pounds, 5 ounces. He did most of his damage during Friday’s first round with a Z-Man Jack Hammer. The pattern led to a tournamentbest bag that featured a pair of 7-2 largemouths. On Days 2 and 3, he relied on his own Hank Cherry Signature Series Jig from Picasso in green pumpkin with a matching Berkley MaxScent Chunk trailer and a jerkbait—a Megabass 110+1 in the French pearl OB color. He spent practically the whole event fishing one causeway and one grass flat after a Day 1 arm injury limited his travel in windy conditions. “I never put gas in the boat all week,” Cherry said. “Y’all know me. If it’s windy, I’m not going to be making a lot of long runs—and anyway, I just didn’t need to.” South Carolina pro Todd Auten finished second with 58-10. Arkansas angler Stetson Blaylock took third with 58-1. The Berkley Big Bass award went to Auten for a 7-9 he caught on Day 1.

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