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Electronics GARMIN INREACH EXPLORER+ Going where the fish are often means exploring places where communication becomes very difficult. Whether you’re far offshore, deep in a marshy backwater or high up a remote mountain stream, wouldn’t it be reassuring to know you can connect with someone in the event of an emergency? Or you might just need to let someone know where the fish are biting? The Garmin inReach Explorer+ is a handheld GPS navigator and satellite communicator that allows you to explore anywhere and communicate everywhere. It is a rugged, compact unit that uses 100 percent global Iridium coverage for two-way text messaging and tracking anywhere in the world. Navigate with detailed, preloaded TOPO maps, follow routes, mark waypoints and find your way back with a high-detail bread-crumb trail. Using GPS tracking, you can easily share your location with family, friends, social media or emergency responders. In case of emergency, the interactive SOS allows you to communicate back and forth and receive confirmation that help is on the way. For added capability, use the free Earthmate app to pair your inReach Explorer+ with mobile devices and access unlimited maps, aerial imagery, NOAA charts, weather and more.

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At 4.6 ounces, the ResQLink distress beacon weighs less than a couple of energy bars, and it’s smaller than the cell phone in your pocket. Small and mighty, the ResQLink PLB is a full-powered, GPS-enabled rescue beacon designed for anglers, pilots and backcountry sportsmen. With three levels of integrated signal technology—GPS positioning, a powerful 406 MHz signal, and 121.5 MHz homing capability—the ResQLink PLB quickly and accurately relays your position to a worldwide network of search and rescue satellites. A built-in strobe light provides visibility during night rescues. Even in extreme conditions and situations, the ResQLink activates easily. With its powerful 66-channel GPS, the ResQLink guides rescuers to within 100 meters of your position. And, in the continental U.S., search and rescue personnel are typically alerted in as little as five minutes. Other features include: no subscription fees, self-test and GPS-test features and typical performance 30 hours. If you have to use your ResQLink PLB, ACR will replace it free of charge.

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Boaters and anglers invest a small fortune in their equipment. Fishermen, for example, know that quality sonar, GPS, chart plotters and electric motors are vital tools that enhance their experience. For that reason, MarineTech Products, manufactures the Angler’s Pal line of electronics mounts and trolling motor stabilizers. Angler’s Pal mounts are designed to withstand the harsh marine environment and provide rock solid stability with minimal space requirements. The patented universal Ball Locking Device provides 360-degree adjustability and the strength to support the heaviest equipment without “drift.” The Angler’s Pal Trolling Motor Mounts feature a unique rubber lock-down strap that protects your trolling motor from accidental deployment or excessive vibration that can damage the shaft. Overall length: 10” and now THE NEW 14” model for longer shafts and deeper gunnels. They are made of corrosion-resistant stainless steel and hardanodized aluminum for fresh and saltwater use. They are available in a variety of lengths, and all Angler’s Pal mounts can be easily removed for storage. Angler’s Pal also manufactures 700 and 800 Series Rod Holders. For information, contact Marine Tech Products at 1 651-4862010.

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gration, and a 10Hz GPS/GLONASS receiver for smooth on-screen navigation. These compact plotters offer full-network compatibility for the Garmin Marine Network, which allows support for sharing sonar, maps, user data, radar, IP cameras and Panoptix all-seeing sonar among multiple units. Plus, there’s NMEA 2000 and NMEA 0183 support for autopilots, digital switching, weather, VHF, AIS and other sensors. Anglers, cruisers and sailors alike will benefit from the xs series that comes equipped with built-in 1kW traditional CHIRP sonar and CHIRP ClearVü scanning sonar capability for a near-picture quality view of what’s beneath the boat. Preloaded premium mapping features can be found on the GPSMAP 742/742xs and the GPSMAP 942/942xs, including both BlueChart g2 HD charts for the U.S., Canada and Bahamas and LakeVü HD maps. The GPSMAP 722/722xs and GPSMAP 922/922xs come preloaded with a worldwide basemap for general reference with support for optional mapping available at garmin.com.

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For those who prefer using a keypad, the all-in-one solutions offered by the new 10-inch GPSMAP 10x2xsv and the 12-inch GPSMAP 12xsv can’t be beat. With an all-new industrial design, these combos feature a large, sunlight-readable screen coupled with a keypad interface and new multifunction rotary control knob that offers precise, simple control for easy menu navigation and setting control, even in rough water. These units also offer four user-programmable hot keys for one-touch access to favorite features and functions. In addition to GPS and connectivity features also found in the GPSMAP 7x2/9x2xs series, the GPSMAP 10x2xsv and GPSMAP 12x2xsv also offer impressive sonar capabilities with built-in

CHIRP sonar, CHIRP ClearVü and CHIRP SideVü as well as support for Panoptix all-seeing sonar. Other premium Garmin sonar modules are also available, including two new CHIRP transducer options–the GT8HW-IH and GT15MTM. The GPSMAP 1042xs/1242xs come preloaded with BlueChart g2 coastal charts and U.S. LakeVü HD, while the GPSMAP 1022xs/1222xs offer a worldwide basemap. Two non-sonar versions, the GPSMAP 1022 and GPSMAP 1222 are also available with a preloaded worldwide basemap.

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Premium sailing features have also been integrated into both new series, offering laylines, tidal information, enhanced wind rose, a current slider and other elements that prove beneficial to sailors. All new models also offer integrated ANT support for use with the quatix 3 marine smartwatch, the Garmin Nautix in-view display, gWind Wireless 2 transducer, GNX Wind marine instrument and wireless remote controls. Additionally, all sonar-enabled models feature built-in Quickdraw Contours software, a free, easy-to-use tool that lets mariners instantly create personalized HD maps with 1-foot contours on any body of water.

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The GPSMAP 7x2/9x2 and xs series will range from $799.99 to $1299.99, while the GPSMAP 10x2/12x2xsv and non-xsv series will be priced from $1699.99 to $2999.99. This is exceptionally affordable pricing for top-quality electronics with so many sophisticated yet easy-to-use features. What more could you expect from Garmin, the company that was recently named Manufacturer of the Year for the second year in a row by the National Marine Electronics Association. For a full list of features and more information, visit garmin.com/newmarine.

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or nearly a century, Eagle Claw has provided premium hooks for all kinds of anglers using American steel and designing and manufacturing them right here in the U.S.A. Founded in 1925 in Denver, Colo., Eagle Claw is extremely proud of its long history of American-made fish hooks. And it is also proud of the high-quality product it produces. Trokar Eagle Claw’s Trokar hooks offer a competitive advantage for serious saltwater competitors. These premium quality hooks offer a faster, deeper, surer point penetration that requires half the pressure of the competition. Manufactured using cold forged high-carbon American-Made steel, they offer better durability and stronger holds for hard-fighting, big-game species. Trokar hooks are surgically sharpened, and their triple-sided points are regarded as the most innovative, sharpest, and most durable on the market today. The Platinum Black finish is designed to withstand repeated use in saltwater and harsh marine conditions. There are more than 20 models of Trokar hooks available for fresh and saltwater. A highlight of the Trokar saltwater line is the TK197 Primal Circle Hook, which is an awesome all-purpose bait hook with an offset, light-wire design. Made of high-carbon steel wire for strength and durability, this hook has a highly durable point and a salt-resistant coating. It offers stronger hold for battling fast and hard-fighting big game fish, and it is a dream come true for serious competition anglers who fish for serious saltwater species. Lazer Sharp Eagle Claw’s Lazer Sharp hooks are designed to be “Sharper, Stronger, Longer,” which means the patented Lazer Sharp needlepoint and forged technology ensures a sharper, stronger, longer hold than the leading competition. Lazer Sharp hooks feature uniquely blended coatings—Sea Guard, Platinum Black and Nickel— which are designed to be more durable and abrasion resistant after repeated use in saltwater. There are more than 30 Lazer Sharp saltwater models available. The L2004EL has become a staple on the boats of big-time billfish anglers. They are approved by the Billfish Foundation for tournament use, and were the original and once the only tournament-approved circle sea hook. The design of this non-offset, circle sea, with a wide gap, light wire and a forged point, results in more solid hook-ups and a much higher rate of fish hooked in the corner of the mouth, which equates to fewer escaping fish as well as less-stressful releases. To this day, the L2004EL is still the single best option for pro and amateur billfish tournament anglers looking for proven performance stemming from a decade of making champions out of competitors. Eagle Claw Fishing Tackle, Co. is an American-based company that has been designing and manufacturing innovative, high-quality fishhooks and fishing equipment for more than 90 years. Its family of brands includes Eagle Claw, Lazer Sharp, TroKar, Wright & McGill and Shappell. For more information about Eagle Claw Fishing Tackle Co. and its family of brands, visit www.eagleclaw.com, find them on Facebook at facebook. com/eagleclaw/, facebook.com/TroKarHooks/ and facebook. com/shappellcorp/ or call 720-941-8700.

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Each month, Coastal Angler Magazine and The Angler Magazine staff search our vast coverage area for photos that will grace our covers. With well over a million readers in diverse coastal and inland markets, our magazines strive for broad national appeal as well as local-level intelligence to put anglers on fish. The cover is different depending on which edition you, the reader, are holding. The following is a little information about this month’s covers.

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All over the country, wherever striped bass Striped Bass live, spring incites migrations of these bruisers Are Running up the rivers to spawn. This is the time of year when very large fish can be caught in skinny water. In the Southeast, runs of landlocked Electronics stripes can be roughly timed by the blooming Edition Local of the dogwoods. In the Northeast, anglers Picky-Trout Tactics await the arrival of the Alewives. Dave Maneri, of Tivoli, N.Y., caught the big striper on the covers of this month’s The Angler editions. His buddy Paul Hughes Jr. snapped the photo while they were fishing the striped bass run on the Hudson River, which feeds the Atlantic Ocean at New York City. It was an epic day for the two anglers. They caught multiple fish, including the cover fish and another one about the same size, which Paul is holding in the photo that appears with the article. In that article, Dave tells us all about the Hudson River striped bass run and how he goes about catching big stripers from the shore as well as from a boat. The uninformed might assume there’s no fishing to be done in such close proximity to one of the biggest and busiest cities in the world. But striped bass and baitfish still run up the Hudson each year to spawn, just like they have since time immemorial. Fishing Reports Catch Photos News & Events

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he Pacific sailfish is one of the most sought after offshore game fish in Costa Rica. Growing larger than their Atlantic

counterpart, sailfish in Costa Rica average 60 to 80 pounds, but big ones can surpass 200 pounds! They are migratory, with the main concentration of fish arriving in our area of the Central Pacific as the dry season sets in the end of December. They move away as the wet season kicks in during early May. Even though this is the main migration, there are always sailfish present in our waters year round. We fish from smaller boats, so we use the traditional five-rod setup. A combination of natural baits and lures are used, and our main baits are ballyhoo. Our lures of choice are the Magna series from Santos. Variations of pink, lumo and blue combined with a Trokar hook are deadly combinations. If the bite is slow, we often sew a belly flap or strip bait into the lures for a more enticing bait. On the outriggers, we use teasers. A squid chain in pink on one side and a bigger lure like a Santos Carolina Seastalker on the other is a good start. The shotgun gets a Santos lure as well as the long rigger. The short rigger and the two corners are set up with naked swimming ballyhoos on Trokar 7/0 circle hooks. It is also handy to have a mullet, horse ballyhoo or tuna

rigged and ready to go as a pitch bait in case a marlin decides to crash the party. Once the fish is caught it is time for a few photos. This is a critical part of the process, as it involves fish handling. Even though some boats still bring up a sailfish for a photo, it is highly recommended to not do so, as it can be extremely harmful to the fish. It is the process of pulling the fish over the rail of the boat that causes problems. The protective mucus covering is scraped off, leaving an area of skin exposed to bacterial and fungal attack. This can result in death of the fish at a later time. Leave the fish in the water, and with a good pair of AFTCO gloves, grab the outer part of the bill and push the fish as far out from the boat as possible. Keep the head of the fish in the water as much as possible, and lift it briefly for a good photo. Take the shot from the tail end of the fish looking forward or from above if possible. Alternatively, grab the front part of the sail, pull it up and hold the bill with your other hand. Make sure the bill is always pointing away from you and not at you. Take the photo from the front of the fish. If you have never been to Costa Rica fishing, it is definitely worth it and you will be hooked! Pro Staff Costa Rica provides monthly reports for Coastal Angler Magazine’s Costa Rica edition. Search out Pro Staff Costa Rica on Facebook for more great photography, videos and fishing content.

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Spring Striped Bass Run The Hudson River By Nick Carter

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ach spring, through the Hudson River’s mouth at bustling New York Harbor, a massive spawning migration of Atlantic stripers pushes some 150 miles upstream to the Federal Dam at Troy, N.Y. In this long stretch of tidally influenced river, striped bass show up when water temps reach the 60s. Dave Maneri, of Tivoli, N.Y., said the trick is to keep up with the migration and put yourself in the right place at the right time to intercept pods of transient stripers. “They move in big schools,” Maneri said. “Some days they’re there and you can catch them; other days they’re not. You gotta stay on the reports. They’re running the whole river, so you could travel to where the fish are or wait until they’re where you are.” Smaller schoolie striped bass show up first. They come with the spawning alewives, which are baitfish commonly called herring. Schoolies remain in the river for a couple months some years, and there’s also a year-round resident population. But Maneri said the big cows remain only for a week or two each season. They are always on the move, and connecting with them can lead to unbelievable action with big fish measuring past the 40-inch mark with weights heavier than 30 pounds. Fishing bait is generally the most productive tactic. The best bait is herring pulled right out of the river, either live or chunked. Most locals use a scap net to catch herring. A scap net is essentially a 4’x4’ dip net. The schooling herring will follow a swimbait right up to the net where they are captured. Maneri fishes his herring off the bottom using medium and medium-heavy rods with baitrunner-style reels that allow fish to run with the bait on free spool before the angler strikes to set the hook and engage the drag. He employs a main line of 30-pound braid with a 1 ½-foot leader of 15- to 20-pound fluorocarbon. A 7/0 Gamakatsu Octopus should be hooked through the bait’s mouth, and the whole rig is kept down with a 2- or 3-ounce slide swivel teardrop sinker. Maneri said stripers don’t relate to any kind of structure on their spawning run, so the good spots are the drop offs, channels and shallows where baitfish might be funneled. Obviously, a boat gives anglers the ability to move and seek out fish. But fishing from shore is also productive. When he fishes from the shore, Maneri uses rod holders made from PVC pipe and rebar. They can be wedged into rip-rap to free up the angler while waiting on a bite. And the bite can be a tricky thing. Maneri said these stripers have a knack for spitting the bait. One thing is for sure, though; when the hook sets solid and the drag is engaged, a big striped bass in heavy current is a formidable opponent. Dave Maneri is a team member of Catskill Outdoors. Look them up on Facebook.

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Tips For Catching Picky Trout

By Charlie Warfield • Photo by John Winkler, redhouseflyfishing.com

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he upper end of the Delaware River, and more specifically the West Branch of the Delaware in the Catskill Mountains, is a favorite of many fly anglers in Pennsylvania and Upstate New York. It can also be frustrating place, as it holds some very picky trout. The river has a reputation for crystal clear water, and because it is a bottom-release tailwater, it has a very consistent temperature, which makes for great hatches and healthy fish year round. It is known for being very technical, and this is just a nice way of saying it will sometimes make you want to pull your hair out. The first time I fished it, I was tested, even frustrated by this beautiful waterway. But besides the beautiful mountain setting and endless hatches, it is in part the challenge that drove me to go back time after time. I persisted and figured out ways of tricking the beautiful native fish. I learned lessons there that have made me a better angler. The following are some insights that will give you a leg up when you go fish the Delaware or any other technical stream. Downstream Presentation: Many anglers learned to cast upstream and let the fly drift down. But when fishing for spooky or educated fish, this method can sometimes leave you frustrated. It’s harder to get a good, long drift with a downstream presentation, but many times it is your best bet. Next time you’re having a hard time getting a take, cast out at about 90 degrees to the bank, and quickly give an upstream mend, this will help you keep a drag free drift for as long as possible. Keep mending as often as needed, letting the fly swing to its full downstream position. Sweep-Style Hook Set: The downstream presentation should be matched with a sweep-style hook set. To use this technique, swing the rod downstream and strip the line at the same time, this will pull the line through the water, creating tension and giving a good hook set. By swinging the rod downstream, you are also pulling the hook into the corner of the fish’s mouth rather than pulling it up and away from the fish. Slow Down Your Hook Set: Ok, we have all done it before. It’s a tough day on the water and all of the sudden you get a strike, BAM you set the hook… and nothing. I have heard people say things like, “Next time, set the hook faster.” But most of the time the opposite is true. A good technique is to wait one second and then give the rod a gentle lift or sweep. Match the Hatch: Picky fish know what they want to eat. There can be significant variation in color, size and body shape in the same species of fly from region to region, and there are many subspecies for each type of fly we fish. So do your homework. I suggest hiring a local guide or at least stopping in at the local fly shop. It is good to support the community, and you can never beat local knowledge.

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he best part of the fishing season is right around the corner for the northern Pacific Coast of Costa Rica. The inshore bite for cubera snapper and grouper remains consistent up and down the Pacific Coast. These reef fisheries are less affected by bait movement, and seem to be more influenced by moon phase or tidal swings. Vertical jigs coupled with a cloud of chunked fresh bonita is the presentation that lures the big ones off of the reefs, with the more enterprising anglers dropping bridle-hooked live bonita. Boats going offshore are finding that the 1000-foot ledge at the 8-mile mark yields dorados of all sizes, from 5-pound schoolies to 60-plus-pound bulls. Dorado will rule this food chain until late May or early June when big yellowfin tuna will swarm in from the north. This changeover is marked by giant schools of spinning porpoises attacking the yellowfins mixed in with marlin and sailfish on the prowl. The extreme water clarity here dictates tackle choices when trolling for billfish, dorado and yellowfin tuna; brightly colored lures and complicated teasers tend to spook the fish. Successful captains report that a cleanly-rigged, unskirted Ballyhoo is the weapon of choice. The water temperature will stay high until late June, when the evening rains will begin to fill the rivers up in the mountains. In addition to taking the edge off the high water temperature, these rains will wash out trees into the ocean, and floating logs quickly become a full ecosystem for baitfish, table fare and predatory billfish. Protected bays dot the coastline of northern Costa Rica’s Guanacaste Peninsula on the central Pacific Coast, supporting old-school fishing villages even in the era of sprawling marina resorts in the southern region of the country. One such bay is Playa Garza, which is home to an armada of 30-

foot, sub-300 hp sportfishing boats operated by local captains. Visitors to this region trade the creature comforts and long boat rides of the big marinas for the chance to catch world-class billfish less than 15 miles from shore. In early April, the 2017 Ship of Fools Tournament was held in Playa Garza with 10 local captains vying for cash, prizes and bragging rights. The winning boat caught a 450-pound blue marlin approximately 12 miles from shore. Capt. Francisco Rosales on the 26-foot Explorer hooked the fish on a naked ballyhoo. The bite is expected to peak in July and August, just before the two-month rainy season begins. In August, it’s not unheard of to have double-digit sailfish releases on a single eight-hour trip. For the past few years, the late-summer action has been white hot with several boats reporting multiple billfish grand slams.

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the river holds 2,500 rainbow and brown trout per mile. Laurie said fish average about 15 or 16 inches, and that large fish longer than 20 inches eat lures and streamers daily. He has a fondness for what he called “Bow River bullets,” which are big rainbow trout renowned for their fight. He said visiting anglers are often surprised by how hard these big-shouldered rainbows pull. Early spring to late fall offers a long window when the Bow fishes well. Either end of that time frame can present huge snow banks and bitterly cold temperatures, though. The best fishing can be found following the subsidence of the spring runoff in May and early June. Trout remain hungry and susceptible to a variety of tactics through the summer months. Laurie said fly anglers should bring boxes loaded with streamers like Clouser Minnows, Rubber Buggers and Crystal Zonkers. Nymphs are also very productive, and patterns like Hare’s Ears, Rainbow Warriors, Frenchies and worms are a necessity. And it is definitely worthwhile to stop in at a local fly shop to ask about what hatches might be coming off. The dry fly fishing can be spectacular during heavy caddis or mayfly hatches. “I have always taken a spinning rod when on the river, as the winds can pick up any time and cause some real fly casting issues, especially when fishing from a kayak,” Laurie said. “Having a spinning rod with me has saved a few wind-filled days. Most common lures would be Rapala CD7 and typical spinners in varying colors.” Although it is possible to access stretches of the Bow to wade, float trips are by far a better option because access points are spread out. A floating angler could bite off between three and eight hours worth of fishing or even an overnight trip depending on the put-in and take-out points and how long is spent stopping to wade fish the more productive stretches. With summer vacations coming up, now is the time to start planning a trout excursion to the Blue Ribbon Bow to experience some of the best fishing on the planet.

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arly spring is an awesome time to go fishing in New England. Depending on where you live, the ice is either melting or has already melted and the bass are feeding—and eating big. It’s time to get the reels restrung, the tackle in order and the boat out of storage. You have at least seven months of fishing ahead of you! Here is a general overview of what you can expect with early

spring fishing in New England and some tips to help you get the most out of your experience. The bass will still be relatively sluggish. For cold water bass I primarily use jigs, creature baits, metal spoons and jerkbaits with very slow presentations. But I always like to learn from great anglers, so I reached out to Aaron Orsi and Sheron K. Brown, two superb local BASS anglers known for their cold water fishing expertise. Here's what they had to say.

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When targeting cold water bass in temps between the high 30s and mid 40s, I look for comfort first. But let me elaborate. When I go outside in the winter or early spring, I like to be warm and comfortable, out of the wind and in the sun. I also want to stay inside my warm house or vehicle! So what you want to do is translate these basic human needs to the bass world. When the water is on the cold side, just above freezing or at ice out just after freezing, bass are just like us. They seek comfort. They can be found in wind-protected areas, exposed to the sun, and next to cover in the form of rocks, vegetation and wood. In addition, we as humans naturally move more

slowly in the winter than we do in warmer seasons. So match your presentations with the mood and needs of the bass and your catch rate will increase! I prefer various types of jerkbaits, smaller hair jigs, and small subtle plastic lures with minimal action. Keep these basic needs in mind when targeting cold water bass and watch your catch rate increase!!!

Aaron:

Cold water is a great situation for catching big bass, but many anglers struggle during this time period. The most common reasons are fishing too quickly and using the wrong baits. You want to put down the rubber worms and break out the jerkbaits and jigs. For jerkbaits, color selection is important. Think about what type of forage there is in the lake you are fishing and make your decision based on that. Perch and bluegill patterns are proven colors for most lakes and ponds in New England. Jerkbaits excel when the wind is blowing. Any shoreline or points that are windblown should yield success

throwing a jerkbait in the early spring. The general rule of thumb for fishing a jerkbait is that the colder the water is, the longer you want to pause and let your bait sit. When the water is really cold I sometimes let my bait sit for 20-25 seconds between jerks. As for jigs there are only two colors needed, green pumpkin and black. I like to pair my jig with a matching trailer that will help imitate a crawfish. When using a jig in early spring you want to target rocks, weeds, drop-offs, and trees or brush, and the more slowly you can fish your jig, the more bites you’ll get. Follow these tips and techniques and you’ll catch some big bass in the early spring! 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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in this application. I like soft plastics in 4”-6” sizes and have found that the color of Joyce for big Fluke is pink. However, white and new penny colors also work well. I like the Hogy 6” skinny as my go to bait, but have also done well with Bill Hurley sand eel baits. Have an assortment and even include a pack of Gulp shrimp handy if they get finicky. These baits can mimic a variety of forage species from squid, sand eels, silversides and mantas shrimp.

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I’m not talking prime real estate One such species that I have here, but rather prime bottom found to take soft plastics is our structure that Fluke prefer. First Summer Flounder or Fluke as of all a moving tide is a must. I their better known. Fluke are like to fish the last half of the inmore aggressive than your typical Winter Flounder and as ambush feeders knowing the right conditions and bait that they are feeding on is the first step in changing your tactics to include soft plastics in your arsenal. Once you try this technique you will find out like I did the fish coming over the rail are generally much bigger than fish caught on live bait.

Gear you’ll need: I use 7’ medium action spinning rods with good backbone and a light tip flex. Paired with a 4000 series reel spooled with 15-20lb braid is all you’ll need. I use 20lb fluorocarbon leader of about 3.5’ in length. Since I’m mainly fishing over 15-30’ of water I don’t need a heavy jig and most of what I use is in the 1/8 ounce to ¼ ounce size. I feel a slower sink rate actually helps

coming tide and the first half of a dropping tide. I look for contour breaks were the tide will be moving up and over a hump that is between 20’-25’ deep. Fluke like to hang on the front edge of a hump as the tide brings bait to them for a quick ambush meal. Another factor that comes into play is the time of day and cloud

cover. Fluke are more active as the sun get’s higher and a bright cloudless day is perfect. Find 5875 degree water temp and you’re in business. This is not an early

the surface until I’m ready to land them. This artificial strategy paid off big many times over the past

morning bite and in most cases few seasons when I have clients and if your tide is moving mid that want to target big Fluke. We even limited out with 3 guys last day that’s best. June on fish all over 20”. Who The presentation: know what the Fluke regulations The technique is rather simple will be in 2017, but I know one and there’s no long casting in- thing big Fluke love soft plastics. volved. No need to anchor as Capt. John Curry can be reached this is a drift over short runs apat www.capefishing.net or proach. I like to start off many jtcurry77@gmail.com. yards up current from the likely target zone. I like to stem the tide a little with my Minn Kota trolling motor to keep our lines more vertical through the drift. If you don’t have that luxury a drift sock also works well. I instruct my clients to simply drop their baits to the bottom. Keep an eye on your line in the event of any slight changes or “taps” indicating a fluke has grabbed it before the lure hits bottom. If not then it’s a simple raising and lowering of the rod tip in slow sweeps to make the bait move up off the bottom and then settle back down as we drift. The take is more subtle than expected and often it feels like your dragging weeds when it’s actually a fish swimming with your lure in its mouth. Set the hook firmly and keep your drag pretty tight. Fluke are notorious for shaking the hook on the surface so I ask my clients to keep them under

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FISHING FORECASTS

Tim Moore Outdoors May 2017

By Tim Moore

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fter a winter full of ups and downs, I’m probably not the only one who is happy to see spring. We love to ice fish, but once the season ends, open water can’t come soon enough. For us here at TMO, May signifies the beginning of steady and consistent fishing from the boat and Old Town Predator Kayaks for walleye, northern pike, and smallmouth bass. May also signifies the arrival of stripes bass in New Hampshire. Once the walleye finish spawning in April and the spring high water recedes, the fish filter back into the river and begin feeding. May is a great time to pitch jig

heads with curly tail grubs into shallow water. Two key factors are time of day and water clarity. We target walleye with jigs early in the morning and late in the afternoon when the fish stage along weed lines to feed. Water clarity allows us to see weed lines without spooking fish by drifting the boat or kayaks over them. Once the sun rises high in the sky and the walleye move into deeper water, we will resort to trolling. Pike will also resume a more predictable feeding pattern, utilizing weed beds during the morning and afternoon hours to ambush prey. As weed beds increase in size, more pike will use them. Wake baits, such as the new 9” Viper Series from Daddy Mac Lures, fished erratically across the top of the weeds will

appeal to hungry pike. To trigger aggression strikes we usually switch to big spinners. A Juice Mini 8 Bucktail from Bigtooth Tackle will anger even the most docile pike, but it may take a couple passes of the lure. Sometime between Mother’s Day and Memorial Day the striped bass make their arrival in many of New Hampshire’s rivers. When they first arrive, the bass are usually focused almost solely on the alewives. Fishing below the dams where the alewives await their chance to climb fish ladders is often combat fishing, and not our cup of tea. We will target the slower waters and choke points well below the dams in our kayaks. This year we have upgraded our fleet to Old Town Predator PDLs, giving our clients the option to pedal or paddle based on their physical abilities. After last year’s numbers, we anticipate a lot of stripers. Speaking of kayaks, we are anxiously awaiting our annual kayak fishing event, Kayak University, on Squam Lake. We have a wonderful event planned again

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this year, with kayak fishing pros from across New England coming to hang out, give seminars, and fish together. Kayak University was a huge hit last year. Registration for the weekend event includes meals, lodging, and giveaways, and gives up to 20 kayak anglers the opportunity to hang out and fish with some of New England’s best (and nicest) kayak anglers. Visit www.KayakUniversity.info for details.

FORECAST BY: Tim Moore is a full time New Hampshire fishing guide, offering guided ice fishing and fish house rentals on Lake Winnipesaukee. He owns and operates Tim Moore Outdoors LLC and the New England Ice Fishing Academy. He is a member of the New England Outdoors Writers Association and the producer of Tim Moore Outdoors TV. Visit www.TimMooreOutdoors. com for more information.

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Marina Bay's Newest Hot Spot - Captain Fishbones

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fter more than 15 years of operation, Captain Fishbones in Quincy’s picturesque Marina Bay recently announced its new ownership under Timone, LLC. Under the new ownership, the fine-dining restaurant has taken on a fresh perspective and brought a few exceptional changes to the kitchen, including welcoming a new executive chef, Jose Cardoza.

Jose Cardoza comes with over 13 years of experience and oversees all culinary operations, including a brand new menu creation, quality control and mouth-watering dishes. Take a seat out on the boardwalk patio and enjoy the beautiful bay view, take one bite into the fresh, perfectly buttered stuffed lobster and instantly fall in love with the work of Executive Chef, Jose Cardoza.

After finishing his culinary degree from the Central America Institute of Technology, Cardoza decided to come to the Northeast to finish his education at the Cambridge Culinary School in 2003. He went on to enhance his skills working for various different restaurant groups in the Greater Boston area, including Bostonian Hospitality Group, Masa Restaurant Group, and Gordon Wilcox Hospitality Group. Cardoza created a brand new menu for Captain Fishbones, which can guarantee guests’ the highest quality cookto-order seafood, raw bar options, steak and filets, savory desserts and more. Pictured above is Chef Cardoza’s stuffed lobster. Cardoza’s unique interpretation of traditional New England seafood is just one of the reasons why he is a perfect fit for the Captain Fishbones’ kitchen. His innovative use of flavor and his twist on favorite old-school dishes creates a new experience for diners. If you have any doubt, stop by for lunch or dinner and try Cardoza’s award-winning Clam Chowder recipe or stuffed lobster.

In an area where seafood isn’t hard to come by, it can be difficult to outshine competitors. Chef Cardoza, however, has all of the desirable abilities and talents you might be looking for. An El Salvador native, Cardoza was drawn to cooking as a means We want to ensure guests’ the Captain Fishbones experience is to express himself. "I feel like an artist, I don't know how to paint one you will always remember. Come see for yourself at Captain or make sculptures, but I do know how to cook. Combining col- Fishbones in Quincy’s Marina Bay today! ors, flavors, and ingredients can rich more than one of the senses,” said Cardoza. COASTALANGLERMAG.COM • THEANGLERMAG.COM

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Spring Sea Run Opener May 1-31, 2017 • Nantucket, MA The Spring Sea Run Opener is all about getting back outside and enjoying the best of what Nantucket has to offer while raising money for a local non profit organization. www. springsearunopener.com

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Reel Life-Start ‘em young! By Shelley Wigglesworth

It’s never too early for kids to learn about fishing! Here are some shots of youngsters gaining firsthand knowledge about salt water fishing while enjoying the many benefits of being on the water!

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FISHING FORECASTS

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ay is my favorite month of the year, and not just because my birthday is in it. There are two major events in a fish’s annual cycle that happen during May; fish transitioning from pre-spawn to actively spawning while guarding beds, and the return of numerous anadromous, catadromous, amphidromous, potamodromous, and oceanodromous fish species to catchable locations in our local waters. Here is a short, informative piece from about those classifications, and what their behaviors are. Knowing the behavior of your targeted species during the month of May is a good bet for improving your catch. It is irresponsible of me to talk about catching fish close to spawning without discussing the importance

By Patrick Barone

of catch-and-release fishing. There a consistent pattern in their location is no other time of the year that an- and feeding behavior. Anyone who glers have such a direct impact on has caught bedding smallmouth will know that there is a significant difference between the strike of a feeding smallmouth hitting a spinnerbait or jerkbait, and the subtle lift-andmove strikes from the big females who only want your lure or fly off their bed. Understanding these differences and why they are happening will help you predict fish behavior resulting in improved catches. Water temperature is the key to this spawning activity with 55-65 degrees being where most of this activity is found. the future of a fishery than now. If we all respect the fish and fishery now, it will repay us tenfold in years to come. With that in mind, my approach to largemouth and smallmouth bass at this point in their annual cycle is to visually locate the spawning beds, and fan-cast the area covering as much of it as possible. I am trying to locate the fish, and find

Looking for stripers in May? The magic water temperature when schoolies start showing up is around 45 degrees. Historically, my first of the year were caught in the areas in and around tidal rivers on Cape Cod. One fun way to experience this early season run is the Cheeky Reels Schoolie Tournament. Now in its 6th year, it has grown to become

the world’s largest fly-fishing only saltwater tournament with 350 anglers this year. It’s a wonderful day full of fishing, fun, and prizes from great sponsors, including Early Rise Outfitters.

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.

EDITORIAL by Joe Gugino

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he Stripers are coming! The plastics will work, but I prefer a paddle tail for the action, and my Stripers are coming! all time favorite is the Al Gag’s The long winter wait is over, and Whip-It Fish. I pair my soft plasit is time to hit the salt tic lure with either a again and greet our ½oz or ¾oz jig head striped friends as they and fish it on a slow return to our coast for to medium retrieve. the summer. We have The fish won’t always been anxiously antichit it as hard as they ipating their arrival do as the summer while prepping our warms, so make sure gear and buying new to be extra aware of lures or flies. When the subtle bites. targeting early season stripers there are Soft plastics are a few key flies and a definitely the most few key lures I suggest effective, but I love having with you in your box: topwater, so I try to get them on top as soon as I can. My three faLures: vorite lures are the Jumpin MinThe number one lure I suggest to now, Fishin Magician Skid Stick, target the first returning schoo- and Daddy Mac Lures AB Bomb. lies is a small soft plastic. My The Jumpin Minnow and AB favorite colors are white, white/ Bomb are spooks, and the Skid silver and silver/black. Many soft Stick is a cross between a popper

and a spook. My favorite color again in all three is white.

going tide, and the first couple hours of the incoming tide. The Stripers will be chasing bait which congregates in the warmer shallower water.

Flies:

The most effective fly to have in your early season fly box is a small clouser. White, white/olive, white/olive/chartreuse, and white/ chartreuse/pink are my favorite color patterns. Work these on an intermediate line with small 4-6 inch strips and get ready for a fun early season fight!

When/Where:

At the beginning of the month the Stripers will head straight towards the estuaries from Boston all the way up to Gloucester. Find some tidal rivers on the map and look to target them at the last couple hours of an out-

I wish everyone a great season, and hope to see you out on the water! FORECAST BY: Joe is a life-long fisherman who fell in love with the sport when he moved to the North Shore and started fishing in saltwater for striped bass. After fishing from a kayak for the first time, he became even more excited about (and obsessed with) fishing. Joe is also the co-founder/co-owner of Why Knot Fishing (whyknotfishing.com), a community-based fishing organization.

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EDITORIAL

Maine’s Winter Adventures

Maine Outdoor Adventures with Twin Maple Outdoors By Richard Yvon - Twin Maple Outdoors about a situation on our last trip. We left at our usual 5:00 am for another Maine ice fishing adventure. When we arrived at our put in everything looked closed in without a hint of melting. As we fished all day Photo: Master Guide – “Uncle Rodney” it was always ridPhoto Credit: Richard Yvon ing in back of my mind, “I wonder his year is an exception for a what the shore line looks now as prolonged ice fishing season. the outside ambient temps apFor as long as I can remember the proached 50 def ”. After fishing season has never been extended. all day it was time to exit the ice On April 1st this year, 1 -2 feet of and head to the barn. As we apice was still to be found on most proached the edge to our amazenorthern lakes. Our Govenernor Paul LePage signed an ice ment, the shoreline was open! It fishing season extension to April was now very questionable if I 16, 2017. This extension would was able to exit the same way I help local bu s i n e s s in bonus revenue and keep the cabin fever cases down to a minimum with ice fishers. Northern Maine Big Ice Lakes in April , 2017 As the Photo: Yamaha UTV with Tracks – 2000 # Nebulus Floatation climate ch ange s , so does our laws and how we went on. So fortunately we were do things in the state. In April equipped with an winch and and May I certainly would not 2000 # Nebulus floatation. I had be writing about ice fishing but sized up the situation and felt I I feel the topic should be dis- would be able to make it off. The cussed. People should be aware alternative would be to search of downsides of staying out on the shore line for a more protectthe ice longer than mother na- ed, shaded area that I could get ture intends for us to do so. off with more ease. So I asked my Through my own experience lies Uncle whom I was fishing with to “spot” me as I exit. I figured a story I would like to share… the worst-case scenario I would Everyone feels safe on that kind be stuck in 4 feet of water. of ice but wait… Let me tell you We exited without event and

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Texas Wardens Break Up Illegal Seafood Ring

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few years ago, Alabama native Jordan Lee was a member of the Auburn University fishing team with dreams of the big show. In late March, at 25 years of age, he ascended to the pinnacle of the bass fishing world by winning the Bassmaster Classic. He collected a $300,000 check, and the trappings of a Classic win will fuel his career for years to come. Lee rose from near the bottom of the heap through the threeday tournament at Texas’ Lake Conroe to claim the coveted trophy. On Friday, he wasn’t even able to put together a five-fish limit and brought three fish to the scales that weighed 8 pounds, 6 ounces. On Saturday, he had better conditions on a hard-bottomed point he found during practice and hauled in four fish that weighed 21-0. It was good enough to push him into 15th place and make the cut for the final day. He had obviously found a big-fish pattern. To that point, California’s Brent Ehrler was sitting atop the leaderboard with 43-4 after two rounds. Lee, with 29-6, would need a monster bag of fish and a little bit of help on the final day. He got both. With engine trouble negating his ability to move, Lee settled in on that same point and worked it for all it was worth, catching a big limit on a football jig dressed with a Rage Craw. After hitching a ride back to the docks with a spectator, Lee weighed in a 27-pound, 4-ounce sack for a three-day total of 56-10. Ehrler managed just 1110 on the final day and fell to third place behind Alabama angler Steve Kennedy, who finished second with 55-1. Of all the stories that come with such dramatics, the most useful is of the location Lee was fishing. About 100 yards offshore, he targeted a section of hard bottom on a flat point. Lee said he thinks it was rock or gravel, and there was no brush. Finding such a magic spot requires an angler to know their electronics. It’s easy to identify structure with today’s technology. Reading bottom composition can be a little trickier, but it’s easy enough if you know what to look for. Hard bottom, whether it’s shells, a roadbed, rock or gravel, can be a magnet for baitfish and bass. A hard bottom reflects sonar waves emitted by the transducer more efficiently than a soft or mucky bottom. On a traditional unit, a hard bottom will show up as a dense, deeply colored line because of strong echoes bouncing off a solid surface. With soft bottom, some sonar waves penetrate the bottom and are reflected back as weaker signals. The resulting image is a thicker line with less density. Color indicators vary by unit, but you can bet Lee knew what it meant when the bottom was a yellow line on his Lowrance. This barely scratches the surface of the capabilities of today’s technology, but it’s a good example of information that can be gathered when one knows how to read and operate their electronics.

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oing on vacation and trying to decide where your next excursion should be? Fort Myers and Sanibel, Fla. offer something for everyone. Beaches, hiking, kayaking, fishing, camping, birdwatching and shelling abound here. With mild temperatures and low humidity, outside is Photo courtesy of Capt. Terry Fisher/ where you want to be Fish Face Charters after being cooped up through the winter! If fishing is your activity of choice, you have made a great decision. You can take the whole family, only those interested or go it alone. Your best bet for a great day on the water is to hire a professional captain or guide. You can go out on a private charter, where you and your family are the only ones on board, or you may choose a “head boat” where there will be 50 other people fishing with you. Either way, almost everything needed will be provided—boat, license, rod and reel, bait, and a good time. Usually the only things not included are sunscreen and alcoholic beverages. Make sure you ask what is included, just to make sure. Charter guides usually specialize in a certain type of fishing. Inshore fishing trips will have you fishing the flats, mangroves and back-bays. The advantage of inshore fishing is it is usually a more active fishing day, and a windy day won’t ruin your day of fishing. Your guide will move to

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estled in the south Georgia pines just southwest of Adel, Ga. is 3,500 acres of sportsman’s paradise known as Live Oak Plantation. Campbell Roberts and I arrived with Ranger bass boat in tow via a fence-lined, well-manicured slice of green earth that led us to the lodge at Live Oak Plantation. This is where we met our expert bass fishing guide, Max Gresham. Max is a seasoned bass angler and a member of the Valdosta State Blazers bass fishing team. Max perfectly planned our day of bass fishing. With 10 ponds and more than 500 acres of fishable water to choose from, he had his sights

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set on two main bodies of water that had been producing quantity as well as quality bass for the past several days. What a breathtaking sight it was as we traveled the winding road past Jim’s Backyard Pond just as the fog was lifting off the water. We made our way to our first destination, Gator Pond and launched at about 7:45 a.m. Yes, there is a reason they call it Gator Pond and yes, we did see a couple of resident gators. The pond was impeccable, with its splendor of bass cover including grass, dollar pads, lily pads and submerged timber. We had a deck full of rods with an arsenal of big bass lures tied on: buzzbaits, frogs, flukes, trick worms and jigs. Campbell was first to hook up on 3-pound bass swimming a fluke across visible grass structure. Max and I followed with several bass including two massive topwater explosions on frogs that resulted in the big bass of the day. Gator Pond was very good to us that morning, yielding about 25 bass in about four hours. We took a break and headed back to the lodge for a quick lunch and then it was back to fishing. This time we launched the boat in Outback Pond. This pond was heavy in willow trees, laydowns and grass. The bass numbers rose quickly in this pond, one after another. The action was nonstop, cast after cast, bass after bass. We located a ball of baitfish, and the bass were close by. The fluke bite was the strongest around these schoolers, and we managed to bag another 40 bass in about four hours. We all caught our fair share of bass on both of these fine bodies of water. You would need a week or two to thoroughly fish all the beautiful ponds Live Oak Plantation has to offer. When you visit, you must stay and dine at the lodge. The lodge will accommodate up to 12 guests in 10 rooms. There is a conference center that will accommodate groups up to 20. In addition to some of the best bass fishing in the state, Live Oak Plantation offers quail, deer and turkey hunting. They also offer tower pheasant shoots. For additional recreation, there is a well-manicured golf course that has three greens and three tee boxes per hole that allows for nine different holes of golf, and there is also a driving range. For additional Information on Live Oak Plantation, visit their websites www.fishliveoak.com and www.huntliveoak.com or call direct at 800-682-4868. Live Oak Plantation is located at 675 Plantation Road, Adel, GA 31620.

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fter several years of traveling for work, I had enough frequent flyer miles to take my family to Australia to dive on the Great Barrier Reef. After returning home, we heard on the news that two Americans had accidentally been left at sea by the same dive operator we had chartered. The crew miscounted when tracking divers, and by the time the search began, they most likely suffered a slow, agonizing death. That nightmare incident was portrayed in a Hollywood movie. Unfortunately, these “left-at-sea” stories are not uncommon. Boats can become incapacitated; divers can get caught in a current; the possibilities are endless. According to U.S. Coast Guard rescue swimmers, the key to getting rescued is to make yourself visible. A whistle or Dive Alert air horn might be enough to catch the attention of your boat if it is nearby. If lost, it helps if you are wearing a brightly colored wetsuit hood or deploy a brightly colored safety sausage. Even better, you can carry signaling devices such as flares, a mirror (requires sun), or glow sticks (at night). A small LED dive flashlight or strobe can be seen from afar—especially if the USCG is searching with night vision goggles. But what if your boat sank and no one was called? What if you are in a country where there is no coast guard? These thoughts rattled around in my head before a recent trip to a remote island off of Tonga. Fortunately, advances in technology continue to provide new solutions. PLBs (Personal Locator Beacons) on the market today are small, waterproof devices designed to alert search and rescue services of your location anywhere in the world. When activated, it transmits a message on the 406 MHz distress frequency which is monitored by the COSPASSARSAT satellite system. The alert is relayed to the nearest Rescue Coordination Center. Once in the area, rescue services pinpoint your location using the 121.5 MHz homing transmitter. Unlike EPIRBs, which are registered to a specific vessel, a PLB is registered to a person and can be carried wherever you go. Before my trip, I bought an ACR ResQLink PLB from Bass Pro for

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$249. It can be used on land or sea, but divers need to know that taking it deeper than 5 meters could cause the device to activate due to pressure changes, so it should either be secured to a flag float on the surface or stored in a dive canister if taken underwater. The increased peace of mind was well worth the price. There are several similar products on the market. The Ocean Signal rescueME PLB1 operates in a similar manner. Nautilus Lifeline makes a “Marine Rescue GPS” which broadcasts a distress message to all AIS equipped ships up to 34 miles away and to the marine radio on your own vessel. The ultimate survival tool is your ability to keep calm and maintain a positive attitude while taking action to make yourself visible. Prepare ahead of time, and your chances of rescue are very good. Safe diving! Sheri Daye is a world-record holder, host of Speargun Hunter, and producer of “The Blue Wild Ocean Adventure Expo” in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. Follow “Sheri Daye” and “The Blue Wild” on Facebook and Instagram.

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A CAPTAIN AND HIS LUCKY LADY, FISHING THE VIRGIN ISLANDS

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obert Mitchell hasn’t stopped chasing marlin since childhood, when he would see the species or its larger-finned counterpart, the sailfish, mounted on walls of seafood restaurants. After catching plenty wall-worthy fish in the Atlantic, Pacific, and Gulf of Mexico over the years, Robert chose the Virgin Islands to begin living his dream as a charter captain. Now, he takes guests on his boat, The Lucky Lady, to catch marlin and other trophy fish surrounding St. Thomas and St. John. After visiting St. Thomas frequently over the last 10 years, local mainstays on the island have helped Capt. Mitchell settle in since moving there permanently in January. Mitchell said, “Jimmy Loveland has been great to go over to and get advice. Getting to talk to a legend like Jimmy has been fantastic. Jim on the Black Pearl (a fellow USVI sportfishing charter) came over and welcomed me into town. He is a good guy, and I would do anything for these two people.” The name Jimmy Loveland may be familiar to those who follow sportfishing. Loveland founded Marlin Magazine and the USVI Open/Atlantic Blue Marlin Tournament that runs every August in St. Thomas. In addition to advice from fellow anglers, Lady Luck has loyally followed Capt. Mitchell to teach him the nuances of fishing here. Mitchell explained, “Everywhere I have fished, I have been blessed with good luck in finding boils, birds and porpoise. Birds down here are very few. When you see a bird, you better follow it. When you see the porpoise, you might make one or two passes, but that’s it. The lonely bird has been far more successful. The other places I have fished, you looked for a flock of birds and when following the porpoise, you were just about guaranteed a tuna strike.”

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Another key difference anglers find in the Virgin Islands is distance. In contrast to other destinations Mitchell has fished, the boat ride is short. The South Drop is 6 miles from dock, and the North Drop is only 20 miles. These drops are famous. While fishing, Mitchell has watched the bottom drop from 90 to deeper than 3,000 feet in a matter of minutes. Paying close attention, and staying over the intended depth is important. Capt. Mitchell described a recent trip aboard The Lucky Lady when that awareness paid off for anglers. They started the day trolling around a FAD (fish-attracting device) when four out of six lines hit on a school of blackfin tuna. They put their spread out again, started trolling, and then the line popped with a 180-pound blue marlin. The group also caught a wahoo of about 45 pounds and a 25-pound kingfish. “It was a great day on the boat, and everybody got a chance to sit in the (fighting) chair and take a turn,” said the new captain. Luke Cambell is a co-founder of Fisher Guiding, an online marketplace to find and book fishing guides, which is proud to partner with Capt. Mitchell and The Lucky Lady.

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ustom rod building has entered an era of resurgence, with new components, fresh design concepts, and, most importantly, a broad base of sophisticated anglers and creative rod builders driving developments on multiple levels. Today’s avid angler understands the importance of the rod with respect to a given approach or technique. Credit this recognition in large part to the broader segmentation of the markets for fishing rods and lines. Anglers have a much broader selection of both to choose from. More importantly, they have learned to discriminate and apply the right variations to the proper settings. With better understanding and experience, a fisherman begins to dial in on the nuances that make a rod better suited to the technique and personal preferences. Custom rod makers can give an angler everything he wants from essential components to bells and whistles. While “personalization,” artistry and uniqueness drove custom rod making in the past, functionality and comfort are driving custom rod projects today. “I used to have three to five rods that I would use for a given technique,” recalls bass tournament angler and rod builder Chris Adams of Mud Hole Custom Tackle and a member of the Winn Grips pro staff. “One had the guides I liked. Another had a more comfortable reel seat that added to the rod’s sensitivity, but it didn’t have the backbone or action I wanted. Another had the right power and action but didn’t have the components I liked. I realized the easiest way for me to get everything I wanted into one rod was to build it myself, the way I wanted it!” Adams notes that rod grips from Winn (www.winngrips.com) factor into

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many rod-making decisions. The comfort and tackiness of these all-weather grips provide sure-handed angler control. Bass fishermen have driven a lot of technique-specific rod customization. But more and more saltwater anglers are tailoring rods to their task. Many saltwater anglers have taken up custom rod building as hobby or a basement business to build their own rod arsenals. Classes in rod building are available across the country. At the Saltwater Fishing Expo in Somerset, New Jersey, in March, the custom rod craze was evident. Fishermen were building rods for everything from flounder fishing to trolling for big game species. Saltwater anglers often have a more complex set of needs, from guides resistant to corrosion to rod handles that provide adequate control and comfort. A lot of attention at the Winn booth centered around the sneak preview of new tapered rod grips for heavy-duty saltwater fishing, available in multiple lengths and diameters, and the new Winn Rod Handle System. Winn also unveiled a durable and versatile extension of its very popular overwrap, Winn Superior Rod Wrap. Like its predecessor, it can be the primary material in an original rod handle or applied over an existing cork or EVA grip. Winn also will expand its Saltwater Straight Cylinder line of 1.25-inch diameter grips this summer with black grips ranging to 18 inches in length. Get to know a rod builder in your area to create the perfect rod for any technique or style of fishing. Or take up the practice yourself!

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Buy a new Suzuki outboard from 25 to 300 horsepower and take advantage of not just one, but ALL THREE Suzuki Spring promotional offers.

Add cash rebates on select models and you can get up to $800 cash back. Plus our Repower Financing is available at attractive interest rates (on approved credit.*)

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REPOWER FINANCE

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Gimme Six Extended Protection promo is applicable to new Suzuki Outboard Motors from 25 to 300 HP in inventory which are sold and delivered to buyer between 4/01/17 and 6/30/17 in accordance with the promotion by a Participating Authorized Suzuki Marine dealer in the continental US and Alaska to a purchasing customer who resides in the continental US or Alaska. Customer should expect to receive an acknowledgement letter and full copy of contract including terms, conditions and wallet card from Suzuki Extended Protection within 90 days of purchase. If an acknowledgement letter is not received in time period stated, contact Suzuki Motor of America, Inc. – Marine Marketing via email: marinepromo@suz.com. The Gimme Six Promotion is available for pleasure use only, and is not redeemable for cash. Cash Rebates apply to qualifying purchases of select Suzuki Outboard Motors made between 4/01/17 and 6/30/17. For list of designated models, see participating Dealer or visit www.suzukimarine.com. Customer and participating Dealer must fill out the appropriate rebate form at time of sale. Customer will have the choice to either apply the cash rebate against the original dealer invoice (Suzuki will credit Dealer parts account) or have a check sent directly to the customer. There are no model substitutions, benefit substitutions, rain checks, or extensions. Suzuki reserves the right to change or cancel these promotions at any time without notice or obligation. * Financing offers available through Synchrony Retail Finance. As low as 5.99% APR financing for 60 months on new and unregistered Suzuki Outboard Motors. Subject to credit approval. Not all buyers will qualify. Approval, and any rates and terms provided, are based on credit worthiness. $19.99/month per $1,000 financed for 60 months is based on 5.99% APR. Hypothetical figures used in calculation; your actual monthly payment may differ based on financing terms, credit tier qualification, accessories or other factors such as down payment and fees. Offer effective on new, unregistered Suzuki Outboard Motors purchased from a participating authorized Suzuki dealer between 4/01/17 and 6/30/17. “Gimme Six”, the Suzuki “S” and model names are Suzuki trademarks or ®. Don’t drink and drive. Always wear a USCG-approved life jacket and read your owner’s manual. © 2017 Suzuki Motor of America, Inc.

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