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oars. He rowed and coached and again showed us the bounty of the “Hooch.” The Angler Magazine Atlanta co-publisher Bob Rice and I have fished with Scalley several times before. Our late-September trip was another good one. The river’s wild reproducing brown trout were active in cooling weather patterns, and they punctuated a steady catch of sleek and feisty rainbows. The Chattahoochee is one of the best tailwater trout fisheries in the Southeast. It is a success story for fisheries management. Georgia DNR stopped stocking brown trout in the river in 2005 after natural reproduction was discovered. Today, those beautiful butter-bellies still thrive. It’s a unique situation that has made this 30-mile-long stretch a destination fishery. The Hooch has produced a string of state-record browns, including the current nearly 21-pounder. But before you get geared up for 30-inch trout, realize that while monsters do exist in the river’s deep holes and log jams, they are not frequent catches. Over several trips with Scalley, it seems a pretty good day consists of numerous rainbows, a handful of browns in the 10- to 12-inch range and a fish or two in the 14- to 16-inch range. Of course, the opportunity for larger fish is always present. Early in our float, a wading angler hailed us over to show photos of a 20-plus-inch fish he had in his net earlier that day. It was proof the big girls were eating, and it inspired us to fish our triplenymph rigs more diligently. After bringing several 8- to 12-inch rainbow trout to hand, I hooked into our first brown, a gorgeous 15-incher that took the big black stonefly anchoring the rig. We went on to catch several more good browns and a bunch of rainbows. The bows preferred either the small Baetis nymph in the rig or an egg pattern Scalley called a Stormy Daniels. While fishing three nymphs at once might sound like a recipe for disaster, it’s actually quite simple. Under Scalley’s coaching, even beginners catch on to the looping lob it takes to cast such a rig. Once it’s in the water, nymphing with an indicator is a lot like the bobber fishing you did as a kid. You just float down the river and watch for a fish to bite. Those bites should be frequent over the next few months. Water temperatures remain consistent on the tailwater year-round, and fall and winter offer great fishing for wild browns. Contact Chris Scalley and River Through Atlanta through their website riverthroughatlanta.com, or call (770) 650-8630.

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on the surface, send it on down. Affix breakaway lights along the wind-on leader near the bait. About 100 feet up the leader, use rigging floss to create a loop where the clip for the weight will attach to the main line. The clip is attached to about 30 feet of lighter leader, in the 50-pound range, that is then affixed to a weight. Adjust weight to the current. A reasonable go-to is 10 pounds. Again, ensure you have extra weights on board before investing in a sword trip. The last thing you want is to get revved up over a bite, come up without a weight and have to scavenge a tool box for your heaviest wrenches to toss overboard. There are a few different styles of driving the boat for swordfishing that have proven successful. Regardless of the method you chose, the idea is to keep the weight from free falling and tangling the line. Keep tension on the line while it is going down, take up the slack, and relocate the bottom. Come up off the bottom 100 feet, or so, and continue that process as you drift over varied depths. Keep eyes on the rod tip the entire time, and find the happy medium between not blinking and not losing your mind. Swordfish might swipe the bait before committing to the hook, or they might hammer it. Sometimes they just start swimming to the surface with it. All the different bites look different on the rod tip. You might see the rod bounce with taps, get heavy and not bounce at all, or just completely go slack. Whether the bite is obvious or subtle, setting the hook or knowing when to reel up to check the bait is a matter of experience. Swordfish are counted like tarpon, where the overall bite count is included along with those landed. Don’t even bother fishing for swords if

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f all the non-native fish species that have established themselves in South Florida’s system of freshwater lakes and canals, peacock bass are the only ones that arrived legally. Butterfly peacock bass are a species anglers are glad to have, and Felipe Prieto, of Hialeah, caught a dandy out of a Broward County lake while fishing live bait after work. His 9.11-pound, 23 5/16-inch catch was recently certified by FWC as a new state record. Prieto’s big peacock bested a mark that has stood for nearly three decades. The previous state record of 9.08 pounds was caught back in 1993. It is not, however, the largest ever caught in Florida. FWC has record of a 12-pound, 25.5-inch peacock that was not submitted for state record recognition. That fish was not far off the current IGFA all-tackle world record, which weighed 12 pounds, 9 ounces and was caught from Venezuela’s Chiguao River in January of 2000. Peacock bass are native to South America, and they were intentionally introduced to Florida. The FWC stocked peacock bass in coastal southeast Florida canals in 1984 to help reduce the number of undesirable exotic fishes, especially spotted tilapia. An awesome new fishery was a side benefit of the stocking. Limited low-temperature tolerance normally restricts butterfly peacocks to Broward and Miami-Dade counties, but recent mild winters have allowed anglers as far north as Palm Beach County to enjoy catching this species. “The butterfly peacock bass is colorful, a lightning-fast striker and a hard fighter,” said FWC Commission Chairman Rodney Barreto. “Anglers from across the country travel here to catch a peacock bass, which only adds to the tremendous economic impact fishing has in Florida. This unique game fish is just one of the features that makes Florida, truly, the Fishing and Boating Capital of the World.”

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all fishing can be the easiest and best fishing of the year. For me it is the flounder run, schools of trout and reds under flocks of gulls, and the prelim to giant trophy trout time. The fall flounder migration is definitely a staple of fall fishing, and I know that it goes on wherever flatfish exist. We do have a closed season for the first time, so be sure to check the regs wherever you plan to fish. Most states have changed flounder regulation in the last couple years. Not only are flounder easier to find when they travel though the passes in their voyage to their spawning grounds, they also feed aggressively as they follow baitfish out of the bays. When I focus on flounder, I change my presentation dramatically. I like to apply scent to my lures, which gives you a great advantage when it comes to catching flounder. A tandem rig is a popular method to utilize for flounder. Since flounder frequently ambush bait by burying themselves in the sand, I keep my lead lure in contact with the bottom at all times and give the lure a twitch with my rod using a sideways motion. If I am in a boat, I do this with my rod tip down, but while wading my rod moves to my side. Finding trout and reds smashing shrimp under feeding gulls can really get your heart pumping from the visual excitement. It can also provide nonstop fish on every cast. This is especially true in the fall, when it is more common to find larger trout schooling than in the other three seasons. When fishing the birds, I use a heavier jighead than I typically do. A ¼- to 3/8-ounce jighead works well. The more skittish the fish and birds, the heavier head I will use. I do this simply to increase my casting distance, so I can reach the schools sooner and stay farther away in an attempt to

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see these pompano and black drum begin to move into our region. Traveling south from the Carolinas with the subsequently declining water temperatures depict the fish moving through North Florida and reaching Brevard BY CAPT. LUKAS BRICKWEG County’s northern beaches within the first few cold fronts. Once this pattern of dropping ovember surf fishing along the Space Coast using Fishbites, temperatures takes hold, these fish will be will bring with it a changing of the guards. sandfleas, clams pursued throughout the region as they journey The seasonal temperatures cooling signify an and shrimp as the south. That’s where the cat-and-mouse game end to the fall mullet run and the beginning of baits of choice. comes into play, trying to keep a pulse on their the Pompano run—a favorite time of year for Another option to target movements to stay on the higher concentrations surf fishing anglers along the entire Florida coast. majority bluefish and mackerel will be of pompano. Pompano are revered by most as the intended chunked mullet or a rapidly retrieved spoon. Needless to say, November couldn’t come Fishing near Cocoa Beach during the initial soon enough for most of us diehard pompano target species throughout the winter and spring months. The initial influx of major schools can pulse of pompano should be a sure fire bet to fishermen. The cool, northeasterly breeze signals happen in a moment’s notice, winter is upon us and chills the sun’s rays to the so everyone will be awaiting delight of the many anglers awaiting the next that first word of big catches. strike. Surf fisherman littering the coast look to The pompano bite will reap the rewards of delicious table fare species undoubtedly hold the tone in of pompano, whiting and Spanish mackerel. any surf fishing conversations Excitingly ambitious anglers may beat the first during the month of morning’s light to try and reach their favorite November. With that being spots on each beach access before any others stifle said, don’t forget the other the plan. species that infiltrate the Pompano along the Space Coast are sure to Brevard County waters drive us all mad, so get ready and prepare for an due to the cooling water undoubtedly much anticipated beginning to the temperatures. Big whiting, Florida pompano run. bluefish, Spanish mackerel and black drum will be the CAPT. LUKAS BRICKWEG less notorious species that Cocoa Beach Surf Fishing Charters may go under the radar. All cocoabeachsurffishingcharters@gmail.com the above mentioned species Targeting pompano is a sure fire bet for successful surf fishing www.cocoabeachsurffishingcharters.com can be targeted with varying on Space Coast beaches in November. (321) 205-4672 styles of pompano rigs

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baits, and suspending lures like the Rapala Sub Walk or Twichin’ Mullet in the mangrove minnow, pinfish, or mullet finishes are top lures that will get a bite. Black drum may be possible out on the flats for anglers casting live shrimp,

BY CAPT. JIM ROSS PORT CANAVERAL: The fall mullet run that waters cool into the started back in October will start winding mid 70-degree range. These tasty down this month. There are usually still plenty fish are found around the ships channel buoys of pilchards and glass minnows around to hold and any type of floating debris in the near-shore predators near docks, waters. Live shrimp is piers, jetties and your best bet when other ambush points targeting these fish. around the port this BANANA RIVER month. Flounder are LAGOON: Speckled currently out of season trout, redfish, and due to the new FWC snook will be the regulations, but they most common species are normally plentiful anglers will find throughout the port beneath the roots and this month. Spanish branches of mangrove mackerel, bluefish, trees this month. Find redfish, and snook are areas where baitfish all possible catches are holding near these when using live types of structure baits in and around Snook have been on fire over the past and you should find the port area and month and if water temps stay above all three species of beaches. Tripletail the mid 70 degree mark you can expect predators there. Small should become more to catch plenty this month as well. jigs, soft plastic jerk prevalent as the ocean

Trout action should remain good on most days in this section of the Banana River Lagoon.

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he mullet run is running late and could last into the month of November. As long as the weather stays nice and the bait stays around, the inlet and beach fishing will be fantastic. If the cold fronts come early, the inlet fishing will be fantastic, but we won’t be able to get off the beach for the tarpon and sharks. The strong cold fronts will bring big swells, but the tarpon and sharks will move into Sebastian Inlet on the outgoing tides looking for a meal. Bucktail jigs in 2-3 ounce, D.O.A. Baitbuster with the heavy jighead, and heavy jighead with paddletails, along with Rapala X-Rap 14 long cast baits will be the key artificial baits to use in the evening and after dark. Drifting pinfish and pigfish in the evenings will account for a good number of snook and redfish as well. Depending on the fronts, there should be a lot of finger mullet in the lagoon as well as the creeks from Sebastian River to Turkey and Crane Creeks and the Eau Gallie River by Ballard Park. With the bait inside the lagoon and the lower water temps, the inshore fishing should be good throughout November. There will be plenty of trout, slot-sized redfish, snook and some flounder in the mangroves and along the spoil islands. Look for bait pods and fish the areas with a lot of bait with soft plastics or finger mullet. The bite in Sebastian Inlet was good in October for snook Noah with a nice Lagoon trout. on incoming tides inside the inlet along the shorelines. Live pinfish and pigfish have been the best baits, and mullet should be your second choice for baits during the daytime. Rapala X-Rap 14 and bucktails work well at night as do Hogy Paddletail baits and D.O.A. Baitbusters. Throw in jacks and redfish on the outgoing tides and the fishing has been pretty good. Look for the shrimp to start moving through the inlet later in November. The snook, reds and black drum should start stacking up in the inlet if the winds stay light and feed on the shimp flushing out with the tide. November is also the time anglers start catching the big flounder in the Inlet west of the bridge, from the catwalks and in the lagoon. Live bait anglers looking for big flounder in the inlet will have the best success with live finger mullet and mud minnows soaked on the bottom using a fishfinder rig with a 12-18” leader. I prefer to jig ½ ounce or ¾ ounce jigs with Storm 360 GT paddletails or 4” jerkbaits on the bottom using either pro cure or strips of mullet or pinfish as an attractant. The larger flounder are usually caught on live bait, but more fish are caught on artificial baits.

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ello fall temps, cool fronts and winter breeze! Fishing in the winter months is my favorite time of the year to fish the flats and back country. The water levels are finally dropping and the water clarity has improved tremendously and will continue with the cooler weather coming in. As cold fronts start to become more frequent red fish will start to form into bigger schools, as well as big trout, snook and schools of black drum coming through. With the right timing you can have very successful day pulling plenty of fish to the boat! As the water temps drop you will start to find snook stacked up, as you all know I am all over the map from kayak, shore line and skiff or simply wading out. From paddling down the canals and up to dock lights. Anywhere you see structure, drift wood, ...in these cooler months you trees you will be sure to will have no trouble hooking snag a snook! I have been finding schools of snook up in the lagoon and find you of all sizes schooled up will have great success. So go out together, in the evening or early morning hours I there enjoy the cool breeze and find working an artificial give it all you got. or for those who like to use live baits, I find free lining a jumbo shrimp most effective. My go to lure for snook is a DOA paddle-tail jig, SLAYER XLs on a weedless or a VUDU mullet, your artificial options are endless! Work it every area and body of water flat etc is different, get out there and experiment. You know snook cant resist those top waters, as to us anglers watching a snook blow up on a top water! A Badonkadonk or Bomber is my go to, watching your snook smash one of these will certainly leave you feeling fulfilled! The redfish bite has been really good! You will start to see the bigger girls coming in the flats and finding them laid up in the sand spots. I haven’t seen really any schools of redfish they are still scattered around 14 BREVARD/VOLUSIA

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the flats and gravitating toward shorelines and mangroves in Mosquito Lagoon and throughout the back country in the Tomoka Basin. As they are thinking and clearing out, you also still have chances of still hooking up to those bull reds in the inlet. As the cold fronts start to come in more frequent redfish will start to form into bigger schools. I find free-lining mullet has been their preferred bait of choose, but those who know me know I never hit the water with out being fully prepared and always have live and artificials on my kayak. Soft plastic jerk baits and spoons are great producers for lure action, The trout bite is really picking up!! The cooler water has the big girls coming through, laying up in the sand spots for mot of the days. They are gearing up for the cooler water and bait is plentiful and they are suckers for free-lined mullet and pig fish. In between fronts big trout can be very active as long as the water stays cooler be prepared for great action! The water levels are dropping and the clarity in Mosquito Lagoon is improve which is great for sight casting. The bite in the basin for snook and redfish is on fire and only getting better, hooking up to those bigger catches. But this time of the year between the fall weather and the cool fronts coming in the wind is picking up which makes it harder to use those artificials where you will find it easier to hook up on live bait! As for myself I will take the challenge and battle the wind with artificials! I enjoy the art of angling and find it much more fulfilling landing my fish on artificial baits. Mullet, jumbo shrimp, soft plastics, top waters, twitch baits, in these cooler months you will have no trouble hooking up in the lagoon and find you will have great success. So go out there enjoy the cool breeze and give it all you got. INSHORE ADVENTURES WITH SKYE Feel free to check out my inshore fishing adventures on Facebook @ Inshore Adventures with Skye and on Instagram brassyangler

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those finicky fish that are holding on the bottom. This past month seen some great catches with Mr.Breslin beating up on some black drum. Sean had some very impressive snook fishing the night tides and Kate scored with some nice flounder .Great job guys. I do wanna wish everyone a safe and happy thanksgiving. Tight lines

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Cut mullet will also work along with cut bluefish if the fishing is tough! Also early in the month don’t forget about tarpon. Use live mullet, pinfish, and live blue crab on freelines where you see them feeding. Lastly snook … early in the month before the water temp drops is your best shot. Drifting baits through the lights at night or along the rocks in an outgoing tide should get you a bite! Get out there and catch some fish before it gets colder. As always if you see us on the water say hello and good luck! — Capt. James Thrappas | Splash Brand Representation LLC 386-366-3424 | yellowdawgfishing@gmail.com

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ovember can begin the transition from warm Florida to early winter fishing patterns if we have chilly weather this month, the subtropical coastal migrating species will begin moving south where they spend the winter, including Tarpon, Jack Crevalle, Ladyfish, Pompano, and Spanish Mackerel. The mullet run follows the same south bound route, how soon and low the water temperatures drop will determine the timing. Resident fish Redfish, Snook, Seatrout, Snapper, etc remain in our waters through winter, cold water species will begin to move in, including Sheepshead, Black Drum and Bluefish. Mosquito Lagoon water levels can remain high after a flooded autumn, in the lagoon and backcountry, shorelines can still be a good bet with high water, also the flooded marsh, more sight fishing if clearer water, James released a good Edgewater Backcountry more blind casting Snook with Capt Michael Savedow soft plastics and soaking cut or live finger mullet/mud minnows in cloudy water. Early morning throw top water lures on flats, edges, and over top of submerged drop offs, after the sun is up, switch to sub surface, soft plastics with 1/8 or 1/16 jig head for deeper water, or weedless jerkbaits in the shallows, in the backwaters free lined live shrimp or finger mullet are always a go to bait, hard plastics like MirrOdines and twitch baits also good. Snook season is still open, 28” to 32” slot size limit, 1 per person a day, a Snook permit on your fishing license needed to keep one. To target bigger fish, go with bigger baits, like mullet, pinfish and select shrimp, free lined for surface action, with small weight for deeper spots, on artificials, larger swimming lures for surface, jigs and bucktails for deeper, fish Ponce Inlet jetties and channel, bridge pilings, docks, Spruce Creek and Tomoka areas, Haulover Canal, nightime, early morning before sunrise, moving water can be best in the tidal areas. November also continues the bull Redfish spawn, Ponce Inlet is the center of attention, they can also be along the Intracoastal Waterway, NSB bridges, and Haulover Canal, anchor or drift and soak half or whole Blue Crabs, live Pinfish, or Mullet. Before the chill comes, Snook, Tarpon and Sharks can also be in the inlet with the big Reds. Some years the first cold spell can come this month, if it’s fast and hard, lagoon fish can get a little shocky after a year of warm water as they get used to the first cold water of the year. The near shore ocean this month can be very good for southward migrating schools of Spanish Mackerel and Bluefish from near the beach out to about a mile, watch for surface activity like white water strikes and diving birds, they will be feeding on smaller size baitfish so match the hatch with small long casting shiny spoons, Gotcha plugs and flies. — Capt Michael Savedow https://EdgewaterRiverGuide.com / 386-689-3781

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couple of years ago I went on a fishing trip to Costa Rica with two friends. We fished out of the town of Playa Del Carmen for three days, blessed with terrific weather and lucky to have very good charter captains and mates. For two days we had excellent luck catching a variety of fish including Rooster fish, Yellow Fin Tuna and tons of Dorado (Mahi). We caught so many Mahi that we actually got tired of the same old “oh, it’s another Mahi”. On the third day I was fortunate enough to latch on to a fish that bent my pole in an arc and kept it that way, pulling like a freight train for a good 20 minutes. This was no Mahi. Once the mate wrestled the fish onboard, we saw that it was a nice sized Cuberra Snapper (also known as Cuban Snapper) probably close to 40 pounds. That fish seemed really big to me even knowing that they can get to over 100 pounds. I was delighted to complete the “Coco Slam” consisting of Dorado, Tuna and Snapper. — Ron Nekula

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f you folks are anything like me, I am sure you have welcomed the slightly cooler weather of November with open arms. With the slightly cooler temperatures, comes much “hotter” fishing up here in the highbridge area. Not quite cold enough to school the reds up yet but definitely cool enough to get them into the flats and aggressively feeding. Keep your eyes peeled along the banks for crawling reds, hunting smaller crustaceans as well as the small fry bait fish that hope for sanctuary in such shallow water. The trout bite is definitely picking up now as well. Find a decent drop off from a sand bar or oyster bed with a good flow of water coming through and the trout should be around. Early morning top water or live shrimp on a cork should do the trick. Don’t be surprised if find an abundance of flounder

laying around also. With the new regs in place you won’t be able to harvest this month any longer so definitely read the new regs for your area and stay as up to date as possible. For my avid Bridge fishermen, highbridge will be loaded with snook. Patience is the key to success for these aerial, big lipped beasts. It’s not uncommon for some of these guys to come up and make 1000 casts and have a shot at only one fish. Chances are though that one fish is probably slot so it all works itself out in the end. Black drum and sheepshead will be starting to make their debut in better numbers this month. Shrimp, fiddler crabs, or any small crustacean will work best when targeting these species. All in all, dust off the rods, fuel up the watercraft and get out to your favorite honey hole. November is one of my favorite months to be on water. Until next time folks, keep your rods bent and your line wet!!! Dave Farlow | Salty Dawg Outfitters, highbridge

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was always destined to be a fisherman. I recall watching childhood heroes fishing exotic places on Saturday morning fishing shows and dreaming I would be one of the fortunate anglers to make experiences like those a reality. I watched Flip Pallot fly fishing the Everglades. I saw legendary Capt. Billy Black on the deck of the Duchess off Walker’s Cay. For a young man from up North, Florida was Mecca if your passion was sportfishing. Imagine the excitement when my wife and I had the opportunity to make a life-changing move. It was only natural that we chose Florida. We wanted somewhere with mild winters and a small-town feeling that was close enough to major attractions. We decided the Jensen Beach/Stuart area was perfect. Not to mention that Billy Black and the Duchess call Stuart home. I have since met this man. He is not only a great captain and fisherman, he is a very genuine and kind man. The fishing is all that I imagined. Lake Okeechobee is a short drive to the west, the Florida Keys are just a few hours south, and the Indian River Lagoon is our new backyard. The Treasure Coast has wonderful offshore fishing, where mahi and sailfish are much sought after. The annual glass minnow run sends anglers roaming beaches in search of tarpon and snook. Most days it does not disappoint. If you turn on the television during “Shark Week,” you’ll undoubtably see mention of the shark migration through South Florida. It boggles the mind just how many sharks cruise the waters here. But, the granddaddy of them all is the “mullet run.” There are very few area anglers who don’t await this time of year like a youngster on the night before Christmas. The Indian River Lagoon comes alive, as everything eagerly devours this bountiful baitfish. This area has a wide variety of quality fishing, something for everyone, regardless of target species. The Indian River Lagoon needs no introduction. This world-class fishery has a long and storied reputation and is on the bucket list of any person dreaming of snook, trout and redfish. When the topic of Mosquito Lagoon comes up, visions of monster redfish and goliath trout come to mind. The IRL produced one of the most impressive catches in recent history when in 1995 angler Craig Carson, of Orlando, caught the heaviest spotted seatrout ever recorded. The 17-pound, 7-ounce beast was pulled from a backwater cove in Fort Pierce. It’s been a few years since we made the move to follow my dreams of fishing. The Treasure Coast has certainly lived up to its name. I cherish every outing in this beautiful and diverse environment. And, even after all the years, after all the places I have been fortunate to visit, I still have species left on my bucket list. I can think of no better place to pursue those fish than Florida. For more from Rex Hannon, go to www.coastalanglermagazine.com.

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ooling weather and longer nights make November one of the hottest beach fishing months of the year. Early November still features the occasional late run of mullet trying to catch up with the main waves that already moved through. Yes, the mullet runs are mostly in October, but warmer weather patterns have extended the runs into November. Look for birds and bait. There are many beach accesses in Martin and St. Lucie counties. If fishing on the Treasure Coast, try different beach accesses between the St. Lucie and Ft. Peirce inlets. Deeper water beach areas have been producing bigger and more fish. Some of the deeper water accesses are Bathtub Beach (walk to the inlet point), Tiger Shores, Walton Rocks and Ft. Pierce Inlet point. Either side of high tide seems to be best (incoming high or outgoing high). There are still lots of tarpon schooling and large snook, and the bite is hot the whole month. In midDecember and January, the patterns change and both snook and tarpon are harder to catch. Try freelining a 6- to 8-inch mullet or croaker just past the trough and working the outside of the trough during the day. Early morning or evening, fish are closer to the shore and use the trough as their bait freeway. The trough

is a deep channel carved out by the closest waves (first breakers) and is usually 1 or 2 feet deeper than the sand line. For large fish, use 20- to 40-pound braid (white) with a 40-pound fluorocarbon leader. Besides freelining live bait, try using a jig with a 4-inch paddletail or a silver crocodile-style spoon (1 oz.). Yo-Zuri shallowdiving crankbaits (white) and topwater (Zara Spook/Skitterwalk) will also work for schooling fish chasing bait. November is also the month when mackerel, pompano and bluefish begin their southward migration. They start showing up around the mullet run, and by the end of November are regularly caught off our beaches. Mackerel and bluefish like shiny fast-moving lures like spoons, while bluefish can also be caught on cut bait. Both have teeth, so be prepared to have your leader cut! Pompano usually can best be caught on live sand fleas or red Fishbites. The mackerel bite is best in a small boat around the inlets or in the bull-shark reef area, but surf fishermen can have hot mackerel action, too. In the morning, the bite is usually near the trough when bait is present. Later in the day, make long casts with silver or gold spoons. Good luck! May your days be filled with leaping fish and tight lines. Richard Matteson is a long-time contributor to Coastal Angler Magazine and staff writer for the Stuart Rod and Reel Club.


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olor mutations occur in a variety of wildlife species—albino whitetail deer, black (melanistic) coyotes and yes, piebald catfish. To witness, and especially catch, one of those unique creatures, however, is rare. Yet it happened recently for Rocco Mansueto on the Tennessee River. Mansueto was fishing in late September with Capt. Joe Jellison, a guide working with Scenic City Fishing Charters in Chattanooga, Tenn. Capt. Jellison also produces the popular YouTube Channel, Chatt Cats Fishing. Capt. Jellison routinely fishes on the Tennessee River near Chattanooga. His clients had already enjoyed a successful day, including a 27-pound blue caught by Rocco’s brother, Phillip, when Rocco hooked up again on a respectable catfish. When they fought the fish close enough to the boat to see it, Capt. Jellison, who has boated thousands of catfish, said he was awestruck. “Piebald catfish are quite rare. There’s one-in-a-million chance of getting one,” said Capt. Jellison. “They are actually blue catfish with a genetic mutation. I told Rocco many (or most) fishermen will fish their whole life and not catch a piebald catfish.” Piebaldism is the absence of melanin-forming cells (melanocytes) in certain areas of the skin. It is different from albinism, where all cells lack the ability to produce pigment altogether. Hence, piebald creatures do not have the pink eye characteristic of albinos. The piebald gene is often hereditary. Another Scenic City Fishing guide, Capt. Sam Simons, caught a similar fish in 2019. While it appeared to be a totally white albino, it did not have the characteristic pink eye, hence was probably a piebald as well. At the time of the catch, Capt. Jellison was drifting chicken breast as bait in the Tennessee River current, what Scenic City guides refer to as their “light tackle technique.” They use standard spinning gear and relatively light line (10-pound mono or 20-pound braid), which allows the bait to drift more naturally. Even though they use light tackle, the technique sometimes produces big catfish—up to 50 and 60 pounds. However, trophy-sized catfish are not as rare, or as cherished, as a once-in-a-lifetime piebald. Mansueto released his rare piebald catfish back into the river in hopes someone else might someday have the same experience he did. Richard Simms is an outdoor journalist and owner/guide at Scenic City Fishing Charters in Chattanooga, Tenn. Check them out at www.sceniccityfishing.com.

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