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Losing Count On The Clinch River By Nick Carter

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very now and then, there are magical days when all the variables align. It can seem almost too easy. The fish just eat what you’re throwing, and it’s glorious. Of course, these days happen more often for those who have a fishery dialed in. And for the rest of us who can’t be on the water daily to learn a river, the next best thing is to go with someone who can. That’s where Capt. Dane Law and Bill Stranahan, of Southeastern Anglers, stepped in during a recent trip on the Clinch River, northwest of Knoxville, Tenn. The Clinch is one of the Southeast’s

premier trout fisheries. It is a 13-mile tailwater fed by cold, oxygenated waters of Norris Dam. Tennessee stocks the river with rainbow and brown trout, and bank anglers line up near stocking points to pitch baits for a seven-fish limit. That’s all well and good, but for anglers in search of more than a fish dinner, the river is great because of all the trout that survive this initial onslaught. There is some natural reproduction in the river, and with a 14- to 20-inch protected length range and an allowance of one keeper fish longer than 20 inches, trout that reach the protected slot are free to grow. And they grow quickly. The Clinch has gained a reputation for being fickle and for requiring delicate presentation of tiny flies. “The Grinch or The Cinch,” is a clichéd phrase Bill related to me while launching his jet-powered G3 on a hot Tuesday morning in June. By mid-afternoon, it was difficult to imagine this river being stingy. Maybe a minute into our first drift, Dane hooked up with a gorgeous rainbow that pushed the upper end of that 20-inch slot. It was an indicator of good things to come. The action remained constant for the next five hours. We must have caught 30 or more trout, including four that measured 18 to 20 inches and a couple presumably larger fish that snapped the 6x tippet required to draw strikes. And it was simple fishing. Dane and Bill showed up armed to the teeth with 5- to 7-weight rods and reels, with everything from floating to 300-grain sinking lines. Their flies ran the gamut from tiny midges to big articulated streamers. On this day, the vast majority of their arsenal saw no action. The only thing we needed was Bill’s initial suggestion: a size 16 bead-head Prince Nymph dropped 5 feet beneath a foam hopper. Several times, Dane or Bill remarked that the river normally doesn’t fish this ridiculously well. But when it all comes together, there is nothing more fun than floating a river and losing count of the fish. Southeastern Anglers is a multi-state fly fishing outfitter. Check out all the trips they offer at www.southeasternanglers.com

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Destination: Fishing!

Using Technology For Rhode Island Stripers By Tom Schlichter

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t’s hard to find a place better suited for catching trophy striped bass than the waters surrounding Rhode Island’s Narragansett Bay area. With a mix of rocky bottom, strong currents and tons of forage species in nearby ocean waters, plus miles of mud flats inside the bay, this stretch is loaded with big fish potential. Flippin Out Charters skipper BJ Silvia has mined these waters for more than 30 years. He’s boated hundreds of bass in the 40-pound class, plus five weighing 50 to 54 pounds… and he thinks the fishing here is on the verge of getting better! “The number of stripers coming through the ranks right now is amazing,” he said, “We’ve got plenty of cow bass, plus an unprecedented number of fish ranging from shorts to 20 pounds. If we protect the young year classes over the next few years, the potential is outstanding.”

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The shallow waters of Narragansett Bay receive a solid shot of big stripers each May, the 48-year old revealed. Those fish drop out of the Hudson River and spread across the mud flats, traveling in small wolf packs that most anglers target with random casting. Using the latest technology, however, gives Silvia a big edge. He’s hooked on side-scanning sonar to isolate the bass packs on the flats. “Any fishfinder can spot fish below the boat,” Silvia emphasized, “but my Humminbird Solix 15 scans the surrounding waters with super-clear images that push out several hundred feet. For the sharpest images, I set my system to scan within 100 feet. Once we spot these fish, we target them with big plugs like a Musky Mania Doc or topwater spooks. Last spring, the big bass were more spread out than usual, so my Solix proved a lifesaver. It helped get me on the fish quickly, which resulted in more fishing and less searching around.” Technology counts later in the summer as well, added Silvia. Once the stripers leave the shallows, they hold around bottom humps in ocean depths ranging from 20 to 50 feet during July and August. Here, the striper sharpie targets cows using live eels. He’ll fish one weightless rig, one with a small egg sinker, and a third with more weight based on drift speed. On tough days, he said, the biggest bass often prefer the lightest rigs. Focusing again on his technological edge, Silvia noted the bestknown striper spots see tremendous pressure, so he uses his Humminbird fishfinders (he also has a Solix 12 and Solix 10) to look for isolated pieces that don’t show up on the charts. “I use the auto-chart live feature to record them as way points,” he said. “That way, I’m hitting small spots others miss. These often hold the biggest fish.” Contact Silvia at Flippin Out Charters (Flippinoutcharters.com; 401-529-2267). To go it alone, tie-up or launch from Fort Adams State Park Newport, RI (www.dem.gov; 401-847-2400). For overnight accommodations, The Courtyard by Marriot, Middletown, RI (www. marriot.com; 401-849-8000) is reasonably priced and a five-minute drive from the water.

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America’s Boating Club Delivers Boating Education

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hen it comes to boating education, nothing beats getting out on the water with an instructor. Whether you are learning about the subtlety of throttle control while docking or decision making based on the rules of the road while underway, having a knowledgeable instructor to guide you is irreplaceable. A good source for on-the-water boater education is United States Power Squadrons – America’s Boating Club. Your local squadron will have a schedule of courses covering topics like boat safety equipment and procedures, basic vessel operation and controls, close quarters maneuvering, operating a boat on plane, docking, anchoring, emergency maneuvers and man overboard recovery, to name a few. To bolster your on-the-water training, America’s Boating Club has released digital assets designed to enhance boating education with the Digital Media Library and America’s Boating Channel. Funded by grants from the United States Coast Guard, United States Power Squadrons – America’s Boating Club’s Digital Media Library houses multiple formats of digital media focused on boating safety and boater education including videos, slideshows, images, animations, audio presentations and instructor’s manuals. Videos have also been made available through a YouTube channel, America’s Boating Channel, to allow users to stream video content online. Videos and animations cover a wide range of topics and are organized into sections like Planning, Departure, Underway and Arrival. Each video goes into more detail tackling subjects like life jackets, vessel inspections, steering basics, anchoring, man overboard, docking, mooring and shoreline landings. “In an ongoing effort to make boater education more accessible, we have turned to digital and online resources to disseminate the latest information,” said Gary Cheney, chief commander, United States Power Squadrons. “The mission of the United States Power Squadrons is to promote safe boating through education. By offering video assets through the Digital Media Library and America’s Boating Channel, we give

individuals access to vital boating information that they can view at home or on the go. It’s all part of making it easier than ever before to become a safer and more knowledgeable boater.” Providing original multimedia content instructors can use to enhance their classroom offerings, the Digital Media Library lets individuals view videos at home to reinforce what is learned in class. Videos provide an introduction to a range of boating topics, essential skills and etiquette. Links to “Learn More” at the end of each video promote further education. New content is added regularly. A new video series currently in production includes four videos on various aspects of life jackets, six on personal watercraft operation and one each on accident reporting, frequently asked questions about navigation rules, visual distress signals and mobile maritime service identities. Videos are also available in both English and Spanish. The Digital Media Library can be accessed at uspsdml.org/videos/. America’s Boating Channel can be found at americasboatingchannel.com/. Knowledge is key to a safe and enjoyable time on the water. United States Power Squadrons – America’s Boating Club, has the materials you need to enhance your education. Find your local squadron at www. americasboatingclub.org and sign up for a class today!

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FISH & FISHING

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ost anglers go out of their way to avoid hooking a shark. In their minds, anyone who actually hunts sharks doesn’t know much about fishing and has his priorities mixed up. They reason that these toothy critters don’t put up much of a battle. With sharks of any size and particularly in relatively shallow water, you’re going to have to crank the engine and chase them with the boat. Two of the toughest and most memorable battles I have ever endured involved sharks that pounced on a fish I had almost landed. In the first instance, I was leading a relatively small wahoo to the boat so we could release it. Suddenly, an oversized mako shark ate half of that fish in one bite and inadvertently got itself hooked. We chased that mako forever, and I put every ounce of pressure on it that I could until my arms and shoulders turned numb from the pain. During all that time, we hadn’t even slowed the shark down. Finally, in desperation, I purposely broke the shark off. The second battle took place over Pinas Reef in Panama, where I was getting close to landing a 250-pound black marlin. That’s when some unseen creature devoured the marlin in three bites. It took over an hour before I could bring that shark alongside the boat. It had to weigh at least 1,500 pounds and was half as long as the boat. That, by the way, was the biggest fish I’ve ever caught. Whenever and wherever you fish, keep a rod rigged and ready for sharks. It should have an abrasion leader about 10

feet long and 12 to 18 inches of single-strand wire between the abrasion leader and the hook. A circle hook should be your first choice because its hooking ratio is higher than any other type. And remember that you don’t have to set it. Unless you are only trolling, you want to be able to cast a bait in front of a cruising shark and retrieve it on the surface or close to it. A balao or a strip of natural bait should do the job. Casting to a cruising shark is exciting sport, but in areas that boast plenty of sharks, you can also anchor the boat and chum them with chunks of natural bait. You’ll need a quick release on the anchor, because a hooked shark will take off at considerable speed. Keep in mind that sharks on the flats or in relatively shallow water can be easily spooked, so your cast has to be on target. The bait should ease in front of the shark and appear as if it is getting away. Sharks do not have a bony skeleton like other fishes. They can literally turn their head and bite their tail, and their body is extremely strong. The best policy for any shark and particularly those of size is to keep them in the water and don’t bring them aboard the boat or try to handle them like other fishes. And, every shark has teeth, so be careful. If you’ve never hunted sharks, this is a good time to try. You’re going to be amazed at the battle they put up and how many times you have to follow them with the boat. Catching sharks can be exciting for anglers of any age, but if you take youngsters fishing, they’ll talk about catching it forever. Don’t pass up the opportunity to expand your fishing horizons.

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ogfish – it’s an ugly name for a pretty fish. It’s also one of the most delicious species in the world. I know some seafood shops that store hogfish fillets behind the counter and bring it out only for special customers. I’ve had chefs beg me for hogfish once they found out I was into spearfishing. One chef wrote, “Not even for fresh broiled flounder could you pry my cold, dead hands off a hogfish fillet.” Some describe it as the perfect combination of flavor and texture because they are “sweeter than grouper, flakier than mahi, and as rich as scallops.” Their unique flavor is due to their diet of small crabs, shrimp and seashells, which translates into moist, white, tasty meat. Hogfish use their elongated snouts to root around in the sand for food, like a hog. Due to this tendency of searching with nose in the sand, it is very uncommon to catch them by hook and line, although it is possible to bait them with shrimp. Hogfish are sometimes thought of as nature’s gift to spearfishers, especially for beginners, because they are relatively abundant, relatively easy to spear, and such a prized catch. Hogfish can live up to 11 years, and they all start out as females. Upon reaching about 3 years and 14 inches, they transform into males with harem groups of females dominated by a larger male. Juveniles are pale pink and attain a deep dark band spanning from the snout to the first dorsal spine as they mature and turn into males. Maximum size is about 24 pounds. They can be found on rocky bottoms, ledges and reefs throughout the western Atlantic, from North Carolina and Bermuda, south to the Gulf of Mexico and the northern coast of South America. They are very common in Florida and the Bahamas and can be

found in shallow waters, ranging from 10-100 feet. Assuming you are in the right place to find them, here are some spearfishing tips: 1) Bag/size limits ensure a healthy stock and protect it from overfishing, so respect the local laws. 2) Look on reefs and especially on sand edges for bigger hogfish. 3) They are not difficult to spear, so take your time, be selective, and don’t take long shots. 4) They are abundant in the Bahamas. This is a good fish to practice your slinging/polespearing skills. Only take the shot if you are sure you can land it. 5) If you are not seeing any, try Sheri Daye displays a stirring up the bottom and make a world-record hogfish. sand cloud. If there are any in the vicinity, they will come to investigate. 6) Do not take advantage of their nature. Take one for dinner, and respect them for the beautiful experience and the delicious meal. Sheri is a world-record holder, host of Speargun Hunter, and producer of “The Blue Wild Ocean Adventure Expo” in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla. Follow “Sheri Daye” and “The Blue Wild” on Facebook and Instagram.

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By Andy Flack, Canvas Designers Inc. ell, all the boats have packed up and headed out from Old Bahama Bay to their homes. What a fantastic tournament. Congratulations to all the winners and everyone who came out and braved what has become the normal weather pattern of the Winner’s Circle Tournament. Winding up its 19th year, Winner’s Circle Charities has surpassed $2 million in funds distributed to worthwhile charities. The charity partnership that started it all—The Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, in the name of Brett Weinstein, will never be forgotten. Other leaders in the community have come on board to partner with Mike in his efforts. Rob Thomson of Waterfront Properties and Steve Moynihan of HMY Yachts are now co-hosts of the Winner’s Circle Charities Fishing Tournament with Mike as well. This year’s charity partners were Richard David Kann Melanoma Foundation, Waterfront Ways and Marine Industry Education Foundation. All of them were extremely grateful for the record-breaking year on the fundraising side. The fishing was also phenomenal. The tournament had record-breaking weights in all three categories tuna, dolphin and wahoo. One boat caught a billfish slam—white, blue and a sail. The new Lady Angler category saw Debi Cantor, of Waterfront 1, take the tuna and Lynne Henderson take the dolphin trophies home. On the leaderboard, the winners caught tournament record-breaking fish. The top three boats were: No. 1-MR. LTD, a 70’ Viking, took home Grand Champion honors with a total TDW weight of 237.8 pounds, which included

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t wasn’t all that long ago that the public of perception anglers evoked images of old men in floppy brown hats. That’s no longer the case. It’s cool to fish these days, and the gear and apparel associated with the sport have seeped into the wider market of coastal life. Likewise, crossover into fishing from surf sports, diving and other recreational pursuits has created a marketplace driven more by the overall saltwater lifestyle than any particular sport. The recognition of this evolution is what led Surf Expo to unveil a new Bluewater inshore and offshore fishing category at its twice-a-year trade shows. “You look at Instagram and see surf brands on guys fishing offshore. There are inshore anglers wearing Rip Curl and Billabong,” said Surf

The show features more than 2,500 booths of apparel and hardgoods and a full line-up of special events, including fashion shows, awards ceremonies, education and demos. Average buyer and exhibitor turnout exceeds 28,600 attendees per show. The main attractions at Surf Expo have always been the hard goods, the powerboats and surfboards, kayaks, kite boards, wakesurf boards and SUPs. Everyone has seen the transition of traditional paddlesports into angling over the last decade. The rapid emergence of fishing kayaks and SUPs has proven to be much more than a flash in the pan. The soft products, the apparel and accessories, go along with the hard goods. Andres said an outfitter could fill the whole store, front to

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ny surgeon or taxidermist will tell you the best tool for cutting flesh is a scalpel. And that’s where knife-maker Havalon got its start. Their parent company, Havel’s, is a medical device company that supplies scalpels for surgical use. When the idea arose to bring the same incredibly sharp blades to the outdoors, it gave tools to outdoorsmen that are more precise than any hunting or fillet knife ever invented. The first Havalon Piranta was a blade modeled after an autopsy scalpel that folded into a sturdy handle. It offered all sorts of outdoorsmen the benefits of an ultra-sharp scalpel blade in the form of a pocketknife. But the blade itself was not built to handle the rigors of everyday use. That’s when Havalon began tinkering to find the best combination of sharpness and strength. The resulting innovation has made Havalon one of the top-selling knife companies in the country and the leader in the hunting industry. “We have always felt—that a sharp blade does not need to be

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ix decades into life, fishing trips such as one we experienced on June 14 still fill my spirit with excitement and joy. I was fishing with Dennis Crisbo and his grandchildren, Brison, 11, Sophia, 14 and Emily, 17 aboard our boat “Goin Raptor,” a 35’ Contender. The grandchildren had never experienced ocean fishing before. After catching bait, we took the boat off the Juno Pier in 100 feet of water. Within minutes, Sophia and Emily fought and landed big bonitos, which wore the girls out. We decided to ease Brison into catching small reef fish off the Jupiter Inlet. Brison easily hauled in reef fish, including a blue runner, which I threw the livewell. From the reef, I saw a weed line about a quarter-mile away. We made the short run, and I positioned the boat over 176 feet of water on the west side of a 50-foot-wide weed line, which stretched for miles north and south.

I decided to bump troll the blue runner on a Biscayne Custom Rod outfitted with a Daiwa Saltiga LD60 and 20-pound test. The runner was put down about 60 feet with a 6-ounce sinker. I then rigged a sardine on an Okuma spinning outfit also spooled with 20-pound test. I was hoping for a wahoo on the deep rod or a dolphin on the spin. About 15 minutes into the bump troll, Dennis and the kids screamed. I turned to see a deep rod bend and an explosive aerial show being performed by a blue marlin. Grabbing the rod, I realized I was the only one who could drive the boat. I handed the rod to Dennis. For the next few minutes, we witnessed a spectacle that few experience first-hand. The marlin peeled line off the reel in its highspeed, airborn show. And then, with another leap and a tail whip, it shredded the 50-pound leader. The marlin escaped, and we were left with the thrill of the fight. With two more sardines out on spinning rods, we continued our bump troll down the weed line. We didn’t make it 200 yards before both spinning rods bent. Dennis and Emily both had fish on for a few minutes. Dennis’ fish broke off. Emily battled hers to the starboard side of the boat and we saw it was about a 10-pound bonito. All of sudden Dennis simply said, “look!” The bonito ran directly under the boat and we all saw a 500-pound-class marlin no more than 6 feet off the starboard. It was lit up a beautiful dark blue on the second dorsal fin and head as it began to circle the boat. On the second circle, both the first and second dorsal fin lit up, and the great fish’s pectoral fins were out on the planes. The marlin circled four more times. I can only presume it was looking for that bonito, which Emily landed after the marlin swam away. It was a day that five people will always remember. I snapped photos with my I-phone, but because of the glare only one showed even the outline of the fish. The glare, however, will never remove the picture from our memories.

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on’t have a boat? No problem; get a pair of inexpensive waders and go fishing in the Indian River Lagoon. The best and coolest waders are simple polyester waders that cost around $80 at any sporting goods store. I like the soft boot, and I use a pair of rubber boots one size bigger than my shoe size. Because of the sketchy water quality in the lagoon, waders are best. If you have tough skin, all you need are shorts, a shirt and old tennis shoes. Lots of people wade like this, and it doesn’t bother them. But I recommend waders.

Waders have pouches for your lures and gear. You need a pair of needlenose pliers or surgical clamps to get your hooks from fish with teeth; two or three spare leader lines so you can retie; a couple different lures; and since I fish jigs, I bring at least three jigheads and a pack of baits. I use 4-inch DOA paddletails. If you bring a cell phone, it must be waterproof or sealed in a waterproof plastic bag. Be careful using your phone to take photos. I lost a phone to the water last week. Bring one rod with a spinning reel. A long rod is better for long casts. A 9-footer is fine. Spool up with 6- to 10-pound braid and tie on a 24- to 30-inch fluorocarbon or clear mono leader. I like a 20-pound-test leader. You also need a pair of polarized sunglasses with a strap and some sunscreen. Do not go fishing without putting sunscreen on all exposed areas. 

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In Texas, I fish areas with this structure in both the upper and lower coast, but I approach them a little differently. These tactics work where I fish, and trout are looking for the same things wherever they live: comfortable water conditions and a food source. Seek out similar conditions where you fish, and you are likely to find trout. In Galveston Bay, when fishing the Houston Ship Channel, I fish from a boat. I like to target oyster reefs and spoil islands near the ship channel. Trout will hold in water depths of a few feet down to about 15 feet over the reefs. Looking for slicks in these areas is a good way to pinpoint the location of the trout. Most of the time, these fish will be biting near or on the bottom. When targeting the deeper shell, be prepared to have a wide range of jighead sizes up to ¾-ounce depending on the strength of the current. Also, be prepared to lose a few to the shell. In most instances, if you are not touching the shell with your lure you will not catch the fish, so don’t be afraid to lose a jig or two. While fishing channels with large tanker traffic, always be aware of your surroundings. These tankers can create massive waves that only a surfer would love. If you’re not diligent and attentive, these walls of rolling whitewater could easily swamp or capsize your craft. On the lower Texas coast, I prefer to wade fish the shallow grass-covered spoils and flats adjacent to the Intracoastal Waterway. Here you can get by with much lighter tackle and even weightless rigs. Searching for slicks is still a good way to locate trout along this deeper stretch of cooler water. I like to find spoils with breaks or guts in them, as the fish will congregate around these depressions. Another tip is to focus on areas of broken grass rather than solid grass flats. Whichever method you choose, remember the deeper water keeps the temps more desirable and the ship traffic creates an artificial current which can be a plus when the tides are not swift enough. Enjoy your time on the water, be safe, and take a kid fishing! Capt. Michael Okruhlik is the inventor of Controlled Descent Lures and the owner of www.MyCoastOutdoors.com.

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By Billy Darby

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ishing is not an exact science. So why is it that the same elite anglers show up near the top of the weigh-in board at every tournament? Whether the tournament is for bass, crappie or walleye, these same characters are always dominant. Even in local club competition or amateur trails, the same names loom above others. Can they throw a lure farther or do they apply a certain hocus-pocus magic potion to the lure every cast? Does Mother Nature smile on these same individuals and give them an uncanny inherent advantage? My bet would be that it is not always the fanciest-attired dude or the guy with the fastest boat that is the most successful. The smartest anglers are the ones who rise to the top. And even if you don’t fish tournaments, you can learn something from these scholars of the sport. Careful study of forecasted weather condition, the rise and fall of barometric pressures and wind speed and direction all play into a game plan for a day of fishing. Projected lake levels, rain and amount of rainfall, fresh water, mud lines, safety factors, time of year, water temperatures… the list goes on, but a smart angler considers each and every variable and studies their effects on the fish. Applying all these factors, along with an ample amount of good common sense, into an indelible memory of past experiences is crucial. The best anglers also have complete knowledge of their electronic equipment. The ability to utilize all available tools properly provides a leg up. Careful study of charts and maps during pre-tournament days and weeks also adds to the confidence level necessary for combat, yes combat. Competitors in any sport must have a certain tenacity coupled with mental and physical preparedness as well as God-given physical abilities and talent to be champions. Although the normal every-day angler might not need or desire the competitive drive of the top pros, knowledge and competence make catching fish easier. I am reminded of many years ago when it was acceptable for the pros to attain information from locals within a certain time window of an upcoming tournament. A top pro, “no names please,” was using me for lake orientation. I told him about a school of bass I had found using an underwater camera, but could not get them to hit anything I tried. Upon arriving at this spot, he analyzed the situation and requested the front seat while rapidly tying on a drop-shot rig. His expertise had me spellbound as he boated several nice fish. The tournament was several weeks away, and he did not return to this same spot, but I learned a very beneficial new technique. All of us can learn from the success of others by paying close attention to why others are winning, while we are relying on plain old luck. Billy Darby is a retired professional guide on Lake Eufaula. He can be reached at imfishing4u@windstream.net or 229-768-2369.

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FISHING REPORT & FORECAST SKYE INSHORE / IN ADVENTURES SHORE ADVENTURES WITH SKYE

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TIPS FROM SKYE corks, mirror lures and Super Spooks are my go-tos for redfish. If all else fails, I switch to live bait. Free-lining a jumbo shrimp works great in the deep waters and cooler days out on the flats, but right now you want to throw out bait with a stink! Pinfish or “finger size” mullet will work, cutting their tails off to release scent in the water to attract fish.

Fishing In the Heat of Summer It sure is a hot one outside! What’s that saying? “A bad day on the water is better than a good day in the office”. With this midsummer heat, that just may not be the case. The high temperatures are sending a lot of anglers running inside to sit in the air conditioning, sipping on a sweet iced tea. As for myself, I need to be outside fishing daily, so I can stay consistent. Running for air conditioning is no option for this lady angler. I need to stay on top of the fish, so no matter what the weather conditions: rain, wind, heat or cold, I will be out on the water scouting, tracking down fish, learning their bite and following those elusive reds to their next location. With this heat, you will find it much more challenging to hook up. Sure, you may have found that school of reds, but with the high temps, they are stubborn and won’t chew. When to Fish? I find that during this time of the year, the hours of the early morning and before sun down is when the fish are biting. I am an inshore fisherman and specialize in the grassy flats of Mosquito Lagoon for redfish. The great thing about reds is you can find them year-round. Of course, there are better times to fish for them than others, and the summer can be a tough time of year to catch fish. This is why fishing the tides can be key in your success while out on the water. I prefer to fish the high tide in the flats. This pushes the reds up under and against the mangroves, protecting them from the heat. This may make it more difficult to get these fish to come out from hiding, so that leaves it to you to find the right bait. What Baits To Use? I am all about artificial baits, so my bait of choice to start with is a basic paddle-tail jig on a weedless hook, casting and working it alongside the mangroves. DOA shrimp, Bomber lures such as a Bodanka donk, popping 2 DAYTONA/NEW SMYRNA/DELAND

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Where To Find Fish? Most fish will school up, but in the heat, they tend to scatter. You will find redfish against mangroves, tarpon under bridges, and snook against fenders and pilings. This is why I look for vegetation and structure. I fish places that have cuts and openings that allow me to cast deep and skip baits. When targeting tarpon and snook, I prefer to fish during the night hours. Tarpon are mostly nocturnal feeders and this time of the year, I find the tarpon bite to be on fire. Same goes for snook. These species like structure. I target them posting up under brides and under docks. I get more hits free-lining a shrimp or working artificial. My go-to for tarpon or snook is a pearl mullet paddle-tail jig. You want a little weight so your bait isn’t sitting on top of the water as you are working it. I recommend tossing on a split shot. Don’t Be That Fisherman How many times have you been so excited to just get out on the water or you were certain you had everything you needed but all you brought was your lures and you have tried everything in your tackle bag but nothing is biting? I know. I am guilty of being that guy. This summer heat makes it difficult to get that fish to the boat. I recommend bringing live and artificial baits because you never know what the fish are chewing on and it is always best to be prepared. Feel free to check out my inshore fishing adventures on Facebook @ Inshore Adventures With Skye and on Instagram @brassyhooker87

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Ponce Inlet - Surf Intracoastal - Backwaters

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ere’s hoping everyone is enjoying the fantastic fishing we are experiencing this summer. Offshore the king mackerel, mahi, cobia, barracuda and quite a few wahoo have been brought to the scales, as have nice sized mangrove snapper, mutton snapper, triggerfish and others. In the surf the whiting have been more than happy to oblige anglers fishing the beach as well as flounder, small bluefish, trout and small sharks. Ponce Inlet has been on fire most of the summer with Capt David Stokes with a very nice great catches of redfish, trout, snook, Wahoo. mangrove snapper, flounder and more. The backwaters and creeks have yielded some very good stringers of redfish, trout, snook and mangrove snappers. Here are the best ways to score while fishing these areas, with the best baits and methods. Offshore troll medium size ballyhoo either single or double hooked, dressed with either a trolling skirt or Sea Witch in blue/white, pink/white and chartreuse colors for the mahi, kingfish and cudas. For the wahoo the best baits we have seen are the C&H Lures Mister Big and Wahoo Whacker in black & Danielle with a nice jetty Redfish. purple or black & red and the Yozuri Bonita and High Speed Vibe in orange/black and flying fish colors. If bottom fishing the wrecks and reefs use live pinfish, pigfish and croakers. All three are deadly and will definitely give you the advantage. Another bottom bait to use is ballyhoo. Most angers in this area are not aware of just how great a bait these are for mangrove and mutton snapper especially. The surf is pretty basic this time of year. Use live or frozen shrimp, cut mullet and sand fleas for the best action. Several of the Tackle Crafter two hook rigs will be your best bet with my favorites being the Snapper/Croaker, Pompano Pro and Baitholder rigs. Add a 2 – 3 ounce sinker and you’re all set. As stated the inlet has been on fire with some awesome catches of redfish, mostly on live pigfish, pinfish and croakers. Use live shrimp for the flounder, snapper and trout. If you’re an artificial angler your best lures will be Yozuri’s Mag Darter, Bomber Long “A” and suspending Minnow, and the Storm Wild Eye Shad in bunker and pearl colors. Those venturing into the backwaters of Spruce Creek, Mill Creek, Rose Bay, Fozzard Creek have indeed been rewarded with some fantastic fishing. Be warned that you better hit these areas early (FIRST LIGHT!) and just at dark. Top water action using the Rapala Skitter Walk and Skitter V, suspending lures like the Rapala Twitchin’ Mullet and Yozuri Minnows and DOA Cal paddletails have all been great producers. Stop in Salty Dawg Outfitters at Ponce Inlet right beside the Ponce Inlet boat ramp for all these baits, lures and the best and most reliable info on the where and how to fill your stringer. Until next time tight lines and light winds! Ed Farlow is the co-owner of Salty Dawg Outfitters Bait & Tackle in Ponce Inlet COASTALANGLERMAG.COM • THEANGLERMAG.COM

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angrove Snapper are good to target now in the Intracoastal Waterway, Ponce Inlet, and Edgewater backcountry. By late summer, mangos have been growing all through the season with many reaching the 10” size limit. Remember to pinch the tail for legal measurement and that the bag limit is five per person. Their life cycle has them growing up in the inshore estuary waters and then heading Alex from South Carolina landed Edgewater Backcountry 39” Tarpon to the ocean reefs to mature. They are structure oriented schooling fish, hanging around docks, jetties, underwater rocks, wrecks, and the drop- offs in the backwaters. Shrimp is always a good bait for river snapper, but to target larger fish, go with any type of small live bait fish or cut bait. Night time dock light fishing is a great choice for late summer. Some docks, all along the Intracoastal Waterway from Ponce Inlet to Ormond Beach on the Halifax River and on the Indian River from New Smyrna to Oak Hill to Bethune Beach, have lights on all night long which attract schools of baitfish and shrimp. You can fish any time through the night, but later in the evening through early morning hours can be best. With the boat traffic and human activity at a minimum, the fish are much more comfortable and feeding. Best bet bait is a free-lined live shrimp, no weight or swivels, just a flouro leader tied to your line and a hook. Cast up-tide and allow your bait to drift naturally through the circle of light on the water. Seatrout can be the most likely catch, but jacks, ladies, mangrove snapper, reds, snook, or others could be biting. If artificials are your thing, use a small size lure that will get sub-surface. Fly fishermen can have great success at dock light fishing with a shrimp fly. Always fish a moving tide with outgoing being the best choice. Bull redfish will be gathering in Ponce Inlet and the Intracoastal Waterway in New Smyrna and Edgewater as fall spawning time gets closer. Outgoing tide can be best as blue crabs and bait fish are swept out of the river in the swift current and the big reds know food will be brought to them in the channels and the inlet. Drifting with free-lined whole or half crabs, live pinfish or pigfish, and anchor fishing are the usual techniques. Don’t go too light on tackle as these fish can average 20 to 35 lbs. and it’s best to land them as quickly as possible for a healthy release. Tarpon and sharks are also a possibility. Shore based anglers can get in on this action also. Try fishing from the fishing pier north of the Coast Guard station, or at night off the north jetty rocks during the falling tide. Pigfish and croaker live baiting continues to be good this month in Mosquito Lagoon, Edgewater backcountry, and ICW docks with the usual targets being trout, redfish, and snook. Jacks, ladyfish, larger snappers, and tarpon will also be caught. By the end of the month, our first signs of the fall mullet run will begin with the very first schools of “scout” migrating mullet coming in from the north, signaling the start of the coming bait fish run and inshore game fish migration. The first sign of these mullet is around Ponce Inlet as the baitfish travel the surf line with some entering inside through the inlet and continuing south down the ICW. Capt. Michael Savedow — Edgewater River Guide www.EdgewaterRiverGuide.com • 386-689-3781

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Offshore Report

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s we are smack in the middle of summer the air and surface water temps are rising to their highest of the year. It seems this year the cold water upwelling was short lived and we are returning to southerly afternoon sea breezes. I believe in bringing it down in the water column some. The same as we don’t want to stand in the hot sun all day long the fish will find a strata that they also are comfortable in. With all the bait showing up, there isn’t much better then plainer or downrigger fishing for kings, wahoo and Bonita with spoons or Sea Witches on the many structure sites we have off our coast. Don’t be scared to run off in the sand around these areas for some of the bigger fish as well. Also remember that although Bonitas aren’t the best on the menu, the strips are some of my favorite year round baits, and they keep really well. As far as the bottom goes I am keeping it light using a lot of freelined bait with sardine chunks while chumming up AmberJack, Mangoes, Cobia and Kings. Even having a steady flow of Mahi showing up to the boat

throughout the day. Anchor uptide of your spot and just relax and let the chum do the work for you. It just takes a little to get things going and it’s smart to drop down chicken rigs while building the bite. It will be really productive for Beeliners and Triggers on small pieces of fresh squid on the bottom throughout August and September. Capt. Shane Ryan | Back to Blue Charters | 386 566 9547

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esiding on the coast of the Indian River at the mouth of Mosquito Lagoon, Goodrich Seafood and Oyster House remains a historic old Florida landmark in Oak Hill. The long lineage of history dates back to 1910 when brothers Jeff Original Fish House - A picture of the original fish house owned by Jeff and Clarence Goodrich and Clarence Goodrich opened the business as who started the business in 1910 when it was called Goodrich Brothers Fish Company — two separate buildings Jimmy Goodrich where one was a wholesale retail seafood house and the other a blue crab processing facility. The seafood house was engulfed by a fire in the late 1930’s. Theory has it that it was started by a jug of kerosene on the floor of a wooden inboard commercial launch by magnifying glass effect. The building was rebuilt shortly thereafter, and the crab house fell from its support pilings one day. Jeff Goodrich sold the property to Broward Goodrich and his son Jim around 1955. They had a dilemma with the new regulations concerning fish and food with their building in the late 60’s so they bought three homes being auctioned off at Kennedy Space Center, tore them apart, built a new building where it is today and opened Goodrich Seafood in 1971. At first it was used for oyster parties only and eventually transformed to being open for breakfast and lunch under ownership of Cecil and Judy Goodrich in 1983. In 2004, Cecil sold the restaurant to Larry Csonka, a fullback for the Miami Dolphins and most notably the 1972 team who went undefeated. Larry and partner Audrey Bradshaw can be found at the restaurant in the winter months before they head back to Alaska in April. In 2010, Galbreath Restaurant Group with Karyn Mcnamara took over the restaurant, changed it to the name it is today and updated the menu with new favorites and the classic staple dishes as well. Pulling up to the restaurant off River Road in Oak Hill, there is a giant statue of a captain in a bright yellow poncho grasping a captain’s wheel and looking off into the distance. Inside is a homey feeling dining room with black and white photos of local history, pictures of palm trees and fishermen, and booths and tables throughout. Outside is a newly remodeled deck, previously destroyed in the path of Hurricane Irma, with a scenic view mixed with an Intracoastal breeze that sets for a picturesque dining experience. For lunch, we tried Goodrich’s soft shell crab BLT. This was a whole fried blue crab on a bed of lettuce, tomato, bacon, and served with a kickin’ bayou sauce. Soft shell crab is 6 DAYTONA/NEW SMYRNA/DELAND

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a term meaning they have recently molted their old exoskeleton and are still soft. A great crunch and flavor mixed with the bayou sauce had us coming back for more. We also tried their peel and eat shrimp, with Old Bay making its presence known, along with a bowl of classic Florida chowder filled with potatoes and fish in a tomato based sauce. I came back for dinner and was recommended to try Captain Neil’s oyster stew. The creamy, buttery and rich stew with oysters floating around was an epic start, along with a dozen raw oysters. Next, our table did an oyster shooter, where an oyster sits in a shot glass covered with bloody mary mix, and toasted to the night. Our entrees were an array of platters including crab cakes, fresh grouper fillets, clam strips, shrimp and grits, and scallops, all served with two sides. I highly recommend the onion rings, which Karyn Mcnamara said were featured in a book called Good Catch: Recipes and Stories Celebrating the Best of Florida’s Waters. Goodrich Seafood and Oyster House also has a giant selection of breakfast items for the early risers and breakfast folks along with many different combinations of seafood baskets, wraps, po boys, sandwiches, soups, salads, and desserts. A local favorite and historical landmark, Goodrich Seafood and Oyster House is the real feel of old Florida paired with some rich history and delicious seafood. Ryan Rougeux Welcome to Goodrich - When you arrive at Goodrich Seafood and Oyster House you are met by this sign out front with a list of local Mosquito Lagoon fishing guides and their number. — Ryan Rougeux Soft Shell Crab BLT - My favorite lunchtime sandwich poses over the Indian River shining and accompanied by fried okra, hushpuppies, and their famous onion rings — Ryan Rougeux Oysters For Days - A dozen oysters to start the Goodrich Seafood and Oyster House off right with a wedge of lemon squeezed over top served with cocktail and horseradish, and as many saltine crackers as you like. — Ryan Rougeux

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e are in the miserable hot part of the summer but we have so many things to enjoy. Scalloping is going off in Steinhatchee and Crystal River. Limits were reported opening week . Folks were bringing as many people along for the trip to increase the boat limits (10 gallons per boat, or 2 gallons per person). The outgoing low tide is best. Popular areas are South of Steinhatchee even tho I love going North. The Pepperfish and Horseshoe areas are a great place to start your hunt. Always buy hot spot map for scalloping and the marina’s will mark the spots on the map. The rain has caused flooding in the upper St. John’s river putting the skunk on cast net shrimping. Locally, Ormond’s High bridge is a skunk, S. Daytona is a skunk, and Palatka in the N.E. Region is a skunk. It is not likely we will see a summer shrimping season in Central Florida. The Jax area will turn on later summer and we all end up towing the 2 hours to the grounds. Work North of lake St. George (CM 69) near turkey isle. His will be one of the top hot spots to keep an eye on for harvest development. The winter shrimping season just does not want to end. Titusville pier North side near Cracker Jacks been getting 25-50 shrimp during ideal conditions. Reports from South Brevard is the shrimp are small a flip flop from previous years when they were pulling jumbo shrimp teasing those who love Oak Hill smalls. Oak Hill surprised many by giving up Brevard size large shrimp for half the season. If you want to chase big blue crabs while in Homosassa scalloping, steam up Hall’s river and use a landing net to dip them out of mud. For daily intel and reports join us on Facebook, “Florida Shrimping Academy – Tips & Tricks”.

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6:45

0.3

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1:09

3.0

1:40

3.1

7:28

0.2

7:58

0.5

6:44 8:14

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Sat

1:53

2.9

2:29

3.2

8:12

0.2

8:52

0.5

6:45 8:13

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2:43

2.8

3:25

3.3

8:59

0.1

9:49

0.4

6:45 8:13

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Mon

3:41

2.7

4:28

3.4

9:51

0.0

10:50

0.4

6:46 8:12

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Tue

4:47

2.7

5:32

3.6

10:49 -0.1 11:52

0.3

6:47 8:11

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Wed

5:52

2.8

6:31

3.8

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6:52

2.9

7:28

4.0

12:52

0.1

12:49 -0.3

6:48 8:09

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Fri

7:50

3.1

8:25

4.1

1:48

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1:48

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6:48 8:08

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8:48

3.3

9:19

4.1

2:42

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2:45

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6:49 8:08

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9:43

3.4 10:11 4.0

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3:40

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6:50 8:06

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6:51 8:05

15 Wed

12:22 3.6

6:04

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6:32

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6:51 8:04

12:41 3.4

1:16

3.5

6:57

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0.1

6:52 8:03

1:33

3.1

2:11

3.4

7:49

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8:31

0.3

6:52 8:02

18 Sat

2:26

2.9

3:06

3.3

8:39

0.1

9:27

0.4

6:53 8:01

19 Sun

3:22

2.7

4:04

3.3

9:29

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10:23

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6:53 8:00

20 Mon

4:21

2.6

5:01

3.2

10:21

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11:19

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6:54 7:59

21 Tue

5:18

2.5

5:54

3.2

11:14

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22 Wed

6:11

2.6

6:42

3.3

12:12

0.6

12:06

0.3

6:55 7:57

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6:59

2.6

7:27

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1:00

0.5

12:55

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6:55 7:56

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7:45

2.7

8:11

3.3

1:44

0.4

1:41

0.2

6:56 7:55

25 Sat

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2.8

8:53

3.4

2:24

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2:25

0.2

6:57 7:53

26 Sun

9:12

2.9

9:33

3.4

3:02

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3:06

0.2

6:57 7:52

27 Mon

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3.0 10:11 3.3

3:38

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3:45

0.2

6:58 7:51

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10:30 3.1 10:47 3.3

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4:25

0.2

6:58 7:50

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11:07 3.1 11:24 3.2

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5:06

0.3

6:59 7:49

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11:45 3.2

5:25

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5:51

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6:59 7:48

12:02 3.1 12:26 3.3

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6:42

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ugust is no doubt one of the hottest months of the year, but that shouldn’t stop you from fishing. Change up your pattern to accommodate you and the fish. Start out early before daylight and be at your location by the time the sun comes up. Those first 3 to 4 hours are going to be your best fishing time; once it starts getting hot the bass usually retreat to deeper cooler water. Dark colored plastic worms, top water lures and wild river shiners are your best bet to landing a nice size largemouth bass. Lake Woodruff is a great place to start. At only 2,200 acres, it is a very easy lake to fish and there is very little depth variation, so target cover. White or chartreuse spinner baits and dark colored plastic worms will account for most of your catch. In the midday heat, try the main St. Johns River fishing drop offs where the bass retreat for cooler water temperatures. Crank baits like a fire tiger are a great method to use. July’s extreme high water levels produce more tannic acid in our water, making conditions less than ideal. Try fishing near springs to get fresh water and better water quality. Last month, we started to see some speckled perch coming in from Lake Woodruff. It is unusual to see specks during the summer months, but fishermen have been productive in Lake Woodruff using the vertical jigging method. Bluegill will continue to go strong throughout August. Pitching crickets along the edge of cover and tree tops early in the morning and late afternoon will be most productive. The Norris Dead River is a great 3-mile stretch with little boat traffic, perfect for bluegill fishing. Come into Highland Park Fish Camp and we will mark an up-to-date free fishing map. Capt. Bryn Rawlins, Highland Park Fish Camp, DeLand, FL (386) 734-2334 | www.Highlandparkfishcamp.com

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snack. We named him “Charlie Brown.” That bird knew he was going to get a treat. That’s because my Dad always made it a point to stop at the bait store and pick up a couple of fresh mullet for his buddy. Like most of Key Largo, Tarpon Basin was surrounded by thousands of mangrove islands. A smorgasbord for game fish and marine life. Many Saturday mornings, we’d crank up the boat and head southwest, out Buttonwood Sound, to the Florida Bay. Locals called the area, “the Backwaters.” It was always an amazing experience. The water was shallow and crystal clear. The bottom was a mix of white sand and grass beds, a natural breeding ground for all kinds of fish. My Dad loved sharing our place with friends and family. We’d boast about how we could catch fish, almost “on demand.” When our plan failed (and it seldom did), we had a backup. We could always put a “spoon” on a line, and drag it behind the boat on our way home. Our strategy worked to perfection. Within a minute or two, we’d hook a fish. Nothing topped the “rush” of a big fish hitting a line as trolled through the mangrove creeks. The reel would “pop.” Someone would jump up, grab the rod, and set the hook. The fight was on. Meanwhile, back at the house, my Mom was there to greet us. Her big fryer was always on standby, ready to cook up our catch of the day. I’ll never forget By Rod Harter the aroma of those hush-puppies cooking. If you’ve ever thought about taking a trip to the Keys, do yourself a favor, t was the summer of 1968. Our 1-hour family drive from Miami always seemed to take longer. Not too surprising, considering I was an anxious 14-year old kid, and go! But sure you get out on the water. Rent a boat, or get a guide. Do who couldn’t wait to get his weekend started. Our destination: Key Largo Trailer whatever it takes to make it happen. If not, you’ll miss out on the real flavor of the Florida Keys. And, if you love scuba diving, or if big game fish is your Village. Our little place in the Keys. Admittedly, it wasn’t the Taj Mahal. But it was thing, hop over to the ocean side of the island. It’s all there. World-class fishing ours, and we loved it like family. Our property was waterfront, perched on the and diving awaits you, whenever you’re ready. south side of Tarpon Basin. Across from us was the Intracoastal waterway. My Dad would barely stop the car before I’d jump out and run over to the Rod Harter spent his youth in South Florida at a time when it was seawall that ran the length of our property. I remember there was always some pure paradise. Rod now lives in Ponce Inlet. He’s an author, ‘strategic kind of interesting marine life swimming about the rocks below the surface. It marketing expert,’ and Founder of Specialty Marketing Consultants. was like everything was there, waiting for me to return. The water was always www.SpecialtyMarketingConsultants.com clear, thriving with activity. Email: RodHarter@me.com / Phone: (407) 619-3598 The moment we’d arrive, a huge white heron would greet us. He would www.getrodsbook.com • www.specialtymarketingconsultants.com swoop down out of the sky and land on our seawall, ready for his afternoon

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ishing in July was absolutely fantastic in the Ormond to Palm Coast area. For those who “matched the hatch” and chose smaller baits and lures, they found themselves tangling with snook, trout, and redfish galore. The fish were feeding on early mornings and evenings all throughout the High Bridge area. For August we can expect Kayak Guide Dave Farlow puts his client on some of the same fishing another snook this July conditions since we will have a similar weather pattern of hot with an extra side of humidity. We spoke with Kayak Fishing Guide Dave Farlow of Salty Dawg Outfitters @ High Bridge to get some local insight into what we can expect for the month of August. Dave loves fishing artificials and he will be using his tried and true favorites this month. Mirrolure’s Mirrodine, DOA paddletails on a 1/8 jighead, and topwater walk-the-dog style lures are what you will find his clients throwing this month. The snook, redfish, and trout bite should remain hot through the month of August. Anglers should continue to focus their fishing time on early mornings and evenings. Make sure you know the tide stage you

will be fishing so you can alter your tactics and locations. Remember the incoming tide can be as much as 2 or 3 degrees cooler than the outgoing. An afternoon outgoing tide in August shut down the bite on the flats, especially those flats with dark bottoms. When the sun gets high in the sky, the fish often head for deeper holes or moving water, and anglers should too. I have always loved fishing at night in the summers, and you can bet you will find me pounding the docks and lights late nights this August. I love to take this opportunity to grab the fly rod and take a few casts. I am not the best fly Kayak Guide Dave Farlow puts his client fisherman, but when fishing on another trout this July docklights in current, I am frequently successful. Even if you can’t make the perfect cast, night fishing allows you to throw the fly far upcurrent, then just manage the drift in to the lighted areas. A dark blue crab imitation will surely have you hooked up under the lights. Chris Chibbaro | Coastal Angler Magazine

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t’s a good day when you can bring in a catch bag full of delectable lionfish, all in the name of conservation. Divers all over Florida have answered the call for the FWC’s 2018 Lionfish Challenge, which ends September 3rd. According to the FWC’s website, since this year’s challenge started in May, over 9,000 lionfish have been submitted. More are sure to be added as lobster season opens. Of course, plenty more of these non-native, invasive fish are plucked from Gulf and Atlantic waters by divers not registered in the challenge. With year-round harvesting, no size or bag limits, and multiple prizes offered through the annual challenge, the FWC has encouraged spearfishing enthusiasts to help control the population of the lionfish and in turn, protect native species populations. According to Logan Rohrbach, Aquarist at the Marine Discovery Center in New Smyrna Beach, lionfish were first spotted in 1985 near Miami. By 2005, there were sightings all along the eastern seaboard. Lionfish are hearty and can live at various depths and in waters of varying salinity. They have no known predators, other than man, in our waters. In spite of their defensive venomous spines, in their native Pacific waters, they are eaten by grouper, sharks and other large game fish. These same species in the Atlantic and Gulf are just not used to

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Aquarist, Logan Rohrbach, points out venemous spines on Red Lionfish (Pterois volitans) at the Marine Discovery Center in New Smyrna Beach.

seeing lionfish as prey, which has allowed for the explosion of the population. This, coupled with a healthy and wide-ranging appetite, has wreaked havoc on our native species of juvenile reef fish. Lionfish can be harvested by various spearing methods, net bag or hook and line. However the method of harvest, caution should be taken to prevent stings while harvesting and filleting lionfish. Puncture-resistant gloves are advised to prevent contact with the poison, which remains active after the fish are dead. Doing your part to help control this invasive species comes with the added benefit of a delicious dinner. Lionfish meat is succulent and firm, similar to hogfish or grouper. It can be prepared in a variety of ways, including frying whole or preparing as ceviche. As commercial harvesters target the species, more restaurants are adding it to their specials board and as a regular menu item. Another way to do your part is to try it next time you’re at your local seafood restaurant. You’re sure to get hooked! Tara Shea | Coastal Angler Staff Writer

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he International Game Fish Association (IGFA) recently announced the winner of their 2017-2018 Great Marlin Race. The competition was won by a blue marlin that swam more than 5,000 nautical miles after being satellite tagged during the Bermuda Triple Crown Billfish Championship on July 21, 2017. The winning billfish swam an estimated 5,089 nautical miles from Bermuda to about 600 nm northeast of Rio Grande do Norte, Brazil. It is the longest distance ever recorded by an IGMR-tagged blue marlin in Bermuda. “Congratulations to tag sponsor Mike Verzaleno whose generosity allowed us to track the incredible journey of the winning billfish,” said IGFA President Nehl Horton. “Strong support from recreational anglers is the key to the success of this innovative, citizen-science conservation initiative.” The Great Marlin Race is a partnership between IGFA and Stanford University that pairs recreational anglers with cutting-edge science to learn more about the biology of marlin and how they utilize the open ocean. The goal of the program is to deploy 50 pop-up archival tags in marlin at billfish tournaments around the world each year. Since 2011, more than 350 satellite tags have been placed on billfish during IGMR tagging events. In the 2017-2018 race season, 58 tags were deployed on 31 blue marlin, 18 black marlin and nine striped marlin in seven countries. Marlin tagged in Bermuda during the 2015, 2016 and 2017 Triple Crown Billfish Championship tournaments swam a total of 16,464 nm. The winning fish accounts for 16 percent of this distance.

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A resident Goliath grouper lurks along the Mizpah, a wreck off of Palm Beach. Photo by Andrea Whitaker.

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n July, a Panhandle angler won big in the state’s largest family-friendly fishing competition. CCA Florida STAR, presented by Yamaha, awarded Andrew Brown, of Pensacola, a $79,000 prize package for a tagged redfish he caught while wading Santa Rosa Bay. If you fish and haven’t yet registered for CCA Florida STAR, you could be missing out on the chance to win some huge prize packages. “Andrew is a perfect example of how it’s done,” said STAR Director Leiza Fitzgerald. “It was his first chance of the year to get on the

water after some health issues, and he made sure his membership was current and that he was registered for STAR. He shared that he was not going fishing without being registered.” Brown has been a CCA Florida member since 2015 and registered for and participated in STAR each year since the event’s inception. After catching his STAR-tagged redfish (tag #522), Brown met with CCA Florida representatives for verification on July 8 at Outcast Bait and Tackle in Pensacola. He chose a prize package that included a Contender Boats 22 Sport with a 200 HP Yamaha and a Rolls Axle Trailer. While the Tagged Redfish Division is the event’s most publicized division, with remaining prizes including a Conley Buick GMC Sierra Pickup or one of several Yamaha-powered boat packages from Hewes Boats, Carolina Skiff and Cottonmouth Boats, the event has 17 divisions and many opportunities to win, with most divisions determined by random drawing of all anglers who submit catch photos. Anglers of all ages and skill levels have opportunities to win, and kids ages 6-17 can register for free with their current ($10) CCA Florida youth membership. Registration is $40 for current CCA Florida members, or $75 for non-members, which includes CCA Florida membership. STAR runs through Labor Day, and anglers are encouraged to fish hard while there’s still a chance to get in on some awesome remaining prizes. “We’ve had 16 tagged redfish caught this season, but only two winners, simply because anglers weren’t registered and didn’t think it could happen to them,” said Brian Gorski, CCA Florida Executive Director. “And it’s not just about the tagged redfish, though prizes in that division are amazing, but there are so many ways for anglers to win in STAR, you just have to register.” All entries must be photographed with the official 2018 CCA Florida Measuring Device, which is available free of charge at various locations throughout the state, including all Florida West Marine stores, the preferred distribution location. For a full listing of measuring device locations, visit ccaflstar.com. For more information on STAR, or to register, visit ccaflstar.com.

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ummer is a popular time for families to take time out of their daily routines and travel near and far. Whether you are exploring new destinations or visiting relatives, there will most likely be fishing opportunities wherever you are going. Disney World in Florida, for example, has long been an icon for families who seek adventure in amusement parks; roller coasters, wet and wild rides, parades and dining all come together within this massive compound. What most people who visit these parks don’t realize is that this massive compound is dotted with hundreds of ponds that are well stocked with fish, most notably bass. You may fish on your own from the many access points or hire a guide for an awesome side adventure. This summer, I had the opportunity to travel to Panama and

visit friends as well as to tour the country. While Panama has an abundance of historic sites to visit, it’s also surrounded by both the Atlantic and Pacific oceans, which made it easy to take a few days to sample their incredible fishing. My dad and I chose to chase the elusive rooster fish off the pacific coast, and we joined up with Capt. Dave Murphy in the small town of Boca Chica, Panama. Capt. Dave is formerly from the U.S. (Fla. Keys) and now owns and operates Reel Inn In Panama as a fishing guide service. Rooster fish inhabit the shallower waters of the Pacific, mostly around the rock outcroppings that protrude from the ocean floor. Our day started by filling the livewell with large blue runners we caught on sabikis. We headed to the first fishing spot and set two live baits out behind the boat. As we slow trolled the blue runners around this large rock outcropping, it became apparent just how far away from my home waters I was. The natural beauty of the Pacific Ocean is stunning. Within 40 minutes, line began to peel off one of the TLD 20s. After letting it eat for several seconds, I came tight on the fish and the rod doubled over. This fish had the tenacity of an amberjack and the running speed of a kingfish. After a long 20 minute battle, I landed a 50-plus-pound rooster fish. It was awesome! Two more days of fishing produced a total of four rooster fish and an experience of a lifetime. Capt. Dave Murphy provided lodging with first class service and a top-notch fishing experience. He can be reached through his website reelinninpanama.com. Cory Gurman is a student at Ponte Vedra High School in Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla. Besides reveling in the great outdoors, Cory enjoys spending time with his three golden retrievers and rooting for the Atlanta Braves. Follow him on Instagram @fishhunter1119.

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bors specifically for big saltwater gamefish like makos, tuna and marlin. Flies The flies I use for mako sharks are large-profiled flies with a foam popper head. These flies are typically 8 to 12 inches long and tied on plastic tubing. I prefer tube flies because they are able to slide up and down the steel leader, saving the fly from getting eaten up by the shark. My hook size varies from 6/0 to very large 10/0. As for fly colors, red/orange combo is what I like best. This color combo is easy to see in tough lighting conditions. However, I will have one rig with a different color fly. The reason I do this is if the mako gets turned off by the red/orange color combo, a change in fly color can get the mako to react to a different color fly. Now go catch some Makos on the fly!!

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lorida bass anglers might feel snubbed by the recent release of Bassmaster Magazine’s 2018 list of the country’s 100 best bass lakes. I mean, come on, don’t the editors at Bassmaster look at social media? The giant largemouth bass being caught from places like lakes Kingsley, Tohopekaliga and Istokpoga have to count for something. Run a search on the Florida TrophyCatch website, fisheries like the Ocklawaha Area waterways are producing scads of huge largemouth bass. Yet not a single Florida Mike Sabock caught this 10-pound, fishery made the top-10 of Bassmaster’s rankings, 6-ounce largemouth from Lake Hernando in July. Photo courtesy of while Michigan’s Lake St. www.TrophyCatchFlorida.com. Clair and Mille Lacs Lake in Minnesota ranked fourth and fifth, respectively. Are they trying to tell us bass fishing is better in Michigan or Minnesota, where the growing season is a fraction of what it is here in the sunshine state? In all of Minnesota, no one has ever caught a bass that weighed more than 9 pounds. The Minnesota state record largemouth, which has stood since 2005, weighed 8 pounds, 15 ounces. In Florida, a fish that size might not even warrant a photo. For decades, fisheries biologists across the country have been trying to ramp up bass fisheries in their states by introducing Florida-strain genetics. It’s all so they can give their anglers fishing almost as good as what we have in Florida. Texas is a shining example of what intensive management with Florida-strain fish can do for fisheries in producing big fish. When it comes to rankings, it all depends on how fisheries are judged. Bassmaster’s list might be better described as the nation’s best tournament bass lakes. Using statistics gathered from tournaments as well as from state biologists, ranking decisions were made by a panel, which undoubtedly needed to consider geographic distribution for the sake of their publication’s public perception. Looking at the statistics, it’s hard to argue against national rankings for lakes like Texas’ No. 1-ranked Sam Rayburn or Tennessee’s No. 2-ranked Chickamauga Lake. Those places are on fire right now. They are producing 40-pound, five-fish tournament sacks. But for raw numbers of truly big bass—those weighing more than 10 pounds—Florida must be right up there at the top of the list with California. The bone thrown to our Florida fisheries was a ranking as the No. 3 state for total number of fisheries to make the top 100. Florida ranked third behind No. 1 Texas and No. 2 California. Seven Florida fisheries ranked in the top 25 for bass lakes in the Southeast. They were: No. 4 Okeechobee, No. 5 Tohopekaliga, No. 7 Istokpoga, No. 10 Seminole, No. 11 Rodman Reservoir, No. 18 Harris Chain, and No. 24 Kenansville Reservoir. Here we’re considering decent-sized impoundments, which makes sense. But when considering Florida bass fishing as a whole, it’s important to realize the state is a web of connecting waterways that offer the right conditions for growing big bass. Overall, it can be argued that Florida has better bass fishing than any other state in the country. Where else could one catch a 14-pound largemouth from a backyard drainage ditch?

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fter three years hovering in the Top 5 of Bassmaster Magazine’s 100 Best Bass Lakes rankings, Texas’ Sam Rayburn Reservoir finally took the crown as the best bass lake in the nation for 2018. Consistent production of heavy five-fish tournament limits and the potential for giant bass made this 114,500-acre reservoir northeast of Houston tops in the country this year. Rayburn started showing out in 2015, when it climbed to fifth in the rankings. In 2016 it jumped to fourth. And last year, Rayburn was the bridesmaid, sitting in second place. But, Rayburn is a bridesmaid no more, and for the first time captures the title. “Although there were some pretty spectacular numbers being produced from other lakes this year, Rayburn was a clear No. 1,” said James Hall, editor of Bassmaster Magazine. “While some lakes were boasting of a single 30-pound, five-bass limit being caught, Rayburn was spitting them out in rapid succession. And to top it off, a 40.28-pound limit was recorded in June.”

Countless limits of solid fish aren’t the only thing special about this lake. “When it comes to double-digit bass, Rayburn also seems to top the list this year,” Hall continued. “Three 10-pounders were weighed in during a one-day February derby. Plus, a 12.05 and a 13.06 were landed here in March. The lake is simply on fire right now.” The process to create the rankings takes about three months to complete. Data is received from state fisheries agencies across the U.S. This is coupled with catch data collected from dozens of tournament organizations from the past 12 months. After the numbers are crunched, a panel from the bass fishing industry debates the strength of the lakes to settle on the final rankings. The rankings identify the Top 10 lakes in the nation regardless of location, as well as the Top 25 lakes in four geographical divisions. “By dividing the Top 100 into four regions, anglers have perspective on fisheries nearby,” Hall explained. Tennessee’s Chickamauga Lake, which took the No. 2 slot this year, made a strong argument for No. 1, as it also produced 40-plus-pound limits this spring, two of them exceeding 42 pounds. Although this 36,240-acre fishery hasn’t produced quite as many big fish as Rayburn, there were two bass over 10 pounds recorded since February. The biggest weighed 11.21 pounds. California’s Clear Lake landed the No. 3 position on the strength of its production of big largemouth. Michigan’s Lake St. Clair climbed from ninth last year to the fourth in 2018, while Minnesota’s Mille Lacs Lake (last years’ No. 1 fishery) fell to No. 5. The remainder of the nation’s Top 10 are: sixth, Santee Cooper lakes (Marion/Moultrie), South Carolina; seventh, Diamond Valley Lake, California.; eighth, Thousand Islands (St. Lawrence River), New York; ninth, Lake Guntersville, Alabama; 10th, Falcon Lake, Texas. When it comes to bragging rights for the state with the most lakes to make the Top 100 list, Texas wins with 12. California boasts eight fisheries within the rankings, while Florida has the third most with seven. Complete rankings can be found in Bassmaster.com photo galleries.

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uPont State Recreational Forest in the Blue Ridge Mountains near Hendersonville, North Carolina, provides not only a scenic setting for trout fishing, but also a unique one. The delayed harvest waters of Little River flow through undisturbed mountains and over several notable waterfalls. Those same waters were immortalized on Hollywood’s silver screen as the backdrop for the exploits of Katniss Everdeen in the original Hunger Games movie. Movie buffs who wet a line on Little River in the DuPont Forest will no doubt recognize Triple Falls, which played a prominent role in multiple scenes in the movie. But there is good news for anglers: spending time on this stretch of Little River does not involve the life or death struggle it did in Hunger Games. Everyone is expected to come out alive. Many anglers also come out happy as this 1.8-mile stretch of Little River is stocked annually with a combination of 7,750 brook, rainbow and brown trout. North Carolina Wildlife regulations require a valid fishing license and the delayed harvest designation means it is single-hook artificial lures only with no harvesting of fish from Oct. 1 through the

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