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OCEAN WAVES JAX BEACH Ocean Waves Sunglasses, renowned for fishing eyewear, has produced an excellent and versatile pair of fishing glasses with their Jax Beach frame. The Jax Beach comes in tortoise or matte black and has the widest range of size flexibility and wrap to fit anyone’s head. From small to XL head sizes, the Jax Beach provides a great wrap look, excellent coverage, and comfortable fit and feel. The Jax Beach can be paired with any of Ocean Waves’ specialized lens types according to the angler’s personal preference and visual needs. Ocean Waves Sunglasses customizes fit, utilizing two lens curvatures, which can be selected in any of the company’s high-quality mirrored lenses: Offshore Blue (OSB), Backwater Green (BWG), Lunar Silver (LS – ultra dark), or Luminator Purple (LP – light enhancing) as well as non-mirrored Grey and Amber. Piece together the perfect shades to fit your style and needs.

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RIO RAY MALIBU Rio Ray Optics is the best new affordable polarized brand on the market. Designed for the outdoor lifestyle, all Rio Ray sunglasses come with 100-percent optically correct polarized CR39 lenses, frames with indestructible TR90, acetate and memory metal titanium with optical spring hinges for maximum comfort and a hassle-free lifetime warranty. All Rio Ray hard-coated polarized lenses are made of the highest quality CR39 and contain nine layers of protection with 100 percent UV protection. A hydrophobic coating on the front repels water, sunscreen and dirt, which makes cleaning and maintenance easy. A vibrant flash mirror provides additional glare reduction, and a superior scratch resistant coating prevents lens damage. The backside anti-reflective coating eliminates bounce-back glare. Rio Ray MaxFlex frame technology makes these the most comfortable sunglasses on the market, utilizing lightweight TR90 nylon, which maintains frame shape and offers incredible durability. Frames are prescription ready, and each pair comes with a full array of accessories including a hard and soft case and cleaning cloth. The frames here are Rio Ray’s Malibus. Go to their website to see all their stylish models. For dealer inquires, call 800-498-2104 or email jarrod@riorayoptics.com.

American-owned and based in Florida, RCI Optics is producing the most advanced sunglasses, equipped with more features than any other brand. These glasses, manufactured in Italy, are lightweight and incredibly durable, with optics that are crisp and clean with unbeatable polarization. Built for the elite waterman and outdoor enthusiast, RCI’s glasses are in a league of their own. RCI’s Power Plants are made with a Ballista 2.0 frame material that’s virtually bombproof. The Helius 2.2 lens material is six times denser than standard polycarbonate lenses. An ANSI Z87.1 safety rating meets OSHA requirements for safety glasses, and a Mil Std 662 military rating stops a .15 caliber projectile fired at 650 ft. per second. How’s that for durability? Well, they’re also top-notch in terms of optics. RCT (Radius Curving Technology) offers distortion-free optics for the clearest vision. These shades are 99.9 percent polarized, using injected polarization, not laminated. H780 Infrared blocking technology eliminates harmful radiation. Multilayered antireflective coatings eliminate distracting internal reflections, and permanent hydrophobic, oleophobic and antistatic coatings are applied to both sides of the lenses. Try a pair for yourself and you will see why they say, “The Advantage is Clear.”

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The most recognizable name on the water, Salt Life, is also the maker of stellar sunglasses. Their Andros Matte Black sunglasses are performance designed and lightweight, offering extreme comfort for extended wear in the sun. Made in Italy with highquality glass lenses, they allow you to see images crisper and clearer. Andros are available in lens colors of Smoke Blue and Copper Green. Their lenses are 100-percent UV protected with five layers of anti-glare reflective coating that completely eliminates glare. Go out and get noticed in Salt Life sunglasses.

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very blade-handy angler has their own techniques and tricks for peeling the perfect fillet off a fish. But anyone who has spent enough time around a cutting board knows the perfect way to fillet is a combination of three crucial elements: technique, tools and practice. Whether it’s a 15-pound red snapper or a 6-ounce bream, the basics of filleting a fish are the same. The idea is to remove the meat along the fish’s flanks, while leaving behind the head, bones and guts. Step 1: Make a vertical cut just behind the fish’s gill plate and pectoral fin. This cut should go all the way down to the bone and

extend from back to belly. Step 2: Run the blade from the first cut all the way down the top of the fish, along the backbone to the tail, making a shallow incision as close to the backbone as you can get it. Step 3: Using that long cut along the backbone, utilize smooth, light strokes to work the fillet away from the bones moving from the back to the belly. The other hand can be used to peel back the meat as you go. Cut around the ribcage when you arrive at it. Step 4: With step 3 completed, you should have a beautiful skinon fillet. To remove the skin, place the fillet on the board skin side down. Start from the tail and insert the knife through the meat down to the skin, leaving a tab of meat and skin at the tail to hold onto. Turn the knife horizontal and run the blade up the skin to remove the meat. Step 5: Use tweezers to pick out any pin bones left in the fillet. The technique seems simple enough, but if you don’t have good, sharp, flexible knives that are sized correctly for the fish on the board, you’re going to make a mess out of your fillets. Havalon has come up with an all-in-one solution for this issue with its Talon system. With five styles of high-quality blades that all fit on the same handle, switching from a 7-inch blade down to a 5-incher or even down to a 3.5-inch utility blade is as easy as pressing a button with their Quik-Change II blade replacement system. The blades can be resharpened as well as replaced to make sure they are razor sharp when you need them. Also, with a handle that opens up, clean-up is both thorough and easy with the Havalon Talon system. Rinse your tools down and roll them up in the included canvas kit so they’ll be ready the next time you need them. And next time should be soon, because practice is the final and most important element in the perfect way to fillet. Go fishing enough, and you’ll be peeling off perfect fillets for the table in no time. Check out the Havalon Talon System at www.havalon.com.

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concepts to fifth-wheel hitches. Using the same under-bed mounting hardware and hole in the bed, they designed a Companion with a single point attachment that was removable when not towing. They also designed the Companion to provide a quiet and smooth ride for the user. From there, they kept solving problems other hitch manufacturers weren’t, always thinking of the customer’s towing experience. They set the bar high and built a company that continues to raise it. Baker retired in 1999, and in 2007, Works began transferring ownership to the company’s 390 employees, who are now employee-owners. With a vested interest in their products, the employee-owners are more dedicated than ever to making the best hitches and accessories possible. Their product line now includes all types of innovative towing products manufactured on-site in their nearly 500,000-square-foot facility, where they can oversee every detail. Their steel comes straight from the American Heartland and is forged in mills they’ve known and trusted for years. Because the best labor doesn’t come from the lowest bidder overseas, B&W’s craftsmen are some of the best and brightest in the industry. “We know that what you tow matters— and so does what you tow it with,” is a company motto. B&W Trailer Hitches is a shining example of American-made quality and American ingenuity. For more information, go to www. bwtrailerhitches.com.

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vessel like a commercial fishing vessel using nets or longlines. Knowing the different rules that apply to all of these situations can mean the difference between a good day on the water and tragedy. At a minimum, you should always have a proper lookout, operate at a safe speed and yield or give-way to another vessel when in doubt and to always avoid a collision, even if that means breaking a navigation rule to save lives and avoid damaging property. Don’t leave the dock without knowing the rules of the road. The United States Power Squadrons–America’s Boating Club offers a seminar that simplifies the sometimes complex COLREGS for the recreational boater. Through examples, you’ll discover how to avoid collisions in various situations, the differences between power and sailboat rules, and the special rules for fishing vessels. This seminar includes student notes with slides. The downloadable U.S. Coast Guard’s Navigation Rules and Regulations Handbook is the supporting text. This seminar is also a starting point for study preparation for the USCG License examination. For more information on how to sign-up for the seminar, visit www. americasboatingclub.org.

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Team Supreme, with anglers Alex Krake, Chris Howell and Capt. Chase Lake, didn’t go home empty-handed, even though their Friday night marlin weighed 739.1 pounds. The 76 Viking from Destin went back out and caught a 156.6-pound yellowfin to boost the overall winnings to $313,115 for the second-place tournament award and optionals. Pearl took the third-place tournament award and pocketed $122,970. Angler Edgar McKee and Capt. Shawnie Clemons and the team aboard the 48 Viking based in Orange Beach boated a 611.5-pound blue to earn that payout. The Catch and Release Division was close and final standings were determined by time of catch. Relentless Pursuit was the overall winner with 1,800 points (three blue releases), earning a check of $265,050. Done Deal came in second in the division, also with 1,800 points. Money Shot was the third-place release team with 1,200 points, good for a $12,000 payday. Angler Robeau Whibbs and the team aboard Swee Pea, a 50 Topaz from Pensacola, captured the top tuna. Their yellowfin weighed 182.3 pounds, good for $24,000. Anthony Stauffer (Hayride) boated the largest swordfish, a 144.1 broadbill, good for $39,600. Johnny Moore, fishing aboard Alma-Ann, a 48 Cabo (Capt. Nick Jones), made MGCBC tournament history when he finally landed the new record dolphin after a two-hour waiting game. The 57.2-pound bull earned the team $66,750. The wahoo this year didn’t quite meet normal Classic averages but were respectable fish nonetheless and earned nice payouts. Lined Out and Jeff Dees caught the largest, 61.4 pounds, good for $48,300. Seament’s Doug Lake was second with a 48.5 wahoo ($37,125) and Neal Foster, betting heavily on Team Intensity, took home $82,425 for three entries in the optional categories. The Golden Nugget Casino and Hotel was this year’s tournament host. High Roller sponsors included the City of Biloxi, Release Marine, Visit Mississippi Gulf Coast, Gorenflo’s Tackle and Marina Store and Yeti Coolers. Next year’s tournament is slated for June 3-9. For more on the Mississippi Gulf Coast Billfish Classic, go to mgcbc. com.

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lex Hensley, of Fort Walton Beach, caught a 22-inch STAR-tagged redfish on June 12 near Rocky Creek in Okaloosa County. He is now the new owner of a Pathfinder 2200TRS with a Yamaha 150, Humminbird Solix electronics and a Minn Kota Terova trolling motor. This awesome prize package was the first of the major prizes to be awarded in CCA-Florida’s signature event for 2018. The statewide fishing contest kicked-off May 26 and will run through Sept. 3. If you fish in Florida and are not registered for CCA-Florida STAR, you could be missing out on hundreds of thousands of dollars in prizes. CCA Florida STAR, presented by Yamaha, is the largest family friendly saltwater fishing competition in Florida. Unlike traditional fishing tournaments, STAR focuses on conservation and offers up to $500,000 in prizes and scholarships. CCA Florida is using the social media-based, 101-day event to educate the public on the importance of protecting Florida’s marine resources. Recognized as a “catch, photo and release” competition, STAR’s smart phone app eliminates the requirement for anglers to harvest or capture and transport fish. “Our state’s natural resources and fisheries are here for our enjoyment, and we understand that smart fishing will preserve these resources for the future,” said Brian Gorski, CCA Florida executive director. Remaining prizes in the event’s STAR Signature Division include a new GMC Sierra Pickup or one of several Yamaha-powered boat packages including a Contender 22 Sport, a Hewes Redfisher 16, a Carolina Skiff 21 Ultra and a Cottonmouth Aluminum Bay/Flats boat. “It really can happen, you just need to be registered for STAR when you go fishing said Leiza Fitzgerald, STAR director. With 17 divisions, 11 species included in the event, and most winners determined by random drawing, anglers of all ages and skill levels have opportunities to win. Registration is $40 for current CCA Florida members, or $75 for non-members, which includes CCA Florida membership. Kids ages 6-17 can register for free with their current ($10) CCA Florida youth membership. Alex Hensley has been a member of nonprofit CCA-Florida, the state’s leading marine fisheries conservation, education and advocacy organization, since May of 2017. “I knew the rules and followed them, then the excitement set in,” said Hensley. “I’m still in shock and incredibly blessed to be the first registered angler.” Register today, go fishing, and like Alex you could be the shocked and incredibly blessed owner of a new truck or Yamaha-powered boat package. For more information on STAR, or to register, visit their Facebook page or ccaflstar.com.

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he 25th Annual Sebastian Exchange Club Foundation’s Blue Water Open Charity Offshore Fishing Tournament was held June 2, with tournament headquarters at Capt. Hiram’s Resort in Sebastian. The event raised an incredible $70,000 for charity. Anglers and organizers caught a beautiful weekend amid all the rain and wind of the past month or two. The silver anniversary tournament registered 145 boats, although only 38 boats weighed in fish. It was reported as a slow day of fishing for east-central Florida. The event included dolphin, kingfish, wahoo and grouper on the main board and bonus board, with additional payouts in each position to celebrate the tournament’s silver anniversary. The total purse was a guaranteed $19,000, which included $1,000 each for the biggest amberjack and cobia caught, as well as $2,500 for Top Boat. The catch was dominated by dolphin and kingfish. However, the biggest dolphin, caught on Skeleton Crew, was only 23.55 pounds. Rounding out the dolphin board, second place went to Down Time with a 22.65-pounder; Wide Open took third with an 18.35; and fourth place went to team Shootout with a 15.65-pound dolphin. The kingfish catches were larger, but still smaller than the norm. The first-place king weighed in at 36.45 pounds, followed by a 27.80 for second place, 26.80 in third and 25.9 in fourth place. Top Grouper was a whopping 57.85-pounder caught on III Jiggers, captained by Todd Thompson. Second place grouper was 37.80, and third place was 15.35. These were the only grouper that met the 10-pound min-

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I’ll start with the spider myth. Back in the 1700s, when shiploads of bananas were being brought over from Africa, they were loaded with small spiders. Spiders become most active at night. So, imagine sailors are carrying the banana cargo in their hold. When they go to bed for the evening, they get bitten by poisonous African spiders. No one can figure out why the crew is dying. When they finally arrive in their destination port with a big chunk of their crew dead, you can see just how easy a rumor could spread that bananas were bad luck on board. Second, back in the 1700s, all boats were made of wood. It was said that some banana-rich areas of Africa and the Caribbean had some of the most destructive wood-eating termites in the world. So, you can imagine that sometimes these termites would cling to the banana trees as they were dragged across the land to the docks where they were loaded on the ship. When the termites realized they were in a wooden ship, it was madness. Needless to say, the termites went to town on the wooden ship, causing tons of damage and in some cases eating holes in the hull that were not repairable. Third, is my experience. When clients have brought this vicious fruit on board, I’ve had several rods and reels damaged. I once ran aground on an oyster bed that I’ve driven around my whole life. I once had a client Goliath grouper fishing, waiting for a bite, when all of sudden his buddy whips out a banana. I immediately yanked it from his hand and tossed it off my boat. Within seconds after tossing the banana off the vessel, we hooked up and landed a 300-pound Goliath. So, that’s why I HATE BANANAS, but only on my boat or any time I go fishing. You can take your risk with the banana myth, but I’m going to play it safe. If we’ve learned anything from history, it’s that bananas and boats don’t mix. Follow Capt. Marko on Instagram @captjamesmarko and Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/james.markovits?fref=search for our daily catches. Check out the website at www.Goliathfishing.com.

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FISH & FISHING

Leaving Fish To Find Fish MARK SOSIN

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ost of us are seldom satisfied. Picture those days when you are in the right spot and fishing is really good. Suddenly, an almost irresistible urge tries to force you to search for an even better area. Who among us at one time or another has not abandoned fast action with smaller fish to search for even larger quarry or a different species. We quickly convince ourselves that if we fail to find better sport, we can always come back to what we are presently enjoying. It doesn’t work that way. Repeated failures and frustrations over the years have taught veteran anglers that it can be a losing gamble to leave fish in the hope of finding larger critters or even faster action. Conditions on the water can change so rapidly that the good thing you had going for you has long since stopped before get back. Keep in mind that fish feed for a limited time and then they spend hours digesting their food. And, the colder the water, the longer digestion takes. Fish are unpredictable. Anyone who puts in time on the water learns that there is no clear-cut method of determining when fish will feed and when they will stop. Even in a chum slick, where anglers are ladling food into the water and tossing handfuls of goodies behind the boat to keep fish in a feeding mood, the action varies. At times, the fishing can be impressive, but it can also slow down without warning. Rules have exceptions and this one does, too. Every fisherman can point to the times when he violated this basic rule and found even better fishing. And, there are instances when an angler returns to the area of the initial action and it is still going on. It does happen, but the odds are strongly against it. Inshore fishing in saltwater frequently depends on a particular stage of the tide or force of the current. To take advantage of different areas at the peak time, you often have to leave one spot while the action is still in progress. Veteran guides, for example,

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work a pattern tailored to tidal stages. They know the best fishing in a place occurs when the water is just the right depth or the current is flowing at the proper force. Some of these experts rely more on a clock than any other tool, and they time their arrival at each spot to coincide with optimum conditions. I have fished with guides who work a pattern with great success, and they have no problem leaving fish to find fish based on the stage of the tide. There are also times when that doesn’t work for some unknown reason. I can think of a case in point when I fished a shallow flat loaded with fish. I could hardly wait for the next morning. On the exact same stage of the tide the next day, with the weather absolutely the same, there wasn’t a single fish on that flat. The important thing to remember is that changing spots when the fish are feeding can be a major decision. Too many anglers fall into the trap of thinking they can return if they fail elsewhere and the fish in the first spot will still be feeding. That’s why experienced fishermen seldom leave fish to find fish.

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Hide And Seek With World Record Stripers By Tom Schlichter

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t’s no secret really big stripers patrol the eastern end of Long Island Sound. Just ask Greg Myerson; he found the biggest one in August of 2012 – the IGFA world record, which weighed 81 pounds 14 ounces! Lucky catch? Hardly. Myerson, 50, of Wallingford, Connecticut, has targeted big bass in these waters since childhood. Over last decade he’s hauled in numerous 50- and 60-pounders, plus a 73-pound behemoth, in addition to the top prize. “I’ve released some others,” he said, “that might have broken my own record.” What draws such big fish into the area? Myerson believes it’s a search for lobster. “The eastern end of Long Island Sound is very rocky and, until recently, it held a ton of lobsters,” he said. “Big bass are lazy. They don’t like

fighting strong currents, so they slip in behind submerged boulders or hold in the lee of outcroppings and reefs. That’s where lobsters like to feed, too, so it’s a convenient ambush spot for the bass.” Myerson noted there is plenty of good bottom to investigate here. “Southwest Ledge and Southwest Reef make good starting points,” he stated, “but there are other obvious opportunities if you poke around.” Once he finds a spot, the current striper king follows a specific routine. He’ll chart a path that avoids lobster pots but still allows access to the lee side of submerged boulders. He’ll fish when the tide is flowing slowly and prefers to ply his trade after dark, just past slack high water, and on the last quarter of the moon. “Lobster feed best from 0 to 1.4 knots of current,” he explained, “so that’s when the biggest bass chew, too.” Myerson’s secret weapon is a special sinker he’s developed and now markets through his business, World Record Striper Company (worldrecordstripercompany.com). Called a Rattlesinker, it rattles at the same 10-decibel sound level lobsters use to send out a buzzing underwater warning when danger enters the area. When bass hear the rattle, they start looking for food. Myerson uses a clip to attach the sinker to a three-way swivel and a 5-foot length of fluorocarbon leader that terminates in 5/0 eel hook to present an eel. Using conventional tackle and a braided main line, he bounces the sinker across the bottom as the eel follows behind. The rattling sound and sea snake have proven to be a lethal combination cow bass just can’t resist. Myerson said he’s sure there’s bigger bass still to be caught in Connecticut’s waters. “I think it’s possible to break 100 pounds here someday,” he stated, “at least as long as the lobsters stay around.” If you’d like to give the cow stripers of Eastern Long Island Sound a shot, you can stay at The Water’s Edge Resort and Spa (www.watersedgeresortandspa.com) in Old Saybrook or The Madison Beach Hotel (@madisonbeachhotel). For a charter trip, consider Flying Connie Charters (www.flyingconnie.com) out of Clinton or fish with Myerson though his World Record Striper Company (www.worldrecordstripercompany.com), the same place you can purchase Rattlesinkers should you want to give them a try.

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ocals in the community since 2001, if there’s one thing the Chibbaro family does, it’s love this area. They couldn’t be more excited to be the new publishers of Coastal Angler Daytona/New Smyrna/Deland, and it showed as they both beamed with excitement. “We just want to put out the absolute best magazine possible.” Said Chris Chibbaro. So that is what they have set out to do. Lovers of the outdoors, Amy & Chris cherish any moment they can have on the water. Whether it’s the pontoon boat on the islands with their 2 daughters Helen & Norma and the family dog Millie (more about her later), or stalking redfish down in Mosquito Lagoon, their whole family feels at home on the water. “I just love being fully immersed in nature.” Said Amy. “The birds, the sky, the marshes, the days of crystal clear water, I just love it all. I even still get excited when I see mullet jump!” In addition to publishing Coastal Angler Magazine, Amy & Chris also own a small restaurant in Daytona Beach Shores. Millie’s (remember which family

member that is?) is a delightful neighborhood restaurant right in the heart of The Shores. “We just wanted to give this community a great place to eat that highlights what our area has to offer.” Local, local, local is the theme as Millie’s utilizes local farms for produce and meats, and all their seafood is fresh and local. “All of our fish comes in whole, fresh, and direct from local sources. You can ask any of our staff and they will be able to tell you right where it is from, sometimes down to the name of the boat that caught it.” “We hope you enjoy reading this magazine as much as we enjoy putting it together for you. We are excited to embark on this journey and are delighted to be showcasing what our area has to offer. We hope you follow along on this adventure.” Thank you so much for reading. The Chibbaro Family

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

The Silver King

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t is that time of the year, the beginning of Summer! We’re feeling the summer heat and its just getting started, which means you will start to see Tarpon! These prehistoric fish are migrating in from our inlet. You should start to see them at your local bridges, in corners, cuts, causeways, canals, and in the river. When fishing for Tarpon there is a lot to take in consideration, such as moon phases, tides changes, and what bait to use. Tarpon also known as our “Silver King” is one of the strongest and smartest fish of all fish. When fishing for Tarpon you want to be sure to have the proper rig set up. I prefer to use leader to braid and beef up my rig to a 50 lb. braid tied 80 lb. leader using the “FG Knot” with a 6/O circle hook, tying leader to hook with a basic “loop” knot. The “FG Knot” is a quality knot with pressure test proven to withhold the most amount of pressure out of all fishing knots. It is sure to not leave you disappointed, my go to knot!

FUN FACTS ABOUT TARPON Tarpon have been swimming in our ocean since prehistoric times • They are nocturnal feeders • Tarpon can reach up to 8 feet and weigh up to 280 lbs. • The oldest Tarpon is 63 years old • The Tarpon “rolls” to meet its oxygen needs • You can find Tarpon in saltwater and fresh water •

in the water to attract the Tarpon. Small bait fish such as pigfish and finger mullets are also to a Tarpons liking . I am a kayak angler and one of my greatest fishing experiences was while When’s and working the mangroves with a paddle tail jig, hoping for a decent Redfish. I How To’s had a live pigfish free-lining behind me all excited for that Red. I hear my rod The moon phase thump, little did I know, I was hooked up to a 100 lb. Tarpon that surprised plays a large roll in the me, when I grabbed my rod the acrobat’s began! This beauty took me on a bite! I find that fishing a sleigh ride against wind and current fighting, wearing and tiring him out. few days before and a few Forty-five minutes later I had this big beautiful Tarpon sitting along side my days after (not the day kayak. I was unable to get a photo of) our new moon and being I was in my kayak in the river. I always bring live and full moon to be my most But a video indeed! productive fishing trips. artificial bait when I am I always bring live and artificial Did last weeks going in the water because bait when I am going in the water fishing trip not turn because you never know what the fish you never know what the are feeding on or what you may hook out the best? Were the fish not biting? Or did fish are feeding on or what up too! Tarpon, Redfish, Snook, Trout, you go home with no Sharks, Snapper, Pompano, Flounder you may hook up to! story to tell friends and and Bluefish are all here. You can family of that fish you find Snook at your local bridges and reeled in? This is where “fishing the tide” comes in play. Sure the fish may be docks or anywhere there is structure, real or artificial, you are certain to have there but, you want to plan to fish the change of the tides. When the fish are schools of Snook hanging out. I target Snook free-lining shrimp or on my feeding for a productive fishing trip. With many days, nights, and time in the favorite, a paddle tail DOA pearl mullet on a weedless hook, or a Badonk-Awater studying the tide changes, I find that the bite is on fire during our last and Donk. Nothing like watching a Snook smash a top water, that is sure to leave first hour of the tides switching over. For myself, I plan my trips around these you fulfilled! Mosquito Lagoon has its locals and I am always out there landing tide changes for the best results and fish the last hour of the incoming through those beautiful Reds and releasing them back to their habitat. But being the the first hour of the outgoing tide and go home very successful. poor condition our lagoon is in right now, as far as seagrass and many other Are you starting to see the Tarpon? I have started seeing Tarpon rolling issues from runoffs etc..., I continue to do my part in practicing catch and under local bridges in New Smyrna Beach and out in our river traveling in release as well as clean ups to help save our lagoon, every little bit helps! small schools. I prefer to target these guys under bridges and at dock lights in the evening. Feel free to check out my inshore Lets Talk Bait! fishing adventures on Facebook @ Where I fish for Tarpon plays a huge factor in what bait I am using. Inshore Adventures With Skye and on A Tarpons instinct is strong, you want a perfect presentation having your Instagram @brassyhooker87 bait moving naturally in the current, otherwise they wont bite. Tarpon are nocturnal feeders, now this doesn’t mean they will not bite during the day. Your chances for a hook up are much greater in the night hours. Since I prefer to fish for Tarpon under bridges and at dock lights, I do so in the night time hours with great success. When fishing under bridges or at dock lights, I free-line live jumbo shrimp. When fishing the Causeways, I free-line a small blue crab clipping the tip of its shell to release scent. When fishing out in the river, I find that Tarpon tend to ride the current on the “drop off ”. I anchor up in the shallow side of the river and free-line a small blue crab letting it flow naturally with the current, clipping its corner shell as well to release the crabs scent

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FISHING REPORT & FORECAST ED FARLOW

Ponce Inlet - Surf - Jetty River & Backwaters

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ith the peak of summer upon us it’s time to change our fishing habits in order to be a more successful angler. For all types of fishing, the earlier you hit the water the better. As the sun rises fish will seek deeper holes and channels to get away from the heat. Therefore you’ll need to set your alarm for an earlier wakeup call in order to have a better chance of filling your stringer or fish box. When fishing the flats and backwaters, use top water artificials like Delany with her first fish, a nice the Rapala Skitter Walk, Yozuri Popper, Mangrove Snapper caught in Bomber Top Water Minnow and Mirolure Daggetts Cove while fishing with Top Dog. These lures will drive fish crazy her father Mat. into striking. If you’re a bait fisherman, use live baits such as shrimp, pinfish and mud minnows. But remember fishing early and late day will give you a better shot at success. Trout, Redfish, Snook and Flounder will be the species to target. Surf fishing is no different as to time of day for success. Once the sun climbs high in the sky the water clarity will work against the surf angler. However for those surf anglers willing to hit the beach early and late, the rewards will be well worth it. Best baits for the summer surf fisherman will be shrimp (live is best), sand fleas and cut mullet. Justin with a nice jetty slot size Pompano, Whiting and Flounder will Redfish. be the main species roaming the surf. Jetty anglers will be rewarded with some excellent catches during the dog days of summer provided they change up habits also. Yes there is deep water to fish along the rocks, but with the sun climbing higher the fish will be moving deeper and being there early will give you a better chance of catching fish. Artificial lovers will want to use Yozuri Mag Darters, Bomber Long A’s, Sebile Stick Shads and Mirolure Mirodine and Catch 2000’s. Bait fishermen will want to use live shrimp, live pinfish, cut mullet, and sand fleas. Best bets will be Redfish, Flounder, Mangrove Snapper and Whiting. Another great type of fishing during summer will be along the many docks up and down the Halifax River. Again early morning hours will work, however nighttime fishing along docks with lights provides some outstanding catches. Live pinfish, live shrimp on a lead jig head are best bets for bait fishermen, while Rapala Skitter Walks, Bomber Long A’s, Yozuri 3D Minnows and DOA Cal paddletails are the preferred artificials. Stop in Salty Dawg Outfitters Bait & Tackle in Ponce Inlet beside the Ponce boat ramp and we’ll hook you up with the latest and most up to date fishing report, along with the latest baits and lures that have been working best. We’ve got all the live and frozen bait you need for inshore as well as offshore, along with all the tackle and lures to make your day the most successful it can be. 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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FISHING REPORT & FORECAST CAPT. MICHAEL SAVEDOW

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arly morning start time is the rule for summer inshore fishing with the sunrise feeding pattern, the first hour of the day, from first light until the sun is up a little bit is top water lure time, on calm mornings I like a quiet lure with light or no sound makers as you “walk the dog” across the surface imitating an injured finger mullet, on a breezy morning try a lure with a louder sound. Cloudy water Logan from Orlando with Black Drum is the norm for the summer caught in Edgewater Backcountry months including here in Edgewater Backcountry and Mosquito Lagoon, give yourself an advantage by using bait a fish can find. Smell, sound, and vibrations in the water are keys, smell can be achieved with bait such as shrimp, cut bait, or scented soft plastics, sound made by lures with rattles or poppers, and baitfish like croakers and pigfish, vibrations from live finger mullet, mud minnows, and lures like spoons. Spotted seatrout fishing with live pigfish is a summer tradition on Mosquito Lagoon, fish them free lined and tail hooked along drop offs, sloughs, and off the edges of flats. Popping the rod gives a tug on the pig, pulls him off the bottom, encouraging oinking, and attracting a fish to attack, in the backcountry, fish them along drop offs of any depth, and oyster bar edges, along the ICW try the docks. Another summer bait is the tiny mini mullet. Born here last winter, now just big enough to stay put in a cast net, usually hugging close to sandbars and shorelines. They are great free line fished and tail hooked near backcountry shorelines, flats edges, and oyster or shell bars. Or lip hooked with a small weight on the bottom of deeper holes and channels during summer heat. Another option to fight the heat is to fish shade, some fish do take advantage of manmade structures during mid-day sun shine, under bridges, docks, and moored boats, main rule on these is to pick older structures and moorings. Old dock pilings are covered with barnacles and plant growth in turn attracting bait fish, seldom used docks also a plus to hold better game fish. Docks with larger boats in residence usually have a deep hole to accommodate the boat. Fish sinking lures, and live baits fish close to and under the docks. You will have to deal with snags around the structures, but it comes with the territory and the potential upside is big. Long time moored or docked boats are great FADs (Fish Attracting Device). Structure oriented fish hang in close and underneath, including Mangrove Snapper, Redfish, Snook, and Trout. Open water game fish like Jacks and Ladyfish can also be close by, attracted by the shady spot and baitfish. Night fishing can be good at dock lights and bridges. Schools of baitfish and sometime shrimp are attracted to the light and structure which in turn bring in the trout, snook, redfish, jacks, ladyfish, and snapper to name a few. Match the hatch of which type of bait you are seeing, use a small size lure, swim bait, jig, twitch bait, or soft plastic shrimp for most species. But for the most bites, a free lined live shrimp can be the go to bait. Anchor just up tide and a cast out from the light, throw your bait up current from the circle of light on the water and allow it to “swim” naturally through the target area. The outgoing tide can be best, but a moving tide in either direction is a must for a good bite. Capt. Michael Savedow — Edgewater River Guide www.EdgewaterRiverGuide.com • 386-689-3781

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FISHING REPORT & FORECAST STAFF WRITER

Offshore Tips From Captains Eddie and Shane

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hile June was an abnormal month offshore, we are expecting things to return to somewhat of a normal pattern. Most offshore trips will start with fishing on top for kings, wahoo, cobia, or dolphin, then make the switch to bottom fishing after that. The usual artificial lures will be tied to lines around our area, but the two captains we spoke to said the same thing, BAIT BAIT BAIT! Captain Eddie from CANA Sportfishing said he loves Spanish sardines. He recommends getting the higher quality IQF frozen baits as they are worth the money and will not only provide more bites, but more hookups as well. Captain Eddie loves anchoring up and chumming in the summer to bring those snappers up near the surface. “If you can’t bring them up to the 15ft to 20ft depth, then let some anchor line out or move, because you’re not in the right spot.” Captain Eddie reminisced of some great trips in years past during the month of July and he had two more recommendations. “When anchored, don’t forget to have a spinning rod ready to go for cobia or dolphin. Once you have the fish chummed in to a frenzy, it is not unusual to see a big cobia come to the boat, and if your rod isn’t ready, you’ll miss your opportunity.”

The other tip Captain Eddie had was for snappers. BRING A LANDING NET! “A landing net is often the difference between a fish sandwich or just a fish story!” To book a charter with Capt Eddie on the Cana, please call

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Captain Shane of Back To Blue Charters echoed many of the same statements. He said his June has been great. “We have had a killer kingfish bite while trolling spoons or live baits, with some good wahoo mixed in as well. His bait of choice is pogies. They will be up on the beaches, so start your day with the cast net, or better yet net them the day before if you have a place to keep them alive. “Dead or alive, I love fishing with pogies. You will catch amberjacks, snappers, groupers, cobia, and more.” Captain Shane spoke of the great variety to be found in July. “Fishing top or bottom, you have a great chance to hook up with some quality fish in July.” To book a charter with Capt. Shane on the Back to Blue, please call

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Off The Hook at Inlet Harbor A Little Piece of Paradise

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ucked away at the Inlet Harbor Marina in Ponce Inlet, Florida resides a seafood oasis on the intracoastal waiting for you to enjoy. Located at 133 Inlet Harbor Road a vibrant, neon colored restaurant is color coordinated with that of the popular fish Dorado, better known as Mahi-mahi. Landscaped with palm trees and tropical shrubbery, a deck walkway leads you to the double doors to the left, or to the outside patio and tiki bar with a gorgeous Blue Marlin in the exterior before you choose your entrance. At Off The Hook you can park your car in the parking lot, or park your boat at the dock for lunch or dinner. As you enter the restaurant, you feel as if you are entering a luxurious sport fishing boat as two rods and reels are lured up and ready to go criss crossed in front of the main dining room. The booths are identical to white vinyl boat seats and the inside perimeter gives epic views through large clear windows of the intracoastal and summer sunsets. Off The Hook at Inlet Harbor has two full liquor bars. A main bar inside lined with flat screen televisions to catch your favorite game or fishing show, and a tiki bar outside on their enormous deck where you can listen to live music, dance, and get your favorite tiki style cocktails. We were sat at a table with a view of the water and handed a menu with an assortment of seafood options, burgers and sandwiches, Hawaiian style cuisine, house specialties, soups, salads, and the very popular raw bar and steamed shellfish section with the oysters headlining. I saw Rock Shrimp on the menu under “Teasers,” a dozen of those sweet and succulent creatures broiled with garlic butter and garnished with seasoned bread crumbs. Similar to mini lobster tails, we ripped them out of their shells, lathered them in butter, and devoured them. Next, we tried one of their house specialties, Prince Edward Island Mussels. Off The Hook’s mussels are sautéed in white wine with bacon, blue cheese, spinach, and are served in a bowl with a side of freshly baked bread for dipping. The broth was culinary fire, and the bacon and blue cheese matchup kept us coming back for more. To finish us off, we took a recommendation to try the Crawfish Etouffé, a traditional spicy Cajun stew filled with chunks of Crawfish laid down the middle of the plate with two walls of 6 DAYTONA/NEW SMYRNA/DELAND

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steamed rice holding the flavorful “Red Sea” in. Packed full of flavor with that good feeling of New Orleans starting to run through my veins. Then came the Poke Tacos with Yellowfin Tuna, toasted Macadamia nuts, scallions, avocado, shredded lettuce, and pineapple mango chutney. Healthy, light, and the perfect Hawaiian ending to our first food adventure for Coastal Angler Magazine. Off The Hook has a great diversity of seafood styles with an awesome location and ambience for families, fishermen, and those Floridian visitors looking for a great restaurant to dine at for lunch or dinner. Get your catch off the hook and in your belly at Off The Hook at Inlet Harbor Marina in Ponce Inlet. Until next time, “Stay hungry my friends.”

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Dorado Vibrant Restaurant - The entrance of Off The Hook at Inlet Harbor has a vibrant display of colors representing the popular fish, Mahimahi. Dorado, or Mahi-mahi have these vibrant colors because of colorchanging cells called chromatophores which gives them the ability to flicker their colors. Rock Shrimp - 12 split and well-sized Rock Shrimp broiled with garlic butter and garnished with seasoned breadcrumbs sit long enough to get their picture taken before they are devoured. Rock Shrimp are members of the shrimp family but have a taste very similar to lobster. Oyster Time - One of the most popular dishes at Off The Hook at Inlet Harbor is their oysters. Pictured here is two dozen raw oysters served on a bed of ice before the guests dress them to their liking with horseradish, cocktail sauce, butter, and a saltine cracker.

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hange of natures seasons closes 1 door and opens many others to keep us engaged and entertained. There are rumbles folks are still shrimping Oak Hill and Brevard. These rumors are facts. Oak Hill is still producing small shrimp with mixed sizes in the area. Tampa is on the radar and they are into the crickets. Best place to shrimp in Tampa is at Fort DeSoto (3500 Pinellas Bayway S., St. Petersburg, FL 33715 ), you don’t need a boat. There remains “hit and miss” pockets of action in N. Brevard. Great news is S. Brevard has risen from the ashes. They have L. Mike Davis and his daughter show off had a miserable last few years the elusive Asian Tiger Shrimp caught at but this year we are in what Ponce Inlet. may become epic. There is no complaints of S. Brevard sewage odors which dominated the forums earlier in the year. Hot areas right now are the Melbourne bridges coupled with a cast net is producing nice buckets. Shrimp Trapping is on fire at the SR 192, a Brevard spot known for trapping. Asian tiger shrimp are still being caught inshore and near shore. They were released into the water from North Carolina in 1985 after a lab accident. After 2 hurricanes They have been mating with our in 2 years, I am local species as well as eating a lot of our food resources sustaining our optimistic the needle current shrimpery. Scalloping season will swing towards is now open for the popular areas such as Crystal River, Keaton and the rehabilitation of Steinhatchee (located in panhandle the summer season. West Coast, Florida). There is nothing more joyous than chasing these little sea biscuits with snorkel and mask. Crystal River is about a 2 hour drive from Central Florida, and Steinhatchee is about 4 hour commute. Is this the month that the white summer shrimp that run during the day time populate S. Volusia/S. Daytona area this month. The last few years have been below standards. In 2017 we had an anomaly where a bio mass of jumbo whites ran from Oct 2016 – May 2017 during winter season pushed into our area by Hurricane. There was no summer season in 2017. This year we had more normal winter shrimping pattern, few white shrimp, NO Asians caught. To be honest, the last 5 years killed the commercial fishing industry who depend on the white shrimp run over the summer. After 2 hurricanes in 2 years, I am optimistic the needle will swing towards the rehabilitation of the summer season. If they do not appear this month, monitor Jacksonville N.E. Reports. It is very common for Central Florida to tow the 2 hours to N.E. Region who had a very healthy summer shrimping season. Intel changes daily, for up to the minute intel and reports visit us on Facebook at Florida Shrimping Academy – Tips & Tricks. Capt Lee Noga | Academy Of Shrimping | www.leenoga.com

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FISHING REPORT & FORECAST CAPT. BARRY ENGLEHARDT

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Mon

12:07 2.6

6:03 0.4 5:53 0.5

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Tue

12:21 3.2 12:48 2.7

6:45 0.4 6:42 0.6

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Wed

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7:27 0.4 7:33 0.6

6:28 8:27

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Thu

1:41 3.0 2:15 2.8

8:07 0.3 8:25 0.6

6:29 8:27

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8:49 0.2 9:18 0.5

6:29 8:27

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9:34 0.1 10:15 0.5

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4:13 2.8 4:59 3.4

10:23 0.0 11:15 0.4

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he introduction of June was definitely unusual with the heavy rains and water that was the color of coffee. This winter was one that put the fishing behind by a month or more. The bait fish were not prevalent as they should have been thereby delaying some fish such as Tarpon, black drum and flounder. However with that said the redfish and snook bite was very active. With the dark water I used surface and suspended lures with loud rattlers and worked them with a medium to slow retrieve. The choice of live bait was pinfish, mud minnows and croakers. Another method was a popping cork with shrimp. One of the biggest As the dark water cleared schools of thrills is having a big mullet appeared with the tarpon slowly moving in. The crabs seemed to be the snook explode on a choice of bait for the tarpon. surface lure. July should be a great month for tarpon and the time of the day for the optimum bite should be from daylight to 8 am and an hour before dark and through the night in the most lighted areas. Reds will be coaming the shallows looking for crabs and chasing bait fish schools that frequent the shoreline early. Along with the reds will be black drum competing for the crabs and shrimp. As for large trout free line a mullet or croaker hooked in the tail with the current. One of the biggest thrills is having a big snook explode on a surface lure. Remember snook season is closed so when you catch a snook handle it carefully and release gently. Take a child fishing.

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12:43 0.5 12:34 0.2

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1:32 0.5 1:21 0.2

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2:17 0.4 2:06 0.2

6:40 8:20

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2:58 0.3 2:49 0.2

6:40 8:19

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Sat

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3:36 0.3 3:29 0.2

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10:21 2.8 10:39 3.4

4:13 0.3 4:08 0.3

6:41 8:18

30 Mon

11:00 2.8 11:16 3.3

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he month of July is known for trophy largemouth bass, bluegill, warmouth and some of the hottest days of summer. With high temperatures it will be most productive to fish early mornings and late evenings. For live bait try fishing Lake Woodruff using wild River shiners. Place your bait against vegetation or open waters of spring fed creeks. Artificial baits can also work, try top water lures in the early hours and when the water temperatures heat up head to the main river using a Carolina rig with a dark colored plastic worm. Black with blue tail is a proven bait. Since you are fishing a relatively clean bottom, it is not necessary to Texas rig the worm. You can leave the hook exposed for an easier hook up. Use a very sharp hook like a Gamagatsu. Use a weight just large enough to resist the current that could sweep your line too quickly. When fishing the drop offs, you will usually anchor in 5 to 6 feet of water and cast out to the channel that will be 13 to 20 feet. Work the worm rig slowly up the slope. Many hits are very light, so keep positive pressure on your line even as you are reeling down. Drop off fishing is always a proven method during hot weather on the St. Johns. For pan fish use crickets, worms and beetle spins against shoreline cover and tree tops. A few days before the full moon and new moon, check open water areas for fish to be bedding. At this time of the month you can target your fish, while they are feeding, preparing for the spawn. Always check with the fishing camp staff for an up to date report. Capt. Bryn Adams, Highland Park Fish Camp, DeLand, FL (386) 734-2334 | www.Highlandparkfishcamp.com

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HOW ‘NOT’ TO LEARN HOW TO SKIN DIVE By Rod Harter

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e all have defining moments we carry from our childhood. One of those memories happened to me when I was 14 years old. My family was always passionate about the water. By that, I mean, we lived in Miami and loved boating. One summer day, my Dad decided it was time for me to learn how to skin dive. And when my Dad decided we were going to do something, we did it. End of discussion. My Father and I trailered our 22-foot Larson boat to Homestead FL Marina. We put in, and headed SE, offshore to a reef called “The Elbow.” It was quite the reef, very popular with divers and fishermen. It was perched along the edge of the Gulf Stream, several miles offshore. As we cruised across the choppy waters, everything began to sink in. I

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was about to do something I’d never done before. My heart started racing as we approached the huge, rusted structure that rose 50 feet or more above the waves. Diving on The Elbow was a big step for a guy my age. Granted, I was a good swimmer with plenty of experience swimming in the shallow waters off Biscayne Bay. But this was different. Way different. We were in deep water, with no land in site. My Dad anchored the boat and turned off the engine. Then, in his deep, resonating voice, he said, “Okay Son, put your gear on and jump in.” I took a brief look at him, then peaked over the edge of the boat. It was too choppy to see what was down below. However, I noticed something very different about the color of the water. It was deep blue. The ocean has a color blue you don’t see anywhere else. Before Divers enter the water, they typically spit in their mask. This is done to stop their mask from fogging up. When I tried doing it, nothing happened. My mouth was bone dry. Eventually, I got enough courage to climb to the edge of the boat, and jump in. I slowly lowered my head into the warm, salty water. What happened next was amazing. I saw a kaleidoscope of colors. Fish were swimming around everywhere. I recall thinking how incredibly big the ocean seemed that day… and how tiny and insignificant, I felt. The reef was not that deep where we were snorkeling. Probably 15-20 feet. To my left, however, it was a different story. Too deep to see the bottom. The next few minutes turned out to be one of the greatest experiences of my life. That memorable day happened more than 50 years ago! And, looking back, had my Dad not pushed me beyond my comfort zone, I probably wouldn’t have the love for the ocean as I have today. He would be so proud knowing my love for the ocean is stronger than ever. — Thank you Dad, you’re the best!! Rod Harter spent his youth in South Florida at a time when it was pure paradise. Rod now lives in Ponce Inlet. He’s an author, ‘strategic marketing expert,’ and Founder of Specialty Marketing Consultants. www.SpecialtyMarketingConsultants.com Email: RodHarter@me.com / Phone: (407) 619-3598 www.getrodsbook.com • www.specialtymarketingconsultants.com

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KING OF THE INLET 2018 It was another great year for the King Of The Inlet Offshore tournament. Team Diggin Life took home the overall points crown with Marine Specialties in 2nd and Total Vision in 3rd place. A good time was had by all, and we can’t wait to do it all again next year.

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orthern snakeheads are a nasty invasive species, which makes them all the more fun to shoot with a bow and arrow. Andrew Fox, of Mechanicsville, Maryland, spent Memorial Day weekend bowfishing with buddies at Mattawoman Creek in Charles County, Maryland. He came home with a new state record. The trio was out on the water for a few hours the night of May 24, waiting for low tide, but despite the favorable tides, recent rains made visibility nearly impossible. By pure luck, Fox caught a glimpse of a fish illuminated in the glare of the boat’s lights. Thinking it might be carp, Fox said he was slow to respond, but after a few seconds determined it was a snakehead. “That’s the biggest snakehead I’ve ever seen,” said Fox. Pulling back his bow, Fox struck the snakehead and hauled in the monster “frankenfish.” With the snakehead in the boat’s hull, Fox removed the arrow and said, “This might be a new state record.” In fact, it is now the biggest northern snakehead caught in the state of Maryland. Fox’s snakehead tipped the scales at 19.9 pounds with a length of 35.157 inches, breaking a 2-year-old record.

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The team that accumulates the most points for blue marlin, white marlin and spearfish during the event’s three fishing days earns $25,000, while second- and third-place prizes are $10,000 and $5,000, respectively. All billfish must be released, except potentially record-setting blue marlin that exceed 600 pounds. Teams also can enter one fun fish (tuna, dolphin, wahoo or released sailfish) per boat per day for additional points. Marlin division competitors can pay an additional fee to compete for $10,000 in the fun fish division. Cash prizes await anglers who catch the three heaviest dolphin, three heaviest tuna (yellowfin, blackfin and skipjack) and three heaviest wahoo. The Key West Marlin Tournament is to begin with a 4 to 6 p.m. final registration Wednesday, July 18, at the Waterfront Brewery, 201 William St. A captains meeting, auction and raffle are to follow. Fishing is set for 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday and Friday, July 19 and 20, and 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, July 21. Weighins take place after each day’s fishing on the dock behind the Waterfront Brewery. Tournament social events include cocktail gatherings, an island-style pig roast and a fish fry. An awards banquet at the Margaritaville Key West Resort & Marina, 245 Front St., is scheduled Saturday night. Entry fees are $1,800 per boat before June 15 ($2,100 thereafter) for two anglers, a captain and mate to compete in the marlin division and attend social events. Each additional angler per boat must pay $200 to fish. Entry in the fun fish division is an additional $300 per boat. For more information and to register, visit KeyWestMarlin.com.

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egendary author Ernest Hemingway fished for “big game” in Key West waters during the 1930s, and contemporary anglers can follow his lead Wednesday through Saturday, July 18-21. Anglers targeting marlin and other fish are to compete for $50,000 in guaranteed cash prizes in the 2018 Havana Club Key West Marlin Tournament, held in conjunction with the island city’s annual Hemingway Days celebration. The tournament concludes on the 119th anniversary of Hemingway’s birth.

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By Michael Okruhlik Photo courtesy of Controlled Descent Lures.

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he heat this summer has arrived with a vengeance. And for an angler, the best way to beat the heat is to do a little fishing in the dark. Typically, daytime fishing is tough during a full moon. I have not consistently been able to pattern fish during this lunar event, unless it’s at night. The darkness offers two advantages, cooler temps and a way for me to catch fish during what I consider the toughest moon phase. When the subject of night fishing in saltwater arises, it is generally followed by a discussion of lights. PAR 64 1,000 watt or underwater green lights are two of the most common types anglers use. Although I enjoy fishing with lights, in this column I’m going to cover fishing in the dark. First and foremost, always proceed with caution after the sun sets. This includes boating, kayaking or wading in from shore. Be prepared for the unexpected, let others know your location, bring ample lighting, and make sure your phone is fully charged. I find a headlamp to be ideal, and I can still use it with my head mounted GoPro. Not only does this hands-free light source come in handy for tying knots and unhooking fish, but it also illuminates the area for some cool videos. Another useful tool that helps me find my way back is a satellite map app on my phone. A clear satellite image can lead you back exactly to where you parked. I prefer to do my night angling from a kayak. Although wade fishing is my favorite method overall, I typically stay in the kayak at night to minimize some risk. I like to start excursions in the late evening, when I can still see and get an idea of where the bait is and the type of structure it is holding over. This not only points me to the right location, it also allows me to catch that sunset bite. Being on the water to see the day fade away is a relaxing bonus. As far as lure choice, I avoid treble hooks when fishing in the dark. I like to minimize risks when night fishing, and trebles are two more problems than I need dangling around in the dark. I switch out the trebles on my hard baits to single hooks prior to the trip in case the need arises to throw them. Overall, I prefer to fish weedless soft plastics. Often times, if your lure is not in the grass or touching the shell, you are not catching fish, and fish are what I want to catch, not the structure. Beat the heat this summer by fishing in the dark. It adds a whole new experience to catching! Capt. Michael Okruhlik is the inventor of Controlled Descent Lures and the owner of www.MyCoastOutdoors.com COASTALANGLERMAG.COM • THEANGLERMAG.COM

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pring and early summer were good to bass fishermen on Lake Istokpoga. Between February and the middle of June this year, the 27,692-acre lake in Highlands County produced nearly 100 largemouth bass registered with Florida’s TrophyCatch program and weighing heavier than 8 pounds. And that’s only the fish that were reported. There’s no telling how many big bass were actually caught. The highlights this year from the big-bass factory northwest of Lake Okeechobee were two largemouth bass that qualified for Tro-

phyCatch’s Hall of Fame, which means they weighed more than 13 pounds. On March 25, Syl Sims caught a 13-pound, 4-ounce bass from Istokpoga. He caught it with the Enigma fishing rod he won for catching a Hall of Fame bass last year. That fish weighed 13-pounds, 2-ounces and was caught out of Huckleberry Lake in Orlando. The second Istokpoga hall of famer was caught by Adrian “Lunker Louie” Echols, who has 50 bass heavier than 8 pounds and registered with TrophyCatch. Although he has come close before, the 13-pound, 14-ounce fish he caught from Istokpoga on June 6 is his first to qualify for Hall of Fame status. Since TrophyCatch was launched in 2012, there have been 430 TrophyCatch-approved largemouth bass weighing 8 pounds or heavier caught on Lake Istokpoga. A total of 347 fish have been entered into the Lunker Club (8-9.99 pounds), 81 into the Trophy Club (10-12.99 pounds), and Syl and Louie’s Hall of Fame catches make the first two Hall of Fame Club bass caught on Lake Istokpoga. As an integral part of the TrophyCatch program, all of these bass were released, so these trophies still swim in Lake Istokpoga. TrophyCatch Hall of Fame anglers each receive Bass Pro Shops gift cards, Spiderwire merchandise, a custom fiberglass replica mount made by New Wave Taxidermy, an Enigma fishing rod and a plaque from American Registry commemorating their catch. For more information on TrophyCatch, go to www.trophycatchflorida.com.

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Pura Vida Divers crew member Jamie Cruce holds up tangled fishing line divers removed from a reef.

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he sun is shining, and the water is warm, so it’s time to hit the beach! This summer, lend a hand in keeping your favorite beaches and reefs clean. Every day more marine debris is building up in our waterways and along the shoreline. By practicing the “one-piece” plan, over time you can make a big impact helping the environment and the animals that rely on healthy habitats. Each time you go to the beach, kayak or paddleboard along a waterway, dive underwater on the reefs, or hit the bay in your fishing boat, make a point to pick up and remove one piece of litter. Another easy way to have a significant positive impact is to add a fourth “R” to “Reduce, Reuse and Recycle.” That fourth “R” is “Refuse!” Single-use items, like plastic cutlery, grocery bags, disposable cups and straws are a threat to animals like sea turtles and birds when they are whole. These items also break down to form micro-plastics, which are easily digested by many marine animals, and can wreak havoc on their digestive systems. Plastic bags pose a problem for our marine life if they end up in the ocean, as they resemble jellyfish floating along the surface, a tasty source of food for many animals. Sea turtles, sharks and even swordfish ingest these bags. As anglers, it’s important to know where you can drop off discarded fishing line. Pura Vida Divers serves as a great Monofilament Recycling Center for Singer Island and the West Palm Beach area. There are alternative centers throughout Palm Beach County as well. I’m sure there are centers in your area. If you’re ready to act and you’re in Palm Beach County, volunteer for the July Beach and Reef Cleanup with Pura Vida Divers to help us keep Phil Foster Park and our offshore reefs free of debris. Volunteers can walk the beach to gather litter, swim along the Snorkel Trail at the Blue Heron Bridge to remove in-water items, or scuba dive offshore to remove fishing line and marine debris from the coral reefs off West Palm Beach. The cleanup takes place on Saturday, July 14 from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. Kids and families are welcome to participate! All cleanup supplies will be provided, including gloves, grabbers, mesh bags for in-water volunteers and buckets for anyone cleaning the shoreline. Volunteer hours are available for students. To register, call the Pura Vida shop at 561-840-8750 or visit www.PuraVidaDivers.com. If you can’t make the July clean up here in Palm Beach County, join us later this year on Saturday, Sept. 15 for the International Coastal Cleanup! Pura Vida Divers is the proud sponsor of Phil Foster Park through the Palm Beach County Adopt-A-Park program. They host quarterly beach and in-water cleanups at that location every year. To learn more, sign up with Pura Vida Divers for the Project AWARE Dive Against Debris specialty class.

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he surface pops, and I watch my line take off at 25 mph toward the open water. Snook on! This one is the largest of the day, maybe 27 inches, almost a slot. I keep my rod tip down, but she jumps out of the water then runs toward me. By the time I get the slack reeled, she’s past me and jumping again. That was my seventh snook of the morning, and I pulled her up take a photo with my phone before releasing her. I also managed to catch a 5-pound trout that was longer than 24 inches and broke my line as I tried to get a photo before the release. Like Mark Nichols, founder of the Stuart, Fla. lure company D.O.A, I like to wade when I fish skinny water. Whether you have a flats boat or wade, the same shallow-water tactics apply. You gotta put the lure where the fish are, and that day, two of the snook were so far under the mangrove branches that unless you skipped the lure perfectly, you had no chance of catching the fish. Most days I use a 1/16-ounce D.O.A. jig in chartreuse with a 4-inch pearl white paddle-tail. The light jig is best for skinny water because it stays near the top, and that’s what the fish want. You can fish it four main ways: 1) Jig it off the bottom, dead-stick it (let it sit), then repeat. This style of slow jigging works for redfish and trout, but anything will take it. Use this technique if you know fish are in an area or the bite is slow.
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t all started for me when I began focusing on the big bull reds that prowl the waters around the St. Andrews Pass and the bridges in Panama City, Fla. I knew many of them lurked in those deep waters, and using live bait was usually a sure bet, but I get such a kick out of fooling fish with artificial lures that I had to explore the world of deep jigs like the Shimano Butterfly jig and the Offshore Angler Freestyle jig. When attempting to fool fish holding in water 50 to 100 feet deep, or more, you need a lure that gets down in a hurry. Not many tools can fill this niche, but these heavy, lead, streamlined jigs with the cool paint jobs come through in spades. Equipped with one or two hooks on a short tether, these jigs produce a wild, erratic fluttering on the fall, and when worked correctly, produce an enticing jumping action when ripped up off the bottom with the rod. The action is similar to a spoon more than a conventional jig, and fish of all species fall for it. It’s crucial to team your jig up with a properly rated rod. Deep jigging rods are usually short and work very well, but many rod types will get the job done. Spinning reels work fine, but I’ve found reels built for bottom fishing, like the Shimano Torium, to be my favorite. They’re smooth and fast, perfect for this technique. Spool up with 50• Safer to 80-pound test braid and a shock • Easier leader made of • Better 30- to 60-pound monofilament or fluorocarbon. Typically this is a vertical presentation with your boat positioned right on top of your target. Casting the jig, however, can be a very effective way of targeting fish that may be suspended somewhere in the water column and away from the boat. You can cover a lot of water using these jigs as a searchbait. Cast or drop the jig and let it settle to the bottom.

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