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By CAM Staff A truck load of kayaks from Confluence Outdoors was overnighted to Texas for use in water rescues.

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ur grandfathers used old-school bamboo fly rods to create some of the greatest fishing stories of all time. That most of these stories took place on famous trout streams still influences what people think about bamboo’s place in fly fishing. Caleb Turner, of Turner Bamboo Fly Rods, has a different take on bamboo rods in the modern world. “Bamboo has a special place in the very heart of fly fishing, from the great western streams to the small streams of the Appalachians, but they don’t come to mind when people are talking the salt flats,” Caleb said. According to the Turners, there’s a misconception that there are no fast action bamboo fly rods, and that only the fastest action rods can be used in saltwater. Most rod makers and bamboo enthusiasts know this isn’t only untrue… it isn’t even the point.

“The feel found in bamboo rods is often confused with action for people picking up a bamboo rod for the first time,” Caleb said. “When they feel the action in the rod, they often over accelerate their forward cast causing them to lose energy in the line.” Caleb’s recommendation is to let the rod do the work, and to concentrate on technique. “It’s easier to feel when the rod is loaded with bamboo, and this really comes more into play for us on the flats than trout streams,” he said. What the Turners do differently than most other bamboo rod makers is cater to saltwater fly fishing. They are located in Mississippi right next to some of the most technical redfish flats on the Gulf Coast. “We design our saltwater fly rods with a fast action for stiff winds and quick-moving redfish that spook way more easily than their Louisiana counterparts,” Caleb said. With water the same color as the redfish, wind, and the need to have eyes of an Osprey, fly fishing the Mississippi Gulf Coast is more like bonefishing. “Bamboo gives us the action we need, the feel we need, and it’s able to load up at short distances but also extend a long cast to extremely wary redfish found around here.” Caleb said. “Tonkin cane grows in a 30-square-kilometer area in the Orient’s Sui River Valley. It is praised as the strongest species of bamboo with the greatest thickness of power fibers. These power fibers are what give bamboo rods what they have more than other material used in crafting fly rods, their touch. Despite what action you desire, bamboo rods offer a certain touch you just can’t get with anything else. If a rod is designed correctly, you can have all the action you need and still have that great feel. The rod lets you know when it’s loaded instead of having to figure out the timing for that individual rod.” In short, bamboo fly rods definitely have their place in modern performing fly rods. Accuracy, touch and presentation are things bamboo rod makers strive for in crafting their rods. If you get a hold of a quality rod, you’ll be pleasantly surprised by all the things it can do. For more information on bamboo fly rods or Turner Bamboo Fly Rods visit www.turnerflyrods.com or email caleb@turnerflyrods.com.

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anal Lights come in a few colors and styles. There are white and green lights, and above or below the surface models. Each has its benefits and setbacks. I think most would agree that the green underwater lights are better for watching the fish swim rather than catching them. I have heard a few theories with the most popular being the fish can see the lures better with the light coming from the bottom. With that thought, I tried a

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or the majority of my life I have traveled all over the Gulf Coast in search of trophy trout. As a self-proclaimed “purist,” 25 miles east of Raymondville, Texas is as good as it gets. Port Mansfield is a small sleepy coastal town that sits on the Gulf of Mexico south of Corpus Christi and about an hour’s drive north of the Mexican border. From salt-stained road signs to “town deer” nibbling clover in the nearby empty fields—this town exudes simplicity. In this wade-fishing heaven, anglers seek trophy trout immortality. I schedule visits here annually. A pilgrimage to a fishing holy place, I immerse myself waist deep in its waters, fishing for absolution. So, as we met with long-time friend and charter captain, Mike McBride, his welcoming embrace immediately eclipsed the awkward interval since our last visit. Better yet, a quick command of “Let’s go get ’em” made its way through the smoke of a Marlboro Light, sending us scurrying for our gear. The tremor of the motor echoed the near physical vibration brought

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Mullet are a silver/grey fish. They are a ray finned fish found worldwide in Coastal temperate and tropical waters. There are 80 species of Mullet, can you believe that?! Found in Tropical, subtropical, and temperate waters around the world. The massive amounts of mullet that are found in the surf and inter coastal water way during the Fall mullet run send fish into a frenzy. Masses of inshore fish such as Snook, Tarpon, Redfish, Seatrout. Hooking up to fish is nearly nonstop! How To Fish The Mullet Run

This is really a no brainer and just about anyone could land fish during the Mullet Run. As for myself, I follow the schools of mullet casting on the outsides of the schools hooking u and landing nearly every cast. I find that casting in the middle of the school is less successful because predators will often wait to pick off any fish that swims away from the school. Its that simple! Mullet is the bait!

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lenty of good fishing options for October in coastal Volusia County, the fall migration continues with the mullet run, schooling blues, jack crevalle, and ladyfish for inshore game fish fun in the Intracoastal Waterway and Indian/Halifax River backcountry. At Ponce Inlet spawning bull redfish along with tarpon, snook, and sharks, down on Mosquito Lagoon hunting redfish on the flats and the end of pigfish season for trout. In the backcountry the water can be the highest level of the year after the summer tropical rain season, for shallow redfish stay close to shorelines with fish feeding tight to mangrove edges, oyster bars and shorelines which may be the only skinny water now, live finger mullet, soft plastics, and top water lures fished as close as possible the edge will get some red strikes. Also in the back waters, some of the best mangrove snapper of the year after they’ve grown all season long, trout and snook are spread all throughout with the higher water, free line live shrimp, finger mullet, pigfish, pinfish and your favorite lures all good choices. Tarpon can still be in the old channel at Edgewater, along the ICW and deeper water of the lagoon, watch for surface rolling fish, throw live baits, jigs, or DOA TerrorEyz, and a great challenge for fly fishers. The channel at Ponce Inlet is the center of attention for big reds, whole or half blue crabs best bait, live pinfish, pigfish and mullet will also get bit, out going tide can be best, fish can be from the western channel near the Coast Guard station, to the middle and on out near the jetty tip, riding the tide on a drift the most productive technique, but anchoring in the right spot also works, tarpon and shovel nose sharks also in the channel, snook may be more likely close to the jetty rocks. Mosquito Lagoon flats will also likely be at flood levels, again close to shorelines will have skinny water, the only grass flats that may be good now are ones too shallow for most boats to access with normal water levels, hunt for single fish and small schools, watch for large seatrout which also love the grass flats, live or cut finger mullet, select shrimp, and soft plastics are best baits. Night time can be best for snook, structure oriented ambush feeders, docks all along the ICW, bridge pilings, inlet jetties, Spruce Creek and Tomoka are prime prime spots, bigger baits for bigger fish, mullet, pinfish, pigfish, large shrimp, large swim plugs and jigs all will catch linesiders, low light can improve the odds during the day. Dock light fishing can be really good in fall, Oak Hill and Edgewater lights can hold mostly trout, outgoing tides usually best bet, but moving water a must, free line live shrimp go to bait. Closer to the inlet, lights can have more blues and jacks, snook are always a possibility at any light, ladyfish are big night feeders, mostly outside the lights, all along the ICW channel, shrimp, lures, or fly casting makes fun catching on big fall ladys.

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s I am writing this the high winds and torrential rains of Irma are long gone. We never want to hear about her again, and I hope everyone reading this got through safely and is ready to enjoy some fantastic fall fishing! The fall mullet run is in full swing and the Redfish, Snook, Trout, Tarpon and others are hitting with regularity at the Ponce Inlet jetty, the surf and the flats and backwaters in our area. Live mullet and live pinfish are the preferred baits. Free lining a live shrimp is also working along with bottom fishing with shrimp for Mangrove Snapper. Many anglers fish the surf in fall using artificials like the Live Target Mullet, Pinfish and Sardines. The DOA Cal Paddletails are also a great lure to have in the tackle box, as is the Tsunami Zig Jig and Tsunami Midwave spoons. Expect to tangle with Jacks, Snook, Redfish and Trout. I wouldn’t be surprised to hook into a Tarpon as well. If you are a diehard bait fisherman, using live mullet or pinfish would be best, with cut bait a second choice. Fishing the Inlet jetty this time of year whether from the rocks or by boat, can be a very exciting experience. The Tarpon are rolling on the surface, Snook are exploding on the baitfish, and the Reds will be eager to scarf up a live mullet or pinfish. Add nice Mangrove Snapper and Jacks to the mix and you’ll understand what I’m talking about. Aside from the live bait, frozen shrimp, cut mullet and cut squid are also working. In the backwaters Snook, Redfish, Trout and Flounder are the main targets. The artificials mentioned earlier, along with live mullet, pinfish and shrimp will be the best bets. Spruce Creek, Mills Creek, Fozzard Creek, Rose Bay and Rockhouse Creek will be the best areas to fish. Grab your kayak, canoe or flats boat and hit the water. I guarantee you’ll be rewarded.

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LAST MINUTE UPDATE. News from anglers just as September is coming to a close is that the Tarpon have invaded the beach, the jetty and backwaters. Have also heard of Trout, Reds and Snook caught as well in the inlet and creeks using live baitfish, live shrimp and artificials. Salty Dawg Outfitters at the Ponce Inlet boat ramp is open every day, talking with anglers out on the water on a daily basis, and ready to get you on the water with the latest information and all the bait and tackle you’ll need for success. Stop in and let us get you HOOKED UP! The accompanying photos are of Charlie Bird with a nice Red fishing the jetty by boat, and Steven with an absolute slob Redfish caught from the rocks. Until next time, tight lines and light winds! Ed Farlow is the co-owner of Salty Dawg Outfitters Bait & Tackle located in Ponce Inlet next to the boat ramp and the Ponce Inlet Jetty.

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t’s Fall, although the weather gets a little harder to contend with, the fishing is great. Whether you like to bottom fish or trolling, the fish are biting and will continue to bite throughout the winter. Some of the best fishing in the fall is our sailfishing. Usually somewhere in mid to late October the bulk of the bait starts to show up and the sails follow. Along with them usually comes a mixed bag of blackfin tunas, mahi, wahoo, and the occasional white or blue marlin. The best thing about all of these fish is that they can all be caught while pulling the same spread. Four or six dink baits (small ballyhoo) generally rigged with circle hooks is the average bait spread, although some guys prefer to have four smaller baits a two horses (large ballyhoo) in the long riggers with a chugger or ilander in front, in the event that a gaffer, wahoo, or blue marlin comes into the spread. Although you can just pull six baits, you will really increase your odds by pulling teasers. Even if you are only able to pull one, that’s better than nothing. Some guys pull up to four, two squid chains on the surface and two dredges below. Depending on what size boat you are fishing on and what equipment you are working with will determine how many/ what size teasers can be pulled. Squid chains can be pulled from a reel mounted on the top through the rigger, short teaser rod in the holder, or even tied off to the stern cleats on either side. Dredges are a little more tricky, they need to be pulled from a downrigger or large reel with a pretty stout rod because there is a lot more drag on the dredge as it moves through the water. Squid chains are fairly simple but the dredges can be more complex with all of the different sizes and styles, there is a lot to choose from. Single, two, three, and even four tier dredges with flossed mullets, ballyhoos, rubber fish, or squid, often times headed with ilanders or bonnets to add color. This can make it hard to choose the right combination. With that being said, the other half of the

battle is finding the fish. If you can find the bait you can generally find the fish. Trolling over structure: wrecks, ledges, reefs, etc to find bait is key. Keep an eye out for free jumping sails and bait or cutters on the surface. Flying fish can be a good sign along with color/temp changes and scattered grass, which holds bait as well. These are all things to look for. Make several passes in an area that looks good with change and grass, is holding bait, or where you have seen a free jumper. Make sure that your baits and teasers are swimming and clear of any grass. If a fish shows itself on the teasers and will not eat, use the “bait and switch” method. Position your bait in front of the fish as you pull the teaser away, when the fish loses sight of the teaser, your bait will be next in line for the bite. If circle hook fishing, be sure to drop back (put the reel in free spool and feed line to the fish as he is eating the bait), put the reel in gear and crank down until the line is tight and the fish begins to jump. With all of that being said and with so many different options, if anyone has any questions or needs help rigging baits, rods, teasers, etc. Please do not hesitate to stop by New Smyrna Outfitters. We want to be sure that you’re set up the best that you can for whatever type of fishing you’d like to do. We will show you anything that you need to know and help you to have successful days on the water and catch fish! We hope that everyone stays safe and the remainder of hurricane season treats us well! Cody Moore | New Smyrna Beach | New Smyrna Outfitters Phone: 386 402 8853 | newsmyrnaoutfitters.com

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fter a two-hour run into the open Gulf of Mexico, there they were on the horizon. Two shrimp boats marking the spot like an X on a secret treasure map. As they sat culling their catch, the shrimpers created a feeding frenzy of silver and black missiles exploding on the surface like a Fourth of July fireworks finale. We could see the tuna bite was in full force from quite a distance, and with virtually no wind the fishing gods were giving us the perfect chance to trade our conventional tackle for fly rods.

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www.COASTALANGLERMAG.COM As I began casting, fish after fish came racing up to my fly only to turn away at the last second. “I need to strip faster,” I thought. On my next cast, I put the butt of the rod under my arm and used both hands to work the fly as fast as humanly possible. From under the white-feathered fly came my quarry sky rocketing some 3 feet in the air before streaking 200 yards into the depths, taking my fly and plenty of backing with him. That’s when the real work began. For the fly fisherman, the lack of lifting power gives the fish a distinct advantage. It becomes a game of inches, and he already had the edge. But persistence paid off, and 20 minutes later the tuna came over the side of the boat. If you’ve ever caught tuna, you know they are a blast with explosive strikes and blistering runs. On a fly rod, the thrill is ten-fold, and the process is not that difficult. Unlike sight casting to a skittish permit, these fish are not boat shy and when in a frenzy will hit anything that is seemingly trying to get away. Also, adding a little chum to the water to pull the fish closer will eliminate the need to make long, accurate casts. You will need to strip fast… really fast. Tuck the rod under your arm and use both hands. Sweeping the rod to the side at the end of a retrieve will also keep the fly moving and give you a more time with the fly in the water. The gear: A 20-pound tuna needs a 12-weight rod to give the angler any chance of lifting the fish after a sounding run. I find a G Loomis GLX and NRX rod with a Galvan Torque Tournament reel works great. You have enough lifting power, backing and retrieve rate to get the job done. For flies, any good baitfish profile works well and even poppers elicit jaw-dropping strikes. I’m partial to all white, but white with a blue or green back works well too. When it comes to fly fishing, don’t get caught just thinking about inshore species, there’s a lot of fun to be had offshore too. Will Robinson is a seasoned tournament angler who has been writing about fishing for two decades. Check out Galvan reels at Galvanflyreels.com.

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urricanes are devastating on land, and they can also be deadly to the fish we love to catch. Here’s a quick look at what goes on in the water during a big storm. The upper levels of the ocean are typically arranged by temperature and salinity. Colder, saltier water lies below warmer, fresher water near the surface. A hurricane mixes everything up, resulting in a muddled and more homogeneous upper ocean. The surface water is cooler and saltier than it was previously was, and deeper water is warmer and less salty. In very shallow coastal areas, the large amount of fresh cold rainwater from a hurricane can reduce the temperature and salinity of the near-surface water. Intense hurricanes can generate 60-plus-foot waves. Damaging currents can extend down 300 feet below the surface and are capable of dismantling coral reefs, relocating ship wrecks, breaking oil pipelines and displacing huge volumes of sand on the seabed. Larger marine animals such as sharks seem to be barely affected

by all the uproar. They can detect tiny changes in pressure as larger waves approach, as well as the reduced surface pressure associated with the storm, and they also swim deeper or leave the area. However, hurricanes have been known to result in dead marine life due to reduced amounts of dissolved oxygen in the water, rapid salinity changes and violent surf. Marine life suffers for months to years from the death and destruction following a hurricane. Here are some reasons fish kills follow major storm events: • Freshwater flooding from rain or saline storm surge may trap fish in an inappropriate salinity. If this happens rapidly and the fish have no escape, species intolerant to changes in salinity may die. • Low dissolved oxygen is by far the most common cause of post-storm fish kills. When oxygen levels get too low, fish essentially suffocate. Wind action in small lakes or ponds may push surface waters to one side of the lake. Water from the bottom rises to the surface, bringing with it sediments and organic materials from the bottom. Water from the bottom is low in oxygen, and bottom materials may include hydrogen sulfide. In high concentrations, hydrogen sulfide can be lethal to fish and is responsible for “rotten egg” or “sewage” odors. Bacteria in the sediments are also brought to the surface; these bacteria decompose the organic material from the bottom, using up oxygen in the process. This whole event is termed a “turnover,” since literally, the bottom comes to the top. Long periods of cloudy days can also lower dissolved oxygen levels. In aquatic ecosystems, microscopic organisms and aquatic plants carry out photosynthesis, which uses energy from sunlight to create carbon-based nutrition. Oxygen is a by-product. When there are long periods of cloudy days, these organisms produce less oxygen. Under these conditions, it does not take long before there is little oxygen left for fish. Brian McNoldy is a senior research associate and author of “Tropical Atlantic Update.” Follow Brian on Twitter: @BMcNoldy.

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