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Footwear: Huk Performance Fishing Attack The Huk Attack is the most engineered, purpose-built fishing shoe ever created. It brings performance features for the serious fisherman with unique traction, bullet-proof durability and all-day comfort and support. Giftware: The Catch and Release Print Shop Actual Size An alternative to taxidermy, these fish prints are created to the exact length of your catch and stamped with your name and information about your catch. Lifestyle Apparel: Frogg Toggs Prym1 Series Pilot II Jacket and Bibs The Frogg Toggs Prym1 Series Pilot II Jacket and Bibs is the company’s camouflage style of its bombproof Pilot II. It is available in shoreline blue, silver mist and blackout options. Technical Apparel: Frogg Toggs Sierran Transition Wader A zippered, flip-out chest pocket, large multi-function pocket and exterior fly storage area allow these waders to fill double-duty as a chest pack for storage of fly fishing gear. Electronics: Humminbird Solix 15 Chirp Mega SI GPS Humminbird has achieved improved detail and target separation with Chirp Digital Sonar. With touch screen or keypad interface, the screen can be customized and viewed with up to four panels. Fishing Accessory: Yeti Coolers Panga Duffel The Panga Duffel is a hardcore drybag designed to withstand brutal treatment and be completely watertight. It is fully submersible, and Yeti called it a gear fortress. Fly Fishing Accessory: Simms G3 Guide Stockingfoot Wader Simms has built its most breathable and durable wader yet in its new G3 Guide, with four-layers of Gore-Tex fabric in the legs and three layers above the waist. They also feature a chest pocket, handwarmer pockets and built in utility tabs.

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Fishing Line: Berkley Fireline Ultra 8 With four times the abrasion resistance of its original Fireline, Berkley’s thermally fused Ultra 8 comes in a range from 4 pound test up to 30 pound test. FishSmart: Eagle Claw 2017 Flounder Sample Pack Eagle Claw jumps in for the conservation of summer flounder and catch and release with its 2017 Flouder Sample Pack. Kids’ Tackle: 13 Fishing Ambition Combo Designed specifically with the smaller size of a child in mind, but packed with some features required by serious anglers, these salt and freshwater combos are perfect for the little angler who is really into fishing. Tackle Management: Daiwa Tactical Backpack This tackle backpack is perfect for hiking into a stream, walking the banks of a pond, hauling down to the surf or for use as a quickgrab on your buddy’s boat. It is custom designed to hold all the gear an angler needs.

Saltwater Soft Lure: LIVETARGET Hollow Body Mullet The Hollow Body Mullet is sure to find a place in nearshore and inshore boxes and be deadly for sea trout, redfish, snook, flounder and striped bass. It is an incredibly detailed and lifelike walking bait with great action. Fly Reel: Pflueger Supreme QRS Fly Reel With its innovative Quick Release Spool, the Supreme QRS offers an interchangeable large-arbor cassette spool system. The polycarbonate cassettes are secured in the spool carrier by an advanced locking system enclosed by a full stainless steel and alloy construction. Freshwater Reel: Shimano Curado K Baitcasting Reel As if the Curado weren’t legendary enough, Shimano has improved on its venerable reel with the latest in Shimano technology, such as smooth, efficient, durable MicroModule gearing. It is available gear ratios up to 8.5:1. Saltwater Reel: Shimano Sustain Reels C4000/5000 Shimano’s Sustain Reels are a saltwater line of spinning reels that fits into the higher end of Shimano’s line. Featuring Shimano’s advanced Hagane technology, they are smooth, powerful and durable for anglers seeking to do battle with midsized saltwater species.

Terminal Tackle: Trapper Round Bend Treble With an innovative “trap,” the standard version of this odd-looking hook has proven itself by holding baits in place and keeping fish on the hook. The treble-hook version of the trapper is revolutionary. Freshwater Hard Lure: Savage Gear 3D Topwater Bat This crazy-looking bait plays on the nature of predatory species to strike on reaction. It is a hard, surface-walking bait 3D scanned to mimic a bat struggling in the water.

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Saltwater Hard Lure: Rapala X-Rap Magnum 40 Did somebody say wahoo? The new X-Rap Magnum 40 dives consistently to 40 feet with aggressive swimming action. It can be trolled as fast as 13 knots without rolling or kicking out.

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Freshwater Soft Lure: Lunkerhunt LP Prop Series The Lunkerhunt Prop Series combines the design of hollow-body soft plastics with modern prop technology previously found only on hard-body lures. The Prop Series features three body styles: The Prop Frog, The Prop Fish Sunfish and The Prop Fish Shad.

Rod & Reel Combo: Lew’s Mach Crush Speed Spool Combo This baitcast combo features Lew’s exclusive SLP Super Low Profile compact design in a premium 10-bearing Speed Spool reel with MSB Multi-Setting Brake dual cast control system. The combo’s onepiece IM8 graphite rod sports a Winn Dri-Tac splitgrip handle. Fly Fishing Rod: G. Loomis IMX-Pro Fly Rod G. Loomis’ IMX-Pro series was designed for professional guides. IMX-PRO MATRIX is a material that allows Loomis to use fewer wraps of graphite and build fast, responsive rods that are lighter and more sensitive without sacrificing power or durability. Freshwater Rod: 13 Fishing Fate Black With crisp action, incredible sensitivity and superb balance, the Fate Black offers the benefits of a Japanese 30T HTC blank, an innovative seamless reel seat, tanglefree guides with zirconia inserts, hybrid comfort grips and handles made of hand-selected Portuguese cork. Saltwater Rod: St. Croix Legend T o u r n a m e n t Inshore Legend Tournament Inshore rods are the blending of the sensitivity, power and durability found in St Croix’s existing Legend Tournament Bass and Walleye series with components and technology reserved for saltwater environments.

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If you’re looking for a quiet place to fish, with scenery, comfortable cabins and located far from the crowds, drive down to Denali National Park and visit Kirk Martakis at Fish Denali. He offers several lakes on private property that offer about 3,000 wild rainbow trout to 31 inches and trophy-sized grayling. They cruise the lake like sharks, and the clear water makes sight casting to them with single-hook jigs, nymphs or topwater lures too much fun. It’s some of the best lake rainbow fishing I’ve experienced. Cozy, fully equipped cabins located at lakeside offer everything you’ll need for a multi-day stay, including Wi-Fi and multiple bedrooms. It’s a good choice for large families, fishing buddies or couples who want a quiet, laid-back trip with some of Alaska’s best scenery (www.Fishdenali.com). Float fishing offers a change of scenery around each turn in the river as well as great fishing opportunities. Alaska River Tours offers remote float trips along the road system, with neither the crowds nor the expense. Depending on the season, owner Reinhard “Reini” Neuhauser chooses the best rivers for grayling, trout, sheefish, pike, salmon and char. On overnight excursions, he provides tents, camping gear and boats. You arrive ready to fish. I recommend the overnight float, which makes the most of Alaska’s 19-plus hours of daylight. Fish when it’s light, and float during the remaining five hours from midnight to the 4 a.m. during the twilight period, when it’s still light enough to read. It’s a heady trip that is only surpassed by his camps and food served (www.akrivertours.com). The Kenai Peninsula For a quick day of fishing, the Kenai River offers big king salmon to 70plus pounds that sizzle drags. Guide Joe Connors was my instructor back in 10

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my college days, and he’s still as tough on catching fish as he was on me learning public speaking. He’s a long-time Kenai veteran, and his guides at Big Sky Charter and Fish Camp have a long-time, sterling reputation for helping anglers of all skill levels catch silver and sockeye salmon, char and rainbow trout in the 25- to 34-inch range. He offers comfortable riverside cabins, evening barbecues and a quiet place to enjoy the river (www.kenaiguide.com). Bristol Bay Bristol Bay lodges offer the crème de le crème of Alaska sportfishing in these western Alaska waters, where tens of millions of salmon move into various watersheds each year. A couple hundred lodges and camps offer a variety of services, from bare-basic outfitted trips to spectacular lodges with fly-out fishing, shore lunches, and gourmet meals. Mike Gorton runs Goodnews River Lodge, the only lodge located on the 400-milelong river that offers some of the best boat-accessible river fishing for silver salmon, rainbow trout and char you’ll find in the region. It is a mixed-bag fishery, where no matter the weather, you can fish. There wasn’t a stretch of the Goodnews when friend Mark Wade and I fished that didn’t have silver salmon hammering our flies and big rainbow trout swarming in numbers like piranhas. The guides have great people skills and are skilled in their knowledge of the river (www.goodnewsriverlodge. com). Southeast Alaska In southeast Alaska, Marlin Benedict, of Fish Wrangell, offers freshwater fishing for salmon, cutthroat trout and char in the remote, beautiful jungle streams of the Tongass National Forest. You don’t walk long distances here, as most of the good fishing is within a half mile or so of saltwater, which also guarantees fish as fresh as they come. The most fun in fishing these shallow waters is watching salmon attacking your fly or lure. Personal service is topnotch. (www.fishwrangell.com). Chris Batin is editor of The Alaska Angler and author of nine award-winning books and Alaska fishing DVDs. He is featured as an Alaska legend in a new book, “Alaska’s Greatest Outdoor Legends,” published by the University of Alaska Press. For over 40 years, he has run The Alaska Angler Information Service. Discover more at www.AlaskaAngler.com.

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Hammerhead Tuff Grab spearfishing gloves are the toughest warmwater spearfishing gloves available. Tuff Grabs were designed in Hawaii for use in asspetto spearfishing, which involves the diver descending to the bottom and scratching up substrate to attract inquisitive fish. In this style of ambush diving, normal diving gloves only last weeks. Tuff Grabs last months, saving the diver money in the long run. A full 5-finger, 2mm neoprene glove with reinforced flexible amarra (synthetic suede) palm and double-stitched gripped reinforcements offer exceptional durability without sacrificing dexterity. Anti-Slip rubberized grips are sewn into each fingertip and palm, leaving the knuckles open for flexibility. Large batting-glove style Velcro enclosures keep the glove tight. Tuff Grabs are available in both Deep Reef and Pelagic Shatter camouflage to help make you the ultimate predator.

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ith warm, nutrient-rich waters, south Florida’s system of freshwater lakes and canals makes perfect habitat for exotic species from all over the world. Regardless of how populations of these weird and sporting fish arrived, they are there to stay. Anglers might as well enjoy them. Darcie Arahill, a.k.a. Darcizzle Offshore, knows her way around these canal systems. She has a particular enthusiasm for Delray Beach, Fla.’s Lake Ida, which is a small water body in an extensive system along Florida’s southern Atlantic coast. She enjoys the excellent bass fishing, but perhaps more appealing are the exotics that happen to be fantastic gamefish. The following oddballs are some of Darcie’s favorites from a fishery unlike any other. Sunshine Bass: These hard-fighting fish are produced and stocked by the state to control shad populations. They are a hybrid cross between striped bass and white bass without the capability to reproduce. State agencies across the country stock their versions of sunshine bass, and regional variations are called hybrids, wipers, whiterock and palmetto bass. Sunshine bass offer the fight and some of the size of a striped bass, while displaying the aggressive feeding behavior and warm-water tolerance of white bass. Although the current strain being produced might not be capable of achieving the size of the more than 16-pound state record, Darcie said they catch plenty of 5 to 6 pounders. Sunshine bass will take artificials like bucktails and swimbaits, but Darcie said you’re better off fishing live American shad or shiners on a Carolina rig. Clown Knife Fish: Lake Ida, its northern sister Lake Osborne, and their canals are the only places in North America where anglers can pursue clown knife fish. These aquarium escapees have become a desired gamefish for those in the know. They are a flat, silvery fish with a snake-like tail. They can swim powerfully either forward or backward, which produces a unique fight. Darcie said these natives to tropical Asia jump like tarpon, and they have been recorded up to 10 pounds in Florida. A clown knife fish might eat a

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2. Use dangling flashers and chum to increase your chances of attracting them. 3. When you become aware of their presence, do not move a hair as they will disappear if they detect any change in your body language. here’s something about jumping into the blue 4. Do not look at them directly; they do not like eye contact. Use your abyss that gives some people the creeps. For best acting skills to imitate an innocent many, there’s an eerie sense of turtle who has no interest in wahoos. vulnerability knowing that “something” 5. Use a throw flasher to bring them in could materialize from any place at any closer, within range of your speargun. time out of the deep blue. For others, 6. Dive in with a slow and soft descent, the excitement of being able to hunt with your eyes and head turned elsewhere. different species propels them to set 7. If you have done everything correctly aside any doubts about venturing off the and they are still hanging around, extend reef and into new territory. your speargun slowly and take careful Spearfishing in water that is aim, because you will get one chance. hundreds or thousands of feet deep 8. Unless you are extremely confident is a completely different feeling than you can get the kill shot, aim for center reef hunting. For one, looking through mass where your chances of hitting the your mask into deep blue water can be Sheri Daye swims in a big wahoo. target are highest, but not too far back or disorienting when there is nothing for Photo by Vaeamuni Kama too low as a gut shot will result in a tearyour eyes to focus on—no reef, no cover, off. no frame of reference. But just when 9. Let the wahoo complete its initial you begin to wonder why you are floating around in this vast sea of run. The burst of energy with the spear, line and float in tow is impressive, nothingness, you suddenly become aware of another presence—a wahoo but the fish will tire quickly and to the point where you can pull it in by is floating beside you! No matter how hard you are looking, you never the float line. see them coming in; they just materialize out of nowhere. 10. Once you have your fish in hand, gloat, take pictures, show off, Wahoos are one of the most coveted fish for bluewater hunters. That grill and eat! is because they are stealthy, good-tasting and way smarter than you are. They can solve differential equations, calculate the exact range of your P.S. Bluewater spearfishing is thrilling but should only be done after speargun and read your mind. Their elusive nature and narrow body proper training and experience. shape provide a challenging target even for the most experienced of hunters. Sheri is a world-record holder, host of Speargun Hunter, and producer Here are some tips for hunting this wary species: of “The Blue Wild Ocean Adventure Expo” in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla. Follow 1. Use the right equipment. Bluewater spearguns have longer range “Sheri Daye” and “The Blue Wild” on Facebook and Instagram. and detachable terminal equipment, including shaft with slip-tip, float line and surface floatation. Do not use a reel gun unless you want to get For more Sheri Daye, go to spooled in seconds and lose your gun.

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ur day began with a late start. We expected to drop our baits at sunrise, but arrived around 9 a.m. We quickly set up a sunshade tent, rolled the fishing cart down with our gear and carried the kayak to the spot. My family has fished the coastlines of Brevard County since the mid 1990s, long before kayaks became so popular, when you used surfboards to get your bait out well beyond the surf. My father has recorded some noteworthy catches with this technique using live bait on conventional reel setups. On this day, we picked up some frozen bonita from a local bait shop and were specifically targeting sharks for catch and release. I brought two heavy conventional reel setups, a spinning setup for tossing in the trough and a heavy surf rod for tossing lures into the surf. We planned for a long day of fishing in southern Melbourne Beach. I spread our rod holders down the beach, set up our rods and began arranging the fishing rigs. We use custom rigs for sharks. The one I used to beach an enormous hammerhead in early July consisted of a 20/0 circle hook (debarbed), 6 feet of 600-pound coated steel leader and approximately 10 feet of 300-pound mono shock leader. I’ve found debarbing circle hooks makes for easy and quick hook removal, especially with smaller sharks, such as blacktips. We took turns dropping the baits with our kayak, the shortest being about 175 yards and the longest around 250 yards off the beach. Our baits were secured by tying about 8 feet of breakaway biodegradable twine at the hook eye with a cement block piece at the end. The baits sat for five and a half hours before we got any action. At this point, I figured the crabs had picked apart our bonita and the day was done. We were cooling off in the water when my buddy’s, Pete Filiberto, Penn International 80w went off. He ran out of the water, but the bait had been taken. I saw a little activity with my rod, but figured a sea turtle had passed over the line. Less than five minutes later, that hypothesis had changed. The deeper drop proved worthy. My tuned-up Penn 12/0 Senator began screaming, and I told my buddy to grab the plate and belt, while I tightened my newly upgraded drag to full. We struggled to get the belt in place, so I ended up fighting with the rod butt in the sand; it was nature’s fighting chair. I kept the pressure throughout the struggle with my 125-pound Bullbuster mono line. The fight lasted approximately 30 minutes, standstill at times, but I never lost much gain. A few equipment malfunctions such as my handle grip coming loose and my shorts falling off didn’t stop me from successfully landing and quickly releasing the enormous hammerhead. I was exhausted. We did not have time to tag or measure it, but we believe it was at or over 10 feet in length.

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20-pound fluorocarbon leader. For bonefish, Poland sizes down to 10- or 12-pound mono with a 10-pound fluorocarbon leader. He sight fishes for bonefish with live shrimp, but he also catches a lot of fish dead-bait fishing. The technique involves Power Poling down in an area where the bones should be. Capt. Poland then rigs a hook with a single live shrimp and a half of a dead one. “There’s a live shrimp that’s jumping around with a dead one that’s just sitting there smelling,” he said. It’s a remarkably effective technique. Tarpon and Snook: The bay side of Largo is a hot-bed for tarpon and snook. This time of year, there will be plenty of slotsized and larger snook along with juvenile tarpon from 2 to 4 feet in length around the mangroves. Capt. Poland starts his mornings cast-netting the preferred bait: pinfish and pilchards. Depending on conditions, he rigs them with or without a cork on a 3/0 or 4/0 hook and a 2-foot leader of 40- to 60-pound fluorocarbon. Then he goes looking for some moving water and pitches the baits around the mangroves. Even with 60-pound line, a 32-inch snook or a tailwalking 4-foot tarpon is a handful, especially in these snaggy, shallow environs. Sharks: Finally, and what Poland called “last, but definitely not least,” are big sharks.

Capt. Poland hung into his first big shark when he was just 10 years old and fishing Florida Bay on a guide trip with his dad. The captain tricked the fish into biting by dragging a dead ballyhoo in front of its nose. He then handed the rod over to a young, enthusiastic and impressionable boy. Poland has been doing the same thing ever since. “I wonder why I ever do anything else,” he said. “They’re big, they’re powerful and they’re fun.” With a heavy spinning rod or up to a 30w conventional setup, he fishes bait on an 8/0 circle hook and 4 feet of wire. The first order of business it to deploy a frozen block of chum. Then, if he’s caught a good live bait like a jack crevalle, he’ll fish it. If all he has is dead ballyhoo purchased at the bait shop, that works just as well when fished just like Poland saw the captain do it many years ago. On windy days, Poland sometimes even deploys a kite, just like the ones used offshore. He’ll bait it with a live blue runner, and wait for the show to begin. “There’s nothing like seeing a 10 foot lemon or hammerhead come up out of the water to eat that bait in 3 feet of water,” he said. Unless you go see for yourself, you’ll just have to believe that’s the truth. From offshore to the backcountry, Capt. Greg Poland is skilled in all the fishing the Florida Keys have to offer. Check out his website at www.gregpoland.com.

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hen it’s hot, put on your bathing suit, grab your spinning rod and head to the beach for some great fishing. In the summer and fall, the fishing on the beach heats up. Tarpon regularly patrol the shallow ocean shoreline looking for schools of greenies and mullet. The tarpon may be there at any time, even in the heat of the day. Large topwater lures, jerkbaits and CAL jigs all work for these line-busters. Unless you have heavy gear, chances are a big tarpon will spool you. Since I use light line, any big tarpon would need to

be broken off. If you use heavier tackle, it’s harder to cast. These are the trade-offs of beach fishing. In mid-summer, snook leave the inlets and cruise the shoreline looking for an easy meal. For best results, fish the first hour of sunlight or the last two hours of the day. During these low-light hours, snook will be around the first cut (closest breaking wave) and will sometimes run up into the foam chasing bait on the shore. Cast at an angle to keep your lure near the first breakers where the fish are. Try a 3/8- to ½-ounce CAL jig with 4-inch paddletail. I like a slow steady retrieve so I can feel the lure and any strikes. Topwaters, spoons and jerkbaits all get results. Jacks prowl the beach in summer and fall, too, and schools of them can be seen chasing bait on the shorelines. Jacks are very aggressive and will hit any lure. You’ll also catch the occasional mackerel and bluefish. In the fall, during the mullet run, it’s not uncommon to catch 30 bluefish in a couple hours. When your line gets cut, it’s usually one of these sharptoothed predators.

Beach fishing is like any fishing; you have to find the bait. Drive to a beach access, and get out to scan the beach. If there is no bait and no birds, get back in your car and try another location. Sometimes a spot just a mile away will have lots of bait. 

 Tides are important, too. Some of the best spots, like Herman’s access north of Stuart, are almost unfishable at low tide. There’s a sandbar, and the bigger fish won’t usually cross it at low tide. You might need to go south to Tiger Shores, where the water’s deeper. Don’t go fishing right before the slack tide. At the beach, I like first incoming, but all that matters is that the tide is moving. Where to Go: Get on A1A, there are dozens of beach accesses from Bathtub Beach (Inlet) in South Stuart to Fort Pierce (Inlet).

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etween Buzzards Bay and Martha’s Vineyard, 10 miles out to sea off the coast of Massachusetts, you will find Cuttyhunk Island. Early seafarers used the island’s natural harbor as a shelter for a few weeks in 1604, making it the first English settlement in New England. When I first visited Cuttyhunk, I could have been in the Bahamas; it was warm and beautiful. It has New England charm with the relaxed feel of the Islands. In addition to the beautiful scenery and fun atmosphere, Cuttyhunk has made a name for itself as a premier striper fishing destination in the Elizabethan Islands. In the summer, this small village is populated with surf casters and clients chartering one of the eight captains on the island. I fell into the former category and benefited from the sage advice of my friend Armand, who has been making an annual pilgrimage to this island for nearly 40 years. Armand knows all the locals, and he knows that the person for us to fish with on this trip would be Capt. Bruce Borges, because Capt. Borges was the only one on the island with a boat that had a full casting platform suited to pursue bass with a fly rod. Capt. Bruce is quite the fly angler himself, and has guided big names such as Lefty Cray over the years. He is a sharp-witted salty fellow who looks all of 78 his years but possessed the strength and agility of a man in his 50s. As soon as we unloaded our gear from the ferry, we set out to fish the shoreline from the captain’s nicely appointed boat the Wahini. As we worked the rocky shoreline, I was impressed by the rugged beauty of this place.

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t sure is a hot one outside! What’s that saying? “A bad day on the water is better than a good day in the office” With this mid-Summer heat, that just may not be the case. The high temperatures are sending a lot of anglers running inside to sit in the air conditioning, sipping on a sweet iced tea. As for myself, I need to be outside fishing daily, so I can stay consistent. Running for air conditioning is no option for this lady angler. I need to stay on top of the fish, so no matter what the weather conditions, rain, wind, heat, cold, I will be out on the water scouting, tracking down fish learning their bite and following those elusive Reds to their next location. With this heat, you will find it much more challenging to hook up. Sure, you may have found that school of Reds but with the high temps they are stubborn and wont chew. When to fish I find that during this time of the year, the early morning and before sun down is when the fish are biting. I am an Inshore fisherman ad specialize in the grassy flats of Mosquito Lagoon for Redfish. The great thing about Reds is you can find the year around. Of course, there are better times to fish for them than others and the Summer can be tough time of the year to catch fish, which is why fishing the tides can be key in your success while out on the water. I prefer to fish the high tide in the flats. This pushes the Reds up under and against the mangroves, protecting them for the heat. Sure, it may make it more difficult to get these fish to come out from hiding, so that leaves it to you to find the right bait. What baits to use I am all about artificial baits, so my bait of choice to start with is a basic paddle tail jig on a weed less hook casting and working it alongside the mangroves. DOA shrimp, Bomber lures such as a Bodanka donk, popping corks, mirror lures and Super Spooks are my go to for Redfish. If all else fails I switch to live bait. Free-lining a jumbo shrimp works great in the deep waters and cooler days out on the flats but right now you want to throw-out bait with a stink! Pinfish or mullet “finger size” will work, cutting their tails off to release scent in the water to attract you fish.

lining a shrimp or working artificial. My go to for Tarpon or Snook is a pearl mullet paddle tail jig, you want a little weight so you bait isn’t sitting on top of the water as you are working it, I recommend tossing on a split shot. Don’t be that fishermen How many of you were so excited to just get out on the water or you were certain you had everything you needed? All you brought was your lures and you have tried everything in you tackle bag but nothing is biting. I know I am guilty of being that guy. This Summer heat makes it difficult to get that fish to the boat. I recommend bringing live and artificial baits because you never know what the fish are chewing on and it is always best to be prepared.

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FISHING REPORT & FORECAST CAPT. MICHAEL SAVEDOW

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angrove Snapper are good to target now in the Intracoastal Waterway, Ponce Inlet, and Edgewater backcountry, by late summer mangos have been growing all through the season with many reaching the 10” size limit, remember to pinch the tail for legal measurement, bag limit is 5 per person. Their life cycle has them growing up in the inshore estuary waters then heading to the ocean reefs to mature. They are structure oriented schooling fish, hanging around docks, jetties, underwater rocks, wrecks, and the drop offs in the backwaters. Shrimp is always a good bait for river snapper, but to target larger fish, go with any type of small live bait fish or cut bait. Lagoon trout fishing with live pigfish baits continues to be good in August, also good for snook, redfish, tarpon, and jacks, tail hooked and free lined on drop offs, sloughs, holes, and near oyster bars. At shallower spots, a float can be added, which will keep the pig suspended above the bottom as they will always try to swim down. Twitch your rod often, keeping the pig active and off the bottom can be the best technique. Shallow water redfish are a year-round target in the backcountry and lagoon, in summer starting your hunt with top water lures both walk the dog types and soft plastics is a great choice, after the sun is an hour or so, I abandon surface lures and go to subsurface weedless soft plastics or bait as tail hooked shrimp, live finger mullet, mud minnows, or cut bait. Near areas with skinny water mullet, searching for small redfish schools either tailing or waking, and hunting for single fish is the course of action. In late summer, the numbers of large bull redfish expand from Ponce Inlet southward into the ICW channel at New Smyrna and Edgewater as they prepare to begin their fall spawning in the inlet. Drift the channel and edges, riding the tide, with whole or half blue crabs, live pigfish, pinfish, or mullet baits, anchoring at your preferred spot can also work. Outgoing tide can be best as crabs and bait fish are swept along the surface heading towards the inlet, tarpon and sharks also a possibility in the inlet channel, shore based anglers can also get in on this action, try fishing from the river beach north of the Coast Guard Station, or at night off the north jetty Michelle and friends caught several shallow water rocks during the Mosquito Lagoon redfish with Capt Michael Savedow falling tide on the edge of the channel. Best to use heavier 20 to 30 lb test tackle as a long battle using lighter line is not good for these large reds which will typically be 20 to 35 plus lbs, harmful lactic acid builds up in a fish during a very long fight, warm summer water with lower oxygen levels adds to the stress put on the big fish which are our baby redfish makers for the future. Never hold any big fish destined for release vertically by the jaw with a gripper tool for photos, always hold it horizontal for its best chance of healthy survival. Night time dock and bridge light fishing continues through summer to be a good bet for night owls, docks all along the ICW from Ponce Inlet to Ormond Beach on the Halifax River and on the Indian River from New Smyrna to Oak Hill to Bethune Beach have lights on at night which attract schools of baitfish, shrimp, trout, snook, and more, late in the evening through early morning hours can be best with less boat traffic and human activity, best bait most bites is a free lined live shrimp, no weight or swivels, just a floro leader tied to your line and a hook.

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eason has been getting off to a very rough start this year. March, April and May had their good moments but overall what a windy start to the season. Thermocline showed up to the south first, like usual and slowly made its way north. By Memorial Day it was all over. Was that not the best surface conditions here for that weekend in a decade no wind, no rain, no VIS??. We did get an extra weekend going north but that end with cold cabbage soup on bottom. The vis finally blew open and jumped back to 30 to 40 ft overnight. Just in time to give us what we have been praying for all season. Mantas swimming with cobia, flounder on bottom (some! not like the old days) good vis it all seems like a dream when it comes together. So get at it while it is good. This summer looks like it could be great. Was worried about how warm the water got and how quick, but at this point I will take it just keep thinking of how that hot water brings the big storms and please not one like Keith and Big Cobia last year. We are still working out our dock. Chris over at the county has his web site aiding in prediction and planning for the vis at http:// scubaviz.us/ Check it out!! If the clouds do not cover the image it can prove valuable when deciding on where to go. The sites are marked and overlaid. Really cool stuff when it helps. What ever happened to Red snapper?? Please let us, like the gulf, have a mini season where we can take a few. Just a few Pleeeeeaaaassse! We do love the FWC’s Lionfish Challenge go get as many as posable. Will help out at Mini season can help get you an extra bug. Good luck out there be safe eat well. Keith Sterner | Owner/Instructor | Sea Dogs Dive Center 111 Flagler Ave | New Smyrna Bch., Fl 32169 386-424-1644 | www.seadogdiver.com

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Shrimping Report

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he winter shrimping still has pocket of activity and people with heart who still frequent Titusville pier. The Melbourne area has been inconsistent but the hardcore still line up and take their places at Eau Gallie and Mather’s Bridge. You just have to love those that will stand for hours and take their chances to get a meal. Anglers are reporting alligators and sharks in the Indian and Banana River area. The bad news is small pockets of shrimp are bring caught in these dangerous areas. The Daytona summer shrimp has been a bust with small ones being reported around High Bridge. This comes as NO shock to me. Somebody lost a bio mass of jumbo white shrimp after Hurricane Mathew. Central Florida cashed in on these beasts from December to May during the winter months. For us to have this gift some other part of Florida came up short. They clearly did not belong to Central Florida but the shrimping Gods pushed them in to us by accident. What does this mean? This means this huge bio mass of white shrimp never reached their correct destination Zack Gercak opening day of Scallop season at Steinhatchee, FL and this is going to throw many regions off possibly. Normally we hear activity in South Daytona by now. It is possible this could just be a late season or this can mean, no season. The warm waters, an October hurricane, and millions of white shrimp making a winter wrong turn into Central Florida spells UN-certainty. The scallops are going off! Crystal River is reporting large meat. Steinhatchee is crazy with frenzy and they are reporting large meat. We have found ourselves in a shrimping Timmy Willmot scored his boat limit in Crystal river. lull between our summer and winter season. We have been struggling last 4 years to get back into summer white shrimp patterns. This year was predicted to have both quantity and size back in 2016. Now, we sit and wait. It won’t be the first summer shrimping season where we had to tow to Welatka and Palatka, Green Cove or Shands Bridge in Jacksonville. They had a great season last year. Shrimping can change over night so keep the faith. For up to date intel and reports, join us on Facebook at the “Florida Shrimping Academy – Tips & Tricks”. Capt Lee Noga | Academy of Shrimping | www.leenoga.com • (386) 479-4175 8 DAYTONA/NEW SMYRNA/DELAND

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your best option when fishing the shoreline but, you must deal with those he days are long and I’m guessing most people’s air-conditioners pesky catfish and some other smaller types that just seem to be good for are working overtime- just like mine! No doubt, we are well into nothing. summer here in central Florida. For months, everyone around here This time of year, there are also plenty of whiting out there, even though was asking for the rain to come and now for the last two months we have they tend to be smaller, they are still one of the better eating fish when it gotten it! Just in time, as most of the surrounding counties were under and comes to frying or broiling. It seems the Sand fleas are still out and about burn ban. The fishing has slowed down some around these parts however, however, not quite as abundant as I’ve seen in years past. They are larger I’m willing to bet that it’s still better than about 70% of the other places now and make for a great bait. Just that people go for vacation. about all types of predator fish feed Of course, we all know that the on sand fleas so make sure you give summer is a season of the shark them a try when fishing the beach. and now that the spawning is done If you’re having trouble catching there’s an abundance of all types something worthwhile in the surf, of little feeding machines cruising it is not a problem being that we up and down the beaches. So far, are here on a little island, so if you this year it seems that we have been have nothing better to do just cross lucky for we haven’t had as many the street and try the inner-coastal. I attacks as usual, considering that have seen some huge trout and nice we are the shark bite capital of the keeper Reds being caught daily. world. My fingers are crossed that There is one special thing about our maybe this year we can set a record little paradise here in New Smyrna for lowest amount of bites instead Beach, and that is if something of the highest. There’s plenty of is not working on one side of the bait fish swimming around as the island-you just go to the other! water hovers around 80° close to It’s almost a guaranteed enjoyable the shore line. These little creatures time! It won’t be long before Fall make great bait whether it’s using Shaelyn Awwad from Daytona Beach caught 16 inch sheepshead off our approaches and things will start to them live or cutting them down into dock at 38 Bait and Tackle New Smyrna Beach turn a little towards the bright side tiny strips. There is the occasional redfish or maybe even a sheepshead or black drum that will feed on smaller however, for now even though it’s not the best time of year the fishing is still better than most here at the beach. baitfish and the strips. Of course, using live or fresh dead shrimp is still

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OW! What a summer we’ve had so far fishing in the Ponce Inlet area. Pompano, Whiting and small sharks have dominated the surf action, while Jack Crevalle, Mangrove Snapper, small Hammerhead sharks and Flounder kept anglers busy in the Intracoastal. Inlet anglers were rewarded with nice catches of Sheepshead, small Mangos and even Redfish, Tarpon and Snook for those targeting them. The backwater creeks such as Rose Bay, Spruce creek, Mill Creek and Fozzard Creek have been producing nice catches of Redfish, Snook, large Jacks and Flounder for those fishing early and later in the day. Your best bet for rigs and bait if fishing the surf will be Tackle Crafter Pompano Pro and Pompano Circle rigs using clams, shrimp and squid bites. Use a 2-4 oz pyramid sinker, just enough to hold bottom. Don’t overdo it on the weight. During the summer months the surf will be mostly calm and rods from 7 feet to 11 feet will work. Don’t worry about casting a mile as many times the fish will be right on the beach no more than 10 to 30 feet out, especially if fishing a trough or hole. Inlet fishing can be varied in the style of rigs and bait. You can still use many of the Tackle Crafter two hook rigs like Whiting Sandperch or Snapper Croaker rigs. Tip the hooks with squid, mullet and clams for the best action. If you want to target Redfish, Snook and Tarpon this is a different story. Here you will want to go with a freeline rig using live bait such as pinfish, pigfish and mullet. For those cruising the Intracoastal looking for action, your best bet is a sliding sinker rig with a 1-2 oz egg sinker and a single #1 to 2/0 size hook. Bait up with live shrimp, squid bites and cut mullet, and fish the channel. Expect to land Mangrove Snapper, Flounder, Hammerhead

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David, Amanda, Jeremy, Adriana and Tabitha after a nice day trolling offshore

and Bonnet sharks and Jacks. If you have a small boat, canoe or kayak, fishing the creeks and backwaters can be the most rewarding right now. Nice Redfish, Snook, Trout, Flounder and Jack Crevalle are all cruising the skinny water in the early and later hours of the day. Artificials are the rule of thumb here with lures by Live Target, Savage Gear, ZMan, DOA and Mirrolures producing best. That should set you up for this month. Stop in Salty Dawg Outfitters in Ponce Inlet for all your fishing needs and the best fishing info around! Until next time, tight lines and light winds! Ed Farlow is the co-owner of Salty Dawg Outfitters bait & tackle in Ponce Inlet right next to the boat ramp.

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t’s hot, there’s no breeze, and the thermo cline has started to move in and that means one thing, mangrove snapper fishing. When the cold water sets in on the bottom it makes most of the fishing pretty tough, but makes the mangroves, jacks, redeyes, etc. bite up in the water which can be a lot of fun. You may not see as many fish show on the machine as you’d like when you make a pass across your favorite spot but that doesn’t mean they aren’t there. Sometimes the best thing to do is to pull up and make a drift with either two double rigs or a long leader and a double rig. Generally, once you hook a fish they will show a little better for you. Also, anchoring up on the spot and chumming will sometimes get the bite started, you just have to be patient and wait for the first couple bites as the cold water slows the fish down. Most of the time in the later summer months you’ll want to go down in leader size and/or hook size. Your double rigs can be made with 30 or 40 lb and long leaders on the bottom should be 40 to 60 lb. When drift lining for the mangroves up in the water you’ll sometimes have to go as light as 15 lb fluorocarbon just to get the bite. When targeting the mangrove snappers you’ll want one or two guys on the bottom with either a small pinfish or minnow, chunk of cut bait such as bonita, kingfish, grunt chunk, or a herring. You will want to fish the lightest lead possible just to hold bottom, usually a 40 lb leader about 15 to 20 ft long will do the trick. For the guys drift lining up in the water, continuously chumming is key whether it’s with a chum block or chunks of cut herring. Using spinning rods with a very light leader and about a 3/0 hook, once the fish are up in the water you want to give the bait the most natural presentation possible. Bury the hook inside the chunk of herring, mash it up, and let the bait fall as free as possible making long drifts with the

Dick Withey holding a nice mangrove snapper. chum. Double rigging can be good as well but also up in the water. Like I said using a light leader (40lb) with small 2/0 to 3/0 hooks tipped with pieces of squid or cut bait is best, slowly drop the rig stopping every 10 feet or so once you get about 50 feet down, checking for a bite until you figure out what depth the fish are in. Another thing to remember is to always have a cobia jig ready on a spinning rod, this time of year you’ll usually have a few swim up to the boat and you can take advantage there. As far as trolling goes in the late summer its usually pretty tough. There are a few kingfish and cudas around inshore. Using live bait and stinger rigs is most effective if you can find good bait (minnows, blue runners, tinker mackerel, etc.) If not, pulling two planers with spoons or a strip sea witch bait can also work. Most of the mahi, wahoo, tuna, etc is mostly over by August although you may be able to find a nice edge, get lucky, and pick a few fish off of it. We hope everybody gets out and catches some fish, have a good time and stay safe! Cody Moore | New Smyrna Beach | New Smyrna Outfitters Phone: 386 402 8853 | newsmyrnaoutfitters.com

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t’s worth repeating. Today’s marketplace is overflowing with shelves full of artificial lures embodying the look and actions of countless live baits. If you were limited to a single lure guaranteed to catch fish in a variety of situations from shallow water to offshore, on the surface or near the bottom, anywhere in the world, what would you choose? While you are wrestling with your decision, consider that the government answered that question for you more than 75 years ago at the beginning of World War II. Survival kits aboard warplanes and in life rafts contained a leadheaded bucktail and a length of fishing line. Story after story talks about how successful that bucktail was in providing food for starving military when they were in a life raft or stranded on an island. The popularity of the bucktail has waned over the years and only a relative handful of anglers today recognize its true value. It remains my favorite lure, and I can’t even begin to list the myriad species I have caught on it in many of the world’s waters. Before the advent of soft plastics, we just fished a plain bucktail or we hung a strip of bait on the hook. By the way, dangling a length of bait from a bucktail is exceptionally effective today. In the early days of soft plastic, the worm combined with a bucktail worked well. Now, there are countless soft plastic tails that greatly improve the effectiveness of the leadhead. If you decide to use a bucktail more often or plan to

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Among the fish that like to take mullet baits are bluefish, jacks, mackerels and striped bass. In fact, many if not most predatory fish like such baits. And of Luke,” in which one of the characters used course, you may have seen brown pelicans “mullet head” for someone of diminished diving into schools of mullet right below smarts. I know that “Mullet Wrapper” is the the surface for a quick bite. Commercial fishermen go after mullet, not only for name of a newspaper in our Panhandle and some restaurants, but especially for in the Everglades. The latter newspaper ordinary fishermen wanting a break from shows an image of the paper wrapped frozen shrimp or artificial lures for their around a mullet, recalling the disparaging bait. Many of those fishing from our piers idea that some newspapers are only good or even on boats have come to prefer for wrapping up fish. But let’s give the mullet bait. I think my father used to use mullet its due as a nice-tasting delicacy mullet when he fished off the beach on and a very effective bait. New Jersey’s Long Beach Island. Kevin McCarthy, the award-winning I’m still not sure why we use “mullet” to describe a guy’s hairstyle that is short at author of “South Florida Waterways” the front and sides, but long at the back. (2013 - available at amazon.com for $7), It may go back to the Beastie Boys, a hip- can be reached at ceyhankevin@gmail. hop group that used “mullet” and “mullet com. head” in their 1994 song “Mullet Head.” For more on Kevin McCarthy, go to It also may go back to a Florida novel/ Page 1 movie, “Cool Hand

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n the world of fishing line, the choices can be overwhelming. High-end braid, fluorocarbon and other specialty hybrid lines can confuse people and make choosing the right line difficult. There’s no question that braid and fluorocarbon lines have an important place in most anglers’ arsenals and are specifically required for certain applications. But good old-fashioned monofilament will always be just as important to putting fish in the boat. While braid and fluorocarbon manufacturers tout the “little-to-no-stretch” characteristics of their products (as well they should), we shouldn’t overlook the importance of “stretch” and other characteristics that mono possesses. I recently spoke with Rick Snellgrove, owner of Howell Tackle in Panama City, Fla., about the role that mono continues to play in the fishing world. He helped me better understand its importance by pointing out some obvious facts about stretch, shock strength, buoyancy and cost, just to name a few. He offered many reasons why mono is still so important. When your line has to withstand the sudden impact of a bone-jarring strike or a fish thrashing next to the boat, mono is, without question, your best option because of the superior shock strength. As you fight a fish, the stretch characteristics reduce the possibility of the hook coming dislodged. A low-stretch line can cause the hook penetration point to widen or tear away. Mono’s stretch, or forgiveness, is a must if your reel has a sticky drag. Mono’s buoyancy makes it a no-brainer when throwing topwater and near-surface lures in most conditions. Sinking lines like fluorocarbon will kill the action of a surface plug. If you’ve ever had a big fish smash a chugging surface bait close to the boat, you might better appreciate all mono has to offer. The cost-factor is also a big deal when you have to change line on your reels. If you’re spooling large reels or smaller reels more frequently, it’s a huge cost difference. The thin diameter of braid means it requires more to fill a spool, and it’s considerably more expensive per yard. Here comes mono into play again; build a mono foundation under your braid to fill a portion of the spool on big reels. Line of any kind has to be changed regularly, and mono will save you big bucks! Rick at Howell Tackle is an authority on all things fishing and offers a huge variety of mono brands including Ande, Suffix, Hi Seas and Berkley. If you’re in the Panama City area, bring your reels to Howell Tackle (3100 West Hwy 98 Panama City, FL; (850) 785-8548) and let them spool you up.

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Rich Ortiz, the “Fishin’ Musician,” shows off a nice Adirondacks largemouth. Check out Rich’s music and outdoor adventures at richortiz.com. Photo by Louis Torres Photography.

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y the time I was 12 years old, I knew and fished at least two dozen bass waters, most of them from a canoe with my Pop. Usually there were no boat ramps, no houses and seldom another fisherman. That’s the beauty of the Adirondack region of Upstate New York. There’s tons of water and lots of fish. Often when the Adirondacks (ADKs) are mentioned in fishing circles, pristine secluded trout rivers or brook trout ponds come to mind. Our secret is that the ADKs have countless bass fishing options, as well, with any kind of water you could think of. Three renowned waters within my 30-minute fishing radius are perfect examples of the great bass fishing in our area. Lake George, Lake Champlain and Saratoga Lake provide varied and endless opportunities for both largemouth and smallmouth action, with a spectrum of habitats that could keep any bass enthusiast occupied for a lifetime. Additionally, if it’s a secluded canoe/kayak adventure you’re after, I dare say the ADKs have more backwoods bass waters on public land than any state I can think of. These woods are the same natural forests they were in 1885, when they were deemed untouchable thanks to Teddy Roosevelt. Imagine fishing secluded, crystal-clear waters with green mountains as a backdrop, moderate temperatures and a relaxing breeze. Since the founding of our country, these waters have provided sanctuary from the heat and congestion of the growing East Coast industrial cities. Summer retreats to the ADKs to fish and hunt were the norm, and coupling

these outdoor activities with attractions like Saratoga horse racing or a Lake George steamboat ride created traditions of the American summer vacation. Today, if you are serious about bass fishing, yet want to include family on the vacation, the Saratoga/Lake George area is the spot. I feel qualified to endorse the attractions, since when I am not fishing or hunting, I’m performing music at many of the area’s top resorts and restaurants. Though my profession as a traveling musician has allowed me to fish all over North America, my heart is still at home fishing the 6-million-acre Adirondack Park. Let’s start with Lake George, which is a large deep-water lake that is the ultimate finesse bass water. This beautiful 32-mile-long glacially carved lake has rock shorelines and is speckled with islands that provide endless bass structure. Lake George has AAA reservoir water quality and is crystal clear. Light 6- to 8-pound fluorocarbon line is a must while drop-shotting 30- to 50-foot rocky bottoms for big numbers of smallmouth and some nice 4-pound-plus fish. When drop-shotting I prefer natural presentation baits like the Berkley’s Gulp! Nemesis in the Smelt color. The lake temperature remains cool all year, and shaky-head worm presentations or small bass jigs will score a mix of largemouth and smallmouth in ultra-clear 20- to 40-foot depths. This is a great training ground for teaching your family or friends to fish. Shore fishing is a bonus, and many others and I make trophy catches all year from shore. I rely on my Costa sunglasses on this lake as much as my Lowrance Sonar. It’s so clear that I can watch strikes in 20 feet of water. I keep three pairs of Costas on board. I prefer yellow lenses for sunrise, low light and cloudy days. These lenses work wonders sighting fish and contrasting bottom structure. I use blue mirror on bright days and amber green mirror lenses for most other situations on the lake. Just to the north of Lake George, Lake Champlain offers everything a fisherman can imagine. Many experts rank Champlain among the top fisheries in the country for largemouth and smallmouth bass. You can fish just about any presentation in this vast lake, which combines natural and man-made structure like sunken ships, submerged train tracks and dock cribbings. My fishing concentrates on the southern end of the lake, where the water is usually very stained. Vast water chestnut beds yield many 5-pound-plus largemouth bass. Heavy abrasion-resistant line is a must; I prefer fluorocarbon or braid, depending on presentation. I normally punch the weeds with 1- or 2-ounce tungsten and big 10-inch Power Bait or Yum worms. Dark colors work best. Topwater and flipping are also go-to tactics, with countless backwaters providing breathtaking views and heart-pounding hook sets. To the south, Saratoga Lake is much smaller than George or Champlain. It is slightly stained and can be highly pressured but still provides large numbers of largemouth in the 3- to 5-pound range. Dense concentrations of cabbage and mixed milfoil create great opportunities for tossing plastics and jigs on the edges of long weed lines. Saratoga Lake’s close proximity to the City of Saratoga Springs makes it an ideal morning or evening getaway for those visiting during track season, which lasts through Labor Day. While the tourist season winds down, the fish really turn on, which make for some magical days in fall. The big lakes are great, but to me the gems of this area are the smaller lakes and ponds I learned to fish on. The unique chance to toss a lure to unpressured fish on public waters is a reality. The Adirondack Park features countless opportunities perfect for canoe and kayak fishing. With today’s lightweight watercraft, you can be alone with 2- to 5-pound bass after just a half-mile hike to numerous ponds and lakes. Many canoe and kayak waters are also roadside or within a state park. New York does a wonderful job providing trailhead access and parking areas for anglers with car-top boats. Research access at www.dec.ny.gov. The amount of good bass water in the Saratoga/Lake George is staggering. With its proximity to so many metropolitan centers, a short drive up I-87 can have you setting hooks on some beastly bass in no time.

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f you’re looking for some spectacular fly fishing for toothy critters, mako sharks are tough to beat as a game fish. They can be found pretty much worldwide, but right now is the time of year to visit southern California, where shortfin mako sharks show up off the coast every year within easy range for fly rodders with a small skiff. The mako shark is one of saltwater fly fishing’s outstanding but unappreciated game fish. Found on both the Atlantic and Pacific coasts, a smaller mako in the 20- to 30-pound range can be the perfect-sized fish for the beginning saltwater fly fisherman. Of course, fishing for sharks is a tad different than fishing for bluegills in your Uncle Ned’s farm pond, and the equipment also differs. First, you’ll need a boat, preferably a boat over 18-feet that can handle fairly choppy seas. Most center-consoles will do; however, a skiff with a beam of 8 feet or wider and a not-too-deep V will settle in the water better and will reduce pitch and roll to a minimum, offering a much more stable casting platform. A good chum line is the most effective way of attracting makos to within casting distance of your boat. Chumming attracts the larger makos and will place you in the position of being able to sight-cast to them. Into a chum bag, place the belly sections or fresh carcasses of tuna, bluefish or bonito, then place the bag into a milk crate or 5-gallon bucket and lower this mess over the side. Then sit back and listen for the musical score from the movie “Jaws” to begin. You won’t have long to wait once that chum slick begins to spread. Ideally, you should use fresh carcasses, but store-bought chum will suffice. One bit of important advice: Less is more when chumming; you don’t need much; no matter how small the slick, a shark can smell it from

miles away. Now that you have the boat and chum, the next thing to do is find a mako. On the West Coast, we are fortunate to have the continental shelf only a few miles offshore. On the east coast, you’ll have to venture a bit farther offshore. Keep your eyes peeled for working birds and surface-busting bait; constantly check the water temperature looking for readings between 66 and 70 degrees. But, be patient when chumming. I will wait at least an hour or an hour and a half before moving to another spot, but there have been occasions when the sharks made their appearance within a few minutes of 1 ½ hours. Once in the slick, makos will stick around for most of the fishing day. Drifting allows you to cover more water and in the process, attract more makos to your boat. By choosing the right season, having the right chum and chumming the right areas, you can count on hooking and releasing a good number of makos during the course of a single day on the water.

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