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s far as baits go for summer fishing, you’ll see a wide variety of techniques come into play. Big crankbaits, jigs, swimbaits, spoons and all sorts of other baits will catch fish as the warm water temperatures of summer arrive. One bait I’ve always had a ton of confidence in this time of year is a big worm. It’s a very versatile bait that just gets bites in the summer months. Big plastic worms have been around a long time, and they’re often overlooked. You can use a big worm with a light bullet-shaped weight and swim it through grass in shallow water or put a heavier weight on and fish it 30 feet deep. It has a big profile that is just the right size for fish looking to make an easy meal after the spawn is done. That shallow grass bite is extremely fun and isn’t all that common these days. X Zone Lures has a new one out called the Blitz worm that’s 11 inches long and is the perfect size for big summertime bass. It has a ribbon-style tail that has great

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State Seasons Florida: June 11-July 12, with a possible fall season if there is available quota. Alabama: Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays from June 1-July 28, plus Thursday, July 4. Mississippi: May 24-Sept. 2 (Labor Day), with a mid-season closure from July 8-28. Louisiana: Opened May 25 on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays until the state’s recreational quota of 743,000 pounds is met. Harvest is also allowed on the Monday of Memorial Day and the Thursday of the Fourth of July. Texas: Open year-round in state waters. State waters extend from the coastline out to the 9-mile mark for Texas and Florida’s Gulf coast. State waters in Mississippi, Alabama and Louisiana stretch out to three miles from the coast. The daily bag limit is two fish per person with a 16-inch minimum length, except in Texas, where there is a four fish per person daily limit with a 15-inch minimum length requirement. A state-specific license is needed for whichever state waters an angler plans to be in possession of red snapper. Each state is also collecting its own red snapper harvest data. Reporting requirements and self-reporting for each state can be conducted through the following apps. See the state websites for information on how to obtain these apps. Florida: iAngler Guld Red Snapper App Alabama: Snapper Check Mississippi: Tails n’ Scales Louisiana: Recreational Offshore Landing Permit App Texas: iSnapper App Federal Season Federally permitted for-hire vessels have 62 days to fish the Gulf of Mexico in federal waters. The federal season is June 1-Aug. 2.

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t was a typical steamy morning with no wind and flat calm surf. Although I was casting toward the rising sun and could not see into the water, the large accelerating wake tipped me off to a fast-coming strike. Moments later my line was tight and chaos ensued as the large snook made for deeper water. This is a regular occurrence during the summer along the beaches of southwest Florida, and fortunately it can be enjoyed from a boat or the beach, making it accessible to all. You don’t even need to know secret spots, just get out and start looking.

Sure it’s helpful to use your fishing senses to start your search. I like to begin at a pass if possible, but these fish will spread out up and down the beaches. Beach fish tend to be found in one of two places, cruising down deeper cuts or sitting tight to the beach waiting to ambush unsuspecting prey. Because of this, when on foot, it is very important to keep your distance from the water. These laid-up fish can be in extremely shallow water sitting in that first little drop off where the waves lap up, and if you are too close they will see you long before you see them. When choosing your lures, keep in mind that the water is usually pretty clean here and you are fishing over a white sandy bottom. For that reason, lighter colors work best. Spoons can be deadly, and I’m partial to a Reflecto spoon. Bucktail jigs in white, soft swimbaits in light colors and suspending twitch baits all work well, too. You will often see schools of pilchards along the beach, so anything that emulates them is usually a good choice. For tackle, don’t over do it. This is light-tackle fishing at it’s best. A good portion of these beaches is clear from snags and hazards, so heavy gear is not needed. I opt for a G Loomis PR844 popping rod. Its light action allows me to cast anything from a small white bait to a jig. A Shimano 2500 Stradic balances out well, and when spooled with braid gives you plenty of line with stopping power, too. I opt for slightly heavier, 17-pound braid for a couple reasons. In the rare case when a snook does find that one lost crab trap, I have a little more oomph to turn the fish. More importantly, I like the slightly heavy line for knot strength and durability. Regardless of whether you’re in a boat or on foot, fishing the beaches is great. Almost anyone, from a seasoned pro to a visiting newbie, has a great chance at catching fish. Productive beaches are easily accessible and don’t take a lot of preparation or equipment. A pocket full of lures and extra leader is all you really need. Will Schmidt is a seasoned tournament angler and has been writing about fishing for more than two decades.

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Editor’s Note: IGFA’s Billfish Royal Slam requires anglers, over a lifetime, to catch nine species of billfish. The following is how Trent Glaub, of Palm Beach, Fla., completed a Billfish Royal Slam in less than a year. By Trent Glaub 1) Black marlin; Los Suenos, Costa Rica; March 20, 2018— On vacation with my wife Stacy and our daughter Marlynn (pronounced marlin), we fished with Capt. Randall aboard the Go Fish. Slow-trolling bridled tuna, I hooked into what I thought was a big jack… until we saw the dorsal fin. “Negro, negro!” yelled Capt. Randall. I battled the estimated 400-pound black marlin stand-up on 30-pound tackle and achieved my first-ever marlin release. I had no idea how lucky I was until Carey Chen told me he’s caught more than 300 blue marlin and is still in search of his first black. I set out to catch all five marlin species. I hadn’t even thought about the Royal Slam yet.

We made a 50-mile, two-hour run to the Finger Bank. When we arrived, the ocean was alive with birds and porpoise balling schools of bait. The bait was so thick we dip-netted sardines, hooked them and pitched them back out, sight fishing to striped marlin on bait balls. My wife, my daughter and I were hooked up nonstop, and we ended up returning to the marina flying 20 release flags.

6) Pacific sailfish; Casa Vieja Lodge, Guatemala; Dec. 28-30, 2018—This year, with my 40th birthday on Christmas Day, the girls and I spent the holidays in Guatemala aboard the 35’ Knowles A-FIN-ITY with Capt. Niko. 2) White marlin; West End, Grand Bahama; May 5, 2018— I was fishThe fishing was great. I quickly knocked Pacific sailfish off the list and ing the Mike Schmidt Winner’s Circle Tournament out of Old Bahama Bay went on to catch a bunch of them, taking turns with Stacy and Marlynn. with my regular tournament team on the Fragrant Harbor, captained by Joe Garbo. The white marlin took a ballyhoo trolled on 50-pound tackle. 7) Atlantic sailfish; Palm Beach, Fla.; Jan. 1, 2019— I’ve fished the Silver Phillies Hall of Fame third baseman Mike Schmidt signed my release flag. Sailfish Derby with Capt. Joe Garbo for the last 13 years. This year we finally I broke off what would have been my first Atlantic blue marlin during won it by one fish aboard the 60’ Viking Fragrant Harbor. I chose to use this tournament. this special sailfish for the Royal Slam. It ate a live goggle eye on 20-pound tackle. 3) Pacific blue marlin; Kona, Hawaii; June 23, 2018— On family vacaWith just two species to go, I decided to push for the Royal Slam in less tion, we fished with Capt. Kevin Hibbard on the Divergent. I caught my than a year. first Pacific blue, an estimated 500-pounder, which we were able to tag before release. It was an intense battle even on 130-pound tackle. 8) Swordfish; Palm Beach, Fla.; Feb. 16, 2019— My buddy Connor McKWith three species down, I was still looking for my Atlantic blue mar- ee and I set out on a beautiful night in my 32’ Intrepid No Worries. At about lin. Through July, August and September, I fished the Bahamas twice, 8:20 p.m., the fish bit a dead-rigged squid and made a run to the surface Puerto Rico twice and the Dominican Republic. I was plagued by pulled as I cranked the 50W trying to stay tight. We got a look at the fish before hooks and broken lines. Out of Cap Cana in the Dominican, we raised it turned for the bottom. It was a good one, and I had too much drag on it. seven blues. I hooked five of them and went 0-5. The curse of the Atlantic It broke the harness, pinning me to the side of the boat, and I was forced blue was haunting me. to back off the drag. More than an hour later, Conner stuck the estimated 200-pound fish with a harpoon. It had a 74-inch lower-jaw-to-fork length. 4) Atlantic blue marlin; San Juan, Puerto Rico; Oct. 21, 2018— I broke my curse during the San Juan International Billfish Tournament aboard 9) Shortbill spearfish; Kona, Hawaii; March 16, 2019— I boarded The the Heavy Duty with Capt. Gabby Vazquez. Huntress, a 42’ Merrit, 35 years to the day from when Capt. Bart Miller On the final day of the four-day tournament, I boarded the 43’ Ber- caught the 1,656-pound blue marlin that is the largest ever caught in Kona tram Heavy Duty. To this point, I had lost every blue marlin I had ever and the second largest in the world. In its previous life, The Huntress was hooked. We got a fish up in the spread early after lines in. The blue ate my named Black Bart. I was on the very same boat Miller caught his record lure, and I took it to the chair. On 30-pound tackle, I finally caught my first from. Atlantic blue marlin. With Capt. Steve Epstein and Capt. Kevin Hibbard, it didn’t take long “That’s what I came to Puerto Rico for, boys!” I yelled. Afterward, the for the riggers to go off. A few minutes later, I caught my first spearfish and crew informed me it was the first blue their boat had seen all tournament. completed the Billfish Royal Slam in just under a year, 361 days! With the curse broken, Heavy Duty owner Herminio Amador released a I travelled to five countries, plus Hawaii and Puerto Rico and had a lot second blue, which was good enough to win the daily. of first-time experiences. I was fortunate to catch five of nine fish with my 5) Striped marlin; Cabo San Lucas, Mexico; Dec. 15, 2018—As a fami- family on the boat. We made lots of new friends, and in the end I realize ly, we went to Mexico targeting striped marlin out of Cabo with Capt. Jose it was all about the journey. Now it’s Marlynn’s turn. She’s already got the Ramon on the 31’ Bertram Rebecca of the Pisces Fleet. stripey checked off the list. 12

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Photo courtesy of Controlled Descent Lures. By Capt. Michael Okruhlik n the rocks is a great place to find summertime fish of all species. The cooler deep currents washing around and through miles of barnacle-encrusted granite provides an abundance of cover for bait and gamefish alike. The close proximity to open water draws both inshore and nearshore predators, offering a vast array of opportunity for the jetty angler. Some jetties offer easy walk-on access, while others are only accessible by boat. Both options require special caution to safety. If walking the rocks is your choice, any amount of green algae can create an instant slip hazard. This is something I’ve witnessed

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of the shoreline. If you cast deeper, you’ll catch more jacks, bluefish and ladyfish. Remember to bring extra jigs and leaders since your line can be cut by bluefish and mackerel. The Lagoon: I fish the lagoon at first light. Since I usually wade, I want to be on the water at sunrise and off the water by 10:30 a.m., when it starts getting hot. The fish will still bite during the hot part of the day, but overexposure to the sun is a problem. I love fishing at night around the Stuart bridges, where the snook congregate around bridge lights. You need to fish moving tides, and I prefer falling tide. I fish topwater, shallow-running crankbaits and jigs. I like a 1/8-ounce CAL jig with a 4-inch pearl-white paddletail as my main search-bait. My favorite wading spots are Walton Road, Herman’s Bay North, and Midway Road. Since there’s still little grass south of Vero, I target shallow water with mangroves and piers. St. Lucie River: I like the Crossroads area and South Fork. Right now there are tarpon in the North Fork. The St. Lucie, in general, is not easy to wade and is better fished in a boat. Since not much freshwater has been dumped from Lake Okeechobee this year, the salinity level is good and the fishing is great.

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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 the Lake Woodruff area 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 River. For pan fish action, 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 and preparing for the spawn. Always check with us at Highland Park Fish Camp for an up to date report.

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inter shrimping ends with full pulls in Volusia and North Brevard County. The hot weather and aggressive mosquitoes are enough reason to hang the nets up; however, reports are coming in for South Brevard from trappers and Eau Gallie Causeway and Mather’s Bridge. Those have been popular hot spots to catch large brown, pink, and white shrimp. In early June we saw strong yields from land trappers as well as dippers off Mather’s Bridge. It has been early season erratic but when it’s on it is yielding 400+ from trappers. Titusville Pier at the Max Brewer Bridge has not conceded the end of the season and still makes the journey of hope on the planks. Reports are coming in from FT. DeSoto on the West coast there that the season has started. These are all normal pockets and it confirms our sport continues to be sustainable despite the health of our juvenile nurseries. The million dollar question this month is whether or not South Daytona to Flagler sees a summer white shrimp run. The flotilla will build just north of Dunlawton Bridge in Port Orange. Falling in line with the flotilla that will be cruising between S. Daytona (Big Tree area) between CM 42- CM 51. All eyes will be on Flagler County inter-coastal from CM 7-12. Summer shrimping yields higher numbers 3 days before a full, new and blue moons and 2 days after. This is the 5th year rallying hope for the summer shrimp to get back into a summer pattern for quantity and size. Last year was an increase in quantity, but the size was disappointing. Reports are coming in for nice size white shrimp in the Northern St. John’s river. We will be at iCast July 9-12 showing our 2020 new MacDaddy Aqua SmartIQ “8” mode fishing/shrimping/camping light at booth 4544 under name Ningbo Top Industry. The 2020 MacDaddy features a nighttime visual distress signal SOS Morse code. We hope to decrease boat accidents during shrimping season. Boats with failed engines can use their shrimping light out of water to fire off the SOS signal for help to avoid imminent collisions. For day to day intel where the shrimp are running join our FB group, Florida Shrimping Academy - Tips & Tricks, 20K members strong. Capt Lee Noga | Academy Of Shrimping | www.leenoga.com 6 DAYTONA/NEW SMYRNA/DELAND

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ayak fishing has become very popular in the fishing industry, giving us anglers an easier way to launch and get out on the water, dodging those busy boat ramps. It is a great way to get that fresh air, enjoy the outdoors and get a little exercise too! Yak fishing is all about the adventure, being out there scouting new area and finding new honey holes. Fishing from your kayak gets you back into those skinny waters skimming only inches deep across those grassy flats, marshes, down narrow creeks and canals getting you to spots even flats boats can only dream of.

small cooler rather than a bait bucket, because of the insulation it will keep your bait alive longer. Especially while out in Florida’s hot summer temperatues. To help save time while I am switching lures I use a quarter piece of a pool noodle and hook my lures, so I don’t hook myself or have to go in and out of my tackle bag, especially when the fish are blowing up! While fishing the skinny water and chasing Reds a push pole can be your best accessory, helping you push through skinny water and keeping you stealthy. A paddle holder comes in handy as you can use it not only to hold your paddle but also to pair with your push pole to anchor up, for those anglers who like to wade out in the water. And of course the most used accessory your paddle. You want to be sure to have the proper shaft length for the width and length of your kayak.

Safety Keeping yourself safe is important while out on the water, please take as The Right Kayak many safety precautions as possible. Weather you fish creeks, canals, the channel, Finding the right kayak for yourself and your fishing needs can be a little bridges or docks anything can happen. You are so small to the boaters out tough! There are so many questions to ask, sit-on top or sit-inside kayak? What there and it may be hard for boaters to see you, so you want to make yourself brand? And what kayak is suitable for your weight. My answer is, do as much noticeable. That being said a kayak visibility flag as well as a Marine Raider LED research as possible before you make a purchase. Watch YouTube videos and for when you are out on the water after dark. I get my entire yak fishing needs get insight of other anglers. I personally prefer a sit-on top kayak, allows me through my friends at YakGear. In addition I set my kayak up with running to sit higher and see more. Makes it much quicker to maneuver and stand up lights as you see on boats, they are now available for kayaks, they help light up easier when in between sight-fishing and paddling to a new spot. my night, attract fish as well a bait fish! And allow boaters to see me while night If you are paddling longer distance you want to go with a longer more fishing. You can find these nifty light sets at BoatLightUs. Other safety measures narrow kayak that will track faster in the water and across large bodies of you can take is a noise system whistle incase your phone dies and it doesn’t water. I have a Pelican Catch120nxt, a few inches shy of 12ft. Has amazing hurt to carry a VHF Radio. These will connect you to coast guard in case of an tracking, light weight and has a wide deck. Giving me the space I need to emergency and update you with your local weather reports, how awesome is stand, move around and sight cast. that?! And last but not least the most important of all, always have your Personal As I understand most think they want to blend in with nature and go Flotation Device. You never know 3ft to 60 ft. of water, this device can save your with the earth tones such a greens and camoflauge. The fish don’t care what life! These products are all affordable and will help keep you safe. color your kayak is and cant see it. I find that brighter yaks are best. Allowing As most of you know, I am a Yak angler and scout mosquito Lagoon on boaters and other kayakers to see you from a distance, typically having them a daily basis. I push pole around the Lagoon and sight cast my catches. Being keep away from you, not blowing up your fishing spot and well the brighter in a kayak may be much more work, the paddling, crossing marshes, walking colors make for better looking fish photo! through muck to find that secret spot and sure I can just hop in a boat and get to my spots much quicker. I choose the Yak life, I get the Adventure. Kayaking Accessories allows you to become one with nature. I enjoy the peace and with all the hard Time to deck out your kayak! You want to be sure to have all the proper work and time put in when I do land that fish it is so much more rewarding accessories, ones beneficial to your kayak fishing needs. Basics being an anchor, in the end no matter the size, every catch is a trophy because we yak anglers tether, rod holders, a storage system for your tackle and tools. I find that using a know what we put in to land that fish.

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his month is a fun time to take advantage of our nearshore reefs and structure for Cobia, Amber Jack, Snappers and Kings. I prefer using spinning tackle and floor up to 80lb on If you are going to take braid. Live bait is best while chumming around the time to get all the the boat. way out there, take the With the smaller swells of summer, this time to be well prepared. can also be a great time to take the kiddos out and have some fun. But please remember always take all safety precautions while having youngsters on the boat. It is a great opportunity to teach them offshore safety, and it will help keep them calm if an issue arises.

Farther offshore the Grouper bite is on as well, if the tide lets you stay on a good drift. Pinfish on Torium 50’s will get the job done while hammering on some big snappers in the mix. July will have some recreational snapper days, so know your regulations and get out there and fill those coolers. If you really want to run, the Tuna have been steady from 90 miles to 120 miles offshore. Aside from a great tuna bite, there have been plenty of mahi in the mix as well. Trolling ballyhoos on small sea witches has been the ticket lately, but bring everything when you are heading that far off. If you are going to take the time to get all the way out there, take the time to be well prepared. Especially always keep a big lure in the mix as well just in case a Marlin shows up. You never know what to expect out that far, that’s one of the reasons it’s so exciting Have fun and be safe! Capt. Shane Ryan | Back to Blue Outdoors

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uly is hot in more ways than one! First light will certainly always be one of the most productive parts of the day. If you can get up in the creeks around the inlet just as the sun starts to glow you will see a ton of action. Look for the scattered redfish to begin feeding on the shorelines and oyster bars. Just as you think you are not going to get away with too many casts, a jack gets your line tight. Early in the month the flounder bite should still be hot. You should work sandy and muddy bottom areas with drop offs. Mud minnows will be the trick, but a shrimp can be a close second. Also, don’t rule out the artificial approach with flounder, a jerk bait or a gulp shrimp on a weighted jig head will produce just as well, or better. The redfish will chew around the jetty, but the bite will be hit or miss. I find right at the beginning of a tide change you will have the most success. I recommend pin fish or mullet to give you your best shot to get into a few Reds. The shrimp boats will also be out, meaning an opportunity to hook into something that pulls a little harder. Bonita will be all around and are fun to catch. Meanwhile, the sharks will be right behind them on clean up duty. For those of you willing to put in the time the tarpon will be a rolling! Keep your eye out and have some larger mullet or your secret lure at the ready, because sometimes you only get one or two shots! The biggest thing I can emphasize on with the shrimp boats is being respectful of other anglers, especially the charter guys. I suggest taking turns getting close to the boats and do not throw your bait right after another boat gets hooked up. It’s no fun for anyone if both anglers lose the fish. Also, be respectful of the shrimp boats themselves. I once saw the same recreational boat hook each side of a shrimpers’ net, plus they he had managed to throw his third attempt right in the back of the boat. Please don’t be that guy! Finally, snook are out of season, but they sure are hungry this time of the year. You may find them in deeper spots with moving water and that might just turn into your new secret spot. Remember, if you see the Dawg out there say hello!!! James Thrappas | Splash Brand Representation LLC | 386-366-3424 yellowdawgfishing@gmail.com | NATIVE EYEWEAR

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his month’s Atlantic red snapper season is short, so we’re all keeping our fingers crossed for good weather. The snapper are out there, so catching a limit shouldn’t be a problem. The following are some tips from Capt. Greg Rapp on how to maximize your limited time on the water. 1) Have a Game Plan: Plot a course of action. On opening day, the reefs and wrecks will be a zoo. Know where you’re going and have several backups before you head out. 2) Trust Your Bottom Machine: When you arrive, watch your bottom machine for signs of life. If you roll over a wreck or a nice ledge and are not marking life, don’t waste your time fishing it. When a spot has abundant snapper, the machine will light up like a Christmas tree. If you check two or three spots within an area and you don’t mark fish, don’t be afraid to make a significant move. 3) Start Big: Bigger bait equals bigger fish! There are plenty of 20-plus-pound sow snapper ready to engulf a giant live bait. Plus, none of us will be disappointed if we crank up a chunky grouper. This will also result in fewer small fish being reeled to the surface and dying from barotrauma. When targeting big snapper, I use jumbo live pinfish, a big pigfish or large croakers. To properly fish large baits, a sliding sinker rig is the way to go. Start with the smallest egg sinker the current will allow you to get your bait to the bottom with. When it comes to bottom fishing, your main line and leader line should be about the same. Make sure you use a strong hook that you can really pull on without straightening it out. Set your drag to slip just before the breaking strength of the line. After the fish is away from the bottom, back the drag off a little more or at least be sure to lean to the fish when it surges. I can’t tell you how many times I have caught large snapper and grouper that have frayed the line or have come up barely hooked from a ripped lip. If we didn’t lean on the surges, they would have gotten away. 4) When to Lighten Up: If you find yourself on a spot that is marking fish but they are not biting, or you are only catching small snapper, it may be because the spot has already been beat up. It may be time to lighten up and drift down. Capt. Greg Rapp has fished his home waters professionally for more than 20 years and is on the water more than 250 days a year. He owns Sea Leveler Sport Fishing Charters. Contact him at (321) 7943474 or see his website, www.sealeveler.com.

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