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hile mystic grouper can be caught year-round in the Bahamas, the winter months are our favorite time of year. Whenever a weather window presents itself, we point our bow east across the Florida Straights in search of these deep-water bottom dwellers. Mystics are one of the lesser-known grouper species, simply because anglers don’t fish deep enough to target them. Like all grouper, they are excellent to eat and usually weigh from 15 to 50 pounds, although they can grow much larger. It takes special gear to fish the 800- to 1,200-foot depths where we find mystics. Armed with Shimano Tiagra 80 WAs and Shimano Tiagra 50 WAs equipped with Hooker Electric Autostop drives, we string up 65- to 100-pound Power Pro braid on Crafty One Custom’s Deep Drop Rods. We begin by paying close attention to our Humminbird Solix sonar with CHIRP HD digital technology to locate bottom structure. We look for cones, holes, drop-offs, ledges and deep-water ridges. Once viable structure is located, we position the boat above it with engines out of gear to judge how wind and current will manipulate our drift. Then the

boat is repositioned up-current from the structure and the deep-drop rigs are readied. When targeting mystics, we use our www.ThreeBuoysFishing.com grouper deep-drop rigs made with three 8/0 VMC 3x Circle Hooks on 100-pound branch lines off of 12 feet of 150-pound main line. For bait, we prefer fresh-cut 8-inch strips of dolphin, tuna, wahoo or barracuda. Many deep-drop anglers claim, “no light, no bite,” but our experience has proven that, especially with mystics, we catch more and bigger fish without lights. We deploy two rods on opposite sides of the boat. Lead weights in the 10-pound range are the rule of thumb, but weight can be adjusted to the current. After the weights hit bottom, the reels are left in freespool to lay the rigs straight down on the bottom. The engines should be used to decrease the boat’s drift to a standstill, if possible. If the boat drifts, let out line to keep the rigs on bottom. When the rod tip bumps and shakes, resist the urge to lock up the drag and retrieve line. Wait a minute or two for additional fish to sense the commotion. They’ll often eat the remaining baits. When it’s time to strike, lift the reel’s drag to strike (pre-set to 20 pounds of drag) and slowly start your retrieve. Big mystic grouper put up quite a fight at first, and you might even think you’ve hung bottom. Be patient and slowly gain as must line as possible. When fish are about halfway up, their air bladders expand and create lift. They will begin to float your rig up to the surface. For more tips and tactics on deep-dropping and the tackle and rigs to get tight, see www.threebuoysfishing.com. Also, keep up with all of the offshore action @ Team Three Buoys on Facebook and Instagram.

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Finding bait becomes more important than at any other time of year. Goebel likes to get out well before dawn in search of shad or herring flickering near the surface, especially when a big moon keeps baitfish active all night. Diving birds are also a dead giveaway. They are likely feeding on baitfish pushed by stripers from below. “A lot of times if there’s bait there, I won’t even worry about marking fish on the graph,” Goebel said. “I’ll just put out my lines and start fishing where the bait is.”

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here aren’t many anglers willing to endure the frigid early morning temperatures of winter on a large reservoir. But for those who can handle a little discomfort, right now is the best time of year to hook up with the striper of a lifetime. Around the Southeast, in reservoirs where striped bass were introduced, falling water temperatures spur changes in behavior that make the largest fish in the lake susceptible to anglers. Those 30- to 50-pounders are feeding up right now. They’re storing up reserves that will take them through the spring spawn. “It’s trophy striper season,” said Shane Goebel, of Big Ol’ Fish Guiding Service. “The bigger fish are participating a little better. This time of year, we start going after those big ol’ hogs that are chasing the big baits.” The large summer schools broke up months ago. Stripers are spread out and on the move, following baitfish into the creek mouths and up into the backs of the creeks. Big fish move shallow when water temps hit the mid to low 50s on the lakes Goebel guides in the mountains of north Georgia and western North Carolina. It might take some searching to find them, but the rewards can be huge.

Because the stripers are continually moving with the bait, covering water is crucial. Goebel said to troll as many baits in as wide a spread as you can handle. Herring are great on lakes where they are present, but this time of year you should also work some big gizzard shad or trout into the spread. Sometimes it takes a big mouthful to convince big fish to eat. Goebel runs baits 30 to 40 feet behind planer boards. He’ll drop freelines 100 to 150 feet behind the boat. If the area where he finds bait isn’t too shallow, he’ll put a little bit of weight ahead of the baits on the inside boards to cover more water vertically. He slow trolls at about half a mile per hour. This is a pattern Goebel fishes all the way into May, when stripers have moved into a pre-spawn phase. It might not produce the numbers of fish that downlining into summer mega-schools will, but the fish are generally a lot bigger than those 5- to 10-pound summer schoolies. If catching an enormous striper sounds like fun, zip up your parka and get out on the lake. It’s trophy striper season. Check out Big Ol’ Fish Guiding Service at bigolfish.com.

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Capt. Carlos Arguedas (left) shows off a huge cubera snapper caught aboard the Los Suenos charter vessel, Wingman, with Lindor Jimenez. Photo courtesy of Wingman Charters, Los Suenos, Costa Rica.

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f Costa Rica isn’t already on your bucket list, it should be. Famous for both inshore and offshore fishing, it’s also a country with incredible biodiversity and exciting eco-tourism opportunities. In short, there’s something for every sportsman and adventure seeker here. From a fishing perspective, the west coast of this Central American country is most favored with several significant cities and ports including Jaco, Quepos and, of course, Golfito. It’s Los Suenos, however, where

my wife, Felicia and I found outstanding action on a trip last April. We worked the inshore grounds, catching huge roosterfish, rainbow runners, grouper, jacks and even mahi. We also decked a big cubera snapper. Of course, we did have an edge. Coastal Angler’s very own Costa Rica inshore reporter Capt. Carlos Arguedas and his first-mate son, Christopher, were our charter crew. “This really is a terrific place to fish,” said Arguedas, “We have access to a lot of different spots ranging from very close to the marina to 50 miles away. The roosterfish action is unbelievable here but we also catch big cubera snapper, amberjack, groupers and huge red snappers, too.” Arguedas loves to take clients for roosterfish because they fight so hard, are found close to port, and grow big. He’s had a 90-pounder grace his deck. For these, he’ll slow troll live baits like blue runners, herring, sardines or bonita. All of these baits, impaled on size 8 circle hooks, also attract other large predators; so you never know what to expect when the rod doubles over. “Roosterfish are very impressive when you first see them,” said Arguedas. “They are exotic-looking with big dorsal rays, a huge mouth and striped flanks. They are stunning to see for the first time. They are also exceptionally strong. Fight a 20-pounder and you’ll think you have a 40-pounder at the end of the line. They jump, too, and shake their head, so remember to lower your rod tip when that fish comes up or you’ll tear the hook free.” Among the other big fish that hit the deck for Arguedas’ crew on a regular basis are goliath grouper that can top 400 pounds. These are targeted around local reefs. If you want to run offshore, sailfish, tuna and marlin abound within 10 miles of port. Dorado, sometimes topping 30 pounds, can be tempted within sight of the coast. Costa Rica’s tropical climate makes it a year-round destination. Most travelers prefer to visit during the dry season, which runs from December through April, but you’ll find lighter crowds and lower travel prices during the “green” or rainy season from May to November. Whenever you visit, it really helps to work with a travel pro that deals frequently with Costa Rica to customize a trip here. Blue Water Sportfishing Charters (http://bluewatersportfishingcharters.com) specializes in setting up trips to Los Suenos. They can put you in the right place at the right time for the fish you want to catch, sights you want to see or adventures you want to experience. They’ll also book you with Capt. Carlos—or you can contact him yourself at www.wingmancr.com.

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he first time I saw someone spearfishing, I was intrigued and wondered out loud how hard it would be to load a speargun. A friend heard me and said, “I’m sure you can do it. It’s probably more about technique than brute strength.” He was right. It’s not uncommon to struggle to load your first speargun, and you might suspect they made the bands too short. If you give it some time and use the right technique, it will become easy. First, some safety tips: 1) Never load a speargun out of the water. 2) Keep the safety on until you intend to shoot a fish. 3) Even with the safety on, treat it like a loaded weapon, never let the tip point at anyone. 4) Use tip protectors when not in use, so you don’t scratch anything. Some spearguns are loaded by resting the butt of the gun on your hip and pulling the bands toward the shaft notches. Others are loaded by resting the butt high on the middle of the chest and pulling the bands toward your sternum. Hip-loading spearguns are commonly used by scuba divers, as chest loading can be difficult when wearing a buoyancy compensator vest. Freedivers are less constricted by gear, so they normally use chest-loading spearguns. These have longer range because the shaft tabs sit closer to the butt of the gun. Now, some loading tips: 1) Wear gloves and wetsuit to prevent slips, scrapes or bruising. Some wetsuits have a loading pad built into the chest. 2) Don’t look down and hunch over when loading the bands. Push forward with your chest and pull the band swiftly with your arms, so the shaft tabs are pushed forward to meet the incoming

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irst and foremost, HAPPY NEW YEAR!!! We here at Coastal Angler couldn’t be more excited for what 2019 will bring. We will continue to strive to bring you the best content available both in the magazine and online. If you aren’t following us on Facebook, Instagram, and YouTube, make sure you look us up and follow. We are continually putting out great fishing and hunting videos with local captains and recreational anglers alike. Of course, if there is anything specific you would like to see, just reach out and let us know! This upcoming year, we will be looking to expand our western Volusia territory. If you know of any possible contributors, please send them our way. We are looking for report writers, as well as

stories of “Old Florida” that we know are out there somewhere. We also would like to take this moment to thank our readers. This will be our 8th issue since we took over and we can’t say enough about our readers. Our readers are not only passionate about fishing, but I can’t believe how much they contribute to the community. We have been at countless fundraisers and events that always are for a great cause. We see people laughing, hugging, high-fiving, and most of all creating life long memories. We hope that never changes! Thank you for reading Tight lines, The Chibbaro Family

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ELLO 2019!! Well, we made it through another fishy year, and man what a year it was. The great thing is that we get to do it all over again in 2019. January will bring in really good numbers of our winter fish such as black drum, sheepshead, flounder, bluefish and pompano to name a few. Check out the Ponce Inlet jetty, as well as many of the area’s docks for the drum and sheepshead. Your best baits will be fiddler crabs and frozen shrimp on a two hook Tackle Crafter rig. A trip to the beach to do a little surf fishing will result in catches of pompano and bluefish. For the tasty pompano, you’ll want to use sandfleas, live or frozen, on a Tackle Crafter pompano rig. Small pieces of shrimp work also. Depending on the tide and surf conditions, fish the inside edge of the first bar and throughout the trough or hole that may be along the beach edge. I like to fish the last half of the incoming tide and the first part of the outgoing. Always try to find a nice deep water area along the beach. You don’t want to be fishing on a sandbar. The fish will be looking for a deeper spot to find their next meal. Surf fishing for bluefish, some reaching 30-35 inches, is always We have some exciting news at exciting. These fish are Salty Dawg Outfitters for 2019! real bruisers and make Starting in January, we will be for an excellent fight if not the best table fare. If posting a video fishing report bait fishing, use a sinker every Friday on Facebook. slide rig with a 3/0 to 5/0 hook and a nice hunk of cut bait. Lure anglers searching for blues will want to throw GotCha lures and spoons. Both work fantastic! Backwater fishing on the flats and in the creeks will find the redfish in larger schools as the water turns colder. Remember, this time of year the fish turn more lethargic and don’t want to expend a lot of energy for their meal so slow things down. DOA Cal paddletails, Yozuri 3D inshore twitchbaits, Bomber Minnows and Mirolure suspending twitchbaits will all produce. Fishing the river and flats for flounder and mangrove snapper will turn up as well. Live shrimp, mud minnows and small live finger mullet will be the best bets. We have some exciting news at Salty Dawg Outfitters for 2019! Starting in January, we will be posting a video fishing report every Friday on Facebook. Be sure to friend us at Salty Dawg Outfitters and check out our page regularly for the latest info you can find. We will also be starting a series of seminars featuring local captains and area fishermen set in a hands-on fashion for different aspects of inshore and offshore fishing. Special giveaways, free food and drinks and discounts will be provided for these events, so you will definitely want to check these out. AND THAT’S NOT ALL! Salty Dawg Outfitters will also be starting a fish photo contest on our Facebook page, so you will definitely want to start sending in your catch photos for some great prizes. Email them to us at info@ saltydawgoutfitters. That’s it for this month. Grab your rod, reel and tackle box, fill the live well or bait bucket and hit the water. The fish will be waiting! Until next time, tight lines and light winds! Ed Farlow is the co-owner of Salty Dawg Outfitters Located in Ponce Inlet beside the Ponce Inlet boat ramp.

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elcome to 2019, New Years is my favorite holiday as it begins all the different fishing seasons and patterns of the year to come. January can bring the coldest temperatures of the season both air and water, cold means clear water in the Edgewater Backcountry, with visibility as deep as 6 feet or more, the deeper holes and channels show up dark green, time to scout out the underwater terrain for local knowledge of these holes, drop offs, oyster bars, sloughs and all the fishy places to hunt the rest of the year when our water is cloudy. In winter, these deep spots can be good target zones with fish on the bottom where temperatures may be a tiny bit warmer. Drop live shrimp, small live finger mullet, mud minnow, or a 1/16 or 1/8 oz. jig head with a small light-colored tail to the bottom. Trout, reds, snook, drum, sheepshead, or mangrove snapper may be in the deep spots. On mild sunny days these same fish will come up to the tops of the drop-offs and surrounding areas with oyster edges, flats, and creeks which will warm up a bit during the day’s sunshine. Fish slowly, as cold fish will be sluggish, and scan the clear water with your polarized sunglasses searching for signs of fish. A winter fish that will not be sluggish are bluefish, found all through the backcountry, ICW channel, bridges, inlet, and surf. If they are swimming, they are eating. Free-lined live shrimp, cut bait, and small darting, flashy lures are best. They are a great fly-fishing target as they’re not picky and are eager to attack, their sharp teeth warrant use of a little heavier flouro leader or trace of light wire. You may want to use lures or flies which are already scarred up because they will be abused by the toothy blues. Sheepshead are always a winter target and fiddler crabs are the best bait, followed by small live or peeled shrimp. The best places to fish are bridge or dock

pilings, as well as the Ponce Inlet jetty rocks. Serious sheepy fishers will chum their spot by scraping barnacles off the pilings or dropping cracked oysters to the bottom. Use a smaller sharp hook as they have a small hard mouth. Use just enough weight to hold your bait close the pilings, keeping your rig as stealthy as possible in the clear water. Starting time for a winter fishing trip does not have to be that early, during a mild period, sunrise or just after is a good time to begin. On the coldest mornings, waiting until the sun has been up an hour or two can be a good choice and mid-day into the afternoon is good, giving the fish a little time with some sun on their backs to warm up a bit. On a nice sunny day, late morning into the afternoon can be the best time to hunt reds and trout on the flats of the backcountry and Mosquito Lagoon. After the shallow water has warmed a couple degrees, fish dark bottom, oyster bars, dark grass areas, and sand spots. Tail-hooked select size shrimp, small live finger mullet and mud minnows are good baits for the cold shallows. Small size, light color soft plastic or Gulp bait is a good choice for artificial, always fished very slow in cold water. Black drum are also a winter target with the best baits being blue crab and shrimp. They can be at bottom of deep holes and channels, Ponce Inlet jetty rocks, and Haulover Canal. Shallow water schools of drum also can be found in southern Mosquito Lagoon. Please consider photo and release on the larger “breeder size” black drum to keep the baby drum coming our way for years to come. Capt. Michael Savedow | Edgewater River Guide www.EdgewaterRiverGuide.com | 386-689-3781

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and water depth, I use a 1/8 to a 1/16oz. or just free-line a large live shrimp. This is the time of year I have most of my success using a live jumbo shrimp! We might as well take advantage of using those big guys while they are here. This cooler weather pushes in all the jumbo and select shrimp, which make for great bait! January and February are the best months to find those big black drum, especially if you have access to those super skinny water spots and “no motor zones”. It’s a beautiful sight seeing these beauties tailing across the grassy flats, which is one of the many reasons why I love my kayak! Shrimp and fresh blue crabs are preferred bait when targeting black drum but if presented properly, they will hit an artificial. You get more hits and successful landings with the proper use of your artificial as well as proper color choice. If the water is clearer and cleaner, use a white to natural color with flash. If the water is dark and dirty, use a natural darker pattern.

On my paddle into Mosquito Lagoon, I stop to fish nearby docks and have been finding snook schooled and redfish and trout by the dozen! I’ll free-line a shrimp and depending on how the tide’s moving and how fast it is ripping, I may toss on a split shot. With the cooler water temps, snook have been schooled up in their winter hangouts. You can land these beauties by the dozen right now. Due to them being in schools, Mosquito Lagoon Water Levels and Clarity the size of the snook you land varies. Simply free-lining a live shrimp or working a soft plastic (DOA 3’’ Shad Tail or ‘3” Paddle Tail is my preferred With cool fronts coming in and water temps not being as warm, the bait choice) snook, redfish, and trout all hit and can’t resist these soft water clarity is looking much better in the lagoon. Depending on where plastics. Use a soft plastic on a weedless hook, retrieving it back slowly with you are targeting fish and due to wind, you may find it hard to sight-cast in certain areas. Between the wind, fall weather, cooler temperatures and random cold fronts, I’ve spent many days just scouting around, staying on top of the redfish and looking for grassy flats. I have found myself going between feeling discouraged in mucky, dirty water with no grass and only scattered redfish to paddling for hours, crossing marshes and landing in clear water, huge grassy flats and schools of tailing redfish. The north winds pushing water out of the lagoon is making way for cooler and gin clear water! It’s a new year and many great things are sure to come; so get out there and make this year an epic one!!

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• Fish shallow ends, sand holes, and grassy flats where the water is warmer. • When using artificial baits, depending on the water clarity and depth, select the proper color choices and weight.

a pop and sink pop action. Small topwaters, popping corks and live shrimp are also great baits to use when targeting trout.  Due to the wind, wind, and well, more wind, the muck is stirred up and makes the water clarity poor. So, it has been a little more challenging sightcasting for those elusive redfish here in the flats. On those days, you will find yourself having to watch for pushing wakes and tailing reds. I find that days like these in the lagoon are much more successful when free-lining a live jumbo shrimp. Those beautiful reds I’m speaking of, they love the sun and warmer water, making it easier to find them schooled up against the mangroves in the grassy flats and sand holes in the shallow parts of the lagoon. Again, you can’t go wrong with a soft plastic DOA 3” Shad Tail or 3” Paddle Tail, rigged with a weedless hook. Depending on the grass

• Due to the weather temperature changes and your targeted species (what they are feeding on may change that day), you can’t go wrong having live and artificial baits on board! • Try not to get discouraged or give up, they are out there. Scout until you find that school or reel in just that one. Happy Fishing! Skye

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his month we are going to talk about your cooling system. When towing a heavy load your vehicle will heat up faster, and run hotter than normal. This means certain parts of your engine should be checked more frequently when towing. We recommend having a licensed technician check the cooling system every 6 months unless you sense a problem before that. In this maintenance check, your technician will look at your radiator, including hoses and fluids. Your water pump will be inspected for wear and tear. They will also check your thermostat and housing. Lastly they will check your cooling fan and the fan switch. We here at NSB Chevy can handle all of your maintenance needs, so don’t hesitate to give us a call and make your appointment.

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anuary is likely the top month for targeting pelagic species such as wahoo, sailfish, blackfin tuna and kingfish. In addition, the bottom is all marked up on triggers and vermillion snapper on shallow structure. This month, my favorite is trolling highspeed lures for wahoo. I run five lines using lures rigged to trolling leads on Crowder Bent butt rods and 80w The bottom was lit up last Tiagras. I’ve had some trip out and took little good days slow trolling Ballyhoo as well which effort to load up with stringer gives me a better shot fish like vermillion at sailfish, blackfin and snapper and trigger fish. small mahi this time of year. I mix it up between wire rigs dragging Islander or king busters with large

ballyhoo or strips of bonita. I also add in mono rigs for sailfish and tuna using smaller ballyhoo either naked or on kingbusters. On the tough days, you can always roll into the Party Grounds and get in the mix of the kingfish bite. Trolling spoons on inline plainers or strips of mullet and bonita work well also. If you have the knowledge, there have been good pods of blue runners that are unreal for live baiting the larger kingfish and wahoo. The bottom was lit up last trip out and took little effort to load up with stringer fish like vermillion snapper and trigger fish. If you have the back to handle it, the grouper are biting well if the tide lets you get to them. Capt. Shane Ryan | Back to Blue Outdoors

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anuary brings many fronts that can affect the bite. The cold water will slow the fish down as far as eating because their metabolism slows down. However, fishing for redfish can be outstanding on a sunny afternoon when the reds school and move to the mud flats where the water warms quickly and the bite is on. When the water is cold, slow your retrieve and use smaller baits due to the fact that the fish tend to be lethargic and will not waste energy chasing baits. Besides the flats, throw your bait tight to the grassy shoreline out of the wind and on the sunny side where the water has a tendency to be warmer. Good luck and stay warm. Captain Barry Englehardt fishwithcaptainbarry.com

FISHING REPORT & FORECAST CAPT. BRYN RAWLINS

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e’re hoping 2019 will be a great year for speck fishing in the central St. Johns area. Our season started early last year due to high water levels and continued at a steady pace for most of 2018. January is a great month to get out on the water, and here’s why: Anglers look forward to this time of year for big spawning Speckled Perch (Crappie) where they can be caught in large numbers, sometimes against cover and other times in deeper water in various creeks and channels. When they’re against the bank, a cork and jig method is very productive. Use a small, cigar-shaped cork with a speck jig tied 1½ to 2 feet below. Cast toward the bank or cover and retrieve with a sharp, jerking motion. Popular colors include Devin Bradley of Daytona Beach and Greg chartreuse, pink and blue. Holcomb of Tallahassee showing part of their In deeper water, try trolling catch from fishing with Capt. Rick Rawlins of with these same jigs. Highland Park Fish Camp. For Largemouth Bass, use wild river shiners fished under an egg-shaped bobber approximately 2½ feet deep. Fish under floating vegetation and wait for a strike. Artificial baits can be effective this month too. Use top water lures in early morning and plastic worms, casting to the pads or flipping in the grass mats to get Largemouth Bass. Lake Woodruff and surrounding waterways have been a choice location for some real lunkers in the month of January. We hope with some consistent weather, this January will prove the same. Visit local camps and tackle shops for up-to-date reports. Ask for a free fishing map at Highland Park Fish Camp. You can also call us anytime for a current report: 1-800-525-3477. Call us anytime for an updated fishing report. Capt. Bryn Rawlins | Highland Park Fish CampDeLand, FL 1-800-525-3477 | www.Highlandparkfishcamp.com

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ow does your typical day start? Do you enjoy a cup of coffee, pack a lunch and grab a bottle of water as you’re heading out the door? Whatever your morning routine looks like, it’s likely that plastics are involved. One cup coffee pods, that container of milk or coffee creamer, plastic baggies for your lunch and that water bottle are going to stick around well past their time of usefulness to you. In fact, unless they are among the roughly 9% of plastics that are actually recycled, they may be around, in some form, for hundreds of years or longer. Simply put, our society’s dependence on plastic has become a threat to our global environment and especially our marine ecosystems. According to the non-partisan Pew research center, scientists estimate that as much as 13 million metric tons of plastic enter our oceans each year. They also suggest that if we continue on this current path, the weight of plastic in the oceans will exceed that of fish by the year 2050. This is not okay. Plastic negatively impacts many types of marine creatures including seabirds, sea turtles, fish, whales and even coral reef. Whether through ingestion or entanglement, plastic is killing our marine life. Pew research indicates that an estimated million seabirds per year are killed by plastics and that half of all sea turtles have ingested plastics. Fish also ingest plastics and the humans who eat those fish are ingesting the synthetic compounds that remain behind as the plastics break down into smaller microplastics. These can have detrimental effects on our health.

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The movements towards recycling, reusable shopping bags and water bottles were a start, but they are not enough. As stewards of the ocean, we have to ask ourselves what more we can do about this exponentially growing problem. You may have noticed that many restaurants are switching to biodegradable straws or only offering straws upon 14 DAYTONA/NEW SMYRNA/DELAND

request. This is a good start but it takes action and education to make a significant difference. If the straw is already in your drink when it comes to the table, it’s too late. Be proactive and set an example for those around you by bringing your own reusable straw or simply refusing straws while ordering. The same goes for other single-use plastics. Be aware of what you’re using and plan ahead to move towards less waste in your life. Things like plastic silverware, bottled water, k-cups, plastic bags and straws are easy to reduce or eliminate from your routine. Others may take more thought and planning. The good news is that there are all kinds of new sustainable products to replace singleuse plastics such as bamboo silverware, bees wax food wraps and reusable, washable baggies. Other multi-use or biodegradable products are popping up all the time. Find what works for you and then make some suggestions or give as gifts to friends and family. Post your efforts on social media to get this movement going. Support businesses that are using environmentally friendly products and let them know that you notice and appreciate their efforts. We all know how fun it is to post pictures of our meal…how about giving props to those restaurants serving drinks in real glasses and packing take-out in biodegradable containers? Recycling is a good thing, but maybe not as impactful as you think. One of the biggest issues with recycling is that our waste is dirty and mixed and no longer a commodity to resell for new products. If it has no value, it may just end up in the landfill or make its way to the ocean. Know your community’s regulations and recycle properly. Reuse is another option. What else can you do with that item and how can you change your buying habits to reduce your waste in the future? Lastly, make an effort to remove any plastic items (or litter in general) from our shorelines and waters. Keep a net, gloves and container with you as you enjoy your outings on the water or at the beach. When people see you picking up trash that isn’t yours, they may think twice before littering and may even follow your lead and be an example for yet another future steward of our environment. Let’s get this mess cleaned up!

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n this new segment, we will keep you up to date with all of our tournament news from here at Halifax Sportfishing Club headquarters. HFSC tournaments dates are now set for 2019!!! If you have never fished a Halifax tournament we suggest this is the year for that to change. Not only do we here at the club try and schedule these tournaments in the time frame that anglers can be successful, but we also pride ourselves on the quality atmosphere of both our captains meetings, and our tournaments as a whole. We hear every year about new friendships made, and most importantly more fish stories to tell! As for our tournament dates, they are as follows: Our 19th Annual Offshore Challenge will be March 31st - April 13th

which anglers will choose and register their two days to fish within those dates. The 31st running of our Lady Angler Tournament will be May 18th and is slotted to be the largest yet. As if that wasn’t enough tournament action, we will also have the popular Summer Slam on August 3rd. Some other notable HSFC happenings in the month of January are; HSFC General Meeting and seminar (Down the Hatch Restaurant w/ Chef SlavicHow to prepare Your Catch) on the 17th, then on January 19th we will have our Rookie Day event at the HSFC headquarters and the KCFT clinic day 9 am - 12. We are changing things up a bit and we are going to do a carnival style clinic with games and prizes. Kids will receive a free rod and reel (again compliments of Fish Florida) For more information go to www.hsfc. com and like us on Facebook. Thanks for reading HSFC Tournament Director Jesse Jones

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me, especially with my two young daughters. I can only hope that one day my daughters are saying “You Dad always used to say…” Take an extra five minutes today, and let the people around you know what they mean to you. It is more important than you think.

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SHRIMPING REPORT & FORECAST CAPT. LEE NOGA

BIG RUNS! Mid January Through June

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he 2018-2019 season has everyone on edge every time the temperature drops below 60 degrees. This is not the one variable that makes for a strong shrimp run. So, relax and take comfort in knowing January is when we start seeing some decent sizes. Personally, I start my shrimping season hunting on the January moon events (I stay home on actual full moon night). In December, Edgewater was catching small shrimp off private docks. History shows the middle of January to middle of February is when the big run begins and continues through May/June. Titusville has had some success via boat at Railroad Bridge. The sizes Laura Spraque and partner snatched ½ are nice and these were caught gallon at Railroad Bridge in 2 hours. back in November. Shrimp grow about 2 inches a month so imagine how big they will be this month. January is a tough month to shrimp because the run is lean. We do not

expect to see full pulls this month. It will be ¼ to 2 gallons at best but the sizes are priceless. Typically, the earlier the season, the larger the shrimp. This is why we hunt this month through February aggressively, so we can get quality shrimp over quantity. Come March, the dinks come out, and 5 gallons is real easy. January and February shrimping takes a lot more skill to dial into the big ones. Plus, the stream is smaller so you really have to drop your boat right in front of the runners. The water is warm which means unless we have some cold fronts, the bait and catfish are going to black out the lights. The Titusville pier is open, with a new restaurant and bait store. The pier is restored from 2016 hurricanes and all new electrical wiring and breakers. Reports will be daily this month and you can monitor the intel. Please do not use monofilament frame nets, they are illegal. You can dip while you’re underway but you cannot drag a box/frame net. Please check your navigation lights and carry a backup if you blow one out. We are seeing kayak and paddleboarders dipping and they need to see us when we move around. Keep an eye on barges, they will strike your vessel if you do not move, they have no choice. For daily intel, join our Facebook group, “Florida Shrimping Academy – Tips & Tricks”. Capt Lee Noga | Academy Of Shrimping | www.leenoga.com

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