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tretching 500 miles across the northern side of the Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico, the Puerto Rico Trench is the deepest in the Atlantic Ocean. This 6-mile-deep feature is part of what makes the Virgin Islands one of the world’s best sportfishing destinations. Here, where the Atlantic Ocean borders the clear waters of the Caribbean Sea, the Virgin Islands rise as the peaks of an enormous underwater mountain chain. The islands offer some of the best diving, snorkeling and most beautiful beaches anywhere, but it is off these islands that serious anglers come to play. Beneath the surface, the topography is spectacular. About 20 miles north of St. Thomas, the travel hub of the U.S. Virgin Islands, the North Drop falls precipitously to depths of more than 28,000 feet into the Puerto Rico Trench. Cool Atlantic currents are stirred off Virgin Gorda, and sea life abounds. The big pelagic species congregate to feed on an abundance of baitfish drawn by the drop. A similar situation occurs off the South Drop, just 8 miles south of St. Thomas, and the smaller drops around St. Croix. Short boat rides put anglers on abundant baitfish and the bigger fish that feed on them. Marlin can be caught year-round, but spring to fall is peak time for blue marlin, which show up in numbers and feed aggressively around the full moons. The bite is legendary. The IGFA Women’s alltackle world record, a 1,073-pound blue marlin, was caught off the Virgin Islands, along with 24 other world records over the years. The granders—1,000-pound-plus marlin—show up on occasion, but the Virgin Islands also offer numbers. During the USVI Open/Atlantic Blue Marlin Tournament, 207 blue marlin were released over four days of fishing. Marlin average about 350 pounds out of St. Thomas, and 500-pounders are caught regularly. But blues aren’t the only game in town. The location of these islands 6

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almost seems strategic. Sailfish, white marlin, tuna, wahoo, dolphin… the most sought after gamefish for sport and the table frequent these drops in good numbers to feed. Working the drop by trolling rigs across the depth contours produces consistently good action year-round. The sailfish bite peaks October through March. Yellowfin tuna are present late summer through winter, and blackfin and skipjack tuna provide

action year-round. Wahoo are also a year-round target, and dolphin fishing peaks in fall. The fishing is world class, and the Virgin Islands are also easy to get to. A short plane ride from the continental U.S. puts anglers in the middle of the action. And with lodging that ranges from quaint to luxurious, there are options for anyone who wants to live out their offshore fantasy. To learn more about the Puerto Rico Trench, go to

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he numbers don’t lie. Guatemala’s Pacific coast is the most productive sailfish destination in the world. Days of double-digit releases would be considered spectacular anywhere. Off Guatemala, it’s just an average day. Annual release rates show a dozen sailfish per boat, per day. And that’s just a year-round average. It is not unusual during peak seasons for boats to raise more than 50 or 60 sails a day, sometimes a lot more. In March of 2006, Capt. Ron Hamlin, and the anglers on the Captain Hook, released 124 sailfish in a single day less than 15 miles off Guatemala. The legendary former skipper out of Casa Vieja Lodge in Puerto San Jose still holds the record. For conventional anglers, it’s pretty much a sure thing. For fly anglers, it’s the best odds you’ll find. The concentrations of sailfish in this small slice of the Pacific are astounding. But it’s not just sails. Natural factors such as dramatically shifting currents, temperature barriers and high oxygen levels close to the surface combine to hold baitfish year-round. The eddy formations that swirl off the Guatemalan coast are crowded with life, including the big pelagics and the fish they feed on. There are more Pacific sailfish than can be found anywhere, but there are also marlin, wahoo, slammer Dorado and yellowfin tuna. Casa Vieja Lodge says blue marlin in the 200- to 400-pound range are thickest April through July, with black marlin up to 400 pounds showing up December through March and smaller striped marlin November through January. On average, every Casa Vieja boat encounters marlin every three days while targeting sailfish. During peak billfish seasons of December through March and then again from May through July, grand slams are an everyday possibility. Boats fish anywhere from 2 to 50 miles out in an area renowned for flat seas. The most consistently productive area is a canyon known as “The Pocket.” Only about 40 nautical miles wide, The Pocket drops to depths of 3,500 to 4,000 feet. Those constantly shifting currents deflect off the walls of the pocket stirring up nutrient rich waters that attract bait and big gamefish. Casa Vieja takes the fishing very seriously. Guided by some of the world’s top-tagging and award winning captains, their fleet of classically maintained 35’ Contenders and 40’ Sportfishers consistently produces world-class results. They are inheritors of history. A majority of the

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captains and lodge staff were employees of the original Fins ’n Feathers Inn that launched the Guatemalan sportfishing industry. These are the same sportsmen who have cared for the fishery since it exploded onto the sportfishing scene in the 1990s. With total release using circle hooks, the conservation philosophy has been central to Casa Vieja’s operations for more than a decade. With this kind of stewardship, as well as emphasis from the Guatemalan Government on limiting commercial fishing, the fishery continues to thrive. The lodge was also designed by lifelong sportsmen who know it is best to recover from a non-stop day of action on the water in worldclass accommodations. Luxurious rooms and top-notch local cuisine are paired with a staff trained to fill the needs of discerning travelers. It’s the perfect place to relive the day’s catch or dream of the morning’s possibilities. For more information on fishing Guatemala and the Casa Vieja Lodge, go to www.casaviejalodge.com.

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our Rip Roller is tearing up the water as you retrieve it in short quick jerks. Suddenly the water explodes from the vicious strike of a peacock bass. In your excitement and shock, you instinctively jerk your rod up before the peacock has had a chance to get the hook firmly in his mouth, and 6 inches of lure and three massive treble hooks come flying past your head. Your first encounter with the huge peacock bass of Brazil’s Amazon will be one you never forget. Fishing for this massive, hard-fighting predator can be best described to anglers as hooking into a 20-pound smallmouth bass that is having a bad day. To top off this fishing adventure, you are fishing over 1,000 miles from the ocean in the heart of the world’s largest rain forest on black water rivers that are home to more than 2,500 species of fish and the world’s greatest diversity of flora and fauna. Anglers will catch four or five different species of peacock bass, ranging from the popoca and butterfly species weighing an average of 3 to 5 pounds to the massive paca or arzu, the current world record of which is a 29-pounder caught by Andrea Zaccherini in 2010. Anglers can also catch aerobatic arowana, several species of catfish weighing upwards of 200 pounds, wolf fish and myriad other species. Peacocks will readily hit topwater baits on waters that aren’t heavily pressured, the most famous being the big propeller driven Woodchopper and its clones, as well as the more subtle Spook type baits. As with most species of fish, subsurface jerkbaits and jigs will produce bigger numbers of fish caught than topwater lures. Fly fishermen have discovered this game

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as well, fishing big Deceivers, Dahlberg Divers and Clouser type flies. Heavy baitcasting tackle loaded with 65to 80-pound braided Kevlar line is the ticket for peacocks, as they are structure-oriented fish. The war is outfitters including River Plate Anglers and to keep them out of the cover once hooked. Fly fishermen need to bring saltwater Acute Angling. River Plate Outfitters, fishing in style 9- and 10-weight fly rods coupled with a Brazil since 1992, has leased exclusive fishing fly reel with a smooth drag and 30- to 50-pound rights on 10 different tributaries encompassing over 1,000 miles of black water rivers in all four tippets. In the last 15 years, Manaus, a city of 2 million dry zones in Brazil’s Amazon. It’s all within a 500in the heart of Brazil’s Amazon, has become mile radius northwest and south of Manaus. This the epicenter of South America’s peacock bass enables anglers to fly directly into these private fishing. American Airlines flies a daily five-hour lands by wheel or float equipped Caravan charter non-stop flight between Miami and Manaus planes and be in prime unpressured waters the and back, making Manuas easily accessible. The first day of their trip from mid July through mid majority of operators will have anglers spend March. The key to these operations is their six the first night in Manaus and then fly by charter “river trains,” each consisting of 250-squareaircraft to their fishing destinations. Most mother foot single or double occupancy air conditioned boat and cruise ship operators that offer peacock cabins that can be moved to the tributary in the bass fishing operate on the upper Rio Negro dry zone with the most ideal water conditions in out of Barcelos, a city of 30,000 people located a given time frame and not be relegated only to 300 miles upriver from Manaus. The waters of the upper Rio Negro dry zone. the Rio Negro and the mouths of its tributaries For additional information, contact River within a 150-mile radius of Barcelos receive the majority of the peacock bass fishing pressure. Plate Outfitters at www.riverplateanglers.com There are presently more than 40 mother boats/ or Jim kern at jim@emuoutfitting.com or at 817cruise ships operating out of Barcelos and a large 946-2479. Jim has been to Brazil 32 times since 1997 and can give you the real facts on most of lodge in the area. The other option for small groups of 6 to the Peacock Bass operations in Brazil’s Amazon. 12 people is a fishing trip on private indian For More Amazon Peacock Bass fishing, go to lands and government preserves leased by a couple different

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hey call Islamorada the Sportfishing Capital of the World. This slim string of six small islands about halfway down the Florida Keys separates the Atlantic from the Gulf of Mexico, and just offshore in the Atlantic, warm blue currents of the Gulf Stream deliver a steady flow of baitfish and the big migrating pelagic species that feed on them. The Continental Shelf is a highway for swordfish that move through in depths of 1,400 to 1,900 feet with a consistency that may be unmatched anywhere in the world. It is possible to target these deepwater giants any month of the year off Islamorada, and even during the day. But it is sportfishing only for hardcore anglers. Swordfish are elusive anywhere, the most difficult of the billfish to catch, and fights lasting several hours are the reward for tempting a bite from 150- to 400-pound or larger fish deep in the abyss. If catching a swordfish is one of the boxes that remains to be checked off on your bucket list, you’d be hard pressed to find a better place to do it. A little closer in, where the Gulf Stream swings over broken bottom and the offshore humps Islamorada has become famous for, it creates rips where disoriented baitfish become easy prey for dolphin, wahoo, sailfish, kingfish and tuna. In the summer months, flocks of birds are a dead giveaway for dolphinfish pushing frenzied bait to the surface. When that’s not going on, fish can be found trolling feather or jet head lures and plugs. A bite while trolling means it’s time to slow down and cast baits to catch other fish drawn to the same area. Sometimes this is met with spectacular results, especially for mahi, which tend to gather in numbers. Some of the most spectacular action on the humps comes from blackfin tuna. It can show up in spurts any time of year, but fall typically brings a push of 10-pound-plus tuna that can be incited into surface-feeding frenzies. Chumming up blackfins with pilchards is a very visual experience that allows even anglers armed with fly rods to hook up with multiple hard-fighting fish.

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As the tuna move toward the reefs with the late fall and winter baitfish migrations, the bigger fish begin to show up, and kite fishing becomes one of the preferred methods for teasing up fish 20 pounds and larger. The other fish that shows up to take advantage of baitfish from November through the winter is sailfish. There’s a reason why Islamorada is home to so many sailfish tournaments during the winter months. It can seem like everyone drops everything they’re doing for a chance to fly release flags. In fall and winter, sails move in to gorge on abundant ballyhoo around the reefs. This can present opportunities to anglers less than 5 miles from the docks off the islands of Islamorada. The 130- to 200-foot depths produce the most consistent bite where strong currents and changes in water color to a deep royal blue give away the edges and rips where sailfish hunt. Trolling or kite fishing the reefs can produce numerous fish in the 60-pound range when the bite is on. But on sunny days when the weather cooperates, it is possible to sight fish for sailfish inside the reefs in water as shallow as 20 or 30 feet. Even smaller boats can get in on this action. From the tower, crewmembers seek out the fish. When the alarm goes out, chum and baits are deployed. There’s really no technique more exciting. Anglers in the know await those bluebird skies on winter days when seeking out sailfish becomes as much hunting as it is fishing. And if all the offshore action isn’t enough to convince any angler to start making plans right now, fall also brings some of the biggest bonefish of the year to the Islamorada flats. Time it right, and you can be fishing the flats in the morning and trolling the bluewater in the afternoon. What more could you ask for?

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now to rod builders. One of the biggest breakthroughs may have come two years ago when Winn Grips (www.winngrips.com), the Huntington Beach, California-based maker of grips for sports equipment, introduced its interchangeable grip system and rolled out a full line of handsomely designed rod grips made from its patented WinnDry material, which maintains its tacky feel in wet conditions and weather extremes. Early Winn prototypes were colorful and interesting, and they provided a hint of the performance benefits of ergonomic comfort and angler control that has come to characterize the grips today. Yet some thought early designs too similar to the golf grips that have made Winn a global leader in that field. Winn’s founder, aerospace engineering pioneer Dr. Ben Huang, took angler feedback to heart. Winn’s grip system has evolved into a versatile line of rod handle components. Rod makers, from leading brands to custom builders, have caught on quickly to the advantages of the grips. At ICAST 2016 in Orlando, Lew’s Fishing Tackle captured three Best of Show awards for products featuring Winn’s advanced polymer materials in rod handles and reel knobs. Lew’s, Kistler, Denali and others displayed new rod lines with Winn grips. Winn has introduced an element of “fashion” to fishing rods, too, by offering a broad range of bold colors and multi-colored and sometimes multi-textured designs that can complement tournament jerseys, boat colors and wraps, or represent a signature look or the colors of a favorite sports team. Winn’s quieter contribution to today’s tackle evolution could come in the emerging practice of “retrofitting” favorite old rods with Winn rod grips and in routinely fitting cork and EVA rod handles with a Winn “skin” in the form of Winn Superior Rod Wrap, a tape-like overwrap.

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and easier the cast). Braid has no stretch faculties, thus delivering more effective hook settings. Tarpon line should be 65 lb. test rating. Leaders: Most of my leader material is 30 lb. test monofilament or Fluorocarbon. I join the braid and the leader material together with a Double-Uni Knot that virtually insures 100% line strength. Those who do not want to take the time to tie line together should use a very small ‘two-eyed’ barrel swivel. I prefer the Seaguar Fluorocarbon (Blue Label) for reliability for game fish such as; snook and redfish. Monofilament leaders are fine for most all other species, such as seatrout. Tarpon leaders should be fluorocarbon and be 60 to 100 lb. strength. Rods: Inshore rods should match the reel and line strengths. Notwithstanding the many brands available, I prefer the Shimano and Penn products. My rods are 7 to 7 ½ feet long and have a rating of 8 to 20lb butt rating. Anything bigger will be for Tarpon (20-40 lb. rod butt strength and 8ft. long is recommended). Hooks: I prefer to use Owner (thin line) J or circle hooks when fishing with pilchards, threadfins or pinfish. The size of the bait should determine the size of the hook. I use 1/0 to 4/0 for most inshore species, except for tarpon. tarpon require 6/0 to 9/0 hooks. Jigs and Weights: I use a jig head to keep the bait down or

hold in place on the bottom of the seabed. I use a jig head under a cork to suspend the bait just above the seabed or grass. Current and wind strengths determine the size of the weight. Usually 1/8- ¼ oz. suffices. I use Strike King hooks. They are strong, reliable and will catch virtually everything that is inshore. Boca Grips: Utilize a good brand to release fish unharmed. Sun Glasses: I recommend and exclusively use Costa Del Mar. They offer a variety of perfect fitting frames with lens to match most any situation. I use amber and gray lenses for inshore. They allow me to see structure in all lighting conditions. I switch to blue lenses when fishing offshore.

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Oh, the Fish You’ll See By Capt. Sam O’Briant

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ere we are right in the midst of the best fishing time in all of southwest Florida. We have the pelagic schools of king mackerel, Spanish mackerel, jacks, redfish, cobia, and others passing by offshore. A few of these, especially cobia and Spanish mackerel, may even move inside to Pine Island Sound at times. Then we have our neighbors (snowbirds) who have not returned and the weather should really be great! Lower humidity and nice temperatures in the 80’s make this perhaps the best time of the year. Let us look at some of these and what to expect.  First the redfish.  There are schools of bull reds that have been moving in for the last few weeks. These reds could go as high as in the 40 to 50 pound range. If you are fishing in a clear water area, look for the brownish colored blob you might see moving through the area.  These big reds’ backs will cause the schools to show a coppery color. If and when you find the school, ease up on it, they are skittish.  Use cut bait for best results, but shrimp and some lures will also work. Throw your bait just pass the school and ease it back into the school. If you happen to spook the school, just keep calm and watch where it goes.  Quite often they do not move too far.   Spanish mackerel will be spread out all over Pine Island Sound.  They will be found primarily around the passes, but

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inside may be just as good. Here Spanish will take live bait, shrimp, and lures.  If you go out specifically for Spanish, remember that you will need to use a wire leader. Spanish teeth are sharp and will cut your line in the blink of an eye. If you are trout fishing with a popping cork and shrimp, you will even see the Spanish hit at your cork or even your knot.  They do not seem to be choosy. Trout will continue to be our main stay as always.  They will be up on the grass flats and around any oyster bars you might find.  The bigger single trout will take minnows best.  On the other hand, if you just want to catch fish, I would suggest shrimp. Yes, you will get a lot of bites from bait stealers; but a lot of these will also be smaller trout. You can also use the fake shrimp and other grub tails.  When fishing under a cork with a tail, be sure to allow time for the tail to sink back down before you pop it again.  Remember, shrimp live in the grass and other parts of the bottom, so to look natural; they need to settle down before popping. Snook will start their migrations to the back country.  Look for them around mangrove lined shores and in the creeks. There may still be a few still in the passes. Snook will take shrimp, but minnows work a lot better. I need to emphasize that you need to pinch the tails to check length. This is a dislike of mine. I guess that the state knows best but it seems we just have to touch the fish that much more. Well this is the best fishing time, so get the kids out there and let them have fun!

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aloosahatchee Riverwatch is seeking volunteers to assist with monitoring waters in Estero Bay, Pine Island Sound, Matlacha Pass, Charlotte Harbor, the Caloosahatchee River, and Lake Okeechobee. There will be a volunteer recruitment meeting from 9:00 to 10:30 on November 19, 2016 at the Fort Myers Regional Library at 2450 First St. Fort Myers, Room AB in the South Building. Volunteers will become part of a regional network of on-the-water observers coordinated through the Waterkeeper Alliance Affiliate. Each volunteer will be tasked with getting to know the people, businesses, and waters of their assigned areas. Volunteers learn about water regulations and will be

trained to monitor various water quality parameters, identify illicit discharges, report fish kills and algae blooms and map important observations of water conditions. These activities will contribute to a quick response, regional network aimed at protecting the waters of southwest Florida. Join us November 19 to learn more about the program and maybe volunteer. Call John at 239633-7274 or email at Riverwatch@ caloosahatchee.org to RSVP or for additional information. You can learn more about Riverwatch and the new Waterkeeper Affiliate program at www.crca. caloosahatchee.org.

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ayak fishing tournaments have gained a lot of attention in recent years, with the inclusion of kayak divisions in many boat tournaments, as well as stand-alone kayak fishing tournaments. Gulf Coast kayak is once again hosting the 13th Annual Calusa Blueway Kayak Fishing Tournament in beautiful and bountiful Matlacha, Florida. Tournament prep can be as simple as tossing all your gear in the yak and launching with the hope of catching something. The other end of this prep can be weeks of pre-fishing, endless gear changes and hours of scouring satellite images. I fit somewhere in the middle, so I thought I would share some basic preparation and tips. First and foremost, change all your line and leaders and make sure all your reels (bring a spare) are clean and lubricated. Check your rods, be sure that the guides are in good shape, if you have a spare bring it with you and leave it in your vehicle, in the event that one fails, you at least have access to it. Three rods are the minimum while some anglers will load as many as six. A simple milk crate with zip tied rod holders makes for a handy tote for rods and gear. Kayak fishing is a little cramped, as everything you bring is either in your lap or directly behind you. Pare down unnecessary gear, you won’t use all those lures so make separate boxes to carry the essential lures and rigging. Tournament fishing is fast paced and powerfishing at its best, so gear changes need to be smooth and as short as possible. Tournament fishing can be fun, but some preparations will make your eight or so hours on the water better. Here are a few suggestions to keep you healthy. Drink plenty

of water, it will keep your body cooler and your brain focused! Take a moment to eat small snacks, get out of your kayak a couple of times and stretch, remember this is supposed to be fun. Here is a brief list of equipment; PFD (with a whistle), rods, reels, tackle bag with leader material, net, cooler, bait bucket with aerator, seat pads, water shoes, sunscreen, float bag (with toilet paper), flashlights, first aid kit including duct tape. Remember to bring spare batteries for any electronics and also to fully charge your phone, camera and your emergency radio. Now that you’re ready and it’s tournament day, be prepared if you get a flat tire, have a spare and a jack on hand. When you arrive at weigh-in have your camera’s card reader and cables handy. Try not to be the last person in line as you may miss the cut off time and if there is a tie the first person to register wins the tie! Try to spend some time prior to tournament day to get a pattern on the fish. This is the feeding schedule (bait and habitat) that your target fish are using just before the big day. You will also be expected to attend the Captains meeting the night before, it won’t get over until late so don’t expect to go home and get ready! All your preparations should be finished ahead of time. If you are new to tournament fishing this is the perfect place to start, low entry fee, CPR (catch, photo and release) and it’s easy on the fish. Please remember to always file a float plan with family, friends or on your dash board! Find details for the 2016 Calusa Blueway Kayak Fishing Tournament on Saturday Nov. 13th at gulfcoastkayak.com, or on our Face Book page, Gulf Coast Kayak. It’s a wild world - get out there!

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Lee County Sheriff ’s VOICE Volunteer

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s the boating season picks up with the traditional Southern migration of snowbirds, it is important for the entire boating public to be aware of the omnipresent threat from thieves, many of whom make a living stealing electronics, equipment, and boats. Vessels on land, as well as on the water are at risk from perpetrators who may be looking for a quick buck to score drugs or organized boat thieves, who steal on order. You may remember the recent celebrated theft of the “fast boat” from the San Carlos Island area that resulted in a chase that ended off Cuba before the criminals were apprehended. Sadly, not all boat thefts end that way. The Lee County Sheriff ’s Marine Unit has some advice on how to protect your property. Since most thefts occur at night, it would be wise to install motion sensitive flood lights on your dock site. This is the least expensive but effective deterrent because it not only alerts you, but your neighbors. Several recent theft attempts have been prevented this way. That being said, a united front by boating neighborhoods can help mitigate the threat from thieves by being observant of any strange craft that may be prowling area waterways. Marine Division Sergeant Kendall Wiseley points out that neighbors know what boats belong in a certain area and it would be wise to take note of any unfamiliar craft, noting descriptions and perhaps photographing suspicious vessels.

Obviously, if you notice criminal activity, call the LCSO immediately. To protect your boat from being stolen, installation of a remote “kill switch” on your lift can be effective, as well as having remote kill switches wired into your ignition system or the boat’s battery. If you do that, Sergeant Wiseley warns that thieves can look at a boat’s wiring console and recognize if it’s been rigged, so these devices must be rigged in a way that is hidden from view. Though sophisticated video equipment is available, Sergeant Wiseley notes that it would probably be ineffective, since thieves usually wear masks or other paraphernalia to hide their identity. Many boats have GPS locators on board which can help authorities recover vessels, but Wiseley observed that the pinging mechanism needs to be set at long intervals so their batteries can operate for an extended period. A recent theft may have been thwarted, but the boat owner had set the ping at every two minutes and the battery soon went dead. Wiseley recommends twenty to thirty minutes as being more reliable. In the end, there are going to be thefts, but if the boating public and people in general are alert to suspicious activity, note descriptions of suspects and their vessels or vehicles, with pictures, if possible, the threat from unscrupulous individuals can be minimized.

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was ready for my next day at the beach! My next adventure was just as productive, adding ladyfish and flounder to my list of species caught. Ten years later, I hold the family record for size on many of the species caught!   I love spending time with my husband aboard our vessel, fishing and enjoying the beautiful waters here in SW Florida.   As a full time, professional fishing guide, he knows where to put me on the fish and I love the excitement of reeling them in!  I love an adventure and each day on the water exploring the backcountry of Pine Island Sound is exciting.   One never knows what you may catch when your presentation is ‘spot on’.   A day on or by the water is relaxing, rejuvenating, and full of adventure!   Ladies… let’s go fishing! If I can be of any help or assistance feel free to contact me via email at fishfacecharters@yahoo.com or call my cellphone (727) 5349071.  I will enjoy sharing my knowledge and enthusiasm of the sport of fishing!  Until next month, this is First Mate Vicki Fisher, reminding you to keep your lines tight!

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November 2016

CHARLOTTE HARBOR FISHING GULF & INTRACOASTAL FISHING

CHARLOTTE HARBOR

FISHIN’ FRANK

CAPT. MIKE MANIS

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he racing mullet, soap fish, yes the robalo, sargent fish, snook. Yes, this was a trash fish which grew through the ranks all because someone decided one day the fillet one. OK strange thought and not provable but up north people fillet Walleye, and most fish where people in the south cooked them whole and many countries still today gut the fish and cook them whole on the skin. I was at a dinner in central America where the honored guest was the lucky one who got to eat the eye balls! By U.S. Standards - gross, but to them it was real and offensive not to accept and I did with the best fake smile I could muster. Snook has a strange thing chemical or something between the skin and the meat so if cooked with the skin on gives the meat the wonderful flavor of dish soap. Yes, while not exactly like taking a swig of the Dawn bottle on the sink pretty close, snook during the depression was sold as cat food and that was kind of easy to catch using a stick with a gaff hook and standing by a culvert pipe to snatch them out of the water. It was in 1946 I believe the first fishing laws were created and in1957 the first snook laws were enacted. Florida after WWII became a tourist state and South Florida had something no one else had –a monster in shore game fish that jumped, pulled, and was excellent table fare “really tasting good”. The snook could be caught from piers, bridges, or from a boat. Side note, it seems it is harder to get a snook violation removed from your record than attempted murder, yes this fish was so prized by early fishing guides, the laws got very strong. A snook must bite the hook, so you just can’t reach into the water and pick one out to keep. Here is why, when the water temps hits 60 degrees the Snook become lethargic and stop eating. Snook start to die if the water temp is below 54 degrees and is deadly at 42 degrees. Tampa is the far north of the snook range, and that is why there are no Snook Tournament trail fishing. Another great thing about snook is that they hit lures or bait, and as a shore hugging fish may be caught from land, jigs, spoon, crank baits, soft plastics, and the only lure I have not caught a snook on is a Erie dearie. Jitter bugs to hula poppers to Sabile lures old or new, snook like them all. Snook are strange in that after the spawning season which for most snook on the Gulf Coast is May and June, but could start April and go on through October. Many of the males which are sexually active at around 18 inches might turn female and in the span of 90 days a male snook could turn female. However, not all snook turn female and there is no way to tell the difference between male and female snook as they are hermaphrodites. Spawning season, the females have eggs and the male’s sperm and they are different colors. To test the theory about the male to female they placed a bunch of fish in a test tank and over the course of 90 days many of the males turned female. I would have thought it would take longer? Seems like a bigger deal than a 90-day switch over but, oh well. Another cool thing if a bunch of females get together and there are no males around several may turn male. A female snook carries around a million and a half eggs and may spawn with several males every few days. Fishin’ Franks Bait & Tackle 4425-D Tamiami Trail Charlotte Harbor FL 33980 941-625-3888

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hange is in the air. We’re approaching a winter pattern around the harbor as sporadic northern fronts combine with seasonally low tides. As well as contributing to cooler temperatures, these winds also push water out of the harbor escalating these tides. Typically, I’ll turn my attention to redfish and spotted sea trout. Both species tolerate cold well. As we get away from summer rain, our water clears up, cools down, and salinity increases. Consequently, I’ll start pushing into the backcountry and getting up into some of our many creek systems. As the oxygen and salinity increases, fish will begin moving in as well. As the water cools, a favorite prey species, scaled sardines, move offshore looking for more stable water temperatures. This forces the reds and trout to rely on shrimp and small crustaceans that these creeks provide as well as a refuge from erratic conditions. Therefore, I’ll begin throwing smaller clouser type patterns. I like the way it emulates the motion of a jig and gets down in the water column where small crustaceans hide. Unlike some patterns, it doesn’t stop moving during the retrieve when the angler is not stripping. A sinking bait is a good representation of fleeing prey. I like creeks that hold deeper edges off points and bends. Fortunately, there are plenty of options. Out of Punta Gorda, the east side south of Ponce Park all the way to Matlacha has more real estate than most of us have time to explore. At the top of the harbor, Hog Island and the Myakka Cutoff provide another expanse of mangrove creeks. Lastly, the west wall incorporates enough of these areas to keep anyone busy all winter. When the wind lays down, pompano provide a change of pace. I like looking outside the bar along the southern end of the west wall and off the hard bottom outside Cape Haze Point. Here, a clouser is perfect as a ¼ ounce Nylure jig is the artificial of choice on a spinning rod. It’s not unusual to find them jumping your boat wake while running outside the bar along the wall. Sheepshead is a good bet. In fact, from shore, it offers one of the best opportunities all year. Docks, piers, and seawalls are all good. The Placida Trestle is very popular. The bait of choice is cut shrimp and fiddler crabs. Until next month, good tides. Captain Michael Manis is a U.S.G.C. Licensed captain and has been teaching the sport of fly and light tackle angling since 2002. He lives in Punta Gorda, Florida and can be reached at www. puntagordaflycharters.com

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a fishing town, and each year I’m pleasantly surprised to find that all the local hotels, tackle shops and restaurants still eagerly accommodate anglers like us. There are plenty of fishing piers, boat launches and public parks providing easy access to the water. Kayaking around areas like Little Jim Island and Bear Point, we’re always able to find a fish or two to catch. Seventeen miles (give or take a few miles) off the coast, the warm currents from the nearby Gulfstream provide plenty of bluewater action each winter when the “Sailfish Capital of the World,” just south of St. Lucie County, experiences huge migrations of Atlantic sailfish through its world famous “Sailfish Alley.” All Around Alluring Yesterday, Ed and I found several private inshore and offshore fishing charters in the area that cater to anyone’s budget and schedule. We ended up booking an offshore charter—aboard The Last Mango—and had a blast winching up grouper, snapper and amberjack from the patchwork of reefs and wrecks along the ocean floor. That evening, we recounted fish tales over wine and dinner at Cobb’s Landing overlooking the Fort Pierce City Marina. The open-air, tiki-style restaurant cleaned, prepared and served our very own catch in a variety of delectable entrees. After a short stroll to the Sailfish Brewery for craft beers, it was back to our rooms to rest up for the following day. This morning, Ed and I were eager to get to the lagoon to cast our lines. After putting on my waders, I quietly stepped into the calm serene water just after sunrise. As the ocean slowly drank the river, it reaffirmed to me why wade fishing during a falling tide is the real treasure of the area. Even without a boat or kayak, I can still immerse myself within one of the most diverse ecosystems on the planet, where dolphins, manatees and birds of every color abound. It’s one of few places where the next cast could be another world record, or result in catching a species I’ve never seen before. And best of all, it’s knowing as soon as the sun illuminates the warm blue water, a few of life’s worries will wash away with the tide. Get hooked on Fort Pierce in St. Lucie!

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TUART, FLA— It’s a well-known fact that as one’s leg and near state record status, or small Stuart and Martin County are often referred to tarpon snook with a tarpon-like eye and mouth, but in fishing circles as “The Sailfish Capital of the snook like body, or the fat snook, which looks like a World.” What is lesser known, but just as true, is humpback fish, can all be caught within 3 miles from that this area of Florida’s Treasure Coast could also where a sailfish can be caught. be called “Snook City” or “Kingfish Kountry” for the What’s beautiful is that snook can be caught on same reasons the sailfish has become a community a wide variety of live or dead baits like mullet and icon. shrimp, artificial lures and flies, and can be caught Sailfish Capital of the World was a hard-earned from boats, on foot, from bridges, docks, wade and appropriate moniker first penned in an outdoors fishing, on the beach, near spillways and pretty much column in 1938 by a journalist who worked for the anywhere water can be accessed. Miami Herald. As for kingfish, anglers can find a personal The writer had been a guest of Ernie Lyons, best swimming less than a mile off Martin County longtime editor of the Stuart News, along with beaches during these months. The Southern Kingfish several other outdoor columnists from other areas Association, the nation’s largest saltwater tournament of the country during a week in January 1938. Lyons, trail, has made plans to fish its 2016 and 2017 a savvy and colorful columnist, knew Stuart’s true National Championship tournament in these waters gifts to the world lay in its subtropical location and for that very reason. King mackerel up to 60 pounds proximity to world-class sportfishing. Working with are possible, and numerous kings between 30 and 40 local tourism officials and the charter fishing fleet, pounds will be caught by tournament fishing teams. Lyons and Stuart lucked out when a particularly Winners will take home boat-motor-trailer packages strong run of migrating sailfish passed offshore of the worth tens of thousands of dollars. St. Lucie Inlet. That week, an estimated 1,000 sailfish Large lively live baits are the best way to land a were caught, and most were released, during what was trophy tournament-winning kingfish, but if it’s fun described as an unprecedented confluence of fish and fishing, these sporty predators will eagerly take dead skilled anglers. Typically, in this region, trolled dead baits like ribbonfish, live blue runners or bluefish, or baits are used to catch them in 80 to 160 feet of water even lures. only a few miles off the shore. All three of these remarkable catches are available But the rivers and inshore waters of the area and eager to feed this time of year. Regardless of one’s have also always been full of memory-making fish desired type of fishing, there are plenty of options to of a lifetime. The snook fishing in Stuart has always be enjoyed in the Sailfish Capital of the World. been exceptional. The waters of the St. Lucie River, Ed Killer is an outdoors columnist with Treasure although sometimes beleaguered by Lake Okeechobee Coast Newspapers and the USA Today Network. discharges, are still home to five subspecies of snook. For More Fishing in Martin County, go to Nowhere else in the world can this claim be made. Common snook as long

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