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

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A Wade-Fishing Pilgrimage To South Texas

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

on through anticipation, and the idle out of the canal seemed like a lifetime. Thankfully, in typical south Texas fashion, Capt. Mike paid tribute to the cowboys of old and cattle-called his 250 ponies into a full gallop. Now entering Laguna Madre, Mike precisely guided us to our spot, despite a stiff southerly breeze. As we arrive, I step off the boat and remind myself of why I love this place. From “trout-green” water to scurrying mullet dimpling the surface, it’s an easy lure selection of a MirrOlure Soft-Dine to emulate their clumsiness. A hundred yards into my wade, I also notice shadowed potholes outlining the existence of my quarry. Despite the fading light, I’ve found my target. Twitching my rod with great emphasis, the bait’s surface retreat is attractive to me, and the intent I desire. A half hour later, my intuition proves true. As a purist, the gentlemanly handshake of a trout “thump” reverberating through the rod is an age-old acknowledgement to the purity of fishing. This cordial greeting not only merges the two worlds, but it becomes even more personal through a headshake and eventual caress. After a few quick photos and an easy release, I noticed my dad’s offering of a 5-inch KWiggler Willow Tail being greeted with the same hospitality. It was beautiful. Arched rod way up high, I could no longer distinguish his mature outward appearance. Instead, his youthful excitement transported him to an earlier time. It was gratifying, but a retreating sun told us it was time to head in. As we were making our way back, I couldn’t help but notice the silence. Each angler huddled around the grab rail of Mike’s console and never spoke. Instead, we all sat amazed at nature’s tranquility. It was evident we were all at peace. So as the hum of the motor gave way to a “No Wake Sign,” we came to rest under a stately but worn water tower with the inscription “Port Mansfield.” Another pilgrimage was complete to this wade-fishing heaven. Check out Chris Bush’s blog at thespeckledtruth.com for information on targeting trophy trout on the Gulf Coast.

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ortunately, now that Irma has passed (not to mention other possible storms on the horizon), life can somewhat get back to normal for many. Our prayers and hearts are with all who suffered tragedies throughout the ordeal. 1st Mate Vicki, 2nd Mate Moby (Chocolate Lab) and I, spent two days reluctantly relocating from Cape Coral to Tampa and eventually weathered the storm in the Orlando area. As I write, I am unsure as to what we go home to in Cape Coral, but the early reports are encouraging.

Mangrove snapper action should be good in the passes and on the outer island reefs with an occasional cobia, king fish, vermillion and lane snapper, as well as the catch of the day, grouper. Weighted shrimps, pinfish, squid and finger mullet on 20 to 40 lb. leader will do the job. Snook season is open through October and with the right timing (moving water) will be found under docks, around points of mangroves and around the creek mouths. I use both artificial (twitch, swim and top water) and live presentations (pilchards, pinfish and big shrimps) to increase my odds. Fish them on the outgoing tide for best results. Seatrout have been active on the green grass flats in 4 to 6 foot of water with an occasional Spanish mackerel, small shark. Permit or pompano will round out the open waters of Pine Island Sound. Use very light tackle with 30lb. leaders and a weighted jig head (under a popping cork) for best results and most rewarding action. Heavy tackle is too much for small seatrouts and inshore fishing. October should offer lots of great fishing opportunities. It is somewhat of a transition month that generates migration and feeding activity for a number of species passing throughout the SW Florida Water Corridor.

Prior to the Irma, we were scheduled to attend the second, Costa’s Slack Tide Gathering at the River Palms Cottages on Jensen Beach, Florida. The ‘Venue’ was postponed due to the hurricane. Last year’s gathering consisted of several reputable fishing and boating product representatives along with over two hundred ‘Captains for Clean Water’. Attendees were from various parts Florida, Georgia, N. Carolina and Michigan. I was looking forward to seeing them again and will continue to do so, once a new date is set. Hopefully, positives will come from the storm in as much as to assist in cleaning out some of the algae blooms, dirty water and other impurities that existed prior. In regards to October fishing; all should be good. As always, timing will be subject to tide levels for access and strategies into the back areas and creek mouths. Redfish should be schooling with many big ones feeding for their return to the Gulf. Compared to prior years (last 2 or 3) the redfish bite has been good since March. I may only assume that it will resume in even bigger numbers during most of October. I refer to it as ‘RED OCTOBER’. The redfish’s cousin (black drum) may be found around some bridge piles, under deep docks on the ‘inside’ of the outer islands of Sanibel, N. Captiva and Cayo Costa. I am using shrimp on a weighted jig head. They will hold in the deeper holes with protection close by.

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With all this competition from visitors passing through, what will our local fish be up to? The first part of the month will continue much like August and September. Then after the first cold front comes through things will change ever so slightly. The snook will still be hanging around the outer coastlines, cruising the beaches and under the mangroves. They will start by Capt. Sam O’Briant feeding, preparing for their winter journeys up the creeks and rivers. Minnows still work best if you can find them. Redfish t appears as if we have made it through the summer and will be schooling. You can have a blast if you run across a are entering one of the two transition periods in our area. school. They are fairly skittish so you have to almost sneak up We have the fall migration south and the spring migration on them. Throw past the school and bring your bait back in northward. slowly. If you spook the school, sometimes The first part of October may be just a they will only move a few hundred yards and slight bit cooler than September, but still hot. start feeding again. Cut-bait will work best Then we will have the first real cold front on the reds but spoons, minnows, and shrimp come through, usually about the 20th or so of can be used. Trout will remain over the grass October. This will lower the humidity and the flats looking for shrimp, crabs, and other temperature generally quite significantly. This crustaceans. The larger trout will probably also triggers the appearance of the southern prefer minnows. If the kids are along, use migration of several different schools of pelagic shrimp. Shrimp means more bites but fishes. There should be schools of little tunny probably smaller fish. and Bonita along with king and Spanish Another fish that hangs around all mackerel. Then there will also be cobia and year but will be more abundant is Spanish schools of redfish. These will find their way mackerel. The passes will be the best place into our passes and Pine Island Sound. to look, but they may show up anywhere All of the above-mentioned fish will be in Pine Island Sound. If you are targeting going by in or near shore along with some schools of big jacks. Spanish mainly, you may want to use a wire leader. Their teeth The redfish will have started forming their large schools for the are deadly. Mangrove snapper will also be starting to move out fall season. Some of these will be from a new infusion of redfish through the passes. Small pinfish or the like should suffice. coming in from the Gulf and others from our local resident Keep an eye to the sky and good fishing till next month. fish. If you are fortunate enough to catch one, you can tell the difference by their color. The local ones will have a deeper Capt. Sam is a local licensed guide for hire who may be reached at 239-994-1495 bronze color while the new ones will be whiter. or captainobriant@gmail.com

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Generally, this time of the year you can find snook piled up underneath docs, long mangrove lines or even along the beach with massive spawning groups. If you’re lucky enough to find one of these groups, be prepared to catch 40+ snook in a single fishing trip. It seems like this time of the year the snook will hit about anything if you get it right in their face. I’ve also noticed this time of the year, the bigger snook will be in schools together of about a dozen or less. So, if you see a big snook there’s a good chance that there’s another big snook with it. I’m a big fan of live bait, but if you can’t get your hands on some pinfish, try a swim bait or a live target. Savage gear has some amazing soft baits coming out that I think are going to be the trick for snook in our area, but they won’t be released ‘till next year. Now to the hard part-actually catching a slot. You’ll notice it’s

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ello fellow anglers, it is October once again. This is the month that things start to change with the weather patterns. Yes, this helps things to move around, as the water cools, migrations start. The kingfish will start to travel south following bait and the seventy-two degree water temperature. Also, the big breeder reds will be coming close to shore to feed up for their travel into the gulf to spawn. You may find them as you troll for the king mackerel, yes using a planer and a spoon rig. This month has been billed in the past as Red October and the reds seem to be everywhere and hungry. You may find the large schools along the ICW where there are plenty of pinfish for food. At times there may be thousands or just a few, fifty or so. This is a great time to carry your fly rod to battle one of these Pit Bull redfish, as Mark Sosin called them a few years back. Just saying they are lots of fun, they pull hard a twenty-eight plus inch red. Inshore there should be some snook around willing to test your angling skills and even a trout. This would be a good month to catch an inshore slam snook, red, and trout. Looking out into the gulf, the lane and mangrove snapper will be hungry in fifty to seventy feet of water. It has been my observation that the natural bottom has been producing better than the artificial reefs for the snappers. Oh yah, the fifteenth of October stone Hello fellow anglers, it is October once again. This is the month that things start to change with the weather patterns. Yes, this helps things to move around, as the water cools, migrations start. The kingfish will start to travel south following bait and the seventy-two degree water temperature. Also, the big breeder reds will be coming close to shore to feed up for their travel into the gulf to spawn. You may find them as you troll for the king mackerel, yes using a planer and a spoon rig. 16.5�, 2+lbs, lane snapper

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s I prepare to write this month’s article, I am also preparing my home for Hurricane Irma who is bearing down on SW Florida. Snook season opened September 1st and the water levels have been high and tides strong with all of the rising pressures and full moon cycle. We’ve had a lot of rain the past few weeks and with added water from Lake Okeechobee, the fish have more places to hide and seek shelter. The bait-fishes have been plentiful in the flats of Pine Island Sound as well as the passes. Generally, the month of October amongst the locals is known as “Red October”. The big bull reds make their way into the backcountry and flats to fatten up before heading offshore for the winter months. Our charters are having great successes on locating and angling the monsters to our vessel. Redfish tend to hide in the mangroves on an incoming tide and retreat with the baitfish on an outgoing. I prefer using a large shrimp on a weighted jig head on the bottom when targeting these monsters. I must get back to Hurricane Irma preparations and taking care of what needs to be done before she arrives. Until next month… this is

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14th Annual Calusa Blueway Kayak Fishing Tournament

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he Lee county sponsored 2017 Calusa Blueway Kayak Fishing Tournament hosted by Gulf Coast Kayak is one of the premier paddlesports fishing events for Southwest Florida. This low-cost event is perfect for the beginner as well as the professional kayak fishing angler. I really like this type of tournament as it’s a low key, low pressure, easy on the fish (catch, photo and release) event that all levels of experience can try and costs very little compared to other fishing tournaments. Some preparation is necessary and some may not seem so obvious. Do you have extra batteries for your camera and a card reader for weigh in or extra batteries for your aerator if your fishing live bait? Did you bring a couple of extra poles to leave in your vehicle in case you break one? Have you stripped all the line from your reels and replaced them with new braid or monofilament? Pair down your tackle to the essentials to make gear changes as quick and smooth as possible. Do not assume you’ll have time the night before as you need to attend the Captains meeting and you will get home late. Have everything packed and loaded and arrive at the launch early so your not stressing about launching late. If you didn’t have time to pre-fish be ready to relaunch in several locations if the fish are not cooperative! Also do you have a spare tire and jack for your car and trailer. Remember this is supposed to be fun, drink plenty of fluids as it will help you stay focused and take the time to eat small snacks as the day wears on. If your late for weigh in you may not qualify and if your tied with another angler the first to arrive wins the tie! Invite your family and friends to the weigh in as there is music, food and raffles including a 50/50 raffle. Once again the Candlelighters of Southwest Florida will benefit from the generosity of all the attendees and the participating hosts. Their mission is to support, educate and assist local children and their families who are suffering with cancer and blood disorders. The Captain’s meeting is again being graciously held on Friday night Nov. 10, 7:00 - 7:30 pm at the Ybel Brewing Company in Fort Myers. The Olde Fish House Marina in Matlacha is also kindly returning as the weigh-in location Nov. 11th from 12-4:30 where Lisa is providing food, drinks and entertainment as well as appetizers for the Captian’s meeting. Prize package includes: 1st place, $1,000.00 2nd place, $500.00 3rd place, $250.00 All registered anglers will also be entered to win the Pelican Catch 120 NXT and the Hobie iMirage inflatable Kayak! This is a true community event that benefits everyone involved so get ready to catch some fish! Register @ 2017calusabluewaykayakfishingtournament. eventbrite.com or reach out to us at Gulf Coast Kayak in beautiful Matlacha, Florida. It’s a wild world-get out there? Fishman Dan, Gulf Coast Kayak, 4120 Pine Island Rd NW, Matlacha, FL 33993, (239) 283-1125

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ne of my favorite places to paddle in the fall is the J.N. Ding Darling National Wildlife Refuge. The heat and rain have let up a bit and heavy traffic patterns haven’t started yet. For families looking for a relaxed wildlife-filled paddle, this is at the top of my list. Tarpon Bay Explorers maintain the concession at the refuge’s Tarpon Bay launch and make it very easy for visitors to have a hassle-free paddle. They provide all the equipment you need and help you into the water or they offer a tour, if preferred. Fishing bait and tackle can also be purchased or rented here. I like doing the touch-tank tour with the kids before heading out. Most paddlers make a left at the launch and head for the Commodore Creek Mangrove Trail. It is a well-maintained trail teaming with mangrove crabs, fish, birds and other wildlife. The

slower you go, the more you see in the tunnels, so don’t forget to look up every once in a while. After paddling the tunnel, we usually explore the bay and find rays, dolphins, small sharks, and manatees. Manatees frequent this area so often that if I don’t see one near the launch, I’m disappointed. After returning to the launch, there are great facilities and a gift shop just steps away. This site is temporarily closed to public launching for a federal project. A marine research center is being constructed on site. The launch is still open to those renting equipment or taking a tour with Tarpon Bay Explorers. If you have your own equipment, I highly recommend launching from the refuge’s well known Wildlife Drive (closed Fridays). Pay the five dollars and drive out to one of the launches along the road. Once on the water, I usually don’t know where to look because of all the wildlife around. Wading birds on the flats, ospreys hauling fish above, stingrays and horseshoes crabs below. It can be overwhelming at times. Having access to fish in the no motor zone lends itself to some fantastic opportunities. Be ready to be towed. Another quick warning; pay attention to the tides. I failed to do this on one occasion and had to drag my kayak through eighty yards of mud as a consequence. Tides are posted at the entrance for the birders. The free museum at Ding is one of my favorites and a must before or after you go out. It is very interactive for the kids and helps them make connections with the wildlife and ecosystems they just observed. Bailey’s Shell Museum, Sanibel – Captiva Wildlife Foundation’s Museum, and the C.R.O.W. Education Center are all a short bike ride away and also well worth the visit. Visitors from all around the world come to visit Ding Darling. Why not take advantage of a fun day of paddling and fishing before they get here?

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The Best Angler Photos From Southwest Florida!

Capt. Dave Stephens knows where to find the reds!

Candice w/ a nice seatrout fishing with Capt. Jim Klopfer

Chase w/ his beautiful red snapper!

The snook that didn’t get away! w/ Goliathfishing.com

8 year old Ramsey and his first snook! JoGene Holaway sharing one of his SWFL freshwater tarpon, practicing CPR (catch, photo, release)!

Scott Brenner having fun catching with his kids on Captain Redfish Rob’s Charters, Naples, FL.

Victor San Agustin (pic) & Son Andrew, start their day with a slot red!

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robably the biggest issue that we are having on the north end of Charlotte Harbor is rain run-off. The ground is so saturated that every bit of rain drains in to the harbor. As I sit here writing this I’m keeping an eye on Hurricane Irma. Even if we do dodge this storm, it will certainly mean more rain. The positive thing about this situation is most of our saltwater game fish can tolerate the freshwater, such as tarpon, snook and reds, while a few don’t do well, like snapper and trout. Over the last couple weeks, I have been running further south on my charters and finding good fishing. The snook fishing has been pretty good. On our half day charters, we have been catching 30+ snook. Most of these fish have been running 20-26”, however we did get one monster last week. I have been having the best bite in the mangroves. Look for points with moving water or the fronts of the barrier islands. Live bait has been doing well and we also had a good top water bite. I’ve been finding some schools of redfish on the bars. When the tide is lower, it makes this a lot easier. The biggest problem is this fish can be easily spooked, so you want to be as stealthy as possible. If you are a live bait fisherman, getting in front of them and chumming heavy is the best way to get them turned on. For the artificial guys, you also want to get in front of the school. The biggest mistake I see made is people want to chase these guys around. Once they get spooked all you’re going to do is chase

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his month continues the transition that began last month, as we push slowly towards cooler weather. Although it’s still extremely hot during the day, I can feel the difference just before dawn. Before low tides and consistent north winds push our way, it’s time to take advantage of the best redfish angling of the year as the spawn peaks and fish are schooled up throughout the area. I’ll try and put in as much time as possible looking for the biggest groups I can find milling just under the surface on any number of my favorite flats. I may run into a snook or spotted sea trout as a by-catch; but, it’s the spot tail that I’ll target Although our redfish fishery is not what it used to be, there’s still nothing quite like setting up on a group of reds. And after, catch and release is standard procedure. Besides the obvious visual experience, there’s another advantage and even one disadvantage to working a group of fish as compared to the singles or doubles we find throughout the year. When grouped up, the fish tend to be a bit more aggressive as they have to compete for food. It’s not unusual to see two or three fish chasing a plug or fly. I’ve even

seen fish try to take the plug away from other fish. On the downside, it’s fairly easy to spook or scatter an entire school. All you have to do is alarm one fish and it can mess up the whole bunch. That’s just the nature of schooling fish; I see it with mullet all the time. It’s amazing how quick an entire school can just disappear. Fins and no fences we like to say. Fortunately, there should be groups of fish scattered throughout the bays and sounds that surround Charlotte Harbor. To the north, Lemon Bay can be good and don’t hesitate to look on either side of the intracoastal around Stump Pass. Besides holding fish, I like the fact that it’s an idle zone outside the Intracoastal-that means the fish aren’t getting run over all day. A little further south, the Placida area around the Boca Grande Causeway, just outside the public ramp, holds some good turtle grass flats that can really fish well. On the other side of the causeway, over in Gasparilla Sound, all the flats from outside Gasparilla Marina down past the Whiddens area and out towards Devilfish Key at the edge of the harbor, have potential. I also like to spend time in Pine Island Sound looking around the flats adjacent to the intracoastal in the Useppa and Cabbage Key area. If you like to load at Ponce Park in Punta Gorda, keep an eye out on the bar anywhere from Pirate Harbor down to Buzzard Bay. 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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