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For those who prefer using a keypad, the all-in-one solutions offered by the new 10-inch GPSMAP 10x2xsv and the 12-inch GPSMAP 12xsv can’t be beat. With an all-new industrial design, these combos feature a large, sunlight-readable screen coupled with a keypad interface and new multifunction rotary control knob that offers precise, simple control for easy menu navigation and setting control, even in rough water. These units also offer four user-programmable hot keys for one-touch access to favorite features and functions. In addition to GPS and connectivity features also found in the GPSMAP 7x2/9x2xs series, the GPSMAP 10x2xsv and GPSMAP 12x2xsv also offer impressive sonar capabilities with built-in

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Premium sailing features have also been integrated into both new series, offering laylines, tidal information, enhanced wind rose, a current slider and other elements that prove beneficial to sailors. All new models also offer integrated ANT support for use with the quatix 3 marine smartwatch, the Garmin Nautix in-view display, gWind Wireless 2 transducer, GNX Wind marine instrument and wireless remote controls. Additionally, all sonar-enabled models feature built-in Quickdraw Contours software, a free, easy-to-use tool that lets mariners instantly create personalized HD maps with 1-foot contours on any body of water.

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or nearly a century, Eagle Claw has provided premium hooks for all kinds of anglers using American steel and designing and manufacturing them right here in the U.S.A. Founded in 1925 in Denver, Colo., Eagle Claw is extremely proud of its long history of American-made fish hooks. And it is also proud of the high-quality product it produces. Trokar Eagle Claw’s Trokar hooks offer a competitive advantage for serious saltwater competitors. These premium quality hooks offer a faster, deeper, surer point penetration that requires half the pressure of the competition. Manufactured using cold forged high-carbon American-Made steel, they offer better durability and stronger holds for hard-fighting, big-game species. Trokar hooks are surgically sharpened, and their triple-sided points are regarded as the most innovative, sharpest, and most durable on the market today. The Platinum Black finish is designed to withstand repeated use in saltwater and harsh marine conditions. There are more than 20 models of Trokar hooks available for fresh and saltwater. A highlight of the Trokar saltwater line is the TK197 Primal Circle Hook, which is an awesome all-purpose bait hook with an offset, light-wire design. Made of high-carbon steel wire for strength and durability, this hook has a highly durable point and a salt-resistant coating. It offers stronger hold for battling fast and hard-fighting big game fish, and it is a dream come true for serious competition anglers who fish for serious saltwater species. Lazer Sharp Eagle Claw’s Lazer Sharp hooks are designed to be “Sharper, Stronger, Longer,” which means the patented Lazer Sharp needlepoint and forged technology ensures a sharper, stronger, longer hold than the leading competition. Lazer Sharp hooks feature uniquely blended coatings—Sea Guard, Platinum Black and Nickel— which are designed to be more durable and abrasion resistant after repeated use in saltwater. There are more than 30 Lazer Sharp saltwater models available. The L2004EL has become a staple on the boats of big-time billfish anglers. They are approved by the Billfish Foundation for tournament use, and were the original and once the only tournament-approved circle sea hook. The design of this non-offset, circle sea, with a wide gap, light wire and a forged point, results in more solid hook-ups and a much higher rate of fish hooked in the corner of the mouth, which equates to fewer escaping fish as well as less-stressful releases. To this day, the L2004EL is still the single best option for pro and amateur billfish tournament anglers looking for proven performance stemming from a decade of making champions out of competitors. Eagle Claw Fishing Tackle, Co. is an American-based company that has been designing and manufacturing innovative, high-quality fishhooks and fishing equipment for more than 90 years. Its family of brands includes Eagle Claw, Lazer Sharp, TroKar, Wright & McGill and Shappell. For more information about Eagle Claw Fishing Tackle Co. and its family of brands, visit www.eagleclaw.com, find them on Facebook at facebook. com/eagleclaw/, facebook.com/TroKarHooks/ and facebook. com/shappellcorp/ or call 720-941-8700.

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Each month, Coastal Angler Magazine and The Angler Magazine staff search our vast coverage area for photos that will grace our covers. With well over a million readers in diverse coastal and inland markets, our magazines strive for broad national appeal as well as local-level intelligence to put anglers on fish. The cover is different depending on which edition you, the reader, are holding. The following is a little information about this month’s covers.

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All over the country, wherever striped bass Striped Bass live, spring incites migrations of these bruisers Are Running up the rivers to spawn. This is the time of year when very large fish can be caught in skinny water. In the Southeast, runs of landlocked Electronics stripes can be roughly timed by the blooming Edition Local of the dogwoods. In the Northeast, anglers Picky-Trout Tactics await the arrival of the Alewives. Dave Maneri, of Tivoli, N.Y., caught the big striper on the covers of this month’s The Angler editions. His buddy Paul Hughes Jr. snapped the photo while they were fishing the striped bass run on the Hudson River, which feeds the Atlantic Ocean at New York City. It was an epic day for the two anglers. They caught multiple fish, including the cover fish and another one about the same size, which Paul is holding in the photo that appears with the article. In that article, Dave tells us all about the Hudson River striped bass run and how he goes about catching big stripers from the shore as well as from a boat. The uninformed might assume there’s no fishing to be done in such close proximity to one of the biggest and busiest cities in the world. But striped bass and baitfish still run up the Hudson each year to spawn, just like they have since time immemorial. Fishing Reports Catch Photos News & Events

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By Pro Staff Costa Rica • Photos by Francisco Mejias

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he Pacific sailfish is one of the most sought after offshore game fish in Costa Rica. Growing larger than their Atlantic

counterpart, sailfish in Costa Rica average 60 to 80 pounds, but big ones can surpass 200 pounds! They are migratory, with the main concentration of fish arriving in our area of the Central Pacific as the dry season sets in the end of December. They move away as the wet season kicks in during early May. Even though this is the main migration, there are always sailfish present in our waters year round. We fish from smaller boats, so we use the traditional five-rod setup. A combination of natural baits and lures are used, and our main baits are ballyhoo. Our lures of choice are the Magna series from Santos. Variations of pink, lumo and blue combined with a Trokar hook are deadly combinations. If the bite is slow, we often sew a belly flap or strip bait into the lures for a more enticing bait. On the outriggers, we use teasers. A squid chain in pink on one side and a bigger lure like a Santos Carolina Seastalker on the other is a good start. The shotgun gets a Santos lure as well as the long rigger. The short rigger and the two corners are set up with naked swimming ballyhoos on Trokar 7/0 circle hooks. It is also handy to have a mullet, horse ballyhoo or tuna

rigged and ready to go as a pitch bait in case a marlin decides to crash the party. Once the fish is caught it is time for a few photos. This is a critical part of the process, as it involves fish handling. Even though some boats still bring up a sailfish for a photo, it is highly recommended to not do so, as it can be extremely harmful to the fish. It is the process of pulling the fish over the rail of the boat that causes problems. The protective mucus covering is scraped off, leaving an area of skin exposed to bacterial and fungal attack. This can result in death of the fish at a later time. Leave the fish in the water, and with a good pair of AFTCO gloves, grab the outer part of the bill and push the fish as far out from the boat as possible. Keep the head of the fish in the water as much as possible, and lift it briefly for a good photo. Take the shot from the tail end of the fish looking forward or from above if possible. Alternatively, grab the front part of the sail, pull it up and hold the bill with your other hand. Make sure the bill is always pointing away from you and not at you. Take the photo from the front of the fish. If you have never been to Costa Rica fishing, it is definitely worth it and you will be hooked! Pro Staff Costa Rica provides monthly reports for Coastal Angler Magazine’s Costa Rica edition. Search out Pro Staff Costa Rica on Facebook for more great photography, videos and fishing content.

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Spring Striped Bass Run The Hudson River By Nick Carter

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ach spring, through the Hudson River’s mouth at bustling New York Harbor, a massive spawning migration of Atlantic stripers pushes some 150 miles upstream to the Federal Dam at Troy, N.Y. In this long stretch of tidally influenced river, striped bass show up when water temps reach the 60s. Dave Maneri, of Tivoli, N.Y., said the trick is to keep up with the migration and put yourself in the right place at the right time to intercept pods of transient stripers. “They move in big schools,” Maneri said. “Some days they’re there and you can catch them; other days they’re not. You gotta stay on the reports. They’re running the whole river, so you could travel to where the fish are or wait until they’re where you are.” Smaller schoolie striped bass show up first. They come with the spawning alewives, which are baitfish commonly called herring. Schoolies remain in the river for a couple months some years, and there’s also a year-round resident population. But Maneri said the big cows remain only for a week or two each season. They are always on the move, and connecting with them can lead to unbelievable action with big fish measuring past the 40-inch mark with weights heavier than 30 pounds. Fishing bait is generally the most productive tactic. The best bait is herring pulled right out of the river, either live or chunked. Most locals use a scap net to catch herring. A scap net is essentially a 4’x4’ dip net. The schooling herring will follow a swimbait right up to the net where they are captured. Maneri fishes his herring off the bottom using medium and medium-heavy rods with baitrunner-style reels that allow fish to run with the bait on free spool before the angler strikes to set the hook and engage the drag. He employs a main line of 30-pound braid with a 1 ½-foot leader of 15- to 20-pound fluorocarbon. A 7/0 Gamakatsu Octopus should be hooked through the bait’s mouth, and the whole rig is kept down with a 2- or 3-ounce slide swivel teardrop sinker. Maneri said stripers don’t relate to any kind of structure on their spawning run, so the good spots are the drop offs, channels and shallows where baitfish might be funneled. Obviously, a boat gives anglers the ability to move and seek out fish. But fishing from shore is also productive. When he fishes from the shore, Maneri uses rod holders made from PVC pipe and rebar. They can be wedged into rip-rap to free up the angler while waiting on a bite. And the bite can be a tricky thing. Maneri said these stripers have a knack for spitting the bait. One thing is for sure, though; when the hook sets solid and the drag is engaged, a big striped bass in heavy current is a formidable opponent. Dave Maneri is a team member of Catskill Outdoors. Look them up on Facebook.

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Tips For Catching Picky Trout

By Charlie Warfield • Photo by John Winkler, redhouseflyfishing.com

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he upper end of the Delaware River, and more specifically the West Branch of the Delaware in the Catskill Mountains, is a favorite of many fly anglers in Pennsylvania and Upstate New York. It can also be frustrating place, as it holds some very picky trout. The river has a reputation for crystal clear water, and because it is a bottom-release tailwater, it has a very consistent temperature, which makes for great hatches and healthy fish year round. It is known for being very technical, and this is just a nice way of saying it will sometimes make you want to pull your hair out. The first time I fished it, I was tested, even frustrated by this beautiful waterway. But besides the beautiful mountain setting and endless hatches, it is in part the challenge that drove me to go back time after time. I persisted and figured out ways of tricking the beautiful native fish. I learned lessons there that have made me a better angler. The following are some insights that will give you a leg up when you go fish the Delaware or any other technical stream. Downstream Presentation: Many anglers learned to cast upstream and let the fly drift down. But when fishing for spooky or educated fish, this method can sometimes leave you frustrated. It’s harder to get a good, long drift with a downstream presentation, but many times it is your best bet. Next time you’re having a hard time getting a take, cast out at about 90 degrees to the bank, and quickly give an upstream mend, this will help you keep a drag free drift for as long as possible. Keep mending as often as needed, letting the fly swing to its full downstream position. Sweep-Style Hook Set: The downstream presentation should be matched with a sweep-style hook set. To use this technique, swing the rod downstream and strip the line at the same time, this will pull the line through the water, creating tension and giving a good hook set. By swinging the rod downstream, you are also pulling the hook into the corner of the fish’s mouth rather than pulling it up and away from the fish. Slow Down Your Hook Set: Ok, we have all done it before. It’s a tough day on the water and all of the sudden you get a strike, BAM you set the hook… and nothing. I have heard people say things like, “Next time, set the hook faster.” But most of the time the opposite is true. A good technique is to wait one second and then give the rod a gentle lift or sweep. Match the Hatch: Picky fish know what they want to eat. There can be significant variation in color, size and body shape in the same species of fly from region to region, and there are many subspecies for each type of fly we fish. So do your homework. I suggest hiring a local guide or at least stopping in at the local fly shop. It is good to support the community, and you can never beat local knowledge.

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olks are ramping up for grouper season. If you’re not geared up and properly prepared, you might be one of the many people at the dock talking about the one that got away. Here are some tips that work well when grouper are the target. Grouper are notorious for shattering an angler’s hopes of a fresh grouper dinner. Often, bait must be presented very close to the reefs grouper inhabit, and the reef is where they run the second they eat your bait. If they get back in their hole, it’s often game over! I try to up my odds of landing grouper by building leaders that can withstand the line-gnawing reefs. My grouper rig is simple; it consists of a 6- to 8-foot long leader of 300-pound-test monofilament with a 9/0 to 11/0 circle hook. Above that, I have a 4- to 8-ounce slip-sinker on a 12-inch leader of 300-pound monofilament. These two pieces are connected by a 250-pound-test barrel swivel. All swivels and the hooks are attached to the line using 1.9 mm crimp sleeves. Start your leader production by cutting the desired length of line for the hook leader. Crimp your hook to one end and a swivel to the other. Next cut a 12-inch piece of line and crimp a swivel to one end. Slide your weight onto the line, and then attach the opposite end to the swivel on the long leader. Be sure to crimp the center portion of the sleeve and then work your crimping tool toward the edge of the sleeve, but leave a slight flaring on the edges. If you crimp the edge of the sleeve, it can cut into your line. A fighting rod of 5’8” or longer, rated for line up to 200-pound test will do in most cases. My reel of choice is the Shimano Torium 30HG spooled with 65-pound-test braided line. The 6.2:1 gear ratio makes it fast and powerful enough to move big grouper in a hurry. The goal is to keep them out of the reef, but if they do get back to their hole, you’re prepared with a leader that can survive the fight. When I hooked the gag grouper in this picture, he immediately ran

back into his hole in the reef. For a few minutes he wouldn’t budge. I simply held pressure on him for a while and bounced the weight up and down. Then I just let the line go slack for a few minutes. Suddenly, he came out and it was game on again! I think when this happens the fish have forgotten they were hooked and decide to come back out of their holes. Other times, I’ve literally yanked these bruisers right out of their lairs. Either way, you need gear that will withstand the power of the fish and the perils of the reef. Required items to build your own grouper-busting leader: • 9/0 to 11/0 circle hook • Two 250-pound-test barrel swivels • Four 1.9 mm crimping sleeves • 10 feet of 300-pound-test mono • Crimping tool Randy Cnota is the co-publisher of Coastal Angler/The Angler Magazine’s Panama City/Forgotten Coast edition.

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any years ago I was a guide, making a living by taking anglers fishing all around the world—well, in 40 countries at least. I specialized in inshore and nearshore fishing, with some bluewater-specific trips. Besides that, I fished even more destinations just for fun or when I was sent to write articles for magazines. In total, I’ve fished in 64 different countries. Why do I tell you all this? Well, when I was focusing a lot on my lodges in Morocco, Guinea Bissau and Ivory coast, where I spent years guiding, it gave me the chance to learn little by little the best spots and how to fish them. But the majority of places where I traveled to fish, I only had a few days to find the hot spots before receiving a group of anglers. When they arrived, I wanted them to have the best chances of doing well and having fun. I didn’t have much time, usually three days up to a week, to seek out key places. In many cases, a local guide would give me hints; a good tip is always useful in that regard. But other than a direction and the approximate location of a day beacon, there was not much more helpful information out there. These areas had to be finetuned by reading and understanding them. These are two key steps for any successful fishing trip. The primary tool for achieving these two steps is the combination of GPS and fishfinder. Most of the time I travelled with a portable unit, just in case there weren’t electronics on the boats I was supposed to be using, and also in case they weren’t working properly. I experienced that problem a number of times in remote locations and developing countries. With this powerful technology, suddenly the bottom shape and depth were illuminated on the screen… and in my mind. I was picturing it as a three-dimensional image as best as I was able. The bottom structure and the currents were key to understanding water flow, which gives clues of where the food will pass through and where different fish species hold in the current or hidden from it. At that time, I remember dreaming of glasses that would see into the depths, turning the liquid into an invisible substance like the air, to actually see the fish and the bottom. This is a dream I believe has existed since the first boatman went on the water, or even before. Now it has pretty much become reality thanks to the incredible electronics of today. They show us the sea floor exactly as it is, and record true bottom shape and depth on maps thanks to Navionics. We can even see the fish down there. A new age of fishing is here thanks to this revolution. Now it’s possible to know, when fishing a new spot or an old one, just what it looks like under the waves. It’s even possible to target a fish and drop or cast a lure right in front of it. This is fine-tuned fishing at its best.

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here is no fish more iconically associated with the Florida Keys than tarpon. The allure of hooking into one of the ocean’s most powerful and aerobatic fish in skinny water draws anglers from all over the world to test their mettle on the flats and in the bays the silver king inhabits. Those who desire to concentrate singly-mindedly on that pursuit would be well served to spend some time at Big Pine Key. At mile marker 33 on Highway 1, Big Pine is situated on the top end of the Lower Keys, far enough from the bustling tourist activity of Key West and slap in the middle of some of the best tarpon fishing in the world. Capt. Nate Wheeler, of Waypoint Fishing Charters, specializes in these prehistoric beasts. Although he also runs jam-up inshore and offshore trips for all the awesome fishing the area has to offer, staying on top of often-difficult tarpon is a constant pursuit. Capt. Nate said smaller tarpon can be found year-round, but the action begins when water temperatures break the 72-degree mark. This is the magic temperature at which tarpon begin to feed, and the warm-up coincides with a large influx of big migrating tarpon. Generally there is some consistency to the bite beginning in mid to late April each year. This year, Nate said the Keys experienced a “Marchuary,” which means cool weather hung around longer than usual. As a result, tarpon fishing was a little slow in the early season, but by mid-April water temps had risen into the mid 70s and the silver king began to feed. “Tarpon are a real finicky fish. They are very sensitive to conditions,” Capt. Nate said. “It can be feast or famine, and that’s why guides do so well as compared to the do-it-yourself angler. We’ve spent years following them, and if they’re here, we know where they are.” The limestone strata of the Lower Keys and the north to south alignment of the islands have created a unique habitat of channels, shallow bays, flats and mangrove islands. Nate said laid-up tarpon can often be found on the flats and in shallow bays. It is an early season staple. This laid-up behavior, in which big tarpon lie at rest just under the surface, is something the waters around Big Pine Key have become known for. “Laid-up fish in the bays is the one time that fly fishermen have an advantage,” Nate said. Sight fishing for big, easily spooked fish when they aren’t actively feeding is best done with delicate presentations. In water seemingly too shallow for the size of the fish, floating lines and pinpoint accuracy with casts become paramount. That challenge, as well as the potentially explosive results of a take, are what many anglers live for. But there are easier ways to do it for those who want to maximize

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their chances of experiencing that explosion of activity. In spring and summer, big pods of tarpon push into the bridge channels. The Bahia Honda and Seven Mile bridges just east of Big Pine Key become an epicenter for anglers seeking the flashes and rolls of active tarpon. They can be caught on artificials and flies, but suspending and drifting a blue crab beneath a float offers as close to a guaranteed hookup as exists in tarpon fishing. Nate said fishing the tide windows is critical to maximizing chances of a bite. “We crush them in the summertime,” Nate said. “Especially on the fly.” That statement might have been directed toward the worm hatch. In summer, when tarpon are thick in the channel, the world’s most famous palolo worm hatch occurs at Bahia Honda. No one has it exactly figured out, but somehow the tide and moon phases trigger thousands of 3-inch long burnt orange sea worms to wriggle to the surface to reproduce. Tarpon go out of their minds when palolo worms swarm in the thousands. Giant fish can be seen gulping the little morsels on the surface and sometimes rising completely out of the water for them. Just to witness it is a spectacle. For those lucky enough to encounter it with a rod in hand, it is something else. But if baking in the summer sun is something to be avoided, Capt. Nate threw out one more option for anglers who want to tangle with a silver king. “The most consistent way to get them is at night, after dark,” he said. Tarpon need to eat to feed their massive bodies. During the daytime, that feeding is mainly opportunistic, an “it’s there so I might as well eat it” scenario. Nighttime is generally when tarpon actively seek out their meals and feed most aggressively. Capt. Nate said he’s had some tremendous evenings catching small tarpon as well as 40- to 50-pounders fishing with artificials and live bait. So, those are a few of the ways anglers can get their tarpon fix during the spring and summer out of Big Pine Key. Probably the most important piece of advice is to hire a guide for the best chance of achieving your goal of catching this notoriously finicky beast. s“Usually r ef fo y eK eniPbite gi Bpretty , sl aohconsistently S n a ci r e mat A the ot bridges, yeK eo”oCapt. L m oNate rF they’ll na nifilrthey’re am ,hsnot ifliasthere, morwe’ll F .hsifollow femagthem emitto -githe b fobays htlaand ew the a said. d “But flats andhfind t ailothem G dnwherever a kcajrebthey ma are. dez” is-tluav ot pot pu hsifgnik

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ou’ve heard it said before. The key to catching fish centers on presentation, presentation, presentation. Too many anglers nod in agreement, but fail to focus on it constantly. Whether you prefer natural bait or artificials, the best offering will bomb unless it looks realistic and natural to your quarry. Whether you are staring eyeball to eyeball with the fish of your dreams or simply covering the water with blind cast after blind cast, it all necks down to your ability to make your bait or lure tempt a fish into striking. My father was the consummate example. His lure of choice was a ¼-ounce or 3/8-ounce yellow Upperman bucktail. Dad would put a half-dozen of them in his jacket pocket and challenge dozens of species in saltwater or fresh. That artificial didn’t look like it would catch anything, yet Dad could outfish anyone in the boat with him. Professional guides were amazed what he could do with that lure. He was perfect proof that presentation was the key rather than the choice of lure. Almost all of his casts were blind, but somehow he managed to put that bucktail where the fish were and in a manner that they would eat it. No matter how hard I tried year after year, I have never come close to catching as many fish as he could on that bucktail. He never understood the technicalities of fish behavior. As an example, fish holding in any type of current face into it, expecting their food to be swept to them by the flow of water. Even in shallow water, predators tend to work into the current or across it. It’s essential to know where in the water column the species you seek happens to be. If you had to ask a successful angler one question, find out how deep the water was where he caught his fish. You don’t have to know the spot as long as you learn the depth. And remember, a fish hugging the bottom is not going to rise very far to inhale a bait. There are also places I refer to as seats in a restaurant. These are

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Ft. Myers Beach to Charlotte Harbor 2017 MAY MADNESS

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he months of May usually offer the most opportunity for anglers to pick and chose their fish of choice. May offers a variety of aggressive species that will entice and reward the most demanding and discriminating anglers with the opportunity for a ‘fish of a lifetime’. It is also the month that provides the opportunity for the recreational angler a ‘fish of a lifetime’. Offshore species include Permit, Cobia, Kingfish, Mackerel, Grouper, Snapper, Shark and Tarpon. Inshore opportunities abound for big Seatrout, Redfish, Snook, Spanish Mackerel and Pompano to name a few. Bait is plentiful (which is the reason many species are migrating and inhabiting the waters). Shrimps are easy to purchase and every species eats them. Pilchards, Threadfins, Mullet, Pinfish, Blue Crab, Pass Crab and Ladyfish are plentiful and easily caught with nets or purchased. This is the month to target Tarpon. Virtually no other month of the year will offer more opportunity to land a ‘Silver King’ then the month of May (refer to April’s article on baits, equipment and strategy’s to catch these fierce, fighting fish, both inshore and offshore). Offshore; less than 10 miles out have been productive for Permit, nice size Mangrove (Gray) Snappers, Sheepshead and Spanish Mackerel. Wind is the only variable to consider. Long distance offshore charters will produce big Red Grouper and Gag Grouper. Inshore:; Snook season is open and the large ones will give the most demanding angler (or beginner) more than they bargain for. I suggest Pilchards for the Snook when available. My second bait of choice is Threadfins. The larger Snook are more prone to eat the Threadfins. Pinfish and large shrimp are great

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back-up presentations, especially when ‘freelined’. Artificial presentations are effective and include scented soft plastics, twitch and shallow running crank baits. Snook may be found and caught on the beaches of Ft. Myers, Sanibel, Captiva, north Captiva and in the passes (cuts). These are structure fish and they like mangroves, docks, wood, rock and concrete structures. The higher tides of May offer more opportunity to access remote areas in the shallows and around Mangroves. Snook, Redfish and large Seatrout will be in these areas that support oyster beds, sand shoals, Turtle and other grasses. Redfish are easier to find and target around the mangroves on high tides. Large Shrimp, cut Pinfish, cut Ladyfish and Blue crabs round out the live/dead presentations. Lots of Redfish are here and are eager to take the bait. Remember to move from location to locations making a variety of presentations. I always utilize a popping cork with a short 30lb. Fluorocarbon leader with a light jig head to keep the hook from getting caught up on wood and oyster structures around mangrove areas. I use Fluorocarbon for three main reasons: 1) it is transparent, 2) it is strong, 3) it will not slip (knots). I also will place live and cut bait presentations on the bottom of the ‘seabed’. I have most success over the last couple of years using large shrimps. Second bait of choice for Redfish is, ‘cut’ Pinfish. Artificial presentations include the same as for Snook but ad gold ‘Gator’ or Johnson spoons to your arsenal! Those looking for the opportunity to catch ‘Gator’ Trout should consider working shallow grass flats just off of the spoil/mangrove

islands. These big fish are loners and will take big shrimps under a popping cork or off the bottom of the estuary. I have been catching big trout since March. Recreational anglers may want to consider working the grass flats (murky, green colored water) in Pine Island Sound. May should offer lots of small trout activity with an occasional big trout, Spanish Mackerel, small shark and Pompano as ‘by-catches’. The flats will offer hours of non-stop opportunity for families with children. It is simple and fun fishing. Fish water depths of 4-6ft. with light tackle. Place a 3ft. 30lb. monofilament leader under a ‘popping’ cork. Attach a 1/8oz. jig head to the leader and place a small shrimp on it for bait. Everything that swims will ‘hit’ it at sometime or the other. Most species will school. When you find them you will catch fish. Check you hook often for bait, as Seatout and other small fish will ‘steal’ you presentation. If no action, move 10 to 20 yards at a time, ‘re-anchor’ (or drift) until you find the fish. When fishing ‘inshore’, I suggest using ‘light’ tackle (7ft. rods, 3000 series reels with 10 to 15lb. test line and a 30lb. leader. This will provide a more enjoyable and comfortable experience on most inshore species. This equipment will handle most any size of fish one encounters on a day of fishing. Simply set the drag to fit the line and reel strength to prevent ‘break-offs’. Any fishing retailer should be able to illustrate and explain the basics of setting a proper drag. When fishing the mangroves, tighten the drag so that the fish will not ‘run’/ swim under mangroves and cut the line.

This is Captain Terry Fisher of Fish Face Charters offering some insight and assistance to help anglers of all levels of experience catch more fish. Contact me at 239-357-6829 for any charter requests or questions. I will be happy to assist. Check out my website at www.fishfacecharters.com or email me at fishfacecharters@yahoo.com. Check out other fishing reports and articles at www.goboatingflorida.com. Those needing navigation assistance, fishing locations or fishing techniques, I am available by the hour as ‘Captain for Hire’ on your vessel.

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he good news is that bass fishing is hitting an all-time high. Soft plastic worms are still doing as good as they were years ago and the big thing lately is frogs. Yes, frogs. Whether used as top water or with a weight on a Carolina rig, frogs are producing some Big Bass- 5 to 7 pound or better. Here is a neat trick- the Ribbet Frog is one of the better top water lures for Snook. Yes, the Ribbet has paddletail style feet on it and rigged weedless, can be cast right up under the mangroves. And give it a light pop, then a slow steady retrieve just fast enough to get the feet splashing and hang on - snook on! Keep in mind as with all top water lures, wait before you set the hook until you feel the weight of the snook/any other fish, on the line. Now the schools of fish you will hear about are redfish. Big schools of oversize reds have been hanging out in Pine Island Sound and just south of Matlacha. The other big fish schooling are black drum. These monster fish, average of 40 pounds, have been seen in the Harbor just north of Bokeelia and

up to the 20-foot hole on the north end. Yes, schools of tarpon are more common, as the tarpon first enter the Harbor during the spring. I like to run the outside of the bar on the west side, from Cape Haze north in 6 feet of water watching under the water for dozens or hundreds of tarpon, which I believe are there to meet and greet their friends, as they come in from the Gulf, maybe to start picking mates for the spawn. How to catch some fish this time of year- let’s go over the bait types, and this time of year white bait is your first choice. White bait is really a hard-scaled sardine or greenback. Much thicker and hardier than other species of similar baits. Use an Octopus 2/0 hook rigged across the bridge of the fish’s nose for best results. Next best bait is pinfish. Pinfish get their name, not from body shape but from the dorsal fins. The dorsal fins are very sharp, like needles, and I would say at one time they were called pin cushion fish, shortened to pinfish. When I am using a jig head with pinfish I hook them across the back and let them flop on the bottom making a fuss and kicking up sand. We call that a Redfish Sundae.

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Ladies SW Florida Fishing By: Vicki Fisher

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he month of May brings a lot of changes to our area. Not only have our friends from the north returned to their summer homes, we have many species that return to the shallows and flats for breeding and fattening up on the plentiful baitfish. Warmer weather patterns, higher and stronger tides mark the beginning of migrations for virtually every species. The tarpon have arrived and are in the passes and cruising the intercostal waterway with the

swift moving tides. With longer daylight hours, I have enjoyed the abundance of fish in our canal. On most days my husband is loaded up and gone by 6:30 with our fishing charter business, which allows me time to enjoy the beautiful sunrise and early morning fishing on the dock. I use one of two lures; Rapala X-RAP SXR-10 Blue Sardine color or Mirrolure MR19 white with a red head suspended twitch bait. The Rapala is an adrenaline pumping, long casting, extreme action slashbait that the snook, Jack Crevalle, and tarpon cannot resist. The Mirrolure MR19 is a suspended slow retrieve twitch bait that also works well in our canal. I like to replace the back treble hook with an Owner Tournament Trailer feathered

treble. This is like a stick of dynamite! (Notice that the MR19 in the picture has many battle scars.) The salinity of the water determines how quickly it will fall or suspend, as well as the length of your leader. Another productive time to fish from the dock is in the evening as the sunsets. If mangrove snappers are what you’re looking for they are plentiful around the rocks and pilings along the seawalls or around the mangrove bushes. When targeting these fish, I use an Owner circle hook (size 1, 2 or 1/0) with a pinch weight about 6 inches above the hook under a popping cork with small live shrimp as my bait. I prefer to use the popping cork because in the canal, if I’m fishing on the bottom, I will end up with catfish! Whether you’re spending Mother’s Day with the family or Memorial Day with friends, head

out to the dock or water’s edge and make some memories! You never know when YOUR fish of a lifetime is going to hit your line so be sure the camera is nearby to capture the moment. This is First Mate Vicki Fisher of FISH FACE CHARTERS wishing you pleasant days and lasting memories! This is First Mate Vicki Fisher, of Fish Face Charters, LLC., sending you warm sunshine and colorful gardens in the coming month! If I can be of assistance please do not hesitate to call me at (727) 534-9071 or email fishfacecharters@yahoo.com.

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Get Your Hours In By: Capt. Bart Marx

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ay is one of the most anticipated months for fishing in S.W. Florida. The pelagic species appear with lots of bait to feed on. Out in the Gulf of Mexico, Kings and Spanish can be targeted by trolling with spoons and jigs and a little wire as they have teeth. Yes, the Spanish can be used as shark bait, but check the regulations before you try this as they do have to be of legal size. You could find several different species of the grey fish eating machines following the schools of Spanish, like blacktips, spinner, bull, possibly a hammerhead sharks. The hammerheads, depending on their size, will eat a whole tarpon, which are around and are expected this time of year. The latter part of the month the Silver King will pile up in the passes of S.W. Coastal Florida in search of food. This is when several thousands of anglers make their way to our area to target Tarpon. One of the reasons is Charlotte Harbor has acres and acers of grass flats and mangroves where all the bait can mature and be moved about by the tides. As they migrate to the passes they are funneled into a narrow area and are easy targets, so the tarpon can feed and put on some pounds to migrate into the Gulf to spawn. And for that reason, we get billed as” THE BEST TARPON FISHING IN THE WORLD”. In the past I have been able to ask some of the old timers what is the most consistent thing about tarpon fishing. He paused to ponder an answer and looked at me and said they are inconsistent. So, I thanked him for the information, then I realized I was on the right learning curve, they are inconsistent. Just

like any profession, learning to tarpon fish takes about 10,000 hours of training. And this is the time of year to get your hours in. So, there are all types of baits that tarpon will eat, from squirrel fish to ghost crabs and just about everything that swims, yes catfish. And there are several artificials they will attack also- Rapalas, Storm lures, hard and soft plastics. There are others too and some people use only one thing or type, that they have confidence in and also a certain color. There are other fish to targetsnook will have started moving around, look for them on the deeper edges and pockets along the shore, as they hunt for food as they prepare to spawn. Fish that live in the rivers migrate to salty water where they can spawn. The ones that live in the harbor move to the coast and the ones along the coast migrate offshore. In the past, I was diving with my oldest son in 45 feet of water on an artificial reef and there were snook on that reef! Some of them get very large before they actually spawn. The snappers should be easy to find offshore too, around artificial reefs and natural bottom structure. I choose to use frozen baits to start a bottom bite then send something alive down when the bite slows, after you have a few in the box. Inshore the redfish can be found scattered all around the area.

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udget proposals, executive orders and other legislative initiatives stemming from many in Congress and the new administration’s priorities should give anyone who values clean water pause for thought. Federal programs that have a direct impact in Florida, where the state has implementation authority, will likely sustain significant cuts unless they hear your opposition. Water impairments in Florida have become widespread and fisheries and conservation of near shore, associated habitat, will see fewer safeguards if these new sweeping proposals are adopted. With the effects of climate change, sea level rise, and a rapidly growing state population,

now is not the time to be backing away from support of our vital water resources. The Waterkeeper Alliance and the regional program, Calusa Waterkeeper, is working with stakeholders in this area to promote stronger support of clean and fishable waters. Our volunteer Waterkeeper Rangers monitor local waterways and help inform their local communities of water related issues that generates support by policy makers. Consider becoming a Waterkeeper Ranger and be part of a growing team to conserve our water resources. Visit www.CalusaWaterkeeper.org for more information or call John at 239-633-7274.

he month of May is upon us and up north that may have meant flowers. What we may look for in May is the hope that the rainy season will begin soon.    On the other hand, do our fin and scaled friends like the rain.  This could be the last month for a while that they will have the full salt content in the area.  Once freshwater arrives the fish will move closer and closer to the Gulf.  For right now let us look at the coming month – May.  We should be in the midst of tarpon season.  They should be spread out all over Pine Island Sound and along the outer coastal shoreline.  You can find them in small schools along the channels edges and through the passes.  These tarpon schools are like icebergs. It is said that what you see on the surface rolling only represents about 10% of the school.  The rest stay under the surface. If you are looking for the schools daisy chaining offshore, you need not venture much outside of 2 miles and in maybe 20 to 40 feet of water.  Get ahead of the school and let it come to you. On the other hand, if you are looking to stay inside, I would check out the western edge of the channel just north of St. James City.  This time of year, you will see 10 to 20 boats anchored in the area.  Leave plenty of room between you and the next boat.  When hooked these fish can

be expected to run and jump. You do not want them to tangle your lines  in the next boat’s. Other places you may want to examine would be the passes.  Everyone knows that Boca Grande Pass is considered the world’s top tarpon fishing location.  There is little difference between Redfish and Captiva passes to Boca Grande.  You can find the tarpon schools in both of them.   Another favorite game fish that should be out and bout is Mr. Snook.  They will be cruising the surf line of the outer islands.  You should also be able to find them lying under the bushes on just about all the mangrove islands.  If there is a question of whether to fish under a dead tree or a green one, pick the green one. Another thing about the elusive snook is that they are usually lazy.  Sometimes you have to present your bait to a snook several times before it will strike.  You need to be sure and get up under the overhang.   Drifting your bait along the drip line may not produce as well as if it were under the overhang.   Let us get our kids out there fishing and teach them the ethical way to do it.

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’m like any other fisherman when it comes to a day off, I just want to go fishing! Recently I had that chance as my wife was out of town and the storms were well inland, so I loaded up all my gear and put in at the free kayak launch just south of the Pineland marina. As I’ve mentioned before my favorite place to fish is west of here within a twenty-minute paddle. As a kayak fishing instructor and guide, preparation is everything when it comes to a successful trip. So, when I hit the water and realized that I had left my seat pads behind I chocked it up to being in a hurry. Just west of this launch is a tremendous flat where annually you can catch redfish, snook and trout. As I arrived at my favorite cove the wind was blowing harder than forecast, so the water was a bit choppy and as I reached for my stick-it pin I realized my second mistake, no anchor! Adapting to my predicament I paddled up wind of my target area and drifted to my spot. On my first cast I wrapped my line around the rod stored behind me and broke the tip off my casting rod. After rerigging my spare rod, I’m way off my flat (no anchor), so I paddle back for another shot at the fish. By now the wind is building and my popping cork is disappearing in the waves so I head to Big Jim Creek. This is a magical creek that terminates a mile or more into a mangrove maze. Paddling against

the wind and the waves I reach the entrance to Big Jim Creek and the wind drops off, peace and quiet, then I realize that my live well pump is out due to the waves and all my shrimp are dead! Again, I re-rig to fish with now deceased shrimp. Dead or alive, shrimp make great bait. New weapon in hand, I set off and fish the entire creek with barely a strike until I’m in about 4” of water and no fish. As the sun is dropping, I head back to the creek entrance, it is about an hour till sunset and as the entrance comes into view I realize that the wind has now driven the water off the flat and the turtle grass is laying on the surface and looks like a giant lawn. The waters of Pine Island sound are notorious for being affected by the wind so planning and caution are a must for boaters in this paradise! Just a few missteps by this seasoned fisherman spelled doom for my few hours of freedom on the water. All lifelong anglers will reluctantly admit to a trip like this, fortunately they are rare but humbling. If you want to see what all the excitement is about in kayak fishing, reach us at GCK in beautiful Matlacha and I promise that we’ll be better prepared! It’s a wild world-get out there!

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re you thinking about buying a boat? What’s important to you when buying a boat? Do you want to be able to sleep on your boat? Fish on your boat? Is it going to be about cruising our local waters for restaurants and entertainment? We bought our first boat in SWFL in 2008. It was a cabin cruiser, because we wanted to take the family with us and be able to sleep on the boat. We had images of rafting up with like-minded boaters and enjoy being on the water. The kids would get to play and so would we. The problem we encountered was that we never

found a community of boaters looking to do the same thing. Yes, there are many boating clubs around SWFL. No, there are not many with children. That was our situation until we traded in the cabin cruiser for a Boston Whaler center console that we bought from MarineMax. That was where we found our community of boaters, with children, and lots of boating activities. The very first day we walked into MarineMax, we were greeted and treated like family. “How can we help you? Would you like something to drink? Have a seat while we find someone to assist you.” Well, sure, we may buy a boat, so they are being nice to us, we thought. And we did buy a boat from them, but the customer service has yet to end! We have been included in all of the events MarineMax offers and they are still as friendly as the day we walked in! Most recently we were invited to South Seas Island Plantation on

Captiva, for the Boston Whaler Rendevous. MarineMax and Boston Whaler wanted their “boating family members” to get to know each other and have a good time. The event kicked off on a Friday evening with music, appetizers, beverages, and games for the kids! Finally, something for the kids! Corn-hole, football, tag, glow-lights, they had a blast! Saturday included a flotilla around Captiva’s gorgeous surroundings and a cookout on the beach, which included beach games and activities for the kids! The events continued later in the day with a sunset cruise on the Lady Chadwick. The weather favored us with a spectacular sunset and we made new friends, (many of whom plan on attending the next outing – a trip to Bimini)! Upon our return to the docks, a scrumptious dinner was served. The evening was rounded out with raffles and games for both adults and kids. Unfortunatley, Sunday morning

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Rules of the Road for Boaters By Dave Sully, Lee County Sheriff ’s VOICE Volunteer

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ne of the most popular attractions for folks who want to have fun on the water but don’t have the capacity or the desire to own a large boat, or those who already own a boat and want to add the fun of zipping around area waterways in a different way, is the Personal Water Craft. The great thing about them for novices is that they are relatively easy to operate, plus they are sporty looking. For the adventuresome water enthusiasts, they offer high speed, maneuverability, and just plain fun, for young and old. That being said, they can also be a source of irritation when they are operated improperly and can be downright dangerous for those who abuse the rules or give lip service to the safety features required

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driver must be wearing a kill switch, which will stop the motor if the driver is unseated, a relatively common occurrence for newcomers and thrill seekers. The Lee County Sheriff ’s Marine Unit counts speeding in slow and idle speed zones and buoy-protected areas, along with improper or non-existent paperwork (particularly Boater’s Cards) and lack of required safety equipment as the most pressing issues with PWC operators. The requirements aren’t onerous. Please familiarize yourself with area waterways by reading the signs and operating accordingly. There are a number of manatee “slow speed” zones which must be respected, along with “idle speed” areas in and around marinas. Courtesy around other boaters is desirable, as well. Fishermen will especially appreciate it. There are plenty of places where you can run “hammer down,” do tricks, or just cruise around. Following the rules will allow everybody who plies the expansive waters of Lee County to have fun and be safe. Go to www.coastalanglermag.com/fort-myers to read the complete version of the article.

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Calusa Blueway Paddling Trail By: Mike Hammond

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s the Calusa Blueway coordinator, I get many questions from newbie paddlers and tourists. “Where is a good place to see wildlife, take my kids, try paddling for the first time, go fishing, etc.” The answer on the top of my list for these questions is Bunche Beach. Lee County’s only mainland beach has something for everyone. Paddlers have two options for launching from this site – directly from the beach or from the paddlecraft launches located in the protected backwater of Rock Creek. I usually recommend and use the latter because the bathrooms are located nearby and you can often park next to the launches. This area is also protected from the wind and allows paddlers the opportunity to get comfortable before heading out toward the bay. Some paddlers may decide to remain in the backwater. The fishing and wildlife observation opportunities are fantastic there. Heading to the east, you can follow a mosquito ditch through the mangroves for almost a mile. Another half mile south will bring you out to the bay and eastern boundary of the preserve. I usually head west out of Rock Creek into San Carlos Bay. There are often anglers on the little beach at the mouth of the creek. Here, I turn right at Calusa Blueway marker 48 toward Plover Island and stay close to the mangroves. On a low tide, you may have to get out and pull your paddlecraft a bit, but it is worth it. After a 300-yard paddle/ walk, you will be at the mouth of

one of the best mangrove creeks in Southwest Florida. This is a great place for children to get out and snorkel, dipnet, picnic, and explore. When I’m paddling with kids, I usually go no farther than this because they don’t want to leave. When paddling with adults, we continue through the mangrove creek for a twisting and turning one-mile adventure and then pop out on a small beach. If the wind is blowing the wrong way or it is too rough, we just go back the way we came. If the weather is cooperative, it is fun to paddle the flats along the beach back to Rock Creek. Because of the mud flats and isolation, this is one of the best birding beaches in Florida. Bird enthusiast and photographers from around the world come to Bunche Beach and Plover Island to add to their life list or get photos of rare species. Many paddlecraft anglers use Bunche Beach as access to some productive grass flats and ledges in near proximity. Others remain in Rock Creek to target snook, sheepshead and mangrove snappers. For those who do not have their own paddlecraft or would like to join a guided tour, Kayak Excursions is on site. They get busy, so call ahead at (239) 2977011 to make a reservation. Whether you are a birder, angler, parent with adventurous kids or someone who just wants to get away, Bunche Beach and Plover Island have something for you. Find out more at: www.calusablueway.com. Mike Hammond is based in Fort Myers, Florida, and is a staff member at Lee County Parks & Recreation. He is the Calusa Blueway coordinator for Lee County.

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Charlotte Harbor

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fter months of working low tides around creeks and adjacent shorelines, it’s time to go tarpon fishing. Now, that doesn’t mean it’s not a great month to hunt redfish and snook. In fact, because of all the options, May is one

By: Capt. Mike Manis

of my favorite months to be on the water. As for tarpon, they typically begin showing up first in the upper harbor between the West Wall and Punta Gorda. These are resident fish that come out of the rivers and generally eat pretty well. A free lined live bait or big piece of cut mullet work well. Moreover, If you can get out early and see them rolling, they’ll take a fly. The harbor should be full of threadfin herring and I like throwing patterns that contrast these baits somewhat. A big Puglisi Peanut Butter pattern in black and purple or black and red are two of my favorites. I’ve had my best luck throwing a clear tip intermediate sink tip line. It won’t be too long after these fish show that the migratory fish coming up from the keys begin to filter through Pine Island Sound and Boca Grande Pass and should start staging up anywhere between Cape Haze Point and the hill just inside Boca Grande Pass. These fish can be fished just the same as the river fish; although, small live blue crabs are a great bait for this bunch. Of course, Boca Grande Pass will hold fish as well as the beaches from Sanibel to Little Gasparilla Pass. Because of tarpon fever, the backcountry sees less pressure and this provides a great opportunity to get in some redfish and snook fishing. Particularly, first thing in the morning,

you could find yourself with a flat or shoreline all to yourself. This month, I like to look for redfish from the south end of the West Wall all the way around Cape Haze Point and into the entry shorelines leading into Turtle Bay. For snook, the east side of Charlotte Harbor is one of my favorite areas. I like the cuts and outer shorelines north of Matlacha as well as those north of Pirate Harbor. May is going to fly by and they’re just too many options. Therefore, I like to hunt for tarpon first thing in the morning then maybe hit a shoreline or two in the afternoon looking for redfish. Because, the harbor spots where I’ll look for tarpon are in close proximity to some of my favorite shorelines, this can be done without burning too much fuel. Lastly, whether in the harbor, on the beach, or on a flat, don’t be surprised if you see a big school of jacks, a cobia, or one of the many sharks that are scattered throughout the area. Keep an eye out for birds and have a rod ready. 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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Peace River – Charlotte Harbor

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ell fellow anglers, I hope it’s not just me? I feel like we have a had very windy Spring. However, the snook fishing has been outstanding. We have put clients on some monsters this year! Also, experiencing many days with double digit fish over thirty inches. As we flip the calendar to May, we should continue on this trend. Look for fish to start moving closer to the gulf for the summer spawn. This doesn’t necessarily mean all the fish are heading out. As the water warms I tend to focus more on

the barrier islands that have a little sandy bottom. The river bite seems to slow down and my bait of choice this time of year is pilchards. I will also use bigger pinfish at times, generally when I’m fishing deeper waters. Redfish has been doing good. It seems lately I have had to work a little harder for them. Most of the fish we have been catching are in the mangroves on the higher water. On the lower tides, potholes and the deeper points have been holding fish. If you don’t have much luck with live pilchards, try a shrimp or cut bait. It’s pretty hard for a red to turn down a big fat shrimp. If we start getting some rain enough to stain the water, that seems to always help the redfish bite. Another summer fish that should be showing up is Mangrove Snapper, the Crappie of saltwater. These little guys can be tough to catch in the clear water. If you’re having a hard time getting them

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to take a hook, try down-sizing. Sometimes dropping down your leader and hook can make a huge difference. I have dropped down as much as 15# fluorocarbon and a #2 hook. Small pinfish and pilchards are great bait. Small pieces of cut bait also work well. It’s hard to write about fishing in May without writing about Tarpon. This is the time of year when the silver king starts to show up in big enough numbers to fish. Normally the beaches see the first action in our area. Small crabs and thread herring fished under a float is the baits of choice. I have had success with tarpon in the harbor this time of year. Sometimes the biggest secret to finding and catching these guys is to burn some gas. Grab a 6 pack of beer and go for a boat ride, especially if you get a nice calm day. Don’t forget to upsize your tackle. If you can get away with 80# fluorocarbon that’s what I would recommend

for your leader. If your just not getting the bite, maybe drop to 60#. You might have some fish chew your hooks off. They have a very abrasive mouth. Circle hooks will help getting a better hook up on that lighter leader. Please be considerate to other anglers, treat them like you want to be treated. If you are looking for a great day fishing on Charlotte Harbor give me a call or send me an email and we will customize a private charter that best fits your party’s needs. Capt. Dave Stephens, 941-916-5769, www.backbayxtremes.com

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ell with April winding out and our spring Osceola turkey season ending, most people shift their attention towards our outstanding fishing in and offshore, especially with the “Silver King” showing up! But here at Red Eye Safari’s we’re shifting from Osceola’s to gators and hogs! Alligator mating season is in full swing now, so keep a close eye on pets and children close to the water. Bull gators travel all over this time of year searching for mates and can be much more aggressive than usual. For hunters, gators and hogs fill an itchy trigger finger until our deer season kicks in later on. Alligators and hogs may be hunted yearround on private lands in Florida, with state licensed trappers such as myself, day or night. For hogs, we generally do spot and stalk or stand hunting with feeders, with guns and bows, no license needed. For alligators, you need an “alligator trapping agent license” and you’re all set

to schedule a hunt. Hunting alligators is very exciting and there are plenty of ways to go after one. From spot-n-stalk with guns and archery to setting baits and fighting them in by hand, it’s pure adrenaline! Prices vary by outfitters and land-owners fees, so check around before booking a hunt. Hogs are popular at BBQ’s and alligator meat can be prepared a variety of ways and is also excellent table fair, not to mention the hides can be tanned about any color for a variety of leather goods! Until next month stay safe out there and remember to take a kid outdoors! at waynenichols75@gmail.com RedEyeSafaris.com or Red Eye Safaris on Facebook, 863-990-7650.

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ay’s longer days and warmer temperatures will bring the hordes of Spanish mackerel along the beaches. This is a prime opportunity to provide fast action on light tackle, and very underrated table faire. Spanish (as

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obert Mitchell hasn’t stopped chasing marlin since childhood, when he would see the species or its larger-finned counterpart, the sailfish, mounted on walls of seafood restaurants. After catching plenty wall-worthy fish in the Atlantic, Pacific, and Gulf of Mexico over the years, Robert chose the Virgin Islands to begin living his dream as a charter captain. Now, he takes guests on his boat, The Lucky Lady, to catch marlin and other trophy fish surrounding St. Thomas and St. John. After visiting St. Thomas frequently over the last 10 years, local mainstays on the island have helped Capt. Mitchell settle in since moving there permanently in January. Mitchell said, “Jimmy Loveland has been great to go over to and get advice. Getting to talk to a legend like Jimmy has been fantastic. Jim on the Black Pearl (a fellow USVI sportfishing charter) came over and welcomed me into town. He is a good guy, and I would do anything for these two people.” The name Jimmy Loveland may be familiar to those who follow sportfishing. Loveland founded Marlin Magazine and the USVI Open/Atlantic Blue Marlin Tournament that runs every August in St. Thomas. In addition to advice from fellow anglers, Lady Luck has loyally followed Capt. Mitchell to teach him the nuances of fishing here. Mitchell explained, “Everywhere I have fished, I have been blessed with good luck in finding boils, birds and porpoise. Birds down here are very few. When you see a bird, you better follow it. When you see the porpoise, you might make one or two passes, but that’s it. The lonely bird has been far more successful. The other places I have fished, you looked for a flock of birds and when following the porpoise, you were just about guaranteed a tuna strike.”

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Another key difference anglers find in the Virgin Islands is distance. In contrast to other destinations Mitchell has fished, the boat ride is short. The South Drop is 6 miles from dock, and the North Drop is only 20 miles. These drops are famous. While fishing, Mitchell has watched the bottom drop from 90 to deeper than 3,000 feet in a matter of minutes. Paying close attention, and staying over the intended depth is important. Capt. Mitchell described a recent trip aboard The Lucky Lady when that awareness paid off for anglers. They started the day trolling around a FAD (fish-attracting device) when four out of six lines hit on a school of blackfin tuna. They put their spread out again, started trolling, and then the line popped with a 180-pound blue marlin. The group also caught a wahoo of about 45 pounds and a 25-pound kingfish. “It was a great day on the boat, and everybody got a chance to sit in the (fighting) chair and take a turn,” said the new captain. Luke Cambell is a co-founder of Fisher Guiding, an online marketplace to find and book fishing guides, which is proud to partner with Capt. Mitchell and The Lucky Lady.

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many rod-making decisions. The comfort and tackiness of these all-weather grips provide sure-handed angler control. Bass fishermen have driven a lot of technique-specific rod customization. But more and more saltwater anglers are tailoring rods to their task. Many saltwater anglers have taken up custom rod building as hobby or a basement business to build their own rod arsenals. Classes in rod building are available across the country. At the Saltwater Fishing Expo in Somerset, New Jersey, in March, the custom rod craze was evident. Fishermen were building rods for everything from flounder fishing to trolling for big game species. Saltwater anglers often have a more complex set of needs, from guides resistant to corrosion to rod handles that provide adequate control and comfort. A lot of attention at the Winn booth centered around the sneak preview of new tapered rod grips for heavy-duty saltwater fishing, available in multiple lengths and diameters, and the new Winn Rod Handle System. Winn also unveiled a durable and versatile extension of its very popular overwrap, Winn Superior Rod Wrap. Like its predecessor, it can be the primary material in an original rod handle or applied over an existing cork or EVA grip. Winn also will expand its Saltwater Straight Cylinder line of 1.25-inch diameter grips this summer with black grips ranging to 18 inches in length. Get to know a rod builder in your area to create the perfect rod for any technique or style of fishing. Or take up the practice yourself!

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