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big bass in Lake Biwa than anywhere else I know of. It is where the longtime IGFA All Tackle world record was tied just a few years ago with a bass that weighed 22-pounds, 5-ounces. • Ivory Coast, Africa: Years ago, I ran a lodge on the Ivory Coast, not far from the city of San Pedro, where Stuart Campbell used to come targeting record blue marlin. He succeeded a number of times. From April to June, my average day consisted of three to five fish in the 300- to 600-pound range. • Massachusetts, U.S.A.: I’m a striped bass addict, and fishing the shores of Massachusetts is a pilgrimage I must make on an annual basis, period! There’s nothing like fishing for striped bass when they’re blitzing bait on the shorelines of the northeastern states. Patrick Sebile is the owner and lure designer of Sebile Innovative Fishing (www.sebile.com).

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Editor’s Note: 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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t can be tough to keep up with all the acronyms involved in and created by the aftermath of the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. TIGs (Trustee Implementation Groups) sprouted to assess damages and then decide how to spend the money recovered for restoration projects. The Open Ocean Trustee Implementation Group is one of those TIGs. Its responsibilities are for projects designed to benefit pelagic species and deep-water habitats. In 2017, the group is implementing an interesting project aimed at restoring pelagic fish to the Gulf of Mexico. Many Gulf oceanic fish, eggs, and larvae were injured by the oil and chemicals used for cleanup. Species injured include pelagic (or open-ocean) fish such as tuna, billfish, sharks and mackerel. The Open Ocean TIG is working with the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation to help restore these fish populations by reducing fishing mortality. This will allow fish to grow and reproduce, helping support healthier populations of fish throughout the Gulf. The project will establish a temporary, voluntary, six-month repose period each year of the project, which is expected to last

five to 10 years. During this repose period, participating vessel owners will refrain from pelagic longline fishing and will be financially compensated to offset their potential loss in revenue. To help offset economic impacts of the repose, participants will be encouraged to fish for yellowfin tuna and swordfish using alternative gear. These gear types have been shown to result in low levels of bycatch and bycatch mortality. This will also provide an opportunity to study and improve the efficiency of alternative fishing gear over time. The project is tailored to restore resources impacted by the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill and does not affect existing management practices or regulations. The project will be launched as a pilot, with a four-month repose period starting March 1, 2017. Interested pelagic longline vessel owners can learn more about this project or contact Kristin Byler at the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation for more information. This is the first direct fish restoration project to be implemented by the Open Ocean TIG. An additional $380 million has been allocated for future fish and water column restoration projects.

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By Tobin Strickland • Photo by Kyle Johnson ill warm water temperatures reduce winter big trout catches? It’s a question that many are beginning to wonder. “Is it cold enough yet? Have the big trout moved to the mud?” These are some of the questions I’ve been hearing. The answer is… Well, it depends. In shallow-water big trout haunts, we’ve found that the big fish move there much earlier than what we once thought, some will even stay all year in the right conditions. The fish are there for more than just the mud. As Capt. Steve Soule has said, “They are there for protection, food, and solitude.” Many of the places they frequent have formed mud on the bottom due to the layout, more so than for the mud. Depth also affords trout with similar protection, and with depth the water temperature swings are more subdued giving fish a more stable environment. With depth, there is no need for the stabilizing effect that mud also offers. In the end, I don’t think the warmer conditions will reduce the catches of seasoned big trout anglers, unless you are in south Florida, where the cold is required to move the trout into the bays. We will need to be ready as the conditions change along the way with each passing cold front, even if they remain weak. Warmer weather will allow many of the fish to stay shallow, but who knows, we may still get a winter yet.

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new boat show is coming to Pier Park in Panama City Beach next March. Wheels Up Events, LLC, a well-known local promoter of high-end fishing tournaments and unique family-orientated boat shows, recently announced plans to host the first Emerald Coast Boat & Lifestyle Show at Aaron Bessant Park March 3-5. The new show will feature boat displays from all major manufacturers representing the latest in boats of all types from the highly popular personal kayaks and stand-up paddleboards, to small trailerable cruisers, high-performance center-consoles and runabouts as well as active outdoor lifestyle accessories. Featuring marine and outdoor lifestyle exhibits of all types along with seminars and live entertainment, the event will be much more than just a boat show. Iconic brands such as Sea Ray, Everglades, Boston Whaler, Sea Hunt and more have already registered to display their latest models at the event. Additionally, the show will display bicycles, electric carts, fitness products and the latest in outdoor gear. Today’s boats are incredibly technologically advanced with features such as active dynamic positioning and gyro stabilization now available in smaller vessels along with advanced drive systems and excellent fuel economy. Kayaks and SUPs also have benefitted from lighter, stronger materials and innovative drive systems. From Crab Island to Shell Island and St. George Island, the new Emerald Coast Boat & Lifestyle Show caters to today’s outdoor active lifestyle family. Given the show’s unique location immediately adjacent to the immensely popular Pier Park, and the associated exciting amenities all within walking distance of the beach, the Emerald Coast Boat & Lifestyle Show is sure to become a breakout hit during Panama City Beach’s 2017 Spring Break Season. For more information, visit GulfBoatShow.com or contact Chris Miller at 850-348-1498 or Chris@CMMMarinas.com.

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December is finally upon us once again and that means Christmas is right around the corner. Christmas shopping for an angler isn’t always easy. All the different rods, reels, lures, flies, baits and more can make finding the right gift for the angler in your life difficult. We at Coastal Angler will make it easy for you. Why not get the fishermen in your life a high performance rod from our advertiser Hook Spit. Check out all of their great products online at www.hookspit. com. Hook Spit offers custom performance rods, clothing and you can also purchase gift cards so that your fisherman can choose their own custom performance rod. Our advertiser Avid Anglers Jewelry Design provides unique, realistic jewelry that has been designed and hand-crafted by fellow fishing and hunting enthusiasts. Avid Anglers offers designs of both offshore and bay marine life as well as freshwater bass and hunting motifs. The pieces are available in 14K gold or sterling silver. Pendants, charms, pins, earrings, bracelets, tie-tacs and rings can be created to customize any collection. These truly unique pieces express a love of nature and the outdoors and would be an excellent gift for your outdoorsman. Check out their website at http://avidanglerjewelry.tripod.com For those who want to add something special to your residence. Check out all the different options that our advertiser Gulf Coast Palapas offers online at http://gulfcoastpalapas.com. Residential or Commercial, Gulf Coast Palapas will build you the best Palapa on the market. They are family owned and operated with no subcontractors. Not only do they offer Palapas, they also will build outdoor fire places, decks, outdoor bathroom/ showers and outdoor kitchens for both commercial and residential areas. Wouldn’t you love to bring the best of Mexico or the Bahamas directly to your home or business? Picture yourself or your customers lounging comfortably in the shade under your very own Palapa just as if you were on vacation. Gulf Coast Palapas can paint and build that exact picture because they are the true Palapa builders. Whatever your Christmas need, we hope that you will shop with our advertisers as they are truly the best in the business. We would like to thank our pro writer’s who take their time to offer up expert fishing tips: Cassie Willis, Craig Lambert, Jeffrey Acosta, Galveston Bay Foundation, Dean Muckleroy, Mark Franklin, Mark Talasek, Tobin Strickland, Mike Meza, Michael ‘Sharky’ Marquez, Brian Joseph Spencer and legal adviser Attorney Weston Prescott Ray. We would also like to take this opportunity to thank our advertisers: The Nautic Group, Hook Spit, Serious Tackle, Bacliff Builders Supply (Ace Harware), OJ’s Marine, Avid Anglers Jewelry Design, Fisherman’s Motel, Tran Sport Boats Inc, Gulf Coast Palapas, Cowboy’s Wild Game Washer, Spotless Services, Advanced Marine Service, LLC, Blackburn Marine, SafeFloor and Ron Hoover RV & Marine Galveston. Without them, this magazine would not be possible. Remember to visit and shop with our advertisers and please make sure you ask for your Coastal Angler discount upon purchase. Read us online at www.coastalanglermag.com under the red banner find and click ‘online editions’ scroll down to the ‘Galveston edition’. Click on our ‘advertiser’s ad’ and go directly to their web site. Tight lines and Merry Christmas from our family to yours, The Mowry Sisters – Chanci & Michelle Facebook - Coastal Angler Magazine Texas

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uying a boat isn’t as painful as you might think! Naturally, prices for new boats vary depending on size and make, but many boat manufacturers and dealers can put you in the captain’s chair for considerably less than a monthly new-car payment. In fact, monthly payments for many entry-level boats can be less than $250. Boat buyers have many choices when it comes to paying for their purchase. Here are a few of the advantages of financing your purchase through your dealer: n Lower down payments – the down payment is based on the age, type and price of the boat you are buying, as well as your own credit profile. In today’s market, lenders offer financing with down payments typically in the 10%–20% range, but often there are programs available through various manufacturers that could allow you to qualify for less, or zero-down on new boat specials. n Faster credit decisions – because you are working with professionals, these lenders understand boats and their buyers. You can apply for a loan and often be approved in 24 hours.

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n Longer financing terms – terms generally will be more attractive than with lending institutions not actively making boat loans. Boat loans of 15, and even up to 20 years in some circumstances, are very common. n Lower monthly payments – because marine lenders extend longer terms on boat loans than local banks and credit unions, your monthly payments are likely to be much lower than you have expected. n More electronics and extras – marine lenders often will allow you to finance optional equipment, electronics, extended service plans and life/disability insurance coverage with your purchase. By financing your boat purchase you can usually afford a newer, larger or more powerful boat, a better trailer and all the gear that it takes to make boating safer and more enjoyable! The Nautic Group has an experienced in-house finance department affiliated with all major recreational lenders, and can assist you

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for a day-long outing. Upgrade packages feature the Tournament edition in the bay boat line up, and Scarab Offshore in the center console line up. The new center and dual console boats, available in 22-feet, 24-feet and 26-feet, are packed with flexibility for fishing or cruising. Designed for families or weekend warriors, all the new Wellcraft models will satisfy any boater’s dream of quality, comfort, and performance. As the premier Wellcraft dealership on the Texas Gulf Coast, The Nautic Group recently debuted the new bay boat and center console models, and is proud to offer the full selection at their dealership in Kemah Texas.

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Fishing in Baffin continues to be as good as it gets. We have been catching Trout on drop offs, and shallow grass lines all over the bay. The bigger trout are still in shallow water.Big Bull Reds have finally made their way to the back of Baffin. Its a sight to see them, in shallow water blowing up anything, and everything in their path. Last week we pulled up to a deep rock in Alazan, and within a minute my buddy hooked up to a huge 52 1/4” monster bull red. His first big run almost had him spooled as I was getting off the anchor to chase him. Chip fought that bull for almost 30 mins, when we finally got him in the boat. We hurried with CPR, and got him back in the water. We have been finding them on deep rocks, and shell beds. These big boys will hit anything thrown at them. Catching these big boys can be lots of fun, just remember to get them back in the water ASAP. Duck season has just started, and we have seen lots of ducks all over Baffin. Saturday morning before shooting time we had a group of teal in our decoys along with alligator gar swimming around which both got away.Bowfishing is starting to get good. cooler water temperatures will clear up the water enough to see

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e are finally here. The water temp has dropped into the mid-60 and the trout and reds have taken notice, the birds are still working and fishing them has been productive. There are still a lot of small sand trout scattered over the whole bay. I love fishing this time of year, with the ducks and geese arriving and the bays thinning out of people heading to their deer leases and some of the best fishing of the year. The trick is timing your trip with the fronts with the arrival of stronger fronts and barometric pressure

swings that accompany them will affect the bite. My favorite time to fish is the third day after the front has blown through. Smaller fronts don’t seem to make as big of a difference. I start out in deeper water early and as the shallow water heats up move in to the shallows. Remember MUD bottoms hold heat. Wading in the cooler water can produce some pigs in the winter months so leak check your waders and break out the Corkeys and Skitter walks, tie on a tail or popping cork, which ever you prefer, it’s on. I still have some dates available for November and December. Hope everyone has a wonderful Thanksgiving. Tight lines, Capt Dean Muckleroy. 281.660.4280 | www.trinitybaytxfishing.com the gar laying on the bottom. Baffin is full of grass this year, and I’mLooking forward to the Ducks finally returning in numbers.High water, is making it tough for the birds in some spots, but overall we are looking good. Wearin em out. Capt Mark Franklin 361-720-4003 markbowfish@sbcglobal.net If it lives in Baffin ... I chase it ! DECEMBER 2016

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arometric pressure is always being something I’ve study and logged over the years fishing myself. With Barometric pressure come many theories. Barometric pressure is the weight of the atmosphere above. What is considered normal is 30 inHg or 1016 millibars. For an extremely high pressure reading would be 30.5 is considered extreme high, and 28.5 is considered extreme low. In theory, the dropping of air pressure brings feeding activity on and rising pressure slows the feeding activity down. In general, Barometric pressure is used in fishing reports when fishing in shallower waters vs. offshore in deeper water. The weight of the water when your offshore is relatively insignificant when you try to go off the weight of the air. Contributing factors in the barometric pressure could be rain, clouds and any other weather condition. There is a saying, “Clear skies, the pressure is high. Its rising as the sky is clearing. Normal is Normal. When its ugly out its getting Low.” Which is a good way to remember where the pressure in “theory” of what it should be. And when the pressure is “falling” before a storm is always the best feeding activity. But there are also theories, that high to low pressure before a storm, the water is denser then air and generates more pressure then air. So, when a wave hits it produces a variation of pressure and the atmospherics pressure dramatically changes and the wave effect is happening more often. The belief behind the theory that the barometric pressure effects the feeding action is that the change in the pressure on the fish’s bladders. And that in which makes the fish feel unconformable. Fish are then believed that they move around to feel better and not feel full and

bloated. So, with lowering pressure it is believed these fish move into deep water seeking higher water pressure and ride out the low pressure around structures. So, remember with falling pressure comes more fish movement but could also be bad weather coming with a front. As people say, The “calm before the storm”. Which is one of my favorite times to fish. I’ve been known to be fishing the rain and be excited the bite is fixing to turn on. But be sure your safe and not caught in any bad storms. Safety is more important they catching a limit of fish. Good Luck Hunting Them Trophy’s and Safe Adventures, Cassie Willis, Pro Angler’

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G U I D E PA RT 2 ? that on a video so they can treasure that moment for as long as they want to. It is also important to keep an eye on the weather and make a good judgment call on rescheduling a trip if Mother Nature doesn’t core operate. The safety of your customers is more important that risking it on the bay. Sometimes it does take a lot to get up in the morning but when you’re up and ready and you hook your first catch you forget how tired you are. The passion for teaching others and the how to for this sport is what will separate one from another. I enjoy taking people of all ages out and seeing their first catch and land their personal best fish is reward in its self. Another thing to consider is knowing any other guides that are on the water near you so if you need assistance in getting back to the boat launch for any reason you can call for help. Also it is a good idea to have a great relationship with your sponsors and or mechanic to keep your maintenance up on your rig or gear. There are several more items to consider but it all starts with you – your passion – your desire. If you’re in the Galveston area and looking to book a trip give me a call at 832-887-8453 or visit my FB page @ Acosta’s Guide Service. or or years I have heard a few people mention to me that they Remember there is no feeling of one like want to be a fishing guide! There are more things to consider other than fishing areas and you must poses the passion for teaching Rippn Lipz n Bendingrodz. and the love to fish. That moment that your customer or customers catch their fish of a lifetime. What’s more exciting is trying to catch REMEMBER TO SEND IN YOUR PICTURES

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MATAGORDA FISHING REPORT By: Captain Mark Talasek

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ook like it’s going to be a short pants and tee shirt Thanksgiving. Old man winter just has not showed up yet. Speckled trout catching is in full swing here in Matagorda. This is oneof the best years I have seen for east Matagorda bay. An abundance of summer rain has been a major factor. The fresh water has produced a bumper crop of shrimp. Trout are gorging themselves. This in turn pushes the shrimp to the top of the waterwhere seagulls are happily waiting. Find birds and you will find fish. Sometimes the birds are full and sitting on the water. Don’t let that fool you. Drift through them anyways. Remember to be courteous. If another boat is fishing birds first give them some room. With all of the boats now days a couple of boats can fish one set of birds. Live shrimp deep beneath a popping cork has produced keeper trout to 4 pounds. Plastic fished deeper has accounted for bigger fish and an occasional red. If these mild temperatures remain floundering will be great when it opens back up in December. Give me a call when you are ready to go catching. Captain Mark Talasek | 979.479.1397 | www.talasekguideservice.com

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ith this years continued warm temperatures the flounder run is a good bit extended, but now is THE time, last year’s main ‘run’ didn’t happen until December as well and last into January. The actual flounder run, or fall migration, has been evolving since September when the flatfish began concentrating in upper estuary marsh cuts. The unseasonably warm temperatures extend the amount of time the fish will stay in the bays. Photo I spoke with Captain Courtesy Joey Barnett of Galveston Capt. Joey to get his take on it “If you Barnett think of the bays as a big funnel it will give you a better picture of how the flounder slowly begin to concentrate at the top of the system and then as they move across the bay as the season progresses. At any time during the fall you can find and catch good flounder. This month will be the best as the fish concentrate in main channels and passes IF we get the big fronts we need to flush the bait out of the bay”. Capt. Joey will be fishing the lower bay and river cuts between Freeport and Galveston this month and can be reached at (979) 7995421. Gulp curl tail mullet and Chicken Boy Bubba Cluckers rigged on ¼ ounce or heavier jigheads work well in shallower water, but if you’re going for bigger fish in deeper water you can’t beat the original Flounder Pounders. Tobin created TroutSupport.com - Tech Support for speckled trout and redfish angers. Great Stocking Stuffers.

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ell the month of November will be coming to a close and the fishing in Galveston Bay has been great at times and then you struggle to find keeper fish. We have caught lots of fish, and there has been lots of bird action on the bay from Trinity Bay to West Bay but the problem is they are all 14 inch trout. I have caught some keepers under them but not many. The redfish on the other hand have been great with the late fall and warm temperatures. We have caught plenty of bull reds along with slot reds on shallow reefs in about 4 feet of water. With the coming of our first big cold front soon, the north wind will finally start to dump the marshes a little and this will contribute to better catches of all game fish especially finally start to get the Flounder run moving in the right direction. The warmer temperatures and high water levels have not really started to get them migrating to the Gulf. Well until next time keep the lines tight.

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GALVESTON BAY FISHING REPORT By: Capt.Craig Lambert

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n my opinion December is THE most underrated month of the year and I am always amazed at how few anglers are actually on the water. As the flounder move to the ship channel offshore and the gamefish hang shallow in the afternoon sun we can look forward to another fantastic month of great weather and hopefully some much improved fishing over the last few months.

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The speckled trout fishery has been fair at best this fall season. The best fish are being caught this month by the wade fishermen which is typically the norm during colder months. Speckled trout and redfish have pulled up shallow following their prey of finger mullet, piggy perch and others small marine invertebrates. Looking for easy meals on shallow, muddy, sun warmed flats is where the fish will be and afternoons are typically best but do not overlook that hour before the sun comes up when specifically looking for trophy speckled trout. Sheepshead, flounder and redfish continue to be big producers at the jetties. Good weather allows anglers the opportunity to get out to the rocks and get hooked up. Drift fishing over shallow flats and shell reefs has been producing sheepshead, redfish and black drum and will continue to do so throughout the next few months. Drifting a live or dead shrimp under a popping cork is by far the best bait method for hooking up one of the many gamefish found in our bay system. The warmer autumns we have been experiencing these last few years are making for a slower and later flounder run. A lot of flounder are still hanging around the Galveston ship channel and the jetties right now and if you are a true trophy flounder fishermen December is the month you have been waiting for all year. It is no secret that the larger females move through their migration much later in the season than the younger fish. Targeting these larger females is an art that requires patience and skill. I have heard and read that to catch a big flounder you need a large 6 inch mullet or something of the sort and this is simply not true. When a hungry large female pulls up to a “feeding” spot that is exactly what she is doing. She is not sitting around rock piles and walls to take a nap. Flounder will pull up to find food and when they are feeding they are extremely aggressive and will hit just about any bait thrown in front of them. Spoons, spinnerbaits, corkies and plastics will all be devoured by a hungry large flounder. Adding some type of scent to your bait will help but it is not always needed. A Berkely Gulp is rarely turned down by any flounder so it is my go to bait paired with a 3/8 oz jighead. Covering a lot of ground with small and quick 6 inch hops will put a ton of flatties in the boat. Moving around a lot and working walls by vertical jigging has become an incredibly effective technique for me on days when the bite is slower. On better days I try not to move too much as the fish are typically on the move and coming to “feeding” areas. Rocks/riprap, dropoffs, shallow shorelines along the intracoastal canal, points and almost anywhere in the Galveston ship channel is where you will find them en masse. The tides look fantastic this month so definitely take advantage of the great weather and great tides. And always try to take a kid fishing! See you on the water! Capt. Craig Lambert | Galvestoninshorefishing.com | 832.338.4570

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Additionally, most fish and bird populations continue to hold steady in the Bay area and the brown pelican continues to be a shining example of a species that has come back from the brink of extinction. On the other hand, the Rivers and Bayous flowing into Galveston Bay, including their surrounding watersheds, received a “D” in a new invasive species category because there are more than 90 species of invasive plants and animals established in the Galveston Bay watershed. The best way to control invasive species is to keep them out of our yards and waterways: if you don’t know it, don’t grow it! Also, in the Toxins in Sediments indicator, legacy pollutants such as PCBs, dioxins, and DDT and pollutants such as mercury and pyrene associated with ongoing human activities can be found in the sediments around the Houston Ship Channel. These pollutants can find their way into the Bay food web and even some of the seafood that we eat from these areas. Visit the Report Card site,www.GalvBayGrade.org to see how your neighborhood measures up in terms of water quality, wetlands, and many other areas.

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ishing has been a passion of mine for as long as I can remember. My earliest recollections are waking up at the crack of dawn, to go wade fishing with my dad. He taught me about rods, reels, weights, hooks, bait and more; it was in my blood, I was hooked! Being out on the water, for the early morning sunrises, gave me an appreciation of God’s creation. From that early age, I knew I wanted to spend my life on the coast. At 17 years old, I proudly became an Aggie at the Texas A&M University Galveston campus where my desire for living the ‘Island’ lifestyle grew stronger. During my senior year, I started Out Cast Charters in Galveston, Texas. I remember going to class in the mornings, running straight to the boat, picking up my customers, catching and fileting fish, and then back to campus, just in time for my evening classes. As you can imagine, I was well known around school as the ‘fishing guy’ because of my delightful fishing smell that radiated from me in class. By my 20th birthday in 2016, I graduated from Texas A&M University. I am thankful to my family and friends for their support and am blessed to have a such a great customer base with more than 2000 social media followers. After fishing all summer in the Texas heat, numerous hooks in my hand, funny tan lines, and 1820 hour days on the water, I am honored to have been nominate and voted in “Best of Galveston’s” top 5 fishing boat captains as well as top 5 charter companies in Galveston, Texas. Fishing has offered me many opportunities and blessed me with amazing customers, who I consider to be family. This journey continues with so many wonderful supporters and a great family who have had my back through it all. My desire is to be a blessing to all I meet and to offer them a fun outlet in the crazy world we live in. Whether on the water or on land, I want to continue to help people make memories that will last a lifetime. Thanks and Gig’em Capt. Michael ‘Sharky’ Marquez Out Cast Charters www.outcastfishincharters.com MonstaFishin Apparel www.monstafishin.com 12 GALVESTON & UPPER COAST

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I served on the Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council for 18 years, and served as its chair three times. The council members and staff are hamstrung by certain provisions of the Magnuson Act, which governs stocks in federal waters. While the Act has resulted in many benefits, there are two major problems: stocks must be managed on a quota and in most cases stocks must be managed as a single unit. By mandating a quota, the Act disallows innovative options, such as closed areas in lieu of a quota. Also, determining a quota requires a stock assessment, and as we all know, stock assessments are expensive, slow in coming, and notoriously subject to major revisions. Of course the mandate that stocks be managed as a single unit precludes the differential habitat considerations described above. Another problem with federal oversight has to do with effort. Until a few years ago, effort was determined by the MRFSS (Marine Recreational Fisheries Statistics Survey). This program was so “fatally flawed” that it had to be replaced by what is known as MRIP (Marine Recreational Information Program). Alas, the two programs had such conflicting results that the Council and National Marine Fisheries Service are still trying to untangle the flawed data. In addition, the states are developing their own effort data programs, far more sophisticated than the MRIP program. It has been suggested that the Gulf states don’t have the resources to gather and interpret the data necessary to make sound scientific decisions. Not true! The states are currently generating enough data to do a far more effective job of localized management. Think of the economic benefit to the states of having a longer season. Are we in for a three-day snapper season in 2017? Isn’t the system broken? Doesn’t it make sense that the states manage? Dr. Bob Shipp is professor emeritus of marine science at the university of South Alabama and author of Dr. Bob Shipp’s Guide to Fishes of the Gulf of Mexico, available at: bobshipp.com.

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he landscape is stark off Namibia’s South Atlantic Coast. Sands end in sea, and, well, that’s about all there is to see! But these coastal waters where Jeri Drake and wife Sue fish and train for international surf fishing competition are loaded with game species, including copper sharks (“bronzies”), spotted gully, cow sharks, blue rays, smooth hounds and many more. You might never make it to Africa to fish these waters, but the tackle and techniques that Jeri—a master rod builder, innovator, member of Namibian President’s fishing team, and owner of Excalibur Tackle (www. excalibur-tackle.com ) in the town of Henties Bay—takes to the surf could find application on your coastal waters, too. Fishing is serious sport along the “Skeleton Coast,” particularly for tournament anglers who, armed with long rods and a fighting belt, often wade out several hundred yards to sandbanks, routinely casting 6- to 7-once sinkers and bait 100 to 160 yards or more to reach hard-fighting game fish. Rod design for Jeri Drake, known simply as “Jeri” in southern African fishing circles, has evolved into 14-foot and longer rods. He has developed his own blanks for this style of fishing, with unique handles featuring short butt sections and long fore grips, the latter measuring around 28 inches. The essential difference to U.S. style blanks is a ‘faster’ action, as opposed to the usual ‘through’ action. Jeri employs the same “reel down” design—reel positioned relatively close to the fighting belt—with surf rods he builds for both “fixed spool” (spinning) reels and conventional reels. The long fore grips allow fishermen to change the fulcrum point while fighting the fish. The “reel down” design also makes it easier to master more powerful casting techniques and thus achieve better distances. Wading through troughs and casting and fighting fish in sea spray calls

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ost people have heard of IGFA (International Game Fish Association), which manages world records for fishermen. But have you heard of IUSA (International Underwater Spearfishing Association)? IUSA keeps track of spearfishing world records. Both were founded more than 65 years ago and have a rich history—and both pride themselves for providing a universal code of sporting ethics as well as record keeping. The IUSA rules are fairly simple: the fish must be taken while freediving and using a muscle-powered speargun, sling or polespear. The catch must be legal, unassisted and weighed on a certified scale. The application must include photos of the weighing, dimensions and witness information. The categories are: men and women, saltwater and freshwater, speargun and sling/polespear. In other words, a woman can have a record black grouper taken by polespear in the ocean; a man can have a record walleye taken by a speargun in a lake, and so forth. I was inspired a few years ago to see if I could get a world record yellowfin tuna. That led me to learn to hold my breath, educate myself on equipment, get in better shape, learn all about tunas, save money for trips and make friends with other bluewater hunters. Having that goal set many other activities in motion.

I was fortunate to achieve my goal with a 179-pound tuna in Mexico. While the catch itself was exciting, I now realize that it’s the hunt, not the catch—or as they say, “it’s the journey, not the destination.” The lessons learned, the new friends made along the way, the memories—that is what becomes most precious over time. If you’re interested in pursuing a world record, here’s some quick tips: 1. Go where the fish are! Investigate areas, charters, and recent catches. 2. Use the right tool for the job. For example, Wong guns are known for bluewater hunting, Hammerhead is known for slings/polespears, etc. 3. Know the rules in advance so you don’t unwittingly disqualify a record. They can be found on the IUSA website at www. iusarecords.com. 4. Pack a certified scale and tape measure in your dive bag. You never know when that special catch will take place! Chatillon scales are known for being accurate and “certifiable.” 5. Above all, be safe and have fun. Records are an enjoyable pursuit, but they don’t compare to your health and wellbeing. With a bit of persistence and some luck, you might be able to immortalize the fish of a lifetime by claiming a world record. Life is short, so get out and enjoy it! Follow “Sheri Daye” & “The Blue Wild Ocean Adventure Expo” April 22-23, 2017 – Ft. Lauderdale - Instagram and Facebook.

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2015 form. On the regional event side, team member Brandon Mosley maintained a hot hand through the Costa Series and made two out of three cuts while building his rods as well as Hallman’s out on the FLW Tour. As the FLW Tour and Elite Series went on throughout the year, Cox, Roy and Lester continued to produce all while building their own rods. Cox, the most notable, who builds lake-specific rods in his hotel room during practice also has fellow anglers coming to him to fix a tip-top or a guide in an emergency. As the 2016 Season comes to a close, MHX has had an incredible year with multiple titles, a FLW Cup Championship and even team members headed to the Classic for the first time in their careers. Keep an eye out for the MHX Team as 2017 Season begins in January. If you are looking to build your own fishing rods check out MHX Rods at www.fishmhx.com and Mud Hole Custom Tackle at www.MudHole.com.

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2.5 HP, 21 GALLON, 125 PSI VERTICAL AIR COMPRESSOR

We have invested millions of dollars in our own state-of-the-art quality test labs and millions more in our factories, so our tools will go toe-to-toe with the top professional brands. And we can sell them for a fraction of the price because we cut out the middle man and pass the savings on to you. It’s just that simple! Come visit one of our 700+ Stores Nationwide. R PE ON SU UP CO ITEM 69091/61454 61693/62803

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2500 LB. ELECTRIC WINCH WITH WIRELESS REMOTE CONTROL

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4000 PEAK/3200 RUNNING WATTS 6.5 HP (212 CC) GAS GENERATORS

QUALITY TOOLS LOWEST PRICES EVERYDAY VALID NOW ON 5,000 + ITEMS

VALUE

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At Harbor Freight Tools, the “comp at” price means that the same item or a similar functioning item was advertised for sale at or above the "comp at" price by another retailer in the U.S. within the past 180 days. Prices advertised by others may vary by location. No other meaning of "comp at" should be implied. For more information, go to HarborFreight.com or see store associate.

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• 700+ Stores Nationwide • Lifetime Warranty

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44", 13 DRAWER INDUSTRIAL QUALITY ROLLER CABINET

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• Weighs 245 lbs.

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