Coastal Angler Magazine | March 2023 | Florida Keys Edition

Page 1

Shhhhh. No wake zone. Protect your baby (and their toys) with coverage for shing gear and personal property too. 1 - 800 - PROGRESSIVE / PROGRESSIVE.COM Progressive Casualty Insurance Co. & af liates. Additional charge may apply. Prices vary based on how you buy.
Perfectly Seasoned SAVOR THE SEASONS in Upcountry South Carolina FishUpcountrySC.com 864-233-2690 Every season is the best season to explore the many treasures in the Upcountry. ANDERSON  CHEROKEE  GREENVILLE  OCONEE  PICKENS  SPARTANBURG

Ifyou’re anything like my dad, you give your family everything. Your name, your time, your values — the people in your life know they can depend on you for practically anything. In exchange for imparting all of this energy and experience, you expect nothing in return.

e point? You deserve to treat yourself once in a while. You do so much for the people you care about. Now it’s time to focus on you for just a few minutes. at’s where the Men’s Due Volta Watch comes in. is astonishing innovation provides a digital readout that’s powered by a precise quartz engine, combining both analog and digital timekeeping.

Out tted with a stopwatch, alarm, a.m./p.m. settings, and day, date and month complications, this timepiece stands out from the crowd. With its large face and handsome, masculine design, this watch is perfect for the back nine and the happy hour afterwards. Water-resistant up to 3 ATM, this timepiece won’t wimp out if you have a run-in with a water hazard. Other hybrid watches can sell for thousands of dollars, but because we’ve built more than 1 million watches, we know how to create real value. at’s why we can o er this timepiece for just $59! If you’re not completely satis ed with this watch, return it for a full refund.

Act quickly! is one-of-a-kind watch has been one of our fastest sellers this year. Of our original run of 2,872, we only have 389 left for this ad! In the last couple of years there’s been a watch shortage, but Stauer has got you covered. If you’re the kind of man who gives everything and expects nothing in return, it’s time to treat yourself.

Watch Speci cations:

• Complications: stopwatch, alarm, a.m./p.m. settings, and day, date and month

• Precision movement chronograph

• Stainless steel caseback and crown

• Water-resistant to 3 ATM

Men’s Due Volta Watch $399 $59* + S&P Save $320

*Special price only for customers using the offer code.

Stauer, 14101 Southcross Drive W., Ste 155, Dept. DVW180-03, Burnsville, MN 55337 www.stauer.com Stauer® | AFFORD THE EXTRAORDINARY ® For
1-800-333-2045
Insider
Stauer®Impossible PriceONLY 59 Join more than 1 million smart people who own stauer watches
the Man Who Gives Everything and Expects Nothing
Your
Offer Code: DVW180-03
THE DEEPEST BONDS START AT THE SURFACE RUN THE WATER // YAMAHABOATS.COM This document contains many of Yamaha’s valuable trademarks. It may also contain trademarks belonging to other companies. Any references to other companies or their products are for identifcation purposes only, and are not intended to be an endorsement. Follow instructional materials and obey all laws. Ride responsibility, wearing protective apparel and USCG-approved personal fotation device. Always drive within your capabilities, allowing time and distance for maneuvering, and respect others around you. Never drink and ride. ©2023 Yamaha Motor Corporation, U.S.A. All rights reserved.

A MODERN-DAY TED WILLIAMS

Major League Baseball’s JD Martinez has garnered a lot of accolades, including three Silver Sluggers, a Hank Aaron Award and MLB Player of the Year. e man is a vetime All-Star! What some folks might not know about the former Boston Red Sox turned Los Angeles Dodger is he’s also an avid sherman.

Growing up in Miami, he o en escaped to sh the Florida Keys. rough the years, that passion never faded. He now lives in Islamorada and spends the o season shing with Capt. Brandon “ e Bean” Storin.

Capt. Bean grew up in Baltimore, Maryland and has vacationed every year in the Keys since he was 5 years old. He shed with Capt. Jimmy Willcox, who inspired a dream to become a backcountry guide. In 2021, e Bean ful lled his dream.

Together, JD and Capt. Bean have made memories while landing some awesome sh. eir rst trip in the Islamorada backcountry produced JD’s personal-best tripletail. It was JD’s rst time tripletailing, and they were sight-casting buoys. Just like hitting a 95-mph fastball, timing and execution are everything, and JD made the perfect cast when they spotted a stud tripletail. Several runs and exhales later, Bean swooped deep and netted the 20-plus-pound

beast. It was JD’s rst, and it is a personal best that will take some work to beat.

Another epic adventure took place during a sunset black n tuna mission. Capt. Bean knew ns, and they used light spinning tackle to make it more fun. It didn’t take more than a couple minutes for JD to get tight on a monster n. All you could hear was the reel screaming, and the rod was doubled over the whole ght. It was JD’s personal-

full-grown one to boot.

On their most recent adventure, Capt. Bean and JD were bottom shing for mutton snapper when an unexpected bite inhaled a whole ballyhoo. It ended up being an almost record-breaking yellowtail snapper, which at 29 inches was the sh of a lifetime. Gray’s taxidermy commemorated the yellowtail to add to JD’s mount collection, along with the aforementioned tripletail.

JD is a good angler, and he is not the rst Red Sox slugger to nd a shing home on Islamorada. Ted Williams, considered by many to be the greatest hitter of all time, played for the Sox from 1939-1960. He was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1966, and he is also a member of the Fly Fishing Hall of Fame. Williams resided and shed in Islamorada for bone sh and tarpon with legendary Capt. Jimmy Albright. It is said he became as good an angler as any of the guides.

MLB and the Islamorada backcountry have a shared history. Capt. Bean and JD continue adding to the legends to this day.

Follow JD Martinez (@jdmartinez28) and Capt. Bean (@bnmbean) on Instagram. Some of their adventures are featured on YouTube at Bean Sport shing TV.

Noodling for Cat sh...what have I gotten myself into?

is past summer, I wanted to do something exciting and di erent with my friends for my “bachelorette” getaway. I always thought noodling would be a cool experience.

If you’re not familiar with noodling, it’s a technique anglers use to catch cat sh with their hands. In the lead-up to the spawn, cat sh nd holes in the banks where they will eventually lay and guard their eggs. It’s up to the angler to locate either a natural hole or a strategically placed box that a cat sh has decided to call home. e angler then sticks their hand into the hole, triggering the cat sh to chomp down on their hand and forearm. en, it’s a wrestling match to the surface.

e athead cat sh we pursued don’t have teeth, but they do grow large, with some sh reaching well over 50 pounds. It takes all your strength to get them out of their happy place and up to the surface to become sh celebrities.

Because it takes place during the spawn, this style of shing has become almost 100-percent catch-and-release for many noodlers. A er a few photos, sh are released safely to return to their holes and continue spawning duties.

When my two best friends and I le the familiar clear Florida waters for the beautiful state of Alabama, we had the goal to get one of these monster cats to bite... our arms. I’m not going to lie; I was a bit nervous getting on the boat. It was beautiful and peaceful on the river,

TO REMEMBER

but the water is murky like chocolate milk and the banks are muddy. Shoes are highly recommended.

When I entered the water at our rst spot, it kind of hit me: “What have I gotten myself into?” But there was no turning back. Our guide located the wooden box he had planted earlier in the season and instructed me to hold my breath and lie on the bottom while slowly sliding my hand into the hole.

At rst there was nothing. en… WHAM! It was like a toothless gator grabbed me. I had been instructed to grab that sucker by its lower jaw with both hands and not to let go. So that’s what I did. A er a brief struggle, I had a dandy on the surface staring right at me! rough the day, we tried many holes, some empty and some with sh. Each time we stopped, the anticipation and excitement were the same as at the rst hole. It was a great experience, and I plan to go again soon. If you’ve ever thought of going noodling, I highly recommend it, 10/10.

e noodling season runs from midspring through the summer, depending on the location. Get online and nd a local guide for the area you’re interested in. Feel free to contact me with questions on Instagram @ get_outside_with_deidra or my husband, Capt. Jamie rappas @yellow_dawg_ shing.

Deidra and her husband Capt. Jamie rappas are co-publishers of the Volusia County, Fla. edition of Coastal Angler Magazine.

Historically, gold has proved to be a reliable hedge against inflation and economic uncertainty. Plus, gold bars are a convenient and popular way to invest in gold. PAMP® gold bars are one of the most trusted gold investment products on the planet.

Who Is PAMP® Suisse?

In a nutshell, PAMP Suisse is the world’s leading independent Precious Metals refiner. An acronym, “PAMP” stands for Produits Artistiques Métaux Précieux (“artistic precious metals products,” in French). The company is completely independent of any government, and provides more than half of all the gold bars under 50 grams sold around “the world. They are so well respected in the gold industry, they are assigned as an ‘Approved Good delivery Referee’ to determine the quality of products by the London Bullion Market Association. Located in the southern part of Switzerland in Castel San Pietro, the company was founded in 1977.

The Highest Quality Standards!

PAMP Suisse Minted Gold Bars are certified, assayed, guaranteed, and struck in 999.9% pure gold! These gold bars feature an obverse design portraying Fortuna, the Roman Goddess of fortune and the personification of luck in Roman religions. PAMP Suisse’s exclusive Veriscan® technology uses the metal’s microscopic topography, similar to a fingerprint, to identify any registered product, aiding in the detection of counterfeits. The tamper-evident assay card makes it easy to tell if the bar has been questionably handled, while guaranteeing the gold weight and purity.

Order Now for Doorstep Delivery!

Add gold to your portfolio. PAMP Suisse Minted Gold Bars are available here in a wide variety of sizes—from one gram to one ounce—at competitive prices. PLUS, you’ll receive FREE Shipping on your order over $149. Call right now to get your PAMP Suisse Minted Gold Bars shipped to your door!

PAMP Suisse Minted Gold Bars

1 gm Gold Bar $96 $89 + s/h

2.5 gm Gold Bar $229 $199 + FREE SHIPPING

5 gm Gold Bar $449 $379 + FREE SHIPPING

10 gm Gold Bar $735 $699 + FREE SHIPPING

1 oz Gold Bar $2,229 $2,049 + FREE SHIPPING

FREE SHIPPING! Limited time only. Product total over $149 before taxes (if any). Standard domestic shipping only. Not valid on previous purchases. Actual sizes are 11.5 x 19 to 24 x 41 mm

GovMint.com® is a retail distributor of coin and currency issues and is not affiliated with the U.S. government. The collectible coin market is unregulated, highly speculative and involves risk. GovMint.com reserves the right to decline to consummate any sale, within its discretion, including due to pricing errors. Prices, facts, figures and populations deemed accurate as of the date of publication but may change significantly over time. All purchases are expressly conditioned upon your acceptance of GovMint.com’s Terms and Conditions (www.govmint.com/terms-conditions or call 1-800-721-0320); to decline, return your purchase pursuant to GovMint.com’s Return Policy. © 2023 GovMint.com. All rights reserved. GovMint.com • 1300 Corporate Center Curve, Dept. PMP141-03, Eagan, MN 55121 A+ Easy to Acquire PAMP Gold Bars! First Call, First Served! SPECIAL CALL-IN ONLY OFFER 1-800-973-9208 Offer Code PMP141-03 Please mention this code when you call. Gold
Can Trust! At Prices Anyone Can Afford Accredited by the Swiss Federal Bureau, each Pamp Suisse Gold Bar is individually registered and sealed within protective CertiPAMP™ packaging with an integrated and official Assay Certificate that guarantees fine precious metal content and weight, protected with a removable film. World’s Leading Precious Metals Refiner, Since 1977 999.9% Pure Gold Individually Serialized Security Pamp® Suisse Gold Bars from Switzerland High-Purity 999.9% Pure Gold Affordable Fractional Sizes
You

A CHANGE OF PACE

Today we are going to cruise past the shallow South Texas ats, through the pass, and nd some nearshore rocks loaded with huge legal Texas red snapper! What a di erence a few miles and 68 feet of water can make.

I typically make a handful of trips to the short rigs or rocks o the Texas coast each summer for a change of scenery. On the calm summer days, the mosquito eet (smaller bay boats) breaks the jetties and heads out for kings, cobia and red snapper. ese shallow-water snapper are typically in the 16- to 20-foot range. ey are tasty none the less, but nothing like what you nd close to shore in winter, as I recently observed during my rst winter o shore trip. Recently, we were in between cold fronts and had our rst sunny day in more than a week. Several days of windy, cloudy, cold, rainy days had me longing for some sunny rays. When my brother called and asked if I wanted to join him and his neighbor for some Texas red snapper, I didn’t hesitate to say yes! e photos he sent of the previous trip’s catch were the icing on the cake. e forecast called for 2- to 3-foot seas—which turned out to be less—70degree sunny temps, and wind at 6 knots from the east. is was a one-day window.

When we pulled up to a small set of rocks, there were two other boats there and four rods were doubled over! One of the boats was doing a bag check, and I watched him tossing and counting 15- to 20-pound snapper into the cooler. His count ended at 14, two shy of his limit… and they had two on the line. Keep in mind, at this time my personnel best snapper was about 8 pounds, and everything I was seeing was more than twice that size. e anticipation was high as I waited for the trolling motor to lock in.

Once the trolling motor settled into place, we pinned chunks of squid onto bottom rigs weighted with 8 to 12 ounces of lead and the fun began! It became a bit chaotic with doubles on while trying to coax a 20-pound snapper into an oversized net while still trying to catch one yourself.

It is hard to beat the drag zinging of a king mackerel or the Mack Truck power of a cobia during the calm days of late summer, but I might have to switch my snapper season from summer to winter! When the smallest winter ones are twice the size of your largest summer catch, it’s an easy switch.

8 NATIONAL MARCH 2023 COASTALANGLERMAG.COM • THEANGLERMAG.COM
Capt. Michael Okruhlik is the inventor of Knockin Tail Lures® and the owner of www.MyCoastOutdoors.com. PHOTO COURTESY OF KNOCKIN TAIL LURES®
THE ALTERNATIVE TO BUYING A NEW BOAT Request a quote! • suzukirepower.com • 1-800-545-4574 Mastry Engine Center has received the Suzuki Marine Super Service Award and has been ranked #1 in Suzuki Marine US Sales! 58 YEARS OF REPOWER EXPERIENCE! Repower packages designed to best fit your needs and not stretch your budget. Financing available. All Suzuki repowers come with the new Suzuki 5-year factory warranty.
the southeast to help with your Suzuki service and repower needs. Performance Bulletin Available
Suzuki RePower Centers are stationed around
Optimize Your Drift Drift-It Point Target Your Spot Fish-It Point Range Rings Track Your Distance Drift-It, Fish-It...Catch It! Stop wasting time and fuel. Furuno's exclusive Fish-It and Drift-It features remove the guesswork and keep you on the fish! Determine your best drift the first time, so you'll hit your favorite spot every time. Standard feature for all NavNet TZtouch3 MFDs Pick the best spot with help from your chart, Fish Finder, or DFF3D Multi-Beam Sonar Drift hot spots like the pros Also can be used to set anchor Select drift times from 3-20 minutes Go on a power trip with Get the whole story at NavNet.com Scan me to see it in action!

It’s Pompano Time in South Florida!

Pompano have already begun to show up here on South Florida’s east coast, and the bite will only get better as we move deeper into spring.

Temperature drives the movements of these tasty little jacks. ey prefer 70- to 80-degree water temps, they travel in schools and feed on mollusks and crustaceans in inlets and o sandy beaches. ese are some of the reasons pompano are a favorite target of shore-based anglers. Once you nd them, you are in for a world of fun.

Florida pompano, like permit, are in the jack family. ey have a strong resemblance to each other, so it’s important to be able to tell them apart. Size is a dead giveaway when you’re dealing with mature specimens, as pompano rarely grow larger than 6 pounds and permit regularly reach weights of up to 40 pounds. Pompano and juvenile permit, however, have a similar appearance. e most noticeable di erence is a permit’s larger, humped forehead. Pompano also tend to be more yellow throughout their body, while permit only have yellow on their bellies near their anal ns.

Anytime from March into the beginning of September, pompano move o shore to broadcast spawn. Since they already travel in schools, this is spontaneous, and they head back inshore when they are done. Prime time to sh for them here is April and May, and you’ll nd them along sandy beaches as well as around oyster and seagrass beds. Pompano seem to enjoy water with more current,

which has that milky look.

Pompano migrate seasonally to stay in their preferred water temperatures, and they have been found as far north as Massachusetts. ey move north or farther o shore to nd cooler water in deep summer. ey come back south in fall to prepare for the spring mating season. Local movements also happen due to tides and other conditions. ey are either in an area or they are not, and they move to nd waters where they can feed comfortably. A er strong storms, our sandbars tend to change, which will also change where pompano are feeding.

Pompano are very spirited ghters on light tackle. Small jigs in yellow or chartreuse are commonly used with great success. Beach anglers use long surf rods and chicken rigs baited with shrimp, clams, crab knuckles and sand eas. Sand eas are the preferred bait. Many anglers take it a step further by adding a piece of arti cial bait, such as Fishbites, to the natural baits. is is especially e ective when other sh peck o natural bait quickly. It ensures something stays on the hook, as most of these arti cial baits are very durable. ese arti cial baits can also be added to jigs for scent.

Emily Rose Hanzlik holds 56 IGFA world records in various categories. She hails from West Palm Beach, where she has a part time Bow n Guide Service as well as shing classes for Jr. Anglers. Find her on social media @emilyhanzlikoutdoors.

4 FLORIDA MARCH 2023 COASTALANGLERMAG.COM • THEANGLERMAG.COM $81.78 /Month + Tax $92.94 /Month + Tax $97.00 /Month + Tax $48.00 /Month + Tax $158.05 /Month + Tax

There is a Reason More Marine Professionals Choose Suzuki RePower – It Simply Makes Sense

Why are More Professional Mariners Choosing Mastry Suzuki RePower - Power, Reliable, Durable & Best Value

When Considering A Repower, Consider These Factors:

• Mastry Suzuki RePower Centers have decades of repower experience providing proper rigging, controls, propeller matching and in water testing

• With a Mastry Suzuki RePower, owners gain improved performance, less noise and greater reliability

• Options that will fit most any budget, financing available

• Mastry Suzuki RePower’s exclusive Owner’s Edge Program*

• All Suzuki RePowers come with Suzuki’s 5-years of protection

With 13 Locations Across Florida There is a Mastry Suzuki RePower Center Near You

THE

ALTERNATIVE

TO BUYING A NEW BOAT

REPOWER

*Get with the Program!

When you purchase a new Suzuki outboard from an authorized Mastry RePower Center you qualify to become a member of the Mastry Suzuki Owner’s Edge. Owners receive an identification card that provides them with important information about their Suzuki outboard motor as well as a passport to additional benefits during ownership. Members enjoy a detailed engine maintenance schedule, Mastry Suzuki RePower Trade Program and special pricing from Mastry Suzuki Partners.

| 1-800-545-4574

suzukirepower.com

BLADED JIGS TIPS FROM A PRO

Let’s talk a bait that works absolutely everywhere. e bladed jig, also called a chatterbait, is one of the most versatile baits you can tie on the end of your line. It’s one of my all-time favorites. From Florida to New York, in any season, this bait catches them.

ere are hundreds of situations that make me want to sling a chatterbait. I always keep one tied on because it’s so versatile. Whether it’s grass, rocks, docks, wood or open water, there isn’t a situation where this bait doesn’t work.

Use a chatterbait as a search bait and cover some water. If there is a hungry bass around and you match your color to the forage they are feeding on, you will get them to bite. Unless the water you are shing is extremely muddy, matching color to the forage species is important. In cold water, where bass are feeding on red and orange craw sh, tie on a bright red or orange bladed jig. If you are in the south and bass are feeding on bluegill or shiners, stick to natural colors like a green pumpkin or some kind of gold and silver. e only time I throw

a bright white or chartreuse chatterbait is in extremely stained water, where I need the bait to stand out. Always match the hatch!

I live in Florida, and our spawning season is earlier than most. By the time you read this, most of our sh will be nished spawning. Farther north, they’ll just be getting started. A chatterbait is deadly when bass are staged up before, during and a er the spawn. e chattering blade drives these sh crazy. It’s a sh call. row it around in a staging area and you will have a very good day on the water.

ere isn’t a wrong way to use it. With the many colors, weights and size options, there is a match for the style of shing you want to do. From northern smallmouths to giant South Florida largemouths, every bass will eat a bladed jig. Like any bait, a chatterbait will perform best when matched with the right gear. I like a medium-heavy, moderate-action rod. You don’t want to set the hook as much as you want to reel into the sh when they eat the bait. Treat it like a bait with treble hooks. e 13 Fishing Omen Black 7’4mhm is absolutely perfect for this application. I pair a 7:5:1 gear ratio Concept A 13 Fishing reel and 15- to 20-pound Seaguar AbrazX. Hope this shing tip nds you well and puts more sh in your boat. Don’t hesitate to contact me on social media with any questions.

It’s 8:17 p.m. Been out on the lake for hours. But there are more fsh in the water. And my LBP batteries are still going strong. Maybe One More Cast . . . the offcial battery of “One More Cast...” Visit lithiumbatterypower.com Or call us at 727-233-9831
Tyler Woolcott is a professional tournament angler and guide. Check out his website at www.tylerwoolcott shing.com.
COASTALANGLERMAG.COM • THEANGLERMAG.COM MARCH 2023 FLORIDA 7 ✓ Large Inventory ✓ Factory Trained Technicians ✓ Custom Fabrica�on Solu�ons ✓ Service and Maintenance Repower Center Advanced Marine Services 1322 Carolina Ave Saint Cloud, FL 34769 407-498-5142 866-768-2628 advancedmarine.com ALL REAPER RODS FEATURE THE www.americantackle.us BRAND FEARTHEREAPER AS WELL AS OTHER AMERICAN TACKLE COMPONENTS FOR ONE OF THE MOST DURABLE RODS ON THE MARKET WWW.FACEBOOK.COM/REAPERRODS

Salina spinning reels feature a hybrid carbonite and Japanese felt DFD drag system that outputs more than 33 lbs of fsh stopping power. Constructed from advanced LITECAST body material that is 15% lighter than die-cast aluminum, these reels are built for both light inshore and heavy ofshore use. With an interchangeable screw-in handle system and six available models from 4000 to 14000, Salina spinning reels are designed to maximize your success on the water.

okumafshingusa.com

CENTRAL FLORIDA’S PREMIER FLOATING DOCK SYSTEM

Lasting 2-3 times longer than wooden, concrete, and aluminum docks, our modular foating system is the preferred dock choice for residential, commercial, marina, liesure, and other applications. Customizable and confgurable for boat docks, liesure and recreation docks, and drive-on jet ski and personal watercraft!

• High-quality plastic

• Environmentally-friendly

• Guaranteed for 20 years

• Near-zero maintenance

• Completely customizable

• UV and pollution resistant

8 FLORIDA MARCH 2023 COASTALANGLERMAG.COM • THEANGLERMAG.COM
SA-10000A
GET YOUR CUSTOM QUOTE TODAY! LIFE ON WATER www.candockcf.com

WE ACCEPT TRADES!

LOTS OF USED BOATS!

HUGE SAVINGS ON NEW AND USED BOATS!

• Lowrance

• Simrad

• Garmin

• Humminbird

• Power Pole

• Tallon

• Minn Kota

• Motor Guide

• Lowrance

Newly Expanded Service Department!

Triple Threat Throwdown to Ra e O Loaded Fishing Kayak

Florida’s saltwater angler recognition program, Catch a Florida Memory, is sweetening the pot this year by o ering anglers a shot at winning a fully loaded shing kayak.

Rigged out with an accessory package from Yak Attack, this Bona de SS127 series kayak is a shing machine. It will be ra ed o to one lucky member of Catch a Florida Memory’s Triple reat Club a er a season-long event billed as the Triple reat rowdown. Only members of the Triple reat Club who are recognized with a Catch a Florida Memory achievement between now and Sept. 5 will be eligible for the ra e.

Triple Threat Club

Triple reat Club status is awarded to anglers who have quali ed for recognition in all three of the following Catch a Florida Memory programs. Once an angler enters the Triple reat Club, they are a member for life. ey receive a dry- t performance shing shirt and entry into Triple reat Club opportunities like the Triple reat rowdown.

• A Saltwater Grand Slam consists of catching three speci ed species within a 24-

hour time period. ere are nine di erent grand slam categories for di erent saltwater species in di erent habitats.

• Saltwater Reel Big Fish recognition is for anglers who catch one exceptionally large specimen from a list of 30 di erent species with pre-determined qualifying length.

• e Saltwater Fish Life List 10 Fish Club is for anglers who have caught 10 di erent species of saltwater sh from the Catch a Florida Memory Life List of 70 species.

Raffle Eligibility

Eligible anglers must qualify for a recognition between now and Sept. 5, 2023 and be a member of the Triple reat Club at the time of the drawing. Eligible recognitions include a Grand Slam, a Reel Big Fish recognition, or a Life List recognition. Each angler will receive only one entry into the Triple reat rowdown ra e.

For more information and to submit catches, go to catcha oridamemory.com.

10 FLORIDA MARCH 2023 COASTALANGLERMAG.COM • THEANGLERMAG.COM
The fght for an unforgettable catch begins here. From elusive bonefsh to massive tarpon and beyond, fy fshing adventures across The Out Islands’ shallow-water fats offer more thrills and tales for even the most experienced anglers. See what could be waiting on the other side of your line. Discover our specials at OutIslandsAnglers.com 300
THE ABACOS ACKLINS ANDROS BIMINI CAT ISLAND ELEUTHERA THE EXUMAS HARBOUR ISLAND LONG ISLAND SAN SALVADOR

Re-Discover Old Florida Waterfront Charm

The Perfect Vacation Getaway for Fishing, Boating & Outdoor Enthusiasts

Goliath Harvest Opens for the First Time in 30 Years

Nestled on six lush tropical acres of pristine waterfront directly on the Indian River Lagoon, take a step back in time to experience the very best of Old Florida charm with modern conveniences and services to make your stay truly memorable and unforgettable.

• FULLY FURNISHED 3 ROOM COTTAGES WITH FULLY EQUIPPED KITCHENS

Kingfsh Lodge includes a wide screenTV and bar for small gatherings

Sailfsh House features a wide covered wrap-around porch for larger groups

• Boat Trailer Parking on site w/ Water and Power

• 250 Foot Dock w/ Covered Area

• FREE Ice / FREE Guest Dockage

• Cable TV, Hi-Speed Internet

• 2 miles to the Ft. Pierce Inlet

• 12 miles to the Gulf Stream

Cover Your Vacation with Travel Insurance

• Laundry, BBQ Grilles and FREE use of our Kayaks

NIGHTLY • WEEKLY • MONTHLY • SEASONAL RATES

3011 N. Indian River Dr., Ft. Pierce, FL 34946

www.indianriverlagoonwaterfrontcottages.com

Reservations and Information: (772) 349-2206

This month, for the rst time in more than 30 years, a few Florida anglers will have the opportunity to harvest a goliath grouper. e limited and highly regulated season runs from March 1 through May 31, and you’re out of luck if you don’t already have a state-issued Goliath Grouper Harvest Permit.

Just 200 non-transferable permits were issued by lottery a er the application period back in October 2022. is spring, permit holders will hit the water in search of a very expensive sh sandwich. On top of a $10 fee to enter the lottery, anglers selected for a permit paid $150 for Florida residents and $500 for non-residents for the chance to harvest a single sh.

“No way. Not interested at all,” said one angler from the Florida Keys when asked if they hoped to get a permit. “I guess there’s some novelty in eating a sh that no one is supposed to have tasted for 30 years, and it might make sense if they let you keep a big one, but it’s hardly worth my time to chase a 10-pound grouper.”

e slot limit for the one sh allowed per permit holder is 24 to 36 inches. Fish above or below that slot must be released immediately. Anglers with goliath tags will be intentionally shing for juveniles rather than the enormous 8-foot-long, 800-pound monsters that lurk around shallow, nearshore structure.

is highly regulated and extremely limited harvest seems to be the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission’s (FWC) way of testing the waters. Harvest of goliath grouper was completely banned in 1990 a er the population collapsed due to over shing and the loss of mangrove habitat required by juveniles of the species. Since then, the population has rebounded and abundance continues to increase. Removal of just 200 sh from the population, and no more than 50 sh from Everglades National Park, will not hinder rebuilding, according to an FWC presentation on the shery.

Additionally, goliath grouper may not be harvested from federal waters or from the waters of Martin County, including the St. Lucie River and its tributaries, south through the Atlantic coast of Monroe County and Dry Tortugas National Park.

Goliath grouper harvest will also allow FWC to collect important data for a species about which there is plenty to learn. Upon catching their one goliath, tag holders must immediately apply their tag to the lower jawbone of the sh and report their catch online within 24 hours. Even if they don’t catch a sh, tag holders must report that a er the season ends. Some permitted anglers will be required to provide a biological sample of their sh for genetic testing.

For more information, go to myfwc.com.

12 FLORIDA MARCH 2023 COASTALANGLERMAG.COM • THEANGLERMAG.COM
TRAVEL
PROTECTION
Your Health and Safety are our utmost concern. COVID-19 CDC Guidelines are in full e ect. All accommodations are completely cleaned and sanitized prior to guest arrival
NEW BRICK PAVER SIDEWALKS THROUGHOUT!

Florida Keys

MARCH IS ON FIRE

The fishing in the Gulf of Mexico has been on fire with lots of spanish mackerel and the occasional kingfish mixed in, and if you are lucky, you might even find a cobia swimming up your chum slick. We had a nice size cobia hooked up the other day but unfortunately, the tax man, better known as a bull shark, decided to take a huge piece of him before we could get him into the boat. For this style of fishing, you will want to load your live well with pilchards or live shrimp along with a few boxes of chum and head on out to the edge of the Gulf where you will find a group of boats on the mackerel grounds. When you get to your desired location, drop your humbug over and create a chum slick then anchor up current and start casting with a jighead. With a small trace of wire and twitching it erratically, before you know it you will be hooked up. If the backcountry is more your style, well the bite for redfish has been as good as I have ever seen it. Just last week, I took friends Braylon and Rylan out for a 1/2 day over is the Glades, they landed 42 redfish and a handful of snook. These guys live in my neighborhood and fish almost every day of the week. It’s such a pleasure to watch them cast and constantly be hooking fish. Big shout out to team Hillbilly Deluxe who took first place in both the Cheeca Sailfish Tourney and Florida Keys Gold Cup. Jess Jorgensen took top angler with 9 sailfish releases while her fiancé Capt. Trevor Frins was at the helm to watch the team release an impressive 16 out of 20 Sailfish.

— Contact Capt. Greg at 305.393.3327 or email gregpoland@icloud.com | Instagram: gregpoland Facebook: Fishing in the Florida Keys with Capt. Greg Poland

Advertise Your Business from Key Largo thru Key West Call 305.280.2021 or email: camflkeys@gmail.com
FACEBOOK.COM/CAMFLORIDAKEYS MARCH 2023 FLORIDA KEYS 1

SPRING BREAK

Spring is here, families are pouring into the keys for their spring break vacations and there’s no better time for a family to get out on the water and experience the great fishing the keys have to offer. I have always felt that the best parts of life are the experiences and adventures. I know that for my family, some of my greatest memories, especially with my son Ian and daughter Abbie, are the many times out Fishing, and having fun on the water. I’ll bet that when your kids are all grown up they may not remember what they got for Christmas when they were 10 or what their birthday present was when they were 12, but there’s a very good chance they’ll remember their first Florida Keys fishing trip. We’ve got so many different types of fishing here in the keys that there’s something for everyone. If you have younger kids that are inexperienced or may lack a little patience we’ve got options like snapper fishing on the reef, bottom fishing offshore, or Spanish mackerel fishing in the gulf where there is fast action on light tackle to keep them busy and engaged. If your kids are a little more experienced and patient, we’ve got big game options like sailfish, tuna, dolphin, and wahoo, offshore to give them the thrill of a lifetime.

On my charters aboard the Captain Easy, we’ll usually do a quick interview to gauge your level of experience and everybody’s interests. Once we’ve got a good idea of that, I’ll look at the weather and fishing conditions, and come up with a game plan that works best for your family or group. We’ve got good enough fishing to show your family a great time even on a short trip like a half day and with so many different types of fishing available, we can usually try a couple of different things on longer trips like a three-quarter or full day.

Most of the guides, especially the ones that have been doing it for a long time like myself, are very experienced with families and very patient with kids and we take the time to show them the right way to use the equipment and answer all of the questions they can come up with. So, if you’re thinking about taking the family fishing this spring, I’d highly recommend it. Give me a call and let’s get out there!

— www.captaineasycharters.com

You can reach Captain Bruce Andersen at Capt. Easy Charters, MM 85, call 305.360.2120 or email at: captbrucekey@comcast.net

2 FLORIDA KEYS MARCH 2023 COASTALANGLERMAG.COM/FLORIDA-KEYS FREE with no pre-registration Certificates for all entries Master Angler titles and Most Releases awarded to Men, Women, Junior & Peewee anglers Trophies awarded for the heaviest of 37 species in 9 different line classes Online entry at Enter.KeyWestFishingTournament.com KeyWestFishingTournament.com
FACEBOOK.COM/CAMFLORIDAKEYS MARCH 2023 FLORIDA KEYS 3 LeBoeufsMarine.com • 305-998-4390 100991 Overseas Highway, Key Largo FL 33037 FLORIDA’SSOUTHONLY BLAZER BAY DEALERSHIP! “1Day In & Out” Annual Service Outboard Facility Outboard Premium Services Certified Technicians Engine Inspections 2440 BAY 2700 HYBRID BAY 2220 FISHERMAN 2440

For a lot of inshore saltwater anglers, when you say the words “game fish”, a species that often comes to mind is the Common Snook. They are often found in varying areas, such as marinas, jetties, docks, backwaters, bays, near shore wrecks, flats, etc. We tend to do most of our fishing in the bays of the Ten Thousand Islands, often near mangroves, islands, and flats. There is usually a big population of snook amongst these areas ranging in all different sizes.

We have captured snook small enough to fit in the palm of our hands (caught in our cast net along with bait) up to around 40 inches, but there have been bigger ones caught by others. In my opinion, and I’m sure some may agree, snook can be tough to catch in the mangroves as they tend to move very fast and can maneuver all around the trees, branches, and structures. There have been quite a few times where we unfortunately broke off on a good sized snook, and other times we were lucky.

A few times we have actually managed to catch a snook that has tangled line all throughout the mangroves. This often calls for lots of patience and sometimes even having to get out of the boat and untangle the line little by little with your hands. The snook pictured here is actually from one of those instances. It was a fun and heart racing fight as I was nervous the line would fray too much and break off. But we managed to make it happen, even when we had to have someone get off the boat and go into the mangroves to free it out. I always prefer to try my best to get them out, not just to catch the fish, but also to ensure their safe release as well.

When we get them untangled, they are then able to swim away freely, especially not with a line or a hook attached to them. I will say, I have yet to join the 40-inch club, but I am hoping I will be able to soon! Snook are strong and hard fighting fish, and the big ones often seem to get away from me, but when I am able to capture one, no matter the size, it is still always great being able to see their strength and beauty up close. They truly are a representation of what a game fish is for inshore saltwater fishing.

4 FLORIDA KEYS MARCH 2023 COASTALANGLERMAG.COM/FLORIDA-KEYS Mile Marker 48 / Marathon / 305.289.0540 www.thetacklebox.com Penn – Daiwa – Shimano – Fin Nor – Okuma Rod & Reel Sales / Service / Repair Bait: Live – Frozen – Fresh Ice: Bagged – Block – Bulk FISHING CHARTERS & GUIDE SERVICE Dexter Knives Smith Optics Costa Sunglasses and Apparel Pelagic and Oceanic Apparel & Hats Tackle Box T-shirts - Hats - Visors No-See-Um Insect Repellant Calcutta Merchandise Triple D and Tuna Killers FishingTormentor Gear GAME FISH
a Fresh Catch Book your RV Site or Rental ONLINE NOW! YOU'RE JUS T A CLICKAWAY F R O M 33000 Overseas Hwy. Big Pine Key, FL 33043 305.290.4118 COVECOMMUNITIES.COM

THOUSANDS OF CHOICES

When you arrive in the Keys for your dream vacation many people are overwhelmed by the literal thousands of choices of charter boats offering a variety of activities on the water. Fishing boats, big and small, are everywhere, as are choices for scuba diving, snorkeling, ecotours, sailing, etc. How in the world do you choose the right one for you?

Recently I had a lovely family that booked our boat. Upon speaking to them, their ideal trip was to be able to fish and snorkel on our beautiful reef in the same trip. They told me that they had contacted many of the charter boats here expressing their wishes but could not find one that would allow them to do both of their desired activities on the same trip until they spoke to us! It gave me a new perspective about what we do! I realized that we offer excursions that are unique. We do our best to cater to the wishes of our guests and go above and beyond to accommodate their wish list while visiting the Keys. This is what makes us special!

We offer offshore trolling trips and go after the big fish that are in season, patch reef fishing trips where you just never know what you may catch, snorkeling trips where you get up close and personal with our extensive varieties of coral, reef fish, sea turtles, sting rays, and some harmless but beautiful sharks, and ecotours where I get to tell you about our very unique and delicate ecosystem of mangrove forests, birds, marine mammals, and other sea life. We can usually offer a combination of these unique and different options on the same trip. We have even been known to serve up fresh caught sushi on the boat to further your special Keys experience! We offer 4, 6, and 8 hour trips to give us enough time for your choice of activities we provide. We really enjoy these trips and it’s the best feeling when your guests end the day satisfied and with a new outlook on the little island chain, we locals get to call home.

I love our little island chain and the 120 miles of North America’s only living reef and getting to share it with our guests is a special treat for me. When I get to take children in the water snorkeling and show them a world that they never knew existed, my heart is full. When the avid fisherman from far away catches one of their bucket list fish, I go home proud and satisfied!

If you are interested in what our Keys have to offer, do not hesitate to contact me. We have 3 very different and knowledgeable captains that work hard for you to have the best experience possible aboard a comfortable, dry boat with plenty of shade. Hope to talk to you soon! —

6 FLORIDA KEYS MARCH 2023 COASTALANGLERMAG.COM/FLORIDA-KEYS
with me by contacting me at: floridasaltycowgirl.com
813-610-0078
Come out fishing
|
FACEBOOK.COM/CAMFLORIDAKEYS MARCH 2023 FLORIDA KEYS 7 ShelterBayMarine.com | 305-743-7008 77 Coco Plum Drive, Marathon, FL 33050 24’ 43’ 41’ N - 81’ 00’ 49’ W LAUNCH SCHEDULER APP PLATINUM MERCURY MARINE DEALER YAMAHA WARRANTY SERVICE CENTER BOATS YOUR FLORIDA KEYS MERCURY AUTHORIZED REPOWER CENTER Rack Storage • 24/7 Security • Service • Sales • Parts • Fuel

HERE FISHY FISHY

The Keys fishing spots have been on fire even in the last couple of cold months. Key West has had some really great flats fishing when captains have ventured out. Sugarloaf Key Islands has been hot for backcountry fishing and or course Islamorada deep dropping and swordfishing on the days the seas have been nice and calm. One of the best things about The Keys is there is always a bit of everything to fish for. Along the reef is always a great location for snappers, groupers, mackeral and cobia.

The Keys strip of tropical islands has the most gorgeous beaches and amazing wildlife. That’s what makes this area such a great place for the avid angler. You will never catch a more beautiful sunrise or sunset like you will in the Florida Keys.

Some people say I love to fish, but they don’t realize I actually live to fish. Even though it’s a ton of work and can be exhausting on the days when you reel in a big one, it’s the most freeing thing I’ve experienced. Since the day I’ve started, I’ve never stopped learning. The more I fish, the better I get at learning the fish…where to find them, their habits, what bait works best. One important thing is to watch the weather. Not only for your own safety, but that will give you a clue on what you might be reeling in. It can be beneficial to check fishing guides for the best fish to catch during the seasons, as well the best time to catch certain fish.

I recently got my boat serviced, and while it’s not the cheapest thing about fishing, it’s so important. The peace of mind about riding out on a well-serviced boat isn’t something I ever take lightly.

One of the things that excites me the most about fishing is the big swordfish catches and deep dropping. On my last trip, I caught another big one and released 3 small ones. With deep dropping, you really never know what’s below you and the excitement of seeing them come to the surface is just as exciting as my very first catch.

It’s been a great few months with my online charter booking company Hooker Booker. We’ve had so many great captains join our team and we are excited about what’s to come in the following months. We’re always welcoming qualified captains to list their charters with us and we’re currently filling up our booking for the next few months. If you or someone you know are looking for a charter, head over to www.HookerBooker.com and we will help you out!

8 FLORIDA KEYS MARCH 2023 COASTALANGLERMAG.COM/FLORIDA-KEYS
FACEBOOK.COM/CAMFLORIDAKEYS MARCH 2023 FLORIDA KEYS 9 CAR PROBLEMS? WE COME TO YOU! MOBILE TIRES, OIL CHANGES & BRAKE SERVICES Superb Customer Service The Best Selection of Vehicle and Auto Parts Call us for an appointment today! 305-849-6072 TiresOnLocation.net •Get onsite service for your convenience •Save with our competive prices •Trust in skilled, knowledgeable technicians •Enjoy fast, friendly & professional services
We Are Your Suzuki Marine HQ! 9200 Overseas Hwy., Marathon, FL 33050 LIECHTY MARINE OF MARATHON
From the Ultra Portable 2023 Suzuki Marine DF2.5 S to the Mighty 2023 Suzuki Marine DF350A, we have your boats power unit here! 305.509.7499 LiechtyMarineofMarathon.com Plus, we are the largest Suzuki RePower Specialists in the Keys

TIDE CHART TIDE

Ginger Perreault, P.A., GRI Realtor 305-731-8148

Ginger@SeafarerRealty.com

Danial Marrs, PSA Realtor 305-767-3495

Danial@SeafarerRealty.com

Alexia Mann, GRI, MRP, AHWD Broker/Owner 305-209-5166

Alexia@SeafarerRealty.com

Jen Davis Realtor 815-236-1328

Jen@SeafarerRealty.com

Michele Safos, MRP Realtor 724-691-6613

Michele@SeafarerRealty.com

Milly Perez, RSPS Realtor 305-363-8869

Milly@SeafarerRealty.com

Realtor 306-906-1954

Sabre@SeafarerRealty.com

Janell Lawrence Executive Assistant 305-414-8160

Janell@SeafarerRealty.com 11400 Overseas Hwy, Ste 105 Marathon www.SeafarerRealty.com

12 FLORIDA KEYS MARCH 2023 COASTALANGLERMAG.COM/FLORIDA-KEYS www.USHarbors.com Key Largo, South Sound, FL - Mar 2023 Date High Low AM ft PM ft AM ft PM ft Rise Set Moon 1 Wed 4:31 1.2 4:33 1.1 11:49 0.3 6:42 6:23 2 Thu 5:33 1.2 5:35 1.2 12:14 0.1 12:47 0.3 6:41 6:23 3 Fri 6:25 1.3 6:28 1.2 1:08 0.0 1:38 0.2 6:40 6:24 4 Sat 7:09 1.3 7:15 1.3 1:55 0.0 2:22 0.2 6:39 6:24 5 Sun 7:48 1.4 7:57 1.4 2:37 0.0 3:01 0.1 6:38 6:25 6 Mon 8:24 1.5 8:36 1.4 3:15 -0.1 3:37 0.0 6:37 6:25 7 Tue 8:58 1.5 9:15 1.5 3:51 -0.1 4:11 -0.1 6:36 6:26 8 Wed 9:33 1.5 9:53 1.5 4:26 -0.1 4:43 -0.1 6:35 6:26 9 Thu 10:06 1.5 10:31 1.5 5:00 -0.1 5:16 -0.1 6:34 6:27 10 Fri 10:40 1.5 11:10 1.5 5:35 0.0 5:50 -0.2 6:33 6:27 11 Sat 11:15 1.4 11:52 1.5 6:12 0.0 6:28 -0.2 6:32 6:28 12 Sun 12:53 1.4 7:54 0.1 8:13 -0.1 7:31 7:28 13 Mon 1:39 1.4 1:38 1.3 8:42 0.2 9:06 -0.1 7:30 7:29 14 Tue 2:35 1.4 2:33 1.3 9:40 0.2 10:10 -0.1 7:29 7:29 15 Wed 3:41 1.4 3:42 1.3 10:49 0.3 11:22 -0.1 7:28 7:30 16 Thu 4:53 1.4 5:00 1.3 12:03 0.2 7:27 7:30 17 Fri 6:03 1.4 6:15 1.4 12:35 -0.1 1:13 0.1 7:26 7:31 18 Sat 7:05 1.5 7:21 1.6 1:41 -0.2 2:14 0.0 7:25 7:31 19 Sun 8:00 1.7 8:19 1.7 2:40 -0.2 3:09 -0.1 7:24 7:32 20 Mon 8:49 1.7 9:12 1.8 3:35 -0.3 4:00 -0.3 7:23 7:32 21 Tue 9:35 1.8 10:01 1.9 4:25 -0.3 4:48 -0.4 7:22 7:33 22 Wed 10:19 1.8 10:48 1.9 5:13 -0.3 5:34 -0.4 7:21 7:33 23 Thu 11:01 1.8 11:33 1.8 6:00 -0.2 6:19 -0.4 7:20 7:34 24 Fri 11:43 1.7 6:46 -0.1 7:04 -0.3 7:18 7:34 25 Sat 12:18 1.7 12:26 1.6 7:32 0.0 7:50 -0.2 7:17 7:35 26 Sun 1:04 1.6 1:09 1.5 8:19 0.1 8:38 -0.1 7:16 7:35 27 Mon 1:51 1.5 1:55 1.3 9:09 0.2 9:32 0.1 7:15 7:35 28 Tue 2:43 1.3 2:46 1.2 10:05 0.3 10:32 0.2 7:14 7:36 29 Wed 3:41 1.3 3:46 1.2 11:09 0.4 11:36 0.2 7:13 7:36 30 Thu 4:45 1.2 4:54 1.2 12:14 0.4 7:12 7:37 31 Fri 5:48 1.2 5:59 1.2 12:38 0.2 1:13 0.4 7:11 7:37 www.USHarbors.com Islamorada, Florida Bay, FL - Mar 2023 Date High Low AM ft PM ft AM ft PM ft Rise Set Moon 1 Wed 7:57 0.2 6:08 0.5 2:05 0.0 12:30 0.2 6:43 6:25 2 Thu 8:41 0.2 7:18 0.5 3:09 -0.1 1:46 0.2 6:43 6:26 3 Fri 9:10 0.3 8:12 0.6 3:57 -0.1 2:47 0.1 6:42 6:26 4 Sat 9:34 0.3 8:55 0.6 4:34 -0.1 3:37 0.1 6:41 6:27 5 Sun 9:57 0.4 9:33 0.6 5:05 -0.1 4:21 0.1 6:40 6:27 6 Mon 10:20 0.4 10:10 0.6 5:31 -0.1 5:01 0.0 6:39 6:28 7 Tue 10:43 0.5 10:47 0.6 5:55 0.0 5:39 0.0 6:38 6:28 8 Wed 11:08 0.5 11:25 0.6 6:18 0.0 6:17 0.0 6:37 6:29 9 Thu 11:33 0.5 6:41 0.0 6:56 -0.1 6:36 6:29 10 Fri 12:04 0.5 11:58A 0.6 7:05 0.0 7:38 -0.1 6:35 6:30 11 Sat 12:48 0.5 12:25 0.6 7:32 0.1 8:25 -0.1 6:34 6:30 12 Sun 1:36 0.4 1:56 0.6 9:01 0.1 10:19 -0.1 7:33 7:31 13 Mon 3:35 0.3 2:35 0.6 9:33 0.1 11:24 -0.1 7:32 7:31 14 Tue 4:54 0.3 3:28 0.6 10:13 0.2 7:31 7:32 15 Wed 6:41 0.2 4:42 0.6 12:43 -0.1 11:11A 0.2 7:30 7:32 16 Thu 8:10 0.2 6:17 0.6 2:08 -0.1 12:38 0.2 7:29 7:32 17 Fri 9:03 0.3 7:47 0.6 3:21 -0.1 2:10 0.2 7:28 7:33 18 Sat 9:41 0.3 8:59 0.7 4:19 -0.1 3:27 0.1 7:27 7:33 19 Sun 10:15 0.4 9:59 0.7 5:04 -0.1 4:32 0.0 7:26 7:34 20 Mon 10:47 0.5 10:53 0.7 5:44 -0.1 5:30 0.0 7:25 7:34 21 Tue 11:18 0.6 11:43 0.7 6:19 -0.1 6:24 -0.1 7:24 7:35 22 Wed 11:48 0.6 6:52 0.0 7:16 -0.1 7:23 7:35 23 Thu 12:31 0.6 12:20 0.7 7:25 0.0 8:07 -0.2 7:22 7:36 24 Fri 1:17 0.5 12:52 0.7 7:58 0.1 8:57 -0.2 7:21 7:36 25 Sat 2:04 0.4 1:26 0.7 8:30 0.1 9:49 -0.1 7:20 7:36 26 Sun 2:53 0.4 2:04 0.6 9:03 0.1 10:46 -0.1 7:19 7:37 27 Mon 3:50 0.3 2:47 0.6 9:38 0.2 11:52 0.0 7:18 7:37 28 Tue 5:07 0.2 3:42 0.5 10:19 0.2 7:16 7:38 29 Wed 7:01 0.2 4:57 0.5 1:09 0.0 11:25A 0.2 7:15 7:38 30 Thu 8:22 0.3 6:28 0.5 2:27 0.0 1:04 0.2 7:14 7:39 31 Fri 9:00 0.3 7:46 0.5 3:30 0.0 2:30 0.2 7:13 7:39
CHART KEY LARGO MARCH 2023 ISLAMORADA MARCH 2023

KEY COLONY BEACH

KEY WEST

FACEBOOK.COM/CAMFLORIDAKEYS MARCH 2023 FLORIDA KEYS 13 www.USHarbors.com Key Colony Beach, FL - Mar 2023 Date High Low AM ft PM ft AM ft PM ft Rise Set Moon 1 Wed 5:13 0.9 4:28 1.5 10:06 0.5 11:39 0.0 6:45 6:27 2 Thu 6:17 1.0 5:36 1.6 11:10 0.4 6:44 6:27 3 Fri 6:58 1.1 6:31 1.7 12:30 0.0 12:04 0.3 6:43 6:28 4 Sat 7:31 1.2 7:17 1.8 1:11 -0.1 12:51 0.2 6:42 6:28 5 Sun 8:02 1.3 7:58 1.8 1:46 -0.1 1:32 0.1 6:41 6:29 6 Mon 8:33 1.5 8:36 1.9 2:18 -0.1 2:12 0.1 6:40 6:29 7 Tue 9:03 1.6 9:14 1.9 2:48 -0.1 2:49 0.0 6:39 6:30 8 Wed 9:34 1.7 9:52 1.8 3:18 -0.1 3:26 -0.1 6:38 6:30 9 Thu 10:04 1.8 10:31 1.7 3:48 0.0 4:04 -0.2 6:37 6:31 10 Fri 10:33 1.8 11:12 1.6 4:18 0.0 4:44 -0.2 6:36 6:31 11 Sat 11:04 1.8 11:56 1.4 4:50 0.1 5:28 -0.3 6:35 6:32 12 Sun 12:38 1.8 6:25 0.2 7:19 -0.3 7:34 7:32 13 Mon 1:47 1.3 1:20 1.8 7:04 0.3 8:18 -0.2 7:33 7:33 14 Tue 2:47 1.1 2:14 1.7 7:53 0.4 9:28 -0.2 7:32 7:33 15 Wed 4:01 1.0 3:25 1.7 9:00 0.5 10:43 -0.2 7:31 7:34 16 Thu 5:24 1.0 4:48 1.8 10:19 0.4 11:54 -0.3 7:30 7:34 17 Fri 6:36 1.1 6:08 1.9 11:36 0.3 7:29 7:34 18 Sat 7:31 1.3 7:18 2.0 12:55 -0.3 12:44 0.2 7:28 7:35 19 Sun 8:16 1.5 8:19 2.1 1:47 -0.3 1:45 -0.1 7:27 7:35 20 Mon 8:57 1.7 9:13 2.2 2:33 -0.3 2:40 -0.3 7:26 7:36 21 Tue 9:35 1.9 10:03 2.1 3:16 -0.3 3:32 -0.4 7:25 7:36 22 Wed 10:13 2.1 10:50 2.0 3:57 -0.2 4:22 -0.5 7:24 7:37 23 Thu 10:50 2.1 11:36 1.8 4:37 -0.1 5:10 -0.5 7:23 7:37 24 Fri 11:28 2.1 5:17 0.0 5:59 -0.5 7:22 7:37 25 Sat 12:21 1.6 12:08 2.0 5:56 0.1 6:49 -0.4 7:21 7:38 26 Sun 1:08 1.4 12:50 1.9 6:37 0.3 7:42 -0.2 7:20 7:38 27 Mon 1:57 1.2 1:37 1.7 7:22 0.4 8:41 -0.1 7:19 7:39 28 Tue 2:52 1.0 2:32 1.6 8:15 0.5 9:48 0.1 7:18 7:39 29 Wed 4:00 1.0 3:38 1.5 9:21 0.5 10:58 0.1 7:17 7:40 30 Thu 5:18 1.0 4:52 1.5 10:35 0.5 7:16 7:40 31 Fri 6:25 1.1 6:03 1.5 12:01 0.1 11:43A 0.5 7:15 7:40 www.USHarbors.com Key West, FL - Mar 2023 Date High Low AM ft PM ft AM ft PM ft Rise Set Moon 1 Wed 7:18 0.6 5:29 1.3 10:23 0.5 6:48 6:30 2 Thu 8:02 0.7 6:39 1.4 1:02 -0.1 11:39A 0.4 6:47 6:31 3 Fri 8:31 0.7 7:33 1.5 1:50 -0.2 12:40 0.4 6:46 6:31 4 Sat 8:55 0.9 8:16 1.6 2:27 -0.2 1:30 0.3 6:45 6:32 5 Sun 9:18 1.0 8:54 1.6 2:58 -0.2 2:14 0.2 6:44 6:32 6 Mon 9:41 1.1 9:31 1.6 3:24 -0.1 2:54 0.1 6:43 6:33 7 Tue 10:04 1.2 10:08 1.6 3:48 -0.1 3:32 0.0 6:42 6:33 8 Wed 10:29 1.3 10:46 1.5 4:11 0.0 4:10 -0.1 6:41 6:34 9 Thu 10:54 1.4 11:25 1.4 4:34 0.0 4:49 -0.2 6:40 6:34 10 Fri 11:19 1.5 4:58 0.1 5:31 -0.2 6:39 6:35 11 Sat 12:09 1.3 11:46A 1.5 5:25 0.2 6:18 -0.3 6:38 6:35 12 Sun 12:57 1.1 1:17 1.6 6:54 0.3 8:12 -0.3 7:38 7:35 13 Mon 2:56 0.9 1:56 1.6 7:26 0.4 9:17 -0.3 7:37 7:36 14 Tue 4:15 0.7 2:49 1.6 8:06 0.4 10:36 -0.3 7:36 7:36 15 Wed 6:02 0.6 4:03 1.6 9:04 0.5 7:35 7:37 16 Thu 7:31 0.7 5:38 1.6 12:01 -0.3 10:31A 0.5 7:34 7:37 17 Fri 8:24 0.8 7:08 1.7 1:14 -0.3 12:03 0.5 7:33 7:38 18 Sat 9:02 0.9 8:20 1.8 2:12 -0.3 1:20 0.3 7:32 7:38 19 Sun 9:36 1.1 9:20 1.9 2:57 -0.3 2:25 0.1 7:30 7:39 20 Mon 10:08 1.3 10:14 1.9 3:37 -0.3 3:23 -0.1 7:29 7:39 21 Tue 10:39 1.5 11:04 1.8 4:12 -0.2 4:17 -0.3 7:28 7:39 22 Wed 11:09 1.7 11:52 1.6 4:45 -0.1 5:09 -0.4 7:27 7:40 23 Thu 11:41 1.8 5:18 0.1 6:00 -0.4 7:26 7:40 24 Fri 12:38 1.4 12:13 1.8 5:51 0.2 6:50 -0.4 7:25 7:41 25 Sat 1:25 1.2 12:47 1.8 6:23 0.3 7:42 -0.3 7:24 7:41 26 Sun 2:14 1.0 1:25 1.7 6:56 0.3 8:39 -0.2 7:23 7:41 27 Mon 3:11 0.8 2:08 1.6 7:31 0.4 9:45 -0.1 7:22 7:42 28 Tue 4:28 0.7 3:03 1.5 8:12 0.5 11:02 0.0 7:21 7:42 29 Wed 6:22 0.6 4:18 1.4 9:18 0.6 7:20 7:43 30 Thu 7:43 0.7 5:49 1.3 12:20 0.0 10:57A 0.6 7:19 7:43 31 Fri 8:21 0.8 7:07 1.4 1:23 0.0 12:23 0.6 7:18 7:44
TIDE CHART TIDE CHART
MARCH
2023
MARCH
2023

FISH OF A LIFETIME

If you have been spearfishing, hunting, or fishing for a while then you either have or want a story like this for yourself. As watermen, there becomes a point when you long for the “BIG ONE”. The goal is still to bring fish home for the family, don’t get me wrong, but as you do it more you look for larger and more mature fish. Spearfishing is a lot like bow or rifle hunting. You can stalk your fish and learn about them, their behaviors, and where they live. I believe this is one of the reasons why spearfishing can consume so much of your life and drive you crazy at times. Just like hunting a mature whitetail buck, learning his pattern, where he eats, and where he sleeps. Hunting a big fish on a specific spot will require the same amount of time and dedication.

When I first met Pat Galyon, I had no idea how close of friends we would become and how his passion for spearfishing would challenge me as a guide. Pat and I started diving together about eight years ago. He was a great diver and we shot a lot of beautiful fish together. As time went on, I challenged Pat to continue his dive training and he challenged us to find him larger fish to shoot. Long story short, Pat would become one hell of a diver and ready to put the work in for a fish of a lifetime.

A few years ago we found a new spot, by accident, and dove it on a clear day to see what it was. The spot had hundreds of lobsters on it and we shot a few nice. There was also a nearby wreck that provided good habitat for large fish and it was always loaded up with a ton of bait. We knew of a large cubera snapper that frequented this wreck, from diving it in the past, but we really only saw him once or twice and didn’t know much about him. With Pats dedication and some new information on this area, we started to piece it all together. Over the next two years we learned a lot about this fish. The tough thing about cubera snapper is that they move and change daily routines with the seasons. The window to hunt him at this particular spot was short and we really didn’t have any idea where he went the rest of the year. However, the puzzle was being put together and it was only a matter of time until we got a chance at him.

Pat and his wife Nancy dive with us most every week, his wife especially loves to dive the reef and hunt Lionfish. When it was just Pat on the boat, he called it big fish day and we would go try for the big cubera. Most of the time, the fish would bust us. He was usually in the mid water column feeding and we bumped him out into the sand before we could get a shot. When the water was clear, it was tough to hunt this fish. The wreck is deep and he would always see us long before we were in the shooting range. You could tell this fish had a long life in the Upper Florida Keys, as he definitely knew the drill and most likely had been shot at by other divers in the past. Long story short, another year went by and we didn’t get the fish. Pat never took a shot at him, nor did I, we didn’t want to pose a threat with hopes he might become more comfortable with us in the water.

Another year passed and it was finally time to hunt this snapper again. The

feeling of not knowing if the fish would return or if he got caught or died, was killing us. He was an amazing fish and for how much work we had put in on him, we really needed to close the story ourselves. Years ago, we had a black grouper that was well over 100 pounds, we tried countless times and had some good opportunities, but never connected on the fish. One day this grouper was gone, we never saw him again, it was heartbreaking to not know what happened to him. We really wanted to get this cubera snapper and were determined to put in the work. Usually, we would dive the spot with clean water, making it easy to spot the fish and see the wreck on our way down. That wasn’t working, as the fish would always bust us and run out to the sand, so we tried something different. Pat and I dropped in on the spot and like always the cubera was feeding in the water column, but with dirty water this time. We couldn’t see him at first but ended up getting very close to the fish and surprised him, he did not act too spooked and went right into the wreck. This was his fatal mistake and we slowly closed in on him. This fish was smart and we figured this would be our only chance, no way he was going to make this mistake twice. Pat swam around the back and I went to the front over the top of where he was. When Pat was in position, I shined my light and Pat’s gun went off without hesitation. Pat shoots a 65” Super Amero gun by Hatch Custom Spearguns, with a 5/16” heavy shaft and slip tip. His shot was right in the gill plate and into the throat. The gill plate cut the spectra line and the fish was free, it also bent the slip tip on Pat’s gun. Confused, the fish swam a circle in the sand and went right back into the wreck. With the fish back in the wreck and bleeding out from Pat’s shot that tore out, I placed a quick top down shot into his brain and the fish rolled over dead. We quickly got our hands on the fish and started our assent. On our way up I gave Pat a huge hug and broke out in tears, my mask was filling with water as we laughed and cried together. This was a huge moment for all of us and years of hard work put in. To this day, it was one of the best moments in both of our lives!

Back on the boat, it started to set in as we saw how large this fish was. He was measured at 49.5 inches, over 69 pounds bled out, and estimated around 40 years old. This cubera snapper was a fish of a lifetime, I would say a fish of many lifetimes for the area we were diving! Pat has landed over 200 species of fish on rod and spear in his life. This is one of his most memorable moments and we couldn’t be more happy to share it with him! When you are spearfishing, always remember that you have the choice on what you shoot, in order for large fish like this to exist, we need to let them mature and grow. Shoot what you need for dinner and leave the rest to spawn and grow!

Dive Safe!

— Capt. Tony Young can be reached at Forever Young Spearfishing in Islamorada, FL at 305-680-8879

14 FLORIDA KEYS MARCH 2023 COASTALANGLERMAG.COM/FLORIDA-KEYS
By Captain Tony Young
FACEBOOK.COM/CAMFLORIDAKEYS MARCH 2023 FLORIDA KEYS 15 FunKeyCharters.com (305) 889-4288 FUN WATER ADVENTURE CHALLENGE! Escape Room on the Water! 10% OFF With this ad. Prop Doc Key West • Inboard Props Repaired Up To 60” • New & Used Propellers For Sale • Emergency Services Available • In Water Prop Removal VISIT OUR NEW LOCATION AT ROBBIE’S MARINA 7282 Shrimp Road, Stock Island US 1 to 5th St to 5th Ave, Right on Shrimp Rd Follow to Robbie’s Marina (middle bldg.) 305-292-0012 | propdrkw@gmail.com • Outboard Shafts Fixed On Boat • New & Used Sales & Service • Propellers • Shafts • Struts • Rudders

TARPON FISHING FROM A KAYAK

One of the easier sport fish targets for a kayaker in the Florida Keys is the juvenile tarpon. Generally, around 10 to 20 pounds with considerably larger ones in the mix, the fun factor on these fish is off the charts! Once hooked, they pull hard and jump completely out of the water, somersaulting through the air end over end. It’s quite a sight!

Many of the bridges in the Keys will have tarpon around, especially on an outgoing tide. Tarpon are generally more active in low-light situations, and are primarily nocturnal feeders, making sunrise, sunset and nighttime the best periods to fish them. They also seem to show themselves (“roll”) more frequently when there is little to no wave action from the wind.

Probably the toughest part of catching one is getting a good hookset. Tarpon are notorious for throwing hooks and getting away even after you think you have them. They have a very bony mouth with little soft tissue so here are a few pointers to increase your hookup ratio.

First, make sure your hooks are razor sharp. This is true of most saltwater fish but particularly true with tarpon. I use Owner and Gamakatzu hooks exclusively because they are extremely sharp right from the package and stay sharp for a long time. Second, carry a small file in your gear at all times, and check the sharpness of your hooks every time you go fishing. Just drag the hook point across your fingernail to check it. If it doesn’t immediately stick, it’s not sharp enough - touch it up with your file. If you can’t reestablish a good point, toss that hook for a fresh one. (I was lazy about this in the early days of my fishing career, but not anymore.) Third, pay attention to your hook setting technique. With spinning gear, it should be short but very firm, and I like to hit them twice. The giant, over-the-shoulder hook setting nonsense you see on TV has no value here and will lose you fish. For fly fishermen, the “strip strike” with your line hand is an absolute must, and again I like to hit them twice. Northern river techniques of simply raising the rod (trout setting) WILL NOT get the job done on tarpon.

Live shrimp or crabs will catch plenty of small tarpon, but frankly, you don’t even need live bait. Soft plastics like shrimp and baitfish work very well. And I’ve generally found that larger, wide gap hooks (2/0, 3/0) work best. I

prefer little to no weight on these because tarpon like to eat UP, not down. Fly fishers’ quiver should include gurglers, small baitfish, and unweighted shrimp, 30lb fluorocarbon tippet and an 8wt or 9wt rod.

If you’d like some help with your Keys kayak fishing adventures, call, ring, or text anytime. And please visit my website for plenty of good kayak fishing info!

— Randy Morrow | 305-923-4643 Kayak Fishing Guide | LowerKeysKayakFishing.com

16 FLORIDA KEYS MARCH 2023 COASTALANGLERMAG.COM/FLORIDA-KEYS
Blue Water Girl Charters 305-896-3768 www.captdeb.com *Offshore, Inshore and Sandbar Charters, 4hr, 6hr and 8hr trips available *Female Owned and Operated Business Captain Deb Deyo bluewatergirlcharters bluewatergirlcharters www.mainattraction.org - @mainattractionfishing - @mainattraction_sportfishing 305-289-0071 Marathon, FL Captain Jason Calhoun 305.587.0711 Key Largo, FL Fishing Charters (Inshore, Offshore, Reef, Wreck, Back Country) Captain for Hire Sunset Cruises Lockitupcharters #lockeditupflkeys Lockitup Charters www.lockitupcharters.com • Snorkeling • Inshore • Offshore • Sandbars Capt. Anthony Abate SaltwaterCowboyChartez@gmail.com Saltwater Cowboy Charters Call today to book your adventure! 305-282-7746 www.undertheradarcharters.com 214-577-3880 305-849-8463 www.Robbies.com Capt. R iCh h astings Flats • Backcountry • Fly SPECIALIZING IN BACKCOUNTRY & FLATS FLY FISHING Tarpon • Bonefish • Permit • Snook • Redfish 4 & 8 Hour Trips • 2 Anglers @ capt.rich_hastings UPPER KEYS FISHING GUIDES
18 FLORIDA KEYS MARCH 2023 COASTALANGLERMAG.COM/FLORIDA-KEYS visit MarathonSaifish.com visit MarathonSaifish.com APRIL 20-22, 2023 SAILFISH TOURNAMENT Marathon Florida Proceeds Go To Charitable Organizations 2nd Annual Marathon Premier Sailfish Tournament @MarathonSailfish 501(C)3 Non-Profit Organization
MM93 Bayside | 305.853.5370 | www.UniqueMarine.com | LIKE US on facebook.com/uniquemarine.fl MODERN & CLASSY OPEN 322 CENTER CONSOLE OPEN 302 CENTER CONSOLE

MARCH MADNESS

The month of March, and sometimes even into April, can be the windiest time of year in the Florida Keys. If you want quality fishing, go with an open mind and listen to your captain’s recommendations for what your best target species is. Both the Atlantic and the Gulf waters have quality fisheries happening but, again, the wind will dictate which direction you can go.

In the Atlantic waters, we have plenty of pelagics, including blackfin tuna, kingfish and some big cobia. But the star attraction is the abundance of sailfish. March and April will be prime time to target sails, but take your iron stomach with you because conditions can be quite sporty.

In the Gulf and Florida Bay venues, we’ve seen some of the best fishing in ten years, with loads of Florida pompano, cobia and large kings. Goliath groupers and sharks keep the game interesting.

On the deep side of the reef in 150 to 250 feet of water, there are good numbers of blackfin tuna in the 10- to 20-pound class plus king mackerel and a more common occurrence of dolphin as well as sailfish. Live baits are key with live pilchards providing the most consistent action. Live ballyhoo, if you can find them, also work well. Cigar minnows and sardines will also put fish in the box.

Moving inshore to the wrecks, March is typically very good for mutton snappers, kingfish and very large amberjacks. The amberjacks are beginning their spawn this month, and it’s now that we catch some of the biggest ones of the year. Fish in the 60- to 80-pound class are not unusual, with plenty of 20- to 40-pounders to wear you out.

The best baits to attract the attention of the AJs are bluerunners, grunts and large pilchards. Jigging also produces excellent results. For the muttons and kings, live pinfish, pilchards or ballyhoo all work, fished down near the bottom. On the reef, the yellowtail action picks up tempo at this point in the spring. With the warming waters, the fish become more active and need to feed more, which makes it a bit easier to coerce them into taking your bait. Using plenty of chum is important. SnapperUp or Mojo Oats will bring them in right behind your boat. All you need for successful yellowtail catching are 15-lb fluoro leaders and small hooks, such as the Owner #4 Mutu Light hooks we use.

The reef edge will have good numbers of king and cero mackerel. And, of course, plenty of grouper that must be released as the season is closed until May 1. In Florida Bay and the Gulf of Mexico, there are loads of cobia, large king mackerel, spanish mackerel and mangrove snappers.

Pinfish is the go-to bait for all but the kings, which love small bluerunners fished either under a balloon or, preferably, hanging from a kite. We use #7 wire, as these kings are quite large and can bite through smaller wire. For everything else in the bay and gulf, it’s all about pinfish on a jighead. You’ll most likely catch some Goliath grouper. Be sure to release them quickly and unharmed as they are protected.

March is a good time of year to target sharks around the flats and banks. It’s primarily blacktips, spinners, bulls and a few hammerheads to start but, as we get toward the end of the month and the waters warm up, we begin to see more lemons.

Any kind of fresh dead bait or live bait works, such as jacks, bluerunners, ladyfish and the like. Be sure to use circle hooks. We always use Owner 9/0 SSW circles for fishing for all shark species, with #7 to #8 wire and 20-lb class tackle rounding out your setup.

— Capt. Chris Johnson | SeaSquaredCharters.com | 305-393-2929 | Facebook.com/MarathonFishing Marathon Florida Keys

20 FLORIDA KEYS MARCH 2023 COASTALANGLERMAG.COM/FLORIDA-KEYS
FACEBOOK.COM/CAMFLORIDAKEYS MARCH 2023 FLORIDA KEYS 21

33RD ANNUAL

FKFGA SWAMP GUIDES BALL

The 33rd Annual FKFGA Swamp Guides Ball presented by Costa Del Mar Sunglasses, was, in true fashion, loaded with 48 teams of 116 excellent Anglers and Guides that fished through the notoriously challenging weather conditions on Feb 4, 2023, and got back to the dock with 244 landed fish including 28 Redfish, 12 Bonefish, and 204 Snook! A “Slam Style” tournament required the participants to go out with the goal of landing all three species in the course of 8 hours. Of the 48 boats, 5 teams came in with Swamp Guides Slams with all three species and 2 Anglers (Mitch Gaither and Lance Keene) individually got Slams.

SWAMP GUIDES BALL RESULTS:

Redfish: Award: Ashley Weber Art Angler: Lance Keene - 4 Redfish Teammate: Mark Gilman

Snook: Artwork: Award: Ashley Weber Art Angler: Howard Ohren - 29 Snook Teammate: Jake Leon

Bonefish: Award: Ashley Weber Art Angler: Lance Keene - 2 Bonefish Teammate: Mark Gilman

Fly Division Champion: Award: Frederick Stivers

• Angler: Kevin Sheehan - 1 Snook on Fly

• Teammate: Johnny Sheehan

Female Grand Champion: Award: Cheri Tindall

• Angler: Kim Clement - 2 Snook, I Redfish (Won on “Time”) (Not Pictured)

• Teammate: Poppy Brownlee

• Guide: Jack Given

Runner Up Youth: Award: Bentley’s Art

• Angler: Corben Dean - 1 Snook, 1 Bonefish

• Teammate: Ray Scuderi

• Guide: Perry Scuderi

Youth Grand Champion: Award: Bentley’s Art

• Angler: Julian Robertson, IV - 2 Snook, 1 Bonefish

• Teammate: Julian Robertson, III

• Guide: Rob Fordyce

Runner Up Team: Awards: Jorge Martinez

• Team Total: Slam w/ 800 points - 4 Snook, 3 Redfish, 1 Bonefish

• Angler: Mitch Gaither

• Angler: Brian Gwilliam

Grand Champion Team: Awards: Tim Borski

• Team Total: Slam w/ 2200 points - 13 Snook, 6 Redfish, 3 Bonefish

• Angler: Lance Keene

• Angler: Mark Gilman

The Florida Keys Fishing Guides Association would like to thank all of our Sponsors that made this event possible, the Anglers and Guides that provide some of the toughest competition in Islamorada Backcountry tournaments, the board members and guides of the FKFGA and the Upper Keys Community and Fisheries that support and fuel the passion we have for our resource. Thank you!

If you have interest in fishing or supporting the 34th Annual Swamp Guides Ball on Feb 2-3, 2024, please contact Kaylee Fordyce: 305.484.4336 | Kaylee@lockeandkeyproductions.com.

Tight Lines,

— Wesley Locke, Tournament Director Locke + Key Productions 941.268.1331 wesley@lockeandkeyproductions.com

22 FLORIDA KEYS MARCH 2023 COASTALANGLERMAG.COM/FLORIDA-KEYS
Most Redfish Fly Champion Female Champion (Not Pictured) Youth Grand Champ Youth Runner Up 2nd Runner up team 23 SGB Grand Champions Most Snook Most Bonefish
DON’T JUST VACAY. STAY. DISCOVER WHAT’S POSSIBLE OFFERED AT $3,650,000 THE AZUL SEA ESTATE – 715 50TH STREET GULF * Separate Guest Quarters Prices, terms, and conditions subject to change without notice. Artist rendering is not exact and materials, colors, positions, dimensions are only for display purposes and should not be relied upon for contract purposes. 5 bedrooms / 4.5 bathrooms Separate 2 bed/1bath guest quarters with Kitchenette 3,217 sqft Under Air Concrete Docks Construction Dynamics’ Poured Solid Patios Expansive Outdoor Living Open Water 15,300 Square Feet Lot c. 818.231.8690 o. 305.735.4682 For more information, contact Lisa Baez, GRI Executive Stakeholder / Agent thenewhomespot.com Marathon MM 50

Florida Keys

If you have a catch to brag about send your picture and caption to: flkeys@coastalanglermagazine.com

Capt. Mark Crescenzo landed this beautiful 40lb Wahoo in 140’of water off American Shoal Heidi Richardson with a nice 16lb 30”Mutton Snapper caught off Marathon fishing on the Rita’s Fisherman. Main Attraction regular, Ms. Samantha Koenig holding up a large mutton snapper. Way to go girl! Wahoo! Main One, the largest vessel of the Main Attraction fleet, caught this large wahoo while kite fishing off Marathon. Jane Cinamon with an impressive 12.3lb Tripletail pulled in off Sandy Key

Let’s grow with Florida together.

Discount Marine Supplies MELBOURNE 557 N. HARBOR CITY BLVD MELBOURNE, FL 32935 (321) 254-2535 JACKSONVILLE 5615 BLANDING BLVD. JACKSONVILLE, FL 32244  904  778  7775 OEM Marine Parts Marine Supplies Locations Same Low Prices Jacksonville Melbourne • AUTOMOTIVE • COMMERCIAL • RESIDENTIAL CTX NANO-CERAMIC TINT •SUPERIOR HEAT REJECTION •ENHANCED STYLE •99% UV PROTECTION *LIFETIME WARRANTY Certifed Service Department Authorized OEM Marine Engine & Parts Dealer Trailer Sales Trailer Parts BOATHOUSE BoathouseDiscountMarine.com

Throw Yourself a Bone

Full tang stainless steel blade with natural bone handle —now ONLY $79!

Thevery best hunting knives possess a perfect balance of form and function. They’re carefully constructed from fine materials, but also have that little something extra to connect the owner with nature. If you’re on the hunt for a knife that combines impeccable craftsmanship with a sense of wonder, the $79 Huntsman Blade is the trophy you’re looking for.

The blade is full tang, meaning it doesn’t stop at the handle but extends to the length of the grip for the ultimate in strength. The blade is made from 420 surgical steel, famed for its sharpness and its resistance to corrosion.

The handle is made from genuine natural bone, and features decorative wood spacers and a hand-carved motif of two overlapping feathers— a reminder for you to respect and connect with the natural world.

This fusion of substance and style can garner a high price tag out in the marketplace. In fact, we found full tang, stainless steel blades with bone handles in excess of $2,000. Well, that won’t cut it around here. We have mastered the hunt for the best deal, and in turn pass the spoils on to our customers.

But we don’t stop there. While supplies last, we’ll include a pair of $99 8x21 power compact binoculars and a genuine leather sheath FREE when you purchase the Huntsman Blade.

Your satisfaction is 100% guaranteed. Feel the knife in your hands, wear it on your hip, inspect the impeccable craftsmanship. If you don’t feel like we cut you a fair deal, send it back within 30 days for a complete refund of the item price.

Limited Reserves. A deal like this won’t last long. We have only 1120 Huntsman Blades for this ad only. Don’t let this beauty slip through your fingers. Call today!

Huntsman Blade $249*

Offer Code Price Only $79 + S&P Save $170

1-800-333-2045

Your Insider Offer Code: HBK139-01

You must use the insider offer code to get our special price.

Stauer ®

EXCLUSIVE FREE

Stauer® 8x21 Compact Binoculars

-a $99 valuewith purchase of Huntsman Blade

What Stauer Clients Are Saying About Our Knives



“This knife is beautiful!”

— J., La Crescent, MN



“The feel of this knife is unbelievable...this is an incredibly fine instrument.”

— H., Arvada, CO

Rating of A+

14101 Southcross Drive W., Ste 155, Dept. HBK139-01 Burnsville, Minnesota 55337 www.stauer.com

*Discount is only for customers who use the offer code versus the listed original Stauer.com price.

California residents please call 1-800-333-2045 regarding Proposition 65 regulations before purchasing this product.

• 12” overall length; 6 ¹⁄2” stainless steel full tang blade

• Genuine bone handle with brass hand guard & bolsters

• Includes genuine leather sheath

Stauer… Afford the Extraordinary . ®
BONUS!
Call today and you’ll also receive this genuine leather sheath!
18 FLORIDA MARCH 2023 COASTALANGLERMAG.COM • THEANGLERMAG.COM The Return of a Custom Built Quality Outdoor BBQ Products Since 1989 For More Info 1-252-236-4464 www.BQGRILLS.com 6043 Hwy 301N, Elm City, NC Pig Cookers, Patio Grills, Smokers, Customized BBQ Trailers

n cold, rainy, winter days, when most shermen are happy to stay home dreaming of better weather, a few die-hards gear up and get on the water. In the Southeast, bad weather is striper weather, my friend, and just the thought of hooking a 15- or 20-pound striped bass is enough to keep you warm on the inside.

Atlantic striped bass get all the attention up north. Blitzing linesiders are a prize of inshore and nearshore recreational sheries from the Carolinas up through the mid-Atlantic and New England. But they are down here in the south, too, and not just the landlocked stripers stocked in reservoirs by the states. My home base is Jacksonville, Fla., and although red sh and trout are the staple inshore species here, there are striper populations in coastal rivers like the St. Johns, Nassau and St. Marys.

I, however, was lured by reports a little farther north in Georgia, where rivers like the Satilla and Altamaha are producing big-time striper each front that rolls through. Stripers prefer low-light conditions and colder water temps, so overcast, rainy and cold days are the best days.

the rocks in order to navigate over the shallow sand and mud bars of the river. Georgia’s sounds and rivers are littered with piles of ballast rocks, many of which are sh magnets. We shed the point for a good 20 minutes with no

shed several spots with only a sh and speckled trout to keep our attention. We shy-looking downed timber and carefully navigated beneath a low bridge, where nd sh on the outgoing

Georgia On My Mind STRIPERS

He was correct. Jones hooked up with a nice 6-pound hybrid striped bass on his rst cast near the bridge. Hybrids are a hatchery-produced cross between striped bass and white bass. ey are unable to reproduce and are an excellent sport sh with the aggression of white bass and some of the size of a striper. ese hybrids came from the Georgia DNR hatchery at Richmond Hill, Ga.

I was giddy about the cold, foggy drizzle at 6:30 a.m. when I met guide Drew Jones at the Two-Way Fish Camp on the Altamaha near Darien, Ga. Jones runs charters in the area, and he’s caught more than 300 stripers up to 14 pounds for clients this season. ey’ve had some 30- and 40- sh days, and this felt like a perfect striper day!

All I had to do was get in the boat with my gear and a thermos of hot co ee. Jones was waiting for me with his Carolina ski in the water and a livewell full of gorgeous local live shrimp. As we motored o in the mist through creeks and the winding river, he told me a little about the shing.

Stripers are constantly on the move, and they hunt in packs. Jones dri shes live shrimp on oat rigs to locate concentrations of sh. en he switches to arti cial lures. Slow-sinking stick baits and bucktail jigs with so -plastic tails both work great.

Between Brunswick and Darien, Ga., the Altamaha system is a maze of creeks and tributaries. We stopped at the mouth of a creek on the Darien River, not far from downtown Darien. e tide was still coming in but slowing near the end of the high tide. Jones said to cast shrimp out in front a point where the current split to create a back eddy of slower ow. He said this was one of his favorite striper spots. It was an old ballast pile, where sailing ships from the 1800s dumped ballast weight from their hulls a er crossing the ocean from Europe. ey used hundreds, if not thousands, of 10- to 20-pound round rocks to stabilize their ships during the crossing and then dumped

Jones said he catches true stripers and hybrids together, and that sometimes aggressive stripers move in and take over when he’s catching trout. I threw to the same spot Jones caught his sh and immediately hooked and boated a 4-pound hybrid. e bite was on! We saw them busting nger mullet and had one come unbuttoned right at the boat. But then, as is sometimes the case with stripers, it ended as suddenly as it had begun. anchor and went back to the creek mouth where we started. Now the tide was running out swi ly. We caught several trout and a couple more hybrids before we headed back to the docks.

As we ran past downtown Darien, I saw remnants of old buildings from the 1800s and thought of the history. is was a major port during the early rise of the United States. Cotton and rice from slave plantations were shipped out of Darien, and old-growth cypress trees were logged way up the Altamaha. Loggers would cut trees close to the river and then ra them together in units of dozens of massive logs, which were oated down to the coastal sawmills with men riding the ra s.

Darien is a quiet town now, but it was a truly a bustling place then. It is beautiful with old live oaks and Spanish moss, and history bu s will not be disappointed. If you want to change up your shing and explore a special place, give Jones a call. He can hook you up…

Capt. Drew Jones can be contacted at (912) 242-2502.

O

BECOME AN FWC SCALLOP-SITTER

If you’re a scalloper looking for a way to get involved in making more of the bivalves we all love, FWC has put a call out for “scallop-sitters” in the Florida Panhandle. e Scallop-Sitter program is available for volunteers in St. Joseph Bay, St. Andrew Bay and St. George Sound, and it is intended to increase scallop populations and reintroduce them to suitable areas from which they have disappeared.

Scallop-sitters volunteer to maintain cages with up to 50 bay scallops from June through January. On a monthly basis, volunteers check, count and clean their cages and scallops. Each volunteer will receive a cage, a bucket of scallops, tools to maintain cages, instructional materials and some fun giveaways.

To register as a scallop-sitter, you must meet the following requirements:

• Have no FWC violations on your record

• Live near St. Andrew Bay, St. Joseph Bay or St. George Sound

• Have access to the bay: via private dock, boat, or kayak

• Register through the UF Pace platform before May 25, 2023

• Watch virtual training video following registration and complete the program pre-survey

For more information, go to MyFWC.com or email bayscallops@myfwc.com.

20 FLORIDA MARCH 2023 COASTALANGLERMAG.COM • THEANGLERMAG.COM GET THE LOWEST RATES! SAVE 50% up to on $37,000 $75,000 $100,000 $250,000 $500,000 $264/yr $474/yr $586/yr $2,975/yr $5,985/yr BOATS & JETSKI From: Boat Insurance BOAT INSURANCE SINKING YOU? Your #1 Source for Boat Insurance GET A QUOTE! Covering Boaters throughout the South Since 1988 ( 888 ) 977 - 4500 ( 954 ) 785 - 5000 BoatInsuranceFlorida.com Bradley Insurance Group YOU CAN ALWAYS FIND A BOAT RAMP DIXIE COUNTY VISITDIXIE.COM GREAT FRESH AND SALTWATER FISHING! WHERE THE SUWANNEE & STEINHATCHEE RIVERS MEET THE GULF OF MEXICO Phone Orders Can Be Shipped (561) 758-8758 Custom Spliced Dock Lines & Anchor Rodes
#CBC1255391 Experienced and Reputable Fully Licensed Free Estimates Free 2nd Opinions SEAWALL EROSION CONTROL SAFE FOR THE ENVIRONMENT 1. Cracks in the seawall vertical panels or seawall cap 2. Depressions in your yard 3. Water bubbling up from the ground 4. Small sinkholes along the wall 5. Leaning or bowing of a seawall SIGNS OF SEAWALL EROSION Family Owned Guaranteed Work Competitive Pricing Serving All of Florida 888.426.1002 www.FloridaSeawallSolutions.com “This company and its employees are awesome, can’t say enough nice things about them. Great job and neat and tidy!” - Kevin O. Our Polyurethane Fills voids Seals cracks Strengthens soils

If you don’t already troll for grouper or if you’re looking for ways to improve your success rate, here are some things to consider while we wait for the seasons for our most popular species to re-open.

Large-lipped and big-pro le plugs are deadly, but many anglers struggle with getting lures into the strike zone. Many think if they are shing in 30 feet of water they need a plug that dives 30 feet, but that’s not always the case. Maximum dive depths are with everything optimum: speed, amount of line out and rigging.

First, consider your speed. I use Nomad DTX Minnow lures, which are designed to run anywhere

from 20 to 50 feet at speeds of 2 to 12 knots. e plugs will dive deeper at the higher end of that speed range than the lower end. I usually run about 5 knots and can easily get a 40-foot plug down to 30 feet at that speed, but a 30-foot plug would likely be short of the bottom. e amount of line you have out also greatly a ects the depth your plug is running, and this is where many mistakes are made. Slower speeds equal a atter angle of descent, so more line is needed. e idea is to be so close to the bottom that you occasionally bounce o it. Watch your rod tip for signs of the lure bouncing o the bottom. You will likely nd you need more line than you think. Keep dropping back until you start hitting bottom. e downside of this is you will get snagged on the bottom occasionally. When you do, don’t just try to wrench it o the bottom, get back behind the lure and pull it o in the opposite direction. A plus to the DTX Minnow is the single hooks seem to come o the bottom easier than treble hooks.

e nal piece to the puzzle is your rigging. Pulling 8- to 9-inch lures, and handling the sh that smack them, means you need stout tackle. But heavier lines create drag in the water that will impede the lure’s ability to dive. Using braid is a huge plus, as the diameter is much smaller and creates less drag. To further streamline, I use crimps on my leader between my lure and a small (but strong) swivel. It’s a little thing, but knots on heavy leader can be bulky and add to the

Heavy drags as well as keeping the boat in gear helps pull the sh away from cover quickly. Large single hooks aid in keeping you connected as the bigger gaps decrease the possibility of ripping the plugs out of the sh. Trolling is fun way to catch grouper and it’s a great nd new spots, as you can cover a lot of ground.

Will Schmidt is a seasoned tournament angler who has been writing about shing for more than three decades. Check out Nomad Lures at nomadtackle.com.

22 FLORIDA MARCH 2023 COASTALANGLERMAG.COM • THEANGLERMAG.COM

“The renown of Italy’s jewelry, with its sensual beauty and extraordinary craftsmanship, is founded on the goldsmithing skills passed down through generations.” – The New York Times

Iguess I was a little bored. For the past hour, I’d been on the phone with Daniele, the head of my office in Italy, reviewing our latest purchases of Italian gold, Murano glass and Italian-made shoes and handbags.

“Daniele,” I said, “What is the hottest jewelry in Italy right now?” His reply? Woven gold bracelets studded with jewelry. He texted me some photos and I knew immediately that this was jewelry that Raffinato just had to have.

The best part about these bracelets? The price. Because of our longstanding connections in Arezzo, the mecca of Italian goldsmithing, we can offer both bracelets together for just $99, a fraction of the price you’ll pay anywhere else for similar jewelry. Order today. These bracelets are one of our hottest sellers this year, and with disruptions in the supply chain, we can only guarantee that we have 1,273 861 of these bracelets on hand for this ad.

Make the next gift you give your loved one a trip to Italy with the Italiano Fantasia Bracelets, stunning accessories that are sure to turn heads.

Jewelry Specifications:

Presenting the Italiano Fantasia Bracelets, two designs that are prime examples of Italy’s finest artisanship. Each of these bracelets includes more than 20 brilliant cut gems of DiamondAura®, our Ultimate Diamond Alternative®, in a setting finished with 18 karat Italian gold.

What is DiamondAura®? Why, it’s a sparkling marvel that rivals even the finest diamonds (D Flawless) with its transparent color and clarity: Both are so hard they can cut glass. Don’t believe me?

The book “Jewelry and Gems: The Buying Guide,” praised the technique used in our diamond alternative: “The best diamond simulation to date, and even some jewelers have mistaken these stones for mined diamonds,” it raved.

• Made in Arezzo, Italy. 18k gold finish

• DiamondAura®, the Ultimate Diamond Alternative®

• Fit wrists up to 7 ¼"

Italiano Fantasia Bracelet Collection

B.

(⅓ ctw) $299 $59* + S&P Save $240 Set of Both $698 $99* + S&P Save $599 *Special price only for customers using the offer code.

A. X Bracelet (¼ ctw) $399 $59* + S&P Save $340
Raffinato, 14101 Southcross Drive W., Ste 155, Dept. RFX159-01, Burnsville, MN 55337 www.raffinatoitaly.com 1-888-444-5949 Your Insider Offer Code: RFX159-01 Own the jewelry that’s the toast of Italy
Bracelets
Italy Can’t Get Enough Of R     ’  LARGEST   - 
Woven Bracelet
The
That
A.
Italy Raffinato™ 59 Raffinato® Impossible Price Each Bracelet
B.
Raffinato™ | IMPECCABLE ITALIAN DESIGN AND CRAFTSMANSHIP
24 FLORIDA MARCH 2023 COASTALANGLERMAG.COM • THEANGLERMAG.COM

Experience Real Florida.

Located within two hours driving distance to all major attractions in central Florida, international airports and Florida’s beautiful beaches, Putnam County’s outdoor recreational choices are legendary. Between world class fishing, boating, hunting, cycling, hiking, golf, and more, Putnam County has it all. Whether you are seeking real Florida culture and heritage, recreation, or just relaxing in a small historic town, the residents and businesses of Putnam County invite you to Experience Real Florida visitputn

yfl.com
amcount

2023 Academy Sports + Outdoors Bassmaster Classic Returns to the Tennessee River

The prestigious championship bass tournament—widely known as the “Super Bowl of Bass Fishing”—will be held March 24-26 in downtown Knoxville and on the University of Tennessee Campus.

e Bassmaster Classic pits 55 of the world’s best bass anglers against one another for the title of Bassmaster Classic Champion. e Classic is a catch-and-release event, with bass being returned to the shery under the supervision of the TWRA.

Daily takeo s will be from Volunteer Landing on the Tennessee River in downtown Knoxville each competition day, and weigh-ins will take place in the ompson-Boling Arena on the University of Tennessee campus. e fan-favorite Bassmaster Classic Outdoors Expo will be held Friday through Sunday, March 24-26 in the Knoxville Convention Center and the adjacent World’s Fair Exhibition Hall.

All activities and venues are free and open to the public. For more information, visit Bassmaster.com.

10 NATIONAL MARCH 2023 COASTALANGLERMAG.COM • THEANGLERMAG.COM
B.A.S.S. PHOTO
COASTALANGLERMAG.COM • THEANGLERMAG.COM MARCH 2023 NATIONAL 11 The biggest and best fleet of towboats are on your waterways, ready to jump into action when you need help on the water. For peaceful, worry-free boating, be sure to get Unlimited towing from TowBoatU.S. Get Towing and Get Going! BoatUS.com/Towing 800-395-2628 Details of services provided can be found online at BoatUS.com/Agree. TowBoatU.S. is not a rescue service. In an emergency situation, you must contact the Coast Guard or a government agency immediately. www.MitziSkiffs.com www.CHawkBoats.net DON’T MISS YOUR CHANCE TO GET OUT ON THE WATER... Visit Us Online To Find Your Nearest Dealer

COLOMBIA: A GOLDEN ERA OF FISHING BEGINS

Twenty years ago, I wrote an article on the Golden Age of Panama shing. Long have anglers waited for access to the salt and freshwater environments of Colombia.

In 2016, a lengthy peace process was negotiated and a nal agreement for a cease re and cessation of hostilities between the government and militias. In truth, there are still areas of the country to be avoided and cocaine production remains high, but the political and drug-crime environment has improved enough to move Colombia nearer the top of the target list for angling. e country’s upward trajectory with new tourism outstrips its neighbors. e latest three trips we’ve taken to the country have been completely safe.

Fishing the Amazon and Orinoco River basins are “peacock bass trips.” It is a stunning shery, where you routinely encounter fellow anglers from the far side of the world. From there, these trips can be divided into peacocks and “what else.” In Guyana it was giant arapaima. For the last Brazil trip, it was big wolf sh. is venture was to the Guaviare River, massive itself, a tributary to the mighty Orinoco. It is hard to understand the size of these watersheds until you see them yourself. Our quarry here was payara, the vampire sh.

e dichotomy of life in the tropics is the wet and dry seasons. During the time of rain, the rivers swell from their banks into dense rainforest. Sitting in your boat, you listen to peacock bass bust prey far back in cover where no cast can go. e shing season is re ned to those months when the rivers shrink back into their skeletal forms and sh are targeted in remaining aneurysmal pools. But the payara have a need for speed. ey stack up in current and mouths of tributaries where more water ows. ere is something about going a er speed freaks… it presses my buttons.

Alberto “Beto” Mejia is the young progenitor of FISH COLUMBIA. He has developed lodges here, on the Orinoco and on the Paci c coast at Punta Ardita, just inside the Panamanian border. He is a stone-cold payara y sherman. is lodge is more rustic, and you really feel away from it all.

Peacocks and payara take ies very well, both poppers and streamers. For the conventional sherman, it’s a chance to use multiple baits and techniques. Very large topwater prop baits and poppers, big minnows at multiple depths. e Dramatis personae includes numerous others- pacu, sardinata, also the opportunity for multiple species of cat sh, some in the 400-pound range. Uraima falls in Venezuela was a specialized lodge for payara. is is o the list as a destination for various sordid reasons. I have bagged them across the frontiers of South America. Most run 6 to 7 pounds, and a very good one about 15 pounds. e sh on Columbia’s Orinoco run twice that size. I believe this is the best payara lodge on the planet.

For more information, go to www. shcolombia.com. For more from Riley Love, go to rileylove.com and nd him on social media @rileyloveauthor.

12 NATIONAL MARCH 2023 COASTALANGLERMAG.COM • THEANGLERMAG.COM

FastTrack™Angler 385fta

The Fastest, Most Stable, Best Paddling Fishing Kayak

The in atable shing kayak is super rugged and ready to take on hooks, ns, and rocks. Tough, fast, portable, and built especially for anglers. The patented NeedleKnife™ keel cuts through the water so you can paddle or motor your way to your favorite spot quickly and easily. The Angler 385fta is 12’6” x 36” fully in ated and holds up to 2 people or 635 lbs. of people and gear. Packs down to 36” x 15” x 20” to t in a car trunk, SUV, RV, any small place. Various seating and trolling motor options are available.

800-944-7496 for a FREE catalog • Dept. CS033B 19 N Columbia St, Ste 1, Port Je erson, NY 11777
Seating Options Bixpy® Skeg Motor Option In atable
Trolling
Three
Swivel Silent

console or tackle bag. You’ll nd other uses as necessity dictates.

Soft Baits: You’re throwing away money if you sh so plastics and don’t use super glue. Most so plastics are designed for action rather than durability. ey’re disposable, but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t get the most you can out of them.

If you’re shing a paddletail, grub, eel, worm or any so plastic on a jighead, a small drop of super glue will extend the life of that bait inde nitely. Secured to the jig, it will never slide down to the bend of the hook like a loose sock. To a lesser extent, this trick works for bare hooks, as well. Forget multiple sh, a so bait can last multiple trips when it’s glued in place— barring, of course, interactions with toothy sh.

When it comes to sh with teeth, there’s no way to avoid rips and tears in your so plastics. Even toothless sh will beat up a bait with extended use. Super glue repairs slices and gouges in so plastics. e rigidity of the repaired area will a ect the action of the lure, but this can be a trip saver when you’re down to the last in a bag of that one color sh are biting.

Hard Baits: With hard baits, super glue is for on-the-water repairs. If the lip on your crankbait gets loose, a tiny dab of glue will hold it tight and keep your lure swimming true. If the screw eye comes out of your favorite topwater or swimbait, gluing it back will render it stronger than it was to begin with. Super glue extends the life of expensive lures that would otherwise be headed for the trash.

SUPER GLUE BELONGS IN YOUR TACKLE BOX

Just like pliers or a good knife, super glue is an essential item in your shing kit. ere are numerous practical uses for this stu in shing, and it’s also a catch-all tool. It’s like liquid duct tape. When you have it, there’s no end to the situations when it comes in handy. Here are a few good reasons you should keep a tube of super glue in your

Knots: e debate is ongoing on whether super gluing knots increases their strength. Most folks who do it are in the “it can’t hurt camp.” However, there are a couple situations when it just makes sense. Coating line-to-line connections that frequently run through the guides smooths the knot and protects it from wear. With braided line, good knots, and the right knots, are crucial. Even so, braided line can cut itself when knots shi and tighten under stress. A drop of super glue keeps knots snug and secure.

Miscellaneous: Super glue can save the day when an eyelet or rod tip comes loose. It’ll also keep you on the water when you cut yourself chunking bait. Glue the wound shut and keep shing. Save the emergency room for later.

For more tips, go to coastalanglermag.com.

14 NATIONAL MARCH 2023 COASTALANGLERMAG.COM • THEANGLERMAG.COM

GOLDEN BASS CAUGHT IN VIRGINIA

Virginia angler Jacob Moore was quite surprised when he reeled in this largemouth bass from the James River. Moore was expecting to catch a largemouth—he was targeting them. But he de nitely wasn’t expecting to catch a golden largemouth!

“I was out there practicing for a tournament, catching a bunch of sh,” said Moore, who works as an arborist and participates in local tournaments. “I was on the lower James near Chippokes [State Park]. When I hooked into that one, I thought I had a saltwater sh on at rst, but lo and behold, it was a largemouth! A very di erent largemouth, though. I haven’t seen anything like that before. I’ve seen bass with black spots, but I’d never seen an albino one.”

“Golden largemouth bass are extremely rare and most anglers have never seen them, let alone heard of them before,” said Alex McCrickard, Virginia Department of Wildlife Resources (DWR) Aquatic Education Coordinator. “ e sh is a product of a genetic mutation that alters the skin pigments called xanthism. Yellow pigmentation dominates in xanthism, as you can see in Moore’s golden largemouth.”

Moore measured the sh at 16 ½ inches, took a few photos, then returned it to the water.

For more information, go to dwr.virginia.gov.

TIES STATE RECORD

This big Georgia sheepshead tied a two-decade-old state record for the species a er weighing in at 14 pounds, 14.37 ounces.

e angler, Ben Golden III, of Midway, Ga., caught his sh near the Sunbury community outside of Midway on Feb. 3. e catch quali es as a tie with the existing record of 14-pounds, 14-ounces set by Ralph White, of Rincon, Ga., in 2002.

“To be honest, I’ve been telling folks it’s been my goal to catch a state record for 10 or 12 years,” said Golden, who grew up in Midway and has been shing the Georgia coast most of his life. “I’m excited to say that I did it.”

Sheepshead are common around 7 pounds but can easily be found up to 10 pounds. ey reach maturity around 3 to 4 years of age and primarily live inshore, o en near rocky areas, docks, bridges or arti cial reefs, or other areas with barnacles.

Between 2017 and 2021, NOAA Fisheries estimates that Georgia recreational anglers caught an average of 490,197 sheepshead each year, with an average of 262,457 being harvested.

For more information on the Georgia Saltwater Game Fish Records program, visit www.CoastalGaDNR.org/SaltwaterRecords.

COASTALANGLERMAG.COM • THEANGLERMAG.COM MARCH 2023 NATIONAL 15 904-701-9726 • GAUGESAVER.COM SPECIALIZING IN RESTORATION OF AGED, SUNBURNT, OR FADED LIQUID CRYSTAL DISPLAYS. WE SERVICE MORE THAN JUST GAUGES! CHART PLOTTERS, VHF’S, RADARS, SOUNDERS, AUTOPILOTS, JET SKI CLUSTERS, AND MUCH MORE. 5049
If your device has an LCD
has faded over time, or
to inquire about possible repair options for your unit, give us a call or visit our website! GEORGIA SHEEPSHEAD
HIGHWAY 17 SOUTH, GREEN COVE SPRINGS, FL 32043
that
want
Xpress • Alweld • stingrAy • VerAndA • Quest AndAlusiA MArine & powersports inc. (334) 427-1428 www.facebook.com/andalusiamarine All kinds of parts and accessories in stock and ready for delivery! Innertubes • Ski’s • Wakeboards Ropes • Life jackets Solas and Michigan Wheel Props GreAt service! • Humminbird • Garmin • Lowrance • Minnkota - authorized sales and service center • Rhodan • Certifed Full Line Yamaha Dealer 1707 River Falls Street, Andalusia, AL 36421 www.andalusiamarine.com Headquarters For All your Boating needs certified full line YAmAhA deAler!

Articles inside

TIES STATE RECORD

1min
pages 65-66

GOLDEN BASS CAUGHT IN VIRGINIA

1min
page 65

SUPER GLUE BELONGS IN YOUR TACKLE BOX

1min
pages 64-65

FastTrack™Angler 385fta

1min
pages 63-64

COLOMBIA: A GOLDEN ERA OF FISHING BEGINS

2min
page 62

2023 Academy Sports + Outdoors Bassmaster Classic Returns to the Tennessee River

1min
pages 60-61

BECOME AN FWC SCALLOP-SITTER

4min
pages 54-58

Georgia On My Mind STRIPERS

2min
page 53

Throw Yourself a Bone

3min
pages 51-53

FKFGA SWAMP GUIDES BALL

1min
pages 44-45

MARCH MADNESS

2min
pages 42, 44

TARPON FISHING FROM A KAYAK

2min
pages 38-40

FISH OF A LIFETIME

5min
pages 36-37

HERE FISHY FISHY

1min
pages 30-33

THOUSANDS OF CHOICES

2min
pages 28-29

SPRING BREAK

3min
pages 24-27

MARCH IS ON FIRE

1min
page 23

Goliath Harvest Opens for the First Time in 30 Years

2min
page 22

Triple Threat Throwdown to Ra e O Loaded Fishing Kayak

1min
page 20

BLADED JIGS TIPS FROM A PRO

2min
pages 16-18

It’s Pompano Time in South Florida!

2min
pages 14-15

A CHANGE OF PACE

1min
pages 10, 12

TO REMEMBER

2min
pages 8-9

A MODERN-DAY TED WILLIAMS

3min
pages 7-8
Issuu converts static files into: digital portfolios, online yearbooks, online catalogs, digital photo albums and more. Sign up and create your flipbook.