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Interested in getting the most out of your own trusted transducer, or not sure you’re ready for the expense of installing a new CHIRP transducer? Furuno has a solution that will get the very best performance from your traditional narrowband transducer. Our RezBoostTM Fish Finders deliver clearer images than ever before, we’re talking up to 8x sharper. Whether it’s NavNet TZtouch2 or the FCV588/FCV628 stand-alone Fish Finders, RezBoostTM will boost your catch!

Get up to 8x sharper resolution, using a standard narrow band transducer, to more clearly define fish targets.

Assess individual fish size and depth based on echo strength for fish from 4 inches to over 6 feet.

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The Rise of Patrick Sebile and his Band of Anglers

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or those who are familiar with legendary angler and lure inventor Patrick Sebile, it comes as no surprise that he would once again enter the realm of lure and fishing tackle manufacturing and development. A review of his contributions, influence and participation in the world of fishing is a testament to this man’s unmatched devotion and passionate dedication to every element of the sport. A brief review of the Patrick Sebile bona fides: • Holder of nearly 370 records (IGFA, EFSA & FFPM), such as largemouth bass world record by length, but also guided for more than 200 record catches like the All Tackle IGFA tarpon of 286 pounds, 9 ounces. • Top 10 all time biggest fish ever caught. • Voted one of the 10 best anglers in the world several times. • Once voted the world’s best saltwater captain. • Travelled and fished 64 countries to date. • Image/photo on more than 190 magazine covers. • Ranked No. 2 in IGFA’s “most species caught” with 774 different species. • Published in more than 800 magazines, newspapers and journals. • Inventor of more than 200 lures, rods, hooks, reels and various fishing tackle. • Author of seven books. With this extraordinary industry involvement and a lifetime of a passionate love for all aspects of fishing, it seems only natural and appropriate that Mr. Sebile would reunite with the fishing industry under the banner of A Band of Anglers. Welcome back, Patrick. Yes, your new lures are remarkable… as are you.

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CAST is the world’s largest fishing trade show. Each year one of the highlights of the show is the New Product Showcase, in which companies roll out their newest and best. Coastal Angler and The Angler were there at Orlando’s Orange County Convention Center in July, sifting through all the offerings of the ICAST New Product Showcase. The following are ICAST winners as well as the new products we feel are some of the most innovative, functional and… frankly impressive, offerings of the year.

ICAST 2018 OVERALL Best OF SHOW AWARD Garmin Panoptix Livescope

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or anglers, sonar technology is the most rapidly advancing and functional tool in the boat when it comes to catching more and better fish. At the Orlando ICAST in July, Garmin blew the lid off the electronics industry with the introduction of its new Panoptix LiveScope. At the world’s largest sportfishing trade show, the most anticipated event each year is the New Product Showcase, in which companies present their latest and greatest in hopes of being named Best of Category. Awards are decided by a vote of media in attendance, and the Panoptix Livescope was not only awarded “Best Electonics,” it was named “Best of Show” out of 974 new products introduced in 2018. “To not only win the ICAST Best Electronics award, but the Best of Show award, too—it’s an honor we’re incredibly proud of,” said Dan Bartel, Garmin vice president of global consumer sales. “Panoptix LiveScope delivers the best of both scanning and live sonar technologies, and there’s nothing out there even close to it. These awards solidify our commitment to giving anglers and mariners the most innovative technology on the water, and they further strengthen our desire to be the top marine electronics brand in the world.” Panoptix LiveScope is a live-scanning sonar that gives anglers higher resolution and easier-to-interpret images of structure, bait and fish swimming below and around the boat than ever before. Garmin’s revolutionary Panoptix all-seeing sonar technology was the first to deliver live sonar images in real-time—forwards, backwards, sideways and below the boat—even while stationary. Now, thanks to the active scanning capabilities of Panoptix LiveScope, anglers can see images and movement so clear and precise that it’s even possible to distinguish between species of fish. “Panoptix changed the electronics game a couple of years ago,” said Jason Christie, Bassmaster Elite Series and Garmin pro. “Now, LiveScope is even taking it to the next level. The cool thing about it is the simplicity of it. What you see is what is there. The only picture that could be better is if you dive into the water with goggles, and I’m not sure that’s really even better.” Like other Garmin Panoptix transducers, LiveScope features two modes in one transducer—LiveScope Down and LiveScope Forward— and can be installed on a trolling motor or the transom. Depending on

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the angler’s fishing preferences and techniques, LiveScope can easily be adjusted to change views. Point the LiveScope transducer down to see directly below the boat or forward to see around the boat. Either view provides incredibly sharp, real-time scanning sonar images up to 200 feet out, even when the boat is stationary. The Panoptix LiveScope system includes a compact GLS 10 sonar black box with an LVS32 transducer and a simple plug-and-play Garmin Marine Network connector for easy installation and integration with a compatible Garmin chartplotter. A trolling motor barrel and shaft mounting kit and a transom mounting kit are also included.

www.GARMIN.com/PANOPTIX Best Tackle Management Lure Lock Lure Locker

A patented gel material paved the way for one of the most innovative tackle management solutions on the market. Lure Lock’s Lure Locker was awarded “Best Tackle Management” at ICAST 2018. Lure Lock’s proprietary ELASTAK GEL securely holds lures and terminal tackle in place. Even with the lid of a Lure Lock case open, you can turn it upside down and shake it and your lures stay in the box. Don’t believe it? Go to the website and watch the videos. The Lure Locker was designed to allow anglers to keep all their Lure Lock cases organized and ready. Constructed with durable ABS plastic, the Lure Locker securely stores up to five Lure Lock cases for ease of transport. It is available in three models, each designed to accept its corresponding Lure Lock case. The Lure Locker is also designed to hang on a wall or pegboard when not in use. The Lure Locker will be available at www.lurelock.com, Bass Pro Shops, Cabela’s, Academy, Sportsman’s Warehouse, Scheel’s, Mill’s Fleet Farm, Field & Stream, Tackle Warehouse, Tackle Direct and independent sporting goods dealers. Different Lure Locker models have an MSRP range from $24.99 to $34.99.

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Best Saltwater Lure Ocean Born Flying Series Ocean Born Lures has come out with two new hardbaits destined to become go-to lures for anglers who love fooling saltwater fish with artificials. What else would you expect from the brainchild of awardwinning tackle designer Patrick Sebile and his company A Band Of Anglers? The Flying Pencill 160 and the Flying Popper 140 were designed to dramatically increase casting distance while also improving action. Each model features design elements that allow them to slice through the air to reach fish other lures can’t. Once they splash down, these lures are incredibly versatile. The Flying Pencill 160 has a common body shape but uncommon castability and action. Side wings enhance aerodynamics and provide lift once in the water. Reduced air friction ribs, which work like dimples

Best SUP Body Glove Mariner Need an SUP designed specifically for fishing? Want one that’s completely portable, allowing you to launch wherever there’s access to water? The Body Glove Mariner is a groundbreaking fishing-specific inflatable standup paddleboard that caters to both casual fishing enthusiasts and hardcore anglers. Designed by paddling champion and recreational fisherman Luke Hopkins, this feature-rich board is the ideal paddling platform for the active angler. From the backwaters to the bays, it will stealthily take you where you need to go, which is where most other anglers can’t go. Once you get there, the Mariner is a perfect fishing platform.

on a golf ball, reduce air resistance and add water turbulence. An angler can pop, spit, walk the dog, surface skip or slow swim below the surface with the Flying Pencill. The Flying Popper 140 is a leap forward in design for the classic narrow-neck popper. It’s perfect for all conditions, including rough water and current. It utilizes the same side wings and ribs as the Flying Pencill for the same performance enhancements during cast and retrieve. It can pop, spit, walk or create a bubble trail, and comes in Floating, Sinking and Super Long Distance models. Both the Flying Pencil and the Flying Popper come in eight fishcatching colors. With extreme castability and nearly unlimited versatility, these two lures are a game-changer for saltwater lures.

www.abandofanglers.com The Mariner is durable, stable, convenient to transport and can be customized to suit your fishing preferences. It features attachment points to add any one of over 70 Railblaza fishing accessories, including rod holders. The Mariner includes an anchor line guide system, cooler tie-downs, permanent, unbreakable fins and a patented multi-purpose handle to hold a water bottle or the included adjustable 3-piece paddle. The Mariner comes with a cell phone dry bag, a pump, an ankle leash and a wheeled backpack.

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Best Affordable Saltwater Rods Enigma Rods With a trio of high-performing and affordable new saltwater rods, Enigma is bringing the performance and durability of its freshwater rods to the salt. With the Flats Master, Jetty Master and Saltwater Performance Series, Enigma has built rods to tangle with everything from inshore trout and snook to monsters hiding in the surf. Flats Master rods retail for just $99.99 and are available in six spinning models designed to tackle snook, redfish and trout with quality design, cutting-edge technology, and top-grade saltwater components. Lightweight and durable, select Flats Master rods feature a gimbal butt. Jetty Master rods are ideal for anglers who fish in extreme

Best Spinning Reel PENN Spinfisher VI The PENN Spinfisher is more than 50 years old and still going strong. The latest version introduced this year, the Spinfisher VI, is more durable, even better sealed from water and features the CNC Gear system to handle the heaviest of loads. It’s available in array of models, one of which is perfectly suited to the fishing you do. Updated with IPX5 sealing, the Spinfisher VI keeps saltwater out of the gearbox and drag system. Whether it gets hit by a wave or rides in the spray all the way home, there’s no need to worry.

Best Fishing Line PowerPro Super8Slick V2 Re-engineered with added abrasion toughness, the new PowerPro Super8Slick V2 braided fishing line combines a new eight-end dense weave fiber construction with proven ‘Enhanced Body Technology’ (EBT) process. The new braid is offered in nine different pound test designations. As with the original Super8Slick braid, the new ‘V2’ version is the smoothest, softest and longest-casting braid in the PowerPro line. Its use of Honeywell Spectra fiber provides a stronger, tougher braid, while the PowerPro EBT process makes the Super8Slick V2 structurally rounder. The process floods propriety resin through the finished braid, resulting

conditions, with big surf and big jigs. This collection of rods leverages the latest in design and technology to provide extraordinary performance not available anywhere else for $149.99. Designed for maximum casting distance and superior fishfighting performance, it is the meeting point of value and functionality. Saltwater Performance Series (SPS) rods are designed for extreme pounding of sand, surf and salt. They provide a pinnacle of performance for an affordable price of $179.99. SPS rods are designed to provide incredible casting distance along with exceptional performance for anglers seeking the best quality rod and the best price point.

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Housed within a fully sealed spool, PENN’s HT-100 drag washers supply the stopping power needed for big saltwater fish. A full metal body and sideplate keep the CNC Gear System in precise alignment under heavy loads. Available in standard, Live Liner, Long Cast and bail-less models, the Spinfisher VI has all the durability and performance anglers have come to expect from PENN, only better.

www.pennfishing.com in a smoother line that reduces backlashes, increases casting distance, makes it easier to tie knots, and offers superior strength to size ratio. Super8Slick V2 is extremely silent as it passes over the rod guides. With multiple color options in nine line tests, from 8-lb. to 80-lb., Super8Slick V2 braid offers superior performance for all anglers, in fresh or salt. It is available in 100, 150- and 300-yards spools and 1500- and 3000-yard bulk filler spools.

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Best Boat Seat Llebroc Industries Series 2 Helm Chair ICAST had a lot of newcomers as well as industry leaders. Among the leaders is Llebroc Industries. Greg Carman and his team have created the highest quality seats, benches and other boating accessories throughout the marine industry. Anyone who has ever sat in a Llebroc chair can attest to the quality and comfort that goes into every product. Llebroc Series 2 Helm Chairs come with an array of options. Whether you are in a cabin or riding in a center console, your chair will withstand the elements and keep your ride comfortable. Depending on how you drive, you can sit in style or lean in comfort with the Flip Bolster

option. Just raise your seat and lean back into a secure rest. Comfort is not the only benefit Llebroc has to offer. Customize your seats to match your boat with a wide array of color options. Choose the style of stitching, materials, or embroidery for your home away from home. From start to finish Llebroc ensures your seats are specifically tailored to suit your needs. Once you choose Llebroc Industries, you will never look back.

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Best Tackle TRANSPORT

Plano’s new A-Series 2.0 fish contained but at your fingertips with oversized, Tackle Bag is as functional as it is molded zippers. The bag also sports a large exterior good looking. mesh pocket. With four 3650 Stowaway boxes, it is the ideal Soft corners and a padded shoulder strap make the bag for a day on the stream or paddling to a secret bag comfortable to carry at your side while wading or fishing location. The boxes act as separate storage hiking. The strap is removable, adding more options devices to hold the basics or hand-picked tackle for for stowing, while the 1.5-inch heavy-duty molded a day on the water. hardware improves ergonomics while dramatically The main compartment is easily accessed improving strength. with an adjustable metal snap closure. The top The Plano A-Series offers complete storage compartment of the bag is expandable, allowing solutions for the serious angler. The A-Series includes extra capacity for raingear, other soft-side tackle classically styled bags in a backpack, duffel, and three bags and a quick shore lunch. Side and front tackle bag options. compartments hold the tools you’ll need when you land a www.planomolding.com

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Best Lure System

Odin Lure Company Frigg Popper/Fish Smack Odin Lure Company’s novel approach appeals to all of a fish’s senses. They’ve equipped productive lures with a BaitWell that holds a powerful scent attractant called Fish Smack. The Frigg 1.5-oz. Floating Top-Water Popper walks seductively across glassy water to bring home the bacon with the addition of Fish Smack. Inject Fish Smack into the integral BaitWell and ring the dinner bell for your targeted species. You will call in stripers, pike, mahi-mahi and more. Like your favorite BFF, work this in the mornings and evenings, when it’s dead quiet. Built like a brick outhouse with super strong VMC hooks and Wolverine triple wrap snap rings, this lure will handle big trophy fish muscle and speed.

• 5.5” long X 1” thick body. • Cupped face churns a ton of water. • Incredible walking, popping action. • Has an integrated rechargeable BaitWell. • Houses a fish attracting rattle chamber. • Leaves an irresistible Fish Smack scent trail. Odin Lure Company partnered with BioEdge Fishing Products to make Fish Smack attractant. It’s the perfect mixture, designed for the BaitWell on all Odin lures. The grease-like mix slowly releases scent as the lure is retrieved. Fish Smack attracts fish from afar and stimulates them to feed. It also masks undesirable scents like gas and sunscreen.

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Best Kids’ Apparel

Local Boy Sharpe Angler Dress Shirt Your little fishing buddy will look as sharp as he is comfortable, whether it’s on the deck of the boat, attending church, school or a weekend play date. Local Boy’s Sharpe Angler Dress Shirt is the go-to youth shirt for fall. This button-down dress shirt is truly fit for any occasion. Crafted from 100 percent lightweight cotton material and featuring a fishing-style vent back, the Sharpe Angler shirt offers breathable, allday comfort that’ll keep Little Locals feeling cool,

while still looking sharp. If it gets warm, Little Locals can roll up their sleeves with the side-button roll-cuffs, providing versatility in style and wear as the seasons change. Accented with the embroidered dog-and-moon logo, the Sharpe Angler Dress Shirt is available in two plaid patterns: Green/Blue/White and Blue/Mango/ White. Sizes start at Youth X-Small (4T) up to Youth X-Large.

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Best Cutlery Outdoor Edge ReelFlex Pak Outdoor Edge’s new ReelFlex Pak is the ultimate fillet knife kit for the serious fisherman. The kit includes three fillet knives, in 6-, 7.5- and 9.5-inch blade lengths so you have the right knife to match your catch. Designed to meet the cutting demands for all fresh and saltwater species, the knives are crafted from German 4116 stainless steel, known for its corrosion resistance and excellent edge retention. The blades are double tempered to provide a consistent flex and taper, ground to eliminate friction and promote an effortless cut while filleting fish. The handles incorporate Jerry Hossom’s iconic design and ergonomics with the safety and function fishermen need. The handles are constructed of blue rubberized TPR to ensure a comfortable, non-slip grip, even when your hands are wet and slimy and also feature a polypropylene core for the

Best Eyewear Unsinkable Polarized Rival Sunglasses

correct amount of rigidity. Everyone hates a dull knife, so Outdoor Edge has included a two-stage knife sharpener to keep your edges razor sharp. Finally, Outdoor Edge designed a durable hard-side carry case to keep you organized on the boat and at the dock. With an MSRP of $64.95, be sure to look for the ReelFlex Pak this fall and holiday season.

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The featured Rival sunglasses are in Raven color with a ColorBlast Grey Lens. These are perfect for spending long days on the water because of their larger fit and full-wrap coverage. The ColorBlast polarized lens technology filters blue light, which makes colors blast. Rivals retail for about $139. For more details on all styles, colors, and technology, visit the Unsinkable Polarized website.

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By Capt. Joseph Ierna Jr. • Photo Caption: Boats moored in one of the ECLSP Mooring Fields, which help to protect the seabed of the park.

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he Bahamas National Trust is the only non-governmental organization in the world mandated to manage a country’s entire national park system, which includes 32 national parks that protect over 2.2 million acres of Bahamian biodiversity. The Exuma Cays Land and Sea Park was the first National Park in The Bahamas and was the first to be designated as a “No Take” marine reserve in the wider Caribbean in 1986. Protected by The Bahamas National Trust since 1959, the Exuma Cays Land and Sea Park provides a look back at how coral reefs once were and a glimmer of hope for the future. Seen from the surface, the waters of the Exuma Cays Land and Sea Park are enchanting, with more shades of blue than Crayola offers. The real magic, however, is under the water where vibrant reefs teem with life. This is the result of almost 60 years of protection as a marine park.

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ahis, with their dazzling colors, are one of the most beautiful and tasty fish in the sea. They are pelagic and roam the open ocean, spawning year-round in the warm ocean currents. They reach sexual maturity quickly and spawn two to three times per year, releasing up to a million eggs. The good news is they are a fast-growing and abundant species, which makes them an ideal target for conservation-minded hunters. More good news—they are a perfect “starter fish” for anglers who want to give spearfishing a try. Most hook-and-line anglers are already experts at finding them, often looking for seaweed or floating debris. Whether you want to jump in because they are not biting, or you simply want to try something new, bluewater diving can be an exhilarating experience. When jumping on a weedline, you are treated to a beautiful sight of crystal blue water, bright orange Sargasso weed, and cute little jacks and sea creatures who will come by to check you out. It’s even more spectacular when you see the brightly colored mahi show up. They swim at the surface, so you don’t have to be an expert freediver to hunt them. They are not overly wary, if you don’t spook them. I always tell people, “pretend you are a log, and let them come to you.” Here are some tips for landing a mahi: 1. Use the right equipment. Even though you are at the surface, deeper water requires bluewater equipment with surface floatation (in case you spear a big one and it decides to go down). The float will do the work for you. Your local dive shop should be happy to advise you on the right set-up. 2. Use flashers and chum to increase your chances of attract-

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ing them. Dive shops carry readymade flashers that hang from a float, or you can make your own (instructions online). 3. Move in a slow and relaxed way. Mahi are fast swimmers, reaching up to 55 mph, so if you do scare them, you will not catch them. 4. Extend your speargun slowly and take careful aim. If they are close and not moving fast, aim for the head (killshot). If they are far, aim for center mass. 5. As most anglers know, once on a line, mahis are fast, flashy and acrobatic. When speared, they sometimes make figure-eight moves, rather than swimming straight away from you like most other fish. Do not let them circle or make loops around you – just swim away from them and keep tension on the line. 6. Once a mahi is tired and ready to be subdued, hold it by the gills. 7. Once you’ve mastered spearing mahis with a speargun, you can try using a polespear for an added challenge. Sheri is a world-record holder, host of Speargun Hunter, and producer of “The Blue Wild Ocean Adventure Expo” in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla. Follow “Sheri Daye” and “The Blue Wild” on Facebook and Instagram.

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his is a good question. An answer, however, is not a simple matter, as there are some specific characteristics to be considered. Baitfish If you are using a fly that imitates the movements of a baitfish, it is recommended that where and when possible, you observe the behavior patterns of actual baitfish. How fast are they swimming? Are they swimming in schools or small groups when being chased by game fish? Are they stunned by game fish before being eaten as they are sinking, or in fishing lingo, “on the fall?” Most injured baitfish swim in a frenzied motion, so quick and short strips is the best retrieval method. In conditions where the baitfish are lazily swimming about, try a slower, longer strip to get your adversary’s attention. Keep in mind that baitfish always swim into the current. When fishing from a drifting boat, cast your fly up-current, let it sink and drift in the current until the fly swings at the boat’s stern into its wake. At the end of the drift, allow the fly to gyrate, lifelike, in the current for a few seconds before beginning stripping. This technique often results in a strike, so hang on! Crab or Shrimp If your intent upon attempting to imitate a crab or shrimp, make short, small strips giving the fly the look of a scurrying crab or shrimp. This move usually gets a fish’s attention. Upon spotting the game fish eyeing the fly and beginning his approach, stop the fly, allowing it to sit mo-

tionless. Then move it again in short spurts. This move often results in a hookup. Fish that follow the fly but don’t eat it? A very frustrating incident when saltwater fly fishing is when a fish follows the fly but refuses to strike. Many saltwater gamefish, slashing and contorting, will closely tail a fly right to the rod’s tip without taking the fly. It’s a very frustrating experience that often leads to the angler scratching his head and feeling totally hopeless. There is, however, an easy way to get a picky fish to take the fly. I call it “sweeping the fly.” When a fish has followed the fly to within a few feet of your rod tip (usually you’ll have 5 to 10 feet of line outside the rod tip), lower your rod tip and make a sweeping motion as if you were going to make a side-armed back cast. Don’t pull the fly out of the water, but keep it moving. On the sweep, the fly will move smoothly through the water, doing a great impersonation of a fidgety baitfish attempting to escape a predator. This move enjoys a high percentage of success. The trick is to exercise control over your emotions and not pull the fly from the fish’s mouth when it strikes. The hook set is always very close to you, so be prepared to allow the fish to run. That means being able to manage the fly line as it shoots through the guides.

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tered and that good live bait was hard to come by. At least six other kings they had hooked got away; one was clearly bigger than their winning fish. Light line and slow trolling in the clear Gulf waters were keys to their success. Capt. Joe, Spencer, Eric Moore and Jacob Smith have fished this event for the last eight years, and they really enjoy the great fishing and supporting a great charity. That they won was just an added bonus, but like all competitors, they really wanted that win and will be back next year to defend their title. Coming in second was the Outlaw Oyster Co. with a 37.4-pound bruiser that paid $4,000. Third place went to T-Time. Their 34.7-pounder earned $3,000. In the Spanish mackerel division, Team Reel Skills II brought in a 5.7-pound Spanish for the winning payout of $2,000. Not a bad prize for a little fish! The kingfish division paid 10 places and the Spanish division paid three. Youth Angler winner Colton Humphries and Lady Angler winner Denita Sasser took home additional fishing tackle and equipment prizes for hauling in the biggest fish in those respective categories. Prizes were provided courtesy of Coastal Angler Magazine, Fisherman’s Choice and Howell Tackle. This event raised $85,025 for the Leukemia Research Foundation and pushed the total money raised to over $1 million! The Crowder family and volunteers run this event every year, keeping their promise to the late Lisa Crowder Jackson, to do everything they can to fight leukemia, the disease that took her way too early in life. Come out to Carrabelle next year and spend a weekend experiencing what this amazing part of old Florida has to offer. The food is spectacular, the scenery is breathtaking, the fish peel drag like freight trains, and the cause is one you’ll feel great about supporting while you fish for a cure. For more information go to http://www.c-quartersmarina.com/ or call C-quarters Marina at (850) 697- 8400.

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ast month, happy days were here again for recreational anglers on the Atlantic coast of the southern United States. Even though it was short lived, there was a red snapper season for two weekends in August. The South Atlantic Marine Fisheries Council (SAMFC) and the National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) control fisheries in South Atlantic federal waters. In 2010, they shut down the harvest of red snapper based on a 2008 population assessment that determined red snapper were overfished and undergoing overfishing. Since 2010, there have been three other short seasons and a limited-harvest season for anglers to keep red snapper. The seasons consisted of three-day weekends for about 40 days total of red snapper fishing since 2010. So how did it go this season? Well, if you judge it by the fact that tackle shops were running out of tackle, bait and ice; that boat ramps were over-crowded with anglers; that local charters were booked solid, well the answer to the question is: the season went very well. There is a huge positive economic impact when red snapper harvest is allowed. In Florida alone, the total economic impact of recreational fishing exceeds 8 billion dollars a year. So, how do we get a longer season for the South Atlantic? The length of a season is based on the amount of fish available to be caught while leaving enough to sustain populations in the future. It’s based on stock assessments. One of the problems with stock assessments is getting accurate data. One solution could be to charge an additional license fee to anglers who want to fish for offshore reef fish. Give them a Reef Fish endorsement on their regular fishing license. This would give the SAMFC and NOAA more accurate data from a pool of anglers who actually fish for red snapper. Here are a couple of other ideas that have been circulating.

2) Have a slot size for red snapper. It’s worked for redfish and snook, so why not for red snapper? An angler could only keep fish within a determined slot size. Fish longer or shorter than that slot would be released immediately. The limit could be one fish per day, per angler. Small fish would remain in the population to grow into the slot, and larger fish would be protected to make more small fish. This option would keep anglers on the water year-round. Think of the economic impact. This years’ red snapper season on the east coast was wonderful! There were boats full of anglers everywhere. Some caught big fish. Some caught small fish. Some, well they had a great time trying. If all those boats and anglers ever band together, that’s when fishing for red snapper will truly return.

1) Distribute tags to reef fish-permitted anglers. Catch a fish, tag that fish and keep it. When an angler runs out of tags, he’s done keeping red snapper for the season. This option would spread angling effort over a longer season and relieve the rodeo aspect of a short season.

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By Capt. Michael Okruhlik Photo courtesy of Controlled Descent Lures

lthough the first day of fall occurs in the month of September, it sure doesn’t feel like it in any waters where redfish live. Fortunately, redfish don’t mind the heat and can be an easy target in the shallow marsh. September is a great month for kayak anglers who love the adrenaline rush of sight casting to shallow-water reds. The shrimp are maturing and abundant this time of year. On a recent trip where I fish in Texas, I had shrimp jumping into the kayak on every muddy shoreline I traveled. When fishing in scenarios such as this, I prefer to throw soft-plastic paddletails. Locating the reds from a distance can be easy when the water is this shallow and the bait is this plentiful. One key giveaway is hovering seagulls. You can bet if a gull is snatching shrimp out of the air, there are hungry fish below them. When kayaking, it depends on the distance as to whether or not I will try to chase down the hungry and potentially fast-moving school. If I am not willing to make the move, I try to watch for a pattern as to where the fish are feeding and stage my kayak in a similar location nearby. This could be along points, in the middle, or in front of drains.

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On this particular trip, I noticed skittish bait and distant birds along a north shoreline. I positioned my kayak within casting distance of that shore and fan casted until I saw nervous bait. Once spotted, I would wait for them to cruise the shore into range. When the time was right, I placed my lure with the fleeing shrimp resulting in aggressive strikes. This was the pattern they held most of the day; however I did catch a few in the middle of the cove as well. If I was not seeing nervous bait, I would fan cast 360 degrees to cover more water. I even had a few keeper-sized trout hanging out in the hot, shallow and muddy marsh. This area was roughly 10 feet deep throughout with a silty mud bottom, and the water color closely resembled chocolate milk. The air temp was in the mid 90s, but that didn’t deter the fish from feeding midday through 5 p.m. The strikes were violent and gave the illusion of each fish being larger than they were upon landing them. September brings a change in the season, but it is much more noticeable on the calendar than on the water. Capt. Michael Okruhlik is the inventor of Controlled Descent Lures and the owner of www.MyCoastOutdoors.com.

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INDIAN RIVER LAGOON FISHING FORECAST For the past three months, Angler’s have had plenty of time preparing for the opening of snook season. Just in case you have never caught a snook here are some interesting facts about snook. Five species of Snook (common snook, small scale fats snook, large scale fat snook, Tarpon snook, and sworn spine snook) live within our state waters. The most common snook that is caught is the common snook. Life expectancy of a snook is ( females 21 years and males 15 years). Typically, spawning occurs in Florida from late spring until late summer. For the most part, snook do not migrate great distances. However, in late spring they will move from their winter hang out to their spawning grounds. When targeting snook, anglers should keep in mind that it is best to use artificial Lures such as MirrOLure Mirror 7-M, Yozuri Crystal Minnow, or scented jerk baits during the colder months. During the warmer summer months, anglers will want to target snook during low light conditions or at night. One bait that is sure to get plenty of attention is a live shrimp. Fishing near ambush points such as bridge fenders or docks that are lit up at night our best. Moving water is ideal when targeting snook. The best type of equipment to use in order to bring one of these fish to the boat is a 7 foot medium action spinning reel combo equipped with 30 pound test braided line and mono leader. Anglers should inspect their equipment before fishing. This will help win the battle of tug-of-war with one of the hardest fighting fish in our inshore waters. Snook have a closed season from December 15 to January 31, and June 1 to August 31 in the Atlantic waters with a legal size limit of 28 to 32 inches. Angler’s are permitted to legally harvest one snook per day with a $10 snook permit. The state record for snook weighs in at 44 pounds. Throughout our region, Anglers can expect to catch many fish weighing up to 30 pounds. In addition, Anglers can expect to catch a few nice size redfish. Large shrimp rigged under a popping cork, gold spoons or scented jerk baits will all work well when targeting reds. This is especially true in the northern end of the banana River. Angler’s will want to fish there Baits near channel drop offs, sandy potholes, or structure. Sight casting will be the best when conditions are calm during the first few hours of the day. some of these reds will measure up to 30 inches in length. Submitted By: Capt. Keith Mixon Mixin' Work With Play Fishing Charters 321-212-8484

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LAKE ALFRED / AUBURNDALE / WINTER HAVEN FISHING FORECAST Even in this hot rainy weather Bass fishing has been doing very well. Our RTB Thursday night tournaments are seeing many Bass in the 6 – 9+ pound range. The enclosed photo shows BIG BASS winner, Fuzzy Flores, displaying a 9.25 lb. beauty landed at a recent tournament held August 2nd on Lake Hartridge in Winter Haven. Fuzzy shared a little secret. He was using one of his old favorites. Red’s High Floater 8” Worm in Fire & Ice color. If you think you’d like to try them. Ron’s Tackle Box has a good supply of that brand available in many colors. Here in Lake Alfred our lakes are offering some premium fishing as a result of the favorable running water environment created by the abundance of rain. We’re getting great reports on Bass, Shell Cracker, Blue Gill, and Catfish coming primarily from Lakes Rochelle, Haines, and Alfred. If you’re after Bass, we recommend using Lipless Crank Baits. Fish Head Spinner Baits are also very good with that under spin blade. When fishing Gills or Crackers, your best baits are always Live Crickets and Red Worms. Fishing in the Auburndale area our best reports are coming in from Lakes Ariana and Juliana. Great Bass fishing with weights in the 3 – 6 pound and limits are reported. When fishing Auburndale lakes you may want to try using a Bomber Fat “A” in Baby Bass color, or Booyah Lipless Crank Bait in Royalty Color. Heading over to the Winter Haven Chain of Lakes you’ll find firstclass fishing in any of those lakes. Best fishing conditions are found at the mouth of the canals and areas with fast running water. We’re getting good reports on Bass fishing using Swim Baits. Bass Assassin Boss Shiners are a recommended choice. We’re also still receiving reports from the Chain of good limits and size on Shell Crackers and Blue Gills. The 20th season of Ron’s Tackle Box Weekly Bass Tournaments is in full swing! Weekly registration is $30.00 per boat (1 or 2 man) and the tournaments run from 6:00 PM to 9:30 PM each Thursday through the end of October. Prizes are awarded for BIG BASS and 1st, 2nd, 3rd Place categories. The location each week is not revealed until Thursday mornings and is announced in “The Ledger” and on our FaceBook page. Of course, you may always call Ron at (863) 956-4990 for tournament information and fishing reports. Our tournaments are all around great fun. Come out and join us!! Submitted By: Ron Schelfo Owner RON’S TACKLE BOX, LLC 380 S. Lake Shore Way • Lake Alfred, FL 33850 863-956-4990 • www.ronstacklebox.com Check us out on FaceBook and “LIKE” our page. “Catch” my Weekly Fishing Report every Saturday (6-8 AM) on WFLA 970 AM

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CENTRAL FLORIDA FRESHWATER FLY FISHING REPORT Fly Fishing The Flood Zone” Conditions: Great Surface Temp: 85F Clarity: Tannic 18 Inches

PANA VISTA LODGE FISHING REPORT

August was another hot and wet month. We have been seeing a lot of smaller bass so that is a good sign. Some nice bluegill and a few nice shellcrackers have been caught too but they are scattered. The new vegetation is starting to grow back and the water is up so things are starting to look pretty good on Lake Panasoffkee. September Best Bets: Barring any abnormal tropical events this September I would expect the yearling bass fishing to be pretty good. We had an excellent hatch of bass last winter and it is starting to show. These small bass are getting a little bigger every day and I expect good things to come in the future. The Pan-fishing should be OK but you may have to work a little harder than normal with the water being up and a little darker. It should start cooling off a little so that will be nice too. Bottom line is, the lake and river are absolutely beautiful right now so don’t miss out on the opportunity to just be out there Submitted By: Jim Veal Jr. enjoying what they have to offer. Pana Vista Lodge • Lake Panasoffkee, Fl. 352-793-2061

Guide Tip: My most productive rig for fishing for bass during late Summer is a dark-colored popper like a straight black or dark green with a white bead chain clouser as a dropper 36” in below it. I fish this rig along the edge of grasslines and near docks. I like to run a deeper dropper fly this time of year and slowly present this pattern. This catches both bass and panfish. Techniques: The best words of advise I can give is slow your retrieve down and fish closer to cover. In my experience, the number one mistake anglers make when fishing poppers is a very quick cadence. Let the ripples disappear before moving the fly again. Also with these higher water levels, I like to fish very shallow. In some smaller lakes, I’ve seen bass partially out of the water, bull rushing baitfish. Darker color poppers have been working better, but a white dropper fly either marabou or a small clouser has been the most productive fly. Look for inflows or outflows as they attract all species to feed on terrestrials and baitfish that get churned up by the flowing water. When targeting these heavy cover areas a strong tippet is key, as is a SLOW retrieve. As the day heats up and the fish are moving to deeper areas around weed lines. This is when I start chucking streamers for largemouth. I like to use an intermediate sinking line so I can fish bulkier flies and still have a solid sink rate. I prefer a bluegill imitation like an olive and orange Clouser Minnow and I’ll fish this fly around shady hideouts and submerged grasslines. The Clouser will be fairly weedless, but I’d resist the urge to fish it in really heavy cover. That is the place for a weedless brush fly. Some of our lakes have sandier, harder bottoms that are better for fishing flies on the bottom. A purple or rust-colored crayfish fly crawled along the bottom is a great tactic during the hottest part of the day. A little-known tactic to target suspended bluegill is to use a strike indicator about 2’ from the fly line then add two split shots about a third way down the leader where the butt and midsection meet. Then tie off a size 12 Hares Ear or 12 Pheasant Tail. The nymph is much deeper than most anglers fish and I crawl the fly back very slowly, pulling the fly line to my wrist on the retrieve. This allows you to target a specific area such as the shade-line from a dock and keep the fly in the strike zone throughout the retrieve. River Level Outlook: Currently all our water levels on the Econ River, Hillsborough River, Withlacoochee River, Peace River and The Kissimmee River (below the HWY 60) dam are high. All of our lakes are high as well. Submitted by: Hunter Towery Peace Creek Guide Service 863-837-7028

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Scallop Chowder – Manhattan Style 1 1/2 pounds scallops 6 slices bacon, diced 2 cups finely chopped onion 1 cup finely chopped celery 1/2 cup chopped bell pepper 3/4 cup diced carrot 1 1/2 tablespoons minced garlic 3 bay leaves 1 1/2 teaspoons dried oregano leaves 1 1/2 teaspoons thyme 1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper 1lb potatoes, peeled and cut into 1/2-inch cubes (about 2 cups) 4 cups chicken stock 1 8 oz bottle clam juice 2 (14-ounce) can diced tomatoes, drained Freshly ground black pepper Salt Directions In a large heavy pot add bacon and cook until golden and crispy. Pour off all fat except 4 tablespoons. Add onions, celery, bell pepper and carrots and cook for 10 minutes, until vegetables are softened. Do not allow to color. Add garlic, bay leaves, oregano, thyme and crushed red pepper and cook an additional 2 minutes. Increase heat to high and add potatoes, clam juice, chicken stock, and chopped bacon. Bring to a boil. Cook for 20 minutes, or until potatoes are tender and the broth has thickened somewhat. Add tomatoes and continue to cook for 10 to 15 minutes. Remove the pot from the heat. Allow chowder to sit for up to 1 hour to allow flavors to meld, then reheat slowly over low fire. Do not allow to boil. Add scallops right before serving and cook until translucent. (Do not over cook scallops.)

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Bay Scallop Chowder Ingredients: 1 onion, chopped 1/2 cup chopped carrots 1/2 cup chopped celery 1 small red bell pepper, chopped 1/4 teaspoon dried oregano 2 (8-ounce) bottles clam juice 1 pound bay scallops 2 cups half-and-half 1 cup unpeeled red potatoes, chopped fine 5 sliced bacon cooked ( reserve bacon grease) 1 tablespoon “Better Than Bouillon” chicken base 1/4 teaspoon salt 1/4 teaspoon coarsely ground black pepper 1/2 cup chopped fresh parsley Directions 1. Cook bacon. Remove bacon from pan and chop into small pieces, set aside. Reserve 2 tablespoons bacon grease. 2.Add bacon grease to large sauce pan and heat on med high. Add onion and next 5 ingredients (onion through oregano). Sauté 10 minutes. Add clam juice, chicken base, chopped bacon and scallops. Cook 5 minutes. 3. Add half-and-half, salt and pepper; cook until thoroughly heated. Stir in parsley. Submitted By: Capt. Rick Burns Reel Burns Charters www.reelburns.com Homosassafishingguide.com 352-201-6111

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CENTRAL FLORIDA REGION FORECAST I sometimes have to laugh at myself when out on the water with clients. I get those days when we are out on the lake, talking about their lives back in the world and I’m lost for a moment when they say something like it’s “almost fall back home” and I think to myself: “Well, at least the temps will drop from the mid-90’s to the mid-to-upper-80’s for a couple months.” I was in Publix and they have Dunkin’ Doughnuts Pumpkin Spice coffee on the shelf, I wanted to quote our wonderful sheriff, Grady Judd, just roll my eyes and say “Ohhhh man, come on, really?!” All that said, I guess the calendar says it’s almost fall. So, let’s get down to business and talk about fishing out of Camp Mack on the Kissimmee River. The quick version is the fishing has been very good for being this dang hot! The full situation is we have been catching a good amount of fish, and with quality big fish mixed in nearly every trip out and I fully expect that to continue. We’ve had heavy rains this summer in July and thru August and that has made the state keep the When Mom wants to take locks moving water through the system, her son fishing! and has had the fish just going on crazy feeding frenzies. I’ve focused all of our trips on finding moving water if it’s still we just do not get the same big bites. But, when the water is moving across a grass flat or shell bed and you see birds hunting, you know the shiners and bait are there and I will promise you this: the bass are going to be nearby ready to join that party with the all you can eat buffet. Throwing topwaters, rattle traps, spinnerbaits, etc, in the mornings will continue to be highly effective. Once the sun is up high and the bite slows, pitch grass lines and I wish you the best, we’ll be back at the dock till the bite picks up consistently after 1030-1130. For those that are fishing in Winter Haven, the South Chain, and other lakes, this has been an off-summer. We’re used to big schools of bass chasing bait all over the lakes in deep water this time of year and it’s been scattered at best. The best baits have still been pop-r’s, smaller swimbaits, jerk baits, and flukes. We’re catching good fish, I guess I’m just used to more surface activity this time of year here. I want to let the readers know we have a new reel sponsor, Piscifun Fishing. Go to piscifun.com and use promo code “CaptScott15” for a 15% discount on all orders. Detailed info is available on our website under on the Reports page.

KISSIMMEE CHAIN FISHING FORECAST Rising water levels on the Kissimmee Chain has improved the Bass fishing some what. Bigger Bass are beginning to move into the shallows wspecially in the early morning hours. Eagles Nest and Gobblers Ridge on Lake Kissimmee in and around scattered and isolated pads are two of my favorite places for lunker Bass on the entire Chain. Mostly because of their location which is in close proximity to deep water in the canal and their close proximity to heavy pads and flipping mats. Throw into a mix a healthy population of big Bluegills in those two areas...that makes for a pretty good recipe for big lunker Bass! I’ve done best with 1/4 oz chartruese and white spinner baits with silver willow leaf blades early in the morning hours by the time the sun get up I like to target scattered and isolated cover with 5” weightless Senko. By 10am bites are mighty hard to come by. It is then I favor moving to running water. Tiger Creek and the Kissimmee River are my favorite choices when the day heats up. For me I like Strike Kings 1.5 and 2.5 Square Bill Crank baits chartruese with black back.Weightless Senko’s and a 8” lizzard with a #1 split shot have worked well for me in the creeks or in the Kissimmee River This has been the most consistent Summer pattern year in and year out over the years. Over the next six weeks Lake Hatchineha should really turn on and start producing some of the best Bass fishing there is. The west side of Gator Cove and the North Buggy Whip line shoud be your best bet. 10” Ribbon tails with 1/4 oz weight, 1/4 oz jig and craw and weightless Senkos will be your best options. Color will vary depending on water clarity. But in my experience Black/Blue, June Bug and Watermelon Red are at the top of my list. For all of you readers that don’t have boats and fish from the banks, there are three locations that I strongly suggest you try fishing. The Lake Kissimmee State Park boat ramp area has plenty of bank line and nice docks to fish from. When the water is running in from Lake Rosalie this is one hot fishing hole for Bass, Bream, Catfish and Crappie. There alre also nice picnic areas close by and lots of wildlife to see, it’s just a great way to take the whole family and for $5 it’s just a great value. Submitted By: Capt Dave Ochs Waters Edge Fish Camp 10730 Camp Mack Rd • Lake Wales, Fl 863-589-6295

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The Elbow in the Fly Cast, 1 A Different Thought By: Chris O’Byrne

“It’s in the wrist.” “Just like answering a phone.” “Hammer a nail.” And so on and so forth. As a new fly angler, you will hear advice that is potentially confusing, and often focused on the hand. But you don’t have to look at your hand all the time. Try turning your thoughts to the simple movements of the elbow (of the arm which is casting the rod.) This will promote correct movements in the rest of your body. You will come to realize that there is not one proper way to cast. Similarly, there is not one proper movement of the elbow for all casts. But at various stages of your development, including when you learn specialty casts, your elbow should move in specific directions. So, making the movement of the elbow a cast thought may help you learn. One of the misconceptions you might have is that you must hold the fly line off the water. Without knowing it, many new casters lift their elbow as high as their shoulder. They often tell me that their shoulder is tired or sore. But, your fly rod has been engineered to keep the line in the air and cast it out, you don’t need to hold it up. So lower your elbow and relax. Maintaining this posture is a small leap of faith, I understand, but it will work. An old-time training activity is to false cast while you hold something like a hat or magazine between your upper arm and side. If you move your elbow up, it will fall. While this is an awkward activity, holding tight to the object will teach your muscles to keep the elbow in a good position. As a beginner you might be struggling with another common habit, overuse of the wrist joint. But focusing attention on keeping your wrist straight might compound the problem. One way to move forward in developing a crisp stop and tight loop is to move your elbow backward and forward on a straight line. Lefty Kreh, a hero of fly fishing, regularly mentioned the elbow in his teaching. His phrase to encourage this movement was put your elbow “on a shelf.” While you are casting, imagine yourself near a familiar book shelf, then slide your elbow on that straight line. This will help to move the tip of the rod straight back and forth, a key to good loops. Other new casters implement the normal athletic technique of a follow through. This power killing beginner’s habit shows in a posture with the elbow reaching out toward the target. If you have the feeling of a follow through after your forward cast, you might be reducing the power you’ve generated on the back cast. While moving your elbow forward on that shelf, stop it farther back, nearer the center line of your torso. The power you’ve generated in the bent rod will unload and flick the fly line toward your target. Casting a fly rod is fun. And it will become a simple part of catching fish. There are many ways to improve your casting, consider putting your thoughts on your elbow.

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ach June my family and I take a break from our Venice, Fla. charter operation and head to the Florida Keys to do some fun-fishing. This year we fished from Tavernier and caught mahi, tuna and a big beautiful sailfish. We hosted some special guests on the boat this year. It was a family chosen by the Catch-A-Dream Foundation (catchadream. org). Gavin, who is 11, his little sister, mother and father came to fish with us for three days, accompanied by a Catch-A-Dream volunteer host named Adam. Catch-A-Dream Foundation provides children with life-threatening illnesses the opportunity to go on a hunting or fishing adventure of a lifetime with all expenses paid. Everyone had high hopes of Gavin catching his first mahi. As we cut through Tavernier Creek, I could see several thunder-

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