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Ben Martin

Editor In Chief Coastal Angler/The Angler Magazine

EDITOR IN CHIEF : Ben Martin • camads@coastalanglermagazine.com VICE PRESIDENT : Tracy Patterson • tracy@coastalanglermagazine.com ART DIRECTOR : Rebecca Snowden • graphics@coastalanglermagazine.com EDITOR : Nick Carter • editorial@coastalanglermagazine.com WEBMASTER : Dmitriy Pislyagin • webmaster@coastalanglermagazine.com

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MOTOR REVIEW Honda Marine Debuts New

BF4, BF5 and BF6 4-stroke Engines

Portability, performance and reliability are the hallmarks of Honda Marine’s new and redesigned portable engine models, the BF4, BF5 and BF6 4-stroke outboards. Honda Marine debuts new engines with the BF4 and BF6 models, and redesigns the legendary BF5 models. Packed with the latest technology from Honda, the 127cc 4-stroke, single cylinder engines offer boaters the choice of four horsepower (BF4), five horsepower (BF5) or six horsepower (BF6). All three new engines are available with either a short (15 inch/38 cm) or long (20 inch/51 cm) shaft. “The new Honda BF4, BF5 and BF6 engines are easy to start, easy to stop and easy to carry. The new four-stroke Honda Marine engines are best-in-class performers. They are the right size for the right purpose,” said Mark DiPietro, senior manager, Honda Marine. “The new Honda BF4, BF5 and BF6 marine engines feature a new internal fuel tank and new motor mounts to run quietly and smoothly, while delivering the longest continuous running time.”

The new Honda Marine BF4, BF5 and BF6 engines provide consumers four main features—portability, performance, reliability and comfort. Portability A combination of light weight (roughly 60 pounds) and new carrying handle design make the Honda BF4, BF5 and BF6 marine engines easy to transport and store. The tiller handle fully folds out of the way, making storage options even more convenient. Performance The engines integrate a 1.5-liter, large capacity internal fuel tank, which delivers the longest continuous running time in their class—more than 40 minutes at wide-open throttle. In addition, the Honda BF5 and BF6 4-stroke engines can be connected to an external fuel tank for longer journeys. Consumers have the choice of an additional three different propeller options for the style that best fits their boating. Reliability Honda Marine’s new BF4, BF5 and BF6 models share the same, proven onecylinder, 127 cubic centimeter engine block and benefit from Honda’s 4-stroke engine technology. In case of an oil pressure drop, a new, low-oil alert system will automatically limit the engine speed to 2,300 rpm to protect the engine. Comfort The new Honda BF4, BF5 and BF6 portable engines feature a host of new technologies and features that consumers will appreciate. • A new decompression mechanism helps make all three new Honda Marine engines easy to pull start, regardless of the engine temperature. • One-push stop switch serves to shut down the engine with no chance of the engine re-starting. • The Honda Marine BF4, BF5 and BF6 portable engines feature redesigned rubber motor mounts that reduce vibration in all rpm ranges and reduce engine noise. • The BF4, BF5 and BF6 are available with an optional charging system with a capacity of 6 Amps at 12 Volts to power consumer demands for electronic devices. With a starting U.S. manufacturer’s suggested retail price (MSRP) of $1,875, the BF4 is a compact, lightweight engine with excellent low- to mid-range power. The new Honda BF5 delivers new features and technology at a starting price of $2,025. The starting U.S. MSRP of the new Honda Marine BF6 is $2,150. For more information, see marine.honda.com.

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Using a Smartphone Isn’t Always Smart On The Water Submitted by Sea Tow

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eople rarely go anywhere on land without their smartphones anymore, and it has become increasingly common to see boaters using cell phones when they’re out on coastal and inland waters as well. That’s fine—as long as your boat is also equipped with a VHF radio, one of the most important pieces of safety equipment you can have on board. “Your cell phone could die or you could drop it overboard. We recommend people take a 5-watt handheld VHF along on their boat, at a minimum, to use as their primary form of communication on the water,” said Capt. Ed Schrader, owner of Sea Tow Hampton Roads, Va., which serves the busy waters of Hampton Roads, Virginia Beach and Chesapeake Bay. “It’s better to have a 25-watt VHF mounted at the helm, however.”

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Capt. Sammy Royal, owner of Sea Tow Horseshoe Beach, Fla., which covers a rural stretch of the Gulf Coast on Florida’s Panhandle from Waccasassa to Keaton Beach, said boaters can’t rely on their smartphones always “having bars” in his area. “Cell phone service is very limited here. There are small fishing villages along the coast that are nine or 10 miles apart with nothing in between,” he said − making it essential to have a VHF on board. Another important benefit to using a VHF radio rather than a cell phone is that if you ever find yourself needing assistance, more than one listener can hear and respond to your call for help. “With a VHF, you are able to communicate with more people quickly on the water. Whether it’s Sea Tow, the Coast Guard, or a nearby boater, everybody’s going to hear what you’ve got to say,” said Capt. Schrader, adding, “The USCG’s Rescue 21 System also has VHF direction-finding capabilities and can obtain a relatively good location as soon as you click your mic and place that distress call. This helps greatly if you do not know your location or don’t have time to provide it.” Of course, a VHF radio can’t help you in an emergency situation if it’s not working properly. Both Captains advise using Sea Tow’s free Automated Radio Check service to quickly and easily check that your boat’s VHF is in operational prior to setting out on the water. To use the service, simply tune the VHF to the local Automated Radio Check channel, key the mic, and request a radio check. You will hear an automated response and then the call will be played back to you, confirming that your VHF radio is working and allowing you to assess transmission strength, a crucial safety check. Sea Tow Horseshoe Beach offers the Automated Radio Check service on VHF channels 26 and 27. Sea Tow Hampton Roads provides the service on channel 28. To find the Sea Tow Automated Radio Check channel in your boating area, visit https://www.seatow. com/tools-and-education/automated-radio-check. For more on Sea Tow, an international marine assistance provider, go to www.seatow.com.

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Boat Accessories Product Reviews AWLGRIP AWLCRAFT SE TOPCOAT With consistent technical innovation and stringent quality controls, Awlgrip’s line of topside finishing systems are the products all others are measured against. Those who take pride in the look of their vessels, whether they are dinghies or megayachts, trust in the superlative finishes provided by Awlgrip. Awlcraft SE is a revolutionary topcoat encompassing metallics, pearls and effect pigments and is fast drying with excellent opacity. It is designed to work as one layer of a multi-part system. The Awlcraft SE imparts the color and effect and is then top coated with a clear high-gloss finish topcoat to give gloss and protection. This combination forms a high-performance, high-gloss, durable topcoat system. Available for new custom or production builds, or refits, the Awlcraft SE range offers owners a great choice from more than 10,000 standard colors, as well as custom colors to match any color imaginable.

MILLENNIUM D-100 DECK CHAIR Millennium Marine has introduced the most weather resistant and durable deck chair on the market. The Millennium D-100 Deck Chair exemplifies the comfort, portability and durability Millennium has become known for. The D-100 is designed for portability and easy storage, and it is built with high strength, anodized aluminum. The anodized aluminum prevents corrosion, whether the D-100 is asked to perform under the rigorous conditions of saltwater or freshwater fishing. D-100 Deck Chairs are equipped with Millennium’s patented ComfortMax seat, which makes wet bottoms a thing of the past. They are made from a breathable fabric that won’t collect water. They are mold and mildew resistant, quick drying, and they will outlast any marine seat on the market. With 4 inches of height adjustment, and the capability to swivel 360 degrees, the D-100 Deck Chair is equipped with selfleveling feet for stability. It weighs just 12 pounds and folds up for easy transport in a nylon carrying bag.

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If you own a boat, you know the stress of backing your trailered pride and joy into a tight space. With this in mind, we took it upon ourselves to take Parkit360’s Force 10K electric trailer dolly for a test spin. Right off the bat, we were impressed. Assembly was easy, and by connecting the trailer’s power harness to the Force, we were able to control the trailer’s brakes with the Smart Brake Control System, which provides control and safety on a steep grade. Also the Bosch-designed electric motor supplied more than enough power to maneuver with little to no effort on the part of the user. The heavy-duty 4’-wide tires maintained traction on concrete as well as gravel and even in wet grass when loaded. The Force dolly proved its functionality regardless of terrain, and that could come in super handy for those parking boats, campers or anything else with a trailer ball where the concrete ends. But the most striking feature of the Force electric trailer dolly was how easy it made maneuvering the boat. With precise and easy-to-use controls, all the stress was taken out of navigating tight corners and turns in forward and reverse. We put the boat into spots we wouldn’t even attempt using a truck. Built of quality materials, powder-coated and compact enough to fit in the trunk of an SUV, Parkit360’s electric trailer dollies are a great tool for anyone who pulls a trailer.

Spider King rod holders make your fishing more productive. A modular Spider King rod holder system lets a fisherman “rig, cast and relax” with as many as eight lines in the water. And the same system can also keep a drink and tackle on hand. The plates attach to the bottom of the boat seat using existing factory holes, therefore there is no need to drill. Accessories include rod holders, drink holder, tackle holder and tackle/drink holder. We also offer outriggers by the pair in single, double and a four-rod holder gunnel-mount spider rig. Spider King products are made in the USA of 100 percent marine grade aluminum and they are powder coated so there is no maintenance or cleaning. Most items are available in black, white and argent silver. Visit the Spider King website to view all of their fine products.

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MARINETECH TROLLMASTER PRO 3+ Trolling is not as fun or effective for the guy tied to the motor. The world’s leading remote throttle control for gas-powered auxillary outboards is now available with wireless remote control. TROLLMaster Pro 3+ is an angler’s dream, allowing the angler to maintain optimum trolling speeds to within 1/10 mph. Slow trolling anglers understand that boat speed can make or break the day’s catch. TROLLMaster maximizes the time spent in the ‘sweet spot.’ Catch more fish with the freedom of movement that wireless control offers. Additional features include momentary ‘max throttle’ burst function for quick response or for ‘fluttering’ baits; idle/resume speed, left and right turn push button control. The hand-held remote is ergonomically designed for hours

of comfort. The remote is water resistant and comes with detachable lanyard and backlit LCD display for positive visibility in dark conditions. Engine specific throttle/hardware kits fit neatly under the cowling and are available to fit most brands of kicker motors. TROLLMaster also allows the angler to control the auxiliary 4 stroke’s steering with the addition of Panther’s Electro Steer drive units. The Panther T-4 and T-5 Electro Steer units are designed to remotely steer ‘kicker’ motors from anywhere on the boat. They mount on the tilt-tube and can be installed in minutes. Electro Steer units are available in fresh and saltwater models.

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We’ve all heard one. But the fact is, once in a while, life hands you a set of circumstances so astoundingly awesome, it’s hard to believe. And with the power and reliability of the Mercury 60 HP FourStroke behind you, this might happen more often than you think.

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The all-electric Power-Pole Micro anchor is compact, virtually silent and drives the 3/4” Micro Spike at the push of a button. Add the rechargable Micro Battery Pak and you’re ready to go wherever adventure takes you. Get all the details and find a dealer near you at power-pole.com.

Mercury Unrolls Advanced New Features For Joystick Piloting

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or almost 80 years, Mercury Marine has been the world’s leading manufacturer of recreational marine engines. The broad range of marine propulsion spans from 2.5hp to 1,700hp in Mercury’s new racing sterndrive engine. Over the past decade, Mercury has invested more than $800 million in research and development and expansion into its global headquarters in Fond du Lac, Wisconsin. That investment has allowed the company to grow its employee base from 1,400 in 2009 to more than 3,200 in 2017—which includes more than 700 engineers. The investment has also allowed Mercury to continue its cadence of averaging one new product launch every six weeks. Today, Mercury is more than an engine company. It’s a marine propulsion solution company that not only has a portfolio of engines for any boater, but also the technology to enhance the boating experience. Mercury’s ecosystem of technology is unmatched in the marine industry and features Joystick Piloting for outboards or inboards, SkyHook virtual anchoring, Vessel View mobile and Active Trim. All four products work together with the engine to create the perfect experience on the water and allow boaters to Go Boldly. The latest innovation from Mercury is an enhancement for Mercury

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Joystick-equipped vessels. Designed for convenient purchase as downloadable content (DLC) from Mercury’s GoFree store, Skyhook Advanced Features provides Joystick vessels with even better positioning control in specific situations. Boaters and anglers who love the way Mercury’s GPS-enabled Skyhook lets their vessel maintain a steady position while waiting for a bridge opening or hold over a reef, will be sure to appreciate Skyhook Advanced Features. New Skyhook Advanced Features include: • Heading Adjust provides Joystick operators with the ability to adjust the heading lock in 1- and 10-degree increments while SkyHook is active, making vessel control even more precise. • BowHook can be used to unlock heading and just maintain position, allowing the boat to point in whatever direction the winds and currents dictate. This feature is useful when a locked-in heading is not necessary. • DriftHook lets the operator maintain heading and unlock the position of the vessel allowing winds and currents to move the vessel along. Adjustments of 1- and 10-degree increments can be made while drifting when bundled with Heading Adjust. In addition, Mercury continues to advance its Vessel View mobile technology and roll it out around the world. The VesselView Mobile app instantly provides users access to their boat’s SmartCraft digital data in the palm of their hand. SmartCraft® is a fully integrated suite of digital technologies, including marine gauges, sensors, vessel systems and computercontrolled features, that gives users a higher level of control over their boat’s propulsion and electrical systems. Now, with Mercury Marine’s VesselView Mobile, users can see SmartCraft engine data right on the screen of their mobile device. The app also includes useful new features such as Maintenance Reminders, Mapping, Performance Summary, and Fault Code Diagnostics. VesselView Mobile makes preparing for and spending a day on the water easier, safer and more enjoyable by letting users perform functions from their mobile device. For more information, visit www.mercurymarine.com.

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hile visiting a friend of mine about 15 years ago, I noticed a book on his coffee table. It was called “Bluewater Hunting and Freediving” by Terry Maas, and it had the photo of a diver holding a bluefin tuna on the front cover. I already enjoyed hunting on scuba for groupers and snappers in my backyard, but the thought of spearing a tuna intrigued me to no end… and the thought of freediving also caught my attention. I had a hard time finding like-minded friends to dive with at first, as freediving was not a mainstream activity in Florida at the time. After researching a bit, I found a freediving school called Performance Freediving International and signed up for a course. I also found a freedive spearfishing club, which consisted of about 10 guys and no women. To this day, I give the same advice to anyone who wants to learn: “Take a class from a freedive agency, and join a local club so you can make friends and perhaps find a mentor.” Before the class, I had never tried to hold my breath while holding still in a pool—called static apnea. I was predicting that I would be a one-minute diver, but after some instruction I held my breath for four minutes. Most importantly, I learned how to avoid a “blackout” and how to rescue a blacked-out diver. We were taught the importance of the buddy system and one-up/one-down diving. While these classes will at least double your breath-hold time, learning the safety aspects is even more important. Fifteen years later, I can look back and say that learning to freedive opened a whole new underwater world for me. Now that I’m an oldster in the sport, I marvel at the growth rate, the number of agencies offering classes, the number of clubs in the area, and the large number of people that are in those clubs. It’s wonderful to see so many young people enjoying the sport. Lest I give the impression that freediving is a young people’s activity or something that super-athletes do, let me debunk that myth. I have met overweight smokers that were very good at it, and I’ve been diving with 80 year olds who were still enjoying it. Freediving is for anyone

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inches of gin clear water. Here, plenty of permit are caught, but with jigs and live crabs on artificial reefs and wrecks, natural reefs, or even along the beaches by anglers casting for much smaller permit cousins, pompano. Oh, and by the way, anglers here can catch giant tarpon and speedy bonefish, too, if that is your goal. Dayton did hook that permit, and another, too. They went about 30 pounds apiece. And surf anglers fishing from Hutchinson Island beaches earlier this year caught permit within casting range of the high-tide mark using artificial lures like Fish Bites or just a tiny clam strip. If there is something a permit likes as much as a live crab, it’s a clam strip. When the permit start to show up in the fishing reports locally, it means grouper season has opened. May 1 through Dec. 31, anglers fishing out of Martin County marinas will catch gag grouper and black grouper to 40 pounds, red grouper to 15 pounds and scamp grouper to 12 pounds in 60 to 180 feet of water. Again, the county’s extensive investment in its artificial reef construction program has led to the benefits of great fishing for game fish and sport fish which orient to structure. Like permit and grouper.

Photo by Capt. Scott Fawcett, Off The Chain Charters • Photo caption: Ryan Dayton, of West Palm Beach, made a trip to Martin County to fish for permit with Capt. Scott Fawcett of Off the Chain Fishing Charters out of Sailfish Marina in Stuart. He used a live crab on a jighead to catch it offshore.

Make reel memories. Stuart, located in Martin County, is known as the Sailfish Capital of the World. Sitting on the most biodiverse estuary in the Northern Hemisphere, and the northernmost point of the South Florida Reef, Martin County is home to 100 artificial reef systems and over 800 species of fish. Its climate, waterways and natural environment make it a mecca for fishermen and nautical explorers year-round. An array of unique shops, fine restaurants, great golf courses and quiet beaches make a day ashore fun, too. Inshore, offshore, salt water or fresh, head out for an adventure and reel in the memories.

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Cox Earns Bassmaster Classic Berth

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fter more than a decade of fishing Bassmaster Southern Open events, local Florida angler John Cox finally won his first one. The event, held on the famed Tennessee River impoundment Lake Chickamauga, was a three-day tournament that was very tough on most of the anglers including Cox. The 31-year-old angler is the reigning FLW Tour Champion and he is on a hot streak. After learning the 2018 Bassmaster Classic would be hosted at South Carolina’s Lake Hartwell, he set his sights on winning an Open event to punch his ticket for a Bassmaster Classic berth. Cox is known on the bass circuit as one of the best sight-fishing anglers. He used his keen eyesight and knowledge of spawning bass to win on Chickamauga. Cox was one of the few anglers who exclusively sight fished throughout the second Southern Open of the season. It was an effective technique for several of the tournament’s top finishers. He put himself in contention for the win with a 22-6 limit on Thursday, followed by a 25-7 bag on Friday. His two-day total of 47-13 gave him more than a 3-pound lead heading into Saturday’s action, and his 20-6 limit on Saturday was heavy enough to secure the win. The Mud Hole Custom Tackle pro, who hails from Debary, Fla., picked up a contingency berth in the 2018 GEICO Bassmaster Clas-

sic presented by DICK’s Sporting Goods with the victory. Fishing all three Southern Opens this season will solidify that berth. He also won more than $8,000 in cash, as well as a Triton 19 TrX and Mercury 200 Pro XS boat/motor package worth $40,000. “I’ve tried so long to win one of these Opens, it seems like forever,” Cox said. “I started fishing the Opens when I was 19. It’s where I started, really, so this definitely is a special thing for me. Building my own custom MHX rods is key for my success, because I can build technique-special rods and actions for different conditions.” Cox won the Lake Hartwell FLW Tour event last season and is excited about his chances in the Bassmaster Classic there. He won the Hartwell event last summer fishing the back of creeks getting his aluminum bass boat in places where most anglers could not go. Although the Classic will be held on Hartwell in the early spring, Cox is pleased to be fishing his first Classic event. Cox is having a decent start to the FLW Tour season, as well. Fishing in his own backyard on the third event at the Harris Chain of Lakes in Leesburg, Fla., Cox was super excited to fish his home waters. He led the event for the first three days to finish in third place and enjoy a nice payday. Cox finished in eighth in the recent FLW Event on Arkansas’ Beaver Lake after going out in fourth place on the final day. It was his second top-10 finish on the tour with just two events left this season.

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 “We trolled right through that nervous school of bait, resulting in a big fish striking a black and blue Flame lure,” remembered Combs. “We fought that big wahoo for almost a half hour before we were able to bring the hooked fish up close to the transom of my sportfishing boat… I know that wahoo had to have weighed well over 150 pounds!” Combs knows what a big wahoo looks like. He holds the Northeast Florida Marlin Association’s record for a wahoo that weighed 125 pounds. He and his team had just set out a spread of high-speed lures when that big ’hoo struck.
 “Typically the really big wahoo will take a large bait or lure,” Combs said. “In this case we had just begun to troll with a spread of large C&H lures. Minutes later that monster ’hoo struck, and we had it in the boat in less than 15 minutes. I immediately announced on the VHF marine radio that the tournament was over and we had just landed the winning wahoo!” The Shark Bait team won the Northeast Florida Marlin Association’s annual wahoo tournament, and they also set a club record that stands to this day.
 Wahoo fishing is so good off northeast Florida that boats often hook up with 10 or more per trip to the ledge, where depths drop sharply from 180 to 1,000 feet of water. Combs and fishing party once hooked 21 wahoo in a single day fishing off St. Augustine. “One thing that I have learned, though, is that wahoo prefer to strike a lure that is trolled under the surface and is also trolled in a dead-straight line. Some of my favorite lure combination colors for wahoo include blue-white and red-black. Ironically, one of the very first lures I designed is still one of my favorite blue water lures today, the American Express. We have caught some really large wahoo with this popular lure, and during one blue water fishing trip to the Big Ledge, we boated a 67-, 57- and 45-pound bull dolphin with the bluewhite American Express.” Combs helped pioneer speed trolling for wahoo. He produced some of the world’s best blue water lures while heading up C&H lures, and his high-speed lures include C & H Mr. Big, Wahoo Whacker XL and the American Express. But Comb’s real windfall was putting together Salt Life outdoor apparel. He and his wife Cynthia captured the first “Super Slam” ever recorded in northeast Florida and in one year caught and released 52 billfish off north Florida.

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Flies matched to the bottom color, with lots of movement, are great for bonefish. Drew Chicone’s Coyote Ugly Spawning Shrimp is an excellent fly. Look for Drew’s patterns and flies from other tiers in Ghost Stories, an upcoming volume documenting the history of the Bahamas bonefishing industry.

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The Classic Surf Pompano Rig By Chris Beardsley

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he flash of silver skimming just beneath the surface of the breaking waves gives away the pompano’s identity. Their long, parallel runs and heavier than expected pull makes catching these feisty little jacks all the more fun. Fishing from shore can be very rewarding, and when a school comes through the bite can be fast and furious but often ends as quickly as it starts. Florida pompano are widespread, inhabiting waters of the western Atlantic from Massachusetts to Brazil. These coastal crab crushers can be found running the beaches seasonally, and that season will be different depending on where an angler does his surfcasting. But no matter where or what time of year one intercepts a school of these tasty fish in the surf, the technique for catching them is pretty simple. The mole crab or sand flea is a common food source. Live sand fleas are a great bait, and catching them is a trick in itself. At low tide, they can be captured as the waves recede. They give themselves away with a small V shape in the sand. Use a sand flea rake or small bucket to dig for them quickly before the next wave rolls in.

Another favorite pomp treat is a small shrimp or parts of larger one. Whichever bait you choose, check it often as bait stealers are just waiting for an opportunity. I have also found that pink, shrimp-scented FishBites can be a game changer when the standbys are not producing; they are extremely durable and can be presented many different ways. Brightly colored pompano rigs—aka set rigs, bottom rigs or drop rigs—with two to three very sharp 1/0 or 2/0 circle hooks and green, yellow and orange floats are a great starting point. I prefer pompano rigs with two hooks and a 1- to 3-ounce pyramid sinker as the anchor. Pyramid sinkers dig deeper into the sand than bell or barrel types and should be just heavy enough to prevent your rig from walking back to shore. Keep a few different weights at your disposal and adjust accordingly. Try using different baits on each hook. I often switch between FishBites on one hook and a small piece of shrimp or whole sand flea on the other. When hooking a sand flea, push the hook through the underside of the crab then just barely penetrate the topside of the carapace with the point of the hook. This wedges the hook tightly and prevents cast offs. Fishing the trough between the furthest sand bar and shore is a prime area, and a light, sensitive 7-foot rod and a 3000 to 5000 series reel spooled with 10 to 15-pound test is just about perfect. Arguably lighter is better, but where there are small fish there are often big fish, and I like to be prepared. As the sun kicks up the heat index, I often switch to a 10-foot surf rod with the same pompano rig and target the far edge of the sand bar. This deeper water seems to produce more fish midday. Using this classic approach can mean the difference between soaking bait and actually catching fish. Chris is a freelance writer from Wisconsin with an obsession for all things saltwater. He does most of his fishing on Florida’s Forgotten Coast.

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aving lost some hooked fish at the deeper levels of the ocean or lake to a barracuda or similar poacher, I’ve wondered if a gator in a river or lake has ever stripped a line of a caught fish. It’s probably happened, but I’ve never seen it, although I have seen my share of gators watching me fish as they hovered in the Wakulla River while I fished away. And that got me thinking about how gators catch fish on their own—without resorting to stripping a line of a caught fish. I know that a hatchling can live off insects and small vertebrates, but a small gator depends on small mammals and small fish. Larger adults will eat turtles, birds, snakes and larger fish. I’ve watched enough documentaries and videos to know that gators are sly and patient, waiting until an unwary animal wanders by before making a very fast move to capture prey. When an unsuspecting animal like a deer or hog drops its guard for a minute to take a drink from a river or lake, the gator will submerge, swim close to the animal, and then lunge out with jaws extended to grab any part of the prey, then drag it back to deeper water to drown it. If a gator sees a fish of almost any size under water, it will chase the fish, seize it, kill it, and eat it right on the spot. The alligator

has been around for over thirty million years, in which time it has perfected its hunting skills. The living dinosaurs may be relatively slow on land, but they can reach 20 miles per hour in the water and can swim a long distance undetected in search of a beaver swimming across a river or a dog taking a drink at the edge of a lake. I live in a neighborhood in north Florida where I’ve actually seen a 6-foot-long gator walking along a paved street in search of something. My dogs thought the animal was just a log about 50 yards away, until the log got up and started meandering down the street to the woods. Young gator hatchlings are highly susceptible to being eaten by birds, otters or large gators. But once gators reach 4 feet or more in length, they only have to worry about larger gators and humans. Alligators have made a remarkable comeback from when they were listed as an

endangered species. Nowadays they are no longer endangered and can expect to live between 30 and 50 years. On a side note, I’ve spent most of my career teaching at the University of Florida, where the mascot is a gator and the football stadium has been nicknamed “The Swamp.” Bulldogs, razorbacks and Seminoles seldom get out of the swamp alive. Kevin McCarthy, the award-winning author of “South Florida Waterways” (2013 - available at amazon.com for $7), can be reached at ceyhankevin@gmail.com.

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INDIAN RIVER LAGOON FISHING FORECAST I can not think of a better way to celebrate the start of a summer vacation than to take a child fishing. Teaching a child to fish is an experience that he or she will never forget. Fishing does not take much skill or money. Just having a little patience and a basic approach is all you will need to reel in a memory. To begin with, anglers can expect both water and air temperatures to continue to get warmer. As this happens, a variety of game fish can be caught with the right presentation. The early morning or late evening trout bite will be good during low light conditions. On calm mornings, trout will be in search of a tasty meal. Small top water lures or live shrimp rigged under a popping cork will work extremely well for trout. When targeting them, it is very important to practice stealth like approach, make long accurate cast to a targeted area, and to fish baits near pot holes or small schools of bait fish. Anglers should be able to catch these fish in deeper water adjacent to the ICW in four feet of water or less. Typically, many of these trout will have an average measurement of 17” with some of them measuring up to 22”. In addition, redfish can also be 2 POLK & SUMTER

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Water levels on the Kissimmee Chain are at a ten year low. Boaters and anglers should exercise extreme caution when operating their boats to prevent damage to their engines and boats. Sand bars are popping up everywhere as well as submerged brush piles causing severe damage to transoms, lower units and power heads by mud and sand being sucked up by your outboard water intake. Many ramps for launching your boat are close to where you can’t launch your boat. Most residents who have their boats parked in access canals are sitting on dry land. I can only hope by the time this article is printed that the situation improves. Bass are scattered everywhere at this time in depths from 1 1/2’ to 12’ depths and are constantly on the move throughout the day. Your best bet is to start shallow at sunrise 1 1/2’ to 3’ depths using top water hard baits, 1/4oz spinner baits or scum frogs. Mid morning flipping craws or weightless senkos on the grass lines 4’ or better where you can find it or Submitted By: Capt. Keith Mixon scattered pads. Flukes or swimbaits Mixin' Work With Play Fishing Charters are best in those areas. Water clarity ww.mixinworkwithplay.com may be murky in many of these areas 321-212-8484 so make sure you have plenty of black

caught. Many of these reds will be cruising along the flats or channel drop offs in search of an easy meal. Baits such as live shrimp, pinfish, fingerling mullet, or scented jerk baits such as Bass Assassin’s Die Dapper (chicken on a chain) will all work well when targeting them. Many of these reds can be caught just before first light until mid morning. Sight casting to reds is best when conditions are calm. During this time of year, many of these reds will measure within the legal slot size limit of 18 to 27 “. Also, catch and release snook can also be caught. These hard fighting fish will be aggressively feeding in both the inshore and near shore waters. Snook, will find it hard to resist bright colored artificial lures such as Bass Assassin’s 4” Salt Water Sea Shad (electric chicken), noisy surface lures, or even live shrimp. Fishing these baits near structure that is lit up at night or mangrove shorelines with steep drop offs will be best. When targeting snook, anglers will want to use the right equipment. I suggest using a 7’ medium action spinning reel combo equipped with 25 pound test braided line and mono leader. Some of these catch and release snook can measure up to 34” long.

blue flake color with you as this is the most visible to the bass under murky conditions. Mid afternoon find the deepest and thickest cover you can find and flip a 1oz black blue jig with a matching craw. Big slabs up to 2lbs are still being taken at night on slip cork rigs with a minnow. The canal between Hatchineha and Kissimmee can be really good between 8pm and 2am. Run your sets at 7’-8’ depths along the ledges. Also, Lake Rosalie is producing respectable size specks during the same time frame in 12’ of water set at 6’-10’ depths. During the daylight hours try long-line trolling road runners, beetle spins and 1/8 oz shad colored crank baits in the deepest water you can find. Bluegill and shellcracker are a harder find at this time. Heavy pads 3’-5’ depths are best at this time. Best areas on Lake Kissimmee are Eagles Nest, Gobbler’s Ridge or Brahma Island. Cricketts or red worms whichever you prefer will work well. Submitted By: Capt Dave Ochs Waters Edge Fish Camp 10730 Camp Mack Rd LakeWales, Fl 863-589-6295

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LAKE ALFRED / AUBURNDALE / WINTER HAVEN FISHING FORECAST Hot summer days will soon be upon us!! The time to fish for Blue Gills and Shell Crackers is NOW!! You’ll find lots of Blue Gills hiding in the lily pads. Best bait to attract the Blue Gills is Live Crickets. Reports of large size and limits are coming in from Lakes Haines, Rochelle, Alfred, Echo, and Swoope here in Lake Alfred. If you’re going after Shell Crackers, use Red Worms and fish the bottom. . Try to find drop offs and pockets and you’ll do great!! Bass fishing in the South Winter Haven Chain as well as the above listed lakes is also doing very well at this time. We are seeing 5-8 lb weights at our Thursday night tournaments. Area anglers are highly recommending the Bass Assassin Boss Shiner Swim Baits in assorted colors. . Use them with a weighted swim bait hook for best results. Our other “Best Bait” recommendations are the Booyah Lipless Crank Bait in Royalty Color, Booyah Frogs, or a Heddon Poppin Image. Try one of these once . . and you’ll be “hooked”. Whatever your preference. . Bass fishing will be at its best over the next few months. . So get out and enjoy it! Polk County is home to (554) beautiful lakes and offers some of the best fishing in Florida!! The BEST time to go fishing is when YOU can GO!! We recently helped to sponsor a “Kids Fishing Derby” put on by Polk County Parks & Recreation. This FREE event was well attended by (250) local children and their parents. Pictured is this year’s winner, little (4) year-old Owen Rice, proudly displaying his 3 lb/11 oz Bass caught on Live Shiners his father purchased from us that morning. Owen received a rod/reel combo from Ron’s Tackle Box . . Love these events!! Our 19th season of Ron’s Tackle Box Weekly Bass Tournaments has now begun!! 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 Del Milligan’s column in “The Ledger”, our Web Site, “Like & Follow” us on FB, or you can call Ron at (863) 956-4990. All around great fun . . Come out and join us!!

RON’S TACKLE BOX SUMMER BASS TOURNAMENTS (Every Thursday Night 6:30 – 9:00 PM April through October) For More Info: CALL RON (863) 956-4990 OUR 19th SEASON has BEGUN . . Here’s our “APRIL” Winners!! April 6th Tournament: (23) Boats on Lake Rochelle •Big Bass – Mark Murphy (6 lb/6 oz) 1st Place – Mark Murphy & Jeremy Scarborough (16 lb/5 oz) Total 2nd Place – Dustin & Sarah McKenzie (14 lb/7 oz) Total 3rd Place – Nicholas & David Witten (13 lb/14 oz) Total April 13th Tournament: (28) Boats on Lake Shipp •Big Bass – Matt Schlayer (5 lb/11 oz) 1st Place – Trever Stephens & Sam Whitmire (12 lb/0 oz) Total 2nd Place – Alex & Wyatt Taylor (11 lb/5 oz)Total 3rd Place – Dustin & Sarah McKenzie (10 lb/9 oz) Total April 20th Tournament: (32) Boats on Eagle Lake Big Bass – Trenton Gilileo (5 lb/4 oz) 1st Place – Harry Linsinbigler & Shane Walls (12 lb/0 oz) Total 2nd Place – Hagan Dowdy & Levi Ross (11 lb/11 oz) Total 3rd Place – Hector Iracheta & Ryan Feagle (11 lb/4 oz) Total April 27th Tournament: (38) Boats on Lake Ariana Big Bass – Austin Reynolds (5 lb/8 oz) 1st Place – Austin Reynolds & Colten Grant (13 lb/2 oz) Total 2nd Place – Josh Hendrix & Lee Childress (11 lb/15 oz) Total 3rd Place – Dustin & Sarah McKenzie (11 lb/12 oz) Total

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It's that time of year. Michelle Zielecke with a nice keeper Cobia off the coast of Homosassa.

Nowhere else in the continental U.S. can you go mono-e-mono with a giant mighty Mega lops Atlanticus (Tarpon) than right here in Citrus County. With 50 miles of uninhabited coastline, there are unlimited places to target this aerial leaping, drag screaming species. Now, don’t misunderstand me, there are other places like the Florida Keys, Boca Grande and the Charlotte Harbor areas that have good numbers of tarpon. However, Citrus County, namely the Homosassa area is world renown for the GIANT 200 lb. Plus Silver Kings. The Homosassa area currently holds 6 world records on fly for giant Tarpon. The likes of Stu Apte, Billy Pate, Lefty Kreh, Rick Murphy and Dan Malzone to name a few have frequented these waters back in the 80’s and early 90’s to achieve these goals. Think about it. They could have at that time of their prosperous careers gone anywhere in the world to pursue these fish and records, but chose Homosassa. And guess what? These anglers have done their duty here, but………..the tarpon keep showing up. People from literally all over the world come to this area in the peak season of May and June in pursuit of this awesome prehistoric fish, which sometimes lives a life span of 50 to 60 years. And, from most professional anglers when targeted by fly rod, it is considered the epitome of sport fishing. You’ll be the one hooked! It can be highly addictive! To the point of ruining marriages. I’ve seen it. But I don’t want to say that too loudly. However, conventional tackle can be awesome as well. Just have the right size and proper equipment. I’ve asked myself and researched why this particular area’s so good for the giant tarpon? Here are the results and some theories that I have run across. Some say this area is the meeting place of the yearly migratory track from the ones coming around the panhandle from Mexico and Texas headed down south. And then the other tarpon that come up from the Keys and the south headed north. And yet still others that are believed

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to come inshore at that time from the deep offshore depths. Another belief is the crystal clear, good water quality from the many spring fed rivers in this county that flow out to the shallow water gulf flats like the Withlacoochee, Crystal, Homosassa and Chassahowitzka River. BTW. From the armpit of the panhandle and peninsula to Weeki Wachee is known to have the largest concentration of springs on the planet. And probably sinkholes. However, what a pristine environment for the tarpon children to grow up into! Think about it. If you were going to have a baby, would you want it delivered in a county landfill, or a sterile, clean hospital? I would too! Yet another belief is the tremendous bait and food source in the area at this time. There are literally thousands of schools and schools of bait fish for these guys to feed on. And they know it. Plus, add in the many, many mangrove islands and outer keys that are the vital estuary that all juvenile fish call their nursery, and you can easily see why. And don’t forget yet another theory, their spawning time. They have to lay their eggs sometime. And late May and June are the prime pickings. You wanna know what MY personal belief is? All the above! So, why have to travel to Belize, West Africa or even down to the Keys? You can fight your big Tarpon right here in our beautiful Citrus County waters. However, when fishing near or around other boats that are tarpon fishing, have the utmost respect and etiquette. You’ll know. They are the ones usually with flats skiffs and poling platforms, poling around an individual on the deck up front with a 9’ fly rod! If you don’t know, then it probably is best to fish somewhere else. Or better yet, hire a guide! There are good reputable ones. Just ask if they tarpon fish. If you’re out there by yourself and don’t utilize the proper protocol, they’ll probably let ya know. Just saying. As a reminder. Our scallop season in the citrus County area starts July 1. Don’t wait, give me a call at 352-201-6111 and book your trip today for an exciting fun trip you won’t forget. Submitted By: Capt. Rick Burns Reel Burns Charters Homosassafishingguide.com 352-201-6111 JUNE 2017

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Your Polk & Sumter Tournament News & Community Events 6/3 Lakeland Jr Bassmasters tournament at Saddle Creek out of Saddle 6/10 Fly Into Summer 10-3 FREE Aerospace Discovery at The Florida Creek Park. Contact Martin Bozeman (863)640-8349 Air Museum Lakeland Contact Catie Rosenoff (863)644-2431 6/3 Extreme Bass Series tournament on the Winter Haven Chain out of 6/11 Highlands County Bass Club tournament on the Winter Haven New Shipp xbsmike@verizon.net Chain out of G Roe Park 6/4 Lakeland Bassmaster Draw on the Kissimmee Chain out of Camp 6/12-16 Destination Aviation Summer Camp (Ages 11-12) SUN ‘n Mack. Contact Martin Bozeman (863)640-8349 FUN Expo Campus Lakeland contact Richele Floyd (863)644-2431 6/3-4 Mid-Amateur Four Ball Championship Ocala Golf Club 11:30 6/17 Cypress Gardens Water Ski Show FREE Lake Silver 5-7pm (352)401-6917 (863)293-2138 6/3,10,17,24 Rodeo at Westgate River Ranch 7:30-9:30pm (800) 608- 6/17 Benefit Tournament to Help Tyler Bazemore & Shane Schumucker 1462 Get To High School Nationals on the Kissimmee Chain out of Camp Mack Contact Dawn Bazemore (863)608-0827 6/3 1st Annual Clay Shoot for KIDZ OUTDOORS - SOUTH CENTRAL FLORIDA CHAPTER 8:00am Tenoroc Public Shooting 6/17 Bass Assassin’s of Polk County Tournament on Lake Alfred out of Range Lakeland (863)581-4251 the County Ramp Contact Alex Handley (808)778-2954 6/5-10 Off The Wall Adventure & Outfitters Scuba Camp $399 includes 3 Spring Dives & 2 Dives in W Palm Beach, Books & Workbook, DVD, Dive Log, NAUI Open Water Dive, Certification, Lunch, Snacks, Drinks, Rental of BC, Regulator, Computer & Tanks. www. offthewalladventures.com

6/17 Lakeland Bassmasters Team Trail on the Winter Haven Chain out of Shipp Park Contact Martin Bozeman (863)640-8349 6/17 St Pete Pro Bass Tournament on the Kissimmee Chain out of Camp Mack mburgun@tampabay.rr.com

6/9 2nd Annual Swing For Independence Golf Tournament Benefiting 6/17 Live at the Gardens 6/17 2017 Summer Concert Series the Alliance for Independence. The Club at Eaglebrooke in Lakeland Brian Sutherland Band 7:30 Bok Tower Gardens www.boktower.org 11:30-5:00pm Registration and lunch 11:30. Shotgun start 1:00pm Contact Dan Berman (863)665-3846 6/20 Sumter Scenic Highway Byway Corridor Advisory Group Meeting at the Dade Battlefield Historic Park 11:00 am 6/10 Elite One Man Series on the Kissimmee Chain out of Camp Mack 6/24 20th Annual “Serving the Children” Charity Golf Tournament 6/10 Lunker Lovers Tournament on the Kissimmee Chain out of Camp Sponsored by Kiwanis Club of Winter Haven Foundation. Country Lester www.lunkerlovers.com Club of Winter Haven Registration 7:30 Shotgun Start 8:30 6/10 West Coast Couples tournament on Lake Panasoffkee out of Upcoming: 7/8 Free Boat Safety Checks Provided by Flotilla 77 10-2 Tracy’s Point. Contact Randy Crocker (813)927-0738 (800)687-9639 6/10 12th Annual Robin Nable Wagman Scholarship Foundation Golf The All-American Fishing Derby coordinated by Leisure Services. Scramble Country Club of Winter Haven 6:30am Registration 8:30 Ages 4-14 (863)285-1111 Shotgun start Contact Bob Curtis (863)421-1003

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CENTRAL FLORIDA FRESHWATER FLY FISHING REPORT Best Time: Afternoon Surface Temp: 75-77 degrees Clarity: Medium Tannic-18” Tip of the Week: The fish are in the shallows around points of structure early in the morning, during the heat of the day they are deep around the humps, then are staying in the offshore weedlines feeding in the evening. The key is to find the fish. This time of year the bass seem to be sporadically spread around the lake. Techniques: Starting the day around docks with both poppers and weighted streamers have been producing a consistant bite. Focus on the docks that have minimal weeds underneath and nearby, also fish the nearshore cover such as wood cover, and bullrushes. The larger fish are deeper and will be found off the humps and dropoffs. Towards the evening begin to cast to the offshore weedlines with weighted streamers that mimic shad, or brightly colored to contrast with the tannic water. The dusk frog bite has been hot as well. The bream are still shallow and are feeding on damselfly nymphs, mayfly nymphs, small streamers, and poppers. The panfishing is getting pretty good, and will continue to produce fish. With the upcoming rain our water levels will begin to slowly creep back up. Find shelter from the wind and keep moving to try to cover as much water as possible. Focus on structure early, and start to make the transition to offshore points later in the evening. The fish will be spread out all over this time of year, once a solid pattern is found continue to follow that pattern. Hotspots: Saddle Creek, Teneroc, Lake Elbert, Lake Haines, Lake Buckeye. Hunter Towery Peace Creek Guide Service 863-837-7028

Bass Assassin’s of Polk County Bass Assassins of Polk Co. (Closed Club) (26 boats) Lake Toho 4/15/2017 1: James & Dayelle Kirk 16.04 and Big Bass 7.44 2: Dean Haughley & Eric Bond 15.54 3: Ricky & Tim Campbell 14.43 4: Jacob Garrard & Jason Danes 13.53 5: Kerry Wood & Dalton Hanger 12.5 6: Billy Brokaw & Anthony Shouppe 12.27 7: Jason Fletcher & Daniel Smith 11.96 8: Dennis Minton & Keith Brown 11.88 9: James & Scott Sponaugle 11.44 10: Bryon Vaughan & Doug Branch 10.68 11: Jon & Donald Gandy 10.17 12: Steve & Trina Pritchard 9.72 13: Barry & Wendy Norton 9 14: Ryan Cooper & Nick George 8.89 James Kirk with his Big Bass 7.44lbs 15: Scott Stapleton & Amp Milton 8.06 16: Jimmy Saxon & Randy Johnson 7.92 17: Greg & Kyle Hinds 7.81 18: Gary Rich & Timmy Helms 7.55 19: Scott Jackson & Steve Green 7.52 20: Scott Martell & Mike Aquiar 6.5 21: Sean Ripley & Charlie Mays 6.49 22: Alex & Emily Handley 6.12 23: William Jordan & Ron Fowler 5.36 Russell Kaufman Brandon & Andrew Smith Carey Burnside & Rick Fields

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Florida High School Fishing Takes on Lake Okeechobee

2 High School Teams earned the right to represent. Florida High School fishing at 2017 Nationals. Teams are Mathew Woodard/Jackson Williams from Auburndale HS and Christian Greico/Sebastian Greico Home School. Top High School Teams were Christian and Sebastian Greico with 36.88lb. Second place went to Mathew Woodard and Jackson Williams with 33.46lb. Junior division went to Andrew Ready and Riley Mcpherson 31.19lb. Second place in juniors went to Garrett Thomas and Junior Keller with 25.27lb Florida High School Fishing takes on Lake Istokpoga The team of RJ Sanger and Levi Howell take top honors in Junior Division with a 10lb bag. They were followed by Vincent C. Maffei and Mathew Maffei with 8.64lbs. The High School division was won by Cayleb Albury and Clayton Johnson with a 21.65lb bag. Second place went to the team of Logan Lomneck and Daniel Adams with 18.88lb. High School do battle on Lake Kissimmee Sammy Jay Acree and Fisher Cusic teamed up to take top honors in the Junior division with a 12.98lb bag followed by Vincent C. Maffei and Mathew Maffei with 11.53. The High school division was won by Austin Chism and Hunter Middlebrook with 16.88lb followed by the team of Cole Thompson and Bailey Chisolm Junior Teams Andrew Ready\Riley Mcpherson Garrett Thomas\Junior Keller Chase Mobley\Hagen Keene Big Bass Junior Garrett Thomas\Junior Keller

31.19lb 25.27lb 18.57lb 8.52lb

High School Teams Christian Greico / Sebastian Greico 36.88lb Mathew Woodard / Jackson Williams 33.46lb Hunter Boykin\Walker Weeks 30.98lb Big Bass High School Christian Greico / Sebastian Greico 8.21lb Upcoming Florida High School Fishing Event next Florida High School Fishing Tournament- SUMMER SLAM FOR SCHOLARSHIPS $2500.00 To The Winning Team KICKING OFF THE NEW SEASON ! The Harris Chain, Tavares (Wooten Park) July 8, 2017 August 2017: The Dora Demolition on Harris Chain Fall Season Qualifier For 2018 B.A.S.S. High School National Championship The Harris Chain, Tavares (Wooten Park) August 12, 2017 8 POLK & SUMTER

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CENTRAL FLORIDA REGION FORECAST

Mr. Mark R. from The Villages with a Winter Haven South Chain bass caught on a popper.

Submitted By: Capt. Scotty Taylor 855-354-8433 Scott@TMCGuideService.com

Challenge. Pana Vista Lodge and Big & Wild Outdoors Radio Show will host this year’s event again. This event is different than most fishing events. It is geared around Family and Kids with a low entry fee of just $25 per boat and the first 100 kids will get a free Zebco combo or telescoping pole. You can also put as many anglers Cassidy Swartzfager practicing for the panfish challenge. She is in it to win it !!!!! per boat as the coast guard sticker allows. It was a blast last year and Even with the water levels down we are projecting a good one again due to the drought we had some this year. All the kids in the event pretty good shellcracker and bluegill left as winners last year and it will be fishing and some great bass fishing bigger and better this year. this past month. The shellcrackWe have “many” great sponsors ers bedded from the outlet north this year so the payout will be bigger to about Idlewild Lodge. The size than ever!!! We will also have many of the fish has been real good this other prizes to give away. 100% of year and we really like seeing that. all proceeds from this event will be The bass fishing in May was excel- donated to Everyday Blessings Chillent with some nice fish in the 3 to dren’s Home & South Sumter FFA 6 pound range. They are starting to Alumni. You can visit Pana Vista use a lot of frogs and such funning Lodge facebook page as well as Big them across the peppergrass patches & Wild facebook page for details and worm fishing the weed lines and and can also call us at 352-793-2061 potholes. Top water action is doing to register or for any questions. pretty good too. I would throw a Heddon Pop-N-Image but don’t Submitted By: Jim Veal Jr. forget the old faithful silver/black Pana Vista Lodge Lake Panasoffkee, Fl. Rapala. 352-793-2061 Also on June 10th we will be hosting the 3rd. Annual Panfish

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I’ve got to be upfront and honest here about what the fishing in June may or may not bring, it all depends upon Mother Nature. At the time of this writing we had not had a heavy downpour, not even daily sprinkles, in almost 2 months and it is really having an impact on the lakes. Most lakes are down drastically, and a few have dangerous boating conditions if you are unfamiliar, so please check local lake levels before you are heading out with the family or friends. If you are on the Winter Haven South Chain please note that as of mid-May most canals are not deep enough to accommodate side-byside passage especially for bigger boats as water levels are down. I’m by nature a “sunrise person” and try to focus on the positive and take life from there so we are going to think positive for June. God willing, we’ll start to get some rain that will help our lakes, fisheries, and the region as a whole and get back to some good old fashioned time bass fishing! Taking the sunny-side or glasshalf-full approach to the South Chain for June we’ll be looking for bass with topwater baits in the early morning hours. It shouldn’t be too hard to spot them as so many fish are typically out busting schools of bait on the surface at

sunrise. This is where you can have a lot of fun with Rebel Pop-R’s or Jumpin’ Minnows, a Zara Spook, Devil’s Horse, or whatever your favorite bait may happen to be. As the day progresses, I still like to keep pitching a topwater bait but we’ll also switch over to flukes, swimbaits, and crankbaits. This is when you get to have fun and mix-and-match. Try a weightless fluke and one on a weighted hook. Throw two different size swimbaits from a smaller 3.75” up to a 6” to see what the fish may prefer. And for crankbaits you can really go crazy, if you wish, by having a multitude of choices from a RatL-Trap, to a sub-surface wake bait, to shallow or mid runners. And let’s not forget about a trusty jerkbait just to compliment the whole ensemble. As for Lake Hatchineha and the Kissimmee Chain I have not been there in weeks because the water is so low. It is so low that several tournaments have canceled or moved locations because of the low water. The state at this point is not even opening the upper lock on Lake Toho to keep water up there (as much as possible). And since we have too much invested in our ‘17 Sea Fox 220 Viper & Yamaha 250 SHO that I am not putting that in any position for a possible insurance claim that I can avoid. If you decide to go, please be safe.

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STEMtastic™ Day Camp

STEMtastic™ Summer Camp is located on the beautiful SUN ‘n FUN Expo Campus at the southwest corner of Lakeland Linder airport (KLAL) in Lakeland, Florida. STEMtastic™ day camp offers daily themes incorporating Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) learning techniques. Topics such as robotics, airplanes, rocketry, wave forms, and nature are included. Classes are taught by certified educators from STEMbased schools. Camp concludes on Friday with presentations by the students and an open house for families to tour Aerospace Discovery at the Florida Air Museum, Buehler Aerospace Skills Center, Piedmont Aerospace Lab, and Piedmont Aerospace Experience found in a Boeing 727. STEMtastic™ Monday – Friday (10 a.m. – 3 p.m.) Camp 1 (Ages 7-8) June 26 – June 30, 2017 Camp 2 (Ages 9-10) July 10 – 14, 2017 Camp 3 (Ages 11-12) July 17 – 21, 2017 $150 Fee includes all materials Destination Aviation Summer Camp

Destination Aviation Summer Camps offer the option for participants to be residential or day campers. Activities are located on the beautiful SUN ‘n FUN Expo Campus at the southwest corner of Lakeland Linder airport (KLAL) in Lakeland, Florida. Destination Aviation Camps offer a flight opportunity for all participants. Each camp offers a day or residential option. Classroom group school instruction includes aircraft familiarization, cockpit instruments, aerodynamics, and flight simulators. The flight opportunity will be in a Piper Cherokee with campers piloting a cross-country course over the east coast of Florida. Two to three campers fly a ‘leg” of the course in ‘dual instruction’ from a certified Flight Safety International instructor. The campers loggable flight experience may include approximately 20 minutes of flight time and a takeoff and landing. Camp concludes on Friday with camper presentations and an open house for families to tour the Aerospace Center for Excellence. Destination Aviation Monday – Friday Camp 1 (Ages 11-12) June 12 – 16 FULL Camp 2 (Ages 11-12) June 19 – June 23 Camp 3 (Ages 13-14) June 26 – 30 Camp 4 (Ages 13-14) July 10 – 14 FULL Camp 5 (Ages 15-18) July 17 – 21 Camp 6 (Ages 15-18) July 31 – August 4 $400 Day Camper Fee includes all materials $800 Residential Camper Fee includes all materials QUESTIONS? NEED MORE INFORMATION? Download a copy of our STEMtastic Day Camp or our Destination Aviation Summer Camp parent handbooks or contact Richele Floyd, Education Director, 863-644-2431, ext. 183 or educate@sun-n-fun.org.

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INDIAN RIVER LAGOON FISHING FORECAST It’s May and that means one thing for me, it’s tarpon time! I’ve been tarpon fishing since the beginning of April and the bite is hot. The biggest issue so far this season has been the constant onslaught of high winds, rough seas and dirty water. The key to my success so far has been to remain flexible. I’ve been fortunate in that my clients trust my experience when it comes to changing the scheduled times of their fishing charters. If the predicted winds are going to be gusting during your desired fishing time, just adjust your trip so that you’re fishing in less winds and more comfortable seas. As a charter captain I sometimes have clients who have traveled long distances just to fish with me and they are on a tight schedule. When that happens it’s important to remain flexible and adjust the locations you’re planning to fish or even the targeted species so that you’re not exposed to the high winds. On the inshore scene the snook bite has been stellar around mangrove points and oyster beds.

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Residential docks have been producing redfish and sheepshead. Trout remain active on the open grass flats in depths from 4-6 feet. When targeting the big 3 (snook,trout,redfish) on the flats I prefer to have a livewell full of whitebait (scaled sardines) although shrimp under a popping cork, gold spoons or various soft plastics will work as well. Looking forward to June the tarpon bite will continue to be hot right up to the full moon. The biomass of tarpon will head offshore to spawn on that full moon but once they return they will be hungry and ready to replace fat reserves burned during the vigor's of spawning. Snook will head towards the gulf passes and beaches and prepare for their spawn. For the larger breeding snook I prefer to use large hand size pinfish, pigfish or morrja. Redfish will begin to school on the flats more so than now. I like using live whitebait, cut pinfish or ladyfish as bait. I can be reached at 863-224-1418, bwoodard240@gmail.com or www. Captain-Bobby.com

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Driving and Fishing Watching is Key By: Chris O’Byrne

Watching for danger signs

Recently, as I coached a client to think about her next cast, I directed her with the words of my long ago driving instructor, Coach Small, “Constantly look around.” In fly fishing and driving, the higher performers make conscious efforts to see more of what is going on. As Coach Small would tell his class of fourteen-year-old boys, (I don’t know what he told the girls) “Drivers who look out are drivers who look good.” Because they have no wriggling bait or scented oils attracting the fish, fly anglers who look good in grip and grin pictures actively look out for signs of fish. They note things like the physical places where fish might be, weather patterns that might turn on, activity and the subtle disturbances that active fish make in their environment. As potential calamities developed while we were on the road, Coach would remind us to, “Scan a wide area.” Just the same, many a fish has been caught by the angler who picks up on the least sign of life, like the flick of light which gives away an otherwise camouflaged fish. Seeing what is going on in and around a piece of water is not just a useful skill, it is part of the pleasure of the active method of angling that fly fishing should be. If a fly angler’s mind wanders; controlling the music, thinking about work, or escaping the heat, they miss signs of fish activity. That moment when our presentation is complete and we are ready to pick up the fly for another

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cast is a great time to scan as if we are behind the wheel. On the road, Coach would teach us, “Drivers that get home use their peripheral vision to see hazards.” Similarly, fishy anglers use their peripheral vision to watch their surroundings. No matter how delicate our cast, when the fly lands there is a disturbance in the water which, for a few moments hides that activity near to the fly, leader and fly line. This is one chance we have to check out the area around the fly with our outer vision. The ability to pick up a fly forty or fifty feet away from us is one of the big advantages fly anglers have, but only if we see those fliting signs of far off fish. While we waited at those frustrating stop lights in that old Chevy Coach Small would encourage, “Use your vision, even here.” Down time is also an opportunity for fly anglers who continue to use their vision. What are the clouds doing? Are the trees giving away signs of the wind? Where has the shade moved too? Is something new happening in that spot where we missed the fish earlier? Should we check behind us, just in case? How deep is the water? The common denominator between safe driving and successful fly fishing is the constant mental and visual activity that will keep you driving to several fish days!

Watching for fish signs

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amaha has some exciting new developments in the marketplace this summer that should catch the eye of offshore anglers. The latest version of the venerable F350 outboard now offers five full years of limited warranty protection. Also, Yamaha’s Helm Master Integrated Boat Control System has a new feature that will make large boats powered by big outboards even easier to control. The newest version of Yamaha’s most powerful outboard, the new 5.3-liter F350C now provides five full years of limited warranty coverage, wrapping a refined outboard package with a list of benefits and features that are still unique in the marketplace nine years after the debut of the original F350. “The inclusion of five years of limited warranty coverage with the F350C underscores the reliability of the F350,” said Ben Speciale, president, Yamaha Marine Group. “We are confident that this benefit for our 5.3-liter V8 customers builds in exceptional value for Yamaha’s most powerful outboard on the market.” Yamaha’s F350 redefined offshore power in 2007 and still has little competition in its class. The first F350 offered an outboard capable of the raw thrust necessary for pushing larger and heavier offshore boats. Thousands of F350s later, there is still nothing like it. And for boaters looking to control all that power, the new and improved Helm Master Integrated Boat Control System makes fishing from and docking big boats a breeze. Yamaha Marine Group recently announced a new feature that gives its Helm Master Integrated Boat Control System even greater levels of control. With the Set Point boat positioning function, boaters now have the capability to integrate all boat control systems and then guide them with GPS navigation technology. “The introduction of Helm Master changed the way boaters think about controlling larger outboard-powered boats,” said Speciale. “Helm Master made docking less stressful and fishing on the open water more enjoyable. Set Point takes that functionality and precision to the next level.” Set Point is comprised of a suite of satellite-guided capabilities designed to improve the boater’s ability to fish, maneuver and simply enjoy life on the water. Using a unique dual-antenna GPS to provide Helm Master’s operating system more navigational information, the Set Point function provides even greater and more precise control. Set Point has three primary modes: Stay Point, Fish Point and Drift Point. Each Set Point mode provides a solution to the tricky maneuvering challenges boaters encounter every day. Stay Point keeps the boat positioned near a particular spot; it maintains a selected position and heading. This mode is particularly helpful when a boat must hold a position and heading, for example at a fuel dock or at a bridge opening. In adverse weather or high currents, Helm Master uses higher RPM and greater engine activity to keep the boat as close to the mark as possible, within a 75-foot circle of the set point. Fish Point enhances fishing options; it maintains a selected position, but not a heading, and primarily uses only idle RPM to do so. The Fish Point mode makes use of a captain’s knowledge in heading a boat into the current or wind, bow upstream or downstream, to maintain a heading. Under normal condi-

tions, the Set Point function will use no more than idle RPM to hold the Fish Point position, which means Fish Point operation is less likely to scare the fish. In stronger seas, Fish Point will attempt to keep the boat on the point selected using no more than the requested Fish Point RPM to do so, up to 2,500 RPM. Yamaha’s Shift Dampener System propellers play a role in keeping the boat on point quietly, too. Drift Point allows the boater to drift the boat with the wind or the current; it maintains a selected heading, but not a position. Drift Point mode is particularly useful to maintain a heading when drift fishing or kite fishing. Drift Point allows the boat to drift with the wind or current, but stay pointed in the heading chosen. Each Set Point mode is activated with the touch of a button. The Set Point control buttons are integrated into the new Helm Master joystick and use Yamaha’s new CL7 touch screen display to initially configure the operator’s preferences. Each Set Point mode is user-defined for the needs of individual boaters. Helm Master Set Point hardware includes a dual-antenna GPS and stern-mounted lighting that illuminates any time any mode of the SetPoint system is active. The Yamaha CL7 display has a 7-inch touch panel screen with full multi-function display (MFD) capability and connectivity. The display offers precise engine and boat systems data for up to four outboards on one screen, along with other MFD functions such as maps, fishfinder, and graphing capabilities using its built-in 10 MHz GPS. It is the primary display for Yamaha’s fully integrated Helm Master boat control system, and is the required point of access to configure Set Point. Contact your dealer about the latest version of the Helm Master or for information about a retrofit kit that will bring earlier Helm Master-equipped boats up to date with the new technology. For information on all of Yamaha’s industry-leading products, go to www.yamahaoutboards.com.

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MOTOR REVIEW Tohatsu Introduces New Colors For MFS40 and MFS50

In 2014, Tohatsu brought to market some of its most popular outboards to date with its 40 and 50hp four strokes, the MFS40 and the MFS50. Weighing less than any other outboard in their class, they have experienced tremendous success in the mid-range market. New for 2017, Tohatsu is offering these in-demand outboards in a new color, Beluga White. One of the coolest looking outboards on the market is now offered in both Aqua Marine Blue and Beluga White. Boaters now have the option to choose which color best fits with their boat. The MFS40 starts at just 209 pounds. This outboard is equipped with proven technology, including electronic fuel injection (EFI) and digital CD ignition, which provides quick throttle response, excellent fuel economy and very smooth rides on the water. The MFS40 also has a high output 21 amp alternator for superior battery charging. The adjustable steering friction and trim tab reduces your amount of steering effort, making for an easier and more enjoyable boating experience. Convenience is also covered with the 40hp four stroke’s

built-in freshwater flushing system, making routine flushing quick and easy. The 40hp EFI four stroke not only offers a more powerful ride while using less fuel, but is among the lightest on the water in its class. With proven reliability and performance, the MFS40 is every boater’s versatile choice for work, play or even once-in-a-lifetime memory making. Many of the same things can be said of the MFS50. It is the lightest weight motor possible, and it has been upgraded with an improved gear case with a lower gear ratio, giving you the increased low end torque your boat needs. This outboard also has variable idling speed control from 650 to 950 rpms. And the MFS50’s stainless steel water pump housing liner gives you outstanding durability. With the 50hp four stroke’s power to quickly reach your destination, exceptional fuel performance to keep gas costs down and proven electronic fuel injection technology for worry-free boating, you’ve never had a day on the water quite like this.

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MOTOR REVIEW Suzuki Marine Introduces New Models To Outboard Lines

Suzuki Marine is expanding two of its most popular lines of outboards with new models to fill the needs of boaters and anglers. New SS-Series Models The performance-oriented SS-Series, with its signature matte-black paint job and distinctive graphics, is growing with a new 200hp four stroke and the availability of a 25-inch shaft length on its premier 250 SS V6. “People really like the performance matte black look and have been asking us to expand the line,” said Gus Blakely, vice president of sales for Suzuki Marine. “We’re happy to do that by adding the 200SS and making the 250SS available for more kinds of boats.” The Suzuki 200SS features Suzuki’s 200-horsepower inline 4-cylinder powerhead, with 175.0 cubic inch displacement, dual overhead cams and a 10.2:1 compression ratio for increased power and performance. Engine operations are managed by an onboard Engine Control Module and an array of sensors that control the engine’s multi-point sequential electronic fuel injection system and Lean Burn Control technology. The 200SS will come with conventional mechanical throttle and shift control and will be available in 20-inch and 25-inch shaft models. At just 518 lbs, this 4-cylinder outboard delivers V6 like performance in a more compact, lightweight package.

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See your authorized participating Yamaha outboard dealer today for details! Other restrictions and conditions may apply. *PROGRAM TERMS AND CONDITIONS: Consumer benefit for purchasing a new (unused not previously warranty registered) eligible Yamaha 2.5 to 175 HP four-stroke outboard is a credit based on MSRP toward the purchase of goods and/or services at the authorized, participating dealer that sold the outboard, at no extra cost to consumer. NO BENEFIT SUBSTITUTIONS. The following four-stroke models are NOT eligible for this promotion: VF175XA, VF115XA, F90LB, F90XB, F90JB, F75LB, F25SMHC, F25LMHC, F25SWHC, F25LWHC, F25SWC, F25LWC, F25LC and F25LWTC. To be eligible, outboards must also have been manufactured since January 2010. Promotion is only applicable from authorized participating Yamaha Outboard dealers in the U.S.A. sold to purchasing consumers residing in the U.S.A. Promotion is limited to available stock in dealer inventory that is sold, PDI completed, delivered and warranty registered on YMBS by the dealer in accordance with Yamaha’s promotion and warranty registration requirements during applicable dates. No model substitutions, benefit substitutions, extensions or rain checks will be allowed. Outboards sold or provided for commercial, camp, resort, rental, promotional/demo, scratch-and-dent, government agency, competition, tournament or sponsorship use are not eligible. This promotion cannot be used in conjunction with any other Yamaha offer. Some exceptions may apply. See authorized, participating Yamaha dealer for complete details. Yamaha reserves the right to change or cancel this promotion at any time. Other restrictions and conditions apply. REMEMBER to always observe all applicable boating laws. Never drink and drive. Dress properly with a USCG-approved personal floatation device and protective gear. © 2017 Yamaha Motor Corporation, U.S.A. All rights reserved.

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