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Footwear: Huk Performance Fishing Attack The Huk Attack is the most engineered, purpose-built fishing shoe ever created. It brings performance features for the serious fisherman with unique traction, bullet-proof durability and all-day comfort and support. Giftware: The Catch and Release Print Shop Actual Size An alternative to taxidermy, these fish prints are created to the exact length of your catch and stamped with your name and information about your catch. Lifestyle Apparel: Frogg Toggs Prym1 Series Pilot II Jacket and Bibs The Frogg Toggs Prym1 Series Pilot II Jacket and Bibs is the company’s camouflage style of its bombproof Pilot II. It is available in shoreline blue, silver mist and blackout options. Technical Apparel: Frogg Toggs Sierran Transition Wader A zippered, flip-out chest pocket, large multi-function pocket and exterior fly storage area allow these waders to fill double-duty as a chest pack for storage of fly fishing gear. Electronics: Humminbird Solix 15 Chirp Mega SI GPS Humminbird has achieved improved detail and target separation with Chirp Digital Sonar. With touch screen or keypad interface, the screen can be customized and viewed with up to four panels. Fishing Accessory: Yeti Coolers Panga Duffel The Panga Duffel is a hardcore drybag designed to withstand brutal treatment and be completely watertight. It is fully submersible, and Yeti called it a gear fortress. Fly Fishing Accessory: Simms G3 Guide Stockingfoot Wader Simms has built its most breathable and durable wader yet in its new G3 Guide, with four-layers of Gore-Tex fabric in the legs and three layers above the waist. They also feature a chest pocket, handwarmer pockets and built in utility tabs.

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Fishing Line: Berkley Fireline Ultra 8 With four times the abrasion resistance of its original Fireline, Berkley’s thermally fused Ultra 8 comes in a range from 4 pound test up to 30 pound test. FishSmart: Eagle Claw 2017 Flounder Sample Pack Eagle Claw jumps in for the conservation of summer flounder and catch and release with its 2017 Flouder Sample Pack. Kids’ Tackle: 13 Fishing Ambition Combo Designed specifically with the smaller size of a child in mind, but packed with some features required by serious anglers, these salt and freshwater combos are perfect for the little angler who is really into fishing. Tackle Management: Daiwa Tactical Backpack This tackle backpack is perfect for hiking into a stream, walking the banks of a pond, hauling down to the surf or for use as a quickgrab on your buddy’s boat. It is custom designed to hold all the gear an angler needs.

Saltwater Soft Lure: LIVETARGET Hollow Body Mullet The Hollow Body Mullet is sure to find a place in nearshore and inshore boxes and be deadly for sea trout, redfish, snook, flounder and striped bass. It is an incredibly detailed and lifelike walking bait with great action. Fly Reel: Pflueger Supreme QRS Fly Reel With its innovative Quick Release Spool, the Supreme QRS offers an interchangeable large-arbor cassette spool system. The polycarbonate cassettes are secured in the spool carrier by an advanced locking system enclosed by a full stainless steel and alloy construction. Freshwater Reel: Shimano Curado K Baitcasting Reel As if the Curado weren’t legendary enough, Shimano has improved on its venerable reel with the latest in Shimano technology, such as smooth, efficient, durable MicroModule gearing. It is available gear ratios up to 8.5:1. Saltwater Reel: Shimano Sustain Reels C4000/5000 Shimano’s Sustain Reels are a saltwater line of spinning reels that fits into the higher end of Shimano’s line. Featuring Shimano’s advanced Hagane technology, they are smooth, powerful and durable for anglers seeking to do battle with midsized saltwater species.

Terminal Tackle: Trapper Round Bend Treble With an innovative “trap,” the standard version of this odd-looking hook has proven itself by holding baits in place and keeping fish on the hook. The treble-hook version of the trapper is revolutionary. Freshwater Hard Lure: Savage Gear 3D Topwater Bat This crazy-looking bait plays on the nature of predatory species to strike on reaction. It is a hard, surface-walking bait 3D scanned to mimic a bat struggling in the water.

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Saltwater Hard Lure: Rapala X-Rap Magnum 40 Did somebody say wahoo? The new X-Rap Magnum 40 dives consistently to 40 feet with aggressive swimming action. It can be trolled as fast as 13 knots without rolling or kicking out.

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Freshwater Soft Lure: Lunkerhunt LP Prop Series The Lunkerhunt Prop Series combines the design of hollow-body soft plastics with modern prop technology previously found only on hard-body lures. The Prop Series features three body styles: The Prop Frog, The Prop Fish Sunfish and The Prop Fish Shad.

Rod & Reel Combo: Lew’s Mach Crush Speed Spool Combo This baitcast combo features Lew’s exclusive SLP Super Low Profile compact design in a premium 10-bearing Speed Spool reel with MSB Multi-Setting Brake dual cast control system. The combo’s onepiece IM8 graphite rod sports a Winn Dri-Tac splitgrip handle. Fly Fishing Rod: G. Loomis IMX-Pro Fly Rod G. Loomis’ IMX-Pro series was designed for professional guides. IMX-PRO MATRIX is a material that allows Loomis to use fewer wraps of graphite and build fast, responsive rods that are lighter and more sensitive without sacrificing power or durability. Freshwater Rod: 13 Fishing Fate Black With crisp action, incredible sensitivity and superb balance, the Fate Black offers the benefits of a Japanese 30T HTC blank, an innovative seamless reel seat, tanglefree guides with zirconia inserts, hybrid comfort grips and handles made of hand-selected Portuguese cork. Saltwater Rod: St. Croix Legend T o u r n a m e n t Inshore Legend Tournament Inshore rods are the blending of the sensitivity, power and durability found in St Croix’s existing Legend Tournament Bass and Walleye series with components and technology reserved for saltwater environments.

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If you’re looking for a quiet place to fish, with scenery, comfortable cabins and located far from the crowds, drive down to Denali National Park and visit Kirk Martakis at Fish Denali. He offers several lakes on private property that offer about 3,000 wild rainbow trout to 31 inches and trophy-sized grayling. They cruise the lake like sharks, and the clear water makes sight casting to them with single-hook jigs, nymphs or topwater lures too much fun. It’s some of the best lake rainbow fishing I’ve experienced. Cozy, fully equipped cabins located at lakeside offer everything you’ll need for a multi-day stay, including Wi-Fi and multiple bedrooms. It’s a good choice for large families, fishing buddies or couples who want a quiet, laid-back trip with some of Alaska’s best scenery (www.Fishdenali.com). Float fishing offers a change of scenery around each turn in the river as well as great fishing opportunities. Alaska River Tours offers remote float trips along the road system, with neither the crowds nor the expense. Depending on the season, owner Reinhard “Reini” Neuhauser chooses the best rivers for grayling, trout, sheefish, pike, salmon and char. On overnight excursions, he provides tents, camping gear and boats. You arrive ready to fish. I recommend the overnight float, which makes the most of Alaska’s 19-plus hours of daylight. Fish when it’s light, and float during the remaining five hours from midnight to the 4 a.m. during the twilight period, when it’s still light enough to read. It’s a heady trip that is only surpassed by his camps and food served (www.akrivertours.com). The Kenai Peninsula For a quick day of fishing, the Kenai River offers big king salmon to 70plus pounds that sizzle drags. Guide Joe Connors was my instructor back in 10

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my college days, and he’s still as tough on catching fish as he was on me learning public speaking. He’s a long-time Kenai veteran, and his guides at Big Sky Charter and Fish Camp have a long-time, sterling reputation for helping anglers of all skill levels catch silver and sockeye salmon, char and rainbow trout in the 25- to 34-inch range. He offers comfortable riverside cabins, evening barbecues and a quiet place to enjoy the river (www.kenaiguide.com). Bristol Bay Bristol Bay lodges offer the crème de le crème of Alaska sportfishing in these western Alaska waters, where tens of millions of salmon move into various watersheds each year. A couple hundred lodges and camps offer a variety of services, from bare-basic outfitted trips to spectacular lodges with fly-out fishing, shore lunches, and gourmet meals. Mike Gorton runs Goodnews River Lodge, the only lodge located on the 400-milelong river that offers some of the best boat-accessible river fishing for silver salmon, rainbow trout and char you’ll find in the region. It is a mixed-bag fishery, where no matter the weather, you can fish. There wasn’t a stretch of the Goodnews when friend Mark Wade and I fished that didn’t have silver salmon hammering our flies and big rainbow trout swarming in numbers like piranhas. The guides have great people skills and are skilled in their knowledge of the river (www.goodnewsriverlodge. com). Southeast Alaska In southeast Alaska, Marlin Benedict, of Fish Wrangell, offers freshwater fishing for salmon, cutthroat trout and char in the remote, beautiful jungle streams of the Tongass National Forest. You don’t walk long distances here, as most of the good fishing is within a half mile or so of saltwater, which also guarantees fish as fresh as they come. The most fun in fishing these shallow waters is watching salmon attacking your fly or lure. Personal service is topnotch. (www.fishwrangell.com). Chris Batin is editor of The Alaska Angler and author of nine award-winning books and Alaska fishing DVDs. He is featured as an Alaska legend in a new book, “Alaska’s Greatest Outdoor Legends,” published by the University of Alaska Press. For over 40 years, he has run The Alaska Angler Information Service. Discover more at www.AlaskaAngler.com.

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Hammerhead Tuff Grab spearfishing gloves are the toughest warmwater spearfishing gloves available. Tuff Grabs were designed in Hawaii for use in asspetto spearfishing, which involves the diver descending to the bottom and scratching up substrate to attract inquisitive fish. In this style of ambush diving, normal diving gloves only last weeks. Tuff Grabs last months, saving the diver money in the long run. A full 5-finger, 2mm neoprene glove with reinforced flexible amarra (synthetic suede) palm and double-stitched gripped reinforcements offer exceptional durability without sacrificing dexterity. Anti-Slip rubberized grips are sewn into each fingertip and palm, leaving the knuckles open for flexibility. Large batting-glove style Velcro enclosures keep the glove tight. Tuff Grabs are available in both Deep Reef and Pelagic Shatter camouflage to help make you the ultimate predator.

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ith warm, nutrient-rich waters, south Florida’s system of freshwater lakes and canals makes perfect habitat for exotic species from all over the world. Regardless of how populations of these weird and sporting fish arrived, they are there to stay. Anglers might as well enjoy them. Darcie Arahill, a.k.a. Darcizzle Offshore, knows her way around these canal systems. She has a particular enthusiasm for Delray Beach, Fla.’s Lake Ida, which is a small water body in an extensive system along Florida’s southern Atlantic coast. She enjoys the excellent bass fishing, but perhaps more appealing are the exotics that happen to be fantastic gamefish. The following oddballs are some of Darcie’s favorites from a fishery unlike any other. Sunshine Bass: These hard-fighting fish are produced and stocked by the state to control shad populations. They are a hybrid cross between striped bass and white bass without the capability to reproduce. State agencies across the country stock their versions of sunshine bass, and regional variations are called hybrids, wipers, whiterock and palmetto bass. Sunshine bass offer the fight and some of the size of a striped bass, while displaying the aggressive feeding behavior and warm-water tolerance of white bass. Although the current strain being produced might not be capable of achieving the size of the more than 16-pound state record, Darcie said they catch plenty of 5 to 6 pounders. Sunshine bass will take artificials like bucktails and swimbaits, but Darcie said you’re better off fishing live American shad or shiners on a Carolina rig. Clown Knife Fish: Lake Ida, its northern sister Lake Osborne, and their canals are the only places in North America where anglers can pursue clown knife fish. These aquarium escapees have become a desired gamefish for those in the know. They are a flat, silvery fish with a snake-like tail. They can swim powerfully either forward or backward, which produces a unique fight. Darcie said these natives to tropical Asia jump like tarpon, and they have been recorded up to 10 pounds in Florida. A clown knife fish might eat a

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ur day began with a late start. We expected to drop our baits at sunrise, but arrived around 9 a.m. We quickly set up a sunshade tent, rolled the fishing cart down with our gear and carried the kayak to the spot. My family has fished the coastlines of Brevard County since the mid 1990s, long before kayaks became so popular, when you used surfboards to get your bait out well beyond the surf. My father has recorded some noteworthy catches with this technique using live bait on conventional reel setups. On this day, we picked up some frozen bonita from a local bait shop and were specifically targeting sharks for catch and release. I brought two heavy conventional reel setups, a spinning setup for tossing in the trough and a heavy surf rod for tossing lures into the surf. We planned for a long day of fishing in southern Melbourne Beach. I spread our rod holders down the beach, set up our rods and began arranging the fishing rigs. We use custom rigs for sharks. The one I used to beach an enormous hammerhead in early July consisted of a 20/0 circle hook (debarbed), 6 feet of 600-pound coated steel leader and approximately 10 feet of 300-pound mono shock leader. I’ve found debarbing circle hooks makes for easy and quick hook removal, especially with smaller sharks, such as blacktips. We took turns dropping the baits with our kayak, the shortest being about 175 yards and the longest around 250 yards off the beach. Our baits were secured by tying about 8 feet of breakaway biodegradable twine at the hook eye with a cement block piece at the end. The baits sat for five and a half hours before we got any action. At this point, I figured the crabs had picked apart our bonita and the day was done. We were cooling off in the water when my buddy’s, Pete Filiberto, Penn International 80w went off. He ran out of the water, but the bait had been taken. I saw a little activity with my rod, but figured a sea turtle had passed over the line. Less than five minutes later, that hypothesis had changed. The deeper drop proved worthy. My tuned-up Penn 12/0 Senator began screaming, and I told my buddy to grab the plate and belt, while I tightened my newly upgraded drag to full. We struggled to get the belt in place, so I ended up fighting with the rod butt in the sand; it was nature’s fighting chair. I kept the pressure throughout the struggle with my 125-pound Bullbuster mono line. The fight lasted approximately 30 minutes, standstill at times, but I never lost much gain. A few equipment malfunctions such as my handle grip coming loose and my shorts falling off didn’t stop me from successfully landing and quickly releasing the enormous hammerhead. I was exhausted. We did not have time to tag or measure it, but we believe it was at or over 10 feet in length.

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20-pound fluorocarbon leader. For bonefish, Poland sizes down to 10- or 12-pound mono with a 10-pound fluorocarbon leader. He sight fishes for bonefish with live shrimp, but he also catches a lot of fish dead-bait fishing. The technique involves Power Poling down in an area where the bones should be. Capt. Poland then rigs a hook with a single live shrimp and a half of a dead one. “There’s a live shrimp that’s jumping around with a dead one that’s just sitting there smelling,” he said. It’s a remarkably effective technique. Tarpon and Snook: The bay side of Largo is a hot-bed for tarpon and snook. This time of year, there will be plenty of slotsized and larger snook along with juvenile tarpon from 2 to 4 feet in length around the mangroves. Capt. Poland starts his mornings cast-netting the preferred bait: pinfish and pilchards. Depending on conditions, he rigs them with or without a cork on a 3/0 or 4/0 hook and a 2-foot leader of 40- to 60-pound fluorocarbon. Then he goes looking for some moving water and pitches the baits around the mangroves. Even with 60-pound line, a 32-inch snook or a tailwalking 4-foot tarpon is a handful, especially in these snaggy, shallow environs. Sharks: Finally, and what Poland called “last, but definitely not least,” are big sharks.

Capt. Poland hung into his first big shark when he was just 10 years old and fishing Florida Bay on a guide trip with his dad. The captain tricked the fish into biting by dragging a dead ballyhoo in front of its nose. He then handed the rod over to a young, enthusiastic and impressionable boy. Poland has been doing the same thing ever since. “I wonder why I ever do anything else,” he said. “They’re big, they’re powerful and they’re fun.” With a heavy spinning rod or up to a 30w conventional setup, he fishes bait on an 8/0 circle hook and 4 feet of wire. The first order of business it to deploy a frozen block of chum. Then, if he’s caught a good live bait like a jack crevalle, he’ll fish it. If all he has is dead ballyhoo purchased at the bait shop, that works just as well when fished just like Poland saw the captain do it many years ago. On windy days, Poland sometimes even deploys a kite, just like the ones used offshore. He’ll bait it with a live blue runner, and wait for the show to begin. “There’s nothing like seeing a 10 foot lemon or hammerhead come up out of the water to eat that bait in 3 feet of water,” he said. Unless you go see for yourself, you’ll just have to believe that’s the truth. From offshore to the backcountry, Capt. Greg Poland is skilled in all the fishing the Florida Keys have to offer. Check out his website at www.gregpoland.com.

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AT CUTTYHUNK ISLAND, MASS. By Charlie Warfield

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etween Buzzards Bay and Martha’s Vineyard, 10 miles out to sea off the coast of Massachusetts, you will find Cuttyhunk Island. Early seafarers used the island’s natural harbor as a shelter for a few weeks in 1604, making it the first English settlement in New England. When I first visited Cuttyhunk, I could have been in the Bahamas; it was warm and beautiful. It has New England charm with the relaxed feel of the Islands. In addition to the beautiful scenery and fun atmosphere, Cuttyhunk has made a name for itself as a premier striper fishing destination in the Elizabethan Islands. In the summer, this small village is populated with surf casters and clients chartering one of the eight captains on the island. I fell into the former category and benefited from the sage advice of my friend Armand, who has been making an annual pilgrimage to this island for nearly 40 years. Armand knows all the locals, and he knows that the person for us to fish with on this trip would be Capt. Bruce Borges, because Capt. Borges was the only one on the island with a boat that had a full casting platform suited to pursue bass with a fly rod. Capt. Bruce is quite the fly angler himself, and has guided big names such as Lefty Cray over the years. He is a sharp-witted salty fellow who looks all of 78 his years but possessed the strength and agility of a man in his 50s. As soon as we unloaded our gear from the ferry, we set out to fish the shoreline from the captain’s nicely appointed boat the Wahini. As we worked the rocky shoreline, I was impressed by the rugged beauty of this place.

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Cuttyhunk sits in the middle of the striped bass prespawn staging area. Fish glut themselves on an abundance of squid and sand eels as well as school after school of bunker. Once the water warms to the perfect temperature, the fish move inland and up the many tributaries throughout Massachusetts and Maine to spawn. This makes for a great fishery full of fish ranging from small schoolies up to 50-pound-plus monsters. It is all about timing as to whether you will catch the big fish or just the schoolies. On this trip, it was the latter, but there were larger fish around, and bait fishermen were having better luck with the big fish. You know what they say, “they never refuse the naturals.” If you ever find yourself around Cape Cod and looking for some great fishing, check out Cuttyhunk. Even if you just take the ferry over for the day and spend some time on the beach with the family, I promise you will enjoy this beautiful and quaint Island.

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INDIAN RIVER LAGOON FISHING FORECAST Have you ever heard of the early bird gets the worm? That saying seems to apply to so many things in life. It can also apply to fishing. During the hot summer months of August, anglers will want to be prepared before getting out on the water. Typically, anglers will find that the best time to catch fish during the hot summer months is at first light or at night. In order to have a successful trip one will need to do a little preparing. First of all, make sure that your equipment such as rod and reels, safety equipment and your boat is in tip top shape. Having a well organized approach will be the best way to bring a fish boat side. When fishing inshore, anglers can expect to catch some nice trout when fishing along the flats. This is especially true when fishing with stealth like approach. Small top water lures will work well when fishing near schools of bait fish in the Banana River. This is especially true when fishing during low light conditions or under a full moon which occurs on August 7th. Many of these trout will be targeting an easy meal such as Rapala’s saltwater x-Rap or small scented jerk baits 2 POLK & SUMTER

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(Bass Assassin’s ¼ ounce Sea Shad combo electric chicken). These lures will work well in water depths of 4 feet or less. Fishing lures slowly will increase ones chances of catching a nice sized trout. Some of these fish will have an average length of 17” with some trout measuring up to 21”. Also, have you ever dreamed of reeling in a giant bull red? For those anglers who have a little patience, now is a great time to target a trophy sized redfish. Baits such live shrimp, or chunks of cut baits (blue crab or ladyfish) will be a great way to entice these fish into biting. When targeting bull reds the following equipment will need to be used : a 7 ‘ medium action spinning reel combo equipped with 50 pound test braided line and 30 pound test mono leader will be best with a 1/0 ounce egg sinker and a 6/0 circle hook attached to the end. Rigging these baits and fishing them on the bottom is ideal. Many of these reds are most active along channel drop offs during low light conditions. Don’t be surprised if some of these reds measure up to nearly 40” long.

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Bass fishing has been very good from sunrise until mid morning. Scattered isolated pad areas that have four to six foot depths are holding solid numbers of three to five pound bass.Expect this trend to continue for some time. Scum frogs and flukes are producing savage topwater strikes. After mid morning these bass are on the move and heading to deeper water or thickest pads they can findwhatever is closer for the bass to Submitted By: Capt. Keith Mixon swim to. For inexperienced bass anMixin' Work With Play Fishing Charters glers observation of your surroundww.mixinworkwithplay.com ings and the bass that you just caught 321-212-8484 in the early morning are the keys to staying on the bass throughout the

day. Lighter colored bass with an absence of heavy cover nearby are clear indicators these bass are heading to open water 10’-14’ depths. Trolling crank baits that run 4-7’ deep are the perfect choice. Trolling shiners isn’t bad either. When the bass are darker in color and you can see heavy cover within a couple of hundred yards it’s time to head on over to it and get out the flipping stick. This time of the year the bass will bite almost any soft plastic bait you choose to flip. Flipping 1/4 oz to 1/2 oz weights works best with your favorite bait. Big Specks are being caught on Lake Rosalie after dark on minnows and slip cork rigs in 14’ of water. Run your sets from 9’-12’ deep. You won’t likely catch a limit but what you will catch will be solid 1 1/2-2lb specs. During the day try trolling or long lining. Big Bream are being caught on the deep grass lines on Brahma Island, Lemon Point and Eagles Nest on Lake Kissimmee. Submitted By: Capt Dave Ochs Waters Edge Fish Camp 10730 Camp Mack Rd Lake Wales, Fl 863-589-6295

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FISHING FORECAST HOT TEMPERATURES and HOT BASS FISHING!! We’ve had recent reports of several 13+ lb Bass coming in from our own Lake Alfred and some 10+ lb Bass coming out of the South and North Winter Haven chains. Many of these larger Bass are being caught on larger baits, which are also our recommended picks, of the Cordell Pencil Poppers in trout color and/or an 11” Bass Assassin worm in gooseberry color. These baits have been producing very well lately. During this time of year during the hot summer months using a larger topwater bait and/or slowly working a large worm on the bottom seems to attract those BIG Bass we’re all after. If you need to fish along the shore line . . your best bet is to use a Booyah Frog in assorted colors or a Booyah Lipless Crank Bait in royalty color. These are proven winners for catching Bass! You don’t need a boat to enjoy some great fishing in our area. We have many lakes with very nice fishing piers . . Stop in and see me . . I’ll point you in the right direction! We’re still getting reports from the North Winter Haven Chain and Lake Alfred on decent size Blue Gill and Shell Cracker fishing using live crickets and red worms. 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!! Our 19th season of Ron’s Tackle Box Weekly Bass Tournaments has now begun!! As shown in the photo at a recent RTB tournament lady angler, Sarah McKenzie, is proudly showing her Big Bass win . . Not a whopper . . but still the winner!! 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!!

OUR 19th SEASON has BEGUN . . Here’s our “JUNE” Winners!! June 1st Tournament: (28) Boats on Lake Rochelle (VERY Stormy) Big Bass – Brook Shock (6 lb/11 oz) 1st Place – Brook Shock & Rick Combee (14 lb/8 oz) Total 2nd Place – Mike Coffee & Jackson Williams (11 lb/7 oz) Total 3rd Place – Josh Hendrix & Lee Childress (11 lb/3 oz) Total June 8th Tournament: (33) Boats on Lake Ariana Big Bass – Austin Reynolds (5 lb/4 oz) 1st Place – Ismael Garcia’s (Jr & Sr) (12 lb/9 oz) Total 2nd Place – Austin Reynolds & Colten Grant (12 lb/5 oz) Total 3rd Place – Sean Morgan & Cody Oshman (11 lb/15 oz) Total June 15th Tournament: (27) Boats on Lake Shipp Big Bass – Greg Berrios (6 lb/6 oz) 1st Place – Greg Berrios & Mike Woody (13 lb/13 oz) Total 2nd Place – Rick Combee & Brook Shock (11 lb/14 oz)Total 3rd Place – Hunter Dowdy & Tylor Banniza (11 lb/12 oz) Total June 22nd Tournament: (27) Boats on Lake Alfred Big Bass – Hershell Williams (5 lb/4 oz) 1st Place – Mark Murphy & Jeremy Scarborough (12 lb) Total 2nd Place – Hagan Dowdy & Colten Grant (11 lb/1 oz) Total 3rd Place – Josh Hendrix & Lee Childress (9 lb/6 oz) Total June 29th Tournament: (23) Boats on Eagle Lake Big Bass – Terry Shelton (4 lb/7 oz) 1st Place – Josh Hendrix & Lee Childress (11 lb/11 oz) Total 2nd Place – Joe & Wayne Scarborough (8 lb/12 oz) Total 3rd Place – Terry Shelton (7 lb/7 oz) Total

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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Freshwater Fishing Report: Bluegill, Shellcracker Perked Up Around Full Moon

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1. Around Lakeland, bluegill and shellcracker very active at Tenoroc, and panfish good in usual hot spots like Parker. Tenoroc biologist Keaton Fish reports a 3.31-fish-per-hour catch rate overall and better than that for panfish on lakes Derby, Fish Hook, 5, B and Picnic. Bluegill strong on crickets in reeds at Parker, and pretty good at Saddle Creek Park, reports Nick Whitten at Phillips Bait and Tackle. Only one bass over 8 pounds at Tenoroc over weekend, a 9-pound-class fish 24-25 inches long – Fish said more than one bass per hour on lakes 2, B, C, Lost Lake West and Shop mostly 12-18 inches on “anything black and blue. A few bass up to 4-5 pounds on wild shiners at Saddle Creek. Specks picked up, strangely enough, at Tenoroc with 1.25 fish per hour overall and better on 4, Legs and Picnic. And specks biting at Hollingsworth on minnows early and at night drifting deeper holes, Whitten said. Catfish decent at Tenoroc on Derby, B and C, and Whitten said cats biting in running-water areas. Tilapia off bank at Saddle Creek. 2. At Auburndale, good weekend for bluegill and shellcracker around full moon on crickets and red worms, with Haines best for bluegill and Rochelle tops for shellcracker. Bluegill also decent on Lake Alfred. Bass 1-3 pounds early and late on north Winter Haven chain. Sarah McKenzie landed 5-pound, 1-ounce bass on Ariana in Ron’s evening tournament. 3. At Winter Haven, south chain turning out some of best bass action in Central Florida. Mike Coffee boated 11.95-pounder July 4 in Bombers Blastin for Bassin tournament; Austin Chism and Chad Reid won with 29.75-pound stringer, almost a 6-pound average; and top four teams had 5-fish limits over 24 pounds. Joe Moore and Eric Conant produced 22.04-pound stringer (6 fish) to win Mosaic tournament Saturday, and Ricky Dudley netted 7.43-pounder. Bigger bites flipping deeper grass lines early then hitting deep structure. 4. At Lake Hamilton, James Pearson caught 4.94-pound bass in Couples tournament Saturday and teamed with Rita Pearson to win with 23.11 pounds (8-fish limit). 5. At Lake Marion near Haines City, limits of mostly bluegill continuing on north end and east side using grass shrimp, reports Eileen O’Leary at Bannon’s Fish Camp. 6. At Lake Pierce, bluegill better over weekend under full moon, but now fading. Bass 1-2 pounds on junebug worms or surface baits

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early. 7. At Lake Hatchineha, with water level back to about 50 feet, bass and bluegill fair early mornings. Lesser rains over past week slowed flow rate in Cypress Canal. 8. At Lake Toho, Rich Patterson, Dave Smith and Glen Cabezas outfished 68 teams to win ICAST Cup on Toho (only) Tuesday with 20 pounds, 7 ounces, including 4- and 6-pounder first thing targeting hydrilla clumps with lipless crankbaits, vibrating jigs and 10-inch worms. Biggest bass in event 7 pounds, 2 ounces. Mark Detweiler at Big Toho Marina said anglers caught plenty of fish, but lacked size and a lot were under 12 inches. He said most folks tossing senkos and 10-inch worms around hydrilla mid-lake from Makinson Island south, with a few flipping hydrilla lines. Bass proved stingy in Lunker Lovers tournament Sunday on Toho only with 14 pounds to win and 5-pounder largest fish. Detweiler said bass best in evenings after rainstorms cool water. Water level up slightly to 53.29 feet above sea level. 9At Lake Kissimmee, bluegill and shellcracker made good showing in lily pads over weekend. Dale Bailey said he found bluegill on beds Saturday, then came back Sunday and caught 40 shellcracker in exact same spot. A few big bass flipping outside grass lines (black/ blue Medlock jigs with trailers), but open-water brush piles producing most good-sized fish. Water level 49.98 feet, same as last week. 10. At Lake Walk-in-the-Water, bluegill have been most reliable catch around bulrushes, lily pads and grass pockets on crickets. 11. At Crooked Lake at Babson Park, slow week for bass with nothing over 4 pounds, reports Cindy Ritchison at Bob’s Landing. Bass hitting frogs and swim-baits around outer grass early, but otherwise deep structure in 12-18 feet over drop-offs and brush piles. Nobody trying for panfish. 12. At Frostproof, Travis and Willy Finley won Misfits tournament on Lake Reedy with 3 ¾-pound average and 5.70-pounder, but otherwise mostly 1-3 pounds. 13. In the phosphate pits near Mulberry and Bartow, anglers at Mary Holland Park “slaying bluegill, with several limits on crickets by boat and off the bank, reports Dale Bailey at DB’s Bait and Tackle in Bartow (863-533-0624) By Del Milligan Lakeland Ledger Posted Jul 13, 2017 at 2:47 PM

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Your Polk & Sumter Tournament News & Community Events 8/1-4 Destination Aviation Summer Camp 6 (Ages 15-18) Sun’ n Fun 8/19 Cypress Gardens Water Ski Show Free Lake Silver Expo Campus Lakeland Contact Richele Floyd (863)644-2461 8/24 One Day Event: Lone Palm Golf Club Lakeland www.onedayevents. 8/2 Society of the Turtle Jog 5:15-6:00 Lake Silver info@ com winterhavenchamber.com 8/26 Cracker Boys Bass Club Tournament on the Kissimmee Chain out 8/5 Endeavor Exclusive: Paddle The Chain 9:15-11:00 Launch from of Camp Mack www.crackerboys.net Tanner’s Lakeside at 9:30 Register with Paddleboard Winter Haven (863)845-5307 Must be an Endeavor Member! 8/27 Polk County Sporting Clays - NSCA Registered Shoot 8-3 8/5 Tampa Bay Jr Bassmasters Tournament on the Winter Haven Chain Upcoming: Ramp TBA tbjbcinfo@gmail.com 9/1 One Day Event: Lakewood Ranch Golf & CC - Royal Lakes *Four 8/5 Xtreme Bass Series Tournament on the Winter Haven Chain out of Ball* www.onedayevents.com New Shipp Ramp xbsmike@verizon.net 9/1-2 Big Belly BBQ Competition 1 South Allapaha Avenue Davenport 8/6 Xtreme Bass Series Tournament on the Harris Chain out of Buzzard 9/1 5-9pm, 9/2 9-3pm www.mydavenport.org Beach xbsmike@verizon.net 9/2 Catfish Creek Sporting Clays-NSCA Registered Shoot Catfish Creek 8/5,12,19,26 Rodeo at Westgate River Ranch 7:30-9:30 (800)608-1462 8-3 8/6 Winter Haven Lunker Lovers Tournament on the Kissimmee Chain 9/9-10 The Mid-Senior Four-Ball at World Woods The Pine Barrens out of Camp Mack wwwlunkerlovers.com Course in Brooksville (352)796-5500 8/11-13 Florida Women’s Open & Senior Open Reunion Resort & Club 9/23 16th Annual Lake Alfred Chamber of Commerce Golf Tournament Kissimmee (407)396-3196 7:00am Cypresswood Golf & CC Winter Haven Call (863)875-7800 8/12 Dawg Dayz Blues Fest Benefiting Citrus Boys & Girls Clubs 2-9 Tanners Lakeside Contact Dave Lehman (863)207-3726 or Roy Powers (863)808-7161 8/12 Catfish Creek Sporting Clays-NS A NSCA Registered Shoot Catfish Creek 8-3 www.catfishsportingclays.com 8/12 Elite One Man Series Tournament on the Kissimmee Chain out of Camp Mack 8/12 West Coast Couples Tournament on the Kissimmee Chain out of Camp Mack www.westcoastcouples.com 8/12 Bay Area Bassmasters Tournament on Lake June in Winter Haven out of the Public Ramp garywford@yahoo.com 8/12 Lakeland Jr Bassmasters Tournament on the Winter Haven Chain out of Lake Shipp Contact Martin Bozeman (863)640-8349 8/12 MacDill Bassbusters Open Team Tournament Lake Shipp out of Big Ramp Contact Greg Bartz (813)714-9916 8/13 Fisher’s of Men Tournament on the Kissimmee Chain out of Camp Mack Contact Bill (813)220-2844 8/13 Xtreme Bass Series Tournament on the Kissimmee Chain out of Camp Mack xbsmike@verizon.net 8/13 Lakeland Bassmaster Draw on the Winter Haven Chain out of Lake Shipp Park. Contact Martin Bozeman (863)640-8349 8/18 Feel Good 5K Race Hosted By: Peace River Center’s Junior Advisory Board 7-9pm Lake Hollingsworth Lakeland. Contact Race Director Maddy Werd at mbwerd@aol.com 8/19 Bass Assassin’s of Polk County Tournament on Eagle Lake out of the Public Ramp Contact Alex Handley (808)778-2954 6 POLK & SUMTER

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CENTRAL FLORIDA FRESHWATER FLY FISHING REPORT Heavy Cover Fly Fishing Time: Early Morning/Late Afternoon Surface Temp: 82f Clarity: Slightly Tannic-24” Tip of the Week: The local fishing has been great even with the temperatures and boat traffic increasing. In the morning, the top water bite is still strong with the most productive fly patterns being those that imitate frogs. These flies are best fished early in the morning, this can make for a long day but the explosive blowups more than make up for the early start. Also a tip with popper fishing is to contrast with the sky, so if it’s a bright day then I start out with a darker colored popper and vice versa with a more darker sky. The bass are still keying in on streamers that mimic shad or bluegill. These patterns are most successful when the sun comes out and the bass slow down and either go lethargic or seek shade and oxygen. These flies are best fished slow and deep and work your way into shallower water as the day cools off. The fishing will be challenging but the summer is a great time to catch big bass on sinking line and streamers. Also we’ve had some bass spit up craw fish that have been a rust/orange coloration. Dragging these heavier flies around heavy cover or structure will be key in getting bigger fish to bite. Personally I believe color isn’t as important on crayfish flies since they are different color variations in the same body of water at the same time. Time of day hasn’t really affected the fishing as much as the anglers comfort levels when the thermometer rises bass seek either shelter, depth, or shade. The shad are still schooling up providing us with a unique chance at seeing bass leap out at your fly in open water. Find sandy or hard bottom and you’ll find the pan fish, they are responding well to midges suspended a popper about 2 feet. Hippie Stompers are also a favorite dry fly since it can mimic everything from a grass hopper to a dragonfly, fishing this pattern is very simple just sit and wait the slower the better. Play around with fly choices they have been biting well so if you have some favorite poppers to throw or a “secret” nymph they’ve been munching and will happily eat your offerings. They have been consistently caught around bullrushes and are a little deeper than usual. The pan fish have definitely been more active so take advantage if the bass bite tapers off and catch some nice TB’S. Techniques: Top water early in the morning and later in the evening with heavier streamers or craw fish being fished around shade and cover. Focusing on lily pads that hold water underneath and are close to a drop-off will be the most productive stretches. Also be on the lookout for flowing water either from canals or drain pipes as these will always hold fish. The fish seek shelter, shade, or depth. Hunter Towery Peace Creek Guide Service 863-837-7028

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Florida High School Fishing held a Scholarship tournament on Lake Harris launching out of Hickory Point last Saturday July 8, 2017. Junior Division 1-Tyger Lasman Aaron Woodward 12.59 2- Chase Mobley Hagen Keene 10.56 3- Zachary Boggs Andrew Cora 6.87 4- Garrett Fulwood Graham Fulwood 3.93 5- Nevaeh Deihim Raymond Estavez 1.83 Big Bass Junior Division Tyger Lasman Aaron Woodward 3.44 High School Division High School

Bass Assassin’s of Polk County Lake Reedy July Tournament Results

1 Ricky & Tony Campbell 13.91 Big Bass 2 Bryon Vaughan & Doug Branch 12.4 6.93 3 Kerry Wood & Dalton Hanger 11.9 4 Ken Sharpless & Robbie Sanger 10.46 5 Justin Brown & Jacob Garrard 10.19 6 Timmy Helms & Gary Rich 9.5 7 Justin Braswell & Ryan Wilson 9.33 8 Jason Fletcher & Daniel Smith 8.78 9 Kieth Brown & Dennis Minton 8.4 10 Billy Brokaw & Anthony Shouppe 8.14 11 Barry & Wendy Norton 7.29 12 Carey Burnside & Rick Fields 7.22 13 Scott Jackson & Steve Green 6.9 14 Steve & Trina Pritchard 6.41 15 James & Scott Sponaugle 5.53 16 William Jordan & Ron Fowler 5.45

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1- Sammyjay Acree Pablio Melina- Lake Wales 16.89 2- Alex cook Dennis Young- Forest High 14.69 3-Jacob Teal Garrett Thomas- Mulberry 14.01

Tyger Lasman LJB July Big Bass Winner

4- Abigale DeVane\Cody Newman- Strawberry Crest 13.67 5- Donald Christoff III\Nicholas Ferrer- Bishop Moore Catholic 13.67 6- Wes Elliott\Jackson Pegues -Eustis 13.34 7- Curtis Johnson\Grady Johnson- Harmony 12.37 8- Chad Reid\Austin Chism- Senior11.70 Big Bass High School Curtis Johnson\Grady Johnson 5.56 Next Tournaments: September 9- 10, 2017 Harris ChainFlorida B.A.S.S Nation State and National Qualifier 2018 National Championships

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Preparing for the Salt

Based on: The Beautiful Addiction By: Chris O’Byrne

Welcome to the salt, be prepared.

Fly fishing gives us numerous interesting challenges. While skills to deal with the movement of trout or salmon waters must be learned, and the stakeout locations of largemouth bass must be discovered, catching saltwater species is a different and rewarding challenge. Your guide will schedule your trip, put the beefed-up fly gear in your hand and look for fish, but there is work you must do. Like finding that off the beaten path beer & burgers joint, in the end it’s worth it. The tidal nature of most salt water environments means that some days are better than others for fishing. If possible, you are well off timing your trip with a tide chart. This movement of water will also present some physical challenges. Saltwater fishing boats are often small to provide access to shallow and narrow areas, but, these boats do rock on the undulating water. For enjoyment, for safety and for fishing effectiveness you should train your legs for endurance and balance long before you step aboard.

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CHARLOTTE HARBOR FISHING FORECAST Wow July has been a busy month! With school being out and summer vacations in full stride I’ve been fishing a lot. Add in to the mix attending ICAST and I have a lot to share with you. Let’s begin with the fishing report. This month has been much the same as last month. The tarpon bite remains strong in and around the passes, beaches and bridges. I’m catching those fish on pass crabs, small blue crabs, thread fin herring and scaled sardines (white bait). The mangrove snapper bite is as close to a sure thing as you can get right now. They gather up in massive numbers on almost any piece of structure. I’ve been targeting them on inshore reefs, channel ledges and rock piles. I prefer to use live white bait and shrimp for bait. Live and dead chumming with white bait and chum blocks help elevate the snapper in the water column making them easier to catch. While fishing the structures I have also been getting some gag groupers mixed in. The snook fishing In the swash of the beaches and in the passes has been really good as well. The snook are congregated in those higher salinity areas for their spawn. I like white bait, pin fish and pig fish for the larger snook. Looking ahead to August tarpon will begin to move more towards their late summer areas inside Tampa Bay and Charlotte Harbor. I look for these fish in water deeper than 6 feet that has some sort of structure and a high amount of bait fish present. I like to use pin fish, thread fin

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Welcome to August and the Dog Days of Summer where it is hotter than Hates well before noon. Most people think that the bass fishing here in Central Florida is dead this time of year, but that could not be farther from the truth, if you know where to look and what to do. So let me share a tip with you that is an excerpt from a blog I wrote on our website TMCGuideService.com. One of the most overlooked techniques for summer bass fishing in Central Florida is fishing with crankbaits. It is highly effective on lakes all over Central Florida from The Butler Chain of Lakes in Orlando, to Kissimmee’s Lake Toho, on Lake Kissimmee itself, to the many deeper lakes in the Winter Haven Chain of Lakes. My favorite set-up for the clear spring fed lakes in downtown Winter Haven & near LEGOLAND Florida is a Grandt 7’0” XLH70 Med w/ Reserve Power rod paired with a Lew’s Speed Spool 6.4:1 and Trilene XT 10lb green mono. I’ll bet that more than one person rolled their eyes when I mentioned 10# mono but I’ll explain why it is so important. First, I’m fishing clear spring-fed lakes in 10-28 feet of water. Second,

I’m fishing over deep hydrilla and eel grass, not timber. And third, because these fish are so line-shy from the heavy pressure, I’ll out catch 95% of those that are using heavier line, even fluorocarbon. I know first-hand because I used to fish heavier line and was getting schooled big time by an “old-timer” who later told me to downsize like he does... and I immediately started catching more fish. As for bait selection in these cleaner lakes I really prefer to choose baits in natural colors and patterns. I’ll drop the Minn Kota Ulterra to silently cruise the area and use my Lowrance HDS9 Gen3 Touch with side imaging to find what depth the bait and bass are holding. Typically, especially in the summer, the bass will be suspended on the bottom half of the bait ball. Myself, and my clients, have better success when we are running our baits in the upper half of the bait column. We’re essentially making the bass come up to bite as those will be the more aggressive fish, which can often times get the inactive fish to “wake-up” and decide that they don’t want to miss out on the action. You can read the full report on our website, and I hope that this helps you in finding more fish this summer. Capt. Scott Taylor and TMC Guide Services, llc are Official Partners with & the Official Guide Service for VisitCentralFlorida. org. He is a local full-time professional bass fishing guide based in Winter Haven and also guides the saltwater flats on Charlotte Harbor in SW Florida. Submitted By: Capt. Scotty Taylor 855-354-8433 Scott@TMCGuideService.com

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PANA VISTA LODGE FISHING REPORT We finally started getting some much needed rain in late June and July. The bass fishing was real good in July. A lot of fish in the 2 to 4 lb. class were caught. Johnny Cooper did catch and release a 9 lb bass and Jim Bostic is catching some in the 6 lb range as well. Johnny caught his trophy fish on a Zara Spook but a lot of fish are being caught on plastic baits and other top water lures too. The Shellcracker bite has been pretty good too with some bedding going on around the full

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any Florida fishermen don’t think much of the mullet. For example, I know that once a year many Floridians stand at the state line and toss dead mullet into Alabama in the annual Mullet Toss hosted by Flora-Bama Beach Bar in Pensacola. But have you ever heard a fisherman say, “I’m going to go out and catch some mullet today?” And yet, mullet have been an important source of food in many countries since Roman times. There are many different kinds of the fish, maybe as many as 78 different species. They can put on quite a show when schools of them can be seen jumping out of the water either to escape predators down below or maybe to ingest oxygen-rich air. Smaller species of the fish, so called “finger mullets,” have been a favorite kind of bait. In some parts of the world, people eat mullet, but many in this country consider them too “muddy tasting” or “bottom feeders,” meaning that the fish will eat lots of junk found at the bottom of the waterway. However, even picky eaters may like them as a dip or smoked, a delicacy one can find near Florida’s Indian River Lagoon, including at temporary stands along the road, and also in other Airline_Ad_CoastalAngler_8-1-14_Layout 1 8/1/14 1:14 PM fishing towns.

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Among the fish that like to take mullet baits are bluefish, jacks, mackerels and striped bass. In fact, many if not most predatory fish like such baits. And of Luke,” in which one of the characters used course, you may have seen brown pelicans “mullet head” for someone of diminished diving into schools of mullet right below smarts. I know that “Mullet Wrapper” is the the surface for a quick bite. Commercial fishermen go after mullet, not only for name of a newspaper in our Panhandle and some restaurants, but especially for in the Everglades. The latter newspaper ordinary fishermen wanting a break from shows an image of the paper wrapped frozen shrimp or artificial lures for their around a mullet, recalling the disparaging bait. Many of those fishing from our piers idea that some newspapers are only good or even on boats have come to prefer for wrapping up fish. But let’s give the mullet bait. I think my father used to use mullet its due as a nice-tasting delicacy mullet when he fished off the beach on and a very effective bait. New Jersey’s Long Beach Island. Kevin McCarthy, the award-winning I’m still not sure why we use “mullet” to describe a guy’s hairstyle that is short at author of “South Florida Waterways” the front and sides, but long at the back. (2013 - available at amazon.com for $7), It may go back to the Beastie Boys, a hip- can be reached at ceyhankevin@gmail. hop group that used “mullet” and “mullet com. head” in their 1994 song “Mullet Head.” For more on Kevin McCarthy, go to It also may go back to a Florida novel/ Page 1 movie, “Cool Hand

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Give me that stretch! Why Monofilament Line Is Still King By Randy Cnota

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n the world of fishing line, the choices can be overwhelming. High-end braid, fluorocarbon and other specialty hybrid lines can confuse people and make choosing the right line difficult. There’s no question that braid and fluorocarbon lines have an important place in most anglers’ arsenals and are specifically required for certain applications. But good old-fashioned monofilament will always be just as important to putting fish in the boat. While braid and fluorocarbon manufacturers tout the “little-to-no-stretch” characteristics of their products (as well they should), we shouldn’t overlook the importance of “stretch” and other characteristics that mono possesses. I recently spoke with Rick Snellgrove, owner of Howell Tackle in Panama City, Fla., about the role that mono continues to play in the fishing world. He helped me better understand its importance by pointing out some obvious facts about stretch, shock strength, buoyancy and cost, just to name a few. He offered many reasons why mono is still so important. When your line has to withstand the sudden impact of a bone-jarring strike or a fish thrashing next to the boat, mono is, without question, your best option because of the superior shock strength. As you fight a fish, the stretch characteristics reduce the possibility of the hook coming dislodged. A low-stretch line can cause the hook penetration point to widen or tear away. Mono’s stretch, or forgiveness, is a must if your reel has a sticky drag. Mono’s buoyancy makes it a no-brainer when throwing topwater and near-surface lures in most conditions. Sinking lines like fluorocarbon will kill the action of a surface plug. If you’ve ever had a big fish smash a chugging surface bait close to the boat, you might better appreciate all mono has to offer. The cost-factor is also a big deal when you have to change line on your reels. If you’re spooling large reels or smaller reels more frequently, it’s a huge cost difference. The thin diameter of braid means it requires more to fill a spool, and it’s considerably more expensive per yard. Here comes mono into play again; build a mono foundation under your braid to fill a portion of the spool on big reels. Line of any kind has to be changed regularly, and mono will save you big bucks! Rick at Howell Tackle is an authority on all things fishing and offers a huge variety of mono brands including Ande, Suffix, Hi Seas and Berkley. If you’re in the Panama City area, bring your reels to Howell Tackle (3100 West Hwy 98 Panama City, FL; (850) 785-8548) and let them spool you up.

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Rich Ortiz, the “Fishin’ Musician,” shows off a nice Adirondacks largemouth. Check out Rich’s music and outdoor adventures at richortiz.com. Photo by Louis Torres Photography.

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y the time I was 12 years old, I knew and fished at least two dozen bass waters, most of them from a canoe with my Pop. Usually there were no boat ramps, no houses and seldom another fisherman. That’s the beauty of the Adirondack region of Upstate New York. There’s tons of water and lots of fish. Often when the Adirondacks (ADKs) are mentioned in fishing circles, pristine secluded trout rivers or brook trout ponds come to mind. Our secret is that the ADKs have countless bass fishing options, as well, with any kind of water you could think of. Three renowned waters within my 30-minute fishing radius are perfect examples of the great bass fishing in our area. Lake George, Lake Champlain and Saratoga Lake provide varied and endless opportunities for both largemouth and smallmouth action, with a spectrum of habitats that could keep any bass enthusiast occupied for a lifetime. Additionally, if it’s a secluded canoe/kayak adventure you’re after, I dare say the ADKs have more backwoods bass waters on public land than any state I can think of. These woods are the same natural forests they were in 1885, when they were deemed untouchable thanks to Teddy Roosevelt. Imagine fishing secluded, crystal-clear waters with green mountains as a backdrop, moderate temperatures and a relaxing breeze. Since the founding of our country, these waters have provided sanctuary from the heat and congestion of the growing East Coast industrial cities. Summer retreats to the ADKs to fish and hunt were the norm, and coupling

these outdoor activities with attractions like Saratoga horse racing or a Lake George steamboat ride created traditions of the American summer vacation. Today, if you are serious about bass fishing, yet want to include family on the vacation, the Saratoga/Lake George area is the spot. I feel qualified to endorse the attractions, since when I am not fishing or hunting, I’m performing music at many of the area’s top resorts and restaurants. Though my profession as a traveling musician has allowed me to fish all over North America, my heart is still at home fishing the 6-million-acre Adirondack Park. Let’s start with Lake George, which is a large deep-water lake that is the ultimate finesse bass water. This beautiful 32-mile-long glacially carved lake has rock shorelines and is speckled with islands that provide endless bass structure. Lake George has AAA reservoir water quality and is crystal clear. Light 6- to 8-pound fluorocarbon line is a must while drop-shotting 30- to 50-foot rocky bottoms for big numbers of smallmouth and some nice 4-pound-plus fish. When drop-shotting I prefer natural presentation baits like the Berkley’s Gulp! Nemesis in the Smelt color. The lake temperature remains cool all year, and shaky-head worm presentations or small bass jigs will score a mix of largemouth and smallmouth in ultra-clear 20- to 40-foot depths. This is a great training ground for teaching your family or friends to fish. Shore fishing is a bonus, and many others and I make trophy catches all year from shore. I rely on my Costa sunglasses on this lake as much as my Lowrance Sonar. It’s so clear that I can watch strikes in 20 feet of water. I keep three pairs of Costas on board. I prefer yellow lenses for sunrise, low light and cloudy days. These lenses work wonders sighting fish and contrasting bottom structure. I use blue mirror on bright days and amber green mirror lenses for most other situations on the lake. Just to the north of Lake George, Lake Champlain offers everything a fisherman can imagine. Many experts rank Champlain among the top fisheries in the country for largemouth and smallmouth bass. You can fish just about any presentation in this vast lake, which combines natural and man-made structure like sunken ships, submerged train tracks and dock cribbings. My fishing concentrates on the southern end of the lake, where the water is usually very stained. Vast water chestnut beds yield many 5-pound-plus largemouth bass. Heavy abrasion-resistant line is a must; I prefer fluorocarbon or braid, depending on presentation. I normally punch the weeds with 1- or 2-ounce tungsten and big 10-inch Power Bait or Yum worms. Dark colors work best. Topwater and flipping are also go-to tactics, with countless backwaters providing breathtaking views and heart-pounding hook sets. To the south, Saratoga Lake is much smaller than George or Champlain. It is slightly stained and can be highly pressured but still provides large numbers of largemouth in the 3- to 5-pound range. Dense concentrations of cabbage and mixed milfoil create great opportunities for tossing plastics and jigs on the edges of long weed lines. Saratoga Lake’s close proximity to the City of Saratoga Springs makes it an ideal morning or evening getaway for those visiting during track season, which lasts through Labor Day. While the tourist season winds down, the fish really turn on, which make for some magical days in fall. The big lakes are great, but to me the gems of this area are the smaller lakes and ponds I learned to fish on. The unique chance to toss a lure to unpressured fish on public waters is a reality. The Adirondack Park features countless opportunities perfect for canoe and kayak fishing. With today’s lightweight watercraft, you can be alone with 2- to 5-pound bass after just a half-mile hike to numerous ponds and lakes. Many canoe and kayak waters are also roadside or within a state park. New York does a wonderful job providing trailhead access and parking areas for anglers with car-top boats. Research access at www.dec.ny.gov. The amount of good bass water in the Saratoga/Lake George is staggering. With its proximity to so many metropolitan centers, a short drive up I-87 can have you setting hooks on some beastly bass in no time.

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innesota’s Mille Lacs Lake has long been known for exceptional walleye fishing and ice fishing, but the smallmouth bass fishing on this more than 130,000-acre lake north of Minneapolis is what catapulted it to the top of Bassmaster Magazine’s 100 Best Bass Lakes rankings. According to B.A.S.S. research, 20-pound five-fish limits of smallmouth bass are a regular occurrence, 30-pound sacks show up in some events, and two 36-pound limits were weighed in during events last fall. Those numbers are almost unbelievable on a smallmouth lake, considering a 36-pound limit would average out to more than 7 pounds per bass. Here’s the rundown of Bassmaster’s top-12 bass lakes in the nation: 1. Mille Lacs Lake, Minnesota 2. Sam Rayburn Reservoir, Texas 3. Clear Lake, California 4. Shearon Harris Lake, North Carolina 5. Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta, California 6. Lake Berryessa, California 7. Lake Erie, New York 8. Santee Cooper Lakes, South Carolina 9. Lake St. Clair, Michigan 10. Falcon Lake, Texas 11. Thousand Islands area St. Lawrence River, New York 12. Chickamauga Lake, Tennessee

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f you’re looking for some spectacular fly fishing for toothy critters, mako sharks are tough to beat as a game fish. They can be found pretty much worldwide, but right now is the time of year to visit southern California, where shortfin mako sharks show up off the coast every year within easy range for fly rodders with a small skiff. The mako shark is one of saltwater fly fishing’s outstanding but unappreciated game fish. Found on both the Atlantic and Pacific coasts, a smaller mako in the 20- to 30-pound range can be the perfect-sized fish for the beginning saltwater fly fisherman. Of course, fishing for sharks is a tad different than fishing for bluegills in your Uncle Ned’s farm pond, and the equipment also differs. First, you’ll need a boat, preferably a boat over 18-feet that can handle fairly choppy seas. Most center-consoles will do; however, a skiff with a beam of 8 feet or wider and a not-too-deep V will settle in the water better and will reduce pitch and roll to a minimum, offering a much more stable casting platform. A good chum line is the most effective way of attracting makos to within casting distance of your boat. Chumming attracts the larger makos and will place you in the position of being able to sight-cast to them. Into a chum bag, place the belly sections or fresh carcasses of tuna, bluefish or bonito, then place the bag into a milk crate or 5-gallon bucket and lower this mess over the side. Then sit back and listen for the musical score from the movie “Jaws” to begin. You won’t have long to wait once that chum slick begins to spread. Ideally, you should use fresh carcasses, but store-bought chum will suffice. One bit of important advice: Less is more when chumming; you don’t need much; no matter how small the slick, a shark can smell it from

miles away. Now that you have the boat and chum, the next thing to do is find a mako. On the West Coast, we are fortunate to have the continental shelf only a few miles offshore. On the east coast, you’ll have to venture a bit farther offshore. Keep your eyes peeled for working birds and surface-busting bait; constantly check the water temperature looking for readings between 66 and 70 degrees. But, be patient when chumming. I will wait at least an hour or an hour and a half before moving to another spot, but there have been occasions when the sharks made their appearance within a few minutes of 1 ½ hours. Once in the slick, makos will stick around for most of the fishing day. Drifting allows you to cover more water and in the process, attract more makos to your boat. By choosing the right season, having the right chum and chumming the right areas, you can count on hooking and releasing a good number of makos during the course of a single day on the water.

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