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his is the time of year when water temperatures allow pelagics like wahoo, dolphin and tuna to show up right on the beach… so to speak. I live in North Carolina, and every year there are stud wahoo caught “right on the beach.” Here “right on the beach” is the 20to 25-mile area off the beach. For some folks in Florida, “right on the beach” might be that first sea buoy right out of the inlet. In late summer, we have a monolithic water temperature from the Gulf Stream to the beach in the mid 80s. That allows wahoo to follow huge schools of bait wherever they go. This is what we call the beginning of the end… the end of summer. The cigar minnows and sardines come nearshore, and the wahoo follow them as far in as they are comfortable with the water depth, which is usually not much less than 75 or 80 feet. They will eat whatever they want, including live menhaden or cigs pulled around by king mackerel fishermen. We call it the beginning to the end of summer, but it’s also the beginning of a wonderful time of year for me… fall and winter. The cigs and sardines come in. The pelagics follow them for a month or so

until the water starts to cool in mid September. Then the magic happens. When cooling water runs off the wahoo, the gags show up in numbers. It’s all a very beautiful dance. Let’s enjoy every step along the way. I keep talking about the nearshore activity of the cigs and sardines, but the offshore schools are also getting bigger now, and this draws the attention of everything from pelagics to bottom fish. All the grouper and big snappers shadow these schools wherever they go. This is why it’s so important to “find the bait.” Cigs and sardines are not the only thing I’m looking for offshore. I like to find a big stack of beeliners. Wherever you find a big stack of beeliners, you can bet your bottom dollar there are grouper and big snapper directly under them and wahoo and kings around them. August is also a month to consider spending the night offshore. Yes, there are late afternoon thunderstorms that pop up, but overall weather patterns are consistent, and you can fish for days, back to back. Leave in the early afternoon, get where you are going and get acclimated to the setting sun. Anchor up on a pretty piece of bottom and bait, and turn on the lights. This is a “National Geographic moment.” The minnows and squid come to the light, so you can easily load up the livewell before the daylight bite starts. I will close with this: We lost a fishing pioneer and legend last month with Mark Sosin’s passing. Our thoughts, prayers and celebrations go out to his family. See more from Tim Barefoot at barefootcatsandtackle.com.

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Chumming is important to bring blackfins higher in the water column. Chunk up pilchards and throw a few pieces out at the bow, mid and stern every couple of minutes. The best chum is live chum. Small- to medium-sized pilchards are your best bet. I throat-hook a sardine and send it out on a free line. The bait will swim down on its own, and you should keep some tension on it. I also drop a live bait on a down rod and wait for the bite as I drift along. Blackfins’ excellent eyesight means they can be leader shy, so I often run a 40- to 50-pound fluorocarbon leader, but will go as light as 30 pounds. A triplehook rig for freelining or a single 4/0 or 5/0 circle hook depending By Ryan Izquierdo on the size of the bait is my hook preference. You can also catch them kite fishing, trolling feathers/spoons, with ballyhoo rigs, cedar plugs, planer fishing, vertical jigging and slow-pitch. Second to live bait, slow-pitch jigging is a fun and effective way to catch tunas when the hot mid-day sun pushes them down deep. My go to jig is a Jyg Pro 240 Gram strike jig. I like to jig anywhere from 200 to 350 feet. Send it down to the bottom over active areas and work your rod up high and let the jig flutter back down. You can change the pace and tempo of your jigging until you find what works. Don’t be surprised to get hit as you are burning the jig back to the surface. I hope these tuna tips bring you success and dinner to share with your close friends and family. Keep on fishing! Check out Ryan Izquierdo’s adventures on his YouTube channel: Ryan Iz Fishing.

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g n i l e av TheTrFisherman by Capt. Bouncer Smith

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nother 2000 miles on the truck in June. I had some great times for sure. I started this adventure in Melbourne having dinner with my good friend Adrian Gray and then we listened to Jason from Salt Strong educate us on slow pitch jigging. I learned a lot about that game. Thanks to Florida Sport Fishing Association for hosting this club meeting. My next stop was R. J. Boyle Studio for the captain’s meeting for the Gray Fishtag Research, Swordfish Tagging Extravaganza. Two days later we fished this event. 6 out of 9 boats caught swordfish, but not us. Last time we were heroes this time bums. 4 satellite tags were deployed! The next day I rode to Islamorada with R. J. Boyle for Mission Fishin’s annual Miss Islamorada adventure. Nick Stanzyck and Boyle hosted 40 guests and challenged youth, their siblings and parents to a fun fishing trip. Loads of fish and laughs were caught on a flat calm ocean. Monday it was off to Flamingo in Everglades Nat’l Park at 3:30 in the morning with Ben Eskanazi. Our mission was for Bob Lemay to help Ben catch his first fish on fly. We caught 5 tarpon and 5 snook on fly and plug tackle. Ben succeed with a snook on fly. Next game, slow pitch jigging and bottom fishing with Jim and Tom off Miami. We caught 3 grouper 7 to 14 pounds, a Cuda, a shark, a bonito and 4 amberjacks. A long time client invited me to join him on the first fishing trip on a used boat he had bought. We had engine trouble, the trolling motor didn’t work, the depth finder was intermittently working and we lost our fish. But, I got to spend the day with a great friend who was near death with cancer for a couple of years. He’s doing much better now. After an afternoon with my good buddy Ryder, my next trip was 2 nights of swordfish hunting. We caught a

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big night shark the first night. The second night we caught a nice tuna. Then just as we discussed calling the effort a failure, Captain Freddy David called from the stern that we had a bite. Billy Howell from Texas ran to the stern and caught a 80 pound swordfish. This completed his second billfish Royal slam. August is a hot month. Lobster season gets in gear, so be extra diligent when running your boat to watch for divers. The last few years the mahi fishing has been better in August through November. Let’s hope that happens again. Wahoo should fire up in 100 to 300 feet of water. Mangrove and cubera snappers will be spawning and schooling on the reefs. And lastly skipjack tuna should show up offshore along with this mahi. Drink lots of water and wear long sleeves and big hats. Capt Bouncer Smith 305-439-2475 captbouncer@bellsouth.net Check out Bouncer’s new book “I’m not done yet” on Amazon Note from the Editors and Publishers of Coastal Angler Magazine about Captain Bouncer: Captain Bouncer Smith is a legendary Captain in South Florida, and might we add an amazing fisherman. Although he is now retired he continues to contribute to the magazine and continues to share his vast wealth of fishing experience through a new series of books he has released called The Bouncer Smith Chronicles. All three books are currently available on Amazon. We would encourage you to look them up and enjoy them as we have! This Man is part of our South Florida fishing heritage and part of the Coastal Angler family. Please consider supporting him so that he can continue to share the wisdom of 50 plus years of sportfishing experience in South Florida.


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INSHORE by Capt. Abie Raymond

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he weather in August can be HOT but the fishing can be HOTTER. While people are making their arrangements to get the kids back in school, and sneaking in that last summer vacation, Biscayne Bay is usually less pressured than the rest of the year. This makes for some exciting opportunities with light tackle. Snook season is closed and as a direct result, snook catching can be red hot in August. Historically speaking, look for them in large schools around the inlets. Fish the outside (ocean side) of the rock jetties on the incoming tide and the inside (inlet side) of the jetties on the outgoing tide. The snook school with their’ heads facing into the tide waiting to ambush bait schools traveling in and out of the bay. Try to mark them with your sounder and then focus on that school until you get bites. Fish live baitfish of any kind. We have the best luck with a Jupiter rig which is a sliding sinker rig on a one foot stretch of 100 lb. test line, between the main line and the leader. Choose a 1 to 2 oz egg sinker (depending on depth and current) sandwiched between 2 small beads and two 1/0 swivels. Your leader, connected to the fishy end of this funny looking’ rig, should be three foot of 50lb test with a circle hook appropriate for the size of your baitfish. Again the Jupiter rig is: main line to 1/0 swivel, to 1 foot of 100lb test line, then slide on a bead, then slide on the sinker, then slide on a bead, to another 1/0 swivel, to the leader, to the inline circle hook. In line hooks are critical as the they tend to be less lethal than offset circle hooks. Please make an effort to preserve our resources during catch and release. August brings hot water and with hot water comes lots of “summer bait” or “rain bait” in Biscayne Bay. These 1-2 inch baitfish are usually sandy key pilchards or pilchards and these schools bring lots of fun size tarpon. Fish around the inlets and canal mouths. When I say fun size, I’m referring to the ones that won’t demand a chiropractic appointment after landing them. These fish are 10-40 pounds on average and lots of fun on light spinning tackle. I like a 12 lb. outfit with 20 lb. test braid line as my main line and 40-50 lb. test, 3 foot casting leaders for ease of casting on rolling fish. Use an in-line circle hook matched to the size of your baitfish. Fish with a baitfish much larger than that of the bait-size in the “summer bait” schools that we are talking about. Live pilchards are best in August. Fish early in the day in August. You will beat the heat and catch the best fishing while dodging the afternoon thunderstorms. Mangrove snapper are at the tail end of their’ spawn in August. Fish them around structures like docks and rock piles and you will do best fishing those “summer baits” with a small jig head and 20 lb. test leader baited with one of those very small pilchards hooked up through the lips. Captain Abie Raymond 305.775.5197 @abie_raymond www.gohardfishing.com

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FLAMINGO by NestorAlvisa

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s we get into August and deeper into the summer, water temperatures only get warmer, flamingo gets buggier, and our afternoon showers become a normal thing. During this month, I typically find myself running around the park and out in the gulf covering as much water as possible and trying to mix it up as much as I can. If I have a falling tide, I’ll usually start my mornings out around middle cape looking for some tarpon or free-floating tripletail. My clients will begin by casting sub surface plugs looking for the bite while I’m setting up two rods off the transom with either mullet or pinfish. I’ll also keep a light spinning rod nearby, with either a live shrimp or small artificial, in case we run into a floating tripletail. If I have high water in the morning, I’ll start off fishing the shorelines around Lake Ingraham or up the coast looking for snook and redfish. This time of the year we tend to do very well on both snook and redfish when fishing a bobber rigged with a live shrimp on either a circle hook or a small jig head. Another thing that works very well under the bobber is a Gulp shrimp or curly grub tail. I like white or chartreuse. As the sun gets higher and the water gets hotter throughout the day, I like to push out into the gulf and fish around structure. I tend to find a lot of nice mangrove snapper, some snook, permit and cobia out there. For bait I will use live or cut pinfish on the bottom using a knocker rig, blue crabs for the permit. Then I’ll free-line one or two rods off the back of the boat and leave one close by ready to cast if we see them. Light and heavy bucktail jigs are always good to have on hand to pitch at any floating cobia or to work on the bottom. Nestor Alvisa HookedOnFlamingo.com @hooked_on_flamingo_charters 786.387.2443

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FRESHWATER by Captains Mike & Tony Tojdowski

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n August the sun and Miami heat is a brutal force to deal with. That being said, finding shady areas to fish is key this month. I truly believe this will result in bigger fish being landed. Fish, like us humans, enjoy the sun to some extent but when given a choice often seek the refuge of a shady spot to spend most of their day. Since shade is limited and valuable real estate, the bigger more dominant fish are the ones that hold these spots. I often find peacock bass and other exotic species hang out under bridges, huge overhanging trees, and in cooler temperature, deeper waters with structure. To locate deeper spots, use your boats depth finder or look for evidence of fallen trees. Some of our biggest fish have come from fishing these deeper holes. If fishing with live bait, it’s ideal to use a small split shot about 6 inches from your hook. This will result in your bait sinking faster to reach the bigger predators that you’re seeking. The bite in August will continue to be solid if you focus your efforts in the early part of the morning or late in the afternoon when the sun is already past its highest point and not directly beaming on the water. 70% of our catch this month will likely be peacock bass and the other 30% a mixed bag of tarpon, large mouth bass, snook, jacks, jaguars and Mayan cichlids. The rain in August keeps the water levels up allowing anglers to target small ponds and lakes via shore, producing nice examples of all these species of fish on the edge of the drop in about 10-15 feet of water. You want to fish a little bit slower with a suspending lure or a weighted soft plastic that will drop slowly. The trick is to work the bait for a couple cranks of the reel then pause, allowing the fish enough time to either hit it or start trailing your bait. Working the bait toward the shore is the most likely time to get a strike! Featured Tool: Keeping a pair of long pliers helps save a ton of fish when they swallow the hook / lure too deep. The trick is to clamp onto the middle of the hooks shaft and with one swift movement go in and out, if done correctly you will recover your hook and the fish will be saved. This helps reduce stress on the fish and get them back in the water quickly. If you see that the fish took the hook all the way to the belly, then it’s best to just cut the line at the leader close to the fish’s mouth. Trying to recover your hook will most likely kill the fish. Don’t worry about leaving the hook in the throat / belly since they will eventually rust out and fish can still feed with a hook back there. It’s honestly one of the best tools we won’t leave home without. You can buy a pair of these pliers for only a couple dollars at your local fishing tackle supply store or online. Remember we all need to do our part to ensure quality fishing in Miami for our future generations to enjoy for years to come. Captains Mike & Tony Tojdowski Urban Legends Fishing Charters Call/Text 305-998-3375 Facebook / Instagram @Urbanlegendsfishing or check out our website ULFish.com

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FLORIDA O B S T E R Spiny

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lorida spiny lobster season begins this month and the butter and the garlic and the grill are ready for action. The commercial lobster season spans more than half the year and our south Florida waters are the premier locale for the delicacy, offering us the cream of the harvest, if you will. Florida lobster is an age-old culinary tradition in Miami and the Florida Keys. In fact, the lobster was coveted by the native Calusa Indians centuries before settlers figured out how to eat them. The commercial industry in Florida didn’t pick up speed until the 1800s. Now a’ days the Florida lobster are no secret and fresh tails command a pretty penny. When my dad was a kid growing up in the fifties, they cut the tails into chunks and breaded and fried them to perfection. I’d say today the most common preparation is to spit the tails, coat them with minced garlic salt and cracked pepper and butter and herbs and grill them. They may accompany a filet mignon, or star as the main attraction. Over the years I have experimented with lobster in salads, soups, in tacos, and in fritters. My favorite salad is a poached and shredded lobster tail over a bed of arugula with a light mustard vinaigrette. Although I do love tails, Florida lobster can make a fantastic bisque and the dish allows you to use the whole thing rather than just the tail. Bisque is easier than you might think. Lobster is versatile and easy to work with so long as you do not overcook it.

Lobster Arugula Salad with light mustard vinaigrette

• Salt • pepper • 1 1/2 teaspoons finely grated lemon zest, plus 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice • 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard • Olive oil • Coarse salt • 6 cups fresh arugula • 1 small thinly sliced yellow onion

Poach the lobster tails and remove from the shell. With a sharp knife chop the lobster meat. Sprinkle with lemon juice and refrigerate in a covered bowl. Combine lemon juice mustard, salt and pepper and olive oil in a small dish In a serving dish lay down a generous bed of arugula and place over the top the thinly slice onion. Sprinkle the desired shredded lobster meat over the greens and lightly dress with the vinaigrette Zest lemon over the dish and serve. Enjoy

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MANGROVES & YELLOWTAILS by Raymond Muniz, Capt. Jax

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ith August, the super-heated dog days of the Miami summer continue. Typically, the wind slows down and the mercury continues to creep up. One of the things I like to do, to avoid heat stroke during these steamy months, is target mangroves and yellowtail at night. These great eating fish are fairly easy to catch. The mangrove snapper can be caught both in shore and offshore, while the yellowtail is mostly caught offshore. For the purposes of this article we are anchored on the reef in 40 to 60 foot of water, at night, with a chum slick behind us. We will fish either tide, so long as the water is moving. For the coveted offshore mangrove snapper, I like to use a fish finder rig A.K.A. a Carolina rig. That is a 1 or 2 oz egg sinker, chosen depending on depth and current, which slides on the main line but is restricted from sliding all the way to the hook by a swivel. To the swivel, tie an 18-to-24-inch fluorocarbon leader, and the hook will depend on the bait, which I’ll get to in a moment. I like to use a 6000-size reel for the mangroves because you need the power to be able to stop them from getting into the reef or any structure where they can cut you off. I use 20 lb monofilament for my main line and 20-25 lb. fluorocarbon as my leader line. The hook depends on the bait I’m using. For example, if I’m using cut herring, cut ballyhoo, or whole pilchards, I like the Mustad 92661 - 3/0. If I’m using shrimp I like Mustad 92661 2/0 as the shrimp is a lighter and more delicate bait. With mangroves the hook set is super important. The hook set technique and timing changes based on the bait and other factors. A lot of fishermen miss the mangroves with cut bait because they set the hook too soon. Often, with cut bait I find that the fish mouths the bait on the first tap, then grabs the bait on the second tap. If it’s a nice size snapper it will just take the whole bait and swim away slowly. I give it 3-4 seconds after the second tap before I set the hook. If the bite is hot and the fish are competing for the baits, they will swallow it on the 2nd bite. This technique only works if using herring, pilchards, or ballyhoo. When fishing shrimp you must set the hook on the first tap or you will lose your bait. For yellowtail snapper it’s pretty easy. You want to have a light set up, maybe a 4000 or 5000 combo with 10-12 lb. test mono and a 12 lb. test fluorocarbon leader. Invisibility is the goal. You want your bait to look like part of the chum line, so a line-to-line knot to connect leader is the way to go. I use a yellowtail jig head as the line causes some buoyancy. Picking the size of jig head is also important. When it’s close to the full moon or the new moon the tides are highest, and you want a heavier jig head. I like to use a 3/16 with faster current. When there is less current, I use a 1/16 oz yellowtail jig. The best baits to use for yellowtail snapper are silversides or cut up squid. Yellowtail can be found from 15-150 ft of water. I normally fish for them in around 40-60 ft of water. Make sure to take plenty of chum when snapper fishing. Once the chum runs out… your done and might as well go home. Once the chum is flowing in a nice stream off of the stern, all you have to do is bait your jig head with a silverside or small piece of squid and toss it behind the boat. You don’t want to close the bail, you want to feed line at the pace of the current. Once the yellowtail find your bait it will rip the line out of your hand and all you have to do is close your bail and lift the rod tip. A quick note on night fishing in a boat offshore. Make sure all of your nav lights are in perfect working order. Make sure your electronic nav systems are in perfect working order and make sure you are oriented without them. If you are responsible, you can operate in an emergency without GPS. Make sure your float switches and bilge pumps are in perfect working order. Once anchored, switch your batteries over to your house battery and make sure your cranking battery is not being pulled on by your bait well pumps, lights, radio etc… Do not fish at night alone or in inclement weather. Any issues that you encounter in a boat offshore are 10 x harder to deal with at night. So be careful. Know your limits and the limits of your equipment. It’s not for the faint of heart or the ill prepared. Capt. Jax Captain Jax Bait and Tackle 490c E 4th Ave, Hialeah, FL 33010 @captainjaxmiami 786.300.5362

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PARGOS by Raymond Muniz, Capt. Jax

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os días del caluroso verano de Miami continúan en su pico durante el mes de agosto, el viento disminuye considerablemente y el mercurio sigue subiendo. Una de las cosas que me gusta hacer para evitar la insolación durante estos meses, es apuntar a la pesca nocturna del Pargo Mulato y Pargo Cola Amarilla. Estos peces de gran sabor y son bastante fáciles de pescar. El pargo mulato se puede pescar tanto en la costa como en alta mar, mientras que el pargo cola amarilla se pesca sobre todo en alta mar. Para los fines de este artículo, estaremos anclados en el tranquilo paisaje nocturno del arrecife, entre 40 y 60 pies de agua, con una atractiva carnada. Siempre que el agua esté en movimiento, pescaremos con cualquier marea. Para el codiciado pargo de mulato de alta mar, me gusta usar un aparejo de buscador de peces, también conocido como aparejo Carolina. Se trata de un plomo de huevo de 1 a 2 onzas, elegido en función de la profundidad y la corriente, que se desliza por la línea principal pero que no llega hasta el anzuelo gracias a un eslabón giratorio. Al dicho eslabón se ata un bajo de línea de fluorocarbono, de 18 a 24 pulgadas, y el anzuelo dependerá del cebo. Me gusta usar un carrete de tamaño 6000 para los pargos mulatos porque necesitas la potencia para poder impedir que se metan en el arrecife o en cualquier estructura donde puedan cortarte el paso. Utilizo monofilamento de 20 libras para mi línea principal y fluorocarbono de 20 a 25 libras como línea líder. El anzuelo depende del cebo que esté utilizando; por ejemplo, si utilizo arenque cortado, ballyhoo cortado o sardinas enteras, me gusta el Mustad 92661 - 3/0; por otro lado, si utilizo gambas, me gusta el Mustad 92661 - 2/0, ya que las gambas son un cebo más ligero y delicado. Con estos peces, la colocación del anzuelo es muy importante; la técnica que se use y el momento de la colocación pueden cambiar según el tipo cebo, entre otros factores. Muchos pescadores fallan al usar un cebo cortado, porque colocan el anzuelo demasiado pronto. A menudo, con el cebo cortado, veo que el pez muerde el cebo en el primer toque y luego lo agarra en el segundo; si se trata de un pargo de buen tamaño, se llevará todo el cebo y nadará lentamente, así que espero de 3 a 4 segundos, después del segundo toque, antes de poner el anzuelo. Si la picada es caliente y los peces están compitiendo por el cebo, se lo tragarán en la segunda picada. Esta técnica sólo funciona si se utilizan arenques, sardinas o ballyhoo. Cuando se pescan gambas hay que clavar el anzuelo en la primera picada o se perderá el cebo. Pasando al pargo de cola amarilla, su pesca es bastante fácil y resulta conveniente tener un equipo ligero, tal vez un combo de 4000 o 5000 con mono de 10 a 12 libras de prueba y un líder de fluorocarbono de 12 libras. El objetivo es la invisibilidad; quiere que su cebo destaque pero no demasiado, así que un nudo de línea a línea para conectar el bajo de línea es el camino a seguir. Yo utilizo una cabeza de jig de cola amarilla, ya que la línea provoca cierta flotabilidad. También es importante elegir el tamaño de la cabeza del jig; cuando se acerca la luna llena o la luna nueva, las mareas son más altas y se necesita una cabeza de jig más pesada, yo uso una de 3/16 cuando la corriente es más rápida. Por el contrario, cuando hay menos corriente, uso un jig de cola amarilla de 1/16 onzas. Los mejores cebos para el pargo de cola amarilla son los pejerreyes o los calamares cortados. El pargo amarillo se puede encontrar entre 15 y 150 pies de agua. Yo normalmente los pesco a unos 40 a 60 pies de profundidad. Asegúrese de llevar mucha carnada cuando pesque pargos, pues una vez que el cebo se acabe... se acabó y será mejor que se vaya a casa. Cuando el cebo fluye en una buena corriente de la popa, todo lo que tiene que hacer es cebar la cabeza de jig, con un pejerrey o un pequeño trozo de calamar, y lanzarlo detrás del barco. No hay que cerrar la fianza, sino alimentar la línea al ritmo de la corriente. Una vez que el pargo de cola amarillo encuentre el cebo, le arrancará la línea de la mano y todo lo que tiene que hacer es cerrar la fianza y levantar la punta de la caña. Tips rápidos sobre la pesca nocturna en un barco en alta mar: Asegúrese de que todas las luces de navegación están en perfecto estado de funcionamiento. Asegúrese de que sus sistemas electrónicos de navegación están en perfecto estado de funcionamiento y de que también se puede orientar sin ellos. Si es responsable, podrá operar en caso de emergencia sin GPS. Asegúrese de que sus interruptores de flotador y bombas de achique están en perfecto estado de funcionamiento. Una vez anclado, cambie las baterías a la batería de la casa y asegúrese de que la batería de arranque no está siendo utilizada por las bombas del pozo de cebo, las luces, la radio, etc. No pesque de noche solo o con mal tiempo. Cualquier problema que se encuentre en una embarcación en alta mar, es 10 veces más difícil de resolver por la noche, así que tenga cuidado. Conozca sus límites y los de su equipo. No es para los débiles de corazón o los mal preparados. Captain Jax Bait and Tackle 490c E 4th Ave, Hialeah, FL 33010 • 786.300.5362 @captainjaxmiami

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FLAMINGO

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medida que nos adentramos más en el verano, las temperaturas del agua se vuelven más cálidas, el área de Flamingo se llena de bichos y los chaparrones de la tarde se convierten en algo normal. Durante el mes de agosto, normalmente me encuentro corriendo por el parque y en el golfo, cubriendo la mayor cantidad de agua posible, y tratando de mezclar todo lo que pueda. Si tengo una marea descendente, suelo empezar mis mañanas en los alrededores del cabo medio en busca de algún sábalo o de un triplete que flote libremente. Mis clientes comenzarán lanzando tapones sub-superficiales en busca de una picada, mientras yo preparo dos cañas en el espejo de popa con salmonetes o pececillos. También tendré cerca una caña de spinning ligera con una gamba viva, o un pequeño cebo artificial, por si nos encontramos con un triplete flotante. Si el agua es alta por la mañana, empezaré a pescar en las orillas del lago Ingraham o en la costa, en busca de róbalos y gallinetas. En esta época del año nos suele ir muy bien con estos peces, a cuales los atrapamos usando un bobber montado con una gamba viva en un anzuelo circular o con un pequeño jig. Otra cosa que funciona muy bien, bajo el bobber, es un camarón Gulp o una cola de Grub rizado. A mí, particularmente, me gusta el blanco o el chartreuse. A medida que el sol sube y el agua se calienta durante el día, me gusta adentrarme en el golfo y pescar alrededor de las estructuras. Suelo encontrar muchos pargos de manglar (conocidos también como pargo rabo amarillo), algunos róbalos, palometas y cobias. Como cebo, utilizo pececillos vivos o cortados en el fondo con un aparejo de pesca, y cangrejos azules para la palometa. Luego, prepararé dos cañas en la parte trasera del barco y dejaré una cerca, lista para lanzar en caso de que los veamos. Siempre es bueno tener a mano jigs ligeros y pesados para lanzar a cualquier cobia flotante o para trabajar en el fondo del agua. Nestor Alvisa @hooked_on_flamingo_charters Hooked On Flamingo Charters 786.387.2443

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AGUA DULCE by Capitáns Mike & Tony Tojdowski

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l sol y el calor de Miami son una fuerza brutal con la que hay que lidiar durante el mes de agosto. Dicho esto, encontrar zonas de sombra para pescar es la clave este mes. Los peces, al igual que los humanos, disfrutan del sol hasta cierto punto, pero cuando se les da la oportunidad, a menudo buscan refugio a la sombra para pasar la mayor parte del día. Dado que la sombra es un terreno limitado y valioso, los peces más grandes y dominantes son los que ocupan estos lugares. A menudo encuentro que la lubina y otras especies exóticas pasan el rato debajo de los puentes, de los enormes árboles que sobresalen y en aguas más profundas donde encuentran una temperatura más fría. Para localizar los lugares más profundos, utilice el localizador de profundidad de su embarcación o busque indicios de árboles caídos. En nuestro caso, algunos de los peces más grandes que hemos atrapado provienen de la pesca en estos agujeros más profundos. Si se pesca con cebo vivo, lo ideal es utilizar un pequeño señuelo a unos 15 centímetros del anzuelo, pues esto hará que su cebo se hunda más rápido para así llegar a los depredadores más grandes que está buscando. La picada en agosto seguirá siendo sólida si se concentran los esfuerzos en las primeras horas de la mañana o en las últimas de la tarde, cuando el sol ya ha pasado su punto más alto y no incide directamente en el agua. El 70% de nuestras capturas este mes serán probablemente pavones y el otro 30% corresponderán a una mezcla de sábalos, róbalos de boca grande, róbalos, jureles, jaguares y cíclidos mayas. La lluvia en agosto mantiene los niveles de agua arriba, permitiendo a los pescadores apuntar a pequeños estanques y lagos a través de la orilla, produciendo buenos ejemplos de todas las especies de peces en el borde de la caída en unos 10-15 pies de agua. Hay que pescar un poco más despacio y con un señuelo de suspensión, o un plástico blando, con peso que caiga lentamente. El truco es trabajar con el cebo durante un par de vueltas del carrete y luego hacer una pausa, dejando al pez el tiempo suficiente para golpearlo o empezar a arrastrar el cebo. Pescar con el cebo hacia la orilla le dará mayor probabilidad de conseguir un buen golpe. Herramienta destacada: Mantener un par de pinzas largas ayuda a salvar una tonelada de peces cuando se tragan el anzuelo o señuelo en la profundidad. El truco es tener la pinza en el medio del eje de los anzuelos y con un movimiento rápido entrar y salir; si se hace correctamente, se recuperará el gancho y el pez se salvará. Esto ayuda a reducir el estrés del pez y permite devolverlo al agua rápidamente. Si ve que el pez ha mordido el anzuelo hasta el vientre, entonces es mejor cortar la línea en el líder cerca de la boca del pez, ya que intentar recuperar el anzuelo probablemente le causará más daño y puede matarlo. No se preocupe por dejar el anzuelo en la garganta o vientre, ya que eventualmente se oxidarán y los peces podrán seguir alimentándose con un anzuelo allí. Sinceramente, es una de las mejores herramientas y nunca salimos de casa sin ellas. Puede comprar un par de estos alicates por sólo un par de dólares en su tienda local de artículos de pesca o en línea. Recuerde que todos tenemos que hacer nuestra parte para asegurar la calidad de la pesca en Miami, para que nuestras futuras generaciones disfruten también en los años venideros.

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Mientras que la gente está aprovechando los últimos días del verano y se preparan para que los niños vuelvan a la escuela, la Bahía de Biscayne se encuentra menos ocupada que el resto del año, lo que hace permite encontrar algunas oportunidades emocionantes que solo requieren de un equipo ligero. La temporada de róbalo está cerrada y, como resultado directo, la captura de róbalos puede ser muy intensa en agosto. Históricamente, búsquelos en grandes bancos alrededor de las ensenadas. Pesque en la parte exterior (lado del océano) de los espigones de roca con la marea entrante y en la parte interior (lado de la ensenada) de los espigones con la marea saliente. Los róbalos se agrupan con sus cabezas mirando hacia la marea, esperando para emboscar a los bancos de cebo que entran y salen de la bahía. Intente marcarlos con su sonda y luego céntrese en ese banco hasta que consiga picadas. Pesque peces de cebo vivos de cualquier tipo. La mejor suerte la tenemos con el aparejo Jupiter, que es un aparejo de platina deslizante en un tramo de un pie de línea de prueba de 100 libras, entre la línea principal y el líder. Elija una plomada de huevo de 1 a 2 onzas (dependiendo de la profundidad y la corriente), intercalada entre dos pequeñas cuentas y dos eslabones giratorios del 1/0. El bajo de línea, conectado al extremo de este curioso aparejo, debe ser de un metro de prueba de 50 libras, con un anzuelo circular apropiado para el tamaño del cebo. Una vez más, el montaje Jupiter es: línea principal a eslabón giratorio 1/0, a 1 pie de línea de prueba de 100lb, luego deslice un cordón, después el plomo, otros cordón y otro eslabón giratorio 1/0, al bajo de línea y al anzuelo circular en línea. Los anzuelos en línea son fundamentales, ya que tienden a ser menos letales que los anzuelos circulares compensados. Por favor, haga un esfuerzo para preservar nuestros recursos durante la captura y liberación. Agosto trae agua caliente y con esta viene un montón de “cebo de verano” o “cebo de lluvia” en la Bahía de Biscayne. Estos peces de cebo, de 1 a 2 pulgadas, suelen ser sardinas europeas o sardinas de arena. Estos bancos atraen a muchos sábalos de diferentes y divertidos tamaños. Cuando digo tamaño divertido, me refiero a los que no exigirán una cita quiropráctica después de desembarcarlos. Estos peces pesan entre 10 y 40 libras de media, y son perfectos para un equipo ligero de spinning. A mí me gusta usar un equipo de 12 libras, con una línea trenzada de 20 libras como línea principal y líderes de 3 pies de prueba de 40 a 50 libras para facilitar el lance de los peces rodantes. Utilice un anzuelo circular en línea que se adapte al tamaño de su pez de cebo y pesque con uno mucho más grande que el de los bancos de “cebo de verano” de los que estamos hablando. Las sardinas vivas son las mejores en agosto. Durante este mes, la recomendación es pescar a la primera hora del día, pues así vencerá el calor, esquivará las tormentas de la tarde y conseguirá la mejor pesca. Nota adicional: El pargo de manglar está en la cola de su desove en agosto. Pesque alrededor de estructuras como muelles y pilas de rocas; use esos “cebos de verano” con una pequeña cabeza de jig y un líder de 20 libras de prueba cebado con una de esas sardinas muy pequeñas enganchadas a través de los labios. ¡Buena Suerte! Captán Abie Raymond 305.775.5197 @abie_raymond www.gohardfishing.com

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MIAMI BRAGBOARD We want to see your catch! Send your photos with name(s) and details to miami@coastalanglermagazine.com Luis Bolden with a nice porgy snapper caught patch reef fishing off Elliott Key

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