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Dear Reader, Ten years ago, a new publishing concept was born. At that time, the idea that a magazine could somehow become a franchise offering was so unique that at first it was difficult to explain. How could a fishing magazine have more than one edition each month? How could someone without years of publishing experience and substantial capital successfully launch a new magazine? Not just a magazine, but a fishing magazine, and not just a fishing magazine, but a free fishing magazine? Free? What? Ten years ago, we began developing the concept of a franchise publishing system that would allow outdoor enthusiasts the rare opportunity to publish a localized fishing magazine as a professionals. Today there are over 30 editions of Coastal Angler and its interior freshwater component The Angler Magazine throughout the continental U.S., Costa Rica and the Virgin Islands. Every month all over the country local co-publishers work with professional guides and charter captains to share their knowledge of what’s biting where, when, and how with you, our reader! It’s reliable intel that anyone who loves to fish would benefit from reading. And guess what? There’s a lot of people who like to fish. The purpose that this fishing magazine serves cannot be denied, and that’s why there are over 30 separate editions of this magazine being published every month. It is our pleasure, our honor, to present this fishing magazine to you at no cost each month. We actually earn a living by helping to spread the word about fishing. What a great concept. Just like you, we love fishing, boating and the outdoors. In fact, we’re absolutely wild about it. It’s all we want to do. It’s truly amazing how much we all love fishing. Love it. We do, you do, millions of people do! That’s why ten years ago we knew one fishing magazine was not enough. We are proud to be celebrating our 10 year anniversary this month. Our sincerest thank you goes out to all of our co-publishing partners, the guides and charter captains who write for the magazine, the businesses who support the magazine and make it possible for us to continue providing it for free and most importantly to you, our reader. Thank you for allowing us the opportunity to produce this FREE fishing magazine each month. For more information on Coastal Angler and The Angler Magazine franchise opportunities, visit http://franchise.coastalanglermag.com/ or call 888-800-9794.

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Micron WA (Water-Activated) is the latest addition to the AkzoNobel’s Interlux industry leading Micron Technology product range. It is a showcase antifouling paint that offers longlasting, multi-seasonal protection in a waterbased formulation. Micron WA combines powerful antifouling performance while reducing impact on the environment, leaving a smooth, clean hull. It is easy to apply with low odor that makes application and clean up easy. This paint is ideal for cruise, power and sailboats and suitable for all waters. Using a novel paint technology called Water Activated Matrix, Micron WA delivers a crisp, vibrant color and uniform appearance to provide a striking, attractive finish, while at the same time efficiently delivering powerful antifouling performance. More information is available at: https://interlux.com/en/us/boat-paint/antifouling/micron-wa

The Vortex lubrication system for marine trailers is designed with towing in mind. Vortex on your trailer axles mean years of service without the hassle of replacing the grease. A great feature that comes with the Vortex is the 100,000-mile or 5-year limited warranty. And, if you are a trailer owner that likes to work on the trailer in the off-season, the Vortex threaded cap screw on/off cap makes it easier than ever to check the bearings. You never have to use a hammer to remove or install the cap. We fill the Vortex hub with Lucas Oil Products Marine Grease, a superior bearing grease that has high heat qualities and is water resistant… even in saltwater! Vortex is available from select OEM trailer manufacturers pre-installed on your new trailer with disc brakes or idler hubs. Vortex hubs can be purchased from marine dealers and marine parts suppliers to replace the old hubs on your trailer. Vortex replacement hub kits are available pre-greased, pre-assembled in clear clamshell packaging, perfect for taking with you in your truck or boat as a spare hub. Depend on quality Dexter Vortex hubs for your trailering experiences.

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If you own a boat, you know the stress of ParkIt360 Force 10K backing your trailered pride and joy into a tight space. With this in mind, we took it upon ourselves to take Parkit360’s Force 10K electric trailer dolly for a test spin. Right off the bat, we were impressed. Assembly was easy, and by connecting the trailer’s power harness to the Force, we were able to control the trailer’s brakes with the Smart Brake Control System, which provides control and safety on a steep grade. Also, the Bosch-designed electric motor supplied more than enough power to maneuver with little to no effort on the part of the user. The heavy-duty 4”-wide tires maintained traction on concrete as well as gravel and even in wet grass when loaded. The Force dolly proved its functionality regardless of terrain, and that could come in super handy for those parking boats, campers or anything else with a trailer ball where the concrete ends. But the most striking feature of the Force electric trailer dolly was how easy it made maneuvering the boat. With precise and easy-to-use controls, all the stress was taken out of navigating tight corners and turns in forward and reverse. We put the boat into spots we wouldn’t even attempt using a truck. Built of quality materials, powder-coated and compact enough to fit in the trunk of an SUV, Parkit360’s electric trailer dollies are a great tool for anyone who pulls a trailer.

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With its Gen II Standard and Xtreme jackplates, SeaStar Solutions brings to market improved jackplates that handle up to 300 and 400 hp outboards, respectively, and are easier to install and adjust and stand up better to the marine environment. To handle heavier loads, advanced composite bushings allow for smoother movement of the hydraulic rams when the jackplate is raised or lowered, making SeaStar a superior performing jackplate at all speeds and loads. Both the Seastar Standard and Xtreme are available with 4”, 6”, 8”, 10” and 12” setbacks. Redesigned engine brackets allow mounting of shallow-water anchors on both models without the use of adapter plates. Redesigned engine brackets also improve access to the mounting bolts. Side access has been introduced to make it easier to get a wrench on engine mounting bolts while clearance to access transom mounting bolts has also been opened up, making it easier for one person to install the plate. Installing a SeaStar Jackplate with SeaStar’s ProTap system allows for precise, standardized height adjustment. Key to the ProTap system is the SmartStick sensor, which can easily be installed along the side of the plate. While adding strength and improving access, the new design uses less material for weight reduction of 15 percent over the originals. Thicker MilSpec anodizing of the aluminum frame and lift and effective sacrificial anode mounting points provide improved protection against corrosion.

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“At some point, I guess Dad decided, ‘If you can’t beat ’em, join ’em,’” Barrett said. In June of 2014, Barrett and Mike set out to build what became the first Mag Bay Yacht. Working with hull designs by Michael Peters, one of the most respected designers in the industry, they started work to produce a high-quality 33’ center console that is the embodiment of elegance and function. It took almost a year to get everything the way they wanted it before the first Mag Bay hit the water in 2015. Since then, a lot of travel, hard work, attention to detail and customer support have brought recognition to Mag Bay Yachts for what it is. The Mag Bay 33’ is a high-end, expensive center console, and customers expect and receive the best. Early success allowed Mag Bay to reassemble much of the experienced crew from Cabo, who they consider family. One of those employees changed Barrett’s diapers nearly 30 years ago. They are the same employees who presented Mike with a plaque that hangs in the shop and reads: “I will always build the very best boat—at a profit if I can, at a loss if I must—but I will always build the best.” Barrett said that’s the philosophy for every Mag Bay that leaves the shop. “We’ve always tried to build the highest quality boat on the water,” he said. “We’ve always prided ourselves on using the absolute best products. If there’s not anything out there that’s up to par, we’ll make it. Being a family boatbuilder, it’s not about numbers for us. It’s about building the absolute best boat.” In the near future, the family at Mag Bay Yachts has plans to go back to its Cabo roots in designing a new 42’ inboard express. It’ll be exciting to see what they produce. For more information on Mag Bay Yachts, see their website at www. magbayyachts.com.

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ter flats species. Research involving acoustic telemetry helps identify movement patterns and spawning sites, in addition to regional population and habitat connections that inform flats conservation. These acoustic tags do not, however, track health indicators like growth rate and sexual maturity—those data are found using something called tag-recapture. This particular type of tag resembles a small post with a diameter similar to that of a toothpick. Each individual tag is marked with a unique serial number and is inserted just below the dorsal fin. Scientists record the tag’s serial number and measurements specific to the individual fish—weight, fork and tail length, gender and any other observations about its condition. In keeping with best handling practices, researchers release the fish in hopes of another encounter. That hope was fulfilled when McCord caught a tagged bonefish in the Bahamas. She was able to record its serial number and length measurements before releasing it again. According to Dr. Aaron Adams, BTT’s director of science & conservation, and Bahamas Initiative manager Justin Lewis, bonefish spawn during full and new moons from October through April. The bonefish McCord recaptured was first tagged at a pre-spawning aggregation site in January 2015. Its recapture, over three years later, occurred 34 miles from the initial tagging location, which is not uncommon, since bonefish typically remain in or near their home ranges except when they leave the flats to spawn in deeper water. BTT thanks McCord and all anglers, guides, researchers and partnering organizations for their participation in research. Their enthusiasm, not only in tag-recapture studies but in all BTT research projects, is vital to the pursuit of specific and science-driven conservation outcomes for our saltwater flats fisheries.

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here is nothing like the sight of a sailfish taking flight after a perfect hookset. The sound of the screaming reel is pure exhilaration on deck. For me, that feeling is exponentially greater when I experience it while watching my 16-year-old daughter, Avery Moody, skillfully drop back on that fish and reel tight on the snelled circle hook. On a recent spring day, I was reminded what it means to be a proud father of a young lady in love with fishing and our beautiful Florida lifestyle. She set her alarm for 4:30 a.m. Avery likes to catch fish with her own goggle eyes, and by 6 a.m. the baitwell had two dozen. The ocean was beautiful that morning, with a rolling ground swell from the north and light breeze. We pointed the bow east and ran. Dolphin was on her mind, but she knew the shallow bite was slow. At 28 miles out, we found our target water temp and were rewarded with a pair of ’phins for the dinner table. Putting those two fish in the boat made her day. As a dad, I was indifferent about the dolphin. My reward was knowing I had hours of uninterrupted, oneon-one time with my oldest daughter. Boys, lures, school, knots, church youth group, water temp, friends, and trying to figure out what that rattle is on the T-Top… it was all discussed.

About 3 p.m., we were back nearshore setting up a drift 4 miles out of Jupiter Inlet on the ledge. The bridled baits were lively, and we knew something would find them. Avery took a break from monitoring her Shimano Baitrunner to tie a big popper on her plugging rod and cast to small bonita (little tunny) that were crashing surface baits. Mid-knot, she hears her Baitrunner starting to sing. I advise, “Hey Avery, you have a bite, better setup.” She replies, “Hang on dad, let me finish tying this lure.” What I thought was procrastination was her intentional delay. We fish live bait on snelled circle hooks, and she knows to wait before engaging the reel. She finally picked up the rod, pointed straight at the outgoing line and reeled tight. A lit sailfish went airborne. She fired off some quick commands to me for line clearing, and the chase ensued. This past season, I have gone from yelling instructions at her to her yelling instructions at me! After a spectacular fight, the fish was brought boat-side, and Avery revived the sail for release. It was a flood of emotions for each of us after such a perfect day on the water. Avery is a fifth-generation Floridian who lives on the same Loxahatchee River property her great, great grandmother purchased in the 1920s. Avery and her 14-year-old sister Emily are homeschooled by my wife Carrie. When she is not offshore, Avery is fishing the river. Dock light snook fishing on light spin and fly are her favorites. She loves the south Florida environment, promoting conservation, and outwardly living what it means to be a Florida Girl.

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At Reef Runner Boats, boating is a passion! Family owned and operated by boaters who have enjoyed the lifestyle for over half a century, they know the intricacies of blending form and function. The passion is reflected in every boat they build. A run offshore in one of their 230 Center Consoles offers one of the smoothest, driest rides in the industry. With plenty of space, as well as insulated fish boxes and livewells, this boat is an offshore fishing machine. But it’s also a great cruiser, with comfortable seating, a full stand-up head in the console,

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ahi mahi are some of the most popular fish to catch and eat here in South Florida. As we transition from spring to summer, our best opportunities to catch this delicious species will increase. While it is relatively easy to catch small mahi, getting the big slammers to bite can sometimes be difficult. Here are some tips to help you make the most of mahi season. The Naked Ballyhoo: While trolling skirted baits and lures work very well, a skirtless or lureless ballyhoo can often be the ticket to enticing that 25 pound bull to commit. Be sure to have ballyhoo of several different sizes on hand in order to match the size of the baits the mahi are eating in the wild. Medium to large size ballyhoo can be best because the weight of the bait allows it to be rigged so it can swim and wiggle just beneath the surface. Try rigging the ballyhoo with a 1/8 to 1/4 ounce egg sinker tucked up under its throat. Also be sure to bend and manipulate the bait so it swims and wiggles naturally in the water. Be careful not to salt too much and over toughen the bait. Try presenting this bait in one of your long rigger positions making it the farthest bait away from the boat. Bonus tip: A rigged eel is a can’t miss bait as well when trolled in the long rigger or shotgun position, way back in the spread. Fish Below the Surface: A planer should also be a part of every mahi hunters spread. The biggest fish are often lurking just below the smaller fish that are schooling and feeding on the surface. Large mahi see the smallest of these surface fish as prey and will attack and

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material to the bait. Medium to large bonito strip PHOTO C REDIT: JP Wolf baits and double hooked ballyhoo with a pink and white or blue and white Sea Witch are deadly. Popper Plugs and Jigs: When venturing offshore, always have at least two medium to heavy spinning rods rigged with jigs and ready to cast at a moment’s notice. Mahi that are schooling around weed patches or floating debris will be at the surface and will prefer a jig or popper that causes commotion and appears to swim. Larger poppers casted way past the debris will often get the bigger fish to attack. They are often lurking just out of view, either below or on the outskirts of whatever you are casting on. Be sure to have a second spinner rigged with a sinking or butterfly jig. This type of lure will dive quickly past the smaller fish on top. Be sure to let it sink to at least 90 feet and be ready for a bite on the way down. This is also a very effective way to entice wahoo that are almost always deep below whatever is floating on the surface. You may want to use titanium leader material for this jig to prevent getting cut off. Keep Your Boat in Gear: One of the most common ways to lose the largest mahi or any fish of a lifetime is to take your boat out of gear when the fish gets close to the boat. Your engines are your friends. Keeping steady and consistent pressure on a fish is paramount to landing it successfully. Try to keep the boat moving forward and with the fish. Slowly close the gap and keep a constant bend in the rod. As the fish gets closer, try to keep his head in the water at all times. A sudden release of pressure caused by pulling the boat out of gear allows several escape routes. First, the fish can and often will sense the relief and swim directly towards the propellers or underneath the boat, breaking the line and losing the fish. The fish will also be able to freely shake its head and will often throw the hook right next to the boat. Never take the boat out of gear! It is also very important to have the proper size gaff. A gaff that is too big is one of the most common mistakes. Gaff heads should be no wider than 2 or 3 inches at the bite, which is plenty for gaffing fish up to 70 pounds or so. The gaff should be extended out away from the gunnel with the point down and over the head area of the fish. With the boat in gear, take your shot and keep the momentum of your swing coming towards the boat. Bonus Tip: Keeping the boat moving while you fight the fish also enables you to continue to fish a bait or lure and greatly increases your chance at catching the large cow or bull that was swimming with the first fish you hooked.

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you can handle. Mahi or dolphin as they are called locally can be caught using several methods. The two most popular fishing methods are trolling and run and gun. Personally, I usually prefer the run and gun method unless there isn’t anything to fish to. Once some life is located, you can pitch jigs or bait chunks and

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fish will generally strike. If you encounter finicky fish, you may have to deploy a live bait. A live pilchard or herring will rarely be turned down by a hot mahi. Live bait is also useful when the fish turn off on the chunk bait or jigs. Remember to keep at least one hooked fish near the boat to help keep the rest of the school nearby. Periodically tossing a few freebies over the side will also keep fish interested and within casting distance. On those days when the mahi move out of the area and become very elusive you may want to turn the boat back toward the West and head in towards shallower water. Once you find a good looking spot anchor up and deploy the chum bag. It is important not to become impatient when bottom fishing and to allow ample time for the chum to travel and disperse. One of most common mistakes eager anglers make is to wet a line before the anchor has had a chance to grip the bottom. Too much activity in the way of lines and tackle hitting the water will usually turn off the fish and keep them way, way back in the slick. I prefer to chum for at least 20 to 30 minutes before letting the first bait out. Also, it is a good idea to fish no more than one or two flat lines and to take turns if possible. Remember that less is

A solid black grouper caught on a trip with Nomad Fishing Charters.

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mono leader to a short piece of wire with a 3/0 j hook and the always important stinger. These fish can be tricky to land and come off the hook easy without the stinger. Using a short wire will not hurt the success of your catch. Wahoo fishing is strong in June around the moon and on deep wrecks. Many anglers jigging on the deep wrecks for

taste fishy. We see them often bouncing on their substantial snouts in the sand, sometimes oblivious to divers, so they are frequently a new spearos first fish. Real big hogs are usually found in deep water and are around 20 pounds and 40 inches long. The freediving IUSA World Record is 24.5 pounds. While making a back-dive on scuba to retrieve a monster black grouper, I stoned my biggest hogfish (23 pound), while it was mesmerized by the smoke cloud from the rockedup grouper. A nice bonus! The new regulations for hogfish from Florida’s east coast and Keys, are 1 per harvester per day, measured 16 inches on the fork, and the season stays open through October. More info can be found on myfwc. com. Shoot straight and be safe!

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s always, it’s tropical, warm and beautiful down here in Costa Rica. The only change here is that the fishing has been white-hot. On the Pacific Coast, we mark our fishing seasons by the presence of two distinct feeder fish populations: dorado from November to June and yellowfin tuna from April to October. The months of April and May are a magical time when both Dorado and yellowfin are abundant. As much as we love coming home with full filet bags of multiple species, the real benefit is that the billfish are in town and they are feeding like hungry hogs. FishingNosara Hall of Famer Chuck Darner invited radio host Roger Walker for a fun week of action in late April. After lighting it up on the Harvester on the April 23, they moved up to the Wanderer the next day for a productive day offshore. Walker got it started with a 45-plus-pound dorado, and then hooked up a nice sailfish heavier than 100 pounds. Then Capt. William pursued a big school of porpoises that were feeding on yellowfin tuna. These dolphin schools are better measured in acres than numbers, and when they are packed in this thick, there is obviously something tasty just beneath the surface. Walker got in on the action with a beefy 50-plus-pound yellowfin, clearly the best fish of the day. Near the end of the day, they

hooked up another big sailfish, which put on an aerial display on the way to a safe release. Other boats on the FishingNosara team accumulated eight marlin releases during the month of April, including a two-release day for anglers Craig Sutton and Marino Lora on April 22. We are just beginning to see multiple marlin release days and expect things to ramp up as we approach the summer months. Speaking of summer, this is a great time to pack up the kids and get them down to Costa Rica for some sportfishing. As much fun as it is to spend three months playing video games and screwing around on the Internet, let the words of North Carolina angler Dan Bowman change your mind. “Best fishing trip EVER,” he wrote, “and I got to enjoy it with Chloe and Sophie, my 4- and 5-year-old daughters! We fought through a slow morning with a huge cubera snapping off on the reef to landing three sailfish in the early afternoon (the first two being a double hookup which was super exciting) to be followed up with a monster dorado on the way home. My girls had the best time ever, as did I! Memories to last a lifetime. Thank you and your crew for being so accommodating! Can’t wait to come back and go out again!” It’s a great feeling to see youngsters get their first taste of blue water action; it means that our sport has a bright future.

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