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BOOST YOUR CATCH w/RezBoostTM Technology

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

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

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

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The Rise of Patrick Sebile and his Band of Anglers

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

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

ICAST 2018 OVERALL Best OF SHOW AWARD Garmin Panoptix Livescope

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Best Tackle TRANSPORT

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

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Best Lure System

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

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

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Best Kids’ Apparel

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

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

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

Best Eyewear Unsinkable Polarized Rival Sunglasses

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

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

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

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

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

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

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hat might feel like the Black Friday of the sea to some used to feel like magic to me. My first lobster mini season commenced several years ago after a late shift at Da Big Kahuna in Fort Lauderdale. My best friend was notorious for “yessing” any last minute adventure I hit her with. When I texted her at 10 p.m. with, “Meet me at 15th street boat ramp at 11:15 with a bathing suit. Lobsties!” I knew she’d be in. She bought a lobster permit online and I clocked out. I could already see the coast peppered with navigator lights from the top of Beach Place as I ran down the stairs to my car, my apron strings trailing behind. I didn’t know much about this ‘mini-season’ buzz, except that it happened mid-summer at midnight and in our circle of friends, no girls

were allowed. I wanted in. After convincing my buddy I would be an asset, bribing him with Publix subs and reminding him that my playlists were unparalleled, he reluctantly told me when and where. I swapped my greasy uniform for a wetsuit and said yes to the cafecito the boys were passing around. The dock was jam packed with local hopefuls and empty hotel bags. It was 11:30 p.m., and the urgency of the night was palpable. This was to be taken more seriously than I expected. We fueled up the Palmetto, and it felt like New Years Eve riding out and counting down to midnight. Port Everglades was a wet version of I-95 at 5:30 p.m., but once east of the inlet, boats dispersed to their secret spots. Gareth gave me a crash course on the third lung and the tickle stick while I half listened and half marveled at the pools of light that broke the black of the Atlantic. I’m no stranger to a night swim, but it was my first night dive. I was determined to do my part in limiting out on spinies. Giddy with caffeine and adrenaline, I hopped in the water with three buddies. The familiar water I knew by day wasn’t confettied with colorful fish, it was a pitch black treasure chest and it was alluring. I followed my friends’ beams of light and their lead. I marveled at watching the bugs crawl across the sea floor and bury themselves beneath ledges. I tallied up the ones I let get away and knew I would be back next year to make up for it. We climbed the ladder back onto the boat. I lay in a beanbag chair on the bow, and we bobbed around watching Fort Lauderdale sparkle— half from cars cruising A1A, half from lights of the community with salt in their blood and lobsters in their livewells. Maintaining my credibility as the best mini season DJ in south Florida, I cracked a Miller, tossed one to my best friend, cranked up “Fishing in the Dark” and counted my lucky stars for having Florida on my driver’s license. I loved knowing that for the next two days, half of south Florida would have heavy eyelids by noon, and the lucky ones would have lobster on their dinner plates. I was happy with an invite for next season and memories from one of my all time favorite summer nights.

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n South Florida, kingfish can be caught year round, but September is one of the best months of the year to target them as the bigger fish tend Finished to show up on the reefs when big schools of bonito Albright and blackfin tuna invade our waters just offshore. Kingfish knot. are aggressive predators with extremely sharp teeth and to catch them with consistency, you must prepare accordingly. Though there are many ways to rig your rods for kingfish, I’d like to focus on a few techniques that have worked for me over the years. These techniques can be utilized on both spinning and conventional tackle. To start, you’re going to want a rod in the seven foot range that has a sensitive tip so you can feel the bite, but also has some backbone to be able to turn the head of a smoker that just peeled off 100 yards of line in twenty seconds. Sometimes, a big king will swim right back at the boat after a blistering run and you will have a better chance of coming tight with a higher speed reel. You’ll want nothing less than a 5 to 1 gear ratio to be the most successful. When it comes to line choice, you can certainly spool your reels with braided line, but I prefer 20 to 30 pound monofilament as I’m kind of old school and learned to fish for kingfish before braid became so popular. That said, you’ll want to connect your main line to four to ten feet of 40 or 50 pound fluorocarbon leader with a size 4 or 6 barrel swivel. I like to stay on the long side with my leader to be a bit stealthier. This step will help to avoid line twist, especially when using a spinning reel. Now it’s time to put together some rigs. You’ll need some #5 stainless steel, coffee colored wire and depending on the bait that is available, octopus style hooks ranging from 3/0 to 7/0 and some treble hooks in size 4 and 6. If you are using pilchards, you’ll want to use a smaller main hook and smaller treble hook for your stinger. For bigger baits like goggle eyes, blue runners and speedos, step up your hook size for your main hook and stinger. Utilize a haywire twist to attach a 20 inch length of wire to the main hook. Don’t over do it as 4 to 5 twists on a 45 degree angle will suffice. Finish off your haywire with 3 to 4 straight wraps to secure the connection. Now it’s time to attach your stinger to the main hook. Again, depending on the size of your bait, attach 4 to 8 inches of wire to your stinger hook with a haywire twist and then attach the other end of your stinger rig to the eye of the main hook with another haywire twist. It’s extremely important to rig your stinger with enough slack so that your bait of choice will swim naturally. Now you are ready to attach your rig to your leader. With an albright knot, connect your rig to your leader. If you don’t know how to tie an albright knot, simply search connect wire and mono with an albright on google and plenty of pages and videos will pop up. You can fish this set up a couple of different ways. If you will be drifting, I suggest that you fish at least two rods. You’ll want to fish one on the surface and one deeper in the water column anywhere from 30 to 60 feet below the boat. Send your surface bait out first and allow your bait to swim away from the boat. You can attach a balloon to your main line to help you keep track of where your bait is at. Depending on conditions, you’ll want to add 4 to 8 ounces of lead to your deep rod. You can do this by slipping your lead on above the swivel or you can attach it to your main line with a rubber band. Keep in mind that if you utilize the rubber band method, it’s highly likely that you will lose your sinker on the strike. You can also use the same set up to slow troll your baits. Slow trolling can be effective in helping you locate the depth that the fish are in. Start your troll in about 60 feet and and head out to 200 feet and then back to 60 feet. Once you find where the fish are, set up your drift at that depth. When kingfish strike, they typically go on a long run away from the boat. Take your time and slowly work your fish towards the boat. Don’t be surprised if you get your fish close to the boat and it takes off on another short run after it sees the boat. Let the fish run and tire out. You should then be able to get your fish back to the boat and end the game with a gaff shot to the head.

Basic kingfish stinger rigs.

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e really don’t need a calendar to realize that summer is slowly winding down. Signals like children returning to school and Labor Day barbecues are difficult to ignore. The good news is that for us fortunate enough to call South Florida home, this is merely a transition month. Although summer is ending, it doesn’t mean that summer style fishing for mahi and snapper has to stop. As a matter of fact, the fishing can be stellar as long as the conditions remain favorable. Offshore, mahi will still be coming through and can be caught in very good numbers. The key is to pay attention to the weather and fishing reports. Easterly winds will usually push schools of these hungry dolphin within easy range. Besides the winds, it is important to network with other anglers and stay informed by monitoring fishing reports. Since these fish

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that many anglers have changed their focus to lobster diving and hunting. Fewer boats on the water translates into less fishing pressure and more and less finicky fish. Closer to shore the fishing can be very good as well. If you don’t mind anchoring, snapper fishing will still be very good both day and night. Anchoring around hard bottom or reefs will produce a nice mixed bag of mostly snapper and possible grouper. Off Miami-Dade county we also have the option of anchoring near numerous shallow artificial wrecks that also hold snapper as well as a variety of jacks and sharks. Spinner and blacktip sharks forage around these wrecks and often steal your catch and put on a show. Don’t forget to use a long heavy leader and decent length of wire if you plan to do battle with these sharks. The leaping and spinning from these sharks will shred your tackle if you aren't prepared. If you prefer trolling or drift fishing, there are things for you to do too. Trolling with planers through depths from about 80’180’ will produce kings, bonito and the occasional wahoo. Best baits to troll are spoons, ballyhoo or strips. One of the advantages of trolling is that is allows you to cover a lot of water and find the bite. Another benefit to this type of fishing is that you do not have to stress about catching and keeping live bait.

Drifting or slow trolling with live bait will also produce some nice catches. Drifting works well on days when there is a nice sea breeze that allows the boat to drift across different depths. If you're facing no wind and current, you’ll be better off slow trolling your baits. Again, it is all about covering different depths and looking for the best bite. As with any type of fishing it pays to monitor the VHF radio for the latest reports. It is also crucial to deploy at least one mid-depth or deep bait. Warmer water usually causes fish to hang a bit deeper in the cooler water. Well, that is pretty much it for right now. Don’t forget that I will be presenting more FREE SEMINARS at Bass Pro Shops in Miami. You can keep up with with everything by following us on FACEBOOK, Instagram, and Twitter. If you like watching some of the action, be sure to check out my YOUTUBE page for the latest video additions. I hope everyone has a safe Labor Day weekend packed with fishing and good times. SPONSORS AND FRIENDS: Mercury Marine, Bass Pro Shops, Offshore Angler, Orca Coolers, SeaDek, Costa Del Mar, Aquanutrition and Baitmasters. Tight Lines,

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ith Summer winding down, the offshore fishing is still heating up. For offshore kayak anglers, September is our best month for mahi mahi. Look for the weed lines and color changes and you will find schools of decent sized mahi mahi ranging from 10 to 15 lbs. On a nice east wind I’ve caught some of my best mahi in 200 to 250 feet of water around the deep wrecks. My personal best 49 lb dolphin was caught in early September in 180 feet of water. My set up for catching these beauties includes a 5 foot length of 30 lb fluorocarbon leader tied to a 3/0 or 4/0 circle hook. Jigging over the deep wrecks in September has produced some monster amberjacks and the occasional wahoo around the full moon. If you’re in a school of small mahi, drop a jig deep under the school in hopes of pulling up a nice wahoo. On a good outgoing tide in the early morning, make your way to the color change in 180 to 200 feet of water for some decent 30 to 40 lb wahoo. If you’re using live goggle eyes, try slow trolling in 180 feet of water.

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eople always look at me funny when I say, “When it comes to learning to spearfish, an experienced underwater photographer has a big edge over a seasoned land big game hunter.” It’s because the underwater photographer is an excellent diver, whether scuba diving or freediving and already knows how to get close to underwater wildlife for a great shot. The land hunter needs training to become a very good diver and get educated about underwater wildlife. Early in August, I took two interesting couples on several dives, where their training before and during made the diving successful. First were Wayne Tu and Yen Bebe, both IADA Master Freediving Instructors from

Use 30 to 40 lb fluorocarbon leader to 12 inches of wire to a 3/0 to 4/0 J hook with a stinger rig. With wahoo the stinger rig is very important. Kayak fishing for kingfish is solid this time of year. The king bite is really good from 80 to 120 feet. Try slow trolling a live goggle eyes with one on top and one down deep. Zigzagging in and out of this depth. My rig for kingfish is the same as for wahoo. You can also catch some nice kingfish by slow trolling over some of the deeper wrecks. The sailfish bite will be starting to pick up as well.

Taipei, Taiwan. Finning down to 105 feet at the bottom of the shallow Tenneco Towers for them was a breeze. Catching two lobsters out of long honey holes with multiple exits was tougher for Wayne because he had only lobstered where he could grab them by hand. However, he quickly mastered my snare and with extreme breath hold ability, had time to bring home dinner! Wayne also spearfished in Florida waters for the first time. Despite not knowing our species, his day was highlighted by shooting a big grouper in 70 feet, but the thin line on his new 7mm shaft broke right away and it took off down the reef. He and Yen checked the entire reef on many dives, but it disappeared. Richard and Stacy Boyd are from Columbia, SC and are scuba divers getting back into the sport and learning to spearfish. They took a pool refresher prior to coming down and an ocean

Put out a live goggle eye when you hit 60 feet of water while heading offshore. Most of my sailfish bites this month have been when heading out to fish and heading in after fishing. Drifting with a live goggle eye on top in 80 to 150 feet can be very effective when targeting sailfish. The blackfin tuna bite is winding down this month, but I’ve still caught some awesome jumbos in September. Jigging over the deep wrecks from 180 to 300 feet will surely produce some nice tuna, but you’ll have to be patient. My jig color choice is pink

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or purple. I’ve even had some luck with glow in the dark jigs as well. With live bait, try setting up a drift in 200 to 250 feet of water with a live goggle eye or pilchard on top and another at mid depth. Bottom fishing this month has produced some nice gag grouper and even snowy grouper. Live baits have not been effective for me personally when targeting grouper. Try using stinky sardines butterflied bonito or any other type of smelly bait over the deep wrecks. I’ve even caught some nice gags in 150 feet of water. If your going to use live bait I tend to use pilchards and make sure your leader is at least 15 feet in length with a 4/0 circle hook tied to the business end. For more information on Extreme Kayak Fishing and the tournament series go to w w w. e x t r e m e k a y a k f i s h i n g . com Follow us on Instagram @ Extremekayakfishing and @joe. hector.kayak To view our awesome videos and Podcasts on YouTube go to Extreme Kayak Fishing TV.

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knowledge, we made several repairs and kept diving. Stacy gets my most improvement award! I always recommend new spearfishers try freeshafting with guns and slings, so we practiced target shooting by taking multiple shots at flattened cans and they quickly became very accurate, even on long shots. Many line gun shooters rarely pull the trigger because by comparison, it’s a hassle to re-rig, often causing missed shots. Fish were few and small in our warm shallow water, but Richard’s good sense of dead reckoning on their last dive, helped me find and recover a beautiful Lewmar 22 lb plow anchor with 30 ft of chain the next day! Good divers are always learning!

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ope you all had a great summer! I sure did. Let's talk about what's going on. Starting down south the peacock bass fishing has been absolutely off the chain. Fish in double digits are being caught. Peacock bass have made a strong comeback since the cold winter of 2010, which killed off many of them. I could honestly see South Florida becoming a peacock haven. The climate and conditions are perfect for them to thrive. Peacock bass are everywhere! Now is the time to tie on your favorite artificial lure and go target some of these beautiful fish. My favorite way to catch them is with jerk baits, topwater baits and hair jigs. Now on to the Florida Everglades. There is a constant heavy flow of water coming down from the Kissimmee chain up north. Unfortunately, this water contains agricultural runoff full of phosphates and it has created a severe algae bloom in Lake Okeechobee. The toxic water being pumped out of the lake has created havoc on both the east and west coasts of Florida and is killing fish and wildlife. This also is making fishing tough in a lot of places. So what I've done is searched for spots with cleaner water making for some good summer time bass. I have been catching most my fish in shallow water with grass or hard bottom. On to the hot spots. #1 - Lake Okeechobee: Fish are hitting on the outside edge, but I have found the better fish to be back a bit. The best search baits have been swim jigs with a

forecastS runoff from the rain, the water can get muddied up. Here's the rule. In dark or dirty water, use dark colors like black and june bug. In clean or clear water, use light colors such as watermelon green or green pumpkin. #4 - Holiday Park: Fishing is improving, but isn't quite there yet. As the water starts to drop fishing will get better and better. This is a great place to hone your techniques. It offers everything from flats fishing to working deep ledges. Remember that both Holiday Park and Sawgrass offer boat rentals for those of you that don't have boats but would like to get out on one. #5 - Holey Land: Stay in the deeper part of the canals and throw to the edges. Work your presentation out of the grass line into the deeper water. All the baits and techniques will work here. Try topwater spooks, poppers, jerk baits, swim baits and worm the bottom. I like to swim big worms through the pads for the chance of getting a monster fish. Swim jigs work great too. I like to throw them in the thickest pads and swim them out. The big fish are in the shade under the pads. I also like to flip a sinko in the pads and let it sink. The best time is early in the morning or at dusk. Til next time, tight lines!

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©2018 BRP US Inc. (BRP). All rights reserved. ®,™ and the BRP logo are trademarks of Bombardier Recreational Products Inc. or its affiliates. Offer valid only to qualified buyers on purchases of engines bought for recreational use only. Excludes engines purchased under commercial, professional, and government programs. Offer is valid in North America only on new and unused Evinrude E-TEC® engines purchased, delivered and registered between 8/1/18 and 11/30/18 at an authorized, participating Evinrude dealer. *7-YEAR COVERAGE: Subject to all exclusions, limitations of liabilities, and all other terms and conditions of BRP’s standard limited warranty and B.E.S.T. contract, including without limitation the exclusions of damages caused by abuse, abnormal use or neglect (see B.E.S.T. contract for specific details of coverage and exclusions). Offer effective on all new and unused 15 H.O. and above Evinrude E-TEC outboard engines. Eligible models will receive 7-year coverage (3 years of BRP Limited Warranty and 4 years of BRP Extended Service Terms [B.E.S.T.] coverage) subject to a $50 deductible on each repair. Benefit offered to Florida residents is a 7-year BRP Limited Warranty. Evinrude Jet Series engines are eligible for 7-year coverage offer on the upper unit only. The jet pump assembly will only receive a 3-year BRP limited warranty. All rigging components purchased on the same bill of sale as the engine, will be covered under the same BRP Extended Service Terms as the engine. Offer subject to change without notice. See your authorized, qualified Evinrude dealer for details. Terms and conditions apply. Offer may not be assigned, traded, sold or combined with any other offer unless expressly stated herein. OFFER VOID WHERE RESTRICTED OR OTHERWISE PROHIBITED BY LAW.

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