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ampa Bay has some of the very best fishing in the state of Florida, which means it is some of the best fishing in the world. What makes Tampa Bay so unique is the many different varieties of both freshwater and saltwater fish to catch, as well as the many different ways to catch them. If you are not a boat person, Tampa offers the world’s longest fishing pier, the Old Sunshine Skyway Bridge. Here you can catch snook, tarpon, grouper, black sea bass, Spanish mackerel, king mackerel, cobia, sheepshead, red snapper and pompano. That’s 10 species of highly desirable fish from just one location, without a boat! And if that list alone is not impressive enough, fishing the bridge is convenient, too. You’ll need some specialized gear, but once

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you’ve got it you can drive right onto the pier to your exact sweet spot and unload. It’s also lit at night! There’s no limit as to what time of the day you can fish. Feel like delving into the ocean world a little deeper than a concrete bridge? Tampa Bay boasts the stunning Fort Desoto County Park. Here you can simply slip on a pair of old sneakers and wade into cerulean blue waters and lush seagrass beds. Sound surreal? It is. Wading is a stealthy approach to fishing. In addition to species from the list above, you can also catch redfish, trout and flounder. Looking to fish the deeper waters of the bay? About 45 miles out, the water depths start to reach the 80-foot range. Out here, the possibilities are endless. Varieties of grouper, assortments of snapper, arrays of sharks, blackfin tuna, sailfish, mahi, amberjack, jack crevalle, permit and bonita can be added to the previously mentioned lists of available species. What if you tend to lean more toward the fresh side? Tampa Bay has some of the most diverse freshwater fishing opportunities one can imagine. Use a kayak to quietly glide through the tannic waters of our creeks to catch largemouth bass that grow upwards of 10 pounds. The creeks also hold massive bluegills, crappie, toothy alligator gar, tilapia, catfish and carp. The secret to what makes our freshwater fishing so thrilling is that you never know what you are going to catch. You see, many of our saltwater species inhabit our freshwater, as well. It is not only possible, but it is common to catch a big largemouth and then five minutes later a 15-pound common snook. Tampa Bay offers a temperate climate, direct access to the Gulf of Mexico, artificial reefs, a unique slowly sloping continental shelf, and an abundance of freshwater feeds. From grass flats and mangrove systems in our inshore ecological system, to the deeper channels throughout the bay and Intracoastal Waterway, anglers have the opportunity to catch anything from sharks to Goliath grouper. The potential for the catch of a lifetime exists on every cast.

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Winter Bulldogs Out Of Ocean City, Maryland By Tom Schlichter

Ron McClelland caught this 24-pound blackfish aboard the Fish Bound out of Ocean City, Md. in April of 2018. Mate Kevin Twilley helps hoist the beast. Photo courtesy of Fish Bound Charters.

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enneth Westerfeld was expecting a big blackfish when he set up on a solid, single-tug while wreck fishing out of Ocean City, Md. back in January of 2015. What he wasn’t expecting was a new International Game Fish Association (IGFA) world record at the end of the line.

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“We were into big blackfish right off the bat,” explained the Queens, N.Y. angler, “and I knew immediately when I set the hook that this was a double-digit white chin. I got three quick turns on the reel and then all I could do was hold the rod high and tight while she dove for the wreck. More than half way to the top, however, she got a second wind and tore 40 feet of line from my drag, which was nearly locked tight. I couldn’t believe the power. That’s when I knew this one was more than special.” When the monstrous bulldog finally hit the deck, Westerfeld was stunned by its size. Back at Sunset Marina in Ocean City, the huge white chin officially tipped the scales at 28 pounds, 8 ounces. That blackfish, still the all tackle world record for the tough-lipped bottom feeders, was decked aboard Capt. Kane Bounds’ six-pack charter boat Fish Bound, a vessel on which Westerfeld has taken several ’teen-sized bulldogs over the years. “I’m convinced there’s even bigger blackfish in Maryland waters,” he said. “A couple of years ago, an experienced SCUBA diver reported seeing two giant blackfish on an offshore reef there—the smaller one he estimated at 30 pounds.” Capt. Kane agrees that bigger fish probably lurk in the 80- to 150-foot depths where he concentrates most of his blackfish efforts. “I think our ’tog have a little longer growing season than up north,” he reasoned. “That makes a difference with a fish that can live more than 30 years. In 2017 alone, we had five that broke the 20-pound mark. Three of those were released.” You’ll want to fish heavy in these waters if giant ’tog are your target. Bounds recommended conventional outfits with smooth drags and 50- to 60-pound test braided lines. He also goes big on hooks, choosing 5/0 and 6/0 sizes over more traditional 3/0 and 4/0 selections. Expect to need 8 to 12 ounces of lead to get to the bottom. Monster blackfish bite right through the winter months, with many of the largest fish decked each year in February, March and April. Westerfeld advised anglers looking for the blackfish of a lifetime to use fluorocarbon leaders no matter which rigs or hooks they choose. “Maryland’s waters are pretty clear in the winter and low visibility fluorocarbon leaders really provide an edge,” he said. “Seaguar’s 60-lb. test Blue Label fluorocarbon leaders have worked well for me. They have great abrasion resistance and impact strength, plus very little stretch—three things you really need with these brutes.” To fish with Capt. Kane on the six-passenger Fish Bound, contact: www. fishboundcharter.com; 443-497-1361. Open boat fans can check out the Morning Star (http://morningstarfishing.com; 410-520-2076).

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Central Florida Bass Are On The Beds By Nick Carter • Photo by Brett Cannon

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hile largemouth bass across much of the country remain hunkered down in a winter pattern, bass in central Florida are running full tilt in all three stages of the spawn. Right now tournament angler and guide Ricky Congero is wearing out big Florida strain largemouths on the eight Kissimmee Chain lakes around Orlando. Whether you’re an angler in need of a road trip or if you’re sitting in an easy chair waiting on your reservoir to get right, Congero’s tactics might help steer you to the largemouth of a lifetime. Starting in November and December, Kissimmee largemouths begin staging up in prespawn behaviors. The first big waves of fish hit the flats toward the end of January. They’ll move in and out with the passage of cold fronts, but from January into early March there will be fish in all stages of the spawn. The key to locating them among miles of thick vegetation is to find hard-bottomed shallow flats. “You can pattern them year-round based on the spawning flats,” Congero said. “During prespawn, they’ll be staged in the first grass maybe

100 yards off those flats. Postspawn, they’ll move out into the dense hydrilla and hyacinth.” Congero starts by covering water with moving baits like swim jigs and Chatterbaits in search of bass preparing to move up. When the smaller males arrive on the flats to fan out beds, it’s an indicator that fishing is about to get very good. “If you start catching a bunch of young bucks on the flats, the big females won’t be far behind,” he said. In the tannic waters of the Kissimmee lakes, it’s difficult to spot fish on the bed. Instead of sight fishing, Congero looks for the locations big females prefer. “You always find the bigger females bedded on isolated pads, as opposed to the big clumps of pads,” he said. “They’ll spawn right at the base of the stem.” And while heavy braid and heavy-duty tackle are mainstays for hossing big fish out of thick vegetation, fishing beds requires stealth and finesse. Sizing down to 17- or 20-pound fluorocarbon, Congero likes a short 5- or 6-inch Senko. A staple on the Kissimmee lakes is black with a blue tail. He Texas rigs it with 1-ounce tungsten bullet weight, which is pegged to the head of the worm. This allows him to feel when his bait hits the stalk, at which time he lets it sit on the bottom until the bass picks it up. “Don’t set the hook as soon as you feel her pick it up,” he warned. “She might just have the tail in her mouth and you’ll come back with half a worm. Wait until she’s swimming off with it. Reel up all the slack and give her a second or two before you set it.” For a guided trip, contact Congero at (973) 6998981 or email info@blackcloudfishing.com. Follow him on Instagram @Ricky_Congero.

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of New Smyrna Beach, sat down on an area so packed with hungry sailfish that it looked like a feeding frenzy under his boat. Grubbs felt it was going to yield some fish, and ran there because he knew it would produce bites. Few, if any, in the fleet knew his plan. By noon, the cat was out of the bag. Big time. He wound up with a Treasure Coast area then single-day record 38 sailfish catches that day and a substantial lead on his competitors, known to be some of the best sailfish skippers in the western hemisphere. Teams racked up catches of an incredible 86 double-headers, 45 triples and 15 quads. It was truly staggering. On Jan. 10 the fleet followed the leader, Grubbs and crew, to the fertile fishing grounds off the Space Coast and helped him achieve something many experienced sailfish specialists thought could only be accomplished in Mexico or Costa Rica. The captains called it epic and incredible, unbelievable and amazing. But it wouldn’t last. On Jan. 11 the fish had either scattered a bit, moved back north out of range, or simply quit biting, like fish of any species do. The fleet of 27 fishing that day picked up “just” 93 releases. Saturday, with a smaller fleet fishing because of lay days mandated by tournament rules, those numbers dwindled more. The final day anglers tallied only 29 releases, reminiscent of the season’s start in December when sailfish bites were very hard to come by.

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fear of sharks in the mind of any reader, yet a healthy respect for these beautifully adapted beasts would appear to be justified…” It took the PR genius of Jacques Cousteau to popularize this science and help dispel unnecessary fear of sharks. The air of authority gained from his highly regarded TV series lent credence to his book “The Shark: Splendid Savage of the Sea,” in which he documented divers regularly interacting with sharks. Sharks were becoming accepted in the diving world. But there was a bump in the road. At the same time “Shark Attack” appeared, Peter Benchley published Jaws. His depiction of sharks as malevolent killing machines was promptly translated to visual form in Steven Spielberg’s movie adaptation. The impressions from those twin horror assaults did eventually fade, but for quite a while it was the rare diver who didn’t experience flashbacks of huge toothy mouths while doing back entries. The twenty-first century has seen divers’ attitudes shift even more favorably toward sharks. Today many divers want to encounter sharks. They regularly visit sites naturally frequented by sharks in hopes of diving alongside these majestic fish. When diving Jupiter during the winter shark migration, your chances for shark encounters skyrocket! According to Shana Phelan of Singer Island’s Pura Vida Divers, “The most common sharks we see year round are nurse sharks, reef sharks and lemons. Our most active shark months are in the winter, with lemons in January and blacktips in January and February. Winter sightings are most likely at Shark Canyon and on some of the wrecks.” Shark Canyon, here I come! Pura Vida Divers hosts regular shark dives in February. To learn more about these awesome creatures, book a PADI Shark Conservation Specialty Diver class, or hop aboard their next charter. Contact Pura Vida Divers at 561-840-8750 or visit www.PuraVidaDivers.com.

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Depending how much you fish, drag washers should be replaced periodically or in some cases cleaned to remove the grit and grime. A basic test for drag washers is to start by tightening down the drag and pulling line off the reel by hand. If the line is slipping or jerky as you pull, it’s time to change out the drag’s washer. We’ve learned that replacement should be what the manufacturer recommends; substituting could change the dynamics of the reel performance. Wet or dry drag washers? That’s a discussion in itself. We let our customers decide what they want. Regular cleaning of your fishing equipment is essential for peak performance. If nothing else, rinsing with fresh water will help. Our company has developed the product 4 Reel Cleaner. Just spray on after each use and you’ll dramatically extend the lifetime of any reel by eliminating harmful salts, grit, stains, mold and blood. It’s also safe on all fishing lines including braids, mono and fly lines. Whether you service the reels yourself or send them out, reels should be completely torn down, parts cleaned and inspected for wear. Inspect bearings for noise or binding. Check for worn or broken drag washers, and replace them if needed. Then re-assemble reels using the highest quality lubrication available. 4 Reel Services has been serving the fishing community since 2006 in southeast Florida. We service a full spectrum of reels including salt and freshwater reels, power-assist reels, electric reels and downriggers. For information about 4 Reel Services, visit at www.4ReelServices.com or call 561-509-9055. For information about 4 Reel Products and 4 Reel Cleaner, visit www.4ReelProducts.com or call 561348-1125.

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assion! It's a word that can bring to mind many things. February is the month of hearts, flowers and chocolate as we remember those most important to us during Valentine’s Day. Sure, it's just another greeting card holiday, but also a reminder of finding passion in our lives. What is your passion? For me it’s time on the water. Lines out, tunes cranking, and spending time with family and friends enjoying the open seas. I never feel more connected to nature and my place on this planet then when I am offshore fishing. Finding your passion isn’t about a career or money. It’s about finding your authentic self. The one you have buried beneath the needs of other people in your life. If you can’t stop thinking about it then you shouldn’t stop doing it. Be fearless as you are in pursuit of what sets a fire in your soul. No matter your passion, pursue it with all your heart. February is a great month for fishing in South Florida. Sailfishing should be red hot all month long as cold fronts come through more regularly. The wahoo bite should still be solid around the new and full moons and bigger blackfin tunas should start to show up. Freshwater fishing will also be heating up this month. As water levels and temperatures drop, the bigger female bass will be feeding aggressively as they get ready to spawn. Get out there and bend a rod! Keep reelin,

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when the current exceeds more that 2 mph and prefer less than 1 mph. If amberjack are present in good numbers, the current isn’t a deal breaker. The key is to mark the fish on your bottom machine and proceed to calculate the drift. I usually stop over or near my target and put the boat in neutral while watching my drift on the plotter. Once I figure out which way the boat will drift and how fast, I motor up current and drop. Fat muttons or grouper are suckers for a pinfish but will eat other baits as well if pinfish aren’t available. Another great option is a medium blue runner. Both of these baits can easily be caught on the way out to the fishing grounds or

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penned up ahead of time. Some of these wrecks are located in depths exceeding 250’ so a hardy bait is a must. Don’t bother dropping a small pilchard or small herring because most of the time, they won’t survive the first drop. Tackle for wreck fishing should include some sort of conventional rod and reel spooled with a minimum of 50 pound test braid. Although some may think that heavy line is a great idea, keep in mind that a larger diameter line will tend to rise up in the current and require more weight. Also, I like to use large non offset circle hooks along with a long leader. Use at 25 feet of 50 pound monofilament leader. On large baits, it is a good idea to bridle

the bait for better hook ups. My last piece of advice is to utilize your rod holders, but only if they are through bolted and have a backing plate. Some of these fish will rip off a poorly secured rod holder, so don’t take any chances. Using a bent butt rod and working it from the holder will save your back and give you a better chance of turning an angry fish. Your back will definitely thank you too. Although you’ll catch a lot of jacks doing this, many times you’ll be pleasantly surprised. I always get excited when the fish stops fighting hard halfway to the surface. Grouper and snapper usually stop fighting hard when their bladder fills with air. Since grouper season is closed until May, you may want to carry a release tool that can vent unwanted fish so they can swim safely, back to the bottom. As you can see, February is full of possibilities. Not only will the fishing be great but you’ll get to enjoy the best South Florida weather. Just remember to bundle up on those cold mornings and evenings. If you’re interested in getting in on the action just give us a call and we can make it happen. Don’t forget to keep up with the latest reports, pictures and news by following me on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and YOUTUBE. FRIENDS AND SPONSORS: Mercury Marine, Bass Pro Shops, Offshore Angler, Costa Sunglasses, Taco Marine, Betts Tackle, Xtratuf, SeaDek, ACRARTEX, Aquatic Nutrition, Tigress, Baitmasters and Cuda Brand.

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By Chris Fay

ahoo fishing can be tricky, but it can also be a blast! My name is Chris Fay and my favorite fish to target would definitely be the elusive wahoo. I work on a local charter boat, Poseidon Too, out of Deerfield Beach. We fish a lot and put in a lot of time and effort searching for a bite from the hardest hitting fish in the ocean. Fishing for wahoo requires patience, a little skill and lots of luck! By luck, I mean having everything come together. From the tides, moon and current, to the bait, and most importantly, your tackle. There are many things you can’t control offshore, such as losing a fish boat side or getting your fish eaten by shark, but one thing you do have control over is the tackle you’re fishing. Spend the time at home making sure your line is fresh, your knots or crimps are fresh and your hooks are super sharp. Lay out the baits and colors you want to fish and be prepared for battle. Sometimes these fish will only feed for a very short period of time and you don’t want to be spending your time re rigging while the bite is hot. Some techniques for targeting wahoo here in South Florida are high speed trolling with leads, planer fishing and fishing live bullet bonitos or tunas. I would say my favorite way to target them would be using a number 6 and number 8 planer attached with 50 feet of 50 pound monofilament to 20 feet of 50 pound fluorocarbon to number 7 wire with double 7/0 Mustad hooks. You can pull bonita strips, split tail mullet, ballyhoo or spoons. All of those are great baits. I like to use sea witches or Iland lures to cover up my tackle along with a fresh bonita strip purchased from a local tackle shop. You can also buy pre rigged shock leaders on yoyos made for the planer or to use high speed trolling as well. Colors are very important to me, depending on the day, the clarity of the water and most importantly the type of baitfish in the water. I like to use dark colors, such as red and black or purple and black when the water is clean and the sky is clear. I will switch it up and fish a lot of pink and white, pink and blue or even all white, especially when the moon is full and the water is dirty. Have confidence in your baits, continue to check your baits and make sure they are fishing properly and tracking through the water the way you like them to. The inlets have a constant flow of water and that’s a great area to find feeding fish, especially during the first few hours of daylight. I find that the first few hours and the last few hours of the incoming or outgoing tides, particularly around the new and full moons are the best times to target wahoo. Pay attention to which way the current is going and the sea state of the ocean and that will determine how fast you can troll. Be sure to troll the wrecks. Hit every side of them. Don’t just pass a wreck once and keep moving. Wrecks hold all kinds of bait because of the structure, and as you all know, usually where there is bait there is fish! Wake up early and get out before the crowds as wahoo like to feed In low light conditions and will get finicky as the sun comes up. Most importantly have fun while you’re fishing. Put your time in and you will have success. Fish hard from 90 to 400 feet of water, with my favorite depth being roughly 120 to 300 feet. Pay attention to your fish finder and look for any temperature change, even if it is only a half of a degree. Keep your baits fresh, your tackle in order and get ready for the most exciting reel screaming action you’ve ever had!

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