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ust over a year ago, all of us in South Florida experienced Hurricane Irma on some level. Fortunately, those of us in Broward and Miami Dade Counties, escaped with minimal damage. We all know that the Lower Keys were devastated. However, a small community just an hour and a half from both Fort Lauderdale and Miami was hit just as hard. Chokoloskee, Everglades City and Plantation Island make up this small fishing village and just like the Florida Keys, they depend on tourism to drive their economy. After the storm had passed, we pressed on and published an October issue while thinking of ways we could help the folks in the Lower Keys. Once the publishing deadline had passed, we put a plan in motion to bring whatever kind of aid we could to the folks in the Keys. Then I saw a video on facebook about how badly the folks of Chokoloskee, Everglades City and Plantation Island were doing. We shifted gears and decided that our help was needed more there. Upon arrival, it was clear that we made the right choice. Many of the homes were destroyed by the storm surge. Those that were not destroyed, were left with two to three feet of toxic mud inside of them. The streets were lined with now useless furniture and appliances and debris of all kinds. We passed out supplies and had the opportunity to meet some very proud people that were hesitant to receive a hand out. It was humbling to say the least as it could have very well been us in Fort Lauderdale or Miami that bore the brunt of Irma. Through our aid trips, I was able to meet an old customer that I had only ever spoken with on the phone. Capt. Skip Strong lives on Plantation Island and owns Mr. Wiffelure which manufactures soft plastic baits. Though the circumstances were not ideal, Skip and I met face to face for the first time and he educated me on the area

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and promised to invite us back for a fishing trip when things got back to normal. A few weeks ago, that fishing trip came to fruition on a half day trip with sixth generation native and guide, Capt. Rodney Raffield of Everglades Backcountry Experience. We left the dock just before sunrise and headed towards the Gulf of Mexico. On the way out, we saw lots of pelicans and then came across a majestic blue heron. Skip asked Rodney if he had seen any roseate spoonbills and Rodney took us right to them. There had to be fifty of them nesting on an isolated mangrove island. We took a few pictures and decided it was time to go fishing. Capt. Rodney took us to a spot that he knew was holding trout and handed me a light spinning outfit with a quarter ounce jig head rigged with a pearl colored, shad body Mr. Wiffelure. After just a few casts it was on. In short order, we had a total of 15 seatrout and 4 of them were on ice in the fishbox. As the tide was beginning to change, we went looking for some snook. Once again, Rodney positioned the boat and told us where to cast. This time, I was throwing a root beer colored Mr. Wiffelure on an eighth ounce jig head. On my second cast, I was tight with a small snook. I brought him to the boat and quickly released him. I threw my third cast in the same spot and hooked up with the first snook’s twin. As we slowly motored to another spot, I asked Rodney how Irma had affected fishing. He said, “Our area was devastated by Irma and it took quite some time for things to resume something close to normal. From a fishing standpoint it started looking good by November, with a lot of mackerel, bluefish, and trout showing up in our area. Snook and redfish were not all that plentiful until the spring of this year. As

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of this month fishing looks great with high numbers of reds and snook being caught on good high tides. The area as a whole has made progress, but with only one restaurant open through this summer and only one of our 2 convenience stores open, the effects of Irma are still apparent. All in all, we are survivors and we will make a full comeback. Again from a fishing standpoint it is as good as I have seen in a long time and I am looking forward to a productive season. Come visit the Everglades City and Chokoloskee area and you will not be disappointed.� On the day, we ended up with 15 seatrout, 6 snook, 2 sailcats, 1 redfish and 1 baby goliath grouper. We had nonstop action and fished nothing but Mr. Wiffelures on eighth and quarter ounce jig heads. It’s clear that the fishing is good and the community is recovering. The best thing we can do to help the local economy is to book fishing trips and motel rooms as the season begins this month. If you would like to experience the Chokoloskee area and learn from one of the most knowledgeable guides in the area, Capt. Rodney Raffield is your man. Call him at 239-695-4626 to book your trip and let him know that Coastal Angler sent you.

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dolphin can be seen “spraying” big schools of ballyhoo in as shallow as 25 feet of water. This is a common occurrence down in the Florida Keys but very seasonal off Miami. If you use live ballyhoo and look for frigate birds on the edge of the reef line, you can often find dolphin in the 50 to 100 foot range chasing bait. The vantage of a tower definitely helps in these situations, but if you get lucky there are few types of fishing more fun than chasing dolphin on the reef. Aside from the time of year, wind speed and direction is a big factor for determining the best depth to fish for mahi mahi. When looking at the wind it is important to consider conditions on the day you fish in addition to a few days prior to your outing. With little to no wind, weed lines usually start in about 1000 feet of water and you may fish as deep as 2000 feet. If you are fishing after a few days of moderate east wind, the seaweed, floating debris and baitfish may get pushed closer to shore. If this is the case, the fish may be in 800-1100 feet of water. Making a long run is counterproductive on days like this because you may overshoot the most productive areas. After a big blow with 20 knot plus winds for 3 or more days, the fish are sometimes pushed all hen we post a picture or video catching dolphin, the way onto the edge. we are instantly messaged, texted and called for It’s days like these where reports. Most people have the same question. How Now that’s a boat load of quality fish may be caught far out are the fish? With 50 miles of water between dolphin! in 300 to 800 feet of water. Miami and Bimini, narrowing down where to fish can If you are fishing on a windy definitely save time, fuel and effort. or overcast day, sight fishing When determining where to focus our efforts there are a handful of variables we take into consideration. The first is the time of year. Dolphin can be a bit more difficult. It’s conditions such as these where we may are usually further offshore during warmer months. During June through spend more effort looking for birds to help us find the fish. During fall September, they cruise north in the Gulf Stream while looking for areas we get some big pushes of northeast wind so it’s not uncommon to find with structure for both protection and predation. They look for seaweed, dolphin in shallower water. If you are fishing after the wind has blown from the west for a few days, floating debris and and more. During winter we catch many of our dolphin on the edge, closer to shore. There isn’t as much sargassum seaweed the structure as well as the fish may be pushed further out. It’s days like during the cooler months so many of the fish are prowling the drop off these where 20 plus mile runs are not uncommon. If you find a nice rip it can definitely pay off. from 100 to 300 feet where there is usually more bait. On many days there are multiple weed lines that usually run south to During October and November we actually see some interesting behavior from many pelagic species in the Miami area. During fall, huge north when its calm or east to west when it is blowing. Trolling parallel schools of ballyhoo and finger mullet make their way along the coast. to these weed lines is a great way to narrow down productive areas. Always look for bait, birds and any sign of life. If one weed line is barren, Ballyhoo usually stay near the reef but during push further offshore and work each consecutive line until you find October in particular, they are never safe. one that is productive. It is important to use binoculars while This time of year, sailfish, kingfish and even looking for fish and it also helps to listen to the radio.

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hooting in clear water for Florida’s most challenging fish…here’s some tips: Long shots are required, so spearguns should be between 48 to 60 inches, if American or around 110 to 150 centimeters, if Euro style. These guns look like rifles but are shot like pistols, with one or both arms fully extended and elbows locked, bracing for the kick from strong bands. Pick a gun, and get it banded as powerful as you like, within it’s rating, for the shaft length, diameter and the tip (spearhead), and stay with it. Don’t keep changing guns! You need consistency, especially if you are new to spearfishing. Good dive shops and most manufacturers can advise you on customizing your gun. I have 5 spearguns now, down

naturally. There have been scattered blackfin tuna reports off Fort Lauderdale and Miami on the jig

from 8, and will soon cut to 4. Only 2 go diving frequently. My #3 gun is a large bluewater mid-handle float rig I use occasionally, and gun #4 is a 50 inch I used for poorer visibility, and haven’t shot in years. Speargun #2 is a Daryl Wong 55 inch rear-handle plus, enclosed track all teak real gun. I use a 5/16” single flopper spear, band sometimes switch to a threaded slip-tip. The shooting line is 400 pound mono, double wrapped to the fin. With three 5/8” bands, it can shoot to the fully extended length of 23’ 9”, from muzzle to spear tip. That’s a definite “Downtown” long shot! 23’9” just happens to be the length of the NBA 3-point shot from the top of the key. This gun has taken down big red snappers, cobia and AJ’s on oil rigs, along with mutton snappers, black and gag groupers and much more, mostly freediving. Speargun #1 is a Sea Hornet freeshafter, from A.B. Biller,

over the deep wrecks. You can get some nice 10 to 15 pounders doing a small drift over the wrecks. My jig of choice has always been

Wayne and Yen with a personal best 31 inch black grouper.

from the early 1980s. It carries 1 to 3 flopper shafts and an Underwater Kinetics Mini Q 40 eLED light. That’s it! No lines, no reels, no floats…freediving and scuba Technical Spearfishing.

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the pink or purple and black. You can also get lucky and jig up a nice African pompano and amberjack over those wrecks while fishing for tuna. The glow in the dark tiger striped jigs have always been my go to for reef donkeys. You can still get the occasional wahoo around the moons on an outgoing tide around the South Florida inlets. Look for the color changes in 180 to 250 feet of water. For those freshwater anglers looking for some nice peacock bass, the reports are that there have been some very solid sized peacocks landed in lately which is good news for anglers. I recently landed a stud 8 pounder in Pompano Beach. I always use live shiners as my go to bait for peacocks. With light tackle these fish pack a punch. Top water lures in the bigger lakes and ponds have also been pretty decent for peacocks. For more on Extreme Kayak Fishing and Joe Hector follow us on Instagram @extremekayakfishing or @joe.hector.kayak.

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With a single 26” x 3/4” band it shoots over 40 feet. It has taken 20 times more prime fish than all my other guns combined. See www.floridaskindiver.com/ spearfishingphotos.htm The best advice I can give you is to shoot your gun hundreds of times, then hundreds more again. Shoot targets like flattened cans if there are no fish around. You will develop the ability to shoot fish accurately, like an NBA 3 point shooter. DeeperBlue.com, the world’s largest freediving, scuba diving, and spearfishing community, is now posting my 20 chapter “Beginners Guide to Spearfishing.” Check it out at www.deeperblue. com. Shoot straight and often!

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2 days before you go fishing is also very important. So take on some type of regimen to keep you going. I strongly suggest it to improve your angling game and skills. If fishing is truly something you enjoy and would like to continue for many, many years, take care of yourself! Remember this game is about

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preparation putting in your time on and off the water. If you've been lucky enough to get out and fish over the last month between the storms, you may notice the bite’s been a little tough. Not only is the bite tough, but the heat and humidity have been brutal. Finding areas where the bite is consistent has been hard. The daily storms and winds constantly move the bait and fish around. When you find them in areas, stay on them! On to the hot spots. #1 - Lake Okeechobee: The cool thing now on the lake is how do you wanna catch them. For those of you who like to catch them deep, there's a really good bite offshore. Use rattletraps, spinnerbaits and swimbaits that run deep. Then you have the typical patterns in the grass. Swim jigs, swimbaits and giant sinkos worked and dragged through the grass will get you hooked up. #2 - Mile marker 35: The fish are up shallow on the top of the ledges under the pads. Snake 16 to 18 inch worms through the pads. Swimbaits, swim jigs, chatterbaits and flukes will get it done. There is also a good ledge bite. I like to Texas rig or Carolina rig a big worm and drag them off or up the ledges. I like just enough weight to get to worm down and feel the bottom. You can also swim them. #3 - Holey Land: There are good numbers of fish here and there’s always the potential of catching a giant. For numbers I like throwing flukes, sinkos and jerkbaits. For the giants I like to work a jig on the bottom or worming like mentioned above.

#4 - Holiday Park: Fishing in the park can be really good. Stay out of the heavy moving water and look for the little eddies. They're all holding big fish. Swim jigs have been my best bait to consistently catch big ones. #5 - Sawgrass: The park is also producing fish in good numbers. All techniques mentioned above will produce. The peacock bass fishery in South Florida has reached a whole other dimension. People are coming from all over the United States to South Florida just to target the peacock bass. Why fly to South America when you can book a trip with a top local guide and go home with sore arms and thumbs. The top bait for peacocks are live shiners. I like the fish mine on light fluorocarbon with small hooks. For artificials, nothing beats a jerkbait. I also like small spinnerbaits, rattletraps, topwater bladed baits and some home made specials. As always, I like to wish you some great fishing. I hope this helped you out. If you'd ever like to reach out to me for additional info please feel free to do so. I love to talk fishing. Till next time tight lines and bent rods,

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and-based shark fishing (LBSF) has been enjoyed by anglers along the coastlines of Florida for many decades with limited spotlight, public concern, or ecological evaluation. While events such as deceased large hammerhead and tiger sharks appearing on several beaches in 2017 catalyzed a deeper examination of this type of fishing, greater exposure due to social media and a growing popularity of LBSF has also driven the need for a review by the Florida Wildlife Commission (FWC). This summer the FWC established 10 workshops around the state during the months of July and August for discussion and feedback on ideas for proposed policy and guideline implementation for LBSF. These forums were open to the public. I attended the FWC Workshop in Melbourne, Fla. on Aug. 27. I was not surprised that there was a full room, mostly of concerned citizens, including several local mayors as well as a few activists. Notably, the concern was mostly about public safety regarding this type of fishing from citizens, while activists pushed shark welfare. Anglers comprised a vocal 20 or so percent of the room. As Bob Dylan sang, “the times, they are a-changing.” As anglers, we are faced with issues and dilemmas our previous generations did not have. Global fisheries are under attack, while coastal fisheries are under increasing regulation. In Florida, coastal fisheries have shown tremendous progress with recovery of shark populations, as noted by the FWC in the meeting. The fear at hand by anglers is penalizing the LBSF community. These anglers, who pride themselves on a catch and release mentality, range from recreational fishermen to professional land-based charter guides. For some, this type of fishing provides a means for a way of life, while for others it’s a challenging sport unlike any other. A strong debate is embracing the positive, such as using LBSF as an opportunity for data collection and scientific research. For example, NOAA provides free tagging kits for any angler interested in tagging sharks prior to release as well as reporting tags on caught sharks. During the workshop, the FWC presented a number of topics for discussion and feedback, all of which can be found on their website in a downloadable presentation. The highlights included: 1. Special Permits for LBSF – There was overwhelming support of this by all parties (this would include education requirement with limited to no cost for the permit). 2. Restricting time/locations for LBSF – nighttime hours only and/or restrictions from certain public beaches. 3. Expanded Rules for Prohibited Species – prohibiting shorebased tournaments for certain species, restrictions on handling (keep in water), and use of specific gear to maximize survival of released sharks. While the above are merely preliminary recommendations and an outright ban on land-based shark fishing does not appear to be imminent, further data-driven research would lead to true long-term solutions for protecting sharks, supporting anglers, and informing the general public with policies that work for everyone. We shall await the decisions of the commission in December.

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