Coastal Angler Magazine | March 2019 | Mississippi Gulf Coast

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Bimini Bay Sets A New Standard With BloodGuard Apparel By CAM Staff

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Bay an industry leader in today’s outdoor apparel industry. Always in the forefront of new fabric technology, Bimini Bay has also been a manufacturing leader in creating moisture management systems. Their shirts are engineered to keep the body comfortable and dry by drawing moisture to the fabric’s surface (wicking) where it can quickly evaporate. Now, with the introduction of their BloodGuard line, they have set a new standard in the industry. Try one of these new BloodGuard shirts for yourself. Blood washes right off with only water. No more bringing detergents or peroxide on the boat or dock to spare your favorite fishing shirt. Designed and tested in the field with real anglers, this new line of outdoor apparel is destined to set a new standard in the industry.

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rom the offshore fishing boats of the Florida Keys to the mountains of upstate New York, Bimini Bay clothing has long been known as the first choice of the active sportsman. Their rugged line of men’s and women’s clothing combines functional outdoor styling with today’s latest technical fabrics. Now, through a patented nano technology process, Bimini Bay introduces a major breakthrough in outdoor apparel. Their new BloodGuard apparel line is nothing short of amazing. Blood and grime effortlessly rinses away. Powered by Nanotex, this new proprietary apparel forms a barrier against all types of blood, dirt and bio-stains. As with all their outdoor apparel, attractive pricing, attention to detail, contemporary styling and a generous fit are all part of what makes Bimini

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he origins of Salt Life are pure. With two simple words in a scrawling font, the iconic brand began as a tattoo inked on the backs of a couple of surfing fishermen in Jacksonville Beach, Fla. Four hard-core watermen began grassroots promotion of the design in 2003, selling bumper stickers and T-shirts. During the humble early years, no one foresaw the eventual scope of the worldwide phenomenon they had launched. Salt Life has come to represent everything everyone loves about the ocean. At a glance, the now-familiar logo proudly displays a love of the saltwater lifestyle. Fisherman and diver Jeff Stillwell, who just happens to be president of Salt Life, said he is blessed to be part of the phenomenon. “Whatever attracts you to the water, Salt Life represents that,” he said. “If you happen to love to fish, it means fishing to you. I happen to be an avid diver. It means diving to me. If you’re a surfer, it means surfing. If you just like hanging out on the beach and enjoying a cold beverage, it means that.” No longer just T-shirts and decals, Salt Life has grown to include a huge assortment of gear and apparel. Two concepts accompany all their offerings. The first holds true to the original message, a devotion to the coastal lifestyle and its fashions. The second builds on those roots by coupling fashion with performance in gear and apparel that helps customers better enjoy water-based activities. From high-performance sunglasses, featuring the best Zeiss polarized lenses, to technical clothing for fishing, surfing, diving, paddleboarding and beach-sitting, Salt Life has you covered. Stillwell mentioned Salt Life’s new Fusion Performance Pocket Fishing Shirts as an example of innovative design that will appeal to anglers. It’s got UV30 sun protection and ventilation, and it’s got something else you won’t find on other fishing shirts. “It really came upon me sitting on the back of a boat, fishing a tournament,” Stillwell said. “Every time that reel goes off, you start looking for things. I don’t know why no one has ever done this, but we took one of these high-performance shirts and put pockets on the back of it. When that reel goes off, I don’t have to look for gloves or a pair of pliers. Whatever I need, I’ve got it right there with me. ’Cause once I get in that chair, I’m going to be there for a while.” Only an angler would recognize the need for this kind of design, and it’s this kind of innovation that has made Salt Life a lot more than just a cool logo. Stillwell said they’ve got a line of waterproof gear on the horizon, and he’s excited about the territory expansion of Salt Life Lager. Yep… Salt Life launched an easy-drinking beer to celebrate its 15th anniversary in 2018. “It goes hand-in-hand with our lifestyle,” Stillwell said. “We’re all out there on the water for a great fun-filled day in the sun, and at the end of the day our customer loves to kick back, as do I, with a nice cold beer.” But all the fun, and all the success, comes with responsibility. Without healthy oceans to play in, there would be no Salt Life. The company has joined with conservation organizations like Artificial Reefs International and Roatan Marine Park in protecting and enhancing the resources so that future generations can enjoy living the Salt Life.

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APPAREL Product Reviews Fish Hippie Performance Trucker Hat Fish Hippie was created by anglers as a celebration of the lifestyle. Their water-based Performance Trucker Hats meld performance with classic styling that tops off the look of an angler dedicated to the water. With back venting of a classic trucker hat and a performance bend structure front, these hats are 100 percent polyester for breathability and quick drying. New for spring 2019, they are available in seafoam and navy. Fish Hippie truckers sport a classic look and an even better fit with snapback closure, a semi-flat bill, and designs and colors for everyone.

fishhippie.com GILLZ CoolCore Shirts GILLZ shirts are mechanically engineered with CoolCore patented fabric, offering chemical-free cooling technology that never washes out. They are lightweight, soft, durable and cool—30 percent cooler than the competition. CoolCore has changed cooling fabric technology by redesigning the actual fabric, so unlike shirts with applied chemicals that wear off with use and repeated washings, GILLZ gear stays cool and protects for the long haul. Get out on the water with GILLZ and have all of the fun and none of the sun!

gillz-gear.com Hook & Tackle Wicked Dry & Cool Hi-Performance Fishing Shirt Hook & Tackle’s new collection of Wicked Dry & Cool Hi-Performance Fishing Shirts are made of a superior soft breakthrough Micro-Poly that wicks moisture while keeping you cool. It also features quick dry, radial sleeves for expansive arm movement, odor resistance and UPF 50+ for maximum sun protection. Available in many styles from sizes XS-3XL.

hookandtackle.com Hooked Soul Performance Apparel Hooked Soul 100 percent microfiber performance apparel features SPF 50 sun protection, Pure-Tech moisture wicking technology, vibrant colors and vivid graphics. When you wear Hooked Soul, you will look cool and be cool, too. Hooked Soul produces many designs of performance wear for men and women and also T-shirts, hats and accessories like neck gaiters and gloves. To check out the full line of Hooked Soul apparel and accessories, go to www. hookedsoul.com. Hooked Soul, do you have it!

hookedsoul.com King Kracken Outdoor Clothing King Kracken Outdoor Clothing Co. offers a one-of-a-kind fishing shirt featuring hand-drawn designs and bold graphics in a breathable polyester blend that dries quickly and boasts 50+ SPF protection. King Kracken shirts are hand-stitched and come with a 100 percent guarantee and free size exchanges. From $45, they are available in men’s sizes S to 4XL and Women’s S, M and L.

KingKracken.com Kluch Geo Marlin Collection Check out the latest collection from Kluch Apparel. Introducing the Geo Marlin collection represented by animals escaping out of their geometric forms. This series encourages us to “unleash the beast” within ourselves, to be risk takers, wild, free and adventurous.

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APPAREL Product Reviews Bimini Bay BloodGuard Shirt Fishing involves a lot of dirt, bait, blood, scales and guts. Realizing the inherent messy nature of the sport, Bimini Bay has introduced new BloodGuard technology that will keep your favorite fishing apparel looking sharp no matter how good—and gory—it gets on the water. Developed with Nanotex, a provider of textile solutions for military and medical applications, BloodGuard repels all types of stains, especially blood and guts. Bimini Bay is so confident in its BloodGuard technology that it has offered a one-year limited warranty against stains on a wide range of performance fishing clothing equipped with BloodGuard.

biminibayclothing.com Old Guys Rule Old Guys Rule introduces their five design offerings for the angler. Their 100 percent cotton tees in short or long sleeve make the perfect statement for the over-40 crowd. Once considered to be primarily related to the surfing industry, Old Guys Rule now covers a complete gamut of recreational pursuits. Be the first angler on the dock making the iconic statement, “Old Guys Rule.” For more information, visit http://oldguysrule.fishing or call 866-465-9640.

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Poncho: “The World’s Best Fishing Shirt.” Poncho is a new company that makes just one thing: a fishing shirt. We like that focus. Poncho calls their shirt “The World’s Best Fishing Shirt.” We’re impressed with the fast-drying fabric and innovative magnetic pocket flaps, which you can easily open with one hand. Smart details like a built-in eyeglass cleaner, slot to hang your sunglasses, roll-up sleeve tabs, and hidden zipper pocket will make anglers happy. They even go the extra mile by offering both relaxed and slim sizes. Poncho founder Clay Spencer grew up fishing the humid Texas coast. He’s also a former Alaskan fly fishing guide, so he knows a thing or two about extreme conditions. Clay said, “I made the Poncho shirt for guys who are serious about being comfortable on the water and don’t want a bunch of gimmicks. I cut the velcro, loops and baggy pockets. This shirt is made to have everything you need—and nothing you don’t.” Get a free hat with purchase of a shirt with code COASTALMAG. For more information, visit www. ponchooutdoors.com or contact Clay at clay@ponchooutdoors.com.

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Realtree Fishing Men’s 1/4 Zip Wind Shirt The Realtree Fishing Men’s 1/4 Zip Wind Shirt provides anglers with unique colors suited for a variety of freshwater and saltwater adventures. Making use of the the new Realtree Fishing Pattern, all styles come equipped with sun protection SPF30 and moisture-wicking dry-weave ventilated fabric for increased breathability to make sure you’re cool, comfortable and protected throughout your time on the water. You can find these shirts in a variety of fishing and outdoor retailers as well as on the Realtree e-comm store.

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Salt Life Fusion Performance Pocket Fishing Tee The Salt Life CAMO Fusion SLX UVapor performance long sleeve pocket tee features a sublimation printed all over graphic. This shirt features three all purpose pockets on the back with elastic openings to secure small items like fishing gloves and leaders within easy reach. The left chest pocket features an elastic loop to secure your sunglasses. This tee is made from 88 percent polyester, 12 percent spandex and treated for UV30 sun protection. Anti-microbial, mega soft, ultra light quick reaction fabric provides a built-in cooling and ventilation system. Machine washable for easy care!

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illz was started by a passionate angler, an angler driven by the need for one thing—performance. It’s evident in the style and quality of the Gillz brand. Started back in 2009, the idea was to design the perfect fishing shirt that would be lightweight, soft, comfortable and protective. This led to the first innovation – Cross Breeze Ventilation, which consisted of mesh panels under the arms and down the sides of the body. This allowed airflow through and under the shirt, making it even cooler and more comfortable. Other innovations followed, like a vented mask with “gills” for ventilation. This radical mask design offered unparalleled cooling and comfort. The technological innovations kept coming, and Gillz introduced CoolCore technology. CoolCore is a redesign of the actual structure of the fabric to make it cooler. Unlike most companies that simply apply a chemical to their fabric, which can wear off after repeated use and washings, CoolCore is a natural, chemical-free way to cool—up to 30 percent cooler than competitors. In addition, Gillz shirts are non-clinging and non-saturating. They wick sweat away from the body and offer UPF+50 sun protection. Gillz is designed for the passionate angler, the recreational fisherman, or anyone who lives an active outdoor lifestyle. The brand has grown from one innovative fishing shirt to a full apparel line. From tees, to high-performance shirts, to hats, to masks, sunglasses and hoodies, Gillz makes gear for every condition. Designs and patterns are constantly being updated, but the focus on performance is always a constant. Gillz considers making the most comfortable fishing shirt in the world an ongoing process, so innovation will always be of paramount importance. Gillz has come a long way from just making a simple fishing shirt. For more information, visit gillz-gear.com.

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cott Christian of Alpharetta, Ga., released 262.5 inches of barracuda to win the fly division of the 2019 Cuda Bowl Tournament Feb. 2 in the Lower Florida Keys. Guided by Capt. John Benvenuto of Key West, Fla., he earned the title of divisional grand champion for the second consecutive year. Christian’s catches included the fly division’s largest individual barracuda, measuring 47.75 inches. Andrew Hunt of Marathon, Fla., won the Cuda Bowl’s spin division championship, releasing barracuda totaling 278.5 inches. He was guided by Capt. Chad Huff of Fort Myers, Fla. The tournament’s female grand champion was Julie Leeman of Tucson, Ariz., who released barracuda totaling 240.5 inches on spin tackle. She fished with Capt. Chris Leeman. Kai Decker of St. Augustine, Fla., earned the title of top junior angler. Guided by Capt. Mike O’Brien of Summerland Key, Fla., the 13-yearold released 124.5 inches of barracuda. The tournament’s Ben Gravett Memorial Team Trophy went to Florida anglers Bob Sellers of Sanford and Eddie Hunt of Deltona, fishing with Capt. Bo Sellers of Ramrod Key, Fla. The anglers released 12 fish measuring a total of 524.75 inches. Trent Miller of Hamilton, Illinois, caught the largest individual barracuda in the spin division. He released the 51.75-inch fish while guided by Capt. Scott Irvine of Key West. Marathon angler Wade Mayberry scored the most releases in the spin division with 32. He fished with Capt. Albert Ponzoa, also of Marathon. In the fly division, Jim Knowles of Round Hill, Va., released 22 barracuda to take the “most releases” title. His captain was Peter Heydon of Key West. The flats challenge drew 50 boats and 70 registered anglers who released a total of 9,765.1 inches of barracuda over two fishing days. For information on the Cuda Bowl, see www.cudabowl.com.

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By Michael Okruhlik • Capt. Michael Okruhlik shows off an 8-pound trout. Photo courtesy of Controlled Descent Lures.

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water can still stay chilly. The continuation of passing fronts can drop the water temperature quite quickly as it struggles to climb up the thermometer, keeping fish less aggressive. In March, I still hold onto some of the same structure I key on in the coldest months. Although I may start to mix in more shell and grass into my target areas, one thing that needs to remain from the cold weather handbook is quick and easy access to deeper water. With frequent cold fronts, although they may not have the same punch, the fish will still look to retreat to more stable water temps in the depths of a general area. The warmer and sunnier the day, the farther the fish will stray from that deep-water access, but they will not completely abandon its safety. I like to focus on the outer edge of the guts that lead from deeper water to the flats early, and I’ll follow them up on the flat as the day warms. With the fronts comes dreaded high pressure! Here are a couple tactics I rely on in this situation. First, and typically the most productive, is to downsize your lure. This is especially true in the spring when forage is young. I also like to go with a natural or translucent color patterns for a more natural approach. I tend to slow down and work lures closer to the bottom, as well, when the barometer is on the rise. My next approach, when nothing is working in a high barometer setting, is to do something completely opposite of what I just recommended. When all else fails, I tie on a very noisy lure that creates a lot of water displacement. This could be a noisy topwater, a noisy rattling lure or a lipped crankbait-style plug. At this stage, I am just looking for a reaction bite. If I can aggravate them enough, they just might take the bait. Although these techniques are polar opposites, I find the fish to be on one end of the spectrum or the other when dealing with high pressure. You just need to experiment and figure them out. Get out and enjoy the weather, and remember to take a kid fishing! Capt. Michael Okruhlik is the inventor of Controlled Descent Lures and the owner of www.MyCoastOutdoors.com.

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Capt Sonny Schindler Shore Thing Fishing Charters Bay St Louis, MS

I’d imagine it’s still gonna be cooler temps in March. I hope I am wrong, but let’s just plan the usual cool, breezy ole March. Our primary focus in March, is gonna be sheepshead, black drum and redfish. No ones gonna turn down trout or flounder either. Our guides have come to love the near shore fishing this month. March is a perfect month to get the kiddos out FYI. Close runs, fairly protected waters, steady action, and big fish. What’s not to love. We will have our boats reef hopping from Pass Christian, to Bayou Caddy. Live or dead shrimp is the ticket, especially when the water gets dirty. The Bay of St Louis is also a great place to check. If the rivers are up, maybe wait for saltier water. The big black drum will start moving in this month. Fish pushing the 40-50LB mark are possible. I purposely use 40lb monofilament leaders, in case we land in a nest of big “sea monster” drum. Carolina Rigs and or dropper loops are what we like. Bring plenty of tackle, your gonna snag up. My go to fishing set up lately has been a 7 foot Okuma Reflexion(medium heavy). I’m also using the new Helios or Epixor spinning reels(30 class), spooled with 20lb braided line. This is also the perfect month to get your boat, motor, trailer, electronics, pumps, and safety gear checked/cleaned/ repaired/replaced. Get it all ready and working, so you are not stuck on land during the busy spring season.

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Paddle Sports Look For The Details I had a recent conversation with a friend about kayaking. After a few trips he has made, he stated that he was bored with paddling. I encouraged him to add adventure and purpose to his paddling. When selecting a location and route, determine what sights can be seen, the location’s history, or the possible wildlife that may frequent the area. Our south Mississippi region provides opportunities to view a variety of birds and land animals, and seasonal changes see a number of migratory birds in our area. The area is rich in history. Look for details in the surroundings during the paddle. If paddling with a group, occasionally paddle onto the edge of earshot from the group to increase chances of seeing wildlife. Frequently paddle on the bank of waterways looking into the water’s edge and into the trees. An attached photo shows an owl well camouflaged in a tree outside it’s nesting hole. While scanning ahead slowly paddling, noticing the owl perched above was quite satisfying. I once found a huge clutch of garfish eggs in a slough off the Escatawpa river. It was interesting to see the clear tubular casing with hundreds of eggs. While on a creek trip in Perry county, a side trip into a clear, shallow feeder creek led to discovery of exciting artifacts, all due to attention to detail. An included photo shows a few of the artifacts, such as petrified wood, broken arrowheads, chips of pottery, and a blunted arrowhead reworked into a small tool. One trip into an unnamed creek revealed an abandoned limestone quarry in the woods, reached by paddling into a narrow, shallow channel where old rail ties were still in place, used to transport the rock to the main river. On another trip, while walking a river sandbar during a lunch break, a fortunate discovery was 2 large shards of stone. Slightly buried in the sand, the artifacts still stood out from the ordinary. A study by archaeologists and associates revealed the pieces to be thousands of years old, and from the area of Indiana! Unusually shaped trees are interesting as nature’s art, adding some imagination as to how the shape developed. Becoming familiar with calls of local birds can provide a sense of the natural surroundings. It is a great way to learn more calls as well. The point of these references is that kayaking can be even more interesting and adventurous by using curiosity and looking for details in the surroundings. History and natural curiosities can be found on your next trip, if you look for the details! Jimmy Krebs

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With March quickly Besides your boat, if you our most neglected In all my 20 plus years of working on saltwater fishing reels, I come across the same three about baitcasting and spinning reels. The three most neglected components on reels are antibearing. The line roller bearings and anti-reverse bearings are some of the most expensive parts indefinitely. You certainly can extend their life exponentially. First thing is to rinse your reels off after each trip with fresh water. Nothing special there pressure, any pressure at all will force fresh and salt water into bearings and gears where you dollar store filled with plain old tap water. After a good spay down dry the reel with a soft cloth. and collects dirt. Use a compressor or can of computer cleaning air to lightly blow out your level after you have dried the reel. Apply one drop of good name brand reel oil to the level wind shaft The anti-reverse bearing should be done twice per year as it involves taking some of the your heavy season. Start by removing the handle and side plate on your baitcast reel. The antiTake a q-tip dipped in acetone and wipe it around inside the bearing. Do this until no more dirt and it is clean. Once clean, ad one drop of premium reel oil to a new q-tip and wipe it around the inside I know everything that you have read regarding anti-reverse bearings says not to lube them. will save you some expense later. These are three simple things that can extend the useful life of Of course, if anybody has any further questions or concerns send me an email or give me a on the water, take care of your equipment and it will take care of you.

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Restaurant Highlight By Andrew Fleming

1019 Government St. Ocean Springs, MS 39564 (228) 447-3928

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Charred-a steak & oyster bar, located on Government Street in downtown Ocean Springs, MS, offers the finest aged steaks and fresh oysters prepared by Chef Milton Joachim. Chef Joachim opened Charred in 2017 and has been providing a superior menu ever since. You won’t find a freezer or a microwave in Chef Joachim’s kitchen; his recipes are prepared with the freshest ingredients. Upon entering the restaurant, our party of four was greeted by an open door and welcoming staff. We didn’t wait long to start sampling fresh oysters from South Louisiana. The Chef prepared oysters with originality, even calling an audible on the raw presentation. We all love the traditional horseradish game, but the mignonette served with our raw oysters was a delicious change of pace. The Chef offers four charred oyster options: Chargrilled, Rockefeller, Sweet & Spicy, and Bacon & Bleu. The Sweet & Spicy were the delightful surprise, offering just the right amount of sweet with a kick of heat. Come to Charred for perfectly fried oysters. The Oysters Joachim may have been the highlight of the night: crispy fried oysters served over marinated red onions and topped with a tarragon aioli sauce. Make sure to tackle these in one delightful mouthful for the full range of texture and flavor this unique dish offers. The headliner: STEAK. All of the steaks you’ll find at Charred come from Chicago, IL, where they are wet aged 28 days before delivery to the Charred kitchen. The Chef offers three cuts: Filet (5 and 10 oz), Ribeye (8 and 16 oz), and New York Strip (12 oz). Our table ordered three different cuts, and all were seasoned and pan-seared to perfection. The fried oyster and crabmeat toppings were two great options worthy of sharing the plate with our perfectly prepared steaks. Charred has a full bar with local beer, a complete wine list, and specialty cocktails on the menu. This is a great spot for a date night, a small group, or maybe even a business meeting over lunch. I absolutely recommend grabbing a table at Charred in downtown Ocean Springs, MS.

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Destination Fishing! By Tom Schlichter

St. Augustine’s Shallow Water Reds And Trout

Capt. Tommy Derringer of Inshore Adventures prepares to release a typical St. Augustine redfish taken from shallow waters on a quiet soft plastic. Photo courtesy of Capt. Tommy Darrenger.

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fish, so you really want to take advantage of it. The action begins in January and lasts through March and into April. This is shallow water casting up on the flats and back in our numerous feeder creeks. Basically, any creek or flat between the Francis and Mary Usina Bridge and the Palm Valley Bridge is worth a shot.” According to Derringer, reds are easiest to spot on a dropping tide. The water is still pretty cold this time of year, so areas that warm quickly are where you’ll want to start. Look for oyster bars or shells on the bottom as the biggest draws, but if the tide gets really low depressions eventually hold most of the reds. Typically, inshore redfish in this area are “slots” weighing 2 to about 10 pounds. Casting a small soft-plastic minnow or grub with a light jig head is a productive and sporty way to get in on the fun. “You want to use a 2500 size spinning reel with a 7-foot medium-light action rod, 10-pound test braid and a lightweight white or chartreuse lure because fish can be spooky in the shallows,” noted Derringer. “Make long casts so as not to crowd your quarry, and choose a lure that lands with a soft splat rather than a big splash. Live shrimp and minnows work well, too, as long as they are presented gently.” If you can’t isolate reds, Derringer suggested backing out into the main channel of the Intracoastal Waterway and working edges and pockets for sea trout. This bite is best from late March into April as the water warms up. Try a MirrOdine Suspending Twitchbait, a soft plastic paddle-tail, or a live shrimp suspended beneath a float, and you’ll see plenty of action. Most of the trout here measure 16 to 20 inches, but if you pass on these and keep looking you might come across pods of bigger fish with some lunkers in the 5- to 8-pound class. If trailering your own boat, Derringer recommends launching at the Vilano Landing Boat Ramp. You can get bait and lures right across the street at The Bait Shack (904-217-3486). For overnight accommodations, The Inn at Comanche Harbor (904-825-0003; www. camacheeinn.com) is right next door to Comanche Cove Yacht Harbor (904-829-5676; www.comancheisland.com) where transient slips are generally available.

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f you’re an angler who enjoys following up a day on mountain trout streams with a refreshing craft beverage or two, cast your attention to the Blue Ridge mountain town of Hendersonville. This North Carolina town, about 22 miles south of Asheville, offers miles of stocked trout waters, as well as the popular Hendersonville Cheers! Trail. The two resources make it possible to spend the day catching three types of trout – rainbow, brown and brook – while spending an evening exploring three types of craft beverages – beer, wine and hard cider. First, the fishing part. North Mills River is the prime trout stream in the Hendersonville area. The river’s 4-mile section of delayed harvest waters receives an annual infusion of 11,000 trout from N.C. Wildlife, divvied between brook, rainbow and brown. Spring is a great time to fly fish the delayed harvest waters of North Mills River because no trout have been harvested since Sept. 30. Another hot spot for trout fishing is just across the Henderson County line toward Brevard. The Davidson River offers miles of public trout waters that receive annual stockings of 16,500 fish. Other lesser-known spots for fishing near Hendersonville include

three streams on the eastern side of Henderson County, about 20 to 30 minutes from downtown. Rocky Broad River has a 1.2-mile stretch of hatchery support waters from Rocky River Lane to the Rutherford County line near Chimney Rock, while Cane Creek, near the Fletcher community, has 1.5-mile stretch of hatchery supported waters. For those who really want a unique experience, Little River in DuPont State Recreational Forest provides not only a scenic setting for trout fishing, but also a unique one. Delayed harvest waters flow through undisturbed mountains and over several notable waterfalls. Those waterfalls were immortalized on Hollywood’s silver screen in The Last of the Mohicans, as well as the backdrop for the exploits of Katniss Everdeen in the original Hunger Games movie. When the fishing is done, the Cheers! Trail awaits. The trail is one of North Carolina’s best, featuring 16 craft producers offering a variety of experiences. Beer fans love Sierra Nevada’s tasting room, which is one of the largest on the East Coast and features an expansive patio and outdoor amphitheater, while Bold Rock Hard Cider has emerged as a national leader in the hard cider industry and regularly hosts live music (indoors and outdoors), along with cidery tours and a food truck. Several craft producers on the trail create small-batch beverages prized for their quality and originality. Three breweries – Southern Appalachian, Triskelion and Guidon – are within a few blocks of each other in the Depot District, while Sanctuary Brewing Co. is only a few blocks away on Main Street. Sanctuary is pet-friendly with a commitment to pet rescue. Three wineries produce high-quality wines from European varietals. The newest – Point Lookout Vineyards – is located atop a 3,000-foot mountain with panoramic views of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Saint Paul Mountain Vineyards, the area’s first vineyard, is on farmland that’s been in the family for more than nine generations. And two miles from Saint Paul, Burntshirt Vineyards offers tastings in its renovated farmhouse overlooking rolling hills of vines. For complete Hendersonville information and lodging details, call 800-828-4244 or go to: www.VisitHendersonvilleNC.org.

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ew names resonate as deeply in the world of light-tackle fly fishing as the name Flip Pallot. Many of us remember waking up on Saturday mornings to watch Flip’s show, Walker’s Cay Chronicles. Fish Hippie, the North Carolina-based outdoor lifestyle brand, has teamed up with Pallot, who plans to put Fish Hippie apparel and accessories to the test during his on- and off-thewater adventures as the brand’s ambassador. Pallot’s unparalleled passion for fishing has paved the way for his successful career and has inspired fishing enthusiasts worldwide. He is widely recognized for Walker’s Cay Chronicles, which aired for 16 seasons on ESPN, a TBS series titled Saltwater Angler and his most recent Fishing the Keys show on VERSUS network. Each show is centered around Pallot’s fishing insight as he travels around the world on angling adventures. “I smile, knowing that most of my life is spent in a glow of solar energy reflected by the world’s most beautiful wet spots,” said Pallot. “Montana meadow stream or shimmering, tropical bonefish flat, I’m stacking sun drenched miles on my Fish Hippie wardrobe. I’m enjoying the function of the product along with the fashion attention when I return to the dock!” In spring 2017, Fish Hippie launched the Solarhaze Performance Collection, which has become a fast favorite among outdoor and fishing enthusiasts nationwide, including Pallot. Function and fashion meet on and off with water with the Solarhaze Performance Collection, which has set a new standard of luxury and necessity in the performancewear industry. Technical features—including slick, moisture-wicking fabrics, UPF +40 and ultra-lightweight materials—are coupled with modern cuts, ultimate comfort and effortless style for those who appreciate the finer side of outdoor living. From hunting and fishing to work and leisure, this collection is designed to fit into your everyday agenda. The collection includes performance button-downs, technical performance hoodies, technical performance crews, performance shorts and a variety of hats. “We are honored to have such an incredible fishing icon wear and enjoy our Fish Hippie clothing,” said Ben Webb, co-founder of Fish Hippie. “We’re excited to hear how Flip’s new Fish Hippie wardrobe will serve him as he tracks many miles on and off shore.” For more information about Fish Hippie apparel and accessories, visit FishHippie.com.

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he 2019 Bassmaster Classic, scheduled for March 15-17 on the Tennessee River, will feature the usual mix of established pro fishing superstars and hungry young pros who are destined to be the stars of tomorrow. The 52 anglers converging on Knoxville will be gunning for the largest share of the $1 million prize fund, and they’ll be aiming to establish their angling legacy by winning the most important title in professional fishing. Among the field are eight former Classic winners, including four-time champion Kevin VanDam of Kalamazoo, Mich., and defending champion Jordan Lee of Grant, Ala., who last year became one of only three anglers to claim back-to-back wins in the event. Seven of the pros have hoisted the Toyota Bassmaster Angler of

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he Blue Wild Ocean Adventure Expo is south Florida’s premier watersports expo. It is coming to the Greater Fort Lauderdale/ Broward County Convention Center Saturday and Sunday, April 27-28, with 65,000 square feet of exhibitors and activities for water lovers. The indoor event attracts 5,000 attendees and more than 150 exhibitors specializing in fishing and spearfishing, scuba and freediving, surfing and paddleboarding, boats and kayaks, underwater photo and video, adventure travel, beach apparel and more. The event features one of the most extensive marine art exhibits in the country. Daily interactive workshops hosted by industry experts offer proven techniques and tips including fishing techniques, speargun rigging, fish filleting, knot-tying and more. The popular Kids Zone offers free face painting, art classes and crab races. On Saturday, April 27, the show will run from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., with an after party from 7 to 9 p.m. On Sunday, April 28, show hours are 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Admission is $20 a day and includes entry into the Saturday night Blue Wild After Party. Kids under 12 are free. For more information, see www.thebluewild.com and find The Blue Wild on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

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Baja’s Inshore Action

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By Nick Carter Big cubera snapper are just one of the species waiting inshore on the East Cape. This one was caught by Jim Rodriguez, a cameraman with the TV show Livin’ The Dream. Photo by Jimmy Nelson.

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ust looking at a map will tell you the Sea of Cortez is a fish trap. Separated from the Pacific Ocean by Mexico’s nearly 800-mile long Baja California Peninsula, it’s a 62,000 square mile canyon that drops to depths approaching 10,000 feet. The sportfishing out of Cabo San Lucas, on the Peninsula’s southern tip is legendary. It is a bustling destination where marlin, sailfish and tuna abound. But Capt. Jimmy Nelson, host of the TV show Livin’ The Dream, pointed to a quieter destination and some awesome fishing up the Peninsula’s East Cape. Out of the Buena Vista Beach Resort about an hour’s drive north of Cabo, the Sea of Cortez drops to 1,000-foot depths just a few hundred yards off sand beaches. There’s a fleet of sportfishing boats waiting to take anglers offshore to chase all the big pelagics, and the inshore action borders on unbelievable. Even shorebased fishermen can catch some species typically associated with long runs offshore. At a place renowned for billfish, Nelson said the inshore action is as much of a reason to go as the marlin. “You never know what you’re going to get. There’s all kinds of things that will be right there on the edge,” Nelson said. “Roosterfish, African pompano, cubera snapper, Sierra mackerel, even dolphin, wahoo and yellowfin tuna will hit your popper right off the beach.” Never knowing what’s on the end of the line requires anglers to gear up. This is not the same as inshore fishing in the Gulf of Mexico or Atlantic. Nelson said casting 8-inch poppers or live lookdowns from shore is a ton of fun and requires 8000 size spinning reels. A big cubera snapper slamming your popper is a fight you’ll never forget. “It’s a rush,” he said. “You’re catching a bottomfish on top, so they go straight down to the bottom. You have to gear up with some pretty heavy tackle.” Trolling just off the beach is another tactic that puts anglers on a surprising array of the Pacific’s best sportfish. Big roosterfish might be primary target, but again, you never know what will eat when you’re pulling lookdowns and goggle eyes. Big yellowfin tuna have been known to surprise anglers just off the beaches, so 30 wide reels and heavy tackle are required. COASTALANGLERMAG.COM • THEANGLERMAG.COM

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