Coastal Angler Magazine | May 2019 | Mississippi Gulf Coast

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Summer Slammers Tips and Tricks For Targeting BIG Dolphin By Gene Dyer

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all them dolphin, dorado or mahi mahi, they are one of the most popular pelagic species to target because of their hard fighting nature and acrobatic displays, not to mention they are darn good eating. Inspired by the recent catch of a 72-pound monster bull by the charter boat Lady Pamela out of Fort Lauderdale, Fla., here are some tips and tricks to help you put some slammers in the box. Without question, the best way to target big dolphin is on the troll. When trolling for dolphin, it’s important to maximize the presentation of your spread. It’s all about the quality of baits over quantity. We could certainly fish seven lines from our Mako 236, but I prefer to fish five. Keeping baits swimming properly and free of weeds is critical, but even more important is fresh bait. If you can’t get fresh ballyhoo, frozen will work, but be careful which package you select. Look for clear eyes, red tips on the beak and some yellow on the top of the tail. My five-bait spread consists of two flat lines, two outrigger baits and one in the shotgun position. Though I’ll adjust my spread during the day, I always start with a chin-weighted naked ballyhoo in one of the corners, just behind the prop wash. I use a flat line release clip to give the bait a better swimming action. In the other corner, we fish a daisy chain consisting of four small jet heads or squid skirts with a 6/0 J hook in the last lure behind a bird. I like to position the bird just behind the naked ballyhoo. On one outrigger, we fish a chugger-type lure in front of a rigged ballyhoo. On the other we fish an Islander-style lure with a rigged ballyhoo. In the shotgun, I like a quarter-ounce black-and-red feather with an orange head. Send it way back behind the rest of the spread. When trolling, many fish are lost because the boat gets taken out of gear with the excitement of the strike. Chances are that any slammers with an interest in your spread have been hooked before. They’ve gotten away at least once, and any slack in the line is asking for the same result. By staying at trolling speed, your other baits remain enticing to other fish in the school and increase the odds of a multiple hook up. Once the cockpit chaos has subsided, it’s OK to back the throttle off to idle speed, but never stop the boat from moving forward. Always be on the lookout for birds, and pay attention to what they are doing. Don’t bother chasing birds that are just flying. Look for birds that are diving or circling. Many times, they will lead you to a promising piece of debris, a well-defined edge or a nice weedline. When the birds do lead you to that magical floating debris or weedline, troll by it several times from different angles. If you don’t get bit, stop the boat on the last pass and let your baits sink for 30 seconds. Put the boat back and gear and you may be surprised by fish that were lurking deeper in the water column. One thing I can’t leave out is the importance of having the clickers on your reels in the on position. The obvious reason is to alert you of a strike while your eyes are scanning the horizon for birds, but there is a hidden, more important reason. Most slammers have been hooked before, and I believe they learn from those experiences. Whether they short strike your bait or intentionally try to kill it by ramming it with their broad heads, when you get knocked down and the fish isn’t there, immediately put the reel in free spool for 10 seconds. Nine times out of 10, that hungry slammer will come back to finish the meal.

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or the fifteenth straight year, the Ship of Fools Tournament attracted Costa Rica’s top anglers to Playa Garza. For the second time in three years, the FishingNosara team took home the hardware. Capt. Alex Moreno on the 32’ mega panga Harvester topped the leaderboard with 1,700 points (11 sailfish releases, one black marlin release and one blue marlin release) during the two-day event. “Alex is the dude,” exclaimed Capt. Patrick Humphrey, of Fort Lauderdale, Fla. “He has the best eyes I’ve ever seen and fishes as aggressively as we do in south Florida.” Capt. Humphrey runs trips for Lady Pamela II Sportfishing in Hollywood, Fla. He was joined by wife Jennifer, daughter Amelia, and angling legend Patrick Irwin. The Ship of Fools Tournament is one of the last true billfish release tournaments in Costa Rica. Each scoring fish must be billed and photographed by hand. With no snatch-leader releases, the difficultly increases tremendously. On the first day, 11 boats set out from Playa Garza and set up shop

12 miles offshore in 2,100 feet of water. Capt. Alex was first boat to the spot and put three sailfish releases on the board in the opening hours. As the rest of the field lagged, the mega panga hooked up a blue marlin for a two-hour fight. After the photograph and release, a second marlin entered the spread, this time a big, bad black. Capt. Patrick belted up for the battle and conquered the fish in a two-plus-hour fight that saw eight leader grabs before the successful release. “I had a trip planned for Hawaii in the winter to cross black marlin off my list,” said Patrick, smiling. “I guess that’s off.” Their total of 1,000 points is a single-day record for the event, and they scored the ultra-difficult Billfish Grand Slam. The second day was just like the first, with the Harvester scoring early and often. They snagged seven more sailfish releases, including one just a minute before lines-out. The Harvester’s haul is an all-time best for this tournament, eclipsing the winning score of 1,200 posted two years ago by FishingNosara teammate the Explorer. For Capt. Alex, it is the culmination of perseverance through years of adversity in this event. In 2011, as mate on the Wanderer, he recorded 14 sailfish releases during prefishing only to get zero during the event. In 2016, he had the thing won until the camera with all the proof-photos fell overboard late on the second day. “I’m incredibly proud of what Capt. Alex has done with the Harvester,” beamed Craig Sutton, founder of FishingNosara and architect of the mega panga design. “He pushed himself and his boat to the edge during months before this event. He has honed his instincts and advanced his craft. Capt. Alex has paid the price to reach to top of the mountain.” The FishingNosara team looks forwarded to challenging the Harvester in the 2020 Ship of Fools Tournament next April and to competing with Alex in the 1st Annual FishingNosara Invitational in early August 2019. If you and your best anglers are ready to compete, the FishingNosara U.S. office can be reached at (904) 591-2161 USA or fishingnosara.com.

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he worldwide demand for delicious and pricey bluefin tuna is unsustainable. The plunder of spawning accumulations in the Mediterranean drove Atlantic bluefin stocks nearly to collapse, and a similar scenario played out for Pacific bluefin off Japan. Stock assessments show Pacific bluefin tuna populations have fallen to less than 3 percent of their original levels. More stringent fishing regulations along with the farming of bluefin tuna have helped slow the decline of Pacific bluefin tuna, but the demand remains. Seeking a sustainable method to supply the world’s hunger for Pacific bluefin, The Foundation for Food and Agriculture Research (FEAR) has awarded a $945,000 grant to Ichthus Unlimited LLC to establish a hatchery in the San Diego Bay area, where they will attempt to cultivate Pacific bluefin eggs and grow them for distribution to tuna farms. Because of the challenges of hatching and rearing these long-ranging apex predators in captivity, it took Japanese bluefin hatcheries more than three decades to begin successfully completing the breeding cycle without drawing from wild populations. The hope is that Ichthus Unlimited can begin providing juvenile Pacific bluefins to existing tuna farms, which currently stock their pens with wild-caught tuna. “Today 98 percent of tuna ranching relies on wild-captured fish for the stocking of net pens. This adds to the already massive fishing pressure on wild bluefin tuna populations,” said Alejandro Buentello, president of Ichthus Unlimited. “Hatchery-reared tuna will not only make it possible to stock cages without fishing, but it can also be used as a stock enhancement strategy to empower wild tuna populations to rebound more rapidly. It is a proactive rather than reactive strategy.” Despite the popularity of Pacific bluefin tuna, few indoor facilities in the world have the expertise needed to raise them from eggs. The team at Ichthus will collaborate with these indoor hatching facilities and leverage their combined knowledge to successfully implement this practice. As the “holy grail” of aquaculture, bluefin tuna can sell for tens of thousands and occasionally millions of dollars per fish. It is estimated that bluefin species products generate approximately $2-2.5 billion in value worldwide each year. Increases in tuna production would also create jobs and economic gains, particularly for coastal communities in California and the Gulf of Mexico. “Bluefin tuna aquaculture represents a major new high-value market for U.S. farmers, but there is much science to be done to produce the fish entirely under farmed conditions,” said Sally Rockey, FFAR executive director. “This research has the potential to not only stabilize the wild population, but also create economic opportunities in farming the delicacy.” COASTALANGLERMAG.COM • THEANGLERMAG.COM

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hen we landed on Grand Bahama, the sun greeted our wintery white faces, and a 70-degree day with a light breeze warmed us to the core. Unfortunately, by morning, the greeting changed to 25 mph winds, which made conditions less than optimal for fly fishing. At home, we might have changed to conventional tackle or even skipped the trip all together, but we came here to fly fish for bonefish, and fly fish we would. Rather than get down on the conditions, we made some tactical changes and used the wind the best we could to our advantage. One benefit of this scenario is the fish tend to be less spooky in shallow water. The noise generated by the wind and the waves allows anglers to get closer without spooking the fish. In fact, glass calm days can be more challenging than some of the breezier ones. Here are a few tips to help out on those blustery days. • Shortening your leader can make a huge difference in accuracy. Fly line tracks relatively straight through wind, especially if you are double hauling. But that last 10 feet or so can be a real crap shoot when the wind is kicked up over 20 mph. Shortening the leader can really help with accuracy, especially in a crosswind. • Using a heavier fly has advantages. With wave action, weight helps the fly get down to the bottom faster, and that’s where the fish are feeding. Even in skinny water, where you would normally use just bead chain eyes, don’t be afraid to move up to some lead eyes as the disturbance caused by the wind helps conceal the splash. • Consider stepping up one rod weight. There is no doubt a heavier rod makes a huge difference in punching through the wind. Sometimes your best bet is to step up to make sure you can get the fly in front of the fish. Another option is to over-line your rod, which is moving up to a line that’s a weight heavier than the rod is rated for. This helps load the rod on the cast, which delivers a more powerful cast. • The best thing is practice. If you are going to spend good money to go on a trip, you want to give yourself the best chance for success. Most fly fishers only practice casting as far as possible. I don’t worry about that. Windy or not, you rarely need to cast more than 60 feet on the flats. Instead, concern yourself with quick accurate casts. And don’t forget to practice in the wind, not just head-on, but at every angle. A crosswind can move your fly off target, and casting 5 feet behind a fish rarely produces a strike. In the end, we didn’t let the wind blow our chances for success; we prevailed with some great Bahamas bones. Will Schmidt is a seasoned tournament angler and has been writing about fishing for more than two decades.

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hen fishing for many species, and especially wahoo, eliminating the “short strike” makes the fish box look a lot better back at the dock. There are few things more disappointing than checking a bait in the spread and discovering you have been pulling around a ballyhoo cleanly snipped off right behind the hook. Older and larger fish are not stupid; this “short strike” right behind the hook is not an ac-

175-pound cable, I like to make four wraps on the hook, but try it for yourself and use whatever feels good. Here’s how I do it: • Thread the end of approximately 18 inches through the inside bite of the hook eye, and make a loop about the size of a baseball. Hold the loop between you left thumb and index finger. • Make four wraps around the hook shank, from the back of the bend going forward. • Pull the tag end of the cable with pliers until “snug” on

cident. Don’t get me wrong… there have been more wahoo, dolphin and tuna caught on pin-rigged ballyhoo than all the other offerings combined. However, there are days when a nice “clean” naked ballyhoo swimming like a snake with an almost invisible stinger hook is the only trick that works. There are several brands of seven-strand cable that will work just fine, but for this snelled stinger hook, I use American Fishing Wire 175-pound, brown cable. It’s soft and folds into place nicely. And it’s strong when crimped and snelled. In addition to the stinger hook, I like to snell a short piece onto the front end of the ballyhoo to avoid the total bite off. Snelling cable is no different than snelling mono or fluoro, but with less wraps. With the

the hook shank, and push the wraps forward toward the eye of the hook before cinching down on the cable. • Next, make a couple wraps of the cable around one hand and pull hard on the main line and the tag end with pliers at the same time to cinch down tight on the snell. • The main line end of cable now needs to be cut to the right length and crimped to the proper diameter to fit around the main hook and for the proper length of the ballyhoo. For a detailed video of this clean and super strong stinger hook and how to apply it, check out the website and click on “Clean (Snelled) Stinger Hook Assembly;” www.barefootcatsandtackle.com.

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trout or redfish will absolutely attack a Zara Spook or Chug Bug on top, and reds, flounder and Spanish mackerel will slam a Johnson spoon or big blade spinnerbait. Project-X paddletails are a favorite with trout, reds and flounder, as well. Pompano love to eat short grubs on a ¼-ounce short-shank jig head. Those 8- to 12-poundclass outfits you use for bass are just right for inshore fishing. If you have gear for big freshwater stripers, then you’ve got the majority of what you need to fish nearshore and offshore for king mackerel, cobia, snapper and grouper. You’ll need to beef-up your gear for big grouper, amberjack, billfish and sharks. Most bottom dwellers like snapper and grouper are caught using a Carolina rig. You just increase the weight of the sinker to keep your rig vertical in the current. Your 20- to 30-pound class gear will be just fine for most offshore species, just be sure you have reels with lots of line capacity and smooth drags. The point is you don’t have to stock up on all-new saltwater gear, unless you want to. Now, you will need to enhance your tackle bag a bit. Leaders are extremely important in saltwater, because there are a lot of things in the water that can wreak havoc on your line, including some of the fish. Fluorocarbon is good in most situations, but some toothy species require the use of wire. You’ll want to learn to twist wire and tie a loop knot. Instructions on these skills are available at NutsAndBoltsFishing.com. You’ll want to add a few popping corks, like the Thunder Chicken cork, for fishing the flats with live baits or jigs. The corks serve to keep your bait at a specific depth and add a lot of fish-calling noise. For nearshore and offshore trolling, you’ll want a couple of big spoons like the Clark Spoon in a #3 or #4, and perhaps a couple deep diving plugs like the Mann’s Stretch 30. Finally, it’s vital to gently wash gear with lots of freshwater at the end of every day on the salt. Let lures dry in the sun before putting them back in the tackle tray, and change fishing line often. That’s about it, same gear, different fish, similar tactics, different location.

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ell, you can’t fish for them yet, but maybe in a few years? Last month, local students along with scientists from the Tennessee Aquarium Conservation Institute released 89 lake sturgeon into the Tennessee River at Chattanooga. At just 15 inches in length, these armor-plated fish are miniature versions of the 8-foot-long river giants they may become. The release is the latest chapter in a 21-year effort to restore lake sturgeon to their historic range. Now back in their ancestral waters, each sturgeon could live for more than a century. These fish represent the next generation of a species that first appeared alongside dinosaurs during the late Cretaceous Period but whose story almost ended abruptly not from a meteor strike, but our own poor decisions just a few decades ago.

In the 1970s the lake sturgeon had all but disappeared from the Tennessee River due to overfishing, poor water quality and manmade alterations to the waterway. By the late 1990s, landmark legislation and responsible water management practices had improved conditions to the point that biologists thought it possible for the river to once again support a population of these ancient fish. In 1998, with the aim of restoring the lake sturgeon to the river, the aquarium and several partner organizations created the Lake Sturgeon Working Group. Since the formation of that organization, more than 220,000 juvenile sturgeon raised from eggs collected in the Great Lakes have been reintroduced to the Tennessee and Cumberland river drainages. Although they’re barely the length of a bowling pin, the baby sturgeon that entered the river on Wednesday are veritable giants compared to the vast majority of the fish that preceded them, most of which are around 6 inches long when they are released. These sturgeon are so much larger because they were held for longer at the Conservation Institute’s freshwater science center to help biologists better understand the potential effects of using coded wire tags to track their movement after release. Each tiny tag measures a couple of millimeters long and is inserted just below the surface of the fish’s rostrum (snout). When scientists collect tagged fish later during monitoring efforts, they can scan these tags to chart how the fish are moving throughout their range. Now that they’ve finally joined the rest of the reintroduced sturgeon in the river, these 89 fish served an important role in the protection of their species. These releases offer an opportunity for the public to learn about an imperiled native species. For more information, visit tnaqua.org/protecting-animals/ lake-sturgeon.

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I’m a half full kinda guy, so let’s just assume the fresh water stuff is outta here come May. This is what we’ve all been waiting for. As long as the weather is good, it’s all good!!! The near shore reefs, barrier islands, and Louisiana Marsh should all be fantastic. We will be doing a bunch of different stuff this month. The shell bottoms from Isle Au Pitre to Comfort Island should be amazing. Live croakers will bring out the big trout. Live shrimp, topwaters, soft plastics and Boat Monkey popping corks will all work. We usually give a spot 10 minutes. If you or the boats around you aren’t getting bit, MOVE!!! Cat island can be hit and miss, but drifting is the name of the game there. Please be courteous to other boaters and wade fishermen. Theres plenty of water and fish to go around, just please be mindful of others. Let the bait(mullet, ponies, rain minnows), slicks and birds tell you where to fish. The nearshore reefs should have the biggest mixed bag this month. Trout, reds, sheepshead, flounder and drum should all be there. Bring plenty of live or dead shrimp and extra tackle. Still a big fan of the new Okuma Epixor 30 spinners. Spooled with 20lb braid on a medium heavy Okuma Reflexion rod, you’re good to go. Expect crowds where ever you go. It’s Spring, and everyone down here fishes. The boat ramps, islands, reefs and marsh are gonna be full of boats. Take it easy, and treat others the way you would want to be treated.

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Now that it’s warmed up, it’s time for a Topwater Lure of the month. One of my favorites is the Matrix Mullet in the Prom Night color. This is a smaller profile Topwater bait that has a different type of rattle inside than most others on the market. Early mornings and late afternoons seem to be best this time of year. I use a non stop, walk the dog style retrieval, with my rod tip down and to the side. Careful after a blow up! Don’t set the hook unless you feel the fish or you will have a tiny missle with treble hooks coming back at you at something close to a Mach 5 speed. Good luck out there!

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Grass Beds and Top Water May is usually the month that really kicks off my summer island fishing season. And for me , this means wade fishing the islands, mainly horn and ship, for speckled trout. By May the water temp has usually warmed up to the mid-70s and the trout have moved from the bayous and beach side reefs out to the grass beds and are feeding up on mullet and other fin fish getting ready to start spawning. When I am wade fishing I like to keep things simple. The least amount of stuff I can carry the better. My gear consists of 1 rod, a wade belt with a stringer and pair of pliers attached, and an extra lure stuck to my hat. My go to lure for wading at the islands is a #8 Skitterwalk in chartreuse. Most of the time this is the only lure I will carry with me. Generally throwing a topwater you may not catch as many fish, but you will catch quality fish. You will hear many stories and rules of thumb for fishing top waters. The ones I hear the most are Fish will only hit them early morning or late afternoon. I am here to tell you this is not the case. Many times I have pulled up to the island mid-day after snapper fishing in the morning, to wade for trout and smash a limit on top water on a bright sunny afternoon. The way I work a topwater varies day to day. I let the fish tell me how they want it. Sometime it is a slow steady walk the dog, then add in a pause from 5 to 10 seconds. Sometimes they want it fast and aggressive. Just keep changing it up until you figure out how they want it. And the most important part of fishing a topwater is the hook set. Most people tend to set the hook as soon as they see the blow up, its natural instinct. Fight that urge and keep on as if you are still working the lure until you feel the weight of the fish, then set the hook. When I am looking for a spot to fish, I will cruise down the island 50yards or so off of the beach looking for schools of mullet. Once I find an area that has plenty of bait around areas of grass, I will get out and start fishing. While fishing I never stop moving until I get several hits or catch several fish in a row. Then I will stop and fish until I make a few casts in a row with nothing. Then I am on the move again. I have seen and talked to a lot of people that say they just cant get on the fish at the islands. And after talking with them, it all comes down to not covering ground, and only walking a short distance from the boat. You have to cover ground to find the fish. There are many days that I will end up over a mile from where I parked the boat. There is nothing like standing in knee deep clear cool water fishing and having a big trout blow up on a top water just feet away from you. Get out there this summer and give it a try if you haven’t. Just remember, find the bait and keep moving until you find the fish.

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Offshore Report Derek Stiglet Nelson Outdoors Pro-Staff

May 2019

It’s now May and the Cobia migration is getting into full swing along the Mississippi coastal area along with the spring weather and warmer water temperatures. Anglers will start to see a higher concentration of fish as they continue to make their way west. The local Cobia tournaments continue on through the first weekend of June as the fishing only gets better. Schools of Cobia will stick around any of our fish haven wrecks and artificial reefs and also around rig structure and navigational bouys in search for food. Their diet can consist of crabs, squid and other live baits that tend to congregate around the structures and reefs. I tend to rig for Cobia with my Penn Spinfisher 7500 or 8500 class reels or Penn Fathom Conventional reels. I’ll spool the Spinfishers with 65-80lb Power Pro Super Slick braid and the Fathom reels with 40-50lb Momoi Diamond Monofilament and both will have a 3-4ft length of 60-80lb Seaguar Fluorocarbon leader with a 6/0-8/0 Mistras 3x strong circle hook for different size baits that I may be using. Also having Cobia jigs handy is a plus for casting to the fish to get them to strike. Having a few different size setups can be handy depending on the size of the fish that you may come across. I will typically use dead squid, cigar Minnows or live baits as my go to baits. The Cobia is a brute fighter and will fight until the end. Their typical head shaking action makes for an interesting fight so pay attention to your drag and tackle rigging and keep your gear serviced and maintained periodically.

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Hobie Regional Team / Fishing Guide dbparrott@bellsouth,net Bait is everywhere and the fishing is getting good. Solid trout and reds are still falling for topwater plugs early and late in the day. If it is calm I’m working a Zara super spook or spook jr. On more windy days I move to the she dogs or skitter walks to make more noise through the waves. I like to cast into the wind surfing my lures down the face of the waves, To me it seems to be the most natural look and produces hard strikes. Colors depend on the water clarity. I use bright colors in dark or stained water and keep as natural as possible in clear waters. White and bone colored baits have been my all around choice lately and seem to be producing well. Mirrodines and ripstops have been doing great over the grass and working edges. Soft plastics are always a favorite of mine since they can be fished in so many ways and are attractive to so many fish. I prefer Saltwater Assassins on either a 1/8 to a 1/4 oz, jig head depending on water depth and presentation. Not to miss in May. May 4th is Paddlepalooza XVI at Bridgeside Marina on Hwy.1 in Grand Isle, Louisiana. This is a cajun style slam tournament with lots of cash and prizes to be given out across the board of categories. Rules and registration can be found at https://bckfc.org/ paddle-palooza-xvi. On May 18th the M.B.K.F.A is having their 13th annual Bagwell tournament. It is a weigh in tournament with some great prizes and a fun time fishing the great waters of lower Alabama. Rules and to sign up go to MBKFA.com. Also on May18th the GCKFA is having their Oriole Beach Shoot-out at the Oriole Beach Launch this will be based on total weight of 3 speckled trout. More info at http://www.gulfcoastkayakfishing.com. May 18th -19th is the Hobie Bass Open Series at Kentucky Lake, KY. Great payout and a shotat winning a spot on Team USA for the 2020 Worlds Tournament. www.hobie.com May 19th is the IFA Kayak Fishing tour in West Ruskin, Florida. This is a CPR (catch, photo, release) tournament based of total length of 1 red fish and 1 speckled trout, More info can be found at http://www.ifatours.com/kayak-tour. We keep information on all of the tournaments going on our Kayak Fishing U Facebook page. With these longer days out in the sun take care of yourself. Wear protective clothing, a buff, and sunscreen when out fishing. I use Beyond Coastal sunscreen SPF 30 and put it on before I leave for the day and reapply with a face stick throughout. It makes a huge difference in how I feel at the end of a day and how long I can stay out and fish. Remember while fishing from a kayak to always think safety. We are low to the water and not always easily seen. Keep a 360 degree light on at dark and low light conditions, wear a PFD, keep hydrated, and let someone know your float plan.

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Mississippi Redfish The Mississippi Coast has been known for its great hospitality and awesome food. There are some things we have tried to keep a secret here in south Mississippi. That would be the beautiful Mississippi sound and it’s awesome fishing. I meet so many different people every day on my Charter trips. Most of my clients soon realize the fishing here is second to none. Especially if you’re able to get on these large Red Drum AKA Redfish. Being a coast native I have seen the numbers in these fish decline as a teenager. Now the redfish population is thriving more than ever. It has made an awesome comeback thanks to current regulations. These large Redfish are not picky about what they eat, crabs, live shrimp, dead shrimp, live croakers, even cut bait. The beauty part about these fish you can find them inshore and offshore around the Barrier Islands all year long. These large schools of redfish are feeding they become very aggressive. They will stop at nothing to consume whatever bait is in the water. I like to feel these fish when they kick their head, or when they make long straight line runs. This is why I fish these large fish with 12 lb test mono line, and a 30 lb mono leader. Any style of rigging should work such as a drop rig or Carolina rig. Sometimes we even catch these guys on soft or hard plastics. Especially if you see them schooling around the Barrier Islands. So whether you’re fishing inshore or offshore these fish are certainly trophy fish. Until next time this is Captain Bryan Cuevas saying go fishing and make it a family event.

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Jeff Jones

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This month I want to inform you about a species not typically pursued in MS on rod and reel, the Buffalo. They are somewhat of a challenge to find and catch, but the reward of catching one is incredible. These fish get big and the fight is incredibly fast and powerful. We have three species in our waters, the bigmouth, smallmouth, and black buffalo. So, where can you find these fish? Typically they are found in the same types of water that bream are located, which really doesn’t narrow it down, that’s because they are everywhere! Any natural fresh body of water is likely to hold buffalo. They do however, prefer to be around aquatic vegetation, since that’s a big portion of their diet. This doesn’t mean dropshotting a leaf of spinach will yield results though! Fish for them the same way carp fishermen target carp. Whole kernel corn, carp boilies, insect larvae, and earthworms are going to give you the best chance at catching one. They feed on the bottom so obviously a bottom rig is the right choice. The weight size you choose needs to be the smallest weight that will hold your rig to the bottom in whatever current you’re fishing in. Obviously that can vary quite a bit, so carry several sizes of weights. Hooks need to be on the smaller side as well. A size 1 or 2 hook is plenty substantial for buffalo. As for line, braid is my favorite, due to the small diameter in relation to its break strength. 20-30lb braid is ideal. I’m always tying a fluorocarbon leader onto my braid, not that it would really help the matter in this case, but old habits die hard. My typical choice is 20 lb. Targeting buffalo isn’t for the angler that has a goal of catching big numbers of fish. This one is for the guys that get a sense of accomplishment just by targeting and finally catching a new species. If you decide to pursue them, prepare to put in some work. It’s well worth the reward.

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The Texas team consisted of Isaac Avery, of Longview, Laramy Barber, of Sabine and Hunter Graham, of Henderson. “My teammates and I have fished this tournament for three years and have always strived to be at the top. Last Saturday we were able to put the big stringer of fish together for the win. Hard work and determination from all the team put us in the right spot at the right time. Thanks to Bass Pro Shops for hosting a tournament of this magnitude and allowing us to compete in something all bowfisherman love to do,” said Avery. The U.S. Open Bowfishing Championship is the largest event of its kind in the fast-growing sport of bowfishing. This year’s event featured the largest competition and biggest prizes in the tournament’s seven-year history. The championship purse included more than $100,000 worth of prizes and giveaways. A four-man team representing Missouri, Kansas and Oklahoma won the Big Buffalo and Biggest Overall categories in addition to taking eighth place in the tournament. Team Obscure Adventures’ big fish weighed 73.3 pounds, and they scored an overall weight of 365.8 pounds. Their total cash payout was $9,530. The No Limit team from Center, Texas took fourth place in the tournament and won the Biggest Common Carp category with a 51.6-pound carp out of Toledo Bend. Their total weight of 402.2 pounds netted the four-man team $6,610. Team PossumCods, another four-man team from Texas, scored the Biggest Grass Carp category with a winning weight of 58.3 pounds and claimed the $3,200 cash prize. Besides being a fun weekend for participants and families, the bowfishing event provides lasting environmental benefits for area lakes. Bowfishing, combining elements of fishing with archery to harvest rough fish species, is one of the fastest growing sports in the outdoor industry. Unlike traditional game fishing, bowfishing uses specialized bows to target species including carp, buffalo and gar that plague lakes, rivers and streams around the country. Removing these undesirable species improves habitat conditions for native game fish.

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ne of the most anticipated times of the year has arrived in southwest Florida: tarpon season! Guides from around the state and anglers from all over the world come down to partake in the abundant tarpon fishery on Florida’s southern Gulf coast. The tarpon show up here each year to feed and spawn. Northwest of Fort Myers, Fla., Charlotte Harbor is particularly good for bait due to seemingly endless mangrove shorelines and extensive grass flats fed by two large rivers, the Peace and Myakka. With its large harbor and the deep Boca Grande Pass, Charlotte Harbor is also a good refuge when the tarpon spawn. It is not uncommon for tens of thousands of tarpon to migrate to the area starting in April. They’ll stick around even after they finish their spawn in early July, and then they’ll have just one thing on their minds. That is to feed! You’ve got to gear up to do battle with a silver king potentially weighing up to 200 pounds. A heavy spinning rod should be plenty, and you might even be able to get away with a medium-heavy depending on the area you fish. Couple this with a size 6000-plus spinning reel, something with around 30-pounds of max drag, spooled with 65-pound braided line. This is a fair-sized combo that allows you to fight the fish but still get it to the boat without overly exhausting it. A 50-pound fluorocarbon leader with a 7/0 circle hook will allow a clean hookset and enough strength and abrasion resistance to land the fish of a lifetime. Where you target these fish will usually dictate the baits you use. In the Charlotte Harbor area, I catch these fish using a dead mullet on the bottom up the Peace River or a half dollar-size blue crab off the beach. It all depends on bait in the area and the area being fished. Other baits anglers may choose are pinfish, shrimp and ladyfish or artificials. All of these methods work when applied

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Capt. Nick very carefully positioned the boat, and once he was happy with the position and drift of the first line, he sent out a second line with a buoy. The buoy had drifted about 100 yards from the boat when Capt. Nick said simply, “The buoy!” Then… “It’s big!” Immediately, we reeled in the first line to get it out of the way. Bill jumped on the buoy line and began to reel… and reel… and reel some more. Five and a half hours later, we got our first glimpse of the fish when it jumped about a quarter mile behind the boat. We could see it was big, but we didn’t realize how big because it was so far away. Two hours later, we got a better look at the monster. Each time Bill got the leader to the reel, the broadbill saw the boat and ripped off line Bill had fought so hard to gain. Capt. Nick busied himself keeping the line from touching the boat and keeping the fish from running under the boat. If at any point the line had touched the boat, it would have parted, and the fish would be gone. It felt like we were on a whirl ride at the carnival. We circled with the fish, and then in a flash it would streak away. Capt. Nick would turn the boat to cruise beside the fish until it dove toward the bottom. More than eight hours into the battle, Bill brought the giant fish boatside. It was still very blue in color and fresh. The fight would have continued, except the fish made the fatal mistake of swimming within range of Konner and his harpoon. Konner deftly stuck the fish in the backbone. After two darts and three gaffs, Capt. Nick was able to get a tail rope on this Jurassic fish, and the fight was over. It took a block and tackle and lots of brute strength to load the swordfish in the boat. Back at the docks, it weighed 757.8 pounds and measured 111 inches from the lower jaw to the fork of the tail. The bill was 40 inches long, even though part of it had previously broken off. To learn more about Capt. Nick Stanczyk, out of Bud N’ Mary’s Marina in Islamorada, Florida, go to daytimeswordfish.com.


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ly, advances in weather predicting through the internet and handheld electronic devices, allow the angler to access any number of weather-predicting tools for upto-the-minute weather data. In many cases not exercising good sense can lead to a tragic ending. If you notice a potential storm on the horizon, run for shelter if you are fishing a beach or flat. If you are on the ocean, aim your bow toward safe harbor. Once the storm has passed, return to your fly fishing. A note of caution: Mother Nature is an unforgiving old woman, so always heed her warning signs. Be safe, not sorry. Today’s technology is responsible for the development of customer-friendly, easy-to-use electronics. Some units have more than proved their worth to the serious saltwater angler, not only finding fish but keeping anglers safe out on the water.

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part of the touch. W h e n you rig, you want the lightest and shortest leader that makes sense. Every hook must be sharpened to perfection. Eliminate as much hardware as you can. If a sinker is necessary, opt for the smallest one that will do the job. A bait that bounces along the bottom is much more effective than one anchored to a single spot. If your rods are custom built or can be modified, shorten the butt. That allows you to reduce the fatigue on your arms when battling an oversized denizen. When a fish takes a bait or lure, don’t swing the rod as if it were a baseball bat. Point the tip directly at the spot where the line enters the water and let the fish start to move off. Then, just lock the pre-set drag and the fish will hook itself. One critical aspect of battling a strong fish centers on the use of side pressure. Most anglers keep the rod in a vertical position when fighting a fish, pumping upwards to draw the fish closer and regain line. When the fish gets a reasonable distance away, the use of side pressure is much more effective. The key lies in holding the rod waist high and parallel to the water. If the fish is swimming to the right, you want to try to force it to turn and swim to the left. Each time it turns, it gets closer to the boat or to shore. The Touch covers all aspects of fishing. It is composed of countless little things that give the angler a decided advantage when put together. Once you begin to master it, you can bet you will get more strikes and catch more fish.

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hatever your sport or hobby, you probably owe a debt of gratitude to those who helped you get started. Mentors are especially important when it comes to hunting, because they teach you how to be stewards of the land or ocean. I was fortunate to find great mentors in the spearfishing club that I joined early on. They were generous with their advice, and the lessons stay with me to this day. Here are a few examples, some of which can be applied to other areas of life: 1) One of my earliest memories was of Bruce letting me take the shot on my first grouper. After shooting, the fish holed up in some rocks, as groupers tend to do. In my excitement, I rushed to extract it, exhausting myself and risking a tear-off by pulling on the shaft too hard. Bruce motioned for me to calm down, assess the situation, let the grouper tire, and then gently pull it out. His advice worked like a charm. In other words, there’s no need to rush—time is on your side. 2) When diving for lobsters with my friend Dave, a professional lobsterman, he laughed at my first attempts. He advised that before starting to extract the lobster with the net and tickle stick, “get your butt out of the air!” In other words, get better situated by letting the air out of your BC and planting your knees in the sand. He said, “Keep in mind that lobsters are like cattle. You can prod them where you want them to go, so take your time and herd them into the net.” Again, I needed to take my time and use my head. 3) When I started to freedive deeper and go for bigger fish, I had the privilege of diving with Chad, a top diver. I absorbed a lot just by watching. He had smooth, calm technique when stalking and strong, purposeful maneuvers when subduing. I learned how to avoid loops in the line, how to handle sharks, the best shot placement. I most appreciate the fact that he never treated me like a girl, and he didn’t

take over if I was fighting a big fish. A good mentor lets you experience struggles and triumphs, praises you when you do well, and gives advice when needed. There comes a time in a hunter’s life when you’ve been through the stages, and your satisfaction comes more from the total hunting experience—being outdoors, enjoying friends, seeing the beauty of nature, and passing on what you’ve learned. Remember to thank your mentors and consider paying them back by taking someone new under your wing. 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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Let someone know where you’re going and when you expect to return. It’s good advice that’ll ensure someone looks for you if you don’t come home from your next outdoor adventure. But in many instances, when rescuers go out searching for a missing person, they’re scouring the woods or waters for a dead body. Time means everything in an emergency situation. If you get into trouble miles from shore or deep in the backcountry, you need help immediately, not hours or days later when someone notices you’re missing. That’s why carrying a Personal Locator Beacon (PLB) is a very good idea. It’s an investment in your safety that you’ll hopefully never need to use. ACR Electronics recently launched its Next-Gen ResQLink View PLB, which is their first unit with a digital display. Using survivor feedback from users who have actually activated their beacons in lifethreatening situations, ACR tweaked the design of their worldwide best-selling PLBs to make them more user-friendly and functional. Coastal Angler Magazine recently got its hands on one of these life-saving little gadgets, and although we were tempted, we restrained from pressing the Activation Button that would immediately alert and deploy U.S. Coast Guard rescue personnel to our offices. ACR ResQLink PLBs have a proven track record. Operating on multiple satellite systems with exceptional power and reliability, users can expect their beacon to be located within five minutes of activation, within 350 feet, 95 percent of the time. Just holding the device provides peace of mind that if something were to happen, help would be on the way.

Although we couldn’t call in the cavalry, we were able to experience the unobtrusive footprint of this indispensible piece of gear. About 5 inches long and weighing just 5 ounces, it easily slides into a pocket. It’s clips snuggly onto a backpack or life jacket, and it was out of the way on the water. In fact, we forgot it was there when the fish started biting. The simplicity of use was also very apparent. Pushing the test button prompts the display to tell you the PLB is in working order, and activating the beacon is as simple flicking the antenna out, which uncovers a bright red activation button. Even suffering from injury, hypothermia or being tossed by waves, a person in distress could activate the PLB with just one hand. It’s worth noting that ACR has added an infra-red strobe light to go along with an ultra-bright strobe to assist rescue crews using night vision goggles. The digital display screen? When activated, it displays all the beacon’s operational activities, including GPS coordinates, operating instructions, usage tips, transmission bursts and battery power. It let’s you know it’s working and that assistance will arrive soon. With military durability and worldwide coverage with no subscription, the ResQLink View and the ResQLink 400—which has everything but the display screen—are reasonably priced for technology that could save your life. There’s no reason not to have one on you next time you’re deep in the woods or out on the water. For more information, go to www.acrartex.com.

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