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Footwear: Huk Performance Fishing Attack The Huk Attack is the most engineered, purpose-built fishing shoe ever created. It brings performance features for the serious fisherman with unique traction, bullet-proof durability and all-day comfort and support. Giftware: The Catch and Release Print Shop Actual Size An alternative to taxidermy, these fish prints are created to the exact length of your catch and stamped with your name and information about your catch. Lifestyle Apparel: Frogg Toggs Prym1 Series Pilot II Jacket and Bibs The Frogg Toggs Prym1 Series Pilot II Jacket and Bibs is the company’s camouflage style of its bombproof Pilot II. It is available in shoreline blue, silver mist and blackout options. Technical Apparel: Frogg Toggs Sierran Transition Wader A zippered, flip-out chest pocket, large multi-function pocket and exterior fly storage area allow these waders to fill double-duty as a chest pack for storage of fly fishing gear. Electronics: Humminbird Solix 15 Chirp Mega SI GPS Humminbird has achieved improved detail and target separation with Chirp Digital Sonar. With touch screen or keypad interface, the screen can be customized and viewed with up to four panels. Fishing Accessory: Yeti Coolers Panga Duffel The Panga Duffel is a hardcore drybag designed to withstand brutal treatment and be completely watertight. It is fully submersible, and Yeti called it a gear fortress. Fly Fishing Accessory: Simms G3 Guide Stockingfoot Wader Simms has built its most breathable and durable wader yet in its new G3 Guide, with four-layers of Gore-Tex fabric in the legs and three layers above the waist. They also feature a chest pocket, handwarmer pockets and built in utility tabs.

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Fishing Line: Berkley Fireline Ultra 8 With four times the abrasion resistance of its original Fireline, Berkley’s thermally fused Ultra 8 comes in a range from 4 pound test up to 30 pound test. FishSmart: Eagle Claw 2017 Flounder Sample Pack Eagle Claw jumps in for the conservation of summer flounder and catch and release with its 2017 Flouder Sample Pack. Kids’ Tackle: 13 Fishing Ambition Combo Designed specifically with the smaller size of a child in mind, but packed with some features required by serious anglers, these salt and freshwater combos are perfect for the little angler who is really into fishing. Tackle Management: Daiwa Tactical Backpack This tackle backpack is perfect for hiking into a stream, walking the banks of a pond, hauling down to the surf or for use as a quickgrab on your buddy’s boat. It is custom designed to hold all the gear an angler needs.

Saltwater Soft Lure: LIVETARGET Hollow Body Mullet The Hollow Body Mullet is sure to find a place in nearshore and inshore boxes and be deadly for sea trout, redfish, snook, flounder and striped bass. It is an incredibly detailed and lifelike walking bait with great action. Fly Reel: Pflueger Supreme QRS Fly Reel With its innovative Quick Release Spool, the Supreme QRS offers an interchangeable large-arbor cassette spool system. The polycarbonate cassettes are secured in the spool carrier by an advanced locking system enclosed by a full stainless steel and alloy construction. Freshwater Reel: Shimano Curado K Baitcasting Reel As if the Curado weren’t legendary enough, Shimano has improved on its venerable reel with the latest in Shimano technology, such as smooth, efficient, durable MicroModule gearing. It is available gear ratios up to 8.5:1. Saltwater Reel: Shimano Sustain Reels C4000/5000 Shimano’s Sustain Reels are a saltwater line of spinning reels that fits into the higher end of Shimano’s line. Featuring Shimano’s advanced Hagane technology, they are smooth, powerful and durable for anglers seeking to do battle with midsized saltwater species.

Terminal Tackle: Trapper Round Bend Treble With an innovative “trap,” the standard version of this odd-looking hook has proven itself by holding baits in place and keeping fish on the hook. The treble-hook version of the trapper is revolutionary. Freshwater Hard Lure: Savage Gear 3D Topwater Bat This crazy-looking bait plays on the nature of predatory species to strike on reaction. It is a hard, surface-walking bait 3D scanned to mimic a bat struggling in the water.

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Saltwater Hard Lure: Rapala X-Rap Magnum 40 Did somebody say wahoo? The new X-Rap Magnum 40 dives consistently to 40 feet with aggressive swimming action. It can be trolled as fast as 13 knots without rolling or kicking out.

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Freshwater Soft Lure: Lunkerhunt LP Prop Series The Lunkerhunt Prop Series combines the design of hollow-body soft plastics with modern prop technology previously found only on hard-body lures. The Prop Series features three body styles: The Prop Frog, The Prop Fish Sunfish and The Prop Fish Shad.

Rod & Reel Combo: Lew’s Mach Crush Speed Spool Combo This baitcast combo features Lew’s exclusive SLP Super Low Profile compact design in a premium 10-bearing Speed Spool reel with MSB Multi-Setting Brake dual cast control system. The combo’s onepiece IM8 graphite rod sports a Winn Dri-Tac splitgrip handle. Fly Fishing Rod: G. Loomis IMX-Pro Fly Rod G. Loomis’ IMX-Pro series was designed for professional guides. IMX-PRO MATRIX is a material that allows Loomis to use fewer wraps of graphite and build fast, responsive rods that are lighter and more sensitive without sacrificing power or durability. Freshwater Rod: 13 Fishing Fate Black With crisp action, incredible sensitivity and superb balance, the Fate Black offers the benefits of a Japanese 30T HTC blank, an innovative seamless reel seat, tanglefree guides with zirconia inserts, hybrid comfort grips and handles made of hand-selected Portuguese cork. Saltwater Rod: St. Croix Legend T o u r n a m e n t Inshore Legend Tournament Inshore rods are the blending of the sensitivity, power and durability found in St Croix’s existing Legend Tournament Bass and Walleye series with components and technology reserved for saltwater environments.

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If you’re looking for a quiet place to fish, with scenery, comfortable cabins and located far from the crowds, drive down to Denali National Park and visit Kirk Martakis at Fish Denali. He offers several lakes on private property that offer about 3,000 wild rainbow trout to 31 inches and trophy-sized grayling. They cruise the lake like sharks, and the clear water makes sight casting to them with single-hook jigs, nymphs or topwater lures too much fun. It’s some of the best lake rainbow fishing I’ve experienced. Cozy, fully equipped cabins located at lakeside offer everything you’ll need for a multi-day stay, including Wi-Fi and multiple bedrooms. It’s a good choice for large families, fishing buddies or couples who want a quiet, laid-back trip with some of Alaska’s best scenery (www.Fishdenali.com). Float fishing offers a change of scenery around each turn in the river as well as great fishing opportunities. Alaska River Tours offers remote float trips along the road system, with neither the crowds nor the expense. Depending on the season, owner Reinhard “Reini” Neuhauser chooses the best rivers for grayling, trout, sheefish, pike, salmon and char. On overnight excursions, he provides tents, camping gear and boats. You arrive ready to fish. I recommend the overnight float, which makes the most of Alaska’s 19-plus hours of daylight. Fish when it’s light, and float during the remaining five hours from midnight to the 4 a.m. during the twilight period, when it’s still light enough to read. It’s a heady trip that is only surpassed by his camps and food served (www.akrivertours.com). The Kenai Peninsula For a quick day of fishing, the Kenai River offers big king salmon to 70plus pounds that sizzle drags. Guide Joe Connors was my instructor back in 10

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my college days, and he’s still as tough on catching fish as he was on me learning public speaking. He’s a long-time Kenai veteran, and his guides at Big Sky Charter and Fish Camp have a long-time, sterling reputation for helping anglers of all skill levels catch silver and sockeye salmon, char and rainbow trout in the 25- to 34-inch range. He offers comfortable riverside cabins, evening barbecues and a quiet place to enjoy the river (www.kenaiguide.com). Bristol Bay Bristol Bay lodges offer the crème de le crème of Alaska sportfishing in these western Alaska waters, where tens of millions of salmon move into various watersheds each year. A couple hundred lodges and camps offer a variety of services, from bare-basic outfitted trips to spectacular lodges with fly-out fishing, shore lunches, and gourmet meals. Mike Gorton runs Goodnews River Lodge, the only lodge located on the 400-milelong river that offers some of the best boat-accessible river fishing for silver salmon, rainbow trout and char you’ll find in the region. It is a mixed-bag fishery, where no matter the weather, you can fish. There wasn’t a stretch of the Goodnews when friend Mark Wade and I fished that didn’t have silver salmon hammering our flies and big rainbow trout swarming in numbers like piranhas. The guides have great people skills and are skilled in their knowledge of the river (www.goodnewsriverlodge. com). Southeast Alaska In southeast Alaska, Marlin Benedict, of Fish Wrangell, offers freshwater fishing for salmon, cutthroat trout and char in the remote, beautiful jungle streams of the Tongass National Forest. You don’t walk long distances here, as most of the good fishing is within a half mile or so of saltwater, which also guarantees fish as fresh as they come. The most fun in fishing these shallow waters is watching salmon attacking your fly or lure. Personal service is topnotch. (www.fishwrangell.com). Chris Batin is editor of The Alaska Angler and author of nine award-winning books and Alaska fishing DVDs. He is featured as an Alaska legend in a new book, “Alaska’s Greatest Outdoor Legends,” published by the University of Alaska Press. For over 40 years, he has run The Alaska Angler Information Service. Discover more at www.AlaskaAngler.com.

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Hammerhead Tuff Grab spearfishing gloves are the toughest warmwater spearfishing gloves available. Tuff Grabs were designed in Hawaii for use in asspetto spearfishing, which involves the diver descending to the bottom and scratching up substrate to attract inquisitive fish. In this style of ambush diving, normal diving gloves only last weeks. Tuff Grabs last months, saving the diver money in the long run. A full 5-finger, 2mm neoprene glove with reinforced flexible amarra (synthetic suede) palm and double-stitched gripped reinforcements offer exceptional durability without sacrificing dexterity. Anti-Slip rubberized grips are sewn into each fingertip and palm, leaving the knuckles open for flexibility. Large batting-glove style Velcro enclosures keep the glove tight. Tuff Grabs are available in both Deep Reef and Pelagic Shatter camouflage to help make you the ultimate predator.

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BILOXI

TIDE CHARTS

BILOXI

Biloxi tide chart - August Louisiana, South Pass, Biloxi (Cadet Point), Biloxi Bay

August 2017

N 30° 23.4' / W 88° 51.4'

High Tide

High Tide

Low Tide

Low Tide

Date

Day

Sunrise

Sunset

Moonrise

Moonset

1

Tu

7:00a

1.7

5:47p

0.1

6:18a

7:48p

3:03p

1:28a

2

We

7:38a

1.8

6:17p

0.0

6:18a

7:47p

3:54p

2:08a

3

Th

8:19a

1.8

6:50p -0.1

6:19a

7:46p

4:45p

2:50a

4

Fr

9:00a

1.9

7:22p -0.1

6:19a

7:45p

5:34p

3:36a

5

Sa

9:40a

1.9

7:53p -0.1

6:20a

7:45p

6:21p

4:24a

6

Su

10:20a

1.9

8:22p

0.0

6:20a

7:44p

7:06p

5:16a

7

Mo

10:59a

1.9

8:49p

0.0

6:21a

7:43p

7:48p

6:10a

8

Tu

11:37a

1.8

9:12p

0.1

6:22a

7:42p

8:28p

7:06a

9

We

12:16p

1.8

9:31p

0.3

6:22a

7:41p

9:07p

8:02a

10

Th

12:56p

1.5

9:40p

0.6

6:23a

7:41p

9:45p

8:59a

11

Fr

1:36p

1.4

9:31p

0.7

6:23a

7:40p

10:23p

9:58a

12

Sa

5:46a

1.0

8:33a

0.8

6:24a

7:39p

11:01p

10:57a

13

Su

4:54a

1.2

3:19p

0.8

6:24a

7:38p

11:42p

11:57a

14

Mo

5:03a

1.5

3:32p

0.4

6:25a

7:37p

15

Tu

5:35a

1.8

4:17p

0.1

6:25a

7:36p

12:26a

2:02p

16

We

6:22a

1.9

5:05p

0.0

6:26a

7:35p

1:14a

3:05p

17

Th

7:16a

2.2

5:54p -0.1

6:27a

7:34p

2:07a

4:07p

18

Fr

8:15a

2.2

6:42p -0.3

6:27a

7:33p

3:05a

5:07p

2:14p

1.1

8:38p

0.8

Sa

9:14a

2.4

7:28p -0.1

6:28a

7:32p

4:07a

6:02p

20

Su

10:13a

2.2

8:12p

0.0

6:28a

7:31p

5:11a

6:52p

21

Mo

11:10a

2.1

8:50p

0.3

6:29a

7:30p

6:15a

7:38p

22

Tu

12:04p

1.9

9:18p

0.6

6:29a

7:29p

7:17a

8:20p

23

We

12:56p

1.7

9:24p

0.8

6:30a

7:28p

8:18a

8:59p

24

Th

1:48p

1.4

8:51p

1.0

6:30a

7:27p

9:16a

9:35p

25

Fr

3:12a

1.1

8:07a

1.0

6:31a

7:26p

10:13a

10:11p

26

Sa

3:01a

1.4

11:39a

1.0

6:31a

7:25p

11:08a

10:48p

27

Su

3:22a

1.5

2:24p

0.8

6:32a

7:23p

12:01p

11:25p

28

Mo

3:58a

1.7

3:22p

0.6

6:32a

7:22p

12:54p

29

Tu

4:43a

1.8

4:06p

0.6

6:33a

7:21p

1:46p

12:04a

30

We

5:35a

1.9

4:47p

0.4

6:34a

7:20p

2:37p

12:45a

31

Th

6:32a

2.1

5:26p

0.4

6:34a

7:19p

3:27p

1:30a

1.2

7:21p

1.1

Phase

Full

12:59p

19

2:48p

3rd

New

1st

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Pascagoula tide chart - August Louisiana, South Pass, Pascagoula, Mississippi Sound

August 2017

N 30° 20.4' / W 88° 32.0' Date

Day

High Tide

High Tide

Low Tide

Low Tide

Sunrise

Sunset

Moonrise

Moonset

1

Tu

6:16a

1.4

5:05p

0.1

6:18a

7:48p

3:03p

1:28a

2

We

6:54a

1.6

5:35p

0.0

6:18a

7:47p

3:54p

2:08a

3

Th

7:35a

1.6

6:08p -0.1

6:19a

7:46p

4:45p

2:50a

4

Fr

8:16a

1.7

6:40p -0.1

6:19a

7:45p

5:34p

3:36a

5

Sa

8:56a

1.7

7:11p -0.1

6:20a

7:45p

6:21p

4:24a

6

Su

9:36a

1.7

7:40p

0.0

6:20a

7:44p

7:06p

5:16a

7

Mo

10:15a

1.7

8:07p

0.0

6:21a

7:43p

7:48p

6:10a

8

Tu

10:53a

1.6

8:30p

0.1

6:22a

7:42p

8:28p

7:06a

9

We

11:32a

1.6

8:49p

0.2

6:22a

7:41p

9:07p

8:02a

10

Th

12:12p

1.3

8:58p

0.5

6:23a

7:41p

9:45p

8:59a

11

Fr

12:52p

1.2

8:49p

0.6

6:23a

7:40p

10:23p

9:58a

12

Sa

5:02a

0.8

7:51a

0.7

6:24a

7:39p

11:01p

10:57a

13

Su

4:10a

1.1

2:37p

0.7

6:24a

7:38p

11:42p

11:57a

14

Mo

4:19a

1.3

2:50p

0.4

6:25a

7:37p

15

Tu

4:51a

1.6

3:35p

0.1

6:25a

7:36p

12:26a

2:02p

16

We

5:38a

1.7

4:23p

0.0

6:26a

7:35p

1:14a

3:05p

17

Th

6:32a

1.9

5:12p -0.1

6:27a

7:34p

2:07a

4:07p

18

Fr

7:31a

1.9

6:00p -0.2

6:27a

7:33p

3:05a

5:07p

19

Sa

8:30a

2.1

6:46p -0.1

6:28a

7:32p

4:07a

6:02p

20

Su

9:29a

1.9

7:30p

0.0

6:28a

7:31p

5:11a

6:52p

21

Mo

10:26a

1.8

8:08p

0.2

6:29a

7:30p

6:15a

7:38p

22

Tu

11:20a

1.7

8:36p

0.5

6:29a

7:29p

7:17a

8:20p

23

We

12:12p

1.4

8:42p

0.7

6:30a

7:28p

8:18a

8:59p

24

Th

1:04p

1.2

8:09p

0.8

6:30a

7:27p

9:16a

9:35p

25

Fr

2:28a

1.0

7:25a

0.8

6:31a

7:26p

10:13a

10:11p

26

Sa

2:17a

1.2

10:57a

0.8

6:31a

7:25p

11:08a

10:48p

27

Su

2:38a

1.3

1:42p

0.7

6:32a

7:23p

12:01p

11:25p

28

Mo

3:14a

1.4

2:40p

0.5

6:32a

7:22p

12:54p

29

Tu

3:59a

1.6

3:24p

0.5

6:33a

7:21p

1:46p

12:04a

30

We

4:51a

1.7

4:05p

0.4

6:34a

7:20p

2:37p

12:45a

31

Th

5:48a

1.8

4:44p

0.4

6:34a

7:19p

3:27p

1:30a

1:30p

2:04p

1.0

1.1

7:56p

6:39p

0.7

1.0

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12:59p 3rd

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10:22 PM -0.61

2017/06/26 Mon 12:33 PM 2.10 2017/06/26 Mon 11:09 PM -0.41 2017/06/27 Tue 01:13 PM 1.86 2017/06/27 Tue 11:46 PM -0.16 2017/06/28 Wed 01:42 PM 1.56 2017/06/26 Mon Thu 12:33 12:PM06 2.AM10 0.11 H 2017/06/29 2017/06/26 Mon Thu 11:09 PM01:38 -0.PM41 1.25 L 2017/06/29 2017/06/27 Tue Thu 01:13 PM11:55 PM1.86 0.36 H 2017/06/29 2017/06/27 Tue Fri 11:46 PM11:04 AM-0.16 1.04 L 2017/06/30 2017/06/28 Wed Fri 01:42 10:PM46 1.PM56 0.52 H 2017/06/30 2017/06/29 2017/06/26ThuMon 12:12:0633AMPM 0.2.1110 LH 2017/06/29 2017/06/26ThuMon 01:11:3809PMPM 1.2-0.5 41 HL 2017/06/27ThuTue 11:501:51PM 3 PM 0.1.3866 LH 2017/06/29 2017/06/27FriTue 11:011:4 6AMPM 1.0-0.4 16 HL 2017/06/30 2017/06/28FriWed 10:01:4642PMPM 0.1.5526 LH 2017/06/30 2017/06/29 Thu 2017/06/29 Thu 2017/06/29 Thu 2017/06/30Fri 2017/06/30Fri

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TIDE CHARTS Gulfport tide chart - August Louisiana, South Pass, Gulfport Harbor, Mississippi Sound

August 2017

N 30° 21.6' / W 89° 04.9'

1/4 ad

Date

Day

Sunrise

Sunset

Moonrise

Moonset

1

Tu

7:05a

1.6

5:26p

0.1

6:18a

7:48p

3:03p

1:28a

2

We

7:43a

1.7

5:56p

0.0

6:18a

7:47p

3:54p

2:08a

3

Th

8:24a

1.7

6:29p -0.1

6:19a

7:46p

4:45p

2:50a

4

Fr

9:05a

1.8

7:01p -0.1

6:19a

7:45p

5:34p

3:36a

5

Sa

9:45a

1.8

7:32p -0.1

6:20a

7:45p

6:21p

4:24a

6

Su

10:25a

1.8

8:01p

0.0

6:20a

7:44p

7:06p

5:16a

7

Mo

11:04a

1.8

8:28p

0.0

6:21a

7:43p

7:48p

6:10a

8

Tu

11:42a

1.7

8:51p

0.1

6:22a

7:42p

8:28p

7:06a

1320 Harbor Rd, Ocean Springs, MS 39564

High Tide

High Tide

Low Tide

Low Tide

9

We

12:21p

1.7

9:10p

0.3

6:22a

7:41p

9:07p

8:02a

10

Th

1:01p

1.4

9:19p

0.5

6:23a

7:41p

9:45p

8:59a

11

Fr

1:41p

1.3

9:10p

0.7

6:23a

7:40p

10:23p

9:58a

12

Sa

5:51a

0.9

8:12a

0.8

6:24a

7:39p

11:01p

10:57a

13

Su

4:59a

1.2

2:58p

0.8

6:24a

7:38p

11:42p

11:57a

14

Mo

5:08a

1.4

3:11p

0.4

6:25a

7:37p

15

Tu

5:40a

1.7

3:56p

0.1

6:25a

7:36p

12:26a

2:02p

16

We

6:27a

1.8

4:44p

0.0

6:26a

7:35p

1:14a

3:05p

17

Th

7:21a

2.1

5:33p -0.1

6:27a

7:34p

2:07a

4:07p

18

Fr

8:20a

2.1

6:21p -0.3

6:27a

7:33p

3:05a

5:07p

19

Sa

9:19a

2.2

7:07p -0.1

6:28a

7:32p

4:07a

6:02p

20

Su

10:18a

2.1

7:51p

0.0

6:28a

7:31p

5:11a

6:52p

21

Mo

11:15a

1.9

8:29p

0.3

6:29a

7:30p

6:15a

7:38p

22

Tu

12:09p

1.8

8:57p

0.5

6:29a

7:29p

7:17a

8:20p

23

We

1:01p

1.6

9:03p

0.8

6:30a

7:28p

8:18a

8:59p

24

Th

1:53p

1.3

8:30p

0.9

6:30a

7:27p

9:16a

9:35p

25

Fr

3:17a

1.0

7:46a

0.9

6:31a

7:26p

10:13a

10:11p

26

Sa

3:06a

1.3

11:18a

0.9

6:31a

7:25p

11:08a

10:48p

27

Su

3:27a

1.4

2:03p

0.8

6:32a

7:23p

12:01p

11:25p

28

Mo

4:03a

1.6

3:01p

0.5

6:32a

7:22p

12:54p

29

Tu

4:48a

1.7

3:45p

0.5

6:33a

7:21p

1:46p

12:04a

30

We

5:40a

1.8

4:26p

0.4

6:34a

7:20p

2:37p

12:45a

31

Th

6:37a

1.9

5:05p

0.4

6:34a

7:19p

3:27p

1:30a

2:19p

1.0

2:53p

1.2

8:17p

0.8

7:00p

1.0

Phase

Full

12:59p 3rd

New

1st

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August 2017

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Date

Day

Sunrise

Sunset

Moonrise

Moonset

1

Tu

8:13a

High Tide 1.6

High Tide

7:14p

Low Tide 0.1

6:18a

7:48p

3:03p

1:28a

2

We

8:51a

1.8

7:44p

0.0

6:18a

7:47p

3:54p

2:08a

3

Th

9:32a

1.8

8:17p -0.1

6:19a

7:46p

4:45p

2:50a

4

Fr

10:13a

1.9

8:49p -0.1

6:19a

7:45p

5:34p

3:36a

5

Sa

10:53a

1.9

9:20p -0.1

6:20a

7:45p

6:21p

4:24a

6

Su

11:33a

1.9

9:49p

0.0

6:20a

7:44p

7:06p

5:16a

7

Mo

12:12p

1.9

10:16p

0.0

6:21a

7:43p

7:48p

6:10a

8

Tu

12:50p

1.8

10:39p

0.1

6:22a

7:42p

8:28p

7:06a

9

We

1:29p

1.8

10:58p

0.3

6:22a

7:41p

9:07p

8:02a

10

Th

2:09p

1.5

11:07p

0.5

6:23a

7:41p

9:45p

8:59a

11

Fr

2:49p

1.4

10:58p

0.7

6:23a

7:40p

10:23p

9:58a

12

Sa

6:59a

0.9

10:00a

0.8

6:24a

7:39p

11:01p

10:57a

13

Su

6:07a

1.2

4:46p

0.8

6:24a

7:38p

11:42p

11:57a

14

Mo

6:16a

1.5

4:59p

0.4

6:25a

7:37p

15

Tu

6:48a

1.8

5:44p

0.1

6:25a

7:36p

12:26a

2:02p

16

We

7:35a

1.9

6:32p

0.0

6:26a

7:35p

1:14a

3:05p

17

Th

8:29a

2.2

7:21p -0.1

6:27a

7:34p

2:07a

4:07p

18

Fr

9:28a

2.2

8:09p -0.3

6:27a

7:33p

3:05a

5:07p

19

Sa

10:27a

2.3

8:55p -0.1

6:28a

7:32p

4:07a

6:02p

20

Su

11:26a

2.2

9:39p

0.0

6:28a

7:31p

5:11a

6:52p

21

Mo

12:23p

2.0

10:17p

0.3

6:29a

7:30p

6:15a

7:38p

22

Tu

1:17p

1.9

10:45p

0.5

6:29a

7:29p

7:17a

8:20p

23

We

2:09p

1.6

10:51p

0.8

6:30a

7:28p

8:18a

8:59p

24

Th

3:01p

1.4

10:18p

0.9

6:30a

7:27p

9:16a

9:35p

25

Fr

4:25a

1.1

9:34a

0.9

6:31a

7:26p

10:13a

10:11p

26

Sa

4:14a

1.4

1:06p

0.9

6:31a

7:25p

11:08a

10:48p

27

Su

4:35a

1.5

3:51p

0.8

6:32a

7:23p

12:01p

11:25p

28

Mo

5:11a

1.6

4:49p

0.5

6:32a

7:22p

12:54p

29

Tu

5:56a

1.8

5:33p

0.5

6:33a

7:21p

1:46p

12:04a

30

We

6:48a

1.9

6:14p

0.4

6:34a

7:20p

2:37p

12:45a

31

Th

7:45a

2.0

6:53p

0.4

6:34a

7:19p

3:27p

1:30a

3:27p

4:01p

1.1

1.2

10:05p

8:48p

0.8

1.1

Phase

Full

12:59p 3rd

New

1st

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OFFSHORE FISHING REPORT By Nelson Outdoors Pro – Derek Stiglet The bite is on! If you’re looking to catch red snapper along the Mississippi Gulf Coast this summer, then August is still the time to do it. The red snapper bite has been incredibly consistent, once again, since the 2017 season has opened. When targeting red snapper, head to the artificial reefs and wrecks in the fish havens south of the barrier islands. There are also the oil and gas platforms that are scattered throughout the Gulf that also provide an abundance of red snapper and even mangrove(gray) snapper. The typical rig for bottom fishing for snapper would be a basic Carolina rig. I use a 4oz to 8oz egg weight above a barrel swivel, tied to a 5-6ft length of 30-60lb Seaguar or Frenzy Flourocarbon leader with a 6/O Mustad circle hook, tied to the opposite end of the leader with a basic uni knot. Another rig that works to enable you to catch multiple snapper at a time is the Chicken Rig, also known as the Dropper Rig. To rig a Dropper Rig, tie a barrel swivel of your preference to the main line with roughly an 8ft length of Seaguar or Frenzy Flourocarbon leader, 30lb-60lb test depending on the size fish you are targeting. Tie a simple

figure 8 knot with a decent size loop at the tag end of your leader to attach a 4oz to 8oz bank sinker by running the loop of the figure 8 through the eye of the sinker and then passing the loop around the sinker to slide back up to the eye to tighten it down. Throughout the leader, I typically tie 2 to 3 Dropper loop knots roughly 12 inches or so apart to attach the circle hooks of your choice to the loops the same way the sinker was attached to the bottom of the rig. The Bait of choice would be either frozen squid, frozen menhaden, cigar minnows or if you are looking to use live bait then a Frantic Pinfish with produce The marine sea conditions for the most part are favorable this time of the year with the exception of the morning or afternoon summer squalls that will pop up without warning. Also, the temperatures can soar up into the mid 90’s at times so plan accordingly when planning a trip offshore in August. Now it’s time to bait your hooks, drop it to the desired depth and be ready for the bite!!

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weight. A high-end reel is a must here as they will try to break everything you own as they head for a different zip code! I use a tapered 20lb. leader with a 40lb. fluorocarbon bite tippet. Here, the Jacks will eat anything that touches the water, so fly color or type is not that important. I do however like a big, sturdy 2/0 hook.

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the school of mullet that they are harassing to eat the fly imitating a wounded mullet. On the south side of the island, look for the balls of red minnows. If you find the red bait ball, the fish will be there soon. It’s not a bad idea to rig a rod with some wire leader attached to the fly as the sharks are always a welcome sight to the party. The Jacks don’t mind the wire leader and it is

a must for the sharks. I like big deceivers here. The Jacks are like me at a pizza buffet and will eat anything that is put in front of them.

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The sport, or activity, of kayaking has grown throughout the United States. This is evident by the participation numbers in organized paddle events, as well as the frequency of seeing kayaks being transported on our streets and highways. The following relates to observations from more than 25 years of participating in kayak activities. Locally, along our gulf coast, kayakers are regularly seen on the rivers, lakes and bayous, as well as in the Mississippi Sound. Our local group in Jackson County, MS is the Pascagoula Paradise Paddlers. We routinely host paddles on a monthly basis for people of all skill levels which are

posted to meetup.com, under Mississippi Kayaking meetup group. The success, as measured by participation numbers, of organized kayak races continues to draw experienced and new paddlers, with head counts of up to 300 to 400 paddlers. The monthly paddles hosted by Pascagoula Paradise Paddlers draw 20 to 50 participants or more, depending on trip length, location, and points of interest. It is noticeable that more retailers are including kayaks in store inventories. The selection ranges from affordable,

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conscious are basic and minimal considerations. Always be aware that power vessel operators do not always show the courtesy of slowing down when approaching and passing kayakers. Participating in a kayaking safety clinic and practicing paddling techniques provides for a safer and more enjoyable experience. For more information on where you can find kayak safety clinics, join the Mississippi Kayaking group on meetup.com or contact Pascagoula Parks and Recreation at 228-938-2356. If you have thought about paddling and haven’t taken the step, research opportunities in your area, grab a paddle and enjoy a trip in one of the local waterways. Someone once remarked, in the Pascagoula area, there is enough water that a person could paddle somewhere new each month for 20 years, and never go to the same place twice! Stay tuned for future articles on upcoming paddles, paddling events, safety on the water, and classes offered.

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PADDLE SPORTS Kayak Fishing Report By Benton Parrott dbparrott@bellsouth.net. Summer is officially here. It’s time for those early mornings on the water before the sunrise. A cup of coffee and a top water getting exploded on just sets the tone for the day. Early on calm wind days we have been throwing the spook jr. in bone and mullet pattern with good results. If we have a little wind we are using the she pup to make a little more noise on the surface. I like working my top waters slow but change it up a bit walking it back at different speeds to see what the fish will react to. As the sun rises switch over to suspending baits and soft plastics. Suspending baits like the mirrodine I like to work at different speeds back to the kayak letting stop and pause for a few seconds. This gives that following fish time to react to the paused bait and strike. I am catching more quality fish on the soft plastics this year. Slow rolled across the bottom, flutter bounced, or just speed ripped back to you with pauses has been producing strikes. I use Saltwater Assassin for the soft body and great action rigged on a pro elite jig head. The colors as with all baits I use depends on the water clarity I am fishing. Clear water I want a more natural presentation whereas in dirty water with low visibility I use the louder colors or one with chartreuse tails. Not to miss in August! On August 5th the Fourth annual

Bayou La Batre Kayak Classic Fishing Tournament is being held in Bayou La Batre, AL. There is over 33 different prizes up for grabs as long with a master angler title. On the 6th the IFA Kayak tour will be in Houma, LA. This catch photo and release tournament is based off the length of your best combined length of 1 redfish and 1 speckled trout. You have to fish 2 events to be eligible to fish the Championship in this fall. Don’t forget we keep a running tab on what’s happening in the kayak community on our Facebook page Kayak Fishing U. 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. Benton Parrott Hobie Regional Team / Everything Kayak Pro Staff Fishing Guide dbparrott@bellsouth.net.

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y the time I was 12 years old, I knew and fished at least two dozen bass waters, most of them from a canoe with my Pop. Usually there were no boat ramps, no houses and seldom another fisherman. That’s the beauty of the Adirondack region of Upstate New York. There’s tons of water and lots of fish. Often when the Adirondacks (ADKs) are mentioned in fishing circles, pristine secluded trout rivers or brook trout ponds come to mind. Our secret is that the ADKs have countless bass fishing options, as well, with any kind of water you could think of. Three renowned waters within my 30-minute fishing radius are perfect examples of the great bass fishing in our area. Lake George, Lake Champlain and Saratoga Lake provide varied and endless opportunities for both largemouth and smallmouth action, with a spectrum of habitats that could keep any bass enthusiast occupied for a lifetime. Additionally, if it’s a secluded canoe/kayak adventure you’re after, I dare say the ADKs have more backwoods bass waters on public land than any state I can think of. These woods are the same natural forests they were in 1885, when they were deemed untouchable thanks to Teddy Roosevelt. Imagine fishing secluded, crystal-clear waters with green mountains as a backdrop, moderate temperatures and a relaxing breeze. Since the founding of our country, these waters have provided sanctuary from the heat and congestion of the growing East Coast industrial cities. Summer retreats to the ADKs to fish and hunt were the norm, and coupling

these outdoor activities with attractions like Saratoga horse racing or a Lake George steamboat ride created traditions of the American summer vacation. Today, if you are serious about bass fishing, yet want to include family on the vacation, the Saratoga/Lake George area is the spot. I feel qualified to endorse the attractions, since when I am not fishing or hunting, I’m performing music at many of the area’s top resorts and restaurants. Though my profession as a traveling musician has allowed me to fish all over North America, my heart is still at home fishing the 6-million-acre Adirondack Park. Let’s start with Lake George, which is a large deep-water lake that is the ultimate finesse bass water. This beautiful 32-mile-long glacially carved lake has rock shorelines and is speckled with islands that provide endless bass structure. Lake George has AAA reservoir water quality and is crystal clear. Light 6- to 8-pound fluorocarbon line is a must while drop-shotting 30- to 50-foot rocky bottoms for big numbers of smallmouth and some nice 4-pound-plus fish. When drop-shotting I prefer natural presentation baits like the Berkley’s Gulp! Nemesis in the Smelt color. The lake temperature remains cool all year, and shaky-head worm presentations or small bass jigs will score a mix of largemouth and smallmouth in ultra-clear 20- to 40-foot depths. This is a great training ground for teaching your family or friends to fish. Shore fishing is a bonus, and many others and I make trophy catches all year from shore. I rely on my Costa sunglasses on this lake as much as my Lowrance Sonar. It’s so clear that I can watch strikes in 20 feet of water. I keep three pairs of Costas on board. I prefer yellow lenses for sunrise, low light and cloudy days. These lenses work wonders sighting fish and contrasting bottom structure. I use blue mirror on bright days and amber green mirror lenses for most other situations on the lake. Just to the north of Lake George, Lake Champlain offers everything a fisherman can imagine. Many experts rank Champlain among the top fisheries in the country for largemouth and smallmouth bass. You can fish just about any presentation in this vast lake, which combines natural and man-made structure like sunken ships, submerged train tracks and dock cribbings. My fishing concentrates on the southern end of the lake, where the water is usually very stained. Vast water chestnut beds yield many 5-pound-plus largemouth bass. Heavy abrasion-resistant line is a must; I prefer fluorocarbon or braid, depending on presentation. I normally punch the weeds with 1- or 2-ounce tungsten and big 10-inch Power Bait or Yum worms. Dark colors work best. Topwater and flipping are also go-to tactics, with countless backwaters providing breathtaking views and heart-pounding hook sets. To the south, Saratoga Lake is much smaller than George or Champlain. It is slightly stained and can be highly pressured but still provides large numbers of largemouth in the 3- to 5-pound range. Dense concentrations of cabbage and mixed milfoil create great opportunities for tossing plastics and jigs on the edges of long weed lines. Saratoga Lake’s close proximity to the City of Saratoga Springs makes it an ideal morning or evening getaway for those visiting during track season, which lasts through Labor Day. While the tourist season winds down, the fish really turn on, which make for some magical days in fall. The big lakes are great, but to me the gems of this area are the smaller lakes and ponds I learned to fish on. The unique chance to toss a lure to unpressured fish on public waters is a reality. The Adirondack Park features countless opportunities perfect for canoe and kayak fishing. With today’s lightweight watercraft, you can be alone with 2- to 5-pound bass after just a half-mile hike to numerous ponds and lakes. Many canoe and kayak waters are also roadside or within a state park. New York does a wonderful job providing trailhead access and parking areas for anglers with car-top boats. Research access at www.dec.ny.gov. The amount of good bass water in the Saratoga/Lake George is staggering. With its proximity to so many metropolitan centers, a short drive up I-87 can have you setting hooks on some beastly bass in no time.

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Realize that frames represent very little in the cost of production for a pair of sunglasses. What you are paying for--or should be paying for-in an expensive pair of glasses is lens technology. A better set of lenses is going to cost more and last longer. Those inexpensive glasses with sprayon lens protection will serve you almost as well as the expensive ones off the shelf, but they might

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sunglasses shoppers. One views sunglasses as fashion accessories, to be matched to an outfit or activity. This is all well and good. Good-looking glasses do help you look cool. The second type of shopper, which is a group I have found many anglers fall into, is more interested in sunglasses as an essential tool. All-day comfort and performance are considerations that come before style or brand for people in this second group. If performance is more important to you than ego, do not lock yourself into one particular brand of glasses. They can range from $5 to $500, and all manufacturers promote their own bells and whistles. Sometimes you get what you pay for, other times you are paying for a brand logo on the side of the frame.

only maintain that performance for a year. The single most important consideration with frames is they are essential to fit and the resulting comfort for the wearer. This is why you should not be locked into a certain brand. Everyone’s face is different, and so are everyone’s sunglasses needs. Do not be a branded person, choose a pair of sunglasses that fits your face and your needs.

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