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MISSISSIPPI GULF COAST EDITION

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Reels Reviews

At Night

Fish

Tales From Costa Rica

Skeeter Celebrates

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ast and stable, with a needle nose that reminded people of a mosquito buzzing over southern waters, the world’s first bass boat was the 1948 brainchild of Shreveport, Louisiana’s Holmes Thurmond. That first Skeeter boat, made of molded marine plywood, caught on quickly with local anglers. It launched the brand

that today, 70 years later, is still renowned for building innovative boats designed specifically for the needs of recreational anglers. Cary Crutchfield, co-publisher of Coastal Angler Magazine’s North Central Florida edition, owns one of those early Skeeter boats. When he bought his first Skeeter in the 1960s, the company was already leading the way in what became an industry-wide transition to fiberglass. His was a 15-foot model with stick steering up front that was powered by a 35hp outboard. “It’s real easy to fish from, and it’s just a neat 6

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looking boat,” Crutchfield said of those early flat-bottomed Skeeters. “It’s narrow, and the way the sides turn up to the cockpit makes it very stable to move around in.” With today’s bass boats, a 250hp Yamaha seems like a necessity to even compete on the tournament circuits. Back then, a Skeeter with a 35hp was capable of reaching speeds in excess of 30 mph. It was a fishing boat superior to any that came before it. The Super Skeeter arose as the boat for serious anglers fishing the large, newly constructed man-made reservoirs that have since fueled the sport. Crutchfield sold his 15-footer in the 1980s and almost immediately began kicking himself. He missed the narrow profile and shallow draft, along with kind of stability that allows him to stand comfortably and pole into very tight places. It wasn’t long before he ran into another old Skeeter he had to have, this one a 14-footer, originally powered by a 25hp outboard that has since been replaced by a 1950s model 12hp. Even with that old motor, it still gets around pretty quickly, and Crutchfield said it’s still the perfect small fishing boat where he launches on the Suwannee River. With the spirit of innovation that gave rise to that first bass boat and an open ear to the new requirements of early bass tournaments, Skeeter grew and evolved with the sport. The Skeeter Hawk did away with the characteristic pointed bow, which allowed for a smoother ride and a raised casting platform. In the 1970s, after moving into its current plant in Kilgore, Texas, Skeeter rolled the dice and introduced the legendary Wrangler to the bass fishing world. Rated for 150hp with a V-bottom, it was an odd and new style that absolutely dominated the competition in performance. It became the template that led to the high-performance fishing machines that roar

around our reservoirs today. In 2018, Skeeter Performance Fishing Boats is celebrating its 70th year of providing anglers with exceptional fishing boats. With modern technology and computer design capabilities, it has continued to lead the industry with innovations such as the first production composite bass boat, the ZX202, in the mid-1990s. The venerable ZX series, in all its versions, has been a staple in the bass tournament world for more then three decades. But listening to the needs of the fishermen who are its customers, Skeeter branched out to produce deep-v boats for walleye tournament anglers on the big lakes of the north, as well as bay boats for saltwater anglers. Skeeter’s acquisition by Yamaha in 1996 brought new resources to the table and advances followed. In 2001, Skeeter again set a new standard for the industry with its Torque Transfer Transom and Stringer System, which provides lift to the entire keel, while eliminating stress on the on the transom, deck, hull and sides. Through all the advancements, Skeeter boats bear little resemblance to Thurmond’s first bass boat. But the same concept, to design perfect

fishing boats for fishermen, is evident throughout Skeeter’s product line. Whether it’s on southern reservoirs, the big northern lakes or the bays and backwaters of the Gulf of Mexico, Skeeter has a nimble, fast and extremely fishable boat perfect for the kind of fishing you do.

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Visit SkeeterBoats.com to locate your nearest Skeeter Dealer. Nationally Advertised Price; actual sales price determined by dealer. Price does not include freight, dealer prep, and T.T.L.. uManufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (MSRP). Prices may vary due to supply, location, freight etc. Actual prices are set by the dealer. *Terms and Conditions: Nationally Advertised Price for 2018 SX210 with $1500 Rebate. Consumer benefit for purchasing a new (unused, not previously warranty registered) eligible MY 2018 and prior boat from 1/1/18- 3/31/18 is an instant rebate applied at time of final sale by dealer, at no extra cost to consumer. Actual rebate amount is determined by model selected. NO BENEFIT SUBSTITUTIONS. Promotion is only applicable from authorized participating Skeeter dealers in the U.S.A. and Canada sold to purchasing consumers residing in the U.S.A. and Canada. Promotion is limited to available stock in dealer inventory that is sold, PDI completed, delivered and warranty registered in accordance with Skeeter’s promotion and warranty registration req uirements during applicable dates. No model substitutions, benefit substitutions, extensions or rain checks will be allowed. Not redeemable for cash. Boats sold or provided for commercial, camp, resort, rental, promotional/ demo, government agency, competition, tournament or sponsorship use are not eligible. This promotion cannot be used in conjunction with any other Skeeter offer or discounts. Some exceptions may apply. See authorized, participating Skeeter dealer for complete details. Skeeter reserves the right to change or cancel this promotion at any time. Other restrictions and conditions apply. ©2018 Skeeter Products, Inc. All rights reserved. This document contains many of Skeeter’s valuable trademarks. It may also contain trademarks belonging to other companies. Any references to other companies or their products are for identification purposes only, and are not intended to be an endorsement. Remember to observe all applicable boating laws. Never drink and ride. Dress properly with a USCG approved flotation device and protective gear. +

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Rods & Reels

G. LOOMIS/SHIMANO CONQUEST

PENN CONFLICT II

PENN redesigned its smooth and durable Conflict reel to bring anglers the Conflict II, the most lightweight PENN reel ever made. It is a superior reel, perfectly suited to inshore applications. True to its origins, the Conflict II features stealthy cosmetics and a smooth and reliable HT-100 carbon fiber drag system. The RR30 Rigid Resin body and rotor are extremely lightweight and durable, and with the redesign, the Conflict II is 20 percent lighter than the first-generation Conflict. Internally, the Conflict II is updated with PENN’s CNC Gear Technology and high quality stainless steel ball bearings, making it the ultimate PENN inshore reel. With the Superline Spool, no backing is needed because of the rubber gasket that keeps superlines from slipping. Other key features include: Slow Oscillation – Leveline System, 7+1 sealed stainless steel ball bearing system and line capacity rings.

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What do you get when you mix proven G. Loomis rod design with Shimano technology? You get Conquest, a line of 12 awesome bass rods, purposebuilt for different conditions and techniques. The new Conquest series includes eight casting rods with G. Loomis’ original “Mag Bass” fast-action tapers and four “Spin/Jig” fast-action spinning rods. With Shimano’s Spiral X and Hi-Power X processes, the blanks are rolled to exact G. Loomis specifications before being handfinished in G. Loomis’ Woodland, Wash. facility. With this partnership, engineers believe they have produced the most technologically advanced rods on the water. They are lightweight and offer anglers a whole new set of performance standards. Some of the benefits anglers will experience are: more accurate casts, increased fighting power, solid leverage for hook sets and reduced rod twist for rod control and durability. The casting rods are fitted with G. Loomis’ “skeleton” reel seats on full-cork contoured grips. The spinning rods feature split grips and Shimano’s CI4 reel seats. Blank-through-handle design on both versions adds sensitivity, as do the Fuji Torzite guides and a durable SIC Titanium tip guide. Whether you’re pitching jigs in thick cover or prospecting open water for smallies, high-performance Conquest rods will help you catch more bass.

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PENN INTERNATIONAL VI

Legend Tournament Inshore rods are the blending of the inimitable sensitivity, power and durability of St Croix’s Legend Tournament Bass and Walleye series with components and technology suited for saltwater environments. With good looks and a high-performance feel, the Legend Tournament Inshore was awarded Best Saltwater rod at ICAST 2017. The eye-catching “Belize Blue” blanks are crafted of SCIV graphite using Integrated Poly Curve tooling technology and engineered to eliminate all transitional points, which fosters smooth action, increased strength and sensitivity. They are surprisingly lightweight, yet durable, and are equipped with a Fuji TVS blank touch reel seat on spinning rods and PTS blank-touch reel seat with builtin hoods on casting models. These new Fuji seats are designed to stand-up to the pressure of hard-fighting inshore species. Kigan Master Hand Zero Tangle guides and a Kigan titanium hook keeper provide 100 percent corrosion protection.

After nearly 15 years, the PENN International big game reel will get a makeover. The reel that has become legendary for fulfilling angler dreams offshore has been refined and modernized to once again redefine big game reels. The PENN International VI series features many upgrades including a weight reduction on key sizes, a new silent anti-reverse and a more refined/ adjustable Dura-Drag system. The new series features 28 models in both gold and silver, single speed and two-speed, wide and narrow. Made in the U.S.A. of domestic and imported components at the historic PENN Fishing Tackle Manufacturing Company building in Philadelphia, the International VI will give anglers the edge in chasing that trophy of a lifetime. Key features include: Machined and anodized aluminum body and side plates, stainless steel main and pinion gears, Quick-Shift II two-speed system, sealed DuraDrag system, Versa-Strike Adjustable Strike stop, double-dog ratchet anti-reverse and line capacity rings.

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Product Reviews

TSUNAMI ARMR

MUD HOLE TURN KEY KITS Avid anglers who want to take their fishing to the next level owe it to themselves to check out Mud Hole Custom Tackle’s rod building kits. They include everything needed for anglers to construct their own high-end custom fishing rods. Mud Hole is offering an amazing value on its Inshore Turnkey Kit, which includes all the tools and materials to build a custom inshore rod perfect for trout and redfish. The kit features the extremely popular and versatile MHX SJ842 rod blank. This 7’0” medium-light power rod features a fast action for throwing soft plastics and topwater lures at wary flats fish. Along with the blank, the kit comes with a matched guide set, handle kit and everything from the CRB wrapper, a CRB rod dryer and ProPaste and ProKote Rod Finish and all the tools needed to craft your own custom rod. Visit www.mudhole.com and check out all our Turn Key Kit options or simply Google: Mud Hole Turnkey.

Super smooth and well built, the Tsunami ARMR is lightweight, high-performance spinning reel available in 3000/4000 and 5000/6000 sizes. The Tsunami ARMR has a sleek design and features

high-end components to provide smooth and durable operation for fighting and casting. The lightweight, solid aluminum body combined with hybrid, corrosion resistant carbon infused side plates and rotor and a double anodized ported aluminum spool are what keep this reel feather light in the hand all day long. Seven high-precision, shielded stainless steel ball bearings allow full support to all free-moving parts during the toughest fight or retrieve after retrieve. The look and feel of the Tsunami ARMR reel, enhanced by a light, durable EVA handle knob and braid-ready spool is what separates these high-performance reels from the competition.

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SHIMANO SUSTAIN HOOKER ELECTRIC REELS Hooker Electric continues to raise the bar with the fastest, lightest and best looking electric reels on the market, along with second-to-none customer service. The top seller in 2017 was their 80 motor that features level wind and auto stop, mounted on the Shimano Tiagra 80WA. The auto stop feature allows the angler to set the reel to stop winding at any interval, including just before your terminal tackle reaches the rod tip. With both 12- and 24-volt functionality, there is no need for a converter box. Its full variable speed allows line retrieval at up to 500 feet per minute, which makes checking your bait from 1,800 feet a breeze. It also includes bluetooth connectivity, allowing the angler to control the reel through Hooker Electric’s iPhone app, ReelTime. If you’re feeling sporty, the reel can also be used manually, so you can feel the fight. New for 2018, Hooker Electric now offers custom colors in silver, black, blue and even pink. For more information, go to www.hookerelectric.com or give them a call at 954-530-6908.

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T h e Best New Saltwater Reel winner at ICAST 2017, Shimano’s Sustain might just be the best new spinning reel for freshwater or salt. The Sustain series comes in four sizes suitable for everything from finesse baits for bass, to stripers and even small billfish. In all sizes, the reel’s Hagane aluminum body construction gives it a solid feel, and the Shimano Magnumlite low inertia rotor provides sensitive, light rotation and a light start up, which allows anglers to instantly begin the retrieve. Shimano’s Hagane gear has already made waves in the industry for its incredibly smooth operation. The exclusive technology used to engineer the cold forged aluminum drive also makes it extremely strong and durable. The X-Protect feature, which should be of particular interest to saltwater anglers but is relevant in any wet fishing conditions, is a threelipped rubber seal system that offers exceptional water resistance. With Cross Carbon Drag, eight shielded anti-rust ball bearings, and a one-way roller bearing to stop handle backplay, Shimano went in whole hog to produce these award-winning reels. Whether you fish freshwater or salt, you’ll be hard pressed to find a better spinning reel.

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Drifting For

Nighttime Yellowfin On Gulf Floaters

By Nick Carter

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ellowfin tuna are some of the most sought after gamefish in the world. They are the ahi tuna on the menus at restaurants and sushi bars, and in the water they have the speed and power to wear down anglers and break gear. The signature “spiral” that tuna commence in the waning moments of a fight is responsible for untold numbers of broken lines and broken hearts. After battling 30 mph runs for 20 minutes or more, the weary angler, captain and crew face one final test, a team effort to survive the spiral and get the fish on deck. These tense moments, when a big yellowfin turns sideways and begins to circle, using its body’s mass as leverage, are the most critical minutes of the fight. If the line even touches the boat, it will snap, and the circling fish provides many opportunities for this to happen. These moments are the reason Randy King, of Paparda Rey Fishing Charters out of Galveston, Texas, says the main limitation on their catch is the ability of the angler. The captain, Kenneth Doxey, is solid. He has been running their 54-foot Bertram and their 35-foot Cabo for more than a decade. He was the 2016 recipient

of the Houston Big Game Fishing Club’s Jim Peachey Award. The crew is also top-notch, which leaves the angler as the potential weak link. The good news is there will likely be multiple opportunities on one of their overnight trips to deep-water oil platforms off Texas. King said a great trip with six anglers would yield a dozen yellowfin tuna in the 40- to 120-pound range, and that doesn’t include the shots anglers will have at mahi-mahi, wahoo, marlin and blackfin tuna. Out of Galveston, it’s 100 miles or more into the Gulf of Mexico to reach the enormous floating gas and oil structures off the edge of the Continental Shelf. These deep-water facilities, known as “floaters,” create their own food chain, consolidating bait and gamefish from miles around. On a typical 36- or 48-hour trip, don’t plan on sleeping much. The floaters are brightly lit at night, which is when the tuna fishing is best. After identifying fish on the sonar, chumming and drift fishing with 30-pound-class tackle is usually the most productive method for yellowfin. “Sometimes the tuna will start breaching,” said King. “They’ll jump in the air like king mackerel.” It’s for these occasions, when fish are on the surface, that big spinning rigs armed with poppers are

kept on deck. Drifting and pulling poppers while chugging back up-current to start a new drift goes on all night long. At dawn, the bait rods come in, and it’s time to start trolling. The primary daylight targets are marlin, sailfish, wahoo and dolphin. Between night and day, it equates to a whole lot of big fish packed into a weekend at sea. It’s a grand adventure, and a meat trip of epic proportions in the Gulf of Mexico. Check out Paparda Rey at www.offshorebiggame.com. Information on the Houston Big Game Fishing Club can be found at www.hbgfc.com.

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Mississippi/Gulf Coast FISHING FORECAST February- Captain Sonny Schindler Shore Thing Fishing Charters Bay St Louis, MS 228-342-2295 www.shorethingcharters.com

Thus far, it seams as though we got ourselves a real winter going on. The colder it gets, the closer to home we usually run our trips. It is not a bad thing fishing close to home this month. Sheepshead, Black Drum and Redfish will be what we see the most of in February. Since the constant cold fronts bring North and North East winds, fishing the shore lines will routinely put you in calmer water. This type of fishing can be done with artificial bait, but it is almost too easy with shrimp. Dead shrimp will work, but you cannot beat a live shrimp. The live ones are hard to come by this month, but if you can get your hands on some, GET EM!!! We will be making short runs to the old piers, near shore reefs, and bridges. How we fish these structures is based on the bottom structure, depth and the current flow. If the water is shallow(3-4 feet) and littered with snags, we will use our Boat Monkey Corks, 2 feet of leader, and a 1/0 khale hook. If the bottom is not that littered in deeper water (5 foot or more), we will be fishing Carolina rigs, or dropper loop rigs. The real trick is using braided line(20 pound) and the smallest strongest hooks you have. Especially with the sheepshead,

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I purchased and received my first pair a few weeks ago and I am more than pleased with these glasses. I choose ‘The Decoy’ model in matte black with grey lenses. The frame of the glasses are sturdy and high quality without sacrificing comfort. The rubber nose inserts and the light design make them perfect for everyday wear. The Zeiss lenses perform flawlessly with no glare. The sharpness the lenses provide are perfect for any outdoor activity. This may be my first pair of Skeleton Optics sunglasses but it will not be my only pair. There are plenty of different frame designs and lenses to choose from. If you would like to try some for yourself head over to their website at www.skeletonoptics.com

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Freezing wind, cold rain, ice everywhere and even a few days of snow here on the coast has made this a very difficult time to be out on the water. With low water temps, the ideal tactic is to find deep structure offshore, grab a drop shot or a finesse jig and fish it slowly, but with the weather January has brought us, getting offshore and fishing it safely has not been an easy task. It is extremely important to watch the weather anytime you get out on the water and especially during the winter months of the year. There have been a few calm days mixed in with the harsh, bitter cold days this month and those are the days that I try to take advantage of. Once the sun is up warming the water and the wind stops blowing, I go back to my roots and target the shallow shaded areas. Dock fishing is not only fun but it can teach you a lot of patience this time of year. When your hands are almost numb from the wind and cold water, you still have to be in tune with your gear to make sure you are not missing those sensitive strikes. It is important to learn the difference in feel from dragging your jig into cover or bumping rocks or debris and learn what that winter time thump from a bass is. If you are not careful and patient, you will miss a lot of hungry bass. Most bass this time of year will not hit a jig and immediately make a run. Once you feel that line jump, just set the hook. There is no waiting period when fishing a jig, it is as simple as that. Most bass are lost because the bass with pick the jig up and not move. While waiting to see if that was a rock that you bumped into, the bass has already dropped the jig with absolutely no chance of hitting it again. Make sure to cast at every pylon, or whatever cover you are fishing and fish it thoroughly. Bass will stage themselves in ambush points under the docks or really close to cover waiting for an easy meal. Remember that bass will not be as aggressive as they would in warmer times of the year. Keep your bait in the strike zone and make plenty of

cast to your targeted areas. When given the right conditions during the winter months, bass fishing can really be a lot of fun, but we all need to have fun safely. Hydration is still as important as it is in the warmer months, so please drink plenty of water and pack extra water with you. Also, I recommend dressing in layers. As the sun rises and the temperature starts to heat up, we need to be able to adjust our clothing accordingly. Always wear your PFD and let others know your float plan. Stay safe and see you on the water.

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Chasing Yellow Fin By Nelson Outdoors Pro Derek Stiglet It’s February and that means one thing. Not only are the Wahoo a great target still, Its almost that time to chase those Plus sized Yellow Fin Tuna (YFT) again. Despite the frigid cold fronts that continue to hammer the Gulf Coast and the rough, sporty offshore conditions that prevent anglers from heading to the tuna grounds, its just a matter of time to catch that break in the forecast to land some trophy size YFT! The larger tuna will begin to push in closer to around the 40 fathom depth mark. I’ll begin my preparations checking over my rod and reels to make sure they are operable and have no faulty issues. There is nothing worse than to have a #150 class or larger YFT lost at boat side after such a long battle. A basic setup of a 30 wide Penn International or Shimano Tiagra on a 6ft standup rod spooled with 60lb Momoi Diamond monofilament will handle these fish. I prefer to use a Penn Torque 40 2 speed lever drag reel on a custom Poseidon Fishing Tuna rod since the frame of the reel is smaller than a 30 wide and lighter and its built like a winch with its incredible 1.3 to 1 low gear ratio. Next, add on a topshot of 60lb Seaguar or Frenzy Flourocarbon leader and a 6/0 Mustad Ultra strong circle hook all tied together with Uni-knots on either setup. Chunking menhaden during a drift is the preferred method in catching these YFT but a live bait would be excellent if you spend the time and effort catching bait before the trip out. Simply just Ice down, fuel up and head south and be ready for the battle!

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PADDLE SPORTS IN PASCAGOULA, MS. February always gets me excited. Spring is right around the corner. There are hints of warmer days to come, and the fish are excited about it too. This is the last month before the spring winds start to blow and limit the days on the water. It is also carnival season and many people are so involved with Mardi Gras that they forget to get out on the water. Many times, I won’t see another boat out in February. In the mean time, the redfish are putting on their own parade and I make it a point to try and catch every one! The parade routes are as follows: any sandbar you can find. Large schools of bull redfish will be making there way down the bars, eating everything

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FLY FISHING February Alternating Temps

By Alex Smith alexsmithfishingcharters@gmail.com and his website is http://alexsmtihfishing.com February typically marks the start of something I call the funk. What I mean by this is we might have a period of sunny and warm for a week or two, and then a violent shift to a shivering cold. The fish can’t make up their mind if they want to stay up river or start their march back to Mississippi Sound. To keep up with our tasty friends, we have to watch the weather patterns. Paying attention to tides, moon phases, and fronts are extremely important this time of year. Some days the tide is so low that some fishing spots are not accessible. When this happens, we have to change our strategy to locate the fish. The trick to finding them is locating the bait fish. Looking back at record setting cold in January, it’s evident that water temperatures are on the chilly side. Traditionally with moderate winters, the bait remains pushed farther into

the bays and river systems. However, I have found bait all in the bays and close to the outer edges of the bays. Finding canals with moving water is a good place to start. Moving water in this time of year is usually warmer than the surrounding areas. Once you locate the bait, the real fun begins. Locating exactly where the trout are in the water column can be tricky. I throw slow suspending baits like a MirrOlure 52mr, or a soft plastic on a 1/8 oz jig. I’ll let the baits sink all the way to the bottom and work my way up the water column until I find out what depth they’re sitting at. Finding areas with ledges and drop offs, especially around points can be a great place to start. With water temperatures will on the cold side, I find that bait fish profile baits work better than shrimp presentations. If the fish are suspended high in the water column jerk baits like a

YoZuri 3DS minnow or a mirrOlure Mirrodine can be deadly on trout and redfish. As the water temperature begins to climb towards that magical 65 degree mark, you will notice that the fish will begin their move to the outer edges of the bays and back into the gulf. While it’s still somewhat cold, I believe the fish are going to begin their move back to open water early. So, what do you need to improve your catch ratio? Target those areas you would in mid-March. Focus on areas close to open water and structures close to shore. Throw baits throughout the entire water column until you find where they are congregated. Lastly, get out there and find areas with clean moving water. Tight lines and God bless.

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Conditioning for Kayaking By Jimmy Krebs, Pascagoula Paradise Paddlers In last month’s article, the topic of safety and preparation for paddling in cold weather was discussed. Critical points were made in regards to preparation for each excursion regardless of the distance expected to paddle. This article will continue the discussion of preparation and safety in terms of being properly conditioned. Fortunately, canoeing or kayaking does not require an excessive amount of conditioning; however, knowing one’s limitations is most important. Simply stated, the torso or core, shoulder, hand, wrist and forearm conditioning is beneficial when moderate (5 miles) or long distance (greater than 5 miles) trips are planned. The suggestion is for regular or occasional paddlers to prepare for a few weeks before taking off for a trip. Properly

conditioned paddlers can ward off some fatigue, soreness and discomfort during and after a trip by simply increasing their time spent paddling and by doing basic exercises to strengthen the major muscle groups. Issues that may occur during moderate to long distance trips include, but are not limited to: blisters on the hand, wrist and hand fatigue, and shoulder or arm fatigue. Depending on your posture, the type and quality of your kayak seat, and remaining in a seated position in the cockpit for extended periods of time, can cause back, hip and quadriceps discomfort or pain. Regular paddlers may occasionally experience any of these issues, however as with most activities, regular participation conditions the muscles and joints, reducing the

incidence of these issues. Paddlers that are beginning the activity and considering long or more intense trips (racing, and less than ideal weather such as windy conditions) can prepare with a simple conditioning program. Movements should target strengthening, flexibility, and stamina. These movements may include rowing movements and other pulling motions, side bends, abdominal crunches, simple stretching and even yoga movements. All may be performed with or without weights or resistance bands. Gloves may ward off the occurrence of blisters. Another important factor to conditioning is to eat and drink plenty before, during and after your trip. Food provides your mind and body with the energy necessary to get you through the trip. Water will help hydrate your muscles alleviating cramping. Although these suggestions

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Sunset

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Low Tide

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7:07p

7:37a

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5:36p

8:11p

8:22a

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Sa

12:19a

0.8

9:41a -0.4

6:44a

5:37p

9:13p

9:03a

4

Su

1:06a

0.6

9:24a -0.1

6:43a

5:38p

10:12p

9:41a

5

Mo

1:42a

0.3

7:45a

0.0

6:43a

5:39p

11:09p

10:18a

6

Tu

3:51p

0.6

3:09a -0.1

6:42a

5:40p

7

We

4:26p

0.7

3:08a -0.3

6:41a

5:40p

12:04a

11:31a

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6:41a

5:41p

12:58a

12:10p

3:43p

0.3

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9

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1.0

4:19a -0.7

6:40a

5:42p

1:51a

12:50p

10

Sa

6:49p

1.1

4:54a -0.8

6:39a

5:43p

2:43a

1:34p

11

Su

7:38p

1.1

5:29a -0.8

6:38a

5:43p

3:33a

2:20p

12

Mo

8:25p

1.1

6:03a -0.8

6:38a

5:44p

4:21a

3:09p

13

Tu

9:11p

1.1

6:35a -0.8

6:37a

5:45p

5:06a

4:00p

14

We

9:54p

1.1

7:06a -0.7

6:36a

5:46p

5:49a

4:53p

15

Th

10:35p

1.0

7:32a -0.6

6:35a

5:47p

6:30a

5:47p

16

Fr

11:17p

1.0

7:55a -0.4

6:34a

5:47p

7:08a

6:42p

8:10a -0.3

6:33a

5:48p

7:45a

7:37p

8:15a -0.1

6:32a

5:49p

8:20a

8:33p

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Sa

18

Su

12:00a

0.8

19

Mo

12:47a

0.6

2:44p

0.3

8:00a

0.0

7:07p

0.1

6:32a

5:49p

8:56a

9:30p

20

Tu

1:49a

0.3

2:32p

0.4

7:03a

0.1

10:44p

0.0

6:31a

5:50p

9:33a

10:29p

21

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0.7

6:30a

5:51p

10:12a

11:29p

22

Th

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1.0

1:19a -0.3

6:29a

5:52p

10:54a

23

Fr

4:17p

1.2

2:27a -0.6

6:28a

5:52p

11:41a

12:31a

24

Sa

5:18p

1.4

3:22a -0.8

6:27a

5:53p

12:33p

1:33a

25

Su

6:25p

1.5

4:15a -1.0

6:26a

5:54p

1:30p

2:35a

26

Mo

7:35p

1.5

5:05a -1.0

6:25a

5:54p

2:32p

3:35a

27

Tu

8:45p

1.5

5:55a -1.0

6:24a

5:55p

3:38p

4:32a

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6:42a -0.8

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5:56p

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5:23a

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Th

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High Tide

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5:36p

8:11p

8:22a

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Sa

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6:44a

5:37p

9:13p

9:03a

4

Su

12:22a

0.5

8:42a -0.1

6:43a

5:38p

10:12p

9:41a

5

Mo

12:58a

0.2

7:03a

0.0

6:43a

5:39p

11:09p

10:18a

6

Tu

3:07p

0.5

2:27a -0.1

6:42a

5:40p

7

We

3:42p

0.6

2:26a -0.2

6:41a

5:40p

12:04a

11:31a

8

Th

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0.8

3:01a -0.5

6:41a

5:41p

12:58a

12:10p

2:59p

0.2

Low Tide

Low Tide

Phase

10:54a

9

Fr

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0.8

3:37a -0.6

6:40a

5:42p

1:51a

12:50p

10

Sa

6:05p

1.0

4:12a -0.7

6:39a

5:43p

2:43a

1:34p

11

Su

6:54p

1.0

4:47a -0.7

6:38a

5:43p

3:33a

2:20p

12

Mo

7:41p

1.0

5:21a -0.7

6:38a

5:44p

4:21a

3:09p

13

Tu

8:27p

1.0

5:53a -0.7

6:37a

5:45p

5:06a

4:00p

14

We

9:10p

1.0

6:24a -0.6

6:36a

5:46p

5:49a

4:53p

15

Th

9:51p

0.8

6:50a -0.5

6:35a

5:47p

6:30a

5:47p

16

Fr

10:33p

0.8

7:13a -0.4

6:34a

5:47p

7:08a

6:42p

17

Sa

11:16p

0.7

7:28a -0.2

6:33a

5:48p

7:45a

7:37p

18

Su

7:33a -0.1

6:32a

5:49p

8:20a

8:33p

19

Mo

12:03a

0.5

2:00p

0.2

7:18a

0.0

6:25p

0.1

6:32a

5:49p

8:56a

9:30p

20

Tu

1:05a

0.2

1:48p

0.4

6:21a

0.1

10:02p

0.0

6:31a

5:50p

9:33a

10:29p

21

We

2:06p

0.6

6:30a

5:51p

10:12a

11:29p

22

Th

2:43p

0.8

12:37a -0.2

6:29a

5:52p

10:54a

23

Fr

3:33p

1.1

1:45a -0.5

6:28a

5:52p

11:41a

12:31a

24

Sa

4:34p

1.2

2:40a -0.7

6:27a

5:53p

12:33p

1:33a

25

Su

5:41p

1.3

3:33a -0.8

6:26a

5:54p

1:30p

2:35a

26

Mo

6:51p

1.3

4:23a -0.8

6:25a

5:54p

2:32p

3:35a

27

Tu

8:01p

1.3

5:13a -0.8

6:24a

5:55p

3:38p

4:32a

28

We

9:08p

1.2

6:00a -0.7

6:23a

5:56p

4:44p

5:23a

3rd

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

February 2018

N 30° 21.6' / W 89° 04.9' Date

Day

1

Th

High Tide 11:34p

1.0

High Tide

Sunrise

Sunset

Moonrise

Moonset

8:17a -0.9

Low Tide

Low Tide

6:45a

5:35p

7:07p

7:37a

2

Fr

8:56a -0.7

6:45a

5:36p

8:11p

8:22a

3

Sa

12:24a

0.8

9:20a -0.4

6:44a

5:37p

9:13p

9:03a

4

Su

1:11a

0.5

9:03a -0.1

6:43a

5:38p

10:12p

9:41a

5

Mo

1:47a

0.3

7:24a

0.0

6:43a

5:39p

11:09p

10:18a

6

Tu

3:56p

0.5

2:48a -0.1

6:42a

5:40p

7

We

4:31p

0.7

2:47a -0.3

6:41a

5:40p

12:04a

11:31a

8

Th

5:15p

0.9

3:22a -0.5

6:41a

5:41p

12:58a

12:10p

3:48p

0.3

Phase

10:54a

9

Fr

6:04p

0.9

3:58a -0.7

6:40a

5:42p

1:51a

12:50p

10

Sa

6:54p

1.0

4:33a -0.8

6:39a

5:43p

2:43a

1:34p

11

Su

7:43p

1.0

5:08a -0.8

6:38a

5:43p

3:33a

2:20p

12

Mo

8:30p

1.0

5:42a -0.8

6:38a

5:44p

4:21a

3:09p

13

Tu

9:16p

1.0

6:14a -0.8

6:37a

5:45p

5:06a

4:00p

14

We

9:59p

1.0

6:45a -0.7

6:36a

5:46p

5:49a

4:53p

15

Th

10:40p

0.9

7:11a -0.5

6:35a

5:47p

6:30a

5:47p

16

Fr

11:22p

0.9

7:34a -0.4

6:34a

5:47p

7:08a

6:42p

7:49a -0.3

6:33a

5:48p

7:45a

7:37p

7:54a -0.1

6:32a

5:49p

8:20a

8:33p

17

Sa

18

Su

12:05a

0.8

19

Mo

12:52a

0.5

2:49p

0.3

7:39a

0.0

6:46p

0.1

6:32a

5:49p

8:56a

9:30p

20

Tu

1:54a

0.3

2:37p

0.4

6:42a

0.1

10:23p

0.0

6:31a

5:50p

9:33a

10:29p

21

We

2:55p

0.7

6:30a

5:51p

10:12a

11:29p

22

Th

3:32p

0.9

12:58a -0.3

6:29a

5:52p

10:54a

23

Fr

4:22p

1.2

2:06a -0.5

6:28a

5:52p

11:41a

12:31a

24

Sa

5:23p

1.3

3:01a -0.8

6:27a

5:53p

12:33p

1:33a

25

Su

6:30p

1.4

3:54a -0.9

6:26a

5:54p

1:30p

2:35a

26

Mo

7:40p

1.4

4:44a -0.9

6:25a

5:54p

2:32p

3:35a

27

Tu

8:50p

1.4

5:34a -0.9

6:24a

5:55p

3:38p

4:32a

28

We

9:57p

1.3

6:21a -0.8

6:23a

5:56p

4:44p

5:23a

3rd

New

1st

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Moonrise

Moonset

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Low Tide

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6:45a

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8:11p

8:22a

3

Sa

1:32a

0.8

11:08a -0.4

6:44a

5:37p

9:13p

9:03a

4

Su

2:19a

0.5

10:51a -0.1

6:43a

5:38p

10:12p

9:41a

5

Mo

2:55a

0.3

0.0

6:43a

5:39p

11:09p

10:18a

6

Tu

5:04p

0.5

4:36a -0.1

6:42a

5:40p

7

We

5:39p

0.7

4:35a -0.3

6:41a

5:40p

12:04a

11:31a

8

Th

6:23p

0.9

5:10a -0.5

6:41a

5:41p

12:58a

12:10p

4:56p

0.3

9:12a

10:54a

9

Fr

7:12p

0.9

5:46a -0.7

6:40a

5:42p

1:51a

12:50p

10

Sa

8:02p

1.1

6:21a -0.8

6:39a

5:43p

2:43a

1:34p

11

Su

8:51p

1.1

6:56a -0.8

6:38a

5:43p

3:33a

2:20p

12

Mo

9:38p

1.1

7:30a -0.8

6:38a

5:44p

4:21a

3:09p

13

Tu

10:24p

1.1

8:02a -0.8

6:37a

5:45p

5:06a

4:00p

14

We

11:07p

1.1

8:33a -0.7

6:36a

5:46p

5:49a

4:53p

15

Th

11:48p

0.9

8:59a -0.5

6:35a

5:47p

6:30a

5:47p

16

Fr

9:22a -0.4

6:34a

5:47p

7:08a

6:42p

17

Sa

12:30a

0.9

9:37a -0.3

6:33a

5:48p

7:45a

7:37p

18

Su

1:13a

0.8

9:42a -0.1

6:32a

5:49p

8:20a

8:33p

19

Mo

2:00a

0.5

3:57p

0.3

9:27a

0.0

6:32a

5:49p

8:56a

9:30p

20

Tu

3:02a

0.3

3:45p

0.4

8:30a

0.1

6:31a

5:50p

9:33a

10:29p

21

We

4:03p

0.7

12:11a

0.0

6:30a

5:51p

10:12a

11:29p

22

Th

4:40p

0.9

2:46a -0.3

6:29a

5:52p

10:54a

23

Fr

5:30p

1.2

3:54a -0.5

6:28a

5:52p

11:41a

12:31a

24

Sa

6:31p

1.4

4:49a -0.8

6:27a

5:53p

12:33p

1:33a

25

Su

7:38p

1.5

5:42a -0.9

6:26a

5:54p

1:30p

2:35a

26

Mo

8:48p

1.5

6:32a -0.9

6:25a

5:54p

2:32p

3:35a

27

Tu

9:58p

1.5

7:22a -0.9

6:24a

5:55p

3:38p

4:32a

28

We

11:05p

1.4

8:09a -0.8

6:23a

5:56p

4:44p

5:23a

8:34p

0.1

Phase

3rd

New

1st

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