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More Of A World Traveler’s Top Fishing Destinations By Patrick Sebile

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big bass in Lake Biwa than anywhere else I know of. It is where the longtime IGFA All Tackle world record was tied just a few years ago with a bass that weighed 22-pounds, 5-ounces. • Ivory Coast, Africa: Years ago, I ran a lodge on the Ivory Coast, not far from the city of San Pedro, where Stuart Campbell used to come targeting record blue marlin. He succeeded a number of times. From April to June, my average day consisted of three to five fish in the 300- to 600-pound range. • Massachusetts, U.S.A.: I’m a striped bass addict, and fishing the shores of Massachusetts is a pilgrimage I must make on an annual basis, period! There’s nothing like fishing for striped bass when they’re blitzing bait on the shorelines of the northeastern states. Patrick Sebile is the owner and lure designer of Sebile Innovative Fishing (www.sebile.com).

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Editor’s Note: Each month, Coastal Angler Magazine and The Angler Magazine staff search our vast coverage area for photos that will grace our covers. With well over a million readers in diverse coastal and inland markets, our magazines strive for broad national appeal as well as local-level intelligence to put anglers on fish. The cover is different depending on which edition you, the reader, are holding. The following is a little information about this month’s covers.

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t can be tough to keep up with all the acronyms involved in and created by the aftermath of the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. TIGs (Trustee Implementation Groups) sprouted to assess damages and then decide how to spend the money recovered for restoration projects. The Open Ocean Trustee Implementation Group is one of those TIGs. Its responsibilities are for projects designed to benefit pelagic species and deep-water habitats. In 2017, the group is implementing an interesting project aimed at restoring pelagic fish to the Gulf of Mexico. Many Gulf oceanic fish, eggs, and larvae were injured by the oil and chemicals used for cleanup. Species injured include pelagic (or open-ocean) fish such as tuna, billfish, sharks and mackerel. The Open Ocean TIG is working with the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation to help restore these fish populations by reducing fishing mortality. This will allow fish to grow and reproduce, helping support healthier populations of fish throughout the Gulf. The project will establish a temporary, voluntary, six-month repose period each year of the project, which is expected to last

five to 10 years. During this repose period, participating vessel owners will refrain from pelagic longline fishing and will be financially compensated to offset their potential loss in revenue. To help offset economic impacts of the repose, participants will be encouraged to fish for yellowfin tuna and swordfish using alternative gear. These gear types have been shown to result in low levels of bycatch and bycatch mortality. This will also provide an opportunity to study and improve the efficiency of alternative fishing gear over time. The project is tailored to restore resources impacted by the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill and does not affect existing management practices or regulations. The project will be launched as a pilot, with a four-month repose period starting March 1, 2017. Interested pelagic longline vessel owners can learn more about this project or contact Kristin Byler at the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation for more information. This is the first direct fish restoration project to be implemented by the Open Ocean TIG. An additional $380 million has been allocated for future fish and water column restoration projects.

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By Tobin Strickland • Photo by Kyle Johnson ill warm water temperatures reduce winter big trout catches? It’s a question that many are beginning to wonder. “Is it cold enough yet? Have the big trout moved to the mud?” These are some of the questions I’ve been hearing. The answer is… Well, it depends. In shallow-water big trout haunts, we’ve found that the big fish move there much earlier than what we once thought, some will even stay all year in the right conditions. The fish are there for more than just the mud. As Capt. Steve Soule has said, “They are there for protection, food, and solitude.” Many of the places they frequent have formed mud on the bottom due to the layout, more so than for the mud. Depth also affords trout with similar protection, and with depth the water temperature swings are more subdued giving fish a more stable environment. With depth, there is no need for the stabilizing effect that mud also offers. In the end, I don’t think the warmer conditions will reduce the catches of seasoned big trout anglers, unless you are in south Florida, where the cold is required to move the trout into the bays. We will need to be ready as the conditions change along the way with each passing cold front, even if they remain weak. Warmer weather will allow many of the fish to stay shallow, but who knows, we may still get a winter yet.

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new boat show is coming to Pier Park in Panama City Beach next March. Wheels Up Events, LLC, a well-known local promoter of high-end fishing tournaments and unique family-orientated boat shows, recently announced plans to host the first Emerald Coast Boat & Lifestyle Show at Aaron Bessant Park March 3-5. The new show will feature boat displays from all major manufacturers representing the latest in boats of all types from the highly popular personal kayaks and stand-up paddleboards, to small trailerable cruisers, high-performance center-consoles and runabouts as well as active outdoor lifestyle accessories. Featuring marine and outdoor lifestyle exhibits of all types along with seminars and live entertainment, the event will be much more than just a boat show. Iconic brands such as Sea Ray, Everglades, Boston Whaler, Sea Hunt and more have already registered to display their latest models at the event. Additionally, the show will display bicycles, electric carts, fitness products and the latest in outdoor gear. Today’s boats are incredibly technologically advanced with features such as active dynamic positioning and gyro stabilization now available in smaller vessels along with advanced drive systems and excellent fuel economy. Kayaks and SUPs also have benefitted from lighter, stronger materials and innovative drive systems. From Crab Island to Shell Island and St. George Island, the new Emerald Coast Boat & Lifestyle Show caters to today’s outdoor active lifestyle family. Given the show’s unique location immediately adjacent to the immensely popular Pier Park, and the associated exciting amenities all within walking distance of the beach, the Emerald Coast Boat & Lifestyle Show is sure to become a breakout hit during Panama City Beach’s 2017 Spring Break Season. For more information, visit GulfBoatShow.com or contact Chris Miller at 850-348-1498 or Chris@CMMMarinas.com.

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t can be tough to keep up with all the acronyms involved in and created by the aftermath of the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. TIGs (Trustee Implementation Groups) sprouted to assess damages and then decide how to spend the money recovered for restoration projects. The Open Ocean Trustee Implementation Group is one of those TIGs. Its responsibilities are for projects designed to benefit pelagic species and deep-water habitats. In 2017, the group is implementing an interesting project aimed at restoring pelagic fish to the Gulf of Mexico. Many Gulf oceanic fish, eggs, and larvae were injured by the oil and chemicals used for cleanup. Species injured include pelagic (or open-ocean) fish such as tuna, billfish, sharks and mackerel. The Open Ocean TIG is working with the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation to help restore these fish populations by reducing fishing mortality. This will allow fish to grow and reproduce, helping support healthier populations of fish throughout the Gulf. The project will establish a temporary, voluntary, six-month repose period each year of the project, which is expected to last

five to 10 years. During this repose period, participating vessel owners will refrain from pelagic longline fishing and will be financially compensated to offset their potential loss in revenue. To help offset economic impacts of the repose, participants will be encouraged to fish for yellowfin tuna and swordfish using alternative gear. These gear types have been shown to result in low levels of bycatch and bycatch mortality. This will also provide an opportunity to study and improve the efficiency of alternative fishing gear over time. The project is tailored to restore resources impacted by the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill and does not affect existing management practices or regulations. The project will be launched as a pilot, with a four-month repose period starting March 1, 2017. Interested pelagic longline vessel owners can learn more about this project or contact Kristin Byler at the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation for more information. This is the first direct fish restoration project to be implemented by the Open Ocean TIG. An additional $380 million has been allocated for future fish and water column restoration projects.

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By Tobin Strickland • Photo by Kyle Johnson ill warm water temperatures reduce winter big trout catches? It’s a question that many are beginning to wonder. “Is it cold enough yet? Have the big trout moved to the mud?” These are some of the questions I’ve been hearing. The answer is… Well, it depends. In shallow-water big trout haunts, we’ve found that the big fish move there much earlier than what we once thought, some will even stay all year in the right conditions. The fish are there for more than just the mud. As Capt. Steve Soule has said, “They are there for protection, food, and solitude.” Many of the places they frequent have formed mud on the bottom due to the layout, more so than for the mud. Depth also affords trout with similar protection, and with depth the water temperature swings are more subdued giving fish a more stable environment. With depth, there is no need for the stabilizing effect that mud also offers. In the end, I don’t think the warmer conditions will reduce the catches of seasoned big trout anglers, unless you are in south Florida, where the cold is required to move the trout into the bays. We will need to be ready as the conditions change along the way with each passing cold front, even if they remain weak. Warmer weather will allow many of the fish to stay shallow, but who knows, we may still get a winter yet.

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new boat show is coming to Pier Park in Panama City Beach next March. Wheels Up Events, LLC, a well-known local promoter of high-end fishing tournaments and unique family-orientated boat shows, recently announced plans to host the first Emerald Coast Boat & Lifestyle Show at Aaron Bessant Park March 3-5. The new show will feature boat displays from all major manufacturers representing the latest in boats of all types from the highly popular personal kayaks and stand-up paddleboards, to small trailerable cruisers, high-performance center-consoles and runabouts as well as active outdoor lifestyle accessories. Featuring marine and outdoor lifestyle exhibits of all types along with seminars and live entertainment, the event will be much more than just a boat show. Iconic brands such as Sea Ray, Everglades, Boston Whaler, Sea Hunt and more have already registered to display their latest models at the event. Additionally, the show will display bicycles, electric carts, fitness products and the latest in outdoor gear. Today’s boats are incredibly technologically advanced with features such as active dynamic positioning and gyro stabilization now available in smaller vessels along with advanced drive systems and excellent fuel economy. Kayaks and SUPs also have benefitted from lighter, stronger materials and innovative drive systems. From Crab Island to Shell Island and St. George Island, the new Emerald Coast Boat & Lifestyle Show caters to today’s outdoor active lifestyle family. Given the show’s unique location immediately adjacent to the immensely popular Pier Park, and the associated exciting amenities all within walking distance of the beach, the Emerald Coast Boat & Lifestyle Show is sure to become a breakout hit during Panama City Beach’s 2017 Spring Break Season. For more information, visit GulfBoatShow.com or contact Chris Miller at 850-348-1498 or Chris@CMMMarinas.com.

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Everything in December depends on the cold, but it is still a great month to fish! If the cold fronts stack up, chances are the trout will get much less active in the cooling water. However, if we have a mild weather, look for a wide freakin open bite on the trout. Usually by mid month, the water temps are in the mid to low 60’s and it is time for plan B or R. The redfishing in December is hands down some of the best you will see all year. The toughest part of fishing for them is waiting for the weather. The best times to be in the LA Marsh (9 Mile area), are right before a cold front hits. Make sure you know the area you are fishing, taking into consideration the wind and tide. Father and son with Bull Red William and “Willy” Chaffe of Dallas TX Caught in the LA Marsh with Shore Thing Charters

The shallow duck ponds will be infested with feeding reds. It is truly a sight fishing paradise! The fly fishermen have a ball as well this month. Put the sun at your back and the wind in your face. A hat and good pair of polarized sunglasses are a must. We have been using Breakline Sunglasses and have been very pleased with them. If and when you see a redfish, simply place your bait in the fishes path. Some good go to baits are Live Target 3-D Shrimp, Live Target Mullet, Matrix Vortex Shad, Spinner Baits, or Spoons. If the water is high and or dirty, we will be using the Boat Monkey Poppin Corks, 12 inches of 30lb leader rigged to a 3/8 ounce lead head/soft plastic and tipped with dead shrimp. If the winds make the open water too rough, we Matt Elliot of Chattanooga, TN will be fishing either in the Bay, around the caught in Rigolets reefs, or towards the Fishing with Shore Thing Charters Rigolets. Yes the weather can make things tricky this month. Keep a close watch on your weather, tides, winds and seas. Pick your days and as always, have fun and be safe

George Fowler of New Orleans, LA Caught in LA Marsh with Shore Thing Charters

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GRILLED OYSTERS ON THE HALF SHELL Makes a dozen oysters ½ lb unsalted butter 2 tablespoons garlic, minced 2 teaspoons freshly ground black pepper 1 teaspoon dried thyme 1 teaspoon kosher salt

TABASCO to taste

Arrange oysters on the grill and cook for 2 to 4 minutes, depending on the heat of the grill. Top with remaining half of garlic butter and cheese. Serve immediately with bread

Chef Tory McPhail’s chargrilled oysters

1 dozen oysters on the half shell ½ cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese French bread Prepare a medium-hot fire in a grill. In a small saucepan melt butter over medium heat. Stir in the garlic, pepper, thyme, salt, and TABASCO and cook over low heat for 10 minutes. Spoon half of the garlic butter over oysters and sprinkle with half of the cheese.

Biloxi Bay oyster reefs open for first time in 54 years OCEAN SPRINGS, MISSISSIPPI

One by one the trucks hauling boats and trailers pulled into the Ocean Springs Harbor before daylight Tuesday, fishermen eager to check in, put their boats in the water and motor out to oyster reefs that haven’t been harvested in 54 years. When the sun came up just after 7 a.m., there were 45 boats in place with fishermen tonging and cleaning oysters a short time later. By the end of the day, 46 boats were on the water, five recreational and 31 commercial. Together they harvested 441 sacks of oysters. It was a special day for officials with the Mississippi Department of Marine Resources, one they have worked toward since 2014. The reefs in Biloxi Bay were opened to tonging for the first time since 1964. Joe Jewell grew up on The Point in Biloxi, and his family caught and sold seafood for a living. They harvested oysters in the winter and caught shrimp in the summer. Jewell now is the director of MDMR’s Office of Marine Fisheries, and he said the reopening of oyster reefs in the Biloxi Bay is good for the area’s economy and its culture. “From a historical standpoint, it’s a wonderful connection to our history,” he said. “Most families here have a connection to the seafood industry. This is how we built our seafood culture.” Mother Nature has not been kind to the Coast’s oyster reefs in recent years. In 2004, fishermen harvested nearly 500,000 sacks of oysters. After Hurricane Katrina in 2005, the BP Oil Spill in 2010 and the opening 2 MISSISSIPPI GULF COAST

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of the Bonnet Carre’ Spillway in 2011, that number has dwindled to about 40,000 sacks of oysters a year. In 2015, Gov. Phil Bryant formed the Governor’s Oyster Council on Restoration and Resiliency, a group that devised a plan to increase the number of oysters harvested each year and identified ways to reach Bryant’s goal of 1 million sacks per year by 2025. One of those ways was opening reefs in Jackson County for harvesting and not just relying on tonging and dredging reefs in the western part of the Mississippi Sound, mainly in Pass Christian and Hancock County. The Commission on Marine Resources opened those reefs Oct. 3, and they were closed Friday, Oct. 28 after fishermen took in just over 28,000 sacks of oysters. Richard Gollott, who chairs the CMR and has served for 12 years, said he hopes there are enough oysters in the Biloxi Bay so that the season can remain open until Spring. “I am elated that these reefs are open,” he said Tuesday. “It looks like these are premium oysters.” Several generations of Gollott’s family have been in the seafood industry, and he said he’s been trying to get these reefs open since the 1970s. “I want to thank Jamie Miller and the DMR staff who worked so hard to get this done,” Gollott said. “They met with the FDA and did what needed to be done.” The Mississippi Department of Marine Resources is dedicated to enhancing, protecting and conserving marine interests of the state by managing all marine life, public trust wetlands, adjacent uplands and waterfront areas to provide for the optimal commercial, recreational, educational and economic uses of these resources consistent with environmental concerns and social changes. Visit the DMR online at dmr.ms.gov.

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VENICE The past two months have been awesome offshore. We have been fishing the shrimp boats with very good results most days. There is nothing like hand feeding 150 plus pound Yellowfin Tuna right next to the boat. This year has been a bit late in almost every aspect of offshore fishing. Chances are we will have an exceptional December fishery. The Wahoo bite should be in full swing this December. The most intense fishing for these species will be six days before and after the full moon. As January approaches, I hope to get my revenge on the shark species. We should start to see the almighty Mako sharks make their appearance. Mako is the best eating of the shark family, the meat is similar to swordfish. It is often found served in restaurants as a substitute for swordfish. Opening weekend we did well on ducks. The aerial survey of Southeastern Louisiana had a count of almost 2 million ducks in the area! Hunting the fronts should still be productive though. Looking forward to lots of ducks and Wahoo this December.

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DARRIN’S AUTO & MARINE is a locally owned and Family operated business. Here at Darrin's we aim to provide our customers with excellent service. Treating everyone with the same respect and honesty that we expect is a goal we strive to achieve. We have grown over the past 12 years through the referrals from our customers. We would like to take this opportunity to extend a big thank you to our customers; We wouldn't be here without you! The first couple years we worked out of a service truck and visited our customer's homes to repair boats and vehicles. Over the years we have had to relocate a few times due to growth of the business and mother nature. Our business locations, have been in the following cities; Biloxi, D’Iberville and now in Woolmarket. At Darrin’s we are proud to be the Mississippi boat dealer for Blazer Bay. We also can offer our customers Glasstream, and SeaArk Boats as well! When it comes to getting your existing boat repowered we offer competitive pricing for your boat’s new motor. We are affordable as an authorized

dealer and service provider for today’s industry lead marine motor companies: Suzuki, Yamaha, and Mercury motors. We are very proud of our skilled and certified technicians. They will do their very best to ensure that everything is working properly, and make sure that you can relax knowing you will have a you safe and enjoyable boat experience time and time again. And we as a boating family, take great satisfaction knowing that in some special way that we have helped our customers build a lifetime of memories, while out on the water! And this is why at Darrin's Auto & Marine, we are proud to help you and your family keep your rig running properly by providing annual maintenance along with timely repairs. Additionally, our store carries the following items:  bilge pumps, navigational lights, trailer supplies, fiberglass materials and maintenance supplies. Darrin’s is your One Stop Shop with capability to work on boats, motors, trailers and the vehicle that pulls it all!

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Mississippi Gulf Coast As the weather and water gets colder look for deep holes that the fish will congregate in. Structure in the rivers can be good as well with fish gathering around. Fish become lethargic as the water temperatures drop. I like to use soft plastics like a Saltwater Assassin die dapper on a ¼ oz. jig head, a mirrOlure mirrodine, or a sinking corky. Fish slow and low bouncing your lure off the bottom. During these cold days also look for flats near drop offs that will heat up quicker during a sunny day. Fish these flats in the afternoon where fish will come to feed. Even with the water temperature down I will still work a topwater late in the evening on near these drop offs. Slowing down my retrieval has produced some solid trout over the years as they are looking for one good meal. I am still finding reds cruising close to the bank along the grass lines looking to eat. There isn’t anything going on as far as tournaments in January but start looking ahead to next year. Take the time to clean up and organize your gear and get ready for the Spring bite. Add that depth finder or anchor system you have been wanting. In the spring there will be the B.C.K.F.C Paddlepalooza14 in Golden Meadow, LA., G.C.K.F.A. Biggest Pair Tournament in Pensacola, Fl., and the M.B.K.F.A Bagwell tournament in Dauphin Island, Al. Also the MBKFA is doing an all year online tournament for club members. Go to their site to get signed up. All are great tournaments where you can have a great time and meet new anglers. We always have a list of upcoming events on our Kayak Fishing U Facebook page.

could spell disaster if you aren’t prepared. 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 with speckled trout

Benton Parrott Hobie Regional Team / Everything Kayak Pro Staff Fishing Guide Always dress for the water temperature and not the air. One wrong move dbparrott@bellsouth.net

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Gulf Hills Hotel & Conference Center is a

rather spicy tale that dates back to 1927 when Braniger Brothers Development of Chicago, Illinois, built the hotel with purportedly laundered mob money as a hideout for mafia boss Capone. Word started to spread about the splendor of this unique waterfront hotel, and before long, a masted schooner called the “Fairy Queen” was in route to pick up guests from New Orleans and drop them off right at the back door of Gulf Hills. Though the hotel is full of history, by no means is it antiquated. Filled with signature detail and marked with a uniquely unforgettable undertone, the hotel’s simple elegance is reflected throughout with continual restorations to ensure guests experience southern hospitality at its best. Whether one’s stay is for leisure or business, guests also can take advantage of a long list of amenities that include a deluxe continental breakfast, complimentary Wi-Fi, Olympic size outdoor saltwater pool, lighted rubico tennis courts, and more — all this in a 100 percent smoke-free environment. The inviting, friendly and professional staff at Gulf Hill Hotel & Conference Center prides themselves on offering visitors an unmatched stay that will be remembered. From top-notch service to all around quality, Gulf Hills Hotel & Conference Center is not only marked for its distinctive, historic character, but also as a premier destination on the hospitality map of South Mississippi In addition to being located on a magnificent waterfront property and offering impeccable service, we are eco-tourism friendly. We realize the importance of supporting conservation, our community, and sustainable travel. Here at Gulf Hills, we consider it to be a natural part of the overall experience. We are comfortably positioned to provide outdoor enthusiasts a great entry point for their own unique experience just moments away!

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Kayak/canoe launch site on hotel property Partner with charter boats for local and deep sea fishing groups

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Close to Gulf Islands National Seashore Park, Sandhill Crane National Wildlife Refuge, Audubon Center, birding sites, hiking, bicycle trails and botanical gardens Ample boat and trailer parking on site

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t’s December. I’m ready for some winter wade fishing, and I am sure you are, too. Now the question, is our equipment ready? The last thing I want to happen… again, is to be waist deep in 45-degree water and 40-degree air temp and realize my waders have sprung a leak. Let’s go over a few things to prevent this. First, I start with storage last spring. I store all of my waders and jackets in a clim at e - c ont ro l l e d environment. I also make sure to hang them up to avoid items getting tossed on top of them. Photo courtesy of My Coast Outdoors. Well in advance of my first trip, I will do a thorough into spending substantially more spection in search of pin holes and abrasions. The money for what I felt was the best method I have found for this same product. I heard reviews is to turn my waders inside out, that the others were warmer etc., grab a spotlight and head for a but I just didn’t see it since they dark room. I shine the spotlight are both fairly thin and breathinside and look for any light able. Once I tried a pair of the shining through. In the event I spot a hole, I will circle that more expensive brands, I was area with a permanent marker. hooked! It was a night and day Once identified, I then use the difference in the feel, comfort appropriate patch adhesive for and warmth. Not to mention the my waders and make the neces- more expensive ones typically sary repair. After this, I like to fill come with some type of warranthem with water as a secondary ty. Although I have not had any problems to find out first-hand, check. Now, when it comes to the I hear customer service is top type of equipment to buy, there notch if something does fail. As I mentioned, both price are endless options from economical to expensive. There are points will work, but there is two trains of thought here, and something to be said for buying over my career I have subscribed quality when it comes to winter to both. I used to purchase the wade fishing gear. So whatever more economical products, and your preference, always take the for the most part they served me time to check your equipment well, but I have had those occa- prior to that first wade in search sional uncomfortable long, wet of those winter trophy speckled and cold days. My thought pro- trout. cess was I could buy 6 to 10 pairs Capt. Michael Okruhlik is of these waders or buy one pair of the expensive ones. The 6 to the inventor of Controlled De10 might last me a lifetime. It was scent Lures and the owner of hard for me to see the benefits www.MyCoastOutdoors.com.

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he election is over, and now there’s a chance for Congress and the states to get together and do something that makes sense to almost all of us who fish in the Gulf of Mexico. This would be bi-partisan and a win-win for all of us except perhaps a few on the fringe who would like to see all fishing halted. The states need to take total control of all management of reef fishes in the Gulf of Mexico. Reef fishes are generally non migratory. Some make seasonal movements or migratory aggregations, but never the long treks undertaken by coastal pelagics like mackerels and cobia. The reef dwellers are not that different from the state-managed species like flounders and spotted sea trout. State management measures similar to those used for these state species would work equally well for the reef species. Habitats off the different states differ greatly, providing major differences in population dynamics of reef species. Off Alabama, for example, thousands of artificial structures provide ideal habitat for red snapper. The population there is such that I have repeatedly speculated Alabama could have a six-month red snapper season with a two fish bag limit, and it wouldn’t make a dent in the population. This is based on my 30-year study of red snapper there. And off the other Gulf states, habitats vary. The petroleum platforms off Louisiana and Texas support very healthy populations, which could easily handle a much-extended season. And even within a state’s boundaries, there are marked differences. The Florida panhandle habitats vary greatly from those off the west Florida peninsula shelf, supporting alternative management. Different habitats with variable population characteristics should be managed with regulations that are tailored to these differences. These fisheries would be better managed by individual states rather than the federal government.

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I served on the Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council for 18 years, and served as its chair three times. The council members and staff are hamstrung by certain provisions of the Magnuson Act, which governs stocks in federal waters. While the Act has resulted in many benefits, there are two major problems: stocks must be managed on a quota and in most cases stocks must be managed as a single unit. By mandating a quota, the Act disallows innovative options, such as closed areas in lieu of a quota. Also, determining a quota requires a stock assessment, and as we all know, stock assessments are expensive, slow in coming, and notoriously subject to major revisions. Of course the mandate that stocks be managed as a single unit precludes the differential habitat considerations described above. Another problem with federal oversight has to do with effort. Until a few years ago, effort was determined by the MRFSS (Marine Recreational Fisheries Statistics Survey). This program was so “fatally flawed” that it had to be replaced by what is known as MRIP (Marine Recreational Information Program). Alas, the two programs had such conflicting results that the Council and National Marine Fisheries Service are still trying to untangle the flawed data. In addition, the states are developing their own effort data programs, far more sophisticated than the MRIP program. It has been suggested that the Gulf states don’t have the resources to gather and interpret the data necessary to make sound scientific decisions. Not true! The states are currently generating enough data to do a far more effective job of localized management. Think of the economic benefit to the states of having a longer season. Are we in for a three-day snapper season in 2017? Isn’t the system broken? Doesn’t it make sense that the states manage? Dr. Bob Shipp is professor emeritus of marine science at the university of South Alabama and author of Dr. Bob Shipp’s Guide to Fishes of the Gulf of Mexico, available at: bobshipp.com.

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t’s December. I’m ready for some winter wade fishing, and I am sure you are, too. Now the question, is our equipment ready? The last thing I want to happen… again, is to be waist deep in 45-degree water and 40-degree air temp and realize my waders have sprung a leak. Let’s go over a few things to prevent this. First, I start with storage last spring. I store all of my waders and jackets in a clim at e - c ont ro l l e d environment. I also make sure to hang them up to avoid items getting tossed on top of them. Photo courtesy of My Coast Outdoors. Well in advance of my first trip, I will do a thorough into spending substantially more spection in search of pin holes and abrasions. The money for what I felt was the best method I have found for this same product. I heard reviews is to turn my waders inside out, that the others were warmer etc., grab a spotlight and head for a but I just didn’t see it since they dark room. I shine the spotlight are both fairly thin and breathinside and look for any light able. Once I tried a pair of the shining through. In the event I spot a hole, I will circle that more expensive brands, I was area with a permanent marker. hooked! It was a night and day Once identified, I then use the difference in the feel, comfort appropriate patch adhesive for and warmth. Not to mention the my waders and make the neces- more expensive ones typically sary repair. After this, I like to fill come with some type of warranthem with water as a secondary ty. Although I have not had any problems to find out first-hand, check. Now, when it comes to the I hear customer service is top type of equipment to buy, there notch if something does fail. As I mentioned, both price are endless options from economical to expensive. There are points will work, but there is two trains of thought here, and something to be said for buying over my career I have subscribed quality when it comes to winter to both. I used to purchase the wade fishing gear. So whatever more economical products, and your preference, always take the for the most part they served me time to check your equipment well, but I have had those occa- prior to that first wade in search sional uncomfortable long, wet of those winter trophy speckled and cold days. My thought pro- trout. cess was I could buy 6 to 10 pairs Capt. Michael Okruhlik is of these waders or buy one pair of the expensive ones. The 6 to the inventor of Controlled De10 might last me a lifetime. It was scent Lures and the owner of hard for me to see the benefits www.MyCoastOutdoors.com.

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It’s Time For The States To Manage Reef Fish

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he election is over, and now there’s a chance for Congress and the states to get together and do something that makes sense to almost all of us who fish in the Gulf of Mexico. This would be bi-partisan and a win-win for all of us except perhaps a few on the fringe who would like to see all fishing halted. The states need to take total control of all management of reef fishes in the Gulf of Mexico. Reef fishes are generally non migratory. Some make seasonal movements or migratory aggregations, but never the long treks undertaken by coastal pelagics like mackerels and cobia. The reef dwellers are not that different from the state-managed species like flounders and spotted sea trout. State management measures similar to those used for these state species would work equally well for the reef species. Habitats off the different states differ greatly, providing major differences in population dynamics of reef species. Off Alabama, for example, thousands of artificial structures provide ideal habitat for red snapper. The population there is such that I have repeatedly speculated Alabama could have a six-month red snapper season with a two fish bag limit, and it wouldn’t make a dent in the population. This is based on my 30-year study of red snapper there. And off the other Gulf states, habitats vary. The petroleum platforms off Louisiana and Texas support very healthy populations, which could easily handle a much-extended season. And even within a state’s boundaries, there are marked differences. The Florida panhandle habitats vary greatly from those off the west Florida peninsula shelf, supporting alternative management. Different habitats with variable population characteristics should be managed with regulations that are tailored to these differences. These fisheries would be better managed by individual states rather than the federal government.

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I served on the Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council for 18 years, and served as its chair three times. The council members and staff are hamstrung by certain provisions of the Magnuson Act, which governs stocks in federal waters. While the Act has resulted in many benefits, there are two major problems: stocks must be managed on a quota and in most cases stocks must be managed as a single unit. By mandating a quota, the Act disallows innovative options, such as closed areas in lieu of a quota. Also, determining a quota requires a stock assessment, and as we all know, stock assessments are expensive, slow in coming, and notoriously subject to major revisions. Of course the mandate that stocks be managed as a single unit precludes the differential habitat considerations described above. Another problem with federal oversight has to do with effort. Until a few years ago, effort was determined by the MRFSS (Marine Recreational Fisheries Statistics Survey). This program was so “fatally flawed” that it had to be replaced by what is known as MRIP (Marine Recreational Information Program). Alas, the two programs had such conflicting results that the Council and National Marine Fisheries Service are still trying to untangle the flawed data. In addition, the states are developing their own effort data programs, far more sophisticated than the MRIP program. It has been suggested that the Gulf states don’t have the resources to gather and interpret the data necessary to make sound scientific decisions. Not true! The states are currently generating enough data to do a far more effective job of localized management. Think of the economic benefit to the states of having a longer season. Are we in for a three-day snapper season in 2017? Isn’t the system broken? Doesn’t it make sense that the states manage? Dr. Bob Shipp is professor emeritus of marine science at the university of South Alabama and author of Dr. Bob Shipp’s Guide to Fishes of the Gulf of Mexico, available at: bobshipp.com.

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ost people have heard of IGFA (International Game Fish Association), which manages world records for fishermen. But have you heard of IUSA (International Underwater Spearfishing Association)? IUSA keeps track of spearfishing world records. Both were founded more than 65 years ago and have a rich history—and both pride themselves for providing a universal code of sporting ethics as well as record keeping. The IUSA rules are fairly simple: the fish must be taken while freediving and using a muscle-powered speargun, sling or polespear. The catch must be legal, unassisted and weighed on a certified scale. The application must include photos of the weighing, dimensions and witness information. The categories are: men and women, saltwater and freshwater, speargun and sling/polespear. In other words, a woman can have a record black grouper taken by polespear in the ocean; a man can have a record walleye taken by a speargun in a lake, and so forth. I was inspired a few years ago to see if I could get a world record yellowfin tuna. That led me to learn to hold my breath, educate myself on equipment, get in better shape, learn all about tunas, save money for trips and make friends with other bluewater hunters. Having that goal set many other activities in motion.

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Team MHX finds Success in 2016

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ow does a team that collectively won over $425K in 2015 go out and improve? “Maintaining the incredible work ethic of our anglers while working directly with our team to continue to develop the best blanks out there,” said Bob McKamey who is The Man when it comes to rod building and managing the team. FLW Tour pro John Cox started off the year with a bang at Lake Okeechobee with a top-12 cut and valuable AOY points. John narrowly missed the Angler of the Year in 2015 but had and extra spark when starting out the new season. An interesting side note to that Okeechobee event was Brad Hallman from Norman, Oklahoma, who was flipping dense reed heads with a custom-built MHX-FS966. “We didn’t initially know Brad was using our blanks until after the win,” Bob said. Come to find out, one of the MHX Regional Staff members Brandon Mosley, who fishes the COSTA series built Hallman’s rods before the event. So with just one event down in the FLW Tour, MHX Blanks had accounted for over $100k, not a bad start. Less than a month later, the Elite Series was on the St. Johns River in Palatka, Fla., and MHX Pro Brandon Lester found himself in the Day 1 lead and newest Team Member Bradley Roy was not far behind. Although he relinquished the lead over the next few days, Brandon and Bradley finished in the Top 20 to earn valuable AOY Points and nice paydays. Not to be outdone, John Cox and the FLW Tour were on Lake Hartwell in South Carolina the very same weekend, and Cox had the lead in that event. Although he did not win wire to wire, he was at the top when the smoke cleared on Sunday. With a Top-12 in the first event and a win in the second event, it seemed Cox wasted no time getting back to his

2015 form. On the regional event side, team member Brandon Mosley maintained a hot hand through the Costa Series and made two out of three cuts while building his rods as well as Hallman’s out on the FLW Tour. As the FLW Tour and Elite Series went on throughout the year, Cox, Roy and Lester continued to produce all while building their own rods. Cox, the most notable, who builds lake-specific rods in his hotel room during practice also has fellow anglers coming to him to fix a tip-top or a guide in an emergency. As the 2016 Season comes to a close, MHX has had an incredible year with multiple titles, a FLW Cup Championship and even team members headed to the Classic for the first time in their careers. Keep an eye out for the MHX Team as 2017 Season begins in January. If you are looking to build your own fishing rods check out MHX Rods at www.fishmhx.com and Mud Hole Custom Tackle at www.MudHole.com.

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