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Losing Count On The Clinch River By Nick Carter

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very now and then, there are magical days when all the variables align. It can seem almost too easy. The fish just eat what you’re throwing, and it’s glorious. Of course, these days happen more often for those who have a fishery dialed in. And for the rest of us who can’t be on the water daily to learn a river, the next best thing is to go with someone who can. That’s where Capt. Dane Law and Bill Stranahan, of Southeastern Anglers, stepped in during a recent trip on the Clinch River, northwest of Knoxville, Tenn. The Clinch is one of the Southeast’s

premier trout fisheries. It is a 13-mile tailwater fed by cold, oxygenated waters of Norris Dam. Tennessee stocks the river with rainbow and brown trout, and bank anglers line up near stocking points to pitch baits for a seven-fish limit. That’s all well and good, but for anglers in search of more than a fish dinner, the river is great because of all the trout that survive this initial onslaught. There is some natural reproduction in the river, and with a 14- to 20-inch protected length range and an allowance of one keeper fish longer than 20 inches, trout that reach the protected slot are free to grow. And they grow quickly. The Clinch has gained a reputation for being fickle and for requiring delicate presentation of tiny flies. “The Grinch or The Cinch,” is a clichéd phrase Bill related to me while launching his jet-powered G3 on a hot Tuesday morning in June. By mid-afternoon, it was difficult to imagine this river being stingy. Maybe a minute into our first drift, Dane hooked up with a gorgeous rainbow that pushed the upper end of that 20-inch slot. It was an indicator of good things to come. The action remained constant for the next five hours. We must have caught 30 or more trout, including four that measured 18 to 20 inches and a couple presumably larger fish that snapped the 6x tippet required to draw strikes. And it was simple fishing. Dane and Bill showed up armed to the teeth with 5- to 7-weight rods and reels, with everything from floating to 300-grain sinking lines. Their flies ran the gamut from tiny midges to big articulated streamers. On this day, the vast majority of their arsenal saw no action. The only thing we needed was Bill’s initial suggestion: a size 16 bead-head Prince Nymph dropped 5 feet beneath a foam hopper. Several times, Dane or Bill remarked that the river normally doesn’t fish this ridiculously well. But when it all comes together, there is nothing more fun than floating a river and losing count of the fish. Southeastern Anglers is a multi-state fly fishing outfitter. Check out all the trips they offer at www.southeasternanglers.com

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Destination: Fishing!

Using Technology For Rhode Island Stripers By Tom Schlichter

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t’s hard to find a place better suited for catching trophy striped bass than the waters surrounding Rhode Island’s Narragansett Bay area. With a mix of rocky bottom, strong currents and tons of forage species in nearby ocean waters, plus miles of mud flats inside the bay, this stretch is loaded with big fish potential. Flippin Out Charters skipper BJ Silvia has mined these waters for more than 30 years. He’s boated hundreds of bass in the 40-pound class, plus five weighing 50 to 54 pounds… and he thinks the fishing here is on the verge of getting better! “The number of stripers coming through the ranks right now is amazing,” he said, “We’ve got plenty of cow bass, plus an unprecedented number of fish ranging from shorts to 20 pounds. If we protect the young year classes over the next few years, the potential is outstanding.”

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The shallow waters of Narragansett Bay receive a solid shot of big stripers each May, the 48-year old revealed. Those fish drop out of the Hudson River and spread across the mud flats, traveling in small wolf packs that most anglers target with random casting. Using the latest technology, however, gives Silvia a big edge. He’s hooked on side-scanning sonar to isolate the bass packs on the flats. “Any fishfinder can spot fish below the boat,” Silvia emphasized, “but my Humminbird Solix 15 scans the surrounding waters with super-clear images that push out several hundred feet. For the sharpest images, I set my system to scan within 100 feet. Once we spot these fish, we target them with big plugs like a Musky Mania Doc or topwater spooks. Last spring, the big bass were more spread out than usual, so my Solix proved a lifesaver. It helped get me on the fish quickly, which resulted in more fishing and less searching around.” Technology counts later in the summer as well, added Silvia. Once the stripers leave the shallows, they hold around bottom humps in ocean depths ranging from 20 to 50 feet during July and August. Here, the striper sharpie targets cows using live eels. He’ll fish one weightless rig, one with a small egg sinker, and a third with more weight based on drift speed. On tough days, he said, the biggest bass often prefer the lightest rigs. Focusing again on his technological edge, Silvia noted the bestknown striper spots see tremendous pressure, so he uses his Humminbird fishfinders (he also has a Solix 12 and Solix 10) to look for isolated pieces that don’t show up on the charts. “I use the auto-chart live feature to record them as way points,” he said. “That way, I’m hitting small spots others miss. These often hold the biggest fish.” Contact Silvia at Flippin Out Charters (Flippinoutcharters.com; 401-529-2267). To go it alone, tie-up or launch from Fort Adams State Park Newport, RI (www.dem.gov; 401-847-2400). For overnight accommodations, The Courtyard by Marriot, Middletown, RI (www. marriot.com; 401-849-8000) is reasonably priced and a five-minute drive from the water.

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America’s Boating Club Delivers Boating Education

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hen it comes to boating education, nothing beats getting out on the water with an instructor. Whether you are learning about the subtlety of throttle control while docking or decision making based on the rules of the road while underway, having a knowledgeable instructor to guide you is irreplaceable. A good source for on-the-water boater education is United States Power Squadrons – America’s Boating Club. Your local squadron will have a schedule of courses covering topics like boat safety equipment and procedures, basic vessel operation and controls, close quarters maneuvering, operating a boat on plane, docking, anchoring, emergency maneuvers and man overboard recovery, to name a few. To bolster your on-the-water training, America’s Boating Club has released digital assets designed to enhance boating education with the Digital Media Library and America’s Boating Channel. Funded by grants from the United States Coast Guard, United States Power Squadrons – America’s Boating Club’s Digital Media Library houses multiple formats of digital media focused on boating safety and boater education including videos, slideshows, images, animations, audio presentations and instructor’s manuals. Videos have also been made available through a YouTube channel, America’s Boating Channel, to allow users to stream video content online. Videos and animations cover a wide range of topics and are organized into sections like Planning, Departure, Underway and Arrival. Each video goes into more detail tackling subjects like life jackets, vessel inspections, steering basics, anchoring, man overboard, docking, mooring and shoreline landings. “In an ongoing effort to make boater education more accessible, we have turned to digital and online resources to disseminate the latest information,” said Gary Cheney, chief commander, United States Power Squadrons. “The mission of the United States Power Squadrons is to promote safe boating through education. By offering video assets through the Digital Media Library and America’s Boating Channel, we give

individuals access to vital boating information that they can view at home or on the go. It’s all part of making it easier than ever before to become a safer and more knowledgeable boater.” Providing original multimedia content instructors can use to enhance their classroom offerings, the Digital Media Library lets individuals view videos at home to reinforce what is learned in class. Videos provide an introduction to a range of boating topics, essential skills and etiquette. Links to “Learn More” at the end of each video promote further education. New content is added regularly. A new video series currently in production includes four videos on various aspects of life jackets, six on personal watercraft operation and one each on accident reporting, frequently asked questions about navigation rules, visual distress signals and mobile maritime service identities. Videos are also available in both English and Spanish. The Digital Media Library can be accessed at uspsdml.org/videos/. America’s Boating Channel can be found at americasboatingchannel.com/. Knowledge is key to a safe and enjoyable time on the water. United States Power Squadrons – America’s Boating Club, has the materials you need to enhance your education. Find your local squadron at www. americasboatingclub.org and sign up for a class today!

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FISH & FISHING

Hunting Sharks

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ost anglers go out of their way to avoid hooking a shark. In their minds, anyone who actually hunts sharks doesn’t know much about fishing and has his priorities mixed up. They reason that these toothy critters don’t put up much of a battle. With sharks of any size and particularly in relatively shallow water, you’re going to have to crank the engine and chase them with the boat. Two of the toughest and most memorable battles I have ever endured involved sharks that pounced on a fish I had almost landed. In the first instance, I was leading a relatively small wahoo to the boat so we could release it. Suddenly, an oversized mako shark ate half of that fish in one bite and inadvertently got itself hooked. We chased that mako forever, and I put every ounce of pressure on it that I could until my arms and shoulders turned numb from the pain. During all that time, we hadn’t even slowed the shark down. Finally, in desperation, I purposely broke the shark off. The second battle took place over Pinas Reef in Panama, where I was getting close to landing a 250-pound black marlin. That’s when some unseen creature devoured the marlin in three bites. It took over an hour before I could bring that shark alongside the boat. It had to weigh at least 1,500 pounds and was half as long as the boat. That, by the way, was the biggest fish I’ve ever caught. Whenever and wherever you fish, keep a rod rigged and ready for sharks. It should have an abrasion leader about 10

feet long and 12 to 18 inches of single-strand wire between the abrasion leader and the hook. A circle hook should be your first choice because its hooking ratio is higher than any other type. And remember that you don’t have to set it. Unless you are only trolling, you want to be able to cast a bait in front of a cruising shark and retrieve it on the surface or close to it. A balao or a strip of natural bait should do the job. Casting to a cruising shark is exciting sport, but in areas that boast plenty of sharks, you can also anchor the boat and chum them with chunks of natural bait. You’ll need a quick release on the anchor, because a hooked shark will take off at considerable speed. Keep in mind that sharks on the flats or in relatively shallow water can be easily spooked, so your cast has to be on target. The bait should ease in front of the shark and appear as if it is getting away. Sharks do not have a bony skeleton like other fishes. They can literally turn their head and bite their tail, and their body is extremely strong. The best policy for any shark and particularly those of size is to keep them in the water and don’t bring them aboard the boat or try to handle them like other fishes. And, every shark has teeth, so be careful. If you’ve never hunted sharks, this is a good time to try. You’re going to be amazed at the battle they put up and how many times you have to follow them with the boat. Catching sharks can be exciting for anglers of any age, but if you take youngsters fishing, they’ll talk about catching it forever. Don’t pass up the opportunity to expand your fishing horizons.

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Center s Sheri Daye

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ogfish – it’s an ugly name for a pretty fish. It’s also one of the most delicious species in the world. I know some seafood shops that store hogfish fillets behind the counter and bring it out only for special customers. I’ve had chefs beg me for hogfish once they found out I was into spearfishing. One chef wrote, “Not even for fresh broiled flounder could you pry my cold, dead hands off a hogfish fillet.” Some describe it as the perfect combination of flavor and texture because they are “sweeter than grouper, flakier than mahi, and as rich as scallops.” Their unique flavor is due to their diet of small crabs, shrimp and seashells, which translates into moist, white, tasty meat. Hogfish use their elongated snouts to root around in the sand for food, like a hog. Due to this tendency of searching with nose in the sand, it is very uncommon to catch them by hook and line, although it is possible to bait them with shrimp. Hogfish are sometimes thought of as nature’s gift to spearfishers, especially for beginners, because they are relatively abundant, relatively easy to spear, and such a prized catch. Hogfish can live up to 11 years, and they all start out as females. Upon reaching about 3 years and 14 inches, they transform into males with harem groups of females dominated by a larger male. Juveniles are pale pink and attain a deep dark band spanning from the snout to the first dorsal spine as they mature and turn into males. Maximum size is about 24 pounds. They can be found on rocky bottoms, ledges and reefs throughout the western Atlantic, from North Carolina and Bermuda, south to the Gulf of Mexico and the northern coast of South America. They are very common in Florida and the Bahamas and can be

found in shallow waters, ranging from 10-100 feet. Assuming you are in the right place to find them, here are some spearfishing tips: 1) Bag/size limits ensure a healthy stock and protect it from overfishing, so respect the local laws. 2) Look on reefs and especially on sand edges for bigger hogfish. 3) They are not difficult to spear, so take your time, be selective, and don’t take long shots. 4) They are abundant in the Bahamas. This is a good fish to practice your slinging/polespearing skills. Only take the shot if you are sure you can land it. 5) If you are not seeing any, try Sheri Daye displays a stirring up the bottom and make a world-record hogfish. sand cloud. If there are any in the vicinity, they will come to investigate. 6) Do not take advantage of their nature. Take one for dinner, and respect them for the beautiful experience and the delicious meal. Sheri is a world-record holder, host of Speargun Hunter, and producer of “The Blue Wild Ocean Adventure Expo” in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla. Follow “Sheri Daye” and “The Blue Wild” on Facebook and Instagram.

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August 2018

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

August is probably the hottest month of the year, but don’t let that stop you from fishing. The big white shrimp should be pushing through, and this should send fishing into maximum overdrive. Of course the heat will be a huge factor, so plan on leaving early. The near shore reefs in Mississippi have been dynamite. The oyster reefs down south in the Louisiana Marsh should be on fire as well. Look for shell bottoms, diving birds, and or diving gulls. Big live shrimp, and or live croakers will certainly find the fish. The sweltering midday heat will be the best time to spot big triple tails. Those calm, hot, clear days are the absolute best time to see them. Look under anything floating(buoys, pilings, debris). A well placed live shrimp near them will almost always draw a strike. The big sharks will also be out in full force. Watch for schools of lady fish, pogies, mullet, or trout. The big sharks are usually underneath them. Just be ready, some of these toothy critters are well over 100lbs!!! Bring plenty of water, and as always, have fun and be safe.

Co-Publishers Toby Nelson Adam Nelson

Contributing Writers

Sonny Schindler, Richard Schmidt,Jeff Jones Eric Richards and Derek Stiglett

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TOURNAMENT

Saturday July 14th A benefit fishing tournament along with a live auction was held for Jason Johnson Saturday July 14th at Brackish Waters Restaurant in Moss Point Mississippi. People came from all over to show their love and support. Brandon Edwards and Donny Hiestand from Hurley MS placed first in the bass category. Speedy Rettig from Gulfport MS and Tre Gaureau from LA placed first in the trout and trash fish categories. Jason Johnson was diagnosed with stage 3 colon cancer in May 2018. As soon as his friend Shelley heard of the diagnosis she began to organize a benefit tournament to help him financially. She says that Jason enjoys helping others and he does it with no second thought. Shelley also describes Jason as a ‘big hearted’ man who never meets a stranger. A fact I can attest to. I met Jason at Jimmy’s Automotive on Ingalls Avenue in Pascagoula where he has worked since he was in high school. He always takes the time to ask me how me and my family are doing. Jason has raced cars since high school. He has raced in Pensacola and Mobile. He was track champion at Mobile International Speedway in 2016. He is an avid hunter who grew up hunting the swamps of Jackson County. Jason will not be able to be behind the wheel of a racecar this year. He has also been pulled from work to begin to shrink the tumor for removal. Jason has a very good prognosis. He will have a long road ahead of him for the next couple of years but he is a strong man. He knows the Lord very well and is completely dependent on him.

If you would like to donate to Jason contact Shelley Coleman at 228-219-0472. There will also be a second benefit for Jason next summer at Brackish Waters so be on the lookout! 2 MiSS_GULF

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an account to continue. You mayinalso register Trying in person by visitingnew, the Pascagoula Recreation strawberry full moon rising directly front something such as night Center located at 2935toPascagoula Street or youpaddling may register at theeven pre-race and greettoon of us. It led the way home our launch can add moremeet enjoyment to register on-line, point. Friday, April 13th (location TBD). If you do not anwant already great sport, as call long228-938-2356 as the new to a form sent to you.is such a Being have on the water at night risks are recognized and mitigated. Many So get ready to dip your paddle into one of Gulf Coast’s different experience than in daylight hours. in The the Mississippi’s group on this latest tripofficially had never By Kristi Ducote designated trails,black the Pascagoula County Blueway, andrewarded enjoy a uniquely Familiar scenerywater becomes silhouettesRiver Jackson paddled at night but were with adventurous of the region’s natural beauty and native wildlife. The with strange moonperspective shadows. Navigation is abundant The enjoyment of paddling can come from a wonderful experience to share with 24 Get ready for the Pascagoula Run Paddle Battle Pascagoula River, also known as the “Singing River”, is significant as one of the largest looking for breaks in the silhouettes many things; beautiful views, exciting encounters done by other people. brought to you by the City of Pascagoula on April 14, free-flowing rivers in the United major river systemways in theto that indicate points of land where theStates and the last unimpeded with nature, or just chatting with paddling There are so many different 2018. This is a 12.5 mile race down the Pascagoula River continental United States. continues. Even passing birds friends. Sometimes, just changing the time of day waterway enjoy paddle sports. Night paddling is just for all types of human powered paddle craft. The race will appear as strange night creatures. It can be a can make a wildly different experience out of a one more exciting facet. We hope that you begin at Little River Marina in Moss Point, MS and end little scary because of the unfamiliarity and familiar trip. Paddling at night can be a surreal can join us on our third Paddlepallooza at Lighthouse Park in Pascagoula, MS. Shuttles will be the eeriness. experience that is hard to beat by turning those trip on October 26. Details will be provided provided for race participants only. With safety in mind, Like many things in paddling, and life, familiar surroundings into a totally different on the City of Pascagoula Facebook page the route provides two land based bail out points, plus the greater rewards can come with risks. world. or https://www.meetup.com/Mississippithe course will be fully supported by numerous local law Paddling at night introduces new risks to The latest trip organized by the Pascagoula Kayak-Meetup-Group/ website. Remember, enforcement agencies marine divisions. Paradise Paddlers and City of Pascagoula, started the sport that must be recognized before paradise is just beyond the nearest boat Not in to racing? No problem. You can paddle at a in Pascagoula about an hour before sunset. It was trying it. Those risks were minimized by ramp. comfortable pace and simply enjoy being on the water and the second trip in a series of three Paddlepalooza having everyone travel as a group, having the beauty of the river. the kayaks well lit, sunset/night paddles taking place this summer. The fee for the race is $40 for American Canoe including some that were We paddled into the sunset to arrive at Huck’s Association (ACA) Members and $45 for Non-ACA covered with decorative Cove in Gautier shortly before dark. The group Members; fees will increase $10 on March 12th so register lights, and primarily, by of approximately 25 paddlers then enjoyed a early. Registration fees include a goody bag, event t-shirt, having a police escort. couple of hours of great food and even better the race, and post-race food and drink. You must register The Pascagoula Police conversations with paddling friends, some of by March 25th to be guaranteed a goody bag and event Department provided which were new found on this trip. t-shirt. a water patrol officer at After dinner, everyone hopped back in or on We offer a variety of ways to register. For online the front and the rear of their vehicle of paddling conveyance (meaning registration, visit www.cityofpascagoula.com, click on the sit on tops, sit ins, Hobies, or paddleboards) and the group to ward off any How Do I… link on the top right corner of the page, and passing boats or render headed back to Pascagoula. As we cleared the then click Parks & Recreation Programs under Sign Up assistance if needed. cove at Huck’s, we were greeted with a gorgeous For. From there you will sign in to your account or create

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Now that August is here, the water is warmer, and so is the air temps! I enjoy wading or kayaking small, sandy creeks during these dog days to help stay cool. The flowing water is a lot cooler than most lakes, ponds, or even larger rivers. Whats even better, the fishing only gets better as the day gets hotter, and creeks usually provide some excellent swimming holes to cool off in. Downsize your tackle to make the most of creek fishing. A small ultra light spinning outfit with 4-6 lb. mono should fit the bill perfect. Use small lures; crankbaits, rooster tails, beetle spins, and small swimbaits all do exceptionally well. Expect to catch many members of the sunfish family, including bluegill, green sunfish, longear sunfish, redear sunfish, spotted sunfish, warmouth, spotted bass, and largemouth bass. Most of these fish will be hiding under or around structure, and facing upstream. It is best to cast upstream and retrieve downstream or cross stream for a more natural presentation. Spotted bass in particular, are personally my favorite fish to target in creeks. Their feeding characteristics are similar to smallmouth bass. They are extremely hard fighters, especially the larger specimens, and attack lures voraciously. Try using small buzzbaits, swimbaits, or chatterbaits in light or natural colors, around deeper pools to target large spots. Finding these creeks is usually more difficult than catching the fish in them. There’s a couple secrets to finding productive creeks. During your normal commutes look for small bridges particularly the ones with a small creek running under them. Then check them out using satellite imagery. Follow the creek to find it’s source. The best fishing creeks will be sourced from a lake or river, or either feed into a lake or river. It’s also a good idea to check for access points, and to seek out who owns the land around the creek. Be sure to ask permission from the land owner before crossing private land to fish in the creek. There’s also a few well known creeks running through public land, such as Black Creek near Brooklyn MS. There’s even a kayak and canoe rental at Black Creek, as well as some of the other small creeks and rivers. Speaking of kayaks, they are probably the most effective way to fish small creeks. My particular choice of kayak is the Vibe Maverick 120, due to its ability to easily navigate tight spaces, and it’s shallow draft, but really any paddle kayak will work effectively.

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TIDE CHARTS Biloxi tide chart -August Louisiana, South Pass, Biloxi (Cadet Point), Biloxi Bay N 30° 23.4' / W 88° 51.4'

High Tide

High Tide

Date

Day

Sunrise

Sunset

Moonrise

Moonset

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We

1:25p

1.4

10:06p

0.6

6:17a

7:48p

10:56p

10:24a

2

Th

1:30p

1.1

9:32p

0.7

6:18a

7:47p

11:30p

11:18a

3

Fr

6:21a

1.1

7:38p

0.7

6:19a

7:46p

4

Sa

6:00a

1.2

4:29p

0.6

6:19a

7:46p

12:06a

1:12p

5 6

Su

6:17a

1.5

4:43p

0.1

6:20a

7:45p

12:45a

2:13p

Mo

6:51a

1.8

5:20p -0.1

6:20a

7:44p

1:29a

3:15p

7 8

Tu

7:35a

2.1

6:05p -0.3

6:21a

7:43p

2:18a

4:19p

We

8:27a

2.2

6:53p -0.4

6:21a

7:42p

3:13a

5:23p

Low Tide

Low Tide

9

Th

9:22a

2.4

7:42p -0.4

6:22a

7:42p

4:15a

6:24p

Fr

10:18a

2.4

8:31p -0.4

6:23a

7:41p

5:22a

7:20p

11

Sa

11:16a

2.2

9:18p -0.1

6:23a

7:40p

6:31a

8:10p

12

Su

12:13p

2.1

10:00p

0.1

6:24a

7:39p

7:40a

8:56p

13

Mo

1:10p

1.8

10:28p

0.4

6:24a

7:38p

8:46a

9:37p

14

Tu

2:09p

1.4

10:16p

0.8

6:25a

7:37p

9:50a

10:16p

15

We

5:19a

1.0

7:55a

0.8

6:25a

7:36p

10:51a

10:54p

16

Th

4:05a

1.2

1:50p

0.8

6:26a

7:35p

11:51a

11:31p

17

Fr

4:21a

1.5

3:26p

0.6

6:26a

7:34p

12:48p

18

Sa

5:01a

1.7

4:17p

0.3

6:27a

7:33p

1:44p

12:10a

19

Su

5:50a

1.9

5:00p

0.1

6:28a

7:32p

2:39p

12:50a

20

Mo

6:41a

1.9

5:40p

0.1

6:28a

7:31p

3:31p

1:32a

21

Tu

7:33a

2.1

6:16p

0.1

6:29a

7:30p

4:22p

2:17a

22

We

8:24a

2.1

6:51p

0.1

6:29a

7:29p

5:09p

3:05a

23

Th

9:12a

2.1

7:23p

0.1

6:30a

7:28p

5:53p

3:55a

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Fr

9:59a

2.1

7:53p

0.3

6:30a

7:27p

6:35p

4:46a

25

Sa

10:42a

1.9

8:19p

0.4

6:31a

7:26p

7:13p

5:39a

26

Su

11:24a

1.9

8:39p

0.6

6:31a

7:25p

7:49p

6:32a

27

Mo

12:05p

1.8

8:49p

0.7

6:32a

7:24p

8:24p

7:26a

28

Tu

12:47p

1.7

8:46p

0.8

6:32a

7:23p

8:58p

8:20a

29

We

1:32p

1.5

8:23p

1.0

6:33a

7:21p

9:32p

9:14a

30

Th

3:04a

1.2

8:04a

1.1

6:33a

7:20p

10:07p

10:10a

31

Fr

3:03a

1.5

11:16a

1.0

6:34a

7:19p

10:44p

11:06a

2:31p

1.1

1.2

8:25p

7:24p

1.0

1.1

Louisiana, South Pass, Pascagoula, Mississippi Sound High Tide

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12:41p

1.2

9:24p

2

Th

12:46p

1.0

3

Fr

5:37a

4

Sa

5

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Sunset

Moonrise

Moonset

0.5

6:17a

7:48p

10:56p

10:24a

8:50p

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1.0

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1.3

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12:45a

2:13p

6

Mo

6:07a

1.6

4:38p -0.1

6:20a

7:44p

1:29a

3:15p

7

Tu

6:51a

1.8

5:23p -0.2

6:21a

7:43p

2:18a

4:19p

8

We

7:43a

1.9

6:11p -0.4

6:21a

7:42p

3:13a

5:23p

9

Th

8:38a

2.1

7:00p -0.4

6:22a

7:42p

4:15a

6:24p

10

Fr

9:34a

2.1

7:49p -0.4

6:23a

7:41p

5:22a

7:20p

11

Sa

10:32a

1.9

8:36p -0.1

6:23a

7:40p

6:31a

8:10p

12

Su

11:29a

1.8

9:18p

0.1

6:24a

7:39p

7:40a

8:56p

13

Mo

12:26p

1.6

9:46p

0.4

6:24a

7:38p

8:46a

9:37p

14

Tu

1:25p

1.2

9:34p

0.7

6:25a

7:37p

9:50a

10:16p

15

We

4:35a

0.8

7:13a

0.7

6:25a

7:36p

10:51a

10:54p

16

Th

3:21a

1.1

1:08p

0.7

6:26a

7:35p

11:51a

11:31p

17

Fr

3:37a

1.3

2:44p

0.5

6:26a

7:34p

12:48p

18

Sa

4:17a

1.4

3:35p

0.2

6:27a

7:33p

1:44p

12:10a

19

Su

5:06a

1.7

4:18p

0.1

6:28a

7:32p

2:39p

12:50a

20

Mo

5:57a

1.7

4:58p

0.1

6:28a

7:31p

3:31p

1:32a

21

Tu

6:49a

1.8

5:34p

0.1

6:29a

7:30p

4:22p

2:17a

22

We

7:40a

1.8

6:09p

0.1

6:29a

7:29p

5:09p

3:05a

23

Th

8:28a

1.8

6:41p

0.1

6:30a

7:28p

5:53p

3:55a

24

Fr

9:15a

1.8

7:11p

0.2

6:30a

7:27p

6:35p

4:46a

1.0

Low Tide

7:43p

0.8

Sa

9:58a

1.7

7:37p

0.4

6:31a

7:26p

7:13p

5:39a

26

Su

10:40a

1.7

7:57p

0.5

6:31a

7:25p

7:49p

6:32a

27

Mo

11:21a

1.6

8:07p

0.6

6:32a

7:24p

8:24p

7:26a

28

Tu

12:03p

1.4

8:04p

0.7

6:32a

7:23p

8:58p

8:20a

29

We

12:48p

1.3

7:41p

0.8

6:33a

7:21p

9:32p

9:14a

30

Th

2:20a

1.1

7:22a

1.0

6:33a

7:20p

10:07p

10:10a

31

Fr

2:19a

1.3

10:34a

0.8

6:34a

7:19p

10:44p

11:06a

1.1

6:42p

1.0

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

August 2018

N 30° 21.6' / W 89° 04.9' Date

Day

Sunrise

Sunset

Moonrise

Moonset

1

We

1:30p

High Tide 1.3

High Tide

9:45p

0.5

6:17a

7:48p

10:56p

10:24a

2

Th

1:35p

1.0

9:11p

0.7

6:18a

7:47p

11:30p

11:18a

3

Fr

6:26a

1.0

7:17p

0.7

6:19a

7:46p

4

Sa

6:05a

1.2

4:08p

0.5

6:19a

7:46p

12:06a

1:12p

5

Su

6:22a

1.4

4:22p

0.1

6:20a

7:45p

12:45a

2:13p

6

Mo

6:56a

1.7

4:59p -0.1

6:20a

7:44p

1:29a

3:15p

7

Tu

7:40a

1.9

5:44p -0.3

6:21a

7:43p

2:18a

4:19p

8

We

8:32a

2.1

6:32p -0.4

6:21a

7:42p

3:13a

5:23p

9

Th

9:27a

2.2

7:21p -0.4

6:22a

7:42p

4:15a

6:24p

10

Fr

10:23a

2.2

8:10p -0.4

6:23a

7:41p

5:22a

7:20p

11

Sa

11:21a

2.1

8:57p -0.1

6:23a

7:40p

6:31a

8:10p

12

Su

12:18p

1.9

9:39p

0.1

6:24a

7:39p

7:40a

8:56p

13

Mo

1:15p

1.7

10:07p

0.4

6:24a

7:38p

8:46a

9:37p

14

Tu

2:14p

1.3

9:55p

0.8

6:25a

7:37p

9:50a

10:16p

15

We

5:24a

0.9

7:34a

0.8

6:25a

7:36p

10:51a

10:54p

16

Th

4:10a

1.2

1:29p

0.8

6:26a

7:35p

11:51a

11:31p

17

Fr

4:26a

1.4

3:05p

0.5

6:26a

7:34p

12:48p

18

Sa

5:06a

1.6

3:56p

0.3

6:27a

7:33p

1:44p

12:10a

19

Su

5:55a

1.8

4:39p

0.1

6:28a

7:32p

2:39p

12:50a

20

Mo

6:46a

1.8

5:19p

0.1

6:28a

7:31p

3:31p

1:32a

21

Tu

7:38a

1.9

5:55p

0.1

6:29a

7:30p

4:22p

2:17a

22

We

8:29a

1.9

6:30p

0.1

6:29a

7:29p

5:09p

3:05a

23

Th

9:17a

1.9

7:02p

0.1

6:30a

7:28p

5:53p

3:55a

24

Fr

10:04a

1.9

7:32p

0.3

6:30a

7:27p

6:35p

4:46a

25

Sa

10:47a

1.8

7:58p

0.4

6:31a

7:26p

7:13p

5:39a

26

Su

11:29a

1.8

8:18p

0.5

6:31a

7:25p

7:49p

6:32a

27

Mo

12:10p

1.7

8:28p

0.7

6:32a

7:24p

8:24p

7:26a

28

Tu

12:52p

1.6

8:25p

0.8

6:32a

7:23p

8:58p

8:20a

29

We

1:37p

1.4

8:02p

0.9

6:33a

7:21p

9:32p

9:14a

30

Th

3:09a

1.2

7:43a

1.0

6:33a

7:20p

10:07p

10:10a

31

Fr

3:08a

1.4

10:55a

0.9

6:34a

7:19p

10:44p

11:06a

3:25p

1.0

2:36p

1.2

Low Tide

Low Tide

8:04p

0.9

7:03p

1.0

Phase

12:14p 3rd

New

1st

Full

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August 2018

N 30° 19.5' / W 89° 19.5'

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Moonrise

Moonset

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High Tide

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10:56p

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10:59p

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7:47p

11:30p

11:18a

3

Fr

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1.1

9:05p

0.7

6:19a

7:46p

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Sa

7:13a

1.2

5:56p

0.5

6:19a

7:46p

12:06a

1:12p

5

Su

7:30a

1.5

6:10p

0.1

6:20a

7:45p

12:45a

2:13p

6

Mo

8:04a

1.8

6:47p -0.1

6:20a

7:44p

1:29a

3:15p

7

Tu

8:48a

2.0

7:32p -0.3

6:21a

7:43p

2:18a

4:19p

8

We

9:40a

2.2

8:20p -0.4

6:21a

7:42p

3:13a

5:23p

9

Th

10:35a

2.3

9:09p -0.4

6:22a

7:42p

4:15a

6:24p

10

Fr

11:31a

2.3

9:58p -0.4

6:23a

7:41p

5:22a

7:20p

11

Sa

12:29p

2.2

10:45p -0.1

6:23a

7:40p

6:31a

8:10p

12

Su

1:26p

2.0

11:27p

0.1

6:24a

7:39p

7:40a

8:56p

13

Mo

2:23p

1.8

11:55p

0.4

6:24a

7:38p

8:46a

9:37p

14

Tu

3:22p

1.4

11:43p

0.8

6:25a

7:37p

9:50a

10:16p

15

We

6:32a

0.9

9:22a

0.8

6:25a

7:36p

10:51a

10:54p

16

Th

5:18a

1.2

3:17p

0.8

6:26a

7:35p

11:51a

11:31p

17

Fr

5:34a

1.5

4:53p

0.5

6:26a

7:34p

12:48p

18

Sa

6:14a

1.6

5:44p

0.3

6:27a

7:33p

1:44p

12:10a

19

Su

7:03a

1.9

6:27p

0.1

6:28a

7:32p

2:39p

12:50a

20

Mo

7:54a

1.9

7:07p

0.1

6:28a

7:31p

3:31p

1:32a

21

Tu

8:46a

2.0

7:43p

0.1

6:29a

7:30p

4:22p

2:17a

22

We

9:37a

2.0

8:18p

0.1

6:29a

7:29p

5:09p

3:05a

23

Th

10:25a

2.0

8:50p

0.1

6:30a

7:28p

5:53p

3:55a

24

Fr

11:12a

2.0

9:20p

0.3

6:30a

7:27p

6:35p

4:46a

25

Sa

11:55a

1.9

9:46p

0.4

6:31a

7:26p

7:13p

5:39a

26

Su

12:37p

1.9

10:06p

0.5

6:31a

7:25p

7:49p

6:32a

27

Mo

1:18p

1.8

10:16p

0.7

6:32a

7:24p

8:24p

7:26a

28

Tu

2:00p

1.6

10:13p

0.8

6:32a

7:23p

8:58p

8:20a

29

We

2:45p

1.5

9:50p

0.9

6:33a

7:21p

9:32p

9:14a

30

Th

4:17a

1.2

9:31a

1.1

6:33a

7:20p

10:07p

10:10a

31

Fr

4:16a

1.5

12:43p

0.9

6:34a

7:19p

10:44p

11:06a

4:33p

3:44p

1.1

1.2

Low Tide

9:52p

8:51p

0.9

1.1

Phase

12:14p 3rd

New

1st

Full

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fter three years hovering in the Top 5 of Bassmaster Magazine’s 100 Best Bass Lakes rankings, Texas’ Sam Rayburn Reservoir finally took the crown as the best bass lake in the nation for 2018. Consistent production of heavy five-fish tournament limits and the potential for giant bass made this 114,500-acre reservoir northeast of Houston tops in the country this year. Rayburn started showing out in 2015, when it climbed to fifth in the rankings. In 2016 it jumped to fourth. And last year, Rayburn was the bridesmaid, sitting in second place. But, Rayburn is a bridesmaid no more, and for the first time captures the title. “Although there were some pretty spectacular numbers being produced from other lakes this year, Rayburn was a clear No. 1,” said James Hall, editor of Bassmaster Magazine. “While some lakes were boasting of a single 30-pound, five-bass limit being caught, Rayburn was spitting them out in rapid succession. And to top it off, a 40.28-pound limit was recorded in June.”

Countless limits of solid fish aren’t the only thing special about this lake. “When it comes to double-digit bass, Rayburn also seems to top the list this year,” Hall continued. “Three 10-pounders were weighed in during a one-day February derby. Plus, a 12.05 and a 13.06 were landed here in March. The lake is simply on fire right now.” The process to create the rankings takes about three months to complete. Data is received from state fisheries agencies across the U.S. This is coupled with catch data collected from dozens of tournament organizations from the past 12 months. After the numbers are crunched, a panel from the bass fishing industry debates the strength of the lakes to settle on the final rankings. The rankings identify the Top 10 lakes in the nation regardless of location, as well as the Top 25 lakes in four geographical divisions. “By dividing the Top 100 into four regions, anglers have perspective on fisheries nearby,” Hall explained. Tennessee’s Chickamauga Lake, which took the No. 2 slot this year, made a strong argument for No. 1, as it also produced 40-plus-pound limits this spring, two of them exceeding 42 pounds. Although this 36,240-acre fishery hasn’t produced quite as many big fish as Rayburn, there were two bass over 10 pounds recorded since February. The biggest weighed 11.21 pounds. California’s Clear Lake landed the No. 3 position on the strength of its production of big largemouth. Michigan’s Lake St. Clair climbed from ninth last year to the fourth in 2018, while Minnesota’s Mille Lacs Lake (last years’ No. 1 fishery) fell to No. 5. The remainder of the nation’s Top 10 are: sixth, Santee Cooper lakes (Marion/Moultrie), South Carolina; seventh, Diamond Valley Lake, California.; eighth, Thousand Islands (St. Lawrence River), New York; ninth, Lake Guntersville, Alabama; 10th, Falcon Lake, Texas. When it comes to bragging rights for the state with the most lakes to make the Top 100 list, Texas wins with 12. California boasts eight fisheries within the rankings, while Florida has the third most with seven. Complete rankings can be found in Bassmaster.com photo galleries.

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uPont State Recreational Forest in the Blue Ridge Mountains near Hendersonville, North Carolina, provides not only a scenic setting for trout fishing, but also a unique one. The delayed harvest waters of Little River flow through undisturbed mountains and over several notable waterfalls. Those same waters were immortalized on Hollywood’s silver screen as the backdrop for the exploits of Katniss Everdeen in the original Hunger Games movie. Movie buffs who wet a line on Little River in the DuPont Forest will no doubt recognize Triple Falls, which played a prominent role in multiple scenes in the movie. But there is good news for anglers: spending time on this stretch of Little River does not involve the life or death struggle it did in Hunger Games. Everyone is expected to come out alive. Many anglers also come out happy as this 1.8-mile stretch of Little River is stocked annually with a combination of 7,750 brook, rainbow and brown trout. North Carolina Wildlife regulations require a valid fishing license and the delayed harvest designation means it is single-hook artificial lures only with no harvesting of fish from Oct. 1 through the

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he five-boat FishingNosara team logged 78 trips last month, and I’m stoked to announce that the marlin are here in northern Costa Rica, as our “second high season” is in full effect. The 32-foot Harvester led the charge for our Playa Garza-based fleet, with Capt. Alex going on a crazy run of marlin and sailfish releases over four days between June 9 and June 12. Jeff Broome scored the fish of a lifetime with Capt. Alex on June 10 with a black marlin weighing well over 450 pounds. The next day, Broome posted the trip of the year, to date. First off was a true double sailfish release. After the safe release of both fish, they added a third sailfish for good measure. Another monster came calling, as the Harvester reported another massive marlin release, the second

in two days. It was amazing work by Capt. Alex, Mate Wilson, and this group of Florida anglers. Here’s what Broome had to say: “Just wanted to say an enthusiastic THANK YOU for the incredible trip we had thanks to your team. In three days, we got three Marlin—two blues and a massive black—three sailfish, a huge dorado and a good deal more tuna and mahi! “Thanks to Capt. Alex and his hard-working deckhand Wilson, I was able to cross marlin off my bucket list of fish to catch. Definitely a dream for me, and I know I speak for all the guys in our group that it was definitely the fishing trip of a lifetime! “You could tell how passionate Alex was about fishing. His favorite thing to say after we brought in a catch was, ‘Let’s get another one!’” “Pura Vida!”-Jeff Broome The next day, Capt. Alex and FishingNosara Hall of Famer Chuck Harris scored another marlin release. That’s four monsters in four days. It was a truly legendary run for the Harvester. Meanwhile, Lila Weirich brought a big group of folks from Texas down in early June, so many that they need both the 32-foot Wanderer and Discoverer to hold them all. In addition to having a big time all week, these Lone Star anglers scored some fillets big as Texas. Monster mahi-mahi were abundant, and meaty yellowfin tunas added variety to the fillet bag With all the other fishing operations in Costa Rica on the hill for the summer, we have attracted adventurous anglers from all over the Pacific Coast, as well. Scott Burke drove in three hours from Tamarindo at 3 a.m., fished a full day, and went back the same day. The odyssey proved worthwhile, as the group reported three great sailfish releases. Shea Ralph is another journeyman angler who came from Jaco to Nosara, covering 140 miles on land in order to reach Costa Rica’s closest bluewater. They hooked up multiple sailfish and proved once again that the fish eat every day, even during the so-called “rainy season.”

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