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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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Twas the night before Christmas, when all through the Bay, All the fish were rejoicing—the fishermen were away! The fishing rods were all hung in the shed with great care, In hopes the swordfish and tuna soon would be there. The fishermen were nestled all snug in their beds, While visions of “goin’ fishin’”How danced through their about north east winds in heads. the summer in or atheir 73 degree dayvery in August? The boats were all tied slips tight, So what’s a sportsman to do? Go fishing, yes, All settled at dock just for go. a long winter’s night, when your Do not be disappointed number onearose hole isn’t happening; move on and When out on the water there such a clatter, scout. There is bait around and if you spend I sprang from my bedsome to see matter! time,what you’ll was find it.the Think outside of your normal and revisit holes you may have Away to the pier I flew like afishing flash, hit before without luck. If you don’t have time, 2010 MKin time to be witness Just another bigtosplash! you canto always head south greener pastures. 2011 W TheofLord his way of balancing R V I E moon O V EThe on the crest the has newly‐made waves things: the weather, the fish, and all of his critters, inGave rise to the lust cluding for night‐fishing I craved! us. If You Here... When what toAdvertised my wondering eyes should appear, your ad would appear in one of he was right here! But the Grandpa of swordfish—and the world’s MOST POPULAR With a shimmer of scales and a snout sharp and long, outdoor publications! I knew in a moment he must weigh a ton!

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More rapid than eagles I ran to my shed, And I whistled and hollered and turned red in the head: Now, tackle and lures! Now, net and best pole! On back to the pier I ran like a foal! My legs were like jelly, my stomach in knots, I just had to catch him—my God—would I not? I tried all my lures—the Black Barts and Joe Yee, The Sumas, Pakulas, not to mention Big‐T! But that Grand Dad of swordfish—he just wouldn’t bite! He danced and he pranced under yonder moonlight! Just when I thought I’d ran out of luck, I looked once again to my fishing lure stock. As I lowered my head and was jiggling the box ‘round, Out of the corner frozen bait for game fish I had found! It barely hit water and my line got real tight… I set the hook and then on with the fight! The rod it bent double and the drag steady bellowed! I fought it three hours—my muscles were Jello’d! Finally landed, I laughed and I pranced and I looked at my prize! But I just couldn’t keep it, you have to realize, Sport‐fishing’s for fun out here on the Bay, Catch and release is the game of the day. So I released the great fish who’d sapped every shred of my might, And I heard him exclaim ere he swam out of sight— “Happy holidays to all and to all a good night!” As I close out this year I want to wish all of my advertisers, writers and readers a very Merry Christmas and a Prosperous New Year. I’m looking forward to another great year with all of you, my friends! Kenny

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ond fishing for flounder? Yes you heard it right. There are numerous ponds and lakes around the coastline that provide great fishing for salt water species such as flounder and redfish in particular. Most of the backwater ponds and lakes near the beach are flooded during king tides and hurricane surges and this deposits a lot of fish that adapt to the brackish water over time and actually thrive in the new surroundings. I can remember a fishing trip with my father and 2 cousins back in the late 60s when we were fishing for crappie below the Santee Cooper dam about 40 miles inland from the ocean in Monks Corner using minnows. My cousin and I went down the river for a ways and found an eddie and threw a couple of minnows out fished under a float. Wasn’t long that my cousin had a fish on. He pulled it in and to our great surprise it was a sizable flounder. We took it back up to show our fathers and they could not believe their eyes. Just an example of how adaptive they can become. The water in the cooper river is totally fresh yet a flounder was surviving that far inland. I tell you that story just to prop up the notion that you can catch flounder in just about any backwater pond or impoundment that can hold brackish water. Recently I was bored one Saturday afternoon and decided to take a lightweight spinning rod and some jigs and go fishing in the pond in my community. The pond is about 5 acres and backs up to the salt marsh in the upper end of Murrells Inlet. Now I have caught a flounder or two in the pond before and I have heard of other fishermen catching a few so I figured I would concentrate on just flounder this day and see what would happen. I began bouncing a light colored jig on the bottom and it didn’t take long that I felt a hit. I set the hook and promptly pulled in a flounder about 12 4 MYRTLE BEACH/GEORGETOWN inches long. Well that didn’t take long so I released him and made another cast. To my surprise I got another hit

almost immediately and pulled in another decent size flounder. I caught two or three more small fish and I was thinking there must be some larger flounder if there were all these smaller flounder. Suddenly I got a hit and I set the hook and this time there was a harder pull on the other end. It was a big flounder this time and this guy was on the end of some 8 pound test line. I fought the fish for a while and he came in close to the sea wall just under me and had pretty much lost his energy. I couldn’t reach the water to pick him up so I just laid the rod down and opened the bail and let him settle back down on the bottom. I had brought a landing net that was in my truck just a few feet away so I got it and came back hoping the flounder was still on. I tightened the line and he was still there. He gave me one more good pull then I eased him over to the net and picked him up to the top of the wall. I have a digital fish weighing scale so I weighed him. He was a respectable 3 lbs. 4 ounces. I know that isn’t a monster but not bad for a quick trip to the neighborhood pond. I released him and continued to fish for a while longer. I caught and released a total of 15 flounder that day and had a couple more fish in the 2 pound range. I remember a few years back that a friend of mine worked at Pirate Land Campground and told me about a fisherman fishing for bass in the lake inside there. He was fishing with a spinner bait when he got a hit near the shore. After a good fight he was surprised to pull in a 7 pound plus flounder. This is just another example of the fish that are landlocked in ponds and lakes near the ocean. So if you know a few of these backwater areas and you get bored one day and there isn’t enough time to get the boat ready and take it out, go try some of these areas and you just might get into some good action from COASTAL ANGLER MAGAZINE your favorite saltwater species. Have fun and see you on the water.

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past me, and numerous fish ran into and take a quick day trip to some my kayak. It was a domino effect of our neighboring areas for some as far as I could see down the creek prime time fishing. From time to FreD rourk I was in. Needless to say I did not time you can find schools around the e have worked our way through summer and now we’re headed into sportscatch another fish in that area. Grand strand area, but the amount WILL FOR SCHOOLS man season for those TRAVEL of you who are true So, just because it’s getting cold of fish other areas hold during the anglers. This summer, the Georgetown area outside and it seems like the fishing winter can be downright outstanding has had an unusual sequence of weather that backed up rivers. I understand, hileFrom the what Grand Strand has the water. Change the body color is done for the year. You don’t have and worth a trip. floodgates have been opened on lakes in the some great winter time kayak often if the bit is slow. Next I tend to put your kayak up. Just dress for upstate for the first time in 50 years. Early fishing summer broughtopportunities. run-off rain to theThere coast, butare a to throw some Gulp, and then the the weather, keep safety in mind, Mike Eady mostlyfew normal showers in the secondan halfhour of or Trout Trick. Work it in the normal destinations within the season. two drive, that will blow you mind. fashion but much slower. Instead These places could even turn out of a fast jerk, try just raising the to be a kayak fishing trip of a life rod tip up and down to give it some time. I’m speaking of the time of motion without pulling it back to year when Red Drum school up by you to quickly. When all else fails. the hundreds. If you can find them, Always have some Shrimp. You can the sight of huge school of fish put a small piece on the jig head you can be rewarding in its self. But, already have tied on or Carolina to actually make a successful cast Rig it. If that does not work they without spooking them and landing probably aren’t going to bite. schooling Drum is out of this world. Another winter time destination Not saying that you can’t do it right for us is the Wando River and it is just How about north east winds in the sumhere on our local waters. Sometimes drive south of Georgetown. mer oraa short 73 degree day in August? So what’s sportsman to do?isGothe fishing, yes, time it is just difficult to locate a school TheaWando River winter just go. Do not be disappointed when your here at times. The water could still Red Drum school mother lode. We number one hole isn’t happening; move on and be too deep at low tide to even see fisharound the upper Wando scout.like Thereto is bait and if you spend out some time, you’ll find Landing it. Think outside of your them. There may be boat traffic. of Paradise which is right normal and revisit fishing holes you may have You may not be willing to spend off of Highway 17S. Fish this hit before without luck. If you don’t have time, area 2010 MK you can alwaysthe headwater south toisgreener pastures. time looking when falling. An hour — The author fishing the Wando River 2011 for them when the The Lord has his way of balancing things: O V E R V I E W temperature drops. But, the main or two before low tide and hour or the weather, the fish, and all of his critters, inthing is the amount of fish an area two cluding us. after the tide starts coming back Advertised Here... will hold whenIftheYou water temp drops. in. The amount of fish that winter your ad would appear in one One area north of the Grand Strand in the of Wando will absolutely blow thefish world’s MOST POPULAR 2010 MKthat we like to is Fort Fisher, your mind. The largest school I 2011 outdoor publications! N.C. Only about one and a half hours have seen there was easily close to a north of here. You can launch your thousand fish. 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line. Rods are the component that get the work done while casting as well as angling the fish. Quality rods are lighter with better action away from the whole business of in a smaller diameter package. Christmas. A quiet time during the Lighter rods reduce fatigue as you holidays can give you a chance to spend the day casting. I referred to ponder what Christmas is all about lighter in reference to the weight, Charlie Brown. action of the rod can be referred Red fish school up in winter to as weight as well, or the action and can be great fun. I’ve told as being light or heavy. If you this story more than once that I visit a big box tackle hunting take my boys Daniel and Noah store it can be overwhelming. fishing on Christmas Eve. They The racks can look like a rabies are seventeen and fourteen infected porcupine. Focus, spin or How about north east winds in the summer orcaster? a 73 degree day in are August? respectively and the annual trip bait What you going  So what’s a sportsman to do? Go fishing, yes, doesn’t have the same impact as to do with it, cast jigs, live bait, just go. Do not be disappointed when your number one corks? hole isn’t happening; and it did when they were younger, popping I like amove 7 on plus scout. There is bait around and if you spend yet it has become a tradition. Two foot, light to medium light for jigs, some time, you’ll find it. Think outside of your normalto andcast revisitdistance fishing holes youenough may have boys under ten years old suffer easy but hit before without luck. If you don’t have time, 2010 through the longestMKday of the year, backbone tohead handle critters. you can always south larger to greener pastures. 2011 I E W The Lord has his way balancing E R V December which wouldO V be 24th, For my casting andof live bait things: rods the weather, the fish, and all of his critters, inin anticipation of Santa’s flight. Icluding use us. Penn 3000 series spinning If You Here... Remember, it is the slowestAdvertised day, reels. They are affordable and your ad would appear in one of drags get the job the clock seems to stand still at good quality, the world’s MOST POPULAR 2010 MK times, COME ON already.  Then done and hold plenty of braided 2011 outdoor publications! not being able to go to sleep, line.   Don’t flounder around, ask oh the 24th is pure torture. The for assistance,   most guys that 24th has become a quiet, quality work tackle stores are fish heads time during the hectic holiday. and love to talk equipment and Really, you guys are fishing on fishing. Christmas Eve?, the answer is yes I don’t anticipate a new rod and the spot we fished in 2013 is under myADVERTISE tree because my wife HERE experience TODAY! that it referred to as Hole 68, all in one knows from 10,000 Copies Distributed For Information, Call: 10,000 Copies Distributed in the Greater Myrtle Beach Area. DAVEso SMALL Greater Myrtle loves Beach Area. spot. in theSanta that place on won’t be right, make sure yours 843.503.9791 the 26th. Remember as the water knows brand, model etc. As for the daves@coastalanglermagazine.com cools off you have to slow down boys they may get a surprise, that presentation, slow down. Santa is a pretty smart fella.   I’m COASTAL ANGLER MAGAZINE SEPTEMBER 2013 One good thing about Christmas looking forward to a clear day on is you get a chance to receive a new the 24th to build one more memory rod without the raised eyebrow while I have the chance with my you get showing up with a new rod young men. The evening of the any other time of year. You know 24th is my favorite of the year, the question, why do you need a as a family we go to church, hear new rod when you already have music, that meant a lot to me as a 10, because! Some good advice is kid, light a candle to remember a to invest in the rod and less in the joyful night when a baby was born. reel. The same applies to fly rods, It is a peaceful quiet moment in my fly rods do all the work and the heart, I wish the same for you and reel is really a place to store the your family.  Merry Christmas O V E R V I E W

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I received our November North Grand Strand report from Capt. Brian Costello of Fish On Outfitters. Fish from the public boat ramp in Little River all the way to the brackish water near the 17 connector and you will catch trout. You will also have a good chance of catching striped bass in that same area using jerk plugs or a double bucktail jig rig with a 3/4 oz. on the front and 1/4 oz. on the back trolling along the edge of the waterway and letting the back bait touch the bottom every 20ft. or so. Flounder are in the creeks, use the trusted finger mullet or mud minnow slow trolled to catch them. Redfish are available and Capt. Brian suggests that you look for active schools of baitfish to find the reds.

Fishing for largemouth bass in the Waccamaw River can be good in December if you use Sinko worms rigged whacky style or a spinnerbait of any color as long as it’s white. Keep a topwater bait ready and if you see a commotion on the surface throw at it.

Capt. Jason Burton of Fly Girl Fishing Charters turned in our December Murrells Inlet report. Capt. Jason states that the trout bite will be on and to use Mirrolures or shrimp under a cork for the best results. Black drum along either jetty using Carolina rigged dead shrimp will get them and the catch has the potential to be spectacular. Bull reds will be running all along the beach, Capt. Jason’s favorite bait is pinfish, lizard fish, and bluefish he catches on sabiki rigs and chunks up and puts on the bottom. The flounder bite is hot early in the month but may taper in December, use live mullet caught in your net if you can find them.

December fishing in Pawleys Island means three things, trout trout and trout. The A Number One rig for catching trout is a pole float with a live shrimp under it. Mirro Lure 52MR in Mardi Gras or White w/ Red Head colors are working good too followed by the shrimp imitations VuDu and DOA. Capt. Stump says try a little squirt of Pro-Cure scent on the artificials to trigger the bite if necessary. Also, if you are into a small to medium trout bite, try running your bait just outside of that area. Big trout are known to patrol just a bit away from the small trout and doing that could put a gator on your hook.

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The redfish are out there and the Yum Money Minnows have been fooling them very successfully. The water is tending to stay warm a little longer this year so the redfish are scattered and can be found in deep holes as well as the back creeks. Trout on Mirro Lures around the shell banks or any structure has been very good. Flounder are hanging around the jetty rocks, throw some finger mullet out there to catch them.

Our good friend Deon Grainger at Apache Pier called in her December report. Flounder are still on the menu with many small keepers hitting the wood. Trout are very popular to fish for this time of year, use shrimp dangling at varied depths to find them. The redfish are there to take your offering but according to Deon, black drum are your target species this month. Bottom line, get up there and get you some.

I spoke with Dave Christian at Marlin Quay Marina about our offshore bite in December. Dave stated that the water temps out there are cooling down. Wahoo have shown up strong with some boats averaging five a trip. The blackfin tuna bite is also on with some 30 pounders being caught at the Georgetown Hole using light fluorocarbon. A few boats have gotten into some billfish including sailfish, white marlin and blue marlin.

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adults who are eager to learn built while fishing that had such

how to fish, or expand their a tremendous impact on my life.

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fishing knowledge.

They just Over the years, I’ve had the

need someone to show them the opportunity to learn from some ropes. Whether it’s fishing from of the most skillful anglers and

y family tells me I’m the lot of you can relate.

the bank on a farm pond for charter captains on the planet. I

hardest person to get a So, this holiday season I intend bluegills, fishing from a coastal figure it’s my turn to share my

present for.

They look in my to do something with all that pier for whiting or pompano, or knowledge, and my enthusiasm,

closet and see plenty of fishing extra fishing gear.

Those rods, just learning how to tie knots and with the next generation.

and hunting clothes…some with reels, spools of line, tackle bags, Texas rig a plastic worm. And I’m

So this Christmas season, my

the tag still attached. Take a stroll lures and other assorted fishing guessing many of you reading this Wish List is pretty simple. through the garage and you’ll paraphernalia

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see tackle boxes stacked to the patiently waiting on the sidelines, love to do a little fishing too.

and enjoy time with people they

ceiling, and every rod rack is will be moving up to First String. Now, I don’t have grandiose care about.

I intend to spread

virtually full. Sound familiar? Us I’m going to find some new plans to create a movement like the word to as many people as I

fishing fanatics have a tendency owners who will enjoy them the Take A Kid Fishing campaign. can, especially kids. And I would to accumulate a lot of stuff, and as much as I once did.

There They do great work on a national encourage you to find a local youth

unless we slam a rod tip in the are dozens of youth homes and level.

I’m thinking of a smaller, home, Scout troop, neighborhood

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lock up, we will hold on to gear this gear to good use…teaching kind that reaches a few people at from your stories and knowledge. forever. I’ve got some rods that kids outdoor skills, as well as a time, and has a truly positive Or maybe just begin with your are over 20 years old, and may not developing an awareness, and impact on their lives. Once again, own kids and grandkids…and

have actually fished with them respect, of the wonderful resources I’m guessing many of you know enrich your relationships through for 15 years. But they still hold a Mother Nature provides. sacred place on the rack.

I also some groups that could benefit this splendid pass-time we love so

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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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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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