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Live Bait Snook on South Florida Beaches

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ere on Florida’s East Coast, we have access to some of the most exciting shore-based fishing there is. From spring, through summer and into fall, big snook run the beaches of South Florida, and they can be caught from the sand with lures and even sight fished with flies. I am a lure fisherman, and everyone knows it, but fishing with artificials can be difficult during the doldrums of late summer and fall. The Atlantic Ocean is flatter and big snook become wary. The fish are still here; what are we to do? Here’s a pretty simple technique that will catch snook when the fishing gets tough. The hottest bait this time of year is live croakers. Croakers are catching so many snook right now that the local bait shops here in the Stuart, Fla. area sell out as soon as they get a shipment. With the artificial bite kind of drying up, my friend and occasional fishing buddy, Mike Vars, showed me how to catch big snook on live bait. Mike buys a dozen croakers when he can get them. All you need to keep them alive for a couple days is a round bucket with an aerator. Good baitsized croakers are 5 to 8 inches, anything larger might catch a big snook, but they are harder to fish. Mike uses a 3 or 4 size circle hook and hooks his croakers through the nostrils so they can

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swim freely. Some anglers prefer to hook them through the tail. Since the tactic involves free-lining, with no weight, casts should be just past the trough on a high tide, which is about 20 feet here. Then open the spool and let that croaker run. On low tide, it might be necessary to wade past the trough and cast farther out. Mike uses a 60-lb. leader and 20-lb. braid on a spinning reel. Before the snook takes the bait, the croaker will often wiggle excitedly—this is a signal you are about to get bit. When the line suddenly starts moving fast, it means a snook has your croaker. Let her have the bait for a few seconds, and then begin reeling steadily so the circle hook lodges in the corner of her mouth. Mike Vars with a nice beach snook Mike averages three or four big female snook caught on live bait. each trip with this method. He has caught several over-slot snook, with the biggest measuring about 40 inches. Florida’s Atlantic Coast. You’re allowed one per day If you want to catch your own bait, use a between 28 and 32 inches. sabiki rig and tip hooks with a small piece of Richard Matteson writes for the Stuart Rod & shrimp. Or fish the trough with light tackle and a Reel Club and he is a long-time contributor small piece of shrimp. to Coastal Angler Magazine. Sept. 1 marks open season for snook on

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I like to keep things simple when it comes to colors. With finicky fish, you want your bait to look as natural as possible. I match colors to the forage in the lake. When throwing the finesse worm, my favorite colors are the green pumpkins and even pinkish colors like a morning dawn. With the baitfish, I stick to white and pearl or your green pumpkin and brown. A drop shot is an awesome way to get bites when it gets tough. With the bait suspended off the bottom above your weight, it gives fish a different presentation than the normal Texas rig. Pitch it around hard cover like wood and rock, drag it through grass or throw it around dropoffs or deep spots. I always have a drop shot rigged this time of year, and it puts fish in the boat.

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es, everyone wants to catch a grouper, or three, but you should be prepared— tackle-wise—to come home with “the groceries.” One way to accomplish this is to keep a beeliner/triggerfish rig ready on a rod and to have someone willing to use it when you get on the right mark. Not all big stacks of bait on the recorder are beeliners and triggerfish, but get accustomed to it and you’ll have a pretty good idea of what you’re looking at. The bigger species of the reef complex tend hang out under a big stack of bait, like cigar minnows, sardines, beeliners, etc. But the truth of the matter is, what you might be looking for is near the top of the stack. For example, the larger beeliners might sometimes be the first taps you get on your jig as it drops toward the bottom. When I’m grouper fishing, I fish a revolving spool reel rather than a spinning reel for several reasons. The main reason is so I can feel the bait as it drops. If you feel the bait on the jig getting tapped on the way down, understand that you’re in beeliners, triggers and/or American reds. At that point, it’s up to you to capitalize or just continue to grouper fish for grouper only. If you choose to do it, you can load up on some pretty tasty groceries by sizing down your tackle.

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Getting Out There a Little Earlier By: Capt. Greg Poland

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know how hot it has been out there on the water but if you set that alarm clock and get out there a little earlier than usual, I think you will find some great fishing this time of year. The past couple of months, I have been meeting up with my clients at first light and fishing till noon then relaxing under the tiki hut with a cold one during the heat of the day. If your headed to the backcountry like I do most days, I like to look for rolling tarpon at first light, and if I don’t find them rolling in channels or around my favorite shoreline I’ll move on in search of live bait. If you know you are only going to fish till that mid-day heat,

only spend enough time on the live bait search as needed so you can get on to the fishing. It is great to have a blackedout bait well but my bait never seems to hold up well overnight, so I tend to only catch what I need for the day. The snook fishing has been great lately in and around the backcountry channels and shorelines but the sharks have also been around, so please don’t put your hands in the water to grab a fish at boat side. I always use a landing net and just the other day had had a 6ft bull shark try to attack a snook while it was in the net! Check out my Instagram feed under to see the action, it was insane. I have always loved shark fishing and this time of year you can chum them up for some great sight fishing in shallow water. Definitely a lot of fun when I have kids on board and a great way for everybody to pull on a giant fish in clear water. If you are more interested in something to eat for dinner mangrove snappers have been biting out on the reef line and I have been venturing offshore for the mahi mahi action when the weather and wind allow. I just got a brand-new Contender Bay Boat and added a retractable Bimini Top for the hot summer days. If you are looking to get out on the water for a few hours in the backcountry, give me a call and let’s get you and your family out for some fun on the water.

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Take Off, Eh! By: Capt. Fred Gowdy

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nd that's just what we did! With the Daughter and Dad team from up North, we headed to our spot 9 miles off Redfish Pass in sporty seas. Good thing we were in the Everglades 24, powered by 300 horses! We were locked and loaded with 7 ft/20-50 lb. rated rods with large 5000-6500 spinner reels, loaded with 60 lb. braid and 60+ lb. leaders. We also had 4000-5000 spinner setups to catch bait and snapper. The Daughter and Dad team were looking for some table fare. As the chum disbursed, we got the sabiki rig to work catching threads over top of what the bottom machine is showing to be a great structure. Dad, who was seated in the aft jump seat facing the console and holding the rod as if he were crappie fishing in Lake Wobegon, got a nice bite and wound up in the "over the shoulder boulder holder". He hooked what I thought was a decent snapper. It was on one of the smaller rods with a very light leader. He quickly got rocked up. After standing up and getting a firm grip on the rod, a nice 16" mangrove snapper hit the deck! We then started deploying the larger rods with

the fresh bait from over top the structure. BAZINGA! Both Dad and Daughter started pulling in gag groupers! Two of the gags were legal to keep if the season were open, but as fate always predicts, the season opened in two days. So back in the drink they went. Then one of the larger grouper rods goes off - this fish was from Cincinnati! (!!AKA BIG DADDY!!) With barracudas surrounding the boat, my First Mate lunges for the giant snapper in the 5 to 6lb range with the net. After multiple swipes, the fish is cut in half by a 6' barracuda! The drag screams away as the barracuda makes a run for it. After a tough fight, we landed the barracuda and it made for a great picture! As we made our way back, we stopped at a couple of other reefs in the 3-6-mile range. We caught more snapper to add to the bag and were teased by a keeper-size cobia that swam within rod-length of the boat and would not hit white bait, shrimp or artificial. All in all, Daughter and Dad caught some really nice fish. They had fresh snapper for dinner that night, and I made a couple of new friends from Wisconsin.

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he sawfishes are some of the most imperiled elasmobranchs (sharks, rays, and skates), with all five species assessed as Critically Endangered or Endangered on the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Red List of Threatened Species. International Sawfish Day is an annual event held on October 17 to educate the public about the biology and ecology of these spectacular rays, to highlight the threats they continue to face, to focus on current research and management efforts to safeguard their future, and to inform people how they can contribute to the conservation and recovery of sawfish around the world. Founded by the European and American Associations of Zoos and Aquariums and the Sawfish Conservation Society, the first International Sawfish Day was celebrated in 2017. On October 17, 2021 the fifth International Sawfish Day will be celebrated mostly online due to the global coronavirus pandemic; however, there may be some events at institutions and organizations around the world. To celebrate International Sawfish Day next month, participating aquariums, museums, zoos, schools, conservation agencies, and research groups hold celebrations and events, share messages and images on social media, and help spread the word about sawfish. Social media posts using the hashtag #InternationalSawfishDay and interactive events reach hundreds of thousands of people in the weeks surrounding each International Sawfish Day. In addition to the excitement generated for sawfish protection and conservation, International Sawfish Day also raises funds for sawfish field research programs and helps strengthen the collaborative relationships between the public aquarium community and research and field conservation organizations. The American

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You’re Safe, or Are You? By: Capt. Sue Nerud

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everal years ago, I was introduced to scalloping up in the Tarpon Springs area. What a beautiful area to boat, play, fish, and of course scallop! After scalloping that day, I made my way to a local fish diner and spent the evening discussing the area waters with local boaters. At one point, a boater mentioned a rock, a rock called Gomez rock. I thought wow, it actually has a name, it's got to be huge. After further questions, Gomez Rock is actually more like an oyster bed, but apparently a big one at that. We had been boating all weekend and following the same GPS tracks, this Sunday morning was no exception. The difference was, I had inadvertently forgotten to check the tides. Since I had been following the same tracks all weekend I figured we would be fine. Famous last words, right? I was up on plane and suddenly felt a little shake at the helm. It was so slight I almost didn't power down but when I went to turn, Alpha Mare would not change course. My first thought was my shift cable snapped. Either way, I powered down to check it all out. I sent my first mate back to check it out while I stayed at the helm.

He said "Sue, trim up, bring your outdrive up". I said "It is up!". The expression on his face was something I will never forget. "Sue, your lower unit is gone!" Yes, it appears I had experienced the infamous Gomez Rock! After further investigation, it was completely sheared off, almost like someone had cut the lower unit off. I had hit Gomez Rock at the exact perfect angle that it sheared the lower unit cleanly off. All I could say was, thank god we were up on plane. Had I been traveling slower, this story may very well have a much darker ending. No one got hurt, other than my ego and of course Alpha Mares' lower unit. Weeks earlier, I had purchased a new stainless-steel prop, which was now missing. But I was determined to find it, and find it I did. Not only did I find my lower unit, but another large prop was also discovered. It appears I was not the only Captain to visit Gomez Rock! I leave you with another quote " Each day, a new day." To clean water, good seas, and blue skies. Captain Sue.

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My Favorite! By: Capt. Travis Freeman

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ello everyone. Capt. Travis here with Steadyfishingcharters living and fishing out of Everglades city, FL. I’m here to tell everyone how the fishing has been for me and my clients this September. First of all, early fall fishing is my favorite time of the year to fish down here in the Everglades. I grew up down here and fishing is definitely always amazing here, but in the fall as the water starts to slowly cool off. The big redfish tend to show up and they will always eat a live shrimp on 30- or 40-pound mono leader. And let’s not forget about the fall snook season that starts in September! For big snook I love casting a MirrOlure, silver on the sides with a grey or black back, 3 & 3/8 inch in length. Also, it always helps to have a live white bait in the live well, such as a finger mullet or pilchard anywhere for 3 to 5 inches in size. I catch them myself with my 8ft 3/8inch cast net; a trade I learned as a young boy from my

grandfather and father, one of the many reasons I’m thankful for growing up in Everglades City, FL. Another species that we catch down here this time of the year is tripletail aka buoy fish - LOL. They live in the gulf along the near shores sticking close to any type of structure. Anything from dead or live mangrove trees to commercial crab trap buoys in the Gulf of Mexico itself, and triple ail are some of the best eating fish that I can think of when it comes to fishing and catching dinner in the Everglades. For tripletail in September down here in the Glades I usually free-line a live shrimp or a live pilchard on a number 4 J hook with 30-pound leader. Or I will cast a white and pink bucktail jig tipped with shrimp 3/8 oz or 1/4 oz in weight. Those things pretty much always do the trick for me when it comes to catching these fish. God bless and tight lines to all.

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Freshwater Scene By: Capt. Roan zumFelde

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eptember is here and hopefully fall is just around the corner, fishing in the freshwater this month is difficult at best. The Everglades Canals are high, fishing in most of them is not great. I would still suggest the Interceptor early in the morning with small micro crankbaits or 4 inch worms. Wooley Bugger Fly patterns also work well this time of the year, especially on the cichlids in the canal. The Golden Gate system is still going to be pretty good early in the mornings. Take a venture to the Miami canals for exciting peacock bass action, check myfwc.com they have a map of canals. Lake Trafford can be very tough this month, high water and lots of heat have really made things difficult; next month should be better with hopefully a bit of a cool down.

Just about every golf course or housing community in Naples that has lakes associated are full of fish, not only are they full of bass and cichlids but many of them have snook and tarpon in them to boot! When targeting this treasure trove of fish you always want to use a Trace of Shock Leader of at least 20 pound test if not larger, like 30 or 40 pound. If you are fishing a golf course pond be sure to have permission and please be mindful of the golfers so you do not interfere with their play. Usually late evening is your best time, most are in the clubhouse and the course is wide open for fishing. I like to throw top water type baits or small Rapalas in these lakes to start, these make great search baits and the strikes can be vicious. Live shiners under a cork work well, and surprisingly enough, we have some customers that fish live shrimp in the ponds with great success. When fishing live shrimp you will need an aerator and bucket of saltwater to keep them alive, they will not stay alive in the freshwater for very long. Check back each month we will highlight a different area to fish by land or by small boat that you might never had thought of. If you have any questions about where and when, or how to fish these waters I would be happy to see and talk to you at the shop. Come visit Mike and I at Mike’s Bait House and Indian Pass Outfitters on Danford Street, next to Bayview Park in Naples and we can talk Fishing. We carry a full line of tackle including: fly fishing needs and both saltwater and freshwater gear, food, drink, and bait. Thanks and good fishing. Roan z

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Yellowtail Snapper By: Michael Sipos, UF IFAS Sea Grant Agent

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he yellowtail is a semi-pelagic transient species that sticks out among the ~113 species found in the snapper family. These mid water swimmers are the only member of its genus Ocyurus! Many of the yellowtail’s commonly caught cousins like the mangrove, mutton and red snapper have tails that are wider/square in shape which are perfect for maneuvering in and around structure providing bursts of speed when needed. The yellowtail however have a deeply forked tail that normally is associated with faster and sustained swimming speeds hence the genus translation of “quick tail.” This species is usually found suspended in the water column where that tail shape gives the yellow-

tail an advantage. There aren’t too many species that you can get yellowtail snapper mixed up with although the rainbow runner (Elagatis bipinnulata) also have a deeply forked yellow tail and inhabit the same space in the water column and areas as the yellowtail snapper. Rainbow runners are a member of the jack family and have a smoother cylindrical appearance with a scaly/boney projection on both sides of the base of the tail known as keels. Yellowtail are a schooling species that live in the Western Atlantic and can be found from Massachusetts to Brazil, however this fish becomes more abundant in tropical waters around South Florida and throughout the Caribbean. This primarily nocturnal predator that have great eyesight feeds above the reef structure. Adult yellowtail prey upon invertebrates like crabs, shrimp, squid, marine worms as well as small fish while juveniles feed primarily on plankton. When making a seafood choice based on sustainability, Yellowtail snapper are listed as a “good alternative” by the Monterey Bay Seafood Watch and FishChoice for fish caught in the U.S. on hook and line. In other areas and countries there may be less fisheries management for this species that prevents overfishing. This species is NOT listed as endangered or vulnerable by the International Union for Conservation

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How do Polarized Sunglasses Work? by: CAM editorial Staff

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very angler knows that fishing sunglasses are polarized sunglasses. Whether you’re slinging flies on a tiny brook trout stream or trolling a spread on the Gulf Stream, sunglasses are a must to protect your eyes, both from the sun’s harmful rays and errant hooks. Polarized glasses block the glare, which allows for increased visibility beneath the surface. If you’ve ever tested the difference between polarized and non-polarized glasses while looking into the water, you’ve seen the difference. The benefits of polarized lenses to anglers are obvious. They allow you to see bait, structure and even fish you would never have seen without them. But how do they work? What is this magic technology that allows you to see beneath the waves? Let’s start with the nature of light. When light from the sun hits a horizontal surface, it is reflected horizontally and concentrated. This is the “blinding glare” you experience as light bounces off the water, a snow bank or a car hood. Even when reflected light is non-uniform—meaning it is refracted at different angles—like off choppy or moving water, it still causes glare that blinds your eyes to what lies beneath the surface. Polarization, which is achieved in glasses via a chemical coat during manufacturing, works kind of like the blinds on your windows. The chemical is laminated in a vertical pattern. When horizontal reflections hit the lens, they are blocked by the vertical laminate pattern, which eliminates the glare that would otherwise reach your eyes. Re-

duced glare allows for clearer visibility above and below the surface. Polarization also reduces eye fatigue and blocks harmful UV rays. Most of the time, you get what you pay for when you purchase polarized glasses. Inexpensive sunglasses might be polarized, but usually the layer of chemical laminate is thin and stamped onto the outside of the lens. Initially, these lenses might work just fine, but over time the laminate will rub off through normal use. If you’ve had a pair, you know it when they are no longer protecting your eyes or performing the way they should be. Higher quality polarized lenses often protect this laminate layer between two layers of lens material, where it cannot be scratched or rubbed away. Also, a thicker polarized layer blocks horizontal light more effectively. The one drawback to polarized glasses is with some LCD displays. Your phone, your GPS, your sonar and the display on the pump at the gas station, all of these necessary technologies feature LCD displays. Generally, they are also polarized, with light emitted in the same direction. Your polarized shades might block this light, depending on the orientation, which means you can’t see what’s on the screen. In the fishing industry, where all the customers wear polarized glasses, most electronics manufacturers have taken steps to solve this issue. If you’re at the gas pump and you are unable to see the display, try taking your glasses off.

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Rise and Shine

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ishing over the past month has been excellent! Nearshore and backwater have been equally productive. Unfortunately, our brothers to the north in the Tampa area are getting pummeled with a bad red tide bloom, and we pray that they can return to normal soon. Luckily for us however, the Bonita Springs area has not been affected at all. Right now if you are planning on going fishing, the morning bite has definitely been the way to go. By 11am, the temperature is ridiculous and the fishing slows down. If you do decide to go all day, make sure to stay hydrated and be prepared for the temperature…yesterday the heat index was 110 on the water. Backwater Right now is the time of year where fish tend to congregate around the passes and beaches. There are snook cruising every beach and stacked in every pass. There are so many in fact, that I consistently accidentally catch multiple of them in the cast net while throwing for bait in the mornings. The water is crystal clear right now and snook have great eyesight, so you may have to dumb your leaders down a little bit. I use about 3 feet of 30-pound fluorocarbon with a 2/0 - 3/0 hook. Look for them in schools very close to the shoreline. When you spot them, don’t cast directly at the school. Instead, cast ahead of them and retrieve your bait away from them.

Remember, prey would never naturally swim towards a predator. There are also plenty of redfish in the backwater. They will eat pilchards or threadfins, but I find that with the warmer water I catch bigger ones on cut bait. Trout have made a great recovery as well, and are on nearly every grass flat. Regulations as far as size and bag limits have changed from previous years, so ensure that you are reading up on what the new regs are. Nearshore The nearshore fishing has been awesome this month! The water is at around 86 degrees, so we are definitely in full summertime swing. Big mangrove snapper have moved in closer to shore, and limiting out has been fairly common with most of the fish being 15 inches or greater. There have also been plenty of cobia around in the area. Many of them have been on the smaller size, but there have been some studs around as well. The gag grouper bite has also been great. Live baits have been getting hammered almost as soon as they hit the bottom. Look for them around wrecks and artificial reefs. As always, the usual summertime predators like sharks, barracuda, and Goliath Grouper are around as well. Fishing should continue to be awesome this month, and as the we move into fall we should get a good second run of tarpon, redfish should be on fire, and the kingfish should migrate through again as the water cools down. Fishing is great so call today to book a trip with Pale Horse Fishing Charters!

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Fri

10:30

3.1

4:33

1.9

5:15

0.3

7:07

7:45

4

Sat

12:48

2.4

11:52A

3.0

5:52

1.5

6:45

0.1

7:07

7:44

4

Sat

12:01

2.6

11:13A

3.3

5:13

1.8

5:54

0.2

7:07

7:44

5

Sun

1:18

2.5

12:36

3.2

6:33

1.3

7:23

0.0

7:07

7:43

5

Sun

12:27

2.7

11:51A

3.4

5:49

1.6

6:31

0.2

7:07

7:43

6

Mon

1:48

2.6

1:20

3.3

7:14

1.1

8:01

0.1

7:08

7:42

6

Mon

12:54

2.8

12:27

3.5

6:26

1.3

7:08

0.3

7:08

7:42

7

Tue

2:19

2.7

2:06

3.3

7:56

0.8

8:37

0.2

7:08

7:41

7

Tue

1:21

2.9

1:05

3.5

7:06

1.1

7:45

0.4

7:08

7:41

8

Wed

2:49

2.8

2:53

3.2

8:41

0.6

9:13

0.4

7:08

7:39

8

Wed

1:47

3.0

1:49

3.5

7:48

0.8

8:23

0.6

7:09

7:40

9

Thu

3:18

2.9

3:43

3.0

9:26

0.4

9:49

0.7

7:09

7:38

9

Thu

2:14

3.1

2:40

3.3

8:33

0.6

9:00

0.9

7:09

7:39

10

Fri

3:48

2.9

4:38

2.8

10:14

0.3

10:24

1.0

7:09

7:37

10

Fri

2:41

3.1

3:38

3.1

9:21

0.5

9:38

1.2

7:09

7:38

11

Sat

4:19

3.0

5:43

2.5

11:08

0.2

11:03

1.4

7:10

7:36

11

Sat

3:11

3.1

4:47

2.8

10:15

0.4

10:16

1.6

7:10

7:37

12

Sun

4:55

3.0

7:01

2.3

12:11P

0.2

11:51

1.6

7:10

7:35

12

Sun

3:48

3.1

6:11

2.5

11:19

0.4

11:03

1.9

7:10

7:35

13

Mon

5:46

3.0

8:25

2.2

1:24

0.2

7:10

7:34

13

Mon

4:37

3.1

7:47

2.4

12:35

0.4

7:11

7:34

14

Tue

7:00

2.9

10:07

2.2

1:00

1.8

2:39

0.2

7:11

7:33

14

Tue

6:01

3.0

10:04

2.4

12:24

2.1

1:52

0.4

7:11

7:33

15

Wed

8:20

2.9

11:26

2.3

2:21

1.9

3:53

0.2

7:11

7:32

15

Wed

7:42

3.1

11:18

2.5

1:55

2.1

3:01

0.3

7:11

7:32

16

Thu

9:39

3.0

3:42

1.8

4:58

0.1

7:12

7:31

16

Thu

9:06

3.2

11:43

2.6

3:08

2.0

4:03

0.3

7:12

7:31

17

Fri

12:05

2.4

10:49A

3.1

4:49

1.6

5:50

0.1

7:12

7:29

17

Fri

10:16

3.3

4:10

1.8

4:57

0.3

7:12

7:30

18

Sat

12:36

2.5

11:48A

3.2

5:43

1.3

6:34

0.1

7:12

7:28

18

Sat

12:02

2.7

11:12A

3.4

5:02

1.5

5:42

0.4

7:13

7:29

19

Sun

1:05

2.6

12:38

3.2

6:30

1.1

7:14

0.2

7:13

7:27

19

Sun

12:20

2.8

11:57A

3.5

5:48

1.2

6:23

0.5

7:13

7:28

20

Mon

1:34

2.7

1:25

3.2

7:13

0.9

7:51

0.4

7:13

7:26

20

Mon

12:40

2.9

12:37

3.5

6:30

1.0

7:01

0.7

7:14

7:26

21

Tue

2:03

2.8

2:10

3.1

7:56

0.7

8:27

0.6

7:14

7:25

21

Tue

1:02

3.0

1:15

3.4

7:10

0.8

7:37

0.9

7:14

7:25

22

Wed

2:32

2.8

2:54

3.0

8:37

0.5

9:00

0.8

7:14

7:24

22

Wed

1:26

3.1

1:54

3.2

7:49

0.7

8:11

1.1

7:14

7:24

23

Thu

3:00

2.8

3:37

2.8

9:16

0.5

9:33

1.0

7:14

7:23

23

Thu

1:51

3.1

2:35

3.1

8:28

0.6

8:43

1.3

7:15

7:23

24

Fri

3:27

2.8

4:22

2.7

9:55

0.5

10:04

1.3

7:15

7:22

24

Fri

2:17

3.1

3:20

2.9

9:08

0.6

9:13

1.5

7:15

7:22

25

Sat

3:51

2.8

5:12

2.5

10:36

0.5

10:36

1.5

7:15

7:21

25

Sat

2:43

3.0

4:10

2.7

9:50

0.6

9:36

1.8

7:16

7:21

26

Sun

4:11

2.7

6:12

2.3

11:22

0.6

11:10

1.7

7:16

7:19

26

Sun

3:08

2.9

5:10

2.5

10:37

0.7

9:43

1.9

7:16

7:20

27

Mon

4:32

2.6

7:24

2.2

12:20P

0.7

11:59

1.9

7:16

7:18

27

Mon

3:36

2.8

6:24

2.4

11:37

0.8

9:41

2.1

7:16

7:19

28

Tue

5:08

2.6

8:43

2.1

1:29

0.7

7:17

7:17

28

Tue

4:16

2.7

7:45

2.3

12:50P

0.9

9:57

2.2

7:17

7:18

29

Wed

6:42

2.5

10:17

2.2

1:19

2.0

2:40

0.7

7:17

7:16

29

Wed

6:32

2.6

11:42

2.3

1:59

0.8

7:17

7:16

30

Thu

8:20

2.5

11:09

2.3

2:39

1.9

3:48

0.6

7:17

7:15

30

Thu

8:00

2.7

10:13

2.5

2:59

0.7

7:18

7:15

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Everglades City, FL - Sep 2021

Low

High

Date

Low PM

ft

Rise

Set

1

Wed

1:01

1.7

9:19A

2.1

3:45

1.5

4:39

0.5

7:06

7:48

1

Wed

2:42

2.2

11:00A

2.7

6:12

1.2

7:06

0.4

7:04

7:45

2

Thu

12:23

1.8

10:22A

2.2

4:44

1.5

5:30

0.3

7:06

7:46

2

Thu

2:04

2.3

12:03

2.9

7:11

1.2

7:57

0.3

7:05

7:44

3

Fri

12:23

1.9

11:14A

2.4

5:32

1.4

6:14

0.2

7:07

7:45

3

Fri

2:04

2.4

12:55

3.0

7:59

1.1

8:41

0.2

7:05

7:43

4

Sat

12:45

2.0

11:57A

2.5

6:12

1.3

6:53

0.2

7:07

7:44

4

Sat

2:26

2.6

1:38

3.2

8:39

1.0

9:20

0.1

7:06

7:42

5

Sun

1:11

2.1

12:35

2.6

6:48

1.2

7:30

0.2

7:07

7:43

5

Sun

2:52

2.7

2:16

3.4

9:15

0.9

9:57

0.1

7:06

7:41

6

Mon

1:38

2.2

1:11

2.7

7:25

1.0

8:07

0.2

7:08

7:42

6

Mon

3:19

2.8

2:52

3.5

9:52

0.8

10:34

0.1

7:06

7:40

7

Tue

2:05

2.3

1:49

2.7

8:05

0.8

8:44

0.3

7:08

7:41

7

Tue

3:46

2.9

3:30

3.5

10:32

0.6

11:11

0.2

7:07

7:39

8

Wed

2:31

2.3

2:33

2.7

8:47

0.6

9:22

0.4

7:09

7:40

8

Wed

4:12

3.0

4:14

3.4

11:14

0.5

11:49

0.3

7:07

7:38

9

Thu

2:58

2.4

3:24

2.6

9:32

0.5

9:59

0.7

7:09

7:39

9

Thu

4:39

3.0

5:05

3.3

11:59

0.4

7:08

7:37

10

Fri

3:25

2.4

4:22

2.4

10:20

0.3

10:37

0.9

7:09

7:38

10

Fri

5:06

3.1

6:03

3.0

12:26

0.5

12:47

0.3

7:08

7:36

11

Sat

3:55

2.4

5:31

2.1

11:14

0.3

11:15

1.1

7:10

7:37

11

Sat

5:36

3.1

7:12

2.8

1:04

0.7

1:41

0.2

7:08

7:35

12

Sun

4:32

2.4

6:55

2.0

12:18

0.3

7:10

7:36

12

Sun

6:13

3.1

8:36

2.5

1:42

0.9

2:45

0.2

7:09

7:34

13

Mon

5:21

2.4

8:31

1.8

12:02

1.4

1:34

0.3

7:11

7:34

13

Mon

7:02

3.1

10:12

2.4

2:29

1.1

4:01

0.2

7:09

7:33

14

Tue

6:45

2.3

10:48

1.8

1:23

1.5

2:51

0.3

7:11

7:33

14

Tue

8:26

3.0

3:50

1.2

5:18

0.2

7:09

7:31

15

Wed

8:26

2.4

2:54

1.6

4:00

0.2

7:11

7:32

15

Wed

12:29

2.4

10:07A

3.0

5:21

1.2

6:27

0.2

7:10

7:30

16

Thu

12:02

1.9

9:50A

2.4

4:07

1.5

5:02

0.2

7:12

7:31

16

Thu

1:43

2.5

11:31A

3.1

6:34

1.1

7:29

0.2

7:10

7:29

17

Fri

12:27

2.0

11:00A

2.5

5:09

1.3

5:56

0.2

7:12

7:30

17

Fri

2:08

2.6

12:41

3.3

7:36

1.0

8:23

0.2

7:11

7:28

18

Sat

12:46

2.1

11:56A

2.6

6:01

1.1

6:41

0.3

7:13

7:29

18

Sat

2:27

2.7

1:37

3.4

8:28

0.9

9:08

0.2

7:11

7:27

19

Sun

1:04

2.2

12:41

2.7

6:47

0.9

7:22

0.4

7:13

7:28

19

Sun

2:45

2.8

2:22

3.4

9:14

0.7

9:49

0.3

7:11

7:26

20

Mon

1:24

2.2

1:21

2.7

7:29

0.7

8:00

0.5

7:14

7:27

20

Mon

3:05

2.9

3:02

3.4

9:56

0.6

10:27

0.4

7:12

7:25

21

Tue

1:46

2.3

1:59

2.6

8:09

0.6

8:36

0.6

7:14

7:25

21

Tue

3:27

3.0

3:40

3.3

10:36

0.5

11:03

0.5

7:12

7:24

22

Wed

2:10

2.4

2:38

2.5

8:48

0.5

9:10

0.8

7:14

7:24

22

Wed

3:51

3.0

4:19

3.2

11:15

0.4

11:37

0.6

7:13

7:23

23

Thu

2:35

2.4

3:19

2.4

9:27

0.4

9:42

1.0

7:15

7:23

23

Thu

4:16

3.1

5:00

3.0

11:54

0.3

7:13

7:21

24

Fri

3:01

2.4

4:04

2.2

10:07

0.4

10:12

1.1

7:15

7:22

24

Fri

4:42

3.0

5:45

2.9

12:09

0.7

12:34

0.3

7:13

7:20

25

Sat

3:27

2.3

4:54

2.1

10:49

0.5

10:35

1.3

7:16

7:21

25

Sat

5:08

3.0

6:35

2.7

12:39

0.9

1:16

0.4

7:14

7:19

26

Sun

3:52

2.2

5:54

1.9

11:36

0.5

10:42

1.4

7:16

7:20

26

Sun

5:33

2.9

7:35

2.5

1:02

1.0

2:03

0.4

7:14

7:18

27

Mon

4:20

2.2

7:08

1.8

12:36P

0.6

10:40

1.5

7:16

7:19

27

Mon

6:01

2.8

8:49

2.3

1:09

1.1

3:03

0.5

7:15

7:17

28

Tue

5:00

2.1

8:29

1.8

1:49P

0.6

10:56

1.6

7:17

7:18

28

Tue

6:41

2.7

10:10

2.3

1:07

1.2

4:16

0.5

7:15

7:16

29

Wed

7:16

2.0

9:53

1.8

2:58

0.6

7:17

7:17

29

Wed

8:57

2.6

11:34

2.3

1:23

1.3

5:25

0.5

7:16

7:15

30

Thu

8:44

2.1

10:57

1.9

3:58

0.5

7:18

7:15

30

Thu

10:25

2.7

5:47

1.3

6:25

0.4

7:16

7:14

AM

ft

PM

ft

AM

ft

PM

ft

Rise

Set

3:20

1.6

Moon

AM

ft

PM

ft

AM

ft

Moon

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Technical Spearfishing

By: Capt. Chad Carney

M

ost technical divers are wreck & cave divers that dive with overhead restrictions at depths below 130’. Their gear & techniques are specific for a sport, very different from that of spearos. Spearfishers avoid overhead caves & wrecks, but sure depth lures us to big quality fish! In 1993 I took a nitrox class in an on-land sink hole. 1994 brought my Nitrox Instructor certification by TDI VP Mitch Skaggs, who is a spearo! We shot a bunch of fish in the Middle Grounds to 130’ on nitrox which gives you more time safely. We used leaner nitrox out to 150’, which is Advanced NiBack of Pack trox & Decompression with stage deco bottles. Big groupers & snappers were plentiful! Technical dive computers came in the late 90’s and fit with my Technical Instructor certifications of Advanced Nitrox, Decompression Procedures & Extended Range out to the Gulf’s 30 Fathom Line, 150’-180’. We dove great sites with my 36’ sportfish/dive boat on long weekends. After that we won the 2000 St. Pete Open with two 80-plus# groupers, red snappers & big hogs, I wrote an article about it in Spearfishing Magazine, titled “Technical Spearfishing.”

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your gun, fish stringing & knifing, high off the bottom. * Hang high... shallower water is your friend & fish won't see you up there. Hit the deepest spots first and save the shallow areas last, to prevent gas loading. * Dive like you're in molasses. Slow everything down, your breathing will follow and your fluid motion won't scare fish. (Only bolt after a shot to pounce on prey.) * Use performance regulators and keep them tuned. I like dual control 2nd stages, de-tune the cracking effort and venturi when it’s a spare & open up only your pri-

mary. • Get long freedive fins, they have overdrive cruise speed with little effort, great for scuba & plastic blades are cheap & durable if you kick bottom. • Get in shape. I exercise swim without my arms, just scissor kicking, to build muscles and stamina. You don't need a big pool for this swim style. * Spearfishers that want to dive deep should get technical training from a spearo instructor, not a cave or wreck instructor. Shoot straight! Capt Chad

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180-ft+ creates a serious narcosis problem. In 2001 I took TDI Trimix Instructor Joe Odom offshore along with my buddy Dan MacMahon, for our TDI Trimix certifications (& my Instructor cert.) Trimix is a mix of O2, Helium & reduced Nitrogen, which keeps you razor sharp compared to deep diving without He. Dan lead with a 90 plus# carbo, but I found a honey hole & a huge fish - it took 3 shots to kill & drag out a 127# black/carbo! My next article in Spearfishing Magazine, title “Technical Spearfishing II.”

Technical Spearfishing Tips: * A quote I've used for years: "Keep your gas in your tank & out of your body... unless fish are going on your stringer!" • Streamline your gear. "Everything you need, nothing you don't." No double tanks or giant BC needed. • See gear pic. It’s a steel 120 cf tank with a dual DIN valves & 30 cf DIN deco bottle, & 3 DIN regulators. A hose-less computer & a back up. The BC was designed for spearos, it’s a sleek & tough Zeagle Stiletto. * Get the lead out. Check buoyancy at dives end safety stop, especially after suit or gear change. Excess weight makes your BC larger & changes your trim, wasting more power to move through the water. Use your gun butt to push off before kicking (avoids clouding the bottom) & load 14 NAPLES | SEPTEMBER 2021 | COASTALANGLERMAG.COM/NAPLES/

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Navajo Lake By: Dan Carns

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here lies in northern New Mexico a pure gem of a lake that I’ve recently visited while camping in Navajo Lake State Park. If you know anything about the area you’ll wonder why I’m not writing about the most prolific trophy trout water that flows around the park, but this area gets so much attention that unless your ultra-dedicated and most proficient at fly fishing, the fish will not respond unless they truly believe your fly is food! So, after a couple of days fooling myself that I can fly fish, I loaded up my Vanhunks peddle drive kayak and launched into a more familiar setting. I was raised on bass fishing in the south and also became proficient in fishing for smallmouth bass while in northern New England so when I heard there where both species in Navaho Lake, I was excited to give it a try. It’s just spring when I’d arrived and was told that the bass are hanging out in front of the dam so I peddled my way around the marina at daybreak and found fish rising and busting on bait over the rock structures that hold back the water. Cast after cast, fish after fish I’m sitting in paradise, alone and a little chilly but nonetheless ecstatic at the amount of fish I’m boating! At this point I’m an hour in and haven’t caught anything over two pounds so I work my way across the face of the dam to the other side where it looks like the edge of a can-

yon drop and sure enough it’s deep, really deep, but full of massively large and submerged boulders. I’m using a wacky rigged rubber worm in pumpkin color with a chartreuse tail and constantly getting picked up by what I assume are young fish as I cannot get them to the boat. They literally wear out all of the baits in the package so I switch to a salt and pepper bait and on the first cast it’s game on, big fish, huge pickup and run, hook-set brings my first three pounder to the side of my kayak and I begin to laugh at my good fortune! I spent the next 3 hours dropping the same salt and pepper bait around huge boulders catching and releasing beautiful smallmouth bass in one of the most prolific fisheries I’ve had the pleasure of peddling around. By now I’ve about worn out my welcome around the boulder field and see a shoreline full of sunken trees so off I go, a five-minute journey into classic largemouth territory. There are dead stumps and submerged branches all around so when my first cast gets tagged and disappears into a maze of tangled branches I know it’s going to be hard to retrieve this fish and sure enough it takes me ten minutes to boat my first largemouth. The sun is high and I’m one shore bound and satisfied angler! It’s A Wild World-Get Out There! Fishman Dan

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