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

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

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t’s deep winter. And while the folks in south Florida may be slamming sailfish, the rest of the country is cold. Those of us who can’t stand to stay inside are sitting in a duck blind, looking down at a hole in the ice or slogging it out trying to catch the few sluggish fish wintertime allows. Regardless of their slowed metabolisms, fish need to eat. Whether you’re fishing fresh or salt, lake, river, bayou or bay, fish have cold-weather tendencies anglers can exploit. While wintertime might never offer the kind of incredible bites one might find in fall or spring, it is still possible to experience great fishing. The most important consideration is weather. A warming trend of two or more days often puts fish in the mood to move up and feed. If at all possible, plan trips around these warming trends. When it’s not possible, seek out warmer water. Rock and metal radiate the sun’s heat into surrounding water. When the sun is shining, areas around rock and metal structure will often be several degrees warmer than the surroundings, which draws in fish and makes them more likely to feed. Warmth should also be a consideration in the time of day you fish. Often, the middle of the day or the early afternoon will provide the best bite of the day because the sun has had time to warm the shallows. It is generally true that fish move deeper when it’s cold, but it is not unusual to find the best feeding activity in the warmer shallows. The same warm-water theory is a consideration when choosing a destination. Think of the warm-water discharge from power plants in Tampa Bay or on countless inland reservoirs. Freshwater trout anglers should look to the tailwaters, which maintain a relatively stable water temperature year round. Covering water, finding fish and a feeding pattern are more important to success during the winter months than at any other time of year. If they are available, targeting locations where water conditions remain consistent and predictable is a best bet, even if those conditions are artificially maintained. Presentation becomes extremely important when fish are sluggish. Regardless of species, fish seek to fill their energy needs while expending the

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hen someone dies, their friends may commemorate their life and deeds with a memorial service, an obituary in the local newspaper, maybe even a few chosen words on the person’s gravestone. Some people have even done similar commemorations for an animal like a famous racehorse (think Secretariat) or even a gorilla (think King Kong). But what about a fish? Have there ever been any honors paid to a lowly fish? Yes, in fact, there has been at least one fish which was honored. The small village of Blockley, England has a modest house visited by many people over the years, not to see the garden or antiques, but to see a wooden memorial to a beloved trout that lived over 160 years ago. In 1855, a young man carved the plaque to a fish that his father had tamed. The plaque, reproduced here says the following: “In Memory of the old fish./ Under the soil/the old fish do lie/20 years he lived/and then did die./He was so tame/you understand/ he would come and/eat out of our hand/Died April the 20th 1855/Aged 20 years” The fact that there were funeral directors in the family of the man who tamed the trout, William Keyte, may have explained the unusual flight of fancy. But no one can doubt the affection that Keyte held for the trout, which would swim to the surface of the pond whenever the man would approach. When a vengeful neighbor killed the fish with a blow to the head, it must have been a sad day for the Keyte Family. Every year piscatorial fans of the long-dead fish pay visits to the cottage where the plaque hangs and to the grave

where the fish lies. In 1955, on the hundredth anniversary of the demise of the fish, the local newspaper had a long tribute to the most famous resident of the village, a tribute that included these words: “He did no great deeds, nor did he change the world for the better or for the worse.” And these: “Though the guns are silent and the

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ecember is one of the months that we really pay close attention to the tides, especially around the full and new moon. The full moon this December falls on the 14th and the full moon is on the 28th. We will have extreme low tides the mornings of the 11th - 16th and the 26th – 31st. Do your research if fishing those days, as you may want to adjust your fishing times to avoid those negative low tides. Looking at the moon phases, tides, and the Solunar calendar, I like what I see for peak bite days from the 12th – 16th and the 26th – 31st. Refer to our website for updated Solunar charts and to get more info on peak bite times. The Snook will start to head back up the rivers and into the backcountry this month. Catch some nice live bait on the outside and bring them into the backcountry for some great snook action. The Redfish will do the same and begin to show into the river mouths this month. Live baits are good for redfish too, and they really love live shrimp. Each December Sheepshead will show up in decent numbers over hard bottom. Sheepshead can prove to be frustrating to get hooked up for some because they require great finesse. What we do is anchor up over them in a slow moving current. Present a shrimp on a small hook so that you can hide the hook completely in the shrimp. Sometimes the shrimp are pretty big this time of year, so you can usually cut your shrimp in half. Get your bait down to the depth that the fish are at. When you feel a nibble, do not set the hook. Instead start to slowly reel away from the fish, and as you do, he will generally get serious. Thinking that the shrimp is going to get away, they will bite the entire shrimp with your hook in it. Now that you have his attention, set the hook and reel it up. I hope that these forecasts serve as educational and beneficial to you, and that they will help you become a better angler. If you have any questions or would like to book an instructional charter, please contact me at the below email. I also conduct free instructional seminars and lessons to various groups, clubs, tackle shops, and other venues throughout the year. If your group could benefit from a workshop, please do not hesitate to contact me. Also be sure to check out our website for dates of future workshops.

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Am I Allergic to Fishing? DANIEL I. WASSERMAN M.D. ave you ever found yourself developing a rash on sun exposed areas of your body following a day on the water? A skin rash that is caused or worsened by the sun is called photodermatitis. There are a variety of photodermatidites such as photoallergic, phototoxic, photodrug (caused by medications or supplements), photocontact (something touching the skin and then reacting to the sun), and phytophoto (caused by plants). Photodermatitis can present as itching, redness, scaly bumps, blisters, skin darkening limited to sun exposed areas such as the neck, face, scalp, forearms/hands, and lower legs. Often times these patients will go months not realizing the connection between their sun exposure and the rash. Some of the more common causes we see in our clinic here in SWFL is photodrug eruptions. Common medications such as certain blood pressure medications, antibiotics, Benadryl, chemotherapy, diabetic medications, nonsteroidal antiinflammatories such as Aleve, some anti-depressants, and others can cause these eruptions.   Plants or food can cause phytophotodermatitis more commonly when touched followed by sun exposure. The most famous condition is “Margarita Dermatitis” or “Lime Disease”. This should not be confused with the more well known tickborne Lyme Disease which is more serious. Common causes

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of phytophotodermatitis are parsnip, parsley, celery, types of hogweed, carrot, lemon, lime, bergamot orange, and figs. Anyone suffering from a photodermatitis should visit their local dermatologist for treatment and to rule out more serious illnesses such as lupus.  The next time you are enjoying a long day fishing here in beautiful SWFL remember to put on your sunscreen.   Dr. Wasserman is a board certified dermatologist with fellowship training at Harvard Medical School in laser and cosmetic surgery, as well as fellowship training in Mohs skin cancer surgery.  He has contributed as a dermatology expert for online and print magazines.  In addition, he frequently lectures to professional societies and organizations on his diverse research.  For more information about skin care visit the Skin Wellness Physicians website at www. skinwellnessflorida.com

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HONEST SERVICE YOU CAN COUNT ON! Molly’s Marine Service, located at 895 10th Street South in beautiful downtown Naples, is your one-stop shop for all of your boating needs. Committed to your complete satisfaction, Molly’s has a full staff of marine technical experts that can provide for all of your maintenance or repair needs.

Our yard is serviced by our brand new 75 ton Marine Travel-Lift, and we can haul vessels up to 75’ in length. Molly’s is literally a block away from fine dining, hotels, and the famous 5th avenue South Entertainment district. Enjoy the heart of Naples while your vessel is in the care of Naples only full-service public marina!

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FULL MECHANICAL SERVICES AND RE-POWERS We service gasoline and diesel engines, running gear, and all of the other major mechanical components of your vessel.

ALUMINUM AND STAINLESS STEEL SERVICES We offer fabrication services and repairs for aluminum boats and stainless steel components.

BOTTOM PAINTING AND FIBERGLASS REPAIR Our 70-Ton Marine Travelift and full service yard makes it easy for us to service the hull of any vessel up to 75 feet.

FULL SERVICE SHIP STORE AND PARTS DEPARTMENT Our ship store and parts department provide a convenient one-stop-shop for all of your favorite marine products.

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THE BRAG BOARD

Randy caught this blue fish on a recent trip with Charley’s Charters. Photo by Capt. Bohley.

Photo submitted by Capt. Billy Norris.

Julia with a mangrove snapper.

Photo submitted by Capt. Billy Norris. Mike McEndree, owner of Mike’s Bait House, caught a redfish while fishing with Capt. Bruce Jackmack. CAM Photo.

Waldo from Bonita Springs had a great day while fishing with Charley’s Charters. Photo submitted by Gary Caulden.

Capt. James Webb with a nice redfish. Photo submitted by Capt. Geoff Crouse.

Eric Kasper and Capt. Mark Schultze. Photo submitted by Capt. Geoff Crouse.

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he 27th Annual Marine Industries Christmas Boat Parade on Naples Bay will be held Saturday, December 10, 2016. Anyone can be a “Super Hero” is this year’s parade theme. Winners will take best in class and best overall theme winner. The Naples City Dock will host the judging committee and VIP guests. The parade of lighted boats will start at 6:15pm. All size boats are welcome to enter and there is no fee to participate. PARADE ROUTE: The parade will start at 6:15pm from Marker 18 (Bayview park & Hamilton Harbor marina area) and will continue north to the Naples City Dock, then to Pincher’s Crab Shack at the Gordon River bridge. The parade may be viewed from: Pincher’s Crab Shack, Riverwalk Restaurant, Naples City Dock, Naples Landing, Kelly’s Fish House, The Boat House Restaurant and Bayview Park. Awards and gift certificates with an approximate value of $3,000.00 will be given to the best decorated boats in their category. There will be approximately 8 to 10 winners. The Captain’s Meeting is a must attend for those wishing to participate. It will be held Wednesday, Dec. 7th at 6:30 p.m. at Pincher’s Crab Shack at Tin City. The Boat Parade is sponsored by the Marine Industries Association of Collier County and benefits The Ricky King Fund, a foundation that since 1978 has provided support for the unmet medical needs of children. Tax deductible donations are welcome and 100% of donations will be presented to the Ricky King Fund at a special Parade Award Ceremony in January, 2017. Parade entry for this event is FREE and entry forms are available at www.miacc.org. For more information or to become a sponsor, phone 239-682-0900 or email director@miacc.org.

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CHARTER FISHING SPOTLIGHT Everglades City Fishing Charters Capt. Brandon Acosta ABOUT THE CAPTAIN:

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have lived in Naples for 31 years. My love for saltwater fishing started a very young age. About 10 years ago is when I decided that I wanted to share my passion for fishing in the Everglades with other people. I decided to close my existing business and start a new venture as a full time fishing guide. It’s now Ten years later I am still happy with my decision. One of the newest and most exciting opportunities for me this year is that my oldest son, Captain Austin has joined the team at Everglades City Fishing Charters. We are excited and looking forward to be putting smiles on our customer’s faces this season.

Captain Brandon can be contact by email at hooknlinecharters@yahoo.com or by phone at 239-695-0202 his website address is www. evergladescityfishingcharters.com In December of 2011 Captain Brandon and his wife Alana decided to open a bait and tackle store in the small fishing town of Everglades City, they carry a full line of live, frozen and artificial bait. They also have a large inventory of tackle and supplies you will need for a great day of fishing. The store is located at 101 Buckner Avenue S. 
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ike Weber, publisher of the South Lee and Collier County edition of Coastal Angler Magazine, spent a couple days fishing with Captain Brandon Acosta, the owner of Everglades City Fishing Charters. Brandon put us on the fish both days and is a very professional and entertaining guide to fish with, if you are thinking of a near shore or backwater charter in Everglades City I would highly recommend him.

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erry Christmas to all and hope your fishing trips are wonderful and fish are plentiful. The winter winds are starting to blow and the coolness is in the air. This is not always a bad thing, it sure makes being in the outdoors more enjoyable and sometimes really stacks the fish up were they can get to a little warmer water. The bass can really fire up just before a front comes through. The only problem is if you are fishing the day after the front passes then it gets a little difficult. My only suggestion is to slow down, when you think you are moving you lure slow enough then try moving it a little slower. LAKE OKEECHOBEE fishing should be excellent this month. Bass fishing on the lake will be in full swing and the main lake water levels should be starting to drop down and make the bass more concentrated. This should make the Rim canal and any traditionally deeper water corridors much better. North end of the lake should really start to get good especially if the winds start to blow out of the north. Fishing for bluegills will be on the decline but crappie should really start taking over for all you pan fisherman. Small jigs and even flies work well on them. I like to throw small bead head Wooley Buggers for them. The bead causes a more up and down erratic action. SKI OLESKI, OUT AT TRAFFORD MARINE is not only excited about it being the holidays this month but thinks it is one of the best months to catch crappie on the lake. He says small jigs will catch them but Missouri minnows work the best. He believes the fishing is really getting better all the time on the lake and from what his anglers are telling him and me I do believe it is true. Bass fishing on the lake this month should be excellent as well. From top to bottom you should find plenty of bass action. If an early front brings the temps down I might suggest fishing slow sinking creature baits, or jig and pig combo in heavy cover. Something that falls relatively slow like a Senko type worm should also work well. THE EVERGLADES CANALS should really big good for all species this month. It looks like the water levels are going to get perfect for both bass and cichlids. The lack of rain in November, is going to really help out and bring the fish into accessible areas of the canals were we can get a lure to them. Senko type worms this month should literally wreck them. Large or small Senko’s will not matter just be sure to bring plenty with you in multiple colors. Not only do the bass eat them in the canals but the oscars, mayans, and bowfins love them. Please be extra careful when handling bowfins if they clamp down on you it is hard to get them to let go. If the water stays warm and the fronts stay to the north the fly fishing in the canals will be good on top but if the waters get cool you will need to fish weighted flies like a Clousabou to fire up the fish. A great canal to fish on foot this time of the year is the Highway 29 canal between I- 75 and U.S. 41. There is some great fishing and easy parking areas along the highway and plenty of different species to catch. The closer to I-75 the more bass and cichlids you will find and the closer to 41, snook and tarpon will be a more likely target. Look for structure like down trees fallen into the canal and canal corners and anywhere there is water coming off the marshes and into the main canal. Because there can be snook and tarpon I would recommend using at least 30lb leader attached to your main line. Fly fishing this canal can be tricky but not impossible you will just have to pick your spots. Good recon is important. Come visit Mike and me 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. If you want to contact Capt. Roan z for a freshwater fishing trip or ask any fishing questions he can be contacted at the Shop 239-775-2248 or cell number 239-269-4426. Check the Web Site www.indianpassoutfitters.com and www. mikesbaithouse.com

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s we transition from fall to winter you can expect the water temps to remain in the low 70s. You will want to spend most of your time fishing the bay and brackish waters near the rivers. The bait of choice this time of year will be live shrimp. Rigging these guys under a popping cork will lead to more bites, as it will catch the attention of anything nearby. Tie the cork about 6-8 inches above your hook and pop it every 15 seconds to keep the fish curious. I like to hook the shrimp in the back of the head right behind the black spot, which is their brain. Hooking the shrimp this way allows them to twitch and pop, making them look more natural and irresistible to predators. Oyster bars in the bay will hold plenty of mullet and game fish this time of year. You can expect redfish and snook to be lurking in these areas. During low tide be on the lookout for tailing redfish. As these fish dig around in the mud and oysters, you will sometimes see their tails sticking out of the water. This is always an awesome sight and a great opportunity to sight cast these fish. Cast your bait within 10ft of these tailers and you are likely to get a strike. Cut mullet on the bottom will weed out the smaller fish and provide you a better chance of hooking a monster. Free lined shrimp will get the job done on everything else that’s looking to eat. If you are fishing the mangroves, the sheepshead bite will be solid. You can expect to catch about half a dozen within a few hours, if you find the right spot. Look for areas with moving water and deep cuts, as they will hold the most fish. Free line a shrimp along the mangrove edge and get ready to set the hook as these fish can be aggressive. Sheepshead can be tricky to catch as they will nibble at the bait and pick it right off your hook. If you find this happening, feed your hook through the shrimps body starting at the tail. Hooking the shrimp this way makes it much more difficult to steal and gives you a better chance at a solid hook set. Your hook should be no bigger than a 1/0, the smaller the better. You will come across many other species of fish this time of year including jacks, trout, puffer fish, snook, and reds looking for an easy meal, which will keep things interesting. Remember to slow things down with the cooler water temps. Many of these fish will be lethargic and moving at a slower pace. For you guys using artificial, a slow retrieve will get the most action. The winter bite takes a bit more patience but it’s well worth it. Good luck out there guys and happy holidays!

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January 9-February 9. Classes meet on Monday and Thursday evenings from 7:00-9:00 p.m. Cost is $55.00 per person.

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hen preparing your bait of choice for the day don’t overlook the fact that many fish are attracted to noisy tackle. In the backwater, lures like the skitter walk and zara spook make a lot of noise when retrieved and are very effective at catching big snook and redfish. Probably the most popular choice of noisy tackle used by many fisherman are popping corks. They come in several different styles, but all of them do the same thing, make noise. When used correctly, the splash that they make when “snapped” mimics the sound of a fish hitting the surface. Your lure, about 24 or so inches below the cork, follows in trace and is presented to the fish when they come to investigate the sound. Live bait is always preferred, but DOA shrimp or gulps are go to’s for many anglers. It is important to remember not to quickly retrieve your bait under a cork immediately after you snap it. If you do, when the fish comes to the area to investigate the noise that he heard, your lure will no longer be there. Instead, let it pause before reeling, allowing your bait to fall below the cork. Fall is finally here and the bite is in full swing, so get out there and catch some fish!

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ALAN RITCHIE

Upcoming Events Scheduled – Mark Your Calendars!

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he ECA has scheduled a series of Coastal Forums starting in January that are free to the public. These informative presentations will be held in the Collier County meeting room at the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary base at the Cocohatchee Marina as follows: • Wednesday, January 11, 2017 - Topic: Sharks of Southwest Florida • Wednesday, February 8, 2017 - Topic: Red Tide: Impacts on Human Health and Wildlife • Wednesday, March 8, 2017 - Topic: Coral Reef Ecology • Wednesday, April 5, 2017 – Topic: Wiggins Pass Information and Updates The Cocohatchee Marina is located at 13531 Vanderbilt Drive in Naples…just south of the intersection of Wiggins Pass Road and Vanderbilt Drive. Because of bridge construction, if you are arriving from the south, you should go north on 41 and then west on Wiggins Pass Road. These Forums are free to the public and will start at 6:30 PM and will last about an hour. WIGGINS PASS BRIEFINGS: The Estuary Conservation Association will also be holding Briefings on Navigating Wiggins Pass. These briefings will discuss sources of information about Wiggins Pass and how to stay informed on changes that regularly occur in the channel. It will focus on information available on the Estuary Conservation Association, Inc. website at www.estuaryconservation.org and how to obtain this information on a timely basis. This will include a shortcut on using the USCG Notice to Mariners, how to report problems in the Pass, some research information that is available from the ECA and how to obtain this information…with or without a computer. The ECA is primarily interested in protecting the water quality in the Cocohatchee Estuary and anything that can be done to help prevent accidental groundings will make for a cleaner estuary and be safer for mariners using the Pass. The first briefing was held on November 15th and the December briefings are scheduled for December on Tuesday, December 6th and Tuesday, December 20th at 4 PM. Each of these briefings is expected to last about 40 minutes. These briefings will also be held at the Cocohatchee Marina at the same location as the Coastal Forums listed above. SAVE THE DATE!! If you are looking for a good time and you want to support the Estuary Conservation Association, Inc. (ECA) and the important work it does to keep our local waters clean and safe, plan to attend the ECA celebration at the Pelican Isle Yacht Club on Thursday, January 19th at 5:30 PM. This event is open to the public but reservations are required and space is limited. Full information is posted on the ECA website at www.estuaryconservation.org. Don’t miss this one! Alan Ritchie is a member of the Board of the Estuary Conservation Associationbased in North Naples, FL. If you would like to learn more about ECA’s ongoing efforts to restore and sustain the environmental health of the Cocohatchee estuary, please see www.estuaryconservation.org.

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We supply bait you need to bring rod and tackle or rent. We have rods for rent and tackle for sale. Fishing charters are dependent on tides and weather. Call to set up the best fishing dates for the best chance of catching the fish you want your picture with.

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KAYAK FISHING GEAR REVIEW JOHN PAENO

Christmas is coming and what did you get for the fishing paddler in your family?

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TM just came out with their new Rytmo This is a new addition to the RTM Fishing Kayak fleet. My kayak of choice to fish and tour from is the RTM Tempo. But I am anxiously anticipating a chance to try this kayak out. The Rytmo combines the sleek hull design of the touring Tempo and incorporates a fuller body for fishing stability. There are very few in this country and if you want o n e y o u have to order it. It takes 8 to 10 weeks to get one. RTM Fishing Kayaks are reasonably priced from $900 - $1,400 depending the model and how you accessorize. This is my pick of the new fishing kayaks to watch. If your fisherman/woman already has a great fishing kayak you can always upgrade their paddle. Carbon fiber paddles are light and durable. Bending Branches and Aqua Bound carry some great affordable carbon fiber paddles. Between $300 and $400 the Bending Branches Angler Pro is my pick. Go Pro - many fishing people like me equip their kayaks with camera mounts to make sure their story is believed. “I caught one this big!” Go Pro go for around $400 Some of our paddlers like to use a Speed Coach which they can later go back and track their coarse and time it

took to get there. It gives you GPS, heart rate, speed and more for around $400. What about a seat? Many kayaks come with a basic economy seat. There are a many seats to choose from. One of my favorites is the Surf to Summit High Back Outfitters Deluxe Seat. This has extra padding for your back, brass hardware, and run around $90. Inflatable pfds are becoming very popular with paddlers because they allow freedom of movement. One of these is sure to put a smile on your fishing persons face. They sell for around $100 I like to use a Skwoosh gel Kayak Cushion $50 under the seat for my old butt. What about stocking stuffers? Anchors, cup holders, rod holders, leashes, compass, Go Pro mounts and accessories and the list go on. Many are in the $15 - $30 range. Whether you are pro fishing in a tournament, just trying to bring home dinner, or looking for pictures and bragging rights these can make the trip more fun and convenient. Speaking of bragging rights. I did NOT get any at this year’s Blueway Fishing Tournament. It was put on by our friends over at Gulf Coast Kayaks in Matlacha to benefit Candle Lighters. I started out at first light in Bokeelia on Pine Island.  I managed to catch my limit of trout a couple of times but the red fish and snook eluded me this year. Congratulations to the following anglers: 5th: Matt Harvel. 64 Inches. $100 4th: Mike Lahn. 65 Inches. $150 3rd: Dan McKittrick. 66 Inches. $250 2nd: David Shields. 71 Inches. $500 1st: David MCcleaf. 72 Inches. 2016 Feelfree Kayaks Lure 11.5. Mystery Fish: Bobby Ruggles. 22 inch Jack John Paeno is an owner of CGT Kayaks in Bonita Springs, you can reach John by email at calusaghosttours@gmail.com, or by phone at 239-221-8218. Visit the CGT website at www.cgtkayaks.com.

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FISHING FORECAST CAPT. BRIAN HAYHURST

Naples to Marco Island

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he month of December and a few cold fronts have finally brought the water temperature down to about 73 degrees which means the king fish and cobia will start pouring in in big numbers. The king fish have already been showing up as close in as the St. Lucia wreck which is about 2.5 miles dead west out of Gordon’s Pass. They can be caught trolling pinfish, big eyed pilchards, blue runners and Spanish mackerel. For the blue runners and mackerel I suggest using a double hook rig with a small piece of steel leader and trolling around 3 knots depending upon your vessel and Gulf conditions. If you are unsure of tying any rigs or certain knots you can stop by my store on any Saturday and I would be more than happy to help you. If you are free lining pilchards or pinfish I suggest using biodegradable balloons or bobbers with your double hook rig and the steel wire. Now on to the cobia which is one of my favorite fish to catch and eat. I usually use 40lb fluorocarbon with a 2/0 or 3/0 circle hook using pilchards, pinfish or cigar minnows that can all be caught using sabiki rigs tipped with squid or shrimp. The black drum have been stacking up in big numbers around the near shore wrecks, oyster bars, and dock pilings feeding off crustaceans and are being caught off of shrimp, crabs, sand fleas, and fresh clams. With black drum you want to make sure you get your bait all the way to the bottom as that is where these fish usually are and when you get a strike let them take the bait for about 10 feet or so. The drum don’t fully get the bait into their mouth right away, they just sort of move off with it while they eat it. Weather has been gorgeous and it makes for great fishing. If you have any questions feel free to stop by Serenity Bait Co.

Capt. Brian Hayhurst is the owner of Serenity Bait Services located at 2365 Davis Blvd. in Naples. If you would like to talk to Brian he can be contacted at 239-2734421 or by email at serenitybaitcompany@gmail.com.

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SCUBAdventures Holiday Gift Giving Guide

hat is SCUBA? Actually, it’s an acronym for “Self-Contained Underwater Breathing Apparatus”, and it was developed by Jacques-Yves Cousteau and Emile Gagnan in 1942. It allows one to breathe underwater using compressed air, and a demand regulator. It revolutionized underwater exploration, the construction industry, and opened our oceans to millions upon millions of recreational divers all around the World. Kevin Sweeny has been the face of SCUBA diving in Naples and southwest Florida for 40 years, and he would like to invite you to SCUBAdventures to see what the world of diving looks like today. Much like the automobiles and boats of the early 40’s have evolved into the machines that we enjoy today, the technology of that first “aqua-lung” has come a long, long way over the past 75 years. Whether you are, or would like to be, an underwater photographer, nature watcher, fisherman, hunter, or just an explorer looking for the next challenge, Kevin Sweeny’s SCUBAdventures is your one stop shop. The show-room at SCUBAdventures has an unparalleled inventory of the latest equipment, dive computers, hardware, snorkeling gear, underwater cameras, spear guns & pole spears, wetsuits, dive-wear, and racks of fashion accessories. The holiday gift selections are endless, and the store will have the perfect item for that “hard-to-buy-for” friend or relative. As a matter of fact, a dive certification class makes a great gift that will stay with the recipient for the rest of their lives! Ages 10 to 90 can take classes to learn basic skills, underwater navigation, photography, advanced open water certification, spear-fishing, and other specialty studies. Or you can book your dream dive vacation to a plethora of choices to far-away destinations. As your Concierge, Kevin has travelled the World enjoying and experiencing the most beautiful places on Earth. Each trip is unique, and the people that you’ll share your experience with are always exceptional. SCUBAdventures’ trips have included Belize, Cozumel, Palau, St. Maarten, St. Kitts, Saba, the Exumas, the Dry Tortugas, Bimini, Grenada, St. Lucia, Turks & Caicos, Bermuda, and numerous other exotic places that time has passed by. Service is available in-house on most hardware and gear. So bring your old stuff in for a tune-up or that repair you’ve been putting off, and get back out on the water! SCUBA divers are social people, and opportunities abound to meet new “Buddies” as tales are told between young and old in the store, at Dive Club socials, or on the waters off of Collier County, the east coast, or down in the Florida Keys. So come on down, and meet the crew! Begin generating your own “sea stories” this season!

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NAPLES SPEARFISHING LEAGUE BILL D’ANTUONO t is intimidating to attempt to take down a large fish. The advantage we have is being able to get close enough to get a good shot. With the cobia run happening and amberjack opening up on the first the year it is best to be prepared. Shot placement goes a long way so make your shot count. Avoid mid-body shots, these fish have some serious power. We have been fighting a redtide here in SWFL so visibility can change from spot to spot within a 5-mile range. Lately we have been getting 20’ of ‘viz’ regularly and deeper visibility can resemble the keys. Visibility can sometimes be better on the bottom then the surface, so get in there. A subscription based app called RipCharts uses satellite imagery on chloryphyll levels to pinpoint where the visibility is best. Most of the time straight west offshore is best. Collier’s new artificial reefs have been great for spearfishing. With plenty to chose from you could hit at least 10 of these reefs in one day. Six total reefs sites consisting of individual piles. The individual piles are linked together with giant pyramids to form a nexus for fish to travel. Collier Coastal Zone Management did a great job designing and planning these reefs. If you have the chance, check out the film “Paradise Reef”. The film explores our local watershed and the process behind the reefing project. A link to the video can be found on our Facebook page. Don’t forget to sign up for our Winter Spearfishing Challenge! Based on social media participants have 5 months to show their best catches for nice prizes. Go to www.spearfishingnaplesfl.com for more information about entering or sponsoring or just shoot me an email.

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Bill is a dive master at SCUBAdventures in Naples, in 2013 his efforts helped to lift a 50 year ban on spearfishing in Collier County waters, he is the founder of the Naples Spearfishing League and is available as a local spearfishing guide. You can contact Bill at naplesspearfishingleague@gmail.com - www. spearfishingnaplesFL.com or visit him at SCUBAdventures.

Dan Beau with a 35lb black grouper. Photo submitted by Bill D’Antuono COASTALANGLERMAG.COM • THEANGLERMAG.COM

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In the Wake by Capt. Jim Kalvin

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was out with a client last week - poking around Gordon’s Pass and Keewaydin with live shrimp without too much intent, just looking for a little excitement. Along the way, something almost happened that reminded me of a trip a long time ago off of Collier County, and I laughed out loud! I hadn’t thought of that day in decades. When my client / friend asked me what was so funny, I shared the tale. No begging or arm-twisting was required. It was 1980-sumpthin’, and my friend Mark and I had planned on going out after snapper. Back then, fish were plentiful enough that you could tailor a trip for a single species, and success was almost guaranteed. We had altered our work schedules, and planned on leaving before dawn to be out at the “Paddlewheel” (aka the “Pipe Wreck”) before anyone else. This particular wreck was actually an old steam ship that sank in a hurricane while delivering bricks from Louisiana to Fort Jefferson in the Dry Tortugas. The wreck was, and still is by the way, noted for its population of large mangrove snapper. Certain times of the year, the yellow-tail will move in as well. But we were going after the mangroves that could reach upwards of 5 lbs pretty consistently. Back when we were young men, we would set the boat up the night before – loading rods and tackle, coolers, and what not before dark. I had gone to see Mack at Naples Bait for 30 dozen shrimp, and I put them in 3 separate bait buckets. Mark and I met at the boat, I put the bait buckets in the water, and secured them to the shore-side aft cleat. We finished loading the boat, and settled back to enjoy a few adult beverages, which we were barely old enough to have! We mused about our impending success on the fishing excursion, and wondered how many “trophy” fish we would come back with. We said out goodnights, and I went home. Fast forward to the next morning, Mark was on the boat when I got there. It was pitch-black, and he had the deck lights on, and the stereo was thumping out soft reggae music. He was going about the pre-departure business of preparing for a day 30 miles offshore. I cast off the lines, handed him a breakfast sandwich, and off we went, idling out of the canal in Royal Harbor. The Gulf was flat as a mirror that morning – we could see the reflection of the stars as we made the head-pin at Gordon’s Pass. At 21 knots, we would make the wreck in just under an hour and a half. As the sun came up, bait pods could be seen to the north and south as we cleared the 40’ bottom contour. Farther out, in 50’ of water, we saw kingfish tearing up the thread herring, and flying fish were popping up everywhere. We decided to stop, and see if the Kings would hit a free-line shrimp. Uh….the shrimp…..! We looked back in unison, and saw three lines dancing in our wake. The buckets were nowhere to be seen. We looked at each other with that “really?” look, and slowed the boat down. It was a “can’t believe ‘you’ forgot to pull the shrimp in” moment for both of us. We were near tears until we started laughing at ourselves. “Some professional fishermen we are, huh?” So there we were – floating 16 miles offshore with no bait!

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We assessed the situation, and thought that we’d just have to catch some fish to use as chunk bait to get the day started. Sabiki’s hadn’t been invented yet, so we set about looking for a lure to drag, or a jig to bounce off the bottom. As our luck would have it, we had no lures aboard. No spoons, feathers, jig heads,….nothin’! Only hooks, leaders, and lead weights. Oh….and a stainless steel 12 gauge shotgun. Mark looked at me and raised his eyebrows as he was holding the gun. “Naw!” I said. “No way!” But sure enough, 5 minutes later, with a dip net in the aft rod holder, I was on the bow with the shotgun, and Mark was plowing through the water heading west. When the fist “covey” of flying fish took to the air, I dropped two of them. We circled back, netted the wounded fish, and we were off. We had our “starting” cut bait, and we made a day of it. Don’t know if that’s legal today, or if it was legal even back then……but it worked. Believe it or not, we did catch our snapper. It just took a little creativity to salvage the trip! Captain Jim Kalvin is a Florida Native, a licensed 100 Ton U.S. Coast Guard Master, and a local Marine Contractor. He is available for private guide services aboard your vessel, vessel ops coaching, or vessel deliveries to all points on the Eastern Seaboard, the Bahamas, or the Gulf Coast. He can be reached at 239-280-6054, or via email at james.kalvin61@gmail.com.

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he time of year to target pompano, those tasty hard-fighting little fellas, is after the first few hard cold fronts. We can keep somewhat of a handle on these guys all the way through April. But we always must remember that these guys need to be at least 11 inches to the fork to be legal. And the limit is six per person. When we get into a school of pompano the action can be really fast and furious, so we must measure correctly and keep an accurate head count. This really gets to be a challenge if we have more than just the two of us in the boat. There are many bridges that span Tampa Bay and the surrounding waters and this is a great place to look for pompano. Bridge pilings are great hangout spots to start fishing. But as the water cools down, the power plants inside the bay become our main target zones. Tampa has two hot water discharging plants on the eastern shore and one on the western side. Both can be awesome hangouts for pompano, redfish, snook and cobia. But we’re after pomps for now, and any of these other guys will simply be icing on the cake. We start with a 7-foot medium action spinning rod with a PENN 2500 series spinning reel spooled with 10- to 15-pound Spiderwire Stealth braid. To this we add a Berkley Trilene 100% flurocarbon leader of about 3 to 4 feet. Pompano see pretty well, so the fluorocarbon is very important. We just love the heavily scented Berkley Gulp! baits for pompano. There are all sorts of simple pompano jigs out there, but we feel the scent attraction gives us an edge. Pomps love bright colors such as pink and chartreuse and a smaller profile bait. So we rig the Gulp! 3-inch shrimp in a glow/chartruese, new penny/chartreuse or the 3-inch swimming mullet in the pink and chartreuse. We rig the baits on heavier jig heads, 3/8- to ½-ounce, also chartreuse or pink, because we want that bait bouncing off the bottom, puffing up sand every time it hits. These fish are on the move and in our experience

love fast-moving baits. We position the boat out in front of the hot-water discharge. We’re very safety conscience and a stay behind the off limits barriers. We start fan casting, letting the bait hit the bottom and bounce steadily back. Once we’ve hooked up, we Power-Pole down and keep fishing. Usually we will pick up more pomps in the area. We really like this simple tactic, and we catch lots of pomps and plenty of other fish as well. This is easy and great for the family, too. People tell us we’re crazy, but we like fried pompano.

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or 23 years, the Old Salt Foundation’s King of the Beach tournaments have been drawing anglers to fish the west coast of Florida’s mackerel runs. It has developed into one of Florida’s premier kingfish tournaments with big payouts and a dedicated following of anglers who are not necessarily professional kingfishers. Each year, when water temperatures begin to drop around the time daylight savings kicks in, big schools of king mackerel move down the coast along west Florida’s beaches toward their wintering grounds in the Keys. The King of the Beach Fall tournament is designed to intercept this migration, and the tournament incites a migration of anglers to Madeira Beach. The 2016 Fall King of the Beach hosted 477 teams of anglers from across the Southeast. A total of 236 king and Spanish mackerel were weighed in on the stage on Saturday, Nov. 5. With a dramatic weigh-in late in the day, Team Loaded Down anglers Kyle and Jenny Applefield topped the leader board with a 44.70-pound kingfish that earned them the King of the Beach crown and more than $70,000 in prize money. Organizers are now looking forward to the annual Old Salt Spring King of the Beach Tournament to catch the mackerel when they’re moving back north. Tournament dates are April 27-29. For more information, go to oldsaltfishing.org.

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he Dry Tortugas are a group of seven small islands 67 miles west of Key West. Encompassed within a 100-acre national park, the islands are best known for Fort Jefferson, a 19th century brick fort on a tiny island in the middle of the ocean. The history of the Dry Tortugas is pretty amazing, and so is the fishing. Fort Jefferson was built to protect the busiest shipping lanes between the Gulf Coast and the eastern seaboard. During the civil war, the fort was used by the Union army to disrupt shipping to confederate forces. During that same period, the fort was also used as a prison. The most famous prisoner held at the fort was Dr. Samuel Mudd, who mended John Wilkes Booth’s leg. In 1874, the army abandoned the fort and it was used solely as a coaling station for resupply. The Dry Tortugas received their name because there was no water on the island and the turtles prevalent on the beach made a good food source. The fort itself was never finished completely, but it is a testament to determination. All the building materials needed to build the fort were brought down by barge. The scope of it doesn’t hit you until you sit in the archways of the fort and think back in history of them hauling 14 million bricks 70 miles from Key West and roughly 200 miles from the mainland out in the middle of the ocean. Those arches of bricks often are made of six different angles meeting together to make the complex ceiling. A walk around the fort and climbing the walls is a must for anyone traveling to Dry Tortuga. Plan on just relaxing and watching the sunset from inside the fort. For anglers, the true magic happens when you go fishing off Fort Jefferson. The waters surrounding the fort are crystal clear. Often, when fishing in 30 or 40 feet of water you can watch groupers swim out of a hole and eat your bait. Whether you decide to fish K Buoy on the north side of the fort for yellowtails, East Key for groupers and mutton, or the south side of the fort for big groupers or kings, it is magical. The fishing at the fort is like going back 30 years in time and catching fish of yester-year. When you see a boat come back from the fort with its catch, you can tell where they have been without even asking. The fish are larger and more 14 FLORIDA

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colorful, and there’s just more of them. I think the remoteness of the fort has kept the fishing pristine. You know the king fishing at the fort is amazing when you see tournament teams run hundreds of miles to catch a fish there to win a tournament. I think there have been more winning kingfish caught at the fort than any place else, but the fort is known for its bottom fishing. Whether you decide to bottom fish on the Atlantic side of the fort or the Gulf of Mexico on the north side, be ready for some awesome action. On the Atlantic side, you can anchor down and chum up the yellowtails on the reef edge or drift fish the different drops. These drops are bottom contours that often only change by a couple of feet, but those edges hold myriad fish. The 204 drop or the 250 drop edges are loaded with fish, but you have to use the right tackle. I prefer braid when bottom fishing. The difference with braid when you are fishing deep is it takes half the weight to get down, and you can feel exactly what is going on with your bait. The amount of weight will vary every day, you want to make sure you have enough weight to hold bottom; you do not want your line scoping out away from the boat. When the line scopes out, you have to put more and more line out to find the bottom. Ideally, you want your bait a foot off the bottom. If you scope out, you also have a great tendency to hang the bottom. It can often be hard to get the feel for it for new anglers. Bait options are endless, whether you fish live bait (pinfish, pilchards, mullet) or dead bait, there is a time for each. There are days when they only want dead bait like bonita strips, ballyhoo or squid, and they will out fish live 10 to one. Then sometimes jigs with tails or ballyhoo are the secret. The best advice I can give is take it all: dead bait, live bait and artificials. It is a long way to the nearest tackle shop. Don’t be afraid to try different things at different locations. When it comes to jigs, I prefer white and everything from 1-ounce to 10-once. The current can be still, or it could be flying along at 3 knots. For I like to drift fish at the fort. There is so much bottom to cover and so many places I

want to get to that I rarely anchor. A perfect drift for me is 1 1/2 to 2 knots. If there is no current, typically there are no fish. Different times of day are better in different areas. I believe the fish migrate during the day from south to north or vice versa depending on where you are. When you setup a drift over a migration, you will know it instantly by the constant action. When you look at a chart of the Dry Tortugas, your imagination runs wild with all the great bottom contours to fish and different spots that just look fishy. Be mindful of the closed areas and restricted areas around the fort; the fines are expensive. The best part of fishing the Dry Tortugas is exploring a new fishery that is so widespread and alive with fish. You can expect to come home with stories and photos of a lifetime. So take the time to go down West and experience history. Visit the Dry Tortugas web page for more information (www.nps.gov/drto/index.htm). Contact Capt. Mike Weinhoffer and Key West Florida Fishing through their website www. Keywestfloridafishing.com or call 305-395-3474.

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he gift of peak experiences happens to all of us. Sometimes we set them up, and sometimes they’re gifts from heaven. We all do our best to orchestrate memorable experiences. For me, a common denominator has been the ocean. Diving, surfing, sailing and fishing are all included. During the 18 years I handled sales and marketing at Costa Del Mar Sunglasses, I was fortunate to witness blue marlin tournaments in St. Thomas, the first Redbone tournament in Islamorada and good times at the Sailfish Marina with the West Palm Beach Fishing Club. Another thread has been the fishing/surfing connection. Having an affinity for the ocean is common to people who fish, and for surfers. Ben Hartig, longtime member of the South Atlantic Fishery Management Council, was one of the most revered surfers at Reef Road in Palm Beach. Nobody dropped in on Ben Hartig. Bill Holmes, who manufactured legendary “Holmesy Surfboards” in Juno Beach, also had the woodworking talents to do custom interiors for Rybovich Boat Company for many years. The late Ted James started Fox Surfboards in Palm Beach County in 1968 while he was catching monster tarpon and snook in the area, and later fished the Outer Banks of North Carolina while manufacturing Fox Surfboards and Sailboards there. Mark Castlow of Fort Pierce started Atlantis Surfboards in the 1960s, and then moved into manufacturing world class Maverick flats boats and Dragonfly Boatworks today. Ralph Boynton, long time Lake Worth pier surfer, won the West Palm Beach Fishing Club’s annual Nora Award for the heaviest snook three times, and holds the 50-year record at 42.08 lbs. Kristy Murphy grew up fishing and diving in the Bahamas before moving to Jupiter. She was so good in the water she could free dive 30 feet, spear a grouper and grab a lobster with the same breath. Kristy went on to win the Women’s World Longboard Championships in big waves. One of the world’s best big-wave surfers, Mark Healy, often free dives 100 feet deep as a volunteer to tag sharks for conservation. The historic Sea Mist drift fishing boat out of Boynton Inlet has had two of the best local surf-

ers as long time captains: Burt Garnsey and Charlie Brown. And don’t forget our own Florida fishing guides/writers Capt. Mike Holliday and Capt. Rodney Smith, both also hooked on surfing. Holmesy Surfboards, Fox Surfboards and Kristy Murphy are all featured in the grand opening of the new Surfing Museum in the Lake Park Arts District on Dec. 9. The Surfing History Museum recently moved from Delray Beach to Lake Park at 738 Park Avenue and the grand opening includes the premier of the new surfing film Ted James with a gift from the ocean, “Dream Steeple.” The museum a 41.75-pound snook, circa 1967. showcases the 100-year history Photo by Ralph Boynton. of surfing in Florida. We hope to see you there, and “talk story” about peak experiences and gifts from the ocean. Tom Warnke is a Trustee and Historian for the Palm Beach County Surfing History Project. Email Tom at trwarnke@hotmail.com or click on surfhistoryproject.org for additional info.

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f there is a point at which the world of art and the world of sport fishing came together, it can be found in fly tying. If you take a brief moment to scour the internet for videos on tying different types of flies anglers have developed, you’ll see that making flies is in a class all of its own when it comes to our world of fishing. Taking time to use natural or synthetic materials and making them look like something that will fool the wary eye of an elusive sport fish like bonefish or tarpon is a challenge to both our creativity and our knowledge as fishermen. However, learning to become a successful fly tyer can be one the most rewarding experiences in your fishing adventures, and it will force you to heighten your awareness of what your quarry is looking for. But let’s face it, it can be intimidating when you see pictures of some of the masterpiece flies that have been developed by more experienced tyers. Believe it or not, with only a few simple materials, some hooks, a vice, a bobbin, and tying thread, you can begin making quality flies all on your own in a very short amount of time. For the beginning fly tyer planning to fish fresh or saltwater in Florida, there are five flies I feel are not only very effective, but

are also very simple to begin tying on your own. Woolly Buggers, Clouser Minnows, Lefty’s Deceiver, gurglers, and polar fiber minnows are all flies that are a simple and effective launching pad for the beginning tyer. For the Woolly Bugger, you’ll need chenille, marabou and rooster neck hackle. The Clouser Minnow only requires two different colors of buck tail, painted dumbbell eyes and some Flashabou. Lefty’s Deceivers require matching (or varying if you choose) colors of rooster saddle and buck tail, along with some Flashabou and maybe a little paint to make the eyes. A simple gurgler only requires some marabou, chenille and foam, and for a polar fiber minnow, you only need one color of polar fiber, some fish eyes, and five-minute epoxy. For in depth instructions on all five of these flies, there are some great Youtube channels like Fly Fish Food, In The Riffle, or Tight Lines Video that offer great instructional videos for any one of these five flies and a multitude of other fantastic fly patterns. So as a fellow angler, I challenge you to head down to your nearest fly shop, pick up some of these materials and begin not only making your own flies, but catching fish on flies that you made! Good luck and tight lines.

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y earliest introduction to the Bahamas was Andros, and I really feel at home when I go back. Although I am blessed to have traveled throughout the Bahamas for my ongoing research of bonefish and the bonefishing industry, it was my initial angling trip to Andros that created ties to the Bahamas that draw me back. This, the largest and most sparsely developed of the Bahamian islands, offers some of the best fishing in the world. Andros is truncated by extensive, deep and vital oceanic creeks referred to as bights that act as fish highways, transporting rich nutrients from region to region and tremendous numbers of fish. North Andros, separated from Mangrove Cay by the north bight, extends roughly from Bering Point all the way north to the Joulters. Like the rest of Andros, a single road on the eastern fringe allows for travel from north to south. The western side of Andros is largely undeveloped, is challenging to reach and is now the largest Marine Protected Area in the Bahamas. Bering Point can be considered an epicenter of bonefishing on Andros and in the Bahamas for that matter. This small fishing community lies on the southeastern tip of Andros, south of Fresh Creek one of the largest settlements on Andros, and just south of the AUTEC naval base. Bering Point is home to many long-time lodges and some of the best-known guides in the world. Guides like Ivan Neymour, Charlie Smith, and Rupert Leadon started guiding anglers in the 40s and 50s, working to develop a premier bonefishing destination. Indeed, the flats of Andros are unriveled in their sheer size and many areas on the west side of Andros remain relatively untouched. Anglers visiting north Andros have a wide array of accommodations to choose from and while I was conducting interviews in the area, I stayed at the Andros Island Bonefish Club, founded by local legend Rupert Leadon, who passed in 2012. Although I was unable to interview Rupert for my research, I met and interviewed many of his family members. Through conversing with family and community members, it is very clear how much Mr. Leadon helped the local economy. Like the Leadon family, many guides working in Andros are descended from guiding greats, those men who ventured into a new industry receiving little credit for their tremendous efforts, until now. Flats within easy wading from Bering Point are extensive and varied. Anglers should have wading boots and larger flies for deeper water and larger fish. Double-digit bonefish are common in Andros. Fish the tides, look for moving water, look for places that get less pressure and do not be afraid to wade deep for big fish... however, watch for sharks. You can bet that if you find good bonefishing, you will also find sharks. Be wary of sharks while releasing bonefish, and reduce the potential for predation of your released bonefish. Do this by using adequate rods, reels and lines, by reducing fight time, by eliminating handling and using barbless hooks. “Keep ’em wet.” If you have to have a photo, consider waterproof cameras for interesting perspectives of you and your fish. North Andros is very interesting geographically. The south by Bering Point is sub-tropical. In the north, starting roughly near Stafford Creek, where the beautiful Stafford Creek Lodge is located, are extensive pine forests and some agriculture creating a significant change from the south. Bonefish angling is available all along the eastern shores, and creeks are great places to start. Car rentals are readily available from local airports and adventuresome anglers can reap great rewards for getting off the proverbial beaten path. Some creek 20 FLORIDA

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After fighting a little traffic the next morning, I pulled back behind Bill’s House to his dock and there was Bill loading some rods and a cooler into what I could tell from a distance from its distinctive bow flare was a Sailfish, but the more modern profile and the hard-top frame integrated into the console were attractive new additions. “Get aboard,” he said, beaming with pride. “Just got it over the weekend.” He filled me in on all the details. The 236CC was a brand new Sailfish model, in fact this was number seven. “They’ve taken the best of your boat and added a lot of new innovations,” he explained, while starting to show me around the boat. “He really thought this one through, from the keel up – it’s got form and function.” I could see many of the old standards features from my old Sailfish – deep gunwales, built-in transom bait well, well-laid-out console, big fish boxes in he bow. However, there was plenty of “new” in this new model. “Look how they handled the transom seating,” Bill said, pointing to a fold-up seat attached to the transom. “And the whole thing lifts up to give you easy access to the bilge.” He then pointed to the leaning post lifted up the cushion on the passenger’s side and said, “look at this, a second live well build into the leaning post.” He also pointed out the tackle storage and stowable bait station built into the leaning post before getting behind the helm, tapping on the passenger seat and telling me to get ready to go. “I’ve put about 15 hours on the motor since Saturday,” Bill explained, “I could have gotten it with a 200 or 300 Yamaha, but I went with the 250.” “It runs 47 mph wide open,” Bill boasted. “And like all Sailfish’s, the VDS hull cuts into the water and the ride is real smooth.” As I said earlier, I have been running a Sailfish for the past seven years, and one thing that I have always appreciated is the way she handles in rough water. I have to admit, I was jealous of Bill and I spent most of the trip calculating what I could get for trading in my 218CC and what color my new 236CC would be.

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