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EDITOR IN CHIEF : Ben Martin • camads@coastalanglermagazine.com VICE PRESIDENT : Tracy Patterson • tracy@coastalanglermagazine.com ART DIRECTOR : Rebecca Snowden • graphics@coastalanglermagazine.com EDITOR : Nick Carter • editorial@coastalanglermagazine.com WEBMASTER : Dmitriy Pislyagin • webmaster@coastalanglermagazine.com

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MOTOR REVIEW Honda Marine Debuts New

BF4, BF5 and BF6 4-stroke Engines

Portability, performance and reliability are the hallmarks of Honda Marine’s new and redesigned portable engine models, the BF4, BF5 and BF6 4-stroke outboards. Honda Marine debuts new engines with the BF4 and BF6 models, and redesigns the legendary BF5 models. Packed with the latest technology from Honda, the 127cc 4-stroke, single cylinder engines offer boaters the choice of four horsepower (BF4), five horsepower (BF5) or six horsepower (BF6). All three new engines are available with either a short (15 inch/38 cm) or long (20 inch/51 cm) shaft. “The new Honda BF4, BF5 and BF6 engines are easy to start, easy to stop and easy to carry. The new four-stroke Honda Marine engines are best-in-class performers. They are the right size for the right purpose,” said Mark DiPietro, senior manager, Honda Marine. “The new Honda BF4, BF5 and BF6 marine engines feature a new internal fuel tank and new motor mounts to run quietly and smoothly, while delivering the longest continuous running time.”

The new Honda Marine BF4, BF5 and BF6 engines provide consumers four main features—portability, performance, reliability and comfort. Portability A combination of light weight (roughly 60 pounds) and new carrying handle design make the Honda BF4, BF5 and BF6 marine engines easy to transport and store. The tiller handle fully folds out of the way, making storage options even more convenient. Performance The engines integrate a 1.5-liter, large capacity internal fuel tank, which delivers the longest continuous running time in their class—more than 40 minutes at wide-open throttle. In addition, the Honda BF5 and BF6 4-stroke engines can be connected to an external fuel tank for longer journeys. Consumers have the choice of an additional three different propeller options for the style that best fits their boating. Reliability Honda Marine’s new BF4, BF5 and BF6 models share the same, proven onecylinder, 127 cubic centimeter engine block and benefit from Honda’s 4-stroke engine technology. In case of an oil pressure drop, a new, low-oil alert system will automatically limit the engine speed to 2,300 rpm to protect the engine. Comfort The new Honda BF4, BF5 and BF6 portable engines feature a host of new technologies and features that consumers will appreciate. • A new decompression mechanism helps make all three new Honda Marine engines easy to pull start, regardless of the engine temperature. • One-push stop switch serves to shut down the engine with no chance of the engine re-starting. • The Honda Marine BF4, BF5 and BF6 portable engines feature redesigned rubber motor mounts that reduce vibration in all rpm ranges and reduce engine noise. • The BF4, BF5 and BF6 are available with an optional charging system with a capacity of 6 Amps at 12 Volts to power consumer demands for electronic devices. With a starting U.S. manufacturer’s suggested retail price (MSRP) of $1,875, the BF4 is a compact, lightweight engine with excellent low- to mid-range power. The new Honda BF5 delivers new features and technology at a starting price of $2,025. The starting U.S. MSRP of the new Honda Marine BF6 is $2,150. For more information, see marine.honda.com.

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Using a Smartphone Isn’t Always Smart On The Water Submitted by Sea Tow

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eople rarely go anywhere on land without their smartphones anymore, and it has become increasingly common to see boaters using cell phones when they’re out on coastal and inland waters as well. That’s fine—as long as your boat is also equipped with a VHF radio, one of the most important pieces of safety equipment you can have on board. “Your cell phone could die or you could drop it overboard. We recommend people take a 5-watt handheld VHF along on their boat, at a minimum, to use as their primary form of communication on the water,” said Capt. Ed Schrader, owner of Sea Tow Hampton Roads, Va., which serves the busy waters of Hampton Roads, Virginia Beach and Chesapeake Bay. “It’s better to have a 25-watt VHF mounted at the helm, however.”

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Capt. Sammy Royal, owner of Sea Tow Horseshoe Beach, Fla., which covers a rural stretch of the Gulf Coast on Florida’s Panhandle from Waccasassa to Keaton Beach, said boaters can’t rely on their smartphones always “having bars” in his area. “Cell phone service is very limited here. There are small fishing villages along the coast that are nine or 10 miles apart with nothing in between,” he said − making it essential to have a VHF on board. Another important benefit to using a VHF radio rather than a cell phone is that if you ever find yourself needing assistance, more than one listener can hear and respond to your call for help. “With a VHF, you are able to communicate with more people quickly on the water. Whether it’s Sea Tow, the Coast Guard, or a nearby boater, everybody’s going to hear what you’ve got to say,” said Capt. Schrader, adding, “The USCG’s Rescue 21 System also has VHF direction-finding capabilities and can obtain a relatively good location as soon as you click your mic and place that distress call. This helps greatly if you do not know your location or don’t have time to provide it.” Of course, a VHF radio can’t help you in an emergency situation if it’s not working properly. Both Captains advise using Sea Tow’s free Automated Radio Check service to quickly and easily check that your boat’s VHF is in operational prior to setting out on the water. To use the service, simply tune the VHF to the local Automated Radio Check channel, key the mic, and request a radio check. You will hear an automated response and then the call will be played back to you, confirming that your VHF radio is working and allowing you to assess transmission strength, a crucial safety check. Sea Tow Horseshoe Beach offers the Automated Radio Check service on VHF channels 26 and 27. Sea Tow Hampton Roads provides the service on channel 28. To find the Sea Tow Automated Radio Check channel in your boating area, visit https://www.seatow. com/tools-and-education/automated-radio-check. For more on Sea Tow, an international marine assistance provider, go to www.seatow.com.

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Boat Accessories Product Reviews AWLGRIP AWLCRAFT SE TOPCOAT With consistent technical innovation and stringent quality controls, Awlgrip’s line of topside finishing systems are the products all others are measured against. Those who take pride in the look of their vessels, whether they are dinghies or megayachts, trust in the superlative finishes provided by Awlgrip. Awlcraft SE is a revolutionary topcoat encompassing metallics, pearls and effect pigments and is fast drying with excellent opacity. It is designed to work as one layer of a multi-part system. The Awlcraft SE imparts the color and effect and is then top coated with a clear high-gloss finish topcoat to give gloss and protection. This combination forms a high-performance, high-gloss, durable topcoat system. Available for new custom or production builds, or refits, the Awlcraft SE range offers owners a great choice from more than 10,000 standard colors, as well as custom colors to match any color imaginable.

MILLENNIUM D-100 DECK CHAIR Millennium Marine has introduced the most weather resistant and durable deck chair on the market. The Millennium D-100 Deck Chair exemplifies the comfort, portability and durability Millennium has become known for. The D-100 is designed for portability and easy storage, and it is built with high strength, anodized aluminum. The anodized aluminum prevents corrosion, whether the D-100 is asked to perform under the rigorous conditions of saltwater or freshwater fishing. D-100 Deck Chairs are equipped with Millennium’s patented ComfortMax seat, which makes wet bottoms a thing of the past. They are made from a breathable fabric that won’t collect water. They are mold and mildew resistant, quick drying, and they will outlast any marine seat on the market. With 4 inches of height adjustment, and the capability to swivel 360 degrees, the D-100 Deck Chair is equipped with selfleveling feet for stability. It weighs just 12 pounds and folds up for easy transport in a nylon carrying bag.

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If you own a boat, you know the stress of backing your trailered pride and joy into a tight space. With this in mind, we took it upon ourselves to take Parkit360’s Force 10K electric trailer dolly for a test spin. Right off the bat, we were impressed. Assembly was easy, and by connecting the trailer’s power harness to the Force, we were able to control the trailer’s brakes with the Smart Brake Control System, which provides control and safety on a steep grade. Also the Bosch-designed electric motor supplied more than enough power to maneuver with little to no effort on the part of the user. The heavy-duty 4’-wide tires maintained traction on concrete as well as gravel and even in wet grass when loaded. The Force dolly proved its functionality regardless of terrain, and that could come in super handy for those parking boats, campers or anything else with a trailer ball where the concrete ends. But the most striking feature of the Force electric trailer dolly was how easy it made maneuvering the boat. With precise and easy-to-use controls, all the stress was taken out of navigating tight corners and turns in forward and reverse. We put the boat into spots we wouldn’t even attempt using a truck. Built of quality materials, powder-coated and compact enough to fit in the trunk of an SUV, Parkit360’s electric trailer dollies are a great tool for anyone who pulls a trailer.

Spider King rod holders make your fishing more productive. A modular Spider King rod holder system lets a fisherman “rig, cast and relax” with as many as eight lines in the water. And the same system can also keep a drink and tackle on hand. The plates attach to the bottom of the boat seat using existing factory holes, therefore there is no need to drill. Accessories include rod holders, drink holder, tackle holder and tackle/drink holder. We also offer outriggers by the pair in single, double and a four-rod holder gunnel-mount spider rig. Spider King products are made in the USA of 100 percent marine grade aluminum and they are powder coated so there is no maintenance or cleaning. Most items are available in black, white and argent silver. Visit the Spider King website to view all of their fine products.

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MARINETECH TROLLMASTER PRO 3+ Trolling is not as fun or effective for the guy tied to the motor. The world’s leading remote throttle control for gas-powered auxillary outboards is now available with wireless remote control. TROLLMaster Pro 3+ is an angler’s dream, allowing the angler to maintain optimum trolling speeds to within 1/10 mph. Slow trolling anglers understand that boat speed can make or break the day’s catch. TROLLMaster maximizes the time spent in the ‘sweet spot.’ Catch more fish with the freedom of movement that wireless control offers. Additional features include momentary ‘max throttle’ burst function for quick response or for ‘fluttering’ baits; idle/resume speed, left and right turn push button control. The hand-held remote is ergonomically designed for hours

of comfort. The remote is water resistant and comes with detachable lanyard and backlit LCD display for positive visibility in dark conditions. Engine specific throttle/hardware kits fit neatly under the cowling and are available to fit most brands of kicker motors. TROLLMaster also allows the angler to control the auxiliary 4 stroke’s steering with the addition of Panther’s Electro Steer drive units. The Panther T-4 and T-5 Electro Steer units are designed to remotely steer ‘kicker’ motors from anywhere on the boat. They mount on the tilt-tube and can be installed in minutes. Electro Steer units are available in fresh and saltwater models.

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We’ve all heard one. But the fact is, once in a while, life hands you a set of circumstances so astoundingly awesome, it’s hard to believe. And with the power and reliability of the Mercury 60 HP FourStroke behind you, this might happen more often than you think.

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The all-electric Power-Pole Micro anchor is compact, virtually silent and drives the 3/4” Micro Spike at the push of a button. Add the rechargable Micro Battery Pak and you’re ready to go wherever adventure takes you. Get all the details and find a dealer near you at power-pole.com.

Mercury Unrolls Advanced New Features For Joystick Piloting

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or almost 80 years, Mercury Marine has been the world’s leading manufacturer of recreational marine engines. The broad range of marine propulsion spans from 2.5hp to 1,700hp in Mercury’s new racing sterndrive engine. Over the past decade, Mercury has invested more than $800 million in research and development and expansion into its global headquarters in Fond du Lac, Wisconsin. That investment has allowed the company to grow its employee base from 1,400 in 2009 to more than 3,200 in 2017—which includes more than 700 engineers. The investment has also allowed Mercury to continue its cadence of averaging one new product launch every six weeks. Today, Mercury is more than an engine company. It’s a marine propulsion solution company that not only has a portfolio of engines for any boater, but also the technology to enhance the boating experience. Mercury’s ecosystem of technology is unmatched in the marine industry and features Joystick Piloting for outboards or inboards, SkyHook virtual anchoring, Vessel View mobile and Active Trim. All four products work together with the engine to create the perfect experience on the water and allow boaters to Go Boldly. The latest innovation from Mercury is an enhancement for Mercury

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Joystick-equipped vessels. Designed for convenient purchase as downloadable content (DLC) from Mercury’s GoFree store, Skyhook Advanced Features provides Joystick vessels with even better positioning control in specific situations. Boaters and anglers who love the way Mercury’s GPS-enabled Skyhook lets their vessel maintain a steady position while waiting for a bridge opening or hold over a reef, will be sure to appreciate Skyhook Advanced Features. New Skyhook Advanced Features include: • Heading Adjust provides Joystick operators with the ability to adjust the heading lock in 1- and 10-degree increments while SkyHook is active, making vessel control even more precise. • BowHook can be used to unlock heading and just maintain position, allowing the boat to point in whatever direction the winds and currents dictate. This feature is useful when a locked-in heading is not necessary. • DriftHook lets the operator maintain heading and unlock the position of the vessel allowing winds and currents to move the vessel along. Adjustments of 1- and 10-degree increments can be made while drifting when bundled with Heading Adjust. In addition, Mercury continues to advance its Vessel View mobile technology and roll it out around the world. The VesselView Mobile app instantly provides users access to their boat’s SmartCraft digital data in the palm of their hand. SmartCraft® is a fully integrated suite of digital technologies, including marine gauges, sensors, vessel systems and computercontrolled features, that gives users a higher level of control over their boat’s propulsion and electrical systems. Now, with Mercury Marine’s VesselView Mobile, users can see SmartCraft engine data right on the screen of their mobile device. The app also includes useful new features such as Maintenance Reminders, Mapping, Performance Summary, and Fault Code Diagnostics. VesselView Mobile makes preparing for and spending a day on the water easier, safer and more enjoyable by letting users perform functions from their mobile device. For more information, visit www.mercurymarine.com.

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hile visiting a friend of mine about 15 years ago, I noticed a book on his coffee table. It was called “Bluewater Hunting and Freediving” by Terry Maas, and it had the photo of a diver holding a bluefin tuna on the front cover. I already enjoyed hunting on scuba for groupers and snappers in my backyard, but the thought of spearing a tuna intrigued me to no end… and the thought of freediving also caught my attention. I had a hard time finding like-minded friends to dive with at first, as freediving was not a mainstream activity in Florida at the time. After researching a bit, I found a freediving school called Performance Freediving International and signed up for a course. I also found a freedive spearfishing club, which consisted of about 10 guys and no women. To this day, I give the same advice to anyone who wants to learn: “Take a class from a freedive agency, and join a local club so you can make friends and perhaps find a mentor.” Before the class, I had never tried to hold my breath while holding still in a pool—called static apnea. I was predicting that I would be a one-minute diver, but after some instruction I held my breath for four minutes. Most importantly, I learned how to avoid a “blackout” and how to rescue a blacked-out diver. We were taught the importance of the buddy system and one-up/one-down diving. While these classes will at least double your breath-hold time, learning the safety aspects is even more important. Fifteen years later, I can look back and say that learning to freedive opened a whole new underwater world for me. Now that I’m an oldster in the sport, I marvel at the growth rate, the number of agencies offering classes, the number of clubs in the area, and the large number of people that are in those clubs. It’s wonderful to see so many young people enjoying the sport. Lest I give the impression that freediving is a young people’s activity or something that super-athletes do, let me debunk that myth. I have met overweight smokers that were very good at it, and I’ve been diving with 80 year olds who were still enjoying it. Freediving is for anyone

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inches of gin clear water. Here, plenty of permit are caught, but with jigs and live crabs on artificial reefs and wrecks, natural reefs, or even along the beaches by anglers casting for much smaller permit cousins, pompano. Oh, and by the way, anglers here can catch giant tarpon and speedy bonefish, too, if that is your goal. Dayton did hook that permit, and another, too. They went about 30 pounds apiece. And surf anglers fishing from Hutchinson Island beaches earlier this year caught permit within casting range of the high-tide mark using artificial lures like Fish Bites or just a tiny clam strip. If there is something a permit likes as much as a live crab, it’s a clam strip. When the permit start to show up in the fishing reports locally, it means grouper season has opened. May 1 through Dec. 31, anglers fishing out of Martin County marinas will catch gag grouper and black grouper to 40 pounds, red grouper to 15 pounds and scamp grouper to 12 pounds in 60 to 180 feet of water. Again, the county’s extensive investment in its artificial reef construction program has led to the benefits of great fishing for game fish and sport fish which orient to structure. Like permit and grouper.

Photo by Capt. Scott Fawcett, Off The Chain Charters • Photo caption: Ryan Dayton, of West Palm Beach, made a trip to Martin County to fish for permit with Capt. Scott Fawcett of Off the Chain Fishing Charters out of Sailfish Marina in Stuart. He used a live crab on a jighead to catch it offshore.

Make reel memories. Stuart, located in Martin County, is known as the Sailfish Capital of the World. Sitting on the most biodiverse estuary in the Northern Hemisphere, and the northernmost point of the South Florida Reef, Martin County is home to 100 artificial reef systems and over 800 species of fish. Its climate, waterways and natural environment make it a mecca for fishermen and nautical explorers year-round. An array of unique shops, fine restaurants, great golf courses and quiet beaches make a day ashore fun, too. Inshore, offshore, salt water or fresh, head out for an adventure and reel in the memories.

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Cox Earns Bassmaster Classic Berth

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fter more than a decade of fishing Bassmaster Southern Open events, local Florida angler John Cox finally won his first one. The event, held on the famed Tennessee River impoundment Lake Chickamauga, was a three-day tournament that was very tough on most of the anglers including Cox. The 31-year-old angler is the reigning FLW Tour Champion and he is on a hot streak. After learning the 2018 Bassmaster Classic would be hosted at South Carolina’s Lake Hartwell, he set his sights on winning an Open event to punch his ticket for a Bassmaster Classic berth. Cox is known on the bass circuit as one of the best sight-fishing anglers. He used his keen eyesight and knowledge of spawning bass to win on Chickamauga. Cox was one of the few anglers who exclusively sight fished throughout the second Southern Open of the season. It was an effective technique for several of the tournament’s top finishers. He put himself in contention for the win with a 22-6 limit on Thursday, followed by a 25-7 bag on Friday. His two-day total of 47-13 gave him more than a 3-pound lead heading into Saturday’s action, and his 20-6 limit on Saturday was heavy enough to secure the win. The Mud Hole Custom Tackle pro, who hails from Debary, Fla., picked up a contingency berth in the 2018 GEICO Bassmaster Clas-

sic presented by DICK’s Sporting Goods with the victory. Fishing all three Southern Opens this season will solidify that berth. He also won more than $8,000 in cash, as well as a Triton 19 TrX and Mercury 200 Pro XS boat/motor package worth $40,000. “I’ve tried so long to win one of these Opens, it seems like forever,” Cox said. “I started fishing the Opens when I was 19. It’s where I started, really, so this definitely is a special thing for me. Building my own custom MHX rods is key for my success, because I can build technique-special rods and actions for different conditions.” Cox won the Lake Hartwell FLW Tour event last season and is excited about his chances in the Bassmaster Classic there. He won the Hartwell event last summer fishing the back of creeks getting his aluminum bass boat in places where most anglers could not go. Although the Classic will be held on Hartwell in the early spring, Cox is pleased to be fishing his first Classic event. Cox is having a decent start to the FLW Tour season, as well. Fishing in his own backyard on the third event at the Harris Chain of Lakes in Leesburg, Fla., Cox was super excited to fish his home waters. He led the event for the first three days to finish in third place and enjoy a nice payday. Cox finished in eighth in the recent FLW Event on Arkansas’ Beaver Lake after going out in fourth place on the final day. It was his second top-10 finish on the tour with just two events left this season.

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 “We trolled right through that nervous school of bait, resulting in a big fish striking a black and blue Flame lure,” remembered Combs. “We fought that big wahoo for almost a half hour before we were able to bring the hooked fish up close to the transom of my sportfishing boat… I know that wahoo had to have weighed well over 150 pounds!” Combs knows what a big wahoo looks like. He holds the Northeast Florida Marlin Association’s record for a wahoo that weighed 125 pounds. He and his team had just set out a spread of high-speed lures when that big ’hoo struck.
 “Typically the really big wahoo will take a large bait or lure,” Combs said. “In this case we had just begun to troll with a spread of large C&H lures. Minutes later that monster ’hoo struck, and we had it in the boat in less than 15 minutes. I immediately announced on the VHF marine radio that the tournament was over and we had just landed the winning wahoo!” The Shark Bait team won the Northeast Florida Marlin Association’s annual wahoo tournament, and they also set a club record that stands to this day.
 Wahoo fishing is so good off northeast Florida that boats often hook up with 10 or more per trip to the ledge, where depths drop sharply from 180 to 1,000 feet of water. Combs and fishing party once hooked 21 wahoo in a single day fishing off St. Augustine. “One thing that I have learned, though, is that wahoo prefer to strike a lure that is trolled under the surface and is also trolled in a dead-straight line. Some of my favorite lure combination colors for wahoo include blue-white and red-black. Ironically, one of the very first lures I designed is still one of my favorite blue water lures today, the American Express. We have caught some really large wahoo with this popular lure, and during one blue water fishing trip to the Big Ledge, we boated a 67-, 57- and 45-pound bull dolphin with the bluewhite American Express.” Combs helped pioneer speed trolling for wahoo. He produced some of the world’s best blue water lures while heading up C&H lures, and his high-speed lures include C & H Mr. Big, Wahoo Whacker XL and the American Express. But Comb’s real windfall was putting together Salt Life outdoor apparel. He and his wife Cynthia captured the first “Super Slam” ever recorded in northeast Florida and in one year caught and released 52 billfish off north Florida.

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Flies matched to the bottom color, with lots of movement, are great for bonefish. Drew Chicone’s Coyote Ugly Spawning Shrimp is an excellent fly. Look for Drew’s patterns and flies from other tiers in Ghost Stories, an upcoming volume documenting the history of the Bahamas bonefishing industry.

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The Classic Surf Pompano Rig By Chris Beardsley

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he flash of silver skimming just beneath the surface of the breaking waves gives away the pompano’s identity. Their long, parallel runs and heavier than expected pull makes catching these feisty little jacks all the more fun. Fishing from shore can be very rewarding, and when a school comes through the bite can be fast and furious but often ends as quickly as it starts. Florida pompano are widespread, inhabiting waters of the western Atlantic from Massachusetts to Brazil. These coastal crab crushers can be found running the beaches seasonally, and that season will be different depending on where an angler does his surfcasting. But no matter where or what time of year one intercepts a school of these tasty fish in the surf, the technique for catching them is pretty simple. The mole crab or sand flea is a common food source. Live sand fleas are a great bait, and catching them is a trick in itself. At low tide, they can be captured as the waves recede. They give themselves away with a small V shape in the sand. Use a sand flea rake or small bucket to dig for them quickly before the next wave rolls in.

Another favorite pomp treat is a small shrimp or parts of larger one. Whichever bait you choose, check it often as bait stealers are just waiting for an opportunity. I have also found that pink, shrimp-scented FishBites can be a game changer when the standbys are not producing; they are extremely durable and can be presented many different ways. Brightly colored pompano rigs—aka set rigs, bottom rigs or drop rigs—with two to three very sharp 1/0 or 2/0 circle hooks and green, yellow and orange floats are a great starting point. I prefer pompano rigs with two hooks and a 1- to 3-ounce pyramid sinker as the anchor. Pyramid sinkers dig deeper into the sand than bell or barrel types and should be just heavy enough to prevent your rig from walking back to shore. Keep a few different weights at your disposal and adjust accordingly. Try using different baits on each hook. I often switch between FishBites on one hook and a small piece of shrimp or whole sand flea on the other. When hooking a sand flea, push the hook through the underside of the crab then just barely penetrate the topside of the carapace with the point of the hook. This wedges the hook tightly and prevents cast offs. Fishing the trough between the furthest sand bar and shore is a prime area, and a light, sensitive 7-foot rod and a 3000 to 5000 series reel spooled with 10 to 15-pound test is just about perfect. Arguably lighter is better, but where there are small fish there are often big fish, and I like to be prepared. As the sun kicks up the heat index, I often switch to a 10-foot surf rod with the same pompano rig and target the far edge of the sand bar. This deeper water seems to produce more fish midday. Using this classic approach can mean the difference between soaking bait and actually catching fish. Chris is a freelance writer from Wisconsin with an obsession for all things saltwater. He does most of his fishing on Florida’s Forgotten Coast.

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aving lost some hooked fish at the deeper levels of the ocean or lake to a barracuda or similar poacher, I’ve wondered if a gator in a river or lake has ever stripped a line of a caught fish. It’s probably happened, but I’ve never seen it, although I have seen my share of gators watching me fish as they hovered in the Wakulla River while I fished away. And that got me thinking about how gators catch fish on their own—without resorting to stripping a line of a caught fish. I know that a hatchling can live off insects and small vertebrates, but a small gator depends on small mammals and small fish. Larger adults will eat turtles, birds, snakes and larger fish. I’ve watched enough documentaries and videos to know that gators are sly and patient, waiting until an unwary animal wanders by before making a very fast move to capture prey. When an unsuspecting animal like a deer or hog drops its guard for a minute to take a drink from a river or lake, the gator will submerge, swim close to the animal, and then lunge out with jaws extended to grab any part of the prey, then drag it back to deeper water to drown it. If a gator sees a fish of almost any size under water, it will chase the fish, seize it, kill it, and eat it right on the spot. The alligator

has been around for over thirty million years, in which time it has perfected its hunting skills. The living dinosaurs may be relatively slow on land, but they can reach 20 miles per hour in the water and can swim a long distance undetected in search of a beaver swimming across a river or a dog taking a drink at the edge of a lake. I live in a neighborhood in north Florida where I’ve actually seen a 6-foot-long gator walking along a paved street in search of something. My dogs thought the animal was just a log about 50 yards away, until the log got up and started meandering down the street to the woods. Young gator hatchlings are highly susceptible to being eaten by birds, otters or large gators. But once gators reach 4 feet or more in length, they only have to worry about larger gators and humans. Alligators have made a remarkable comeback from when they were listed as an

endangered species. Nowadays they are no longer endangered and can expect to live between 30 and 50 years. On a side note, I’ve spent most of my career teaching at the University of Florida, where the mascot is a gator and the football stadium has been nicknamed “The Swamp.” Bulldogs, razorbacks and Seminoles seldom get out of the swamp alive. Kevin McCarthy, the award-winning author of “South Florida Waterways” (2013 - available at amazon.com for $7), can be reached at ceyhankevin@gmail.com.

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The Heavyweight Experience of Alaska Saltwater Fishing By Christopher Batin

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t’s easy to understand why anglers delight in preparing for an Alaska fishing expedition. Some of the thrill is the anticipation, in getting gear and tackle ready, the big reels, 12-ounce and larger jigs, and huge circle hooks that have been honed to hypodermic-grade sharpness. It’s ensuring the cooler is properly marked with your name and address to transport the fillets you’ll be taking home, and most importantly, the arm curls and circuit training you’re doing. The workouts are necessary, and it’s easy to see why. Alaska saltwater fishing is not for the weak of arm or back. Halibut get big in Alaska, with fish reaching weights of 400 pounds, and lengths of 9 feet long. Even the 100-pounders you’re most likely to catch can slug it out through 300 feet of pump-and-lift jabs, and rocket back to the bottom to start all over again for round two. There’s no giving up, no taking a breather for more than a few seconds. Once you are engaged, you fight to your limit. Your arm will get numb at times, your hand pulses with fatigue, and your back quivers in spasmodic tension, but the smile frozen on your face says it all. This is saltwater fishing as good as it gets. While I enjoy slugging it out with halibut, I also enjoy a dukefest with Alaska’s other saltwater species. Lingcod get to 60-plus pounds, and usually attack the rockfish I’m reeling up. With their sharp rows of teeth and sinister look, these water wolves of the deep are among the tastiest fish to catch, as well as the forage they feed on; the 4- to 20-pound rockfish of various species, which are among the best-tasting fish in the north country. But many anglers will want to jig for the five species of Pacific salmon: kings to 70 pounds, coho salmon to 20, and 4- to 8-pound pink salmon. While they might be the smallest of the Pacific salmon, ocean-bright pinks can max out an 8-weight fly rod. Best of all, odd-numbered years see the return of millions of fish, when creeks and rivers burst at the seams with their numbers. In Valdez alone, as many as 11 million salmon have returned in past years. Anglers delight in catching them along the shoreline near the Solomon Gulch hatchery. There are many places to use as a base camp to start your excursion. At the end of the Richardson Highway, Tim Bouchard of Valdez Outfitters likes fishing for big halibut on the outer rim of Prince William Sound, where it meets the abysmal Gulf of Alaska and its continental shelf dropoff to 14,000 feet. Worry not, Bouchard fishes hotspots like Montague Island, where the big fish feed in the shallow 60- to 120-foot depths. He guided his client to catch the 2016 Valdez Halibut Derby winner last year with a 270-pound fish. For a taste of home-cooking mixed with a professional fishing lodge, Petersburg Sportfishing offers prime fishing on the Inside Passage in the seldom-fished waters near Petersburg. Anglers can opt for boat rentals for do-it-yourself fishing or guided saltwater fishing for salmon, halibut,

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rockfish and lingcod. This family-run business offers not only fishing, but a variety of adventures and tips on enjoying the many fishing and area glacier attractions, as well as prime bear viewing and some fabulous cutthroat and rainbow trout fishing. Of course, Kodiak Island offers superb deepsea fishing, bordering the Aleutian trench. Huge halibut migrate from waters bordering these dropoffs and into the shallower food-rich shorelines of Kodiak and Afognak islands. While most fish range from 30 to 100 pounds, fish to 300 pounds and heavier have been caught off Kodiak. Fish this size measure 8 feet in length. Kodiak anglers fish shallow water, from 60 to 180 feet. King salmon fishing is among the best in Alaska saltwater and runs best from April through early mid July. The best thing about fishing Kodiak is short travel time. The best hotspots are often accessed in less than an hour, which offers more time for fishing. Also, because of the remote location of the lodge, there is little if any sportfishing competition. In Prince William Sound, Alaska Wilderness Outfitters offers a floating cabin for do-it-yourselfers who know how to catch salmon, halibut, rockfish and lingcod in nearby waters. Each of the four, fully equipped wannigans includes a full kitchen, crab traps boats and motors and directions on where the fishing is best. They’ll transport you to the cabins from Cordova, to one of several bays protected from big-water weather. They also offered guided options in some of the most salmon-rich waters of south-central Alaska. Co-owner Katie Prijatel said guests clean and pack their catch in coolers. Alaska Wilderness Outfitters flies in daily to pick up the fish and drop off more ice. Then the fish is vacuum packed, boxed and frozen for the trip home. Chris Batin is editor of The Alaska Angler, and producer of the instructional DVD, “Underwater Secrets of Halibut, Rockfish and Lingcod.” For more than 40 years, he has run The Alaska Angler Information Service, which is a one-on-one consultation that helps anglers plan their Alaska fishing adventures. Discover more at www.AlaskaAngler.com.

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Virgin Gorda. He never imagined the event would grow into what it has today—a national holiday with over 300 participating boats. The Leverick Bay Poker run was the catalyst for the development of other poker runs. The Caribbean Triple Crown Poker Run unifies the three major poker runs. “It’s a privilege to be a part of the Caribbean Triple Crown Poker Run,” said Brian Deher, general manager of IGY Marinas’ Yacht Club at Isle de Sol. “With outstanding marinas in two of the three destinations, IGY Marinas is a natural partner for the series.” Phil Blake, general manager of IGY Marinas’ Yacht Haven Grande in St. Thomas, shared his enthusiasm saying, “We are very excited to be hosting the fourth annual Stars and Stripes Poker Run and to be part of the Caribbean Triple Crown Poker Run series. The Yacht Haven Grande team is looking very forward to being on hand in St. Maarten when the IGY Cup is presented.” The Caribbean Triple Crown Poker Run organization is an official member of the Florida Power Boating Club & Poker Runs of America. Several member boats will be coming down from Florida to participate. “It has been an honor working with Nick Willis on developing the BVI Poker Run,” said Javier Lopez Matos, executive director of the Caribbean Triple Crown Poker Run. Launching the Caribbean Triple Crown Poker Run is one of the most exhilarating events in my life. Having the support of people like Stu Jones of the Florida Power Boating Club, IGY Marinas and so many others is beyond gratifying, it is an honor.” Caribbean Triple Crown Poker Run: • May 28-Leverick Bay Marina and Resort Virgin Gorda, BVI • July 2-Yacht Haven Grande Marina, St. Thomas, USVI • July 29-The Yacht Club at Isle de Sol, St. Maarten The winner of all three events will be presented with the IGY Cup, plus $20,000 in cash and prizes. For more on the event and to register, go to http://caribbeanpokerrun.com.

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COASTAL ANGLER North Central Florida/Nature Coast

JUNE 2017 EDITION

Find Your Outdoors Here!

Cary & Lynn Crutchfield

North Central FL/Nature Coast Staff

ALACHUA, MARION, COLUMBIA, GILCHRIST, BRADFORD, DIXIE, LEVY AND CITRUS COUNTIES

Cary Crutchfield

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an it be June already; 2017 is half over? I know that you have really enjoyed our gorgeous late spring weather. I am loving it! Even though the temps are rising, we almost always have a breeze here on my river. However, we desperately need rain. I hate having to run my sprinkler but I hate dead grass even more! New advertising partner this month, Three Rivers Marine in Crystal River. See them on page 19, along with a product review of the Twin Vee 310 SE. You will enjoy working with their friendly, knowledgeable sales staff. They are located on US 19/98, across from the Chamber of Commerce. This month’s recipe, Flounder with Shrimp and Clam Chowder (??) Yes, clam chowder makes a delicious sauce and this recipe is just about the easiest, fancy, seafood dish I have ever made. Find the recipe on page 2. It definitely goes into the rotation. I try to cook seafood about once a week. Father’s Day is June 18th this year. Does Dad like to fish? Would he love a guided/ charter fishing trip? (Or maybe you are the Dad?) You can find contact info for guides from Keaton Beach to Homosassa. Give them a call. As always, always, always, please thank the folks where you picked up this wonderful (world famous?) FREE magazine and don’t forget our advertisers. They make it possible for us to pay our print bill for this FREE magazine you are holding. Until next month, get out and enjoy North Central Florida and the Nature Coast. Lynn Crutchfield Co-Publisher Coastal Angler Magazine of North Central Florida /Nature Coast

DISTRIBUTION Rosa Crisman

GRAPHIC ARTS & DESIGN Kathleen Stemley

CONTRIBUTING WRITERS Dr. Kevin McCarthy Bruce Butler John Freeze Gary Simpson Capt. Dan Clymer Capt. Tom Cushman Capt. Jimbo Keith Capt. Pat McGriff Capt. Clay Shidler Capt. Brian Smith Capt. Dan Smith Capt. Craig Spitznogle

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1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Put a couple tablespoons butter in over proof casserole dish. Melt butter in oven. Put onion and celery in casserole dish and bake in oven until onion and celery are soft. Lay fish fillets in casserole. Add salt and pepper. Cut the shrimp in 2 to 4 pieces, depending on size, and place on fish. Spoon clam chowder over shrimp and bake about 15 minutes, until sauce is bubbly and fish and shrimp test done. Garnish with parsley.

INGREDIENTS • Flounder Fillets or Mild Fish of your Choice • Shrimp • Thick Flavorful Clam Chowder (Commercial or Homemade) • Butter • Onion and Celery diced • Salt and Pepper • Chopped Parsley

I had some delicious left-over clam chowder, purchased at Lu Lu’s in Ponte Vedra. Cary brought me the flounder fillets and shrimp from The Crab Plant in Crystal River. The combination was absolutely delicious, and about the easiest home-cooked seafood meal I have ever prepared. The seasoning in the clam chowder was all that was necessary. If your chowder is very thin, thicken with a little flour. I served with local Brussel sprouts and twice baked potatoes, which my mother called “Potato Volcano”. Don’t you like that name better?

Lynn Crutchfield, Co-Publisher Coastal Angler Magazine of North Central Florida

ALLIGATOR OR CROCODILE AMERICAN ALLIGATOR • Black in color • Only upper teeth exposed when mouth is closed • Broud rounded snout • Young are dark with yellow stripes

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Florida’s Wild and Scenic Rivers

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lorida has about 26,000 miles of rivers, but only two of the rivers, the Loxahatchee and the Wekiva, have been designated as National Wild and Scenic Rivers. Exactly how a river can be defined, led to the publication of one of the most important By Kevin McCarthy ecological books of the past hundred years: “The River of Grass” by Marjory Stoneman Douglas. When she was 98 years old, in 1988, I interviewed her for inclusion in a book of twentiethcentury Florida authors I was writing, and learned how her famous book came to be. Hervey Allen, editor of the Rivers of America Series, visited her in the 1940s and asked her to write a book about the Miami River, but she objected. “It’s too short for a whole book, but what about a book describing the Everglades?” They looked up the definition of “river” in a dictionary, found that a river is “a large natural stream of water flowing in a channel to the sea, a lake, or another such stream,” and decided that the Everglades in flowing to Florida Bay could be considered a river. Back to our state’s National Wild and Scenic Rivers. The Loxahatchee is only about eight miles long in Martin County in the southeastern part of our state and runs through Jonathan Dickinson State Park, a popular boating and fishing site named after a Quaker who was shipwrecked off Florida in 1696. The name of the river in the Seminole language means “river of turtles,” which is very appropriate for the many turtles found in and along the waterway. The other Florida river designated a National Wild and Scenic River is the Wekiva or Wekiwa, which is about sixteen miles long in Central Florida and ends in the St. Johns River. The name of the Wekiva goes back to a Creek Indian word meaning “spring of water” and refers to the fact that the river’s source is actually two fresh-water springs.

One of those springs is in Wekiwa Springs State Park in Apopka. The river has three main tributaries (Blackwater Creek, Little Wekiva River, and Rock Springs Run) and thirty groundwater springs that feed the river. Officials have named the Wekiva part of the Florida State Canoe Trail, as well as an Aquatic Preserve and an Outstanding Florida Water. In 2018, the Wild and Scenic Rivers Act turns fifty. It would be very appropriate this year, or in that historic year, to nominate several more Florida rivers as National Wild and Scenic Rivers. Which ones should they be? Surely, scenic waterways like the Suwannee and the St. Johns and the Apalachicola are two such candidates. Kevin McCarthy, the author of TwentiethCentury Florida Authors (1996), can be reached at ceyhankevin@gmail.com.

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June 1st is a long awaited date for most nearshore and offshore fisherman. The heralded opening day of gag grouper and red snapper, means that many anglers will be gearing up and pointing their boats west, in search of tasty bottomfish. Red snapper and gag grouper are not the only great-eating species that anglers will encounter on their search for the targeted species; mangrove snapper, grunts, seabass, and cobia, are all great eating-fish, that will likely show up around offshore structure. Taking advantage of all available species can be the difference between a decent day, or an epic fishing experience, that won’t soon be forgotten.

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As a structure oriented fish, it is well known that having a “secret spot” for gags, is the easiest way to fill the cooler, but many people don’t know what to look for, in order, to find the next great honey-hole. Looking for rock piles and ledges in 35 to 55 feet of water, is my favorite way to target gags. I use a variety of live and dead baits, including live pinfish and grunts, along with frozen threadfin herring, all my top choices. For tackle, I prefer a 50 pound class set-up, with 80 pound leader and an 8/0 circle hook. Fish your bait directly on the bottom for best results, and never forget to pull as hard as you can after you hook up, to stop the grouper from

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Red Snapper

Snappers tend to act totally different than the gags, although they share the same piece of real estate most of the time. We try to scale back our tackle a little bit as red snapper have extremely good vision, and they also are less likely to try to break you off in the rocks. For tackle, we will opt for a 30 pound setup with 50 pound fluorocarbon leader, along with an 6/0 circle. For baits, half of a dead threadfin herring seems to be our number one choice for catching quality red snapper.

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rout have been on fire as of this week, (full moon in May) with trout taking live pinfish under Back Bays and Assassin 5 inch shads, under the Original Cajun Thunder from 4 to 5.5 feet on the second half of the rising tide. We had 14 trout for Abe Whitfield of Perry, Florida, who along with his daughter Sarah Whitfield, (now from Gainesville, Fl.) brought in 14 trout with me, weighing a whopping 27.2 pounds! We caught our three over 20 inches, including a 24-inch fish for Abe. We caught these fish on May 11, one day Sarah Whitfield of Gainesville, after the full Moon. These larger females haven't Fl. with a nice trout May 11. The heavily stained reddish spawned yet, which really surprises me, but the upside of that is, we tannic water, which still persists all should see many of them spawn the way south to Dekle Beach, has in June. This means the larger egg- limited some of the shallow water laden Gator trout will be feeding topwater-tosser’s fun, as well as heavily, pre-spawn, right up until shifted the redfish off the hill (water they have the egg laying ritual too fresh?) back out 1/2 to a mile with the males one night in June; from shore. This means you should probably the Full Moon. Fish 4 to expect to be ambushed by some nice 45 feet of water to find this group slot redfish while you are drifting for trout. They are taking the same of fish. pinfish under Back Bay rigs as the trout. We had a nice 25-inch red on the Hex Intruder II Copper spoon this week and released a 29 inch over-slot fish the same day. I expect as the water clears a bit, and the tannic stain disperses, our reds will be back nearer the hill and take Thunder-Spins, Sleighs and Intruder spoons near the bars and creek mouths in June.

Jared Singletary of Thomasville with a red taken May 7.

charter vessels. Don't blame me; I had nothing to do with it. To be honest, these debacle of regulations hasn’t done the charter fishermen any favors. Don't hesitate to give a charter boat a spin. We could all use the support. Scallop season opens in and around Steinhatchee June 16 through September 10. Scallop surveys have been very positive for a great harvest. Have fun and be respective of other boaters. The scallops aren't going anywhere; no need to rush. Safety equipment is of utmost importance, so make sure yours in in great shape and up-todate. You are likely to get boarded for your safety, not harassment. The men and women in law enforcement are merely doing their jobs. In my opinion, anyone required to carry a firearm to do their job, should receive greater than average pay. Although closed for the remainder of the year, for reasons that can only be due to over abundance—check our Face Book for Go Pro footage—amberjack fishing is off the chain! If you feel the need for some self-abuse, pitch a live bait, any type of jig, plug or topwater lure over an offshore wreck, or artificial reef, and receive all you want your chiropractor to correct later. The perk to that is, perhaps an encounter with my favorite fish— cobia. Red grouper are open as well, which means offshore catches should be quite respectful, if but for a brief period. I fondly remember old times when we could bring home the booty. Brian Smith | BIG BEND CHARTERS www.BigBendCharters.com CaptBrian@bellsouth.net 877.852.3474 | 352.210.3050

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une is the month of openings. Gag grouper open in federal waters starting June 1st through December 31st. I say, it is about time! Although not intentional on my part, breaking peoples’ hearts by throwing back beautiful gags in the spring, shouldn't be a part of a charter captain’s job. Such restrictive limits, two per person, should provide more than enough sanctuary to the gag fishery from the recreational/charter harvest, especially considering the commercial hauls measured in the thousands of pounds/trip. Anyway, gags are being caught on artificial reefs and natural rocky bottom from forty to seventy feet of depth. Live pinfish, and such, keep the Florida snapper and sea bass at bay. However, if one or two others are enjoying catching Florida snapper, it activates the bottom instigating the grouper bite. It is a win-win. The red snapper fishery opens to the public June 1st and closes June 3rd. That is laughable. What happens if the weather is poor? Besides, what group of half-wits would come out of a fisheries meeting and have the remote thought, that the general public would find that acceptable? There are so many red snapper in the Gulf that boat limits can be caught within half an hour. The limit is merely two per person. Why not try and build a positive relationship, and have a couple of months of weekend openings? Anyway, bottom with a strong break is best, but most hard live bottom will likewise do. If the red snapper are there, any bait will do the trick. Try tipping a 2 to 3 oz buck-tailed jig with a squid head or cut bait, to eliminate smaller fish. Red snapper season is open from June 1st through July 19th for

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HORSESHOE BEACH W here is the time going; it’s June already? June is here, and there are several things we are looking forward to. School is out and summer is upon us. It is time to start weekend trips and summer vacations. Scallop season will be staring June 17, two weeks earlier than in years past. This earlier starting date will give families two additional weeks to enjoy scalloping with the kiddos out of school, and also to stimulate the economy along the Big Bend region. We should have a great scallop season this year; scallops are already thick and outside of any outbursts from Mother Nature. We are on track for a year as good or better than last year. Speaking of June, June is always predictable for recreational fishermen to get screwed by the Federal Government on the allotted days to fish. This year recreational fishermen received a 3-day season. I don’t understand how they can make this decision on collected data. Everyone agrees that the numbers do not reflect what we find when we go offshore. The red snapper has recovered to record numbers. Grouper fishing has gotten next to impossible; the snapper hits the bait on the way down, and you never get to the grouper at the bottom. I think the most disheartening aspect of the snapper season is to have to release a fish that just was pulled out of 100 feet of water, vent it, release the fish— just to watch him float off and become shark bait. The Big Bend region has little, if any snapper in state waters (inside of 9 miles) so the state season has no reflection on us at all. All of our snapper are coming from Federal water, unlike, “say” in Panama City a 6-mile trip will land you in a 100 feet of water, and plenty of snapper at that depth. In the Big Bend area, we usually start fishing in around 65 feet of water, and go out to 120 feet. That’s 45 to 85 miles offshore, and we are only receiving 3 days this entire year to do it.

Doodle, Tripp Giddens and Dalton Boyette with a nice catch of trout. On another note, inshore fishing has been good, with plenty of redfish along the shorelines, grass points and oyster bars. Some good upperslot fish are being caught in good numbers. The water has been nice and clear between blows, and 2 or 3 good tides usually clear it up. Gold Spoon or spinner bait work really well this time of year. Also, live shrimp from Cracker Bait on Main Street, or the Marina will get the job done. Trout have been scattered all along the grass flats, from 3 feet of water all the way out to 12 feet at spotty bottom. Finding trout hasn’t been a problem, and most people are bringing a limit to the hill. Just remember to handle the smaller ones with care; we want to preserve these fish to catch them in the fall or spring of next year. Live shrimp, or a soft plastic under a Cajun Thunder with about 18 to 24 inches of fluorocarbon will get it done. Speaking of spotty bottom, there have been some nice trout caught there, along with a pile of Spanish Mackerel. If Spanish Mackerel is your thing, then tie on some wire and start trolling, because they are there. We will be booking scallop trips this summer and are looking forward to a great summer in Horseshoe Beach. If you have never been or it’s been a while, come visit us for the day or weekend. Please feel free to contact us for any help with charters or accommodations. We will try to put you in touch with the right people. Be safe on the water and look forward to seeing you out there.

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elcome back yak fans, June is here and my annual cobia hunt has not been going as I had hoped, three trips and counting, and I have yet to hook into one, but I shall persevere. Patience is a virtue, but I'm ready to try a grenade, (just kidding), but to try a grenade, I'd have to actually see a fish! Anyway, on my last foray out, the bite was a little slow, and I ran into one of my readers on the water in Aripika, which always makes me feel good, to know that I am appreciated for something other than how well I cover the bottom of a bird cage (though I'm told I do this very well). Basking in the glow of appreciation, we paddled together, and I tried to share a little of the terrain and areas to hit around Aripika. His friend was also on the water, and was rightfully proud of hooking into a snook earlier in the day, as the bite was slow. I decided to show him a couple of my snook spots, so I blind folded him. No wait, I think I said, “Tie on a Zara spook and follow me.” We hit a couple of my snook spots. He wasn't used to lures, so with a little practice, he'll do fine. As for me, I hooked into three snook,

but like a novice pilot, I was great on take-off but lousy on landing; never got one to the boat! DRAT. A bit later, I saw him paddling back and forth, so I asked, what was going on. He had lost his seventy-dollar sun glasses, and though he saw them at first, the tide had carried him away, so I helped look. Those glasses were never to be seen again. This reminded me of a similar situation I was in a while back, so I decided to share it with you again! Learning from our (pronounced “my”) mistakes: Fishing one of my favorite trout holes, I was anchored in about 4 feet of water, when I decided it was time to shift over a little, and tried to pull in my anchor, which of course was stuck fast. In this situation, rule #1 is let out more line and back paddle. About 90% of the time, this will free you up. Well, you guessed it. I made the 10%, but I was not stopped dead in my tracks. “OK”, I thought, “time for Plan B.” Let out more line, grab it and pull it loose from above. Here the story begins: As I got the line snagged, still stuck, I had this little problem. I should explain, that since childhood, I have suffered from an

affliction of NBA: No Butt At All. To compensate for this debilitating condition, I have a fancy padded seat, a foam donut and seat cushion. This puts my posterior at ease, but I was about 2 inches above the normal center of gravity of the boat, so as I snagged the line, the tide twisted me, and yes, for the first time in 5 years, I flipped the yak. Of course, being an experienced kayaker, I did not need to have my cell phone in a dry bag, or my keyless entry. As I turned and caught the boat, before it completely flipped, I watched as the assortment of loose stuff was floating away. My cell was buzzing like a razor in my pocket, and as I did inventory, I saw that I was missing two rods from the boat as well as pliers, etc. With over $600 worth of gear on the bottom, and my stuff floating away, here in lies the lesson: I immediately snagged the anchor line, took off my vest and retrieved the floaters. The important point here is, if this ever happens to you, drop the anchor or stake immediately. If you drift a couple of yards, your stuff is gone! As it was, I threw the gear back in the boat, took off my shoes,

and from the front, I let my toes feel around the mucky bottom and walked the boat in a circle, until I hit pay dirt. Once I found the scene of the crime, I resurrected both my new Fenwick rods, and even found my pliers. The really interesting point of the story is, what I was snagged on. Some idiot had dumped a tire in the middle of the bay, so when I back paddled, my anchor slid around inside, and would not come loose. To this person, I wish, like the old song goes, “May the bird of paradise fly up your nose, may an elephant caress you with his toes, etc., etc.” Hey buddy, your village is calling. Their idiot is missing. That’s it for now. If you have a fishing report or a good story let me know. Meanwhile, the cobia hunt continues. See ya on the water Bruce Butler owns and operates Indian Bay Outfitters and guides saltwater kayak charters all over Hernando County. You can reach Bruce at 352 428-5347 or visit his website: IndianBayOutfitters.com

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ey there folks, I hope y'all are staying cool enough in this Summertime heat. The water temp is now well into the 80s and all species of fish have moved into the inshore waters. The trout bite is still pretty good on the inshore flats in the 3 to 5 foot range, with some already out in the 10 foot range as well. The standard B52 cork with the Bass Assassin Lures sea shad tail beneath it, is working around the shallower flats. Out on the deeper flats, we remove the cork and just use a 1/4 or 3/8 oz jig with the same sea shad tail. Color is usually chosen by the fish. One quick rule of thumb I use, is everybody throws a different color till we see what they want on the particular day! The redfish bite is still steady right now, but should be picking up towards the end of the month. Cut mullet or lady fish is still the most effective bait, while being fished on the bottom around the oyster bars. Cobia have also moved in on the channel markers, and any structure

that's holding bait. There are also a few of them seen cruising the flats. Live pin fish, fished beneath a cork or free lined, is the most effective way the catch them. Most people like to anchor-up and use a chum block to draw in the bait and predator fish. Be watching with a good set of polarized glasses, because they will cruise right up to the boat sometimes, and if you have a rod ready to pitch a live pinfish to him. In most circumstances, they will eat it pretty quick. Tarpon have also showed up in the slews between the keys. Even a few schools have been seen rolling early in the morning. If you are interested in catching one, now is a great time to do so. Drifting live pinfish, or a live mullet behind the boat seems to work great. Well folks, I hope this has help y'all out this month, and as always, get outside and enjoy what God has made for us. Saltwater Assassin Fishing Charters Capt.Jimbo Keith 352-535-5083

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t's Summer time and that means water, and water is good for you! My goodness, if you don't have water in your life you will actually die. Seriously, ask your doctor. You have to have water! While you are beating the heat by sipping on your favorite cold-water-based-beverage, do not forget to check your bait because a monster snook, red, trout, flounder, mackerel, cobia or tripletail may have stolen your bait. They are all out here right now, and you a 100% chance to not catch one,

and tell the big whopper to your friends and family, if you do not get out here on the WATER! Okay, now that you are all pumped and ready to go make some memories, I want to talk to you about equipment you want to have. When I say equipment, I don't mean bait and tackle. We have you covered here at the shop on those needs. I mean equipment a lot of folks do not think about, that will make your next fishing trip much more fun. Grab you a hand-full of clean rags that you can soak in your ice water, so when it gets a little hot, you can place them on your neck and wrists for a quick wonderful cool down. Footwear is very important also. Cedar Key is where flip flops come to die, I swear. A water shoe, or an old tennis shoe works better. If you absolutely have to walk around, or in the water, protect those feet. The oysters are razor sharp and will ruin your day, as fast as one of our tarpon waves good-bye. A well-charged cell phone with My Tide Times app; It's free, and if you switch it to satellite view, you will thank me for what you can zoom in and see. A dry-box or bag, get one! That's it for now, and TAKE A KID FISHING! @ thereal_c_world Capt. Daniel | Cedar Key Paddling 352-665-1276 Dan_Gator@yahoo.com

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ithout a doubt, from the inshore to the offshore species, June offers it all for the Nature Coast angler. Migrating schools of tarpon, bruiser-sized cobia, red fish on rocky points, and gag grouper season opens. Red fish are going to kick off this forecast and there’s no better place to find them than on the various backcountry and outer rocky points. If you’ve never given the gold spoon a try, I suggest doing so for several reasons. With a spoon, you can cover a lot of water, they cast a mile, they’re relatively snagless around the rocks and they’re perfect for exploring new areas. The spoon is a great searching tool and when a red fish is hooked, you can bet that location will produce for future trips.

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baits will prove to be very valuable while going offshore. If you’re into variety shows, the bombing range or “foul area” between Crystal River and Homosassa will be to your liking. Using DOA cal shad tail and MirrOlure Lil’ John jigs on 1/8th oz jig heads, will produce a multitude of species. Spanish mackerel, trout, grouper, sea bass, flounder, pompano, lady fish, blue fish, etc., are just some of the species that will keep you busy. The average depth is 5 to 8 feet of water and look for the “spotty bottom” of sand, rock, and grass to put you in the right area. The mighty tarpon is on location off Homosassa for these couple months and once again, many world-class fly fishing anglers come to battle the silver king. The tarpon fishery to the south of Homosassa is noted fly fishing grounds, but there are several schools that can be targeted migrating north towards Crystal River. As always, feel free to contact me with any other questions about the area. Good Fishing! Capt. Dan Clymer www.crystalriver-fishing.com 352.418.2160

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ummertime is here, and this year the scallop season has opens early again. Our area from Crystal River, all the way up to Keaton Beach, is the best scalloping you could ever ask for. The area just south of Gomez Rocks will be loaded. This activity is a great to get the whole family involved, and enjoy some quality time out on the water. Be sure to read up on the

regulations. If you are not using a guide, make sure to be courteous to other boaters. This time of the year is always a high traffic time and we don’t want anything bad to happen, so pay attention when you are running. The redfish and snook bite is going strong right now north of Yankeetown. This time of year, I like to focus on the Lowes Bay, or 11 prong area. You won’t have all the scallop traffic to compete with, so the fish won’t feel nearly as pressured. I would focus on the mullet schools with a mirrolure topwater, first thing in the morning, and switch over to a AquaDream spoon once the bite tappers off on the topwater. With the water temperatures rising, make sure you also key-in on moving water. The fish will tend to migrate

towards moving water, instead of stagnate water, for the temperature difference. If trout is what you are looking for, the grass flats off the trout stake will hold all you are looking for. I look for the 4 to 5 foot range. I will start with a mirrodine first thing in the morning while the fish are pretty active, and switch over to a Zman trout trick, once the sun gets overhead. If you are out on the flats, pay attention to any floating grass patches. Also, you can pick up a few tripletail, hanging around the patches, if your lucky. Free-line a live shrimp around the grass patch for the best results. Offshore, the gag grouper is open. Try to locate rock piles and Swiss cheese bottom. I like trolling stretch 30s, in the 30 to 40 foot range. If the fish are not really chasing the plugs, stop and drop cut squid or herring, to put a few broomtails in the boat. If you are interested in exploring our area, give me a call and set up a trip. Until next month, have fun, be safe and take your kids fishing. Capt. Craig Spitznogle Florida Flats Charter Company (352)445-4978

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hen it’s time to pen a Coastal Angler fishing report, it is surely nice to be able to tell tales of fast action and big fish. At the start of this summer, however, that’s going to be a stretch. Gulf fishing is great, but things are generally quite sub-par on our lakes here in North Florida. The problem doesn’t have much to do with the fish themselves; it’s their homes that are challenged. Our lakes were already low at the end of winter, and now, after enduring the driest spring season seen here since 1912, it’s painfully obvious that several of our best bass and bream waters are in some trouble. Some lakes are in better shape than others, but the lowest ones are pretty much off the table for anglers looking to access them in boats of normal size. Over the last few decades, we’ve seen times of low water like these, and some have been considerably worse. Then again, the ongoing drought could well get uglier, too. Among the aforementioned bodies of fresh water that are still in pretty good shape, Lake Santa Fe is absorbing much of the “bassing” pressure close to us here in Gainesville, and catches on Santa Fe have held up well. A mid-week tournament trail held here every Wednesday evening

has been attracting thirty or more teams, and it’s taking five-bass limits, weighing around 15 pounds, to do well. But the number-one option for the freshwater fisher here in the Gainesville area is the St. John’s River system. Palatka offers Gainesville fishers their closest access onto the big river. In the recent NEFAR Bass Tournament out of Palatka, bass catches were outstanding as 183 teams scattered for many miles north and south, also accessing Crescent, George, and Rodman Lakes. Being a part of the river system, these lakes aren’t nearly as subject to the low-water trouble. At day’s end, the NEFAR weigh-in was quite a spectacle, with 15 teams lugging 5-fish bass limits weighing at least 20 pounds to the scales. These big catches were topped by Bobby and Judith Foxx Johnson’s limit, that weighed 31.97 pounds. A 9-pound largemouth anchored the big bag of bass, and helped the Gainesville couple claim the tourney’s top paycheck. Gary Simpson Gary’s Tackle Box 352-372-1791 Garystacklebox.com garystacklebox@gmail.com

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hen booking a saltwater fly fishing trip with a guide, a mistake some fly fishers make is overstating their casting abilities. This will most likely lead to frustration for both the angler and guide resulting in a very long day on the water. Here are a couple of tips to make sure this situation is avoided Practice Makes Perfect Yep, the old saying “practice makes perfect” is so true. So, before embarking on a guided fly fishing trip, take the time to practice casting to a comfortable distance. For example, if you’re targeting redfish, make sure you can cast to a target at 40 feet. Most redfish are hooked at a closer range, however, being able to make the longer 40-foot cast will make the shorter casts of 15 to 30 feet seem much easier. Remember, casting is not only about proper timing and technique but also how confident the angler is at making the cast. Set Your Target Range Like archery, fly casting is all about executing a cast to a specific spot at certain distance. The best way to accomplish this is to set up targets in an open space in your backyard or at the park. I find the best targets are small orange soccer cones. These are easily seen, have a small diameter and won’t blow away in the wind. I also prefer the orange cones over the traditional hula hoops because it forces the caster to cast to a smaller target area.

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veryone knows summer is a great time to catch trout on a fly. But for those looking to take fly fishing for trout to a whole new level, consider mousing. Mousing refers to fishing for trout with large topwater patterns meant to mimic small rodents. It is a tactic best utilized at night, when nocturnal rodents forage. The basic premise is that large trout have adapted their diet to eat mostly meat, be it smaller fish, rodents, frogs or even small birds. These fish are the top of the food chain in the waters where they reside, and they can be extremely hard to catch. They mostly hunt at night, and use the cover of darkness to stay safe from predators. Fishing at night has its challenges, and it has its rewards.

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10 Feet To 40 Feet Set these cones at the following distances: 10, 20, 30 and 40 feet. I suggest instead of lining up the cones in a straight line, stagger the cones over an area at the appropriate distances. This will force you to make casts in different directions much like you would when encountering gamefish in shallow water. Cast to each target, starting with the cone closest to you and working up to the farthest cone. The key here is to try to only make one false cast before making the final forward cast to the target. By doing this you are forcing yourself to get the cast to the target as quickly as possible without wasting time on multiple false casts. Remember, false casts might look pretty, but they don’t catch fish! Accuracy Once you are comfortable casting to each target, start to work on placing the fly as close to the target as possible. As I mentioned earlier, the small diameter of the soccer cone forces you to cast the fly to a very small target zone similar to a fish’s feeding zone. You want to land the fly within a 2-inch by 2-inch window from the target. Once you are able to hit the target consistently from each distance with one false cast, you’re ready to hit the water. So, when booking a saltwater fly fishing trip with a guide, don’t make the mistake of overestimating your casting abilities. Follow the above steps and you will become a better fly caster, catch more fish and make your guide very happy.

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In 2014, Tohatsu brought to market some of its most popular outboards to date with its 40 and 50hp four strokes, the MFS40 and the MFS50. Weighing less than any other outboard in their class, they have experienced tremendous success in the mid-range market. New for 2017, Tohatsu is offering these in-demand outboards in a new color, Beluga White. One of the coolest looking outboards on the market is now offered in both Aqua Marine Blue and Beluga White. Boaters now have the option to choose which color best fits with their boat. The MFS40 starts at just 209 pounds. This outboard is equipped with proven technology, including electronic fuel injection (EFI) and digital CD ignition, which provides quick throttle response, excellent fuel economy and very smooth rides on the water. The MFS40 also has a high output 21 amp alternator for superior battery charging. The adjustable steering friction and trim tab reduces your amount of steering effort, making for an easier and more enjoyable boating experience. Convenience is also covered with the 40hp four stroke’s

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MOTOR REVIEW Suzuki Marine Introduces New Models To Outboard Lines

Suzuki Marine is expanding two of its most popular lines of outboards with new models to fill the needs of boaters and anglers. New SS-Series Models The performance-oriented SS-Series, with its signature matte-black paint job and distinctive graphics, is growing with a new 200hp four stroke and the availability of a 25-inch shaft length on its premier 250 SS V6. “People really like the performance matte black look and have been asking us to expand the line,” said Gus Blakely, vice president of sales for Suzuki Marine. “We’re happy to do that by adding the 200SS and making the 250SS available for more kinds of boats.” The Suzuki 200SS features Suzuki’s 200-horsepower inline 4-cylinder powerhead, with 175.0 cubic inch displacement, dual overhead cams and a 10.2:1 compression ratio for increased power and performance. Engine operations are managed by an onboard Engine Control Module and an array of sensors that control the engine’s multi-point sequential electronic fuel injection system and Lean Burn Control technology. The 200SS will come with conventional mechanical throttle and shift control and will be available in 20-inch and 25-inch shaft models. At just 518 lbs, this 4-cylinder outboard delivers V6 like performance in a more compact, lightweight package.

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