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By CAM Staff A truck load of kayaks from Confluence Outdoors was overnighted to Texas for use in water rescues.

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ur grandfathers used old-school bamboo fly rods to create some of the greatest fishing stories of all time. That most of these stories took place on famous trout streams still influences what people think about bamboo’s place in fly fishing. Caleb Turner, of Turner Bamboo Fly Rods, has a different take on bamboo rods in the modern world. “Bamboo has a special place in the very heart of fly fishing, from the great western streams to the small streams of the Appalachians, but they don’t come to mind when people are talking the salt flats,” Caleb said. According to the Turners, there’s a misconception that there are no fast action bamboo fly rods, and that only the fastest action rods can be used in saltwater. Most rod makers and bamboo enthusiasts know this isn’t only untrue… it isn’t even the point.

“The feel found in bamboo rods is often confused with action for people picking up a bamboo rod for the first time,” Caleb said. “When they feel the action in the rod, they often over accelerate their forward cast causing them to lose energy in the line.” Caleb’s recommendation is to let the rod do the work, and to concentrate on technique. “It’s easier to feel when the rod is loaded with bamboo, and this really comes more into play for us on the flats than trout streams,” he said. What the Turners do differently than most other bamboo rod makers is cater to saltwater fly fishing. They are located in Mississippi right next to some of the most technical redfish flats on the Gulf Coast. “We design our saltwater fly rods with a fast action for stiff winds and quick-moving redfish that spook way more easily than their Louisiana counterparts,” Caleb said. With water the same color as the redfish, wind, and the need to have eyes of an Osprey, fly fishing the Mississippi Gulf Coast is more like bonefishing. “Bamboo gives us the action we need, the feel we need, and it’s able to load up at short distances but also extend a long cast to extremely wary redfish found around here.” Caleb said. “Tonkin cane grows in a 30-square-kilometer area in the Orient’s Sui River Valley. It is praised as the strongest species of bamboo with the greatest thickness of power fibers. These power fibers are what give bamboo rods what they have more than other material used in crafting fly rods, their touch. Despite what action you desire, bamboo rods offer a certain touch you just can’t get with anything else. If a rod is designed correctly, you can have all the action you need and still have that great feel. The rod lets you know when it’s loaded instead of having to figure out the timing for that individual rod.” In short, bamboo fly rods definitely have their place in modern performing fly rods. Accuracy, touch and presentation are things bamboo rod makers strive for in crafting their rods. If you get a hold of a quality rod, you’ll be pleasantly surprised by all the things it can do. For more information on bamboo fly rods or Turner Bamboo Fly Rods visit www.turnerflyrods.com or email caleb@turnerflyrods.com.

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COASTAL ANGLER North Central Florida/Nature Coast

OCTOBER 2017 EDITION

Find Your Outdoors Here!

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North Central FL/ Nature Coast Staff

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ur hearts break for our South and Central Florida neighbors, and now Puerto Rico, Mexico and Japan. The photos of the devastation are absolutely sickening. Here on the Suwannee, we are grateful for only a lot of rain and moderate wind. Our yard was covered with downed branches and we were without electricity for only two days. Due to the massive amount of rain that fell a little to the east of us, the Santa Fe River is flooding big time and has caused my river to be VERY high, but we are not expecting a flood – this week. My river is really very beautiful when it is full and almost to the top of the bank. If Maria turns in our direction however, next week might be a different story. As I write tonight, Puerto Rico and the other islands are devastated by Maria. If we get much more rain, we are certain to flood. Maybe God is trying to get the point across to someone, (you know who!) that Global Warming is very real? Please see page 2 for Sassy Cups, a fun and funny breast cancer fundraiser, sponsored by The Chronicle in Crystal River. I stitched jigs and flies all over the Coastal Angler bra. (It took me a day and a half to sew all this fishy stuff on the bra.) Please go to htt://tiny.cc/ divanight2017, to vote for the Coastal Angler bra. Each vote will cost you only $1.00. My goal is $1,000.00. I know that my Coastal Angler readers can make it happen. This month’s recipe, Trigger Fish with Scallions and Lemon, is on page 16. It is fast, simple, easy, delicious and healthy! I have also made it with sheepshead. Whatever you caught will be great. As always, please thank our advertisers and magazine distributors. Some of them sustained Irma damage and would greatly appreciate your patronage. My guides are telling me that the fishing is good, so get on the water and catch something!

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 Noel Kuhn Gary Simpson Capt. Dan Clymer Capt. Tom Cushman Capt. Jimbo Keith Capt. Pat McGriff Capt. Tommy Derringer Capt. Clay Shidler Capt. Craig Spitznogle

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INSIDE THIS ISSUE Tide Charts Local Fishing Forecasts Monthly Recipe

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Bridges over the Suwannee River

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hen I boated the length of the Suwannee River with my friend and alligator hunter, Cary Crutchfield, eight years ago in preparation for writing a guidebook to the river, I had a chance to see the different kinds of bridges that spanned the waterway. When we saw cars passing over the bridges, we’d wave to the passengers, some of whom might have been wishing they were on the river instead of in a By Kevin McCarthy confined car. About ten major bridges cross the river, although there used to be more, and some of the bridges are used only for railroads, and others for pedestrians. Sometimes, we would see a railroad trestle bridge next to a highway bridge, each testifying to an historic era of the waterway. For example, the very old abandoned railroad bridge in the photo here, is right next to the Hillman Bridge, where the original U.S. 90 crossed the river. Often, when we rounded a bend in the river, we would come upon a picturesque view of a bridge, for example the U.S.129 Bridge, joining Hamilton and Suwannee counties. One could often make out the high level of water marks on the bridges from some of the past flooding, that the river had experienced. The bridge at Bell showed tannin-colored marks from past floods. Some of the modern bridges, like the State Road 136 Bridge over the river at White Springs, are very high, in order to take into account rising flood waters. The bridge that carries I-75 over the river has a sign entitled "Historic Suwannee River" with the first line of sheet music from Stephen Foster’s "Old Folks at Home" song. Some of the newer bridges, like the Hal W. Adams Bridge near Luraville, at the border between Suwannee and Lafayette counties, look very grandiose.

The stand-alone bridge span in Fanning Springs State Park, near US 19 at the river, has a plaque on it that gives a history of the bridge there, noting that the structure was first built in 1934 and named the Benjamin Chaires Bridge, after a local pioneer settler of Dixie County. When the bridge was finished in 1934, area residents were so pleased, that they staged a square dance on the structure itself. Workers later replaced that early bridge with a modern one, and placed the original Chaires Bridge in the park near the river. Bridges serve a valuable service, of course, in allowing people to cross from one side of the waterway to the other, but they can also be inspiring to look at from the level of the river. Finally, on the subject of this, essay I am reminded of a quote by the great Isaac Newton: “We build too many walls and not enough bridges.”

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ood-bye summer. The cool mornings of October are a change that is welcomed by most anglers that have spent the last three months in the sweltering heat of summer. The key to success, as the season changes, is being able to track the fish from one seasonal hot spot to the next. As water temps begin to drop, nearly all of our favorite target species will move to different areas, or start keying in on different baits. Being able to track your favorite species, will be the key to success, as we get deeper into the fall season. The trout will begin to move in from the deeper flats, and start staging up, around the inshore bays and creek mouths, with Unfair Lures Smack Sticks in root beer, being a great option to fish under a popping cork. I prefer about a 25-inch leader between my cork and jig head, and this setup will fish effectively in 3 to 6 feet of water, and look for areas with mixed sand and grass. Fish any transitions, from sand to grass, or grass to rock, and that’s where you will find the trout laid up. Of course, live shrimp or pinfish are always

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solid options for trout in the fall. Grouper and cobia will begin to show up in 20 to 40 feet of water, as the water begins to cool off. Look for water temps around the 70-degree mark, to start trolling the diving plugs for the gags. Any live bottom or rocky areas will hold gags and the cobia can come at any time, as they are on their annual migration back south. Both Rapala and Manns deep diving plugs will be the best options for locating these fish, with the area around the Crystal River artificial reef being a known local hot spot. Once you locate a promising spot, you can anchor on top of it and drop frozen sardines and squid to catch gags as well. The fall can be the most fun and productive time to fish. The only challenging part can be finding fish that are always on the move with changing water temps.

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t should finally be cooling off, and this month, it’s going to be all about the mullet. Our fall mullet run is one of the best times of the year to get outdoors and do some fishing. Cooler air temperatures and hungry predatory fish, means fun for everyone on the water. The best areas to fish will be easy to find right now; where you see the mullet, you’ll also find redfish, trout, flounder, and just about anything else you want to catch. These fish will be lurking just underneath the mullet schools looking for an easy snack. There are countless numbers of lures, both hard and soft plastic, that do a great job of imitating a mullet. This month is great to go the top-water plug route, and use a Rapala Skitterwalk or Rapala Skitter V. Both are great “walk the dog” type plugs, that even the most shy redfish or trout can’t resist this time of the year. If you want to go subsurface, try a soft plastic paddle tail or jerkbait from Slayer Inc. They look just a like a mullet, and can be fished weedless or on a traditional jighead. Along with the influx of mullet to Northeast Florida, comes our fall flounder run. Some of the best catches both in numbers and in size, come in the fall. The fish-finder rig is the go-to for many anglers looking to catch some flounder. It consists of using about 12 inches or so, of leader attached to a swivel, with a barrel weight above the swivel. You want to use enough weight to hold the

bottom, and a hook, sized accordingly to the size of mullet or minnow you’re using. Another favorite rig is a Slayer Inc. jighead in either 1/4 or 3/8 oz with a finger mullet pinned to it. The jighead rig allows you to fish without getting hung up as easily on structure, like oysters and rocks. The inlets will come alive this month. Big bull redfish will be schooling up in the in the St. Augustine and Mantanzas inlets, as well as some of the deeper areas of the St. Johns River near Mayport. A blue crab or mullet on the bottom, will get their attention. As long as it doesn’t get too chilly, there will also be some tarpon around the inlets feeding on the bigger mullet schools, so make sure to have a bigger rod ready to go for those monsters. If you missed out on the flood tides last month, don't worry, you still have plenty of days in October to find some tailers. Redfish and sheepshead will still be tailing away looking for crabs, snails, and just about anything that hangs out in the grass. Any crab or shrimp soft plastic imitation, will work well for the reds. This is also a great time to try out that inline spinner bait, like those made by Slayer Inc. They are truly weedless and will attract a redfish from quite aways away, with its thumping blade. Capt. Tommy Derringer www.InshoreAdventures.net 904-377-3734

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e dodged a bullet this past week, today I finished cleaning up a few yards and reflected on what the Big Bend area went through this time last year. Hurricane Hermine devastated us. We were cleaning up our yards, repairing damaged structures, washing the mud and silt off everything below the 5-foot watermark under the house. We became amazed, as the days went on after Hermine came through Horseshoe, how helpful and benevolent people were, both local and from abroad. How people put aside their agendas, status, or personal activities and became one in a bigger mission to rebuild and restore Horseshoe to itself. People take pride in their homeland and treat it as a whole entity. We wanted Horseshoe back to where it once was, whole again. I watch at how this Hurricane Irma destroyed places, homes, businesses, and lives, but I’m also reminded of how strong and resilient people are. The strength people have, to move forward, rebuild, and not give up--even not knowing when the next storm may come. I was asked as Hurricane Irma approached the southwest coast of Florida, “What would you do if this hurricane wiped us out in Horseshoe Beach?” My first thought was a sickening feeling in my stomach and as I thought about it I said “Rebuild” I know it would change the look of an area, but it’s not going to change what’s inside a man that draws him near the water. My hope is, as we reflect in the path of Hurricane Hermine, who just passed a year ago, Hurricane Harvey that devastated the east coast of Texas or Hurricane Irma, that left a scar throughout the entire state of Florida in one way or another. My prayer, is that people are

uplifted by the charity and hard work of the great American people, that humanity is restored in the hearts of many people, who watch too much news, that preaches negativity and separation, and that the people will remain strong and rebuild the dreams and desires that they have always had, to enjoy the place they call home. The keys will never look the same again, but it will always carry the spirit of all who have gone, visited, lived or hope do go there. Horseshoe was very fortunate through the week of Hurricane Irma. We are very thankful to have been on the west side of the storm. We watched as all the water was sucked out to sea at low tide for two days--not to return, until after the storm had past, hoping it wouldn’t come back with a vengeance, and bring a huge surge behind it. It did not, and we were relieved. The week prior to Irma brought good fishing. Labor Day weekend, the trout bite was great. Many people were finding fish and kept enough to stink up the pan. We fished inshore all three days, and caught some nice trout inshore in 3 feet of water. Redfishing was also starting to heat up. Many guys were coming back to the dock after catching 4 to 5 fish in a tide cycle. I feel sure that as the water settles down and gains some clarity, fishing in October will be great. If you have the ability, in any kind of way, to help others who struggled through these storms, do it. It will make you a better person. Come down this fall and see us in Horseshoe Beach. Until then, say a prayer for Florida and for those who are suffering due to this tragic storm.

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ey there folks, The redfish bite has been some kind of awesome! As I'm writing, it's the 9th day after the storm and I've fished everyday, and everyday I've had spectacular limits of reds! We are catching most of them on cut mullet, fished right on the bottom. The fish are biting on both the incoming and outgoing tide. There is also tons of bait around the oyster bars, and when the fish are active, you will see them striking at the bait. Then, all you need to do is set up and get your baits in the water. We have also been catching some nice snook, while redfishing around the oyster bars. Most of them are over the slot-size, like the ones in the pictures, but they put up a great fight. They also seem to be where there is a lot of current moving around the bars. The trout have finally turned back on as well. With all the rain we've had, it cooled the water down just a little and the trout love it. They are slowly moving back to the flats around the islands. The first of the out-going tide has been the best bite. We've been using the Double X Tackles B52 super sounder with a 1/4 oz Jim's jig beneath it. The color really hasn't mattered on the Saltwater Assassin tail. They seem to be hitting just about any of them. Well folks, I just want to encourage everyone to get over to the gulf coast towns like Cedar Key, Steinhatchee, Horse Shoe, Crystal River and Suwannee, and show them some support by staying there

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he good news is, that Irma did not destroy our fishing like Matthew did. Just one week after Irma, the surf fishing is hot once again. The mullet run is in full swing, unlike last year, when Matthew wiped it out. So, grab your cast net and get to the beach or pier ASAP. Everything that eats a mullet is jammed up next to the beach and munching on these. Tarpon, redfish, bluefish, sailcats, jack cravalle, spanish, ladyfish, trout, and several species of shark are all here now. Oh yeah, let’s not forget the ugliest fish in the surf. If you’d like to bag a nice flounder, target the inlets near the slack tides. During October, I’ve stepped on so many flounder, while wading across the sand bar to make a long cast. Use a sliding egg sinker, followed by a swivel and one foot of twentypound mono. Then, end it with a 2/0 kahle hook. Tip this with a frisky 3 to 6 inch mullet, and drag it slowly across the sand bars and sloughs to score a flatty! Now that the water temp is finally dropping, its pompano time! Target the sand bars, where the waves

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ith just three months left, grab a grouper while you can. Shorter days, and cooling gulf water temperatures, send the grouper migrating inshore, and allow an easier reach for more anglers. From the intake canal off the Power Plant, the shallow rock piles, ledges and your favorite offshore grouper numbers; all these areas will be producing more keeper-sized gags throughout these months. Standard bottom fishing rigs with frozen sardines, threadfin herring or live pin fish will work well, but if you’re like me - you can’t wait to take out the trolling plugs. Various large lipped plugs like MirrOlure, Rapala x-raps and Yo-zuri Mag Minnows are all excellent choices. Choose a lure that coincides with the depth you are fishing, then troll over the structure about 4 mph and hold on. The trout which have been seeking comfort offshore in the deeper water, will now be migrating inshore. The spotty bottom inside the Bird Rack is generally a good starting point for the month of October. The kelp grass that attaches itself over the shallow “yellow” hard bottom has been growing all summer and it is fine trout habitat. Locate these areas and set up your drifts using a DOA deadly combo cork rig with a glow, root beer or watermelon colored shrimp. Another one of my favorites, is the scented baits such as the MirrOlure Lil’ John on a 1/8th jig head. They

can be rigged by themselves or under a rattling cork. Large red fish schools are roaming the mangrove points in our area, and many are quality sized fish. Fresh cut mullet or live pin fish around the rocky points seldom get refused. Live shrimp works well too, but the abundance of bait stealers can be frustrating, so a larger piece of bait or select sized shrimp will stay in the strike zone longer. The floating grass will be disappearing too, so now it’s time to put back on your favorite artificial, and cover some ground. Snook are another good choice as well, and the season is open, as they are feeding aggressively in preparation for the upcoming cooler months. Points with good current flow and deeper water adjacent to them are good prospecting areas. DOA glow jerk baits and MirrO’lure MirrrO’dines are always a snook favorite. Use these baits aggressively and a steady tempo twitch-twitchretrieve, with an occasional pause, will usually generate an explosive strike. October is one of the best months to fish our area. There is something going on for everyone, both inshore and offshore; so please enjoy some of the best our Nature Coast has to offer. Capt. Dan Clymer | 352.418.2160 www.crystalriver-fishing.com

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ctober is here. I absolutely love this time of year. It is defiantly the month of pumpkins, the ones in front of your house, and the ones in the water. With cooler temps, that allow you to fish all day without worrying about heat stroke, to great action all day long when you find the fish. You really need to take advantage of this time of year. The redfish are going to become more aggressive and for longer periods, as the water temp stays out of the upper 80 to 90 degree range. For all you top-water fanatics like myself, it is game on. The past few weeks, I have seen big schools of glass minnows. I have keyed in on these and produced some great results. I will start with a top-water first thing in the morning, and as the sun comes up, trade off to a MirrOlure mirrodine or white Aquadream spoon. This sequence has also been working for the snook as well. It has been a fifty-fifty split here lately. The trout are showing up in big numbers. You will want to concentrate on the grass flats in 3 to 4 feet of water. I prefer to throw one of the original TTR series MirrOlures or the Zman Trout Trick

in the fried chicken pattern. You will not go wrong with either one of these. If you prefer the live bait route, drifting a live shrimp or pin fish under a cork is going to produce some constant action. The grouper bite is still going strong and as the water temps cool, the fish will start moving inshore. You will be able to pick up nice gag grouper in the 8 to 10 foot range over rock piles. You can cast lipped crank baits over the rock piles or free-line a shrimp or pinfish back to it, and hold on. The area directly west of Crystal River and Yankeetown is where I concentrate my efforts. All in all, this is one of the most productive months of the year for me to be on the water. There are a variety of species that will be roaming the waters in this area and they will all be ready to eat. I implore you, if you have been thinking about taking a trip, now is the time to do it. If you are ready, give me a call and we will set everything up. Until next month, have fun, be safe and take your kids fishing.

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eaton Beach was very fortunate and sustained no damage from Irma, as the water left--and didn't want to return, so luckily, no surge whatsoever. Trout should simply be on fire in October, certainly one of my favorite months of the year, as fish begin to beef up for the long winter months ahead. They become more aggressive, as the water temps drop, and are cooperative to strike almost any type of artificials you might have caught them on in the past. Everyone has their favorites, and now, October, is the time to throw them. Whether it is a topwater stickbait, a hard jerkbait, soft jerkbait, plastic grub and jighead combo or simply a fluke style bait, fished unweighted, NOW is your time. You can toss a live bait under a Back Bay Thunder, a synthetic bait rigged up under an Original Cajun Thunder, or simply

rig your Assassin plastic under a Thunder (you pick) all will produce fish in October. Redfish will swing at a bunch of the aforementioned baits and rigs, but the spot-on (pardon the pun) by far easiest and most productive way to find and catch reds, is either with a weedless spoon or a jigspinner. I prefer Precision Tackle's Hex 2 Intruder Spoons in size 1/2 oz. in the new Cajun Copper pattern for my October reds. But the close second choice is PTI's Thunder-Spin in the 1/4 oz. chartreuse head with a Texas Roach Sea Shad tail from Assassin. Let me know which produces the most redfish for you! Meanwhile .....Let's Go Fishing! Pat McGriff dba One More Cast guide service for 28 years! www.onemorecast.net 850.838.7541

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ctober is the start of the “good” fall fishing here in the Big Bend area. Why? The cool breeze begins to steadily drop the water temperature. I imagine the little baitfish feel the change more acutely and pioneer southward, which draws the attention of both local and pelagic fish to respond by feeding, and/ or moving. Translation: Fishing improves dramatically because the fish are motivated to eat; the cooler water increases activity—do you like being overly active in100 degree heat index—and the chuck wagon is headed south, so commence to follow or vittle-up while it is still around. I’ve already seen bait pods from seven to thirty miles offshore. Some of the pods were in the grip of a froth of predators and we enjoyed taking in bonita for fun and cut bait. There is nothing as exciting as easing into a feeding frenzy, using light tackle and long tossing anything into the havoc, then getting line striped off a spool at sonic sound, and battling the fish back to the boat. Whatever fish caught, it taught you how to fish or improved your skill set. It does not matter if you care to run that fish through your GI tract; it is still worth it all. Pelagic fish—Spanish mackerel, kingfish, etc.—will be tailing behind the bait pods headed south. Hence, those are great areas to troll around or free-line live-bait. Early in the morning and late in the evening, are best fishing times as sea conditions normally subside. It is best to have equipment that can handle long runs with a smoooooth drag. A wire leader may come into play, but try mono first, as wire tends to inhibit bite frequency. Amberjack have returned in the aftermath of hurricane Irma. Though out of season, due to over

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abundance, they are a thrill to catch. Furthermore, if your sporting AJ’s, you have a good shot at a cobia. The gag grouper bite will improve through the fall, as the bait migrates south and water temperature cools. Many people think the gags move well offshore during the summer. There is a bit of truth to that, because deeper water is cooler and more comfortable for the grouper. However, there is a vast majority, that remain within recreational range. Consider for the grouper, food availability is nothing more than a well-timed fish-yawn during the height of the bait season, so any bait we offer can be nothing more than a Lotto chance. Yet in the latter part of the year, odds fall in our favor. Grouper are more apt to eat, fatten-up, and the catch ratio improves. It is time to ramp up and go fishing in Steinhatchee! Brian Smith | BIG BEND CHARTERS www.BigBendCharters.com CaptBrian@bellsouth.net 877.852.3474 | 352.210.3050

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ot weather arrived this year, with our fresh waters in need of more. It ends with them satisfied. The very rainy season came as a mixed blessing, but it will pay dividends to freshwater anglers for a long while. In the short term, this autumn figures to be above average for anglers not snatched in the myriad other directions that the fall season offers the sportsman. Hunting season claims a large number of outdoors folk, who would otherwise take advantage of the fine fall fishing weather. Fanatical football fan/fishermen, always miss casting time to properly root for their favorite teams. And so, the October angler on the lake or river figures to have a lot of water to himself. In my memory, it has always been this way. But this year, the summer rains left even more water to have to yourself. To date, Gainesville’s nearest lake has produced, hands down, the best speckled perch catches. It is a bit unusual for crappies to bite so well, in really hot weather. But, spurred by the almost-sudden influx of rainwater in June and July, the specks demonstrated just how abundant they really were in Newnan’s, with an all-out feed. And, not only that, fishers were surprised to find that many of the larger specimens carried midsummer roe.

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orest fishers, we definitely got the rain we needed this summer. I surely hope everyone out here stayed safe during Hurricane Irma. I feel fortunate that I didn't receive much damage to my house with all these huge trees around me. Our power even came back quickly, considering the magnitude of that thing. With all this new water and fallen branches , anglers will have plenty to search through. Targeting older, more established cover will help you get bites, until the new areas start growing algae. Bass should be the first species to explore the new areas. On overcast days, they will swim around the shallows and search for anything that moves, so swimbaits would be my bait of choice then. On blue-bird sky days, they will hold close to their deeper, shaded spots; that is when to slow down and fish a trick worm. Halfmoon Lake is setting up for good fishing this fall. October produces some fat bass, due to their feeling the change of the season. I fished Ocala's "city ponds" (Tuscawilla,YMCA, etc.) recently, and they are healthy and full of bass too! The other fish species that is going to love all this new "wood and water" is warmouth. Warmouth love shallow brush-piles, just as much as bass do. Use a long rod or cane pole to reach out to the brush, and bump small "crappie jigs" through it. If there are warmouth there, you will usually get a bite within the first few seconds. Always remember which tree limbs you caught fish under, or got bites, because they will reload quickly. Warmouth are one of our best tasting fish and they are aggressive, hard fighters. Shoreside anglers can walk along the Ocklawaha River at Sharpe’s Ferry Bridge, while boaters can find warmouth on any lake or river in the forest. Panfish and catfish are still biting good at Rodman Dam. Beef kidneys are my favorite bait to catch both, because you can cut off any size piece and it stays on the hook better than chicken livers. Live worms work

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