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oling his skiff through grass in shin-deep water, Capt. Josh Boyles was the first to spot a big redfish crashing bait about 100 yards away. The vast grass beds around Hilton Head, S.C. were inundated in an especially high tide, and we had been working them for a couple hours with limited success. Most of the limited success was blamed on a pair of trout anglers with little saltwater fly fishing experience. Boyles had already put us on a couple fish. We had botched both royally. Conditions seemed right, with plenty of water for reds to push into in search of crabs, but the fish weren’t showing themselves. And we needed to see fish in order to cast to them with one of Boyles’ Swamp Fox flies on an 8-weight fly rod. “I’m not going to lie. This is pretty slow,” Boyles said. “We should be seeing a half-dozen fish at once and trying to decide which one to go after.” With classic tailing redfish behavior, fish root around with their noses in the muck. On the other end, their tails wave above the surface like little beacons. Reds are not hard to find when they do what they’re supposed to. These fish were not cooperating. Instead of seeking tails, we were reduced to watching for unusual wakes and nervous water. Boyles hypothesized the fish might be eating baitfish or shrimp instead of crabs, which would account for their horizontal position in skinny water. As we poled slowly to where the fish was spotted in an open pool amid a sea of grass, I stripped line from the reel and onto the deck. There was no additional sign of the fish, but we had to check it out. The tide was beginning to turn out, and it would take all the fish with it. Boyles had earlier explained why tailing reds are great sport for fly rodders just getting into the saltwater game. Redfish are comfortable in the shallows, so they don’t spook easily. Also, they feed actively and opportunistically in the grass. If they see the fly, they will most likely eat it. When our redfish reappeared, it was right in front of the boat. So close that it made casting difficult. I saw it for a second, but Boyles could see it clear as day from the platform. He began barking instructions. “Two o’clock, about 15 feet out,” he said. “See the wake?” The fish was moving right to left across the bow. I made a timid first cast, which caught the wind and plopped down off target. “Pick it up! Do it again,” Boyles said, urgency entering his voice. “Play the wind. Put it in front of him.” The pressure was on, and the second cast was better. “Strip it… Strip it… Now stop!” Boyles instructed as he watched the action unfold. “Give it a little twitch.” He didn’t have to tell me to set the hook.

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and relaxed, and “becoming one with nature” will you be part of the tribe. This unlikely fraternity of ocean hunters is made up of men and women of all ages, races and socio-economic status. The only rules here are made by Mother Nature, and the only requirement is an unspoken bond with the ocean and a respect for its resources. Unlike our mostly predictable lives, every dive is like a box of chocolates; you never know what you’re gonna get. I’ve experienced a school of mantas flying by, a gentle whaleshark ambling along, a sunfish scratching itself on our anchor line. I’ve experienced the exhilaration of being accepted by a pod of wild dolphins. I’ve been bumped by a hammerhead and stared down by a menacing mako. I’ve endured jellyfish stings, sealice rashes, and a crab in my ear canal. The most thrilling sight of all—after paying your dues—is spotting your prey in the shadows.

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have a friend at work who is horrified by my spearfishing. He asks, “Why don’t you just buy fish at the market? Aren’t you scared of sharks? What’s it like?” I know spearfishing will never be his cup of tea, but I try to explain why it’s mine. The simple answer is it’s fun to jump into tropical water and choose a delicious fish for dinner. But the truth is those flat, warm, fishy days are few and far between. The truth is that weathermen are liars, visibility can turn ugly, and fish are unpredictable. The truth is that underwater hunting is hard work in an alien environment. One of many challenges is to become comfortable underwater—so comfortable that fish believe you belong there. Fish sense herkyjerky motions and aggression, which means you will never be able to stalk them unless you learn to control your movements, and more importantly, your emotions. You must also overcome the primal fear of becoming the hunted, which is ingrained in all of us. And, as a freediver, you must become adept enough to achieve decent breath hold times. Only after persevering, learning to be smooth

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James Wirtz caught this 10-pound, 6-ounce beast from an unnamed Florida lake on June 16.

Deep Summer’s Shallow-Water Option By CAM Staff

ere’s some advice for bass anglers sick of the summertime grind. Instead of dredging out deep ledges or dragging worms on offshore humps, go shallow and beat the banks. Yes. You read that right. In deep summer, bass that aren’t stacked up deep will scatter to seek out the best water conditions and feeding opportunities they can find. And while you probably shouldn’t throw all your tournamentday hopes into this pattern, which really is hit-or-miss, hitting it right can lead to some of the biggest largemouths of the summer. Wave action is a key to this pattern. On lakes with heavy boat traffic and on windy days, waves slamming into the banks oxygenate water. While water conditions across the rest of the lake are hot and stagnant this time of year, the shallows offer higher oxygen levels that attract baitfish and bass. By the same token, the backs of creeks with some current often offer better oxygen levels as well as cooler water. Vegetation oxygenates water, also, and provides shade from the stifling sun. Bait is another reason big fish will be up shallow. All of the bream species—the bluegills, shellcrackers, redbreasts and others—spawn during the full moons of summer. When they bed up in colonies, they do it in the shallows, often in just a couple feet of water. Bream beds are buffets for big largemouths, which hang just off the beds waiting on any strays small enough to fit in their mouths. Now, beating the banks all day looking for one big fish in the scorching August heat doesn’t sound like much fun. But that one kicker fish you need to bolster a tournament limit is not likely to be hanging out with all those 2-pounders suspended on a deep ledge. These are also great tactics for fun fishing, when you’ve got the luxury to only fish the comfortable morning and evening hours. In low light, a buzzbait burned around a bream bed or in the shadows of a blowdown can be just the thing to draw a reaction strike from a big girl lazing in the shallows. Running a spinnerbait, bladed jig or square-bill crankbait around and under shallow docks can be very productive. Resist the urge to slow down and pick apart cover with a jig or worm. Shallow fish will be scattered this time of year, so it makes sense to cover a lot of water. Hit all the stumps, grass, rocks and any other cover you encounter. Keep moving, but do it slowly and quietly. Keep your distance, and make long casts. Sound travels far and fish spook easily in the shallows.

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lorida is home to some of the best and most diverse fishing on earth. The state also offers unmatched access to its fisheries. But with easy access comes a great challenge: fishing pressure. Fishing pressure results when

a population of fish is overexposed to fishing activity. Fish are capable learners with strong survival instincts; they become progressively more difficult to fool and catch as they experience our repeated attempts to capture them. Since they

pass their survival prowess on to their offspring, subsequent generations are empowered to avoid capture. Therefore, every fisherman should learn to cope with this obstacle so they may enjoy a lifetime of productive fishing regardless of how the future of Florida’s fisheries unfolds. While the less-traveled offshore waters may not show the effects of fishing pressure, the most accessible waterways in the state certainly do. This impacts many of our favorite gamefish, including inshore icons such as tarpon, snook, redfish and sea trout. The state gamefish, largemouth bass, is also subject to immense pressure. Fortunately, there are steps every angler can take to ensure even the wariest gamefish can be tempted to strike. The first is to use stealth when stalking your target species. The best way to avoid spooking fish is to not alert them to your presence in the first place. When fish know you’re there, they instantly become more difficult to catch. Be careful with every move, whether wading, walking a shoreline or positioning a boat. When you find fish that won’t bite, consider making a move. The problem for most fishermen is they prefer to fish easily accessible locations. The easier the access, the higher the pressure, and this shows

in how fish react to baits. Seek out locations that are more difficult to get to. Give yourself some space, and the results will speak for themselves. If you find fish that won’t bite and decide not to move, a good alternative would be to show them a finesse approach. Downsize lures and baits, cast quietly, and eliminate components of the rig a fish may find intimidating. A final remedy for fishing pressure is simply to fish off times. A dozen or more fishermen in the area around you is not ideal, neither are boat motors, jet skis and loud radios. By fishing the times when others are least likely to be on the water—think late at night and very early morning—you give yourself a tremendous advantage. While graveyard shifts might not be as relaxing as sitting on a beach chair in the afternoon sun, the fishing is likely to be more productive. Although fishing pressure is a growing problem, it presents an opportunity for anglers willing to take the steps to prepare for it. With a little know-how and proper execution, you can keep your rod bent on any of Florida’s fabled waterways. John Saporito is a lifelong fisherman and student of the seas.Visit him online at guerillaangling.com.

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Paul Kolacia, of Rock Grass Fishing Charters, reports good things out of Homosassa

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them were filling buckets. It’s worth noting that charter captains who are on the water daily seemed to have an edge on the rest of the crowds. These early results might bode well for late-season trips, as unfound scallops remain in the water. With a few storms from the southwest to push them in shallower, the tasty bivalves should be much easier to find. Pasco County’s short, July 17-26 season came and went after presstime, but the remainder of the scalloping zones will be open this month. The zone including Franklin, Wakulla and northwest Taylor counties remains open through Sept. 24, and there have been several good reports from St. Marks. The Levy, Citrus and Hernando counties zone also closes Sept. 24. Early reports from Hernando Beach, Homosassa and Crystal River were discouraging early on, but things seemed to be picking up nicely in mid-July. The zone off Dixie County and the remainder of Taylor County is open through Labor Day, and reports out of Steinhatchee went from bad to pretty good within a few days in mid-July. Everyone’s waiting eagerly for the Aug. 16 opening at St. Joseph Bay. FWC’s scallop-count numbers were off the charts for St. Joe last

year, and although the release of the 2020 counts has been delayed by COVID-19, it stands to reason there should be good numbers there. Bag and vessel limits are 2 gallons of whole bay scallops in the shell or 1 pint of bay scallop meat per person, with a maximum of 10 gallons of whole bay scallops in the shell or a 1/2 gallon (4 pints) bay scallop meat per vessel. Vessel limits do not allow an individual to exceed their personal bag limit. When scalloping in open water, divers should stay within 300 feet of a properly displayed divers-down flag or device, and within 100 feet of a properly displayed divers-down flag or device if on a river, inlet or navigation channel. Boat operators traveling within 300 feet of a diversdown flag or device in open water or within 100 feet of one on a river, inlet or navigational channel must slow to idle speed. For more information, visit MyFWC.com/Boating/Regulations and click on “Divers-down Warning Devices.” Help FWC’s scallop researchers by completing an online survey at svy.mk/ bayscallops. Harvesters can indicate where they harvested scallops, how many they collected and how long it took to harvest them. Participants can email BayScallops@MyFWC.com to ask questions or send additional information.

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A Perfect Day Out Of

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he rod slammed down. I hit the lever to engage the electric reel. It growled and started winching up something big from the bottom 175 feet below. The rod twitched and bounced as it pulled in line. Then the monster from the bottom almost stopped the electric reel. The rod bent for all it was worth. The reel stopped, and the line broke. We were all speechless. I was fishing with my friend Andrew and new friends Darrel, Brent and Gene. We were 52 miles out of Panama City Beach on Andrew’s 43-foot Yellowfin. It was one of those nearly perfect days, with the smoothest water I’ve seen in a long time. It was the first time Darrel had ever been fishing, and it was Brent’s first deep sea trip. On the way out to deep water, we saw a float and circled back to find a school of small mahi mahi hanging around it. I occasionally forget things when loading the boat, which is hard to believe because I keep everything but the kitchen sink on the boat. Well, somehow 14 rods seemed like enough. Trouble was, all the spinning setups were left behind. “Well, this is going to be tough, but we can catch these mahi with bait casters,” Andrew said. He rigged one up with a small hook and weight and cast it out. He handed it to Darrel, who hooked his first fish ever. He was all smiles when that mahi came over the rail. I remembered

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my first bluegill I caught with my dad years ago. I know how good Darrel felt. At the first drop, we rigged rods with 8/0 Owner Circle hooks and 1.5-ounce weights. Soon we were catching all kinds of fish off the bottom: some red snapper, black grouper and some really nice trigger fish. Brent hooked one fish that put up a real fight. He was making ground, when all of a sudden it yanked hard enough to pull Brent to the rail. Then the line lost all its resistance. There was still weight, but no fight. As it neared the top in the clear blue water, you could see the head of a nice red grouper sheared in half by a big shark. As we continued our day, we moved around, dropped some live pinfish and caught more snappers, and groupers. We encountered a grass line with a bunch of mahi on it and caught a few small ones before I had a big bull break off right at the boat. I know I had the kid-who-dropped-hisice-cream look on my face. The last spot was the big fish bottom. Live baits were put down and the bite was on. We all got a shot at some big fish in this spot, but they kept breaking us off. The two electric reels gave it their best shot, but to no avail. You really couldn’t ask for a better day with friends on the water. Contact Gary Turner at gary@purgeright.com.

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ade fishing comes natural to me. It’s the preferred method of inshore fishing where I grew up on the Texas Gulf Coast. And for those willing to give it a try, it’s a great way to catch fish wherever the bottom composition allows. Wading is a great way to catch fish all year long, and it is a perfect way to keep cool and catch fish during the dog days of August. It also puts you in tune with your surroundings, the bottom contour and structure, and gives you the ability to stealthily cover an area more efficiently. Here are some guidelines I follow on a hot August morning: I start early, and I’m in the water before safe light. Starting under the cover of darkness gives you an edge. Tossing a topwater lure tight to the shoreline is my go-to method. There is nothing more exhilarating than a blow up under the cover of darkness, and amplify that by 10 when the lure is near you! I start out near the shore and fan cast in all directions to thoroughly cover 180 degrees around me. Start with short casts and gradually increase

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your distance when entering a new area. If you start by casting as far as you can and catch a fish, you will ruin any opportunity of getting a strike from the fish that were between you and the end of that long cast. This is truer in a skinny-water environment than in deeper water. I like to change my retrieve every few casts to see if a particular cadence outperforms others. My cadence is also determined by the type of fish I am targeting. Trout and reds have no problem hitting a lure on the pause, but snook will shy away from a motionless plug. As the sun begins to rise, I might or might not change my lure. For bass anglers, keep in mind that while bass might be less eager to hit topwater during a high sun, saltwater fish do not appear to mind. If they are still eating on top, I will not switch, but if

a change is required, I tie on a 4-inch swimbait and continue fan casting toward the shore. If the bites are not there, I ease out a little deeper. Depending on depth, work from the bottom to the top on alternating casts until the fish are located. To cover new water on my wade back, I zigzag from shallow to deep. This allows me to cover a wider variety of structure and bottom contour while hitting any repeat areas from a different angle. This can often be productive, depending on how the fish position themselves in relation to the structure. Be safe and take a kid fishing, even wade fishing. Capt. Michael Okruhlik is the inventor of Knockin Tail Lures, Controlled Descent Lures, and the owner of www.MyCoastOutdoors.com.

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This 8.5-pounder caught by Hunter Manning came from Texas’ Sam Rayburn Lake, which ranked as the seventh best bass lake of the decade.

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ou might think there’s an ordinance that requires people who live on lakes to own pontoon boats. Virtually every dock has one. For the longest time, I considered pontoon boats to be awkward contraptions for entertaining kids, grandparents and friends who came up from the city. They were slow and lacked the pizazz of a sleek fishing boat. A couple years ago—just to make sure we were abiding by the lake-living rules—I caved and got a pontoon. This one is a tri-toon, meaning it has three tubes under the deck with a Honda 250 on the back, so it’s pretty fast with a top speed around 40 mph. If I’m on the water, there will be a fishing rod within arm’s reach. So, I adjusted my thinking and made a few modifications to my pontoon. I installed a Lowrance Elite fish finder with a TotalScan transducer. I added several Scotty rod holder mounts around the perimeter and two on the back for trolling. I added some additional 12-volt outlets so I could run the pump on a Keep Alive bait tank and power my Hydro Glow underwater lights for nighttime fishing. I also mounted a 24-volt trolling motor on the front. Although it still didn’t look like a fishing boat, it was now set up to fish like one. I also rigged everything for easy removal, which lets us use the boat for its more traditional purpose. The trolling motor has a quick-release plate that leaves a very low profile when the motor is removed. The Scotty mounts use removable and positional rod holders, so when they’re off, you are left with a very small footprint for the mount. The Lowrance stays on the boat, and the bait tank resides on the dock when not in use. 2 NORTH FLORIDA

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here are few natural baits that rival the catalpa worm. These fat, juicy black and yellow caterpillars are seasonal. They only show up in mid-summer, and they are only found on catalpa trees. When they are around, they are the best option for a variety of freshwater species. The catalpa tree can be identified by its large heart-shaped leaves, which are usually a lighter green than nearby vegetation. The tree can also have large white flowers for a short period of time followed by long, bean-like seedpods. Trees with active worms show signs of being eaten by the voracious caterpillars. Hardcore worm hunters use binoculars to check remote trees for worm damage instead of making the trek to a tree that might not have worms. The tools necessary for gathering are simple. The worms can be pulled directly from the leaves by hand. They excrete yellow/green fluid, so some gatherers might prefer wearing gloves. Many worm getters use a long pole to shake worms off limbs. A long rope can also be tossed over limbs to shake the worms out of the tree. Once gathered, place worms in a plastic container with a few catalpa leaves. If kept in a cool area, they last a few days until the next fishing trip. If they will not be used immediately, catalpa worms can be preserved by boiling them as soon as they are harvested. Heat a pot of water to a light boil and toss in the worms for about one minute. Once the worms have stiffened a bit, place them on paper towels to dry. Once dry, place a handful of cornmeal and the worms in a Ziplock bag and stick them in the freezer. Catalpa worms catch bass and bream, but they make especially great bait for channel catfish. A bottom fishing rig with a No. 2 baitholder hook tipped with a catalpa worm should yield a few catfish in most rivers and lakes. Chuck Long is an educator with the Arkansas Game & Fish Commission, www.agfc.com.

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ith the arrival of August, our busy lives get even busier! Florida Alligator Hunting season opens August 15th. As I am sure you know, Cary is a Gator Hunt Guide with over 30 years of experience, and we have a custom boat and all necessary hunting equipment. If you won the opportunity to hunt, and need help, call us. If you didn’t win, and want to hunt, call us. See page 9. New advertising partner, King’s Oil and Tire, located in Cross City, and now also in Old Town. See page 9. See coupons, yes, coupons, in the Cricket Wireless ad on page 2. This month’s recipe, Lobster Salad with Mango is deliciously decadent. See page 2. (Lobster with anything, or nothing, is a delicious decadence.) Thank you for picking up this magazine. If you enjoyed reading something in this issue, please let the writer know. They will enjoy hearing from you. Please thank the business where you found this issue and visit our advertisers. I still need “Forever Homes” for these five kittens that we rescued. The three black with white are boys; the gray with white is also a boy, and the all black is a girl. They are very loving and will crawl right into your heart! We have six rescue cats already. I’ll even contribute $10.00 toward their neutering surgery! Thank you John Freeze, for this beautiful lake photo. Again, please stay smart, stay safe and stay alive. Please wear your mask. WHAT DO YOU HAVE TO LOSE? You could save a life, maybe mine, maybe your mother’s. Wearing a mask is smart, and I have always thought that smart is sexy! Lynn Crutchfield Co-Publisher Coastal Angler Magazine of North Central Florida/ Nature Coast

AUGUST 2020 EDITION

Find Your Outdoors Here! North Central Florida Nature Coast Staff SALES

Cary Crutchfield

EDITING & PRODUCTION Lynn Crutchfield

DISTRIBUTION Rosa Crisman

GRAPHIC ARTS & DESIGN Kathleen Stemley

WEB DESIGN Kristi Williams

CONTRIBUTING WRITERS Dr. Kevin McCarthy Bruce Butler John Freeze Noel Kuhn Capt. Dan Clymer Capt. Tommy Derringer Capt. Eric Hasty Capt. James Kerr Capt. Pat McGriff Capt. Dan Smith

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INSIDE THIS ISSUE Tide Charts Local Fishing Forecasts Monthly Recipe

Photo by: Suwannee River Water Management District


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COOKING DIRECTIONS

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open up the Suwannee River and Valley to settlers the way that the unobstructed St. Johns River on the east coast of the state opened up Central Florida to thousands of settlers. Those settlers on the east coast included many invalids who were escaping the cold of the North, for the warmth of the Sunshine State. As their health improved and their families grew, settlements grew up along the St. Johns, something that did not happen along the Suwannee, and thus even today the latter river is relatively unsettled compared to the St. Johns. During this pandemic, that state park and others have restricted hours and facilities, including restrooms. Prospective visitors should check out the latest information about the state park on the website of the state park system. Kevin McCarthy, the author of Suwannee River Guidebook (2009 - available at amazon.com), can be reached at ceyhankevin@gmail.com.

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ello from Crystal River, and I surely hope everyone is enjoying the summer. The bite has been great here, as I continue to target redfish and snook. August is one of the warmest months, but you can still catch some good fish. I like to get an early start this time of year, as long as the tide will allow. The bite is can be really good first thing in the morning. On the incoming tide, I will target the west side of islands that have mullet and activity, following the tide east, then follow it out. For redfish, I will use different baits such as shrimp, pinfish and cut bait. Sometimes the best choice is cut bait, especially if the water is warm, a piece of cut mullet and pinfish is a good choice. Fresh is always best. I will put the bait on a VMC 3/0 Sureset circle hook free-lined, and trust me, the reds will find it. Another good choice is fresh cut pinfish rigged the same way. You can also put the cut bait on jigs which work great also. For snook, I use pinfish, targeting areas that have good tidal flow, and areas where they can ambush their prey. Big live pinfish are my go-to. Hope everyone is staying safe and enjoying the water. If you’re in town, give me call to get on some fish.

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elcome Forest Fishers, to the mid-summer grind. Even if you're reading this at the end of August, there's plenty of heat and humidity left in the year. It's a good thing the quality of fishing is better than ever (I've heard old-timers say, "Best in 50 years!"). Have you found your shaded "money spots" yet? If the lakes you fish have no shade at all, meaning the East, West, and South sides all lack tall shoreline trees, then sunrise and sunset, overcast days, or night fishing are your best shots for quality fish, bragging rights, or possibly even, "THE ONE"! Last summer I tried out the night-bite on my favorite lakes, and was surprised when I ended up catching some of the biggest bass of my life. The key was to slow my lure down to a crawl, and NOT just a bit slower than usual. Over half of last year's night bites came while my Junebug Senko was actually sitting completely still on the bottom, sometimes for five to ten minutes. After a few minutes, give your rod tip the lightest tap possible. Also, always have a slight bow in your line (GIANTS ARE

SUPER FINICKY). You'll almost never feel a biggin' when it softly inhales your bait. What you will see, is your line moving away, very slowly. There are numerous schools of thought about what to do next. (My method worked, FOUR OUT OF FOUR times last year, so it's highly doubtful I'll change anything.) The second you notice your line moving, start feeding it out by hand, and keep that up until you feel like you’re getting close to the backing. Pull one last long amount out, giving time to make sure you're not wrapped around an eye, get in hook-set position, and take one last huge inhale (silently). Quiet and slow, exhale, lower your rod tip, and when you feel the moment is perfect (you'll know) slam that rod back like there's no tomorrow! Trust me, sometimes even an 8 pounder will open its mouth (unfazed), and basically yawn your hook out of its mouth. So I repeat, "Rip its friggin' face off!" I promise, you won't hurt it. Yes my friends, the giants have settled in, and they just keep getting bigger and meaner. I am so dang ecstatic for the upcoming dragonfly spawn, especially after last year's insanity. It began around September 1st, and the action was non-stop until October. DO NOT, I repeat: DO NOT MISS OUT. Use any lure you want, fish whatever condition you’re given, and call or text me if you have any questions. Oh yeah, and of course, have the best time of your life! Note: Don't forget to take pics. Buy a disposable, or put an old phone in a ziplock; because 7 to10 pounders are common! John Freeze Kayak Fishing and Nature Tours TheWaterwayz@gmail.com 352-216-5798

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Johnny Jackson of Opp, Alabama with a 25” trout caught on a one inch long pigfish

rout continue to please my clientele, as we had a limit today (7/16/20) of ten trout for Joe Permuy from Jacksonville, and his guest from Atlanta, Ga. We caught our fish on live pinfish and pigfish rigged up under Back Bay Thunders in 4.5 to 5.5 feet of water. Our water temps here in this part of the Gulf are running 87 to 89 degrees! We caught a bunch of catfish and lady fish in between trout, as they all were feeding in the same area on Ballyhoo and “whathaveyou”. We barely had enough breeze from the ESE to drift, but it was sufficient to produce fish. We also caught a 15-inch sand trout, which ate a small live pinfish, which is rare, but not unheard of. Usually sand trout are taken with artificial baits or live shrimp. Reds have been scarce of late, as we have a ton of dark tannic water which has penetrated all the way to Dekle Beach, and this is also a rare phenomenon attributed to the west, south west winds we have had almost every day for three weeks now. Look for reds to be out off the hill, mixed in with the trout bite, avoiding the too-fresh water in close. August patterns will be pretty much the same as July, with live pinfish taking more trout than jig and grub combos. If you just have to throw artificial at them, then rig an Assassin 1/16 oz. spring lock jighead, about 34 inches, under an Original oval Cajun Thunder and try a Wakasagi Elite shiner for your plastic. That way, the floating grass won’t be such a hassle.

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Joe Permuy of Jacksonville with a nice 22” trout taken July 16, 2020

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his month marks my 11th anniversary sharing my thoughts and experiences with Coastal Angler. How about that? Thanks for your support and feedback over the years. I want to share with you how to be productive in summer weather fishing. Let’s be honest, this time of year brings some challenges. When planning a trip, you need to have mapped out your trip, plan your spots, and be prepared to hit the water early. I mean that. If you’re not on the water well before the sunrise, you might as well have stayed at Dunkin Donuts. The evening bite can be good as well for those of you who are, let’s say, just not morning people. Check your tides. On a recent trip to the St. Martin’s River, I didn’t, and I ended up not only not having a productive day, but we had to paddle up the river, against an incoming tide. We hit the spots when there was too much water, caught some small trout, and had a couple of nice blowups on the top water early, and then ended up having to paddle back against the out-going tide, on the way in. This is called fishing backwards. I don’t recommend it. As of the writing of this article, the morning trout bite is still good at Aripeka, near the top of the high tide, in the early a.m. The trout are mixed in with the mullet schools. Best bait seems to be on the Glow GULP shrimp, or a Mirro/Dine. The bigger trout will often go for a free-lined piece of cut bait. For those of you who want to go fishing for the fun of it, the gar population in our area seems to have exploded. The hole behind Baypoint, as well as anywhere along our coast, can provide some fun action. The best way to target

them, and to spot their location, is to watch for them to breech (come up for air). Using cut bait, either free-lined or on a cork with a small treble hook, seems to work best. They’re not really edible (though I know people who have) but during a slow bite, hooking a 4-foot gar can be a lot of fun. Important point, if you let them take the bait and wait for them to run with it, you will be sure to get a good hook set. As to good news, I’m starting to see the return of the reds and schools of black drum in some of my spots north of Baypoint. The black drum fooled me. I saw the school back in the creek and started working a GULP and Exude dart around the school, but couldn’t get anything to bite, so I paddled closer and ended up spooking a school of 20 to 30 slot-sized blackies. As they took off doing that “brrumpbrrump” sound (my interpretation of a black drum drumming) I’m thinking, why didn’t I throw a shrimp. Well, if they are still there when I get out again, I’ll have a report on summertime black drum to share with you next month. Well, it’s time to hit the water. Tight lines y’all. Bruce Butler of Indian Bay Outfitters is a Hernando County premier fishing guide with full and half-day charters available. Kayaks, tackle and gear are provided. Just bring your lucky hat and a good attitude and be ready to see some pristine shoreline and experience great fishing. Bruce Butler | "Stumbling Gypsy" (352) 428-5347 Bruce@IndianBayOutfitters.com Web: www.IndianBayOutfitters.com

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thunderstorms will play havoc in the area, and you will not want to be caught out in the storm. August will still be hot; stay hydrated and keep those lines tight! Please reach out to me at capterichasty@gmail.com with any questions you may have. In addition, check out We Be Tailing for more tips and tricks at www. webetailing.com. Capt. Eric Hasty ShastyMcNasty Fishing LLC www.shastymcnastyfishing.com 352-220-3206

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$1 OFF Fresh Clam Strips Basket or Appetizer 50¢ OFF Cup of New England Clam Chowder $1 OFF Bowl of New England Clam Chowder Artificial lures such as soft plastic jerk baits and “walk the dog” type plugs can be very rewarding at sun-up “depending on the floating grass” and always watch for mullet activity and an incoming tide is best. The best bet for the trout bite right now, is to head west. The spotty bottom in the 10-foot depth range west of marker #2, will hold of a variety of species. Trout, sea bass, flounder, lady fish, sharks, etc., will keep the rods bent. Lately, the trout have preferred the dragging technique which consists of casting your jig into the wind, or the opposite side the boat is drifting, and letting the boat-drift do the work. This is a summertime technique that is extremely effective. Slow twitches and letting the jig fall slowly, is all that’s needed for a proper presentation. DOA shrimp or cal shad tail jigs on a 1/8oz jig head in the holographic root beer and glow colors are my got to baits. Good Fishing!

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he bite has been great all summer long, and this month is no different. Get ready to hook into redfish, trout, and flounder inshore, as well as tarpon, kings, sharks and more along the beaches. How do you beat the summertime heat when on the water? Well-- get out at first light, or wait for the last few hours of daylight, right around dusk. Those are typically the best times to catch the fish feeding this time of year. Just like I've said the last couple of months, it's the summer pattern, and top-water "walk the dog" style plugs as well as "chuggers" will make for some exciting catches, especially during those lower light conditions. One very important ingredient for catching fish this time of year is to look for the bait. Whether it's finger mullet, shrimp, or pogies, if you find the bait, you'll find the fish. The bait can be easily located by looking for nervous water (small disruptions on the surface, similar to a very small boat wake). You can be sure that redfish, trout, and flounder will be hanging around the schools of bait looking for an easy meal. Don't overlook the banks along the ICW on the lower tide stages this month. A lot of the baitfish will come out of the creeks and hang along those ICW banks, especially the ones that have oysters scattered on them. Again, the bigger fish will be in close pursuit. If you're fishing inshore during the higher tide stages, try a popping cork. Popping corks are a Summer

go-to for my clients and me, as the noise from the cork can persuade even the pickiest of fish to bite. The “pop” that the cork creates, allows fish to find them in the murky summer water and make for some really exciting hookups. You can use a live mud minnow or shrimp under the cork, or a scented soft plastic or cut piece of bait. The combo of the pop from the cork, and the scent from the bait will definitely get some looks. Last month we got off to a great start with our tarpon season, with many fish coming from behind the shrimp boats (and their by-catch slick) along the beach. Also look for the silver kings to be feeding early in the morning on the bait pods just off the beach, if the pogies ever to decide to show up in good numbers. Free-line a pogy around the bait pods, and hold on. If the tarpon don't want to play, do some trolling along the beach for some line-screaming kingfish action (there will be plenty of them out there). There will also be plenty of smaller tarpon inshore in the canals and deeper creeks and flats. A backhooked free-lined finger mullet, a free- lined select shrimp, or medium sized pogy, will all make for a great tarpon snack. Be sure to check out my Daily Fishing Reports online @www.InshoreAdventures.com Capt. Tommy Derringer www.InshoreAdventures.net 904-377-3734

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ugust is the month of the predators! The mullet run has started and everything that has teeth is stacked up against the beach. I mean everything, which includes tarpon, bluefish, ladyfish, trout, flounder, jacks, redfish, Spanish, and many different species of shark. When you cast a live mullet, or a chunk of mullet into the surf this month, you never know what’s going to slam it! Next, will be a few ways to rig up your mullet. Let’s first start on the light end of rigging your terminal tackle. This will be using live finger mullet in the 3 to 5-inch range. This in my favorite way to target slot redfish, seatrout and founder. On a sinker slider, aka fish finder rig, use 18 inches of 30-pound mono leader. A smaller hook size 2/0, Owner MUTU light, will keep your mullet livelier longer. Put this light wire hook into the mouth and out through the top of the head. Use just enough lead to cast and hold in place. Next is a beefed-up version of the double dropper rig. I tie this one out of 50-pound mono. Tip that with two 5/0 circle hooks. Then just add two chunks of fresh cut mullet. I prefer about a 1 ½ inch long piece. This thicker line gives you a chance with the blues, Spanish and smaller sharks. This rig will also produce the other species, because when they are actively feeding, they will

not shy away from doubled up 50-pound mono. Finally, is what I call the big game rig. It is the mega fish finder rig tied out of 100 lb. mono leader material. The top part that the sinker slides on to is three feet long. The last section (leader) part is 18 inches long. I finish it off with a 7/0 circle hook. Either a big chunk or a big live mullet will get the job done. This rig is beefy enough to handle a monster redfish and even a big tarpon, if you have enough line to stop him! My big game reels are spooled up with 300 yards of 30 pound. When hunting big game, I quote Robert Ruark, “Use enough gun!”. Oh yeah, set your drag light. Every year I hook into 100 lb. plus tarpon in the first slough. If you want to try night fishing, the best opportunity is at the end of this month on the full moon. The sights and sound of fish crashing at your feet in the moonlight is amazing. The picture is from a few years ago, with my very happy charter. We caught seven different species that morning all on a 6-inch live mullet! Noel Kuhn 43 years of surf fishing experience, surf fishing guide and long distance casting coach. Founding member of Florida Surf Casters club. 904-945-0660 www.TheSurfAngler.com

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By Capt. Dave Lear

ith some of the best teams in sportfishing vying for $1.747 million in cash prizes, the 2020 Emerald Coast Blue Marlin Classic was destined to feature stiff competition. And it did. By the time the last boats had weighed in, however, it came down to a truism in sports—the home team always has a slight advantage. So after winning all the other major tournaments in the Gulf, it was Mollie, a Destin-based G&S custom sportfisher, that claimed the top prize. Angler Wes Long, Capt. Jeff Shoults, mates Chance Young, Sawyer Henderson, Josh Goodson and the rest of the team won first place blue marlin with a 660.4-pound fish, and third place in the release division (3 blues). With tournament and crew payouts, plus multiple optional jackpots, Team Mollie earned $514,933 and the 2020 ECBC trophy for top boat. Panhandler, a 54 Hatteras owned by Tim O’Brien and run by Capt. Travis Gill, was the second-place team with a blue that weighed 601 pounds. With optionals, that fish was worth $182,274 for the Pensacola team. Charles “Charlie” Thomas III and his crew aboard Fins Up, a 54 Bertram based in Orange Beach, earned third-place honors with a 553.3-pound marlin that was weighed in Friday night. Capt. JJ English and the team earned $57,282 for their efforts. Fleur de Lis, a 72 Viking with Capt. Scooter Porto at the helm, was the top team in the billfish release division. Based in Grand Isle, the team released four blue marlin to claim top prize and $159,415. Mon Chari, (Capt. Matt Coppoletta) came in second in the division with 1,700 points to earn $43,800, and Mollie was third with three free-swimming blues to its credit. Some hefty tuna were brought to the Baytowne Marina scales on Saturday evening. Austin Sculley on Ridgeback, (37 Bertram/Capt. Wild Man Waldmann), hoisted the heaviest yellowfin at 198.8 pounds to claim $56,600. Chasin’ Tail, (80 Weaver Boat Works/Capt. Clayt James), boated a 153.9-pound tuna, good for a $28,218 payout. John Engquist was the angler. Rounding out the division was angler Craig Brown, competing aboard Second Wind, (72 F&S/Capt. Marlin Brown). Brown’s 148.5-pound entry won the team $17,942. Houston Adams, fishing on his family’s 52-foot Southern Cross, Gunnslinger, wound in the heaviest wahoo of the tournament. It was 58.6 pounds and was worth $49,805. Capt. BJ Teems is Gunnslinger’s helmsman. Ritchie Prince wound in the second-place wahoo at 51.7 pounds. That fish earned Can’t Deny It (48 Viking), Capt. Jeff Bryars and the team a $15,168 bonus. Questionable Judgement, a 39 Nor-Tech center console run by Capt. Kyle King, rounded out the field with a 50.1-pound wahoo. Mark Wade was on the rod and the team won $17,840 for that fish. Next year’s Emerald Coast Blue Marlin Classic will be held June 16-20, 2021 at the host Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort in Miramar Beach, Fla.

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want to share some tips that will make your experience on the water more productive and a bunch of fun. Every year, when the finger mullet start heading into the inlets, it provides great bait for targeting all of our inshore species as well as some of our offshore species. I have always enjoyed and lived by the belief that we should “match the hatch” on baits. When it comes to Spanish mackerel, we have some great tactics for catching them from trolling spoons on planers and dragging spoons behind birds on the top of the water. They are an aggressive fish that spends a lot of the time on the surface chasing schools of bait. From glass minnows to greenbacks, they enjoy setting up to eat on a buffet line. We can also target them with topwater plugs and baits when they are in these incredible feeding frenzies. Years ago, after dumping a live well on the reef to head in from a trip, we watched Spanish start feeding in a frenzy chasing our mullet through the air. After watching all these fish sky-rocketing, we tossed a couple out with hooks and some wire leader. We did not get hits on the baits with hooks. We were using big hooks and big wire, and after some changes and modifications we came up with great rigs that worked. Get some No. 4 or 6 nickel-coated treble hooks preferably 3x or 4x strong. Use 20-pound, non-coated, seven-strand wire. This enables the bait to swim more naturally and will hold up to most of the razor-like teeth of these ferocious feeders. I have all of my inshore rods spooled with braid, so I attach about a 3-foot section of monofilament for a leader. Mono sinks slower than fluorocarbon or braid and helps keep your bait on top of the water. I attach my leader with a double uni knot. I attach my wire with an albright knot and my hook to the wire with a snell. The bait has to look natural and healthy. I prefer hooking the bait up through the top of the mouth, but I will at times hook the mullet through the top of the back to make longer casts possible. The most important part of this tip is to make sure you have lots of mullet. You are going to have to spend some extra time catching bait, but it is worth it. When currents stacks bait up on the nearshore reefs and around the jetties, you’ll know very quickly if the fish are there. Toss out three to five baits every 5 or 10 minutes. Don’t be scared to move and locate the fish.

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targeting truly big fish. Snook will eat any small fish as well as live shrimp and crabs. Pilchards and other schooling baitfish make for good chum and bait. But if you’re specifically after the fish of a lifetime, sink a big hung of cut bait to the bottom. Large mullet heads and ladyfish heads are known for producing trophy-size snook. Morning, evening and night will be

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n over 30 years fishing the flats at Luquillo, Puerto Rico, two of the funniest people I met there were Reggie and Manny, a couple of pals from New Jersey on their first visit to the island. I had waded a few yards from shore, keeping my legs covered with water, so as to stay cool and was having a great time catching and releasing cero mackerel, which are related to Spanish macks. As Reggie and Manny walked by, I hooked into one and promptly lost it. “I told you it looked like he was catching fish!” said Reggie. “So, where’s the fish?” Manny asked. “Out in the water, where it belongs,” I replied. “Smart-ass!” Manny shot back as Reggie laughed. Thus, we became friends. The first thing my new pals wanted to know was whether there was a reasonable chance I might catch something while they watched. I explained that the rate of an angler’s success was directly related to the number of fish in the water, divided by the number of people taking note of what the angler was doing, divided again by the probability that the angler in question may well have caught the last fish he was apt to encounter for the rest of the day, which in itself was damn near a sure thing. “That bad?” Reggie marveled. There was always a chance, I offered. “Maybe we might be able to get you to give us one for dinner?” Manny asked hopefully. Now saddled with an audience that expected to be fed, I began to feel the pressure. I got two hits and lost them both at the strike. Another fish took me into a weed bed about 70 feet out before it snapped off. Dinner was beginning to resemble an abstract concept. Still, Reggie was optimistic and he urged me on. I believe I might have eventually met with some success, but for Manny’s query a few minutes later. “Hey, Pete! You mind if I take a dip? It’s getting hot watching you.” Manny waded into the channel I was fishing and submerged. He came back to the surface with a smile on his face. He bobbed about in the water, contemplating the clear blue liquid and feeling it cool him down. He paddled about for 10 minutes before climbing out onto the beach. “We done here?” he asked. “I dunno,” Reggie remarked. “Are we, Peter?” They looked at me with a mixture of expectation and mild disappointment. After all, I had offered the vague promise of a fish dinner, delayed their swimming hour while they waited patiently for it, and then failed to deliver. If I had possessed a conscience, I might have felt awful about it and offered some kind of apology, which I believe my new friends would have graciously accepted, if only out of pity. Instead, we looked out on the ocean wondering where the fish had got to and laughed like hell. Peter Cammann has written fishing stories for magazines and newspapers for over 30 years. He is the author of three books: Fishing Vermont’s Streams and Lakes, Ultralight Spin Fishing and a novel titled SlipNot, all of which are available on amazon.com.

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pair of pliers can help you land more fish than you have in the past. Most anglers ignore the logic of that statement, preferring to follow the same rut in the road that they have in the past. The process is simple. All you do is use pliers to mash the barb on the hook or hooks. One squeeze with those pliers and you have dramatically improved your chances of hooking the next fish that picks up the bait or attacks your lure. Historians tell us that barbs were put on hooks originally to keep the bait from falling off. Conservationists recommend barbless hooks or at least hooks where the barb has been flattened to help prevent injury to a fish that will be released. That’s a valid reason, but a much more compelling one centers on the fact that your ratio of hookups will begin to soar, particularly with species whose mouths are lined with piscatorial equivalent of cinder blocks. There’s more to the story. Serious anglers choose their hooks carefully, opting for light wire rather than the stout stuff that could lift a truck out of a ditch. The finer the wire, the easier it penetrates. Huskier hooks with oversized barbs bore wider holes in a fish’s jaw, sometimes falling out regardless of how tight the line may be. Climb out of the trench of tradition and take a hard look at the hook sizes you presently use. Smaller hooks prove more effective than larger ones in terms of hooking and holding a fish. It’s a gambler’s bet that you’re using hooks that are way too big for the task at hand. Remember that bigger or heavier wire does not mean better. An itinerant philosopher of questionable fame and barely a wisp of glory insists that whatever most people believe to be true will probably prove false. Try his thinking on these statements. 1) Fish straighten light wire hooks easily. 2) It takes a big hook to catch a big fish. 3) Without a barb you’ll never land a fish. 4) If you use big bait, you need a big hook. 5) The more hooks you have on a lure, the better your chances for a hookup. Let me share two examples: An extremely successful captain with whom I have fished for years uses very small hooks with live bait on the offshore grounds. His hooks have a shank of just less than an inch and a gap of a half-inch. The fish he lands on those tiny hooks would amaze you. A captain with whom I fished in Costa Rica uses small hooks for billfish. The first thing he does is mash the barbs on his hooks. Then, he sharpens every hook and triangulates the point. If you had a chance to fish with him, the first thing you would do when you got home, is buy a pair of pliers.

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fter three years in the making, the Sean Gucken Memorial Reef was recently deployed just 5 miles off Anna Maria in west Florida. CCA Florida spearheaded the reef project, in an effort to honor its late member who unexpectedly passed away in 2017. Sean Gucken, of St. Petersburg, a revered angler, free diver and spearfisherman, was also a devout advocate for protecting Florida’s waters and marine resources. The deployment is a tribute to his passion, and the Gucken Reef will continue his legacy by helping create new fisheries and habitats. The concrete was deployed on the Manatee County “Bridge Reef,” a pre-permitted artificial reef site roughly a quarter mile square. The concrete reefing materials were donated by Port Manatee and Westra Construction. The Bridge Reef is located west of Anna Maria Island, 27º°30 55.44 / 82º 49 1.56 central point. A separate memorial module for Gucken will be deployed on the Bridge Reef in a private ceremony later this year. Thanks go out to partners Yamaha Outboards and Building Conservation Trust (BCT) for supporting this project and continuing Sean’s legacy.

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es, summer surf casting on the beach is about big snook and tarpon. Perhaps overlooked are the smallest table fare on the beach, whiting and croaker, which average 10 to 12 inches in length and weigh less than a pound. Their meat is white and very tasty, and if you catch enough of them you’ve got a fine fish dinner. I always keep a bag of whiting and croaker in my refrigerator and add to it as I go. Whiting and croaker are mostly bottom feeders unless they encounter schools of glass minnows, which they follow and blast on the top or corral along the shoreline. Standard techniques for catching them involve sand fleas, live shrimp, cut bait and dead shrimp fished on double rigs with small hooks. You can also use ¼-ounce jig tipped with shrimp. I prefer to use standard jigs (3/8 to ½ ounce) with a 2- or 3-inch plastic body. I shorten the 4-inch D.O.A. paddletails so they are 2 ½ inches long. The trick is to bounce the bait on the bottom and to jerk it near the top. Sometimes they’ll miss, and you’ll snag them around the mouth. Whiting and croaker are Sometimes they’ll take the jig in their often overlooked when mouths. When there’s baitfish and fishing the beach. they’re feeding, it’s easy to catch a dozen fish in a few minutes. Whiting and croaker are an unrestricted species, which means an angler can harvest 100 pounds of fish and there’s no size limit. Smaller fish are harder to fillet. On light tackle and a spinning reel and thin rod, a 1-pound whiting can put up a fight. They are pretty strong for their size. Because of their small mouths, they flip off jig hooks. The bite to hook-up ratio isn’t great. So, if the big fish are not hitting, try fishing the bottom for croaker and whiting. For information about the Stuart Rod and Reel Club, visit our website www.stuartrodadnreel.com. 20 FLORIDA

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he population of smalltooth sawfish in the United States experienced a dramatic decline during the 20th century due to overfishing, habitat loss, and the species’ limited reproductive potential. Given the decline, smalltooth sawfish were listed as “endangered” under the Endangered Species Act in 2003. The ultimate goal of the listing is to recover the population to the point that it no longer needs the protections; therefore, NOAA Fisheries convened the U.S. Smalltooth Sawfish Recovery Implementation Team to develop and implement a plan to recover the U.S smalltooth sawfish population. One of the best ways to track the effectiveness of ongoing management and conservation efforts is to collect information about sawfish encounters from divers, fishers and others. Because of their countless hours in the water, we are seeking to partner with the diving community to collect information about their sawfish sightings. Our team developed the guidelines below to inform divers about how to safely and legally enjoy encounters with sawfish: • Keep your distance • Avoid disturbing sawfish • Never chase, feed, or touch them • Share information about encounters Divers should note that advertising expeditions aimed at encountering endangered smalltooth sawfish can be considered “targeting,” which is a violation of the ESA. Therefore, it is strongly urged that the following conservation messaging be included in all advertisements and social media posts regarding sawfish interactions underwater: Sawfish are protected under the Endangered Species Act. Help protect this critically endangered species by following NOAA Fisheries viewing guidelines available at www. SawfishRecovery.org. Share sawfish observations by visiting www.SawfishRecovery.org, calling 1-844-4SAWFISH, and/or emailing sawfish@myfwc.com.

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lso known as the “gray snapper” and to many locals as “mangoes,” the mangrove snapper derives its name given its abundance in Florida’s mangroves. Anglers can find mangoes around shoreline structure year-round. Although larger individuals of the species (14-plus inches) venture offshore once matured, they return to inshore waters from June to September to spawn. Weighing up to 10 pounds as adults, they can be found under docks, along rock lines and bridges all over the Florida coast. With delicious white meat and as a highly sustainable seafood option because of their abundance, mangrove snappers make great table fare. From a boat or from shore, night fishing is the best way to catch mangrove snappers. Cooler waters and darkness result in more aggressive fish. I prefer spinning tackle for chasing mangoes. A 6- to 7-foot medium-light action spinning rod outfitted with a medium spinning reel is a common setup. Use 10- to 20-pound-test braid. The abrasion resistance is necessary because big mangrove snappers are known for bulldogging runs directly to rocks, oyster-covered pilings and other structure. The limited stretch of braid also allows for better sensitivity to bites. A 7- to 10-foot 20- to 30-pound fluorocarbon leader is also key. Mangrove snappers have excellent eyesight, so a tough, low visibility leader can often be a necessity depending on the amount of moonlight when fishing. The additional abrasion-resistance of fluoro as compared to mono can often mean the difference between an unsuccessful trip and one resulting in several offshoresize keepers. In terms of bait, live shrimp or sardines are often the preferred snapper fare, and mangroves can typically be spotted swimming toward the surface to ambush these prey. However, if live bait is unattainable, large cut chunks of pilchards, mullet, ballyhoo or even squid will suffice. A simple fluorocarbon leader tied to a weightless size 1 hook serves as the best low-profile method of naturally presenting bait. A knocker rig is a good second option when fishing waters exceeding 10 feet. When searching for potential structure, look for pilings, bridges and docks with protective cover such as rocks. Mangroves also prefer some current. Some particularly good places to look are jetties close to inlets, which commonly hold large schools of snapper. As ambush predators, mangrove snappers tuck tight to cover and wait for whatever prey might swim by in the current. After locating good structure, cast your bait a few yards up-current, letting the bait drift naturally toward areas where snappers are believed to be hiding. When a mango bites, be patient. They frequently carry a bait back toward cover before swallowing it. After setting the hook, anglers should put pressure on them quickly, as larger snappers take advantage of structures to sever fishing lines.

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Federal Action Our organization has also worked on the federal level to increase funding for water infrastructure repairs and improvements. Congress significantly increased funding levels. There is also a great deal of bi-partisan support for Covid-19 stimulus packages that include massive funding for water infrastructure.

What You Can Do Reach out to your elected officials to express your concern about sewage pollution. The Clean Waterways Act and the Environmental Accountability Act will now go into the rulemaking process, where the “teeth” get applied, or not. Meanwhile, we need support on all levels of government to fix what is at a minimum a $16.5 billion problem in Florida. Jensen Beach-based Terry Gibson is the Government Affairs Director of the American Water Security Project. He is a veteran outdoor writer and has served in many editorial capacities at several fishing publications.

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The next day, July 5, Ginger Myers sat in the chair of the Fleur-de-lis and battled a huge 851.9-pound blue to submission during the 2020 MONGO Offshore Challenge. Weighed at Orange Beach Marina, the fish is a pending Alabama state record and it also puts Myers in position to claim the largest blue marlin ever caught by a woman from the Gulf of Mexico. She’ll have to wait for the results of the MONGO, as the tournament runs through Oct. 15.

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