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Bay an industry leader in today’s outdoor apparel industry. Always in the forefront of new fabric technology, Bimini Bay has also been a manufacturing leader in creating moisture management systems. Their shirts are engineered to keep the body comfortable and dry by drawing moisture to the fabric’s surface (wicking) where it can quickly evaporate. Now, with the introduction of their BloodGuard line, they have set a new standard in the industry. Try one of these new BloodGuard shirts for yourself. Blood washes right off with only water. No more bringing detergents or peroxide on the boat or dock to spare your favorite fishing shirt. Designed and tested in the field with real anglers, this new line of outdoor apparel is destined to set a new standard in the industry.

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rom the offshore fishing boats of the Florida Keys to the mountains of upstate New York, Bimini Bay clothing has long been known as the first choice of the active sportsman. Their rugged line of men’s and women’s clothing combines functional outdoor styling with today’s latest technical fabrics. Now, through a patented nano technology process, Bimini Bay introduces a major breakthrough in outdoor apparel. Their new BloodGuard apparel line is nothing short of amazing. Blood and grime effortlessly rinses away. Powered by Nanotex, this new proprietary apparel forms a barrier against all types of blood, dirt and bio-stains. As with all their outdoor apparel, attractive pricing, attention to detail, contemporary styling and a generous fit are all part of what makes Bimini

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he origins of Salt Life are pure. With two simple words in a scrawling font, the iconic brand began as a tattoo inked on the backs of a couple of surfing fishermen in Jacksonville Beach, Fla. Four hard-core watermen began grassroots promotion of the design in 2003, selling bumper stickers and T-shirts. During the humble early years, no one foresaw the eventual scope of the worldwide phenomenon they had launched. Salt Life has come to represent everything everyone loves about the ocean. At a glance, the now-familiar logo proudly displays a love of the saltwater lifestyle. Fisherman and diver Jeff Stillwell, who just happens to be president of Salt Life, said he is blessed to be part of the phenomenon. “Whatever attracts you to the water, Salt Life represents that,” he said. “If you happen to love to fish, it means fishing to you. I happen to be an avid diver. It means diving to me. If you’re a surfer, it means surfing. If you just like hanging out on the beach and enjoying a cold beverage, it means that.” No longer just T-shirts and decals, Salt Life has grown to include a huge assortment of gear and apparel. Two concepts accompany all their offerings. The first holds true to the original message, a devotion to the coastal lifestyle and its fashions. The second builds on those roots by coupling fashion with performance in gear and apparel that helps customers better enjoy water-based activities. From high-performance sunglasses, featuring the best Zeiss polarized lenses, to technical clothing for fishing, surfing, diving, paddleboarding and beach-sitting, Salt Life has you covered. Stillwell mentioned Salt Life’s new Fusion Performance Pocket Fishing Shirts as an example of innovative design that will appeal to anglers. It’s got UV30 sun protection and ventilation, and it’s got something else you won’t find on other fishing shirts. “It really came upon me sitting on the back of a boat, fishing a tournament,” Stillwell said. “Every time that reel goes off, you start looking for things. I don’t know why no one has ever done this, but we took one of these high-performance shirts and put pockets on the back of it. When that reel goes off, I don’t have to look for gloves or a pair of pliers. Whatever I need, I’ve got it right there with me. ’Cause once I get in that chair, I’m going to be there for a while.” Only an angler would recognize the need for this kind of design, and it’s this kind of innovation that has made Salt Life a lot more than just a cool logo. Stillwell said they’ve got a line of waterproof gear on the horizon, and he’s excited about the territory expansion of Salt Life Lager. Yep… Salt Life launched an easy-drinking beer to celebrate its 15th anniversary in 2018. “It goes hand-in-hand with our lifestyle,” Stillwell said. “We’re all out there on the water for a great fun-filled day in the sun, and at the end of the day our customer loves to kick back, as do I, with a nice cold beer.” But all the fun, and all the success, comes with responsibility. Without healthy oceans to play in, there would be no Salt Life. The company has joined with conservation organizations like Artificial Reefs International and Roatan Marine Park in protecting and enhancing the resources so that future generations can enjoy living the Salt Life.

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APPAREL Product Reviews Fish Hippie Performance Trucker Hat Fish Hippie was created by anglers as a celebration of the lifestyle. Their water-based Performance Trucker Hats meld performance with classic styling that tops off the look of an angler dedicated to the water. With back venting of a classic trucker hat and a performance bend structure front, these hats are 100 percent polyester for breathability and quick drying. New for spring 2019, they are available in seafoam and navy. Fish Hippie truckers sport a classic look and an even better fit with snapback closure, a semi-flat bill, and designs and colors for everyone.

fishhippie.com GILLZ CoolCore Shirts GILLZ shirts are mechanically engineered with CoolCore patented fabric, offering chemical-free cooling technology that never washes out. They are lightweight, soft, durable and cool—30 percent cooler than the competition. CoolCore has changed cooling fabric technology by redesigning the actual fabric, so unlike shirts with applied chemicals that wear off with use and repeated washings, GILLZ gear stays cool and protects for the long haul. Get out on the water with GILLZ and have all of the fun and none of the sun!

gillz-gear.com Hook & Tackle Wicked Dry & Cool Hi-Performance Fishing Shirt Hook & Tackle’s new collection of Wicked Dry & Cool Hi-Performance Fishing Shirts are made of a superior soft breakthrough Micro-Poly that wicks moisture while keeping you cool. It also features quick dry, radial sleeves for expansive arm movement, odor resistance and UPF 50+ for maximum sun protection. Available in many styles from sizes XS-3XL.

hookandtackle.com Hooked Soul Performance Apparel Hooked Soul 100 percent microfiber performance apparel features SPF 50 sun protection, Pure-Tech moisture wicking technology, vibrant colors and vivid graphics. When you wear Hooked Soul, you will look cool and be cool, too. Hooked Soul produces many designs of performance wear for men and women and also T-shirts, hats and accessories like neck gaiters and gloves. To check out the full line of Hooked Soul apparel and accessories, go to www. hookedsoul.com. Hooked Soul, do you have it!

hookedsoul.com King Kracken Outdoor Clothing King Kracken Outdoor Clothing Co. offers a one-of-a-kind fishing shirt featuring hand-drawn designs and bold graphics in a breathable polyester blend that dries quickly and boasts 50+ SPF protection. King Kracken shirts are hand-stitched and come with a 100 percent guarantee and free size exchanges. From $45, they are available in men’s sizes S to 4XL and Women’s S, M and L.

KingKracken.com Kluch Geo Marlin Collection Check out the latest collection from Kluch Apparel. Introducing the Geo Marlin collection represented by animals escaping out of their geometric forms. This series encourages us to “unleash the beast” within ourselves, to be risk takers, wild, free and adventurous.

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APPAREL Product Reviews Bimini Bay BloodGuard Shirt Fishing involves a lot of dirt, bait, blood, scales and guts. Realizing the inherent messy nature of the sport, Bimini Bay has introduced new BloodGuard technology that will keep your favorite fishing apparel looking sharp no matter how good—and gory—it gets on the water. Developed with Nanotex, a provider of textile solutions for military and medical applications, BloodGuard repels all types of stains, especially blood and guts. Bimini Bay is so confident in its BloodGuard technology that it has offered a one-year limited warranty against stains on a wide range of performance fishing clothing equipped with BloodGuard.

biminibayclothing.com Old Guys Rule Old Guys Rule introduces their five design offerings for the angler. Their 100 percent cotton tees in short or long sleeve make the perfect statement for the over-40 crowd. Once considered to be primarily related to the surfing industry, Old Guys Rule now covers a complete gamut of recreational pursuits. Be the first angler on the dock making the iconic statement, “Old Guys Rule.” For more information, visit http://oldguysrule.fishing or call 866-465-9640.

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Poncho: “The World’s Best Fishing Shirt.” Poncho is a new company that makes just one thing: a fishing shirt. We like that focus. Poncho calls their shirt “The World’s Best Fishing Shirt.” We’re impressed with the fast-drying fabric and innovative magnetic pocket flaps, which you can easily open with one hand. Smart details like a built-in eyeglass cleaner, slot to hang your sunglasses, roll-up sleeve tabs, and hidden zipper pocket will make anglers happy. They even go the extra mile by offering both relaxed and slim sizes. Poncho founder Clay Spencer grew up fishing the humid Texas coast. He’s also a former Alaskan fly fishing guide, so he knows a thing or two about extreme conditions. Clay said, “I made the Poncho shirt for guys who are serious about being comfortable on the water and don’t want a bunch of gimmicks. I cut the velcro, loops and baggy pockets. This shirt is made to have everything you need—and nothing you don’t.” Get a free hat with purchase of a shirt with code COASTALMAG. For more information, visit www. ponchooutdoors.com or contact Clay at clay@ponchooutdoors.com.

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Realtree Fishing Men’s 1/4 Zip Wind Shirt The Realtree Fishing Men’s 1/4 Zip Wind Shirt provides anglers with unique colors suited for a variety of freshwater and saltwater adventures. Making use of the the new Realtree Fishing Pattern, all styles come equipped with sun protection SPF30 and moisture-wicking dry-weave ventilated fabric for increased breathability to make sure you’re cool, comfortable and protected throughout your time on the water. You can find these shirts in a variety of fishing and outdoor retailers as well as on the Realtree e-comm store.

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Salt Life Fusion Performance Pocket Fishing Tee The Salt Life CAMO Fusion SLX UVapor performance long sleeve pocket tee features a sublimation printed all over graphic. This shirt features three all purpose pockets on the back with elastic openings to secure small items like fishing gloves and leaders within easy reach. The left chest pocket features an elastic loop to secure your sunglasses. This tee is made from 88 percent polyester, 12 percent spandex and treated for UV30 sun protection. Anti-microbial, mega soft, ultra light quick reaction fabric provides a built-in cooling and ventilation system. Machine washable for easy care!

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illz was started by a passionate angler, an angler driven by the need for one thing—performance. It’s evident in the style and quality of the Gillz brand. Started back in 2009, the idea was to design the perfect fishing shirt that would be lightweight, soft, comfortable and protective. This led to the first innovation – Cross Breeze Ventilation, which consisted of mesh panels under the arms and down the sides of the body. This allowed airflow through and under the shirt, making it even cooler and more comfortable. Other innovations followed, like a vented mask with “gills” for ventilation. This radical mask design offered unparalleled cooling and comfort. The technological innovations kept coming, and Gillz introduced CoolCore technology. CoolCore is a redesign of the actual structure of the fabric to make it cooler. Unlike most companies that simply apply a chemical to their fabric, which can wear off after repeated use and washings, CoolCore is a natural, chemical-free way to cool—up to 30 percent cooler than competitors. In addition, Gillz shirts are non-clinging and non-saturating. They wick sweat away from the body and offer UPF+50 sun protection. Gillz is designed for the passionate angler, the recreational fisherman, or anyone who lives an active outdoor lifestyle. The brand has grown from one innovative fishing shirt to a full apparel line. From tees, to high-performance shirts, to hats, to masks, sunglasses and hoodies, Gillz makes gear for every condition. Designs and patterns are constantly being updated, but the focus on performance is always a constant. Gillz considers making the most comfortable fishing shirt in the world an ongoing process, so innovation will always be of paramount importance. Gillz has come a long way from just making a simple fishing shirt. For more information, visit gillz-gear.com.

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ld Guys Rule was created to embrace a new breed of guys who have incredible energy, passion for life, wisdom gained from years of experience and the time to spend doing the activities they enjoy. Old Guys Rule gear should be worn as a badge of honor for a life well-spent, but not nearly over. Let’s face it, in today’s society if you’re over 40, you’re considered old. Old Guys Rule makes the statement: “So what?” We’re still having fun, still doing what we enjoy and, oh by the way, we’re in control. Don’t let the rest of the world try to tell you anything different. Old guys rule! Founder Don Craig brought the Old Guys Rule concept to the California surfing community in 2003. Its popularity quickly spread to include numerous genres and recreational pursuits. Now anglers can make their statement as well through a series of nine angler-themed shirts including bass, mahi, tuna and marlin. No matter where or how you fish, let the world know “You Rule.” For more information on Old Guys Rule offerings, visit http://oldguysrule.fishing or call 866-465-9640.

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Crossing For A Cure Organizer Travis Suit, with his daughter Piper, who was diagnosed with cystic fibrosis at age 4. Photo by Lori Griffith, Chasin a Dream photography.

Piper’s Angels assemble in a paddle out to honor cystic fibrosis families before the Crossing For A Cure. Photo by Talia Schizzano, Tallymark Productions.

Paddlers gather at midnight in Bimini as they prepare to set out for Florida at the start of the 2018 Crossing For A Cure. Photo by Lori Griffith, Chasin a Dream photography.

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f all the animals a diver might encounter, the octopus most easily qualifies as a creature from outer space. But, despite their eight arms, three hearts, nine brains and blue blood, octopuses really do have an earthly lineage. They are a mollusk (think oysters and conchs), but gave up their shells around 400 million years ago. In that time, nature has figured out some strange but effective ways for this animal to eat without being eaten. Dispensing with its shell gave the octopus flexibility and mobility. To take advantage of their mobility, the octopus features eight flexible, sucker-equipped arms. With these arms octopuses can pull themselves in any direction over the ocean bottom or swim through open water. For real emergencies, they can squirt a blast of water from their siphon for a jet-propelled take-off. Just about every part of an octopus except its beak and eyes can flow like Silly Putty. Consequently, an octopus can work its way through just about any opening it can get its beak through. That means an octopus has lots of places to hide.

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e're starting off strong this year forest fishers. I honestly cannot remember the fishing ever being this good. If it's been a while since you've wet a line, then now's the time to re-spool, get out there, and test the limits of your gear. For crappie anglers, this is usually the last month to search for schools of these gems. Just think of all the minnows they've been gorging themselves on during the winter. There hasn't been this much bait here in decades. So you know the specs are fatter than ever. Tip: Use bright colored jigs in stained water, and realistic looking patterns or live bait in clear water. The boom in minnow populations will benefit a lot more than just specs. Everything eats minnows! Another tasty treat forest fish love is frogs, and with all this shallow water continuing to rise; there are plenty to go around. The croaking sound from my neighborhood pond is deafening at sunset. We have swarms of baby frogs, literally everywhere now. With all this food, and room to spread out, you'd think every bass out here would be super chunky, right? Well, I gave each area a fair shot with trickworms and craws. It didn't take long before I realized that these bass actually ARE thicker and stronger than ever before. Plus, you can spot bedding areas from far away, because of the shallow/ clear areas they've chosen to use this year. If you spot beds with no bass on them, you should still make a few casts around that area. Usually they're very close by, hiding inside the shallow grassy sections;

waiting to attack every intruder they see. Any soft-plastic lure, worked properly, will draw strikes. Just make sure it's rigged weedless and weightless, so you can twitch it through all types of cover. You know you're about to get slammed when you see the grass start shaking, and a head wake races toward your lure. If it stops right before striking, drop your rod tip and give a couple twitches. The Bassmaster Elite Series came back to the St. John's River/Lake George this year. Tournament days were Feb.7th10th, and the weather was perfect. Loads of huge bass came from all over the map, but the footage of pros sight fishing endless bed fields, in crystal clear water, was amazing. After watching Day 1 LIVE on the Bassmaster website, I had to hook up my boat and check it out in person. I was super stoked, and proud, to see our area in prime form. Everyone watching, around the world, got to see the magic that this place holds. Congradulations to Rick Clunn(age 72), for taking home the first place trophy... again! In 2016, he became the oldest person to win a Pro Tournament. So, he just broke his own record by 3 years, and is once again the reigning "King of the St. John's", as well as an absolute legend. All that's left to say is, "get out here ASAP". Every trip I've led this year had people in shock of how great their fishing day was, how beautiful the natural scenery and wildlife was, and how sore their cheeks are from smiling. So when you're ready for an adventure, ready to feel connected, and letting your worries drift away ...when all of a sudden the water explodes in front of you... your rod bends over and you feel that strength. Instinct takes over and you're reacting out of pure joy, excitement, and determination. You're in the moment.

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ne of the most common sights on our Florida waterways is the turtle. Inland waterways like rivers and lakes have many varieties that boaters and fishermen can see on a regular basis, whether on the river’s bank or on a log lying in the By Kevin McCarthy water. I’ve seen far more turtles on such waterways than in the Gulf of Mexico or Atlantic Ocean, although those latter bodies of water have many more species. We have several kinds of turtles in this state, for example the soft shell, the Green Turtle, the Loggerhead, the Leatherback, and the Suwannee Cooter, plus many more. A lot of Floridians have pet turtles, but releasing non-native species into the wild is against the law. Also disturbing the nests of sea turtles along our beaches is against the law. Letting the turtles lay their eggs, which will later hatch into many little ones that make a mad dash for the safety of the sea, has resulted in record numbers of new turtles last year, despite the red tide onslaught. Such reptiles face many threats from larger animals and human pollution. For example, a recent finding of herpetologists and other scientists who study turtles, found that almost all sea turtles studied in all parts of the world, have microplastics in their guts. If only we could stop using plastic water bottles and containers that will be around for hundreds of years. The one kind of turtle that is found all over the state, and in every kind of waterway, is the Florida softshell turtle, although it does not often like brackish water or rivers with strong currents, instead preferring still water or slowly-moving rivers. That means, we can find them in lakes, marshes, swamps, sinkholes, and even manmade ditches. The softshell turtle has a flat body, a long neck, a snorkel-like nose, and webbed feet,

each foot with three claws. Its leathery skin makes it different from the turtle that many people know with a hard shell. The reptile’s color, usually a dark brown or olive green, is darker than that of most other turtles, and its underside has a whitish or cream color. softshell turtle A lithograph of a Adult females can be three to five times larger than males. The softshell turtle spends most of its time in the water, and comes out only to bask or lay eggs. It eats fish, insects, frogs, and even mollusks. What surprises people is how fast that particular A softshell turtle in a Flo rida park species can move. Finally, the T-shirt illustrated here, entitled “Advice from a Turtle,” offers these pieces of wisdom: “Come out of your shell. Be wellrounded. Slow down. Know when to stick your head out. Log time with friends. Home is where your heart is. Snap out of it.” A softshell turtle swimming along

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pring flats fishing is a time that many anglers look forward to, with the best part of spring fishing being the incredible variety of species available this time of year. As the waters begin to warm up, our local species (trout, redfish, and snook) will begin to move out of the local rivers and creeks to the open flats and outer islands. At the same time, many of the nearshore migratory species will begin to make their way into our area and these species include Spanish mackerel, bluefish, tripletail, kingfish and of course cobia. The speckled trout will be found on the grass flats with the Gomez Rocks area, one of the best places to start your hunt for trout. Using

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ey everybody, who's ready for spring fishing? I know I am! Water temperature is already on the rise and the fish are noticing it for sure. Spring fishing brings so much fun. In early spring, we get a great sheepshead run. Look for them around structure. The trout will start flooding the grass flats, and the reds will start moving from the creeks to the flats around sand bars and oyster beds. One of my favorite things about spring is the variety we will get. Warmer water opens the door for so

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many more fish to visit the Big Bend area. Here's a small list of what you can expect to catch during springtime: tripletail, cobia, pompano, black drum, redfish, trout and so much more. So gear up, knock the dust off your boat, and I'll see you on the water! Capt. Jason Clark In The Slot Fishing www.intheslotfishing.com Capt.jasonclark@gmail.com 352-639-3209

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STEINHATCHEE The Sheep Come Marching In

The lion and lamb analogy, in terms of March weather, is so true here in the Big Bend. If the little voice in your head hints, “Better try it another day with better weather.”, listen and heed. We've all ignored it in times past, and can share horror stories about who was the dumbest amongst us. If there are many voices in your head, can the fishing trip, and go see a shrink. Nobody should be on a boat with you :) By the time you're reading this, the sheepshead should be in full spawn. In the past decade, the sheepshead huddle-up to make more sheepshead in mid to late February. The Steinhatchee Reef and the Shrimp Boat are popular spots to fish for sheepshead, and meet lots of people on the weekends. Should you be planning to go, go early. There are many techniques to catch sheepshead. I like to keep things simple. Here are some of my thoughts. Use rod/reel combinations you'd typically catch trout and redfish. Those lighter weight combos improve your sensitivity. Sensitivity is of utmost importance to catch, not feed sheepshead. Braided line further increases sensitivity, and furthermore, doesn't catch the current and billow, due to the thinner diameter. I use twelve pound test mono, or twenty braid. A short section of heavier leader material is recommended. Use the

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lightest weight or jig-head necessary to hold the bottom. Heavy sinkers reduce sensitivity. Long shank hooks are preferred, because of the difficulty of hook removal. The vise-like jaws of sheepshead are dicey to deal with, especially considering the hardware in the mouth. The long shank is helpful. You don't want your digits around the mouth. I use a knocker rig where the egg sinker rides on the leader next to the hook. This rig is easier to dislodge if hung on the bottom. Bait... Some folks only go with live shrimp, which is great. I'll also use fresh frozen shrimp or fiddler crabs. Use a thinner wire hook for fiddler crabs, so that it won't bust the crab apart. Some folks bait with fresh shucked oysters. I can't do that, because there is a bottle of hot sauce on my boat. The limit for sheepshead is wisely set at eight per angler. It is also wise to release the egg-laden females for the children. After fishing for sheepshead, bounce around hard bottom nearby, to pickup sea bass with a couple surprise flounder. Brian Smith | BIG BEND CHARTERS www.BigBendCharters.com CaptBrian@bellsouth.net 877.852.3474 | 352.210.3050

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ey There Folks, I hope y'all survived the tuff Florida winter, because March starts my favorite time of year. This is when the turkeys start gobbling, fish start bedding, flowers bloom, grass starts growing and boats come out of hiding! To start with, I would like to go over a few things to check on your boat and trailer. If you will do a few simple checks before you strike out on your fishing trip, it just might save you some time and money. After your boat sits for a month or two, you need to check your cranking battery for juice. What I do the day before I head fishing is, turn my key and make sure the motors fires off. This checks your battery and also lets you know if it will crank. Another really important thing to check is your steering. If you have cable steering, turn your steering wheel back and forth to make sure it's not seized up. The cable will sometimes freeze after it sits for a month or so. If you have hydraulic steering, you won't have this problem, but you will still want to check it to make sure yours has fluid. On your trailer, check

your wheel bearings for grease, this might save your fishing trip and an expensive tow bill. Now, we are on to the fun stuff. The inshore bite is going off! Trout are just about everywhere from 1 to 4 feet of water. We are catching the majority of ours on the B52 Super Sounder with a Saltwater Assassin Sea Shad jig beneath it. Redfish are starting to gather at the creek mouths and points along the shoreline both north and east of Cedar Key. These fish are a little easier to target with artificial lures like top-water lures or spoons. You can also fish for them with shrimp, but you must rig it shallow, under a cork, to keep from getting hung on the rocks and oysters. The sheepshead are also moving to the offshore reefs and shallow rocks to spawn, and should be pretty easy to catch on shrimp and fiddlers. Well folks, I hope this will help you out on your next adventure. Like always get outside and enjoy what God has made for us. Saltwater Assassin Fishing Charters www.FishCedarkey.com 352-535-5083 | Capt.Jimbo Keith

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ey everybody! Last month we were still dealing with billions of gallons of water pouring out of the Waccassasa and Suwannee rivers, and it made fishing here in Cedar Key very tough, BUT, as I write this after the first week of February, the water is starting to clear, and we have started catching some really nice slot reds, along with too many to count, 14 to 17 inch rats. Plus, some really nice keeper trout. The water is still in the mid 50s, so hopefully, it will warm on up and we can all get back to business as usual. We have been catching the reds with just a Jim's jig and a live minnow, or shrimp on the bottom. Look for sunny spots where the water is calm, by out white, old crushed up oyster shells. If you do not get a bite within 15 to 20 minutes, move on the next spot. The trout have been biting the same old set-up, Cajun thunder egg shaped popper, fluorocarbon leader length 2 1/2 foot with again a Jim's jig. They love live shrimp, but if you

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like to cast a lot, then go ahead and use some plastics. Nuclear Chicken and white/ chartreuse are two great colors to play with. I am headed out for another afternoon of chasing tails. I hope this helps and I hope to see you at the shop. Take a kid fishing! Capt. Daniel Cedar Key Paddling 352-665-1276 Dan_Gator@yahoo.com

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ello Citrus County anglers, March is here, and it’s trout time. This month is one of the most productive times of year to tackle that “Gator” trout you’ve been after. Trout are typically not on the grass flats, but on hard bottom such as rocky points, rock and oyster bars, creek mouths and also “yellow” limestone bottom. Slow suspending baits shine this time of year and soft plastic jerk baits and hard baits such as the MirrO’dine and Unfair Lures Rip-N-Slash are some of the favorites. Usually, the incoming tide is best and when the gulf hits the 64 to 68 degree mark, it’s time to go trout fishing. Sheepshead are still on the scene, if one wants to venture a bit offshore. High profile structures are where you want to concentrate your efforts. A live shrimp or piece of fresh shrimp is all that’s needed for success. Be ready for some Spanish mackerel too. If you get cut off a time or two sending down a shrimp, put on a long shank hook and chum a bit. Very few fish burn a drag like a mackerel, and they are great fresh table faire as well. Our resident snook population will be on the feed and after a winter of seeking comfort around the springs, they are ready to eat. Begin your trips in the middle part of the river, and target points with good current flow. A steady erratic twitch-twitch-pause retrieve,

with just about any bait fish imitation plug, will work beautifully. Don’t forget to up your leader to at least 30 lb. fluorocarbon. There is a real possibility of encountering a snook in the 40 inch range, and you don’t want to be saying, “Good- bye”, before you get that catchand-release photo. With the warming temperatures and spring tides coming, the red fish will be more accessible. You can always have success with live shrimp, but now is the time to use an artificial. The ever reliable gold spoon is a spring time favorite for red fish. Put down the trolling motor, or push pole your boat, and ease along a rocky shore line. This is saltwater bass fishing as its finest. By doing so, it allows you to cover a lot of water, find new productive shore lines and hopefully, find an area that holds fish time and time again. Good Fishing! Capt. Dan Clymer 352.418.2160 www.crystalriver-fishing.com

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TALES FROM THE TUPPERWARE NAVY

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A champion snook fisherman, who when the tides were right, would wake me with a, “Lets go!”, at 3am, and I was always ready. I hope this story makes you take a minute to remember that person, who shared their love of fishing with you, Johnny Jackson of Opp, Alabama with a fine Speckled trout and remember to be that person for f current weather trends hold, we ago. MirrOdines, Catch 2000’s, and Paul someone else!! should be wide open with trout and Browns, were the deal the last of January Feel free to share your stories with reds when this issue comes out. and the first few days in February, me on face book Choose your baits accordingly, and Our fishing at Keaton has gone From Till next month Great to Nothing and back to Great, as if you are on a warming trend with fast as the fronts could go through. Yet, temps in the hi 60’s, toss lipped baits. Bruce Butler | "Stumbling Gypsy" the best has been spectacular, albeit brief Otherwise, take it down to them with (352) 428-5347 feed periods, usually lasting an hour, gravity, and use your suspending lures. Bruce@IndianBayOutfitters.com maybe two, for the entire day, on days Reds have eaten Intruder Gold Web: www.IndianBayOutfitters.com with high tides late in the afternoon! spoons, suspending baits, and soft March will see a few more fronts plastics, and I would guess that will pass, but the water temps should have continue in March. Reds should be come up into the high 60’s or low 70’s by out of the creeks and roaming the flats FLORIDA SUWANNEE RIVER then, and that should stabilize the trout, looking for food by mid-March. once we can hold 70 degrees overnight. WATERFRONT Trout have been happy to hit lipped Meanwhile, Let's Go Fishing! jerkbaits like Bite-A-Bait fighters Pat McGriff dba One More Cast Bombers, and Cordell Redfins, once guide service for 28 years! the water temps hit 65 plus degrees in www.onemorecast.net the afternoons. Suspending baits were onemorecast@gtcom.net 43 acres (+or-) 1100 the rule, until we got there a week or so 850.838.7541 feet (+or-) on Suwannee River in Lafayette County at US 27, across river from Branford. Heavily wooded, perfect for residence, camp ground or hunting lodge. Elec. and well.

elcome back Yak fans. This month, I'd like to share something that I believe sums up who we are. In place of father, yours might may say, brother. uncle, neighbor, or even your Mom. In my case, it was my grandfather. I hope this touches you as it did me! Dale Butler, my grandfather, was a man who had worn many hats. He was a lineman, who first brought phone service to rural Indiana in the 20’s, a barber, a salesman, and on December 7th 1941, a John Deere dealer. But I remember him most as the guy, who in the late 50's and 60’s, on the East coast of Florida, would take a kid fishing, and that kid was me.

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BAKED TRIGGER FISH AND SHRIMP WITH WILD/WHITE RICE PILAF (SERVES TWO)

Thank you to The Crab Plant for the trigger fish and shrimp. Visit their Fresh Seafood Market or enjoy Cooked Seafood to go. You are welcome to sit at their table and view beautiful Kings Bay while you enjoy your delicious, freshly prepared meal, watching manatees, dolphins, pelicans and boats. Or, you can carry it home; your choice. Open Tues-Thurs 10:00-5:30, FriSat 10:00-8:00. 201 NW 5th St. Crystal River 352-795-4700.

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Cook wild and white rice separately, and • ¼ cup uncooked wild rice set aside. In small pan, melt 1/2 the butter. • ¼ cup uncooked white rice Add the celery, yellow onion, carrot, and • 4 ounces butter (divided) mushrooms. Sauté until tender. (I did all • 1 small yellow onion, finely this chopping in my mini processor.) If chopped pan is dry, add more butter. Add most of • 2 celery stalks, finely the parsley, and cook until parsley is wilted, chopped about one minute. Mix the wild and white • 6 small mushrooms, roughly rice, and fold in the veggie mixture and chopped almonds. Add salt to taste. Keep warm. • 1 handful parsley, finely Heat oven to 425 degrees. Salt and chopped pepper the fillets and shrimp and place in • 1 medium carrot, finely flat oven-safe dish. Melt remaining butter chopped and pour over seafood. Sprinkle seafood • ¼ cup toasted sliced with green onion. Place lemon slices on almonds fillets. Bake 10 to 15 minutes, until fish • 2 4 ounce trigger fish fillets flakes. (or fish of your choice) On your microwave safe dinner plate, • 8 jumbo shrimp place a handful of spinach and a serving • 2 lg. handfuls fresh spinach of rice pilaf over the spinach. Heat in • 1 lemon, thinly sliced microwave about one minute, until rice is • 4 green onions, thinly sliced hot. (If the rice is HOT, spinach is cooked.) • Salt and Pepper Add the fish and shrimp to your dinner plate and sprinkle with remaining parsley. Serve and enjoy! Note: For the pilaf, you can add any finely chopped vegetable. It is a good (sneaky) way to get a bit of vegetables into your vegetable non-lovers. Think French cut green beans, chopped broccoli or cauliflower.

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Destination Fishing! By Tom Schlichter

St. Augustine’s Shallow Water Reds And Trout

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ith a claim of being the oldest city in the United States, St. Augustine, Fla. is certainly rich in history. Stroll the streets and you’ll see Spanish colonial architecture, beautiful stretches of sandy beach and ample parklands awaiting exploration. Head out on the water, though, and you’ll also discover tremendous inshore fishing. “Redfish and trout action is really good in our inshore waters during the spring season,” said charter skipper Tommy Derringer of Inshore Adventures (www.Inshoreadventures.net; 904-377-3734). “There’s only a couple of months here when it’s clear enough to sight

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he action in northwest Costa Rica is outstanding. All five boats of our boats were on the water in January, with 83 trips logged for the month. Yellowfin tuna and dorado are a constant this time of year, but the team also fought a bunch of massive marlin. We released nine blue marlin, 11 striped marlin, three black marlin and 78 sailfish. We also melted a lot of ice with 256 dorado and 158 yellowfin tuna. The 32-foot Harvester was deep in the battle on Jan. 14, as client Kevin Poindexter battled a sweet blue marlin. The marlin was the headliner, but it was supported by an excellent sailfish release. They rounded out the day with a dorado and a yellowfin. Good thing, because it’s easy to work up a big appetite when catching all day long! The Adventurer is a 23-foot panga with the fishing tool of a boat twice her size and a bad attitude to match. This year we have added a Photo by Andy Blackledge bottom machine, tuna tube and outriggers.

Jeff Capen made history on Jan. 15 with the second-ever marlin release on the panga. A blue marlin release is a magnificent achievement on any boat, let alone the sneaky 23-foot switchblade. It’s proof you don’t need a big boat to catch big fish in Costa Rica! FishingNosara hall-of-famer and northeast FishingNosara representative Mark Cooney pulled off an amazing fishing feat with Capt. David on Jan. 18. What, you’ve never released a sailfish on a 23-foot panga with a tiller-steered motor? Legendary Texas angler Jerome McKown added to his record on Jan. 27 with a gaggle of sailfish releases with Capt. Carlos of the 32-foot Discoverer. Great work by Mate Kevin to safely wrangle and release these monsters. Of course these boys weren’t going hungry, thanks to a half-dozen excellent dorado scores. The flagship Wanderer is celebrating her 10th year of fishing in these waters, and one must marvel at the man who has commanded her from Day 1. It is no exaggeration that Capt. William and the Wanderer ran more trips last year than any boat in all of Central America. FishingNosara hall-of-famers Catherine Chase and Ron LaGro added to their legend on Jan. 19 with Capt. William. A striped marlin led off a great day of action. After Catherine’s release, Ron added a sailfish release. They rounded out the morning with a nice stack of dorado filets. This report barely scratches the surface of the blistering-hot action in Nosara. Remember, you can always check the FishingNosara Blog for daily catch updates. If you have been reading this report for a while and waiting for the right time to visit, stop wishing and come fishing! Call FishingNosara at 904-591-2161 or email craig@ fishingnosara.com.

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ere are some of my favorite fish to eat in the lagoon along with some tips on how to catch them. It’s ok to eat fish from the lagoon, but do it in moderation. 1) Pompano: This silver-blue slab has some of the best white meat. It’s a cold-water fish and is usually caught between December and April on a variety of lures and live bait. Fish small jigs and pompano jigs around shallow drop-offs in 3 to 5 feet of water. Also look for them around bridges and deeper cuts. For live bait, use shrimp or sand fleas. 2) Snook: You can only keep one snook between 28 and 32 inches and only in certain months of the year. Closed season for snook is Dec. 15-Jan. 31 and June 1-Aug. 31. Snook have excellent flaky white meat. Snook can be caught on a variety of lures including topwaters, jigs and live bait. They prefer structure (piers, bridges, mangroves) and feed more actively at night. 3) Flounder: Often overlooked or targeted as table-fare, this species of fish has two eyes on one side of its heads and lies on the bottom waiting for bait to come by. I’ve caught flounder in the lagoon up to 5 pounds and sometimes three or four on an outing. Flounder love jigs and live bait, especially shrimp (live or dead). Fish for them on flats around bridges and on shallow flats in 3 to 4 feet of water. 4) Black drum and red drum (redfish): Black drum love any sort of crustacean, from shrimp to blue crabs and can also be caught on cut bait (ladyfish). Fish for them with bait around bridge pilings or under piers. Redfish will eat bait, and they’ll also take lures. Try a 4-inch jig with a paddle tail or a jig tipped with shrimp. 5) Snapper: I’ve fished for mangrove snapper (10” min) and lane snapper (8” min), and they can be caught easily on small jigs, jigs tipped with shrimp and shrimp. Fish around piers and structure and deeper areas on the flats. 6) Sheepshead and tripletail: Sheepshead are members of porgy family and eat crustaceans and barnacles. Shrimp, fiddler crabs and crabs are favorite baits. Fish for them on the bottom around piers and bridges. Tripletail will hit jigs, but fishing shrimp around buoys and floating markers is your best bet. 7) Mackerel and bluefish. Both species are fast and will hit any lure or live bait. I prefer mackerel to bluefish. They are cold-water fish and move into the lagoon during the winter months. They can be caught around structure, especially bridges with moving water. Richard Matteson is the staff writer for the Stuart Rod and Reel Club. Visit www.stuartrodandreel.com. Richard can be reached at 336-414-3440.

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ishing has long been a tradition passed down through generations. From great-grandparents who manufactured tools and tackle out of the most basic materials all the way down to my generation’s tech-savvy methods of fishing, we all share something in common. The tug on the end of the line, the organized chaos and landing the fish are all part of the thrill that fishing entails. As an angler growing up in this day 1:14 of age, to realize Airline_Ad_CoastalAngler_8-1-14_Layout 1 8/1/14 PM I’ve Pagecome 1

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f you’re an angler who enjoys following up a day on mountain trout streams with a refreshing craft beverage or two, cast your attention to the Blue Ridge mountain town of Hendersonville. This North Carolina town, about 22 miles south of Asheville, offers miles of stocked trout waters, as well as the popular Hendersonville Cheers! Trail. The two resources make it possible to spend the day catching three types of trout – rainbow, brown and brook – while spending an evening exploring three types of craft beverages – beer, wine and hard cider. First, the fishing part. North Mills River is the prime trout stream in the Hendersonville area. The river’s 4-mile section of delayed harvest waters receives an annual infusion of 11,000 trout from N.C. Wildlife, divvied between brook, rainbow and brown. Spring is a great time to fly fish the delayed harvest waters of North Mills River because no trout have been harvested since Sept. 30. Another hot spot for trout fishing is just across the Henderson County line toward Brevard. The Davidson River offers miles of public trout waters that receive annual stockings of 16,500 fish. Other lesser-known spots for fishing near Hendersonville include

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he 2019 Bassmaster Classic, scheduled for March 15-17 on the Tennessee River, will feature the usual mix of established pro fishing superstars and hungry young pros who are destined to be the stars of tomorrow. The 52 anglers converging on Knoxville will be gunning for the largest share of the $1 million prize fund, and they’ll be aiming to establish their angling legacy by winning the most important title in professional fishing. Among the field are eight former Classic winners, including four-time champion Kevin VanDam of Kalamazoo, Mich., and defending champion Jordan Lee of Grant, Ala., who last year became one of only three anglers to claim back-to-back wins in the event. Seven of the pros have hoisted the Toyota Bassmaster Angler of

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By Nick Carter Big cubera snapper are just one of the species waiting inshore on the East Cape. This one was caught by Jim Rodriguez, a cameraman with the TV show Livin’ The Dream. Photo by Jimmy Nelson.

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ust looking at a map will tell you the Sea of Cortez is a fish trap. Separated from the Pacific Ocean by Mexico’s nearly 800-mile long Baja California Peninsula, it’s a 62,000 square mile canyon that drops to depths approaching 10,000 feet. The sportfishing out of Cabo San Lucas, on the Peninsula’s southern tip is legendary. It is a bustling destination where marlin, sailfish and tuna abound. But Capt. Jimmy Nelson, host of the TV show Livin’ The Dream, pointed to a quieter destination and some awesome fishing up the Peninsula’s East Cape. Out of the Buena Vista Beach Resort about an hour’s drive north of Cabo, the Sea of Cortez drops to 1,000-foot depths just a few hundred yards off sand beaches. There’s a fleet of sportfishing boats waiting to take anglers offshore to chase all the big pelagics, and the inshore action borders on unbelievable. Even shorebased fishermen can catch some species typically associated with long runs offshore. At a place renowned for billfish, Nelson said the inshore action is as much of a reason to go as the marlin. “You never know what you’re going to get. There’s all kinds of things that will be right there on the edge,” Nelson said. “Roosterfish, African pompano, cubera snapper, Sierra mackerel, even dolphin, wahoo and yellowfin tuna will hit your popper right off the beach.” Never knowing what’s on the end of the line requires anglers to gear up. This is not the same as inshore fishing in the Gulf of Mexico or Atlantic. Nelson said casting 8-inch poppers or live lookdowns from shore is a ton of fun and requires 8000 size spinning reels. A big cubera snapper slamming your popper is a fight you’ll never forget. “It’s a rush,” he said. “You’re catching a bottomfish on top, so they go straight down to the bottom. You have to gear up with some pretty heavy tackle.” Trolling just off the beach is another tactic that puts anglers on a surprising array of the Pacific’s best sportfish. Big roosterfish might be primary target, but again, you never know what will eat when you’re pulling lookdowns and goggle eyes. Big yellowfin tuna have been known to surprise anglers just off the beaches, so 30 wide reels and heavy tackle are required. COASTALANGLERMAG.COM • THEANGLERMAG.COM

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