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TIPS TO DIAL IN RIVER-RUN BASS S

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triped bass don’t stay in the same place long. Huge spring runs up the Atlantic Coast and into freshwater rivers to spawn is natural behavior for stripers. Even fish trapped by dams in inland reservoir systems retain a strong urge to move. Across the east, wherever reservoir striped bass exist, the movement begins as a spring spawning run. Fish push out of the lakes and as far up creeks and rivers as they can go. This spring run is followed by a larger summer migration, when stripers pile into the rivers seeking more comfortable water conditions. Here are a few tips from the pros for dialing in river-run stripers. • Make Shots Count: “Fish good water, and fish it well,” said Bill Stranahan. Stranahan guides with Southeastern Anglers, and the striper run on Tennessee’s Hiwassee River is a summertime staple. Fishing the Hiwassee run is like deer hunting. You’re fishing hard for a few bites from monster fish that get up into the 40-pound range. “Look for good structure, whether its wood, shoals or rock faces,” Stranahan said. “When you’re on that good structure, don’t rush it. You can spook ’em with a bad throw, so take your time and make good shots.” Whether you’re throwing streamers with a fly rod or swimbaits with conventional gear, Stranahan warned against locking into the big bait, big fish theory. “We all know stripers will chase down big 6-, 7-, 8-, 9-inch skipjack and gizzard shad, but don’t forget your smaller baits,” he said. “A lot of their forage base is 4 inches or less. There’s a time and a place for fishing small stuff.” • Fish it All: Rob “Mustache” Smith, of The Fish Hawk in Atlanta, has guided the Chattahoochee River striper run for two decades or more. He knows all the hotspots where there are always fish. He also knows those spots

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get a ton of pressure. Smith said to slow down and fish all the likely structure instead of rushing to areas where you’ve caught fish before. “If you’re on the river, fish everything,” he said. “Those fish are constantly moving, and you’d be surprised at the fish you’re passing when you’re rushing to get to that one little area. Fish it all, and fish it like you expect a fish on every cast.” • Move Some Water: “When they’re in the river, those fish are laid up in ambush,” said Garner Reid, who made his name guiding fly fishers to big Georgia stripers on the Etowah River. “You’re drawing reaction strikes, and what triggers them is a fly that looks like it’s wounded or fleeing.” Reid said it’s easy to get sloppy with the retrieve when you’re blind casting all day. He reminds anglers that it takes an aggressive presentation to move some water, cause a little commotion and trigger a striped bass’s predatory instinct. “Use the current and the swing to enhance your strip,” he said. “Make that fly hunt for you.” Visit Southeastern Anglers at www.southeasternanglers.com. See The Fish Hawk website at thefishhawk.com. Call Garner Reid at (770) 866-0301.

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ahi fishing can be tricky in some places and times of year. They congregate under floating material adrift in the current, leaving them with no fixed address within an area of greatly variable depths. If you are fortunate enough to be able to target dolphinfish along the Gulf Stream this summer, you are in the right place at the right time. You shouldn’t have much trouble filling your cooler and even maxing out on the generous daily bag limit of this species. Head out to target mahi with a full tank of fuel. Assume you will have to run far and wide to find them, but hope to get lucky along the way. Recruit everyone on board to remain on the look out for the three telltale mahi hangouts: weeds, birds and floaters. Weeds can be productive whether they are formed tightly in a line, or even a tight patch. Birds can be a great sign of actively feeding fish at the surface, but they can also just be birds being birds. Learn to read them properly to avoid wasting time. A group of circling birds or diving birds is what you want to look for, and the more the better. Sometimes, a bird that’s on fish will flicker in the sun, reflecting the sunlight in a sporadic pattern as it moves its body to stay on top of something it has spotted under the surface. Circling frigate birds are always a good sign. If you see one even attempt a dive, start trolling immediately. Floaters can be anything floating in the water, from debris to sea turtles. When you find floaters in open water, it doesn’t take long to feel out if it is productive or not. If you happen to see all three of these goldmines come together, with birds diving around debris sucked to a weedline, troll the ever loving shi…mano out of it. When trolling for mahi, you won’t need to run more than four lines. Troll two small lures long, ideally on the outriggers, to draw in smaller dolphin. Troll one medium lure or ballyhoo at mid-length, and one large lure close. Dolphinfish have the mentality of a toddler. When you reel one to the boat, leave the fish in the water, put your rod in the rod holder, and cast out behind the hooked fish. The school should have followed your mahi to the boat, and with their mahi-see, mahi-do mentality, they’ll all want to partake in snack time. Continue hooking mahi and leave them in the water until you run out of available rods to cast. Start by putting one fish in the boat, but don’t take the second out of the water until the first rod has gone back out and hooked another fish. Try switching from live bait to chunk bait to keep them eating. If they don’t slam a bait as soon as it hits the water, try twitching the bait. Even a completely healthy and well-presented live bait sometimes isn’t as enticing as one that’s getting yanked away from them. Mahi will eat nearly anything, especially if you know how to taunt them properly. One of the biggest challenges in catching them is trolling through weeds. Weeds that cling to your lures is a pain to manage on the deck, while constantly clearing lines, and you also miss a lot of opportunities to catch fish. All lures catch weeds, the determining factor is whether they shed those weeds. Deep diving lures that never breach the surface are not your friend in this situation. Lightweight, squid-skirted lures do an excellent job of popping out of the water when bogged down with weeds. Most times, they clear themselves of weeds. Blue Magic Charters makes their own 3D-printed lures designed to troll in weeds. Visit them in Marathon, Fla., and ask us about their DR. BUBBLES lures. Capt. Quinlyn Haddon fishes with Blue Magic Charters in Marathon, Fla. Contact her at (504) 920-6342 and visit CaptainQuinlyn.com.

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here was a time—not too long ago— when only a select few would consistently come home with grouper, and not just “bottom fish.” There were several reasons for this. First and foremost, not everyone wanted to learn and spend the energy it took to learn to anchor. Anchoring accurately is an art form not mastered by all, but when mastered, it is the gateway to consistently catching grouper. Rhodan trolling motors, with their GPS Anchor systems, have made it so anyone can have a shot at catching grouper and not just all the other species down on the bottom. It’s one thing to have a trolling motor with “Spot Lock” that will hold position in a small bay boat, but Rhodan made the tool for serious offshore

boats to sit on the same place without using the anchor. Partner this Rhodan with a couple 36 volt lithium deep-cycle batteries, like Dakota, Ionic or Lithium Pros on a battery switch, and you have the tools it takes to score. Rhodan is just one aspect of what it takes to go grouper fishing, and not just “bottom fishing.” The way I set the dinner table for a grouper on every ledge is to have everyone on the boat sending down whole squid on the first five or six drops. I don’t care what they’re catching during this “chumming exercise,” because chumming is exactly what we’re doing. We’re getting one spot on the bottom chummed up with little pieces of squid swirling around. The smell and sound of an ongoing feeding

frenzy draws in the top of the food chain in no time at all. This is the point when we start to grouper fish. Yes, I’ve caught a lot of grouper on the whole squid, also, but this part of the routine is strictly to get the party started. Once it’s going, we drop live baits that none of the grunts, pinkies or sea bass can fit in their mouths. The smaller fish just hang out looking at these bigger baits and hoping for scraps. This is when grouper see four or five live baits on the bottom attached to Squid or Crab Decoy Jigs. To them, it’s a no-brainer. The sight of a grass grunt, pinfish or sailor’s choice struggling against the weight of the jig is more than a grouper can understand. They are hardwired to eat these fish that eat their eggs. The live bait and Decoy Jig combo gets the bite because a struggling bait is a “gimme.” Also, while you’ve got those grouper lines on the bottom, don’t forget to send a light out near the surface. Bait it with a live or frozen bait to catch pelagics like kingfish, dolphin, wahoo or tuna that happen to be swimming past. What does this all have to do with the Rhodan? Well, Rhodan’s powerful and precise GPS anchoring eliminates drift without all the aggravation and hard work of anchoring. Let Rhodan change your game by allowing you to concentrate on the fish while it keeps the boat in place! See more from Capt. Tim Barefoot, of Barefoot Cats and Tackle, at barefootcatsandtackle.com.

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efore I began writing today, I read what I wrote to you July 2020. Our world was so dark, and we were all so scared. One year later, thanks to our brilliant scientists, and the smart, brave citizens who are vaccinated, our world is so much brighter. Thank you, thank you, thank you! If you aren’t vaccinated, it isn’t too late to get it, but it might be too late if you don’t. New advertiser this month, English Metal Works, located in High Springs, builds custom aluminum towers for boats and also does aluminum welding. See page 4. Cary is very happy with a boat repair that Brad did for us. This month’s recipe, Crunchy Green Salad with Shrimp and Citrus Dressing, on page 2, is an encore presentation, first enjoyed Aug. 2018. It was soooo good, that I knew you would enjoy it again! If you have fishing questions, the greatest fishing experts in the world write for our magazine. Call or email them, and thank them for taking their time to write for us, and for sharing their knowledge and expertise. They will be more than happy to answer your questions. Don’t forget our advertisers. Their support pays the print bill. Please see page 16 for a photo of our 18-year-old grandson, Spencer, recent graduate of Wakulla County High School. He is the little 6-year-old on this page, on the rope swing in our front yard. Thank you John Freeze for the two beautiful nature photos on this page. Get outside and enjoy summer and our magnificent Florida waterways.

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1. Chop garlic, parsley and onions. Zest lemon and orange. Combine in medium bowl: garlic, parsley, onions, lemon zest, orange zest, 1 tablespoon oil, 2 tablespoons orange juice concentrate, 1 tablespoon lemon juice and a tablespoon of water. Add shrimp, set aside for about 30 minutes, mixing several times. 2. For dressing, mix 2 tablespoons olive oil, 2 tablespoons orange juice concentrate, 1 tablespoon lemon juice and 1 tablespoon red wine vinegar. Blend well. I put in a small bottle and gave it a good shake. 3. Preheat oven to 450 degrees. For ease of clean-up, line a flat, oven proof pan with foil. I use a broiler pan. Place shrimp on pan, including all the yummy marinate ingredients. Season with salt and pepper. Bake for 5 to 7 minutes. While shrimp are cooking, place salad greens on plates and drizzle dressing over greens. Sprinkle crushed croutons, crushed nuts and Parmesan over greens. Place cooked shrimp (5 to 6 per plate) over greens and garnish with orange segments.

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Petrozavodsk Bay of Lake Onega, Petrozavodsk in Russia, is symbolic of the joint cooperation between America and Russia. The two fishermen made of metal rods and holding a metal net, which some said looked like a The Fisherman’s Memorial in spy antenna, were Gloucester, Massa chusetts very unusual, but striking. Other statues to fishermen around the world are more conventional. For example, the one in Malta shows a weary man carrying two baskets of fish up from the sea. His right foot, in fact, is close to the water. The statue of another wise fisherman, decked out in appropriate slickers, represents all such workers in Spain. The statue of two fishermen throwing a net, is in Galicia in the northwestern part of Spain. Such statues are important symbols in fishing towns around the world, but also show the A statue in Malta dangers of such workers and the cool professionalism of men and women who have been going down to the sea for thousands of years.

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he month of July means scalloping along Florida's Nature Coast and is something that many look forward to every summer. Not to worry, there are plenty out there to go around and the "underwater Easter egg hunt" brings visitors to Citrus County from all over. Many families and friends spend a day or two snorkeling in crystal clear water while exploring the underwater world, and it is absolute fun for all ages. Scalloping is something that my family gets excited about! My children have even started practicing near the rock piles and along the grass flats so that they are able to master the hunt come opening day, July 1st. My six-year-old has been practicing the use of a mask while snorkeling in our bathtub. We decided to snorkel in the Gulf of Mexico over the weekend and we saw scallops in as shallow as three feet of water. Dates for scalloping season 2021

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ello from Crystal River. Hopefully, everybody’s out enjoying the nice summertime weather. I know we are here in Crystal River, and the fishing is great! The redfish bite has been great on the early morning incoming tides. Lately, I’ve been fishing, using a live pinfish, shrimp on a jig, or cut bait. Like always, I spend the first part of my trip looking for mullet. This time of year, with the heat, I try to fish early in the morning or later in the afternoon. Until dark, the bite is usually good when it’s cooler out. The snook has also been great. I’ve been using artificial bait such as DOA Jerk Baits and live pinfish. The key to snook fishing is to know where they sit and lay, and cast to them, without their seeing you. That usually gives you a better hook-up ratio The trout bite has been OK in the early morning on the shallow flats. You can usually find a few on good hard bottom, using your favorite selection of artificial baits. Also, the deeper flats in that 6 to 12-foot range hold trout. While targeting trout in deeper water, I use a 1/8-ounce jig head tipped with my favorite little Jon. Hopefully, everybody gets an opportunity to get out and catch some fish. Until next month Capt. James Kerr 352-362-6893 Citrusfishingchaters.com

lright Forest Anglers, it's been hot for a while now, and I know there are plenty of you who love the saying, "Ain't nothin' bitin' in this heat". Well, here's a little word of advice for ya'll. When your friends ask if you've been fishing lately, make sure you have a good excuse ready, because this year, Florida's summer has started off with a bang! Basically what's going on is this. Usually in July, blue-gill (sunfish) are either starting to spawn, or are in the middle of spawning, depending on where you are. This year however, everything's been way ahead of schedule. The bass spawn started so early, they were already making beds in November of last year! So of course, the bream spawn's been super early too. A couple months ago, schools of tiny baby sunfish started popping up all over the place. The bass (skinny) population, as always, took advantage, and have been feasting ever since. Now, here's the best part. Those baby sunfish have grown much bigger. So the bass feeding on them, plus anything else they could fit in their mouth, have gotten thicker and stronger ever since. What I'm getting at is, we are now in the middle of the best, most exciting time of year for bass fishing! Now is when you get to see a dozen or more quarter-sized bream (sunfish) darting and jumping out of the water, right before "BAM, BAM, BAM”, explosions from thick healthy bass chasing down their prey. These frenzies make it super easy to locate, and catch, aggressive bass. It's a visual game for the next couple months, and it's awesome! As far as lure selection goes, if it looks vaguely like a small baitfish, it'll get slammed. The secret is, each group of bass will all be the same size. So keep moving until you locate the big ones. Once you've found them, just sit and wait for the little bream to start jumping, then cast away. Accuracy is key.

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ey everybody, I can't figure out if this wind will ever end-maybe one day--hopefully. Wind aside, the bite has its ups and downs, but if you push through, you will have a great time, like majority of my groups. If you’re fishing for redfish, beating up banks and shell beds will be your best bet. With the murky water, I've had the best luck with spoons and bright colored c&m swim jigs. Now, tripletail and cobia have been around a lot of the markers, and they will get caught only by anglers who really want them! With the days of high winds, just plan to get your teeth knocked in if you choose to venture out. One last bit of info guys and gals, remember the water temperature is on the rise. So, some of your favorite flats fish are on the move to some of the nearby deeper reefs. Well y'all, until next month, stay safe out there!

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hen I looked back at last month’s article, I was reminded, how fast things can change! Last month we were talking about the cooler than normal temps, now we are talking about how hot it is! The month of July can be both a tough month to fish, as well as a great month. Mainly, you want to find ways to beat the heat! The first thing you can do is to fish early in the morning, as temps are the coolest of the day. It’s hard to beat a big topwater bite, as the sun is just starting to come up! I like to fish deep, low sounding topwater baits for redfish, like a Rapala Skitterwalk and or a MirroLure, Top Dog or Top Pup. I also like to throw buzz baits early in the morning, and if it’s very calm, a floating jerk bait, fished around or even over the top of an oyster bar; can get you some explosive strikes! If getting up before the sun is not what you like to do, then you can always fish the evening, as the day begins to cool. If you are a speckled trout angler, you will find the trout hanging out in locations that have deeper, cooler water, adjacent to shallower grass flats. The trout can move up onto the flats to feed, and then go hangout in the cooler, deeper water. Here again, the early morning bite can be thrilling, as trout really like to eat topwater baits. I use the same kind of baits, with only one change, and that is the pitch/sound, I like to use a higher pitched sounding topwater plug like a MirroLure, She Dog or Bomber BadonkA-Donk HP. Here around the Lower Suwannee Estuary, we do not get scallops in our area; you will need to go north to the Horseshoe Beach area, to start looking for them. Depending on the water conditions, you may have to continue further north towards Pepperfish Key and Rocky Creek to find the scallops. What we do get here in the Lower Suwannee, are sharks and some big ones!

Jason Thomas with a 26-inch, big ole momma trout, who was released to spawn on!

Raymond Thomas with a nice 22-inch redfish, who couldn't resist the Fishbites Fight Club Lure

For the inshore angler sharks are by far, the largest species you can hook! While sharks are plentiful up and down the coast, I believe the cooler water flowing out of the river attracts the bigger ones. In this next month you can go over to my FB page (Lower Suwannee River Fishing Adventures) and Instagram (captaintonyjohns) to see what we are catching this summer. Until next time be safe and Catchemup! Captain Tony Johns 352-221-2510 Lower Suwannee River Fishing Adventures www.lowersuwanneriverfishing.com

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elcome back Yak fans. This month’s story (as promised) is a continuation of last month's, finding the right kayak, and looks into the current evolution and kayak design. Pedal, Power or Paddle: what's right for you, and the type of fishing you do. By that, I mean the type of water you normally fish. As a disclaimer, my opinions are based on my personal prejudices, due to where I primarily fish, Florida’s pristine Nature Coast, which means lots of super skinny water fishing. So, onto Pedal Power. When it comes to pedal kayaks, of course the first name on the list is Hobie, though several manufacturers are producing them as well. What they offer; first is hands-free fishing, which is a huge benefit, but comes at a cost. The second is speed, and the ability to cover long distances. The third is the ability to stand up, which I have to admit, I'm jealous of, but with my equilibrium, I'm probably screwed anyway. Another plus is ample atorage, and rod and equipment racks.

Now, the downside! The first is price. You can sink several thousand dollars into one of these in a New York Minute! The second is weight. A loaded Hobie, as well as others, can weigh well in excess of a hundred plus pounds. Throwing them up on a roof rack isn't for the faint-hearted. I know; I wouldn't want to do it, and I got a load assist device from Malone racks. (I strongly suggest using a trailer or a pickup truck for the heavier kayaks, if nothing else but to save your back.). My biggest drawback is both the blessing, and the curse of the drive system; I fish ultra-skinny. Many times, I literally put my foot over the side to anchor, and the drive system won't easily go that shallow. Also, oyster bars ,which are everywhere on my coast, will take out a drive system in a heartbeat, and that gets expensive! I know the drive system lifts out, but then, most pedal drives, paddle like a log wagon. Having said that, on the other coast, I found them to be an excellent platform; deeper bays, rivers, and lakes are where this

type of boat really shine. POWERED KAYAKS These serve their purpose very well in the same applications as a pedal drive. With several hours of range, and good speeds, these kayaks can make cruising a pleasure. The drawback is that every time I fished with someone with a motor, they want to fish like a flats boat (always cruising) and in my way of thinking, that's not kayak fishing. It's not wrong; it's just different. The weight and price of these can vary widely, as to whether it's an integrated system (built-in) or an add-on. One thing to note once you put a motor on, you will be required to register it and put numbers on it. Just so you know! PADDLE KAYAKS This segment of kayaks brings many models and manufacturers to the table and has evolved rapidly over the last decade or so, to say the least! When I first started kayak fishing, around 1980, I basically

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had three choices: fiberglass, wood, or inflatable; true there was the original, but I didn't know any Eskimos. LOL The angler model kayaks are available to fit almost any budget and can be set up with all the usual equipment and mods. Again, there are models that you can stand up in, and with the new seating, that's now available, they are way more comfortable than in the past. Portability is excellent. As we've all seen some out on the road, we wonder how it stays up there. One important point-- be sure to match the yak with the task. In this case, size matters. I recommend a 12 to 14 foot, generally as a rule of thumb. Even a 14-foot yak is easy to throw in at your favorite spot along the road. That's it for this month. Happy Fourth of July y'all. Till next time, Bruce Bruce Butler | "Stumbling Gypsy" (352) 428-5347 Bruce@IndianBayOutfitters.com Web: www.IndianBayOutfitters.com

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ith the 2021 scallop season in full swing, it is family time, so grab your snorkeling gear and let’s hit the water. The vast array of grass flats from Crystal River to Homosassa is where you can count on gathering a bag full of these tasty bivalves. Good general starting locations are always the Gomez rocks area off Crystal River and the Bird Rack off Homosassa. If you’re new to the area, you can just look for the mass of boats and safely approach the crowd. Have your dive flag, carrying bags, masks, fins and know the regulations and you’ll be enjoying several days on and “in” the water. With the hot water, there’s hot red fishing. The large redfish schools are becoming more common, and around the major phases of the moon, many of us look forward to the much-anticipated redfish run. Use your push pole or trolling motor to locate the fish and keep in mind, these fish see a lot of pressure, so a stealthy approach is a must. For those who prefer to use bait, the old time Homosassa tradition, a fresh piece of cut mullet, will keep the rod bent. A cut piece of lizard fish is a killer too. The best grouper bite is going to be offshore a bit, with around the 40-foot mark, being a good starting point, and then go West from there. Live palm-sized pin fish are always a good choice. Spend the time catching quality baits; it can make a huge difference in a successful day. Also, this is the season we do have the occasional dolphin “mahi” school cruise by the boat while offshore. Keep a jig, plug or free line bait rod on standby for when the situation arises, and you’ll be the “talk” back at the dock.

The trout action has slowed quite a bit inshore but jigged in the 10 to 12-foot range, can produce some keepers as well as a mixed bag on the near shore rock piles. Drifting and casting MirrOlure Lil’ Johns on the spotty bottom grass patches will produce some fish. If a couple trout are located, repeat the same drift, as there likely are more on that zone. As always, if you have any other questions about the area, feel free to contact me anytime… Good Fishing. Capt. Dan Clymer 352.418.2160 www.crystalriver-fishing.com

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t’s summertime, so-- it’s time to get to the beach! On most days this time of year along our beaches just outside the surf, there are big pods of pogys (menhaden) getting chased, thrashed, and eaten by one of many predatory fish that roam our waters. Tarpon, kingfish, huge jacks and sharks are just some of the monster sea creatures, waiting for you to hook into for the fight of your life! A great all-around rig to catch just about all the aforementioned fish is to peg a live pogy on a medium to large circle hook, and cast just around the edges of the pods. Getting an early start is a great idea, as the bite tends to taper off as the sun gets higher in the sky. By now tarpon should be thick along the beach gorging themselves on the pogys, but another fun way to catch the silver king in our region is to hunt them behind the shrimp boats. Late summer brings the shrimp boats within a mile or so of the beach. Look for the boats that have birds hanging around, as those are the ones getting ready to or just recently dumped their by-catch overboard. Approach the shrimp boats from behind, and be very aware of any rigging they may have in the water. It’s as simple as going slow and taking a look at what’s feeding on the by-catch. Net a few of the floating fish and use them for bait. When you see a tarpon gulping down by-catch, just toss your bait in the chum line and hold on. If you don’t see any tarpon, you’re sure to see a ton of big sharks and they will definitely put a bend in the rod. Inshore, the best bite will be early

as things tend to get a little too hot during the day and the fish will sit lower in the water column. At first light, a top-water really can’t be beat this time of year, as redfish and trout will be willing to give serious chase, and smash a properly presented plug. Once the sun gets up a bit, you’ll want to change to something sub-surface, like the Saltwater Assassin Lil Boss paddle tail. I like to rig them on a 1/8 oz. or ¼ oz. jighead to help keep the bait down where the fish will be. A live mud minnow or shrimp, pegged to a jighead, will also work well when fishing deeper. The water will be at its murkiest over the next couple of months and there are a few ways to get a fish’s attention even on the “dirtiest” of days. A couple old faithful rigs are the popping cork and the gold spoon. I like to rig a popping cork with about 1foot of leader under it, with a scented soft plastic or live bait. This is the go-to rig for many NE Florida anglers for high tide summer fishing for redfish, trout, and flounder. The popping noise will attract fish from a good distance. The gold spoon is also great this time of year, as it puts off a lot of vibration that allows fish to find it even in the murkiest of waters. It’s old school, but the fish don’t mind that at all! Be sure to check out our daily fishing reports with pictures at www. InshoreAdventures.net

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he summer sun surely is hot in July, and that is why I go to the beach very early, or very late. Now that our water temperature is well above 80, almost all pompano are summering in the cooler waters of North Carolina. Most of the big whiting are also seeking cooler water offshore, or in the deep inlet waters. Now is the time when I start targeting trout, tarpon, permit and snook. When fishing for permit, I use a sinker slider rig with a threefoot-long, 40-pound fluorocarbon leader. Using a loop knot, I tie a 4/0 to 7/0 Owner MUTU light circle hook. The hook size depends upon my bait size. The smaller size is for jumbo sand fleas. The larger are for calico crabs or small blue crabs. Every year there are a few of these 20 pounds plus bruisers, caught in the surf here in N E Florida. In recent years, large snook have been showing up in our surf line. For these linesiders, I use the same rig as above, but the bait is totally different. Small croakers and whiting work best for these predators. I catch these baits in the

surf with sabiki rigs or small circle hooks tipped with shrimp flavored Fishbites. You do not need to cast long distance either. These snook like to feed right along the first drop off. To beat the heat, consider night fishing. We will have very good conditions on the nights of July 22, 23 and 24. On these nights, three important things happen very close together: sundown, moon rise, and high tide. When you set up, keep in mind, these tides are HUGE around this full moon. High tide is almost six feet. So high impact beaches like SPVB, Vilano, Hammock and Flagler are good choices. Enjoy your free and public beaches on the 4th of July! Remember that our freedom did not come for free. See you on the sand! 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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KEATON BEACH Cary with a beautiful 22 inch speckled trout, caught in Ozello on an oyster bar, with a popping cork with a jig.

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depths, with an occasional flounder thrown in the mix. The Pink Ghost in the little (3.5 inch) Die Dapper by Assassin has been my go-to bait for both. Redfish north of Keaton have moved out in the trout depths, as evidenced by several reds we caught this week (today is June 13th) in 4.5 to 5.5 feet of water. I’m sure some are still in closer; I just haven’t gone in looking after them. Pat McGriff dba One More Cast guide service for 30 years! www.onemorecast.net onemorecast@gtcom.net cell: 850.838.7541

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