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Whatever happened to Sea Cat? By Thatch Maguire

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bout 20 years ago, I had the opportunity to ride aboard a dual-hull, 21-foot center console called a Sea Cat. Like many others, I’ve been a fan of cats ever since. The ride of a dual-hull vessel, especially in choppy seas, is dramatically different from that of a mono-hull. The stability of a two-hull system creates a cutting effect, as opposed to the bounce associated with the plaining of the mono-hull. Study after study has confirmed this effect affords “cats” substantially better fuel economy as well as a much smoother ride and shallower draft. The “cult” of the dual-hull cat has its origins in Australia, where catamaran-style hulls have long been the choice for Australia’s working fishermen. The consistent chop in their seas requires the stability of a catamaran hull. In the United States, several companies pioneered development of the catamaran-style boats for our waters. In the late 1950s, Ray Leger began producing the Power Cat series on the West Coast and several other companies including Manacat and Ocean Star began producing cats in the East. Years after my ride aboard the Sea Cat, I purchased a 26-foot World Cat. I was told Sea Cat was now World Cat. I visited the North Carolina World Cat factory, where I was told they no longer produced the Sea Cat. Recently, I learned the Sea Cat is still being produced in Greenville, N.C. After a few phone calls, and a little Googling, I found Forrest Munden at Sea Cat Boats. The following interview with Mr. Munden attempts to unravel the mystery of “Whatever happened to Sea Cat?” Q: Mr. Munden, how is it you are today selling a vessel that many thought was no longer on the market? Weren’t you associated with the original Sea Cat I fell in love with? Munden: Yes I was. Sea Cat was originally created by Graham Flanagan in 1992. I was manufacturing Leisure Cat boats with Regal Marine in Orlando, Fla., and Graham was manufacturing Sea Cat boats in Greenville, N.C. The innovations developed on the Sea Cat seemed destined to have substantial influence on the boating industry. The boats were super fuel-efficient and rode smoothly in nearly any conditions.

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Q: Well what happened? Munden: In 1996, I purchased Sea Cat boats and its Greenville manufacturing facility. During my first year with the brand, I designed and developed the World Cat line of catamaran boats. World Cat molds were manufactured by Vectorworks Marine in Titusville, Fla. by my good friend Jeff Gray, CEO of Vectorworks. Once we received the new World Cat molds at the plant in Greenville, we started making the World Cat and stopped making the Sea Cat. That was early in 1997. The Sea Cat molds were stored for another year and a half until my good friend Ken Hall (previous CEO of Proline/Donzi) purchased them. He owned the Florida boat company Sportcraft and wanted to add a catamaran line. He called the Sea Cat boat the Sportcat. Unfortunately, Sportcat and Sportcraft did not survive the 1998 economic downturn. The next I heard of Sea Cat was when a former Sea Cat dealer and two brothers from Columbia, S.C. splashed the 19-foot Sea Cat mold. Then, Jerry Semers purchased that mold from the brothers, who had closed their business. Mr. Semers’ started the new venture in Titusville, Fla., utilizing Vector Works Marine as a home base. He called the boat Sea Cat. After Mr. Semers passed away, the molds and tooling sat vacant for years. In 2017, a good friend and ex-Sea Cat and World Cat dealer invited me into a venture to make a new catamaran with the Sea Cat name. I reached out to Mr. Gray at Vectorworks and proceeded to do the tooling and mold building through their team. The result, introduced in 2019, is the new 260 Sea Cat Hybrid bay boat built by our partner Pete Caldwell, Caldwell Marine Designs. The original Seacat Boat built in 1992 was built again 27 years later at the same Greenville plant. Today’s vessel is capable of power up to twin 300 horsepower. Today’s 26-foot Sea Cat has handling characteristics far superior to the original that you fell in love with. The legend of Sea Cat continues as the most practical, smoothest-riding and fuel-efficient vessels this side of Australia. “The Legend Returns,” Seacatboats.com

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n March, the second-heaviest largemouth bass ever approved by FWC’s Trophy Catch Program was caught from Orange Lake south of Gainesville. Brian Hammett was punching grass mats when he caught and then released his 15-pound, 13-ounce giant. The TrophyCatch Hall of Fame fish is one more indicator of a rebound for the lake, which was fishing lights-out this spring. After producing a large number of trophy bass in 2010 and 2011, Orange Lake went almost dry in the winter of 2011. Following several years of sustained high water, coupled with FWC staff working with local stakeholders to manage the lake, habitat on Orange Lake is once again very good and the fishery has bounced back. Not only has crappie and panfish fishing been very good, but anglers are catching bass again, including tro-

phy bass like Hammett’s, as well as nine other TrophyCatch bass weighing at least 8 pounds that were approved in the program since January. Six of the 10 TrophyCatch-approved 2019 Orange Lake bass weighed more than 10 pounds. FWC staff worked with stakeholders to write the Orange Lake Habitat Management Plan in 2015-2016 and continue to manage the lake’s habitat according to the plan. Management activities are discussed at public meetings twice a year, and have included vegetation shredding, tussock harvesting and invasive plant control. These management activities not only enhance habitat for fish but also for other species such as wading birds. In addition to habitat enhancement projects, FWC staff also continue to monitor the fish populations through fish sampling, creel surveys (angler interviews) and research projects, such as tagging studies. FWC biologists have collected nine bass on Orange Lake weighing more than 8 pounds in the past two years. The largest bass weighed 13.5 pounds and was collected this spring—the same week Hammett’s Hall of Fame TrophyCatch bass was caught and submitted. The second-largest bass collected by FWC biologists on Orange Lake was collected in March 2017 and weighed 9.75 pounds. That bass was tagged, released and later recaptured by FWC biologists in November 2017, weighing 13 pounds. TrophyCatch is a partnership between the FWC, anglers and fishing industry leaders, such as Bass Pro Shops, that rewards the catch, documentation and release of largemouth bass weighing 8 pounds or heavier in Florida. In order to be eligible for prizes, anglers are required to submit photos or videos showing the entire fish and its weight on a scale to TrophyCatch.com before releasing it back into the water. FWC biologists use TrophyCatch data for bass research, to make informed decisions about the management of Florida bass fisheries and to promote the catch and release of trophy bass. In the past six seasons, TrophyCatch has awarded prizes for the catch and release of more than 8,000 largemouth bass weighing at least 8 pounds. For more information about the TrophyCatch program, email Amber Nabors at Amber.Nabors@MyFWC.com. For more information about the Orange Creek Basin Interagency Working Group or to view the Orange Lake Habitat Management Plan, visit OrangeCreekBasin.wordpress.com.

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e all know that the winter months bring weather that makes it a little bit sporty to cross the Gulf Stream to the Bahamas. I have been fortunate to find weather windows that have allowed me to do multiple fishing trips through March, April and May to Grand Cay and Walker’s Cay. I am always reminded as I see the two islands in the distance how fortunate I feel to return to this spot to fish again. We are always greeted warmly at Rosie’s place when we arrive. It never gets old enjoying the superb cooking of conch, fish, stone crabs and lobster in season at Ron’s Hot Spot or Rosie’s Restaurant. We often shoot pool at Dee’s Place. Fishing is always good, and returning to the dock with numerous species is the highlight of the trip. The excitement continues to build as we watch cranes working at Walker’s Cay Marina getting ready for the opening in 2020. Words cannot express how grateful I am to Carl and Gigi Allen, the new owners of Walker’s Cay. I began to believe that I would never see this magnificent island restored in my lifetime. My dreams have been answered and seeing work on the island lets me know we will be back there soon. We all think that the reopening of Walker’s is good for us from the States, but words cannot describe the symbiotic relationship that Walker’s and Grand Cay have to each other. These two islands are at their best when they are able to work together for the betterment of the Bahamas and the people of Grand Cay. Contact Capt. Billy Black and Duchess Sportfishing at Captbillyblack.com or call (772) 233-1048.

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Basic Casts You’ll Need To Know Learn The Double Haul

Developing a solid double-haul is the foundation of a quick and accurate cast. It is essential for the long casts required by many saltwater species and for cutting through wind. Not only does the double haul help with distance, if executed correctly, it reduces the number of back casts the angler must make. It is well to remember that the more time the fly line is in the air, the less time the fly is on the water. The best way to learn the double haul is to find a grassy area like a park, making certain the park’s area affords you enough room to make the back-cast portion of the double haul. Strip out 40 feet of fly line and make a forward cast, allowing the fly line to lie on the grass in front of you. Next, lower your rod tip to where it is touching the ground in front of you. Then, pick up the fly line and make a back cast, allowing the line lay out behind you. This is the single haul. Next, pull the fly line off the grass behind you with your line hand while the fly rod is moving forward, and with the rod moving forward, pull the line down towards your belt line. As you feel the fly rod load while it bends on the forward cast, release the line from your line hand, allowing the fly line to shoot forward through the guides. This is the second haul of the double haul, an effective cast when long-distance casts are required, but also important for the short, quick accurate cast.

The Quick-Cast for the Short Game

Perhaps most important when fly fishing saltwater is the abundance of great sight-casting opportunities. You never know when or where a fish will appear. Achieving distance is important, but the ability to execute short, quick, accurate casts is a skill you’ll need to be successful. Nothing is more important than a short, quickly executed, casting game. It may seem counterintuitive, but the short cast is one of the most difficult casts to make in fly fishing. A fly rod made for short casting has yet to be built, and the use of a 9-foot rod places you at a disadvantage. You can make the needed adjustment by merely shortening the amount of fly line you have outside the tip of your fly rod. When fly fishing in saltwater, unless I know I’ll be making long casts, I keep roughly 30 feet of fly line stripped into a line management basket (bucket if fishing from a skiff) and 20 feet of line outside the fly rod’s tip-top. The first 15 of the line will easily load the fly rod with minimum false casting. You need to keep the fly between your index finger and thumb of the hand not holding the rod. If a fish is spotted at close range, make your back cast while at the same time releasing the fly from your hand and cast. As with anything, practice makes perfect. So, master these casting techniques and you be on your way to becoming a better angler.

The Back Cast is Important

Much of your success in fly casting is dependent upon the development of a smooth back cast; that is the ability to cast 20 to 30 feet of line quickly behind you whenever demanded. Remember the fly fisherman’s adage that “your forward cast is only as good as your back cast.” A good cast is essential when sight-casting flies to redfish, bonefish, tarpon and permit. If a fish appears behind you, make a forward cast, and with your fly line on the water, simply pick up the line and shoot it behind you. Retain eye contact with the fish’s position. Success is achieved by having the rod tip low on the water and slowly bringing the fly line off the water then recasting. I’ve witnessed far too many fishermen rush to recast, and in doing so, miss their target on the second-cast, resulting in the spooking of the fish. Here’s a rule of thumb: Put the brakes to your back cast.

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For those of you that use a push pole to navigate the shallow waters and grass flats the Mitzi is one of the easiest to pole as it tracks amazingly straight. The poling platform is made of aluminum tube specially for Mitzi and it places you 34 inches above the deck giving you optimal viewing for sight fishing with friends or clients. Mitzi is a skiff you can pole all day long and not feel like you have worked. Mitzi Skiffs comes in 15’, 16’, 17’ and 17’ tournament versions. These can be outfitted to meet any need that you have from tiller motors in the 15 versions to the fully loaded 17 Tournament Editions.

SPECIFICATIONS LOA: 25’10”

The Mitzi Skiff line of boats started years ago, when Tom Mitzlaff couldn’t find the particular boat he wanted. The idea was simple. It needed to have a clean layout for fly-fishing, a shallow draft, and remain quiet yet still be inexpensive to own and operate. So Tom, being the resourceful person he is, ended up designing his own line of skiffs, and the Mitzi Skiff was born. As the Mitzi Skiff boat company moves into a new era, we are guided by those very same principles. We build all composite, wide shallow water skiffs from 15 to 17 feet for the shallow water enthusiasts that are affordable. We continue to improve and innovate while still Keeping It Simple! When you talk about Mitzi skiffs the thought that comes to mind is the room on the bow; it has more room than other boats similar in size. It’s a great place to put a beginner fly fisherman or a couple with light tackle. Underneath the bow you have the Carolina Flare which cuts through chop and when the chop gets big the flare actually directs the water down which helps to keep you dry and comfortable.

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Center Consoles… Things have changed By Art Hodax

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f you’ve been to a boat show lately, you’ve no doubt been stunned by the array of large center console boats. They’re big, they’re quick and they’re ocean capable. This class of boats represents one of the most innovative areas of boat design. For many, they balance the best in design, power, comfort and range. Today’s selection of larger outboard-powered boats results from a game of industry leapfrog. The interest in larger center consoles drove the development of larger outboards, and more powerful outboards have allowed marine engineers to create even larger center console boats.

At a recent boat show, George Smith from Marine Max in Stuart, Fla. showed off some “open” boats that are easy to maintain, are capable of offshore runs even on less-than-perfect days and have the accommodations and safety features to comfortably cross the Gulf Stream from the Florida coast. Today, there’s no problem finding outboard-powered boats over 40’ with consoles large enough to include a berth, head with shower, galley and air conditioning. Smith talked about how the market for these boats has changed over the past four or five years. One of the driving changes to boat construction has been the use of vacuum-infused fiberglass. In the past, hulls were thick to provide strength and more resin was used than needed. Now, boats are computer engineered using fiberglass as well as high-tech fabrics like Kevlar and carbon fiber to create stronger and lighter hulls. In addition to these high-tech fabrics, new construction techniques allow materials to be vacuum sealed into the mold by adding a layer of plastic film over the cloth during construction. Using vacuum pumps, resin is then drawn through hoses into the cloth, impregnating it while vacuuming excess resin out of the mold. The result is a lighter and stronger construction, which allows for larger more complex hulls and cockpits to be produced. We boarded a new 42’ Boston Whaler Outrage. As an outboard boat, there’s a massive amount of space inside the hull. This boat is designed to handle up to 1, 675 hp spread across up to four engines. This brings us to the issue of outboard evolution. Large outboards are now six- or eight-cylinder, four-stroke powerhouses. These engines commonly benefit from supercharging and from new alloys that allow them to withstand added compression and torque. Among the options are Mercury Marine’s Verado 400 hp inline six-cylinder, the 425 hp Yamaha XTO Offshore V8, or for those who want more, the Seven-Marine 627 hp supercharged and intercooled V8. These engines are reliable, quiet and smooth. These days, center consoles can compete in many ways with larger flybridge boats. Things have changed in the market for open boats.

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Redfish, Kingfish, Kayak and Junior Angler, with several chances to win over $20,000 in cash and prizes! The Junior Angler Tournament, sponsored by A to Z Roofing and Waterproofing, will kick things off on Thursday with registration, informational clinic and captains’ meeting. The kids fish in three age groups: “small fry” for ages 8 and under, “junior” for ages 9 to 16 and “senior” for ages 16 to 18. Redfish and/or kingfish are the targeted species, and the largest fish in each species and age group will be eligible for prizes at the awards ceremony on Friday at 4 p.m. Registration is $25 per angler. Registration for the Kingfish Challenge, sponsored by Waylen Bay Marine, and the Redfish or Kayak Challenges will begin on Friday at 4 p.m. Registrants and spectators will enjoy live music by local favorite Chillula from 5-7 p.m., vendor booths, food, cash bar, and an amazing raffle. Captains’ meeting will begin around 7:30 p.m. Fishing days for these challenges are Saturday and Sunday. Anglers will fish inshore in the Redfish or Kayak Challenge or offshore in the Kingfish Challenge. Weigh-in time on Saturday is from 3-5 p.m. and 2-4 p.m. on Sunday. Cost to enter is $75 per angler for Redfish and Kayak Challenges and $295 ($320 after May 31) for the Kingfish Challenge. Registration is open now at www.acgfa.com/challenge-tournaments. As part of their conservation efforts, ACGFA is encouraging the live release of all redfish after weigh-in with help from the Coastal Conservation Association (CCA). This will be their second year of participating in this worthwhile effort. A portion of proceeds from this fun-filled event goes to support local charities such as the Ronald McDonald House, veteran organizations and student scholarship funds. As the tournament grows, contributions to these important causes continue to grow as well. ACGFA is a not-for-profit organization founded in 1958. Their goal is to serve and promote the local fishing in St. Johns County. For more information about ACGFA, visit www.acgfa.com or find them on Facebook @acgfa.

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and water quality. In the last four years alone, CCA Florida deployed 45 new projects and contributed $650,000 to support habitat restoration and environmental programs. Since 2010, CCA has collaboratively contributed $800,000, which has been leveraged with partners to over $4,500,000 in habitat projects statewide. While habitat and environmental restoration projects play a role, Florida’s water quality continues to be CCA Florida’s highest advocacy priority, and the member-led Water Quality Sub-Committee continues to work on and monitor several resource issues around the state. CCA Florida supports the funding and completion of all Comprehensive Everglades Restoration Project Foundation projects and supported the need for water storage, treatment and conveyance projects north, south, east and west of Lake Okeechobee. Likewise, CCA Florida has vocally supported all Central Everglades Planning Projects. But water quality issues involve more than the Everglades. The organization continues to be engaged in discussions that include septic to sewer conversions, utility infrastructure upgrades, local initiatives such as Brevard County’s IRL Save Our Lagoon Project Plan, Apalachicola River “Water Wars” and much more. More information on water quality efforts is available on ccaflorida.org. Angler access will always be a focus of CCA Florida’s advocacy efforts to ensure a fair take is available today and for generations to come. Efforts have included working with the FWC to reduce boat limits when necessary, implementing policies for guides to ensure trout and redfish populations are sustainable, the reauthorization of the Magnuson-Stevens Act, promoting the use of descending devices and more. As anyone who lives or fishes in Florida, you’ve benefited from CCA’s efforts. As a member and advocate of CCA Florida, you become part of the leading voice for positive and meaningful change to Florida’s marine resources. Become engaged by visiting ccaflorida.org.

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available at most U.S. Army Corps headquarters offices as well as from the Tennessee Valley Authority. Whoever controls the dams where you fish has the information you need. For Lake Eufaula, call (866) 772-9542 ext. 244. In most cases an app is available for your favorite lake. Ledges are nothing short of structure, and knowing where to look is a very important factor. Critical features support feeding advantages such as the sharpest of the sharp drop-offs, small ditches that intersect with such sudden drops, a rise in adjacent landscape creating a ski-jump effect, points, curvatures, and the list goes on. Some of these features create an updraft where cooler water is forced upward, and likewise, just the opposite only yards away. In all the mentioned areas, shad and other prey are disrupted by the sudden surge in water flow. Today’s electronics, with highdefinition displays showing us where bait and bass congregate, are a huge advantage to finding the sweet spot on the ledges. But a little old-fashioned map work is also key to putting yourself where the fish are likely to be. As always, know“ledge”—pun intended—is the key to success. Careful study of your lake master maps and identifying target returns can produce unbelievable results, not just in June, but all summer long. Billy Darby is a retired professional guide on Lake Eufaula. He can be reached at imfishing4u@windstream.net or (229) 768-2369.

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EDITING & PRODUCTION Lynn Crutchfield

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Cook pasta in salted water and save ½ cup cooking liquid. Cook prosciutto in a little olive oil in your largest skillet, over medium heat. Stir often until prosciutto is crisp, 3 to 4 minutes. Transfer to paper towel to drain. Add butter to skillet and add garlic and white parts of green onion to pan, stirring often. Cook until golden, 1 to 2 minutes. Add tomatoes, carrots and parsley. Add more butter if necessary. Add shrimp and cook until opaque, 3 to 4 minutes. Fold in spinach, and cook until spinach wilts, about 2 minutes. Return cooked pasta to pan. Add salt and pepper and lemon juice to taste. Add lemon juice a tablespoon at a time. (If too lemony, add a bit more salt. If too salty, add a bit more lemon juice.) Add a bit of saved pasta water if too dry. Divide evenly on 2 plates and top with shaved Parmesan, saved Prosciutto and green parts of onions. Serve with lemon wedges.

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• Angel Hair Pasta for 2 servings • 2 ounces thinly sliced Prosciutto (or Bacon) • Extra Virgin Olive Oil and Butter • 2 Garlic Cloves, thinly sliced • 4 Green Onions, thinly sliced • 1 cup Grape Tomatoes, halved • 1 Carrot, spiralized (or coarsely grated) • ½ cup minced Italian Parsley • 1 bag Spinach • 14 extra-large jumbo Shrimp • Salt and Pepper • Parmesan Cheese, shaved • 1 lemon, halved

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February 1864, to destroy that bridge host towns have always and shorten the war. Confederate interested me. To think that troops met and stopped the Union the abandoned place in front of soldiers at the Battle of Ocean Pond at you was once Olustee in Baker County, the largest a thriving Civil War battle in Florida. village/town Columbus used to be the terminus with lots of for a twice-a-month mail service by residents, steamboat from Cedar Key on the Gulf all of whom of Mexico. That boat service connected had high the little settlement of Columbus, to hopes for the rest of the world, for example New their futures. By Kevin McCarthy Orleans and Key West. By the 1870s, the And then, town began to decline in importance for some unexpected reason, the people as the steamboats stopped calling, and moved away, the railroad bypassed settlers found other, more desirable the town, steamboats went elsewhere, places to raise crops. or flood/disease/storm made it an Today the site of the old Columbus is undesirable place to live. totally abandoned inside the Suwannee We have lots of such towns in Florida, River State Park. Among the few remains especially in the interior. One such town of the town is the cemetery, which is one is Columbus, which is on the Suwannee of the oldest in the state. So, if you want River in the Suwannee River State Park to see a true Florida ghost town along near Live Oak. the beautiful Suwannee, head over to In the mid-1800s, Columbus had Columbus. about 500 inhabitants. Its sister city across the Suwannee was Ellaville, where Kevin McCarthy, the author of North Florida George Drew, the first governor of Waterways (2013 - available at amazon.com), Florida elected after Reconstruction, had can be reached at ceyhankevin@gmail.com. a house and lumber mill. The location was ideal for commerce, since nearby is the junction of the Suwannee and Withlacoochee rivers. Steamboats used to be able to go up that far, and would transport up to three thousand bales of cotton in a year. An 1843 newspaper description of the town, mentioned a beautiful boiling spring, and rich fertile lands in the vicinity. During the Civil War, Columbus had an earth-works facility from which Confederate earthworks at Columbus Confederate soldiers could guard the old railroad bridge from Union attack. A stagecoach stop there, and a ferry, also provided a means of income to the inhabitants, as did a saw mill. The nearby bridge was important for the transportation of cattle, salt, and sugar from Florida to Confederate troops during the war. The site was so important to the Confederate war effort, that Union Columbus ge over the Suwannee at JUNE 2019 A brid • THEANGLERMAG.COM troops from Jacksonville COASTALANGLERMAG.COM headed west in CAM_NCFL_0619.indd 3

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une has always been a great to go out in search of scaled prey, and this is even more true with the modern seasons for some of our favorite offshore species. Offshore fishing out of Crystal River typically means chasing gag grouper and red snapper. Thankfully, the lord blessed our piece of ocean floor with thousands of pieces of natural bottom, that range from large limestone rocks, to hard rocky ledges. Knowing how to effectively fish this structure, is the difference between coming home with a full fish box and sore arms, or a bruised ego and a bad sunburn. The gag grouper are prevalent from 20 feet, out to 300 feet of water, but in our area, some of the best fishing occurs in 30 to 70 feet of water over hard rocks, that hold good schools of white grunts, and small baitfish. The standard rig is a beefy conventional rod and reel, spooled with 50 to 80 lb. test line, finished off with a fish finder rig consisting of an 8 oz. egg sinker sliding on the main line, with a swivel below it, and a 4 to 6 foot long 80 lb. fluorocarbon leader, and an 8/0 circle hook. The bait selection can be as varied as the personalities aboard your boat, but a healthy mix of live pinfish and large dead baits will get the party started. Like most bottom fish, grouper are frenzy feeders, so once you get the fish fired up, you want to try to keep the action fired up. Red snapper are very similar to gag grouper, in the fact that they frequent the same rock piles and ledges, but in our area, you are going to want to look a little further offshore, in depths ranging from 50

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ey everybody, let me start by saying, “If you haven't booked a charter yet, you should do it soon. Summer is filling up fast, and for good reason; the bite is about as hot as the weather!” You want redfish, trout, tripletail, cobia and more? Well look no further, because between the Suwannee River and Cedar Key we have all your inshore desires. You can locate most of your redfish around inshore oyster beds. I've found incoming tide to hold the better bite. I'm using live shrimp or cut mullet for my baits of choice. Trout, Spanish mackerel, and more, are flooding the flats. Jump between 2 to 6 feet, and monitor what depth you're getting bites. Hang in that depth until the bite dies, then start searching again. Cobia and tripletail have been found hanging around markers and trap lines. They are typically swimming around the top where

you can see them, but there's nothing wrong with some blind cast while you're in the area. Good luck to you all this summer and until next month, stay safe out there. Capt. Jason Clark In The Slot Fishing www.intheslotfishing.com Capt.jasonclark@gmail.com 352-639-3209 Check out our title sponsor for the Florida Pro Redfish Series! www.groovelife.com

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ed snapper are so thick offshore, that we impose a 20 inch minimum or even 22. On some spots, they boil up around the boat so, you can pick the fish you want. As for bait---Yes. Any live or dead bait, whole squid, frozen fish anything. I like using the Confidence Jigs I make, sold at Steinhatchee Bait and Tackle Shack across from boat ramp. We've caught them on trolling plugs and spoons. Last year, we caught them on top-water lures! It is crazy. In the mass of red snapper, are bonus catches, such as, big gag grouper, cobia and kingfish. For the bonus catches, use large live or dead baits. I suggest using 4/0 equipment when fishing big baits, because you never know what lurks below. For kingfish, it is best to take some time to sample a couple dozen scaled sardines or cigar minnows. Pitch those out over good bottom that isn't holding snapper (good luck with that). My rig is simple, a foot-long section of #4 wire, with a single 2/0 to 4/0 hook. The lighter rig keeps the bait more lively. A cork can be applied, but normally I don't bother.

Florida snapper and sea bass are a great fishery to tap on the way in. They are a lot of fun to catch, great to eat and break up the ride to the dock. Use a knocker rig on light tackle, and have a blast. Recreational anglers' red snapper season is from June 11 to July 2. For-hire vessels season is June 1 to August 1. Amberjack season is closed June and July. The only reason I can think for closing AJ's is they are over abundant. Scallop season opens June 15th. I'm happy it coincides with snapper season, so I'm forty nautical away from that cluster of boat rage. The best bet is to 'butt-bob' during the week. Make sure all the safety equipment is up-to-date and onboard. Law enforcement will happily write you an expensive shopping list for what you forgot. The officers do a great and needed job keeping us safe, even from ourselves, give them due respect. Brian Smith | BIG BEND CHARTERS www.BigBendCharters.com CaptBrian@bellsouth.net 877.852.3474 | 352.210.3050

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rout fishing had been great, with larger trout caught in deeper depths than usual, for this time of year. We landed a 24 inch trout last week in 6.5 feet of water on an Assassin Sea Shad, in Stinky Pink, and yesterday had a 25 inch trout for Jake Spikes of Alapaha, GA. (Today is May 9.) Our Gulf water temps are already 83 degrees, and that is warmer than one would expect the second week in May. Limits of trout on every trip has been the rule, and I expect nothing less in June. Most of our tout are caught on live pinfish under Back Bay Thunders, while I had four out of ten trout the other day on bouncing Stinky Pink Sea Shads, while fishing with Billy Pillow of Woods ’N Water Fishing Team Fame. We have seen a few Spanish mackerel, yet not a lot of bait, which is strange for early May, especially with the Gulf as warm as it is. I would guess the tarpon will move through here in late May, rather than the third week of June, which is their normal schedule. The floating grass is taking the fun out of throwing a top-water stick bait with trebles, but some

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diehards will still attempt it in June. Bone, and Okie Shad are hard to beat if you are tossing Zara Spooks in June. The 808 Top Pup is one of my favorites for reds and trout. June, will see the same deeper water patterns produce trout as the water temperatures might reach 90 by mid-month. Work 5.5 to 7 feet for trout. Expect the reds to move to the outer bars and rock piles, and then join the trout to find a meal, if water temps are in the 90’s late in the month. We have caught only one short cobia, and not a single one, weighed in at the local Optimist Tourney May 3rd, held from three ports: Econfina, Keaton and Steinhatchee? Very odd! $500.00 no one claimed... We will continue to use live pinfish under Back Bays for success in June, on board my One More Cast charters, but I will be bouncing Assassin baits at every chance I get.

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une is finally here, and I have to say, this my favorite time of the year for fishing. Gag grouper and the ravenous American red snapper will now be coming home! Those beasts have been taunting us for months, but now is the time to have a ball. The ARS (American red snapper) and gag grouper are not for the faint of heart. You must have the right equipment if you plan to bring home the bacon, well fish anyway. I recommend a heavy jigging rod, at least something in the 80 lb. class, and a spinning reel in the 8000 range, for the ARS. For those larger gags, a conventional setup like the Shimano Talica 16 on an 80 to 200 lb. class rod will do the trick. Use lead appropriate for the current, and I like to use a 7/0 circle hook with 2 to 3-foot leader. Leader selection can range from 80 to 120 lb., depending on depth and target size. A bucktail jig in the 2 to 8 oz. size will work as well. While bottom fishing for the ARS and gags, put a freeline out behind the boat for any king mackerel that may be looking for an easy meal. I recommend chumming; this will bring the ARS up closer to the boat, and bring in other species like cobia and king mackerel. ARS can be found from 40 feet of water, out as far as the Middle Grounds, due west heading out of Yankeetown. If you have trouble getting the gags to bite, due to the ARS, move in to shallower waters and locate rock piles. Inshore, you will find the red and black drum, happy to feed on shrimp. The reds will happily hit topwater plugs early in the day, and in the evening. I also have it on good authority that a Redfish Magic Spinner bait will be crushed if thrown near the oyster bars. Use half of a blue crab to target the larger black drum. Snook are no longer in season, but this does not mean they have stopped chewing. Use a live finger mullet to entice the larger snook, but don’t be surprised if you jump a

tarpon, or even a larger variety of shark. If you plan to run your boat offshore, please remember to check that your safety equipment is in good working order. I also recommend that you have an EPIRB, or at a minimum, some sort of personal locator like the Spot or Garmin inReach. These devices will make it much easier to find you if trouble arises. June fishing, whether inshore or off, will be outstanding. Please reach out to me at capterichasty@ gmail.com if you would like to book an offshore adventure. 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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for mullet activity along the shoreline to ensure a likely location. The grass patches or spotty bottom areas in the 8 to12 foot range offer a multitude of species, including Spanish mackerel, blue fish, trout, sea bass, flounder, cobia etc… The majority of the trout schools will be taking comfort in the deeper, cooler water. I prefer MirrOlure Lil’ Johns, D.O.A. cal shad tails and D.O.A. root beer colored holographic shrimp, twitched along the bottom or even dragged on some occasions to present the baits properly. When the fish are located, it’s a good idea to have a throw-marker handy, so an easy repeated drift will take the guess- work out of where the fish are. This tool is really handy, and I ensure your catch rates will improve the more you use it. On a final note, keep an eye out for migrating tarpon schools. Always have a stout spinning rod ready with a hogy soft plastic jerk bait or a DOA bait buster, for when the situation presents itself.

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t's summer time, Forest Fishers! These are the months that catfish anglers look forward to most, and when night fishing becomes a sport of its own. Yes, the heat has arrived, but we have a big advantage on our side this year, and that is, SHADE. One of the greatest benefits from living out here, is that our lakes and rivers are surrounded by trees. As the sun rises and falls, you can fish the shade-line to keep yourself cool, while also targeting the most productive area. Gamefish, like bass, will stay in the shadows, and attack prey that wander into the light. For most bass addicts, myself included, walking a topwater bait along shade-lines, is our favorite summer tradition. Top-waters catch the “biggins”, and that explosion is the best drug for our habit. If you are fishing in direct sunlight, steadily move along, and pitch to every bit of cover. After getting a few bites, you'll begin to notice successful patterns. Lilly pads, brush-piles, or even trash from careless jerks, can all have groups of fish hiding underneath. Tip: Bream bedding areas actually load up more and more, as the sun gets higher. These areas will be in 2 to 4 foot depth, with grass or structure beside them, but not above. Note: The

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amount of big bedding blue-gill this year is, by far, the most I've ever seen. Summer can be an awesome time to get outdoors and explore nature, thanks to our greatest treasure of all, the Ocklawaha River. It's narrow, winding flow creates the perfect combination of shade and deep/clean water. Florida's sun can get brutal, so the numerous white clear/sand water swimming spots (Gore's Landing area), are like a cherry on top of the sweetest pie. For a quick fishing trip, simply target the eddies to eliminate water and keep the bites coming. With endless areas to explore, there are perfect spots for every different species, and the possibility of a record breaker is a legitimate reality. On any given day, victory may be just around the next bend!

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chools out for summer! High tail it to the beach! This time of year, the pogy pods start to show up along the beaches. More importantly, some really big fish will also be showing up to give chase to those giant pods of baitfish. Locate the pods from a few hundred yards off the beach, out to about 50 feet of water. Look for crashing on the surface, as there will be predatory fish in hot pursuit of the baitfish pushing them to the surface. Sharks, cobia, bull reds, Spanish, king macs, giant jacks, bluefish, and one of my favorites, the silver king, a.k.a. tarpon, will be crashing the pogy pods in an exciting free-for-all that you have to see to believe. A favorite way to fish the pods, is to rig a live pogy on a medium to large circle hook (5/0-10/0). Use about 5 feet of 60 to 80lb fluorocarbon leader, then add a split shot or two, a few feet above the hook. This will keep your pogy slightly under the pod, and make for an easy meal for lurking predators. Bring some heavy tackle, because you never know what may lie underneath. Just like last month inshore, some of the best redfish and trout catches will come at daybreak and at sunset. A top-water plug will be the lure of choice at these times, when worked around mullet schools. If the fish seem to be short- striking, try to vary your retrieval rate. Sometimes, they like it fast, and sometimes a little slower. If they just don't seem to want to inhale the top-water, switch to a sub-surface lure, like a Rapala Twitchin Mullet or a soft plastic jerk bait. These lures perfectly imitate a wounded mullet or small pogy, and will stay just under the surface when worked correctly. It can be just the

right look for those fish who seem to be "sniffing" your top-waters. During the heat of the day, switch up your presentation. Again, locate the mullet schools and jig a little deeper with a soft plastic paddle tail like a Saltwater Assassin Lil Boss, paired with a 1/8-1/4-ounce jighead. A live mud minnow or shrimp on a jighead, will also be a great allaround setup for our summertime fish (trout, jacks, ladyfish, flounder, and reds, just to name a few). These will all be hiding around the schools of mullet and pogys, waiting for one of the bait fish, or better yet your presentation, to get out of line for an easy snack. With the water turning towards that summer "yoohoo" color, using baits that have some good scent, or “stink” in this case, are a good bet. I like to use a cut mullet or ladyfish for redfish around oyster bars and in creek holes. These baits give off a strong scent and make it easy for the fish to find them in murky water. Another way to attract fish in murky water is to use a gold spoon, tossed along grass edges and oyster bars. During the higher tide stages, is sure to get the attention of a few reds and flounder. Another option for our murky summer water, is a lure that has gained a huge amount of popularity with pro tournament anglers, and many hardcore inshore fishermen, the spinnerbait. Sometimes spoons and spinners will have just enough vibration to call out those hard to find fish! Tight Lines!

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une is our first month of 80 degree-plus water. So, we are past the major Pompano Run, but not quite to the Mullet Run. The best part of this “tween” month is that the warmer water species are showing up. The two most exciting new arrivals are Spanish mackerel and tarpon! For tarpon, I’ve had my best success with fresh mullet chunks, or whole large live mullet, on a heavyduty fish finder or sinker slider rig. You don’t get a lot of hook ups, but when you do, it is off the chart exciting! I’m amazed at how close to the beach that these huge fish swim, especially early in the morning or in the evening. I have even hooked them at night during the full moon, while soaking fresh mullet in the first trough. Spanish mackerel are a hoot to catch off the pier or in the surf. I caught my first one in 1979 at Marineland, in the surf, on a red and white mirror lure. The same lure works just as good today. Other tactics for success are a float rig with live shrimp, or live mullet. Also, top water plugs and silver spoons are proven winners. This month, let us focus on my favorite species of shark, hard fighting and good eating bonnethead! Ok, first of all, good eating? Yes, you are what you eat, and they are crab eaters. Their main

diet is calico crabs, which we can easily imitate with half of a blue crab. Calicos are thick in the surf during the summer months, so if you want to target them, you need to beef up your terminal tackle. My favorite rig is a fish finder tied with 100 lb. mono and a 5/0 to 7/0 circle hook. This may seem like over-kill but it’s not! It is the same rig I use for tarpon and big redfish. To avoid the heat and to enjoy a better bite, go early. I prefer the first bait to hit the water just before 6:00 AM. You can take in a great sunrise, and bring home some great groceries. See you in the surf! 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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hatever you fish for, be it fresh or saltwater, you know where you should be fishing. But sometimes it can be frightening to cast into the heart of a snag or brushpile where the fish are, knowing you might lose whatever you have tied on. Here’s a simple way to avoid getting hung up. With the following snag-resistant rig, you can present a bait to the fish

where they live instead of trying to lure them out of their hiding place. I’m not saying this tackle is immune to mazes of mangrove roots or treetops, but it greatly reduces the chances of getting hung up. Protect the hook point with a fluorocarbon weed guard, and you can fish more effectively in thick cover. This method works with J hooks, circle hooks and some lures. I’ve been using this technique to make a weedless soft-plastic shrimp, and there are countless other applications. One of my favorite and most effective ways to use this is with a single hook, no weight and a live bait in shallow water. It also works well on a circle hook chin weight under a sliding cork over really rough bottom. Sometimes you have to go in the cover or drift just above it to get the bite. Most gamefish attack from be-

low, so a bait on a sliding cork is the ultimate target while staying out of snags. Here are the steps to snelling a weed guard onto the shank of the hook. I like the stiffness of Seagar 80-pound fluoro for weed guards. Depending on your application, other lines might work fine also. Make sure to choose a hook with an eye that will accept two pieces of the weed guard and the leader you are snelling. 1) Cut about 6 inches of 80-pound fluoro and bend it backward against the curve of the spool. This will mold the shape of your weed guard. 2) Insert both tag ends through the backside of the hook eye, leaving an inch of the doubled 80-pound fluoro on the shank of the hook. 3) Pass a leader line down through the eye of the hook and the center of the tag ends of the 80-pound fluoro. Pull out about 6 or 8 inches. 4) Holding the weed guard securely on the hook shank, make a 5- or 6-loop snell over the 80-pound fluoro, going forward toward the eye of the hook. DO NOT pull down hard on it right away. 5) Keeping the 80-pound fluoro straight on the hook shank, gently roll into place and push forward BEFORE pulling down hard to “cinch” the snell. 6) After everything is pulled up tight, trim the 80-pound fluoro off just behind the barb of the hook. Also, trim the doubled 80-pound fluoro close behind the snell. For a video tutorial on tying this rig, visit my website www. barefootcatsandtackle.com and watch the videos “Snag Resistant Circle Hook Chin Weight” or “Making The Weedless Shrimp.”

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oca Grande Pass on the southwest coast of Florida is home to one of nature’s most spectacular displays. During “The World’s Biggest Tarpon Migration,” Boca Grande Pass offers the best tarpon fishing in the world. Each spring, thousands of these prehistoric fish make their appearance to mate, replenish, grow, and survive their species. It’s the Promised Land for big game hunters looking for the Holy Grail. It is an experience of a lifetime to hook and to land a huge tarpon. Over the years, I have observed only a handful of captains satisfying clients with a fish of a lifetime on a consistent basis. Only about 5 percent (probably less) of all boats fishing the pass experience hooking and catching a tarpon. I decided to hire the most successful guide willing to teach me a technique that works on a consistent basis. I have followed successful guides, and among them chose Capt. Dave Markett of Odessa, Fla. He has had the most hook-ups and catches on a consistent basis of any guide while working the pass. Capt. Dave has been a professional guide for 48 years, and that includes 28 years of fishing Boca Grande Pass. Last month, I met Capt. Dave at the Placida Boat Ramp. Accompanying us was Nadeen Welch, of Coastal Angler Magazine’s Southwest Florida region. Capt. Dave explained the history of tarpon as well as Airline_Ad_CoastalAngler_8-1-14_Layout 1 8/1/14 1:14 PMand Page 1 the development and re-developments of tackle techniques utilized

to catch these monsters. We arrived in the pass at daybreak and were surrounded by tarpon rolling on the surface. Capt. Dave believes the smaller rolling tarpon, from 100 to 125 pounds, are males vying for favor of the larger, 175- to 300-plus-pound) females foraging along the bottom of the pass. Those bigger fish showed up on his sonar. Capt. Dave was quick to point out any and all flaws during and throughout each and every drop into the schools. Any movement of the rod tip during a presentation will cause a school of tarpon to flush like baitfish when spooked. Any wrong presentation will not get a bite. If a presentation is not finessed or natural looking, all bets are off. Nadeen and I hooked and fought six tarpon with an estimated range from 175 to 225 pounds. However, we missed at least a dozen other opportunities to hook and land one. This time of year, there are other techniques utilized to catch tarpon in the waters of southwest Florida, including along beaches and in back areas. Many captains, including myself, are successful in those arenas. However, if one wants to catch huge tarpon in Boca Grande Pass, contact Capt. Dave Markett at (813) 455-3056 or email him at dmarket@aol. com. His website is: captdavemarkett.com. Capt. Terry Fisher owns and operates Fish Face Charters. Contact him at (239) 357-6829, e-mail fishfacecharters@yahoo.com, and check out his website: www.fishfacecharters.com.

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orthwest Costa Rica’s fishery undergoes an annual change in May. The dorado give way to yellowfin tuna, and it’s a great sign to see these giant yella’ fellas sweep through the area. It’s proof that the white-hot summer bite has begun! Schools of yellowfin come down from the north and are corralled by giant manchas (or pods) of porpoises, which gives the crews of FishingNosara some of the most action-packed trips of the year. The 32-foot Wanderer and Discoverer led the way this month with lots of sailfish releases backed up by some big yellowfin tuna. The marlin bite slowed down after an exceptional Ship of Fools tournament in April, but they are back now. At the end of April, we had

a sweet blue marlin on the Discoverer. The Explorer and Adventurer kept the pressure on the inshore fishery with lots of great catches. These smaller pangas (27-foot and 23-foot, respectively) also scored several sailfish releases, proof you don’t need a big boat to catch big fish in Costa Rica. Legendary North Carolina angler Dan Johnson was fishing hard during the Ship of Fools tournament, and he stuck around for a week after. On the May 9, he scored two nice sailfish on the Explorer. He also had blue marlins in the spread, but they wouldn’t bite. Later he nabbed two grouper and other bottom fish. Feeling adventurous and on a whim, Ms. Elaine Hepburn chartered the Harvester for a five hour trip on March 30. She had never fished before, but with Captain Alex’s help she was catching like an old pro in no time. It’s always a real treat to introduce new anglers to sport fishing, especially when the fish cooperate. On April 14, our friend Leo Folse made his pilgrimage to the mega panga Harvester. Mr. Folse is a serious panga enthusiast that has been following the story of the Harvester since we first acquired the raw hull. He was so impressed with our build and the performance of the 32-foot hull that he purchased two Eduardono hulls for himself. This was his first time to enjoy the Harvester in action, and Leo performed brilliantly with several sailfish releases and a big dorado for the dinner table. It’s great to deliver the goods for this fun-loving Florida angler. Most recently, Mr. Jason Stote joined the Harvester and tipped the scales with potentially the biggest yellowfin tuna of the season, which is pictured here. This monster was followed up by several other big yella’ fellas, which on many other days would be the big fish in the box. Clearly this group will eat well! If you have been reading this report and waiting for the right time to visit, stop reading and call FishingNosara ASAP so we can get you down this summer. Call (904) 591-2161 so we can secure your housing and boats.

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grew up fishing lakes known for large schools of bass that spend the summer months offshore. When we get into the summer and the water temperature starts hitting 80 degrees, it is a safe bet that fish are going to be on offshore structure like ledges, humps and dropoffs. I start looking on main lake areas, on the lower half of the lake, where most of the good summer ledges are. Using the mapping on my Lowrance electronics, I search for places that top out from 12 to 20 feet and drop down to anywhere from 50-60 feet. Bass will start heading out there when the water gets to 70 degrees, but when it hits 80 they will definitely be out there. They spawn with a water temperature of 62 to 64 degrees, so as the water warms after the spawn they will start heading that way. Some fish stay shallow all year. The ones that move out will definitely be schooled up on the ledges as the temperatures approach 80 degrees. The biggest deal is finding the depth range of the fish. When they first arrive on offshore structure, they like 12 to 17 feet. The longer they’re there, the deeper they’ll move. It could take a week or a month, but they’ll drop down into 18 to 25 feet and

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