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ahoo are some of the fastest fish in the ocean. Built for speed with large tails and torpedo shaped bodies, they can accelerate rapidly and turn on a dime. Wahoo can be solitary fish or found in large schools, depending on conditions, time of year and moon phases. Known for their excellent table fare and awesome fighting ability, anglers travel to South Florida and The Bahamas from all over the world to target them. They have razor sharp teeth and their jaws are hinged like scissors, so landing one on mono is always an exhilarating feat. They can be caught year round, but during the winter months they are found in far better numbers and sizes, especially around the new and full moons. There are several ways to catch them, including high-speed trolling, planer fishing, vertical jigging and live bait. High-speed trolling for wahoo could well be the most exciting method to catch them. There’s nothing like hearing the clicker of an 80 wide reel scream while you’re doing 17 knots. In some cases, you will have multiple hook ups with multiple drags going off. Talk about heart racing! I’ll go over my normal high-speed spread, but keep in mind everyone has their favorite way of doing things. I run a three-line spread. I fish two electric reels and a 50W Shimano Talica. My first electric is set at 80 feet from the boat with a 48-ounce cable-rigged cigar lead. To that I have 25 feet of 400-pound mono shock leader, which is then connected to my lure. The next electric is set at 150 feet from the boat with a 32-ounce cigar lead and the same shock leader. Last is my shotgun Talica with a 24-ounce cigar lead and the same shock leader. I have about 25 different lures from different manufacturers in many colors, shapes and sizes. All of my lures are rigged on 480-pound cable with either single or double hook sets. I start my spread with an assortment of colors. If I get more than one bite on a particular color, I will change the others to that or similar colors. High speed trolling is done in both South Florida and the Bahamas. I used to think that it

was pointless in South Florida, but over the last few years I have been more successful catching them, and the fish I’ve been catching are better sized fish than the wahoo I’ve caught while planer fishing. On a trip just after a winter full moon, we caught a double header off Pompano Beach. Each fish was in the 40-pound range. When high speed trolling, the optimum speed is between 15 and 20 knots, and we fish a zigzag pattern between 120 and 300 feet of water. There are a couple reasons for the zigzag. One is to mimic baitfish coming in or going out during tidal changes, and the other is that during your turns your baits will slow down and fall slightly before accelerating again. This is when you get most of your bites. Keeping an eye on your chart plotter is key, because you can generally mark the schools in the upper portion of the water column. High speed trolling is great if you want to specifically target wahoo, as there are only a few species that eat at that kind of speed. Planer fishing is just as fun and doesn’t burn nearly as much fuel. I like to run two planers consisting of a #4 and a #8 planer with either a drone spoon or a bonita strip behind a Sea Witch. Colors, sizes and shapes all vary, but once I find what color they like I switch them over. The drone spoon is a time-tested and proven method. The flash and vibration of the spoon cutting through the water gets their attention. I prefer 3.5-inch blue drone spoon behind a #8 Old Salty planer. I run about 60 to 100 feet of 60-pound mono between my planer and bait. While pulling planers down deep, I also pull a couple surface baits. Anything from a bonita strip behind a chugger-style lure to a rigged ballyhoo on wire behind an Islander will work. If you have outriggers, you can spread two baits wide and run a shotgun with a cigar-weighted rigged ballyhoo. I

planer fish the same areas as I high speed, but my speeds will be much slower at 6 to 11 knots. Lots of wahoo tournaments have been won fishing at slower trolling speeds, so don’t rule out a jumbo just because you’re not highspeeding. Live baiting wahoo is less common because you are either bump trolling or drifting goggle eyes or other live baits. You are not covering as much ground. Live baits rigged on light wire or titanium are my first choice, with fluorocarbon being second, due only to a wahoo’s super sharp teeth. I’ve caught several wahoo on vertical jigs. About 90 percent of those have come way offshore under some type of flotsam. I prefer a simple 2-ounce diamond Jig. All the wahoo I’ve caught on vertical jigs have been less than 10 pounds. Wahoo as table fare is in my top five, maybe even top three. I’ve often said that if you have cooked it, it’s already burnt. Do yourself a favor and try some wahoo sashimi! Capt. Ryan Palmer Family Jewell Fishing Charters 954-882-2631



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here are a multitude of pleasures and benefits to fishing. The beauty of the environment, the challenge, the relaxation, the simple joy of being outside, the fish caught and the big ones that got away are all among the reasons we fish. Intertwined are the relationships created during outings. Like many others, there are times when I would rather be on the water alone. One particular period of my life, I was working full time while going to night school working on my master’s degree. I had no time. Recognizing this, my wife all but demanded I go fishing. Entering the creek that morning, I was mentally exhausted. I perhaps fished 30 minutes before I wound up lying on a rock with the sun in my face. The sound of the creek and my feet in the cool water washed away a lot of stress. At other times, I’ve found the solitude allows me to commune amidst the creation with its creator. After all, even Jesus knew the merits of hanging out with fishermen. To quote Norman MacLean in A River Runs Through It, “And we were left to assume, as my younger brother Paul and I did… that all firstclass fishermen on the Sea of Galilee were flyfishermen... and that John, the favorite, was a dry fly-fisherman.” Over the decades, I’ve been blessed to meet hundreds of like-minded sportsmen. Some, I’d rather forget! However, looking back over fourplus decades, I cannot help but reminisce over what fishing friendships have meant. If you were fortunate to begin fishing young, you had at least one mentor. If you had a father or grandfather who took you on early fishing trips, hopefully you realize how blessed you were 6 NATIONAL

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and will joyfully pass that blessing to the next generation. Having no fishermen in my family tree, I adapted. Like-minded friends of my own age, aka the “Three Amigos,” myself, Keith and Steve, as well as their fathers and grandfathers, helped me along the way. Though my father didn’t fish, he worked in a textile mill alongside more than a few fishermen with whom I came into contact. Among them were the late Don Kirk, author of several books on fly fishing, and the late, great fly tyer Kirk Jenkins. To this day, the memory is burned in my mind of my father’s co-worker Charlie Murrell tying flies with me while camped on Forney Creek in the Smoky Mountains. I was 14 years old. Along the way, they and others taught me wading, casting and reading water, always instilling an interest and knowledge of the history of and respect for the locations where I trod as a young fisherman. Growing older meant adulthood; college, career and marriage entered the scene. Still, at least one of the Three Amigos besides myself has kept fishing, and we still get together when life permits. As we grow older and hopefully better in our pursuit, we’re sometimes blessed to invest in the future of our sport by sharing with the next generation. We instill in them an appreciation for the beauty and opportunity of wading in the crystal clear streams while sharing the history passed down to us. Those opportunities make us better fishermen. In teaching, we are forced to consider the intricate, basic skills of the sport, which over time can become blurred by repetition. As my mentors did with me, I am careful to not “over-coach.” This allows the student to make and learn from their

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mistakes. How awesome to be part of their first catch and to share in that accomplishment. If we’re lucky, at some point we are blessed to come into contact with equally experienced fishermen with whom we just click. The best fishing buddies possess a similar interest in locales and styles, but are different enough that we still learn from one another. The best fishing buddies become those who can finish your sentence, agree on the best places to fish, offer insight we didn’t consider and share learned tidbits, making both that much better. An additional bonus are those friends who are willing to take those crazy adventures such as night trips, remote bushwhacking treks and just downright crazy ideas for which they’ll catch it from their spouse when they eventually return home, well past curfew. I remember as kids how we were competitive. We even had the unofficial “Virgil Ward Award” for whoever landed the largest fish that day. Over time, a point is reached when you get just as much joy in watching a friend ply a hole for that big ol’ brown. Sometimes it’s a tag-team approach, with a spotter directing casts to a trophy fish. We realize as much excitement in our friend’s success as if it were our own, if not more! Lately, I’ve been stepping back… just a little… to give my buddy the first crack at a good run. Watching an artist at work, regardless of the canvas, is a joy. When that person is using all the combined skills of a stealthy approach, with the fly you both agree is best, making that cast in just the right spot and setting that hook, it’s like watching yourself from a distance. In that moment, you are just as elated to share and witness the moment. That moment is when you realize having a fishing buddy is priceless.

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s we head into winter fishing show season, many start shopping for good charters to fish in the coming season. The following points should save you some headaches.

Know Thyself The best thing to ensure a successful trip is to take a hard look at yourself and your crew—your experience, ages, skill levels and general disposition. Rough out your group’s hopes for the trip: Is the gear type of utmost import? Are you five old college friends for whom the trip’s fish tally comes after talking and laughing? Are you hoping to take home a load of fillets? There’s a possibility a port’s highliner—the guy who mohawks the fish every trip— could be the worst guy in town given your group’s criteria for success.

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fishery underway. One of the biggest problems fishermen encounter in destination fishing is pride prevents us from asking what we view as “googan” questions. We end up trying to convince our would-be hosts that we know what we’re doing and forget to ask the questions that might make that so. Ask the stupid question. If you’ve been hoping to land X species of X size your entire life, flush out as much detail as possible about the fishery: Are there certain windows of timing for the best fishing? Is tide stage a major factor? Every species and every region is full of caveats and idiosyncrasies. Full-time chartermen must fish as many days as they can book. You can’t expect to get straight answers to all your timing questions. You can, however, zero in on an area’s better tackle shops to fill in blanks. The quest for reliable intel is something you’ll have to patchwork together.

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he International Game Fish Association (IGFA), headquartered in Dania Beach, Fla., is the worldwide authority on record fish. The organization maintains a massive database of catches for almost any species you can think of and in numerous different categories. Every few months, IGFA releases a handful of recently approved new records. Here are some of the most impressive fish approved by IGFA this fall:

On July 1, 2021, Carl Carmody was fishing out of Hick’s Bay, New Zealand, when he landed the fish of a lifetime. This 355-pound, 6-ounce southern bluefin tuna is the second largest ever caught, weighing just 14 pounds shy of the current IGFA All-Tackle World Record. Carl was fishing aboard the Doctors Orders captained by Blake Sheridan when this fish struck a trolled lure. The impressive tuna earned Carl the IGFA Men’s 130-lb. Line Class World Record for the species.

Triana’s Sockeye Salmon Dennis Triana returned from an August trip to Alaska with a handful of records, including this 66-centimeter sockeye salmon that he landed on Aug. 14, 2021 to set the IGFA All-Tackle Length Record for the species. Dennis was fishing unguided on the Russian River in Alaska when the salmon struck a jig.

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Williams’ Chinook Salmon Bailey Williams was fishing with her husband on the Salmon River in Pulaski, New York on Sept. 12, 2021, when she landed this 12-pound, 12-ounce Chinook salmon. With this fish Bailey set the IGFA Women’s 2-kg (4-lb) Tippet Class World Record for the species. This beautiful salmon took an egg pattern on an 8-weight and was landed after a brief fight.

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On July 28, 2021, Ilya Sherbovich landed this beautiful 25-pound, 11-ounce Arctic char to set the IGFA Men’s 20-lb. Tippet Class World Record. Ilya was fishing the remote Taymyr Peninsula in northern Russia when he landed this amazing fish. The Taymyr Peninsula is located north of the Arctic circle, and is only accessible via helicopter. Ilya netted this colorful char after a seven-minute fight and released the fish after recording the proper documentation.

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his time of year, it can be tough to put fresh fish on the dinner table, especially close to shore, where cooler temps slow down the bite for the species we chase in summer. Sheepshead, however, are a species that continues to munch through the winter months. Here are some tips to help you load the freezer with delicious white-meat sheepshead.

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Sheepshead spawn in winter, and many will abandon their inshore homes for the rocks and reefs of deeper water nearshore. Although they will be in deeper water, sheepshead are known to stack up during the spawn, and the catching can be easy once you find them. A contingent will also remain inshore, on the same bridges, docks and rocks where they spend most of the year. So, whether you’d prefer to take a little ride or if you prefer to stay closer to home, chances are you can find sheepshead willing to bite.

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Sheepshead feed primarily on a diet of crustaceans, which they crunch up with their horse-like teeth. This is a species for which live bait is almost a requirement, and since it’s hard to bait a hook with barnacles, most anglers fish live or fresh-cut shrimp, frozen shrimp, fiddler crabs or sand fleas.

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A simple dropper rig, with the weight suspended below the hook, is the most popular rigging for sheepshead. The hook should be small enough to fit into their mouths, yet it must also be strong enough to withstand the crushing power of those teeth. In most instances, a #1 or 1/0 short-shank live bait hook is a good choice. Hide that hook in the bait as best as you can, because sheepshead can get finicky. The hook, or hooks, should be suspended a couple feet above a leader of 20-pound or heavier test. Teeth and structure are the primary reasons for the heavy leader. A 10-pound mainline on spinning gear is usually enough to handle the fight of sheepshead up to 5 pounds. One of the great things about a dropper rig is there’s a direct connection with no slack from the rod to the bait. It allows anglers to feel the slightest nibble and set the hook quickly. Sheepshead are also known as “convict fish,” and they are notorious bait thieves.

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Like any saltwater species, “heads” feed best on a moving tide. Whether you’re inshore or nearshore, you’ll be fishing some type of structure if you hope to catch sheepshead. Anchoring or position-locking the boat upstream of structure allows you to drift baits back into the strike zone for a natural presentation. The meat on a sheepshead is light and sweet. Cleaning them can be difficult because of their sharp spines and thick rib cages, but the resulting fillets are worth it.

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s I write tonight in late December 2021, I think back to December 2020. The Covid vaccine was about to become available for old people like me, and soon for everyone. The assumption was that everyone would get their vaccine as soon as they were eligible, and by January 2022, Covid would be pretty much a memory. What happened? What are the unvaccinated afraid of? Why are they choosing the possibility of hospitalization and death? January 2021, the US death count was around 300,000, and now January 2022, the death count has exceeded 800,000. Why? Please see this month’s yummy recipe, Bacon Corn Chowder with Shrimp on page 2. It is fast and easy and perfect for a chilly January evening. Serve with a salad and your favorite crackers or crusty bread. Winter fishing can be a challenge, but if anyone can help you, it is our NCF/NC guides. In our FREE magazine, they share very helpful information. If you need more help, or want to book a guided trip, call them. They love hearing from you. Thank you, John Freeze, for the scenic photos on this page. Stay smart, get your vaccine, stay well and stay alive. Pray for, and help if you can, our fellow Americans affected by the recent tornados. May 2022 be the best year of your life. Enjoy every precious day! Lynn Crutchfield Co-Publisher Coastal Angler Magazine of North Central Florida/ Nature Coast

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Heat a large pot over medium • 6 slices bacon chopped high heat. Add bacon to pan and • 1 cup diced onion cook until crispy. Remove and • ½ cup diced celery drain on paper towels. • 1 large garlic clove Add onion and celery and minced sauté until tender. Add garlic, • 1 teaspoon chopped thyme and bay leaf. Cook for fresh thyme (optional) two minutes stirring constantly. • 1 bay leaf Add corn and bay leaf. Cook • 2 cups frozen creamed for two minutes, stirring corn occasionally. • 2 cups chicken Add broth, bring to a boil and broth (preferably cook for five minutes. homemade) Stir in shrimp and cook for • ¾ pound peeled and 2 minutes or until shrimp are deveined medium done. shrimp Remove bay leaf Stir in half • ½ cup half and half and half, and salt and pepper. • Salt and pepper Crumble half of bacon over • Parsley minced and stir in. Crumble remainder of bacon and parsley over chowder. Serve with your favorite crackers or crusty bread. Comes together quickly and so good on a chilly January night! COASTALANGLERMAG.COM • THEANGLERMAG.COM

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ne of the great American painters who discovered many subjects in North Florida, was Winslow Homer (1836 – 1910). Known for his memorable paintings of marine subjects, both in England and Maine, he visited Florida and the Caribbean between 1888 and 1903 during the cold New England winters. His paintings of Key West, for example “Key West, Hauling Anchor,” captured watery scenes around the town. I used Homer’s “The By Kevin McCarthy Gulf Stream” on the cover of a book I co-authored on African Americans in Florida. The scene of an abandoned man, perhaps an escaped slave, on a boat that has lost its mast and rudder, while trying to avoid the circling sharks and worry about the approaching waterspout, horrified many viewers. Homer actually added the image of the schooner on the left horizon as a sign that the man would be rescued. When the painting was shown at New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art and some patrons criticized the brutality of the scene, Homer wrote annoyingly that “You can tell these ladies that the unfortunate negro who now is so dazed and parboiled [“agitated”] will be rescued and returned to his friends and home, and ever after live happily.” Homer was an avid fisherman and greatly enjoyed trying his luck around Homosassa near the Gulf of Mexico. His watercolor “On the Homosassa River” pictures a tropical landscape on an overcast day with billowing clouds. He once declared that fishing on that river was “the best in America.” His “Red Shirt, Homosassa” – so called because of the fisherman in the red shirt – depicts the deep foliage on the side of the river. And his “Black Bass, Florida” shows a fish leaping high for a lure.

“On the Homosassa River”

Fishermen on the Homosassa River will no doubt appreciate the keen eye that Homer had for the scenery and especially for the abundant fishing Winslow Homer available in that river. What Zane Grey did for fishing out of Long Key Fishing Camp in the Florida Keys in the early 1900s, and Ernest Hemingway did for deep-sea fishing off the Keys in the 1930s, Winslow Homer did for fishing in and around Homosassa in the early twentieth century. It’s possible that baseballers Lou Gehrig and Babe Ruth saw those paintings and were influenced to fish off the Gulf while attending spring training in St. Petersburg. So, while North Florida rivers like the Homosassa give fishermen much to rave about, famous painters like Winslow Homer found a different kind of pleasure there. Kevin McCarthy, the co-author with Maxine D. Jones of African Americans in Florida 1993 - (available at amazon.com), can be reached at ceyhankevin@gmail.com.

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intertime fishing, means the fish begin congregating in the rivers and creeks along Florida's Nature Coast! This time of the year is some of my favorite fishing, especially for very large snook. Although they are out of season, catching big, over-slot snook always makes an angler come back for more! I personally caught my biggest snook, and am now an honorary member of the 40-plus snook club, and I cannot be more excited! Snook tend to swim in schools in deeper holes in the rivers, and like to stay down deep where they can ambush their prey above their heads, while looking up for the perfect bait swimming by. Fallen trees along the river are also good places to cast a DOA Glow jerk bait. Rapala Xrap lures are my go-to for the fish that eat in deep holes, with long casts, so that I do not spook them or create a shadow of my boat over their heads. While reeling at various speeds to see what they're reaction time is, I am prepared to keep my line tight, once one takes the opportunity at my lure. The water clears up a lot during the winter so a 30 pound fluorocarbon leader is recommended to ensure they don't break off, and they are landed in the boat. In the creeks, I move slowly with my trolling motor looking for swirls of mullet on top of oyster bars. The redfish like a mud minnow attached to a floating cork (not a popping cork) with a short enough leader so that the bait isn't swimming into the rocks. I use a 1/16 ounce jig

head to have some weight in order to make a longer cast to the oyster bar. I would like to wish everyone a Merry Christmas and a very happy New Year! Captain Katie Jo Davis www.fishcrystalriverflorida.com 772-882-8932 KD OUTDOORS FISHING CHARTERS

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ere we are, 2022! Wow 2021 went by really fast. I hope everyone had a great Christmas and a great year. I know it was a bizarre year and difficult time for some. Hopefully, in between the dramas of 2021, you were able to get out on the water or in the woods. I wish everyone a healthy and prosperous new year. It is believed that the meaning of Homosassa, is derived from the Seminole’s meaning, “River of Fish”. With that being said, you can see why the Native Americans would have named it that during the winter months. January and February bring us our coolest months, and the river holds tons of fish! With the head springs pumping out a consistent 72-degree water temperature, it has the ability to keep the river water temperature significantly warmer than the Gulf. During this time the tribes would move their families to the river, where they could feast off daily catches of fresh fish. This was not so much of an option for them in the summer months. So, with that being said, my report for January will be similar to what the Native Americans would be doing this time of the year, fish the river! With the Gulf temperatures cool, look for the main rivers to produce good fishing for the next couple months. For snook, try straight jigs with Mirror Lure Lil Johns, DOA 5.5 CAL in glow and Mirror Dines for good bites along deep rocky points, with good moving water. These fish will sometimes find good ambush points, and be there in large numbers as well. So, if you have a good strike with a miss, don’t give up on that spot. A lot of times there will be more than one fish sitting in these spots. These same spots will also produce nice catches of snapper, drum, redfish and sometimes

trout. Fishing with live shrimp rigged on a jig head or a knocker rig will keep the rods bent. Also, look for big schools of Jacks in the river. You won’t miss their aggressive top water action! There will be some trout in the rivers, while some trout I believe, go offshore in the winter months. The ones who do stay inshore will transition from the river, to the river and creek mouths, based on water temperatures. So, if its mild, try the yellow hard bottom areas around the creek mouths. Popping cork rigs or J hooked DOA Cal will produce bites. If it’s really cold, then look for trout in the main river concentrating around deeper holes. Grouper season is closed. I know, stinks, right? However, if the weather is permitting, the near shore rocks can still be lots fun. Sheepshead will move in from offshore and bring great eats to the table. Shrimp on a jig head will be your go-to. Remember to pay attention to your wake this time of the year. Good fishing in the river means there will be a lot of boats in the river. You are responsible for your own wake. Be courteous to others. Capt. Stump Jonathan Hamilton 352-403-2073 www.captainjhamilton.com

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ello and I hope everyone is enjoying the cooler temperatures and the holidays, hopefully you have been on the water catching some fish. This time of year, I’m really focused on catching trout. The cooler temperatures can make trout fishing pretty good. When targeting trout, I look for hard bottom areas that have smaller fish and even birds. Birds just don’t eat bait fish. I like the lower parts of the tides; it seems to keep the trout concentrated. The beginning of the incoming, or the end of the outgoing, works well for me. I’ve been using DOA jerk baits, mirriodines and a popping cork with a short leader with a 1/16th oz. jig. As far as what I put on the jig every day, it is different. I always start with a little jon. If no success on artificial, live bait is always a good choice. With live bait, I’ll let it drift for a good distance over good bottom. Redfish have been moving inside to the creeks. Live shrimp are always a good choice when it comes to bait. If using artificial, I will slow the retrieval. This time of year, I like a JANUARY 2022

mirrordine, tied with a loop knot, and I will either use a slow and steady retrieve, or a couple twitches and a pause. Hope everyone has a safe and healthy New Year… Capt. James Kerr 352-362-6893 Citrusfishingchaters.com

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ey everyone, I truly hope each of y'all had a great Christmas! I know the fish had to be happy to be safe from our C&M custom baits for the day. It's cold, and with that comes those tide timing low water hardcore creek fishing days. Every fish and its momma is hanging in the creeks right now, and we love it! Let's talk about what to do once you're in those creeks. If you are blessed enough to have a trolling motor, then go ahead and get it ready to beat up those tree lines and shell beds. Also, try to put your boat one cast distance away from the bank, so you aren't right on top of the fish you're targeting. Casting slightly ahead of the boat will also help you fish for fish you haven't spooked. Look for dips and pockets on water depth change as well. Sometimes, these happen right off channels and around bends. From time to time, fish will stage in these areas.

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kay Forest "Slab-sters”, this is the type of crappie fishing I could get used to! Speckled perch are the goal for most anglers right now. Beautiful, chunky specks are being caught by the dozens. For boaters, the Ocklawaha and the St. John's River are your best bet to fill a cooler right now. Just troll along, and stop at each hyacinth patch for 10 minutes, until you find the one. (You will know!) Once you're catching fish, it's hard to leave, but make sure to move on; leaving some there makes it possible for them to re-stock. As for shoreside anglers, the dams at Moss Bluff and Rodman are easily accessed and full of fish. Minnows and multi-colored jigs (white, chartreuse and pink) fished deep under a bobber are the preferred baits. Because of November's temps, when December arrived, most people started wondering how cold this winter might get. Then, BAM, daytime temps jumped into the mid 80s. I'm writing this on Dec. 11th, and the two week forecast looks identical, every dang day. Now that doesn't mean it's set in stone or anything, but to all my fishin' pals and gals, that've theorized what this winter season has for us. (This is my opinion.) I may be wrong of course, and it could just be a standard, Florida winter. However, going by what I've seen, and how last winter turned out, I think we may be looking at the beginning of SPRING, Dec.11th! Crazy, I know. In case it does get super cold though, the key to mastering that style of fishing can get pretty expensive. A high-end fish finder with GPS is key, so you can see and mark, each brush pile and ledge as you pass over. Then, just plot a course and follow it, confident you're always exactly where you need to be. Traditional Sonar was great, but now we have units that use "CHIRP", which transmit a pulse 10x as long. Some cost as low as $200., with others as high as, "YEAH, RIGHT!!! As far as the smaller lakes and prairies, they're loaded with more big

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bass than ever, but remember, this is spawn season for bass. Do your best to get them back in the water ASAP, so they can get back to protecting the future populations! Remember, the biggest females always bed first. So keep your eyes peeled for large white circles of sand (beds) along the shallow grassy edges. Alright, that's it. You better get out there sooner than later, but only if you're looking to catch your fish of a lifetime. Happy New Years, and best of luck, bending your rods! John Freeze Kayak Fishing and Nature Tours OurNationalForrest@gmail.com 352-216-5798

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s I tell them on my boat, “I haven’t lied to you yet!” The second half of November was simply outstanding and so far, December is holding the same patterns and we are kicking butt and taking names. Water temps were up to 66 degrees as of Monday (Today is Wednesday December 8th) and the trout are loving every minute of it. We are catching fish on MirrOdines, EC. PFSBG, and 09. Paul Brown Devils, in EC, 91 and 98, Soft-Dines in 91, EC and 08(Pink) and Catch Jrs. in #11, EC & 808 in the series III. Oh, and if you wish to throw hard jerk baits, they have been eating those as well as, Bite-A-Bait fighters, Bomber Long A’s, and Cordell Redfins to mention just a few. Yes, yes, we also caught trout on live shrimp under a Back Bay Thunder, but not nearly as fast or fun as on the artificials. The best bait of all, bar none, has been Assassin’s 5 inch Shads rigged on a 5/0 offset worm hook fished un-weighted. This rig accounted for a four-hour bite with 44 keeper trout and 33 short trout released. We were throwing the NEW Laguna Shrimp pattern for that weekend. We have also slayed them on Stinky Pink and Pink Ghost. Yep “PINK” has been Hot! January could continue the present trends if Gulf water temps will hold around 60 degrees. Our 87 trout day had 59 plus degrees the whole trip. It will slow somewhat if we have a few days of frost between now and January. but if you watch the fronts and fish the warming trends, you should still have some great days out on the Gulf in JANUARY 2022

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ello from Yankeetown! I hope everyone had wonderful holidays, and spent some well needed time with the family. Here on the Nature Coast, the fishing hasn’t taken a break at all. Nearshore, the sheepshead bite should begin to fire off pretty good in January. After the windy cold and foggy filled December, we dealt with, all the grouper anglers, including myself, look forward to it. Sheepshead are a great table fare and are a very willing and patient fish to learn how to catch. They have good eyesight and a light bite, so a medium light action rod and a small spinning reel with light braided line, and a long fluorocarbon leader will always do the trick. On the business end, I like a 2/0 circle or octopus style hook and a fish finder rig with a 1 to 2 oz. sinker, depending on the current. The bait of choice is either live shrimp, preferably smaller, and or a small crab. Either a blue crab or a fiddler crab will suffice. The limit of sheepshead is 8 per person, per day and most of us guides and avid fisherman know just how difficult that many sheepshead can be to clean, so we like to limit customers or ourselves to 5 per person, and look for other tasty things to add to the fish box. Inshore, the redfish and trout bite has remained steady, with most of the fish in and around the river and creeks this time of year. A big live shrimp fished in and around the rocky deep outcroppings in the rivers and creeks is the way to go. This time of year, I prefer to keep it simple and use a light jig head and a long leader, as I know I’ll be retying quite a few jig-heads throughout the adventure. The trout have settled into almost any area that has some depth and rock grass. A popping cork and a light fluorocarbon leader, with a gulp

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18-inch bull whiting, has a small mouth. This time of year, they are mainly feeding on small donax clams. These are also referred to as coquina or periwinkle clams. When it comes to hook size for whiting, I drop down from a 2/0 to a number 1 circle hook. A double dropper rig, which has ten different names, anchored with a sputnik sinker, gets the job done. My go-to baits are fresh clams and FKS/FDS. These are fresh killed shrimp and fresh dead shrimp. Fresh killed, is live shrimp placed in a plastic container with no water. Then buried in ice until used. These shrimp will stay good for days. You just cannot beat fresh bait. I usually get three baits from each shrimp. I cut the horn and the tail fan off. Then get two baits from the tail, plus the head. If you want to catch some wintertime pompano, it will require a road trip. The exact spot for these silver nuggets will depend solely on the water temp. When you find 66 to 70, you will find the fish. Somewhere between New Smyrna and Juno will be the sweet spot. Just use the internet and the satellites to plan your getaway. I usually stay in Vero, so I can range north to Melbourne or south to Juno. I wish all of you a Happy New Year and tight lines. Cheers to screaming drags and coolers full of good eats. See you on the beach. 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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quality within the Indian River Lagoon. Because this trial effort is a management action that has not been tried before, it is unknown how many manatees will visit the site or how much vegetation individual manatees will consume. The goal of this action is to reduce manatee mortality. It will not eliminate it. Beyond on-site support, FPL is substantially contributing to other manatee response operations by working with the Fish & Wildlife Foundation of Florida to obtain an additional FWC rescue truck and provide on the ground assistance. “Environmental stewardship is a critical aspect of FPL’s continued efforts to deliver clean, reliable and affordable energy to its customers,” said Kate MacGregor, FPL vice president of environmental services. “For over 30 years, we have worked closely with state and federal agencies to ensure manatees are protected and we stand ready to support FWC and USFWS in their ongoing conservation efforts for this important species.” Report injured, distressed, or dead manatees to the FWC Wildlife Alert Hotline at 888-404-3922.

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was a limit, so my “limit” was when I had a cooler full. Back then I was selling them, so I didn’t have a problem keeping big numbers. One of the standout colors was chartreuse at night. This produced more bites than anything else, and that was what I was looking for. The more I fished the old faithful chartreuse MirrOlure, the more I loved it. But then we discovered the Rattle Trap. This was a complete game changer. Not only could you keep in touch with it, due to the resistance and vibration on the plug, but you could also cast it into the wind and a long distance. Now I have come full circle back to fishing what they really eat best of all… a shrimp. A soft plastic (DOA) shrimp on a jig head, the 3/8oz. Barefoot Jig. Primarily, I have been talking about speckled trout up to this point, but redfish and snook are especially good candidates for a night bite. All three of these species are programmed to eat a shrimp in the current. So, make the best out of the shortened daylight hours. Get in the boat after work and go fish the night shift. For more info on this jig head and D.O.A. shrimp combo, visit these websites: Barefootcatsandtackle.com or Rigandjig.com.

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“We are very excited for the opportunity to host the Bassmaster Classic once again on Lake Hartwell,” said Neil Paul, Executive Director of Visit Anderson. “The leadership of Anderson County has made a significant commitment to Green Pond Landing and the marketing efforts of Lake Hartwell, and we expect another record-breaking event with our teammates from Greenville. “Hosting our fourth Bassmaster Classic on Lake Hartwell is significant to our community because no other fishery will have hosted more Bassmaster Classic events. Having hosted this great event in the past, we can speak first hand to the significant economic impact it will have on the upstate of South Carolina and the impact of residual tourism that will be felt in Anderson County for years to come.” The 2022 Classic will feature 55 qualifiers with berths earned through the Elite Series, the Opens, the TNT Fireworks B.A.S.S. Nation circuit, the Carhartt Bassmaster College Series presented by Bass Pro Shops and the Bassmaster Team Championship, plus the defending Bassmaster Classic champion and winner of the final Elite Series event of the 2021 season. They will compete in the no-entry-fee event for their share of a whopping $1 million purse, with the champion earning $300,000. For more information, go to www.bassmaster.com.

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