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or those who want to catch a heavy speckled trout, April is perhaps your best opportunity. April trout are still heavy from their lowered metabolism of winter. They are heavy with eggs and about to spawn. This makes April a prime month for heavy fish. The warmer water also makes them extremely aggressive and more willing to strike artificial lures of all styles. Let’s go over the how, when and where to target trophy trout in the spring. How: When water temp reaches the low to mid 70s, topwater action can be some of the best of the year. Aggressive trout are attracted by the rattling sound and erratic sway of the cigarshaped lures. You can’t go wrong with bone/white/ silver or a combination of these colors. I like to match the size to the conditions and forage in the immediate area. Required casting distance and surface conditions also play a vital role in my decision making. In rougher conditions, I typically use a large lure. The rattles of various lures also have different pitch. I prefer to use the higher pitch over a muddy bottom and a lower tone over sand, grass or shell. Slow-sinking, rattling, shad-style twitch baits

are also a good choice when trout don’t want to “rise” to the occasion. I prefer these lures with near-mirror reflective finishes. They do an excellent job of impersonating a wounded baitfish, and no large spawning trout in its right mind will pass up an injured baitfish. I can’t leave out the most versatile trout lure of all, the soft plastic. There are many styles, sizes and colors, but I prefer those that give more bang for the buck. When the fish are aggressive, I steer toward a soft plastic with a larger paddle that vibrates, creates a great swimming motion even on the pause, and one that rattles. These three components stimulate a fish’s lateral line, and they can’t resist the need to feed. When: I plan trips according to the solunar tables. I make every effort to be at my spot fishing during peak feeding times so that I’m not traveling from spot to spot when the fish are eating. Where: In spring, I direct my attention to grass flats. Wading is the superior method to consistently catch large trout, but you can still target flats from a boat. I prefer a flat with broken grass patches, potholes, channels, the dreaded prop scar or anything else that breaks up the grass to create ambush points for trout. Try to cover each transition from multiple angles, as trout will

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atching big pelagics is one of those “someday” goals for many kayak anglers. Venturing into the open ocean under paddle power after species like kingfish, mahi, sailfish and tuna can seem daunting to anglers accustomed to inshore waters or freshwater lakes and rivers. The first question you might have is: “Where am I going to find them?” Inshore, there are grass flats, mangroves and channels drop-offs that offer kayak anglers good places to start. Offshore waters don’t always give up information quite as easily, but the clues are out there. You just have to know what you’re looking for. The ocean is a big place, but I believe 10 percent of the water holds 90 percent of the fish. Narrowing it down to that 10 percent is the first step. Start your research off the water by locating a beach or other launch point that is close to hard bottom, wrecks or a reef line. This can be done with a little online research and a good mapping chip for your GPS. When the day comes to venture into the pelagic zone, take some time on the beach before heading out. Know the current, wind and water conditions. Is it calm? Is it rough? Are there a lot of weeds on the beach? Is there bait close to shore? Which way is the wind blowing? Answering these questions helps you decide what baits to use and at what depths to fish them. In general, calm days call for running baits deeper in the water column. With some surface chop or visible action on top—like bait jumping or fish breaking the water—run baits closer to the surface. Other things to look for are rips, color changes, birds and weed lines. A rip is an area where two currents meet. The water will look more turbulent than surrounding areas. A defined color change will have strong current running along its edge. Usually these color breaks and rips consolidate debris and weeds, and often birds will hover over these areas. The weeds and current attract bait, which in turn attract the pelagics. When you’re offshore, you have to take what the ocean gives you. Anything that looks different than the surrounding water is a place to put baits out. If you find yourself on the water with no wind, surface activity or weeds, look to your GPS to show you the way to hard bottom, structure, rock piles or reefs. There will always be some type of baitfish around these areas to attract pelagics. Find the bait, and you will find the fish. If you are new to offshore kayak fishing or are thinking about trying it, this information should give you a start on your quest to land a pelagic from your kayak.

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ennessee’s Lake Chickamauga has garnered a lot of press in recent years for giant largemouth bass. The introduction of Florida-strain largemouths certainly paid off for this 60-mile-long Tennessee River impoundment. The thing is, all the hype over bucketmouths has overshadowed world-class fisheries that already existed on the Tennessee River from Chickamauga down through Chattanooga. Flowing between high ridges of The Scenic City, the big river pumps out some pretty spectacular action for catfish and smallmouth bass. Richard Simms, of Scenic City Charters, said the fishing heats up with water temperatures this time of year. Whether you’re looking for bigshouldered river smallies, giant blue cats—or a little bit of both—right now is the time to be on the water. Smallmouth Bass: The Chickamauga tailrace lights up with aggressive smallies in spring. They feed up in a 10-mile stretch below the dam. Simms said fishing jigs and soft plastics around rip-rap, current seams and edges is productive. But drifting live threadfin shad or shiners with the current leads to faster action. With light 6-poundtest line enticing the most bites, any smallmouth is a handful. They typically run from 2 to 4 pounds on the river, and a decent day will produce 10 to 15 of

these scrappy bronzebacks. Simms said to expect a mixed bag on live bait. Everything eats shiners, so anglers will also catch white bass, spotted bass, largemouth bass, crappie, yellow bass, catfish and maybe a striped bass. Catfish: Big blue catfish are abundant on the Tennessee River from Chickamauga Dam all the way down through Chattanooga. When flows are right, the tailrace can be very good. When too much water is being released from the dam, Simms heads up to the reservoir. Either side of the dam, the prespawn bite peaks in April. “Both fisheries hold great big catfish,” said Simms, “and pre-spawn is a great time for catching trophy fish.” On the reservoir, deep drop-offs and river channel holes with structure are the places to vertical drop cut skipjack herring, bluegill or chicken breast. Below the dam, Simms drift fishes those same baits on light 10-pound tackle. In 2009, Simms’ client, Jerry Uhrine, caught a 52-inch-long, 75-pound blue catfish on 10-poundtest line. It is a National Freshwater Fishing Hall of Fame line-class record. “That light tackle technique is really fun because the average catfish we catch is 5 to 10 pounds,” said Simms. “Those 10 to 20 pounders aren’t unusual,

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April action can be fast and furious off the Outer Banks. Here’s one on deck and another on the line.

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he Outer Banks of North Carolina needs little introduction to fishing fans. A true angling Mecca, it boasts super action with striped bass, red drum, cobia, sea trout and a host of inshore species while also offering tremendous offshore action for tuna, billfish, wahoo, mahi and additional pelagic favorites. These ocean predators really get your blood boiling in April, when the action comes alive 25 to 30 miles offshore. “We really do see a great mix of blue water species in April,” said charter Capt. Dan Rooks of the 51-foot custom Carolina Sportfisher, Tuna Duck (252-216-6160; http://tunaduck.com) which sails out of Hatteras Harbor Marina (252-986-2166; https://www.hatterasharbor.com.) “Typical action this month sees yellowfins in the 40- to 70-pound class, blackfin tuna weighing 20 to 25 pounds, and wahoo to 60 pounds. Early in the month, you might also deck a bluefin while the end of the month sees white marlin, blue marlin and sailfish arrive on the scene. Many of the big blues will top 400 pounds.” It’s the combination of bottom structure and a meeting of offshore currents that draws big game species to these waters, explained Rooks. The warm waters of the Gulf Stream flowing up from the south and cool waters of the Labrador Current dropping down from the north meet along the edge of the continental shelf, providing sharp temperature breaks that stack squid, ballyhoo, flying fish and other baitfish. Match a Anglers aboard Capt. Dan Rook’s Tuna Duck Charters celebrate a break over some structure, and you have a great spot to start hefty tuna that slammed a popper off North Carolina’s Outer Banks. your search. “It’s not as important that the temperature break be large as that it be well-defined,” noted Rooks. “I’ve seen breaks here as small as half-a- said. “A storm might push the cool water farther out or bring warmer water degree and as large as 20 degrees. Any break can produce if the surrounding closer in, so you constantly need to make adjustments. Expect to spend some conditions are right. Look for clean water, active baitfish and plenty of life. time searching out the fish even if they were stacked up just a day before. That’s one plus for heading out with a charter skipper; we’re on the water daily, Those are tip-offs that you are in the right area.” Although he’ll sometimes jig or work poppers for tuna, Rooks spends which helps us keep track of shifting currents, temperature breaks and baitfish most of his time trolling. His favorite setup is a natural dead-bait spread, with schools. Some days you find the predators sooner than others – but never give eight ballyhoo trolled in a V-pattern at 7 knots. He works hard to drag his up hope because once you dial ’em in, the fishing here is as good as it gets.” Anglers looking to trailer to this area can find transient dockage, fuel, hotel offerings across structure points, where temperature breaks are discovered accommodations and a boat launch ($10) all at Village Marina (252-986-2522; using on-board temperature gauges and satellite imagery. “The breaks move, of course, and you need to be aware of that,” Rooks www.villagemarinahatteras.com) in Hatteras. COASTALANGLERMAG.COM • THEANGLERMAG.COM

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n a lifelong pursuit of many fish up and down the East Coast, I finally found the species that constantly holds me in awe when I planted roots in northeast Florida more than 30 years ago. With their beauty, strength and tenacity, redfish are second to none. At one point not too many years back, redfish were almost was wiped out, but with good conservation they bounced back in a big way. They have become one of Florida’s pet fish, a favorite of many anglers, that have provided untold hours of fun. Of all the redfish studies conducted, one intensive study by South Carolina’s Dr. Charles Wenner stands out as one of the best. He dissected the habitat of the species and really gives insight as to where, when and what they do. North Florida’s Atlantic coast offers prime habitat that allows redfish to grow to enormous size. Here are some interesting tidbits gleaned from Dr. Wenner’s study. The world record redfish weighed 94 pounds, 2 ounces and was caught out of Avon, N.C. on the Outer Banks. With a range that extends from the Texas Gulf Coast all the way to Maryland and Delaware in the Atlantic, they are also called red drum, spottails, channel bass, redfish and puppy drum. After hatching, juvenile reds grow to about a half-inch in a short period of time and then move from deep water to shallow estuaries. They love our spartina grass flats, where they begin the transition from fry to sub-adults. This occurs during the fall and winter, when they don’t eat much. They remain fairly inactive while waiting for spring. When spring sets in, their metabolism kicks into high gear. By July, juveniles can grow to 7 to 8 inches or longer by

eating small crabs, shrimp and small fish. Redfish mature at about 33 inches and 5 years of age. They typically begin the spawning cycle around the last moon of August and peak from October into November, depending on water temperature. Males produce a drum-like sound, hence the name red drum, which draws the females close and lets the school know it’s time to spawn. Dr. Wenner studied eight females and 22 males in a huge tank. They produced 60 million eggs in a three-month period. Large individuals reach a ripe old age of 45 to 50 years. That’s a long time for a fish to live, so be sure to handle big ones carefully. One of the coolest things I learned was that a redfish tagged in Bulls Bay, S.C. was caught 189 days later in Mantanzas Inlet, Fla. That’s quite a journey for a fish that measured 18 inches to start. Most redfish only travel about 5 to 10 nautical miles from where they were hatched. Capt. Kirk Waltz is a radio talk show host, writer and charter captain who runs Enterprise Fishing Charters. Like them on Facebook or Instagram or go to www.Enterprisefishingcharters.com. Listen to the Outdoors Show in the First Coast area every Saturday on 1010am or 92.5fm from 7-10 a.m.

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n fishing, it often pays to be suspicious. Unchecked hearsay saturates the pursuit, and it all amounts to an unfortunate barrier that every novice angler must confront. As a result, few people ever really get good at this sport. For the proficient angler, a thorough understanding of fish and their habitat ushers fishing far closer to a science than it does to a crapshoot. As humans, we are born only with an understanding of how to operate on dry land. We are able to breathe, to move about, and we know how to seek out comforts and avoid dangers. These capacities do not translate to the marine environment. We are biologically unfit to survive beneath the water’s surface, and most people, therefore, cannot empathize with the aquatic world. Water is an incredibly different medium than air. The most tangible distinction is the tremendous shift in density from one medium to the next. The sea is roughly 800 times denser than the air. Think about that for a moment. Sea creatures, as a result, don’t experience the constraints of gravity that land-based organisms endure. Their bodies are perpetually supported by water. This leads to a phenomenon known as indeterminate growth, which allows fish to continue growing throughout their lives. If a fish keeps living, it keeps growing. Such a trait can give rise to colossal specimens, but it requires a feat of survival. The sea is the ultimate crucible of life and death—a domain where mistakes spell doom and second chances are nonexistent. A seemingly endless, hopelessly convoluted food web blankets the planet’s marine ecosystems, bridging regions that are separated by immense distances and orchestrating the fates of all organisms that make their home in the sea. There is no getting ahead in this world; survival ensues on a meal-by-meal basis. Predatory fish, masters of instantaneous evaluation, must promptly determine the risk and reward in every feeding opportunity. Each decision a gamefish makes will dictate whether it perishes or lives long enough to feed again. The fundamental duty of all fish is to eat without being eaten by something else. From its earliest days as a fledgling hunter, the survival of any gamefish is contingent on its ability to carry out this task. Most will not even have the good fortune of transcending their formative stage as hunters of plankton. The minority that survive long enough to contribute a new generation to the sea will do so by becoming proficient in sensing danger and making good predatory choices. This is why big gamefish are so hard to catch; their size is a reflection of a lifetime of excellent judgment. A big fish is a smart fish, an experienced fish. John Saporito is a lifelong fisherman and student of the seas. Visit him online at www.guerillaangling.com.

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RIGGED OUT COOLER: On an SUP, your cooler is much more than an icebox. Mounted to the deck just aft of the middle of the board, it is a seat, a work surface and a great place to mount rod holders. Consider getting a cushion for comfort. Mount vertical rod holders to the cooler. Opt for a cooler top with a tray or cup holders to keep stray tackle from going overboard.

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STREAMLINE GEAR: An uncluttered deck reduces hassle and makes fishing from an SUP much more fun. Take only what you need, which should include no more than a couple rods and reels and a small ith the explosion of kayaks and stand-up paddleboards (SUPs) in selection of tackle. Some folks like a strapped-down milk crate or a fishing, new boats have hit the market combining the best features 5-gallon bucket for holding gear. Others prefer to wear their gear in a tackle of both. Some even draw on the benefits of skiffs, including motor pack. You’ll also want pliers and fish grips on a lanyard. A small dry bag is power, to become hybrid vessels more like one-man flats boats. good for your phone, wallet and keys, because everything is going to get wet. This evolution of fishing vessels is good, but sometimes the results bear little resemblance to what drew people to the pursuit to begin with. Access to PADDLE LEASH: Tie down anything you mind losing, and this backwaters, portability, stealth and an elevated position are three advantages includes your paddle, which you’ll be up the creek without. Many prefer of SUP fishing. But the reasons most people get into it are cost-savings and a paddle leash with a waist loop. The other end ties off to the paddle simplicity. It’s like bank fishing with much better access. a couple feet below the handle. With the paddle head resting on the The unique experience is a primary driver for SUP anglers. The following board, the handle hangs right off your hip. With a little practice, this setup are a few tips to enhance that experience. allows for one-handed maneuvering of the board. Photo courtesy of Kaku

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any kayak fishermen enter the sport as fishermen, not kayakers. Therefore, fundamental paddling skills are typically relatively low. Through necessity and self-discovery, most of us learn how to make a kayak move in the direction needed. But many bad habits are developed in the process, and bad habits can put stress on a paddler’s shoulders. Taking the time to learn correct paddling strokes will increase time on the water and decrease the chance for injury. The forward stroke is the most basic of all paddle strokes, and it’s usually the first one beginning paddlers figure out on their own. It’s also the most important stroke to perform correctly because you’ll use it 90 percent of the time. The key to a correct forward stroke is to engage the large muscles of the core and use them to power the stroke instead of our arms and shoulders. Performed correctly, the stroke is more efficient and allows you to paddle farther with less discomfort. Engage core muscles by rotating your torso as you reach forward to plant the blade in the water. As the blade is drawn toward you, unwind your torso to power the stroke, keeping your arms relatively straight. A great method for learning the concept is to hold the paddle out in front of you, arms completely straight, and paddle only by rotating your torso. The reverse stroke is another basic stroke that is learned relatively early by new paddlers. This stroke can put extremely high levels of stress on the shoulders when done incorrectly. To begin the reverse stroke, fully rotate your torso and plant the paddle blade at the stern of the boat. Then unwind your torso, powering the stroke, and bring the blade out of the water when it is even with your hips. It will take practice, but eventually you should be rotating far enough that the paddle shaft is horizontal with the side of the kayak, and if you were to drop the paddle it would land in the water without hitting the kayak. The draw stroke is one that, now that I’ve learned it, I cannot paddle without. The draw is used to move the kayak sideways. To perform the draw, rotate your torso until you are facing sideways in the direction you want to travel. Reach out, turn the paddle blade horizontal with the kayak, plant it in the water and draw it toward you. To recover, turn the blade 90 degrees and slide it through the water away from the kayak. Rotate it horizontally, and draw it back toward you. Repeat as necessary. Mastering the correct versions of these strokes will greatly improve your paddling experience and increase your time on the water. Youtube has several excellent channels that illustrate proper stroke techniques. One of my favorite channels is SeaKayakingTV, and there are several others that are top notch.

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or most April editions, I begin with happy thoughts about Spring. This year however, happy Spring thoughts are overshadowed by scary thoughts of this out-of-control virus. My thoughts are with all of you. I do believe that going out on your boat (or with a guide) in the fresh air, has to be about as safe an activity as you can find. Please follow the healthy guidelines suggestions. I believe that we will all survive. New advertising partners this month include Cricket cell phone service, page 2. Also, see page 2 for two fishing tournaments, Pete’s Pier King of the Bay in Crystal River and Taking the Crown, in Steinhatchee. See page 10 for the CCBA tournament in Homosassa. Big prize money out there! Recipe this month is Spaghetti Carbonara with Pan Seared Shrimp. This dish requires a little more prep than most that I share with you, but it is well worth it. It is absolutely delicious! My river (Suwannee) has been steadily rising for about a month, but I don’t really expect a flood unless South GA gets a big a big rain in the near future. Come enjoy the Suwannee; spring is “springing” and it is gorgeous! The yellow flowers you see on this page, are growing at the edge of the swamp in my back yard. The river photo with little boy on rope swing, is my front yard. Thank you, John Freeze, for beautiful the sunset (or is it sunrise?). Wash your hands, check on your neighbors and stay well. Lynn Crutchfield Co-Publisher Coastal Angler Magazine of North Central Florida/ Nature Coast

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hen fishermen and other sportsmen plan their headstones for after their death, they usually put something of importance to them on the stone, whether words of wisdom, or engravings of fishing/hunting scenes, or even a picture of themselves. Having wandered through dozens of cemeteries in Florida and elsewhere, I have come upon some particularly noteworthy scenes clearly in reference to fishermen. By Kevin McCarthy It might be something as simple as a model of a favorite species of fish, for example a trout or shark or salmon. Some choose to have high-tech laser etchings done of a jumping fish, its species to be determined by individual taste. I found one tombstone of a man who had clearly liked to hunt and fish in his lifetime. His tombstone had a deer incised at one corner, and a jumping fish in the other corner. Or it might be a generic deer or fish for a hunter/fisherman. The words used in place of “Died” or “Passed on” might be “Gone fishin.” A longer version of that favorite one: “Gone fishing,’ the sign said that hung upon the door. An angel had put it there. God was waiting on the shore.” A particularly personal engraving on one person’s headstone shows the man fishing with two children, clearly commemorating good times for the family. A cremation urn for a boater/ fisherman shows a man in a boat holding up a caught trout. My children gave me a framed “Fisherman’s Prayer” that hangs on my wall with these words; “God, grant that I may live to fish until my dying day, And,

when it comes to my last cast, I then most humbly pray, When in the Lord’s safe landing net I’m peacefully asleep, That in His mercy I be judged As big enough to keep.” For someone named Fish, wordlovers can have fun with something like this: “Worms are bait for fish/But here’s a certain change: Fish is bait for worms – Isn’t that really strange?” Some have had placed in their coffin important memorabilia. Ronnie Van Zant (1948 – 1977), who founded the Lynyrd Skynyrd Band, was killed when the plane he was flying in, crashed in Mississippi. His family had his favorite fishing pole placed inside his coffin before he was buried in Jacksonville, Florida. In the end ,I’ve decided to have my body cremated, the ashes to be spread over the Gulf of Mexico, reminding my descendants to check the direction and force of the wind before scattering me.

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hope everyone is enjoying the warmer weather and the sunshine, I know we are here in Crystal River. The warmer water, combined with the good tides this time of the year, makes for some of the best fishing conditions. The transition from cooler months to the warmer months really fires up the fish. Trout- The bite has been really good. I’ve been fishing the falling outgoing tide, especially if it’s in the late afternoon/evening. This time of year, they will move from all the creeks and shallow water to the deeper flats, but you can still get them inside as well. When I’m looking for them in the deeper water (4 to 8-foot range) I’ll look for kelp on the bottom. I’ll use 1/16 or 1/8 jig tipped with a Little John. Sometimes you have to throw a few different colors to see what they want. Pay attention to birds and bait. You can drift until you find some. Another technique I use once I find fish is, I’ll use my spot lock on my trolling motor to hold my position and thoroughly cover the area. Remember, there are new regulations with trout. It’s really been awesome releasing big trout to help sustain our fishery. Reds- This time of year, the red fish bite is awesome. I really like to target bigger fish. I’ll start my days either early or late, paying attention to the tides. I like the beginning of the incoming, or the whole falling tide. If I have clients, pinfish are always a good bait. Free-lined with a good circle hook is best. Pay attention to the mullet; they will tell you where the reds are. For artificial, I’ll use DOA jerk baits or a mirriodine. Look for hard bottom areas with good water flow. Take your time when approaching the areas you are going to fish. I always troll up, or let the wind and tide take me in. You would be amazed at how many more fish you catch by taking a slower approach.

Snook are pretty much everywhere the reds are. Look for good moving water, bait, and areas where they can easily ambush their prey. A large pin fish is always a good selection. As far as artificial, there’s a wide selection that you can use. They like fast baits; it helps to get a reaction strike. I prefer a mirrordine with a steady retrieve. Up your leader size as well I would use nothing less than 40 lbs. The Plantation on Crystal River is a great place to stay and relax. Come on down, book a room and go fishing. Pete’s Pier in Crystal River is having its first annual King of the Bay fishing tournament May 8-9th. There’s going to be arts and crafts venders, live music, fishing venders and food trucks. Check them out at PetesPier.com Tight lines and fish hard. Capt. James Kerr 352-362-6893 Citrusfishingchaters.com

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pril should be the name of a long-ago girlfriend you can't forget, because once a year, she comes back around, offering the thing you desire most--great fishing. April is spring, and spring is great fishing for all fish. Inshore the most, where fish are flooding the flats, with inexperienced anglers having, perhaps the best day ever. Guides, or local experts, producing exceptional catches of trout, redfish, and such, with a surprise early cobia cruising the flats. I'd be the Don Quixote of guides during this time of year, because I'd know beforehand the fish dragons would be slayed early, with my being not only self-heroic, but to others as well. That would be awesome if only I could figure out how to mount a 150 hp plus outboard, to the stern of my donkey. Anyway, the flats will burst with life, because the grass flat are flourishing. The grand return of pinfish from offshore, and the arrival of bait pods coming up from the south, culminating to a loud ringing diner bell for every shallow-water fish. Cast out your bait and be a Quixote hero. The same phenomenon is occurring offshore. The bait pods are arriving, the pelagics are trailing them, and the fishing can be seen on the rod tip. Spanish mackerel and kingfish are escorting the bait pods. Live or fresh baiting around such bait areas is successful. “Razor spring Spanish” will savage any baits cast-netted from the schools, live or dead. Begin with 30 lb. mono leader. If that is cutoff with regularity, twist on a foot section of #1 to #2 wire. In time, kingfish cruise amongst the Spanish—they like to eat the Spanish. So, if you have a wire harness for a live bluerunner, or Spanish, flip one, maybe two, out on the leeward side, underneath a large slip cork. That trick needs to be done using a reel combo with exceptional line capacity of 20 to 30-pound test mono, or equivalent braided line. It is always best to let the kingfish run wild from the reel drag as opposed to

tightening down, to horsing the fish to the boat. Over excretion from the fisherperson, will only pull the hook from their mouth, and that goes for live, dead or artificial baits. For kingfish production, trolling is the best method. Trolling covers the most ground, while providing a method to present various styles of bait, such as, spoons, dusters, plugs etc. in a varied vertical and horizontal pattern. More baits can be set-back for more opportunities. Never exceed your skill-set, or boat design, to form a multi-strand thin line trolling malfunction. It is always better to troll quality, than a water rake behind the boat.

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Capt. Pat with a nice redfish

rout are taking off like crazy, according to all reports as of this week. (March 13 today) Doug Garwood, and his good buddy, Joe Duncan, down from Dalton, Ga. have caught quality trout and flounder all week, using the Ole Walmart Renegades, a hard jerk bait similar to a 14 A Bomber made in the 90’s. Trout are taking Redfins, MirrOdines, Paul Brown Devils, and I guess almost anything else you throw at them, as the water temps are soaring back to the lo 70’s for the first time since January, up from 55 degrees this past Saturday (March 7th). Depths of 2.0 to 3.5 feet seem to be the ticket when the bite is on. April should be outstanding, as our weather this week includes seven days over 80 degrees. Who can say how warm it will be by late April, but I wouldn’t be surprised to find trout spawning by then? If so, I would ply depths of 3 to 5 feet, expecting the large sow trout to be feeding night and day, to feed their eggs, and that makes for an aggressive bite, and usually means almost any style of bait will take nice trout. We have yet to see any pelagic bait show up from down south, so when that happens, your true topwater (stick baits) fishing will be “on”. Once you begin seeing the schools of ballyhoo on the surface, set up your drifts accordingly. Top Pups, Top Dog Jr.s, SkitterWalks, and Zara Spooks will all take quality trout off the top. Color: bone, bone and let’s see, BONE. Yeah, throw your favorite, but always have “bone” ready to go. Gold, with an orange belly would be my second choice. I will be drowning some live pinfish on my One More Cast charters, by mid to late April, but

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don’t think I won’t be dreaming about tossing topwater most of the time. Redfish have already begun taking Thunder-Spins and other Jigspinners, so have one tied on, and don’t forsake your weedless spoons. I will be using the HEX spoons by Cajun Thunder (Precision Tackle) in Gold and Copper with my favorite size, the 1/2-ounce Spoon. Meanwhile, Let's Go Fishing! Pat McGriff dba One More Cast guide service for 30 years! www.onemorecast.net onemorecast@gtcom.net 850.838.7541

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pring is in the air everybody! Bait is pouring into our waters, and lots of the predator fish you love to catch, are right on schedule eating them up! Red fish have moved out of the creeks and can be caught around our bigger islands and oyster bars. They are looking for mullet and bait fish. On my charters, my go-to is a chunk of steamed mullet that is about an inch thick. Fish that bait, on the bottom, with your favorite jig head. I like to use 30 lb. green power pro line. If I am fishing with a mud minnow or pin fish, which I prefer, I use a 2 oz. egg with a foot and a half of 50 lb. fluorocarbon attached to a triple swivel. An 8 in. piece of 20 lb. fluorocarbon, with a 4/0 owner circle hook. Remember, if you set this hook, you might lose your fish, so let it take the bait, and raise and reel. Trout are still loving our grass flats so

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ixed bag opportunities are plentiful here off Citrus County, for the month of April. This is month is one of our prime months for fishing, and just about every species we have to offer is a possibility. From trout, to red fish, to mackerel, to tripletail, to cobia, etc. It’s time to go fishing! Cobia will be making an appearance as April comes around. Keep and eye out when cruising the flats, and running by channel markers. I always like to have a stout spinning rod accessible, rigged with a large soft plastic jerk bait for when a cobia is seen. Lead the cobia by a couple feet, and began aggressively twitching the bait. Be ready for the strike; this is sight fishing at its finest. Large “gator” trout can be found on the shallow hard bottom areas, near shore rock piles, and spoil islands. For targeting the shallow locations such as rock flats and oyster bars, I have great success with DOA soft plastic glow colored jerks baits, deadly combo shrimp cork rigs and MirrOlure MirrOdines. The near-shore rock piles between Homosassa and Crystal River in 5 to 8 feet of water, will be holding schools of trout as well. 1/8th oz jig heads rigged with MirrOlure Lil’ Johns and DOA cal shad tail soft plastics are a recipe for success. Fish around the rock piles, and any cast could bring trout, sea bass, flounder, grouper, etc. It’s really fun fishing. Red fish can be scattered form the outside points, to the backcountry. It’s best to cover

some water until you start seeing fish, as opposed to anchoring up and point fishing. Once the fish are located, there will be more around, and you‘ll likely be in the zone. Spoons, jerk baits and select sized live shrimp will keep the rod bent. Also, be ready for a snook or two! They are on the same points as the red fish, and pretty much prefer the same baits. The season is still open, so have your snook stamp, and try to find that slot fish. King fish will be migrating through the area as well. While offshore, troll Yo-zuri crystal minnows or mag minnows rigged with a foot of wire leader around your favorite offshore grouper locations. Watch for skyrocketing kings, and you’ll know you’re in the right area, and while you’re offshore, bring plenty of shrimp to drop down on the rock piles. Grunts, hog fish and mangrove snapper will keep you busy all day long. For the tournament anglers, The King of the River tournament out of Pete’s Pier Marina will be May 8th and 9th. For further information, please contact Pete’s Pier. Capt. Dan Clymer 352.418.2160 www.crystalriver-fishing.com

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elcome back. Here we are in April, and spring is just around the corner, which gives me a selfprovided Segway into this month's offering, spring fishing. When I say spring, I'm not talking about the season, I'm talking about cold weather fishing, and the Floridan aquifer. This aquifer, which stretches from Georgia, Alabama, and all of Florida, is the closest to the surface, on Florida's Nature Coast. Combine that with the porous lime rock substrata, and you have springs!, whether it's Weeki Wachee, Homosassa, Chassahowitzka, Three Sisters and many others. Every creek and river on our coast is fed by this source. So, where am I going with this you may ask!? The answer is unbelievable cold weather fishing, Filmans Bayou, Hammock Creek, the Mud River, and both Jenkins and Higginbotham creeks, all have springs in the back. So when the Gulf temperature drops, many species head to the springs, with their constant 72° outflow, that makes for a fishy happyspot, and a target-rich environment for the Intrepid angler, willing to brave the cold to reap the benefits. My last two trips have been fantastic

with redfish, trout, sheepshead, black drum, mangrove snapper, snook, and even goliath grouper, not bad for a hole as big around as a one-car garage door! This is a spot where you sometimes have to get out and drag the kayak over the rocks to get to it, then set up your anchor, and drop a line down, up to 40 feet. The deepest reading I've gotten over the mouth of this particular spring has been over a hundred feet! These spots are Nature Coast treasures, and well worth the time and effort to discover and fish them. I may be the only angler hoping for one more cold snap. Springs are still productive, though slightly decreased in the summer, when the bay temperature starts to rise, and the dark bottom shallow bays turn to bath water range temperature, from the summer sun. That 72° outflow is again a natural comfort zone. Think about seven species in one spot, and I never pulled up my anchor! Let me know if you enjoyed this story. Bruce Butler | "Stumbling Gypsy" (352) 428-5347 Bruce@IndianBayOutfitters.com Web: www.IndianBayOutfitters.com

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Now don't get me wrong, I'm a trophy bassaholic as well. The sight of a massive, potential bass of a lifetime get's my adrenaline pumping like nothing else. I'm not the type of person who tells people what they should or shouldn't do, and there's no way I can convince you to forget about the one thing you've spent your life chasing and dreaming of. However, please think about what your plan is once you hook and land that very old, very rare, potential future world record. A little preparation can mean the difference between watching that beaut go belly up, or watching it swim away to live on and continue growing. So, that one day, just maybe, you two may meet again. John Freeze Kayak Fishing and Nature Tours TheWaterwayz@gmail.com 352-216-5798

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lorida Realtors, the state’s largest trade association, is organizing a statewide event slated for July 11 to clean up Florida waters. Drawing from the organization’s extensive reach and calling out to all marine enthusiasts and conservationists, the event is aimed at cleaning up lakes, rivers, streams, retention ponds, bays, Intracoastal Waterways, the Gulf and Atlantic Ocean. The event was dreamed up between Orlando and Jacksonville realtors Mark Feagle Jr. and Jeff Fagan, who are avid anglers and Coastal Conservation Association members. The idea was quickly adopted by the trade association, which has the manpower of 195,000 members. The goal is to remove tons of trash and debris from waterways statewide in a single day, utilizing volunteers on land and water. “As a native Floridian, I have always enjoyed surfing, fishing and diving in our local waters. I want the natural beauty of this state to endure for my daughter and future generations,” said Feagle. “When you ask tourists or future residents what attracted them to Florida, the answers are typically: white sand beaches, lakes for boating, rivers for kayaking and our natural springs. Yet, many of our waterways are littered with bottles, cans and other debris. The good news is, trash is a people problem, which means we are also the solution.” On July 11, join thousands of Florida realtors to clean up Florida waters. Every effort makes a difference. To get involved, visit www.floridarealtors.org/events/clean-up-florida-waters or contact your local real estate offices to get details on local efforts. Use the hashtag #cleanupfloridawaters on social media to find local events and support the effort.

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his is the time of year I start organizing for the upcoming fishing season. Whether I’m traveling abroad or staying close to home (which might be the case with current Covid-Virus situation), being practical and thorough are the keys to success. Pack Light: Many fly fisherman decorate themselves with useless stuff: dull-bladed scissors, moth-eaten fly patches and rust-encrusted hemostats; in addition, vest pockets are crammed with fly boxes of every size, each pocket on the verge of popping its stitching. On occasion, I have noted fly fishermen toting as many as three tackle bags, each bag containing enough stuff to stock a small fly shop. When saltwater fly fishing, dispense with the stuff and use the less is more approach. One box of flies will cover your targeted species, and you’ll need small spools of tippet material, nippers and pliers. If you’re fishing with a guide, he or she will have most of these items available to you. Know What the Fish Eat: Research flies you’ll need for the location and if your guide will provide them for you. Far too many anglers allow ego to take over their thinking in the selection of flies, resulting in the purchase of flies ill-suited for the targeted species. Ask the guide what flies are appropriate.

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Traveling Abroad? If you’re fishing in a foreign country, investigate the culture, customs and perhaps the language spoken. Doing so will ensure your trip’s success and impress the natives. Don’t forget your passport and an extra copy placed in another piece of luggage or carry on. Leave a copy of it at home just in case! And get a Trusted Traveler card (formally Global Enter card). It’s well worth the $100 and saves you from suffering the long customs lines when re-entering the United States. Cast: Prior to your trip, spend a half-hour each day casting into the wind, a practice that will prepare you for unforgiving, blustery winds you will encounter on the flats and offshore. Work on distance. Casts of 40 to 50 feet with no more than two false casts are a must. Find A Guide: A good fishing guide is an outstanding provider of the information you need when fly fishing unfamiliar waters or in distant fly fishing destinations. Your guide has logged hundreds of hours studying the local fish and has honed saltwater fly fishing skills. Listening is guaranteed to make you a better fly fisherman. Hiring a guide and lending him your ear is a giant step in the right direction if learning to saltwater fly fish is your goal. Once you have enlisted his assistance, pay attention; listen and learn. You’ll find most saltwater fishing guides are good listeners, and often they become good and trusted friends. However, avoid bending his ear too much with stories about your skills as a freshwater fly-flinger. You are there to learn from him, not vice-versa.

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The Damascus Curva Knife celebrates those legendary blades. It uses modern Damascus steel, with the same rippled texture pattern on the blade, to create a curved folding knife that’s 7 ½" in total length. With a liner lock mechanism, which allows the knife to be opened and closed using just one hand, and a ergonomic handle made of buffalo horn and colored bone, this $79 knife is a trophy for any hunter or collector.

Your satisfaction is 100% guaranteed. Feel the knife in your hands, wear it on your hip, inspect the impeccable craftsmanship of Damascus steel. If you don’t feel like we cut you a fair deal, send it back within 30 days for a complete refund of the item price. But we believe that once you hold the

“The most common aspects of Damascus steel knives that enthusiasts consider ideal are the aesthetics and high performance.” –– Knife Informer

Damascus Curva Folding Knife $179*

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1-800-333-2045

Your Insider Offer Code: CFK280-01 You must use the insider offer code to get our special price.

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14101 Southcross Drive W., Ste 155, Dept. CFK280-01, Burnsville, Minnesota 55337

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*Discount is only for customers who use the offer code versus the listed original Stauer.com price.

• Damascus steel blade & bolster • Buffalo horn & colored bone handle • Liner lock • Overall length, open : 7 ½" • Includes genuine leather sheath

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