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BEST OF ICAST 2019

EDITOR PICKS: Every year at the ICAST show, dozens of lucky winners are chosen the Best Of ICAST for their respective categories. There are dozens of other companies whose products might not have won Best Of, but their innovative gear certainly deserves some recognition. Join us as we celebrate our selections for the Best Of ICAST 2019.

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ach year, ICAST showcases the latest and greatest in fishing gear at the world’s largest fishing trade show. A highlight of the show is the “Best Of ” awards, which are selected from the massive New Product Showcase, as voted on by buyers and media. Garmin’s new Force Trolling Motor won overall “Best of Show” at ICAST 2019, held at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando in July. It won top honors out of more than 1,000 new products showcased.

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Vibe obviously put a lot of thought into their new fishing kayak. By combining features kayak anglers customarily had to choose one over the other, the Shearwater 125 is the most versatile fishing kayak on the water. This streamlined fishing vessel has an open deck as well as center-console storage. It’s comfortable and stable with a high-low seat, a standing perch and ample floor standing room. Rudder steering is pedal and hand controlled. It can be rigged for paddle, pedal and motor power with Power Pole mounts. There is open bow storage for easy access as well as hull rigging access. Four flush rod holders are complemented by four horizontal rod holders. It’s got a tunnel hull and a keel for maximum stability and speed. And all of that is just the beginning of a long list of well-designed features. With innovation that provides all of the functionality anglers look for in a kayak, Vibe’s Shearwater 125 begs the question, “Why choose when you can have it all?”

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Bixpy Kayak Outboard Kit Looking to extend your range and save energy for fishing? The Bixpy Thruster is an electric outboard motor designed to fit any kayak or other small boat. It reaches speeds of up to 7 mph, opening up a whole world of opportunity for folks who fish from small boats. This extremely powerful, efficient, light and portable propulsion system helps you fight wind and current, explore new places and extend trips. A single charge allows for up to 10 hours at trolling speed, and at full speed it will push a kayak to about 7 mph for up to 75 minutes of continuous use. The Bixpy Outboard Kit, which includes a thruster and an outboard Power Pack is emission-free, weighs only 9 pounds and is easy to mount, operate and transport. All components are waterproof and safe for fresh and saltwater use. This little outboard turns your kayak into a micro-skiff, allowing you to go farther and faster, wherever the fish are.

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My Coast Outdoors Knockin Tail My Coast Outdoors, the Houston-based lure maker that brought us its innovative Controlled Descent line of soft plastics, has released another one-of-a-kind lure to the industry. The Knockin Tail paddletail swimbait made its debut at ICAST 2019, and it raised eyebrows with a unique design that’s proven to stimulate feeding behavior in fresh and saltwater fish.

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2019 HOTTEST NEW FISHING GEAR Every angler knows the benefits of sound and vibration paired with visual stimulation to convince fish to feed. With the Knockin Tail, there’s a rattle built into the tail. Not only does this eliminate the need to purchase or insert rattles, it outperforms traditional noisemakers, which only produce sound when the rod is twitched. This lure puts out a continuous fish-attracting sound with every flutter of the tail. Whether it’s twitched, bounced, on the fall or with a steady retrieve, the Knockin Tail rattles to stimulate the lateral line. Beneath that innovation, Knockin Tail is also a carefully designed soft plastic that’s as durable as it is action packed.

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With its EZ BOARD removable boat boarding assist handle, Nauticus designed a simple solution for those of us not blessed with the agility of a spider monkey. Made of strong and durable, corrosion and UV resistant PVC, the EZ BOARD is the handhold you need to safely and easily board the boat. It slides right into most flush-mounted rod holders, which makes it as convenient as it is helpful. When it’s time to board, insert the EZ BOARD into the rod holder and twist to lock it. When everyone is safely aboard, slide it back out of the rod holder and stow it. It can be oriented while on the water to provide a handhold for boarding or disembarking from either a dock or the swim platform, depending on where it’s needed. Made in the USA, the EZ BOARD is lightweight, requires no special tools and comes with a five-year replacement warranty. It is available in 36” and 48” models, and there’s even a 24” model to help with getting in or out of a kayak.

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LIVETARGET Flutter Sardine With its new Injected Core Technology, LIVETARGET hauled in the hardware at ICAST 2019, winning three best of category awards. The idea behind these lures is to show a realistic baitfish profile to fish, while hiding the unnatural mechanical elements that give lures their action. The ICT Flutter Sardine has the enticing twitch and falling action of a standard jigging spoon, but its exceptionally realistic profile sets it apart from everything else on the market. Injected Core Technology enables a lifelike sardine profile, while the Exo-Skin gives the lure its signature flutter action. Perfect for a host of saltwater fishing applications with a saltwater-grade hook, it’s available in five weights and six colors.

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This vehicle-mounted rod storage solution allows anyone from recreational anglers to professionals to arrive at their fishing destination with baitcast, spinning and spincast rods and reels intact, fully-rigged and ready to fish. Two aircraft grade anodized aluminum tubes hold up to six fully rigged casting or spinning rods up to eight feet in length, and a locking reel housing area easily fits most baitcasting and small to medium spinning reels. Protective polypropylene liners inside the Rod Vault eliminate rod on metal contact, protecting guides and rod tips from abrasion. A large entry tube accommodates initial line guides up to 2.5 inches out to 40 inches from the base of the rod. It’s perfect for rigs deisgned for bass, inshore and other warmwater fishing. Included mounting brackets secure the Rod Vault ST to the top of any vehicle with rooftop crossbars and are built to accommodate almost any factory or aftermarket crossbar design, including aero and square tubes up to 3.5 inches wide and 1.5 inches thick. An innovative t-slot mounting design and movable tube clamps provide flexible options to fit most vehicles. The Rod Vault ST was specifically over-engineered to keep valuable equipment safe in almost any circumstance. Stainless steel hardware ensures the Rod Vault ST will remain rust free no matter the fishing environment, and fiberglass-infused nylon construction protects the reel housing, mounting hardware and aerodynamic nose cone from UV degradation. Whether storing rods to fish before or after work or traveling across the country on an epic fishing trip, the Rod Vault ST is deisgned to keep gear safe.

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Soft Steel USA Fluoro-Stretch Line Soft Steel USA has come up with a fishing line that might finally end the perennial debate over monofilament vs. fluorocarbon. With its new stretchable fluorocarbon, Soft Steel USA found the meeting point that provides the benefits of both fluoro and mono. It’s a real game changer. Soft Steel’s new Fluoro-Stretch line is a 100 percent fluorocarbon line with the stretchable properties of monofilament. It has the abrasion resistance, low visibility, sensitivity and toughness of fluoro as well as the tighter knots and shock absorption of monofilament. Tight knots have always been an issue with fluorocarbon, especially when it comes to line-to-line knots. The new Fluoro-Stretch allows for a tighter cinch, which elevates knot strength to 95%, which is much stronger than standard fluorocarbon lines. Available in breaking strengths of 10 to 150 pounds, the new FluoroStretch will be available in 25-yard spools and coils as well as 5-yard single-shot lengths.

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made my cast; the fly dropped just on the edge of the light shining into snook-filled water. I could see my fly tracking nearly perfectly as it passed in front of several nice fish waiting for unsuspecting prey. Then the fly swam into darkness without a glance from the linesiders. I continued stripping so as to pick the fly up and cast again. Suddenly my line came tight. I made the strip-set to an explosion, as a 3-foot tarpon erupted from the water, crashing into the dock and throwing my fly amidst a shower of scales and water. That night changed my thoughts on fly fishing forever.

When it comes down to it, sight fishing is the way to go for me. Unfortunately, I don’t have the luxury of a guide to pole me around the flats of Marco Island, but I have found that at night the docks hold all kinds of fish from snook to tarpon, snapper to trout, and they usually are open to feeding on a fly. Of course there are some things to keep in mind. First, stealth is everything. I like to approach using my electric motor and make sure I keep my distance. Many fish will hang at the edge of the light in the shadows, as was the case of that tarpon. In fact, I’ve caught many just out of the shadows at night. Boat position is also critical. You need to be far enough away to not spook any of the fish, seen or unseen. You also need a good casting angle to the fish. That means getting your fly in front of them and having it work past them in a natural way. I’ll use the electric motor to keep me in position. This also gives me the advantage of moving away from the dock when a large fish is hooked and trying to pull me into barnacle-covered pilings. When there are a lot of fish present, I often anchor or stake up to let things settle. It also gives me time to retie leaders between fish. Now that you are in position, what do you use? A majority of my fish have been caught on a white Clouser. All-black Clousers create a highly visible silhouette and are deadly, as well. Either emulates the ever-present glass minnows. Of late, I’ve upped the size of my flies and have found that larger baitfish patterns with bigger profile often get seen easier and thus get more takers. Above all, be respectful. When you find someone kind enough to leave those fish-attracting lights on, always do the right thing. Never go on the dock, and keep quite. Much of this fishing is done late at night, and dock owners who turn their lights off will tell you it’s because of noisy fishermen. Will Schmidt is a seasoned tournament angler and has been writing about fishing for more than two decades.

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calloping season is a big deal on Florida’s Gulf Coast. Every year during short and carefully managed seasons, divers and snorklers are set free to harvest these tasty little morsels along a nearly 800mile stretch of coastline in state waters from Gulf County to Pasco County. Beginning in July and stretching through September, the open season dates vary across five regions determined by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission. Some years, picking up a limit of bay scallops out of grassy shallows is as easy as an Easter egg hunt. This summer many scallopers were asking, “Where are the scallops?”

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The normally predictable Crystal River and Homosassa scallop grounds weren’t as predictable or productive this year as in years past. Some reports indicate the bulk of productive scallop grounds in those areas were in exceptionally deep waters this year. Experts explain that the normal west to easterly storms that drive scallops into easily accessible shallow waters did not occur this year. But wait; News Flash, scallops certainly showed up on the southern end of the state’s scalloping waters. In Pasco County, Fla.—the region aptly known as Florida’s Sports Coast—our editors quickly limited out in 3 feet of water and found these waters to be exceptionally productive at every drop. Whether it was the 25-year harvest closure or favorable currents, Pasco County’s limited open season was a must-dive on Florida’s west coast this year. The 2019 season marked the second year in a row that FWC opened the scallop season for Pasco County, and nature certainly supported the decision. Proving to be an unbeatable destination for bay scallops—as evidenced in fistfuls—Florida’s Sports Coast’s rich scallop beds turned out to be the perfect place to score the tasty saltwater bivalves. It is very exciting to see what Pasco County’s continued seasons have in store. In anticipation of continued growth in popularity with the returned underwater adventure, Pasco County Parks, Recreation and Natural Resources is concentrating efforts to expand and improve county boat ramps to provide more trailer parking and better launch experiences for both local and out-of-town scallopers. Moving forward, Pasco County’s annual scallop season will start the third Friday in July and last for 10 days. Coastal Angler Magazine offers special thanks to Experience Florida’s Sports Coast along with local charter captains, Mermaid Slayers, Captain Mark Dillingham and Florida Backwater Charters for their gracious invitation and superb hospitality in helping us experience all that Pasco County has to offer the saltwater enthusiast. For more information on Florida’s Sports Coast, or to plan your 2020 scalloping adventure visit www.flsportscoast.com.

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oday’s anglers are the beneficiaries of great strides made in hook manufacturing over the last few decades. Besides being sharper and stronger than they were in generations past, hooks are now available in a wider range of styles than ever before. But with variety comes the need to choose, and many fishermen are unable to comb through the multitudes of hooks to find the one that best suits their needs. If you are one of those anglers who could use a little guidance when it comes to hook selection, this primer will help you sort through the hook hoopla to find the right hook for the job. The first decision is whether you should be using circle hooks or J-hooks. Circle hooks don’t need the manual hookset that J-hooks require, but they also aren’t very effective on fish that tend to nibble at bait. If you fish for nibblers such as sheepshead, blackfish or bluegills, then circles aren’t for you. There is also the reality that circle hooks tend not to set if the fish sits still after swallowing the bait, so don’t use them unless you are fishing in a current or the fish are in an active mood. J-hooks do a better job on fish that move around less. Shank length is an underrated but critical factor in hook selection. Fish with cavernous mouths—such as largemouth bass and snook—should never be pursued using short-shank hooks. With hook eye and point being nearly in the same plane, the two parts can interfere with each other on the hookset, making them a poor choice for fish that have a gentle curvature to their mouth. These hooks do well on fish with narrow, beak-like mouths, such as tuna and wahoo, but they should be avoided when targeting anything with a wide mouth. Many of these hooks are marketed simply as “live-bait hooks,” but if your target has a big mouth, your hook should not have a short shank. Your hook size should match the bait you are using in a way that is conducive to natural presentation. A giant 10/0 hook won’t get many strikes if your bait is a three-inch shrimp; a 2/0 beak or octopus hook is probably a better match. The hook should be big and strong enough to hook and hold your target fish, but not so big that it inhibits the movement of your bait. Many specialty hooks have features made for specific baits and methods of fishing. Hooks with baitholder barbs are great for holding softer baits such as clams and worms. Hooks with up-turned or down-turned eyes are great if you prefer to snell hooks rather than attach them via a knot above the eye. Pay attention to the design of the hooks you select, because each style was made with a precise goal in mind. Whatever hook you choose, always make sure it is razor sharp before you begin fishing.

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eaaa, September. October, and cooler weather will soon be here. The summer rain was good, my swamp is full, and the river is moderately low. Last year this time, our situation was pretty the same, and the hurricanes brought us a Christmas flood. Pray for no hurricanes this year. Capt. James Kerr is our new writer for CRYSTAL RIVER. (page 5) Please contact him and welcome him to Coastal Angler. A big “Thank You” to Capt. Shidler who wrote the Crystal River forecast for the past couple of years. “You did a great job.” The state-permitted gator hunting season began August 15th. If you were lucky enough to score a permit, and need help, call us. Cary has over 30 years of experience hunting gators and all the necessary equipment, including a specially designed gator hunting boat, NOT an air boat. See page 10. See page 15 for registration info for the Plantation Redfish Classic in Crystal River. Defend your outdoor wood from the elements. See page 6 for new advertiser, American Stain. This month’s recipe, Shrimp Scampi Pizza, on page 2 is absolutely scrumptious. Instead of over pasta, this delicious sauce and shrimp combo is spread over pizza dough and baked. So good!!!!! Please thank the folks at the location where you picked up this fabulous FREE magazine and visit our advertisers and thank them for their support. Don’t forget to thank our world-famous writers/guides. Without the three mentioned above, there would be no Coastal Angler North Central Florida/Nature Coast, and that is a scary thought! Visit our corp. website, www.CoastalAnglerMagazine. com for more great stuff. Lynn Crutchfield Co-Publisher Coastal Angler Magazine of North Central Florida /Nature Coast

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Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Add garlic cloves to food processor and pulse to finely chop. (I used my mini processor.) Add the butter, Parmesan, lemon zest, red pepper flakes if using, and 1 ½ teaspoons salt to processor and pulse to completely combine all ingredients, scraping down the sides of bowl. Unroll the pizza dough into the bottom of a 9 by 13 inch rimmed quarter baking sheet (Jelly roll pan) and flatten into an even layer. Sprinkle dough with sesame seeds, and gently press to adhere to dough. Spread half the butter mixture over pizza dough. With sharp knife, slice the shrimp in half lengthwise, and arrange in a single layer over dough. Sprinkle with salt and pepper. Spread the remainder of the butter mixture over shrimp. Sprinkle with lemon juice. Bake until golden brown and bubbly, about 12 to 15 minutes. Sprinkle with remaining Parmesan. Let rest for 5 minutes. Slice, and serve with a green salad. This sauce also delicious with shrimp and pasta!

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way that the tidal bores move in sync with aving recently spent part of a week ocean tides. Some places in the area can be living at a lighthouse along Canada’s Bay of Fundy, my wife and I marveled very good vantage points for seeing the water rush in and out, but you have to time it just at the huge flux right, paying attention to the time of year, in tides, visited and daily tide schedule. a 300-millionWe learned from the maritime museum year-old fossil in Halifax how the Miꞌkmaq indigenous site at the First Nations people have fished in the Bay Joggins Cliffs for several thousand years, and how they have along the Bay, adapted their boats and learned with new technology. about fishing By Kevin McCarthy We learned in the in the waters Age of Sail Heritage there. After flying to Halifax in Canada’s Centre/Museum maritime province of Nova Scotia, and in Port Greville, driving around the Bay for about three hours, Nova Scotia, how we arrived at Cape D’Or Lighthouse, for an boat-builders built unusual experience far away from the heat of hundreds of large Florida in the summer. fishing boats along the We spent three nights at the lighthouse, nearby rivers that flow knowing that the Bay has very thick fog from into the Bay. time to time. And, in fact we experienced Today in the waters such a fog one day, when we could not see there, one might see the Bay at all. A foghorn at the site could porpoises, seals, and warn ships in the Bay of the huge rocks along Bay of Fundy at high tide whales, and many the shore, but we learned that officials were kinds of seabirds. All in all, the trip was very going to dismantle the foghorn and take it instructive and unusual, especially in the heat away, perhaps reasoning that mariners no of the summer. Plus, if you have the time, a trip longer needed such an “old-fashioned” aid to to Prince Edward Island over Confederation navigation. Bridge, the world's longest bridge over Twice a day, the tides in the Bay can reach ice-covered water, you can tell much about over fifty feet, or as tall as a five-story building. the Acadian People, descendants of French The estimated 175 billion tons of seawater that colonists who settled there in the 17th and rushes in and out, are more than the flow of all the world’s freshwater rivers combined. Boaters 18th centuries. and fishermen have to be very careful with the Kevin McCarthy, the author of The Black WACs of force of that water rushing in twice a day, but World War II (2019 - (available at amazon.com), can be reached at ceyhankevin@gmail.com. persistent fishermen can catch cod, flounder, haddock, halibut, and even an occasional shark, especially those species that like cold water. And lobster-catching is one of the major income generators for resourceful fishermen. The tides there are the highest on Earth, especially during the fall harvest moon and around the autumnal equinox. We learned that the Bay’s tides are so huge, because of the conical shape of the waterway, and the The Cape D’Or Lighthouse compound COASTALANGLERMAG.COM • THEANGLERMAG.COM

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OK, enough history. Let’s move forward to present day. Aripeka sits at the mouth of Hammock Creek. Between the North and South forks, is Norfleet’s Fish Camp, the most popular store in Aripeka; then again, it’s the only store in Aripeka. Norfleet’s has been there since the1940’ss and is a must see when you go. With memorabilia all over the walls, it’s a kick and worth the trip all by its self. Overseen in the past by Carl Norfleet, purveyor of sage advice and a joke or two, Carl is the unofficial Mayor of Aripeka, and a man I call my friend. Carl retired, so now he can spend all his time busting my chops. Not really, Carl's a great guy and if you’re lucky enough to run into him, tell him I said, “Hey”. I first started fishing around Aripeka in the mid 1980’s, and have found for the fisherman, or for those looking for a scenic view and a slice of Old Florida, that Aripeka is it. Going under the north bridge, you have springs and some beautiful scenery. On the outside to the south, you have

Fillman’s Bayou, a well-known local fishing spot, home to several nice springs and great snook and red fishing. To the north you have my namesake, Indian Bay. Indian Bay is one of my favorite fishing spots. It’s teaming with reds, trout, snook, sheep head, and cobia. If you can’t catch a fish there, you should take up golf. There is usually a manatee or two on the paddle out, and Aripeka has several resident pods of dolphin. I have some great photos of them and other wildlife on my website, www.IndianBayOutfitters. com. I also offer charters to there and other locations on the Nature Coast. So, if you have any questions or comments, you can reach me at (352) 428-5347. Well, it’s about time to hit the water for this month. Bye for now and happy paddling. Bruce Butler | "Stumbling Gypsy" (352) 428-5347 Bruce@IndianBayOutfitters.com Web: www.IndianBayOutfitters.com

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rout have slowed somewhat, but we are still catching some fine fish (Phillip Newman of Dothan, Ala., caught a nice 25 inch trout this past Saturday) and some nice reds along with them. The key is having a breeze, sometimes hard to get in August. We are fishing offshore and trying to work the deeper flats, concentrating on the windward side of any given flat, starting in the deeper 7 to 8-foot depths, and drifting up onto 5.5 to 6.5-foot plateaus. I spool up with ten-pound test TrikFish Game Green (bright fluorescent) line on my Shimano Stradic 4000 spinning reels which combined with my 7-foot, 6-inch Star Stellar Lite Fast Taper (SG817FT76) rod provides great casting distance, but still holds up to larger beasts when they show up on the drift. We fish live pinfish with a 5/0 XPS straight shank worm hook on 30-pound test clear TrikFish Mono leader (32 inch) from hook to the Back Bay Thunder. This same set up will produce limits of trout in September, and I will stay with live bait while tossing some Assassin plastic when the floating grass subsides. We have caught great trout bouncing Assassin’s 4-inch Sea Shads in Stinky Pink on a 1/8 oz. chartreuse

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flash Assassin jighead all summer, and I see no reason that won’t continue. While this grass is still hanging around, you can expect to land nice trout on Assassin Elite Shiners, and Sea Shads rigged up under an Original Oval Cajun Thunder. I like the Wakasagi pattern in the Elite and the Stinky Pink, Pink Ghost and Limetreuse Ghost in the Sea Shad under the Cajun. Our redfish, although quite scattered from 2.4 feet to 6.5 feet have been pretty consistent at eating live pinfish and pigfish, under Back Bays just like their speckled trout cousins. Concentrate your efforts on stained water (if you can find it) and fish the last hour of the incoming for best results on redfish. Throw a Thunder-Spin to find reds when you get a chance later in the month. Meanwhile, Let's Go Fishing! Pat McGriff dba One More Cast guide service for 28 years! www.onemorecast.net onemorecast@gtcom.net 850.838.7541

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ey there folks, Hope y’all enjoyed the summer, because the fall football season is upon us, and the fish know it too. The redfish bite has been steady around the islands, and about the same to the north and south. We are still using cut mullet fished on the bottom around the oyster bars to catch our redfish. The speckled trout bite has been pretty decent in 3 to 4 feet of water. There is a lot of bait on the flats, so

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ello everybody. I cannot believe how fast this year has been flying by already. I hope it has been a great one so far for everyone. September is usually one of Cedar Keys strongest months for redfish. The water temp is hopefully slowly going to start to drop, and that usually sets the bite on fire. The absolute best baits are going to be large fresh chunks of mullet. I prefer to use nothing but a Jim's jig with a healthy chunk of fresh mullet or lady fish. Cast it a foot away from the oyster bar and let it sit on the bottom. The second and third best baits are typically a live pin fish

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produce. All the baits listed above can be found at Captains Cove Outfitter’s in Inglis. Please reach out to me at capterichasty@gmail.com with any questions you may have. In addition, check out We Be Tailing, live Wednesday night’s at 7:00, for more tips and tricks at the ShastyMcNasty Fishing Facebook page. Capt. Eric Hasty ShastyMcNasty Fishing LLC www.shastymcnastyfishing.com 352-220-3206

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’s been a long hot Summer but Fall, and (hopefully) some cooler weather should be on the way. How do you beat the lingering heat? Get out at first light, or wait for the last few hours of daylight, right around dusk. Those are typically the best times to catch the fish while they’re feeding this time of year. It’s a great time of year to toss top-water plugs inshore, during those lower light conditions, Along the beach the tarpon will be feeding early, and late as well. One thing you absolutely have to look for to find the fish this time of year is the bait, especially the finger mullet, and it has been getting thicker by the day. Whether it's finger mullet, shrimp, or pogys, if you find the bait, you'll find the fish. The bait can be easily located by looking for nervous water (small disruptions on the surface, similar to a very small boat wake). You can be sure that redfish, trout, and flounder will be hanging around the schools of bait, looking for an easy meal. Don't overlook the banks along the ICW on the lower tide stages this month. A lot of the baitfish will come out of the creeks, and hang along those ICW banks, especially the ones that have oysters scattered on them. Again, the bigger fish will be in close pursuit. Get ready for the “floods”! September brings one of the most unique and exciting ways to catch redfish on the First Coast. We will have some great "flood" tides this month, and the reds will be up in the grass tailing away. You can use a trolling motor to scout out the best grass flats, but wading or poling your boat is usually the most effective way to catch the

tailing reds. Start looking for the fish before the tide gets too high (usually at least an hour or two before the high tide, depending on how high it will get). Small plastic baits, like those made by Saltwater Assassin, will work great in the grass. Rig your lure weedless on a Saltwater Assassin hook, and try to present it well in front of, or past the fish, and then slowly drag it towards him. A direct hit to a tailing red will usually send him darting off the flat, like an out of control torpedo. Sometimes, they are so focused on finding food that they seem to never look up to find your lure. That's when a small glass rattle inserted into your soft plastic or tied to your favorite fly, will do wonders to get their attention. Don’t give up on the tarpon just yet. The silver kings should still be feeding early in the morning, on the bait pods just off the beach, as well as on the big schools of mullet, at all the area inlets. Free-line a pogy or mullet around the bait pods and hold on. You’ll also find some big tarpon behind the shrimp boats, in the by-catch slicks. If the tarpon don't want to play, do some trolling along the beach for some line-screaming kingfish action. (There will be plenty of them out there). There will also be plenty of smaller tarpon inshore in the canals and deeper creeks and flats. A back hooked free-lined finger mullet, a free lined select shrimp, or medium sized pogy, will all make for a great tarpon snack.

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get by with just an empty 5-gallon bucket. This rig will allow you to fish more, and spend less time keeping your bait alive. The key is, to keep the mullet cool, with aerated and clean water. Please see the picture below for a reference, a ten-gallon water cooler, with a hole drilled in the side for air tube., and an aerator clipped to the side, with a two-gallon bucket stored inside, to fill and refresh the live well. Dip net, so your sunblock does not contaminate the water. All of this fits inside the cooler for easy transport to the beach or pier. Two key tips: Do not put too many baits in your cooler, 5 large or 12 small, will keep, and pour fresh water in every 30 minutes. Rig from small to extra heavy, sinker slider #1 circle, 16 inch, 30 lb. mono leader, and enough weight to cast and hold, egg sinker 1oz to 4oz. The same rig with 5/0 50lb or 7/0 100lb. With the 7/0 100 lb., I’m targeting big reds and tarpon. I only take one dropper rig this time of year. I tie it with 50 lb. and use 5/0 circles. One final tip, if you are going to target tarpon, make sure you have enough line to stop it. We cannot crank the boat and chase it down. I barely stopped my biggest one with 400 yards of 30 lb. mono. Remember, set your drag light, because the next hit could be a onepound blue or a 100 lb. silver king! 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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This month is also prime for catfish, sunfish, gar, and bowfin. Your best bet at a mixed bag of biggins (stripers included) would be Rodman Dam, hands down. Shoreside anglers have plenty of room to spread out along the dam and fishing docks, while boaters have endless areas to explore along the Ocklawaha River. Bring a multitude of your favorite rigs, because anything goes. Whichever type of fishing you prefer, now’s the time to get after it. Feel free to send me pics if you'd like them featured, and I'll see you out on the water. John Freeze Kayak Fishing and Nature Tours TheWaterwayz@gmail.com 352-216-5798

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By Capt. Randy Cnota his year, anglers heading out of C-Quarters Marina in Carrabelle, Fla.—in quest of the winning kingfish—were blessed with some beautiful weather and light seas. Afternoon winds whipped up some waves, but it was a welcome relief to the heat. While the weather was cooperative, most teams found the bite to be a bit tough… at least for the bigger kings.

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