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tretching 500 miles across the northern side of the Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico, the Puerto Rico Trench is the deepest in the Atlantic Ocean. This 6-mile-deep feature is part of what makes the Virgin Islands one of the world’s best sportfishing destinations. Here, where the Atlantic Ocean borders the clear waters of the Caribbean Sea, the Virgin Islands rise as the peaks of an enormous underwater mountain chain. The islands offer some of the best diving, snorkeling and most beautiful beaches anywhere, but it is off these islands that serious anglers come to play. Beneath the surface, the topography is spectacular. About 20 miles north of St. Thomas, the travel hub of the U.S. Virgin Islands, the North Drop falls precipitously to depths of more than 28,000 feet into the Puerto Rico Trench. Cool Atlantic currents are stirred off Virgin Gorda, and sea life abounds. The big pelagic species congregate to feed on an abundance of baitfish drawn by the drop. A similar situation occurs off the South Drop, just 8 miles south of St. Thomas, and the smaller drops around St. Croix. Short boat rides put anglers on abundant baitfish and the bigger fish that feed on them. Marlin can be caught year-round, but spring to fall is peak time for blue marlin, which show up in numbers and feed aggressively around the full moons. The bite is legendary. The IGFA Women’s alltackle world record, a 1,073-pound blue marlin, was caught off the Virgin Islands, along with 24 other world records over the years. The granders—1,000-pound-plus marlin—show up on occasion, but the Virgin Islands also offer numbers. During the USVI Open/Atlantic Blue Marlin Tournament, 207 blue marlin were released over four days of fishing. Marlin average about 350 pounds out of St. Thomas, and 500-pounders are caught regularly. But blues aren’t the only game in town. The location of these islands 6

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almost seems strategic. Sailfish, white marlin, tuna, wahoo, dolphin… the most sought after gamefish for sport and the table frequent these drops in good numbers to feed. Working the drop by trolling rigs across the depth contours produces consistently good action year-round. The sailfish bite peaks October through March. Yellowfin tuna are present late summer through winter, and blackfin and skipjack tuna provide

action year-round. Wahoo are also a year-round target, and dolphin fishing peaks in fall. The fishing is world class, and the Virgin Islands are also easy to get to. A short plane ride from the continental U.S. puts anglers in the middle of the action. And with lodging that ranges from quaint to luxurious, there are options for anyone who wants to live out their offshore fantasy. To learn more about the Puerto Rico Trench, go to

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he numbers don’t lie. Guatemala’s Pacific coast is the most productive sailfish destination in the world. Days of double-digit releases would be considered spectacular anywhere. Off Guatemala, it’s just an average day. Annual release rates show a dozen sailfish per boat, per day. And that’s just a year-round average. It is not unusual during peak seasons for boats to raise more than 50 or 60 sails a day, sometimes a lot more. In March of 2006, Capt. Ron Hamlin, and the anglers on the Captain Hook, released 124 sailfish in a single day less than 15 miles off Guatemala. The legendary former skipper out of Casa Vieja Lodge in Puerto San Jose still holds the record. For conventional anglers, it’s pretty much a sure thing. For fly anglers, it’s the best odds you’ll find. The concentrations of sailfish in this small slice of the Pacific are astounding. But it’s not just sails. Natural factors such as dramatically shifting currents, temperature barriers and high oxygen levels close to the surface combine to hold baitfish year-round. The eddy formations that swirl off the Guatemalan coast are crowded with life, including the big pelagics and the fish they feed on. There are more Pacific sailfish than can be found anywhere, but there are also marlin, wahoo, slammer Dorado and yellowfin tuna. Casa Vieja Lodge says blue marlin in the 200- to 400-pound range are thickest April through July, with black marlin up to 400 pounds showing up December through March and smaller striped marlin November through January. On average, every Casa Vieja boat encounters marlin every three days while targeting sailfish. During peak billfish seasons of December through March and then again from May through July, grand slams are an everyday possibility. Boats fish anywhere from 2 to 50 miles out in an area renowned for flat seas. The most consistently productive area is a canyon known as “The Pocket.” Only about 40 nautical miles wide, The Pocket drops to depths of 3,500 to 4,000 feet. Those constantly shifting currents deflect off the walls of the pocket stirring up nutrient rich waters that attract bait and big gamefish. Casa Vieja takes the fishing very seriously. Guided by some of the world’s top-tagging and award winning captains, their fleet of classically maintained 35’ Contenders and 40’ Sportfishers consistently produces world-class results. They are inheritors of history. A majority of the

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captains and lodge staff were employees of the original Fins ’n Feathers Inn that launched the Guatemalan sportfishing industry. These are the same sportsmen who have cared for the fishery since it exploded onto the sportfishing scene in the 1990s. With total release using circle hooks, the conservation philosophy has been central to Casa Vieja’s operations for more than a decade. With this kind of stewardship, as well as emphasis from the Guatemalan Government on limiting commercial fishing, the fishery continues to thrive. The lodge was also designed by lifelong sportsmen who know it is best to recover from a non-stop day of action on the water in worldclass accommodations. Luxurious rooms and top-notch local cuisine are paired with a staff trained to fill the needs of discerning travelers. It’s the perfect place to relive the day’s catch or dream of the morning’s possibilities. For more information on fishing Guatemala and the Casa Vieja Lodge, go to www.casaviejalodge.com.

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our Rip Roller is tearing up the water as you retrieve it in short quick jerks. Suddenly the water explodes from the vicious strike of a peacock bass. In your excitement and shock, you instinctively jerk your rod up before the peacock has had a chance to get the hook firmly in his mouth, and 6 inches of lure and three massive treble hooks come flying past your head. Your first encounter with the huge peacock bass of Brazil’s Amazon will be one you never forget. Fishing for this massive, hard-fighting predator can be best described to anglers as hooking into a 20-pound smallmouth bass that is having a bad day. To top off this fishing adventure, you are fishing over 1,000 miles from the ocean in the heart of the world’s largest rain forest on black water rivers that are home to more than 2,500 species of fish and the world’s greatest diversity of flora and fauna. Anglers will catch four or five different species of peacock bass, ranging from the popoca and butterfly species weighing an average of 3 to 5 pounds to the massive paca or arzu, the current world record of which is a 29-pounder caught by Andrea Zaccherini in 2010. Anglers can also catch aerobatic arowana, several species of catfish weighing upwards of 200 pounds, wolf fish and myriad other species. Peacocks will readily hit topwater baits on waters that aren’t heavily pressured, the most famous being the big propeller driven Woodchopper and its clones, as well as the more subtle Spook type baits. As with most species of fish, subsurface jerkbaits and jigs will produce bigger numbers of fish caught than topwater lures. Fly fishermen have discovered this game

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as well, fishing big Deceivers, Dahlberg Divers and Clouser type flies. Heavy baitcasting tackle loaded with 65to 80-pound braided Kevlar line is the ticket for peacocks, as they are structure-oriented fish. The war is outfitters including River Plate Anglers and to keep them out of the cover once hooked. Fly fishermen need to bring saltwater Acute Angling. River Plate Outfitters, fishing in style 9- and 10-weight fly rods coupled with a Brazil since 1992, has leased exclusive fishing fly reel with a smooth drag and 30- to 50-pound rights on 10 different tributaries encompassing over 1,000 miles of black water rivers in all four tippets. In the last 15 years, Manaus, a city of 2 million dry zones in Brazil’s Amazon. It’s all within a 500in the heart of Brazil’s Amazon, has become mile radius northwest and south of Manaus. This the epicenter of South America’s peacock bass enables anglers to fly directly into these private fishing. American Airlines flies a daily five-hour lands by wheel or float equipped Caravan charter non-stop flight between Miami and Manaus planes and be in prime unpressured waters the and back, making Manuas easily accessible. The first day of their trip from mid July through mid majority of operators will have anglers spend March. The key to these operations is their six the first night in Manaus and then fly by charter “river trains,” each consisting of 250-squareaircraft to their fishing destinations. Most mother foot single or double occupancy air conditioned boat and cruise ship operators that offer peacock cabins that can be moved to the tributary in the bass fishing operate on the upper Rio Negro dry zone with the most ideal water conditions in out of Barcelos, a city of 30,000 people located a given time frame and not be relegated only to 300 miles upriver from Manaus. The waters of the upper Rio Negro dry zone. the Rio Negro and the mouths of its tributaries For additional information, contact River within a 150-mile radius of Barcelos receive the majority of the peacock bass fishing pressure. Plate Outfitters at www.riverplateanglers.com There are presently more than 40 mother boats/ or Jim kern at jim@emuoutfitting.com or at 817cruise ships operating out of Barcelos and a large 946-2479. Jim has been to Brazil 32 times since 1997 and can give you the real facts on most of lodge in the area. The other option for small groups of 6 to the Peacock Bass operations in Brazil’s Amazon. 12 people is a fishing trip on private indian For More Amazon Peacock Bass fishing, go to lands and government preserves leased by a couple different

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hey call Islamorada the Sportfishing Capital of the World. This slim string of six small islands about halfway down the Florida Keys separates the Atlantic from the Gulf of Mexico, and just offshore in the Atlantic, warm blue currents of the Gulf Stream deliver a steady flow of baitfish and the big migrating pelagic species that feed on them. The Continental Shelf is a highway for swordfish that move through in depths of 1,400 to 1,900 feet with a consistency that may be unmatched anywhere in the world. It is possible to target these deepwater giants any month of the year off Islamorada, and even during the day. But it is sportfishing only for hardcore anglers. Swordfish are elusive anywhere, the most difficult of the billfish to catch, and fights lasting several hours are the reward for tempting a bite from 150- to 400-pound or larger fish deep in the abyss. If catching a swordfish is one of the boxes that remains to be checked off on your bucket list, you’d be hard pressed to find a better place to do it. A little closer in, where the Gulf Stream swings over broken bottom and the offshore humps Islamorada has become famous for, it creates rips where disoriented baitfish become easy prey for dolphin, wahoo, sailfish, kingfish and tuna. In the summer months, flocks of birds are a dead giveaway for dolphinfish pushing frenzied bait to the surface. When that’s not going on, fish can be found trolling feather or jet head lures and plugs. A bite while trolling means it’s time to slow down and cast baits to catch other fish drawn to the same area. Sometimes this is met with spectacular results, especially for mahi, which tend to gather in numbers. Some of the most spectacular action on the humps comes from blackfin tuna. It can show up in spurts any time of year, but fall typically brings a push of 10-pound-plus tuna that can be incited into surface-feeding frenzies. Chumming up blackfins with pilchards is a very visual experience that allows even anglers armed with fly rods to hook up with multiple hard-fighting fish.

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As the tuna move toward the reefs with the late fall and winter baitfish migrations, the bigger fish begin to show up, and kite fishing becomes one of the preferred methods for teasing up fish 20 pounds and larger. The other fish that shows up to take advantage of baitfish from November through the winter is sailfish. There’s a reason why Islamorada is home to so many sailfish tournaments during the winter months. It can seem like everyone drops everything they’re doing for a chance to fly release flags. In fall and winter, sails move in to gorge on abundant ballyhoo around the reefs. This can present opportunities to anglers less than 5 miles from the docks off the islands of Islamorada. The 130- to 200-foot depths produce the most consistent bite where strong currents and changes in water color to a deep royal blue give away the edges and rips where sailfish hunt. Trolling or kite fishing the reefs can produce numerous fish in the 60-pound range when the bite is on. But on sunny days when the weather cooperates, it is possible to sight fish for sailfish inside the reefs in water as shallow as 20 or 30 feet. Even smaller boats can get in on this action. From the tower, crewmembers seek out the fish. When the alarm goes out, chum and baits are deployed. There’s really no technique more exciting. Anglers in the know await those bluebird skies on winter days when seeking out sailfish becomes as much hunting as it is fishing. And if all the offshore action isn’t enough to convince any angler to start making plans right now, fall also brings some of the biggest bonefish of the year to the Islamorada flats. Time it right, and you can be fishing the flats in the morning and trolling the bluewater in the afternoon. What more could you ask for?

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believe this is the Golden Age of fishing tackle. For my money, the amazing quality and range of rods available to us today is clear evidence of that claim. Improvements in graphite quality, skeletal reel seats and lightweight braid-resistant guides have paved a path to conspicuous performance benefits, and rods conscientiously tailored to nearly every angling task are helping anglers execute specific techniques with a flourish. Yet, until recently, the seat of angler control—the handle—seemed stuck in the Dark Ages. Cork, a survivor from a bygone era, seemed like it would dominate rod handles forever, with EVA foam the only alternative material allowed any territorial claim. But progress has come, finally, to the rod handle. In recent years, alternative rod grip materials have hit the market including carbon fiber, a slick lightweight option; tough Kevlar tubing; composite cork, a denser and more durable cork-based material blend; and Syncork, a light and durable material with a rough-hewn appearance. Some have used shrinkwrap to give EVA foam a different look and feel, too. Color and design options have emerged, with even a “camo cork” available

now to rod builders. One of the biggest breakthroughs may have come two years ago when Winn Grips (www.winngrips.com), the Huntington Beach, California-based maker of grips for sports equipment, introduced its interchangeable grip system and rolled out a full line of handsomely designed rod grips made from its patented WinnDry material, which maintains its tacky feel in wet conditions and weather extremes. Early Winn prototypes were colorful and interesting, and they provided a hint of the performance benefits of ergonomic comfort and angler control that has come to characterize the grips today. Yet some thought early designs too similar to the golf grips that have made Winn a global leader in that field. Winn’s founder, aerospace engineering pioneer Dr. Ben Huang, took angler feedback to heart. Winn’s grip system has evolved into a versatile line of rod handle components. Rod makers, from leading brands to custom builders, have caught on quickly to the advantages of the grips. At ICAST 2016 in Orlando, Lew’s Fishing Tackle captured three Best of Show awards for products featuring Winn’s advanced polymer materials in rod handles and reel knobs. Lew’s, Kistler, Denali and others displayed new rod lines with Winn grips. Winn has introduced an element of “fashion” to fishing rods, too, by offering a broad range of bold colors and multi-colored and sometimes multi-textured designs that can complement tournament jerseys, boat colors and wraps, or represent a signature look or the colors of a favorite sports team. Winn’s quieter contribution to today’s tackle evolution could come in the emerging practice of “retrofitting” favorite old rods with Winn rod grips and in routinely fitting cork and EVA rod handles with a Winn “skin” in the form of Winn Superior Rod Wrap, a tape-like overwrap.

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Sheepshead should move onto the local docks, rocks and jetties this month. Small shrimp or fiddler crabs are great baits for this. An egg sinker rig or jig head tossed into the structure are great methods for catching some of these testy fighters. The docks at Mayport, rocks at White Shell, and the big jetties are favored haunts for sheepshead, The offshore scene this month should improve for sea bass, snapper, and hopefully grouper. The near shore party grounds are your best bet. Cut squid, cigars, and even cut mullet work well for me fished on the bottom. Make sure you check the regulations to see what you can keep. Go to MYFWC to look at what is and isn’t legal this month. To book a Charter Capt. Kirk can be reached at 904-626-1128 or 904-241-7560 or go to www.Enterprisefishingcharters.com or visit us on Facebook. Listen to the Outdoors Show every Sat from 7am to 10am for up to date fishing forecast, reports, weather and tides on 1010am or 92.5fm.

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reat month for fishing, Nov. holds lots of opportunities for a variety of species. There are still a number of days with flood tides for tailing Sheephead and Redfish if the weather stays fairly good and not to cold? Look for mid day high tides of a 5.5 tide or higher. These tides will fill the spartina grasses with water. Sheephead   & reds will be up foraging on the flat. This can be a great way to sight fish with  fly or spincast. Good flys are weedless spoons and shrimp or crab patterns. Most shots can be close but accurate casting is a must. Also the redfish will be in the backcourtry. Standard jig& shrimp combos on TBS jig will be best. The trout will be fired up and they will readily take any soft plastics, plugs and live bait. Float rigs drifted  through some of the deeper holes in  creeks can produce. Most trout can be small with many only 12-14 inches.

In our region it is 15inch min. to 20inch max. with one fish over. Remember, trout take along time to get big, much longer time frame than redfish and other species, so please let our big fish go to ensure our trout fishing stays healthy for future trips. Many  bigger trout are filled with worms and do not make good table fare because of that. If you hook up a trout, pepper the area with casts, most likely there will be others as trout will start schooling up with declining water temps. Black drum will be in the backcountry marshes and a shrimp on a TBS jig head is a fine combination for a hook up. Cast around oyster bars with moving water. I generally like falling tide with a 1/8 or 1/4 oz jig, depening on water depth and stay intune with the bait. Fish in the 2-5lb range are common and Black Drum are great fighters and good to eat.  Flounder will still be available this mouth and you can pick them up also while fishing the Jig and shrimp combo. Many big doormats have fell victim this month! If you get a bump/ bite, and there is no fight or tugg, give the fish time to get the bait in his mouth and set the hook. This is usally a flounder bite so get the net, Flounder are notorious for getting unhooked! Until next time get out and enjoy the beauty of North Fl. backcountry fishing.

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hen we think of survival we think about the top three; food, water and shelter, we also add communication. Those preparing to stay or “Bug in” usually do not do enough planning ahead. Having your home emergency kit together and a plan eliminates stress and the likelihood of failure. To be prepared, consider how you are truly facilitating the top three needs. In survival there is a term “two is one and one is none”, meaning that if you do not have more than one way to do something then consider that you have nothing. Expecting failure and constantly being able to adapt during any situation is the key to both survival and comfort. Shelter: Always heed the warning of the government. I live at the beach and if you are told to evacuate, then do so. The government will always error on the side of conservative caution but trust that they have more overall Intel and plan for less people to be in these areas. It can also be more uncomfortable if you do stay. Services in these areas may be manually cut first. Also, stores and roads are closed in these areas and it takes longer for them to re-open after the storm passes. Set up a safe room. Choose a small room with no windows and stock it with a light source, water, dry foods and a radio. For comfort, bring a blanket, cards or games and a battery fan. Have this set up in advance. You may not need it but having ready is vital if you do. If you have pets, remember food and water for them. Plan on being there for several hours. Have a back up plan to leave and a pre-packed bag ready to go. If you decide you have to leave, know where you are going. Be prepared to take 3 days of clothing, water, food and cash. Place a case of water in the car in advance and have your bag easily accessible along with boots and outerwear. Trying to pack and get ready after you make the decision is stressful and chances are, you will forget something. You may not think you will need to leave your home or drive during a storm but a fallen tree or power line landing on your home may require you to go to a neighbors or even farther for safety reasons. Never rely on anyone else to take care of you if they are not prepared to do so. Be ready to bring your own supplies in a moments notice. The best method is to keep a storage box or bag with other items you may want to take. CommuniCation: A hand crank radio is the best place to start. Power may be out for a long time and even during a short power outage, a radio will not only keep you informed but will save moral. Do not try to rely on batteries. There are many very good crank radios that are AM, FM and weather. Purchase a quality model or it may easily break. Have a stand along battery power charger for your phone. Fully charge other devices ahead of time for games so you are not using your phone. Expect cell towers to be down or limited so rely on text messages before making calls. It also uses much less power. light: Light is more for comfort then true survival but needed if you stay at home. Modern battery lanterns use less battery power than older ones and require a fewer amounts of batteries. A good lantern can last for 30 straight days on 3D size batteries. Have cyalume glow stick and 12-hour candles as back ups and place them around in the house in bathrooms etc. Have at least one bright compact flashlight. Do not use gas lantern in the house. Fire is a huge risk with this method, as well as becoming sick from the gas it omits. Burning fuel in the house for even one hour can make you sick and cause more issues then it solves. 6 NE FLorida

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Water: Buying loads of water bottles are not always the best solution. There are several water scenarios to consider and plan to include cooking and bathroom use. Water may be tuned off or may not be drinkable. If you fill a bathtub with water uncovered it becomes unreliable to drink after a day. Use a water bladder such as an Aquapod that can hold about 65 Gallons of water in your bathtub. It has a hand pump and cost is much less than store bought water. It will also keep you from rushing to buy some in a panic. If the water is off, you will need water to flush toilets. You can manually fill the water tank or quickly pour a bucket into the basin and the toilet will flush as normal. It is best to have several methods for obtaining reliable drinking water such as a portable hand filter, purification tablets and boiling prepared in your kit. Cooking and Food: Most people rush out to fill the house with can goods but putting a little thought into this first can eliminate a lot of stress. You don’t want to purchase items you may not normally eat. In this situation, consider emergency food, as it has come a long way and has greatly improved over the years. Military MREs or Freeze dried food tastes much better than it ever has, will last for up to 25 years and can be eaten without cooking. Even freeze-dried food or thin noodles can hydrate in cold water if you let them sit long enough. Look for food such as fruit that has been overlooked when people are stocking up because stores kept them in cooled cases. Heating water is the easy part and there are many ways to do so. Using canned heat or fire tablets is recommended and should be part of your kit as back up items if not your primary. Gas grills are good as your first thought but only if you stay home and you need to pre-plan having full gas tanks. Using charcoal or wood burning will keep you cooking as normal for a long time. During a storm, you will need to cook inside, so use only butane, not propane, due to the gas. Small butane stoves are simple, packable to take with you and can cook a full meal using your regular home cookware. Your refrigerator will stay cold for about 4 hours on average with no power. If you are pre-planning for a possible outage, put as much in the freezer as you can. This will stay cold for about 48 hours. Organize both so that you quickly know where items are as to avoid opening the door frequently and allowing the cold air to escape.

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Fishing Report & Forecast St. Augustine Inshore By Capt. Tommy Derringer

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t’s “flatty” time!.... I’m talking about big “doormat” flounder. Traditionally the Fall is a great time to target and catch big flounder in St. Augustine. A live finger mullet or a big mud minnow rigged on a jighead or fish-finder rig is the go-to setup. Flounder will be holding in deep cuts in the creeks at lower tide stages as well as just about any small creek mouth or runout. It’s not uncommon to find them stacked up in these areas so if you get one make sure to try a few more casts in the same spot. Another popular spot to target the flat fish is at the inlets. They will hold close to the jetties… you’ll know you’re fishing the right spot after you’ve lost a rig or three to the rocks. It seems like every year most of the monster “doormat” founder come from in and around the inlets. As our weather continues to cool off trout catches should be on the increase both in size and in numbers. Toss a top-water or sub-surface plug for trout around first and last light. Two of my favorite top-water lures for trout (and redfish) are the Rapala Skitterwalk and the Rapala Skitter V.. Your best bet when targeting trout is to look for moving water at creek mouths, around oyster bars, and along the ICW banks. Sea walls, jetties, and riprap are also good trout haunts. The good ‘ole live shrimp under a float is always a sure thing for trout. The soft plastic STB jerkbaits from Slayer Inc. imitate a finger mullet perfectly and have been producing some nice trout (redfish and flounder seem to love them as well). Pair them up with a 1/8 or ¼ ounce Slayer Inc. jighead and you’ve got a deadly

trout combo. Our redfish love the cooler weather and this is such a great time of year to get out there and catch them. Redfish will continue to shadow finger mullet schools this month. There should be a ton of finger mullet around so when you find a really good concentration of them you can be sure the reds won’t be far behind. Low tide creek hole fishing for reds should be hot this month as well as the banks of the ICW at low tide. Many people overlook these banks but when the tide is low and the mullet are schooled up Mr. redfish will be on the prowl! The water will continue to be fairly murky at least until the water temps really drop down so using a bait or lure with some really good action or some good scent is the best way to spark interest from a redfish. One go-to Fall redfish lure is a Gulp jerkbait… the darting action and scent helps the fish locate the bait in our murky water. Happy Thanksgiving and Tight Lines!

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ell, we got lucky so far this year and hopefully it will continue. But let’s just start this. Mullet will be big, bad and full of roe.  So if tis is your cup of tea, then get some supplies and get at them. Flounder will be chewing on finger mullet or perhaps smallish shiners.  Also a wide variety of grubs and jigs.  Doctors Lake is a good bet for those of you that don’t want to go to the intercoastal.  So give it a try. The big croaker will be eating all the bait they can stuff in their faces.  Frozen bait shrimp is a good bet, with night crawlers being a good second choice for bait.  Mile marker 19 or 18 plus all the dips and holes being a possibility.  So grab a bunch of bait and get at it. Redfish are eating and eating.  They’re scattered, but you’ll see them tailing in the shallows during the early morning or evening hours.    You can use live bait, cut bait or lures.  These beauties just enjoy eating.  So go for it. On the fresher side of things, those in the know we’ll be trying for the first wave on resident population in the creeks of big specks.  They like minnows but are not against eating lures.  You probably won’t “load the boat” but on a good day, six to 10 will or could occur.  Now remember, these are big specs not those little 3/4 pounders.  So got at them. Catfish will be dining in the evening and at night until the water starts to cool off.  Baits usually are night crawlers, pieces of bait shrimp or even the famous smallish shiner.  So have at it. Bream can still be taken on croakers, worms and fly rod poppers.  Also the smaller beetle spin work very well.  They will bite but as the water cools off they get slower and slower.  

Bass will be feeding heavy for the cooler water cruising. They’ll probably have very tender mouths from eating all that shrimp, so they’ll start chasing and herding bait pods in the river.  Look for birds as a good indication but also the busing of bait is noticeable by sound out there. You’ll be able to catch them lying in wait and the deeper edges of bars.  Also around docks and bridge pilings.  They’ll got at if heavy cause they know once that water cools down, they don’t have to eat as often and it starts to get like work to catch them.  But lest we forget, shiners, shiners, shiners.  They like that soft-finned fish and they’ll catch them without much trouble.  So that’s it.  Short and sweet.  Have a very blessed and Happy Thanksgiving!   Well as they say, enough is enough.  So keep your lines wet and your lures movin’!--Richard

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reek bends, shallow flats, Inlets, docks and creek mouths, what do these areas have in common? Flounder, it’s that time of year when water temperatures (68 degrees) dictate flounder activity and the annual flounder run starts. It’s fairly simple fishing as using a ¼ ounce Slayer Jig head with a finger mullet or mud minnow slowly dragged across the bottom. Other simple rigs consist of using split shots or an egg sinker (fish finder rig) and 14 inches of leader with a 3/0 Daiichi D16Z Octopus wide hook. For artificial applications any jig head and soft plastic combo (Z-man Paddle Tail) works well in deep water areas. Spoons, soft plastics and hard baits fished on shallow sandbars will produce flatties as well. Flounder strikes or “thumps” as I like to call it are very distinct to other inshore game fish. When fishing for flounder patience pays a great part after feeling the “thump”. Flounder will grab a hold of your bait and sit on the bottom till bait stops moving around and that’s when the flounder will turn mullet or mud minnow around and swallow it head first which will initiate the second “thump”. Many “Old Salt” flounder anglers know the importance of feeling for flounder on the line by slowly lifting the rod tip to make sure the flounder is still attached to the line and then give some slack for about a minute before setting the hook. Trout fisherman will get their limit and more using float rigs at Matanzas Inlet with shrimp being the top bait. The last 2 hours of outgoing tide and first of incoming is the locals preferred time to fish. Topwater plugs like a Spook Jr., Rapala or Mirrorlure can catch the biggest trout looking for a bite in the shallows or ICW drop offs at creek mouths. When the bite slows down on top switch gears to diving plugs like a Sebile Stick Shadd or curly tail grubs with a ¼ ounce Slayer jig. Redfish will start to huddle in masses and seek the warmth of oyster beds during afternoon high tides. Long casting spoons or jerkbaits will produce.

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For scattered redfish live or cut mullet on a fish finder rig tossed around points, creek mouths or oysters will do the trick. During low tides look for reds cruising shallow mud banks with their backs out of the water chasing small grass shrimp. Matching the hatch (live shrimp) or a FishBites shrimp on a weedless hook tossed in front of a belly crawling redfish will result in a catch.. Capt. Chris Herrera Serving Flagler Beach, Palm Coast, St. Augustine www.palmcoastfishing.com 386-503-6338

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e were extremely fortunate. With just a slight 50-mile shift to the west, the eye-wall of Hurricane Matthew would have made landfall right here in our own back yard unleashing its wrath of 115 mph sustained winds and a 9 to 12-foot storm surge that could have delivered catastrophic devastation to our coastal communities and fragile natural resources. In its wake, this “100-year storm” dumped over 12” inches of rain and eclipsed the previous storm surge record (at Mayport) set during the legendary “storm of 1898.” I recently interviewed Danny Patrick, Owner and Editor of Coastal Angler Magazine (NE Florida Edition) regarding the impact the storm could have on coastal angling for the month of November. During the interview, Danny profound insight illustrated how hurricanes usurp the ENERGY from warm ocean surface water as a source of FUEL to ignite the storm’s intensity. As the storm passed by our coast, powerful winds and ocean waves up to 18 feet stirred and mixed the warm ocean surface water with colder deeper water resulting in significantly lower water temperatures for our area. Here are some interesting observations. The coastal water temperature at the Mayport NOS (Bar Pilot’s Dock) was 84.9 degrees (F) 2 days before the storm arrived on October 7th. I checked again the day after the storm and the water temperature had dropped 11 degrees (F) to 73.9 in just 3 days! (As of the day of this writing, the water temperature is now 74.5 degrees (F) which is still low for midOctober.) The facts are in. Most species of gamefish in Northeast Florida “shut-down” during and immediately after the storm… but surprisingly, the lower coastal water temperatures have triggered an EARLY sheepshead bite! BEST BET FOR NORTHEAST FLORIDA Assuming that the lingering effects of Hurricane Matthew will continue to stabilize, November saltwater fishing should be excellent throughout the month as most species begin to transition into their winter feeding patterns. With cooler water temperatures, schools of red snapper, grouper and sea bass will move closer to shore and can be caught in good numbers during calm conditions on cut cigar minnow and squid just offshore at the “Party Grounds.” Inshore, November is usually a fantastic time of the year to catch your limit of slot-sized redfish, trout, flounder, black drum and sheepshead. Fishing the Intercostal Waterway just north and south of the St. Johns River can be excellent. As the former owner of Pine Island Fish Camp just north of St. Augustine, I can tell you that November is one of the BEST times of the year to catch huge numbers of redfish, flounder and black drum near Marker 37 (Shell Bluff Landing) and at the mouth of Guana River (just north of Marker 47.) November is also one of my favorite times of the year to fish the final stages of the annual flounder migration along the bank at Huguenot State Park and at St. Augustine inlet near the Vilano at the bridge. Finger mullet, mud minnows or soft plastic baits bounced along the bottom should produce good numbers of quality flat fish up to 8 pounds. However, with the cooler than normal coastal water temperatures, your BEST BET for catching quality fish this month (in my opinion) is to target the illusive, hard-fighting sheepshead! “THE ULTIMATE CHALLENGE” The 11 degree drop in coastal water temperatures due to Hurricane Matthew has triggered an impressive early sheepshead bite. Huge

schools of sheepshead have moved into the area and are aggressively feeding around dock pilings, oyster bars, rock piles, channel markers and the jetties in the lower St. Johns River. Personally, sheepshead fishing is one of my all-time favorite types of fishing! However, it is perhaps the most challenging “type” of fishing you will ever experience! Seriously, I personally filmed two experienced coastal anglers fishing side-by-side using exactly the same bait… using almost identical rods, reels and tackle… dropping their fiddler crab baits down to the exact same piling only a few inches apart. One fisherman caught 15 sheepshead and the other fisherman only caught 3 fish! How is this possible? Sheepshead feed on barnacles, crustaceans (shrimp) and mollusks (oysters, clams and scallops.) They use their specially adapted (human or “sheep” like) incisors (front teeth) and crushing molars to feed. Sheepshead use their front teeth to scrap barnacles from pilings then crush the barnacles with their molars (to extract the nutrients) and then immediately “spit out” the remaining shells. Fiddler crabs ALSO feed on barnacles and oysters in the same area, so naturally, a feeding sheepshead will quickly inhale a fiddler crab, crush it (to extract the nutrients) and then “spit out” the shell. This all happens in a split second and it is almost impossible to “feel” the bite! (If you DO feel the bite, it is already too late!) Mastering the art of effectively catching sheepshead can be very rewarding! It’s non-stop action! TIPS FOR CATCHING SHEEPSHEAD • Generously “chum” periodically with fresh barnacles (scrapped from pilings) while you fish to attract feeding sheepshead. • Use a metal scrapper with the handle bolted inside a 10-ft. PVP pipe (to reach lower underwater barnacles attached to pilings.) • Fish clear water with slow moving current. Scout and select your fishing spot at dead low tide to look for best structure. • For bait, use live fiddler crabs (larger males with a “big claw” work best,) other small crabs, clams, sand fleas or small shrimp. • Use 30 lb. braided line, a 10” leader, a 1 to 1 ½ oz. egg sinker, a #7-barrel swivel and a #4 wide-bend bronze hook. • Use a 7-ft. medium action rod (Ugly Stik GX2 or Tiger Series) and a medium-sized bait caster or spinning reel (Penn or Okuma) • Fish on the bottom! Keep your line tight for better feel. Slowly raise & lower your line 12 inches. Set a hook with ANY vibration. • There is a 12” minimum size limit. The daily bag limit is 15 per person. The state record is 15 lbs. 2 oz. Get ready for a fish fry! Thank you for the opportunity to share my thoughts and a few sheepshead fishing tips with you! I hope November is a fantastic fishing month for you and your family. Stay safe and enjoy the great outdoors!

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he Nassau Landing located on Edwards Road affords quick access to some of northeast Florida’s best striped bass fishing. Striped bass fishermen launching their skiff at the Nassau Landing will also find easy access to Thomas Creek where some of the best fall, winter and spring striped bass fishing can be experienced. Line sided fishermen navigating further southeast past the mouth of Thomas’ Creek will also have access to the I-95 and railroad bridges where an excellent stock of Florida striped bass is maintained by the Florida Wildlife Commission. Sunshine bass have also been stocked by the FWC and are more plentiful than striped bass. Striper fishermen launching their boats at the St. Mary’s public boat ramp located at the waterfront park have easy access to outstanding fall, winter and spring stripe bass fishing in the St. Mary’s River. Look for some of the best striped bass fishing here to come under and close to the I-95 Bridge. Best lures for stripers include a slow sinking minnow type plug in the blue back and silver color pattern, white “Swim Bait” or a ½ ounce white spinnerbait with a silver #5 willowleaf blade. Good numbers of red drum will be schooling both at the tip of Amelia Island and in the deep waters of the St. Mary’s jetty rocks and sound. Fishing dead on the bottom with cut mullet, ladyfish, or menhaden is key when hooking up to the late Fall redfish run. Sea trout will also be schooling during the falling tide at both the St. Mary’s north and south jetty rocks. Fish deep with a slip bobber and live shrimp at mid water depths. The small rock jetties located at the southern portion of Amelia Island is also a real hot spot for late Fall redfish, particularly early in the morning and late in the evening. Work a ¼ ounce led head rigged to a clear colored plastic curly tail with blue glitter slowly along the bottom. Offshore bottom fishermen should do well while bottom fishing at some of

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the near to shore rock ledges and live bottoms. Fish dead on the bottom with cut cigar minnows, Spanish sardines, or cut chunks of pinfish. Gag grouper and giant sea bass are plentiful at FA, FC, HH and Schultz’s live bottoms during pleasant weather days during the Fall. Schooling redfish will showcase the backwater bays and small tidal estuaries, particularly during a full flood tide on the flooded marshes, or during a low falling tide where bays drain into main river channels. Don’t waste a lot of time fishing in one spot when you don’t have any redfish action, keep moving and you will sure to find a nice late Fall redfish bite! Best fall lures include noisy surface plugs including Storm’s “Chug Bug” and flashy spinners including the “Redfish Magic”. Finally black drum weighing to 50-pounds are plentiful during the month of November in the deep waters of Cumberland Sound and the mouth of Bell’s River. Fish dead on the bottom during the slack moving tides with a ¼ blue crab. Barb small pieces of shrimp while black drum fishing and enjoy a nice Fall whiting bite as well. For more fishing and charter information please call Amelia Angler Outfitters at 904-261-2870.

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SMILE AND THE WORLD SMILES WITH YOU

BY DOC FABIANO o say that times are dark and there isn’t much to smile about might not be argued in many circles. But there are bright spots here and there if one knows where to look. Have you ever seen the smile on a youngster’s face when that little angler holds that first catch? Or any catches after that first big hook up?  The look of joy on a child’s face has the power to put the troubles of the world to rest and remind us of hope for happier times. Teaching a child to fish, any child, puts him or her on par with the large, the swift, and the strong, creating confidence at a young age, which is a strong start towards righteousness.  And no one should dismiss the need for more righteous people. The Nassau Sport Fishing Association is holding its 30th annual Backwater Trout Tournament Saturday, November 5th.  There are two divisions, allowing for more young anglers to participate: one group will fish from the Crady Fishing Bridge, others will fish from boats or other options of their choice.  What makes this event special for bridge fishing young anglers is inches instead of pounds.  Leaders are determined by total inches of all fish caught.  Others will be competing by weight. There will be 20 youth trophies total, 10 for each division and all young anglers receive a Certificate of Participation.  The NSFA Organization will hand out fifty rod and reel combos to the youngsters at the awards lunch. Boat youth anglers will compete for the largest sea trout.  And, to allow more youngsters to participate, youth registrations are only $5.00. Adults will have three categories:  big redfish, big trout, and the redfish-trout-flounder slam.  Adult prize pool registration is $50 for a surf or dock angler or $120 for a boat and crew.  There will also be an 80% payout cash prize pool for the mom and dad anglers to enter.

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Fishing Report & Forecast St. Augustine Offshore By Capt. Robert Johnson

Fishing after Matthew Let me begin by saying my prayers go out for those who have lost so much. Jodie Lynn Charters was extremely fortunate to have weathered the storm without damage. As I write this the Conch House Marina is starting to rebuild and I am happy to say our boats are back at the marina where they belong. It is going to be a long rebuilding process but I am confident St. Augustine will be back stronger and better than ever.

Let’s talk about fishing. I have seen fishing go either way after a storm passes. Fishing can be very bad but sometimes it can be phenomenal. Some of the best Grouper fishing I have experienced has been following the passing of a hurricane. Be prepared to see some of the smaller wrecks move or disappear entirely. Other places that have been sanded over may reappear. On the bottom everything should be biting. November marks the start of the fall Cobia migration. These fish will be caught in the 80 to 100ft depths on wrecks and larger pieces of natural bottom. Live bait fished on the bottom or an 8oz jig worked vertically should result in bites. Expect Gag Grouper to be hungry as they fatten up for the upcoming winter spawning season. On the trolling scene it’s all about Sail Fish. We have already experienced several northeasters and the Sails should be right behind the passing fronts. This is slow speed trolling with naked ballyhoo. You can improve your chances by pulling teasers. Dredges rigged with silver mullet is the method of choice. This month is one of the best if Sailfish are on your list. Let’s remember to help out our neighbors in need.

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ur fish club will meet on Tuesday November 15, at the St Augustine Shrine Club. Their facility is located at 250 Brainard St on the south side near US1. Social starts at 6:00, light food at 6:30 and the general meeting at 7.  The new  officers and directors will be sworn into service for the next 12 months. Officer positions include President, Vice President, Secretary, and treasurer. There will be five positions filled to join the past President position as directors. There will also be monthly awards for the big fish that did not get away. The junior anglers club will also meet under the direction of their new officers. We will be awarding a check to the winner of the month long October Redfish spots tournament. November is the month for our annual food drive. Club members are ask to bring can goods and non perishable items to the meeting. All members who participate will be eligible for a special  raffle from a local restaurant.  All this fun and food followed by a great club  raffle. Something for everyone. Thanks to hurricane Matthew we had to cancel our Breast cancer 26 NE FLorida

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his year, more than any ever, we welcome the end of tropical storm season and welcome the cooler weather which brings in new action in the offshore waters of Northeast Florida. As the waters cool and become more active we should see the return of the striking fish on our ledges and reefs starting in September.  The season change should bring in the Sailfish first followed by the Swordfish, Tuna and eventually the Wahoo and marlin by springtime.  

awareness tournament future date to be announced. The hurricane has affected many lives in the St Johns county area. Thousands of homes and businesses  experienced tidal flooding and wind damage. Many residents have experienced total losses.For more information on our club check us out This time of year the Northeast Florida Marlin Association also on Facebook or at acgfa.com.

begins to welcome new members for the next fishing season. General members who have boats capable of reaching the gulf

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Fishing Report Pier and Surf By: Noel Kuhn

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urricane Matthew has destroyed our piers, trashed our beaches, ruined hundreds of homes, and put some many families into turmoil. My thoughts and prayers go out to everyone that has been severely impacted by this storm. I waited till 10/17 to write this forecast. I was hoping to write about something other than surf water filled with bacteria, weeds, and building materials. Well I have some good news. The Pompano are finding their way back to the beaches after moving into deep water. The offshore shrimp boats had been reporting Pomps jumping out of their nets! The whiting are also biting. Nice big ones up to two pounds are making up for the lack of numbers that we would expect for late October early November. Even the big Blacktips up to 150lbs are crusing the inside trough looking for a big snack! There is so much debris in the water I’m recommending that you

take plenty of rigs, line, and sinkers with you. When you lose tackle move! The big debris like docks, walkovers, and furniture will not be moving soon. Nature will break all of it down eventually. For now just move north or south to find a clean bottom. Don’t forget your cast net. With a little luck from Mother Nature the mullet run just may resume. After the mullet run my go to baits are blue crab and live clams. This picture is from just a couple of days before Matthew changed many of our lives for a long time. Tightlines my friends. Better days are ahead of us. Noel Kuhn Surf fishing guide and long distance casting coach. 904-945-0660 www.TheSurfAngler.com

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donation of any gift card or certificate please contact me at tim.stouder@ heroesonthewater.org. So this year make a difference and thank a Veteran. I am a Veteran and I make a conscious effort to thank every Veteran I come across for their service. Semper Fi

Many times we look back in history and have storied heroes that we have followed, and ones that have guided us in many different ways. Our country has seen its fair share of heroes over the past 100 years. These new heroes, the ones from the past decade or so, have many of the same challenges that have faced their predecessors with re-integration back into society. Heroes on the Water strives to assist these heroes and the ones before them in obtaining self-accomplishment and re-integration. November is our time to shine and put them on the highest pedestal of honor and thank all our Veterans for their service. Our monthly events that you read about through this magazine are scaled up 100% when it comes to the Veterans Day event. We open our registration far more participants and family members are welcome as well so that the Veterans or Active Duty are able to spend this honored time with their families. We look forward to a night of fun as we continue to plan for a great night. For this year’s event not only do we celebrate our Veterans and all they stand for, but at the same time we must say good-bye to our Coordinator, Melita Ganoe, and her husband Charlie as they retire from the Leadership Team. Melita and Charlie have been leading and volunteering for the Northeast Florida Chapter since day 1. It is with a sorrowed heart that we must say good-bye as they will truly be missed. They have led our team greatly over the past couple years and will continue to guide at events when they can. Once again our Heroes on the Water Veterans Day celebration is November 11th. If you or someone you know would like to make a

service members with their physical and mental recovery using the therapeutic qualities of fishing from kayaks. Every HOW event across the country brings together wounded military personnel for guided kayak fishing excursions. Founded in 2007, HOW has served more than 6,100 wounded Veterans. The service is provided to the Veterans for free. HOW is a non-profit organization under IRS Code Chapter 501(c)(3). Donations are tax-deductible to the extent allowed by law. Visit www. HeroesOnTheWater.org If you are a Veteran, know of one that would like to participate, or if you are interested in volunteering or any other questions please contact Coordinator Melita Ganoe at tim.stouder@HeroesOnTheWater.org . If you would like to follow us on Facebook or make a donation to Heroes on the Water, you can do so at facebook.com/ HeroesOnTheWater NortheastFloridaChapter. If you would like to follow us on Facebook or make a donation to Heroes on the Water, you can do so at https://www.facebook.com/ HeroesOnTheWaterNortheastFloridaChapter.

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with pedestrians and fishermen. The Bahia Honda Bridge is just one of many that the Florida Department of Transportation built, gradually replacing all of the bridges that Henry Flagler built for his “railroad that went to sea.” Some popular fishing bridges are around Islamorada, where guides can put fishermen onto tarpon, goliath grouper and sharks, including black tips, bulls, hammerheads and lemons. The advantages of such abandoned bridges are that motorized vehicles are not allowed to use the designated fishing bridges and they span the deep channels that run between

Florida has some great bridges that have attracted fishermen for dozens of years. Two of my favorites are the Bahia Honda Rail Bridge in the Keys and the remnants of the Tampa Bay Bridge that the Sunshine Skyway Bridge replaced in 1987. The first one, which used to connect Bahia Honda Key with Spanish Harbor Key in the Keys, was once a part of Henry Flagler’s Overseas Railway that connected Key West to the mainland. After the monster hurricane of Labor Day 1935 destroyed that railway, the federal government bought the line and built the Overseas Highway in 1938, making the connection to Key West much more secure. When workers built a fourlane Bahia Honda Bridge north of the old bridge in 1972, they took away two spans of the former bridge to give space for boats to pass through the waterway. Today the eastern part of the old bridge is part of Bahia Honda State Park and is popular

the islands. Another favorite fishing bridge in Florida is the older one that has since been replaced by the very impressive Sunshine Skyway Bridge over Tampa Bay that connects Sarasota and Terra Ceia in Manatee County. Fishermen can park their vehicles just a few feet away from where they will fish, even at nighttime since the former bridge is lit at night. That light attracts fish to the bridge, including grouper, pompano, sea bass, snook and tarpon. The piers and bridges around Florida allow fishermen the chance to fish relatively deep waters without getting wet or relying on a boat. So get out and enjoy our really great bridges to try your luck for some big ones Kevin McCarthy, the award-winning author of the forthcoming “The Galata Bridge in Istanbul” (2016), can be reached at ceyhankevin@gmail. com.

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a fishing town, and each year I’m pleasantly surprised to find that all the local hotels, tackle shops and restaurants still eagerly accommodate anglers like us. There are plenty of fishing piers, boat launches and public parks providing easy access to the water. Kayaking around areas like Little Jim Island and Bear Point, we’re always able to find a fish or two to catch. Seventeen miles (give or take a few miles) off the coast, the warm currents from the nearby Gulfstream provide plenty of bluewater action each winter when the “Sailfish Capital of the World,” just south of St. Lucie County, experiences huge migrations of Atlantic sailfish through its world famous “Sailfish Alley.” All Around Alluring Yesterday, Ed and I found several private inshore and offshore fishing charters in the area that cater to anyone’s budget and schedule. We ended up booking an offshore charter—aboard The Last Mango—and had a blast winching up grouper, snapper and amberjack from the patchwork of reefs and wrecks along the ocean floor. That evening, we recounted fish tales over wine and dinner at Cobb’s Landing overlooking the Fort Pierce City Marina. The open-air, tiki-style restaurant cleaned, prepared and served our very own catch in a variety of delectable entrees. After a short stroll to the Sailfish Brewery for craft beers, it was back to our rooms to rest up for the following day. This morning, Ed and I were eager to get to the lagoon to cast our lines. After putting on my waders, I quietly stepped into the calm serene water just after sunrise. As the ocean slowly drank the river, it reaffirmed to me why wade fishing during a falling tide is the real treasure of the area. Even without a boat or kayak, I can still immerse myself within one of the most diverse ecosystems on the planet, where dolphins, manatees and birds of every color abound. It’s one of few places where the next cast could be another world record, or result in catching a species I’ve never seen before. And best of all, it’s knowing as soon as the sun illuminates the warm blue water, a few of life’s worries will wash away with the tide. Get hooked on Fort Pierce in St. Lucie!

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TUART, FLA— It’s a well-known fact that as one’s leg and near state record status, or small Stuart and Martin County are often referred to tarpon snook with a tarpon-like eye and mouth, but in fishing circles as “The Sailfish Capital of the snook like body, or the fat snook, which looks like a World.” What is lesser known, but just as true, is humpback fish, can all be caught within 3 miles from that this area of Florida’s Treasure Coast could also where a sailfish can be caught. be called “Snook City” or “Kingfish Kountry” for the What’s beautiful is that snook can be caught on same reasons the sailfish has become a community a wide variety of live or dead baits like mullet and icon. shrimp, artificial lures and flies, and can be caught Sailfish Capital of the World was a hard-earned from boats, on foot, from bridges, docks, wade and appropriate moniker first penned in an outdoors fishing, on the beach, near spillways and pretty much column in 1938 by a journalist who worked for the anywhere water can be accessed. Miami Herald. As for kingfish, anglers can find a personal The writer had been a guest of Ernie Lyons, best swimming less than a mile off Martin County longtime editor of the Stuart News, along with beaches during these months. The Southern Kingfish several other outdoor columnists from other areas Association, the nation’s largest saltwater tournament of the country during a week in January 1938. Lyons, trail, has made plans to fish its 2016 and 2017 a savvy and colorful columnist, knew Stuart’s true National Championship tournament in these waters gifts to the world lay in its subtropical location and for that very reason. King mackerel up to 60 pounds proximity to world-class sportfishing. Working with are possible, and numerous kings between 30 and 40 local tourism officials and the charter fishing fleet, pounds will be caught by tournament fishing teams. Lyons and Stuart lucked out when a particularly Winners will take home boat-motor-trailer packages strong run of migrating sailfish passed offshore of the worth tens of thousands of dollars. St. Lucie Inlet. That week, an estimated 1,000 sailfish Large lively live baits are the best way to land a were caught, and most were released, during what was trophy tournament-winning kingfish, but if it’s fun described as an unprecedented confluence of fish and fishing, these sporty predators will eagerly take dead skilled anglers. Typically, in this region, trolled dead baits like ribbonfish, live blue runners or bluefish, or baits are used to catch them in 80 to 160 feet of water even lures. only a few miles off the shore. All three of these remarkable catches are available But the rivers and inshore waters of the area and eager to feed this time of year. Regardless of one’s have also always been full of memory-making fish desired type of fishing, there are plenty of options to of a lifetime. The snook fishing in Stuart has always be enjoyed in the Sailfish Capital of the World. been exceptional. The waters of the St. Lucie River, Ed Killer is an outdoors columnist with Treasure although sometimes beleaguered by Lake Okeechobee Coast Newspapers and the USA Today Network. discharges, are still home to five subspecies of snook. For More Fishing in Martin County, go to Nowhere else in the world can this claim be made. Common snook as long

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