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Paddlesports Product Review CARIBE TIBURON INFLATABLE SUP You’ll be slithering through the waves with ease and gliding along in true mariner style when you hop on Caribe’s inflatable SUP. Decorated with a shark silhouette and further amplified by a cool camo print, this blue and black paddleboard is always a hit among water-lovers with a penchant for adventure. The Tiburon Inflatable Paddleboard comes with 6 D-Rings on the softpad so you can attach a variety of accessories like a cooler, 2 Kayak Seats, dry bags, etc. it also comes with a D-Ring on the front bottom deck, excellent for anchoring or towing the board. A very wide 34” design provides stability like no other board on the market. It’s ideal for fishing and long rides and has a smooth non-slip softpad that provides grip as well as comfort. Concerned about hooks on board or punctures from oyster beds? No worries! Double deck Tarpaulin layers protect the board from punctures while providing the most rigid inflatable experience out there. All Caribe’s boards come with a 2-year warranty against manufacturing defects.

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AIRHEAD SUP BONEFISH 1138 True to its name, the Airhead SUP Bonefish 1138 is a paddleboard specifically designed for fishing. This super-stable fishing SUP has two inflatable sponsons that give anglers the firm platform they need for fighting big fish and navigating rough water. There are four strategically placed mount pads on deck to accommodate four rod racks, Airhead SUP Fishing Racks and Bucket Racks. Two smaller accessory mounts are perfect for small rod holders or other accessories, and two stainless D-ring cooler tie downs round out endless possibilities for equipment customization. A classic teak-look EVA decking provides sure footing. At just 41 pounds, transport of the Bonefish 1138 is easy, and two molded handles fore and aft make carrying it to the water a breeze, even when it’s fully loaded. There is versatility built in with 10 stainless steel D-rings and two stretch tie downs. The Bonefish 1138 comes with a mesh backpack for transport and storage, a Hi Pressure hand pump for quick and easy inflation, a pressure gauge, valve wrench, board strap and repair kit.

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KAKU WAHOO 10.5 The new Kaku Wahoo 10.5 may be the baddest little ’yak on the water. It is a compact version of the Wahoo 12.5, which has proven itself as a superb fishing kayak. Kaku went and shaved a couple of feet and more than 10 pounds off of the original Wahoo to create a boat that is easier to transport and paddles very well in the tight environs kayak anglers often find themselves in. And while the Wahoo 10.5 gives up size, it does not sacrifice fishability or performance. It has all the features of the Wahoo 12.5. By flattening the rocker and lowering the keel, Kaku has designed a boat that tracks well and is easy to stand on. A sick deck pad rounds out the look of a quick little ’yak that is stable, comfortable and easy to handle.

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MANTA RACKS Whether it’s a mother-ship expedition offshore, a day-cruise to some isolated islands or exploration deep into the mangroves, there are a lot of places paddle-sports enthusiasts want to be that are too distant to access under paddle power. SUPs and kayaks take up a lot of room on the deck of the boat, and Manta Racks has come up with the perfect solution. The Manta Racks system stores your kayaks or SUPs securely to your boat, where they are out of the way, and it utilizes the boat’s rod holders, so there’s no need to drill any new holes for mounting. With a patented 360-degree locking swivel feature, paddleboards, wakeboards, kayaks, kiteboards, water skis and surfboards can be easily stored on the gunnel of the boat without drilling extra holes. All of your boards are out of the way of your passengers, securely fastened to your Manta Racks system. Go farther when you take your boards.

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WILDERNESS SYSTEMS RADAR SERIES With its new Radar Series, Wilderness Systems continues to build on its legacy of innovation, performance and quality in fishing kayaks. The Radar Series is Wilderness Systems’ first tri-powered kayak, which means it has paddle, power and pedal capabilities. It features S.M.A.R.T. Hull Technology that combines stability, maneuverability, acceleration, responsiveness and tracking throughout the entire design for ultimate

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Paddlesports Product Review NUCANOE FLINT NuCanoe made waves when it introduced its new Flint kayak at iCast. Here is a boat jam-packed with features for serious anglers, yet the price tag is way below what you’d expect for such a high-quality kayak. At 11’3”, and less than 70 pounds, The Flint is the perfect boat for exploring creeks, rivers and backwater marshes. It is agile, responding nimbly to the paddle, and it also tracks very well despite its shorter length. Light enough for easy one-man transport, this boat is amazingly stable, and unique scupper hole design provides a firm deck. The Flint cockpit is wide open and fishes like a much larger kayak. There’s plenty of room and stability for standing to fish on an uncluttered deck, and the new Hawg Trough channel keeps your measuring board handy but out of the way. With five gear tracks, handy spaces for tackle boxes and angled flush-mount rod holders, NuCanoe has come up with a simple yet efficient and customizable layout for everything an angler needs. The side handle that doubles as a quick-clip paddle holder is a handy innovation someone should have come up with long ago. Cap it all off with the comfy custom-height Pinnacle seat NuCanoe is known for, and this is a top-notch fishing platform for a reasonable price.

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PERCEPTION PESCADOR PILOT 12.0 Perception’s pedal-powered Pescador Pilot is a fishing machine that is extremely comfortable and functional for anglers. It excels in flat water and is an excellent kayak for inshore and bay fishing as well as on freshwater lakes and ponds. The Pilot Drive propeller system effortlessly propels the boat, even in reverse, while leaving both hands free. The spacious, sit-on-top design with generous storage and accessory mounts make the kayak easy to customize. Superior stability allows anglers to cast and fight fish while standing. Comfort is absolutely necessary for serious anglers spending long hours on the water. The Pescador Pilot is built for that. A roomy captain’s chair features zonal mesh to promote cooling airflow. On-the-fly seatback adjustment tilts back for relaxed pedaling or forward for sportier pedaling.

With performance, comfort, features, and storage that outdistance its price point, especially for a peddle-driven kayak, the Pescador Pilot is also a great value. This boat is proudly designed, molded and hand assembled in the USA and is backed by a 5-year warranty.

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OLD TOWN PREDATOR PDL Prepare yourself for a totally new fishing experience. Old Town has taken boat control to new heights with forward and reverse via an efficient and easy-to-use propriety pedal-drive system. It gets you to the spot fast, and keeps you on the spot without paddling. With forward, reverse and agile maneuverability, you’ll experience precise boat control while your hands remain free to focus on fishing. The removable pedal drive installs in seconds and tips up instantly for shallowwater docking. The Predator PDL’s specially-designed hull combines the perfect balance of smooth pedal stroke speed and stand-up stability. The Old Town PDL pedals exactly like a bicycle, converting modest pedaling into maximum propulsion. A 10.3:1 gear ratio means that anglers can reach speeds up to 5.5 mph to reach fishing spots fast and efficiently. It also makes trolling through a range of useradjustable speeds easy and effective. The Predator PDL is infinitely customizable with rigging accessories from Cannon, Scotty, YakAttack, RAM and more.

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SEA EAGLE 350FX FISHING EXPLORER For anglers who like to go it alone, Sea Eagle’s 350fx is a terrific choice. The most stable and rugged entry in Sea Eagle’s Explorer Series of inflatable kayaks, it’s a lightweight (51-lbs.) and easily portable one-person fishing machine. Nearly indestructible, the 350fx features a double layer of 1000 Denier reinforced protective layers on the tubes and bottom, a 40-inch fish ruler, plus two spray skirts—each with three rod holders and accessory belts that hold tools, hooks and lures. A fully adjustable foot brace is easily positioned for maximum comfort and more power per stroke while a nifty anchor system quietly locks in advantageous casting positions. Suitable for paddling in waters rated to Class IV, 16 high-capacity self-bailing drain valves make this entry ideal for fishing in moderate whitewater rivers up to Class III. Close the valves to remain high and dry on flat waters, and insert the removable skeg to improve flatwater tracking. Fully inflated in seven minutes, the 350fx fits in a car trunk and handles electric motors up to 34-pound thrust. This inflatable fishing kayak is 11’6” long and has a maximum weight capacity of 575 lbs.

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s winter gives way to spring, anglers from all over begin to experience one of the best times of the year to get out fishing. Many of the easiest and unsuspected places to fish can be right out your front door, leading kids of all levels to connect with a wide variety of fish. There is likely good, fishable water within walking or biking distance of where you live. Many golf course ponds and retention ponds produce big bass and good numbers of fish in the 3- to 4-pound range. While most ponds will hold fish, the most productive ones will have structure to protect fish from predators as well as give shade during the day. Overhanging trees, grass and bushes are all things to look for. One of my favorite ways to catch these bass is by hooking a plastic worm through the middle of its body (wacky worm) and letting it flutter weightless to the bottom near the structure. An occasional gentle twitch will attract attention, and bent rods will be sure to follow. Surf fishing, another favorite of mine, is a fun and easy way to catch dinner while enjoying a beautiful view. Fish travel all along the surf in search of a meal, but if you can concentrate your efforts where the bait is congregating, you will greatly improve your odds of hooking up. Birds diving into the surf is a sure sign that bait is in the area. Find diving birds, and you’ve found a great place to set up. Advanced techniques and high-end gear aren’t mandatory for novice anglers to put some good eating fish on the table. A 10-foot rod, a reel sized similar to a 6500 Penn Spinfisher (spooled with 20lb. mono) and a sand spike will be your basic set up. As far as tackle goes, I use a pompano rig or fish finder rig above a sputnik weight, all of which can be found at almost any tackle shop. For bait, shrimp and clams are good all-around choices. When I use

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his is a great month to bag a big Trout. Many of the largest fish of the year will come at this time. Some of the biggest trout have been as big as 11lbs for my clients over the years. Whether your a float fisherman, plug, topwater or jig, big trout will be on the prowl looking for a meal. They can be caught with any of these methods. Fish get very active with the warming waters and comfortable water temps. Bait will be return to North Florida, and as it does it will keep the fish active!! Fishing places that have current,  ledges, structure and bait will be an ideal place Capt Tony Bozzella with to start your search. Places like these hold a overslept Redfish in fish!!  There can be a nice mix of bluefish Clapboard Creek area in the area. Very fun, and lots of action however, I take advantage of what mother nature has to offer? Years past, Anglers have taken blues well over 8 lbs!! Any angler would of loved it!! Will Felner had a 30 inch,  9 1/2 lb Specked Sea trout, what a trout, way to go Will, There will be other fish joining the party. Redfish, Jack Crevalles, Spanish mackerel, Ladyfish, will be in the mix, especially if the water temps stay up. I have seen these fish in years past show up as early as March and as late as May.  April is a good time frame.  Plugs and lures that have been productive include, Rapalas, x raps, twichin raps, and skitterwalks. In the  Miro-lures line, mirro dynes 52M’s and top dogs,  BiteABait 6 NE FLORIDA

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line, fighters and top walkers, as well as High Rollers are all excellent choices for a trophy trout. Fish what you know how to work. Colors are simple, if the water is clean and clear, I like to use natural colors. If the water is dirty or stained, use a white or chartreuse. Fishing towards dusk, use a dark colors so the  bait will be  silhouetted as the fish look up at it. Keep it simple. The same go’s for jigs. Just use enough weight to get down and stay in tune with the bait .These are all fine baits in the hands of an angler that has mastered how to work them?  Learn to be good with the bait you choose to use. Many anglers put hope in a “magic or special lure” It’s best to master a couple of good time proven lures and cover water knowing you are fishing it correctly. The backcountry is your style, there will be some redfish prowling around. Schools will be smaller and start breaking up with the warmer water. This will be the very last of the clear water and sight fishing this month. As the bait returns to the backcountry, the water will get cloudy and muddy as all the mullet and microorganism start to replenish and bait will get active and “turn up” the water on the mud flats. Flounder will start showing up more as time go’s on. Any structure with bait and moving water can be a hot spot. I like the incoming tide. Fish a TBS jig in a bright color combined with a finger mullet or mud minnow. Fish slow and feel the thump (bite) and reel the slack out and set the hook. Now, don’t talk about it, get out and enjoy the waters of North Fl and take advantage of a big trout!!! Capt. Tony Bozzella / TBS JIGS www.tonybozzella.com 904 651 0182

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othing can stop the power of an idea whose time has come; and for Ken Wilson, Owner/Operator of Carefree Boat Club of Jacksonville, that time is now! As a successful business executive with IBM Global Services in Atlanta for over 17 years, Ken Wilson and his beautiful family have always loved the boating lifestyle. “Some of the fondest memories of my entire life were centered around recreational boating with my wife and four children” Ken says, “and we loved spending our spare time planning and getting ready for our next boating excursion and outdoor adventure!” Always searching for the ultimate boating experience for his family, Ken’s journey of discovery led him directly to the thriving boat club industry. “As I began to research multiple boat clubs throughout the US, I became extremely impressed with the unique membership benefits of Carefree Boat Club” he explained “and as I continued my due diligence, I realized that Carefree Boat Club was truly in a league of its own. In fact, I was SO impressed with the company’s business model, I eventually became the Owner/Operator of the Carefree Boat Club of Jacksonville!” Whether fishing is your passion, or you just enjoy pleasure cruising with your family and friends, Ken Wilson and his dedicated staff are genuinely excited about the opportunity to help you create your own “boating memories of a lifetime” as a valued member of his exclusive boat club! BOATING WITHOUT OWNING…IT’S ABOUT TIME! Located in historic Mayport Village at the Morningstar Marina, (only two miles from the Atlantic Ocean or the Intracoastal Waterway,) Carefree Boat Club of Jacksonville will maximize your time enjoying the beautiful surrounding coastal waters and beaches of Northeast Florida. With a membership in this exclusive club, you don’t have to worry about maintenance, trailering, storage, insurance or even washing a boat! “Our members have unlimited access to not just one boat, but an entire fleet of boats in Jacksonville, plus access to boats at over 60 clubs nationwide” Ken proudly explains… “members have a whole fleet of boats available to them for about a third of the cost of buying their own boat! Plus, Carefree Boat Club of Jacksonville will provide you with classroom and on-the-water safety training by USCG certified captains, so you can pilot your vessel with confidence when out on the open water. Our mission is simple. We want to revolutionize the way First Coast residents can access and enjoy our beautiful coastal waters.” Carefree Boat Club strives to provide members with an affordable boating experience that is fun, easy, and safe. “We take care of all the time-consuming hassles that come with boat ownership, so you can focus on enjoying your time on the water” says Ken, “plus, our members enjoy frequent socials, organized events and free boating seminars throughout the year, so it’s easy to make new friends.” EXCELLENT AVAILABILTY AND FRIENDLY DOCK STAFF “Our members have unlimited access to our fleet as many times as they want each month and never pay any additional fees to use the boats. The only expense not included in membership is the fuel that is used” says Ken, “plus, our friendly dock staff rolls out the red carpet for our members. In fact, members are met at their vehicle to help carry gear and load it onto the boat. We even provide free ice and towel service for a true concierge level experience! From there, we help them load up and cast off. Upon return, leave the cleaning to us! Members also enjoy easy, free parking at our marina here in Mayport Village.” I have been in the outdoor industry for decades and have personally worked directly with several national boat clubs throughout the US 8 NE FLORIDA

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(filming TV fishing shows and instructional fishing videos.) As a result, I am familiar with many of the national boat club “member benefits.” So, I can tell you from experience that the Carefree Boat Club of Jacksonville fleet is impressive! “All of our boats are brand new, top-of-the-line boats” Ken proudly explains, “and there’s simply no better way for residents of Jacksonville and the surrounding areas to enjoy our beautiful coastal waters.”

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n all of our 7 years with the Northeast Florida HOW Chapter, our first event cancellation was in 2017 and scheduled to have been at Guana Preserve. It just so happened that was the time a hurricane came through our area. Not to be deterred and scared of the weather possibilities, we scheduled Guana again early this year. Well, the planning has paid off as the weather was absolutely beautiful this past Sunday, March 11, 2018. For Veterans, family members, and our fantastic volunteers, March’s event did not disappoint. All week the calls and emails were coming in as the weather was predicted to be horrible. With a predicted 25+ MPH winds and scattered thunderstorms, we still had a full crowd of guests and guides signed up for our event. On the Friday before the event, the weather did a 180 degree turn and let loose with some of the best forecasts we have seen this year. We launched close to 60 kayaks into the lake, which included 5 new veterans and 4 guides from the new Cumberland Heroes on the Water Chapter from Georgia there learning the ropes. Now Northeast Florida and South GA will have two HOW chapters to service veterans and first responders. NEFL HOW will be assisting the Cumberland Chapter with training and learning our routines so that they can grow as a chapter. After 7 years, our Chapter runs like a well-oiled machine each event. So on to the great day we had at Guana. Many fish were caught throughout the lake, just no giants on this particular day. Many of the trout that were caught were dinks with a few really nice slots mixed in. The reds were chewing, just no real size to them. A few slots were mixed into the rats that were caught as well. The wind was perfect blowing out of the northeast and was less than 10mph which was a real lifesaver with keeping the no see’ems out of everyone’s face. As with

every event, the smiles were in abundance. April’s event will be in the black hammock area off of Hecksher drive and that date is currently TBD. We finally have a date for our overnight camping trip at Sebastian Inlet State Park. We will be camping the weekend from May 4th-6th. Once again, we will be teaming up with the Operation Outdoor Freedom, an amazing group from the National Forestry Service. This event will book complete within a day or so, so keep your eye out for it’s posting. It’s a very popular event with the spots limited since there is travel and all meals entailed. As always, tight lines and stay safe. About Heroes on the Water Heroes on The Water is a non-profit organization that helps injured 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 32,774 wounded Veterans. The service is provided to the Veterans for free. HOW is a nonprofit organization under IRS Code Chapter 501(c) (3). Donations are taxdeductible to the extent allowed by law. Visit www. HeroesOnTheWater.org The next Heroes on the Water outing is scheduled at Cedar Point. 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 - Tim Stouder at NortheastFlorida@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 www.facebook.com/ HeroesOnTheWaterNortheastFloridaChapter.

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satellites and beautiful shiny baits flown in from Miami. Plus we have social media to help us share our catches in short videos and our fishing stories in tweets and posts. And the fishing is still great and the Northeast Florida Marlin Association is still more than just a sporting club. The secret today is still sharing the valuable information that the members gain on each and every trip and it’s learning which tactics and tackle is working and it’s having a place where families can share the experiences and the stories in real life. Dock parties are different these days because trailered boats don’t offer the same comforts as the old Sport Fishers, so the Marlin Club is hosting seminars in its St Augustine Clubhouse, from local experts, gear manufacturers and legends of the sport. The tournaments are customized to allow special opportunities for juniors, ladies and special species and they are schedule about once a month as the active species change off of the First Coast. This year’s new tournament format will offer more opportunities than ever to compete for cash, trophies and bragging rights. The dock parties now are catered events with live music, raffles and prizes. The Marlin association has lost some of its legendary captains of the past but the captains and the crews of today are building their own legendary experiences for the future. Contact us for membership information. Paul Raudenbush – President Northeast Florida Marlin Association clubnefma@gmail.com, www.clubnefma.com or www.facebook. com/clubnefma

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he month of April might be our quick start to the upcoming spring fishing season for us. February held some great promise of an early spring with at least 2 dozen days nearing 80 if not over that temperature. That window created some awesome days of red and trout bites though it didn’t sit with this author as I would rather it doesn’t get scorching too early. Look for some banner days in April for reds, trout, drum, and sheepshead. The bite in March has been good and I do see that trend continuing. The big rocks at Mayport should hold some good numbers of black drum this month upwards to 100lbs. The most effective method is to soak a ¼ to a ½ of a fresh blue crab on the bottom. Try working the bottom of the dead low and the top of the flood high at the tips of both rock piles for the better results. I like to use a Penn Slammer II spooled with 60lb SpiderWire Ultra Cast braided line on a UglyStik 7ft Tiger rod. I rig a 3-way swivel using about 60lb mono or better coupled with a no#6 Wide bend live bait hook. The 3-way is simplistic in design and allows you to change the weight according to your needs relative to the current flow. I typically look towards soaking the baits in 30 to 45ft of water on the very ends of the rocks and will methodically move in or out of the river depending on water flow. The big fish, I believe, should be released as they really are of fairly poor food value once they exceed 25lbs. It’s important to also be reminded that these big fish are our breeding stock and to throw the breeders back unharmed will continue to guarantee a more healthy population for years to come. Also look for the redfish, sheepshead, ringtails and trout to move onto the rocks in good numbers next month. Anglers throwing anything from jig/shrimp combo’s, to float rigs, or simply soaking a fiddler/blue crab bait near the bottom or edge of the rocks will produce some healthy stringers of fish. My all time favorite thing to do this month is to work

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02 Mon 04:19 AM -0.81 L 10:32 AM 4.87 H 04:24 PM -0.56 L 10:51 PM 5.39 H

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03 Tue 05:04 AM -0.50 L

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01 Sun 03:33 AM -1.00 L

11:16 AM 4.64 H 05:07 PM -0.23 L 11:34 PM 5.21 H

04 Wed 05:51 AM -0.14 L 11:59 AM 4.42 H 05:52 PM 0.15 L

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05 Thu 12:18 AM 4.99 H

06:39 AM 0.24 L 12:44 PM 4.24 H 06:41 PM 0.53 L

5:20 AM-7:20 AM • 5:45 PM-7:45 PM

06 Fri 01:03 AM 4.77 H

07:30 AM 0.56 L 01:32 PM 4.09 H 07:34 PM 0.85 L

6:05 AM-8:05 AM • 6:35 PM-8:35 PM

07 Sat 01:52 AM 4.57 H

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08 Sun 02:47 AM 4.42 H

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09 Mon 03:46 AM 4.34 H

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10 Tue 04:46 AM 4.37 H

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16 Mon 03:08 AM -0.51 L 09:23 AM 4.95 H 03:16 PM -0.60 L 09:38 PM 5.71 H

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10:07 AM 4.94 H 03:58 PM -0.61 L 10:24 PM 5.79 H

2:25 AM-4:25 AM • 3:00 PM-5:00 PM

18 Wed 04:36 AM -0.58 L 10:54 AM 4.89 H 04:43 PM -0.50 L 11:11 PM 5.79 H

3:20 AM-5:20 AM • 3:55 PM-5:55 PM

19 Thu 05:25 AM -0.46 L

11:44 AM 4.81 H 05:34 PM -0.32 L

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20 Fri 12:02 AM 5.71 H

06:20 AM -0.29 L 12:37 PM 4.72 H 06:31 PM -0.11 L

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07:20 AM -0.12 L 01:34 PM 4.64 H 07:34 PM 0.07 L

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ncient City Game Fish Association will meet on Tuesday, April 17th at the St. Augustine Shrine Club, located at 250 Brainard Dr in St  Augustine south on Moultrie Creek. Social begins at 6 o’clock,followed by light food and the general meeting. The junior anglers club will meet and have an art activity along with their meeting. There will be awards for the Drum tournament as well as monthly angler prizes. There’s a rumor going around that one of our famous captains will be presented a “blooper award” for his recent misadventures while fishing. All this followed by a great raffle. The Ancient City Game Fish Association is a not for profit, family, fun fishing club. Guest and visitors are always welcome.  This month the Ancient City Game Fish Association will be working with our two favorite groups. The St Augustine High School football team is sponsoring a fundraiser fishing tournament. The inshore tournament will be held at the Conch House Marina on April 28th. Our club members will

be there to weight and clean fish. For more information contact Erin at 904669-5153. We will also be providing man power for the North East Florida Marlin Association Bluewater tournament to be held at Camachee Cove Marina April 26-29th. For more information check them out at NEFMA.com. The Challenge is our next great event to be held July 5-8th at Camachee Cove Marina. The four day tournament includes a two day SKA sanctioned Kingfish tournament, a two day largest Redfish tournament, and a one day kids tournament for Redfish and Kingfish. The event will include food, live entertainment, and a giant sponsors raffle. It’s not too late to get involved. For sponsor information call Dale Hatcher at 904-436-5419. For kids tournament call Donna Frantz at 904814-0515.      

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

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t’s my absolute favorite time of the year to fish in Northeast Florida… Spring weather will bring in the baitfish (mullet, pogies, etc.) and just about every predatory fish will be on the hunt for a good meal. Redfish will still be up on the flats in schools, trout will be feeding along the ICW banks, and the drum and flounder will be stacked in the deeper creek holes. Just about everywhere you go you’re going to run into some good fishing over the next couple of months. Redfish will remain schooled up as long as the water temps stay on the cooler side. Look for the big schools of reds on the lower tide stages (especially on the negative low tides we get with a good west wind). I like to find flats that have somewhat of a deeper escape route for the fish. A perfect setup would be a large flat on the edge of the ICW that has a deeper area that drains into the ICW. The fish will absolutely stack up in those “drains” as the tide gets really low. If live bait is your thing, a mud minnow or live shrimp pegged to a 1/4oz Slayer Inc. jighead will be the perfect presentation to the schooled up redfish. If you’re going with artificials, I like to use a Slayer Inc. SST paddle tail on the same jig. Locate the schools by looking for large wakes and/or “muds” that the fish will cause by moving around. Make sure to lead the fish by quite a bit as they can and will be a little spooky this time of year. You can also find some big schools of redfish stacked in the creek holes on the same low tides. Push back as far as possible in the creeks and find that last deep spot… you’re sure to find a few good fish hanging out waiting for the tide to turn. Redfish won’t get all the glory this time of year, it’s also troutski time!... Trout will be really turning on with the warming air and water temps. Some of my biggest trout are caught this time of year. Toss your favorite top-water plug at first and last light along the ICW shell banks for some 20 NE FLORIDA

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great big trout action. Once the sun comes up a bit switch to a subsurface plug or your favorite soft plastic on a jighead. The soft plastic and jighead rig account for a good number of trout catches on my boat this time of year. I like to use the twitch, twitch, pause retrieval method. The fish usually take the lure on the pause. Target creek mouths on the outgoing tide and the ICW shell banks on the incoming. Any kind of rocks, docks, or structure with moving water around them will also be holding some nice trout. And of course the live shrimp under a popping cork sometimes can’t be beat. April is a great time of the year for black drum in our area. The monster drum (sometimes up to 80lbs+) were going pretty strong last month and there still should be a few around. They can be targeted in the deepest areas of the ICW and in all the area inlets. A halved blue crab on the bottom is the bait of choice for these big dogs. The big ones will be spawning so make sure to thoroughly revive them to ensure a healthy release so they can take care of their business and keep the drum population thriving. The ones I like to target, smaller “slot” sized black drum in the 5-10lb range, can be found schooled up in the creek holes and near deeper water structure such as bridges and jetties. Live or dead shrimp, fiddler crabs, and clams fished along the bottom will all make for some great drum action. Tight Lines! Capt. Tommy Derringer 904-377-3734 www.InshoreAdventures.net

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Fishing Report & Forecast Flagler Inshore By Captain Chris Herrera

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irst light, outgoing tide and add schools of mullet, this formula makes for a successful morning outing for trout. Tie on your favorite topwater plug and get to casting, gator trout will be lurking around the bait pods along the ICW.. Working topwater and sinking plugs parallel to dropoffs and around creek mouths will guarantee success! Don’t over look deeper creek holes as “Gator Trout” can be taking residence. Redfish will also be patrolling the shell banks of the ICW working the bait pods during low tides. Shallow flats that are holding mullet will have redfish shadowing mullet pods looking to eat all the shrimp and crabs the mullet kick up. A Fish Bites Extreme watermelon

red flake color jerkbait on a Slayer 4/0 Penetrator 3/16oz. hook is great search bait for flats fishing. Oyster bed hopping and casting to spartina grass edges will also produce strikes as long as the mullet are around. If redfish are busting mullet switch to mullet imitators like my new favorite lure the Sebile stick shad in hollow mullet. Live bait fisherman should soak live mullet or shrimp around oyster bars on high tide using Daiichi 1/0-3/0 circle hooks. Flounder should be chewing steady in the flats, creeks and inlet on outgoing tide being my favorite. Live finger mullet on jighead or using a soft plastic paddle tail and a jighead slowly bounced across the bottom will produce flatties. Jig fisherman will target deeper dropoffs with mud minnows or finger mullet. Doormats around the inlets will fall for 5-7 inch mullet on a fish finder rig. I prefer to use Daiichi D18Z J-hooks as I miss a lot of flounder on circle hooks. Big Blue fish should continue to chew around Matanzas Inlet, they will bite just about any lure that resembles a mullet, first light is best for numbers. Ladyfish will be stacking up outgoing tides busting baitfish in the bigger creeks that will keep the kids occupied. Light jigs and paddle tails or live shrimp will get slammed by lady fish on every cast once you find them.. Capt. Chris Herrera Serving Flagler Beach, Palm Coast, St. Augustine www.palmcoastfishing.com 386-503-6338

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Tricks for Tricky Toms By Bob McNally

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urkey hunting season is in full swing in Florida and Georgia, and gunners are having daily encounters with big birds that do everything right, except they hold off coming within shotgun range. They’ll strut and gobble, react to almost every yelp or cut, cackle or purr call that’s sent their way. But they won’t close the deal. They stay just just far enough away that they can’t be collected with a shotgun. They are, in turkey hunting parlance, “hung up.” It can drive a sober sportsman to strong drink. But there are things that can be done to turn the tables on such a frustrating gobbler. Double-teaming toms is one of the best and easiest ways to lure hung-up birds into finally eating a face full of copper-coated 6s. The man out front never calls, and he’s most likely to get the shot. But the “call man” who is farthest away from the hung-up bird had best be on his toes, too, because such toms are cagey, and have been known to circle a caller, coming in quietly and carefully to the man doing the yelping. The “end-around” move is another standard tactic to unhinge a hung-up gobbler. It’s never a sure thing, and can be risky because you might spook the tom or others nearby, which blows the whole deal. But if you make your move slowly, carefully, quietly, and use terrain features to best advantage, it’s often possible to successfully get around a gobbler. Often all you’re doing is crossing a ditch, fence, or working around a dense thicket or pond that a bird refuses to cross to your call. But the tom may have hens with him, or is just too smart to come to your first location. When you set up a second time, try using a different call, even if you just change the type mouth call. If you used a slate call, try a different style like an aluminum friction call or perhaps a box call. You’re trying to mimic a different hen coming to the tom from a different direction, which hopefully unhinges his location anchor, and he’ll come running. I know some great turkey hunters who have duped dandy birds that wouldn’t close the final 50 yards to their guns until they started superaggressive calling. Loud and incessant cuts and yelps, or even going

into the now-classic fighting purr scenario has worked for plenty of people, especially ace turkey hunter David Hale. I’m not half the caller David is, so I’ve had better results by acting coy with an uncooperative turkey. Instead of turning up the volume I turn it down, and call less frequently. Long periods of silence works

well, and if you can pull it off, moving slowly away can be the final nail in a gobbler’s coffin. Move a few yards at a time. Stop, yelp sloftly or purr, and watch for the tom. It works best with two hunters. One stays at a location, the second hunter slipping away quietly and calling occasionally. The most memorable time I ever had the slip-away ploy work on a stubborn bird was one spring in Alabama with Eddie Salter, the famed world calling champion. We located a late-morning field bird, crept into position, and for two hours Eddie played his calls like Clapton picking a guitar. The solo bird got close, but wouldn’t come within range. Finally, Eddie motioned he was gonna leave, and he crawled away quietly.

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his shooting position. No, it doesn’t always work. But Ernie eats plenty of turkey breasts from birds that fall to the tactic every spring. Bottom line is that when a turkey doesn’t close that last 50 yards, and you’ve given the tom plenty of time to work close, do something different. Change it up, the calling, the set-up, move away, move around and reposition. Make a move, and take charge of the situation. Often, you’ve got nothing to lose

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Fishing Report & Forecast Fernandina / Amelia Island By Terry D. Lacoss

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obia fishing along the beaches, inlets and near shore wrecks and Bottom fishermen will also hook up to hard fighting red snapper and rock ledges should produce hard fighting and excellent eating gag grouper which will need to be vented and released. Northeast cobia during the month of April. Fishing dead on the bottom at the tip Florida’s gag grouper season will open on May 1st. Depending on the water temperature and bait fish concentrations, of the St. Mary’s south jetty rocks with live mullet, croaker or menhaden is a deadly tactic when cobia are not holding close to channel markers HH and the Amberjack Hole should hold a few kingfish during the later portion of April. Also look for good numbers of barracuda, Spanish and surface schooling menhaden Offshore fishermen will drift live baits deep over structure when mackerel and cobia too! targeting cobia. When a cobia is hooked up from a deep water structure, Beach fishing at the very southern tip of Amelia Island and at the be prepared to see several other cobia following your hooked cobia to deep waters surrounding Fort Clinch at the northern portion of Amelia the surface. Having on board and ready 20-30 pound spin tackle rigged Island will produce excellent eating whiting and hard fighting bluefish. with chartreuse and white buck tail jigs is key when hooking multiple Fishing just outside of the surf where shallow bars are located with cobia. barbed sand fleas will produce excellent eating pompano. Best surf Bass fishing in many of Northeast Florida’s tidal rivers and small lakes fishing also comes during the last and the first of the falling tides when should be excellent water clarity and bait fish are key. during the month Large schools of of April where a redfish will also be few bass will be still schooling in the spawning during bays during the the full moon. A month of April Full moon will take where a flooding place on March 1st shallow flat will & 30th. Working a showcase how cigar shaped plug many saltwater including the Zara fishermen are now targeting redfish. Spook and Top Look for the last Dog during early hour of the flood morning and late and the first half afternoon hours hour of the falling when winds are light tide to produce is key to catching exciting wading that giant Florida action at many of largemouth bass. Amelia Island’s Fishing with local backwater bays. wild shiners is a sure Be sure and were a tactic for catching good pair of thick trophy bass as rubber sole well. Many of the shoes to avoid deep river bends in These happy anglers are enjoying the backwaters of Amelia Island those sharp Lofton Creek are a oyster shells. sure bet for hooking Best baits include Berkley Gulp shrimp, or Berkley crab barbed with up to early Spring are key for catching that largemouth bass of a lifetime. The black drum bite should still be taking place during the few days a 1/8th ounce jig head and cast just ahead of a tailing redfish. Allow the prior and right on the full moon. Prime black drum fishing waters jig and plastic bait to sit dead on the bottom until the foraging redfish include a deep depression located just off from “Main Beach” located at detects the smell and picks up the bait. Sea trout fishing should improve during the month of April as water the east end of Atlantic Ave. Here drum fishermen will be fishing just offshore of the pounding surf while fishing dead on the bottom with a temperatures warm and bait fish schools are plentiful as well. Look for the high incoming and falling tides to produce the best action while half blue crab, conch and large shrimp combination. Red drum will be migrating along the beaches of Amelia Island after casting a Storm “Chug Bug” when there are large schools of bait fish on spending the winter at offshore fish havens. Schools of red drum totaling the surface. Drifting a live shrimp under a small float just off from the well over 100-fish will roam the beaches hunting large concentrations of bottom in water depths from 5-10 feet will produce excellent sea trout menhaden that have also migrated inshore for the spring, summer and action as well. fall fishing seasons. Blue water fishermen will continue to troll high speed lures for For more fishing information please call Amelia Angler Outfitters (904) fast swimming wahoo during the month of April as well. However 261-2870 or visit www.ameliaangler .com large concentrations of excellent eating and hard fighting dolphin will steal the show, especially when blue water lures are trolled close to large concentrations of floating Sargasso weeds. Near shore live bottoms including FA, FB, KBY, FC and HH fish havens will be teeming with black sea bass weighing to 3-pounds. 24 NE FLORIDA

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Spring is Here Some people mark the arrival of spring by Azealia’s or Orange Blossoms, but if you’re an offshore fisherman nothing marks the arrival of spring like Mahi or as they are commonly called Dolphin. There is no disputing they are the number one fish of choice for blue water anglers. Not only do they provide spectacular bites they are tasty as well. When, where and how are the commonly asked questions. When is normally April. It varies from early to mid-April form year to year but you they will show up in force sometime this month. Where is a little trickier? As a rule early means deep. . I normally look for current edges or temperature breaks beyond the shelf edge

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in 400 to 1200 ft. As the month progresses look for those same breaks to be from 140 to 240 ft. Obviously any change is worth stopping on especially if it has current and weed. If there isn’t any kind of change then the best place is on the edge. Of the continental shelf, commonly called the big ledge. How is no big secret but there are some things you can do to increase your probability of success? Elephants eat peanuts which means smaller baits will catch more fish or at least make your hookup ratio better. I prefer naked ballyhoo or sea witch bait combinations when targeting Mahi. They are not hard to hook you just need to let them eat it. We pull 8 lines so it is important to keep as many baits fishing as possible. It is no secret that one usually means more, so don’t be in a hurry to clear all your lines when you hook the first fish. Teasers are important as well. Anything that gets the attention of a hungry Mahi will work. The old tried and true daisy chain of squid works great. Make sure you have a bait positioned behind the teaser that you can crank up to the fish when you take away the fake food. There is nothing better than a hungry Mahi blowing up on the teaser and crashing the bait. Remember Elephants eat peanuts so don’t be surprised when a Blue Marlin comes into your spread and inhales a medium ballyhoo that you had out for a Mahi. That’s really why we go to the Gulf Stream Captain Robert Johnson Jodie Lynn Charters wwwJodieLynnCharters.com (904)540-2628 jlfishing@bellsouth.net

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FLAGLER SPORTFISHING CLUB By Scheyenne Welch

Upcoming Events: April 3: Monthly club meeting March 27: 22nd Annual Spring Classic Tournament Silent Auction & Registration- Beach Front Grille, Flagler Beach 5:30pm-7:00pm. Mandatory Captain’s meeting to follow at 7:00pm March 28: 22nd Annual Spring Classic Tournament- Check out 7:00am-8:00am Check out locations: Bing’s Landing, under 100 bridge, High Bridge, Vilano Beach Ramp, and Dunlawton Ramp Weigh-In: Hidden Treasure Bar and Grill, Flagler Beach (under 100 Bridge) 3:30pm-4:30pm Our guest speaker this month will be Captain Don Taylor Jr., the owner/operator at Inshore Outdoors Fishing Llc. Don is a native Floridian, who purchased his first boat at 17 and began competing in local bass tournaments. Don spends 5-6 days a week on the water, and when he doesn’t have

a charter, he’s putting in time to be the best angler and captain he can be. Don has a long list of accomplishments, including: Host of the Backwater Hustle fishing podcast, full-time fishing guide, and co-host of the Gone Fishin’ show on 102.3FM to name a few. Don is also a tournament angler on several tours/series, including the Florida Pro Redfish tour, is a Florida Lure Angler member, and is involved with many charitable tournaments. The meeting will begin at 7:30pm at the VFW on Old Kings Rd. in Palm Coast. visit our website and Facebook page for details on the upcoming Spring Classic Tournament, which will take place on April 28, with the Captain’s meeting being held on April 27. This year, we will be raising money for the local DAV (Disabled American Veterans). Non-member fee $60 ($65 after 4/25) and Member fee $55 ($60 after 4/25). Contact Chuck Radloff at (386) 569-1584 for information. www.fcsportfishing.com

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Fishing Report St. Johns River By: Richard Hamilton

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ell, let’s start right off with mullet. These silver fish are here and want you to catch them.  All you need is bait, chum, patience and a little luck and away you got!  The mullet wall is just starting to get going.  So have patience.  It will pick up with the heat that’s coming.  Don’t forget those floats, number 2 or 4 hooks and split shot.  Then you can get it going. Next will be the bream.  They should be bedding this month.  Shell cracker on the shell bars and the bream in the coves are on the hard bottom flats.  You can either see the beds of if there’s enough of them, you can smell them.  Baits of choice, wigglers and grunt worms, red worms, crickets, beetle spins.  Equipment wise, smallest weight you can use, slack line on the bottom.  Or suspend under a float near the beds.  You may want to check out any pilings or remnants of docks.  Pitch that bug around them and hold on! Crappie or Speckled Perch have been in large numbers at the south end of Crescent Lake. Near Crescent City. Anglers have been catching limit catches of some fish over 2 lbs thats right 2lbs.

Not sure how long they will bite but the whole month of march has been excellent for these great eating fish. Live minnows and small jigs are doing most of the catching. Next up, catfish. These whiskered beauties will be active thinking about feeding up to their spawn.  They really like night crawlers, second choice is a shiner.  Fish on the bottom and near or in creeks and near the back of coves.  So grab the bait and go! Red fish will increase activity as the bait starts to show up more and more.  Catch them on shiners, bass lures, bait shrimp.  They like to hunt in or near grass lines.  They’ll also enjoy crab baits.  Just get it and go. Bass fishing will be very active post spawn, pre spawn and spawn.  All these stages occur this month.  Due to the abnormal warm weather, we’ve had a spawn for some of the bass.  So look for these to be around the bars and waiting for bait to come past.  So they can eat and start gaining strength.  The pre spawner will be very active.  Finding the ideal bedding spot.  Eat what they can getting the female to that area and have those eggs layed.  Once layed, the male guards the nest while the female goes off to rest and eat.  So what you’ll need is shiners, top water baits, swim baits, frogs and crank bait.  Work accordingly and you’ll probably have a fun day fishing Well, that’s it for now.  ‘Til next time--Keep your line wet and your lure movin’.  --  Richard R & J Tackle 501 S Orange Ave, Green Cove Springs (904)284-5081

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any great lures have come and gone in the bass fishing world over the years. Some seem to take the whole industry by storm and then die down once the next best thing comes along. Some prove themselves and become a

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Stuart, located in Martin County, is known as the Sailfish Capital of the World. Sitting on the most biodiverse estuary in the Northern Hemisphere, and the northernmost point of the South Florida Reef, Martin County is home to 100 artificial reef systems and over 800 species of fish. Its climate, waterways and natural environment make it a mecca for fishermen and nautical explorers year-round. An array of unique shops, fine restaurants, great golf courses and quiet beaches make a day ashore fun, too. Inshore, offshore, salt water or fresh, head out for an adventure and reel in the memories.

staple in everyone’s tackle box. There is one lure, though, that doesn’t get the attention it deserves on the tournament scene these days. With all the fancy square-bill crankbaits and bladed jigs, it’s easy to forget about the tried-and-true spinnerbait. Few baits are as good at covering water as the spinnerbait, and this time of the year that is half the battle. Early in the spring, warm days will cause water temperatures to rise. Bass move shallower to look for places to spawn. Water conditions also play a big role in this. More fish move up earlier in dirty water, which warms faster than clear water. When these fish move shallow, they like to get next to a stump, laydown, dock, rock, really anything that holds heat and gives them a place they feel safe. The spinnerbait is my favorite bait for targeting prespawn fish for two reasons. Reason No. 1 is they are virtually weedless. I can throw spinnerbaits in pretty thick cover, and as long as I’m careful it will come right through. It comes through wood especially well. Reason No. 2 is the unlimited options. If I’m faced

natural skirt color. Having all those options is important with the everchanging conditions of spring. When you’re actively searching for fish, keep an open mind. I’ve caught them anywhere from bluff banks to shallow flat pockets and everywhere in between this time of year, so let the fish tell you where you need to be and what you should be throwing. My favorite spinnerbait rod is a 7’2” medium heavy (EPS86MHF) MHX Elite Pro Series rod that I build. It is a great all-purpose blank. It has plenty of tip, so I can make precise casts to targets, and it also has plenty of backbone. I use a 7:3:1 bait-casting reel spooled with 17-lb. Vicious ProElite fluorocarbon. If I could only choose one spinnerbait for the rest of my career, it would be a ½-ounce tandem willowleaf/Colorado combo with one silver and one gold blade and a chartreuse and white skirt. My favorite is made by a new company called Kinkee Baits. It has a combination of wrapped wire down to 18/1000-inch wire, which creates vibration bass have never felt before.

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The wooden stilt houses in Biscayne Bay south of Cape Florida have long been famous among fishermen in Miami-Dade County. Standing about 10 feet above shallow water on wooden or reinforced concrete pillars, Stiltsville dates back to the 1920s and 1930s. Some of the structures may have begun as places for alcohol consumption during Prohibition and for gambling, which was legal a mile offshore, and some of them became quite elaborate. When Congress expanded the Biscayne National Park in 1980 to include Stiltsville, the existing shacks were allowed to remain, but hurricanes and natural deterioration have taken their toll. Today only seven of the original structures remain, but the park service has added hurricane strapping to help the remaining shacks withstand strong winds. “No trespassing” signs warn interlopers to stay away, and access to the structures is limited to their owners and friends. Stiltsville has been featured enough in magazine articles that many visitors go to Biscayne Bay to see the remaining shacks. That has provided docents an opportunity to teach many non-residents about the rich maritime history of the area. The above-mentioned are just a few of the different kinds of fishing shacks in our waters, some quite elaborate, some pretty basic, but many with a history and allure that makes them part of our fishing history. Kevin McCarthy, the award-winning author of “South Florida Waterways” (2013 - available at amazon.com for $7), can be reached at ceyhankevin@gmail.com.

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Of course, our selection included the most non-appetizing color combination we could find. One lure was streamed on either side a respectable distance astern. Within 10 minutes, Skip had a sailfish chasing the baits and striking one of the lures. What he did is etched in memory. Instead of trolling in a straight line, working shallower and then deeper, changing speed, or doing any of the common trolling tactics, Skip took a different approach. He would make a sharp turn to port and a couple of minutes later he made a sharp turn to starboard. This created slack line on the side of the turn and increased speed for the lure on the outside of the turn. When he switched direction, the lure that had sunk picked up speed and headed back to the surface. Let me tell you that the technique works. Fishing with Capt. Bouncer Smith out of Miami, I learned something else. Inshore waters are burdened with no-wake zones designed to slow down fast-moving boats heading for open water. While most anglers are frustrated by the slow progress in these waters and can’t wait to get through this delay, Bouncer takes a different approach. He has two rods rigged with swimming plugs, and he streams them astern as he enters the no-wake zone. It’s surprising how many fish he catches on those plugs in areas that hardly anyone fishes. Another skipper showed me that after he streamed the standard trolling spread, he put another bait directly astern and close to the boat. It surprised me to see how many fish came up and hit that bait. This seems to work particularly well on tuna. If you fail to raise fish on that short bait, try fishing it long down the middle. That puts it farther astern than the other baits.

Aboard some of the bigger boats with outriggers, captains often troll their long and short baits at specific distances astern. The clips on the outriggers are attached so that when each line is clipped on, it positions the bait or lure at the same spot each time. I prefer to adjust the length of the lines based on sea conditions and results. There are days on the water when shorter distances astern work and other times when the results are better if you troll the baits farther back. As a reminder if you troll natural baits, dead or alive, they should be changed frequently. Too many anglers simply put baits or lures astern and steer a straight course. Successful trolling demands concentration and dedication to details. The key lies in making changes from where you position the offerings to the speed you use and the courses you steer. If you’re not raising fish, keep making changes until you do.

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arpon Springs, a small town on the west coast of Florida an hour north of St. Petersburg, is a best-kept secret for redfish and snook. It sits within a web of waterways connecting the Gulf of Mexico to rivers, lakes, ponds, marshes and eventually Tampa Bay. This vast system offers excellent inshore opportunities, and it’s a ton of fun to explore under paddle power. I know a local who grew up there and knows the water like the back of his hand. Kevin Hawkins, owner of Kaku Kayaks, invited me out on the water to try his newest SUP, the Voodoo. Kevin lives, eats and breathes fishing. When he’s not fishing from one of his kayaks or SUPs, he’s thinking about ways to design these boats so they’re better to fish from. The Voodoo is a hybrid that melds the best qualities of an SUP, a kayak and a micro-skiff. We launched from his local ramp on a Saturday afternoon a cou-

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ou couldn’t tell by looking in the tannic-stained water, but Capt. Gary Dubiel was convinced redfish were holding just a few feet from the bank. “Toss your line up tight and see what happens,” he instructed. My cork popper landed with a splat and the trailing DOA shrimp settled toward the bottom. I waited a second, gave a “pop” and watched the cork slide under with an 8-pound red in full protest. “They’ll smack that setup every time,” smiled the skipper. It’s no secret that the coastal waters of North Carolina teem with redfish and stripers, but many visiting anglers focus their efforts solely on inlet and ocean waters. For truly amazing topwater action, the bays, creeks and river systems are also well worth exploring. “There’s amazing variety on the inside here,” said Dubiel, of Spec Fever Guide Service (www.specfever.com), who specializes in putting light-tackle and fly-fishing fans right in the mix. Dubiel especially enjoys working the Neuse River area because it hosts stripers and seatrout year-round, plus redfish from spring though mid-October. “These stripers are estuarine and don’t run to the ocean,” he explained. “They typically measure up to 32 inches, which makes them perfect for light gear and fly rods. Even better, they mix in with the specks and slot-sized redfish. We often catch all three on the same trip.” The striper action really heats up in late April when the bass return from spawning farther upriver to offer outstanding surface action from Oriental to New Bern, N.C. Much of the fun takes place in knee-deep depths here in the river’s mouth at Pamlico Sound, and that makes for a ton of topwater thrills. Interestingly, the Neuse River—America’s widest at 6 miles across the mouth— doesn’t have a lunar rise and fall in tides. Rather than look for current, Dubiel works around structure while using a trolling motor to quietly get in and out of

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“We are United States Power Squadrons but we are also America’s Boating Club,” said Gary Cheney, chief commander, United States Power Squadrons. “This is not just a name change, it describes what we do. We go boating and have fun doing it. Our squadrons are social clubs as well as providers of high quality boating education— allowing members to enjoy the sport and camaraderie of boating and any number of activities that keep us together. Togetherness is what this lifestyle is all about. We joined the organization for the boating education, but we stayed for the friends.” Offering classes For Boaters, By Boaters in boat handling, navigation, boat maintenance, weather and related subjects, United States Power Squadrons— America’s Boating Club serves as a virtual “yacht club” with boating and social activities for all types of recreational boaters. With over 27,000 members organized into 356 local clubs across the country, America’s Boating Club is comprised of families who contribute to their communities by promoting safe boating through education. Members are vital to strengthening the communities they live in and know it’s important to live their values by giving back through public service and volunteer opportunities. Members provide courtesy vessel safety checks, help the NOAA’s National Ocean Service keep nautical charts accurate and organize beach cleanups. “Our commitment is to continue learning, teaching, laughing and helping our fellow members enjoy boating,” continued Cheney. “Whether you’re passionate about cruising, racing, making new friends, volunteering in your community or learning from experienced boaters, your local squadron has the resources you need to engage your passions and, perhaps, instill some new ones.” In February of 2017, the United States Power Squadrons announced its America’s Boating Club co-brand to its squadrons, following an almost yearlong renaming exercise. To learn more about United States Power Squadrons–America’s Boating Club, visit www.americasboatingclub.org.

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“It was just a perfect week for me,” Lee told Bassmaster. “I caught fish on five different baits and a lot of different techniques.” Boat docks were the ticket to Lee’s success. Following poor practice rounds, he could not nail down a strong pattern. From Day 1, Lee reverted to his comfort zone and his strength. “I just wanted to cover as much water as I could to give myself the best chance of putting a bait in front of a fish,” he told Bassmaster. “On this lake, I knew boat docks were going to play because they always do—and that’s what I like to do.” Live on Day 1, video showed Lee pumping his fists over a chunky largemouth he finessed out from under a dock with black floats. Black floats tend to warm the water around them, and the fish were staging up prior to the spawn. A strong sack of 18-10 on Day 1 must have buoyed Lee’s confidence in the dock pattern. Despite catching nothing but smaller spotted bass and just 12-2 on Day 2, Lee was still solidly in the top 25 to make the cut to fish Championship Sunday. Lee found his magic pocket on Day 3. Fishing a Strike King Rage Swimmer, a Strike King Ocho and a Strike King Shimmy Stick, he stuck to that one little pocket and pulled fish from beneath almost every dock. Green pumpkin was his primary color. Jason Christie, of Oklahoma, who led through the first two days of competition, dropped back to third place after the final day with a three-day total of 45-15. Ehrler’s 46-1 earned him second place. Alabama pro Mark Daniels Jr. caught the Berkley Big Bass of the tournament, a 6-pound, 11-ounce largemouth that won him $2,500. Reporting by Bassmaster’s Bryan Brasher.

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3) Flashers/ Sheri Daye practices “aspetto” technique. chum—Especially Photo by Joe Marino effective for hunting pelagics such as jacks, tunas, dolphin and wahoo. Multiple mirrors dangle below a float, and the flashes of light in the water imitate the reflective glare from a school of baitfish. The fish come in to investigate. Chum can be used in combination with a flasher to bring them even closer and keep them interested. In addition to these techniques, serious spearos are likely to train in a pool, use meditation techniques, and do cardio exercises to increase their breath hold capacity. Many take freediving classes to increase bottom time and safety. While there is no certification required to do it, classes should be a pre-requisite, as freediving is a sport that can lead to “blackout” and death if not practiced correctly. Spearfishing is a beautiful, selective way to catch fish, but it is also physically and mentally demanding. Above all, be safe and happy hunting! Sheri is a world-record holder, host of Speargun Hunter, and producer of The Blue Wild Ocean Adventure Expo in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla. Follow “Sheri Daye” and “The Blue Wild” on Facebook and Instagram.

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