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Dear Reader, Ten years ago, a new publishing concept was born. At that time, the idea that a magazine could somehow become a franchise offering was so unique that at first it was difficult to explain. How could a fishing magazine have more than one edition each month? How could someone without years of publishing experience and substantial capital successfully launch a new magazine? Not just a magazine, but a fishing magazine, and not just a fishing magazine, but a free fishing magazine? Free? What? Ten years ago, we began developing the concept of a franchise publishing system that would allow outdoor enthusiasts the rare opportunity to publish a localized fishing magazine as a professionals. Today there are over 30 editions of Coastal Angler and its interior freshwater component The Angler Magazine throughout the continental U.S., Costa Rica and the Virgin Islands. Every month all over the country local co-publishers work with professional guides and charter captains to share their knowledge of what’s biting where, when, and how with you, our reader! It’s reliable intel that anyone who loves to fish would benefit from reading. And guess what? There’s a lot of people who like to fish. The purpose that this fishing magazine serves cannot be denied, and that’s why there are over 30 separate editions of this magazine being published every month. It is our pleasure, our honor, to present this fishing magazine to you at no cost each month. We actually earn a living by helping to spread the word about fishing. What a great concept. Just like you, we love fishing, boating and the outdoors. In fact, we’re absolutely wild about it. It’s all we want to do. It’s truly amazing how much we all love fishing. Love it. We do, you do, millions of people do! That’s why ten years ago we knew one fishing magazine was not enough. We are proud to be celebrating our 10 year anniversary this month. Our sincerest thank you goes out to all of our co-publishing partners, the guides and charter captains who write for the magazine, the businesses who support the magazine and make it possible for us to continue providing it for free and most importantly to you, our reader. Thank you for allowing us the opportunity to produce this FREE fishing magazine each month. For more information on Coastal Angler and The Angler Magazine franchise opportunities, visit http://franchise.coastalanglermag.com/ or call 888-800-9794.

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Micron WA (Water-Activated) is the latest addition to the AkzoNobel’s Interlux industry leading Micron Technology product range. It is a showcase antifouling paint that offers longlasting, multi-seasonal protection in a waterbased formulation. Micron WA combines powerful antifouling performance while reducing impact on the environment, leaving a smooth, clean hull. It is easy to apply with low odor that makes application and clean up easy. This paint is ideal for cruise, power and sailboats and suitable for all waters. Using a novel paint technology called Water Activated Matrix, Micron WA delivers a crisp, vibrant color and uniform appearance to provide a striking, attractive finish, while at the same time efficiently delivering powerful antifouling performance. More information is available at: https://interlux.com/en/us/boat-paint/antifouling/micron-wa

The Vortex lubrication system for marine trailers is designed with towing in mind. Vortex on your trailer axles mean years of service without the hassle of replacing the grease. A great feature that comes with the Vortex is the 100,000-mile or 5-year limited warranty. And, if you are a trailer owner that likes to work on the trailer in the off-season, the Vortex threaded cap screw on/off cap makes it easier than ever to check the bearings. You never have to use a hammer to remove or install the cap. We fill the Vortex hub with Lucas Oil Products Marine Grease, a superior bearing grease that has high heat qualities and is water resistant… even in saltwater! Vortex is available from select OEM trailer manufacturers pre-installed on your new trailer with disc brakes or idler hubs. Vortex hubs can be purchased from marine dealers and marine parts suppliers to replace the old hubs on your trailer. Vortex replacement hub kits are available pre-greased, pre-assembled in clear clamshell packaging, perfect for taking with you in your truck or boat as a spare hub. Depend on quality Dexter Vortex hubs for your trailering experiences.

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If you own a boat, you know the stress of ParkIt360 Force 10K backing your trailered pride and joy into a tight space. With this in mind, we took it upon ourselves to take Parkit360’s Force 10K electric trailer dolly for a test spin. Right off the bat, we were impressed. Assembly was easy, and by connecting the trailer’s power harness to the Force, we were able to control the trailer’s brakes with the Smart Brake Control System, which provides control and safety on a steep grade. Also, the Bosch-designed electric motor supplied more than enough power to maneuver with little to no effort on the part of the user. The heavy-duty 4”-wide tires maintained traction on concrete as well as gravel and even in wet grass when loaded. The Force dolly proved its functionality regardless of terrain, and that could come in super handy for those parking boats, campers or anything else with a trailer ball where the concrete ends. But the most striking feature of the Force electric trailer dolly was how easy it made maneuvering the boat. With precise and easy-to-use controls, all the stress was taken out of navigating tight corners and turns in forward and reverse. We put the boat into spots we wouldn’t even attempt using a truck. Built of quality materials, powder-coated and compact enough to fit in the trunk of an SUV, Parkit360’s electric trailer dollies are a great tool for anyone who pulls a trailer.

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With its Gen II Standard and Xtreme jackplates, SeaStar Solutions brings to market improved jackplates that handle up to 300 and 400 hp outboards, respectively, and are easier to install and adjust and stand up better to the marine environment. To handle heavier loads, advanced composite bushings allow for smoother movement of the hydraulic rams when the jackplate is raised or lowered, making SeaStar a superior performing jackplate at all speeds and loads. Both the Seastar Standard and Xtreme are available with 4”, 6”, 8”, 10” and 12” setbacks. Redesigned engine brackets allow mounting of shallow-water anchors on both models without the use of adapter plates. Redesigned engine brackets also improve access to the mounting bolts. Side access has been introduced to make it easier to get a wrench on engine mounting bolts while clearance to access transom mounting bolts has also been opened up, making it easier for one person to install the plate. Installing a SeaStar Jackplate with SeaStar’s ProTap system allows for precise, standardized height adjustment. Key to the ProTap system is the SmartStick sensor, which can easily be installed along the side of the plate. While adding strength and improving access, the new design uses less material for weight reduction of 15 percent over the originals. Thicker MilSpec anodizing of the aluminum frame and lift and effective sacrificial anode mounting points provide improved protection against corrosion.

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“At some point, I guess Dad decided, ‘If you can’t beat ’em, join ’em,’” Barrett said. In June of 2014, Barrett and Mike set out to build what became the first Mag Bay Yacht. Working with hull designs by Michael Peters, one of the most respected designers in the industry, they started work to produce a high-quality 33’ center console that is the embodiment of elegance and function. It took almost a year to get everything the way they wanted it before the first Mag Bay hit the water in 2015. Since then, a lot of travel, hard work, attention to detail and customer support have brought recognition to Mag Bay Yachts for what it is. The Mag Bay 33’ is a high-end, expensive center console, and customers expect and receive the best. Early success allowed Mag Bay to reassemble much of the experienced crew from Cabo, who they consider family. One of those employees changed Barrett’s diapers nearly 30 years ago. They are the same employees who presented Mike with a plaque that hangs in the shop and reads: “I will always build the very best boat—at a profit if I can, at a loss if I must—but I will always build the best.” Barrett said that’s the philosophy for every Mag Bay that leaves the shop. “We’ve always tried to build the highest quality boat on the water,” he said. “We’ve always prided ourselves on using the absolute best products. If there’s not anything out there that’s up to par, we’ll make it. Being a family boatbuilder, it’s not about numbers for us. It’s about building the absolute best boat.” In the near future, the family at Mag Bay Yachts has plans to go back to its Cabo roots in designing a new 42’ inboard express. It’ll be exciting to see what they produce. For more information on Mag Bay Yachts, see their website at www. magbayyachts.com.

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here is nothing like the sight of a sailfish taking flight after a perfect hookset. The sound of the screaming reel is pure exhilaration on deck. For me, that feeling is exponentially greater when I experience it while watching my 16-year-old daughter, Avery Moody, skillfully drop back on that fish and reel tight on the snelled circle hook. On a recent spring day, I was reminded what it means to be a proud father of a young lady in love with fishing and our beautiful Florida lifestyle. She set her alarm for 4:30 a.m. Avery likes to catch fish with her own goggle eyes, and by 6 a.m. the baitwell had two dozen. The ocean was beautiful that morning, with a rolling ground swell from the north and light breeze. We pointed the bow east and ran. Dolphin was on her mind, but she knew the shallow bite was slow. At 28 miles out, we found our target water temp and were rewarded with a pair of ’phins for the dinner table. Putting those two fish in the boat made her day. As a dad, I was indifferent about the dolphin. My reward was knowing I had hours of uninterrupted, oneon-one time with my oldest daughter. Boys, lures, school, knots, church youth group, water temp, friends, and trying to figure out what that rattle is on the T-Top… it was all discussed.

About 3 p.m., we were back nearshore setting up a drift 4 miles out of Jupiter Inlet on the ledge. The bridled baits were lively, and we knew something would find them. Avery took a break from monitoring her Shimano Baitrunner to tie a big popper on her plugging rod and cast to small bonita (little tunny) that were crashing surface baits. Mid-knot, she hears her Baitrunner starting to sing. I advise, “Hey Avery, you have a bite, better setup.” She replies, “Hang on dad, let me finish tying this lure.” What I thought was procrastination was her intentional delay. We fish live bait on snelled circle hooks, and she knows to wait before engaging the reel. She finally picked up the rod, pointed straight at the outgoing line and reeled tight. A lit sailfish went airborne. She fired off some quick commands to me for line clearing, and the chase ensued. This past season, I have gone from yelling instructions at her to her yelling instructions at me! After a spectacular fight, the fish was brought boat-side, and Avery revived the sail for release. It was a flood of emotions for each of us after such a perfect day on the water. Avery is a fifth-generation Floridian who lives on the same Loxahatchee River property her great, great grandmother purchased in the 1920s. Avery and her 14-year-old sister Emily are homeschooled by my wife Carrie. When she is not offshore, Avery is fishing the river. Dock light snook fishing on light spin and fly are her favorites. She loves the south Florida environment, promoting conservation, and outwardly living what it means to be a Florida Girl.

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FLAGLER SPORTFISHING CLUB By Scheyenne Welch Upcoming Events: June 5: Monthly Member Meeting: VFW Palm Coast – OPEN TO THE PUBLIC – Swap & Shop June 9: FREE Club Kayak Tournament (Member’s only) June 23: FREE Club Guys & Gals Tournament (Member’s only) At this month’s meeting, club members Jeff Rafter and Bill Moore will be discussing night fishing. This will be in preparation for the member’s only 24-hour tournament coming up in July. Both Bill and Jeff have spent over 60 years each, fishing in many different parts of Florida. Both retired to Flagler County and have been local residents for over a decade now. Bill has concentrated on inshore fishing, both in the flats in the ICW from his boat, while Jeff is a dedicated surf fisherman. So come learn the tricks and techniques to master 2 NE FLORIDA

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night fishing! It’s not like fishing during the day! Topics will include: Handling your boat in the dark, Lights to use and have, Preparing to fish in the dark, and the best places to go at night to catch the fish. Our quick tips speaker will be Commander Steven Brooks of the Coast Guard Auxiliary, Flotilla 4-1, who will be speaking on how to register your kayak, just in time for the upcoming member’s only kayak tournament. We will also be holding our Swap & Shop, so if you have any nautical or fishing treasures you’d like to sell or trade, be sure to bring them, and if not, maybe you’ll find something to buy for your collection! Quick Tips will begin at 7:00pm, followed by the meeting at 7:30pm at the VFW on Old Kings Rd. in Palm Coast. Check out www.fcsportfishing. com or on Facebook: www. facebook.com/flaglerflorida/ COASTALANGLERMAG.COM • THEANGLERMAG.COM


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he Club had it’s May Trolling Tournament over Mother’s Day weekend and everyone had a great time. Jack Ogin won this one with a total weight of 33.7lbs, Hal Hanna came in 2nd with 25.lbs, and Greg Wallace wrapped up 3rd with 19.45lbs. We typically have a club tournament each month during our fishing year, from December through September.  Members compete for captain of the year, and all through the year we have a variety of fishing boards we compete for as well.  Our next tournament is the Junior Angler Tournament on June 23rd.  It is another 3 Fish aggregate tournament and as the name indicates, it is for juniors under 17, (of course WITH their respective captains). Complete rules can be found at www.jaxfish. com.  Did you know you can also find a calendar of other upcoming tournaments on our site as well?  Check it out! We meet on the 1st and 3rd

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Thursday of each month at the JOSFC Clubhouse on the east side of the parking lot at the Mayport Boat Ramp. We open the doors at around 6:00 for a little social time and fish tales, dinner is served at 7:00, and we usually try to get started around 7:30 with a quick meeting and a guest speaker or other program.  It is a great place to meet other fishing folks, learn a bit, and just have a great time in general. All meetings are open to the public, membership is VERY affordable, and we are family friendly.  Come check us out sometime!  Again, all kinds of information can be found at www. jaxfish.com


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t’s full on for all species! My recommendations are fish early or the in the  evenings. Plan your tides so you can fish accordingly to the species you are after. If you are fishing Redfish in the backcountry, and want a shot at a backing fish, I would be out early on a low tide, once the wind and sun are up,  your chances diminish.  Standard jig and bait combos, weedless soft plastics, and bucktail jigs are all great choices. If the  water is high work some topwaters, popping corks / shrimp or spoons and spinners in and along the grasslines and over structure/ shell bars. All these methods are affective, but, time of the day is important. The river and Intercoastal waterway will give up there fair share of fish. The trout bite was exceptional in April and May and should continue to produce threw June. Again, get out early with topwaters,

diving plugs or jigs. Float rigs and bait combos will take there share as well. Focus on points, structure, and shell bars.  Any of these type areas with moving water, bait and especially next to deeper water is a potential hot spot.!The methods produce, just stay confident and attentive. Plenty of other species will be lurking these areas  also. Ladyfish, jacks and blues will continue to keep a bend in fisherman rods. All of these species are not picky when it comes to lures or bait, they are fun to catch and will put up a great fight. Also an awesome time to get out and introduce our youngest  anglers to fishing. The wait is not long when they are there!! A bobber and a piece of 20lb leader and a shrimp. It is a fun time! Dock light fishing will  be on the rise as water temps continue to heat up. All species mentioned can be caught. A free lined live shrimp is a sure way to get a hook up. However, a DOA shrimp, can be very effective. The Flounder bite is continuing to pick up with average size fish hitting jigs with finger mullet, shrimp, and  mud minnow combo’s.  Standard dock and structure fishing and grass lines  with current prove best.  As the heat of the sun gets hot and overhead, fish deeper. Many species get a little lethargic and often times will retreat to the deeper cooler water to elude the mid day sun. Get out and enjoy the fishing, there is something going on all the time!! Take advantage!!  !

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he 46th Annual BlueWater Tournament sponsored by Yellowfin was held April 27- 29 . 29 Captains and their crew competed for over $75,000 in cash and prizes. 17 of the boats were club members. Boats from 24 to 50 feet made their way to the gulf stream in search of Blue Marlin, Sailfish, Wahoo, Dolphin and Tuna.. The Captains were allowed to fish 2 of 3 days beginning Friday April 27. Northwest winds made the fishing difficult. The usual rips and weed lines were blown into scatter weed and blanketed temperatures. However on their first day of fishing the crew on The Wound Up managed to catch and release a Sailfish. A second sail was caught on day two by Paul Dozier and crew on the Inside Chance. That was it for the Billfish bite! By winning the Billfish category Wound Up has qualified to fish in the Offshore World Championship in Costa Rica this year. The Gamefish category was also tuff fishing. It was an aggregate weight tournament allowing boats to log one of each species each of their fishing days. First , second and third place were really close. Tim Monahan on the Miss Laddy was the overall winner for Gamefish collecting a nice 54.4 lb Wahoo with a healthy 20.1 lb Tuna for an aggregate weight of 74.5 lbs. Paul Raudenbush on the Realistic was second with Two Wahoo and a dolphin adding up to 73.10 lbs and Josh Marquis on the Trimmed Out managed to catch a Wahoo weighing 72.5 lbs for third. For all results visit nefma.com and click on the BlueWater button.   We had good attendance at the Captains meeting and raffle. The raffle included over $7000 in items that were donated. Paul Dozier helped organize and cook a low country boil the fed at least 150 members and guest that night. We had good crowds for weigh in all 3 days. Saturday night we had a fish fry with donated catches from the

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Captains. I am sure we fed over 100 that night. As always Jim Blaylock and the ACGFA crew were there to keep things running smoothly with weigh in , recording and cleaning fish. We could not do this tournament without them. As a matter of fact if my research is correct they have been helping for at least 43 of the 46 years this tournament has been held !! Jim has seen them all ! We did have some left over items like eggs ,flour and unopened condiments and a few other items that were donated to the St Francis House for the homeless here in St Augustine. The late spring run of Mahi-Mahi and Tuna are in full swing. Recently there have been reports of boats logging 20 plus catches of nice gaffers. The Blackfin have been consistently large this year with many 20 plus pound fish recorded. Everyone knows with that type of action there is a high probability that the Blue Marlin will be here. It was also recently announced that The Conch House Mahia Madness Tournament has been moved to May 18th and  19th.  For more info please see the Conch House web site. We are working on scheduling a club tournament this month or early next month. We are working on those details and will share as soon as things are finalized. For more information please go to NEFMA.COM  or email us at  clubnefma@gmail.com .    

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Sebastian Inlet By Tim Stouder

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ach year we set aside time to bring veterans, from all over the state, together for an overnight camping trip. This year we went back to Sebastian Inlet State park and teamed up with Operation Outdoor Freedom once again. We saw some of the most beautiful weather and water this year. As the Chapter coordinator it is one of my many duties to ensure that all participants are cared for and that their safety is the highest priority. As an avid angler and tournament fisherman I strive to understand the water and weather. It is my responsibility to determine what is safe for our novice kayakers each month. I have many tools that I use to determine wind, rain, tides, temperatures and maps to stay on top of what is favorable for our events. In 8 years we have only ever cancelled one event due to weather. Our overnight camping trip started on Friday the 4th and lasted until the morning of the 6th. Once again we have to thank the State park at the inlet for donating campsites for all our veterans and volunteers to use. Many of our guests started showing up that Friday morning early. The whole reason many showed up early is they wanted to get a head start on fishing. The shore fishing in the Sebastian inlet area is interesting and can be quite productive. I did manage to get some shore fishing in myself before everyone started showing up and managed to site cast to a 24+ inch snook. This year one of the volunteers took it upon himself to gather donations for all of our meals. We ate subs, hamburgers, hotdogs, bagels, dunkin donuts, cod, and fries. Once again Palm Valley Outdoors stepped up and donated the bait for all of our veterans to use. I always bring up volunteers and donations. Without either we could not put on the events that we hold each month. I have mentioned the ability to determine what is safe or not for our guests and the reason being is that on Saturday when it was fishing time we watched the weather intensify. When I say intensify, I am referring to the fact that we had low double digit wind predictions that climbed ever so slowly over the last few days prior to the event. We

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The Future of Cobia Fishing in NE Florida

Why Has the Cobia Fishery Declined in Recent Years? Is There a Solution? By Terry Newsome

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ne of the most popular sport fish in the entire state of Florida is the hard-fighting Cobia! In fact, recreational fishing for Cobia has increased substantially over the past three decades because it is one on the few species of sport fish that can be found near the beach when migrating and off-shore near natural and artificial reefs. More coastal anglers than ever before are targeting Cobia because of their size, accessibility and fine table fare. Cobia are highly mobile and migrate (north) in the spring following Manta Rays and chasing huge “pogie pods” usually within a mile or two of the beach. Additionally, Cobia are attracted to channel markers, buoys, floating objects and even stationary structures like off-shore wrecks. Cobia can be up to six feet in length and can weight over 100 pounds. (The current record for the state of Florida is 130.1 pounds!) A hungry Cobia will eat just about anything including live pinfish, live eels, menhaden, live crabs, squid and even shrimp! These diverse migratory and feeding patterns give recreational anglers multiple options to target and harvest good numbers of cobia on a regular basis. The state daily bag limit for Cobia (in the Florida East Coast Zone) is 1 per day (per person) a maximum of 6 per vessel with a 33” minimum fork length. In federal waters (beyond 3 miles from the Atlantic east coast,) the limit is 2 per day per person with a 33” minimum fork length. However, even with the strictly enforced state fishing regulations, why has the Cobia fishery declined significantly in recent years? Is there a solution that will help sustain and replenish the Cobia fishery for future generations? To give our readers more insight on the future of Cobia fishing in Northeast Florida, Captain Danny Patrick (the Editor and Owner of Coastal Angler Magazine, NE FL Edition) recommended that I interview several experts to hear their vast knowledge and insight on the current status of the Cobia fishery in NE Florida. There are many legendary coastal anglers, Charter Captains and Tournament Champions in the Northeast Florida region that could share their valuable insight on this important topic. Danny made a few calls and I was given the honor and privilege of interviewing one of the most wellrespected ambassadors for sport fishing in the entire state of Florida. CAPTAIN ROGER WALKER When it comes to sport fishing “royalty,” Captain Roger Walker is in a league of his own. If there was an official Florida Sport Fishing Hall of Fame, he would definitely be in the first group of inductees; and for good reason. Captain Roger Walker has a pedigree of record-setting accomplishments and prestigious awards in all types of sport-fishing in our region. In fact, he fished the first 26 Greater Jacksonville Kingfish Tournaments (GJKT) and in recent years he has been the GJKT Executive Director and Tournament Announcer. Today, he is a distinguished Member of the GJKT Board of Directors. Roger is also a past President of the Jacksonville Offshore Fishing Club (JOSFC) and you will see his name (and his charter sport fishing boat the “Streaker”) listed on the JOSFC website under “All Time Records” (for Blue Marlin and King Mackerel.) Additionally, a huge number of our readers listen to Captain Roger Walker as Co-Host for the Florida Sportsman’s Radio Network every Saturday morning on sports radio 930 from 7 to 10AM as he shares his valuable sport fishing insight and weekly fishing reports. He has been featured on numerous Outdoor TV Shows (including a TV show featuring Kingfish that I personally filmed and produced several years ago.) One of Captain Roger Walker’s strongest areas of expertise is his local knowledge of the Cobia fishery. In fact, many years ago, he hosted his own Cobia Tournament out of Mayport (for 4 consecutive years) and began to notice a significant decline in the size and number 12 NE FLORIDA

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of Cobia being caught by tournament participants. I recently asked Roger “why” there has been such a significant decline in Cobia fishing in recent years. “Several decades ago, there was very little fishing pressure on Cobia in Northeast Florida,” Roger explained, “and I can remember many years ago when legendary fishermen Dave Workman, Sr. and Al Pflueger ran into several migrating Manta Rays just off the beach near St. Augustine and saw good numbers of Cobia migrating north with the Rays. Dave and Al caught several huge Capt Roger Walker with a Northeast FL Cobia Cobia that day and pioneered several Cobia sight-fishing techniques that are still used today.” The news traveled fast, and local anglers began to systematically target Cobia every spring during the annual Manta Ray and Menhaden (pogie) migration. “For years, we enjoyed excellent Cobia fishing every spring during the Cobia run” says Roger, “and we saw a significant increase in the number of anglers that were limiting out on Cobia almost every day.” Cobia fishing quickly became extremely popular throughout the State of Florida coastal waters and the fishing pressure on Cobia (migrating north and south) became intense. “As the Cobia fishing pressure increased during the northern migrating and spring run, we began to see a significant decline in the size and number of Cobia being caught in Northeast Florida,” Roger explained, “and we realized that many of the Cobia were being caught in the south and central east coast before they reached Northeast Florida coastal waters.” Roger says that intense fishing pressure and the vast numbers of Cobia being caught during the (north and south) Cobia migration are contributing factors to the declining Cobia fishery. He also shared some interesting insight about “east and west” Cobia migration. “There is supporting data and evidence that Cobia also migrate from east to west,” he explains, “and with the off-shore Federal daily limit of 2 Cobia per person, anglers are aggressively targeting Cobia on our offshore wrecks as Cobia migrate closer to the coast line to find warmer water.” Roger also shared some very interesting data with me regarding a Cobia Stock Enhancement Project with the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources. “From 2001 to 2009 in South Carolina, 64,768 hatchery-raised Cobia fingerlings were released in Port Royal Sound,” Roger proudly explained, “and just a few years later, the Cobia Fishing in that region improved beyond expectations. It would be great if the Florida DNR could secure funding to launch a similar Cobia stock enhancement project for Northeast Florida.” Captain Roger Walker is dedicated to sustaining our natural resources and our local fishery for future generations of coastal anglers. CAPTAIN TIM ALTMAN Captain Tim Altman, owner and founder of The Saltwater Challenge Series is another well-respected local sport fishing Charter Captain and local Cobia expert. He the creator and host for the annual Northeast

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Florida Ultimate Cobia Championship held here on the First Coast. “I was speaking with Captain Roger Walker a few weeks ago during my annual Cobia Tournament and I totally agree with his viewpoint on why our Cobia fishery is declining,” Tim explained, “just go to my website (www.saltwaterchallenge.com) and look at the leaderboard for my Cobia Tournament results over the past 5 years. The size and number of Cobia being weighed-in during the tournaments continue to decline.” When asked “why,” he was quick to respond. “The intense fishing pressure on Cobia has skyrocketed in recent years because of new technology, historical data that helps identify cobia behavioral patterns and social media,” Tim passionately explained, “and this trend will continue. When a local coastal angler posts several impressive Cobia fishing photos on Facebook, Snapchat or Instagram, it generates

tremendous excitement. Everyone is networking and planning their next Cobia fishing trip, so they can catch and post photos with even bigger Cobia. I love the fact that the total number of local anglers has increased substantially in Northeast Florida in recent years, but I would like to see Cobia DNA testing and a large-scale Cobia stock enhancement and replenishment program for Northeast Florida.” It would be great to see thousands of fingerling Cobia released in our waters on an annual basis. That I can tell you……. A special “thank you” to Captain Danny Patrick, Captain Roger Walker, Captain Tim Altman and all the readers of Coastal Angler Magazine for helping to sustain the local fishery and natural resources of Northeast Florida. Let’s get behind this important movement to ensure a promising future for local Cobia fishing...more details to follow.... Be safe and enjoy the great outdoors! With over 25 years of corporate experience as a writer, director and producer, Terry Newsome has personally filmed and produced over 100 outdoor television shows and instructional fishing videos internationally. He is an avid coastal angler and is a former co-owner of Pine Island Fish Camp on the Intracoastal Waterway near St. Augustine, Florida.

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Approximate Correction Times Palm Valley ICW: H: +2:20 L: +2:00 +/- for Other regional Locations JAX Beach: H: -:29 L: -:20

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3:30 AM-5:30 AM • 3:55 PM-5:55 PM

02 Sat 05:42 AM 0.26 L

11:49 AM 4.01 H 05:35 PM 0.67 L

4:20 AM-6:20 AM • 4:45 PM-6:45 PM

03 Sun 12:04 AM 4.80 H

06:28 AM 0.45 L 12:32 PM 3.99 H 06:23 PM 0.91 L

5:10 AM-7:10 AM • 5:30 PM-7:30 PM

04 Mon 12:47 AM 4.68 H

07:14 AM 0.59 L 01:17 PM 4.02 H 07:14 PM 1.07 L

5:55 AM-7:55 AM • 6:15 PM-8:15 PM

05 Tue 01:32 AM 4.58 H

08:00 AM 0.66 L 02:03 PM 4.11 H 08:08 PM 1.14 L

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06 Wed 02:19 AM 4.49 H

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

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chools out for summer!.. High tail it to the beach! This time of year the pogy pods start to show up along the beaches. More importantly, some really big fish will also be showing up to give chase to those giant pods of baitfish. Locate the pods from a few hundred yards off the beach out to about 50 feet of water. Look for crashing on the surface, as there will be predatory fish in hot pursuit of the baitfish pushing them to the surface. Sharks, cobia, bull reds, spanish and king macs, giant jacks, bluefish, and one of my favorites the silver king, a.k.a. tarpon, will be crashing the pogy pods in an exciting free-for-all that you have to see to believe. A favorite way to fish the pods is to rig a live pogy on a medium to large circle hook (5/0-10/0). Use about 5 feet of 60-80lb fluorocarbon leader then add a split shot or two a few feet above the hook. This will keep your pogy slightly under the pod and make for an easy meal for lurking predators. Bring some heavy tackle because you never know what may lie underneath. Just like last month inshore, some of the best redfish and trout catches will come at daybreak and at sunset. A top-water plug will be the lure of choice at these times when worked around mullet schools. If the fish seem to be short striking try to vary your retrieval rate. Sometimes they like it fast and sometimes a little slower. If they just don’t seem to want to inhale the top-

water, switch to a sub-surface lure like a Rapala Twitchin Mullet or a soft plastic jerk bait. These lures perfectly imitate a wounded mullet or small pogy and will stay just under the surface when worked correctly. It can be just the right look for those fish that seem to be “sniffing” your top-waters. During the heat of the day, switch up your presentation. Again, locate the mullet schools and jig a little deeper with soft plastic paddle tail paired with a 1/8-1/4 ounce jighead. A live mud minnow or shrimp on a jighead will also be a great all-around setup for our summertime fish (trout, jacks, ladyfish, flounder, and reds, just to name a few). These will all be hiding around the schools of mullet and pogys waiting for one of the baitfish, or better yet your presentation, to get out of line for an easy snack. With the water turning towards that summer “yoohoo” color using baits that have some good scent, or “stink” in this case, are a good bet. I like to use a cut mullet or ladyfish for redfish around oyster bars and in creek holes. These baits give off a strong scent and make it easy for the fish to find them in murky water. Another way to attract fish in murky water is to use a gold spoon… tossed along grass edges and oyster bars during the higher tide stages is sure to get the attention of a few reds and flounder. Another option for our murky summer water is a lure that has gained a huge amount of popularity with pro tournament anglers and many hardcore inshore fishermen, the spinnerbait. Sometimes spoons and spinners will have just enough vibration to call out those hard to find fish! 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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ow that summer is here options on where to fish are endless. If targeting redfish is your thing, first light on the flats has yielded some nice slot fish using live bait (mud minnows) or use topwater plugs, soft plastic jerk baits and paddle tails. Flounder will continue to show up on the flats and creeks while fishing for redfish. Mud minnows pinned on a Slayer jig head tossed around deeper creek bends will account for most flounder catches. Shallow water flounder will eat gold spoons and spinner baits retrieved slowly just above the bottom. Bigger flounder are making their way in from nearshore wrecks and into the inlets. Trout fishing will be stellar during low light conditions along creek mouths that dump into the ICW. Subsurface diving plugs and soft plastic paddle tails that look like a mullet jigged in 4-8 ft. of water will entice trout to chew. Night time dock light fishing will be in full swing as long as the water is moving. DOA shrimp pitched up current and let drift through dock lights will fool just about any trout. Maybe Tarpon is more your thing and they too can be found on the flats, rolling during first

light when winds are calmest. A live select shrimp is a prime choice for juvenile Tarpon or whip out the long rod and place a black and purple toad fly in their path. When the sun is up and things start to slow down in the skinny head for the inlets where Bull Redfish will be roaming the rocks and structure sniffing out a piece of cut something (crabs, mullet or pogies). Don’t feel like battling jetty groupers, continue past the rocks and head for open water where big silver kings (Tarpon) can be seen crushing pogie pods. A live pogie tossed around the schools should entice ole’ bucket mouth into feeding.  Can’t find any Tarpon?  No problem start slow trolling the pogies or mullet and see if you can’t find the other King, King Mackerel!  Don’t forget to wire up for these toothy critters. Hey look at that shark, wait it’s a Cobia! That’s right, look for Cobia as they tend to be a bit curious and will show up when not expected so have a rod ready with a large artificial paddle tail. Look for Cobia piggy backing on Manta Rays heading back south as long as the water temps allow (71.5 is the magic number). If all fails you can still find huge schools of bruiser Jacks that will test your strength and tackle! Almost forgot, plenty of Spanish Mackerel around as well, trolling spoons or casting plugs will get your live well filled in no time.

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he 16th of June is the membership party each family member gets a Steak Dinner when you join. The dues for joining is $50.00 per family. Membership party starts Social @ 5:00pm, Eating at 6:00pm, General Meeting 7:00. There is an in club King-fish tournament, Free to members who sign up at the general for you.. Come on out and see what we meeting in May, It pays to attend the are about. We are open to the public meetings. Open to the public is the and encourage new membership. King-fish \ Red-fish Challenge, on the 5th of July is the Kids Captains Meeting. Kids fish Friday the 6th In-sore and Sincerely, Off-shore. Kids awards will be Friday Chip Whitfield after weight in. Immediately following President of ACGFA awards is the Captains meeting for C- 904-806-7172 the adult tournament on Saturday      and Sunday. Our Club House is the St Augustine Shrine Club on Brainard Rd, St. Augustine. FL. Hope to see new and returning members.  If you are new to the area or just want to learn more about fishing our club is

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

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une finds a variety of saltwater game fish from just behind the breaking surf to just a few miles offshore due to the warm water temperatures and abundance of bait fish. Many live bait fishermen will be targeting cobia, king mackerel and tarpon which highlight the summer fishing action. Good numbers of cobia weighing from ten to even eighty-pounds will be schooling along the beaches, inlet mouths and at offshore lime rock ledges and sunken wrecks. . A 5/0 circle hook barbed through both nostrils of a live eel, pogy or mullet is a deadly cobia fishing tactic. Also include large fresh shrimp or squid. Large dark colored plastic worms, rapalas and 1-oz. led head jigs rigged with a large chartruese plastic curly tail are all deadly cobia lures as well. Beach and inlet fishermen can also expect to see a major migration of tarpon, jack crevalle, sharks and king mackerel that will make their summer home along the beaches and inlet mouths of Amelia Island. Sea trout fishing in the backwaters of Amelia Island is excellent during the last three hours of the in-coming tide where clean saltwater is flooding over dock pilings, rocks and oyster beds. Large trout will also stage on the deep sides of spartina marshes where there is a nearby oysterbar or small marsh creek. Redfish are tailing during the last hour of the flooding tide where vast spartina marshes shallow up on a flat where numerous oysterbars and small tidal creeks allow reds to migrate in and from the flooding marshes. A good area to look for tailing reds includes the vast amounts of marshes and bays located just south of the “Shave” Bridge. As the tide floods these large bays look for redfish to go real skinny as they feed on fiddler crabs and crustaceans. Anchoring off your shallow water skiff and wade fishing offers excellent red fishing during the last of hour of the flood tide and just a few minutes of the falling tide. Be sure and leave the flooded flats in a timely manner as within a blink of the eye you may be stuck in the mud! Best lures for flood tide redfish include a crab pattern fly, or a Berkley Gulp Shrimp. The month of June is also an excellent month when targeting excellent eating grouper at FA live bottom, tug and barge. One of the better baits for grouper is simply the head of a freshly caught Spanish Mackerel fished dead on the bottom. Also include live mullet, pinfish, grunts and fresh local squid. Live bait trolling offshore at FA fish haven is also productive for cobia, kingfish, barracuda, Spanish mackerel and the occasional sailfish. Live bait fishermen will have the option of cast netting menhaden at the St. Mary’s inlet, or jigging up Spanish sardines and cigar minnows at the St. Mary’s “Sea Buoy”. Shark fishing is always excellent during the month of June at the St. Mary’s inlet where local working shrimp boats are a magnet for a variety of pelagic sharks weighing to over 200-pounds. Simply navigate right behind a working shrimp boat while free lining a large chunk of

fish using a 100-pound wire leader and 8/0 circle hook. Black drum will be running just off from historic Fort Clinch during the last of the falling and the last of the incoming tides. Anchor up your fishing boat where the water depths fall off from 20-50 feet of water while fishing on the bottom with chunks of blue crab, clams or large fresh shrimp. Flounder fishing is also excellent close to the Fort Clinch jetty rocks and along the St. Mary’s rock jetties as well. Slowly retrieve a live finger mullet, or mud minnow along the edges of the rocks during a falling tide. Excellent sheepshead fishing can be enjoyed while tying off to the Shave Bridge and fishing close to the barnacle clad bridge supports. Bring along a straight nosed shovel while scraping the barnacles off

from the pilings which will be sure to chum up a delicious eating sheepshead that may weigh well over ten-pounds! Finally blue water fishermen can expect to catch dolphin weighing to fifty-pounds during the month of June while trolling large ballyhoo close to large concentrations of weed lines. Be sure and check the weather before heading offshore as the “Big Ledge” is located some sixty-nautical miles offshore of Amelia Island. Typically blue water fishermen will begin trolling in 120-feet of water and troll east into 200feet of water searching for good concentrations of dolphin. Also look for flying fish and birds which are a great indication that dolphin are close by. Finally beach fishing is excellent during the first few hours of sunrise and the last few hours of sunset. Fish with ultra-fresh shrimp, or sift the surf for sand fleas. Beach fishermen can expect to catch pompano, whiting, blues, redfish and sea trout. For more Amelia Island fishing information please call (904) 2612870, or visit www.ameliaangler.com

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

Summer begins! Its June. Calm seas, warm water and plenty of hungry fish. June is a transitional month. Bottom fishing for a variety of species is great in June. Trolling is good as well with a few Mahi, Tuna and Sailfish hanging around plus the addition of King Mackerel showing up for the nearshore angler. Take your pick, it’s all good in June. On the trolling front, it is still worth the run to the Gulf Stream.

Look for Mahi anywhere there is a current break or floating debris. Black fin Tuna and Sailfish can be found from 21 fathoms out to the shelf edge, especially if there is plenty of bait around. The Mahi can be plentiful but smaller this time of year, it pays to have a couple of lighter rigs ready. Ballyhoo sea witch combinations rigged on mono is the rig of choice. On the bottom fishing scene Mangrove and Vermillion snapper will be abundant from 80 to 145 ft. Look for the Mangrove to be congregated on the larger wrecks and ledges. This is light tackle territory with 30# being heavy enough in most cases. If grouper is your target, fish large live baits on the bottom with at least 80# leader. This is man vs beast and only the strongest win. The variety of reef fish is astounding in June especially if you fish from 21 fathoms on out. In addition to Mangrove, Vermilion and Grouper we regularly catch Amberjack, Triggerfish, Cobia, African Pompano, Mutton snapper, Red Porgy and others. It is not unusual for us to catch 8 to 10 different species on a trip. Whatever is on your wish list June is a great month to fill it.

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ell, it’s finally here! Shrimp season is once again open.  What I would recommend would be to get your nets checked over and ready them for this season.  For those of you that need a webbed net, now is the time to get it done. Now the species report.  Red fish are all over the River.  The bulk of them have been “rat” reds.  But legal size is starting to show up with more regularity.  Baits of choice:  bait shrimp, crab; and cut croaker all seem to work.

Flounder have shown up around the “Buckman”, the “Ortega” and Doctors Lake. But expect smallish fish.  Jigs, cut croaker, shiners, and crank baits have been the ticket. 

So all I can say is, go if you are so inclined. Croaker fishing is starting to pick up with a lot of smallish fish, but you can strip them for a nice cut bait. Grab a package of bait shrimp or two, find a nice drop off, and just fish the heck out of it. Lastly, on the salty side, mullet fishing.  It has been very good, but by saying this, a good day for some is a bad day for others.  All you need is some chum, worms, floats and a split shot and you can probably catch a nice amount of them and still have a great day.   ‘Til next time, keep your line wet and your lure moving.--Richard.

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Fishing Report Pier and Surf By: Noel Kuhn

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une is the month of the kings. King Mackerel that is.The big pods of bait have shown up and any day now the big reels will be singing as the line rips out. Catching these big fish is the pinnacle of pier fishing. The most successful anglers use two rods at once. One is called the mud rod and the other is the trolley rig rod. If you’ve never done this type of fishing it would behoove you to go to your favorite pier and watch and

learn before you buy any gear. Back in 2013 at the Jacksonville Beach pier, over  100  Kings were caught. This type of trolley rig fishing also accounts for nice catches of Barracuda, Cobia, and sharks. Along with the kings feasting on the abundance of bait will be redfish and sea trout. There will also be nice catches of whiting and pompano in the shallow parts of the pier near the sand bars. Fresh dead shrimp and fresh clams will produce your best chance of having a fish fry. In the surf, it is game on! All the species of shallow water fish are here. You can choose to bait and wait or throw lures. Either way you are going to get some action. When it comes to lures you can’t go wrong with a sliver spoon if the first trough is deep with fairly clean water. Lurking in the trough will be Spanish  Mackerel, bluefish, trout, and flounder.   If you are on a shallower beach, like Jax or St Aug, then you are better off  with a top water plug.  Later in the month don’t be surprised if a tarpon crashes your plug.  If you want to fill the cooler with some good eats, then bait and wait is the way to go. In the surf the most effective tackle is a double dropper rig. 2/0 circle hooks will catch whiting, reds, blues, drum, pompano, and just about everything else that swims along the bar. FKS, fresh killed shrimp, has proven itself to be the #1 bait. Get out there and have some fun before the dog days of summer kick in!.

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