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MOTOR REVIEW Honda Marine Debuts New

BF4, BF5 and BF6 4-stroke Engines

Portability, performance and reliability are the hallmarks of Honda Marine’s new and redesigned portable engine models, the BF4, BF5 and BF6 4-stroke outboards. Honda Marine debuts new engines with the BF4 and BF6 models, and redesigns the legendary BF5 models. Packed with the latest technology from Honda, the 127cc 4-stroke, single cylinder engines offer boaters the choice of four horsepower (BF4), five horsepower (BF5) or six horsepower (BF6). All three new engines are available with either a short (15 inch/38 cm) or long (20 inch/51 cm) shaft. “The new Honda BF4, BF5 and BF6 engines are easy to start, easy to stop and easy to carry. The new four-stroke Honda Marine engines are best-in-class performers. They are the right size for the right purpose,” said Mark DiPietro, senior manager, Honda Marine. “The new Honda BF4, BF5 and BF6 marine engines feature a new internal fuel tank and new motor mounts to run quietly and smoothly, while delivering the longest continuous running time.”

The new Honda Marine BF4, BF5 and BF6 engines provide consumers four main features—portability, performance, reliability and comfort. Portability A combination of light weight (roughly 60 pounds) and new carrying handle design make the Honda BF4, BF5 and BF6 marine engines easy to transport and store. The tiller handle fully folds out of the way, making storage options even more convenient. Performance The engines integrate a 1.5-liter, large capacity internal fuel tank, which delivers the longest continuous running time in their class—more than 40 minutes at wide-open throttle. In addition, the Honda BF5 and BF6 4-stroke engines can be connected to an external fuel tank for longer journeys. Consumers have the choice of an additional three different propeller options for the style that best fits their boating. Reliability Honda Marine’s new BF4, BF5 and BF6 models share the same, proven onecylinder, 127 cubic centimeter engine block and benefit from Honda’s 4-stroke engine technology. In case of an oil pressure drop, a new, low-oil alert system will automatically limit the engine speed to 2,300 rpm to protect the engine. Comfort The new Honda BF4, BF5 and BF6 portable engines feature a host of new technologies and features that consumers will appreciate. • A new decompression mechanism helps make all three new Honda Marine engines easy to pull start, regardless of the engine temperature. • One-push stop switch serves to shut down the engine with no chance of the engine re-starting. • The Honda Marine BF4, BF5 and BF6 portable engines feature redesigned rubber motor mounts that reduce vibration in all rpm ranges and reduce engine noise. • The BF4, BF5 and BF6 are available with an optional charging system with a capacity of 6 Amps at 12 Volts to power consumer demands for electronic devices. With a starting U.S. manufacturer’s suggested retail price (MSRP) of $1,875, the BF4 is a compact, lightweight engine with excellent low- to mid-range power. The new Honda BF5 delivers new features and technology at a starting price of $2,025. The starting U.S. MSRP of the new Honda Marine BF6 is $2,150. For more information, see marine.honda.com.

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Using a Smartphone Isn’t Always Smart On The Water Submitted by Sea Tow

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eople rarely go anywhere on land without their smartphones anymore, and it has become increasingly common to see boaters using cell phones when they’re out on coastal and inland waters as well. That’s fine—as long as your boat is also equipped with a VHF radio, one of the most important pieces of safety equipment you can have on board. “Your cell phone could die or you could drop it overboard. We recommend people take a 5-watt handheld VHF along on their boat, at a minimum, to use as their primary form of communication on the water,” said Capt. Ed Schrader, owner of Sea Tow Hampton Roads, Va., which serves the busy waters of Hampton Roads, Virginia Beach and Chesapeake Bay. “It’s better to have a 25-watt VHF mounted at the helm, however.”

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Capt. Sammy Royal, owner of Sea Tow Horseshoe Beach, Fla., which covers a rural stretch of the Gulf Coast on Florida’s Panhandle from Waccasassa to Keaton Beach, said boaters can’t rely on their smartphones always “having bars” in his area. “Cell phone service is very limited here. There are small fishing villages along the coast that are nine or 10 miles apart with nothing in between,” he said − making it essential to have a VHF on board. Another important benefit to using a VHF radio rather than a cell phone is that if you ever find yourself needing assistance, more than one listener can hear and respond to your call for help. “With a VHF, you are able to communicate with more people quickly on the water. Whether it’s Sea Tow, the Coast Guard, or a nearby boater, everybody’s going to hear what you’ve got to say,” said Capt. Schrader, adding, “The USCG’s Rescue 21 System also has VHF direction-finding capabilities and can obtain a relatively good location as soon as you click your mic and place that distress call. This helps greatly if you do not know your location or don’t have time to provide it.” Of course, a VHF radio can’t help you in an emergency situation if it’s not working properly. Both Captains advise using Sea Tow’s free Automated Radio Check service to quickly and easily check that your boat’s VHF is in operational prior to setting out on the water. To use the service, simply tune the VHF to the local Automated Radio Check channel, key the mic, and request a radio check. You will hear an automated response and then the call will be played back to you, confirming that your VHF radio is working and allowing you to assess transmission strength, a crucial safety check. Sea Tow Horseshoe Beach offers the Automated Radio Check service on VHF channels 26 and 27. Sea Tow Hampton Roads provides the service on channel 28. To find the Sea Tow Automated Radio Check channel in your boating area, visit https://www.seatow. com/tools-and-education/automated-radio-check. For more on Sea Tow, an international marine assistance provider, go to www.seatow.com.

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Boat Accessories Product Reviews AWLGRIP AWLCRAFT SE TOPCOAT With consistent technical innovation and stringent quality controls, Awlgrip’s line of topside finishing systems are the products all others are measured against. Those who take pride in the look of their vessels, whether they are dinghies or megayachts, trust in the superlative finishes provided by Awlgrip. Awlcraft SE is a revolutionary topcoat encompassing metallics, pearls and effect pigments and is fast drying with excellent opacity. It is designed to work as one layer of a multi-part system. The Awlcraft SE imparts the color and effect and is then top coated with a clear high-gloss finish topcoat to give gloss and protection. This combination forms a high-performance, high-gloss, durable topcoat system. Available for new custom or production builds, or refits, the Awlcraft SE range offers owners a great choice from more than 10,000 standard colors, as well as custom colors to match any color imaginable.

MILLENNIUM D-100 DECK CHAIR Millennium Marine has introduced the most weather resistant and durable deck chair on the market. The Millennium D-100 Deck Chair exemplifies the comfort, portability and durability Millennium has become known for. The D-100 is designed for portability and easy storage, and it is built with high strength, anodized aluminum. The anodized aluminum prevents corrosion, whether the D-100 is asked to perform under the rigorous conditions of saltwater or freshwater fishing. D-100 Deck Chairs are equipped with Millennium’s patented ComfortMax seat, which makes wet bottoms a thing of the past. They are made from a breathable fabric that won’t collect water. They are mold and mildew resistant, quick drying, and they will outlast any marine seat on the market. With 4 inches of height adjustment, and the capability to swivel 360 degrees, the D-100 Deck Chair is equipped with selfleveling feet for stability. It weighs just 12 pounds and folds up for easy transport in a nylon carrying bag.

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If you own a boat, you know the stress of 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.

Spider King rod holders make your fishing more productive. A modular Spider King rod holder system lets a fisherman “rig, cast and relax” with as many as eight lines in the water. And the same system can also keep a drink and tackle on hand. The plates attach to the bottom of the boat seat using existing factory holes, therefore there is no need to drill. Accessories include rod holders, drink holder, tackle holder and tackle/drink holder. We also offer outriggers by the pair in single, double and a four-rod holder gunnel-mount spider rig. Spider King products are made in the USA of 100 percent marine grade aluminum and they are powder coated so there is no maintenance or cleaning. Most items are available in black, white and argent silver. Visit the Spider King website to view all of their fine products.

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MARINETECH TROLLMASTER PRO 3+ Trolling is not as fun or effective for the guy tied to the motor. The world’s leading remote throttle control for gas-powered auxillary outboards is now available with wireless remote control. TROLLMaster Pro 3+ is an angler’s dream, allowing the angler to maintain optimum trolling speeds to within 1/10 mph. Slow trolling anglers understand that boat speed can make or break the day’s catch. TROLLMaster maximizes the time spent in the ‘sweet spot.’ Catch more fish with the freedom of movement that wireless control offers. Additional features include momentary ‘max throttle’ burst function for quick response or for ‘fluttering’ baits; idle/resume speed, left and right turn push button control. The hand-held remote is ergonomically designed for hours

of comfort. The remote is water resistant and comes with detachable lanyard and backlit LCD display for positive visibility in dark conditions. Engine specific throttle/hardware kits fit neatly under the cowling and are available to fit most brands of kicker motors. TROLLMaster also allows the angler to control the auxiliary 4 stroke’s steering with the addition of Panther’s Electro Steer drive units. The Panther T-4 and T-5 Electro Steer units are designed to remotely steer ‘kicker’ motors from anywhere on the boat. They mount on the tilt-tube and can be installed in minutes. Electro Steer units are available in fresh and saltwater models.

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The all-electric Power-Pole Micro anchor is compact, virtually silent and drives the 3/4” Micro Spike at the push of a button. Add the rechargable Micro Battery Pak and you’re ready to go wherever adventure takes you. Get all the details and find a dealer near you at power-pole.com.

Mercury Unrolls Advanced New Features For Joystick Piloting

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or almost 80 years, Mercury Marine has been the world’s leading manufacturer of recreational marine engines. The broad range of marine propulsion spans from 2.5hp to 1,700hp in Mercury’s new racing sterndrive engine. Over the past decade, Mercury has invested more than $800 million in research and development and expansion into its global headquarters in Fond du Lac, Wisconsin. That investment has allowed the company to grow its employee base from 1,400 in 2009 to more than 3,200 in 2017—which includes more than 700 engineers. The investment has also allowed Mercury to continue its cadence of averaging one new product launch every six weeks. Today, Mercury is more than an engine company. It’s a marine propulsion solution company that not only has a portfolio of engines for any boater, but also the technology to enhance the boating experience. Mercury’s ecosystem of technology is unmatched in the marine industry and features Joystick Piloting for outboards or inboards, SkyHook virtual anchoring, Vessel View mobile and Active Trim. All four products work together with the engine to create the perfect experience on the water and allow boaters to Go Boldly. The latest innovation from Mercury is an enhancement for Mercury

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Joystick-equipped vessels. Designed for convenient purchase as downloadable content (DLC) from Mercury’s GoFree store, Skyhook Advanced Features provides Joystick vessels with even better positioning control in specific situations. Boaters and anglers who love the way Mercury’s GPS-enabled Skyhook lets their vessel maintain a steady position while waiting for a bridge opening or hold over a reef, will be sure to appreciate Skyhook Advanced Features. New Skyhook Advanced Features include: • Heading Adjust provides Joystick operators with the ability to adjust the heading lock in 1- and 10-degree increments while SkyHook is active, making vessel control even more precise. • BowHook can be used to unlock heading and just maintain position, allowing the boat to point in whatever direction the winds and currents dictate. This feature is useful when a locked-in heading is not necessary. • DriftHook lets the operator maintain heading and unlock the position of the vessel allowing winds and currents to move the vessel along. Adjustments of 1- and 10-degree increments can be made while drifting when bundled with Heading Adjust. In addition, Mercury continues to advance its Vessel View mobile technology and roll it out around the world. The VesselView Mobile app instantly provides users access to their boat’s SmartCraft digital data in the palm of their hand. SmartCraft® is a fully integrated suite of digital technologies, including marine gauges, sensors, vessel systems and computercontrolled features, that gives users a higher level of control over their boat’s propulsion and electrical systems. Now, with Mercury Marine’s VesselView Mobile, users can see SmartCraft engine data right on the screen of their mobile device. The app also includes useful new features such as Maintenance Reminders, Mapping, Performance Summary, and Fault Code Diagnostics. VesselView Mobile makes preparing for and spending a day on the water easier, safer and more enjoyable by letting users perform functions from their mobile device. For more information, visit www.mercurymarine.com.

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hile visiting a friend of mine about 15 years ago, I noticed a book on his coffee table. It was called “Bluewater Hunting and Freediving” by Terry Maas, and it had the photo of a diver holding a bluefin tuna on the front cover. I already enjoyed hunting on scuba for groupers and snappers in my backyard, but the thought of spearing a tuna intrigued me to no end… and the thought of freediving also caught my attention. I had a hard time finding like-minded friends to dive with at first, as freediving was not a mainstream activity in Florida at the time. After researching a bit, I found a freediving school called Performance Freediving International and signed up for a course. I also found a freedive spearfishing club, which consisted of about 10 guys and no women. To this day, I give the same advice to anyone who wants to learn: “Take a class from a freedive agency, and join a local club so you can make friends and perhaps find a mentor.” Before the class, I had never tried to hold my breath while holding still in a pool—called static apnea. I was predicting that I would be a one-minute diver, but after some instruction I held my breath for four minutes. Most importantly, I learned how to avoid a “blackout” and how to rescue a blacked-out diver. We were taught the importance of the buddy system and one-up/one-down diving. While these classes will at least double your breath-hold time, learning the safety aspects is even more important. Fifteen years later, I can look back and say that learning to freedive opened a whole new underwater world for me. Now that I’m an oldster in the sport, I marvel at the growth rate, the number of agencies offering classes, the number of clubs in the area, and the large number of people that are in those clubs. It’s wonderful to see so many young people enjoying the sport. Lest I give the impression that freediving is a young people’s activity or something that super-athletes do, let me debunk that myth. I have met overweight smokers that were very good at it, and I’ve been diving with 80 year olds who were still enjoying it. Freediving is for anyone

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inches of gin clear water. Here, plenty of permit are caught, but with jigs and live crabs on artificial reefs and wrecks, natural reefs, or even along the beaches by anglers casting for much smaller permit cousins, pompano. Oh, and by the way, anglers here can catch giant tarpon and speedy bonefish, too, if that is your goal. Dayton did hook that permit, and another, too. They went about 30 pounds apiece. And surf anglers fishing from Hutchinson Island beaches earlier this year caught permit within casting range of the high-tide mark using artificial lures like Fish Bites or just a tiny clam strip. If there is something a permit likes as much as a live crab, it’s a clam strip. When the permit start to show up in the fishing reports locally, it means grouper season has opened. May 1 through Dec. 31, anglers fishing out of Martin County marinas will catch gag grouper and black grouper to 40 pounds, red grouper to 15 pounds and scamp grouper to 12 pounds in 60 to 180 feet of water. Again, the county’s extensive investment in its artificial reef construction program has led to the benefits of great fishing for game fish and sport fish which orient to structure. Like permit and grouper.

Photo by Capt. Scott Fawcett, Off The Chain Charters • Photo caption: Ryan Dayton, of West Palm Beach, made a trip to Martin County to fish for permit with Capt. Scott Fawcett of Off the Chain Fishing Charters out of Sailfish Marina in Stuart. He used a live crab on a jighead to catch it offshore.

Make reel memories. 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.

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Cox Earns Bassmaster Classic Berth

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fter more than a decade of fishing Bassmaster Southern Open events, local Florida angler John Cox finally won his first one. The event, held on the famed Tennessee River impoundment Lake Chickamauga, was a three-day tournament that was very tough on most of the anglers including Cox. The 31-year-old angler is the reigning FLW Tour Champion and he is on a hot streak. After learning the 2018 Bassmaster Classic would be hosted at South Carolina’s Lake Hartwell, he set his sights on winning an Open event to punch his ticket for a Bassmaster Classic berth. Cox is known on the bass circuit as one of the best sight-fishing anglers. He used his keen eyesight and knowledge of spawning bass to win on Chickamauga. Cox was one of the few anglers who exclusively sight fished throughout the second Southern Open of the season. It was an effective technique for several of the tournament’s top finishers. He put himself in contention for the win with a 22-6 limit on Thursday, followed by a 25-7 bag on Friday. His two-day total of 47-13 gave him more than a 3-pound lead heading into Saturday’s action, and his 20-6 limit on Saturday was heavy enough to secure the win. The Mud Hole Custom Tackle pro, who hails from Debary, Fla., picked up a contingency berth in the 2018 GEICO Bassmaster Clas-

sic presented by DICK’s Sporting Goods with the victory. Fishing all three Southern Opens this season will solidify that berth. He also won more than $8,000 in cash, as well as a Triton 19 TrX and Mercury 200 Pro XS boat/motor package worth $40,000. “I’ve tried so long to win one of these Opens, it seems like forever,” Cox said. “I started fishing the Opens when I was 19. It’s where I started, really, so this definitely is a special thing for me. Building my own custom MHX rods is key for my success, because I can build technique-special rods and actions for different conditions.” Cox won the Lake Hartwell FLW Tour event last season and is excited about his chances in the Bassmaster Classic there. He won the Hartwell event last summer fishing the back of creeks getting his aluminum bass boat in places where most anglers could not go. Although the Classic will be held on Hartwell in the early spring, Cox is pleased to be fishing his first Classic event. Cox is having a decent start to the FLW Tour season, as well. Fishing in his own backyard on the third event at the Harris Chain of Lakes in Leesburg, Fla., Cox was super excited to fish his home waters. He led the event for the first three days to finish in third place and enjoy a nice payday. Cox finished in eighth in the recent FLW Event on Arkansas’ Beaver Lake after going out in fourth place on the final day. It was his second top-10 finish on the tour with just two events left this season.

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 “We trolled right through that nervous school of bait, resulting in a big fish striking a black and blue Flame lure,” remembered Combs. “We fought that big wahoo for almost a half hour before we were able to bring the hooked fish up close to the transom of my sportfishing boat… I know that wahoo had to have weighed well over 150 pounds!” Combs knows what a big wahoo looks like. He holds the Northeast Florida Marlin Association’s record for a wahoo that weighed 125 pounds. He and his team had just set out a spread of high-speed lures when that big ’hoo struck.
 “Typically the really big wahoo will take a large bait or lure,” Combs said. “In this case we had just begun to troll with a spread of large C&H lures. Minutes later that monster ’hoo struck, and we had it in the boat in less than 15 minutes. I immediately announced on the VHF marine radio that the tournament was over and we had just landed the winning wahoo!” The Shark Bait team won the Northeast Florida Marlin Association’s annual wahoo tournament, and they also set a club record that stands to this day.
 Wahoo fishing is so good off northeast Florida that boats often hook up with 10 or more per trip to the ledge, where depths drop sharply from 180 to 1,000 feet of water. Combs and fishing party once hooked 21 wahoo in a single day fishing off St. Augustine. “One thing that I have learned, though, is that wahoo prefer to strike a lure that is trolled under the surface and is also trolled in a dead-straight line. Some of my favorite lure combination colors for wahoo include blue-white and red-black. Ironically, one of the very first lures I designed is still one of my favorite blue water lures today, the American Express. We have caught some really large wahoo with this popular lure, and during one blue water fishing trip to the Big Ledge, we boated a 67-, 57- and 45-pound bull dolphin with the bluewhite American Express.” Combs helped pioneer speed trolling for wahoo. He produced some of the world’s best blue water lures while heading up C&H lures, and his high-speed lures include C & H Mr. Big, Wahoo Whacker XL and the American Express. But Comb’s real windfall was putting together Salt Life outdoor apparel. He and his wife Cynthia captured the first “Super Slam” ever recorded in northeast Florida and in one year caught and released 52 billfish off north Florida.

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Flies matched to the bottom color, with lots of movement, are great for bonefish. Drew Chicone’s Coyote Ugly Spawning Shrimp is an excellent fly. Look for Drew’s patterns and flies from other tiers in Ghost Stories, an upcoming volume documenting the history of the Bahamas bonefishing industry.

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The Classic Surf Pompano Rig By Chris Beardsley

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he flash of silver skimming just beneath the surface of the breaking waves gives away the pompano’s identity. Their long, parallel runs and heavier than expected pull makes catching these feisty little jacks all the more fun. Fishing from shore can be very rewarding, and when a school comes through the bite can be fast and furious but often ends as quickly as it starts. Florida pompano are widespread, inhabiting waters of the western Atlantic from Massachusetts to Brazil. These coastal crab crushers can be found running the beaches seasonally, and that season will be different depending on where an angler does his surfcasting. But no matter where or what time of year one intercepts a school of these tasty fish in the surf, the technique for catching them is pretty simple. The mole crab or sand flea is a common food source. Live sand fleas are a great bait, and catching them is a trick in itself. At low tide, they can be captured as the waves recede. They give themselves away with a small V shape in the sand. Use a sand flea rake or small bucket to dig for them quickly before the next wave rolls in.

Another favorite pomp treat is a small shrimp or parts of larger one. Whichever bait you choose, check it often as bait stealers are just waiting for an opportunity. I have also found that pink, shrimp-scented FishBites can be a game changer when the standbys are not producing; they are extremely durable and can be presented many different ways. Brightly colored pompano rigs—aka set rigs, bottom rigs or drop rigs—with two to three very sharp 1/0 or 2/0 circle hooks and green, yellow and orange floats are a great starting point. I prefer pompano rigs with two hooks and a 1- to 3-ounce pyramid sinker as the anchor. Pyramid sinkers dig deeper into the sand than bell or barrel types and should be just heavy enough to prevent your rig from walking back to shore. Keep a few different weights at your disposal and adjust accordingly. Try using different baits on each hook. I often switch between FishBites on one hook and a small piece of shrimp or whole sand flea on the other. When hooking a sand flea, push the hook through the underside of the crab then just barely penetrate the topside of the carapace with the point of the hook. This wedges the hook tightly and prevents cast offs. Fishing the trough between the furthest sand bar and shore is a prime area, and a light, sensitive 7-foot rod and a 3000 to 5000 series reel spooled with 10 to 15-pound test is just about perfect. Arguably lighter is better, but where there are small fish there are often big fish, and I like to be prepared. As the sun kicks up the heat index, I often switch to a 10-foot surf rod with the same pompano rig and target the far edge of the sand bar. This deeper water seems to produce more fish midday. Using this classic approach can mean the difference between soaking bait and actually catching fish. Chris is a freelance writer from Wisconsin with an obsession for all things saltwater. He does most of his fishing on Florida’s Forgotten Coast.

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aving lost some hooked fish at the deeper levels of the ocean or lake to a barracuda or similar poacher, I’ve wondered if a gator in a river or lake has ever stripped a line of a caught fish. It’s probably happened, but I’ve never seen it, although I have seen my share of gators watching me fish as they hovered in the Wakulla River while I fished away. And that got me thinking about how gators catch fish on their own—without resorting to stripping a line of a caught fish. I know that a hatchling can live off insects and small vertebrates, but a small gator depends on small mammals and small fish. Larger adults will eat turtles, birds, snakes and larger fish. I’ve watched enough documentaries and videos to know that gators are sly and patient, waiting until an unwary animal wanders by before making a very fast move to capture prey. When an unsuspecting animal like a deer or hog drops its guard for a minute to take a drink from a river or lake, the gator will submerge, swim close to the animal, and then lunge out with jaws extended to grab any part of the prey, then drag it back to deeper water to drown it. If a gator sees a fish of almost any size under water, it will chase the fish, seize it, kill it, and eat it right on the spot. The alligator

has been around for over thirty million years, in which time it has perfected its hunting skills. The living dinosaurs may be relatively slow on land, but they can reach 20 miles per hour in the water and can swim a long distance undetected in search of a beaver swimming across a river or a dog taking a drink at the edge of a lake. I live in a neighborhood in north Florida where I’ve actually seen a 6-foot-long gator walking along a paved street in search of something. My dogs thought the animal was just a log about 50 yards away, until the log got up and started meandering down the street to the woods. Young gator hatchlings are highly susceptible to being eaten by birds, otters or large gators. But once gators reach 4 feet or more in length, they only have to worry about larger gators and humans. Alligators have made a remarkable comeback from when they were listed as an

endangered species. Nowadays they are no longer endangered and can expect to live between 30 and 50 years. On a side note, I’ve spent most of my career teaching at the University of Florida, where the mascot is a gator and the football stadium has been nicknamed “The Swamp.” Bulldogs, razorbacks and Seminoles seldom get out of the swamp alive. 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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t’s easy to understand why anglers delight in preparing for an Alaska fishing expedition. Some of the thrill is the anticipation, in getting gear and tackle ready, the big reels, 12-ounce and larger jigs, and huge circle hooks that have been honed to hypodermic-grade sharpness. It’s ensuring the cooler is properly marked with your name and address to transport the fillets you’ll be taking home, and most importantly, the arm curls and circuit training you’re doing. The workouts are necessary, and it’s easy to see why. Alaska saltwater fishing is not for the weak of arm or back. Halibut get big in Alaska, with fish reaching weights of 400 pounds, and lengths of 9 feet long. Even the 100-pounders you’re most likely to catch can slug it out through 300 feet of pump-and-lift jabs, and rocket back to the bottom to start all over again for round two. There’s no giving up, no taking a breather for more than a few seconds. Once you are engaged, you fight to your limit. Your arm will get numb at times, your hand pulses with fatigue, and your back quivers in spasmodic tension, but the smile frozen on your face says it all. This is saltwater fishing as good as it gets. While I enjoy slugging it out with halibut, I also enjoy a dukefest with Alaska’s other saltwater species. Lingcod get to 60-plus pounds, and usually attack the rockfish I’m reeling up. With their sharp rows of teeth and sinister look, these water wolves of the deep are among the tastiest fish to catch, as well as the forage they feed on; the 4- to 20-pound rockfish of various species, which are among the best-tasting fish in the north country. But many anglers will want to jig for the five species of Pacific salmon: kings to 70 pounds, coho salmon to 20, and 4- to 8-pound pink salmon. While they might be the smallest of the Pacific salmon, ocean-bright pinks can max out an 8-weight fly rod. Best of all, odd-numbered years see the return of millions of fish, when creeks and rivers burst at the seams with their numbers. In Valdez alone, as many as 11 million salmon have returned in past years. Anglers delight in catching them along the shoreline near the Solomon Gulch hatchery. There are many places to use as a base camp to start your excursion. At the end of the Richardson Highway, Tim Bouchard of Valdez Outfitters likes fishing for big halibut on the outer rim of Prince William Sound, where it meets the abysmal Gulf of Alaska and its continental shelf dropoff to 14,000 feet. Worry not, Bouchard fishes hotspots like Montague Island, where the big fish feed in the shallow 60- to 120-foot depths. He guided his client to catch the 2016 Valdez Halibut Derby winner last year with a 270-pound fish. For a taste of home-cooking mixed with a professional fishing lodge, Petersburg Sportfishing offers prime fishing on the Inside Passage in the seldom-fished waters near Petersburg. Anglers can opt for boat rentals for do-it-yourself fishing or guided saltwater fishing for salmon, halibut,

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rockfish and lingcod. This family-run business offers not only fishing, but a variety of adventures and tips on enjoying the many fishing and area glacier attractions, as well as prime bear viewing and some fabulous cutthroat and rainbow trout fishing. Of course, Kodiak Island offers superb deepsea fishing, bordering the Aleutian trench. Huge halibut migrate from waters bordering these dropoffs and into the shallower food-rich shorelines of Kodiak and Afognak islands. While most fish range from 30 to 100 pounds, fish to 300 pounds and heavier have been caught off Kodiak. Fish this size measure 8 feet in length. Kodiak anglers fish shallow water, from 60 to 180 feet. King salmon fishing is among the best in Alaska saltwater and runs best from April through early mid July. The best thing about fishing Kodiak is short travel time. The best hotspots are often accessed in less than an hour, which offers more time for fishing. Also, because of the remote location of the lodge, there is little if any sportfishing competition. In Prince William Sound, Alaska Wilderness Outfitters offers a floating cabin for do-it-yourselfers who know how to catch salmon, halibut, rockfish and lingcod in nearby waters. Each of the four, fully equipped wannigans includes a full kitchen, crab traps boats and motors and directions on where the fishing is best. They’ll transport you to the cabins from Cordova, to one of several bays protected from big-water weather. They also offered guided options in some of the most salmon-rich waters of south-central Alaska. Co-owner Katie Prijatel said guests clean and pack their catch in coolers. Alaska Wilderness Outfitters flies in daily to pick up the fish and drop off more ice. Then the fish is vacuum packed, boxed and frozen for the trip home. Chris Batin is editor of The Alaska Angler, and producer of the instructional DVD, “Underwater Secrets of Halibut, Rockfish and Lingcod.” For more than 40 years, he has run The Alaska Angler Information Service, which is a one-on-one consultation that helps anglers plan their Alaska fishing adventures. Discover more at www.AlaskaAngler.com.

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Fishing Report & Forecast Nassau Sound By Capt. Tony Bozzella

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une is hot weather fishing, I prefer to get out very early and if I can’t ,,,I will fish in the evening around sunset. When fishing late afternoon you will need to have your guard up due to thundershowers & wind, so early is best. If you do fish the afternoons, It can be productive. fishing bait in the deeper areas and edges of channels for the bull Reds. A simple fish finder rig with an 8/0 J hook or a 12/0 circle (preferred) and a wreck anchor will work fine. Large chucks of mullet or ladyfish will be a ticket for a hook up. you will have to move around on different tides to locate your fish. Also baiting sharks in the local sounds can be productive. Basically the same thing, however, a piece of wire is used to attach the hook to prevent cutoffs. If that doesn’t interest you, I would get out early and throw top water plugs and divers for Reds, Trout and other fun species such as Jack’s and ladyfish etc. I work areas such as ledges, structure, grass lines, and points. Certain bulkheads holding bait can be productive as well. If you find any of these areas holding good concentration of finger mullet or pogies this 4 NE FLORIDA

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can be a potential hotspot. Throw your lures up current and bring your lures back with the current naturally. If you know fish are there, be patient and throw long shots to keep the fish unaware of your presence, which is another key to success. Most common lures are a bet, there are NO secret lures.... work the ones you have had success with and know how to work very well. “ Walk the dog” method of retrieve for top waters. Sweep and pump pause for lipped divers and crank baits. Continue to look for areas of concentrated bait. Flounder will be in the mix in most of the same areas, however structure such as rocks and dock pilings are a good choice. A TBS jig paired with a finger mullet, mud minnow, or shrimp can be successful. If you like lure fishing for flounder, fish the jig with a gulp bait working it across the bottom until you feel the thump. Also a bucktail jig tipped with a bait can be deadly. One day fishing a ledge slowly hopping  my bucktail across the bottom I was rewarded with 22 flounder!!! What a great day. Until next month, tight lines.  Capt. Tony Bozzella / TBS JIGS Professional Angler / Guide www.tonybozzella.com 904 651 0182

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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

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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 Redish 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... Capt. Chris Herrera Serving Flagler Beach, Palm Coast, St. Augustine www.palmcoastfishing.com 386-503-6338

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Fishing Report & Forecast Mayport By Capt. Kirk Waltz

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he ocean has hopefully calmed down and the resulting dirty water conditions have about phased through by now. The wind in May presented many challenges and had a huge effect on our capability to fish offshore. Large bait pods will generally hold on both sides of the inlet at Mayport this month. These bait schools will hold some cobia, bull reds, barracuda’s, sharks, tarpon, triple tail, kings, and jacks. This bonanza gives the angler a great shot at catching large fish close to the beach without having to venture too far .Start off early in the morning jump out of the inlet and look for diving birds. Pelicans and the large white terns are the better hunters so be careful to note if they are diving. This typically indicates the presence of bait. Grab a quick cast net full and begin to look at the edges of the bait schools. I typically look along the edges for free swimming fish and have a medium 7ft Penn SlammerIII Spinning Reel 4500 spooled with 30lb braid. I like to attach a 3ft length of 60lb fluorocarbon and put a no#6 4x treble hook on the end. Hook the pogies/menhaden thru the nose from side to side and keep it in a 5 gallon bucket full of water. This allows for quick access should you spot a fish. When you do see a fish try to lead the fish by about 5 to 10 ft pitching in front of him so he can see it. It’s really important to keep the bait lively. Predators are more likely to attack a frisky bait versus a dead one .It’s a good idea to rig another rod with a small length of 40lb wire

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for cuda’s and sharks. The big rocks will have tarpon, sharks, jacks, Spanish mackerel, trout, and redfish around. Float rigs with small pogies or large live shrimp are deadly on the high early morning out going tides for reds, tarpon and big trout. A small ¼ oz or 3/8 oz jig rigged with a pogie or shrimp also will garner a lot of strikes. The beach fishing in the southeast hole, the near shore wrecks , near shore ledges, the redtops, shanty town and the Jacksonville beach pier will be great for slow trolling for kings, cobia, sharks, cuda’s, sailfish, jacks and a few other species. Pogies or any small fish baits are great for this. Greenies or threadfin herring can usually be jigged off the rocks on the north or south sides of the inlet. Look for dipping birds on the tips of the rocks. A number 6 sabiki rig is usually perfect for this. Slowing trolling with wire kingfish rigs works best and avoids the fish cutting the line. The offshore action will be hot for trolling or bottom fishing. Red snapper, trigger fish, AJ’s, cuda’s, kings, grouper, sailfish, and cobia will move into the party grounds. MR, RL, PG, PV, and MG to name a few are great places to check. Cigar minnows and sardines can be jigged up using sabiki rigs for a fresh supply of bait. Bottom fishing with a 3 way swivel works great for bottom fishing and a wire king fish rig is perfect for trolling. Remember you can’t catch ‘em from the couch. Capt. Kirk Waltz can be reached at 904.241.7560 or 904.626.1128 or go to www. Enterprisefishingcharters.com or find us on Facebook. Listen to the Outdoorsshow on 1010am or 92.5fm 7am to10am every Saturday for up to date reports on the areas fishing.

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oy was May tough for our cobia anglers this year, but Team Angry Seas brought for fish to the scale with a three fish aggregate weight of 84.43! Congratulations to Captain Michael “Gibby” Gwiazda and Luke Thatcher, your 2017 Northeast Florida Ultimate Cobia Championship Winners – nice work! It will be interesting to see what this summer brings with the winter being so mild and not much of a significant change in water temperature. The Jacksonville Offshore Sport Fishing Club’s Junior Angler tournament will take place June 10th with our kingfish tune up pushing into July this year. It will take place on the 8th of July. While club tournaments are for members and their guests, meetings are always open to the public and you can join while you are there! We will meet on the 1st and 15th this month, (always the 1st and 3rd Thursday of the month) and would love to have you join us. We

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ow that we’re into a “have everything active bite,” let’s start with mullet. The Mullet are biting and the bite   improves with the increase of temperatures.   All one needs is some mash, oats, #2 or #4 hooks, a float and split shot.  Or you can go the easy route and buy a Redimade Rig.  Just keep baited up and watch for some ripples and just drag your rig into it and set the hook.  Remember they bite when and how they want.  Not always they take the folat down and go.  So you’ll also need some other things like bait, plastic and luck.  We can supply it all except the luck part.  That’s on you. Next up will be the bream.  Spawning activity on the moons.  Look or smell the bed and you shouldn’t have any issues.  Also start working your dock areas.  Crickets will be your bait of choice, followed closely by wigglers, reds or grunt worms.  These wiggling beauties attract fish by

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Bings Landing: H: +2:57 L: +2:44

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7:35 AM-9:35 AM • 7:55 PM-9:55 PM

01 Thu 02:23 AM 5.05 H

08:44 AM -0.17 L 03:07 PM 4.74 H 09:13 PM 0.28 L

02 Fri 03:22 AM 4.78 H

09:37 AM -0.05 L 04:08 PM 4.80 H 10:12 PM 0.40 L

8:20 AM-10:20 AM • 8:40 PM-10:40 PM

03 Sat 04:21 AM 4.56 H

10:29 AM 0.02 L 05:06 PM 4.89 H 11:09 PM 0.43 L

9:05 AM-11:05 AM • 9:20 PM-11:20 PM

04 Sun 05:18 AM 4.41 H

11:18 AM 0.04 L 05:58 PM 4.99 H

9:50 AM-11:50 AM • 10:05 PM-11:59 PM

05 Mon 12:03 AM 0.39 L

06:10 AM 4.32 H 12:06 PM 0.02 L 06:45 PM 5.07 H

10:30 AM-12:30 PM • 10:50 PM-11:59 PM

06 Tue 12:53 AM 0.28 L

06:58 AM 4.26 H 12:51 PM -0.01 L 07:27 PM 5.13 H

11:15 AM-1:15 PM • 11:35 PM-11:59 PM

07 Wed 01:39 AM 0.15 L

07:43 AM 4.22 H 01:34 PM -0.04 L 08:07 PM 5.15 H

12:00 PM-2:00 PM

08 Thu 02:22 AM 0.03 L

08:25 AM 4.18 H 02:15 PM -0.03 L 08:46 PM 5.14 H

12:20 AM-2:20 AM • 12:45 PM-2:45 PM

09 Fri 03:02 AM -0.03 L

09:06 AM 4.13 H 02:54 PM 0.04 L 09:24 PM 5.11 H

1:05 AM-3:05 AM • 1:35 PM-3:35 PM

10 Sat 03:41 AM -0.02 L

09:46 AM 4.08 H 03:32 PM 0.16 L 10:02 PM 5.05 H

1:55 AM-3:55 AM • 2:20 PM-4:20 PM

11 Sun 04:20 AM 0.05 L

10:26 AM 4.03 H 04:09 PM 0.32 L 10:42 PM 4.99 H

2:45 AM-4:45 AM • 3:10 PM-5:10 PM

12 Mon 05:00 AM 0.17 L

11:07 AM 4.01 H 04:47 PM 0.49 L 11:22 PM 4.93 H

3:35 AM-5:35 AM • 3:55 PM-5:55 PM

13 Tue 05:40 AM 0.29 L

11:48 AM 4.04 H 05:29 PM 0.64 L

4:20 AM-6:20 AM • 4:45 PM-6:45 PM

14 Wed 12:04 AM 4.87 H

06:23 AM 0.37 L 12:31 PM 4.13 H 06:17 PM 0.76 L

5:10 AM-7:10 AM • 5:30 PM-7:30 PM

15 Thu 12:47 AM 4.81 H

07:08 AM 0.38 L 01:16 PM 4.28 H 07:11 PM 0.80 L

6:00 AM-8:00 AM • 6:15 PM-8:15 PM

16 Fri 01:34 AM 4.75 H

07:55 AM 0.31 L 02:06 PM 4.48 H 08:09 PM 0.75 L

6:45 AM-8:45 AM • 7:05 PM-9:05 PM

17 Sat 02:24 AM 4.69 H

08:43 AM 0.15 L 02:59 PM 4.72 H 09:10 PM 0.60 L

7:35 AM-9:35 AM • 7:50 PM-9:50 PM

18 Sun 03:20 AM 4.64 H

09:34 AM -0.06 L 03:56 PM 5.01 H 10:10 PM 0.36 L

2:05 AM-4:05 AM • 2:25 PM-4:25 PM

19 Mon 04:19 AM 4.61 H

10:27 AM -0.33 L 04:54 PM 5.32 H 11:10 PM 0.05 L

9:10 AM-11:10 AM • 9:30 PM-11:30 PM

20 Tue 05:18 AM 4.63 H

11:21 AM -0.62 L 05:51 PM 5.63 H

10:05 AM-12:05 PM • 10:25 PM-11:59 PM

21 Wed 12:08 AM -0.32 L 06:17 AM 4.70 H 12:16 PM -0.92 L 06:47 PM 5.91 H

11:00 AM-1:00 PM • 11:25 PM-11:59 PM

22 Thu 01:05 AM -0.68 L

07:14 AM 4.78 H 01:11 PM -1.17 L 07:41 PM 6.10 H

12:00 PM-2:00 PM

23 Fri 01:59 AM -0.97 L

08:09 AM 4.84 H 02:04 PM -1.33 L 08:34 PM 6.19 H

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24 Sat 02:52 AM -1.14 L

09:03 AM 4.88 H 02:57 PM -1.35 L 09:28 PM 6.16 H

1:35 AM-3:35 AM • 2:05 PM-4:05 PM

25 Sun 03:43 AM -1.17 L

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2:35 AM-4:35 AM • 3:05 PM-5:05 PM

26 Mon 04:36 AM -1.06 L 10:53 AM 4.84 H 04:46 PM -0.95 L 11:14 PM 5.78 H

3:40 AM-5:40 AM • 4:05 PM-6:05 PM

27 Tue 05:29 AM -0.86 L

11:48 AM 4.80 H 05:44 PM -0.60 L

4:35 AM-6:35 AM • 4:55 PM-6:55 PM

28 Wed 12:07 AM 5.49 H

06:24 AM -0.62 L 12:43 PM 4.76 H 06:44 PM -0.22 L

5:30 AM-7:30 AM • 5:50 PM-7:50 PM

29 Thu 01:00 AM 5.18 H

07:19 AM -0.39 L 01:40 PM 4.74 H 07:46 PM 0.11 L

6:15 AM-8:15 AM • 6:35 PM-8:35 PM

30 Fri 01:54 AM 4.87 H

08:13 AM -0.20 L 02:37 PM 4.75 H 08:46 PM 0.37 L

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Miss Laddy with Two Sailfish on Saturday. The Gamefish winner was the ReelXcape who’s “secret” tuna patch delivered once again. Second place in the Gamefish category went to the Sea Genie who brought in Dolphin, Wahoo and Kingfish to the weigh in board. The Northeast Florida Marlin Association is hugely thankful to Sponsors and our Volunteers who made this one of the best Bluewater tournament’s in recent years. Please see www.NEFMA. com for tournament details and sponsors and see our Facebook for more photos. Thanks to all involved for making this a great tournament and please join us for our next tournaments and events. Sincerely Paul Raudenbush – President, Northeast Florida Marlin Association Scott Stanley – Tournament Director For more information please go to NEFMA.COM JUNE 2017

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t our June 6th monthly meeting at the VFW in Palm Coast our newly elected club officers will be introduced to the membership. As the club enters its 28th year we will continue to support the community, grow the membership and most of all fish. This month brings Swap n Shop to our monthly meeting. It’s time to get out all of those nautical treasures you want to unload and bring ‘em down and do some trading or find some real bargains. Our guest speaker at the meeting is Capt. Billy Hunsicker who runs the Endless Summer II. He has been chasing offshore fish here for over 18 years and is one of the true pros sailing from the Conch House in St. Augustine. Saturday, June 10th is our free for members, Guys n Gals Inshore tournament with Food, music and cash prizes for the biggest fish, most weight by team, best team outfits and largest redfish. Rest up after that and do our 16 NE FLORIDA

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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.

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 twitching mullet or a Slayer Inc. 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 a Slayer Inc. SST paddle tail paired with a 1/8-1/4 ounce Slayer Inc. 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.

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June’s “Best Bet” Spotlight on Northeast Florida Flounder “Gigging” … By Terry Newsome

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ith the significant lack of rainfall this spring, coastal anglers continue to experience crystal clear water conditions at area inlets, the lower St. Johns River and the Intracoastal Waterways. Increased visibility in deeper water will increase your fishing success rate substantially; especially when you are targeting flounder. In fact, “flatfish” are ambush predators that feed primarily by sight. “Flatties” can be difficult to catch with a hook and line, but with the clean water conditions, June is an excellent month to catch (or gig) your limit! There are three unique species of flounder that can be caught in Florida coastal waters. In Northeast Florida, the overwhelming majority harvested are the Southern Flounder species (which have both eyes on the left side their face!) The left or “up” side is light olive brown to dark brown (or nearly black,) with many blotches and spots. The eyeless “down” side is completely white. When feeding on top of oyster mounds, the blotches and spots provide camouflage. Flounder will also bury themselves on the bottom in sand (or mud) to avoid being detected by targeted baitfish. Flounder average 2 to 4 pounds but “doormat” sized flounder can be 10 to 12 pounds or more! The minimum size limit is 12 inches and the daily bag limit is 10 per harvester per day. There is no closed season for flounder and the official Florida state record is 20.9 pounds (caught locally at Nassau Sound!) The flounder fishery throughout the state of Florida is great shape! (The status of the Southern Flounder is listed as “Least Concern” on the IUNC Red List for Threatened Species… proof positive that recreational fishing and “gigging” for flounder has had little negative impact.) And when it comes to seafood favorites, many coastal anglers tell you that there is “nothing better” than the taste of fried flounder filets or fresh flounder stuffed with crabmeat! The flounder have arrived in Northeast Florida! So, get out there and have some fun! ALTERNATIVE METHOD FOR HARVESTING FLOUNDER Flounder are NOT only caught on conventional hook and line tackle, but can also harvested by an exciting alternative technique called “gigging.” Simply walk, pole (or use a trolling motor) to navigate a small boat along the shoreline at night in very shallow water. Use a high-candlepower/lumen spotlight (or attach bright lights to the front of your boat) to shine light onto the bottom. Successful gigging also requires clean water and a calm night with little or no wind (that may cause ripples on the surface of the water.) You will be amazed at how easy it is to see the “football-shaped” outline (or the eyes) of a camouflaged and buried flattie!

Flounder gigging is truly exciting and is one of my all-time favorite outdoor adventures! I have been flounder gigging for over 30 years and can tell you without hesitation that once you experience the thrill of seeing a huge flounder buried in the sand in 12 inches of water… you will be “hooked on gigging” for life! In fact, 25 years ago, I had the opportunity to take my good friend and avid outdoorsman Mark Young “flounder gigging” (for his very first time.) We traveled down to St. Augustine Inlet and had a very successful trip gigging several flounder in the 5-pound class. After several gigging trips, he bought his own flat-bottom skiff and has been gigging in Northeast Florida on a regular basis ever since! In recent years, Mark has become an expert and graciously takes me flounder gigging with him on a regular basis. MARK YOUNG’S 10-POUND FLOUNDER (See Photo) Two years ago, Mark took me Flounder gigging in the lower St. Johns River near Mayport. It was dead low tide when we first arrived at the Mayport boat ramp. As we approached our first “secret spot” (near the mouth of Haul-over Creek at the west end of Huguenot Park,) the tide had just turned and the clean ocean water began to slowly move in. “I like to gig the first of the incoming tide” Mark explained, “because the water is cleaner and it triggers the Flounder to move up into shallow

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water to feed.” In less than 5 minutes, Mark had already put a nice three-pound Flounder into the cooler! I was amazed at how clean the water was and the abundance of small baitfish and “finger” mullet hovering near the shoreline. “The flounder bury themselves in 12” to 18” inches of water waiting to ambush small baitfish that move into the shallows at night” Mark added, “…another reason I like the low, incoming tide is that the small baitfish will move up into the small feeder creeks as the tide rises helping to keep the water clean. Spooked finger mullet stir up the bottom which affects visibility.” Mark likes to move frequently to locate feeding flatfish. In fact, we moved to Mark’s second “hot spot” after just 10 minutes. “I like to check several spots

in a specifically-targeted area while the tide is still moving slowly… then quickly move up the St. Johns River following the first phase of incoming tide” Mark explains, “... this gives me the opportunity to look for flounder just after low tide in major feeder creeks and the Intracoastal Waterways. Once the incoming tide is moving too swiftly, it stirs up the bottom which can have a negative impact on the visibility of the water.” After gigging 4 or 5 nice flounder in less than an hour, we moved up river to our next hot-spot and after just a few minutes, I heard Mark say: “There he is!” Without hesitation, Mark lifted a 10-Pound “doormat” flounder into the boat and said… “Looks like my neighbors will be eating fresh flounder for dinner tomorrow tonight!” We headed to the boat ramp and were home before midnight! It was an outdoor adventure I will never forget! Until next time, be safe and enjoy the great outdoors!

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his month is the first of 3 three warm water months. Water temperature above 80 degrees changes the game. The majority of Pompano schools have moved north following their favorite 65 to 75 degree temperature range. However, this is the month in which every species of fish we can catch in the surf is here! If you head to the beach or pier with some fresh shrimp you literally have the chance of hooking in to Whiting, Hardhead catfish, Sail cats, Spanish mackerel, Bluefish, Spadefish, Ladyfish, Pompano, Jack Cravalle, six species of shark, Redfish, Black Drum, Blue Runners, Spots,

Croakers, and Sea Trout. Last year I caught eleven species in one day! This month let us focus on my favorite species of shark. Hard fighting and good eating Bonnethead! Ok, first of all good eating? Yes, you are what you eat and they are crab eaters. Their main diet is Calico crabs which we can easily imitate with half of a Blue crab. Calicos are thick in the surf during the summer months. So if you want to target them you need to beef up your terminal tackle. My favorite rig is a fish finder tied with 100 lb mon and a 5/0 to 7/0 circle hook. This may seem like over kill but it’s not! For several years I chased the world record of 26lbs. I came up a little short with a 25 pounder caught on Crescent Beach. The current world record is 28 pounds. However, I did discover that a big 4 foot plus Bonnethead can chew through 80 pond mono. That is why I switched to 100 pound mono. The big one got away! Was it 30 pounds? I will never know! How do you care for your catch? On the beach I cut off the head, cut of the tail, and then remove the entrails. I wash the body of in the surf water and then pack it under the ice. When you get home, will your cooler smell funky like ammonia? Yes, but the smell is in the skin. Once you have filleted it out soak it in milk of buttermilk for one hour. Then deep fry it your favorite way. You will not be disappointed! If you would like to schedule a surf fishing adventure just give me a call! Noel Kuhn Surf fishing guide and long distance casting coach. 904-945-0660 www.TheSurfAngler.com

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

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une is really one of the better fishing months while targeting both fresh and saltwater species of Amelia Island game fish. Largemouth bass will have topped off their spawning cycle and ready to take a variety of surface plugs, while a huge invasion of saltwater game fish will be staging feeding sprees both near shore and offshore too.

Cobia can be found offshore at many of Amelia Island’s live bottoms and wrecks, swimming under large rays, close in to the surf where large concentrations of menhaden are schooling, at both the Nassau and St. Mary’s inlets particular close to channel buoys and at near shore structures including wrecks and lime rock ledges. A 5/0 circle hook barbed through both nostrils of a live eel is a deadly cobia fishing tactic. However when live eels are hard to find, live menhaden with their tail cut off is a close second choice. Also include large live shrimp, fresh squid and live mullet as well. Large white or chartreuse colored plastic worms, orange rapalas and 1-oz. led head jigs rigged with a large chartreuse plastic curly tail are also deadly cobia lures. Gag grouper season is in full swing where big catches of grouper are likely to come from HH, East FC, FA and the “Amberjack Hole”.

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Also expect to catch black sea bass, flounder, trigerfish, red snapper and more. The old standby bottom baits include live cigar minnows, pinfish, squid and pogies. Live bait trolling offshore at FA fish haven is also productive for cobia, kingfish, barracuda, Spanish mackerel and the occasional sailfish. Live bait trollers have the option of cast netting menhaden at the St. Mary’s inlet, or jigging up Spanish sardines or cigar minnows at the St. Mary’s “Sea Buoy”. Beach and inlet fishermen can also expect to see a major migration of tarpon, jack crevalle, sharks and king mackerel showing up for the avid saltwater sportsman. 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. A favorite all time Amelia Island trout drop is located west of the Dee Dee Boat Ramp and called “Tiger Basin”. Here inshore fishermen will do well while casting a Storm “Chug Bug” in the chrome and blue back color pattern during high water. 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 is located just southwest of the “Shave” Bridge and referred to as “Marsh Lakes”. Working a white Berkley Gulp shrimp rigged to a 1/8th ounce led head jig slow, or dead on the bottom is a deadly Amelia Island redfish tactic. Without saying the most gratifying technique when targeting shallow water redfish, is working a cigar shaped plug ever so slowly over a flooding oysterbars, deep slough and marsh point. The slower the better! The St. Mary’s and Nassau rivers offer excellent freshwater bass fishing during the month of June, particularly when there is a weak front passing through with light winds and cloud cover. Look for some of the best Nassau River “Bassin” to come in the upper reaches of Lofton, Boggy, Mills and Thomas creeks In the Nassau River look for excellent bass fishing west of the highway 17 bridge in the “Big” and “Little St Mary’s Rivers. During low tide periods work a # 11 silver and black colored Rapala with sharp jerks at creek mouths and the foot of cypress trees. During high tide periods swim a weightless dark colored plastic worm and “Hang On”! Surf fishermen will have excellent luck fishing early in the morning and late in the evening for sea trout, blues, flounder, pompano, beach whiting and more. Although the entire length of Amelia Island beaches offer excellent surf fishing, the best surf fishing comes at the southern portion of Amelia Island at the “Little Jetties”. Fish dead on the bottom with sand fleas, ultra fresh shrimp, or live finger mullet.

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he Ancient City Game Fish Association’s annual membership party will be on Saturday, June 17th at the St Augustine Shrine Club. Their club house is located at 250 Brainard Rd in St Augustine south. This year there will be a fish fry with all the fixings. Members are asked to bring an appetizer or dessert. The social begins at 5:00 and food will be served about 6:00. The club meeting and awards will begin at 7:00. There will be awards for offshore and inshore categories for men, women, juniors, and small frys. Individual catches will be recognized for the largest fish in each species. Annual awards will be made for Angler of the year and Boat of the year. This years Boat of the year winners will receive a nicely embroidered Columbia fishing shirt for the Captain and their first mate. The inshore Boat of the year is the Dragon Fly captained by Richie VanKirk. The offshore Boat of the year was won by Kevin Baptiste on the Sea Fox. All this followed by a great raffle with something for

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everyone. There will be volunteer sign up sheets for the Challenge to be held July 6th through 9th at Camachee Cove Marina. The Kingfish and Redfish tournament helps fund our club and charities throughout the year. The membership party means it’s time to sign up and renew. The cost for an annual family is $50 per year. There are monthly meetings, fishing tournaments, not for profit fund raising, kids events, and several large cook outs and parties. New members and guest are always welcome. Call John at 904-501-1772 for more information.    There are lots of activities coming up. The in club Kingfish tournament is on June 24th. It’s free to members but you must sign up at the membership party. The plaque dedicating our latest Reef will be placed this month. The date will be announced soon. The Jimmy Blalock Reef is already holding fish. The location is N2952.701 and W8109.206. We hope to see you at the membership party. Support your local fish club!

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Overnight & Curve Balls By Tim Stouder & Katie Blunk

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his month we had the pleasure once again to team up with the State Forestry Division’s Operation Outdoor Freedom. This joint venture took us back to the newly opened Sebastian Inlet State park where we camped overnight. Our adventure started Friday May 5th and carried over to the 7th, Sunday morning. The one thing that was pretty consistent all weekend was the wind. Friday, it started howling out of the North West and never quit. Normally on these overnight events, we get everyone up and eat a breakfast and then go fishing. Well this was some kind of special wind and just threw us one heck of a curve ball. Not only was it blowing 20mph, it also brought a chill in the air that was winter like. Saturday morning the staff from the Forestry division and our own Leadership team started scouring areas that were protected from the wind. After a few hours of driving around and searching for a launch

The area we fished was a secluded chain of islands that were all mangroves and sand bottoms. Once on the water, there were many folks that put a serious beat down on the fish. When fishing mangroves, it is best to get the bait or lure as close the mangroves to include underneath them for best chance at catching fish. We had a few over slot trout, under slot snook, doormat flounder, catfish and sheephead caught all using bait provided by Palm Valley Outdoors and cast netted mullet. The weekend was a huge success for all those who had the opportunity to attend. We had several people who were unaware that our organizations existed in the state. Some southern HOW chapters will soon find a couple new veterans to service due to the joint venture of this camping trip. As always, we can’t thank our volunteers enough. On these overnight trips, HOW asks them to do more than normally required at our regular events. Without them, this event would not have been as successful. To you all, I say THANK YOU. To Brian Torres and his team at the Forestry division, you guys are the best at what you do and we can’t wait until the next joint venture.. 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 6,100 wounded Veterans. The service is provided to the Veterans for free. HOW is a non-profit organization under IRS Code Chapter 501(c)(3). Donations are tax-deductible to the extent allowed by law. Visit www.HeroesOnTheWater.org The next Heroes on the Water outing is scheduled for June 11th @Cedar Point Boat ramp. 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 point, two viable solutions were found. There was supposed to be a break in the wind in the early afternoon time frame to allow for our guests Heroes on the Water, you can do so at https://www.facebook.com/ to get on the water. The fishing started roughly around 2pm which is HeroesOnTheWaterNortheastFloridaChapter. completely out of the norm for our overnight events. The curve ball that Mother Nature threw us was definitely not going to deter us from fishing.

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t was fun while it lasted. Spring is gone and it is time to stow the blue water gear and pick up the bottom tackle.. We are blessed with great fishing for a variety of snapper species. The most commonly caught (other than Red Snapper) are Vermillion, Mangrove and Mutton. Vermillion are the most plentiful and easiest to catch. Drop a hook baited with squid or cut bait on any structure deeper than 80 ft. and you’re in business. Mangrove and Mutton can be a little trickier. I like 40 to 80-pound monofilament leaders around 10 to 15ft in length. Live sardines are the best bait

but chunk of cut grunt works equally as well. Use just enough weight to get to the bottom. It doesn’t hurt to have your bait drift or walk along the bottom with the tide. Mangrove snapper like big ledges and wrecks in 80 to 120 ft. Always anchor up current of the spot. Mutton snapper prefer the perimeter of the reef and bite best when there is some tide. They are usually found deeper than Mangrove and prefer 140 to 160 ft. Grouper are available in June as are Cobia and Amberjack. Large live baits fished on the bottom is the way to go. You can expect to find those 3 species anywhere from 80 to 180ft. If you are a diehard troller there will still be a few Mahi around. Look for floating debris or weed and you will find them. They tend to be smaller as the summer progresses so match your tackle accordingly. Calm seas are the norm so take advantage and Go fishing.

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eddy Beach grew up racing. Racing and fishing have always been his family’s two passions. “Jim Reider once told me, ‘Hey, kid you’re going to be fine,” Teddy said, remembering a night at the Indianapolis State Fairgrounds in 2005. “Over the course of the race, I heard his voice many times for he was my crew chief and spotter that night. We went on to win the 2005 Hoosier 100. I will remember those words forever.” Teddy’s dad was a drag racer at many different professional lev-

els. Teddy grew up with a fist full of throttle and a loud pedal under his right foot. Brakes were optional. Ted Sr. is Teddy’s hero, best friend and mentor. The elder is a third-generation manufacturer, farmer and entrepreneur. They come from a small village named Donnelsville, Ohio, where Teddy grew up running down the hill from the house directly into their tool and die shop. Mike Zimmer was their engineer at the time, and he would run Teddy out of the drafting room because he got tired of the boy destroying erasers and asking too many questions. The point of all this is to explain that engineering and manufacturing are in the family’s blood. Fishing is a passion, and they have fished all over Florida since Teddy was born. From bottom fishing for grouper and snapper off Fort Myers to sailfish and mahi in the Keys and marlin and tuna over in the Bahamas, if they weren’t racing, they were fishing. Out of the combination of those two passions, Beach Marine Products was founded to provide the market with innovative and professional saltwater fishing products. Beach Marine’s live bait pens are industry changing. With a sloped-bottom design and industry changing false bottom, these bait pens were engineered to reduce stress on baitfish. Heavy duty all 6061 aluminum construction with zinc anode assures a durable and long-lasting product. All hardware is stainless steel and doubled up, so there is no single point of failure. They are powder coated with no sharp edges to hurt or red nose baits. The Beach Blue color gives the pens a unique clean appearance as well as a calming atmosphere to decrease stress on the bait while holding. Large oversize doors allow access for cast nets and large dip nets. Beach Bait Pens come in many different shapes and sizes ranging from a 30Gal round, to a monster 400Gal oval. Beach Bait Pens are tough just like the Anglers who use them everyday. If you fish live bait, there is only one bait pen you should own. That is a Beach Marine Products. Learn more at www.beachmarineproducts.com.

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hen booking a saltwater fly fishing trip with a guide, a mistake some fly fishers make is overstating their casting abilities. This will most likely lead to frustration for both the angler and guide resulting in a very long day on the water. Here are a couple of tips to make sure this situation is avoided Practice Makes Perfect Yep, the old saying “practice makes perfect” is so true. So, before embarking on a guided fly fishing trip, take the time to practice casting to a comfortable distance. For example, if you’re targeting redfish, make sure you can cast to a target at 40 feet. Most redfish are hooked at a closer range, however, being able to make the longer 40-foot cast will make the shorter casts of 15 to 30 feet seem much easier. Remember, casting is not only about proper timing and technique but also how confident the angler is at making the cast. Set Your Target Range Like archery, fly casting is all about executing a cast to a specific spot at certain distance. The best way to accomplish this is to set up targets in an open space in your backyard or at the park. I find the best targets are small orange soccer cones. These are easily seen, have a small diameter and won’t blow away in the wind. I also prefer the orange cones over the traditional hula hoops because it forces the caster to cast to a smaller target area.

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veryone knows summer is a great time to catch trout on a fly. But for those looking to take fly fishing for trout to a whole new level, consider mousing. Mousing refers to fishing for trout with large topwater patterns meant to mimic small rodents. It is a tactic best utilized at night, when nocturnal rodents forage. The basic premise is that large trout have adapted their diet to eat mostly meat, be it smaller fish, rodents, frogs or even small birds. These fish are the top of the food chain in the waters where they reside, and they can be extremely hard to catch. They mostly hunt at night, and use the cover of darkness to stay safe from predators. Fishing at night has its challenges, and it has its rewards.

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10 Feet To 40 Feet Set these cones at the following distances: 10, 20, 30 and 40 feet. I suggest instead of lining up the cones in a straight line, stagger the cones over an area at the appropriate distances. This will force you to make casts in different directions much like you would when encountering gamefish in shallow water. Cast to each target, starting with the cone closest to you and working up to the farthest cone. The key here is to try to only make one false cast before making the final forward cast to the target. By doing this you are forcing yourself to get the cast to the target as quickly as possible without wasting time on multiple false casts. Remember, false casts might look pretty, but they don’t catch fish! Accuracy Once you are comfortable casting to each target, start to work on placing the fly as close to the target as possible. As I mentioned earlier, the small diameter of the soccer cone forces you to cast the fly to a very small target zone similar to a fish’s feeding zone. You want to land the fly within a 2-inch by 2-inch window from the target. Once you are able to hit the target consistently from each distance with one false cast, you’re ready to hit the water. So, when booking a saltwater fly fishing trip with a guide, don’t make the mistake of overestimating your casting abilities. Follow the above steps and you will become a better fly caster, catch more fish and make your guide very happy.

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CAMFLYFISHING.COM Here are a few things to keep in mind when mousing. 1. Be quiet. Sometimes it is hard to remember that fish can hear, too. Vibration from even our footsteps can spook these giants. So stealth is the name of the game; walk carefully and quietly and maybe the splash of your fly on the water will be followed by the eruption of water that is an eat from a big nocturnal fish. Keep light to a minimum and use a red/green light so the fish will not be spooked and your eyes will not be shocked by the light. 2. Be aware. When fishing at night, it is critical to know the stream you are fishing. It can be dangerous to be on the banks of a river in the dark, so always move slowly, not only will this help your stealth factor but it will keep you safer. As your senses adjust to the darkness, you can tune in with your surroundings, and you might be amazed at the things you hear and even see with just the light of the moon. 3. Be ready. Big fish eat big food. This applies to fishing streamers during the day or fishing mice in the dark. Have a good selection of large flies that swim on or just below the surface. When mousing, you can also use large subsurface streamers that push a lot of water. Fish can’t see very well in the dark, so they rely on sound and vibration when hunting at night. Large wind-resistant flies are hard to cast when you can see what is going on, much more so when you can’t see your hand in front of your face. Use clear-lensed glasses to protect your eyes. 4. Be calm. It is easy to get excited and pull the fly out of the fish’s mouth when setting the hook, so wait a couple of seconds after you hear the splash. Give the fly a small twitch and wait until you feel the fish, then set the hook and get ready for the night of your life! See more from Charlie Warfield at www.modernflyfisher.com.

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ne of the most common issues seen with hydraulic steering is water intrusion or air in the system, which leads to rust inside the system causing it to not properly work. With basic maintenance and awareness of your hydraulic system, you can in most cases catch this issue before it becomes fatal. Water intrusion can come from a variety of situations on a steering system. A bad seal, a nick in the shaft, electrolysis on the shaft, loose fittings, and basic wear and tear are only a few of the causes. Here are some symptoms: Wheel spinning freely = contamination in system/ Check ball not seated. Motor walking = indicates a leak or system is not purged correctly. Clicking when wheel is being turned = contamination in helm, causing pistons and or check valves to stick. Electrolysis comes from the current from the motor that runs through the cylinder shaft, which causes the nickel platting to separate from the metal shaft. This causes damage to the glands that in turn can lead to water getting in the system. Fluid dripping from helm or shaft seals on cylinder or having to add fluid to system means there is a bad seal. A lot of issues can be resolved by just a reseal of unit. And for preventive maintenance this can be performed at a cost effective price to ensure your unit is properly working. Fluid Technologies is a Jacksonville-based company started nearly 20 years ago that stays current with factory standards and techniques to provide up-to-date and quality service to the customer.

With a full time technician with over 20 years of experience and a comprehensive test facility, they have the ability to service many hydraulic units that are out in the field. They currently service and repair of all Sea Star units including older Teleflex, Capilano, Hynautic and Baystar systems. Also, Sea Star power steering units and Power purge systems can be serviced under some circumstances. All repairs come with a one-year limited warranty. Only factory parts and test parameters are used when repairing and testing units. They offer rush service when needed, and typical turnaround time is only 5-7 business days. Fluid Technologies also sells refurbished helms and cylinders that meet factory standards. In addition to Hydraulic repairs, Fluid Technologies is also a certified Lewmar repair facility that repairs the majority of Lewmar windlasses. As these units have a strenuous job, they do have the potential to fail. As always, Fluid Tech only uses factory parts and can repair these units in a fraction of the cost for a new one. Fluid Tech is located at 3477 Lakeshore Blvd, Jacksonville, Fl 32210. Call them at 904-389-4536 or see their website at www.charlesaperry.com.

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IN DEALER CREDIT

Toward the purchase of additional goods or services from your authorized, participating Yamaha outboard dealer.*

See your authorized participating Yamaha outboard dealer today for details! Other restrictions and conditions may apply. *PROGRAM TERMS AND CONDITIONS: Consumer benefit for purchasing a new (unused not previously warranty registered) eligible Yamaha 2.5 to 175 HP four-stroke outboard is a credit based on MSRP toward the purchase of goods and/or services at the authorized, participating dealer that sold the outboard, at no extra cost to consumer. NO BENEFIT SUBSTITUTIONS. The following four-stroke models are NOT eligible for this promotion: VF175XA, VF115XA, F90LB, F90XB, F90JB, F75LB, F25SMHC, F25LMHC, F25SWHC, F25LWHC, F25SWC, F25LWC, F25LC and F25LWTC. To be eligible, outboards must also have been manufactured since January 2010. Promotion is only applicable from authorized participating Yamaha Outboard dealers in the U.S.A. sold to purchasing consumers residing in the U.S.A. Promotion is limited to available stock in dealer inventory that is sold, PDI completed, delivered and warranty registered on YMBS by the dealer in accordance with Yamaha’s promotion and warranty registration requirements during applicable dates. No model substitutions, benefit substitutions, extensions or rain checks will be allowed. Outboards sold or provided for commercial, camp, resort, rental, promotional/demo, scratch-and-dent, government agency, competition, tournament or sponsorship use are not eligible. This promotion cannot be used in conjunction with any other Yamaha offer. Some exceptions may apply. See authorized, participating Yamaha dealer for complete details. Yamaha reserves the right to change or cancel this promotion at any time. Other restrictions and conditions apply. REMEMBER to always observe all applicable boating laws. Never drink and drive. Dress properly with a USCG-approved personal floatation device and protective gear. © 2017 Yamaha Motor Corporation, U.S.A. All rights reserved.

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