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Footwear: Huk Performance Fishing Attack The Huk Attack is the most engineered, purpose-built fishing shoe ever created. It brings performance features for the serious fisherman with unique traction, bullet-proof durability and all-day comfort and support. Giftware: The Catch and Release Print Shop Actual Size An alternative to taxidermy, these fish prints are created to the exact length of your catch and stamped with your name and information about your catch. Lifestyle Apparel: Frogg Toggs Prym1 Series Pilot II Jacket and Bibs The Frogg Toggs Prym1 Series Pilot II Jacket and Bibs is the company’s camouflage style of its bombproof Pilot II. It is available in shoreline blue, silver mist and blackout options. Technical Apparel: Frogg Toggs Sierran Transition Wader A zippered, flip-out chest pocket, large multi-function pocket and exterior fly storage area allow these waders to fill double-duty as a chest pack for storage of fly fishing gear. Electronics: Humminbird Solix 15 Chirp Mega SI GPS Humminbird has achieved improved detail and target separation with Chirp Digital Sonar. With touch screen or keypad interface, the screen can be customized and viewed with up to four panels. Fishing Accessory: Yeti Coolers Panga Duffel The Panga Duffel is a hardcore drybag designed to withstand brutal treatment and be completely watertight. It is fully submersible, and Yeti called it a gear fortress. Fly Fishing Accessory: Simms G3 Guide Stockingfoot Wader Simms has built its most breathable and durable wader yet in its new G3 Guide, with four-layers of Gore-Tex fabric in the legs and three layers above the waist. They also feature a chest pocket, handwarmer pockets and built in utility tabs.

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Fishing Line: Berkley Fireline Ultra 8 With four times the abrasion resistance of its original Fireline, Berkley’s thermally fused Ultra 8 comes in a range from 4 pound test up to 30 pound test. FishSmart: Eagle Claw 2017 Flounder Sample Pack Eagle Claw jumps in for the conservation of summer flounder and catch and release with its 2017 Flouder Sample Pack. Kids’ Tackle: 13 Fishing Ambition Combo Designed specifically with the smaller size of a child in mind, but packed with some features required by serious anglers, these salt and freshwater combos are perfect for the little angler who is really into fishing. Tackle Management: Daiwa Tactical Backpack This tackle backpack is perfect for hiking into a stream, walking the banks of a pond, hauling down to the surf or for use as a quickgrab on your buddy’s boat. It is custom designed to hold all the gear an angler needs.

Saltwater Soft Lure: LIVETARGET Hollow Body Mullet The Hollow Body Mullet is sure to find a place in nearshore and inshore boxes and be deadly for sea trout, redfish, snook, flounder and striped bass. It is an incredibly detailed and lifelike walking bait with great action. Fly Reel: Pflueger Supreme QRS Fly Reel With its innovative Quick Release Spool, the Supreme QRS offers an interchangeable large-arbor cassette spool system. The polycarbonate cassettes are secured in the spool carrier by an advanced locking system enclosed by a full stainless steel and alloy construction. Freshwater Reel: Shimano Curado K Baitcasting Reel As if the Curado weren’t legendary enough, Shimano has improved on its venerable reel with the latest in Shimano technology, such as smooth, efficient, durable MicroModule gearing. It is available gear ratios up to 8.5:1. Saltwater Reel: Shimano Sustain Reels C4000/5000 Shimano’s Sustain Reels are a saltwater line of spinning reels that fits into the higher end of Shimano’s line. Featuring Shimano’s advanced Hagane technology, they are smooth, powerful and durable for anglers seeking to do battle with midsized saltwater species.

Terminal Tackle: Trapper Round Bend Treble With an innovative “trap,” the standard version of this odd-looking hook has proven itself by holding baits in place and keeping fish on the hook. The treble-hook version of the trapper is revolutionary. Freshwater Hard Lure: Savage Gear 3D Topwater Bat This crazy-looking bait plays on the nature of predatory species to strike on reaction. It is a hard, surface-walking bait 3D scanned to mimic a bat struggling in the water.

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Saltwater Hard Lure: Rapala X-Rap Magnum 40 Did somebody say wahoo? The new X-Rap Magnum 40 dives consistently to 40 feet with aggressive swimming action. It can be trolled as fast as 13 knots without rolling or kicking out.

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Freshwater Soft Lure: Lunkerhunt LP Prop Series The Lunkerhunt Prop Series combines the design of hollow-body soft plastics with modern prop technology previously found only on hard-body lures. The Prop Series features three body styles: The Prop Frog, The Prop Fish Sunfish and The Prop Fish Shad.

Rod & Reel Combo: Lew’s Mach Crush Speed Spool Combo This baitcast combo features Lew’s exclusive SLP Super Low Profile compact design in a premium 10-bearing Speed Spool reel with MSB Multi-Setting Brake dual cast control system. The combo’s onepiece IM8 graphite rod sports a Winn Dri-Tac splitgrip handle. Fly Fishing Rod: G. Loomis IMX-Pro Fly Rod G. Loomis’ IMX-Pro series was designed for professional guides. IMX-PRO MATRIX is a material that allows Loomis to use fewer wraps of graphite and build fast, responsive rods that are lighter and more sensitive without sacrificing power or durability. Freshwater Rod: 13 Fishing Fate Black With crisp action, incredible sensitivity and superb balance, the Fate Black offers the benefits of a Japanese 30T HTC blank, an innovative seamless reel seat, tanglefree guides with zirconia inserts, hybrid comfort grips and handles made of hand-selected Portuguese cork. Saltwater Rod: St. Croix Legend T o u r n a m e n t Inshore Legend Tournament Inshore rods are the blending of the sensitivity, power and durability found in St Croix’s existing Legend Tournament Bass and Walleye series with components and technology reserved for saltwater environments.

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If you’re looking for a quiet place to fish, with scenery, comfortable cabins and located far from the crowds, drive down to Denali National Park and visit Kirk Martakis at Fish Denali. He offers several lakes on private property that offer about 3,000 wild rainbow trout to 31 inches and trophy-sized grayling. They cruise the lake like sharks, and the clear water makes sight casting to them with single-hook jigs, nymphs or topwater lures too much fun. It’s some of the best lake rainbow fishing I’ve experienced. Cozy, fully equipped cabins located at lakeside offer everything you’ll need for a multi-day stay, including Wi-Fi and multiple bedrooms. It’s a good choice for large families, fishing buddies or couples who want a quiet, laid-back trip with some of Alaska’s best scenery (www.Fishdenali.com). Float fishing offers a change of scenery around each turn in the river as well as great fishing opportunities. Alaska River Tours offers remote float trips along the road system, with neither the crowds nor the expense. Depending on the season, owner Reinhard “Reini” Neuhauser chooses the best rivers for grayling, trout, sheefish, pike, salmon and char. On overnight excursions, he provides tents, camping gear and boats. You arrive ready to fish. I recommend the overnight float, which makes the most of Alaska’s 19-plus hours of daylight. Fish when it’s light, and float during the remaining five hours from midnight to the 4 a.m. during the twilight period, when it’s still light enough to read. It’s a heady trip that is only surpassed by his camps and food served (www.akrivertours.com). The Kenai Peninsula For a quick day of fishing, the Kenai River offers big king salmon to 70plus pounds that sizzle drags. Guide Joe Connors was my instructor back in 10

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Hammerhead Tuff Grab spearfishing gloves are the toughest warmwater spearfishing gloves available. Tuff Grabs were designed in Hawaii for use in asspetto spearfishing, which involves the diver descending to the bottom and scratching up substrate to attract inquisitive fish. In this style of ambush diving, normal diving gloves only last weeks. Tuff Grabs last months, saving the diver money in the long run. A full 5-finger, 2mm neoprene glove with reinforced flexible amarra (synthetic suede) palm and double-stitched gripped reinforcements offer exceptional durability without sacrificing dexterity. Anti-Slip rubberized grips are sewn into each fingertip and palm, leaving the knuckles open for flexibility. Large batting-glove style Velcro enclosures keep the glove tight. Tuff Grabs are available in both Deep Reef and Pelagic Shatter camouflage to help make you the ultimate predator.

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ith warm, nutrient-rich waters, south Florida’s system of freshwater lakes and canals makes perfect habitat for exotic species from all over the world. Regardless of how populations of these weird and sporting fish arrived, they are there to stay. Anglers might as well enjoy them. Darcie Arahill, a.k.a. Darcizzle Offshore, knows her way around these canal systems. She has a particular enthusiasm for Delray Beach, Fla.’s Lake Ida, which is a small water body in an extensive system along Florida’s southern Atlantic coast. She enjoys the excellent bass fishing, but perhaps more appealing are the exotics that happen to be fantastic gamefish. The following oddballs are some of Darcie’s favorites from a fishery unlike any other. Sunshine Bass: These hard-fighting fish are produced and stocked by the state to control shad populations. They are a hybrid cross between striped bass and white bass without the capability to reproduce. State agencies across the country stock their versions of sunshine bass, and regional variations are called hybrids, wipers, whiterock and palmetto bass. Sunshine bass offer the fight and some of the size of a striped bass, while displaying the aggressive feeding behavior and warm-water tolerance of white bass. Although the current strain being produced might not be capable of achieving the size of the more than 16-pound state record, Darcie said they catch plenty of 5 to 6 pounders. Sunshine bass will take artificials like bucktails and swimbaits, but Darcie said you’re better off fishing live American shad or shiners on a Carolina rig. Clown Knife Fish: Lake Ida, its northern sister Lake Osborne, and their canals are the only places in North America where anglers can pursue clown knife fish. These aquarium escapees have become a desired gamefish for those in the know. They are a flat, silvery fish with a snake-like tail. They can swim powerfully either forward or backward, which produces a unique fight. Darcie said these natives to tropical Asia jump like tarpon, and they have been recorded up to 10 pounds in Florida. A clown knife fish might eat a

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ur day began with a late start. We expected to drop our baits at sunrise, but arrived around 9 a.m. We quickly set up a sunshade tent, rolled the fishing cart down with our gear and carried the kayak to the spot. My family has fished the coastlines of Brevard County since the mid 1990s, long before kayaks became so popular, when you used surfboards to get your bait out well beyond the surf. My father has recorded some noteworthy catches with this technique using live bait on conventional reel setups. On this day, we picked up some frozen bonita from a local bait shop and were specifically targeting sharks for catch and release. I brought two heavy conventional reel setups, a spinning setup for tossing in the trough and a heavy surf rod for tossing lures into the surf. We planned for a long day of fishing in southern Melbourne Beach. I spread our rod holders down the beach, set up our rods and began arranging the fishing rigs. We use custom rigs for sharks. The one I used to beach an enormous hammerhead in early July consisted of a 20/0 circle hook (debarbed), 6 feet of 600-pound coated steel leader and approximately 10 feet of 300-pound mono shock leader. I’ve found debarbing circle hooks makes for easy and quick hook removal, especially with smaller sharks, such as blacktips. We took turns dropping the baits with our kayak, the shortest being about 175 yards and the longest around 250 yards off the beach. Our baits were secured by tying about 8 feet of breakaway biodegradable twine at the hook eye with a cement block piece at the end. The baits sat for five and a half hours before we got any action. At this point, I figured the crabs had picked apart our bonita and the day was done. We were cooling off in the water when my buddy’s, Pete Filiberto, Penn International 80w went off. He ran out of the water, but the bait had been taken. I saw a little activity with my rod, but figured a sea turtle had passed over the line. Less than five minutes later, that hypothesis had changed. The deeper drop proved worthy. My tuned-up Penn 12/0 Senator began screaming, and I told my buddy to grab the plate and belt, while I tightened my newly upgraded drag to full. We struggled to get the belt in place, so I ended up fighting with the rod butt in the sand; it was nature’s fighting chair. I kept the pressure throughout the struggle with my 125-pound Bullbuster mono line. The fight lasted approximately 30 minutes, standstill at times, but I never lost much gain. A few equipment malfunctions such as my handle grip coming loose and my shorts falling off didn’t stop me from successfully landing and quickly releasing the enormous hammerhead. I was exhausted. We did not have time to tag or measure it, but we believe it was at or over 10 feet in length.

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20-pound fluorocarbon leader. For bonefish, Poland sizes down to 10- or 12-pound mono with a 10-pound fluorocarbon leader. He sight fishes for bonefish with live shrimp, but he also catches a lot of fish dead-bait fishing. The technique involves Power Poling down in an area where the bones should be. Capt. Poland then rigs a hook with a single live shrimp and a half of a dead one. “There’s a live shrimp that’s jumping around with a dead one that’s just sitting there smelling,” he said. It’s a remarkably effective technique. Tarpon and Snook: The bay side of Largo is a hot-bed for tarpon and snook. This time of year, there will be plenty of slotsized and larger snook along with juvenile tarpon from 2 to 4 feet in length around the mangroves. Capt. Poland starts his mornings cast-netting the preferred bait: pinfish and pilchards. Depending on conditions, he rigs them with or without a cork on a 3/0 or 4/0 hook and a 2-foot leader of 40- to 60-pound fluorocarbon. Then he goes looking for some moving water and pitches the baits around the mangroves. Even with 60-pound line, a 32-inch snook or a tailwalking 4-foot tarpon is a handful, especially in these snaggy, shallow environs. Sharks: Finally, and what Poland called “last, but definitely not least,” are big sharks.

Capt. Poland hung into his first big shark when he was just 10 years old and fishing Florida Bay on a guide trip with his dad. The captain tricked the fish into biting by dragging a dead ballyhoo in front of its nose. He then handed the rod over to a young, enthusiastic and impressionable boy. Poland has been doing the same thing ever since. “I wonder why I ever do anything else,” he said. “They’re big, they’re powerful and they’re fun.” With a heavy spinning rod or up to a 30w conventional setup, he fishes bait on an 8/0 circle hook and 4 feet of wire. The first order of business it to deploy a frozen block of chum. Then, if he’s caught a good live bait like a jack crevalle, he’ll fish it. If all he has is dead ballyhoo purchased at the bait shop, that works just as well when fished just like Poland saw the captain do it many years ago. On windy days, Poland sometimes even deploys a kite, just like the ones used offshore. He’ll bait it with a live blue runner, and wait for the show to begin. “There’s nothing like seeing a 10 foot lemon or hammerhead come up out of the water to eat that bait in 3 feet of water,” he said. Unless you go see for yourself, you’ll just have to believe that’s the truth. From offshore to the backcountry, Capt. Greg Poland is skilled in all the fishing the Florida Keys have to offer. Check out his website at www.gregpoland.com.

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Fishing Report & Forecast Mayport By Capt. Kirk Waltz

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he conditions were near perfect for a good run of fishing in July and if we can be that lucky in August it should be a banner month. Look for the schools of pogies both north and south of the inlet to be somewhat plentiful. Reds, tarpon, sharks, and jacks will hold in good numbers around the rocks. Grab a net full off the beach and jig, float, or even slow troll the rocks for some hot and heavy action. Soak a few on the bottom and reds, tarpon, and sharks will surely bite. Look for tarpon to feed in the bait pods on the beaches from Nassau Sound to the Desert area south of the red tops. Float fish, jig or freeline a pogie back into the pods to catch big jacks, tarpon, sharks, and bull reds in the pods. Remember stout tackle is important so don’t skimp on the size of your rod as some of these fish can be bruisers. I like a 6500 Spinfisher spinning reel with 65lb ultra cast braid a top shot of 80lb fluorocarbon and a stout 7/0 circle hook on a 7ft Ugly Stix Tiger rod. The offshore action will continue like it was in July with great numbers of kings, jacks, cobia, cudas, sharks, and little tunny. July was great from the SE hole, to CH, PV, MR, PM, PG, and RL area party ground numbers. Try the pogies you scoop off the beach or jig cigar minnows, sardines for good action on the slow troll. Some sailfish were around in July and I see that trend continuing .If the bite slows on the troll drop a few to the bottom for sea bass, snapper, and triggers. July was awesome for great numbers of 4 NE FLORIDA

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Fishing Report & Forecast Nassau Sound By Capt. Tony Bozzella

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ug can be the hottest month of the year. To be most successful, very early, or evenings can be most productive. I try and go very early and do what’s best at that tide. If it’s low, I like looking for backers and tailors. Most mournings are windless and if you are patient and observant you can see pushes and from far and plan your presentation. Poling up to them is your best bet. However, if you use a trolling motor, be stealthy as possible, reds can be spooky and you

are big and powerful. Use tackle capable of catching them in a fair amount of time, to light of tackle can run the fish beyond recovery. Trout bite is slower than years past, however, if you are targeting them, early early morning is a must. Float rigs, jig & shrimp combos, top waters and lipped divers are all a great pick. Choose the method that you are best at doing. Fish the cool incoming tide. Unless you are fishing dock lights, trout can be spotty and tuff to catch after the heat of the sun is up. If you want to just bend a rod, you can target the lady fish and smaller jacks with lures or jig & bait combos. As I am running, I always look for birds and action. Then I stay as far away as you can and cast your presentation to where the birds are hitting the water. Usually fish on! The beach fishing in the pogie pods and along near shore areas can produce an early mourning tarpon, shark, big jack, bull reds and kings. Casting a TBS Jig paired with a pogie rigged through the lower jaw coming up through the top of the mouth, around the edges of the pods can produce any of the species. I always use fluorocarbon tied to my jig and some type of loop knot so the bait can act freely. Until next month, tight lines..  Capt. Tony Bozzella / TBS JIGS www.tonybozzella.com 904 651 0182

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e are in the heat of the summer and man has it been hot! Along with our two regularly scheduled tournaments this month, we have our Light Tackle Tournament August 12th. There are many eligible species for this tournament, but they must be caught on 8lb tackle or less. This is a club tournament, you must be a member or fish with a member to play. We also have our Bottom Fishing Tournament coming up September 2nd...it is so early in the month I thought I should mention it here real quick. Again, this is a club tournament. Club members are competing to win Captain of the Year along with a host of “boards”, (i.e. Juniors, Ladies, Men’s, Light Tackle, Open). Winners receive some very nice prizes at our annual banquet, and bragging rights for the whole year! We meet at 7:00pm the 1st and 3rd Thursday of each month at the clubhouse on the east side of the 6 NE FLORIDA

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he start of a long hot summer is here. The fishing should start to churn and burn. First up--Reds.  They’ll be cruising the grass line wanting all the food they can find.  From small crabs to shrimp with bait fish thrown in.  Your best bets are fishing for them in the outer edges of grass lines or near that drop-off from 3 to 6 feet.  These beauties like to run that slot for the shrimp.  So grab some bait and get to it. Next, the croaker and “yellow” mouth trout.  They’ll be on all the deep holes near mile marker like eighteen through twenty-five.  They like bait shrimp and night crawlers and when you catch a small croaker, cut him p to entice the Trout.  So go for it if you choose. Okay, on to the mullet.  These wonderful silver fish will be at your disposal.  They really like to be chummed up.  From there, you’ll need some wigglers and/or white worms.  Also split shot, #2 or #4 hooks and some split floats.  And make sure you’ve got a cooler and ice to keep them. 8 NE FLORIDA

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Bream will be under the docks and in the creeks, staying as cool as they can. Baits of choice, fly rod poppers, small beetle spins and crickets.  You can also go on the outer edges of grass lines and shell bars and use some grunts or reds or small pieces of shrimp and fish the bottom for shell crackers.  So go. Bass will be in their staying cool mode.  Camping under docks in dropoffs and in the pads.  Baits will be channel baits for the drop-off and dock fish.  Also top water and jerk baits in the early A.M. or in cloudy situations.  So have at it. Next up are the stripers and hybrids.  These line-sided beauties are around the Shands Bridge and are more than willing to take a nice bait shrimp on the bottom on or a float rig tossed near the pilings.  You’ve got to have moving water.  And it’s NOT a requirement that you use “fresh” shrimp.  I’ve got customers that use frozen and catch a nice amount of them.  You can also use shiners and let them swim past the piling and hold on.  Lipless crank baits and minnow imitation baits work very well.  So all you need is bait, boat and a little luck and perhaps you can catch some. Now onto the shrimp.  They should start showing promise by the middle to end of this month with each week getting better.  Remember you can be well prepared if you get things ready now instead of waiting ‘til the last second.  Check out your gear and be prepared.  Well, my hand’s tired from writing all of this, so til next time, keep your line wet and your lure movin’.. R & J Tackle 501 S Orange Ave, Green Cove Springs (904)284-5081

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he Ancient City Game Fish Association will meet on Tuesday, August 15th at the St Augustine Shrine Club. Their club house is located in St Augustine South at 250 Brainard St. Social begins at 6:00, followed by light food and the general meeting. There’s always good food, awards, raffle and something for everyone. Our fishing topic shifts to bottom fish and up dates on rules and regulations. We will have a local captain in to tell us the when,where, and how you will need to know to have a great bottom day. We also have Michael Doyle to show a new invention he is working on. For more information call John Jordan 904-501-1772 or check us out at acgfa. com or on Facebook.    We just finished the “Challenge “. The three day tournament had over 100 boats in the SKA sanctioned Kingfish division. There were two fish over 50 pounds and lots in the 40 pound range. Captain Lee Way on the “ Second Chance “ earned the first place prize of $10,000 with a two fish aggregate weight of 88.9 pounds. Captain Kevin Weir earned $4,500 for his two fish weight of 79.95. In

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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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Mayport Degaussing Structure 30.3967° N, 81.3950° W Date Day Time

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8:40 AM-10:40 AM • 9:00 PM-11:00 PM

01 Tue 04:01 AM 4.22 H

10:08 AM 0.57 L 04:45 PM 4.87 H 10:57 PM 0.99 L

02 Wed 04:57 AM 4.17 H

10:58 AM 0.61 L 05:36 PM 4.94 H 11:48 PM 0.91 L

9:25 AM-11:25 AM • 9:45 PM-11:45 PM

03 Thu 05:50 AM 4.18 H

11:47 AM 0.57 L 06:24 PM 5.04 H

10:10 AM-12:10 PM • 10:35 PM-11:59 PM

04 Fri 12:36 AM 0.76 L

06:38 AM 4.24 H 12:35 PM 0.48 L 07:08 PM 5.14 H

11:00 AM-1:00 PM • 11:25 PM-11:59 PM

05 Sat 01:21 AM 0.56 L

07:23 AM 4.32 H 01:19 PM 0.35 L 07:50 PM 5.25 H

11:45 AM-1:45 PM

06 Sun 02:03 AM 0.37 L

08:05 AM 4.41 H 02:01 PM 0.23 L 08:30 PM 5.33 H

12:10 AM-2:10 AM • 12:35 PM-2:35 PM

07 Mon 02:43 AM 0.20 L

08:46 AM 4.51 H 02:41 PM 0.16 L 09:10 PM 5.38 H

1:00 AM-3:00 AM • 1:25 PM-3:25 PM

08 Tue 03:21 AM 0.09 L

09:27 AM 4.61 H 03:20 PM 0.14 L 09:50 PM 5.39 H

1:55 AM-3:55 AM • 2:15 PM-4:15 PM

09 Wed 03:58 AM 0.04 L

10:09 AM 4.74 H 04:00 PM 0.18 L 10:31 PM 5.36 H

2:40 AM-4:40 AM • 3:00 PM-5:00 PM

10 Thu 04:37 AM 0.03 L

10:52 AM 4.88 H 04:44 PM 0.28 L 11:14 PM 5.30 H

3:30 AM-5:30 AM • 3:50 PM-5:50 PM

11 Fri 05:19 AM 0.05 L

11:37 AM 5.03 H 05:32 PM 0.40 L 11:58 PM 5.22 H

4:15 AM-6:15 AM • 4:35 PM-6:35 PM

12 Sat 06:04 AM 0.09 L

12:25 PM 5.19 H 06:26 PM 0.52 L

5:05 AM-7:05 AM • 5:20 PM-7:20 PM

13 Sun 12:46 AM 5.11 H

06:54 AM 0.12 L 01:15 PM 5.34 H 07:26 PM 0.59 L

5:50 AM-7:50 AM • 6:10 PM-8:10 PM

14 Mon 01:38 AM 5.00 H

07:48 AM 0.12 L 02:10 PM 5.47 H 08:28 PM 0.60 L

6:45 AM-8:45 AM • 7:05 PM-9:05 PM

15 Tue 02:35 AM 4.89 H

08:45 AM 0.09 L 03:10 PM 5.58 H 09:30 PM 0.53 L

7:35 AM-9:35 AM • 8:00 PM-10:00 PM

16 Wed 03:37 AM 4.82 H

09:44 AM -0.00 L 04:13 PM 5.71 H 10:32 PM 0.39 L

8:30 AM-10:30 AM • 9:00 PM-11:00 PM

17 Thu 04:41 AM 4.83 H

10:44 AM -0.14 L 05:16 PM 5.86 H 11:32 PM 0.19 L

9:30 AM-11:30 AM • 10:00 PM-11:59 PM

18 Fri 05:44 AM 4.91 H

11:43 AM -0.33 L 06:15 PM 6.00 H

10:30 AM-12:30 PM • 11:00 PM-11:59 PM

19 Sat 12:30 AM -0.05 L

06:42 AM 5.05 H 12:41 PM -0.53 L 07:11 PM 6.12 H

12:00 AM-2:00 AM • 11:30 AM-1:30 PM

20 Sun 01:24 AM -0.29 L

07:37 AM 5.20 H 01:36 PM -0.69 L 08:04 PM 6.15 H

12:25 PM-2:25 PM

21 Mon 02:15 AM -0.46 L 08:29 AM 5.32 H 02:28 PM -0.74 L 08:54 PM 6.09 H

12:55 AM-2:55 AM • 1:20 PM-3:20 PM

22 Tue 03:02 AM -0.53 L

09:19 AM 5.39 H 03:18 PM -0.65 L 09:42 PM 5.94 H

1:55 AM-3:55 AM • 2:15 PM-4:15 PM

23 Wed 03:48 AM -0.48 L 10:08 AM 5.41 H 04:08 PM -0.41 L 10:29 PM 5.71 H

2:45 AM-4:45 AM • 3:05 PM-5:05 PM

24 Thu 04:33 AM -0.31 L

10:56 AM 5.38 H 04:58 PM -0.06 L 11:15 PM 5.44 H

3:35 AM-5:35 AM • 3:50 PM-5:50 PM

25 Fri 05:19 AM -0.05 L

11:44 AM 5.32 H 05:49 PM 0.34 L

4:20 AM-6:20 AM • 4:35 PM-6:35 PM

26 Sat 12:01 AM 5.16 H

06:07 AM 0.26 L 12:32 PM 5.24 H 06:43 PM 0.73 L

5:05 AM-7:05 AM • 5:20 PM-7:20 PM

27 Sun 12:47 AM 4.91 H

06:56 AM 0.57 L 01:21 PM 5.14 H 07:38 PM 1.05 L

5:50 AM-7:50 AM • 6:05 PM-8:05 PM

28 Mon 01:35 AM 4.70 H

07:47 AM 0.84 L 02:12 PM 5.07 H 08:33 PM 1.29 L

6:35 AM-8:35 AM • 6:50 PM-8:50 PM

29 Tue 02:26 AM 4.55 H

08:39 AM 1.04 L 03:05 PM 5.02 H 09:27 PM 1.43 L

7:20 AM-9:20 AM • 7:40 PM-9:40 PM

30 Wed 03:21 AM 4.45 H

09:32 AM 1.16 L 04:01 PM 5.03 H 10:20 PM 1.45 L

8:05 AM-10:05 AM • 8:25 PM-10:25 PM

31 Thu 04:17 AM 4.43 H

10:24 AM 1.19 L 04:56 PM 5.10 H 11:11 PM 1.38 L

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

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ugust is by far the best month of the year when targeting Amelia Island tarpon and a variety of pelagic game fish that are found feeding close to the pristine beaches of Amelia Island and both fishy inlets. Tarpon fishermen will also encounter a wide specie of sharks, including the awesome spinner shark that come spinning several feet from the water when hooked. Other game fish species that roam the beaches include cobia, bluefish, Spanish mackerel, jack crevalle and the speedy king mackerel. Some of the best tarpon fishing comes at both the Nassau and the St. Mary’s inlets while drifting your fishing boat along tide lines, behind shrimp a working shrimp, or simply anchoring up where there is a lot of fish activity, including menhaden schools. Floating barbed barbed menhaden, mullet, whiting or croaker in a heavy chum slick is key for awesome surface strikes. Here a few small floats are attached to your terminal fishing line to hold your bait close to and right on the surface. Injecting your bait with air from a horse needle will also keep your tarpon bait floating high on the water column. If there are good numbers of menhaden holding just past the breaking surf on both Amelia and Cumberland Islands, tarpon fishing can also be excellent along the beaches in the menhaden schools as well. Standard tarpon tackle includes 20-50 pound braided fishing line with a 3-4 foot section of 80-100 pound mono shock leader followed by a 7/0 circle hook. A fish finder sleeve is attached to the main line which allows different size weights to be exchanged. A 100-pound swivel connects the main line to the shock leader. Barb the menhaden from the bottom of the mouth through the top of the head while cutting the tail off which allows the scent to seep out into the water. Chumming is critical while cutting menhaden up into small pieces and slowly tossing overboard while creating a deep water chum slick. Tarpon fishermen should attach a large bouy to their anchor line so that the anchor can be released when a wide shouldered tarpon spends most of your fishing line from your saltwater fishing reel. Also keep in mind the old saying “Drop the Rod Tip” when the silver king is in the middle of a big jump, should not apply to Northeast Florida tarpon. Once the hook is set, keep the rod tip Up! Fishermen are not allowed to bring tarpon out of the water and into a boat unless they have a tarpon tag. For more information on tarpon regulations please visit www.myfwc.com. Inlet fishermen will also find a few smoker king mackerel hanging around during the month of August that will take live menhaden, or mullet fished right on the surface while chumming up a tarpon. A big red bass migration begins to take place in late August during the last of the in-coming tide at the St. Mary’s south jetty rocks and 16 NE FLORIDA

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during the falling tide, the tip of the St. Mary’s north jetty rocks should be teeming with bull reds weighing to 50-pounds. Fishing on the bottom with cut mullet, or menhaden is key. During slack tides, deep jigging with a one-ounce baucktail jig in the red and white color pattern will put a deep bend in you saltwater jigging tackle! Finally redfish should be tailing in the many bays found in the backwaters of Amelia Island during the last of the in-coming tide and as soon as the tide begins to fall, redfish will disappear from the flooded marsh flats. Best bait is a 1/8th ounce led head jig and Berkley Gulp

shrimp in the “New Penny” color pattern. If you are a fly fishermen, a brown and orange crab pattern cast right in front of a tailing redfish is a deadly fishing tactic. Beach fishermen will enjoy excellent action for pompano, whiting, blues, sea trout and redfish while fishing with ultra fresh shrimp with a fish finder setup. Seasoned surf fishermen will often purchase threedozen live shrimp and bring them to the beach for their day of surf fishing. For more fishing and charter information please call the Amelia Angler Outfitters 904-261-2870, or visit www.ameliaangler.com Amelia Angler Outfitters is located at 111 Centre, St. Fernandina beach Fl. 32034.

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August’s “Best Bet”

It’s “Prime-Time” for Catching World-Class Trophy Tarpon in NE Florida! By Terry Newsome

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hen it comes to experiencing the ultimate coastal angling adventure in Northeast Florida, look no further than “hookingup” with a world-class trophy Tarpon in the warm shallow waters along our local beaches! From late July to early September, thrillseeking anglers from throughout the state of Florida converge upon our local fishery to catch (and release) a massive “Silver King” up to 150 pounds! I can assure you, “hooking-up” with a monster Tarpon will be an EXTREME encounter you will never forget!  Tarpon are powerfully-explosive and have certainly earned their reputation for being “the toughest-fighting fish in the world!”  Tarpon are known for their spectacular runs, high-flying “aerial acrobatics” and neverending stamina which makes them one of the most challenging and rewarding sport-fish in Florida coastal waters. Tarpon can live for 50 years, grow up to 8 feet in length and can weigh over 250 pounds! The state record for Tarpon (caught on a hook and line) is an impressive 243 pounds!  Florida’s Tarpon fishery is “catch and release.” In fact, all Tarpon over 40 inches MUST remain in the water (even if you just want to take photos for replica mounts.) Your “best bet” for catching a world-class Silver King in Northeast Florida is NOW! So, bring out the heavy spinning gear and get ready to experience the ultimate outdoor adventure!

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TIPS FROM CAPTAIN TOMMY DERRINGER You have probably seen him featured on the popular (Chevy) Florida Insider Fishing Report (TV show) as the FISHING EXPERT for Northeast Florida; and for good reason. Captain Tommy Derringer is perhaps the most talented and respected inshore charter fishing guide in our entire region.  He is extremely versatile and consistently produces quality “trophy-class” fish for his charter clients yearround.  As a lifelong resident of beautiful St. Augustine, Florida, he specializes in catching local Redfish, Sea Trout, Flounder, Black Drum, Cobia and trophy Tarpon! Captain Tommy Derringer is truly in a league of his own. I recently had the pleasure of conducting an interview with Captain Tommy (at the request of Danny Patrick; Owner/Editor of Coastal Angler Magazine NE Florida edition.) And just when I thought my opinion and respect for Captain Tommy could not get any higher, he impressed me beyond measure with his valuable insight, time-tested techniques and proven strategies for catching trophy Tarpon! “August is one of my favorite fishing months of the entire year,” says Captain Tommy “...and late July through early September is prime-time for catching world-class Tarpon up to 150-pounds, right here in Northeast Florida!” In fact, as of this writing (in mid-July,) he had already put his charter clients on 10 big Tarpon this season including an estimated 150-pounder (caught by a teenager named Natalie!)  “Northeast Florida is the northern range of their annual Florida east coast summer migration.  Tarpon migrate up from south Florida chasing huge pogiepods just beyond the breakers of our local beaches,” Captain Tommy explains, “…and once the big Tarpon finally arrive, they stay in our local area for several weeks…so, if you want to catch a world-class Tarpon this month, just pick a calm day and look for shrimp boats nearshore early in the morning.  Wait for the shrimp boats to dump chum and unwanted small dead fish from their nets into the water...” says Captain Tommy. “Then be patient! The sharks will immediate devour most of the chum in a feeding frenzy.  It is critical that you wait until the last remaining chum is dumped overboard.”  And that is when the magic begins!  Once everything settles down, Captain Tommy 18 NE FLORIDA

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begins to search through the remaining pockets of floating chum looking for small Sand Trout to use as bait. “I prefer to use Sand Trout as bait instead of other baitfish like Croaker, Pinfish or Mullet,” he explains “…and after the shark feeding frenzy is over, the BIG Tarpon begin to feed on the remaining leftover chum.”  Captain Tommy describes the experience as an unforgettable adrenaline rush.  “As you begin to sight-fish and see big Silver Kings feeding in the chum slick moving closer to your bait... your heart starts to POUND! You know it is just a matter of time before a big Tarpon explodes on your bait!”

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EFFECTIVE ALTERNATIVE METHODS “I also like to fish for big Tarpon with live bait along the edges of migrating schools of baitfish,” Captain Tommy explains, “…and I look for massive pogie-pods about a quarter of a mile from the beach... then sight-fish for huge feeding Tarpon. Once a Tarpon is located, I cast a live pogie in its pathway near the outer edge of the bait-pod.” In early September, Captain Tommy changes his fishing strategy to take advantage of the annual mullet-run. “Tarpon stack-up and feed near the mouth of area inlets as huge schools of mullet exit local rivers and head toward the ocean” he explains.  “For best results, fish incoming tides early or late in the day. A week before the full moon seems to be the best lunar phase for big Tarpon.”  For best results, he recommends using a 6” to 8” live mullet positioned near the edge of mullet bait-pods. He also says fishing just after a severe thunderstorm can be very productive! Captain Tommy uses extra heavy-action SPINNING gear to catch trophy Tarpon!  He recommends using extra heavy-action spinning rods and Okuma Azores spinning reels (size Z-65S or Z-80S) with Suffix 832 Advanced Superline Braid. For chum fishing, use 50 to 65-pound braided mainline with an 80 to 100-pound florocarbon leader (6 to 8 feet in length.) For sightfishing around bait-pods using live bait, employ 40 to 50-pound braided mainline with a 40 to 60-pound florocarbon leader. Captain Tommy uses VMC 7385 Tournament (non-offset) Circle hooks exclusively. So if you want to go after silver kings, now is the time. Get focused and everything ready and go get after them. Be sure to check out Captain Tommy Derringer’s Fishing Report and Blog on his website at www.inshoreadventures.net. That’s it for now… and I hope you catch that world-class Silver King you have always dreamed of! 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 in St. Augustine, Florida.

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his time of year all kinds of tough fighting fish show up just outside our inlets and along the coastline. We’ve had some serious thermo clines along the beach but as August approaches the beach water temperatures should stabilize and allow for the bait and the predatory fish to show back up in a big way. Tarpon and kingfish will be the main focus but also be on the lookout for all types of sharks, huge jacks, spanish macs, bonita, and so many more. If you are looking for some drag-screaming action then heading to the beach might be your ticket this late summer. The inshore bite is hot as well with redfish and trout giving chase to early morning top-water lures. No matter where you’re fishing the bite can get tough during the heat of the day so getting out when it’s coolest will give you the best results. I like to start at first light when fishing the beaches this time of year. Start looking for flipping pogies or mullet as soon as you clear the inlet. Take your time and take a good hard look at each bait pod. Sometimes it takes a few minutes for the bait to be crashed but when you see it you’ll know that something big is on the feed. When targeting tarpon around the bait pods I like to use 40lb test braided main line with a long (about 10ft) 40lb-test mono leader attached to a heavier tippet in the 60-80lb range. Tie on a 6/0 to 12/0 circle hook depending on bait size and freeline a pogy along the edges of the bait. If the fish aren’t interested try adding some weight to the rig to get your bait down under the pod. Sometimes that makes all the difference. Another great way to find some tarpon is to get behind the shrimp boats. Wait for the shrimpers to toss their bycatch overboard. Sometimes the tarpon and sharks will come up right away but don’t be afraid to wait around awhile if nothing pops up immediately. Some of the best shrimp boat bycatch bites I’ve seen have been when I waited awhile for the feeding frenzy to begin. 20 NE FLORIDA

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Just like the beach fishing I like to get on the water early this time of year for the inshore/backcountry stuff. This is a great time to toss your favorite top-water plugs for reds and trout. If the tide is high, find a good grass line and cast your plug parallel down the bank. If the tide is low, try fishing the oyster shell banks along the ICW. These areas will hold a ton of bait at low tide this time of year and you can bet the reds and trout will be holding there too. Also the flounder can be found at the same places you’ll be finding the reds and trout. A Slayer Inc. paddle tail on a Slayer Inc. jighead is my go-to setup for flounder this time of year. A big fat mud minnow pinned to the same jighead works wonders too! We also have some good flood tides this month. The first few floods of late summer/fall tend to be some of the best so check your tide tables and get to your favorite grass flat and look for some tailing redfish and sheepshead. A weedless rigged soft plastic or a shrimp or crab pattern fly will all work well in the flooded grass. Just remember to lead the fish and be as stealthy as possible as those super shallow fish will be on high alert Capt. Tommy Derringer 904-377-3734 www.InshoreAdventures.net

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Fishing Report Pier and Surf By: Noel Kuhn

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here was some amazing catches of Whiting in July. What was unusual was the mix of Gulf Kingfish and Southern Kingfish aka Whiting. We should have this mixed bag of Whiting continue through this month. If you would like to see the difference between the two whiting just look at google images for the afore mentioned proper names. Here are the two distinct differences. The Gulf Kingfish is very silvery except for the top tip of his tail which is tipped in black. The Southern Kingfish is a muted tan color with faint bars running diagonally across his body.

Here’s the biggy. He also has teeth! Real teeth for grabbing small bait fish up to three inches long. If you think you’ve caught one, just peel back his top lip and look for the very sharp row of teeth that would make a Bluefish proud! The good news is that they are both delicious. My two favorite recipes are pan seared with panko or ceviche. When the mullet run cranks up this month, it will be game on! The Redfish, Blacktip Sharks, and the Tarpon will be in the surf. Just cast net some lively mullet and cast them right back out. Bluefish, Ladyfish, Spanish and Jack Cravelle will also be looking for a hapless mullet to munch on. So, do not forget you cast net, bucket, and a aerator. This is also my favorite month to catch big Bonnethead sharks up to 25 lbs. They are a blast on a surf rod. They are also great on the grill or as deep fried shark McNuggets. To ensure your catch, rig heavy. A sinker slider rig tied from 100lb mono with a 5/0 to 7/0 is the best. Tip it with a half of a blue crab and hold on. My dog days of August tip is go early. Get to the beach one hour before sunrise. You will have time to get set up in the dark. Then 40 minutes before sunrise there is enough light to bait up and cast. The bite is usually over by 10AM and it is getting hot. Now it is time to head for the house for a cold drink and to heat up the oil for some fresh fish! Noel Kuhn Surf fishing guide and long distance casting coach. 904-945-0660 www.TheSurfAngler.com

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Smooth Sailing By Tim Stouder & Katie Blunk

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any times we meet new people at our events. These people are special in one way or another and they are true HEROES. We are always trying to get the community awareness out there. I say awareness as many folks don’t know who Heroes on the Water is and we have been a service provider to local veterans for 7 years now. As a member of the Northeast Florida HOW leadership it takes a lot to plan and organize our monthly events. It is the smiles and new people that we meet each month that keeps us going. HOW is a place where veterans of all armed services come together and not feel alone. It is this feeling that they have someone they can relate to that keeps them coming back. Many times we hear that these events are more therapeutic than an office or class visit. The following excerpts are from a letter we received anonymously

better able to form lasting relationships where I’m able to express my feelings without fear.” “How in the world does paddling the water and catching fish in a kayak do all of that for a person? I don’t really know for sure, but I am pretty sure it’s not JUST the kayak, the HOW, and the people who volunteer their times to this great organization” Read the full article at http://heroesonthewater.org/thank-youheroes-on-the-water-you-have-changed-my-soul/ This word ‘Heroes’ means something a little different to everyone. There is no doubt in my mind that anyone who has ever served or is serving now is truly a hero. On the flip side there are every day ordinary people who are also heroes. Every person has someone out there that will always be their hero. So to each person that comes to our event, or volunteer just trying to do their part, Heroes on the Water means something to everyone. It is this special meaning that allows us to keep going and giving back. From time to time we like to get the word out on who we are and what we do. This time of the year is our busiest of the Season. We are 4 months away from our biggest event of the year, Veterans Day. Our event this year will be held again at the Morocco Shrine Auditorium on November 11th. Thanks in advance for all your support and we look forward to serving you all. About Heroes on the Water

from one of our Veterans. This truly depicts what many veterans are going through and the struggles they have finding their place back in society. “Whether a veteran of the United States Armed Forces served in wartime or peacetime, overseas, or solely in the United States, one never knows by looking at her what she’s been through.” “For decades after leaving the military I continued to be timid. I let people walk all over me. I was always worried, scared to trust anyone or to share my own opinions or feelings. I was insecure about every decision I made. I was frightened of my own shadow.” “I have grown stronger, more confident, less critical of myself, and

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 Aug 13th @ Millcove, Jacksonville. If you are a Veteran, know of one that would like to participate, or if you are interested in volunteering or any other questions please contact Coordinator Tim Stouder at NortheastFlorida@ HeroesOnTheWater.org . If you would like to follow us on Facebook or make a donation to Heroes on the Water, you can do so at www.facebook.com/ HeroesOnTheWaterNortheastFloridaChapter.

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Fishing Report & Forecast Flagler Inshore By Captain Chris Herrera

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ugust is a great month to hit the beach and target the usual suspect’s tarpon, kingfish,sharks and jacks. Look for shrimp boats to dump their by catch and get ready to hook into various species of sharks using 7/0 Daiichi circle hooks and a minimum of 80lb. test leaders. Once the sharks get their fill look for the tarpon to move in to finish off what the sharks didn’t. A tarpon’s favorite meal seems to be the trout dumped by the shrimp boats, float one in the mix of chum and hold on. Best set up for tarpon is a 6/0 live bait hook with 80-100lb. 6ft. leader. Look for Schools of jacks pushing water on calm days in 30-55ft. of water, a well place fly or live bait is a sure hook up as jacks are

ferocious eaters. Make sure you don’t use inshore tackle because these are not your typical inshore jacks. Ocean running jacks push weights up to 40lbs. so gear up properly or be prepared to get spooled. Inshore Jacks can be found cruising the ICW at first light heading north busting bait. These fish move at a fast paste so keep that motor running and keep up. The inshore bite continues at first light tossing your favorite topwater lure along grass banks at high tide or along sandbar edges at low tide. During low tides look for schools of reds to gather in the deepest parts of the flat possibly mixed in with the mullet, a live mud minnow on a Daiichi 2/0 circle hook and bb split shot will get the job done. Live bait fisherman can also target redfish around oyster beds and grass edges using a live shrimp and popping cork to get their attention. ICW banks are holding some nice trout when the current is moving and bait is present. Free lining a live shrimp is hard to beat but for the artificial fisherman a Slayer inc paddle tail and Slayer 1/8 ounce jig head jigged off the bottom will put specks in the boat. s.. Capt. Chris Herrera Serving Flagler Beach, Palm Coast, St. Augustine www.palmcoastfishing.com 386-503-6338

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ugust brings some of the warmest temperatures of the year. It also brings calm seas. So, with good conditions comes a lot of options. Bottom fishing for a variety of reef fish is my first choice.

100 to 135 feet. Mangrove are notoriously leader shy so it is a light tackle game. For leader, I use 30 to 50 pound depending on the size of the fish. Live sardines are the best but dead work as well. For the vermillion cut squid or Boston mackerel will produce plenty of tasty fillets. It always pays to have a jig rod standing by for the curious cobia that make an appearance. Any jig in the 4 to 8-ounce range will work. On the trolling scene king Mackerel, will be abundant on the nearshore bottom out to 80 ft. Live bait will produce larger fish but for steady action it’s hard to beat the tried and proven planner and spoon combo. Always have a couple of ballyhoo in your spread as well. There are plenty of sail fish caught within 15 miles of shore in the summer months. Whatever your target is enjoy the flat calm seas that come with this time of year.

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NEFMA- REEL IN FLAGLER SPORTFISHING CLUB By Scheyenne Welch THE CURE FISHING TOURNAMENT-OCT. 20-21 W e will be holding our monthly meeting on August 1st, which will include et’s mix it up to help save drinks. A portion of the proceeds our guest speaker Charles Levi Jr., A.K.A. “Redfish Chuck.” He the Tata’s!! This will be a from food, drinks and raffle will Sailfish Tournament for all of you go the Pink up the Pace, a local St is no stranger to our club, as he serious Blue Water fishermen. For Augustine breast cancer awareness has spoken a few times about kayak fishing. He hosts a Kayak those that want to be a little less Fishing Radio show on Monday Saturday, October 21st Fishing technical we have also included nights at 8pm, where he is able Day: a Gamefish and Bottom fish to share his passion for fishing Lines in @7:30am / Out at 4:00 category. with the world. The show has Entry Fees: Billfish $350.00 PM been going strong for 8 years. This  Gamefish $250.00  Big comes just in time to get ready Bottom $250.00  Billfish & If you are interested in fishing for the club’s members only kayak Gamefish $500.00 (There will this tournament, please email us tournament on August 19th. also be a Tournament within a at clubnefma@gmail.comr On August 12, we will be holding Tournament) For more information please go our New Members Clinic at the Hammock Community Center. to NEFMA.COM Come join the party – Friday, This clinic will feature members   October 20th speaking about multiple things including: cast net throwing, night Kick off Party & Captain’s fishing, kayak fishing, measuring Meeting – Open to the public and weighing your fish, in addition Marlin Bar opens at 6:00 - Raffle to simple fishing techniques, such and Auction as knot tying, tides, etc. All are The Friday Night Party is open welcome to check this out and get to everyone – please come out and some fishing knowledge and meet enjoy some live music, food and

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any Florida fishermen don’t think much of the mullet. For example, I know that once a year many Floridians stand at the state line and toss dead mullet into Alabama in the annual Mullet Toss hosted by Flora-Bama Beach Bar in Pensacola. But have you ever heard a fisherman say, “I’m going to go out and catch some mullet today?” And yet, mullet have been an important source of food in many countries since Roman times. There are many different kinds of the fish, maybe as many as 78 different species. They can put on quite a show when schools of them can be seen jumping out of the water either to escape predators down below or maybe to ingest oxygen-rich air. Smaller species of the fish, so called “finger mullets,” have been a favorite kind of bait. In some parts of the world, people eat mullet, but many in this country consider them too “muddy tasting” or “bottom feeders,” meaning that the fish will eat lots of junk found at the bottom of the waterway. However, even picky eaters may like them as a dip or smoked, a delicacy one can find near Florida’s Indian River Lagoon, including at temporary stands along the road, and also in other Airline_Ad_CoastalAngler_8-1-14_Layout 1 8/1/14 1:14 PM fishing towns.

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Give me that stretch! Why Monofilament Line Is Still King By Randy Cnota

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n the world of fishing line, the choices can be overwhelming. High-end braid, fluorocarbon and other specialty hybrid lines can confuse people and make choosing the right line difficult. There’s no question that braid and fluorocarbon lines have an important place in most anglers’ arsenals and are specifically required for certain applications. But good old-fashioned monofilament will always be just as important to putting fish in the boat. While braid and fluorocarbon manufacturers tout the “little-to-no-stretch” characteristics of their products (as well they should), we shouldn’t overlook the importance of “stretch” and other characteristics that mono possesses. I recently spoke with Rick Snellgrove, owner of Howell Tackle in Panama City, Fla., about the role that mono continues to play in the fishing world. He helped me better understand its importance by pointing out some obvious facts about stretch, shock strength, buoyancy and cost, just to name a few. He offered many reasons why mono is still so important. When your line has to withstand the sudden impact of a bone-jarring strike or a fish thrashing next to the boat, mono is, without question, your best option because of the superior shock strength. As you fight a fish, the stretch characteristics reduce the possibility of the hook coming dislodged. A low-stretch line can cause the hook penetration point to widen or tear away. Mono’s stretch, or forgiveness, is a must if your reel has a sticky drag. Mono’s buoyancy makes it a no-brainer when throwing topwater and near-surface lures in most conditions. Sinking lines like fluorocarbon will kill the action of a surface plug. If you’ve ever had a big fish smash a chugging surface bait close to the boat, you might better appreciate all mono has to offer. The cost-factor is also a big deal when you have to change line on your reels. If you’re spooling large reels or smaller reels more frequently, it’s a huge cost difference. The thin diameter of braid means it requires more to fill a spool, and it’s considerably more expensive per yard. Here comes mono into play again; build a mono foundation under your braid to fill a portion of the spool on big reels. Line of any kind has to be changed regularly, and mono will save you big bucks! Rick at Howell Tackle is an authority on all things fishing and offers a huge variety of mono brands including Ande, Suffix, Hi Seas and Berkley. If you’re in the Panama City area, bring your reels to Howell Tackle (3100 West Hwy 98 Panama City, FL; (850) 785-8548) and let them spool you up.

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y the time I was 12 years old, I knew and fished at least two dozen bass waters, most of them from a canoe with my Pop. Usually there were no boat ramps, no houses and seldom another fisherman. That’s the beauty of the Adirondack region of Upstate New York. There’s tons of water and lots of fish. Often when the Adirondacks (ADKs) are mentioned in fishing circles, pristine secluded trout rivers or brook trout ponds come to mind. Our secret is that the ADKs have countless bass fishing options, as well, with any kind of water you could think of. Three renowned waters within my 30-minute fishing radius are perfect examples of the great bass fishing in our area. Lake George, Lake Champlain and Saratoga Lake provide varied and endless opportunities for both largemouth and smallmouth action, with a spectrum of habitats that could keep any bass enthusiast occupied for a lifetime. Additionally, if it’s a secluded canoe/kayak adventure you’re after, I dare say the ADKs have more backwoods bass waters on public land than any state I can think of. These woods are the same natural forests they were in 1885, when they were deemed untouchable thanks to Teddy Roosevelt. Imagine fishing secluded, crystal-clear waters with green mountains as a backdrop, moderate temperatures and a relaxing breeze. Since the founding of our country, these waters have provided sanctuary from the heat and congestion of the growing East Coast industrial cities. Summer retreats to the ADKs to fish and hunt were the norm, and coupling

these outdoor activities with attractions like Saratoga horse racing or a Lake George steamboat ride created traditions of the American summer vacation. Today, if you are serious about bass fishing, yet want to include family on the vacation, the Saratoga/Lake George area is the spot. I feel qualified to endorse the attractions, since when I am not fishing or hunting, I’m performing music at many of the area’s top resorts and restaurants. Though my profession as a traveling musician has allowed me to fish all over North America, my heart is still at home fishing the 6-million-acre Adirondack Park. Let’s start with Lake George, which is a large deep-water lake that is the ultimate finesse bass water. This beautiful 32-mile-long glacially carved lake has rock shorelines and is speckled with islands that provide endless bass structure. Lake George has AAA reservoir water quality and is crystal clear. Light 6- to 8-pound fluorocarbon line is a must while drop-shotting 30- to 50-foot rocky bottoms for big numbers of smallmouth and some nice 4-pound-plus fish. When drop-shotting I prefer natural presentation baits like the Berkley’s Gulp! Nemesis in the Smelt color. The lake temperature remains cool all year, and shaky-head worm presentations or small bass jigs will score a mix of largemouth and smallmouth in ultra-clear 20- to 40-foot depths. This is a great training ground for teaching your family or friends to fish. Shore fishing is a bonus, and many others and I make trophy catches all year from shore. I rely on my Costa sunglasses on this lake as much as my Lowrance Sonar. It’s so clear that I can watch strikes in 20 feet of water. I keep three pairs of Costas on board. I prefer yellow lenses for sunrise, low light and cloudy days. These lenses work wonders sighting fish and contrasting bottom structure. I use blue mirror on bright days and amber green mirror lenses for most other situations on the lake. Just to the north of Lake George, Lake Champlain offers everything a fisherman can imagine. Many experts rank Champlain among the top fisheries in the country for largemouth and smallmouth bass. You can fish just about any presentation in this vast lake, which combines natural and man-made structure like sunken ships, submerged train tracks and dock cribbings. My fishing concentrates on the southern end of the lake, where the water is usually very stained. Vast water chestnut beds yield many 5-pound-plus largemouth bass. Heavy abrasion-resistant line is a must; I prefer fluorocarbon or braid, depending on presentation. I normally punch the weeds with 1- or 2-ounce tungsten and big 10-inch Power Bait or Yum worms. Dark colors work best. Topwater and flipping are also go-to tactics, with countless backwaters providing breathtaking views and heart-pounding hook sets. To the south, Saratoga Lake is much smaller than George or Champlain. It is slightly stained and can be highly pressured but still provides large numbers of largemouth in the 3- to 5-pound range. Dense concentrations of cabbage and mixed milfoil create great opportunities for tossing plastics and jigs on the edges of long weed lines. Saratoga Lake’s close proximity to the City of Saratoga Springs makes it an ideal morning or evening getaway for those visiting during track season, which lasts through Labor Day. While the tourist season winds down, the fish really turn on, which make for some magical days in fall. The big lakes are great, but to me the gems of this area are the smaller lakes and ponds I learned to fish on. The unique chance to toss a lure to unpressured fish on public waters is a reality. The Adirondack Park features countless opportunities perfect for canoe and kayak fishing. With today’s lightweight watercraft, you can be alone with 2- to 5-pound bass after just a half-mile hike to numerous ponds and lakes. Many canoe and kayak waters are also roadside or within a state park. New York does a wonderful job providing trailhead access and parking areas for anglers with car-top boats. Research access at www.dec.ny.gov. The amount of good bass water in the Saratoga/Lake George is staggering. With its proximity to so many metropolitan centers, a short drive up I-87 can have you setting hooks on some beastly bass in no time.

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f you’re looking for some spectacular fly fishing for toothy critters, mako sharks are tough to beat as a game fish. They can be found pretty much worldwide, but right now is the time of year to visit southern California, where shortfin mako sharks show up off the coast every year within easy range for fly rodders with a small skiff. The mako shark is one of saltwater fly fishing’s outstanding but unappreciated game fish. Found on both the Atlantic and Pacific coasts, a smaller mako in the 20- to 30-pound range can be the perfect-sized fish for the beginning saltwater fly fisherman. Of course, fishing for sharks is a tad different than fishing for bluegills in your Uncle Ned’s farm pond, and the equipment also differs. First, you’ll need a boat, preferably a boat over 18-feet that can handle fairly choppy seas. Most center-consoles will do; however, a skiff with a beam of 8 feet or wider and a not-too-deep V will settle in the water better and will reduce pitch and roll to a minimum, offering a much more stable casting platform. A good chum line is the most effective way of attracting makos to within casting distance of your boat. Chumming attracts the larger makos and will place you in the position of being able to sight-cast to them. Into a chum bag, place the belly sections or fresh carcasses of tuna, bluefish or bonito, then place the bag into a milk crate or 5-gallon bucket and lower this mess over the side. Then sit back and listen for the musical score from the movie “Jaws” to begin. You won’t have long to wait once that chum slick begins to spread. Ideally, you should use fresh carcasses, but store-bought chum will suffice. One bit of important advice: Less is more when chumming; you don’t need much; no matter how small the slick, a shark can smell it from

miles away. Now that you have the boat and chum, the next thing to do is find a mako. On the West Coast, we are fortunate to have the continental shelf only a few miles offshore. On the east coast, you’ll have to venture a bit farther offshore. Keep your eyes peeled for working birds and surface-busting bait; constantly check the water temperature looking for readings between 66 and 70 degrees. But, be patient when chumming. I will wait at least an hour or an hour and a half before moving to another spot, but there have been occasions when the sharks made their appearance within a few minutes of 1 ½ hours. Once in the slick, makos will stick around for most of the fishing day. Drifting allows you to cover more water and in the process, attract more makos to your boat. By choosing the right season, having the right chum and chumming the right areas, you can count on hooking and releasing a good number of makos during the course of a single day on the water.

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