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“The feel found in bamboo rods is often confused with action for people picking up a bamboo rod for the first time,” Caleb said. “When they feel the action in the rod, they often over accelerate their forward cast causing them to lose energy in the line.” Caleb’s recommendation is to let the rod do the work, and to concentrate on technique. “It’s easier to feel when the rod is loaded with bamboo, and this really comes more into play for us on the flats than trout streams,” he said. What the Turners do differently than most other bamboo rod makers is cater to saltwater fly fishing. They are located in Mississippi right next to some of the most technical redfish flats on the Gulf Coast. “We design our saltwater fly rods with a fast action for stiff winds and quick-moving redfish that spook way more easily than their Louisiana counterparts,” Caleb said. With water the same color as the redfish, wind, and the need to have eyes of an Osprey, fly fishing the Mississippi Gulf Coast is more like bonefishing. “Bamboo gives us the action we need, the feel we need, and it’s able to load up at short distances but also extend a long cast to extremely wary redfish found around here.” Caleb said. “Tonkin cane grows in a 30-square-kilometer area in the Orient’s Sui River Valley. It is praised as the strongest species of bamboo with the greatest thickness of power fibers. These power fibers are what give bamboo rods what they have more than other material used in crafting fly rods, their touch. Despite what action you desire, bamboo rods offer a certain touch you just can’t get with anything else. If a rod is designed correctly, you can have all the action you need and still have that great feel. The rod lets you know when it’s loaded instead of having to figure out the timing for that individual rod.” In short, bamboo fly rods definitely have their place in modern performing fly rods. Accuracy, touch and presentation are things bamboo rod makers strive for in crafting their rods. If you get a hold of a quality rod, you’ll be pleasantly surprised by all the things it can do. For more information on bamboo fly rods or Turner Bamboo Fly Rods visit www.turnerflyrods.com or email caleb@turnerflyrods.com.

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of Hook the Future joining us to present the juniors their awards. We have our end of the year awards banquet on the 28th where we award our Fishing Board winners, Captain of the Year, and install our new Board of Directors. We meet at 7:00pm the 1st and 3rd Thursday of each month at the clubhouse on the east side of the parking lot at Mayport Boat Ramp. You do not have to be a member to attend and we are a family friendly club…you can bring the kids! Visit us at www.jaxfish.com to learn more.

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Fishing Report & Forecast Nassau Sound By Capt. Tony Bozzella

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ctober, can be be great but with Hurricane Irma, it might take several days even weeks to settle down. With all the higher tides from the storm,, Tailers in the grass will be good.The Redfish get up and go well beyond their normal boundaries and forage on fiddlers, and other crustaceans. Often a savoy angler with a fly rod or spin cast with weedless baits can make an accurate cast and find themselves hooked up to a redfish anywhere between 22”- 34”. You do not normally catch very small redfish because they are so shallow, and osprey and eagles can target them as prey. This is the time and it is a true hunt. If tailers are not your style, there will be plenty of bull redfish (oversized reds) along the St.John’s River

channel. A soaked crab, mullet, ladyfish, and shrimp can be effective. It sometimes can be a waiting game. Depending on the exact spot, it is in water from 20ft - 45ft and the current can be challenging so be prepaired. The jetties are known for this and can be an exciting place to soak a bait. Trout are still in the river and will be making there way out with any of the last of the mullet run. Lipped divers & topwaters, are always a good bet. The mangroves are as big as I have seen. Lady fish and jacks are still bending plenty of rods, with some of the ladies reaching weights of 5.5 lbs! I know these are a sport fish that usually gets frowned upon, however, a five and a half pound fish pulling drag, jumping and you can catch an abundance............That doesn’t sound bad! The jacks have been between 5 and 10lbs and they are always fun!!This is also the official time of doormat flounder. A TBS jig and a finger mullet or mud Minnow can be a great choice. Fish know places like the ferry slip, Mayport docks and other area structures. Be patient and stay in touch with the bait. Very important!! Until next time ...Get out and fish you can’t catch them from the couch!  Capt. Tony Bozzella / TBS JIGS www.tonybozzella.com 904 651 0182

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ndividuals who have grown up or lived on or near the Eastern seaboard around to Texas are familiar with the dreaded word “ Hurricane”. We all forget the word after November and it usually does not creep back in our minds until mid-summer. Even in month of July it’s a word that we hear but tend to push it back into the deep annals of our mind. As the heat of August and September begins to bear down on us, so do the Hurricanes, and the news media. As we begin to dread the dog days of summer, the word hurricane begins to slip back in our minds and like the dog days ,we begin to dread the word as it jolts memories of destruction, to boats and our homes and business’s. The word “Hurricane”, finds its origin from the Taino and Arawak people,( tribe’s originating from the Myan culture) who were indigenous to the Caribbean and Florida. The Myan people and the different tribes believed in higher Gods, one which was called “huracan”, Their beliefs that huacan was a god of evil, causing destruction through wind , storms, fire, and floods. As the Spanish began its domination of the Myan controlled areas, they began to hear of this mythological god. As the Spanish settled in Florida, Caribbean and Central America, they experienced storms, that caused wind, flood and destruction. The Spanish began to use this mythic gods name to identify the storms, In the 16th century the word was modified to our present-day, HURRICANE. Which brings us to today. Hurricanes, cause major destruction to property, especially vessels, of all types and sizes. Luckily we have Insurance available to us today unlike the people that lived here in the previous centuries. The time to check your policy is not after the storm but prior to the storm and upon purchase of your coverages. The agent that places the insurance on your behalf, will be willing to go through the policy terms and conditions

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when purchased. If you do not take advantage of this opportunity, then it is incumbent upon the individual boat owner to read their policy and understand the coverages. Always check the insured value of the vessel, the liability limit you purchased, navigating area, and any exclusions or limitations in your policy. After Hurricane Andrew, insurance companies began to place a second deductible for “Named Storms, or windstorms. These deductibles are separate from your standard deductible, typically a percentage of the insured hull value. If you have a standard non-windstorm deductible claims an example may be , insured value $200,000, standard deductible 2%($4,000), but a windstorm deductible of 5% ($10,000)of the insured value, only one would apply. Where there is a partial loss, there are limitations on certain parts of the vessel, such as, engines, isinglass or soft T-Tops, canvas console covers. The nature is that these items have a shorter life lifespan therefore they are depreciable, due to wear and tear. As a vessel owner you should always remove and stow items as much as you can without compromising the sea worthiness of the vessel. Remember to always insure your fishing tackle through your homeowners policy, a vessel policy only covers those items while on the vessel, with a sub limit. Agents are asked during an impending storm, what should I do?. Take action as if you did not have any insurance at all! Better to be safe than sorry. We hope everyone fared well. Beale Marine & Casualty, Inc. Post Office Box 5910 Jacksonville , Florida 32247 904-399-0508 E-mail: rab@bealemarine.com www.bealemarine.com

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fish. She also had several of the release devices that are necessary to return bottom fish and improve their mortality rate. We also had Robert Johnson to discuss local bottom fishing and some of his techniques. His comments show how important the release devices are and the necessity to get the fish back in the water as soon as possible. Our August Flounder tournament was won by Richie Van Kirk with a 29inch 9.4lb fish. The next meeting of the Ancient City Game Fish Association will be on October 17th at the St Augustine Shrine Club. There club house is located at 250 Brainard St in the south. Social begins at 6, food around 6:30, and the general meeting at 7:00. There will be Kids Club, guest speakers and a great raffle. For more information check us out on Facebook at ACGFA.

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Fishing Report & Forecast Flagler Inshore By Captain Chris Herrera

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t’s that time of year to practice your cast netting technique as the mullet are running in full force! Net a well full of mullet and head to your local inlet with an assortment of weights to hold bottom (which can change as the tide speeds up or slow down) different size leaders as you never know what you will encounter. When the mullet run is in full swing you can hook everything and anything from redfish to tarpon. Fishing the inlet for redfish is best during change of tides but not always necessarily true as some spectacular days have been had within the last two hours of outgoing tide. A fish finder rig with enough weight to hold bottom, 18 inch leader and 3/0-5/0 Daiichi circle hook is a rig I like to use to catch redfish and flounder. (For flounder change that hook to a j hook instead of a circle for a better hook up). Make sure you have at least 20lb. test line as the current will

make a 6 lb. redfish feel more like a 20lber. Once the tide goes slack start dragging the bottom with your fish finder rig for flounder as this is doormat season. Tarpon can also be seen rolling and crashing bait while fishing the inlet so free line a live mullet with a circle hook and set it in the rod holder.   Heading inshore a topwater lure at first light will get blown up around areas that are holding bait. Once the topwater bite slows down you can switch to artificial lures that “match the hatch” which will be mullet so jerk baits, paddle tails and spoon are great lures. If live bait is your thing I would toss two lines out, one live mullet and another rod with cut mullet and see which one the fish like best. Best areas to target are oyster beds during low or high tides or shorelines at high tide that are holding mullet. Night time dock light fishing is still great as trout, lady fish and snook will be popping the bait that drifts by the light all night long. Live shrimp is a local favorite hooked on a 1/0 circle hook and bb split shot. When you run out of shrimp go for the artificial lures like a D.O.A shrimp that will get just as many bites. Snook should be great this month in the southern region of the county. Tomoka Basin is best fished on outgoing tides concentrating on the mosquito controls creek mouths with either live bait or artificial lures. Expect to catch not only snook but redfish, trout and juvenile tarpon as well. October brings us some great fishing so get out there and catch um!

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

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t should finally be cooling off this month it’s going to be all about the mullet… Our fall mullet run is one of the best times of year to get outdoors and do some fishing. Cooler air temperatures and hungry predatory fish means fun for everyone on the water. The best areas to fish will be easy to find right now… where you see the mullet you’ll also find redfish, trout, flounder, and just about anything else you want to catch. These fish will be lurking just underneath the mullet schools looking for an easy snack. There are countless numbers of lures both hard and soft plastic that do a great job of imitating a mullet. This is a great month to go the top-water plug route and use a Rapala Skitterwalk or Rapala Skitter V. Both are great “walk the dog” type plugs that even the most shy redfish or trout can’t resist this time year. If you want to go subsurface try a soft plastic paddle tail or jerkbait from Slayer Inc.. They look just a like a mullet and can be fished weedless or on a traditional jighead. Along with the influx of mullet to Northeast Florida comes our fall flounder run. Some of the best catches both in numbers and in size come in the fall. The fish-finder rig is the go-to for many anglers looking to catch some flounder. It consists of using about 12” or so of leader attached to a swivel with a barrel weight above the swivel. You want to use enough weight to hold the bottom and a hook sized accordingly to the size of mullet or minnow you’re using. Another favorite rig is a Slayer Inc. jighead in either 1/4 or 3/8 oz with a finger mullet pinned to it. The jighead rig allows you to fish without getting hung up as easily on structure like oysters and rocks. The inlets will come alive this month. Big bull redfish will be schooling up in the in the St. Augustine and Mantanzas inlets as well as some of the deeper areas of the St. Johns River near Mayport. A blue crab or

mullet on the bottom will get their attention. As long as the it doesn’t get too chilly there will also be some tarpon around the inlets feeding on the bigger mullet schools, so make sure to have a bigger rod ready to go for those monsters. If you missed out on the flood tides last month don’t worry... you still have plenty of days in October to find some tailers. Redfish and sheepshead will still be tailing away looking for crabs, snails, and just about anything that hangs out in the grass. Any crab or shrimp soft plastic imitation will work well for the reds. This is also a great time to try out that inline spinner bait like those made by Slayer Inc.. They are truly weedless and will attract a redfish from quite a ways away with it’s thumping blade..

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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

TIDE CHART - October

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

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Hgt

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St. Augustine Beach: H: -:07 L: -:15 St. A City Dock: H: -:04 L: +:09

Major Feeding Periods 10:00 AM-12:00 PM • 10:25 PM-11:59 PM

01 Sun 05:24 AM 4.94 H

11:30 AM 1.33 L 5:56 PM 5.52 H

02 Mon 12:06 AM 1.22 L

06:13 AM 5.18 H 12:19 PM 1.04 L 06:42 PM 5.68 H

10:45 AM-12:45 PM • 1:15 PM-11:59 PM

03 Tue 12:50 AM 0.86 L

06:59 AM 5.47 H 01:05 PM 0.72 L 07:26 PM 5.83 H

11:35 AM-1:35 PM

04 Wed 01:31 AM 0.51 L

07:43 AM 5.77 H 01:50 PM 0.42 L 08:10 PM 5.94 H

12:25 PM-2:25 PM • 11:15 PM-11:59 PM

05 Thu 02:13 AM 0.19 L

08:28 AM 6.04 H 02:35 PM 0.19 L 08:54 PM 5.99 H

5:40 AM-7:40 AM • 7:55 PM-9:55 PM

06 Fri 02:54 AM -0.03 L

9:13 AM 6.26 H

2:05 PM-4:05 PM

07 Sat 03:37 AM -0.12 L

09:59 AM 6.40 H 04:06 PM 0.08 L 10:26 PM 5.90 H

2:35 AM-4:35 AM • 3:00 PM-5:00 PM

08 Sun 04:22 AM -0.09 L

10:48 AM 6.45 H 04:57 PM 0.20 L 11:16 PM 5.78 H

3:30 AM-5:30 AM • 3:55 PM-5:55 PM

09 Mon 05:12 AM 0.06 L

11:40 AM 6.42 H 05:52 PM 0.39 L

4:25 AM-6:25 AM • 4:50 PM-6:50 PM

10 Tue 12:09 AM 5.64 H

06:07 AM 0.27 L 12:35 PM 6.33 H 06:52 PM 0.60 L

5:25 AM-7:25 AM • 5:50 PM-7:50 PM

11 Wed 01:05 AM 5.49 H

07:08 AM 0.48 L 01:33 PM 6.21 H 07:55 PM 0.76 L

6:20 AM-8:20 AM • 6:50 PM-8:50 PM

12 Thu 02:05 AM 5.37 H

08:12 AM 0.63 L 02:35 PM 6.08 H 08:59 PM 0.84 L

7:20 AM-9:20 AM • 7:50 PM-9:50 PM

13 Fri 03:10 AM 5.32 H

09:17 AM 0.69 L 03:41 PM 5.99 H 10:00 PM 0.83 L

8:15 AM-10:15 AM • 8:45 PM-10:45 PM

14 Sat 04:17 AM 5.36 H

10:20 AM 0.67 L 04:46 PM 5.95 H 10:59 PM 0.75 L

9:10 AM-11:10 AM • 9:40 PM-11:40 PM

15 Sun 05:20 AM 5.49 H

11:21 AM 0.58 L 05:46 PM 5.95 H 11:53 PM 0.60 L

10:00 AM-12:00 PM • 10:30 PM-11:59 PM

16 Mon 06:18 AM 5.66 H

12:18 PM 0.45 L 06:40 PM 5.93 H

10:50 AM-12:50 PM • 11:20 PM-11:59 PM

17 Tue 12:44 AM 0.43 L

07:09 AM 5.83 H 01:11 PM 0.32 L 07:30 PM 5.88 H

11:40 AM-1:40 PM

18 Wed 01:31 AM 0.28 L

07:56 AM 5.96 H 02:00 PM 0.23 L 08:15 PM 5.79 H

12:05 AM-2:05 AM • 12:25 PM-2:25 PM

19 Thu 02:14 AM 0.20 L

08:39 AM 6.01 H 02:45 PM 0.23 L 08:58 PM 5.65 H

12:50 AM-2:50 AM • 1:10 PM-3:10 PM

20 Fri 02:55 AM 0.21 L

09:21 AM 6.00 H 03:28 PM 0.32 L 09:39 PM 5.49 H

1:35 AM-3:35 AM • 1:55 PM-3:55 PM

21 Sat 03:34 AM 0.33 L

10:01 AM 5.92 H 04:10 PM 0.51 L 10:20 PM 5.31 H

2:20 AM-4:20 AM • 2:45 PM-4:45 PM

22 Sun 04:14 AM 0.56 L

10:42 AM 5.80 H 04:52 PM 0.77 L 11:01 PM 5.13 H

3:10 AM-5:10 AM • 3:30 PM-5:30 PM

23 Mon 04:54 AM 0.84 L

11:22 AM 5.65 H 05:36 PM 1.06 L 11:42 PM 4.97 H

3:55 AM-5:55 AM • 4:15 PM-6:15 PM

24 Tue 05:36 AM 1.16 L

12:04 PM 5.51 H 06:23 PM 1.34 L

4:45 AM-6:45 AM • 5:05 PM-7:05 PM

25 Wed 12:25 AM 4.84 H

06:22 AM 1.44 L 12:49 PM 5.39 H 07:13 PM 1.58 L

5:30 AM-7:30 AM • 5:55 PM-7:55 PM

26 Thu 01:10 AM 4.74 H

07:12 AM 1.66 L 01:36 PM 5.29 H 08:04 PM 1.72 L

6:15 AM-8:15 AM • 6:40 PM-8:40 PM

27 Fri 01:58 AM 4.70 H

08:06 AM 1.78 L 02:27 PM 5.23 H 08:56 PM 1.75 L

7:05 AM-9:05 AM • 7:30 PM-9:30 PM

28 Sat 02:50 AM 4.72 H

09:02 AM 1.78 L 03:22 PM 5.22 H 09:46 PM 1.66 L

7:50 AM-9:50 AM • 8:20 PM-10:20 PM

29 Sun 03:46 AM 4.83 H

09:58 AM 1.65 L 04:19 PM 5.27 H 10:35 PM 1.44 L

8:35 AM-10:35 AM • 9:05 PM-11:05 PM

30 Mon 04:42 AM 5.04 H

10:52 AM 1.41 L 05:13 PM 5.37 H 11:23 PM 1.12 L

9:25 AM-11:25 AM • 9:55 PM-11:55 PM

31 Tue 05:36 AM 5.34 H

11:45 AM 1.07 L 06:04 PM 5.50 H

10:10 AM-12:10 PM • 10:40 PM-11:59 PM

03:19 PM 0.07 L 09:39 PM 5.97 H

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he hurricane has passed and clean up has begun. Camanche Cove Marina and the Northeast Florida Marlin Association both did well during the storm with very minimal damage. As we all recover and look forward it is time to think about our Fall Tournament. There will be something for everyone. It is actually an offshore and inshore tournament. Reel In The Cure Sailfish Tournament and Pink Up The Spots Redfish Tournament. ( Oct 20 and 21 st)  NEFMA is teaming up with the Ancient City Gamefish Association (ACGFA) to help raise money for Pink Up The Pace, a local St Augustine breast cancer awareness organization. Captains meeting will be Friday Oct 20 at the NEFMA club house. Food , band and a big raffle !

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The off-shore portion of this tournament will include Billfish, Gamefish and Bottom fish. I expect Sailfish will be the primary target as it will be time for our fall run. There was actually a pretty good bite the week before the storm. For those of you that like to bottom fish the fall is a great time here both near shore and off shore. It maybe a little early but I expect the Wahoo bite is also a good possibility. So There is something for everybody here so please pass the word to your friends and let’s have a great weekend of fishing and help Save the TaTa’s.. For more information please go to NEFMA.COM   

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from Jose and Maria that shut down offshore fishing for most of the month. I pray for the people of this state who have lost so much. Looking at the photos from the Keys I am ashamed to have complained about the inconvenience of no power for 7 days. I am truly blessed to have had no damage to my boats or home. So, what to expect on the fishing front? October usually means the start of the fall Cobia migration. Any wreck or big ledge in 80to 100 ft. should have Cobia this time of year There will also be a host of other species available, Gag grouper and Vermillion snapper to name a couple. Live bait on the bottom will get plenty of bites. Live sardines would be my first choice. The fishing in 21 to 23 fathoms will be good as well with species like Trigger fish, Red. Porgy and Scamp grouper added in to the mix. On the trolling scene, the first cold front (if we get one) normally will bring some sailfish south. Look in 150 to 200 ft. for bait and you will get some bites. Slow trolling naked ballyhoo rigged on 80# mono is your best choice. On the fisheries management front, The SAFMC meeting was rescheduled due to Irma. I do know that the council is pushing for a Red Snapper season. I will post the results of that decision on my website as soon as I know something. Lets Go Fishing Captain Robert Johnson Jodie Lynn Charters wwwJodieLynnCharters.com (904)540-2628 jlfishing@bellsouth.net

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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. 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 October 22nd @ Guana. If you are a Veteran, active duty, or retired military person or know of one that would like to participate, or if you are interested in volunteering or any other questions please contact Chapter Coordinator Tim Stouder northeastflroida@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 https://www.facebook.com/He Beautiful Speckled Trout from the Guana river roesOnTheWaterNortheastFloridaChapter. November brings us to our largest event of the year, Veterans Day. Over the past couple years we have had over 200 people at each of these events. This year is no exception and we expect to even grow larger than last year. NE FL HOW chapter takes Veterans Day to the next

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n behalf of our dedicated corporate staff and the loyal readers of Coastal Angler Magazine, we would like to extend our heartfelt thoughts and prayers to everyone affected by Hurricane Irma. Your road to recovery is paved with volunteers and concerned citizens of our community that truly care. In fact, what makes America the greatest nation on earth is our unyielding commitment to unite as ONE NATION to help our neighbors, our communities and our fellow Americans during difficult times and catastrophic events. Just a few weeks ago, Danny Patrick (Owner and Editor of Coastal Angler Magazine, NE Florida Edition) posted an inspiring message of support to those living in Texas affected by the catastrophic floods of Hurricane Harvey. His message made me proud to be a part of a community that genuinely cares about others and wants to make a REAL difference in the lives of those in need. As fate would have it, just a few weeks later, the entire State of Florida would face a similar catastrophic event. As CNN and other major news reporting agencies began to show the devastating wind damage and floods occurring in Jacksonville, fellow Americans and volunteers throughout our great nation began to “riseup” to actively and support the families of Northeast Florida! The Law of Reciprocity was proudly displayed for the entire world to see!

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FLOUNDER FISHING TIPS FROM LEE MATHIS Lee Mathis is an avid outdoorsman and is truly one of the most talented and versatile inshore, offshore and freshwater anglers in the region. “We are extremely fortunate to live in an area that offers such a wide variety of quality fishing opportunities” Lee explains, “and I really enjoy the challenge of targeting different species of sport fish here in Northeast Florida… but Flounder fishing is by far my favorite!” Over the years, Lee has developed several unique strategies and high-effective methods for consistently catching Flounder. “October is one of the best months of the year for catching Flounder up to 10 pounds” he explains RECORD STORM SURGE OF HURRICANE IRMA Just when we thought it would be years before we would experience “but November and early December can also be excellent.” During the another close encounter like Hurricane Matthew in 2016, Mother “mullet-run” bait migration, Lee chases Flounder from the Talleyrand Nature had other plans! Record-breaking Hurricane Irma reached peak Docks to the Mayport Jetties and prefers to fish just after sunrise intensity (in the Caribbean Sea near Barbuda) on September 6, 2017 when low tide is around 6:00 AM. “I like to catch bait at first light and with 185 mph sustained winds (Category 5) and a record minimum then fish the incoming tide until about noon… but I have also caught quality fish on the first of outgoing tide as well” says Lee, “and I also try pressure of 914 mbar. By early Monday morning (September 11th) to avoid fishing the extreme tides during full moon phases.” One of the the eye of Irma was just southwest of Jacksonville and was generating keys to Lee’s success is proper bait selection. “I fish exclusively with live Hurricane force winds of 86 mph at Mayport! The storm surge at Mayport was almost 6 feet (an “all-time” record for Northeast Florida!) finger mullet ranging from 4 to 6 inches in length. Late in the season Record flooding in Downtown Jacksonville (levels not seen since 1846,) when the big Flounder are migrating towards the inlet, I will use 6 to 8-inch mullet” says Lee, “and I catch most of my fish in 6 to 12 feet of Riverside, San Marco, St. Augustine, Callahan and beyond caused major damage and resulted in hundreds of people being rescued. With water.” When it comes to Flounder fishing gear, Lee recommends using a over 10 inches of rain from Irma, residents living on Black Creek (in Clay County) experienced record flooding as well, as the creek crested 6 ½” Medium/Heavy Action (Berkley Lightning) graphite rod with at a record 28.5 feet! In the aftermath of Irma, 12 million people in the an Abu Garcia Ambassadeur C3-6500 reel. He uses 20-pound test state of Florida were without power and according to the JEA, 288,000 (Trilene XL Green) monofilament fishing line with a 25-pound test homes were without power in Jacksonville (60% of the city.) We are all monofilament leader no more than 6 inches in length (so the live mullet stays close to the bottom.) He employs a simple but deadly extremely grateful for the dedicated efforts of city municipal workers, “fish-finder” rig with a #7 or #5-barrel swivel, a ¾ to 1-ounce egg law enforcement officers, volunteers and the JEA (including “crews” sinker and an Eagle Claw 3/0 wide-bend hook. When I asked Lee from neighboring states) that helped protect us and fast-track the for the primary key to his Flounder fishing success, he was quick recovery process. to respond: “The secret to catching Flounder is PATIENCE. Once a EXCELLENT FLOUNDER FISHING RETURNS Flounder grabs your live bait; let him have it! Keep your line tight Multiple reports of excellent Flounder fishing BEFORE Irma with tension and slowly pull him towards you. Many times, you will were encouraging as local anglers anticipated having one of the best not feel a bump and think you are hung-up on the bottom. Just be Flounder seasons in last 10 years! However, the Flounder fishing patient, continue to pull the Flounder toward you and be sure to give the Flounder a minute or two before you snatch him!” A special “thank slowed down substantially during the days following Irma. The tides you” to Lee Mathis for sharing his valuable tips on catching Flounder. remained extremely high and the salinity levels of the lower St. Johns As always, enjoy the great outdoors and I hope you catch plenty of River were much lower than normal resulting in limited Flounder Flounder this month! action. In recent days (as of this writing,) the Flounder fishing from Dames Point to the Mayport Jetties is rebounding significantly as - With over 25 years of corporate experience as a writer, director and the tides and water conditions are getting back to normal. 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Fishing Report & Forecast Fernandina / Amelia Island By Terry D. Lacoss

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he month of October is an excellent time of year to fish the deep water drops at both Cumberland and Nassau Sounds. Fishing dead on the bottom during the last few hours of the in-coming and the first few hours of the falling tides produces non stop action for red drum that can weigh up to fifty-pounds. Cooling water temperatures also signals a major shrimp spawn in the nearby bays and tidal rivers where game fish including sea trout, flounder and redfish can be found taking advantage of the abundance of forage foods. I would have to say though, flounder fishing is tops during the month of October where flatfish can weigh over the ten-pound mark. Look for the best flounder fishing action during all of a falling tide while slowly crawling weighted bullhead minnows, finger mullet, strip baits, or live shrimp along a rough bottom. The Florida State “All tackle” record southern flounder was caught by Larenza Mungin on December 23, 1983 weighing 20.9-pounds. Mungin was fishing with live mullet from the Nassau Sound Bridge. Targeting creek mouths during the last of the falling and first of the in-coming tides with a Berkley Gulp shrimp barbed on a ¼ ounce led head jig and worked slowly along the bottom will produce excellent redfish and sea trout action as well. I also like to cast a “Redfish Magic” spinner at these same creek mouths while using a white/ chartreuse colored plastic tail. Simply position your fishing boat with an electric motor at the mouth of a falling creek mouth and make casts first to both the left and right points of the creek mouth. Finally cast far back into the creek mouth and work your artificial lure out into the main creek making sure that you keep your rod tip high and not allow your lure to make contact with the bottom. Once the lure enters the main creek, slow your retrieve and allow your lure to work the deep edges of the creek mouth. Be sure and bring along your cast net as shrimp will be thick in many of the small tidal rivers where a deep cut borders a large marsh flat that drains into the cut. In many cases bait size shrimp will be jumping right out of the water into you live well! Topwater fishing is also excellent during the first of the incoming tide when trout and redfish are gorging themselves on the fall spawn of shrimp. My favorite lure by far is a Storm “Chug Bug” in the chrome and blue back color pattern. Keep you rod tip low while producing sharp plops of the surface plug. Surf fishing at Amelia Island and Nassau Sound should produce 22 NE FLORIDA

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excellent catches of sea trout, whiting, pompano, flounder, bluefish and redfish during the early morning and late evening tides. Casting a ¼-ounce led head jig rigged with a clear curly plastic tail with blue glitter is key for big catches of sea trout measuring to over twentyinches. Fishing dead on the bottom with live finger mullet is also a great surf fishing tactic, so be sure and bring along a six-foot cast net and live bait bucket. Offshore fishermen will be targeting gag grouper at FA, HH and FC fish havens while targeting rock ledges. Fish dead on the bottom with live pinfish, mullet, Spanish sardines or menhaden. Black sea bass fishing should also improve with cooling water temperatures while fishing with cut baits, or fresh local squid. Trolling species including kingfish, barracuda, cobia and Spanish mackerel will take a trolled “Popsicle” more commonly known as a dead cigar minnow. However the trolling action does slow down offshore when a Northeast wind is blowing causing. A few tarpon will still be holding in the deep waters of both the Nassau and Cumberland Sounds during the middle of the in-coming tide and right up to flood tide. Fish dead on the bottom with cut bait barbed to a 7/0 circle hook, using a six-foot section of 100-pound fluorocarbon shock leader. A 4-6 ounce bank sinker is rigged to a fish finder oon the main line, using just enough weight to keep the bait on the bottom. Redfish will be tailing in the flooded marshes during a full moon and a good northeast wind. Fly fishermen will do well while casting a crab pattern while a live finger mullet or bullhead minnow barbed to ¼ ounce led head jig may well be the best angling tactic when hooking up to September flood tide reds. Largemouth bass fishing in the St. Mary’s and Nassau upper reaches will begin to produce bass up to 7-pounds while casting a gold floating “Rapala” close to shoreline cover, or an unweighted dark colored plastic worm. My favorite creek to fish during the Fall fishing season is Thomas’ Creek, which feeds the Nassau River just above the I-95 Bridge. 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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