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WWW.OAKLEY.COM MAKO EYEWEAR BLADE The Mako Polarized sunglass collection launched this year in the United States, featuring a range of technical lenses created for outdoor sports with a particular focus on fishing. One of the best-selling Mako Polarized sunglasses is the Blade, offering a comfortable fit without sacrificing style. An eight-base design, the Blade wraps close to your face, reducing side light and improving line-of-sight and peripheral vision. Thin arms reduce pressure over the ears and are excellent for fishermen who always wear a hat. Mako sunglasses are available in four polarized glare-reducing lens types, all made from glass for its scratch-resistant properties and ultimate clarity. All of our sunglasses have an industry-leading 12+ anti-reflective coatings, advanced polarization, and oleophobic and hydrophobic coatings to repel oil, dust, dirt and water. The featured lens for the Blade is the Green Mirror (G2H5), polarized lens, featuring a special rose base color which helps you see enhanced detail at a greater depth. The internal green mirror reflects the brightest sunlight while its high definition filter removes harmful UV light rays, enhances color and increases contrast.

WWW.MAKOEYEWEAR.COM COSTA CAPE Costa’s new Cape style is an extra-large frame that offers massive lenses and ultra-wide temples to provide the most protection from the sun’s harmful rays. Manufactured from biodegradable resins sourced from reclaimed castor oil, Costa’s new frame withstands the elements of adventure while also providing comfort and wearability. Cape features Costa’s new innovative sweat management system, with ventilation ducting allowing air to flow through the end piece of the frame, which reduces lens fogging. Sweat management temple channels enable airflow from the vents to cool, wick away and drain sweat and moisture through openings on the temple tips. In addition, a thinned out inner bottom eyewire tucks closely into the back surface of the lens, which allows sweat and moisture to drain down the back of the lens and off the frame. The new style also features Costa’s patented 580 lens technology, providing 100 percent UV protection and polarization to give anglers the clearest lenses on the planet. Color-enhancing technology filters out harsh yellow light for superior contrast and definition and absorbs high-energy blue light to cut haze and enhance sharpness. Cape is available in matte black ultra, shiny steel gray metallic, bowfin and matte russet, with lenses in seven lens colors, including Sunrise Silver Mirror and Gray Silver Mirror. The new frame can also be customized with prescription lenses.

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OCEAN WAVES JAX BEACH Ocean Waves Sunglasses, renowned for fishing eyewear, has produced an excellent and versatile pair of fishing glasses with their Jax Beach frame. The Jax Beach comes in tortoise or matte black and has the widest range of size flexibility and wrap to fit anyone’s head. From small to XL head sizes, the Jax Beach provides a great wrap look, excellent coverage, and comfortable fit and feel. The Jax Beach can be paired with any of Ocean Waves’ specialized lens types according to the angler’s personal preference and visual needs. Ocean Waves Sunglasses customizes fit, utilizing two lens curvatures, which can be selected in any of the company’s high-quality mirrored lenses: Offshore Blue (OSB), Backwater Green (BWG), Lunar Silver (LS – ultra dark), or Luminator Purple (LP – light enhancing) as well as non-mirrored Grey and Amber. Piece together the perfect shades to fit your style and needs.

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RIO RAY MALIBU Rio Ray Optics is the best new affordable polarized brand on the market. Designed for the outdoor lifestyle, all Rio Ray sunglasses come with 100-percent optically correct polarized CR39 lenses, frames with indestructible TR90, acetate and memory metal titanium with optical spring hinges for maximum comfort and a hassle-free lifetime warranty. All Rio Ray hard-coated polarized lenses are made of the highest quality CR39 and contain nine layers of protection with 100 percent UV protection. A hydrophobic coating on the front repels water, sunscreen and dirt, which makes cleaning and maintenance easy. A vibrant flash mirror provides additional glare reduction, and a superior scratch resistant coating prevents lens damage. The backside anti-reflective coating eliminates bounce-back glare. Rio Ray MaxFlex frame technology makes these the most comfortable sunglasses on the market, utilizing lightweight TR90 nylon, which maintains frame shape and offers incredible durability. Frames are prescription ready, and each pair comes with a full array of accessories including a hard and soft case and cleaning cloth. The frames here are Rio Ray’s Malibus. Go to their website to see all their stylish models. For dealer inquires, call 800-498-2104 or email jarrod@riorayoptics.com.

American-owned and based in Florida, RCI Optics is producing the most advanced sunglasses, equipped with more features than any other brand. These glasses, manufactured in Italy, are lightweight and incredibly durable, with optics that are crisp and clean with unbeatable polarization. Built for the elite waterman and outdoor enthusiast, RCI’s glasses are in a league of their own. RCI’s Power Plants are made with a Ballista 2.0 frame material that’s virtually bombproof. The Helius 2.2 lens material is six times denser than standard polycarbonate lenses. An ANSI Z87.1 safety rating meets OSHA requirements for safety glasses, and a Mil Std 662 military rating stops a .15 caliber projectile fired at 650 ft. per second. How’s that for durability? Well, they’re also top-notch in terms of optics. RCT (Radius Curving Technology) offers distortion-free optics for the clearest vision. These shades are 99.9 percent polarized, using injected polarization, not laminated. H780 Infrared blocking technology eliminates harmful radiation. Multilayered antireflective coatings eliminate distracting internal reflections, and permanent hydrophobic, oleophobic and antistatic coatings are applied to both sides of the lenses. Try a pair for yourself and you will see why they say, “The Advantage is Clear.”

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The most recognizable name on the water, Salt Life, is also the maker of stellar sunglasses. Their Andros Matte Black sunglasses are performance designed and lightweight, offering extreme comfort for extended wear in the sun. Made in Italy with highquality glass lenses, they allow you to see images crisper and clearer. Andros are available in lens colors of Smoke Blue and Copper Green. Their lenses are 100-percent UV protected with five layers of anti-glare reflective coating that completely eliminates glare. Go out and get noticed in Salt Life sunglasses.

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extend from back to belly. Step 2: Run the blade from the first cut all the way down the top of the fish, along the backbone to the tail, making a shallow incision as close to the backbone as you can get it. Step 3: Using that long cut along the backbone, utilize smooth, light strokes to work the fillet away from the bones moving from the back to the belly. The other hand can be used to peel back the meat as you go. Cut around the ribcage when you arrive at it. Step 4: With step 3 completed, you should have a beautiful skinon fillet. To remove the skin, place the fillet on the board skin side down. Start from the tail and insert the knife through the meat down to the skin, leaving a tab of meat and skin at the tail to hold onto. Turn the knife horizontal and run the blade up the skin to remove the meat. Step 5: Use tweezers to pick out any pin bones left in the fillet. The technique seems simple enough, but if you don’t have good, sharp, flexible knives that are sized correctly for the fish on the board, you’re going to make a mess out of your fillets. Havalon has come up with an all-in-one solution for this issue with its Talon system. With five styles of high-quality blades that all fit on the same handle, switching from a 7-inch blade down to a 5-incher or even down to a 3.5-inch utility blade is as easy as pressing a button with their Quik-Change II blade replacement system. The blades can be resharpened as well as replaced to make sure they are razor sharp when you need them. Also, with a handle that opens up, clean-up is both thorough and easy with the Havalon Talon system. Rinse your tools down and roll them up in the included canvas kit so they’ll be ready the next time you need them. And next time should be soon, because practice is the final and most important element in the perfect way to fillet. Go fishing enough, and you’ll be peeling off perfect fillets for the table in no time. Check out the Havalon Talon System at www.havalon.com.

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concepts to fifth-wheel hitches. Using the same under-bed mounting hardware and hole in the bed, they designed a Companion with a single point attachment that was removable when not towing. They also designed the Companion to provide a quiet and smooth ride for the user. From there, they kept solving problems other hitch manufacturers weren’t, always thinking of the customer’s towing experience. They set the bar high and built a company that continues to raise it. Baker retired in 1999, and in 2007, Works began transferring ownership to the company’s 390 employees, who are now employee-owners. With a vested interest in their products, the employee-owners are more dedicated than ever to making the best hitches and accessories possible. Their product line now includes all types of innovative towing products manufactured on-site in their nearly 500,000-square-foot facility, where they can oversee every detail. Their steel comes straight from the American Heartland and is forged in mills they’ve known and trusted for years. Because the best labor doesn’t come from the lowest bidder overseas, B&W’s craftsmen are some of the best and brightest in the industry. “We know that what you tow matters— and so does what you tow it with,” is a company motto. B&W Trailer Hitches is a shining example of American-made quality and American ingenuity. For more information, go to www. bwtrailerhitches.com.

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fter a pursuit lasting more than a decade, Team Reel Addiction finally topped the field of 117 boats to win the 2018 Mississippi Gulf Coast Billfish Classic June 4-10. Angler Chase Pate, of Pensacola, Fla., Capt. Scooter Porto, owners Rocky and Laurie Jones, and mates Zach Taylor, Seth Brennan and Nate Dennis boated a 796.9-pound blue marlin after a 30-minute fight Saturday, June 9. The largest marlin of the week earned the team $405,705 for the top tournament award and optional entries. The overall tournament prize money was nearly $2.2 million. “Winning this one was on my bucket list,” Rocky Jones explained. “We won top release boat 12 years ago, and I’ve been trying to win the whole shooting match ever since. We finally did it!” Reel Addiction, a 56 Viking and a regular on the Gulf big-game circuit, is based in Pensacola Beach. With the win, the team also earned an invitation to the 2019 Offshore World Championship in Quepos, Costa Rica.

Team Supreme, with anglers Alex Krake, Chris Howell and Capt. Chase Lake, didn’t go home empty-handed, even though their Friday night marlin weighed 739.1 pounds. The 76 Viking from Destin went back out and caught a 156.6-pound yellowfin to boost the overall winnings to $313,115 for the second-place tournament award and optionals. Pearl took the third-place tournament award and pocketed $122,970. Angler Edgar McKee and Capt. Shawnie Clemons and the team aboard the 48 Viking based in Orange Beach boated a 611.5-pound blue to earn that payout. The Catch and Release Division was close and final standings were determined by time of catch. Relentless Pursuit was the overall winner with 1,800 points (three blue releases), earning a check of $265,050. Done Deal came in second in the division, also with 1,800 points. Money Shot was the third-place release team with 1,200 points, good for a $12,000 payday. Angler Robeau Whibbs and the team aboard Swee Pea, a 50 Topaz from Pensacola, captured the top tuna. Their yellowfin weighed 182.3 pounds, good for $24,000. Anthony Stauffer (Hayride) boated the largest swordfish, a 144.1 broadbill, good for $39,600. Johnny Moore, fishing aboard Alma-Ann, a 48 Cabo (Capt. Nick Jones), made MGCBC tournament history when he finally landed the new record dolphin after a two-hour waiting game. The 57.2-pound bull earned the team $66,750. The wahoo this year didn’t quite meet normal Classic averages but were respectable fish nonetheless and earned nice payouts. Lined Out and Jeff Dees caught the largest, 61.4 pounds, good for $48,300. Seament’s Doug Lake was second with a 48.5 wahoo ($37,125) and Neal Foster, betting heavily on Team Intensity, took home $82,425 for three entries in the optional categories. The Golden Nugget Casino and Hotel was this year’s tournament host. High Roller sponsors included the City of Biloxi, Release Marine, Visit Mississippi Gulf Coast, Gorenflo’s Tackle and Marina Store and Yeti Coolers. Next year’s tournament is slated for June 3-9. For more on the Mississippi Gulf Coast Billfish Classic, go to mgcbc. com.

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lex Hensley, of Fort Walton Beach, caught a 22-inch STAR-tagged redfish on June 12 near Rocky Creek in Okaloosa County. He is now the new owner of a Pathfinder 2200TRS with a Yamaha 150, Humminbird Solix electronics and a Minn Kota Terova trolling motor. This awesome prize package was the first of the major prizes to be awarded in CCA-Florida’s signature event for 2018. The statewide fishing contest kicked-off May 26 and will run through Sept. 3. If you fish in Florida and are not registered for CCA-Florida STAR, you could be missing out on hundreds of thousands of dollars in prizes. CCA Florida STAR, presented by Yamaha, is the largest family friendly saltwater fishing competition in Florida. Unlike traditional fishing tournaments, STAR focuses on conservation and offers up to $500,000 in prizes and scholarships. CCA Florida is using the social media-based, 101-day event to educate the public on the importance of protecting Florida’s marine resources. Recognized as a “catch, photo and release” competition, STAR’s smart phone app eliminates the requirement for anglers to harvest or capture and transport fish. “Our state’s natural resources and fisheries are here for our enjoyment, and we understand that smart fishing will preserve these resources for the future,” said Brian Gorski, CCA Florida executive director. Remaining prizes in the event’s STAR Signature Division include a new GMC Sierra Pickup or one of several Yamaha-powered boat packages including a Contender 22 Sport, a Hewes Redfisher 16, a Carolina Skiff 21 Ultra and a Cottonmouth Aluminum Bay/Flats boat. “It really can happen, you just need to be registered for STAR when you go fishing said Leiza Fitzgerald, STAR director. With 17 divisions, 11 species included in the event, and most winners determined by random drawing, anglers of all ages and skill levels have opportunities to win. Registration is $40 for current CCA Florida members, or $75 for non-members, which includes CCA Florida membership. Kids ages 6-17 can register for free with their current ($10) CCA Florida youth membership. Alex Hensley has been a member of nonprofit CCA-Florida, the state’s leading marine fisheries conservation, education and advocacy organization, since May of 2017. “I knew the rules and followed them, then the excitement set in,” said Hensley. “I’m still in shock and incredibly blessed to be the first registered angler.” Register today, go fishing, and like Alex you could be the shocked and incredibly blessed owner of a new truck or Yamaha-powered boat package. For more information on STAR, or to register, visit their Facebook page or ccaflstar.com.

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have caught some of my biggest fish on jigs, and they have put me in some really good positions while competing. Some anglers have never fished a jig in their life and feel the work that goes into fishing jigs can waste a lot of time. Well, I don’t agree with that. The success of fishing jigs comes down to key factors such as equipment, location and retrieve. Let’s dive right in and make jigs more enjoyable to fish.

The football jig has a football-shaped lead head with a heavy-duty hook with or without a weed guard and a skirt that can come in a variety of colors. What makes the jig so effective is the versatility. A good universal set-up is a 7-foot heavy action rod with a pretty stiff backbone, 14-pound line and a 3/8-ounce football head jig in my favorite color, green pumpkin brown. This set-up is my go-to in many situations. This time of year, as we head into deep summer, I like to find migration routes that lead to and from shallow water out to deeper water. Bass tend to stack up near these locations before they completely retreat to their offshore summer haunts. Ledges are a prime location to target with football jigs. I increase the size of my jig from 3/8 to 1/2 ounce, and sometimes to 3/4 ounce, to make the jig fall at a faster on the ledges. I can make contact with the bottom faster and start my retrieve. When fishing a jig in deep water, be sure to let the jig hit the bottom. Once you hit bottom, lightly raise the rod tip to about a 10 o’clock position to tighten the line. Keep a light pulling pressure on the rod tip to move the jig. This action mimics a crawfish moving across the bottom and triggers strikes. Jig fishing around deep submerged structure like rocks, deep wood or brushpiles will pick up some quality fish in deep water. Retrieval is a key component to being successful with jigs. Try targeting ledges, migration routes, channels or ditches. I like ledges because fish bunch up right off them in summer, where they can move up and down easily to feed throughout the day. Cast a football head jig on the ledge and pull it until you feel it start to fall off the edge. Allow the line to remain limp on the fall. If the line twitches or tightens even a little bit, set the hook. You have to be a line watcher, especially when ledges are 20 to 30 feet deep. Take the time to learn how to fish a football jig. Sticking with it will ultimately lead to opportunities at big bass. Follow tournament angler Jay Striker on Facebook, Instagram and at jaystriker.com. Look out for Striker Nation Live, which will be a 30-minute weekly live show to discuss bass fishing.

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Bryan Wood, of Wortham, Texas, scored more than enough yellowfin tuna to eat for the week and lost a fistfight with a big marlin. “Thanks to the crew on the Harvester today!” Bryan posted to Facebook. “Got supper but I lost the marlin for you guys. My bad, but we had a great day and a great crew! Thanks again FishingNosara and we hope to come back soon!” Lila Weirich brought such a big group of folks from Texas down that they needed both the Wanderer and Discoverer to hold them. Over three days offshore, the group scored sailfish, yellowfin tuna, and multiple dorados better than 60 pounds. Nosara is also lucky enough to welcome journeyman anglers who are willing to come from all over the country to fish in the “land that the rainy season forgot.” Scott Burke, of Elkhart, Indiana, is one such fishing enthusiast. We picked this guy up in Tamarindo (3 hours away) at 3 a.m., brought him to Nosara, fished a full day, and took him back at the end of the trip. The odyssey proved worthwhile, with multiple great sailfish releases reported. Most recently, Jacksonville angler Jeff Broome flexed his First Coast fishing muscles with a back-to-back day of worldclass marlin action. He marked the scorecard with a 300-pluspound blue marlin release on the mega-panga Harvester. The next day he posted the trip of the year so far. First off was a simultaneous double sailfish release. Then the real monster arrived as the Harvester reports a 400-plus-pound massive marlin release. Clearly the fishing is on fire this summer, so come on down to Nosara… and leave the rain gear at home! For more information, go to www.fishingnosara.com.

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t’s no secret really big stripers patrol the eastern end of Long Island Sound. Just ask Greg Myerson; he found the biggest one in August of 2012 – the IGFA world record, which weighed 81 pounds 14 ounces! Lucky catch? Hardly. Myerson, 50, of Wallingford, Connecticut, has targeted big bass in these waters since childhood. Over last decade he’s hauled in numerous 50- and 60-pounders, plus a 73-pound behemoth, in addition to the top prize. “I’ve released some others,” he said, “that might have broken my own record.” What draws such big fish into the area? Myerson believes it’s a search for lobster. “The eastern end of Long Island Sound is very rocky and, until recently, it held a ton of lobsters,” he said. “Big bass are lazy. They don’t like

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ummer is finally fully engaged and the fishing has been stellar. Look for plenty of menhaden to continue to be on the areas beaches in the jam just south of the St. John’s river jetties at Mayport and north to Nassau Sound. As the prevailing west winds continue look for a possible temperature break to drop the water down a notch or two. If this happens it makes it more difficult to catch bait as it moves quicker and doesn’t come up on top as much. Big flips indicate bigger baits and the smaller flips are typically smaller baits. Wait for the flip and then cast your net. This slow methodical approach takes some patience but usually produces good results. A good live well full of frisky baits can ensure you a great day on the water. Try not to overload your live well as it will only die and the remaining bait gets really lethargic. With bait in the tank ease into areas like the Redtops, Southeast Hole, Spoil area, the rip lines adjacent to the inlet and slow troll for kingfish,bonita, sharks, cuda’s, jack crevalle,cobia and tarpon. I like to troll in 46 to 52 feet of water with a 3 to 4 rod spread. If it is slow on the beach ease out into the party grounds and deploy the same method. The local wrecks, reefs, and hardbottom spots should hold all of the same species with an occasional sailfish thrown in. If it’s slow on the troll drop down those same baits for snapper, seabass, triggerfish, and a few grouper. If they don’t hit the whole ones cut them in half. It seems most of the time the bottom dwellers really prefer a cut pogie plug to a whole live one. The action has and should continue to be good. Check the bait pods early first or later in the day as tarpon will on

many occasions ease back into the baits after all the boats leave . A stout Penn Spinfisher 6500 with 65lb Spiderwire Braid is my first choice with a 6/0 circle hook. Take a live pogie and pitch it into the bait school. A cork (large one) set to float only 4 ft below can be really deadly if they are feeding well. I usually wait till I see a fish or two before lobbing one into the bait.If this fails run up behind the shrimp boats and pitch a bait behind the boat. Sharks, tarpon, and jacks will follow the boats for the bycatch. Throw in behind the nets and hang on. Look for the bull reds to make a big push into the river to spawn this month. The first big moon usually starts the migration and pogies, blue crabs and mullet are the best baits. Work the bottom of the low tide on the edges of the river in 35 to 42 feet of water. A stout rod using a 3 swivel rig similar to and offshore bottom rig works well. A 6oz to 10oz sinker usually gets it done. I prefer a whole live pogie or mullet if it’s available, ladyfish , or live blue crab for best results. At times a fresh pogie plug is very effective for bull reds as the scent can draw the fish in quicker. Another effective method is to chum a little to put more scent into the water. Cut the pogies in small pieces seems to work better. Remember your not trying to fatten them but, just draw them in. The big rocks will hold slot to bull reds this month and a live pogie is usually my first choice. With a live pogie I like to pitch a ¼ to 3/8th oz knocker rig on the edge of the rocks on a high falling tide to a slow dead low tide for best results. Remember you can’t catch them on the couch! Get fishing For more fishing tips listen to the Outdoorshow radio program on 1010am or 92.5fm every Saturday from 7am to 10am. He can be reached at 904.241.7560 or 904.626.1128 or go to www. enterprisefishingcharters.com

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t’s July and the high lite of the month, as far as fishermen are concerned, is that the Greater Jacksonville Kingfish Tournament (GJKT) is this month. That’s right, now is the time for the 38th annual GJKT, presented by Jacksonville Marine Charities. When it comes to the fish, well lets’ just say that they have shown up in mass since the middle June. Add some large schools of bait to the mix, and things are shaping up for yet another great tournament. So lets’ get down to the nitty gritty. The GJKT is a weeklong event. Actually more than a week this year with the placement of Jacksonville Redfish Tournament on (also presented by Jacksonville Marine Charities) Saturday July 14th. The tournament site opens on Monday the 16th for captains’ bag pickups, early registration and Jr Angler Tournaments (both dock and offshore) registration. Monday night brings the captains meeting for the Jr Anglers followed quickly the Jr Angler Tournaments Tuesday. Two PM Tuesday afternoon is a great time to show up and watch the Jrs weigh in. Large and small kingfish weighed in by large and small kids makes for a wonderful afternoon. Wednesday is final registration day for the open tournament, and captains meeting that night. Over 300 boats will be competing on Thursday and Friday for more than $163,000 in cash and prizes including the grand prize (largest fish) , which is a brand new 22ft Contender boat powered by a Yamaha motor, valued at over $83,000. The aggregate winner (two fish combined weight) will take home a smoothe $10,000 in cash. Now tournament officials don’t like to boast, but Thursday and Friday afternoon between 3 and 6 Pm is the time for non-fishing spectators to show up. The show will be impressive. Again, just like the Jr Angler Tournament, there will be small to large boats weighing in small to large kingfish. The only difference is that this time it will be in much larger numbers of boats. It’s a true thing of beauty

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uly can be a hot month with water temps high and fish moving to cooler waters. More of your action will result in the early morning and evenings. I like to fish from 5:30 - 6:00 am to about 10:00-10:30. Most of the better bites will come in that time. Especially if you are a lure fisherman. Fishing docks lights at night can very productive with a DOA shrimp. However, you can still catch a good fish in the afternoon sun. It’s a good idea to find some incoming cooler water and fish deeper as the sun climbs. Also a great time to take advantage of the calm still summer  mornings with a top water plug. Some good ones include Rapala skitterwalks, Mirro Lure Top Dogs, and BiteaBaits Top walker. All these lures worked with a “walk the dog” action can produce vicious strikes from Redfish, Trout, and all the species that feed on swimming bait. The  reason fish hit these style baits in low light is it is easier for fish to look up with no sun blinding them and they can focus on the bait. Harsh sun rays beating down on you is the same thing fish feel. When you move to shade, they will move to deeper water or seek out the cooler temperatures. Moving water will help as well. Most of your traditional methods of fishing will stay the same, but, time of day is important. If your tide is low in the early morning, I would look for backing fish in the shallows, and if the tide is high, I would fish grass lines and over structures and ledges. If you have moving water, bait, and early or evening times, you are in a good situation for success. Beach / jetty fisherman should have a good month with many of the conditions  be recognized in these areas.  Lady fish, Jacks,  blues and mangrove snappers are not as effected by the sunshine as much as other species. So if you want to bend a rod, these species are fairly reliable. Tarpon will be lurking in specific areas, such as deeper holes in creeks, jetties, inlets, areas 8 NE FLORIDA

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une 10th we landed back at our home spot of Browns Creek Fish Camp. The weather all week was as nasty as it could be; however, on our day, the clouds parted and the heat turned up. They always say it feels good to go home when you have been away for a while and it sure was awesome being back at Browns. We put close to 40 kayaks on the water this past Sunday. We saw many new folks which is always good to get new butts in seats. We have fostered a new relationship with Wounded Warrior Project and have had at least 6 from their group to the last two events. We also have seen a few new folks that found out about us from the HOW National site. As you read this, if you know of any veterans or first responders who you think would benefit from a day on the water, have them contact us. We would love to send them out for some aqua therapy. Fishing was fishing and par for course. A few decent reds were caught. Many rat reds and puppy drum made their way into kayaks throughout the day. One group, on the day, had a challenge they couldn’t overcome and wound up returning to the ramp with a reel with no line. As guide, Donnie Leeper stated, “It hit like a freight train and I just couldn’t stop it.” Sometime we win and sometimes the fish wins. The VFW stepped up big time with another awesome lunch for all of our participants. We feasted on hamburgers, hotdogs, chips, beans, coleslaw and of course our homemade cookies from our Veteran Marlene Guy. They were delicious as usual. If you or someone you know would be interested in donating lunch for one of our events, we are always in need. We also are in need of land volunteers for every

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02 Mon 05:55 AM 0.33 L

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03 Tue 12:17 AM 4.71 H

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5:25 AM-7:25 AM• 5:40 PM-7:40 PM

04 Wed 12:59 AM 4.62 H

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6:05 AM-8:05 AM• 6:25 PM-8:25 PM

05 Thu 01:43 AM 4.52 H

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06 Fri 02:31 AM 4.43 H

08:48 AM 0.34 L 03:06 PM 4.71 H 09:20 PM 0.84 L

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07 Sat 03:24 AM 4.37 H

09:36 AM 0.15 L 04:00 PM 4.97 H 10:17 PM 0.61 L

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08 Sun 04:21 AM 4.35 H

10:27 AM -0.09 L 04:56 PM 5.26 H 11:14 PM 0.31 L

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09 Mon 05:19 AM 4.40 H

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10:00 AM-12:00 PM• 10:25 PM-11:59 PM

10 Tue 12:10 AM -0.06 L

06:16 AM 4.51 H 12:15 PM -0.69 L 06:47 PM 5.82 H

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13 Fri 02:50 AM -0.98 L

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14 Sat 03:42 AM -1.08 L

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16 Mon 05:28 AM -0.91 L 11:47 AM 5.05 H 05:46 PM -0.64 L

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06:23 AM -0.72 L 12:44 PM 5.06 H 06:48 PM -0.30 L

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25 Wed 01:21 AM 0.35 L

07:26 AM 4.21 H 01:18 PM 0.14 L 07:53 PM 5.17 H

11:45 AM-1:45 PM

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08:10 AM 4.23 H 02:02 PM 0.13 L 08:33 PM 5.18 H

12:10 AM-2:10 AM • 12:35 PM-2:35 PM

27 Fri 02:46 AM 0.14 L

08:51 AM 4.25 H 02:43 PM 0.15 L 09:13 PM 5.16 H

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28 Sat 03:25 AM 0.11 L

09:31 AM 4.26 H 03:22 PM 0.23 L 09:51 PM 5.13 H

29 Sun 04:03 AM 0.14 L

10:10 AM 4.28 H 04:00 PM 0.36 L 10:30 PM 5.06 H

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30 Mon 04:41 AM 0.23 L

10:50 AM 4.32 H 04:38 PM 0.53 L 11:08 PM 4.98 H

31 Tue 05:19 AM 0.34 L

11:29 AM 4.40 H 05:19 PM 0.71 L 11:47 PM 4.88 H

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arpon are being targeted on our beaches and inshore waters all summer long. Along the beaches look for pogie pods with rolling and crashing Tarpon, approach by trolling motor and pitch a live pogy on the outskirts of the school, other alternatives is to fish the shrimp boats after they dump their by catch. For inshore Tarpon a live back hooked mullet or select shrimp with a Daiichi D18Z wide gap octopus hook will do the job. Look for rolling Tarpon and pitch live mullet or shrimp a few feet in front and hold on. Best places to fish are residential canals, Matanzas Inlet or the Tomoka Basin for juvenile tarpon. Afternoon thunderstorms will normally trigger

Tarpon feeding frenzies before the skies open up. Kingfish will be on the near shore wrecks and beaches, slow trolling (1.5mph) a pogy will attract smoker kings. Look for bait pods in 3560ft. of water and troll around the bait for hook ups. Starting early in the morning or just before sunset is your best bet for the dog days of summer when targeting redfish on the flats. Toss your favorite topwater plug during low light conditions then switch to live or cut bait (lady fish, crab or mullet) and soak baits along grass banks that are holding bait or soak baits around oyster beds on the higher tides. Flounder are still targeted on the flats during higher tides and creeks during low tides with live mud minnows pinned on a jig head slowly bounced or dragged across the bottom. If you can’t make it to the shallows, pitch baits around docks closer to the inlet for flatties. Fish the last of outgoing and first of incoming tide at Matanzas inlet targeting deeper drop-off ledges, deep water rock/ hard bottom. Normally snook can be heard popping shrimp under the Palm Coast bridges or nearby docks but with past winters devastating cold spells the snook took a beating and we suffered massive fish kills. Try to practice catch, photo and release till our snook stocks can replenish themselves. Capt. Chris Herrera Serving Flagler Beach, Palm Coast, St. Augustine www.palmcoastfishing.com 386-503-6338

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

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he month of July harbors a live well full of fishing opportunities and for a variety of both freshwater and saltwater game fish. Without a doubt the most popular specie includes the fast-striking king mackerel that can be found prowling the beaches, inlets and offshore habitats of Amelia Island. A most common fishing tactic includes slow trolling live baits including menhaden, mullet, cigar minnows, goggle eyes and blue runners. However, any live saltwater fish ranging from six to twelveinches is a likely candidate for a big “Mack” attack. Dead baits also work well including cigar minnows and the sword like “Ribbonfish”. Hot July summer days also heats up beach fishing action where large schools of menhaden are a big drawing card for summer tarpon, kingfish, sharks, cobia and tarpon. Typically, the larger concentrations

in-coming tide finds lots of mullet schooling and tarpon too! Near shore summer fishermen will also encounter cobia, shark, Spanish Mackerel, pompano, bluefish, whiting, jack crevalle and more. Offshore fishermen will have a wide variety of both bottom and trolling species to target during the month of July as well. The gag grouper season opened on June 1st with a 24-inch minimum size limit and two fish per day bag limit. Other bottom species include black sea bass, snapper, triggerfish, amberjack and cobia. Bottom fishing with fresh local squid is key! Backwater fishing remains excellent for spotted sea trout during the month of July where the best action is found during the last portion of the in-coming tide. Drifting live finger mullet, or large live shrimp under a small float is a deadly tactic. However working a “Real Target”

of menhaden are located from just north of the “Amelia By the Sea” fishing pier to the very southern portion of Amelia Island. Simply look for diving pelicans, large cloudy areas of the beach, or keep a close eye on your fish finder for clouds of bait fish down deep. Without saying it is a must that king mackerel fishermen bring along a box of frozen cigar minnows and dead ribbonfish when menhaden are difficult to cast net! Some of the key areas to slow troll in close to shore for summer king mackerel include the just off from the beaches of Omni Amelia Island Plantation, the channel buoy at Nassau Sound and the St. Mary’s shipping channel. Offshore structures include FA, FC, HH and the “Nassau Live Bottom”. Tarpon fishing will also heat up during the month of July along the southern beaches and inlets of Amelia Island where chumming from an anchored or drifting boat may well produce a silver king weighing well over the 100-pound mark. One of the very best tarpon summer tarpon hot spots includes the very southern portion of Amelia Island when a

“Glass Minnow Baitball” jerk bait with hard jerks just under the surface is a deadly tactic for hooking into “Gator” size sea trout. Redfish, flounder and sheepshead will also be running during the heat of summer where fishing the deep ends of boat docks, jetties and oysterbars is key. One of the better areas for catching both sea trout and redfish during the month of July includes the mouth of Tiger Creek where shallow bars, marsh points and oyster bars offer excellent backcountry fishing. The “38th Annual Greater Jacksonville Kingfish Tournament” will take place July 16-21 will offer prizes and cash for the largest king mackerel. For more Amelia Island fishing information please call (904) 261-2870, or visit www.ameliaangler.com

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t is now legal to catch shrimp and mother nature isn’t helping. The water gets a little fresher every day.  But sooner or later these tasty beauties will have to make that trip, so keep tuned to the action and see how it goes. Now onto mullet.  They’re biting really well.  All you need is some chum, splitshot, floats, and number 2 or 4 hooks.    So get some ice for your cooler and get at it.

and plastic grubs or a smaller worm works well. So go to it. Flounder are up near and around Doctors Lake.  Fish shiners or shrimp on the bottom and these beauties will chew them up. Oh, before I forget it, the lady fish and jacks are around so remember not all bites are edible. The Bluegills are still bedding, To find them use your nose, you can smell them. They smell like watermelon. just sniff the air as you go slow in 3 to 6 ft of water on sand or gravel bottom. Worms and crickets are the bait to use and small beatle spins are my favorite. Well, it’s short, but action packed.  So, til next time, keep your line wet and your lure moving.--Richard.

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

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ith air temps in the mid to upper 90’s this month it’s a good idea to get on the water as early, or as late as possible as the fish will be on the feed during those times and laying low during the heat of the day. Inshore toss your favorite top-water plug at first light for exciting redfish and trout blowups. Some favorite top-water plugs for our area are the Rapala Skitterwalk, Heddon Super Spook Jr., or any “walk the dog” type lure. If you’re not an “early bird” check out the dusk bite using the same lures. The fishing right off the beach really comes alive this time of year. Huge sharks, tarpon, kingfish, and many more will be chowin’ down on the giant pods of pogies right behind the breakers. It’s a great time to put your heavier tackle to the test! When looking to catch some redfish be on the lookout for concentrations of finger mullet or pogies on the flats. You can be guaranteed that at least a redfish or two will be hanging nearby a big wad of baitfish this time of year. During the higher tide stages one of my favorite lures to toss

this time of year is the spinner bait as it nicely mimics a finger mullet. The water is murky right now and the bright flash of the spinners blade and the thump it creates while going through the water will be sure to get the fishes attention. On the lower tide stages a lot of the bigger fish will move to slightly deeper water where it’s a little cooler. Any kind of live or chunked bait will work well for reds, trout, and flounder when fishing deeper. A scented soft plastic fished very, very slow will also be a good bet. The flounder bite should be good this month at the St. Augustine and Mantanzas inlets and just about all the regular inshore flatty haunts. Fishing around the slack tides will give you the best chance to get your bait on the bottom where the flounder hide. Small to medium sized finger mullet on a fish finder rig can be deadly... Don’t be afraid to use a decent sized mullet to catch the doormats… just remember to let the flounder chew on the bait a few moments before setting the hook. One of my favorite fish, the tarpon, should be thick along the beach gorging themselves on the bait (pogy) pods just about now. They started to show around the shrimp boats and at the inlets last month and should have pogy’s on their mind now. The best bite will be early morning and just before or after the afternoon summer rainstorms. Rig a live pogy on a large 6/0-10/0 circle hook and fish the outside of the bait pods. Sometimes a little weight to help the pogy get down will help. Don’t forget to rig a rod with a plug for the giant jacks and spanish macs that will be on the pods as well. Capt. Tommy Derringer 904-377-3734 www.InshoreAdventures.net

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

Very Hot! HOT weather and calm seas. It’s time for bottom fishing. Trolling the blue water is a thing of the past – it’s time to sweat! We are extremely fortunate in NE FL to have great bottom fishing; however, the people in control of our natural resources say there’s no way to open Red Snapper before August. If you have questions or comments you can call: NOAA/NMFS: 727-824-5301 or 843571-4366. For email: roy. crabtree@NOAA.gov; or kim.iverson@safmc.net So, let’s focus on what we can catch and keep. The mainstay of anglers in the summer is Vermillion and Mangrove Snapper. The Vermillion or Bee Liners - as they are called locally - are plentiful from 100’ out to the shelf edge. They are easily caught and great eating. A double hook rig baited with cut squid is the rig of choice. In addition to Vermillion, Red Porgy and Grey trigger fish will be caught on the same rigs in the same areas. Gray

Snapper or Mangoes as they are called locally are a little more difficult to catch. Dead or live sardines work the best. Floro carbon leaders between 30 and 50 pound test and just enough lead to get to the bottom is the best way to go. The best depths are 80 to 120 ft. Both of these species bite well after dark so if you are looking to beat the heat a night trip isn’t a bad idea. In addition to Snapper - Amberjack, Cobia, and Grouper show up frequently in fisherman’s catches. Live bait like grunts or pin fish work well if you want to target larger fish. Cobia and Amberjack will readily take jigs worked vertically over ledges and wrecks. On the trolling scene, King Mackerel are King. Live bait fisherman will take some large fish along the beach and the old school Captain will catch plenty of smaller fish using drone spoons pulled deep behind a planer. In addition to Kings - Bonita, Barracuda and the occasional Sailfish will be caught around the nearshore wrecks and reefs out to 100’. The temperature is hot, but you can count on calm seas. “Let’s go Fishing”

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arpon, Blacktips, Bonnetheads, and Whiting are what the dog days of summer are about. Hot days can run you off the beach early. To beat the heat hit the sand at predawn. Catch a great sunrise and some good eating. Whiting are the easiest target. They even bite at night! Best night fishing is on a high tide somewhere between Micklers and Vilano. Use

a small piece of fresh shrimp or small pieces of fresh clam on a #2-1/0 circle hook. You can star gaze and fill the cooler at the same time. Tarpon are the most elusive quarry. Early morning or early evening is your best bet. Soak fresh chunks of mullet in the trough or free line a live one across the bar. Casting a fresh dead Whiting back into the slough will often result in a battle with a Blacktip or Spinner shark. Be sure to use a heavy enough leader. I use 480lb cable with a 10/0 circle hook. Here is a different opportunity for some great action. On days of calm seas try throwing a big topwater lure into the surf. This can result into violent strikes of Seatrout, ladyfish, Bluefush, Jacks, and evn Tarpon Last July my charters had a blast with Bonnetheads in the 12 to 22 lb range. We averaged 7 per day on 8 consecutive trips. Half a blue crab on a flooded sand bar is the ticket for this scrappy good eating shark. Their diet of Mantis shrimp, Blue, Calico, and Stone crabs is why they taste so good!.

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t all started for me when I began focusing on the big bull reds that prowl the waters around the St. Andrews Pass and the bridges in Panama City, Fla. I knew many of them lurked in those deep waters, and using live bait was usually a sure bet, but I get such a kick out of fooling fish with artificial lures that I had to explore the world of deep jigs like the Shimano Butterfly jig and the Offshore Angler Freestyle jig. When attempting to fool fish holding in water 50 to 100 feet deep, or more, you need a lure that gets down in a hurry. Not many tools can fill this niche, but these heavy, lead, streamlined jigs with the cool paint jobs come through in spades. Equipped with one or two hooks on a short tether, these jigs produce a wild, erratic fluttering on the fall, and when worked correctly, produce an enticing jumping action when ripped up off the bottom with the rod. The action is similar to a spoon more than a conventional jig, and fish of all species fall for it. It’s crucial to team your jig up with a properly rated rod. Deep jigging rods are usually short and work very well, but many rod types will get the job done. Spinning reels work fine, but I’ve found reels built for bottom fishing, like the Shimano Torium, to be my favorite. They’re smooth and fast, perfect for this technique. Spool up with 50• Safer to 80-pound test braid and a shock • Easier leader made of • Better 30- to 60-pound monofilament or fluorocarbon. Typically this is a vertical presentation with your boat positioned right on top of your target. Casting the jig, however, can be a very effective way of targeting fish that may be suspended somewhere in the water column and away from the boat. You can cover a lot of water using these jigs as a searchbait. Cast or drop the jig and let it settle to the bottom.

Then begin pumping it back to the boat. Work it with hard jerks several feet off the bottom, and let it settle on a semi slack line. Usually, a hard jerk works best. This triggers a strike without giving the fish time to think about what it’s looking at. You will feel the strike, and it will likely be on the fall, so hold on! I once had a large fish rip a rod right out of my hand. Down it went, the whole rig. That was a learning moment! Adjust your drag properly. I have experienced several days, both nearshore and offshore, when I caught fish about four to one against my partners using live bait. This is due to the bait’s ability to cover a lot of water in a short time with extremely effective results. I’ve caught reds, grouper, bonito, snapper, Spanish and king mackerel, trout, amberjacks, mahi and more using these jigs. It is an extremely exciting and productive fishing technique; give it a try! Randy “C-Note” Cnota is co-publisher of the Panama City/Forgotten Coast edition of Coastal Angler Magazine and owner of C-note Charters in Panama City, Fla. Check him out at cnotecharters.com.

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Millennium Marine Rod Management Whether you’re pulling a spread or pulling up to the boat ramp, Millennium Marine has the products to hold and transport your rods safely and securely. This Mississippi-based company is proud to introduce its new Rod Transport Rack and Single SpyderLok Rod Holder to anglers everywhere. Utilizing unique SpyderLok technology, the Single SpyderLok Rod Holder has tight secure locking angles and sure lock adjustments to keep the rod in place. The mounting plate is flush with the carpet, eliminating stubbed toes and tripping hazards. No tools are necessary to use, and the smooth and easy angle adjustment maintains the rod’s position. Active anglers looking to head out on the water to fish with family and friends can also use the Rod Transport Rack. Perfect for group fishing trips and excursions, the Rod Transport Rack allows anglers to transport up to eight rods at one time with ease and convenience. SpyderLok technology locks things in place and keeps rods separate and easily identifiable. Whether fisherman are trolling fresh or salt waters, they will be able to transport their rods with ease and achieve the perfect set-up for a great day out on the water with Millennium.

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