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Starting this month, the larger gags will be so close in that it’ll shock you. Don’t run too far, or you’ll run over some of the biggest fish of the year. Go wherever you jig up your cigar minnows and sardines, and the gags will be right there. When you get a few baits in the well, it’s a good idea to have at least one person put a bait right back down.
the possibilities of spawning. The same places will hold large seabass, as well. I love to eat grouper, but the way I grouper fish also produces large seabass, which I think are even better than grouper in texture andScampsflavor.
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This is the time of year that can make even me look good. The large male gags have started staging up on nearshore structures, wrecks and traditional bait-holding bottom. The scamps and large snappers have started a transitional move to their deeper wintering grounds. Water temps will soon draw a line in the water that clearly shows you where to fish.
After all, that is why the gags are there. They are eating the same baits that you’re catching. They come inshore to a place that holds bait, so all the smaller females have plenty to eat while they are discussing
I also like to take pinfish from the marina as a “bird in hand” for bottom fishing. The beauty of putting a live sardine on a jig and sending it to the bottom is that EVERYTHING down there eats them. The beauty of sending a pinfish, grass grunt or sailors choice to the bottom is that everything down there would love to eat them, but can’t. They can’t get their mouths around the bigger baits, but the ones that can are the fish you want to catch. Go enjoy the bounty of the season!
Ahhhh, yeah! This is the time of plenty. Now is the time of year to have a community-sized fish stew to clear out all the vacuum-sealed stuff in the freezer. You’ve got to make some room for freezer-stuffing grouper, snapper and seabass.
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and snappers hold a special place in my heart. Starting right now, they should be going off! It’s time consuming to stop on the way out a jig up bait. However, a 15- or 20-minute bait stop could make the difference between a good day and a great day. When you find bait in numbers, it doesn’t take long to rack up. I like to keep a Sabiki angler on each side of the boat handing me baits to dehook into a bucket in the center of the boat. Once I get 20 or so baits in the bucket, I pour them into the livewell and repeat until there’s enough.
love spring and summer fishing, but let me say this loud and clear: I live for fall and winter fisheries!
You raise the flags of the fish just caught to show you weren’t skunked.
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• Bait Chucker: Always derogatory term used by y shers to describe any other type of angler. “I think that bait chucker was jealous of my tweed cap.”
Bank of Despair: e opposite of honeyhole, this is an area known for not producing sh. “Man, I wasted three hours over there pounding away on the bank of despair.”
• Damn Carp: A sh caught by an angler that is any species other than the intended target. “I thought it was a big largemouth, but it’s just a damn carp.”
THE LANGUAGE OF ANGLERS
Dink: Synonymous with peckerhead, a dink is a very small sh. “Look at this dink. It’s smaller than the plug it ate.”
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Dreaded Frustrations: e downward spiral of being so ustered by your poor angling performance that you seemingly can’t do anything correctly. “I was slaying them until I hung my lure on the bottom. en I broke my rod tip trying to get it loose and the dreaded frustrations set in. I couldn’t do anything right the rest of the day.”
Easy Release: A sh that shakes the hook right at the boat. Counts as half a sh in informal shing competition. “Oh, well. Easy release. It was a little peckerhead, anyway.”
nglers have their own languages. We make up words or phrases to describe situations we frequently encounter on the water. Some of these phrases are quite amusing, and some are too colorful to be used in print. Like regional dialects, they vary from location to location and even from boat to boat. Without further ado, here are some of our favorite angler idioms.
Yahoo: Refers to anyone on the water other than the anglers in the group using the term. “We went to our honeyhole, but there were a bunch of yahoos already in it.”
Reef Donkey: Derogatory term for greater amberjack. “We were dri ing baits for kings, but all we caught were reef donkeys.”
Pellet Pig: Derogatory term for sh that reach large size because of a feeding program. “ at yahoo thought he caught a trophy, but those pellet pigs are trained to eat hooks.”
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• Mud Dart: A bill sh that dies when released and sinks nose down,
presumably to stick in the mud on the bottom of the ocean. “Keep hauling sail sh in the boat for photos, and you’re going to keep throwing back mud darts. ”
• Bucket Sitter: Sometimes derogatory term for someone who shes bait from the shore. “Look at those bucket sitters over there sitting on their buckets and drowning worms.”
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Le shes topwaters with a size 4000 Stradic CI4+ with a 7’6” G. Loomis GCX Inshore spinning rod with medium power and extra fast action. is set-up casts heavy topwater lures well and o ers excellent control for walking the dog.
the Indian River Lagoon for years, G. Loomis ambassador Capt. Willy Le can’t help but reminisce of the days when the Banana River was brimming with seagrass.
Once a red sh is spotted, it’s important to be patient and accurate. Nothing will spook a red sh faster than an improperly placed bait falling from the sky.
track a topwater lure and overtake the o ering a er several failed attempts.
Anglers imparting the appropriate snap of the rod tip can mimic distressed bait sh on the surface, but it’s important to choose a lure with proper action for the conditions. When the Banana River becomes moderately choppy, loud topwater lures draw in predators. On calm days, it is better to sh a quieter walking lure.
Since these reds aren’t tailing, spotting them means you’re looking for wakes. Mature red sh push wider wakes at a steady pace in a straight line. Mullet make those darting V-shaped wakes.
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e 31-mile-long Banana River is an isolated lagoon. Here, marsh and mangrove ecosystems ourish in a complex landscape where there is uniquely no tidal ow. ere are no freshwater tributaries, no saltwater inlets, and the only outlet to the Atlantic Ocean is through a lock at Port Canaveral.ACocoa Beach local who has been guiding
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“We can sight during all hours of the day and in all weather conditions, but since red sh are focused on feeding early and late in the day this is when you will encounter the most cooperative topwater bite. With overcast conditions the topwater shing can stay strong throughout the day,” said Le.
“ is at right here was so lush, the grass was thick as could be. But with water quality issues fueling massive seagrass die-o s, miles of underwater vegetation have been reduced to barren sand ats. ere are still giant red sh, though they’ve changed behavior and where they would once tail and search out the sea oor, they now just cruise around looking for bait sh,” re ected Le.
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With a blunt snout and downturned mouth, red sh are designed for rooting. ey aren’t wellequipped for attacking prey on the surface, but they certainly display thrilling surface strikes as they
When you’re casting into the wind, you should also adjust the way you cast. In long-casting lingo, I use the term “banner” to refer to the section of line between the rod tip and the lure. You should limit the banner when you’re shing in wind. Instead of using an overhand cast, try a sidearm cast, which limits the lure’s exposure to the wind.
Again, we all love to sh topwater, but distance-dedicated lures are in many cases the better option. In windy conditions with breaking waves and ripping currents, I de nitely prefer a 3-ounce plug or a 4-ounce darter over a topwater, which weighs half as much.
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A long banner also reduces your control of the lure once it hits the water. A line belly in the water pulls your lure sideways on retrieve. You also won’t be in direct contact with the lure. is a ects the lure’s action, and you might also miss bites.
the past few months, we’ve discussed almost everything concerning long-distance lures. We’ve touched on elements an angler can control such as lure choice and the proper rod, reel and line con guration. Now I want to discuss the uncontrollable elements of weather and water conditions. ey play a big role in how far you are able to cast and how e ectively you can sh a lure.
Give it an honest try. I’m sure you’ll be convinced that distance lures are superior to lighter models of similar dimensions in many situations.
If the wind is full force into your face, this adds drag on the lure and line during a cast. A high-density lure cuts through wind more e ciently than a oating lure. Everyone loves shing topwaters, but in windy conditions they are not the best choice. A denser lure always casts farther than a oating lure.
On a beach, with the lure on the sand, allow a banner of 50 to 70 percent of the rod’s length. is shorter banner limits the size of the belly in the line when you cast. e larger the line belly is, the more casting energy is taken from the lure’s ight, resulting in reduced distance.
Typically, a long-distance model weighs 30 to 100 percent more than a oating one of similar dimensions. If a oating lure weighs 2 ounces, a similar sized distance-dedicated lure will weigh 3 to 4 ounces. at’s really a big deal, especially in wind.
Water conditions are another factor worth consideration. Big waves, whitewater and strong currents limit your control. ese conditions are also o en the best conditions for sh to bite. When you cast, engage the reel before the lure hits the water and reel up slack. is gives you a straighter line for better control of the lure, better swimming action and more direct contact with the lure. When you can feel the lure, you can feel the bite and ultimately increase your hook-setting ratio.
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Normally, blacktips leave Florida in the
I personally use a 5/0 extra strong circle hook with 2 feet of wire leader attached to 5 feet of 80-lb. test. e largest IGFA recorded blacktip shark weighed in at 270 pounds, 9 ounces. It was caught out of Malindi Bay, Kenya in 1984.
On slow days when the bite is dead and you’re catching nothing but cat sh, swim one out or cut into chunks. If there are any blacktips around, they will eat it. A lot of anglers use huge hooks and long wire leaders, which will require you to get a shore-based shark shing permit to legally sh for sharks in Florida.
Blacktip sharks can be found year-round in the Atlantic from Virginia through Florida. ey have been known to migrate up to Cape Cod, Massachusetts. ough they do prefer more tropical temperatures, a little cold won’t deter them from their mission. Blacktips are de nitely not picky when it comes to hunting grounds. ey can be found in bays, estuaries, coral reefs and mouths of rivers.
shing in strong current, simply walk down the beach as the bait dri s. On days when they are hanging out too far for casting, swim a live bait out. Blue runners, jack crevalle and palometa work well for this.
ese sharks are viviparous, meaning the pups develop inside the female’s body, unlike other sharks that lay egg sacks. Most pups will be le in shallow nurseries due to the high amount of prey and few predators, which increases their chances of survival.Fishing for blacktip sharks is fairly easy; however, there are days when they can be nicky. Paying attention to speci cs can increase your number of bites. On clear-water days, sharks tend to stay just on the backside of the last sandbar. On milky water days, they can literally be at your feet as they patrol up and down the rst drop.eyde nitely will eat dead bait, but will hit live and fresh-dead bait without hesitation.
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e most productive way to catch blacktips is to use a 6- to 8-inch chunk of whatever fresh sh you have. Toss it out without a weight. If you are
uring the mullet run on Florida’s east coast, plenty of blacktip sharks cruise past our beaches with huge schools of bait. Even if you plan to sh for blacktips outside of mullet-run season, you are still in luck. Finding a blacktip shark de nitely isn’t an issue due to a large and growing population of these big sharks.
spring to travel up the coast to Georgia and the Carolinas to mate in summer. Blacktips participate in internal fertilization, meaning that each female is separately impregnated, which will then result in 4 to 11 pups every two years.
Before blacktips begin migrating for the mating season, they will actually be in gendersegregated schools that come together only for mating. Blacktips tend to be separated due to the male’s highly aggressive drive towards the females, which could result in serious injury.
Emily Rose Hanzlik holds 51 IGFA world records in various categories. She hails from West Palm Beach, where she has a part time Bow n Guide Service as well as shing classes for Jr. Anglers. Find her on Social Media @emilyhanzlikoutdoors.
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Tilapia… blue tilapia, to be exact, are one of more than a hundred species of cichlid native to the Middle East and Africa that are all called tilapia. is is similar to the way U.S. anglers refer to multiple species of sun sh as bream.
waters o Key West to the many famous bass shermen that made Lake Okeechobee a destination for anglers from around the world, Florida has a rich angling history and amazing shing for everyone.
e blue tilapia (Oreochromis aureus) is the most popular of the tilapia and the species most commonly found here in Florida. It is also a very important species in the sh-farming world due to its fast growth, salinity tolerance and the fact that it can be stocked densely. Tilapia have a long history. Farming of Nile tilapia goes back to ancient Egypt, and its importance is noted by the ancients using the sh as a symbol of rebirth.
e Blue Tilapia is considered invasive to the United States. It was introduced to Florida in the 1960s by stocking and experimental studies by both private and state entities. Tilapia are here to stay and can be found in a wide variety of locations, from lakes and ponds scattered around the state to many freshwater and brackish rivers and streams. For anglers, canals found in almost every neighborhood can be shing paradise.
is species is very fast growing for the rst few months, and then they settle in and grow to the 5-pound class by three to ve years of age. e Florida state record was caught by Pamela Henry, of Stuart, from of a dock on the St. Lucie River in 2011. e 9-pound, 6-ounce beast is also recognized by the IGFA as the all-tackle world record.
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Perhaps a lesser-known draw to the Sunshine State are the exotic species that have taken hold here. ese are the non-native, sometimes invasive species that would otherwise require expensive travel for anglers to target. ey are here, so we might as well sh for them.
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I’m sure everyone reading this can target blue tilapia within a short distance of home. ey are great ghters that stand toe-to-toe with any species of similar size.
ere is no minimum size or bag limit for tilapia. e FWC encourages anglers to catch and eat them like any other invasive species. e white akey meat is mild, and wild-caught tilapia are superior to the farm-raised tilapia sold in grocery stores.
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Tilapia can be nicky eaters, which poses a puzzle for anglers. eir diet consists mainly of green algae, diatoms and small invertebrates. I have witnessed other anglers catching this species on corn, dog food, hot dogs and bread balls. I have caught good numbers and some very large examples with a y rod. I caught most of these sh on Clouser Minnows and other similar small bait sh patterns.
Rex Hannon is a regular contributor to Coastal Angler Magazine. See more from Rex at coastalanglermag.com.
FWC is considering changing regulations to protect large striped bass in the lower Ochlockonee. These large broodfish are important for striped bass breeding programs, and they are also used to breed the sunshine bass stocked in Florida waters.
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so much awesome Florida fishing to go around, it’s rare to hear much about striped bass fisheries in the sunshine state. It’s amazing to think that stripers once thrived across much of the Gulf Coast, making spawning runs up freshwater rivers from the Suwannee River west to the mighty Mississippi.Thesedays, Gulf striped bass fisheries are propped up by multi-state stocking programs. Stripers require as much as 100 miles of free-flowing freshwater river for successful reproduction, and that doesn’t really exist on the Gulf Coast anymore. Through damming and other habitat alterations, people have pretty much wiped out the potential for a natural life cycle for Gulf stripers. Some successful reproduction takes place in different locations, but it is
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Therelimited.are,however, some pretty good Florida striped bass fisheries thanks to breeding and stocking programs. One of these exists at Lake Talquin, west of Tallahassee, and in the Lower Ochlockonee River, which it feeds. This system is the primary source of adult broodfish for Gulf striped bass breeding programs across the Southeast, according to a report from the FWC, and in the last seven years numbers of these adult breeders have declined.
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1. An independent assessment of the red snapper population is now underway – CCA is
recreational data in the South Atlantic, CCA is urging South Carolina, North Carolina and Georgia to join Florida in creating state-based systems to provide more timely and accurate data for management of the recreational sector. Nothing in NOAA Fisheries management history of the recreational sector indicates a federal permit will produce the desired results or be used entirely as originally intended. Given recent comments from federal managers, CCA is concerned such a permit in federal hands will eventually be proposed to limit entry in the recreational fishery.
2. Recreational discard data is perhaps the least reliable in the entire management system, relying solely on angler recall and interpretation. New data collection systems – designed and managed by the states – are desperately needed for more timely and accurate estimates.
The meeting was held as this magazine was going to press, so results of the Council’s decision were not yet available.
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urging the Council to delay any decisions until the results of that assessment are known and verified. A similar assessment in the Gulf of Mexico produced a completely new understanding of the red snapper population there.
While the red snapper population is now regarded as abundant as it has ever been in modern times, NOAA Fisheries is insisting that more severe restrictions are necessary to rebuild the population to a fully recovered status. According to NOAA Fisheries, that status cannot be bestowed until older fish – 30, 40 and even 50 years old –are present in the population, which means these severe restrictions could be in place for decades.
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Coastal Conservation Association has urged caution during the recovery of red snapper from historic lows, but is objecting to the massive closures as completely misguided in the face of a booming red snapper population. Among the many objections to the current proposal:
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3. Federal fisheries management must be reformed to address the absurdity of a stock being declared above historic abundance, yet still being classified as overfished and undergoing overfishing, and therefore subject to wildly inappropriate regulations.Theother related item up for discussion is Snapper Grouper Amendment 46, which is exploring implementation of a federal reef fish permit. CCA has long supported better data and efforts to define the universe of anglers for improved management. As noted above, there is a critical need for more accurate and timely estimates of the recreational catch and discards. However, NOAA Fisheries track record of recreational management is exceptionally poor.
South Atlantic Fishery Management Council met in mid-September in Charleston, S.C. Two items on the agenda were of particular significance to offshore anglers. In Snapper Grouper Fishery Regulatory Amendment 35, NOAA Fisheries is attempting to force massive time and area closures that would result in severe, negative economic and cultural impacts to recreational fishing, boating and coastal communities in the South Atlantic in order to prevent red snapper mortality even as bycatch.
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Jacksonville Marine Charities concluded the 42nd Greater Jacksonville Kingfish Tournament with a BANG! We want to give a big thank you to all of the anglers and participants that came out to make this a special community event. We also want to give a huge shoutout to our operating committee and volunteers. You are the backbone that helps make it all come together. Here is a rundown of the top winners, Junior Offshore winner , Hayden Wildes from Hilliard Fl with a 36.03 lb King Our Lady Angler winner, Kaylee Canady
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from Jacksonville with a 27.49 King Our Aggregate winner Tommy Rady from Neptune Beach with a two fish total 71.63 The Grand Prize large fish, Joe Shugart from St. Augustine with a 49.77 king.Congratulations to all of these anglers and to all that placed. We were proud to extend the large fish and aggregate payouts by 4 spots each because of the increased support this year. Let’s do It again in 2023.
Thank you again to this great community. With your help we are able to do good things all year long. Next up is a dock event for the Child Cancer fund September 24th and then a dock event for the Head on Youth impact November 12th. If you would enjoy helping some deserving children have a great experience come out and volunteer for a couple of hours and load up the smiles. You can reach us thru our office 904 251-3011. www.kingfishtournament.com
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October ends another year of tournaments, Captain of the Year, and all of the boards will get a fresh start. The Club Banquet will move new faces and fresh ideas onto the board of directors as well as celebrate our accomplishments and year together. It has been a great year for us all.
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September was great for the Jacksonville Offshore Sport Fishing Club. We have finally transitioned into our beautiful new clubhouse in Mayport. Our meetings are getting back on track. We are working on new guest speakers. The past president’s meeting fish fry that was amazing.
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In the last couple of weeks, the club has been focused on spreading the word about the SAFMC/NOAA proposed closures, the NOAA proposed slow speed zones, and just trying to get any additional information, links, and email addresses out to make sure we keep our fisheries open and accessible. Watch for updates and please speak up and
NOAA Fisheries is attempting to force massive time and area closures that would result in severe, negative economic and cultural impacts to recreational fishing, boating, and coastal communities in the South Atlantic in order to prevent red snapper mortality even as bycatch. While the red snapper population is now regarded as abundant as it has ever been in modern times, NOAA Fisheries is insisting that more severe restrictions are necessary to rebuild the population to a fully recovered status. According to NOAA Fisheries, that status cannot be bestowed until older fish –30, 40 and even 50 years old – are present in the population, which means these severe restrictions could be in place for decades. We must not allow our Rights to fish to further be destroyed by a bunch of bureaucrats. On a good note. We will be publishing the kick-off date for the Annual Don Combs Wahoo Tournament soon. It will be in early December.
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Have you noticed lately that our Government seems to be taking more of our rights away. ? For example they want to further restrict where you can fish, how you can fish and how fast you can go to get to your fishing spot. The extension of the Snapper closure to include large areas of NO FISH zones is a good example. See next paragraph. What about restricting areas from Maine to Melbourne to a 10 mph speed limit during much of the year to protect Right Whales ? When will this stop, how far will we let them go ? The Marlin Club has participated in and supports the efforts to fight back. I recently participated in Right Whale NOAA Webinar where I could speak/ask a question. I was given 1 minute ! The first question was dodged very nicely. The second question was if the Right Whale regulations proposed go into effect how long do you think it would take before we could get back to normal. The answer, decades !!! Just like Snapper, once they close something good luck getting it back.
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Put all the slices of the 1lb of bacon in hot oil
2 1/4eggscup whole milk
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Next put fish into egg wash and then back into corn meal mix to double coat fish. When all fish is double coated put fish on large plate and cover with plastic wrap and put in refrigerator to cool.
1 lb package of bacon
24 oz package of corn meal
10 oz package white flour
Put fish into bag of mix and shake to coat fish.
2 tablespoons of Texas Pete hot sauce
until fish floats to surface. Remove fish from oil to a large platter lined with 4 or 5 paper towels to soak excess oil from fish. As soon as fish is taken out of oil and on platter then sprinkle just a bit of salt to season.
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Is it a trick or a treat you’ll be offering the fish this month… Whether live bait or an artificial lure is your thing, October is an awesome month to be on the water. The air temps will start to cool down a bit and the fish will be chewin! Tons of finger mullet will be invading the inshore waters in Northeast Florida this time of year and just about every predatory fish that swims will be chowing down on them. It’s a great time to use any type of lure that resembles a mullet with top-water and suspending plugs being the go-to for many anglers. We also have a couple good flood tides left so if you missed out on the earlier ones get out there as the flood tide fishing has been great this year.
With the influx of bait, the local inlets will be a great place to fish over the next couple of months. Huge bull reds will be found at all the area inlets. I like to fish an hour or two around either side of the slack tides. Some favorite baits are mullet, pogies, or blue crab. Cut the baits in half to allow the scent to get into the water. Use a fish-finder rig with enough weight to hold
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The flounder bite has been great all summer long and should only continue to get better as it cools off. Some of the areas biggest flounder come in October and November. Don’t be afraid to use some big bait for the “doormat flatties”. A 6” mullet seems like a huge bait but a big flounder has a giant mouth and will have no problem getting it down. Just remember to wait a bit after the bite before setting the hook. Patience pays off big time in flounder fishing. Happy Fall and tight lines!
Up shallow the redfish and trout will be on the feed big-time, especially around the concentrations or finger mullet. On the lower tide stages the finger mullet will gang up and when you find an area that is holding the mullet you can be sure there’s something underneath them waiting to attack. I really like to fish the low tide along the ICW this time of year. The area where the water last exits a big flat is going to be where the mullet, and the reds, trout, and flounder will be hanging out. A few of my favorite fall lures are any top-water or subsurface plug that resembles a finger mullet and the Saltwater Assassin Sea Shad. Of course, a live or cut mullet will work wonders as well.
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most humbling or the most rewarding experience in fishing. Many anglers new to the sport have a hard time adjusting to the techniques and know-how specific to the salt. Here are a few things to think about to help shorten the learning curve during your first few outings.
With the fly pinched in the fingers of your off hand, keep the head of your line, at least 10 feet or so, outside of the top guide of your rod. This allows you to load the rod immediately, so you’ll need fewer false casts before letting the fly fly.
Also, know how you’ll fight a fish. Saltwater species are much stronger than what you’d encounter on a stream or in a pond. With too much drag, they’ll break you off with a quick blistering run. If there’s too little drag, you’ll never get that fish to the boat. Learn how to apply drag manually by palming the reel. This allows you to adjust pressure on the fish more carefully and instantly.
If you think you’ll need a 60-foot cast, you should have 60 feet of line off the reel and either on the deck or in a stripping basket. If it’s on the deck, make sure there isn’t anything else down around your feet, including your feet, for your line to snag on.
• CASTS: Hopefully you’ve already spent some time working on your double haul. Google it. This technique increases line speed and delivers long accurate casts, which is necessary with the bulky flies and windy conditions inherent to the sport.Yet there’s more to fishing effectively than long-distance casting. You’ll also need quick casts, quick second casts, backhand casts and the dreaded short casts so many people muff when they’ve spent weeks practicing to sling 60 feet of line. You should work on these casts, as well.Learn to flip quick 10- to 20-foot casts to either side of the boat. Utilize water resistance to load the rod when the fly is already in the water. Limit false casting, which wastes time in the limited window of opportunity you’ll have with moving fish. Don’t try to muscle casts. A loaded rod imparts much more line speed than the strength of your arm.
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• CLOSE THE DEAL: When you get a fish to eat, don’t ruin the moment by lifting the rod tip. Train yourself to strip-set and to strip-set hard.
Familiarity with your gear and figuring out how to present flies quickly and accurately is all that matters. Get out on the water somewhere and get used to slinging line around.
for your shot, your chance to cast at a fish that either you or your guide/poling partner sees. Be ready to capitalize on your opportunity, which means paying attention to yourself.
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• BE READY: Saltwater fly
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Deal with these things as soon as you step up on the casting deck, and you can turn your attention to looking for fish.
For more information on lionfish, go to MyFWC.com/Lionfish.
• Second place Commercial Division: Alex Fogg – 1,090 pounds of lionfish
fall has been one of the best times of year to catch flounder as they run offshore through the inlets and passes to spawn. If you had plans to load up on some flat fish during this annual migration, you better do it fast. Flounder harvest in Florida will close Oct. 15 and remain closed through Nov. 30.
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This year’s tournament boasted a total of 707 registered participants, the most in the program’s history. A total of 196 divers conducted 676 trips throughout the state during the three-month tournament. They brought in a whopping 25,299 lionfish. This is the highest tournament total since 2018. In the end, though, two participants prevailed. Here are the winners of the 2022 Lionfish Challenge:•Lionfish
The 2022 Lionfish Challenge was sponsored by FloGrown, a Florida-based fishing and outdoor apparel company. FloGrown designed, printed and
donated custom tournament T-shirts that were awarded to all participants who reached the first prize tier of the tournament.
The Lionfish Challenge is a summer-long tournament that rewards divers for their lionfish harvests. The tournament is open to everyone, is completely free to enter and participants can compete from anywhere in the state. Divers receive prizes based on the amount of lionfish they harvest and compete for the title of the Lionfish King/ Queen or Commercial Champion.
The event is intended to draw attention to the threat of lionfish on Florida reefs and to promote removal of this nasty invasive species statewide.
King (First place Recreational Division): Isaac Jones – 1,018 lionfish
• Third place Commercial Division: Isidoro Bedoya – 1,008 pounds of lionfish
FWC made this regulations change last year along with other Gulf of Mexico and Atlantic states to address a declining trend in flounder stocks. The idea was to protect these tasty fish ahead of the spawn during a movement in which they are subject to a lot of angling pressure. Along with the closed season, Florida increased the minimum length limit from 12 to 14 inches and decreased the daily bag limit from 10 fish to five fish per person.
• Third place Recreational Division: Helen Rodney – 800 lionfish
The seventh-annual Lionfish Challenge came to a close on Sept. 6, and the competition was stiff until the very end. Participants in this year’s tournament broke several records in their quest to earn the title of Lionfish King or Queen and Commercial Champion.
• Second place Recreational Division: Baye Beauford – 863 lionfish
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• Commercial Champion (First place Commercial Division): Paul DeCuir –1,092 pounds of lionfish
For more information, go to myFWC.com.
So, unless you’ve already got some in the freezer, don’t plan on having stuffed flounder for Thanksgiving.
The IGFA all-tackle world record hogfish weighed 21 pounds, 15 ounces. It was caught out of Charleston, South Carolina in 2011 by Wesley Covington.
farther south in Florida. But there he was, and I went toward him right off.”
Summerville took his shot from about 10 feet and hit the fish in the jaw, just under the eye, according to Outdoor Life. He didn’t realize he had a potential new record until they reached cell service on the way in. The fish measured 35. 5 inches in length and had a girth of almost 26 inches.Summerville’s huge hogfish was 2.5 pounds heavier than the previous Florida record of 21.7 pounds. James Michaelin speared the previous record last September in the Gulf. He actually gutted it before weighing it on certified scales, so there’s no telling how much it would have weighed intact.
By CAM Staff
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Summerville is a captain and dive master with Panama City Diving. He was on his day off from work and diving the Gulf of Mexico with some buddies from the center’s 36-foot boat Steel Slinger. According to Outdoor Life, Summerville dropped to about 100 feet on an area of live bottom called “Three-to-Five” by locals.“The water was really clear, and I looked down and saw a big hogfish,” he told Outdoor Life. “I was shocked to see him, because usually we don’t see many hogfish off Panama City. There are more of them to the east near Carrabelle or
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Florida diver Josh Summerville speared a 24.2-pound hogfish about 40 miles out of Panama City Beach on Aug. 2. The big fish set a new state record for the species.
Spearfishing Association, weighed 24.5 pounds. Diver Bruce Elliott Mock, Jr. stuck that fish off the coast of North Carolina on Aug. 3, 2017.
Hogfish are excellent to eat. They are prized by spearfishers and conventional anglers. Traditionally, they were pursued only with spearguns because their diet of crustaceans made them a difficult target on rod and reel. However, Gulf Coast anglers have begun to figure them out in the last few years. There aren’t too many fish in the sea that will turn down a live shrimp when it’s presented to them in just the right way.
The world spearfishing record for hogfish, according to the International Underwater
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Nationally recognized and promoted, this show will attract advanced collectors from across the country—all attending to buy, sell and trade vintage fishing tackle. More than 4,000 square feet of angling antiquities will be on display—including rare lures, reels, rods, creels and other fishing-related memorabilia and ephemera.
you ever wondered about the value of that old tackle box your grandpa left you? What about that old rod and reel combo gathering dust in the attic or the vintage outboard in the back of the garage? Well, here’s your chance to find out.
The first annual Savannah Southern Classic antique tackle show, cohosted by the Florida Antique Tackle Collectors and the Carolina Antique Tackle Collectors, will be held Nov. 11-12. This first-time show will take place in the Savannah Conference Center inside the Embassy Suites, 145 West Mulberry Blvd., Savannah, Georgia 31407.
Although requirements for barotrauma-mitigation tools differ between Gulf and Atlantic federal waters, Florida is proposing anglers be allowed to choose which device works best for their circumstances. Proper use of such tools is a concern, and outreach has been proposed to educate anglers on their use as well as to increase regulatory compliance.
ANTIQUE TACKLE SHOW OPENS NOVEMBER 11-12
The proposed Florida-waters gear requirement would mirror federal regulations and require those fishing from a vessel that are harvesting or attempting to harvest reef fish in state waters to have a descending device or venting tool rigged and ready for use.
times are Friday, Nov. 11 from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.; and Saturday, Nov. 12 from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Those interested in becoming a member and exhibiting at this and future shows should visit www.FATC.net or www.CarolinaAntiqueTackleCollectors.com.
The public is welcome to attend at the nominal cost of $5 per adult (accompanied children under 12 admitted free). Once inside, visitors can either browse or buy from the show’s many exhibitors, or receive free appraisals for their old tackle and other fishing-related items. Those interested in selling can consign their items to our Saturday auction, where hardcore collectors will bid aggressively.Publicshow
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These devices are designed to mitigate the effects of barotrauma, which is a pressure-related injury that fish sustain when being reeled up from depth. It is thought that requiring such gear helps improve survival rates of released reef fish. Mortality rates for catch-and-release of reef fish is a management challenge in waters off the Southeastern United States.
devices are required for reef fish anglers in federal waters of the Atlantic and the Gulf of Mexico. Florida is looking at making them a requirement in state waters, as well.
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Star-studded grouper are a species that inhabits the eastern Paci c Ocean from Southern California down to e previous all-tackle world record was a 31-pounder caught by Chris Wheaton out of Loreto, Mexico.
Izquierdo’s sh weighed 15.38 kilograms, which is 33 pounds, 14.5 ounces and some change. On the same trip, Robert Navarro boated another star-studded grouper that weighed 15.51 kilograms, or 34 pounds, 3 ounces and some change. Both sh will be recorded as all-tackle world records in the books.
oastal Angler Magazine contributor Ryan Izquierdo was on a really hot bite on April 28 while shing out of San Carlos in Sonora, Mexico. e boat he was on landed not one, but two IGFA all-tackle world records for star-studded grouper. With just a fraction of a kilogram separating the weights of the two sh, IGFA recently named them both a tie for the all-tackle world record.
Caught on the Same Trip!
Both sh were caught slow-pitch jigging with JYG Pro jigs.
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e angler, Ryan Hernandez, caught his “leopard” red sh while shing with Capt. Danny Alvarez in the Upper Laguna Madre near Corpus Christi, Texas on Aug. 27. Hernandez said the sh had more than 300 spots per Leopardside. red sh are rare, but they do show up from time to time. Fisheries biologists believe this rare color pattern is caused by both parents having a recessive pigmentation trait. e wild coloration leaves the o spring particularly susceptible to predation early in its life. Not only is it rare for a leopard red sh to be hatched, it’s rare for them to reach catchable size.According to SaltWater Sportsman, Hernandez kept his leopard red sh to have it mounted. It’ll make a heck of a conversation piece.
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ed sh have black spots. Some of them have several black spots. is red sh caught on the Texas Gulf Coast had so many black spots that it doesn’t even look like a red sh.
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Here’s my disclaimer: I invented Knockin Tail Lures. e paddletail I use for snook is the Knockin Tail Lure in the Halloween is lure, like the Rat-L-Trap, has a built-in rattle. Trust me,
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Capt. Michael Okruhlik is the inventor of Knockin’ Tail Lures, Controlled Descent Lures and the owner of www.MyCoastOutdoors.com.
Now for methods you may not have tried while targeting snook. Let’s visit our friends in the freshwater aisle and pull out an old favorite: the Rat-L-Trap! Pick up a few of these in chrome and blue, buy some stout saltwater-grade treble hooks, stainless steel split rings, and you’re set. ese noisy, rattling hard baits drive big snook crazy. I sh these on a fast and steady retrieve. e simplicity, in itself, is enticing. Among the advantages are the castability of these lures, their bullet-proof construction, and best of all there is not much skill required in this tactic. Simply cast and reel at a fast pace and hold on tight. When a hungry, or mad snook nails a Trap as you burn it through salty water, they will try their best to take the lure and the rod from your hands. ere is nothing like a 40-inch snook hammering a fast-moving Rat-L-Trap!
I hope this new look at snook shing helps you catch your next e theme here is sound attracts sh. So, tie on some noisy lures and get hooked up!
My other tip involves a color I haven’t seen pictured with many, if any, snook other than those anglers in my circle. e color is in the orange family with gold glitter and a chartreuse tail. is little gem has produced numerous snook over the years. I sh this color in a 5-inch paddletail lure, typically on a heavier jighead. I like a heavy head because I burn these swimbaits through the water.
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hen it comes to snook shing with lures, I typically see the same color patterns and lure styles displayed in the jaws of caught sh as the angler proudly presents their catch to the camera. I’d like to share some new colors and lures that I have found to be very e ective when targeting solid-lined trophies.Let’s start with what you might already know. Feather jigs are popular among those who pursue line-siders. Some may tip their jig with a grub of some sort, while others take the simple approach of feathers, lead and a sharp hook. More o en than not, when I see these jigs pinned in the jaws of magni cent sh, the colors are typically white, red, chartreuse or a combination of all three. I don’t typically throw a feather jig, but when I do I prefer to tip it with a paddletail to give it extra vibration. Find one with a rattling tail, and you just increased your odds of hooking up!
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Diving and snorkeling for stone crabs is also popular. Look for crushed shells in front of holes in the rocks or reef where a stone crab has been feeding. Use a tickle stick with angle of less than 90 degrees to pull them out of the hole and grab them by the claws with gloved hands.
Recreational harvesters age 16 and older who plan to use traps are required to complete an annual no-cost trap registration at GoOutdoorsFlorida.com. rough this process, they will obtain trap registration numbers that must be included on each trap along with the owners name and address.
stone crab season opens Oct. 15 and runs through May 1. e minimum claw size is 2 7/8 inches, and recreational harvesters may take a daily bag limit of 1 gallon of claws per person or 2 gallons of claws per vessel, whichever is less.
Whether diving or trapping, it is illegal to harvest claws from eggbearing females. It is permitted to take both claws if they are of legal length, but most people choose to take just one so the crab is le with something to feed and defend itself with.
Trapping is the most e cient method of collecting the legal limit. Each harvester is allowed ve traps. ey may be baited and placed in the water as early as Oct. 5, but traps may not be pulled and claws may not be harvested until the Oct. 15 season opener.
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Catch Amazing Action on Alaska’s Kenai Peninsula
Second only to the Kenai’s fishing is the scenery. There is a majestic feel to this area. The views are beautiful, there is amazing wildlife and tons of stuff to see. We saw it all as we drove all over the place chasing fish.
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Last, but not least, we fished Skilak Lake, which feeds the Kenai River from the center of the peninsula. This was my favorite place to fish. It is as beautiful as it is full of fish. We stayed 18 days in Alaska and spent our 17th on Skilak, where we slayed the fish. We landed and released more than 100 reds, silvers and trout that day! It was a great note to end our trip.
If you ever get the chance to fish the Kenai Peninsula, you will love it. Get a group of friends, do some research and go. Fish with a guide or on your own. There are so many options and so many fish that it’s hard not to have an amazing adventure.
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Our lodging was in Soldotna, near the mouth of the Kenai River on Cook Inlet. That’s where we fished the Kenai River for red (sockeye) salmon. The famous king salmon season closed before we arrived this year, or we would have been fishing for them. We “flossed” for reds, which is a technique used in rivers to catch salmon that are more interested in their spawning run than they are in feeding. Basically, you use a weighted leader. As pods of fish swim upstream, the line threads an open mouth and you snag the fish when the hook pulls tight. This was combat-style fishing. We stood a rod’s length from other anglers, and it was mayhem when someone hooked up.
Twice, we traveled northeast by van to Hope, Alaska, where we fished for pinks in Resurrection Creek. They were so thick that we stayed busy catching and releasing them after we all caught our limits. On our second trip to Resurrection, we went in search of silvers but they had not arrived yet, so we caught pinks
We also ventured south from Soldotna to the Kasilof River and caught salmon and trout. We crossed the peninsula to Seward and fished the Resurrection River for silvers, pinks and dog (chum) salmon. The river was full of fish, so we fished until it was too dark to see the bears and called it a day at midnight.
We also fished from a boat on the Kenai River, where anchored to deploy small Kwikfish. These lures settle into the current near the bottom and vibrate. Fish swimming upstream see them and attack. Unlike the red salmon, which aren’t interested in eating, the pink (humpback) and silver (coho) salmon jumped all over this setup.
Gary Turner is a long-time contributor to The Angler Magazine. Contact him at email@example.com.
laska’s Kenai Peninsula is a world-renowned fishery, known for all of its salmon runs, of which the Kenai River king salmon run is the most famous. The saltwater fishing out of Homer, Deep Creek and Seward are also amazing. I’ve been to Alaska fishing several times, and this year I fished the fresh and the salt with five friends who were all on their first trip. Here’s a quick look at what we did in freshwater. I’ll write about our saltwater adventures in the future.
Alex McCrickard has a go-big or go-home attitude when it comes to fall browns. He’s a former fly fishing guide and the current aquatic education coordinator for the Virginia Department of Wildlife Resources. As the days grow shorter, McCrickard breaks out his heavy 6- and 7-weight rods to sling big streamers.Onsmaller streams, he’ll fish floating line with a 9-foot leader that tapers down to no lighter than 2x tippet. The long leader allows a weighted streamer to get down in the water column, and 2x has a breaking strength of about 10 pounds. It’s more than enough to handle the 14- to 20-inchers you might encounter in a creek or stream.
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While the females become preoccupied with cutting nests, called redds, on shallow gravel bars in moving water, the males put on bright colors to
“A productive day is relative. When you’re throwing a 10-foot 7-weight and a 250-grain full sinking line with 3 feet of 20-lb. monofilament, you’re not really going for numbers anymore,” said McCrickard. “You’re looking for one, maybe two fish. You kind of have to go out there with the mentality of, ‘I might get skunked today, but I might catch my best fish of the year… or the best fish I’ve caught in the last five years.’”
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Across the East, brown trout spawn in a window that runs from midSeptember into December. Males and females of the species leave their summer lies to strike out upstream in search of spawning habitat. They are on the move and more visible to anglers than at any other time of year.
On large or small water, pre-spawn browns will hit bigger flies than you’d think they would. This could be a 2- to 3-inch-long Woolly Bugger on a mountain stream or a 6-inch-long articulated pattern on a big river. Either way, it’s a game of covering water persistently and presenting the fly to as many fish as possible.
On a big tailwater, McCrickard gears up with 250-grain sinking line and runs a short 3-foot leader of 0x tippet. If the water is dingy, he’ll fish 3 feet of straight 20-pound monofilament.
advertise their suitability as mates. The big boys spar with each other for the opportunity to fertilize eggs. They become ornery, and are cocked to lash out at anything that catches their eye.
Nick Carter is author of “Flyfisher’s Guide to North Carolina & Georgia.” It is available on Amazon or by contacting the author at firstname.lastname@example.org.
ust and jealousy make males of many species do stupid things they wouldn’t normally do. This is true for humans and whitetail deer, and it’s also true for brown trout, which grow aggressive this time of year as they gear up for the spawn.
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The timing is different on every piece of water, but October is thought to be the peak of pre-spawn behavior for most streams and rivers. Since big browns are more aggressive than they are at any other time of year, anglers who target them should fish aggressively.
“If I have that fish that’s two feet or larger, I’m feeling really confident having that fish on 20-pound as opposed to having it on 2x,” he said.
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“He’s one of those old-school guys,” Brandon Carney said of his father for an article in the Raleigh News & Observer. “His arm might be hanging off, but he won’t let you know it. After about 30 minutes, it rose to about 20 feet below the surface and we could see how big it was.”
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Carney’s swordfish crushed the previous state record by more than 60 pounds. The old record of 441 pounds had stood since 1979. The thing is, if they had hauled it in with the electric reel, it would not have qualified for the record.The
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