Coastal Angler Magazine | September 2022 | Northeast Florida Edition

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The water can be a little warm this time of year, and it makes bass finicky. When the bite gets tough, a drop shot flat out gets bit. It catches fish everywhere I go, and every angler should have the technique in their arsenal.There are a few reasons a drop shot can out-perform other techniques this time of year. The first of these is because of how versatile you can be with it. I have thrown a drop shot around rock, wood, grass and even in completely open water. Smallmouth, largemouth and spotted bass will all pick up a drop-shot rig, so it’s a great option regardless of what part of the country you fish or what species you target.Another factor that makes this technique excel when other things aren’t working is it’s effective on heavily pressured and sluggish fish. Sometimes getting these fish to bite calls for light line and a smaller profile bait. The dropshot rig consists of a fluorocarbon leader leading to a hook of your choosing then, below the hook, about 12 inches of line tied to a drop shot weight on the end. This creates a rig that keeps your bait up off the bottom and drives finicky bass crazy.

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There are a few different styles of baits you can use on the drop shot, depending on what your fish are feeding on. This is what I usually base my bait and color choices off of. I usually throw a small finesse worm like the 13 Fishing Joy Stick Ultra Thin or a baitfish-style bait like the 13 Fishing Vertigo minnow. Both baits are small in size and can really pick up some bites when the fishing is tough.Bait color is important, but I like to keep things fairly simple. I typically throw a green pumpkin or a black-and-blue worm style bait. For the baitfish-style lure, I stick with whites or natural baitfish colors. Remember, you are trying to be as finesse as possible to trick a bass that’s not hungry into biting, so something simple and natural will excel. This technique has worked wonders for me all across the country. From down South in Florida all the way up to New York, bass eat this rig up everywhere. Next time you’re on the lake and the bite is tough, downsize your presentation and drag a drop shot around. It will pick up a few more bites.


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Throughout the summer, snook are catch-and-release-only to protect spawning fish. On the Atlantic side, snook harvest opens Sept. 1, with a 28- to 32-inch slot limit. Capt. Smith said the spawning pattern lasts well into September most years, but the big females are over the slot and must be released, anyway. He is more concerned with the beatings these fish take all summer long. His solution is to limit the number of fish he targets and to gear up heavy. Smith fishes 10,000 size reels on 50- to 100-lb. rods. He runs 80-lb. braid to a 60-lb. fluorocarbon leader and locks down the drag. The weakest link is an 8/0 thin wire circle hook, which is easier on the fish but must be changed out Heavyfrequently.gear combats a big snook’s propensity for bulldogging into structure. It also shortens the length of the fight to lessen the likelihood of fish succumbing to exhaustion or sharks. Smith said these large spawners can be 25 years and older. He urged anglers to handle them carefully for release and never to hold them vertically by their mouths.Ifyou’re looking for a snook to eat, there’s plenty of opportunity for that also. Between the moons some of the snook spread out to the bridges, docks and deep holes. The smaller, slot-sized males become more interested in feeding. Also, the mullet run will kick in toward the end of September. When mullet schools show up, everything from the fish to the anglers switch over to chasing bait. Contact Capt. Patrick Smith through his website

Agiant snook should be on every angler’s bucket list. They’re big, they’re strong and they’re aggressive. Southern Florida boasts the most prolific snook fisheries in the world, and Capt. Patrick Smith, of Swamp to Sea Guide Service, operates in the heart of one of the best. Swamp to Sea fishes throughout Palm Beach County up to Stuart, Fla. At times, the snook fishing can be so good that the prospect is almost mundane for Capt. Smith. “If I’ve got clients who want to catch the snook of a lifetime, we’ll go out to the inlet and let them catch one or two. Then we’ll go do something else,” he said. “It’s cool to check a big snook off the list, but light tackle is”Smith’s nonchalance about catching snook 35 to 43 inches long and up to 25 pounds is an attitude geared toward conservation of a species he loves. When big females congregate in the inlets to spawn around the full moons of summer, they are easy targets for anglers armed with big live baits like perch and croakers.

“They’re not smart fish. If they’re turned on, they’re going to eat. If they’re not, it may be five hours before they do,” he said. “But there’s going to be 30 to 40 minutes on the tide when those snook are eating. There’s not a lot of thought that goes into it. If one is interested, they all are.”

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Although the temps are still high, you can have a successful day on the water if you modify your techniques. Remember to apply sunblock before you leave the dock, wear appropriate protective clothing and drink plenty of water. Stay safe and have fun!

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The Texas heat and drought are one for the record books and can make a day on the water unpleasant if you plan to stay much past noon, but there are some methods to help you be productive until things start to cool off. Many of the estuaries that were impacted by the floods are some of our deeper bay systems, and that is a good thing this time of year. Heading out early will greatly increase your odds and give you more time on the water while it is cool, relatively speaking. I have found these bays have been forgotten by some, and they’ve never been fished by those new to our sport, which makes for less crowds on the water. I target the deeper reefs in the upper stretches of the bay near the rivers. Locating new washouts can also pay off, and those are not on the maps or public knowledge, so doing a little recon before you head out on each trip can make for a more productive day.

As always, the jetties are a favorite. The high current and cooler Gulf water attract every fish species that swims in our bays and nearshore waters. It’s not uncommon to catch some offshore fish there as well; it happens every year.

Although I prefer lures over bait, success rates lean toward live shrimp or finfish this time of year. Depending on conditions, these can be free-lined, Carolina rigged, or fished under a loud popping cork. A free-lined shrimp tossed near a granite jetty is a good bet on any day. Stepping away from the live version, cut mullet or shad can be winners for a big pull from a red, black drum or shark. A circle hook Carolina rigged on the bottom can entice those large predators to strike. This is a great method if you have kids aboard.

Work with what Mother Nature gives you. Here on the upper Texas coast, we’ve had about seven years of excessive rainfall which, in general terms, made some of our bays unfishable for most of that time. Due to excessive fresh water, those of us who like to fish where the tributaries enter into the bays had to seek new areas where the salinity levels were suitable for speckled trout. This year, things are back to normal, and we need to relearn old patterns and work with what Mother Nature is giving us.


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The IGFA world record redfish weighed in at 94 lbs. 2 oz. It was caught off the North Carolina Outer Banks in 1984.

n September, with the famed mullet run in full swing, big bull redfish will be following schools of mullet and feeding heavily. It’s one of the best times of year to hook up with a bull red, and my favorite place to target them is in the Sebastian Inlet. Red drum, more commonly known as redfish, are a familiar species to most saltwater anglers. With beautiful coppercolored scales fading into a white belly, their distinctive mark is an eye spot at the base of the tail. Catching a red with multiple black spots is a true honor for many inshore and nearshore anglers. This eye spot is not merely a decoration, it also serves as a defense mechanism to confuse predators into thinking a redfish’s tail is its Reds can be found on the coasts of Mexico all the way to Cape Cod, Mass. Their habitats can vary widely due to redfish being euryhaline, which means they tolerate a wide range of salinity. Redfish are typically a nearshore species, meaning they can be found in estuaries, bays, mudflats, oyster beds and off of beaches. Young redfish prefer estuaries, where there is an abundance of prey as well as protection from larger predators. Once they reach about three years old, they tend to move off of the beaches into coastal areas. Once redfish reach maturity, at three or four years, they begin spawning. Their spawning season usually takes place from mid-August to mid-November; however, this may vary due to temperatures and other factors. Redfish usually congregate to spawn near or inside tidal inlets or fast-flowing water to ensure as many eggs as possible are fertilized. Males produce a drumming sound to attract females by contracting their muscles to vibrate their swim bladders. Females produce one-half to two million eggs per season. Most eggs do not make it to the safety of bay areas. During the mullet run, large schools of redfish follow migrating mullet. The easiest way to target these fish is to drop a live mullet below the main school of mullet. If you’re specifically targeting bull reds, you’ll want to give it a go at night. Drifting large chunks of ladyfish on an outgoing current will almost always produce a large fish. Occasionally, you will come across large schools of redfish feeding on the surface at the mouth of the inlet on an outgoing tide. When this occurs, use topwater plugs, swimbaits and large jigs. In the backcountry around the mangroves, gold spoons, live shrimp and small crabs work best.



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“Duke Energy Florida recognizes the importance of environmental stewardship and the economic benefit it provides to the communities we serve,” Melissa Seixas, Duke Energy Florida state president said. “We are proud to invest in CCA Florida’s work with the Mexico Beach Artificial Reef Association to bring this new artificial reef to Mexico Beach, a win for marine life, local anglers and outdoor enthusiasts along Florida’s West Coast.”

Since 2018, CCA Florida and Duke Energy have released more than 110,000 redfish along Florida’s Gulf Coast in effort to relieve the declining population. The Duke Energy/CCA Florida Reef deployment is an expansion of its collaboration and symbolizes its continued dedication to enhancing Florida’s marine habitat and expanding fishing opportunities for local anglers.

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T hose looking for some new numbers to fish off Mexico Beach now have them thanks to CCA Florida, Duke Energy and the Mexico Beach Artificial Reef Association. In May, the organizations teamed up to deploy four 38,000-pound and four 5,000-pound artificial reef modules off Mexico Beach. They are calling the new honeyhole “The Duke Energy/CCA Florida Reef.” The eight reef modules were deployed by Walter Marine at the prepermitted Sherman Site, an area known for attracting red and gray snappers, amberjack, king mackerel, Spanish mackerel, gag grouper and cobia. These specific reef structures, ranging in height from 8 to 25 feet, provide greater habit diversity while attracting fish and appealing to recreational anglers. The reef site is located offshore 11 miles west of Mexico Beach at approximately 29º 55.384, -85º 40.765.

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E verything offshore will start to notice when water temps drop a little at the end of the month, and even more obvious will be shorter daylight hours. All the fish we pursue will start thinking about one of three things: spawning, gorging to fatten up for winter or migrating back south. I’m most concerned with the grouper/snapper complex and the wahoo, so this puts my fishing in overdrive for the next few months. Groupers and snappers will be hot as a firecracker until after Christmas. Wahoo fishing will be at the peak by then as well. Another species I like to stay tuned into are the beeliners (vermillion snapper). When you stay in touch with these guys, you pretty much stay in touch with everything, because everything out there loves to eat a beeliner. The full moon is going to be on Saturday, Sept. 10. This will be a good time to spend the night at the break and have the livewell full to fish just before dawn. Beeliners will chew hard during this full moon, and the bite will shut down as soon as the moon disappears on the western horizon. If you can keep the bright lights going all night, the squid and the biggest, fattest beeliners will be readily available for the taking. When you have these two things gathered up in mass, you definitely have the wahoo and grouper there also. This is a good reason to keep the light line out with a fresh squid or a Boston mackerel just past where the light disappears into the dark water.



The only problem is the kings are there too. You may like to catch kings, and I apologize for that last sentence, but if I catch a king, it’s accidental. A lot of folks don’t even consider fishing at night, and certainly not fishing the light line at night, but it can be extremely effective for wahoo and kings. The first wahoo I ever caught from an anchored boat was at night, and it was a heck of an experience. We saw the fish swim under the lights, and I quickly put out a live beeliner. The beeliner swam away from the boat, and just as he got to the dark water, we saw the bite. I was instantly addicted to this style of bottom fishing and light lining versus just trolling for wahoo, tuna and dolphin. Dolphin will not eat at night, normally, but the night bite for tuna can be good. The stack of beeliners is the main thing I’m looking for as a good starting point for a place to fish. Gags and scamps will definitely go with the food (beeliners) until the beginning or middle of October. Then the gags will leave the beeliners to migrate inshore in search of cigs and sardines and to spawn. For more information, see

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“By requiring the states to calibrate their more accurate—and NMFS certified—catch data to an outdated and fundamentally flawed MRIP, NMFS has failed to find an effective solution and is not making decisions based on the best available science while refusing to appropriately integrate the new data,” reads a letter from legislators. For more information on the continued political wrangling over red snapper, visit

Here we go again. The hubbub over federal management of red snapper seems never ending. Most recently, Southeastern legislators penned a letter asking NOAA to suspend consideration of area closures in the South Atlantic. Meanwhile, legislators from states on the Gulf of Mexico are pushing back against new proposed federal regulations. Both groups contend the federal government is not using “the best available science” in management decisions.

The South Atlantic fishery seems to be in a situation similar to what the Gulf fishery faced a few years ago. Following years of ridiculously short red snapper seasons to rebuild the stock, anglers on the water report red snapper so thick that it’s the only species they can catch. These fish must be released, despite the high likelihood they will succumb to pressure-related injuries. Ultimately these discards count against fishermen.

“Now, on top of a short red snapper season, it is our understanding that there are discussions about broad area or season closures of all bottom fishing to stop red snapper encounters altogether,” reads the letter. “This decision would be crippling economically for our states that rely heavily on our coastal Legislatorseconomy.”havecalled on NOAA to hold off on area closure consideration until data from the ongoing South Atlantic Great Red Snapper Count can be considered. Results of this study, which began in 2021, are expected by 2025.


It’s worth noting that last year’s data from a similar study, the Gulf of Mexico Great Red Snapper Count, indicated there were up to three times as many red snapper in the Gulf of Mexico as the numbers federal managers were using to make management decisions. On that note, Gulf legislators are not pleased with how “more accurate” state data is being calibrated into the “fundamentally flawed” MRIP data that federal managers have used to set regulations for years. The “data calibration framework” included within proposed rule changes would result in reductions of the state annual catch limit for some states and increases for others. State annual catch limits would increase for Florida and Louisiana by 100,000 and 50,000 pounds, respectively. Texas’ limit would remain the same, while Alabama and Mississippi’s limits would decrease by 586,000 and 95,000 pounds, respectively.Theproposal would also increase the overall red snapper overfishing limit from 15.5 million pounds to 25.6 million, while increasing the acceptable biological catch from 15.1 million to 15.4 million. That might sound pretty good for anglers; however, legislators pointed out that this would reduce allowable catch from 97 percent to 60 percent of the sustainable limit.


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Okuma’s new Salina spinning reels are lightweight, ready for battle, and designed for inshore and offshore duty. These reels are constructed of Okuma’s LITECAST body material which is 15 percent lighter than die cast aluminum. They are built for everything from light inshore to heavy offshore, and they’re perfect for high-speed vertical jigging or all-day casting.The Salina features a 6HPB +1RB corrosion-resistant stainless-steel ball bearing system with a full grease pack and waterproof seals. Salina’s Hybrid Carbonite and Japanese felt Dual Force Drag system puts out over 33 pounds of drag. With Okuma’s HDGII: High-Density Main Gear and precision machine cut brass pinion gear, you will get a smooth retrieve cast after cast. Okuma also uses a machined aluminum, screw-in handle arm with a machined aluminum twotone anodized ball handle knob. The three larger size reels feature a manual bail trip Therefunction.aresix models of Salina. The 4,000, 5,000 and 6,000 size reels feature high-speed 5.8:1 gear ratios. The 8,000, 10,000 and 14,000 size reels feature standard gear ratios of 5.4:1. All models have an interchangeable screw-in handle system that can be changed from left to right-hand retrieve. For more information on Salina Spinning reels, visit your local retailer.


New Okuma ECS Custom rods are designed for the harsh environment east coast fishermen face daily. They are constructed with a hybrid 24ton carbon and e-glass blank that features Okuma’s UFR-II: Ultimate Flex Reinforcement rod tip technology for the ultimate in lifting power. With spinning, casting and trolling rods, the new ECS Custom series will adorn the back of your boat nicely. There are two spinning rods in the lineup with a 6’ Heavy and 6’6” Medium Heavy. Three casting rods for live bait and bottom fishing come in 6’ Heavy, 6’6” X-Heavy and 7’ Medium actions. There are also two trolling configurations. Two rods feature Roller Stripper and Roller Tip. These rods come in a 6’4” Medium Heavy and 6’ Heavy action. The other two trolling rods feature all roller guides and are both 6’ Heavy and X-Heavy actions. With the brute strength and drag-ripping speed anglers see on the east coast, Okuma went with only high-end components on the ECS Custom rods. All spinning and casting rods feature ALPS deep press 316-grade stainless steel guide frames with zirconium inserts. Models with All Roller Guides feature ALPS RX Series Rollers as well as Sea Guide Neptune Adjustable Rod Butts. All ECS Custom rods feature machined aluminum, anodized rod gimbals. For more information on ECS Custom Rods please visit your local retailer.

Two Days of Water-Related Fun! Join us at Jacksonville’s J-Tech campus for the Northeast Florida Boat Show hosted by the North Florida Marine Association. Browse hundreds of boats and thousands of boating and fishing accessories—all for sale at great prices. Shop products for all types of watercraft and find resources for docking/lifting, rentals, storage, repair and more. Grab lunch at the food trucks and bring the kids to attend our Little Skippers Kid Zone sponsored by Freedom Boat Club. Don’t miss it! Life is Better with a Boat! SPONSORED BY OCT 15-16 • 10 AM-6 PM J-Tech Institute • 8813 Western Way, Jacksonville FL BUY TICKETS ►


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This month the big bull reds will start their annual migration into the river to spawn. They can be caught from the big rocks up past the fuel docks west of Blount Island. Crabs, pogies whole and cut, mullet, and fresh cut ladyfish can all be deadly baits. Work the high outgoing tides for best results but, they can be caught on any tide if you know where to look. Just remember these big fish are our breeding stock. Handle them gently and carefully with the knowledge that most of them must be vented to survive. Use heavy tackle to reduce any unnecessary stress and try to get them back into the water quickly. Like us they can’t hold their breath much longer than us. Enjoy the fishery and remember you can’t catch them on the couch.

Ihope everyone had a great summer boating and enjoying the quality fishing we are well known for. The conditions for last month were at times brutally hot but, so was the fishing. I really don’t see this changing at all but, actually getting better in some areas. Looking into the crystal ball I see the heat and the slight cooling of the water temps to drive the tarpon into and around the mouth of the St. John’s River. Look for some mullet schools to move out of the river if we get some good rains and wind. This will most likely occur if a small tropical weather pattern shows itself. The bull reds, tarpon, and sharks will make small work of these schools if it does happen. If you can get a net on a hand full peg some on the bottom on the high outgoing tide alive with a stout rod. I like a Shimano 6ft spinning rod with a Saragosa 6000 spooled with PowerPro 50lb Braid. I use a 3-way swivel rig and a 4 to 5ft leader in 80lb fluorocarbon coupled to a 7/0 Owner Circle hook. This braided line cuts the water with minimum drag and the extra long leader allows the bait to swim freely. Bull reds, tarpon and the occasional shark will grab this rig with a vengeance. Also this month look for our pogie/menhaden schools to stay out on the areas beaches from the Red Tops to Amelia Island. These are excellent baits for trolling and bottom fishing offshore on the local party grounds from Ponte Vedra to Rabbits Lair. Grab a net full and check the pods for action from reds, sharks, and tarpon as they will feed in this moving buffet and offer many opportunities to bag a few. If the pods are quiet pop offshore and drag a few around on 40lb wire king rigs for kings, sharks, cudas, cobia, tunny, aj’s and sailfish. If the troll bite is slow drop some whole or cut into plugs for snapper, sea bass, sharks, cobia, aj’s, and grouper. The local party ground numbers can be found at the FWC website by going to and searching for reef spots. It’s fairly easy and it’s separated by county for easy access.

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.


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he El Pescado Sailfish Tournament is scheduled for 9/28 - 10/2 this year. We really cater to the Captains and crews with excellent food, Captains bags and the opportunity for win some cash. Speaking of Sailfish, we do have a great sailfish run here in the early fall. Often we are gathering and sharing information with our friends fishing out of Ponce. It is not uncommon for sails to show up a little south of here and north of Ponce in big numbers just outside the ledge in 200 - 300 ft. There were many years when those Sailfish releases determined who would win Boat of the Year. Hours were spent rigging mullet dredges and naked ballyhoo. Silver mullet were preferred but the less streamlined blacks would work if that is all you had. Today we still see mullet dredges but many have been replaced with the artificial’s. Some Captains preferred lots of teasers and only 4 lines, others preferred lots of teasers and 7 or 8 lines. Then there was the prospector, the guy who just dropped a ballyhoo and freelined out the back until it was beyond all the baits then reeled it in and did it again. This was an evolution for the North Florida Captains. They had to put away the Islanders, rig naked ballyhoo and slow down!! Of course, this was learned after they saw what the Ft. Pierce and Palm Beach Captains were doing. This is also when you saw more boats move to spinning reels. Today you will see the small high retrieve reels on most boats. North Florida Captains figured this out and Captains such as Greg Simmons (Ring Leader), Dennis Rosa and Hunter Brant (The Right Side), Paul Dozier (Outside Chance) Jason Hadjis (J Hook), Charles Erikson (Pez Vela), and all the Front Runner Captains all increased their releases and it was not unusual for there to be double digit releases in one day. We have not seen the big numbers of releases the last few years. That is mostly because fewer Captains are venturing out in the fall.


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By Capt. Tony Bozzella



Fishing Report & Forecast Nassau Sound

**It would be best to call now for your fall/ winter backcountry redfish trips..

September is a neat month, anglers can switch gears with Redfish tailing in the grasses. Also the big bulls are lining the rivers channels with many to be had on fish finder rigs paired with cut bait, mullet, ladyfish, crab, and shrimp. This is also the time of year where the mullet start to transition out of surrounding inlets and head South for winter. The Mullet run can produce spectacular fishing. On the bulls use a 30-40lb Fluorocarbon leader, and enough weight to hold bottom. I find a j hook of 6-8/0 does a great job. You can use circle hooks and leave your rod in the holder with great hook up success. You will have to do your home work on finding them. They often cruise the edges of the St. Johns river from the Mayport jetties, to well South in the River, depending on bait and time of year. Heavier tackle is recommended so you do not stress the fish and you get him in fast so he swims off well to fight another day. Most fish are 20-40lbs with some even reaching close to 50lbs at times. Please take the time and respect these bulls, they are our breeding stock and we are lucky Jacksonville is on there route and we can partake in angling these great fish!! With many of our smaller Redfish frequenting the grass flats at the higher flood tides, this will be an awesome time to look and hunt “tailers.” Redfish will be on the prowl for fiddlers and many other tasty crustations up on the spatina flats. Rising water is best with fish often staying through the tide working there way out and off the flats as the water falls. Light tackle spinners with fluorocarbon leaders and NO TERMINAL TACKLE accompanied with weedless plastics and spoons work well. Wait until the fish starts to upright and move forward, bring your bait across his path. No different with the fly fishing. 7 - 9 weights with floating line are best. I like weedless spoons and crustation patterns. Accuracy is a must. 15 - 40 ft shots are common. Don’t forget polarized glasses!! There will still be plenty of the fun fish, jacks and ladies. Look for moving water and birds, early and late best. Sea walls at the higher end of the tides will have some jacks crushing baits. Topwaters are best and they eat them up. Both Tarpon and Jacks & sharks will also be hovering around the mullet run. Outgoing tides with big pulls of water can turn a blitz on!! Bait fish plugs like  Rapalas and Mirrolures can be a great pick, however it’s most important to pick a lure that you know how to work and stay in tune with it. As long as it somewhat represents a pogie or a mullet, and you’re working it correctly you have the best chance at getting hooked up!!!

Capt. Tony Bozzella / TBS

The property, approximately 4 miles from the St. Augustine Inlet, is 30+ acres and once done will feature a public boat ramp, plenty of vessel parking, a passive park, and other amenities. A purchase and boat ramp plan such as this, is long over due for St. Johns County. With the rapid increase in population, the County is right on target with this acquisition to allow adequate water access for its residents. In 2021, there were 16,701 registered vessels in SJC alone. The current estimated existing boat ramp parking spaces is 437 saltwater spaces and 135 freshwater spaces over 13 ramps. Those numbers are low compared to what is needed with the rise in residential population. In 2019, the property was identified by the County as a potential site for a boat ramp, however the Genovar family had decided to move forward with a contract with a private developer, but that contract eventually expired.

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On August 2, 2022, the St. Johns County Board of County Commissioners voted 5-0 to move forward with the purchase of the Genovar property located near SR 312 on the San Sebastian River for $17.5 million.



In May of this year, the family reached back out to the County to see if the interest was still there to acquire the property. According to Gail Oliver, Director of Land Management Systems Department, if all goes according to plan, and all funding possibilities pan out, such as funding from the St. Augustine Port and Waterway District and grant funding from Florida Inland Navigation District, the sale could close as early as December 2022. Access Boat

Something unique happens this time of year in our region and it makes for some of the coolest visuals in fishing. Flood tides will happen around the full and new moons allowing redfish, drum, and sheepshead to access areas of the marsh that they usually can’t get to. Theses areas are lush with fiddler crabs and the fish know it. They will be crawling on their bellies and tailing like crazy in the grass looking to fatten up on those crabs. There really isn’t any secret to finding the areas that will hold tailing fish. You just need to go out there on the highest tides and look for yourself. Bring an old pair of sneakers or better yet some wading boots. Probably the most effective way to catch the tailers is to park the boat at the edge of the flat and get out and wade after them. You don’t need a super skinny water skiff to get in on the action. I like to have my clients toss a Saltwater Assassin paddle tail rigged on a weedless worm hook. That weedless hook is key in being able to work your lure through the grass without getting hung up. Lead the fish by as much as possible and let the lure drop right in front of the fish. Sometimes there are really into feeding on the bottom and it’s hard to get them to look up. When that’s the case I’ll insert a small glass rattle into the soft plastic and sometimes that will do the trick. This is also a great time to bust out the fly rod. Some of the best takes I’ve ever seen have come on the long rod using a gurgler in the flooded grass. The top-water bite turns on this month as well... If the tide is up and you’re on the water at first light or right before dark, you need to be tossing a top-water plug. Target grass lines or oyster bars that are holding bait. As the mullet start to get thick the trout and redfish will be fired up to eat a walk-the-dog style plug.

Capt. Tommy Derringer

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The late Summer/early Fall beach fishing should be going strong, and the tarpon will be behind the shrimp boats, on the pogy pods, and chsing the mullet. The shrimpers have been at it all summer but this time of year can be really good for the tarpon behind the boats. Wait for the shrimpers to dump their by-catch and just keep an eye out for the tarpon that will come up. The sharks will usually be on the feed first but stick around a bit and see if a tarpon or two will show up. When you see the fish, you want just get a live or dead bait out in front of him and hold on. While almost any other time you encounter tarpon, they can be very picky when behind the shrimp boats they are usually in the mood to eat. The tarpon that are on the pogy pods will be feeding early in the AM and then again after the afternoon thunderstorms. Net a few pogys and freeline them around the pods. You can also add a little weight and try to fish under the pod. The mullet run will be happening this month as giant schools of large mullet start to move along the beach and through the inlets. Finding them can be easy... just look for busting tarpon, jacks, and even kingfish and fish around those schools. The tarpon fishing in and around those schools of mullet can be phenomenal. No matter how I’m fishing for tarpon I like to use the same rig. I prefer a 7/0-10/0 circle hook with a 60-80lb leader connected to a 40lb Power Pro mainline. Just remember to bow to the king!…

Fishing Report & Forecast St. Augustine Inshore By Capt. Tommy Derringer Marine Fabrication at its Finest!! 912 439-3609 office • 904 891-8997 mobile • 979 Point Peter Road St Marys, GA 31558



Captain Chris Davy Southern Fried386-986-7914Charters

September marks the start of hopefully slightly cooler temperatures towards the end of the month. While bass and big bass are being caught it has been hit or miss on both Rodman Reservoir and the St. Johns River. Typical days have been 8-10 fish with occasional fish over 6 pounds  or better. That said it's hot and I had a 2 day trip with day 1 producing a big bust of 3 mudfish, day 2 an 8.5 a 9 and 2 at 6 ish pounds. Go figure.  That's the past. I think as we get closer to fall and have some cooler nights lowering water temps and increasing oxygen levels the bass will be more active on a predictable basis. Crappie and other pan fish should be solid shooting bait under deep water docks along the river. It's no secret you speck/crappie  nuts are waiting on the first cold snaps triggering the fish to school up. For September I would get out as early as possible. Even the shiner bite dies around  10 as temps crank up. Use artificial top water at daybreak and dusk using the usual suspects, frogs on pads, PopR's etc. The other go to is traditional plastics. My go to is always a Culprit red shad and various jerk/fluke baits. As a guide wild shiners are always your best bet, and plentiful at most shops now.  That's gonna change soon! Before you know it the prespawn will be on and the waters will be flooded with anglers from everywhere on these World Class waters. If you want to book a guide do it now! I assure you most guides are already booked most days and bait is hard to find in peak season ( November to Easter) Bust em early and often.

Fishing Report Fresh Water


Chris Davy

It is ON! The Mullet Run is in full swing! It started the second week of August. Now fingers crossed we do not have any big storms to ruin it like has happened in the past. Someone recently asked me “How long does the run last?” It usually lasts into October and sometimes through November. One year it lasted into mid December. I will never forget that year! At daybreak the ait temp was 34 degrees but the water temp was in the sixties. It was so cold, while cast netting mullet on Vilano Beach my fingers went numb! However that morning we landed several oversize Redfish up to 40 inches! For cast netting your mullet just remember this. It is so much easier to net them from a flat low impact beach than on a steep high impact one. Number one they are easier to see in shallow water. Secondly you do not have to time your throw between crashing waves like you do on a steep beach. Caring for your live bait is also very important. There are three keys to success. Clean water, cool water and plenty of oxygen in the water. During this hot month it is helpful to have two buckets. One to keep them in and the other to refresh the water which keeps it clean and cool. I am a little over the top about this. I use a 10 gallon igloo drink cooler. In that I carry my cast net, aerator, dip net and 2 gallon bucket forWhenrefreshing.itcomes to rigging I really like the fishfinder/slip sinker rig.I tie it in three different weights. Light duty for trout and flounder with 30lb mono leader a 3/0 circle hook. Next 100lb mono leader with a 7/0 Trokar circle hook for Tarpon and big Redfish. Lastly for sharks 480lb steel leader and a 10/0 Eagle Claw L2022 circle hook. I pair these three different rigs with the appropriate size mullet. You can even use chunks if you cannot cast net live. So always take your extra home and throw it in the freezer for next time. This is the most exciting month of the year. I just love coming over the dunes at daybreak and seeing the water quivering with nervous mullet! Remember, set your drag light. The next hit could be a two pound Jack or a 102 pound tarpon! Tight lines and I will see you on the beach!

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Fishing Report Pier and Surf



By: Noel Kuhn N.

Ponce De Leon Blvd. St. Augustine, FL 32084 (904) 824-8322


“Let’s Go Fishing” Captain Robert

If you are after King Mackerel wire leaders will increase your odds of catching a critter with a mouth full of teeth!

Please pay attention to what the federal government/NOAA want to do with specifically the NE FL coast. Here are a couple considerations being proposed:

1: Shut down all bottom fishing in our waters for an extended period.

3: Another proposal is implementing a 10-mph speed zone out to 60 miles offshore(!) November – April to protect Atlantic Right Whales. It is PAST TIME for our elected officials to do their job. If they are not willing to fight against this legislation, then they need to be replaced with someone who will.

Fishing Report & Forecast St. Augustine Offshore

By Capt. Robert Johnson

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2: The federal government says there are more Red Snapper than ever in our waters; therefore, because of this large number of Red Snapper, discard catch is too high. Their solution: eliminate bottom fishing.

Still Summer September is a strange month in NE FL. The weather is summer-like with warm temperatures and calm seas. The main difference is the amount of people pursuing fish. I’ll take calm seas and less pressure every time. Bottom fishing for a variety of Snapper species is great. Mangrove and Mutton Snapper will be biting in 120’ to 150’. Vermillion Snapper are plentiful from 80’ to the shelf edge. Add Amberjack, Cobia, and Grouper to the mix especially in deeper water. If you want Mangrove or Mutton a long and lite rig is the way to go. Leaders from 50 – 80# and 12-15’ in length work best. If you want to troll, Sailfish are showing up before the northeasters arrive. There will be plenty of King Mackerel especially for the live bait fleet. Anywhere there is bait there will be fish from 80ft out to the shelf edge. If Sailfish is your target, monofilament leaders are a must. I prefer small ballyhoo rigged on 80#.

Let’s keep fishing!.


The Nassau Sport Fishing Association hosted the 39th Annual Kingfish Tournament and Fishing Rodeo on Saturday August 6, 2022. Volunteers arrived early Friday morning at our storage facility to load equipment for delivery to our tournament site. By the time they arrived, the tents were already being erected and the team set to the task of prepare the tournament site. By Friday evening, activities were in full swing, and we had 45 boats entered in the Kingfish Tournament, 18 boats in the Rodeo, and 21 boats fishing both tournaments. On Saturday the weather forecast called for clear skies and 2 foot seas, a fine day for fishing with lines in the water at 6:30am. Weigh in began at 2pm on Saturday and several boats lined up early to get to the scales. Joseph Stover was first in line with a nice 39.52# kingfish that held the lead throughout the afternoon until 4:21pm when James Powell arrived at the scales with a 51.3# smoker. Ryan Linsley arrived a few minutes later with a 41.42# kingfish to take second place overall in the tournament.

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The kingfish tournament also contained a single engine boat division as well as lady and youth angler prizes. The kingfish tournament rules allow for one fish per boat to be entered in the contest. Boats could fish in multiple divisions with highest prize money in any single division being awarded. As the sun set over Fernandina harbor Saturday evening, NSFA president Shawn Arnold presented the awards. Lady Angler honors were won by Spencer Ross’ crew weighing in a 28.76# Kingfish. Second place Lady Angler went to the crew of Andrew Pelton with 24.90#. Chase LaCoss took first in the Youth Division, keeping the family tradition alive, fishing with his grandfather Terry LaCoss weighing in a nice 27.98# kingfish. Second place youth award for 25.46# went to NathanRoundingStuart.out the Kingfish Tournament was our single engine division won by Ricky Sparkman with 28.32# and second place by ChrisNSFAMcDougald.wasproud to partner with the Southern Kingfish Association. The Fernandina Beach Tournament was a Division 5 North Florida sanctioned event with SKA member anglers earning points toward advancing to the Nationals. But Kingfish were not the only attraction. The In / Offshore Rodeo also saw anglers weigh 6 of 8 additional species with several captains weighing multiple species, a testament to the quality and variety of angling opportunities available in North East Florida on any given day.

NSFA also provides free of charge education opportunities to members and non-members to promote and develop salt water fishing while encouraging adherence to regulations and safe practices.

NSFA, Tournament Director Larry Redmond, and President Shawn Arnold would also like to thank, not only our fisherman and our tireless volunteers, our many Sponsors without whom the tournament would not be possible. We encourage everyone to visit our Sponsor page and utilize their services. Please visit our website to see the full leaderboard, get a list of our sponsors or score some tournament merchandise.

NSFA member Brad Reese scored first place in Sea Bass with a 1.38# fish. Tom Riley weighed in first place 7.35# redfish. In total 5 redfish were weighed in with all anglers receiving bonus for bringing in their catch alive and later releasing them unharmed. Scott Pflibsen brought a 3.84# sea trout to the scales and took home first place award. Austin Brychta took first place with a 3.26# Flounder and Tom Riley lapped the field in first place with a 5.6# Sheepshead. If that wasn’t enough, Lawrence Piper was awarded the prize for most spots on a redfish with 9.Truly a unique fish. NSFA uses the proceeds from the tournament to fund 3 scholarships. The scholarships are awarded annually to rising seniors of Nassau County high schools selected from applications submitted to the association in the spring of each year.

NSFA plans to continue this tradition and is already planning for the 40th Annual Fernandina Beach Kingfish Tournament and Fishing Rodeo. It is not too early to circle your calendar and save the date for August 5, 2023.

Anglers soon found themselves in a “recovery trap,” which meant that since the fish were so easy to catch, NOAA Fisheries calculated to show that the entire recreational quota was being caught in a matter of days. The fishery was obviously booming, but the recreational season was getting shorter. Eventually it was set at a mere three days, and the wheels came off. Questions arose about every aspect of the fishery – was the recreational harvest data accurate? How is it possible to overfish a stock that continues to grow? Should a stock be considered recovered based on a calculation or based on what is happening in the water? And where did all these fish come from?? Flash forward past an incredible amount of debate and the Gulf states eventually were given authority to manage the private recreational sector using their own data collection systems, which are universally acknowledged to be much more robust than the federal data system. Perhaps more importantly, Congress authorized $10 million for an unprecedented, independent assessment of Gulf red snapper which eventually showed that the actual population was, conservatively, at least three times larger than previously believed. The assessment found a huge, unknown biomass of snapper on “uncharacterized bottom” – a vast unmapped area of exposed pipelines, unknown wrecks, lost cargo containers, divots in the seafloor and countless other hidden features harboring red snapper.

What’s driving this dilemma is a requirement that the Council end overfishing within two years of being notified of the condition. NOAA Fisheries notified the Council over a year ago that based on the last stock assessment red snapper were undergoing overfishing, so the regulatory clock is ticking – loudly. NOAA says a complete ban on directed harvest will not end the overfishing, so it believes something must be done to substantially decrease the discards (and discard mortality) to endTheoverfishing.pathtoan ultimate solution will be difficult, but undoubtedly the South Atlantic states are going to have to take a more active role in the management of the recreational sector. NOAA Fisheries and the Magnuson-Stevens Act – the overarching law managing the nation’s marine resources – were simply not designed to manage recreational fisheries, and they do it poorly. The federal recreational data system exacerbates this problem with its inability to measure offshore catch with any precision or accuracy, and its complete inability to measure catch in-season. Changing the agency and the law is necessary, but that is a massive political undertaking that will take time. In the meantime, the states can do a better job collecting data from their own angling constituencies and begin painting a more accurate picture of the fishery. As we saw in the Gulf, this is vital. Perhaps more importantly, an independent effort to assess the South Atlantic red snapper population very similar to the one in the Gulf is underway and it could hold the key. Is there a hidden, unknown biomass of larger, older snapper fueling this amazing recovery? Many anglers believe that to be the case and, if so, closing the entire bottom of the South Atlantic would be unnecessary. Making any decision before the results of that assessment are known is wildly premature. While the assessment is already underway, it is critical that Congress and state management agencies ensure that it has all the resources necessary to produce quality results with so much at stake economically.

Same Different Verse for South Atlantic Red Snapper


Several years ago, red snapper anglers in the Gulf of Mexico were facing an almost inexplicable management dilemma. After several decades of conservation challenges and political gyrations, the red snapper fishery was finally rebounding at a rate far beyond expectations. In the space of just a few short years, red snapper became so abundant that it was difficult to catch anything else offshore.

The South Atlantic Fishery Management Council is set to meet Sept. 12-16 in Charleston, and Regulatory Amendment 35 - Snapper

The results of this first-of-its-kind assessment shook the foundations of the entire Gulf red snapper management regime. This story is ongoing in the Gulf, but it provides a roadmap for South Atlantic anglers who find themselves in an almost identical, nonsensical recovery trap. Off the states of North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia and Florida, a booming red snapper population is threatening to close all bottom-fishing in the region for years. Red snapper are currently in a rebuilding plan that won’t conclude for more than two decades, but they are already so numerous that NOAA Fisheries calculates just what anglers catch as bycatch is overfishing red snapper. At the same time, the science indicates that the red snapper population is larger than at any point in recorded history.

Closing the entire bottom of the South Atlantic to conserve a fishery that is larger than it has ever been makes no sense. As we saw in the Gulf, when fishery issues make no sense, it’s because the information is incomplete. The Council and NOAA owe it to the angling public to gather the best information possible and wait for the results of the assessment before even considering a bottom closure.

Contribution by the Coastal Conservation Association

Proposed bottom closure highlights need for regulatory reform

If possible, this situation makes even less sense than what anglers experienced in the Gulf and the questions are almost exactly the same: is the bycatch data accurate? How is it possible to overfish a growing stock that is larger than it has ever been? Should a stock be considered recovered based on a calculation or based on what is happening in the water? And where did all these fish come from??


Grouper Release Mortality Reduction and Red Snapper Catch Levelswill be on the agenda. Coastal Conservation Association is urging the Council to postpone any decision on a bottom closure until the results of the independent red snapper assessment are known.

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Red fishermen will only be able to keep one redfish per day measuring at least 18-inches and not over 27-inches beginning September 1st. Some of the best red fishing will come during the first of the incoming tide where boat docks are adjacent to large expanses of spartina marshes and where there is a deep channel nearby. Barbing a live shrimp with a ¼ ounce led head jig and retrieving this deadly redfish combo slowly along the bottom is key. Other great redfish baits when targeting dockside reds include finger mullet, bullhead minnows and cut baits. When live and dead baits are not available, thread a “New Penny” colored Berkley shrimp on a ¼ ounce led head jig and work slowly along the bottom as well. Redfish will be tailing on the flooded spartina marshes as well during a full and new moon with a strong northeast wind howling is key. Some of the very best marsh flats are located just southeast of the SR-200BullBridge.redand tarpon fishing will be available at the mouths of the Nassau and St. Mary’s inlets and along the beaches while chum fishing with freshly netted menhaden. The middle of the in-coming tide is key is excellent during the falling tide while slowly crawling weighted bullhead minnows, finger mullet, strip baits, or live shrimp along a rough bottom. Targeting creek mouths during the last of the falling and first of the in-coming tides with a Berkley Gulp shrimp barbed on a ¼ ounce led head jig and worked slowly along the bottom will produce excellent redfish and sea trout action as well. I also like to cast a “Redfish Magic” spinner at these same creek mouths while using a white/chartreuse colored plastic tail. Simply position your fishing boat with an electric motor at the mouth of a falling creek mouth and make casts first to both the left and right points of the creek mouth. Finally cast far back into the creek mouth and work your artificial lure out into the main creek making sure that you keep your rod tip high and not allow your lure to make contact with the bottom. Once the lure enters the main creek, slow your retrieve and allow your lure to work the deep edges of the creek mouth.Surffishing at Amelia Island and Nassau Sound should produce excellent catches of sea trout, whiting, pompano, flounder, bluefish and redfish during the early morning and late evening tides. Casting a ¼-ounce led head jig rigged with a clear curly plastic tail with blue glitter is key for big catches of sea trout measuring to over twentyinches. Fishing dead on the bottom with live finger mullet is also a great surf fishing tactic, so be sure and bring along a six-foot cast net and live bait bucket. As the water temperatures begin to cool over night during the month of September, many of the freshwater ponds and lakes located on Amelia Island will offer excellent early morning topwater fishing action. The Storm “chug Bug” in the Baby Bass color pattern remains my firstOffshorechoice.fishermen will be targeting gag grouper at FA, HH and FC fish havens while targeting rock ledges. Fish dead on the bottom with live pinfish, mullet, Spanish sardines or menhaden. Black sea bass fishing should also improve with cooling water temperatures while fishing with cut baits, or fresh local squid.


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Fishing Report & Forecast Fernandina / Amelia Island

By Terry D. Lacoss

Trolling species including kingfish, barracuda, cobia and Spanish mackerel will take a trolled “Popsicle” more commonly known as a dead cigar minnow..

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We don’t have much to report on our meetings from last month because we didn’t get moved into the clubhouse in the expected time frame. The city planned a big Ribbon Cutting Ceremony and had to get us more furniture before we could get settled. Our club tournaments have continued as usual and so have our board meetings. We are planning the Past Presidents part to be the 2nd meeting in the new clubhouse and at this time that should be September 1st.  July Tournament results are in and Jack Ogin took the lead in the Kingfish Tuneup with a 22.91lb fish followed up by Derek Siegel with a 12.3lb king. The inshore roulette was a little closer with Jeff Altman at 1.41lbs, Craig VanBrocklin at .74lbs, and Jake Ogin at .27lbs.  We didn’t have any monsters for these tournaments but these guys definitely put in some hard work to put fish on the boards.

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Inshore: Flounder Tournament Offshore: Bottom Fishing Tournament Check out our website to keep up with upcoming events, schedules, or any changes. We open the doors around 6:00 if you want to come early to visit, dinner is at 7:00, and we generally try to get started with the meeting at about 7:30, and we will have a great raffle. All of our meetings are open to the public, you do not have to be a member to attend. We are family friendly so feel free to bring the kiddos!  We hope to see you there!

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Cooking: Line a baking sheet with aluminum foil. Preheat broiler. Brush a little melted butter on foil. Place flounder on top, skin side Sprinkledown. with Old Bay and drizzle with remaining butter.


In a small saucepan, bring cream and garlic to a simmer.

Season to taste with salt and pepper. Serve sauce with fish. Note: if you want to thicken the sauce, mix together 1/2 teaspoon cornstarch with 1 teaspoon water and add it to the sauce. Heat until it thickens. Flounder fillets are lightly seasoned and then broiled. They are served with an easy lemon cream sauce flavored with garlic. Flounder fillets are brushed with a little melted butter (olive oil could be used instead) and then sprinkled with Old Bay seasoning. If you don’t care for Old Bay or don’t have any, you can use seasoned salt, Cajun seasoning, or even a little paprika and dill along with salt and pepper. Flounder fillets are thin so they only take about 8 minutes to broil. While the fish broils, make a quick and easy lemon sauce in a small saucepan by bringing heavy cream and some minced garlic to a simmer. Then add some fresh lemon juice and butter. Kacie Olsen is a 3rd generation Florida native raised in Stuart, Florida, the sailfish capital of the world. A strong passion for the outdoors lead her to pursue wild game and offshore fishing. Regardless of the season, Kacie enjoys traveling across the US and aiding in conservation while creating lifelong memories with likeminded folks.


2 tablespoons butter salt and pepper

2 tablespoons butter melted 2-4 flounder fillets

Broiled Kacie Olsen

1 teaspoon Old Bay seasoning

1/3 cup heavy cream 2 garlic cloves minced 2 tablespoons lemon juice

Broil for about 8 minutes, or until cooked through.

Remove from heat and whisk in lemon and butter until the butter is melted.

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Eight Tagged


With a deadline of Sept. 30, eight tagged largemouths worth thousands of dollars are still swimming in Florida waters.In celebration of Season 10 of FWC’s TrophyCatch big bass program, FWC tagged 10 largemouth bass with bright pink tags in Florida lakes. Just two of those pink-tagged largemouths had been caught as of presstime, so eight are still out there waiting for anglers to catch them and collect thousands of dollars worth of gift cards.

The first pink-tagged bass was caught by Florida angler Dale Dew from Lake Griffin on May 22. Florida angler RJ Crawford caught the second pink-tagged bass from Newnans Lake on June 11. Both anglers were awarded $5,000 Bass Pro gift cards and $1,000 AFTCO gift cards. They will also be entered in a drawing for an additional $10,000, which will be awarded at a ceremony this fall.


The eight remaining pink-tagged bass are still swimming in the following Florida waterbodies: Lake George, Lake Talquin, Lake Walk-in-Water, Tenoroc Fish Management Area, Lake Trafford, Lake Istokpoga, Lake Rousseau and Johns Lake. With the 10-Tag promotion ending Sept. 30, FWC is dropping hints by way of online maps showing the area where each of the remaining bass were tagged. These new tagging maps of the remaining lakes could lead lucky anglers to the pink-taggedThroughbass.Florida bass telemetry and tagging studies, FWC biologists have found that where a largemouth bass is tagged and released can frequently coincide with where an angler catches the same bass weeks, months or even yearsDewlater.caught his 10-Tag bass within yards of where the fish was released with its pink tag in Lake Griffin. Of course, these hints come with a caveat: while bass can be predictable, there are many exceptions to their typical home range patterns and some bass are not homebodies at all. In contrast to Dew’s catch, the second reported 10-Tag bass caught by RJ Crawford in Newnans Lake was more than 3 miles from where it was tagged. These hints don’t eliminate water in which a 10-Tag bass might be found but should be treated as higher-probability areas. View each of the ranges on the maps located on the 10-Tag Celebration web page. For more information, go Bass Worth Thousands in Lakes

Still Swim


B ack-to-school season is underway and Florida parents, teachers and school staff can apply for funding to support school fishing clubs for students. The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission’s (FWC) 2022-23 School Fishing Club Program, previously named the High School Fishing Program, offers school fishing clubs or teams the opportunity to apply for the Florida R3 Fishing Grant. The application period is open until Sept. 16. This grant program is focused on engaging youth anglers to ensure the future of fishing in Florida.

Apply for a Grant to Support School Fishing Clubs

The grant program is open to new or existing freshwater and/or saltwater fishing clubs or teams at public, private and charter schools throughout Florida. To be considered for the grant, school fishing clubs or teams must have a minimum of five members and be represented by a school faculty member or parent who will follow the provided instructor’s manual.Thedeadline for submitting applications is Sept. 16, 2022 at 5 p.m. The application can be found online at by scrolling down to “Florida’s R3 Fishing Grant Program.” Applicants can complete the form online or download the application to submit by mail or e-mail. Submit the downloaded applications to or mail them to: FWC’s Division of Freshwater Fisheries Management Attn: School Fishing Club Program Grant 620 S. Meridian St., Tallahassee, FL 32399. The 2022-23 School Fishing Club Program is supported by partners including Mud Hole Custom Tackle, Pure Fishing, Coastal Conservation Association and Baitstick Fishing. For more information, contact Brandon Stys at


The Florida Sport Fish Restoration R3 Fishing Grant will award up to 40 high school fishing clubs or teams $500 to assist with club expenses and the purchase of fishing licenses or gear for participants. Participating clubs and teams will receive an updated educational curriculum comprised of lessons and activities on fisheries conservation and resource management, plus a chance to win prizes by completing the program’s Conservation Project.“The School Fishing Club program is an important program for teaching the next generation of anglers about ethical angling and conservation in Florida,” said Director of Marine Fisheries Management Jessica McCawley. “I look forward to seeing the hard work and creativity each club puts into their conservation project activities each year to help preserve the health and quality of aquatic habitats.”

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Bay scallop season is winding down along the west coast of Florida. In most zones it will continue well into September, so here are some tips to help you have fun on the water and maybe pick up a last-minute limit.

One trick to finding productive bottom is to pull a keen-eyed diver on a rope at idle speed. This will help cover water quickly, and once old eagle eye spots a few, you can put out the anchor.

• Hunt the Slack Tides: Finding scallops is generally easiest on a slack tide during calm days when currents are minimal. When the water is still, seagrass stands up straight, and it’s easier to spot scallops at the base of the grass.•Look in the Sand: Pay attention to those sandy potholes on the grass flats. Scallops like grass, but they are easier to see against a sandy bottom. Many times, if you spot one on the sand, there will be several in the grass around it.

• Slow Down: If you find one scallop, slow down and search the area thoroughly. There’s usually another one nearby.

• Clean Them Quickly: An alternative to keeping scallops alive is to just clean them right away. There should be at least one person in the boat at all times, and this person can clean the scallops while the rest of the team is searching. Scallops open up when they are put on ice, so chunk them in a cooler and clean them while you’re on the water. You can discard the shells into the bay.

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• Search in a Pattern: Some divers search in a grid by swimming a straight line out from the boat and then moving sideways 5 or 10 yards before returning to the boat in a straight line. This way you’ll always be looking at fresh bottom.

• Be Sure to Hydrate and keep yourself greased up with sunscreen. Also, know the seasons, limits and safety regulations for the area you’re scallop hunting.

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• Find Your Spot: The most common advice on finding a good scalloping area is to look for the boats. It’s good advice. The flotilla bearing diver-down flags is hard to miss when you find it. Be courteous, give everyone plenty of room and drive the boat slowly, keeping an eye out for swimmers.

• Keep Them Alive: Storing scallops in a livewell is a great idea if you’ve got one. They can also be kept in a cooler of ice, but be careful to drain the freshwater out of the cooler as the ice melts because it will kill your scallops. You want them to be living right up until you clean them.


D epending on where you fish on Florida’s east coast, the mullet schools have either already arrived or they are on the way. Each fall, mullet flood down the coast in an enormous migration to their spawning grounds off south Florida. Along the way, they are assaulted by everything that eats fish. It’s a special time to be an angler. Here are some of the basics of fishing the mullet run to help you get in on the action.

schools of mullet as they move down the coast. These are perfect feeding areas for gamefish because they provide ambush points as well structure to herd mullet against. Loud and Proud: When it comes to fishing artificials, anything that resembles a mullet is likely to get slammed around actively feeding fish. The hard part is getting marauding fish to notice your lure among thousands of real mullet. This is the time to make a commotion. Early in the mornings, loud topwater plugs that pop, walk-the-dog and throw a lot of water around will get noticed. When the topwater bite slows, it’s time to break out sub-surface plugs, spoons or paddletails on jigheads. Cast around the edges of the bait pods, because gamefish often target baitfish that stray from the pod.


Find the Bait: Giant schools of bait pull all of the gamefish out of their summer patterns. Tarpon, redfish, snook, jacks, flounder, sharks, Spanish mackerel, bluefish and more transition from whatever they were doing and begin tailing and herding mullet pods. The predatory fish move with their food source. As an angler, you’re wasting your time if you’re not on top of the action.From a boat or from the beach, keep moving until you see fishy looking water. It’s unmistakable when you witness mullet fleeing from leaping jacks and tarpon, but the action can sometimes be harder to spot. Wear your polarized shades, keep the sun at your back and look for diving birds and the ripples of nervous water. There will be gamefish wherever there are huge schools of bait. Also, stay current with mullet activity in your area by sharing information with other anglers and being a regular at the local bait shops.

Check the Pinch Points: Seawalls, rocky shorelines, jetties and any other structure that juts from the shore will consolidate and channel

Bait is Everywhere: Live bait is king when it comes to getting bit. A single good throw of the cast net should provide all the bait you need once you find a good school of mullet. Many anglers prefer fishing 5- to 8-inch mullet, because they’re small enough to cast and they’ll draw strikes from fish of all sizes. However, if big tarpon are pounding a bait school, some anglers swear a foot-long mullet catches bigger fish. Either way, freelined mullet are tough to beat. Gamefish look for isolated and injured baits on the outside of the school. Your mullet, hooked just behind the anal fin, will look like the perfect meal as it struggles to stay near the surface. For more on the mullet run, go to

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For as much as we do know about the ocean and the species we love to pursue as anglers, it’s amazing the things still left to be discovered. A scientific paper recently published in the Canadian Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences presents evidence that the Slope Sea off the northeastern coast of the United States is a major spawning ground for Atlantic bluefin tuna. The Slope Sea is an area of the Atlantic bounded to the north and west by the northeast United States Continental Shelf and to the south by the Gulf Stream. Science to this point had identified two populations of Atlantic bluefins. One returns to the Gulf of Mexico to spawn and another spawns in the Mediterranean Sea. A 2016 paper established the Slope Sea as a third spawning ground for the species, and this most recent research suggests the Slope Sea is a good place to be a larval bluefin. Researchers used plankton nets to collect larvae in the Slope Sea and the Gulf of Mexico. They compared larval growth in the two regions by studying larval otoliths, which are small bones found in the heads of tuna. Researchers also conducted larval transport simulations to estimate the movement of larvae floating in ocean currents forward and backward in time to evaluate the origin of the larvae. What they found was evidence that Slope Sea tuna larvae grow at a similar rate as those in the Gulf of Mexico. The paper notes that an additional spawning site likely offers resilience for the species in the face of harvest as well as climate change. For more information, read the research at

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Florida angler John Kelly seems to have figured out how to catch big snook with a fly rod. According to the International Game Fish Association, Kelly caught this beautiful 88-centimeter (almost 35inch) snook with a crab pattern on the Indian River Lagoon on July 28. Snook longer than 40 inches are caught pretty regularly from Florida waters, so this one isn’t a true monster. However, IGFA said it could potentially set the all-tackle length fly world record for the species, replacing Kelly’s own record for an 86-centimeter snook he caught in early June. On top of that, Kelly submitted another application for a 91-centimeter snook he landed in early August. These potential records are currently pending and under review by IGFA. Records or not, it’s probably safe to say that Kelly has something figured out about targeting slob snook with fly tackle. For more information, go to a

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Scenic City has three captains who specialize in guiding anglers to catfish. They’ve encountered four of these white catfish since 2018. Simms keeps records of his catches, and he estimated Scenic City catches about 5,000 catfish a year. While one white catfish in 5,000 caught is hardly good odds, it’s a lot better than one in a million. This one stretch of river is producing more of these strange fish than anywhere else we’ve heard of.


White catfish are rare anomalies that never fail to set social media abuzz each time an angler catches one. In most instances, biologists attribute the looks of these beautiful pinkishwhite fish to leucism, a genetic trait that results in reduced pigmentation and the pale, sometimes patchy coloration they display.


On June 28, 15-year-old Edwards Tarumianz caught a gorgeous, almost pure white blue catfish on the Tennessee River near downtown Chattanooga, Tenn. It was the latest in a string of such fish to come from one small stretch of river. While catching a white catfish has been likened to winning the lottery, it seems the odds are much higher on the Tennessee River below Chickamauga Dam.“It’s become pretty clear to us that we’ve got a little recessive gene floating around in the river right here in the Chattanooga vicinity,” said Richard Simms, owner of Scenic City Fishing Charters. “I actually saw another one just a week or so ago. A guy, just a regular fisherman, caught a piebald. So, yeah, we’ve got a recessive gene floating around.”


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“They are so consistent with their yearly patterns that if you caught them in a spot in previous years, they are probably going to be there again,” he said.

To get an idea of what a day chasing kings is like, I spoke Capt. Matt Paylor, of Sound-N-Sea Charters in Morehead City, N.C. For gear, he likes a 7-foot, live-bait trolling rod with a Shimano TLD reel filled to the brim with 20-pound line. Smaller, school-sized kings eagerly hit trolled spoons and frozen cigar minnows, and you can catch a lot of them.When 10- to 20-pounders are hanging out around a structure, such as artificial reefs, wrecks or ledges, casting to them with swimming plugs and topwaters can lead to fast action. For a challenge, try a 10-weight fly rod rigged with a sinking line and a big streamer fly attached to a wireAleader.20-pound king mackerel can make a fly reel sing, Paylor said, however, if you want to get the big ones, you have to use live bait. His go-to is live menhaden, but he also uses live bluefish in the 2to 3-pound range. For trolling live bait, tie 15 feet of 30-pound fluorocarbon to the end of your main line, and to that attach a double hook live bait rig made with No. 5 single-strand wire and size 4 “quad strong” trebleCapt.hooks.Paylor said kings are very predictable.

He recommends using a sea surface temperature chart and seeing where the water is hovering in the 70-degree range and starting your day at a reef or wreck in that zone. If you see bait working—and especially if you see kings feeding—give it a serious shot. If you have seen kings feeding in open water, you’ll never forget what it looks like; they skyrocket out of the water like a submarine-launched missile.

With their aggressive nature, willingness to hit almost anything, and ability to make drag screaming runs when first hooked, king mackerel are just a bunch of fun. Because of these qualities, there is a king mackerel tournament somewhere almost every weekend. Plenty of boats head out in pursuit of them from every port, and plenty of tackle dedicated to them is sold in coastal shops.

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Paylor said a rule of thumb is to troll live baits at around 2 miles per hour. When you get a bite, the rod slams down and the reel starts screaming. Make sure your drag is not set too tightly or it’ll be over.You’ll get a nice long run when the fish is first hooked. The smaller fish of less than 20 pounds will run out of energy pretty soon. Bigger ones, from 30 to 50 pounds, won’t tire as readily, and the real monsters may do it a few times before they tire. Keep your drag set light and let the fish do its thing; follow it with the boat if necessary. A fish (besides sharks) that is the bane of king mackerel anglers is the amberjack. If you troll near any high spot, usually the top of a shipwreck, there may be a school of them there. Their detractors call them “reef donkeys” with disdain. When you are trolling with a carefully prepared trolling rig and putting in hours looking for trophy kings, one of these bad boys can mess you up. Tournament anglers especially dislike them. If you are out trolling for kings and a school of amberjacks show up in your trolling spread, don’t get mad. Have fun! These fish are a blast and hit topwater plugs with abandon. Cast soda-bottlestyle poppers in the 5- to 6-inch-long range such as the Rapala Magnum Xplode or the Yozuri Bull Pop, retrieve them with a big pull and a pause to make a huge splash, and be prepared for an amazing display. Often a group of them will come up together and slash at it with reckless abandon until one finally gets hooked. Be prepared with a heavy casting rod. I’ve caught them on 12-weight fly rods with the biggest popper I could make. They can show up at any time over any wreck or reef. You just have to be ready. If you’re not fishing in a tournament, why not go have fun with them instead of cursing at them. They will come in fast, hit hard and then keep you occupied for about 20 minutes while they try to pull you out of the boat. This article was reprinted from



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