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ast month was crazy with the beach and pier closures. For those of us that were able to get our toes in the sand we experienced some great surf fishing. May should be even better. Hopefully you are reading this between your fishing trips. Pompano , Whiting, and Black Drum have been plentiful and eager to take a fresh bait. My favorite go to baits are live shrimp cut up into thumb nail size pieces, fresh clams, and live sand fleas. Almost always I use a double dropper rig with 2/0 Eagle Claw L197 circle hooks. My most effective rigs include a white float on the top hook and a clear orange bead on the bottom. Nothing will shy away from this set up. Last month I scored a double Sheepshead on this rig! Flea on the top hook and clam strapped on the bottom hook with Miracle Thread. This

thread is now available at Strike Zone Fishing. Whether you are in the surf or on the pier the boys in the grey suits will be in full force this month. To get your string stretched just soak a whiting head in a deep trough along the beach. The Blacktip sharks will be actively feeding on them and the pompano. I like using a foot of 480lb cable tipped with a 10/0 L2022 by Eagle Claw. Above that, six feet of 300lb mono to avoid being tail whipped. This fish will run 70 to 160 pounds. So make sure you have enough line, 300 yds of 30lb, to soak up the first run. Blacktips are a blast because in shallow water they almost always go airborne when hooked up. My personal best happened on Crescent Beach. The tide had dropped out leaving a deep eighty yard wide trough about 4 foot deep. It put on a big show. Twenty one jumps total including flips, spirals, and tail walking! This is why I have nicknamed them “Beach Marlin”! I am pleased to announce that the Florida Surf Casters Club will be holding their 16th Annual Surf Fishing Tournament on Saturday May 16th. This tourney is for pompano and whiting only. The weigh in will be hosted by the Strike Zone in Jacksonville, Fl. For more information go to www.surffishingflorida.com or call Steve Austin 904-386-4565. As a founding member of the club, I want to thank Dave Workman and his team at Strike Zone Fishing for making this tourney an ongoing success! Noel Kuhn Surf fishing guide and long distance casting coach. 904-945-0660 www.TheSurfAngler.com

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onsider the lowly whiting. Small in size, it’s not a species most anglers get excited about. Big “bull” whiting might weigh a couple pounds, but most weigh less than a pound. And unless you’re geared down to some super-light tackle, fighting them is akin to reeling in a live bait. But if your mission is to collect meat, there’s no better target than whiting. The tactics are simple, the action is fast, and they are absolutely delicious when dredged in cornmeal and fried up crisp. Whiting are the saviors of countless busted inshore fishing trips; they are the rice to surf fishing’s seatrout gravy; they are bucket fillers on piers from Texas to Chesapeake Bay. Whiting are the fish you can count on when times are tough. Most states have very liberal limits for whiting harvest, so even though they are small, you can fill a cooler and feed the masses. Their soft bodies make for quick work at the cleaning table. Also known regionally as kingfish, croaker and sea mullet, whiting is the name for a group of species that look and act similarly. They school up thick, which makes them easy to catch when you find them, and their downturned mouths make them suckers for small cut baits fished on the bottom. In The Surf Whiting are a staple species for surf anglers. They run the troughs between sandbars and and feed on morsels uncovered by wave action. Many anglers prefer a double-drop rig in the surf, and small pieces of frozen or fresh shrimp and sand fleas are the best baits. Whiting have small mouths, so pinch off a piece of bait about the size of the end of a pinky finger and thread it on a #1 J hook. If whiting are in the area, the action should begin quickly. If they haven’t bitten within 15 minutes, move. From A Boat Hordes of whiting move inshore in spring to feed up on sand or mud bottoms near channel drops. They prefer 15- to 20-foot depths near deeper water, and with electronics it’s not hard to find these conditions in any tidal river, inlet or bay. A Carolina rig with an egg sinker heavy enough to keep the bait on the bottom is the rig of choice. Use that same #1 J hook, and bait the first one with a small piece of peeled shrimp. Once you catch your first whiting, you can cut it into chunks and use it for bait. From The Pier Depending on the water clarity, it’s possible to spot whiting feeding on the bottom from the elevated position of a pier. Even if you can’t see them, they’re probably down there. Once you catch one, throw back to the same spot. There will likely be another one waiting for an easy meal. That same Carolina rig and the same baits are good for pier fishing, but you might want to beef up your line strength in case a big black drum or redfish takes the bait instead.

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rom affordability to portability and the ability to access narrow, shallow waters, there’s plenty to say about the advantages of kayak fishing. A big fish box where you can toss your catch and keep it fresh is not one of those advantages. If you hope to bring home dinner next time you go kayaking, it’s worth considering how you’ll deal with your catch. Plan Ahead And Come Prepared: You can only store so many fish when you’re out on a kayak. You’ll need to plan ahead and make sure you have a plan to keep your catch while you’re out paddling. Investing in a high-quality fishing cooler is your best bet. They’re designed specifically to maximize storage capacity while easily securing to your kayak. They’ll keep your fish and your drinks and snacks cool. Keep Them Alive: Live fish don’t spoil. If you don’t plan to be out long and if you’ve got space, stringers and livewells are two common methods for storing live fish.

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ith grouper seasons opening in federal waters and Gulf red snapper fishing not too far away, now is a good time to start tinkering with a jigging technique that’s created a bit of a buzz in the charter industry. Slow pitch jigging has been around for well over a decade, but its effectiveness in U.S. waters is only now being realized. As more captains adopt and adapt the technique to different species and conditions, it has gained traction as a proven fish-catcher. In the Gulf of Mexico as well as in the Atlantic from South Florida, through the Carolinas and up into the Northeast, it’s being used to catch anything that eats crippled baitfish. Groupers and snappers, amberjack, mackerel and tuna, they’ll all take jigs slow pitched over hard bottom, and so will rockfish and cod. The technique evolved in Japan and was popularized in a series of Japanese-language videos by Norihiro Sato. Sato promoted it as a way to catch fish even when they’re not actively feeding. With conventional jigging techniques, the idea is to rip a lure off the bottom and let it flutter down, enticing reaction strikes from aggressive gamefish. Slow pitch is slower, more seductive, a finesse tactic to present what looks like an easy meal. Anyone who has ever fished a jig knows the bite almost always comes on the fall. The idea behind slow pitch is to maximize the time a jig spends in freefall. With specialized gear and a cadenced technique, the jig remains in the strike zone and presents both vertical and horizontal action. A slow pitch jig is supposed to dance like an injured baitfish struggling to stay off the bottom. The technique requires a specialized rod. Slow pitch rods look like buggy whips when compared to conventional short and beefy jigging rods. They are 6 to 7 feet long with a slow action. With a quarter or half turn of the reel, the weight of the jig loads the rod, and as the rod straightens the jig accelerates smoothly upward before hesitating and kicking to the side. The angler then begins the process again, with a rhythm that keeps the jig moving. By varying rod action and cadence, the angler can impart varied presentations. All of them are physically easier than the grueling labor of conventional deep jigging with heavy tackle. The drawback to the technique—which might be attractive to folks who love shopping for new gear— is you’ll need a whole new arsenal. The rods are thin and designed to bend evenly from handle to tip. The reels are small but geared-up to take the brunt of the fight off that bendy rod. The jigs are specially shaped and weighted to impart the right action. You’ll even need new spools of braid and new terminal tackle. Like any new technique, slow pitch jigging requires some research and practice to execute effectively. Take some time to figure it out, and you’ll be showing wary fish something they’ve likely never seen before.

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he comfort zone for crappie is generally 35 feet or shallower. The depth fish are found is directly related to water temperature. Baitfish location is the best indicator of crappie habitat. Where I do most of my fishing, crappie generally feed on threadfins and blueback herring. The average lifespan of a crappie is five years. An average female will lay 5,500 eggs per season. Less than 5 percent of the eggs will hatch, and only a small number of hatchlings survive predators. That sounds bad, but it is Mother Nature at work. There are two species of crappie, black crappie and white crappie. It’s pretty rare where I fish most, on Georgia’s Lake Lanier, but there is also a group called blacknose crappie. These are black crappie with a naturally occurring genetic variance that gives them unique markings. They look like you took a black Sharpie and drew a line from the tip of the mouth to the dorsal fin. I caught two this year. Black crappie have variations in color. In the winter, when they go deeper to escape the colder surface temps, they become much more pale. However, once you put them in your livewell, they quickly regain much of their color. The same thing happens if you catch them in shallow, muddy water. In spring, when surface temps reach the upper 50s to mid-60s, female crappie begin to spawn. This does not happen all at once, but over about a month, with some spawning earlier than others. Females hit spawning grounds in the backs of the creeks, lay their eggs and pull out. Males fertilize and guard the eggs. That’s when you see fishermen catching dark black-purple crappie on the banks. There’s an old Southern myth that “when the dogwoods bloom, it’s time to go crappie fishing.” I actually have my best luck when the daffodils are blooming, which can precede dogwoods by a month. But like any other species, fish have to eat. If you know where to look, you can catch them all year long. If you’ve ever been to Bass Pro and seen the fish tank, you’ll notice most of the species roam the tank, with the exception of the crappie, which are almost always in the corner hiding by a log. That is the perfect example of how crappie relate to structure. They roam in pursuit of food, but always come back to the brushpile they call home. Many homeowners live on lakes because they enjoy fishing, and many sink Christmas trees under or near their docks. It is important to find those submerged trees or brushpiles that have bait nearby. That is where you will find crappie. In winter, some crappie move from docks to seek shelter in standalone brushpiles. Electronics play a key role in locating those brushpiles. Many fishermen prefer live bait, which is very effective in spring, but I prefer jigs. Bobby Garland soft-body grubs and Jiffy Jig hair jigs are my “go-to” baits. If you are fishing stained water, always go to darker jigs.

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he delayed harvest sections of the Tuckasegee River, at Sylva and Bryson City, N.C., are some of the most famous trout fisheries in the Southeast. With regular stockings and catch-and-release regulations through the cool months, the Tuck holds incredible numbers of healthy rainbow, brown and brook trout. Because it fishes so well, it sees a ton of fishing pressure, but Shannon Messer, of Tuckaseegee Fly Shop, has noticed an interesting pattern from the anglers. “In April and May, almost every day from about 5 p.m. until dark, fish are rising all over the river. Most people miss the best part of it because they’re off getting a burger and a beer,” he said. “For people who want to experience dry fly fishing and casting to rising fish, that’s the place to be and

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everal weeks ago, my 6-year-old son asked me to take him fishing. To say I was excited was an understatement, since he typically doesn’t ask to go. Now the pressure was on for me to make sure this was more of a catching trip than a fishing one. His request piqued my curiosity as to why he had the sudden interest, so I ask him. His response: “I want to catch a redfish and have my picture in a magazine!” Ok, now the pressure just went off the chart! Not only do I need to make this a great catching day, but we have a specific fish and a great photo to capture. The day began at 3 a.m., and we made the three and half-hour drive to one of my favorite redfish spots. We were on the backside of a full moon, so I knew I had my work cut out for me. We made two quick stops to pick up some fresh dead shrimp and some donuts, and then launched the kayak. My son was extremely excited and full of questions, which I was pleased to answer. The 30-minute kayak ride felt like hours for my little man, and he wanted to cast a line. When we finally arrived, the tide was higher than I had anticipated. This area doesn’t generally produce well under these conditions, but we were already there and needed to figure it out. The plan was to bait him up for pan fish, while I get my fish fix with lures. As soon as his cork settled, he was hooked up! He had nonstop action on a variety of fish, but no reds. My rod stayed in the holder because I was busy being the happiest deckhand around. He had his heart set on catching a big red and started to ask where they were. We drifted to a shallow bar where the reds typically hang out. We switched to a larger hook and shrimp while we drifted. We fished the bar from different angles, moved to an area with wind-driven current between two small patches of land, and to the area where his older brother smoked the reds on our previous trip. Nothing! At this point, I was contemplating heading home. However, he was determined to stay until he caught a red, so we fished on! We started to fish our way back to the truck and the wind drifted us to an island that I’ve wanted to try but just never have. Since we already used all of the shrimp, I decided to make long cast with a soft plastic rattling tail swimbait and then hand my reel to my son to work the lure back on a steady retrieve. BAM! Redfish on! The look on his face when that red hit was priceless! He ended up catching two reds before we headed home. Mission accomplished! Capt. Michael Okruhlik is the inventor of Knockin Tail Lures, Controlled Descent Lures, and the owner of www.MyCoastOutdoors.com.

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63cc air-cooled 2 cycle gas engine

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Ultra-Light, Crush-Proof, Weather-Resistant Lockable Case

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