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BEST OF ICAST 2019

EDITOR PICKS: Every year at the ICAST show, dozens of lucky winners are chosen the Best Of ICAST for their respective categories. There are dozens of other companies whose products might not have won Best Of, but their innovative gear certainly deserves some recognition. Join us as we celebrate our selections for the Best Of ICAST 2019.

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ach year, ICAST showcases the latest and greatest in fishing gear at the world’s largest fishing trade show. A highlight of the show is the “Best Of ” awards, which are selected from the massive New Product Showcase, as voted on by buyers and media. Garmin’s new Force Trolling Motor won overall “Best of Show” at ICAST 2019, held at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando in July. It won top honors out of more than 1,000 new products showcased.

“Best of Category” Award Winners • Boating Accessories: Garmin Force Trolling Motor • Boats and Watercraft: Hobie Mirage ProAngler 14 with 360 Drive Technology • Eyewear: Costa Del Mar WaterWoman • Footwear: Frogg Toggs Skipper • Giftware: 13 Fishing Fillet Table Beverage Management System • Lifestyle Apparel: AFTCO Yurei Air-O-Mesh Performance Shirt • Technical Apparel (Cold Weather): Simms M’s G4Z Stockingfoot Wader • Technical Apparel (Warm Weather): AFTCO Overboard Submersible Shorts • Ice Fishing: Johnson Outdoors Ice Helix 7 Chirp GPS G3N All-Season • Cooler and Bait/Storage: Plano Synergy Frabill Magnum Bait Station 30 • Cutlery, Hand Pliers or Tools: Bubba 110V Electric Fillet Knife • Electronics: Johnson Outdoors MEGA 360 Imaging • Fly Fishing Accessory: Simms Dry Creek Z Sling Pack • Fishing Accessory – American Tackle Company MW20 Finesse Set • Fishing Line: PowerPro Moon Shine Braid • Kids’ Tackle – Anything Possible Brands The Bumblebee by ProFISHiency • Tackle Management: Plano Synergy Plano EDGE • Terminal Tackle: Rapala VMC Bladed Hybrid Treble Short • Freshwater Soft Lure: Lunkerhunt Phantom Spider • Saltwater Soft Lure: LIVETARGET Slow-Roll Shiner • Freshwater Hard Lure: LIVETARGET Erratic Shiner • Saltwater Hard Lure: LIVETARGET Flutter Sardine • Freshwater Reel: Shimano SLX DC Baitcasting Reels • Saltwater Reel: Shimano Stradic FL Spinning Reel • Fly Reel: SEiGLER Reels SF (Small Fly) • Freshwater Rod: St. Croix Mojo Bass Glass MGC72HM Rip N’ Chatter Rod • Saltwater Rod: St. Croix Avid Surf VSS80MMF • Fly Fishing Rod: St. Croix Imperial Salt IS908.4 • Rod & Reel Combo: Lew’s Fishing Lew’s Mach Smash Baitcast Combo 6

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Vibe obviously put a lot of thought into their new fishing kayak. By combining features kayak anglers customarily had to choose one over the other, the Shearwater 125 is the most versatile fishing kayak on the water. This streamlined fishing vessel has an open deck as well as center-console storage. It’s comfortable and stable with a high-low seat, a standing perch and ample floor standing room. Rudder steering is pedal and hand controlled. It can be rigged for paddle, pedal and motor power with Power Pole mounts. There is open bow storage for easy access as well as hull rigging access. Four flush rod holders are complemented by four horizontal rod holders. It’s got a tunnel hull and a keel for maximum stability and speed. And all of that is just the beginning of a long list of well-designed features. With innovation that provides all of the functionality anglers look for in a kayak, Vibe’s Shearwater 125 begs the question, “Why choose when you can have it all?”

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Bixpy Kayak Outboard Kit Looking to extend your range and save energy for fishing? The Bixpy Thruster is an electric outboard motor designed to fit any kayak or other small boat. It reaches speeds of up to 7 mph, opening up a whole world of opportunity for folks who fish from small boats. This extremely powerful, efficient, light and portable propulsion system helps you fight wind and current, explore new places and extend trips. A single charge allows for up to 10 hours at trolling speed, and at full speed it will push a kayak to about 7 mph for up to 75 minutes of continuous use. The Bixpy Outboard Kit, which includes a thruster and an outboard Power Pack is emission-free, weighs only 9 pounds and is easy to mount, operate and transport. All components are waterproof and safe for fresh and saltwater use. This little outboard turns your kayak into a micro-skiff, allowing you to go farther and faster, wherever the fish are.

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My Coast Outdoors Knockin Tail My Coast Outdoors, the Houston-based lure maker that brought us its innovative Controlled Descent line of soft plastics, has released another one-of-a-kind lure to the industry. The Knockin Tail paddletail swimbait made its debut at ICAST 2019, and it raised eyebrows with a unique design that’s proven to stimulate feeding behavior in fresh and saltwater fish.

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2019 HOTTEST NEW FISHING GEAR Every angler knows the benefits of sound and vibration paired with visual stimulation to convince fish to feed. With the Knockin Tail, there’s a rattle built into the tail. Not only does this eliminate the need to purchase or insert rattles, it outperforms traditional noisemakers, which only produce sound when the rod is twitched. This lure puts out a continuous fish-attracting sound with every flutter of the tail. Whether it’s twitched, bounced, on the fall or with a steady retrieve, the Knockin Tail rattles to stimulate the lateral line. Beneath that innovation, Knockin Tail is also a carefully designed soft plastic that’s as durable as it is action packed.

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With its EZ BOARD removable boat boarding assist handle, Nauticus designed a simple solution for those of us not blessed with the agility of a spider monkey. Made of strong and durable, corrosion and UV resistant PVC, the EZ BOARD is the handhold you need to safely and easily board the boat. It slides right into most flush-mounted rod holders, which makes it as convenient as it is helpful. When it’s time to board, insert the EZ BOARD into the rod holder and twist to lock it. When everyone is safely aboard, slide it back out of the rod holder and stow it. It can be oriented while on the water to provide a handhold for boarding or disembarking from either a dock or the swim platform, depending on where it’s needed. Made in the USA, the EZ BOARD is lightweight, requires no special tools and comes with a five-year replacement warranty. It is available in 36” and 48” models, and there’s even a 24” model to help with getting in or out of a kayak.

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LIVETARGET Flutter Sardine With its new Injected Core Technology, LIVETARGET hauled in the hardware at ICAST 2019, winning three best of category awards. The idea behind these lures is to show a realistic baitfish profile to fish, while hiding the unnatural mechanical elements that give lures their action. The ICT Flutter Sardine has the enticing twitch and falling action of a standard jigging spoon, but its exceptionally realistic profile sets it apart from everything else on the market. Injected Core Technology enables a lifelike sardine profile, while the Exo-Skin gives the lure its signature flutter action. Perfect for a host of saltwater fishing applications with a saltwater-grade hook, it’s available in five weights and six colors.

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This vehicle-mounted rod storage solution allows anyone from recreational anglers to professionals to arrive at their fishing destination with baitcast, spinning and spincast rods and reels intact, fully-rigged and ready to fish. Two aircraft grade anodized aluminum tubes hold up to six fully rigged casting or spinning rods up to eight feet in length, and a locking reel housing area easily fits most baitcasting and small to medium spinning reels. Protective polypropylene liners inside the Rod Vault eliminate rod on metal contact, protecting guides and rod tips from abrasion. A large entry tube accommodates initial line guides up to 2.5 inches out to 40 inches from the base of the rod. It’s perfect for rigs deisgned for bass, inshore and other warmwater fishing. Included mounting brackets secure the Rod Vault ST to the top of any vehicle with rooftop crossbars and are built to accommodate almost any factory or aftermarket crossbar design, including aero and square tubes up to 3.5 inches wide and 1.5 inches thick. An innovative t-slot mounting design and movable tube clamps provide flexible options to fit most vehicles. The Rod Vault ST was specifically over-engineered to keep valuable equipment safe in almost any circumstance. Stainless steel hardware ensures the Rod Vault ST will remain rust free no matter the fishing environment, and fiberglass-infused nylon construction protects the reel housing, mounting hardware and aerodynamic nose cone from UV degradation. Whether storing rods to fish before or after work or traveling across the country on an epic fishing trip, the Rod Vault ST is deisgned to keep gear safe.

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Soft Steel USA Fluoro-Stretch Line Soft Steel USA has come up with a fishing line that might finally end the perennial debate over monofilament vs. fluorocarbon. With its new stretchable fluorocarbon, Soft Steel USA found the meeting point that provides the benefits of both fluoro and mono. It’s a real game changer. Soft Steel’s new Fluoro-Stretch line is a 100 percent fluorocarbon line with the stretchable properties of monofilament. It has the abrasion resistance, low visibility, sensitivity and toughness of fluoro as well as the tighter knots and shock absorption of monofilament. Tight knots have always been an issue with fluorocarbon, especially when it comes to line-to-line knots. The new Fluoro-Stretch allows for a tighter cinch, which elevates knot strength to 95%, which is much stronger than standard fluorocarbon lines. Available in breaking strengths of 10 to 150 pounds, the new FluoroStretch will be available in 25-yard spools and coils as well as 5-yard single-shot lengths.

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made my cast; the fly dropped just on the edge of the light shining into snook-filled water. I could see my fly tracking nearly perfectly as it passed in front of several nice fish waiting for unsuspecting prey. Then the fly swam into darkness without a glance from the linesiders. I continued stripping so as to pick the fly up and cast again. Suddenly my line came tight. I made the strip-set to an explosion, as a 3-foot tarpon erupted from the water, crashing into the dock and throwing my fly amidst a shower of scales and water. That night changed my thoughts on fly fishing forever.

When it comes down to it, sight fishing is the way to go for me. Unfortunately, I don’t have the luxury of a guide to pole me around the flats of Marco Island, but I have found that at night the docks hold all kinds of fish from snook to tarpon, snapper to trout, and they usually are open to feeding on a fly. Of course there are some things to keep in mind. First, stealth is everything. I like to approach using my electric motor and make sure I keep my distance. Many fish will hang at the edge of the light in the shadows, as was the case of that tarpon. In fact, I’ve caught many just out of the shadows at night. Boat position is also critical. You need to be far enough away to not spook any of the fish, seen or unseen. You also need a good casting angle to the fish. That means getting your fly in front of them and having it work past them in a natural way. I’ll use the electric motor to keep me in position. This also gives me the advantage of moving away from the dock when a large fish is hooked and trying to pull me into barnacle-covered pilings. When there are a lot of fish present, I often anchor or stake up to let things settle. It also gives me time to retie leaders between fish. Now that you are in position, what do you use? A majority of my fish have been caught on a white Clouser. All-black Clousers create a highly visible silhouette and are deadly, as well. Either emulates the ever-present glass minnows. Of late, I’ve upped the size of my flies and have found that larger baitfish patterns with bigger profile often get seen easier and thus get more takers. Above all, be respectful. When you find someone kind enough to leave those fish-attracting lights on, always do the right thing. Never go on the dock, and keep quite. Much of this fishing is done late at night, and dock owners who turn their lights off will tell you it’s because of noisy fishermen. Will Schmidt is a seasoned tournament angler and has been writing about fishing for more than two decades.

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calloping season is a big deal on Florida’s Gulf Coast. Every year during short and carefully managed seasons, divers and snorklers are set free to harvest these tasty little morsels along a nearly 800mile stretch of coastline in state waters from Gulf County to Pasco County. Beginning in July and stretching through September, the open season dates vary across five regions determined by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission. Some years, picking up a limit of bay scallops out of grassy shallows is as easy as an Easter egg hunt. This summer many scallopers were asking, “Where are the scallops?”

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The normally predictable Crystal River and Homosassa scallop grounds weren’t as predictable or productive this year as in years past. Some reports indicate the bulk of productive scallop grounds in those areas were in exceptionally deep waters this year. Experts explain that the normal west to easterly storms that drive scallops into easily accessible shallow waters did not occur this year. But wait; News Flash, scallops certainly showed up on the southern end of the state’s scalloping waters. In Pasco County, Fla.—the region aptly known as Florida’s Sports Coast—our editors quickly limited out in 3 feet of water and found these waters to be exceptionally productive at every drop. Whether it was the 25-year harvest closure or favorable currents, Pasco County’s limited open season was a must-dive on Florida’s west coast this year. The 2019 season marked the second year in a row that FWC opened the scallop season for Pasco County, and nature certainly supported the decision. Proving to be an unbeatable destination for bay scallops—as evidenced in fistfuls—Florida’s Sports Coast’s rich scallop beds turned out to be the perfect place to score the tasty saltwater bivalves. It is very exciting to see what Pasco County’s continued seasons have in store. In anticipation of continued growth in popularity with the returned underwater adventure, Pasco County Parks, Recreation and Natural Resources is concentrating efforts to expand and improve county boat ramps to provide more trailer parking and better launch experiences for both local and out-of-town scallopers. Moving forward, Pasco County’s annual scallop season will start the third Friday in July and last for 10 days. Coastal Angler Magazine offers special thanks to Experience Florida’s Sports Coast along with local charter captains, Mermaid Slayers, Captain Mark Dillingham and Florida Backwater Charters for their gracious invitation and superb hospitality in helping us experience all that Pasco County has to offer the saltwater enthusiast. For more information on Florida’s Sports Coast, or to plan your 2020 scalloping adventure visit www.flsportscoast.com.

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oday’s anglers are the beneficiaries of great strides made in hook manufacturing over the last few decades. Besides being sharper and stronger than they were in generations past, hooks are now available in a wider range of styles than ever before. But with variety comes the need to choose, and many fishermen are unable to comb through the multitudes of hooks to find the one that best suits their needs. If you are one of those anglers who could use a little guidance when it comes to hook selection, this primer will help you sort through the hook hoopla to find the right hook for the job. The first decision is whether you should be using circle hooks or J-hooks. Circle hooks don’t need the manual hookset that J-hooks require, but they also aren’t very effective on fish that tend to nibble at bait. If you fish for nibblers such as sheepshead, blackfish or bluegills, then circles aren’t for you. There is also the reality that circle hooks tend not to set if the fish sits still after swallowing the bait, so don’t use them unless you are fishing in a current or the fish are in an active mood. J-hooks do a better job on fish that move around less. Shank length is an underrated but critical factor in hook selection. Fish with cavernous mouths—such as largemouth bass and snook—should never be pursued using short-shank hooks. With hook eye and point being nearly in the same plane, the two parts can interfere with each other on the hookset, making them a poor choice for fish that have a gentle curvature to their mouth. These hooks do well on fish with narrow, beak-like mouths, such as tuna and wahoo, but they should be avoided when targeting anything with a wide mouth. Many of these hooks are marketed simply as “live-bait hooks,” but if your target has a big mouth, your hook should not have a short shank. Your hook size should match the bait you are using in a way that is conducive to natural presentation. A giant 10/0 hook won’t get many strikes if your bait is a three-inch shrimp; a 2/0 beak or octopus hook is probably a better match. The hook should be big and strong enough to hook and hold your target fish, but not so big that it inhibits the movement of your bait. Many specialty hooks have features made for specific baits and methods of fishing. Hooks with baitholder barbs are great for holding softer baits such as clams and worms. Hooks with up-turned or down-turned eyes are great if you prefer to snell hooks rather than attach them via a knot above the eye. Pay attention to the design of the hooks you select, because each style was made with a precise goal in mind. Whatever hook you choose, always make sure it is razor sharp before you begin fishing.

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hope 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 especially if the wind turns NE for any length of time. 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 Ugly Stix 6ft Tiger spinning rod with a Penn Spinfisher 6500 spooled with Spider Wire 65lb Ultra Cast 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 2 NE FLORIDA

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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 a 40lb wire king rig 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 triggers. The local party ground numbers can be found at the FWC website by going to MYFWC.com and searching for reef spots. It’s fairly easy and it’s separated by county for easy access. 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. Capt Kirk can be reached at 904.241.7560 or 904.626.1128 for a charter or go to www.Enterprisefishingcharters.com for more info. Listen Saturdays from 7-10am for the fishing forecast on the Outdoors Show on 1010am or 92.5fm.

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he Ancient City Game Fish Association has been busy this Summer! We had a record breaking Challenge Tournament in June with over 300 registered anglers/boats. In July we celebrated our fishing year with our annual awards banquet. Members honored for their fishing efforts were: Richie van Kirk - Male Inshore Angler of the Year, Emily Van Fosson -Female Inshore Angler of the Year,  Jordan Johnson - Male Offshore  Angler of the Year, Erica Creter - Female Offshore Angler of the Year. We also recognized our young anglers; Reiley Miller - Inshore and Offshore Small-fry Angler of the Year and Aidan Strickland - Junior Angler of the Year. We also had some fun with an in-club Red Snapper Tournament in July and in August we are targeting Flounder for our in-club tournament. Congratulations to Erin Johnson for being named Angler of the Month for June and Erica Creter for Angler of the Month for July. Our monthly general membership meeting is  on Tuesday, August 20th at 6:30pm  with a pot-luck dinner. Meeting location is St. Augustine Shrine Club located 4 NE FLORIDA

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ept has multiple angling options. The bull red fishing along the St. John’s & jetties can be exciting with Reds 30 lbs plus. A standard fish finder rig with cut bait like mullet, pogies, ladyfish, or blue crab can all be good choices. Tide will be specific for the fish you are on. I have caught them on all phases of the tide in years past. Soak the baits on the edges of the St. John’s channel. Use the least amount of weight on 20 lb gear, should be fine. I like an 8/0 sharp J

hook. If I have a savoy Angler, I have used the larger TBS Jig in 2 or 3 oz and hold the rod as if you were fishing slot reds in the creeks,,,, exciting. Next, there is tails in the grass. Tides above 5.5 and an easterly wind, look for reds tailing in the spartina and area marshes. Last of the income is best. Again, tides specific to your flat & area. A weedless soft plastic, or a 7-9 weight fly rod with floating line and weedless shrimp & crab patterns work best. Also, this is usually when mullet start to head south. Depending on weather, this can be the very beginning of the migration. Lipped divers & topwaters can take there share of trout, reds, & many other species. Local area inlets & Jetties can produce. Also areas of interest would be rips around structure or grass lines, holding bait , next to a drop off is even better. Throw up current and work the lures back with the tide. Fish feed into the current. Beach fishing can get exciting with Tarpon, Sharks, and big jacks. Lots of options, get out and enjoy.   

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When is it going to cool down? It’s hot. That pretty well sums it up. With temperatures in the 90s I am more than ready for fall. September is the last month of extreme heat for north Florida. Fishing for bottom species is good and doesn’t require a 40 mile run. There is tons of bait inshore. Trolling for King

Mackerel, Bonita and Barracuda is pretty well wide open. There will also be the occasional Sail Fish making an appearance. Grouper Amberjack, Cobia Vermillion snapper and other species will be fattening up for the upcoming fall. A good tactic is to catch live cigar minnows for bait using sabiki rigs. I use Light leaders this time of year due to the clearer warmer water. Sixty pound monofilament will get more bites than the typical 100 pound. Match your hook size to your bait. There are advantages to fishing the deeper water from 21 fathoms on out to the 28-fathom break. Red Porgy, Trigger fish and Mutton snapper are more abundant the deeper you go. Look for these 3 species on lower profile ledges and areas of hard bottom. The porgy and Triggers can be caught using the typical double hook setup baited with cut squid. If Mutton snapper are you target use leaders up to 15 ft in length baited with a grunt plug or Spanish sardine. Stay hydrated ,watch the afternoon thunder storm forecast and “Let’s Go Fishing”

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The mullet are coming... the mullet are coming... By Tommy Derringer

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eptember should be one of your favorite times of the year to get on the water. If it’s not, well, you’re seriously missing out on some of the most productive and exciting fishing Florida has to offer. I’m talking about the mass floods of mullet, both big and small, that we get passing through this time of year. As the water starts cool off up North, the mullet start to head south. I’ve heard quite a few ideas about why the mullet do their thing in the fall. One that seems reasonable is that as the water cools off, the amount of available food for the mullet such as algae and grasses becomes scarce. Thus, the fish push south to find better concentrations of the stuff they like to munch on. Water temperature and the need to get south to spawn are also big factors, I’m sure. Whatever it is that makes them do what they do, let’s hope they keep coming because it definitely makes for some awesome fishing! Let’s talk about a few of my favorite fish and why they tend to shine during the fall mullet run... Tarpon... Even if you don’t want to catch a silver king just watching these giants busting through the schools of mullet is about as cool as it gets. You’ll want to look for the bigger mullet towards the end of the month as they start to show up along the beaches, inlets, and around the bridges. It’s not hard to find the tarpon; just look for the 100lb silver streak flying through the air and crashing into the water like someone tossed a VW bus out of an airplane. All joking aside, you can pretty much bet that there are some poons hanging under just about every pod of large mullet this month. Whether at the inlets, beaches, or bridges, there’s a few different ways to target them. First, make sure you have some beefed-up tackle as there will be a lot of fish upwards of 100lbs. I like to use a 6000-8000 size Shimano spinning reel paired up to an extra heavy Shimano spinning rod. Anything smaller than that won’t allow you to put enough pressure on the fish, which wears them out unnecessarily and could be harmful to them. As for terminal tackle I like to use an 8-10ft, 60-80lb fluorocarbon leader, and a 7-10/0 circle hook depending on bait (mullet or pogy) size. You can simply free-line a mullet back to the edges of the bait school or, and most people don’t try this, you can put a mullet on the bottom on a fish-finder or knocker rig. Just because you see the tarpon feeding up top doesn’t mean they aren’t looking down deep as well. In fact, after talking to some of the best tarpon fisherman in NE Florida the bait

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on the bottom trick seems to be the preferred method when fishing around mullet schools. If tossing a lure is your thing, the obvious choice would be something that looks like a mullet. Big sub-surface plugs from Rapala and Mirrolure are popular tarpon lures. I like to toss a big soft plastic like the 5” Die Dapper from Saltwater Assassin on a big swimbait hook. It looks just like a mullet and with a slow steady retrieve the tarpon can’t help themselves. No matter how you do it just don’t forget to bow to the king! Redfish... There is no better time to get out and catch some redfish than during the mullet run. The top-water bite peaks this time of year and the reds will really key in on those baitfish. If watching a big red inhale a top-water plug off the surface doesn’t get you going you might need to check your pulse! The smaller “finger” mullet have already started to invade the flats and creeks all across NE Florida. Finding some hungry redfish can be as easy as finding the bait this time of year. Look for large concentrations of finger mullet along the spartina grass lines on the high tide and then along the ICW banks on the lower tide stage. If it’s early in the morning or late in the afternoon you can bet I’ll have my clients tossing that top-water plug through those schools of mullet. The Rapala Skitterwalks are my go-to but just about any top-water plug that resembles a mullet will work. If you are fishing in the middle of the day, a soft plastic like the Saltwater Assassin Lil Boss paddle tail is a dead match for a finger mullet. I’ll pair that up with a 1/4oz jighead, then it’s just cast and retrieve right through or to the edges of the mullet schools... couldn’t get any easier. Of course, a live finger mullet on a fish-finder rig or jighead is hard to beat, and if the water is murky or the bite is a little slow don’t be afraid to chop that mullet up. A little mullet stink can go a long way on stubborn redfish. The bull reds will be in on the mullet action as well. Last year we had an incredible bull red bite along St. Augustine Beach as the

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reds were hanging out under the pods of mullet coming down the beach. In that case, we fished a live mullet under the schools. The inlets will be stacked with bull reds as well, and when you see the tarpon busting through the schools of mullet, guess who will be hanging out underneath picking up the scraps?... umm... redfish, among other things. A big cut piece of mullet can’t be beat on the bottom for those inlet bulls. Flounder... I almost always catch my biggest flounder of the year over the next couple of months. The bigguns will move into the inlets and deeper water docks looking to get in on the mullet run. Big flounder like to eat big mullet so don’t be afraid to size up on your bait if you’re looking to catch a doormat. I’ll sometimes use a 10” mullet at the inlets this time of year to find those big flatties. Just know that you’ll most likely need to use more weight to hold that guy on the bottom. Those big flounder will stack up along the rocks at the St.

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also includes a cast net with 3/8 mesh, live well, aerator, and lots of pretied rigs for all the toothy fish. Let us start with my over the top live well. Keep in mind you can get by with just an empty 5 gallon bucket. This rig will allow you to fish more and spend less time keeping your bait alive. The key is to keep the mullet cool, with aerated and clean water. Please see the picture below for a reference. A ten gallon water cooler with a hole drilled in the side for air tube. Aerator clipped to the side. A two gallon bucket stored inside to fill and refresh the live well. Dip net so your sunblock does not contaminate the water. All of this fits inside the cooler for easy transport to the beach or pier. Two key tips…do not put too many baits in your cooler, 5 large or 12 small will keep, and pour fresh water in every 30 minutes. Rigs from small to extra heavy. Sinker slider #1 circle, 16” 30lb mono leader, and enough weight to cast and hold, egg sinker 1oz to 4oz. The same rig with 5/0 50lb or 7/0 100lb. With the 7/0 100lb I’m targeting big Reds and Tarpon. I only take one dropper rig this time of year. I tie it with 50lb and use 5/0 circles. One final tip, if you are going to target Tarpon, make sure you have enough line to stop it. We cannot crank the boat and chase it down. I barely stopped my biggest one with 400yds of 30lb mono. Remember set your drag light because the next hit could be a one pound Blue or a 100lb Silver King! Noel Kuhn Surf fishing guide and long distance casting coach. 904-945-0660 www.TheSurfAngler.com

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

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eptember is an excellent month when targeting many of the tidal creeks that make up the Nassau, St. Mary’s and Amelia Island River systems. Cooling water temperatures signals a major shrimp spawn in the fertile marshes where game fish including sea trout, flounder and redfish can be found taking advantage of the abundance of forage foods. When conditions are perfect and your backwater skiff is located within casting distance of a fishy creek mouth, expect to enjoy multiple hook-ups! The first of the falling tide offers the best fishing action as when the falling creek waters slack, creek game fish will then relocate into the deeper waters of the main tidal creek. Redfish are the primary targeted game fish weighing from 1-10 pounds offering excellent fighting abilities while bull dogging out into the main river channel when feeling the sting of your saltwater hook. Back country fishermen can also expect to catch sea trout, flounder, striped bass and largemouth bass too.

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 twenty-inches. 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 would be my first choice. Offshore fishermen will be targeting gag grouper at FA, HH and FC fish havens while targeting rock ledges. Fish dead on the bottom with live pinfish, mullet, Spanish sardines or menhaden. Black sea bass fishing should also improve with cooling water temperatures while fishing with cut baits, or fresh local squid.

During a past fall fishing adventure to the dark stained waters of the mid Lofton Creek tidal waters, a silver and black #11 floating Rapala produced an eight-pound largemouth bass on my client’s very first cast! “Redfish Magic” spinners are an excellent lure as well fishing targeting early Fall tidal creeks when rigged with a white and 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 allowing 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. Also include “Walker’s Creek”, “Alligator Creek”, “Simpson Creek” and many of the unnamed tidal creeks that feed both the Intra Coastal waterway and the Nassau River located at the southern tip of Amelia Island. Surf fishing at Amelia Island should produce excellent catches of sea trout, whiting, pompano, flounder, bluefish and redfish during the early

Bull reds and a few tarpon will still be hanging around the mouths of the Nassau and St. Mary’s inlets while chum fishing with freshly netted menhaden. The middle of the in-coming tide offers the very best fishing action. Finally, redfish will be tailing in the flooded marshes during a full moon and a good northeast wind. Be sure and arrive at your targeted marsh flat one hour before the tide is scheduled to flood, once the tide begins to fall, be sure and navigate from the marsh in a timely manner as the tide falls with speed!

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f you hunt mourning doves, or simply observe them, you undoubtedly know doves have an uncanny affinity for power lines. Telephone and electric lines are choice resting sites for doves. Birds typically land on such wires before descending to the ground to feed, get grit, or water. This is such a widely known dove habit that in most hunting areas where there are power lines, hunting sites around wires are coveted. Power lines are so attractive to doves that many fields owned by hunters have specially-built “utility wires” that serve no other purpose but as an attractant for doves. A wire, complete with tall poles, looks exactly like a telephone line, often extending for hundreds of yards across an otherwise flat field. Except it has no power or telephone hook-ups. It’s put there solely to draw birds when dove season opens. But not everyone can afford to build his own “power line to nowhere” in a dove field. Yet with a bit of effort and for not much money, you can build your own “dove wire” that attracts birds from long range, and it’s easily portable. The components of a portable “dove wire” (all available at most hardware stores) include: a 20-foot long 2-inch diameter PVC pipe; 2 four-inch long, 1/4-inch diameter “eye-bolts” with four suitable lock nuts; 2 five-foot lengths of concrete reinforcement rod (rebar); a 100foot length of dark-color (black best) 1/4-inch rope (nylon good); two tent stakes; one to two dozen plastic drink containers (20-ounce or slightly larger); and a large spray can of flat-gray primer paint, plus a large can of flat-black paint. For tools, you need a saw, a drill with 1/4-inch bit, and a hammer. First step cut the PVC pipe in half, producing two 10-foot sections. This makes the pipe more portable, able to fit inside most SUVs and

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pickups, and many hardware stores will cut the pipe for easy transport. Next completely spray the outside of the PVC pipes with flat-black paint, and let dry. Remove labels from plastic drink containers, and drill one hole sideways completely through them with a 1/4-inch bit. Just an inch or so down from the cap is a good spot to drill through. Thread drink containers onto the rope. They should slide on snug. You don’t want them to move too easily along the rope. Space them irregularly at various spots along the rope, leaving about 15 feet of bare rope at each end without drink containers. You can spray the drink containers with flat-gray primer paint now, but it’s easier when they’re suspended above the ground on the “dove wire.” When the PVC pipes dry from painting, drill one 1/4-inch hole through each pipe, about 4-inches from an end. Thread one lock-nut onto the eye-bolt, and spin it far back on the threads. Now put the eye-bolt through the PVC hole, and secure it in place with another lock-nut. The eye-bolt should be sturdy and secure, capable of holding the rope with plastic “decoys.” Do this to both PVC pipes. Practice setting up the dove wire at home in your back yard, a nearby field, park or other open space. It’s much faster with another person’s help. Take one of the 5-foot lengths of steel rod and drive it well into the

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ground with a hammer. A foot or two deep is good. Thread one end of the rope through a PVC eye-bolt, pull it through six or eight feet, then slide the opposite end of the PVC pole over the rebar rod, so the pole is standing upright. Several feet from the vertical PVC pole drive one tent stake into the ground, and secure the end of the rope to the tent stake. Lay the rope with plastic decoys on the ground in a line leading away from the vertical PVC pipe. This should extend about 70 feet or so. At that spot drive the second steel rod into the ground. Thread the remaining end of the rope through the second PVC pipe eye-bolt, and while holding the rope end, slide the opposite end of the PVC pipe over the rod so it’s standing upright on the rebar, eyebolt at the top. Pull slowly and firmly on the rope end so the decoys rise and are suspended between the poles. Step several feet away from the second PVC pipe, drive the second tent stake into the ground, and secure the “dove wire” to it. Adjust decoys by sliding them along the rope, so they look like real doves on a wire. You can add a few oversize plastic bottle decoys on the ground under the wire for more realism (see sidebar). Attaching a few commercially-made plastic dove decoys is okay, too. The whole thing goes up in a few minutes, and comes down even faster. In fields you regularly hunt, a “dove wire” can be left disassembled along a woods line or ditch, then set-up when needed. This eliminates the need for transporting the components every time to a hunting site. Taller and longer “dove wires” are easy to make, too. You can use two, 100-foot lengths of rope tied together, utilizing three poles. For a taller “wire” set-up, use two 20-foot lengths of PVC, and 3-inch diameter pipes to make it more sturdy. Transporting such long pipe can be difficult in hunting vehicles, however. But pipe can be cut into 10-foot sections, then glue threaded PVC connectors to the ends. This makes it easy to transport pipe, then at the hunting site pipe can be threaded together forming 20-foot tall “poles,” which gets decoys high where they’re easily seen by incoming doves from long range.

Driving in tent stakes is one of the first steps in setting up a “dove wire.”

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Lay out the rope with plastic decoys strung on it between the two poles positions.

Doves, like ducks and geese, have no perception of size. So it makes sense to use large decoys to get attention from distant doves, just like duck and goose hunters who employ “magnum” dekes for waterfowl. Commercially-made dove decoys are not available in oversize versions, but it’s easy to make your own at minimal cost. Simply gather some used, large plastic bottles, like 1/2-gallon milk jugs or empty 2-liter soft-drink containers. Doesn’t matter the brand, nor the color plastic, but keep the lids on. Remove the plastic or paper bottle labels, then spray containers with flat-gray primer paint. Give them a good coating, which sometimes must be done twice. You’ll need a dozen bottles, and tote them in a standard waterfowl decoy sack. When you get to your dove hunting spot (field or water hole) simply toss decoy bottles around on the ground, laying on their sides. If used with an overhead “dove wire,” scatter large bottles under and around the wire -simulating doves that have landed, after having first alighted on the wire. Oversize bottles attract doves from long distances, and are best for ground use (rather than on a dove wire), because they are heavier and more wind resistant than smaller plastic bottles.

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hrimpin' has been hot, as has the Summer temps. Largemouth should be schooling and under docks looking for a nice meal.  Baits of choice would be shiners, shrimp and/or plastics.  Carolina rigs on the drops and points and the live bait around and under docks. Bream will be wanting to ambush baits, so around docks and in creek pads.  Baits of choice are fly poppers, crickets or wigglers.  Just go for it. Catfish in the evening should be really good.  Fishing of the mullet wall isn't a bad idea.  There's a lot of food being thrown all day, so the area is ready for the bottom feeders, especially after dark.  Less crowded and probably more activity.  Baits of choice:  night crawlers, bait shrimp, beef liver or chicken liver.  So just get it and go!

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TIDE CHART - August

Mayport Degaussing Structure 30.3967° N, 81.3950° W Date Day Time Hgt 01 Thu 02:50 AM -0.66 L 02 Fri 03:40 AM -0.82 L 03 Sat 04:30 AM -0.85 L 04 Sun 05:22 AM -0.78 L 05 Mon 12:06 AM 5.69 H 06 Tue 01:00 AM 5.39 H 07 Wed 01:56 AM 5.08 H 08 Thu 02:55 AM 4.80 H 09 Fri 03:57 AM 4.58 H 10 Sat 04:59 AM 4.46 H 11 Sun 05:56 AM 4.43 H 12 Mon 12:41 AM 0.47 L 13 Tue 01:29 AM 0.37 L 14 Wed 02:13 AM 0.27 L 15 Thu 02:53 AM 0.20 L 16 Fri 03:32 AM 0.20 L 17 Sat 04:10 AM 0.27 L 18 Sun 04:47 AM 0.40 L 19 Mon 05:25 AM 0.58 L 20 Tue 06:02 AM 0.75 L 21 Wed 12:37 AM 4.69 H 22 Thu 01:19 AM 4.57 H 23 Fri 02:06 AM 4.48 H 24 Sat 02:59 AM 4.44 H 25 Sun 03:57 AM 4.48 H 26 Mon 04:58 AM 4.62 H 27 Tue 05:58 AM 4.84 H 28 Wed 12:45 AM 0.19 L 29 Thu 01:37 AM -0.21 L 30 Fri 02:27 AM -0.53 L 31 Sat 03:16 AM -0.71 L

Time 09:01 09:55 10:49 11:44 06:16 07:12 08:08 09:05 10:00 10:56 11:50 06:49 07:37 08:21 09:02 09:42 10:21 11:00 11:38 12:18 06:42 07:25 08:13 09:06 10:03 11:01 11:59 06:54 07:48 08:41 09:34

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

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t’s been a long hot Summer but… Fall and (hopefully) some cooler weather should be on the way. How do you beat the lingering heat… Get out at first light or wait for the last few hours of daylight, right around dusk. Those are typically the best times to catch the fish while they’re feeding this time of year. It’s a great time of year to toss top-water plugs inshore during those lower light conditions and along the beach the tarpon will be feeding early and late as well. One thing you absolutely have to look for to find the fish this time of year is the bait, especially the finger mullet, and it has been getting thicker by the day. Whether it’s finger mullet, shrimp, or pogys, if you find the bait, you’ll find the fish. The bait can be easily located by looking for nervous water (small disruptions on the surface, similar to a very small boat wake). You can be sure that redfish, trout, and flounder will be hanging around the schools of bait looking for an easy meal. Don’t overlook the banks along the ICW on the lower tide stages this month. A lot of the baitfish will come out of the creeks and hang along those ICW banks, especially the ones that have oysters scattered on them. Again the bigger fish will be in close pursuit. Get ready for the “floods”! September brings one of the most unique and exciting ways to catch redfish on the First Coast. We will have some

great “flood” tides this month and the reds will be up in the grass tailing away. You can use a trolling motor to scout out the best grass flats but wading or poling your boat is usually the most effective way to catch the tailing reds. Start looking for the fish before the tide gets too high (usually at least an hour or two before the high tide depending on how high it will get). Small plastic baits like those made by Saltwater Assassin will work great in the grass. Rig your lure weedless on a Saltwater Assassin hook and try to present it well in front of or past the fish and then slowly drag it towards him. A direct hit to a tailing red will usually send him darting off the flat like an out of control torpedo. Sometimes they are so focused on finding food that they seem to never look up to find your lure. That’s when a small glass rattle inserted into your soft plastic or tied to your favorite fly will do wonders to get their attention. Don’t give up on the tarpon just yet... the silver kings should still be feeding early in the morning on the bait pods just off the beach as well as on the big schools of mullet at all the area inlets. Free-line a pogy or mullet around the bait pods and hold on. You’ll also find some big tarpon behind the shrimp boats in the by-catch slicks. If the tarpon don’t want to play, do some trolling along the beach for some line-screaming kingfish action (there will be plenty of them out there). There will also be plenty of smaller tarpon inshore in the canals and deeper creeks and flats. A back hooked free-lined finger mullet, a free lined select shrimp, or medium sized pogy, will all make for a great tarpon snack. Capt. Tommy Derringer 904-377-3734 • www.InshoreAdventures.net

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eptember marks the autumn bait movement that will eventually turn into the fall “mullet run” by months end. Starting your mornings off with topwater lures that resemble a mullet like the Rapala skitter walk or Spook Jr. will produce redfish,trout and snook. Cast topwaters parallel to ICW banks, over flooded oyster beds or docks that are holding mullet to find the “trophies”. September’s full and new moons brings the tidal waters up into the Spartina grass where Redfish and Sheephead will be found tailing and gorging themselves on all sorts of crustaceans. Bailing from the skiff and wading with the fly rod and a rattle crab pattern is one way to hook up or a live shrimp hooked through the tail with a Daiichi Octopus wide bait hook. Snook and Tarpon will be in the canals feeding during low light conditions, a live select shrimp will trigger a bite from both species. Lead a rolling Tarpon with a live select shrimp on a Daiichi 3/0 circle hook and a loose drag to help your chances of landing the Silver King. Pitching the docks with live shrimp will get the attention of most linesiders (Snook) especially when encountering

a school and the competition factor kicks in. Remember to handle snook with care as they have had a few rough winters and snook numbers are still low. Area inlets will host Flounder and Bull Reds during the change of tides, a live 6-inch mullet on a fish finder rig will get the doormats to the boat. The fish finder rig consists of a 1/0-3/0 DaiichiD18Z hook with a 10-inch piece of 30lb fluorocarbon leader, a good swivel, glass bead and ¾-1 ounce egg sinker. Once you cast this rig, slowly drag and pump it back to the boat keeping contact with the bottom. For creek flounder a mud minnow or finger mullet on a ¼ ounce Slayer inc. Destroyer jig head fished around creek bends. A knocker rig with a 6-ounce weight a Daiichi 5/0 circle hook and cut or live mullet/ pogie will be the choice set up for Bull Reds at the inlet. Just remember take time to revive these breeder reds and get them back in the water as quickly as possible. Trout catches can still be expected to be best at night fishing the dock lights, a live free lined shrimp or non weighted artificial tossed up current and drifted through the lights will produce Trout and Snook. Remember to wet hands before handling fish if you plan on doing some catch and release. .

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By Capt. Randy Cnota his year, anglers heading out of C-Quarters Marina in Carrabelle, Fla.—in quest of the winning kingfish—were blessed with some beautiful weather and light seas. Afternoon winds whipped up some waves, but it was a welcome relief to the heat. While the weather was cooperative, most teams found the bite to be a bit tough… at least for the bigger kings.

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