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Jan. 22-26, Javits Center, New York City A New York tradition since 1905, the world’s first and longest-running boat show enters its 115th year with a five-day celebration of boating at the Javits Center. Boat hop and shop 350 boats along with the latest boating innovations, technology and gear. Highlights include Kids’ Build-aBoat and The Progressive Boathouse, which features hands-on boating courses for all experience levels. Entry is $16 for adults. Kids 12 and younger are free. Tickets are $3 off for military and first responders. Save $2 by buying advance tickets at 5) Progressive Insurance Atlantic City Boat Show NYBoatShow.com. Feb. 26-March 1, Atlantic City Convention Center, Atlantic City The Progressive Insurance Atlantic City Boat Show brings activities to 3) Progressive New England Boat Show give lifelong boaters and novices an all-access pass to discover why life is Feb. 8-16, Boston Convention and Exhibition Center, Boston For nine days, this nautical extravaganza will showcase more than 700 better with a boat. Serious shoppers benefit from “Super Thursday” and new boats and watercraft, along with a stunning array of must-have ma- find bargains on hundreds of boats as well as gear, technology and acrine accessories. There is something for all ages and boaters at this year’s cessories to go with them. With everything from kayaks to sportfishers, show. Dozens of seminars will cover fishing, sailing and boating. Explore there is a boat for every lifestyle and budget. Admission is $17 for adults. Children 12 and younger are free. Adboating careers at Marine Innovation & Career Day. Hop on “Salt,” the life-size inflatable humpback whale. Boost your boating IQ at the Pro- vance tickets can be purchased at ACBoatShow.com. gressive Insurance Boathouse. Kids can captain their own paddleboat at 6) Progressive World Fishing & Outdoor Exposition the Kid Paddle Pool. Feb. 27-March 1, Rockland Community College, Suffern, N.Y. Entry is $16 for adults. Kids 12 and younger are free. Active military The Northeast’s premier fishing, hunting and travel exposition features receive one free ticket with valid ID. Purchase advance tickets at www. a vast selection of outdoor sports vendors, speakers and events. With newenglandboatshow.com. major manufacturers, trusted brand names and local retailers, show-goers can compare and shop new and hard-to-find outdoors products and 4) Progressive Miami International Boat Show enjoy a variety of educational seminars and attractions. For more inforFeb. 13-17, Miami Marine Stadium Park & Basin, Miami Over President’s Day weekend, the world-renowned Progressive mation, go to sportshows.com/suffern. Miami International Boat Show will host nearly 100,000 visitors from around the globe to shop more than 1,400 boats as well as gear, tech- 7) Progressive Insurance Saltwater Fishing Expo March 13-15, New Jersey Convention & Expo Center, Edison, N.J. nology and accessories from more than 1,000 vendors. From yachts and The one-stop shop for saltwater anglers of all experience levels, catamarans to offshore fishing boats, high-performance boats and family cruisers, visitors will experience one of the largest and most influential the Progressive Insurance Saltwater Fishing Expo returns to Ediboat shows in the world. Sea trials allow serious buyers to take their son, New Jersey, offering a vast selection of vendors, speakers and special events. The three-day event kicks off the region’s saltwadreamboat for a spin. Tickets are $30 per adult; two-day passes (Feb. 14-17) are $55; Premier ter season with deals from more than 200 vendors selling everyDay (Feb. 13) is $45. VIP packages available. Children 12 and younger thing you’ll need to hit the water, from boats to terminal tackle. For more information, go to www.sportshows.com/saltwater. are free. Purchase advance tickets at www.MiamiBoatShow.com.


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it could be a combination of both or it could be sight fishing with a few live pitch baits ready to throw at a hungry sailfish. Regardless of location, wind and sea conditions change constantly and play a huge role in determining the best fishing technique on any given day. The best sailfish bite happens during tailing conditions. Typically, tailing conditions occur right after a cold front passes, while the western edge of the Gulf Stream is in close proximity to the coast. When the strong north current of the Gulf Stream clashes with strong winds from the opposite direction, it fires sailfish up into a feeding frenzy. In tailing conditions, it is not uncommon for the top sailfish boats in the fleet to catch and release 20 or more sailfish in a day. Not everyone can afford the expensive electric reels and other gear required for kite or dredge fishing, but anyone who owns a boat with outriggers can slow troll or bump troll baits to get tight with arguably the most majestic gamefish in the ocean. You will need four 20- to 30-pound conventional outfits. Since sailfish are capable of swimming at high speeds, you want reels with at least a 5:1 gear ratio and high line capacity. Connect the main line to 6 to 8 feet of 40-pound fluorocarbon leader with a small barrel swivel. Tie an inline circle hook to the business end. Use a 7/0 hook for larger baits such as blue runners or goggle eyes. For smaller baits like pilchards or cigar minnows, use a 5/0 hook. Deploy the two outrigger baits first with one long and one short. Then send out your flat lines from the corners with one short and one long. Once your spread is out, position your boat down-sea and keep it moving forward slowly by putting the boat in and out of gear. Keep an eye on your spread, as sailfish will sometimes show up out of nowhere. Sailfish tend to swim in packs, so it’s a good idea to keep a 20-pound spinning outfit ready to go with a live pitch bait. Once you get your fish to the boat, grab it by the bill and remove the hook. Hold your sailfish alongside the boat while in gear to revive it before release. Gene Dyer is editor and co-publisher of Coastal Angler Magazine/Fort Lauderdale.

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JD: Speaking of MHX rods, you’re well-known for building your own custom rods on tour. What rods will you build this off-season? Lester: Mud Hole is always making new blanks available, so I plan on building nearly a whole new set this winter. You can build rods efficiently once you do it a few times, and it really doesn’t take much time. For anglers out there looking to have a full complement of rods that are the same brand but won’t break the bank, I highly suggest building MHX rods. They have a starter kit (great Christmas gift) on their website www. MudHole.com, and all the other bass rods a man would need. They have all the kits broken down by style, and if anyone has any questions they can ask me on social media. Instagram is @ brandonlesterfishing and Facebook is @proanglerbrandonlester.

By JD Blackburn JD: How did your Bassmaster Elite Series season go this year? Lester: I finished in sixth place in the Toyota Angler of the Year point standings and also finished sixth in the 2019 Bassmaster Classic. Those were both career-best marks. JD: What one new piece of equipment did you adopt this year that really helped you? Lester: The new C-Map card from Lowrance Electronics. Case in point: on Lake Guntersville this year, I fished structure I had no idea was in existence on that lake. The detail the card has on it is just amazing.

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fiddlers being your bait of choice. They love these little crabs and reds will attack them too! If you are trying to catch a few black drum try soaking shrimp or cut/ quartered blue crab on the bottom at the very tips of the rocks at low tide for best results High incoming has been a great producer for me on the very ends of the rocks fishing the down slope sides as the rocks drop to the sand. Look for the ICW both north and south of the St. John’s River basin to produce good numbers of trout this month. High outgoing tides are great times to throw Gulp Baits on 1/oz jig heads along the edges of oyster bars. My favorite color is new penny as it closely resembles a shrimp. Hannah Mills, Clapboard, Sherman’s, and Oak Harbor creeks to name a few both north and south will begin to have big schools of reds roaming the oyster bars and flats for food. Float rigs, jig and shrimp combos or soft plastics can be deadly for catching a bunch of these fish. The offshore scene will taper off but good numbers of snapper, grouper, and sea bass can be had for those whom want to fish the party grounds. Make sure you check the regs for what you can keep. Capt. Kirk Waltz can be reached at 904.626.1128 or 904.241.7560 for charters or for more info go to www.Enterprisefishingcharters.com He also can be heard on The Outdoors Show on 1010am or 92.5fm from 7am to 10am every Saturday giving out fishing reports, tides, and weather. Go to www.outdoorsshow.com

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very clean and clear. Use a 30 inch piece of fluorocarbon connected to your braid or mono. Use a double uni knot so you can cast your bait or lure. Less terminal tackle is best. Good places to look are tide rips around oyster bars can hold fish. As the tide falls, often it can wash away a small slew or depression next to the oyster bar, and eddy behind it can hold fish. Soak your baits there. If the current is running hard on a full or new moon, let the bait roll with the tide as you keep slack out and stay in tune with your bait. Lure fishermen cast up current and retrieve your lure through the same place. Spoons, & jigs work well for the reds & trout. However, I recommend using the shrimp for Drum & sheep heads. On days with mid day low tides, sun and less wind, give sight fishing a try, under the right conditions sight fishing redfish can be fun and challenging. A live bait, or my TBS black buck tail jig worked with low hops crossing the fishes path can be good. Trout can school up this time of year, look for the in some of the deeper spots and holes in creeks. Often smaller sizes are caught in winter. Bright colored jigs slow rolled across the bottom take there fair share. Soaking a bait or float rigging all have there place. Winter time can be some of the best backcountry fishing. Don’t miss out!

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mazingly, the year of 2019 has already raced past and we are looking forward to the Christmas holiday and the New Year. It is the time to don your winter coat, sweep the chimney, and bolt on the snow tires. As the temperature plummets, it’s easy for the mind to wander towards thoughts of warm sun and a beach escape. Fortunately for the fishing crews in Nosara, Costa Rica the forecast for the next 10 months is perfect sunshine and clear fishing weather. Best of all, this is the time of year when big Dorados provide plenty for the Christmas dinner table. Here in Costa Rica our fishing pattern resets each year; ever since the rainy season ended in early November, we have seen large schools of Dorados (pictured) stacked up like cordwood. Also there are swarms of Sailfish and the occasional Marlin stalking these MahiMahi meals. We expect this feeding pattern to continue until late-March when the Dorado will be replaced by schools of Yellowfin Tunas moving in from the North. Gangs of spinning dolphins will show us the way to these tasty Ahis, and once they show up the Tuna bite will strengthen until our end-of-season in early September. Our offshore Marlin, Yellowfin Tuna, and Dorado all follow schools of bait that move from North to South along the Pacific coast. Conversely, our inshore fishery doesn’t depend on pelagic bait migration patterns. Instead our secluded port of Garza Bay is fed by local mountain rivers. When the cool, nutrient rich river water collides with the warm, fast-moving salt water of the Pacific the conditions are perfect for localized swarms of bait fish to form. This ‘homegrown’ bait supports a ravenous population of big Rooster Fish, Broomtail Groupers, and massive Cubera Snappers. It’s not unusual for these monsters to weigh upwards of 60lbs yet 6 NE FLORIDA

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ecember is shaping up to be a very good month for surf and pier fishing. November was fantastic between the nasty cold fronts with strong winds. So, your key to success will be to go on those days when the high pressure system sets in. Clear skies and light to moderate winds out of the SE to NE. The last and most important part is the water temperature above 64 degrees. The best bait for Sheepshead, Redfish, Whiting, and Pompano is fresh sand fleas. In December they are a little harder to catch. You need a

warm sunny day to get these little mole crabs, aka sand fleas, to come up to the surface. My next favorite bait is fresh clams that you buy at the seafood markets. The markets call them chowder or Quahog clams. If you can not acquire either of those you will never go wrong with fresh shrimp. As the water cools down I always use a smaller #1 circle hook with a small thumb nail size piece of bait. In the surf my go to is a double drop rig with a white float on the top hook and an orange bead on the bottom hook. If the water temperature stays above 64 you will have a good shot at BIG Redfish near, within 500 yards, of all of our inlets. My go to in the surf is a fishfinder rig tied out of 100 pound mono and a 7/0 circle hook. The bait is a half of a blue crab. Big reds will not shy away from heavy leaders. The reason for 100lb mono is for the crab loving Bonnethead sharks. Go get them now before the frigid air turns our water temp too cold for comfort. When that happens the Pompano boogie south and the Whiting and Redfish head offshore to warmer water. See you on the beach.

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

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ea trout will be running at Nassau Sound and the St. Mary’s inlet during stable weather conditions. Cooling water temperatures will produce excellent action while drifting live shrimp under a float in water depths from 5-15 feet of water. Look for areas where deep channels are adjacent to docks, jetty rocks and deep water oysterbars. Lightening up your trout fishing gear is critical while using a four-foot length of 10-pound fluorocarbon shock leader and a small #6 kahle hook. Hook your live shrimp starting under the back of the tail and right out through the top of the tail, which helps conceal your hook! Some of the best December sea trout action often comes at night at the deep ends of boat docks which harbor lights. Sea trout are often attracted to night lights exposing their locations! Wither sea trout must measure at least 15 inches and not over 20-inches with a bag limit of six per day. One of the sea trout in your limit may measure over the 20-inch mark. Nassau Sound and St. Mary’s inlet and beach fishermen will be targeting black drum and excellent eating whiting while fishing dead on the bottom with ultra-fresh shrimp. Tides are critical with the last of the in-coming and the first of the out-going tides producing the best action. Also, if a flood tide arrives during the afternoon when water temperatures are warmest, look for the best black drum and whiting fishing action to come. Redfish weighing to 10-pounds will be schooling on warming mud flats during the afternoon as well. Look for large bays that have a mud bottom where crabs and shrimp are plentiful and also key to locating a nice winter redfish bite. Look for the best action to come during a low afternoon tide as well when water temperatures are warmest. Fish slow along the bottom with a ¼ ounce led head rigged with a Berkley Gulp shrimp in the “New Penny” or white with a chartreuse tail color pattern. Sheepshead weighing to 10-pounds will be taking fiddler crabs fished close to barnacle clad jetty rocks and dock pilings. Look for boat docks that are located close to or right on the edge of a deep channel where a good current is running. Bring along a long-handled shovel and scrap the barnacles off from the pilings, which will help chum up nearby sheepshead to your barbed fiddler crab. Other great sheepshead boars include a small piece of clam, or fresh dead shrimp. There is also an excellent winter sheepshead bite at KBY reef where old concrete rubble is covered with barnacles as well. Two popular sheepshead hot spots include low areas of the St. Mary’s

south jetty rocks and the barnacle clad pilings located at the Shave Memorial Bridge. Whiting will be running during the last few hours of the in-coming tides at both the Nassau and St. Mary’s inlets while fishing dead on the bottom with ultra-fresh shrimp. In recent years winter whiting have been running to three pounds and excellent eating too. Largemouth bass will be fattening up for the coming spawn during

late December in the many tidal brackish rivers including Lofton and Boggy creeks. Fishing in the deep turns of these rivers where a shallow shelf is located adjacent to deep waters is key. Wild shiners fished under a small float is always a sure bet for hooking into winter bass that can weigh up to 12-pounds! Offshore bottom fishing at a multitude of Amelia Island offshore fish havens will produce nice catches of black sea bass and gag grouper during the month of December. Some of the more productive offshore live bottoms, wrecks and lime rock ledges are located fairly close to shore as well where small boats can access this winter fishery. Included are KBY, FA, FC, FB and Schultz’s Market, all located within 12 nautical miles from either the Nassau or St. Mary’s inlets. Fishing dead on the bottom with fresh squid, or cut bait is the preferred angling technique. Also, deep jigging with a five-ounce bucktail jig in the white color pattern and tipped with a small piece of squid is an excellent winter bottom fishing tactic for black sea bass that can weigh up to four-pounds. For more Amelia Island fishing information please call (904) 2612870, or visit www.ameliaangler.com

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Fishing Report St. Johns River By: Richard Hamilton

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ell, it's hard to believe, but we've made it another year. With this last month, fishing starts to change. In some cases, for the better; for other trains of thought, worse. Beginning with the saltier side of our area, the Flounder have been active and eating minnows and shiners with regularity. Also, plastic jigs, like spade-tailed grubs or swimming minnow imitations. You can work them around the Shands, but north in Doctors Lake, as well as the Buckman, are much more productive areas. So go! Next up are the Reds. They seem to hang year round, especially since we seem to have no real cold i.e. winter. The water temp drops, but they will stay because of the springs, scatter through out the area. Baits of choice: regular Bass top waters or crank baits. Bait shrimp work well, as do shiners. So if you want to stretch your string, have at it. Mullet fish is becoming more and more difficult, as the silver beauties like the intracoastal and ocean for the winter time frolic. But you may get lucky and get some if you give it a go. So go! Bottom fishing for bream which is a slower process, but can be productive. Try fishing hard

bottom protected areas and fish in the sunny shallow 'til mid-day; then, move off to the first line of drops, which occur between four and eight feet. The bait of choice is a nice glob of worm or pinching a wad of gar roe, but whatever you try, you may be rewarded. Next are the Large Mouth. These beauties will be active busting bait schools, as well as foraging for small crustaceans. Toward the later part of the month, they may start hanging out in front of creek and covers, venturing into the warmer water and locating areas for the eating activity. Also, keep in mind the southern areas of the River will actually be starting to have limited or full-blown bedding activity, depending on the weather for this "winter." Lastly will be the best for the cooler months. Specks! These beauties will start bunching up and going into the creeks for the spawning routine. Start by working around bridge pilings and deeper water and you may do well. Baits of choice are minnows or Road Runners in size of your choosing. As the weather works warmer, look for them to go to the creeks. In dep water moving shallow as the temps increase. Other areas are all the area lakes and Rodman and Lake George. If you are willing to work at it, you can geta nice amount of good fish. So go! Well, that's it! 'Til next time, keep your line wet and your lure movin'.-Richard.

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

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ith water temperatures cooling down this month, look for the inshore fishing to heat up. For me, the next few months are the most exciting time of year to target reds on the flats and creeks. I’m hoping for a cold-ish winter this year, as much as I don’t like freezing my butt off, the cold temps will kill the algae in the water, resulting in clearer, sight-fishable awesomeness. It’ll be time to go to your favorite flat, put on your polarized Costa sunglasses and start looking for fish. The creek fishing will be on fire as well. The redfish will push into the shallowest areas of the creeks on the low tides to warm up and feed on small minnows and shrimp. This time of year, you’ll get to sleep in and wait for the sun to be out for a while to warm up the water. Clearer water can mean spookier fish, so downsize your baits/lures for a stealthier approach. On extreme low tides the redfish, trout and flounder will get schooled up in area creek holes. A live shrimp or mud minnow tossed into those holes using a 1/4oz Saltwater Assassin jighead can’t be beat. When up on the flats, look for darker mud and oysterladen bottom to be holding redfish, trout, and flounder. These areas will warm up faster than others on sunny days... a few degrees can really make a difference. Another benefit of dropping

water temps is the redfish will start schooling on the flats. If you know where to look you can find huge schools of tightly packed redfish this time of year. Locate these fish from a distance by looking for “muds” (discolored muddy water caused by moving fish) and/or pushing wakes made by moving fish. Redfish singles and doubles can also be found sunning themselves in the shallows, especially along side and on top of oyster bars this time of year. These fish will be lazy so make sure to present your bait in a slow and methodical manner. When I spot a stationary fish, I like to cast long of him and at least a few feet to either the left or right of the fish depending on which way he’s facing. Then work the bait slowly back to where the fish is (this will help to not spook the fish). Sometimes they will like it moving a little faster and sometimes a little slower. It’s always fun trying to find the right approach. Trout fishing should turn on as it cools down as well (Last month was pretty awesome!). My favorite trout lure for this time of year is the Saltwater Assassin Lil Boss paddle tail in pearl paired with a their 1/81/4oz jighead. The tail has a ton of thump and the trout just can’t resist it. The jig, jig, pause method works best for me. Target creek mouths, ICW banks, and any type of structure with moving water and you’ll be sure to find some trout hanging out. Sheepshead fishing should really start to get good this month as well. Target area bridges, docks, and pilings with fiddler crabs to catch the tasty porgies. Capt. Tommy Derringer Be sure to check out my Daily Fishing Reports online @ www InshoreAdventures.net

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TIDE CHART - December

Mayport Degaussing Structure 30.3967° N, 81.3950° W Date Day Time Hgt 12/01 Sun 05:07 AM 0.52 L 12/02 Mon 06:02 AM 0.86 L 12/03 Tue 12:48 AM 4.47 H 12/04 Wed 01:42 AM 4.44 H 12/05 Thu 02:39 AM 4.47 H 12/06 Fri 03:35 AM 4.58 H 12/07 Sat 04:27 AM 4.75 H 12/08 Sun 05:14 AM 4.96 H 12/09 Mon 05:57 AM 5.18 H 12/10 Tue 12:17 AM 0.26 L 12/11 Wed 12:58 AM 0.02 L 12/12 Thu 01:38 AM -0.17 L 12/13 Fri 02:19 AM -0.29 L 12/14 Sat 03:03 AM -0.32 L 12/15 Sun 03:49 AM -0.25 L 12/16 Mon 04:41 AM -0.12 L 12/17 Tue 05:40 AM 0.04 L 12/18 Wed 12:35 AM 4.83 H 12/19 Thu 01:36 AM 4.89 H 12/20 Fri 02:40 AM 4.99 H 12/21 Sat 03:45 AM 5.16 H 12/22 Sun 04:46 AM 5.35 H 12/23 Mon 05:43 AM 5.53 H 12/24 Tue 12:01 AM -0.54 L 12/25 Wed 12:51 AM -0.67 L 12/26 Thu 01:38 AM -0.73 L 12/27 Fri 02:24 AM -0.67 L 12/28 Sat 03:08 AM -0.50 L 12/29 Sun 03:52 AM -0.23 L 12/30 Mon 04:38 AM 0.10 L 12/31 Tue 05:26 AM 0.45 L

Time Hgt 11:35 AM 5.31 H 12:24 PM 5.06 H 06:59 AM 1.15 L 07:56 AM 1.33 L 08:52 AM 1.39 L 09:47 AM 1.34 L 10:39 AM 1.18 L 11:29 AM 0.93 L 12:14 PM 0.64 L 06:39 AM 5.39 H 07:21 AM 5.57 H 08:04 AM 5.70 H 08:48 AM 5.78 H 09:34 AM 5.80 H 10:22 AM 5.76 H 11:12 AM 5.67 H 12:05 PM 5.52 H 06:43 AM 0.17 L 07:48 AM 0.23 L 08:53 AM 0.21 L 09:57 AM 0.10 L 10:58 AM -0.08 L 11:56 AM -0.29 L 06:35 AM 5.65 H 07:24 AM 5.69 H 08:11 AM 5.64 H 08:56 AM 5.51 H 09:39 AM 5.33 H 10:22 AM 5.12 H 11:04 AM 4.90 H 1:47 AM 4.67 H

Time 05:53 06:45 01:15 02:08 03:04 03:58 04:50 05:37 06:21 12:56 01:37 02:17 02:59 03:44 04:32 05:25 06:22 01:01 02:01 03:05 04:10 05:10 06:06 12:48 01:36 02:22 03:05 03:48 04:32 05:17 06:03

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Hgt PM 0.69 L PM 0.91 L PM 4.85 H PM 4.68 H PM 4.57 H PM 4.51 H PM 4.50 H PM 4.53 H PM 4.58 H PM 0.36 L PM 0.12 L PM -0.04 L PM -0.12 L PM -0.12 L PM -0.06 L PM 0.00 L PM 0.05 L PM 5.32 H PM 5.11 H PM 4.92 H PM 4.79 H PM 4.73 H PM 4.71 H PM -0.47 L PM -0.57 L PM -0.56 L PM -0.45 L PM -0.26 L PM -0.03 L PM 0.21 L PM 0.43 L

St. Augustine Beach: H: -:07 L: -:15 St. A City Dock: H: -:04 L: +:09

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Scouting For Ducks You gotta find ‘em before you can shoot ‘em By Bob McNally

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lorida’s final phase duck season runs Dec. 7-Jan. 26 and with freezing weather in the North, huge numbers of waterfowl will flock to the Sunshine State. A sure sign of that is the number of ducks (usually hooded mergansers, ringnecks and scaup) that are readily seen in area retention ponds, some even beside expressways in the heart of Jacksonville. Great gunning for diving and puddle ducks is available in a multitude of locales around the state (including in and near Jacksonville), but shotgunners must take the time to scout areas for waterfowl prior to hunting -- at least if they want to be consistently successful. This takes time, and most hard-working waterfowlers would rather be hunting than scouting when they have a day or two they can dedicate to chasing ducks. But scouting to locate choice duck hunting spots is such a vital part of a wildfowler’s sport that many veteran outdoorsmen don’t even consider going to all the trouble of towing boats and motors, decoys and dogs, without knowing -- and I mean K-N-O-W-I-N-G -- that the place they’re hunting is a choice location for waterfowl. And that only comes from extensive, and up-to-theminute scouting. You can be a world champion duck caller; have the best equipment and camouflage; the most expensive guns and shells; be an expert wingshot; and a whiz when it comes to setting decoys. But if you’re not hunting where there are ducks, and where ducks exactly want to be, than you’re wasting your time. The point here is that hunters can’t dictate to ducks -- any wild game or fish for that matter -- what to do or where to live and feed. So it’s a hunter’s job to find game, adapt to conditions, and then work to be successful. Without scouting and locating ducks, and knowing precisely where they want to feed or rest, a waterfowler is in a onesided gambling game, and it’s a sure bet odds are stacked heavily against him for success. Putting in adequate time and effort to properly scout for ducks turns off some gunners. They think it’s wasted energy, since they’d much

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rather be hunting than looking for places to hunt. I can’t fault them for wanting to spend their time hunting. But proper scouting takes a great deal of skill. And in the long run it saves a lot of time and trouble by insuring you’re only hunting choice places where ducks want to be. Tom Matthews who for years was the head man with Avery Outdoors (the expansive waterfowl gear company) habitually hunts state and federal public waterfowl areas, and one of his favorite methods of taking duck limits is to outboard into hunting areas after first light. He motors around scouting until he locates where resting ducks are jammed, then he idles into the area spooking them, sets up his boat blind, tosses out several dozen decoys and shoots ducks as they return to that location. Beasley, Texas waterfowl ace guide Dennis Sbrusch does his scouting in late afternoons. His technique is to drive a truck through likely marsh lands where he carefully scans small lakes and ponds with

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your shopping list focus on 145 to 160 ft. This wonderful time of year Grouper are aggregating and preparing for their winter time spawn. This is heavy tackle time with 80# mainline and a minimum of 100# leader. Large live baits like Grunts or Pin Fish will eliminate the smaller fish bites. This is full contact sport only the strongest will be successful. I always tell my clients to reel like there is a $100 bill on the end of the line. The trick is to get enough cranks on the fish before he realizes he is hooked. There will be plenty of Trigger fish, Vermillion Snapper and Red porgy available as well. If you don’t want to make the 40 to 50-mile run, Cobia should be available in the 80 to 120 ft range. Working a 6 to 8-ounce jig vertically through the water column is a great technique. Tip you jig with a plastic grub tail or a whole squid for added attraction. Work the jig slowly and expect the bite on the fall. If trolling is on your list there should be Sailfish, Black-Fin Tuna and Wahoo available. Look for bait back in 145 to 160 ft. Find the bait and you will find the fish. Whatever is on your list it should be available in December. We have plenty of open dates and Gift certificates for those who are not on the naughty list.

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rowing up, I used corks a lot, usually to know when a bream had taken my little dough ball when I was fishing in my backyard. Later, I used them to keep track of lively white bait or aid in casting shrimp farther. Now days, I use them more as a dinner bell than anything else. I am also using them in much deeper water than you would ever expect, but here you need a little patience.

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If you’ve fished the flats in saltwater, you have probably used a popping cork and a shrimp at some point. Giving your rod a sharp tug to make the cork pop always seemed to liven up the action. Well, the same can be done in deep water to help hungry reds find your meal offering. The really cool thing about this is it works with conventional tackle as well as fly setups. The concept is pretty simple, a popping cork with about 20 inches of mono out of the bottom tied to large swimbait or fly. We use them around large schools of bait that are being worked over by breeding-sized reds. “Pop it hard and wait at least 10 seconds. You know it’s deep here and it will take at least that long for the fish to find it,” said Capt. Gary Dubiel. He should know since he invented the Pop N Fly technique. The key is to make a huge pop with a lot of noise and then pause. The deeper the water, the longer you wait. The fish are in constant movement around enormous schools of bait. When they hear what seems to be another fish feeding, they come running to get their share. But it might take a minute. You want to make sure your bait gets straight down below the cork, as well as giving the fish plenty of time to locate it before popping again. On average, wait 8 to 10 seconds in 14 feet of water, longer if the water is deeper. It is also nice that you don’t need live bait for this technique because it saves time at first light, making it easy to run and gun on large schools of bait. For tackle, a medium weight spinning rod with plenty of 20- or 30-pound braid will do the trick. On the fly, you will want a 10 weight to cast the rig and plenty of backing. Below the cork, your fly or swimbait will slowly sink down looking like a stunned or wounded baitfish that seemingly escaped a vicious attack… aka an easy meal. Pop and be patient, the strikes are basically unremarkable; the cork just disappears. But the fight of these 40-plus-pound beasts on light tackle or a fly rod is much more noteworthy. Will Schmidt is a seasoned tournament angler who has been writing about fishing for two decades. Reach Capt. Dubiel at (252) 249-1520.

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rog fishing is one of the most exciting ways to catch the largemouth bass that ambush feed in grass-choked reservoirs of the South. Lake Seminole, on the Florida/Georgia border, is one of the best frog-fishing lakes in the country. If you ever get the chance to visit Seminole, do it. In the meantime, these tips and techniques may help on your local grass mats. My favorite hollow-body frogs are the Spro Bronzeye series. Spro Bronzeye frogs are built

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