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ith the ongoing debate over red snapper population estimates in the Gulf of Mexico, researchers from the University of Florida have received a $10 million grant to hopefully settle the dispute and determine what the snapper population actually is. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, National Marine Fisheries Service and Sea Grant are funding the study, which will be conducted over two years by UF associate professors Robert Ahrens and Will Patterson along with researchers from other institutions from around the Southeast. Currently under a federal recovery plan, the Gulf red snapper fishery has been considered overfished since the 1980s by the federal government. Under the recovery plan, coastal communities and businesses, such as charter boat operations and all the others that benefit from money spent by anglers, have been hurt by extremely limited opportunities to harvest this important recreational and commercial species. All the while, recreational anglers and biologists with Gulf state wildlife agencies have been pointing to flaws in the formal stock assessments. And the structure of the allowed catch has created a rift between recreational and commercial fishermen. Over the vast Gulf of Mexico, it will be one of the largest and most ambitious fish studies ever conducted, and even with $10 million in funding, there are those who doubt the study will achieve its goal of a population estimate with a coefficient variation of 30 percent, according to a UF release. Meeting the requirement would require numerous supplementary samples until the numbers contract into the accept-

Jeff and Payton Oney caught their limit of beautiful Gulf red snapper as well as red and gag grouper and other reef fish while fishing off Anna Maria Island with Capt. Larry McGuire and Show Me The Fish Charters. able range of variance between locations. Researchers will use methods beyond catch data in their study. Remote operated vehicles, camera sleds, acoustics and divers will play a role in producing the estimate. Researchers will also be capturing some fish and taking fin clips to develop genetic tags to be used in future estimates. Along with the snapper study, there is excitement over additional information that can be gathered in a study of this size. The distribution and size of other reef fish, as well as the invasive lionfish are of particular interest.

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GEAR GUIDE Beach Marine Products Bay Buddy Bait pens by Beach Marine Products are not your average bait cages. Built by engineers and hard-core anglers, every care was taken to design bait pens that are rugged, durable, convenient for the angler, and stress-free for the bait. They feature a sloped-bottom design and industry-changing false bottom, making recapturing your bait easy. Heavy duty aluminum construction with zinc anode assures a durable product. All hardware is stainless steel and doubled up. The pens are powder coated with no sharp edges to injure or red nose baits. Large oversize doors allow access for cast nets and large dip nets. Beach Bait Pens come in many different shapes and sizes. Their smallest pen is the Bay Buddy, which is ideal for holding shrimp, crabs and multiple species of live baitfish. The Bay Buddy is 20 inches wide by 18 inches deep.

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Kaku Kayak Wahoo 10.5 With the release of their new Wahoo 10.5, Kaku Kayak is building on its reputation of excellent stability and performance with a more compact boat that retains all the features and performance of the larger Wahoo 12.5. The Wahoo 10.5 tracks extremely well for a shorter kayak, is easy to stand in and responds to tight turns easily. It has all the features of its older brother, the Wahoo 12.5, with plenty of gear tracks, a raised aluminum seat and integrated mounting for the Power Pole Micro. It is also rudder ready and comes standard with a great looking deck pad. It is an extremely versatile fishing kayak that offers a stable, roomy platform for standing to cast or sight fish. There is also plenty of storage in the bow hatch, rear tankwell and a rear day hatch.

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Wilderness Systems Kayak Krate Wilderness Systems has built a reputation for producing some of the finest fishing kayaks available. The fishability of their boats is improved with a unique and useful line of accessories designed to help anglers fish harder and more efficiently. The Wilderness Kayak Krate is the ultimate tankwell storage option. The Kayak Krate sophisticates tankwell storage with superior function and a sleek look that make storing and accessing gear hassle-free. An open main compartment accommodates larger gear and tackle boxes and features removable dividers. Smaller items can be stowed in the secondary lid storage. Functional and durable inside and out, the Kayak Krate is blow-molded, water resistant, is easily lashed down and comes with four rod holders.

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Tsunami Forged 12 Lever Drag Reel Tsunami recently introduced its new FORGED 12 lever drag reel. It’s a larger and more powerful version of the popular FORGED 10, and it’s perfect for jigging, bottom fishing and live baiting. The Tsunami FORGED 12 is built to catch the strongest saltwater game fish. Its powder-forged frame is lightweight and precision machined for braided line tolerances and strength. The hardened high-precision stainless steel 4.3:1 ratio drive and pinion gears are strong, tough, and operate smoothly. The completely disengaged “floating” spool rides freely on two shielded stainless steel ball bearings mounted to a spool shaft, giving the FORGED extreme free-spool and maximum castability. The instant anti-reverse bearing, along with two failsafe backup dogs, ensure strong, sure hooksets with no line loss. That is when the smooth, powerful carbon fiber drag comes into play, giving you all the fighting control you need. Look for Tsunami’s FORGED 12 online and at your favorite sporting goods retailer.

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GEAR GUIDE Vexilar FishPhone Vexilar has launched a game changer in the underwater camera market. The FishPhone takes Vexilar’s proven Fish Scout camera technology and uses an innovative new WiFi transmitting system to send high quality video directly to your smartphone or tablet. FishPhone turns your smart phone or tablet into a fully functional underwater camera monitor by creating its own 100-foot WiFi hotspot that can be shared with friends or kept secure. The FishPhone works anywhere in the world, and you don’t need cell phone coverage to use it. The free software app works with both Android and IOS systems. The FishPhone comes with a unique holder and battery pack system that makes it easy to carry and manage 50 feet of cable. The camera used in the FishPhone system is a Sony Color/ B&W camera that automatically shifts from color to black and white when light conditions are limited.

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Native Eyewear Eddyline Native’s Eddyline model features a wood Trilaminate construction with silver polarized Reflex lenses. These shades are ideal for inshore adventures since they weigh less than an ounce, and their eight-base curvature fits your face perfectly while blocking side light with thicker temple arms. All Native Eyewear lenses are polarized, impact and scratch resistant, include Cushional non-slip nose and temple pads and come with a limited lifetime warranty. Whether you’re hitting the backcountry or going to the inlet, you need a pair of Natives!

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Dexter SOFGRIP Knives Dexter has been famous for their SOFGRIP white-handle knives for years. It’s a handle other companies try to duplicate but can’t match. The handle is soft to the grip, ergonomically perfect in your hand, and the patented textured pattern makes it slip free. The blades are made of DEXSTEEL, a high-carbon, high-alloy stain free steel that is ultra-sharp out of the package, holds its edge and can be easily re-sharpened. Dexter has been manufacturing knives in the U.S.A. for nearly 200 years. They offer proven quality, proven designs and proven reliability. That’s why Dexter is the No. 1 choice for fishermen. The SOFGRIP comes in a large selection of designs and sizes.

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Phenix Rods RTS Inshore Whether you’re fishing the flats for trout and snook or pulling big reds from the mangroves, Phenix Rods’ new RTS inshore line has the power to deliver. Super light weight and sturdy, RTS rods feature a T-40 carbon fiber blank with Phenix’s own Nanolite resins that produce excellent sensitivity, while retaining the backbone to fight big hard-pulling reds and snook. The RTS series utilizes the new Phenix Essex T-Ring premium carbide guides with Ring Lock to FrameLok technology and premium high density EVA and cork blend grips, with a carbon reel seat. The RTS series, meaning “reds, trout and snook,” promises to be the lightest, most sensitive inshore rod on the market. It offers 5 casting and 5 spinning models to fit your needs.

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’ve heard people say ‘A bad day of fishing is better than a good day at work,’” said Master Capt. William Mendoza with his trademark wry smile, “I’m not really sure I know the difference.” Capt. Mendoza is a Costa Rica-based charter captain with 30 years of experience. Since 2009 he has run over 250 trips a year on the Wanderer for the FishingNosara team from his home port on the north Pacific coast, making him the busiest charter captain in all of Central America. This area has become a hot spot for anglers because of the nearby bluewater and virtually non-existent commercial pressure; in fact the Costa Rican government has mandated that all commercial fishing must be done at minimum 60 miles from shore. The main fear of men like Captain Mendoza is: will this fishery last? Many have heard stories of Cabo Blanco, Peru and its famous “Marlin Boulevard”. In the 1950s this area produced the most granders in the world, including a 1,560-lb. black marlin catch that is still the world record. Now Cabo Blanco is a ghost town, due to human conceit and greed.

The argument still rages as to why. Some say it was overfishing of the apex predators like marlin and swordfish by sport-fishermen, while others maintain the government opened up the feeder fish, mostly sardines, for overharvesting. Let’s look at the problem from both ends of the food chain. The Costa Rican government enforces their 60-mile line vigorously and is very strong against unlicensed commercial operations. These efforts maintain a healthy number of feeder fish. At the apex level, the preservation of billfish has been spearheaded by groups like the International Billfish Foundation and the IGFA. Costa Rica has also taken the lead in this effort by prohibiting sportsmen from removing billfish from the water (no hero shots allowed) and by banning the sale of meat from marlin and sailfish. “The advantage of catch-and-release billfishing is mainly economical,” noted Capt. Mendoza. “Essentially, we want to create a market where these apex predators are more valuable swimming in the ocean than they are on the scale at a fish market.” On average, a full day of marlin fishing costs $900 and provides renewable income for the captains and mates. Conversely, the value of the same fish at an unlicensed fish market can be as low as pennies per pound. Charter fishing lies somewhere in between the bottom-line driven world of commercial fishing and the fun-loving experience of recreational fishing. “A good charter trip should be fun, productive and educational, especially for novice anglers,” said Capt. Mendoza. “These trips can bring together multiple generations, as fishing tactics are handed down from grandfather to father, father to son.” Capt. Mendoza knows all about that. This season, his 22-year-old son joined him in the mate position on the Wanderer to continue the family legacy. By operating under common-sense regulations, the fishing in Nosara should stay strong for generations to come “The ocean provides me with a livelihood, and I want to protect her the way she’s protected me. My idea of a perfect day is catch billfish, get a nice photo, set it free, and get the lines back out there again. Clearly that’s not a bad day at work.” concluded Capt. Mendoza.

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GOOD BYE 2017 AND HELLO 2018 As I write tonight in the last days of 2017, the weather finally feels like winter and Christmas. We certainly had an awesome Fall this year. My favorite weather; no heat or air, and my French doors open all day! 2016 brought us a new daughter-in-law and 2017 brought us a new granddaughter. Our two teenage grandsons are the proudest big brothers ever! We welcome a new writer Jason Clark. You will find his column, FISHING THE NATURE COAST FLATS, on page 7. On page 13 we introduce a new restaurant in Yankeetown, Black Water Grill & Bar. The business is new, but the building is not, formerly the Riverside Inn, and the building has long been known as the Izzak Walton Lodge. When you visit, be sure to tell them that I sent you. Thank you to John Freeze for the page 1 photos (except for grandson on swing). This month’s recipe, Baked Grouper Cheeks Topped with Garlic Shrimp, on page 2 combines two of my favorites. This dish is rated, “You can do that again!” from my in-house food critic. As you know, winter fishing can be a challenge, but if anyone can help you this time of the year, it is our guides. They know “how, when and where”. Give them a call. They also enjoy just hearing from you. Let them know that you appreciate them and the time that they take to write for us. Also thank our advertisers and the location where you picked up this FREE magazine. Our wish for you is that 2018 is the best year of your life. Enjoy every day. Lynn Crutchfield Co-Publisher Coastal Angler Magazine of North Central Florida /Nature Coast

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Preheat the oven to 375 • Grouper cheeks, 4 to 5 per degrees F. Place grouper in person, depending on size shallow baking pan. Season • 1/4 lbs. small shrimp, peeled the grouper with salt and and deveined (or 6 lg cut in pepper and bake for 15 to 20 half) minutes. While the grouper • 1 small shallot, diced is baking, heat the butter and the olive oil in sauté pan • 2 cloves garlic, minced over medium heat. Sauté the • 1 tbsp. butter shallots for about 3 minutes. • 1 tbsp. olive oil Add the garlic and the red • 1 tbsp. lemon or lime juice pepper flakes. Cook for 2 to • 2 tbsp. white wine 3 minutes, making sure that • 2 tbsp. butter the garlic doesn’t burn. Add the shrimp, lemon juice, • 2 to 3 tbsp. minced parsley white wine, salt, and pepper. • red pepper flakes, salt, and Cook until the shrimp are pepper to taste pink, about 4 minutes. When the fish is done, plate the fillets, and using a slotted spoon, top with the shrimp and keep warm. Add parsley to sauce, reduce sauce to about half, and swirl in 2 tbsp. butter. Simmer another minute until slightly thickened. Pour sauce over shrimp and fish. Delicious served with green beans and baked potato.

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returned home after the war, having won five battle stars. Her hull was laid down in May 1943, launched six months later, decommissioned in 1970, struck from the list of ships in 1976, and scrapped in 1992. The picture here shows the ship at sea. All in all, the Aucilla is one of the many watery gems in North Florida. Its waters are dark brown from the trees along the way, but it has to be one of the most peaceful, undisturbed rivers in the whole state. If you’re in the vicinity of this remarkable river in the next few months, why not try it out with a fishing pole or kayak, or your favorite boat. And keep your eyes on the look-out for more mastodon bones. It’s amazing to think that those massive animals, and even mammoths from the Pleistocene Age, used to roam and eat along the river. Kevin McCarthy, the author of “North Florida Waterways” (available at amazon.com), can be reached at ceyhankevin@gmail.com.

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anuary is typically the start of Florida’s grand two-month winter, and this means that our warm water fish will be searching for ways to stay warm through it. Thankfully, the Nature Coast is blessed with hundreds of freshwater springs that pump 72 degree water to help give our fish a place to stay warm in the winter. The main targets this time of year will be speckled trout, redfish, and sheephead. Our weather can be very unpredictable in the winter time ranging from flat calm and 70 degrees, to 20 mph North winds and 40 degree air temps, so proper planning will help you stay in the game this time of year. Speckled Trout and Redfish The trout can be found this time of year in a multitude of locations, from the deeper flats and offshore holes, to the ledges and rock piles located in both the Crystal and Homosassa Rivers. Live shrimp and soft plastic jig tails will be the best options, as the trout will be hanging near the bottom, trying their best to stay warm. I rig both the shrimp and plastic baits the exact same way with an 1/8 ounce chartreuse or red jig head, connected to two feet of 30lb fluorocarbon leader. The Unfair lures, Smack Tail and Paddletail are solid options in any situation for bouncing the bottom and once the fish are located, you can take the jig tail off and thread on a

shrimp to help fire up the bite even more. When it comes to the river, the trout will be out along the river ledges and the outer edges of the major rock piles, while the redfish and sheepshead will be directly up on the rocks in the shallower water. The outgoing tide is always best in the winter as the warm spring water is dumping out and that warm water is key to a hot bite. Sheepshead When it comes to these striped bandits, there is only one way to go when it comes to bait and tackle. Live or fresh dead crustaceans with shrimp and fiddler crabs are the very best options available. I prefer to fish a knocker rig where the egg sinker rests directly on the eye of the hook, sliding freely up and down the leader. This way you can allow the sinker to rest on the bottom, and the fish can take the bait without having to feel the weight and get spooked. A 1/0-3/0 hook will be the best size to get you in the game as these fish are known for having a very small mouth and a light bite. These fish will be found on both the rock piles in the river and on the offshore rocks as well, once the spawn gets heated up towards the end of the month. When in doubt with sheepshead, always fish around rocks, ledges or oysters. Capt. Clay Shidler ClayShidler@Yahoo.com

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n the past, before gag grouper had a closed winter season, trolling was so successful that I wouldn’t bother taking bait. Deep diving plugs, hung on the inside of fivegallon buckets were all that was necessary during a Blue Bird winter day. However, that is no longer an option. Why? I haven’t heard a sound answer myself. Nonetheless, there is a tasty alternative. Black seabass and Florida snapper bite so well, I call it Yo-Yo fishing. All one has to do is find a area of hard bottom, drop a squid strip, count to three and reel up a fine fish fry. If you run out of squid, you’ve got cut bait to switch to. Light tackle, such as trout gear, making the fishing that much more fun! Inshore cold-water temperatures will encourage trout and redfish to stack up around, and in the estuary creeks and rivers seeking warmth. When the fish are driven in, the tried and true jigs and Mirror Lures can produce fish on every cast. If you don’t know where the fish are, simply look for clusters of boats. Please be polite and respectful. Another winter option, is to fish bits of shrimp on the bottom of

deep holes in the river. Whiting and croaker aren’t big pole benders, but make for a delicious fish fry and a fun day on the water. Anyway, don’t let grouper closures and cold weather keep your boat idle. There are always fish biting in Steinhatchee, even in the winter. Brian Smith | BIG BEND CHARTERS www.BigBendCharters.com CaptBrian@bellsouth.net 877.852.3474 | 352.210.3050

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ey everyone, to start with, I hope everyone had great Christmas and New Year. I can tell you my family absolutely loves this time of year, and now that my 2-year old has his first fishing pole, I have a feeling a lot more days-off will be spent on the water. So down to business; being in the heart of Florida's winter, many people are asking if it's even worth going out and fishing the flats. The answer is yes! To start with, the flounder bite has been absolutely amazing along with a strong and steady trout bite, and the reds are still out there, but the bites aren't as consistent as they were last month. The flounder bite for me has been best the last couple hours of incoming tide, and the first couple hours of outgoing tide. Try fishing around oyster beds and spotty flat bottoms. I've been using a simple bottom rig; just a fluorocarbon leader with a 1/8 jig head and live shrimp. Gulp has also been a go-to for my clients and myself. Just use a slow jig along the bottom to cover as much water as possible. Now the trout have been found during low tide on some of the flats around the keys that still hold 2 to 4 feet of water. Forget the power poles and anchors, and just cut the motor and either create some drift paths, or use a trolling motor to find what depth they are hanging around. I've been using the old faithful popping cork with a fluorocarbon leader and 1/8 jig. Live shrimp and Gulp have been the key to success lately, but him sure plenty of other artificial bait will work as well. If you're searching for gator trout, I've had a lot of luck up closer to the keys and around creek mouths. They seem to hang around the same environment where the slot reds have been found. Now if you really wanna have fun with those gator trout, throw some action lures like top-

water and hard jerk-baits. That seems to be really enticing them to bite. If you're like a lot of people that struggle with the winter red bite, here's what I've been doing. I've had the best luck still finding reds around mouths of creeks, and up close to the keys during incoming tide. My bait of choice here lately has been top-water spooks and shallow running crank baits. It being January, make sure to head out to seahorse reef. The spawning sheepshead are currently coming in and man they are fun to catch. Make sure to use a very sharp hook and one that's not too thin. Fiddler crab has always been the go-to bait for them, but also chunks of blue crabs and shrimp will catch them as well. Well everyone, I hope this information helped y'all out. Stay warm and stay safe out there. Hope to see you on the water.

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appy New Year folks, I surely hope that 2017 was a great year for y’all and a very fishy one. It was one of the best years Saltwater Assassin Fishing Charters has ever had. We want to thank each and every one of y’all that choose us to help make your memories.

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tail. We rig it on either a 1/4oz Jim’s jig head or 3/8oz Saltwater Assassin head. The GreenMoon and Stinky Pink colors seem to work really well for us. The key is to let the jig sink to the bottom and then use a slow steady retrieve. Just keep it off the bottom and wait for the TICK! When you feel the tick, then lay the wood to him, cause that was a hit. The redfish bite is also pretty decent in the creeks. They seem to be biting best on the incoming tide as well. Live shrimp seem to work best for them this time of year. If the creek is deep, we fish it on the bottom, and if it’s not too deep we may use a cork. This time of the year, you need to be extra careful not to get yourself stuck. The tide will get extra low and the bottom will sneak up you. Well folks, like I always say, get outside and enjoy what God has made for us! Capt.Jimbo Keith FishCedarKey.com Saltwater Assassin Fishing Charters 352-535-5083

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appy New Year to you my friends! I hope you are as excited about this year's fishing seasons as we are here at Cedar Key Paddling. Let's get started, why don't we? Let's talk about sheephead and what you need to succeed at catching these fun, delicious, funny mouthed beauties. To do this right, you need a great location with barnacled up pylons with at least a 6-foot water death. There are locations that are definitely better than others, in and around Cedar Key, so don't hesitate to swing into the shop for directions. If you want to slay them and fill your freezer with a 15-limitper-angler, and of course make sure they are at least 12 inches, you need to consider the following: 1. Get a sizable cooler, and fill

it with legal oysters in the shell. 2. Wear high-water boots and gloves, cause those bad boys are sharp! 3. Dump a bag of ice into your cooler, to keep the oysters fresh while you get the rest of your stuff. 4. You want a sensitive tipped rod, because of the ridiculously sod bite these guys and gals have, and a 10 to 15lb test of your favorite line. Use a lead that works well with the amount of current you will have. You don't want the line flopping all over. Then, a swivel to stop the lead and about 18 inches of fluorocarbon, with a 1/0 2/0 hook tide on. 5. Bait fiddler crabs are good, but oysters are better, if you can keep them on your hook. 6. You have your equipment, and now take a big hammer and smash up those oysters. You are going to dump them right into your fishing spot as chum. Lower your line till it hits the bottom where the chum is, and raise it just above, and good luck! Don't forget to always find a way to take a kid fishing, and please do not hesitate to swing in our shop if we can help we will. Capt. Daniel | Cedar Key Paddling 352-665-1276 Dan_Gator@yahoo.com

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hope everyone had a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year. January is one of the best times to be on the water. Not only do you get to try out all the new fishing gear you got for Christmas, but the fish are packed in tight and should be very easy to spot. This time of year brings clear water and low tides that will force the fish into pockets and make locating them much easier.

The redfish will look for darker bottom or rock, anything that will hold a little more heat than the surrounding area. It might only be a degree or two, but it will make a big difference. I really like the puzzle this time of year as well. I have had days where the fish wanted a fastmoving bait, and days where you had to crawl a bait on the bottom to get a bite. If I could only choose one bait for January, it would be the Paul Brown Devil in chartreuse glow. This is a redfish and trout killer. The slow suspended walkthe-dog action has always produced big numbers for me. Most of your strikes on this bait will come on the pause. If the fish are not reacting very well to the Paul Brown, switch over to a mirrolure mirrodine. It is a smaller profile bait and you can vary your retrieve speed to get the fish to strike. I would also keep a few shrimp in the boat with me this time of year. I always see good numbers of sheephead when I am bouncing from creek to creek. A free-lined shrimp will get some of these excellent table fare a ride home in your live well. If you are new to the area, you will definitely need to pay attention to the tides. This time of year with the low water situation, you can get stuck very easy, and you do not want to have to get out and push your boat in 50 degree water. Until next month, have fun, be safe and take your kids fishing. Capt. Craig Spitznogle Florida Flats Charter Company (352)445-4978

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ello Nature Coast Anglers, and I want to personally wish you all a Happy New Year and many great upcoming days on the water. As you all know, it’s the winter time and between the weather and the conditions, fishing can be a bit challenging. There is still some great fishing to be had and many opportunities are just a close ride from the boat ramp. Our area is very unique, as opposed to other parts of the state; having several fresh water springs feeding our rivers leading to the gulf, is a “reel” treat. If the conditions don’t allow you venture on the outside, the rivers can save a day on the water. The warm flowing spring water is a constant 72 degrees, and when the gulf water temperature drops in the low 60’s and cooler, many inshore species will run towards the warm head waters looking for comfort. Trout, red fish, black drum, sheepshead, mangrove snapper, snook, lady fish and jacks will venture all the way in to the csfresh water, and many of these species can be caught in one day. Target the various rocky points, boat docks and any sharp drop off in the river for a mixed-days catch. In between cold fronts, and on days when it’s favorable to run offshore, it’s time to tackle some sheepshead. Sheepshead are hard fighters, excellent table fare, and during these winter months, are my number one choice for dependable action. Rock piles, ledges, wrecks and basically any type of structure that gag grouper prefer, the sheepshead will be there too. Live shrimp or small

pieces of shrimp on a knocker rig is all that’s needed for success, but be prepared to lose a few, the hook-set timing takes a bit of practice. Keep in mind they are spawning, so take a couple home for a meal or two and release the others to keep our future stock strong. Red fish will not only be in the rivers, but also deep in the back country. I really enjoy this time of year sight- fishing them and a shallow draft skiff is a must. When the tide drops out, especially after a hard NE cold front, poling the flats can be exciting. The water is going to be low, but exceptionally clear, and you can learn so much about the vast bottom terrain. Look for red fish to be in small depressions and on the leeward side of an island. A properly presented free-lined live shrimp or MirrOlure lil’ John rigged weed-less, will work fantastic. Depending on the water temperature, and number cold fronts, the trout action can be fantastic on the near-shore oyster bars and rock flats on the incoming tide. The hard bottom holds heat, and as the tide rises, the trout will move in from the deeper adjacent drop-offs and basically soak up the heat. This is where a slow suspending plug like a MirrOlure MirrODine or glow DOA cal jerk bait will really produce. A slow subtle twitch is the retrieve, and on many occasions, these fish can be sight fished as well. Good Fishing!

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lot of people are asking what gear I use for inshore fishing. I am by no means going to be technical, because for me it’s what I am comfortable using, and with what I have had the most success. My personal favorite is light tackle, and by light tackle I mean, 12lb braided line, with a 20lb fluorocarbon leader, tied with a uni-to-uni knot. I do not like steel leaders at all. I like for the line to look like one piece. Make the knot clean and tight. I like a med-light action rod. These rods stiffen up quickly, which allows for a faster hookset. A 1/8 to 1/2oz jig head and a soft plastic or live shrimp is my favorite set-up. I find this set-up to be the best for trout, because you need a quick hookset with them. Trout can shake a hook better than any fish I’ve seen. Its infuriating until you figure them out. You have to experiment and use what’s right for your style of fishing. What you love, and what works for you, may not work for someone else. I have seen some crazy set-ups but I’ve also seen those crazy set-ups catch fish. Lure choice is as important as your rod choice, but

how you present those lures is by far the most important, at least in my personal experience. “How do you present a lure?” you ask. Also, personal choice, but work the lure 10 different ways, and when you start getting consistent strikes - stick with that technique. Some people may crack up laughing at the way I contortion myself while working certain lures, but I get the job done. I may have one eye closed and lean my body to the left, while squatting on one knee, but hey, it’s not about looking professional, it’s about catching fish. Use what you are comfortable with and practice, practice, practice. If you have a swimming pool, or maybe your friend has one, go toss a lure and work it and see how it looks swimming. Think to yourself, "If I were a fish, would I eat that?" I say that to myself every single time I fish! "Woooo! If I were a fish, I'd tear that thing up!" Be passionate about your bait! Think like a fish!

ow that we have passed the Brrrrr months, "Octobrr, Novembrr, and Decembrr", we find January staring us in the face, as if to say, what about the "airy" months, "Januairy & Februairy”? If current weather trends hold, it will be cold and windy as today, (December 9th), the air temp is going to 29 degrees tonight, for a low of the year, and the water temps have crashed into the mid-fifties already. The W-I-N-D is supposed to match today's 20K again tomorrow. Yikes! If water temps come back to low sixties - upper fifties, expect an abbreviated "bite" of an hour, maybe two, near the creek outflows during the first part of the outgoing tides in the mid-afternoons. Otherwise, the creek creatures will catch some trout sitting around, waiting for the shortened "bite”, not my cup of tea, anchored - ducks in a barrel - a circus of boats coming and going running all over your set-up - and all that, you see. It is now the time of year for the soft suspending baits from L & S ( MirrOlure) the Paul Brown series, including the "Devil" the Original,

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Nick McCulloch of Atlanta, Ga. with a trout which took a "Copper Juice" Assassin 5”, under an Original Cajun Thunder, 12/1/17. Fat Boy, and now the Soft-Dine and Soft-Dine XL. I have my favorites in all of them, but I don't go without the Soft-Dine in 09, 49 & 91 or the Devil in 09,11 & 96. Fish with line sensitive enough to feel the taps, or light strikes in the colder water. I use TrikFish copolymer "X-rated" line in 12-pound test for the smaller diameter, abrasion resistance, and the low stretch feature the X-rated products provides me. Reds will show up on the flats occasionally in January after several days of a warming trend; but expect most to stay back in the creeks. Intruder spoons, Thunder-Spins and Sleighs will take their share of reds when the bite is on. Stay Warm. Meanwhile give me a ring or e-mail and Let's Go Fishing! Pat McGriff dba One More Cast guide service for 28 years! www.onemorecast.net 850.838.7541

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es forest fishers, we've made it to 2018, and it's time for some good ole' fashioned winter fishing. I love this time of year, because as long as you focus on catching specks, you're sure to catch a few of the other species as a bi-catch. From what I've seen so far, the speck population is healthy and thriving. In the past years, it seems like every winter I see anglers with coolers full of fish, and I haven't been able to catch more than just a few here and there. Well, this year, I think I've finally figured them out. Everyone knows to slow down and fish small jigs and live minnows when it's cold. Well that's true, but the SECRET is: You have to add a very subtle bumping action to get them to bite. What I was doing wrong before was moving my bait around a little too much. As soon as I tried keeping it just above the bottom and BARELY bumping my rod tip, I started getting way more bites. Winter makes these fish very lethargic and they don't move around much, or chase after anything. You have to keep your bait right in front of their face until they decide to take a nibble. Sometimes you won't even feel the bite. You will just notice a little extra weight as you lift your rod. When that happens, set the hook and reel up fast. Never lose tension, and have that net ready. A lot of times, they are barely hooked and you need to get them to the boat as quickly as possible. Once you've caught one, make sure to stay in that spot for a while. Specks school up, and all the other gamefish stay right there with them. Eight to ten feet is the best depth to start on. If you don't have a fish finder, just drop your line to the bottom and lift up to measure the depth. Underwater ledges are key, because fish can go from deep to shallow in a short distance.

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When you're trolling, you have to hook your minnow or jig-tail in the lip so it swims straight. However, the BIGGEST TIP I figured out is: When you are vertical jigging, hook your bait in the middle of it's back. That way when you bump your rod, the bait will act like it's wounded and has a broken back—easy pickens! Lake Bryant and the Ocklawaha River are the best spots for boaters, while the dams at Rodman and Moss Bluff are the go-tos for shoreside anglers. Either way, the more rods you have out, the better chance of success you will have. The moon has a huge effect on the success of your day. Three to four days before the full moon (Jan.2 and Jan.31st) is the best time for a great sunset bite. Also, there is a major feed everyday, and that is when the moon is directly overhead (no matter what time of day it is). This is the most beautiful time of year to go fishing. The colors of the leaves are spectacular and when the sun is setting, everything shines like gold. Enjoy it while it lasts, and remember to have patience. Slow and steady wins the race! John Freeze | 352-216-5798 Swampsurf@embarqmail.com

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elcome back yak fans - another year, another Christmas and another birthday! As the old saying goes, “If I’d known I was going to live this long, I would’ve taken better care of myself.” The generation of "don’t trust anybody over 30", and "hope I die before I get old", and "my generation" is meeting AARP! What’s up with that? But hey, we had the ‘60s and if it weren’t for us, there would be no classic rock. So now that I’ve reflected on the past years, let’s reflect on this last year; 2017 gave us some scary weather and some other weirdness. At least we came through it all, to a new year, and hopefully, a resolution to fish often, enjoy life more, stay close to those who count, and read my column every month (LOL). On to fishing: As the days get colder, great fishing is offered for the intrepid among us. The out-flow at the power plant on the Anclote is a great spot in the winter months, either from the pier, or in your kayak along the barrels. You will find cobia, pompano, reds and of course, lady fish, jacks and other species, stacking up in there when the plant is running. Please be aware, this plant is an ondemand plant, and it doesn’t run all the time. Soft plastics, shrimp, pompano, jigs and cut-bait, work well. Also, it is a good place to work a spoon, if it’s not too crowded Ozello reports a good trout bite, but the reds are scattered. I wish I knew where the schools are running. Maybe I'll find them this weekend I need my monthly Ozello fix. In the local news, one of my favorite species, the sheepshead, seem to be up and down the coast right now, with some spotted as big as ten pounds. I was able to bring in four my last trip, and

they are some of the best eating you will ever find! For the shore guys, another place that’s on fire right now is Jenkins Creek Pier in Hernando County. Friends of mine caught reds and trout there the other day using an electric chicken fluke tail jig. Jenkins Creek Pier is a good winter spot, due to the spring directly behind it in Linda Pedersen Park. In your areas, any spring-fed creek should be holding fish, looking for warmer winter temps. Locally, the black drum are moving in, usually on the incoming tide. The drum are usually only going to hit a shrimp. I’ve found that pinching the head on the shrimp works best to get the scent out. On an interesting note, the best way I’ve found to carry live bait, (i.e. shrimp) on the kayak, is with a soft pack cooler. What you do is put a brick of blue ice in the bottom, then make a nest for the shrimp with newspaper. Moisten the paper (in salt water) and put your shrimp in dry. In other words, don’t add any more water than the wet newspaper. This technique will keep the shrimp alive and kicking for over 24 hours. The last time I went out, I picked up some bait at 6 a.m. Saturday, and forgot about them. Then at around 6 p.m. Sunday, I went to the car, opened the cooler and six shrimp jumped out at me. This system works! The other nice thing, is there is no bait bucket bubbler or O2 to deal with, and it’s compact. Give it a try and let me know. I'd like to mention that this year, is my ninth New Year with The Coastal Angler, and their success is all because of you, our readers and advertisers, Thanks. Al right, I’m going to wrap it up for this month, so here’s wishing you all a Happy New Year. Tight Lines.. Bruce Butler | "Stumbling Gypsy" (352) 428-5347 Bruce@IndianBayOutfitters.com Web: www.IndianBayOutfitters.com

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he New Year finds our lakes in very nice shape, both level and vegetation-wise. At least, that’s the assessment of a fisherman who has enjoyed and closely watched them for half a century. Lots of other folks enjoy the North Central Florida lakes, and they might have a different view. The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission calls everyone with interest in the lakes a “stakeholder”. Every one of the stakeholders seems to have a bit of a different take regarding how the lakes are, and how they should be. Once, our lakes were managed as fisheries. Now, jet skiers, kayakers, water skiers, bird watchers, and advocates for the invertebrates that live on the Orange Lake tussocks have equal say in their management. At any rate, Orange, Lochloosa, Santa Fe, Newnan’s, Rodman, and a multitude of other, smaller ponds are presently beautiful in the eyes of fish-catching fishers - and they should be prime for productive winter and spring seasons. In 2017’s post-hurricane months, the newlyfilled waters unexpectedly put out better catches of speckled perch than of bass. Oh, the creeks and run-ins draining the surrounding woods flowed hard for weeks after Irma scaled the state, and they certainly did concentrate the bass and produce lots of great bass catches. But, when the water ceased to flow, the bass action really toughened up. On the other hand, a remarkable crappie bite on all our lakes has not let up. Fishers employing just about every speck-catching technique have filled 25-fish limits. Most have found

their fish drifting or rolling the open-water depths with minnows or crappie jigs. But casting little jigs and spinners with ultralight tackle works, too. And the canepole-withminnows-in-the-pads bunch has hauled out plenty of slabs. The primary speck and bass spawns should get started this month or next, and we’re anxious to see how good the crappie fishing might be in the lily pads of Lochloosa and Orange Lakes….and under the Newnan’s Lake cypresses…when the big ones congregate around the shoreline cover. Even more, though, I’m looking to see how bassers fare with the local large mouths that have evaded them successfully for months.

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his month, is all about water temperature! Your success on the beach or the pier, is all about the magic numbers of 65 and 60. Below 65, the pompano are gone for warmer waters. After 60 degrees, even the whiting will be gone. My favorite website to look for water temperatures is marine.rutgers. edu/cool/sat_data. The color chart is my go-to. During this month and in February, I almost always hit I-95 south, for warmer waters. I simply find the 70-degree water on the chart, and go to that spot. The fishing I find is the same that we have here in April. I look at it this way, why fish in cold water, just hoping for a wiggle of the rod tip, when I can drive 1.5 to 3 hours for it to be, FISH ON! Gary Simpson | Gary’s Tackle Box Do not forget your sand flea 352-372-1791 | Garystacklebox.com rake. Once you get back to warmer garystacklebox@gmail.com waters, you’ll also find sand fleas

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again. Most of the bait stores from Cocoa southward, will also sell fleas by the cup. Live or fresh dead shrimp will also produce a lot of different species in the surf. Blue crab chunks often bring upper-slot redfish from these warmer waters. Somewhere between New Smyrna and Ft Pierce, you will be able to find the right water temp. I have already booked a hotel in Vero Beach during February. Mother Nature may be fickle, but I can count on her thermostat being on 70 degrees near Vero Beach next month. I’m so looking forward to the warm water returning in March. Until then, my fellow anglers, head south!

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• 576 in. lbs. of torque • 2.5 amp hour battery • Weighs 3.6 lbs.

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BEATS

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LIMIT 1 - Cannot be used with other discount, coupon or prior purchase. Coupon good at our stores, HarborFreight.com or by calling 800-423-2567. Offer good while supplies last. Shipping & Handling charges may apply if not picked up in-store. Non-transferable. Original coupon must be presented. Valid through 5/1/18. Limit one FREE GIFT coupon per customer per day.

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2500 LB. ELECTRIC WINCH WITH WIRELESS REMOTE CONTROL

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