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shore in canals and bays. Many anglers are stunned to come across snook that are right at their feet as they fish shorelines at night. Snook make this move because the darkness gives them both a sense of security and a feeding advantage over their prey. It’s important, therefore, that you be cautious when stalking these fish. Move quietly and be careful not to produce any vibrations that will reach the fish and scare them away. The night is generally much quieter than the day, and clumsy movements are likely to be picked up by wary snook. In addition, you should never shine a flashlight on the water you will be fishing. This is a surefire way to doom your chances of hooking up. Although fish may be attracted to consistent light sources—such as lampposts on bridges and docks—erratic, unpredictable lights will spook them in a hurry. The lure types and colors you choose should be different from what you carry in your daytime arsenal. Snook switch from using the color-sensitive cone cells in their eyes to using their rod cells, which are honed to capture silhouette and profile rather than color and fine detail. It’s a good practice to choose your offerings accordingly. Dark lures, especially black and purple, are deadly at night. For a snook looking up from below, a dark lure will stand out well against the night sky, which is bright compared to the water beneath it. The more contrast you provide, the easier it is for these gamefish to find your lure. Baitfish and other prey items will also actively feed in the darkness, and swimming plugs are extremely effective at night as a result. Lures with rattles and those that produce enticing ultra-sonic vibrations will do well for you, as snook favor audible cues and vibration detection by both their inner ear and lateral line in the absence of color vision. A word of caution to those who choose to pursue snook at night: Although your catch numbers may increase dramatically, night fishing can be a dangerous game. Always have a fishing buddy with you and be extra careful around slick surfaces such as seawalls, jetties and rock pilings. Be sure to have your phone charged in case of emergency—and also to take photos of your trophy snook before you release it. John Saporito is a lifelong fisherman and student of the seas. Visit him online at guerillaangling.com and follow on Instagram @guerilla_angling

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ar heroes will compete with world-class anglers at the Seventh Annual Cheeca Lodge All American Backcountry Fishing Tournament Nov. 7-9, 2019 at Cheeca Lodge & Spa in Islamorada, Fla. In honor of Veteran’s Day, the event invites two war heroes to join the tournament inspired by 41st President George Bush, who frequented Cheeca and the Florida Keys to pursue his love of fishing. Proceeds from the tournament benefit the Bonefish & Tarpon Trust, a non-profit organization whose mission is to conserve and restore bonefish, tarpon and permit fisheries and habitats through research, stewardship, education and advocacy. “The All American Backcountry Fishing Tournament is part of Cheeca Lodge’s iconic legacy,” said Paul Burke, of Cheeca Lodge & Spa. “We’re excited to partner with Bonefish & Tarpon Trust and to welcome Bruce Melnick, a former American astronaut and retired U.S. Coast Guard officer, who will fish the tournament.” All American anglers fish on a guided charter boat or their own boat

with a licensed guide. They compete for trophies and awards for releasing five different species of inshore fish: snook, redfish, bonefish, tarpon and permit. Individual and team trophies will be awarded for fly, general tackle/spinning/conventional and artificial lure divisions. Live bait is permitted in the general tackle division. Tournament entry fee is $1,500 per angler, offering two social events with dinner and beverages for four people, including the angler, guide and one guest each. Also included is a daily continental breakfast dockside at World Wide Sportsman, boxed lunches for anglers and guides and a gift bag per person. Social events will be held at the Cheeca Lodge & Spa, a sportsman paradise renowned for barefoot elegance, with fishing departing from nearby World Wide Sportsman. This first-class tournament will kick-off on Thursday, Nov. 7 with a cocktail reception, rules meeting, patriotic banquet on the beach and live auction. Competitive fishing hours are from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, Nov. 8-9. The tournament culminates on Saturday with an awards ceremony and banquet, where anglers can mingle with fishing celebrities such as world-famous fly angler, Stu Apte. Awards for Individual Grand Champion, Individual Runner-Up, Grand Champion Team, Runner-Up Grand Champion Team, Champions in the Fly, Artificial and General Tackle Divisions and Best Photo will be presented. New for 2019 is a Friday evening reception and presentation by Bruce Melnick from 5:30-6:30 p.m. at Cheeca, included in the entry fee. While the tournament’s social events are included in the tournament registration, social-only tickets for the public are available in limited quantity by calling (305) 517-4512 or e-mailing lthornhill@cheeca.com to reserve. Social tickets are $70 for Thursday’s kickoff dinner and auction; $25 for the reception with Bruce Melnick and $95 for Saturday’s Awards Banquet. Cheeca will also host the 30th Annual Cheeca Lodge Presidential Sailfish Tournament Jan. 24-26, 2020, the second leg of the Florida Keys Gold Cup Sailfish Championship.

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By John Lidington pril, 1968—a time early in Palm Beach County’s history of artificial-reef-building. The Mizpah floats about a mile off of Singer Island. That’s a problem. She’s supposed to be on the bottom 200 feet below, but refuses to sink. More holes are cut in her hull, and eventually she goes under. During that prolonged descent, the Gulf Stream has intervened, pushing her into shallower water. She lands upright on the sand, less than 100 feet down. Fast forward to July, 2016. About 150 yards south of Mizpah’s position, the Ana Cecilia is set to become the next addition to Palm Beach County’s artificial reef system. Her interior has been stripped of potential snags, and doors and hatches have been removed to allow access to her interior. The goal is to attract divers and fish. Unlike Mizpah, Ana Cecilia slips swiftly beneath the waves to her resting place 85 feet below.

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The two ships’ proximity makes it easy to explore both on a single dive. That’s my plan as I ready my gear aboard Pura Vida Divers’ boat Sirena. I want to see just what 50 years of immersion does to a wreck. Similar in size (Ana Cecilia, 170 feet; Mizpah, 185 feet), the ships were sunk with outer structures intact and rest in the same environment. The big difference? Mizpah has been submerged 48 years longer. As the current carries me swiftly along the bottom, I see the Ana Cecilia’s bow emerging from the blue. She looks like a wreck should look—a ship on a journey that was interrupted. Encrusting sponges, hydroids and bryozoans are taking hold, but paint still shows in a few spots. Swimming through her open interior, I can imagine refloating her, scrubbing her and proceeding to port. Mizpah offers a very different experience. She’s now a true bottom feature. Most of her superstructure has collapsed. Marine growth is luxurious and includes gorgonians and cup corals. While both wrecks have plenty of fish (including goliath groupers), Mizpah’s increased growth attracts greater variety. Comparing the two, it’s obvious that wrecks don’t last forever. They create homes for marine life for a long, long time. But there’s a limit to how long a wreck will offer divers safe, easy penetration. Fresh wrecks keep the dive scene vibrant. To this end, the Palm Beach County Diving Association is working with Palm Beach County Environmental Resource Management to sink a new wreck every year for the next three years. To help fund this program, they host an annual Artificial Reef Fundraiser, which will take place on Saturday, Oct. 5 at Loggerhead Marine Life Center in Juno Beach, Fla. Tickets can be purchased at Pura Vida Divers, at any other PBCDA member, or online at https://divepbc.com/events. To check out these wrecks for yourself, give Pura Vida Divers a call (561-840-8750) or make an online reservation through their website at www.puravidadivers.com. For a well-researched history of the Mizpah, check out Walt Stearns’ article at https://xray-mag.com/blog/diving-mizpah.

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s we approach the end of the year, the fishing has been great. The water temperature will begin to drop, and the fishing will heat up. This is one of my favorite times of the year to be on the water. Redfish- The bite has been great and will continue to be. To have the best results, focus on the tides in your area and understand them. I have had most success about half way through the incoming tide all up to its completely high. When I’m targeting redfish, most days I really don’t have specific spots that I’m going to. All I do is look for all the variables good water flow, mullet and life. Live pinfish freelined or shrimp on a 1/8 oz. jog will always get results. Artificial, I like mirriodines or DOA Jerkbaits. Trout- The bite has been good and will continue to get better with cooler water temps. When targeting trout, I like low water conditions at the beginning of the incoming tide or half way through the outgoing. I look for good broken bottom (grass with sandy potholes) along with hard bottom areas. A popping cork with a 1/16 oz. jig and a little jon will get good results, as far as color, every day is different. Switch them

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out until you get bites. Snook- The bite has been good and targeting snook is knowing where they are, or where they are supposed to be. I like to fish for snook at the end of the high tide, or just as the tide begins to fall out. For bait, I look for good water flow while targeting them. A big live pinfish is always a good choice freelined. For artificial, I prefer a DOA Jerkbait moving fast right under the water. Tight lines and fish hard. Capt. James Kerr 352-362-6893 Citrusfishingchaters.com

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ey everybody, I hope y'all are enjoying this cooler weather. I know I am! Everyone loves the summer time, but there's something about not sweating your butt off all day that makes fishing a little more enjoyable. As far as fishing goes, it's on fire! Reds, trout, flounder, black drum, you name it, we have it right now. All you need to be successful across the board is some cut bait, live shrimp or some of your favorite soft plastics, paired with a four horseman popping cork and C&M custom baits jig heads. One cool thing I got to do this month, was tour where the jigs I use are made ,and just so you know, C&M makes way more than just jigs I have some pics of their hand carved wooden baits this month for y'all to see, along with their new style jig heads. Well guys and gals, I hope you enjoy the pictures, and until next month, be safe out there! Capt. Jason Clark In The Slot Fishing www.intheslotfishing.com Capt.jasonclark@gmail.com 352-639-3209

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ecently, no real planned events, I've found myself taking some young boys fishing. Whether it was saltwater or fresh, they reaffirmed that size does not matter. That actualization made me happy in more ways than one. If the boys are watching small bass and bream mill around the edge of a pond, and trick one into eating a worm, or spastically working a jig on the flats until a ladyfish takes a leap of faith, the fun is in the moment. On the contrary I've found myself pursuing grouper, cobia, or any other target fish with so much focus that I managed to suck the fun out of the entire day. My point is, relax, enjoy the people you're with, and let the day unfold naturally. Here are a few ways to do just that in the grand month of October. Amberjack have always been an explanation mark during an offshore trip. Big amberjack are better, but small ones are just as fun. Amberjack waypoints are no secret; one can most likely google up some local hotspots. Fresh live bait is an automatic hook-up. Take an hour out of your day to have some fun jerked into people. The aggressive fast action of the Florida snapper--white grunt-- is always pure fun for kids of all ages and fine dining. Light tackle with a simple knocker rig over hard bottom in ~45 foot of water, plus a pound of squid, will

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put smiles on faces. Don't let it go on until tedium sets in. A good hour or so keeps things fun. October brings in a flush of species on the deeper grass flats. Drifting and bouncing a jig can lead to a variety of fish caught. Play a game called “Who can catch the most species?” Don't pay attention to whether the fish is undesirable—ladyfish-- or undersized, just float with it. At the end of the day, find out who caught the most species. You'll likely find a nice mess of fish in the cooler as well. Kids can bring a lot of fun to the fishing trip, if you're prepared for them. First, have all the gear pre-rigged, the food and drink good-to-go, and have other necessaries handy, such as sunblock, sunglasses, hats, etc. Think ahead to partially eliminate chaos. Most importantly, prep yourself mentally. If you have the delusion that the kids are going to watch in wonderment as you reel in big fish, you're setting up for frustrated failure. Plan on being the fun-loving person who keeps the kids engaged, and the longer the fishing trip, doesn't mean it is better. Take a kid fishing and keep them off the dope. Brian Smith | BIG BEND CHARTERS www.BigBendCharters.com CaptBrian@bellsouth.net 877.852.3474 | 352.210.3050

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elcome back yak fans & T.G.I.O. (Thank God it's October). The summer months have been: A. Hot, oh I know, I live in Florida so what should I expect? B. Rainey, I dodged rain and thunder storms all summer. C. A little challenging, tons of fresh water moved the schools around, and the hunt while successful, had me covering a lot of ground, and for us kayakers, that means one stroke at a time. This month as well as a fishing report, I want to set my pen to an epistle of my Zara spook Jr. Ok I know, I've talked about it in the past, but my baby's been working it the last couple of trips. On a recent foray into the Chaz reserve, the trusty spook caught no less than six species of fish, and all before 10 am. The first was a small snook followed by a nice red. I'm smelling a slam, so I moved to the outside and nailed three nice trout, one right at 22 inches. This was followed by a good size blue fish; then two jacks, and a huge sail cat. God, I love that lure! Once, I even had a small jack on the front, and a lizard fish on the rear, hungry lil buggers. On my next trip, I went to check reports of big jacks, tarpon and barracuda in the fresh water canals of Hernando Beach South. Well as luck would have it, I guess they were in another end from me because I caught bupkis (means nothing) so I

hauled the yak over the dike to the saltwater side, and picked up four small reds; largest was 20 inches and at around 3:30, the low was at 4:30, working the fresh water outflow, a gorgeous 31 inch snook came out to play. A full 2/3rds of that sleek body came out of the water, glistening in the afternoon sun, and swallowed the entire lure (my trusty zara spook of course) and it was game on. My heart skipped a beat, every one of the six or seven times he cleared the surface, and tried to throw the lure, but with no success. As I got him to the boat, after a tenminute battle on ten lb. braid with a twenty lb. Yazuri leader, I breathed a sigh of relief. I had brought him in with only one hook in the roof of his mouth, and as I got the gripper on him, it fell out. I was lucky with a capitol L. He measured 31 1/2 inches, and was the first legal snook I've caught since the season reopened. At last, I got some use out of my five-year snook license before it expired. As to the common knowledge, that a top water lure is only good early and late, I've caught many a fish in the bright sunshine. I guess somebody forgot to tell the fish! October is starting out great, and hopefully will only get better. That's a wrap, till next time. Bruce Butler | "Stumbling Gypsy" (352) 428-5347 Bruce@IndianBayOutfitters.com Web: www.IndianBayOutfitters.com

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ur water has been very dark after the 10 to 20-inch rain event (depending on where you were on the coast) we had last month. Things are just starting to get back perfect, and water temps are trying to settle down from a high last week of 90.7 to 86 degrees one day this week. (today is September 13) I had five trout and one 21 inch red Thursday, in about 3 hours fishing by myself. I caught them all on live pinfish under Back Bay Thunders. It is very difficult to fish artificials unless you simply rig a grub under an Original Cajun, as the floating grass is so bad. I would hope we could see some cooling down of the Gulf in October, and possibly some Northeasters to move some of this grass. If we could get that, we might throw a plug and catch some trout in October on top. I prefer MirrOlure’s Top Pup and Top Dog Junior, SheDogs if I am hunting reds. Until that happens, expect to fish Assassin Sea Shads under a Cajun in 4 to 6 feet of water. Move in to 3.5 to 4.0 feet on top of the tide. Reds are in the 3 to 3.5 foot range, but scattered in this red

Billy Pillow with a nice 25 inch trout

water. Look for mullet, and toss Thunder-Spins and Hex Spoons in Copper and Gold for reds in October. Meanwhile, Let's Go Fishing! Pat McGriff dba One More Cast guide service for 30 years! www.onemorecast.net onemorecast@gtcom.net 850.838.7541

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ey there folks, We are coming into that special time of year, when the fishing and hunting are going to be awesome. The days are getting shorter and the temps and getting a little cooler. In Cedar Key, where I fish every day, the trout fishing is really heating up. They can be caught on both the incoming and outgoing tides on artificial lures. They will

school on both the grass flats and hard bottom areas around the shell bars. The redfish will really start showing up in good schools all up and down the Big Bend area. I usually do better on a incoming tide, but that may vary from day to day. Watch your tide charts, and the swing with the most current will usually be the best. We use the same thing we always use for bait, which is cut mullet. We fish it either free line or with a 3/8 oz. knocker rig. Both rigs are with a 4/0 circle hook. Well folks, I hope you learned something here, and like I always say. Get outside and enjoy what God has made for us. Saltwater Assassin Fishing Charters www.FishCedarkey.com 352-535-5083 Capt.Jimbo Keith

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lease cool off! Please cool off! I'm referring to the heat, of course, not this amazing redfish bite. There have been so many redfish in our waters this past week. I just finished a charter where they caught 20 nice reds. I started to think I was in Louisiana! Just kidding, I know where I am! Cedar Key Florida! This past week, I started using live pin fish as my go-to bait. Check out the picture of the set-up I have had the best results with. With a two-ounce lead and the lead line, I use 50 lb. floracarbon. 2/0 owners circle hook attached with 15 lb. floracarbon. I hook the live pin fish through the back part of the gut area just below the spine. Cast this baby right next to your favorite oyster bar or mangrove and see what happens. I hope this helps, and feel free to stop in the shop and say, “Hi” and ask for any further help you might need. Find a way to take a kid fishing!

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ctober is finally here. We should start to see the first signs of cold snaps leading to cooler water temperatures. The temperature drops won’t be significant, but it will be enough to get the fish moving. If you have been watching We Be Tailing, you will know by now, that the middle of this month will begin the great shallow water grouper trolling season. Temps falling and floating grass blowing out to sea due to the winter Northeast winds, makes this the ideal time to start trolling. Look to troll around rocks, wrecks and ledges in water depths of 10 to 30 feet. I prefer Rapala X-Rap, but like the Yo-zuri lures as well. Check out the trolling selection at Captains Cove Outfitters in Inglis. October will also start the negative tide fishing for boats that go way back into the backcountry. Mud boats, jet boats, and air boats love this time of year. Get your waders ready; it’s time to get dirty playing with these backcountry reds and trout. Live bait like mud minnows work great this time of year, but give the artificial stuff a go as well. The fish will respond well to artificial until the temps get too cold. If you can’t make it to the

backcountry, look for trout in the shallower flats and reds at the creek mouths. Fish will stage in these areas until the temperatures drop. It is a game of cat and mouse keeping up with these fish on the move, but if you stay on the pattern, you will be rewarded. Popping corks like the B-52 with a shrimp or soft bait will generate a strong bite. October starts the transition into cooler fishing, so look for the signs of fish moving into shallower depths. Please reach out to me at capterichasty@gmail.com with any questions you may have. In addition, check out We Be Tailing, live Wednesday nights at 7:00 for more tips and tricks at the ShastyMcNasty Fishing Facebook page. Capt. Eric Hasty ShastyMcNasty Fishing LLC www.shastymcnastyfishing.com 352-220-3206

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ou have to love October! Some of the best fishing of the year is here, and from inshore to offshore, there is some thing for everybody. The red fishing is as good as it gets! Red fish will be holding on the outer limestone bottom keys from Chassahowitzka, to the spoil islands north of Crystal River. This is the time when it’s very possible to catch the largest red fish of the year, and many fish encountered will be in excess of 30 inches. Cut baits such as fresh mullet are always a favorite, but if you still haven’t tried a piece lizard fish, you owe it to yourself to do so. The floating grass is disappearing, and artificial lures such as soft plastic jerk baits and “walk the dog” type pugs, can be very rewarding at sun up. Always watch for mullet activity, and an incoming tide is best. The trout, which have been seeking comfort offshore in the deeper water, will now be migrating inshore. The kelp grass that attaches itself over the shallow “yellow” hard bottom, has been growing all summer, and it’s a fine trout habitat. Also, the oyster bars are another early fall favorite to target trout. Locate these areas, and set up your drifts using DOA deadly combo cork rigs with a glow, root beer or watermelon colored shrimp. Our resident snook population will also be feeding heavily with the preparation for the cooler months coming. Over the last 10 years, our snook population has strengthened, and a determined angler can experience a rewarding catch. Areas such as the mouth of the rivers, spoil islands and the numerous rocky points with deeper water nearby are good starting locations. Try a DOA glow 5.5 inch jerk bait, you’ll be glad you did. Save the gas grouper anglers; now is the time to target those shallow water grouper. Shorter days and

cooling gulf water temperatures not only bring the gag grouper closer to shore, but they also become much more aggressive. This is the time of year to troll heavy duty lipped plugs like Rapala x- raps over likely grouper locations. Ledges, rock piles, artificial reefs and wrecks from 10 to 40 feet will be holding excellent numbers of grouper. Also, for those of you who don’t have a black book full of grouper spots, don’t overlook the power plant intake canal for starting a grouper troll. For over 12 miles, the sharp drop offs and lime stone walls along the channel are perfect starting locations to began searching for a gag grouper. If you hook up, mark the location and it should produce time and time again. Plus, keep an eye out on the channel markers for a late season cobia. The fall time of year gets a smaller run of cobia, but they are around and it’s always a good idea to have a jig or live pin fish ready to go.

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GROUPER CHEEKS AND SHRIMP IN A CREAM WINE SAUCE COOKING DIRECTIONS

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For each serving, melt 1 tablespoon butter in sauté • Large shrimp, 4/serving pan. Season grouper and (peeled and deveined) shrimp with salt and pepper • Flour for dusting and dust with flour and add • Salt and Pepper to pan. Sauté over medium heat a couple of minutes • Butter on each side, until lightly • Scallions, finely chopped browned. Remove from pan (2/serving) and keep warm. Melt another tablespoon butter in pan, • Celery, finely chopped add scallions and celery and (1T/serving) sauté over medium heat until • White Wine (Chardonnay) tender. For each serving, • Whipping Cream add a “splash” of wine, and a “splash” of cream to the pan, and simmer, stirring constantly, until slightly thickened and most of alcohol has evaporated. Serve over grouper and shrimp. Delicious served with green beans and wild and white rice with almonds. • Grouper cheeks, 4/serving

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t’s time to find the mullet! Our fall mullet run is one of the best times of year to get outdoors and do some fishing. Cooler air temperatures, and hungry predatory fish, means fun for everyone on the water. The best areas to fish will be easy to find right now. Where you see the mullet, you’ll also find redfish, trout, flounder, and just about anything else you want to catch. Any and all of those fish will be lurking just underneath the mullet schools, looking for an easy snack. There are countless numbers of lures, both hard and soft plastic, that do a great job of imitating a mullet. This is a great month to go the top-water plug route and use a Rapala Skitterwalk or Rapala Skitter V. Both are great “walk the dog” type plugs that even the most shy redfish or trout can’t resist this time year. If you want to go subsurface, try the soft plastics from Saltwater Assassin like their Elite Shiner paddle tail. It looks just a like a mullet and can be fished weedless or on a traditional jighead. Along with the influx of mullet to Northeast Florida, comes our fall flounder run. Some of the best catches, both in numbers and in size, come in the fall. The fishfinder rig is the go-to for many anglers looking to catch some flounder. It consists of using about 12 inches or so, of leader attached to a swivel with a barrel weight above the swivel. You want to use enough weight to hold the bottom,

and a hook sized accordingly, to the size of mullet or minnow you’re using. Another favorite rig is a Slayer Inc. jighead in either 1/4 or 3/8 oz. with a finger mullet pinned to it. The jighead rig allows you to fish without getting hung up as easily on structure, like oysters and rocks. The inlets will come alive this month. Big bull redfish will be schooling up in the deeper areas of St. Augustine Inlet and Mantanzas inlet. A blue crab or mullet on the bottom will get their attention. As long as the it doesn’t get too chilly there will also be some tarpon around the inlets feeding on the bigger mullet schools, so make sure to have a bigger rod ready to go for those monsters. If you missed out on the flood tides last month don't worry; you still have plenty of days in October to find some tailers. Redfish and sheepshead will still be tailing away, looking for crabs, snails, and just about anything that hangs out in the grass. Any small soft plastic paddle tail or shrimp imitation will work well for the reds. I like the Saltwater Assassin Lil Boss rigged on a weedless hook. This will also be a great time to toss an inline spinner bait like the Saltwater Assassin Mac Daddy Spinner. It has all the thump to lure the redfish out of even the thickest grass. Capt. Tommy Derringer www.InshoreAdventures.net 904-377-3734

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ctober is the best month to surf-fish in Northeast Florida! Why? Because the mullet run is still going on for at least the first half of the month. Then, here come the big schools of pompano which have spent the summer in the Carolinas. So here are some tips and strategies for being more successful in both of these categories. First the mullet run. Every year they flood out of all the inlets looking for love. They hook a right and head for south Florida. What is waiting at the mouth of the inlets, and on the beach? Predators! I am talking about redfish, tarpon, sharks, ladyfish, bluefish, Jack Crevalle, seatrout, flounder, and Spanish mackerel! You literally have a shot at catching all ten species in the same day. My favorite place to target the predators is on the north side of any inlet. The mullet are migrating southward, and they have a tendency to stack up there. This is true for all of our inlets, from Ft. Clinch south to Ponce Inlet. If you do not see any mullet in the surf, move and keep

looking. When you find the bait, it is game on! When it comes to gear, it depends on what you are targeting. On the heavy end, a fish finder rig with a 100 lb. mono or 175 steel leader, adding a 7/0 circle hook. This is for big reds, sharks, and tarpon. In the mid-range would be a double dropper tied with 50 lb. mono with 5/0 circle hooks. On the light side for seatrout and flounder, would be a fish finder tied with 30 lb. mono and a #1 circle hook. The bait range is a foot-long mullet down to a 3-inch mullet. Also, chunks and strips work great. When it comes to pompano, the north side of inlets is also the best bet. Sand fleas and fresh clams ALWAYS work best because you are matching the hatch! Noel Kuhn 43 years of surf fishing experience Surf fishing guide and long distance casting coach. Founding member of Florida Surf Casters club. 904-945-0660 www.TheSurfAngler.com

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kay forest fishers, if you've read any of my articles from when the water levels began rising, you know that I've always talked about how beneficial this change would be for the quality of fishing. Around a year ago, I told you that the minnow population was exploding, and how excited I was for the years to come. Well, if you were brave enough to fish during last month's scorching heat wave, you already know what I'm about to say. The days of worrying if our fishery could ever return to the "World Class" quality we were once famous for, are over. You better break out your heavy gear before you head to the water, because the "forest monsters" have returned. September and October are actually my favorite months, because bass are at their peak strength/ weight, as a result of their gorging on the offspring of all the creatures that spawn over the previous months. I can't even count how many times I yelled "GIANT" last month, while my rod doubled over, and I started praying the 45 lb. braided line wouldn't snap. Once that extra long fight is over, and you finally land one of these mean suckers, you can hardly believe how thick and stout they are. A few month's ago, that same bass would still be the same length, but it would weigh substantially less, and fight half as hard as it does today. I could list plenty of lures that would work right now, but honestly there's no need. You can throw whatever you want, and trust me, it's gonna catch 'em. I caught a bass recently which you could tell had a big sunfish in its belly, and when I looked in its mouth, there was a big dragonfly sticking out of its throat. I reached in to pull out the dragonfly, so I could show my buddy, and a wad of about 10 more of them (all wrapped together) came along with it. Whatever a bass thinks it can fit in its mouth, it is gonna get eaten.

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The rest of our freshwater species are also fat and hungry right now, including hybrid stripers and catfish. I just personally have the "bass fever" that's been going around, but I am seeing giants of all varieties wherever I paddle my kayak to. So, the second you finish reading these last words; figure out your next day off, and make sure your line's fresh and your gear is in good shape. The forest is ready to show you what "trophy fishing" is all about. John Freeze Kayak Fishing and Nature Tours TheWaterwayz@gmail.com 352-216-5798

hen I take a woman fishing, it never fails that she always catches more fish. People say its luck. It's not luck in my opinion; women listen. Most of the time the women I'm referring to are weekend warriors, meaning they don’t fish much. Their husbands or boyfriends take them out on the boat, and they may or may not throw a in a line. When they are on my boat for a charter, they fish hard all day. I make it a point to get them excited about catching fish. Once they land their first fish--it’s on! Most of the time, I have to remind them to eat and to stay hydrated. They are so wound up from the excitement of reeling in their fish that they get completely engulfed in the entire experience. Most of the time, they have little experience, and they listen to every word I say. They have not developed any bad habits yet, so they are a clean slate for me. Most of the men I take on my charters have been fishing for most of their lives, so they have developed their own way of doing things. Trying to change someone's lifelong habits isn’t easy. There is no perfect way to fish; it doesn’t have to be technical all the time. I've seen women cast a rod with both hands, sideways, with the reel upside down, and land a monster fish. It's all about their determination, and when they know there is a fish on the other end of that line, they hang on my every word so they can bring that fish into the boat! It's one of the most rewarding parts of my job. I've heard the

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same thing from almost every captain I've ever had this conversation with. If you have the pleasure of taking a woman with little to no fishing, experience out for a day of fishing, be patient, don't yell, and educate her on the basics of fishing. Make her rig herself, take her own fish off the hook, teach her to throw a cast net, etc. You will reap the benefits and have your ultimate fishing partner, and it will take the stress off of you. I hear so many men say that they get sick of doing everything when they take their wives/girlfriends/ daughters. So guys, just imagine if they were completely self-sufficient on the boat. It's a win-win. Ladies, take a stand and ask questions, learn the ins and outs of fishing. Your partner will appreciate the effort, and in turn, you'll be slaying fish! Captain Stacy Horak Cell 352-553-3604 Facebook: CaptainStacy Horak Instagram: captain_ stacyhorakfishing Website: www. fishingwithcaptainstacy.com

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hose looking to fill the freezer with tasty red snapper will have a few more days in Alabama thanks to a three-day fall season announced for the weekend of Oct. 4-6. The Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources will open an additional three-day private angler recreational season for red snapper at 12:01 a.m. on Friday, Oct. 4 until midnight on Sunday, Oct. 6. The possession limit is two fish per person with a minimum size limit of 16 inches total length. Anglers are reminded that as of Sept. 1, 2019, any angler age 16 and older must have a Reef Fish Endorsement to possess any species of Gulf reef fish. For more information about the Reef Fish Endorsement, visit www.outdooralabama.com/saltwater-fishing/saltwater-reef-fish-endorsement. Landing estimates are derived from mandatory angler reports submitted through Alabama’s Snapper Check Program. Anglers are reminded that greater amberjack is available for voluntary reporting through the Snapper Check app. Detailed red snapper landing information from the 2018 and 2019 seasons is available at www.outdooralabama.com/saltwater-fishing/ exempted-fishing-permit.

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CHANGE IT UP

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ver heard the phrase, “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it?” A few weeks ago fishing on the tides of the quarter moon, I did something we don’t do often enough as anglers. I broke it and it became better! As a lure designer, I frequently try new things, throw different colors and vary my retrieve every five or 10 cast. I want to fish the same area with different colors and lures as a true test to see what the fish react to best. I often cover the same structure with multiple lures and multiple retrieve styles. While on my kayak, I like to have two rods at my disposal. On this day, I had the exact same lure and weight, but one was white with a limetreuse tail, and the other was pumpkinseed with

a green glitter tail. The morning started with light winds and clear water. This area was 1 to 3 feet deep with areas of solid grass mixed with sand potholes and a few larger sand flats. As the day progressed, the winds kicked up, and so did the silt. I used the wind to quietly drift into a cove, where I would anchor and fish. Once the area was covered, I would drift about half a cast and anchor again, repeating this process until I covered the entire cove. I started out catching several reds from 16 to 26 inches. They were hammering the soft plastic swimbait in aggressive fashion. When fishing shallow, the reds wanted a steady fast retrieve keeping the lure just under the surface. I saw many of the strikes and even had a few swim behind the lure with their eyes above the water, see me, and turn away. Not cool! When I varied my retrieve by slowing it down and pausing, the reds had no interest. Giving equal swim time to both the white and pumpkinseed lures, the pumpkinseed caught the majority of the reds. As I observed my surroundings, I heard what I felt was a trout eating bait off the surface. Feeling confident trout were in the area, I needed to try something different to entice a bite. After covering the area with the fast-steady retrieve, catching a few more reds, I dramatically changed my retrieve, but kept the same lures and colors. I switched to a fast twitch of the rod tip, aggressively bouncing the lure off bottom. I did not use any swimming motion, just a constant bounding forward with an occasional pause. I started to catch trout where I previously caught a red or came up empty. Something else worth noting, the trout not only wanted a different retrieve than the reds in the same area, they also preferred the white limetreuse swimbait. This tactic continued to produce through my entire drift. As I switched retrieves and lure colors, I caught different fish. The takeaway here is don’t get stuck doing the same old thing. Even when it is working, a change could make it better. Capt. Michael Okruhlik is the inventor of Controlled Descent Lures and the owner of www.MyCoastOutdoors.com.

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Color Choices

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veryone has a theory on colors when it comes to selecting lures for inshore fishing. The generally accepted rule, and this applies everywhere in freshwater and salt, is to fish dark colors in stained water and more natural colors when the water is clearer. It makes sense. Most of the time, our favorite inshore species, whether they be trout, reds, flounder or snook, are feeding on shrimp or baitfish that are pale, sometimes translucent in color. In clear water, there is more visibility and more opportunity for gamefish to inspect an offering before taking it. This explains the natural colors in clear water theory. It calls for soft plastics in clear-sparkle, bone or pearl colors and hard baits in white or light gray with some silver flash. But what about dark colors in muddy water? Color selection becomes more about visibility than natural appearance in dingy water. Without the added attraction of scent, sound and vibration—all which can be remedied by lure selection— we’re relying on fish to see the offering. Darker colors show up better in murky water, and twotone combinations of colors provide contrast. This calls for plum, purple, motor oil, pumpkinseed or combinations thereof. And then there’s chartreuse. No color in the spectrum has proven more effective at catching fish, and this is a tough one to explain. Nothing fish eat even closely resembles this ridiculous bright green. But it works. No matter when, where or the conditions, it rarely hurts to choose a bait with a little chartreuse in it. To dive a little deeper, keeping up with the seasonal patterns on your bay, marsh or flat also makes sense. When glass minnows or small mullet are thick, obviously lighter-colored baits best “match the hatch.” A silver spoon with a white bucktail can be killer when trout and reds are keying on finfish. When shrimp are on the move, everything eats them. Browns and pinks become important. You might want to break out that gold spoon or any number of soft-plastic shrimp imitations. Of course, we’ve all been in situations when one color outperforms another for no apparent reason. That’s why it’s good to fish with a buddy. Start out throwing different baits and then hone in on a pattern once one of you starts getting bites. Gamefish survive feeding on forage that is often very hard for them to see. Vibration, sound, scent and movement are key to their ability to hunt. For this reason, lure choice and the way an angler fishes it are usually more important than color. Color can be like fine-tuning the presentation. Finding the right color definitely makes a difference, but first you’ve got to check the other variables off the list. COASTALANGLERMAG.COM • THEANGLERMAG.COM

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BASS ARE MOVING

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feed up and put on weight to take them through the winter and into the next spring’s spawn. Fall is a time to fish quickly, covering water to find active schools of fish. Find Them: When water temperatures drop from their summer peak, bass push up into the creeks, onto tapering points and big flats. They’re following baitfish this time of year. Shad, herring, alewives, shiners… all the favored baitfish move in big schools when temperatures begin to fall. The bass will be with them as they progress shallower and farther into the creek arms. There’s no sense in fishing an area if the bait isn’t there. Sometimes, you’ll be lucky to catch fish on top, as pods of bass pound baitfish from below, but you’re better off using your electronics. Idle over a likely area, watching the graph for suspended balls of bait. Keep an eye on the banks for flickering shad. Don’t bother dropping the trolling motor until you’ve seen indications of activity. When you see it, you’ll know it. Schools of active fall bass are not hard to find.

Catch Them: This is not the time to fish on the bottom. Baitfish will be suspended somewhere in the water column, and bass will key in on them. Matching the size of the bait in the water brings consistent action. Colors can vary, but generally you’ll want to fish something more natural looking in clear water. Gold or silver flash is always a good thing when mimicking baitfish. Only resort to the garish colors if the water is dingy. It’s tough to beat a lipless crankbait for covering water and locating active fish. Keep one on the deck as a search bait, and if nothing else it will help eliminate dead water. Shallow crankbaits are a staple this time of year. If the fish are up on the banks in stumps and laydowns, squarebill crankbaits are the ticket. When they’re feeding a little deeper around boat docks and other wood cover, a good old spinnerbait can be tough for bass to resist. Go with double willowleaf blades to match the profile of the baitfish. A mid-depth crankbait By CAM Staff can serve the same purpose. If you’re trying to pull a big fish from the school all can be a wonderful time of year for bass anglers. It gives us the to anchor a tournament sack, a big soft-plastic swimbait comes in handy. chance to go back to the tactics that probably hooked most of us on Finally, you should always keep a topwater bait on the deck. If fish are the sport in the first place. While those deep ledges that held fish all crashing on top or if baitfish are active in shallow water, there’s nothing more summer will likely still produce, many fish will be moving shallow. fun than calling fish up with a walking bait or a popper. With the cool evenings and each successive cold front, bass begin to

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fter all the time, effort and determination it takes to land that beautiful fish, you don’t want to compromise the quality of your dinner by improper handling at the end. Here are some tips I’ve learned over the years: 1) Dispatching/ bleeding: Whether you are fishing or spearfishing, try to minimize the amount of time the fish is under stress, as this can produce lactic acid which affects taste. Dispatching as soon as possible is humane and helps maintain quality. Bleeding also helps, especially for raw consumption. Spearfishermen can do it in the water, but if you don’t want to attract sharks, you Sheri Daye with a big Keys wahoo. can also do it on the boat. Cut the throat and place it in a bucket of water for a few minutes or use scissors and cut the gills. 2) Icing: Make sure you have plenty of ice, two pounds for every pound of fish. Saltwater ice is best if you can get it, and crushed

ice is optimal because it covers more surface area. Heat and air are the enemies, so ice your fish immediately. If you don’t plan to fillet soon, remove the guts and gills and fill the cavity with ice before burying it in the cooler. Drain and replace ice often to ensure fish stays cold and is not sitting in water, which will cause the fish to get mushy. 3) Filleting: When the flesh is chilled and firm, cutting is much easier, and a razor sharp knife makes quick work of filleting. After filleting, try not to rinse the meat, as water degrades the fillets and produces a breeding ground for bacteria. If you keep your knife clean, don’t puncture the gut cavity and you bled your fish beforehand, you should not have to rinse fillets. If the fillet is exposed to water, dry it promptly with paper towels. 4) Refrigeration: Fish can be stored in your refrigerator at 40 degrees for about three days. Wrap the fish in plastic-wrap and place in crushed ice. It is still best to store fish surrounded by crushed ice because the cooler you can keep it, the better. 5) Freezing: Store in the freezer at 0 degrees or lower. Lean fish (snapper or grouper) will keep for about six months. Fatty fish (salmon, tuna and mackerel) will keep for about three months. I like to vacuum-pack fillets. Vacuum packers are relatively inexpensive, easy to use, and available at Target. Fill pre-cut bags with fillets and follow the directions on the vacuum packer. This keeps fillets airtight to prevent freezer burn. 6) Thawing: The safest way to thaw fish is in the refrigerator for 12 to 24 hours. Plan to cook immediately after thawing. Do not thaw fish at room temperature, and never refreeze fish. Sheri is a world-record holder, host of Speargun Hunter, and producer of “The Blue Wild Ocean Adventure Expo” in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla. Follow “Sheri Daye” and “The Blue Wild” on Facebook and Instagram.

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By FWC Staff ayak fishing is a growing sport, and it’s easy to see why. Kayaks are nimble, less expensive than most motorized boats and provide access to places even the best casts from land just can’t reach. But those who love the sport1say kayak fishing is more than just Airline_Ad_CoastalAngler_8-1-14_Layout 8/1/14 1:14 PM Page 1 a quick and less expensive way to get on the water.

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“You are more in tune with what is going on,” said avid kayak angler Tony Hart, who runs YakOutlaws.com, a website dedicated to kayak and SUP angling. “The slower approach gives you an opportunity to take in more. It’s almost as though you become a part of what’s around you.” “Because you are so low in the water, there is this sense of vulnerability when you start fishing, but you also have this feeling of freedom and accomplishment, blood, sweat and tears,” said Justin Ritchey, who has been kayak fishing for more than a decade. “I’m very passionate about it, it’s a huge part of my life.” Like many kayak anglers, Hart and Ritchey got into kayak fishing for similar reasons: they loved fishing and didn’t have access to a boat. Ritchey got his start in college with two-person rental kayaks. He would ask classmates to foot the rental fee. Ritchey would provide the car, fishing gear and knowledge. Hart was fishing from a dock in Jacksonville when he noticed fish off a point too far for him to reach casting. “That’s when two young guys paddled by and I thought, that’s the smartest thing in world,” said Hart. “The next weekend I got two kayaks.” What often gets people into kayak fishing is the ability to access places they can’t reach from shore. “You can go anywhere you want with no stress of a motor breaking down or electronic failure,” Ritchey said. “And because you are quiet, you can often get closer than boat anglers can get.” Some might think kayaks are great for seatrout and redfish, but they can also be used for monster tarpon and sailfish. While what you catch within paddling distance will vary according to where in Florida you are fishing, if you can catch it, your kayak can take it. “Being able to catch every species from a kayak is personal goal of mine,” said Ritchey, who has personally caught sailfish, blackfin tuna, mutton snapper, kingfish and tarpon from his kayak. “In a boat, when a fish takes a lot of line, you have less control. In a kayak, you might be getting towed, but you are never too far away from the fish, which allows you to get the fish in much faster.”

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There are two schools of thoughts regarding bite-proof tippet. One school favors the soft, stainless-steel leader when fishing toothed game fish. The other school leans to the single-strand stainless-wire leader. Let’s compare the two.

BUILD THE PERFECT SALTWATER LEADER AND BITE TIPPET The basic fly leader is the saltwater fisherman’s most important connection between him and the fish. Tied incorrectly, it will place the angler at a distinct disadvantage when casting, especially under windy conditions. Simple in its design, the saltwater fly leader can meet the demands in almost every saltwater fly fishing situation. A leader’s length varies depending on conditions, but a 9-foot leader will work in most situations. A “4-3-2 combo” works well, as it allows the fly to roll over as it is cast. Creating this leader is fairly simple. First tie a two-turn surgeon’s loop of 40- or 50-pound soft monofilament at the fly line’s terminal. Then join the sections of your leader with blood knots, applying saliva to the knots to guarantee a solid connection. Take care to test the strength of each knot as you complete tying them. 4 feet of 40# soft mono 3 feet of 30# mono 2 feet of 20# mono Best Material for a Wire Leader When you fly fish in saltwater, there will be times when you deal with toothy critters like barracudas, sharks, needle fish, mackerel and numerous other fish sporting “ivories” capable of severing the heaviest monofilament and fluorocarbon leaders. It is the savvy saltwater fly fisherman who has learned to attach a bite-proof tippet to his fly line.

Soft Stainless Steel Wire Soft stainless wire is a good alternative to single-strand wire. It works well on smaller saltwater gamefish like Pacific barracuda, bonito and other toothy critters the fly rodder will encounter in many nearshore fisheries. The best attribute of the soft stainless wire is you can tie a loop knot in it rather than going through the time consuming process of making the haywire twist commonly used with single-strand wire. Single Strand Wire The second option, and my personal preference, is the single-strand stainless wire leader. The wire is tough, able to stand the raking teeth of a shark far better than its softer counterpart. Also, the advantage of using this type of leader is its small diameter. Like a piece of dental floss, it fits nicely between the fish’s teeth. As the battle rages, the wire does not wear against razor sharp teeth, giving the advantage to the angler in a difficult and prolonged fight. If your choice is the single-strand wire leader, the most commonly used knot is the reliable haywire twist. Although there are tools to assist you in the tying of this knot, I recommend the “old school” method you will find in numerous books and pamphlets, many currently available at your local fly shop.

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fishermen will embark on a journey that spans six states and nine events on some of the most storied fisheries in the sport’s history. “This year, we unveiled the mantra ‘Big Bass. Big Stage. Big Dreams.,’” said B.A.S.S. CEO Bruce Akin. “Fans will have an opportunity to see our anglers compete on some of the best big-bass lakes in America.” On Feb. 14-17, the Elite Series will shift focus to a location that has yet to be announced. The Bassmaster Classic takes the stage in March, when the Super Bowl of Bass Fishing descends upon Alabama’s Lake Guntersville, with weigh-ins and the Bassmaster Classic Outdoors Expo taking place in nearby Birmingham. When regular season Elite competition resumes, B.A.S.S. will take a trip down memory lane with a return to Alabama’s Lake Eufaula on April 2-5. B.A.S.S. hasn’t visited Eufaula since 2006. But the lake on the Alabama/ Georgia border has been the site of 18 major B.A.S.S. events, dating back to 1968. The fourth Elite Series event will be in Manning, S.C., on the Santee Cooper Lakes. Lakes Marion and Moultrie, which have been on fire recently. A BFL event held on the Santee Cooper Lakes in March was won with five bass that weighed just over 30 pounds. The next fishery on the schedule is known for producing big crowds— the Sabine River in Orange, Texas. The 2020 event will be held May 29-June 1 and could challenge the fan attendance record of 36,200. The site for the Toyota Bassmaster Texas Fest will be announced at a later time. But the dates have been tentatively set for June 5-9 — just before the Elite Series makes its New York swing. That swing begins with a trip to smallmouth fishing’s holy country, the St. Lawrence River in Waddington, N.Y., on July 23-26. The 2019 Elite Series event on the river was won by Georgia pro Micah Frazier with an average of more than 20 pounds of smallmouth each day. The pros will then head to Plattsburg, N.Y., for an event at Lake Champlain on July 30-Aug. 2, where Vermont angler Bryan Labelle won with an average of almost 20 pounds of largemouth per day in 2018. With the Bassmaster Angler of the Year title and numerous Bassmaster Classic berths hanging in the balance, the Elites will finish their season in Macomb County, Mich., at Lake St. Clair on Aug. 20-23.

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here’s a brutish undercurrent gaining momentum in fly fishing. Whether it’s river-run striped bass, muskie or carp, long-rodders are targeting freshwater’s most powerful fish. Here are a few destinations where you can get in on the action. James River Photo courtesy of Matt Miles Muskie, Virginia The James River is one of the few rivers in the east that supports a fishable wild muskie population. Guide Matt Miles eagerly pointed out that most of the fish they catch, the 35- to 42-inchers, were spawned wild in the upper James. He said the monster 50-inchers might have originally come from the hatchery, but they still prowl the river, ready to give anglers the adrenaline rush of a lifetime. Between Iron Gate and Lynchburg, Va., more than 80 miles of the James are considered muskie water. The relatively shallow pool and riffle habitat is uniquely suited to hunting freshwater’s biggest, toothiest fish with a fly rod. But muskie fishing isn’t for everyone. Casting waterlogged, 14-inch-long streamers on sinking lines with 10- and 11-weight rods is a workout. Doing it all day in hope of a single take requires mental fortitude. Peak muskie season is October through mid-March.

Saluda & Congaree River Striper, South Carolina Each spring, South Carolina striped bass go on the move. From the Santee-Cooper Lakes between Columbia and Charleston, fish run some 60 miles up the Congaree and arrive in Columbia to spawn in April. By early May they push into the lower Saluda, where they spend the summer in the cold-water refuge of a 10-mile stretch of tailwater. Jake Howard, of Saluda Valley Guides, tapes his thumbs during the June through August heart of the striper season because they become raw from lipping fish. He told of huge numbers of stripers and said 60-fish days are possible for anglers who can lay out line with a 10-weight rod and 350-grain sinking lines. The standard fish weighs 4 to 8 pounds, but 20-, 30- and even 50-pounders are caught each season. Catawba Chain Carp, North Carolina More than 15 years ago, Capt. Paul Rose left the Texas coast with his flats skiff in tow. He settled in the North Carolina Piedmont, far from the salt marshes he loves. But he found a new passion in the clear Catawba River lakes between Asheville and Charlotte, N.C. In the shallows, he watched carp tailing like redfish. The fishing style that arose is a lot like sight casting to bonefish. Rose poles anglers over clear-water flats, searching for pods of carp rooting and feeding. Many clients hire Rose to practice before a trip to the Bahamas. They return because carp are so much fun. Fish from 3 pounds up to 20 pounds call for a 6- or 7-weight rod. The peak season on impoundments like Lake Norman and Lake James runs from May through September. Nick Carter is the author of “Flyfisher’s Guide to North Carolina & Georgia.” It is available on Amazon.com, and autographed copies are available by emailing the author at nsc8957@gmail.com. COASTALANGLERMAG.COM • THEANGLERMAG.COM

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He’ll typically kick the morning off with redfish encounters in depths of 2 feet or less. As the sun grows stronger, he’ll probe docks and structure looking for summer flounder before finishing off with feisty seatrout in feeder creeks. “I’m thinking this season will be a special one if we don’t get smacked by any major storms,” said Collins. “There’s tons of bait around already, and it’s been a long time since I’ve seen as many mullet as we have this year. Crabs and small menhaden are abundant, too. Plus we have tons of shrimp; everything loves shrimp.” By Tom Schlichter Collins targets early morning reds around oyster bars, oyster reefs and oyster rocks in water that is generally hip-deep or less. He’ll work shoal areas and Seatrout: Dale Collins puts a fare even dig into the grass on White Oak Sound, White Oak River and the area on a pretty Oak River area sea trout. Photo courtesy of Do or Die surrounding Swansboro with a 7-foot, 6- to 10-pound class Star Seagis rod. His Charters, Swansboro, N.C. lure of choice for the reds is a Skitter Walk SW11 in a golden mullet pattern that always seems to bring surface thrills. Backing off the edges and working near docks and structure, he’ll switch to a ¾-ounce white Spro bucktail tipped with a 4-inch Berkley Gulp! pearl-white shrimp for the flatties. “For the reds,” disclosed Collins, “I keep a second rod rigged with a Z-Man soft plastic or Gulp! Jerk Shad impaled on a weedless screw-style hook. If a redfish blows up on the topwater but misses, I immediately send the soft plastic his way. He’ll slam that as soon as it starts to sink.” For flounder, Collins hops his bucktail about a foot at a time, but it’s vital you actually feel it strike bottom on the drop. “Most hits come as the lure falls, and if you don’t feel it hit bottom it’s probably in a fish’s mouth,” he said. “Strike immediately, because those flounder spit a lure out quickly once they realize it’s a fake.” As for the specks, Collins recommends getting on them as soon as possible. “You’ll find the biggest fish arrive first,” he said. Throw a Mirrolure MR 17 or ou’ve got to love fall’s promise here in North Carolina,” said Capt. Dale 18, or try my personal favorite: a Zoom Golden Bream on a 1/16-ounce jighead. Collins, of Fish or Die Charters (www.fishordiecharters; 252-422- Man can that lure catch some fish! Just work it slow and allow time for it to get 4236) in Swansboro, North Carolina. “The water temperatures are down deep. If you think you are fishing slowly enough, slow down a little more.” starting to cool and there’s plenty of red drum, flounder and big seatrout in our bays and creeks. Indeed, it’s my favorite time of year to fish around here.” If you’d like to fish the Swansboro area on your own, Collins suggests Collins should know. He’s built a reputation putting fares on big fish in launching from Cedar Point Wildlife Ramp near Dudley’s Marina (https:// skinny water in this area west of Morehead City and separated from Pamlico www.dudleysmarinanc.com; 252-393-2204) in Swansboro. For overnight accommodations Best Western Plus (252-393-9015) is right near the launch. Sound on the southern side of Cape Lookout.

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SIGHT CASTING TO LOUISIANA’S BIG BULL REDS ON THE FLY

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t’s no secret that the Louisiana coast is an inshore angler’s dream. A seemingly endless tangle of interconnected waterways, with big salt lakes, canals, grass, oysters and mud flats make the bayous south of New Orleans the No. 1 destination in the world for redfish. Places like Grand Isle, Cocodrie, Venice, Delacroix and Hopedale are the destinations for redfish anglers seeking out some of the best fishing on the planet. The region is filthy with reds, and targeting big bulls with a fly rod is the ultimate thrill. Angler Michael Booth Jr. and his buddies, many who are local captains, have made a practice of sight fishing these monsters. Instead of working the grass to find individual bulls or pods of slotsized redfish, they move out deeper on the big lakes in search of

schools of big bulls, which usually hunt in the 3- to 4-foot depths 100 to 200 yards off the grass. “The weather has to be good for a couple weeks beforehand for the water to be clean enough to see them,” said Booth “When we go out looking for schools of big fish, we start about 20 yards out and pole that line until we figure out where the reds are holding that day. Then they’ll usually all be in that same area.” On certain special days, when a strong northeast wind and a low tide suck the water out of the marsh around Hopedale, those 4-foot depths become 2 feet and spotting fish is easy. “Those big bulls will all be belly crawling with their backs out of the water,” said Booth. But normally, finding fish means looking for the telltale dark triangles of tails and fins or fish pushing water as they chase bait and root for crabs. Booth said a good pair of green-mirror glasses with amber lenses makes it easier to distinguish the shadows and colors of a big redfish in tannic-stained water. Once you find them, tempting them to eat a fly is a matter of trial and error to find the fly and retrieve they want on a given day. Booth prefers fishing on top, and a size 2 Surface Seducer Double Barrel popper is the hot bait at the moment. Booth likes purple, gold, chartreuse, black and combinations of those colors. Sometimes, when the fish aren’t feeding as actively, Booth said he’s forced to fish something that sinks. A size 2 shrimp pattern with extra large dumbbell eyes becomes the bait of choice. Again, purple and chartreuse work well, as do more natural tan or olive patterns. A 10-weight rod, floating line and a 50-40-30 leader with 12 to 18 inches of 16- to 20-pound tippet are in order. Booth said he’s seen days that brought 10 fish over 20 pounds to the rail and others when a single 40-pound red was reason for rejoicing. “Any day you’re able to catch a 20-plus-pound bull red on a fly is pretty awesome,” he said.

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