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DESTINATION: El Salto, Mexico FISH: Largemouth Bass PEAK SEASON: September-July THE FISHING: There might be a few lakes out there that produce larger largemouths on occasion, but none are as consistent as Lake El Salto at producing huge catches of quality sized bass with the ever-present potential to catch a true giant. For more than 30 years, El Salto has been one of the world’s best bass fisheries, and it remains right at the top of the bucket list for travelling bass anglers. It is a place where 100-fish days are normal, the average fish weighs 4 to 5 pounds, and 7- to 10-pound fish are a regular occurrence. The best day on El Salto? Well, the lake record bass weighed 18 pounds, 6 ounces. The record for most bass caught in a day stands at 607 fish. El Salto is a 25,000-acre impoundment of the Elota River. It sits in the foothills of the Sierra Madre Mountains in the Mexican state of Sinaloa. A yearround growing season and the introduction of Florida strain largemouth bass in the 1980s helped build this big-bass factory. Abundant tilapia as a forage species as well as varied habitat and lots of sunken timber maintain it. If all this doesn’t pique your interest, it’s worth mentioning that many of the biggest fish caught each year from El Salto are victims of topwater tactics. INFORMATION: www.anglersinn.com

Mongolia

DESTINATION: Khentii Aimag and Khovsgol Aimag, Mongolia FISH: Siberian Taimen PEAK SEASON: June 15-October THE FISHING: Imagine fly fishing a river for trout that can weigh 20 pounds

or more. Now imagine these giant trout surface feed on ducks and rodents instead of insects. Sounds like a fairytale, right? Well it’s not. Fish like this actually exist, but the behaviors of Mongolia’s Siberian taimen are more aptly described as the stuff of nightmares than fairytales. The taimen is the largest, most ferocious salmonid in the world. Tactics for catching them include chugging giant topwater poppers on 9-weight fly rods, and the violence exhibited on a taimen’s take can only be matched by the ensuing fight. Anglers can expect to tangle with good numbers of taimen in the 6- to 15-pound range on a week-long camp-and-float through gorgeous Mongolian canyons. A trophy longer than 40 inches and weighing 25 pounds or more is a definite possibility. But the fishing is only part of what makes a Mongolia so special. The warmth of Mongolian hospitality, the skill of its guides and the beauty of its scenery make for an unforgettable expedition. Taimen fisheries in Mongolia are catch-and-release, fly fishing only with a single barbless hook.

DESTINATION: San Cristobal, Galapagos Islands, Ecuador FISH: Striped Marlin, Blue Marlin, Black Marlin, Wahoo, Yellowfin Tuna PEAK SEASON: January-April THE FISHING: Everyone has heard of the tortoises, diving iguanas and other strange wildlife that made the Galapagos Islands famous. The incredible bluewater fishing is not as well publicized. Deep sea currents carry warm waters and plentiful baitfish past this underwater mountain range about 600 miles off the coast of Ecuador. Blue, black and striped marlin congregate to feed around banks that rise to 300 and 600 feet from more than 2,000 feet of water. It’s some of the best fishing in the Pacific, and it’s only about an hour’s run from the docks at San Cristobal. The striped marlin bite might be the best in the world, with fast action for fish that average 200 pounds and get up into the 350-pound range. Blacks and blues are less frequently encountered than striped marlin, but they are plentiful and big. Fish from 500 to 800 pounds are the norm. Topwater popper fishing for yellowfin tuna is off the chain for fish up to 150 pounds. Big dorado, African pompano and Almaco jacks are bonus fish. And the wahoo fishing is good, as well. INFORMATION: sportfishgalapagos.com

Florida Keys

DESTINATION: Florida Keys, U.S.A. FISH: Tarpon PEAK SEASON: April-June THE FISHING: Although the Florida Keys aren’t as remote as many of the marquee fishing destinations this planet offers, the fishing is second to none. On the southern edge of the continent, where the Gulf Stream carries fecund waters from the Gulf of Mexico through the Florida Straits to the Atlantic, this chain of islands is perfectly situated to create one of the most productive marine environments in the world. Big-game sportfishing and backcountry fly fishing arose from the outstanding and diverse fisheries of The Keys. Year-round, there is excellent fishing inshore, nearshore and offshore. One of the most iconic of these fisheries is for big flats tarpon. There are always tarpon present in the Florida Keys, and nowhere else in the world do they run so thick through clear, shallow waters during their migrations. In ultra-clear water, sight fishing for these beasts from a flats skiff has to be the ultimate shallow-water experience. The size and raw power of tarpon are unmatched among flats species. The aerial displays of fish heavier than 100 pounds are part of what makes fishing in The Keys legendary. INFORMATION: fla-keys.com

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Franklin County, Florida DESTINATION: Franklin County, Fla. FISH: Tarpon, Redfish, King Mackerel, Wahoo, Jack Crevalle, Amberjack, Gag Grouper, Pompano PEAK SEASON: June-December THE FISHING: Take a step back in time to experience Florida’s Forgotten Coast. Every cast could produce something different in one of the most diverse ecosystems in the world. Last month, Hurricane Michael lashed out on this beautiful slice of the Panhandle, but the fisheries should bounce back as strong as ever. You’ll find offshore species like wahoo, grouper and sailfish, as well as inshore species like pompano, redfish, tarpon, jack crevalle and speckled trout. In early spring, look for cobia and Spanish mackerel nearshore, while inshore you’ll find trout and redfish crushing topwaters. In summer, the king mackerel bite can be non-stop and tarpon are big and plentiful. Several species of snapper and grouper are always on the menu while offshore, blackfin tuna, wahoo, sailfish and more can be had. As we get into fall, big jacks will be tearing up tackle and the delicious flounder will be found as they spawn. False albacore or bonito can warm up a cool day in the blue water, also. From the mouth of the Apalachicola River to Carrabelle, you’ll find some of the hottest action anywhere! Redfish, trout and flounder abound, and you can cast for freshwater species like bass and stripers the same day. INFORMATION: www.floridasforgottencoast.com

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DESTINATION: Kona Coast, Big Island, Hawaii FISH: Pacific Blue Marlin PEAK SEASON: April-September THE FISHING: If a giant marlin is on your bucket list, there may be no better place in the world to check it off than on the Kona Coast of Hawaii’s Big Island. On the southeastern end of a 1,500-mile archipelago in the middle of the Pacific Ocean, massive shield volcanoes protect the leeward side of the Big Island from wind and rain, resulting in nearly perpetual calm seas off the Kona Coast. Three miles from land, the bottom drops into 6,000-foot depths while winds and topography create miles-wide cyclonic eddies that funnel nutrient-rich water up into the warm surface layers. These localized patches of biologically productive water attract big pelagics. Within sight of land, there is the opportunity to catch six species of billfish, six species of tuna, ono (wahoo) and mahi-mahi, among others. The main drawing card is blue marlin… big ones. Kona lays claim to more than 80 blues heavier than 1,000 pounds over the years, and that doesn’t include all the granders that were released. More than half of all the granders ever recorded from the Hawaiian Islands were caught off the Kona Coast. INFORMATION: www.gohawaii.com

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DESTINATION: Kamchatka, Russia FISH: Rainbow Trout PEAK SEASON: July-September THE FISHING: Some scientists believe the Kamchatka Peninsula is where rainbow trout originated in a web of cold-water rivers on Russia’s eastern coast. With very few roads and little human population to speak of, this roughly 100,000-square-mile slice of land across the Bering Sea from Alaska is as remote as it gets. In fact, the only feasible way to access its hundreds of miles of trout water is by helicopter. Kamchatka is a place that makes even the Alaskan tundra seem overpopulated with humans. It offers a wilderness experience unlike any other, and the fishing isn’t too shabby, either. Trout that eat dry flies, streamers and deer-hair mice skated across the surface average 20 to 22 inches. Each short season, anglers catch 30-inchers that are aggressive and as hot as they come. And while the rainbows are the headliners, there are also several species of Pacific salmon that make annual runs into the peninsula. Huge kundzha, a close relative of Dolly Varden, weigh into the teens. And trophy grayling round out a diverse fishery that’s one of the most unspoiled on the planet. INFORMATION: www.thebestofkamchatka.com

DESTINATION: Santee Cooper Lakes, South Carolina FISH: Striped Bass, Catfish, Largemouth Bass, Crappie, Shellcracker PEAK SEASON: Year-round THE FISHING: For a world-class freshwater fishery, the Santee Cooper lakes in South Carolina are as accessible as it gets. Interstate I-95 crosses Lake Marion and I-26 flanks the twin-lake system to the south. The lakes are connected by a 7-mile-long diversion canal, which provides another unique fishery. Lake Marion’s 102,400 acres of water are a timber-studded, aquatic vegetation-laden fish factory, while Lake Moultrie’s 59,900 acres have an incredible diversity of underwater cover and structure. This twin-lake system provides unmatched freshwater diversity. Marauding striped bass provide surface-schooling triple-digit catches per boat in peak season. The state record blue catfish was taken in 2017 and topped 113-pounds. Catfish in the 50- to 70-pound class are reasonable targets, and the big-fish population is on an upsurge. The system currently holds the world record channel catfish at 58-pounds. Need more? Crappies are abundant and commonly exceed 2 pounds, with 3-pound-plus fish distinctly possible. The system holds state records for black crappie at 5-pounds, largemouth bass topping 16-pounds and the former world record shellcracker that tipped the scales to 5 pounds, 7 1/2 ounces. Santee Cooper is the living legend of freshwater fishing. COASTALANGLERMAG.COM • THEANGLERMAG.COM I NOVEMBER 2018 I NATIONAL 9 INFORMATION: www.santeecoopercountry.org

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ifteen years ago, a friend and I flew into San Jose and took a small plane to Quepos, Costa Rica, where we fished offshore on a 42 express boat called Fishing Frenzy. It was my first fishing trip to Costa Rica, and I didn’t know it at the time, but the over-the-top offshore experience was typical for this tropical Central American paradise. It consisted of plenty of tuna, sailfish and dorado, and the never-ending chase for marlin. The trip had such an impact that it became an annual event. Then, four years ago everything changed. I started some business dealings in Costa Rica, which allowed me to begin splitting time between Costa Rica and my native south Florida. It has been the adventure of a lifetime. I’m not sure I can say what specifically drew me to Costa Rica. I think it’s a little bit of everything. The people, the adventure, the fishing and the beautiful scenery are all truly amazing. The people are always happy and definitely live the national slogan “Pura Vida,” which translates to “The Pure Life.” The diversity and magnificence of the scenery is over the top. Delivering Coastal Angler Magazine throughout the country has exposed me to different and varying locations. Within a four hour drive I can be exposed to the volcanos and hot springs of Arenal, the gorgeous beaches and surfing of Guanacaste, the beautiful and exotic jungles of Golfito and the Osa Peninsula, the quiet beauty and fishing of the Nicoya Peninsula, the world class surfing and fishing of Herradura, Hermosa and Quepos, and even the cooler climates and cultural centers of the Central Valley. The tourism of Costa Rica is truly an adventure. From ziplining through a jungle canopy to four wheeling up a mountain, from white water rafting to rappelling down a waterfall, and even seeing sloths and monkeys in their natural habitats, the adventures are endless. Adventure definitely exists in the fishing of Costa Rica. In 2017 the Herradura Quepos fishery was named the No. 1 billfishing area in the world by the Billfish Report. Offshore fishing easily offers the complete line up of pelagic fish and often includes double-digit catches. This is one of the few countries where catching an offshore billfish grand slam can be accomplished in one day. Last month, Coastal Angler Editor-in-Chief Ben Martin came down and we managed to squeeze in one day of fishing on my 32 Luhrs, Dream II out of Los Suenos. Where else in the world can you catch two blue marlin, two sailfish, and 15 dorado in a day of fishing? The inshore fishing for roosterfish, cubera snapper, snook and even tarpon is also world class. The freshwater fishing offers everything from rainbow bass (guapote) to machaca, and trout to largemouth bass. I have been to many places in the world, and Costa Rica stands out as one of my favorite bucket list destinations. Mike Erickson is co-publisher of Coastal Angler Magazine Costa Rica.

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t’s 2 p.m. on a bright, sunny day and I’m pitching pilchards in the shadow of a small bridge not 50 yards from a marina. As my bait turns and swims momentarily into the sunlight, a sudden swirl connects me to a solid slot-sized snook. My line has been in the water for less than a minute. “It can happen fast,” chuckled Capt. George Gozdz, who in 2019 is scheduled to host a new fishing show on The Sportsman Channel called Unfathomed. “There’s quality snook under almost any significant structure around here.” “Around here” would be the Indian River Lagoon (IRL) and St. Lucie River system, an estuarine wonderland on Florida’s southeast coast that stretches 155 miles and dishes up everything from monster snook, gator trout and delicious pompano to king-sized tarpon, jacks and a variety of grouper. The city of Stuart sits dead-center in this expansive maze of fishing heaven, and makes the perfect launch point Capt. George Gozdz shows off a monfor learning these waters. ster St. Lucie River snook. Look for “The diversity in this area is 8- to 10-foot depths with good current something special,” explained Gonear structure to find the big ones, he zdz, “Two systems converge here, said. Photo courtesy of George Gozdz. the St. Lucie River and Indian River, and St. Lucie Inlet provides access for ocean pelagics like sailfish. Inshore, snook is the most popular target on a year-round basis. From December through March, you’ll find the best action up inside the St. Lucie River because the water is warmest there. The stretch from Rt. A1A (aka: 10 Cent Bridge) west into the north or south fork of the St. Lucie River is the prime winter snook area. I throw Yo-Zuri Crystal Minnows and Hydro Poppers in low light conditions and pitch pilchards once the sun gets up in the sky.” Generally speaking, tidal stage doesn’t matter much for these snook, as long as the water is moving. Look for heavy structure near 10-foot depths with good flow and you’ll eventually connect. “Keep in mind this isn’t finesse fishing,” advised Gozdz. “There’s no way to haul a big snook— they can top 40 inches in length—out of heavy structure with light lines. I use 80-lb. test Yo-Zuri Super Braid with an 80- to 100-lb. test Top Knot fluorocarbon leader.” If you are looking to stay overnight in Stuart, Pirate’s Cove Resort and Marina (www.piratescoveresort.com; 772-287-2500) is a great choice with affordable rooms, wet slips and free launching around the corner at the Sandsprit Park. To fish with Gozdz, email: ggozdz@bellsouth.net.

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y heart is breaking for our Panhandle Floridians, and also our Georgia, North Carolina and Virginia neighbors, and you know, but for the grace of God, it could have come our way. I am so very thankful for our home, electricity in our home, a means to make a living, and most of all, the safety of our loved ones. Does anyone still think that Global Warming is a “hoax”? If you do, take off your red cap, bow your head, and I will say a prayer with you, that you are right. Immediately upon finishing delivery of October magazines, Cary and I hopped into our ’91 Buick hearse, and drove north to join other like-minded lovers of vintage Buicks, to tour Virginia, near DC. With our Buick family, we visited Mt. Vernon, Fredericksburg, the Marine Museum at Quantico and the new Air and Space Museum near Dulles. Then on our own, on Friday, Cary and I visited the White house. A childhood friend of mine from Chiefland, Chucky Beck, is a Senior Docent at the Capitol, and on Saturday, he gave us the “high dollar” tour of the Capitol. On Sunday, he and his wife invited us to visit them at their river front home in Annapolis. We left on Monday, arriving home Tuesday morning, in time to do a little storm prep, and begin work on this November issue. Go see Carly (the sweetest girl in Dixie county) for some really cute Girly Girl long sleeve tees at Marine and Lumber Supply, on US 19/98, east of Cross City. See page 7. In keeping with Dr. McCarthy’s article on stone crabs on page 3, please see page 16 for this month’s recipe, Stone Crab Newburg. Stone crabs are now in season, and will be until next May. Yum-Yum! See page 9 for Cary’s 2018 gator hunt photos. Thank you to John Freeze for the gorgeous cypress tree photo. We are now in the very best Florida weather of the whole year. Get outside and catch something, and send me your photos!

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NOVEMBER 2018 EDITION

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ur Florida waterways supply us with an abundance of riches, not only in terms of fish, plankton, and shipwrecks, but also in such a money-maker as stone crabs. In fact, according to National Fisherman (October 2018), “The state [of By Kevin McCarthy Florida] is responsible for 99 percent of U.S. stone crab landings,” making the product among the top four most valuable fisheries in the state. Since 2011, the average annual haul of stone crabs has been 3.7 million pounds, which brought in almost $28 million. This year the total dipped to 2.1 million pounds, both because the numbers of octopus (which feed on stone crabs) was way up, and the action of Hurricane Irma affected the waters right before the 2017 season opened. The lower yield, however, resulted in higher prices because of the law of supply and demand. Paradoxically, this year’s red tide may result in even higher yields of stone crabs next year, partly because some stone crabbers have had to move out of Florida waters this season, going elsewhere to find crabs, which means that after the red tide subsides, the Florida crabbers may find many more crabs available than before. The Florida stone crab (Menippe mercenaria) is found all around the state and throughout the Gulf of Mexico and the Bahamas. The shell or carapace can reach six inches in width, and the color of the crabs is usually brownish red. The claws are unequal in size and have black tips. The crabs like to eat oysters and small mollusks and worms. Their enemies include sea turtles, grouper, horse conchs, octopuses, and – of course – fishermen. The crabs like to gather in shallow water and in holes near dock pilings. The crabs

can make the holes by using shells for digging. When predators attack crabs, the latter are willing to lose their limbs in order to escape, but the limbs will grow back. And each time the crab molts, its new claw will be larger. Because the claws are what diners like to eat, not the bodies of the crabs, harvesters will break off one of the claws and return the animal to the sea, where the crab will regenerate its lost claw. Fishermen can harvest the stone crabs from mid-October until mid-May. Careful management of the species has led to stable catches, although outside factors (an abundance of octopuses, the red tide, hurricanes) can have a direct effect on the numbers caught. Female stone crabs can produce up to a million eggs during the spring and summer spawning season. According to marine scientists, the lifespan of a crab is about seven to eight years. Among the popular restaurants in the state that have specialized in stone crabs, is Joe’s Stone Crab Restaurant in Miami Beach, which has done much to spread the word about this wonderful Florida delicacy from the 1920s to the present.

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and sharp gills. SHALLOW WATER GAGS The cooling temperatures will have gags on the move, and headed east from their deep-water summertime habitats. As the water temp approaches the magical 68-degree number, expect to see solid grouper showing up in anywhere from 20 to 30 feet of water, on the many rock piles offshore of Crystal river and Homosassa. Trolling deep diving plugs is always a great way to locate fish before dropping frozen baits to them. Capt. Clay Shidler ClayShidler@Yahoo.com

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ey everyone, I hope y'all were able to stay safe during our first storm to hit the Big Bend area this year. I personally stayed in my home and have been on tree cleanup every day that I haven't been on the water. How about some talk about this amazing fall fishing we are having? By now, the trout has really started to heat up on the shallow flats. The reds are in thick right now as well. There have been many reports of massive schools of slot, and overslot reds hanging out just outside the mouth of the river, and even some reported around the keys of Cedar Key. I have still managed a steady tripletail bite as well. So, with all these fish in due to these dropping water temps, let's talk strategy. If I'm starting a day close to low tide, I'm heading after my trout first. I'm running out to areas of the flats that's still holds 2 to 4 feet of water at low tide, and I'm throwing around a b-52 with around a 2 to 3 for leader paired with a Jim's Jig and a 3-inch swimbait or artificial shrimp. Now, hopefully by this time, I have a good-moving incoming tide, I have reached my limit on trout, because now is the time to go hit on some redfish and tripletail. I'm

finding most of my hook-ups on them around the oyster beds on the coastline, and in some of the smaller rivers and creeks With the triple tail, it has been more of a catch of opportunity, since I usually see them before I catch them. With the reds, it is more of a found-around-oyster-bed game, until I find them on one. Now sometimes that means, I find them on the first stop, and sometimes that means, the fifth stop. It all depends on the day. No matter what, I'm always throwing cut mullet at both of those species of fish. I either throw it straight on the bottom, paired with a 3/0 circle hook and a 1/2 weight, or under a popping cork, so I can set the leader to float just above the bottom. Both ways to target work great if the fish are in the area. Well guys and gals, I hope this information helps you have a more successful fishing experience this fall. Until next month stay safe out there and see you on the water! Capt. Jason Clark In The Slot Fishing www.intheslotfishing.com Capt.jasonclark@gmail.com 352-639-3209

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ovember is cool in two ways. One, is the weather, which can be likened to outdoor air conditioning. The other, is great fishing. When the hot-ish weather of early fall declines, noticeably sustained coolness, the fish get a marathoners appetite! Cool weather with cool fishing. Preface: Baitfish of all sorts are receiving the atmospheric message to start moving south for warmer conditions. Local reef fish---grouper, sea bass and such, as well as pelagic fish---kingfish, Spanish and such, get the same message as they see the southern migration of food on the move. The movement of food is one trigger. Excessive heat makes fish slow down, while coolness makes for, call it playfulness; water temperature. The second trigger is pulled. Survival for the up coming cold season triggers fish to stock up while food is available, or follow the food train. Now, this is more-than-likely, the last month of the year to catch a cobia---my favorite fish. Cobia will both be cruising the flats southward, or hanging on high relief structures offshore. Fresh live bait is the best option, especially if the bait instinctively swims down when freelined. That is so the live bait is seen from top to bottom. Jigs and artificial eel-like baits are also effective, and can be presented to more numerous targets quickly. Kingfish, large ones, will be trailing the bait pods moving south. Fresh caught bait, spoons or hard baits worked around the bait pods, work very well. This is especially so in the early mornings, or late evenings. Artificial lures should best mimic the natural prey, both size and color. Spanish mackerel will also be tagging along. Grouper remaining in home waters during winter, will feed prolifically in preparations to survive the winter.

Translation: Long runs to deeper cooler water aren't necessary. Frozen bait is more effective than hotter months. That said, I still use live bait and fresh cut bait. The near shore grouper bite will improve dramatically, so trolling is an effective fishing method. Trout and red fishing is historically off the chart. That statement is validated considering the jump in the inshore guide business. Fish caught inshore are locally measured by the number of five-gallon buckets filled with fish. Brian Smith | BIG BEND CHARTERS www.BigBendCharters.com CaptBrian@bellsouth.net 877.852.3474 | 352.210.3050

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ey there Folks, At the time I’m sitting down to write this forecast, Hurricane Michael is bearing down on us here in the Big Bend. We are expected to have a big storm surge which has potential of wrecking things for a while. With that being said, November should bring some awesome fishing, and here is your forecast. The water temp should begin to cool way down, which will really fire up the trout. On the high water, look for the trout to be the flats in 2 to 3 feet of water, and on low water, they should bunch up in the pot holes on those same flats. The B52 Super Sounder cork, rigged with a Jim’s jig head and Saltwater Assassin Sea Shad tail, will be my go-to bait to catch them. The redfish bite might slow a little around the islands, due to the fish making their way to the creeks, but there should be plenty of fish to catch along the shoreline, both North and East of Cedar Key. They should also be biting shrimp a little better,

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ello everybody! November could very well be my favorite month of the year. The air is cooling now, and all of our friends from the north are coming in droves, to escape the absolutely freezing temperatures that would render me lifeless, if I had to live in them. Thanksgiving is also my favorite holiday of the year. Great food, and you don't have to swap presents that a lot of us can't afford to buy in the first place! So many things to be thankful for again this time of year. Our fishing charters have been doing really well with the redfish and trout, and with dropping water temps, we get to start adding sheepshead into our tool belt. Oysters and fiddlers are your go-to baits, and sometimes a piece of shrimp. If there is at least 4 feet of water on a pole that is covered with barnacles, it's a good place to try. Bring something like a shovel or hole to scrap the barnacles really good, and drop your bait down beside the pole. Their bite is very soft, so make sure you use light rods so you can have a shot at seeing the little wiggle they give the tip. When you get one on, force that baby away from the poles so it won't break you

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absolutely love this time of the year in our area. If you have been thinking about a trip to our area, now is the time to do it. The fish are starting to move in really close, and the water temps are hovering around those magic numbers, that make that make them want to eat everything. I don’t care what you want to target--redfish, snook, trout or grouper; they are all chewing. The redfish will be staging around the creek mouths and up in the creeks themselves. I like to target the creeks with oyster bars, or with grass lines that have a bunch of breaks in them that will provide plenty of ambush points. I rely pretty heavly on a zman paddlerz this time of year. I move it at a pretty fast pace. Redfish like to run down their food. This is also true for the snook, which will be staged up in the same areas. The water is definitely going to clear up, so you are going to want to lean more towards a natural colored bait. Another go-to this time of year is a mirrolure mirrodine. I like the smaller profile baits that ride a little higher in the water column when fishing around oyster or rock bottom. The big gator trout will be pushed in tight on the flats, and will be looking to eat as well. The before mentioned mirrolure mirrodine and a Paul Brown devil are deadly this time of year on these guys. I like to find good grass with a mixture of potholes. These areas will hold great concentrations of fish. Once you get bit, anchor down and work that area over good. This time of the year is also great to catch grouper inshore. If you

can find any good rock bottom in the 8 to 12-foot range, you can have some fun. You can cast shallow diving plugs over the structure, and hold on. It is amazing to catch these fish casting, when they hit these plugs, it’s with the force of a dump truck. Until next month, have fun, be safe and take your kids fishing. If you are interested in a charter, give me a call and book today; spots fill up quickly this time of year. Capt. Craig Spitznogle www.floridaflatscharterco.com Florida Flats Charter Company (352)445-4978

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elcome back yak fans, and for those who served, and are serving, my thanks, a nation’s thanks, and happy Veterans Day. This month-- the fishing report, a forecast, and a story, but first, a prayer for all who just came through last month’s storms. To my Tampa Bay readers, once you are north of the Pasco line, you can keep your fish; it's all just fine. (Ok, so I'm not a poet.) First, the story on a recent trip. I was working an outgoing tide, but was only about an hour or so from the high, which meant I had a lot of water. Pulling into a small bay, and by small, I mean about the size of a large living room. In this bay, I have caught many nice reds, snook, and black drum, and it is fed by three small creeks. When I say small, these creeks are hardly wider than my kayak, and you have to push through the grass and the rocks, we're talking tight!! I set up on the northwest side to cast, and pull the lure with the outgoing tide. First cast with (of course) my trusty Zara spook, and this monster fish, of at least 30 inches plus, starts following. Three times he missed the lure, and I'm running out of room, when the fourth time he nailed it. Game on! About this time, that little voice went off in my head. "I remember telling myself to retie that leader that was a little too long, and was catching on the front eye of the rod. I realize that weakens the knot, and it's been like four trips, I am so screwed" it said. I'm telling the little voice to shut up. I'm busy! As the fish headed for the grass, I turn it the first time, but not the second, and bink, the line broke at the knot. Don't you hate it when that little voice is right? I paddled over the area with the hope it got hung up, or had thrown the lure, but he headed back into the marsh. (I'm glad fish can't

laugh!) After a vain search, I left that little bay and worked my way north for about three hours. By this time, it was getting toward the low, and I'm fishing an outside bay, about a half a mile from where my lure was taken. I got set up facing to the northwest, and see something big roll out in front of me, and then, I see something white close to where the fish rolled. I'm thinking, maybe a diamondback terrapin, but the color was wrong, so I started paddling, and lo and behold, there was my lure. How in the heck it made it with two-plus feet of leader and treble hooks, through all that grass and rocks, I'll never know, and if I had been there three minutes later, it would have been gone. I will never know if the fish I saw roll, finally got it loose, or was sent to attract my eyes in that direction, and I guess I never will. So, tying the lure back on, at the proper length this time, and telling that little voice to go “suck eggs”. I smiled and paddled on back into the inside to finish the day’s fishing. Okay, on to fishing and forecast. The fall’s definitely cooler water, is bringing in the sheepshead and black drum. The trout are finally moving back into the flats, which is great news. I was wondering if I would ever to see a trout again. Having hooked into more than 20-plus reds on each of my last two outings, I would have to say, that the red bite is phenomenal. I've seen black drum tailing and sheepshead cutting through the grass, with their backs up out of the water. I love this time year. So blow the dust off your boat boys, and make sure your leaders not tied too long, and get out there and go fishing. Tell next time, Bruce Bruce Butler | "Stumbling Gypsy" (352) 428-5347 Bruce@IndianBayOutfitters.com Web: www.IndianBayOutfitters.com

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lright forest fishers, fall is here, and if you've been fishing lately, you have noticed a lot of commotion out in the middle of our lakes. There's a huge amount of crappie (specks) this year, and they're feeding like crazy. So get your light tackle ready; it's gonna be one heck of a cold season. While there are loads of crappie around; they're still pretty small. Give these little guys a couple months and we're gonna be knee deep in delicious fried fish. The only species as tasty as crappie are warmouth, and these chunky fighters are raiding the shallows for anything that moves. I've actually been catching quite a few of them while bass fishing. The best tactic though, is to use a long rod and dip panfish jigs around any kind of wood. Cypress trees are warmouth magnets. As far as bass go, they're a little tricky to catch right now. However, when you do hit one of their feeding times, you can quickly catch a load of them. I recently saw the beach at Moss Bluff loaded with people, and they were hooking up on every cast. This craziness went down right at sunset, but I've seen the same kind of frenzy, switch on in the middle of a sunny afternoon. When it's on, it's on! Plus, they're thickening up and fight way harder than during summer months. For the catfish anglers out here, I've been hearing good reports. In

fact, I talked to someone who had recently caught a 17 pounder. He told me that using chicken breasts was his secret; a little expensive for my taste, but you can't argue with success. There are definitely some big ones being caught, but catfish fishing will get harder as the temperature drops. Personally, my favorite spot for cats is Lake Eaton, but as of right now, that lake is almost completely topped out with Hydrilla. Rodman Dam would be a much better choice. Tip: Add a packet of cherry flavored Kool-Aid to your bait of choice (chicken parts) for extra attraction; sounds weird, but it really works. Whichever species you prefer to target, they're all feeling the change of seasons. They know winter's almost here, and it's time to pack on the pounds. So, if you end up on the water during a slow bite; hang in there a bit longer than usual. This is the time of year when that surprise (last cast) giant slams your rod so hard, you'll be praying your gear can handle the power of "the one you've been after all year"! John Freeze

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ou have to love the fall time of year! The cooler waters have made the inshore species more active, and for the offshore fans, the gag grouper are an easy reach away. The first real aggressive cold fronts usually arrive in November, and especially on the blue bird days after the cold front; it’s time to troll up some grouper. Over all my years of fishing, November has always been my absolute favorite month to target grouper. The majority of the 20 pound-plus fish I’ve caught, have usually been taken the week of Thanksgiving, and the ever-reliable bright orange colored plug, usually gets the job done. Concentrate your efforts on the rocks and ledges that are from 10 to 30 feet deep. If you don’t have a bunch of productive grouper honey holes, put the sun at your back and begin trolling over the dark bottom patches. When the rod goes off, mark the location, and you’ll be rewarded with a new grouper spot. The speckled trout fishing has been fantastic since October, and I expect it to continue right through the holidays. Shallow hard-bottom areas with good stands of kelp grass are holding the fish. Long drifts with jig and cork rigs like the DOA deadly combos, are a simple and very effective way to capitalize on the trout action. The snook are migrating into our spring-fed rivers, to seek comfort for the upcoming winter, and can be targeted with success. Boat docks and rocky points are

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likely spots, and many fish may be holding on one location. I always prefer an outgoing tide and a MirrOlure MirrOdine attached to a 30 pound fluorocarbon leader work beautifully. Don’t be surprised to catch red fish, trout, mangrove snapper or even a largemouth bass while fishing the rivers. The red fishing is still good on the outer keys, but more and more fish will begin to spread out in the back country. These are usually small pods of fish, and for those anglers who enjoy sight fishing, now is the start of the “low tide” sight fishing season. The golden bream color in your favorite soft plastic brand is usually all you need if you want to use an artificial lure, and it’s always tough to beat a free- lined live shrimp too. Good Fishing… Capt. Dan Clymer | 352.418.2160 www.crystalriver-fishing.com

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ere we are again, anticipating these cooler temperatures coming up. I for one, am so excited. This is the time of year that the fishing goes from good, to outstanding! The water starts to cool, and the tides get lower. I always seem to have the best luck on the outgoing tide These cooler temps bring the fish closer to shore. You can find them all around the islands, mangroves, oyster beds and the grass flats. We have been suffering through 100 degree temps for months now. Even a 10 degree drop makes all the difference in the world. I went fishing yesterday morning in the backwaters of Crystal River, and the temperature in the morning was 60 degrees. I almost needed a sweatshirt. I decided to try some top-water and from the 1st cast to the last, it was non-stop action. I started at 7:00 a.m. and was home by noon. We easily caught our limit of trout, but just kept enough for dinner. The blow-ups on the top water are so exhilarating. I love to fish with live bait, but there are some days when the fish are in the mood to chase their prey. Top-water lures can be very frustrating if you do not work them properly. I was using a Heddon super spook, which is one of my favorites. Grab one of those or something similar, and cast and retrieve, making it a backand-forth action. You make short twitches of the rod while slowly reeling. This technique is called walking the dog. If you have never used this technique, it is time to try. It is a little intimidating at first, but once you master it, the blowups will make your heart start racing and you won't want to stop. I am warning you; it is very addictive! I have found that the beginning of the outgoing tide, with just a small breeze makes for perfect conditions to throw top-water. There are NOVEMBER 2018

so many options when buying top- water plugs. I always look for ones that have noisemakers, for instance, a rattle. We've always been told to shhhhhhh while fishing but with top-water, the louder the better! Get out there and fish. Tight lines my friends. Fishing with Captain Stacy Horak 352-553-3604 Facebook CaptainStacy Horak Instagram captain_stacyhorakfishing Email freeinajeep@gmail.com

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Thank you to The Crab Plant for the crab. Visit their Fresh Seafood Market or enjoy Cooked Seafood to go. You are welcome to sit at their table and view beautiful Kings Bay while you enjoy your delicious, freshly prepared meal, watching manatees, dolphins, pelicans and boats. Or, you can carry it home; your choice. Open TuesThurs 10:00-5:30, Fri-Sat 10:00-8:00. 201 NW 5th St. Crystal River 352-795-4700.

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We started with three pounds of steamed stone crab in the shell and it picked out to about 1 ½ pounds of meat.

INGREDIENTS • 1 to 1 ½ lb. stone crab meat • 6 tablespoons butter • 3 tablespoons flour • ½ teaspoon salt • 1 tablespoon paprika

Melt butter, add flour • 2 cups ½ & ½ and paprika and salt. • ½ cup milk/½ cup clam Add cream and milk/ juice or clam juice gradually and simmer, stirring constantly • 1 cup milk until smooth and slightly • 3 egg yolks beaten thickened. If too thick, add • 3 tablespoons dry sherry a bit more milk. Stir a little of the sauce into beaten egg yolks to temper the yolks. Add yolks to sauce, stirring constantly. Add crab meat. Simmer until heated. Stir in sherry. Serve over noodles or rice, as I did the first night or spoon into puff pastry shells, as I did the second night.

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urricane Michael is slamming P.C. Beach as I write this, and my heart and soul is with them as they endure this storm. We will undoubtedly have some ill effects due to storm surge at Keaton, but we have been very lucky not to have taken a direct hit. I wish all the best and hope everyone is safe. Today is October 10, 2018. Update, it is now 3:00 p.m., day of, and it appears we have only had three or four feet of surge at Keaton, which is inconvenient, but not catastrophic. Mike Hardegree of Gainesville, Ga. Nothing like what Hermine did here so with a nice trout 10/5/18 far, if we get no more water on the back November should be a whole different side of this bugger. story. better than October if you can My trout fishing in October has been imagine that. Gulf water temperatures “Outstanding” so far, as we have taken will dip into the seventies, and that will limits of trout on every trip for five spark some of the best plug fishing of the straight trips, and caught my charters year. Topwater stickbaits: SheDogs, Top their one red, apiece, the last few days Dogs Skitterwalks, and Zara Spooks, will we fished. The water temps have been all take great fish now as will lipped hard as low as 81 degrees; yet were 89 just a jerkbaits like Bite-A-Bait fighters, Cotton week ago. We continue to take trout from Cordell Redfins, Bomber Long A’s and 4.0 to 5.5 feet of water on the incoming Smithwick Rouges to mention a few. I tide. We have also taken nice trout on love fishing with flukes, as I call them, Assassin 5 inch shads in Croaker Shad, Assassin 5 inch un-weighted Shads, Limetreuse Ghost and Stinky Pink and “jerkshads” to some manufacturers; and on Assasssin Sea Shads in Acid Rain, November is the time for this method Chartreuse/White (a brand New Color) of fishing. Once the pinfish slow down, and Sweet Pea. We have caught them up such that they don’t nip at everything and down (as we used to say on the VHF that moves (usually around 60 degrees radio) which meant, either with a Cajun, and lower), the un-weighted fluke fishing or without. The rest of our fish have been reigns supreme. caught using live pinfish under Back Bay Reds had just begun to take up Thunders. residence on some of their usual haunts (bars, humps and rock piles) in shallower water than we caught them this summer, and that trend (after the storm waters recede) should continue in November. Weed less spoons like PTI’s HEX spoons in Gold, Copper and Cajun Copper will shine up some reds in November, as will Thunder-Spins in Gold and Copper. Meanwhile, Let's Go Fishing! Pat McGriff dba One More Cast guide service for 28 years! Lindie Griner of Alapaha, Ga with a www.onemorecast.net redfish caught 10/6/18. onemorecast@gtcom.net COASTALANGLERMAG.COM • THEANGLERMAG.COM

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he Mullet Run continues into the beginning of this month. No one knows how much longer it will last, but for now, it is “game on”! This is the most exciting time to surffish in Northeast Florida. The gear is pretty simple. All you need is a cast net, bucket, and a 10 to 13-foot rod and reel combo with plenty of line. I only use two different rigs, which are a double dropper, and a fish finder. I target smaller fish i.e. bluefish, redfish, jacks, ladyfish, and seatrout with the double dropper. I tie it with 50-pound mono and 5/0 circle hooks. For the huge redfish and tarpon, I switch to the fish finder, made out of 100-pound mono, tipped with a 7/0 circle hook. How good can it get? As I write this report in late October, I am reminiscing about my charters, just in the past two weeks. We have caught so many lady fish, jacks, bluefish, trout, several species of sharks, and over twenty redfish from 33 to 45 inches. We have hooked several big fish that spooled us, or pulled the hook. Those include the big tarpon that my friend Jim, hooked last night. It was over a hundred pounds! He had it on for

about five minutes, until the final jump, where it threw the hook. Next time Jim! Now, is also the transition month. The water temperature has finally fallen into the 70’s. The shorter days, and cooler temps have triggered the pompano run. They spend the warmer months up in the Carolinas, but they are now here. The two baits of choice, are live sand fleas and clams. The best rig is a double dropper tied with thirty-pound mono, and tipped with 2/0 circle hooks. A great alternative bait is sand flea-flavored Fishbites. I have been using them for the past ten years. Yes, they do work. After such a hot September and October, this month is shaping up to be the best month of the year! So, let us get out there and enjoy the great outdoors that our Sunshine state offers! 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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t’s “flatty” time! I'm talking about big "doormat" flounder. Traditionally, the Fall is a great time to target and catch big flounder in St. Augustine. A live-finger mullet or a big mud-minnow, rigged on a jighead or fish-finder rig, is the goto setup. Flounder will be holding in deep cuts in the creeks at lower tide stages, as well as just about any small creek mouth or runout. It’s not uncommon to find them stacked up in these areas, so if you get one, make sure to try a few more casts in the same spot. Another popular spot to target the flat fish, is at the inlets. They will hold close to the jetties. You’ll know you’re fishing the right spot, after you’ve lost a rig or three to the rocks. It seems like every year most of the monster "doormat" founder come from in and around the inlets. As our weather continues to cool, trout catches should be on the increase, both in size and in numbers. We’ll have some big tides, and a Northeast wind flow this month, that should bring in some saltier, cleaner water to the backcountry. The trout seem to like the saltier water, and the best bite as of report time, has been closer to the inlets where the ocean water is making its way in. Toss a topwater or sub-surface plug for trout around first and last light. Two of my favorite top-water lures for trout (and redfish) are the Rapala Skitterwalk and the Rapala Skitter V. Your best bet when targeting trout is to look for moving water at creek mouths, around oyster bars, and along the ICW banks, again closer to the inlets. Sea walls, jetties, and rip-rap are also good trout haunts.

The good 'ole live-shrimp under a float, is always a sure thing for trout. The soft plastic STB jerkbaits from Slayer Inc. imitates a finger mullet perfectly and they have been producing some nice trout (redfish and flounder seem to love them as well). Pair them up with a 1/8 or ¼ ounce Slayer Inc. jighead and you’ve got a deadly trout combo. Our redfish love the cooler weather and this time of the year is such a great time to get out there and catch them. Redfish will continue to shadow finger mullet schools this month. There should be a ton of finger mullet around, so when you find a really good concentration of them, you can be sure the reds won't be far behind. Low tide creek hole fishing for reds should be hot this month, as well as the banks of the ICW at low tide. Many people overlook these banks, but when the tide is low, and the mullet are schooled up, Mr. redfish will be on the prowl! The water will continue to be fairly murky, at least until the water temps really drop, so using a bait or lure with some really good action, or some good scent, is the best way to spark interest in a redfish. One go-to Fall redfish lure is a Saltwater Assassin Lil Boss paddle tail. The thumping tail and scent helps the fish locate the bait in our murky water. Happy Thanksgiving and Tight Lines Capt. Tommy Derringer www.InshoreAdventures.net 904-377-3734 Be sure to check out my Daily Fishing Reports online @www. InshoreAdventures.net.

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