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he Atlantic Salmon Federation (ASF) is calling on Canada to enact new management measures to reduce the southern Gulf of St. Lawrence striped bass population. “It’s important that Canadian government leaders from across the country understand what’s happening in the Gulf of St. Lawrence and especially on the Miramichi River,” said ASF president Bill Taylor. “DFO has taken incremental steps, but more is needed to restore balance for all species.” Striped bass are native to the southern Gulf of St. Lawrence and were once considered threatened. All fisheries were closed by 2000, and a recovery target of 31,200 spawning adults was established. That goal has now been exceeded for eight consecutive years. Recent estimates show between 500,000 and 2-million striped bass spawn annually in the Miramichi. “We have clearly shown this concentration of striped bass is having severe negative effects on wild Atlantic salmon,” said Taylor. Since 2003, ASF and partners like the Miramichi Salmon Association have been tracking juvenile Atlantic salmon, known as smolt, in three Gulf of St. Lawrence rivers. Initially, 65-75 percent of tagged smolt survived migration through the estuary of each river. Survival rates on the Restigouche and Cascapedia rivers have remained stable, but a downward trend began in 2011 on the Miramichi, coinciding with the sharp rise in striped bass. Less than 10 percent of smolt tagged in the Northwest Miramichi River survived to reach the Gulf of St. Lawrence in 2017. The lower Northwest Miramichi is where the entire southern Gulf of St. Lawrence striped bass population gathers to spawn each spring. At the same time, smolt are migrating to the ocean.

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COASTAL ANGLER North Central Florida/Nature Coast

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Lynn Crutchfield Co-Publisher Coastal Angler Magazine of North Central Florida /Nature Coast

DECEMBER 2018 EDITION

Find Your Outdoors Here! North Central Florida Nature Coast Staff SALES

Cary Crutchfield

EDITING & PRODUCTION Lynn Crutchfield

DISTRIBUTION Rosa Crisman

GRAPHIC ARTS & DESIGN Kathleen Stemley

CONTRIBUTING WRITERS Dr. Kevin McCarthy Bruce Butler John Freeze Noel Kuhn Capt. Jason Clark Capt. Dan Clymer Capt. Jimbo Keith Capt. Pat McGriff Capt. Brian Smith Capt. Dan Smith Capt. Craig Spitznogle

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INSIDE THIS ISSUE Tide Charts Local Fishing Forecasts Monthly Recipe

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SURF & PIER

TIDES • North Central Florida Time Height

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1.1 2.9 0.7 3.2 0.6 2.9 0.8 3.4 0.2 3.0 0.9 3.6 -0.2 3.2 1.0 3.8 -0.5 3.2 1.1 3.8 -0.7 3.2 1.2 3.9 -0.7 3.2 1.2 3.9 -0.7 3.1 1.3

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9Su

Time Height

1:50 AM 9:03 AM 3:36 PM 8:56 PM 10M 2:26 AM 9:37 AM 4:12 PM 9:34 PM 11Tu 3:03 AM 10:11 AM 4:49 PM 10:14 PM 12W 3:44 AM 10:48 AM 5:28 PM 11:00 PM 13Th 4:30 AM 11:28 AM 6:11 PM 11:53 PM 14F 5:26 AM 12:13 PM 6:58 PM 15Sa 12:57 AM 6:37 AM 1:06 PM 7:48 PM 16Su 2:08 AM 8:01 AM 2:06 PM 8:39 PM

3.8 -0.6 3.1 1.3 3.7 -0.4 3.0 1.3 3.6 -0.3 2.9 1.3 3.4 -0.1 2.9 1.3 3.2 0.1 2.9 1.3 3.0 0.4 2.9 1.2 2.7 0.6 3.0 1.0 2.6 0.8 3.1

KINGS BAY

High Tide -20 min Low Tide 58 min

High Tide 2 hrs, 20 min Low Tide 3 hrs, 7 min

CRYSTAL RIVER

WITHLACOOCHEE ENT

High Tide 36 min Low Tide 1 hr, 30 min

High Tide 7 min Low Tide 55 min

CEDAR KEY

Time Height

17M

18Tu

19W

20Th

21F 22Sa

23Su

24M

3:19 AM 9:24 AM 3:11 PM 9:28 PM 4:23 AM 10:37 AM 4:12 PM 10:13 PM 5:18 AM 11:41 AM 5:08 PM 10:56 PM 6:07 AM 12:36 PM 5:59 PM 11:39 PM 6:54 AM 1:28 PM 6:47 PM 12:21 AM 7:40 AM 2:16 PM 7:33 PM 1:05 AM 8:25 AM 3:02 PM 8:19 PM 1:51 AM 9:11 AM 3:47 PM 9:06 PM

Time Height

25Tu 2:39 AM 9:57 AM 4:30 PM 9:55 PM 26W 3:31 AM 10:43 AM 5:13 PM 10:48 PM 27Th 4:28 AM 11:29 AM 5:57 PM 11:47 PM 28F 5:32 AM 12:19 PM 6:44 PM 29Sa 12:55 AM 6:49 AM 1:12 PM 7:35 PM 30Su 2:12 AM 8:18 AM 2:12 PM 8:28 PM 31M 3:30 AM 9:49 AM 3:16 PM 9:20 PM

4.0 -1.0 3.1 1.1 3.8 -0.7 3.0 1.0 3.5 -0.3 3.0 0.9 3.2 0.1 3.0 0.8 2.8 0.6 3.1 0.6 2.6 0.9 3.2 0.3 2.5 1.2 3.3

HOMOSASSA RIVER ENT

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0.7 2.6 1.0 3.3 0.3 2.7 1.1 3.4 -0.2 2.9 1.2 3.6 -0.5 3.1 1.2 3.8 -0.9 3.2 1.3 4.0 -1.1 3.2 1.3 4.1 -1.2 3.2 1.3 4.1 -1.1 3.1 1.2

High Tide 12 min Low Tide 20 min

High Tide 2 min Low Tide 0 min

DECEMBER 2018

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ow, what a November! I can only hope the surf temperature stays above 65 degrees a little longer. The Pompano bite has been off the chart for weeks leading up to this month. The trout, drum, bluefish and redfish have also been very plentiful. Fresh dead shrimp has been the bait of choice for all the species. Remember, every fish in the surf will eat a shrimp. Only use store-bought frozen shrimp as a last resort. If you want to target pompano, whiting, black drum and redfish, you’ll want to switch to clams. Each of these four species has a special set of skills. They have

crushers in the back of their throats, that allows them to swallow clams. The small donax, aka periwinkle, aka coquina clams, are always in our surf. That makes them a staple diet, especially when the water temp drops. Since the mullet run is long gone, this month is a good time to switch over to blue crabs for bait. The big redfish will eagerly swallow a half of a blue crab. This is the best time of the year to cut the crab body into ten pieces, making crab knuckles. The biggest pompano of the year are here and headed south. All of my pompano over six pounds, have been caught on crab knuckles. They have also been caught late in the year when the water is way too cold to swim in. That 64 to 68-degree water is prime conditions. Get out and get them quick before the cold water of January sets it. Tight lines, and I’ll see you on the beach! Just look for the flag! 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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FLORIDA WATERWAYS

Weather Forecasting for Fishermen

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very boater and fisherman who checks the weather forecast before setting out for a day on the water, owes a special thanks to a relatively littleknown English meteorologist named Robert FitzRoy (1805 – 1865). Best known as the By Kevin McCarthy captain of HMS Beagle during Charles Darwin’s famous five-year voyage in the 1830s, Fitzroy has no doubt saved the lives of many boaters and fishermen with his inventions, but also encouraged the development of modern weather forecasting. I first learned about Fitzroy when reading a 2013 book by J. Edward Chamberlin entitled “Island: How Islands Transform the World”: “In later years, [FitzRoy] founded the British Meteorological Office and designed easy-to-use barometers for fishermen, providing an instruction manual … to make it easy to remember.” (p. 107) He began as head of the Meteorological Office in December, 1843, a long 175 years ago this month. He called his weather predictions “forecasts,” and their accuracy and timeliness no doubt saved the lives of many who went to sea. One way that he was able to acquire much weather data was to have ship captains note weather conditions and then tell his staff, relying on instruments that FitzRoy provided the captains. And he directed officials at ports to hoist stormwarning signs when a gale was coming. He had the authority to order fishing fleets to stay in port at such times. Fishing company owners of fishing fleets objected to that authority, but he no doubt saved the lives of many. The early barometers that Vice-Admiral FitzRoy developed also led to more advanced instruments that we rely on today. His early barometers combined the standard mercury barometer with a thermometer and

included a posted explanation nearby to interpret the changes. Among FitzRoy’s achievements was the placing of barometers at every port in England for fishermen before they set out to sea. Some of those historic barometers are still visible in ports. He also established monitoring stations on land around the country that allowed people in those ports to telegraph Vice-Admiral FitzRoy the daily weather in those places. He had “The Times” newspaper publish those reports, beginning in 1861. When he died, his systems were abandoned for a short time, but fishermen pressured officials to resume the warning system, realizing that FitzRoy’s methods had probably prevented drownings at sea during bad storms. According to his 2003 biography by John and Mary Gribbin entitled “FitzRoy: The Remarkable Story of Darwin’s Captain and the Invention of the Weather Forecast,” his publication of the simply titled “Weather Book” in 1862, allowed many ordinary people to better understand weather patterns and led to the modern sophisticated weather forecasting that we rely on today. FitzRoy would deserve a place in the world’s Fishing Hall of Fame, if there ever is such an institution.

His burial place

One of Fitzroy’s so-called “fisheries barometer” in the Orkneys

Kevin McCarthy, the author of North Florida Waterways 2013 - (available at amazon.com), can be reached at ceyhankevin@gmail.com.

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HOMOSASSA

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appy Holidays Nature Coast Anglers. December is always a great month to be on the water, and especially between cold fronts. It’s still prime grouper time and gag grouper season is open until December 31st. With gulf water temperatures typically hovering in the mid to upper 60’s, this is as good as it gets. From trolling, casting plugs, to bottom fishing, be sure to grab a gag grouper dinner before the end of the month. With the cooler water temperatures, our inshore trout population changes gears, from being spread over the flats, and concentrate over hard, rocky bottom. This can either be a submerged oyster bar, rock flat, or an isolated rock boulder. The good news is, the trout are concentrated and once one fish is located, there are generally more very close to the area. Slow suspending plugs like MirrOlure mirrodines and especially DOA glow jerk baits, are my go- to lures, and I encourage you all to try them as well. On the days when the NE wind is howling, and it’s just too rough to leave the comfort of the river; well-stay in the river. There can be plenty of action along the rocky points, holes and springs. Live shrimp on a jig head is a simple technique to keep the rod bent; and red fish, mangrove snapper, trout and black drum will be the winter residents in the rivers for the next couple of months. I always like to mention, for the fly fisherman or upcoming fly fisherman, the ladyfish are in the headwaters

In our area I'm seeing lots of sheepies hug-a-lug......Chug-a-lug...Throw the bug makes you want to holler Hi- coming in, and they can be easily targeted de-ho, Chug-a-lug. God that was awful; back in the skinny water, as they like to almost as bad as being stuck in an elevator feed with their tail up and/or their back with jingle bells by the barking dogs on out of the water. All you have to do is get continuous loop, which by the way, Merry a shrimp close, and wait for the bite, and Christmas, I'll get to Happy New Year later. as always with sheepshead, don't forget There is a fishing report in here to set the hook just before he bites it. Just somewhere, and for those of you who kidding, but if you've caught sheepies, you didn't figure it out, it's the Chug-Bug time know they are bait thieves extraordinaire. The black drum are starting to move of year. Chartreuse and mullet have both been back into the creeks and springs, and very productive on trout, blues, jacks, I look forward to that winter-time bite and yes, even redfish. This nifty little lure coming up. Redfish (at least for me) have been with its familiar gluo sound, has been my go-to top-water for the last few trips to spotty. I'm finding them, but the little the flats, producing nice size trout, and a buggers are making me work for it. Higher consistent bite. I've had my best luck with tides to the turn, seem to be the best, again a slooow retrieve. I'll give it a good twitch, at least for me! Well gotta go work on my Christmas then read a couple of chapters of War and Peace, then yank that sucker again, okay, list and see if I can get anybody to even maybe not that slow, but a slow retrieve check it once, that cologne made from seems to be the best. My personal theory menhaden oil last year wasn't exactly is that the trout hear the sound of a fish what I was hoping for, but the cat seems in distress (the aforementioned glup) and to like it!!!! Merry Christmas and see you next year. come to see what's for dinner. The slow retrieve gives them time to get there; this Bruce Butler | "Stumbling Gypsy" ain't rocket science. (352) 428-5347 I'm probably wrong, but as long as it's of the river by the thousands. They Bruce@IndianBayOutfitters.com can be a blast on a 5wt rod and will working, that's my theory and I'm sticking Web: www.IndianBayOutfitters.com readily take a white clouser minnow to it. aggressively. I like to pinch the barb down on the fly, which makes for an easy release, and it keeps you and the Sylvan • Oasis boat clean. The annual winter-time Sun Chaser Pontoon Boats sheepshead migration usually starts just around the holidays, and several of the other captains and I really look forward to their arrival. Sheepshead are one of the few fish that really prefer the cold-water temperatures. Expertise Servicing of: If we’ve had several cold fronts, you can bet they will start arriving on the HONDA • MERCURY SUZUKI • YAMAHA various hard bottom structures. I’ll be talking more about them in the upcoming months and I wish you all 24535 FL-40, Astor, FL 32102 a great holiday season. Capt. Dan Clymer | 352.418.2160 www.crystalriver-fishing.com

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STEINHATCHEE Temperature Dependent

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s in many things, temperature plays a major role in how opportunities happen. For example, the serendipity of Charles Goodyear’s, adding heat to a rubber compound to discover how to produce durable vehicle tires. Or, Dr. John Gorrie’s inventing the first ice maker in Apalachicola, Fl to relieve malaria. Temperature does matter. At this writing, we've had a couple of mild cold fronts pass through Steinhatchee. The water temperatures have dropped better than ten degrees F. The fish inshore and off are biting! Inshore guides are enjoying beautiful catches of trout and redfish. The Redfish Pro-Tour was here this weekend, and did well. That tour was supposed to go out of Mexico Beach, but due to hurricane Michael... The point is, inshore action is top-notch. If the water temperature remains at or about 60 to 70 F—at the moment-- it is ~70 F. The trend will continue well into the later in the month. However, if sever cold fronts drop from the north, things change dramatically. Perhaps, trout will seek refuge in the warmth of the Steinhatchee River. Whatever weather occurs, good inshore fishing is available in Steinhatchee, regardless of conditions. Dress accordingly. Don't get wet, because then you become cold, and the fun of fishing is lost. Offshore fishing would be off-thechain, if nonsense federal regulations weren't oppressing weekend fishermen, as well as, for-hire offshore charter captains, many of whom like me, are simple mom and pop operations. The good news offshore is, gag grouper have moved closer to shore, and are very abundant for those who know how to fish nearshore. Here is how to improve nearshore grouper fishing. Watch the sonar machine while trolling inside 40 feet! You'll find rocky bottom just punching around in aimlessness. Also, you'll pick up kingfish in the process. Plugs to troll are Stretch-25's,

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Rapala CD 18 to 24 feet or Mirror Lure deep diving plugs. The best patterns are Fire Tiger or Blue Back of any manufacture. In-line trolling sinkers, with a large spoon, will produce well also. Trolling takes patience but is worthwhile. One needs to alter their mindset to reap the good reward. Florida snapper and black seabass will be abundant on any hard bottom. Drop a chunk of squid or cut bait for a great fish fry for you and others. Doing it on light tackle will make more fun in the catching! Brian Smith | BIG BEND CHARTERS www.BigBendCharters.com CaptBrian@bellsouth.net 877.852.3474 | 352.210.3050

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SHRIMP IN A WINE/CREAM SAUCE OVER WILD & WHITE RICE

INGREDIENTS

(SERVES 2)

• Large shrimp, 8/serving (peeled and deveined) • Flour for dusting • Salt and Pepper • Butter • Scallions, finely chopped (2/serving)

• Celery, finely chopped (1T/serving) • White Wine (Chardonnay) • Whipping Cream

COOKING DIRECTIONS

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Melt 1 tablespoon, per serving, butter in sauté pan. Season shrimp with salt and pepper and dust with flour and add to pan. Sauté over medium heat a couple of minutes on each side, until lightly browned. Remove from pan and keep warm. Melt another tablespoon butter in pan, add scallions and celery and sauté over medium heat until tender. For each serving, add a “splash” of wine, and two “splashes” of cream to the pan, and simmer stirring constantly, until thickened. Spoon rice mixture onto plates, place shrimp on top and spoon sauce overall. (This simple sauce is awesome! I add mushrooms and serve with chicken or pork.)

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ey there folks, I hope you’re ready for Christmas, because it's right around the corner. I would like to take the first few paragraphs to suggest some Christmas presents for the special fisherman or woman in your life. Here are a few cool gifts that anyone would like to have! A sun shield, or some nice sun gloves are a great idea that doesn't break the bank. A few new UnfairLures or a few bags of Saltwater Assassin Jigs. These gifts make awesome stocking stuffers as well. You can never go wrong with a new rod and reel, or some braided fishing line. Ladies, if you have any questions, feel free to call me, and I can point you in the right direction. Don't worry; your husbands didn't pay me off. Okay, here we go for your fishing report. With the cooler water temps, the majority of the trout have moved to the creeks and creek mouths. On the low tide, you should be able to catch them on the same cork rigs that we use on the flats. Also, suspending jerk baits work great on fish that are

sluggish to bite. Red fish should be scared from the mouths of the creeks, to the back of the creeks. They will be in the deeper troughs on low water. and this will be the easiest time to target them. As long as they're home, casting jigs, jerk baits, or just fishing with live shrimp on the bottom, should produce strikes. Once the tide comes in, they will scatter out, and you will have to search a little more for them, but they will still be catchable on spoons, jigs, and jerk baits. Capt.Jimbo Keith FishCedarKey.com Saltwater Assassin Fishing Charters 352-535-5083

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erry Christmas and Happy New Year! It looks like we are going to survive another amazing year of fishing here in Cedar Key Florida. By far, this year has been our busiest to date, for putting so many great people out fishing here, whether it has been on one of our many successful charters, putting them out in paddling equipment or fishing from one of our many spots from land. We cannot thank you all enough, and we are looking forward to seeing you and your family and friends in 2019! Now, let's talk trout for a bit. The water temps have cooled on down, and as usual, brought some great schools of our beloved freckled friends. If you are going to hit one of our great grass flats, make sure you have a good popping cork. One with two metal beads on the bottom and two plastic on top. These poppers mimic the clicking sound of our ol faithful. Everything loves to eat shrimp. I love a Jim's jig on the bottom, of my around three feet of leader. Pop it, and let it sit for five seconds, then pop it again. Make it splash, and repeat and repeat. Artificial plastics work great also. Take as many different colors and types as you can afford. When you figure out what color they want that day be happy, but not sad the next day when they want something different. I hope this helps, and I hope you are finding

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the gag grouper will be stacked in tight as well. The rock piles in that 8 to 12-foot range, will give you the opportunity to cast plugs at these guys, which makes for an exciting day. You won’t have to go to the gym that day, if you get in them pretty good. As I said starting off, the water becomes a bit of an issue in our area this time of year, so if you are planning a trip, pay attention to the tides. These winter-time low tides, can leave you stranded in a hurry. Until next month, have fun, be safe and take your kids fishing. Capt. Craig Spitznogle www.floridaflatscharterco.com Florida Flats Charter Company (352)445-4978

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rout fishing could hardly be better than it was in November. I just finished six straight days of charter. and we caught our limit each day, with one fish over 20 inches, for each angler as well. We caught fish on live pinfish under Back Bays, on Assassin’s 5 inch shads in Arkansas Shiner, Limetreuse Ghost, Wakasagi, and Fried Chicken, and also, on the NEW Chartreuse /White Sea Shad both bounced, and rigged up under the Original Cajun Thunder. I caught a few fish on lipped (hard) jerkbaits, but will see that improve into December. Plug fishing should be superior in December. Bite-A-Bait fighters in the Clown, and Gold pattern are my go-to hard jerkbait in December, once the water temps get down below 65 degrees. Our current water temps were holding around 74, after crashing to 64 degrees 7 days ago. I would expect 60 to 65 in early December, and then later maybe holding near 60 degrees. If that is the case, MirrOlure’s MirrOdines in BKGCH, 808, and CFPR, MirrOminnows in 18, 21 and EC and Catch 2000s in # 11. Pinfish and Bone will all be taking plenty of sow trout in December. Once we’ve had a couple of frosts, fish grass flats adjacent to creek

mouths and rocky areas or troughs in these same areas. Assassin 5 inch shads fished unweighted on a 5/0 Daichii worm, hook will take a slew of trout and reds in December, and if you haven’t mastered this style of fishing, then I feel sorry for you, as it is a hoot (as my pal Bert Deener would say). I like the NEW Clear Gold, Houdini, Panhandle Moon, Arkansas Shiner, Tennessee Shad, and Wakasagi, if the water is clear. If you are in more stained water, then try Limetreuse Ghost, Space Guppy, Fried Chicken, and Pink Ghost. Work the flukes as slow as you can, then slow down a little bit more. Reds will shift over from eating crabs, to eating small baitfish this month, so December will see them taking pinfish if the water is over 60 degrees, or live shrimp and almost any other plug or plastic you toss at them. They won’t be picky when you find them. Add Bang, in the Shrimp flavor to your soft plastics for more Christmas reds. Meanwhile, Let's Go Fishing! Pat McGriff dba One More Cast guide service for 28 years! www.onemorecast.net onemorecast@gtcom.net 850.838.7541

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e've made it to the end of the year forest fishers. Mother Nature has gone through a lot of changes during 2018, and most were for the better. There are many new areas to explore, and our fresh crop of gamefish is as thick and healthy as ever. For the next few months, most anglers will be focused on crappie (speck) fishing. I've been looking forward to catching these emerald beauties myself, and we've started seeing quality sized fish already. While most specks are feeding around deep water ledges, I've found larger fish hiding inside shallow vegetation. Everything out here eats minnows, and there are plenty to eat this year. You can see schools of them rippling the surface when you pull up to a good fishing spot. Luckily, minnows are the cheapest bait possible; so grab extra before you hit the water. Also, make sure to bring a variety of crappie jigs, and experiment with each until you figure out which technique works best. While fishing for crappie, you'll catch all the other freshwater species as a bi-catch. Largemouth bass are common, as well as catfish and sunfish. Note: I've seen some interesting patterns on bass lately;

which tells me that our lakes have other (rare) genetics swimming around in them. During winter, most people go fishing to harvest meat for the freezer. We all love a good fish fry, but make sure not to overfish your honey holes. If you prefer small lakes, try to alternate between them. We want to keep the population healthy. Moss Bluff and Rodman Dam are popular spots for shoreside anglers, and those fish can reload daily. For boaters, the St. John's and Ocklawaha River have plenty of room to spread out, and they're the best for anglers wanting to fill a cooler to the brim. One of our most beautiful spots is Lake Eaton. With a huge fishing dock, bathrooms, boat ramp, and campsites, it's a great place for children or anyone new to the area. It's basically the "heart of our forest". Lately, I've noticed that this lake is almost completely topped out with hydrilla. Once a lake tops out, the oxygen and sunlight is choked off, killing all the fish. While the fishing's good now, I've contacted the USDA Forest Service to make sure it stays that way. I'll keep you informed on it's progress. All signs have pointed towards a great winter season, and a great future for our forest's aquatic life. I can now say with confidence, that the numbers and quality of fish have increased dramatically. Prairies are producing great catches in areas, that were bone dry a few years ago. Hiring an experienced guide, with knowledge of this ever changing ecosystem, is a great way to safely explore the forest; and of course, catch some biggins'!

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