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Off The Marathon Bottom By CAM Staff

Darcie Arahill’s biggest mutton snapper to date came from 200 feet of water off Marathon in the Florida Keys.

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ottom fishing is about hard-pulling fish and filling the cooler with some delicious table fare. With grouper season in full swing, there may be no better way to get your daily workout than floating over a reef or wreck. And you’d be hard pressed to find a better place to do it than off of Marathon in the Florida Keys. Darcie Arahill, host of the YouTube channel Darcizzle Offshore, spent a day with Capt. Dave Schugar and the crew with Sweet E’Nuf Charters out of Marathon and absolutely loaded the coolers with mutton snapper, amberjack, blackfin tuna and yellowtail snapper. It was the kind of trip that bottom fishing is supposed to be. Capt. Dave spent the early part of the day hopping from wreck to wreck and patch reef to patch reef, briefly prospecting each one with baits before moving on in search of hungry fish. He eventually found them over structure in about 200 feet of water. “You gotta keep moving to find those bites,” said Darcie, understanding the searching it takes to find productive bottom. But after setting up a drift on this spot, the whole boat knew they were on the fish. The action started quickly and it was fast, with multiple double and triple hookups. They caught some fish vertical jigging, but Darcie’s largest mutton snapper ever—a beautiful 13.6-pounder—was battled off the bottom after it ate a live pinfish. The live-bait rig consisted of a pinfish hooked through the lips with a circle hook, which was tied into 25 feet of leader and a three-way swivel. A 10-oz. teardrop sinker was deployed off the other arm of the swivel to get the bait down to the bottom. The group hauled several muttons up from the depths, and they also caught amberjack, jack crevalle, bonita and blackfin tuna off the same spot. Capt. Dave took the opportunity to give a quick demonstration on how to properly bleed a blackfin to deliver better tasting fillets to the table. Instead of cutting the fish’s throat, use your hands to tear the gills beneath the gill plate.

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“You don’t want to cut the heart,” he said. “You want to cut the gills so all the blood can drip out… The heart’s still pumping, but it breaks the circuit so all the blood will pump right out.” With the fish boxes filling up, Capt. Dave decided it was a good time to head for shallower water to pursue grouper and yellowtail snapper. They ended the run in about 100 feet of water over the sunken center swing span of the original Seven Mile Bridge. In the 1980s, 4,500 tons of concrete and steel from the bridge were sunk as a part of Florida’s artificial reef program. Constructed in 1912, the Over-Sea Railroad bridge connected the Florida Keys to the mainland and to each other for the first time. Now pieces of the railroad make great fish habitat. With a couple heavy-duty grouper rigs deployed with big live grunts, Darcie went to work on the yellowtail. Yellowtail fishing with light tackle offers fast action and delicious fish. It’s a lot of fun and a perfect style of fishing for families, Darcie said. With chum out, it’s as easy as flipping out a piece of cut bait on a lightweight spinning rod and allowing it to drift with the chum until a fish picks up the bait. As the boxes continued to fill, this time with yellowtail, there was a vicious takedown on one of the grouper rods. A grueling struggle to haul the fish up was rewarded with a big 25-pound black grouper. It was the exclamation point on the end of a fine day on the water. Check out Darcie’s YouTube channel Darcizzle Offshore at www.youtube.com/user/DarcizzleOffshore.

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t all began with a hungry Finnish guy and a carving knife. It was the 1930s when a simple fisherman made an observation of simple genius: Big fish eat little fish, especially little fish that are wounded. So began one of the greatest fishing stories ever told. As Lauri Rapala fished the waters of Finland’s Lake Paijanne, he quietly rowed and watched. And what he saw was how hungry predator fish would dart into a school of minnows and attack the one that swam with a slightly off-center wobble. Lauri realized that if he could craft a lure that mimicked the movements of a wounded minnow, he could catch more fish, earn more money, and not spend time constantly baiting lines. So Lauri set to work. He whittled, carved and shaved. Eventually a lure took shape. Using a shoemaker’s knife and some sandpaper, he created his first successful lure from cork in 1936. Tinfoil from chocolate bars formed the lure’s outer surface. Melted photographic negatives were the protective coating. It perfectly imitated the action of a wounded minnow. Legend has it that Lauri sometimes caught 600 pounds of fish a day with that new lure. And as word of his abundant catches spread, the lure’s reputation grew. The rest, as they say, is history. That first lure was the forefather to the lure that has helped more fishermen experience the thrill of more big fish than any other: the legendary Original Floating Rapala. As fishermen around the world began to catch more and bigger fish with Rapala’s lure, it became clear that what triggered them was the lure’s tantalizing

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ne of the most prolific inshore species available to anglers on any coast, spotted seatrout come in two varieties: eaters and gators. Eater trout—those measuring in the 15-inch range—are extremely popular, due to their affinity to gather in big schools and chase down lures. Gator trout, however, are a whole different ballgame. Targeting big trout requires a different approach. Most resources suggest moderate-sized artificial lures, like imitation shrimp, for seatrout of any size. Yet, on numerous occasions, I’ve had big gators run down and attempt to swallow smaller trout while I’ve reeled them in. As seatrout grow larger, their diets shift from small crustaceans to almost exclusively fish—the bigger the better. Live baits are my preference for targeting big fish. Mullet are a favorite, as are pinfish and croakers. With big baits in the livewell, it’s time to find gator water. While it’s common to find schools of smaller trout in deeper channels adjacent to shallow flats, trophy trout spend more time around subtle depressions and breaks. If you’re catching large numbers of eaters, a change of areas is usually required to find gators. Most of my fishing is done in super-skinny water in heavily pressured areas with tough fish. Fishing these small, shallow areas requires stealth and patience. For big trout, I move into an area as quietly as possible, put the Talon down, and wait.

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he Texas summer surf can spoil a newcomer in a heartbeat and is what the seasoned surf angler awaits each year. Vacation days are set aside well in advance and excuses to come in late to work are ready and often recycled. Spoil a newcomer, addiction, you might ask, what is so special about the surf? My fastest limit, 10 trout from the upper Texas coast, came on 12 consecutive casts. One was a dud, a lost fish, and 10 were solid trout, 19.5 to 24 inches. After I caught my limit, I continued to catch and release solid trout up to 5 ½ pounds. If that doesn’t spoil you, nothing will. Days like this are not uncommon when the conditions are right. The key to a successful morning in the surf is to remember you don’t plan a trip when you want, you go when the surf calls you. Green incoming tides rising with the sun paired with a calm surf are my favored conditions. May and June routinely provide the best odds of landing the larger trout with Independence Day marking the arrival of masses of school-size fish. I like to start my day before the sun’s rays illuminate the horizon. Standing on the sand, tossing topwaters or suspending baits parallel and as close to the sand as I can effectively work the lure. I have caught many trout pushing 7 pounds along with large flounder and snook using this approach. It is amazing the size of fish that will feed in mere inches of breaking water. As the blanket of darkness no longer conceals my presence, I will begin to gradually angle my casts towards the open Gulf. I will broaden my search area and structure type until I find where the fish are feeding, never overlooking the shallow water where I began my day. As the sun climbs, the trout will typically find comfort in the guts, chasing mullet, shrimp, shad and other baitfish. When this occurs, I still vary my cast from parallel to offshore, covering the deep guts and not overlooking the structure, which is the bar. As you would do while fishing the bay, don’t overlook the drop off. Casting along it can produce great catches. White water and waves crashing is an often-overlooked hot spot. I seldom see surf fishermen casting into the whitewash, which can be a huge mistake. The turbulence disorients the baitfish which are easy meals for the thick-bodied, strong-swimming surf trout. I can remember one day in particular when most, if not all, of my trout were caught in the white water on top of the bar. A solid trout inhaled my slow-sinking lure as it tossed and turned in the froth. After that, I made repeated casts into the turbid water to end a successful day that up until that point had been quite slow. Let me check the forecast, is it calm yet? Capt. Michael Okruhlik is the inventor of Controlled Descent Lures and the owner of www.MyCoastOutdoors.com.

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aving been actively involved in the sunglasses industry for over 20 years and having sold over 25,000 pairs of sunglasses last year, I’m often asked, “What is the most important thing to consider when choosing a pair of sunglasses?” My answer is always, “the way they fit your face; comfort is the most important consideration.” I’m surprised at the number of people who choose their sunglasses based on brand. For anglers, and I am one, the next consideration can be offshore or inshore. The blue mirror lens models hold the best lens clarity for offshore while the green mirror/amber lenses produce the clearest lens visibility for the inshore angler. I’ve been a big fan of Revo’s Blue Crawlers for my offshore sunglasses, and I switch to my ambers as my go-to inshore glasses. Another big consideration for some is OSHA-approved eyewear. The correct approval body is ANSI approved. This ANSI validation of the sunglasses is the only accepted approval by OSHA’s requirements, however, few brands actually possess the ANSI approval. If OSHA requirements are important for your choice of sunglasses, make sure you’re seeing the ANSI approval in writing and not simply relying on your representative’s assurance. Finally, if you’re a prescription eyewear user, ensuring that the lens you receive when you request your prescription sunglasses from your favorite brand is not always apples to apples. Make sure that the exact same lens technology

is available for your prescription sunglasses as their nonprescription lenses. Otherwise, you could own an expensive pair of non-angler-friendly sunglasses. Believe me, it happens all the time. There are many new entries in the sunglasses field these days. Lens technology advancements continue to improve the quality of the angler’s viewpoint. If you’re in the market for a new pair of sunglasses, I recommend you do a little research before you make your purchase. Don’t just go buy XYZ sunglasses. Find the pair, regardless of brand, that’s best for you. If Fowler’s can be of any assistance in helping you make that decision, please feel free to call or email us. We’re happy to help ensure that you’re completely satisfied with your next sunglasses purchase. David Maney is considered to be one of the most published experts in the general field of sunglasses. He has appeared in Southern Living Magazine, USA Today and U.S. World Report and even appeared on Oprah. Fowler’s has been in business for 118 years and has sold over 250,000 pairs of sunglasses. For more information on Fowler’s and David Maney, visit www.fowlerssunglasses.com or call 888-340-9021.

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SUNGLASSES NATIVE EYEWEAR SIGHTCASTER Native Eyewear’s Sightcaster is all about giving you the right tool for the pursuit of a good catch. Color enhanced, high-definition optics cut through glare on the water allowing you to see deeper and farther. Native’s premium polarized lens technology also blocks up to four times more infrared and protects against harmful UV rays, helping your eyes stay fresh even after a long day on the water. The full-wrap, X-Large frame comes with nonslip grip material along the temples and nose pads to ensure all-day comfort with a lightweight and secure fit.

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Costa Del Mar was born on the water and is committed to protecting it. This summer, Costa will celebrate its tradition of conservation by launching its OCEARCH Limited Edition collection. Costa is a primary supporter of OCEARCH, a research organization that generates critical scientific data on keystone marine species like great white and tiger sharks. Its vessel, the M/V OCEARCH, is an at-sea laboratory that puts science on the side of sharks to help protect our oceans worldwide. One of the models in this OCEARCH Limited Edition collection is the Remora, a brand new frame that features all of Costa’s signature performance technologies. This particular pair features a brand new lens as well! The Gray Silver Mirror lens is great for all-day wear. It is a polycarbonate lens with silver mirror on a gray base. The frame color is called Tiger Shark, and reflects the patterns of its namesake. Think of it as the popular tortoise shell in a more shark and ocean-inspired colorway! MSRP: $169. These glasses also come with a limited edition cleaning cloth and C-MASK. For more on OCEARCH, go to www.ocearch.org.

WWW.COSTADELMAR.COM RIO RAY SEASIDE Rio Ray Optics is the best new brand and most comfortable polarized sunglasses on the market. Designed for the outdoor lifestyle, all Rio Ray sunglasses come with 100 percent optically correct polarized CR39 lenses, indestructible TR90 frames, optical spring hinges for maximum comfort and a hassle-free lifetime warranty. All Rio Ray hard-coated polarized lenses are made of the highest quality CR39 and contain nine layers of protection with 100 percent UV protection. A hydrophobic coating on the front repels water, sunscreen and dirt, which makes cleaning and maintenance easy. A vibrant flash mirror provides additional glare reduction and a superior scratch resistant coating prevents lens damage. The backside anti-reflective coating eliminates bounce-back glare. Rio Ray MaxFlex frame technology makes these the most comfortable sunglasses on the market utilizing lightweight TR90 nylon, which maintains the frame shape and offers incredible durability. Our frames were designed to be 100 percent prescription ready, and each pair comes with a full array of accessories including a hard and soft case, cleaning cloth and retainer. There are over 40 styles to choose from, an average MSRP of only $149.99, and new styles are on the way for each season. Replacement lenses are available for only $24.99. Rio Ray is always looking for high-quality retailers to partner with, and they have the best retailer friendly program in the sunglass industry. For dealer inquires, call 800-498-2104 or email jarrod@ riorayoptics.com.

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S RE VIEW2017 REVO GUIDE S AND GUIDE II Back in 1985, Revo became a global performance eyewear brand known as the leader in polarized lens technology. Their glasses were first created utilizing lens technology developed by NASA as solar protection for satellites. Today, Revo continues to build on its rich tradition of technology and innovation by offering the clearest and most advanced high-contrast polarized sunglass available. With two new frames, the Guide II and the Guide S, Revo seeks to fill the needs of those seeking the best in performance sunglasses. Both frames feature HighContrast Polarized Serilium lenses that are lightweight, shatterproof and formulated of polycarbonate. Revo’s 8-base lens technology offers a more curved fit relative to your face, and elastometric nosepads provide a more secure fit for active wearers. Sleek and modern, the Guide II adds an element of comfort to the all-activity, allcondition mentality. What carries on in the Guide lineage, however, is the confidence to exceed expectations and reach the objective. The Guide S blends all-terrain functionality with a sleek fit. They are equipped with fast-flow vents and Motion-Fit technology for optimal comfort in any condition or environment.

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New for 2018, take hold and be bold with Flying Fisherman’s Moray sunglasses, a sporty frame equipped to take your fishing game to the next level. Built with durability and comfort in mind for anglers who work hard and play even harder, the medium fit, semi-rimless wrap-around frame provides generous lens coverage, helping shield the sun from all angles. Non-slip, co-injected temples and adjustable, rubberized nosepiece give this frame solid performance and comfort for all-day wear. The Flying Fisherman Polarized, AcuTint lens coloring system eliminates glare and enhances color contrast, without distorting natural colors. The enhanced visual sharpness and comfort adds to fishing productivity, and maximizes the outdoors experience for anglers and watersports enthusiasts who need to see below the water’s surface to spot fish and structure. Morays are available in matte black frames with copper-red mirror, smoke, or smoke blue-mirror lenses, matte grey frames with smoke blue-mirror lenses, and matte white frames with smoke-blue mirror AcuTint lenses. MSRP is $24.95 - $29.95, and the Moray will be in stores this September. Call 305-852-8989 or visit the website for more information or to receive a free catalog.

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Sunglasses are a necessity, but they’re also a burden. There is an ever-present possibility to lose or damage this expensive piece equipment. And you can forget about storing a conventional pair in a case in your pocket. They’re just too bulky. That’s where Popticals steps in. This revolutionary new line of portable, pop-out sunglasses has a patented design that makes storage safe and convenient. Popticals’ FL2 Micro-Rail System allows the sunglasses to easily fold down to be stored in a small hardshell case. You won’t even notice this compact design in your pocket, and the unit can be clipped to anything with an included carabiner. These glasses are high-performance, as well. The NYDEF Nylon Lenses manufactured by Carl Zeiss Vision are clearer and 16 percent lighter in weight than polycarbonate lenses. They offer complete UV protection, filtering out 100 percent of harmful UVA and UVB rays, while hydrophobic and oleophobic technology repels water, oil, sweat and dust. The Swiss Grilamid TR 90 frames provide long-lasting durability and resistance to extreme temperatures while remaining lightweight and comfortable for extended use. Popticals are engineered in the U.S.A and handcrafted in Italy. See the Popticals website for a wide range of styles designed for any outdoor pursuit.

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FLY FISHING

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t’s tarpon time! Many of you will be headed to tarpon waters this summer looking to hook one of ocean’s greatest gamefish on the fly. When you go, consider altering your fly retrieval technique from the standard one-hand strip to the two-handed stip. If you do, you might be surprised at how effective a two-hand strip can be at catching this great gamefish. There are some saltwater fish that react to a fly that is stripped as fast as possible. Tuna, barracuda, roosterfish, amberjack and yellowtail are all good examples. These guys prefer a fly that moves like an Indianapolis racecar. If the fly isn’t imitating a fleeing baitfish, and suddenly stops, this group of gamers will turn and swim away. The two-handed strip is also a wonderful technique for feeding a well-presented fly to a tarpon. But there is a difference. The twohanded strip is slightly different for tarpon than it is for offshore and nearshore species. Where offshore fish like tuna want the fly to burn through the water without pause, a tarpon often wants to see the fly move through the water at a slower pace while still keeping the fly’s continual motion. An advantage of the two hand strip technique is the angler has total control of the fly’s pace through the water, making it possible for the angler to speed up or slow down the fly depending on the reaction of the tarpon to the fly. For example, if a tarpon reacts aggressively toward the fly, the angler might speed up the retrieve to initiate a strike. If the tarpon’s reaction is less aggressive, almost passive, the angler can manipulate the fly’s speed and try to turn on the tarpon’s “light switch” to instigate a strike. Another advantage to using the two-hand retrieve is that the rod is placed under the arm rather than in the hands, making it almost impossible to lift the rod tip on a strike. This combats the urge of freshwater converts to set the hook by lifting the rod, a big no-no

in tarpon fishing. With the rod under and arm, the only way to hook the fish is with a solid stripstrike. For a successful twohanded strip do the following: • After the fly has been cast, place the rod under the arm (right or left). • Point the rod tip down, keeping the tip on the water at all times. • Begin the strip by pulling the fly line with your hand at the first stripping guide. Repeat this with the other hand. • There should be a continual motion, changing hands with each strip. • Vary the speed of the fly as you strip it through the water. • Strip the fly all the way to the boat and repeat. If you feel a strike, give your line a solid strip-strike. Use the two-handed strip, and I guarantee you will never go back to the one-hand strip again. Good luck on the tarpon grounds this season!

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he 24th Annual Sebastian Exchange Club Blue Water Open was held on June 3 with tournament headquarters at Capt. Hiram’s Resort in Sebastian. Despite the weather, it was a great success, with a fleet of 110 boats registered to fish. Fifty boats weighed fish and reported mixed results on the catch.

The dolphin bite was sketchy, with the first and second place fish weighing in at 26.35 and 21.85 pounds. They were caught aboard C Monster with Capt. Matt Lennon. The 21.85-pound dolphin landed Matt’s son, Matthew, the Junior Angler award and a new kayak. Only one wahoo was weighed in, a 35.05-pounder caught by George Kessel, of Grant, on the Shake Down. George reported the fish was caught around midday in about 150 feet of water. Several nice kingfish made it to the scales. Celtic Knots took first and second place in that category with a 40.5-pound and a 33.6-pound fish, caught by Steve Fritzson. The real money was made by the fishing team aboard Restricted Species. These guys took first place grouper with a 45.05-pounder and second place with a 34.15-pounder. That big grouper, caught by Rob Reilly, won them the Big Fish Bonanza for a whopping $4,720, in addition to $1,000 for a new award this year, The Capt. William Charles Catchin’ and Cookin’ Memorial Award for the largest grouper caught in the tournament in memory of Capt. Bill. Interestingly, the 34.15-pound grouper was caught by Matson Scott, who fished with Capt. Bill many times. Matson said he sent up a prayer to Bill on the way out that morning to be with them that day. Looks like prayer may work! First-place fish were worth $1,250 and second place $600. In addition to the four places on the main scoreboard, the Blue Water Open offers an additional 10 places on the Bonus Board worth $200 each, for fishermen who don’t make the main board. Other categories for the biggest fish caught were amberjack, cobia and new this year, tripletail. Cobia and Tripletail went unfilled, but Steve McElveen aboard Wreckreation landed a 39.25 amberjack worth $1,000. Top Boat went to Fred Smith of the Lickety Split with an aggregate weight of 54.45 pounds for three fish in at least two main-board categories. The Top Boat payout was $2,000. For complete tournament results, visit www.bluewateropen.com or like Sebastian Blue Water Open on Facebook. The Exchange Club of Sebastian has raised almost $500,000 over the years through the efforts put forth in the Blue Water Open. All proceeds go to worthy charities in the local community, with a special emphasis on preventing child abuse.

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ike and I decided it was time to get out of Dodge and take a road trip with our flats boat. The hustle and bustle of south Florida makes this kind of trip a stark contrast and welcome break. We ended up on Useppa, a small island between Pine Island and Cabbage Key on the southwest coast of Florida. These places are almost due west of Fort Myers near the mouth of Charlotte Harbor. The path that led us there was anything but ordinary. It was as if we were being beckoned. My first contact with Useppa was from the Palm Beach Boat Show in March. I attended a media event at the Lake Pavilion on the Waterfront and discovered an oasis in the midst of all the craziness of the boat show. It was a gorgeous photo of Useppa Island: paradise without a passport, with an inviting area to relax during the media event. There were some goodies there and information, which I grabbed. That photo just seemed to call me…. We had planned to visit the west coast in the coming weeks, a trip to Bokeelia, on the north end of Pine Island, to fish. Once we finalized

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the dates, I reached out to Brian and Mary—the Useppa People, who are realtors. They invited us to visit the Private Island Club, have lunch at the historic Collier Inn, and then took us on a golf cart tour of the island. There are no roads here, only golf cart paths and walkways. My kind of island! It just seemed magical. We were invited to come back for an overnight visit to experience the island. Brian and Mary made the arrangements for us to return and visit as their guests. So, we loaded the car, hooked up the boat and were off. Pine Island Sound here we come! We stopped in Matlacha and made a phone call to the Pineland Marina to check on bait. Good call. They were out of shrimp. We visited Carrie at the Barnhill Seafood Market in Matlacha who loaded us up with 200 monster shrimp. There was a stream behind the shop where we could get a few buckets of water to transport the shrimp safely to the marina. When you are on an island, you need to be proactive about supplies. Consider travel distances on the water to get what you need, and that options can be limited. We launched the boat; I drove to park for the weekend and was greeted with a golf cart escort to the ramp. Headed out the cut from the marina, it feels as if you are soaring—having been set free from civilization and traffic. The waterways are expansive, and there are multiple mangrove cuts around every turn. There is so much water, so many cuts and areas to explore. The seagrass beds have expanded in the area 10 percent since the storms of 2008. The abundance of shoalgrass and turtlegrass has increased while the abundance of manatee grass has remained stable. In fact, the number of quadrants monitored in the area that are devoid of seagrass has decreased by 50 percent since 2005. This all makes for some clean water and great fishing. Our first visit to Bokeelia, we limited on seatrout every day. On our trip to Useppa a month later, we encountered mostly snook and a monster red, caught by Mike on the next to last shrimp! And there are always tarpon. Nadeen Welch is co-publisher of the Fort Myers edition of Coastal Angler Magazine.

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urns out that’s a difficult question to answer. Beaked whales feed at more than ½ mile down and are fairly skittish critters while near the surface, and weighing in at over a ton means catching, measuring and releasing is certainly not an option! Besides, perhaps a more important question is, who cares how big these whales are? Well, the U.S. Navy, that’s who. Unfortunately for beaked whales, their deep-diving behavior means they share waters with Navy submarines, and when the Navy uses powerful sonar during training exercises, beaked whales are affected. Recent studies at the U.S. Navy’s Atlantic Test and Evaluation Center (AUTEC), off Andros Island in The Bahamas indicate that Blainville’s beaked whales move away from sonar when they hear it. We believe this movement is displacing whales from their preferred feeding areas and are concerned this will compromise the animals’ body condition, which will impact their survival and reproduction success. And that’s why size matters. With funding from the U.S. Office of Naval Research, the Bahamas Marine Mammal Research Organisation (BMMRO) and NOAA Fisheries, we conducted a feasibility study to test whether a drone could be used to measure length and girth of beaked whales. Using length, we can monitor growth as animals mature, while girth measurements tell us if an animal is pregnant, and if so, we can monitor if the calf survives. Based in Sandy Point, off the southwest coast of Abaco Island, BMMRO has been studying beaked whales for 25 years and knows these whales individually: how old they are, what sex they are, how many offspring they have had, etc. So, Abaco was the ideal place to try to get measurements of whales of known age and current reproductive state. From our Novurania 680DL rigid-hulled inflatable, our science team deployed a small APH-22 marine hexacopter named “Goose” with a camera attached to obtain vertical images from 100 feet above beaked whales. During 30 flights over the 2-week study, “Goose” successfully photographed 10 different beaked whales. So, we now had images in hand of males and females, both young and old, as well as females with and without calves. So… how big is a beaked whale? Blainville’s beaked whales ranged in length from the smallest calf measuring 9 feet to the largest adult at 14 feet. The girth of one female seen without a calf was notably larger than the other females, and we predicted she was pregnant. Three months after the study ended, we saw her again with a newborn calf! With the success of our feasibility study, plans are to apply this approach to measure the length of beaked whales at AUTEC and monitor pregnancies to determine if displacement from sonar is causing nutritional stress and affecting reproductive success. It is the responsibility of the U.S. Navy and the science community to effectively monitor populations that are being impacted to affect change when needed. This study serves an example of that process in action. The authors are research biologists with the Bahamas Marine Mammal Research Organisation. Follow the organization’s work at http://www.bahamaswhales.org and also on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

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ome lessons gnaw at your memory for years. A group of highly skilled fly fishermen stood on the bank of a well-known river visiting and talking about nothing important. Suddenly, within casting range, a trout kept rising and picking insects off the surface. One of the long time anglers began casting a dry fly upstream of the fish, letting it float past the target. Nothing happened. He made cast after cast, watching the trout ignore his offering and keep feeding on the real thing. I saw it happen. For no particular reason, the angler made a cast that was slightly (and I mean slightly) different from all the others. The trout rose and took the fly. Witnessing that made me totally aware that success or failure when fishing an artificial lure could hinge on a factor almost too minor to notice. I’ve seen times when vibrating your wrist when retrieving a plug spelled a strike while simply cranking the reel proved futile. There have been times when a momentary pause in reeling a plug allowed it to rise slightly and that made the difference. A tackle box full of different artificials is not the answer. You can get by with a half-dozen different baits once you learn how to fish them effectively. The basic rule states that if you are not getting strikes, vary the retrieve. Fish are cold-blooded and react slower and for shorter distances as the water temperature drops. When a fish is holding in one spot waiting for food to come to it, your cast and retrieve should follow that pattern. And keep in mind that your favorite lures on your home waters work just as well on the road. I’ve caught the same species on the same lure a continent apart. In your selection of lures, you want to be able to cover the water column from the bottom to the surface. That doesn’t mean each bait has to travel that distance, but rather that you should have some that work the bottom, others for the surface, and the rest in between at mid-depth. Fish see differently than we do. What looks good to you may not tempt a fish into striking. And, if there are standards and

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rop everything you’re doing right now. Go book a mahi trip out of the Upper Keys. Capt. Ross Early with Early Bird Fishing Charters said they are hammering dolphinfish right now, with piles of schoolie-sized mahi packed in around the weed lines and big gaffers and slammers showing up under the birds. Summertime is all about mahi off the Atlantic side of Key Largo. Really, the bite stretches all the way south through the Keys, but it’s hard to beat Largo down through Islamorada for ease of access. The Upper Keys are close enough for a day trip from the south Florida mainland. Capt. Ross said the bite usually ramps up in May and lasts into September or October most years as the mahi migrate down through the Keys. A typical day begins early, with a quick stop inside the reef line to

catch bait with a net or sabiki before heading offshore with a tank full of cigar minnows and ballyhoo. The destination is the weed line that drifts in the current offshore. Capt. Ross said the run to the fishing grounds can be as short as 8 miles, and he fishes in anywhere from 300 to 1,000 feet of water. But the depth doesn’t really matter, because the fish are near the surface feeding on forage that congregates around the weeds. He’ll start by searching, trolling with lures and dead ballyhoo to find the fish. When that first rod goes down is when the real action starts. It’s a scramble to clear all the trolling lines, because that first fish typically brings other fish with it. Everyone on deck grabs a 20-pound spinning outfit to pitch chunk bonita, squid, live baits, or whatever to dolphin that are schooled up and feeding. “It can become organized chaos,” Ross said. “There are fish all around the boat, and you want to catch as many as you can, while you can, because it can turn off as fast as it turned on.” Generally, this blast of action consists of 6- to 10-pound schoolie-sized mahi with fillets perfect for the dinner plate. The 40- and 50-pound slammers are a little more solitary. “I’m always on the binoculars looking for birds,” Ross said. “I’m looking for frigates and yellow-billed terns. They’re our eye in the sky.” Three or four birds in one spot hovering or picking at the weeds indicate there are fish below pushing bait to the surface. Capt. Ross will climb into the tower of his 45-foot Custom Carolina, Early Bird, to look for fish and steer the boat on collision course with them. Packs of three or four big mahi will be moving southwesterly this time of year, and the trick is to get out in front of them. With Ross spotting fish and shouting direction to the anglers below, casting live baits accurately will usually lead to an incredible rush when a big slammer ties into a 20-pound spinning rig. It’s the kind of thing one must experience to understand. And who knows, you might encounter blackfin and skipjack tuna, sailfish, wahoo and the occasional marlin, as well. Book your trip with Capt. Ross Early and Early Bird Fishing Charters by calling 305-942-3618 or emailing ross@fishearlybird.com. Check out their website at www.fishearlybird.com.

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high-deep in the warm, brackish water of the Choctawhatchee Bay, volunteers stood in straight lines, their arm-lengths connected a barge loaded down with bagged oyster shells to a partially completed oyster reef in Marina Cove, Niceville. Moving as one, volunteers from the barge handed off mesh bags stuffed with oyster shells to those standing in the water, each person then passed the bag like a hot potato to the next until finally the shells were placed in a brand new oyster reef. After a year of effort, the 700-foot oyster reef—the largest the Choctawhatchee Basin Alliance (CBA) has ever constructed—was complete. The journey for the oyster shells here closes a critical natural resource loop. In the past, people harvested oysters and sold them to seafood markets and restaurants. Once shucked and eaten, the shells were thrown away, destined for eternity in a landfill. Alison McDowell, director of CBA, explained, “In a fully-functioning system, oyster larvae will settle on shells of adult oysters, attaching and growing to create ever-expanding oyster reefs that provide food and shelter to all sorts of creatures like fish, crab, and shrimp.” Restaurants represent only one facet of oyster demand. McDowell continued, “In Choctawhatchee Bay, this habitat-building process was

interrupted for most of the 20th century, as oyster shell that provided the foundation for new oysters to settle was dredged and removed for commercial purposes like road beds and livestock feed.” In 2010, CBA and their AmeriCorps Green Team launched an initiative to return shell to the bay. Their O.Y.S.T.E.R. Shell Recycling Program collects oyster shells from local restaurants and dries them at CBA’s headquarters before bagging shells for use in oyster reef construction projects. The new reef will join others CBA has constructed to provide critical habitat and other ecosystem services. The reef is a breakwater, as the structures protect the shoreline from erosion. The oysters are filter feeders, each individual improving water quality to the tune of 50 gallons each and every day. The improved water quality, in turn, can encourage growth of seagrass and other submerged aquatic vegetation, providing additional habitat for fish. Moreover, the reef structures themselves shelter juvenile fish species. For example, Matt Wegener, a Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission biologist, explained that redfish “use them for refuge from predation and foraging opportunities.” “Mesh bags hold together all the shell, and the cracks and crevices provide hiding places for young fish,” Rachel Gwin, restoration coordinator for CBA, added. They’ve documented numerous varieties at their sites, from species in the goby and blenny families to shrimp. In all, more than 200 volunteers worked toward the reef ’s construction, from the owners and staff of Bluewater Bay Marina to kids and families on National Marina Day to college students contributing hours during Alternative Spring Break. Through collecting and bagging the oyster shells, pushing the material in heavy dock carts to the barge, then laying the shell itself, the community came together to create habitat and improve water quality. To learn more, visit CBA at basinalliance.org. Erika Zambello is a freelance writer and photographer who serves as communications coordinator for the Choctawhatchee Basin Alliance in northwest Florida. To watch great fishing on the Choctawhatchee Bay, go to

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grew up fishing lakes well-known for large schools of bass spending the summer months offshore. When we get to mid-summer and the water temperature starts hitting 80 degrees, it is safe bet that fish are going to be on offshore structure like ledges, humps and drop offs. I start looking on main-lake areas, on the lower half of the lake from the dam, where most good summer ledges are on the lakes I fish. Using the mapping on my Raymarine electronics, I search for places that top out from 12 to 20 feet and drop down to anywhere from 50 to 60 feet. Bass will start heading out there when the water gets to 70 degrees and at 80 they will definitely be out there. They spawn with a water temperature of 62 to 64, so as the water warms they will be headed that way. When the water is 80 degrees, the fish in the lake that move (some stay shallow all year) will be out there. The biggest deal is finding the depth range of the fish. When they first get out to offshore structure, they like 12 to 17 feet. As they stay longer— it could be weeks or a month—they will then move deeper, from 18 to 25 feet, maybe even as deep as 30 feet. To find the depth range of the fish, I will graph and look for the bait and then the fish. Usually I can see the fish on my Raymarine units, but I will often fish around a big school of bait in case the bass are hiding right under the thick bait. If I don’t see bait or bass, I won’t make a cast. Electronics are too good these days to fish places just because there were fish there at one point in the past. Gear To Use Offshore I always start with a moving bait, such as a deep-diving crankbait, to see if I can get the fish fired up. The biggest ones in the school will bite a crankbait. I like a Strike King 6XD and 8XD fished on a MHX CB907 cranking rod that I built myself with supplies

from Mud Hole. I always put new Mustad hooks on the baits. #2 KVD Triple Grip trebles are my preference. For line I use 10- to 12-lb. Vicious Fluorocarbon for the 6XD and 15- to 17-lb. on the 8XD. I like a slower 5:4:1 gear ratio reel to help them dive to their deepest depths. When those fish start grouping up out on the ledges, you can really have a lot of fun. Hundred-fish days are possible on the Tennessee River lakes, and I get excited just thinking about it. When that water temp gets close to 80, it is time to get out deep and get healthy in a hurry come tournament day.

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JULY 2017 EDITION

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Cary & Lynn Crutchfield

North Central FL/Nature Coast Staff

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oving this rain! My river has risen almost two feet and my floating dock, is floating again! We even have water in our swamp, which has been dry for months. The downside-- mosquitoes. Having been dry for so long, there are no minnows to eat the mosquito larva. We have a new writer for SUWANNEE, Capt. David Bickel. David will give us a perspective on off-shore fishing and the Suwannee area. See page 6. New advertiser, Skeg-Cover, on page 18. This cover protects your skeg from those damaging rocks along our Nature Coast. Recipe this month, Grouper Cheeks with Chives in a Wine Butter Sauce, is so, so good and the little cheeks are so cute! Last week, Cary and I spent two wonderful days in St. Pete, guests of Monterey Boats in Williston. We were joined by Misti Gurtin, owner of the Coastal Angler TREASURE COAST market and Barbara Ryan, owner of the Coastal Angler PALM BEACH COUNTY market. We stayed at the beautiful, Renaissance Vinoy, on the bay. Monterey introduced us to their four new Blackfin fishing boats. About a hundred people, including Cary, were treated to a test drive. They plan to be in production by the fall. Look for updates, in the very near future. Visit our website, www.CoastalAnglerMagazine.com and while you are there, you can enter a contest to win fabulous fishing and boating stuff. Sigh up to receive Coastal Angler’s monthly newsletter. You can link to our CAM NCF/NC website. www.CoastalAnglerMag.com/NCFlorida. Out 16 -year old grandson is visiting and he and Cary have been gigging several times and we are feasting on sheepshead, mullet and crabs. See photo page 13. Florida’s underwater Easter egg hunt has begun. It is so easy and relaxing and those little treasures are so yummy. If you have never been, contact one of our guides to take you. They know all the best locatiions! As always, be sure to thank the business where you picked up this FREE magazine and our advertisers. Without them, there would be no Coastal Angler. Lynn Crutchfield Co-Publisher Coastal Angler Magazine of North Central Florida /Nature Coast

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• 1 pound cheeks • salt, pepper & flour • 3 tablespoons butter, divided • 1 tablespoon olive oil • 2 tablespoon chopped chives • splash of white wine • 1 lemon wedge • 2 tablespoons chopped parsley

3. Flip the cheeks and add chopped chives, wine, and a squeeze of lemon. Add another tablespoon butter and allow to melt. Stir lightly and remove from heat. Sprinkle with parsley and serve immediately. The cheeks are the sweetest, most delicate part of the fish. If cheeks are unavailable, purchase a fillet and cut into bite-size pieces prior to cooking.

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he five-mile-long Silver River that feeds into the Ocklawaha River in Marion County, Florida, is best known for leading to the Silver Springs State Park. Countless generations have visited the park, taken rides on its glass-bottom boats and peered down into the crystal-clear river to see a wide variety of fish and sea grasses beneath the surface. The spring-fed river that traces its source to a large spring near the park, probably By Kevin McCarthy takes its name from its silvery look. The main spring there pours over 500 million gallons of water into the river each day, as it flows to the west. The river is one of the most pristine in North Florida, one that has relatively little pollution and human interference. Visitors traveling on the glass-bottom boats may see rhesus monkeys along the way. Unlike what some have said, that the monkeys were released into the wild from the filming of Tarzan movies, the animals were actually released around 1938 by a tour-boat operator, to add some kind of authentic jungle-like flavor to the tour. The monkeys did not come from any Tarzan film, since the only Tarzan movie filmed there was “Tarzan Finds a Son!” (1939) and it had no rhesus monkeys. Note: the monkeys are aggressive and should not be fed. Visitors can see many forms of wildlife, along, and in the river, including gators, turtles, ospreys, and anhingas. For first-time visitors to our beautiful part of the state, the Silver River offers a good view into the watery splendor of what Florida must have looked like for thousands of years. And guides on the tour boats can point out remains of the river steamer “Metamora” that sank in the river in 1903. Archaeologists tell us that the river used to be the home of the Timucua Indians, who must have fished its waters and hunted the nearby forest. Europeans arrived in the first half of the nineteenth century, built Fort King nearby in

1827, and slowly drove the Indians south to the Everglades or west to Indian Territory. Steamboats like the one pictured here plied the waters of the Silver River in the last quarter of the nineteenth century, and brought many tourists to Silver Springs in what was probably the state’s first tourist attraction. As the modern photos here by photographers Anoldent and Ebyabe show, the river has been well preserved from development and pollution. The river is one of the “Outstanding Florida Waters” that are protected under state law as “worthy of special protection because of their natural attributes.” Those activities that would decrease the water quality of the river are not allowed. The Silver River State Park has over five thousand acres of mostly undeveloped land, but has facilities to launch kayaks and small boats. Swimmers should be careful, of course, for alligators in the river. Kevin McCarthy, the author of “North Florida Waterways” 2013 - (available at amazon.com), can be reached at ceyhankevin@gmail.com.

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he Dog Days of the summer are almost here! Many things are picking-up and looking-up for us anglers. Last month brought the season opening of the many fish we target offshore the Big Bend Area. Who isn't "reel" excited about that, but do you want to know what really caught us hook, line, and sinker?? Following that opening, Red Snapper Season thankfully, was reassessed with the positive result that anglers would be allotted more red snapper days in the season! Here at Big Bend Adventures, we specialize in Offshore and Extreme Offshore Charters. The feelings of anticipation and excitement when we leave the beautiful town of Suwannee, and make that 80 to 130-mile run, is almost euphoric. Our clients absolutely love these trips, especially our Extreme Overnight trips, during the Dog Days of the summer! Speaking of heat, I'm sure we would see a vast majority of anglers raise if not one, but both hands, when asked who is ready to bring the heat on these snapper and thin them out a tad?! I know we are plum tickled!!! We had the pleasure last month, during the 3-day season, of one of our clients landing a Mack Daddy Red snapper weighting a hefty 21 pounds. We have had the best luck hooking these well-populated species on squid, cut bait, and believe it or not, they have even smacked our live bait-fish on the way down, to snag a grouper! Unfortunately, we haven't landed as many grouper and scamps as we usually produce, due to the red snapper’s stealing the show, before the bait even makes it to the bottom. That situation is going to change very soon, and is absolutely awesome, considering how much that is going to minimize the disappointment of catching and

releasing a dead fish, that our clients experience. Not to mention, it kicks their "grouper and scamp" game up big time with these overnight trips booked a year in advance, while building the anticipation and holding a competition, either against their self, or within their fishing group on who will land the bigger grouper/scamp. It's GAME ON once we pick up live bait-fish a few miles out the channel markers, and the next stop isn't for another 110 miles. The water depth is about 185 to 200 feet and abundant with many species in numbers and size. Here, past the middle grounds, is where we have graduated to great granddaddy fish, these bad boys never fail to disappoint at this depth. It’s nothing, to hook 20 to 30-pound gag, red, grouper, and scamps! What really adds to the excitement, is the bonus of the occasional wahoo, mahi-mahi, and sailfish! After earning our keep here, we usually head back into the Florida Middle Grounds come sunset, to anchor in 80 to 120-foot depth, still using squid, cut and live bait. It's the perfect "night cap" for the trip, with this time of year being perfect for fishing the middle grounds. Middle grounds are banging with king fish 30 plus pounds, mangrove snapper, 3 to10 pounds, and vermilion snapper out the wazoo!!! It's nothing to load the box up, legally, with meat. The most always asked question on the trips is, "When and where do we sleep on the boat?" Well, you really don't when you have fish pretty much jumping in the boat, not to mention all the unexpected bonuses! I hope you were able to gather what you you needed, and don't hesitate to give us a call and we will "Catch Ya Later!!!" Captain David Bickel bigbendadventures@gmail.com

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ime is flying by so fast, that weekends seem to be a blur. Summer time is here; it’s hot and afternoon thunderstorms are showing up frequently. We received some much-needed rain in the month of June and here we are in July, ready for scalloping and fireworks. The greatest saltwater Easter egg hunt is upon us and the water is filled with people cruising around the flats with their head in the water, looking for the tastiest treasure you can find nestled in the deep turtle grass. Scallops should be plentiful this year. There were plenty found prior to the start of the season. If you are planning to go scalloping, fight the desire to park amongst all the boats that are huddled together. Scallops aren’t herded together like cows; you just need to look around on the grass flats and find your own claim, hopefully one that hasn’t been picked over by the floating pavilion. Scalloping is one of the most favorite family adventures of the summer break, but remember, its hot and I can’t tell you how many people we see coming in from the water that look like a lobster, fresh off the boil. Sunscreen is a must. You never feel the burn while swimming around in the crystal-clear water, but you sure will feel it that night.

June 1st through the 3rd brought our 3-day red snapper season. We fished all 3 days and made short trips to limit out on ARS. With 7 people aboard, we could catch our limit in about 20 minutes. I am convinced that this year there are even more snapper than last year. Recreational anglers need to take a stand, call your state representatives, and speak your mind about the way a public resource is being held hostage by out federal government. Educate yourselves concerning this matter. The feds have pitted anglers against one another. Recreational anglers, your fight isn’t with the commercial sector or the for-hire sector. It’s with the federal government. Yes, I know commercial fleets catch thousands of pounds of Snapper year around, but

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they have been fighting against our government for 25 years, and they are winning in their industry. However, recreational anglers take to Facebook and social media to complain about a 3-day season. It seems that we are very lackadaisical when it comes to reaching out to the powers at be. What the NMFS and Gulf council are pushing is IFQs (Individual Fishing Quotas) for all sectors. Sector separation was passed several years ago and it separated angler into three groups, Recreational, Vessels for hire, and Commercial. What this accomplished was inner fighting amongst the sectors. What needs to happen, is for all three sectors working together, to stand up to our government and take back a public resource, that is more plentiful than any other reef special in the Gulf, and Atlantic, for that matter. Educate yourself and a good place to start is a Facebook page started by Dylan Hubbard VP of Hubbard’s Marina, the page is “Fisherman United”. Like and follow this page. Get Educated and join the fight! If we don’t, we will lose the right to enjoy a public resource in our native waters. If you don’t fight, don’t complain when it’s gone. On a lighter note, Horseshoe Beach is busy this time of year. It’s still the best place on earth to me, and we look forward to your coming to visit and staying with us. If you’re looking for a scallop charter, give us a call and let us work you into a day of fun and relaxation. Come eat at the Shrimp Boat restaurant and do some shopping at the Salty Shoe Apparel. The Marina and can help you with putting your boat in the water and all of your “on the water needs”, and then enjoy a cold beer at Jakes Pub. Florida Cracker Bait can help you with bait shrimp and eating shrimp. Until next month, see you on the water.

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elcome back Yak fans and Happy 4th of July. The hot Florida weather is upon us. When I say the flats are heating up, unfortunately, I'm talking water temperature. With that being said, the bite is still good, but planning is the key. On recent trips, I have found that you have to cover some area to dial in the fish. They are moving around and it's like playing hide-n-seek; one day one creek, and the next day the flats, and so on. The best way to dial them in is with jigs (gulp glow shrimp 3 or 4 inch are working well), my trusty Zara Spook or spoons. As you approach an area, work these around you in an arc, and watch for a reaction. A good strike is nice, but sometimes it’s just a swirl. When you get that, stop and work that area for a while. This method has produced some beautiful reds of late, mainly on gulp, the spook, Using cut bait has also been very productive. On a recent trip, I hooked into three 27 inch reds, in less than 15 minutes, and that my friends, is what it’s all about.

waited till I was landing a nice red and pulled a sneak attack. A 19 inch trout, became a 16 inch, while my back was turned, but the red made up for it . This made the paddle back interesting, because as I went across the deeper water, all I kept thinking was, “Now I'm chumming and where there are little sharks, there are BIG sharks.” While I like to bring my catch in alive, on that day I kept the stringer in my lap for a good part of the paddle. Let’s just say, I hate surprises and believe me, a big bull shark can take the fun right out of your day. That's it for now. Have a safe 4th. God bless America and see you next month. The best bite has definitely been on either side of the low tide, whether on the flats or in the creeks. I know the flats guys in my area are struggling to find any reds lately, that's why I love a Kayak. It's all about getting to where they are. The other fish that seems to be everywhere right now is sharks. Black tips and sharp nose are

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ell folks, Summer break is in full swing and Scallop Season starts in our region this month. Although Cedar Key is not a major destination for scallopers, there are always a few divers around, so watch for the divers-down flag if you are running around. The redfish bite should stay fairly stable from now till the fall on the outer islands. Cut mullet will be my primary bait to target them on my guide trips. We cut the mullet into steaks and fish them right on the bottom, with a 4/0 Mustad circle hook. The trout bite has slowed down considerably with most of the

keeper-fish being on the deeper grass flats that run in the 9 to 12 foot range. Sea Horse Reef is a pretty good spot this time of year for trout. Spanish mackerel will also be out at Sea Horse reef. Trolling spoons or jigs works really well. Chumming is another great technique to draw them up. Once you get them in the chum, you can pick them off with a free-line shrimp, with a wire leader. Well guys, I hope this will help y'all out and as always, get outdoors and enjoy what God has made for us. Saltwater Assassin Fishing Charters Capt.Jimbo Keith 352-535-5083

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appy 4th everyone! I am going to switch it up a bit and tell you about a friend of mine. His name is Jamie and as you can tell from the first picture, he is a very hungry Patriot. The reason I want to introduce this guy to you is solely because he does a lot of things right. He works hard so he can play hard. He is a wild man that hunts about everything including fish. Needless to say, he is very good and it didn't happen by accident. The passion he has had for the outdoors his whole life, has kept him working hard at what he loves, and getting better and better at success, the older he gets. Dude can even hit a golf ball "not quite as far as I�, but he can smack one pretty good. Anyway, what I am getting at is, if fishing is your passion, or whatever it is, work at it, study it, push yourself, and do not forget that the best always fail a lot. Just keep taking another deep breath and diving back in there. I would love to hear from you about someone you know, that you are proud to know. Tell me about their fishing accomplishments and send some pictures and every once in a while, I will feature a special fisherman/woman. It's the season

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t’s time to beat the summer heat. Scallop season is upon us and there’s no better way to keep cool than snorkeling the shallow grass flats and gathering some tasty scallops. The pristine grass flats off Citrus County are where families come, in great numbers to have a fun day on the water. The 3 to 5 foot depth range is ideal for locating scallops. Areas from Mangrove Point South, off Crystal River, and St. Martins Keys, off Homosassa, are the hot spots. A dive flag, snorkeling gear, and a saltwater fishing license (for those 16 and over) are all that’s needed to enjoy the fun. Know the limits and regulations before you hit the water and this may become

a family tradition for years to come. For a mixed bag of species, it’s tough to beat the deep grass patches just west of the foul area, or also known as the bombing range. The most consistent trout action will be in this vast spotty bottom. Using a variety of DOA shrimp, cal shad tail and MirrOlure Lil’ John jigs in the glow, bourbon and root beer colors, rigged on a 1/8oz jig head are excellent choices. Trout, flounder, black sea bass, grouper, mackerel, etc… are always a possibility. Keep in mind, the gulf water temp is in the 80’s, so an early start to the day, while using the tides to your advantage, will help with a more successful trip. 12 NORTH CENTRAL FLORIDA/NATURE COAST

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With the hot water, there’s hot red fishing. The large redfish schools are arriving around the major moon phases and the much-anticipated redfish schools are always a summer treat. Anchoring along the rocky points with a live pinfish, will seldom get refused by the over-slot redfish running these banks. Also, for those who prefer to use bait, the old-time Homosassa tradition with a fresh piece of cut mullet, will keep the rod bent. Be sure to up your leader to at least 30lb fluorocarbon, due to the healthy snook population we now have. For the offshore anglers, the seas are typically favorable for making long offshore runs this time of year and species such as mangrove snapper, hog fish, scamp, red, gag grouper and king mackerel, can be targeted from the 30 to 60 foot range. Chum to get the snapper in a feeding mood and use small live baits, or cut threadfin herring to catch a mondo “mango”. Also, this is the season we do have the occasional dolphin school cruise by the boat while offshore. Keep a jig, plug or free-line bait rod on standby, for when the situation arises and you’ll be the talk back at the dock. As always if you have any other questions about the area, feel free to contact me anytime…Good Fishing. Capt. Dan Clymer www.crystalriver-fishing.com 352.418.2160

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his time of year, the main focus is the scallops. The area just south of Yankeetown, from Crystal River south, is one of the best areas in the state and we are having no time limiting out. This is a great way to get the whole family out on the boat and have a great time. Be sure to stay within the proper distance from your boat, because this is a high traffic time, and we defiantly

do not want to see any accidents. I would focus on the area around Gomez Rocks south. The redfishing has been great, with plenty of fish, from lower-slot to big bulls cruising around. This time of year, I will stick with the artificial baits I normally throw like the Mirrolure shedog and Zman diezel minnowz in the morning, but once the sun gets up about noon, and the water temps start hitting 90, your best bet is going to be a piece of cut mullet or ladyfish. Be sure to key in on moving water. You can go back to the artificial baits later in the afternoon. I have been focusing on the south side of Lows Bay.

The snook bite is also going strong. A white Aquadream spoon has been the ticket for me here lately. The deeper sides of the islands around porpoise point have been holding good numbers. The area south of the barge canal is also a great place to key in on. Look for ambush points with good moving water. The trout are out in force on the grass flats in the 3 to 5 foot range. A Zman trout trick has been the bait of choice for me. I will vary my retrieve speed until I find out what they are looking for. When it slows down, a live shrimp under a popping cork will keep the action going. The gag grouper can be found pretty solid in the 40 to 50 foot range. We have more success bottom fishing, as opposed to trolling plugs. A piece of cut sardine or cut squid will put the broomtails in the boat. Find good rock bottom or any type of structure that will give these guys cover. Until next month, have fun, be safe and take your kids fishing.

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ell, scalloping starts this weekend (today is June 14th) and I won't mind, as I will have more room to fish. No, I don't do scalloping trips. I fish. We have had a great June so far, with BIG trout coming in on each trip as of late. Matt Williams of Dallas, Ga. had a 25 inch trout on Friday, then the next day had a 26 inch trout. We had, had our one fish over 20 inches per angler on five trips in a row, and today lost a trout over 6 pounds at the boat, which my client just never quite caught up to, in order to set the hook. We landed a 21 inch, 22 inch and 23.5 inch, without the fixer. Trout continued to come in from the deeper outside flats early in the tide. Then we were catching some larger females, which had already laid out, on top of the tide in shallower water, sometimes mixed in with the reds. Live pinfish rigged up 34 inches under Back Bay Thunders continues to be the “ticket for success" on board One More Cast, and I see no change in July. We fish these rigs on matching Star Stellar Lite

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Laura Gavronsky of St. Augustine, Fl. with a nice trout Fast Taper SG817FT76 rods with Star Aerial Ex 4000 reels spooled with TrikFish Game Green 10 lb. test monofilament. Expect to land some big trout using pigfish (if you can catch them) in July and don't be surprised if a tarpon or two jump your larger pigfish offerings. I have yet to experience "Moving Day", the day the migration of tarpon moves through our waters . It usually hits before the 21st of June-- so any day now. I just hope to be on the water and get to see them. It is not unusual to see over a hundred tarpon if it is a calm day,as it was this a.m. Redfish have been moving a bunch, staying where the bait is, and you have to work a bit to find them. Intruder Hex II Copper and Cajun Copper spoons took some nice reds in June, and I would expect will in July also. Thunder-Spins will also land keeper redfish in the July heat. In the meantime.....Let's Go Fishing!

ring extra water onboard, it is going to get HOT, and you don't want to find yourself in need of water. Dehydration is real and happens fast. One gallon per person is the starting point. Gag grouper fishing is really good, but can be frustrating, due to the abundance of red snapper. There are three choices. One, fish through the red snapper, and catch the occasional keeper gag, while gut-hooking and killing numerous red snapper in the process. That's not a good option. Two, troll deep diving plugs, which separates the snapper from the grouper bite. That technique has been working well. Or, fish shallower, where the red snapper are less abundant. Florida snapper and sea bass fishing has came back strong. The best catching of keepers is between forty and fifty feet. Any deeper, and you'll run into the problem of catching red snapper. The bait is typically squid or cut bait. Many of the Fl snapper and sea bass caught recently, have been exceptionally large. For more fun, scale down the tackle. Trout and red fish are being brought back to the docks with regularity. I don't have the 411 on any particular bait or color, so I'd go with the best bait you have, confidence. Cobia--my favorite fish—are being caught all around me, to my chagrin. I fish the best baits, at the best locales, only to slink away empty, or with a tale of woe as the fish escaped in some marine Houdini-fashion. Then someone, using a hand-me-down push button reel, with the original line regale, “I was drifting along trout fishing, when this fish swam up to the boat and swallowed my jig. It wiggled a little, but then I stuffed it, as best I could, in my trout net and pulled

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he scourge is spreading. In early June, a bowfisherman arrowed Mississippi’s first confirmed northern snakehead from an oxbow lake of the Mississippi River. The fish was caught from Lake Whittington in west-central Mississippi’s Bolivar County near the Arkansas border. Bow fishermen Brad Baugh and Bubba Steadman, of Cleveland, Miss., shot the fish on June 5. They kept the fish, photographed it, and immediately contacted the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks (MDWFP). “Snakeheads have been present in the White River Basin in Arkansas since 2008 and have been steadily expanding their range towards the Mississippi River,” said MDWFP Delta fisheries biologist Nathan Aycock. “The Mississippi River provides these fish with access to connected oxbows like Lake Whittington as well as the Yazoo and Big Black Rivers.” Northern snakeheads are native to China, Russia and Korea. Established populations have been found in Arkansas, Maryland, New York, Pennsylvania and Virginia, where their impacts to native fish populations remain unknown. Northern snakeheads are typically found in shallow, backwater areas and can breathe air, which allows them to survive for extended periods of time out of the water. Northern snakeheads appear similar to the Southeast’s native Bowfin, also known as grinnel or mud bass. MDWFP and other state wildlife agencies encourage anyone who thinks they have caught a snakehead to keep the fish, photograph it, and contact wildlife officials.

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n appropriate Florida fish for July, when we celebrate our independence on the fourth, is the flagfish, also called the American flagfish, a small fish that is usually found only in Florida. It takes its name from the male fish’s resemblance to the American flag: a large black or blue dot and red-and-white stripes on its body that resemble a flag. The Latin name (“Jordanella floridae”) honors an important zoologist, C. Basil Jordan, who ran a fish research program for the U.S. Fish Commission and for the Smithsonian Institution in the late 1880s. He was also the U.S. Commissioner for Fish and Fisheries, as well as the author of many publications and scientific reports. The fish, which fish stores sell for aquaria, takes its other common name, “pupfish,” from the seemingly playful mating habits of the male fish, habits that look like puppies at play. The fish were originally found in Florida drainage ponds, as well as the Ochlocknee and St. Johns Rivers. They seem to prefer slow-moving water with a lot of vegetation and are usually found in swamps and marshes. A sharp-eyed observer may see them even in brackish waters, for example in estuaries where river water mixes with

seawater. The small fish, which may grow to only 2 1/2 inches in length, are actually in the Guinness Book of World Records as the fish with the fewest eggs. The fish usually produce only about twenty eggs over a span of several days, although the female fish have been known to lay many more eggs in aquaria, where the fish are very productive at eating algae in the aquaria. In the wild, flagfish feed on crustaceans, insects, plants and worms. The males do their part in taking care of the eggs, which the female has laid over algal-covered rocks. The eggs will adhere to the rocks because of a sticky thread that connects the eggs to the rocks. The male adults will guard the newly laid eggs and fan them with their fins in order to keep them clean and aerated. The life span of the fish is two to three

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delicate tackle, adjusting presentations and continually metering precise quantities of ground bait into the water to attract fish and keep them feeding. Competitors often employ tiny size 16-20 hooks to target fish less than four-inches long, but must be ready to battle larger fish like carp on the same gear. Six accomplished female anglers will represent the United States at the 24th Annual Ladies’ Match Fishing World Championships in Szolnok, Hungary on Aug. 26 and 27. The first-ever ladies team was assembled by the United States Angling Confederation. The team consists of Barb Carey, Hannah Stonehouse Hudson and Kristen Monroe, all of Wisconsin, Elise De Villiers and Penelope Smit, of Florida, and Shelly Holland, of Minnesota. De Villiers and Smit are veteran match anglers, while Carey, Holland, Hudson and Monroe will be competing for the first time in Hungary. “We don’t expect miracles,” said Team Coach, Attila Agh, a lifelong match angler from Hungary who moved to the United States 17 years ago and has since become a U.S. citizen. “Our competition has been fishing in this way for their entire lives. But I am very encouraged by the spirit our ladies are showing, their angling ability and their competitive nature. They are learning the necessary skills that are new to them and progressing quickly.” Agh warned the competition not to count the Americans out, and the team agrees. De Villiers, who started her match-fishing career in the U.S. nearly 20 years ago, coached and fished on South Africa’s ladies team in the FIPSed World Championships in 2012 and 2013. “I’m very excited that the U.S.A. will have a team competing in Hungary this summer,” she said. “I’m enjoying getting to know these other wonderful ladies and helping to prepare them however I can. I’m extremely proud to be representing Team USA.” In addition to maintaining a rigorous training schedule, the USA Ladies’ Match Fishing Team is raising money to offset significant costs leading up to the competition. Individuals and businesses interested in helping financially are invited to make tax-deductible donations of any amount at www.gofundme.com/team-usa-ladies-match-fishing. Visit www.teamusafishing.org for more information, or join the conversation on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/TeamUSALadiesMatchFishing/.

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ag grouper opened for recreational harvest in most state and all federal Gulf of Mexico waters June 1. It will remain open through Dec. 31. Monroe County is excluded from this season because it follows the Atlantic state season. Franklin, Wakulla, Taylor and Jefferson counties are also excluded from this opening because they have their own season from April 1-June 30. The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) will discuss extending this shorter four-county season at the July commission meeting in Orlando. Learn more or comment on these changes at MyFWC.com/SaltwaterComments. Gulf state waters are from shore to 9 nautical miles. Federal waters begin where state waters end and extend to 200 nautical miles. The minimum size limit for gag grouper in Gulf waters is 24 inches total length, and the daily bag limit is two fish per person within the four-grouper-per-person aggregate limit. If you plan to fish for gag grouper in Gulf state or federal waters from a private recreational vessel, you must sign up as a Gulf Reef Fish Angler (annual renewal is required). To learn more, visit MyFWC. com/Fishing and click on “Saltwater Fishing,” “Recreational Regulations” and “Gulf Reef Fish Survey” under “Reef Fish.” Sign up today at GoOutdoorsFlorida.com.

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Pura Vida Instructor Craig Buss peeks through rebar structures on Palm Beach’s newest artificial reef.

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nder the waters off Palm Beach, history is coming alive. Sunken between depths of 70 and 85 feet off Singer Island lie the remains of the Flagler Bridge. This bridge was once the connection between Palm Beach Island and downtown West Palm Beach. Now, it will lie in the depths as an artificial reef, bridging the gap between previously sunken artificial reefs to one another. But why? Why take old bridge rubble and sink it offshore? To start, the town of Palm Beach didn’t just get rid of the Flagler Bridge access to and from Palm Beach Island. They are replacing the bridge, and construction is slated to be complete by the end of June 2017. Second, Florida has one of the most active artificial reef programs in the nation. Creating artificial reefs facilitates new scuba diving destinations and improves fishing opportunities. Palm Beach County’s Environmental Resource Management had 40 Airline_Ad_CoastalAngler_8-1-14_Layout 1 8/1/14 1:14 Page 1 Flagler Bridge. to 50 loaded barges of rubble available from thePM previous

They contacted Pura Vida Divers, a member of the Palm Beach County Dive Association, asking for recommendations as to where to place most of the bridge rubble. Pura Vida’s suggestion was to fill in the gap between a few of the area’s most popular artificial reefs, the Mizpah Corridor (a series of four artificial reef shipwrecks offshore Singer Island) and the recently placed Danny McCauley Memorial Reef and Mermaid Statue (another artificial reef shipwreck offshore Singer Island north of the Mizpah Corridor). This was the ideal location because placing the bridge rubble between these two wreck sites would create an approximately 1-mile-long dive site, with multiple routes for divers to enjoy and a series of new habitats for our marine life to congregate. Now, with the rubble in place, we were ready to explore this exciting new dive. Upon hearing the captain’s famous words that signal the start of every underwater adventure, “Dive! Dive! Dive!,” divers descend down upon the massive remnants of the Flagler Bridge. Following the current, they will come across concrete lateral bracing, fenders and bearings that give off an eerie type of feeling 80 feet below the surface. As time progresses and nutrients flow, the bridge rubble will provide refuge to colorful marine life influencing and seducing reef fish and larger pelagic fish to come rest and feed among the others. Come dive this new artificial reef of Palm Beach County with Pura Vida Divers! Pura Vida Divers runs daily SCUBA charters, and divers are welcome to request their favorite sites, including this fantastic new series of artificial reefs. For more information about diving this location or to schedule a charter, call Pura Vida Divers at 561-840-8750 or email info. pvd@puravidadivers.com.

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he first time I heard the term ‘shallow-water blackout’ my family had already been freediving and spearfishing for 24 years. My 19-year-old son Robert had taken a course and began describing this phenomenon of how a freediver could blackout while breath-hold diving. I waved my hand dismissively. “That happens to people who don’t know what they are doing,” I said. “We’re experienced.” Three months later, I got schooled in just how wrong I was. April 19, 2008 dawned with beautiful calm seas and clear skies—a spearfisherman’s dream. It was Robert’s 20th birthday, and he wanted to celebrate it by diving with his 16-year-old brother, David, and three other friends: Carson, 20; Nicky, 16; and Richard, 15, who were not experienced freedivers. The boys left early in the morning to freedive together, and we planned to join them in the afternoon with friends and family who were coming out with us on our larger boat. After a successful dive of 50 feet, the boys decided to do a deeper dive. They put the anchor out in 92 feet of water, and Robert headed down first with David behind him. At the bottom, they both grabbed some sand before heading back up. Robert was 15 feet from the surface when he looked down at his brother and saw David motionless 30 feet below him. Robert swam down and grabbed his unconscious brother around the chest before heading for the surface. That’s the last thing Robert remembers. Their friends on the boat suddenly noticed my sons’ bodies drifting face down in the current some 30 yards away. Carson dived off the boat and swam out to them with Nicky right behind him. They turned the boys over. My sons’ faces were blue with swollen purple lips and open staring eyes. The color of their eyes had faded. They were not breathing and were bleeding from the mouth. Their three traumatized friends— engulfed in a nightmare—worked together to bring them onboard and start CPR. And then I got the call. “Hello?” “There’s been an accident.” “Which one?” I asked as fear enveloped me. “Both.” I clung to the table. My heart felt like it was going to explode. I took deep breaths trying to ease the pain in my chest, but it didn’t work. I started praying, with Carson’s girlfriend, that my sons would be spared. My husband Walter and I met the helicopter at the hospital. The boys’ arterial blood gases (oxygen levels) were so low—32 and 54 per-

cent—the ER doctor did not believe the report and had it verbally repeated five times. The pulmonologist told us our sons’ lungs presented as drowning victims. Yet, after three days in ICU, Robert and David were sent home to finish healing. It was a miracle. Soon after the accident, concerned freedive experts contacted me and encouraged me to use my story to make a difference. I felt a strong desire to respond, and so two months after the accident, I founded DiveWise to further freedive safety education. Tracking fatality reports is vital in understanding how accidents happen and how we can prevent them. Divers Alert Network (DAN) maintains an online Breath-hold Incident Database, so divers can report fatal and non-fatal blackout events easily and anonymously. This can be accessed at DiveWise.org. Through much effort and single-minded dedication, Terry Maas has given a gift to freedivers everywhere with his ingenious device, the Freediver Recovery Vest (FRV). This unit is designed, through the diver’s preset depth and time setting, to deliver a blackout victim to the surface face up. You can read more about it at oceanicss.com. My sons now wear the FRV when they freedive and spearfish. There are other ways freedivers can mitigate the risk in this sport: 1. Dive with an evenly matched partner and conform to the level of the least capable diver. 2. Weight yourself correctly by being positively buoyant at the surface after a full exhalation. 3. Do not hyperventilate to excess. 4. Dive one up/one down maintaining constant visual contact. 5. When conditions allow, each diver should have a dive flag; if a boat is involved a dive flag should be conspicuously displayed. 6. Maintain close, direct supervision of a freediver for no less than 30 seconds after they surface, even if they have signaled “OK.” 7. Make your minimum surface interval twice the duration of your dive time. 8. Do not take every dive to its limit; maintain a reserve. 9. Review, practice, and discuss how to recognize and handle blackouts and near blackouts. Never before has more effort from more groups created a greater combined potential for saving lives in the sport of freediving and spearfishing. We are hopeful this will correspond to a lower fatality rate. DiveWise isn’t my organization. It’s yours. We are here to serve the freedive community. Please help by donating online at our website DiveWise.org, a 501 c(3) nonprofit organization, or by offering your suggestions on how we can better help the freedive community. We offer a big “thank you” to the organizations and individuals who have given generously these past nine years in support of our work. We couldn’t have done it without you. Julie Richardson lives in Miami, Fla. with her husband and their three sons. She and her family are avid boaters and spearfishers. In 2010, Julie won the National Award from the Coast Guard funded National Water Safety Congress for her work in promoting water safety. To learn more visit DiveWise.org.

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he St. Lawrence is a majestic river that combines a world-famous historic seaway with breathtaking scenery. Countless islands speckle the St. Lawrence, coining the area’s moniker as the 1000 Islands Region. The area’s beauty must be witnessed first-hand to be truly appreciated. Most important for anglers, this deep-water channel that connects the Great Lakes with the Atlantic Ocean creates countless fishing opportunities. The 1000 Islands Region of Upstate New York offers world-class fishing for huge and plentiful northern pike and tasty walleye, and for as long as anyone can remember it’s been the musky capital of North America. But it’s the St. Lawrence’s bass fishing that will take center stage this summer, with the Bassmaster Elite Series coming to the 1000 Islands Region for the third time in five years. This fishery has always offered tremendous bass fishing, with countless shoals and sunken ships that create textbook structure for smallmouth bass, and myriad bays and weedy backwaters that offer phenomenal largemouth opportunities. A full day of bent rods on 2- and 3-pound smallmouth has always been the norm. In the last decade, an invasive baitfish species, the goby, has populated this and other Great Lakes. Their spread has been like steroids for the smallmouth population. The goby’s desired habitat aligns perfectly with the smallie’s dinner table. Evidence of this is the pot-bellied New York record 8-lb., 4-oz. smallmouth landed last August. This trophy smallmouth fishing has lured the highest level of tournament bass fishing to small, yet quaint Waddington, N.Y. from July 20-23. Bassmaster recently polled its professionals and found that the St. Lawrence ranks among their favorite destinations. Five fish bags over 20 pounds are expected. The Angler Magazine field expert and Bassmaster Justin Walts predicts about 75 percent of the professionals will target smallmouths. In smallmouth waters, pros often ensure a five-fish bag of 2- to 3-pound smallies before seeking out bigger largemouth. On the St. Lawrence, the dynamic changes because of the possibility of scoring huge smallmouth. Walts, who fishes the St. Lawrence often, favors drop-shotting deeper shoals in 25 to 50 feet of water with watermelon, shad or perch colored V-tailed shad or casting crankbaits and swimbaits on shoals 25 feet or shallower. Flipping weeds or tossing frogs in back bays is the ticket to score largemouth. Spectator participation is also a factor for the Elite Series return to Waddington. In 2015, the town hosted over 30,000 fishing fans, breaking an Elite Series record. Waddington hosts a four-day event to entertain and feed visitors, with music and fireworks provided by local sponsors. Waddington is easily reached via a picturesque drive from Syracuse, or via airports in Massena, Ogdensburg, or Watertown, N.Y. Visit www.waddingtonpartyinthepark.com for more details. For more on fishing St. Lawrence County, visit www.fishcap.com to receive a free St. Lawrence County Anglers Guide and information on other tremendous fisheries, specifically Black Lake which is loaded with bass, crappie and pike. 20

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ummer is here! What better time to learn to spearfish? Many people have gotten into it because they were already “divers” and wanted to try another activity while underwater—as happened to me. A few fishermen, who weren’t yet divers, have asked me where to begin if they wanted to learn. My first piece of advice to anyone is to be sure you are comfortable underwater, whether scuba diving or freediving. One must be so comfortable underwater that it becomes second nature. If scuba diving, achieving proper buoyancy should happen without even thinking about it. If freediving, it’s best to have many dives under your belt before picking up a speargun. Fortunately, there are many dive agencies and dive shops that offer scuba certification and freediving instruction. Beyond that, I recommend at least one year’s worth of experience diving under different conditions before attempting to spearfish. It is a very good sign if you are so calm and collected in the water that fish which are normally “spooky” will let you swim near them instead of running from your presence (such as mutton snappers and black groupers). This is the sign of an experienced diver and will help you to properly hunt fish. When ready to begin, it’s important to have the right equipment— and I’m not just talking about a speargun. Get advice from a reputable dive shop that specializes in spearfishing. They will guide you toward the right wetsuit, mask, knife, gloves and speargun. Dive shops are familiar with local conditions and will give good advice. If you have a spearfishing club in the area, by all means, join! Many

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t’s summertime, and shallow-water fishing for reds is kicking off this month. It will last through mid October on the Atlantic Coast, and to mid February along the Gulf Coast. Before you “see” your first tailing redfish, you really feel like everyone is just making this up. You see nothing during an eight hour shallow-water expedition, and others come back speaking of tails “… like a used car lot, flags everywhere,” as Capt. Chuck Uzzle of Orange, Texas would say.

But why aren’t you seeing this? There are several factors involved in seeing tailing redfish, redfish swimming in shallow water; they are not easy to see. If you are fishing shallow seagrass, marsh or even flooded spartina marsh in areas where redfish roam and you’re doing it during a season when shrimp are abundant in those areas, then there are tailing redfish there. Let’s take a look at what you should be looking for with your eyes. Both Capt. Steve Soule of Galveston, Texas and Chuck McKinney of Portland, Texas say you should be looking for the horizontal line of the redfish’s back. Everything in the marsh and on seagrass flats tends to be either vertical or irregular shaped. Grass is vertical, potholes are irregular, even oyster reef edges are irregular. See a redfish cruising the flats, and the first thing you will notice is the horizontal line of it’s back. A good pair of Costa 580g lenses is what you want for this. The only difference between a cruiser and a tailer is that the tailer is probably nose down into the mud and a little bit of his tail is sticking out of the water. You’ll probably only see a little dark triangle at the end of the horizontal line of the redfish’s back. You typically won’t see the big blue tail and black dot rising out of the water waving at you like a little red flag back and forth. So begin to look for the horizontal line, the small triangle, and the glow of coppery orange. This should help you to see what’s been in front of you all along. Let’s talk about something else here that’s also a problem for most people. These environments are very grassy, and throwing an open-throated jig head during summer low tides is asking for trouble. Might as well go ahead and throw the lunch salad on a hook, because that’s all that fish is going to see. You have to throw something weedless that you can cast accurately, no matter the wind, something that can get the fish’s attention with action or accuracy, and sinks naturally so they can’t pass up such an easy meal. The troutsupport.com lure solves many of the frustrations sight casters have to put up with. Both reds and speckled trout love it. It casts far and accurately, walks the dog, wobbles like a big slow spoon, but is buoyant enough to sink slowly right in the fish’s face. Tobin created TroutSupport.com to help anglers develop their abilities by learning what to look for on the water.

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