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you wake up each morning, you are on the water ready to fish with your boat tied up next to you. Of the drum family, redfish seem to be the most popular inshore species. Redfish are always a great fight, especially the big bulls. But many anglers seem to overlook black drum, which are sometimes referred to as a “mud donkeys.” It is not an attractive fish, nor is it great for eating; therefore, it is not commonly targeted. This fish does, however, grow the largest of the drum species, and it fights with the same action and power as a bull red. Now that I’ve caught a few, I believe black drum can look very pretty once the Louisiana sun hits those scales just right. Redfish and black drum are thick in the Louisiana marshes all year, but the season for the monsters runs from September to January, when big fish move from offshore into the marsh following migrating baitfish. When the baitfish show up inshore, the big fish won’t be far behind. For bait you can use live or artificial depending on whether you are trying to sight fish or just toss a line out and wait. On our trip, we used a standard knocker rig, with an egg sinker and a hook, and sank split live blue crabs and shrimp to the bottom and waited. The fishing is quite simple when you know where the fish are, although a guide is recommended for those unfamiliar with the waters because it’s easy to get lost in the marsh. Keep an eye out for cold fronts. The cold fronts clean up the water and bring the fish closer to the surface, which makes for perfect sight fishing. The fish also enjoy the cooler inshore water, so they will be more abundant and active. Check out Jacki’s YouTube channel Jacki Shea Fishing for videos of her fishing adventures. Her guide for the Louisiana trip was Brittney Novalsky who can be contacted through www.fishingadventureswithbrittney.com. For more fishing with Jacki Shea, go to

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hen I first started fly fishing in the 80s, the sport was not nearly as popular as it is today. Shops carrying fly tackle were sparse, people with knowledge of the sport were few and far between and getting lessons was nearly impossible. When I think back to those days, recalling the number of flies I lost in trees, the frequent tangles I developed and the shear lack of fish I caught, it is a wonder that I kept with it. Indeed, if it were not for the fly tying component of the sport, I might well have thrown in the towel. I love fly tying; being able to create something to fool fish with is a marvelous achievement. In contrast to my early fly fishing days, today there is a seeming abundance of information on the sport, from equipment, to angling destinations; everyone seems to have some insights. On top of this has been the advent of the Internet, a treasure trove of information and misinformation. The fact of the matter is, fly fishing is not nearly as complicated as it may seem. It is simply a form of fishing that allows for lightweight or nearly weightless “lures” to be used, which without the added weight in the line could not be presented to a fish. In some cases, fly fishing is a far superior method for fooling fish and in others, deep waters for example, far more challenging. When it comes to heavily pressured or sensitive fish, especially those inhabiting shallow inshore waters, I would argue fly fishing can often out-produce other techniques. Being able to imperceptibly drop a fly in front of fish when they are used to loud splashes from heavy lures or live baits can often result in fooled fish. Fly fishing is sometimes called an art, perhaps because of the apparent delicateness of the cast, the manner in which the line travels out over the water, or because many incorrectly, consider it hard. So let me correct this fallacy. Fly fishing is not hard, it does not need to be complicated and it can be very easily learned. If you really want to learn to fly fish, I would suggest a trip to the Bahamas. The weather is beautiful, the waters are stunning, and the people, culture and food are marvelous. The chance of catching fish is very high, as the guides are great instructors and a week’s worth of fly fishing immersion would provide incredible advancement in understanding and skill level. Throughout my travels in the Bahamas, I have met many wonderful guides and visited many top-notch facilities. To highlight one Bahamian guide or lodge is simply impossible. However, when it comes to learning the sport, be honest. When booking a trip to a lodge, perhaps directly or through a travel company like Yellow Dog Fly Fishing or Frontiers International, tell them what you want. Tell them you are a beginner. Tell them you want to learn. Through this strategy, those in the know will put you with facilities and personnel best suited to an instructional 12

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s predicated, the month of December delivered some of the best coastal angling and inshore saltwater fishing of the entire year! Record numbers of Speckled Trout and Redfish were caught throughout the lower St. John’s River, the Intracoastal Waterway and the “big rocks” at the ocean inlets of Northeast Florida. Huge schools of slot Black Drum and Sheepshead moved into the area and provided anglers with plenty of action and excellent table fare all month long! In early January, look for Redfish “pods” to be tightly-schooled and feeding on “warm” mud flats in the upper reaches of saltwater feeder creeks (Brown’s Creek, Clapboard Creek, Hanna Mills, Sister’s Creek, Shad Creek, Chicopit Bay/Mt. Pleasant Creek and Sherman Creek.) Massive schools of small Speckled Trout (up to 15”) will be “stackedup” at Nassau Sound near the southwest (old fish camp) bank between the two A1A bridges. Perfect for wade fishing, you can catch dozens of trout in 3 to 4 feet of clean water using your favorite DOA ¼ once “shrimp lure.” (I prefer the DOA Pearl/Redhead #310, Root beer/Gold Glitter #304 and in low light conditions I like the Nite Glow #305!) As of this writing, December 2016 has been an extremely mild month with above average temperatures and less than average rainfall. Typically, January is the coldest month of the year with low temperatures averaging 41.9 degrees (F) and high temps averaging 64.2 degrees (F). Meteorologists are predicting mild weather patterns will continue in Northeast Florida in the month of January. That’s why I am predicting that action in Northeast Florida for freshwater anglers will “heat-up” this month! With mild weather conditions and mostly sunny days, the water temperature in local shallow lakes and ponds will begin to rise more quickly than the temperatures found our rivers, streams, spring-fed lakes and deep “borrow pits” near most Interstate off-ramps. Scientific data confirms that most freshwater fish will begin to aggressively feed with a rapid 3-degree change in water temperature. If you watch the weather patterns and cold fronts sweeping down from Canada in January, you will notice that there are usually 3 or 4 days between cold fronts. Wait a few days after a cold front passes and just before the next cold front arrives, find a shallow lake or pond (protected from the wind.) Then fish late in the afternoon from the “east bank” of the pond (with the greatest exposure to direct sunlight.) What you will discover is this: even the coldest month of the year can deliver family fun and non-stop action by targeting pre-spawn “Panfish” (Bream) and Largemouth Bass in shallow lakes and ponds of Northeast Florida! 6 NE FLorida

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YOUR BEST BET FOR JANUARY If you are an avid angler who quickly develops “cabin fever” during the dog-days of winter, I may have some good news for you! Our previous “winter fishing” experience tells us that it is extremely difficult to consistently catch quality fish in the month of January. Right? What better time to grab the family, pack a quick lunch basket and head to your neighborhood park (that also has a “stocked” fishing pond?) Or give your spouse the “day-off ” by taking the “kids” to your favorite golf course “chain of lakes” or secret holding pond for some non-stop Panfish action. Over the years, I have really enjoyed this “laid-back” stress-free fishing experience. And with ultra-light tackle, you might be amazed at how much fun it is to catch a “big bream” or small bass. Decades ago, the term ‘Panfish” was given to small freshwater gamefish as a nickname because they were the perfect size to gut, scale and “pan fry” whole in an old-fashion iron skillet. (They never got too big to fit in a frying pan!) There are several species of Panfish found in lakes and ponds through out the state of Florida, including Redear Sunfish (locally called “Shell Crackers” because they prefer to eat freshwater snails and clams.) The Florida state record for a Shell Cracker 4.86 pounds! You can also catch Freshwater “Warmouth” and “Black Crappie” in area lakes and ponds as well. However, the most abundant Panfish in Northeast Florida is the Freshwater Blue Gill, (a member of the Sunfish family.) The Florida state record for the hard-fighting Blue Gill is 2.95 pounds but the average is less than a pound.

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Fishing Report Pier and Surf By: Noel Kuhn

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his December was one of the most memorable ones in my fishing life. The water stayed in the mid 60’s for long enough for the Pompano and Whiting to mass in big schools. The bite was awesome. Now the water has cooled even further and I’m hoping it stays above 60. That is the temperature where whiting will leave the surf for warmer waters off shore. For this month we will focus on the three species of Whiting we catch here in N E Florida. They are the Gulf Kingfish, Southern Kingfish, and Northern Kingfish. The Gulf Kingfish are mostly silver with a little black tip on top of their tail. Where as both the Southern and Northern Kingfish are over all a little darker and have faint vertical bars. The black tip

on the tail is absence. Oh yeah, they have teeth! These larger more aggressive “whiting” will chase down any fish that they can swallow. I have caught them in the surf with finger mullet and mud minnows! The best bait to use is still good fresh shrimp. Clam, crab, and sand fleas also work just fine. If you get on a real hot bite cut small belly strips from a whiting. You can catch two or three Kingfish before the belly strip wears out. What type of rig to use?Fish finder rig or double dropper rig? I prefer the double dropper 100 to 1 and here is why. Two baits instead of one. You can use the sputnik style sinkers. With the fish finder or sinker slider rig you cannot use the sputniks because your trace, tag, snood, or leader will wrap around the wires of the sputnik. Sputniks have superior holding power along with the fact that they are ten times more aero dynamic than a pyramid sinker. Smaller hook size will increase your catch rate. Most of the year I use a 2/0 circle hook for almost everything. However, when it comes to cool weather Whiting fishing I drop down to a #1 or #2 circle. Some successful fishermen drop down to a very small #4. The disadvantage to a #4 is if a Black Drum comes along it will be tough to land it. Keep your eye on the surf temp. If it gets down to 59 degrees or below stay home and tie some rigs. See you on the beach. Noel Kuhn Surf fishing guide and long distance casting coach. 904-945-0660 www.TheSurfAngler.com

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y now the first frost of the year should have set in the St. Augustine to Palm Coast area plummetting water temps into the low 60’s even high 50’s. When water temps drop our merky tea colored water transforms into gin clear sight fishable flats comparable to the Florida Keys. Red fishing on the flats isn’t an early morning ritual like in the summer; waiting for the sun to rise and warm the waters is your best bet. A low mid morning incoming tide is a perfect scenario as the sun heats the oyster beds and once the tide floods schools of Redfish

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t’s sight fishing time… It’s sight fishing time… It’s sight fishing time! Can you tell I’m a little excited? The next few months give anglers in Northeast Florida the best chance to get out there and sight fish a redfish in the shallows. As air temps drop, the water will clear up. The colder it gets, the clearer the water will be (The colder water will kill off the algae that makes our waters so murky much of the year). This also marks the time of year when our inshore fish really get schooled up both on the flats and in the creeks. Clear water, schooled up redfish, and not many boats on the water, does it get any better? Slot-sized redfish will be schooled up this time of year. Locating the larger schools of fish can be tough, but if you know what to look for it may be easier than you think. I like to scout for schools of fish on the lower tide stage, as it gets them more bunched up. Look for the areas on a flat that will hold just enough water for the fish at dead low tide. You can bet that if a large flat just about dries up at low tide, all the fish that live there will be in the spots holding just enough water for them to swim in. Those shallow areas will warm up on sunny days creating an ideal place for the redfish to hang out and warm up a bit. If the flat goes completely dry, check the edges or

troughs. When you find the fish there, wait for the tide to come back in and follow the fish back up onto the flat to see where they like to go. You can be a real flats fishing “ninja” once you pattern wintertime schooled-up reds. My go-to lure for wintertime sight fishing is the Slayer Inc. SST paddle tail. I like to pair it up with either a 1/8oz Slayer Inc. jighead or weedless hook, depending on bottom conditions. It’s important to stay lightweight if at all possible because sometimes with clearer water comes spookier fish. Using a light setup will allow you to make less splash when the lure enters the water, thus allowing you to cast closer to the fish without spooking him. If you are casting to a school of fish, lead them by as much as you can. If your bait or lure lands too close to just one fish you may spook the whole school. A couple other species we’ll be targeting this time of year will be trout, black drum, and sheepshead. If you find a nice warm spot up on the flats this time of year you may just run into some really big, laidup trout. The smaller schooling trout will be thick in the deeper creek holes. The drum and sheepshead can be found in the same creek holes, especially on the lower tide stages. If you’re targeting the trout, use a rig that allows you to fish in the middle of the water column. If you’re looking to get the drum and sheepies, go to the bottom with fiddler crabs or shrimp.    Stay safe out there and have a Happy New Year!!!! Capt. Tommy Derringer 904-377-3734 www.InshoreAdventures.net

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Approximate Correction Times Palm Valley ICW: H: +2:20 L: +2:00 +/- for Other regional Locations JAX Beach: H: -:29 L: -:20

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Major Feeding Periods 2:50 AM-4:50 AM • 3:20 PM-5:20 PM

01 Sun 03:40 AM -0.08 L

10:14 AM 5.15 H 04:21 PM -0.03 L 10:31 PM 4.49 H

02 Mon 04:22 AM 0.02 L

10:56 AM 5.09 H 05:04 PM 0.01 L 11:15 PM 4.57 H

3:40 AM-5:40 AM • 4:10 PM-6:10 PM

03 Tue 05:10 AM 0.12 L

11:41 AM 4.99 H 05:51 PM 0.03 L

4:30 AM-6:30 AM • 5:00 PM-7:00 PM

04 Wed 12:04 AM 4.66 H

06:06 AM 0.22 L 12:30 PM 4.86 H 06:43 PM 0.0 L

5:15 AM-7:15 AM • 5:45 PM-7:45 PM

05 Thu 12:57 AM 4.75 H

07:07 AM 0.26 L 01:25 PM 4.7 H

07:39 PM -0.06 L

2:40 AM-4:40 AM • 2:50 PM-4:50 PM

06 Fri 01:55 AM 4.85 H

08:12 AM 0.21 L 02:26 PM 4.56 H 08:37 PM -0.19 L

6:55 AM-8:55 AM • 7:25 PM-9:25 PM

07 Sat 02:59 AM 4.98 H

09:18 AM 0.07 L 03:32 PM 4.49 H 09:37 PM -0.38 L

7:50 AM-9:50 AM • 8:20 PM-10:20 PM

08 Sun 04:04 AM 5.17 H

10:22 AM -0.17 L 04:37 PM 4.51 H 10:37 PM -0.64 L

8:45 AM-10:45 AM • 9:15 PM-11:15 PM

09 Mon 05:07 AM 5.4 H

11:24 AM -0.47 L 05:38 PM 4.61 H 11:35 PM -0.94 L

9:45 AM-11:45 AM • 0:15 PM-11:59 PM

10 Tue 06:05 AM 5.61 H

12:21 PM -0.78 L 06:34 PM 4.73 H

10:45 AM-12:45 PM • 11:15 PM-11:59 PM

11 Wed 12:31 AM -1.21 L 07:00 AM 5.76 H 01:13 PM -1.02 L 07:26 PM 4.83 H

11:45 AM-1:45 PM

12 Thu 01:24 AM -1.4 L

07:52 AM 5.81 H 02:03 PM -1.14 L 08:17 PM 4.89 H

12:15 AM-2:15 AM • 12:45 PM-2:45 PM

13 Fri 02:14 AM -1.45 L

08:41 AM 5.74 H 02:50 PM -1.13 L 09:06 PM 4.88 H

1:10 AM-3:10 AM • 1:45 PM-3:45 PM

14 Sat 03:03 AM -1.32 L

09:29 AM 5.57 H 03:37 PM -0.98 L 09:53 PM 4.82 H

2:10 AM-4:10 AM • 2:40 PM-4:40 PM

15 Sun 03:52 AM -1.04 L

10:16 AM 5.31 H 04:24 PM -0.74 L 10:41 PM 4.72 H

3:00 AM-5:00 AM • 3:30 PM-5:30 PM

16 Mon 04:43 AM -0.66 L 11:03 AM 5.01 H 05:11 PM -0.45 L 11:29 PM 4.59 H

3:50 AM-5:50 AM • 4:15 PM-6:15 PM

17 Tue 05:36 AM -0.24 L

11:49 AM 4.68 H 06:00 PM -0.15 L

4:35 AM-6:35 AM • 5:05 PM-7:05 PM

18 Wed 12:18 AM 4.46 H

06:30 AM 0.16 L 12:36 PM 4.37 H 06:50 PM 0.12 L

5:20 AM-7:20 AM • 5:45 PM-7:45 PM

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07:26 AM 0.48 L 01:26 PM 4.1 H

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24 Tue 05:44 AM 4.49 H

11:56 AM 0.35 L 06:02 PM 3.93 H

9:50 AM-11:50 AM • 10:15 PM-11:59 PM

25 Wed 12:00 AM 0.09 L

06:29 AM 4.66 H 12:40 PM 0.08 L 06:45 PM 4.07 H

10:40 AM-12:40 PM • 11:05 PM-11:59 PM

26 Thu 12:43 AM -0.16 L

07:11 AM 4.83 H 01:21 PM -0.17 L 07:25 PM 4.22 H

11:30 AM-1:30 PM • 11:55 PM-11:59 PM

27 Fri 01:24 AM -0.4 L

07:51 AM 4.98 H 01:59 PM -0.38 L 08:05 PM 4.36 H

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28 Sat 02:03 AM -0.57 L

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29 Sun 02:42 AM -0.65 L

09:10 AM 5.12 H 03:15 PM -0.61 L 09:26 PM 4.62 H

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30 Mon 03:22 AM -0.65 L 09:52 AM 5.11 H 03:54 PM -0.62 L 10:08 PM 4.74 H

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31 Tue 04:06 AM -0.57 L

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Fishing Report & Forecast St. Augustine Offshore By Capt. Robert Johnson

Happy New Year January is one of the most overlooked fishing months of the year. I know it’s cold and Grouper are closed but if you sit it out your missing out. Seriously January is a great month to be on the water. For the near shore bottom fisherman in 100ft or less jumbo size seabass will be chewing. Depending on water temperature you can add Cobia and Vermillion’s to the list. For anglers heading out deeper to 21 and 23 fathoms expect everything on the list. This is the time for

jumbo Red porgy in addition to the normal array of bottom fish. If its Mutton snapper that you’re after, then try 150 to 160 feet. Lighter leaders 10 to 20 ft. in length with a dead sardine is the rig of choice. On the troll Wahoo and Black Fin Tuna are king with plenty of both being taken from 150 ft. on out to the shelf edge. The normal cedar plugs fished way back will score plenty of Tuna fish. The rest of the spread should be wire with at least one rig fished down deep behind a planner or downrigger. High speed trolling is hard to beat if Wahoo is your main focus. When it comes to January weather flexibility is the key. Pay attention to the fronts and enjoy less crowds and more fish. “Let’s Go Fishing”.

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Fishing Report Green Cove By: Richard Hamilton

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ell, it looks like the beginning of a good year for fishing and shrimping. Let’s begin with the specks.  They’ll be front and center for this report because they’re just beginning their march to spawning time.  They’ll be in blow down and around pilings of bridges and deep water docks and cruising the deep water center of creeks for that food.  You’ll be trolling or drifting.  Also casting or dippin’ jigs or minnows or a combination around structure.  Minnows are a great fish finder.  But let’s remember these beauties love road runners, beetle spins, hal flys or similar types of bait.  The bit should be getting better as the days wear on and the temperature and fronts stabilize.  Look for these beauties to be in the creeks and the deeper docks in the river.  Also remember the area lakes are a great bet.  But as always, you don’t know unless you go. Big reds should be around and beating the heck out of the bait fish.  Remember until it gets too cold, these demons of the river will be happy to stretch your string.  Shiners, as well as bass lures, catch these fish.  Look for activity in the grass and then busting bait pods.  So have at it. The largemouth will be schooling, trying to feed up for that big temp 18 NE FLorida

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lack drum fishing is excellent in the deep waters of both Cumberland and Nassau Sounds when a warm winter in coming tide arrives in late afternoon. Seasoned black drum fishermen prefer fishing with fairly heavy fishing gear including 30-50 pound tackle while fishing dead on the bottom with ultra fresh shrimp, a quarter blue crab, or clam. When all else fails, try barbing a combination of any of the above black drum baits and hang on as Northeast Florida black drum can weigh up to 100-pounds! Offshore fishermen will be targeting excellent eating black sea bass at KBY reef where broken concrete strewn along a rough bottom is a huge attraction for these excellent eating fish. Best baits include fresh squid, or cut baits. A sporting fishing technique includes employing twenty-pound spinning tackle with the spinner filled with twenty-pound braided fishing line. A four-foot length of fifty pound fluorocarbon shock leader is attached to the tag end of the main line using back to back “Uni” knots. Finally a four-ounce buck tail jig is tied to the jig using a “Loop” knot. Drop the buck tail jig down to the bottom, engage your spin reel and begin to jig the lure slowly making sure that the jig makes contact with the rough bottom. Keep in mind that most winter bottom feeders will prefer to feed along the bottom where they can easily trap their meal against the structure. January bottom fishing is also excellent at FA, FB, FC and HH fish havens during the month of January. Winter offshore fishermen can also expect to catch gag grouper, flounder, sheepshead and red snapper. Be sure to check the latest FWC fishing regulations by visiting www. myfwc.com. Further offshore winter wahoo fishing can be red hot at Northeast Florida’s “Continental Shelf ”. Legendary offshore angler Don Comb’s favorite setup for wahoo begins with 50-pound class trolling rods set at the transom and fished

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with weighted lines. A 24-ounce trolling weight, with a hole running right through the center is rigged with a section of 135-pound cable followed by beads at each end and swivels. A 15-foot section of 200-pound mono shock leader is then attached to the trolling weight and on the business end, a blue and white rubber skirted “Jet Head” is attached. Today specially designed and rigged trolling lures are luring the speedy wahoo which are capable of chasing down a high speed lure at speeds up to 60-miles per hour. Here Comb’s bumps up his trolling speeds while high speed trolling from 12-18 knots. Heading the list of high speed lures includes C & H “Mr. Big”, “Wahoo Whacker XL” and the “American Express”. The popular “N.E. Florida Wahoo Shootout” fishing tournament begins on February 4th and runs through March 26th. The 2015 and 2016 tournament were sold out so be sure and enter early at www.wahooshoutout.com. Inshore fishermen will be targting hard hitting redfish during a flood and low tide. Sight fishing for redfish is becoming more and more popular where many inshore fishermen have sold their jetty and offshore fishing boats and are now chasing redfish with a shallow water boat. Prime areas to sight fish for January redfish include the marsh bays located just south of the “Shave Bridge”. Look for the last of the falling tide to uncover large schools of redfish that art huddled up in a shallow pool feeding on crabs and shrimp. Best lures include the Berkley Gulp shrimp in the “New Penny” color pattern and a ½ ounce gold spoon. Sea trout will be holding along the deep waters of the Intra Coastal Waterway where fishermen will be drifting live shrimp deep under a trout float. A key area includes the rough and rocky shoreling located just south of the mouth of Egan’s Creek. For more fishing and charter information please call Amelia Angler Outfitters at 904-261-2870.

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TIPS FROM A PRO

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very year as my bass tournament season comes to an end, I start thinking about crappie fishing. I like to take a break and let the competitive flames refuel a bit. When the calendar strikes November and water temperatures dip into the 50s in Tennessee, I take several days to go crappie fishing. These fish make really good table fare, they are also very fun to catch, especially the big ones like you find in winter. I am well aware of how good crappie fishing is in spring. But for the way I fish for them around home, fall and winter are when you can really fill the livewell.

It works the same way when fishing laydowns. I look for laydowns on vertical banks that have a good-sized trunk. If they have a big trunk, I know there is a good-sized treetop out in the water. If they are there, I will see them on my SideVision. Once you find fish, cast exactly where they are or just beyond them, not 3 feet to the left or right. If you miss a crappie’s strike zone by 6 inches, you’ve missed it by a mile. Make the cast, count your bait down to the desired depth and reel just fast enough to maintain that depth. No jigging, nothing fancy, just a

Crappie stack up in large schools this time of year, at it’s not hard to catch them if you know what to look for. Crappie always hang around cover of some type. The two key pieces of structure on my home water are boat docks and laydowns. There are a few docks that seem to always hold fish, but I like to hunt for them with my Raymarine electronics. I turn on SideVision mode and start searching. Crappie will be in big schools, and I might go down a line of 50 docks with only one dock holding the mother lode. To see how big they are and to make sure they are crappie, I will put an Aqua Vu camera down there and check them out. Most of the docks I fish are floating, and the magical depth is normally at least 20 feet of water under the dock. The crappie will normally be suspended under these docks anywhere from 8 to 15 feet down, depending on the water clarity.

slow reel. My favorite jig head is a 1/32-ounce ball-shaped jig head with a good sharp Mustad hook, but I will go up to a 1/16-ounce if the wind is blowing or I’m fishing deeper than normal. Any soft plastic minnow imitation in the 2-inch range with a straight tail will work. Stay away from twist-tail grubs for this method because they cause your bait to rise too much. I use a S721 MHX rod built with supplies from Mud Hole Custom Tackle, including a Winn grip. It is 6-foot-long, super-sensitive and has the perfect action for controlling small baits. I team it with a 1000-size spinning reel and 4-pound Vicious Panfish line in fluorescent green. The green line helps me detect light strikes. These tips will help you all the way up until crappie start moving shallow to spawn. These fish are fat and healthy this time of year. So get out and have some fun this winter.

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at planting, and take the rest of the winter off. Even though there are no signs of growth above ground, the root systems will have time to get adjusted to their new location and begin to initiate new root growth. There are plenty of advantages of growing your own edibles. First of all, you know what has been done over the course of the growing season from a chemical stand point. Second, the fruit just taste

better coming out of your home orchard versus buying fruit from the grocers that have little to no flavors. Thirdly, it is good for your soul and you will feel more connected to the environment and nature. Whether it is an apple tree, muscadine vine or a blueberry bush; now is the time to plant. Let’s Grow Together. Greg Ison, Ison’s Nursery and Vineyards, 800733-0324, www.isons.com

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estled in the picturesque Blue Ridge Mountains of Western North Carolina, Jackson County is home to the Western North Carolina Fly Fishing Trail and its centerpiece, the Tuckasegee River, which dissects the county as it flows north to Fontana Lake. The “Tuck,” as it is known to the locals, is a beautiful tailwater trout fishery used for the 2011 USA Fly Fishing Championships, in which the Gold Medal was won by Team USA member Logan Egan. The most popular time to fish the Tuck is during the delayed harvest (DH) fishing season from Oct. 1 to the first Friday in June each year. During this time frame, the Tuck is a catchand-release fishery with artificial-lure, single-hook restrictions. This stretch of specially regulated water runs about 5.5 miles outside the small towns of Dillsboro, Sylva and Cullowhee. The boundaries of the DH are marked by signage on the banks. These regulations appeal to fly fishers and spin fishers alike. You will not only see anglers stripping streamers, drifting nymphs, and casting dries, but you will see a fair number of spinner fishermen taking good numbers of brook, rainbow and brown trout. Jackson County receives an annual stocking of 92,800 trout, the most in the state of North Carolina. In October and November 2016, the Tuck DH section was stocked with 19,600 trout. Rainbow and brook trout made up about 80 percent of this number, and the other 20 percent were brown trout. Normally, trout reach 12 inches in length before making it into the Tuck, but anglers should expect to see, and potentially land, some trophy-sized trout on any drift or presentation. Many anglers wade the river, and drift boats are also popular. Stream flow is controlled by Duke Energy, which posts three days of release schedules on their website, www.duke-energy. com under the Nantahala link. Duke Energy has also provided boat ramps on Old Cullowhee Road and North River Road that many drifters use while floating the Tuck. South River Road is a popular area for anglers and guides due to the number of pull-offs that parallel the river and make accessing the river easy. Access to the Tuckasegee is great compared to some other rivers in the area, but there is some posted private property. Be sure to avoid it. The Tuck is also part of the North Carolina Mountain Heritage Trout Waters program, which allows anglers to fish with a special three-day license that costs only $5. Many anglers opt to purchase a regular fishing license with a trout stamp since the fee is fair and it gives access to almost all the state’s trout waters. A non-resident can purchase a 10-day fishing license and trout stamp for $33 or an annual fishing license and trout stamp for $51. The Tuck DH runs very close to downtown Sylva, yet its beauty catches most first-time anglers off guard.

In fall, the red, yellow and orange leaves dancing on the trees highlight the contours of the surrounding mountains. A bald eagle might closely judge your fishing skills, watching for its opportunity to show you how it’s done. Winter brings cleansing and the occasional snowfall, in which many local anglers find solitude chasing trout on tiny midges. Winter fishing pressure is minimal, which makes it a great time to land a large trout if you’re willing to test your mental toughness wading in cold water. Spring comes to life with budding trees and insects hatching, signaling the coming summer. Anglers spend late evenings on the Tuck sight casting to rising trout honed in on larger dry flies and emerger patterns. Spring evenings can be very peaceful, since most anglers have broken down their rods by 6 p.m. and are headed to the local brewery or one of the many unique restaurants or food trailers in downtown Sylva or Dillsboro. There is a list of local restaurants and breweries at www.mountainlovers.com, or just ask local fly shop employees for their recommendation. In 2016, the North Carolina General Assembly proclaimed Jackson County the Official Trout Capital of North Carolina. Jackson County is home to 4,600 miles of trout streams with a good mixture of hatchery supported streams and wild streams. Check out www.NCTroutcapital.com for more information. Jackson County was also the first to have an officially designated Fly Fishing Trail, which highlights 15 different streams and rivers for any angler to test their skills. Many have taken the challenge of catching and releasing trout or smallmouth bass in each location. There is a map that gives detailed information about each stream, directions, and the type of fish anglers can expect to catch. More information is available at www. flyfishingtrail.com. If you are looking for a fishery with plenty of trout and the opportunity to catch a 25-incher, the Tuck is for you. It is relatively close to Atlanta, Knoxville, Charleston and Charlotte. The Tuck is just an hour west of Asheville, N.C., and it is at the base of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park and Blue Ridge Parkway. This makes for a nice and easy weekend retreat, or it can be a popular destination for longer stays due to accessibility and other local attractions. Come and experience North Carolina trout fishing at its best! Shannon Messer owns Appalachian Flies and manages and guides at Blackrock Outdoors Orvis Authorized Fly Shop at 570 West Main Street, Sylva NC 28779. Contact him at 828-6314453 or appalachianflies@gmail.com.

North Carolina’s Tuckasegee River, A Southern Gem By Shannon Messer

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FISH & FISHING

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t’s commonplace today, but more than a halfcentury ago few anglers even thought about it. The late Dr. Webster Robinson wanted to catch either a sailfish or striped marlin on a fly rod while casting from a boat that was out of gear so that the fly was not being trolled. Working with his skipper, Capt. Lefty Reagan, these angling legends fathered the concept of teasing a fish. They reasoned that if they could raise a billfish on a hookless bait, capture its total attention by keeping the tasty morsel just out of reach, work the fish within casting range and substitute a different offering at the last minute, the mission would be successful. I knew both men well and listened intently as Web Robinson described the process to me in detail. He even gave me a copy of the fly he used. Teasing ranks as an extremely effective technique for countless species in a variety of situations. Working on sailfish or marlin on the offshore grounds is just one phase. Sometimes known as bait-andswitch, it’s nothing more than using a live bait, dead bait or a certain artificial to excite a fish enough so it will eat the lure or bait you want it to devour on the tackle of your choice. Very light tackle enthusiasts often tease their quarry into striking so that the line doesn’t break on the initial contact. I’ve teased countless species from sharks, albacore and tuna to striped bass, redfish, barracuda, amberjack, snook and many more. Let me share a couple examples to show you how effective teasing can be. Using a spinning outfit, I rigged a plastic worm exactly the same way as I would for largemouth bass. Pacific sailfish normally don’t include plastic worms as part of their diet. We teased one with a bonito belly and, once the boat was out of gear, I cast the worm. My partner yanked the teaser out of the water and the fish inhaled a plastic worm faster than you can read this.

I met a man who showed me beautiful flies for offshore species. When I told him I could catch a sailfish on a cigar just as easily as with one of his flies, he laughed at me. We were shooting a television show in Panama, and late in the day Capt. Karl Anderson asked if I had a cigar. He rigged it with a leader and hook, attached it to a flyrod and waited for a sailfish to show in the trolled teasers. We stopped the boat, Karl yanked the teaser away from the fish, and I cast the cigar. Within seconds, the sailfish crashed the cigar, went airborne, and all you could see was tobacco showering through the air. As Karl put it, that’s no longer theory. Teasing fish opens a broad new dimension to the sport. As an angler, it allows you to hook fish on all types of tackle using any bait or lure you choose including cigars and plastic worms. Try it and you’ll become hooked on the technique just as I am.

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t is well-known that the double haul and the back cast are essential for fly fishing for redfish. Here are three more casts I believe are very important when targeting winter reds with a fly. Fly Repositioning Cast This cast is wonderful when you need to recast a fly to a redfish that refused it or when you missed your target. It works best when 20 or more feet of line are outside the tip-top. It is essential to the success of this cast to not rush picking the fly line up off the water. The key is to load for the back cast by beginning with the rod tip close to the water and slowly lifting the line off the water. Then wait to feel the rod load on the back cast. Once you feel the rod load, make a forward cast, allowing the fly to hit the mark. I’ve witnessed far too many fishermen rush to recast, and in doing so, miss their target on the second cast. The Quick-Cast For The Short Game When sight casting, you will need to execute some short, quick accurate casts. The short cast is one of the most difficult casts to make because a fly rod made for short casting has yet to be built. When red fishing, unless I know I’ll be making long casts, I keep roughly 40 feet of fly line stripped into a line management basket (a bucket if fishing from a skiff) and 20 feet of line outside the fly rod’s tip-top. The first 15 feet of the belly section of the line will easily load the fly rod with minimal false casting. Place the fly between the index finger and thumb of the hand not holding the rod. If a redfish is spotted at close range, make a back cast while at the same time releasing the fly from your hand and cast to the redfish.

Master The Cross-Wind Cast The wind blows where redfish live. The most difficult winds to a fly flinger are the cross-wind and the following-wind. Both are guaranteed to give the angler fits. The best cast for these challenging situations is the Belgian cast, a very quick cast that when executed correctly presents the fly under challenging conditions. The key is to make an extended side-armed back cast, followed by a high extended-arm overhead cast that will provide the angler distance when working in a big wind. A word of caution: The side cast may produce the painful problem of a fly imbedded in the angler if the wind is blowing toward the casting arm. Put It To The Test When targeting winter redfish, the fly angler will be presented with many different casting situations depending on weather conditions. It’s important to understand and execute each of the casting techniques discussed. Once mastered, a trophy redfish is only a cast away! Conway Bowman caught this 41.65-pound IGFA fly-caught world record redfish out of Hopedale, La.

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While many docks along the Florida coastline buckled to the force of Hurricane Matthew this fall, widespread reports from boaters and anglers indicated that docks utilizing ErgoDock technologies held up considerably better. With the damage and debris left in Matthew’s wake, the resilience of ErgoDock proved significant—not only because of its strength, but because of expected durability against future hurricanes that routinely batter the coast. The ErgoDock difference is its inherent structural augmentation. ErgoDock is designed to provide a matrix that evolves the dock into a single structural component instead of a succession of individual parts like most marine docks are constructed. Independent tests report that ErgoDock significantly outperforms all other dock options in comfort, safety and customization. ErgoDock’s unique texture, for example, enhances safety with a far more slip resistant material than wood or composite decking. The ErgoDock surface also is designed to allow more “give,” increasing comfort and safety by easing stress on ErgoDock owners’ feet, back and joints while also mitigating any potential injury from a fall. ErgoDock prevents deterioration, therefore reducing the need for maintenance. Its products adhere with an impervious membrane to seal all decking materials and are self-draining, to prevent UV or water degradation of existing decking or concrete surfaces. “Our purpose was to create a material that far outperforms all other dock options when it comes to safety, comfort, customization and longevity,” said Kent Weisenberg, founder and CEO of ErgoDock LLC. “There is nothing like it on the market. ErgoDock is a multi patent-pending marine surfacing system that is revolutionizing the dock design and repair industries.” Weisenberg, the sole named inventor on 28 U.S. and foreign patents, added, “We passionately pursue improving the world’s infrastructure with green technology. ErgoDock surfaces are made of sustainable materials that fight the depletion of our environment.” ErgoDock products can be used in various stages of a dock’s life whether for preservation, safety, aesthetics or for any combination of the three. Still want that traditional wood dock look? ErgoDock offers ErgoWood Decking, which is select-treated wood that is pre-dried and then encased in ErgoDock’s patented SafeTread material and prevents deterioration from sun and water while increasing a dock’s life by as much as 10 years over current decking materials. “Add it all up, and ErgoDock products represent a major leap forward in dock design and repair,” Weisenberg said. “We want people to know that there is another option out there–one that comes with ergonomic elegance and represents a resilient, safe and viable option that contractors will want to offer their customers.”

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