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

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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

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he weather at the conclusion of the final few weeks of June made for a near perfect scenario of fishing conditions. The bait stacked up on the areas beaches bringing all the big predators in hunt for all this wealth of fresh food. Both north and south of the St. John’s River jetties big pods of menhaden were available and I don’t see that changing for July. The big rocks will continue to hold decent numbers of oversized reds, jacks, and sharks. Tarpon will really start to show in good numbers this month too. Run outside of the rocks net a few baits and bring them back to the rocks for some hot action. Depending on the size of the baits a jig from 1/4oz to ½ oz will prove to suffice but bigger baits need more weight to get them down. When that is the case I will use a 1oz knocker rig. My knocker rigs consist of a 30-40lb 18in piece of fluorocarbon attached to the Spider Wire Ultra Cast braid, typically 30lb, with a uniknot then slide a ½ to 1oz egg sinker on tying a stout 3x to 4x No#1 short shank live bait hook to the end . This extra weight gets those baits down deep and allows for the sinker to slide up off the hook some. A great rig for pitching around the rocks. Work the high outgoing tide for the best results. The bait pods on the beach can also be a great way to start a day of fishing. Look for tarpon, huge jacks, sharks, and bull reds to hang around these pods early and late in the day. I have caught many during the peak heat of the day so stay alert for schools being busted. Just a few years ago while chasing bait pods on Amelia Island with fellow anglers Roger Walker and Clay Philips we netted bait almost side by side to slow troll the party grounds for striking fish. I made the jump offshore and was 4 miles off the beach when they called me on the radio and said perhaps I needed to turn around. Nothing else was said to me but knowing these guys as expert anglers I flipped around quickly to enjoy non-stop kingfish action in 15-20ft of water literally right on the sand 4 NE FLORIDA

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Fishing Report & Forecast Nassau Sound By Capt. Tony Bozzella

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uly can be a hot month with water temps high and fish moving to cooler waters. More of your action will result in the early morning and evenings. I like to fish from 5:30 - 6:00 am to about 10:00-10:30. Most of the better bites will come in that time. Especially if you are a lure fisherman. Fishing docks lights at night can very productive with a DOA shrimp. However, you can still catch a good fish in the afternoon sun. It can definitely happen, and it’s happened more than once, but, it’s a good idea to find some incoming cooler water and fish deeper as the sun climbs. Also a great time to take advantage of the calm still summer mornings with a top water plug. Some good ones include Rapala skitterwalks, Mirro Lure Top Dogs, and BiteaBaits Top walker. All these lures worked with a “walk the dog” action can produce vicious strikes from Redfish, Trout, and all the species that feed on swimming bait. The reason fish hit these style baits in low light is it is easier for fish to look up with no sun blinding them and they can focus on the bait. Harsh sun rays beating down on you is the same thing fish feel. When you move to shade, they will move to deeper water or seek out the cooler temperatures. Moving water will help as well. Most of your traditional methods of fishing will stay the same, but, time of day is important. If your tide is low in the early morning, I would look for backing fish in the shallows, and if the tide is high, I would fish grass lines and over structures and ledges. If you have moving water, bait, and early or evening times, you  are in a good situation for success. Beach / jetty fisherman  should have a good month with many of the conditions be recognized in these areas. Lady fish, Jacks, blues and mangrove snappers are not as effected by the sunshine as much as other species. So if you want to bend a rod, these

species are fairly reliable. Tarpon will be lurking in specific areas, such as deeper holes in creeks, jetties, inlets, areas along the beach, river and areas holding bait. Tarpon are funny, they may come back to a place you  found them last year or they can hold up in a totally new area? You have to look and pay attention when out on your trip. If you find them, entice them with a live mullet on a High Seas Fluorocarbon leader. Use the lightest you can get away with for more strikes. Flounder are still showing more and more and will peak in Oct. Typical fish finder rig in structure and moving current along grass lines with bait are good areas. A finger mullet tipped TBS Black Nickel jig working the same type areas is another good bet. Cast  out and maintain a tight and “intune” line. Let the bait stay for awhile and slowly retrieve the bait. When you get that “thump” give a couple seconds and come tight and set the hook. Maintain constant pressure and get the net, Flounder come off the hook often!  Docks in the Mayport are always a big fish producer.  The bigger bull redfish will also be on the rise, soaking crabs, mullet, and cut ladyfish on a fish finder rig, along the St. Johns river channel can be a ticket. Anchor so you are on the ledges of the channel. A big bait on a 3/0 or 4/0 hook and as much weight to just do the job will get results. I totally believe in Fluorocarbon, so I would rig my fish finder rig with  it.  Remember to resuscitate your fish. Often, those bull reds  are  extremely exhausted after a brutal battle and they need that. Get out and experience some of North Florida’s fishing and enjoy this great place!!. 

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ingfish season is in full swing now and it is a great time to get out there, toss the net for some pogies, and enjoy some fun near shore fishing. There are still lots of mahi coming in and I recently saw a picture of an 87lb wahoo that was caught just 15 miles off St. Augustine. With the warm winter we had there is no telling what this summer might bring for us. While July brings a couple of great opportunities to fish a kingfish tournament, it disrupts our normal meeting schedule a bit. Our first meeting will be on July 6th as usual, but our second meeting will be moved to the

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27th to avoid conflict with the Greater Jacksonville Kingfish Tournament. Speaking of tournaments, we have two club tournaments this month; the Kingfish Tune-Up July 8th, and the Ladies Tournament, (18 and over). Our tournaments are free as part of your membership and we compete for some really great prizes and honors each year including Captain of the Year. Please come join us at one of our meetings, you do not have to be a member to attend. We meet the first and third Thursday of each month beginning with dinner at 7:00. Visit us at www.jaxfish.com to learn more, and we will see you on the water!

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f you’ve lived on the beautiful First Coast for a number of years, you may have heard of, or even participated in the Anglers for a Cure Inshore Slam Tournament. Founded in 2006, the organization is gearing up for its 11th annual event, to be held September 9, 2017 at the Vilano Boat Ramp in St. Augustine. “Anglers for a Cure” is the name by which the group is known, but the backstory is a deeply personal experience for the group’s founders. On an ordinary autumn day in 2004, 46 year old Doug Carroll experienced sudden chest pain, prompting a visit to a local emergency room where, just hours later, he and his wife were given the news that he had advanced colon cancer which had already spread to his liver. The prognosis was not good. For someone under the age of 50 without a family history or symptoms, this was not only a shock but a profound mystery. For an energetic husband, father, banking executive and community volunteer, the news was devastating. True to Doug’s spirit, however, Doug underwent surgery and 20 months of chemotherapy, all while working full-time until a month before the disease claimed his life in the summer of 2006. Doug never uttered a complaint, felt sorry for himself or asked, “Why me?” Instead, he kept a smile on his lips, typically joking and putting others at ease during his treatment sessions. He was so proud to have been given the opportunity to participate in a clinical trial because it was important to him that he might play a role in helping other patients. He told everyone he knew how important it was to learn about colorectal cancer, to get screened, and to tell others about it. During Doug’s cancer journey, his teenage son, Jordan, and Jordan’s best friend, Matt Hahnemann, put their minds to work on a plan: how to combine their mutual enjoyment of fishing with the desire to honor Doug’s wishes to inform the community about, and raise funds for the fight

against, colorectal cancer. What began in a home office with a sketch of a blue ribbon and a flats boat grew into an incorporated, 501(c) charitable organization which has raised nearly $100,000 towards this important cause. Eleven years later, the group is going strong, poised for its next successful annual event. Anglers for a Cure is committed to providing potentially life-saving information while offering an enjoyable day on the water to area anglers. We’re in it for the long haul, and for Doug. Won’t you join us on September 9th? For information, to donate or volunteer please visit Anglersforacure.org or call 904.305.1599

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been going strong for over a month. They’re now from Marker 18 or 19 almost all the way to Palatka.  You want to fish the channels and the deeper holes near them.  Baits of choice are bait shrimp.  They don’t need to be “fresh” or live.  Regular frozen shrimp work just fine.  Remember that once you start getting bothered by sting ray, just start using night crawlers.  These flat fish aren’t partial to them. Reds are all around.  They love chewing on crabs, but will eat shiners, shrimp and night crawlers.  Also, they will crush top water bass lures.  So go at them. Largemouth will be in a post spawn.  They’ll start relocating to wood.  Or in other words, water docks in the shade.  They’ll also know the hour to cool off in the pads and under mats.  Shallow crank baits, top water, soft frogs and plastic worms will be a good bet.  So if you’re so inclined, go at it. Mullet fishing is picking up to the point it’s Standing Room Only, so get your supplies early.  Mash, oats, bait and tackle and heat on out.  You may be fishing in a tighter location than in the past.  But you’ll probably catch a fair amount of them.  So enjoy. Lastly is the bream.  They’ll be under docks, waiting on crickets.  In the creeks, waiting on worms, or if you’re so inclined, Fly Rod Poppers.  So if you’d like a mess of fish, go for these.. So ‘til next time, keep your line wet and your lure movin’!--Richard. R & J Tackle 501 S Orange Ave, Green Cove Springs (904)284-5081

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t’s July and it must be time for the “Challenge “. The Ancient City Game Fish Association welcomes everyone to participate in St Augustine’s largest fishing tournament and maritime festival. The Challenge will take over Camachee Cove Marina on July 6th through 9th. The four day event opens with the junior anglers registration, clinic, and captains meeting at 6:00 to 7:30 on Thursday. The kids fish in age group divisions. The younger group for all ages up to 10 are the “small fries”. The junior age group is for ages 10 through 18. The kids Fish for Redfish and/or Kingfish. The winners of the largest fish in either of the four divisions will be eligible for prizes at the awards ceremony on Friday at 6. The cost to enter is $25 per young angler. The adult registration will begin on Friday from 4-7, followed by the captains meeting at 7:30. There will be food,vendors,refreshments, and a great raffle. The adults will fish on Saturday and Sunday. They will fish inshore in the Back Water Challenge or offshore in the Kingfish Challenge. Weight in times on Saturday are from 3-5. On Sunday weigh in will be open

from 2-4. Awards will be on Sunday at 7:00.       The Back Water Challenge is a two day largest Redfish tournament. Your top two fish from either day will count as your aggregate weigh. This is an Angler tournament with over $8,500 in prizes. The first place prize is a 16’ boat, motor, and trailer with a retail value over $6,000. The entry fee is $55 per angler.     The King Fish Challenge is a two largest King Fish tournament. Your top two fish from either day will count as your aggregate weight. This is a boat tournament.  This tournament is sanctioned by the Southern Kingfish Association. The entry fee is $320.00 per boat. There is over $24,000 in prizes with a first place prize of $10,000.     All written rules for the Back Water Challenge and Kingfish Challenge will be available at registration. Captains meeting on Friday is mandatory. For more information call904-501-1772 or check us out on Facebook or acgfa. com

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Major Feeding Periods

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7:45 AM-9:45 AM • 8:05 PM-10:05 PM

01 Sat 02:49 AM 1.47 H

09:04 AM -3.15 L 03:35 PM 1.66 H 09:44 PM -2.56 L

02 Sun 03:45 AM 1.24 H

09:54 AM -3.02 L 04:31 PM 1.70 H 10:39 PM -2.48 L

8:30 AM-10:30 AM • 8:45 PM-10:45 PM

03 Mon 04:41 AM 1.08 H

10:44 AM -2.94 L 05:24 PM 1.76 H 11:32 PM -2.49 L

9:15 AM-11:15 AM • 9:30 PM-11:30 PM

04 Tue 05:35 AM 1.00 H

11:32 AM -2.92 L 06:12 PM 1.82 H

9:55 AM-11:55 AM • 10:15 PM-11:59 PM

05 Wed 12:22 AM -2.58 L 06:25 AM 0.97 H 12:19 PM -2.94 L 06:57 PM 1.88 H

10:40 AM-12:40 PM • 11:05 PM-11:59 PM

06 Thu 01:09 AM -2.73 L

07:11 AM 0.97 H 01:04 PM -2.98 L 07:38 PM 1.94 H

11:30 AM-1:30 PM • 11:50 PM-11:59 PM

07 Fri 01:53 AM -2.89 L

07:55 AM 0.98 H 01:47 PM -3.03 L 08:19 PM 1.98 H

12:15 PM-2:15 PM

08 Sat 02:34 AM -3.01 L

08:37 AM 0.99 H 02:28 PM -3.04 L 08:58 PM 2.00 H

12:40 AM-2:40 AM • 1:05 PM-3:05 PM

09 Sun 03:14 AM -3.08 L

09:17 AM 1.00 H 03:06 PM -3.02 L 09:37 PM 2.00 H

1:30 AM-3:30 AM • 1:55 PM-3:55 PM

10 Mon 03:52 AM -3.10 L 09:58 AM 1.02 H 03:44 PM -2.94 L 10:17 PM 1.98 H

2:20 AM-4:20 AM • 2:40 PM-4:40 PM

11 Tue 04:30 AM -3.06 L

10:38 AM 1.06 H 04:23 PM -2.84 L 10:57 PM 1.94 H

3:10 AM-5:10 AM • 3:30 PM-5:30 PM

12 Wed 05:10 AM -3.01 L 11:20 AM 1.16 H 05:05 PM -2.71 L 11:39 PM 1.89 H

3:55 AM-5:55 AM • 4:15 PM-6:15 PM

13 Thu 05:51 AM -2.98 L

12:04 PM 1.30 H 05:53 PM -2.60 L

4:45 AM-6:45 AM • 5:00 PM-7:00 PM

14 Fri 12:22 AM 1.82 H

06:35 AM -2.98 L 12:50 PM 1.48 H 06:47 PM -2.53 L

5:30 AM-7:30 AM • 5:50 PM-7:50 PM

15 Sat 01:09 AM 1.75 H

07:23 AM -3.02 L 01:40 PM 1.69 H 07:46 PM -2.53 L

6:20 AM-8:20 AM • 6:35 PM-8:35 PM

16 Sun 01:59 AM 1.66 H

08:14 AM -3.12 L 02:33 PM 1.91 H 08:47 PM -2.61 L

7:05 AM-9:05 AM • 7:25 PM-9:25 PM

17 Mon 02:54 AM 1.57 H

09:07 AM -3.26 L 03:31 PM 2.13 H 09:48 PM -2.77 L

7:55 AM-9:55 AM • 8:15 PM-10:15 PM

18 Tue 03:54 AM 1.51 H

10:02 AM -3.44 L 04:31 PM 2.36 H 10:49 PM -3.00 L

8:50 AM-10:50 AM • 9:10 PM-11:10 PM

19 Wed 04:56 AM 1.50 H

10:59 AM -3.65 L 05:31 PM 2.59 H 11:49 PM -3.28 L

9:45 AM-11:45 AM • 10:10 PM-11:59 PM

20 Thu 05:57 AM 1.56 H

11:57 AM -3.88 L 06:29 PM 2.79 H

10:40 AM-12:40 PM • 11:10 PM-11:59 PM

21 Fri 12:46 AM -3.58 L

06:56 AM 1.66 H 12:53 PM -4.10 L 07:25 PM 2.94 H

11:45 AM-1:45 PM

22 Sat 01:41 AM -3.84 L

07:52 AM 1.77 H 01:48 PM -4.26 L 08:19 PM 3.01 H

12:15 AM-2:15 AM • 12:45 PM-2:45 PM

23 Sun 02:34 AM -4.01 L

08:46 AM 1.84 H 02:42 PM -4.30 L 09:11 PM 2.96 H

1:15 AM-3:15 AM • 1:45 PM-3:45 PM

24 Mon 03:24 AM -4.07 L 09:39 AM 1.89 H 03:34 PM -4.18 L 10:03 PM 2.81 H

2:20 AM-4:20 AM • 2:45 PM-4:45 PM

25 Tue 04:13 AM -3.99 L

10:31 AM 1.89 H 04:27 PM -3.92 L 10:53 PM 2.58 H

3:15 AM-5:15 AM • 3:35 PM-5:35 PM

26 Wed 05:03 AM -3.81 L 11:23 AM 1.87 H 05:22 PM -3.56 L 11:43 PM 2.29 H

4:05 AM-6:05 AM • 4:25 PM-6:25 PM

27 Thu 05:53 AM -3.57 L

12:16 PM 1.84 H 06:18 PM -3.15 L

4:55 AM-6:55 AM • 5:15 PM-7:15 PM

28 Fri 12:32 AM 1.99 H

06:45 AM -3.30 L 01:08 PM 1.79 H 07:16 PM -2.77 L

5:45 AM-7:45 AM • 6:00 PM-8:00 PM

29 Sat 01:22 AM 1.69 H

07:36 AM -3.05 L 02:01 PM 1.76 H 08:14 PM -2.46 L

6:25 AM-8:25 AM • 6:45 PM-8:45 PM

30 Sun 02:13 AM 1.44 H

08:28 AM -2.83 L 02:56 PM 1.73 H 09:10 PM -2.25 L

7:10 AM-9:10 AM • 7:25 PM-9:25 PM

31 Mon 03:06 AM 1.24 H

09:18 AM -2.66 L 03:51 PM 1.73 H 10:04 PM -2.13 L

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Fishing Report & Forecast Fernandina / Amelia Island By Terry D. Lacoss

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melia Island fishermen will find good numbers of king mackerel prowling the shallow waters of the southern tip of Amelia Island, also commonly refered to as Nassau Sound, during the month of July. Numerous schools of bait fish is the big attraction for nearby king mackerel who have been know to leap six feet from the water when feeding. Mackerel fishermen will find large schools of menhaden holding in ten to thirty-feet of water, while large beach mullet can be cast netted right in the shallow surf. Amazingly small boat fishermen have been targeting “Beach” kingfish during the past few summer fishing seasons and with outstanding success. After launching their small boat from the public boat ramp located at nearby Sawpit creek, the southern tip of Amelia Island is only fifteen-minutes away where kingfish may weigh over the fortypound mark! Tossing a eight-foot cast net over a school of menhaden often fills your boat’s live well with extra bait fish for chumming. Next live menhaden also referred to as pogies, are to a kingfish wire leader. The kingfish leader includes a 3-foot section of #3-piano wire haywire wrapped to a 50-pound black barrel swivel. The tag end of the wire leader is then haywire wrapped to a 3/0 live bait hook. Next a short section of #4-piano wire is haywire wrapped to the eye of a #4-4x treble hook and the eye of the live bait nose hook. The length of the “Stinger” wire is adjust so that the stinger hook lays alongside of the live bait just behind the dorsal fin. The nose hook is barbed through both nostrils of the nose. Summer live bait trolling just beyond the surf also nets excellent eating cobia and Spanish mackerel as well. Tarpon fishing is also red hot during the month of July at the St. Mary’s inlet, Nassau Sound and along the beaches of Amelia Island. Anchoring up at the very end of the St. Mary’s south jetty rocks by far offers some of Florida’s very best tarpon fishing. Slowly chum with cut pieces of menhaden while fishing dead on the bottom with large size menhaden barded to a 7/0 circle hook. A 4-6 ounce tear drop weight is attached to sinker slide with a light pice of wire so that the weight is thrown during the first leap of the tarpon. Tarpon fishermen will also catch bull reds, shark and cobia as well. Look for grouper, sea bass, triggerfish and lots of no keep “Um” red snapper to bend your bottom fishing gear at FA, FC, FB and HH fish 16 NE FLORIDA

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havens as well. Fish dead on the bottom with live menhaden for keeper size bottom species. Live bait trolling at these same live bottoms with live cigar minnows, Spanish sardines and live menhaden will produce king mackerel, Spanish mackerel, barracuda and the occasional sailfish. Freshwater fishing is often overlooked during the month of July simply b e c a u s e saltwater fishing for a wide variety of species is oftentimes the best of the entire year. However if you target one of the many freshwater ponds, or lakes located at the southern portion of Amelia Island during early morning, freshwater bass fishing can be absolutely fantastic! I prefer arriving at my targeted bass lake just before sunrise while casting a surface plug close to shoreline cover. My personal favorite surface plugs include the Heddon “Sara Spook” in the Baby Bass color pattern, or a Storm “Chug Bug in the blue and chrome color pattern. Buzz baits also work well along with a slow sinking “Trick” plastic worm in the black and blue color pattern. Surf fishing is also excellent during the month of July as well for delicious eating pompano that actively feed in the surf during an early morning flood tide as well. Bring along a sand flea rake as without a doubt, sand fleas are the very best bait for hard fighting pompano that can weigh over three-pounds. Surf fishing can also expect to catch beach whiting, bluefish, redfish and more.

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July’s “Best Bet”

Beat the Summer Heat and Catch Monster Speckled Trout at Night Under the Lighted Docks and Bright City Lights of Downtown Jacksonville! By Terry Newsome

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ith average high temperatures exceeding 90 degrees (F,) July is the hottest month of the entire year! And if you are like most coastal anglers in Northeast Florida, the intense summer heat and unbearable humidity dictates that you limit your outdoor activities to the early morning or late afternoon hours! Fishing for speckled trout, redfish and flounder can be excellent in July. However, daytime fishing usually slows down significantly after 10:00AM as the temperature rises. Late afternoon fishing can be unpredictable (and dangerous) with the high-winds and lightening produced by severe thunderstorms. That’s why I prefer fishing at dawn during “first light.” Arriving at the bait shop at 5:00AM and slowly approaching my secret trout spot before daylight is one of my favorite “summer pattern” fishing strategies for catching speckled trout. In fact, BIG trout from 5 to 8 pounds (referred to locally as “Gator Trout”) usually turn-on at “first light” and aggressively feed during super low-light conditions. Is it possible to catch a 10-pound monster trout here in Northeast Florida? According to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission website, the official state record for Spotted Seatrout (speckled trout) is 17 pounds, 7 ounces! There is no closed season for trout and the “slot” size limit for Northeast Florida is: “more than 15 inches and less than 20 inches in total length.” You can possess one trout over 20 inches included in your daily bag limit (which is 6 trout per harvester per day.)

Mayport Jetties) is about 35 ppt year-round. Downtown Jacksonville water salinity levels average about 11.40 ppt in July (brackish water;) whereas the Buckman Bridge/Orange Park salinity levels average about 2.9 ppt and the Shand’s Bridge near Green Cove Springs is considered “fresh water” and averages .081 year-round.

TROUT FISHING TIPS FROM CAPT. JAMES HOWARD (See Photo) ALTERNATIVE METHOD FOR CATCHING MONSTER TROUT When it comes catching monster speckled trout at night under Is there a proven way to “beat the heat” of daytime fishing and still lighted docks and the bright city lights of downtown Jacksonville, catch your limit of speckled trout this summer? Just ask my good Captain James Howard is one of the best! “I prefer to fish a few hours friend Captain James Howard! James and I grew up together in the before daybreak and always fish the lighted docks close to an area with Arlington area of Jacksonville and have been fishing together since deep water of 30 feet or more nearby. Trout move from the cooler, we were 9 years old! In recent years, James owned and operated a deeper water into warmer, shallower water to feed… but feel secure successful inshore fishing guide charter service specializing in catching knowing a deep-water retreat is nearby” says James, “…and I like to speckled trout, redfish and flounder for corporate clients. I personally make long casts beyond the outer edge of the shadow line parallel filmed and produced several TV fishing show segments with James as to the lighted docks and work my way in. The current will push my he is one of the most talented fishermen in Northeast Florida. Over the lure closer to the docks as I work my lure through the lowest-light years, James developed several highly-effective fishing techniques and conditions first; then gradually work closer to the light source where proven methods for catching monster speckled trout at night! visibility is best. With slow moving current, I also like to jig for trout Once speckled trout settle into their summer feeding pattern, UNDER the docks.” James catches most of his monster trout just off they begin to migrate from the Mayport, Sister’s Creek and Blount the bottom in 6 to 15 feet of water but also makes lure presentations at Island areas (with high salinity levels) up the lower St. Johns River to differ depth levels to locate quality fish. He uses 3” to 4” swimming soft “brackish” water around downtown Jacksonville. This extremely deep plastics exclusively with a chartreus colored 3/8-ounce jig head. His and narrow section of the St. Johns River (near the Main Street Bridge, favorite colors are Blue Moon (paddle-tail) and Electric Chicken! River Walk and Fuller Warren Bridge) provides the perfect “staging James acknowledges that big trout can also be caught using hardpoint” for oversized trout as they wait for the annual shrimp and mullet plastic baits including top-water lures, suspending twitch baits migration. “Gator trout love to ambush the baitfish, schools of small and jerk baits (but he does not like to use hard-baits at night with finger mullet and shrimp that are attracted to dock lights and the bright clients because of the treble hooks.) Effective hard baits include the city lights of downtown Jacksonville” explains James, “…the bright MirrOlure 27MR XL Suspending Twitchbait (red-head and white lights shine down on the calm water surface creating greater visibility body) and the Tim Horton Bomber Suspending Pro-Long A (4 5/8” for gamefish and perfect ambush opportunities for big trout who lurk length in Watermelon Pearl.) Quickly retrieve then pause and “twitch” in the shadows.” In July, James likes to fish in “brackish” water (a for a few seconds before repeating. The big trout just can’t resist! The mixture of saltwater coming in from the ocean and fresh water flowing trout bite Downtown is on… so get out there and catch that 10-pound north from the spring-fed St. John’s River.) Lower salinity levels during monster you have always dreamed of! Until next time, be safe and mid-summer feeding patterns can have a profound “triggering-effect” enjoy the great outdoors at night! on feeding activity. According to the NOAA, the salinity levels (amount of salt dissolved With over 25 years of corporate experience as a writer, director and in a body of water) in the lower basin of the St. Johns River varies producer, Terry Newsome has personally filmed and produced over 100 geographically depending on the area and local rainfall accumulations; outdoor television shows and instructional fishing videos internationally. (July averages about 6 inches of rain.) Salinity levels are measured He is an avid coastal angler and is a former co-owner of Pine Island Fish in parts-per-thousand (ppt.) Ocean water salinity (at the tip of the Camp on the Intracoastal Waterway in St. Augustine, Florida. 18 NE FLORIDA

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ith air temps in the mid to upper 90’s this month it’s a good idea to get on the water as early, or as late as possible as the fish will be on the feed during those times and laying low during the heat of the day. Inshore toss your favorite top-water plug at first light for exciting redfish and trout blowups. Some favorite top-water plugs for our area are the Rapala Skitterwalk, Heddon Super Spook Jr., or any “walk the dog” type lure. If you’re not an “early bird” check out the dusk bite using the same lures. The fishing right off the beach really comes alive this time of year. Huge sharks, tarpon, kingfish, and many more will be chowin’ down on the giant pods of pogies right behind the breakers. It’s a great time to put your heavier tackle to the test! When looking to catch some redfish be on the lookout for concentrations of finger mullet or pogies on the flats. You can be guaranteed that at least a redfish or two will be hanging nearby a big wad of baitfish this time of year.

During the higher tide stages one of my favorite lures to toss this time of year is the spinner bait as it nicely mimics a finger mullet. The water is murky right now and the bright flash of the spinners blade and the thump it creates while going through the water will be sure to get the fishes attention. On the lower tide stages a lot of the bigger fish will move to slightly deeper water where it’s a little cooler. Any kind of live or chunked bait will work well for reds, trout, and flounder when fishing deeper. A scented soft plastic fished very, very slow will also be a good bet. The flounder bite should be good this month at the St. Augustine and Mantanzas inlets and just about all the regular inshore flatty haunts. Fishing around the slack tides will give you the best chance to get your bait on the bottom where the flounder hide. Small to medium sized finger mullet on a fish finder rig can be deadly... Don’t be afraid to use a good sized mullet to catch the doormats… just remember to let the flounder chew on the bait a few moments before setting the hook. One of my favorite fish, the tarpon, should be thick along the beach gorging themselves on the bait (pogy) pods just about now. They started to show around the shrimp boats and at the inlets last month and should have pogy’s on their mind now. The best bite will be early morning and just before or after the afternoon summer rainstorms. Rig a live pogy on a large 6/0-10/0 circle hook and fish the outside of the bait pods. Sometimes a little weight to help the pogy get down will help. Don’t forget to rig a rod with a plug for the giant jacks and spanish macs that will be on the pods as well.

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he big boys are in the surf! Spinners, Blacktips, Blacknose, Bonnetheads, and Permit! Yes you read correctly, Permit. While the water remains warm, above 80 degrees, you have a great shot at getting your string stretched. I want to share with you how to rig for each of these species to help you land a big fish on the beach. Let us start with the hardest summer resident to catch, the Permit. I caught my first one in 1979 at Huguenot Park. I was using a double dropper rig tied out of 30lb mono and tipped with small kahle hooks. I was using fresh dead shrimp to catch this real hungry Permit. Now to

increase you odds let us talk about what the angler was using to catch the one pictured below, By the way it was caught here the first week of June. The last four that I know were landed were all caught on Pompano rigs. These rigs were made of 30lb mono and 2/0 circle hooks. The baits of choice were sand fleas and blue crab knuckles. These fish were all between 13 and 27 pounds. To land one of these bruisers you have to set your drag light! If you do not, your hook or knots will fail. Now for the sharks. These tough guys will indeed test your tackle, especially the Spinners and Blacktips. 95% of the time they go air born as soon as they are hooked. Back flips, summersaults, and spins will all destroy tackle. The casting rig I use is a 10/0 circle hook Eagle Claw L2022.16 inches of 480lb 49strand cable by AFW, Then to prevent their tail from cutting you off, six feet of 300lb mono. This heavy mono also gives you something good to grab when landing them. Your bait only needs to be about 5 to 6 inches long. Best bets are the head section of Whiting, ladyfish, and Bluefish. Now Bonnetheads are picky eaters. Their diet is mainly Calico crabs but will eat all crustaceans. One half of a medium size Blue crab best imitates the size and flavor of a Calico crab. A 5/0 to 7/0 circle hook on a fish finder rig tied with 100 lb mono will get the job done! Noel Kuhn Surf fishing guide and long distance casting coach. 904-945-0660 www.TheSurfAngler.com

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arpon are being targeted on our beaches and inshore waters all summer long. Along the beaches look for pogie pods with rolling and crashing Tarpon, approach by trolling motor and pitch a live pogy on the outskirts of the school, other alternatives is to fish the shrimp boats after they dump their by catch. For inshore Tarpon a live back hooked mullet or select shrimp with a Daiichi circle hook will do the job. Look for rolling Tarpon and pitch live mullet or shrimp a few feet in front and hold on. Best places to fish are residential canals,

Matanzas Inlet or the Tomoka Basin for juvenile tarpon. Afternoon thunderstorms will normally trigger Tarpon feeding frenzies before the skies open up. Kingfish will be on the near shore wrecks and beaches, slow trolling (1.5mph) a pogy will attract smoker kings. Look for bait pods in 3560ft. of water and troll around the bait for hook ups. Starting early in the morning or just before sunset is your best bet for the dog days of summer when targeting redfish on the flats. Toss your favorite topwater plug during low light conditions then switch to live or cut bait (lady fish, crab or mullet) and soak baits along grass banks that are holding bait or soak baits around oyster beds on the higher tides. Flounder are still targeted on the flats during higher tides and creeks during low tides with live mud minnows pinned on a jig head slowly bounced or dragged across the bottom. If you can’t make it to the shallows, pitch baits around docks closer to the inlet for flatties. Fish the last of outgoing and first of incoming tide at Matanzas inlet targeting deeper drop-off ledges, deep water rock/ hard bottom. Normally snook can be heard popping shrimp under the Palm Coast bridges or nearby docks but with past winters devastating cold spells the snook took a beating and we suffered massive fish kills. Try to practice catch, photo and release till our snook stocks can replenish themselves.. Capt. Chris Herrera Serving Flagler Beach, Palm Coast, St. Augustine www.palmcoastfishing.com 386-503-6338

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he June 11th event marked the Northeast Florida HOW Chapter’s 3rd event in 6 weeks. This last event was held at Cedar Point Boat Ramp with the support from the Timucuan Preserve. The storms finally subsided just long enough for us to have the event. This being the 3rd event in 6 weeks, we did see a drop in registration. Often times that would be considered bad, but we actually took advantage of the notso-busy time and did a must needed inventory of all of our gear. We checked for serviceability/damage and anything that was missing. Now we will make repairs so that the rest of our year runs smoothly. Duval Asphalt stepped up again this year by providing a delicious lunch. When I say lunch, they brought enough food to feed an army. Needless to say, no one went home hungry. To TJ and his crew, we say thank you so much from the entire HOW Team.

how does it get used, or who does it go to. Every dollar we raise here in the NE Florida area stays here. From our inventory this weekend, we have determined that 5 kayak seats need to be replaced. Money that has been raised and donated recently will be used to purchase new seats. In addition to that, we had a kayak have catastrophic failure at our event 2 weeks ago and it will also be replaced. Everyone on the Leadership Team and all of our guides are completely volunteers. Not one of us gets paid to assist our veterans. This year has moved along quickly. We just had a meeting as a team and are gearing up for our Veterans Day Event Saturday, November 11th. Just an early heads up that our team will be reaching out to many of you for prizes/gift card donations for our free raffle to our veterans. Every vet goes home with a prize as we honor them for their service. Stay tuned as more information will be coming up throughout the next months and we get closer to the event About Heroes on the Water

Heroes on The Water is a non-profit organization that helps injured service members with their physical and mental recovery using the therapeutic qualities of fishing from kayaks. Every HOW event across the country brings together wounded military personnel for guided kayak fishing excursions. Founded in 2007, HOW has served more than 27,924 wounded Veterans. The service is provided to the Veterans for free. HOW is a non-profit organization under IRS Code Chapter 501(c)(3). Donations are tax-deductible to the extent allowed by law. Visit www.HeroesOnTheWater.org The next Heroes on the Water outing is scheduled for July 16th @ Browns Creek Fish Camp. If you are a Veteran, know of one that would like to participate, or if you are interested in volunteering or any other questions please contact Coordinator Tim Stouder at NortheastFlorida@HeroesOnTheWater.org . If you would like to follow us on Facebook or make a donation to Heroes on the Water, you can do so at facebook.com/ Fishing was almost non-existent on the water. There were some HeroesOnTheWaterNortheast FloridaChapter. stingrays, bluefish, catfish and few dinks/rats caught, but nothing of table fair value except for two good flounder that were brought in. We still heard some great stories from the Veterans and their families about their day. Sometimes, it’s not so much about the fishing, but truly just being in the serenity of the water. Many times we are asked about the money donated to our chapter and

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t may be a little on the warm side but the perfect sea conditions more than make up for it. July is y one of the calmest months of the year. So, what to do during these picture-perfect days? King Mackerel

what you’re after its hard to beat the tried and proven planner and spoon set up. I prefer a number 3 planner and a silver spoon. Make your leader at least 30 ft. long with an inline barrel swivel in the middle. This is a great way to introduce kids to fishing . It doesn’t hurt to pull a few surface baits as well there are allot of Sailfish caught every year within 20 miles of the beach during the summer months. On the bottom, it is a literal smorgasbord of species that are available. Mangrove and Vermillion snapper are in full swing especially leading up to the full moon. Light tackle is the way to go when snapper fishing. The best depths are 100 to 130 ft. if you’re after a snapper dinner. Amberjack are literally everywhere from 80 to 180 ft. Large live baits or Jigs work well on the reef donkeys. I suggest getting an early start. Pay attention to the afternoon thunder storms and wear plenty of sunscreen. Its hot out there.

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he Northeast Florida Marlin Associations’ 45th Annual Bluewater tournament had over 100 fish weighed in or photographed and released (in the case of the billfish) which is hugely successful for the approximately 120 anglers and 21 boats that fished the tournament. At the end of the weekend over $43,000 in prize money was delivered to captains and crews who enjoyed three days of fishing for Marlin, Sailfish, Wahoo, Tuna, Dolphin and Kingfish. The docks at the Camachee Cove Marina were filled to capacity with a blend of sport fishing boats and center consoles rigged for blue water trolling and the dock parties Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday were all well attended. The Billfish Division winner was the Double Play III, with owner Ken Glover at hand and wife Debbie Glover as the Angler when the first Blue Marlin of the tournament was caught early Friday. Second place in the Billfish category went to the 26 NE FLORIDA

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FLAGLER SPORTFISHING CLUB By Capt. Chuck Gleichmann, Flagler Sportfishing Club

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First Confirmed Snakehead Caught in Mississippi Lake

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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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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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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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Choosing Colors

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atch the hatch” is an old adage fishermen have used for ages. It comes from freshwater fly fishing, in which anglers seek to match, with an artificial fly, the insect life hatching off the water to fool feeding trout. The same concept applies across the fishing world. Offshore, this can mean taking the time to examine the stomach contents of the first fish you catch to see what it was feeding on. Cut that fish open and check the length and size of the current forage as well as its color. Then use that information to choose your lures accordingly. I get to talk to anglers worldwide on a daily basis. I ask them all, “What colors are most prevalent?” What I’ve learned from them goes into our Ballyhood trolling lures, and the best color combinations change from location to location. On the West Coast, where anchovies, sardines, mackerel and squid

are the most prolific forage species, the most popular trolling lure colors are used in our Mexican flag, which is green/yellow/red/white. Black/ purple is another color scheme proven to produce in a trolling spread. Squid turn purple, and that could be a reason it is such a successful color. Zuchini is also a very popular color used on the West Coast. It’s a green/ orange/yellow lure. Now, taking a look at the northeast—in the Atlantic off New York, Massachusetts and New Jersey—they catch more tuna than most places in the world. Their top must-use colors are solid green, green/yellow and black/purple. In Florida, the Bahamas and the Virgin Islands, the No. 1 color is light blue. Colors known as Bally Blue and Flying Fish Blue are quite productive. I’ll assume you caught the baitfish reference in those color names. Pink/white and black/red also see a lot of time in the water, but anglers in these southern waters very rarely use anything green. Their water is very clear, which I think has something to do with it. In the Northeast, as on the West Coast of the U.S., the water is fairly dark. When you start to get farther south in the Pacific around Cabo San Lucas and down to Cancun, the colors used tend to lean toward the same choices as those used in Florida, the Bahamas and the Caribbean. The southern Pacific has the same type of clear water as they enjoy off south Florida. I can tell you the most overlooked color on the southern West Coast is pink or pink/white, at the same time pink/white is the No. 1 color for albacore off Oregon and Washington. Another guideline to color choices is to use dark colors on dark days and bright colors on bright days. Now some of this information has to do with matching the hatch, some of it is based on water clarity, but all off it is gathered from onthe-water experience and reflects what produces fish the best. Color is an absolutely critical factor in choosing which lures to include in a spread. For information on Ballyhood Top Gun Lures see www.ballyhood. com or call 714-545-0196.

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n mid June, the U.S. Department of Commerce (DOC) announced that private recreational anglers would be allowed an additional 39 days to harvest red snapper in federal waters of the Gulf of Mexico. This allowance, the result of negotiations between the five Gulf states and the DOC, comes on the heels of the shortest recreational red snapper season in history. Private recreational anglers were originally allowed just three days of snapper fishing in federal waters June 1-3. This newly re-opened season consists of three-day weekends, Fridays through Sundays, June 16 through Sept. 4 (Labor Day). The extension, however, comes with a tradeoff. State controlled waters extend out to 9 miles, and federally controlled waters are from 9 miles out to 200 miles. In exchange for the additional opportunities in federal waters, state waters will be closed to red snapper harvest for private recreational anglers Mondays through Thursdays this summer. Mississippi, Louisiana and Texas have indicated there might be additional fishing days in state waters this fall depending on the harvest estimates from the summer season. This extension does not make any changes to the quota or season length for the federally permitted for-hire component of the recreational fishery or the commercial individual fishing quota program and the 2017 commercial quota.

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ishing is about being in the right place, at the right time, with the right gear. One bit of gear nearly every angler uses yet may take for granted are sunglasses. But when it comes to fishing sunglasses, what separates a good pair from a great pair? First, fishing sunglasses should always be polarized. Polarization eliminates glare reflecting off of the water, to better show what’s happening under the surface. Not all polarization is equal. Some polarized sunglasses block only 20 to 30 percent of glare. Maui Jim Sunglasses feature patented PolarizedPlus2 technology, eliminating 99.9 percent of glare using high-efficiency, proprietary polarizing film. Maui Jim’s lens materials also stand out. Their SuperThin Glass is 20 percent lighter than standard glass and is saltwater resistant so they won’t peel after too much time at sea. Add it all up, and Maui Jim Sunglasses offer anglers unmatched color, clarity and detail. It’s also important to have the correct lens color to match conditions. Days with varying conditions, from overcast to sunny, are best suited for more versatile lens colors, such as Maui Jim’s HCL Bronze, Maui HT or MauiRose. For days when the sun is on blast, a darker lens color like Maui Jim’s Neutral Grey is your best bet. Another obvious reason any angler should wear quality sunglasses is eye protection. Maui Jim’s block 100 percent of harmful UV rays from the eyes and surrounding areas, and are the only premium sunglasses to have the Skin Cancer Foundation’s Seal of Recommendation. Finally, because accidents happen, a stout warranty never hurts. Maui Jim’s two-year warranty and unparalleled customer service can ease fears of the occasional mishap. So, before your next fishing adventure, be sure to pack a quality pair of sunglasses like Maui Jims. The difference will be crystal clear!

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