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Here are some tips for anglers to take advantage of the mullet run.

Free-lining sounds simple, but where you choose to fish and what you’re targeting will play a role in the set-up and rig you should use.

To fish with the mullet, I just follow the pods, cast to the outside of the school and open the bail to let the bait swim. When you hit it right, you can hook-up on nearly every cast, with the species changing from one cast to the next. Big gamefish tend to seek out isolated or injured mullet, which is exactly what your bait is.

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The mullet run doesn’t have an official start or end date. Large schools of mullet—some the size of three football fields—move south as temperatures cool. Tarpon, sharks, kingfish and redfish are just some of the gamefish that move with these pods. Most years the fishing is on fire in October and November.

Handling them with care and releasing them safely is important to the future of our fisheries. The statewide slot limit from 18 and 27 inches is intended to protect the large fish, which are part of the spawning stock.

• BAIT: Obviously, mullet is the bait to use this time of the year. Full-grown mullet are great for shark and tarpon fishing. I prefer freelining finger-sized mullet, because pretty much everything eats them.

It’s heartbreaking to see breeder fish floating due to carelessness or lack of knowledge. Hauling a big redfish up vertically onto a bridge or pier, dragging it over the rocks on a jetty or tossing it back from up high severely limits its chance of survival. Get a pier net to fish from a bridge or pier, and do everything in your power to ensure the healthy release of your fish.

• REDFISH REGULATIONS: Florida recently adopted new management plan for redfish. There are now varied regulations across nine different zones. Anglers need to understand those regulations because they’re intended to protect one of our iconic species in the face

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• TACKLE: I mainly fish inshore, so light tackle is the way for me. However, it’s important to be prepared to switch up depending on the size and species of game fish present.

This time of year, any artificial that resembles a mullet will do the trick. I like Vudu Mullet Swimbaits, Rapala X-raps, Bomber Lures Mullets,

The rigging is pretty much the same if I need to beef up for larger catches. With a 2500-size setup, I’ll fish 15- to 20-pound leader. I’ll bump that up to 25- to 30-pound test on 3000-size gear for bigger fish.

TARGETING REDFISH During the Mullet Migration

Most of the state now has a one-fishper-person daily limit in the 18- to 27inch slot. Some regions have a two-fishper-vessel possession limit and others have a four-fish-per-vessel possession limit. The Indian River Lagoon region is strictly catch-and-release only for redfish. For complete Florida redfish regulations, go

Landing a bull red this time of the year is easy. With the mullet running, simply free-line a mullet or drop one on a weighted rig to land a trophy! Before you experience the drag-pulling run, you should know how to properly handle and release your fish.

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• ARTIFICIALS: This backcountry lady angler enjoys sight fishing and scouting Mosquito Lagoon and the marshes of the Tomoka Basin along Florida’s central Atlantic Coast. I’ll target bull reds in the inlets, but I spend most days targeting snook, tarpon and slot reds in the backcountry. This style of fishing is perfect for throwing artificials on light tackle.

Atlantic Coast of Florida experiences one of the planet’s great migrations each fall. When millions of mullet push south in giant schools toward spawning grounds off the southern end of the state, it presents an exciting prospect for fishing. It’s an event anglers anticipate all year long.

In the backcountry, I like a light- to mediumaction 2000 size spinning set-up to fish 10-pound leaders and 3/0 circle hooks. I prefer Mustad hooks and tie them on with a simple loop knot. I use an FG knot to connect my leader to a braided main line. This creates a true free-line, without the added weight of a swivel.

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and snappers hold a special place in my heart. Starting right now, they should be going off! It’s time consuming to stop on the way out a jig up bait. However, a 15- or 20-minute bait stop could make the difference between a good day and a great day. When you find bait in numbers, it doesn’t take long to rack up. I like to keep a Sabiki angler on each side of the boat handing me baits to dehook into a bucket in the center of the boat. Once I get 20 or so baits in the bucket, I pour them into the livewell and repeat until there’s enough.

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love spring and summer fishing, but let me say this loud and clear: I live for fall and winter fisheries!

the possibilities of spawning. The same places will hold large seabass, as well. I love to eat grouper, but the way I grouper fish also produces large seabass, which I think are even better than grouper in texture andScampsflavor.

Ahhhh, yeah! This is the time of plenty. Now is the time of year to have a community-sized fish stew to clear out all the vacuum-sealed stuff in the freezer. You’ve got to make some room for freezer-stuffing grouper, snapper and seabass.

After all, that is why the gags are there. They are eating the same baits that you’re catching. They come inshore to a place that holds bait, so all the smaller females have plenty to eat while they are discussing

This is the time of year that can make even me look good. The large male gags have started staging up on nearshore structures, wrecks and traditional bait-holding bottom. The scamps and large snappers have started a transitional move to their deeper wintering grounds. Water temps will soon draw a line in the water that clearly shows you where to fish.

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Starting this month, the larger gags will be so close in that it’ll shock you. Don’t run too far, or you’ll run over some of the biggest fish of the year. Go wherever you jig up your cigar minnows and sardines, and the gags will be right there. When you get a few baits in the well, it’s a good idea to have at least one person put a bait right back down.

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I also like to take pinfish from the marina as a “bird in hand” for bottom fishing. The beauty of putting a live sardine on a jig and sending it to the bottom is that EVERYTHING down there eats them. The beauty of sending a pinfish, grass grunt or sailors choice to the bottom is that everything down there would love to eat them, but can’t. They can’t get their mouths around the bigger baits, but the ones that can are the fish you want to catch. Go enjoy the bounty of the season!

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The smallmouth should begin to pick up on tube baits as we roll through September, and they will be starting to be found a little shallower and feeding regularly.

Well, fall is in the air this year and it seems like it is here earlier than ever. To us ice fisherman and hunters we can’t get any more excited but for the summer folk, they are starting into the winter slump. Although don’t be let down quite yet, there are plenty of hungry fish to be caught in the western end of Lake Erie. The main target fish would be jumbo yellow perch. October can be a prime month for big perch as they put on the feed bag for winter. We have seen some ups and downs on the perch fishing so far this year, but I think the consensus is that it is better than the last couple years and that’s a good sign! Per usual, perch spreaders and crappie rigs tipped with emerald shiners will be catching most of the fish! If you’re not familiar with perch fishing on Lake Erie, we primarily fish open water flats with the rigs and bait within a foot of the bottom. As I mentioned last month, a major tip for perch fishing is to use braided line on a soft tipped rod. Braided line does not stretch and allows you to see even the slightest bites! Perch will begin to move closer to shore, the green can off Catawba State Park, G can, A/B/C cans, and the water intake are all possible places to run into some nice perch this time of year. A few walleyes will be caught during the day casting worm harnesses on rock piles and reefs but towards the end of the month look for a night bite to begin, casting stick baits in shallow water near shore on shallow reefs. Smallmouth fishing will also be hot with many fish feeding heavily on the reefs, September has already proved to be giving up some great smallmouth fishing. Tube jigs and soft craws will keep you busy on the smallies. Lastly, shore bound anglers can find some fall crappie and panfish action in any cove, marina, or break wall. Fishing shiners or small jigs under a bobber near structure will give you a fun day of catching slabs. Of course, you may be doing some exploring to take advantage of this great resource, but it will be worth the reward! As always if you’re looking to book a walleye, perch, or bass charter ask for me at Sea Breeze Charters @ 877-616-7780 (seabreezecharters.com)

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Lastly, the cat fishing is always something for some nightly fun, tight lining on any shoreline along the lake or Sandusky Bay will give you some action.

be a good month for producing some Lake Erie gold (yellow perch). Late July and August were above average for perching in the western basin. Of course, perch spreaders and crappie rigs tipped with emerald shiners will be catching most of the fish, although the shiners can be hard to find. A major tip for perch fishing is to use braided line on a soft tipped rod. Braided line does not stretch and allows you to see even the slightest bites, many people still are using monofilament and are missing out!

Another month passes and believe it or not it will be the last month for the lake update before we officially begin fall. Hard to believe, although we know how fast time flies when your catching Septemberfish!should

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Of course, there will always be a few walleyes to be caught mostly in the deep flats north of the cans and islands. There is also a possibility of a bite on shallow rock piles, but the algae can deter that depending on the conditions. Casting a worm harness or trolling spoons or harnesses behind jet divers will be getting most of the walleye.

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taper lines provide anglers with the versatility to fish for steelhead using a variety of techniques. For indicator nymph fishing, leaders in 0x-1x are preferred with fluorocarbon tippet in 0x-3x. Breathable waders combined with base layers and fleece/wool and a windproof/waterproof wading jacket allow anglers to remain comfortable during the ever-changing weather conditions along Lake Erie’s southern shore. In addition, boots with studs and a wading staff can provide the angler with an extra sense of security while wading some of our slippery spate streams.

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Ohio’s World Class Fly-Fishing for Steelhead Trout

Polarized sunglasses are also a must. Steelhead are aggressive and opportunistic feeders. However, you will need to match the water conditions (which change often), with flies of the appropriate size, weights, and colors. A good selection of egg, nymph, and streamer patterns will be needed to be consistently successful.

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The Gear: Ten foot, seven and eight weight rods are a great all-around choice for our area. Anglers looking specifically to swing streamers should consider shorter “spey” and “switch” rods paired with Skagit lines and sink tips. A large arbor reel with a solid drag system capable of holding 125 yards of backing is sufficient to handle Lake Erie chromers. Floating - weight forward or indicator

The Fishery: Northeast Ohio provides anglers with a world class fishing opportunity to target Lake Erie steelhead. Cool rains in September/ October raise water levels of our spate streams from typical late summer flows, and allow the first pushes of steelhead to enter area streams. Angling opportunities are plentiful as these fresh run fish are very willing to take a properly swung streamer, or a naturally drifted egg and nymph tandem rig. Fishing typically becomes consistent by midOctober, and continues to be steady until cold settles in, usually around early to mid-January. If you can handle a little cooler temps December/ January offers some of the best fishing of the year and is the favorite of veteran steelheaders.

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Places to look for good saugeye fishing are the channels, bridges, or anywhere that when the wind blows, it blows your bait into pooling, calmer water.

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At Indian Lake, when the leaves start to change color on the trees, you’ll see a new breed of anglers rolling in on the shoreline…saugeye anglers. They are looking to catch an abundance of saugeye to put on their table! Indian Lake boasts some of the best saugeye fishing Ohio has to offer. With plenty of public shoreline access, those seeking to catch saugeye are sure to hit their daily limit. The “magic” water temperature most saugeye fishermen are waiting for is 55 degrees. This is usually around the time when flathead fishing slows down and their bite slowly stops. Part of what makes Indian Lake the best destination for saugeye fishing, is the longstanding camaraderie between anglers, which you will see fishing together, lining the shores.

For catching saugeye, you’ll find the typical angler using 0-4” suspended stick baits. Black and chrome, blue and chrome, and clown colors are the best. 3” paddle tails from a wide variety of brands, white, chartreuse, chartreuse with a red head seem to do very well. Another great tactic for targeting and catching saugeye, would be a minnow on the bottom or under a slip bobber.

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One thing to remember, the water temps are dropping and 60° is the magic number when the water beneath you becomes deadly. So, make sure you’re wearing the proper thermal protection to ensure you make it back home to your loved ones. Dry-suits Save LIVES!! See ya on the water!!

Chasing Steelhead with a kayak!

One of my absolute favorite things about FALL Lake Erie Kayak Fishing, is the opportunity to chase one of the hardest fighting fish swimming in Lake Erie... The STEELHEAD TROUT! The best places to find these silver torpedoes is along the Lake Erie shoreline, harbors, and tributaries.

Tie on an aggressive crankbait, cast a 2/5oz little Cleo spoon, float a jig and shiner/ maggot or even a spawn sack along the current seams, or pull out your fly rod and target them with natural bug patterns. Youcan catch these fish using your favorite fishing technique, while using your fishing kayak to get to the fish instead of waiting on them to come to you.

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and tactics!” with our local “saugeye master” John Stahl!

When you find one, they’ll often become airborne, leaping 6 feet out of the water. The fight is on!! 24+ inches of solid muscle having its way with you and ripping line off your spool. Pull too hard and their strength will straighten your hook, but if things go just right, a silver beauty will find its way into your net!

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October 14th is the first day of the longest tournament on Indian Lake. “The Indian Lake Saugeye Slam”, it runs for 8 weeks, well into the winter. For the best saugeye info make sure to check out the Facebook group “Saugeye techniques,

There’s a litany of factors, but over the years I’ve keyed in on one thing in particular that works well, from our local lakes to the Great Lakes, and that is to look for the bait fish. They sometimes gather at bug hatches after algae blooms. Schools of bait fish such as shad and pan fish is what we’re looking for.

Muskie fishing in the heat of summer can be thought of as a fruitless effort, as most of the adult fish seek refuge in main basin areas, making them a formidable opponent. Hours of endless casting at nothing in open water can break down even the most hardened muskie veterans. But as the cool October nights allow these fish access to littoral zones, or feeding flats - without over stressing their body’s, everything changes.

My recommended “gear” ranges from 1 pound rubber baits to blades on buck tails the size of the palm of your hand. 100-pound braid on xxxh rods and 200-pound leaders. This isn’t fishing for the faint of heart. For fly fishing, flies ranging from 7–14-inch game changer’s and 60-pound wire leaders. It is no easy task to cast these on 12 wt. rods, so, we try to make every cast count, and setting yourself up for that spot - on - spot where the big ones are actually feeding will be a huge determining factor to your of Troy White at Chagrin River Outfitters, https://www.chagrinriveroutfitters.com

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Muskie, being a moon orientated predator, can be “scienced out” to exact times of migration in and out of these feeding areas, making it a very obtainable trophy fish and not just the fish of 10,000 casts. As a guide, I’ve been very fortunate to spend endless days on the water and really key in on the factors that can lead to the lifting of a big ol’ muskie out of 30 feet of water.

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Lake Fly-fishing heats up for the Ohio anglers in October. The type of feeding flats to focus on may vary from day to day, but what to look for generally, is big open weed beds that have a “highway” or means of egress from the main basin to the feeding flat. The reason for this, is after feeding, these large predators need to be able to go back out to “sea” so to speak, to regulate their bodies for digestion. So weed beds having creek channels or old roadbeds that reach back to the basin seems to be prime territory.

Wherever in the lake or flowage you may be fishing is experiencing a collection of “meat”, this is where you want to be. If you want to find a big predator, you should probably check at their refrigerator first, correct? She will probably be heading to these weed beds come the next moon phase.

Visit the Muskie’s “refrigerator” for October success

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Fall Brawl returns in 2022 with new ownership

marketed by Captain Mark Cahlik, owner of Bays Edge Bait & Tackle in Port Clinton.

These long-awaited lures that have 4 chambers and 10 multisized bearings with a different sound than similar lures, were delayed for months due to COVID-19 shipping interruptions. The prototypes that were available in limited quantities have already proven to be steady producers of trophy Walleyes for those who got some to try.

The lures that are typically used are plastic crank baits such as Bandit Walleye Deep, Reef Runner 800 Series, Rapala Husky Jerk and Walleye Nation Creation Reaper to name a few.

An up-and-coming crank bait that will be available in the official Fall Brawl color pattern is the Dead Eye, being

Meanwhile, Cahlik’s one-piece 6½ and 7-foot medium-action Green Phantom trolling rods are flying off the shelves at his shop. Similar to Ugly Stik’s CA 1100 rods that Shakespeare discontinued, these sharp-looking green rods have stainless steel guides with gold thread wraps. Good luck to all the Articleparticipants!by:John Hageman / Bays Edge Bait & Tackle.

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of the winning fish have been caught east of Cleveland late in the tournament that ends this fall on November 27.

On Saturday October 15, the 2022 Fall Brawl, Lake Erie’s largest fishing derby, returns with new ownership.

The tournament, which had over 10,500 participants last year, was sold by its 2010 founder Frank Murphy to Jason Fischer of Big Water Walleye Championships and Director of the 2022 Lake Erie Walleye Trail tournaments.

Shore casters often toss jointed Bomber Long-A and Storm Thundersticks, and Smithwick Perfect 10’s, Reef Runner Rip Stick, and Cotton-Cordell Rat’L-Trap.

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This tournament allows fishing from boats or the shorelines, leveling the playing field for those who are boatless.

If the past is any indication, Huron, Ohio will be the busiest port as walleyes annually assemble nearby while feeding on the hordes of Gizzard shad that congregate in the Sandusky However,Sub-Basin.many

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Boat Review – “Creek Boats”

When I first saw one of these “Creek Boats” at Paul’s Marine in Lewis Center, I thought - now there’s a cool idea, a lightweight boat with the benefits of a canoe or kayak along with a foot controlled trolling motor; what a great idea! They advertise that it can go in as little as 5 inches of water. I thought it was something new, but it turns out it was thought of around 1980. They are roto cast in polyethylene resin, which their website says is five times stronger than ABS and fiberglass. They come in about five different sizes and designs. They are all perfect for duck hunting or fishing in hard to reach “hot spots” or for cruising your favorite creek. Stop by Paul’s Marine in Lewis Center Ohio to see the models they have in (Photo:stock.

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to “adopt” a sturgeon for $25 will be notified if “their” fish is caught, along with its capture location and other available details.

The Genoa Federal Fish Hatchery obtains fertilized eggs from genetically-related Lake sturgeon captured during the spring in the St. Clair River, site of a vibrant sturgeon population calculated to number between 30,000-40,000.

Article by: John Hageman. He now writes approximately 125 articles per year after retiring from the Ohio Sea Grant/Stone Laboratory - The Ohio State University’s Lake Erie biology station at Put-In-Bay.

Some of the hatched fry are delivered to a stream-side rearing trailer operated by the Toledo Zoo and Aquarium. They provide the river location, electricity, raw river water, trained aquaria staff, and veterinary services for the fish until their fall release.

According to the USFFWS, the survival rates of the 2018 stocking have exceeded expectations at 87%, while the 2019 are at 97% so far. A greater number of immature sturgeon than usual are being seen by commercial fishermen, perch anglers and fisheries agency personnel in their survey nets.

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The Maumee River, the largest tributary in the Great Lakes, had a well-documented history of large numbers of sturgeon spawning upstream and into several branches before dams, siltation, pollution, and overfishing reduced their population by 99% in Lake Erie.

Each advanced fingerling sturgeon is implanted with a wire code tag that allows them to be uniquely identified with the use of a scanner, if captured. The zoo announced that their annual Sturgeon Fest will be from 10 am-2 pm on October 8, where the public is invited to watch and help release the baby fish into the river at 2700 Broadway St.

due to a bright green, dense algal bloom on the river in downtown Toledo, the Mayor considered cancelling a large 2017 rowing tournament due to health concerns for the participants.

In the case of sturgeon, males become sexually mature in 10-15 years, while females produce eggs after 20 years. The parties have committed a 15-year involvement with this project to give this rehabilitation the best chance to succeed.

Beginning in 2018, Lake sturgeon were first stocked into the Maumee River in a cooperative project involving the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, Ohio Division of Wildlife, Toledo Zoo and Aquarium, and the University of Toledo.

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It was prompted by the Lake Erie Waterkeepers in 2013 in an effort to try to remake the image of the Maumee River. Despite the attraction of tens of thousands of anglers during the annual Walleye and White bass spawning runs, it is perceived by many as just a muddy, nutrient-laden impediment to Lake Erie’s water

Stream-side rearing is thought to help the fish imprint on the river’s chemistry, then more reliably return to spawn after they mature.

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Even though spawning activity in the river has ceased, an analysis of the spawning and nursery habitat showed that it can support a population, so the project was a given the green light after Great Lakes Restoration Funding was secured.

Anglers are reminded that Lake sturgeon are protected with no harvest permitted. Any incidentally caught must be immediately released unharmed. Most anglers take a quick picture first as proof…

USFWS: Lake sturgeon stockings showing good survival in Lake Erie

Ron Slater is a fishing guide on the Portage Lakes in Ohio, he can be reached at 330-780-3652 or email bassfisher273@gmail.com

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Mr. Dennis is a well-known fly-tying champion and has given many demonstrations and talks about fly tying and fly fishing. One of his flies can be seen at the Fly-Fishing Museum in Vermont. He is planning on doing some fly fishing in Montana with his son and friends soon (who are all dentists), but for now, we were bass fishing, and it was a beautiful morning for it. When we pulled up on our first area, at Turkeyfoot lake, Mr. Dennis landed a huge bass that weighed in at a little over 6 pounds! As I was taking a few pics, we were all smiles and laughs. The fun and friendships we make on the water may be the best part of what fishing has to offer.

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do it again someday. Stage 4 cancer is a terrible thing, my prayers are with them. P.S. I have never had such a touching guide trip as this one. Sometimes we need some sunshine and a great fishing trip to help us put life in perspective.

On July 25, 2022, I had the privilege of guiding for a very special true friend, by the name of Dr. Eric Dennis. He is in a battle with Stage 4 cancer and wanted to get out on the water when the treatments weren’t slowing him down. This trip was like no other, when I got the call, I dropped everything and made plans for Monday morning to guide for him. He wanted to use his boat too, just to give it a good workout.

Wingfoot Lake was originally constructed under the auspices of the famed Goodyear Tire Company in 1916 and was originally constructed as a means of supplying a reliable supply of water to nearby Goodyear Manufacturing. From its inception it was used by the legendary Goodyear Hunting & Fishing Club.

Local anglers have long known that Wingfoot Lake State Park is a largely overlooked gem for largemouth bass and panfish. In fact, the smallish (444 acres) impoundment is consistently ranked in the state’s top ten bass fisheries in Ohio by the Division of Wildlife. Though not favored with a particularly expansive number of different species, the lake harbors standout populations of largemouth bass, crappie, and bluegill, and also notable numbers of catfish, walleye, and yellow perch. Though not a particularly deep lake (the maximum depth is 1015 feet), the lake features ample shore fishing areas, two quality boat ramps, several islands, and a variety of shoreline cover and varying bottom structure. There is a 10 horsepower limit, and kayak and paddleboat rentals are available.

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After about 4 minutes we went across the lake and on his first cast there, he landed another huge bass, a 4 pounder this time. Our excitement was beyond words. It is not often you hook into back-to-back lunkers. This will always be a special day for Dr. Eric, his wife Mary and myself. We will never forget it and I hope that we can

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Fifteen years ago, the lake and adjacent park area were taken over by the Ohio Department of Natural Resources Division of Parks and the aforementioned DOW, which still maintain ownership and management. The increasingly popular park’s attendance is significantly up over the last several seasons, pushing the annual total to over 300,000 yearly guests. The park continues to add amenities and improvements to facilities and infrastructure. Among just the latest items Wingfoot has to offer

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Twice, we traveled northeast by van to Hope, Alaska, where we fished for pinks in Resurrection Creek. They were so thick that we stayed busy catching and releasing them after we all caught our limits. On our second trip to Resurrection, we went in search of silvers but they had not arrived yet, so we caught pinks

Last, but not least, we fished Skilak Lake, which feeds the Kenai River from the center of the peninsula. This was my favorite place to fish. It is as beautiful as it is full of fish. We stayed 18 days in Alaska and spent our 17th on Skilak, where we slayed the fish. We landed and released more than 100 reds, silvers and trout that day! It was a great note to end our trip.

Our lodging was in Soldotna, near the mouth of the Kenai River on Cook Inlet. That’s where we fished the Kenai River for red (sockeye) salmon. The famous king salmon season closed before we arrived this year, or we would have been fishing for them. We “flossed” for reds, which is a technique used in rivers to catch salmon that are more interested in their spawning run than they are in feeding. Basically, you use a weighted leader. As pods of fish swim upstream, the line threads an open mouth and you snag the fish when the hook pulls tight. This was combat-style fishing. We stood a rod’s length from other anglers, and it was mayhem when someone hooked up.

We also fished from a boat on the Kenai River, where anchored to deploy small Kwikfish. These lures settle into the current near the bottom and vibrate. Fish swimming upstream see them and attack. Unlike the red salmon, which aren’t interested in eating, the pink (humpback) and silver (coho) salmon jumped all over this setup.

If you ever get the chance to fish the Kenai Peninsula, you will love it. Get a group of friends, do some research and go. Fish with a guide or on your own. There are so many options and so many fish that it’s hard not to have an amazing adventure.

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Gary Turner is a long-time contributor to The Angler Magazine. Contact him at gary@purgeright.com.

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We also ventured south from Soldotna to the Kasilof River and caught salmon and trout. We crossed the peninsula to Seward and fished the Resurrection River for silvers, pinks and dog (chum) salmon. The river was full of fish, so we fished until it was too dark to see the bears and called it a day at midnight.

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laska’s Kenai Peninsula is a world-renowned fishery, known for all of its salmon runs, of which the Kenai River king salmon run is the most famous. The saltwater fishing out of Homer, Deep Creek and Seward are also amazing. I’ve been to Alaska fishing several times, and this year I fished the fresh and the salt with five friends who were all on their first trip. Here’s a quick look at what we did in freshwater. I’ll write about our saltwater adventures in the future.

Second only to the Kenai’s fishing is the scenery. There is a majestic feel to this area. The views are beautiful, there is amazing wildlife and tons of stuff to see. We saw it all as we drove all over the place chasing fish.

Alex McCrickard has a go-big or go-home attitude when it comes to fall browns. He’s a former fly fishing guide and the current aquatic education coordinator for the Virginia Department of Wildlife Resources. As the days grow shorter, McCrickard breaks out his heavy 6- and 7-weight rods to sling big streamers.Onsmaller streams, he’ll fish floating line with a 9-foot leader that tapers down to no lighter than 2x tippet. The long leader allows a weighted streamer to get down in the water column, and 2x has a breaking strength of about 10 pounds. It’s more than enough to handle the 14- to 20-inchers you might encounter in a creek or stream.

The timing is different on every piece of water, but October is thought to be the peak of pre-spawn behavior for most streams and rivers. Since big browns are more aggressive than they are at any other time of year, anglers who target them should fish aggressively.

On large or small water, pre-spawn browns will hit bigger flies than you’d think they would. This could be a 2- to 3-inch-long Woolly Bugger on a mountain stream or a 6-inch-long articulated pattern on a big river. Either way, it’s a game of covering water persistently and presenting the fly to as many fish as possible.

“A productive day is relative. When you’re throwing a 10-foot 7-weight and a 250-grain full sinking line with 3 feet of 20-lb. monofilament, you’re not really going for numbers anymore,” said McCrickard. “You’re looking for one, maybe two fish. You kind of have to go out there with the mentality of, ‘I might get skunked today, but I might catch my best fish of the year… or the best fish I’ve caught in the last five years.’”

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While the females become preoccupied with cutting nests, called redds, on shallow gravel bars in moving water, the males put on bright colors to

ust and jealousy make males of many species do stupid things they wouldn’t normally do. This is true for humans and whitetail deer, and it’s also true for brown trout, which grow aggressive this time of year as they gear up for the spawn.

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Across the East, brown trout spawn in a window that runs from midSeptember into December. Males and females of the species leave their summer lies to strike out upstream in search of spawning habitat. They are on the move and more visible to anglers than at any other time of year.

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IGFA all-tackle world record swordfish weighed 1,182 pounds. It was caught off the coast of Chile in 1953 by Louis Marron.

The angler, 59-year-old Cary Carney, was fishing aboard the 32-foot Willow B, which was captained by his son Brandon Carney. They were fishing in about 1,300 feet of water on Aug. 21, when the big broadbill ate a strip of albacore belly. They had the fish on an electric Diawa MP3000 reel, but a blown fuse rendered it inoperable. Carney buckled down and cranked the fish in by hand on 65-pound test line.

8-ounce swordfish caught 55 miles off Morehead City, North Carolina was recently certified as a new state record.

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