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

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

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SERVING OKEECHOBEE, HIGHLANDS, GLADES, AND HENDRY COUNTIES Welcome to the January issue of the Okeechobee edition of Coastal Angler Magazine. We hope you had a great set of Holidays and are ready to use all those great outdoor gifts you received from Santa and his elves. For fishermen we start the year off in great shape. With a year ending dry-spell, Mother Nature has helped the local lakes recover from a year’s worth of high water. With a little help from falling water levels, spawning bass will move out of the deep back country and be more available for us fishermen. The key to the winter months is to watch the weather and be flexible in your patterns. Bass and crappie will be keying on favorable conditions and will move accordingly, so once you find them you need to make note of the conditions for that day. For Snook fishermen, the Snook harvest remains closed for both the Atlantic and Gulf of Mexico regions. On the Atlantic side the season will open on February 1st, per 2016 regulations, while the west-coasters will have to wait until March. As a reminder, Lake Okeechobee resides in the Atlantic management region while the Caloosahatchee River west of the lake falls under Gulf Coast regulations. In both cases, you’ll need a saltwater license and a Snook stamp to harvest a Snook during the season. Hunting in our area will be a mixed bag since we’re on the border of Zones ‘B’ and ‘C’. In Zone ‘A’ the area south and west of Lake Okeechobee, general gun season for deer closed on January 1st. In Zone ‘C’, the areas north of Route 70 west of Lake Okeechobee and Route 441 east of Lake Okeechobee, the general gun season for antlered deer remains open. Fall turkey in both Zone ‘A’ and ‘C’ also closed on January 1st. For waterfowlers, the winter duck season remains open until January 29th. For all hunters, consult the FWC website, continued on page 2

Bassmaster Elite Series Comes to Okeechobee

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or fans of professional bass fishing, the return of the Bassmaster Elite Series to Lake Okeechobee on February 23 – 26 provides an opportunity to meet and greet some of the best professional fishermen the sport has to offer. The Bassmaster Elite Series is the sport’s highest level in professional bass fishing tournaments. For the 2017 tournament season, 111 anglers will compete in nine tournaments through-out the nation for a shot at the Bassmaster Classic in 2018. To qualify for the Elite Series, the top 70 anglers in the previous season automatically requalify for the coming season. Then up to 15 anglers from Bass Pro Shops Bassmaster Open tournaments and one qualifier from B.A.S.S. Nation will receive invitations to join the 2017 field. The remaining slots needed to complete the field of 108 anglers are awarded based on AOY rankings for each year of an angler’s carrier. For the 2017 field, three special exemptions were accepted to bring the total count to 111 anglers. Two of the exemptions were ‘Legend Exemptions’ which went to 1982 Classic winner Paul Elias and David Fritts who won the 1996 Bassmaster Classic and the 1997 Forest Wood Cup. This year the season gets off to an early start with a Bassmaster Elite event at Lake Cherokee in Knoxville Tennessee on February 9-12. Two weeks later they come to Lake Okeechobee after which the anglers take a break for the 2017 GEICO Bassmaster Classic in Houston Texas on March 24-26. The Classic and two other marquee tournaments in the Series, the Toyota Bassmaster Texas Fest and the Toyota Bassmaster Angler of the Year Champion, each offer a purse of at least $1 million. So it is expected that the Okeechobee event will be the final tune up for these premier events. The last time the Elite Series called upon the Big ‘O’ was the 2012 Power-Pole Slam in which California pro Ish Monroe won the 4-day event with a weight of 108-5 lbs which happened to be the fifth largest in trail history. During the first two days of the tournament Ish

Monroe was on fire with the Day-1 and Day-2 top bags of 34-5 lbs and 24-15 lb. But on Day3 the winds and the Big ‘O’ turned on Ish and allowed Chris Lane to make up a 14 lbs deficit to come within 9-oz of the leader going into the final day of the tournament. On Day-4 the last day of the tournament, Ish headed to untested waters in Pelican Bay on the south end of the lake. After a slow morning start the bass began to cooperate allowing Ish to bring to the scales a bag weighing 30-15 lbs which secured him first place and the top prize of $100,000. As for this year’s event, we’ll just have to wait and see what surprises the Big ‘O’ has in store for the anglers. Among this year’s anglers, Florida is represented by Drew Benton of Panama City, Shaw Grigsby Jr. of Gainesville, Koby Kreiger of Bokeelia. Bobby Lane of Lakeland, Cliff Prince of Palatka, Bernie Schultz of Gainesville, Terry Scroggins of San Mateo, Randall Tharp of Port St Joe, and Jesse Tacoronte of Orlando who is making his rookie debut. An Elite Series event attracts thousands of bass fans from around the country. Some come with their boats to follow the anglers while others come to rub elbows with the pros after a day’s weigh-in. To provide activities for both young and old, Bassmaster and the event’s sponsor, Okeechobee County Tourist Development Council, will provide games, interactive activities and exhibitors at C. Scott Driver Park where the weigh-ins will be held. So plan for a full day of fun and fishing excitement. The Bassmaster Elite Series brings some of the nation’s best fishermen into our community. It’s an event that all locals should visit and support. See you there!

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FISHING REPORT

BY CAPTAIN EDDIE PERRY | LAKE OKEECHOBEE – NORTH END

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ishing on the north end of the Big’O’ has been for the most part very good; mild air temperatures and good weather has made conditions favorable for a good bite. Early morning bass action has been at its best on wild shiners, catches of 50 plus fish a day are common and bigger females continue to move in from the open lake for their annual spawning ritual. Buckhead Ridge and Tin House Cove have been the most consistent for fast action. Schools of smaller fish in the 1 lb to 3 lb range are on the outside edges of the reed lines and they make for some fun and fast action. After you go through 3 or 4 dozen of your shiners, move inside and find a mat to anchor up on and you will have a better chance at a big fish. Eagle Bay had its ups and down, one day it’s some of the best fishing you have ever seen and the next it can leave you scratching your head. But don’t be discouraged, this is a big lake and with a little local knowledge and a little effort, you can find fish biting. The North Shore down on the west side of the lake in the Lakeport area has had very good action in open water between Horse Island and the Point of the Reef. The best thing about this part of the lake is there are a couple of different ways to fish here; you can anchor your boat which is what most fishermen do, or you can drift and this area is meant for drifting. When drifting you can cover a lot of water fast and can find fish in a hurry. If you hit a hotspot drifting and catch a couple of fish real quick, don’t be afraid to stop your boat and put some live baits out. Even if you are artificial fishing, when you are drifting like that an anchor can be your best friend. So many times people will catch a bass and move right on down the line, when in reality they should stop their boat and fish it slow. Bass usually have a few of their friends with them so don’t think that’s the only fish there. Since January typically has more windy days, deploying a drift sock will slow down your drift enabling

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you to work the area more thoroughly. Crappie action has been improving. Specks are moving into the reed heads in front of the Okeechobee Pier and at the Buckhead marker and are being caught on jigs and minnows. Fishermen that are drifting are catching limits in the open lake out in front of the mouth of the Kissimmee River. Down towards Harney Pond, anglers are not maxing out yet but the size of the Specks have been impressive. Reports of 2.25 to 2.75 lb Specks have been common. The area between Bird Island and the Point of the Reef has been very active. During the bass and Speck spawning seasons, pay particular attention to the phases of the moon. During the next few months, the days just prior to and just after the full and new moons will be Father & Son with Capt Ed particularly active. Be sure and stop by Garrard’s Bait and Tackle for all your fishing needs. GOOD FISHIN Capt. Eddie Perry Capt. Eddie Perry is a 5th generation Floridian and owner of Okeechobee Adventures Guide Service. He has fished the Big ‘O’ since he was a little boy and has professionally guided on the lake since 1996. There isn’t much that he hasn’t seen on the lake. He can be reached by telephone at (863) 763-7722, web www.OkeechobeeAdventures.com, Facebook.com/OkeechobeeAdventures, or at Garrard’s Bait and Tackle.

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www.MyFWC.com for the latest in hunting regulations, zones maps and seasonal dates. For those who like outdoor community events, this is a great time of year. County fairs are in full swing and there are plenty of outdoor concerts, arts and craft events and food festivals to attend. All you need to do is push back those New Year’s Diet Resolutions a month or two and have a good time. Consult the Community Events page within this magazine for a sampling of what’s waiting for you to do. Finally, for those of you that just want to sit back, relax and enjoy one of our wonderful sunsets, winter is the season for you. Warm days, cool nights and the great company of our northern friends makes these next few months the best of Florida living. So get outside and enjoy the best of what Florida has to offer. Ken Gabryel Co-Publisher Coastal Angler Magazine - Okeechobee

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FISHING REPORT

BY CAPTAIN MARK KING | LAKE OKEECHOBEE - SOUTH END

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appy New Years to ya’ll and a good year it is going to be here on Lake Okeechobee! The fishing has been awesome and just keeps getting better daily with some really big bass being caught. The water level is down to around fourteen and a half feet above sea level and in my opinion that is about perfect. It’s enough water for the bass to go back into traditional spawning areas and enough water that you can safely run your boat almost anywhere on the lake. As we head into the next few months here on Okeechobee the fishing will be some of the best in the country. The bass are moving in off the main open water part of the lake toward the shallow grassy areas of the lake to spawn and this is where you need to be fishing. Some keys things to look for are clean water and about four feet of water which will be a lot of the areas we fish year round but now there will be an almost endless supply of bass from now till May. Areas like Pelican Bay, Rita Island, Grassy, Bay Bottom, East Wall, the Shoal, North shore, and the Monkey Box will all be good areas to fish. These bass will stage on the outside of the areas prior to the full moon and then move back in to spawn on the moon as long as we don’t get a cold front move in and put a monkey wrench in the program. The live bait bite has been absolutely awesome the past month and will be good all the way through our season here on the lake. The artificial bite has improved and will get better as more fish move in off the main lake. I have been catching a lot of fish on a Gambler Fat Ace rigged Texas style and pitched into holes and open areas in the grass, the key has been to fish it slow. As the bass move in to spawn I will be throwing a Gambler EZ Swimmer and Big EZ in spawning areas. This is a great locator bait to find these spawning bass and you will catch some monster bass doing this. When fishing in these grassy spawning areas be sure and just move the boat slow or let the wind push you along and continually look down in the water for beds. Once you start finding beds you will be amazed at

how many are in an area. We are also starting to get a good crappie bite on the lake on both minnows and jigs. This is shaping up to be an amazing year here on Okeechobee with the water level being just right and yes the water quality is good in spite of what you might have seen on the news. Our lake is great and the fishing is great, come and experience one of the top fishing lakes in the country you won’t be disappointed. Until next month good luck, tight lines, and I hope to see everyone on the water soon. Capt. Mark King Captain Mark King is a full time guide and tournament angler guiding out of the world famous Roland Martin’s Marina and Resort in Clewiston Florida and also in the Florida Keys out of Marathon area. Mark is an IGFA Certified Captain, active member of the Florida Guide Association and the Florida Outdoor Writers Association. Mark can be contacted to book a guide trip, seminars, personal appearances, test rides in his Evinrude powered Ranger, or to fish a tournament with him at 863-677-0983 or at www.markkingfishing.com and www.tarponinthekeys.com

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BY SALLY HERNANDEZ - SLIM’S FISH CAMP | LAKE OKEECHOBEE - PALM BEACH

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he south end of Lake Okeechobee is producing excellent catches! One of our local guides caught an 8, a 9, and a 10 pound largemouth bass all in one afternoon on wild shiners. You read that right! Another boater, who witnessed this awesome catch, also caught 3 five pounders the same afternoon on a fluke. These awesome fish were all caught in Pelican Bay. Look for hyacinths, hydrilla and other water plants where big bass like to ambush shiners. The Speck, Florida crappie, are really biting well this month and the locals are coming out to get them several days a week. Although the Florida crappie can be caught during the summer months, they really are at their best from late fall to early spring. Specks can be caught using minnows or jigs. Minnows should be suspended at various depths to locate schools. When jig fishing, you can cover a great deal more area. The secret to successful crappie fishing is to move often until you locate a school. The big difference in jigs is the weight when crappie fishing. If you’re fishing 14 feet of water on a day with 15-mph winds, it may take a 1⁄ 4-ounce head to keep the lure down within a couple of feet of bottom where the fish are likely to be biting. On the other hand, on a calm day you’ll catch more fish with a smaller head, down to 1⁄ 64 ounce. Take a selection to match whatever conditions you may face. Or better yet, do like most of the locals do and stick a minnow in their face, set the hook and start heating up the frying pan as we say here on Okeechobee. Even the youngest anglers are reeling in the big ones at Slim’s Fish Camp. Four year old little Miss Charlee Vann of Loxahatchee, FL caught her first nice sized bass on a domestic shiner from the shoreline and it weighed in at just under 4 pounds. Slim’s Fish Camp carries both live bait and artificial baits, so come by us and see us! We will be happy to hook you up. Have a safe and happy holiday season from all of us here at Slim’s. Happy Angling!! You can reach Slim’s Fish Camp via telephone at (561) 996-3844 and follow us on facebook at https://www.facebook.com/slimsfishcamp WWW.COASTALANGLERMAG.COM/okeechobee • THEANGLERMAG.COM

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box. Remember if you have enough open water to fish a hard bait it By: Steve Daniel “The Voice of Lake Okeechobee Fishing” is probably going to be a better choice. You don’t need a $20 jerk bait to catch a bass here on the Big O when a $7 Long A will get the job done. The hooks that come on the bait are just fine but if I want to make sure I land every bass that hits my hard bait I will change the hooks to No. 4 EWG hooks. If a bass just comes close enough to Debs studio smell the bait they will get hooked. There are a lot of lures out there that will catch fish but sometimes the old reliable lures that have been around for a long time are still some of my favorites. How long has it been since you have seen a fisherman fish a Johnson Spoon, maybe it’s time to just go back in time and dig out some of those old reliable lures from yesteryear. Steve Daniel Until next month, Tight Lines his is a question I get all the time, “which is better, hard baits or soft Steve Daniel baits”. Well they are both good, they just have different jobs.

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Take a soft swim bait such as Gambler’s Big EZ or Reaction Innovation’s Skinny Dipper, these are tools that do a great job when the bass are feeding in and around the grass. You can rig them weedless and fish them anywhere. The hard jerk bait such as a Bomber Long A or a Smithwick Rouge are lures that I use a lot when I have enough open water to work the lure efficiently. Any time I can use a hard bait I will pick it over a soft bait for a variety of reasons. The Long A is a lure I can cast and fish as a surface lure at the start of my retrieve and work the lure all the way back to the boat and it usually doesn’t take me long to find out what the bass want. Remember every bass you catch is trying to tell you something if you are paying attention. If you go out and fish a soft swim bait and nothing else you are missing the point. Sometimes when bass are not active they will pay little attention to a bait just swimming through the water. However you can still get them to respond to the very erratic action of a hard bait. Remember, bass are predators and will hit your lure just because it looks like an injured bait fish and it is the nature of predators to attack injured prey even though they are not feeding. It is hard for me to get that type of action out of a soft bait but you can get that action out of a soft bait like a Zoom Fluke. The Fluke is a good choice when the water you are fishing is too grassed-up to fish a hard bait. A hard bait with all those treble hooks will catch a lot of fish just because the fish will come close to the lure to investigate its erratic action and they’ll get hooked by one of the many points of the trebles, you can’t do that with the soft bait. Anybody that knows me very well knows how I feel about the hard jerk bait. Every FLW event that I won here on Lake Okeechobee was won because of hard jerk baits even when the air temperature was in the 30s and our Florida bass were lock-jawed. I really believe that the hard bait will catch bass no matter what Mother Nature throws at us, it is the nature of the bass that makes this possible. One last tip on fishing the hard jerk bait, when you get the bait close enough to the boat to see it, stop the bait and watch it closely. Many times a bass will be following your bait and if you see him chasing it, give the bait a twitch or two. This often triggers a last minute attack on the lure, but you need to see this action as far from the boat as possible. Both soft baits and hard baits have a role in every serious angler’s tackle 4 OKEECHOBEE

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HIGHLANDS FISHING REPORT BY LY NGUYEN | HIGHLANDS COUNTY

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s the New Year brings in some fish to the beds, fish will still be found staged-up just off the grass edges in most lakes. Grassy Island on Lake Istokpoga continues to produce fish and a real lunker frequently cruises the area. Hard topwater lures such as the East Texas Big Bass lure, similar to the Devil’s Horse, worked with a stop-and-go do well early. So do soft plastics like the weedless frogs, flapping shads, Horney Toads, bigger cut tail worms, all cranked at a medium-steady retrieve. RatL-Traps and spinner baits have been producing around the grass edges as well. Or you can fish a plastic worm and catch fish all day along grass edges, open pockets, cuts, grass clumps, etc. For those who like to flip & pitch, Istokpoga is a noted weedless jig lake and the Medlock Jig or similar style

jig produces some massive strikes. The best soft plastic colors I’ve found are Junebug, Red Shad, Green Pumpkin, Watermelon, Watermelon/Red and Candy Bug.” Lake Jackson continues to have several hungry “wolf packs” of schoolies cruising just offshore. Just look for the bait attacked at the surface and throw any baitfish replica you like. Once the little lake is back open for action then I anticipate an increase in bigger fish. Be patient this time of year as any cast could land you that fish of a lifetime. January rings in that time of year from now until April where the giant fish make themselves easier targets while in spawn. Lake Placid and Lake June have been spotty at best during December and as the water temperatures drop, fish will be searching for a comfortable thermocline to hold

to. Using your electronics to find holding fish is the key for these lakes. The ‘community’ brush piles are seeing lots of pressure and bass holding to these structures are getting skittish. If we get a string of warm days then hit the shallows and look for bedding fish. Across the area, the Crappie fishing has been very good. Several fishermen have reported nice catches by using their electronics to locate and stay on the fish. Best baits remain live minnows though jigs can be very productive. Remember to set you first string of poles at different depths to help zero-in on the feeding fish. When you find the feeders, be ready for fast action and multiple hook-ups. The month of January is known for radically changing weather patterns including cold fronts and windy conditions. The key to

success during this time is to know your lakes and which wind direction favors which lake. Highlands County has plenty of fishable lakes and some perform better under different wind patterns. So learn your lakes and don’t be afraid to try some new places. Also don’t overlook the canals that feed into the lakes. Some are quite deep and provide good fishing and protection from the wind on those days when offshore conditions are a challenge. January marks the start of another season for the Highlands Bass Anglers Tournament Trail. Anyone interested in joining a great group of people feel free to contact us at 863-381-2310. Don’t miss your chance at some fun on the water and the chance to take home some cash! Have a great time on the water.

HIGHLANDS LAKE PROFILE LAKE HUNTLEY | BY GEOFF BALOG

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ake Huntley is a mid-size 680 acre lake located on the southeast side of Lake Placid, Florida. Lake Huntley is a typical ‘ridge lake’ which are characterized by clear water, sandy bottoms and low nutrient loads. Through the years the shoreline has been developed so that today there are residential homes on the east and west side of the lake. Still this lake has a few remaining pockets of undeveloped land which provide for dense pockets of marsh and emergent vegetation. Lake Huntley receives water from local run-off as well as a small feeder canal from Lake Grassy. During periods of high water, Lake Huntley will drain into Lake Clay. There are two public boat ramps on Huntley with one being at 125 Lake Huntley Drive and the other at 250 Anderson Street. Both ramp areas are small and can accommodate only a handful of trailers. Being surrounded by residential homes the lake is enjoyed by many residents and sees a wide variety of water sports including fishing, boating, water skiing and jet skiing. The bottom topology of Lake Huntley is kind of unique for a ridge lake. While the average depth is only 6.5-feet, there are plenty of deeper pockets ranging in the 12-17 foot range. This makes for plenty of contours and bottom structure to hold fish. When fishing the open water of the lake, using your electronics to isolate grass beds, flats and drop-offs that hold schools of bait will greatly improve your success rate. As for shoreline vegetation, the undeveloped areas on the north and south ends of the lake offer plenty of opportunities for bass fishermen. There you’ll find cattail stands, patches of hydrilla, pond weed, eel grass and even some water lilies. In the more developed areas there are plenty 6 OKEECHOBEE

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of docks along the shoreline so pitching, flipping and skipping under docks will find good numbers of fish. Though this lake is somewhat small it fishes large. Local clubs and tournaments that do fish this lake often come in with nice bag weights. There are some sizable fish in this lake and the largest to date registered under the FWC’s Trophy Catch Program is a 9-4 lb fish caught in March 2015 by Reinhard Pope. In addition to bass, you’ll find plenty of crappie, shell-crackers, catfish, and pickerel in this lake along with the ever present bowfins and gars. As for baitfish, you’ll find schools of shad, wild shiners, bluegills and other panfish. In choosing a style or color of bait for Lake Huntley, the choices are wide open. Having clear water, natural appearing colors generally work best and these include green pumpkin, watermelon red, junebug and black. Along the shallows, top water baits such as frogs, spinner baits and swim baits work well. In the thicker patches of vegetation, worms, senko type baits, and jigs will produce big strikes. As you break out into the open water, along the edges, jerk baits, rattle traps, crank baits will help cover a lot of water. Then as you get into the deeper pockets, deep crank baits, drop shots and Carolina rigged soft plastics will get you to where the deeper fish lay. As always, start shallow and work your way deeper. Lake Huntley is one of those lakes that once you get to know her, she’ll keep bringing you back for more. See you on the water Geoff

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KAYAK FISHING 101 BY ROBERT FARABEE

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ost readers may already know through some of my past writings that I am a veteran. Since my retirement from the Marine Corps I have been compelled to pay it forward and have spent many hours doing charity work for veteran organizations. Now I have stepped it up a little and will combine my love of kayaking and the outdoors to help veterans. I won’t go into statistics and reference articles already written in regards to veteran suicides. The information is readily available through social media and news organizations every day. What I want to share with you in this month’s article is the Peace River Warrior Challenge. I will be taking four veterans on a 100 mile kayak trip over a four day period in March. The goal of the trip is to get veterans out of their homes and introduce them to kayaking and the great outdoors and raise awareness of veteran suicides. These veterans will be at least 30% disabled or have received a Purple Heart. As most of you know, being in the outdoors can be very therapeutic. We have received a lot of support from the Federation of Christian Sportsmen and the Florida Purple Heart Association, but now we need help from other kayakers in being a paddle buddy for one of the veterans. We are in need of light weight camping supplies such as sleeping bags, tents, and cooking items. We are also in need of donations in order to purchase items needed for the trip like bug sprays, food, water, and protective shirts. If you are interested in this event or making a donation, please contact me directly at G.S. Outdoors, 863-446-2870, or email

reelitinrob@gmail.com So, take the time, find yourself, and go kyaking. Rent or buy but give it a try. You’ll find many manufacturers and models of kayaks to choose from for the type of experience you’re looking for like, angling to tandem models which can be found at GS Outdoors located at 5621 U.S. Hwy 27 N. Sebring, Fl. 33870 Robert Farabee • Pro Staff GS Outdoors | reelitinrob@gmail.com

Area Fishing Guides Capt. Mark King Reel Dreams Fishing: Bass, Lake ‘O’, Florida Keys Live bait & Artificial Clewiston, FL Ph: (863) 677-0983 www.MarkKingFishing.com

Capt Eddie Perry Fishing: Bass & Panfish Lake ‘O’ Live Bait & Artificial Okeechobee, FL Ph: (863) 763-7722 www.OkeechobeeAdventures. FloridaBoyArt.com/

Capt. Dave Stephens Back Bay Xtremes Charters Fishing: Snook, Tarpon, Redfish Peace River - Port Charlotte Ph: (941) 916-5769 web www.BackBayXtremes.com

Steve Daniel Steve Daniel Guide Service Fishing: Bass Lake Okeechobee Live Bait & Artificial Clewiston, FL Ph: (863) 885-2230 www.OkeechobeeProSteveDaniel. com

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Special selection

LURE OF THE MONTH

RAZOR BAIT’S LIMBER NINJA SPINNERBAIT

FISHING REPORT BY CAPTAIN BRIAN NELLI | PALM BEACH KAYAK

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uring this time of year spawning bass are heading into the shallows and you need a bait that can work through the grass and into the beds, so for this month’s lure selection we have chosen the Limber Ninja made by Jim Lanza of Razor Baits in Boca Raton FL. This spinnerbait is created by taking two great time proven spinnerbaits and combining them into one. Unlike your typical hairpin styled spinnerbait, the Limber Ninja has a flexible cable arm that allows you to throw the bait into the thickest of cover and still be able to retrieve it without it collapsing upon contact with structure. You then add the counter rotating Doc Sheldon Tomahawk style blades, which adds vibration and flash, and you have the Limber Ninja! Another feature of the Limber Ninja is that with a cable arm, the lure does not stretch or spread out like most hairpin style lures do. After a tough battle there is no need to retune the lure to its original shape like you need to do with conventional hairpin lures. The Limber Ninja is available in 1/4 oz, 3/8 oz and 1/2 oz models. The colors are Black head/Black skirt with Hammered Nickle Doc Sheldon Blades. Chartreuse head/ Chartreuse skirt with Hammered Nickle Doc Sheldon Blades. Chartreuse head/Chartreuse & White skirt with Hammered Nickle Doc Sheldon Blades. White head/White skirt with Hammered Nickle Doc Sheldon Blades. For more tradition anglers, a stiff arm version called the Ninja Spin is also available. The Limber Ninja Spinnerbait and other Razor Bait products are available at Garrard’s Bait and Tackle in Okeechobee, Performance Marine Bait and Tackle in Lake Placid or online at www.RazorBaits.com

Brian with a Pompano

Atlantic Coast Inshore

Pompano, bluefish, jacks and Spanish mackerel become more of the focus in January. I like to target areas near the inlets like the mouth of the Loxahatchee River in Jupiter and Sailfish Flats in Stuart. The deeper channels and sand flats make them ideal locations for the fish to swim in and out with the tides. Try working the edges of these channels with goofy jigs, small buck tails and DOA jerk baits. This time of year brings cold air and wind which in turn creates wet conditions on the kayak. Having a pair of waders to keep you dry and warm in the chop is highly recommended.

Atlantic Coast Offshore

January is considered one of the best months to target sailfish. As always winter months are very weather dependent. There are typically only a handful of days during this month that the weather will allow you to get in the ocean without rolling your kayak in the process. Choose your days wisely and be sure to have all safety equipment onboard. Sailfish prefer smaller baits like smaller goggle eyes and pilchards. Keeping them up top on the surface and frisky is your best bet. Check us out Pushin’ Water Kayak Charters on Facebook, Instagram and YouTube for all the latest adventures my clients and I get into. See you on the water! Brian Nelli | 772-201-5899 Brian@tckayakfishing.com | www.tckayakfishing.com Planning on heading to the Lake Okeechobee this weekend, check-out our website for the latest fishing reports. We contact bait & tackle shops from around the lake and nearby communities for what’s hot and what’s not.

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FISHING REPORT

SECRETS OF CHARLOTTE HARBOR, FT MYERS | BY FISHN’ FRANKS

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K let’s talk about where to go fishing. To get the year started let’s go right to the Gulf. There are many species to be targeted in January such as grouper, snapper, king mackerel among others and most of them can be found at one spot not too far off the coast. It’s the old barge that is sunk 10.3 miles from Boca Pass. When preparing yourself for a trip to the barge I would take two different types of rod and reel setups. The first would be a 30 size two speed conventional reel with a 6 foot rod, maybe a bit shorter and stout, with 65 to 80 pound test braid, a 6 ounce egg sinker, a swivel, 60 pound fluorocarbon leader, and a 7/0 circle hook on the business end. From the hook to the swivel I like about 3 feet of leader more or less. For the swivel I use a 150 pound test AFW Swivel in a dull finish. I use a dull finish because I don’t want the flash of a shiny black or silver swivel attracting any toothy predators when I’m fighting the fish I’m trying to land. I put my egg sinker onto my main line before the swivel so the swivel keeps the weight from sliding down onto the hook which can interfere with my hookups.

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pointy end allowing the tentacles to hang free. If there are no immediate strikes then you’ll begin to attract the smaller fish which are quicker and more aggressive. Once this occurs, switch out your full squid to a smaller bait and allow the smaller fish to begin a feeding frenzy. This burst of activity on the bottom will attract the bigger fish. Once the small fish action has heated up, slip back on a full squid, send it down and hold on for that monster bite. As a parting thought, when I first approach my spot to bottom fish, I get close to the mark and then stop the boat. I then turn the wheel hard to the left and put the boat back into gear and slowly circle my spot watching the bottom machine for signs of structure. Once I mark a good structure or fish I toss a buoy over the back of the boat so I have a point to reference. Though a G.P.S. is good for getting you to the spot, it’s almost impossible to get back to the exact same spot, so the buoy gives you a reference point you can see. The next important point is where you anchor. In the Gulf missing the structure by a few feet might as well be a mile off, so if you can, anchor to your buoy and adjust your anchor line pay-out until you locate the fish. Once you’ve located the fish you can send down a more permeant anchor for a day’s fishing. Good luck out there and I hope you enjoy this spot. The barge wreck is 10.3 miles off Boca on a heading of 226 degrees and it is in 48 feet of water. For your G.P.S the coordinates are 26-26.755N and 082-22.755W Fishin’ Frank Charlotte Harbor Secrets is written by Fishin’ Franks, located at 4425-D Tamiami Trail, Port Charlotte, FL and 14531 N. Cleveland Ave, Ft Myers, FL. We may not always be politically correct, but you can be guaranteed that, we will write it as how we see it! If you plan on visiting just remember, “This ain’t no Boutique, this is a Fishin’ store!” We can reached by telephone (941) 6253888 or on the web at http://www.FishinFranks.com

For bait on this set up I like frozen Spanish sardines, they’re not too expensive and they really catch fish. I prefer Spanish sardines because they are a soft, stinky, oily, nasty bait which all fish like to eat. The one problem with Spanish sardines is that they are difficult to keep on the hook and tend to fall off if you are not really gentle. So I use a trick to keep them on the hook. I lay a whole squid on its side and then slice a cross section of it maybe ½ inch wide. The piece I cut when held up looks like a circle or thick rubber band. I then take that squid ring and pull it over the head of the sardine and the push the hook through the squid, through the sardine and through the other side of the squid ring. This creates a keeper for the bait and the tough skin of the squid will help the sardine to stay on the hook. The second rod and reel combo is for snapper and for this I tend to use spinning tackle. This consists of a 50 or 60 size reel with a 6 to 6’6” rod, 30 or 40 pound test braided line, a 2 ounce sinker, a swivel, and again about 3 feet of 40 pound test fluoro-leader with a 2/0 circle hook. For bait all I put on is a chunk of squid which is usually all it takes. However I find that most fish prefer live shrimp but this offering is prone to attack from the bait stealers. So again I go back to the squid ring trick. Cut a thin slice of squid and put that on the hook, then put the live shrimp on the hook hooked through the head, and finally take the loose end of the squid strip and secure it to the hook locking in the shrimp’s head. The fish will whack the shrimp and maybe get away without being hooked but you’ll still have bait on your hook. So if you feel the bite and miss the fish, let it fall back down and wait. The fish will come back around for the squid which is still on your hook and tap-tap-tap, this time you got him. I understand you can use the sardine without the squid collar, or just the shrimp without the squid back up, or just a squid alone, but when you first drop your bait into a new spot use a large bait like a full squid to see if any large fish are at the ready. For this I double hook the full squid through the 10 OKEECHOBEE

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FISHING REPORT

BY CAPT. DAVE STEPHENS | PEACE RIVER - PORT CHARLOTTE

CALOOSAHATCHEE RIVERWATCH By: Waterkeeper Alliance

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ellow anglers it’s that time of year to put the cast nets up and get the shrimp tackle out. Water temperatures have steadily fallen enough that most of our game fish no longer want to chase their meal. This time of year I hear people talking that the fishing is bad, however I strongly disagree. The biggest secret to having a successful day when the water is cooler is to change your approach. Going out this time of year to target Snook would make for a long day of fishing. Luckily Charlotte Harbor has plenty of other game fish that are not affected as much by the changing weather. On the top of my list would be trout. In my opinion, this can be one of the best times to target these guys. However don’t expect to see your favorite summertime hotspots holding many fish. This is the time of year to start looking for fish in deeper water. Some great places to start are creeks and rivers that have good current flow and depth. I generally look for water over six feet deep. In these areas a shrimp on a jig head will be my bait of choice. The color of your jig head is very much a personal preference thing. I prefer a chartreuse one though I have also had great luck with white and red. If you are in an area with high current flow you might want to use a heavier jig. In most situations I use 1/8oz. I don’t like to pin it to the bottom, but bounce along with the current. While you’re searching the local creeks for trout you might also find yourself pulling on some Redfish. These guys also move into the creeks and rivers though most of the ones you’ll catch will be undersized. On warm sunny days the deeper potholes will be very productive. When I fish this way, I like to suspend a shrimp on a jig head under a float. There are way too many types of floats to mention but personally I prefer the good old’ popping cork, it seems to do the job for me. Another fish that is highly targeted during the winter months is the Sheephead. These bait thieves take a little practice to catch. Shrimp are great baits, you can also use fiddler crabs and sand fleas. Structure is the key to locate good Sheephead. I like to fish around old crusty docks and bridge pilings. A small circle hook and enough weight to hold the bottom works very well. To start a good Sheephead bite around heavily crusted piles, just scrap the sides of the pilings to get barnacle pieces chummed into the water or chum directly with crushed oyster shells or shrimp shells into the water. Once the bite starts the action should attract the other Sheephead in the area along with a few other forage type fish. So if someone tells you the fishing is bad during the winter months, just remember having a great day of fishing this time of year is very possible; you just have to change things up, be flexible and slow down. If you would like to experience some of southwest Florida’s finest fishing give us a call or send an email. All of our charters are private and customized to fit you and your party’s needs.

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he extended dry period over the past six weeks in southwest Florida has allowed coastal waters to clear up a bit, but the situation has been complicated by sporadic low to moderate levels of red tide during November and December. Red tide has been the suspected cause of fish kills in Matlacha Pass and areas in greater Charlotte Harbor. Water clarity is important because turbid or colored water reduces light penetration important for seagrass recovery. As anglers are aware, seagrass is a vital component of fishery habitat, serving as a refuge for juvenile fish and their prey. Earlier this year, record rainfall and accelerated runoff has drastically altered the salinity envelope for coastal estuaries, particularly the Caloosahatchee and early reconnaissance has indicated significant damage to seagrass and associated fauna. These estuarine systems are badly in need of recovery. However, if the area does not get additional rain soon, the salinity envelope could change in the opposite direction creating unfavorable conditions for seagrass recovery in the mid and upper estuary due to elevated salinity. The Calusa Waterkeeper is recruiting “Rangers” to help monitor waters in southwest Florida including Lake Okeechobee. Those interested in learning more about the program should send a message to Waterkeeper@ CalusaWaterkeeper.org. For reporting fish kills, algae blooms or other problems with local waters call the Calusa Waterkeeper hotline at 239-444-8584.

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TOURNAMENT NEWS DEC. 10 & 11, 2016 ROLAND MARTIN MARINE CENTER SERIES CHAMPIONSHIP

Venue: Lake Okeechobee By: Ramon Iglesias Comments: CLEWISTON, FL – The 2016 Roland Martin Marine Center Series Championship is a wrap and the legendary Lake Okeechobee big bass hit the stage with some of the top anglers in the region all competing for the $15,000 winner’s check. In the end, it was the team of Gary Milicevic and Travic Drapal taking home the big check. With conditions out of Clewiston mild with gusty winds, the weather played a part in keeping the approaching spawn in a holding pattern, but with the highest paying team trail in Florida ready to put two names on a big check, the big sticks came out to play. After M.C. Chris Brill announced the final weight, Milicevic and Drapal were crowned the 2016 Roland Martin Marine Center Series Champions with a two-day total of 41.44 lbs earning the $15,000 winner’s check and the Interstate Batteries Champions Cup. “Patience was key and working a Gambler Fat Ace slow today at the North End of the lake,” said Milicevic. “I only had five bites today but they were all good bites. Then when the sun came out we switched to Medlock Jigs and picked up one more good one.” “We had our limit by noon,” said Drapal. “And we had a good feeling when the first one came early at over 7 pounds.” Finishing second was the team of Benny Townend and Jay Jastrzemski. The day-one leaders earned $5,000 with their two-day total of 39.28. “We left the ramp this morning with a similar game plan as yesterday,” Jastrzemski said. “We ran to the north end and stuck to the same plan and took us until about 2pm to fill out our limit. Then on the last pitch of the day, we hooked a four pounder, swung her into the boat, strapped everything down and made it back for the weigh-in.” “On the ride back in, we figured it would take about 40 pounds to win,” Townend said. “So we knew we were close.” 12 OKEECHOBEE

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Sticking to power fishing for the day one lead, the team switched up to a more finesse style on day two. Making the run to the north end each day paid off for the team. “Pitching beavers and throwing a fluke were key for us today,” Townend said. With a two-day total of 37.66, the team of Ron Yentz and Steve Forcell finished in third place earning $3,000. “With the east wind today, we figured the south end was our best bet,” said Yentz. “Throwing Brandon McMillian 4x4 Bass Jigs swim jigs and EZ swimmer trailers was the key in the stained water.” “Our goal was to go and get our kicker first like yesterday,” Forcell said. “But we started with a five pounder instead of seven like on day one.” U.S. Sugar Big Bass of day two went to Ronnie Martin with an 8.66 and Tom Littich was the day one big bass leader with 8.17 earing them a U.S. Sugar bonus check of $500 each. Handing out over $37,000 in money and prizes for the Championship, the 2016 Roland Martin Marine Center Series has plans to continue growing and remaining the highest paying team tournament trail in Florida. With plans already in motion for the 2017 season, just like the legendary bass of Lake Okeechobee, bigger and better is the story here. Happy Holidays and we’ll see you next season in Clewiston, FL.

First Place:

Gary Milicevic & Travis Drapal, 10-fish, 41.44 lbs Second Place: Ben Townend & Jay Jastremski, 10-fish, 39.28 lbs Third Place: Ron Yentz & Steve Forcell, 10-fish, 37.66 lbs Big Fish: Gregory Jones & Ronnie Martin, 8.66 lbs Stay tune for next season’s schedule.

RMMCSeries 1st place

DECEMBER 2016 BIG ‘O’ TEEN ANGLERS 2016 AOY AWARDS

Venue: Lake Okeechobee By: CAM Okeechobee Staff Comments: The Big ‘O’ Teen Anglers 2016 Season is in the books and it was a great year for our Okeechobee youth club. Twenty-three teams competed this year and they all did a fantastic job throughout the whole season. Bill Ellerbee’s group of kids would like to give a special thanks of gratitude for all the support they received from local volunteers, boat captains, businesses, friends and family that made this year such a success. In looking forward to the 2017 season, it’s already looking to surpass this past season with 27 teams already signed up. For those interested in joining the fun, or for those who want to volunteer, please contact Bill at (863) 697-8764. Boat captains are especially needed as the group continues to grow. Season 2017 starts on January 28th out of Okee-Tantie Park.

Older Division: 16-19 years old First Place: Blake Everett: 141.21 lbs Second Place: Parker Choate: 110 lbs Third Place: Keith Morgan: 90.81 lbs Younger Division: 11-15 years old First Place: Cody Wojcieszak: 96 lbs Second Place: Wyatt Cannon: 88 lbs

RMMCSeries 1st Place Gary Milicevic & Travis Drapal

Raith Sales: 85.16 lbs

Big O Top Finishers

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TOURNAMENT NEWS DECEMBER 4, 2016 GAMBLER FREE OPEN TOURNAMENT

Blake Everett 2016 AOY & Billy Ellerbee Capt. of the Year

Big Fish: Vern Copeland & Chris Hueston, 9.38 lbs Next Tournament: to come

Venue: Lake Okeechobee By: CAM Okeechobee Staff Comments: Though weather condition were nice, a field of 240 teams experienced a tough bite on the Big ‘O’. Still it took a weight of 18 lbs or better to place in the top 4. The team of James Sloan and James Hatch bested the field with a weight of 19.56 lbs. A big thank you goes out to Val Osinski of Gambler Lures and the great crew at Roland and Mary Ann Martin’s Resort in Clewiston for another fun day on Lake Okeechobee and another great Gambler event.

First Place:

James Sloan & James Hatch, 19.56 lbs Second Place: Wesley Wise & Luke Ferguson, 19.04 lbs Third Place: James Gunter & James Klein, 18.50 lbs

Cody Wojcieszak - 1st Place Younger Div

Gambler

Big ‘O’ Teen Anglers, Inc. 2017 Schedule TOURNAMENTS Event 1: January 28th Event 2: February 18th Event 3: March 25th Event 4: April 29th Event 5: May 27th Event 6: June 24th Event 7: July 29th Event 8: August 26th Event 9: Sept 30th Classic: Oct 28 & 29 All tournaments launch out of Okee-Tantie until further notice New members, Volunteers, and Boat Captains WELCOMED

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TROPHY CATCH

& BIG CATCH

ANGLER RECOGNITION PROGRAMS

Big Catch Award Levels Trophy Catch: • Specialist 3 Easy Steps • Master Angler • Photo with weight visible on scale and entire bass body visible • Elite Angler • For Details Visit: • Bass must be released www.MYFWC.com/BigCatch • Submit entry to TrophyCatchFlorida.com Earn rewards for release trophy catch!

NEW 2016-17 Leader Sam Davis, 12.0 lbs., St Johns River

JT Snead, Bass 6 lbs, Palm Bch Canal

Evelyn Fryer, Bluegill 13ox, Josephine Creek

Robert Mott, Flier, 9-in

Notable catches

Top (L to R): Adrian Echols, Bass 10.68 lbs, Lake Istokpoga Darren Roberts, Bass 9.68 lbs, Lake Okeechobee

Kyle Petty, Bowfin 11.5lb, Lake Lochloosa

Bottom (L to R): Mark Lundgren, Bass 9.18 lbs, Lake Okeechobee John Wood, Bass 8-lbs, Little Red Water Lake 14 OKEECHOBEE

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David Baldwin, Mayan Cichlid, 1.18 lbs, Lake Osborne

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Board

BRAG

Garland Wilmoth, warmouth-1lbs, Waltn Cty Pond

Top row, left to right: Charles Stubbs, 10-pt Buck, DeSoto County Ramsey Fisher, Bass 8.94 lbs, Lake Istokpoga Second row, left to right: Robert DiNino Bass 6.125 lbs, Lake Okeechobee James Pitchard, Bass 8.5lbs, Lake Josephine Terry, 9.5 lbs, Bass Tenoroc FMA Third row, left to right: Robert Farbee, 8-pt Buck, DeSoto County Sal Rinaldo, Bass 11.0lbs, Lake Aurora

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TOURNAMENTS, CLAYS, AND GUNS JANUARY 2 Highlands Weekday Open Tournament Venue: Lake June-in-Winter City: Lake Placid

JANUARY 4

Highlands Weekday Open Tournament Venue: Lake Jackson City: Sebring

JANUARY 13

Highlands Weekday Open Tournament Venue: Lake Huntley City: Lake Placid

Highlands Weekday Open Tournament Venue: Lake Glenada City: Avon Park

Quail Creek Plantation Venue: Sheridan House Fun Shoot City: Okeechobee www.QuailCreekPlantation.com

Quail Creek Plantation Venue: MCBC Shoot City: Okeechobee www.QuailCreekPlantation.com

Okeechobee Shooting Sports Venue: Long Shoot City: Okeechobee www.OKShooting.com

JANUARY 6

Okeechobee Shooting Sports Venue: Long Shoot City: Okeechobee www.OKShooting.com

JANUARY 14

FLW BFL Gator Division Venue: Lake Okeechobee Ramp: Roland & MaryAnn Martin City: Clewiston www.FLWFishing.com

FLW College Fishing Venue: Lake Seminole JANUARY 7 City: Bainbridge ABA Ram Open Series FL South www.FLWFishing.com Venue: Lake Okeechobee Lakeland Rifle & Pistol Ramp: C. Scott Driver Club Gun Show City: Okeechobee Venue: Lakeland Center www.RamOpenSeries.com City: Lakeland www.LakelandGunClub.com Heartland Bass Anglers Club Venue: Lake Francis Quail Creek Plantation City: Lake Placid Venue: Florida Cattlewomen’s www.facebook.com/HeartlandBassAnglers Fundraiser City: Okeechobee Indian River Bass Anglers www.QuailCreekPlantation.com Venue: Lake Okeechobee Ramp: Lock 7 JANUARY 15 City: Okeechobee www.IndianRiverbBassAnglers.net Lake Placid Team Trail Venue: Lake Istokpoga Sebring Gun Show Windy Point Venue: Highlands County Fairgrounds Ramp: City: Lake Placid City: Sebring www.PatriotShows.com Lakeland Rifle & Pistol Club Sponsor: Patriot Productions Gun Show Venue: Lakeland Center JANUARY 8 City: Lakeland www.LakelandGunClub.com Quail Creek Plantation Venue: Monthly NSCA Shoot JANUARY 16 City: Okeechobee www.QuailCreekPlantation.com Highlands Weekday Open Tournament Sebring Gun Show Lake Placid Venue: Highlands County Fairgrounds Venue: City: Lake Placid City: Sebring www.PatriotShows.com JANUARY 18 Sponsor: Patriot Productions Highlands Weekday Open JANUARY 9 Tournament Venue: Dinner Lake Highlands Weekday Open City: Sebring Tournament Venue: Lake Clay JANUARY 20 City: Lake Placid Highlands Weekday Open JANUARY 11 Tournament Venue: Lake June-in-Winter Highlands Weekday Open City: Lake Placid Tournament Venue: Lake Francis City: Lake Placid 16 OKEECHOBEE

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JANUARY 21 Channing Crowder’s Tournament Venue: FL Everglades Ramp: Holiday Park City: Ft Lauderdale www.facebook.com/ccbasstourney

Florida Bass Federation Venue: Lake Okeechobee Ramp: C. Scott Driver City: Okeechobee www.FloridaBassFederation.com Quail Creek Plantation Venue: CCA Fundraiser Shoot City: Okeechobee www.QuailCreekPlantation.com

JANUARY 22

Florida Bass Federation Venue: Lake Okeechobee Ramp: C. Scott Driver City: Okeechobee www.FloridaBassFederation.com

JANUARY 23

Highlands Weekday Open Tournament Venue: Lake Jackson City: Sebring

JANUARY 25

Highlands Weekday Open Tournament Venue: Lake Huntley City: Lake Placid

Be sure to submit tournament results and pictures to pics@okeechobeecam.com

JANUARY 28

FLW Costa Series Venue: Lake Okeechobee Ramp: Roland & MaryAnn Martin City: Clewiston www.FLWFishing.com

JANUARY 27 FLW Costa Series Venue: Lake Okeechobee Ramp: Roland & MaryAnn Martin City: Clewiston www.FLWFishing.com Highlands Weekday Open Tournament Venue: Lake Clay City: Lake Placid Quail Creek Plantation Venue: St. Thomas Aquinas Fundraiser Fun Shoot City: Okeechobee www.QuailCreekPlantation.com

Quail Creek Plantation Venue: M.E’s Team Fundraisers Fun Shoot City: Okeechobee www.QuailCreekPlantation.com

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FEBRUARY 1

Frostproof Church of God Youth Dept Open Tournament Venue: Lake Reedy Ramp: Contact Bob Walton 863-528-1249 City: Frostproof

Highlands Weekday Open Tournament Venue: Lake Francis City: Lake Placid

Okeechobee Shooting Sports Venue: Long Shoot City: Okeechobee www.OKShooting.com

JANUARY 26

FLW Costa Series Venue: Lake Okeechobee Ramp: Roland & MaryAnn Martin City: Clewiston www.FLWFishing.com

Okeechobee Shooting Sports Venue: Long Shoot City: Okeechobee www.OKShooting.com

FEBRUARY 4

Heartland Bass Anglers Club Venue: Lake Jackson City: Lake Placid www.facebook.com/HeartlandBassAnglers Great American Lake Wales Gun Show Venue: Lake Wales National Guard Armory City: Lake Wales www.GreatAmericanPromotionsllc.com

FEBRUARY 5 Great American Lake Wales Gun Show Venue: Lake Wales National Guard Armory City: Lake Wales www.GreatAmericanPromotionsllc.com

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Maintenance Tip

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GELCOAT MAINTENANCE By: CAM Okeechobee Staff

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f you’re not a fan of sweating your butt off during the summer months to wax your fiberglass boat then now is the time to work on maintaining your boat’s gel coat. Maintaining your boat’s gel coat is a key ingredient in protecting your investment from the ravages of sun exposure, water pollutants, road grime, minor scrapes, and time. The first step in maintaining the condition of your boat’s gel coat is to routinely wash your boat. Whether you boat in fresh or salt water, rinsing your boat off after each trip is a quick and easy way to remove any containments you might have picked up after a day of boating. For saltwater anglers, most boat ramps have wash down stations so it becomes more of a routine to rinse your boat while you tie down your boat for transportation. For freshwater anglers, you generally have to perform this task at home and therefore many boaters overlook this step. Depending on the frequency of use, you should deep clean and wax your boat’s gel coat at least once a year if not more. Here is south Florida boating is a year round activity so twice a year for heavy users should be the minimum. When deep cleaning you gel coat you should always use products designed for marine applications. Household cleaners contain abrasive chemicals and compounds which can scratch your gel coat and do more harm than good. Start the maintenance process with a good wash down to remove all debris and stains. For more stubborn stains use a fiberglass cleaner and a soft brush or cloth to

remove the stains. Once completed inspect the gel coat for oxidation. Oxidation is a chalk-like film that is created by the breakdown of the gelcoat’s protective layer. If left untreated the oxidation will continue and could eventually lead to water intrusion into the fiberglass hull. For areas of light oxidation, a simple application of a fiberglass cleaner may do the job. For medium oxidation, in addition to the fiberglass cleaner an application of a stronger oxidation remover may be required. For areas of heavy oxidation you may want to consult a professional for this may require sanding and possibly repainting of the boat. If you do take on this task, be prepared to invest some long hours and follow the manufacturer’s recommended repair procedures. Once you have deep cleaned your boat and removed any gel coat oxidation, now you are ready to wax and polish your boat. Be aware that not all waxes are created equal and there is a reason for that. The condition of your gelcoat will determine which wax is right for you. If your gel coat is new or in excellent condition then a high quality beeswax, Carnauba or silicon based wax will be a good choice. If your gel coat has a slight level of oxidation and/or micro-scratches, you may want to opt for a cleaner/wax product and then follow up with a premium liquid paste wax for added protection. During this stage, using thicker paste waxes will take longer to apply but will last a lot longer. Though the liquid paste waxes are easier to apply they are designed for providing luster to the gel coat and not protecting the gel coat. However they are a good quick mid-season touch-up product to help restore than must have shine.

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COMMUNITY EVENTS Frog Leg Festival Venue: City Admin Park City: Fellesmere www.FrogLegFestival.com

JANUARY 3 Smithsonian Waterways Exhibit Venue: Okeechobee County Courthouse Jan 2 -28 M-F City: Okeechobee www.VisitOkeechobeeCounty.com Sponsor: Okeechobee TDC & Okeechobee Main Street

South Florida Fair Venue: South Florida Fairgrounds City: West Palm Beach www.SouthFloridaFair.com

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JANUARY 7 Lee County Medieval Faire Venue: Lakes Regional Park City: Fort Myers www.Medieval-Faire.com

Be sure to submit community events to info@okeechobeecam.com

JANUARY 8 Lee County Medieval Faire Venue: Lakes Regional Park City: Fort Myers www.Medieval-Faire.com

JANUARY 12 YeeHaw Junction Bluegrass Festival Venue: Agri-Civic Center City: Okeechobee www.EvansMediaSource.com South Florida Fair Venue: South Florida Fairgrounds City: West Palm Beach www.SouthFloridaFair.com

JANUARY 13 YeeHaw Junction Bluegrass Festival Venue: Agri-Civic Center City: Okeechobee www.EvansMediaSource.com

JANUARY 14 Dragon Festival Venue: Wickham Pavilion City: Melbourne www.TheDragonFestival.com South Florida Fair Venue: South Florida Fairgrounds City: West Palm Beach www.SouthFloridaFair.com Lee County Medieval Faire Venue: Lakes Regional Park City: Fort Myers www.Medieval-Faire.com Taps & Tunes Craft Beer & Music Fest Venue: Centennial Park West City: Fort Myers www.sbdac.com/event/tapsandtune YeeHaw Junction Bluegrass Festival Venue: Agri-Civic Center City: Okeechobee www.EvansMediaSource.com

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JANUARY 15 Dragon Festival Venue: Wickham Pavilion City: Melbourne www.TheDragonFestival.com South Florida Fair Venue: South Florida Fairgrounds City: West Palm Beach www.SouthFloridaFair.com Lee County Medieval Faire Venue: Lakes Regional Park City: Fort Myers www.Medieval-Faire.com

JANUARY 16 South Florida Fair Venue: South Florida Fairgrounds City: West Palm Beach www.SouthFloridaFair.com

JANUARY 17 South Florida Fair Venue: South Florida Fairgrounds City: West Palm Beach www.SouthFloridaFair.com

JANUARY 18 30th Annual Antique Engine & Tractor Venue: Swap Meet Florida Flywheelers Ramp: Flywheeler Park City: Fort Meade www.FloridaFlywheelers.org Sponsor: Florida Flywheelers South Florida Fair Venue: South Florida Fairgrounds City: West Palm Beach www.SouthFloridaFair.com

JANUARY 19 30th Annual Antique Engine & Tractor Venue: Swap Meet Florida Flywheelers Ramp: Flywheeler Park City: Fort Meade www.FloridaFlywheelers.org Florida Flywheelers

JANUARY 2017

30th Annual Antique Engine & Tractor Venue: Swap Meet Florida Flywheelers Ramp: Flywheeler Park City: Fort Meade www.FloridaFlywheelers.org Sponsor: Florida Flywheelers Frog Leg Festival Venue: City Admin Park City: Fellesmere www.FrogLegFestival.com South Florida Fair Venue: South Florida Fairgrounds City: West Palm Beach www.SouthFloridaFair.com

JANUARY 21 Frog Leg Festival Venue: City Admin Park City: Fellesmere www.FrogLegFestival.com 16th Annual Riverfront Art and Music Festival Venue: Riverview Park City: Sebastian www.SebastianArtShow.com

JANUARY 22 Frog Leg Festival Venue: City Admin Park City: Fellesmere www.FrogLegFestival.com 16th Annual Riverfront Art and Music Festival Venue: Riverview Park City: Sebastian www.SebastianArtShow.com South Florida Fair Venue: South Florida Fairgrounds City: West Palm Beach www.SouthFloridaFair.com

JANUARY 23 South Florida Fair Venue: South Florida Fairgrounds City: West Palm Beach www.SouthFloridaFair.com

JANUARY 24 South Florida Fair Venue: South Florida Fairgrounds City: West Palm Beach www.SouthFloridaFair.com

JANUARY 25 19th Annual Space Coast Birding & Wildlife Festival Venue: Titusville Eastern FL ST College City: Titusville www.SpaceCoastBirdingAndWildlife Festival.org Sebring US Sport Aviation Expo Venue: Sebring Airport City: Sebring www.SportAviationExpo.com South Florida Fair Venue: South Florida Fairgrounds City: West Palm Beach www.SouthFloridaFair.com

JANUARY 26 19th Annual Space Coast Birding & Wildlife Festival Venue: Titusville Eastern FL ST College City: Titusville www.SpaceCoastBirdingAndWildlife Festival.org Sebring US Sport Aviation Expo Venue: Sebring Airport City: Sebring www.SportAviationExpo.com South Florida Fair Venue: South Florida Fairgrounds City: West Palm Beach www.SouthFloridaFair.com

JANUARY 27 Gasparilla Pirate Fest City: Tampa www.GasparillaPirateFest.com 19th Annual Space Coast Birding & Wildlife Festival Titusville Eastern FL ST College City: Titusville www.SpaceCoastBirdingAndWildlife Festival.org Charlotte County Fair Venue: Charlotte County Fairgrounds City: Port Charlotte www.TheCharlotteCountyFair.com DeSoto County Fair Venue: DeSoto County Fair Grounds Ramp: Arcadia Rodeo Arena City: Arcadia www.DeSotoCountyFair.org Sebring US Sport Aviation Expo Venue: Sebring Airport City: Sebring www.SportAviationExpo.com South Florida Fair Venue: South Florida Fairgrounds City: West Palm Beach www.SouthFloridaFair.com

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21st Annual Lakeland Pigfest Venue: Sun ‘n Fun City: Lakeland www.LakelandPigfest.org

South Florida Fair Venue: South Florida Fairgrounds City: West Palm Beach www.SouthFloridaFair.com

Taste of Little Italy Venue: Tradition Square City: Port St Lucie www.TasteOfLittleItaly.net

21st Annual Lakeland Pigfest Venue: Sun ‘n Fun City: Lakeland www.LakelandPigfest.org Taste of Little Italy Venue: Tradition Square City: Port St Lucie www.TasteOfLittleItaly.net

3rd Annual Suncoast Blues Festival Venue: Sarasota Fairgrounds City: Sarasota www.SuncoastBluesFestival.com

3rd Annual Suncoast Blues Festival Venue: Sarasota Fairgrounds City: Sarasota www.SuncoastBluesFestival.com

JANUARY 28 Smithsonian Waterways Exhibit Venue: Okeechobee County Courthouse Closing City: Okeechobee www.VisitOkeechobeeCounty.com Sponsor: Okeechobee TDC & Okeechobee Main Street

JANUARY 29

Gasparilla Pirate Fest City: Tampa www.GasparillaPirateFest.com 10th Annual Port Salerno Seafood Festival City: Port Salerno www.PortSalernoSeafoodFestival.org 19th Annual Space Coast Birding & Wildlife Festival Venue: Titusville Eastern FL ST College City: Titusville www.SpaceCoastBirdingAndWildlife Festival.org 7th Annual Sunshine State Steak Cook-off Venue: Ave Maria www.SSSSCookoff.com 8th Annual Taste of Little Italy Venue: Tradition Square City: Port St Lucie www.TasteOfLittleItaly.net Charlotte County Fair Venue: Charlotte County Fairgrounds City: Port Charlotte www.TheCharlotteCountyFair.com Charlotte Harbor Chili and Beer Fest Venue: Laishley Park City: Punta Gorda www.PuntaGordaChiliFest.com

19th Annual Space Coast Birding & Wildlife Festival Venue: Titusville Eastern FL ST College City: Titusville www.SpaceCoastBirdingAndWildlife Festival.org 8th Annual Taste of Little Italy Venue: Tradition Square City: Port St Lucie www.TasteOfLittleItaly.net Charlotte County Fair Venue: Charlotte County Fairgrounds City: Port Charlotte www.TheCharlotteCountyFair.com DeSoto County Fair Venue: DeSoto County Fair Grounds Arcadia Rodeo Arena City: Arcadia www.DeSotoCountyFair.org South Florida Fair Venue: South Florida Fairgrounds City: West Palm Beach www.SouthFloridaFair.com Taste of Little Italy Venue: Tradition Square City: Port St Lucie www.TasteOfLittleItaly.net

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19th Annual Space Coast Birding & Wildlife Festival Venue: Titusville Eastern FL ST College DeSoto County Fair Venue: DeSoto County Fair Grounds City: Titusville www.SpaceCoastBirdingAndWildlife Arcadia Rodeo Arena Festival.org City: Arcadia www.DeSotoCountyFair.org Charlotte County Fair Venue: Charlotte County Sebring US Sport Fairgrounds Aviation Expo City: Port Charlotte Venue: Sebring Airport www.TheCharlotteCountyFair.com City: Sebring www.SportAviationExpo.com

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COMMUNITY EVENTS DeSoto County Fair Venue: DeSoto County Fair Grounds Ramp: Arcadia Rodeo Arena City: Arcadia www.DeSotoCountyFair.org

JANUARY 31 Charlotte County Fair Venue: Charlotte County Fairgrounds City: Port Charlotte www.TheCharlotteCountyFair.com DeSoto County Fair Venue: DeSoto County Fair Grounds Ramp: Arcadia Rodeo Arena City: Arcadia www.DeSotoCountyFair.org

FEBRUARY 2 Charlotte County Fair Venue: Charlotte County Fairgrounds City: Port Charlotte www.TheCharlotteCountyFair.com DeSoto County Fair Venue: DeSoto County Fair grounds Ramp: Arcadia Rodeo Arena City: Arcadia www.DeSotoCountyFair.org

FEBRUARY 3 8th Annual Treasure Coast Pirate Festival Venue: Veterans Memorial Park City: Fort Pierce www.TreasureCoastPirateFest.com

Art of the River Venue: SoFL State College, DeSoto City: Arcadia Charlotte County Fair www.DeSotoArtsCouncil.org Venue: Charlotte County Fairgrounds Sponsor: DeSoto Arts & Humanities City: Port Charlotte Council www.TheCharlotteCountyFair.com Charlotte County Fair DeSoto County Fair Venue: Charlotte County Fairgrounds Venue: DeSoto County Fairgrounds City: Port Charlotte Ramp: Arcadia Rodeo Arena www.TheCharlotteCountyFair.com City: Arcadia DeSoto County Fair www.DeSotoCountyFair.org Venue: DeSoto County Fairgrounds Ramp: Arcadia Rodeo Arena City: Arcadia www.DeSotoCountyFair.org

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FEBRUARY 4 8th Annual Treasure Coast Pirate Festival Venue: Veterans Memorial Park City: Fort Pierce www.TreasureCoastPirateFest.com Art of the River Venue: SoFL State College, DeSoto City: Arcadia www.DeSotoArtsCouncil.org Sponsor: DeSoto Arts & Humanities Council Artfest Fort Myers Venue: Riverfront City: Fort Myers www.ArtFestFortMyers.com Charlotte County Fair Venue: Charlotte County Fairgrounds City: Port Charlotte www.TheCharlotteCountyFair.com DeSoto County Fair Venue: DeSoto County Fair grounds Ramp: Arcadia Rodeo Arena City: Arcadia www.DeSotoCountyFair.org Lake Placid Arts & Crafts Country Fair Venue: DeVane Park City: Lake Placid www.lpfla.com

FEBRUARY 5 8th Annual Treasure Coast Pirate Festival Venue: Veterans Memorial Park City: Fort Pierce www.TreasureCoastPirateFest.com Artfest Fort Myers Venue: Riverfront City: Fort Myers www.ArtFestFortMyers.com Charlotte County Fair Venue: Charlotte County Fairgrounds City: Port Charlotte www.TheCharlotteCountyFair.com Lake Placid Arts & Crafts country Fair Venue: DeVane Park City: FLake Placid www.lpfla.com

TOWN OF MURALS:

The Jewels of Highlands County

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he town of Lake Placid in Highlands County is known as the Town of Murals. With 46 outdoor painted murals depicting the rich heritage of its people and environment, it makes this small town a must see when visiting central Florida. This mural titled The Jewels of Highlands County displays one of Highland Counties most treasured resources, it dozens of lakes sprinkled across the county. Within the county there are over 100 lakes with Buck Lake at 10 acres being the smallest and Lake Istokpoga at 27,692 acres being the largest. With both shallow water lakes like Lake Istokpoga at 9-ft deep and deep water lakes like Lake Tulane at 70-ft deep, fishermen can experience a wide variety of fishing opportunities. Blessed with two summer seasons, the mild months of October through April and the warmer months of May through September, visitors and residents can enjoy boating, fishing, water skiing and many other water sports. With many local volunteer groups and local agencies eager to preserve these fragile environments, these resources will be available for future generations to enjoy.

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SPECIES SPOTLIGHT

BULLSEYE SNAKEHEAD By CAM Okeechobee Staff

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his month’s spotlight focuses on yet another non-native fish that is expanding its territory in some of south Florida waters. The Bullseye Snakehead, whose native range includes the countries of India, Pakistan, Thailand, Malaysia and south China, was first reported in the canals of western Broward County in the year 2000. They are thought to have escaped an illegal breeding operations during Hurricane Andrew and have since expanded their range into southern Palm Beach County. These torpedo shaped fish with a flattened head and razor sharp teeth appear similar to our native Bowfin. However due to an oversized head, their sharp teeth and aggressive demeanor they have earned the local street name of ‘Frankenfish’ and ‘Fishzilla’. A typical Bullseye Snakehead will have red eyes, a long anal and dorsal fin without spines, a body color that darkens with age, bright comma-shaped markings along its side and a red-orange eyespot (ocellus) near the base of the tail. There are thought to be twenty-nine species of Snakeheads worldwide with four species being reported in the United States. The Bullseye Snakehead is the species within the south Florida canal system and with a minimum cold water tolerance of 50°F, it is not expected to reach central Florida, but we all know how adaptive Mother Nature’s creatures can be. The largest documented Bullseye Snakehead weighed 14 pounds and had a length of 37 inches, but 3-6 pounders with a length of 23-28 inches are more typical. In south Florida, Bullseye Snakeheads are thought to spawn two to three times a year. The primary spawning period is March through May with a secondary period during August. Mating pairs are very territorial and stay with their brood until the young are a few inches long. The young are an off-orange color so if you spot these fry an adult fish is nearby. The Bullseye Snakehead can be found along the banks of an infested canal. They prefer patchy shoreline vegetation and submerged vegetation and structure. Being ultimate predators, they prefer areas that provide easy concealment and quick access to unsuspecting prey. Residing in shallow water, they are extremely spooky fish and have great eyesight. When targeting these fish, approach the canal banks quietly and minimize your presence both in the clothes you wear, no hunter blaze shirts or hats, and in the shadow you cast. They are also quick learners, if you get a strike and miss the hook set, that fish will most likely not return to your lure again. When targeting Bullseye Snakeheads, unless you’re one of those ultra-lite anglers, you should prepare to do battle with a powerful fish who strikes viciously and has plenty of energy and power for long drag stripping runs. Strong backbone rods are highly recommended along with 60-80 lb braided lines. Snakeheads feed on a large variety of creatures including baitfish, frogs, toads, lizards, crayfish, insects, and just about anything that falls from the canal bank into the water. The most common artificial baits are top water frogs and spinner baits. Natural colors seem to produce the best. Just be aware that due to the nature of the strike and ensuing battle, Snakeheads like to roll, most soft plastic baits and spinner baits will survive only one battle so don’t use your favorite $12.00 frog. Frogs that produce a nice top water disturbance like paddle-tail frogs work great. Snakeheads have hard mouths so you’ll need to set the hook with some authority. Unlike bass where you’ll find them on the deeper edge of the shoreline vegetation, Snakeheads prefer the bankside of the vegetation so casting onto the canal bank and dragging your bait into the water is a very effective technique. In landing a Snakehead do not pick up the fish with your fingers in the fish’s mouth, with their sharp teeth you’ll quickly be bleeding. Use either a landing net or jaw grippers to secure the fish. Being an invasive species, Bullseye Snakeheads are not to be released live back into the wild so before boating a Snakehead, give it a quick pop with a fish bat before you bring it onboard. The good news is that Bullseye Snakeheads are highly edible. Grilled, deep fried, or broiled, they make a tasty meal. They are also a great saltwater bait. Their tough skins and firm flesh make great bait for bottom feeding snapper and groupers. So if you’re a thrill seeking angler, fishing for south Florida Bullseye Snakeheads is a must have on your bucket list.

OUTDOOR REPORT BY MISTY WELLS | OUTDOOR DARLIN’

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ASA – AMERICAN SPORTFISHING ASSOCIATION ALEXANDRIA, VA | DECEMBER 9, 2016 In a significant step forward for the outdoor recreation industry and the sportfishing community, President Obama signed into law the Outdoor Recreation Jobs and Economic Impact Act of 2016. The bill, known as the Outdoor REC Act, passed the House of Representatives and the Senate in November. This new piece of legislation requires the Department of Commerce, in collaboration with the Department of the Interior and the Department of Agriculture, to assess and analyze the contributions of the outdoor recreation industry, including recreational fishing, to the United States economy. The legislation will help to ensure that sportfishing industry jobs and recreational fishing’s economic impact are accounted for as part of the gross domestic product (GDP). “At a time when jobs and economic opportunity are high on everyone’s list, the Outdoor REC bill’s passage gives the outdoor recreation industry its own metric by which to quantify its impact on the nation’s economic activity,” said American Sportfishing Association (ASA) President and CEO Mike Nussman. “We have advocated for years that recreational fishing and boating were significant economic drivers. It’s gratifying that the House and the Senate, in a bi-partisan effort, passed this bill which the President has now signed it into law.” Nussman continued, “It’s important to note that in many rural areas, where jobs are at a premium, it’s fishing, boating and other outdoor activities that provide steady employment for many people.” The passage of the Outdoor REC Act was needed to make sure that the outdoor economy—and it’s estimated six million jobs and $646 billion in economic activity— receives official government recognition for years to come. “ASA applauds Congress and the President for enacting this legislation, bringing the outdoor recreation industry’s importance to jobs and the economy into the national spotlight,” said ASA Government Affairs Vice President Scott Gudes. “We appreciate that outdoor recreation is now formally being recognized by the federal government for its impact on jobs, business and the economy.” Gudes further said, “The Outdoor REC Act will also ensure that the outdoor industry’s economic statistics will be measured in the same comprehensive way as other business sectors, such as the automotive and apparel industries. This is important because industry economic impact estimates also include data that show the nondirect impact that the activity has on the economy. For example, it would also include sportfishing’s contributions to travel and tourism, not just the purchase of tackle.” ASA is an active part of a team representing a wide-range of outdoor industries that will work with the Department of Commerce to shape how outdoor recreation is defined and ensure our reach and impact are recognized. In his post-campaign remarks, President-elect Trump

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FTR: KEN DUKE | DECEMBER 6, 2016 Pure Fishing, the tackle industry giant that includes 17 brands including Abu Garcia, Berkley, PENN, Shakespeare, Fenwick, Hardy, Mitchell, Pflueger, Sebile, Spiderwire and Stren, has informed approximately 10 employees in its marketing operations that they are being terminated effective sometime between the end of the month and June 30, 2017. Last December, Jarden Corporation, the parent company of tackle giant Pure Fishing, agreed to an acquisition by Newell Rubbermaid Inc. for more than $15 billion in cash and stocks. The merger created a consumer goods company with $16 billion in annual sales to be known as Newell Brands. The new company encompassed not only Pure Fishing, but also additional outdoor brands like Coleman and Marmot as well as many household brands outside the tackle industry such as Sharpie, Paper Mate, Elmer’s, Rubbermaid, Graco, Mr. Coffee, Rawlings and Yankee Candle. According to reliable sources, remaining marketing staff will report directly to Rubbermaid personnel. The fates of sales staff, many of the smaller brands within Pure Fishing and dealer support efforts like the Berkley Experience trailers are uncertain, but more changes are anticipated within the next few months. When the acquisition was announced a year ago, financial analysts commented that it was all about “creating scale” — applying Newell’s system of integration, cost savings and selective reinvestment to create growth. Michael B. Polk, CEO of Newell Brands, hoped to squeeze $500 million in costs out of the business within four years. Cutting back on Pure Fishing marketing efforts and combining them with those of Rubbermaid appears to be a move in that direction. Calls to Pure Fishing had not been returned at the time of this posting, but it is the company’s policy not to comment on personnel issues.

BASS PRO/CABELA’S DEAL DELAYED FTR: JOE SILLS | DECEMBER 8, 2016 October’s blockbuster acquisition of Cabela’s by rival outdoor empire Bass Pro Shops has hit a snag, according to the Associated Press (AP). The AP reports that federal antitrust regulators have asked both companies for more time, likely a month, to review the $5.5 billion transaction. An approval by regulators with the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) would clear the way for a nearly 40,000-employee company that would be the market share leader in outdoor retail. Potential Hurdles Antitrust review is standard in these situations. The fact that regulators are asking for a few more weeks to review this case doesn’t necessarily mean much. However, the

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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FITEC CAST NETS Fitec International has been providing the very best cast nets available to anglers for over 50 years. They are the world’s largest manufacturer of cast nets and their products are in stock or online with all major retailers and distributors where cast nets are sold. The superior quality in their handmade nets gives anglers the fun and performance they deserve while out on the water. Hold a Fitec net next to a competitor and you will see there is no comparison. Fitec’s Super Spreader and Ultra Spreader cast nets are simply the best! Fitec offers four distinct categories to ensure you are able to get the net you need. The patented EZ throw cast net is designed with a disc feature that is perfect for the novice. The RS, or Recreational Series, is designed for shallow waters or for the person who wants a lighter net. The SS, or Sport Series, nets are designed with a 1-pound per radius foot weight system and are the No. 1 selling cast net in the country. Finally, the GS, or Guide Series, nets are designed for the serious angler, built with the highest quality standards and the fastest sink rate. Fitec values your business. They go to work every day with you, their customer, in mind. Their mission is to “bring innovative quality products to customers, with drive and passion every day.”

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Seeking to become the leading and most comprehensive manufacturer of all things diving and fishing, Hammerhead Spearguns has made another addition to its lineup of gear. They are proud to announce the launch of the Dentex NT, a utility glove so durable yet flexible it’s almost like having a second skin on the hands. The Dentex NT comes with an ANSI Cut Level 5 and Puncture Level 3 and is woven from Hammerhead’s signature red Dentex fabric, but now it has a Sandy Nitrile coating on the palm and fingers, giving it increased resistance to heat and chemicals, plus additional grip. The Dentex NT is also known to be extremely pliant, molding seamlessly into your hands, so no clumsy mitten-hands here. You can even pick up a penny while wearing them! The wide range of things you can do with the Dentex NT gloves is staggering. You can use them not just when you fish or handle tricky, spiny sea critters but also when doing repairs or squaring off with hazardous materials. Welding a piece of metal to fix your boat? Piece of cake! Filleting tuna? Sure thing! Changing lines and hooks? Say goodbye to line abrasions and getting pricked, stabbed, or poked on your fingers. Sharp tools and hot objects no longer pose a threat to your valuable hands.

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

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