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Swordfshing is great any time of the year, but during summer you can justify the fuel burn to get where they live. It’s nearly impossible to run that far ofshore in June and not come across diving birds indicative of mahi or tuna. With minimal efort, this can be a nice score to put something in the box if you don’t have luck with the swords. It is normal to get skunked while swordfshing, and I don’t recommend going if you can’t accept that possibility. Te best way to go into it is to be fully prepared for both a fsh of a lifetime or to just chill with friends. Make no mistake, when you do land one of these beasts, it’s some of the most exciting fshing you can experience, and it’s worth the skunk risk.

Although you don’t have to run as far, the same consolation prize applies to heading out for tilefsh, snowy and yellowedge grouper, queen snapper, barrelfsh and rosies. Mahi fshing to, from and during deep-dropping rounds out a trip nicely.

Be prepared for mahi when heading ofshore in summer. Keep at least four rods designated for working a school and more for trolling. J hooks are a must for these head-shaking, sky-rocketing, fippy-fappy, squirm-fsh, but just about any line and bait will do. Tese tasty little dummies aren’t picky and would strike a banana peel if you jigged it right. Tat said, the speed of the bait is a variable you might have to adapt to. Teir toddler mentality kicks in when you try to take a bait away from them, encouraging them to strike something they just turned their nose up at. If you get hit when reeling in your bait, open your bail and give them a chance to eat.

If you get excited about fsh with pointy faces, be prepared for a marlin encounter this time of year. I keep rigged ballyhoo in a trolling spread and a pitch rod set up. Marlin aren’t overly common here, but when you see one, you want to be prepared for more than to simply wave and think, “that was neat.”


ummer in the Keys, albeit hotter than the devil’s you-know-where, is one of the best times to be on the water. With more calm days, open seasons for most species, and mahi peppering ofshore waters, this is the time of year to boogie out and hunt for whatever tickles your fancy.



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Marlin enjoy a mahi snack as much as we do and will pop up unexpectedly while mahi fshing. If you have a large live bait, toss that sucker out. If not, a mahi from the box will do in a pinch. Give her time to eat, hang on and enjoy the ride.

Mahi season is already of to a great start for both size and numbers. Come on down and fll your coolers!

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The “Grandaddy of all Kingfsh Tournaments” will get the First Coast buzzing July 13-20, as the 44th annual Greater Jacksonville Kingfsh Tournament presented by VyStar Credit Union hosts a full week of tournaments with more than $500,000 in cash and prizes.

Te competition kicks of July 13 with the Kingfsh Kick Of Beach Tournament, in which competitors are limited to state waters within 3 miles of shore. Tis event evens the odds for the smaller boats to haul in the largest kingfsh of the day and collect the $50,000 cash prize.

Fishing for the General Tournament begins Friday morning, July 19. Tis cornerstone event pays out to 20 places for both large fsh and aggregate. First place for largest fsh of the tournament will be awarded a Contender 28T with twin 200 Yamaha outboards, an Ameritrail Trailer and a custom T-top and leaning post by Custom Marine. Tis boat package is valued at more than $225,000.

Junior anglers have a shot at a 16foot boat with a 15 hp Yamaha, and the Junior Ofshore Tournament pays out to 25 places. Te Ladies Division pays out to 10 places.

cold beverages, hot food and vendors. Awards Day on Saturday, July 20 is all about celebration, with Kids Zone activities, rafes and seminars.

For inshore anglers, the popular Redfsh Tournament fshes on Saturday, July 20 with payouts of more than $12,000.

Jacksonville Marine Charities is the operating arm of the event, and it supports non-profts throughout the state. Recently, Child Cancer Fund, the Down Syndrome Association and the Child Guidance Center have beneftted from the organization, which also supports other local charity fshing events like Te Premier Trout, Flounder Pounder, Wounded Heroes on the Water and others.

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All the boats and fsh coming to the docks at Jim King Park and Boat Ramp at Sisters Creek Park in Jacksonville creates a festival atmosphere. Te

Trout are Eating Your Nymph More than You Realize

Alarge trout rising to a high-riding dry fy is one of life’s true pleasures. It’s pretty darn easy to see. Te fy is bouncing happily along the surface, and with a splash it’s gone.

On the other hand, that same fat rainbow trout sucking in a nymph 6 feet down in a dark run may not be as obvious. When you’re nymphing, speed is of the essence. In a second, that fsh will expel the fy. Tere are a bunch of diferent strike indicators designed to help you see the sometimes-faint signal of a hit. Some work well, some break, some slide, and some just suck.

I love yarn indicators for their sensitivity and the plastic air-flled bobbers for ease of use. Both styles rigged up the leader about twice the depth of the water you’re fshing help you detect the strike. Any hesitation, dive or shif in direction of your indicator might be a hit.

I tell clients, if they think a fsh might even be breathing on the fy to set the hook! You get a heck of a lot more strikes than you think you do when nymph fshing. Any slack between your indicator and fy allows a fsh eat and spit your nymph out, and sometimes go completely undetected.

At close range, high-stick or Czech-nymphing techniques work great. No indicator is needed, as diferent colored lines or coiled-line indicators that straighten when a fsh takes are the deal. A lot of the time, the trout is felt when it takes the fy, or you will see the line suddenly stop. Tis method is deadly in experienced hands.

Another method of strike indication is the use of a big dry fy as the

indicator. Usually, a piece of fuorocarbon tippet is tied to the hook and a nymph or two hang underneath. Tis is a good when the fsh might spook if a plastic bobber crashes on their heads. A buggy looking dry fy is a lot less scary.

Another cool way to catch trout on subsurface fies is to watch them eat it. I call this ninja fshing! You’ll need the sun at your back or directly overhead. Start by locating a particular fsh, and then tie on a brightly colored fy that stands out and is easy to see. Cast upstream of the fsh, and let it drif down to the fsh. Sometimes a fy bounced right into their face will get a refex strike. Tis is a good way to learn how fsh react to fies and how currents afect your ofering. If you are in a pool with several fsh, you might be amazed at how many fsh take a swipe at it. You will then realize how many strikes you’ve been missing.

David Hulsey is a North Georgia-based guide and fy fshing instructor. Call him at (770) 639-4001 and visit Hulsey Fly Fishing at hulsey fy



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Permit schools have been sighted in the Florida Keys over the past couple of months, and June marks the fnal stretch of their journey. Tese elusive permit are wrapping up their ‘spring break’ routine and are heading to some of our ofshore wrecks to spawn.

Tis time of year can be great for permit, because they school up and provide ample opportunity for hook-ups. Pursuing a permit takes strategy and stamina, since these fsh are known for putting up a serious battle. Any angler who is interested in trying to land one of these

prized sportfsh needs to know what they are signing up for.

When fshing for permit on ofshore wrecks in Islamorada, we usually target schools around wreck sites like the Eagle in June. Tese wrecks are typically on the ocean side in deeper waters, ranging from about 30 to 100 feet deep.

For tackle, we typically use 6500 combos with fuorocarbon leaders and circle hooks. Spotting and sight-casting to permit is usually the goto method. Tis means looking for glimpses of fashing silver just below the surface. Permit love

crabs, and they have great eyesight. fcial crabs like the Savage Gear 3D Crab are very realistic, and they are ective and cost-friendly. However, it’s tough to beat a live blue crab for permit bait. Hook them through the shell to keep them lively. Let the crab swim freely to drif into the school of permit and prepare for action. ght, fne-tuning the drag is crucial with permit because overpowering them won’t do the trick. You want the drag set just right, enough to make progress when reeling in, but allowing the permit to run… and it will run.

Permit are one of the most sought-afer sportfsh in the Keys because they’re notorious for their incredible strength. Anyone who’s ever hooked one can tell you that they’re strong enough to make even the toughest angler break a sweat. Once you do land your frst permit, it is a moment you’ll never forget.

While they are a ton of fun, permit aren’t known as a particularly desirable food fsh. Catch and release is the way to go because they play a crucial role in our ecosystem, and releasing them safely helps ensure we’ll have permit to play with in the future. Land them as quickly as you can. Handle them gently for a quick release to minimize stress and ensure the fshery thrives.

Many times while permit fshing, we encounter exciting bycatch like other jack species, grouper and snapper. It’s all about the thrill of the catch in these beautiful waters of the Florida Keys.

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A 9-Year-Old’s First For-Real Fishing Trip

Remember the frst time you went fshing for real? For many of us, the earliest trips elicit memories of a blue plastic container of red wigglers, a red-and-white plastic bobber and the ripe muddy fsh smell of an active bluegill bed. But that’s not what I’m talking about. I’m talking about the frst time you went fshing for real.

Maybe it was the year you were fnally allowed on the annual charter trip? Or perhaps it was the long-planned bass fshing weekend with Grandpa? Whatever it was, the person who took you decided you were ready to grow beyond the pushbutton-reel stage of fshing. It was on that trip when you became one of the crew instead of the kid who stayed home with mom.

Remember gathering your gear in anticipation? Remember waking up throughout the night and checking the clock to make sure you didn’t sleep through the alarm?

Jackson Willer, 9, of Melbourne, Fla., recently experienced his frst for-real fshing trip. Really, Jackson has fshed most of his life. His frst fsh was a jack crevalle caught with his Pop-Pop, Chris Willer, and his Mimi, Joann Willer, when he was 3 years old. But the Willer men are saltwater people, and when Jackson’s older cousin Ryan Willer, 21, told him to be ready early the next morning because they were going fshing, it was something new and exciting… his frst trip as one of the boys.

In the morning, before Ryan and Jackson lef for Sebastian Inlet, Pop-Pop pulled a special surprise from the back of his truck. He handed the 9-year-old a Penn 450SS mounted on an Ugly Stik. With freshwater wash downs and occasional cleaning, these vintage reels spin smoothly for decades. Chris (aka Pop-Pop) had been fshing this one since he bought it in the 1980s.

“I’m going to take care of it for as long as I possibly can,” said Jackson

on receiving the gif. “It feels really special. He was the one that taught me how to use a shing rod and all that stuf.”

So…armed with the rod and reel and a tank of live shrimp, Jackson and Ryan fshing for “I thought, there he goes. He’s running with the pack now. He doesn’t need us anymore,” said Joann (aka Mimi).

It wasn’t exactly a jam-up day on the water, but that’s fshing, and Jackson had fun.

“First I caught a redfsh, and then I caught a snook,” Jackson said. “It was pretty fun trying to reel it in and everything. It was hard and it was fun.” Jackson also said he doesn’t know when the next trip is, but he’s excited.

And that’s the whole point. Even if it’s just another day on the water for you, remember that the kid you’re taking was likely lying awake last night seeing visions of monster fsh and epic drag-peeling battles.

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Seminole Junior Anglers

Hello fellow anglers! Our high school anglers are headed to the state tournament on Lake Seminole in Bainbridge Georgia on June 8th and 9th. Four of our teams are qualified and the Seminole Junior Anglers will be well represented!

The Florida B.A.S.S Nation series is a high level of fishing and SJA is proud of all our teams, and proud of our season. Finishing up the regular tournaments our top team was Carter Burdette and Nathan Bennett finishing 14th out of 184 teams. The club is excited for Nathan and Carter as they also qualified for the B.A.S.S. national tournament on Lake Chickamauga the first weekend of August and we wish them success competing with the top 250 teams in the country.

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As we start thinking about the upcoming year and the 2024-2025 season, we are looking for middle and high school anglers that would like to compete with other teen anglers around the state. Our season consists of 8 regular season weekends and the possibility of qualifying for state and national tour naments. Please reach out to Troy Bennett via email seminolejunioranglers@gmail. com or feel free to call or text 321.303.0650 directly with any questions or for more information.

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When you’re tomato plants have a hard time budding, you know summer comes earlier than the calendar here in Florida. June marks the beginning of our Atlantic Hurricane season. Water levels will be the key to finding fish. If we get high levels in June there will be a lot of places for fish to hide as pastures get flooded along the St Johns River.

Shad schools are downstream for the most part. Fish for bass early in the morning, during the June ‘Noon’ bite, and late evenings. Schooling bass can be found at the mouths of the lakes along the St Johns River in Central Florida. White flukes, swim baits, crank baits, and rattling lipless crank baits (Rattle Traps) are best bet lures. If you find shad getting busted by largemouth bass,

throw a crankbait and retrieve with the stream between the school and the bank for sunshine bass.

Catfish: Now is the time to catch large blue channel catfish. When rainwater flushes out of the creeks and rivers, the cats swim upstream to find forage and nesting areas. Use a foot of 20lb. test fluorocarbon leader and a 2/0 circle hook pinned with just enough weight to hold the bottom. Secret bait – live shrimp, de-headed and peeled.

Panfish: Spawning will taper off in June. Best bets are full and new moons. Look for beds in the straight areas of the river along the bank in 2-5 feet of water. Bluegills like sandy bottom or shell bottom for nesting. Use crickets for best results. Try a four-foot piece of 8lb. test fluorocarbon leader topshot in clear water for more hookups.

June is not only a hot month in temperature, but in bass fishing as well. Thankfully the June rains will bring our lake levels back up to give the fish better access to the heavy cover they love to get in during the summer months. When the water gets as hot as it is the oxygen becomes low in the deeper parts of the lakes, forcing the fish to move into shallower water with dense vegetation where the oxygen is rich. Grab your flippin’ sticks! Pitching small profile crawfish baits, like the Zoom U Vibe Speed Craw or the Gambler BB Cricket, at the base of reeds or in pad pockets will surely entice a bite any time of day. The low light conditions of early morning or late evening are highly productive over and around the dense cover using a frog type bait or a swimming jig with a trailer. Try slowly walking a Booyah Pad Crasher over top

of the pads, pausing regularly to help increase your chances at a strike. Later in the day deep water grass edges and the old river channels in both Lake Harris and little Lake Harris are good areas as well as the man-made fish attractors all over the chain of lakes. Large deep running crank baits or soft plastic swim baits are always a good choice. The old stand-by Carolina rig are producing bigger fish. Find the bait fish and you will find the bass.

The bluegill, shell cracker and red ear are in full swing of their spawning cycles and are still very productive. Target them with grass shrimp, red wigglers or crickets under docks and in the grass lines or near a flat close to the lily pads in the shallows. Once you locate these spawning beds fan cast the area for a bunch of fun and great table fare. Watch out for the afternoon storms and be safe, take a kid fishing for these tasty eaters and make a memory that will last a lifetime.


Terescenko Wins BFL at the “Big O”

Local custom rod builder Boater Alex Terescenko of West Palm Beach, Florida, caught a five-bass limit weighing 28 pounds, 3 ounces, in late April to win the Phoenix Bass Fishing League (BFL) Presented by T-H Marine on Lake Okeechobee. Hosted by Roland & Mary Ann Martin’s Marina and Resort, the tournament was the fourth event of the season for the BFL Gator Division. Terescenko earned $3,804 for his victory.

The 31-year-old angler is a custom rod builder who owns Scenko Stix rod brand, which he runs with his girlfriend, Jenna Vlaar. He won the tournament using a 7-foot, 4-inch rod of his own making that he calls the Chatter Trap. Alex and his rod brand are very well known all around the “Big O” as his custom rods are in the hands of the anglers he competes against. The locals say Scenko Stix are well worth their price and are now available in various actions of in-stock rods at his store in West Palm Beach. He and his girlfriend Jenna also compete together in other local events on the famed “Big O”, twice last year catching 5 bass limits over 30 plus pounds yet not getting a win, this time it was his turn.

“I pretty much caught all my fish on a homemade vibrating jig,” Terescenko said. “I didn’t really get much time to practice, but when I did practice, I found a whole bunch of Mayan cichlid beds. They were loaded with cichlids.” Cichlids are similar to bluegills, at least in size and their habit of spawning in clusters or colonies. And the bass prey on them during the cichlid spawn.

Terescenko was able to get bit in practice, but he knew he likely would have to adjust in the tournament because the wind kept switching directions. That kind of weather change in spring in south Florida calls for adjustments in fishing tactics, too. “I really, really slowed down, and I was almost crawling the bait on the bottom,” he said. The fishing pressure that this lake gets week after week until late summer keeps the fish moving following clean water and bait as the wind changes direction almost daily. Slowing down proved to be the deciding factor. Terescenko said several other anglers were in his area fishing faster but weren’t having the same results. In fact, he never fired up his big motor the entire day and only

burned through about 20% of his trolling motor batteries. He just worked a triangular area of three bedding zones, each about 50 yards apart, and made cast after cast. “Patience was definitely a big thing for me,” he said. “That’s something that takes years to learn as a fisherman, but that’s what really came in clutch.”

Alex fished a green pumpkin Gambler Komodo as a trailer on his vibrating jig, and he dipped the tails in chartreuse. The jig had a green pumpkin skirt. He also caught a couple fish on a white vibrating jig.

“A lot of guys that throw a vibrating jig will use a composite blend rod,” Terescenko says. “It kind of has the benefits of the glass and composite, where if they (the fish) do eat that bait at the boat, it’ll have enough give and parabolic bend to not pull the hook. I designed the Chatter Trap where the blank is pretty thin, but the walls are pretty thick, giving it a really nice whippy, crisp feel. It casts great and keeps fish pinned. You can really lean into them and not worry about your line breaking or pulling the hook. It’s very forgiving, but very strong at the same time. It’s definitely our best seller.”

Terescenko thanked his local community for supporting his rod business. He also thanked his girlfriend Jenna for her support, as well as his parents, who covered his entry fee to fish the BFL event. “None of this would be possible without them,” he said. The local anglers who give us continued business support means everything, if you build a good product for a reasonable price and stand behind your brand good things will come in time.

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4650 E State Rd 46, Geneva, FL 32732

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4650 S. State Rd. 46, Geneva, FL

Fish on Fire (407) 812-6881 7937Daetwyler Dr., Orlando, FL

33 - Boston’s Fish House (407) 678-2107 Aloma Square Shopping Center, 6860 Aloma Ave, Winter Park, FL 32792

33 - Boston’s Fish House (407) 678-2107 Aloma Square Shopping Center, 6860 Aloma Ave, Winter Park, FL 32792

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Wojo’s Bait & Tackle (407) 891-1003 Oak Park Center, 4245 13th St., St. Cloud, FL

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17 - St. Johns River Steak & Seafood (407) 878-0980

17 - St. Johns River Steak & Seafood (407) 878-0980

4645 S. Semoran Blvd., Orlando, FL

550 N Palmetto Ave, Sanford, FL 32771

550 N Palmetto Ave, Sanford, FL 32771

37 - The Steer (407) 286-6802 8015 S. Orange Ave., Orlando FL

37 - The Steer (407) 286-6802 8015 S. Orange Ave., Orlando FL

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65 Harold Ave, suite B, Winter Park, FL 32789

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490 Buck Lake Lane, Geneva, FL 32732

13 - Camp House Restaurant (407) 915-5401

13 - Camp House Restaurant (407) 915-5401

550 N. Palmetto Ave., Sanford, FL

100 S White Cedar Rd, Sanford, FL 32771

100 S White Cedar Rd, Sanford, FL 32771

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June heats up in temperature – welcome to early summer in Florida. Freshwater fishing on the Kissimmee Chain will give anglers plenty of opportunity during early mornings and late evening trips. Feeding slows down during the heat of the day, but a well-placed bait will get bit for sure.

Bass Fishing Kissimmee Chain: The bass have moved out to open water; mostly due to the Chain of Lakes are at low water levels for the summer hurricane season. Bass are schooling in open water chasing bait. The schooling bass range in size from one to four pounds. The baits of choice are small Rattle Traps and Rapala X-Raps. Plastic baits of choice are flukes and

swim baits in shad colors. Anglers are catching multiples on the outside edges of Kissimmee grass using artificial soft plastics. Tip: Don’t get frustrated with heavy vegetation. When your lure’s hook picks up weeds, give it a yank to clear the lure. Many times this is when strikes occur.

The Crappie bite has been good on the Kissimmee Chain. On West Lake, fish open water between the two islands. On East Lake, fish open water, the 15 feet range seems to be where most Crappie are being caught. The best method to catching Crappie is trolling with jigs in various colors tipped with a minnow. Vary the depth until you start catching fish. For bluegill and sunfish, look for open water shell beds with live red worms. Fish on the bottom. If you like to fly fish, popping bugs are the best bet. Search out Shingle Creek and fish the outside edge of the vegetation.

popping bug. I have thoroughly enjoyed hearing the popping bug get hit. Daytime anglers are catching good numbers fishing the shallow bedding areas. Bait of choice is crickets fished under a float.Another good area to fish is canals when the water is flowing, trolling will only trigger more bites. Crappie - Anglers are fishing open water for crappie using jigs tipped Anglers trolling jigs are catching good limits of crappie. The key is to find them

What’s biting now fishing on Lake Okeechobee? Bass and bluegill. The crappie bite ended the latter part of April and was another stellar season for quality stringers of specks and bass. The bluegills are spawning in the shallows and will continue throughout the summer months into early fall, so if you don’t want to fish in the heat and avoid afternoon rain showers, October is a great time to book a trip for bluegill, crappie, and bass. Capt. Angie provides the tackle for a variety of species in her new fully rigged Caymas bass boat which can accommodate one to three anglers. If you’re waiting to book a trip for crappie a.k.a. ‘specks’ - think about booking several months out to get your preferred date(s). The crappie and bass spawn happen during the winter and early spring months and it’s also the busiest time of year to fish the big O.

The June Bite - Areas to try now

at nighttime in the canals using a fly rod, throwing popping bugs up against the bank. On a good moon phase, the bluegill will crush the

East Lake Toho - Bass fishing on East Lake has been good using artificial baits early morning. The best place to fish will be at the edges of the cattails. Then move to open water as the morning progresses. Most anglers are flipping open water pepper grass matts with good success. Fish the deeper edges of the grasswatermelon seed, Junebug, and

Panfish - Fish open water shell beds with red wigglers. If you are looking to fill the cooler for dinner, the open water shell beds are hard to beat.

are Kissimmee River; Tin house; 2nd to 4th point; parts of Indian Praire; parts of Horse Island and the Dyess Ditch area; some areas in the Monkey box and Shoal and the north/west side of Dupree bar. If you’re fishing in the east side, try the areas around Nub N Slough, Hendry Creek and around J & S. Bass lures to consider are worms; swim baits/swim jigs; shallow jerk baits (hard/soft); some top water; flipping/pitching (isolated cover); shallow crank baits. Color schemes are shad; bluegill; crawdad and tilapia and live crickets/ worms when pan fishing. The boat ramp to launch is Scott Driver located on the Kissimmee River in Okeechobee and Harney Pond canal located in Lakeport and is close to the Big Water Bait & Tackle store for all your fishing needs. To book your next exciting and fun day fishing Okeechobee call 863-2287263 or log onto where you can find more trip information, customer reviews, pics, rates etc. Captain Angie’s sponsors: Toho Marine; Mercury; BnM Poles; Real Magic; Lews; Bullet Weights; Gene Larew; Pradco Brands; Mid-South Tackle; Maui Jim; Gill and Rapala.

bass trips which are typical for this time of year. The month of September is when to start thinking of booking your bass fishing trip, as the females start to feed up while they make their way into the shallows for the early spawn time. It’s also the time to book your fall crappie trip too. Good fishing areas: parts of the shoal; Dupree Bar; Dyess ditch and Horse Island and Indian Prairie. Tin house has been solid throughout the season for crappie, bass and bream, work your way up towards 3rd and 2nd point where you’ll find some bass feeding on the bedding bream. A few areas on Kings Bar have been good and

To book you’re next fun-filled, productive and educational fishing trip call me at 863-228-7263 or log onto my website to check out the customers and their catches; hotel recommendations; guide rates and etc. Capt Angie’s sponsors are: Caymas boats and Toho Marine; Lews; G-Loomis; BnM Poles; MidSouth Tackle; Maui Jim; Gill; Bullet

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JUNE 2024

1SA 4:29 AM 2.31 H

10:33 AM -0.15 L

5:15 PM 2.41 H

11:04 PM 0.14 L

2SU 5:27 AM 2.34 H

11:29 AM -0.31 L

6:17 PM 2.53 H

3M 12:02 AM 0.1 L

6:24 AM 2.38 H

12:23 PM -0.43 L

7:14 PM 2.63 H

4TU 12:56 AM 0.07 L

7:19 AM 2.42 H

1:15 PM -0.51 L

8:07 PM 2.7 H

5W 1:48 AM 0.04 L

8:11 AM 2.45 H

2:05 PM -0.53 L

8:58 PM 2.71 H

6TH 2:38 AM 0.04 L

9:02 AM 2.45 H

2:55 PM -0.5 L

9:46 PM 2.68 H

7F 3:26 AM 0.07 L

9:50 AM 2.42 H

3:43 PM -0.42 L

10:33 PM 2.61 H

8SA 4:14 AM 0.12 L

10:37 AM 2.36 H

4:31 PM -0.3 L

11:18 PM 2.5 H

9SU 5:03 AM 0.18 L

11:24 AM 2.27 H

5:19 PM -0.16 L

10M 12:03 AM 2.39 H

5:52 AM 0.25 L

12:10 PM 2.17 H

6:08 PM 0 L

11TU 12:46 AM 2.27 H

6:42 AM 0.3 L

12:58 PM 2.06 H

6:57 PM 0.16 L

Miami Beach, Government Cut

12W 1:29 AM 2.16 H

7:33 AM 0.34 L

1:47 PM 1.98 H

7:49 PM 0.31 L

13TH 2:13 AM 2.07 H

8:25 AM 0.34 L

2:39 PM 1.93 H

8:42 PM 0.42 L

14F 2:57 AM 2 H

9:16 AM 0.32 L

3:33 PM 1.91 H

9:36 PM 0.49 L

15SA 3:44 AM 1.94 H

10:05 AM 0.27 L

4:28 PM 1.94 H

10:29 PM 0.52 L

16SU 4:33 AM 1.92 H

10:51 AM 0.2 L

5:23 PM 2.01 H

11:19 PM 0.51 L

17M 5:24 AM 1.93 H

11:36 AM 0.11 L

6:16 PM 2.1 H

18TU 12:07 AM 0.47 L

6:15 AM 1.97 H

12:20 PM 0.01 L

7:06 PM 2.2 H

19W 12:52 AM 0.41 L

7:05 AM 2.02 H

1:04 PM -0.09 L

7:55 PM 2.3 H

20TH 1:36 AM 0.35 L

7:53 AM 2.09 H

1:47 PM -0.19 L

8:42 PM 2.39 H

21F 2:19 AM 0.28 L

8:41 AM 2.17 H

2:31 PM -0.28 L

9:28 PM 2.47 H

22SA 3:03 AM 0.22 L

9:28 AM 2.23 H

3:16 PM -0.34 L

10:14 PM 2.52 H

23SU 3:48 AM 0.16 L

10:16 AM 2.29 H

4:03 PM -0.36 L

10:59 PM 2.55 H

24M 4:35 AM 0.1 L

11:05 AM 2.33 H

4:51 PM -0.33 L

11:45 PM 2.55 H

25TU 5:25 AM 0.04 L

11:57 AM 2.34 H

5:43 PM -0.26 L

26W 12:32 AM 2.52 H

6:18 AM -0.02 L

12:51 PM 2.35 H

6:38 PM -0.14 L

27TH 1:20 AM 2.46 H

7:13 AM -0.08 L

1:49 PM 2.35 H

7:37 PM -0.02 L

28F 2:11 AM 2.4 H

8:11 AM -0.14 L

2:49 PM 2.35 H

8:38 PM 0.1 L

29SA 3:05 AM 2.33 H

9:10 AM -0.21 L

3:52 PM 2.35 H

9:41 PM 0.18 L

30SU 4:02 AM 2.27 H

10:10 AM -0.26 L

4:56 PM 2.38 H


From the beach to deeper reefs -tarpon, jack crevalle, bonita, Spanish mackerel and kingfish have all been close to the beach in the 20 to 40 feet depths. We have been having a lot of fun on light tackle with all these power hitting fish. Use live bunker hooked through the nostrils on 50 lb. fluorocarbon leader with an 8/0 circle hook. If you start getting cut off a lot, then it is time to put the wiredstinger rigs on for those toothy kings. Keep a jig ready for cobia when you see or mark the bait out there as this is the time of year, they start to show up on the bait pods just off the beach. The bunker (pogies, Atlantic Menhaden) has finally been showing up with better consistency. Just look where the fleet is in the morning, immediately south of the inlet, and you can’t miss them.



The near shore reefs of Pelican

and 8A have been great for the early morning king bite. Use your stinger rigs and live bunker for the best catch. In the last few weeks there has been wahoo, blackfin tuna, mahi-mahi and a handful of cobias all caught on king rigs in the same area. Offshore has been good as well for mahi, many fish have been caught from 140180 feet and some days past 500 feet, It’s just a day-to-day thing and up to the winds and weather as usual. The basic ballyhoo rigs and skirts have been the key. Smaller skirts work better. Pink seems to be the key.

Bottom fishing has also been awesome. Pinfish and croakers are a great bait for that. Fish the offshore reefs on 21 fathom and 27 fathom and if you have any of the wrecks that’s a good start too. Don’t forget about the amber jacks. Good luck and have a great June from your premier fishing guide charters of Cocoa Beach, Port Canaveral, and Orlando Florida.

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Redfish in the last several months have been biting good on the flats. June should not be any different. The grass is growing higher and thicker on the flats so fishing the sand holes is more productive. Early morning is best for tailing fish and as the day goes on the fish will lay up in the grass. The water is a little dirtier, so sight fishing is best in the sand holes and on the shorelines. Try using more jerk baits with weedless hooks and no weights or freeline shrimp in the sand holes. On windy days use cut bait in the sand holes for redfish and spotted seatrout. Throwing flies works well on tailing fish this time of year. Also look for deeper drop offs on the flats where there is mullet activity in the morning. Use live croakers or live pigfish for catching seatrout.

Ocean fishing for tarpon along the nearshore Atlantic in Central Florida should be good in June. Usually run

down the beach till you see them roll. For results, use 30-40# braid with 60# fluorocarbon leader with a 10/0 circle hook. The best bet baits are live pogies and croakers. Sharks are also around the tarpon so make sure you have plenty of hooks. In the buoy line if the water is clear and pogies are present you can catch kingfish trolling live pogies with 43# test wire leader and a small treble hook tied to 20# mono.

In June we have more rain, and the water level should start coming back up. We should start to see small tarpon around the creeks and runoffs. For small tarpon - flyfishing and small mini jigs work well. A mini jig is a tube jig with a stronger hook and 1/8-ounce jig head. Use a light spinning rod with 4-8# test braid with 20-30# mono leader. That is why fly-fishing works well because you must throw something small and light and occasionally you catch a juvenile snook with the same methods.

Troy’s tip of the month: Go early when it is hot. Go early the redfish are tailing. Go early the tarpon are rolling.

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As an avid outdoorsman, father, and fishing guide I’ve seen the inspiring wonder that beams from children as they explore and experience the outdoors. This engagement with the outdoors will shape the lives of all, but especially the youth. Far too often these days simple things like a sunrise over the water, dolphins playing in a boat wake, or the bend of a rod take a back seat to the hustle and bustle of life. For many though the enjoyment of sharing the outdoors is a goal that we pursue.

Kayak fishing has been a boom for getting all kinds of people out to enjoy all that nature has to offer. With my personal and guide experience I can honestly say there isn’t a better way for a kid to really envelope themselves in the outside world than some kayak time. The independence to strike out on their own under a watchful eye and explore will no doubt etch memories. There are tons of great options to get a youngster on the water in a kayak and you don’t have to spend a bunch of money to do so. If you are already into the kayak fishing game, it’s nothing to add a fun little boat to the fleet and get your wide-eyed youngster out with you. If you’re just getting into kayak fishing, there is nothing better than having someone to share it with. Many of my best trips as a guide and fishing father rest squarely on the kids that made them special.

The lagoons of East Central Florida are a perfect place to jump in with mellow water conditions and some great fishing for both experienced and novice anglers. It’s hard to beat the seatrout action as we come into summer for some good fun and ease of use for just about any experience level. Live shrimp under a rattle bobber in those deeper canals, flats, and holes will have you hooked up. For those looking to challenge themselves the excellent numbers of snook inhabiting the lagoons are ready to test your tackle. This great fighting fish tends to hold close to structure adding to the challenge. Live baits like mullet and croakers will get the look and are magic on the bigger fish. For artificials topwater can work well early or late and paddle tails on weedless hooks can get the hits in high sun when casting under the structures is needed. Be sure to get that snook headed your way quickly to keep them from breaking you off as they struggle to get back to that hiding spot.

Friday and Saturday May 31, June 1 - Florida Sport Fishing Association Annual Offshore Tournament, hosted at Port Canaveral. Over $25K in guaranteed payouts! This is the 55th annual event bringing some of the best anglers in Central Florida. $5,000 for Biggest Fish, $3,000 for winning the General Slam, weigh-in hosted at Sunrise Marina at Port Canaveral, to register visit www.offshoreslam. com.

Saturday June 1 - Safelight till 3pm, Help our Heroes Bass Tournament on the Kissimmee Chain of Lakes, hosted by Toho Marine at Camp Mack Fish Camp boat ramp. $10,000 for 1st place based on 150 boats. 2 anglers per team, $200 entry fee. For more info or to register your team visit or phone them at 407-8923200. All proceeds go to local first responders and veteran’s groups.

Tuesday June 4, 11, 18, 25 - 5pm till dusk, Jolly Gator Bass Tournament Series. $50 per event, 2 anglers per team. Teams that finish in the Top 13 in points or win an event and fish at least 21 events will qualify for the end of year Classic. Some of the best river anglers in the area fish this Bass Series. The staff of Orlando Coastal Angler Magazine is the official weigh-masters for this fun tournament series, come out and join us for the weekly weighins. All Tuesday events start at 5pm till dusk, Saturday events (1 per month) are safe-light till 2pm. Launch ramp at CS Lee Park next to Jolly Gator Fish Camp on SR

46 east of Sanford at St. Johns River Bridge. Contact Jim “Squirt” Chaudoin 407-432-2822 or Phil Wolf with Coastal Angler Magazine 407790-9515.

Thursday June 13 - 5pm to 8pm, “Alive After 5” in Sanford - The staff of Orlando Coastal Angler Magazine would like you to join us for an evening of fun in downtown Sanford. This event is the second Thursday of each month downtown. Block Party on First Street! Don’t miss the chance for a fun night on the town.

Saturday June 15 –Safe-light till 2pm, Jolly Gator Bass Tournament Series. $50 per event, 2 anglers per team. Big bass for the day pay $10 per boat! Your team can register the day of the event, launch ramp at CS Lee Park next to Jolly Gator Fish Camp on SR 46 east of Sanford at St. Johns River Bridge. For questions or more info - contact Jim “Squirt” Chaudoin 407-432-2822 or Phil Wolf with Coastal Angler Magazine 407790-9515.

Sunday June 16 –Happy Father’s Day to all the Dads who take their kids fishing and keep our sport alive!

If you have an event or meeting you would like included in the “What’s Hitting Around Town” column, send your details to: Phil Wolf phillip@ coastalanglermagazine. com. Deadline for inclusion is the 10th of the preceding month.

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CCA Florida STAR presented by Yamaha launched into year-10 on Memorial Day weekend! For 100 days, this unique fshing competition will award more than $500,000 in prizes and scholarships.

CCA Florida, the state’s leading marine fsheries conservation, habitat restoration, education and advocacy organization, holds the annual event to create awareness for conservation and support the protection and enhancement of Florida’s marine habitat.

Tis year, participating in STAR is easier than ever. Te competition has eight divisions including Tagged Redfsh Division, Tagged Dolphin Division, an Inshore and Ofshore Division, Native Watercraf Kayak Division, Realtree Youth Scholarship Division, Power Pole Conservation Division and Costa Kick Plastic Trash Division, and there are more than $500,000 in prizes and scholarships available!

“We are excited to kick of Florida’s largest family friendly saltwater

fshing competition for the tenth year,” STAR Director Leiza Fitzgerald said. “Tis year, it is easier than ever to participate in STAR because we have simplifed the competition to give anglers and non-anglers the chance to win big. Since 2015, we have given away more than $4 million in prizes, including $900,000 in college scholarships, and we can’t wait to do it again!”

STAR’s signature Tagged Redfsh Division presented by TH Marine ofers fve adult winners the choice of a Contender Boats 22 Sport, Dek Kat Boats 27 Flatz Kat, Spyder Boats FX19, Micro Draf Ski package that includes a Sea-Doo Fish Pro Trophy and a CanAm Defender. Each boat is powered by Yamaha and equipped with an Infnity trailer. For the frst two youth anglers, prizes include a tiller boat powered by Yamaha, a trailer, a Minn Kota trolling motor and Humminbird electronics.

In total, there are more than 160 prize-winning tagged red of Florida’s coastal counties. Citrus and Charlotte counties, STAR’s 2024 Destination Counties, ofer the best shot at a prize-winning received twice as many tagged reds as the other counties.

Te STAR competition also focuses on conservation with its CatchPhoto-Release format and smartphone app. STAR’s Trash Division has set the bar for other fshing tournaments to implement conservation-friendly alternatives.

All STAR entries must be photographed with the o Florida Measuring Device, which is available free of charge at locations throughout the state, including all Florida West Marine stores.

Te CCA Florida STAR competition presented by Yamaha has a division for everyone. Now with only eight divisions, plus ALL saltwater species included in the event and most winners determined by random drawing, anglers of all ages and skill levels can fsh from anywhere in Florida’s saltwater and have greater opportunities to win.

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In case you haven’t seen it yet, this enormous 888-pound bluefn tuna caught in late April out of Destin just might be the largest bluefn ever caught of Florida. It was brought to the docks at Boshamps Seafood and Oyster House on Destin Harbor, and although the fsh won’t qualify as a state record because landing it was a team efort, no one in Destin really seems to care. It’s a catch worth celebrating.

According to Te Destin Log, Capt. George Gill was piloting the Flat Dangerous on its frst Gulf of Mexico trip on Wednesday, April 24. About 68 miles out of Destin, the new 80-foot Viking encountered a massive school of surfacefeeding bluefns while the crew was fshing for bait.

With just four baits onboard, some small yellowfn, skipjack and blackfn, the captain gave chase, and the crew tossed baits into the school of bluefns. Tey lost three big fsh in short order, but the fsh of a lifetime for boatowner Warren Williamson, of Alabama, came tight on the fourth and fnal bait.

Te fsh died about an hour into the fght, and it was a team efort to haul it to the surface over the next four hours with 100-pound main line, 150-pound braid and 400-pound leader.

Te fsh measured 110 inches in length and weighed 888 pounds. Tat’s a heck of a fsh to break in a new boat!

Te existing state record, caught by Rick Whitley out of Destin in 2017, weighed 826.5 pounds. Another would-be new record was caught in 2022, also out of Destin by a team of anglers sharing time on the rod. Tat fsh weighed 832 pounds. Te Gulf of Mexico bluefn tuna record stands at 1,152 pounds. Tat fsh, caught of Louisiana in 2003, is the largest fsh caught by rod and reel in state history.

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Captains For Clean Water (CCW), a non-proft organized by fshing guides, is petitioning Big Sugar to drop its lawsuit seeking access to irrigation water from the Everglades Agricultural Area (EAA) Reservoir.

Te EEA reservoir, which is currently under construction, is the centerpiece of Everglades restoration projects designed to provide relief from devastating Lake Okeechobee discharges and restore the fow of freshwater south, as nature intended, through the Everglades to Florida Bay.

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Explanation of the CCW petition reads: “If Big Sugar wins, they could push to use the EAA Reservoir as their personal taxpayer-funded water supply, upending years of restoration progress and sealing the fate of Florida’s future to include more damaging discharges, more toxic algae blooms, and more economic and environmental peril. It could also set a dangerous precedent, forcing Everglades Restoration projects to prioritize Big Sugar’s interests and replace their historical water supply over benefts to South Florida’s waters— regardless of how and when Sugar lost water supply since December 2000.”


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I’ve long been a proponent of chumming up a place on the bottom with squid and then feeding grouper a big live bait.

However, afer the last few trips, I’m starting to rethink this tactic because of the number of sharks we’ve been catching.

I’ve never seen as many sharks as we are seeing right now. Te bottom is covered with them, and the top layer of the water column is full of them. Tis past trip, we put out fve Spanish mackerel on light lines hoping for a wahoo bite. We caught fve sharks almost instantly. One of these bites was the biggest tiger shark I’ve ever seen. It was at least 12 feet long and 2 feet wide across the head. Te rest of them were standard 6- to 9-footers; it takes a toll on you to get them to the boat for dehooking.

apart to create a lot of smell down on the bottom. Ten I drop live pinfsh or small snappers to the grouper drawn in by the “chum.”

Lately, I’ve resorted to dropping big, pretty live baits frst to see if we can get a few grouper bites before the taxman arrives, and it’s become a matter of WHEN rather than IF he shows up. It’s “hit-and-run” fshing. We pull up on a nice mark with pinfsh and grunts already rigged on the jig. I hit the spot lock on the Rhodan and drop in for a few good bites. When the sharks show up, we just move up or down the ledge. Lather, rinse and repeat as ofen as needed. Granted, we haven’t boated as many of the smaller snappers or seabass for the cooler, but we’ve caught some beautiful grouper with this “hitand-run” style of bottom banging. Te wahoo are diferent story. We quit putting the light line out due to the instant shark bite. I’ve got to fgure something out for that. From now until the end of October or the frst of November, wahoo will be everywhere and nowhere at the same time. Tey will come inside the edge of the Gulf Stream following big stacks of bait. As usual, some king mackerel fsherman will catch a 100-pounder on a live menhaden in less than 100 feet of water while chasing a tournamentgrade kingfsh.

Between all the American red snappers—which we aren’t allowed to keep—and all the sharks, we’ve been run of of several square miles of bottom lately. Tankfully, we’ve found some of the grouper we’re looking for, but I’m seriously rethinking the “chumming” part of the tactics I usually employ. Normally, I begin on a spot by dropping whole squid on jigs, which the smaller fsh pick

I said all that to say this: We’re going to take more pinfsh and less squid to catch “hit-and-run” grouper. Someone please educate me on a bait that will not catch a red snapper!

For more info on the jigs and bait, check out Tim Barefoot’s YouTube channel and website,

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C-HAWK MITZI SKIFF: & Two Brands, One Philosophy

In the boating world, brand loyalty is earned. Over years, boater experiences with vessels— good and bad, on and of the water—are what build the reputations of boats. It might, or might not, come as a surprise that two brands that have garnered sterling reputations in the industry for functionality and dependability are manufactured by the same builder.

C-Hawk and Mitzi Skif are both built in the U.S.A. with the same philosophy that simplicity leads to vessels that are easier and more afordable to operate and maintain. A simple, well-designed and well-built boat, comes with less hassle, leaving more time to spend on the water. Especially among anglers, this philosophy has built large followings for both brands among people who are more interested in fshing and boating than they are in pampering their pretty boats.

“We build a keep-it-simple-stupid boat. If you want something you can sof scrub at the end of the day and put it away, you’re my guy,” said Brad Grubbs, the owner and manufacturer of C-Hawk and Mitzi Skif. “We set out to make boats that are afordable to operate and afordable to own, and the philosophy has worked.”

Mitzi Skiff

Although Mitzi Skif originated in the 1990s for a singular purpose, the same philosophy for simplicity applies. Fly fshing the fats drove Tom Mitzlaf to design a skif with quiet maneuverability, extremely shallow draf and a clean deck layout to make him a better fsherman. It was simple by necessity, and it revolutionized the industry.

Tree decades later, Mitzi’s line of 15’, 16’and 17’ skifs achieves those purposes exceptionally well, and they have led the way with innovations that make them the fats boats other boat builders imitate. A Mitzi does everything the pricier skifs do, yet they are afordable enough for any angler to own and operate.

“If it ain’t broke, don’t fx it,” Grubbs quipped. Mitzi builds skifs for anglers more interested in fshing than in spending a lot of money.

Te 15’ remains a purpose-built fats boat for one or two anglers to sneak up on wary fsh in super-skinny water. Te 17’ models are more multi-purpose. Tey can fsh three anglers, and while they are primarily a fats boat, they perform admirably as bay boats with a modifed V-hull and an 11-degree deadrise at transom to reduce hull slap. Rolled gunnels knock down spray for an exceptionally dry ride.

Tey are solid and durable for long years of heavy use, and from hideaway pushpole holders to fush-mount hardware, Mitzi delivers clean and stable casting decks designed specifcally for hard-core anglers.

C-Hawk Boats

C-Hawk has been around since the mid1970s and ofers lines of bombproof 16’ to 29’ center consoles and 22’ to 29’ sport cabins that were originally developed for commercial applications. C-Hawks remain widely used commercially, and many recreational

boaters also see the value in a vessel that’s built to take a beating.

“Really, we just took a commercial-duty boat and put a little lipstick on it,” Grubbs said. “ Te boat is as tough as it ever was. It’s been the same boat for nearly 50 years.”

At their core, C-Hawks are hardcore workhorses, and the center console models have become popular with charter captains because they are built to withstand hard use for years of trouble-free boating. Grubbs pointed to C-Hawk’s 25 CC as a great example of what the brand has become. It’s an extremely stable fshing platform that drafs just 12 inches, and with a 300 horsepower max it’ll take you anywhere you need to go from skinny water to light ofshore duty. What’s more, it’s infnitely customizable from the factory.

“We can mix and match consoles, fsh boxes, full transoms, cut transoms, bare hulls… you name it,” Grubbs said. “ Tere are some recreational guys adding towers and sight fshing for cobia, and such. Everything we do is built around keep it simple, keep it efcient, keep it easy to maintain, keep it cost efective to own and operate. Tey are all unique… no cookie cutter trailer queens here. Te 25 is a great example of what C-Hawk is.”

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Every month, I provide tips to help make you a better angler. Tis month’s tip is one of the most important. With so many tackle and gear options on the market these days, staying organized on the water is difcult. Here are a few things I do that make me a more efcient angler because I know exactly where to go when looking for the right tool for the job.

Storage options vary depending on the type of fshing you do. I’m going to stick to bass fshing, but don’t be afraid to alter these tips to your style of fshing.

When storing baits, hooks, line and gear, your No. 1 enemy is moisture. Keeping your tools dry should be a priority because it keeps hooks sharp and everything else rust-free. I store almost everything in waterproof boxes or bags. Tese storage options might be a little more expensive up-front, but when compared to losing a whole box of lures or hooks to rust, your investment will pay for itself many times over.Another good trick I’ve learned is to use DampRid moisture absorbers. Here in Florida, where humidity is high and temperatures fuctuate, condensation builds up in boat compartments. Te best thing to do is to take your tackle out of the boat and move it inside, but this is not an option if you fsh a lot and have a lot of gear. DampRid containers help keep everything safe and dry by absorbing moisture from the air in your boat’s storage compartments.

Now let’s talk about organization. If you’re a bass angler, you have a ton of sof plastics in diferent styles and colors as well as packs of hooks, jigs and weights to fsh them. I use plastic Sterlite containers with latches to store my bags of sof plastics. You can buy them at Walmart. I organize my baits by the type of sof plastic they are, and I label each container. On the water, this makes it easy grab the style of bait I’m looking for. Also, before I leave the house, labels make it easy to load what I think I’ll need for the day and remove what I don’t.

On the hook side of organization, one mistake people make when organizing hooks is to take them out of the original packaging to place them in compartment boxes. Tis is a huge mistake. Hook packs are clearly labeled by size and style, which allows you to quickly identify them on the water. Also, hook packs are designed to keep hooks sharp, untangled and dry. You can store your hooks in a box, but you should leave them in their original packaging.

Hopefully, these tips help you be more efcient on the water and save you some money by protecting your investments.

Tyler Woolcott is a professional tournament angler and guide. Check out his website at

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