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Summer Slammers Tips and Tricks For Targeting BIG Dolphin By Gene Dyer

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all them dolphin, dorado or mahi mahi, they are one of the most popular pelagic species to target because of their hard fighting nature and acrobatic displays, not to mention they are darn good eating. Inspired by the recent catch of a 72-pound monster bull by the charter boat Lady Pamela out of Fort Lauderdale, Fla., here are some tips and tricks to help you put some slammers in the box. Without question, the best way to target big dolphin is on the troll. When trolling for dolphin, it’s important to maximize the presentation of your spread. It’s all about the quality of baits over quantity. We could certainly fish seven lines from our Mako 236, but I prefer to fish five. Keeping baits swimming properly and free of weeds is critical, but even more important is fresh bait. If you can’t get fresh ballyhoo, frozen will work, but be careful which package you select. Look for clear eyes, red tips on the beak and some yellow on the top of the tail. My five-bait spread consists of two flat lines, two outrigger baits and one in the shotgun position. Though I’ll adjust my spread during the day, I always start with a chin-weighted naked ballyhoo in one of the corners, just behind the prop wash. I use a flat line release clip to give the bait a better swimming action. In the other corner, we fish a daisy chain consisting of four small jet heads or squid skirts with a 6/0 J hook in the last lure behind a bird. I like to position the bird just behind the naked ballyhoo. On one outrigger, we fish a chugger-type lure in front of a rigged ballyhoo. On the other we fish an Islander-style lure with a rigged ballyhoo. In the shotgun, I like a quarter-ounce black-and-red feather with an orange head. Send it way back behind the rest of the spread. When trolling, many fish are lost because the boat gets taken out of gear with the excitement of the strike. Chances are that any slammers with an interest in your spread have been hooked before. They’ve gotten away at least once, and any slack in the line is asking for the same result. By staying at trolling speed, your other baits remain enticing to other fish in the school and increase the odds of a multiple hook up. Once the cockpit chaos has subsided, it’s OK to back the throttle off to idle speed, but never stop the boat from moving forward. Always be on the lookout for birds, and pay attention to what they are doing. Don’t bother chasing birds that are just flying. Look for birds that are diving or circling. Many times, they will lead you to a promising piece of debris, a well-defined edge or a nice weedline. When the birds do lead you to that magical floating debris or weedline, troll by it several times from different angles. If you don’t get bit, stop the boat on the last pass and let your baits sink for 30 seconds. Put the boat back and gear and you may be surprised by fish that were lurking deeper in the water column. One thing I can’t leave out is the importance of having the clickers on your reels in the on position. The obvious reason is to alert you of a strike while your eyes are scanning the horizon for birds, but there is a hidden, more important reason. Most slammers have been hooked before, and I believe they learn from those experiences. Whether they short strike your bait or intentionally try to kill it by ramming it with their broad heads, when you get knocked down and the fish isn’t there, immediately put the reel in free spool for 10 seconds. Nine times out of 10, that hungry slammer will come back to finish the meal.

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12 miles offshore in 2,100 feet of water. Capt. Alex was first boat to the spot and put three sailfish releases on the board in the opening hours. As the rest of the field lagged, the mega panga hooked up a blue marlin for a two-hour fight. After the photograph and release, a second marlin entered the spread, this time a big, bad black. Capt. Patrick belted up for the battle and conquered the fish in a two-plus-hour fight that saw eight leader grabs before the successful release. “I had a trip planned for Hawaii in the winter to cross black marlin off my list,” said Patrick, smiling. “I guess that’s off.” Their total of 1,000 points is a single-day record for the event, and they scored the ultra-difficult Billfish Grand Slam. The second day was just like the first, with the Harvester scoring early and often. They snagged seven more sailfish releases, including one just a minute before lines-out. The Harvester’s haul is an all-time best for this tournament, eclipsing the winning score of 1,200 posted two years ago by FishingNosara teammate the Explorer. For Capt. Alex, it is the culmination of perseverance through years of adversity in this event. In 2011, as mate on the Wanderer, he recorded 14 sailfish releases during prefishing only to get zero during the event. In 2016, he had the thing won until the camera with all the proof-photos fell overboard late on the second day. “I’m incredibly proud of what Capt. Alex has done with the Harvester,” beamed Craig Sutton, founder of FishingNosara and architect of the mega panga design. “He pushed himself and his boat to the edge during months before this event. He has honed his instincts and advanced his craft. Capt. Alex has paid the price to reach to top of the mountain.” The FishingNosara team looks forwarded to challenging the Harvester in the 2020 Ship of Fools Tournament next April and to competing with Alex in the 1st Annual FishingNosara Invitational in early August 2019. If you and your best anglers are ready to compete, the FishingNosara U.S. office can be reached at (904) 591-2161 USA or fishingnosara.com.

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hen we landed on Grand Bahama, the sun greeted our wintery white faces, and a 70-degree day with a light breeze warmed us to the core. Unfortunately, by morning, the greeting changed to 25 mph winds, which made conditions less than optimal for fly fishing. At home, we might have changed to conventional tackle or even skipped the trip all together, but we came here to fly fish for bonefish, and fly fish we would. Rather than get down on the conditions, we made some tactical changes and used the wind the best we could to our advantage. One benefit of this scenario is the fish tend to be less spooky in shallow water. The noise generated by the wind and the waves allows anglers to get closer without spooking the fish. In fact, glass calm days can be more challenging than some of the breezier ones. Here are a few tips to help out on those blustery days. • Shortening your leader can make a huge difference in accuracy. Fly line tracks relatively straight through wind, especially if you are double hauling. But that last 10 feet or so can be a real crap shoot when the wind is kicked up over 20 mph. Shortening the leader can really help with accuracy, especially in a crosswind. • Using a heavier fly has advantages. With wave action, weight helps the fly get down to the bottom faster, and that’s where the fish are feeding. Even in skinny water, where you would normally use just bead chain eyes, don’t be afraid to move up to some lead eyes as the disturbance caused by the wind helps conceal the splash. • Consider stepping up one rod weight. There is no doubt a heavier rod makes a huge difference in punching through the wind. Sometimes your best bet is to step up to make sure you can get the fly in front of the fish. Another option is to over-line your rod, which is moving up to a line that’s a weight heavier than the rod is rated for. This helps load the rod on the cast, which delivers a more powerful cast. • The best thing is practice. If you are going to spend good money to go on a trip, you want to give yourself the best chance for success. Most fly fishers only practice casting as far as possible. I don’t worry about that. Windy or not, you rarely need to cast more than 60 feet on the flats. Instead, concern yourself with quick accurate casts. And don’t forget to practice in the wind, not just head-on, but at every angle. A crosswind can move your fly off target, and casting 5 feet behind a fish rarely produces a strike. In the end, we didn’t let the wind blow our chances for success; we prevailed with some great Bahamas bones. Will Schmidt is a seasoned tournament angler and has been writing about fishing for more than two decades.

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175-pound cable, I like to make four wraps on the hook, but try it for yourself and use whatever feels good. Here’s how I do it: • Thread the end of approximately 18 inches through the inside bite of the hook eye, and make a loop about the size of a baseball. Hold the loop between you left thumb and index finger. • Make four wraps around the hook shank, from the back of the bend going forward. • Pull the tag end of the cable with pliers until “snug” on

cident. Don’t get me wrong… there have been more wahoo, dolphin and tuna caught on pin-rigged ballyhoo than all the other offerings combined. However, there are days when a nice “clean” naked ballyhoo swimming like a snake with an almost invisible stinger hook is the only trick that works. There are several brands of seven-strand cable that will work just fine, but for this snelled stinger hook, I use American Fishing Wire 175-pound, brown cable. It’s soft and folds into place nicely. And it’s strong when crimped and snelled. In addition to the stinger hook, I like to snell a short piece onto the front end of the ballyhoo to avoid the total bite off. Snelling cable is no different than snelling mono or fluoro, but with less wraps. With the

the hook shank, and push the wraps forward toward the eye of the hook before cinching down on the cable. • Next, make a couple wraps of the cable around one hand and pull hard on the main line and the tag end with pliers at the same time to cinch down tight on the snell. • The main line end of cable now needs to be cut to the right length and crimped to the proper diameter to fit around the main hook and for the proper length of the ballyhoo. For a detailed video of this clean and super strong stinger hook and how to apply it, check out the website and click on “Clean (Snelled) Stinger Hook Assembly;” www.barefootcatsandtackle.com.

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he drag was set perfectly, and your knot held true. But somehow that fish got away. As you stand there, envisioning the beautiful creature swimming off to points unknown, you agonize over what went wrong. The culprit? A pulled hook—the cause of more lost fish than any other user error. In today’s world of zero-stretch braided lines, extra-fast action graphite rods and low-stretch fluorocarbon leader material, one reality seems to have been forgotten: stretch is a good thing. Not bungee cord, rubber band, over-the-top stretch. But some stretch. Stretch equates to shock absorption, which along with a barb are the only things keeping the hook in your quarry’s mouth. With tackle catering to sensitivity, it should come as no surprise that pulled hooks are a bigger problem today than they were in years past, when

monofilament line and slower-action fiberglass rods dominated the market. A pulled hook occurs when the hook comes loose from its original setting in a fish’s mouth. Provided that you have set the hook firmly to begin with, the cause will almost certainly be that the tissue in the fish’s mouth has worn too much to hold it in place. The hook then falls or is pulled out on a subsequent slack line, jerk of the rod, head turn or shake. To mitigate the stresses of battle on your quarry’s mouth, we must implement stretch into our fishing strategy. Thankfully, we don’t have to trade in all our sensitive gear for bouncier tackle of the past. Sound technique can mask the stretch deficiency inherent in today’s tackle. First off, after you set the hook in a fish, always keep a bend in the rod. The rod is your failsafe shock absorber; it responds to how you use it. If you maintain a bend in the rod, you have guaranteed at least some stretch will remain in the system. Next, never sweep or jerk the rod after the hook is set. This will only tear tissue in the fish’s mouth, increasing the chances of a pulled hook. Steady, even pressure wins the fight. Most fishermen tend to think that the newest tackle to the market is always the surest bet. With braided lines being more popular than ever, many anglers fail to realize that monofilament has an important role in fishing. Some situations call for extra shock absorption and a slower response. When fishing on a beach with wave action, mono is your best option to keep a fish hooked as it fights to free itself in the last wave. Ever hook a true giant close to your position on a bridge, pier or boat? Spool up with mono now, and be thankful that you did. Think carefully about your tackle. Evaluate the role of your rod, line and leader. Fish hard, and don’t let that big one get away. John Saporito is a lifelong fisherman and student of the seas. For deeper insight into the world of gamefish, visit him online at www. guerillaangling.com.

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pring fishing is here, bringing some hot topwater action. Snook are moving shallow as the water warms, and the slot and plusslot snook will be around piers, mangroves and seawalls chasing bait. The water being dumped from Okeechobee into the South Fork has made the water near the lock freshwater. Regardless, the snook fishing remains good around the Palm City Bridge area. Numbers of mostly small snook are regularly being caught. Follow the bait near the shore and cast along the mangroves. There are also lots of jacks and an occasional redfish or bluefish. Outgoing tide is best. The hot spot on the beach for tarpon and big jacks is still the “spoils” area, several hundred yards out from the power plant in Fort Pierce. You’ll get lots of action on cut bait, shrimp and jigs with spinner sharks leaping and occasionally taking cut and live bait. The south Vero Beach area of the lagoon is still the place for trout. Look for patches of grass in the Harbor Branch and Big Pine Lake areas on the west side. The bays from Round Island boat ramp on the east side also have grass. The 4-inch C.A.L. jigs are my favorite lure with 1/8-ounce jig head. To find the trout, find grass. To find active fish, look for feeding birds on the flats. Last spring we had several 40- to 60-trout days on the east side. Trout have started moving into shallows along the west side around the power plant and down to the Jensen Beach Causeway. Last spring saw some hot trout action on topwater. The water is still clear, and wading is my favorite way to fish the west side. Finding fish is the key, as the schools move with the tide. Remember to support “moving the water south” and all actions to prevent freshwater from Okeechobee being dumped into the lagoon. Sea grass can’t grow in freshwater. The sea grass has disappeared south of Bear Point in Fort Pierce for several years now. Only a healthy system will support the growth of new grass and improve fishing for everyone. Richard Matteson is staff writer for Stuart Rod and Reel Club. Contact him at (336) 414-3440.

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FWC solely for recreational anglers. This year they are common in the 7-9 pound range. Look for the stripers to shadow schools of shad in the lakes. Use the same shad imitation hard baits above. Cold weather is behind us. May signals a more stable weather pattern with warmer weather and HOT fishing in Central Florida. Post-spawn bass, stripers, spawning shellcracker, and spawning catfish are the freshwater targets this month. Early morning schooling bass can be found at first light near the St. Johns River mouths of Lake Harney and Lake Monroe. Throw shad imitation slash/crank baits like a Rapala X-Rap, Berkley Flicker Shad, or the time-trusted Rattle Trap. Bass will readily eat the live shad if you can cast net some, but the schools are mostly moved north. After the early bite, focus on deeper edges near lily pads or eel grass with Carolina rigged soft plastics – use dark colors. Live shiners are always good, wild shiners are best. Sunshine Bass are stocked by the

Daily panfish catch limits bestow the anglers with patience and a big can of red worms or live crickets. The spawn is on for shellcrackers! Target them along sandy shorelines anchoring before or after the bends in the St Johns, close to the bank in 3-8 feet of water (warmer water, go deeper). Hook size should be #4; weight the wiggler to the bottom with one or two split shots. Fly anglers using poppers will enjoy all day action especially when the love bug hatch occurs. Bring on the rains! One to three days following a big rain, the water begins rushing from the creeks into the St Johns River system flowing north. This signals catfish to swim upstream to spawn. Peeled fresh shrimp on a 2/0 circle hook works great in the river or creek bends.

Central Florida shrimping season is in its last month of decent sizes and productivity. May normally marks the end of the winter season. However, we did get off to a 6-week late start. This season continues to gift us with jumbo size white shrimp (blue and green tail). Yes, we have seen them get mixed into our winter run for decades on a small level. This year, the big giants brought Brevard County and Volusia County thrills, chills, captures and misses. Interesting as it may be, they did not come through last season in any great quantity. The bio mass of dinks have hit Volusia, 5-gallon buckets will continue through May in Volusia County. The smaller size collectively will outnumber your larger shrimp but well worth the chase.

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Spring is here and summer is creeping up fast. The water tables are steadily dropping down to low pool for the summer rains and hurricane season. The hydrilla is now at the  water’s surface, it is easy to see the edges. The bass are moving to current at the canal entrances and are hanging around the edges of the sand bars. Bait of choice is crank baits, X-Raps, and Rattle Traps. A lot of the bass are heading out to open water hydrilla patches and will stay there all summer. Bait of choice in open water vegetation is plastic baits. Zoom Speed Worms, flukes, Skinny Dippers, and Gambler Easy Swimmer are the hot baits this month. Good colors are 2 ORLANDO

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Crappies are out in open water now. Troll at various depths until you get a bite. The bluegills have moved up into shallow water to compete for spawning areas. This is the best time to locate the spawning areas when the males are really aggressive and are starting to fan the beds - they will be easy to see. Shell cracker will also be mixed in the same area. They are finishing up and will be spawning in a little deeper water. Both panfish prefer the same type of spawning area but will move out deeper to spawn due to the warming water temps. This is one of my favorite times of year. I love to catch them on fly rod with a popping bug. Good artificial baits are beetle spins of various colors. If you are a live bait fisherman crickets under a float is the best bet… Capt Randy DuMars.

North Brevard has been moody, it was not magical this year but gave up an average of 1-2 gallons of jumbos which kept the locals engaged. Titusville pier has not reported much, counts are low in numbers. Haulover has not been magical this year, and that area rarely came up in any discussion. S. Brevard normally turns on around the Causeways this month, and they are reporting less 1-12 shrimp over multiple nights of trying. Sebastian inlet was the hot spot this season. When you’re ready to hang your nets up spritz them with a solution of fabric softener and water (50/50 ratio). Rinse your gear good and bring your lights inside and keep them at room temperature. Scalloping season starts in June, right now is a great time to service your boat and your trailer. For what’s going on shrimping, scalloping, lobster and other nonhook and line fishing genre’s, join us at Florida Shrimping Academy – Tips & Tricks. Education before all else.

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With the recent water drawn down on Lake O, navigation has become very treacherous due to “coral rock” bottoms in the lake. Stick with main lake boat channels, come off plane way out from the grass edge, and no short cuts! Bream are being caught in the shallows. Focus on areas that have a harder bottom with some good vegetation cover. The Kissimmee river, Harney pond canal, Clewiston area canal and up around Torrey Island are all great places to catch bream and are much safer for boating until the water level comes up. The best bait for bream and shell cracker fishing is crickets or red worms rigged on ultra-light spinning gear tipped with a small bobber (use a bobber stop on the line above your bobber and below for correct water-depth) and split shot weight. The bream will be in on one big bed so keep your eyes open for a fanned-out area with

Bass spawning is pretty much done - now it’s time for open water postspawn fishing which means throwing lures like crank baits and senkos. The deeper water is a great place to practice your crank bait and finesse-worm skills. May and June you can expect to see bass schooling activity, doesn’t matter what you have in your hand, just throw, it’s fun and provides a lot of action for younger anglers. Bass lures that have been producing: plastic swim baits and frogs, flipping/pitching creature-style lures into smaller-isolated reed clumps, senkos fished slowly in/around vegetation, rattle traps and some spinner baits worked on the outside edges. Colors for plastics and hard-baits for bass are: junebug; redbug; black-blue; off-white; crawdad and melon shad. To book your next fun-filled and productive day fishing Lake Okeechobee contact me at 863228-7263 or www.southfloridabassfishing.com I’m very humbled and honored to be included in this book and especially on the cover “Fifty Women Who Fish”. Log onto www.whywomenfish.com to purchase your limited copy.

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The I say it is about time we give the oft maligned bowfin a little love. These fish were prowling the swamps and rivers of the world before T-rex walked the earth. Bowfin fossil records date back over 150 million years to the Jurassic period. I’d say any fish that can outlast T-rex, megalodon, mammoths and other prehistoric beasts has to be one tough customer that deserves our respect. One look at a bowfin and there is no doubt they are built to survive. It starts with a bony, bullet shaped head sporting powerful jaws lined with short, needle like teeth. Behind the head is a long, armored body lined with thick scales. The body terminates in a muscular, rounded tail that allows the bowfin to put up a fight that would put any bass to shame. Bowfin are called lots of different names, like mudfish, grinnel, cypress bass, dogfish and others that I can’t repeat in this magazine. You’ll probably notice a negative connotation here. I think the bad reputation mostly comes from disappointed bass fishermen when they discover that trophy bass they though was on the end of their line is just an average sized bowfin. It also probably doesn’t help that most folks consider bowfin to be pretty poor table fare.

Another great thing about bowfin is you don’t need special tackle to catch them. The same rods and reels you use for bass, or for seatrout and redfish, work just fine for bowfin. I normally use light spinning tackle spooled with ten pound test braid. I add a few feet of twenty pound test monofilament or fluorocarbon leader with a FG knot. Bowfin aren’t line shy, so the leader is for me, not the fish. Braid can cut into wet fingers so the leader gives me something safe to grab when trying to control and unhook a feisty bowfin. There are plenty of places to find bowfin in central Florida. The St Johns River is loaded with them, as are almost all the lakes, ponds and canals around Orlando. Anyplace known to harbor largemouth bass should also hold bowfin. Honestly, bowfin may be found just about any place with fresh water, even places most other fish wouldn’t dare live. Bowfin can extract oxygen from the water with their gills like other fish, but they can also gulp air from the surface and absorb oxygen through their swim bladders. This allows bowfin to proliferate in stagnant, swampy areas where few other fish can survive.

I’ll admit I rarely head out to intentionally target bowfin, but I’m often glad they’re around to fill in the gaps when the “glamor” species don’t cooperate. That was the case recently for Shayne Stock and I when we ventured out to the St Johns River to target American shad. Shad were no shows that day. The same goes for crappie, brim, bass or anything else that might eat our tiny jigs. Instead of a sad skunking, we opted for plan B and tossed out chunks of cut bait on the bottom. It didn’t take long before we were wrestling with bent rods and squealing drags. Dozens of bowfin came to shore averaging four – five pounds. Stock caught the biggest, topping nine pounds, but we lost a few that would have likely weighed in the low teens. Bowfin are voracious predators that will eat just about anything that swims, creeps or crawls in our local fresh waters. Any lure that works for bass, or for that matter, anything that works for seatrout or redfish, will catch the interest of a hungry bowfin. They seem particularly fond of spinnerbaits and weedless spoons that are buzzed just below the surface. By far the easiest way to catch them is to soak a chunk of cut bait. Bowfin aren’t picky. Chunks of mullet or ladyfish leftover from your last saltwater trip, or pieces from a freshly caught bluegill or shad all work equally well. I like to fish chunks on circle hooks with my favorites being the 5/0 and 6/0 Team Catfish TC11Z Octopus Circle hooks. If the bottom is clear like on the St Johns, I’ll fish the baits on the bottom with an egg sinker just heavy enough to hold in the current. If the bottom is weedy, fish the chunks under a bobber with the bait suspended a foot or so above the tops of the weeds.

Finally, I’d be remiss if I didn’t mention bowfin are a great fish for kids. I recall a trip I took with my daughter Anna when she was five or six. We had a productive day, catching almost every species that swims in the St Johns River. On the way home I asked her which species she enjoyed catching the most. Without hesitation she said, “bowfin.” Kids love the beady black eyes, snapping jaws and overall prehistoric look of the bowfin. I certainly helps that they are pretty easy to find, and you usually don’t have to wait long for a bite. They are also about the perfect size – big enough to put up a good fight, but not so big that kids can’t handle them. So whether you are looking to entertain some kids, or just want an easy afternoon tussling with some scrappy fish, I recommend you give the dinosaur fish a try.

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May is here on The Harris Chain of Lakes and that means that early summertime fishing patterns are starting to get the fish moving. Bream, bluegill, redears, and shell crackers are all in their spawning stages around hard bottom shallow areas in 4 ft. of water or less. If you get near them or down-wind usually you can smell them (very fishy). Once you begin to get bites fan-cast the area to determine how big their spawning area is, move back a little and continue catching them. Red worms, night crawlers, crickets, small 1/16 oz. beetle spins or small jigs will work best. The best way is to fish the live baits right on the bottom. Use a small cork or bobber just for a bite indicator. Once you find these areas you will have some excellent opportunities to catch some nice bass

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Fishing on the Indian River and the Mosquito Lagoons is starting to come alive after a long winter. Redfish could be found tailing on the shallow flats and each day more and more baitfish are returning to the flats. Many of the predator fish will begin to turn the focus of their diet to this newly arrived food source. Redfish in the Mosquito Lagoon will eat crabs and shrimp all year long but during the warmer months, they also feast on mullet, pinfish, pigfish, and other small fish, so shifting your lure selection from shrimp and crab to finfish patterns is a good move. Speaking of sea trout, the topwater bite will turn on this month, fish around the schools of mullet with your favorite topwater plus for best results. Try fishing the topwater plugs at first light and stand by for some explosive action. Also remember the water is starting to

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up, live bait is much more consistent. Some days you may have to ride far south to get it and some days its right there in the port but at least it’s around. Beach fishing is really starting to heat up as well. We’ve already seen some nice buoy line kings and tarpon. If the baits around chances are there will be larger fish feeding. I like to start with 60# mono till I start getting cut off then I switch to #4 wire. Shark fishing has been on fire as well. I know many say I don’t want to deal with sharks, or you can’t eat them. You are completely wrong. On light tackle they are so much fun, and blacktips are great to eat. Ever wonder why many restaurants are out of the shark kabobs? And I assure you, there’s no shark shortage. Just take what you will eat! No waste. We need there to be plenty of sharks and every other species for our future kids. This report has been brought to you by Captain Chris Cameron of Fired Up Fishing Charters

The long wait is finally over and the latest models of Salt-water Inshore series of fishing rods from Enigma Fishing have arrived and are now in stock and ready for just about any in-shore species. From Trout to Redfish to Snook and everything that swims on the flats, Enigma Fishing has you covered. The new Flats Master® Inshore series combines Enigma Fishing’s quality design and cutting-edge technology with top-grade saltwater components, built to last in the saltwater environment. Anglers are now able to get hyperperformance fishing at an affordable price that won’t break the Bank. The newest models range in price from the most affordable at $99.97 up to $117.97 for the most expensive models. With six spinning models to choose from, two models featuring a built in gimble butt mount. The Flats Master® Inshore series are extremely lightweight and provide great performance, plenty of back-bone and long lasting durability. Enigma provides many rod actions to present your favorite lure or bait, they are available in Medium light, Medium Heavy, Heavy and Extra Heavy. The 7’2” Medium Light is great for those of you that enjoy fishing light gear and for smaller species. Moving up to a little beefier rod, Enigma provides three different length models available in Medium Heavy 7’0”, 7’3” and 7’8”, these are sure to be great all around actions when fishing for the bigger species, heavier cover and avoiding long battles. For the heavy end of the spectrum the 7’6” Heavy and 7’6” Extra Heavy are sure to be work horse rods when needing to horse those big ones in that anglers dream about. All new models featuring a solid Portuguese cork handle, 24-Ton Toray graphite blank and hand wrapped APLS guides. These new models are built to last with quality components that are salt-water resistant. Put one in your hand and you’ll feel the difference, light, strong, quality and best of all, affordable! With Enigma Fishing’s limited lifetime warranty, you can fish worry-free for years to come. To see a complete list of actions available or to see any of our other products you can visit

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Boat Dealers New & Consignment Sales 1 - Astor Marine (352) 759-3655 24535 FL-40, Astor, FL 32102 www.astormarine.com 2 - Nobles Marine (352) 787-5792

437 N Palmetto St, Leesburg, FL 34748 or 1931 N. Hwy 19, Crystal River www.noblesmarine.com

3 - Craig Catamaran (407) 290-8778 4333 Silver Star Rd. #100 Orlando, FL 32808

18 - Monroe Harbor Marina (407) 322-2910 31 N Palmetto Ave, Sanford, FL 32771 www.moroneharbor.com

42 - Central Florida Airboat Tours (407) 32107534650 E State Rd 46, Geneva, FL 32732 www.centralfloridaairboattours.com

6 - Sea Tow of Central Florida Lakes

31 - Pyramid Cabinets (407) 947-8499

9 - Instant Insurance Agency (352) 735-5560 25833 State Road 46, Sorrento, FL 32776 www.instantinsuranceagency.com

34 - Thomas Lumber Company (407) 841-1250

51 - A & D Custom Canvas (407) 331-8184 725 Montana St. Orlando 32803

49 - Martin Tree Service, Inc. (407) 359-1119 1215 Bob White Trail, Chuluota, FL 32766 www.martintreeserviceinc.com

(877) 800-1492 12307 Wedgefield Drive , Grand Island, FL 32735

Bait & Tackle Shops / Outfitters / Apparel

4 - Triangle Marine (352) 343-6146

451 Fairvilla Road, Orlando, FL 32808 www.codepyramid.com

231 W Gore St, Orlando, FL 32806, www.thomaslumber.com

15 - The Florida Angler (352) 708-8290

50 - Campbell Renovations Inc. (407) 947-0016 285 Campbell Ranch Run, Geneva, FL 32732 www.campbellrenovationsinc.com

5 - Lakeside Bait & Tackle (352) 742-3336

1000 W Burleigh Blvd, Tavares, FL 32778

55 - Vapor and Company (407) 878-7397 3617 S. Orlando Dr., Sanford, FL 32773 www.vaporandco.com

1021 N Orlando Ave, Maitland, FL 32751 www.centralfloridamarine.com

7 - Owens Fishing & Marine (352) 357-3030

56 - Ice Age Air Conditioning (407) 324-7283

38 - Orlando Boat Sales (407) 253-7111

11 - Highbanks Marina & Camp Resort

11415 US-441, Tavares, FL 32778 www.trianglemarinecenter.biz

30 - Aamco East Orlando (407) 277-3311 6304 E. Colonial Dr. Orlando FL 32807 Full Service Mechanics

25 - Central Florida Marine (407) 647-6262

786 Montose St., Clermont, Fl 34711 www.thefloridaangler.com

935 N Bay St, Eustis, FL 32726

3165 N John Young Pkwy, Orlando, FL 32804 www.orlandoboatsales.com

37 - Southeast Marine (407) 851-1965

7576 S Orange Ave, Pine Castle, FL 32809 www.southeastmarinesales.com

24 - Boat Max USA (321) 866-0306

2953 Alafaya Trail, Oviedo, FL 32765 www.boatmaxusa.com 46 - Gibson Truck World (407) 321-0660 3455 S. Orlando Dr. Sanford, FL 32773 www.gibsontruckworld.com 14 - Boat Tree Marina (407) 322-1610 4370 Carraway Pl, Sanford, FL 32771 www.boattree.com

12 - Rothrock Marine (866) 375-6143

381 Evangeline Way, Sanford, FL 32771 www.rothrockmarine.com

Boat improvement / Service & Repair Centers / Replacement Parts 36 - All American Marine (407) 855-9988 7024 S Orange Ave, Orlando FL 32809 www.allamericanmarineorlando.com

(386) 668-4491 488 W Highbanks Rd, DeBary, FL 32713 www.campresort.com

14 - Boat Tree Marina (407) 322-1610 4370 Carraway Pl, Sanford, FL 32771 www.boattree.com

21 - Bitters Bait & Tackle (407) 699-6619 65 N US Hwy 17 92, Longwood, FL 32750 www.bittersbaitandtackle.com

43 - Bithlo Bait & Tackle (321) 355-0591

17162 Old Cheney Hwy, Orlando, FL 32833

10 - Get Hooked Bait & Tackle (407) 704-8755 670 Kissimmee Ave, Ocoee, FL 34761 44 - Big Toho Marina (407) 846-2124 69 Lakeview Dr., Kissimmee, FL 34741 45 - Wojo’s Bait & Tackle (407) 891-1003 Oak Park Center, 4245 13th St, St Cloud, FL 34769

28 W Jersey St, Orlando, FL 32806 www.manta.com

29 - Lake Fairview Marina (407) 295-0117 4503 N Orange Blossom Trail, Orlando, FL 32804 www. Lakefairviewmarina.com

56 - Orlando Outfitters (407) 896-8220 2814 Corrine Dr., Orlando, FL 32803 www.orlandooutfitters.com

Home Improvement Contractors & Service Providers

27 - Orlando Painting Service (407) 896-0839 65 Harold Ave, suite B, Winter Park, FL 32789 www.orlandopaintingservice.com

20 - Team Marine Services (407) 260-8326 8235 N. Orange Blossom Trail, Orlando FL 32810 www.teammarineservices.com

28 - Millennium Electric (407) 420-2001 4340 Edgewater Dr, Orlando, FL 32804 www.millennium-electric.com

19 - Ahoy Marine (407) 323-8373

41 - Water Works Pressure Cleaning & Sealing

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39 - Fish on Fire (407) 812-6881

7937 Daetwyler Dr, Orlando, FL 32812 www.fishonfireorlando.com

40 - High Tide Harry’s (407) 273-4422

4645 S Semoran Blvd, Orlando, FL 32822 www.hightideharrys.com

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

37 - Dancing Pig Deli (407) 270-5976

23 - Talon Marine Services (407) 542-7600

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47 - Jolly Gator Fish Camp Bar & Grill

48 - Mud Hole Custom Tackle, Inc.

26 - DWR Plumbing LLC. (407) 293-3717 6344 All American Blvd, Orlando, FL 32810

511 E 25th St, Sanford, FL 32771 www.superpages.com

Areas Best Picks for Restaurants

17 - St. Johns River Steak & Seafood

32 - Portside Marine (407) 249-1124 2730 Forsyth Rd, Orlando, FL 32792 www.portsideorlando.com 439 Aulin Ave, Oviedo, FL 32765 www.talonmarineservices.com

59 -DK Plumbing (321) 303-1426 Licensed and Insured dkplumbing@cfl.rr.com

57 - Hollow Point Apparel (386) 547-5455 Real Apparel for Real People www.hollowpointapparel.com (407) 447-7637 400 Kane Ct, Oviedo, FL 32765 www.mudhole.com

35 - All Star Marine (407) 423-9953

You Can Reach Us 24/7 www.iceageac.com

(407) 878-0980 550 N Palmetto Ave, Sanford, FL 32771 6807 S Orange Ave, Orlando, FL 32809

22 - Huey Magoo’s (407) 706-6004

160 Tuskawilla Rd #1204, Winter Springs, FL 32708 www.hueymagoos.com 3 Locations – Winter Springs – Altamonte Springs – Oviedo

13 - Camp House Restaurant (407) 915-5401 100 S White Cedar Rd, Sanford, FL 32771 www.camphousebarandgrill.com 52 - The Deli (407) 332-8800 4360 Carraway Pl, Sanford, FL 32771 53 - T J’s Seafood Shack (407) 365-3365

197 E Mitchell Hammock Rd, Oviedo, FL 32765 12231 E Colonial Dr. #230, Orlando(407) 250-4191 www.tjsseafoodshack.com

54 - Otters On The River (407) 636-6300 4380 Carraway Place, Sanford, FL 32771

(407) 376-9526 490 Buck Lake Lane, Geneva, FL 32732 www.jmwaterworksinc.com

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Community Service Providers Astor Marine

Team Marine Services

Sylvan – Oasis - Sun Chaser Pontoon Boats Honda – Mercury – Suzuki - Yamaha

Honda Outboard Sales and Service Boat Repairs, Maintenance, Parts

Nobles Marine

Ahoy Marine

24535 FL-40, Astor, FL 32102 Phone:(352) 759-3655 www.astormarine.com

437 N Palmetto St, Leesburg, FL 34748 or 1931 N. Hwy 19, Crystal River Phone: (352) 787-5792 www.noblesmarine.com Mako – Tracker – Nitro – Tahoe - Sportsman Yamaha - Mercury

8235 N. Orange Blossom Trail Orlando, FL 32810 Phone: (407) 260-8326 www.teammarineservices.com

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CRAIG CATAMARAN CORPORATION World Headquarters & Showroom 4333 Silver Star Rd. #100 Orlando, FL 32808 - 407-290-8778 SHOWROOM HOURS Monday - Friday 9 AM to 5 PM Saturday By Appointment We give test drives at our showroom in Orlando, FL!

Triangle Marine

11415 US-441, Tavares, FL 32778 Phone:(352) 343-6146 www.trianglemarinecenter.biz

Lake Fairview Marina

4503 N Orange Blossom Trail, Orlando, FL 32804 Phone: (407) 295-0117 www. Lakefairviewmarina.com Consignment Sales – Outboard Service – Storage – Ship Store – Sailing Classes

Portside Marine

2730 Forsyth Rd, Orlando, FL 32792 Phone: 407) 249-1124 www.portsideorlando.com Service for: Mercury – Yamaha – OMC – Mercruiser – Volvo Replacement Parts – Trailer Service & Repair

All American Marine

Boat Tree Marina

Service All Outboard Brands – Stern Drives – Canvas – Interiors – Trailer Repair

Crest Pontoon – Yamaha – Suzuki – Volvo Penta

Central Florida Marine

Boat Max USA

Pathfinder – Hewes – Maverick – Mitzi Siff – Gheenoe – Yamaha Your Shallow Specialists

Pioneer Boats – Consignment Sales Authorized dealer for Yamaha and Suzuki

1021 N Orlando Ave, Maitland, FL 32751 Phone: (407) 647-6262 www.centralfloridamarine.com

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Bennington Pontoons – TideWater Johnson – Evinrude – Yamaha

7024 S Orange Ave, Orlando, FL 32809 Phone: (407) 855-9988 www.allamericanmarineorlando.com

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4370 Carraway Pl, Sanford, FL 32771 Phone: (407) 322-1610 www.boattree.com

2953 Alafaya Trail, Oviedo, FL 32765 Phone: (321) 866-0306 www.boatmaxusa.com

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Community Service Providers Gibsons Truck World

Thomas Lumber Company

Specializing in Ford, Chevy, and Dodge Ram Pre-Owned Trucks Since 1969

Old Fashion Lumber Yard – Lumber – Trim – Custom Doors – Hardware – Delivery – Customer Service

Sea Tow of Central Florida Lakes

Millennium Electric

Free Member Towing – Captain Kerry Kline, Serving All of our Central Fl Area – One Call Service

Commercial – Industrial – Residential Service, Wiring & Repairs

A & D Custom Canvas

Campbell Renovations Inc.

3455 S. Orlando Dr., Sanford, FL Phone: (407) 321-0660 www.gibsontruckworld.com

12307 Wedgefield Drive , Grand Island, FL 32735-8413 Phone: (877) 800-1492

725 Montana St. Orlando 32803 Phone:(407) 331-8184 Boat Covers – Canvas & Bemini Tops – Custom Upholstery – Side Curtains

231 W Gore St, Orlando, FL 32806, Phone: (407) 841-1250 www.thomaslumber.com

4340 Edgewater Dr, Orlando, FL 32804 Phone: (407) 420-2001 www.millennium-electric.com

285 Campbell Ranch Run, Geneva, FL 32732 Phone:(407) 349-0016 Cell: 407-947-5460 www.campbellrenovationsinc.com State Certified Contractor CBC 1255779 Residential & Commercial New Construction – Renovations – Kitchens – Bathrooms – Additions – Tenant Build Out

Mud Hole Custom Tackle, Inc.

Vapor and Company

Rod Building Classes – Rod Components & Supplies – Tackle Crafting

Electronic Cigarettes and E-Liquid Experts in Smoking Cessation Orlando Coastal Angler Magazine Approved! Altamonte Springs Location Too

DWR Plumbing LLC.

Orlando Painting Service

400 Kane Ct, Oviedo, FL 32765 Phone:(407) 447-7637 www.mudhole.com

6344 All American Blvd, Orlando, FL 32810 Phone: (407) 293-3717 Commercial – Residential – Re-Piping – Licensed – Insured – State Certified

Owens Fishing & Marine

935 N Bay St, Eustis, FL 32726 Phone: (352) 357-3030 Saltwater Tackle & Bait - Ballyhoo, Freshwater Tackle - Live Bait - Wild Shiners Costa - Shimano Top Shelf Dealer Outboard Service & Boat Parts Hunting & Snorkeling Accessories Bow Fishing

3617 S. Orlando Dr. Sanford FL 32773 Phone:(407) 878-7397 www.vaporandco.com

65 Harold Ave, suite B, Winter Park, FL 32789 Phone: 407) 896-0839 www.orlandopaintingservice.com Commercial – Residential Custom Homes – Re-Paint Specialist – Pressure Washing

The Florida Angler

Located in Historic Downtown Clermont 786 W. Montrose Street, Clermont, FL 34711 352-708-8290 www.thefloridaangler.com Daiwa, St Croix, 13 Fishing, UPF apparel, line spooling. “Proudly serving the unique breed of Fisherman”

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Community Service Providers Huey Magoo’s

160 Tuskawilla Rd #1204, Winter Springs, FL 32708 Phone: (407) 706-6004 www.hueymagoos.com Fresh Chicken Tenders - 7 Locations – Winter Springs – Altamonte Springs – Oviedo

Boston’s Fish House

Aloma Square Shopping Center, 6860 Aloma Ave, Winter Park, FL 32792 Phone: (407) 678-2107 www.bostonsfishhouse.com Fresh Seafood Flown in Daily from New England – Beer – Wine

St. Johns River Steak & Seafood

550 N Palmetto Ave, Sanford, FL 32771 Phone: (407) 878-0980 On Water Location – Special Events – Full Bar – Steaks – Fresh Seafoodel

T J’s Seafood Shack

197 E Mitchell Hammock Rd, Oviedo 12231 E. Colonial Dr., Orlando - Raw Bar Phone:(407) 365-3365 Award winning Fish Tacos - Fresh Seafood Specialties - Raw Bar 2 Locations - Oviedo - East Orlando

Fish on Fire

7937 Daetwyler Dr, Orlando, FL 32812 Phone: (407) 812-6881 www.fishonfireorlando.com Full Bar – Fresh Seafood – Steaks – Prime Rib – Chicken – Entertainment – Special Events

Dancing Pig Deli

6807 S Orange Ave, Orlando, FL 32809 Phone: (407) 270-5976 Specialty Deli – Fresh Deli Meats -Cuban / American Sandwiches – Catering

Camp House Restaurant

100 S White Cedar Rd, Sanford, FL 32771 Phone: (407) 915-5401 www.camphousebarandgrill.com American Grill – Full Bar – Cold Beer Wings – Burgers – Sandwiches – Salads

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With the end of the 2018-2019 season rapidly approaching, many of the anglers are still vying for National Championship births in the Florida BASS Nation Tournament Series. On April 7th, the teams competed in the final B.A.S.S. Southern Regional Event held on Lake Okeechobee. More than 70 teams from around the state competed out of Scott Driver Park on the north end of the lake. With it being the final regional event, this was the last opportunity for teams to qualify for the national tournament through the South Region. The team of Bryce Dimauro and Davis Dimauro solidified a trip to nationals, as well as a Team of the Year of the South Region and a fantastic 2019 season by coming away with a huge victory in the event, weighing in a five bass limit for just over 26lbs. With the first-place win, the team now has the opportunity to win overall team of the year for the State of Florida in the State Championship held on Lake Toho on May 4th-5th. The team of Dylan Westhelle and Joey Bloom battled technical issues with their boat first thing in the morning to come back and finish 3rd, weighing in 22.64lbs. Zach Temperly and Will Grace also had a solid 6th place finish, weighing in 16lbs. The B.A.S.S. season is now down to the final State Championship event. Teams who have yet to qualify for the National Championship still have the opportunity to qualify with top finishes on Lake Toho to earn their spot to Kentucky Lake in August. Before the B.A.S.S. State event, the top Seminole Junior Anglers teams will switch their focus to an upcoming rivalry tournament on April 13th. The 4th Annual North vs. South Tournament, held on the Kissimmee Chain of Lakes, will have 6 teams from Seminole Junior Anglers along with 6 teams from Osceola Anglers representing the “North” of Kissimmee versus 12 teams representing the “South”. We will have complete results from the event in next month’s article. We also have some exciting news to share regarding one of our anglers. Dylan Westhelle, a Senior from Seminole High School, was selected to represent the State of Florida as an “All-State” angler. He was one of two anglers selected from the State of Florida for this honor and is now in the running to be named a High School Fishing All-American. We congratulate Dylan on all of his accomplishments and look forward to keeping you posted on his progress and road to becoming an All American. Thank you to all who all that support our organization including Portside Marine, Rothrock Marine, Down To Fish, Bully Dog, Casting for Kids, and Orlando Coastal Angler Magazine. Thank you to our supporters, boat captains, and sponsors including Instant Insurance of Sorrento, FL who sponsors this article to share the accomplishments of the next generation of anglers.

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Ponce Inlet, Halifax River High Ti de +5 minutes Low Ti de +33 minutes

Jensen Beach High Ti de +2 ho urs, 17 minutes Low Ti de +3 ho urs, 4 minutes

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Tuesday May 7, 14, 21, 28 – 5pm, Jolly Gator Bass Series Tournaments. Every Tuesday evening until end of this season “Classic” in midAugust and one Saturday a month starting April 13th. 27 events this season, place in top 10 in points or win an event and fish at least 20 events and qualify for the August-Classic. $40 per event, 2 anglers per team. Payback is one for every 7 boats, Big Bass pays $10 bucks per boat! Raffling off a New Enigma Fishing Rod or Reel at each event, $10 for a chance to win $160 Bass Rod or Casting Reel! Register day of event before 5pm at CS Lee Park and Ramp next to Jolly Gator at SR 46 and St. John’s River east of Sanford / Geneva. Question or info contact Jim (“Squirt”) Chaudoin at 407432-2822 or Phil Wolf at 407790-9515

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Capt. Nick very carefully positioned the boat, and once he was happy with the position and drift of the first line, he sent out a second line with a buoy. The buoy had drifted about 100 yards from the boat when Capt. Nick said simply, “The buoy!” Then… “It’s big!” Immediately, we reeled in the first line to get it out of the way. Bill jumped on the buoy line and began to reel… and reel… and reel some more. Five and a half hours later, we got our first glimpse of the fish when it jumped about a quarter mile behind the boat. We could see it was big, but we didn’t realize how big because it was so far away. Two hours later, we got a better look at the monster. Each time Bill got the leader to the reel, the broadbill saw the boat and ripped off line Bill had fought so hard to gain. Capt. Nick busied himself keeping the line from touching the boat and keeping the fish from running under the boat. If at any point the line had touched the boat, it would have parted, and the fish would be gone. It felt like we were on a whirl ride at the carnival. We circled with the fish, and then in a flash it would streak away. Capt. Nick would turn the boat to cruise beside the fish until it dove toward the bottom. More than eight hours into the battle, Bill brought the giant fish boatside. It was still very blue in color and fresh. The fight would have continued, except the fish made the fatal mistake of swimming within range of Konner and his harpoon. Konner deftly stuck the fish in the backbone. After two darts and three gaffs, Capt. Nick was able to get a tail rope on this Jurassic fish, and the fight was over. It took a block and tackle and lots of brute strength to load the swordfish in the boat. Back at the docks, it weighed 757.8 pounds and measured 111 inches from the lower jaw to the fork of the tail. The bill was 40 inches long, even though part of it had previously broken off. To learn more about Capt. Nick Stanczyk, out of Bud N’ Mary’s Marina in Islamorada, Florida, go to daytimeswordfish.com.


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part of the touch. W h e n you rig, you want the lightest and shortest leader that makes sense. Every hook must be sharpened to perfection. Eliminate as much hardware as you can. If a sinker is necessary, opt for the smallest one that will do the job. A bait that bounces along the bottom is much more effective than one anchored to a single spot. If your rods are custom built or can be modified, shorten the butt. That allows you to reduce the fatigue on your arms when battling an oversized denizen. When a fish takes a bait or lure, don’t swing the rod as if it were a baseball bat. Point the tip directly at the spot where the line enters the water and let the fish start to move off. Then, just lock the pre-set drag and the fish will hook itself. One critical aspect of battling a strong fish centers on the use of side pressure. Most anglers keep the rod in a vertical position when fighting a fish, pumping upwards to draw the fish closer and regain line. When the fish gets a reasonable distance away, the use of side pressure is much more effective. The key lies in holding the rod waist high and parallel to the water. If the fish is swimming to the right, you want to try to force it to turn and swim to the left. Each time it turns, it gets closer to the boat or to shore. The Touch covers all aspects of fishing. It is composed of countless little things that give the angler a decided advantage when put together. Once you begin to master it, you can bet you will get more strikes and catch more fish.

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take over if I was fighting a big fish. A good mentor lets you experience struggles and triumphs, praises you when you do well, and gives advice when needed. There comes a time in a hunter’s life when you’ve been through the stages, and your satisfaction comes more from the total hunting experience—being outdoors, enjoying friends, seeing the beauty of nature, and passing on what you’ve learned. Remember to thank your mentors and consider paying them back by taking someone new under your wing. Sheri is a world-record holder, host of Speargun Hunter, and producer of “The Blue Wild Ocean Adventure Expo” in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla. Follow “Sheri Daye” and “The Blue Wild” on Facebook and Instagram.

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Coastal Angler Magazine | May 2019 | Greater Orlando  

Coastal Angler Magazine and our interior (freshwater) publication, The Angler Magazine, are monthly editions dedicated to fishing, boating,...

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Coastal Angler Magazine and our interior (freshwater) publication, The Angler Magazine, are monthly editions dedicated to fishing, boating,...