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big bass in Lake Biwa than anywhere else I know of. It is where the longtime IGFA All Tackle world record was tied just a few years ago with a bass that weighed 22-pounds, 5-ounces. • Ivory Coast, Africa: Years ago, I ran a lodge on the Ivory Coast, not far from the city of San Pedro, where Stuart Campbell used to come targeting record blue marlin. He succeeded a number of times. From April to June, my average day consisted of three to five fish in the 300- to 600-pound range. • Massachusetts, U.S.A.: I’m a striped bass addict, and fishing the shores of Massachusetts is a pilgrimage I must make on an annual basis, period! There’s nothing like fishing for striped bass when they’re blitzing bait on the shorelines of the northeastern states. Patrick Sebile is the owner and lure designer of Sebile Innovative Fishing (www.sebile.com).

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Editor’s Note: Each month, Coastal Angler Magazine and The Angler Magazine staff search our vast coverage area for photos that will grace our covers. With well over a million readers in diverse coastal and inland markets, our magazines strive for broad national appeal as well as local-level intelligence to put anglers on fish. The cover is different depending on which edition you, the reader, are holding. The following is a little information about this month’s covers.

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Well a month into our 8th Annual Shad and Crappie Derby and there has already been several slab crappie sent in to the official derby site for judging and posting. Based on the photos sent so far it seems that Lk. Monroe in Sanford is giving up its fair share of fat slabs starting off early this year. Several well over 14-1/2” and the current leading crappie is over 15” and will join the !5” Club once again this season. Once again to date there has not been a Shad posted to our official site in the month of November. Just not down this far yet and will probably be a little late this season due to the current high water on the St. John’s river system. We will mention the November leader in the January issue so stay tuned in. Join us on December 10th for our Crappie Rally hosted at Boat Tree Marina in Sanford. This event is for all anglers and as always is FREE. Youth divisions will fish from the docks or banks around the marina and will have 4 age group divisions and start at 8am. Prize for largest Crappie of the day is $100, prizes for women’s and men’s largest crappie also. Trophies for the youth anglers, 1st, 2nd, and 3rd places in all divisions. Boaters start at safe light and must be checked in weigh line by 12:00 Noon, all fish must be alive. All anglers must be pre-registered for the Derby and present their Token and angler number to the weigh master. Anglers must call or visit Boat Tree Marina to get an angler number prior to fishing, you can visit them the day of the event as well and register for both and buy your minnows. Contact them at 407- 322-1610. Lunch will be provided for attendees and vendors will be there from 11am till 2pm. Several seminar will be conducted on how, where and what to use for catching these tasty eaters and the hard fighting shad . Charlie McCullough and Captain Tom Van Horn as well as a few others will be providing valuable information. Join us for a day of family fun and learn a new tip or two to improve your angling skills.

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a creature-style lure or senko in the holes in the thicker areas. As the sun warms up the water, they will start to move and feed. Top-water baits such as a spook, pop-r or devils horse thrown on grass points, pockets and holes in the grass can be effective in calling up the big girls, but this The water temperature is cooling takes patience. Slow your predown in the Big-O, the first wave sentation. of crappie have already moved in and have spawned with another Areas to try on the South-end are: wave already staging - this will be around/in Rita/Kreamer Islands; the pattern with each coming full some spots in the West/East wall and new moon phase during the areas; parts of the Shoal/Dupree winter and early spring months. bar/Monkey box. On the NorthWhether you are an avid crappie end: some areas of Kings Bar; angler or someone who always 1st-3rd point; areas around Henwanted to learn how to fish for ry Creek. To book your fun-filled crappie, now is the time to book day of crappie or bass fishing on your fun-filled day on the water beautiful Lake Okeechobee call - all you’ll need to bring is a big Capt. Angie at 863-228-7263 or cooler to take your catch home! send an email to angie@southfloridabassfishing.com. Check The bass bite has been good, out www.southfloridabassfishing. with some days giving up the com to view the latest customer quantity, catching them in num- catch photos. Angie’s Sponbers, other days the bite has sors are: Power-Pole; G-Loomis been slower but produce the rods; Lews; Gene Larew; Bullet quality size. With cooler water weights; Real Magic; Navionics; temperatures in the morning Rapala and Gill. hours you can catch them in heavier vegetation areas throwing a swim jig, frog or dropping

any purchase when you stop by. Bass males and in some cases females have already taken to the bed. Our 3rd Saturday of the Month Tournament was won on Harris using moving baits in and around known bedding areas. Lipless crankbaits are the tried and true bait, but do not rule out the Chatterbait, it is on fire once again out here. Lake Eustis, and Lake Harris have been the two lakes that are consistently on a bite even with passing fronts. It is an exciting time to be on The Harris Chain, so come out and experience it for yourself.

Winter is definitely here, as all of the migrating birds have arrived. In the month of November the Kissimmee Chain of Lakes was at high pool stage due to the hurricane rain. The state of Florida has been spraying and removing unwanted vegetation in shallow water spawning areas. I can’t wait to see the end result. Most of the water ran south to Lake Okeechobee. During that time the fish were stacked in the flow at the entrances of the canals. Now the water is stable and the bass are going into spawn mode, the best place to fish will be in the Kissimmee grass. The males have been moving into shallow, sandy areas to compete for spawning ground. This time of year, the bass are feeding heavily

to gain weight in order to prepare for spawning. The bait of choice will be plastic baits, flukes, trick worm and vibe worms. The best colors to use are watermelon seed, watermelon red and June bug. Another good location for catching big bass will be in open water in the hydrilla patches. The state decided not to spray the open water hydrilla this year. Bait of choice will be rattle traps, chrome with blue back. Goblets cove is full of hydrilla. Hard to navigate thru, but should hold some really big bass.   The crappie is still in open water and will remain there until the end of December. Best methods for catching crappie this time of the year will be controlling multiple rods with jig heads tipped with minnows. Vary jig colors and the depth of the water column to find what the fish like. If you cannot find the crappie in open water, move into the outside edge of the Kissimmee grass.

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and near the drop-offs.

Redfish, seatrout, and black drum - these are the species you will find in the Mosquito Lagoon throughout the month of December. Redfish and seatrout can be found nearly everywhere. The black drum tend to be found in less places and are not nearly as consistent as the other two species. One place to find all three of these fish is the famous Whale Tail flat. This shallow flat in the center of the lagoon is shaped exactly like it is named. With the dirty water for the last couple years much of the once thick grass beds have gone but there is just enough to hold fish year round. Redfish and drum can be found with their tails exposed on calm days. A DOA shrimp or small jig is a good go to lure. Seatrout will be along the edges

Speaking of seatrout, the first real cold front that drops the water temps into the 50’s will send seatrout into the deeper basin next to the Eddy Creek boat ramp. In the central Lagoon, the Haulover Canal will be holding giant redfish and drum. Fishing at night can produce great results with a lot fewer boats. Whole or cut blue crab on the bottom is the number one bait. Use just enough weight to keep the bait on the bottom and a wide gap circle hook. In the northern region, the shallow flats around Slippery Creek will hold schools of smaller redfish throughout the month. Some anglers prefer to stalk these fish while poling and casting to tails, wakes, or fish they can see. Others post up around openings, channel edges, and creek mouths and use live or natural baits on the bottom. Shrimp, cut mullet, and crab top the list.

think smaller baits - retreive at a slower pace, fish aren’t going to want to chase after baits like in warmer months. Recommended artificial baits: DOA Shrimp, DOA Crab, and DOA Cal tails fished slowly. A couple of fishing slangs fit here - first the winds of Docktober left a lot of us on the dock watching the wind blow. Then, Blowvember came along with still more wind and challenged us to find places to fish out of the winds that held fish. Backwater bays, creeks, canals, or tree lined shores are all good choices or the backside of Islands. But this guide can tell you with a little planning the fishing is great in East Central Florida. Our colder weather sure beats the snow up north. Now it’s time to stay in bed a little longer and let nature do the work of warming up the flats. Have an extra cup of coffee, relax and slow down just like nature. Redfish and trout are feeding on shrimp and crabs since the mullet have migrated south. Downsize and 6 ORLANDO

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Bass fishing will be great this month with bedding activities starting in some area lakes and pre-spawn fish looking to fatten up before the spawn. And let’s not forget Crappie season is here. Crappies make great table fare. Look for crappie in open water depending on the depth which may change to suit their feeding patterns. Recommended baits for bass: DOA Shrimp, Texas-rigged lizard patterns, and small craws rigged on a 1/8 ounce jig. Baits for crappie: Live minnows and small jigs - bring lots of colors, crappie can be very picky. Don’t forget to sign up for the Shad and Crappie Derby – locations where you can signup for free is listed in this month’s issue.

October was a busy and exciting month for the Seminole Junior Anglers! It started off on October 23rd at the annual Gumbo Wars hosted by Anglers for Conservation at Fish on Fire Restaurant. Our junior anglers helped the AFC with setting up vendors and tents, parking of the patrons as well as representing at their own booth to help gain awareness for Seminole Junior Anglers and high school fishing. The next day, five of the anglers traveled up to Lake Talquin in North Florida to compete in the first B.A.S.S. State Qualifier.  Overall it was a successful tournament even though the first cold front of the year slowed most of the fishing down. The team of Joey Bloom and Colin Blanton finished 5th out of 38 teams competing. Weighing in a five fish limit of 10.87lbs was good enough to finish in the top 5 and earn a birth to the state championship being held on the Harris Chain of Lakes in April 2018. The team of Fisher Omans and Logan Wright also earned a birth to the State Championship finishing in 9th place. The next Saturday, on October 29th, Seminole Junior Anglers hosted the first Annual St. Johns River Bash. The tournament, being held out of Boat Tree Marina and Otters On The River Restaurant, had 38 teams competing for the guaranteed $1000 First place prize. The tournament was a huge success and helped raise money toward sending three of our teams to the High School World Finals held on Lake Pickwick in Alabama at the end of June 2018. We thank all of our event sponsors, the anglers who participated, and friends and family who came to weigh in for all of your generous support to help making this a successful event! The season will be ramping up in the upcoming months with multiple tournaments taking place throughout the state. The first is being held on the Butler Chain of Lakes on November 20th with the Central Florida Trail including teams from Osceola Anglers and Sebring High School. Following that event will be the Annual Bobby Lane Cup on December 3rd. This event is held each year at Camp Mack on the Kissimmee Chain of Lakes. It draws teams from several states throughout the Southeast, and is a fun event for all anglers as well as friends and family. Vendor booths like Mud Hole Custom Tackle and guest appearances from professional anglers always make it a memorable tournament for the young anglers. The beginning tourney of the New Year will kick off on January 29th in Lake Okeechobee for the FLW Florida Open Tournament. To get updates on upcoming tournaments and point standings, and see pictures from our latest events visit our page at www.seminolejunioranglers.org. If you are a competitive angler looking to give back to the next generation of anglers and would be interested in captaining a team you can reach us at seminolejunioranglers@gmail.com. We would like to take this opportunity to thank all of our sponsors, including page sponsor Instant Insurance of Sorrento – and the team wishes all of the readers a Happy Holidays!

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drop and clear up providing one of the best times to sight fish the shallow flats. Break out the fly fishing tackle and tie on a dark colored crab imitation for reds and black drum. December is a transitional period on the Indian River Lagoon system where cooling water conditions change both the comfort zones and feeding habits of our resident species like redfish and sea trout. These cooling conditions are influenced by the strength and duration of passing fronts effecting water temperatures and the number of fishable days. You will find both redfish and sea trout on the shallow flats as long as the water temperatures stay in the 70-degree range. On windy days fish in protected areas and sunny spots where the water is warmer, and look for fish holding in potholes (sand pockets) until the sun gets overhead. Also, in the winter water levels begin to

When water temperatures drop sharply, look for the sea trout to move into the deeper areas where the water is a degree or two warmer. This transition will concentrate their numbers and slow down their metabolic rate, so remember to work your lure very slowly. Also remember during this transition, both redfish and sea trout switch from feeding on finfish to crab and shrimp, so select your lures accordingly. My lures of choice during these colder conditions are crab and shrimp imitations like the DOA Shrimp and DOA Crab. On the coldest days, wait until the sun warms the water up before heading out or fish in the afternoon when the water is warmer.

During the month of December, anglers can expect for many of these fish to have an average length of 15” with some of these trout measuring up to 20”. In addition, anglers can also expect to catch a few nice redfish and black drum. During the cooler months, these fish will feed on live shrimp, cut baits (mullet or ladyfish), scented jerk baits or even gold spoons. When using shrimp or cut baits, anglers will want to concentrate their efforts near channel drop offs, mangrove islands, or boat docks.

It’s the most wonderful time of the year to go fishing. Spending time with family, friends, or even by yourself is a great way to enjoy some of God’s greatest gifts. During the month of December, anglers can expect to catch a variety of game fish especially trout, reds, and drum. For those who enjoy casting artificial lures your approach will be To begin with, the mid-morning a little different. Rigging spoons trout bite should be good. Live or soft plastic baits such as Mirshrimp rigged under a popping rOlure’s 4’Soft-Shed MRSS4 cork or small top water lures Paddle Tail (color 10 plum/charsuch as MirrOlure Model: 74MR, treuse tail) will be a good way to Length: 3-1/2”, Weight: 5/8 Oz. increase your chances of bring(color 18 green back, white back, ing a fish boat side. When using silver scale) will be a great way artificial lures I suggest using a 7 to target a nice spotted sea trout. foot medium action spinning reel When using these baits, anglers combo equipped with 20 pound will be more successful when test braided line and 15 pound fishing their baits slowly near test mono leader. sandy pot holes or small schools of bait fish.

Titusville pier will give home to December hopefuls.

with all the rules and regulations imposed on them/us. When you see them with out there doing circles just give them the space they need to fish. There’s plenty of ocean out there. I hope you enjoyed Thanksgiving and are looking forward to Christmas. If you haven’t been out there in the Atlantic Ocean lately you need to soon!

Mahi fishing has also been picking up. This is the time of year they migrate south. It’s not as good as the spring run but you can definitely get the pay off if you hunt the phins. Use all the typical dolphin rigs; blue/white, yellow/green, pink/white, red/ black. Try rigging small ballyhoos, elephants eat peanuts you know. Blue Dolphin rarely resist a live bait thrown at them when they are schooling around your boat…Hope you all have an awesome holiday and enjoy your family time together!

Fishing has been awesome as it usually is this time of year. Bunker pods have finally showed up and should continue to stay around a little while longer. Work the pods close to shore for giant red drum and other species feeding on them, like snook, cobia and sharks. Use a 50lb mono leader with a 1-2 oz. weight and a This report has been brought to 7/0 circle hook. You can Knocker you by Captain Chris Cameron of rig it or use a fish finder rig. Fired Up Fishing Charters, your premier fishing guide charter of Take the bunkers off shore for shark fishing Cocoa Beach, offsome great kingfish action in all shore fishing Port Canaveral, the normal areas. This time of nearshore fishing Cape Canavyear all the commercial guys are eral, and Orlando charter fishing. out there trying to support their families. Please do not get in their way, its already hard enough

Fall weather is starting to push in some cold fronts. What effects will the former storm Hurricane Matthew have on Central Florida this season? The hurricane did not stop the summer shrimp run in Northeast Florida where they were in the crickets. Full pulls were reported within 48 hours of the storm. We have had winter seasons start as early as November in the Oak Hill area in past years. No doubt our snowbirds will be out scouting this season as well. Typically, they are small size in November but they will grow 2 inches a month. Boaters start to scout Oak Hill around the last moon event in December. We have had some years where the first full pulls came out of Brevard County in December. Last year we did not get full pulls reported until February. But, we know the

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The concern among many shrimpers is what impact Hurricane Matthew had on our Central Florida winter run forthcoming. In 2004, we were hit with 3 hurricanes and it killed the following winter season. I do not believe this will be the case this year. The eye of the Hurricane glanced Ponce Inlet changing the winds to the West taking the storm surge out to sea. I believe this is what we will attribute to saving our shrimping season. Don’t be surprised when you catch large to jumbo size white shrimp in Brevard this winter. This is the month to scout but don’t get discouraged if you do not get much action. The season does not go full swing until late January or so.  Dial into the daily intel for the entire State of Florida on Facebook (Florida Shrimping Academy – Tips & Tricks). Make sure you get your 2017 Merritt Island permit, download now, it is free and required.

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First Annual St. John’s River Bass Bash – Quite the Success! By CAM Staff

The First Annual Seminole Junior Anglers’ St. John’s River Bash held on October 29th was a huge success! Hoping to get our local anglers together to help send several High School Angler Teams to the National event in Alabama next year by having a bass tournament in our county’s area was a great idea. Jason Foss, the Jr. Angler’s Team Coach and his wife Kathy asked us at Orlando Coastal Angler Magazine to help get the word out through our monthly publication and if we would be willing to help put the event together. Any time we can help benefit our local youth anglers or outdoor organizations we’re happy to help! The local Seminole Jr Angler teams have 2 anglers who fish with a Captain that drives the boat and can give direction and tips to help but does not fish. When teams go to a multi-day event, then include a few days for practice it gets expensive quickly; fuel, hotels, meals, etc. The goal was to be able to send at least 3 Teams and Captains to next year’s event. Working hard to get local businesses and sponsors’ help paid off. We thought having a guaranteed $1000.00 for First place would bring some extra anglers to the event who might fish another tourney that day. As with a lot of these events you have to plan for a minimum amount of teams and hope for the maximum you plan for. We had hoped to have at least 25 boats to have a little left over after the prize funds were passed out. Final tally the morning of the event for paid teams was 39 boats, well above the mark set which provided the group of anglers a much better final payout to fish for. Launching at the I-4 Bridge ramp off 17/92 on the St. John’s River at Wayside Park was a little slow as the high water level on the river after Hurricane Matthew had caused the south side ramp to be closed by the county’s Parks Department. All boats and teams were checked by the Jr. Anglers Team Members and were ready to get underway at safe light, about 7:15 am. While the anglers were getting their goodie bags at the registration tables they were in awe of the great raffle items that were going to be available at the weight-in drawings. Jason, Kathy and a long list of volunteers did a wonderful job at begging and procuring the raffle items and setting them up for display starting at 4:30 am at Wayside Park. After the takeoff at 8 ORLANDO

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safe daylight they packed everything up and moved to Otter’s On the River for the Official Weighin. Nate Bloom from Anglers Team Trails Bass Series was the announcer and weighmaster. Official Results: 1st Place - Travis Hansen and James Tyler 17.79 lbs. 2nd Place - Danny Lanier and Ken Lucas 17.58 lbs. 3rd Place - Richard Schmitt and Ashton Schmitt 15.47 lbs. 4th Place - Blaine Parter and Ben Widerman 14.00 lbs. 5th Place - Robert Jacobs and Stephen Bishop 13.86 lbs. Big Bass - Travis Hansen 6.88 lbs. With a great crowd and several local vendors the attendees watched as the checks were passed out and photos were taken of the smiles on the winners faces. Travis Hansen who caught the day’s Biggest Bass award donated the $200 cash prize back to the club! After buying raffle tickets with part of the winnings Travis won 3 great items from the drawings, he certainly was the big winner. Thanks to all who helped, sponsored, fished or attended this first of many events for the Seminole Jr. Anglers. After all expenses and cash pay-outs more than $5,000.00 was raised. Looks like the real winners are the club members. This should help send 3 teams to the National Event next year! For info on sponsorship, membership, schedule or questions contact team coach Jason Foss, seminolejranglers@gmail. com.

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CFOA (Central Florida Offshore Anglers) will be changing locations for their monthly meetings and socials. This local area fishing club has seen a lot of growth the past few years and it is a good thing, the members say. This family fishing organization sponsors lots of outdoor events, tournaments and are also very involved with many fishing conservation and habitat restoration projects. Each year the group holds an annual auction to raise money to help fund these local area projects. All the funds raised will be given back to our local fishing community either by donations for another Offshore Artificial Reef project or to community youth anglers clubs, and college tuitions. All of the members are volunteers and worked their tails off getting ready for this year’s auction event, the biggest turn-out and most successful in the Clubs long history! With the CFOA growth over the last several years, finding a monthly venue that will hold the 45 to 60 attendees at the monthly social meetings can sometimes be difficult. The January 9th 2017, 6:30 pm meeting will be at the new location, Winter Park Community Center, 721 West New England Avenue, in downtown Winter Park. It will be a little more centrally located for the members as they had simply out grown the previous location at Carl Black’s Chevy / GMC in East Orlando. The added plus is there’s no construction to slow the traffic time getting there. The club hopes the new location will tempt more of the members and visiting public to attend the monthly socials. Guest speaker Captain Lee Noga will be conducting a “Winter Shrimping” seminar offering great tips and techniques for catching numbers and quality shrimp in our local area. Looking to get better at fishing and spending more family time on the water? Join us on a Monday evening and come and see what the club is all about, visit www.mycfoa.com or contact Bruce Reid at 407-421-0037 for complete information.

Thursday December 1 - 6pm to 10pm, The CCA Lake Mary Chapter is hosting their inaugural banquet and auction on Thursday, December 1st at the South East Ramp 2151 Spinner Lane, Sanford, FL 32773, the South East Ramp located at the Orlando-Sanford International Airport. If you haven’t seen this venue it is incredible! There will be many classic cars and a number of planes on display. The party will feature an open bar, raw bar, catered dinner by Heathrow Country Club, silent auction, expansive raffle & an exciting live auction with multiple GREAT trips and items! Contact Nick Pectol CCA Florida at npectol@ccaflorida.org or (321) 271-7723

Saturday December 10 – Safe daylight until Noon, Boat Tree Marina at 4370 Carraway Place, at the Port of in Sanford, will be the host for the “One Day Crappie Tourney” presented by Orlando Coastal Angler Magazine and its many sponsors. Bring the heaviest Crappie to the scales by noon for a $100 prize. A Crappie Rally will start around 11am til 2pm with several vendors and our local fishing Captains providing tips on how and where to catch these great eating swimmers. You must pre-register by contacting Boat Tree Marina in person or by calling 407-3221610 to get your angler number. You must be registered for the Shad and Crappie Derby to compete. Anglers must Thursday December 1 – The present their Token, all fish 8th Annual CF Shad and Crap- must be alive to weigh-in. pie Derby Continues, Over $7,500.00 in prizes for this Saturday December 10 – Kids season’s winning anglers. Fish Crappie Tournament – four as much as you want, where age groups for youth divisions you want in the State and up- with trophies for 1st, 2nd and load your photos to the web- 3rd place finishes. Hamburgsite. With over 25 registration ers and hotdogs will be served locations there is one within a for everyone. This is a FREE short ride of your favorite fish- event. ing spot. Derby ends the 28th of February at midnight. It Only Monday December 12 – 6 Takes One Fish to WIN! Check pm, Central Florida Offshore out the website cfshadderby. Anglers (CFOA) will be hosting com for events and up-dates their Annual awards Banquet or to see the photos posted! at the American Legion Headquarters, 1912 Lee Rd., OrlanWednesday December 7 - do. This event is for members 630 pm, Join the members of and their guests. For memberthe Seminole County Airboat ship information, please conClub at their host Jolly Gator tact Bruce Reid at 407-421Restaurant and Grill at the St 0037 or visit www.mycfoa.com Johns River on SR 46 next to CS Lee Park for their monthly Saturday December 17 – meeting. This is a great club “Sandy’s Open” Bass Tournawith a loyal following of mem- ment sponsored by Southern bers involved in several annu- Tackleworks on the Harris al charity and River Clean-up Chain of Lakes, from Buzzard events. Come join us for an Beach Ramp on Hwy 441 in evening of family fun. Eustis, 3rd Saturday of each month $50.00 entry per boat Thursday December 8 – (2 anglers), starts at safe light 5pm to 8pm, “Alive After 5” in until 2:30pm, to enter contact Sanford, The staff of Orlan- Nick or John at 352-742-0036 do Coastal Angler Magazine or sign-up at ramp prior to would like you join us for an start, boat number based on evening of Fun in downtown time of entry. Sanford. This event is the second Thursday of each month Sunday December 25 – Merdowntown. Block Party on First ry Christmas from Orlando Street – Alive After Five. Coastal Angler Magazine! Thursday December 8 – 7pm, Backcountry Fly Fishing Association, monthly meeting locations change and are TBD monthly, check our web-site just prior to meeting. This is a “Free” club to join for more info contact or visit www.bfaorlando

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Sunday January 1 – Happy New Year 2017! 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. DECEMBER 2016

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

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

2953 Alafaya Trail, Oviedo, FL 32765 www.boatmaxusa.com 46 - Nations Trucks (888) 929-0482 3700 S Orlando Dr. Sanford, FL 32773 www.nationstrucks.com 14 - Boat Tree Marina (407) 322-1610 4370 Carraway Pl, Sanford, FL 32771 www.boattree.com

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

37 - Southeast Marine (407) 851-1965

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

42 - Prestigious Landscaping (407) 242-1503 3410 Seminole Ave., Oviedo, Fl 32765 www.Prestigiouslandscaping.com

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

23 - Talon Marine Services (407) 542-7600 439 Aulin Ave, Oviedo, FL 32765 www.talonmarineservices.com

6344 All American Blvd, Orlando, FL 32810

13 - Camp House Restaurant (407) 915-5401 100 S White Cedar Rd, Sanford, FL 32771 www.camphousebarandgrill.com

20 - Orlando Marine Services (407) 963-7157 756 Business Park Blvd., Winter Garden, 34787 www.orlandomarineservices.com

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

52 - The Deli (407) 332-8800 4360 Carraway Pl, Sanford, FL 32771

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

41 - Water Works Pressure Cleaning & Sealing

(407) 376-9526 490 Buck Lake Lane, Geneva, FL 32732 www.jmwaterworksinc.com COASTALANGLERMAG.COM • THE ANGLERMAG.COM

53 - T J’s Seafood Shack (407) 365-3365

197 E Mitchell Hammock Rd, Oviedo, FL 32765 www.tjsseafoodshack.com

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

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Boat & Truck Dealers New & Consignment Sales Astor Marine

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

Nations Trucks

Ford - Dodge - Chevy

Nobles Marine

Southeast Marine

Mako – Tracker – Nitro – Tahoe - Sportsman Yamaha - Mercury

Sylvan Pontoons – Stringray Boats – Blue Wave – Sea Doo Yamaha – Volvo Penta - BRP

Holiday Marine

Boat Max USA

Ranger – Nautic Star - Hurricane – Sweetwater – Bayliner Yamaha, Mercury and Evinrude

Blazer – Consignment Sales - Yamaha

Triangle Marine

Orlando Boat Sales

7576 S Orange Ave, Pine Castle, FL 32809 Phone: (407) 851-1965 www.southeastmarinesales.com

1126 North Blvd E, Leesburg, FL 34748 Phone: (352) 787-4824 www.deckboats.com

11415 US-441, Tavares, FL 32778 Phone:(352) 343-6146 www.trianglemarinecenter.biz Bennington Pontoons – TideWater Johnson – Evinrude – Yamaha

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

Orlando Boat Sales

3165 N John Young Pkwy, Orlando, FL 32804 Phone: (407) 253-7111 www.orlandoboatsales.com “Your Pontoon Superstore” Avalon Poontoons Yamaha – Evinrude – BRP

Sonny’s Marine

Boat Tree Marina

Skeeter – G-3 – Sun Catcher Pontoons Yamaha

Crest Pontoon – Yamaha – Suzuki – Volvo Penta

Central Florida Marine

Rothrock Marine

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

Spyder – Sea Born – Sundance – Yamaha – Suzuki

5820 W Colonial Dr., Orlando, FL 32808 Phone: (407) 293-7174 www.sonnysmarine.com

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

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3700 S Orlando Dr. Sanford, FL 32773 Phone:(888) 929-0482 www.nationstrucks.com

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

437 N Palmetto St, Leesburg, FL 34748 or 1931 N. Hwy 19, Crystal River Phone: (352) 787-5792 www.noblesmarine.com

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Nations Trucks

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

381 Evangeline Way, Sanford, FL 32771 Phone: (866) 375-6143 www.rothrockmarine.com

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Boat Improvement / Service & Repair Centers / Replacement Parts All American Marine

Orlando Marine Services

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

Central Fl Authorized Volvo Penta Sales and Service - Mercury - Yamaha - Suzuki Evinrude - OEM Factory Trained & Certified Techs

All Star Marine

Ahoy Marine

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

28 W Jersey St, Orlando, FL 32806 Phone: 407) 423-9953 www.manta.com Service for:Mercury – Yamaha – OMC – Suzuki – Mercuiser – Volvo Detailing - Boat Restoration – Fiberglass Gelcoat Repair – Trailer Repairs

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

756 Business Park Blvd., Winter Garden, 34787 Phone: (407) 963-7157 www.orlandomarineservices.com

AHOY MARINE INC.

511 E 25th St, Sanford, FL 32771 Phone: (407) 323-8373 Mercury Marine Premier Service Center Mercury Marine Repower Center Factory Authorized Parts and Service Mariner Parts and Service

Fiberglass Plus

1470 Kastner Pl, Suite 100,Sanford, FL 32771 Phone: (407) 915-6089 Fiberglass Products – Compounds – Gelcoats – Tools – Resins – Boat Repairs

Portside Marine

Monroe Harbour Marina

Service for: Mercury – Yamaha – OMC – Mercruiser – Volvo Replacement Parts – Trailer Service & Repair

Wet / Dry Slip Storage – 35 Ton Haul-out Lift – Ships Store Service for: Johnson – Evinrude – Mercury – Honda – Force

Talon Marine Services

Sea Tow of Central Florida Lakes

Sea Ark Aluminum Boats – Suzuki – Yamaha

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

Instant Insurance Agency

A & D Custom Canvas

Progressive Auto – Motorcycle – Boats

Boat Covers – Canvas & Bemini Tops – Custom Upholstery – Side Curtains

2730 Forsyth Rd, Orlando, FL 32792 Phone: 407) 249-1124 www.portsideorlando.com

439 Aulin Ave, Oviedo, FL 32765 Phone: (407) 542-7600 www.talonmarineservices.com

25833 State Road 46, Sorrento, FL 32776 Phone:(352) 735-5560 www.instantinsuranceagency.com

31 N Palmetto Ave, Sanford, FL 32771 Phone: (407) 322-2910 www.monroeharbour.com

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

725 Montana St. Orlando 32803 Phone:(407) 331-8184

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Bait & Tackle Shops / Outfitters / Apparel Lakeside Bait &Tackle

1000 W Burleigh Blvd, Tavares, FL 32778 Phone: (352) 742-3336 Freshwater Tackle – Live Bait – Wild Shiners – Guide Service - Water Sports

Southern Tackleworks

325 E Burleigh Blvd, Tavares, FL 32778 Phone: (352) 742-0036

Fly fishing rods, reels and accessories. Fly tying tools and materials. Clothing and gear including Costa del Mar and Smith sunglasses, OluKai sandals, Tilley hats, and YETI products.

Hollow Point Apparel

Freshwater Tackle – Live Bait – Wild Shiners – Rod & Reel Repairs – Free Ice

Owens Fishing & Marine

Big Toho Marina

69 Lakeview Dr., Kissimmee, FL 34741 Phone:(407) 846-2124 Freshwater Tackle – Live Bait – Frozen Bait Wild Shiners – Rods /Reels – Apparel Breakfast & Lunch Grill -

Highbanks Marina & Camp Resort

Wojo’s Bait & Tackle

Freshwater Tackle – Live Bait- Fuel – Pontoon Rentals – Cold Beer – Snacks

Freshwater / Saltwater / Offshore Tackle – Live Bait – Frozen Bait - Wild Shiners – Rods /Reels Bulk Ice – Marine Boat Batteries

Boat Tree Marina

Toho Marine & Outdoors

Ships Store – Tackle - Live Bait – NonEthanol Fuel

Ranger – Triton – Blazer – Pheonix – Strato -- Express Yamaha – Mercury - Evinrude

Bitters Bait & Tackle

Mud Hole Custom Tackle, Inc.

Freshwater / Saltwater / Offshore Tackle – Live Bait – Frozen Bait - Wild Shiners – Rods /Reels – Apparel – Sunglasses

Rod Building Classes – Rod Components & Supplies – Tackle Crafting

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

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

65 N US Hwy 17 92, Longwood, FL 32750 Phone:(407) 699-6619 www.bittersbaitandtackle.com

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

We Got You Covered! Real Apparel for Real People Michelle Campbell 386.547.5455 www.HollowpointApparel.com

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

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Orlando Outfitters

Oak Park Center, 4245 13th St, St Cloud, FL 34769 Phone: (407) 891-1003

1621 13th St, St Cloud, FL 34769 Phone:(407) 892-3200 www.tohomarine.com

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

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Home Improvement Contractors & Service Providers DWR Plumbing LLC.

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

Pyramid Cabinets

451 Fairvilla Road, Orlando, FL 32808 Phone: (407) 947-8499 Email: pyramidcab@live.com www.codepyramid.com Custom Cabinets Commercial / Residential – Kitchens – Entertainment Centers – Custom Closets

Orlando Painting Service

Thomas Lumber Company

Commercial – Residential Custom Homes – Re-Paint Specialist – Pressure Washing

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

65 Harold Ave, suite B, Winter Park, FL 32789 Phone: 407) 896-0839 www.orlandopaintingservice.com

Millennium Electric

4340 Edgewater Dr, Orlando, FL 32804 Phone: (407) 420-2001 www.millennium-electric.com Commercial – Industrial – Residential Service, Wiring & Repairs

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

Prestigious Landscaping & Maintenance

3410 Seminole Ave., Oviedo, Fl 32765 Phone: 407-242-1503 www.Prestigiouslandscaping.com Landscaping – Lawn Maintenance – Mulch & Rock – Clean ups

Water Works Pressure Cleaning & Sealing

Campbell Renovations Inc.

Residential – Commercial – Fences – Walks – Driveways – Paver / Re-sand / Seal – Screen Enclosures

State Certified Contractor CBC 1255779 Residential & Commercial New Construction – Renovations – Kitchens – Bathrooms – Additions – Tenant Build Out

Martin Tree Service, Inc.

Vapor and Company

Residential & Commercial - Trimming & Removal – Stump Grinding

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

Ice Age Air Conditioning

DK Plumbing

Residential + Commercial Service, Repair, Install Marine A/C Service Too!

Commercial, Residential and 24 Hr. Service

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

1215 Bob White Trail, Chuluota, FL 32766 Phone:(407) 359-1119 www.martintreeserviceinc.com

You Can Reach Us 24/7 407.324.7283 www.iceageac.com

285 Campbell Ranch Run, Geneva, FL 32732 Phone:(407) 349-0016 Cell: 407-947-5460 www.campbellrenovationsinc.com

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

You Can Reach Us 24/7 321.303.1426 Fax: 407.732.4058 dkplumbing@cfl.rr.com

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Areas Best Picks for Restaurants Otters On The River

4380 Carraway Place, Sanford, FL 32771 Phone:(407) 636-6300 River Side Fine Dining and Much More Free Docking for Lunch and Dinner 10AM – 10PM Landlubbers take Exit 104 on Interstate 4 Next to Boat Tree Marina on the St. Johns River

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

High Tide Harry’s

4645 S Semoran Blvd, Orlando, FL 32822 Phone:(407) 273-4422 www.hightideharrys.com Full Bar – Raw Bar / Oysters - Fresh Seafood – Steaks – Chicken

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

Motel – On Water Location - Special Events – Catering – Banquet Hall

Dancing Pig Deli

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

Huey Magoo’s

160 Tuskawilla Rd #1204, Winter Springs, FL 32708 Phone: (407) 706-6004 www.hueymagoos.com Fresh Chicken Tenders - 3 Locations – Winter Springs – Altamonte Springs – Oviedo

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

The Deli

On Water Location – Special Events – Full Bar – Steaks – Fresh Seafoodel

Best Philly Cheesesteak in Town

4360 Carraway Pl, Sanford, FL 32771 (407) 322-8800 Open: 8AM–2:30PM

T J’s Seafood Shack

Jolly Gator Fish Camp Bar & Grill

Award winning Fish Tacos - Fresh Seafood Specialties - Raw Bar 2 Locations - Oviedo - East Orlando

Gatortail – Seafood – Burgers – Wings – Entertainment – Airboat Tour Rides

197 E Mitchell Hammock Rd, Oviedo, FL 32765 Phone:(407) 365-3365

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530 N Palmetto Ave, Sanford, FL 32771 Phone:(407) 878-1861

St. Johns River Steak & Seafood

550 N Palmetto Ave, Sanford, FL 32771 Phone: (407) 878-0980

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Monroe’s on the Lake Hotel & Banquet Hall

4650 E State Rd 46, Geneva, FL 32732 Phone: (407) 349-5554 www.thejollygator.com

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UCF Reel Knights By Connor Byrne

The UCF Reel Knights Fishing Club has had a hectic semester due to Hurricane Matthew. The club was forced to reschedule the bass bank-hopper tournament, the inshore tournament, and the tailgate for the UCF football game against Tulane. However, after assistance and cooperation of other members in the club, we were able to make a new schedule for our events and we are back on track! Last month we had our “Knots and Brats” event. We use this event to get the club together, grill up some food, and help members learn new things about fishing in our area. We teach club members how to fish the mosquito lagoon area and answer any questions they might have, as well as hold knot tying lessons and competitions. Many of our new members came out for this event while also enjoying some great food and prizes. Fishing tournaments are the main events for our members. We recently had our inshore tournament and bass bank-hopper tournament for this fall semester. Both tournaments had fantastic turnouts with the top 3 teams receiving a full cash payout. Winners also received Aftco, Yeti, SeaDek, and Costa Del Mar gear while the person with the largest fish of each category won a pair of Costa Del Mar sunglasses. The bank-hopper scores were based on the combined length of the 5 largest fish while the inshore tournament scores were based on a combined length of a redfish up to 30” and the largest speckled trout. To keep members involved in the club and to bring members together, there are monthly meeting on UCF’s campus. The October meeting hosted special-guest Mario Costello with Tall Tales Charters out of Crystal River. Mario taught members some tips and tricks to fishing the west coast and raffled off a half-day charter to J.R. Skinner, a 2.5 year member. We recommend anyone in the area looking to experience some great inshore fishing to check him out! Our November meeting welcomed Peter Foley, President of Boone Bait, as a guest speaker. Boone is a recent sponsor to the club and has been able to supply the club with tackle and captain’s bags for the inshore tournament. As always, Oishi Japanese Restaurant supplied sushi for the club meeting; nothing attracts more college students than free food! Be sure to check us out at ucffishingclub.weebly.com and on Facebook at “Reel Knights at UCF”. Special thanks to Hell’s Bay Boatworks for giving us the opportunity to have a Reel Knights column and thank you to Orlando Coastal Angler Magazine for their continuous support of our collegiate fishing club. Tight Lines and have the best Holiday Season!

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Community, Crappie and Contributions By Wiley B Drum One of the best things about supporting the local restaurants featured in this magazine is the ROI. The four locally owned establishments have a lot in common. Every one of the operators are fishermen. They have a love for food, family and fishing. It shows through the generosity they exhibit to many local charities and organizations. The local schools, scouts and clubs in and around the area all benefit from each of the eateries individual philanthropy. They all have their favorite organizations separately but they really come together with the fishing community by donating prizes and gift card to the annual Shad and Crappie Derby. The four month FREE tournament starts November 1st and runs through February 28th. All it takes is one fish to win some of the $7,500 in prizes. Get more details on the tournament and free seminars with even more prizes at www.cfshadderby.com. Try each of the restaurants that support the Derby. Take an afternoon with the family and visit the Jolly Gator Fish Camp Bar and Grill. It’s where the St. Johns River converges with highway 46 in Geneva, just 15 minutes east of Sanford. They offer old school fish camp fare that will make you remember the Florida many of us grew up in. Wednesday is all you can eat catfish - one of the few places left in America that do that anymore. Fried and blackened alligator is a must have, don’t forget to enjoy at least a half-pound. A little further south, in East Winter Park, just off Aloma Avenue sits the mighty Bostons Fish House. They specialize in quality New England Style Seafood. They were recently picked as one of the top 10 seafood restaurants in the WESH channel 2’s facebook survey. Quality food speaks for itself. This food is flown in daily from the northeast. You know the food is exceptional when you are warned of the line at the door to be seated. Dinner is complete when you taste their homemade Boston Cream Pie! Keep moving south on 436 and you will find High Tide Harry’s, another winner of WESH’s facebook survey. Harry specializes in anything that swims, then they add steak, ribs, chicken and wings to the crammed full menu that features shellfish, crabs, oysters, shrimp and even frog legs. Harry offers daily specials and is famous for their fish bowl draft beer – upgrade for a dollar. The new oyster bar features friendly staff to shuck for you while enjoying the Florida seafood specialty atmosphere. Down around the corner, near the Orlando International Airport sits a local favorite called Fish on Fire. This little Florida style seafood grill and smokehouse is just the place to catch live music weekends or enjoy a nice Caribbean style Sunday Brunch. Tuesday is Prime Rib Night where you can get a real house roasted slice of beef for only $15. If you have been craving smoked mullet like I have, FOF is offering the Florida classic though the end of November. Get it while you can. Please patronize the good folks at these restaurants. They do a lot of good for our community. Tell them Wiley sent you.

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he Dry Tortugas are a group of seven small islands 67 miles west of Key West. Encompassed within a 100-acre national park, the islands are best known for Fort Jefferson, a 19th century brick fort on a tiny island in the middle of the ocean. The history of the Dry Tortugas is pretty amazing, and so is the fishing. Fort Jefferson was built to protect the busiest shipping lanes between the Gulf Coast and the eastern seaboard. During the civil war, the fort was used by the Union army to disrupt shipping to confederate forces. During that same period, the fort was also used as a prison. The most famous prisoner held at the fort was Dr. Samuel Mudd, who mended John Wilkes Booth’s leg. In 1874, the army abandoned the fort and it was used solely as a coaling station for resupply. The Dry Tortugas received their name because there was no water on the island and the turtles prevalent on the beach made a good food source. The fort itself was never finished completely, but it is a testament to determination. All the building materials needed to build the fort were brought down by barge. The scope of it doesn’t hit you until you sit in the archways of the fort and think back in history of them hauling 14 million bricks 70 miles from Key West and roughly 200 miles from the mainland out in the middle of the ocean. Those arches of bricks often are made of six different angles meeting together to make the complex ceiling. A walk around the fort and climbing the walls is a must for anyone traveling to Dry Tortuga. Plan on just relaxing and watching the sunset from inside the fort. For anglers, the true magic happens when you go fishing off Fort Jefferson. The waters surrounding the fort are crystal clear. Often, when fishing in 30 or 40 feet of water you can watch groupers swim out of a hole and eat your bait. Whether you decide to fish K Buoy on the north side of the fort for yellowtails, East Key for groupers and mutton, or the south side of the fort for big groupers or kings, it is magical. The fishing at the fort is like going back 30 years in time and catching fish of yester-year. When you see a boat come back from the fort with its catch, you can tell where they have been without even asking. The fish are larger and more 14 FLORIDA

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colorful, and there’s just more of them. I think the remoteness of the fort has kept the fishing pristine. You know the king fishing at the fort is amazing when you see tournament teams run hundreds of miles to catch a fish there to win a tournament. I think there have been more winning kingfish caught at the fort than any place else, but the fort is known for its bottom fishing. Whether you decide to bottom fish on the Atlantic side of the fort or the Gulf of Mexico on the north side, be ready for some awesome action. On the Atlantic side, you can anchor down and chum up the yellowtails on the reef edge or drift fish the different drops. These drops are bottom contours that often only change by a couple of feet, but those edges hold myriad fish. The 204 drop or the 250 drop edges are loaded with fish, but you have to use the right tackle. I prefer braid when bottom fishing. The difference with braid when you are fishing deep is it takes half the weight to get down, and you can feel exactly what is going on with your bait. The amount of weight will vary every day, you want to make sure you have enough weight to hold bottom; you do not want your line scoping out away from the boat. When the line scopes out, you have to put more and more line out to find the bottom. Ideally, you want your bait a foot off the bottom. If you scope out, you also have a great tendency to hang the bottom. It can often be hard to get the feel for it for new anglers. Bait options are endless, whether you fish live bait (pinfish, pilchards, mullet) or dead bait, there is a time for each. There are days when they only want dead bait like bonita strips, ballyhoo or squid, and they will out fish live 10 to one. Then sometimes jigs with tails or ballyhoo are the secret. The best advice I can give is take it all: dead bait, live bait and artificials. It is a long way to the nearest tackle shop. Don’t be afraid to try different things at different locations. When it comes to jigs, I prefer white and everything from 1-ounce to 10-once. The current can be still, or it could be flying along at 3 knots. For I like to drift fish at the fort. There is so much bottom to cover and so many places I

want to get to that I rarely anchor. A perfect drift for me is 1 1/2 to 2 knots. If there is no current, typically there are no fish. Different times of day are better in different areas. I believe the fish migrate during the day from south to north or vice versa depending on where you are. When you setup a drift over a migration, you will know it instantly by the constant action. When you look at a chart of the Dry Tortugas, your imagination runs wild with all the great bottom contours to fish and different spots that just look fishy. Be mindful of the closed areas and restricted areas around the fort; the fines are expensive. The best part of fishing the Dry Tortugas is exploring a new fishery that is so widespread and alive with fish. You can expect to come home with stories and photos of a lifetime. So take the time to go down West and experience history. Visit the Dry Tortugas web page for more information (www.nps.gov/drto/index.htm). Contact Capt. Mike Weinhoffer and Key West Florida Fishing through their website www. Keywestfloridafishing.com or call 305-395-3474.

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he gift of peak experiences happens to all of us. Sometimes we set them up, and sometimes they’re gifts from heaven. We all do our best to orchestrate memorable experiences. For me, a common denominator has been the ocean. Diving, surfing, sailing and fishing are all included. During the 18 years I handled sales and marketing at Costa Del Mar Sunglasses, I was fortunate to witness blue marlin tournaments in St. Thomas, the first Redbone tournament in Islamorada and good times at the Sailfish Marina with the West Palm Beach Fishing Club. Another thread has been the fishing/surfing connection. Having an affinity for the ocean is common to people who fish, and for surfers. Ben Hartig, longtime member of the South Atlantic Fishery Management Council, was one of the most revered surfers at Reef Road in Palm Beach. Nobody dropped in on Ben Hartig. Bill Holmes, who manufactured legendary “Holmesy Surfboards” in Juno Beach, also had the woodworking talents to do custom interiors for Rybovich Boat Company for many years. The late Ted James started Fox Surfboards in Palm Beach County in 1968 while he was catching monster tarpon and snook in the area, and later fished the Outer Banks of North Carolina while manufacturing Fox Surfboards and Sailboards there. Mark Castlow of Fort Pierce started Atlantis Surfboards in the 1960s, and then moved into manufacturing world class Maverick flats boats and Dragonfly Boatworks today. Ralph Boynton, long time Lake Worth pier surfer, won the West Palm Beach Fishing Club’s annual Nora Award for the heaviest snook three times, and holds the 50-year record at 42.08 lbs. Kristy Murphy grew up fishing and diving in the Bahamas before moving to Jupiter. She was so good in the water she could free dive 30 feet, spear a grouper and grab a lobster with the same breath. Kristy went on to win the Women’s World Longboard Championships in big waves. One of the world’s best big-wave surfers, Mark Healy, often free dives 100 feet deep as a volunteer to tag sharks for conservation. The historic Sea Mist drift fishing boat out of Boynton Inlet has had two of the best local surf-

ers as long time captains: Burt Garnsey and Charlie Brown. And don’t forget our own Florida fishing guides/writers Capt. Mike Holliday and Capt. Rodney Smith, both also hooked on surfing. Holmesy Surfboards, Fox Surfboards and Kristy Murphy are all featured in the grand opening of the new Surfing Museum in the Lake Park Arts District on Dec. 9. The Surfing History Museum recently moved from Delray Beach to Lake Park at 738 Park Avenue and the grand opening includes the premier of the new surfing film Ted James with a gift from the ocean, “Dream Steeple.” The museum a 41.75-pound snook, circa 1967. showcases the 100-year history Photo by Ralph Boynton. of surfing in Florida. We hope to see you there, and “talk story” about peak experiences and gifts from the ocean. Tom Warnke is a Trustee and Historian for the Palm Beach County Surfing History Project. Email Tom at trwarnke@hotmail.com or click on surfhistoryproject.org for additional info.

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f there is a point at which the world of art and the world of sport fishing came together, it can be found in fly tying. If you take a brief moment to scour the internet for videos on tying different types of flies anglers have developed, you’ll see that making flies is in a class all of its own when it comes to our world of fishing. Taking time to use natural or synthetic materials and making them look like something that will fool the wary eye of an elusive sport fish like bonefish or tarpon is a challenge to both our creativity and our knowledge as fishermen. However, learning to become a successful fly tyer can be one the most rewarding experiences in your fishing adventures, and it will force you to heighten your awareness of what your quarry is looking for. But let’s face it, it can be intimidating when you see pictures of some of the masterpiece flies that have been developed by more experienced tyers. Believe it or not, with only a few simple materials, some hooks, a vice, a bobbin, and tying thread, you can begin making quality flies all on your own in a very short amount of time. For the beginning fly tyer planning to fish fresh or saltwater in Florida, there are five flies I feel are not only very effective, but

are also very simple to begin tying on your own. Woolly Buggers, Clouser Minnows, Lefty’s Deceiver, gurglers, and polar fiber minnows are all flies that are a simple and effective launching pad for the beginning tyer. For the Woolly Bugger, you’ll need chenille, marabou and rooster neck hackle. The Clouser Minnow only requires two different colors of buck tail, painted dumbbell eyes and some Flashabou. Lefty’s Deceivers require matching (or varying if you choose) colors of rooster saddle and buck tail, along with some Flashabou and maybe a little paint to make the eyes. A simple gurgler only requires some marabou, chenille and foam, and for a polar fiber minnow, you only need one color of polar fiber, some fish eyes, and five-minute epoxy. For in depth instructions on all five of these flies, there are some great Youtube channels like Fly Fish Food, In The Riffle, or Tight Lines Video that offer great instructional videos for any one of these five flies and a multitude of other fantastic fly patterns. So as a fellow angler, I challenge you to head down to your nearest fly shop, pick up some of these materials and begin not only making your own flies, but catching fish on flies that you made! Good luck and tight lines.

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y earliest introduction to the Bahamas was Andros, and I really feel at home when I go back. Although I am blessed to have traveled throughout the Bahamas for my ongoing research of bonefish and the bonefishing industry, it was my initial angling trip to Andros that created ties to the Bahamas that draw me back. This, the largest and most sparsely developed of the Bahamian islands, offers some of the best fishing in the world. Andros is truncated by extensive, deep and vital oceanic creeks referred to as bights that act as fish highways, transporting rich nutrients from region to region and tremendous numbers of fish. North Andros, separated from Mangrove Cay by the north bight, extends roughly from Bering Point all the way north to the Joulters. Like the rest of Andros, a single road on the eastern fringe allows for travel from north to south. The western side of Andros is largely undeveloped, is challenging to reach and is now the largest Marine Protected Area in the Bahamas. Bering Point can be considered an epicenter of bonefishing on Andros and in the Bahamas for that matter. This small fishing community lies on the southeastern tip of Andros, south of Fresh Creek one of the largest settlements on Andros, and just south of the AUTEC naval base. Bering Point is home to many long-time lodges and some of the best-known guides in the world. Guides like Ivan Neymour, Charlie Smith, and Rupert Leadon started guiding anglers in the 40s and 50s, working to develop a premier bonefishing destination. Indeed, the flats of Andros are unriveled in their sheer size and many areas on the west side of Andros remain relatively untouched. Anglers visiting north Andros have a wide array of accommodations to choose from and while I was conducting interviews in the area, I stayed at the Andros Island Bonefish Club, founded by local legend Rupert Leadon, who passed in 2012. Although I was unable to interview Rupert for my research, I met and interviewed many of his family members. Through conversing with family and community members, it is very clear how much Mr. Leadon helped the local economy. Like the Leadon family, many guides working in Andros are descended from guiding greats, those men who ventured into a new industry receiving little credit for their tremendous efforts, until now. Flats within easy wading from Bering Point are extensive and varied. Anglers should have wading boots and larger flies for deeper water and larger fish. Double-digit bonefish are common in Andros. Fish the tides, look for moving water, look for places that get less pressure and do not be afraid to wade deep for big fish... however, watch for sharks. You can bet that if you find good bonefishing, you will also find sharks. Be wary of sharks while releasing bonefish, and reduce the potential for predation of your released bonefish. Do this by using adequate rods, reels and lines, by reducing fight time, by eliminating handling and using barbless hooks. “Keep ’em wet.” If you have to have a photo, consider waterproof cameras for interesting perspectives of you and your fish. North Andros is very interesting geographically. The south by Bering Point is sub-tropical. In the north, starting roughly near Stafford Creek, where the beautiful Stafford Creek Lodge is located, are extensive pine forests and some agriculture creating a significant change from the south. Bonefish angling is available all along the eastern shores, and creeks are great places to start. Car rentals are readily available from local airports and adventuresome anglers can reap great rewards for getting off the proverbial beaten path. Some creek 20 FLORIDA

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