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or those who want to catch a heavy speckled trout, April is perhaps your best opportunity. April trout are still heavy from their lowered metabolism of winter. They are heavy with eggs and about to spawn. This makes April a prime month for heavy fish. The warmer water also makes them extremely aggressive and more willing to strike artificial lures of all styles. Let’s go over the how, when and where to target trophy trout in the spring. How: When water temp reaches the low to mid 70s, topwater action can be some of the best of the year. Aggressive trout are attracted by the rattling sound and erratic sway of the cigarshaped lures. You can’t go wrong with bone/white/ silver or a combination of these colors. I like to match the size to the conditions and forage in the immediate area. Required casting distance and surface conditions also play a vital role in my decision making. In rougher conditions, I typically use a large lure. The rattles of various lures also have different pitch. I prefer to use the higher pitch over a muddy bottom and a lower tone over sand, grass or shell. Slow-sinking, rattling, shad-style twitch baits

are also a good choice when trout don’t want to “rise” to the occasion. I prefer these lures with near-mirror reflective finishes. They do an excellent job of impersonating a wounded baitfish, and no large spawning trout in its right mind will pass up an injured baitfish. I can’t leave out the most versatile trout lure of all, the soft plastic. There are many styles, sizes and colors, but I prefer those that give more bang for the buck. When the fish are aggressive, I steer toward a soft plastic with a larger paddle that vibrates, creates a great swimming motion even on the pause, and one that rattles. These three components stimulate a fish’s lateral line, and they can’t resist the need to feed. When: I plan trips according to the solunar tables. I make every effort to be at my spot fishing during peak feeding times so that I’m not traveling from spot to spot when the fish are eating. Where: In spring, I direct my attention to grass flats. Wading is the superior method to consistently catch large trout, but you can still target flats from a boat. I prefer a flat with broken grass patches, potholes, channels, the dreaded prop scar or anything else that breaks up the grass to create ambush points for trout. Try to cover each transition from multiple angles, as trout will

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ennessee’s Lake Chickamauga has garnered a lot of press in recent years for giant largemouth bass. The introduction of Florida-strain largemouths certainly paid off for this 60-mile-long Tennessee River impoundment. The thing is, all the hype over bucketmouths has overshadowed world-class fisheries that already existed on the Tennessee River from Chickamauga down through Chattanooga. Flowing between high ridges of The Scenic City, the big river pumps out some pretty spectacular action for catfish and smallmouth bass. Richard Simms, of Scenic City Charters, said the fishing heats up with water temperatures this time of year. Whether you’re looking for bigshouldered river smallies, giant blue cats—or a little bit of both—right now is the time to be on the water. Smallmouth Bass: The Chickamauga tailrace lights up with aggressive smallies in spring. They feed up in a 10-mile stretch below the dam. Simms said fishing jigs and soft plastics around rip-rap, current seams and edges is productive. But drifting live threadfin shad or shiners with the current leads to faster action. With light 6-poundtest line enticing the most bites, any smallmouth is a handful. They typically run from 2 to 4 pounds on the river, and a decent day will produce 10 to 15 of

these scrappy bronzebacks. Simms said to expect a mixed bag on live bait. Everything eats shiners, so anglers will also catch white bass, spotted bass, largemouth bass, crappie, yellow bass, catfish and maybe a striped bass. Catfish: Big blue catfish are abundant on the Tennessee River from Chickamauga Dam all the way down through Chattanooga. When flows are right, the tailrace can be very good. When too much water is being released from the dam, Simms heads up to the reservoir. Either side of the dam, the prespawn bite peaks in April. “Both fisheries hold great big catfish,” said Simms, “and pre-spawn is a great time for catching trophy fish.” On the reservoir, deep drop-offs and river channel holes with structure are the places to vertical drop cut skipjack herring, bluegill or chicken breast. Below the dam, Simms drift fishes those same baits on light 10-pound tackle. In 2009, Simms’ client, Jerry Uhrine, caught a 52-inch-long, 75-pound blue catfish on 10-poundtest line. It is a National Freshwater Fishing Hall of Fame line-class record. “That light tackle technique is really fun because the average catfish we catch is 5 to 10 pounds,” said Simms. “Those 10 to 20 pounders aren’t unusual,

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he Outer Banks of North Carolina needs little introduction to fishing fans. A true angling Mecca, it boasts super action with striped bass, red drum, cobia, sea trout and a host of inshore species while also offering tremendous offshore action for tuna, billfish, wahoo, mahi and additional pelagic favorites. These ocean predators really get your blood boiling in April, when the action comes alive 25 to 30 miles offshore. “We really do see a great mix of blue water species in April,” said charter Capt. Dan Rooks of the 51-foot custom Carolina Sportfisher, Tuna Duck (252-216-6160; http://tunaduck.com) which sails out of Hatteras Harbor Marina (252-986-2166; https://www.hatterasharbor.com.) “Typical action this month sees yellowfins in the 40- to 70-pound class, blackfin tuna weighing 20 to 25 pounds, and wahoo to 60 pounds. Early in the month, you might also deck a bluefin while the end of the month sees white marlin, blue marlin and sailfish arrive on the scene. Many of the big blues will top 400 pounds.” It’s the combination of bottom structure and a meeting of offshore currents that draws big game species to these waters, explained Rooks. The warm waters of the Gulf Stream flowing up from the south and cool waters of the Labrador Current dropping down from the north meet along the edge of the continental shelf, providing sharp temperature breaks that stack squid, ballyhoo, flying fish and other baitfish. Match a Anglers aboard Capt. Dan Rook’s Tuna Duck Charters celebrate a break over some structure, and you have a great spot to start hefty tuna that slammed a popper off North Carolina’s Outer Banks. your search. “It’s not as important that the temperature break be large as that it be well-defined,” noted Rooks. “I’ve seen breaks here as small as half-a- said. “A storm might push the cool water farther out or bring warmer water degree and as large as 20 degrees. Any break can produce if the surrounding closer in, so you constantly need to make adjustments. Expect to spend some conditions are right. Look for clean water, active baitfish and plenty of life. time searching out the fish even if they were stacked up just a day before. That’s one plus for heading out with a charter skipper; we’re on the water daily, Those are tip-offs that you are in the right area.” Although he’ll sometimes jig or work poppers for tuna, Rooks spends which helps us keep track of shifting currents, temperature breaks and baitfish most of his time trolling. His favorite setup is a natural dead-bait spread, with schools. Some days you find the predators sooner than others – but never give eight ballyhoo trolled in a V-pattern at 7 knots. He works hard to drag his up hope because once you dial ’em in, the fishing here is as good as it gets.” Anglers looking to trailer to this area can find transient dockage, fuel, hotel offerings across structure points, where temperature breaks are discovered accommodations and a boat launch ($10) all at Village Marina (252-986-2522; using on-board temperature gauges and satellite imagery. “The breaks move, of course, and you need to be aware of that,” Rooks www.villagemarinahatteras.com) in Hatteras. COASTALANGLERMAG.COM • THEANGLERMAG.COM

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n a lifelong pursuit of many fish up and down the East Coast, I finally found the species that constantly holds me in awe when I planted roots in northeast Florida more than 30 years ago. With their beauty, strength and tenacity, redfish are second to none. At one point not too many years back, redfish were almost was wiped out, but with good conservation they bounced back in a big way. They have become one of Florida’s pet fish, a favorite of many anglers, that have provided untold hours of fun. Of all the redfish studies conducted, one intensive study by South Carolina’s Dr. Charles Wenner stands out as one of the best. He dissected the habitat of the species and really gives insight as to where, when and what they do. North Florida’s Atlantic coast offers prime habitat that allows redfish to grow to enormous size. Here are some interesting tidbits gleaned from Dr. Wenner’s study. The world record redfish weighed 94 pounds, 2 ounces and was caught out of Avon, N.C. on the Outer Banks. With a range that extends from the Texas Gulf Coast all the way to Maryland and Delaware in the Atlantic, they are also called red drum, spottails, channel bass, redfish and puppy drum. After hatching, juvenile reds grow to about a half-inch in a short period of time and then move from deep water to shallow estuaries. They love our spartina grass flats, where they begin the transition from fry to sub-adults. This occurs during the fall and winter, when they don’t eat much. They remain fairly inactive while waiting for spring. When spring sets in, their metabolism kicks into high gear. By July, juveniles can grow to 7 to 8 inches or longer by

eating small crabs, shrimp and small fish. Redfish mature at about 33 inches and 5 years of age. They typically begin the spawning cycle around the last moon of August and peak from October into November, depending on water temperature. Males produce a drum-like sound, hence the name red drum, which draws the females close and lets the school know it’s time to spawn. Dr. Wenner studied eight females and 22 males in a huge tank. They produced 60 million eggs in a three-month period. Large individuals reach a ripe old age of 45 to 50 years. That’s a long time for a fish to live, so be sure to handle big ones carefully. One of the coolest things I learned was that a redfish tagged in Bulls Bay, S.C. was caught 189 days later in Mantanzas Inlet, Fla. That’s quite a journey for a fish that measured 18 inches to start. Most redfish only travel about 5 to 10 nautical miles from where they were hatched. Capt. Kirk Waltz is a radio talk show host, writer and charter captain who runs Enterprise Fishing Charters. Like them on Facebook or Instagram or go to www.Enterprisefishingcharters.com. Listen to the Outdoors Show in the First Coast area every Saturday on 1010am or 92.5fm from 7-10 a.m.

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n fishing, it often pays to be suspicious. Unchecked hearsay saturates the pursuit, and it all amounts to an unfortunate barrier that every novice angler must confront. As a result, few people ever really get good at this sport. For the proficient angler, a thorough understanding of fish and their habitat ushers fishing far closer to a science than it does to a crapshoot. As humans, we are born only with an understanding of how to operate on dry land. We are able to breathe, to move about, and we know how to seek out comforts and avoid dangers. These capacities do not translate to the marine environment. We are biologically unfit to survive beneath the water’s surface, and most people, therefore, cannot empathize with the aquatic world. Water is an incredibly different medium than air. The most tangible distinction is the tremendous shift in density from one medium to the next. The sea is roughly 800 times denser than the air. Think about that for a moment. Sea creatures, as a result, don’t experience the constraints of gravity that land-based organisms endure. Their bodies are perpetually supported by water. This leads to a phenomenon known as indeterminate growth, which allows fish to continue growing throughout their lives. If a fish keeps living, it keeps growing. Such a trait can give rise to colossal specimens, but it requires a feat of survival. The sea is the ultimate crucible of life and death—a domain where mistakes spell doom and second chances are nonexistent. A seemingly endless, hopelessly convoluted food web blankets the planet’s marine ecosystems, bridging regions that are separated by immense distances and orchestrating the fates of all organisms that make their home in the sea. There is no getting ahead in this world; survival ensues on a meal-by-meal basis. Predatory fish, masters of instantaneous evaluation, must promptly determine the risk and reward in every feeding opportunity. Each decision a gamefish makes will dictate whether it perishes or lives long enough to feed again. The fundamental duty of all fish is to eat without being eaten by something else. From its earliest days as a fledgling hunter, the survival of any gamefish is contingent on its ability to carry out this task. Most will not even have the good fortune of transcending their formative stage as hunters of plankton. The minority that survive long enough to contribute a new generation to the sea will do so by becoming proficient in sensing danger and making good predatory choices. This is why big gamefish are so hard to catch; their size is a reflection of a lifetime of excellent judgment. A big fish is a smart fish, an experienced fish. John Saporito is a lifelong fisherman and student of the seas. Visit him online at www.guerillaangling.com.

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The trees in Central Florida have new green leaves. Water levels are where they should be. Bass and crappie have neared the end of their spawning season. Catfish, Sunshine bass, and bluegill will fill those bedding areas soon. Spring weather in Florida is like summer but the fish chew even harder! Shad schools are moving back into the lakes, and the schooling bass are feeding heavily on them. Look for raining schools of shad (or minnows) near creek mouths, or where the river enters and exits Monroe, Harney, and Jessup. Dropoffs will hold schools of bass waiting for the current to push bait up. When you can’t see the shad on top, you can sometimes locate them with your fishfinder in deep holes. Target the drop off 2 ORLANDO

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Crappie will be taken by minnow-tipped jigging near bridge pilings, or around the many sunken trees along the banks. White tail and red head jigs with a minnow should do the trick. Catfish – big cats’ spawn is triggered by big rains. Two to three days following you can find them ready to take a piece of peeled fresh shrimp in any deep river bend or near creek mouths. Alas, stripers (sunshine bass here in the St. Johns) are back. Use shad imitations or live shiners along the channel edges between the I-4 Bridge and downtown Sanford for striper fun. Stripers eat minnows too - try longline trolling with an eighth ounce jig and a large minnow along drop offs in river bends to find fish, then shut down, drift, and throw small crankbaits or shallow diving plugs.

The largemouth bass spawn is still going strong with plenty of activity in the Harris Chain of Lakes. Look for shallow hard bottom areas in 1-4 feet of water. You will often find the same areas will hold fish year after year. Even small subtle pieces of cover showing up near these areas can make for some action-packed times on the boat. Small swim baits, spinnerbaits, and fluke style baits are a staple to have tied on throughout this time of the year. I have noticed that our fish catches this time of the year are more in terms of catch numbers, with some bigger fish included. It’s hard to beat a good top water strike so don’t be afraid to throw one. Remember

to wait just a few seconds before setting the hook, that’s the secret to good hook up ratios with topwater. Another bait to try is a bladed jig - they have lots of flash and vibration and have produced some nice bass in big Lake Harris. Soft plastics such senkos, trick worms and some kinds of flipping baits are doing well in areas with heavy cover. Largemouth bass like to spawn in areas with lily pads so give those areas a try. Lipless crank baits have also been working for a great search tool. This time of year, we have fun with the bass spawn so why not get outdoors? I have some days available if you’re looking to book your own guided bass fishing charter on the Harris Chain of Lakes - visit cprbasscharters.com for lots of fish pictures along with links to our social media pages.

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April best bets the bass spawn has just about ended. The bass are still spawning out towards deeper water due to shallow waters warming up and the bass will be moving out to deeper water where the water temps are  cooler.  It’s time to go to artificial baits. On my most recent trips,  the most successful artificial baits used are  the Zoom Magnum Vibe in watermelon seed, green pumpkin and June bug colors;  Texas rigged, or Carolina rigged.   Also, Senkos are working - use same colors. Look for Kissimmee Grass, avoid algae areas.  Look for any type of current flow from wind or current around vegetation, these are good areas for success. 

work on Westlake Toho controlling the hydrilla on different parts of the lake as usual this time of year. They also replaced all eight fish attractors with PVC trees. So far, they  have been in the water for a week and I am already catching crappie off of them.  If you go on older maps that show fish attractors, the new ones are at the same locations.  Overall, the crappie bite has been really good. They are moving  back out to open water and a lot of them have been caught at the flood control gates in the canals on both ends of Lake cypress.   Also, the Alligator Chain has been really good for open water crappie fishing. Check the edges of the  holes and  look for suspending fish.  The bait of choice is a Ron’s Zip Jig tipped with a minnow. The shell cracker bite also has been good. They are making  beds in the shallow water. The best way to catch them is with live red worms under a float.

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Hello Friends of SJA - I would like to thank everyone who helped make our St. Johns River Bash Fundraiser Tournament a huge success! Ken Lucas and Danny Lanier topped the leader board with over 25 lbs. and won Big Bass with an 8 lb. Lake Monroe monster bass. Last year’s winners, James Tyler and Travis Hansen, got second place this year with over 21 lbs., Third place was our SJA Alumni Team of Noah St. Pierre and Devin Beems with 19 lbs. and Fourth place was Josh Wolf and Donnie Fisher with over 15 lbs. Congrats to all our tournament anglers and all who played a huge part in helping this event become such a big success. The winners said they caught them in a small ditch in Lake Monroe. Lucas found these bass in practice and they bit well on tournament day. The fish seemed to be shallow and in shoreline reeds and pads. A basic trick worm, speed worm, or swim jig was the bait of choice. The weather was in ‘ the 60’s and the winds blew nearly 25 mph all day. This made the conditions very tough for every team. The big winners of the Kysek coolers are Grady Windham and Sean Wooten. The 50/50 winner, Steve Eastham. Overall, it was an amazing day for Seminole Junior Anglers. All the proceeds will go towards helping our high school anglers get to Nationals in August on Kentucky Lake representing TEAM FLORIDA.

April and May have always been one of my favorite times to fish Okeechobee because of the multitude of ways of catching bass and marks a good time to catch the early bream spawners which is a lot of fun for the kids and we’re not into the hot summertime temperatures yet; no cold snaps to deal with and it’s not the rainy/thunderstorm time of year. If you’d like to book a trip fishing for bass and bream or both, I supply all light spinning tackle used for bream fishing and all rods/reels for bass fishing whether you use bait casters or spinning gear and all my tackle is top of the line and my 21 foot Stratos boat will hold three customers. Lures to use when searching/fishing for bass can be swim jigs; swim baits; spinner baits; rattle traps; top water lures; frogs; worms and creature-style lures for flipping/pitching and shallow-running cranks for lake fishing and mid/deep cranks for river and canals. To book your next fun-filled and productive day fishing call me at 863-228-7263 or log onto my website at www. southfloridabassfishing.com.

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FLORIDA’S NEXT WORLD CLASS FISHERY

I’ll admit I missed my opportunity. Back in the day, Stick Marsh / Farm 13 was considered one of the best bass fisheries in the world. Anglers from all over the country traveled to the manmade reservoir just south of the Brevard/Indian River County line to sample the world class fishing. I promised myself I’d make the hour drive south to Stick Marsh. Time passed and I never made it. The Marsh lost its luster. It’s still a decent fishery, but it is not considered world class anymore.

Life gave me a second chance, and that second chance goes by the name Fellsmere Water Management Area (WMA). What is commonly referred to as the Fellsmere Headwaters Lake is a ten-thousand-acre reservoir that many think could surpass Stick Marsh in its heyday. Prior to 2010, this bass fishing playground was farmlands, cattle pastures and orange groves. The St. Johns River Water Management District (SJRWMD) purchased the lands from Sun-Ag and built a reservoir intended to provide several benefits including water supply and flood control, but most importantly to readers of this article, the creation of a world class fishery. Prior to the reservoir being flooded in 2015, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) invested $1.35 million on enhancements. They constructed fish habitat in the form of winding channels, dredge holes, flats, islands and more with the goal of providing the optimum combination of structure, depth and spawning zones to support a thriving bass, panfish and forage population. The FWC planted over 15,000 bald cypress and red maple trees on the numerous islands, and they stocked over a million bass, brim and crappie. I took my first trip to Fellsmere Reservoir two years ago and have been returning regularly ever since. I could share a bunch of anecdotes about how good the fishing is, but I’ll just get to the point and say it’s outstanding. If you don’t believe me, just look up “Fellsmere Reservoir” on YouTube. For a few years now the reservoir had been the exclusive playground of shore bound anglers and those fishing from kayaks, canoes and other vessels that can be launched from shore by hand. That’s all about to change. Construction of the long-awaited boat ramp started on January 7th. The completion date hasn’t been nailed down, but it should be some time around May or June. The new ramp will include a floating dock, restrooms and parking for thirty vehicles with trailers. Fellsmere WMA is located just east of the iconic Stick Marsh / Farm 13. To get there take I-95 to Malabar Road in Palm Bay. Follow Malabar Road about half a mile east and then turn right on Babcock Street. After heading about 12 miles south on Babcock, 6 ORLANDO

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look for Fellsmere Grade Road immediately after you cross the C-54 Canal. This final leg of the journey is six miles of bone rattling washboard dirt road. If you want to use the current kayak launch, head all the way to the end of Fellsmere Grade Road to the parking lot for the Stick Marsh boat ramp. From the parking lot, a long levee extends south that separates Stick Marsh from the Fellsmere Headwaters Lake. You wheel, carry or drag your kayak about fifty yards south of the parking lot to the well-trod launch at the base of the levee. The new boat ramp will be on the northeast corner of the reservoir making for a shorter drive down the washboard dirt road. The ramp will drop you off in a north-south canal that runs for about three miles before you enter the main body of the reservoir. Fellsmere is loaded with weeds. Much of the reservoir is covered with hydrilla. Reeds line the shore and crop up in shallower areas. Lily pads show up in spots, and mats of hyacinths drift around with the wind and can pile up almost anywhere. Channels crisscross and wind their way throughout the reservoir and there are dredge holes, some of which are over thirty feet deep. Fellsmere bass are not picky. A variety of lures work, but keep in mind you’ll often be fishing around weeds. I’ve taken a lot of trips to Fellsmere and have met many kayak anglers at the launch and on the water. I always take note of what lures they have tied to their rods. Based on my unscientific survey, I’d say the most popular bait is a four to five-inch soft paddle tail swimbait rigged weedless, “Texas” style. Speed worms, also rigged weedless, are a close second, followed by stick worms rigged wacky style. Almost everyone has a topwater plug tied to at least one rod, either a walk-the-dog plug, a propeller bait or a plopper style lure. Other popular lures include frogs, bladed jigs, flukes and spinnerbaits. If you want to fish Fellsmere WMA from a kayak or other paddle craft, you should pay attention to the weather forecast. There is no place to hide on the reservoir should you get caught in a thunderstorm. Also keep track of the wind forecast and plan your route accordingly. Having to paddle two miles back to the launch through matted hydrilla against a stiff head wind can put a major damper a good day of fishing. One final note, if you want to bring home a cooler full of fillets then Fellsmere Headwaters Lake is not for you. This is strictly a catch and release fishery, but if you go, you will be doing a lot of catching and releasing. Be prepared to wear out a bunch of lures and come home with a severe case of bass thumb.

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Along the beach out of Port Canaveral, look for the arrival of bait pods, Atlantic menhaden, and gamesters like large jack crevalle, tarpon and kingfish in close to the beach shadowing them. Also, there still should be some cobia in the mix, so always keep a rod rigged with a one ounce bucktail ready to cast at a moment’s notice.

and any other structures work great. You can also sabiki these structures for baits. The bait pods off the beach will show up any day. The water is warming, and the fishing will only get better. Start looking for birds and flipping pogies. Get yourself Cobia fishing - continue to look a good cast net. Get a little extra around the 50-foot range for rays lead on it to sink faster. and leatherback turtles holding fish. Free swimming cobia will Bottom fishing for grouper and be abundant. If you find some throwback reds will be good. type of color change, weed line (check your local regs) use live or temp break in that depth be bait with 3-ways and knocker ready. Buck tails and live bait will rigs. (whatever works best for do the trick. If they won’t fire on you) 80/100lb leaders. 8/0-10/0 the buck tail, follow it up with a hooks. live bait of some sort. This is also the time of year that they will To keep the kids busy you can come in very close to the beach. chicken rig all the reefs for trigDon’t hesitate to start or end up gers and the mighty sea bass. in the 20-foot depth. Cover your Use squid and small chunk baits. Triggers tend to hang a little highground. er off the bottom so once it hits Kingfish will start showing up in crank it up a few feet. April too. Live bait will be choice for the big ones that migrate Mahi are close by so get that through. Soon the 30lbers will gear ready. Good luck out there, start showing consistently. Fish Captain Chris Cameron your local reefs and any structures that hold bait. Shipwrecks

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On the St Johns River, largemouth and striped bass action will be heating up. Look for schooling bass at first light feeding on shad from the Osteen Bridge to Lake Harney. A good way to locate these schooling fish is to look for white pelicans and other wading birds congregating along the shoreline. When in the feeding mode, these fish will take most swim plugs, and small live shiners. This is also the time of year when the bluegill are on the beds and the large channel catfish are moving upriver to spawn.

When fishing the lagoon flats in April, fish early morning and late evening with your favorite top water plugs for extreme trout and redfish action and use soft plastics and jigs in deeper water, 2 to 3 feet, midday. Remember, April is one of the months when sea trout are egg laden for the spawn, so it’s very important to handle and release the larger females with extreme care.

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

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

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

34 - Thomas Lumber Company (407) 841-1250 231 W Gore St, Orlando, FL 32806, www.thomaslumber.com

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

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4 - Triangle Marine (352) 343-6146

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

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

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

59 - Celery City Craft (407) 915-5541

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

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

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(407) 704-5676 • 87 W. Michigan St. Orlando, FL 32806 info@floridamarinecustoms.com

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935 N Bay St, Eustis, FL 32726

(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

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

47 - Jolly Gator Fish Camp Bar & Grill (407) 349-5554 4650 E State Rd 46, Geneva, FL 32732 www.thejollygator.com

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

17 - St. Johns River Steak & Seafood

56 - Orlando Outfitters (407) 896-8220

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

(407) 447-7637 2133 Componet Loop Suite 1001, Oveido, FL 32765 www.mudhole.com

Home Improvement Contractors & Service Providers 26 - DWR Plumbing LLC. (407) 293-3717 6344 All American Blvd, Orlando, FL 32810

23 - Talon Marine Services (407) 542-7600

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

19 - Ahoy Marine (407) 323-8373

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202 Sanford Ave, Sanford, FL 32771 www.drinkatwestend.com

45 - Wojo’s Bait & Tackle (407) 891-1003 Oak Park Center, 4245 13th St, St Cloud, FL 34769

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

54 -West End Trading Co. (407) 322-7475

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

2814 Corrine Dr., Orlando, FL 32803 www.orlandooutfitters.com

35 - All Star Marine (407) 423-9953

114 S. Palmetto Ave., Sanford FL 32771 celerycitycraft.com

41 - Water Works Pressure Cleaning & Sealing (407) 376-9526 490 Buck Lake Lane, Geneva, FL 32732 www.jmwaterworksinc.com

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

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

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Community Service Providers Astor Marine

Next Level Inc. “Florida Marine Customs”

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

Phone: (407) 704-5676 87 W. Michigan St. Orlando, Florida 32806 info@floridamarinecustoms.com Marine Customization and Fabrication - Engine Repair & Maintenance -Acrylic Dashes - Custom CNC Work - Custom Audio - Electronics -Lighting - GPS - Detailing - Upholstery- Custom Outboard and Boat Painting -“SeaDek® Certified Installer”

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Nobles Marine

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

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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

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Pioneer Boats – Consignment Sales Authorized dealer for Yamaha and Suzuki Glasstream Boats - Mobil Service - Outboard Motor Part Sales

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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Community Service Providers Gibsons Truck World

Thomas Lumber Company

Specializing in Ford, Chevy, Dodge Ram, and GMC Pre-Owned Trucks Since 1969 “King of Lifted Trucks”

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

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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

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DWR Plumbing LLC.

Orlando Painting Service

2133 Component Loop Suite 101, Oveido, FL 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

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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

The Steer

8015 S Orange Ave, Orlando, FL 32809 Phone: (407) 286-6802 Serving Fresh Beef, Pork and Wildgame Specials, Now Open for Lunch, Closed Sunday & Monday

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

Water Works Pressure Cleaning & Sealing 490 Buck Lake Lane, Geneva, FL 32732 Phone: (407) 376-9526 www.jmwaterworksinc.com

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

Team Marine Services

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Saturday April 4 - Safe daylight until 3pm, Toho Marine Outdoors will be hosting their Elite One Man Bass Tour on Orange Lake in North Florida. 100% payback,1 place for each 5 boat entries, $100 entry fee. For more info or to register call Jimmie Murphy at 352-789-5351 or Charlie Harrelson 407-709-0435 or visit Tohomarineoutdoors. com. Tuesday April 7, 14, 21, 28 - 5pm till dusk, Jolly Gator Bass Tournament Series, every Tuesday evening plus one Saturday per month until the Classic in August. Cost is $40 per event, 2 anglers per team. Teams that finish in the Top 10 in points or win an event and fish at least 22 events will qualify for the end of year Classic. Some of the best river anglers in the area fish this Bass Series. The staff of Orlando Coastal Angler Magazine is the official weigh-masters for this fun tournament series, come out and join us for the weekly weigh-ins. All Tuesday events start at 5pm till dusk, Saturday events are safe light till 3pm. Launch ramp at CS Lee Park next to Jolly Gator Fish Camp on SR 46 east of Sanford at St. Johns River Bridge. For questions or more info contact Jim “Squirt” Chaudoin at 407432-2822 or Phil Wolf with Orlando Coastal Angler Magazine at 407-790-9515.

to join for more info contact or visit www.bfaorlando. Saturday April 11 – Safedaylight till 3pm, Jolly Gator Bass Tournament Series, 1 Saturday per month until the Classic in August. Cost is $40 per event, 2 anglers per team. Big Bass pays $10 per boat and pay-out is 1 per 7 boats entered. Launch ramp at CS Lee Park next to Jolly Gator Fish Camp on SR 46 east of Sanford at St. Johns River Bridge. For questions or more info contact Jim “Squirt” Chaudoin at 407432-2822 or Phil Wolf from Orlando Coastal Angler Magazine at 407-790-9515. Monday April 13 – 6:30 pm CFOA will be hosting their monthly meeting at the Winter Park Community Center at 721 W. New England Ave. Winter Park, 32789. Monthly Social, Local Charter Captains and area experts will discuss techniques and best practices for catching more fish near-shore and off-shore. This is a “FREE” event and is open to public and non-members. For more info visit www.mycfoa.com. Friday, Saturday May 15, 16 – CFOA will be hosting their 35th Annual Off-shore Fishing Tournament. Fish Lips Bar and Grill will be the host for the Captains meeting at 6:30 pm on Friday the 15th for team registration, rules meeting, raffles and lots of family Fun! Blue Points Marina will the weigh-in site host on Saturday the 16th. Over $20,000 in cash prizes for all types of different species. Entry Fee is $175 per boat, for more info or questions please visit www.mycfoa. com.

Thursday April 9 - 5pm to 8pm, “Alive After 5” in Sanford - The staff of Orlando Coastal Angler Magazine would like you to join us for an evening of fun in downtown Sanford. This event is the second Thursday of each month downtown. Block Party on First Street! Don’t miss the If you have an event or chance for a fun night on the meeting you would like town. included in the “What’s Hitting Around Town” Thursday April 9 – 7pm, column, send your details Backcountry Fly Fishing to: Phil Wolf phillip@ Association, monthly coastalanglermagazine. meeting locations change com. Deadline for inclusion and are TBD monthly, check is the 10th of the preceding our web-site just prior to month. meeting. This is a “Free” club

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Tarpon time is here, and I couldn’t be more excited. The young years of my life were spent chasing juvenile tarpon on Pine Island Road, and along North Merritt Island’s (MI) ditches in the summer. Those days of living on Pine Island Road have passed, and diversions in flow have changed the way tarpon use north MI in general. The love for these fish continues, and they are plentiful over the entire Space Coast in East Central Florida. Fishing small lures is fun and productive on juvi poon’s, but the most excitement can be had with a fly rod. My brother and I perfected the side arm cast needed to send our 3 inch white “minnow” fly’s under the mangrove canopy to waiting tarpon. Many miles were biked in search of the tell tail roll that gives away the tarpon’s presence from birth to death. That roll and gulp of air are what give the tarpon such an advantage in the stale low oxygen backwaters. As part of their life cycle they spend those early years feasting on minnows of all shapes in mangrove lined swamps, canals, and ditches. So, it stands to reason these fish readily fall for small offerings. Hard plastic lipped plugs, topwater plugs, Slayer Inc. SST’s, Mirr-O-Dine’s, and flies that are less than 4 inches in length will be clobbered by these 5 to 35-pound tarpon. White is always a productive color and stands out well in the typically dark stained waters. If conditions line up, you can also find large groups of these smaller tarpon on open flats. This early bite of “open water” juvenile tarpon will not stay in open water as the sun rises, so be on the water predawn. Does the giant tarpon from 80-150 lbs. come in the lagoon? Yes, every year we have big poons push up the IRL, but they are tough to find and target for the most part. We do get a massive migration of these beastly tarpon in our near-coastal waters of the Atlantic Ocean. The waters off Cocoa Beach, Cape Canaveral, Kennedy Space Center, and Port Canaveral fill with pods of bait as summer approaches and the tarpon enjoy a great feast. These fish must be tackled with gear in the 20-40lb range to even stand a chance. Leader from 60-80lb and 6/0-8/0 circle hooks should be used for the battle ahead. Ocean tarpon roll just like their baby brothers in the ditch, so you’ll know if you’re in productive water. Trolling live baits like mullet, pogies, croakers, and pinfish of the large variety will get you the most solid hook-ups. You can hook and land them on a large assortment of “big” lures, but they tend to shake the hooks with these. Remember to always bow-to-the-king; silver king that is! It’s the best way to keep them hooked when they decide to take off jumping. A little lean forward when he goes flying is the way to do it.

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ith every dark cloud on the horizon, there’s always an alternative. Fishing is one of the great American pastimes, and it is something you can do by yourself without worrying about getting or passing a virus. I love wading and fishing the Indian River Lagoon and surf fishing in the ocean. It’s just you, the water and the fish. Since I live on the beach, I’ll give you the latest report. Live or frozen shrimp in the ocean are producing catches of whiting, croaker, bluefish and jacks with an occasional small pompano. High winds and surf have slowed the pompano bite on the beach with sporadic catches of small to medium size pompano on fish bites and sand fleas. The bluefish and jack bite is on with heavy spoons Early tarpon fishing is good on the (Johnson saltwater South Fork of the St. Lucie River from gold spoons) and jigs the I-95 bridge to the spillway. (1/2 to ¾ oz.) from the first and second cut. Mornings and evenings are the top fishing times. Very few snook are in the surf, but I occasionally catch one in the first cut where there’s bait (on jigs with pearl white plastic tail). The Lagoon has been inconsistent due in part to high winds. The large snook are mostly still around bridges and deeper holes around the inlets. When the temperature warms slightly, some great early snook locations are South Fork in the Palm City area and docks and piers on the west side from Jensen Beach Causeway up to the first Fort Pierce Bridge. Early tarpon fishing is good on the South Fork from the I-95 bridge to the spillway. Pompano fishing has been sporadic. There are still good numbers caught from the two Jensen Bridges (east side primarily) on pompano jigs (bright red). From a boat or wading, several flats are good near the St. Lucie Inlet around the Crossroads (St. Lucie and Lagoon intersection), Sewell’s Point and Sailfish Point areas. Look for flats in the 4-foot depth near drop-offs. Trout fishing has been poor south of Vero due to the lack of grass and water quality. Look for trout in the Walton Road area on the west side up to the Power Plant and on the east side around Bear Point, which still has some grass. In Vero, Harbor Branch is still the best trout area with occasional trout showing up over 20 inches. Coronavirus got you down? Pick up your rod and go fishing—no worries!!! Contact the Stuart Rod and Reel Club at (336) 414-3440 and go to www.stuartrodandreel.com.

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try to find something similar somewhere else. Scouting begins with a long walk on the beach. Low tide might not be the best time to fish the surf, but it’s a great time to see how the bottom will lay out when the tide rolls in. Bottom contours manipulate current, and any irregularity on a flat expanse off the beach will draw bait and fish. Often, fine sand indicates a bottom with a gradual slope and little structure. Coarse sand with crushed shell or gravel points the way to steeper drops or deeper holes. Pay attention while you’re walking, and you’ll likely see the sand change character. The most common structure you’ll find off the beach is a sandbar. This is where the waves begin to break as they approach the shore. Inside of this sandbar there is a trough of deeper water between the sandbar and shore. There’s another drop off the ocean side of the sandbar. Fish of all kinds utilize these slightly deeper waters to move along the beach, hunting smaller fish or crustaceans. Dropping baits in the trough or on the backside of the sandbar can lead to hookups, but your odds increase if you can find a break in the sandbar, where a large tide, a rip current or a storm surge has punched a hole in the bar. Sand stacks up on either side of the cut, leaving shallow points on either side of a deeper bottom. These spots are obvious when the tide is out. When the tide is in, it’s the spot where waves don’t break as they pass over the sandbar. On a falling tide, you might notice faster water being sucked out through the cut. Fish use these breaks to move in and out of the trough. Current rushing through sandbar breaks also disorients baitfish, and predators will line up. Keep in mind that the sand is always moving. It changes day-today, and being cognizant of even small irregularities on an otherwise featureless bottom can help locate fish.

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Traveling Abroad? If you’re fishing in a foreign country, investigate the culture, customs and perhaps the language spoken. Doing so will ensure your trip’s success and impress the natives. Don’t forget your passport and an extra copy placed in another piece of luggage or carry on. Leave a copy of it at home just in case! And get a Trusted Traveler card (formally Global Enter card). It’s well worth the $100 and saves you from suffering the long customs lines when re-entering the United States. Cast: Prior to your trip, spend a half-hour each day casting into the wind, a practice that will prepare you for unforgiving, blustery winds you will encounter on the flats and offshore. Work on distance. Casts of 40 to 50 feet with no more than two false casts are a must. Find A Guide: A good fishing guide is an outstanding provider of the information you need when fly fishing unfamiliar waters or in distant fly fishing destinations. Your guide has logged hundreds of hours studying the local fish and has honed saltwater fly fishing skills. Listening is guaranteed to make you a better fly fisherman. Hiring a guide and lending him your ear is a giant step in the right direction if learning to saltwater fly fish is your goal. Once you have enlisted his assistance, pay attention; listen and learn. You’ll find most saltwater fishing guides are good listeners, and often they become good and trusted friends. However, avoid bending his ear too much with stories about your skills as a freshwater fly-flinger. You are there to learn from him, not vice-versa.

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here was no denying Elite Series veteran Hank Cherry. Riding a first-day sack of nearly 30 pounds, he led wireto-wire during the 50th anniversary Bassmaster Classic at Lake Guntersville to capture the most coveted title in tournament bass fishing. The 46-year-old B.A.S.S. photo by Gary Tramontina from Lincolnton, N.C. hoisted the trophy on championship Sunday March 8 and accepted his winnings of $307,500 as the Classic champion. It was sweet redemption for a man who’s fished the Classic five times and came heartbreakingly close to winning the whole enchilada back in 2013. During the 2013 Classic at Grand Lake, Oklahoma, a lost jerkbait fish dropped Cherry into third place. It’s safe to say his luck held on Guntersville, where limits of 29-3, 16-10 and 19-8 gave him a three-day total of 65 pounds, 5 ounces. He did most of his damage during Friday’s first round with a Z-Man Jack Hammer. The pattern led to a tournamentbest bag that featured a pair of 7-2 largemouths. On Days 2 and 3, he relied on his own Hank Cherry Signature Series Jig from Picasso in green pumpkin with a matching Berkley MaxScent Chunk trailer and a jerkbait—a Megabass 110+1 in the French pearl OB color. He spent practically the whole event fishing one causeway and one grass flat after a Day 1 arm injury limited his travel in windy conditions. “I never put gas in the boat all week,” Cherry said. “Y’all know me. If it’s windy, I’m not going to be making a lot of long runs—and anyway, I just didn’t need to.” South Carolina pro Todd Auten finished second with 58-10. Arkansas angler Stetson Blaylock took third with 58-1. The Berkley Big Bass award went to Auten for a 7-9 he caught on Day 1.

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