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Kayakin’ The Spring

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ife is getting vibrant. Things are warming up, and spring is here. As a ritual long established, I feel the need to be close to nature. And to me there’s no better way to experience the feeling of life awakening than riding a kayak with a rod in my hand. I have fished and guided from all kinds of boats, from small skiffs to majestic deep-sea vessels, but a small plastic shell puts me right next to the fish, my hands always a few inches from the water’s surface. It’s not a money matter, as I own boats. Perhaps it is the challenge? I definitively spend more time each year fishing from my skiff or bass boat, and surely catch more fish from these boats. They are true fishing machines, helping me cover lots of water to find fish. And they can carry all the gear necessary for any situation. On my kayak, I have to think effectively about what my needs are and carefully consider every single thing I will bring onboard. It’s a good way to find the balance between needs and wants. So how do I fish while kayaking? In freshwater and saltwater, my approach is to slowly and surely cover every spot. In a kayak, I am much more aware of, and more capable of, targeting the places where fish hide. Superbly silent, my Pro Angler carries me at the edge of two worlds, above the surface where we

live and the liquid world, which holds the object of all our passions. My kayak tackle boxes have a variety of carefully selected key lures that will help in different situations and environments, nothing more than what I will need. I carry Magic Swimmers, hard for open water and soft for heavy cover and structure. A Flatt Shad snagless is effective in both open and snaggy areas. Twitch baits like the Stick Shadd definitely go into my box, as they are needed if fish are active. A handful of plastic worms, a couple of bucktails, and then a topwater or a pivot frog will complete this set to fish from a ’yak. Seated just above the water, gliding silently with gentle movements of my feet on the pedals, rod in hand and with eyes searching, I use the smooth approach to get as close as I can to the spot or to the fish. Then all that’s left is a short but accurate cast. Proximity also gives me greater enjoyment of seeing the fish and seeing it bite. That’s why I love kayak fishing this time of the year. And you never know; I may let my lures sit in the tackle box and simply hook a shiner or a shrimp and let it swim. Or maybe I won’t even do a thing, just watch the water and the life that surrounds it—just enjoy life… and a kayak ride. Patrick Sebile is the owner and lure designer of Sebile Innovative Fishing (www.sebile.com).

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Mike Iaconelli Talks Kayaks And Redfish

Editor Nick Carter had the chance to interview professional bass angler Mike Iaconelli just before the Bassmaster Classic. We didn’t want to jinx Ike by talking about the Classic, so we asked the Hobie pro about his love of kayak fishing.

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hat’s the appeal in stepping down from the deck of a bass boat into a kayak? Ike: Growing up in southern New Jersey, I consider myself a small-boat angler first. Many of my early childhood experiences fishing involved fishing from the bank, rowing a small jonboat or paddling a canoe. Kayak fishing fills a huge niche in my fishing life. Outside of competitive bass tournament fishing, I’m still a huge fish head. That means fishing for all freshwater and saltwater species in my down time. When I’m fun fishing or filming for TV shows, I love to access remote places that I can’t get into with my full size bass boat. Kayak fishing is also a HUGE breath of fresh air to leave behind the big boat and all of the time and preparation that go along with launching and running that boat. With your tournament schedule, do you get to spend much time on the salt? Ike: I definitely try to go inshore and offshore fishing each fall when the tournament season concludes. This past fall, I spent a week in Port Fourchon, Louisiana hanging out at Hobie Worlds 6 and filming a kayak fishing episode for season two of my TV show, Going Ike, which premiers this spring on the Pursuit Channel! I had a great time catching big redfish and trout, plus it was awesome meeting the Hobie World Championship competitors from all over the world who love fishing as much as I do. I also had a chance to go offshore fishing with my buddy Ish Monroe in San Francisco during November. We were mainly targeting lingcod, and it was an amazing day of fishing! Where do you put your kayak in and what do you fish for in New Jersey? Ike: I mostly fish the small lake behind my house, which has largemouth bass, northern chain pickerel, crappie and sunfish. My son, Vegas, got a brand new Hobie kayak from Santa for Christmas this year. The fish in our lake better watch out this summer! I’m really looking forward to spending time with my family and pursuing exciting new fishing adventures. How do redfish compare to “green fish?” Ike: Anyone who has caught a big redfish would agree that they are definitely more powerful and are a very aggressive fish in general. One of my favorite things about targeting redfish is that most of the time I can focus on shallow-water power-fishing techniques and search for active, feeding reds. With the “green fish,” there are a lot of times that I have to slow down and present a bait to them slowly such as with a jig, worm or finesse fishing.

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What skills, techniques and gear from your bass arsenal translate well to inshore? Ike: Casting accuracy/ presentation, reading tides and powerfishing techniques are the first three that come to my mind. Often when I’m inshore fishing, I am targeting fish that are relating to a grass edge or current break. If I can make accurate, quiet casts, there’s a good chance I’m going to catch more fish! Having grown up fishing the Delaware River, which can have up to a 7-foot tide swing between low and high tides, I’ve spent much of my life learning how fish position based on the tide level and current. This experience translates extremely well to inshore fishing…. I bring a lot of traditional power-fishing gear that you’d also find in my Bass Cat boat when I’m fishing for bass: Abu Garcia “Ike” Series Rods, Berkley Trilene braided/ monofilament/ fluorocarbon fishing lines, Rapala Skitter Walk and Skitter V topwaters, VMC jigheads, and Berkley Powerbait and Gulp swimbaits, grubs, and more soft plastics. How is your Hobie rigged out? Ike: I have a Power Pole Micro Anchor to stop the kayak on a dime. This is a very crucial piece of equipment, which allows me to quickly stop and fish an area without the kayak drifting with the current or wind. This is huge when you are fishing specific targets such as points, current breaks, laydowns, docks and more. I also have a Lowrance HDS 9 Touch unit, a storage crate for my Flambeau Zerust tackle boxes and tackle bags, landing net, rod holders, and of course, Hobie’s Mirage Drive pedals so I can keep my hands fishing instead of paddling! Electronics play a huge role on the bass tournament scene, what’re your thoughts on electronics in kayaks? Ike: Electronics play just as huge of a role in kayak fishing. I really use it the same as with my Bass Cat boat! As I just mentioned, I run a Lowrance HDS 9 Touch unit on my Hobie for its GPS/ sonar abilities. I rely heavily on the information I can gather from the Lowrance such as mapping/ bottom contours, reading the water temperature, and using the sonar for locating fish, cover and structure to name a few. I may mount a Hydrowave on the Hobie as well soon. It’s another great innovation in electronics, and I use it often in my boat to fire up fish. I’m always interested in adding tools to my boat or kayak that help me catch more fish!

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under the rig and losing the fish. He gave a piece of advice for battling big fish from a kayak in deep water. “Keep the tip of the rod toward the front of the boat,” he said. “When the rod goes to the side, that’s when you run the risk of flipping.” If an open-water mothership trip seems a little much, Port Eads sits on the southernmost tip of Louisiana, right at the end of the Mississippi River. It’s only accessible by boat, and reasonable prices buy lodging and good meals. Also known as South Pass, the location is a few minutes paddle from the open Gulf and offers excellent fishing for big jacks, reds, cobia, blacktip sharks and any number of other species big enough to warrant medium-heavy rods, 3000 to 4000 reels and 30- to 40-pound-test lines. Hawkins likes artificials and prefers Slayer Inc.’s Sinister Swim Tail rigged on a 4/0 jig head. For him, sinking bait outside the pass would detract from the reason he fishes from kayaks and SUPs in the first place. “Kayaks are about stalking and hunting the fish,” he said. “You’ve got to use your instincts to find them. I don’t like to just sit on a hole and fish bait.” It’s as much fun as you can have sitting down… or standing up if seas are calm enough for an SUP like Kaku’s Kahuna, which is specifically designed for fishing. But perhaps the best bet for calm waters is a third Venice option, to launch roadside. Highway 23 runs from New Orleans to Venice, and Tidewater Road is where the pavement ends. There are any number of places to hand-launch a kayak or paddleboard. Hawkins mentioned Yellow Cotton Bay as well as a series of marsh ponds and cuts at a circular canal known as The Pinwheel. Once you find fish off the grass edges, it’s probably the best inshore action in the world, and it’s easily accessible to paddlers. Popping cork rigs are a no-brainer, but Hawkins said once you get tired of catching scads of rat reds and trout, it’s time to switch to the paddletail rig he likes to fish outside the pass. “We’re looking for the big ones,” he said. “You’ve still got to be ready for the big ones. No matter where I am in Venice, I’ve got a 30-pound rig.” For more information on Kaku Kayaks & SUPs, see kakukayak. com.

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Paddlesports Product Review COVERALLS KAYAK COVER

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Who says kayak covers need to be bulky and thick? CoverAlls kayak covers deliver protection, strength and durability in a lightweight, tough material that keeps your kayak clean and dry year-round. Protect your kayak from nature and the elements. Prevent dirt, debris, pollen and leaves from piling up in the cockpit and seat. Block bugs and critters before they move in. Keep water out with material that’s not just water-resistant—it’s water-PROOF. Our covers are also UV-resistant to preserve your kayak’s hull and rigging from the sun’s damaging rays. Best of all, CoverAlls kayak covers are a breeze to use. They slip on quickly, draw closed with a single poly cord and cam lock—not zippers—and get snug with durable Velcro straps. There’s even a built-in red flag for transport. The cover slips off easily and stows neatly in an included compact stuff bag that even fits in most deck hatches. Spend more time with a rod and reel and less time with a hose and scrub brush. See how much better protection can be at www.coveralls.biz!

Space is always at a premium when you’re on the water in a paddle-powered vessel. Whether it’s a kayak, canoe or stand-up paddleboard, a lack of stowage often forces us to leave behind the things not absolutely necessary for the activity at hand. On a larger boat where there’s plenty of room, many anglers wouldn’t think of going fishing without a cooler full of iced-down beverages. With the new Creekkooler, those navigating under paddle power can have the same luxury. The Creekkooler is an innovative floating cooler designed with dual-wall construction and top-quality insulation to retain ice and keep things cold for extended periods. Its shape cuts through the water, limiting drag and allowing it to be pulled easily behind a boat. Creekkooler has a 30-quart capacity and will hold 30 12-ounce cans and 20 pounds of ice. It has four drink holders on deck and a 1/8-turn watertight lid that makes it a great tool for extra dry storage, too. Whether it’s for keeping drinks cold during a day on the water with buddies, packing in provisions for a multi-day float trip, or extra dry storage for the stuff you need but don’t have room in the boat for, Creekkooler is an innovative new product that will make your excursion under paddle power more comfortable.

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WHALEBACK PADDLEBOARDS TORTUGA

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JACKSON KAYAK KRAKEN 13.5

Jackson Kayak’s Kraken 13.5 is an all-new option for paddlers looking to tackle big water. Based on The Kraken 15.5 platform, the 13.5 sheds some length for more maneuverability but with all the punch of its big brother. This kayak, just like the original, is designed for the most challenging paddling environments and intended for the offshore and big-lake kayak angler. It’s a natural follow up to the first collaborative design between legendary kayak angler, Jim Sammons and Jackson Kayak’s design team led by Tony Lee. The new Kraken 13.5 is a boat shaped and built to accommodate those hitting the open water in a nimble, smaller footprint but still capable of big water management. It’s designed for punching through surf, handling rough offshore currents, swells, beach landings and those who desire ultimate performance and maneuverability. With more features than can be listed, Jackson has considered all the needs of bigwater anglers and packed them thoughtfully into this kayak. Its great-tracking hull has the speed to cover miles and the volume and storage to carry you and your gear comfortably on long outings. 16

inserts and deck tie downs let me rig up my YakAttack lean post, rod holders, GPS and paddle holder and still have room for the cooler, cup holder and lawn chair. Because let’s face it, nothing’s better than celebrating a good catch with a cold one. Whether you’re an experienced SUP fisherman or just getting started, the 12’6’ Tortuga is the board for you. It sets you up with everything you need. You just have to find the fish. All Whaleback boards are made in the USA. Visit www.whalebackpaddleboards.com or call 561-3361612 for a dealer near you.

PAU HANA BIG EZ ANGLER At 11 feet long and available in both 32 and 36 inches of width, Pau Hana’s Big EZ Angler is built to be stable, the perfect platform for fighting any game fish. This paddleboard is derived from the classic Big EZ, and is shaped to provide anglers the balance they need while remaining easy to maneuver in shallow water without disrupting fish underneath. It is lightweight at just over 30-pounds, which means it is easy to launch anywhere there’s a place to carry it to the water. It can be rigged up for any kind of fishing, can handle heavy loads and carry all the gear you need. With a soft and stylish deck and space in between the pieces for water drainage, the Angler comes pre-equipped with 25 multiple threaded mount attachment points using Pau Hana’s innovative SeaMount System. Coolers, tackle boxes, anchors, nets, rod holders, paddle clips, lights and anything else an angler needs can be easily mounted on deck. The Big EZ Angler is a real teak paddleboard with the capacity to carry everything an angler needs and provide a stable platform to fish from.

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Paddlesports Product Review RAM MOUNTING SYSTEMS Whether you are on a lake, stream, whitewater, inlet or ocean, kayaking is all about adaptability. RAM has created a complete line of rust-resistant mounting solutions for kayaks that allow anglers to mount items where they are needed. RAM Mounting systems offer the widest selection of kayak fishing accessories to adapt to a wide range of fishing scenarios. With a patented ball-and-socket design, RAM mounts allow anglers to mount almost anything at the perfect angle. This provides flexibility to mount equipment within reach, but out of the way. RAM’s kayak mounts and fishing accessories are rugged, compact, and have no sharp edges or points. All of our kayak mounts are backed by a lifetime warranty and are made in the USA. RAM mounts are the solution for mounting anything you might need on the water. A full line of rod holders covers everything from fly rods to conventional baitcasters and spinning rods of all sizes. Electronics, like fishfinders, chartplotters, phones, tablets and cameras can be mounted securely where they are needed. RAM even has a special system for mounting transducers for depthfinders. If there is something that needs to be mounted on a kayak, chances are RAM has thought of it and designed a product to hold it.

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THE SKIMMER KAYAK MOTOR KIT Paddle fatigue getting to you? Want to motorize your kayak or canoe? There’s no need to pay $2,000 for a motorized kayak. Watercraft Technologies’ The Skimmer is a simple system for motorizing your kayak or canoe, and it costs less than $400. It is a lightweight, portable motor that mounts easily to your stern. Just snap it on when you need it. Fishing has never been easier, safer and more convenient. Go farther and save your energy for fishing! Increase your range! Catch more fish! The Skimmer weighs only 6 pounds. It’s 12v battery operated. There are easy controls for steering and motor lift. It’s environmentally safe, with no pollution, oil or gas spills. The Skimmer is made for saltwater, but does great in brackish or fresh water. It is able to propel a craft 2-4 knots and lasts two to five hours per charge. Imagine running your kayak at that speed and that long with zero effort! This propulsion system is great for people who want to get on the water and not worry about paddling hard into a swift current or strong wind. It is also great for those with shoulder, back or elbow issues. This kayak trolling motor kit carries a one-year, full parts replacement policy. See The Skimmer in action and order online at www.kayaktrollingmotor.com or order by phone at 631-848-3119.

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MALIBU X-WING CONSOLE

Storage is a huge issue when all the gear you need at hand must fit in a space the size of your legs and lap. Malibu’s X-Wing Console is a fantastic option for storing and organizing gear in the cockpit of a kayak. Mounting of electronics, rod holders and other accessories can all be accomplished on one unit without drilling unnecessary holes in a kayak’s deck. A dry-storage compartment included in the unit makes the perfect place for valuables as well as being a great place for a battery. The X-Wing slides back and forth on a track mounted to the gunnel, so placement can be customized on the fly so it’s there when you need it and out of the way when you don’t. It’s also completely removable for storage and transportation. The X-Wing fits Malibu Kayaks, and modifications and adapters can be used to make the console fit other brands.

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YAKGEAR COOLER SEAT A cooler is one of the most valuable tools in most anglers’ arsenals. It goes everywhere and serves as a refrigerator, stepladder, poling platform, storage box and even a seat. YakGear’s Cooler Seat and Rigging Kit allows anglers to turn their cooler into a more comfortable and practical seating platform. Perfect for fishing, paddling, camping, tailgating and hunting, the YakGear Cooler Seat and Rigging Kit consists of the YakGear Sting Ray Seat and the necessary hardware to mount and secure the seat to a cooler. The kit is compatible with all coolers that feature “Front Locking Holes” including Yeti, Grizzly, Engel, Yukon, Icehole, some of the Bison models, and many more. The YakGear Sting Ray Seat features built-in back braces, which allow rigid back support without pressure from an exterior backrest. While most seats slouch down or fold over, the YakGear back braces hold the seat in place. As an additional feature, the seat has an aggressive non-slip pad to prevent unwarranted movement while sitting.

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FLY FISHING A Modern Take On Booking Fishing Guides And Charters

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a better way. In April 2016, Fisher Guiding was founded. Since then, Hill has been working full time to turn his dream of easy one-stop shopping for charters and guided trips into reality. Fisher Guiding is a web-based service that lets anglers book trips with guides and charters online. It allows potential customers to search, review, message and pay guides all through an easy-to-use website. This service allows guides and captains to advertise and book clients based on available dates. It makes payment hassle free and allows guides and captains to market to customers in a way never before available. For some independent guides, the local fly shop is the only avenue available for them to book clients. Fisher Guiding is looking to supplement and modernize by offering a variety of scheduling and booking tools. Right now, Fisher Guiding currently has booking options from Alaska to the East Coast, Bahamas, Belize and Costa Rica. Although the consumer website just launched eight days ago, Fisher is already off to a great start with trips booked and new guides joining daily making for a constantly growing community. “Ultimately, the goal is to have guides and charters representing every market and fishing destination in the USA and around the world,” said Hill. It will be interesting to see how Fisher Guiding impacts the industry. The advantages are obvious for guides and charter services, but the greatest benefit may be for the consumer. Customers can read reviews and even message guides right through the website. Booking and paying for trips can be handled in two easy steps. While all change forces adaptation, a more competitive and transparent system will serve both the professionals and consumers. Ultimately the goal of Fisher Guiding is to make guides and charters more accessible to the public and contribute to the growth of the sport. A high tide will raise all the boats. See for yourself at www.fisherguiding.com.

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ooking fishing guides and charters has not really changed at all for 50 years, so the industry is ripe for change and improvement. That is what Edward Hill—founder of Fisher Guiding– thought before launching his online service for guides and captains and the anglers who use them. Hill worked at Front Range Anglers before By Charlie Warfield graduating from the University of Colorado. There he saw firsthand how the guiding business worked in the local area. After school, he did private sector work in Washington, D.C., but after a couple years felt the need for a change and a new challenge. He began planning a trip to the Everglades with his father to do some fishing and reflection. Hill began searching the Internet for local guides. He was frustrated by the lack of information and the hoops he had to jump through to get hold of a guide. He had to look up guides and then call them for available dates and rates. It was a hassle, and it then turned out the guides he tracked down didn’t have the dates available he was looking for. Hill thought there must be

CHOOSING THE CORRECT BAITFISH FLY

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f you look in many fly anglers’ boxes, you will see a huge array of flies in all shapes, sizes and colors. However, having the one correct fly in the box is the key to fishing success. Picking the correct flies for any saltwater fly fishing situation is key to whether or not you’ll be catching fish. Walking into a fly shop and looking into the fly bins can prove mindboggling to the uninitiated. The bins are filled with so many flies with which the fledgling saltwater fly fisher has little or no knowledge. Saltwater flies differ from their freshwater cousins in size and dress. Sometimes, like the kid in a candy store who is more influenced by the attractive wrapper than its contents, the beginning saltwater fly angler often chooses the eye-candy, over-dressed flies far too bulky to resemble a baitfish or a crab, flies that hook fishermen rather than fish.

Baitfish patterns

I believe a sparsely dressed baitfish pattern is preferable to a bulked up flashy fly. Why? The sparsely dressed fly will have a more natural look than will an all-too-spruced-up fly. Also, my experience has shown that a fish is far less selective when presented the sparsely dressed fly. The fly is only an imitation, a hint, of what the fish is feeding on, producing in the fish a reflexive action to strike. Perhaps one of the most important parts of the saltwater fly is its large eye that resembles closely the good-sized eyes on baitfish such as sardines, pilchards, and anchovies. Game fish zero in on that oversized eye when chasing and feeding on baitfish. Focusing on that eye results in fewer lost meals.

Color

Natural colors work best. Olive green, browns, tans and

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FLY FISHING Upstate New York

Bass On The Fly! By Mathew DeRosa

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t was a very successful spring steelhead season on New York’s Salmon River. Approaching the tail end of the season, a friend and I made a “last chance” trip in hopes of finding a few final drop-back steelhead left in the system. We fished the lower section of the river, near Lake Ontario, to increase our chances of a tight line. It was one of those days when spring starts meshing into summer. The sun was shining with a few high clouds, the warm breeze was 70 degrees, and we had the river to ourselves. For an angler, being outside and fishing in a short sleeve shirt with no one around should be enough to call any day a success. This day was about to get better. As we cast into a river with increasing water temps and a majority of the steelhead already back in Lake Ontario, our expectations of a tight line were low. Soon enough, as we launched large flies

into the water, the addicting tight line grabs began. These fierce strikes were not steelhead, but hungry smallmouth bass. We enjoyed a full day on the river swinging 4-plus-inch flies and catching more than 25 smallmouth bass apiece. Are you a bass fisherman? Have you experienced the power of a bass on a fly rod? Smallmouth and largemouth bass will aggressively hunt down prey, which makes catching them on a fly rod extremely enjoyable. The late spring and early summer months are perfect to experience bass on the fly in Upstate New York. Altmar, N.Y. is on the Salmon River a short drive from the Tug Hill Sportsman Club. Both the Salmon River and the Tug Hill Sportsman’s Club are great places to learn how to fly fish and test your skills on bass. The beautiful scenery and vast expanse of meandering clear water make the Salmon River a top-priority fishing location in late spring. Favorable river conditions draw in large numbers of smallmouth bass. The river has more than 12 miles of public fishing property, and you can fish all day without encountering another angler. Smallmouth enter the river in April to spawn and remain in the system until September. Average Salmon River smallmouth bass range from 2 to 3 pounds; some weigh more than 5 pounds. Bass are present the entire length of the river from Altmar to the Douglaston Salmon Run. Tug Hill Sportsman Club The Tug Hill Sportsman Club is located on 450 acres of gently rolling land and is home to four lakes. The lakes make up about 45 acres of pristine largemouth bass-infested water. New to fly fishing or experienced, the opportunity to catch a world-class largemouth is there. The fish in these small lakes have had unpressured feeding, growing and reproductive conditions as the property has been carefully managed for more than 25 years. The goal is to provide guests with the highest quality angling. Enjoy Tailwater Lodge’s relaxing accommodations and fish the Tug Hill Sporting Club with Zero Limit Adventures! Matthew DeRosa is a guide with Zero Limit Adventures. For more information on the Tug Hill Sportsman’s Club and Zero Limit Adventures, visit www.zerolimitadventures.com.

whites are all great color combos for baitfish patterns. You should, however, carry a selection of blue and white, red and white and, of course, chartreuse and white in your fly box.

Size

Depending on what type of fish you’re pursuing, the size of your flies will vary. But, in most saltwater fly fishing situations, you’ll also need baitfish patterns that range from a small anchovy patterns in size 6 to large sardine or pilchard patterns in size 2/0. Remember, just as it is on the spring creek or on the large river, it’s all about matching the hatch, weather it’s insects or baitfish.

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Elite Series Anglers Visit The Big O

By Steve Daniel, the voice of Okeechobee fishing

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hen Bassmasters Elite Series competitors came to the Big O in February, they went all out to showcase our great fishing. In the end, Timmy Horton came out on top. He did most of his fishing with a jig in the bulrushes on the south end of the lake. He knew if the wind got up it could spell trouble, and it did. Even though he carried a 7-pound lead into the final day, it would be nerve racking to finish the job. He ran back to the Harney Pond area and caught 12 pounds to win by about a pound over Tennessee angler Ott Defoe.

At the weigh in, Horton’s daughter showed up with a pizza box, and no one knew what that was all about, but my wife Deb and I knew; we were there. Horton won an event on New York’s Lake Champlain several years ago. On the final day he made a long run, over 60 miles, to catch a 20-pound bag. The only way he could lose the event was if the weather got bad and he could not get back to the weigh in on time. Being aware of this, he returned early and tied his boat to the dock. Rules state that an angler can’t leave the boat unless there’s an emergency. After approval from Tripp Welden, tournament director, Horton’s cameraman, who was his observer and could not get out of the boat either, ordered a large pizza to the boat. They enjoyed a long afternoon tied to the dock. Here on Okeechobee, Horton also enjoyed a big lead going into the last day. The plan was to go to the south end, get a heavy bag and return early to have an early lunch tied to the dock. It didn’t happen that way. The wind got up and changed the area he was fishing, and it took Horton until 11:30 a.m. to even catch his first bass. In the end, Horton caught enough to win, and the rest is history, but that is what the box of pizza was all about. I bet the pizza got cold waiting the docks. With water levels falling here on the Big O, we will be fishing some really shallow water going into April. Here is a tip: Get a 4-foot stick and keep it by the driver’s seat to feel the bottom. If you feel sand and the water is deep enough to get on plain, you will be fine. If the bottom feels hard, keep idling out until you have deeper water. Use a little common sense. Fishing in April will be incredible. An extremely successful professional bass tournament angler, Steve Daniel is 30-year veteran Okeechobee guide and the voice of Okeechobee fishing on WRVO Radio Network 1’s Hooked Up With Steve and Deb. Check out the show at www.renoviolaoutdoors.com

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riskly driven by warm sea breezes, we drifted in 26-fathoms—three grizzled and oft impatient anglers awaiting a bite. Biker Brad and I chartered Capt. Chris Le-Mieux and his 27foot Conch Cruiser out of Boynton Beach with expectations of catching summer dolphin. Joggling in 2-foot seas, Chris set the lines. After a few minutes, we noticed the spinning rod baited with a lively threadfin at the transom presenting a tad odd. The monofilament was loosely wrapped around the reel’s handle and bail. The line was straight down from the rod tip and disappeared beneath the Conch Cruiser. Chris seized the rod and quickly untangled the quandary then began a feverish retrieval of slack line. A tenacious, girly mahi gobbled the jittery herring then torpedoed toward the vessel. I reached for the camera in an effort to capture images of her aerial assault for freedom, but missed the opportunity because Chris forced the straining rod in my face barking, “REEL . . . REEL . . . REEL!” We watched in awe as the flailing dolphin rocketed through the air twisting and turning with great energy. Perhaps, the mahi is the prettiest fish in the world’s oceans. The brilliant harlequin green and cyber yellow of its lit skin, embellished with ultramarine specks in contrast with blue water, is spectacular. Having missed two epic jumps, I couldn’t resist the temptation. I passed

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the rod to Brad so I could focus on capturing the final flurry of vaults with a camera. But, as quickly as the acrobatic breaches had begun, they ceased. The worn dolphin laggardly cruised near the surface. Her brilliant color quickly faded as she succumbed to a well-placed, razor sharp gaff. Wild-eyed and grinning from ear to ear like yellow cartoon sponges, we extended our gratitude for the show by welcoming her aboard for a dinner engagement. Dinner and a show is how we roll!

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ingfish anglers will converge on Jacksonville the week of July 17 for the 37th edition of the Greater Jacksonville Kingfish Tournament. Steve Thompson, Captain of the Sea Snake, will once again serve as tournament chairman. With more than 30 years of experience on the SKA circuit, he brings unique insight to the Jacksonville tournament. The traditional two-day, Thursday/Friday format returns this year. Each angling boat will be allowed to weigh one fish Thursday and up to two fish Friday. Boats that made a wrong turn on day one still have a fighting chance on day two. Also returning is the single-engine class, where payouts go to the top 10 largest fish only. This year’s event, unlike last year, will not pay big fish or aggregate. The wildly popular ladies division will be expanded for 2017 and payouts will go out to the top 10 largest fish caught by ladies. Last year there were more ladies than ever arriving at the weigh scales, and with expanded payouts more are expected this year. As usual, there will be fun for all the kiddos. Junior anglers will have their own offshore day on the boats on Tuesday, and there will be a juniors dock tournament. As bonus prizes, there will be treasure chest drawings. Every boat that weighs a fish on Friday will receive a treasure chest key. Lucky keys open one of 10 treasure chests valued at more than $700 each! With donated fish, organizers will

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ding fish in the 5-pound-plus class to bite, he brought in a limit of just over 14 pounds. He ended up placing third right behind Kenny. The “Angler of the Year” points leader, FLW Pro Brian Thrift, ended up in sixth place after finishing second in the last three tournaments he has fished. This makes five straight top-10 finishes for Thrift, which is the longest streak for any tour angler since Kevin Van Dam had 10 in a row. With his tournament win, Dortch has now earned 500 total Angler of the Year points on the season and is in second place in the coveted Rookie of the Year (ROY) race. Justin Atkins, of Florence, Ala., the current ROY leader, is one spot ahead of Dortch with 502.

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atching snook from a kayak can be lots of fun, whether it’s pitching baits on the beaches, stalking them on the flats or trolling creeks and rivers. There are many ways to target them from a kayak. These fish are constantly on the move, so it really comes down to finding a location where there are good numbers depending on the time of year. Snook are extremely temperature sensitive. This is one of the main reasons they are constantly moving. Their migration ranges from offshore reefs and beaches, all the way back into where creeks and rivers turn to freshwater. Once you’ve zeroed in on their location, you better have the right gear and tactics to get the job done. My personal favorite way to target them is with artificial lures. I try to match what they are eating at that specific time of year. If it is during the shrimp run, I use a life-like softplastic shrimp called a Monster 3X X-MOVE. For the mullet run, I use a Yo-Zuri 3D Inshore Series Twitchbait (SS). For the white bait run I use Mirrodines or paddle tails. And for flies I do the same thing… “match the hatch.” My

absolute favorite way to target them is with topwater lures and flies. Where I do most of my fishing around Sarasota, Fla., spring finds snook in a transition. They will be fattening up as they make their way into the passes, beaches and nearshore reefs for the big summer spawn. A lot of people will paddle into the passes and get close to some type of structure to target these fish. Dropping a live finger mullet, ladyfish or pinfish near structure on a circle hook that matches the size of the bait is a recipe for success. Make sure to use nothing less than 30-pound fluorocarbon leader because their sharp gill plates will cut through lesser line like butter. I enjoy hitting dock or bridge lights in the passes on the full and new moons. Most of the time you will see them stacked around the lights. If they are hanging near the surface, I will first pitch topwater lures like Yo-Zuri 3DB Pencil at them. If that doesn’t get the bite, I will watch the type and size of bait passing through the light. Then I will

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locate them with your fishfinder in deep holes. Target the dropoff with sinking rattle baits at various depths when you find the shad deep. Try counting to ten before starting your retrieve to get the lure deeper. Crappie and bass are nearing the end of their spawning season – but don’t be sad; schooling bass, sunshine bass, big catfish and stringers full of bluegill are waiting for anglers’ timely placed offerings. Watch for insect hatches on the river and break out the fly rod. Plastic frogs, topwater lures, and suspending crank baits are hot baits this month for largemouth bass – fish the edges of the bank on top, or crank next to bait pods. 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

The last of this year’s bass spawn will be passing with the mid-month Full Moon phase. The recent FLW Tour bass pros’ enjoyed almost perfect weather while here on the chain and several of the top finishers caught the better fish from sight fishing bass on beds. Harris, Griffin and Eustis all produced nice catches. Due to the very warm winter (hardly any) the larger groups of bass have already started their transition to the deeper water locations such as off-shore hydrillia and eel grass beds, deep depressions, ledges and docks in the deeper water or with lots of shade, if there is a brush pile near or there it is a plus. Top water bite is hot in the low light conditions around the early daylight hours and at the end of the day. The last of the spring shad hatch is occurring and some schoolers will eat the top water all day long. Frog baits in the grass or lilly pads and spook 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. 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 dropoffs in river bends to find fish, then shut down, drift, and throw small crankbaits or shallow diving plugs.

type baits, Pop-R are all good choices. Once the sun comes up overhead, move to deeper grass edges or off-shore and throw lipless baits, soft swim baits or Carolina rigs. Once you get a bite or 2 slow down and make multiple casts in those areas. The panfish spawn and bite is really heating up and in full swing. Bluegills and shellcrackers will be spawning until maybe early in June on full or new moon phases. There is nothing better to fish for with kids, find them and there will be enough bites to use several boxes of red worms, crickets or grass shrimp. Fish them on light line with a small hook, small pinch weight and a bobber so the kids can see the bite. Enjoy the month of April maybe one of the best of the year and take a kid fishing and make a memory!

The bass and crappie bite has remained pretty steady despite the weather conditions being all over the board. The crappie bite is winding down for the season. This year the weather is a lot different at this time with our warmer winter months, so don’t delay in booking your last minute guided crappie trip. The bass spawn is still going strong and should continue into the month of May. If you’ve always wanted to learn the newest techniques for catching bass with lures or perhaps learn to flip and pitch a bait into a small opening, now is a good time to fish the big O.

Areas to try for bass have been around the Harney Pond area such as the Monkey box; Dyess Ditch and Horse Island. Some areas along the Observation Shoal and Dupree bar area as well as the points of Rita and Kreamer Island. Areas around the Kissimmee River such as Kings Bar; the pass; Cody’s Cove and Eagle Bay areas will produce.

To book your next fun-filled and productive day fishing Lake Okeechobee call Capt. Angie at 863-228-7263 or check out her website www.southfloridabassfishing.com to see more information on booking your trip, up-todate customer pictures and their Most successful days on the catches, hotel information, tollwater have been using a variety free number to obtain your Floriof lures like senkos; swim jigs; da freshwater fishing license etc. flipping/pitching creature-style lures; soft plastics cranking them on top and through vegetation with frogs and swimbaits. We

Aprils 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.  The State of Florida did a lot of 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. They are not marked with a buoy yet.  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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release the larger females with extreme care. Redfish and Black Drum will be found schooling along the edges of shallow flats early, and then they’ll chase bait in skinny water as the day warms. Follow the mullet schools and use baits that mimic the fingerlings. Match the same size lure to the baits - typically on the smaller side this time of year.

Spring has arrived, it’s now time to get excited about the many great fishing opportunities April brings to the east central coast of Florida. In April, the weather is still cool and enjoyable and the Moving offshore, April signals the fishing is excellent on all fronts. beginning of the fishing season for many of our blue water anOn the lagoon flats April signals glers, as it represents the start the return of finger mullet and of the April/May northern migraother bait species, and the return tion of dolphin in deeper water, of top-water plug fishing.  The 120 feet and beyond and usually sea trout are abundant on the brings in some of the largest bulls flats and running much larger taken all year. April also marks than last year, and nothing is the beginning of the Easter kingmore exciting than a respectable fish run on the near-shore reefs sea trout’s explosive strike on outside Port Canaveral. Additiona top-water plug.  Although sea ally, April marks the beginning of trout will strike a lure on top all the near-shore beach fishing for day long, they feed more aggres- large tarpon, jumbo jacks and sively at first light and dusk, and kingfish, so break out the big the smaller plugs like the Hall Em rods and prepare for battle. In Lures ‘Peanut’ has performed very well. April also signals the beginning of sea trout spawning season, so please handle and

the hook from catching grass like treble hook plugs and still provides a spectacular topwater bite. Like with many topwater lures, redfish will often strike at it and miss. Don’t set the hook until you give the handle a few cranks and make sure the rod is April is a transition month here bending. in Central Florida with lots of changes going on. The bait Redfish will still be schooling this schools will be flooding back into month. They tend to bite as good the lagoon system with mullet or better this month than any leading the charge. Weather will other time of the year. A variety be stable now through Septem- of lures like jerkbaits, shad tail ber so we will no longer have to lures, and the DOA shrimp will all worry about large temperature get their attention this month. As fluctuations affecting the fishing. the average winter water levels While much of our water cleared give way to the higher levels of up during the first few months of spring, look for areas that have this year, it remains to be seen been nearly dry all year to start when and how badly the algae holding fish. In general, the farther north you are, the cleaner will return. the water will stay. This will make While redfish and trout dominate spotting fish easier. Big seatrout the catching, don’t be surprised will be holding along the edges to see a few tarpon, jacks, and of sandbars and around the spoil ladyfish show up when the bait- islands. They are much tougher fish arrive. My favorite mullet to spot than the redfish and are imitation is the DOA shallow run- easier to target with long blind ning Baitbuster. This soft plastic casts to likely areas. single hook lure works great on both redfish and trout. A steady retrieve along the surface keeps

to water temps being high already. You should be starting to find bunker schools more consistently. In the meantime, get on the kings. They have been constant on all the local reefs. Spin the minnows or live bait it. While on the reefs try dropping the Normally in April we are waiting chicken rigs down, We have had Oak Hill & Edgewater reports for that in-between month full some banner days of bee liners remain divided. Meaning Edgeof cobia. That month between and porgies. water is pulling lower than their windy March and the normal neighbor Oak Hill/Lopez area. mahi-mahi run in May. But, as If you have some amberjack The run seems to begin just a locations in your gps, they are you can tell, times are changing tad North of Riverbreeze boat and many have no clue what the here! Live bait has been working ramp (CM 73) and extending as the best but jigs will still manage month is going to bring. It’s true. far South as CM 9a in Oak Hill. Writing this report, a month prior a few. But beware, the rare en- The most pressure is from CM and predicting runs based on his- dangered sand bar shark will eat 4 to CM 7 from center channel tory is tough. If it goes anything most of your catch. Hope you all to West Side. Oak Hill turns on like last year, the cobias came have a great month and get to immediate vs. an hour delay in and went in one or 2 nights while put some meat in the freezer. Edgewater. Water clarity visuals we slept or during the 15 days it are about 2 foot. Bait fish and This report has been brought to blew. Then, suddenly the boards cat fish continue to reduce our were getting brought down by you by Captain Chris Cameron of visuals as they hover around our Fired Up Sport Fishing Charters, record numbers of mahi. Crazy! lights. Social media is buzzing Last year was one of the best your premier fishing guide char- about the MacDaddy smart lights mahi runs we had and it was ter of shark fishing Cocoa Beach, “strobe” function knocking them almost a month early. Predic- offshore fishing Port Canaveral, tions from many great captains near shore fishing Cape Canav- off the lights. are seeing the same conditions eral, Orlando charter fishing. Volusia sizes are 3-4 inch range shaping up like last year. We had #FishFiredUp for majority, small percent of a warm winter and the migration 5-inchers and up. The Volusia is hopefully sooner than later due 4 ORLANDO

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jumbo shrimp are summer whites dominating Brevard County and entering Volusia via Haulover Canal. Brevard County is cast netting full pulls during day and night at Max Brewer relief bridge. Titusville Pier is inconsistent, Haulover Canal is quiet, Railroad Bridge again inconsistent. You have to take the risk and be willing to stay from sunset till late morning at any of the Titusville hot spots. Side note, many full pulls in Key Largo of large pink shrimp. Melbourne boys are scouting Eau Gallie and Mather’s Bridge. The fronts and whipping winds have given them some success (tease) netting 3 digit pulls of nice large shrimp (other nights they see 1-3 shrimp). I cannot get confirmation if the Melbourne large is consistent with the invasion of the white shrimp. Volusia is spitting really small shrimp but 5 gallons is do-able on out-going tides pretty consistently. Shrimping season is winding down. Follow the intel on Facebook, Florida Shrimping Academy – Tips & Tricks.

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Saturday April 1 – Toho Marine Outdoors “Elite One Man” Bass tournament series on the Harris Chain of Lakes launch site to be at Buzzard Beach boat ramp on US Hwy 441 in Tavares in Lake County. 100% Pay-back, pays 1 place for every 5 boats, 2 Big Bass cash prizes. Angler of the Year gets FREE Entry to next season’s events. Contact Tournament Directors: Jimmie Murphy 352-789-5351 or Mark Lundgren 540-809-5238 or visit tohomarine.com Tuesday April 4, 11, 18, 25 – 5pm until Dusk, , Jolly Gator Evening Bass Tournament Series, and every Tuesday evening until mid- August, this is a 2 angler team event with a $40 entry fee, pay-out is 1 per 7 boats that fish and $10 per boat for Big Bass at each event. Point system for qualifying for the end-ofyear Classic must finish in top 10 in points or have won 1 event and have fished 21 of 25 events. Register at CS Lee boat ramp the day of the event. For more info contact Jim Chaudoin at 407-4322822 or Phil Wolf at 407-7909515. Wednesday April 5 - 630 pm, Join the members of the Seminole County Airboat Club at their host Jolly Gator Restaurant and Grill at the St Johns River on SR 46 next to CS Lee Park for their monthly meeting. This is a great club with a loyal following of members involved in several annual charity and River Clean-up events. Come join us for an evening of family FUN! New Owners at the Jolly Gator and great food and customer service! Saturday April 8 – 10 am until 5 pm at Lake Fairview Marina, 4503 N. Orange Blossom Trail ion Orlando for their Annual Spring Fun Regatta. Join the friends for a day on the water, Live Music, Raffles, Boat Rides, Food Trucks, Cold Beer and More! Register at www.regattanetwork.com/ event/14179 or contact them at 407-295-0117. Proceeds for event benefit “Kids Beating Cancer Fund”, take your family and friends for a great time and great cause!! Saturday April 8 – Safelight until 3pm, Jolly Gator Bass Tournament Series, one Saturday a month until mid- Au6 ORLANDO

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gust, this is a 2 angler team event with a $40 entry fee, pay-out is 1 per 7 boats that fish and $10 per boat for Big Bass at each event. Point system for qualifying for the endof-year Classic, must finish in top 10 in points or have won 1 event and have fished 21 of 25 events. Register at CS Lee boat ramp the day of the event. For more info contact Jim Chaudoin at 407-4322822 or Phil Wolf at 407-7909515. Monday April 10 – 630 to 900 pm, Central Florida Offshore Anglers (CFOA) will be hosting their monthly social meeting at their new meeting location, the Community Center at 721 W. New England Ave., Winter Park. This event is open to the public, members and guests. Special guest speakers will be Cody Moore from New Smyrna Beach Outfitters, topic for instruction, Off-shore Tactics! Food will be available from start till end! Bring a friend and learn some new techniques. For membership information, please contact Bruce Reid at 407-421-0037 or visit www. mycfoa.com

foot medium action spinning reel combo equipped with 20 pound test braided line and 15 pound test mono leader. This particular combination will allow you to make long accurate casts to targeted areas. Attention anglers: now is a perfect time to get out on the water and catch some fish. Spring time fishing along Florida’s Space Coast is something special. It was created just for you. Throughout our region, the early morning spotted sea trout bite should be very good. These trout will be in search of an easy meal and are fun to catch. This is especially true along the flats. In this area, countless fingerling mullet will be invading our region for the spring mullet run. Trout will be aggressively feeding on these mullet during low light conditions. In order to prepare for a tug of war battle with one of these hard fighting fish, you will need to do an equipment checkup. One of my favorite rod and reel combos to use for trout is a seven

Thursday April 13 – 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 Saturday April 15 – “Sandy’s Open” Bass Tournament sponsored by Southern Tackleworks on the Harris Chain of Lakes, from Buzzard Beach Ramp on Hwy 441 in Eustis, 3rd Saturday of each month $50.00 entry per boat (2 anglers), starts at safe light until 2:30pm, to enter contact Nick or John at 352-742-0036 or sign-up at ramp prior to start, boat number based on time of entry. 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.

Here are a few helpful hints when fishing for trout. First of all, keep in mind that trout have excellent eye sight and are easily spooked. To overcome this, anglers should make long accurate cast to a targeted area while practicing a stealth-like approach. In addition, for live bait fishermen, attaching a 6/0 circle hook to the end of a mono leader and hooking a live fingerling mullet just behind the anal fin is a great way to catch a trophy-sized trout. Allowing the bait to swim naturally (free lining) can help increase your chances of catching a nice fish. Also, fishing baits near schools of bait fish can be a very exciting time. Many of the trout should have an average length of nearly 20 inches with some measuring up to 24 inches long.

move out to the 2 to 3 foot range as the sun gets up higher in the sky. When you find bait schools, work your bait along the edges of the school. Try topwater early for that explosive strike. Another over looked place to find feeding fish is in the mud trails left by Manatees. Try throwing a small buck tail jig or a DOA Shrimp or Crab into these mud trails. And let’s not forget the inlets and inshore beach bite in April. Snook, redfish, cobia, Spanish mackerel, bluefish, and triple tail are just some of the action you can find along east Central Florida. Recommended Baits: DOA Shrimp, DOA Crab, ½ oz. buck tail jigs, small topwater baits, gold spoons, and jerk baits are all sure to entice predator species.

In this guide’s opinion, April is one of the best months all year to catch a trophy-sized redfish or spotted sea trout. Water temperatures in this transitional month when baitfish return to the back country, have all species of fish in feed mode. Mullet, pigfish, and pinfish schools will be found throughout the local lagoons. Fishing in areas of bait will produce results. When looking for baitfish activities watch for disturbed water, diving birds, nervous mullet schools or any Let’s all help with spring cleaning jumping or flashing of baitfish. - take a trash bag with you and Some great places to fish are pick up any trash you see. Recreek mouths, along sandy member a clean environment is shore lines or open flats in 2 to a healthy environment. 3 feet of water. Start fishing early around 45 minutes before sunrise in close to shore and then

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Jolly Gator Bass Series Tournament Dates - 2017 Tuesday Evening April 4th Saturday April 8th Tuesday Evening April 11th Tuesday Evening April 18th Tuesday Evening April 25th Tuesday Evening May 9th Saturday May 13th Tuesday Evening May 16th Tuesday Evening May 23rd Tuesday Evening May 30th Tuesday Evening June 6th Saturday June 10th Note: All Tuesday Evening Series start at 5pm until Dusk, all Saturdays start at safelight until 3pm, 2 angler Team $40 per event, all events will launch at CS Lee Park at SR 46 at St. Johns River. All event weigh-ins will be at Jolly Gator Fish Camp & Grill. Events will continue through mid-August with Classic on August 12th.

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The Seminole Junior Anglers competed in a number of tournaments recently and have had a number of teams with top finishes. One of those tournaments was the FLW/TBF Florida High School State Tournament that was held out of Palatka on the St. Johns River. The team of Fisher Omans and Steven Steinard finished 5th out of 65 teams to earn a birth to the TBF National Tournament being held on Pickwick Lake in Florence, Alabama. Other top performing teams include Joey Bloom and Dylan Westhelle 8th Place, Logan Wright and Colin Blanton9th Place, A.J. Almedea and JJ Lehman- 10th Place, Connor Dimauro and Saxon Dearmin- 13th Place and Jake Terrell and JD Walker- 15th Place. The teams will next compete in the 2nd annual North vs. South Kissimmee Chain Tournament. The top 12 teams from the Seminole Junior Anglers and the Osceola Anglers will face off against the top 12 teams from the clubs of Bartow, Sebring, George Jenkins and Ft. Meade High Schools. Newsworthy: The teams also competed in a B.A.S.S. State Qualifying Tournament on the St. Johns River out of Palatka on March 12th. The team of Logan Wright and Fisher Omans brought home the win for the Seminole Junior Anglers with a limit of bass weighing 15.56 lbs. Logan and Fisher, along with the team of Joey Bloom and Colin Blanton are in the top 5 teams of the year in points and have an opportunity to win team of the year and qualify for the B.A.S.S. National Tournament that is held on Kentucky Lake. We would like to thank all of our sponsors for supporting these young anglers, especially Instant Insurance of Sorrento for supporting our page in the Orlando Coastal Angler Magazine.

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Astor Marine

Triangle Marine – Tavares

Dan and Monica Connolly launched Astor Marine in 1988, just west of the St. John’s River Bridge at 24535 W. State Road 40. They have been active in Florida businesses since 1958 then fell in love with the St. Johns River and decided to make Astor, Florida their home. That is when they bought four pontoon boats; which began Astor Marine and now more than twenty-seven years later, they’re still going strong. They are proud to be a Central Florida pontoon boat sales and service center and they will deliver any new boat anywhere in Florida at no additional cost, and they stand behind the boats they sell.

Triangle Marine located in Tavares on US Hwy. 441 on the east side of the road has been providing the folks in Central Florida boating sales and service for over 40 years. The owners Scott and Mike Showalter grew up in the marine and boating industry working with their father Jerry. When it comes to buying a new or used boat you should check out the people who know the most about what it takes to fit a new or seasoned boater’s needs and budget. While the boat and motor brands have changed over the last 40 years, one thing that still remains the same at the dealership is good old customer service. They believe that treating a customer the same way in which you would want to be taken care of is the key to years of success. Take care of your customers and they will return time and time again and refer you to friends and family. They are the largest Lake County Dealer for Action Craft Boats, Azure Boats, Bennington Marine Pontoons, Crest Pontoons, Southwind Deck Boats and Evinrude and Yamaha Outboard Motors. If you are in the market for a fishing boat, family cruiser, deck boat, pontoon boat either aluminum or fiberglass then a visit to Triangle Marine should be on your list of places for a huge selection of both new and used vessels.

Astor Marine now features SunChaser, Oasis, and Sylvan pontoon boats. You can choose a Honda, Mercury, Suzuki, or Yamaha outboard to power your new boat. There are usually used pontoon boats and other types of used boats available that have all been thoroughly checked out and are ready for you to enjoy. They also have parts & accessories, pontoon boat trailers, and generators. If they don’t have what you need they will order it or try to help you find specialty parts, because they are here for you the customer and your boat. Their service department is second to none and they repair and maintain all types of boats, motors, and trailers. They are a factory authorized repair center for Honda, Mercury, Suzuki, & Yamaha outboards. They carry parts for all outboards and gladly order parts they do not have in stock. Give them a call; they will do amazing things to get you back on the water enjoying your vessel. (352) 759-3655 www.astormarine.com.

Lake Fairview Marina This family owned and operated Orlando icon is located on North Orange Blossom Trail on the western shore of Lake Fairview just south of Lee Road, and has been providing specialty marine services for several decades. Lake Fairview Marina is a full service marina offering general marine engine service and repairs, secured storage, pontoon boat rentals, sailboat rentals, a ship store and sailing lessons. Orlando is a short drive to either coast and has 104 named lakes which makes this a perfect centralized location for all your boating needs. Come see their fantastic line of new boats, featuring trailerable sailboats by Hunter Marine, Precision Boatworks, Com-Pac Yachts and Laser Performance. Their complete selection of sailboats which includes one design sailboats, daysailors, pocket cruisers and weekenders are sure to suit the needs of any sailor looking for adventure. The assortment of used sailboats ranges from one design and daysailors to trailerable weekenders. With consignment sales, selection continues to vary. Lake Fairview Marina also has a huge variety of previously owned boats. A broad selection of power boats encompasses outboard, inboard / outboard and inboard boats such as jon boats, bow riders, ski boats, off shore fishing boats, runabouts & trailerable power cruisers. Looking for that perfect outdoor venue for your up-coming event? Check out the Tiki Hut style gazebo at the harbor’s edge – it’s perfect for entertaining clients, birthday parties, wedding rehearsal dinners, and corporate retreats or simply gathering with your family and friends. The Tiki Hut and fire pit have become the traditional place to host holiday parties, company picnics and special events with a boating and nautical flare. Let them help you plan your next party. Join our friendly staff and friends on April 8th from 10am until 5pm for our Annual Spring Regatta 2017. Live Music, Raffles, Boat rides, food trucks and lots of family fun, Free Continental Breakfast and Free beer while it lasts, $25 fee. To register, visit www.regattanetwork.com/ event/14179. Visit them at 4503 N. Orange Blossom Trail or call at 407295-0117 - visit them on the web at www.fairviewmarina.com, and tell Cynthia that you saw this in the Orlando Coastal Angler Magazine.

Triangle Marine also provides a full range of marine service and repairs to most major brands of outboards specializing in both Evinrude and Yamaha. They also have a fully stocked ships store including lots of replacement items and trailer parts. They also have a large stock of outboard parts for the do-it-yourselfers at very competitive prices. So if you are looking for a new or used boat or looking to change or upgrade your current vessel or trailer, stop by a pay them a visit and tell them you read about them in Orlando Coastal Angler Magazine. Call them any time at 352-343-6146 or to check-out their current inventory visit them on the web at www.trianglemarine.com.

Dancing Pigs Deli America’s favorite sandwiches. That’s the whole idea behind the menu at Dancing Pigs Deli. Dancing Pigs Deli is South Orlando’s little deli with giant flavor. Experience Chef-made, meaty sandwiches replicating  Americas best Deli specialties. Our famous Dancing Pig Sandwich is piled high with slowroasted pork and topped with your favorite sauce. The Muffaletta that make a Cajun envious.  Stacked with Italian meats, cheese and our house made olive salad.  Italian beef, urban hot dogs and our version of Tah-kos will tantalize your taste buds. Dancing Pigs Deli is one of those places you’ll tell your friends about and then wish you didn’t. Chef driven recipes from across the country. Buffalo’s “Beef on Weck”, Chicago’s Italian Beef and Tampa’s famous “Cuban” sandwich highlight this scratch deli in south Orlando. Chef Chris Lamb and his culinary team are more than sandwich makers. The crew makes their own roast beef, turkey and pastrami, in house. Lunch diners are privy to a daily carving station featuring their oven roasted meats. Each weekday morning at 11 am, a fresh roast is taken out of the oven and expertly carved to order for a mouthwatering sandwich without preservatives or nitrates. Pastrami, Roast Beef, Leg of Lamb and Roast Turkey Breast are featured throughout the week and Chef choice is prepared on Fridays. The deli also serves as the catering arm for Central Florida Foodworks and Fish on Fire. Whatever your catering needs DPD can help. Our onsite cooking expertise revolves around authentic crawfish boils, Cajun cookery, barbecues, pig roasts, luau, oyster roasts, clam bakes, low country boils, fish fry’, seafood grills, steak outs, company picnics, omelet bars, Mongolian barbecues and other short order menus. With two brick and mortar kitchens available as well as a warehouse chock full of mobile equipment. Our fleet of service vehicles cover simple deliveries to full mobile kitchen setups. Look us up at DPDeli.com and CFFoodworks.com The next time you are in south Orlando near Sun Rail’s Pinecastle Station, stop in for a taste of WOW! Open from 11 to  9, Monday thru Friday. Catering available anytime.

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

15 - Fiberglass Plus (407) 915-6089

1470 Kastner Pl, Suite 100,Sanford, FL 32771

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

2 - Nobles Marine (352) 787-5792

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

6 - Sea Tow of Central Florida Lakes

3 - Holiday Marine (352) 787-4824

1126 North Blvd E, Leesburg, FL 34748 www.deckboats.com

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

4 - Triangle Marine (352) 343-6146

51 - A & D Custom Canvas (407) 331-8184

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

725 Montana St. Orlando 32803

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

Bait & Tackle Shops / Outfitters / Apparel

30 - Sonny’s Marine (407) 293-7174

5820 W Colonial Dr., Orlando, FL 32808 www.sonnysmarine.com

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

25 - Central Florida Marine (407) 647-6262 1021 N Orlando Ave, Maitland, FL 32751 www.centralfloridamarine.com

6 - Southern Tackleworks (352) 742-0036 325 E Burleigh Blvd, Tavares, FL 32778

38 - Orlando Boat Sales (407) 253-7111

935 N Bay St, Eustis, FL 32726

1000 W Burleigh Blvd, Tavares, FL 32778

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

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

35 - All Star Marine (407) 423-9953

45 - Wojo’s Bait & Tackle (407) 891-1003 Oak Park Center, 4245 13th St, St Cloud, FL 34769 57 - Hollow Point Apparel (386) 547-5455 Real Apparel for Real People www.hollowpointapparel.com

48 - Mud Hole Custom Tackle, Inc.

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

29 - Lake Fairview Marina (407) 295-0117 503 N Orange Blossom Trail, Orlando, FL 32804 www. Lakefairviewmarina.com

49 - Martin Tree Service, Inc. (407) 359-1119 1215 Bob White Trail, Chuluota, FL 32766 www.martintreeserviceinc.com 50 - Campbell Renovations Inc. (407) 947-0016 285 Campbell Ranch Run, Geneva, FL 32732 www.campbellrenovationsinc.com 55 - Vapor and Company (407) 878-7397 3617 S. Orlando Dr., Sanford, FL 32773 www.vaporandco.com 56 - Ice Age Air Conditioning (407) 324-7283

Areas Best Picks for Restaurants 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

33 - Boston’s Fish House (407) 678-2107

Aloma Square Shopping Center, 6860 Aloma Ave, Winter Park, FL 32792 www.bostonsfishhouse.com

17 - St. Johns River Steak & Seafood (407) 878-0980 550 N Palmetto Ave, Sanford, FL 32771

16 - Monroe’s on the Lake Hotel & Banquet Hall (407) 878-1861 530 N Palmetto Ave, Sanford, FL 32771

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

37 - Dancing Pig Deli (407) 270-5976

56 - Orlando Outfitters (407) 896-8220

22 - Huey Magoo’s (407) 706-6004

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

Home Improvement Contractors & Service Providers

32 - Portside Marine (407) 249-1124 2730 Forsyth Rd, Orlando, FL 32792 www.portsideorlando.com

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

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

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

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

34 - Thomas Lumber Company (407) 841-1250

11 - Highbanks Marina & Camp Resort

24 - Boat Max USA (321) 866-0306

12 - Rothrock Marine (866) 375-6143

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

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

31 - Pyramid Cabinets (407) 947-8499

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

6807 S Orange Ave, Orlando, FL 32809

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

19 - Ahoy Marine (407) 323-8373 511 E 25th St, Sanford, FL 32771 www.superpages.com

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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

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

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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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

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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

Team Marine Services

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

Honda Outboard Sales and Service Boat Repairs, Maintenance, Parts

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

8235 N. Orange Blossom Trail Orlando, FL 32810 Phone: (407) 260-8326 www.teammarineservices.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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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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4650 E State Rd 46, Geneva, FL 32732 Phone: (407) 349-5554 www.thejollygator.com

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UCF Reel Knights 401 Commerce Way Suite 101, Longwood FL 32750 www.respitecmedical.com • 407-834-2266 and 1-800-945-6685 Specializing in meeting rhe needs of the home respiratory and sleep therapy patients.

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By Connor Byrne

The UCF Reel Knights had a good time away from school for spring break during March, allowing us to all get some fishing in. Our president Charles Hertel and Vice President Charlie Kelsey fished Mosquito Lagoon and were able to find a couple of tailing redfish along with a nice gator trout despite the extreme windy conditions. Our clubs inshore tournament also went down in March and we were pleased with the turnout for this semester. Many members and anglers in the tournament had a good time and walked away with an assortment of different cash prizes and raffles. April is a big month for us with some great events. We have our scramble golf tournament in teams of 4 taking place at Twin Rivers golf club in Oviedo which is something newer for us. We held the tournament for the first time last year and everyone had a blast. We also have our Spring Bass Bankhopper tournament on April 8th which is always a good event. Last semester multiple club size records were broken and we are hoping for some big bass to be caught again this semester as well. We also have 2 partnering events with The Florida Coastal Conservation Association - the Knights Chapter of the CCA Banquet on April 20th along with the CCA Talkin’ Trash Tournament on April 22nd. The CCA Banquet will be held at UCF and is welcome to members of CCA. This event includes silent and live auctions as well as food and beverages. The CCA Talkin’ Trash Tournament is a new tournament we are doing with CCA where the objective is to clean up the local waters around the Mosquito Lagoon and Indian River. Prizes are awarded to the team with the most weight in trash as well as miscellaneous awards such as strangest item collected. For more information about the UCF Fishing Club and our events be sure to check us out at ucffishingclub.weebly.com and as always thank you for our supporters at Hells Bay and Orlando Coastal Angler Magazine. Tight Lines!

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Paddle Power

By Capt. Alex Gorichky April is a month full of choice from spawns to transitions, keeping anglers on their toes from east to west coast. Bait species of all sorts will flood the flats and fill our lakes. Gamefish like the snook will look to evacuate their backwater winter holding areas and make fast for the inlets, passes and beaches of both coasts. Yet another really warm winter all but ensures that our snook stocks will be through the roof. The east coast didn’t have the die-offs as severe as the west coast did a few years back so some of our east side fish are bordering on the ridiculous size. All salty areas of the state should have very good catches as we roll into summer. One fishery I always look forward to is the mega jack crevalle off the Space Coast beaches. Crazy hard fighters are the 25-50 pound jacks that will test your tackle and stamina. This fishing is not for the faint hearted, as the jack’s strike alone is liable to stop it from beating. Typically right on their heels or tailfins in proper speaking will meander in our massive tarpon. The west coast almost always see tarpon flood in a little sooner, so be prepared for the rollers to be coming to your neck of the preferred coast. For those sweet water kayakers, be looking for the bass to dial in a shift from the bedding/spawn mode to a more smash every baitfish school moving mind frame. One of my favorite times to hit the “low sodium” for sure is in April. I would be negligent as a guide, writer, and fisherman of the central Florida waters if I didn’t include some seatrout talk in an April fishing forecast. With the spawn going wide out, bait flooding the flats, and warming waters the best chance for a trophy “gator” trout is now. You can catch a seatrout in at least 1,000 different ways, and all are fun in their own respects. However in my book there is but only one true way to fish for large seatrout, a topwater plug! Fished early or late in the day at lower light time periods for the best results, and always a Walk-the-Dog style to tempt the biggest ole girls. I say girls for a reason and this bit of knowledge can go a really long way. All seatrout over 25 inches are female, and a good portion of the fish 23-25 inches are too. Below that 23(ish) inch mark it’s anyone’s guess, and makes me extremely selective of the fish I’ll keep to help maintain the brood stock. I prefer to look at a trout in the 18-22 inch range as the perfect dinner guest to invite home with you. I always use best fish handling practices to guarantee the heathy release. I also swap a good portion of my topwater plugs to an in-line j-hook (made by VMC) and ditch the standard treble hooks. Much less chance of damage to the valuable breeder fish and they seem to give my clients/self a considerably better caught fish ratio with big trout. Less foul hooked fish, so way less fish pulled off in the fight. No matter east or west coast, April fishing is sure to keep anglers busy…Capt. Alex Gorichky. Local Lines Charters and Capt. Alex can be reached by calling (321) 480-3255, or visit www.locallinescharters.com.

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Somewhere in the 1990s, I jumped on the bandwagon and bought several of these popular slow-sinking lures. I read all of the articles that were written about it and tried to follow the directions on how to properly fish it, especially in the winter for large speckled trout. Occasionally, I would catch a fish or two, but most cast came back empty handed. Fast-forward about 10 years, and one day while wade fishing Shamrock Cove in Texas’ Corpus Christi Bay with three friends, it all changed. We were lined up walking this grass flat and throwing the same famous lure. Yes, I was throwing the lure I had not been able to catch many fish on for over a decade. I tied one on because a buddy said he had been killing the trout on it. I waded alongside the three of them watching them catch trout after trout. As frustration settled in, I started to mimic my friend closest to me. I would cast within 10 yards of his cast and mirror his rod movement. I still didn’t catch a fish, while he continued to do so. By now I was completely clueless on why I couldn’t work this lure properly. I ask him to cast his lure a few feet in front of and several yards past me. Once it passed by, I could see the movement of the lure and how it twitched, paused and darted. I made my next cast in a direction where I could clearly see my lure moving through the water. No matter how vigorously I worked my rod, my lure moved almost in a straight line through the water. What I discovered was I was the only one not using braid. The non-stretch and sensitivity of the braid is what made the lure twitch and dart to attract the fish. On my next trip, I was spooled up with braid, and finally caught fish on this famous lure. Simply by using braid, I became a better fisherman, and this lure soon became one of my favorites. There are still instances when I do not use braid, but for those who have not tried it, or have not tried it in years, spool up with the newest braid technology. It can instantly make you a better fisherman. Capt. Michael Okruhlik is the inventor of Controlled Descent Lures and the owner of www.MyCoastOutdoors.com.

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im Salazar has been kayak fishing Southern California since the 1990s. He’s old school. Floridian Brandon Barton started in 2010. He’s from the new school. Both are elite-level Hobie fishing team members, a pair of Top Guns. For Salazar, the water is sizzling when it hits the relatively frigid 70s. He dresses accordingly, in a shorty farmer john wetsuit worn over a pair of fishing board shorts. For UV protection, he tops the ensemble with a hooded polyester sun shirt. His feet have it easy. “In the summer you can’t get me out of my flip flops,” he said. Where Salazar is traditional, Barton is modern. Comfort in hot weather and protection from insects are Barton’s major concerns. In the summer and spring he wears lightweight nylon fishing pants paired with a long-sleeve sun shirt. He tops them with a hat and a neck gaiter—popularly known as a buff. “The sun beats down on the water. I keep my whole body covered up,” he said. Some warm water anglers wear shoes made for the water. Barton prefers to slather sunscreen on his bare feet. If he’s fishing offshore or for dinosaurs, he adds fingerless fishing gloves. “For tarpon and sailfish, you need some hand protection,” he added. Although they fish in different climates, both pros avoid cotton. They dress for the conditions in clothing built to shed water and dry fast. You should too. Photo: Brandon Barton dressed for the warm Florida climate in lightweight sun-protective fishing clothes. Photo courtesy Brandon Barton.

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Tackle Corner:

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nce upon a time, fishing was deemed a passive, even contemplative game, a quiet pastime spent under a straw hat and a warming sun. No more! Modern angling is an active endeavor generally characterized by energetic casts, and plenty of them. The aggressive style of the modern angler takes its toll on the body with back, wrist, elbow and shoulder injuries. “As we get older, our bodies kind of fall apart,” said Bassmaster Elite Series angler Mark Menendez during an outing on Kentucky Lake. Menendez has developed tendinitis in his elbow. “I have had to figure out ways to fish that are less taxing on my body.” He has changed technique and equipment to reduce the wear. He fishes soft swimbaits like the Strike King Shadalicious far more these days, working them on relatively light spinning tackle and line testing no more than 10 pounds. It’s effective and easier on his elbow. The other adjustments he makes relate to his tackle. He lauds the Winn grips now featured on Lew’s Custom Lite, Lew’s Tournament Performance TP1 Speed Stick and Lew’s Mach Speed Stick rods. “The advantage to the angler is that the Winn grip adheres to your hand, but it’s not sticky,” he explained. “It just makes you feel you have a good grip on your rod and reel. The grips also allow me to make longer casts because I have better control of my rod and reel.” Musky and saltwater anglers are also taking advantage of the “tacky” feel and security of the non-slip polymer to protect against joint stress. Eavesdrop on a group of musky fishers for long and you’re bound to hear complaints of sore elbows and forearms. Many musky anglers are building custom rods with Winn grips, employing larger 1.25-inch Straight Taper split grips or a Straight Taper fore

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grip coupled with a 15-inch Straight Cylinder Saltwater grip capped with a fighting butt to extend the rear handle to 18-plus inches. Winn will add a new 18-inch grip to the Saltwater line this spring. Builders of custom surf and offshore rods are already making plans for its use. But oversized grips and rod wraps are finding favor with other anglers, too. At the Bassmaster Elite Series event at Lake Okeechobee in February, anglers with arthritic hands and joint issues noticed the booth Winn shared with North Fork Bait & Tackle owner and rod builder Steve Keller, who also operates a Winn Authorized Service Center at his store in Jensen Beach, Fla. Arthritis sufferers noted their preference for larger grip diameters to ease gripping pressure. The 1.25-inch Winn grips caught their attention, as did the array of offerings in the Winn Superior Rod Wrap line of overwraps, which enable the angler to put a layer of non-slip Winn polymer over existing cork or EVA grips. Winn grips and rod wraps (www.winngrips.com) are available in a wide range of sizes and colors. The Winn interchangeable grip system offers an endless combination of configurations.

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rowing up in southern middle Tennessee, I was fortunate to have a lot of really good fisheries within a couple hours of my house. I had my choice between the Tennessee River lakes like Guntersville, Wheeler and Wilson or the typical highland reservoirs located in the hills of Tennessee. I spent many days fishing club events and absorbing every bit of knowledge I could. It helped me become a versatile angler and to stay in tune with the seasonal movements of bass. These things helped prepare me for the situations I would later face on

the Bassmaster Elite Series. I remember my very first Elite Series event. It was at Lake Seminole. I had never been to the lake and didn’t know a thing about it. After a tough first day of practice, I ran way up the Flint River to see if I could find something up there all to myself. What I found was a couple of small backwaters with clear water and fish that were setting up to spawn. These places had been completely overlooked, and I finished 21st in that tournament. I caught almost every fish on a floating worm, something that is very popular during the spawn around my home waters. That tournament and many others since have taught me that no matter where you go in the country, or what body of water you’re on, there will always be something that fits your fishing style. It may not always be the winning pattern,

but more times than not, I would rather be fishing for fewer fish with more confidence. The very best lure in any tackle box is confidence. But this doesn’t mean I stubbornly sticking to the same techniques I’m comfortable with. Successful tournament anglers must keep up with the latest trends. Lures, line, rods, reels and everything else are constantly evolving. It helps to stay on the forefront. As I travel the country, I learn a lot of new techniques and about new baits that work in particular regions. Every time I go to a tournament and a new technique arises that I’m not familiar with, the first thing I do when I get home is take it to a nearby lake and try to learn it. When trying to learn something new, it’s best to do it in areas you know hold fish. A good example of this was at the first Elite Series event of this year at Lake Cherokee. Cherokee is in east Tennessee, but it is much different than my home waters. There is a hot new trend among the locals there called the “Damiki rig” that is dynamite for catching smallmouth relating to baitfish. It is a small fluke-style lure rigged on a Lake Erie-style jig head that allows for precise placement of the lure at depth. I had heard about the rig leading up to the tournament and tried it in practice, but I never could figure it out. Our tournament was actually won on that rig, and several of the top guys were doing it. After that tournament was over, I spent the next day on my home lake with nothing but that rig. I wanted to learn everything there was to know about it. I went on to catch some big smallmouth on my home lake with it, and although I still don’t consider myself an expert, I feel like I can catch them on it next time the opportunity arises.

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By Capt. Chris Johnson, SeaSquared Charters Marathon, the very heart of the Florida Keys, offers fishing options as vast as the crystal blue waters that surround the islands. to experience the exhilaration of big game sport fishing closer to shore and easier on your budget. Rounding out the sport fishing options in Marathon are bonefish, snook, Goliath grouper, permit and barracuda. Each challenging in its own right and all worthy of a place of honor on your trophy wall.

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n 2016, Freediving Instructors International (FII) presented their new spearfishing course at The Blue Wild Expo in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. If you’re new to spearfishing or a veteran, this wealthof-knowledge course, from many of the world’s best spearfishermen and freedivers will be invaluable. All students must already have a Level 1 freediving certification from an internationally recognized agency. FII founder Martin Stepanek, and freediving instructors John Dornellas and Cameron Kirkconnell, wrote the textbook for the course, called FII Spearfishing. The first course was taught by Martin and John at Florida Freedivers, Jonathan and Kelsey Dickinson’s dive shop in North Palm Beach, Fla. just days before The Blue Wild. Jonathan became a FII Spearfishing Instructor in September and taught the course to most of his staff and several customers since. The classroom section of the course runs a half day and is packed with great content including spearfishing ethics, freediving safety, location safety about dive planning, site obstructions, currents, marine animals, divers and boats. Information about spearfishing gear, it’s handling and use is covered thoroughly along with underwater hunting skills and techniques. The second half of the day is the pool training, where speargun handling and float line training is hands-on. The provided spearguns are unique in that they can be loaded in the water with total safety, because their shafts are completely stationary, as they are permanently bolted to the muzzles and mechanisms. Otherwise, the spearguns are fully functional and allow the best practice for pool or confined water training. Hunting styles and tricks are also taught and practiced in the pool around a portable artificial reef at the pool bottom where students will stalk a foam fish. Certification is completed with the classroom and pool session, along with a written test. A day of real ocean spearfishing is an option and may vary from location to location, but in the Palm Beaches, Jonathan says they plan for a day of spearfishing in moderate depths where water entries with gear can be polished, and also float lines can be used in currents. Reefs with low structure are available for stalking with, aspetto and agguatto techniques. The photo is Jonathan Dickinson with a recent 70-pound amberjack!

Check out www.floridafreedivers.com and www.freedivinginstructors.com for more information about the course and spearfishing and freediving equipment. Capt. Chad Carney runs diving and spearfishing charters in southeast Florida and can be reached at 727-4237775 or chad.carney@yahoo.com.

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earning to fish a fly in saltwater adds a new and extremely challenging dimension to the sport. Light-wand enthusiasts on the marine scene don’t have to trip over tradition that sometimes limits the thinking and performance of their brethren who focus attention solely on trout and salmon. There are differences. When you work over fish in a stream, you often have ample time to contemplate the situation, change flies if the first one doesn’t work, and even try several approaches. Even a shoreline largemouth bass lays claim to a stationary feeding station near a log or under the lip of a lily pad. Saltwater critters remain on the move, probing and prowling continuously or they hold on a seat in the restaurant until the water level rises or falls a certain amount. Then, they change position. If you happen to spot your quarry, you only have seconds to get a fly in front of it. The first cast has to count. Simple hesitation can cause you to miss the opportunity. When you are blind casting, it’s important to read the water and recognize another set of signals. Predators frequently follow a feeding rhythm tied directly to the stage of the tide. Since they are not restricted to a few deep pools or the tail end of a run, finding them and presenting a fly with accuracy requires detailed knowledge of their habits and habitat. Casting in saltwater demands a bit more distance than it does in many freshwater settings. False casting becomes a handicap when you’re trying to drop a fly in the path of a cruising gamefish. You won’t have time to admire the tight loops or match the distance to the target precisely before dropping the fly gently on the skin of the water. The repeated surges of a powerful marine denizen tethered to flyline, leader and backing, or the task of driving a fly into the wind and in front of a cruising fish have no parallels in other forms of angling. Once experienced, these challenges trigger an insatiable appetite that demands more.

For smaller species of fish, a 9-weight fly rod that is 9-feet long would be my first choice. The reel should be single action, hold adequate backing, and left or right hand retrieve. You should turn the handle with your primary hand rather than what many fly fishermen do today. With a 9-weight rod, the reel should hold at least 200 yards of 20-pound dacron or braid. The second outfit for larger fish starts with a 12-weight or 13-weight rod and a reel that holds at least 275 yards of backing. Again, if you are right handed, choose a right hand retrieve. If you’re new to fly fishing, the time to break out the fly rod is when fishing is very good and your chances of success are boosted. It pays to keep it rigged and handy all the time. Let me warn you that catching fish on a fly rod becomes addictive. Once you start hooking fish on the light wand you will also be hooked.

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