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he rising sun revealed unaddressed devastation as Capt. Randy Cnota backed his 22-foot Pathfinder down the ramp at Tyndall Airforce Base. Less than a year after Hurricane Michael rocked the Florida Panhandle, we launched near the heart of the destruction. Just east of Panama City and a short drive from the catastrophe that unfolded at Mexico Beach, this slice of the Panhandle is a community doggedly enduring the slow process of rebuilding. The bright boards of new framing show progress in neighborhoods of single-story homes. Blue-tarped roofs, shredded metal buildings and acres of tall pines snapped like so many twigs are reminders of just how far there is to go. At the docks, bare wood pilings and concrete footings are left from what was a bustling little marina before the storm surge. But the fish don’t care. And with an eager 8-year-old angler perched on the leaning post, Capt. Randy pointed us toward the open Gulf of Mexico. This was early July, during the Gulf red snapper season, and Capt. Randy’s numbers would take us a few miles out to some hard-bottom that promised big snapper. But first we had to catch bait, which was plentiful in the form of Spanish sardines balled up around the markers just outside the pass from St. Andrews Bay. The 8-year-old would have spent all day catching sardines on a Sabiki rig, but shortly we left the other boats jockeying for position at the marker. We had our bait, and Capt. Randy now had an idea of how the boy would handle his first fishing trip on the open ocean. The kid emitted enthusiasm, and it’s a good thing we didn’t make a several hour run. The waiting would have driven him mad. Bigger boats out of Panama City can comfortably take anglers dozens of miles out to deeper water, quick limits and huge fish, but this nearshore trip was more our speed. Less than 10 miles from the coast, and even inside the 9-mile state waters, there are wrecks, reefs and hard bottom in the 100-foot depths that offer plentiful bottomfish as well as shots at some big pelagics. Within minutes at our first drop, the boy was hooked up with a big bonito, and Capt. Randy was steering with one hand, while holding the butt of the rod with the other. The kid had a death grip on the handle and cranked with all his might. “You’re gonna have to come over here and make sure this rod doesn’t get pulled out!” Randy barked at me with both hands full. But I couldn’t. On the other side of the boat, I was pumping and grunting on what turned out to be a stud red snapper. Somehow, both

fish made it onto the deck, and Randy went right back to work feeding out a freelined sardine from the stern. “Where there’s Bonnies, there’s kings,” he called the shot. Shortly thereafter, he handed me a rod with line ripping off the spool. I came up tight on a good king mackerel. It was one of three kingfish we had on that morning, but it was the only one that made it in the boat. Through the morning, the fish kept us continuously busy. We caught more red snapper than we could keep track of as well as gag and red grouper. Capt. Randy was great with the kid. Seeing the big bottom rigs were too much for an 8-year-old, Randy tied up a chicken rig on a lighter rod, showed the boy how to bait and fish it and then set him loose. Although the beeliners we were hoping for didn’t show up, the boy had a field day hauling snapper and triggerfish off the bottom. He was particularly proud of an FWC-tagged trigger he caught. “Part of the fun is you never know what you’re going to catch when you’re out here,” said Randy as he unhooked a 2-foot-long smoothback pufferfish. The whole time out, we kept eyes peeled for weeds and surface activity that might belie the presence of mahi-mahi or cobia. In the week before our trip, Randy managed to put clients on a sailfish and a big blackfin tuna. Although we didn’t encounter these species, we did watch in awe as two 10-foot tiger sharks circled uncomfortably close to the boat. We went home with a cooler full of fish. But more importantly, while those meaty chunks of snapper sizzled in hot oil, the boy regaled his grandparents with stories of the trip. His first time was an experience he will never forget. Snapper seasons may be over along the Gulf Coast, but if you find yourself hankering for a good fishing trip that’s fun and easy, consider hiring a captain out of the Panama City area. Capt. Randy said fall brings better opportunities for sailfish and tuna nearshore, and with his smaller boat, he is also well equipped to fish inshore. The fall redfish and trout bite can be off the charts. These hurricane-battered communities remain in recovery, but the fish, beaches and visitor ammenities are still there. Go spend some time at Panama City and eastward along The Forgotten Coast. You’ll be glad you did, because the fishing is pretty spectacular. Capt. Randy Cnota is co-publisher of the Panama City/Forgotten Coast edition of Coastal Angler Magazine and owner of C-Note Charters. Check him out online at www.cnotecharters.com or call 229-834-7880.

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hy do people feel the need to head to remote destinations a million miles from nowhere to fish? Some of the best fishing opportunities exist right under our noses, and many times they are very close to major metropolitan areas. The Grand River is just such a place. Michigan’s largest river runs through the heart of the state’s second largest city, Grand Rapids, and offers great fishing through its 252-mile run from rural headwaters in Hillsdale County down to Lake Michigan. Downtown Grand Rapids: Home to more than 37 craft breweries, Grand Rapids is Beer City. But there is another side of Grand Rapids that few know about. It offers the

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lure of big-river fishing in an urban environment. The river through downtown Grand Rapids offers the angler a unique opportunity to fish for steelhead in swift rapids beneath the city’s skyscrapers. On an early leg of their run up out of Lake Michigan, these fish are strong and as hot as they come. From October through December and again during March and April, droves of steelhead run through downtown as they migrate through and hold up in the rapids. Some of the best steelhead fishing lies between Sixth Street Dam and the Fulton Street Bridge. It’s not uncommon to see people wading the river, fishing from the banks or in boats landing these chrome bullets. When fishing here, the angler can expect to only move a few times to get on fish. Once you have your spot, you don’t want to move very much as it can be crowded at times. If you’re not on a fish right away, be patient. These fish get backed up at the dam and constantly move around in search of the fish ladder to pass through and continue their migration up the river. Lowell To Ada Section: Just minutes from downtown Grand Rapids, a roughly 10-mile stretch of the Grand River between the towns of Lowell and Ada offers fishing that is a little more secluded. From late spring through early fall, this section offers smallmouth bass and northern pike. There is little public access here, and the angler can expect solitude and no-pressure fishing in a remote river setting just outside Grand Rapids. A typical trip involves floating in a drift boat or jet boat from Lowell to Ada, covering a lot of water while casting to the banks, river timber and rocks. Bald eagles, osprey, blue heron and deer are common sights on this piece of river. Rarely will the angler lay eyes on another boat or fisherman. On the Grand River, one can enjoy spectacular fishing and then enjoy a cold beer and everything else the city has to offer. Tom Werkman, and his son Max, are owner/guides at Werkman Outfitters, a guide service on the Grand River in and around Grand Rapids, Michigan. Contact them at tom@werkmanoutfitters.com or check them out at werkmanoutfitters.com.

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t may seem logical, but it’s not always right. My favorite example is George Westinghouse, the man who invented the air brake for oversized vehicles. Researchers relied on logical thinking and experimented continuously on using air to apply the brake. It didn’t work. Westinghouse took an opposite approach and used the air to hold the brake off the drum until the driver stepped on the brake pedal and released the air. The common approach to understanding fish behavior lies in applying human values with the assumption that a fish’s brain has the capacity to reason. Just because a particular lure looks good to us does not mean it’s a fish’s favorite, too. Few of us can boast even the slightest knowledge of the release that triggers a fish into striking or simply passing up an offering. And, we probably wouldn’t recognize it if we saw it. Repeated observations hold the key to helping us focus our efforts on techniques that have worked in the past. As an example, fish have an amazing alertness to movement. It can cause them to flee a situation or take advantage of it and feed. The same applies to underwater sound. Low frequency vibrations such as those that indicate a fish is in distress usually cause predators to investigate with the hope of finding food. The more natural a bait or lure appears to a fish, the greater the chance a strike will occur. When you can see your quarry

and observe hesitation of any type, assume that something in your offering appears unnatural. Fish may be curious, but they are seldom in the habit of wasting energy to pursue something needlessly. Many species have the ability to measure energy expended in chasing food against the value received. Because fish are creatures of habit, they tend to do the same things over and over. That’s why captains and guides boast the ability to find fish. The quarry may hold in one spot with uncanny precision day after day, month after month, and year after year. If that fish is caught or leaves for any reason, another will take its place. Those fish that work a tide follow the same pattern daily. Even offshore skippers understand reliable patterns that fish follow and troll the waters where their quarry should be. For some unknown reason, fish tend to hold at the same depth over a wide area. If another angler can tell you the depth where he found fish, you don’t need to know the precise spot. Keep in mind that water temperature can play a role. Each species has its upper and lower limits. As water temperature drops, fish tend to swim slower and chase an offering for shorter distances. Figuring out what motivates a fish to strike a bait or lure becomes a continuous challenge for leading anglers as well as the scientific community. The important thing to remember is that fish do not think like humans. Their basic approach is simple, yet it is not always easy to detect. The more you observe fish behavior and understand that it follows patterns and procedures established a long time ago, the more successful you are going to be.

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ate summer and early fall absolutely scream for a frog. With big bass holed up in thick vegetation, working a frog across grass mats can lead to some of the most explosive strikes in fishing. I always look forward to the frog pattern setting up around this time of year. This year should be especially sweet because of the reemergence of Alabama’s Lake Guntersville as one of the best bass fisheries in the nation. This Tennessee River impoundment is frog fishing heaven. Over the last decade the Guntersville bass fishery saw a bit of a decline. But the “Big G” has come back in a big way. Bassmaster ranked Guntersville the No. 2 fishery in the nation in this year’s “100 Best Bass Lakes” listings. It is fishing lights-out, with five-fish tournament sacks regularly approaching and surpassing 30 pounds. I just came off a top-10 finish in the June Elite Series event on Guntersville. Some fish came off frogs, but the best patterns I found were deep cranking and worms. You can bet the frog bite will ramp up soon, though. No matter where you fish, the key to topwater frog fishing is reading the grass. To really dial in a pattern, you need to observe what’s happening on the lake. At Guntersville, the two prominent grass types are hydrilla and milfoil. There are other types, but these are the two you will encounter

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he 26th Annual Sebastian Exchange Club Foundation’s Blue Water Open Charity Offshore Fishing Tournament was held June 1, with tournament headquarters at Capt. Hiram’s Resort in Sebastian, Fla. It was a beautiful weekend with a thunderstorm threat that fortunately passed with just a light drizzle. The field was competitive, with135 boats registered and 58 boats weighing in fish.

The event included dolphin, kingfish, wahoo and grouper on the main board and bonus board. The total purse was a guaranteed $20,000, which included $1,000 each for the biggest amberjack and yellowfin tuna, as well as $2,500 for Top Boat. The catch was dominated by kingfish, with the biggest king weighing 51.29 lbs., caught aboard Easy Drinkin’. To round out the board for kingfish, second place weighed 37.46 lbs., caught on Wet Rods; third place was 35.06 lbs., caught on Knot Scared; and fourth place was 34.41 lbs.; caught on Slab Grabber. First-place dolphin was 29.79 lbs., by Bottoms Up; second place was 23.22 lbs., by Reel Twisted; third place was 22.68 lbs., by Risky Business; and fourth place was 22.37 lbs., by Team Shoot Out. Top wahoo was a big 50.61 lbs., caught on Far Side, with Capt. Jeff Driscoll. No other wahoo made it to the scales. First-place grouper was 22.27 lbs., by On The Rocks; second place was 18.48 lbs., by Smooth Finish; third place was 17.45 lbs, by Reef Affliction; and fourth place was 16.54 lbs., by Pura Vida. Top Boat went to Far Side. The Top Boat award is based on an aggregate weight of three fish in at least two of the main-board categories. Far Side weighed in a total of 97.71 lbs., with the top wahoo, a 21.65-lb. dolphin, a 21.20-lb. dolphin as well as a 25.45-lb. kingfish and an 18.87-lb. kingfish. The $1,000 Top amberjack award weighed in at 43.12 lbs. It was caught by Out For Fun, captained by James Kahn. No yellowfin tuna were weighed in. On top of the $20,000 purse, there was the Capt. William Charles Memorial Largest Grouper award of $1,000, donated by Carol Knapstein. This year, the award went to On The Rocks Captain Josh HUff, with a 22.27-lb. grouper. Our winning Lady Angler was Dina Strickland on Slab Grabber with a 26.42-lb. kingfish. The Junior Angler winner was Owen Zierer, fishing aboard Reel Twisted, with a 23.22-lb. dolphin. For complete tournament results, visit www.bluewateropen.com or like Sebastian Blue Water Open on Facebook. The Exchange Club of Sebastian has raised over $700,000 over the years through the the Blue Water Open. All proceeds go to worthy charities in the local community with a special emphasis on the prevention of child abuse.

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ne of the best ways to catch fish in the Indian River Lagoon is wading. I’m not the only local fisherman to recommend it; Mark Nichols, founder of DOA lures, recognizes wading as a top method also. The advantages are obvious: you can fish shallow mangroves and docks better; you can be in the same environment as the fish and not disturb them with a boat and motor; and it’s easier to maneuver hooked fish around pier pilings. Here are some considerations before you set off on foot into the lagoon. Although I used to fish with tennis shoes and shorts, chest waders are recommended for local wading because of the changing water quality. Waders also protect you from submerged dangers. There are two types of chest waders, stockingfoot and those with attached boots. I use the stockingfoot type and wear a pair of boots over them. Keep in mind, boots worn over neoprene stockingfeet must be at least a full size bigger than your regular shoes. A longer 10-foot rod is best to get more distance on your casts. You need a good inshore spinning reel, a 3000 or 4000 series, which will be spooled with braided line. Use light or white line for visibility. I use 6- to 10-pound braid, which is easier to cast and heavy enough to land most fish. You won’t be able to land medium-sized tarpon or horse large snook from under piers with light braided line, so if you are fishing for these species you’ll want to upgrade your line. Tied to the end of the braided line with a double uni knot is a 2-foot length of fluorocarbon leader. Tie your lure to the fluorocarbon with a standard loop knot. For instructions on tying these two knots, run a search for them online. Make sure to bring pliers, extra lures, jig heads and leaders, since you will likely break off several times during a wade. Summer is a good time to use topwater lures. I also use jigs and shallow-running crankbaits as search lures. The fish feed more at night, in the early morning and at dusk when water temperatures drop. I prefer fishing in the morning or evening after a high tide, when fish move shallow on the shoreline, mangroves and piers. Fishing at night is easiest around lighted bridges. Fish the shadow lines with a crankbait, topwater or heavier jig, since the current under bridges is stronger. I like the two large bridges in Stuart and usually wade the northeast section of the southern bridge, officially known as the Earnest Lyons bridge. There are many great areas to wade. Some of my favorites are Walton Road (PSL), Midway Road (Ft. Pierce) and Harbor branch (Vero). On the east side, try Herman’s Bay (Stuart) or Bear Point (Ft. Pierce). Richard Matteson is staff writer for Stuart Rod and Reel Club. Contact him at (336) 414-3440.

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bank. On a good moon phase, the bluegill will crush the popping bug. I have thoroughly enjoyed hearing the popping bug get hit. Daytime anglers are catching good numbers fishing the  shallow bedding areas. Bait of choice is crickets fished under a float.  Another good place to check is the canals when the water is flowing;  trolling will only trigger more bites.  Crappie - anglers are fishing  open water  for crappie using jigs tipped with a minnow.  Anglers who are trolling jigs are  catching good numbers of crappie. The key  is to  find them suspended in open water.

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Sea trout and redfish are the primary targets of anglers on the Lagoon flats. Anglers should focus their efforts in areas of mullet schools, throwing top water plugs in the early morning and late afternoon hours, or at night.  Once the day gets hot and the top water bite slows, switch your tactics to live bait (pigfish) or DOA CAL Jigs fished on the deeper edges of the flats, and don’t overlook the large ladyfish schools shadowing glass minnows out in the deeper water, your targets will mix in with them.   If the ocean water stays warm (above 80 degrees) along the near-shore coast, look for pods of baitfish to move in close.  Pods

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Developed by the top tournament anglers at the highest levels of tournament bass fishing such as three-time Bassmaster Elite Series Angler of the Year and #1 MLF ranked, Aaron Martens, Bassmaster Elite Angler Jesse Tacoronte, and Bass Pro Tour Pro John Murray. The compact design offers a Palm Perfect fit for all-day comfort, and amazing features make these reels a dream to fish with. The special heat treatment on the Duralumin main gear, pinion gear, and worm drive provides extreme durability while creating a lightweight tournament reel. Saltwater Safe - A6061-T6 ADC corrosion-proof frame protects both fresh and saltwater environments. Externally adjustable 25 position Magnetic Braking system and a rugged carbon fiber drag system providing up to 18 pounds of drag power. Finally, all the reels are color-coded by gear ratio for easy identification. Gear ratios include Black 6.6:1, White 7.3:1 and Silver 8.1:1. Now you can quickly grab a specific gear ratio reel by its color from the deck of your boat or rod locker for a specific fishing technique. Enigma Fishing rods matched with an IPPON IP100 reels make up the perfect baitcasting reel and fishing rod combo. Enigma Fishing products offer high-performance premium features at an unbeatable value. Fishing with quality and dependable gear should not mean breaking the bank. “The Only Reel InThe World” featuring High-Speed Spool Ceramic ABEC7, Chemically Polished Bearings and Zero-Reverse one-way clutch bearing anti-reverse under $100.00! True Tournament Performance Reels - We’ve spared no cost in building these reels to ensure that they not only look good but perform even better! You’ll be proud to have the entire line-up of Enigma Fishing reels on your boat knowing that you’re fishing with reels used by the worlds’ best bass-pros. You will have confidence in its durability because of the original owner “Lifetime Warranty” of $39.97 plus shipping. It will be the last reel you ever buy! Also available now is the new EC100 Baitcasting Reel, the 6.5-ounce cousin to the

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

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

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

6 - Sea Tow of Central Florida Lakes

31 - Pyramid Cabinets (407) 947-8499

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

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

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

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

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

2 - Nobles Marine (352) 787-5792

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

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

Bait & Tackle Shops / Outfitters / Apparel

4 - Triangle Marine (352) 343-6146

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

15 - The Florida Angler (352) 708-8290

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

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

1000 W Burleigh Blvd, Tavares, FL 32778

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

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

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

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

38 - Orlando Boat Sales (407) 253-7111

11 - Highbanks Marina & Camp Resort

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

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

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

25 - Central Florida Marine (407) 647-6262

935 N Bay St, Eustis, FL 32726

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

37 - Southeast Marine (407) 851-1965

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

14 - Boat Tree Marina (407) 322-1610

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

4370 Carraway Pl, Sanford, FL 32771 www.boattree.com

24 - Boat Max USA (321) 866-0306

21 - Bitters Bait & Tackle (407) 699-6619

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

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

12 - Rothrock Marine (866) 375-6143

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

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

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

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

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

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

Home Improvement Contractors & Service Providers

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

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

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

19 - Ahoy Marine (407) 323-8373

41 - Water Works Pressure Cleaning & Sealing

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(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

37 - Dancing Pig Deli (407) 270-5976

23 - Talon Marine Services (407) 542-7600

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47 - Jolly Gator Fish Camp Bar & Grill

48 - Mud Hole Custom Tackle, Inc.

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

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

Areas Best Picks for Restaurants

17 - St. Johns River Steak & Seafood

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

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

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

35 - All Star Marine (407) 423-9953

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

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

22 - Huey Magoo’s (407) 706-6004

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

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

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

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

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

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Community Service Providers Astor Marine

Team Marine Services

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

Honda Outboard Sales and Service Boat Repairs, Maintenance, Parts

Nobles Marine

Ahoy Marine

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

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

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

AHOY MARINE INC.

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

Triangle Marine

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

Lake Fairview Marina

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

Portside Marine

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

All American Marine

Boat Tree Marina

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

Crest Pontoon – Yamaha – Suzuki – Volvo Penta

Central Florida Marine

Boat Max USA

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

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

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

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Mercury Marine Premier Service Center Mercury Marine Repower Center Factory Authorized Parts and Service Mariner Parts and Service

Bennington Pontoons – TideWater Johnson – Evinrude – Yamaha

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

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511 E 25th St, Sanford, FL 32771 Phone: (407) 323-8373

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

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

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Community Service Providers Gibsons Truck World

Thomas Lumber Company

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

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

Sea Tow of Central Florida Lakes

Millennium Electric

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

Commercial – Industrial – Residential Service, Wiring & Repairs

A & D Custom Canvas

Campbell Renovations Inc.

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

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

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

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

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

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

Mud Hole Custom Tackle, Inc.

Vapor and Company

Rod Building Classes – Rod Components & Supplies – Tackle Crafting

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

DWR Plumbing LLC.

Orlando Painting Service

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

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

Owens Fishing & Marine

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

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

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

The Florida Angler

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

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Community Service Providers Huey Magoo’s

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

Boston’s Fish House

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

St. Johns River Steak & Seafood

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

T J’s Seafood Shack

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

Fish on Fire

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

Dancing Pig Deli

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

Camp House Restaurant

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

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

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Jensen Beach Hig h Ti de +2 ho u r s, 17 m in ute s Lo w Ti de +3 ho u r s, 4 m in ute s

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Sebastian Inlet Br i dg e Hig h Ti de -48 m in ute s Lo w Ti de -24 m in ute s

Po rt Eve rgla de s - Tu r n in g Basin Hig h Ti de -31 m in ute s Lo w Ti de -13 m in ute s

+1 ho u r s, 13 m in ute s +2 ho u r s, 9 m in ute s

Tuesday August 6, 13 – 5pm, Jolly Gator Bass Series Tournaments. Every Tuesday evening until end of this season, “Classic” in midAugust and one Saturday a month. 27 events this season, place in top 10 in points or win an event and fish at least 20 events and qualify for the August-Classic. $40 per event, 2 anglers per team. Payback is one for every 7 boats, Big Bass pays $10 bucks per boat! Raffling off a New Enigma Fishing Rod or Reel at each event, $10 for a chance to win $160 Bass Rod or Casting Reel. Register day of event before 5pm at CS Lee Park and Ramp next to Jolly Gator at SR 46 and St. John’s River east of Sanford / Geneva. Question or info contact Jim (“Squirt”) Chaudoin at 407-432-2822 or Phil Wolf at 407-790-9515 Thursday August 8 - 5pm to 8pm, “Alive After 5” in Sanford - The staff of Orlando Coastal Angler Magazine would like you to join us for an evening of fun in downtown Sanford. This event is the second Thursday of each month downtown. Block Party on First Street! Don’t miss the chance for a fun night on the town. Thursday August 8 – 7pm, Backcountry Fly Fishing Association, monthly meeting locations change and are TBD monthly, check our web-site just prior to meeting. This is a “Free” club to join for more info contact or visit www. bfaorlando. Saturday August 10 – 6pm, Anglers Team Trail will be hosting their annual team registration meeting at Miller’s Ale House located at 1251 Lee Rd in Winter Park. 2 angler teams compete in monthly Bass tournaments at scheduled site launch locations, entry fees are $80 per event, for more info contact Robert Camp at 321-271-4369 or email at RCamp@HNJ.org or visit www.anglersteamtrail. com.

August 7, 15, 17, 23 – Happy Birthday to our son Josh turning 34 on the 15th, our grandson Gunner turning 7 on the 17th and to our son Jason turning 36 on the 23rd! Charlie McCullough’s birthday is the 7th, but he is getting too old for numbers. Happy Birthday as well to the many other friends with August B-Days too many to list, we love you all! Saturday August 17Safelight until 2pm, Jolly Gator Bass Series “Classic Tournament”. Join us for this end of season event. The top 10 in points or winners of one of the seasons’ tournaments and have fished at least 20 of this seasons’ events. Weigh-in will be Hosted at Jolly Gator Fish Camp at SR 46 and St. John’s River east of Sanford in Geneva. Come watch these anglers bring their bass to our scales and see who our winners are for “Team of the Year”, “Big Bass of the Year” and “Classic Champions”. Raffles for new Rods and reels provided by this year’s sponsor Enigma Fishing! January 10-12, 2020 – ‘Get Hooked on Lake Monroe’ Fishing Tournament and Seafood Festival. Free to Enter - $10K in Prizes! You can also enter the same fish in the Shad and Crappie Derby! Live music, Hook Kids on Fishing, Seafood, Vendors and More. Contact Dustin Gioertz at West End Trading Company, 202 S. Sanford Ave – www.drinkatwestend.com, Dustingioertz@gmail.com.

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 Saturday August 10 - Safe 10th of the preceding month. daylight until 3pm, Toho Marine Outdoors will be hosting their Elite One-Man Bass Tour on the Kissimmee Chain of Lakes, launching out of Camp Mack in Lake Wales

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Polk County, 100% payback, 1 place for each 5 entries, $100 entry fee. For more info or to register call Jimmie Murphy at 352-789-5351 or Mark Lundren 540-809-5238 or visit Tohomarineoutdoors.com.

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6 barrel swivel. I like to stay on the long side with my leader to be a bit stealthier. This step will help to avoid line twist, especially when using a spinning reel. Now it’s time to put together some rigs. You’ll need some #5 stainless steel, coffee-colored wire, and depending on the bait that is available, octopus hooks ranging from 3/0 to 7/0 and some treble hooks in size 4 and 6. If you are using smaller baits like pilchards, you’ll want to use a smaller main hook and smaller treble hook for your stinger. For bigger baits like goggle eyes, blue runners and speedos, step up your hook size for your main hook and stinger. Use a haywire twist to attach a 20inch length of wire to the main hook. Don’t over do it, as four to five twists on a 45-degree angle will suffice. Finish off your haywire with three to four straight wraps to secure the connection. Now it’s time to attach your stinger to the main hook. Again, depending on the size of your bait, attach 4 to 8 inches of wire to your stinger hook with a haywire twist and then attach the other end of your stinger rig to the eye of the main hook with another haywire twist. It’s extremely important to rig your stinger with enough slack so that your bait will swim naturally. Now you are ready to attach your rig to your leader. Use an albright knot to connect your rig to your leader. If you don’t know how to tie an albright knot, do an Internet search and plenty of pages and videos will pop up. You can fish this setup a couple of different ways. If you will be drifting, fish at least two rods. You’ll want one bait on the surface and one deeper, from 30 to 60 feet. Send your surface bait out first and allow it to swim away from the boat. You can attach a balloon to your main line to help keep track of where your bait is. Depending on conditions, add 4 to 8 ounces of lead to your deep rod. Slip your lead on above the swivel or attach it to the main line with a rubber band. If you utilize the rubber band method, it’s highly likely that you’ll lose your sinker on the strike. These rigs can also be used for slow trolling baits. Slow trolling can help determine what depth the fish are in. Start trolling in about 60 feet and head out to 200 feet and then back to 60 feet. Once you find the fish, set up your drift at the depth. When kingfish strike, they typically go on a long run away from the boat. Take your time and slowly work the fish toward the boat. Don’t be surprised if you get it close and it takes off on another short run after it sees the boat. Let the fish run and tire out. You should then be able to get your fish back to the boat for a gaff shot to the head.

ing mackerel are aggressive predators with extremely sharp teeth. To catch them with consistency, you must prepare accordingly. Though there are many ways to rig your rods for kingfish, I’d like to focus on a few techniques that have worked for me over the years. These techniques can be utilized on both spinning and conventional tackle. To start, you’re going to want a rod in the 7-foot range that has a sensitive tip, so you can feel the bite, but also some backbone to turn the head of a smoker that just peeled off 100 yards of line in 20 seconds. Sometimes, a big king will swim right back at the boat after a blistering run, and you will have a better chance of coming tight with a higher speed reel. You’ll want nothing less than a 5-to-1 gear ratio. When it comes to line choice, you can certainly spool your reels with braided line, but I prefer 20- to 30-pound monofilament, as I’m kind of old school and learned to fish for kingfish before braid became so popular. That said, you’ll want to connect your main line to Gene Dyer is co-publisher of Coastal Angler Magazine’s Fort Lau4 to 10 feet of 40- or 50-pound fluorocarbon leader with a size 4 or derdale edition. Contact him at gene@coastalanglermagazine.com. 14

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CHUMMING UP MAKO SHARKS One of the greatest adversaries on the fly rod in saltwater is the shortfin mako shark. The mako is considered by many as the fastest of all sharks, but what makes this great gamefish stand out is not only its fighting ability but its tendency to leap 20 feet in the air once hooked! The mako shark is one of saltwater fly-fishing’s outstanding but unappreciated gamefish. Found on both in the Atlantic and Pacific coasts, a smaller mako in the 20- to 30-pound range can be perfect for the beginning saltwater fly fisherman; of course, fishing for sharks is a tad different than fishing for bluegills in your Uncle Ned’s farm pond. First, you’ll need a boat, preferably a boat over 18 feet that can handle fairly choppy seas. Most center-consoles will do; however, a skiff with a beam of 8 feet or wider and a not-too-deep V will settle in the water better and reduce pitch and roll to a minimum, guaranteeing a much more stable casting platform. A chum line is the most effective way of attracting makos into casting distance of your boat. Chumming attracts the larger makos and will allow you to sight-cast to them. Into a chum bag, place the belly sections or fresh carcasses of tuna, bluefish or bonito. Then place the bag into a milk crate or five-gallon bucket, lower this mess by rope over the side and listen for the musical score from the movie “Jaws” to begin. You won’t have long to wait once that chum slick begins to spread. Ideally, you should use fresh carcasses, but store-bought chum will suffice. One bit of important advice: Less is more when chumming; you don’t

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Coastal Angler Magazine | August 2019 | Orlando  

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

Coastal Angler Magazine | August 2019 | Orlando  

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