Coastal Angler Magazine | September 2022 | Panhandle Edition

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Drop Shot Gear: Picking the right setup for a drop shot doesn’t have to be too difficult. I like a rod around 7 foot with a medium or a medium heavy action like the 13 Fishing Omen Black 7’1M. Pair up a 3,000 sized reel with some 10lb. Seaguar Smackdown braid and a 10-lb. fluorocarbon leader. Tyler Woolcott is a professional tournament angler and guide. Check out his website www.tylerwoolcottfishing.com.at

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There are a few different styles of baits you can use on the drop shot, depending on what your fish are feeding on. This is what I usually base my bait and color choices off of. I usually throw a small finesse worm like the 13 Fishing Joy Stick Ultra Thin or a baitfish-style bait like the 13 Fishing Vertigo minnow. Both baits are small in size and can really pick up some bites when the fishing is tough.Bait color is important, but I like to keep things fairly simple. I typically throw a green pumpkin or a black-and-blue worm style bait. For the baitfish-style lure, I stick with whites or natural baitfish colors. Remember, you are trying to be as finesse as possible to trick a bass that’s not hungry into biting, so something simple and natural will excel. This technique has worked wonders for me all across the country. From down South in Florida all the way up to New York, bass eat this rig up everywhere. Next time you’re on the lake and the bite is tough, downsize your presentation and drag a drop shot around. It will pick up a few more bites.

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The water can be a little warm this time of year, and it makes bass finicky. When the bite gets tough, a drop shot flat out gets bit. It catches fish everywhere I go, and every angler should have the technique in their arsenal.There are a few reasons a drop shot can out-perform other techniques this time of year. The first of these is because of how versatile you can be with it. I have thrown a drop shot around rock, wood, grass and even in completely open water. Smallmouth, largemouth and spotted bass will all pick up a drop-shot rig, so it’s a great option regardless of what part of the country you fish or what species you target.Another factor that makes this technique excel when other things aren’t working is it’s effective on heavily pressured and sluggish fish. Sometimes getting these fish to bite calls for light line and a smaller profile bait. The dropshot rig consists of a fluorocarbon leader leading to a hook of your choosing then, below the hook, about 12 inches of line tied to a drop shot weight on the end. This creates a rig that keeps your bait up off the bottom and drives finicky bass crazy.

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“They’re not smart fish. If they’re turned on, they’re going to eat. If they’re not, it may be five hours before they do,” he said. “But there’s going to be 30 to 40 minutes on the tide when those snook are eating. There’s not a lot of thought that goes into it. If one is interested, they all are.”

Throughout the summer, snook are catch-and-release-only to protect spawning fish. On the Atlantic side, snook harvest opens Sept. 1, with a 28- to 32-inch slot limit. Capt. Smith said the spawning pattern lasts well into September most years, but the big females are over the slot and must be released, anyway. He is more concerned with the beatings these fish take all summer long. His solution is to limit the number of fish he targets and to gear up heavy. Smith fishes 10,000 size reels on 50- to 100-lb. rods. He runs 80-lb. braid to a 60-lb. fluorocarbon leader and locks down the drag. The weakest link is an 8/0 thin wire circle hook, which is easier on the fish but must be changed out Heavyfrequently.gear combats a big snook’s propensity for bulldogging into structure. It also shortens the length of the fight to lessen the likelihood of fish succumbing to exhaustion or sharks. Smith said these large spawners can be 25 years and older. He urged anglers to handle them carefully for release and never to hold them vertically by their mouths.Ifyou’re looking for a snook to eat, there’s plenty of opportunity for that also. Between the moons some of the snook spread out to the bridges, docks and deep holes. The smaller, slot-sized males become more interested in feeding. Also, the mullet run will kick in toward the end of September. When mullet schools show up, everything from the fish to the anglers switch over to chasing bait. Contact Capt. Patrick Smith through his website www.swamptosea.com.

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Agiant snook should be on every angler’s bucket list. They’re big, they’re strong and they’re aggressive. Southern Florida boasts the most prolific snook fisheries in the world, and Capt. Patrick Smith, of Swamp to Sea Guide Service, operates in the heart of one of the best. Swamp to Sea fishes throughout Palm Beach County up to Stuart, Fla. At times, the snook fishing can be so good that the prospect is almost mundane for Capt. Smith. “If I’ve got clients who want to catch the snook of a lifetime, we’ll go out to the inlet and let them catch one or two. Then we’ll go do something else,” he said. “It’s cool to check a big snook off the list, but light tackle is moreCapt.fun.”Smith’s nonchalance about catching snook 35 to 43 inches long and up to 25 pounds is an attitude geared toward conservation of a species he loves. When big females congregate in the inlets to spawn around the full moons of summer, they are easy targets for anglers armed with big live baits like perch and croakers.

Before the Transition

Although the temps are still high, you can have a successful day on the water if you modify your techniques. Remember to apply sunblock before you leave the dock, wear appropriate protective clothing and drink plenty of water. Stay safe and have fun!

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Work with what Mother Nature gives you. Here on the upper Texas coast, we’ve had about seven years of excessive rainfall which, in general terms, made some of our bays unfishable for most of that time. Due to excessive fresh water, those of us who like to fish where the tributaries enter into the bays had to seek new areas where the salinity levels were suitable for speckled trout. This year, things are back to normal, and we need to relearn old patterns and work with what Mother Nature is giving us.

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As always, the jetties are a favorite. The high current and cooler Gulf water attract every fish species that swims in our bays and nearshore waters. It’s not uncommon to catch some offshore fish there as well; it happens every year.

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Although I prefer lures over bait, success rates lean toward live shrimp or finfish this time of year. Depending on conditions, these can be free-lined, Carolina rigged, or fished under a loud popping cork. A free-lined shrimp tossed near a granite jetty is a good bet on any day. Stepping away from the live version, cut mullet or shad can be winners for a big pull from a red, black drum or shark. A circle hook Carolina rigged on the bottom can entice those large predators to strike. This is a great method if you have kids aboard.

The Texas heat and drought are one for the record books and can make a day on the water unpleasant if you plan to stay much past noon, but there are some methods to help you be productive until things start to cool off. Many of the estuaries that were impacted by the floods are some of our deeper bay systems, and that is a good thing this time of year. Heading out early will greatly increase your odds and give you more time on the water while it is cool, relatively speaking. I have found these bays have been forgotten by some, and they’ve never been fished by those new to our sport, which makes for less crowds on the water. I target the deeper reefs in the upper stretches of the bay near the rivers. Locating new washouts can also pay off, and those are not on the maps or public knowledge, so doing a little recon before you head out on each trip can make for a more productive day.

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n September, with the famed mullet run in full swing, big bull redfish will be following schools of mullet and feeding heavily. It’s one of the best times of year to hook up with a bull red, and my favorite place to target them is in the Sebastian Inlet. Red drum, more commonly known as redfish, are a familiar species to most saltwater anglers. With beautiful coppercolored scales fading into a white belly, their distinctive mark is an eye spot at the base of the tail. Catching a red with multiple black spots is a true honor for many inshore and nearshore anglers. This eye spot is not merely a decoration, it also serves as a defense mechanism to confuse predators into thinking a redfish’s tail is its Reds can be found on the coasts of Mexico all the way to Cape Cod, Mass. Their habitats can vary widely due to redfish being euryhaline, which means they tolerate a wide range of salinity. Redfish are typically a nearshore species, meaning they can be found in estuaries, bays, mudflats, oyster beds and off of beaches. Young redfish prefer estuaries, where there is an abundance of prey as well as protection from larger predators. Once they reach about three years old, they tend to move off of the beaches into coastal areas. Once redfish reach maturity, at three or four years, they begin spawning. Their spawning season usually takes place from mid-August to mid-November; however, this may vary due to temperatures and other factors. Redfish usually congregate to spawn near or inside tidal inlets or fast-flowing water to ensure as many eggs as possible are fertilized. Males produce a drumming sound to attract females by contracting their muscles to vibrate their swim bladders. Females produce one-half to two million eggs per season. Most eggs do not make it to the safety of bay areas. During the mullet run, large schools of redfish follow migrating mullet. The easiest way to target these fish is to drop a live mullet below the main school of mullet. If you’re specifically targeting bull reds, you’ll want to give it a go at night. Drifting large chunks of ladyfish on an outgoing current will almost always produce a large fish. Occasionally, you will come across large schools of redfish feeding on the surface at the mouth of the inlet on an outgoing tide. When this occurs, use topwater plugs, swimbaits and large jigs. In the backcountry around the mangroves, gold spoons, live shrimp and small crabs work best.

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Since 2018, CCA Florida and Duke Energy have released more than 110,000 redfish along Florida’s Gulf Coast in effort to relieve the declining population. The Duke Energy/CCA Florida Reef deployment is an expansion of its collaboration and symbolizes its continued dedication to enhancing Florida’s marine habitat and expanding fishing opportunities for local anglers.

T hose looking for some new numbers to fish off Mexico Beach now have them thanks to CCA Florida, Duke Energy and the Mexico Beach Artificial Reef Association. In May, the organizations teamed up to deploy four 38,000-pound and four 5,000-pound artificial reef modules off Mexico Beach. They are calling the new honeyhole “The Duke Energy/CCA Florida Reef.” The eight reef modules were deployed by Walter Marine at the prepermitted Sherman Site, an area known for attracting red and gray snappers, amberjack, king mackerel, Spanish mackerel, gag grouper and cobia. These specific reef structures, ranging in height from 8 to 25 feet, provide greater habit diversity while attracting fish and appealing to recreational anglers. The reef site is located offshore 11 miles west of Mexico Beach at approximately 29º 55.384, -85º 40.765.

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E verything offshore will start to notice when water temps drop a little at the end of the month, and even more obvious will be shorter daylight hours. All the fish we pursue will start thinking about one of three things: spawning, gorging to fatten up for winter or migrating back south. I’m most concerned with the grouper/snapper complex and the wahoo, so this puts my fishing in overdrive for the next few months. Groupers and snappers will be hot as a firecracker until after Christmas. Wahoo fishing will be at the peak by then as well. Another species I like to stay tuned into are the beeliners (vermillion snapper). When you stay in touch with these guys, you pretty much stay in touch with everything, because everything out there loves to eat a beeliner. The full moon is going to be on Saturday, Sept. 10. This will be a good time to spend the night at the break and have the livewell full to fish just before dawn. Beeliners will chew hard during this full moon, and the bite will shut down as soon as the moon disappears on the western horizon. If you can keep the bright lights going all night, the squid and the biggest, fattest beeliners will be readily available for the taking. When you have these two things gathered up in mass, you definitely have the wahoo and grouper there also. This is a good reason to keep the light line out with a fresh squid or a Boston mackerel just past where the light disappears into the dark water.

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The only problem is the kings are there too. You may like to catch kings, and I apologize for that last sentence, but if I catch a king, it’s accidental. A lot of folks don’t even consider fishing at night, and certainly not fishing the light line at night, but it can be extremely effective for wahoo and kings. The first wahoo I ever caught from an anchored boat was at night, and it was a heck of an experience. We saw the fish swim under the lights, and I quickly put out a live beeliner. The beeliner swam away from the boat, and just as he got to the dark water, we saw the bite. I was instantly addicted to this style of bottom fishing and light lining versus just trolling for wahoo, tuna and dolphin. Dolphin will not eat at night, normally, but the night bite for tuna can be good. The stack of beeliners is the main thing I’m looking for as a good starting point for a place to fish. Gags and scamps will definitely go with the food (beeliners) until the beginning or middle of October. Then the gags will leave the beeliners to migrate inshore in search of cigs and sardines and to spawn. For more information, see www.barefootcatsandtackle.com.

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The South Atlantic fishery seems to be in a situation similar to what the Gulf fishery faced a few years ago. Following years of ridiculously short red snapper seasons to rebuild the stock, anglers on the water report red snapper so thick that it’s the only species they can catch. These fish must be released, despite the high likelihood they will succumb to pressure-related injuries. Ultimately these discards count against fishermen.

Here we go again. The hubbub over federal management of red snapper seems never ending. Most recently, Southeastern legislators penned a letter asking NOAA to suspend consideration of area closures in the South Atlantic. Meanwhile, legislators from states on the Gulf of Mexico are pushing back against new proposed federal regulations. Both groups contend the federal government is not using “the best available science” in management decisions.

“Now, on top of a short red snapper season, it is our understanding that there are discussions about broad area or season closures of all bottom fishing to stop red snapper encounters altogether,” reads the letter. “This decision would be crippling economically for our states that rely heavily on our coastal Legislatorseconomy.”havecalled on NOAA to hold off on area closure consideration until data from the ongoing South Atlantic Great Red Snapper Count can be considered. Results of this study, which began in 2021, are expected by 2025.

It’s worth noting that last year’s data from a similar study, the Gulf of Mexico Great Red Snapper Count, indicated there were up to three times as many red snapper in the Gulf of Mexico as the numbers federal managers were using to make management decisions. On that note, Gulf legislators are not pleased with how “more accurate” state data is being calibrated into the “fundamentally flawed” MRIP data that federal managers have used to set regulations for years. The “data calibration framework” included within proposed rule changes would result in reductions of the state annual catch limit for some states and increases for others. State annual catch limits would increase for Florida and Louisiana by 100,000 and 50,000 pounds, respectively. Texas’ limit would remain the same, while Alabama and Mississippi’s limits would decrease by 586,000 and 95,000 pounds, respectively.Theproposal would also increase the overall red snapper overfishing limit from 15.5 million pounds to 25.6 million, while increasing the acceptable biological catch from 15.1 million to 15.4 million. That might sound pretty good for anglers; however, legislators pointed out that this would reduce allowable catch from 97 percent to 60 percent of the sustainable limit.

“By requiring the states to calibrate their more accurate—and NMFS certified—catch data to an outdated and fundamentally flawed MRIP, NMFS has failed to find an effective solution and is not making decisions based on the best available science while refusing to appropriately integrate the new data,” reads a letter from legislators. For more information on the continued political wrangling over red snapper, visit coastalanglermag.com.

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W e’ve talked a lot in this column over the last few months about lures that help achieve long-distance casts. Now, I’d like to cover the rest of the equipment that will help you cast farther and reach more fish.The first key element is the rod. When it comes to casting for distance, you want a fast-action rod. This is true if you are a surf angler, a boat angler targeting fast-moving tuna, or an inshore angler targeting shallow-water reds and trout that are easy to spook. The more flexible your rod is, the less momentum it will impart to the lure. Make sure your blank is stiff. Rod blanks come with a lure weight range. Most of the time the optimal lure weight for casting distance is between 1/2 and 2/3 of the weight the rod is rated for. So, for a 2- to 6-ounce rod rating, the best weight for long casts is typically 3 to 4 ounces. A rod rated for 3/8 to 1 ½ ounces usually casts farthest with a 3/4 to 1 ounce lure. Choose a rod that matches the lures you’ll be throwing. The rod handle is also a big deal when it comes to distance. For a spinning rod, you want the length of a forearm, plus a fist, between the reel seat and the butt of the rod. Length gives you leverage, but you don’t want it to be too long. For surf-casting rods, about 1 ½ times the length of your forearm seemsHigh-qualitybest. guides also make a big difference in how far you can cast. Typically you’re going to have to spend more for quality guides, but consider it an investment that results in consistently longer casts.

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The first key element is the rod. When it comes to casting for distance, you want a fast-action rod. This is true if you are a surf angler, a boat angler targeting fast-moving tuna, or an inshore angler targeting shallow-water reds and trout that are easy to spook. The more flexible your rod is, the less momentum it will impart to the lure. Make sure your blank is stiff. Rod blanks come with a lure weight range. Most of the time the optimal lure weight for casting distance is between 1/2 and 2/3 it to be too long. For surf-casting rods, about 1 ½ times the length of your forearm seems best. High-quality guides also make a big difference in how far you can cast. Typically you’re going to have to spend more for quality guides, but consider it an investment that results in consistently longer casts. Proper guide placement makes a difference, as well. On some rods, the first guide is too close to the reel and/or the legs holding the rod to the blank are too short. This creates an angle at which the line hits the guide and adds drag to the line and lure. This simple detail can reduce casting distance as much as 10 percent. If you find a rod you really like, but the first guide is not seated properly, consider moving the guide. On the reel side, I prefer a slightly conic spool that dumps and winds line evenly. That is pretty much all you need from a reel dedicated to long distance. For line, stick to braid for its smaller diameter. I prefer braid with a smooth finish without coating. When distance is what matters most, do not hesitate to drop 25 to 50 percent lighter line than what you would normally use. For example, 40-lb. braid is common when surf fishing for striped bass. If you need longer casts to reach the fish, it is worth dropping to 30- or even 20-lb. test. If you’re using a heavy lure, tie in a shock head 50 to 100 award-winning designer of innovative lures and fishing gear. Check out his creations at abandofanglers.com. The very best hunting knives possess a perfect balance of form and function. They’re carefully constructed from fine materials, but also have that little something extra to connect the owner with nature.

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New Okuma ECS Custom rods are designed for the harsh environment east coast fishermen face daily. They are constructed with a hybrid 24ton carbon and e-glass blank that features Okuma’s UFR-II: Ultimate Flex Reinforcement rod tip technology for the ultimate in lifting power. With spinning, casting and trolling rods, the new ECS Custom series will adorn the back of your boat nicely. There are two spinning rods in the lineup with a 6’ Heavy and 6’6” Medium Heavy. Three casting rods for live bait and bottom fishing come in 6’ Heavy, 6’6” X-Heavy and 7’ Medium actions. There are also two trolling configurations. Two rods feature Roller Stripper and Roller Tip. These rods come in a 6’4” Medium Heavy and 6’ Heavy action. The other two trolling rods feature all roller guides and are both 6’ Heavy and X-Heavy actions. With the brute strength and drag-ripping speed anglers see on the east coast, Okuma went with only high-end components on the ECS Custom rods. All spinning and casting rods feature ALPS deep press 316-grade stainless steel guide frames with zirconium inserts. Models with All Roller Guides feature ALPS RX Series Rollers as well as Sea Guide Neptune Adjustable Rod Butts. All ECS Custom rods feature machined aluminum, anodized rod gimbals. For more information on ECS Custom Rods please visit your local retailer.

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With September creeping upon us and warm water temps in the Gulf pelagic fishing will only get better. The Wahoo bite has already been crazy this season and is only going to get better. Trolling lures 10-15 knots is ideal starting around the 90’ mark. Keep an eye out for weed lines and large patches of grass, you never know what’s below them. Whenever I see grass patches I like to stop and sight fish for Mahi, Tuna, Wahoo, and Triple tail. For Mahi I like to keep a light pitch rod with 20# fluorocarbon and 2/0 Owner circle hook. Live bait works really well on the larger bulls and cut squid works better on the smaller chicken dolphins. If lures are your thing I prefer Yozuri Crystal Minnows and honestly color doesn’t matter. Pitch around the weed lines or patches and look deeper down for the bigger Mahi. As for Tuna with all the chumming going on, I like to send down a vertical jig on 60#-80# test at least 100’ below the boat. Working your jig through the water column is a good way to fire up any kind of fish that may be lurking around in the shadows. If you have a large diamond jig I’d put some heavy wire in front of it for a chance at a wahoo. Triple Tail are amazing fish on light tackle and I recommend 15#-20# fluorocarbon and #2 Owner hook. Live shrimp work really well along with small cuts of squid. If bottom fishing is your go to joy Vermillion snappers, Groupers, and Rock salmon is my target. For Vermillion snappers I like using a 2-3 hook chicken rig mixed with cut squid and Boston mackerel. Let your weight sit right on the bottom and wait for those 2-3 light bites. Rock salmon and Groupers like to hide out in the rocks and caves, so a slip lead is what I like to use. Heavier leader line for Groupers and larger baits close to the bottom. Feel the bite and start cranking. The first 20’-30’ are the most important so DON’T STOP reeling. When it comes to offshore fishing don’t give up. There’s a lot of trial and error. Figure out what works best for you and as always keep your lines out and keep them tight.

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You know…the transition months can be a delight to fish here in the Panhandle. In September, you can expect the very occasional cool snap followed by dryer air and that “Fall is here” feeling. As an outdoorsman you learn to appreciate the changes in weather and personally, I’ve grown to even look forward to these changes. From a fishing standpoint, I view September as the 7th inning stretch. The fish are getting a breather from the summer madness and the fisherman are too. Fishing in the panhandle during September is really a continuation from the previous month. Almost all species that were here in August are here in September except for Tarpon (although you may pick up a straggler). September is also a great time to do some scouting for October and make sure all your ducks are in a row for the annual fishing rodeo!

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As a charter guide, I like to do a few buddy’s trips in September as the crowds are thinning and the fishing is usually pretty good. Use this September wisely, before you know it will be blowing and 40 degrees! Happy September fishing!

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Whew it's still hot- temperature and fishing wise! The inshore fishing in Pensacola has been slow as far as our normal " bay fishing" goes. The trout, redfish & flounder have been slow. The bay water is very hot, which makes the fishing kind of difficult. The sharks, big rays, snapper and triggerfish have been biting well in the bay on our deeper spots. Near shore the king mackerel, mahi, tarpon, and Spanish mackerel have been the hot bite. Trigger fish is open, so the reef fishing has been good because the population of triggers is outstanding. We have been having a good mixed box on 6 & 8hr charters with mahi, mackerel, triggers, mingos, scamp & a few gag grouper here and there. The shark fishing has been great per usual. Lots of bull shark, some hammer heads, plenty of tigers & Threshers.  The pelagic fishing has been hit or miss, bigger mahi, wahoo and tuna have been biting but nothing consistent. The " Destin" fads have been the hot spots. Blue marlin and white marlin have been on the fads. Fishing the up current side with live baits like skipjacks, mahi or bonitos is how most folks catch the biggest billfish. The white marlin have been consistent - most people pull dredges/teasers, and do a pitch setup when they raise the fish. The last billfish tournament of the year "The White Marlin Shootout" is coming up and there should be plenty of good reports after that. As for the river fishing, it's been awesome, the cool water that comes from the natural springs has kept the fish biting. Largemouth bass, crappie, blue gills and channel cats have all beenThat'splentiful. allfor this month guys, as always tight lines!

The inshore fishing heats up in Pensacola Bay in and around the pass. The Redfish should be showing up around any type of structure and the best bait for them will be bull minnows as well as live shrimp on drop or Carolina rigs! The Spanish Mackerel will be showing up in good numbers and can be caught using live small LYs or on little Tsunami glass minnow jigs. Look for them early in the morning around the pass, the Massachusetts, and in front of the lighthouse. Offshore will be getting better as the water cools off. Triggerfish and Vermillion Snapper will start getting easier to catch as well and fresh squid usually does the trick. Amberjack season opens as well and those will be caught on live bait on most of the wrecks. Look for King Mackerel to show up as well and those can be caught trolling YoZuri Crankbaits or live cigar minnows! The FADS should be holding pelagics as long as there is good water on them. The fishing gets hot as the weather gets cool! Good luck this month!

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With summer temps, the trout and reds will both be on the flats early and late in the day. In the mornings I like to use a popping cork over the flats with a live shrimp or small menhaden. They will both congregate around the docks with the deeper pockets of water during the day. These trout and reds will bite topwater plugs, Berkley Gulps, and live baits. The best live baits are shrimp, menhaden and finger mullet. There will also be bull reds near the bridges and jetties. The bull reds like live pinfish and croakers. Fish a Carolina rig with a 2-4oz lead depending on current. Another fun way of catching that trophy trout and red is fishing dock lights at night. Take some live bait or artificial bait and bounce around from dock light to dock light. You’re bound for a fun night of fishing. Tight lines y’all!

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Can you believe it’s September already, where has the time gone? It seems like yesterday we were waiting for the pompano to show up, and now we are gearing up for the fall run. In just a few short weeks, the beaches will be lined once again with fishermen trying to catch those tasty silver medallions. With all those fishermen, targeting the same fish, how do you get the advantage? Well according to local YouTuber Justin Reed of Justin Reed Fishing, he recommends adding a shock leader and we couldn’t agree more. If you’re looking for some great fishing content and how-to’s, I highly suggest you go check out his channel, but I digress. If you’ve never fished with a shock leader, let me explain a couple of the benefits.

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finicky and leader-shy. Sometimes downsizing our leader and making it more invisible is just what we need to salvage a bad day of fishing. Second is the abrasion protection a shock leader offers. While you may not think you need abrasion protection, think about this. Our lines take a beating out there, whether from the fish or the constant rubbing along the sandy bottom of the sea floor. This constant abuse will gradually wear down the braided line. The monofilament or fluorocarbon provides much more protection, reducing the chance of losing a nice fish. Justin provides a great visualization of this in his video; you just have to check it out. As you can see, adding a shock leader provides many benefits, that could set you apart from other anglers. If you want to catch more fish, then I suggest tying on a shock leader and seeing what happens. Until next month, may your lines be tight, and coolers be full!

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COASTALANGLERMAG.COM • THEANGLERMAG.COM september 2022 THE pANHANdLE 9 www.USHarbors.com Destin (Choctawhatchee Bay, East Pass), FLSepDate2022 High Low AM ft PM ft AM ft PM ft Rise Set Moon 1 Thu 1:55 0.7 11:34 0.1 6:21 7:10 2 Fri 2:25 0.8 1:16 0.1 6:22 7:09 3 Sat 3:16 0.9 2:56 0.0 6:22 7:07 4 Sun 4:25 0.9 4:23 0.0 6:23 7:06 5 Mon 5:46 1.0 5:36 0.0 6:23 7:05 6 Tue 7:09 1.0 6:36 -0.1 6:24 7:04 7 Wed 8:23 1.0 7:26 -0.1 6:25 7:02 8 Thu 9:30 1.0 8:05 0.0 6:25 7:01 9 Fri 10:32 0.9 8:32 0.1 6:26 7:00 10 Sat 11:36 0.8 8:37 0.2 6:26 6:59 11 Sun 12:54 0.6 8:00 0.3 6:27 6:57 12 Mon 12:54 0.5 3:06 0.5 7:34 0.2 6:02 0.3 6:27 6:56 13 Tue 12:36 0.6 9:22 0.2 6:28 6:55 14 Wed 12:50 0.7 10:47 0.1 6:28 6:54 15 Thu 1:18 0.8 12:07 0.1 6:29 6:52 16 Fri 1:56 0.9 1:30 0.1 6:29 6:51 17 Sat 2:47 0.9 2:55 0.1 6:30 6:50 18 Sun 3:51 0.9 4:10 0.1 6:31 6:49 19 Mon 5:08 0.8 5:08 0.1 6:31 6:47 20 Tue 6:26 0.9 5:52 0.1 6:32 6:46 21 Wed 7:31 0.9 6:23 0.1 6:32 6:45 22 Thu 8:27 0.8 6:45 0.1 6:33 6:44 23 Fri 9:18 0.8 6:57 0.1 6:33 6:42 24 Sat 10:16 0.7 6:57 0.2 6:34 6:41 25 Sun 2:08 0.5 11:28A 0.6 3:49 0.3 6:40 0.3 6:35 6:40 26 Mon 12:15 0.5 1:12 0.5 11:43 0.6 6:20 0.3 5:47 0.3 6:35 27 Tue 11:42 0.7 7:44 0.2 6:36 6:37 28 Wed 8:57 0.1 6:36 6:36 29 Thu 12:03 0.8 10:13 0.1 6:37 6:35 30 Fri 12:42 0.9 11:45 0.0 6:37 6:34 choctawhatchee Bay september 2022 Tide Chart www.USHa Nix Point, Perdido Bay, FL - Sep 2021 Date High Low AM ft PM ft AM ft PM ft Rise 1 Wed 8:56 1.0 9:53 0.0 6:25 2 Thu 10:06 1.0 10:43 0.0 6:26 3 Fri 11:08 11:24 0.0 6:26 4 Sat 12:03 1.1 11:56 0.0 6:27 5 Sun 12:54 1.0 6:27 6 Mon 1:47 1.0 12:23 0.0 6:28 7 Tue 2:47 0.9 12:42 0.1 6:28 8 Wed 4:05 0.7 12:49 0.2 6:29 9 Thu 4:19 0.6 6:11 0.6 12:30 0.3 11:50A 0.2 11:10 10 Fri 4:00 0.7 1:45 0.2 6:30 11 Sat 4:18 0.9 3:29 0.1 6:31 7:01 12 Sun 4:57 1.0 5:13 0.1 13 Mon 5:53 1.0 6:52 0.0 14 Tue 7:05 1.1 8:19 0.0 15 Wed 8:29 1.1 9:30 0.0 16 Thu 9:55 1.1 10:28 0.0 17 Fri 11:11 1.1 11:12 0.0 18 Sat 12:17 1.0 11:42 0.1 19 Sun 1:16 0.9 11:55 0.2 20 Mon 2:15 0.8 11:41 0.2 21 Tue 4:27 0.5 3:26 0.7 9:30 0.3 10:56 0.3 22 Wed 3:26 0.6 5:21 0.6 11:35 0.2 9:18 0.3 23 Thu 3:15 0.8 12:58 0.2 24 Fri 3:23 0.9 2:03 0.2 25 Sat 3:41 0.9 3:07 0.1 26 Sun 4:10 1.0 4:19 0.1 27 Mon 4:50 1.0 5:43 0.1 28 Tue 5:43 1.0 7:04 0.1 29 Wed 6:50 1.0 8:09 0.1 30 Thu 8:05 1.0 9:00 0.1 www.USHarbors.com Low PM ft Rise Set Moon 9:53 0.0 6:25 7:13 10:43 0.0 6:26 7:12 11:24 0.0 6:26 7:11 11:56 0.0 6:27 7:09 6:27 7:08 6:28 7:07 6:28 7:06 6:29 7:05 11:50A 0.2 11:10 0.3 6:29 1:45 0.2 6:30 7:02 3:29 0.1 6:31 7:01 5:13 0.1 6:31 7:00 6:52 0.0 6:32 6:58 8:19 0.0 6:32 6:57 9:30 0.0 6:33 6:56 10:28 0.0 6:33 6:54 11:12 0.0 6:34 6:53 11:42 0.1 6:34 6:52 11:55 0.2 6:35 6:51 11:41 0.2 6:35 6:49 10:56 0.3 6:36 6:48 9:18 0.3 6:37 6:47 12:58 0.2 6:37 6:46 2:03 0.2 6:38 6:44 3:07 0.1 6:38 6:43 4:19 0.1 6:39 6:42 5:43 0.1 6:39 6:41 7:04 0.1 6:40 6:39 8:09 0.1 6:41 6:38 Provided by www.reelnockoutfitters.orgFindusonsocialmedia! Come fish with us! InshoreBowfishing!Fishing!DockLights!CatfishLines!

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It's a funny thing that we stand on the bank and cast as far as we can out into the water, while those who stand on a boat cast towards the shore. While we all usually start fishing from the shore, whether it be a neighborhood park or a friends’ dock, most anglers at one point or another end up making the mistake of a lifetime and getting a boat. We’ve all heard ‘BOAT’ means “Break Out Another Thousand”, “A hole in the water you pour money into”, best day of a boat owner’s life punchlines, so I’ll not belabor the point. While I can’t agree enough that boats tend to be more hassle than they could ever be worth, dollars and cents wise, I do encourage ever angler to make the mistake at least once. Preferably when you’re young so your gumption can’t outpace your good sense or the lawnmower you’re earning money with. I think far too many folks walk, and sometimes swim, away from the boat owning experience with a bitter taste in their mouth because they honestly bit off more than they could chew, or ever needed to eat in the first place. A lot of folks buy too much boat and try to do too much with it. A boat you can use, and will use, easily and often is the right boat.  I don’t care if it’s a rowboat, a kayak, a center console, or a yacht - if you can’t kick off from work and in 30 minutes to an hour be killing time on the water with your family or buddies, it’s probably too much boat. If it requires a budget line item just to keep fuel in it, you probably out punted your coverage. If your hobby is stressing you out, you don’t have a hobby, you have a poorly paying second job. My take on the matter, after being a boat owner for 28 years, is this: Keep it simple, Stupid. A canoe you can fish in 5 days a week is better than a flats skiff you can only afford to fish twice a month. If you have a buddy who had a weak moment and bought a boat, save your money and go with him. However, bear his burdens with him. You’ll save more money in the long run generously filling up his gas tank, buying the ice and scrubbing the boat while he cleans the fish. Trust me, I’ve been on both sides of the equation and I’d almost always rather fish with you than you with me. It pays to be a benevolent fishing buddy. A good boat should free you from your terrestrial bonds and breath adventure into your soul. It should have all you need and nothing you don’t. It should serve as an escape from the world of vice and avarice, not entangle you in it.

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The crowds that fill the panhandle all summer start to dwindle as school is back in full swing across the country. Some relief is found with the arrival of slightly cooler breezes and the departure of intense humidity that the long summer trademarks. These changes in weather spark the signal of the approaching fall migration. As a result, large schools of baitfish such as cigar minnows, pilchards, and sardines will congregate along the beaches and passes. These large schools of bait make it easier to locate predator fish such as king mackerel, Spanish mackerel, jack crevalle, and Bonita all of which, are great targets for the light tackle angler. These species can be caught off the bait balls by casting artificial lures as well as trolling around the bait balls where predator fish are actively feeding. The inshore fishing for trout and red fish continues to improve with the approaching fall. Our go to method is the use of small topwater lures during high tide situations in and around flooded grass lines. The big bull reds are still around in great numbers around bridges and passes and they bite best with a strong falling tide. Offshore fishing the reefs and live bottoms can produce tasty boxes of fish this time of year. The local favorites trigger fish and vermillion snapper are the target for top notch table fare. Our method is simple- three hook rigs with small 3/0 circle hooks baited with pieces of squid or mackerel have proven to be the ticket to success.

16 THE pANHANdLE september 2022 COASTALANGLERMAG.COM • THEANGLERMAG.COM www.USHarbors.com Port Saint Joe, FL - Sep 2022 Date High Low AM ft PM ft AM ft PM ft Rise Set Moon 1 Thu 12:01 1.6 4:11A 1.6 11:41 0.9 2:03 1.5 9:43A 0.8 2:15 2 Fri 4:23 1.8 2:58 0.5 7:17 8:03 3 Sat 2:45 2.0 3:54 0.4 7:18 8:02 4 Sun 3:56 2.1 4:57 0.2 7:18 8:01 5 Mon 5:05 2.2 5:59 0.2 7:19 8:00 6 Tue 6:28 2.2 7:03 0.2 7:20 7:59 7 Wed 7:58 2.2 8:02 0.3 7:20 7:57 8 Thu 10:25 2.2 8:54 0.4 7:21 7:56 9 Fri 11:08 2.1 9:56 0.7 7:21 7:55 10 Sat 2:40 1.1 1:54 1.9 9:04 1.0 5:00 0.9 6:23 0.8 11:52 11 Sun 3:08 1.2 3:03 1.7 10:01 1.3 6:00 0.8 6:51 0.9 7:22 12 Mon 3:32 1.3 4:01 1.6 10:41 1.6 12:55 1.1 6:56A 0.7 7:19 13 Tue 11:02 1.1 5:06 1.4 11:19 1.8 7:51 0.7 1:06 1.0 7:44 14 Wed 11:19 0.9 11:59 1.9 8:44 0.7 1:27 0.8 7:24 7:49 15 Thu 1:49 0.7 7:24 7:47 16 Fri 12:56 1.9 2:14 0.6 7:25 7:46 17 Sat 3:35 2.0 2:46 0.6 7:25 7:45 18 Sun 4:27 2.0 3:39 0.6 7:26 7:44 19 Mon 5:27 2.0 4:46 0.6 7:26 7:42 20 Tue 6:30 2.0 5:42 0.6 7:27 7:41 21 Wed 7:35 2.0 6:32 0.6 7:28 7:40 22 Thu 8:53 1.9 7:16 0.7 7:28 7:39 23 Fri 10:01 1.9 7:47 0.8 7:29 7:37 24 Sat 10:48 1.8 5:48 0.9 7:29 7:36 25 Sun 2:37 1.2 11:37A 1.6 5:15 1.0 6:06 1.0 7:30 7:35 26 Mon 2:37 1.3 2:58 1.5 10:04 1.5 6:08 0.9 6:27 1.1 7:30 27 Tue 3:57P 1.4 10:31 1.8 7:00 0.7 6:50 1.2 7:31 7:33 28 Wed 10:37 0.9 5:05 1.3 11:05 2.0 7:51 0.6 12:35 0.8 7:09 29 Thu 10:58 0.7 11:44 2.2 8:43 0.5 1:11 0.6 7:32 7:30 30 Fri 1:48 0.4 7:32 7:29 poRt saint joe september 2022 Tide Chart www.USHa Nix Point, Perdido Bay, FL - Sep 2021 Date High Low AM ft PM ft AM ft PM ft Rise 1 Wed 8:56 1.0 9:53 0.0 6:25 2 Thu 10:06 1.0 10:43 0.0 6:26 3 Fri 11:08 11:24 0.0 6:26 4 Sat 12:03 1.1 11:56 0.0 6:27 5 Sun 12:54 1.0 6:27 6 Mon 1:47 1.0 12:23 0.0 6:28 7:07 7 Tue 2:47 0.9 12:42 0.1 6:28 7:06 8 Wed 4:05 0.7 12:49 0.2 6:29 7:05 9 Thu 4:19 0.6 6:11 0.6 12:30 0.3 11:50A 0.2 11:10 0.3 6:29 10 Fri 4:00 0.7 1:45 0.2 6:30 7:02 11 Sat 4:18 0.9 3:29 0.1 6:31 7:01 12 Sun 4:57 1.0 5:13 0.1 6:31 7:00 13 Mon 5:53 1.0 6:52 0.0 6:32 6:58 14 Tue 7:05 1.1 8:19 0.0 6:32 6:57 15 Wed 8:29 1.1 9:30 0.0 6:33 6:56 16 Thu 9:55 1.1 10:28 0.0 6:33 6:54 17 Fri 11:11 1.1 11:12 0.0 6:34 6:53 18 Sat 12:17 1.0 11:42 0.1 6:34 6:52 19 Sun 1:16 0.9 11:55 0.2 6:35 6:51 20 Mon 2:15 0.8 11:41 0.2 6:35 6:49 21 Tue 4:27 0.5 3:26 0.7 9:30 0.3 10:56 0.3 6:36 6:48 22 Wed 3:26 0.6 5:21 0.6 11:35 0.2 9:18 0.3 6:37 6:47 23 Thu 3:15 0.8 12:58 0.2 6:37 24 Fri 3:23 0.9 2:03 0.2 6:38 25 Sat 3:41 0.9 3:07 0.1 6:38 26 Sun 4:10 1.0 4:19 0.1 6:39 27 Mon 4:50 1.0 5:43 0.1 6:39 28 Tue 5:43 1.0 7:04 0.1 6:40 29 Wed 6:50 1.0 8:09 0.1 6:41 30 Thu 8:05 1.0 9:00 0.1 6:41 www.USHarbors.com Low PM ft Rise Set Moon 9:53 0.0 6:25 7:13 10:43 0.0 6:26 7:12 11:24 0.0 6:26 7:11 11:56 0.0 6:27 7:09 6:27 7:08 6:28 7:07 6:28 7:06 6:29 7:05 11:50A 0.2 11:10 0.3 6:29 1:45 0.2 6:30 7:02 3:29 0.1 6:31 7:01 5:13 0.1 6:31 7:00 6:52 0.0 6:32 6:58 8:19 0.0 6:32 6:57 9:30 0.0 6:33 6:56 10:28 0.0 6:33 6:54 11:12 0.0 6:34 6:53 11:42 0.1 6:34 6:52 11:55 0.2 6:35 6:51 11:41 0.2 6:35 6:49 10:56 0.3 6:36 6:48 9:18 0.3 6:37 6:47 12:58 0.2 6:37 6:46 2:03 0.2 6:38 6:44 3:07 0.1 6:38 6:43 4:19 0.1 6:39 6:42 5:43 0.1 6:39 6:41 7:04 0.1 6:40 6:39 8:09 0.1 6:41 6:38 Provided by The Only Liquor Store in Cape San Blas! Your one stop shop for summer fun! We have it all! Full line oF grocery • Top QualiTy MeaTs cuT on The preMises • Fresh FruiTs • VegeTables • eggs • Dairy proDucTs • soFT Drinks • Juices • cold Beer • greaT Wine selecTion • chaMpagne • baggeD ice • T-shirTs • AppArel haTs • sunglasses • Toys • gaMes • sun care • scalloping & snorkel gear • FloaTs • BreAkFAst • bisQuiTs • DonuTs coFFee • Hot luncH & dinner • sTeakburgers hoT Dogs • subs • Wings • hunT broThers pizza hanD-DippeD ice creaM & Frozen TreaTs • BAit And tAckle The Cape Tradin’ Post is your connection to civilization while staying on Cape San Blas, at Indian Pass or in St. Joseph Peninsula State Park. OPEN 7 DAYS A WEEK! 4975 Cape San Blas Rd. | 850 - 229 - 8775 Join us Facebook!on

September weather brings cooler nights with milder days giving us a much-needed break from that August heat. The temperatures begin to cool off at night allowing the water temps to decrease producing fantastic inshore fishing. The fall brings opportunities to fish the backwaters & grassy flats with artificial lures for redfish, trout, flounder, and black drum. The shallow water areas fill up with bait fish & white shrimp allowing target areas to emerge. For many, live shrimp under a Cajun Thunder or Popping will produce a guaranteed bite in most of these areas. The redfish will be eating close to shore on flood tides and especially near grassy creeks mouths & marsh lines. Don’t be surprised to find Gator Trout blowing up those baits in the same areas in the mornings. The topwater action will be on fire as those cooler temps find their way into the backwaters later this month. During later morning hours switching up artificial lures to suspending crank baits & weedless spoons will be very productive as schools of trout will move to deeper water. Temperatures will heat up around noon changing our focus to fishing jigs with Gulp swimbaits or your favorite plastics. Again, areas of moving water along canals or creeks where flounder can be targeted as well, smallest creek to the larger river mouths adjacent to shallow water grass lines. Remember, when fishing these inshore species later in day slow and low retrieves. If you think your retrieving slow enough slow down even more. Last off, scallop season is upon us in the St. Joe Bay Area this month. Clear waters with good scallop numbers are typically found between 3 to 6 foot of water depth. Always remember to beware of your surroundings with nearby boats & other people scalloping. Find all needed regulations & requirements with the FWC website and/or hire one of our Local Guides.  It’s an amazing time to share on the water with family & friends makingLookingmemories! forward to seeing you on the water this month enjoying the finest of fall fishing & scalloping on the Forgotten Coast of

Florida…It’s that time of year! Fishing Forecast Capt. jeremy davidson with Forgotten Fishing Southern Salinity Guide Service www.southernsalinity.com • 850-323-0687 Insta: @southernsalinity • FB: @southernsalinity 1. Rub Olive Oil & Lightly Salt/Pepper 2 Halves of Spaghetti Squash 2. place Inside face down on cooking pan 3. Oven bake Spaghetti Squash at 400 for 35 to 45 min. 4. Season Fish with JDZ SeaZ'N or Favorite Seasoning 5. Pan Sear for 5-8 min on each side 6. Reduce heat to medium low 7. Add 1 Can of Rotel Original to Fish In Pan 8. Cook Down for 8-10 min on low 9. Remove Cooked Squash from oven 10. Rake Squash with fork 11. Plate Spaghetti Squash 12. Top with Fresh Fish Rotel 13. Sprinkle Grated Romano or Parmigiana on top September's Recipe: Spaghetti Squash & Fresh Fish : DIRECTIONS :

18 THE pANHANdLE september 2022 COASTALANGLERMAG.COM • THEANGLERMAG.COM www.USHarbors.com Apalachicola, FL - Sep 2022 Date High Low AM ft PM ft AM ft PM ft Rise Set Moon 1 Thu 6:58 2.0 8:59 1.5 1:15 1.0 2:16 0.5 7:16 8:03 2 Fri 7:24 2.0 11:03 1.5 1:39 1.2 3:21 0.4 7:16 8:02 3 Sat 7:56 2.0 1:56 1.4 4:48 0.3 7:17 8:01 4 Sun 8:42 2.0 6:25 0.1 7:17 8:00 5 Mon 9:52 2.0 7:45 0.0 7:18 7:58 6 Tue 4:27 1.8 11:14A 2.0 6:53 1.8 8:45 -0.1 7:18 7:57 7 Wed 4:38 1.8 12:45 2.1 8:18 1.7 9:35 -0.1 7:19 7:56 8 Thu 4:56 1.8 2:12 2.1 9:03 1.5 10:21 0.0 7:19 7:55 9 Fri 5:12 1.8 3:18 2.2 9:46 1.3 11:04 0.2 7:20 7:53 10 Sat 5:23 1.7 4:17 2.2 10:32 1.2 11:42 0.4 7:20 7:52 11 Sun 5:32 1.8 5:15 2.1 11:23 0.9 7:21 7:51 12 Mon 5:41 1.8 6:13 2.0 12:13 0.7 12:11 0.8 7:21 7:50 13 Tue 5:54 1.9 7:12 1.9 12:37 1.0 12:55 0.6 7:22 7:49 14 Wed 6:11 2.0 8:24 1.7 12:55 1.2 1:38 0.5 7:22 7:47 15 Thu 6:32 2.0 10:02 1.6 1:10 1.3 2:25 0.4 7:23 7:46 16 Fri 6:56 2.0 11:32 1.6 1:27 1.5 3:24 0.4 7:24 7:45 17 Sat 7:23 2.0 1:46 1.5 4:43 0.4 7:24 7:44 18 Sun 7:59 1.9 6:11 0.4 7:25 7:42 19 Mon 9:10 1.8 7:28 0.4 7:25 7:41 20 Tue 3:13 1.7 10:46A 1.7 7:24 1.6 8:22 0.3 7:26 7:40 21 Wed 3:39 1.8 12:15 1.7 8:17 1.5 9:03 0.3 7:26 7:39 22 Thu 4:04 1.8 1:40 1.8 8:50 1.4 9:37 0.4 7:27 7:37 23 Fri 4:25 1.8 2:39 1.9 9:21 1.3 10:07 0.5 7:27 7:36 24 Sat 4:39 1.8 3:27 2.0 9:52 1.2 10:34 0.6 7:28 7:35 25 Sun 4:44 1.8 4:14 2.0 10:27 1.0 10:59 0.8 7:28 7:34 26 Mon 4:47 1.8 5:05 2.0 11:05 0.8 11:25 0.9 7:29 7:32 27 Tue 4:56 1.9 5:59 1.9 11:46 0.6 11:52 1.1 7:29 7:31 28 Wed 5:11 2.0 6:58 1.9 12:27 0.5 7:30 7:30 29 Thu 5:33 2.1 8:10 1.8 12:19 1.3 1:10 0.3 7:31 7:29 30 Fri 6:00 2.1 10:04 1.7 12:46 1.5 1:59 0.2 7:31 7:28 apaLachicoLa Bay september 2022 Tide Chart www.USHa Nix Point, Perdido Bay, FL Sep 2021 Date High Low AM ft PM ft AM ft PM ft Rise 1 Wed 8:56 1.0 9:53 0.0 6:25 2 Thu 10:06 1.0 10:43 0.0 6:26 3 Fri 11:08 11:24 0.0 6:26 4 Sat 12:03 1.1 11:56 0.0 6:27 5 Sun 12:54 1.0 6:27 6 Mon 1:47 1.0 12:23 0.0 6:28 7 Tue 2:47 0.9 12:42 0.1 6:28 8 Wed 4:05 0.7 12:49 0.2 6:29 9 Thu 4:19 0.6 6:11 0.6 12:30 0.3 11:50A 0.2 11:10 10 Fri 4:00 0.7 1:45 0.2 6:30 11 Sat 4:18 0.9 3:29 0.1 6:31 12 Sun 4:57 1.0 5:13 0.1 6:31 13 Mon 5:53 1.0 6:52 0.0 6:32 14 Tue 7:05 1.1 8:19 0.0 6:32 15 Wed 8:29 1.1 9:30 0.0 6:33 16 Thu 9:55 1.1 10:28 0.0 6:33 17 Fri 11:11 1.1 11:12 0.0 6:34 18 Sat 12:17 1.0 11:42 0.1 6:34 19 Sun 1:16 0.9 11:55 0.2 6:35 20 Mon 2:15 0.8 11:41 0.2 6:35 21 Tue 4:27 0.5 3:26 0.7 9:30 0.3 10:56 0.3 6:36 22 Wed 3:26 0.6 5:21 0.6 11:35 0.2 9:18 0.3 6:37 23 Thu 3:15 0.8 12:58 0.2 6:37 24 Fri 3:23 0.9 2:03 0.2 6:38 25 Sat 3:41 0.9 3:07 0.1 6:38 26 Sun 4:10 1.0 4:19 0.1 6:39 27 Mon 4:50 1.0 5:43 0.1 6:39 28 Tue 5:43 1.0 7:04 0.1 6:40 29 Wed 6:50 1.0 8:09 0.1 6:41 30 Thu 8:05 1.0 9:00 0.1 6:41 www.USHarbors.com Point, Date Low PM ft Rise Set Moon Wed 9:53 0.0 6:25 7:13 Thu 10:43 0.0 6:26 7:12 Fri 11:24 0.0 6:26 7:11 Sat 11:56 0.0 6:27 7:09 Sun 12:54 1.0 6:27 7:08 Mon 12:23 6:28 7:07 Tue 12:42 6:28 7:06 Wed 4:05 0.7 12:49 0.2 6:29 7:05 Thu 4:19 0.6 6:11 0.6 12:30 0.3 11:50A 0.2 11:10 0.3 6:29 Fri 4:00 0.7 1:45 0.2 6:30 7:02 Sat 4:18 0.9 3:29 0.1 6:31 7:01 Sun 4:57 1.0 5:13 0.1 6:31 7:00 Mon 5:53 1.0 6:52 0.0 6:32 6:58 Tue 7:05 1.1 8:19 0.0 6:32 6:57 Wed 8:29 1.1 9:30 0.0 6:33 6:56 Thu 9:55 1.1 10:28 0.0 6:33 6:54 Fri 11:11 1.1 11:12 0.0 6:34 6:53 Sat 12:17 1.0 11:42 0.1 6:34 6:52 Sun 1:16 0.9 11:55 0.2 6:35 6:51 Mon 2:15 0.8 11:41 0.2 6:35 6:49 Tue 4:27 0.5 3:26 0.7 9:30 0.3 10:56 0.3 6:36 6:48 Wed 3:26 0.6 5:21 0.6 11:35 0.2 9:18 0.3 6:37 6:47 Thu 3:15 0.8 12:58 0.2 6:37 6:46 Fri 3:23 0.9 2:03 0.2 6:38 6:44 Sat 3:41 0.9 3:07 0.1 6:38 6:43 Sun 4:10 1.0 4:19 0.1 6:39 6:42 Mon 4:50 1.0 5:43 0.1 6:39 6:41 Tue 5:43 1.0 7:04 0.1 6:40 6:39 Wed 6:50 1.0 8:09 0.1 6:41 6:38 Provided by 330 Hwy 98 • Eastpoint, FL 32328 • (850) 670-8808 Conveniently located within minutes of St. George Island & Apalachicola FISHI nG LICE n SE • bo AtInG & H unt InG S uppLIES Co AS tAL CHA rt S • ICE, dr I nk S, Sn AC kS We have everything you might need for a great day of fishing.

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2.Spark Plugs - Probably the most overlooked maintenance item on outboard motors are spark plugs. Boat engines spend lots of time at idle speed. That low RPM operation is very rough on spark plugs and is well known to cause excessive carbon build up within the engine, leading to performance loss and mechanical issues. It is also more important on boat engines than vehicles to NOT cross spark plug manufacturers. Seek out the same brand of spark plug listed by the engine manufacturer as the preferred equipment.

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1.Engine Oil and Filter- Just like automobiles, engine oil and oil filters are the star of the show when it comes to routine maintenance. Most modern day outboards use oil weights similar to automobiles but with anti-corrosive and non-foaming additives. It is NOT advisable to simply use car engine oil from the parts store in an outboard. All outboard engine manufacturers have oil requirements that are above what is provided by car engine oil.

Most outboard engine manufacturers suggest that the above mentioned items be addressed every 100 hours of engine operation OR once a year; whichever comes first. Resist the temptation to forgo the usual maintenance in years where you don’t use the boat very often. Our time on the water doesn’t come as often or for as long as any of us wish and a little bit of preventative maintenance can ensure that we have an enjoyable time when we do get to go!

3.Lower Unit Gear Oil - The lower unit of an outboard is where “the rubber meets the road” so to speak and maintaining it is critical to the lifespan of the motor. Almost all modern day four stroke outboards use an 80 or 90 weight lubricant. Changing of this gear lubricant should be done at the same interval as the engine oil. In addition, there are several seals at the propeller shaft that should be regularly examined for oil leakage.

Today’s four stroke outboard engines are more sophisticated and reliable than ever. With that sophistication comes some responsibility by the owner or operator to ensure that the engine is well serviced and fluids and filters are changed at regular intervals. Modern day, fuel injected four stroke outboards are chock full of sensors and alarms just like a vehicle and are very sensitive to neglect. Luckily, most of the routine maintenance involved with a fuel injected four stroke outboard is fairly simple! Following is a short breakdown of the most crucial maintenance items on today’s fuel injected four stroke outboard engines:

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With a deadline of Sept. 30, eight tagged largemouths worth thousands of dollars are still swimming in Florida waters.In celebration of Season 10 of FWC’s TrophyCatch big bass program, FWC tagged 10 largemouth bass with bright pink tags in Florida lakes. Just two of those pink-tagged largemouths had been caught as of presstime, so eight are still out there waiting for anglers to catch them and collect thousands of dollars worth of gift cards.

The first pink-tagged bass was caught by Florida angler Dale Dew from Lake Griffin on May 22. Florida angler RJ Crawford caught the second pink-tagged bass from Newnans Lake on June 11. Both anglers were awarded $5,000 Bass Pro gift cards and $1,000 AFTCO gift cards. They will also be entered in a drawing for an additional $10,000, which will be awarded at a ceremony this fall.

The eight remaining pink-tagged bass are still swimming in the following Florida waterbodies: Lake George, Lake Talquin, Lake Walk-in-Water, Tenoroc Fish Management Area, Lake Trafford, Lake Istokpoga, Lake Rousseau and Johns Lake. With the 10-Tag promotion ending Sept. 30, FWC is dropping hints by way of online maps showing the area where each of the remaining bass were tagged. These new tagging maps of the remaining lakes could lead lucky anglers to the pink-taggedThroughbass.Florida bass telemetry and tagging studies, FWC biologists have found that where a largemouth bass is tagged and released can frequently coincide with where an angler catches the same bass weeks, months or even yearsDewlater.caught his 10-Tag bass within yards of where the fish was released with its pink tag in Lake Griffin. Of course, these hints come with a caveat: while bass can be predictable, there are many exceptions to their typical home range patterns and some bass are not homebodies at all. In contrast to Dew’s catch, the second reported 10-Tag bass caught by RJ Crawford in Newnans Lake was more than 3 miles from where it was tagged. These hints don’t eliminate water in which a 10-Tag bass might be found but should be treated as higher-probability areas. View each of the ranges on the maps located on the 10-Tag Celebration web page. For more information, go www.trophycatchflorida.com.to Bass Worth Thousands in Lakes

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The Florida Sport Fish Restoration R3 Fishing Grant will award up to 40 high school fishing clubs or teams $500 to assist with club expenses and the purchase of fishing licenses or gear for participants. Participating clubs and teams will receive an updated educational curriculum comprised of lessons and activities on fisheries conservation and resource management, plus a chance to win prizes by completing the program’s Conservation Project.“The School Fishing Club program is an important program for teaching the next generation of anglers about ethical angling and conservation in Florida,” said Director of Marine Fisheries Management Jessica McCawley. “I look forward to seeing the hard work and creativity each club puts into their conservation project activities each year to help preserve the health and quality of aquatic habitats.”

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B ack-to-school season is underway and Florida parents, teachers and school staff can apply for funding to support school fishing clubs for students. The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission’s (FWC) 2022-23 School Fishing Club Program, previously named the High School Fishing Program, offers school fishing clubs or teams the opportunity to apply for the Florida R3 Fishing Grant. The application period is open until Sept. 16. This grant program is focused on engaging youth anglers to ensure the future of fishing in Florida.

The grant program is open to new or existing freshwater and/or saltwater fishing clubs or teams at public, private and charter schools throughout Florida. To be considered for the grant, school fishing clubs or teams must have a minimum of five members and be represented by a school faculty member or parent who will follow the provided instructor’s manual.Thedeadline for submitting applications is Sept. 16, 2022 at 5 p.m. The application can be found online at MyFWC.com/SFC by scrolling down to “Florida’s R3 Fishing Grant Program.” Applicants can complete the form online or download the application to submit by mail or e-mail. Submit the downloaded applications to R3Fishing@MyFWC.com or mail them to: FWC’s Division of Freshwater Fisheries Management Attn: School Fishing Club Program Grant 620 S. Meridian St., Tallahassee, FL 32399. The 2022-23 School Fishing Club Program is supported by partners including Mud Hole Custom Tackle, Pure Fishing, Coastal Conservation Association and Baitstick Fishing. For more information, contact Brandon Stys at Brandon.Stys@MyFWC.com.

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TIPS FOR BETTER SCALLOPING By CAM Staff Charters.FishingGrassRockofcourtesyPhoto

• Slow Down: If you find one scallop, slow down and search the area thoroughly. There’s usually another one nearby.

One trick to finding productive bottom is to pull a keen-eyed diver on a rope at idle speed. This will help cover water quickly, and once old eagle eye spots a few, you can put out the anchor.

Bay scallop season is winding down along the west coast of Florida. In most zones it will continue well into September, so here are some tips to help you have fun on the water and maybe pick up a last-minute limit.

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• Be Sure to Hydrate and keep yourself greased up with sunscreen. Also, know the seasons, limits and safety regulations for the area you’re scallop hunting.

• Clean Them Quickly: An alternative to keeping scallops alive is to just clean them right away. There should be at least one person in the boat at all times, and this person can clean the scallops while the rest of the team is searching. Scallops open up when they are put on ice, so chunk them in a cooler and clean them while you’re on the water. You can discard the shells into the bay.

• Keep Them Alive: Storing scallops in a livewell is a great idea if you’ve got one. They can also be kept in a cooler of ice, but be careful to drain the freshwater out of the cooler as the ice melts because it will kill your scallops. You want them to be living right up until you clean them.

• Search in a Pattern: Some divers search in a grid by swimming a straight line out from the boat and then moving sideways 5 or 10 yards before returning to the boat in a straight line. This way you’ll always be looking at fresh bottom.

• Hunt the Slack Tides: Finding scallops is generally easiest on a slack tide during calm days when currents are minimal. When the water is still, seagrass stands up straight, and it’s easier to spot scallops at the base of the grass.•Look in the Sand: Pay attention to those sandy potholes on the grass flats. Scallops like grass, but they are easier to see against a sandy bottom. Many times, if you spot one on the sand, there will be several in the grass around it.

• Find Your Spot: The most common advice on finding a good scalloping area is to look for the boats. It’s good advice. The flotilla bearing diver-down flags is hard to miss when you find it. Be courteous, give everyone plenty of room and drive the boat slowly, keeping an eye out for swimmers.

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Bait is Everywhere: Live bait is king when it comes to getting bit. A single good throw of the cast net should provide all the bait you need once you find a good school of mullet. Many anglers prefer fishing 5- to 8-inch mullet, because they’re small enough to cast and they’ll draw strikes from fish of all sizes. However, if big tarpon are pounding a bait school, some anglers swear a foot-long mullet catches bigger fish. Either way, freelined mullet are tough to beat. Gamefish look for isolated and injured baits on the outside of the school. Your mullet, hooked just behind the anal fin, will look like the perfect meal as it struggles to stay near the surface. For more on the mullet run, go to coastalanglermag.com.

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schools of mullet as they move down the coast. These are perfect feeding areas for gamefish because they provide ambush points as well structure to herd mullet against. Loud and Proud: When it comes to fishing artificials, anything that resembles a mullet is likely to get slammed around actively feeding fish. The hard part is getting marauding fish to notice your lure among thousands of real mullet. This is the time to make a commotion. Early in the mornings, loud topwater plugs that pop, walk-the-dog and throw a lot of water around will get noticed. When the topwater bite slows, it’s time to break out sub-surface plugs, spoons or paddletails on jigheads. Cast around the edges of the bait pods, because gamefish often target baitfish that stray from the pod.

Find the Bait: Giant schools of bait pull all of the gamefish out of their summer patterns. Tarpon, redfish, snook, jacks, flounder, sharks, Spanish mackerel, bluefish and more transition from whatever they were doing and begin tailing and herding mullet pods. The predatory fish move with their food source. As an angler, you’re wasting your time if you’re not on top of the action.From a boat or from the beach, keep moving until you see fishy looking water. It’s unmistakable when you witness mullet fleeing from leaping jacks and tarpon, but the action can sometimes be harder to spot. Wear your polarized shades, keep the sun at your back and look for diving birds and the ripples of nervous water. There will be gamefish wherever there are huge schools of bait. Also, stay current with mullet activity in your area by sharing information with other anglers and being a regular at the local bait shops.

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For as much as we do know about the ocean and the species we love to pursue as anglers, it’s amazing the things still left to be discovered. A scientific paper recently published in the Canadian Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences presents evidence that the Slope Sea off the northeastern coast of the United States is a major spawning ground for Atlantic bluefin tuna. The Slope Sea is an area of the Atlantic bounded to the north and west by the northeast United States Continental Shelf and to the south by the Gulf Stream. Science to this point had identified two populations of Atlantic bluefins. One returns to the Gulf of Mexico to spawn and another spawns in the Mediterranean Sea. A 2016 paper established the Slope Sea as a third spawning ground for the species, and this most recent research suggests the Slope Sea is a good place to be a larval bluefin. Researchers used plankton nets to collect larvae in the Slope Sea and the Gulf of Mexico. They compared larval growth in the two regions by studying larval otoliths, which are small bones found in the heads of tuna. Researchers also conducted larval transport simulations to estimate the movement of larvae floating in ocean currents forward and backward in time to evaluate the origin of the larvae. What they found was evidence that Slope Sea tuna larvae grow at a similar rate as those in the Gulf of Mexico. The paper notes that an additional spawning site likely offers resilience for the species in the face of harvest as well as climate change. For more information, read the research at cdnsciencepub.com.

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Florida angler John Kelly seems to have figured out how to catch big snook with a fly rod. According to the International Game Fish Association, Kelly caught this beautiful 88-centimeter (almost 35inch) snook with a crab pattern on the Indian River Lagoon on July 28. Snook longer than 40 inches are caught pretty regularly from Florida waters, so this one isn’t a true monster. However, IGFA said it could potentially set the all-tackle length fly world record for the species, replacing Kelly’s own record for an 86-centimeter snook he caught in early June. On top of that, Kelly submitted another application for a 91-centimeter snook he landed in early August. These potential records are currently pending and under review by IGFA. Records or not, it’s probably safe to say that Kelly has something figured out about targeting slob snook with fly tackle. For more information, go to igfa.org. a

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White catfish are rare anomalies that never fail to set social media abuzz each time an angler catches one. In most instances, biologists attribute the looks of these beautiful pinkishwhite fish to leucism, a genetic trait that results in reduced pigmentation and the pale, sometimes patchy coloration they display.

On June 28, 15-year-old Edwards Tarumianz caught a gorgeous, almost pure white blue catfish on the Tennessee River near downtown Chattanooga, Tenn. It was the latest in a string of such fish to come from one small stretch of river. While catching a white catfish has been likened to winning the lottery, it seems the odds are much higher on the Tennessee River below Chickamauga Dam.“It’s become pretty clear to us that we’ve got a little recessive gene floating around in the river right here in the Chattanooga vicinity,” said Richard Simms, owner of Scenic City Fishing Charters. “I actually saw another one just a week or so ago. A guy, just a regular fisherman, caught a piebald. So, yeah, we’ve got a recessive gene floating around.”

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Scenic City has three captains who specialize in guiding anglers to catfish. They’ve encountered four of these white catfish since 2018. Simms keeps records of his catches, and he estimated Scenic City catches about 5,000 catfish a year. While one white catfish in 5,000 caught is hardly good odds, it’s a lot better than one in a million. This one stretch of river is producing more of these strange fish than anywhere else we’ve heard of.

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To get an idea of what a day chasing kings is like, I spoke Capt. Matt Paylor, of Sound-N-Sea Charters in Morehead City, N.C. For gear, he likes a 7-foot, live-bait trolling rod with a Shimano TLD reel filled to the brim with 20-pound line. Smaller, school-sized kings eagerly hit trolled spoons and frozen cigar minnows, and you can catch a lot of them.When 10- to 20-pounders are hanging out around a structure, such as artificial reefs, wrecks or ledges, casting to them with swimming plugs and topwaters can lead to fast action. For a challenge, try a 10-weight fly rod rigged with a sinking line and a big streamer fly attached to a wireAleader.20-pound king mackerel can make a fly reel sing, Paylor said, however, if you want to get the big ones, you have to use live bait. His go-to is live menhaden, but he also uses live bluefish in the 2to 3-pound range. For trolling live bait, tie 15 feet of 30-pound fluorocarbon to the end of your main line, and to that attach a double hook live bait rig made with No. 5 single-strand wire and size 4 “quad strong” trebleCapt.hooks.Paylor said kings are very predictable.

With their aggressive nature, willingness to hit almost anything, and ability to make drag screaming runs when first hooked, king mackerel are just a bunch of fun. Because of these qualities, there is a king mackerel tournament somewhere almost every weekend. Plenty of boats head out in pursuit of them from every port, and plenty of tackle dedicated to them is sold in coastal shops.

“They are so consistent with their yearly patterns that if you caught them in a spot in previous years, they are probably going to be there again,” he said.

He recommends using a sea surface temperature chart and seeing where the water is hovering in the 70-degree range and starting your day at a reef or wreck in that zone. If you see bait working—and especially if you see kings feeding—give it a serious shot. If you have seen kings feeding in open water, you’ll never forget what it looks like; they skyrocket out of the water like a submarine-launched missile.

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Paylor said a rule of thumb is to troll live baits at around 2 miles per hour. When you get a bite, the rod slams down and the reel starts screaming. Make sure your drag is not set too tightly or it’ll be over.You’ll get a nice long run when the fish is first hooked. The smaller fish of less than 20 pounds will run out of energy pretty soon. Bigger ones, from 30 to 50 pounds, won’t tire as readily, and the real monsters may do it a few times before they tire. Keep your drag set light and let the fish do its thing; follow it with the boat if necessary. A fish (besides sharks) that is the bane of king mackerel anglers is the amberjack. If you troll near any high spot, usually the top of a shipwreck, there may be a school of them there. Their detractors call them “reef donkeys” with disdain. When you are trolling with a carefully prepared trolling rig and putting in hours looking for trophy kings, one of these bad boys can mess you up. Tournament anglers especially dislike them. If you are out trolling for kings and a school of amberjacks show up in your trolling spread, don’t get mad. Have fun! These fish are a blast and hit topwater plugs with abandon. Cast soda-bottlestyle poppers in the 5- to 6-inch-long range such as the Rapala Magnum Xplode or the Yozuri Bull Pop, retrieve them with a big pull and a pause to make a huge splash, and be prepared for an amazing display. Often a group of them will come up together and slash at it with reckless abandon until one finally gets hooked. Be prepared with a heavy casting rod. I’ve caught them on 12-weight fly rods with the biggest popper I could make. They can show up at any time over any wreck or reef. You just have to be ready. If you’re not fishing in a tournament, why not go have fun with them instead of cursing at them. They will come in fast, hit hard and then keep you occupied for about 20 minutes while they try to pull you out of the boat. This article was reprinted from CoastalReview.org.

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This is not someone’s escaped goldfish; it’s a bright orange smallmouth bass. Angler Josh Chrenko caught the rare genetic anomaly this summer from the Muskegon River in Michigan. Biologists explained that the fish’s odd coloration is due to a rare genetic condition called xanthochromism, which— like albinism or leucism—is usually caused by a recessive gene.

“Until I caught this guy, I didn’t even know [xanthic bass] existed,” Chrenko wrote in a Facebook post. “For someone that lives and breathes fishing for smallmouth, this is one I’ll remember my entire life… I can only imagine that this little guy had to overcome crazy odds to survive the first couple of years of his life from predation. Being neon-orange would make for a tough life as a small freshwater fish.” Chrenko released his orange smallie after taking a few photos. For more weird fish, go to coastalanglermag.com.

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