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ahoo are some of the fastest fish in the ocean. Built for speed with large tails and torpedo shaped bodies, they can accelerate rapidly and turn on a dime. Wahoo can be solitary fish or found in large schools, depending on conditions, time of year and moon phases. Known for their excellent table fare and awesome fighting ability, anglers travel to South Florida and The Bahamas from all over the world to target them. They have razor sharp teeth and their jaws are hinged like scissors, so landing one on mono is always an exhilarating feat. They can be caught year round, but during the winter months they are found in far better numbers and sizes, especially around the new and full moons. There are several ways to catch them, including high-speed trolling, planer fishing, vertical jigging and live bait. High-speed trolling for wahoo could well be the most exciting method to catch them. There’s nothing like hearing the clicker of an 80 wide reel scream while you’re doing 17 knots. In some cases, you will have multiple hook ups with multiple drags going off. Talk about heart racing! I’ll go over my normal high-speed spread, but keep in mind everyone has their favorite way of doing things. I run a three-line spread. I fish two electric reels and a 50W Shimano Talica. My first electric is set at 80 feet from the boat with a 48-ounce cable-rigged cigar lead. To that I have 25 feet of 400-pound mono shock leader, which is then connected to my lure. The next electric is set at 150 feet from the boat with a 32-ounce cigar lead and the same shock leader. Last is my shotgun Talica with a 24-ounce cigar lead and the same shock leader. I have about 25 different lures from different manufacturers in many colors, shapes and sizes. All of my lures are rigged on 480-pound cable with either single or double hook sets. I start my spread with an assortment of colors. If I get more than one bite on a particular color, I will change the others to that or similar colors. High speed trolling is done in both South Florida and the Bahamas. I used to think that it

was pointless in South Florida, but over the last few years I have been more successful catching them, and the fish I’ve been catching are better sized fish than the wahoo I’ve caught while planer fishing. On a trip just after a winter full moon, we caught a double header off Pompano Beach. Each fish was in the 40-pound range. When high speed trolling, the optimum speed is between 15 and 20 knots, and we fish a zigzag pattern between 120 and 300 feet of water. There are a couple reasons for the zigzag. One is to mimic baitfish coming in or going out during tidal changes, and the other is that during your turns your baits will slow down and fall slightly before accelerating again. This is when you get most of your bites. Keeping an eye on your chart plotter is key, because you can generally mark the schools in the upper portion of the water column. High speed trolling is great if you want to specifically target wahoo, as there are only a few species that eat at that kind of speed. Planer fishing is just as fun and doesn’t burn nearly as much fuel. I like to run two planers consisting of a #4 and a #8 planer with either a drone spoon or a bonita strip behind a Sea Witch. Colors, sizes and shapes all vary, but once I find what color they like I switch them over. The drone spoon is a time-tested and proven method. The flash and vibration of the spoon cutting through the water gets their attention. I prefer 3.5-inch blue drone spoon behind a #8 Old Salty planer. I run about 60 to 100 feet of 60-pound mono between my planer and bait. While pulling planers down deep, I also pull a couple surface baits. Anything from a bonita strip behind a chugger-style lure to a rigged ballyhoo on wire behind an Islander will work. If you have outriggers, you can spread two baits wide and run a shotgun with a cigar-weighted rigged ballyhoo. I

planer fish the same areas as I high speed, but my speeds will be much slower at 6 to 11 knots. Lots of wahoo tournaments have been won fishing at slower trolling speeds, so don’t rule out a jumbo just because you’re not highspeeding. Live baiting wahoo is less common because you are either bump trolling or drifting goggle eyes or other live baits. You are not covering as much ground. Live baits rigged on light wire or titanium are my first choice, with fluorocarbon being second, due only to a wahoo’s super sharp teeth. I’ve caught several wahoo on vertical jigs. About 90 percent of those have come way offshore under some type of flotsam. I prefer a simple 2-ounce diamond Jig. All the wahoo I’ve caught on vertical jigs have been less than 10 pounds. Wahoo as table fare is in my top five, maybe even top three. I’ve often said that if you have cooked it, it’s already burnt. Do yourself a favor and try some wahoo sashimi! Capt. Ryan Palmer Family Jewell Fishing Charters 954-882-2631



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here are a multitude of pleasures and benefits to fishing. The beauty of the environment, the challenge, the relaxation, the simple joy of being outside, the fish caught and the big ones that got away are all among the reasons we fish. Intertwined are the relationships created during outings. Like many others, there are times when I would rather be on the water alone. One particular period of my life, I was working full time while going to night school working on my master’s degree. I had no time. Recognizing this, my wife all but demanded I go fishing. Entering the creek that morning, I was mentally exhausted. I perhaps fished 30 minutes before I wound up lying on a rock with the sun in my face. The sound of the creek and my feet in the cool water washed away a lot of stress. At other times, I’ve found the solitude allows me to commune amidst the creation with its creator. After all, even Jesus knew the merits of hanging out with fishermen. To quote Norman MacLean in A River Runs Through It, “And we were left to assume, as my younger brother Paul and I did… that all firstclass fishermen on the Sea of Galilee were flyfishermen... and that John, the favorite, was a dry fly-fisherman.” Over the decades, I’ve been blessed to meet hundreds of like-minded sportsmen. Some, I’d rather forget! However, looking back over fourplus decades, I cannot help but reminisce over what fishing friendships have meant. If you were fortunate to begin fishing young, you had at least one mentor. If you had a father or grandfather who took you on early fishing trips, hopefully you realize how blessed you were 6 NATIONAL

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and will joyfully pass that blessing to the next generation. Having no fishermen in my family tree, I adapted. Like-minded friends of my own age, aka the “Three Amigos,” myself, Keith and Steve, as well as their fathers and grandfathers, helped me along the way. Though my father didn’t fish, he worked in a textile mill alongside more than a few fishermen with whom I came into contact. Among them were the late Don Kirk, author of several books on fly fishing, and the late, great fly tyer Kirk Jenkins. To this day, the memory is burned in my mind of my father’s co-worker Charlie Murrell tying flies with me while camped on Forney Creek in the Smoky Mountains. I was 14 years old. Along the way, they and others taught me wading, casting and reading water, always instilling an interest and knowledge of the history of and respect for the locations where I trod as a young fisherman. Growing older meant adulthood; college, career and marriage entered the scene. Still, at least one of the Three Amigos besides myself has kept fishing, and we still get together when life permits. As we grow older and hopefully better in our pursuit, we’re sometimes blessed to invest in the future of our sport by sharing with the next generation. We instill in them an appreciation for the beauty and opportunity of wading in the crystal clear streams while sharing the history passed down to us. Those opportunities make us better fishermen. In teaching, we are forced to consider the intricate, basic skills of the sport, which over time can become blurred by repetition. As my mentors did with me, I am careful to not “over-coach.” This allows the student to make and learn from their

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mistakes. How awesome to be part of their first catch and to share in that accomplishment. If we’re lucky, at some point we are blessed to come into contact with equally experienced fishermen with whom we just click. The best fishing buddies possess a similar interest in locales and styles, but are different enough that we still learn from one another. The best fishing buddies become those who can finish your sentence, agree on the best places to fish, offer insight we didn’t consider and share learned tidbits, making both that much better. An additional bonus are those friends who are willing to take those crazy adventures such as night trips, remote bushwhacking treks and just downright crazy ideas for which they’ll catch it from their spouse when they eventually return home, well past curfew. I remember as kids how we were competitive. We even had the unofficial “Virgil Ward Award” for whoever landed the largest fish that day. Over time, a point is reached when you get just as much joy in watching a friend ply a hole for that big ol’ brown. Sometimes it’s a tag-team approach, with a spotter directing casts to a trophy fish. We realize as much excitement in our friend’s success as if it were our own, if not more! Lately, I’ve been stepping back… just a little… to give my buddy the first crack at a good run. Watching an artist at work, regardless of the canvas, is a joy. When that person is using all the combined skills of a stealthy approach, with the fly you both agree is best, making that cast in just the right spot and setting that hook, it’s like watching yourself from a distance. In that moment, you are just as elated to share and witness the moment. That moment is when you realize having a fishing buddy is priceless.

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s we head into winter fishing show season, many start shopping for good charters to fish in the coming season. The following points should save you some headaches.

Know Thyself The best thing to ensure a successful trip is to take a hard look at yourself and your crew—your experience, ages, skill levels and general disposition. Rough out your group’s hopes for the trip: Is the gear type of utmost import? Are you five old college friends for whom the trip’s fish tally comes after talking and laughing? Are you hoping to take home a load of fillets? There’s a possibility a port’s highliner—the guy who mohawks the fish every trip— could be the worst guy in town given your group’s criteria for success.

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fishery underway. One of the biggest problems fishermen encounter in destination fishing is pride prevents us from asking what we view as “googan” questions. We end up trying to convince our would-be hosts that we know what we’re doing and forget to ask the questions that might make that so. Ask the stupid question. If you’ve been hoping to land X species of X size your entire life, flush out as much detail as possible about the fishery: Are there certain windows of timing for the best fishing? Is tide stage a major factor? Every species and every region is full of caveats and idiosyncrasies. Full-time chartermen must fish as many days as they can book. You can’t expect to get straight answers to all your timing questions. You can, however, zero in on an area’s better tackle shops to fill in blanks. The quest for reliable intel is something you’ll have to patchwork together.

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he International Game Fish Association (IGFA), headquartered in Dania Beach, Fla., is the worldwide authority on record fish. The organization maintains a massive database of catches for almost any species you can think of and in numerous different categories. Every few months, IGFA releases a handful of recently approved new records. Here are some of the most impressive fish approved by IGFA this fall:

On July 1, 2021, Carl Carmody was fishing out of Hick’s Bay, New Zealand, when he landed the fish of a lifetime. This 355-pound, 6-ounce southern bluefin tuna is the second largest ever caught, weighing just 14 pounds shy of the current IGFA All-Tackle World Record. Carl was fishing aboard the Doctors Orders captained by Blake Sheridan when this fish struck a trolled lure. The impressive tuna earned Carl the IGFA Men’s 130-lb. Line Class World Record for the species.

Triana’s Sockeye Salmon Dennis Triana returned from an August trip to Alaska with a handful of records, including this 66-centimeter sockeye salmon that he landed on Aug. 14, 2021 to set the IGFA All-Tackle Length Record for the species. Dennis was fishing unguided on the Russian River in Alaska when the salmon struck a jig.

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Williams’ Chinook Salmon Bailey Williams was fishing with her husband on the Salmon River in Pulaski, New York on Sept. 12, 2021, when she landed this 12-pound, 12-ounce Chinook salmon. With this fish Bailey set the IGFA Women’s 2-kg (4-lb) Tippet Class World Record for the species. This beautiful salmon took an egg pattern on an 8-weight and was landed after a brief fight.

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On July 28, 2021, Ilya Sherbovich landed this beautiful 25-pound, 11-ounce Arctic char to set the IGFA Men’s 20-lb. Tippet Class World Record. Ilya was fishing the remote Taymyr Peninsula in northern Russia when he landed this amazing fish. The Taymyr Peninsula is located north of the Arctic circle, and is only accessible via helicopter. Ilya netted this colorful char after a seven-minute fight and released the fish after recording the proper documentation.

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27TH ANNUAL PALM BEACH HOLIDAY BOAT PARADE FILLED THE WATERWAYS WITH HOLIDAY CHEER AND CHARITY

Parade brought community together with fireworks, holiday themed boats and toys benefiting Little Smiles and Toys for Tots

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he Marine Industries Association of Palm Beach County (MIAPBC) illuminated the waterways with the 27th Palm Beach Holiday Boat Parade from North Palm Beach to Jupiter. The free family-friendly event was led by a traveling firework display and featured 50 holidaythemed boats. Small boats, sailboats, and mega yachts, decked out with millions of twinkling holiday lights, delighted the community as they navigated up the Intracoastal Waterway to the Jupiter Inlet Lighthouse. Over 5,000 toys were collected on Saturday night and $10,000 in cash donations will be used to purchase even more toys for Little Smiles and Toys for Tots charities supporting our local community. This year’s theme “Merry & Bright” featured a gingerbread house, dinosaurs, Elvis, rock ‘n roll, and Santa Claus as thousands of viewers were dazzled. Town officials and local dignitaries judged this friendly competition with $10,000 in cash and prizes up for grabs. The Awards Ceremony was held at Farmer’s Table in North Palm Beach on Tuesday, December 7, 2021. The 2021 Best of Parade and Fan Favorite, voted on by the public through Facebook, was “Nailed It” owned by Aaron and Diane Liscomb of North Palm Beach. The brightly lit vessel was decorated as a gingerbread house topped with two red and white peppermints. The Liscomb’s generously donated their cash prize of $1,500 to Little Smiles and Toys for Toys. “We are thrilled by the amazing show of boats this year,” said Executive Director Alyssa Freeman. “You can tell that the boat owners put a lot of time and effort into decorating, and all to bring joy to the community and be a part of giving back to two incredible charities. Many of the boats in the parade this year entered for the first time, and so of course we hope they will be back again and again!” For parade photos and details, visit palmbeachboatparade.com or call (561) 863-0012.

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2021 Boat Parade Winners: Best of Parade Nailed It (Boat # 21) Fan Favorite Nailed It (Boat # 21) Under 25’ 1st Place: Teazer Too (Boat #34) 2nd Place: 23 ft Sea Hunt (Boat #18) 3rd Place: Ice Ice Baby (Boat #27) 25’-35’ 1st Place: Nookie Time (Boat #19) 2nd Place: Eagles Nest (Boat #33) 3rd Place: Miss B Havin (Boat #15) Over 35’ 1st Place: Nauti Kitty (Boat #37) 2nd Place: Dig-In-Life (Boat #23) 3rd Place: Place: Egret (Boat #26) Corporate 1st Place: Food Yacht (Boat #57) 2nd Place: The Detail Dude (Boat #4) 3rd Place: Blue Heron 2 (Boat #1)

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target Spanish mackerel from a boat by trolling depths 10-25ft and casting colorful jigs, spoons, or swimming plugs along the beach. For land-based anglers, the Juno and Lake Worth piers, and rock piles off Boynton Inlet should produce a good bite. For those anglers that love to bottom fish, set up your drifts in depths of 60-120ft near wrecks and reefs. Drift your baits using a triple hook rig with a dead sardine or a chicken rig with a sinker; both should yield muttons, yellowtail, mangrove snapper, and kingfish. Until next time, Keep On Catchin’! Please be sure to check out my YouTube Channel “Darcizzle Offshore” for fishing videos every week! www.youtube.com/DarcizzleOffshore

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ello anglers! The other day I was at The Palm Beach Yacht Center docks checking out the new Solace 41 powered by Volvo Penta diesel engines, when a 19-foot center console powered by a Yamaha 150 came in right next to us and threw a 73-pound wahoo on the docks. This fish was so big it didn’t fit in any of their coolers or fish boxes. It goes to show that you don’t need a big boat to catch massive fish!! Seeing this fish come in brought back a lot of great memories. Having one of these massive wahoos on the line and come over the decks brings such an amazing adrenaline rush, and a good sushi dinner that night. Our team and I have caught many wahoo through the years, however targeting wahoo can be extremely difficult and sometimes very boring. When you get that one strike in a day, you know what's on the other end of the line! Typically, wahoo shake their head during the fight which is a key giveaway to what is on the line. Normally we use leads and a plainer to catch our wahoo with either ballyhoo, bonito strips, or highspeed trolling lures. The fight is very hectic and reeling the fish into the lead is one part of the fight, but after that you must have someone hand line the rest of the line in, which is dangerous! During this entire fight we typically slow down a little, but not too much, to keep the wahoo from throwing the hooks. Another thing we do to prevent sharks from taking our fish is to head offshore once we get the bite. This has worked for us, and we have won many tournaments this way. If you get a big bite high speed trolling, you have a high chance of being in the money! I recommend all of you to go offshore soon, especially when it's around 1 week before or after a full moon. You will have a fight of your life! 4 PALM BEACH COUNTY

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his is the monthly fishing forecast for December. Hopefully, I’m able to give you some tips or ideas that will help you out and put a few more fish in the boat. Cold fronts started rolling in early this year and with that comes many different migratory species of fish. For me, the winter means jigging season. Whether it is goofy jigs, tipped bucktails, or yellowtail jigs with a whole shrimp, chances are I am working the Scored another bottom. The game is pretty beautiful ICW simple; pull up to a dock, deep permit. channel, or rock pile and pitch your jig. Give it a couple hops off the bottom and wait for the thump. The species count for the day is usually ridiculous but some of our main targets are going to be triple tail, pompano, and sheepshead. I would fully expect to hook plenty of snappers, black drum, and small snook using these methods also. Another must have is a spoon that you can throw far. Take that out on the beach and work your way along the surf looking for jacks, bluefish, and big ladyfish. If I’m throwing flies, it’s most likely going to be Clousers with an intermediate line or sinking line. In the fresh water, this is one of the best times of the year to work on schooling fish. Usually the schools will include bass, peacock bass, sunshine bass, and clown knife fish. Crank baits, jerk baits, and sometimes a paddle tail will get you some action. If you’re looking for crappie, just about every bridge, piling, brush pile, and culvert pipe should Black drum are a put you in business. pretty common sight Good luck out there! here in the winter.

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Fishing Forecast by Capt. Brian Nelli

Inshore Here comes winter! Winds and cooler temps will keep you wet and cold in the kayak. A good pair of Frogg Toggs Waders is highly recommended to keep you warm this coming month. Pompano, bluefish, jacks, and Spanish mackerel become more of the focus in January. I like to target areas near the inlets like the mouth of the Loxahatchee River in Jupiter, Sailfish Flats in Stuart, and where Stranahan River and New River meet in Broward. The deeper channels and sand flats make them ideal locations for the fish to swim in and out with the tides. Try working the edges of these channels with Goofy Jigs, small buck tails, and D.O.A. Jerk Baits.

Offshore January is considered one of the best months to target sailfish. As always, winter months are very weather dependent. There are typically only a handful of days during this month that the weather will allow you to get in the ocean without dumping you and your gear in the process. Choose your days wisely and be sure to have all safety equipment on board. Sailfish prefer smaller baits like smaller goggle eyes and pilchards. Kingfish will still be around; scattered mahi and wahoo could make an appearance in the kayak.

Freshwater Depending on how cold it gets, the peacock bass should be hungry. Live baits like shiners and shad will be the best bet. Clown knifefish, largemouth, and sunshine bass will make their way to deeper water as the temps drop. Try fishing the deeper holes with baits near the bottom for best results. Check us out Pushin’ Water Kayak Charters on Facebook, Instagram and Youtube for all the latest adventures my clients and I get into. See you on the water!

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appy January and I hope you had an enjoyable holiday season! Our business keeps us outdoors much of the year, and much of that time is spent leading wildlife and nature-based tours. We get the chance to help people connect with nature, out in nature. Every day and every trip is different from the last and we have to work with what nature gives us. Sometimes that means changing our route to avoid rainstorms, stopping for manatees in the middle of a birding trip, or admiring dolphins while looking for manta rays. Wild animals are unpredictable, especially in their native natural habitats. While we have a good idea of where we can find specific species during certain times of year, who’s actually there on any given day when we stop by can vary widely. One exception to this are animals that are actively nesting or who have young with them, particularly birds. Winter in Florida is nesting season for many species of birds - including some of our largest and most recognizable species - eagles, osprey, sandhill cranes, great blue heron, and little blue herons, among others. These are big birds with big nests. Although hatchlings won’t start arriving until February, March or even April, nesting often starts much earlier. All those little baby birds need a nice place to grow up after all! We only see sandhill crane and eagle nests when we lead groups that include a nature hike. But osprey, great blue, and little blue heron nests are pretty common along coastal shorelines here in Palm Beach County, and we’ll often see these birds working on their nests in January. As tempting as it might be to get up close and see what the birds are doing, please don’t. It takes a lot of energy for them to find just one stick, then hold it in their beak and fly it back to their nest. Imagine having to do that hundreds of times! If these large birds get scared off while building their nest, there’s a good chance they won’t nest at all that season. Instead, drift or anchor a respectful distance away and let the birds Chris Thalmann - Owner do their jobs. Grab a pair of binoculars or a long lens camera if you want Aqua Adventure Tours, Inc. to check things out. With patience you might be rewarded with a really 561-635-6899 good shot! www.aquaadventuretours.com Enjoy some time outdoors, hope to see you on the water!

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Jetty Conchs "Mark the Shark" Beatty with a bragging sized snook!

Where it all began for the family in Palm Beach County Florida – The Majewski Bakery circa 1896 – 1900

pending this past weekend with out-of-town friends I found myself in the conflicting position of needing a property inspection for insurance purposes. No one was available on such short notice, and I began the unenviable search for a certified home inspector. Enter Mark Beatty. Mark is a local home inspector that has been servicing the Jupiter community since 1987. Beatty Inspection Services is a full-service inspection company located right here in Jupiter Florida. I was grateful of his offer to come out early Saturday morning pre-guests and conduct a home inspection. Upon his arrival, Mark was courteous, attentive to our needs, and extremely professional. He immediately noticed the fishing gear in our garage! Imagine my surprise to find out not only is Mark an avid angler, but also holds the West Palm Beach Fishing Club (WPBFC) Gen 50 record for amberjack out of Palm Beach Inlet – a 102-pound monster fish who’s fighting prowess I highly respect. His WPBFC record fish has stood since January 24, 1981. What an amazing accomplishment! My interest was piqued when I also found out Mark is a local native Floridian whose Florida family history goes back three generations to the eighteen hundreds! Imagine the change this family has seen. I immediately asked if Mark had any local fishing lore or legends --- he began to tell his story and the history of the South Florida Jetty Conchs.

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Majewski Bakery The story begins with the family’s humble beginnings. Mark’s great grandfather, Mr. Albert Majewski arrived in West Palm Beach in 1895. In 1902 he created the Majewski Bakery on the South side of Clematis St. by buying an existing building for six hundred dollars. He kept it till 1920 when he sold it for fifty thousand dollars to Mr. Ewing Graham. Mr. Graham kept the building for five years and then sold it to the Woolworth interest for one hundred and twenty-five thousand dollars – a record real estate transaction for that time! This clearly reflects the intense interest and local growth Florida is currently experiencing.

All Jetty Conchs had nicknames. Here are just a few of them:

A prized possession – the infamous Jetty Conchs!

• Jim Branch – “End Rock” • Joe Kern – “Completely Equipped” • Joel Daves – “No Snaggum” • Chris Daves – “Seldom Snaggum” • Steve VanVoast – “Stainless” • Fred Newbourn – “Frayed Fred” • Eugene – “Clean Eugene” • Jack Kraft – “Talkity Jack” • Mark B. Beatty “Mark the Shark”


The venerable West Palm Beach Fishing Club (WPBFC) founded in 1934.

Enter the Jetty Conchs Mark is a homegrown South Florida local and told me of an event along our coast that happens every September, the fall migration of mullet referred to as the “Mullet Run”. People would fish this event every year. Word got out and people would make it a point to travel every September to fish this amazing run of forage fish that attracted predators of every shape and size. These people made friends with the other anglers who came every year. In the late 40’s and 50’s they formed a club called the Jetty Conchs. The Jetty Conchs would mainly fish the South Jetty at the Palm Beach Inlet. The migrating mullet would travel South along the beach and would come into the lake if there was an incoming tide. “Some would fish by boat, but the action was much better off of the jetty. We would snag a mullet, re-hook it in the upper jaw and toss the rig out with a quarter ounce sinker. We would let it sink below the school and slowly retrieve the bait”. Beatty continued “We would also keep a few dead baits in our back pockets when the schools had moved on”. Using this method accounted for many an epic catch of tarpon and snook that took advantage of the mullet run to fatten up for the months when bait was scarce. According to Beatty, “The lady running the Palm Beach Inlet Dock was Annie Eggleston. She was friends of the Jetty Conchs and would call by phone to announce that the mullet ‘have now arrived’!” During that part of history there were no bag limits or size requirements, and the Conchs could catch as many snook as they wanted. These were big fish that screamed the drag as they headed out the inlet for freedom. Beatty shared that “At the end of the mullet run we would have our annual fish fry called the ‘Conch Out.’ It was at the fish fry that we would vote for new Jetty Conchs. We would also vote for the new King Conch and Queen Conch. The female Conchs were called ‘Concubine.’ We also would accept nominations during the annual meeting for ‘Apprentice Conch’ and ‘Jr. Jetty Conch’. After the ‘Conch Out’ we said our goodbyes and looked forward to next year’s mullet run.”

Founded in 1934, the WPBFC has a long and colorful history steeped in fishing tradition. From its inception, the WPBFC has played a leadership role in conservation, innovation, and education. It is a wonderful club that feels like family. I highly recommend attending an event – knowledge, sharing, and giving back to the community are at the heart of this venerable establishment. West Palm Beach Fishing Club (WPBFC) (561) 832-6780 https://westpalmbeachfishingclub.org wpbfc@westpalmbeachfishingclub.org

Fishing brothers forever – the author and Mark Beatty.

No small accomplishment – the author with a monster amberjack appropriately nicknamed the 'reef donkey'!

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he lake level is hovering close to the 16 foot mark, which is 7 to 10 inches higher than this time last year. As we move deeper into fall, the shorter light hours and cooler daytime temperatures help the water to cool. Water temperatures are 78 to 75 degrees at the present time which leads to longer activity periods for the bass. Every year at this time, the very largest bass that swim in Okeechobee start to move toward the spawning areas in the lake where they will feed heavily and then eventually spawn. The Okeechobee strain of Florida largemouth is unique. Whereas female northern bass will all spawn within a month or so of each other, the Okeechobee bass spawn will start as early as the full moon of November, and waves of female bass will continue to move in and spawn throughout the fall, winter, and spring. It’s easy to see why the Big “O” is such a fish factory. Speck (crappie) anglers are starting to catch good numbers of small specks that are under the 10 inch size limit, placed on the lake several years ago. The Kissimmee River is normally the first spot where limits of large specks appear,

aside from the mouth of the river, the area north of the river around the weir is a developing hot spot, as is the lock and dam area above it. Jigs and minnows are the primary baits for snagging the tasty panfish, a minnow many times will outperform a jig numbers-wise, but a jig will often provide bites from the larger specks. Artificial baits are still viable for catching good numbers of bass on the lake, topwater plugs, spinnerbaits, Senkos, and jigs will all work; however, there is no other bait that will match or outperform a wild golden shiner. Day in and day out live shiners will account for larger numbers of bites from largemouth, as well as entice the big bites from the largest bass. Good catch rates are being reported by guides with 35 to 50 fish per trip. Big bass are showing up with frequency, bass in the 7 to 9 pound range are an everyday occurrence. Whatever species you pursue, the possibilities are great, if you spend your time using the proper techniques in the correct areas. The lake's vegetation is looking better than it has in a few years which will make for a great fishing season so get on out and enjoy the beautiful weather

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and shooters need to come to that realization. Will the prices go back to where they once were? I doubt it, but a price drop will probably happen once we reach those back stocks we once had. How long that will be is another question though. The supply chain problem for sure is an issue. Some of the more popular brands are made overseas, and with the ports backed up this will cause back orders for most of the 2022 year. Browning is one of the companies that there’s a real issue getting merchandise from. We deal a lot in sporting clay shotguns and Browning being a popular choice, there are none to be found. This also goes for Beretta, Benelli, Rizzini, and Perazzi as well. So, no one really knows what to expect for this year, only time will tell. There are way too many factors to get a good hold on what will happen. Hopefully it will become easier to obtain the things you want, but we have been wrong before.


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I launched the kayak and headed east, or straight out. I made a few cast in the shallow water, but the vegetation was too abundant to properly work my lure, and I didn’t see any bait. With the bowmount trolling motor, I was able to stand and look for visible signs of life while slowly moving forward. The water in this area was crystal clear, and if fish were present, they would be easy to locate. When I reached water with a little less grass, I decided to make short drifts and try my luck. Once a drift didn’t produce, I would head east again until I reached new water with a little more depth, and drift again. The wind would push me to the northwest and somewhat back toward the shore. I also noticed the other kayakers were moving around a lot. With that observation and the fact that I hadn’t had a bite, I concluded they were not catching either, and the fish were not shallow.

My next move was to head deeper toward the pelicans. As I mentioned earlier, there were three groups of them, and the one thing they had in common was their distance from the shore. I headed straight east until I was inline with them, but up-wind. Once I reached this area, I noticed baitfish in the water. They were not being chased, but they were present. The water was still very clear, and it was about 3 to 4 feet deep with a mix of grass and potholes. I began launching my 4-inch paddletail toward the potholes. Utilizing a steady retrieve and keeping my lure about midway in the water column, I received a vicious strike. After some tail-walking, I landed a nice 5-pound speckled trout. Not bad for the first fish of the day! I had to depart from my pregame plan and follow the signs to the fish. By following that pattern, I was fortunate enough to play catch and release with specks and reds the remainder of the day. Capt. Michael Okruhlik is the inventor of Knockin Tail Lures, Controlled Descent Lures, and the owner of www.MyCoastOutdoors.com.

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of outlets: Instagram Direct Messaging, email, texts and through their website. The fish are then picked up, filleted, packaged and delivered to food banks. All contributions are tax-deductible. The young philanthropists, who are now university students, have taken their organization to the next level. The team at Fillet for Friends has grown to 10 individuals, including Captain Bill Kelly, executive director of the Florida Keys Commercial Fishermen’s Association. Last month, FFF was awarded a grant from Feeding South Florida to augment their efforts, which have provided thousands of pounds of fish to thousands of Florida families. For more information, check out www.filletforfriends.org and follow @filletforfriends on social media.

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quality within the Indian River Lagoon. Because this trial effort is a management action that has not been tried before, it is unknown how many manatees will visit the site or how much vegetation individual manatees will consume. The goal of this action is to reduce manatee mortality. It will not eliminate it. Beyond on-site support, FPL is substantially contributing to other manatee response operations by working with the Fish & Wildlife Foundation of Florida to obtain an additional FWC rescue truck and provide on the ground assistance. “Environmental stewardship is a critical aspect of FPL’s continued efforts to deliver clean, reliable and affordable energy to its customers,” said Kate MacGregor, FPL vice president of environmental services. “For over 30 years, we have worked closely with state and federal agencies to ensure manatees are protected and we stand ready to support FWC and USFWS in their ongoing conservation efforts for this important species.” Report injured, distressed, or dead manatees to the FWC Wildlife Alert Hotline at 888-404-3922.

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ears ago, before I had access to a boat slip at the marina, I frequently pulled the boat to work completely ready to drop in the water and go fish by 5 or 5:30 p.m. This time of year, when it gets dark at 5:30 in the afternoon, this was the only time I had to fish, but it wound up being the best time of the day/season to fish. My favorite nights are the full moons of winter. This is the time of year to catch some gator trout. With all the fishing pressure trout endure, some of the big girls may go completely nocturnal. I would be putting the boat in the water when everyone was taking out, and my constant question was, “Did you catch ’em today?” On quite a few occasions, I would get the answer, “We didn’t catch sheet.” That was the answer I was looking for. That meant they were going to eat after dark. You see, when a lot of boats are buzzing around and on top of them, it can put them in the “lockjaw” mode. Let it turn dark, when all the “day-timers” go home, and that’s when the numbers of bites and some of the big girls eat. NOTE: I can only talk so much smack… The biggest speck I’ve ever caught at night was 7.75 pounds, but I have caught some pretty impressive numbers. For example, one night we had 42 good ones. That was before there

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he world’s most prestigious professional bass tournament is returning to the site of some of the best moments in the sport’s famed history. The 2022 Academy Sports + Outdoors Bassmaster Classic presented by Huk will be held at Lake Hartwell March 4-6. It is the fourth time the crowds and pageantry of the Classic have descended on Upstate South Carolina. Takeoffs will be conducted from Green Pond Landing & Event Center, while daily weigh-ins will be held at the Bon Secours Wellness Arena. The annual Bassmaster Classic Outdoors Expo will take place at the Greenville Convention Center, both of which are in nearby Greenville. B.A.S.S. CEO Bruce Akin said the organization is excited to once again visit a venue that has become the gold standard for professional bass fishing events. “Everything about Lake Hartwell and the city of Greenville make them the perfect setting for the Super Bowl of Professional Bass Fishing,” Akin said. “The Bassmaster Classic is not only a chance for the best anglers in the world to showcase their abilities, it’s an annual celebration of the sport itself. “Lake Hartwell provides the perfect site for amazing competition, and the city of Greenville provides the hotels, restaurants and other facilities you need for an event the size of the Classic.” Hartwell is a 56,000-acre man-made reservoir situated between Georgia and South Carolina and encompassing portions of the Savannah, Tugaloo and Seneca rivers. It features a vast array of habitat and a good population of both largemouth and spotted bass that are likely to be in the prespawn phase when the Classic competitors arrive.

“We are very excited for the opportunity to host the Bassmaster Classic once again on Lake Hartwell,” said Neil Paul, Executive Director of Visit Anderson. “The leadership of Anderson County has made a significant commitment to Green Pond Landing and the marketing efforts of Lake Hartwell, and we expect another record-breaking event with our teammates from Greenville. “Hosting our fourth Bassmaster Classic on Lake Hartwell is significant to our community because no other fishery will have hosted more Bassmaster Classic events. Having hosted this great event in the past, we can speak first hand to the significant economic impact it will have on the upstate of South Carolina and the impact of residual tourism that will be felt in Anderson County for years to come.” The 2022 Classic will feature 55 qualifiers with berths earned through the Elite Series, the Opens, the TNT Fireworks B.A.S.S. Nation circuit, the Carhartt Bassmaster College Series presented by Bass Pro Shops and the Bassmaster Team Championship, plus the defending Bassmaster Classic champion and winner of the final Elite Series event of the 2021 season. They will compete in the no-entry-fee event for their share of a whopping $1 million purse, with the champion earning $300,000. For more information, go to www.bassmaster.com.

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THINKING ABOUT QUITTING BOATING? P erhaps your vessel needs a major repair. Maybe you sold your house and are moving away from the seashore. Maybe you are too busy to sell your boat, or you tried and found a lot of people didn’t have the resources to buy it, much less to move it. There are a lot of reasons people have for getting rid of an older boat, working or not. We want to let you know that you can trust Boat Angel Outreach Center. We here at Coastal Angler have seen them help thousands get rid of their unwanted boats and receive generous IRS1098 tax receipts for doing so. Did you know older, larger working boats can be donated for their fair market value? Did you know Boat Angel will walk you through the whole process, and most of the time even a boat that has been unused on your dock or in your backyard will be gone in less than 15 days? I’ve known the people at Boat Angel Outreach for more than a decade, and I can personally vouch that this charity is both caring and focused on helping kids. 100 percent of their funding is from the sale of donated boats. They currently fund projects on four continents and ceaselessly work to make this world a better place, especially for children. They have a courteous and diligent staff. They are experienced in solving logistical problems and multi-state title issues, all while achieving their goals of getting the donated vessels moved away quickly. So, if you’ve got a vessel that’s no longer

working, or you have decided to move on from boating, I strongly recommend you give this great organization a call or contact them through their website. When your donation is completed, just forward your receipt to your tax preparer. Who knows how much money your donation will put back in your pocket? We all know that an unused or nonworking boat is a drain on anyone’s finances. Fuel, maintenance bills, registration, insurance and slip fees are year-round expenses. Maybe it is finally

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time to move on. A friend of mine once asked, “What is better than being a boat owner?” “I don’t know, what?” I said. “A friend with a boat,” he replied, smiling. We all have friends with boats. Why not put the money saved into their gas tank and take a small fishing trip? Boat Angel Outreach Center; www.boatangel.org; EIN 42-1619552; 800-700-2628.


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North Carolina angler boated a new state record red hind off Cape Lookout in October, and it’s a record that’s likely to stand for a while. The fish weighed 7 pounds, 1.6 ounces and measured 21.5 inches in length with a 17.5-inch girth. The new state record holder, Matthew Parr, of Wilmington, N.C., was fishing with Capt. Charles Stewart Merritt of Salt Air Ventures. They were dropping cut bait on 80-poundtest line, probably looking for big grouper. The record breaker Parr hauled from the depths was less than 2-pounds off the IGFA all tackle world record, which stands at 9 pounds even and was caught by Eddie Vanmeter out of St. Marys, Ga. in July of 2019. Previously, North Carolina did not list a state record red hind but created the category after Parr applied for the state record. The Division of Marine Fisheries creates new state record categories for fish that are exceptionally large for North Carolina. Parr’s was exceptionally large for anywhere. Although red hind are known to grow up to 23 inches and exceed 10 pounds in weight, anglers rarely encounter them that large. The typical specimen brought over the rail measures about 16 inches. Red hind is a quality table fish that is important in Caribbean commercial fisheries. In the South Atlantic it is regulated within the three grouper aggregate recreational bag limit. It is also listed in the ShallowWater Grouper Complex, which means there is a closure for the species from January through April.

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