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Bay an industry leader in today’s outdoor apparel industry. Always in the forefront of new fabric technology, Bimini Bay has also been a manufacturing leader in creating moisture management systems. Their shirts are engineered to keep the body comfortable and dry by drawing moisture to the fabric’s surface (wicking) where it can quickly evaporate. Now, with the introduction of their BloodGuard line, they have set a new standard in the industry. Try one of these new BloodGuard shirts for yourself. Blood washes right off with only water. No more bringing detergents or peroxide on the boat or dock to spare your favorite fishing shirt. Designed and tested in the field with real anglers, this new line of outdoor apparel is destined to set a new standard in the industry.

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rom the offshore fishing boats of the Florida Keys to the mountains of upstate New York, Bimini Bay clothing has long been known as the first choice of the active sportsman. Their rugged line of men’s and women’s clothing combines functional outdoor styling with today’s latest technical fabrics. Now, through a patented nano technology process, Bimini Bay introduces a major breakthrough in outdoor apparel. Their new BloodGuard apparel line is nothing short of amazing. Blood and grime effortlessly rinses away. Powered by Nanotex, this new proprietary apparel forms a barrier against all types of blood, dirt and bio-stains. As with all their outdoor apparel, attractive pricing, attention to detail, contemporary styling and a generous fit are all part of what makes Bimini

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he origins of Salt Life are pure. With two simple words in a scrawling font, the iconic brand began as a tattoo inked on the backs of a couple of surfing fishermen in Jacksonville Beach, Fla. Four hard-core watermen began grassroots promotion of the design in 2003, selling bumper stickers and T-shirts. During the humble early years, no one foresaw the eventual scope of the worldwide phenomenon they had launched. Salt Life has come to represent everything everyone loves about the ocean. At a glance, the now-familiar logo proudly displays a love of the saltwater lifestyle. Fisherman and diver Jeff Stillwell, who just happens to be president of Salt Life, said he is blessed to be part of the phenomenon. “Whatever attracts you to the water, Salt Life represents that,” he said. “If you happen to love to fish, it means fishing to you. I happen to be an avid diver. It means diving to me. If you’re a surfer, it means surfing. If you just like hanging out on the beach and enjoying a cold beverage, it means that.” No longer just T-shirts and decals, Salt Life has grown to include a huge assortment of gear and apparel. Two concepts accompany all their offerings. The first holds true to the original message, a devotion to the coastal lifestyle and its fashions. The second builds on those roots by coupling fashion with performance in gear and apparel that helps customers better enjoy water-based activities. From high-performance sunglasses, featuring the best Zeiss polarized lenses, to technical clothing for fishing, surfing, diving, paddleboarding and beach-sitting, Salt Life has you covered. Stillwell mentioned Salt Life’s new Fusion Performance Pocket Fishing Shirts as an example of innovative design that will appeal to anglers. It’s got UV30 sun protection and ventilation, and it’s got something else you won’t find on other fishing shirts. “It really came upon me sitting on the back of a boat, fishing a tournament,” Stillwell said. “Every time that reel goes off, you start looking for things. I don’t know why no one has ever done this, but we took one of these high-performance shirts and put pockets on the back of it. When that reel goes off, I don’t have to look for gloves or a pair of pliers. Whatever I need, I’ve got it right there with me. ’Cause once I get in that chair, I’m going to be there for a while.” Only an angler would recognize the need for this kind of design, and it’s this kind of innovation that has made Salt Life a lot more than just a cool logo. Stillwell said they’ve got a line of waterproof gear on the horizon, and he’s excited about the territory expansion of Salt Life Lager. Yep… Salt Life launched an easy-drinking beer to celebrate its 15th anniversary in 2018. “It goes hand-in-hand with our lifestyle,” Stillwell said. “We’re all out there on the water for a great fun-filled day in the sun, and at the end of the day our customer loves to kick back, as do I, with a nice cold beer.” But all the fun, and all the success, comes with responsibility. Without healthy oceans to play in, there would be no Salt Life. The company has joined with conservation organizations like Artificial Reefs International and Roatan Marine Park in protecting and enhancing the resources so that future generations can enjoy living the Salt Life.

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APPAREL Product Reviews Fish Hippie Performance Trucker Hat Fish Hippie was created by anglers as a celebration of the lifestyle. Their water-based Performance Trucker Hats meld performance with classic styling that tops off the look of an angler dedicated to the water. With back venting of a classic trucker hat and a performance bend structure front, these hats are 100 percent polyester for breathability and quick drying. New for spring 2019, they are available in seafoam and navy. Fish Hippie truckers sport a classic look and an even better fit with snapback closure, a semi-flat bill, and designs and colors for everyone.

fishhippie.com GILLZ CoolCore Shirts GILLZ shirts are mechanically engineered with CoolCore patented fabric, offering chemical-free cooling technology that never washes out. They are lightweight, soft, durable and cool—30 percent cooler than the competition. CoolCore has changed cooling fabric technology by redesigning the actual fabric, so unlike shirts with applied chemicals that wear off with use and repeated washings, GILLZ gear stays cool and protects for the long haul. Get out on the water with GILLZ and have all of the fun and none of the sun!

gillz-gear.com Hook & Tackle Wicked Dry & Cool Hi-Performance Fishing Shirt Hook & Tackle’s new collection of Wicked Dry & Cool Hi-Performance Fishing Shirts are made of a superior soft breakthrough Micro-Poly that wicks moisture while keeping you cool. It also features quick dry, radial sleeves for expansive arm movement, odor resistance and UPF 50+ for maximum sun protection. Available in many styles from sizes XS-3XL.

hookandtackle.com Hooked Soul Performance Apparel Hooked Soul 100 percent microfiber performance apparel features SPF 50 sun protection, Pure-Tech moisture wicking technology, vibrant colors and vivid graphics. When you wear Hooked Soul, you will look cool and be cool, too. Hooked Soul produces many designs of performance wear for men and women and also T-shirts, hats and accessories like neck gaiters and gloves. To check out the full line of Hooked Soul apparel and accessories, go to www. hookedsoul.com. Hooked Soul, do you have it!

hookedsoul.com King Kracken Outdoor Clothing King Kracken Outdoor Clothing Co. offers a one-of-a-kind fishing shirt featuring hand-drawn designs and bold graphics in a breathable polyester blend that dries quickly and boasts 50+ SPF protection. King Kracken shirts are hand-stitched and come with a 100 percent guarantee and free size exchanges. From $45, they are available in men’s sizes S to 4XL and Women’s S, M and L.

KingKracken.com Kluch Geo Marlin Collection Check out the latest collection from Kluch Apparel. Introducing the Geo Marlin collection represented by animals escaping out of their geometric forms. This series encourages us to “unleash the beast” within ourselves, to be risk takers, wild, free and adventurous.

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APPAREL Product Reviews Bimini Bay BloodGuard Shirt Fishing involves a lot of dirt, bait, blood, scales and guts. Realizing the inherent messy nature of the sport, Bimini Bay has introduced new BloodGuard technology that will keep your favorite fishing apparel looking sharp no matter how good—and gory—it gets on the water. Developed with Nanotex, a provider of textile solutions for military and medical applications, BloodGuard repels all types of stains, especially blood and guts. Bimini Bay is so confident in its BloodGuard technology that it has offered a one-year limited warranty against stains on a wide range of performance fishing clothing equipped with BloodGuard.

biminibayclothing.com Old Guys Rule Old Guys Rule introduces their five design offerings for the angler. Their 100 percent cotton tees in short or long sleeve make the perfect statement for the over-40 crowd. Once considered to be primarily related to the surfing industry, Old Guys Rule now covers a complete gamut of recreational pursuits. Be the first angler on the dock making the iconic statement, “Old Guys Rule.” For more information, visit http://oldguysrule.fishing or call 866-465-9640.

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Poncho: “The World’s Best Fishing Shirt.” Poncho is a new company that makes just one thing: a fishing shirt. We like that focus. Poncho calls their shirt “The World’s Best Fishing Shirt.” We’re impressed with the fast-drying fabric and innovative magnetic pocket flaps, which you can easily open with one hand. Smart details like a built-in eyeglass cleaner, slot to hang your sunglasses, roll-up sleeve tabs, and hidden zipper pocket will make anglers happy. They even go the extra mile by offering both relaxed and slim sizes. Poncho founder Clay Spencer grew up fishing the humid Texas coast. He’s also a former Alaskan fly fishing guide, so he knows a thing or two about extreme conditions. Clay said, “I made the Poncho shirt for guys who are serious about being comfortable on the water and don’t want a bunch of gimmicks. I cut the velcro, loops and baggy pockets. This shirt is made to have everything you need—and nothing you don’t.” Get a free hat with purchase of a shirt with code COASTALMAG. For more information, visit www. ponchooutdoors.com or contact Clay at clay@ponchooutdoors.com.

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Realtree Fishing Men’s 1/4 Zip Wind Shirt The Realtree Fishing Men’s 1/4 Zip Wind Shirt provides anglers with unique colors suited for a variety of freshwater and saltwater adventures. Making use of the the new Realtree Fishing Pattern, all styles come equipped with sun protection SPF30 and moisture-wicking dry-weave ventilated fabric for increased breathability to make sure you’re cool, comfortable and protected throughout your time on the water. You can find these shirts in a variety of fishing and outdoor retailers as well as on the Realtree e-comm store.

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Salt Life Fusion Performance Pocket Fishing Tee The Salt Life CAMO Fusion SLX UVapor performance long sleeve pocket tee features a sublimation printed all over graphic. This shirt features three all purpose pockets on the back with elastic openings to secure small items like fishing gloves and leaders within easy reach. The left chest pocket features an elastic loop to secure your sunglasses. This tee is made from 88 percent polyester, 12 percent spandex and treated for UV30 sun protection. Anti-microbial, mega soft, ultra light quick reaction fabric provides a built-in cooling and ventilation system. Machine washable for easy care!

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illz was started by a passionate angler, an angler driven by the need for one thing—performance. It’s evident in the style and quality of the Gillz brand. Started back in 2009, the idea was to design the perfect fishing shirt that would be lightweight, soft, comfortable and protective. This led to the first innovation – Cross Breeze Ventilation, which consisted of mesh panels under the arms and down the sides of the body. This allowed airflow through and under the shirt, making it even cooler and more comfortable. Other innovations followed, like a vented mask with “gills” for ventilation. This radical mask design offered unparalleled cooling and comfort. The technological innovations kept coming, and Gillz introduced CoolCore technology. CoolCore is a redesign of the actual structure of the fabric to make it cooler. Unlike most companies that simply apply a chemical to their fabric, which can wear off after repeated use and washings, CoolCore is a natural, chemical-free way to cool—up to 30 percent cooler than competitors. In addition, Gillz shirts are non-clinging and non-saturating. They wick sweat away from the body and offer UPF+50 sun protection. Gillz is designed for the passionate angler, the recreational fisherman, or anyone who lives an active outdoor lifestyle. The brand has grown from one innovative fishing shirt to a full apparel line. From tees, to high-performance shirts, to hats, to masks, sunglasses and hoodies, Gillz makes gear for every condition. Designs and patterns are constantly being updated, but the focus on performance is always a constant. Gillz considers making the most comfortable fishing shirt in the world an ongoing process, so innovation will always be of paramount importance. Gillz has come a long way from just making a simple fishing shirt. For more information, visit gillz-gear.com.

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Crossing For A Cure Organizer Travis Suit, with his daughter Piper, who was diagnosed with cystic fibrosis at age 4. Photo by Lori Griffith, Chasin a Dream photography.

Piper’s Angels assemble in a paddle out to honor cystic fibrosis families before the Crossing For A Cure. Photo by Talia Schizzano, Tallymark Productions.

Paddlers gather at midnight in Bimini as they prepare to set out for Florida at the start of the 2018 Crossing For A Cure. Photo by Lori Griffith, Chasin a Dream photography.

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f all the animals a diver might encounter, the octopus most easily qualifies as a creature from outer space. But, despite their eight arms, three hearts, nine brains and blue blood, octopuses really do have an earthly lineage. They are a mollusk (think oysters and conchs), but gave up their shells around 400 million years ago. In that time, nature has figured out some strange but effective ways for this animal to eat without being eaten. Dispensing with its shell gave the octopus flexibility and mobility. To take advantage of their mobility, the octopus features eight flexible, sucker-equipped arms. With these arms octopuses can pull themselves in any direction over the ocean bottom or swim through open water. For real emergencies, they can squirt a blast of water from their siphon for a jet-propelled take-off. Just about every part of an octopus except its beak and eyes can flow like Silly Putty. Consequently, an octopus can work its way through just about any opening it can get its beak through. That means an octopus has lots of places to hide.

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water can still stay chilly. The continuation of passing fronts can drop the water temperature quite quickly as it struggles to climb up the thermometer, keeping fish less aggressive. In March, I still hold onto some of the same structure I key on in the coldest months. Although I may start to mix in more shell and grass into my target areas, one thing that needs to remain from the cold weather handbook is quick and easy access to deeper water. With frequent cold fronts, although they may not have the same punch, the fish will still look to retreat to more stable water temps in the depths of a general area. The warmer and sunnier the day, the farther the fish will stray from that deep-water access, but they will not completely abandon its safety. I like to focus on the outer edge of the guts that lead from deeper water to the flats early, and I’ll follow them up on the flat as the day warms. With the fronts comes dreaded high pressure! Here are a couple tactics I rely on in this situation. First, and typically the most productive, is to downsize your lure. This is especially true in the spring when forage is young. I also like to go with a natural or translucent color patterns for a more natural approach. I tend to slow down and work lures closer to the bottom, as well, when the barometer is on the rise. My next approach, when nothing is working in a high barometer setting, is to do something completely opposite of what I just recommended. When all else fails, I tie on a very noisy lure that creates a lot of water displacement. This could be a noisy topwater, a noisy rattling lure or a lipped crankbait-style plug. At this stage, I am just looking for a reaction bite. If I can aggravate them enough, they just might take the bait. Although these techniques are polar opposites, I find the fish to be on one end of the spectrum or the other when dealing with high pressure. You just need to experiment and figure them out. Get out and enjoy the weather, and remember to take a kid fishing! Capt. Michael Okruhlik is the inventor of Controlled Descent Lures and the owner of www.MyCoastOutdoors.com.

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any part of the water column from super skinny to 5-7 ft. of water. Most of the slot fish will be schooled up on the grass-flats in the by Eric Henson 4-7 ft. range and your bigger over-slot fish will be in the 1-3 ft. range. I like to use top-waters and hard baits like the Yo-Zuri 3D pring is here and the fish are getting fired up! We actually had Inshore Twitchbait early in the morning to cover lots of water a pretty chilly winter this year but, most of the fish will still until I find them. Once I’ve found one I will slow down to work be following their normal patterns. The fish that did push back them pretty hard because there are usually closer by. into warmer waters will be heading back out to the grass-flats Snook - The snook that pushed into the backwaters will be looking to fatten up on just about pouring out of the creeks and anything that crosses their paths. rivers onto the grass-flats. I Redfish - Although we still like to stage up near the mouth cannot harvest redfish they are entrances and plug away at them. always one of the pound for Again, I like to use the Monster pound hardest fighting fish on the 3X X-MOVE but with a little bit flats. There will be a lot of single heavier jig head. With the stronger and doubles hanging out, but currents and the little deeper also be sure to look for them to water, you want to make sure that be grouping up into small school. your bait is getting down into the Most of the schools will be mid to strike zone. upper slot fish with some over This is the best time of the slot fish mixed in. Early in the year for weather and fishing so mornings I will throw top-water get out there and enjoy it. Be sure and sub surface baits like the new to stay safe and be courteous of Yo-Zuri 3D Inshore Pencil Series. And even though it is towards your fellow anglers while on the water. There is plenty enough the end of the shrimp run, I will still be targeting them with the water and fun for everyone! : ) Tight lines and Tight knots to Monster 3X 4 ž X-MOVE pretty much throughout the whole everyone! day. The water is very clear and the grass is just starting to come Eric Henson is the owner of Casting Kayaks LLC. a guided kayak fishing company back so, it makes for an outstanding sight fishing bait. out of Sarasota Florida. He specializes in inshore light tackle or fly fishing from Trout - These fish will be fired up and eating in just about Tampa Bay to Charlotte Harbor. To book a guided fishing trip with Eric check out

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Inshore with Capt. Rachel by Capt. Rachel Cato

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will try to keep this month’s forecast brief. Are you ready to go catching instead of fishing?! How can I keep it brief when there is so much happening this month? Bait is the #1 thing I think about in March because all winter (winter meaning maybe all of 6 weeks, thank you Florida!) that’s what keeps me going. The anticipation of bait showing up, getting the nets back out and catching those beautiful, magical shiny gifts from the fish gods. March generally has the magical water temperature holding in the 70’s degrees which warms up and increases the fish’s metabolism. Water clarity is generally really good and clean so using lighter leader 20#-25# will produce more fish. I’ll adjust the hook size according to the bait. Small bait around 1/0 then as the bait gets larger I’ll go up to a 3/0. Strong water current and sun helps to turn the bite on when the water is cooler. Trout start to flood the deeper grass mixed in with mackerel and ladyfish. Using a 30# leader will prevent most cut offs, but a longer shank hook is better for mackerel. Snook and Redfish are still catch and release only through May. Snook start to stack up and in the transitional areas feeding and moving toward their summer spawning grounds. Redfish will be caught along shorelines with oyster beds and thick mangroves with schools of mullet nearby. Mangrove snapper is still one of my all-time favorites to target because they are excellent table fare and fairly easy to catch. Black drum and sheepshead will still be caught if using live shrimp around structure. Typically, schools thin out when the water temperatures increase. Using weighted hooks with cut shrimp or live is the best bait. White grunts will also eat shrimp and so thick it’s hard to catch anything else – a cheaper bait is cut squid. Best plan is to go try to catch bait then start fishing and choose areas with signs of current and life.

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remember many years ago hiring fishing guides to take me fishing and to put me on fish when I did nothing but sit on the boat and/or in a ‘fighting’ chair only to have the 1st or 2nd mate hand me a rod after a fish was on. To my dismay and only after I had a few ‘cranks’ on the reel, the equipment was taken away from me for the crew to land and gaff the fish. No explanation as to what I might expect when I hired the guide. That was many years ago and I committed that if I ever had an opportunity to be a professional guide that none of my clients would have to endure the same. Ironically, many years later and today for both offshore and inshore charters, there are fishing guides that DO NOT ALLOW their clients to make their own presentations so as to enjoy the experience of ‘FISHING’. I understand their philosophies (especially for inshore fishing) are that the client will cast into the mangroves or other structures that may require the ‘guide’ to dislodge or re-tie the line and hook as a result. ‘UNACCEPTABLE IN MY BOOK’! People expect to experience catching their own fish from ‘start to finish’. Moreover, many fishing guides (Charter Captains) keep clients who want to learn to fish, ‘in the dark’ and not share effective fishing techniques, locations, or what to look for in regards to estuary ‘make up’. As ‘Captain for Hire’ on other vessels (inshore and offshore), I have dedicated myself to teach anglers and ‘wanna-be-anglers’ to improve and to become good fishermen and fisherladies by showing them first hand techniques that I use on a daily basis to insure success on fishing adventures. Recently, my 1st Mate, Vicki and I were invited to join clients (turned friends), Dan and Laurie from Newton, IA aboard their new 26ft. offshore Key West boat for a day of Grouper fishing. We initially started by fishing for Seatrout, Spanish Mackerel and Pompano on the grass flats then progressed to reef and pelagic species offshore. Dan and Laurie have spent the better part of two years striving to catch grouper and other species offshore. They are not unique in that regard, except for the recent success they have had on virtually every long-range offshore adventure they have undertook backed by pictures for evidence. Vicki and I were recently invited to spend a day with them on a run 40 miles offshore to experience ‘first-hand’ their successes in catching Porgy’s, Snappers and big grouper. I must say, ‘BEST GROUPER DAY I HAVE EVER HAD’. We all caught our limit of Red Grouper together with a number of Porgies, Vermillion and Lane Snappers. The biggest reward for me is that they gave me the credit for their fishing successes.

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by Capt. Bill D’Antuono

We are headed towards the spring months with warmer overall temperatures. Whenever the water temperatures rise or fall to around 70 degrees you can anticipate migrations of fish traveling up and down the Gulf Coast. The transition into spring will undoubtedly bring whale sharks to our waters. Last November we had nearly a dozen whale shark sightings when the water crossed the 70° mark! Winter time diving has always been my favorite time to get in the water. It is definitely not “dive season” but for spearfishing, the fish TERI OLAH WITH HER don’t care. Colder water brings FIRST SPEARED COBIA! different species and the fish are on the move. Grouper move in shallower and snapper show up on deeper wrecks and live bottom. This time of year water temps can be as low as 64° and weather windows for getting offshore are smaller. But with air temps in the 80’s you can warm up quickly in between dives. Recently we have been targeting cobia, grouper, snapper and other pelagics mixed in. African Pompano, one of the gulf’s coolest looking fish, are on deeper wrecks and live bottom. These fish are absolutely delicious and are fun to spear. Best prepared sushi or sashimi style, they are an amazing overall fish. I have recently been diving with an open cell wetsuit as opposed to the traditional closed cell. They are warmer than the closed cell and include a hood, which is mandatory this time of year for diving. Luckily we are in Florida and our overall temperatures are greater than the entire country. Nowhere else in the United States can you dive with these warm of temperatures, so there is no excuse to not go diving! FRANK FROM TAMPA WITH HIS FIRST AFRICAN POMPANO!

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On the Fly by Capt. Mike Manis It’s easy to consider this spring in southwest Florida; but, I’ve experienced enough cold snaps to realize that winter has a way of hanging around longer than we’d like. Even worse, some years it feels like spring never arrives and we go straight into summer. Mostly, we can count on some wind. No matter what Mother Nature dishes out, the area is still in transition and the fish are more active. For starters, it ‘s been a cool winter and many of our redfish and snook have pushed their way up many of the creek systems outside larger flats. Working the outside edges of these areas are one of my favorite places to throw a fly. Keep in mind, it’s not just the creek edges that’ll hold fish; they can be found cruising up and down the shoreline for hundreds of yards adjacent to the actual creek. What I really like is that there are no shortage of spots like this throughout all our bays and sounds that surround the harbor. Because of this combination, outer shorelines and wind, I like a nine-weight as it really helps punch through the wind. I also like a weight forward floating line rigged with a nine-foot leader tapered down to 20 lb. test. This tippet size helps keep me out of trouble near the bushes. I’ve been tying leaders with a saltwater monofilament leader material instead of fluorocarbon. It’s less expensive, plenty strong, and being a bit more supple makes it easier to work with. Water temperature will dictate bait availability and consequently my choice of flies. If it warms up and scaled sardines move in from deeper water, I’ll throw more baitfish imitations. Here, a Puglisi mangrove baitfish or backcountry brown is good. I also like deceiver patterns. If it stays cool, I’ll stick with clousers tied in natural tan, olive, and brown colors. When the wind does lie down, don’t hesitate to take a look outside the passes. Bonita and Spanish mackerel could be anywhere not far from the beach between Captiva and Gasparilla Pass. Keep an eye out for the birds as there’s a good chance they’ll be picking up bait that these aggressive fish are crashing at the surface. During one of these frenzies, it’s relatively easy to get close to the school and it’s a great place to throw a fly. This is a great opportunity to use all those flies you tied and figured they were not worth throwing. In fact, you don’t want to use good flies. Both these species will tear them up. Moreover, without a small piece of wire as tippet, the mackerel will break you off more times than not. Too, that nineweight will come in handy on a bonita as it’ll probably get you into the backing. Until next month, good tides. Captain Michael Manis is a U.S.G.C. Licensed captain and has been teaching the sport of fly and light tackle angling since 2002. He lives in Punta Gorda, Florida and can be reached at www.puntagordaflycharters.com. FACEBOOK.COM/COASTALANGLERMAGAZINESARASOTA/ | MARCH 2019 | SARASOTA / BRADENTON 7


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eing a local fishing guide and teaching people about fishing makes up the majority of my days on the water. I also provide eco tours and sunset cruises for visitors of Anna Maria Island. I recently took my mom and the ladies of her Bunco club from Chicago to find some dolphins and a beautiful sunset. After the incredible show from the dolphins jumping in our wake, we headed west through Long Boat Pass. I realized we had a little bit of time before sunset, so why not check out a few near shore reefs? I use the Humminbird on side view scan to study the bottom structures for fish, while waiting for sunset. I had just passed over the second set of reef balls when my guests noticed some fish jumping on the surface. What kind of fish are those? Spanish mackerel or possibly ladyfish. I explained how the Spanish mackerel have tendency to feed voraciously, blowing up on top of the water like that. I also mentioned how they have sharp teeth and cut your line frequently, calling that a Mack attack! I asked them if they

wanted to catch one. They were not so sure. I may have made them sound intimidating, with all those teeth. My mom, an avid fisher-woman, encouraged her friends to give it a shot. I showed them how to cast and quickly retrieve the 1/4-ounce jig head we used as a lure. Within a few casts each one had caught and reeled in their very own fish. The pictures we took just after captured the sunset and big smiles of these now proud lady anglers. I’m confident they won’t hesitate to try fishing again, if given the opportunity. The eco tour with a little fishing mixed in, was a perfect afternoon trip for these ladies, especially when the Spanish mackerel are feeding on the surface just off the beach. My mom also caught a Spotted Sea Trout on the reef, which is kind of odd. They are normally found in about about 6 feet of water. I do love catching and cooking trout and so do my kids. I prepare trout filets skin-side down on aluminum foil, pour melted butter over, and sprinkle with parmesan cheese. Bake for 10-12 minutes at 400 degrees. Yours Truly, Captain James.

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Let’s Take it Outside

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ne of the best things about living in Florida is that there is so much to do year-round. Spring is in the air, perfect temperatures and not that many biting insects- yet- it is perfect camping weather. Did you know there are 175 state parks, 9 state trails and 3 national parks in the state of Florida? There are also 6 state parks where you can Boat Camp, with boat slips, restrooms, showers, water and electricity. You can also find several places where boaters can anchor overnight and camp out; find a park right for you and the crew and go. Another thing that Florida spring brings is tarpon season, the elusive Silverking is on the way. Once the water hits a sustained 70 degrees and the “love bugs” show up, it’s time to get your rods ready. There’s more than one place to go for epic tarpon fishing in Florida, let me name a few. Boca Grande is known for the largest concentration of tarpon in the world, but the fishing in Tampa Bay for tarpon is just as good. The entrance to Tampa Bay by the Sunshine Skyway and Egmont Pass has become a great tarpon location over the years and really produces; I have caught a few there. Want to head a little south, Islamorada and Marathon in the Florida Keys is stellar; tarpon swarm the bridge connecting Bahia Honda Key with Summerland Key. A place that may not be front of mind for tarpon but should be is St. Augustine, as spawning occurs between May – September, so get ready for the fight of a lifetime. *Check FWC guidelines to ethically handle your tarpon, practice catch and release, and “keep ‘em wet” don’t take them out of the water. Switching gears “let’s go biking” because Florida offers some of the most scenic bike trails, from a leisure waterside ride to something off the beaten path. One of my favorites is the Pinellas Trail; it extends over 54 miles from St. Pete to Tarpon Springs and they are always adding more. Want that “Old Florida” feel, check out the Withlacoochee State Trail with over 46 miles of paved rail-trail, you can pedal back in time. Sanibel Island features 22 miles of paved trails, which include a ride through the “Ding” Darling National Wildlife Refuge, it is a bucket list ride. You can be a serious rider or someone like me looking for trails that have some great local bars and restaurants along the way to break up the ride and grab a cold one. Spring in Florida “Enjoy the Ride” and Let’s Take it Outside

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ou did it! You caught a fish! So now what?... Here at FishLikeUs we take our clients from “bait to plate” and today we’re going to talk about the “plate” portion of the program. Cooking fish is one of the most feared activities in cooking. It can look funny, smell funny, and taste...DELICIOUS! And the good news is - it’s easier than it looks! Because we spend most of our time targeting ‘food fish’ we have created the ‘Three Principals to Cooking Fish’ for easy recollection, and resulting flavor! 1. Eat it fresh. Fish never tastes as good as it does coming off the water. They’re still firm in texture, a little salty, and full of life! That being said, there’s no need to harvest as many as you can only to wind up resenting how much work they require. Instead, harvest what you want to eat right away and spend all that extra prep/cook time going fishing again tomorrow! 2. Keep it simple. Fish provide their own delicate flavor if you let them. A little salt and pepper goes a long way. Try simple flavor combinations to start: a squeeze of fresh lemon, a little cilantro or herb of choice (dill, thyme, etc), or even a little onion and garlic will do the trick! If you’re just getting started we highly recommend trying them plain before adding flavor. It will inform you which fish you like, and which ones you can live without. 3. Don’t overdo it. Fish are either done, or they’re not. There’s no in between. And once you learn the difference between those two stages the world will be your oyster (or snook, or redfish, etc…). Fish have oil and oil spoils when it’s cooked for too long (not to mention it will leave your fish dry and hair-like in texture). A well-cooked fish will be flaky, moist, and full of fat. They won’t flake if they’re not cooked so know that once it flakes, it’s done. Hands down, heat off, THE END.

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It’s All About the Kids

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y bass team mate Adam and I made a quick trip to Cortez after returning from college up in Savannah, GA. We made a quick call to my friend in Cortez to get about 200 shrimp for our fishing adventure we scheduled for the following day. When we woke up the next morning, we had to wait for the fog to lift and the weather to warm up – happens quite often in the early spring months! After patiently waiting for some time, it was time to head out for some food and to load the boat. We had our shrimp and were now ready to go, however, after another check on the weather the forecast was now showing the wind will pick up in the afternoon. We figured we better get moving before the winds came in, so we headed a few miles offshore to look for some crab trap buoys. After checking out several dozen bouys, we noticed a few small tripletail. We cast at them for a while, but apparently, they just weren’t hungry at all. After some time with not much success at catching anything, we decided to head back toward the docks to see if anything was biting inshore. This way, when the predicted winds did come in, we wouldn’t get caught out too far to make for a rough ride in – takes the fun out of fishing! We found snook along the inland waterways that were also not very hungry. We just had a cold front come through so we knew it might be a little tough fishing, and it sure was. We moved in even closer to fish some docks and hooked into some sheepshead using spider wire, 3/0 mustad hooks and shrimp. Adam caught his first sheepshead! Well, at least he got to see

tripletail, snook, and even landed some sheepshead. Later that day I took him to a pond where he could catch some bass to put him back in his element and it made me realize we really do live in the best area. You can fish salt and fresh all in the same day!

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Offshore with Capt. Tom

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cannot think of a better way to spend time with kids than fishing. In today’s world of cell phones, video games, Twitter, Instagram, Facebook and surfing the web, our kids are over-stimulated. They are in desperate need of more outdoor activity. When you are way offshore and out of cell phone range, there is nothing but good old-fashioned one-on-one time and fun conversations being had. All three of my children have been raised to be on the water fishing and hunting in the woods. Most of my best memories are of fishing with them. I recently took my youngest daughter, Kali who is 14, and one of our neighbor kids, Jace, out for a fun day offshore. We ran 32 miles out to our first and only stop. The fish were biting immediately and we had some mangrove snapper and porgies in the box, using some hand-picked jumbo shrimp for bait. As the morning moved on, the snapper were steadily getting bigger. Kali landed a 7lb mangrove and was so excited, then 2 minutes later Jace landed one about the same size. The smiles were priceless and the fish kept on biting. Our catch consisted of some big porgies, mangroves, yellowtail and vermilion snapper.

We quickly went through 15 dozen shrimp, but the kids wanted to keep fishing, so I pulled out some sardines. I was reluctant to use them because they get soft and sometimes fall off the hook easily, but I said let’s see how they work out with the kids fishing today. Well not 30 seconds later, Kali instantly hooked a huge fish, that ended up being a 10lb. mangrove snapper. It gave her a great battle and she did an awesome job getting it to the surface. Well that left Jace wanting a bigger one too, so he dropped his sardine and instantly got slammed. Low and behold, it was another 10lb. mangrove snapper! At this point, I was chomping at the bit to get in on the action myself, as I was busy with taking the kids’ fish off. I saw a tinker mackerel in the sardine box and my first thought was “I am going to get a huge mangrove from this bait”. I sent the bait down with a 30lb conventional rod and got a hard bite. After a few seconds of reeling, it breaks me off. So, I dropped another and ended up with some nice snapper as well. We used the whole box and had reached our limit on snappers. We ended up throwing back several nice fish to catch another day. What an amazing day I had fishing with my daughter and Jace. I can’t think of a better time spent together without the distractions of today’s technical world. Take your kids fishing!! Charter fishing from Venice, FL is home to some of the best fishing anywhere! You can reach Capt. Tom at 941-587-2028 or at www.tntfishingchartersvenice. com or follow on FB @ tntchartersvenice - specializing in Family Friendly Fishing Adventures.

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March Madness

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arch in Southwest Florida is typically a transitional month, shifting from our Winter patterns to our Spring patterns, mother nature’s mood swings keep us on edge. Every time I check the weather forecast I hold my breath praying not to see an encroaching blue line pushing our way. A week or two of 80+ highs and light tropical breezes, thwarted by a wicked cold front causing the fish to tuck tail and bolt for safe harbor. February was extremely pleasant and stable for the bulk of the month, hopefully that trend will continue into March. The backwater bite has been hot. The large breeder sheepshead have been hit or miss with the swinging water temps, but none the less that species is being brought over the rails in high numbers. The redfish bite remains the best I’ve seen in 9 years, with multiple fish being caught on almost every trip. The trout bite is fantastic in the open bays, you just have to weed through the multitude of ladyfish to get to them. Look for the pompano and Spanish mackerel to start showing back up in large numbers around area passes and bars. March madness to me is all about his majesty, the Silver King. The tarpon is the hardest fighting inshore game fish, barnone. He will push any angler to the breaking point, then circle back around to collect his salty tears as homage. As our inshore water temp average reaches 74°, our resident tarpon will slip out of their winter haunts and dormant state and emerge into feeding mode in our inner bays. Look for tarpon laid up on the

surface sunning for exciting sight fishing opportunities. Now for the main event, the tarpon migration. Every spring a biological need to reproduce triggers these fish to school up in pods and move to their spawning grounds. The migration route runs right through SW Florida, making our near-shore waters a tarpon super highway. This migration brings the best opportunity for an angler to land that fish of a lifetime. The timing of this migration is a closely guarded secret to many guides and each has his own superstitions. One tip I’ll share with you is too keep an eye out for the white butterflies, and an ear to the sea. Best advice I can give you. Hire a local pro, these fish are no joke, they are strong and unpredictable and if handled improperly can cause serious injuries to themselves or the angler. They are a protected, delicate sportfish that require proper gear and technique to control. Don’t miss your chance to make a memory that will last for ever. Till next month -STAY SALTY MY FRIENDS.

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The Best Angler Photos From Southwest Florida!

Snook caught by Joe Sheaffer Placida Pier. Capt. Steve B w/ a nice Red, 16 miles off Anna Maria Island.

Brent with a beautiful Lake O bass.

Ron Sorenson & Bob Cantu spearing a 75lb black grouper in the Gulf of Mexico. Joan Badham from England, learned to fish in Cape Coral and shows off her catch!

Capt. Tanner Ison w/ Reel Deal Fishing Charters, caught this cobia.

Emma MacVicar, 10yo caught her first fish ever, w/ a little advice from her proud dad.

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Capt. Bart Marx Capt. James Marko Capt. Terry Fisher

Capt. Mike Manis Capt. Neil Eisner

Brianna, 10yo of Naperville, IL caught this nice largemouth in Bonita Springs.

David Kardatzke’s first cobia, offshore from Stump Pass, w/ Capt. Kae of Flyin Hawaiian Fishing Charters.

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Destination Fishing! By Tom Schlichter

St. Augustine’s Shallow Water Reds And Trout

Capt. Tommy Derringer of Inshore Adventures prepares to release a typical St. Augustine redfish taken from shallow waters on a quiet soft plastic. Photo courtesy of Capt. Tommy Darrenger.

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ith a claim of being the oldest city in the United States, St. Augustine, Fla. is certainly rich in history. Stroll the streets and you’ll see Spanish colonial architecture, beautiful stretches of sandy beach and ample parklands awaiting exploration. Head out on the water, though, and you’ll also discover tremendous inshore fishing. “Redfish and trout action is really good in our inshore waters during the spring season,” said charter skipper Tommy Derringer of Inshore Adventures (www.Inshoreadventures.net; 904-377-3734). “There’s only a couple of months here when it’s clear enough to sight

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fish, so you really want to take advantage of it. The action begins in January and lasts through March and into April. This is shallow water casting up on the flats and back in our numerous feeder creeks. Basically, any creek or flat between the Francis and Mary Usina Bridge and the Palm Valley Bridge is worth a shot.” According to Derringer, reds are easiest to spot on a dropping tide. The water is still pretty cold this time of year, so areas that warm quickly are where you’ll want to start. Look for oyster bars or shells on the bottom as the biggest draws, but if the tide gets really low depressions eventually hold most of the reds. Typically, inshore redfish in this area are “slots” weighing 2 to about 10 pounds. Casting a small soft-plastic minnow or grub with a light jig head is a productive and sporty way to get in on the fun. “You want to use a 2500 size spinning reel with a 7-foot medium-light action rod, 10-pound test braid and a lightweight white or chartreuse lure because fish can be spooky in the shallows,” noted Derringer. “Make long casts so as not to crowd your quarry, and choose a lure that lands with a soft splat rather than a big splash. Live shrimp and minnows work well, too, as long as they are presented gently.” If you can’t isolate reds, Derringer suggested backing out into the main channel of the Intracoastal Waterway and working edges and pockets for sea trout. This bite is best from late March into April as the water warms up. Try a MirrOdine Suspending Twitchbait, a soft plastic paddle-tail, or a live shrimp suspended beneath a float, and you’ll see plenty of action. Most of the trout here measure 16 to 20 inches, but if you pass on these and keep looking you might come across pods of bigger fish with some lunkers in the 5- to 8-pound class. If trailering your own boat, Derringer recommends launching at the Vilano Landing Boat Ramp. You can get bait and lures right across the street at The Bait Shack (904-217-3486). For overnight accommodations, The Inn at Comanche Harbor (904-825-0003; www. camacheeinn.com) is right next door to Comanche Cove Yacht Harbor (904-829-5676; www.comancheisland.com) where transient slips are generally available.

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he action in northwest Costa Rica is outstanding. All five boats of our boats were on the water in January, with 83 trips logged for the month. Yellowfin tuna and dorado are a constant this time of year, but the team also fought a bunch of massive marlin. We released nine blue marlin, 11 striped marlin, three black marlin and 78 sailfish. We also melted a lot of ice with 256 dorado and 158 yellowfin tuna. The 32-foot Harvester was deep in the battle on Jan. 14, as client Kevin Poindexter battled a sweet blue marlin. The marlin was the headliner, but it was supported by an excellent sailfish release. They rounded out the day with a dorado and a yellowfin. Good thing, because it’s easy to work up a big appetite when catching all day long! The Adventurer is a 23-foot panga with the fishing tool of a boat twice her size and a bad attitude to match. This year we have added a Photo by Andy Blackledge bottom machine, tuna tube and outriggers.

Jeff Capen made history on Jan. 15 with the second-ever marlin release on the panga. A blue marlin release is a magnificent achievement on any boat, let alone the sneaky 23-foot switchblade. It’s proof you don’t need a big boat to catch big fish in Costa Rica! FishingNosara hall-of-famer and northeast FishingNosara representative Mark Cooney pulled off an amazing fishing feat with Capt. David on Jan. 18. What, you’ve never released a sailfish on a 23-foot panga with a tiller-steered motor? Legendary Texas angler Jerome McKown added to his record on Jan. 27 with a gaggle of sailfish releases with Capt. Carlos of the 32-foot Discoverer. Great work by Mate Kevin to safely wrangle and release these monsters. Of course these boys weren’t going hungry, thanks to a half-dozen excellent dorado scores. The flagship Wanderer is celebrating her 10th year of fishing in these waters, and one must marvel at the man who has commanded her from Day 1. It is no exaggeration that Capt. William and the Wanderer ran more trips last year than any boat in all of Central America. FishingNosara hall-of-famers Catherine Chase and Ron LaGro added to their legend on Jan. 19 with Capt. William. A striped marlin led off a great day of action. After Catherine’s release, Ron added a sailfish release. They rounded out the morning with a nice stack of dorado filets. This report barely scratches the surface of the blistering-hot action in Nosara. Remember, you can always check the FishingNosara Blog for daily catch updates. If you have been reading this report for a while and waiting for the right time to visit, stop wishing and come fishing! Call FishingNosara at 904-591-2161 or email craig@ fishingnosara.com.

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ere are some of my favorite fish to eat in the lagoon along with some tips on how to catch them. It’s ok to eat fish from the lagoon, but do it in moderation. 1) Pompano: This silver-blue slab has some of the best white meat. It’s a cold-water fish and is usually caught between December and April on a variety of lures and live bait. Fish small jigs and pompano jigs around shallow drop-offs in 3 to 5 feet of water. Also look for them around bridges and deeper cuts. For live bait, use shrimp or sand fleas. 2) Snook: You can only keep one snook between 28 and 32 inches and only in certain months of the year. Closed season for snook is Dec. 15-Jan. 31 and June 1-Aug. 31. Snook have excellent flaky white meat. Snook can be caught on a variety of lures including topwaters, jigs and live bait. They prefer structure (piers, bridges, mangroves) and feed more actively at night. 3) Flounder: Often overlooked or targeted as table-fare, this species of fish has two eyes on one side of its heads and lies on the bottom waiting for bait to come by. I’ve caught flounder in the lagoon up to 5 pounds and sometimes three or four on an outing. Flounder love jigs and live bait, especially shrimp (live or dead). Fish for them on flats around bridges and on shallow flats in 3 to 4 feet of water. 4) Black drum and red drum (redfish): Black drum love any sort of crustacean, from shrimp to blue crabs and can also be caught on cut bait (ladyfish). Fish for them with bait around bridge pilings or under piers. Redfish will eat bait, and they’ll also take lures. Try a 4-inch jig with a paddle tail or a jig tipped with shrimp. 5) Snapper: I’ve fished for mangrove snapper (10” min) and lane snapper (8” min), and they can be caught easily on small jigs, jigs tipped with shrimp and shrimp. Fish around piers and structure and deeper areas on the flats. 6) Sheepshead and tripletail: Sheepshead are members of porgy family and eat crustaceans and barnacles. Shrimp, fiddler crabs and crabs are favorite baits. Fish for them on the bottom around piers and bridges. Tripletail will hit jigs, but fishing shrimp around buoys and floating markers is your best bet. 7) Mackerel and bluefish. Both species are fast and will hit any lure or live bait. I prefer mackerel to bluefish. They are cold-water fish and move into the lagoon during the winter months. They can be caught around structure, especially bridges with moving water. Richard Matteson is the staff writer for the Stuart Rod and Reel Club. Visit www.stuartrodandreel.com. Richard can be reached at 336-414-3440.

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ishing has long been a tradition passed down through generations. From great-grandparents who manufactured tools and tackle out of the most basic materials all the way down to my generation’s tech-savvy methods of fishing, we all share something in common. The tug on the end of the line, the organized chaos and landing the fish are all part of the thrill that fishing entails. As an angler growing up in this day 1:14 of age, to realize Airline_Ad_CoastalAngler_8-1-14_Layout 1 8/1/14 PM I’ve Pagecome 1

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f you’re an angler who enjoys following up a day on mountain trout streams with a refreshing craft beverage or two, cast your attention to the Blue Ridge mountain town of Hendersonville. This North Carolina town, about 22 miles south of Asheville, offers miles of stocked trout waters, as well as the popular Hendersonville Cheers! Trail. The two resources make it possible to spend the day catching three types of trout – rainbow, brown and brook – while spending an evening exploring three types of craft beverages – beer, wine and hard cider. First, the fishing part. North Mills River is the prime trout stream in the Hendersonville area. The river’s 4-mile section of delayed harvest waters receives an annual infusion of 11,000 trout from N.C. Wildlife, divvied between brook, rainbow and brown. Spring is a great time to fly fish the delayed harvest waters of North Mills River because no trout have been harvested since Sept. 30. Another hot spot for trout fishing is just across the Henderson County line toward Brevard. The Davidson River offers miles of public trout waters that receive annual stockings of 16,500 fish. Other lesser-known spots for fishing near Hendersonville include

three streams on the eastern side of Henderson County, about 20 to 30 minutes from downtown. Rocky Broad River has a 1.2-mile stretch of hatchery support waters from Rocky River Lane to the Rutherford County line near Chimney Rock, while Cane Creek, near the Fletcher community, has 1.5-mile stretch of hatchery supported waters. For those who really want a unique experience, Little River in DuPont State Recreational Forest provides not only a scenic setting for trout fishing, but also a unique one. Delayed harvest waters flow through undisturbed mountains and over several notable waterfalls. Those waterfalls were immortalized on Hollywood’s silver screen in The Last of the Mohicans, as well as the backdrop for the exploits of Katniss Everdeen in the original Hunger Games movie. When the fishing is done, the Cheers! Trail awaits. The trail is one of North Carolina’s best, featuring 16 craft producers offering a variety of experiences. Beer fans love Sierra Nevada’s tasting room, which is one of the largest on the East Coast and features an expansive patio and outdoor amphitheater, while Bold Rock Hard Cider has emerged as a national leader in the hard cider industry and regularly hosts live music (indoors and outdoors), along with cidery tours and a food truck. Several craft producers on the trail create small-batch beverages prized for their quality and originality. Three breweries – Southern Appalachian, Triskelion and Guidon – are within a few blocks of each other in the Depot District, while Sanctuary Brewing Co. is only a few blocks away on Main Street. Sanctuary is pet-friendly with a commitment to pet rescue. Three wineries produce high-quality wines from European varietals. The newest – Point Lookout Vineyards – is located atop a 3,000-foot mountain with panoramic views of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Saint Paul Mountain Vineyards, the area’s first vineyard, is on farmland that’s been in the family for more than nine generations. And two miles from Saint Paul, Burntshirt Vineyards offers tastings in its renovated farmhouse overlooking rolling hills of vines. For complete Hendersonville information and lodging details, call 800-828-4244 or go to: www.VisitHendersonvilleNC.org.

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ew names resonate as deeply in the world of light-tackle fly fishing as the name Flip Pallot. Many of us remember waking up on Saturday mornings to watch Flip’s show, Walker’s Cay Chronicles. Fish Hippie, the North Carolina-based outdoor lifestyle brand, has teamed up with Pallot, who plans to put Fish Hippie apparel and accessories to the test during his on- and off-thewater adventures as the brand’s ambassador. Pallot’s unparalleled passion for fishing has paved the way for his successful career and has inspired fishing enthusiasts worldwide. He is widely recognized for Walker’s Cay Chronicles, which aired for 16 seasons on ESPN, a TBS series titled Saltwater Angler and his most recent Fishing the Keys show on VERSUS network. Each show is centered around Pallot’s fishing insight as he travels around the world on angling adventures. “I smile, knowing that most of my life is spent in a glow of solar energy reflected by the world’s most beautiful wet spots,” said Pallot. “Montana meadow stream or shimmering, tropical bonefish flat, I’m stacking sun drenched miles on my Fish Hippie wardrobe. I’m enjoying the function of the product along with the fashion attention when I return to the dock!” In spring 2017, Fish Hippie launched the Solarhaze Performance Collection, which has become a fast favorite among outdoor and fishing enthusiasts nationwide, including Pallot. Function and fashion meet on and off with water with the Solarhaze Performance Collection, which has set a new standard of luxury and necessity in the performancewear industry. Technical features—including slick, moisture-wicking fabrics, UPF +40 and ultra-lightweight materials—are coupled with modern cuts, ultimate comfort and effortless style for those who appreciate the finer side of outdoor living. From hunting and fishing to work and leisure, this collection is designed to fit into your everyday agenda. The collection includes performance button-downs, technical performance hoodies, technical performance crews, performance shorts and a variety of hats. “We are honored to have such an incredible fishing icon wear and enjoy our Fish Hippie clothing,” said Ben Webb, co-founder of Fish Hippie. “We’re excited to hear how Flip’s new Fish Hippie wardrobe will serve him as he tracks many miles on and off shore.” For more information about Fish Hippie apparel and accessories, visit FishHippie.com.

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s past president and current board member of IUSA (the organization that ratifies world records for spearfishing), I get to share the excitement of big fish applications. The entire IUSA board was amazed by a recent submission. We received word that Luis Viyella had speared a 480-pound yellowfin off the Dominican Republic on Dec. 23, 2018. If approved, this fish would not only be the new spearfishing world record, but it would also beat the current IGFA All-Tackle rod-and-reel record! The All-Tackle stands at 427 pounds, held by angler Guy Yocom and caught off Cabo San Lucas, Mexico. Viyella supplied the required photos of the fish, the measurements, the weighing, and the certified scale. He provided witnesses and documented the “Story of the Hunt” which was well-written and riveting. Viyella was new to freediving and bluewater hunting but accompanied by an experienced friend. They were targeting wahoo that day when the tunas showed up. He was excited when his buddy speared a 125-pound yellowfin. As requested, Viyella added a second shot to the fish—a common practice to secure the fish and make the extraction quicker and easier. A bigger tuna showed up, but Viyella’s speargun was already discharged and embedded in the 125-pound tuna, so he called out for his new Daryl Wong speargun from the boat. It wasn’t a bluewater gun, and it wasn’t the ideal set up, but he needed to act quickly. Viyella attached a line and float to the reel gun, dove down, and fired a well-placed shot into the tuna. After attaching additional floats, he made headway in raising the tuna toward the surface. His buddy dove down and placed a second shot to the head, helped manage the lines, and kept sharks at bay until it was landed—all the things a good buddy does.

News of this magnificent fish traveled fast. Viyella was told that, if approved, his fish would eclipse the current spearfishing record of 353 pounds. During the application process, he learned the rules the hard way. In order to qualify, one must shoot and land the fish without assistance from others. It was heartbreaking for Viyella and the board, but his catch is still outstanding, and IUSA awarded a meritorious award. Viyella accepted it with grace and gratitude. He said, “Inside the boat, we realized it was a very extraordinary, giant yellowfin tuna. I cannot describe our feelings of gratitude to God, our emotions, joy, sense of achievement, cheers, hugs, screams of happiness. It had been the most amazing day at sea, and the most exciting catch ever, and I had caught, on rod and reel, a 900-pound blue marlin and 600+ pound swordfish before. This bluewater apnea spearfishing catch was a higher dimension, another level of joy and sense of achievement. Glory goes to God for His love and generosity.” Amen to that, Mr. Viyella! May you continue to be blessed with that same sense of wonder and joy, for that is the real treasure of the sea. Sheri is a world-record holder, host of Speargun Hunter, and producer of “The Blue Wild Ocean Adventure Expo” in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla. Follow “Sheri Daye” and “The Blue Wild” on Facebook and Instagram.

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Anglers Seek To Cement Legacies At 2019 Bassmaster Classic

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he 2019 Bassmaster Classic, scheduled for March 15-17 on the Tennessee River, will feature the usual mix of established pro fishing superstars and hungry young pros who are destined to be the stars of tomorrow. The 52 anglers converging on Knoxville will be gunning for the largest share of the $1 million prize fund, and they’ll be aiming to establish their angling legacy by winning the most important title in professional fishing. Among the field are eight former Classic winners, including four-time champion Kevin VanDam of Kalamazoo, Mich., and defending champion Jordan Lee of Grant, Ala., who last year became one of only three anglers to claim back-to-back wins in the event. Seven of the pros have hoisted the Toyota Bassmaster Angler of

the Year trophy, including 2018 AOY winner Justin Lucas of Guntersville, Ala., and Aaron Martens of Leeds, Ala., who has claimed the award three times. “The Classic is a showcase for some of the most accomplished bass anglers in the world,” said B.A.S.S. CEO Bruce Akin. “You’ll have veteran pros out there who’ve experienced the huge stage that is the Classic and excelled in that environment in the past. But you’ll also have some young guys who are just chomping at the bit to make a name for themselves. “That’s one of the most exciting things about the Classic—it literally will change someone’s life forever.” Anglers hungry for first-time Classic glory include Florida’s Drew Benton, Tennessee’s Brandon Lester and Arizona’s Clifford Pirch — just to name a few. Whoever wins the event, the immediate effects will be easy to see. There’s the world-famous Classic trophy, which weighs more than 40 pounds and is easily the most coveted piece of hardware in professional fishing. Then there’s the $300,000 first-place check and the chance to stand before an arena full of screaming fans as confetti cannons set the stage for the accomplishment of a lifetime. This year’s weigh-ins will be held in Thompson-Boling Arena on the campus of the University of Tennessee. As always, the Classic will be held in conjunction with the fan-favorite Bassmaster Classic Outdoors Expo presented by DICK’S Sporting Goods. Known as the most important consumer show in the bass fishing world, the Classic Expo will be held in the Knoxville Convention Center and the adjacent World’s Fair Exhibition Hall. Companies from across the fishing industry use the Expo annually to debut new products, and fans will be able to purchase many lures, rods, reels and accessories for the first time anywhere. For more information about the Bassmaster Classic, go to www. bassmaster.com.

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he Blue Wild Ocean Adventure Expo is south Florida’s premier watersports expo. It is coming to the Greater Fort Lauderdale/ Broward County Convention Center Saturday and Sunday, April 27-28, with 65,000 square feet of exhibitors and activities for water lovers. The indoor event attracts 5,000 attendees and more than 150 exhibitors specializing in fishing and spearfishing, scuba and freediving, surfing and paddleboarding, boats and kayaks, underwater photo and video, adventure travel, beach apparel and more. The event features one of the most extensive marine art exhibits in the country. Daily interactive workshops hosted by industry experts offer proven techniques and tips including fishing techniques, speargun rigging, fish filleting, knot-tying and more. The popular Kids Zone offers free face painting, art classes and crab races. On Saturday, April 27, the show will run from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., with an after party from 7 to 9 p.m. On Sunday, April 28, show hours are 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Admission is $20 a day and includes entry into the Saturday night Blue Wild After Party. Kids under 12 are free. For more information, see www.thebluewild.com and find The Blue Wild on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

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Baja’s Inshore Action

On The East Cape

By Nick Carter Big cubera snapper are just one of the species waiting inshore on the East Cape. This one was caught by Jim Rodriguez, a cameraman with the TV show Livin’ The Dream. Photo by Jimmy Nelson.

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ust looking at a map will tell you the Sea of Cortez is a fish trap. Separated from the Pacific Ocean by Mexico’s nearly 800-mile long Baja California Peninsula, it’s a 62,000 square mile canyon that drops to depths approaching 10,000 feet. The sportfishing out of Cabo San Lucas, on the Peninsula’s southern tip is legendary. It is a bustling destination where marlin, sailfish and tuna abound. But Capt. Jimmy Nelson, host of the TV show Livin’ The Dream, pointed to a quieter destination and some awesome fishing up the Peninsula’s East Cape. Out of the Buena Vista Beach Resort about an hour’s drive north of Cabo, the Sea of Cortez drops to 1,000-foot depths just a few hundred yards off sand beaches. There’s a fleet of sportfishing boats waiting to take anglers offshore to chase all the big pelagics, and the inshore action borders on unbelievable. Even shorebased fishermen can catch some species typically associated with long runs offshore. At a place renowned for billfish, Nelson said the inshore action is as much of a reason to go as the marlin. “You never know what you’re going to get. There’s all kinds of things that will be right there on the edge,” Nelson said. “Roosterfish, African pompano, cubera snapper, Sierra mackerel, even dolphin, wahoo and yellowfin tuna will hit your popper right off the beach.” Never knowing what’s on the end of the line requires anglers to gear up. This is not the same as inshore fishing in the Gulf of Mexico or Atlantic. Nelson said casting 8-inch poppers or live lookdowns from shore is a ton of fun and requires 8000 size spinning reels. A big cubera snapper slamming your popper is a fight you’ll never forget. “It’s a rush,” he said. “You’re catching a bottomfish on top, so they go straight down to the bottom. You have to gear up with some pretty heavy tackle.” Trolling just off the beach is another tactic that puts anglers on a surprising array of the Pacific’s best sportfish. Big roosterfish might be primary target, but again, you never know what will eat when you’re pulling lookdowns and goggle eyes. Big yellowfin tuna have been known to surprise anglers just off the beaches, so 30 wide reels and heavy tackle are required. COASTALANGLERMAG.COM • THEANGLERMAG.COM

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L E A S S EVEN R E T IN T W With Special Offers For the 2019 Boat Show Season Your Suzuki Marine Dealer has exceptional deals in store for you when you purchase a new Suzuki outboard from 25 to 350 horsepower during the winter Boat Show Season. Get Suzuki’s 3-Year Limited Warranty plus 3 years of Extended Protection at no extra charge.There are Instant Savings on select models, and Low-Rate Financing is also available. See your participating Suzuki Marine dealer for all the details.

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Six Years of Protection at no extra charge on all new outboards 25 to 350 HP.

Instant Savings on select models when you buy at the boat show. See your dealer for details.

Rates as low as 5.99% on new Suzuki outboards on approved credit.* [60 Months]

3 Years Limited Warranty + 3 Years Extended Protection

Gimme Six Extended Protection promo is applicable to new Suzuki Outboard Motors from 25 to 350 HP in inventory which are sold and delivered to buyer between 01/01/19 and 03/31/19 in accordance with the promotion by a Participating Authorized Suzuki Marine dealer in the continental US and Alaska to a purchasing customer who resides in the continental US or Alaska. Customer should expect to receive an acknowledgement letter and full copy of contract including terms, conditions and wallet card from Suzuki Extended Protection within 90 days of purchase. If an acknowledgement letter is not received in time period stated, contact Suzuki Motor of America, Inc. – Marine Marketing via email: marinepromo@suz.com. The Gimme Six Promotion is available for pleasure use only, and is not redeemable for cash. Instant Savings apply to qualifying purchases of select Suzuki Outboard Motors made between 01/01/19 and 03/31/19. For list of designated models, see participating Dealer or visit www.suzukimarine.com. Instant Savings must be applied against the agreed-upon selling price of the outboard motor and reflected in the bill of sale. (Suzuki will, in turn, credit Dealer’s parts account.) There are no model substitutions, benefit substitutions, rain checks, or extensions. Suzuki reserves the right to change or cancel these promotions at any time without notice or obligation. * Financing offers available through Synchrony Retail Finance. As low as 5.99% APR financing for 60 months on new and unregistered Suzuki Outboard Motors. Subject to credit approval. Not all buyers will qualify. Approval, and any rates and terms provided, are based on credit worthiness. $19.99/month per $1,000 financed for 60 months is based on 5.99% APR. Hypothetical figures used in calculation; your actual monthly payment may differ based on financing terms, credit tier qualification, accessories or other factors such as down payment and fees. Offer effective on new, unregistered Suzuki Outboard Motors purchased from a participating authorized Suzuki dealer between 01/01/19 and 03/31/19. “Gimme Six”, the Suzuki “S” and model names are Suzuki trademarks or ®. Don’t drink and drive. Always wear a USCG-approved life jacket and read your owner’s manual. © 2019 Suzuki Motor of America, Inc.

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