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Summer Slammers Tips and Tricks For Targeting BIG Dolphin By Gene Dyer

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all them dolphin, dorado or mahi mahi, they are one of the most popular pelagic species to target because of their hard fighting nature and acrobatic displays, not to mention they are darn good eating. Inspired by the recent catch of a 72-pound monster bull by the charter boat Lady Pamela out of Fort Lauderdale, Fla., here are some tips and tricks to help you put some slammers in the box. Without question, the best way to target big dolphin is on the troll. When trolling for dolphin, it’s important to maximize the presentation of your spread. It’s all about the quality of baits over quantity. We could certainly fish seven lines from our Mako 236, but I prefer to fish five. Keeping baits swimming properly and free of weeds is critical, but even more important is fresh bait. If you can’t get fresh ballyhoo, frozen will work, but be careful which package you select. Look for clear eyes, red tips on the beak and some yellow on the top of the tail. My five-bait spread consists of two flat lines, two outrigger baits and one in the shotgun position. Though I’ll adjust my spread during the day, I always start with a chin-weighted naked ballyhoo in one of the corners, just behind the prop wash. I use a flat line release clip to give the bait a better swimming action. In the other corner, we fish a daisy chain consisting of four small jet heads or squid skirts with a 6/0 J hook in the last lure behind a bird. I like to position the bird just behind the naked ballyhoo. On one outrigger, we fish a chugger-type lure in front of a rigged ballyhoo. On the other we fish an Islander-style lure with a rigged ballyhoo. In the shotgun, I like a quarter-ounce black-and-red feather with an orange head. Send it way back behind the rest of the spread. When trolling, many fish are lost because the boat gets taken out of gear with the excitement of the strike. Chances are that any slammers with an interest in your spread have been hooked before. They’ve gotten away at least once, and any slack in the line is asking for the same result. By staying at trolling speed, your other baits remain enticing to other fish in the school and increase the odds of a multiple hook up. Once the cockpit chaos has subsided, it’s OK to back the throttle off to idle speed, but never stop the boat from moving forward. Always be on the lookout for birds, and pay attention to what they are doing. Don’t bother chasing birds that are just flying. Look for birds that are diving or circling. Many times, they will lead you to a promising piece of debris, a well-defined edge or a nice weedline. When the birds do lead you to that magical floating debris or weedline, troll by it several times from different angles. If you don’t get bit, stop the boat on the last pass and let your baits sink for 30 seconds. Put the boat back and gear and you may be surprised by fish that were lurking deeper in the water column. One thing I can’t leave out is the importance of having the clickers on your reels in the on position. The obvious reason is to alert you of a strike while your eyes are scanning the horizon for birds, but there is a hidden, more important reason. Most slammers have been hooked before, and I believe they learn from those experiences. Whether they short strike your bait or intentionally try to kill it by ramming it with their broad heads, when you get knocked down and the fish isn’t there, immediately put the reel in free spool for 10 seconds. Nine times out of 10, that hungry slammer will come back to finish the meal.

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or the fifteenth straight year, the Ship of Fools Tournament attracted Costa Rica’s top anglers to Playa Garza. For the second time in three years, the FishingNosara team took home the hardware. Capt. Alex Moreno on the 32’ mega panga Harvester topped the leaderboard with 1,700 points (11 sailfish releases, one black marlin release and one blue marlin release) during the two-day event. “Alex is the dude,” exclaimed Capt. Patrick Humphrey, of Fort Lauderdale, Fla. “He has the best eyes I’ve ever seen and fishes as aggressively as we do in south Florida.” Capt. Humphrey runs trips for Lady Pamela II Sportfishing in Hollywood, Fla. He was joined by wife Jennifer, daughter Amelia, and angling legend Patrick Irwin. The Ship of Fools Tournament is one of the last true billfish release tournaments in Costa Rica. Each scoring fish must be billed and photographed by hand. With no snatch-leader releases, the difficultly increases tremendously. On the first day, 11 boats set out from Playa Garza and set up shop

12 miles offshore in 2,100 feet of water. Capt. Alex was first boat to the spot and put three sailfish releases on the board in the opening hours. As the rest of the field lagged, the mega panga hooked up a blue marlin for a two-hour fight. After the photograph and release, a second marlin entered the spread, this time a big, bad black. Capt. Patrick belted up for the battle and conquered the fish in a two-plus-hour fight that saw eight leader grabs before the successful release. “I had a trip planned for Hawaii in the winter to cross black marlin off my list,” said Patrick, smiling. “I guess that’s off.” Their total of 1,000 points is a single-day record for the event, and they scored the ultra-difficult Billfish Grand Slam. The second day was just like the first, with the Harvester scoring early and often. They snagged seven more sailfish releases, including one just a minute before lines-out. The Harvester’s haul is an all-time best for this tournament, eclipsing the winning score of 1,200 posted two years ago by FishingNosara teammate the Explorer. For Capt. Alex, it is the culmination of perseverance through years of adversity in this event. In 2011, as mate on the Wanderer, he recorded 14 sailfish releases during prefishing only to get zero during the event. In 2016, he had the thing won until the camera with all the proof-photos fell overboard late on the second day. “I’m incredibly proud of what Capt. Alex has done with the Harvester,” beamed Craig Sutton, founder of FishingNosara and architect of the mega panga design. “He pushed himself and his boat to the edge during months before this event. He has honed his instincts and advanced his craft. Capt. Alex has paid the price to reach to top of the mountain.” The FishingNosara team looks forwarded to challenging the Harvester in the 2020 Ship of Fools Tournament next April and to competing with Alex in the 1st Annual FishingNosara Invitational in early August 2019. If you and your best anglers are ready to compete, the FishingNosara U.S. office can be reached at (904) 591-2161 USA or fishingnosara.com.

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hen we landed on Grand Bahama, the sun greeted our wintery white faces, and a 70-degree day with a light breeze warmed us to the core. Unfortunately, by morning, the greeting changed to 25 mph winds, which made conditions less than optimal for fly fishing. At home, we might have changed to conventional tackle or even skipped the trip all together, but we came here to fly fish for bonefish, and fly fish we would. Rather than get down on the conditions, we made some tactical changes and used the wind the best we could to our advantage. One benefit of this scenario is the fish tend to be less spooky in shallow water. The noise generated by the wind and the waves allows anglers to get closer without spooking the fish. In fact, glass calm days can be more challenging than some of the breezier ones. Here are a few tips to help out on those blustery days. • Shortening your leader can make a huge difference in accuracy. Fly line tracks relatively straight through wind, especially if you are double hauling. But that last 10 feet or so can be a real crap shoot when the wind is kicked up over 20 mph. Shortening the leader can really help with accuracy, especially in a crosswind. • Using a heavier fly has advantages. With wave action, weight helps the fly get down to the bottom faster, and that’s where the fish are feeding. Even in skinny water, where you would normally use just bead chain eyes, don’t be afraid to move up to some lead eyes as the disturbance caused by the wind helps conceal the splash. • Consider stepping up one rod weight. There is no doubt a heavier rod makes a huge difference in punching through the wind. Sometimes your best bet is to step up to make sure you can get the fly in front of the fish. Another option is to over-line your rod, which is moving up to a line that’s a weight heavier than the rod is rated for. This helps load the rod on the cast, which delivers a more powerful cast. • The best thing is practice. If you are going to spend good money to go on a trip, you want to give yourself the best chance for success. Most fly fishers only practice casting as far as possible. I don’t worry about that. Windy or not, you rarely need to cast more than 60 feet on the flats. Instead, concern yourself with quick accurate casts. And don’t forget to practice in the wind, not just head-on, but at every angle. A crosswind can move your fly off target, and casting 5 feet behind a fish rarely produces a strike. In the end, we didn’t let the wind blow our chances for success; we prevailed with some great Bahamas bones. Will Schmidt is a seasoned tournament angler and has been writing about fishing for more than two decades.

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175-pound cable, I like to make four wraps on the hook, but try it for yourself and use whatever feels good. Here’s how I do it: • Thread the end of approximately 18 inches through the inside bite of the hook eye, and make a loop about the size of a baseball. Hold the loop between you left thumb and index finger. • Make four wraps around the hook shank, from the back of the bend going forward. • Pull the tag end of the cable with pliers until “snug” on

cident. Don’t get me wrong… there have been more wahoo, dolphin and tuna caught on pin-rigged ballyhoo than all the other offerings combined. However, there are days when a nice “clean” naked ballyhoo swimming like a snake with an almost invisible stinger hook is the only trick that works. There are several brands of seven-strand cable that will work just fine, but for this snelled stinger hook, I use American Fishing Wire 175-pound, brown cable. It’s soft and folds into place nicely. And it’s strong when crimped and snelled. In addition to the stinger hook, I like to snell a short piece onto the front end of the ballyhoo to avoid the total bite off. Snelling cable is no different than snelling mono or fluoro, but with less wraps. With the

the hook shank, and push the wraps forward toward the eye of the hook before cinching down on the cable. • Next, make a couple wraps of the cable around one hand and pull hard on the main line and the tag end with pliers at the same time to cinch down tight on the snell. • The main line end of cable now needs to be cut to the right length and crimped to the proper diameter to fit around the main hook and for the proper length of the ballyhoo. For a detailed video of this clean and super strong stinger hook and how to apply it, check out the website and click on “Clean (Snelled) Stinger Hook Assembly;” www.barefootcatsandtackle.com.

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he drag was set perfectly, and your knot held true. But somehow that fish got away. As you stand there, envisioning the beautiful creature swimming off to points unknown, you agonize over what went wrong. The culprit? A pulled hook—the cause of more lost fish than any other user error. In today’s world of zero-stretch braided lines, extra-fast action graphite rods and low-stretch fluorocarbon leader material, one reality seems to have been forgotten: stretch is a good thing. Not bungee cord, rubber band, over-the-top stretch. But some stretch. Stretch equates to shock absorption, which along with a barb are the only things keeping the hook in your quarry’s mouth. With tackle catering to sensitivity, it should come as no surprise that pulled hooks are a bigger problem today than they were in years past, when

monofilament line and slower-action fiberglass rods dominated the market. A pulled hook occurs when the hook comes loose from its original setting in a fish’s mouth. Provided that you have set the hook firmly to begin with, the cause will almost certainly be that the tissue in the fish’s mouth has worn too much to hold it in place. The hook then falls or is pulled out on a subsequent slack line, jerk of the rod, head turn or shake. To mitigate the stresses of battle on your quarry’s mouth, we must implement stretch into our fishing strategy. Thankfully, we don’t have to trade in all our sensitive gear for bouncier tackle of the past. Sound technique can mask the stretch deficiency inherent in today’s tackle. First off, after you set the hook in a fish, always keep a bend in the rod. The rod is your failsafe shock absorber; it responds to how you use it. If you maintain a bend in the rod, you have guaranteed at least some stretch will remain in the system. Next, never sweep or jerk the rod after the hook is set. This will only tear tissue in the fish’s mouth, increasing the chances of a pulled hook. Steady, even pressure wins the fight. Most fishermen tend to think that the newest tackle to the market is always the surest bet. With braided lines being more popular than ever, many anglers fail to realize that monofilament has an important role in fishing. Some situations call for extra shock absorption and a slower response. When fishing on a beach with wave action, mono is your best option to keep a fish hooked as it fights to free itself in the last wave. Ever hook a true giant close to your position on a bridge, pier or boat? Spool up with mono now, and be thankful that you did. Think carefully about your tackle. Evaluate the role of your rod, line and leader. Fish hard, and don’t let that big one get away. John Saporito is a lifelong fisherman and student of the seas. For deeper insight into the world of gamefish, visit him online at www. guerillaangling.com.

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pring fishing is here, bringing some hot topwater action. Snook are moving shallow as the water warms, and the slot and plusslot snook will be around piers, mangroves and seawalls chasing bait. The water being dumped from Okeechobee into the South Fork has made the water near the lock freshwater. Regardless, the snook fishing remains good around the Palm City Bridge area. Numbers of mostly small snook are regularly being caught. Follow the bait near the shore and cast along the mangroves. There are also lots of jacks and an occasional redfish or bluefish. Outgoing tide is best. The hot spot on the beach for tarpon and big jacks is still the “spoils” area, several hundred yards out from the power plant in Fort Pierce. You’ll get lots of action on cut bait, shrimp and jigs with spinner sharks leaping and occasionally taking cut and live bait. The south Vero Beach area of the lagoon is still the place for trout. Look for patches of grass in the Harbor Branch and Big Pine Lake areas on the west side. The bays from Round Island boat ramp on the east side also have grass. The 4-inch C.A.L. jigs are my favorite lure with 1/8-ounce jig head. To find the trout, find grass. To find active fish, look for feeding birds on the flats. Last spring we had several 40- to 60-trout days on the east side. Trout have started moving into shallows along the west side around the power plant and down to the Jensen Beach Causeway. Last spring saw some hot trout action on topwater. The water is still clear, and wading is my favorite way to fish the west side. Finding fish is the key, as the schools move with the tide. Remember to support “moving the water south” and all actions to prevent freshwater from Okeechobee being dumped into the lagoon. Sea grass can’t grow in freshwater. The sea grass has disappeared south of Bear Point in Fort Pierce for several years now. Only a healthy system will support the growth of new grass and improve fishing for everyone. Richard Matteson is staff writer for Stuart Rod and Reel Club. Contact him at (336) 414-3440.

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panish Mackerel are one of 1,500 species that visit the Gulf Coast of Florida every year. They travel the coastline in schools herding bait and hitting almost anything that’s in front of them. They are quick, strong, and as a result...tasty! Containing some of the highest concentrations of Omega 3 fatty acids (those are the good fats) Spanish Mackerel are a healthy choice when eaten fresh. Due to their high-fat content they don’t freeze well and will go rancid within a few months. We have also learned store-bought varieties are sometimes treated with preservatives to sustain freshness. We recommend following the first principal of Catch & Cook by eating them fresh! We often catch Spanish Mackerel while trolling inshore. Where there is one there are many, which means it’s not uncommon to come home with a few. Once you catch them, place on ice in a well-drained cooler to preserve freshness. Our favorite way to eat Spanish Mackerel is to smoke them. Smoking is a great way to preserve fish and is also ideal for bringing fats to their full flavor potential. WARNING: Once you learn to smoke there’s a good chance you’ll desire to do it more. Best to learn it well, get creative, and practice often! You may use a commercial smoker (in which case I would follow those instructions), or a charcoal grill. We prefer our charcoal grill for its ease of use, quick turn around time, and added flavor. YOU WILL NEED: Charcoal grill Hardwood chips Dry brine (salt/sugar) Mackerel (skin on filets) DIRECTIONS: 1. Cover both sides of filets generously with equal parts salt/ sugar and refrigerate. 2. Allow fillets to brine 1-2 hours depending on thickness. (Meat will shrink and salt will leach water.) 3. Rinse thoroughly and pat dry. Allow fish to come to room temperature (about 1 hour or until outside of fish becomes tacky). 4. Soak wood chips in water while you wait. 5. Once fish is at room temperature, heat coals, and clean grate. 6. Move coals to one side of grill and top with a few wood chips (they will smoke). Add grate. 7. Place your fish opposite your coals covering with lid (holes above fish). 8. Maintain the temperature of coals (175 - 225 degrees) while adding wood and adjusting ventilation until fish is thoroughly smoked. NOTE: The brine cooks the fish. Smoking is meant to evaporate water and add flavor. The longer you smoke your fish the more flavor you’ll get. Enjoy! Captain Erik and Chief Mate Janel, NT teach fishing lessons and provide kayak fishing charters on their Hobie PA17T. To book a fishing lesson or kayak charter call (360) 797-3275 or visit www.fishlikeus.com. Follow us on Facebook and YouTube for weekly video posts!

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t’s that time of year again!!! Tarpon Time! Every year we all look forward to tarpon season like it’s a Christmas eve and we are little kids waiting to open up that one present that we’ve been wanting for so long. I literally get butterflies in my stomach just thinking about them now. Tarpon are one of the most incredible species of fish on planet earth. They will humble and earn the respect of any angler no matter the size of the fish. Their line burning runs and acrobatic jumps are enough to get anyone’s blood rushing through their veins! But, this I where the break down happens when many battles are lost leaving you with your tail between your legs. Once you’ve learned the techniques and get the correct tackle it will help up your chances for success. Even then, I promise you won’t always win. The one that got away… is what keeps us coming back for more of this spectacular fish! There are two types of tarpon but the one we have common in our gulf waters is the Megalops Atlanticus also called the “Silver King”. These beautifully silvered colored fish can reach lengths of 8ft. and can weigh in at around 280 pounds. They can be found in both fresh and saltwater but thrive better where waters connect to both. Tarpon spend most of their juvenile years in fresh/ brackish waters and then as they become adults they will move out to saltwater for breeding purposes and to live out their lives. The way their swim bladder is designed, they are one of the few fish species that can come to the surface and gulp air for short burst of energy. This is also a dead

giveaway tarpon are in the area when you see them surfacing to gulp air. No matter the size, tarpon will always put on a show! Also, they most definitely test your tackle so make sure you are ready. Have fun and be safe everyone! Tight lines and Tight knots to everyone!

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Inshore with Capt. Rachel by Capt. Rachel Cato

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o many options this month, it’ll be hard to decide what to fish for. If you’re a die-hard flats angler you will have all the snook, reds, and trout you want to target. If your more interested in harder and bigger fighters, tarpon and big mackerel will be in the passes and deeper water. I generally load my boat with the tarpon rods and inshore rods to be prepared for anything. Live bait will be fairly loaded on the flats, deeper water by the piers as well as on the beach. Spanish mackerel are an excellent fish to cook fresh for table fare and perfect for smoking. I fillet the fish then trim on both sides of the blood line to remove the “fishyness” and bones. I’ll carefully skin the fillet before this step if you’re going to prefer skinless filets. There are several locations to chum up some awesome action, such as Bean Point at Anna Maria, off Rattlesnake Key out of Terra Ceia Bay and the fishing piers as well as the main bridge at the Skyway. Larger mackerel have a greater chance to bite off the leaders even while using a long shank hook. Using a 2-3 in piece of 40# wire attached by a haywire twist to the long shank hook and then tie

on the leader to the wire. This gives a couple more inches for the teeth to bite on without biting off the hook. Inshore fishing as I mentioned is quite fun this month, and I’ve often fished a few hours without seeing any other boats. Possibly because most anglers are on the hunt for tarpon or just spaced out in more areas. Spotted Seatrout have been a little slower to show up this year. Possibly red tide that we had has killed most of the slot fish. Common areas are at the points of current on grass flats, sand holes and drop off ’s in the 4 to 6 foot depth. Not sure where to fish? Look for current, grass beds mixed in the sand, possibly birds diving on bait. Start your drift up current/upwind and throw out live bait and cut bait. After a few minutes you may see some blowups on your “chum”. If so drop your anchor and fish! If nothing is happening then keep moving and drifting until you catch fish or run out of bait! Captain Rachel Cato has been a fishing guide out of Palmetto since 2005. She is on the pro staff with Evinrude through Gulf Coast Marine in Port Charlotte and specializes in catching many species year-round with live bait for up to 6 anglers. To book your next fishing adventure call (941) 524-9664, go to captainrachel.com, or find her on Facebook at CaptainRachelCharters 4 SARASOTA / BRADENTON MAY 2019 | COASTALANGLERMAG.COM/SARASOTA/


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Outdoor Opportunities

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by Wayne Nichols

ell the 2019 Flappy Bird Challenge has come to an end. A lot of Osceola’s got sent to the Big Sky Roost again this year, and several gave us the slip. That’s what keeps you going back after them, nothing like getting outsmarted by a bird with a brain the size of a pea, lol. As always, I can’t wait for the first weekend of March to put hunters on Osceola’s...and shortly afterwards I can’t wait for it to end! Don’t get me wrong, I love guiding for these magnificent turkeys, but running 5 a.m. to 11 p.m. daily on average, will flat out turn you into a zombie after a few weeks let alone from 3/2 till 4/21. We had a semi great season, from birds in one pasture hammering to birds in the next not making a sound...strange season to say the least. This is the first time since I started guiding I can honestly say I had a few hunters not get an opportunity to harvest an Osceola.... heard and saw some but they just wouldn’t cooperate. No money was taken from them and I offered discounted hunts next year if they want to come back. I know it’s called hunting, but that’s not the point. Nothing is as exciting as hearing gobbling from daylight in the trees and having a big Tom strut into your setup, and the heartache that ensues when he hangs up or goes the other way. So now that turkey season is over we’re taking a break, briefly...Hogs are still running all over the place providing fun hunts with dogs n spears at night, as well as taking to them with guns-n-bows in hand. Gator hunts on private land are also kicking off well. With few

exceptions we try not to pressure them too much in the spring. Mating season is in full swing, so be extra careful around any water sources. Male alligators can get extremely aggressive this time of year, so keep a close eye on your kids and pets. Once mating season is over it’s the opposite. Female alligators that are nesting are very protective over their nest and will, in most cases, readily come to you to let you know you’re way too close! Be mindful of where you’re walking, fishing, boating, etc... if you find what you think is a nest (mostly looks like a pile of grass and mud) it’s best to go to another area. Trust me from experience, a bite from an alligator isn’t something you want. Aside from the pain and stitches you get to enjoy, there’s a bonus prize of getting an almost guaranteed infection...to which you’ll get some lovely antibiotics that you’ll enjoy almost as much as the bite itself! Hard to compare that great nauseous feeling you’ll have in between vomiting and burning up with a fever! It’s just more fun than you can stand!

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by Capt. Mike Manis

ight now, it’s hard not to think tarpon. For many, including myself, we wait all year for this window of opportunity. However, during early summer, this is by far not the only game in town. With good water temperature and plenty of bait, all our bays and sounds should fish well. Redfish, Jack crevalle, spotted seatrout, sharks, and of course snook should be prowling the flats. Off the flats, the beach is the place to be and after spending all winter in the backcountry it provides a nice change of pace. That change includes migrating tarpon and schooling snook. What is more, the snook can be fished from the beach. In fact, it’s probably the best shore fly fishing all year. They can be seen moving up and down just off the sand either in or just outside the trough where the waves break. I like the beaches of Boca Grande and Sanibel. Both can be accessed without a boat. White and grey or silver bait fish patterns from size 2 to 1/0 rigged with a nine-foot leader on an eight-weight and floating line work well. I have fished from both the sand and wading and have found staying out of the water works best. It’s sight fishing and they definitely notice me when I’m in the water. It’s also a good idea to bring a stripping basket. Most likely, since I’ll have a few more months to chase snook on the beaches, I’ll spend most of my time looking up and down the beaches hunting tarpon. Between Captiva and Stump Pass is a lot of ground to cover; however, in all likelihood I’ll find myself staked out in one or two places looking for groups or strings of tarpon moving north. In order to see the fish better, I like a shallow sandy bottom. One spot, the northwest edge of Gasparilla Pass can be good but it does see a lot of boat traffic. So, for more elbowroom I like the area between Johnson Shoals and Murdock Point south of Boca Grande Pass. It’s a rather large area with sandy shoals both close in and a good distance off the beach and even though it’s a relatively shallow area, it’s still too deep to stake out with a Power Pole. Therefore, an anchor rigged with a buoy is preferable. If necessary, this allows you to untie the anchor upon hook up. No one minds if you get on the motor to chase a fish; however, you don’t want to be motoring around trying to get in front of the fish. In addition, when staking out be considerate and don’t set up in front of another boat, as you’ll want to move off to the side or even behind them. You’ll still get plenty of shots and you’ll find that everyone helps each other out spotting fish if you show a little etiquette. Until next month, good tides.

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or the past 89 years, many anglers have competed in the great Sarasota Tarpon Tournament and the tradition continues this May - June. Weighing in at up to 300 pounds and eight feet long, tarpon are one of the most exciting fish to catch; known for spectacular leaps and determined fights. However, more battles seem to be won by the tarpon rather than the angler, making the reward of catching one a momentous occasion Check out the dates in for the angler! The Sarasota the pic. They show the Tarpon Tournament event is the oldest, continuous tournament occurring for running, public tarpon 10 weeks in 1946! tournament in the entire State of Florida. The Sarasota Anglers’ Club began this tournament in the year 1929 in an attempt to bolster the local economy, and it has been running strong and gaining popularity ever since. Entering the “World’s Oldest Tarpon Tournament” makes this ‘game’ even more exciting because anglers not only have the

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chance to compete against the Silver King, but also their fellow anglers for the top prize! The tournament is open to fishermen and women of all ages and will run May 11th through June 16th (5 weeks). For an entry fee of $125, anglers not only compete for an overall winner’s title, but also weekly, junior, ladies, fly, most releases, and His & Her division winners. Weekly winners will compete in a fish-off to win the overall tournament. For the second year in a row, based on feedback from our anglers, the Kick-Off Celebration and Captain’s Meeting for the start of Tarpon Season will be held on Wednesday, May 8th at The White Buffalo Saloon, 5377 McIntosh Rd., Sarasota. Registration begins at 6 pm and the party starts at 7pm. Your $125 entry fee into the tournament covers the party for participants and is only $25 for non-participants. All are welcome to attend and enjoy a BBQ dinner, live music, live auction, raffle prizes, and a cash bar. Prizes include gear, tackle, paddle boards, coolers, artwork and more! Five weeks of tournament fishing take place May 11th – June 16th. The Fish-Off takes place Saturday, June 22nd with alternate dates for rain scheduled for Sunday June 23rd and Saturday June 29th. Sponsorships are also available and has help kept this tournament running for 89 years. Please contact us if you would like to be a sponsor of Tournament Trophy this great event! For more information: http://www.sarasotatarpontournament. net/ or email SarasotaTarponTournament@gmail.com

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ay is the month (unlike many other months) when it comes to opportunities for a ‘fish of a lifetime’ both inshore and offshore. Moderate and consistent warm water temperatures usually create the perfect situation for inshore, reef and pelagic species in our waters. The abundance of baitfish, big shrimps, pinfish, crab and mullet provide most anglers an arsenal to create the perfect day on the water for catching and harvesting fish. Big tarpon are migrating in schools from Mexico and are looking to feed on virtually any ‘bait of choice’ in their path. Live/dead ‘baits of choice’ include;

blue and pass crab, mullet, herring, sardines, ladyfish, pinfish, mackerel and catfish fillets. These baits may be fished on the bottom of the seabed or under a balloon or cork. Use gear strong enough to handle anything from 60 to 150-pound fish. Spinning reels in the 6000 to 8000 classes will do the job. I suggest using 8’ rods, fully spooled with 65lb. test line. Attach a 60-100lb. leader with 6/0 to 8/0 circle hooks. Snook season

is closed in areas on the Gulf Coast. A variety of presentations will work. I prefer to free-line live sardines, herring or pinfish, using light tackle with circle hooks. I recommend 4000 series spinning reels with 10-20lb. rated rod, loaded with 10-15lb. test line. Attach a two foot 30-40lb. fluorocarbon leader to the line. Seatrout appear to be coming back in better numbers from those of the last few months. I like to use light tackle. 25003000 series spinning reels on light 10-17lb. rods with 10lb. test. Lighter equipment with small hooks makes trout easier and more fun to catch. Spanish mackerel are on the flats and in the passes and off the beaches of the outer islands in good numbers. I like to use silver spoons with 60 to 80lb. monofilament leaders to catch them. Look for diving birds and fish jumping to avoid being eaten from the aggressive schools of these ‘toothy’ fish. Anglers looking specifically for offshore action may want to consider fishing 75-85’ of water for legal size grouper. Otherwise, closer inshore reefs of 30-40’ will more likely lead to catching sheepshead, small lane and vermillion snapper. This is the time of year for king mackerel, permit, cobia and other and migratory species to ‘hang out’ around these reefs. ‘Chum-up’ the waters and watch for surface action to indicate game fish are eating. All reef species require the use of circle hooks. Tripletail on the buoys require ‘run and gun’. It is expensive. Nevertheless, they are fun to hunt and catch. Many times, tripletail will be deep in the water column around the buoys. Once located, drift silently toward the buoy and free-line a shrimp to catch them. The larger the fish, the more stealth required to approach and ‘catch’ them. Check FWC regulations for current size and numbers of harvest.

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her and handed off the rod to her. Moments later BAM, Analise has a Snook on!!! Analise and her mom caught a few snook and she decided to sit down and go for a chips and salsa break, her favorite. We all paused and took the opportunity for a quick snack. After by Chasten Whitfield our break we took a short run to a flat near my friends house now on the hunt for trout. Once again, as we pulled up and held e awoke at 6am to get our bait for our day. As we made the boat still with the power poles and threw out some live baits a short run to the Skyway Bridge just north of us, bait is as chum. After several minutes, more snook were smashing the being uncooperative this morning, but with a little mumbling freebies on the surface. Analise was able to get several more under our breath and some extra throws we landed enough for today’s adventure. It’s on to the boat ramp to meet my guest. We before she became tired and wanted a boat ride. met up with Analise and her mom up at the kingfish boat ramp We ended the day with good stories and smelly hands from holding fish. I look forward to my next adventure. To watch and after a quick boat check and some hair freshening we’re ready to go. Analise got into the boat and it was obvious she was some of our adventure log on to: https://youtu.be/1r2pPl51gYk a little scared at first, but after showing her around we could tell she was becoming much more comfortable. Cruising out to our first spot, we were looking for quantity as we wanted Analise and her mom to get some sore arms from reeling in as many fish as we could land. At our first spot we dropped the power poles down next to some mangroves mixed in with several docks. The tide was high, therefore we placed our bait under the bushes. As we stealthed in to our spot, we could see snook under the bushes and our excitement grew. After tossing some bait out as chum, the snook began to feed and Chasten’s mission is to help kids of all ages, especially girls, become comfortable anglers while teaching positive life skills, thoughtfulness, doing what’s right for the we could see Analise get super right reasons, and choosing to stay active outdoors. It’s not about what you look excited. I made the first cast for

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he inshore fishing action is really good right now. We have been catching, snook, redfish, trout and flounder on the flats and near mangrove shorelines. The number of snook we are catching has been exceptional. It’s easy to see them in our gin clear nearly 80° water. I gotta tell ya though, snook out in the middle of the flats seem to have less interest in feeding. Sometimes they swim on by in a hurry late for an appointment or something I guess, compared to the snook I find hiding around the roots of mangrove bushes on small tidal islands. When looking around those islands, a good indication the conditions are favorable is schools of bait fish and mullet. If you look closely you can literally see the silhouette of snook in the light-colored edge of sand right next to shoreline. So, to catch them it is necessary to cast a live pilchard right in front of the leaves of the branches that are touching the water on a high tide. Casting in these conditions can be challenging trying not to get your hook caught in the bushes. I always encourage my

guests to cast as close as they can to the bushes. If they do get snagged, I just hand them another rod and tie up a new hook and leader for them with a smile. That’s “Fishing;” I will take luck over skill any day. Sometimes I hook the bushes too. It happens, don’t take bad casts too seriously. It takes practice like mini golf or any sport. Just last week a young lady casted a live pilchard bait fish over a branch. She could pull back on the rod and lift the bait out of the water and let the rod down the bait would descend back into the water. A Snook literally jumped up and grabbed the bait hanging from the branch! She managed to free the line from the branch with a little help from the aggressive fish. That is the first time we successfully caught and released a fish caught on a cast like that. I’m sure she will never forget that bad cast. Sometimes things in life will cause our casts to not land exactly how we planned; have faith, be patient, and keep casting - it’s God’s plan not ours. Yours truly, Captain James Vadas

Capt. James Vadas, owner/operator of Living Water Charters on Anna Maria Island, FL can be reached at 941-812-1245. You can also find him: https://www. livingwatercharters.com https://www.facebook.com/LWCfishing/ https://www.instagram.com/livingwatercharters/

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pring in Southwest Florida is when prayers are answered and legends are born. During the month of May we see many of our inshore game fish become “Twitterpated”. This biological need to pass on their genetics call species like snook and tarpon to group together. These large schools are called spawning balls. This behavior greatly increases the chances of hooking into a trophy size specimen for anglers in the know. Finding an active spawning ball can lead to nonstop action when conditions are right. Focus your efforts on area passes and beaches. Use your sonar to locate deeper fish. Watch for boiling water and diving birds as these are tell tale signs of feeding frenzies. As we enter into the second month of Spring our patterns have stabilized in the backwaters. The large sheepshead have moved on, but the mangrove snapper have been quick to fill their place. The snapper will eagerly gulp down a live shrimp rigged on a ¼ oz. jig or corked leader. Drift along mangrove edges with decent water flow for the best results. The pompano migration has passed, but don’t rule out the possibility of finding a stray one here and there. I’ll be impatiently waiting for their return in the fall. The speckled trout bite was really good during April, but storm water inundation from the afternoon Spring showers may cause the bite to slow. Snook and redfish are still in abundance in the outer bays, just find clean moving water and try to avoid the brown storm water. Reel Salty Endeavours specializes in night fishing and let me tell you! If it’s the sea monsters and dinosaurs you’re chasing, they are what goes “THUMP” in the night. Trade the bright and early for the red eye and experience MY kind of nightlife. (Contact info below)

Take advantage when the water turbidity is low and try your hand at sight fishing. Sight fishing the flats offers my clients a really productive and exciting endeavor. It’s hard to beat the thrill of the hunt. Imagine, you’re silently drifting along a glassy smooth flat when your captain spots that perfect fish. With the wind and sun at your back, you make out the faint wake and execute the perfect cast. With a quick flick of her tail the peaceful calmness of the flats is shattered by the explosive strike. The acoustics of screaming drag and splashing water are almost completely drowned out by your adrenalin fueled heart rate pulsing your ears. When the water settles and the camera shutter closes you leave her with a handshake, hoping the catch her again another day. STAY SALTY -Capt. Brian Boxx Capt. Brian Boxx is the owner/operator of Reel Salty Endeavours, a proud veteran owned and operated charter service. If you, your family, or guests are looking to get out on the water, contact him through his website, https://www.reelsaltyendeavours.com/ contact-us/, Facebook at Reel Salty Endeavours, or call 904-866-5050. 18 SARASOTA / BRADENTON MAY 2019 | COASTALANGLERMAG.COM/SARASOTA/


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ive season is here! Stash your 5mm wetsuit away and dust off your rash guards because 80-degree water is here. Water temperatures are warm, winds have settled and the fish are on the move. The annual migration of whale sharks off of our coast is underway. At the time of writing this we have already seen three whale sharks in 2019. Last year, there were over a dozen reported sightings. Just another incentive to get offshore! Whaleshark sightings are exciting and rare, but predicting where they will be is nearly impossible. I have seen them pop up next to the boat in 80 feet of water and on deeper wrecks in over 100 feet. They could be anywhere, so keep your eyes peeled. Last year it was getting to the point that I was able to spot them on the bottom machine and even called that a “Whale shark” was under the boat. Cobia like to follow these gentle giants, so have a jig or pinfish ready to go because I’ve seen cobia swim right up to the boat when you approach a wreck. Grouper tend to move out a

bit deeper during the warmer months, but there should still be a few hanging around. Red grouper like cooler water and will come into shallower depths during those months and we took advantage of that, finding limits on many trips this past winter. Always head offshore with a game plan and follow current fisheries management changes. Amberjack should be open for the month of May, but the Gulf Council decided on a last-minute closure. Amberjack fishery management is currently under revision, so look forward to seeing them open during the early months next year. Here’s to a great dive season and summer! For footage of whale sharks please visit my website, www.offshorenaples.com.

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Christian Sommer w/ a nice drum on cut mullet.

Brian Jarvis is happy with his 6.52lb Shell Creek Beauty!

Jamari (L) and Pegasus (R) are serious junior anglers!

Bob Trexler caught this big sheepshead off FMB. Brittany Cortes showing off a SWFL redfish.

Capt. Johnny Spitzmiller caught this monster African Pompano using light tackle, bouncing a jig on the bottom.

Jack Paluck displays the result of a fun day on the water.

Todd Ruff of CO w/ a 100# amberjack caught offshore of Venice.

6 yo Jack Shockley of WI had a blast catching fish on S. Lido Beach!

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The Texas team consisted of Isaac Avery, of Longview, Laramy Barber, of Sabine and Hunter Graham, of Henderson. “My teammates and I have fished this tournament for three years and have always strived to be at the top. Last Saturday we were able to put the big stringer of fish together for the win. Hard work and determination from all the team put us in the right spot at the right time. Thanks to Bass Pro Shops for hosting a tournament of this magnitude and allowing us to compete in something all bowfisherman love to do,” said Avery. The U.S. Open Bowfishing Championship is the largest event of its kind in the fast-growing sport of bowfishing. This year’s event featured the largest competition and biggest prizes in the tournament’s seven-year history. The championship purse included more than $100,000 worth of prizes and giveaways. A four-man team representing Missouri, Kansas and Oklahoma won the Big Buffalo and Biggest Overall categories in addition to taking eighth place in the tournament. Team Obscure Adventures’ big fish weighed 73.3 pounds, and they scored an overall weight of 365.8 pounds. Their total cash payout was $9,530. The No Limit team from Center, Texas took fourth place in the tournament and won the Biggest Common Carp category with a 51.6-pound carp out of Toledo Bend. Their total weight of 402.2 pounds netted the four-man team $6,610. Team PossumCods, another four-man team from Texas, scored the Biggest Grass Carp category with a winning weight of 58.3 pounds and claimed the $3,200 cash prize. Besides being a fun weekend for participants and families, the bowfishing event provides lasting environmental benefits for area lakes. Bowfishing, combining elements of fishing with archery to harvest rough fish species, is one of the fastest growing sports in the outdoor industry. Unlike traditional game fishing, bowfishing uses specialized bows to target species including carp, buffalo and gar that plague lakes, rivers and streams around the country. Removing these undesirable species improves habitat conditions for native game fish.

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Capt. Nick very carefully positioned the boat, and once he was happy with the position and drift of the first line, he sent out a second line with a buoy. The buoy had drifted about 100 yards from the boat when Capt. Nick said simply, “The buoy!” Then… “It’s big!” Immediately, we reeled in the first line to get it out of the way. Bill jumped on the buoy line and began to reel… and reel… and reel some more. Five and a half hours later, we got our first glimpse of the fish when it jumped about a quarter mile behind the boat. We could see it was big, but we didn’t realize how big because it was so far away. Two hours later, we got a better look at the monster. Each time Bill got the leader to the reel, the broadbill saw the boat and ripped off line Bill had fought so hard to gain. Capt. Nick busied himself keeping the line from touching the boat and keeping the fish from running under the boat. If at any point the line had touched the boat, it would have parted, and the fish would be gone. It felt like we were on a whirl ride at the carnival. We circled with the fish, and then in a flash it would streak away. Capt. Nick would turn the boat to cruise beside the fish until it dove toward the bottom. More than eight hours into the battle, Bill brought the giant fish boatside. It was still very blue in color and fresh. The fight would have continued, except the fish made the fatal mistake of swimming within range of Konner and his harpoon. Konner deftly stuck the fish in the backbone. After two darts and three gaffs, Capt. Nick was able to get a tail rope on this Jurassic fish, and the fight was over. It took a block and tackle and lots of brute strength to load the swordfish in the boat. Back at the docks, it weighed 757.8 pounds and measured 111 inches from the lower jaw to the fork of the tail. The bill was 40 inches long, even though part of it had previously broken off. To learn more about Capt. Nick Stanczyk, out of Bud N’ Mary’s Marina in Islamorada, Florida, go to daytimeswordfish.com.


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take over if I was fighting a big fish. A good mentor lets you experience struggles and triumphs, praises you when you do well, and gives advice when needed. There comes a time in a hunter’s life when you’ve been through the stages, and your satisfaction comes more from the total hunting experience—being outdoors, enjoying friends, seeing the beauty of nature, and passing on what you’ve learned. Remember to thank your mentors and consider paying them back by taking someone new under your wing. 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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