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Micron WA (Water-Activated) is the latest addition to the AkzoNobel’s Interlux industry leading Micron Technology product range. It is a showcase antifouling paint that offers longlasting, multi-seasonal protection in a waterbased formulation. Micron WA combines powerful antifouling performance while reducing impact on the environment, leaving a smooth, clean hull. It is easy to apply with low odor that makes application and clean up easy. This paint is ideal for cruise, power and sailboats and suitable for all waters. Using a novel paint technology called Water Activated Matrix, Micron WA delivers a crisp, vibrant color and uniform appearance to provide a striking, attractive finish, while at the same time efficiently delivering powerful antifouling performance. More information is available at: https://interlux.com/en/us/boat-paint/antifouling/micron-wa

The Vortex lubrication system for marine trailers is designed with towing in mind. Vortex on your trailer axles mean years of service without the hassle of replacing the grease. A great feature that comes with the Vortex is the 100,000-mile or 5-year limited warranty. And, if you are a trailer owner that likes to work on the trailer in the off-season, the Vortex threaded cap screw on/off cap makes it easier than ever to check the bearings. You never have to use a hammer to remove or install the cap. We fill the Vortex hub with Lucas Oil Products Marine Grease, a superior bearing grease that has high heat qualities and is water resistant… even in saltwater! Vortex is available from select OEM trailer manufacturers pre-installed on your new trailer with disc brakes or idler hubs. Vortex hubs can be purchased from marine dealers and marine parts suppliers to replace the old hubs on your trailer. Vortex replacement hub kits are available pre-greased, pre-assembled in clear clamshell packaging, perfect for taking with you in your truck or boat as a spare hub. Depend on quality Dexter Vortex hubs for your trailering experiences.

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If you own a boat, you know the stress of ParkIt360 Force 10K backing your trailered pride and joy into a tight space. With this in mind, we took it upon ourselves to take Parkit360’s Force 10K electric trailer dolly for a test spin. Right off the bat, we were impressed. Assembly was easy, and by connecting the trailer’s power harness to the Force, we were able to control the trailer’s brakes with the Smart Brake Control System, which provides control and safety on a steep grade. Also, the Bosch-designed electric motor supplied more than enough power to maneuver with little to no effort on the part of the user. The heavy-duty 4”-wide tires maintained traction on concrete as well as gravel and even in wet grass when loaded. The Force dolly proved its functionality regardless of terrain, and that could come in super handy for those parking boats, campers or anything else with a trailer ball where the concrete ends. But the most striking feature of the Force electric trailer dolly was how easy it made maneuvering the boat. With precise and easy-to-use controls, all the stress was taken out of navigating tight corners and turns in forward and reverse. We put the boat into spots we wouldn’t even attempt using a truck. Built of quality materials, powder-coated and compact enough to fit in the trunk of an SUV, Parkit360’s electric trailer dollies are a great tool for anyone who pulls a trailer.

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With its Gen II Standard and Xtreme jackplates, SeaStar Solutions brings to market improved jackplates that handle up to 300 and 400 hp outboards, respectively, and are easier to install and adjust and stand up better to the marine environment. To handle heavier loads, advanced composite bushings allow for smoother movement of the hydraulic rams when the jackplate is raised or lowered, making SeaStar a superior performing jackplate at all speeds and loads. Both the Seastar Standard and Xtreme are available with 4”, 6”, 8”, 10” and 12” setbacks. Redesigned engine brackets allow mounting of shallow-water anchors on both models without the use of adapter plates. Redesigned engine brackets also improve access to the mounting bolts. Side access has been introduced to make it easier to get a wrench on engine mounting bolts while clearance to access transom mounting bolts has also been opened up, making it easier for one person to install the plate. Installing a SeaStar Jackplate with SeaStar’s ProTap system allows for precise, standardized height adjustment. Key to the ProTap system is the SmartStick sensor, which can easily be installed along the side of the plate. While adding strength and improving access, the new design uses less material for weight reduction of 15 percent over the originals. Thicker MilSpec anodizing of the aluminum frame and lift and effective sacrificial anode mounting points provide improved protection against corrosion.

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“At some point, I guess Dad decided, ‘If you can’t beat ’em, join ’em,’” Barrett said. In June of 2014, Barrett and Mike set out to build what became the first Mag Bay Yacht. Working with hull designs by Michael Peters, one of the most respected designers in the industry, they started work to produce a high-quality 33’ center console that is the embodiment of elegance and function. It took almost a year to get everything the way they wanted it before the first Mag Bay hit the water in 2015. Since then, a lot of travel, hard work, attention to detail and customer support have brought recognition to Mag Bay Yachts for what it is. The Mag Bay 33’ is a high-end, expensive center console, and customers expect and receive the best. Early success allowed Mag Bay to reassemble much of the experienced crew from Cabo, who they consider family. One of those employees changed Barrett’s diapers nearly 30 years ago. They are the same employees who presented Mike with a plaque that hangs in the shop and reads: “I will always build the very best boat—at a profit if I can, at a loss if I must—but I will always build the best.” Barrett said that’s the philosophy for every Mag Bay that leaves the shop. “We’ve always tried to build the highest quality boat on the water,” he said. “We’ve always prided ourselves on using the absolute best products. If there’s not anything out there that’s up to par, we’ll make it. Being a family boatbuilder, it’s not about numbers for us. It’s about building the absolute best boat.” In the near future, the family at Mag Bay Yachts has plans to go back to its Cabo roots in designing a new 42’ inboard express. It’ll be exciting to see what they produce. For more information on Mag Bay Yachts, see their website at www. magbayyachts.com.

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here is nothing like the sight of a sailfish taking flight after a perfect hookset. The sound of the screaming reel is pure exhilaration on deck. For me, that feeling is exponentially greater when I experience it while watching my 16-year-old daughter, Avery Moody, skillfully drop back on that fish and reel tight on the snelled circle hook. On a recent spring day, I was reminded what it means to be a proud father of a young lady in love with fishing and our beautiful Florida lifestyle. She set her alarm for 4:30 a.m. Avery likes to catch fish with her own goggle eyes, and by 6 a.m. the baitwell had two dozen. The ocean was beautiful that morning, with a rolling ground swell from the north and light breeze. We pointed the bow east and ran. Dolphin was on her mind, but she knew the shallow bite was slow. At 28 miles out, we found our target water temp and were rewarded with a pair of ’phins for the dinner table. Putting those two fish in the boat made her day. As a dad, I was indifferent about the dolphin. My reward was knowing I had hours of uninterrupted, oneon-one time with my oldest daughter. Boys, lures, school, knots, church youth group, water temp, friends, and trying to figure out what that rattle is on the T-Top… it was all discussed.

About 3 p.m., we were back nearshore setting up a drift 4 miles out of Jupiter Inlet on the ledge. The bridled baits were lively, and we knew something would find them. Avery took a break from monitoring her Shimano Baitrunner to tie a big popper on her plugging rod and cast to small bonita (little tunny) that were crashing surface baits. Mid-knot, she hears her Baitrunner starting to sing. I advise, “Hey Avery, you have a bite, better setup.” She replies, “Hang on dad, let me finish tying this lure.” What I thought was procrastination was her intentional delay. We fish live bait on snelled circle hooks, and she knows to wait before engaging the reel. She finally picked up the rod, pointed straight at the outgoing line and reeled tight. A lit sailfish went airborne. She fired off some quick commands to me for line clearing, and the chase ensued. This past season, I have gone from yelling instructions at her to her yelling instructions at me! After a spectacular fight, the fish was brought boat-side, and Avery revived the sail for release. It was a flood of emotions for each of us after such a perfect day on the water. Avery is a fifth-generation Floridian who lives on the same Loxahatchee River property her great, great grandmother purchased in the 1920s. Avery and her 14-year-old sister Emily are homeschooled by my wife Carrie. When she is not offshore, Avery is fishing the river. Dock light snook fishing on light spin and fly are her favorites. She loves the south Florida environment, promoting conservation, and outwardly living what it means to be a Florida Girl.

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very year, Florida opens a recreational season to harvest these tasty mollusks from Port St. Joe on the north end of Florida’s Big Bend to Tarpon Springs on the south end. Scalloping with friends and family can be one of the most rewarding and enjoyable activities on the water. A mask, snorkel, some fins, a mesh bag and a dive flag are the basic things you need. Scallops tend to congregate in shallow grass flats and sandy areas in anywhere from 3 to 10 feet of water. Bring your own boat, rent one from the many marinas in the area or hire a charter captain and you’ll be well on your way. As you head out into the gulf, finding their location can be as easy as locating the fleet of boats that has already found some. Or, slowly drag a spotter behind the boat until you locate them. They don’t bite, so just dive down, pick them up and toss them into your mesh bag. If you can hold your breath long enough, you’ll likely pick up two or three at a time. Keep in mind, the limit for scallops is two gallons per person or 10 gallons per boat, whichever is less. These grass flats are also prime real estate for speckled trout. A jig tipped with a Gulp swimming mullet will definitely do the job for these feisty fish. As you get closer to houses and recreational docks, you’ll notice people staked out on their jon boats, cleaning scallops. It can be a pain for someone who isn’t used to cleaning scallops, so I highly recommend you pay the professionals to get it over with. On the way back in, it’s hard not to think about all the differ-

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I was 12 years old, but I remember that day on the party boat well. My neighbor and I were packed in with 20 other anglers. Everyone had rods, reels and tackle of varying size and strength. My own outfit included two fiberglass rods. Even my strongest pike rod was lighter than anything else on the boat. When my neighbor opened his tackle box, I saw 3- to 8-ounce sinkers that seemed huge to me. I remember thinking it was overkill. Once the multi-hook rig was baited, I dropped my line in the water. Almost immediately, the current swept it into the lines of five or six anglers fishing next to me. Another two messes like this drove home the understanding that a ½-ounce weight was not enough. I switched to a 4-ounce pyramid, which bent my stoutest rod significantly. Finally, pieces of clam were on the bottom waiting for a bite. When I set the hook that first time, the fight felt unusual. It was because I had three hooks and there was a fish on each one. The largest weighed less than a pound, but it was still incredible to a 12-yearold boy. As the morning passed, I landed fish after fish, all of them new to me. Goggle eyes, big sardines, flounder, cuttlefish, gurnard… I caught 14 species that day. When I got home that evening, I wrote down each of the species I caught and decided to keep track of it for the rest of my life. Today, that number stands at 776 different species. That early discovery of saltwater fishing drove me to travel the world in search of new species to catch in both fresh and saltwater. The pursuit has been a cornerstone of my life. My friend Roy Leyva wrote: “Some do it for its glory and the recognition. I do it for the love and the passion. It’s a lifestyle, not an addiction or a quest. But the person I’ve become is who I was born to be. Fishing is life and life is fishing. You have to embody it to understand its power. It does not tire me, nor does it take from my time on this earth. Instead it lets me live life to the fullest.” I couldn’t have said it better.

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since the albacore is a kind of tuna and is sometimes called “longfin tuna.” Back to the nickname of tuna as “chicken of the sea.” I know that some claim that unusual meats like alligator or crocodile or rattlesnake taste like chicken, but I don’t think

tuna fish tastes like chicken at all. Singer Jessica Simpson once ate a can of Chicken of the Sea tuna on her TV show while asking: “Is this chicken, what I have, or is this fish? I know it’s tuna, but it says Chicken [of] the Sea.” So the phrase “tuna fish” makes sense when we realize that “tuna” refers to the fish in the sea and “tuna fish” refers to the stuff in a can. Enjoy your lunch now that this issue is cleared up. Kevin McCarthy, the awardwinning author of “South Florida Waterways” (2013 available at amazon.com), can be reached at ceyhankevin@ gmail.com.

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une is a great month to catch fish, but you might want to plan early mornings or late evenings to avoid paying the price that comes with summertime fishing. These are simple things called heat exhaustion and sunburn. Since everything will be eating this month, it’s easy to lose track of time forgetting to use sunblock or take precautions to avoid the rigors of summertime fishing. So, plan your trips now taking advantage of our great summertime fishing. Snook (Season Closed May 1, 2018): Snook fishing in the summer is almost a given. Practically every angler is looking to catch them and given the amount of fishing pressure, especially during weekends, it is a wonder they bite at all. Practically any mangrove shoreline holds snook provided there is bait and structure. Terrific ambush feeders, snook love lying in wait along shady mangrove root systems. Rocky shores and adjacent sand

bars are also good places to investigate. Early morning flats produce well using topwater lures, but remember live greenbacks and cut bait also produce. Redfish: June produces some good redfish days around the grass flats and mangroves. Heavy pushes and mullet schools are key factors in finding moving or feeding redfish. Finding redfish means covering plenty of water, but once located they do not venture too far if there is food present. Keep in mind as long as there is food, there are fish. Live greenbacks and dollar-size pinfish are good choices. Do not forget the old standby live shrimp and cut bait. Spotted Sea Trout: Trout fishing remains strong through the summer. Search out deep grass flats looking for grass beds with plenty of clean moving water and broken bottom or potholes. Tampa Bay offers good fishing areas using live shrimp and greenbacks free lined or under

popping corks. The many brokenbottom flats with potholes are producing larger fish and an occasional flounder. We’re also catching plenty of silver trout some topping the scale at a pound and a half to two pounds. These are great eating and awesome fun for the kids to catch. Cobia: Markers and sandy flats are good places for Cobia. They frequent markers especially those holding bait and cruise the flats usually following large rays and manatees. Mackerel, Bluefish, Jacks, and Ladyfish; These fish offer diversity during the summer and continue to be strong on moving tides. Fishing around structure or fish attractors are good starting places. Just look for schooling threadfins and you’ll find the fish Tarpon: Tarpon fishing really comes alive in June. They are everywhere and they are hungry, from the beach to the bay, these fish offer the catch of a lifetime. Large greenbacks, threadfins, and

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In Memoriam, Fishing with Aidy, Remembering a Friend

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idy The Englishman, he’s called, is a commercial fisherman from Northern England and has been coming to Hernando County for the last five years. Why, you may ask? The climate? The beaches? No. What this commercial fisherman comes to do is fish--and I thought I was a fanatic! Tall, tattooed, topknotted and a killer goatee, Aidy had become a fixture at Hernando Beach Bait & Tackle for a few weeks out of every year. I hadn’t seen Aidy for a while, but when I went to a get-together at the Pasco-Hernando Fishing Forum at Trader Bay Seafood, there he was. We swapped some fish stories and such, and I asked him how he’d been. That’s when he told me of the Doctor’s report and a grim prognosis. But, Aidy being Aidy, the talk quietly went back to fishing. I was surprised to hear that, though he’s fished with several flats guys I know, he’s never brought in more than a single fish on the trips he went on. My mission was clear; I had charters on Saturday and Monday, but I told him Sunday was all his. We hit the water early and, though the cancer had caused the removal of his right bicep muscle, his comment was “shouldn’t be a problem. I hardly miss it at all.” My thought ran to could I be that tough? So, at a little after seven, watching the sun rise across the bay, we worked our way back to one

of my favorite spots. With Aidy at one end of a three-foot wide creek and me at the other, he proceeded to catch reds, trout, and sheepies while I, to my consternation hooked an out of the slot red. Aidy’s were short and mine was large, and never had I wished that the roles were reversed. From there, we paddled out to the front trout hole and met up with my good friend and fishing buddy Lew Lowrey, and proceeded to put Aidy on to more trout than he has ever caught before. So Aidy came out with his first limit of trout, and we went looking for reds. We worked all my favorite spots and, though we kicked up a few, my mission to hook him into a big red wasn’t working like I planned. Well, that’s why they call it “fishing.” We worked the area ‘til 4:00 and Aidy, God bless him, was still ready to keep going; but, I had a charter the next day and had to get the gear ready, and my butt (which by the way I don’t have one) was killing me after nine hours on the water. So, I set up the next Saturday to go again. But, due to commitments, Aidy could not make it. When we talked that Sunday Aidy, as usual, was full of confidence and I was happy to hear that on our trip, he had had the most fun in the five years he’d been visiting. His goal is to try to make it back in January, and I’ll get my chance to put him on that big red. Aidy, this one’s for you. Aidy returned the next year but, due to deteriorating health issues, he had to go back to England, He sent me an Email hoping to return soon and, as always, on a positive note; but, it was not to be. Aidy lost his final battle after a good fight, never complaining except for how it messed up his fishing. If there is a God in heaven please let Aidy nail that big red. RIP my friend. Bruce Butler of Indian Bay Outfitters is Hernando County’s premier kayak fishing guide with full and half-day charters available. Kayaks, tackle and gear provided. Just bring your lucky hat and a good attitude and be ready to see some pristine shoreline and great fishing. Bruce Butler “Stumbling Gypsy” (352) 428-5347 Bruce@IndianBayOutfitters.com www.IndianBayOutfitters.com

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THE NIGHT STALKER BY: PAUL PRESSON

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hese are the anglers that trade in their sunscreen for bug spray. A group that does what they love on the midnight shift. They trade their circadian rhythm for their fishing solitude. The sounds of the night amplify, small waves sound like tidal swells. Breath in the salt air and look up to see that shooting star. At this hour, you are the owner of that bridge you are fishing under, that beach you are patrolling. There aren’t many visual clues, but that popping sound echoing under “your” bridge is a telltale sign the snook are there and waiting. Wading ankle deep on the beach, you dare not go further out, no telling what creatures lurk in the night. You hear something and off in the distance you see the water dancing, it must be that tarpon you have been trying to catch for nights,

just taunting you. When that line pulls, you can guess what is on, you have fished there before, but you don’t know for sure. You reach to turn on your headlamp, use the red light as not to give up your location to other “stalkers”. It is a monster, your line screams. The only way to determine the run is by watching the line on your reel. After a 20-minute battle, you have prevailed. This is the fish you have been waiting for, because, you are “The Night Stalker”!

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DEVELOP A NIGHT FISHING PLAN BY: CAPT. WOODY GORE

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o escape the sweltering summer heat, anglers often prowl the coolness of night looking for quite fishing spots. Early evening and night fishing is attractive to many because of the quietness and it can be loads of fishing fun. If you think this is something you’re interested in, then hook up the boat and hit the water for something a little different. Night fishing often presents the opportunity to catch some nice fish, while enjoying some peaceful comfortable time on the water. Like most wildlife, fish become increasingly nocturnal, especially during the summer. This means those trophy size beauties that lay dormant on deep structure during the day, might be prowling the shallows after the sun goes down. Our bay, canals, rivers and creeks are saturated with docks, and many with lights. Well guess what? Structure and dock light does attract bait fish therefore why not take advantage of this “fish in a barrel” scenario and use it to your advantage. So, if you’re planning on fishing at night; hopefully you don’t go unprepared. Plan your trip and learn the area you intend to fish. Put together a fishing plan by identifying the important things you should know before it gets dark; shallow areas, and unlighted obstructions. Since nighttime is normally the soundless part of the day, you must be quiet. Fish staging around docks tend acclimate themselves to the noiselessness. But remember, any loud or sudden

sound can send them darting for cover. Veteran anglers drift with the current, pole or use a trolling motor (on low) to approach a safe casting distance, making certain they never crowd their target. As you approach your target, study the water & current, the layout, and lighted areas looking for shadows. Look carefully and you’ll often see the fish dashing in and out feeding on passing baits. Here’s where patience pays off; wait and watch because it gives you time to identify their feeding pattern. This can make or break a spot. Proper bait and lure presentation is vital. When using artificial’s, present them from the same direction as the current. Active currents bring food to waiting fish, so it makes sense that your lure should come from the same direction. Cast your lure up current into the shadows, twitching it through the light line into the light. Beat the heat during the summer and try a little night fishing. Give Me a Call & Let’s Go Fishing – 813-477-3814 The area’s top outdoor fishing guide, Captain Woody Gore has guided and fished the Tampa, St. Petersburg, Clearwater, Tarpon Springs, Bradenton and Sarasota areas for over fifty years; his charters offer world class fishing adventures and a lifetime of memories. For more information please visit my website at: www. captainwoodygore.com, or email me at fishing@captainwoodygore.com or give me a call at 813-477-3814.

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uring this time of year, we have summer camp. We take up to 24 kids per week for several weeks during the summer. We focus on F.U.N. (Fishing, Understanding and Nurturing). We get the kids out on a boat with a licensed and insured Coast Guard certified Captain six hours a day for five days, Monday through Friday. This is a great way for kids to get hands on learning and experience and have a blast fishing! One of our main goals at Ana Banana Kids Fishing Camp is to keep our campers busy. If a kid dosen’t get a bite in 15 minutes or more, they get impatient and start losing interest. This time of year, Mother Nature helps us keep the kids busy. We like to target a multi species list of fish. Our record is 23 species of fish in a single camp week. We’ll catch snook, snapper, Spanish mackerel, sea bass, sea trout, shark, sheepshead, black drum, flounder, kingfish, tarpon, redfish, ladyfish, grunts, catfish, jacks, cobia, triple tail, bluefish, blue runners and many others. For example, we may anchor at the Sky Way Bridge and have two campers flowing out cut thread fins in our chum line for tarpon, shark and cobia. At the same time, on the port side of the boat, we’ll have a couple kids bottom fishing with live shrimp for snapper, grouper, sea bass, grunts and sheepshead. On the starboard side of the boat, we’ll have a couple kids casting free lined green backs towards the bridge to hook tarpon, Spanish mackerel, or kingfish. We’ll rotate the kids around to each station so they all get a chance to target different fish using different techniques at a single anchorage. The captain and first mate stay busy

too, tying hooks/leader, baiting hooks, chumming, landing and taking fish off the hooks and answering questions, a lot of questions, while all the time teaching, having fun, understanding, and nurturing. We also teach water safety, rules of the sea, boating/fishing ethics, conservation, and preservation of our natural resources, how to read GPS, bottom finders and many other lessons. Ana Banana Fishing Company performed a fishing clinic at the Ruskin Elks Lodge for a local fishing club last year. Most of the audience were retired seniors who love to fish and have the time and money to do it. One of the subjects we presented to the group was information on our kid’s summer fishing camp. After discussing our camp information, a senior fellow in the back of the room raised his hand and asked, “would you consider an adult kid’s fishing camp?” I thought about it for a second and said yes. By the end of the clinic this fellow recruited five club members to team up with him to book a week-long adult kids fishing camp with us. We had the six club members at the camp for a week and put them through the same schedule and agenda as the kid’s camp. The adults loved the experience and caught a lot of fish. Several in the group have boats and live on the water-- they were there to learn more about fishing in the bay and where to go. We loved our adult kids, one neat thing was, that these adults got a chance to be kids again for a week. We’ve done several adult groups since then and it’s always a 100% success. Be safe and ethical, see ya’ll out there! For a charter with Captain Joel Brandenburg of Ana Banana Fishing Company visit www.anabananafishing.com or call 813-267-4401 or visit him in person at Hooks at Little Harbor Resort. For info on our kids fishing summer camp visit www.anabananakidsfishingcamp.com

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2018 OLD SALT SPRING KING OF THE BEACH WRAP-UP

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ood Day, Captain. The 25th Anniversary Old Salt Spring King of the Beach Kingfish Tournament is in the books. 687 Teams competed for over $250,000 in cash and prizes, a guaranteed $60,000 cash payout for 1st place in the Overall Division and 2 RICH TWT’s. Teams traveled from across Florida, the Southeast U.S., west to Texas, north to New England and even from as far away as Germany to compete in and experience the KING. The day of the tournament the wind, which had been northerly for several days, and the seas conspired to knock the teams around pretty good while they were chasing Kings. It was a rocky day on the water. Add to that, dredging operations in Johns Pass presented an oddly lit obstacle course for anglers transiting the channel in the early morning hours. When it was all said and done, and with over 200 fish weighed, Team War Chant led by Captain Chad Knoerr took first in the Overall and, because they entered both TWT’s, walked with $103,877.

We don’t know if that is the most ever paid out for one King Mackerel but we do know it is the most ever paid out by Old Salt in the 25 years we have been running this tournament. Google it. Let us know what you find. And… while we paid out loads of money and prizes to the adults in 8 different divisions and categories it was, as always, the youth anglers who stole the show. The kids put on a real show. Every youngster that weighed a fish in the tournament was presented a new rod and reel combo plus a sweet tackle bag to boot. Old Salt puts on tournaments for anglers. The tournaments also serve as a fundraising vehicle for the many charities we partner with and the family & youth programs Old Salt delivers throughout the year. You saw us present over $25,000 to charity partners at the Captains meeting on Thursday night. Thanks to your team, Old Salt will be able to, once again, continue funding these worthy enterprises. Thank you. Interesting factoid: Four of the top five prize winning teams (Top 3 in Overall + winners in Spanish and Single engine) had never placed in a King of the Beach tournament previously. Winnings across the board were garnered equally by both local and traveling anglers. The love was truly spread. Thank you, again for fishing the KING. The 25th Anniversary 2018 Fall King of the Beach Kingfish Tournament is scheduled for November 8, 9 & 10, 2018. We look forward to seeing you there and wish you tight lines in the interim.

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FLATS TO NEARSHORE REPORT BY: CAPT. GARY BURCH

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he fishing was off the chart the first week of May and has not stopped yet. The water cleaned up and settled into its normal temperature range above 80 degrees. Also, the weather became stable and very seasonal. Just what the fish and the fishermen were looking for. Local inshore waters of Clearwater Harbor and St. Joseph Sound will continue to shine as June arrives. All of our local species will be tearing up the waters from the beaches to the back waters. Tarpon: Get out early, I mean early, way before first light. Look for the tarpon to be along the beaches, rolling and moving with the tides. Popular locations to start are Clearwater Pass bridge in the shadow lines and along north Clearwater beach all the way to north Honeymoon Island. Idle along the beach from 100 yards to 1/4 mile out. Best baits will be large live white baits, silver dollar size crabs and cut bait, for example, half a lady fish on the bottom. Snook: Look for snook to be in their spawning locations, in passes, along the swash channels near the passes and out on the beaches. I will be using medium white baits and grunts to catch these linesiders. Cast these free lined baits out and let them drift into the strike zone. A float can be used around rocks and jetties to keep the baits from hanging up.

Redfish: The big schools have scattered and taken up residence all around the mangrove and oyster bar areas. It may take some time locating them, but keep looking and remember, they can move daily. When you find the reds, a little bit of chumming with cut up white bait should help with the bite. Toss out small to medium white baits or live large shrimp on a float and give it some time. If nothing happens, move on. Trout: They will be found in the passes and around grassy areas inside the passes where there is moving water. Small to medium white baits and small pinfish will be the ticket. Set up on a grass flat and cast out a couple of live baits. If they are home, have fun. If this is not enough to keep you happy, try along the beaches for mackerel, king fish, cobia, sharks, jacks and lady fish. Everything is chewing so get out there and get yourself some. Inshore flats fishing and the extreme Florida sunshine can offer some unforgiving conditions to fisherman. Excessive sun exposure, especially on the water, can cause severe sun burn and damage your skin. Wearing proper clothing is mandatory when exposed to these circumstances. Let’s start with the sun’s rays. We see the light spectrum ROYGBIV (red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo, violet). However, before red is infrared and after violet is ultraviolet. The ultraviolet UV rays are the most damaging to skin.

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here are many amazing things about Florida and two of them are lobster and scallop season. Now is the time to start planning

for July. Everything about mini season is big. The two-day mini season in Florida this year is July 25th & 26th; regular season is not far behind starting August 6th through the 31st of March. The great thing about catching “Bug Fever” is you really don’t need a lot of expensive equipment to get started. The beginner can get started with a mask, snorkel, tickle stick, gloves and lobster net; throw in a sense of adventure and you are ready to make some dinner plans. Regardless of whether you are a beginner or an expert, one of the most important things is location and knowing how to find the sometimes-elusive bugs. One of the great things about Florida Spiny Lobster is that they are nocturnal, so that does make them easier to catch. Popular lobster hang outs are ledges, holes, and just about any type of structure the lobster can hide. A lot of seasoned “pros” have their secret spots and many of these gems can be found in shallow water. I have limited out of lobster in three feet of water in Key West. A tell-tale sign to look for is their antennas sticking out. They use these extremely sensitive appendages to detect danger and, if touched, will then start to go deeper into their hiding places. Once you locate a set of antennas, take your tickle stick and place it behind the lobster to gently urge them out and slowly walk them into your net. Once they are in your net, grab the excess material to quickly close the net or they will do the “boot scootin boogie” and be gone. Tickling lobsters may sound

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LAKE ALFRED, AUBURNDALE, WINTER HAVEN AREAS BY: RON SCHELFO

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ead on out to Polk County if you’re looking for some great fishing! You’ll find 554 beautiful lakes packed full of bass, shell crackers, and bluegills just waiting for you. Many of our Polk County lakes offer fine fishing piers, so you don’t have to have a boat to enjoy them. Call or stop in for a current update on our area “hot spots”. I’ll be happy to point you in the right direction. At this time, we are seeing lots of big bluegill and shell crackers with good limits being reported. Baits of choice continue to be live red worms and crickets. On the South Winter Haven Chain, fishing the canals or drop offs are producing the best results. Best reporting lakes are currently Lakes Shipp and Howard in Winter Haven and Lakes Alfred, Haines, and Rochelle in Lake Alfred. We are in prime bass fishing season here in Central Florida. This time of year, our anglers report using top water baits like Heddon ChugNSpooks or Poppin Images for best results. Booyah Frogs are also sure winners. Working the frogs along the shore line is recommended. We are seeing many bass in the 7 to 8-pound range using any of those

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CCA FLORIDA STAR TOURNAMENT CRANKS UP FOR YEAR FOUR BY: CAPT. MIKE ANDERSON

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CA Florida has launched the 4th year of its widely successful CCA Florida STAR Tournament! It started on Saturday, May 26th, but don’t panic--it runs through September 3rd at sunset. That’s 101 days of fishing, and this year’s statewide event gives anglers even more chances to win incredible prizes both inshore and offshore. The format is designed to be family-friendly and otherwise allinclusive to all aspects of Florida’s recreational community. STAR has a very reasonable $75 entry fee for anglers ages 18 and up, which includes a CCA membership. Existing CCA members (which you should all be) pay only $40 to enter and kids ages six to 17 are free. In 2018, with the help of the FWC, the CCA released over 150 tagged redfish all over the state of Florida and, catching one could win you a new truck or a boat, motor and trailer package in the tagged redfish division. In addition to the tagged redfish division, the format includes an open division, a ladies division, a kayak division, a fly division, a tarpon division, guides division and even a trash division where you can win prizes for just picking up trash on our waterways! Seventeen divisions in all with both inshore and offshore opportunities to win! The conservation division will ultimately help FWC marine biologists better manage our fisheries through meaningful and correct catch data. The tournament also features a youth division which includes up to $100,000 in scholarship awards for New Tide members. In this, its 4th year, tournament boundaries will include the state of Florida waters, extending from the Florida/ Alabama border all the way south to the waters of Everglades National Park and around up to the Florida/ Georgia line. Let’s make 2018 the year we all get involved and truly make a difference in our fishery. CCA is the perfect voice for us, but

they need our support and the Star Tournament serves as a great way to do that! About five years ago, I made the decision to become a CCA Life Member. I wanted to be sure that my kids and grandkids would enjoy the same fishing rights that I have enjoyed. These rights are in serious jeopardy, and CCA fights these political battles for us every day that we need fought to keep our fishing rights alive. I hope each and every one of you joins CCA and signs up to fish the CCA STAR tournament. You have a chance to win a share of $500,000 worth of prizes doing what you’re all going to be doing anyway--fishing! And trust me when I tell you, you don’t want to be the person that catches a tagged redfish that would give you the keys to a brand new GMC truck or Contender, Pathfinder, Hewes, Carolina Skiff or Cotton Mouth boat powered by a powerful Yamaha motor sitting on a brand new beautiful trailer, only you forgot to sign up! Happens every year! Make 2018 the year you and your family chose to get involved and make a difference in our fishery. For more info on how to sign up go to www.CCAFLSTAR. com. Good luck, and see you on the water! Catch Captain Michael Anderson every Saturday morning on Ch32 WMOR-TV at 6:30 a.m. for the Reel Animals Fishing Show and Saturdays for Reel Animals Saturday on 970WFLA from 6:00 a.m. to 8:00 a.m. You can also catch him Sunday mornings on AM620 for the TA Mahoney Co. Reel Animals Radio Show from 7 a.m. to 9 a.m. To book a trip call 1-866-Gamefish.

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SHORELINE REPORT JOHN’S PASS, FLORIDA

BY: PAUL PRESSON These legends are the reason for the naming of John’s Pass. It is hard to believe that an area right in the heart of beach tourism could be a productive John Sasser using a Penn Fierce Angelo Rivero using an 8-foot fishing spot. The 9-foot moderate action rod, Penn Shimano Teramar rod, Van Staal swift moving water Fierce 5000 reel, 30-pound Power VSB100 reel with 30-pound Ohero at depths up to 14 feet make for a great Pro, 60-pound fluoro leader, and braid attached to 80-pound Eagle entry and exit for GSJ Flair Hawk Claw mono using a uni to uni fish into Boca Ciega knot. The lure was a 1-ounce GSJ Bay. John’s Pass Park butterscotch body/white tail. in Madeira Beach provides access to a sandy area under the bridge and the rocky area ohn’s Pass is located between Treasure Island and Madeira Beach, Florida. The pass was created by closer to the mouth. There are also two small a hurricane in 1848. Today, the legends of John jetties on either side of the pass. The grounds Levique still vary. Some say he came to purchase have limited paid parking and offer a pavilion and land, some that he was a turtle farmer, and some restrooms. Parking can also be accessed on the say he was a pirate, it all makes for great folklore. other side of the road at John’s Pass village. Free-lining live bait or throwing lures can be He and his companion Joseph Silva discovered John’s Pass on a return trip from New Orleans. very effective at the pass. Trout and snook are There are myths that John Levique buried treasure plentiful if fished for at the right time. The area at the exact location of the newly formed pass. is very rocky, make sure to use heavy leader line

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to avoid breaking off on the rocks and bridge structures. John’s Pass can be more than difficult to fish on weekends, during the daytime hours, the crowds and boat traffic can be overwhelming. If deep sea fishing is your thing, you are at the right place, Hubbard’s Marina can accommodate all of your offshore fishing needs. Boats, kayaks, party vessels, and nature trips, are also available along the boardwalk. After a long day of fishing, the John’s Pass village boasts many different eating establishments. Some of these restaurants will even cook up your catch of the day. If you are spending some quality time at the beach, make sure to take advantage of the angling possibilities at John’s Pass. Paul Presson, outdoor writer and published cartoonist. He has fished the coastlines of Tampa Bay for 28 years, land based, wade, kayak and by flats boat. If he is not writing, he is out on the water!

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HERNANDO COUNTY OPEN SEASON

BY: CAPT. JOEL GANT

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une is here and that means there are two species we can target and keep. Red snapper and gag grouper season are both open this month. The regulation can be a little confusing, so I highly recommend checking them at “myfwc.com”. Let’s start with the gag grouper. Still two per person, 24 inches minimum size limit and opens on June 1st. until December 31st. There are a few different ways to catch them. The most popular

is bottom fishing. Anchor on your spot and drop a live or cut bait to the bottom. I use 60-pound mono with a 7/0 hook on a Shimano Torium reel. Another way to catch them is trolling. Pick the right depth for the lure your using and troll an area you believe should hold fish. This is also a great way to find new structure. FWC announced a 40day recreational red snapper season. This will be from June 11th. to July 20th. Charter boats fishing in Federal waters (past nine miles), must have a Federal reef permit. The regulation is two per person and 16 inches minimum size. One of the best ways to catch them is with live bait like shrimp or small pinfish. I like a spinning reel with 20 to 30-pound braid, a 2-foot section of 20-pound leader with a 3/0 to 4/0 hook and enough weight to get the bait down. Don’t use too heavy of weight because most strikes will come on the fall. Watch your line as it goes down, if you see it stop or move faster, start reeling.

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SUMMER SNOOK BY: CAPT. ANTHONY CORCELLA

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he big 40. No, not the start of middle age, it’s the magical number of the 40-inch snook club! And now is the best chance to become a member as the giant snook transition into spawning mode on the big summer tides. The first step to catching that trophy snook is knowing where they are located. Any pass from Pass a Grill to Johns Pass will be stacked. The beaches will all hold big snook and the local bridges will be loaded too. Flats with defined edges and access to deeper water will also produce big fish. The key is good tidal movement. The best bites will be focused around the big tides with the full and new moons. The second step to catching that 40-inch monster is know what they will eat--luckily right now it’s almost anything. Live bait is king, but lures will produce plenty of giants. The big snook in the passes and the beach will hit a live grunt or pinfish with wild abandon. The bigger the bait, the better. The same snook will also hit

jigs such as a red Flair Hawk and subsurface p l u g s mimicking baitfish. Early mornings, sunset, and night fishing is best. The big snook on the flat edges and bay bridges will attack white baits, smaller grunts and pinfish. Soft body jigs, top water plugs and sub-surface lures will all take fish on the flats, with jigs and swimbaits working well at the bridges. The third step to joining the elusive 40-inch club is correct tackle and gear. Put away the trout gear. This is warm water fishing and long fights on light gear stress these big fish and can lead to death. 4000 size spinning reels loaded with 15 to 20-pound braid on a 7-foot 6-inch 17 to 20-pound class rod are a solid choice. Casting reels loaded with the same line class are a great option for working the bridges with lures. 40 to 60-pound fluorocarbon leader and a 4/0 hook are standard for live bait. Lure fishermen can get by with 30-pound fluorocarbon but run the risk of heartbreak if the lure gets swallowed and chaffed off by a ravenous pre-spawn snook.

For those wanting to find fish for the cooler, the redfish and trout bite remains strong until the water really heats up. Look for them on grass flats, ones with potholes are ideal, in three feet of water. Reds are starting to school up and the trout are feeding strong post-spawn. Live baits like whitebait, small pinfish, grunts and shrimp free-lined or under a bobber will produce plenty of fish. This is prime time to work a top water plug for the lure crowd. Jigs and subsurface will work great in the deeper holes and cuts. Be ready for a big snook or cobia to crash the party too. The fishing is heating up with the weather. Your trophy is waiting! What makes our charter service unique is that we cater to disabled veterans and wheel chair bound clients! Our boat is able to accommodate wheelchairs and is ADA compliant. IF YOU’RE A DISABLED VETERAN YOUR TRIP IS FREE!!! This is our way we give back to our veterans. Capt. Anthony Corcella Pocket Change Inshore Fishing Charter 727-432-6446 www.fishtampacharters.com Check us out on Facebook

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ST. PETE REPORT TIME FOR TRIPLETAIL

BY: CAPT. CHRISTOPHER TAYLOR

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ummer is here and the tripletail bite is on fire. During the month of June, heat can be an issue. Try to fish in the early morning and evening hours. Fishing during the evening hours may be difficult to do when predictable afternoon storms roll in. So, make sure to keep a lookout for lightning and wind. These fish are highly active on the right tidal movement and many can be caught. Tripletail have a great reputation for their performance abilities when being hooked into. From lots of drag pull and jumps, to breakoffs and pulled hooks. Many anglers go to great lengths just to catch one. Locating tripletail right now is not very hard. They can be found along beaches, passes, and in the open water. On rising and falling tides, tripletail will be found on and around vertical structure, floating objects, and floating on the surface of the water. Passes hold many tripletail this time of year, especially due to their spawning migration that starts in May and ends in late summer. The popular areas for tripletail located along the Gulf beaches are St. Joseph Sound, Clearwater Beach, the Intercoastal waters around Johns Pass, St. Pete Beach, and many others. They can also be found inside Tampa Bay. The most popular methods used to catch tripletail are very simple to learn and use. I recommend free-lining live

or cut scaled sardines, or live shrimp within the target area or “strike-zone” using 30-pound fluorocarbon leader and a 3/0 hook. The addition of a cork, or a few split-shot, may be necessary to keep baits in the specific location during stronger tides. The phrase “match the hatch” is a tried and true method used to select the proper bait for fishing any given area. The Pinellas County waterways right now are filled with scaled sardines. These leaf size bait-fish are great for catching tripletail, especially when there are many swimming about. Scaled sardines can be caught by throwing a cast net or you can buy them at select bait and tackle stores. I recommend catching enough to use for bait as well as a few extra to throw as chum. You will be able to find these baitfish at the channel markers and shallow to deep transition areas nearest boat channels. I use a 10-foot 3/8 mesh Humpback cast net to gather my bait. I can usually catch enough bait for a trip in one or two casts due to the ease of opening in the net design. If you’re interested in catching tripletail, there is no other time like now to target them. Captain Christopher Taylor Florida Reels Fishing Charters www.floridareelsfishingcharters.com (813) 220-6135

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PASCO COUNTY REDFISH, TROUT, SNOOK

BY: CAPT. BOBBY CARROLL

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he bite has continued to impress! The redfish have been all over the flats and in huge numbers. If you’re looking to try and catch your first redfish, now is the time to do it. They are eating any kind of bait you put in front of their nose. For a first light bait, I like throwing a select shrimp free-lined or a whitebait under the mangroves or around the oyster bars. As it gets later in the day, try using cut bait and pitching it as close as possible to the mangroves. This is necessary, as the fish get lazier due to the heat. As far as artificials go, topwater first thing in the morning has been

the bait of choice. At low tide, work the open flats and look for potholes. On the high tide, hug it along the banks and have your drag tighter than normal. The trout have moved to deeper pockets looking for the cooler water. But, once you find the hole with them in it, you should have no problem catching your limit. Their preference of bait this time of year is a 3 to 4-inch whitebait. If you’re targeting strictly trout, drop your leader size down to 20-pound to better your chances on the bite. When it comes to artificials and trout, any 3 to 4-inch paddle tail rigged on a 1/8 to ¼ ounce jig will do the trick. Snook have moved to their spawning areas. They are packing on the pounds and eating like crazy due to this time of year. We like using a 7-foot 6-inch medium/heavy action rod paired with a 4000 to 5000 series reel. Lace it up with 15-pound braid and a 40-pound leader and you’re good to go. They are grouped in big numbers, so catching them won’t be too hard. But, while targeting these big snook this time of year, please handle them with care. It’s very important to get them back in the water as soon as you can so they can go back and create the future!

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CAPT. SERGIO’S CORNER TAMPA BAY AS I KNEW IT (PART II)

BY: CAPT. SERGIO ATANES

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rowing up in Tampa Bay in the 50’s and 60’s had so much to offer when it came to fishing. When we were not going to Boca Grande for the weekends, (May’s article) we spent a lot of time exploring for new spots and there were plenty of places to find. In the 50s and 60s the mindset was to fish offshore and very little attention was given to the inshore areas. While many of our friends concentrated on grouper and snapper, my family preferred to fish the inshore waters of Tampa Bay. One of the things that we learned from fishing the area was that we could catch almost all the species that were available in the Gulf of Mexico, except for snapper and amberjack. Taking into consideration that in the 50s and 60s we didn’t have the high-speed fishing boats that we have today, it took a lot longer to get to the grouper spots. Although grouper could be caught within sight of land and in shallow waters, the advantage of fishing Tampa Bay was the abundance of species of fish that was available within 10 minutes of the shoreline and easily reachable in a small vessel. I remember well the boat my uncle had, which was an old wooden 16-foot hull with a 9.9 Wizard (had no neutral started in forward gear) outboard motor. Although not as seaworthy as modern boats of today, it did the job for us. The 22nd Street Bridge offered a lot, including redfish, Speckled trout and sheepshead from the bridge, down the shoreline leading to the old Seabreeze restaurant. The restaurant had a boat ramp next door, so it made it convenient to fish the area. The Hillsborough River produced some nice quantities of snook and tarpon. I can remember catching tarpon from the Columbus Drive Bridge shoreline and large snook under the Hillsborough Avenue Bridge at night, something I wouldn’t do today. The Platt Street Bridge was one of the best fishing spots for large snook and Speckled trout in the winter. TECO had a power plant next to the bridge on the river. The hot water runoff attracted the big fish during cold spells. Old Tampa Bay area also had much to offer. Above Courtney Campbell Causeway was the Lopez hole area of a big dredge hole that held large trout all winter long (over the years silt has filled it in). The last little bridge on the Clearwater side of the Courtney Campbell Causeway was a hotspot for Speckled trout and redfish for waders during the winter months. Where the Howard Franklin 4th Street exit is today, there used to be an old crabbers shack, and next to it, a deep dredge hole that held large trout all winter long. To this day, it is still considered a hotspot for fishing. Although the hole is not as deep as it used to be, trout can still be found during the winter months when high pressure systems move in and the tides drop below normal levels. Big Island sits in the same area and to this day holds its fair share of snook and redfish all year long. Gandy Bridge was the main fishing bridge for the Tampa natives, and I remember catching large Speckled trout, Black drum, and redfish at night. We would hang a Coleman lantern close to the water attracting shrimp and with it, plenty of fish. When we were not fishing Boca Grande, Gandy Bridge was our second choice from shore. Boaters would fish the bar (a shallow water strip that extends south between the center span and the St. Pete side of the bridge). The bar was well known for the Speckled trout and cobia action and still to this day a hot spot, although not fished much by this generation of anglers. Yes, Weedon Island did exist in the 50s and 60s, although very few anglers fished the area. You must remember that snook was considered a soap fish, and not a very edible species. Redfish was also considered trash fish in that era. Trout was the mainstay of Tampa Bay. Port Tampa was also a well know spot in the 50s and 60s. Grouper could be caught off the rocks, along with common guests such as Seabass, big Key West grunts, large redfish, and even tarpon. Anglers could average at least one Goliath grouper a month in the channel leading into Port Tampa. I remember fishing from that little 16-foot

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y first saltwater rod and reel was a budget Okuma Metallix, complete with a 7-foot medium-action rod and a Metallix MT 40 spinning reel. It was a vacation purchase meant to get me by while sitting on the beach in Florida. After nearly 20 years, it’s been dropped, dunked and dragged through the sand. It’s caught bull reds, puppy drum, whiting, trout and quite a few sharks up to 40 inches. Annual maintenance kept it squeak, sand and salt free, but… oh that drag. The best words to describe it are jerky, sticky and unpredictable. While fighting fish, I often had to dial it way back because it would refuse to release except only under maximum pressure. I cleaned the felt washers, removing all dirt, grease, etc. and reassembled it with virtually no improvement.

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I learned to live with it, but it was soon relegated to the back of the closet. Why bother keeping it? Just throw it away, right? I considered that, but if you’re like me you want to drive it until the wheels fall off. Fix it until it can’t be fixed. Since the drag was the offending component, I started there. Theoretically, the drag on a spinning reel is really very simple. It’s very much like the clutch or brakes on a car; apply pressure to discs of various materials and let friction do the rest. As the pressure increases, friction also increases generating and generates heat. Like all reels, over time the wear and tear from pressure and heat cause the drag material (i.e. felt, leather, etc.) to become less effective and very much a liability. Eventually the felt is virtually useless, leaving only metal-on-metal braking. Replacing your drag washers with something more reliable and stable is a great way to breathe new life into an old or cheap reel. I knew that replacing old felt washers with new felt wasn’t an option, but what then? After a bit of research, carbon fiber seemed the clear leader. For me it wasn’t about increased drag pressure, which is a primary reason to switch to carbon replacements. Instead, I was looking for smooth, controlled drag that released evenly. You can purchase ready-made washers from companies such as Smoooth Drag or purchase a sheet of carbon fiber and make your own. Regardless, don’t forget to replace the small, often neglected drag washer located between the main gear and shaft carrier base plate. When you remove the spool, it will be the small washer sitting on top of the gear. New carbon washers were installed in the old Metallix last year, and it’s now better than new. It’s smooth and releases evenly. No more tense moments as I dial it back. Since then I’ve replaced the washers on another favorite with excellent results. Regardless of whether you decide to make your own or order a set, replacing your tired, worn washer stack will be a significant improvement and just might breathe new life into an old favorite.

slow down before they reach the school. A better approach is to hang on the outside fringes of the school and position the boat so that you can present baits or lures to the forward end of the school. Usually, a fish in a school will not chase an offering if it is retrieved counter to the direction of the school. Instead, you want your presentation to land in the school and move forward out of the school at a 45-degree angle. If you are bottom fishing or bouncing a jig, it is usually better to drift rather than anchor in one spot. The key lies in having the boat drift from shallow to deep so that you have a better chance of landing a fish if the bottom has obstructions. Keep in mind that feeding fish are usually on the front side of a reef, wreck or other obstacle. It is equally important to be aware of engine noise, the splashing of a wake, and sounds in the boat that transmit through the hull. Whenever possible, approach the area you want to fish at relatively slow speed. If you can avoid it, don’t run the boat over where you want to fish. When you’re drifting and want to get back up current, make a wide sweep instead of running back over the area you just fished. And, if you are trolling, work from shallow to deep or deep to shallow at a 45-degree angle until you find which direction produces fish. Every move you make with your boat should be carefully calculated. Handle the boat professionally, and you will catch more fish.

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hether you are a first-time boater taking a class to learn the basics or a long-time liveaboard looking for a community of likeminded souls, you’ll find a place in the United States Power Squadrons – America’s Boating Club. The joy of boating is shared by everyone involved in the country’s largest nonprofit boating organization. America’s Boating Club has built its membership up to over 27,000 by offering classes For Boaters, By Boaters with the understanding that people join the organization for the education, but stay for the friends. Nothing captures this feeling better than the words of the members themselves. Here’s what a few have to say: “My husband, Matt, spent a lot of time in squadron classes and doing homework; I thought he was just hanging out with his buddies. While vacationing in the Florida Keys, we chartered a boat to go cruising and snorkeling, but I was a little scared. How do we know how to get to the reef? How do we get back? How deep is this water? How do we know where we are? My husband answered all of my questions, and I felt safe and comfortable knowing that he knew what he was doing. I still think he enjoys hanging out with his class buddies, but I’m glad he took the courses and I can’t wait until our next boating adventure!” – Debbie Murphy

“My boys, ages 11 and 12 at the time, and my wife became enamored with boating after a vacation at New Hampshire’s Lake Winnipesaukee in 1964, and we ended up buying an 18-foot lapstrake wooden boat with a 95-horsepower motor. I signed up to take courses from New Jersey’s Saddle River Power Squadron. I knew nothing about boating, and I had heard that United States Power Squadrons – America’s Boating Club was the way to learn. Over the years, the squadron and the boat became a way of life. Thank you for 37 great boating years.” – Arnold Bucksbaum “As a child of two long-time members, I regularly participated in boating safety instruction as well as rescues and other safety-related activities during the boating season. I first learned to read and write by keeping the log while cruising the Chesapeake Bay with my family. I learned to tie knots, make the vessel fast to the pier, and even lower and raise the anchor while still a preteen. I have been active in United States Power Squadrons – America’s Boating Club since I became a squadron apprentice at 13. I taught my first class, Marine Electronics, at 14. Through the years, I’ve taught the Boating course, Piloting, Advanced Piloting, Weather, Engine Maintenance, Marine Electronics and Coastal Navigation.” – Dwight Bues “My wife and I lived on our 42-foot Tayana Cutter for four years, sailing over 20,000 miles. We give our squadron all the credit for giving us all the tools to live our dream.” — Charles and Marianne Schuler See what everyone is talking about, visit www.americasboatingclub.org to find your local squadron and make experiences to last a lifetime.

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