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ast and stable, with a needle nose that reminded people of a mosquito buzzing over southern waters, the world’s first bass boat was the 1948 brainchild of Shreveport, Louisiana’s Holmes Thurmond. That first Skeeter boat, made of molded marine plywood, caught on quickly with local anglers. It launched the brand

that today, 70 years later, is still renowned for building innovative boats designed specifically for the needs of recreational anglers. Cary Crutchfield, co-publisher of Coastal Angler Magazine’s North Central Florida edition, owns one of those early Skeeter boats. When he bought his first Skeeter in the 1960s, the company was already leading the way in what became an industry-wide transition to fiberglass. His was a 15-foot model with stick steering up front that was powered by a 35hp outboard. “It’s real easy to fish from, and it’s just a neat 6

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looking boat,” Crutchfield said of those early flat-bottomed Skeeters. “It’s narrow, and the way the sides turn up to the cockpit makes it very stable to move around in.” With today’s bass boats, a 250hp Yamaha seems like a necessity to even compete on the tournament circuits. Back then, a Skeeter with a 35hp was capable of reaching speeds in excess of 30 mph. It was a fishing boat superior to any that came before it. The Super Skeeter arose as the boat for serious anglers fishing the large, newly constructed man-made reservoirs that have since fueled the sport. Crutchfield sold his 15-footer in the 1980s and almost immediately began kicking himself. He missed the narrow profile and shallow draft, along with kind of stability that allows him to stand comfortably and pole into very tight places. It wasn’t long before he ran into another old Skeeter he had to have, this one a 14-footer, originally powered by a 25hp outboard that has since been replaced by a 1950s model 12hp. Even with that old motor, it still gets around pretty quickly, and Crutchfield said it’s still the perfect small fishing boat where he launches on the Suwannee River. With the spirit of innovation that gave rise to that first bass boat and an open ear to the new requirements of early bass tournaments, Skeeter grew and evolved with the sport. The Skeeter Hawk did away with the characteristic pointed bow, which allowed for a smoother ride and a raised casting platform. In the 1970s, after moving into its current plant in Kilgore, Texas, Skeeter rolled the dice and introduced the legendary Wrangler to the bass fishing world. Rated for 150hp with a V-bottom, it was an odd and new style that absolutely dominated the competition in performance. It became the template that led to the high-performance fishing machines that roar

around our reservoirs today. In 2018, Skeeter Performance Fishing Boats is celebrating its 70th year of providing anglers with exceptional fishing boats. With modern technology and computer design capabilities, it has continued to lead the industry with innovations such as the first production composite bass boat, the ZX202, in the mid-1990s. The venerable ZX series, in all its versions, has been a staple in the bass tournament world for more then three decades. But listening to the needs of the fishermen who are its customers, Skeeter branched out to produce deep-v boats for walleye tournament anglers on the big lakes of the north, as well as bay boats for saltwater anglers. Skeeter’s acquisition by Yamaha in 1996 brought new resources to the table and advances followed. In 2001, Skeeter again set a new standard for the industry with its Torque Transfer Transom and Stringer System, which provides lift to the entire keel, while eliminating stress on the on the transom, deck, hull and sides. Through all the advancements, Skeeter boats bear little resemblance to Thurmond’s first bass boat. But the same concept, to design perfect

fishing boats for fishermen, is evident throughout Skeeter’s product line. Whether it’s on southern reservoirs, the big northern lakes or the bays and backwaters of the Gulf of Mexico, Skeeter has a nimble, fast and extremely fishable boat perfect for the kind of fishing you do.

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G. LOOMIS/SHIMANO CONQUEST

PENN CONFLICT II

PENN redesigned its smooth and durable Conflict reel to bring anglers the Conflict II, the most lightweight PENN reel ever made. It is a superior reel, perfectly suited to inshore applications. True to its origins, the Conflict II features stealthy cosmetics and a smooth and reliable HT-100 carbon fiber drag system. The RR30 Rigid Resin body and rotor are extremely lightweight and durable, and with the redesign, the Conflict II is 20 percent lighter than the first-generation Conflict. Internally, the Conflict II is updated with PENN’s CNC Gear Technology and high quality stainless steel ball bearings, making it the ultimate PENN inshore reel. With the Superline Spool, no backing is needed because of the rubber gasket that keeps superlines from slipping. Other key features include: Slow Oscillation – Leveline System, 7+1 sealed stainless steel ball bearing system and line capacity rings.

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What do you get when you mix proven G. Loomis rod design with Shimano technology? You get Conquest, a line of 12 awesome bass rods, purposebuilt for different conditions and techniques. The new Conquest series includes eight casting rods with G. Loomis’ original “Mag Bass” fast-action tapers and four “Spin/Jig” fast-action spinning rods. With Shimano’s Spiral X and Hi-Power X processes, the blanks are rolled to exact G. Loomis specifications before being handfinished in G. Loomis’ Woodland, Wash. facility. With this partnership, engineers believe they have produced the most technologically advanced rods on the water. They are lightweight and offer anglers a whole new set of performance standards. Some of the benefits anglers will experience are: more accurate casts, increased fighting power, solid leverage for hook sets and reduced rod twist for rod control and durability. The casting rods are fitted with G. Loomis’ “skeleton” reel seats on full-cork contoured grips. The spinning rods feature split grips and Shimano’s CI4 reel seats. Blank-through-handle design on both versions adds sensitivity, as do the Fuji Torzite guides and a durable SIC Titanium tip guide. Whether you’re pitching jigs in thick cover or prospecting open water for smallies, high-performance Conquest rods will help you catch more bass.

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PENN INTERNATIONAL VI

Legend Tournament Inshore rods are the blending of the inimitable sensitivity, power and durability of St Croix’s Legend Tournament Bass and Walleye series with components and technology suited for saltwater environments. With good looks and a high-performance feel, the Legend Tournament Inshore was awarded Best Saltwater rod at ICAST 2017. The eye-catching “Belize Blue” blanks are crafted of SCIV graphite using Integrated Poly Curve tooling technology and engineered to eliminate all transitional points, which fosters smooth action, increased strength and sensitivity. They are surprisingly lightweight, yet durable, and are equipped with a Fuji TVS blank touch reel seat on spinning rods and PTS blank-touch reel seat with builtin hoods on casting models. These new Fuji seats are designed to stand-up to the pressure of hard-fighting inshore species. Kigan Master Hand Zero Tangle guides and a Kigan titanium hook keeper provide 100 percent corrosion protection.

After nearly 15 years, the PENN International big game reel will get a makeover. The reel that has become legendary for fulfilling angler dreams offshore has been refined and modernized to once again redefine big game reels. The PENN International VI series features many upgrades including a weight reduction on key sizes, a new silent anti-reverse and a more refined/ adjustable Dura-Drag system. The new series features 28 models in both gold and silver, single speed and two-speed, wide and narrow. Made in the U.S.A. of domestic and imported components at the historic PENN Fishing Tackle Manufacturing Company building in Philadelphia, the International VI will give anglers the edge in chasing that trophy of a lifetime. Key features include: Machined and anodized aluminum body and side plates, stainless steel main and pinion gears, Quick-Shift II two-speed system, sealed DuraDrag system, Versa-Strike Adjustable Strike stop, double-dog ratchet anti-reverse and line capacity rings.

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Product Reviews

TSUNAMI ARMR

MUD HOLE TURN KEY KITS Avid anglers who want to take their fishing to the next level owe it to themselves to check out Mud Hole Custom Tackle’s rod building kits. They include everything needed for anglers to construct their own high-end custom fishing rods. Mud Hole is offering an amazing value on its Inshore Turnkey Kit, which includes all the tools and materials to build a custom inshore rod perfect for trout and redfish. The kit features the extremely popular and versatile MHX SJ842 rod blank. This 7’0” medium-light power rod features a fast action for throwing soft plastics and topwater lures at wary flats fish. Along with the blank, the kit comes with a matched guide set, handle kit and everything from the CRB wrapper, a CRB rod dryer and ProPaste and ProKote Rod Finish and all the tools needed to craft your own custom rod. Visit www.mudhole.com and check out all our Turn Key Kit options or simply Google: Mud Hole Turnkey.

Super smooth and well built, the Tsunami ARMR is lightweight, high-performance spinning reel available in 3000/4000 and 5000/6000 sizes. The Tsunami ARMR has a sleek design and features

high-end components to provide smooth and durable operation for fighting and casting. The lightweight, solid aluminum body combined with hybrid, corrosion resistant carbon infused side plates and rotor and a double anodized ported aluminum spool are what keep this reel feather light in the hand all day long. Seven high-precision, shielded stainless steel ball bearings allow full support to all free-moving parts during the toughest fight or retrieve after retrieve. The look and feel of the Tsunami ARMR reel, enhanced by a light, durable EVA handle knob and braid-ready spool is what separates these high-performance reels from the competition.

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SHIMANO SUSTAIN HOOKER ELECTRIC REELS Hooker Electric continues to raise the bar with the fastest, lightest and best looking electric reels on the market, along with second-to-none customer service. The top seller in 2017 was their 80 motor that features level wind and auto stop, mounted on the Shimano Tiagra 80WA. The auto stop feature allows the angler to set the reel to stop winding at any interval, including just before your terminal tackle reaches the rod tip. With both 12- and 24-volt functionality, there is no need for a converter box. Its full variable speed allows line retrieval at up to 500 feet per minute, which makes checking your bait from 1,800 feet a breeze. It also includes bluetooth connectivity, allowing the angler to control the reel through Hooker Electric’s iPhone app, ReelTime. If you’re feeling sporty, the reel can also be used manually, so you can feel the fight. New for 2018, Hooker Electric now offers custom colors in silver, black, blue and even pink. For more information, go to www.hookerelectric.com or give them a call at 954-530-6908.

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T h e Best New Saltwater Reel winner at ICAST 2017, Shimano’s Sustain might just be the best new spinning reel for freshwater or salt. The Sustain series comes in four sizes suitable for everything from finesse baits for bass, to stripers and even small billfish. In all sizes, the reel’s Hagane aluminum body construction gives it a solid feel, and the Shimano Magnumlite low inertia rotor provides sensitive, light rotation and a light start up, which allows anglers to instantly begin the retrieve. Shimano’s Hagane gear has already made waves in the industry for its incredibly smooth operation. The exclusive technology used to engineer the cold forged aluminum drive also makes it extremely strong and durable. The X-Protect feature, which should be of particular interest to saltwater anglers but is relevant in any wet fishing conditions, is a threelipped rubber seal system that offers exceptional water resistance. With Cross Carbon Drag, eight shielded anti-rust ball bearings, and a one-way roller bearing to stop handle backplay, Shimano went in whole hog to produce these award-winning reels. Whether you fish freshwater or salt, you’ll be hard pressed to find a better spinning reel.

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Drifting For

Nighttime Yellowfin On Gulf Floaters

By Nick Carter

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ellowfin tuna are some of the most sought after gamefish in the world. They are the ahi tuna on the menus at restaurants and sushi bars, and in the water they have the speed and power to wear down anglers and break gear. The signature “spiral” that tuna commence in the waning moments of a fight is responsible for untold numbers of broken lines and broken hearts. After battling 30 mph runs for 20 minutes or more, the weary angler, captain and crew face one final test, a team effort to survive the spiral and get the fish on deck. These tense moments, when a big yellowfin turns sideways and begins to circle, using its body’s mass as leverage, are the most critical minutes of the fight. If the line even touches the boat, it will snap, and the circling fish provides many opportunities for this to happen. These moments are the reason Randy King, of Paparda Rey Fishing Charters out of Galveston, Texas, says the main limitation on their catch is the ability of the angler. The captain, Kenneth Doxey, is solid. He has been running their 54-foot Bertram and their 35-foot Cabo for more than a decade. He was the 2016 recipient

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his month’s column is about survival tips for winter fishing, apologies, and a fishing story. I know, in some of my articles, I have dealt with recreational sites; but, let’s be honest--I’m primarily a fishing fanatic--though I do enjoy a good paddling on occasion. These last cold snaps have killed off some of our snook population, but still offer some great fishing opportunities! As to survival tips--if you were as crazy as we were to go out in the cold snaps, here are some tips to beat the cold. First, like Mom always told you, “dress warm”. Layers of clothes work best. Waders, hip boots or such help keep your feet from freezing. And, a trick from Uncle Lew, put a heat pack in the bottom of each boot and you’ll be good for several hours. Be sure to let some air in on occasion to allow the pack to work properly. Another great idea (because for me, it’s always my hands that suffer) is to use Playtex gloves or something similar under your regular gloves; and, put Ben-Gay on your hands. Don’t laugh. It works! As to apologies--on a past trip out, we three hardy souls hit the frigid water in the midst of the cold snap. My friend, Brian, had no waders; so, I brought him a pair of my old ones to use. I swear to God, I didn’t know they had a hole in them. He suffered the first couple of hours before he had to head in. They say they can save most of the toes, so I can’t understand why he’s complaining. No, he’s fine-once he got feeling back in his feet. Anybody want to buy some used waders? (Sold as is.) On a recent trip to Hernando County’s pristine shores, my buddy, Lew, and I set out to do a little spring fishing. This area of the coast is loaded up with springs fed by the Floridan aquifer--Weekie Wachee and the Chaz are a couple of them. As the gulf temp drops the fish head for warmer

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ebruary 2018 Fishing Tips and Forecast Even with temperatures on the colder side this month, there will be nice, sunny Florida days that warm the waters on the inshore flats of Clearwater and Dunedin. Our February fishing days will depend on how many cold fronts push through the area and wreak havoc on our weather. But have no fear, the Florida sunshine will give us some fantastic fishing days. January and February have some extremely low tides that create an excellent opportunity to find fish. Cold fronts will push through every week or two and sometimes even twice a week. These weather conditions will produce extreme low tides especially around a new or full moon. The strong northwest and northeast winds push a lot of water out of Clearwater and Dunedin bays and at low tide expose grassy bottoms and oyster beds in the back waters, canals and mangrove cuts. The deeper holes adjacent to these high and dry areas may be holding lots of fish, so don’t frown going fishing on a low tide, while checking out the deeper areas, you may find your honey hole. Take this time to get out and search your favorite trout and redfish areas. Always add some new locations because trout can move a quarter of a mile from the last time you found them. The otimal condition for catching redfish and trout is a high tide in the afternoon at the warmest part of the day. As the water moves up on the sun baked flats, it could be three to five degrees warmer. The fish will be more active in this warmer water and catching a gator trout or an oversized redfish should be a lot easier. Redfish and trout have

been our targets this winter and when found, they are very lethargic and spooky. A very stealthy approach should be used at every location. I’ve had good results catching gator trout in Clearwater Bay using sixteenth of an ounce jigheads with CAL shad tails in darker colors and Mister Twister paddle tails in root beer with sparkle. Your favorite tackle shop has a huge selection of the most popular artificials for catching redfish and trout. The key to catching gator trout on artificials is to drift along spotty grass and sand areas, like the ones north of Dunedin Causeway, making long cast and retrieving very slowly. Let that jig brush along the bottom and through the grass. Also, let the jig stop for a few seconds before continuing, most likely the strike will come at this moment. Fish are not going to move very far or too quickly in the colder water to feed, slow it down and take your time. Redfish will be scattered in shallow water flats next to land areas and mangroves in the Dunedin area. If you find them at lower tides in the deeper holes, follow the fish as they move up on the flats and closer to oyster beds as the tide rises. The bite is slow, but they should eat a live shrimp, cut bait or a variety of artificials. Don’t let cold fronts keep you high and dry, after the front passes; we usually have the best weather in the country. There is plenty of opportunity to get out and catch fish during the winter months. Capt. Gary Burch owns and operates All Catch Charters and specializes in live baits and artificials. He guides inshore, flats and backcountry from Clearwater to Tarpon Springs. To reach Capt. Gary for a charter, please call 727 458-6335 or visit his website: www.allcatchcharters.com

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By: Capt. Joel Gant

Hernando County Ice fishing in Florida

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knew with a title like that I would get your attention! With some of these cold fronts, I thought we would have to start ice fishing. On many charters this time of year I get a lot of people from the north, they tell me stories of ice fishing and how much fun it is. Being a native Floridian, I tell them “if it’s cold enough to make ice, then it’s too cold for me”. It’s the time of year to look for the convict fish AKA sheepshead. With the colder waters these fish can be found anywhere there is structure, in our area look around the rock piles, docks and channel markers. On a recent charter, I anchored near a rocky area and was able to catch a few. I used a #1 hook with a small weight and a piece of shrimp along with cut up shrimp for chum. Within a short time we had some nice sheep in the 18 - 20 inch range.

The size limit is 12 inches and 15, make sure that you remember your bag limits as well. Good baits to use for these fish include shrimp, crabs and barnacles. A good tactic for sheepshead fishing is to wait until you see the line start to move before setting the hook. These fish can be very tricky and will often steal your baits. Other inshore species like trout, redfish, black drum and snook can be caught in the back water areas. In our area, fish around the oyster beds, mangroves and deeper holes, especially if they’re near a spring. The best baits to use are select shrimp, creek cubs and small crabs. In these applications I like to use a 4/0 circle hook with a small weight, 20 pound fluorocarbon leader and the reel spooled with 15 pound braid. The best time to fish right now is two hours before and two hours after the high tide. Remember to use caution with these extreme winter low tides we’ve been having. If you don’t pay attention you could end up high and dry. Offshore fishing has been a challenge with

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the cold fronts, wind and dirty water. For those willing to take on this challenge, there are still a lot of fish to be caught. Mangrove snappers, grunts, sea bass, hogfish, gag grouper (can’t keepseasonal) and red grouper are still being caught regularly. Look for these fish at rock piles in 20 to 60 feet. Bottom fishing with live baits or cut bait will work best. Once we start getting some steady warm weather, the Spanish mackerel, kingfish, cobia and sharks will be moving into the near shore areas. Get out there on the water and make some memories with friends and family! I’m always looking for reports and pictures. You can email me or stop by my website and become a “FISHHEAD”. Capt. Joel Gant operates Fishdaddy Charters out of Hernando Beach, he knows the local waters like the back of his hand, and works both inshore and offshore trips. Check him out on face book or you can reach him at (352) 279-1615. Visit his website, www.fishdaddycharter.com

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Capt. Sergio’s Corner

By: Capt. Sergio Atanes

February Triple Play

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ebruary is a prime month for catching a winter inshore triple play, which is catching a redfish, speckled trout and sheepshead. Let’s start with the schooling fish, speckled trout love to eat and enjoy cold weather unlike many of their counterparts. The best time to target trout is ahead of cold fronts with northeast winds which drain the bay of water forcing them into the canals and potholes. Anywhere you can find deep water close to the flats, that’s where they’ll be. The D.O.A. CAL Shad #351 (rootbeer/chartreuse tail) with a quarter ounce jighead for deeper water and #304 D.O.A. three inch shrimp (rootbeer/gold glitter) are my two favorite artificials for trout. Regarding live bait, try medium live shrimp with a small split shot worked along the bottom of canals or under docks. Also, try free lined medium shrimp along the edges of the flats or potholes. Trout are

leader shy, so I tend to downsize my leader to 15 or 20 pound instead of my usual 30; I also like to make my leader longer. Additionally, I go up on my hook size from my everyday 1/0 circle to 2/0 or 3/0 circle depending on the size of the fish. Redfish seem to gather around docks with structure and can be found in anywhere from four to eight feet of water. Try cut pieces of blue crab, it’s like candy to them. Also, medium live shrimp with a small sliding sinker set up can work since redfish are bottom feeders. Last but not least is the old winter standby the convict fish, AKA sheepshead. These fish love rocky residential canals and rocky bottom along the edges of the shipping channels in 10 to 20 feet. Sheepshead’s favorite meals are oysters, mussels, barnacles, fiddler crabs and of course, shrimp. Fresh dead shrimp work as well if not better than

live in my opinion. The average angler will use shrimp; so, here is a tip--cut the shrimp according to size, large shrimp in three pieces, medium in two, and small whole. The size of this is based on the size of the fish, if they are running under 14-inches I prefer #1 circle hook, if they are running bigger I switch to #1/0 circle hook. All circle hooks are not created equal and for the money I found Trident hooks hold up and have the best pricing. Tackle: • Rod: Okuma SSG-S-751M seven and a half foot rod. • Reel: Okuma Helios SX HSX-30 spinning reel. • Line: Fins Superbraid 15 pound Windtammer. • Leader: Ohero 30 pound fluorocarbon. Captain Sergio Atanes is a native resident of Tampa and has been fishing the water of Tampa Bay and Boca Grande for over 45 years. He is the owner and operator of S & I Charters which is one of the largest charter booking services in the West Coast of Florida with 55 professional captains on staff. Capt. Sergio Atanes can be reached at (813) 973-7132 or www.reelfishy.com

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Freshwater Fishing Report

By: Ron Schelfo

Lake Alfred, Auburndale, Winter Haven Areas

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t’s spawning season for the largest of bass. February and March are the best months to target these fish; the prime locations are on the north and south Winter Haven Chain of lakes. Lake Rochelle and the north section of Lake Haines in Lake Alfred are also offering great fishing. In January we received many reports of bass in the seven to ten pound range, that trend should continue through March. Many of the largest bass are being caught on our old favorite, Booyah half ounce lipless crank baits in royalty color. We’re also being told that the Bass Assassin Boss Shiners in electric shad or hammertime colors are producing good results. The baits with purple glitter in them are being hit the most. For best results when using a Bass Assassin Boss Shiner, rig it with a jighead and flip it or swim it with a weighted hook. This is also prime season for specs, which will continue through the end of March. Reports of large limits and nice sizes are coming in daily from both boat and pier fishing in our area. The best bait to attract specs is still live minnows. To find out the when, where and what bait to use, call me and I’ll point you in the

right direction. Come fish our area and stop in for first-hand daily information, we’re always stocked with live bait and a huge selection of plastic and hard baits. The featured photo shows Ray Harris holding a beautiful seven pound bass caught right here in Lake Alfred! Our 19th season of Ron’s Tackle Box Weekly Bass Tournaments is now finished and will not begin again until April 2018. We want to thank everyone for another great season. We appreciate all of our faithful anglers and friends, many of which have participated for all of those 19 years. We hope to see you back in April! Ron Schelfo, Owner RON’S TACKLE BOX, LLC 380 S. Lake Shore Way Lake Alfred, FL 33850 (863) 956-4990 www.ronstacklebox.com “Catch” my Weekly Fishing Report every Saturday (6-8 AM) on 970 WFLA Check us out on Facebook and like our page.

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Tampa Bay Fishing Report

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verall fishing has been good in the bay area with plenty of redfish, trout and sheepshead being caught. A few cobias have been reported around the power plants and plenty of smaller blacktip, bull, bonnet and hammerheads willing to give you a tug. Without the colder water temps needed to send them looking for warm water they are not as bunched up as usual, but when they are you can bet you’ll have plenty of company fishing the warm water runoffs. Shrimp always work and using a small jighead makes it easier to sight cast. The cold water has the snook bite pretty much on hold, but you can always dredge up a couple if you look and fish hard enough. Give them a break until the

water warms up and they get a chance to recover from the winter temperatures, the greenbacks should be back on the flats by then and fishing will be much better. Reds continue being active, but they haven’t been as big as usual, I’m getting plenty of reports that rat reds are running with the occasional group of larger fish on the grass flats with broken bottom, submerged oyster bars, mangrove shorelines and canals. Live shrimp seem to be the bait of choice, but artificials like the three inch Gulp! shrimp and gold spoons still work. Trout action should continue on the upswing with cooler water temperatures. The larger fish should start pushing onto the flats from deep water, fish the stronger tides around deep water flats and rocky islands. They’ll be eating shrimp, small pinfish and soft

By: Woody Gore

plastic lures either free-lined or under a popping cork. Remember, the bite always comes as the baits begin to fall, so don’t be surprised to have a fish on just after the lure hits the water. The MirrOdine from MirrOlure is one of the best trout lures you can fish. Fish it using a slow methodic retrieve and hang on. Don’t be surprised to see a cobia on the back of large rays and manatees. As the waters cool you should see them around the hot water discharges of power plants. Large shrimp on a quarter ounce jighead normally does the trick, but small or chunk crab also works. Keep a larger Gulp! eel rigged for a quick cast should you come across one while running the open water. Sharks also frequent the warm water discharges this time of year so don’t be surprise when you catch one while targeting Cobia. Sheepshead and snappers will show up everywhere during the

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Fly Report

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inter means one thing to me as a guide: negative low tides. Seeing that little minus symbol in front of the water levels on the tide chart, especially when the lows happen at both the early mornings and just before sunset, is almost as good as finding presents under the tree on Christmas morning. These are some of the best conditions to chase tailing redfish, and most days in both February and March have a tide of 0.0 or lower no matter where you are on this side of the state. For die hard skinny water anglers this is as good as it gets. My favorite times to hit these ultra-shallow flats are about an hour before the bottom of the tide and then the first two hours of the rising water. This is when I usually find the redfish

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feeding most aggressively since their prey, which is mostly crabs and finger mullet, is easily pinned to the bottom. This is also when the reds stick their tails straight up into the air and start waving them like signal flags. It’s easily one of the coolest things you can see out on the flats. One other thing to look for out there that will help you find hungry redfish are cruising stingrays. The bigger rays attract them like a magnet on certain flats in Pine Island Sound, I’ve seen more than a dozen reds hanging on their backs waiting for a crab to flush from underneath. This is also a common behavior for other species of gamefish so it’s always a great idea to toss a lure or fly at any passing ray, some of the biggest trout and jacks I’ve ever seen have been landed this way. The rays are easy creatures to spot on the negative low tides, too. Just look for the large pushes of water or even their wingtips poking above the surface. I’ve written several times before about the best way to go after low tide reds with flies, which is basically to bonk them right on the head with light spoon patterns. That tactic obviously won’t work if you’re throwing heavier artificials with spinning gear. One lure I’ve had great success with that doesn’t spook them as easily are Gulp jerk shads rigged on weedless swim bait hooks. These can be dropped right in a school of feeding reds and

usually get pounced on immediately. With 10 pound braid you can throw these light Gulps very accurately and for a surprisingly long distance. Gulps really are the one artificial that actually does work better than live bait (most of the time.) One last thing to know about working schools of redfish on a falling tide is to approach with caution. The water during a negative low can disappear for a long time, especially on a windy day after a cold front. It’s very easy to get shoved up onto a flat or pole your way into an area while you’re chasing tailers and not get back out, even in a very light skiff. This would be a very miserable experience if it happened at sunset and forced you to stay on the water well into the dark. Keep in mind that the numbers you see on a tide chart are predictions and nothing more than that. While very accurate, the depths and times of posted tides can vary significantly depending on the weather. Keep that in mind when you’re fishing around negative lows this month and you’ll keep yourself safe and out of trouble. Capt. Gregg McKee Wildfly Charters www.wildflycharters.com

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South Shore Tampa Bay February Frenzy By: Capt. Joel Brandenburg

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ebruary fishing is really determined by the weather conditions. When it’s cold we’ll fish cobia, sharks, jack, pompano, permit and tarpon at the power plants or trout, snook and redfish in the residential canals. If the weather is warmer we’ll target trout, snook and redfish in the rivers and estuaries. Below are ways we fish in various weather situations. Cold weather fish at the power plants: Cobia: Find cobia in tight groups on top of the water following rays, manatees and sea turtles. Use a 10 inch black or green plastic eel. Sharks: Look for blacktips, bulls and bonne heads in the two to twenty foot depths. For blacktips and bulls we like to use chunks of ladyfish or mullet but sometimes we will also use them live and free line. To target bonnetheads use live shrimp on a jighead under a bobber. Jack Crevalle: Huge schools of these fish can be seen cruising on top of the water. We like to use gold spoons or jigheads and plasitics casted into the school. Pompano and Permit: You’ll see them leaping in your prop wash. Use yellow or pink Silly Willy jigs on 10 or 12 pound mono leader. Retrieve your jigs slowly then more quickly, inconsistently until you find the tempo that the fish like. Tarpon: Use sand perch or large pinfish free lined or under a bobber on a high outgoing tide. Anchor as tight to the legal

fishing areas of the power plants as possible. Tarpon bite the best on an incoming tide. Warm weather fish in rivers and estuaries: Snook: Fish near the mangroves or river mouths using live greenbacks free lined or under a bobber. For over slot snook it’s hard to beat a 10 or 12 inch live ladyfish. Redfish: Target oyster bars on a moving tide using a red or yellow quarter ounce jighead tipped with a live shrimp or dead stick a cut pinfish. Reds are starting to school back together. Trout: Look for trout on grass flats in the four to six foot depths. Use a live shrimp on a jighead under a bobber, pop your bobber once a minute or so. Also we use a blue or green MirrOlure MirrOdine or a Yozzuri glass minnow. Cast past the sand holes in the grass flats and reel your bait to them. No matter if the weather is cold or warm; February is a great fishing month. You might have to move around a bit to find the bite, but stay persistent and keep casting, because in February the bite can turn on and off like a light!

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Dock Spotting Redfish

By: Capt. Anthony Corcella

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he crew arrives at the docks just before sunset and they see their stalwart friend, the Cyclone, an old vessel that was once a navy riverboat now configured as a shrimp boat. Her hull and deck are weathered from her daily trips out to sea, she may not be pretty but she can do her job. John and his mate Jerry are well aware of the hard work that is ahead of them, they begin to prep the vessel. With the heat of the day dissipating, both men start their pre-trip checklist. Checking the engine fluids, putting fuel in the generator and checking the nets are just a few of the tasks at hand. This is an essential ritual that has been performed thousands of nights before. As the engine warms up, that familiar diesel smell fills the air, the old boat is ready for another night’s duty. As she makes her way to the Gulf of Mexico, the brilliant colors of the sunset fill the sky, a reminder to both men of just how rewarding this grueling work can be. The old Cyclone is escorted by a flock of gulls as it makes its way out to the Gulf. The gulls are patient, knowing their dinner is just hours away. A cool breeze is welcoming to the already sweat drenched crew. The trip out to the harvesting grounds is a time to reflect on what the evening will bring, and the bounty that “mother ocean” will provide. John already knows his destination for the evening, he has been doing this for so long, the night’s trip is based on pure intuition. As the sun disappears beyond the horizon, the lights of other shrimp boats can be seen off in the distance. A reassuring sight, they know that if there are any

problems, their “brothers of the sea” will come to assist them. Rock and roll is blaring out of the speakers overhead; the chatter of the radio can be heard in the background. They have reached their starting point, 14 miles out, federal waters. The engine slows as John begins to lower the nets, the nets will roll on the oceans bottom to harvest the evenings treasures. At a snail’s pace, the Cyclone pushes forward while the nets collect crustaceans to be sold throughout the east coast. The hard work is about to begin, the crew dawns their orange, suspender-ed slickers. After a mile or so, the nets are lifted; the catch is captured in the bottom of the mesh. Collection and sorting tables are on either side of the boat. John and Jerry are manning their stations, the nets are opened and the catch splashes into the dump tank. The crew extracts the sea grass from the tank with silvery pitch forks, then place it on the sorting table, by-catch, and shrimp all twisting, turning, and squirming. The sight of shrimp being thrown into the adjoining live-wells is fast and furious. The limited by-catch is scraped off the table with a wooden board to return to the depths from which they came. Another old, familiar, friend appears out of the darkness. At first a few and then many, ravenous black tip sharks. As the by-catch goes overboard, a feeding frenzy begins. The gulls put on an aerial show catching dinner and the sharks devour the smorgasbord as it hits the water. To John and Jerry, this is nothing new, just all part of the evening’s work. When the sorting is done, the nets are again dropped. This routine goes on throughout the night. The work is brutal, but there is no easy way to do this job. The livewells slowly fill with shrimp. Each night is different, the tanks can fill within hours, or it can be a long, back breaking evening. Just before

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sunrise, John exclaims, “we are heading home”, but the job is not over. This well-orchestrated team begins to clear the evening’s mess. Without a word spoken, both men know their duties and the Cyclone and her nets are clean. Upon arriving back to dock, it is a new day, the sun is rising. John weighs and bags the shrimp; Jerry gives the Cyclone one last freshwater rinse down. The bagged shrimp will be taken to be processed and distributed. The lights of the Cyclone are extinguished, she has time to rest before the crew returns that evening. This is a tough, arduous,

way to make a living. This is “Life on a Shrimp Boat”! 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! Special thanks to: John and Jerry for a night on a shrimp boat Photo Credit: John Surace & Paul Presson.

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Andrew caught trout and whiting with a seven foot Ugly Stick GX2 rod, Shimano Sahara 4000 reel, 12 pound mono, 20 pound leader and a DOA Cal.

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hilippe Park in Safety Harbor is the oldest park in Pinellas County; it is named after Odet Philippe (1787-1869), the first permanent, non-native settler in the county. Philippe has been credited with bringing citrus growing and cigars to the Tampa Bay area. There are many stories about this man of mystery, from being a good friend to Napoleon, a doctor and a comrade to pirates. Some of these tall tales were spun by Philippe himself and are more fiction than fact. The park is 122 acres and is one of the most beautiful parks in the

county. Sprawling oak trees and the gentle sea-breeze of Old Tampa Bay make this a perfect location for the land-based angler. A seawall encompasses a large portion of this coastline. The largest Indian (Tocobaga Tribe) mound in the Tampa Bay region can be found on these grounds. The view from this elevated mound is stunning. Wade fishing the park can be difficult; the trek may be tough because of the muddy bottom. There are sandbars and firmer bottom that can be found through studying the terrain and by trial and error.

Redfish, snook, whiting, trout and all the other usual suspects can be had fishing this area. There are also areas with docks, oyster beds and mangroves that can be explored. Do not overlook the power line towers, as they create great structure for fish to inhabit. The park boasts picnic shelters, playgrounds, grilling stations, volleyball courts, a ball field and restrooms. Admission to the park is free and there is also a small boat ramp that opens at sunrise daily and can accommodate kayak anglers ($6 for vehicle and trailer parking, $2 for just the vehicle). If you are coming to fish with live bait or need fishing supplies, consider a tackle shop close to your home, the nearest tackle shop to the park is quite a distance away. After a day at the

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Sheepshead Time By: Capt. Christopher Taylor

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because you can fill a cooler quickly when the bite is on. These fish have a very interesting appearance, black and white vertical lines comparable to the stripes on a zebra, and the teeth are comparable to those of many land dwelling mammals. Some have a gold and bluish hue that covers the top of their head like the one in the featured photo. The meat is delicious when fried, grilled, or baked. There are many different ways to serve it, but the most common are as sandwiches, tacos, or just by itself. If you’re fishing the bay side of St. Petersburg I recommend stopping at “Mitch’s Bait and Tackle” off of 62nd Ave and 4th St. Mitch always has everything you need for a good day of fishing. Captain Christopher Taylor Florida Reels Fishing Charters www.floridareelsfishingcharters.com (813) 220-6135

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Target Cold Tolerant Species in February By: Capt. Mike Anderson

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ebruary is the month I target sheepshead, speckled trout and redfish as they are all very cold water tolerant and remain easy targets even in winter. Normally cold windy conditions this month drop water temps and make some species less active. Use live shrimp or artificial

baits that you can work slowly for best results this month. Shrimp digest much easier and faster than pilchards or mullet and with the cold water slowing down the metabolism of most fish, shrimp are an excellent bait choice. For sheepshead I like to tail hook a live shrimp on a quarter ounce jighead and pitch them under docks or near bridge pilings. Use a jighead with a small hook if possible, they don’t call sheepshead convict fish for no reason! Sheepshead will pick even the most seasoned anglers clean from time to time. This tactic will work on redfish as well, target dock lines that are older and adjacent to deeper water, as this gives the redfish a safe travel path and the safety of deep water if water temps

should suddenly plummet. As for speckled trout, they are probably the most active and easiest to catch in a variety of ways. My favorite trout tactic is to throw soft plastic paddle tail baits like the MirrOlure Marsh Minnow on a quarter ounce jighead. Working deeper grass flats you can cover a lot of water and get your bait in front of a lot more fish which increases your opportunities to hook up. Live shrimp will work under a popping cork as well. Target grass flats in the four to eight foot depths; I tend to find better concentrations of fish on the lower tides when using this method. Moving water is always a key as is trying to find slightly warmer areas, even a two degree temperature difference can turn the bite on. To try and locate warmer waters, try targeting areas with darker bottoms as they tend to warm the fastest on sunny days. February weather can sometimes be challenging, but

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Don’t Quit Your Day Job Just Yet By: Misty Wells

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ey fellow Anglers, have you ever thought, “I want to ditch this job and make my living fishing”? Want to earn a big paycheck catching fish? Well I am not sure you should quit your day job just yet, but there are a few tournaments coming up soon where you can put a little jingle in your pocket. You better start prepping now for the 7th Annual Jimmy Johnson Billfish Tournament in Key Largo, March 7th – 10th. There is a 1.5 Million dollar payout guaranteed by the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino, the first Tournament ever to have a guaranteed purse of a million dollars “Being the best” is the mantra of this tournament and its celebrity host Coach Jimmy Johnson. Every team in this tournament is trying to earn their spot in the ring of honor and receive diamond studded marlin rings for each team member. While you are there fishing get ready to rub elbows with the likes of star athletes like Russell Marland, Zach Thomas, Dan Stubbs, Desmond Howard and more! This tournament also has a big heart, and not just for fishing, they give over $75,000 in donations to chosen charities each year. It looks like seven is our lucky number again, because we are also fishing the 7th Annual Ding Darling and Doc Ford Tarpon Tournament Friday, May 11th in Ft. Meyers. This Tournament

is special not only because it is raising money for the Ding Darling Wildlife Refuge but it is also held at historic Doc Ford’s in Ft. Meyer’s. The unique thing about this tournament is that it is 100% pay back to the anglers and there is only a max of 50 teams so the reward can be huge. Last year the first place team, Team YAM, won over $16,000. We also raised $80,000 to donate to the Ding Darlin Wildlife Refuge as well, so it was a win-win. Even if you don’t fish it you should come and be a part of the party, don’t forget that you can donate year round to the refuge. In 1924 and 1942, Jay Norwood Darling AKA “Ding” was honored with a Pulitzer Prize for a cartoon that espoused hard work and nature. Mr. Darling became alarmed at the loss of wildlife habitat and the possible extinction of many species and became an early pioneer for conservation. Last year team Let’s Take it Outside came in 15th in our first go around, we are looking to move up the board this year. Misty Wells is the host of the “Let’s Take It Outside” TV show as well as a national radio show. She is an outdoor professional; she is a writer and adventure guide for fishing and hunting trips. She is also the founder of “A Reel Future”, a non-profit organization devoted to sharing knowledge and passion of fishing and the great outdoors to foster kids statewide. For show info or to be a guest go to www.mistywells.com

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veryone asked for a cold winter in Florida and it looks like we got it. Last month air temperatures dropped well into the teens some days and then got back up to the mid 60’s in between. That sudden exchange of high/low temps affects our fishery significantly. Subtropical fish like tarpon and snook make their way offshore, down south or as far up the nearest rivers or creeks in search of warmer water. Some don’t make it. Parts of Florida suffered a small fish kill, and amongst the snook and tarpon, redfish were also found dead. As sad as it sounds it’s actually only Mother

Nature’s way of cleaning up the environment. One fish that seems to withstand extreme rigid temps are speckled trout. The seatrout bite has been phenomenal here in Tampa Bay since the fronts started rolling in. Fish of all sizes have kept my clients busy the last month. We have been catching many trout in the grass flats using soft plastics like my new favorite, the Smackbait series by Unfair Lures. I have been setting all of my clients up with either lure in the series, (mostly the Smakshad) ,with an eighth of an ounce PvR Turboset jig tied on with 15-20 pound fluorocarbon leader and a light 10 pound seven and a half

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foot rod. As far as lure colors, I find that the darker colors work best in low to no light and the lighter colors on the brighter days work best. Motor oil, melon, coffee and baby bass catch most fish on the darker days and live glow white, glow, hot orange and chartreuse on the lighter days. Locating these fish can be easy some days but can also require a bit of searching. When fishing the flats, I look for ones that are covered by grass patches mixed with shell or sandy bottom; some call this salt and pepper bottom. I’ll typically drift these flats while fan casting the area around me until I locate the bite. Once I get a bite, I will anchor up and continue to cast. Once the bite stops I just pull up anchor and repeat hoping to find another hole. This technique will catch you a lot of fish but mostly under slot fish to just keepers. For the bigger ones, start in shallow water (one to

two feet) and look for sight casting opportunities or movement before casting. These fish are usually very aggressive because of their natural territorial instincts and will most likely eat if the presentation is right. Trout won’t be the only fish you will be catching this time of year using these techniques. Flounder, ladyfish, redfish, pompano and even cobia will come out to play from time to time as well! Whatever happens, don’t give up! Fishing can always be a little tough for some in the cold days but if you keep at it, you will be successful. Derick Burgos is a kayak fishing guide and owner of Phatfish Kayak Charters in Tampa Bay. He has called the area waters his home for over 20 years. He specializes in Snook, Tarpon, Redfis and more on artificial lures, live bait or fly. He can be reached at 813-447-4732 phatfishkayak@yahoo.com www.phatfishkayakcharters.com

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Coastal Angler Magazine and our interior (freshwater) publication, The Angler Magazine, are monthly editions dedicated to fishing, boating,...

Coastal Angler Magazine - February / Tampa Bay  

Coastal Angler Magazine and our interior (freshwater) publication, The Angler Magazine, are monthly editions dedicated to fishing, boating,...