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and X-Class radars, fishfinders, multi-beam sonar, instruments and other sensors. Radars are available ranging from a compact, 4kW Solid-State Doppler Dome to a super powerful 25kW Open Array. For fishfinders, the TZT2BB includes a built-in dual-frequency Furuno Fish Finder with RezBoost, which creates images 4 to 8 times sharper than a conventional fishfinder. In addition to the built-in Fish Finder, Furuno has impressive add-on options that include the DFF3D Multi-Beam Sonar and DFF1-UHD TruEcho CHIRP Fish Finder. You can both the internal fish finder and the DFF3D Multi-Beam Sonar simultaneously. The unit comes preloaded with raster, vector and fishing charts for the Western Hemisphere in MapMedia’s MM3D format. The U.S. NOAA raster and vector charts are free, while the preloaded Navionics and C-Map charts are available for purchase. Furuno also provides free satellite photography for the U.S. that can be downloaded from their website. As with the TZTL12F and TZTL15F models, tablets and smartphones can be accessed via built-in WiFi, with several free apps available on both Apple and Android platforms, allowing you to remotely view and control your navigation network. Furuno continues to break new ground with their latest Black Box, the TZT2BB. The TZT2BB is perfect for larger helms to display all navigation, radar, fishfinder and instrument sensors across dual displays. For more information on the NavNet TZT2BB, contact Furuno at (360) 8349300 or visit them online at www.FurunoUSA.com.

WWW.FURUNOUSA.COM ON OR OFF THE WATER, GARMIN ACTIVECAPTAIN KEEPS YOU CONNECTED Staying connected on and off the water is important to mariners. The new Garmin ActiveCaptain mobile app delivers the ultimate connected boating experience by keeping you connected to your Garmin electronics, cartography and the marine community. Plus, a suite of smart notifications is available to stay connected to the world, too. ActiveCaptain is a free all-in-one mobile app for mariners that delivers a seamless content management system with unlimited access to cartography, automatic delivery of the latest software available, off-vessel planning capabilities, connected services and so much more in one simple, yet powerful application. ActiveCaptain blends features our customers know and love from our existing apps – Garmin Helm and BlueChart Mobile – and adds enhanced connectivity, community and planning functionality for the ultimate connected boat ecosystem. Whether out on the water or planning the next trip, you can utilize the ActiveCaptain app as a one-stop-shop to manage their experiences from nearly anywhere, including: • OneChart – Access, update and purchase maps and charts from the OneChart storefront from a mobile device at any time. • Smart Notifications – Stay connected to the world with calls, text messages and more shown on the chartplotter display while the phone is stowed away, safe and dry. • ActiveCaptain Community – See what others are saying with access to up-to-date feedback from the boating community. Get feedback on marinas,

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During the summer months, she and her dad catch really nice fish in the early mornings and late afternoons using a topwater lure like the Rebel Pop R and popping it at a medium speed. The fish in these canals and ponds regularly approach 5 pounds and sometimes exceed that. Another thing that happens during the summer is the increased growth of vegetation, which in turn brings out frogs in big numbers. To match the hatch, I like to throw a Booyah Pad Crasher at any weeds or vegetation I see and start a slow retrieve. When the bass blows up on it, make sure not to set the hook right away. Wait a second to make sure he has it, and bury the hook. There are also plenty of saltwater opportunities in the summer, speckled sea trout being one of my favorites. Finding the right place to fish for them and understanding their preferred hunting grounds is essential in securing a delicious meal. Trout are ambush feeders, which means they like to be still and attack prey as it swims by. Grass, rocks, oyster bars and docks all make for great structure where trout stage, waiting for a meal. The presence of current is important, since it is what pushes baitfish through the structure where trout are lying ready to ambush. If these two elements—current and structure—line up, you are in a good place to fish for trout. Live shrimp under a popping cork, jig heads tipped with a soft plastic and topwater lures are all good choices. Trout tend to bite better on overcast days, especially if you’re using topwater lures. Remember to try and match the hatch with whatever baitfish you are seeing in the area. These fisheries will surely make it worthwhile to get out and soak up some rays this summer, as well as to enjoy a fun family outing during the most relaxing season of the year in the great outdoors. Cory Gurman is a freshman at Ponte Vedra High School in Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla. Besides reveling in the great outdoors, Cory enjoys spending time with his three golden retrievers and rooting for the Atlanta Braves. Follow him on Instagram @fishhunter1119.

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each camping is an easy and fun way to spend time with family. I am fortunate to live about an hour from the beach, and each summer we take advantage of our close proximity. It’s a great place to fish, swim, sit by the campfire… and do it all over again the next day. The key to a great time is preparation. I like to gear up for two types of fishing: trout and larger game. I bring light trout tackle for throwing lures in the morning and evening. I always have a few top-

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aiting at home for a phone call, running to the mailbox for news from a friend, scanning the Yellow Pages for a plumber—these artifacts from the pre-Internet days are laughable activities in today’s era of technology. When was the last time you replaced the tape in your answering machine or the ribbon in your typewriter? So in this modern age, why would anyone look to a tour book with old information for advice on planning a fishing trip? For unknown reasons, all the tour books for Costa Rica list the high season for fishing as November to April. At FishingNosara we get calls from clients all the time regarding the best time of year to come fishing in Costa Rica. The truth is the fishing here is fairly consistent year-round. After all, fish eat every day. But, armed with an out-of-date tour book, these callers insist that summer is no good. To counter these misconceptions, FishingNosara maintains photographic evidence to the contrary at blog.FishingNosara.com as well as on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook. Let’s take a glance back at the last few years of fishing in the month of May and prove the tour books wrong. In May 2017, angler Roger Chambers fished for a week in Nosara and closed out the campaign with a four-species day. They had an early roosterfish release, then Capt. William of the Wanderer got a call on the radio from Capt. Carlos on the Discoverer reporting a kettle of yellowfin tuna offshore. The mid-afternoon bite led to dorados and yellowfin tuna on ice for Team Chambers. The final score of the day was a Sailfish release. In May 2016, the Harvester welcomed Ken Richmond and his group of hard-fishing Texans and caught a true fish of a lifetime with a massive 400-plus-pound blue marlin. Also, the 26-foot Explorer scored an 80-plus-pound floor-sweeping wahoo, several nice sailfish and a half-dozen roosterfish releases. Likewise, big cubera snapper were abundant on the 23-foot Adventurer, and the 32-foot Wanderer scored some trips with double-digit sailfish releases. May is also a great time for honeymoons. Newlyweds Daniel and Vicky Martinko scored a mammoth wahoo, a beautiful roosterfish and lots of sailfish during their 2015 trip. In May 2015, the Discoverer brought the house down with a billfish grand slam on May 10. Client Tony King and his group scored a striped marlin estimated around 200 pounds and a larger blue marlin estimated at more than 350 pounds. They added a sailfish to the scorecard to round-out a legendary day of fishing. We have video of the grand slam catches on the FishingNosara blog, which proves—regardless of what the tour book says—that Costa Rica’s fishing is consistently good… no matter the season. Visit blog.FishingNosara.com for current photos, video and reports on the action.

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xpect good things this month, especially as the winds lighten up. The best days will be the first and third weeks of May, so make sure to check your tide charts for moving water. Snook seem to be everywhere and should continue to bite. Good tidal grass flats, passes or cuts from upper Tampa Bay all the way to Sarasota will prove productive. Live baiters; remember to use caution when chumming with greenbacks, too much and you’ll just end up feeding the fish instead of chumming them to the boat. Nose-hooked, free lined greenbacks always do the trick along with a few dead baits on the bottom. Of course artificial lures are always fun as well. Speckled trout should continue to improve, especially as bait moves onto the flats. Look

for grass flats with plenty of sandy potholes. Remember, potholes are usually holding plenty of trout and often produce the good sized ones. Frequently schools of trout will gather around the large sandy area, if you’re lucky enough not to spook them you can catch plenty using small popping corks, shrimp, or free lined greenbacks. Occasionally, you can find some really nice trout in deeper rocky bottoms. Redfish should start settling in for the summer. Check your favorite oyster bars, mangrove cuts and broken bottom grass flats on the last of an outgoing tide and the first of an incoming. Don’t forget large schools of mullet as redfish follow and feed inside of them. Live greenbacks and crabs are effective, cut bait also produces.

C o b i a should start cruising the grass flats and markers looking to eat just about anything tossed in their direction. You’ll find them following rays and manatees, and often traveling in groups of two or more. Be prepared with enough tackle and bait for multiple hookups. Threadfin herring throughout Tampa Bay usually means the Spanish and blues are here, and they should be in full swing this month. There have been reports of some fish weighing in at three to five pounds. Chum them up with fresh cut threadfins or greenbacks, send one up current on a free-line with at least 50# Seaguar leader and a Daiichi long shank silver 2/0 hook and hold on. Tarpon are showing up around the Skyway with a few on the beach. They should move inside during the summer around deeper flats. Expect plenty of

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elcome back Yak fans. Summer is really here... MAYBE, and the patterns will be going into the warmer water cycles. But, before that, I want to share a recent trip with you. I was on a charter with Mike from Idaho for a day’s fishing in Northern Hernando County. The day started out with bad news. I learned that one of my favorite put-ins on Pine Island Drive was soon to be shut down. This due to the homeowner (who, by the way, is a friend of mine) telling me that he was fed up with people driving through his yard and blocking the road. You might imagine that this pissed me off, since I’m the only one that has permission from him and the home owners’ association to put in there. And, although there is room for maybe four cars, there were no less than ten idiots parked along the narrow roadway. Thanks guys, rant done, back to fishing; however, the put-in is like a fishing spot--if somebody is already there, then go somewhere else. So, with that wonderful news, we set out. We had a good time working through the marsh with reds, trout, black drum, and sheepshead making an appearance. Mike hooked into a nice red in the skinny water on my favorite Zara spook Junior (in bone), of course. But, the real surprise of the day came as we worked our way back about a half-mile in shore, to a spring I know. I sent Mike down the feeder creek to search out a snook and I waited there, as the Creek was a little narrow for two. Soo... as I sat there I thought, what the heck. I anchored on the edge of the spring and dropped a shrimp down to see if anybody was home, put the rod in the rod holder and turned to see how Mike was doing and wham, my seven foot light Fenwick rod with 10 pound test bent double. Grabbing the rod and wondering what the heck was

on the other end, I felt him find the dead tree that we know is down there--now I’m snagged up (Great!). Well, I put the rod back in the rod holder opened the bail, pulled up the anchor which pulled me a good 10 feet back from the hole, paddled to the other side of the spring and started to pull. I felt a little thunk, thunk, and realized I’d gotten free from the tree; but, I thought there’s no way that fish is still there. As I took in the slack, suddenly it was game on all over again. Now I’m doing the fisherman’s prayer,” please just let me see what it is”! Please lol I’m thinking okay, this isn’t a black drum and it sure doesn’t act like a redfish, maybe a monster Sheepshead, but it sure acts like a..... Nah it can’t be, I’m a half-mile inshore. As I started to gain some ground, Mike came paddling back and says “whatta you got?” By now, I’m pretty sure I know; but, I’m not going to jinx myself. So, I say I’m not sure. I finally got it to the boat and, sure enough, it’s a nearly 24 inch goliath grouper. I’ll tell you what, that’s a powerful fish! The hook was deep in the cartilage of his upper mouth, which is why I didn’t lose him to the tree; but, how the line didn’t snap, I’ll never know. As I pulled him in to get the hook out, we snapped some pictures and I thought great story. Then I thought, protected species, not to be removed from the water. I felt like maybe if I shared these pictures, I might as well put my face on the wall of the post office. I had visions of an FWC guy coming in and saying nice story, great pictures. Please sign this ticket right here. Ouch! But, a quick call to our FWC, let me know that as long as I was just removing the hook and grabbed a couple of pictures. I was okay. Right officer Alan Pierce? And thanks for your help. Also, the cobia are ready to make their appearance soon; hopefully, more on that next month! The grouper was too much fun, and swam away to play another day. Bruce Butler “Stumbling Gypsy” (352) 428-5347 Bruce@IndianBayOutfitters.com www.IndianBayOutfitters.com

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f you have never felt the rush of a 100 pound class tarpon after you’ve set the hook and he starts blazing drag, then you really should head down the Dunedin Causeway, Honeymoon or Caladesi Islands this month and make it happen! Every year around this time thousands of tarpon make their annual migration up the coast toward the panhandle and spend lots of time along our beaches looking for something to eat. While they love live pass or blue crabs, they’ll also take live pinfish, threadfin herring or mullet and even big fresh cut baits soaked on the bottom. While it sometimes helps to have a light boat equipped with a fast trolling motor to position yourself ahead of the oncoming pods of fish, tarpon can be sighted and targeted right from the beach or bridge. The trick is to be out there right at sunrise to watch for rollers, once boat traffic starts picking up they will disappear. Year in and year out rolling tarpon can be seen right along the Causeway beaches and moving through the bridge passes, as well as the gulf beaches on Honeymoon and Caladesi. The sandbars at the south end of Honeymoon and north end of Caladesi make great spots to ambush fish. You’ll need some stout tackle if you want to land one of these bruisers. A seven to eight-foot medium heavy rod equipped with a quality 6000 to 8000 pound class spinning reel spooled with 30 to 50 pound test braided line will do the trick. Use six feet of 50 to 80 pound test fluorocarbon leader and an eight to ten-ought razor sharp j-hook or circle hook to complete the outfit. Tarpon have very boney mouths so every hook should be sharpened to a

needle point. The trick with this type of fishing is to spot the fish at some distance off and present your bait right along their line of travel. When using live baits, it’s best to hang them five or six feet under a big bobber or balloon. Big cut baits like mullet or bonito should be fished on the bottom, so a few ounces of lead are needed to keep the bait down. I like to leave the bail of my real open until I feel a fish moving away with my bait. I’ll let him run off about 20 or thirty yards of line before closing the bail and setting the hook. Most hooked tarpon are lost before landing because of poor hook sets, this is where those sharpened hooks really pay off. Just remember not to tighten your drag too much and let the fish run until you wear him out. Remember that it’s illegal to drag your fish into the boat or up on the sand. Keep the worn-out fish in the water and get all the pictures you want. Barracuda Bob’s is your sportfishing headquarters on the Dunedin Causeway and is the big yellow building on the right as you’re heading towards the water. We carry everything you might need to enjoy a day of productive fishing, no matter your targeted species. Our knowledgeable crew is happy to help you get rigged up with the right gear and baits to bust the big one; we’ll even tell you where the fish are biting! Visit us at 240 Causeway Blvd. Dunedin, FL. 34698 (727) 466-1776. Check us out on Facebook or on our website at www.BarracudaBobs.net

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ome say that Tampa Bay has the largest population of sharks and the biggest variety of sharks in the world. Ana Banana Fishing Company has worked closely with Mote Marine Center for Shark Research, USF Marine Laboratories and Cornell University Marine Biology Department. We’ve provided marine biologists with whole shark samples, fin samples, fluid dynamic studies and tagging programs recording shark size, sex, species, catch location and shark condition recordings for breeding habits and migration. We focus on shark preservation and conservation. A large part of preserving and conserving shark populations is influenced by understanding them better through research. Baitfish flow into the bay from the gulf this time of year, Spanish mackerel, bluefish, jack crevalle, ladyfish, blue runners and bonita rush into the bay hot on their tail, and kingfish,

tarpon, cobia and goliath grouper gather to feed on everything. This frenzied food chain causes a lot of carnage which gets the attention of sharks. Sharks are at the top of the food chain, they are the clean-up crew. We like to target sharks this time of year because they are plentiful, they fight hard, many anglers are intrigued by them and they’re good table fare. Legally you can harvest two sharks per day per boat with different size limits depending on which species of shark you are catching. Some sharks we target for the fight only, these sharks are tail gaffed with a lasso cable gaff. Sharks that we catch and release only are hammerheads, tigers and bull sharks. Sharks that we target for eating are blacktips, bonnetheads, reef sharks, Atlantic sharpnose, lemon sharks and nurse sharks. We have found a lot of weird things in the stomachs of sharks, although we’ve never found license tags or shoes or wrenches like in the movie Jaws. We have found horseshoe crabs, seahorses, stingrays, catfish, birds, eels, sea turtles, lobsters, squid; we’ve even found other sharks! The first time we ever realized sharks are cannibals was during a 24 hour blacktip tournament we held to benefit the National Pediatric Cancer Foundation hosted by baseball hall of fame legend Wade Boggs. At about midnight we had a few shark lines

out baited with ladyfish heads and one of the rods bent over and the drag started screaming. Wade picked up the rod and started fighting the shark, all at once the rod went limp, nothing but dead weight. What he reeled up was half of a juvenile blacktip; the shark was cut clean in half leaving us with only the head and upper torso. I removed the half of the shark from the hook and was about to toss the carcass overboard when Wade suggested that we re-hook the shark half and cast it back out. We did and we ended up catching a 79 inch blacktip that was not only the tournament winning shark, but also the new tournament record. Up until that point I had no idea that sharks ate sharks, but since that night I have found a few sharks in the bellies of bigger sharks. If you want the fight of your life with a serious gamefish, come to Tampa Bay and catch a shark with us. If you’re interested in harvesting a shark to eat, we offer a hook n’ cook program at Hooks at Little Harbor Resort. 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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ne of the first things I learned at an early age from my uncle Manuel was his techniques and his knowledge of fishing. At the age of five years and a few months, he took me under his wing; he was only 18 at the time but had already acquired more knowledge about fishing Tampa Bay than most anglers twice his age. About a year into our adventures he decided to expand the boundaries, that summer we started fishing Gasparilla Island. Back then there were no bridges to the island, only a ferry. I remember the last ferry left at 8 p.m. on Friday nights. We missed it several times when the traffic on US 41, then a single lane highway, would backup for miles around Sarasota. We would have to spend the night fishing the old railroad bridge that carried supplies until the next ferry arrived at 8 a.m. We used to camp on the shoreline within sight of the old phosphate pier that extended into Boca Grande Pass, it was a beautiful sight at night, it’s lights looked more like a ship in the distance gliding into the pass. Fishing was not allowed on the pier except on weekends. No ships docked and at night the guards would let us fish until daybreak in exchange for some of our catch or sometimes for a bottle of rum. We would catch huge redfish up to 40 inches long; snook, grouper, flounder and mangrove snappers were common occurrences during the winter months. At any given time you could hook up with a goliath grouper that many times exceeded two hundred pounds. During the day we fished for mackerel, trout and

small redfish along the shoreline and island side of the railroad bridge. Part of the learning experience was camping and cooking our catch. If my mother had ever known or found out some of my many experiences I had with my uncle, it would have ended my fishing career. In the winter of 1952 Uncle Manuel received an invitation from Uncle Sam, then known as the draft board, to spend some time in the Army. My adventures were put on hold until his return, but my love for fishing continues today. Unfortunately my uncle passed away a couple of years ago to be in the big fish pond with God and all his fishing buddies. Fishing takes no special skills and is one of the few sports anyone can participate in from young to old. Get out and start your own fishing adventures this month with someone you care for and watch the memories grow! 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) 9737132 or www.reelfishy.com

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FLATS TO NEARSHORE REPORT BY: CAPT. GARY BURCH

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t’s that time of year when almost every species of fish along the west coast of Florida is on the catching menu. May brings us late spring and early summer conditions where water temperatures are in the low 80’s and all of our saltwater piscatorial friends are willing and eager to play. Whether you fish in the shallow bays for redfish or trout, in the passes for snook or along the coast for kingfish, mackerel, cobia or tarpon, there will be something for everyone. I will be concentrating on snook and redfish for most of my clients, so here are some starting points for May’s fishing action. Redfish will continue to be found scattered throughout the bays and flats of Clearwater and Dunedin. Locating them may take some time so keep moving. Search along the mangrove shorelines at high tides, under docks and don’t forget the spoil islands inside the bays. Live shrimp and white baits will be the bait of choice. If you are an artificial guy, redfish will attack topwater and suspended hard baits, various size plastic tails in root beer and motor oil colors and the old standby, gold spoons. Snook will be found in all of the passes from Anclote Key in Tarpon Springs to the Egmont Channel in lower Tampa Bay. Target them just inside the passes and in the shallows

and cuts that lead to the passes. These fish will be feeding when the tide is moving, some anglers prefer the incoming tide and some the outgoing, just make sure the water is moving for best results. For summertime snook the best bait by far is a free lined live sardine. Let the sardine do his thing and it shouldn’t take long until Mrs. Linesider comes calling. When she eats the bait, hold on for a wild ride. Remember to release all snook; there is no harvesting at this time. My clients will be fishing for the west coast Slam in May. A snook, redfish and trout in the same day constitutes the slam. We caught many slams last May and I’m looking forward to the challenge again. There are so many great fish to catch in May; you have to find the time. As a wellknown old captain once said, “If you are too busy to go fishing, then you are just too busy”. 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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FRESHWATER FISHING REPORT

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

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ow is the time to get out and beat the summer heat! The months of May and June will be very good for bass, bluegill and shell crackers. Great reports are coming in citing large fish and limits on bluegills and crackers. Currently our best reporting lakes are Lakes Rochelle and Haines in Lake Alfred and also Lakes Shipp, Howard and Cannon on the South Winter Haven Chain. The baits of choice at this time are live red worms and crickets. We are in prime bass fishing season here in central Florida, get out now before the hot weather sets in. For some really great fishing, our best reporting areas are Lakes Alfred, Rochelle and Haines in the North Winter Haven Chain and Lakes Shipp, Cannon and Summit in the South Winter Haven Chain. Our recommendation for attracting the largest bass continues to be Bass Assassin boss shiner swimbaits. Other proven winners are Heddon chugin spooks and Booyah frogs in assorted colors. Topwater fishing is on fire, we are seeing many bass in the four to eight pound range. Polk County is blessed with 554 fantastic lakes,

come out and take advantage of them! Remember to always catch and release fish over 16 inches unless you’re cooking them, we have to work together to protect and preserve our lakes and fish population. The enclosed photo shows 1st Place winners, Josh Heard and A.J. Schuh displaying several of their beautiful bass (total 15 pounds/2.75 ounces) caught on Lake Alfred at the first Ron’s Tackle Box Weekly Bass Tournament on Thursday, April 5th. The 20th season of Ron’s Tackle Box Weekly Bass Tournaments is in full swing! Weekly registration is $30.00 per boat for a one or two man team. The tournaments run from 6:00 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. each Thursday through the end of October. Prizes are awarded for the largest bass as well as 1st, 2nd and3rd place categories. The location each week is not revealed until Thursday mornings and is announced in “The Ledger” and on our Facebook page. Of course, you may always call Ron at (863) 956-4990 for tournament information and fishing reports. Our tournaments are all around great fun, come out and join us! 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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RECIPE OF THE MONTH TUNA STUFFED AVOCADO WITH TOMATO Directions:

Ingredients: • Use either 1 Hass avocado or Florida avocado. Florida ones are bigger. • 1 nice size tomato. • 1 large can Starkest white albacore tuna in water. • Good mayonnaise. I use Dukes • 3 hard-boiled eggs. • Salt & Pepper. • 1 scallion (optional). • Paprika.

• Drain tuna place in food processor. • Add eggs to food processor and blend on low until everything comes to a paste like consistency. • Add salt and pepper. • If you wish to add scallion you may do it now. • Remove and place in bowl, put in fridge for an hour to chill. • Slice avocado in half, remove pit and any excess you wish to. Make a hole for the tuna. • Slice tomato in slices. I place them around avocado. • You will have extra tuna for the tomatoes. • Sprinkle top of tuna with paprika for color and put a few scallions if you desire.

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THE MAGICAL MONTH OF MAY BY: CAPT. MIKE ANDERSON

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ay is the magical month where spring and summer collide, big bait schools are present all along the west coast of Florida and the tarpon, kingfish, Spanish mackerel, bonita, permit, snook and cobia all come alive. For tarpon most anglers have their best luck along the beaches. A quiet, stealthy presentation is a must. There are few things more exciting in the angling world than the strike, jump and fight of a big tarpon in 8-10 feet of crystal clear water. I recommend using your trolling motor or a push pole if you have one to get the boat into position as quietly as possible. A nose hooked threadfin herring; pilchard or a half dollar sized crab free lined or under a cork positioned in front of the school will have a good shot at getting bit. Remember to lead the fish slightly so the bait can settle into the strike zone ahead of the fish getting there. Your tackle choices will be critical to your success if you hope to actually land the silver king! Rods in the 40-50 pound class are a must with a quality back bone and firm tip. Large spinning reels are a must as well; you’ll need the entire drag surface you can find to win the battle. I use the Quantum Cabo 80’s for best results. You’ll need 50 to 65 pound braided line with a 50 to 80 pound fluorocarbon leader. For kingfish wire leaders are recommended if slow trolling areas of hard bottom, but you can anchor up and chum as well. When

anchored up I use long shank hooks with a 50 pound fluorocarbon leader or a six inch piece of #6 wire. You will get some cut offs, but on days I’m looking for steady action and kings, this works better to also get the Spanish mackerel and bonita to the boat. Snook fishing will peak this month all along Florida’s west coast beaches. Live pilchards, threadfins or grunts will all work well as will a frisky pinfish. May is one of the best months to catch your snook of a lifetime, but remember to get a quick pic and then right back in the water as these beauties are essential to a sustainable snook fishery for years to come. May is certainly a magical month indeed so enjoy! 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 THE PARKS OF OLDSMAR

BY: PAUL PRESSON

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ansom R. Olds was an early citizen of what is now Oldsmar. He was the founder of the REO and Oldsmobile companies; his civic work was instrumental in the molding of the city. Before the bridges were built spanning Tampa Bay, Oldsmar was a very well trafficked city; anyone traveling to Pinellas County made their way through the city. The majority of the parks of Oldsmar are on the shores of Old Tampa Bay and Mobbly Bayou. REO Olds Park, Veterans Memorial Park and Mobbly Bayou Wilderness Preserve are definitely standout recreation areas. Between the three, there are many fishing environments,

the flats, a pier, mangroves and docks all make for good fishing. These parks provide easy access for land based, wade and kayak fishing. The bottoms of these waters are sandy and/or muddy, there is not a lot of sea grass, and this makes for great red fishing. There are plenty of mullet on the flats, just cast into them, unfortunately in this scenario the catfish are also not far behind. Bait and Tackle stores are not an issue; they are just minutes away on Hillsborough Avenue and at the Oldsmar Flea Market. There are so many great parks in our area, get out and scout!

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 FISHERMAN’S CHOICE

BY: CAPT. JOEL GANT

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believe the worst of the winds are left behind in April. Just about every species in our area is hungry and ready to bite. If you fish offshore or inshore this is the time to get out and fish. With the weather stabilizing, the fish are now starting to get into their spring/summer patterns. Offshore species like kingfish, cobia, grouper,

Spanish mackerel, grunts and snappers are abundant. When bottom fishing for grouper, put out a free lined live bait for the hard hitting, line screaming kingfish or keep an eye out for the curious cobia. I like to use a 6000 series reel with 30 pound braided line and about three to six feet of leader. For kingfish you might want to use a steel leader or stinger rig. You can also troll with a diving plug or a spoon. Try not to have your drag too tight, these fish will hit hard and test your drag. Inshore, speckled trout can be caught in the three to six foot grass areas and around the rocks off channels. Use lighter tackle like 10 pound test with a quarter ounce jig and either a jerkbait or Gulp shrimp. I also like to use a Rapala twitch rap subsurface bait or a topwater lure.

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Redfish can be caught around structure. Look for mullet or any movement in the water. Artificial baits, fresh cut bait or live shrimp should produce a bite once you find them. Bluefish and Spanish mackerel are thick around the rock piles, using chum will bring them in. I like to use a quarter ounce jig with a zoom jerkbait for them. Work the lure very fast or with erratic jigging up and down. If you get a hit and miss, keep working the bait or they will move out. We have been getting some nice sharks on recent trips. With the water warming, I expect to see even more. I like to chum first then use some kind of fresh cut bait, remember to use heavy tackle and a steel leader. Get out 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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IT’S T TIME BY: CAPT. ANTHONY CORCELLA

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any consider the mighty tarpon to be the ultimate catch in the waters of Tampa Bay. Tarpon flood the bay from May through late August every year as they prepare to spawn. They can be caught by boaters, bridge and pier anglers and even wade fishing or from the beach. Tarpon will take a variety of baits and lures. They feed on live baits like pinfish and pass crabs free lined or under a bobber. They will also take threadfins or whitebait fished the same way. However, other days they want cut bait like shad and threadfins free lined in a chum slick. When and where you fish will dictate what baits or techniques to use. Fishing the bridges

or passes you will find that free lined baits work best. Feed out the line and keep your bait flowing with the current, if the line is tight the tarpon won’t bite. Whitebait and cut baits work best in these areas. The Skyway Bridge is a popular spot that will produce multiple fish days for boaters and pier fishermen. Off the beach fishing with crabs under a float works well; whitebait or pinfish also produce. Remember to have a pitch rod ready for any rolling fish. Popular beach areas are off any of the passes, Egmont Key and the Anna Maria area. If you’re going to fish at night, Tampa Bay bridges like the Gandy, Dick Misner, 10 Cent Bridge, and the Skyway provide especially hot action at night in the shadow lines of the bridge lights. Tarpon will hit swimbaits and jigs readily in this scenario, fish lures in the one to three ounce range, you can’t go wrong with white. Work the lures against the tide and hold on! A word of warning to the boaters- if you see a group of boats drifting an area DO NOT anchor in their drift zone, you will ruin it for everyone, just pony up in line and join the fun. Tarpon tackle consists of spinning gear in the 6000 size range and conventional gear of 10-30 class reels on seven to eight foot 20-40

pound class rods. Load the reels with 30-60 pound braid depending on where you fish, type of tackle and your skill level. Attach five to six feet of 60 pound fluorocarbon leader and a 6/0 circle hook and you’re in business. If you’re lucky enough to land a tarpon early in the day this is a great time of year to go for a grand slam- a tarpon, snook, redfish and trout all in one day. The flats are on fire with both baitfish and the predators feeding on them. Now is the time to take advantage of the hot bite before the heat gets too hot!!! 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 WORLD CLASS FISHING

BY: CAPT. CHRISTOPHER TAYLOR

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ay is well known for its pleasant mornings and warm afternoons on the water. Generally speaking, much of the usual boat traffic from anglers and guides has shifted from their favorite snook and redfish fishing spots to chasing the tarpon around the beaches and larger passes. Because of this, these fish are less pressured and so fish will be more willing to chew. During the month of May I have found that periods of tide change produce larger fish. The mornings and evenings will be more productive as the water temperature will be lower. A few go to places for snook and redfish this month are Riviera Bay, Bayou Grande, Pinellas Point and Fort De Soto, including the area surrounding Tarpon Key. On rising and high tides snook and redfish will be abundant on and around mangrove points, oyster bars and the occasional sandbar. When fishing these areas I recommend free-lining live or cut scaled sardines within the target area. The addition of a few split-shots 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 waterways of Saint Petersburg are filled with scaled sardines, also known as

greenbacks or white bait. These little silver bullets are candy for snook and redfish, but also hold their reputation for catching trout on any given day. Scaled sardines can be caught by throwing a cast net or buying at a few small bait shops. I recommend catching enough bait to use for fishing as well as a few extra to throw as chum. You will be able to find these baitfish at 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 because of the ease of opening in the net design. Another species of fish to keep an eye out for this month are Spanish mackerel. Spanish mackerel are a huge summertime favorite and can be found where ever bait fish congregate in high numbers. A favorite spot of mine and many anglers is the main span of the Sunshine Skyway Bridge. Whether fishing from a boat or the pier located directly next to the bridge, using a silver spoon with some wire leader on fast retrieve or a free-lined sardine should do the trick. Captain Christopher Taylor Florida Reels Fishing Charters www.floridareelsfishingcharters.com (813) 220-6135

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PASCO COUNTY HELLO SPRING FISHING!

BY: CAPT. BOBBY CARROLL

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he bite has been nothing short of excellent in April and I can only see it getting better. Trout have been very aggressive at Paul Fleming from sunrise smashing FPN Outdoors with any and everything that passes by them. a perfect 26 3/4 inch Throw your favorite redfish caught on the topwater baits slick during a local around oyster bars tournament with me. and you’re sure to get an explosion. It has been very easy to get 15-20 topwater hits within the first hour or two of sunrise. Once you notice it starting to slow down on top, switch to a jig, I prefer an eighth of an ounce so I can keep it a little bit higher in the water column. As for live bait, don’t worry if you can’t get white bait, load up on two to three inch pinfish and set them under a bobber. Redfish have been the bread and butter this spring. Just like I said with not needing white bait for trout, you don’t need it for reds either. I have found reds in schools of up to a 100 and oftentimes half of the school will eat before they catch on that their friends are coming

back with sore lips! A tail hooked pinfish free lined under the mangroves has been the ticket. As for the artificial angler, eighth of an ounce jigs rigged with your favorite paddle tail or fluke bounced through a mullet school has seemed to really have these fish wanting to chew. Another bait that I’m a huge fan of is a bait called “the slick”. In my opinion the slick is the deadliest low tide bait for reds, it’s a bait rigged weedless on an owner 4/0 beast hook. The offering is presented by making very long casts and giving light twitches, the reds see it as an injured baitfish and crush it 90 percent of the time without hesitation. Snook have fully come back from our 20122013 freeze, and they have attitude! There have been tons of snook caught ranging from 20 inches up to the 34 inch mark the past couple months. I feel that it’s going to be an amazing bite all throughout the summer. White bait is a little more crucial to use for snook unlike the redfish and trout, if you get the bait, you’ll get the snook! Target snook in areas that have three things: current, structure and ambush points. Target snook as early as you can in the morning because the bite slows up the later it gets in the

day. Snook seem to be a little more finicky midday compared to reds and trout. Snook will eventually move out from the mangroves and docks to go to their breeding grounds. While one can still catch plenty of snook during this time, I ask that you please handle them with care and to get them back into the water as soon as possible. The redfish will try and stay in the shade during the hotter days to come, once the water gets to the mid80s and beyond you will have to give them a little more time before they eat. The bigger trout will move to deeper waters in the next few months, but that still won’t stop you from catching your limit for a family fish fry! To book a charter with Captain Bobby Carroll and the Florida Fishing Experience please call (727) 271-3257

10 year old Dillon with one of 25 redfish he caught with me using live pinfish. This fish measured 32 inches and gave him a battle under the mangroves.

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FROM ORDINARY TO EXTRAORDINARY BY: PAUL PRESSON

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here is no better time to become an extraordinary angler. Passion, time, and commitment are the key ingredients in making this happen. Unlike days past, everything you need to research is just a “mouse click” away. Inexpensive, reliable fishing equipment is available if you know where to look. There are also numerous experienced anglers willing to share their time and wisdom. If you can only get out on the water once every couple of months and want to catch fish, the best way to do this is by hiring a guide. On the other hand, if you have made fishing a priority and have the time, becoming a great angler is well within your reach. You do not need a shiny new, flats boat, you do not need the newest, “high speed” fishing equipment. Ingenuity, networking, and proper etiquette are a great start. Purchasing the right fishing equipment is an

integral part of being an exceptional angler, this doesn’t mean it has to be expensive. There are always anglers selling equipment on Facebook clubs, forums, and swap meets. Do your homework first, ask questions, read reviews, and if possible, use someone else’s equipment before making your decision. You need to have a good idea of the type fishing that interests you the most before making this investment. Remember, a brand-new piece of equipment may not be your wisest choice. Top quality, used fishing gear can be serviced at a nominal cost and can last for a very long time. Lesser quality, new gear, may not be worth the cost of servicing if you have a problem with it. The amount of knowledge that can be gained from the internet is limitless. Anything you need to know about “your” type of fishing can be obtained through video’s or “one on one” interactions with other anglers in fishing clubs and forums. From tying knots to moon phases, topwater to dead sticking, it’s all there. This wealth of knowledge is not worth a thing unless it is intertwined with days, months, years, of actual time on the water. This is all part of becoming a better angler, also known as “paying dues”. Networking with other individuals is one of the most important and rewarding factors in

becoming a good angler. For this to be successful, you have to know how important these people are to you. If someone invites you to fish with them, remember, this person could be a mentor for life, or your new best friend. For you to make these trips successful, you will need to use your common sense and be on your best behavior. There are courtesies that should be followed, be it fishing from land, wade, or boat. It is your responsibility to know these rules to ensure the possibility of going out the next time. The easiest way to gain this knowledge is to just ask the person you are going out with. Just remember, being invited out with an experienced angler can be better than any research that you have already done. To become an extraordinary angler also means to be willing to go your own way, research, scout, and fish new areas. Learn how to read the water and the environment, make every trip a learning experience. In doing all of this, someday you will be that guy or gal inviting a “newbie” out to learn and love the passion we call fishing. Special thanks to angler Mark Danner. 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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ook at any magazine or internet fishing site and you’ll find enough information about knots that it can boggle the mind of the most serious angling individual. With the thousands of knots available today anglers put too much emphasis on knowing how to tie them all. Regardless of the type of fishing you’re doing, at best you probably only need a few to make it happen. Just learning to tie the knots that directly relate to your style of fishing will have you set. For example, with all my fishing I basically use only three knots; these are the Yucatan (for leader to braid), Loop Knot (for hooks and lures) and the Double-Uni Knot (for braid to braid). Once in a great while I might use a Bimini Twist (for a double line application), but ninety percent of the time I use a Yucatan and a Loop. Since a large percentage of lost fish can be blamed on poorly tied knots, it’s essential to your fishing success that they are tied correctly. By using these basic fundamentals your knots should be secure and retain their maximum breaking strength. 1. When learning a new knot, the three most important words I can tell you are “practice, practice, practice.” Take a length of leader, some line, an old lure with hooks removed and practice until you can correctly tie each knot 25 times. 2. When learning knots, the tag end, sometimes called the working end, is the end of the line used to tie the knot. The standing end is that part of the line coming from your fishing reel. 3. When pulling your knots tight always lubricate them, most anglers use saliva as it prevents

damage to the line. 4. Trim knots closely, a properly tied knot, pulled tight, will not come loose. 5. Pull up all ends when tightening the knot, cinching them as tight as possible. If it slips in your hand, it will slip when you’re hooked up to a fish. Loop Knot: With many excellent knots in use today, one stands out as the perfect choice in my mind. It provides artificial lures and natural baits the most realistic approach and appeal. It’s called a loop knot. Loop knots have been used for decades, but now with swim baits, top waters, diving and suspending lures along with a variety of soft plastics, this knot has emerged as the go-to method of attaching hooks and lures to line. 1. Start by tying a loose overhand knot in your leader. 2. Run the tag end through the eye of the hook or lure and down through the overhand loop. 3. Wrap the tag end around the main line two times. 4. Here’s the important part, take the tag end back through the overhand loop up from the bottom. Make certain the tag end goes through the middle of the overhand loop as shown to prevent the knot from slipping, if it only goes through one side it will slip. Yucatan Knot: This knot was developed by fishermen off the coast of Mexico. Often confused with the Alright Special, when tied correctly the Yucatan is stronger than the Albright and probably the strongest monofilament leader to braid knot. Many anglers using braided line prefer a double main line and use a Bimini Twist. However, I use braided line and prefer a single main line attached to the leader. To accomplish this start with a doubled braided line and wrap it around your leader. 1. Lay the leader and doubled main line parallel to each other. However, you can simply double

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rom Feb. 7-10, 18 teams gathered on Elbow Cay, Abaco, Bahamas at the Sea Spray Resort and Marina for the Second Annual Sea Spray Abaco Challenge. Hosted by the resort, this tournament is becoming known as one of the most enjoyable in the Bahamas. With prize packages through fifth place, affordable entry and value-added categories, nine radio raffles worth $400 each, team bags and buckets stuffed with goodies and fantastic food and live entertainment, this event is all about having fun. This year’s event raised and donated more than $6,000 to the Hope Town Primary School, Every Child Counts Bahamas and Bahamas Air Sea Rescue Association. Wahoo, blackfin and yellowfin tuna and mahi-mahi are the target species, with teams eligible to weigh their two biggest fish from each species on each day of the three-day competition. This year Team Crab Eyes took home the overall championship with a cumulative weight of 292.6 pounds. These guys finished second in the inaugural event and were eager to take home the win. In second place was Team Sonny Boy with a total of 134.3 pounds. Sonny Boy also weighed the biggest fish in the Wahoo Category, and at 52.9 pounds took biggest fish overall for the tournament. In third place was Team Perfect Timing with a total of 83.2 pounds. These guys came from out of nowhere on the last day to make it onto the podium. Special congratulations to Team Family Circus, which won the local Bahamian championship with a total of 65.9 pounds. Their name will be inscribed on the residual trophy at the resort and they took home a beautiful black grouper mount by tournament sponsor King Sailfish Release Mounts. For more information, go to www.seasprayabacochallenge.com.

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ike land hunters or rod-and-reel fishermen, spearos also study and perfect some tricks of the trade. Spearos immerse themselves into the fishes’ environment, so the first skill to master is to look like you belong there. Beginners tend to exhibit aggressive behavior, chasing and spooking fish. If fish scatter when you get near, study how calmly an experienced diver moves in the water. Until you achieve a non-threatening aura, all other tips and tricks will be useless. After achieving smooth diving technique, here are some techniques to get near fish. 1) Aspetto (Italian for “wait”)—It starts from the surface with a smooth duck-dive into the water while removing the snorkel. You descend with soft kicks until you begin to free-fall as you scan the bottom. By turning your fin blades, you maneuver to the right spot, perhaps where the reef meets sand. You lie motionless on the bottom until curious fish come to check you out. Moving only your eyes, you pick out the prey, move your gun slowly, and make a well-placed shot. A good spearo will make this technique look easy, but it is not. This is especially effective with evasive fish that become curious when you do not move, such as mutton snappers in Florida, stripers in the northeast, and bigeye emperors in Hawaii. 2) Agguato (Italian for “ambush”)–This is a dynamic stalking technique to get closer to prey without being noticed. The diver navigates the bottom using the environment to get closer to the prey. The diver must consider current, visibility and available bottom structure while moving from one object to another, blending into shadows or hiding behind reef formations. If your body can be hidden while closing the gap, the fish will remain unaware of your presence.

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3) Flashers/ Sheri Daye practices “aspetto” technique. chum—Especially Photo by Joe Marino effective for hunting pelagics such as jacks, tunas, dolphin and wahoo. Multiple mirrors dangle below a float, and the flashes of light in the water imitate the reflective glare from a school of baitfish. The fish come in to investigate. Chum can be used in combination with a flasher to bring them even closer and keep them interested. In addition to these techniques, serious spearos are likely to train in a pool, use meditation techniques, and do cardio exercises to increase their breath hold capacity. Many take freediving classes to increase bottom time and safety. While there is no certification required to do it, classes should be a pre-requisite, as freediving is a sport that can lead to “blackout” and death if not practiced correctly. Spearfishing is a beautiful, selective way to catch fish, but it is also physically and mentally demanding. Above all, be safe and happy hunting! Sheri is a world-record holder, host of Speargun Hunter, and producer of The Blue Wild Ocean Adventure Expo in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla. Follow “Sheri Daye” and “The Blue Wild” on Facebook and Instagram.

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t’s all too easy to read fishing articles and have it be entertainment and inspiration instead of education. What can you do to begin to accelerate your learning curve? First, start taking notes. That’s right, this is your leisure time and you’re not in school any more but its time you take your game up a notch. Get a notebook; this could be the back half of the fishing log book you started, and start using it when you read articles in magazine, books or online subscriptions. Review your notes after you finish reading an article and make sure you understand those notes. If not, get in touch with the author if possible and ask. Next, using Google Earth (the program—not Google Maps satellite version) make a game plan based on what you learned from the article. Take screen shots and print them to remind you what your plan is and take these with you in the boat with your notes. Execute the plan, and stay on task. I find that it’s all too easy for a student to begin the plan that was laid out, only to quickly let it evaporate and punt, reverting to old habits once on the water. Hope these notes help you become a better student of your teachers. Always feel free to contact us at TroutSupport.com for support in improving your coastal inshore fishing game. Tobin created TroutSupport.com - tech support for trout and redfish anglers.

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t’s that time of year again to dust off the rods and reels for the 25th Anniversary Sebastian Exchange Club Foundation’s (SECF) Blue Water Open Charity Offshore Tournament. With such a special anniversary, there will be many surprises. Over the previous 24 years the tournament has raised more than $567,000, all of which has gone back to the community and the causes SECF supports. The Exchange Club is all about the prevention of child abuse

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