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oling his skiff through grass in shin-deep water, Capt. Josh Boyles was the first to spot a big redfish crashing bait about 100 yards away. The vast grass beds around Hilton Head, S.C. were inundated in an especially high tide, and we had been working them for a couple hours with limited success. Most of the limited success was blamed on a pair of trout anglers with little saltwater fly fishing experience. Boyles had already put us on a couple fish. We had botched both royally. Conditions seemed right, with plenty of water for reds to push into in search of crabs, but the fish weren’t showing themselves. And we needed to see fish in order to cast to them with one of Boyles’ Swamp Fox flies on an 8-weight fly rod. “I’m not going to lie. This is pretty slow,” Boyles said. “We should be seeing a half-dozen fish at once and trying to decide which one to go after.” With classic tailing redfish behavior, fish root around with their noses in the muck. On the other end, their tails wave above the surface like little beacons. Reds are not hard to find when they do what they’re supposed to. These fish were not cooperating. Instead of seeking tails, we were reduced to watching for unusual wakes and nervous water. Boyles hypothesized the fish might be eating baitfish or shrimp instead of crabs, which would account for their horizontal position in skinny water. As we poled slowly to where the fish was spotted in an open pool amid a sea of grass, I stripped line from the reel and onto the deck. There was no additional sign of the fish, but we had to check it out. The tide was beginning to turn out, and it would take all the fish with it. Boyles had earlier explained why tailing reds are great sport for fly rodders just getting into the saltwater game. Redfish are comfortable in the shallows, so they don’t spook easily. Also, they feed actively and opportunistically in the grass. If they see the fly, they will most likely eat it. When our redfish reappeared, it was right in front of the boat. So close that it made casting difficult. I saw it for a second, but Boyles could see it clear as day from the platform. He began barking instructions. “Two o’clock, about 15 feet out,” he said. “See the wake?” The fish was moving right to left across the bow. I made a timid first cast, which caught the wind and plopped down off target. “Pick it up! Do it again,” Boyles said, urgency entering his voice. “Play the wind. Put it in front of him.” The pressure was on, and the second cast was better. “Strip it… Strip it… Now stop!” Boyles instructed as he watched the action unfold. “Give it a little twitch.” He didn’t have to tell me to set the hook.

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and relaxed, and “becoming one with nature” will you be part of the tribe. This unlikely fraternity of ocean hunters is made up of men and women of all ages, races and socio-economic status. The only rules here are made by Mother Nature, and the only requirement is an unspoken bond with the ocean and a respect for its resources. Unlike our mostly predictable lives, every dive is like a box of chocolates; you never know what you’re gonna get. I’ve experienced a school of mantas flying by, a gentle whaleshark ambling along, a sunfish scratching itself on our anchor line. I’ve experienced the exhilaration of being accepted by a pod of wild dolphins. I’ve been bumped by a hammerhead and stared down by a menacing mako. I’ve endured jellyfish stings, sealice rashes, and a crab in my ear canal. The most thrilling sight of all—after paying your dues—is spotting your prey in the shadows.

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have a friend at work who is horrified by my spearfishing. He asks, “Why don’t you just buy fish at the market? Aren’t you scared of sharks? What’s it like?” I know spearfishing will never be his cup of tea, but I try to explain why it’s mine. The simple answer is it’s fun to jump into tropical water and choose a delicious fish for dinner. But the truth is those flat, warm, fishy days are few and far between. The truth is that weathermen are liars, visibility can turn ugly, and fish are unpredictable. The truth is that underwater hunting is hard work in an alien environment. One of many challenges is to become comfortable underwater—so comfortable that fish believe you belong there. Fish sense herkyjerky motions and aggression, which means you will never be able to stalk them unless you learn to control your movements, and more importantly, your emotions. You must also overcome the primal fear of becoming the hunted, which is ingrained in all of us. And, as a freediver, you must become adept enough to achieve decent breath hold times. Only after persevering, learning to be smooth

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James Wirtz caught this 10-pound, 6-ounce beast from an unnamed Florida lake on June 16.

Deep Summer’s Shallow-Water Option By CAM Staff

ere’s some advice for bass anglers sick of the summertime grind. Instead of dredging out deep ledges or dragging worms on offshore humps, go shallow and beat the banks. Yes. You read that right. In deep summer, bass that aren’t stacked up deep will scatter to seek out the best water conditions and feeding opportunities they can find. And while you probably shouldn’t throw all your tournamentday hopes into this pattern, which really is hit-or-miss, hitting it right can lead to some of the biggest largemouths of the summer. Wave action is a key to this pattern. On lakes with heavy boat traffic and on windy days, waves slamming into the banks oxygenate water. While water conditions across the rest of the lake are hot and stagnant this time of year, the shallows offer higher oxygen levels that attract baitfish and bass. By the same token, the backs of creeks with some current often offer better oxygen levels as well as cooler water. Vegetation oxygenates water, also, and provides shade from the stifling sun. Bait is another reason big fish will be up shallow. All of the bream species—the bluegills, shellcrackers, redbreasts and others—spawn during the full moons of summer. When they bed up in colonies, they do it in the shallows, often in just a couple feet of water. Bream beds are buffets for big largemouths, which hang just off the beds waiting on any strays small enough to fit in their mouths. Now, beating the banks all day looking for one big fish in the scorching August heat doesn’t sound like much fun. But that one kicker fish you need to bolster a tournament limit is not likely to be hanging out with all those 2-pounders suspended on a deep ledge. These are also great tactics for fun fishing, when you’ve got the luxury to only fish the comfortable morning and evening hours. In low light, a buzzbait burned around a bream bed or in the shadows of a blowdown can be just the thing to draw a reaction strike from a big girl lazing in the shallows. Running a spinnerbait, bladed jig or square-bill crankbait around and under shallow docks can be very productive. Resist the urge to slow down and pick apart cover with a jig or worm. Shallow fish will be scattered this time of year, so it makes sense to cover a lot of water. Hit all the stumps, grass, rocks and any other cover you encounter. Keep moving, but do it slowly and quietly. Keep your distance, and make long casts. Sound travels far and fish spook easily in the shallows.

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lorida is home to some of the best and most diverse fishing on earth. The state also offers unmatched access to its fisheries. But with easy access comes a great challenge: fishing pressure. Fishing pressure results when

a population of fish is overexposed to fishing activity. Fish are capable learners with strong survival instincts; they become progressively more difficult to fool and catch as they experience our repeated attempts to capture them. Since they

pass their survival prowess on to their offspring, subsequent generations are empowered to avoid capture. Therefore, every fisherman should learn to cope with this obstacle so they may enjoy a lifetime of productive fishing regardless of how the future of Florida’s fisheries unfolds. While the less-traveled offshore waters may not show the effects of fishing pressure, the most accessible waterways in the state certainly do. This impacts many of our favorite gamefish, including inshore icons such as tarpon, snook, redfish and sea trout. The state gamefish, largemouth bass, is also subject to immense pressure. Fortunately, there are steps every angler can take to ensure even the wariest gamefish can be tempted to strike. The first is to use stealth when stalking your target species. The best way to avoid spooking fish is to not alert them to your presence in the first place. When fish know you’re there, they instantly become more difficult to catch. Be careful with every move, whether wading, walking a shoreline or positioning a boat. When you find fish that won’t bite, consider making a move. The problem for most fishermen is they prefer to fish easily accessible locations. The easier the access, the higher the pressure, and this shows

in how fish react to baits. Seek out locations that are more difficult to get to. Give yourself some space, and the results will speak for themselves. If you find fish that won’t bite and decide not to move, a good alternative would be to show them a finesse approach. Downsize lures and baits, cast quietly, and eliminate components of the rig a fish may find intimidating. A final remedy for fishing pressure is simply to fish off times. A dozen or more fishermen in the area around you is not ideal, neither are boat motors, jet skis and loud radios. By fishing the times when others are least likely to be on the water—think late at night and very early morning—you give yourself a tremendous advantage. While graveyard shifts might not be as relaxing as sitting on a beach chair in the afternoon sun, the fishing is likely to be more productive. Although fishing pressure is a growing problem, it presents an opportunity for anglers willing to take the steps to prepare for it. With a little know-how and proper execution, you can keep your rod bent on any of Florida’s fabled waterways. John Saporito is a lifelong fisherman and student of the seas.Visit him online at guerillaangling.com.

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he rod slammed down. I hit the lever to engage the electric reel. It growled and started winching up something big from the bottom 175 feet below. The rod twitched and bounced as it pulled in line. Then the monster from the bottom almost stopped the electric reel. The rod bent for all it was worth. The reel stopped, and the line broke. We were all speechless. I was fishing with my friend Andrew and new friends Darrel, Brent and Gene. We were 52 miles out of Panama City Beach on Andrew’s 43-foot Yellowfin. It was one of those nearly perfect days, with the smoothest water I’ve seen in a long time. It was the first time Darrel had ever been fishing, and it was Brent’s first deep sea trip. On the way out to deep water, we saw a float and circled back to find a school of small mahi mahi hanging around it. I occasionally forget things when loading the boat, which is hard to believe because I keep everything but the kitchen sink on the boat. Well, somehow 14 rods seemed like enough. Trouble was, all the spinning setups were left behind. “Well, this is going to be tough, but we can catch these mahi with bait casters,” Andrew said. He rigged one up with a small hook and weight and cast it out. He handed it to Darrel, who hooked his first fish ever. He was all smiles when that mahi came over the rail. I remembered

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my first bluegill I caught with my dad years ago. I know how good Darrel felt. At the first drop, we rigged rods with 8/0 Owner Circle hooks and 1.5-ounce weights. Soon we were catching all kinds of fish off the bottom: some red snapper, black grouper and some really nice trigger fish. Brent hooked one fish that put up a real fight. He was making ground, when all of a sudden it yanked hard enough to pull Brent to the rail. Then the line lost all its resistance. There was still weight, but no fight. As it neared the top in the clear blue water, you could see the head of a nice red grouper sheared in half by a big shark. As we continued our day, we moved around, dropped some live pinfish and caught more snappers, and groupers. We encountered a grass line with a bunch of mahi on it and caught a few small ones before I had a big bull break off right at the boat. I know I had the kid-who-dropped-hisice-cream look on my face. The last spot was the big fish bottom. Live baits were put down and the bite was on. We all got a shot at some big fish in this spot, but they kept breaking us off. The two electric reels gave it their best shot, but to no avail. You really couldn’t ask for a better day with friends on the water. Contact Gary Turner at gary@purgeright.com.

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ade fishing comes natural to me. It’s the preferred method of inshore fishing where I grew up on the Texas Gulf Coast. And for those willing to give it a try, it’s a great way to catch fish wherever the bottom composition allows. Wading is a great way to catch fish all year long, and it is a perfect way to keep cool and catch fish during the dog days of August. It also puts you in tune with your surroundings, the bottom contour and structure, and gives you the ability to stealthily cover an area more efficiently. Here are some guidelines I follow on a hot August morning: I start early, and I’m in the water before safe light. Starting under the cover of darkness gives you an edge. Tossing a topwater lure tight to the shoreline is my go-to method. There is nothing more exhilarating than a blow up under the cover of darkness, and amplify that by 10 when the lure is near you! I start out near the shore and fan cast in all directions to thoroughly cover 180 degrees around me. Start with short casts and gradually increase

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your distance when entering a new area. If you start by casting as far as you can and catch a fish, you will ruin any opportunity of getting a strike from the fish that were between you and the end of that long cast. This is truer in a skinny-water environment than in deeper water. I like to change my retrieve every few casts to see if a particular cadence outperforms others. My cadence is also determined by the type of fish I am targeting. Trout and reds have no problem hitting a lure on the pause, but snook will shy away from a motionless plug. As the sun begins to rise, I might or might not change my lure. For bass anglers, keep in mind that while bass might be less eager to hit topwater during a high sun, saltwater fish do not appear to mind. If they are still eating on top, I will not switch, but if

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Bryce wants to continue his education by attending college like his older brother Connor who is already fishing for Bryan College in Southern Tennessee. Connor recently finished in second place at the BASS Nation College Series while going to school with a paid scholarship for fishing. Now that Davis has graduated high school, he has decided to try his hand in the construction trade, training in plumbing and the HVAC trade. The brothers’ recent finish at the State Championship qualifies them as well as the team of Grady Windham & Justin Lawrence to represent Team Florida at the BASS Nation High School National event scheduled in October of this year in Kentucky. Only a small handful of young anglers qualify for this prestigious event and to have 2 teams from the Seminole Jr. Angler is quite a feat, not to mention they have sent 2 or more teams the last 3 years. 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Annually the Jr. Anglers’ as well as their parents provide their services to the Gumbo Wars event held at Fish on Fire Restaurant where all proceeds raised are donated to local Youth fishing programs like theirs, water conservation efforts and college scholarship funds for Teen Sportfishing Assocation and F.O.W.A. (Florida Outdoor Writers Assocation). Seminole Jr. Anglers new season starts in August of this year and are looking for High School anglers, if you know so kids that love to fish and have any interest in getting involved contact Dave or Phil for more info. These anglers also need Captains for each of their events t provide a boat to fish out of. If you would like to put a smile on a young anglers face and are into bass fishing it is a great way to mentor these kids teaching them different techniques and spending a fun day on the water. Captains provide the service of driving the anglers around and are not allowed to fish, help with landing bass and are not allowed to run the trolling motor. The anglers pay for the fuel used in the vessel and pay their require entry fees. The group is always looking for sponsor help either from products or donations for expenses for their National events. If you can help in anyway please let us know! Their Annual Fund Raiser “Bass Bash” Tournament to be held in February of 2021 at Boat Tree on the St. Johns River is open to the public and is always a huge success, join us for the weigh-in or get involved by volunteering your services. Please congratulate these fine young anglers for their success and wish them the best of luck at the Nationals in October in Kentucky. Bring the title back to Seminole Junior Anglers! COASTALANGLERMAG.COM • THEANGLERMAG.COM

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Panfish are eating crickets and insects on days they have a hatch. Target them on the downstream bends adjacent to deeper water. Fish moving water but look for the areas where the flow creates Early means before daylight until eddies and slower water. In the around 9:00 am. Take advantage lakes, use red worms over sandy of schooling bass early at the or shell bottom. Catfish like mouths of the lakes where the to feed where the water is fast St. Johns exits the lakes. Lipless moving. After a couple days of crankbaits like a Rattle Trap, or heavy rain, target them in deep a shallow suspending slash bait bends with just enough weight to like a Rapala X-Rap will get lots hold bottom and a half a piece of of action. Don’t blind cast or fan fresh peeled shrimp. Try an egg cast – the key is to land the bait sinker to allow the bait to slowly right on top of the surface striking roll. Cast upstream of the deep fish. Wait to see the fish striking holes in the river bend and allow it shad on top and then quickly and to roll down the drop off. accurately place the lure. If the 2 6 CENTRAL FLORIDA

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West Lake Toho - The summer Bass bite has been improving with the best times to fish in the early morning and late evening. Summer rains have kept the flood control gates open every few days. The water quality is clear. Goblins Cove is still producing good numbers of Bass; fishing with live shiners over Hydrilla. Fish the canal entrances at sunrise for good top water action. Every morning at sunrise, Bass can be found schooling on Shad; anywhere there is flow. It usually lasts 30 minutes after sunrise. Try big Beetle Spins, and the M-5 Rapala for best action. Bluegill - I have been trying a new tactic this summer. A good way to beat the heat. I have been fishing at nighttime in the canals using a fly rod, throwing popping bugs up against the bank. On a

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color. If you’re bream fishing, live red wrigglers and crickets work best rigged with 6 lb. test line on ultra-light spinning gear. Depending on my customers and their comfort level, I will also tip it with a light split shot weight and small bobber or no weight and a bobber with a bobber stop, one at the top of the bobber and one below for your depth. Areas to try on the North-end: parts of Kings Bar; Indian Prairie and Bird Island. On the East Side, some areas around J & S and Hendry Creek. If you want to fish the East Side just be cautious of the shallower areas when coming off plane, then idle to your fishing area. On the South-End areas around Kreamer and Rita Island have been good as well To book your next fun-filled, productive fishing trip on Lake Okeechobee call 863-228-7263 or www.southfloridabassfishing.com. I can accommodate multiple day trips as well as group trips. My Sponsors include: G-Loomis rods; Lews; Gill; Maui-Jim; Mercury Marine; Real Magic; Pradco Brands; Mega Strike; BnM Poles; Bullet weights; MidSouth Tackle and Gene Larew.

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This is a great way to imitate a bream or bluegill that are in prime spawning season. If your electronics have side imaging capabilities, you will see the beds and they look like the surface of a golf ball dimples everywhere. When you find these areas, you might also be able to smell them too. Fishing a chatterbait in green pumpkin or black and blue color are my two favorites for this area. Also finesse techniques such as a wacky rigged plastic senko is hard to beat for plenty of numbers. Junebug, black and blue or watermelon red would be my go-to colors. I also keep a lipless crankbait tied on to use as a search bait. I like to find areas on computer mapping. Always understanding how to pattern fish and how they relate to time of the year can really pay off for fun fishing or in tournaments. If you’re interested in booking your own guided bass fishing charter on The Harris Chain email or call Captain Mark.

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Hello Friends - I hope everyone has remained safe both on and off the water these past several months. It has been difficult to say the least. I am praying that our fishing community abides by the rules, wears their favorite buff and keeps their distance. Just buy a bigger boat so you can truly social distance - Haha! Your Seminole Junior Anglers wrapped up their 2019 - 2020 fishing season with a bang! The Florida State Championship was held June 12 thru 14 on Lake Seminole in Bainbridge, GA. There were more than 100 High Schools competing for the title of State Champ. Although we didn’t win it this year, we had two teams come in the top 10 - Temperly/Grace and Lawrence/Windham plus we had another two teams come in the top 20 DiMauro/DiMauro and Kenyon/Ashley. Congratulations to all our teams who competed in this event and thank you boat captains and sponsors. Please congratulate another great accomplishment by team DiMauro/ DiMauro - they repeated as Florida Bass Nation High School Team of the Year! To win this award once in four years is amazing but to go back to back.... is nearly impossible. Davis is a graduating senior this year and his younger brother Bryce is just a sophomore. Congratulations to this team! They are also headed to Nationals in October to fish with Team Florida. Grady Windham and Justin Lawrence will also be heading north in October to fish KY Lake with Team Florida. Your SJA team has two teams representing Team Florida in this year’s National Competition. Wish us Luck!

Near-shore fishing along Florida’s Space Coast in August is often governed by water temperatures, which have a tendency to fluctuate from season to season by the influences of cold-water upwelling and tropical weather systems. As long as the water stays warm and calm (above 80 degrees), look for pods of baitfish (pogies) to move in close to the beach. These bait pods are often shadowed by predator species like large tarpon, smoker kings, blacktip and spinner sharks, jack crevalle, bonito and redfish. Therefore, angling success often depends on locating and fishing around bait school concentrations inshore along the beach.

Near the end of the month as we begin to approach the fall mullet run, look for snook fishing in the surf to improve as they move into the surf break to feed. Hard plastic slash baits like a Rapala X-Rap, or imitation mullet are going to get a strike. Remember, snook season opens September 1st - please handle and release these breeder fish with extreme care. In August, spotted sea trout and redfish are the primary targets of inshore anglers on the Lagoon flats. Anglers should focus their efforts in areas of mullet schools throwing top water weedless plugs in the early morning and late afternoon hours, or at night. As the day grows longer switch tactics to live bait (pigfish) or DOA CAL Jigs or soft plastic jerk shad fished on the deeper edges of the flats.

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August offshore fishing can sometimes be a challenge. The cold water is usually still around and causing issues for bottom fishing and finding bait. By cold water, I’m talking about the yearly thermocline. Just because you can’t get a bottom bite going doesn’t mean the bottom fish don’t come up in the water column a little. Get on the wrecks and chum. You will find the cold pushes the fish up. They try to get to the warm water level. It’s not uncommon at all to see amberjack, snapper, cobia, mangroves, and many other species not far from the surface. Picking out the biggest fish can be fun.

out deep, go to 8a and troll fast through the reef. We catch many fish even wahoo on 8a reef. Kingfish should continue to do well, many fish in the 40/50lb class have been caught recently. Fast troll is difficult with pogies, use ballyhoos and high-speed lures. Nearshore beach fishing is going to really be picking up. The tarpon are there and rolling every day. Beach fishing in 20-30 feet is a blast. You’d be amazed how shallow all these fish come in; Kings, bonito, crevalle’s and many other fun-fighting fish. Look for the schools of bunker (pogies/ menhaden shad). When you find them, you will find the fish – start fishing. Don’t leave the bait schools as the predators will be nearby.

Shark fishing is about as good as it gets right now. If you’re looking for some fun with the kids, anchor up in 20 feet off the beach and hold on. Good luck and we Mahi - cold water really pushes hope to see you out there! www. those mahi up in the stream as firedupcharters.com well. Get out there and put your best baits out. Now is the time to get them. If you have no luck AUGUST 2020

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Thank you to all our current sponsors: Orlando Coastal Angler Magazine, Gumbo Wars Inc., Mud Hole Custom Tackle, Onyx Life Jackets, Airport Chrysler Jeep Dodge, Kysek Coolers, Oakley Sunglasses, Starbrite Products, Lews, Shimano, Collins Dental, American Excavating, Citizen’s Bank of Oviedo, DBG Promotions, Sun Ray Paving, B&B Jigs, Eco Pro Tungsten, ATT Trail Elite Anglers, Tuskawilla Bassmaster’s, AFTCO, Bitter’s Bait and Tackle, and many more! We would also like to thank our Captains who support our High School Anglers. We couldn’t do this without you!

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It has been a fun and exciting year for Seminole Junior High School Anglers. We start back up in August 2020 and need High School anglers! If you know someone who would love to fish in a competitive team tournament environment, please call me to discuss opportunities on our high school team trail. We are also looking for Sponsors to help get us back to Nationals. If you know an individual, business, or club who would like to sponsor our two National Teams - contact me please.

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(386) 668-4491 Rd, DeBary, FL 32713 488 W668-4491 Highbanks (386) 488WWHighbanks HighbanksRd, Rd,DeBary, DeBary,FLFL32713 32713 www.campresort.com 488 www.campresort.com www.campresort.com 14 - Boat Tree Marina (407) 322-1610 14- Boat -Carraway BoatTree TreeMarina (407) 322-1610 4370 Pl,Marina Sanford, FL322-1610 32771 14 (407) 4370Carraway CarrawayPl,Pl,Sanford, Sanford,FLFL32771 32771 www.boattree.com 4370 www.boattree.com www.boattree.com 21 - Bitters Bait & Tackle (407) 699-6619 -US Bitters Bait Tackle(407) (407) 699-6619 6521 N Hwy 17 92, Longwood, FL 32750 21 - Bitters Bait &&Tackle 699-6619 65NNUS USHwy Hwy171792,92,Longwood, Longwood,FLFL32750 32750 www.bittersbaitandtackle.com 65 www.bittersbaitandtackle.com www.bittersbaitandtackle.com 43 - Bithlo Bait & Tackle (321) 355-0591 43- Bithlo - Bithlo Bait&& Tackle (321)355-0591 355-0591 17162 Old Cheney Hwy, Orlando, FL 32833 43 Bait Tackle (321) 17162Old OldCheney CheneyHwy, Hwy,Orlando, Orlando,FLFL32833 32833 17162 10 - Get Hooked Bait & Tackle (407) 704-8755 - GetHooked Hooked Bait Tackle (407)704-8755 704-8755 670 Ave, Ocoee, FL 34761 1010- Kissimmee Get Bait &&Tackle (407) 670Kissimmee KissimmeeAve, Ave,Ocoee, Ocoee,FLFL34761 34761 670 44 - Big Toho Marina (407) 846-2124 - BigToho Toho Marina (407)846-2124 69 Lakeview Dr., Kissimmee, FL846-2124 34741 4444 - Big Marina (407) 60 - Next Level Inc. “Florida Marine Customs” LakeviewDr., Dr.,Kissimmee, Kissimmee,FLFL34741 34741 6969Lakeview 60- Next -704-5676 NextLevel Level Inc. “FloridaMarine Customs” (407) • 87 W.“Florida Michigan St.Marine Orlando, FL 32806 60 Inc. Customs” (407)704-5676 704-5676• 87 • 87W.W.Michigan MichiganSt.St.Orlando, Orlando,FLFL32806 32806 45 - Wojo’s Bait & Tackle (407) 891-1003 info@floridamarinecustoms.com (407) - Wojo’s Bait& &Tackle Tackle (407) 891-1003 Oak Park Center, 4245 13th(407) St, St891-1003 Cloud, FL 34769 4545- Wojo’s Bait info@floridamarinecustoms.com info@floridamarinecustoms.com OakPark ParkCenter, Center,4245 424513th 13thSt,St,StStCloud, Cloud,FLFL34769 34769 Oak Boat improvement / Service & Repair

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26 - DWR Plumbing LLC. (407) 293-3717 -All DWR Plumbing LLC. (407) 293-3717 6344 American Blvd, Orlando, FL 32810 2626- DWR Plumbing LLC. (407) 293-3717 6344AllAllAmerican AmericanBlvd, Blvd,Orlando, Orlando,FLFL32810 32810 6344 27 - Orlando Painting Service (407) 896-0839 - Orlando Painting ServicePark, (407) 896-0839 6527-Harold Ave, suite B, Service Winter FL 32789 27 Orlando Painting (407) 896-0839 65Harold HaroldAve, Ave,suite suiteB,B,Winter WinterPark, Park,FLFL32789 32789 www.orlandopaintingservice.com 65 www.orlandopaintingservice.com www.orlandopaintingservice.com 28 - Millennium Electric (407) 420-2001 -Edgewater Millennium Electric (407) 420-2001 4340 Dr, Orlando, FL 32804 2828- Millennium Electric (407) 420-2001 4340Edgewater EdgewaterDr, Dr,Orlando, Orlando,FLFL32804 32804 www.millennium-electric.com 4340 www.millennium-electric.com www.millennium-electric.com

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(407) 349-5554 4650 E349-5554 State Rd 46, Geneva, FL 32732 (407) (407) 349-5554 4650EEEState StateRd Rd46, 46,Geneva, Geneva,FL FL32732 32732 www.thejollygator.com 4650 4650 State Rd 46, Geneva, FL 32732 www.thejollygator.com www.thejollygator.com www.thejollygator.com 39 - Fish on Fire (407) 812-6881 39- -Fish -Daetwyler Fishon onFire Fire (407) 812-6881 7937 Dr, Orlando, FL 32812 39 (407) 812-6881 39 Fish on Fire (407) 812-6881 7937Daetwyler DaetwylerDr, Dr,Orlando, Orlando,FL FL32812 32812 www.fishonfireorlando.com 7937 7937 Daetwyler Dr, Orlando, FL 32812 www.fishonfireorlando.com www.fishonfireorlando.com www.fishonfireorlando.com 40 - High Tide Harry’s (407) 273-4422 40- -High -SHigh High TideHarry’s Harry’s (407)273-4422 273-4422 4645 Semoran Blvd, Orlando, FL 32822 40 Tide (407) 40 Tide Harry’s (407) 273-4422 4645SSSemoran SSemoran SemoranBlvd, Blvd,Orlando, Orlando,FL FL32822 32822 www.hightideharrys.com 4645 4645 Blvd, Orlando, FL 32822 www.hightideharrys.com www.hightideharrys.com www.hightideharrys.com 33 - Boston’s Fish House (407) 678-2107 33- -Boston’s -Boston’s Boston’s FishHouse House (407) 678-2107 Aloma Square Fish Shopping Center, 6860 Aloma Ave, 33 (407) 678-2107 33 Fish House (407) 678-2107 AlomaSquare Square Shopping Center,6860 6860Aloma AlomaAve, Ave, Winter Park, FL 32792 Center, Aloma Shopping Aloma Square Shopping Center, 6860 Aloma Ave, WinterPark, Park,FL FL32792 32792 www.bostonsfishhouse.com Winter Winter Park, FL 32792 www.bostonsfishhouse.com www.bostonsfishhouse.com www.bostonsfishhouse.com

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Most years you’d say Captain Lukas Brickweg leads a pretty good life. During the summer you’ll find Brickweg in Ketchikan Alaska running salmon and halibut charters for Baranot Fishing Excursions (https:// exclusivealaska.com/). The rest of the year he frequents the beaches of east central Florida, taking clients on surf fishing charters (https:// cocoabeachsurffishingcharters.com/).

What have the charter captains been doing with all their down time? The same thing a lot of folks are doing. “I’m mainly catching up on my very long around the house to do list , also keeping my boat and tackle ready to fish as always,” says Savedow. “During this health crisis, I have been spending more time with my Fiance’ on our 150-acre south Georgia farm,” adds Douthit.

Then comes 2020 and COVID-19. Like a lot of other folks, the pandemic slammed Brickweg hard. In March, beaches closed and tourism ground to a halt, killing Brickweg’s prime spring break charter season. It only got worse from there. A bulk of Brickweg’s annual earnings comes during the summers in Alaska thanks to a plethora of cruise ship patrons looking to sample Alaska’s legendary fishing. This bounty disappeared when the entire 2020 Alaska cruise season was canceled.

Guides have also been fun fishing with family and friends with their unexpected free time. “ I have been spending a little more time saltwater fishing in Steinhatchee,” says Douthit. “Having more then usual free time to venture out and explore new waters and the coast, has been nice,” notes Summers.

For many fishing guides, business and money is seasonal, subject to fish migrations, periods of favorable weather, popular travel times for tourist and other factors. An unfortunate event at the wrong time can wipe out much of a year’s worth of income, something guides have had to deal with before. “I started my professional fishing guide service in 2004”, says Captain Angie Douthit, a bass fishing guide on Lake Okeechobee and Bienville Plantation (https://www.southfloridabassfishing.com/). “I dealt with the 2005 very active hurricane season which impacted my entire fishing season in 2006. Then the economy crash of 2009, another entire season lost! Now, 2020 is a 3/4 lost of income due to COVID-19.”

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The timing of the pandemic was particularly damaging to Florida guides who rely heavily on a busy spring tourism season. I asked around and here is what guides had to say about the impact of COVID-19 on their business. Captain Mike Savedow (https://edgewaterriverguide.com/) “My guide business has been down dramatically as my client base is about 75% visitors and tourists. My long time regulars as well as prospective new clients are staying home, not taking trips to Central Florida.”

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Captain Tony Summers (https://www.floridafishguide.com/) “With all 38 trips I had scheduled cancelling and the abrupt stop of phone calls, it’s been a rough few months.” Captain Mark Wyckoff (http://cprbasscharters.com ) “COVID-19 has been a pretty trying time with this being the busy time of the year for charters with families visiting the Sunshine State.” Captain Glyn Austin (https://goingcoastalcharters.com/) “April was almost a complete shutdown for us and May started very slow. April is normally our busiest month of the year. Most of my customers travel for spring break and they quit coming down.”

A lot of guides have side gigs. Austin and Summers have made a little money during their down time doing boat maintenance and repairs for clients. Wyckoff’s side gig is a full time job that got busier with the pandemic. “I am a Full time Firefighter EMT here for a small department in Central Florida,” says Wyckoff. “That has been pretty steady with calls, and training for work keeps me busy.” Brickweg has used the COVID-19 downtime to serve his community. “I have a beneficial skill to be able to provide food from the sea,” says Brickweg. “I’ve taken responsibility for that role in initiating programs in Florida and Alaska to donate time, equipment and resources to feeding families in the community. Getting local families outside for a fun family experience helps ease the mental and economic burden of this unprecedented situation.” As the pandemic restrictions relax, bars, restaurants, gyms and other businesses are opening back up. Many folks are returning to work. Fishing guides are also returning to their charters business, but for many, much of their income for the year is already lost. If you have the means, consider booking a local fishing guide, perhaps one of the ones in this article or the ones who write fishing reports for this magazine. If you are not interested in fishing during the hot Florida summer, you can buy a gift certificate and take the trip when the weather is more comfortable. Rest assured, guides are doing their best to make their charters as safe as possible. “We are sanitizing our boats and gear after every outing even more thoroughly than before,” notes Captain Jim Ross (https:// finelinefishingcharters.com/). Some guides, like Ross, are taking the safety of their clients even further by spraying rods, reels and other touch points with COVID killing sanitizers, like Star Brite Performacide, before every trip. So if you’ve been thinking fishing with a central Florida pro, now is a great time to hire a local charter captain. They are motivated and ready to help you have a great time on the water, and they could sure use your business.

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Kayak fishing has grown in leaps and bounds over the years with advancements in gear and tackle. With these advancements has come a wiliness to venture far from the traditionally though of safe still waters of lagoons and lakes. Most notably anglers want to take on large fish in an open ocean setting from a small plastic boat! Ocean fishing in kayaks has become an immensely popular rendition of kayak fishing and for good reason. Obviously kayak fishing in “big water” has its own set of challenges, but it also has some pretty appealing results. Anglers have bested fish that were once thought to be a challenge even from fully rigged sportfish boats with full professional crews. Marlin, sailfish, thresher sharks, large tuna, massive tarpon, and more have fallen to a single angler in seaworthy kayaks. Aside from the inherent safety precautions that must be taken when venturing a couple miles out into the ocean regardless if you are on a boat or kayak an angler must manage their expectations. If you’ve spent your time chasing redfish or bass in still waters don’t expect to drive to south Florida and immediately become the sailfish master without some serious work and most likely some help from others. Understanding the fish that you will likely encounter and the conditions you are likely to face is paramount to your success and enjoyment of the day. Here in East central Florida the ocean is relatively shallow for miles out, so your pelagic fish like mahi, sailfish, and tuna are not expected to be found. We tend to focus on the large tarpon, kingfish, triple tail, and even the occasional cobia for our ocean bound kayak adventures. We also have significantly more surf and wave action than the folks that kayak fish off of south Florida beaches. We have a mere few months of good seas that are conducive for beach launch of kayaks where those south of us can target ocean fish practically year round. Over the years kayak guides have sprung up in just about any area you wish to attempt to overcome these more challenging fisheries and they are a great way to get a foothold and start off right. Couple that with endless literature on the subject and one should be able to take on the fish of a lifetime safely and successfully all over our state.

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red sand. We go our limit of pompano and whiting, then moved on to Highbridge and Bass Avenue, which are ultimate pristine beaches. After that we headed to Varn Park and up to Jungle Hut Beach. We didn’t do as well, but caught a few quality fish, then headed up to Matanzas for flounder, sheepshead, pompano, whiting, and bluefish. At Matanzas Inlet we ran into people from everywhere fishing. It was great talking to people, and sharing stories back and forth. Now its time to head home, the fish are heading to the smoker and so am I!

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round out the species list when targeting the snapper in and around the Port this month. White or chartreuse ½ ounce R&R tackle Upperman style bucktail jigs with Bang or Pro-Cure scent applied to them are another good option. Along the beaches outside of the Port, anglers will still find tarpon, shark, jack, bonito, and king mackerel on most days. The water is hot, and the sun rising in the sky won’t do anything to help this, so get out early and concentrate your efforts around bait pods. Most of these pods will be holding in deeper water than they have been over the last two months, so look for them in the 30 to 40-foot depths. Another good place to concentrate your fishing efforts is along the edges of the shipping channel. The depths vary from 30 to 45-feet of water here and you can find bait along this drop off on most days. The various types of sharks and most of the king mackerel will typically scale from about 10 to 35 pounds. The tarpon will normally run from about 50 to 150-pounds, and the jacks usually run 15 to 25 pounds this time of the year. Live menhaden, greenies, and pilchards rigged on an 7/0 to 9/0 sized VMC 7385 circle hook are your top producer when it comes to the tarpon. The shark and kingfish will generally get caught on a wire stinger rig with the same baits attached. You can also cast large plugs around some of the bait pods found along the coast with good results when the fish are feeding aggressively.

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BY CAPT. LUKAS BRICKWEG Beach fishing in Brevard during the past to predatory species weeks has been impressive, and surf fishing like redfish, snook, anglers will continue to reap the rewards in flounder and sharks. August. Pompano catches continue to impress Using this approach for this seasonal time period. In addition, there’s is the most effective way of been consistent catches of big snook, whiting and targeting the diversity of fish available. sharks. Pick a target Snook fishing species to have the on the beach from proper surf fishing the Sebastian Inlet gear required for the north to Patrick Air task at hand. Force Base has been Typically during red hot. If you ever this time of the year, dreamed of hooking we at Cocoa Beach into a large snook, Surf Fishing Charters now is the time. Surf will run a multi-rod casting a live bait rig setup to acquire the for these giants has smattering of species yielded astonishing available. Based on results. Mullet and recent beach fishing croakers, which can charters, we have half be caught in the the rods dedicated to surf and hooked fishing for pompano, onto a live bait rig, whiting, sheepshead have been the ticket and drum, with the to success. With remainder of our surf Brevard’s extremely Snook fishing in Central Florida is on fire! fishing rigs dedicated calm summer surf COASTALANGLERMAG.COM • THEANGLERMAG.COM

conditions in August, a variety of rods can be easily maintained due to the lack of wind and current. Cast live bait rigs into the deepest part nearest to the shoreline, referred to as the trough. Use of a 40-60 lb. fluorocarbon leader with a 4/0 to 6/0 circle attached is a must. With that being said, always match the size of the bait to the hook size to correlate. These giant snook are out of season currently, so make sure to have a healthy landing and clean release. Don’t take them out of the water for too long and always support their belly with your other hand. Also, be careful of the gill plate on the side of the head, which can act as a serrated blade causing deep lacerations if improperly handled. There’s no telling how long this exceptional opportunity will persist. Visit your local bait shops for the most recent trends in the bite. If there was any time to attempt a grand slam of surf fishing, it is right now. Prepare surf fishing equipment at home prior to the planned day so everything will be in order for success. Fishbites, sand fleas, and shrimp for the the pompano and whiting fishing have been the ticket. Dedicate the other rods with a fish finder rig with the live baits mentioned. Then hang on and have fun!

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and Twitchin’ Minnow. If soft baits are your preference, go with Storm Coastal 4” jerkbaits and paddle tails or the ABOA Dartspin rigged on a 1/8 ounce jighead in the mullet pattern. Look for bait pods along the beaches from Melbourne down to Sebastian to target tarpon, cobia, snook, jack crevalle, kingfish and sharks. If anglers have live bait, fish the trough for snook and redfish, as well as the occasional tarpon looking for a meal. Looking for snook and redfish in the inlet, use live bait along the jetties in the day and fish Rapala X-Rap Long Cast 14 lures, bucktails, Hogy 7” jigging eels pr ABOA Dartspin on a 2 ounce jighead at night off the jetties for consistent action.

Early morning focus on the creeks from Melbourne down to Sebastian for snook, tarpon, sharks and big jacks. After the heavy rains, fish the spillways with live baits or fish the Storm WildEye Pro Paddle Tails and ABOA Dartspin in the deeper waters. For a hard bait, use the Rapala Twitchin’ Mullet and Minnow for good success on snook and juvenile tarpon. Anglers can also target the shorelines, docks and oyster bars for snook, and may even find a few flounder, too.

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altwater fly fishing, in my opinion, is one of the most exciting experiences for an angler. Hello, and welcome to this month’s issue of Pro Tip. My name is Capt. Jonathan Moss of Go Castaway Fishing Charters and I am thrilled to have you on board! Presenting a fly made of feathers and fur to a fish and watching it’s natural instinct kick in as it eats, is the pinnacle of fly fishing. That is the thrill, experience, and adrenaline rush that all fly fishers seek. And what does it all have in common? Casting fly line. Fly line can be frustrating. It seems to find any and everything to snag. Trolling motors, cleats, casting platform brackets, shoes, whatever it is, fly line will wrap its self around it. These are all things anglers can work on and pay attention to but one easy and commonly overlooked aspect of fly line is it’s cleanliness. Clean fly will always cast smoother and farther as there is less dirt and grime attached which causes friction while casting. Cleaning fly line is very simple and in this article I want to offer a very easy and cheap solution to cleaning fly line. To get the started you will need the following: 1. Bucket/container with warm water. 2. Mild dish soap. 3. Paper towels or a clean micro fiber rag. 4. Fly line dressing and cleaning pad (Extra step that is worth the expense) Step 1: Strip the fly line from the reel and soak for 15 minutes in a bucket with warm water and dish soap. Step 2: Rinse the line in the sink and let soak for 15 minutes in a bucket with just warm water. You can reuse the first bucket, just be sure to rinse the soap out well. Step 3: Dry and wipe the line by pulling the line through a paper towel or micro fiber towel. Be sure to apply tension while pulling the line to dry and wipe as much extra grime residue off the line. Step 4: Reel the now clean line back on to the spool. It is during this step that if desired, a fly line dressing and cleaning pad may be used. Dressing and cleaning pads do make a difference but are not required. Pictured is Bob from a recent trip with a nice juvenile tarpon on fly!

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targeting truly big fish. Snook will eat any small fish as well as live shrimp and crabs. Pilchards and other schooling baitfish make for good chum and bait. But if you’re specifically after the fish of a lifetime, sink a big hung of cut bait to the bottom. Large mullet heads and ladyfish heads are known for producing trophy-size snook. Morning, evening and night will be

the best times to fish, as snook are notoriously nocturnal. Sure, 20-inch snook caught in the backcountry on flies or soft-plastic shrimp are a ton of fun, and you can do that through the fall and winter. But summertime is your best opportunity to land a snook that’ll make your jaw drop and your reel scream. So get your hands stinky with some real bait and catch the fish of a lifetime. Just be sure to take care with the fish and revive it well before release. Those big snook are responsible for making the next generation of fish for us to catch.

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n over 30 years fishing the flats at Luquillo, Puerto Rico, two of the funniest people I met there were Reggie and Manny, a couple of pals from New Jersey on their first visit to the island. I had waded a few yards from shore, keeping my legs covered with water, so as to stay cool and was having a great time catching and releasing cero mackerel, which are related to Spanish macks. As Reggie and Manny walked by, I hooked into one and promptly lost it. “I told you it looked like he was catching fish!” said Reggie. “So, where’s the fish?” Manny asked. “Out in the water, where it belongs,” I replied. “Smart-ass!” Manny shot back as Reggie laughed. Thus, we became friends. The first thing my new pals wanted to know was whether there was a reasonable chance I might catch something while they watched. I explained that the rate of an angler’s success was directly related to the number of fish in the water, divided by the number of people taking note of what the angler was doing, divided again by the probability that the angler in question may well have caught the last fish he was apt to encounter for the rest of the day, which in itself was damn near a sure thing. “That bad?” Reggie marveled. There was always a chance, I offered. “Maybe we might be able to get you to give us one for dinner?” Manny asked hopefully. Now saddled with an audience that expected to be fed, I began to feel the pressure. I got two hits and lost them both at the strike. Another fish took me into a weed bed about 70 feet out before it snapped off. Dinner was beginning to resemble an abstract concept. Still, Reggie was optimistic and he urged me on. I believe I might have eventually met with some success, but for Manny’s query a few minutes later. “Hey, Pete! You mind if I take a dip? It’s getting hot watching you.” Manny waded into the channel I was fishing and submerged. He came back to the surface with a smile on his face. He bobbed about in the water, contemplating the clear blue liquid and feeling it cool him down. He paddled about for 10 minutes before climbing out onto the beach. “We done here?” he asked. “I dunno,” Reggie remarked. “Are we, Peter?” They looked at me with a mixture of expectation and mild disappointment. After all, I had offered the vague promise of a fish dinner, delayed their swimming hour while they waited patiently for it, and then failed to deliver. If I had possessed a conscience, I might have felt awful about it and offered some kind of apology, which I believe my new friends would have graciously accepted, if only out of pity. Instead, we looked out on the ocean wondering where the fish had got to and laughed like hell. Peter Cammann has written fishing stories for magazines and newspapers for over 30 years. He is the author of three books: Fishing Vermont’s Streams and Lakes, Ultralight Spin Fishing and a novel titled SlipNot, all of which are available on amazon.com.

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he population of smalltooth sawfish in the United States experienced a dramatic decline during the 20th century due to overfishing, habitat loss, and the species’ limited reproductive potential. Given the decline, smalltooth sawfish were listed as “endangered” under the Endangered Species Act in 2003. The ultimate goal of the listing is to recover the population to the point that it no longer needs the protections; therefore, NOAA Fisheries convened the U.S. Smalltooth Sawfish Recovery Implementation Team to develop and implement a plan to recover the U.S smalltooth sawfish population. One of the best ways to track the effectiveness of ongoing management and conservation efforts is to collect information about sawfish encounters from divers, fishers and others. Because of their countless hours in the water, we are seeking to partner with the diving community to collect information about their sawfish sightings. Our team developed the guidelines below to inform divers about how to safely and legally enjoy encounters with sawfish: • Keep your distance • Avoid disturbing sawfish • Never chase, feed, or touch them • Share information about encounters Divers should note that advertising expeditions aimed at encountering endangered smalltooth sawfish can be considered “targeting,” which is a violation of the ESA. Therefore, it is strongly urged that the following conservation messaging be included in all advertisements and social media posts regarding sawfish interactions underwater: Sawfish are protected under the Endangered Species Act. Help protect this critically endangered species by following NOAA Fisheries viewing guidelines available at www. SawfishRecovery.org. Share sawfish observations by visiting www.SawfishRecovery.org, calling 1-844-4SAWFISH, and/or emailing sawfish@myfwc.com.

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lso known as the “gray snapper” and to many locals as “mangoes,” the mangrove snapper derives its name given its abundance in Florida’s mangroves. Anglers can find mangoes around shoreline structure year-round. Although larger individuals of the species (14-plus inches) venture offshore once matured, they return to inshore waters from June to September to spawn. Weighing up to 10 pounds as adults, they can be found under docks, along rock lines and bridges all over the Florida coast. With delicious white meat and as a highly sustainable seafood option because of their abundance, mangrove snappers make great table fare. From a boat or from shore, night fishing is the best way to catch mangrove snappers. Cooler waters and darkness result in more aggressive fish. I prefer spinning tackle for chasing mangoes. A 6- to 7-foot medium-light action spinning rod outfitted with a medium spinning reel is a common setup. Use 10- to 20-pound-test braid. The abrasion resistance is necessary because big mangrove snappers are known for bulldogging runs directly to rocks, oyster-covered pilings and other structure. The limited stretch of braid also allows for better sensitivity to bites. A 7- to 10-foot 20- to 30-pound fluorocarbon leader is also key. Mangrove snappers have excellent eyesight, so a tough, low visibility leader can often be a necessity depending on the amount of moonlight when fishing. The additional abrasion-resistance of fluoro as compared to mono can often mean the difference between an unsuccessful trip and one resulting in several offshoresize keepers. In terms of bait, live shrimp or sardines are often the preferred snapper fare, and mangroves can typically be spotted swimming toward the surface to ambush these prey. However, if live bait is unattainable, large cut chunks of pilchards, mullet, ballyhoo or even squid will suffice. A simple fluorocarbon leader tied to a weightless size 1 hook serves as the best low-profile method of naturally presenting bait. A knocker rig is a good second option when fishing waters exceeding 10 feet. When searching for potential structure, look for pilings, bridges and docks with protective cover such as rocks. Mangroves also prefer some current. Some particularly good places to look are jetties close to inlets, which commonly hold large schools of snapper. As ambush predators, mangrove snappers tuck tight to cover and wait for whatever prey might swim by in the current. After locating good structure, cast your bait a few yards up-current, letting the bait drift naturally toward areas where snappers are believed to be hiding. When a mango bites, be patient. They frequently carry a bait back toward cover before swallowing it. After setting the hook, anglers should put pressure on them quickly, as larger snappers take advantage of structures to sever fishing lines.

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f you’re looking for a way to beat the summer heat, fishing a tailwater trout stream is an obvious choice. With predictable flows controlled by hydroelectric dams, these are waters where temperature and oxygen content remain relatively stable year round. For trout and angler alike, tailrace fisheries are an oasis in the deep summer heat. While life in all but the highest-elevation free-flowing streams is suffering from heat-induced lethargy, tailwater trout remain active and healthy. Whether it’s the White River in Arkansas, Maryland’s Gunpowder Falls or Georgia’s Toccoa River, there are some constants when it comes to fishing tactics in deep summer. No two rivers fish the same, but trout prefer similar conditions wherever they live. • Fish High — When cold water from the bottom of a deep reservoir is pulled through generation turbines under various methods of oxygenation, flows released below the dam offer excellent conditions for trout. This only extends so

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