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ast month, a couple buddies and I booked a charter for the opening day of Florida’s Gulf red snapper season with Capt. Brian Smith, of Big Bend Charters out of Steinhatchee. Capt. B. has a 34-foot power catamaran with enough room on the deck to play a game of volleyball. If you’ve ever been red snapper fishing, you understand the process. The day starts with loading the boat with tackle ranging from 8-pound light tackle to 30-pound bottom fishing rigs. A complement of frozen baits, including Spanish sardines, squid and chum blocks fill one of the big coolers. We ran out to a spot south of the Steinhatchee River and broke out light tackle to catch live bait. It’s basically bream fishing gear, using tiny slivers of squid to catch pinfish and other finned critters. All would be used to create an offshore smorgasbord for snapper, grouper, king mackerel, cobia and more. With the livewell full, it was just over an hour’s run at 27 knots to reach our first drop in 65 feet of water. We were anchored over a ledge with about 3 feet of relief. That doesn’t seem like much, but in the vast expanse of flat bottom out there, a small change in the topography can create an entire ecosystem. Each of us took a corner of the big catamaran and dropped live baits down. Before the bait could reach the bottom, our offerings were usually inhaled by either a grouper or a snapper. These were not small fish. The snapper averaged about 28 inches, and the grouper

were well in excess of the 24-inch minimum length. We would catch a couple fish at a spot and then move to another. The idea is that once you get a couple fish on the line, the remaining fish tend to get a bit finicky, and the bite can slow down. When a fish came on board, we paused for a quick photo and shouted “atta-boy” from across the boat. In all, we limited out on red snapper and had five gag grouper as bonus fish for the day. From first-hand experience I can tell you there’s no shortage of bottomfishing adventure to be had in the Gulf of Mexico. The Florida Gulf snapper season remains open through July 25. Alabama’s season runs Fridays through Mondays until July 19. Louisiana will remain open Fridays through Su nd ay s , and on

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holidays, until the state quota is met. Mississippi is open seven days a week with an undetermined closing date as fisheries managers closely monitor catches to avoid overrunning the quota. The Texas season ends Aug. 2 for charter boats and Aug. 3 for private vessels. As summer gets in full swing, give some thought to ways you can get outdoors, enjoy each other’s company at a distance and get rid of those social-distancing blues. Cefus McRae is host of the Nuts & Bolts of Fishing Series, contact him via e-mail at Cefus@ NutsAndBoltsFishing.com

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TROPHY HUNTING

Finding a productive pattern and making high-percentage presentations wins tournaments; it does not typically catch double-digit bass. Bass large enough for the record books are loners. Anglers who pursue them are looking for one big bite. Here’s a little insight on how successful trophy hunters fish:

LOCATION: With a few exceptions, large reservoirs are not the best trophy bass fisheries. It’d be a good wager that more giant bass are caught from jonboats than from high-performance bass boats. There is a south Georgia gentleman, who prefers to remain unnamed, who has caught countless 10-plus-pounders and several fish that weigh in the high teens. He’s made a practice of looking for out-of-the-way lakes and ponds. Upon getting landowner permission, it takes him a single trip to determine if he’s found the right mix of depth, water flow, vegetation and forage to produce monster bass. If the lake doesn’t have what he’s looking for, he moves on. If he sees what he likes, he fishes it hard, often at night and often concentrating on just one point or drop-off where the biggest fish in the lake is likely to be. The strategy is to make a thousand casts to the best holding water or to sit there quietly By CAM Staff for hours keeping a live bait fresh. When it comes to public waters, smaller reservoirs or hidden gems like oxbow lakes off productive rivers can be pay dirt. Find waters with a reputation for large fish, and then scour them with electronics for the edges where sunken creek channels with plenty of cover lie adjacent to shallower feeding areas. Keep in mind that large fish dominate prime holding areas. Find that magic spot, fish it hard, and it will produce year after year, even if hile perusing the various big-bass records lists, it becomes readily it’s just one big fish for a week’s worth of fishing. apparent that huge bass usually come from lakes with a bigbass reputation. Also, anglers appearing in these lists often have TACTICS: Giant bass don’t like to chase food, and they prefer large multiple large bass to their names. meals. Trophy bass hunting with lures is slow and tedious. Drag a big jig with There is a lesson here for anyone in search of their personal-best a chunky trailer across the bottom, Texas-rig a big 12- to 16-inch worm or largemouth. Whether it’s a 10-pounder or one that weighs into the teens, slow-dance a swimbait. Fish as slow as you can, and then slow down more. luck is rarely the primary factor that leads to a true giant. Most of the time Stick with it and remain vigilant. Remember that you’re fishing for one bite. anglers who catch monster bass use specialized tactics to specifically target If you’re not snooty about it, live bait will absolutely increase your odds. them. Go with the natural forage for the water you’re fishing. If it’s gizzard shad, These are not the tactics used by professional tournament anglers. fish a big one. Largemouth bass have huge mouths relative to their body size.

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TIME TO SWITCH TO SUMMER TACTICS

Keep at least one person on the sabiki until the livewell is completely full. Keep a big beautiful bait out under a float and one down 20 or 30 feet deep right around the outside of the circle of light. I like to call this area “the ring of death.” It is where the light dissipates into dark water. Don’t act surprised when a large wahoo swims right by the boat Tim Barefoot for a good look and then returns 30 seconds later to smoke a bait. The anticipation followed by the visible ferocity of a bite hen it comes to like this is exhilarating. summertime This time of year is also fishing, here when some of the snappers are some observations I’ve and the kingfish spawn. made over the years. Typically it peaks on a new Around the end of or full moon in mid July. June and the beginning of It’s a good time of year to July, changes in daytime catch a real “smoker” on temperatures and the light line. duration of daylight hours The night bite can be make it wise to fish at awesome this time of year, night. The major feeding but another advantage periods each day occur to fishing at night is the at dawn and dusk. It’s the comfort factor. Set up time of year when you offshore just before dark, need to set aside some and you don’t have to time to fish both inshore worry about sunburn. and offshore at night. Catch the livewell full of Offshore fishing can squid and baitfish, catch be red hot right now with U.S.A.F. Photo by William Blankenship fish all night, and be there the use of lights. Full disclosure: I know the owner of Hydro Glow and have used his products for the early morning bite. Get your work done in the early morning, then go home and get some sleep while the fish are “chillin’ out” in the cooler. for years. I am convinced the green light draws fish to the boat. I always anchor when I’m in water shallower than 200 to 250 feet, and this is a perfect time to put the lights out to attract bait like flying fish, For rigging and fishing videos, go to squid, sardines and cigar minnows up to the surface where they are very BAREFOOTCATSAND TACKLE.COM vulnerable to a sabiki.

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omething is better than nothing. That seems to be the consensus of anglers after NOAA’s early June announcement of a four-day recreational red snapper season in the South Atlantic. With open dates set for July 10-12 and July 17, recreational anglers and charter captains are hoping for good weather during what promises to become a mad scramble at boat ramps from the Florida Keys up the Atlantic coast through Georgia, South Carolina and North Carolina. The well-known reefs and wrecks will be packed with anglers dropping baits and jockeying for position to catch their one fish per person, per day limit with no minimum size. For some, catching those limits won’t take long at all. Reports from captains in the fishery tell of areas where an over-abundance of red snapper is making it tough to target any other species. All the while, data used by federal fisheries managers indicates overfishing for the species is still occurring. Since 2017, the South Atlantic red snapper season has been curtailed each year. Since 2010, a cumulative total of just 37 days has been allowed in South Atlantic federal waters. In May of this year, the South Atlantic Fishery Management Council (SAFMC) was scrambling to make rule changes that would allow any 2020 season at all. Effective July 15, regulations require descending devices be on board and readily available on all vessels pursuing grouper or snapper in the South Atlantic. Non-offset, non-stainless steel hooks are mandatory north of 28 degrees north latitude, which is near Cape Canaveral. It’s a similar scenario to what played out with red snapper seasons in the Gulf of Mexico over the last decade. Bound by legislation, federal managers are forced to make decisions based on available data on snapper stocks. At the same time, anglers and groups pushing for angler access insist the data is badly flawed. According to the American Sportfishing Association, the trade organization that produces ICAST and lobbies on behalf of the industry, an updated and improved red snapper stock assessment is due in spring of 2021. In the meantime, recreational anglers must be happy with what they get, which is roughly 70 percent of the total allowed catch. Commercial anglers get the other 30 percent.

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As a life-long angler some of my best memories are days spent fishing, well I really mean days spent catching fish. I still remember the very first fish I caught, just a small bass off my uncles’ dock on a small lake in Michigan. This bass was hanging out in a concrete block turned on its side right under the dock. It took me all day, but I finally caught it, he was about 6” long, I was about 5 yrs. old and caught it on a live worm, small rod and a Zebco 202. I remember summer days in my mid-teens fishing the St. Johns River north of Lake Washington in Melbourne with my best high school friend John Lorton - days when we caught over 50 bass each, back then you could keep 10 bass per angler. We brought home over 65 lbs. one day with our best 20 bass and fed all our neighbors with a huge fish-fry. Another great memory was a day fishing with my youngest son Josh Wolf (now 34) in the spring of 2003 on Lake Okeechobee, we had an epic day catching 4 bass over 8 lbs. and our best 7 weighed over 49 lbs. Previously Josh’s biggest bass was a little over 5 lbs., he caught his personal best 4 times that day not including 2 monster’s he lost that were bigger than any we landed. Recently a pair of tournament anglers had an epic day fishing on the famous Kissimmee Chain of Lakes on Lake Toho. A day when you catch a bass over 5 lbs. is a day and a fish catch you will definitely remember but catching a 5 bass limit in a tournament with all of the fish at 5 lbs. and over is a day anglers dream about. Ryan Fleck, owner of RNF Marine, Mercury Marine Specialist on N.OBT in Orlando and his team partner Steve Goree a 20 plus year law enforcement officer with OPD recently had such a day in April of this year while fishing in their monthly Bass Club event with Central Florida Bass Hunters. The pair was competing against another 35 boats

and finished the day weighing in 5 bass for 35.61 lbs. anchored by the tournaments biggest bass at 10.06 lbs, to say this was an epic day is an understatement. Winning tournament weights of bass often get into the 30 lb. class from early spring till about late June on the Kissimmee Chain but usually not much more. 35 pounds plus is a huge sack, even here, at over a seven pound average, WOW! The pair of anglers caught and released over 25 keepers that would make most teams happy to have during the day. All of their fish came from an off-shore grass and hydrilla area that was loaded with keeper bass. After dialing in on a stretch of grass of about 100 yards long where the biggest fish seemed to be the anglers mentioned to another boat that they had about 27-28 lbs. currently and if they could get rid of their smallest fish in the live-well, at just under 4 lbs. that they could have a mega-bag. (35 plus lbs.) Changing baits seem to be the key, so about noon time Ryan picked up a Rattle Trap and started throwing it. After making just a few casts he catches the giant a 10.08 monster allowing them to cull the 4 pounder and adding another 6 pounds or so to their total weight. As a longtime tournament angler culling fish of 4 pounds or so is the best thing that can happen in any event. The pair not only won the event, had Big Bass for the event, they also won over a $1,000 bonus for the largest “Sack of the Year”! Congrats from all the anglers who tournament fish and from the staff here at Orlando Coastal Angler Magazine. If you have Mercury Marine power on the back of your boat, need service or are thinking of re-power with a new motor give Ryan a call to schedule an appointment at 407-745-5020 or to just tell them congrats on their “Catching Day to Remember”.

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hatchlings are now 2-3 inches. Try lures of same size: Rattle Traps (chrome), Rapala Countdown, etc. Gambler’s EZ swimmer rigged on an eighth ounce weighted hook should produce quality fish along hydrilla edges. Zoom flukes worked as finesse baits cast into the shallows are sure to get strikes. Panfish: Artificial fun with a tried and true Johnson Beetle Spin slowly troll 20-30 feet out from the shoreline or seawall along your favorite stretch of the St. Johns with ultralight spinning tackle. Cast to the bank and retrieve slowly to catch bluegill, shellcracker, and stumpnockers. Bonus fish are largemouth bass, many will be keepers. Catfish: Cooler temps at night make the cats hungry. Circle hooks are great for catfish - the fish hook themselves and most times the hook ends up in the corner of the mouth making hook removal easier when handling these spiny fish. Tip: use just enough weight to hold the bottom and tie the weight 10 inches from the hook.

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artificial lakes to fish during the summer. Along the northwest shore fish try fishing open water peppergrass. You should try a zoom vibe magnum worm, Texas rigged. Swim baits are another good choice. Gambler EZ Swimmer in the Copperfield Summer is definitely here and the color likely will get bit. fish know it too. The Kissimmee chain is at low pool and the Panfish: Bluegills are spawning lakes are slowly filling up due in the canals and any place that to the summer showers. The is sandy and any type of Bass bite has been good early flow near it - bait of choice is morning and late evening. crickets. Popping bugs also Goblets cove has been really work well this time of year. Shell good. Try and beat the heat. crackers are in very shallow Most bass are being caught out water spawning; this info was in open water vegetation. On tipped off by accident running the West Lake Toho most anglers airboat up skinny. Best bait for are using plastics, I have been the shell cracker is red wigglers. throwing a June bug or pink Both can be caught with cane trick worm, no weight, working poles or light tackle. Catfish as it over vegetation and waiting bycatch is a good thing, try using for that explosive hit. Also try 8 pound test – it will hold a pretty using a Carolina rig with a 1 oz. good sized cat and still be thin weight to get thru the vegetation. enough that the panfish don’t see Folks are having good success it. Watch for the afternoon storms trolling live wild shiners up and and be safe! down the hydrilla patches. East Lake Toho is still one of the better

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Most of the fishing of late has been taking place in the Kissimmee River and Canals due to low water levels out in the lake. The bass fishing bite has been sporadic, biting in spurts with the early morning hours, a lull midafternoon then picking up again late afternoon to evening hours. The water temperature has been in the high 80’s which makes for some good top water action at first daylight, as the morning progresses you may get in on some schooling activity, fast and fun action. Late morning you may want to slow your presentation down and throw something like Senkos or big worms and jigs on the bottom. Since the water temperature is hot, the bass will be slow to react but when they bite, they hold onto the bait and swim off with it. Some of my customers have been opting to fish with live bait for bass to help

Some areas on the lake to try have been Kings Bar; 3rd & 4th point; Indian Prairie; the flats out from Dyess Ditch area and the Shoal and some areas on the east side on out a ways from the grass edge around J & S area. The bream bite has been the most consistent lately fishing with live red wriggler worms and crickets on ultra-light spinning tackle. Live red worms work best. Remember to always use caution when boating on the lake due to low water levels. To book your fun-filled and productive day on the water call or text Capt. Angie at 863-228-7263. www. southfloridabassfishing.com - all the information you need to book your trip. Capt. Angie’s sponsors are: G-Loomis rods; Lews; Gill; Maui-Jim; Mercury Marine; Real Magic; Pradco Brands; Mega Strike; BnM Poles; Bullet weights; Mid-South Tackle and Gene Larew.

Summertime patterns are turning on for largemouth bass. This time of year, fish big soft plastic worms 10inch or larger to entice the big trophy sized fish. You can find many types and colors but try to stick with junebug or a black and blue. Try working these baits around deeper water such as dropoffs, points, ledges, and shell bars. Some fish stage along the drop-off but usually big ones are deeper. Another bait to try out is any sort of lipless crankbait in a ½ ounce size. Harris Chain fish have been liking the golden shiner or sexy shad color. Remember to make long casts and try different retrieves when fishing these types of lures. Topwater baits can really make for some fun fishing

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when a monster chokes your bait down. Word of caution wait a second to feel the fish before cracking ‘em. Hollow body frogs can be fished in and around areas of heavy cover such as lily pads, docks and other fish holding areas. Do not be afraid to make casts that other anglers would be afraid to make under a dock, boat ramp etc. Remember that bass can be caught with various techniques and in the same locations. So, if you caught some in previous years it would be a safe bet to try out the spot again. Another bait to try is casting a spinnerbait around some shallow cover. You can fast retrieve the bait and give it some slight stops to make the blades clack together. Check with Capt. Mark for available dates and book your own guided bass fishing charter on the Harris Chain of Lakes. Visit cprbasscharters.com for more information and fishing pictures. Tight lines.

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How can you stay safe, social distance, and not get sick during this terrible pandemic? Fish more often! It has been a very difficult time for most everyone. The majority of the past 90 days has been spent at home with your family. Many events, shows, tournaments, and activities have been either canceled or post-poned. A number of families have either been affected by this virus or have been overwhelmed with work and layoffs. It has been a very trying time for all most everyone. Let us all hope the ‘normal’ returns soon. Bass Fishing has been put on hold for Seminole Junior Anglers. Our tournaments in March and April were canceled. Our student anglers have been practicing when possible and waiting for their next event in May out of Camp Mack / Lake Kissimmee. Teams Kinyon and Ashley, Dunn and Thornton, DiMauro and DiMauro, and Wyndam and Lawrence all had great tournaments. Kinyon and Ashley came in 9th place with just over 18 lbs. It was a slug fest for sure. It took over 20 lbs to hold a spot in the top 6 at the weigh-in. Most fish were caught offshore in Lake Toho along weed edges. Finding the right scattered hydrilla in about 4-5 ft of water seemed to be the ticket. Fishing a spinner bait, Chatterbait or speed worm through the grass was working for most teams. Our next event is our State Tournament on Lake Seminole. June 12-15. We have 5 teams competing in this event. The goal is for one of our teams to place in the top 4 to qualify for the National Tournament in October this year to be held on Kentucky Lake. Seminole Junior Anglers have already qualified two teams for this event: DiMauro/DiMauro and Wyndham/ Lawrence. These two teams will represent the state of Florida in this huge National tournament. Wish them the best of luck!

Summertime has officially arrived as the mid-summer doldrums are currently amongst us. It is the time of year when tropical weather systems and offshore water temperatures are as hard to predict. Just when you think you’ve got things figured out, a summer squall will blow in and kick up the seas, or the coldwater Labrador Current will move in and shut down the seaward bite. Near-shore, kingfish will be the staple on the reefs and wrecks in 70 to 90 feet of water, with a mixed bag of three, wahoo, dolphin, and an occasional sailfish, thrown in. The preferred method for targeting these species is slow trolling live bait (pogies) on steel stinger rigs. Ballyhoo trolled for pelagic is good, but live bait trolled very slowly will yield a trophy sized kingfish!

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At some point later this month expect it to completely shut down. Why you ask? Every year we have the cold-water upwelling show up and lower the water temperature drastically and usually shuts the bite down. This does a few things. It makes it harder to locate the bait, and pushes the fish out of the area till the warm water returns. It’s actually pretty cool. Check your bottom weights and I’m sure they will be nearly frozen. If that’s going on then be sure the bite is gone. The other thing this does is enables every boat to become a professional Cobia fisherman. The cobia will show up at some point on the shoals. This is by no means a secret. Slow troll live pogies is best, and have a bucktail ready on another rod in case there are two cobes. Good luck and have a great July from your premier fishing guide charters of Cocoa Beach Port Canaveral Orlando Florida area.

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This boat has a large gunnel and a 94” beam, extremely wide for an 18’ boat and was very stable when I jumped up and walked around on the gunnel. It has a huge storage compartment up front with a removable tackle storage system and 2 other large storage compartments in the rear of the boat, both port and starboard, 1 live-well up front and another in the rear. It has a custom divided sport seat and removable back-rest like you see on Off-shore Racing Boats. The console is very sleek and sports a 12” monitor screen, fish-finder, GPS and supports all the normal gauges. Tachometer, water-pressure, temperature, gas, speed by GPS, all linked to the motor and fuel system, very cool! Steve was telling me how fuel efficient this boat is to run, getting as much as 10 miles to a gallon of fuel cruising around 30-32 mph at 3400 to 3600 rpms. As we got back into the river we jumped on plane and cruised up to about 32 mph, looking at the monitor it was reading 3400 rpms. We hammed down on the throttle and it responded achieving 62.7 mph at 6150 rpms with just a little throttle left before backing off, very impressive for a stock 115 hp. engine with a polling platform on the rear creating drag. Steve asked if I would like to drive back to the ramp. I said yes before he changed his mind. Once again, throttle down and quickly jumped on plane, cruising a bit to get the feel of it I was able to drive it with confidence once getting used to the throttle and trim switch. Cruising up to over 55mph and only burning a little over 6 gallons of fuel per hour on the fuel gauge. This boat also floats in 10” or less and room for 4 anglers with a huge front deck. If you’re in the market for a new flats boat in the 18 ft. range the new Hydrasteep is one you should take a look at and go for a test ride yourself. They are currently taking orders for production, so get your place in-line! Nicely equipped at a little over $45,000.00 for boat, 115hp motor and custom trailer by Ameritrail. Checkout their website or give Steve a call at 407-718-6695 and tell him your read about it in Coastal Angler Magazine!

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By Capt. Alex Locallinescharters.com Summer is here and the fishing is hot! Seasons don’t really change much here on the Space Coast. It kind of just goes from warm in the fall, winter, and spring to superhot in the summer! The air gets increasingly heavy with tropical moisture and afternoon showers become an everyday occurrence. Hurricane season brings the threat of nasty weather and big surf, but also the potential for some outstanding “outflow/culvert” fishing. The beauty of our Space Coast fishery is easy to see this time of year. One of the things that make our lagoons so fishy; is our geographic location! Nestled on the convergence of tropical and sub-tropical climate zones with ocean influence, and over 100 miles of lagoon for fish to travel this watery wonderland; we get many visitors. Our yearround resident fish have many summer friends to share the flats, mangroves, beaches, and Inlets with. Some never leave, but only move to different locations in the winter. Only to come from their hiding spots and join their brethren who “migrate” up when the days get long. Let’s talk tips - and tactics for one of my favorite summer targets. Summer marks the spawning time for snook, so they protect them with a closed season as they invade the inlets. Port Canaveral does not see the spawn activity of the inlets south of us. Though a fair share still calls Port Canaveral home until the fall mullet run. Snook are an angry and structure orientated fish. Built for currents they love some churned-up surf. A true gamefish if there ever was one. Sizzling runs with Jedi like precision at finding places to cut you off. A gill plate that is easily sharper than a razor blade. Yep, the snook is one bad animal. Larger fish in the 8 to 20-pound class will be most prevalent in Port Canaveral, the beaches, and the inlets south. While smaller fish in the 1-10lb. class can be found predominately in the Lagoon backwaters, mangrove areas, and dock lines. For the Port fish look to use med-heavy tackle with 20-40 lb. braided mainline. Attach your live bait hook or lure with 40 lb. leader to prevent the snooks rough lips from causing leader failure. Hot spots during the day are both Jetty’s and the draw bridge area. The day bite seems to be much more consistent on live baits like mullet, spots, pinfish, and pogies fished close to the bottom. At night utilize Slayer Inc.’s SSTXL’s and lipped plugs like Bombers or Yozuri to actively fish shadow lines created from lights on the wharfs. The smaller “lagoon” snook will be found around areas of structure and many times deep in the structure. Mangroves and docks can be effectively fished by skipping your baits far under the overhangs. Just because these are of the smaller variety than their port bound cousins, doesn’t mean they will not spank you on some cutoffs. Even the small version of this fish is a powerful opponent. I like to use the Slayer Inc SSTXL on a weedless hook setup. The weedless hook allows you to pitch way back in cover and trees without fear of snagging as often.

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Wed

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Fri

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2.9

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Sat

8:14

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4.0

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Sun

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3:00

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Mon

9:59

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10:27

3.8

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0.1

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Tue

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0.1

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Wed

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Fri

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2.8

7:06

0.3

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0.5

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Sat

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3.1

1:59

2.8

7:49

0.3

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0.6

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Sun

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2.9

2:47

2.8

8:30

0.4

8:58

0.7

13

Mon

2:55

2.7

3:36

2.9

9:09

0.4

9:48

0.8

14

Tue

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2.6

4:28

3.0

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0.4

10:41

0.8

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Wed

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2.5

5:20

3.1

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3.4

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0.4

1:48

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Mon

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9:18

3.8

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2:37

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10:04

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3.0

10:50

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4:20

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4:15

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3.5

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Tue

3:03

3.0

3:52

3.6

9:17

-0.2

10:07

0.3

29

Wed

4:05

2.9

4:54

3.6

10:11

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11:10

0.3

30

Thu

5:08

2.8

5:53

3.7

11:08

-0.1

31

Fri

6:09

2.7

6:48

3.7

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0.3

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renden Coady-Reese is a 17-year-old rising senior at Viera High School. He’s also the owner of a successful fishing lure enterprise. Through his company, JBC Jigs & Tackle, he handcrafts high-quality jigs available at many Brevard County tackle shops. The story of JBC’s success follows a familiar theme in the fishing industry. With a passion for the sport that has grown since he was a toddler tagging along with Dad, Brenden identified a need and set out to fill it with good old American entrepreneurial spirit. “I wanted to be able to customize jigs more,” Brenden said. “I wanted to create an excellent product with high standards.” Brenden’s statement is similar to what Coastal Angler Magazine has heard over the years from industry leaders like Patrick Sebile (A Band Of Anglers), Gary Loomis (G. Loomis) and Flip Pallot (Hells Bay Boats). As avid anglers, they each sought access to products superior to what was available. They couldn’t find it, so they made it. This is innovation. It is the cornerstone of American enterprise. To see this effort from a 17-yearold is truly remarkable. Dreaming up and crafting something for personal use is one thing. Bringing that product to market is more difficult. It requires tenacity, vision and fearless dedication. Brevard schools are responsible for giving JBC a jump-start. The Business and Finance Academy at Viera High School assigned students a project to create a business model and plan. Since Brenden was already making and selling jigs to friends, he and two other classmates decided to use his lure concept as their class project. Brenden’s project was not merely theoretically making a plan. His was an exercise in “plan your work, work your plan.” Through a series of presentations, Brenden and his project partners, Chandler Ratcliff and Cooper Liston, took second place in the 2020 Junior Achievement Business Blastoff Challenge, which rewards Brevard high school students for their entrepreneurial spirit. Brenden came out of the project with direction for JBC, $1,500 in cash and a $10,000 renewable scholarship to FIT, which over four years totals $40,000. Coastal Angler Magazine salutes Brenden for his tenacity, love of fishing and his awesome entrepreneurial spirit. His jigs can be found at local tackle shops throughout Brevard County including: • Strike Zone • Black Dog Bait and Tackle • Harry Goode’s Outdoor Shop

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SEBASTIAN INLET TO FORECAST EAU GALLIE CAUSEWAY BY CAPT. GLYN AUSTIN July is one of my favorite months of the year to fish the beaches from Melbourne down to Sebastian Inlet. The snook bite is very good in the inlet on live bait. But they also school along the beaches in the trough. Fish live bait along the jetties during the day and at night fish Rapala Long Cast 14 lures, ABOA Spool Tek, or Hogy 7” jigging eels at night off the jetties for consistent action. If you are fishing the beaches from Melbourne south to Sebastian, use live bait rigged on a VMC circle hook or anglers using artificial baits can use Rapala XRap 10, Storm Largo Shad or ABOA 4.5” Dart Spin fished in the trough to target snook from shore. Beachgoers targeting tarpon should be able to find good numbers but it will take a bit of work to find and stay on the fish. Look for bait pods along the beaches from Melbourne down to Sebastian and use the Rapala Long Cast 14, Hogy Eel or ABOA Dart Spin to be able to reach the fish cruising the trough looking for a meal. If anglers plan on fishing the flats, islands or mangrove shorelines in the Indian River Lagoon from Palm Bay to Sebastian, get out early and the bite will be good, but once the sun comes up, the bite will slow a bit. Topwater baits

of the spoil islands. I don’t spend a lot of time fishing the creeks in July, but get in the creeks early for action on snook and tarpon as well as big jacks and sharks. After the rains the action can be great around the dams with live shrimp or artificial baits. Whether fishing the beaches or the lagoon, be aware of the clouds forming and make sure to get off the water before you get caught in a lightning or hail storm.

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� 6:33 am� 8:23 pm

6:09 am 0.3 ft � 12:06 pm3.2 ft � 6:24 pm 0.3 ft �

57

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� 6:34 am� 8:22 pm

12:27 am3.3 ft � 6:56 am 0.3 ft � 12:53 pm3.1 ft � 7:14 pm 0.5 ft �

51

� 6:34 am� 8:22 pm

1:09 am 3.1 ft � 7:45 am 0.4 ft � 1:43 pm 3.0 ft � 8:05 pm 0.7 ft �

46

� 6:35 am� 8:22 pm

1:54 am 3.0 ft � 8:35 am 0.4 ft � 2:36 pm 3.0 ft � 8:59 pm 0.8 ft �

43

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� 6:35 am� 8:21 pm

2:42 am 2.9 ft � 9:24 am 0.3 ft � 3:32 pm 3.0 ft � 9:52 pm 0.8 ft �

44

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� 6:36 am� 8:21 pm

3:35 am 2.9 ft � 10:13 am0.3 ft � 4:28 pm 3.1 ft � 10:43 pm0.8 ft �

47

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4:30 am 3.0 ft � 11:01 am0.2 ft � 5:23 pm 3.2 ft � 11:32 pm0.7 ft �

53

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� 6:37 am� 8:20 pm

5:24 am 3.1 ft � 11:48 am0.0 ft � 6:14 pm 3.4 ft �

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� 6:37 am� 8:20 pm

12:19 am0.6 ft � 6:16 am 3.2 ft � 12:33 pm-0.1 ft � 7:03 pm 3.6 ft �

69

� 6:38 am� 8:19 pm

1:04 am 0.4 ft � 7:06 am 3.4 ft � 1:18 pm -0.3 ft � 7:50 pm 3.8 ft �

77

� 6:38 am� 8:19 pm

1:49 am 0.3 ft � 7:54 am 3.5 ft � 2:03 pm -0.4 ft � 8:36 pm 3.9 ft �

83

� 6:39 am� 8:18 pm

2:34 am 0.2 ft � 8:42 am 3.7 ft � 2:49 pm -0.5 ft � 9:21 pm 4.0 ft �

87

� 6:39 am� 8:18 pm

3:19 am 0.0 ft � 9:31 am 3.8 ft � 3:37 pm -0.5 ft � 10:05 pm4.1 ft �

89

� 6:40 am� 8:17 pm

4:07 am -0.1 ft � 10:21 am3.8 ft � 4:26 pm -0.4 ft � 10:51 pm4.0 ft �

88

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� 6:36 am� 8:21 pm

� 6:40 am� 8:17 pm

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5:49 am -0.2 ft � 12:06 pm3.8 ft � 6:13 pm 0.0 ft �

77

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� 6:42 am� 8:16 pm

7:13 pm 0.2 ft �

70

� 6:42 am� 8:15 pm

1:20 am 3.7 ft � 7:45 am -0.2 ft � 2:05 pm 3.7 ft � 8:16 pm 0.3 ft �

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� 6:43 am� 8:14 pm

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57

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� 6:44 am� 8:13 pm

4:23 am 3.5 ft � 10:47 am-0.3 ft � 5:18 pm 3.8 ft � 11:21 pm0.4 ft �

61

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� 6:44 am� 8:12 pm

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� 6:30 am� 8:24 pm

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82

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� 6:30 am� 8:24 pm

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� 6:31 am� 8:23 pm

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� 6:31 am� 8:23 pm

3:19 am 0.0 ft � 9:18 am 3.6 ft � 3:36 pm -0.6 ft � 9:55 pm 3.8 ft �

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� 6:32 am� 8:23 pm

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77

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� 6:32 am� 8:23 pm

4:53 am 0.1 ft � 10:49 am3.4 ft � 5:09 pm -0.2 ft � 11:19 pm3.6 ft �

71

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� 6:33 am� 8:23 pm

5:40 am 0.2 ft � 11:34 am3.3 ft � 5:55 pm 0.1 ft �

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� 6:33 am� 8:23 pm

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57

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� 6:34 am� 8:22 pm

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51

� 6:34 am� 8:22 pm

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46

� 6:35 am� 8:22 pm

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47

� 6:36 am� 8:21 pm

4:43 am 3.0 ft � 11:19 am0.2 ft � 5:36 pm 3.2 ft � 11:50 pm0.7 ft �

53

� 6:37 am� 8:20 pm

5:37 am 3.0 ft � 12:06 pm0.0 ft � 6:27 pm 3.4 ft �

61

� 6:37 am� 8:20 pm

12:37 am0.6 ft � 6:29 am 3.2 ft � 12:51 pm-0.2 ft � 7:16 pm 3.6 ft �

69

� 6:38 am� 8:19 pm

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� 6:38 am� 8:19 pm

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� 6:39 am� 8:18 pm

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� 6:39 am� 8:18 pm

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� 6:42 am� 8:15 pm

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� 6:43 am� 8:14 pm

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58

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57

average

� 6:44 am� 8:13 pm

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� 6:44 am� 8:12 pm

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53

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� 6:38 am� 8:17 pm

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ig out your mask, fins and snorkel and load the kids in the boat. Bay scallop seasons are opening up on the Gulf Coast, and there’s no better excuse to get out on the water and kick around on the grass flats. Following up on a 2019 season that was disappointing in some areas in terms of scallop abundance, the outlook is good for 2020. Pre-season scouting is revealing a rebound in many scalloping hotspots. The season kicked off June 15 in the Fenholloway-Suwannee River Zone, which covers Dixie and most of Taylor counties. Early season scallopers enjoyed a first dive on the historically scallop-heavy flats around Steinhatchee and Keaton Beach. Most of the rest of the coast has a starting date of July 1, with the exception of Gulf County and Pasco County. Gulf County’s season is open from Aug. 16 – Sept. 24, and according to the FWC’s 2020 abundance surveys, the number of scallops on the flats there is off the charts. Pasco County’s short season runs July 17-26. Last year Pasco provided easy pickings, with scallops in abundance up shallow. Regular season limits are 2 gallons of whole bay scallops in the shell or 1 pint of bay scallop meat per person, with a maximum of 10 gallons of whole bay scallops in the shell or 1/2 gallon of bay scallop meat per vessel. Vessel limits do not allow an individual to exceed their personal bag limit. Scallops may be collected by hand or with a landing or dip net. New this season, direct and continuous transit of legally harvested bay scallops is now allowed through closed areas. Boaters may not stop their vessels in waters that are closed to harvest and must proceed directly to the dock or ramp to land scallops in a closed area.

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n the mountains of rural southeastern West Virginia, Second Creek has gained a reputation for large, sometimes difficult brown trout. It is a hatchery-supported, spring-fed tributary to the Greenbrier River that runs the Monroe/Greenbrier county line near the Virginia border. Second Creek is a long way from anywhere, with the nearest major population center being Roanoke, Va. some two hours away. But if you happen to be in the area, perhaps to fish for smallmouth on the Greenbrier or New rivers, Second Creek is definitely a worthwhile side

trip. It features a mile and a half of water regulated year-round for catch-and-release, fly fishing only. That’s not a whole lot of water to fish, and it does receive pressure, yet the allure of large cagey browns—as well as a few rainbows—rising to dry flies is enough to warrant a trip to this out-of-the-way gem south of Ronceverte. “That stream is a bug factory, and it’s different day to day and pool to pool,” said Jacob Ott, of Otters Guide Service. “If you’re looking to throw dry flies, and if the water conditions are fishable, something will be rising.”

Whether it’s terrestrials like Japanese beetles in summer or tiny midges in winter, bugs bring fish to the surface year-round in clear, mostly shallow water. Black stoneflies, blue-winged olives, sulphurs, March browns and others will be present in spatterings at different times of year. But the black caddis hatch is a highlight. From roughly April into July, Ott said mid-morning brings them on like clockwork. “When it hits, it’s on. It’s a full-bore, blizzard caddis hatch,” he explained. “Once it starts, it will happen at pretty much the same time every day until it ends.” These are small black caddis. Ott throws a simple size 16 or 18 CDC caddis pattern. He’ll hedge his bet by dropping a soft hackle or a Fox’s Pupae—or both—beneath the dry fly. “You’ve got to be on your A game. It’s smaller, clear water that gets pressure from some good anglers,” Ott warned. “By the end of the season, we’re fishing 7x and 8x tippet and long 12foot leaders. It’s technical fishing that requires accurate casts, good drifts and stealthy wading.” For such a technical stream, it’s worth getting the help of a professional for first-timers who hope to catch a few fish. Contact Otters Guide Service through their website ottersguide.com, call (304) 667-8337 or e-mail ottersguide@gmail. com. For maps, GPS coordinates and tactics for the Southeast’s best trout waters, get a copy of Nick Carter’s book “Flyfisher’s Guide to North Carolina & Georgia.” It’s available on Amazon, and autographed copies are available by emailing the author at nsc8957@gmail.com.

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asting lures on the beach is one the best ways to catch fish. You can catch monster snook, tarpon, kingfish, giant jacks, mackerel, pompano, bluefish, croaker, blue runners and ladyfish. Here are some suggestions to learn how to catch more fish. Gear: I like a 300 series spinning reel with an 8-foot rod. I use 10-pound braid and prefer white for its visibility. I tie in a 30-pound fluorocarbon leader with a double uni knot. A standard reel size for big fish is a 400 or 500 series reel and 20-pound braid. For tarpon, you’ll need at least 50-pound braid and a 60-pound leader. Go at the right time: Early morning is the best time to fish the beach. Baitfish are close to the shore and schooling near the surface at daybreak. The next best time to fish is in the evening about an hour before dark. Consider the tide: As long as the water is moving and there’s bait around, you’ll catch fish. Dead high or dead low are the two worst times to fish. Low tide pushes fish away from the trough, which is the deep cut near the shoreline. The trough is a fish highway and feeding area. Find the bait: When bait is present, so are the fish and birds. If there are no birds in the area, I go to another beach. Sometimes bait will be a hundred yards away, and you can walk the beach to find it. Consider the weather: If it’s a calm day with light wind or the wind is at your back, you can throw a light 1/8-ounce jig or a light spoon. Heavy winds and surf mean you’ll need some weight to cast far enough to be effective. Cast and Retrieve: You need to be in contact with the lure as soon as it hits the water. Before the lure hits the water, close the bail and retrieve any slack. When the fish hits, you need a good hook set and constant pressure. I use a number of retrieves. My favorite is to keep the jig or spoon near the surface with a steady retrieve. Keep your rod tip high and jiggle the lure to give it action. Another good retrieve is letting the lure hit the bottom then jerking it up toward the surface. Waves: Usually fish are behind a wave being pulled in the direction of the wave. Sometimes, they are inside the bottom of a wave or below the wave in the trough. Do not cast directly into a breaking wave. Not only do you lose contact with the lure, fish have a hard time finding the lure in the surf. When the lure gets caught in a wave, reel faster. Do not lose contact with it. Except for snook, or if the bait is on the beach, most fish will be caught on secondary waves beyond the first breakers. When a wave is approaching the lure from behind and pulls the lure, be sure to reel slower or stop reeling until you feel the wave pushing the lure.

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Clouser Fishing WITH THE MAN HIMSELF By Capt. Michael Mauri

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ob Clouser is a legend in the fly fishing world. His Clouser Deep Minnow is one of the most versatile flies ever created, and his innovative fly designs have driven the evolution of the sport. I met Bob at the Somerset Fly Fishing Show over a decade ago. I remember how excited I was to meet the real Bob Clouser. From there, we saw each other every year at the shows, and I always enjoyed our chats. But we never got to fish together until recently, when Bob and his wife Jackie came to Stuart, Fla. to get in on our great Treasure Coast fishing. When Bob and Jackie arrived, the weather was nice and the fish were on fire, but it was a busy Sunday on the water. It was unusually busy for this time of year, but since 2020 is everything but normal, we had to make the best of it. I checked a few spots and found a good school of bait with some nice snook in it. It is still amazing to see 30 or 40 snook busting bait all at the same

time. Bob and Jackie were blown away, and you could tell they were excited! Since Bob was the oldest, he had the right-of-way to start, and it wasn’t hard to convince him to do so. I tied on a little white fly for him and his cast was dead on, naturally. Strip, strip and the first fish of the day was on. Seeing Bob’s excitement made my day. Within a few more casts, Bob pulled two more snook out of the same school before he turned the rod over to Jackie. It took her just a few casts to hook into a big snook, and the tug of war was on. She stood her ground until the leader broke. Sometimes you win. Sometimes you lose. This one really hurt. Jackie soldiered on, and it didn’t take long for her to hook up again. This one was smaller, but who cares! It was a great catch, anyway. Jackie caught a few more before we decided to run back to the dock. What a great day! I’m very excited the Clousers were impressed with our fishery in Stuart, and that they will be back regularly. I look forward to visits filled with new

stories. Bob has a deep history in fly fishing, and each tale always ends with his even deeper sense of humor. Having worked in the fly fishing industry for more than 22 years, I’ve met a lot of the legends. Bob is pretty much on top. It is not only his knowledge and how humble he is, Bob’s passion and excitement for trying something new is endless. Bob Clouser is the real deal. He loves our sport and has done so much for it. If you want to get an original Clouser, tied by him, go to www. clousersflyshop.com.

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Dozens of Possible Options Evaluated “We found that there are many economically efficient management policies available if the primary objective is to control fishing mortality, but few policies if the primary objective is to protect female spawning stock biomass,” Steinback said. “Of the 36 possible policies we evaluated, only one achieved the intended reduction in fishing mortality while at the same time mitigating removals of the mature females.” That policy was taking one-fish per trip in the harvest slot of 28 to 36 inches. Implementing that policy achieved a significant reduction in both total and female spawning stock removals. This policy produced only a slight reduction in angler welfare, due to the relatively low rate at which striped bass larger than 36 inches are encountered. “Our findings provide empirical evidence supporting the recent decision made by the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission to direct Atlantic coastal states to eliminate minimum size restrictions for striped bass in 2020 and instead impose a slot limit of 28 to 35 inches to reduce spawning stock mortality,” Carr-Harris said.

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argeting flounder is most likely not on your mind in July. This is typically a conversation for fall, when flat fish embark on their annual migration to open water to spawn. However, for those who love to bring a few of these tasty fish home from time to time, don’t count on the fall flounder run to stock your freezer. It’s worth knowing a new trick to satisfy your taste buds year-round. I primarily fish the Texas Gulf Coast, and while the exact timing of flounder movements will vary depending on where you fish, the patterns will be similar. Apply these tactics in your home waters, and I bet you’ll find a few flounder for the supper table. During spring, flounder slowly trickle back into the bays from their short stay in open water. This is more of a gradual entry than their exit, and it doesn’t draw the crowds of the fall migration. Although you can target spring fish with the same techniques as fall, the timing is more difficult to judge. I feel they spend some time running the beachfront as they find their way back into the passes, bays and finally into the marshes.

I have caught many more flounder on plastics, even when fishing side by side with others using shrimp. As a rule of thumb, I prefer white colored lures or something that imitates a mullet or shad. The areas I target are drain openings on an outgoing tide. These drains can be small; 1 to 2 feet of width is all it takes. The key is the size of the marsh behind it. As long as there is sufficient water to hold bait, it’s perfect. Flounder stage at the opening of large drains as well, but no drain is too small. The key to catching flounder is to keep the lure in constant contact with the bottom. Pointing the rod tip to the water, utilize a sweeping motion. Twitch the lure to kick up mud and sand, and then pause. Hold your horses when you feel that first tap from a flounder. Wait patiently for a second and usually a quick third tap before making a solid hookset! Unlike trout, flounder will hold onto a soft plastic. I feel they want to cripple their meal before they swallow it.

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July through September is a great time to target flounder in the Texas back bays and marshes. Look for bait to determine the timing where you fish. These shallow estuaries will be teeming with juvenile shrimp, mullet, shad and a host of other flounder food sources. I like to use soft plastic swimbait/paddletail style lures. In my experience, flounder prefer fish over shrimp. That’s why I choose this style of lure.

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n May 30, David Anderson set out alone at about 9 p.m. to fish from the bank at Tennessee’s Nickajack Lake. A few hours later, he really could’ve used some help when a 103-pound blue cat picked up his nightcrawler and began peeling line off the reel. With a medium-action rod and 12-pound monofilament, Anderson was in for the fight of a lifetime. It took about an hour for Anderson to get the fish shallow enough to wade in and net it. “I saw it roll, and I saw the tail fan,” reported Anderson to TWRA. “I was in disbelief. I put the net under the fish, and it dropped its head and bent the net. “It was like I was walking a dog, and then it would walk me!” As he retreated to shallower water, Anderson tried to scoop the fish with the bent net, which completely broke. “I was not going to let this fish get away after the fight, and I gathered both net and fish and took them to the bank,” said Anderson. Weighed on certified scales, the huge catfish came up a few pounds shy of the 112-pound state record, which was caught by Robert E. Lewis on the Cumberland River in 1998. Fisheries Biologist Mike Jolley said the fish was at least 25 years old.

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