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Bimini Bay Sets A New Standard With BloodGuard Apparel By CAM Staff

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Bay an industry leader in today’s outdoor apparel industry. Always in the forefront of new fabric technology, Bimini Bay has also been a manufacturing leader in creating moisture management systems. Their shirts are engineered to keep the body comfortable and dry by drawing moisture to the fabric’s surface (wicking) where it can quickly evaporate. Now, with the introduction of their BloodGuard line, they have set a new standard in the industry. Try one of these new BloodGuard shirts for yourself. Blood washes right off with only water. No more bringing detergents or peroxide on the boat or dock to spare your favorite fishing shirt. Designed and tested in the field with real anglers, this new line of outdoor apparel is destined to set a new standard in the industry.

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rom the offshore fishing boats of the Florida Keys to the mountains of upstate New York, Bimini Bay clothing has long been known as the first choice of the active sportsman. Their rugged line of men’s and women’s clothing combines functional outdoor styling with today’s latest technical fabrics. Now, through a patented nano technology process, Bimini Bay introduces a major breakthrough in outdoor apparel. Their new BloodGuard apparel line is nothing short of amazing. Blood and grime effortlessly rinses away. Powered by Nanotex, this new proprietary apparel forms a barrier against all types of blood, dirt and bio-stains. As with all their outdoor apparel, attractive pricing, attention to detail, contemporary styling and a generous fit are all part of what makes Bimini

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he origins of Salt Life are pure. With two simple words in a scrawling font, the iconic brand began as a tattoo inked on the backs of a couple of surfing fishermen in Jacksonville Beach, Fla. Four hard-core watermen began grassroots promotion of the design in 2003, selling bumper stickers and T-shirts. During the humble early years, no one foresaw the eventual scope of the worldwide phenomenon they had launched. Salt Life has come to represent everything everyone loves about the ocean. At a glance, the now-familiar logo proudly displays a love of the saltwater lifestyle. Fisherman and diver Jeff Stillwell, who just happens to be president of Salt Life, said he is blessed to be part of the phenomenon. “Whatever attracts you to the water, Salt Life represents that,” he said. “If you happen to love to fish, it means fishing to you. I happen to be an avid diver. It means diving to me. If you’re a surfer, it means surfing. If you just like hanging out on the beach and enjoying a cold beverage, it means that.” No longer just T-shirts and decals, Salt Life has grown to include a huge assortment of gear and apparel. Two concepts accompany all their offerings. The first holds true to the original message, a devotion to the coastal lifestyle and its fashions. The second builds on those roots by coupling fashion with performance in gear and apparel that helps customers better enjoy water-based activities. From high-performance sunglasses, featuring the best Zeiss polarized lenses, to technical clothing for fishing, surfing, diving, paddleboarding and beach-sitting, Salt Life has you covered. Stillwell mentioned Salt Life’s new Fusion Performance Pocket Fishing Shirts as an example of innovative design that will appeal to anglers. It’s got UV30 sun protection and ventilation, and it’s got something else you won’t find on other fishing shirts. “It really came upon me sitting on the back of a boat, fishing a tournament,” Stillwell said. “Every time that reel goes off, you start looking for things. I don’t know why no one has ever done this, but we took one of these high-performance shirts and put pockets on the back of it. When that reel goes off, I don’t have to look for gloves or a pair of pliers. Whatever I need, I’ve got it right there with me. ’Cause once I get in that chair, I’m going to be there for a while.” Only an angler would recognize the need for this kind of design, and it’s this kind of innovation that has made Salt Life a lot more than just a cool logo. Stillwell said they’ve got a line of waterproof gear on the horizon, and he’s excited about the territory expansion of Salt Life Lager. Yep… Salt Life launched an easy-drinking beer to celebrate its 15th anniversary in 2018. “It goes hand-in-hand with our lifestyle,” Stillwell said. “We’re all out there on the water for a great fun-filled day in the sun, and at the end of the day our customer loves to kick back, as do I, with a nice cold beer.” But all the fun, and all the success, comes with responsibility. Without healthy oceans to play in, there would be no Salt Life. The company has joined with conservation organizations like Artificial Reefs International and Roatan Marine Park in protecting and enhancing the resources so that future generations can enjoy living the Salt Life.

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APPAREL Product Reviews Fish Hippie Performance Trucker Hat Fish Hippie was created by anglers as a celebration of the lifestyle. Their water-based Performance Trucker Hats meld performance with classic styling that tops off the look of an angler dedicated to the water. With back venting of a classic trucker hat and a performance bend structure front, these hats are 100 percent polyester for breathability and quick drying. New for spring 2019, they are available in seafoam and navy. Fish Hippie truckers sport a classic look and an even better fit with snapback closure, a semi-flat bill, and designs and colors for everyone.

fishhippie.com GILLZ CoolCore Shirts GILLZ shirts are mechanically engineered with CoolCore patented fabric, offering chemical-free cooling technology that never washes out. They are lightweight, soft, durable and cool—30 percent cooler than the competition. CoolCore has changed cooling fabric technology by redesigning the actual fabric, so unlike shirts with applied chemicals that wear off with use and repeated washings, GILLZ gear stays cool and protects for the long haul. Get out on the water with GILLZ and have all of the fun and none of the sun!

gillz-gear.com Hook & Tackle Wicked Dry & Cool Hi-Performance Fishing Shirt Hook & Tackle’s new collection of Wicked Dry & Cool Hi-Performance Fishing Shirts are made of a superior soft breakthrough Micro-Poly that wicks moisture while keeping you cool. It also features quick dry, radial sleeves for expansive arm movement, odor resistance and UPF 50+ for maximum sun protection. Available in many styles from sizes XS-3XL.

hookandtackle.com Hooked Soul Performance Apparel Hooked Soul 100 percent microfiber performance apparel features SPF 50 sun protection, Pure-Tech moisture wicking technology, vibrant colors and vivid graphics. When you wear Hooked Soul, you will look cool and be cool, too. Hooked Soul produces many designs of performance wear for men and women and also T-shirts, hats and accessories like neck gaiters and gloves. To check out the full line of Hooked Soul apparel and accessories, go to www. hookedsoul.com. Hooked Soul, do you have it!

hookedsoul.com King Kracken Outdoor Clothing King Kracken Outdoor Clothing Co. offers a one-of-a-kind fishing shirt featuring hand-drawn designs and bold graphics in a breathable polyester blend that dries quickly and boasts 50+ SPF protection. King Kracken shirts are hand-stitched and come with a 100 percent guarantee and free size exchanges. From $45, they are available in men’s sizes S to 4XL and Women’s S, M and L.

KingKracken.com Kluch Geo Marlin Collection Check out the latest collection from Kluch Apparel. Introducing the Geo Marlin collection represented by animals escaping out of their geometric forms. This series encourages us to “unleash the beast” within ourselves, to be risk takers, wild, free and adventurous.

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APPAREL Product Reviews Bimini Bay BloodGuard Shirt Fishing involves a lot of dirt, bait, blood, scales and guts. Realizing the inherent messy nature of the sport, Bimini Bay has introduced new BloodGuard technology that will keep your favorite fishing apparel looking sharp no matter how good—and gory—it gets on the water. Developed with Nanotex, a provider of textile solutions for military and medical applications, BloodGuard repels all types of stains, especially blood and guts. Bimini Bay is so confident in its BloodGuard technology that it has offered a one-year limited warranty against stains on a wide range of performance fishing clothing equipped with BloodGuard.

biminibayclothing.com Old Guys Rule Old Guys Rule introduces their five design offerings for the angler. Their 100 percent cotton tees in short or long sleeve make the perfect statement for the over-40 crowd. Once considered to be primarily related to the surfing industry, Old Guys Rule now covers a complete gamut of recreational pursuits. Be the first angler on the dock making the iconic statement, “Old Guys Rule.” For more information, visit http://oldguysrule.fishing or call 866-465-9640.

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Poncho: “The World’s Best Fishing Shirt.” Poncho is a new company that makes just one thing: a fishing shirt. We like that focus. Poncho calls their shirt “The World’s Best Fishing Shirt.” We’re impressed with the fast-drying fabric and innovative magnetic pocket flaps, which you can easily open with one hand. Smart details like a built-in eyeglass cleaner, slot to hang your sunglasses, roll-up sleeve tabs, and hidden zipper pocket will make anglers happy. They even go the extra mile by offering both relaxed and slim sizes. Poncho founder Clay Spencer grew up fishing the humid Texas coast. He’s also a former Alaskan fly fishing guide, so he knows a thing or two about extreme conditions. Clay said, “I made the Poncho shirt for guys who are serious about being comfortable on the water and don’t want a bunch of gimmicks. I cut the velcro, loops and baggy pockets. This shirt is made to have everything you need—and nothing you don’t.” Get a free hat with purchase of a shirt with code COASTALMAG. For more information, visit www. ponchooutdoors.com or contact Clay at clay@ponchooutdoors.com.

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Realtree Fishing Men’s 1/4 Zip Wind Shirt The Realtree Fishing Men’s 1/4 Zip Wind Shirt provides anglers with unique colors suited for a variety of freshwater and saltwater adventures. Making use of the the new Realtree Fishing Pattern, all styles come equipped with sun protection SPF30 and moisture-wicking dry-weave ventilated fabric for increased breathability to make sure you’re cool, comfortable and protected throughout your time on the water. You can find these shirts in a variety of fishing and outdoor retailers as well as on the Realtree e-comm store.

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Salt Life Fusion Performance Pocket Fishing Tee The Salt Life CAMO Fusion SLX UVapor performance long sleeve pocket tee features a sublimation printed all over graphic. This shirt features three all purpose pockets on the back with elastic openings to secure small items like fishing gloves and leaders within easy reach. The left chest pocket features an elastic loop to secure your sunglasses. This tee is made from 88 percent polyester, 12 percent spandex and treated for UV30 sun protection. Anti-microbial, mega soft, ultra light quick reaction fabric provides a built-in cooling and ventilation system. Machine washable for easy care!

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illz was started by a passionate angler, an angler driven by the need for one thing—performance. It’s evident in the style and quality of the Gillz brand. Started back in 2009, the idea was to design the perfect fishing shirt that would be lightweight, soft, comfortable and protective. This led to the first innovation – Cross Breeze Ventilation, which consisted of mesh panels under the arms and down the sides of the body. This allowed airflow through and under the shirt, making it even cooler and more comfortable. Other innovations followed, like a vented mask with “gills” for ventilation. This radical mask design offered unparalleled cooling and comfort. The technological innovations kept coming, and Gillz introduced CoolCore technology. CoolCore is a redesign of the actual structure of the fabric to make it cooler. Unlike most companies that simply apply a chemical to their fabric, which can wear off after repeated use and washings, CoolCore is a natural, chemical-free way to cool—up to 30 percent cooler than competitors. In addition, Gillz shirts are non-clinging and non-saturating. They wick sweat away from the body and offer UPF+50 sun protection. Gillz is designed for the passionate angler, the recreational fisherman, or anyone who lives an active outdoor lifestyle. The brand has grown from one innovative fishing shirt to a full apparel line. From tees, to high-performance shirts, to hats, to masks, sunglasses and hoodies, Gillz makes gear for every condition. Designs and patterns are constantly being updated, but the focus on performance is always a constant. Gillz considers making the most comfortable fishing shirt in the world an ongoing process, so innovation will always be of paramount importance. Gillz has come a long way from just making a simple fishing shirt. For more information, visit gillz-gear.com.

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ld Guys Rule was created to embrace a new breed of guys who have incredible energy, passion for life, wisdom gained from years of experience and the time to spend doing the activities they enjoy. Old Guys Rule gear should be worn as a badge of honor for a life well-spent, but not nearly over. Let’s face it, in today’s society if you’re over 40, you’re considered old. Old Guys Rule makes the statement: “So what?” We’re still having fun, still doing what we enjoy and, oh by the way, we’re in control. Don’t let the rest of the world try to tell you anything different. Old guys rule! Founder Don Craig brought the Old Guys Rule concept to the California surfing community in 2003. Its popularity quickly spread to include numerous genres and recreational pursuits. Now anglers can make their statement as well through a series of nine angler-themed shirts including bass, mahi, tuna and marlin. No matter where or how you fish, let the world know “You Rule.” For more information on Old Guys Rule offerings, visit http://oldguysrule.fishing or call 866-465-9640.

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Crossing For A Cure Organizer Travis Suit, with his daughter Piper, who was diagnosed with cystic fibrosis at age 4. Photo by Lori Griffith, Chasin a Dream photography.

Piper’s Angels assemble in a paddle out to honor cystic fibrosis families before the Crossing For A Cure. Photo by Talia Schizzano, Tallymark Productions.

Paddlers gather at midnight in Bimini as they prepare to set out for Florida at the start of the 2018 Crossing For A Cure. Photo by Lori Griffith, Chasin a Dream photography.

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f all the animals a diver might encounter, the octopus most easily qualifies as a creature from outer space. But, despite their eight arms, three hearts, nine brains and blue blood, octopuses really do have an earthly lineage. They are a mollusk (think oysters and conchs), but gave up their shells around 400 million years ago. In that time, nature has figured out some strange but effective ways for this animal to eat without being eaten. Dispensing with its shell gave the octopus flexibility and mobility. To take advantage of their mobility, the octopus features eight flexible, sucker-equipped arms. With these arms octopuses can pull themselves in any direction over the ocean bottom or swim through open water. For real emergencies, they can squirt a blast of water from their siphon for a jet-propelled take-off. Just about every part of an octopus except its beak and eyes can flow like Silly Putty. Consequently, an octopus can work its way through just about any opening it can get its beak through. That means an octopus has lots of places to hide.

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Octopuses have turned hiding into an art form. Their skin contains millions of chromatophores—cells that contain red, orange, yellow, brown or black pigment. Each cell can be individually expanded or contracted to show or hide color and change the texture of their skin. This allows the octopus to match its surroundings in a fraction of a second as it moves. The most alien characteristic of octopuses is probably their eight arms. Each arm has double rows of suckers that not only grasp, but also taste. As an octopus hunts the ocean bottom, the arms independently probe cracks and crevices in search of prey. If it appears those arms have minds of their own, they do. While an octopus has about 500 million neurons, only about a third of them form the central brain. The remaining two-thirds are equally divided among the eight arms, putting them where they can most efficiently interact with those myriad muscles, sensors and chromatophores. So where does a diver go to encounter these amazing animals? My favorite local spot is the Blue Heron Bridge. Octopus studies at the site, led by local researcher Chelsea Bennett, have found common octopus, the Atlantic longarm octopus, Caribbean two-spot, Caribbean reef, pygmy and brownstriped octopuses there. Since octopuses are so good at hiding, Chelsea offered advice from her many hours of octopus observation. “The common and the longarm octopuses are generally found in high densities at the east and west end of BHB (typically just south of the bridges). I call these species underwater neighbors because they are both found in same areas but can coexist because they are associated with different substrates. The common octopus lives in hard-bottom areas (rock, rubble, shell) and the Atlantic longarm in sandy plains.” Pura Vida Divers is featuring Blue Heron Bridge Diver specialty courses throughout the month of March. You’ll learn to navigate the site, identify wildlife and recognize indicators of dens for animals like octopuses. Sign up for an upcoming class by calling 561-8408750.

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elcome to the challenge of spring fishing. I know a lot of people struggle to consistently pattern fish in the month of March, so I have put together a few key points that should help out. Although the days may warm up considerably, the

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water can still stay chilly. The continuation of passing fronts can drop the water temperature quite quickly as it struggles to climb up the thermometer, keeping fish less aggressive. In March, I still hold onto some of the same structure I key on in the coldest months. Although I may start to mix in more shell and grass into my target areas, one thing that needs to remain from the cold weather handbook is quick and easy access to deeper water. With frequent cold fronts, although they may not have the same punch, the fish will still look to retreat to more stable water temps in the depths of a general area. The warmer and sunnier the day, the farther the fish will stray from that deep-water access, but they will not completely abandon its safety. I like to focus on the outer edge of the guts that lead from deeper water to the flats early, and I’ll follow them up on the flat as the day warms. With the fronts comes dreaded high pressure! Here are a couple tactics I rely on in this situation. First, and typically the most productive, is to downsize your lure. This is especially true in the spring when forage is young. I also like to go with a natural or translucent color patterns for a more natural approach. I tend to slow down and work lures closer to the bottom, as well, when the barometer is on the rise. My next approach, when nothing is working in a high barometer setting, is to do something completely opposite of what I just recommended. When all else fails, I tie on a very noisy lure that creates a lot of water displacement. This could be a noisy topwater, a noisy rattling lure or a lipped crankbait-style plug. At this stage, I am just looking for a reaction bite. If I can aggravate them enough, they just might take the bait. Although these techniques are polar opposites, I find the fish to be on one end of the spectrum or the other when dealing with high pressure. You just need to experiment and figure them out. Get out and enjoy the weather, and remember to take a kid fishing! Capt. Michael Okruhlik is the inventor of Controlled Descent Lures and the owner of www.MyCoastOutdoors.com.

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arch marks the move towards spring and I think we are all ready for that. Although winter wasn’t terrible in our region, I saw plenty of Floridians don their wooly caps and big boots. Spring is typically filled with great fishing, lots of tournaments, and best of all warmer weather…..hopefully! March is also smack dab in the middle of the Volusia county event season. I bet our population more than doubles for some weeks in March. Just as important as it is for our guests to act respectfully in our towns, it is equally as important for us locals to act as good hosts. You will see many people fishing in our area that may not know all the proper regulations and tactics. If you see someone struggling to catch fish either at a pier or on a boat, help them out. It could just give them the memory of a

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ith the cold weather all but gone, March should shape up to everyone’s expectations for fantastic Florida spring fishing. Getting out on the flats in the Highbridge region will definitely produce great results with the schooled up redfish! For the live bait fishermen, this is time to free line large shrimp or mud minnows for the best results. For my artificial guys in the area, soft plastics such as paddle tails by D.O.A or slayer are always a great go to. Don’t be afraid to start breaking out the topwater Spooks or Skitterwalks, for these fish will be feeding aggressively. The more the waters warm up the more the snook and tarpon bite will improve as well. Grab a white fluke or live target sardine and don’t forget to bow to the silver king when he breaches the water the way only tarpon can do. Trout will start to feed as these baitfish start moving more and more. Shrimp on a popping cork or a suspending twitch bait will be your top producers for these toothy fish!! For my bottom fisherman look for the mangrove snapper bite to heat right up, as well as a few sheepshead that should be lingering around as well. All in all March is one of my favorite times of year to fish. Get on out to your favorite honey hole and hold on tight because fishing will definitely be on fire!!

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utdoor Pursuits and Adventure Club has been very busy this month! The students have traded in their cell phones for compasses. The focus, the past several weeks, has been getting in touch with nature and learning how to navigate without the use of an electronic compass from the “App Store.” The kids all started out by leaning how to find North on their compasses, which were provided by FWC’s Youth Conservation Program, a program sponsor. To learn how to navigate, the students all worked in groups and Ava Grimaldi, Zoe Metchick, Jada Kovacs, Rylie Osterman, and Jakob participated in scavenger hunts finding Gamble working on a local map of objects around the school’s field and Mosquito Lagoon! campus. They have also learned how to use basic chart plotting skills to navigate on the local intercoastal waterways. The students have also been working in groups to navigate / create headings on nautical maps. One of the challenging tasks the students learned was how to figure out “Time” when plotting a course to a new destination. Later in the month the students in Outdoor Pursuits will complete the Florida Boater Safety course and exam to bring awareness in proper boating procedures. We would like to thank all of the support our community provides to the program! Tight Lines & Screaming Drags, Coach Sanders

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ebruary was absolutely outstanding in our area, as fish pushed back into their winter homes and got onto their winter patterns. Although the deep winter is one of my favorite seasons to fish, March comes as a welcome change to both the weather and fishing patterns. Keep a good eye on the water temperatures this month as this will be key to figuring out your fishing strategies. Once the water starts to warm, we should see some big bait runs start to heat up. Both shrimp and mud minnows should start to flood our area so make sure you are matching the hatch in that regard. The back creeks will still be productive as the month starts, but depending on the weather those redfish and snook could start moving back towards the Inlet and ICW by the end of the month. While in the creeks I like to use smaller baits and artificials in March, and if you are into fly fishing, this is a stellar month for you! One of my favorite fish to target in March are large black drum. Many anglers this month will be paying attention to this fishery as it gives you a chance to tangle with some fish with serious size! From New Smyrna’s South Causeway right through the inlet and into Ponce ICW there are plenty of holes and bottom contours that will hold these fish. We certainly can’t give away any secret spots, but I can tell you my 2 favorite baits. I like to bring both blue crab and salted clams with me when drum fishing. Although jumbo shrimp will work as well, I have found the larger drum want either crabs or clams. Thanks for reading, NOW GO FISHING! Chris Chibbaro – Publisher for Daytona Coastal Angler COASTALANGLERMAG.COM • THEANGLERMAG.COM

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always look forward to spring and the next fishing pattern of the year after winter ends. Rising water temperatures during March signals the northward migration of both inshore and offshore fish along the Atlantic Coast. Bait fish such as mullet, pilchards, sardines and glass minnows, as well as game fish like jack crevalle, ladyfish, bluefish, black drum, tarpon, spanish mackerel, and pompano are among the inshore and near shore species that winters in the warmer waters further south and come back north in spring traveling the intracoastal waterway and along the ocean coast. Manta rays with cobia as well on the ocean side which can always be a magical experience if you find yourself lucky enough to come tight on a brown clown. Schools of jacks, blues, and ladies come back during early spring making for fast action with these hard fighting, catch and release game fish.

Early morning can see surface striking activity along the ICW and the old channel in Edgewater, the fish are attacking spring run shrimp or glass minnows. Cast a shrimp, baitfish, artificial lure, or fly in the fray for a fast hook up. Mackerel or trout can also be caught in this surface activity using the same tactics. Also look for diving birds, as surface strikes are not always visible on top. Sometimes fish can be stacked down deep on channel edges, shoreline drop-offs, points and creek mouths with good current flow as well. Let’s hope for a good shrimp run this spring! The loss of the grass beds in Mosquito Lagoon mean less prime habitat for spawning shrimp therefore less dependable shrimp runs through the area than in years past. Every fish big and small swimming in our inshore waters eats shrimp, so you can’t go wrong using them for bait. Select size hooked through the trimmed tail for a long cast to sight fished reds and trout in skinny water, or regular size shrimp free lined or with a small splitshot

on the drop offs and in holes for mixed bag action. Throw them at surface feeding fish in the channel, on the bottom in black drum holes, and at the Ponce Inlet jetties. Small live or peeled frozen for sheepshead on dock and bridge pilings is always a fun time. Schools of adult giant black drum migrate through our area from midDawn with a Black Drum caught March to mid-April along the bottom of the ICW channel and off the ocean beach. with Capt Michael Savedow Fish at night with half a blue crab or a jumbo shrimp on the bottom of the channel from Haulover Canal, through Oak Hill, and up to the bridges in New Smyrna. Use heavy enough tackle to land these large fish which are up to 50lbs in a reasonable length of time and release them unharmed to go off and make lots more baby drum for our future. The Florida record is a spring migrating fish of 96lbs caught April 2001 at Fernandina Beach. World record is 113lbs caught in Delaware 1975. Please do a quick photo and release these fish, holding the fish horizontally, not hanging from the jaw, as these big drum are our valuable breeder stock fish for the future of our stressed fishery. The Mosquito Lagoon flats can be challenging in spring, redfish are still in schools which have been fished all winter long and can be super spooky and educated to the tricks of us fishermen.

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Inshore Adventures with Skye

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he lagoon this past month (February) was just wonderful. The water quality was great and I spent many days just marveling at the beauty we have right here in our backyard. I am really excited about March as I feel I really connect with that month (I tend to come in like a lion, but I am really a lamb lol). We should see further improvement of the water quality in March, and although fishing can be challenging, you have the opportunity to score some really great lagoon action if you can use the breaks in the weather to your advantage.

Bait Movement

Bait can be scarce in March and you that means you will find yourself using artificials more often than not. You all know I love my artificials, this month you will find me on the flats with my tried and true D.O.A. paddletails and jerkbaits rigged weedless. I know we all have our favorite lures, and I am guilty of this as well, but I implore you to use different lures, tactics, and approaches whenever you can. Spending some time outside of your comfort zone is when you can really grow as an angler. Plus with the scarcity of bait, fish may be more likely to chew on lures.

Trout

March is a great month for trout and all the usual tactics will be in play. In lower light conditions it is topwater time for sure! However later in the day soft plastics will work just fine. Of course if live shrimp is available, put one under a popping cork and hit those sandy potholes. The toothy seatrout is a favorite of anglers for lots of reasons.

My favorite part of the seatrout is the classic head shake you can feel at the end of your line. There is not much better than feeling that head shake, knowing it’s a trout, then feeling him take drag as you realize it is a monster gator trout!!!

Sheepshead

One species that is always overlooked in the lagoon, however it can be a ton of fun to go and catch those convicts as they are affectionately called. You are going to want to target these fish along oyster bars with deep drop-offs, and of course the pilings long the channel are the main places to look for them. For sheepshead fishing I mostly use live or frozen fiddler crabs or shrimp. If using frozen shrimp, I like to peel them before I put them on the hook. I find it really increases my bit to hookup ratio.

Redfish

The redfish can be a bit tricky in March as they will move around quite a bit. During the windy and colder days, you will find them up on the leeward banks in the sun. However during the warmer stretches you will find them out on the larger expansive grass flats roaming around waiting for you! Remember if you don’t go, you’ll never know…..SO GET OUT THERE AND FISH!!!!

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Offshore Forecast by Captain Shane Ryan

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ebruary was unreal for Sailfish in our area. A lot of local charter boats were coming back with solid catches in relatively close fishing grounds. I prefer trolling dink ballyhoo on 60lb fluorocarbon leaders tied to 7/0 owner hooks with a light chin weight. With it primarily a catch Captain Shane with a beautiful wahoo and release fish consider sticking with circle hooks in place of traditional J hooks. I find that the hookup ratio actually increased and definitely less mortality in the release, which is important for the future of the fishery. For those looking for some good smoked fish or to keep the day full of action, try your skills on Kings. The kingfish bite is still strong on nearshore live bottom with plenty of Beeliners and Triggers being caught in these same areas as well. Capt Jr off the Local Charter boat “Hula Girl Charters” has been wearing the Kings out on half day trips aboard his 43’ Bertram out of Down the Hatch. Keeping it simple with a planer setup dragging spoons and sea witches doing the trick for the troll. Chicken rigs dropped down with sardines and squid should handle the bottom bite just fine. Be ready for some big red snapper to jump in the mix as well that confusingly remain Federally Protected from recreational harvest. Finally, for the dedicated anglers interested in dragging big lures at high speeds there are plenty of Wahoo showing ...some days will make you up this month with question your sanity without Blackfin Tunas in the any bites, but when it turns on mix as well. Remember it’s a game of patience and some days will make it’s well worth the wait. you question your sanity

without any bites, but when it turns on it’s well worth the wait. Look for temps north or south of 70 degrees and areas holding bait on the surface. Had some magical days in February with over 6 nice Wahoo each day while trolling C&H Lures around 18 knots in 170 of water. Check out our recent videos on YouTube at Back to Blue Outdoors to see some of what we have been catching lately and rigging tips. Good luck and Catch Em Up! Capt. Shane Ryan | Back to Blue Outdoors

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or this month’s tech tip we want to talk about your truck’s respiratory system. That’s right, we mean air filters. As simple as this may be, the amount of clean air flowing through your engine is very important. Let’s not forget, this air is mixing with fuel for combustion so making sure no outside dirt particles is key! Depending on driving conditions (change more frequently for dirt road driving) you should change your air filter at least every 30,000 miles. Remember keeping your air filter fresh leads to less damaged internal components, better fuel efficiency, and better results in quick acceleration scenarios. As always, we here at NSB Chevy can handle all of this for you. Just give us a call to set up an inspection of your vehicle, and we will make sure you are running smoothly!

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received a message from Chris Chibbaro, owner of the magazine, saying for our next Coastal Angler Magazine food adventure, to bring a bib and my hunger. He wasn’t lying. I pulled into Crab Stop 2 at 933 W. International Speedway Boulevard in Daytona Beach with a giant painted crab on the atrium of the building, luring in guests, and letting them know that crabs are their specialty. I’ve driven by the restaurant my whole Florida life and have never stopped in. This experience was a game changer. Daytona Beach, with all its ambiance of class and being known as the most famous beach in the world must include this crustacean blessed restaurant as a go to for locals and tourists. As I shook hands with Chris, we looked over the menu with hunger smiles as we knew we were going to leave full, happy, and crab infested. The restaurant is set up in a casual island style ambiance, with a portrait of a beach scene over the main dining room, with a large blue crab in the center of the back wall. IHOP became a crab haven, literally. Our server, Tara Haven relocated us to a middle table for more space after she found out we were going to become apex crab predators before the lunch was over. We gazed over the menu and immediately noticed an appetizer not seen anywhere else called, “crab poppers.” These delights consisted of grinded snow crab, cheese, and mild peppers tossed in a batter, then fried and served with a tangy honey mustard style sauce. The moment we both took a bite, although way too hot, and like being stoned and hungry we burnt the roof of our mouth and groaned in pleasure and pain as they were delicious. I felt like crab rangoon had a love child with a southern gentleman and a spanish queen. Chris took the throne and ordered a dozen medium blue crabs, an order of crawfish, and a dozen of the largest blue crabs they had in house. In Hawaii they put a lei necklace around you, in Daytona Beach at Crab Stop 2 they put a bib around your neck with an innovative food catcher at the base. Our server looked at us like we were doing something wrong, or an attempt at a Guiness Book of World Records feast, but we had a secret companion joining our table. Daniel Levesque, owner of Gobbler’s Lodge 3D Archery Range in Osteen pulled up and showed no hesitation in his carnivorous crab game. Chris said, “I’m gonna shake his hand lathered in butter and crab seasoning without hesitation.” I thought to myself, yeah right. Daniel 10 DAYTONA/NEW SMYRNA/DELAND

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comes walking through the door, and with premeditated predatory crab intentions shook hands with both of us lathered in butter, garlic, and Maryland crab seasonings. “I’m going to be dirty in a second with the same, no shame in my game,” said Levesque. As a food writer, I thought I had crab skills until I watched Chris and Daniel break crabs open and suck the meat out in Days of Thunder time trials while I struggled to keep up. I felt like Get messy, learn crustacean Ricky Bobby in Talladega Nights, “What do I do anatomy, and devour in with my hands?” “When I was a kid in carnivorous style, the best New Jersey, my father, garlic crabs in town. grandfather, and I would pick crabs for hours with our feet hanging off the dock. They would judge how well I cleaned and ate the crabs by how many baitfish were at my feet (the fish would gather around whomever left the most meat on the shell). If I had too many fish eating my scraps, Gramps wouldn’t let me eat any more crabs because I didn’t pick them clean enough. Tough Love,” said Chibbaro. Article and Pictures By: Ryan Rougeux Crab Stop 2 offers Instagram: Gonzofoodjournalist plenty of crab and shrimp Facebook: Gonzofoodjournalist combos, chicken wings, crawfish, fried fish, burgers, Email: gonzofoodjournalist@gmail.com chowder, and many other southern favorites. If you’re looking to get down on the best crab feast in Volusia County, this is the spot. Get 933 W. International Speedway Blvd., Daytona Beach 386-253-4616 messy, learn crustacean Email: info@crabstopdaytona.com anatomy, and devour in Hours: Mon - Thu, 11am - 9pm carnivorous style, the Fri - Sat, 11am - 10pm | Sunday, 11am - 8pm best garlic crabs in town.

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CONSERVATION

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Majestic Manatees

t’s hard not to love manatees. The gentle giants not only earn our admiration for their docile nature, but our sympathy for their noticeable scars, which are all too common. The Florida manatee, a subspecies of the West Indian Manatee, travels through Florida’s fresh, brackish and salt waterways year-round. During winter, our warm water refuges are critical to the survival of manatees that could otherwise experience cold stress in their common summer environments, which can span from south of Florida to as far north as Massachusetts. The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) estimates that the Florida manatees population has risen to over 6600 in recent years. Protected by the Marine Mammal Protection Act of 1972, the Endangered Species Act of 1973 and the Florida Manatee Sanctuary Act of 1978, manatees have been a hot topic among state and federal regulatory agencies for over 40 years. However, one year ago this month, the US Fish & Wildlife Service reduced the protection levels for manatees by downgrading their status from an endangered to a threatened species. This was a controversial decision and is opposed by conservation groups who question the scientific data behind the decision and worry about the future of the species. With record watercraftrelated fatalities recorded in 2018, high numbers of deaths related to natural causes that include red tide and toxic algae, and concerns over habitat and food source loss, conservation groups such as the Save the Manatee Club, are working to keep protective regulations in place. Adult manatees feed on seagrass and other aquatic vegetation at or below the water’s surface. They consume approximately 10-15% of their bodyweight in plants per day. Weighing in at between 800-1200 pounds, this requires manatees to spend a great deal of time traveling and eating. For this reason, it is important for boaters to avoid shallow areas, especially seagrass beds, where manatees may be eating or traveling slowly just under the surface. Boaters can look out for snouts, as manatees typically come up to the surface every few minutes to breathe, as well as flat spots or swirls from their paddle-like tails. Polarized sunglasses can be very useful when it comes to spotting manatees or other sea life. Of course, if you are in one of the many slow-speed or no wake manatee zones in our area, you will not only be able to spot them more easily, but should be maintaining a slow enough speed to prevent a boat or propeller strike. With 121 out of 823 confirmed deaths in 2018 being caused by watercraft impact, boaters need to stay alert and educate others on how to 12 DAYTONA/NEW SMYRNA/DELAND

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protect these beautiful native creatures for future generations to enjoy. There are many other ways we can impact the future of manatees. One is to reduce or eliminate the use of fertilizers on shorelines, as the excess nutrients contribute to toxic algae blooms which have devastated seagrass beds in recent years and caused unusual mortality events in manatees, dolphin and other marine life. Shoreline owners can also post signage alerting boaters of a manatee area and encouraging them to slow down. As with many species, manatees often fall victim to entanglement in fishing line, nets and hooks. These items should always be discarded or recycled properly. Of course, education is key and sharing your knowledge and passion with others can be the most impactful way to promote conservation. Email education@ savethemanatee.org for materials including a boating safety packet and boat decal, tips for safely boating near manatees and signs for shoreline property owners. If you encounter a manatee while boating, slow down and be sure to stay at least 50 feet away. To observe safely, shut off your engine and carefully pull in fishing lines that may be in the direction of the manatee. Be aware that there may be others traveling through the same area. If a manatee seems to be in distress or injured, call 888-404-FWCC or *FWC. To help support rehabilitation and conservation efforts, you can adopt a manatee for $25 at www. savethemanatee.org, buy a $5 manatee conservation decal at your tax collector’s office, or check out the Manatee Rehabilitation Area at Sea World. For one of the best, local, up-close views of manatees in their natural environment, visit Blue Springs State Park in Orange City, where hundreds of manatees frequently gather during cold weather to enjoy the warm, protected waters of the spring. Tara Shea | Staff Writer, Coastal Angler Volusia

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Tomoka Fishing Report

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arch is a great month to fish the Tomoka Basin. The air and water temperatures are optimal for getting fish on the move and eating. Generally, the fish are shallow throughout the later day. On the low tide the fish will be suspended on the drop offs. Surface lures are effective most of the day along with lures that run 1 to 3 feet deep. The bait fish should be plentiful so working the mouths of the canals on an outgoing tide can be very rewarding. Remember to cast your lures tight to the bank where you see activity. Follow the bait fish and you will find the game fish. March also starts the tarpon run in the basin and up river. The bite is usually early in the morning and late in the day. These fish can be very picky with what they are eating so make sure you bring a little bit of everything to throw at them. Good fishing and enjoy the weather.

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FISHING REPORT & FORECAST CAPT. BRYN RAWLINS

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ebruary was a great month for fishing on the St. Johns River for Speckled Perch and we hope it will continue into March. This year has brought a lot of limits and we have seen a lot of fish over 2 pounds. We’ve had two productive methods so far this season, trolling in Lake Woodruff and vertical jigging depending Capt. Rick and Ron Rawlins shown in photo on the moon phase. Artificial with Flip Pallot. jigs have been the best bait, but live minnows come at a close second. Around the full moon, fish will retreat to shallow water for spawning. When they do move to shallow water, vertical jigging and cork and jigging along the banks and tree tops will work best. March will be another good month for targeting big bass. This time of year wild river shiners are the most popular method for bass fishing. As most anglers know, bass fishing has been slow this season from the aftermath of our last hurricane. We are starting to see some slow improvements and are hopeful for a productive spring season. Artificial lures like Spinner baits and top water can still be productive depending on weather conditions however April will be a better month for artificial baits. Highland Park Fish Camp offers free fishing maps and will highlight your best fishing locations. You can also give us a call any day for an up to date fishing report. 1-800-525-3477. Capt. Bryn Rawlins | Highland Park Fish CampDeLand, FL 1-800-525-3477 | www.Highlandparkfishcamp.com 14 DAYTONA/NEW SMYRNA/DELAND

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SHRIMPING REPORT & FORECAST CAPT. LEE NOGA

Jumbo Shrimp!

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ED FARLOW an earlier tide they go North towards Edgewater. The arch is the wake up month in the world of favorite place remains Oak Hill from the ramp area all big shrimping. The run has started in Volusia the way down passed Lopez to CM 9a. FWC spent the County, albeit 4 weeks late. Brevard is hit and entire weekend pulling boats over doing full inspections. miss, the hot spots are hovering at “Get ready, get set....” We have not seen this in nearly a decade. They skipped but not quite hit the “go”. They are just on the cusp, very few boats. but all indications are they will have a season as well. Titusville pier is off to a slow start but that can Brevard lagged behind Volusia last year, so this is not of change any day, you have to go to know. The Brevard any concern. hot spots RRB are hit or miss but the locals are saying The place to be is Oak Hill the last couple of months, the run is still at its beginning stages. They predict the perhaps March will be the month of consistency for run will be fully developed this month, so monitor Brevard. The sizes of the Oak Hill shrimp are impressive. January-March requires more skill then the Late March to Brad Helms from New Smyrna Beach landed on the intel daily. Melbourne reporting no shrimp. Remember, Volusia County is boater country only and May when we are inundated with a bazillion dinks (under the jumbo shrimp in Oak Hill. it is tide driven. Brevard is wind driven and is suited 4 inches). Typically, you cannot pull a bucket without for boaters, trappers or plank warriors. Shrimp reports change daily as the a high percentage of dinks and smalls. But January, the full pull bell has rung for amount of moon showing/winds changes daily. The currents go in 30 day cycles several who employed proper light set techniques, and could blast the catfish off their lights using high tech MacDaddy lights. The catfish and bait fish remain a big and daily they are either in a pattern of getting stronger for the week or getting weaker for the week. Shrimping in Volusia is an outgoing tide sport . problem for the 3rd season, and this is as a result of warm waters. Nuisance fish I have computed the tides for you for 6 months at LeeNoga.com for Volusia hover over your lights choking the light into blackness. This problem interferes with for all the hot spots. This month you will be able to catch shrimp in Volusia on your visibility and this interference is what is causing lower pulls for boaters. The the beginning of the incoming tide. March is normally where the sizes start to sizes in Oak Hill are dependent on your skill level and ability to blow the big ones up into the upper water column using light. Personally, I am seeing Volusia County get smaller towards the end of the month, so get out there and fill your freezer. buckets of 5-7” inch 3 biters and seeing buckets 4-6 inches with high majority small Capt Lee Noga | Academy Of Shrimping | www.leenoga.com to medium. The tides decide where anglers choose their locations. If they want

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MONTHLY SEMINARS

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he month of March is one of our favorites here at HSFC. Not only is the 11th Annual Surf Fishing Tournament in the beginning of the month, but we also have the Offshore Challenge which is one of our most popular events. We here at the club can’t wait until the Captains Meeting on 3/28/19 to see some of our regular tournament anglers as well as meeting some new people! For more information, contact Jesse Jones at 386-453-6489 or tournaments@hsfc.com Information can also be found at www.hsfc.com HSFC Tournament Director Jesse Jones 16 DAYTONA/NEW SMYRNA/DELAND

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The Halifax Sport Fishing Club’s monthly seminars are the third Thursday each month. Check the HSFC website or Facebook for date changes, speaker updates, and topics of the seminars. All HSFC seminars are FREE and open to the public. A brief meeting at 6:45, open fishing forum at 7:00pm, and seminar starts at 7:30. All seminars are held at the Halifax Sport Fishing Club, located in the Riverside Pavillion at 3341 S Ridgewood Ave. in Port Orange. For more information contact David Rittweger at programs@hsfc.com

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Destination Fishing! By Tom Schlichter

St. Augustine’s Shallow Water Reds And Trout

Capt. Tommy Derringer of Inshore Adventures prepares to release a typical St. Augustine redfish taken from shallow waters on a quiet soft plastic. Photo courtesy of Capt. Tommy Darrenger.

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ith a claim of being the oldest city in the United States, St. Augustine, Fla. is certainly rich in history. Stroll the streets and you’ll see Spanish colonial architecture, beautiful stretches of sandy beach and ample parklands awaiting exploration. Head out on the water, though, and you’ll also discover tremendous inshore fishing. “Redfish and trout action is really good in our inshore waters during the spring season,” said charter skipper Tommy Derringer of Inshore Adventures (www.Inshoreadventures.net; 904-377-3734). “There’s only a couple of months here when it’s clear enough to sight

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he action in northwest Costa Rica is outstanding. All five boats of our boats were on the water in January, with 83 trips logged for the month. Yellowfin tuna and dorado are a constant this time of year, but the team also fought a bunch of massive marlin. We released nine blue marlin, 11 striped marlin, three black marlin and 78 sailfish. We also melted a lot of ice with 256 dorado and 158 yellowfin tuna. The 32-foot Harvester was deep in the battle on Jan. 14, as client Kevin Poindexter battled a sweet blue marlin. The marlin was the headliner, but it was supported by an excellent sailfish release. They rounded out the day with a dorado and a yellowfin. Good thing, because it’s easy to work up a big appetite when catching all day long! The Adventurer is a 23-foot panga with the fishing tool of a boat twice her size and a bad attitude to match. This year we have added a Photo by Andy Blackledge bottom machine, tuna tube and outriggers.

Jeff Capen made history on Jan. 15 with the second-ever marlin release on the panga. A blue marlin release is a magnificent achievement on any boat, let alone the sneaky 23-foot switchblade. It’s proof you don’t need a big boat to catch big fish in Costa Rica! FishingNosara hall-of-famer and northeast FishingNosara representative Mark Cooney pulled off an amazing fishing feat with Capt. David on Jan. 18. What, you’ve never released a sailfish on a 23-foot panga with a tiller-steered motor? Legendary Texas angler Jerome McKown added to his record on Jan. 27 with a gaggle of sailfish releases with Capt. Carlos of the 32-foot Discoverer. Great work by Mate Kevin to safely wrangle and release these monsters. Of course these boys weren’t going hungry, thanks to a half-dozen excellent dorado scores. The flagship Wanderer is celebrating her 10th year of fishing in these waters, and one must marvel at the man who has commanded her from Day 1. It is no exaggeration that Capt. William and the Wanderer ran more trips last year than any boat in all of Central America. FishingNosara hall-of-famers Catherine Chase and Ron LaGro added to their legend on Jan. 19 with Capt. William. A striped marlin led off a great day of action. After Catherine’s release, Ron added a sailfish release. They rounded out the morning with a nice stack of dorado filets. This report barely scratches the surface of the blistering-hot action in Nosara. Remember, you can always check the FishingNosara Blog for daily catch updates. If you have been reading this report for a while and waiting for the right time to visit, stop wishing and come fishing! Call FishingNosara at 904-591-2161 or email craig@ fishingnosara.com.

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ere are some of my favorite fish to eat in the lagoon along with some tips on how to catch them. It’s ok to eat fish from the lagoon, but do it in moderation. 1) Pompano: This silver-blue slab has some of the best white meat. It’s a cold-water fish and is usually caught between December and April on a variety of lures and live bait. Fish small jigs and pompano jigs around shallow drop-offs in 3 to 5 feet of water. Also look for them around bridges and deeper cuts. For live bait, use shrimp or sand fleas. 2) Snook: You can only keep one snook between 28 and 32 inches and only in certain months of the year. Closed season for snook is Dec. 15-Jan. 31 and June 1-Aug. 31. Snook have excellent flaky white meat. Snook can be caught on a variety of lures including topwaters, jigs and live bait. They prefer structure (piers, bridges, mangroves) and feed more actively at night. 3) Flounder: Often overlooked or targeted as table-fare, this species of fish has two eyes on one side of its heads and lies on the bottom waiting for bait to come by. I’ve caught flounder in the lagoon up to 5 pounds and sometimes three or four on an outing. Flounder love jigs and live bait, especially shrimp (live or dead). Fish for them on flats around bridges and on shallow flats in 3 to 4 feet of water. 4) Black drum and red drum (redfish): Black drum love any sort of crustacean, from shrimp to blue crabs and can also be caught on cut bait (ladyfish). Fish for them with bait around bridge pilings or under piers. Redfish will eat bait, and they’ll also take lures. Try a 4-inch jig with a paddle tail or a jig tipped with shrimp. 5) Snapper: I’ve fished for mangrove snapper (10” min) and lane snapper (8” min), and they can be caught easily on small jigs, jigs tipped with shrimp and shrimp. Fish around piers and structure and deeper areas on the flats. 6) Sheepshead and tripletail: Sheepshead are members of porgy family and eat crustaceans and barnacles. Shrimp, fiddler crabs and crabs are favorite baits. Fish for them on the bottom around piers and bridges. Tripletail will hit jigs, but fishing shrimp around buoys and floating markers is your best bet. 7) Mackerel and bluefish. Both species are fast and will hit any lure or live bait. I prefer mackerel to bluefish. They are cold-water fish and move into the lagoon during the winter months. They can be caught around structure, especially bridges with moving water. Richard Matteson is the staff writer for the Stuart Rod and Reel Club. Visit www.stuartrodandreel.com. Richard can be reached at 336-414-3440.

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ishing has long been a tradition passed down through generations. From great-grandparents who manufactured tools and tackle out of the most basic materials all the way down to my generation’s tech-savvy methods of fishing, we all share something in common. The tug on the end of the line, the organized chaos and landing the fish are all part of the thrill that fishing entails. As an angler growing up in this day 1:14 of age, to realize Airline_Ad_CoastalAngler_8-1-14_Layout 1 8/1/14 PM I’ve Pagecome 1

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f you’re an angler who enjoys following up a day on mountain trout streams with a refreshing craft beverage or two, cast your attention to the Blue Ridge mountain town of Hendersonville. This North Carolina town, about 22 miles south of Asheville, offers miles of stocked trout waters, as well as the popular Hendersonville Cheers! Trail. The two resources make it possible to spend the day catching three types of trout – rainbow, brown and brook – while spending an evening exploring three types of craft beverages – beer, wine and hard cider. First, the fishing part. North Mills River is the prime trout stream in the Hendersonville area. The river’s 4-mile section of delayed harvest waters receives an annual infusion of 11,000 trout from N.C. Wildlife, divvied between brook, rainbow and brown. Spring is a great time to fly fish the delayed harvest waters of North Mills River because no trout have been harvested since Sept. 30. Another hot spot for trout fishing is just across the Henderson County line toward Brevard. The Davidson River offers miles of public trout waters that receive annual stockings of 16,500 fish. Other lesser-known spots for fishing near Hendersonville include

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ew names resonate as deeply in the world of light-tackle fly fishing as the name Flip Pallot. Many of us remember waking up on Saturday mornings to watch Flip’s show, Walker’s Cay Chronicles. Fish Hippie, the North Carolina-based outdoor lifestyle brand, has teamed up with Pallot, who plans to put Fish Hippie apparel and accessories to the test during his on- and off-thewater adventures as the brand’s ambassador. Pallot’s unparalleled passion for fishing has paved the way for his successful career and has inspired fishing enthusiasts worldwide. He is widely recognized for Walker’s Cay Chronicles, which aired for 16 seasons on ESPN, a TBS series titled Saltwater Angler and his most recent Fishing the Keys show on VERSUS network. Each show is centered around Pallot’s fishing insight as he travels around the world on angling adventures. “I smile, knowing that most of my life is spent in a glow of solar energy reflected by the world’s most beautiful wet spots,” said Pallot. “Montana meadow stream or shimmering, tropical bonefish flat, I’m stacking sun drenched miles on my Fish Hippie wardrobe. I’m enjoying the function of the product along with the fashion attention when I return to the dock!” In spring 2017, Fish Hippie launched the Solarhaze Performance Collection, which has become a fast favorite among outdoor and fishing enthusiasts nationwide, including Pallot. Function and fashion meet on and off with water with the Solarhaze Performance Collection, which has set a new standard of luxury and necessity in the performancewear industry. Technical features—including slick, moisture-wicking fabrics, UPF +40 and ultra-lightweight materials—are coupled with modern cuts, ultimate comfort and effortless style for those who appreciate the finer side of outdoor living. From hunting and fishing to work and leisure, this collection is designed to fit into your everyday agenda. The collection includes performance button-downs, technical performance hoodies, technical performance crews, performance shorts and a variety of hats. “We are honored to have such an incredible fishing icon wear and enjoy our Fish Hippie clothing,” said Ben Webb, co-founder of Fish Hippie. “We’re excited to hear how Flip’s new Fish Hippie wardrobe will serve him as he tracks many miles on and off shore.” For more information about Fish Hippie apparel and accessories, visit FishHippie.com.

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he 2019 Bassmaster Classic, scheduled for March 15-17 on the Tennessee River, will feature the usual mix of established pro fishing superstars and hungry young pros who are destined to be the stars of tomorrow. The 52 anglers converging on Knoxville will be gunning for the largest share of the $1 million prize fund, and they’ll be aiming to establish their angling legacy by winning the most important title in professional fishing. Among the field are eight former Classic winners, including four-time champion Kevin VanDam of Kalamazoo, Mich., and defending champion Jordan Lee of Grant, Ala., who last year became one of only three anglers to claim back-to-back wins in the event. Seven of the pros have hoisted the Toyota Bassmaster Angler of

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By Nick Carter Big cubera snapper are just one of the species waiting inshore on the East Cape. This one was caught by Jim Rodriguez, a cameraman with the TV show Livin’ The Dream. Photo by Jimmy Nelson.

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ust looking at a map will tell you the Sea of Cortez is a fish trap. Separated from the Pacific Ocean by Mexico’s nearly 800-mile long Baja California Peninsula, it’s a 62,000 square mile canyon that drops to depths approaching 10,000 feet. The sportfishing out of Cabo San Lucas, on the Peninsula’s southern tip is legendary. It is a bustling destination where marlin, sailfish and tuna abound. But Capt. Jimmy Nelson, host of the TV show Livin’ The Dream, pointed to a quieter destination and some awesome fishing up the Peninsula’s East Cape. Out of the Buena Vista Beach Resort about an hour’s drive north of Cabo, the Sea of Cortez drops to 1,000-foot depths just a few hundred yards off sand beaches. There’s a fleet of sportfishing boats waiting to take anglers offshore to chase all the big pelagics, and the inshore action borders on unbelievable. Even shorebased fishermen can catch some species typically associated with long runs offshore. At a place renowned for billfish, Nelson said the inshore action is as much of a reason to go as the marlin. “You never know what you’re going to get. There’s all kinds of things that will be right there on the edge,” Nelson said. “Roosterfish, African pompano, cubera snapper, Sierra mackerel, even dolphin, wahoo and yellowfin tuna will hit your popper right off the beach.” Never knowing what’s on the end of the line requires anglers to gear up. This is not the same as inshore fishing in the Gulf of Mexico or Atlantic. Nelson said casting 8-inch poppers or live lookdowns from shore is a ton of fun and requires 8000 size spinning reels. A big cubera snapper slamming your popper is a fight you’ll never forget. “It’s a rush,” he said. “You’re catching a bottomfish on top, so they go straight down to the bottom. You have to gear up with some pretty heavy tackle.” Trolling just off the beach is another tactic that puts anglers on a surprising array of the Pacific’s best sportfish. Big roosterfish might be primary target, but again, you never know what will eat when you’re pulling lookdowns and goggle eyes. Big yellowfin tuna have been known to surprise anglers just off the beaches, so 30 wide reels and heavy tackle are required. COASTALANGLERMAG.COM • THEANGLERMAG.COM

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