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ed snapper should be the official fish of summer vacation. These hard-fighting and delicious reef fish are the traditional driving force behind the Gulf of Mexico charter fishing industry. The season dates are set to align with the arrival of tourists seeking fun in the sun, and whether you’re pulling your own boat to the Gulf for a week-long fishing expedition or you plan to hire a captain for a day on the water with the kids, here’s a state-by-state look at what you need to know to get in on the action.

Non-stainless steel circle hooks are required when fishing with natural baits. At least one de-hooking device is required and must be used to remove hooks. A descending device or venting tool that is rigged and ready for use is required when fishing for reef fish in federal waters of the Gulf of Mexico.

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wner/angler Nick Pratt, Capt. Chris Hood and the It Just Takes Time team swept the blue marlin divisions by weighing the only qualifier during the 2022 Mississippi Gulf Coast Billfish Classic. The 763.6-pound blue gave the team an unprecedented third consecutive win. That feat has never been accomplished in the 26-year history of the Classic or in any other Gulf Coast big game tournament. It Just Takes Time, a 72 Viking based in Orange Beach, Ala., took home a payout of $630,985 for the marlin tournament award, crew division and all

marlin optional entry categories. The total prize purse this year’s event was $1.36 million. Quantified, a 64 Spencer with Capt. Justin Drummond at the helm, had an impressive showing, too. Angler Cyler Pape wound in the top dolphin at 37 pounds and the team released three sailfish and three white marlin to score 1,500 points in the release division. With tournament and optional entries, the team earned a payout of $140,060. The top release boat with four blue marlin on its ledger (2,400 points) was Ramble On, a 67 Billy Horton run by Capt. Shannon Allman. With an optional dolphin entry (25.9 pounds), the team won $120,170 for the tournament. Shock Wave, a 69 Spencer with Capt. Shelby Johnson on the throttles, scored three blue marlin in the release division, good for a check totaling $47,025 in optional entries. Sunrise, a 53 Guthrie (Capt. Billy Blount) also had three blue marlin releases, along with the third-place dolphin (Chris King/32.8 pounds), a 102.4-pound tuna and a wahoo optional, good for a $42,065 payout. Angler Drew Phillips outlasted a yellowfin tuna weighing 206.9 pounds after a 45-minute fight. Phillips was fishing aboard Second Wind, a 72 F&S run by Capt. Marlin Brown. The team earned $36,695 for that record catch. Rising Sons’ two optional entry tuna (52.1 and 50.9 pounds) paid out $34,650 for angler Evan Crochet and Capt. Toby Berthelot and the team. Rising Sons is a 58 Viking based in Orange Beach. Capt. Dennis Bennett and the Destin team aboard Salt Shaker (58 Viking) capitalized on two blues and a white marlin release in the Catch and Release Division. That score earned the team $32,760. Owner/angler Timothy O’Brien on Panhandler scored the second-place dolphin at 36.1 pounds. Capt. Nick Millsap was at the helm of the 63 Hatteras. With the tournament award and optional entries, that fish was worth $22,864. Iona Louise was the first boat to weigh on Saturday and the 52.5-pound wahoo they hoisted aloft held on to take first place in the division. Capt. Clip Hopkins runs the 58 Hatteras and Christopher Nolan for the angler. A total of 73 boats and 360 anglers competed in the 2022 MGCBC. The fleet caught 56 blue marlin, eight white marlin and three sailfish. In the game fish categories, 29 yellowfin tuna were weighed, along with eight dolphin and five wahoo. For complete results, see mgcbc.com.

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4:22 am 0.4 ft � 10:23 am3.1 ft � 4:30 pm 0.1 ft � 10:56 pm3.4 ft �

64

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� 6:29 am� 8:23 pm

5:01 am 0.4 ft � 11:06 am3.1 ft � 5:09 pm 0.2 ft � 11:35 pm3.3 ft �

61

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� 6:29 am� 8:23 pm

5:42 am 0.4 ft � 11:50 am3.0 ft � 5:53 pm 0.3 ft �

58

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� 6:30 am� 8:23 pm

12:14 am3.3 ft � 6:26 am 0.3 ft � 12:39 pm3.1 ft � 6:43 pm 0.4 ft �

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� 6:30 am� 8:23 pm

12:57 am3.2 ft � 7:16 am 0.2 ft � 1:32 pm 3.1 ft � 7:38 pm 0.5 ft �

53

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� 6:31 am� 8:23 pm

1:43 am 3.2 ft � 8:10 am 0.1 ft � 2:30 pm 3.2 ft � 8:39 pm 0.5 ft �

54

� 6:31 am� 8:23 pm

2:36 am 3.2 ft �

9:42 pm 0.5 ft �

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� 6:32 am� 8:22 pm

4:38 am 3.3 ft � 11:06 am-0.5 ft � 5:39 pm 3.7 ft � 11:41 pm0.3 ft �

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� 6:32 am� 8:22 pm

5:40 am 3.5 ft � 12:03 pm-0.7 ft � 6:38 pm 3.9 ft �

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� 6:33 am� 8:22 pm

12:38 am0.1 ft � 6:41 am 3.7 ft � 1:00 pm -0.8 ft � 7:34 pm 4.1 ft �

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� 6:33 am� 8:21 pm

1:33 am 0.0 ft � 7:39 am 3.8 ft � 1:55 pm -0.9 ft � 8:27 pm 4.2 ft �

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� 6:34 am� 8:21 pm

2:27 am -0.1 ft � 8:35 am 4.0 ft � 2:49 pm -0.9 ft � 9:18 pm 4.3 ft �

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� 6:34 am� 8:21 pm

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� 6:35 am� 8:20 pm

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6:04 am -0.2 ft � 12:13 pm3.8 ft � 6:28 pm 0.0 ft �

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4:56 am 3.0 ft � 11:25 am0.1 ft � 5:49 pm 3.3 ft � 11:56 pm0.7 ft �

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5:47 am 3.1 ft � 12:12 pm0.1 ft � 6:36 pm 3.4 ft �

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2:42 am 0.5 ft � 8:41 am 3.4 ft � 2:52 pm 0.0 ft � 9:15 pm 3.7 ft �

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3:19 am 0.4 ft � 9:22 am 3.4 ft � 3:28 pm 0.1 ft � 9:51 pm 3.7 ft �

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uly surf fishing typically holds trophy catches for those looking for large snook and tarpon. The summertime surf conditions create a perfect scenario for these predatory species to roam the beaches feeding on baitfish. July and August are personally my favorite times of the year to target them with live bait and artificial lures. Included with snook and tarpon, we’ll see great catches of whiting, croakers and pompano. With that being said, the shark fishing will continue to be a great addition to anyone looking at hooking blacktip sharks as well. The name of the game during the summer months is to get out early or later when the temperatures aren’t scorching hot. These feeding periods will consist of snook and tarpon crashing baitfish in the first and second trough. Live baitfish including mullet and croakers, either freelined or rigged with a split shot, generally see the most success. Another great way of targeting snook or tarpon will be to enact the use of swim baits, bucktails or suspended plugs casting diagonally to the shore with a steady retrieve. It’s worth mentioning that large breeding snook, as well as all tarpon, should be handled with care; implement a quick release with an emphasis on minimal exposure out of the water. Pompano fishing this time of year usually doesn’t make the headlines, but it’s worth noting that our resident pompano will be out in force. The key to having success will be for those surf fishing anglers willing to seek out the clean water and runouts. Surf fishing near Melbourne Beach north to Cocoa Beach should have tight concentrations of fish throughout the Space Coast region. Pompano rigs with shrimp or clam flavored Fishbites combined with live sandfleas or fresh peeled shrimp will have the most fortune. By far the most active species during the summer months are whiting and croakers. At times, the bite can make for nonstop action reeling one in after another, often with two on at once! A great way to repurpose the croakers are to rig them on a live bait rig with a fish finder setup on a oneto two-ounce sliding weight and recast in the first trough. Beach fishing

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charters catching loads of whiting make for a great family fun experience and, on top of that, whiting make phenomenal table fare. Every one that hits the shore looks like a fish taco to me! In conclusion, consider heading to the beach for surf fishing fun in the weeks and months ahead. Diversified setups with pompano rigs and live bait rigs will have you covering all your bases for snook, tarpon, whiting, croakers and pompano. If you’re feeling extra ambitious, get a large chunked bait rigged up for the shark fishing scene that is sure to be a hit. Get out on the shore before work or after work to enjoy the height of this summer surf fishing season. CAPT. LUKAS BRICKWEG

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6:02 am 0.3 ft � 12:08 pm1.9 ft � 6:13 pm 0.2 ft �

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2:24 am 0.4 ft � 8:18 am 2.1 ft � 2:35 pm 0.0 ft � 8:55 pm 2.3 ft �

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SEBASTIAN INLET TO EAU GALLIE CAUSEWAY FORECAST

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uly 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 as well as along the beaches. Fish live bait along the jetties in the day and fish Rapala Long Cast 14 lures, bucktail jigs and D.O.A. Baitbusters 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 Long Cast 12 or D.O.A. 4” C.A.L. and Baitbusters fished in the trough to target snook from shore. Look for bait pods along the beaches from and use the Rapala Long Cast 14 to be able to reach snook, tarpon and sharks 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 Craig from New York with his baits such as Rapala’s Skitter Walk personal best tarpon! as the sun comes up and as it sets should be a sure bet for trout, snook or redfish. If the fish wont hit topwater, go subsurface with the Rapala Twitchin’ Mullet and Twitchin’ Minnow. If soft baits are your preference, D.O.A. Shrimp and C.A.L. 4” jerkbaits in the mullet pattern or rainbow trout work well. Look for bait pods in the areas you are fishing and work the bait pods, cast under the mangroves and along the deeper parts 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 lightining or hail storm. CAPT. GLYN AUSTIN

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ummer vacation is in full swing and as I write this, I am on vacation with my family on Anna Maria Island, Fla. Traveling to new locations and attempting a “Do It Yourself ” style of fishing can be a lot of fun, as well as a challenge. Of course, as a full time guide, I always recommend hiring a guide to increase your success. But, I also enjoy the adventure of exploring new waters in search of fish. Here are a few things I do to be successful in new locations while traveling. 1. Do your research. Prior to hitting the road, search the internet for articles, fishing reports or even videos that talk about fishing in the area you’ll be visiting. Even fishing reports from years past can help you discover a pattern and perhaps help determine what tackle you should bring. This will help you pack the right gear and not waste space on unnecessary fishing tackle. 2. Listen to the locals. Stopping at local bait shops is always a great idea. Be sure to ask for any insider info like what’s running, or what has been the “go-to” bait, live or artificial. And don’t be afraid to ask to be pointed in a direction. I love searching for and finding fish, but remember these aren’t your home waters so a little local knowledge can go a long way. 3. Look for life. Once you do make it on the water, regardless if by foot, kayak or boat, look for signs of life. Are there birds diving? Is there bait in the water? Are there visual cues showing signs of life? These are things to pay attention to as they might mean the difference between fishing and catching. 4. Be mindful of others. Just like at home, we must always pay attention to other boaters and anglers. It’s crucial that wherever we fish and explore that we respect others, as well as the environment. Do your best not to crowd other anglers or to cut them off if they are poling/fishing a flat. Also pay attention to channel markers and warning signs as you wouldn’t want to run in a no wake zone or run aground. Keeping these simple tips in mind will aid in your success on new waters. Now get out there and fish!

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s Yogi Berra said, “It ain’t over til it’s over,” and it ain’t over. I’ll let you know why. I was going to write this article to tell you the pompano have left. I was going to tell you how sad I was that I thought the season was coming to an end. After a few sporadic days, the pompano showed up big. Don’t ever argue about how big a sand flea is. Lately, going up to Flagler Beach and taking sand fleas has been okay, but we’ve been getting small sand fleas. Guess what? They work great! Even the bait shops have small sand fleas right now, and they keep getting told off because of that. Well, that’s not right, as the pictures in this article will show you. Ya, mon! Just like that, the tide turns and the rod is bent big-time. I’ve lost a few nice big hits in the last few days, so it was nice that everything stayed on the hook today; 16- 18- and 20-inch pompano­­—it’s as nice as you get. It just so happens my friends and neighbors were all on the beach, and ...For me it’s fishing, the kids had a ball, especially the young ones. The excitement of the dogs, and kids. catch, touching the fish, playing with Not necessarily the sand fleas: If that doesn’t make you feel good, I don’t know what will. in that order. For me it’s fishing, dogs, and kids. Not necessarily in that order. The pompano are sticking around. The first pompano to come in today was a monster that bent the rod in half, and the fish was ready to bomba. After a few zags, some major runs, and a couple of prayers, the big one showed up on the beach. At just that moment the other two lines went off, and I can see they crossed. I had fish on both of those lines. After landing the first fish I started taking apart the twisted lines with a fish on both! No easy task, it took a few minutes. I got the lines untangled and reeled in both fish. Amen! My wife Sophie, who has a French background from a little island called Mauritius, insisted on French fish soup, so that’s what it will be. The reggae music is starting, Shaggy says, “You is the bun and me is the cheese,” and, if we can fit them all, these big fish and me are heading directly to the smoker.

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EDGEWATER BACKCOUNTRY FORECAST

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he heat of July has a big influence on fishing in the Edgewater Backcountry and Mosquito Lagoon. Most people will fish early morning, late afternoon, or at night. Start your morning fishing trips as early as possible to take advantage of the sunrise feeding pattern. Cloudy water is the usual for the summer months, so use baits a fish can find. Smell, sound and vibrations in the water are keys. Smell can be achieved with bait such as shrimp, cut bait or scented soft plastics like Gulp; sound made by topwater lures with rattles or poppers, and baitfish like croakers and pigfish, vibrations from live finger mullet, mud minnows, and lures like spoons. One of the best live baits right now are the tiny “mini mullet” which are widespread in the backcountry, lagoon and ICW during early summer. They hatched here locally in early spring, and now they’re just big enough to stay put in a cast net, usually hugging close to sandbars and shorelines. Fish them free lined and tail hooked in shallow water, or lip hooked with a small weight on the bottom of deeper holes and channels during summer heat. The small mullet are also great summer flats bait to freeline near shallow flats edges, oyster and shell bars. Another option to fight the heat is to fish shade as some fish do take advantage of manmade structures during middle day sunshine,

the structures, but it comes with the territory. Longtime moored or docked boats are great FAD’s (Fish Attracting Device); structured oriented fish will be caught in close and under, including mangrove snapper, redfish, snook and trout. Open water game fish like jacks and ladyfish can be close by, attracted by the shady spot and baitfish. Many docks also have a bonus of nearby old standing pilings, oyster bars, grass beds and channel drop offs. One of the best choices for summer night fishing are dock lights and bridges. Schools of bait fish and sometimes shrimp are attracted to the light and structure which, in turn, bring in the trout, snook, redfish, jacks, ladyfish, and snapper to name a few. Match the hatch of which type of bait you are seeing, use a small size lure, swim bait, jig, twitch bait, or soft plastic shrimp for most species. For the most strikes, a free lined live shrimp can be the gounder bridges, docks, and boats, plenty to pick to bait. Anchor just uptide and a cast out from the from as there are uncountable docks and moored light, throw your bait upcurrent from the circle of boats in coastal Volusia County. Main rule on light on the water and allow it to “swim” naturally these is to pick older structures and moorings. Old through the target area. Outgoing tide can be best, dock pilings are covered with barnacles and plant but a moving tide in either direction is a must for growth, in turn, attracting bait fish; seldom used a good bite. docks are also a plus to hold better game fish, and docks with larger boats in residence usually have a CAPT. MICHAEL SAVEDOW deep hole to accommodate the boat. Fish sinking Edgewater River Guide lures, shrimp and live bait fish close to and under EdgewaterRiverGuide.com the docks. You will have to deal with snags around (386) 689-3781

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ith summer in full swing, the early bird gets the fish. Optimum time is when it first gets light and the sun has not risen. Surface lures are the bait of choice. In the past years, the tarpon are active from that early light to about 8 a.m. Snook are hanging out in the mouth of creeks and flowing water and, by all means, keep your eye out for schools of bait fish. Both the snook and tarpon will be near or in the schools of these fish. Redfish will be cruising the shoreline looking for shrimp, crabs and bait fish. Trout will be around the oyster beds, especially on an incoming tide. If conditions are right, such as incoming tide and wind in the same direction, free line a mullet or croaker over the oysters. The basin is active this time of year for jacks, bluefish, ladyfish and pompano, and look for black drum in deep holes and around bridges using a bottom rig with shrimp or crab. I have been catching snakeheads lately. Florida Fish and Wildlife strongly recommends these fish not be released back in the water since they eat the game fish. Have a great time on the water and don’t forget to practice safe boating. CAPT. BARRY ENGLEHARDT

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uly is a hot month, so I find the fishing is the best usually in the morning or the late afternoon. My favorite fish to target in July is typically flounder. They are coming in from offshore to get food and bulk up for the summer before they move back out again towards the fall. These fish are tricky to catch, but once you get the hang of it it’s something you will learn to love! Flounder typically grab and hold bait so it’s important to not try and set the hook hard. If I feel a thud or the line is heavy, I will actually take some tension out of the line and entice the fish to swallow the rest of the bait in his mouth. Then I simply reel slowly until I get them to the boat. I also always net my flounder vs. trying to flip them into the boat as I have lost my fair share being lazy and not grabbing the net. My main baits for flounder are small finger mullet, mud minnows, and medium-sized shrimp. I will target sandy and muddy bottom and slowly work the live bait, almost lightly dragging the bait a few inches and pausing for 30 seconds or so before I drag again. A fish finder or Carolina rig with a circle hook, about 12-15” in leader and the lightest weight I can get away with works best in my opinion. Those of you with no boats can also do well at our local piers such as Main Street and Sunglow with the same bait and technique. The mangrove bite should also be good in the river in July. Live shrimp and mud minnows will produce the fish. Find yourself a deep hole and get on them! Lastly, just a heads up they have started working on the Ponce jetty rock replacement project again, so if you intend on fishing the Inlet you may want to get there extra early. They have two barges and will ask you to move so they can get to work; they usually get out there around 9 a.m. or so. As always, good luck out there­­—and if you see us on the water say hello! CAPT. JAMIE THRAPPAS

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n my opinion AJ’s are some of the, if not THE, hardest fighting fish caught here in Florida. They typically like schooling around the reefs and are voracious eaters. They will smack pretty much any live bait presented to them and, when they do, you better hang on because they will rip it and swim straight down. It’s important to have a strong rod and beefy reel to horse these bad boys up and keep them from diving into the wrecks or reefs and chafing and breaking your line. Brayden They have been known to destroy anglers’ gear probably more than any other fish. But for those lucky enough to run across a school of them, with the right gear it can be very challenging—and a ton of fun. They will definitely wear you out...in a good way! Although they can be eaten and are not that bad tasting, in my opinion they are best returned due to the high number of parasites and worms in the larger fish which makes them challenging to clean. Also, it’s important to get them up quickly to keep the taxman from taking his portion out before you boat your fish! So, if you run across a school of Greater Amberjacks, hang on for a wild and actionpacked day on the water. We lost count of how many we caught today, but it wore me out and I can say I will definitely sleep well tonight! Have fun out there and “Keep Those Lines Tight and Those Poles Bent!”

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bad day on the water is better than a good day in the office. The old saying might not be true with this mid-summer heat. High temps are sending a lot of us running back inside to sit in air conditioning and sip on an iced tea. Even though it’s uncomfortably hot, running for AC is not an option for this lady angler. With the summer heat, it can be a little more challenging to hook up, but there’s still plenty of good inshore action.

WHEN TO FISH

This time of the year, the bite is better early in the morning and right before the sun goes down. I specialize in sight fishing redfish on the grass flats of Mosquito Lagoon. The great thing about reds is you can find them year-round in our estuary. Fishing the tides is key, especially this time of year. I prefer high tides, which push redfish up under the mangroves as they seek shade and protection from the heat. It might be a little more challenging to lure these fish from hiding, and that’s when pitching the right bait comes into play.

everything in your tackle bag but nothing hit. I’m guilty of being that guy, and the summer heat makes it a little more challenging to bring fish to the boat. I recommend bringing live and artificial baits because one day you might pluck all your catches on artificial, and the next day they won’t chew. It’s always best to be prepared and have choices to give you a successful fishing trip. INSHORE ADVENTURES WITH SKYE

BAITS TO USE

I am all for artificial. My basic goto when casting for reds is a 3-inch paddletail on a weedless jighead. I cast and work it alongside the mangroves. Also, D.O.A., Vudu Shrimp, Bomber lures such as the Bodank-A-Donk, popping corks, Mir-O-Lures and Super Spooks are all personal faves. If all else fails, switch to live bait. A jumbo shrimp fished in deeper and cooler areas is a good idea, but right now I’d recommend a bait with some stink, like a pinfish or finger-sized mullet. I snip their tails to release scent and attract fish.

WHERE TO FIND FISH

You will find fish scattered in this heat. Redfish will be in the mangroves, tarpon under bridges and snook against the pilings. I look for vegetation and structure. When targeting tarpon and snook, I prefer fishing at night. Tarpon are mostly nocturnal feeders this time of the year, and the night bite can be fire. Same for snook. These species like structure. I target them by posting up under bridges and docks. You can freeline live bait for an almost guaranteed hit or work an artificial, which is always a little more challenging.

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he 48th Annual Don Hawley Invitational Fly Fishing Tarpon Tournament, one of the “Big Three” tarpon fly tournaments, pulled in a total of 119 releases for the week. Angler L. Mark Weeks, of Tokyo, Japan and Nampa, Idaho, and his guide, Capt. Andy Thompson, won the Grand Championship with 18 releases. Aside from two afternoons of dodging storms, the tournament lucked out and had a great week after some major tropical winds threatened the area days beforehand. The best fishing took place on the first and last days of tournament, which saw 36 and 30 fish, respectively. Afternoon lightning lowered the releases to 14 on Day 2, then 18 fish on Day 3, and 21 releases on Day 4. Ocean tarpon fishing proved more difficult than backcountry during the week. Locating fish is one of the biggest talents that guides bring to the team. The Don Hawley attracts some of the best fly anglers from around the world. It was the first tarpon tournament to stop the killing of tarpon in 1987. Anglers receive 1,000 points for each fish measuring 4 feet or longer caught and released on 12-lb. tippet, in accordance with International Game Fish Association rules. The Grand Champion title is awarded to the angler and guide with the most fish caught and released during the fiveday competition. In addition to other awards, Grand Champion names are added to the Perpetual Trophy, which showcases all past champion anglers and guides. The trophy resides at Florida Keys Outfitters in Islamorada, Fla. This year was the second time Weeks and Thompson had their names added to the trophy. “Five days feels like a lifetime in these tournaments, particularly when you’re getting chased off the water by thunderstorms and are neck-and-neck with several of the best teams to the bitter end,” said Weeks. “Lucky for us, Andy knows how to find fish and is a wonderful coach when it comes to catching them.” Coming in second place was angler Evan Carruthers, of Maple Plain, Minn., and his guide, Capt. Greg Dini with 16 releases. Third place was won by Angler Rich Garcia, of Islamorada, and his guide, Luis Cortes with 15 releases. Scott Christian and his guide, Chad Huff, earned the High Point Day award with a whopping eight releases on the first day. The Annual Don Hawley Invitational Tarpon Fly Fishing Tournament began in 1974. Proceeds benefit the Guides Trust Foundation, which assists Florida Keys Guides in times of hardship and provides scholarships to Florida Keys students interested in the marine sciences. Next year’s tournament will take place June 5-9. For more information, visit www.guidestrustfoundation.org.

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Bay Scallop Season Is Here! Y (including Cedar Key, Crystal River, Homosassa): July 1-Sept. 24. This region includes all state waters south of Alligator Pass day beacon #4 near the mouth of the Suwannee River in Levy County and north of the Hernando – Pasco county line. Pasco County: July 15-24. This region includes all state waters south of the Hernando – Pasco county line and north of the Anclote Key SEASONS St. Joseph Bay and Gulf County: Aug. 16- Lighthouse in northern Pinellas County, and Sept. 24. This region includes all state waters from includes all waters of the Anclote River. BAG LIMITS the Mexico Beach Canal in Bay County to the Daily vessel limits do not allow individuals to westernmost point of St. Vincent Island in Franklin County. The area marked with FWC buoys south of retain more than the per-person limit. There is no Black’s Island is a Bay Scallop Restoration Area and size limit on bay scallops. Fenholloway through Suwannee River Zone: no scalloping or anchoring are allowed. • June 15-30: Daily bag limit per person is 1 Franklin County through NW Taylor County (including Carrabelle, Lanark, St. Marks): July gallon in-shell or 1 cup shucked. Daily vessel limit 1-Sept. 24. This region includes all state waters is 5 gallons in-shell or 2 pints shucked. • July 1-Labor Day: Daily bag limit per person from the westernmost point of St. Vincent Island in Franklin County to Rock Island near the mouth of is 2 gallons in-shell or 1 pint shucked. Daily vessel limit is 10 gallons in-shell or ½ gallon shucked. the Fenholloway River in Taylor County. All Other Zones: Fenholloway through Suwannee Rivers Daily bag limit per person is 2 gallons in-shell Zone (including Keaton Beach, Steinhatchee): June 15-Labor Day. This region includes all state or 1 pint shucked. Daily vessel limit is 10 gallons waters east of Rock Island near the mouth of the in-shell or ½ gallon shucked. Fenholloway River in Taylor County and north of OTHER INFO Alligator Pass day beacon #4 near the mouth of • Legal methods of harvest include by hand or the Suwannee River in Levy County. This area has with a landing or dip net. Recreational harvesters a lowered bag limit June 15-30. See bag limits for are required to have a Florida saltwater fishing more. license unless they are 1) exempt from needing a Levy, Citrus, Hernando Counties Zone license or 2) have a no-cost shoreline fishing license ou’d be hard pressed to find better Florida family fun than kicking around in the shallows to pick up scallops. Bay scallop seasons open across most of Florida’s west coast this month, so grab your mask, fins and snorkel, load up the kids and hit the water. Here’s what you need to know to get in on the action.

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are widespread in the Atlantic. They inhabit the western Atlantic from Nova Scotia to Uruguay and throughout the Gulf of Mexico. Juvenile jack crevalle live inshore, where they prefer moving water of upstream currents. They thrive in a wide range of salinity and are often found in brackish waters and sometimes freshwater canals. Adults, on the other hand, usually move out of the estuaries and occupy currents, reefs and other nearshore and offshore structure, generally within the bounds of the continental shelf. Large individuals can absolutely be caught in shallow inshore areas, but deep-water jacks are usually larger. The largest IGFA-recorded jack crevalle weighed 66 pounds, 2 ounces and was caught out of Angola off the western coast of Africa. When food, such as mullet, is abundant, jacks get excited and will chase prey right up on the sand, against seawalls or into a boat. In open water, they herd baitfish into a mass before plowing through it from all sides. I target monster jacks from the beach or an inlet. Fishing with live bait on the bottom is the easiest method. I drop baits in the deep trough, just on the backside of a sandbar. Baits in the 10- to 12-inch range work best for bigger fish, and I prefer using whatever baitfish is around. My favorite for jacks is needlefish. If you’re looking for more of a challenge as well as heart-stopping explosions, try fishing topwater plugs. David Junquera is a dedicated plugchucker from West Palm Beach. Using topwater lures, he has landed 23 jack crevalle heavier than 40 pounds. His heaviest to-date weighed 46.3 pounds. Junquera said time of day, winds, tides, migrations and location of bait are all crucial factors for successfully targeting jacks with topwater plugs. Anglers should get out and explore to determine the best patterns for the areas they fish. At a minimum, Junquera recommends a 6500-size spinning reel with By Emily Rose Hanzlik 50-pound braid and an 80-pound leader. Junquera prefers to throw lures that outh Florida boasts some of the best surf fishing in the world. High are 6.5 to 8 inches long. The faster you work the plug, the more strikes you’ll profile species are regular catches from the beaches of the sunshine state’s earn, he said. A whip retrieve is ideal. southern Atlantic coast. The jack crevalle is one of my favorites. It is a Emily Rose Hanzlik holds 51 IGFA world records in various categories. fierce, stubborn and dynamic gamefish that can be caught bottom fishing with She hails from West Palm Beach, where she has a part time Bowfin live bait or by casting plugs. Whichever method you choose, you’re sure to Guide Service as well as fishing classes for Jr. Anglers. Find her have a battle on your hands once you hook up. on Social Media @emilyhanzlikoutdoors. Shore-based fishing for jack crevalle is not limited to Florida. These fish

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LESTER WINS ELITE TOURNEY WITH SNEAKY PATTERN AT PICKWICK By TAM Staff

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ver the years, Brandon Lester has become known as one of the most consistent anglers in tournament bass fishing. Yet, in nine seasons on tour, an Elite Series win has eluded him… until now. The Tennessee pro and former The Angler Magazine columnist won his first Elite Series tournament on Lake Pickwick in early June. He did it in spectacular fashion, weighing a four-day total of 20 bass for 86 pounds, 1 ounce. He beat out the next closest competitor by almost 6 pounds. Pickwick is a long 43,000-acre Tennessee River impoundment that runs north from Alabama into Tennessee along the Alabama/Mississippi border. It is renowned for excellent largemouth and smallmouth bass fishing, and in summer dam-driven river currents combine with the lake’s many offshore humps and ledges to produce some pretty consistent patterns. Threadfin and gizzard shad make up the majority of the forage base, so big flutter spoons, large deep-diving crankbaits and swimbaits are summertime staples. Lester said he knows the Pickwick ledge bite well and that doing something just a little different from everyone else put him on a sneaky pattern with some less-pressured fish. “It was shellbed, and where the current rolled up on that bar, from 8 feet to 4 feet, there was a hard spot,” he said. “The fish were sitting up on that spot. It was small, maybe three times the size of my boat. It was a typical Tennessee River feeding spot, right off the main river. There was a ton of bait in there — gizzard shad, threadfin shad. It was the perfect combination.” Most of Lester’s fish came on a Strike King 4.0 crankbait in chartreuse shad. He also fished a Berkley MaxScent Magnum Hit Worm in plum apple

Neko rigged with a 1/8-ounce nail weight. His sacks topped 20 pounds each day of the tournament, and the morning bite was key for him. A 6-pound, 13-ounce largemouth caught with a football jig anchored his sack on Day 3, and he entered Championship Sunday with a 3.5-pound lead. On Sunday, he poured on the gas, catching 22 pounds, 14 ounces, which earned him the VMC Monster Bag of the tournament. In the morning, he caught 17 pounds within the first half hour of fishing. He culled a few fish and then shut the door on the competition with 6-pounder caught at about 1 p.m. from a main-river ledge that dropped from 14 to 21 feet. He caught that fish on a Scrounger head with a 5-inch Castaic Jerky J, which is a bait that hadn’t produced all week. “This is unreal,” he said. “That Open win, I was super proud of it. It’s a stacked field in the Opens. But an Elite Series win is next level. I guess it’s between an Opens win and a Classic win. That’s the only thing that can top it. These are the greatest bass fishermen in the world.” The $100,000 first-place prize at Pickwick pushed Lester’s career Bassmaster earnings past $1 million. For more information, visit www.bassmaster.com.

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t first glance, this fish might look like a deformed dolphinfish (mahi-mahi), but it’s not. It’s a pompano dolphinfish, and it’s a new North Carolina state record and a potential world record. Charles Kenneth Noonan, of Sumter, S.C., caught the 11-pound, 5.4-ounce fish at an abandoned raft, about 42 miles off Ocean Isle Beach, North Carolina on June 8. Noonan said he is applying to the IGFA for certification of the fish as the all-tackle world record. The current certified world record pompano dolphinfish weighed 8-pounds, 8-ounces, and was caught off Maryland in 2008. Noonan’s fish measured 30.5 inches fork length and had a 17.25-inch girth. He was fishing with Capt. Tyler Hailey and First Mate Bailey Auten of Salt Fever Guide Service in Ocean Isle Beach. They were aboard the Glory Daze, a 37-foot Freeman Boatworks Catamaran.

CAST, the world’s largest sportfishing trade show, will spread out across the expansive floor of the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Fla. July 19-22, showcasing the latest innovations in gear, tackle, accessories and apparel. From Super Tuesday on July 19 to the final bell on Friday, July 22, it’s almost a full week of events that have become a cornerstone of the sportfishing industry. From seminars and “learning lunches” to a show floor jam packed with quality exhibitors displaying the products that will drive the industry in the coming year, ICAST is the place to make valuable connections and stay on top of the trends in fishing. Many companies choose to roll out their latest innovations at ICAST each year, and the New Product Showcase is a chance for them to shine a spotlight on their latest and greatest. These new products are the hottest new lures, tackle, clothing, electronics and gear that anglers will be purchasing in the coming year. ICAST is the one-stop shop for retailers and manufacturers to connect in-person and make valuable business relationships. Orlando’s world-class dining, lodging and entertainment will be bustling with the movers-and-shakers and the up-and-comers of the industry, as the sportfishing world convenes to determine what drives the next year in fishing.

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Court in May with a plan to begin enforcement next year. The court, which is roughly equivalent to the U.S. Supreme Court, decided that while commercial, artisanal and subsistence fishing remain constitutional, catching fish and returning them to the water should be banned. If you catch a fish, you must kill it in order for the catch to be legal. It’s enough to scramble the brains of anglers and conservationists. Anyone who has paid a lick of attention has watched the rise of catch-and-release lead to the rebound of coastal and inland fisheries around the world. At presstime, Columbians were voting to elect their president, with Gustavo Petro, an extreme leftwing candidate by U.S. standards, leading in a runoff election against Rodolfo Hernandez, a businessman and former city mayor running on an anticorruption platform. Columbian attorneys are already contesting the sportfishing ban, but if Petro wins the election there’s a good chance parts of the ruling will be enacted. Columbian lawyer Luis Guillermo Valez Cabrera lambasted the ruling in op-ed for the website La Republica, saying the ruling “may be the stupidest decision a constitutional court has made in recent history. It’s really laughable.” “What the court wants to tell us is that, since we do not know if the fish can suffer, to protect the environment, we must prohibit sportfishing,” Cabrera wrote. “The possible impact on the environment is due to commercial fishing and artisanal fishing, practices that were not constitutionally prohibited. Think of the meshes, the dynamite and the dragnets that kill anything, sentient or not.” While this court’s ruling might be easy to write off as nonsense from a nation more well-known for corruption and cocaine than anything else, it’s a reminder that hunters and anglers must remain vigilant. Germany banned catch-and-release fishing in the 1990s, and the animal rights movement has successfully restricted hunting in many places around the globe, including in Columbia. As with most political debates, money is the key. Politicians who’ve never held a fishing rod need to realize that fish in the water can be far more valuable economically than they are served up at restaurants. Just ask Costa Rica, which boasts of a recreational fishery that generates hundreds of millions of dollars annually. For more information, see the July issue of The Angler Video Magazine at VidMag.com.

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ebble Mine, a proposed mining development in the headwaters feeding Bristol Bay, Alaska, is in the news again. The latest development in this two-decade struggle is the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) proposal to veto the project under authority of the Clean Water Act. It is a next step toward establishing lasting protections for the largest remaining salmon fishery in the world. The Pebble deposit is an enormous accumulation of gold, copper and molybdenum in the headwaters of the Kvichak and Nushgak rivers, which feed Bristol Bay and the Bering Sea about 300 miles southwest of Anchorage. In 2001, the first steps toward mining the deposit began, and ever since it has been a source of controversy as mining rights have changed hands through several multi-national corporations and actual development of a massive

open-pit mine has been tied up in red tape. At stake is one of the few remaining truly pristine areas on the planet. Back in 2005, my wife and I spent a glorious week with Alaska Sportman’s Lodge fishing the Kvichak, Nushgak and several other rivers in the Bristol Bay drainage. It was a once-in-a-lifetime type experience in the most beautiful and unspoiled place I’ve ever been. The fishing was phenomenal and featured 40-plus-pound king salmon, a sockeye salmon run so thick you could have walked across their backs, 30-inch rainbow trout in their native waters, as well as grayling and Dolly Varden in places where anglers share water with brown bears, moose and bald eagles. Getting there is difficult and expensive, but the experience is highly recommended for anyone interested in arguably the best fly fishing destination in the world. But there’s more to it than a recreational fishery so good it will spoil you. Bristol Bay is also the most important salmon fishery on earth. It provides half of the world’s wild sockeye salmon. If your local grocery store carries “wildcaught sockeye salmon,” there’s a good chance it was caught by Bristol Bay’s commercial anglers. According to Bristol Bay Defense Fund, the unspoiled natural resources of the region support a $2.2 billion economy that employs tens of thousands of people in commercial fishing, hunting, sportfishing, outdoor recreation and tourism. Earlier this year, Alaska Department of Fish and Game projected 2022 will be the second record-breaking year in a row for Bristol Bay’s sockeye salmon run. The estimate calls for 73.4 million fish to swim up area rivers to spawn. This annual run supports an amazing ecosystem that has for time immemorial thrived on the transfer of nutrients far inland from the ocean. And while proponents of the Pebble Mine likely speak the truth in their assertion that a mine would bring added wealth and jobs to the region, it would come at the potential expense of a natural phenomenon that perpetually and sustainably supports humans as well as the native flora and fauna. EPA’s public comment period on the proposed veto is open until July 5. To get involved, go to www.epa.gov/bristolbay.

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hen the surf is on, it can be some of the best and easiest fishing around. For those in the know, we keep a keen eye on the beachfront starting in May and when the conditions are right, we make sure not to miss it! During July, the shrimp migration hits the beachfront and many hungry predators are following on their tails. Trout in the 5- to 8-pound range are not uncommon while trout shorter than 20 inches are found in large schools. There are many productive tactics that can land you a hefty stringer of these speckled beauties from live shrimp and finfish to an array of artificial lures. I prefer the latter, and here are some of my favorites. Topwater! There is no beating a topwater eruption as the sun is peeking over the horizon. I use a wide range of plug sizes and let the size of the seas determine what I throw. I like a larger heavier lure when the surf is rough. When it is flat, a small or large can be effective. Switching out the standard trebles to single circle hooks is a good approach to lessen the chance of injuring yourself. Bouncing around in the surf trying to land a stout surf trout can lead to an accidental hook in you. Singles also save time unhooking, which leads to more time fishing and catching. Slow-sinking hard baits with rattles also make it into my box when heading into the suds. I like to cast these lures out and let them sink for a few seconds. Most of them have a relatively slow sink rate, so I give them a little time to get lower in the water column. A series of fast twitches followed by a pause usually draws their attention. Many solid trout have fallen for the old faithful ¾- to 1-ounce silver spoon. The presentation is as simple as it gets. Cast and reel; that’s it. This inexpensive lure is an attention getter for sure and casts like a bullet. I typically start my day before sunrise. During the course of my wade, I will hit all structure from a foot deep to eight feet deep. I give equal attention to the depth of the guts to the top of the bars. I see a lot of fishermen go straight out to the second or third gut and stay there the entire time. You will miss many opportunities if you choose to do this. The fish are not always in that gut. At times, I only catch them on top of the bar. Start early, broaden your target area, be safe and catch fish! Surf ’s Down!

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