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ay is upon us and that means is MAHI TIME! We started our mahi fishing in April and what a month that was for everyone’s favorite table fair. The great part about mahi fishing is that almost anyone can do it. Just get yourself out to some clean water and FIND SOME DEBRIS!!! The simplest of things can hold mahi this time of year, whether it is a floating log, a pallet, or a weedline, they will all hold fish this time of year. Our preferred method is trolling weedlines, Christian Oehmke with a nice haul but we always have some of spring mahi pitching rods ready because as we all know, when the bite is on, you can load up in a hurry. When bringing mahi to the boat, always leave one in the water to keep the school near you. James Thrappas Stay safe, and tight lines, Splash Brand Representation LLC | 386-366-3424 splashbrandsllc@gmail.com | NATIVE EYEWEAR Capt Shane Ryan | About Time Sportfishing

ay is the beginning of summer fishing in my book, meaning I need to get up a little earlier. Up in the creeks a top water, suspended bait, or even a soft plastic will help you find some hungry redfish at first light. Both snook and juvenile tarpon will be feeding too, so be sure to be prepared for something to hit hard. Flounder and keeper mangrove snapper will be chewing as the day goes on, I would switch over to live bait on a fish finder rig with about 2 feet of fluorocarbon Shrimp, mud minnows , and medium to small finger mullet should help you get a few in the cooler. On outgoing tides at the inlet, the redfish and snook should also be biting on the bottom. Out there this time of year I prefer using live finger mullet or cut mullet. I also almost always have one rod out with a halved blue crab on it as its hard for a big red to turn away from it. Lastly, I spend a decent amount of time in May just outside the inlet looking for tarpon. If you see them rolling or catch them swimming near the surface throw a free lined medium to large mullet at them , even if they dive down stay patient . If your certain the fish are still in the area get 2 live baits out of the back of the boat and slow troll . I also like using white Hogy soft plastics for these guys but I’m sure other colors will produce. May is such a nice month so get out there early and catch some fish. As always if you see us on the water say hello !

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ay is the transition month leaving spring and starting the summer fishing patterns, time again to start serious trips before sunrise to take advantage of the first light feeding period, more baitfish will be appearing in the ICW including Edgewater Backcountry and Mosquito Lagoon. Finger mullet, pigfish, small menhaden and pilchards (greenies and white bait) in the river, and larger menhaden (aka pogys) sardines and cigar minnows in the ocean. Early morning is topwater lure time, use smaller and quieter styles when conditions are calm, try larger and louder lures on choppy water, walk the dog types or chugger heads, I like Skitter Walk, Super Spook Jr, Chug Bug, and Zara Puppy, work top waters tight to oyster bars, shorelines, shallow back bays, and grass flats. Redfish schools will begin to break up with the warmer water, small schools and single reds will again be cruising shorelines at high tide, on the shallow side of drop offs on the edge of the channel and near oyster bars in the backcountry and on the shallow grass beds to the south into Mosquito Lagoon. Fish the top waters early, then switch to sub surface lures after the sun is up a bit, like twitch baits, Mirrodines, spoons, soft plastic jerk baits, and DOA or Gulp shrimp. Finger mullet will again be coming into shallow water, fish them free-lined, tail hooked, around the shallow oysters, flats, and shorelines for redfish and trout. On deeper drop offs fish lip hooked mullet, mud minnows, or live shrimp with split shot or ¼ oz sinker. In May, Tarpon and Bull Redfish return to the intracoastal waterway, backcountry and Lagoon waters, for Tarpon they will show themselves on the surface by rolling and gulping air, as they roll, their dorsal fin and tail break the top of the water, they are notoriously picky so patience is a must, a live shrimp, silver dollar blue crab, live finger mullet, plastic swim baits or lures are good to try, the Tarpon is a top challenge for fly fishers, with the sight casting chance at a silver king hookup. Capt Michael Savedow / Edgewater River Guide www.EdgewaterRiverGuide.com / 386-689-3781

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Daily panfish catch limits bestow the anglers with patience and a big can of red worms or live crickets. The spawn is on for shellcrackers! Target them along sandy shorelines anchoring before or after the bends in the St Johns, close to the bank in 3-8 feet of water (warmer water, go deeper). Hook size should be #4; weight the wiggler to the bottom with one or two split shots. Fly anglers using poppers will enjoy all day action especially when the love bug hatch occurs. Bring on the rains! One to three days following a big rain, the water begins rushing from the creeks into the St Johns River system flowing north. This signals catfish to swim upstream to spawn. Peeled fresh shrimp on a 2/0 circle hook works great in the river or creek bends.

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Spring is here and summer is creeping up fast. The water tables are steadily dropping down to low pool for the summer rains and hurricane season. The hydrilla is now at the water’s surface making lures snag, but easy to see the edges. The bass are moving to current at the canal entrances and are hanging around the edges of the sand bars. Bait of choice - crank baits like Rapala X-Raps or Rattle Traps. A lot of the bass are heading out to open water hydrilla patches and will stay there all summer. Bait of choice in open water vegetation are plastic baits like Zoom Speed Worms, flukes, Bitters brand vibe worms and the skinny dippers are the hot baits this month. Best colors are June bug, watermelon seed, black and blue.

Crappies are out in open water. Troll at various depths until you get a bite. Run multiple jigs in various colors tipped with a minnow and when you find which color they like, change them all to that color. Panfish: The bluegills have moved up into shallow water to compete for spawning areas. This is the best time to locate the spawning areas. The males are really aggressive and are starting to fan the beds they will be easy to see. Shell cracker will also be mixed in the same area. They are finishing up and will be spawning in a little deeper water. Both panfish prefer the same type of spawning area but will move out deeper to spawn due to the warming water temps and lower water table. Break out the flyrod with a popping bug. Another good bait is the trusty beetle spin in red and white, yellow, and black. If you are a live bait fisherman crickets under a float is the best bet for panfish followed by red worms.

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18 - Monroe Harbor Marina (407) 322-2910 31 N PalmettoHarbor Ave, Sanford, FL(407) 32771322-2910 18 - Monroe Marina

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Good numbers of dolphin have been caught the last few weeks and should only increase this month. Start in the 90-120 foot range as many seem to think you have to go to 300 feet right off the get go. Unless someone is out there telling you to come on, start shallow. Start looking for color changes and temp breaks. Also look for weed lines and currents, as that is a good place to start. I like to use smaller islander lures with small ballyhoo or strip baits. On bright sunny days go with yellow, pink and bright blue colors. On darker days go with black, red and purple colors. Kingfish will continue to do well this month too. Best bait is going to be bunker. Now that the water is warming up, live bait is much more consistent. Some days you may have to ride far south to get it and some days its right there in the

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ith grouper seasons opening in federal waters and Gulf red snapper fishing not too far away, now is a good time to start tinkering with a jigging technique that’s created a bit of a buzz in the charter industry. Slow pitch jigging has been around for well over a decade, but its effectiveness in U.S. waters is only now being realized. As more captains adopt and adapt the technique to different species and conditions, it has gained traction as a proven fish-catcher. In the Gulf of Mexico as well as in the Atlantic from South Florida, through the Carolinas and up into the Northeast, it’s being used to catch anything that eats crippled baitfish. Groupers and snappers, amberjack, mackerel and tuna, they’ll all take jigs slow pitched over hard bottom, and so will rockfish and cod. The technique evolved in Japan and was popularized in a series of Japanese-language videos by Norihiro Sato. Sato promoted it as a way to catch fish even when they’re not actively feeding. With conventional jigging techniques, the idea is to rip a lure off the bottom and let it flutter down, enticing reaction strikes from aggressive gamefish. Slow pitch is slower, more seductive, a finesse tactic to present what looks like an easy meal. Anyone who has ever fished a jig knows the bite almost always comes on the fall. The idea behind slow pitch is to maximize the time a jig spends in freefall. With specialized gear and a cadenced technique, the jig remains in the strike zone and presents both vertical and horizontal action. A slow pitch jig is supposed to dance like an injured baitfish struggling to stay off the bottom. The technique requires a specialized rod. Slow pitch rods look like buggy whips when compared to conventional short and beefy jigging rods. They are 6 to 7 feet long with a slow action. With a quarter or half turn of the reel, the weight of the jig loads the rod, and as the rod straightens the jig accelerates smoothly upward before hesitating and kicking to the side. The angler then begins the process again, with a rhythm that keeps the jig moving. By varying rod action and cadence, the angler can impart varied presentations. All of them are physically easier than the grueling labor of conventional deep jigging with heavy tackle. The drawback to the technique—which might be attractive to folks who love shopping for new gear— is you’ll need a whole new arsenal. The rods are thin and designed to bend evenly from handle to tip. The reels are small but geared-up to take the brunt of the fight off that bendy rod. The jigs are specially shaped and weighted to impart the right action. You’ll even need new spools of braid and new terminal tackle. Like any new technique, slow pitch jigging requires some research and practice to execute effectively. Take some time to figure it out, and you’ll be showing wary fish something they’ve likely never seen before.

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he comfort zone for crappie is generally 35 feet or shallower. The depth fish are found is directly related to water temperature. Baitfish location is the best indicator of crappie habitat. Where I do most of my fishing, crappie generally feed on threadfins and blueback herring. The average lifespan of a crappie is five years. An average female will lay 5,500 eggs per season. Less than 5 percent of the eggs will hatch, and only a small number of hatchlings survive predators. That sounds bad, but it is Mother Nature at work. There are two species of crappie, black crappie and white crappie. It’s pretty rare where I fish most, on Georgia’s Lake Lanier, but there is also a group called blacknose crappie. These are black crappie with a naturally occurring genetic variance that gives them unique markings. They look like you took a black Sharpie and drew a line from the tip of the mouth to the dorsal fin. I caught two this year. Black crappie have variations in color. In the winter, when they go deeper to escape the colder surface temps, they become much more pale. However, once you put them in your livewell, they quickly regain much of their color. The same thing happens if you catch them in shallow, muddy water. In spring, when surface temps reach the upper 50s to mid-60s, female crappie begin to spawn. This does not happen all at once, but over about a month, with some spawning earlier than others. Females hit spawning grounds in the backs of the creeks, lay their eggs and pull out. Males fertilize and guard the eggs. That’s when you see fishermen catching dark black-purple crappie on the banks. There’s an old Southern myth that “when the dogwoods bloom, it’s time to go crappie fishing.” I actually have my best luck when the daffodils are blooming, which can precede dogwoods by a month. But like any other species, fish have to eat. If you know where to look, you can catch them all year long. If you’ve ever been to Bass Pro and seen the fish tank, you’ll notice most of the species roam the tank, with the exception of the crappie, which are almost always in the corner hiding by a log. That is the perfect example of how crappie relate to structure. They roam in pursuit of food, but always come back to the brushpile they call home. Many homeowners live on lakes because they enjoy fishing, and many sink Christmas trees under or near their docks. It is important to find those submerged trees or brushpiles that have bait nearby. That is where you will find crappie. In winter, some crappie move from docks to seek shelter in standalone brushpiles. Electronics play a key role in locating those brushpiles. Many fishermen prefer live bait, which is very effective in spring, but I prefer jigs. Bobby Garland soft-body grubs and Jiffy Jig hair jigs are my “go-to” baits. If you are fishing stained water, always go to darker jigs.

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he delayed harvest sections of the Tuckasegee River, at Sylva and Bryson City, N.C., are some of the most famous trout fisheries in the Southeast. With regular stockings and catch-and-release regulations through the cool months, the Tuck holds incredible numbers of healthy rainbow, brown and brook trout. Because it fishes so well, it sees a ton of fishing pressure, but Shannon Messer, of Tuckaseegee Fly Shop, has noticed an interesting pattern from the anglers. “In April and May, almost every day from about 5 p.m. until dark, fish are rising all over the river. Most people miss the best part of it because they’re off getting a burger and a beer,” he said. “For people who want to experience dry fly fishing and casting to rising fish, that’s the place to be and

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