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“It’s about as close to Florida as you can get. You’re nglers are drawn to SUPs for many reasons. For Justin Hoover, the allure immersed in the mangroves,” Hoover said. “Most of a paddleboard is the style of fishing it of the time I’m alone for 10 or 12 hours a day on a paddleboard because nobody can reach where I’m at. allows. Hoover is from Brevard County, Florida. The fish… they’ve never seen people. It makes it really For more than 30 years, he has explored easy for me, and it makes it really enjoyable.” Hoover only targets fish he sees and studies their the backwaters and flats of central Florida’s Atlantic coast, where big fish push into super body language before making a cast. He can tell by skinny water that’s inaccessible to conventional looking if a fish is likely to eat his lure, particularly redfish, which clamp down their fins and “snake” along boats. “There’s nothing else better. It’s literally the shoreline when they’re actively feeding. “I’m looking for wakes, pushes, busts on the hunting, almost by foot,” he said of his passion. “I draft 2 inches. It makes it easier to travel to places shoreline and tails. If I’m not seeing any of that or you can’t reach, especially those back areas where seeing something that gives me that feeling there could big redfish will go back and pretty much retire for be a fish in this pocket, I’m moving on,” he said. Covering water quickly is Hoover’s primary tactic. the rest of their life.” Hoover’s platform of choice is a LIVE He advised newcomers to the sport to keep moving. “Cover the ground. That’s the easiest way to catch Watersports L2Fish board. It is a 12-foot catamaranstyle SUP that is super quiet and stable. He is a fish,” he said. “Don’t get stuck in one spot on a certain minimalist in terms of gear, preferring to hit the group of fish. Just constantly keep moving. You’ll end water with just a pocket full of lures, three rods up finding that fish that’s going to bite.” His favorite targets are redfish, snook, tarpon and and a cooler that serves as a seat and dry storage. He does most of his fishing with a medium-light black drum. “When I go out, all of them are on the list,” Hoover spinning rod and also carries a heavy spinning rod in case he sees a really big fish as well as a fly said. “I’m going down the line. I’m going straight to rod for subtle presentations. The lures he fishes their house, knocking on the door and saying, ‘Hey, are are mostly ultra-realistic Chasebaits soft plastics. you hungry today?’ If not, then I’m moving on to the He rarely throws topwater because the water is next fish.” It sounds like a lot of fun. so shallow that fish can’t get an angle on surface baits. Check out Justin Hoover on Facebook, Instagram and watch his Youtube channel The Backwater Angler.


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ou’ve done it! Thousands of casts, dozens of early alarms, countless cups of coffee, and now there’s a monster fish on the hook, and from your kayak, no less! It’s a feat to be proud of. However, if you plan on releasing that fish, your attention should soon turn to proper handling techniques, which ensure safety for you and the fish. A sprinkle of chaos is expected when bringing a big fish into a small, plastic boat, but a few easy steps can ensure the fish goes home safely.

1. Keep Them Wet! Regardless of species, once you’ve netted or attached lip-grips to a fish, keep them in the water as much as possible. This is always true if you need to set up a camera, grab pliers or lay out a measuring board, and it’s especially important in summer months, when release mortality increases due to warmer water. I prefer to use lip grips on bigger catches, since it mitigates the need to untangle a large, fired up fish from a net. Storing commonly used tools nearby is also key, particularly in a kayak where space is limited. Once you’re set up, it’s time for a photo or a measurement!

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2. Holding Techniques If there’s one thing anglers universally love, it’s the “hero shot.” You know, the one where you and maybe your buddy grin widely while posing with a monster catch. I’m a big fan of hero shots, and of taking them properly. Handling the fish safely is key here, and that means keeping hands away from their gills, holding them horizontally and supporting their belly. Never weigh big fish vertically on a scale. This point is often debated in angling circles, and I respect both schools of thought, but I go with horizontal holds because I think the photos come out better. With length and girth measurements, you can figure out a rough weight, anyway. Now, smile big and grab that picture… and no straight-arming!

3. Respect and Revive Properly reviving big catches is important. It ensures continuity of strong genetics, allows a future angler a chance at the same fish, and it simply feels good knowing you’ve encountered an incredible animal and returned it home safely. Face the fish into current, open its mouth, and if possible, pedal or paddle your kayak to get water flowing over their gills. Revival can take anywhere from a few seconds to a few minutes. A fish is ready to go when it raises its dorsal spines and lightly clamps onto your hand, or straight up kicks off and swims away like a rocket. If you don’t already emphasize this process, I encourage you to not only take revival time, but to enjoy it! Thank the fish, watch them swim off and get casting again! Everyone should have a process for catch-and-release fishing. Above all, if you plan on releasing a fish, show it respect and reverence for the experience it has given you. Matt Stone is a teacher from Chester, Conn. and a pro staffer for Old Town and Daiwa as well as a member of the Black Hall Outfitters Fishing Team. Check him out on Instagram @sunrisekayakfishing.


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t wasn’t that long ago when we all thought the only way to get hogfish was to take a plunge with a spear gun. Now-a-days, it’s considered one of the most action-packed trips you can take, albeit a lot of the action is weeding through the plethora of other fish that come to the party.

Despite decades of thinking hook-and-line hogfishing was impossible, they are actually easy to catch. Tackle requirements are very modest; medium spinning tackle is plenty stout. Rigging is simple, too, a knocker rig with a 2-ounce egg sinker and a #4 circle hook is all you need. No swivel is needed to separate the sinker and hook, as you want your bait right on the bottom. Let the sinker slide all the way to the hook. Hog Balls can be deadly as well, but remember when using natural bait a circle hook is a must (it’s the law). Other than that, you’ll need plenty of shrimp, 4 to 5 dozen per person. Hogfish tend to hang out in areas with plenty of grunts, triggerfish and small grouper, which all seem to be much quicker to eat than hogfish. You’ll need to weed through their friends to get to your hogfish dinner. The good news is, all the other fish lead to an action-packed adventure perfect for kids and impatient anglers, alike. Many people use whole shrimp, but I’ve found half shrimp are equally effective and help the bait go further. Finding hogfish is not that difficult either. They like good hard bottom, especially areas with sea fans and nice ledges. You’ll need to start in at least 35 feet, and I’ve had great trips all the way out to 100 feet and deeper. If you don’t already have a few spots in your arsenal, mapping software like Garmin’s Navionics Vision+ can help you find good places to start. You can even use it on a tablet to scout spots from your couch before you go. Once you are there, if the action isn’t almost immediate, move to the next spot. These fish tend to hang out around hungry schools of buddies. The fun really starts once hogfish join the party. They are hard fighters and unlike the others that tend to just pull straight down, hogs will run side to side and are a blast on light tackle. Best of all, hogfish make great table fare and taste similar to snapper, which they are often misclassified as. They are actually a species of wrasse. It is important to be careful handling undersized fish. Hogfish are hermaphrodites. All of them are females until they reach a certain size and maturity when some become males. Since smaller fish are crucial to reproduction, they should be handled gingerly to give them the best chance at survival. Will Schmidt is a seasoned tournament angler who has been writing about fishing from more than two decades. For a great hogfish trip, contact Capt. Troy Leaf at Sureelfishing.com.

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his spring marked the launch of a much-anticipated partnership between NSR Fishing and Florida BASS Nation at the South Trail and Spring Trail events at Lake Okeechobee. The mission for NSR (National Scouting Report) is simple. NSR Fishing is building a database of qualified high school anglers for use by college coaches across the country. Florida produces some of the best talent in tournament bass fishing, and NSR scouts were excited to get out on the “Big O” to identify young anglers showcasing their skills and knowledge of the lake. National Scouting Report CEO Rusty Rigney was honored to be the keynote speaker for the Florida BASS Nation pre-tournament meeting. Glenn Cale, Florida BASS Nation Director, said as he introduced Rigney: “NSR has been working with athletes and their families in traditional sports for over 40 years. Now, they are here to see what you Florida anglers are all about.” Rigney detailed the full NSR program with the anglers and their families. He told them: “We are looking for the best anglers in the state of Florida. It’s not just about wins and finishes, it’s about becoming the complete angler that can bring real value to a collegiate program.” Saturday, Feb. 12 set up perfect with bluebird skies and more than 170 South Trail anglers hitting the water. NSR scouts were out filming and evaluating many teams in the points race for the year, but there was also a lot of buzz about a few teams that had large bags of fish. At weigh-ins, Connor Swindle and Max Lofton of the Hendry County HS Bassmasters placed third with 20.15 pounds. Michael John Teate jr. and Evan Newell of Mid Florida Youth Anglers finished second with 21.88 pounds.

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4:24 am 0.1 ft � 10:19 am3.5 ft � 4:37 pm -0.2 ft � 10:53 pm3.6 ft �

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pril is here, and this is the time of year to brush off the mahi mahi fishing tackle. Hopefully we see a little better run than we did in 2021 because, let’s face it, last year was a joke. Anglers will need to venture out past the normal 70’-90’ reefs to find their action as the shallower reefs will slow to a crawl. No worries though, because the deeper waters will be holding the fish! The usual amberjack haunts will have its share of action. Use live bait on a 3-way swivel with the appropriate weight. Heavier tides will require heavier leads. Croakers, spots and grunts work best for these armshredding beasts. Bunkers do work, but tend to spin in heavy current and either cause a tangle or the jacks just won’t want to touch it because they’re smarter than we think. Don’t be surprised if you catch a few grouper as well as it’s their spawning season and we all know that you catch the most grouper between January 1st and April 30th...the closed season. Use proper care when releasing them back (circle hooks only). Dorado fishing. It can be the time of your life or you could question yourself on

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3rd TIDE

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3:25 am -0.1 ft � 9:26 am 2.3 ft � 3:40 pm -0.4 ft � 9:54 pm 2.4 ft �

94

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4:05 am 0.0 ft � 10:02 am2.3 ft � 4:19 pm -0.3 ft � 10:32 pm2.4 ft �

86

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4:44 am 0.1 ft � 10:37 am2.1 ft � 4:57 pm -0.2 ft � 11:11 pm2.2 ft �

76

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5:23 am 0.3 ft � 11:14 am2.0 ft � 5:36 pm 0.0 ft � 11:50 pm2.1 ft �

65

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6:03 am 0.4 ft � 11:52 am1.9 ft � 6:19 pm 0.2 ft �

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5:02

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2.8

5:57

0.1

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0.2

6:50

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Fri

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pril continues the spring influence as we move back to warm water fishing patterns. We will be hoping for a good shrimp run which is a plus for spring catching in Edgewater Backcountry and Mosquito Lagoon, every fish swimming in coastal waters eats shrimp, to target the different species of fish choose the types of locations and techniques for each fish, for redfish in the backcountry stick mainly to shallow water flats, www.USHarbors.com shorelines, drop off edges, and oyster bars; school size seatrout go to deeper drop offs and points with a current break; snook, ft Rise Set Moon sheepshead and snapper -0.2 7:11 7:43 hang around structure like docks, bridges, jetties -0.1 7:10 7:43 and backwaters drop offs 0.0 7:09 7:44 and points; jack crevalle, bluefish, and ladyfish like 0.2 7:08 7:44 open water with bait and 0.4 7:07 7:45 a flowing current; on the 0.5 7:06 7:45 lagoon’s shallow flats, sight fish schooling redfish 0.6 7:04 7:46 and black drum, look for Allison and a Black Drum 0.7 7:03 7:47 pushing wakes and tailing 0.7 7:02 7:47 fish, larger seatrout also spread over the flats and off the edges. Use as light a leader & weight as possible where ever you are fishing to produce the 0.6 7:01 7:48 most bites with a natural presentation. 0.5 7:00 7:48 Throw artificials like DOA and Gulp shrimp, or other soft plastics to match the hatch, of course fly fishermen can’t go wrong with shrimp 0.5 6:59 7:49 patterns. With an outgoing tide still running at sunrise, fish the ICW and 0.3 6:58 7:49 the “old channel”, first thing early morning, you may see fish striking the 0.1 6:57 7:50 surface with flipping shrimp trying to escape, most likely fish here will be trout, jacks, ladies, or blues. Fish free lined shrimp, soft plastic imitation -0.1 6:56 7:51 or fly right into the action. This is the perfect scenario for fun sight fishing -0.2 6:55 7:51 by spin fishers & fly casters. It does not last long, after the sun is up a bit, -0.3 6:54 7:52 the action will slow on the surface, then time to go deeper with your baits. With the spring run of bait fish also still in the area such as glass minnows, -0.3 6:52 7:52 pilchards, and mullet, keep an open mind and try different baits and lures. -0.2 6:51 7:53 With warming water temperatures of spring, dock light fishing will be getting good again, a free lined shrimp drifted right through he circle of -0.1 6:50 7:54 light is the go to bait, but small size soft plastics, and a shrimp fly for you 0.0 6:49 7:54 flyfishers, out going tide can be best with shrimp movement on the falling, 0.1 6:48 7:55 but incoming can also produce with a good flow, expect seatrout, snook, jacks, blues, ladyfish, or a surprise catch. The Ponce Inlet jetties can be very 0.2 6:47 7:55 fishy in the spring, flounder are one of the main attractions on the New 0.2 6:47 7:56 Smyrna side, the flat fish have been deep offshore during winter, spawning on the bottom of the ocean, they return to inshore waters with many 0.2 6:46 7:57 stopping to feed at the jetty rocks. Fish as close to the rocks as possible, 6:45 7:57 best baits are lip hooked small size live finger mullet and mud minnows, 0.0 6:44 7:58 with live shrimp and jigs second choice. Black drum, redfish, sheepshead, mangrove snapper, pompano, and whiting are also possible catches on -0.1 6:43 7:58 shrimp around the rocks. Jack crevalle, blues, and spanish mackerel can be -0.1 6:42 7:59 great fun on Gotcha Lures worked fast off the jetty during times of clear -0.1 6:41 8:00 ocean water.

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t’s that time of the year where my focus changes from primarily Saltwater fishing to add some Freshwater fishing into the mix as the Largemouth and Specks start their spawning season. Living on the Florida coast offers anglers year around fishing for pretty much water ever you desire. Where else can you wake up in the morning and fish for trophy Bass and that evening be out on the flats chasing trophy snook and reds. Late Winter and early Spring offer anglers a chance to catch trophy size fish, so take advantage of the conditions and go Have some fun. Whether it’s catching your dinner, challenging yourself to your next PB (Personal Best) or just relaxing on the water, its safe to say your day outdoors will be rewarding. If the 1st fish of the day is any indication of what this year will offer up, its going to be a great season. Caught this old girl on the first cast! So, I encourage old and young alike to get out and enjoy the resources this state has to offer. See you on the water...... — Kelsey

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y favorite Crappie time of the year to get out and catch the late spawner’s coming in and out. By April, the pressure is off and there are still plenty of fish to be caught for those who like to avoid the crowds. Some prime spots are around piers and boat ramps that have some deeper adjacent areas. I usually catch bigger fish but fewer overall per day. I use my GO2 Chartreuse jig head tipped with a live minnow or white plastic grub and constantly work the docks. If I hit more than one fish at the same spot, Ill fish it a little longer in case they are schooling in that area. If the action is slow, I’ll cast Out my spare rod with the “Ole faithful” minnow and float. And as always, with so many freshwater species here in Florida, you never know what random fish you will hookup with as a surprise catch. “Keep making Memories” — Graci

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The moon phase plays a large roll in the bite! I find that fishing a few days before and a few days after (not the day of) our new moon and full moon, to be my most productive fishing trips. Did last weeks fishing trip not turn put the best? Where the fish not biting? Or did you go home with no story to tell friends and family of that fish you reeled in. This is where “fishing the tide” comes in Play. Sure the fish may be there but, you want to plan to fish the change of the tides. When the fish are feeding fir a productive fishing trip. With many days, nights, and time in the water studying the tide changes. I find that the bite is on fire the during our last and first hour of the tides switching over. For myself I plan my trips around these tides changes for the best results and fish the last hour of the incoming through the first hour of the outgoing tide and go home very successful. Are you starting to see the Tarpon ?I have started seeing Tarpon rolling under local bridges in New Smyrna Beach, throughout the Basin and out in the river traveling in schools of all sizes!! I prefer to target these guys under bridges and at dock lights in the evening and early morning first light. 22 BREVARD/VOLUSIA

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Lets talk baits! Depending on where I fish for Tarpon plays a huge factor in what baits I am using. A Tarpons instinct is strong, you want a perfect presentation having your bait moving naturally in the current, otherwise they wont bite. Tarpon are nocturnal feeders, now this doesn’t mean they will not bite during the day. Your chances for a hook up are much greater in the first light morning hours and evening or if there’s a school you never know toss a jig, can’t hurt ya! When fishing for Tarpon under bridges and at dock lights I do so in the night time hours with great success, I free-line live jumbo shrimp. When fishing the Causeways , I free-line a small blue crab clipping the tip of its shell to release scent. When fishing out in the river. I find that Tarpon tend to ride the current on the “drop off” I anchor up in the shallow side of the river and free-Line a small blue crap, letting it flow naturally with the current, clipping its corner shell as well to release the crabs scent in the water to attract the Tarpon. Small bait fish such as pigfish and finger mullets are also to a Tarpons liking . I am a kayak angler and One of my greatest fishing experiences was while working mangroves with a paddle tail jog, hoping for a decent Red. I had a live pig fish Free-lining behind me. Excited fir that Redfish . I here my rod thump little did I know I was hooked up to a 100 lb. Tarpon that surprised me, when I grab my rod the acrobat’s began! This beauty took me on a sleigh ride against wind and current fighting and wearing him

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f you’re an offshore angler in Florida, you likely already know the state is cutting in half the recreational limits for dolphin in Atlantic state waters. The changes, effective May 1, slash the recreational daily bag limit from 10 to 5 fish per person and the vessel limit from 60 to 30 fish per vessel. The simple reason given in FWC’s press releases is that anglers in the Keys and the state’s analyses have both witnessed fewer and smaller dolphin in recent years. FWC’s presentation from the most recent commission meeting tells a

deeper story. First off, mahi are extremely important to recreational fisheries off south Florida and the Keys, and Florida recreational landings have fallen dramatically, according to FWC data. In the 1990s, the recreational fishery experienced several peaks between 20 and 30 million pounds per year. Since 2010, the highest year for landings came in at about 15 million pounds in 2015. Between 2016 and 2020, that number never topped 10 million pounds, and in 2020 it slipped below 5 million. Those are pretty scary numbers with an abrupt downward swing for a species that is short-lived, fast growing and should repopulate quickly. The kicker is, no one really knows the status of Atlantic dolphin stocks because they are highly migratory and distributed from New England to the Caribbean coast of South America. International harvest is an unknown factor. Dolphin are very sensitive to water temperatures, and warming oceans are offered as a potential explanation for Florida anglers seeing fewer dolphin. Meanwhile, recreational dolphin trips and anecdotal reports of success are increasing off the Mid-Atlantic and New England. The South Atlantic Fishery Management Council, which manages federal waters of the Atlantic off the Carolinas, Georgia and Florida, reduced the recreational dolphin limit from 60 to 54 fish per vessel in June 2021. Florida advocated strongly for deeper cuts as a precaution; however, North Carolina is apparently reveling in its improving mahi fishery and would only agree to the 54 fish per vessel reduction. Part of Florida’s push is proactive management for the fishery, which would include increased international engagement to get a better idea of what is actually going on. This year’s dramatic cut in recreational limits for state waters might, however, be little more than a gesture. Over the last decade, about 90 percent of the recreational catch off Florida has come from federal waters. There aren’t many anglers catching mahi in state waters, but it’s worth noting that Florida anglers and charter operations have shown ample support for these cuts. Perhaps the fishery will see self-imposed restrictions on the part of anglers in federal waters. If you’re wondering why no one is screaming about commercial anglers in this issue, it’s because commercial harvest in U.S. waters of the Atlantic has made up only about 5 percent of landings over the last 30 years.

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