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Summer Slammers Tips and Tricks For Targeting BIG Dolphin By Gene Dyer

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all them dolphin, dorado or mahi mahi, they are one of the most popular pelagic species to target because of their hard fighting nature and acrobatic displays, not to mention they are darn good eating. Inspired by the recent catch of a 72-pound monster bull by the charter boat Lady Pamela out of Fort Lauderdale, Fla., here are some tips and tricks to help you put some slammers in the box. Without question, the best way to target big dolphin is on the troll. When trolling for dolphin, it’s important to maximize the presentation of your spread. It’s all about the quality of baits over quantity. We could certainly fish seven lines from our Mako 236, but I prefer to fish five. Keeping baits swimming properly and free of weeds is critical, but even more important is fresh bait. If you can’t get fresh ballyhoo, frozen will work, but be careful which package you select. Look for clear eyes, red tips on the beak and some yellow on the top of the tail. My five-bait spread consists of two flat lines, two outrigger baits and one in the shotgun position. Though I’ll adjust my spread during the day, I always start with a chin-weighted naked ballyhoo in one of the corners, just behind the prop wash. I use a flat line release clip to give the bait a better swimming action. In the other corner, we fish a daisy chain consisting of four small jet heads or squid skirts with a 6/0 J hook in the last lure behind a bird. I like to position the bird just behind the naked ballyhoo. On one outrigger, we fish a chugger-type lure in front of a rigged ballyhoo. On the other we fish an Islander-style lure with a rigged ballyhoo. In the shotgun, I like a quarter-ounce black-and-red feather with an orange head. Send it way back behind the rest of the spread. When trolling, many fish are lost because the boat gets taken out of gear with the excitement of the strike. Chances are that any slammers with an interest in your spread have been hooked before. They’ve gotten away at least once, and any slack in the line is asking for the same result. By staying at trolling speed, your other baits remain enticing to other fish in the school and increase the odds of a multiple hook up. Once the cockpit chaos has subsided, it’s OK to back the throttle off to idle speed, but never stop the boat from moving forward. Always be on the lookout for birds, and pay attention to what they are doing. Don’t bother chasing birds that are just flying. Look for birds that are diving or circling. Many times, they will lead you to a promising piece of debris, a well-defined edge or a nice weedline. When the birds do lead you to that magical floating debris or weedline, troll by it several times from different angles. If you don’t get bit, stop the boat on the last pass and let your baits sink for 30 seconds. Put the boat back and gear and you may be surprised by fish that were lurking deeper in the water column. One thing I can’t leave out is the importance of having the clickers on your reels in the on position. The obvious reason is to alert you of a strike while your eyes are scanning the horizon for birds, but there is a hidden, more important reason. Most slammers have been hooked before, and I believe they learn from those experiences. Whether they short strike your bait or intentionally try to kill it by ramming it with their broad heads, when you get knocked down and the fish isn’t there, immediately put the reel in free spool for 10 seconds. Nine times out of 10, that hungry slammer will come back to finish the meal.

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or the fifteenth straight year, the Ship of Fools Tournament attracted Costa Rica’s top anglers to Playa Garza. For the second time in three years, the FishingNosara team took home the hardware. Capt. Alex Moreno on the 32’ mega panga Harvester topped the leaderboard with 1,700 points (11 sailfish releases, one black marlin release and one blue marlin release) during the two-day event. “Alex is the dude,” exclaimed Capt. Patrick Humphrey, of Fort Lauderdale, Fla. “He has the best eyes I’ve ever seen and fishes as aggressively as we do in south Florida.” Capt. Humphrey runs trips for Lady Pamela II Sportfishing in Hollywood, Fla. He was joined by wife Jennifer, daughter Amelia, and angling legend Patrick Irwin. The Ship of Fools Tournament is one of the last true billfish release tournaments in Costa Rica. Each scoring fish must be billed and photographed by hand. With no snatch-leader releases, the difficultly increases tremendously. On the first day, 11 boats set out from Playa Garza and set up shop

12 miles offshore in 2,100 feet of water. Capt. Alex was first boat to the spot and put three sailfish releases on the board in the opening hours. As the rest of the field lagged, the mega panga hooked up a blue marlin for a two-hour fight. After the photograph and release, a second marlin entered the spread, this time a big, bad black. Capt. Patrick belted up for the battle and conquered the fish in a two-plus-hour fight that saw eight leader grabs before the successful release. “I had a trip planned for Hawaii in the winter to cross black marlin off my list,” said Patrick, smiling. “I guess that’s off.” Their total of 1,000 points is a single-day record for the event, and they scored the ultra-difficult Billfish Grand Slam. The second day was just like the first, with the Harvester scoring early and often. They snagged seven more sailfish releases, including one just a minute before lines-out. The Harvester’s haul is an all-time best for this tournament, eclipsing the winning score of 1,200 posted two years ago by FishingNosara teammate the Explorer. For Capt. Alex, it is the culmination of perseverance through years of adversity in this event. In 2011, as mate on the Wanderer, he recorded 14 sailfish releases during prefishing only to get zero during the event. In 2016, he had the thing won until the camera with all the proof-photos fell overboard late on the second day. “I’m incredibly proud of what Capt. Alex has done with the Harvester,” beamed Craig Sutton, founder of FishingNosara and architect of the mega panga design. “He pushed himself and his boat to the edge during months before this event. He has honed his instincts and advanced his craft. Capt. Alex has paid the price to reach to top of the mountain.” The FishingNosara team looks forwarded to challenging the Harvester in the 2020 Ship of Fools Tournament next April and to competing with Alex in the 1st Annual FishingNosara Invitational in early August 2019. If you and your best anglers are ready to compete, the FishingNosara U.S. office can be reached at (904) 591-2161 USA or fishingnosara.com.

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hen we landed on Grand Bahama, the sun greeted our wintery white faces, and a 70-degree day with a light breeze warmed us to the core. Unfortunately, by morning, the greeting changed to 25 mph winds, which made conditions less than optimal for fly fishing. At home, we might have changed to conventional tackle or even skipped the trip all together, but we came here to fly fish for bonefish, and fly fish we would. Rather than get down on the conditions, we made some tactical changes and used the wind the best we could to our advantage. One benefit of this scenario is the fish tend to be less spooky in shallow water. The noise generated by the wind and the waves allows anglers to get closer without spooking the fish. In fact, glass calm days can be more challenging than some of the breezier ones. Here are a few tips to help out on those blustery days. • Shortening your leader can make a huge difference in accuracy. Fly line tracks relatively straight through wind, especially if you are double hauling. But that last 10 feet or so can be a real crap shoot when the wind is kicked up over 20 mph. Shortening the leader can really help with accuracy, especially in a crosswind. • Using a heavier fly has advantages. With wave action, weight helps the fly get down to the bottom faster, and that’s where the fish are feeding. Even in skinny water, where you would normally use just bead chain eyes, don’t be afraid to move up to some lead eyes as the disturbance caused by the wind helps conceal the splash. • Consider stepping up one rod weight. There is no doubt a heavier rod makes a huge difference in punching through the wind. Sometimes your best bet is to step up to make sure you can get the fly in front of the fish. Another option is to over-line your rod, which is moving up to a line that’s a weight heavier than the rod is rated for. This helps load the rod on the cast, which delivers a more powerful cast. • The best thing is practice. If you are going to spend good money to go on a trip, you want to give yourself the best chance for success. Most fly fishers only practice casting as far as possible. I don’t worry about that. Windy or not, you rarely need to cast more than 60 feet on the flats. Instead, concern yourself with quick accurate casts. And don’t forget to practice in the wind, not just head-on, but at every angle. A crosswind can move your fly off target, and casting 5 feet behind a fish rarely produces a strike. In the end, we didn’t let the wind blow our chances for success; we prevailed with some great Bahamas bones. Will Schmidt is a seasoned tournament angler and has been writing about fishing for more than two decades.

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175-pound cable, I like to make four wraps on the hook, but try it for yourself and use whatever feels good. Here’s how I do it: • Thread the end of approximately 18 inches through the inside bite of the hook eye, and make a loop about the size of a baseball. Hold the loop between you left thumb and index finger. • Make four wraps around the hook shank, from the back of the bend going forward. • Pull the tag end of the cable with pliers until “snug” on

cident. Don’t get me wrong… there have been more wahoo, dolphin and tuna caught on pin-rigged ballyhoo than all the other offerings combined. However, there are days when a nice “clean” naked ballyhoo swimming like a snake with an almost invisible stinger hook is the only trick that works. There are several brands of seven-strand cable that will work just fine, but for this snelled stinger hook, I use American Fishing Wire 175-pound, brown cable. It’s soft and folds into place nicely. And it’s strong when crimped and snelled. In addition to the stinger hook, I like to snell a short piece onto the front end of the ballyhoo to avoid the total bite off. Snelling cable is no different than snelling mono or fluoro, but with less wraps. With the

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he drag was set perfectly, and your knot held true. But somehow that fish got away. As you stand there, envisioning the beautiful creature swimming off to points unknown, you agonize over what went wrong. The culprit? A pulled hook—the cause of more lost fish than any other user error. In today’s world of zero-stretch braided lines, extra-fast action graphite rods and low-stretch fluorocarbon leader material, one reality seems to have been forgotten: stretch is a good thing. Not bungee cord, rubber band, over-the-top stretch. But some stretch. Stretch equates to shock absorption, which along with a barb are the only things keeping the hook in your quarry’s mouth. With tackle catering to sensitivity, it should come as no surprise that pulled hooks are a bigger problem today than they were in years past, when

monofilament line and slower-action fiberglass rods dominated the market. A pulled hook occurs when the hook comes loose from its original setting in a fish’s mouth. Provided that you have set the hook firmly to begin with, the cause will almost certainly be that the tissue in the fish’s mouth has worn too much to hold it in place. The hook then falls or is pulled out on a subsequent slack line, jerk of the rod, head turn or shake. To mitigate the stresses of battle on your quarry’s mouth, we must implement stretch into our fishing strategy. Thankfully, we don’t have to trade in all our sensitive gear for bouncier tackle of the past. Sound technique can mask the stretch deficiency inherent in today’s tackle. First off, after you set the hook in a fish, always keep a bend in the rod. The rod is your failsafe shock absorber; it responds to how you use it. If you maintain a bend in the rod, you have guaranteed at least some stretch will remain in the system. Next, never sweep or jerk the rod after the hook is set. This will only tear tissue in the fish’s mouth, increasing the chances of a pulled hook. Steady, even pressure wins the fight. Most fishermen tend to think that the newest tackle to the market is always the surest bet. With braided lines being more popular than ever, many anglers fail to realize that monofilament has an important role in fishing. Some situations call for extra shock absorption and a slower response. When fishing on a beach with wave action, mono is your best option to keep a fish hooked as it fights to free itself in the last wave. Ever hook a true giant close to your position on a bridge, pier or boat? Spool up with mono now, and be thankful that you did. Think carefully about your tackle. Evaluate the role of your rod, line and leader. Fish hard, and don’t let that big one get away. John Saporito is a lifelong fisherman and student of the seas. For deeper insight into the world of gamefish, visit him online at www. guerillaangling.com.

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pring fishing is here, bringing some hot topwater action. Snook are moving shallow as the water warms, and the slot and plusslot snook will be around piers, mangroves and seawalls chasing bait. The water being dumped from Okeechobee into the South Fork has made the water near the lock freshwater. Regardless, the snook fishing remains good around the Palm City Bridge area. Numbers of mostly small snook are regularly being caught. Follow the bait near the shore and cast along the mangroves. There are also lots of jacks and an occasional redfish or bluefish. Outgoing tide is best. The hot spot on the beach for tarpon and big jacks is still the “spoils” area, several hundred yards out from the power plant in Fort Pierce. You’ll get lots of action on cut bait, shrimp and jigs with spinner sharks leaping and occasionally taking cut and live bait. The south Vero Beach area of the lagoon is still the place for trout. Look for patches of grass in the Harbor Branch and Big Pine Lake areas on the west side. The bays from Round Island boat ramp on the east side also have grass. The 4-inch C.A.L. jigs are my favorite lure with 1/8-ounce jig head. To find the trout, find grass. To find active fish, look for feeding birds on the flats. Last spring we had several 40- to 60-trout days on the east side. Trout have started moving into shallows along the west side around the power plant and down to the Jensen Beach Causeway. Last spring saw some hot trout action on topwater. The water is still clear, and wading is my favorite way to fish the west side. Finding fish is the key, as the schools move with the tide. Remember to support “moving the water south” and all actions to prevent freshwater from Okeechobee being dumped into the lagoon. Sea grass can’t grow in freshwater. The sea grass has disappeared south of Bear Point in Fort Pierce for several years now. Only a healthy system will support the growth of new grass and improve fishing for everyone. Richard Matteson is staff writer for Stuart Rod and Reel Club. Contact him at (336) 414-3440.

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et the afternoon thunderstorms begin!!! May is typically the month where our afternoon thunderstorms show themselves. You will eventually be able to set your watch to the time they usually arrive. With that being said, fishing in the area will become a little more predictable as well. As the temps continue to rise, the fish will be more apt to eat during the cooler periods of the day. First light early in the morning until about 9 am will be your peak fishing times for the morning hours. After the thunderstorms move through in the afternoon, which is typically around 3pm, will be the best time to get out on the water in the afternoon. I have found that some of our best snook fishing will fire up in May, especially during the full moon. Find your favorite bridge on your favorite tide, under a bright full moon and wait for the bait to start exploding out of the water!!!! Free line a healthy live mullet right at the shadow line on the bridges, for best results use live bait. For my artificial guys, there are a number of lures you can throw. Some of my best producers have been, the live target sardine or mullet, the bomber long A, a bucktail with a white or pink grub, and the DOA terror eyez. You may find that they won’t start eating really aggressively until late, so don’t get discouraged if you get there early and not much is happening. Redfish will still be plenty active scouring the banks or oyster beds first thing in the morning. Throw a shrimp under a cork to the top side of the oyster bed and allow it to float back to you for best results with live bait. You can also fish finger mullet or mud minnows on the bottom near the oysters or close to the bank. For the artificial guys, using the tried and true soft plastic paddle tail, like a DOA, slayer, or salt water assassin, will be great producers. The super early risers will expect to see some great topwater action from trout, snook, and redfish. Use a super spook, super spook jr, rapala skitter walk, or rapala skitter V and you won’t be disappointed. Nice flounder will still be laying around for sure as well. Find the smaller creek mouths emptying into a larger canal or other body of water and throw a live mud minnow right at the mouth. When hunting flounder with artificials, I have found that a Z-man scented paddler with an 1/8 ounce jig head is nearly irresistible to them. Use the same method with the artificials as I just mentioned with the mud minnows. Throw into the creek mouth and drag that paddle tail out into the larger body of water. Remember to keep their heads under the water when they get close to the boat!! If you don’t they are sure to shake that head and throw the hook. It’s time to take advantage of the warmer weather coming in!! Get out and let the games begin. Until next time, keep your lines wet and your rods bent!!! ! Dave Farlow is the co-owner of Salty Dawg Outfitters @ High Bridge

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ay is the transition month leaving spring and shrimp, silver dollar blue crab, live finger mullet, plastic swim starting the summer fishing patterns. Time again baits, or lures are good to try. The Tarpon is a top challenge for to start serious trips before the sunrise to take fly fishers, with the sight casting chance at a silver king hookup. advantage of the first light feeding period. More baitfish will be Larger Redfish will again be along the ICW channel, watch for appearing in the ICW including Edgewater Backcountry and surface activity with a lower profile, big boils and surface strikes Mosquito Lagoon. Finger mullet, pigfish, small menhaden, as they eat drifting blue crabs or baitfish A free lined whole or half and pilchards (greenies and white bait) in the river, and larger crab, large live shrimp, pinfish, pigfish, or finger mullet give the menhaden (aka pogies) sardines and cigar minnows in the best chance of a pick-up. Use heavier tackle for the big Reds and ocean. Early morning is topwater lure time, use smaller and Tarpon for a shorter fight and healthy release. Hold these bigger quieter styles when conditions are calm, try larger and louder fish horizontally for a photo not hanging from the lip which can Stephanie from Indiana and damage these valuable breeder size fish, remember only Tarpon lures on choppy water. Walk the dog types or chugger heads, I Black Drum caught tight to like Skitter Walk, Super Spook Jr, Chug Bug, and Zara Puppy. under 40” are legally allowed to be removed from the water so a the mangroves. Work topwaters tight to oyster bars, shorelines, shallow back photo with the fish in the water is needed on bigger fish. Summer bays, and grass flats. Redfish schools will begin to break up with the warmer water, is the best time of year for night time dock light fishing, the lights attract bait fish and small schools and single reds will again be cruising shorelines at high tide, on the shrimp which in turn bring in the trout, jacks, ladyfish, snook, and redfish to name shallow side of drop offs on the edge of the channel and near oyster bars in the a few. A free lined live shrimp can be the go to bait or match the hatch of which type backcountry and on the shallow grass beds to the south into Mosquito Lagoon. of bait you are seeing. Try a small size lure, swim bait, jig, twitch bait, or soft plastic Finger mullet will again be coming into shallow water, fish them free-lined, tail shrimp. Anchor just up tide and a cast out from the light, throw your bait up current hooked, around the shallow oysters, flats, and shorelines for redfish and trout. On from the circle of light on the water and allow it to “swim” naturally through the deeper drop offs fish lip hooked mullet, mud minnows, or live shrimp with split target area. Out going tide can be best, but a moving tide in either direction is a must shot or ¼ oz sinker. In May, Tarpon and Bull Redfish return to the intracoastal for a good bite. 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 Capt Michael Savedow / Edgewater River Guide break the top of the water, they are notoriously picky so patience is a must A live www.EdgewaterRiverGuide.com / 386-689-3781

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ay is a great time to be on the water. Air and water temperatures become more consistent and the fish are more predictable. Fish the shore line in the early morning for reds, snook and trout using a Rapala skitter walk or a Mirrolure top dog. As the day progresses use a jig with a paddle tail or plastic shrimp around drop offs and deep holes. When fishing live shrimp use a J hook without any weight in and around any over hangs in the river. The reason for the J hook is that the fish will not always turn and set the hook, so you need to create the hook set. In April we started seeing schools of jacks and blue fish in the basin and around the toilet bowl area. May should bring in larger schools. If you like tasty Mangrove snapper, May is the time to find schools around brush piles and tree limbs in a couple of feet of water. Take a child fishing for plenty of action that these fish provide. See you on the water Captain Barry Englehardt | fishwithcaptainbarry.com

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ay is one of the best months of the year for bass fishing action here on the central St. Johns River. We hope that proves true after months of mediocre bass fishing and disappointed fishermen. Water temperatures will rise making all methods productive, including buzz baits, spinner baits, crank baits and live bait like wild shiners and thread fin shad. Warmer water temperatures will move the threadfin shad to the surface and create a feeding frenzy for bass. This is a perfect opportunity to try all of your top water lures. A favorite top water lure is a devils horse, working it over the eel grass beds and hydrilla beds. Spinner baits fished in the same area will also be a productive tactic. Pan fish will also turn on this month with catches of bluegill already being brought in throughout the month of April. Pitch live crickets or minnows close to the bank in the Norris Dead River to target bluegill, warmouth and shell cracker. You can also use a 1/32 oz beetle spin. Black with a yellow stripe is a classic color. Pay attention to the moon phases for the month. Around the full moon the shellcracker will move to the shell beds of Lake Woodruff. You can use live worms or crickets and surely catch a limit. We have already seen shellcracker being brought it. Stop in at Highland Park Fish Camp and we will mark a free map for you.

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t is that time of the year, we’re starting to feel the warmer weather and water temps. Which means you will start to see Tarpon! These prehistoric fish are migrating in from our inlet. You should start to see them at your local bridges, in corners, cuts, causeways, canals, and in the river. When fishing for Tarpon there is a lot to take in consideration, such as moon phases, tides changes, and what bait to us. Tarpon also known as our “Silver King” is one of the strongest and smartest fish of all fish. When fishing for Tarpon you want to be sure have the proper Rig set up. I prefer to use liter to braid and beef up my rig to a 50 lb. braid tied 80 lb. liter using the “FG Knot” with a 6/O circle hook, tying liter to hook with a basic “loop” knot. The “FG Knot” is a quality knot with pressure test proven to withhold the most amount of pressure out of all fishing Fun facts about Tarpon knots It is sure to not leave you disappointed, my go to knot! • Tarpon have been swimming in our ocean since Prehistoric When’s and how to’s times The moon phase plays a • They are Nocturnal feeders large role in the bite! I find that fishing a few days before and a • Tarpon can reach up to 8 feet few days after (not the day of) and weigh up to 280 lbs. our new moon and full moon, • The oldest Tarpon is 63 to be my most productive years old fishing trips. Did last week’s • The Tarpon “Rolls” to meet its fishing trip not turn put the oxygen needs best? Where the fish not biting? • You an find Tarpon in Or did you go home with no saltwater and Fresh water 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. 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 and out in our river traveling in

small schools. I prefer to target these guys under bridges and at dock lights in the evening. Let’s 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 won’t 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 night hours. Since I prefer to fish for Tarpon under bridges and at dock lights I do so in the night time hours with great success. When fishing under bridges in at dock lights, 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 Tarpon’s 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 for that Redfish. I hear my rod thump, little did I know I was hooked up to a 100 lb. Tarpon, and as soon as I grab my rod the acrobat’s began! This beauty took me on a sleigh ride against wind and current fighting and wearing him and tiring him out, 45 minutes later I had this big beautiful Tarpon sitting alongside my kayak. I was unable to get a photo being I was in my kayak in the river. But a video indeed! I always bring live and artificial baits when I am going in the water because you never know what the fish are feeding on or what you may hook up too!

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ay can be a tricky, but extremely productive month for the offshore waters of Ponce Inlet. We will be targeting Cobia, Mahi, and Tuna this month and we can hardly contain our excitement. Of course for Cobia we will be running the nearshore waters looking for the brown clowns around migrating rays. This can provide an exciting experience as you often get to watch the Cobia inhale the lure or bait before the fight ensues. It will behoove you to ALWAYS have a Cobia rod rigged and ready when you head out this time of year. You often only get one shot at these passing fish, and if you have to stop to tie up a rig you most likely will miss your opportunity for a possible fish of a lifetime. The Mahi run will be in full effect in May and it is one of my absolute favorite fish to target (although I am a Wahoo junkie). The spring dolphin run is the perfect time to get some of our younger anglers out there to dance with these beautiful fish. I like to troll until the fish are located, then the tried and true method of keeping a hooked Mahi in the water always works. You should be able to keep a school of Mahi close to the boat with a little chum which will allow plenty of time for the younger anglers to make their presentation and hookup. One of the other main targets, and maybe the most challenging this month will be Tuna. You have to run far to find them some days, but it is almost always worth it. Remember whenever running far offshore, you want to make sure your motors are up to date on maintenance and ready to go. Luckily for us we have some awesome Suzuki outboards on our boat which are the most reliable out there. I always have confidence my Suzukis will bring us back to the dock. Capt. Shane Ryan | Back to Blue Outdoors

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others could try. The men gave it a shot, and a man of wisdom and almost a century under his belt impressed the crowd with his skill. I don’t want to toot my own horn, but I hypothetically killed a turkey, bear, and coyote as my training with local sportsman paid off, as I still have an eye for precision. Gobbler’s Lodge has four other themed shooting ranges around the property where permission has been given to shoot armadillos if you see one, but they have learned better. My favorite was the zombie apocalypse shooting range, where you test your skills as if you are part of the Walking Dead television series. After the guests and I finished up our archery excursion, we were sat in a fine dining tent, next to the main range, with two gator heads as centerpieces on a pearl white linen table that Chris and Daniel actually hunted. While all the guests were shooting at animal manikins, Chris Chibbaro was setting stemware for wines and silverware, while Chef Jeremy Wimmer and cook Troy Hudson prepped, cooked, and prepared to deliver perfectly executed wild game culinary courses to the guests. The first course was a local oyster with green apple and a pinkpeppercorn mignonette. I brought out a bottle of Diamant Royal Brut, Blanc de Blancs from France and explained to guests about the classic pairing of oysters with sparkling wine. I explained “blanc de blancs” means the wine is produced with 100-percent chardonnay grapes. The tartness of the finely diced apple and the vinegar-based peppercorn sauce caused us to moan in delight. Next up was a Florida gator gumbo topped with cornmeal-fried okra. I poured the “O” Chardonnay by Claude Vialade and explained that chardonnay goes great with poultry. Because the first time people try alligator meat, they usually say it tastes like chicken, this combination was

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charred broccoli and a port wine demi. Wellington is a classic dish, where the meat is wrapped in a puff pastry and baked, usually with fillet steak. Chef Jeremy used the most tender pieces of elk with an applause-worthy demi-glace and a texturally perfect pastry wrapped around it. I brought out the Zardini Amarone, a staple red wine from Valpolicella, Italy, where the winemakers use a process known as the “appassimento,” which involves drying the grapes on straw mats for weeks to concentrate the sugars and flavors. We were starting to fill up when the cooks delivered a Swiss meringue cake with papaya cream and guava syrup. Guests who didn’t think they had room made it for this sweet, fruity and beautiful dessert. We paired it with Château Pineau Du Rey Sauternes from France. I explained to the guests how a fungus called botrytis cinerea — often called “noble rot” — causes the sweetness and delicacy of this dessert wine enjoyed all over the world. The chefs came out and received a standing For more information contact: ovation, as guests showed Gobbler’s Lodge their appreciation for Daniel Levesque at 386-341-0793 the talent of Chef Jeremy. or find Gobblers Lodge on Facebook and They were impressed Gobblerslodge on Instagram with the smoothness and grace of the evening’s Millie’s Restaurant and Catering activities, held in such an Chris Chibbaro at 386-275-1492 unlikely dining room. or find Millie’s Restaurant and Catering on Plans are for the event Facebook and milliesrestaurant on Instagram to be held once a year.

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tivity. May normally marks the end of the winter season. However, we did get off to a 6 week late start. This season continues to gift us with jumbo size white shrimp (blue and green tail). Yes, we have seen them get mixed into our winter run for decades on a small level. This year, the big giants brought Brevard County and Volusia County thrills, chills, captures and misses. Interesting as it may be, they did not come though last season in any great quantity. But, in the 2017 season we had millions come though every night of the entire season. So, it is of great surprise to see these white crickets pass through our light fields in 2019 because they send us no love in 2018. Let me educate you about the significance of this white shrimp run. They run in the summer S. Daytona to Jacksonville July thru October. In summer of 2017 after months of the jumbo’s coming through at night on the off months, the summer season was smalls. What will happen in the summer of 2019? I predict, not much. The last 4-5 years have been out of pattern and the summer shrimping cast net sport is in decline. Central Florida still has 30 boat flotilla’s but the reports are discouraging. But, this summer season is your greatest chance to net an Asian tiger. The bio mass of dinks have hit Volusia, 5 gallon buckets will continue through May Volusia County. The smaller size collectively will out number your larger shrimp but well worth the chase. North Brevard has been moody, it was not magical this year but gave up an average of 1-2 gallons of jumbo;s which kept the locals engaged. Titusville pier has not reported much, counts are low in numbers. Haulover has not been magical this year, and that area rarely came up in any discussion. S. Brevard normally turns on around the Causeways this month, and they are reporting less 1-12 shrimp over multiple nights of trying. Sebastian inlet was the hot spot this season. When your ready to hang your nets up spritz them with a solution of fabric softener and water (50/50 ratio). Rinse your gear good and bring your lights inside and keep them at room temperature. Scalloping season starts in June, right now is a great time to service your boat and your trailer. For whats going on shrimping, scalloping, lobster and other non-hook and line fishing genre’s, join us at Florida Shrimping Academy – Tips & Tricks. Education before all else. Capt Lee Noga | Academy Of Shrimping | www.leenoga.com

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Please help us in making sure Hanna gets the time she needs to make a 100 percent recovery by joining us on May 5Th 2019 at the Roof on the Daytona Pier for a day of fishing, music, drinks and fun, with all proceeds going to help Hanna!!! You can also help by donating to her benefit page on facebook.

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tay to me is the month that everything wakes up hungry . The days will start getting longer meaning more time to fish, it’s not uncommon to just be leaving the dock at first light and see a school of jacks hurling bait in the air or a school of tarpon having their fill. Keep a top water at the ready so you don’t miss out on these quick opportunities. Topwater lures are also effective this time of year early in the morning up in the creeks, across a flat, or along the oyster bars. Redfish will be active and usually can’t resist a surface disturbance. As the day goes on switch gears and look for fish holding in some deeper drop offs. If you can find moving water over a sandy bottom the flounder should be there ready to eat. Live shrimp, finger mullet, or mud minnows should find you a bite. Towards the end of the day look for deeper channels along mangroves and free line baits for your best shot at a trout or the elusive snook. For those headed to the jetty, you can find reds holding along the rocks and the sheepshead & mangrove snappers will be chewing this month as well! Catch ‘em up and say hello to the Yellow Dawg if y’all see us passing by!

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The Texas team consisted of Isaac Avery, of Longview, Laramy Barber, of Sabine and Hunter Graham, of Henderson. “My teammates and I have fished this tournament for three years and have always strived to be at the top. Last Saturday we were able to put the big stringer of fish together for the win. Hard work and determination from all the team put us in the right spot at the right time. Thanks to Bass Pro Shops for hosting a tournament of this magnitude and allowing us to compete in something all bowfisherman love to do,” said Avery. The U.S. Open Bowfishing Championship is the largest event of its kind in the fast-growing sport of bowfishing. This year’s event featured the largest competition and biggest prizes in the tournament’s seven-year history. The championship purse included more than $100,000 worth of prizes and giveaways. A four-man team representing Missouri, Kansas and Oklahoma won the Big Buffalo and Biggest Overall categories in addition to taking eighth place in the tournament. Team Obscure Adventures’ big fish weighed 73.3 pounds, and they scored an overall weight of 365.8 pounds. Their total cash payout was $9,530. The No Limit team from Center, Texas took fourth place in the tournament and won the Biggest Common Carp category with a 51.6-pound carp out of Toledo Bend. Their total weight of 402.2 pounds netted the four-man team $6,610. Team PossumCods, another four-man team from Texas, scored the Biggest Grass Carp category with a winning weight of 58.3 pounds and claimed the $3,200 cash prize. Besides being a fun weekend for participants and families, the bowfishing event provides lasting environmental benefits for area lakes. Bowfishing, combining elements of fishing with archery to harvest rough fish species, is one of the fastest growing sports in the outdoor industry. Unlike traditional game fishing, bowfishing uses specialized bows to target species including carp, buffalo and gar that plague lakes, rivers and streams around the country. Removing these undesirable species improves habitat conditions for native game fish.

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Capt. Nick very carefully positioned the boat, and once he was happy with the position and drift of the first line, he sent out a second line with a buoy. The buoy had drifted about 100 yards from the boat when Capt. Nick said simply, “The buoy!” Then… “It’s big!” Immediately, we reeled in the first line to get it out of the way. Bill jumped on the buoy line and began to reel… and reel… and reel some more. Five and a half hours later, we got our first glimpse of the fish when it jumped about a quarter mile behind the boat. We could see it was big, but we didn’t realize how big because it was so far away. Two hours later, we got a better look at the monster. Each time Bill got the leader to the reel, the broadbill saw the boat and ripped off line Bill had fought so hard to gain. Capt. Nick busied himself keeping the line from touching the boat and keeping the fish from running under the boat. If at any point the line had touched the boat, it would have parted, and the fish would be gone. It felt like we were on a whirl ride at the carnival. We circled with the fish, and then in a flash it would streak away. Capt. Nick would turn the boat to cruise beside the fish until it dove toward the bottom. More than eight hours into the battle, Bill brought the giant fish boatside. It was still very blue in color and fresh. The fight would have continued, except the fish made the fatal mistake of swimming within range of Konner and his harpoon. Konner deftly stuck the fish in the backbone. After two darts and three gaffs, Capt. Nick was able to get a tail rope on this Jurassic fish, and the fight was over. It took a block and tackle and lots of brute strength to load the swordfish in the boat. Back at the docks, it weighed 757.8 pounds and measured 111 inches from the lower jaw to the fork of the tail. The bill was 40 inches long, even though part of it had previously broken off. To learn more about Capt. Nick Stanczyk, out of Bud N’ Mary’s Marina in Islamorada, Florida, go to daytimeswordfish.com.


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