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here’s something about kite fishing for big pelagic gamefish that gets me going. Flying kites presents baits with a natural appearance and allows you to cover lots of water for higher catch rates. Also, the technique provides the ultimate adrenaline rush, as you get to watch the strike happen. For those unfamiliar with kite fishing, let’s go over the basics. Captains consider everything from water color and clarity to baitfish and birds to determine where to start fishing. I like fishing edges, where water color turns green to a deep blue, usually somewhere in 100 to 300 feet of water. There are different kite designs for different wind velocities. Kites are typically launched and retrieved with electric reels. Launching kites is not a piece of cake, but with the right equipment, patience and steady winds, a beginner can practice and perfect the skill. Attached to your kite line are three release clips.

Each clip is assigned to a rod. An experienced crew will fish three live baits off one kite, with each reel’s line clipped to the main kite line. Although it seems like a potential tangled mess, it’s rather organized. For the bait lines, I use high-capacity baitcasting reels spooled with 20- or 30-pound monofilament. Attached to the mono, above the leader, there are a few terminal tackle items that make up your rigs.

First, a ceramic ring is attached to the kite line using release clips. Next, a neon float dangles in the sky above each bait to help track them from a distance. From there, a small egg sinker maintains the vertical drop that keeps baits at the surface. Finally, a bead separates the sinker from your leader. Your leader depends on the targeted species. For the toothy critters, I use an 18-inch wire leader connected to fluorocarbon with an Albright knot and a 7/0 live bait hook. For sailfish, I use 10 to 12 feet of 60-pound fluorocarbon leader with a 7/0 circle hook. By paying attention and adjusting the lines, the angler keeps the baits on the surface where they make the slight commotion predators find irresistible. The rigs suspend in air above the baits, completely out of sight of the fish. I prefer fishing goggle-eyes, threadfin herring and sardines. Healthy bait is far more likely to be eaten. Ahead of tournaments, my team and I spend weeks feeding and nurturing bait to keep it healthy. If you’re fortunate enough to hook a sailfish, don’t immediately clear the other lines. Sailfish often travel in groups. Leave those other baits in the water for a chance at additional bites. Traditionally, when winds start to die at the end of spring, the number of boats trolling offshore grows. However, kite fishing goes on year-round in South Florida. Even with very little wind, a kite will fly with the help of a helium balloon. Next time your friends want to troll around offshore, tell them to “go fly a kite!” Michelle Dalton books charters through her social media pages: @Bombchelle_fishing.

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he Davidson River in Brevard, N.C. is one of the most widely publicized trout streams in the Southeast. It’s a challenging fishery with beautiful water that holds some very nice fish. Part of the Davidson’s appeal, or its main drawback, is easy access. The river flows roadside through most its publicly accessible length. There is small water in the headwaters accessible only by foot, but for the most part it is a park-and-fish kind of place. On a gorgeous summer weekend, a buddy and I heeded advice from the guys at Davidson River Outfitters to join the dawn patrol. We arrived on

the river at first light to find a pod of big fish, maybe four or five in the 16- to 20-inch range, hovering near the bottom of a bellybutton-deep run. They were clearly visible in low summer flows. For the next hour, we worked the run together, one or the other of us making the same drift repeatedly as the other man tied on a new fly. It was a challenge that bordered on infuriating to see those trout, an occasional belly flash belying the fact that they were eating… just not what we offered. We tried everything, right down to a size 22 red midge pupa recommended at the fly shop. Finally, because we had tried everything else, I

tied on a white Woolly Bugger—another Davidson River staple. Just twitching it through the hole, a fish we had not previously seen streaked from the periphery to slam the streamer. Those big fish didn’t even flinch as I stripped in a pretty 11-inch brown. As I released the fish, an older gentleman waded down the side of the run. He glanced out at the pod of big fish still sitting on the bottom. “Wasn’t the one you were after, was it?” he asked. My response was to offer him a shot at the run. He declined. “Don’t want any part of it,” he grumbled. “Spent all afternoon yesterday standing right where you are.” That’s a snapshot of what fishing the catch-andrelease, fly fishing only section of the Davidson is like. The river is full of fish—and some big ones. It is also frequently full of anglers. The steady pressure makes trout wise. Of course, there’s always a guy who lights up Internet message boards with a photo of a big old bruiser. He’ll give advice like, “Use a little split-shot to get it down,” but I suspect there’s more to it. Pressured fish are on guard. Catching them requires perfect presentation of the perfect fly and also being in the right place at that right time. Arriving early, staying late and fishing hard makes it more likely you’ll be there when a 2-foot-long trout makes a mistake. This story is an abbreviated excerpt from the book “Flyfisher’s Guide to North Carolina & Georgia,” which includes maps and GPS coordinates to access points for all the region’s best trout fisheries. Purchase the book on Amazon or by contacting the author at nsc8957@gmail.com.

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IN THE FLORIDA EVERGLADES

fisherman and media personality who has traveled the world to test his fishing skills. I’ve admired Root’s media work, and have been fortunate to collaborate with him through companies like Mustad, Savage Gear and many TV platforms. On this trip, we set out to test the Savage Gear Pulse Tail Mullet and Pulse Tail Ballyhoo. These swimbaits are engineered to look and move like the baitfish they resemble, and are molded with Savage Gear’s pulse tail. The tail has a patent-pending split rear kicker that allows realistic swimming action fast or slow. The bait also features “line-through” rigging that allows the soft-plastic bait to slide up the line during the fight, giving the fish less leverage to throw the hook. With the aerial tendencies of tarpon, this is a pretty good feature to have. We launched out of Everglades National Park quickly to avoid being air lifted from the ramp by mosquitoes. The scenery was breathtaking. Winding through the narrow canals was like trekking through the Amazon. We arrived at our spot with the moon to the west and the sunrise to the east, both simultaneously visible. That was unlike anything I’ve ever seen.

The action began immediately! We hooked multiple tarpon and got a first-hand perspective of why the line-through technology is helpful. An unobstructed fight, both from the lack of structure and the lack of a lure in the fish’s mouth makes for a pure battle of strength and endurance, on both sides of the rod. The acrobatics and sheer power of these fish as they launched into the air was mind blowing. At one point, it was all I could do to hold on as Root engaged the motor in pursuit of a monster tarpon with the reel screaming in my hands. After we exhausted ourselves—and several fish—we headed into the preserve canals to sightsee. We were ecstatic to get a glimpse of the American crocodile. The Everglades is the only place on Earth where both alligators and crocodiles coexist. When Root said it was time to “call it,” I cringed. I could have gotten lost for days fishing in the unparalleled landscape. The Everglades is a mix of different habitats including freshwater, brackish and salt, an angler’s paradise. I longed for more time to explore.

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obia season this year wasn’t too bad at all. currents, Instead of two days like last year, we got as that is a good nearly a week this year! Bonus. We had a few good place to start. I like to use days, then beautiful weather with an empty ocean. smaller islander lures with small ballyhoo or strip We even saw a few hundred rays with nothing on baits. On bright sunny days, go with the yellows them. Odd. But the good news is that this is also pinks bright blues. On darker days, go with black red and purple colors. the time frame we start seeing Kingfish will continue to them free swimming out on do well this month, too. Best the reefs. While you’re out bait is going to be the bunker. If there slow trolling for kings, not, use frozen minnows. And keep an eye out the back of the use a good net. Now that the boat for that cobia trailing you. water is warming up, live bait If your bottom fishing, keep an is much more consistent. Some eye on what follows your fish days you may have to ride far up to the boat. The sandbar south to get it, and some days sharks have been holding. it’s right there in the Port— Good numbers of mahi but at least it’s around. Beach mahi have been caught the fishing is really starting to heat last few weeks and should up as well. We’ve already seen only increase this month. Start some nice buoy line kings and in the 90-120 foot range as tarpon. If the bait’s around, many seem to think you have chances are there will be larger to go to 300 feet right off the fish feeding. I like to start with get go. Unless someone is out 60# mono till I start getting cut there telling you to “C’mon,” off, then I switch to #4 wire. start shallow. Start looking for The mahi bite will begin Shark fishing has been on color changes and temp breaks. increasing in May. fire as well. I know many say Also look for weed lines and

The King has Returned! The Ross family got all the kings they could reel in on a recent trip aboard the Fire Fight with Capt. Joe.

they don’t want to deal with sharks or you cant eat them. They are completely wrong. On light tackle, sharks are so much fun—and blacktips are great to eat. Ever wonder why many restaurants are out of their shark kabobs? And I assure you, there’s no shark shortage. Just take what you will eat! No waste. We need there to be plenty of sharks (and every other species) for our future kids.

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BY CAPT. JIM ROSS PORT CANAVERAL: The beaches come alive this month outside of Port Canaveral. Anglers will have a huge variety of species to chase with light tackle. Among these will be bluefish, jack, ladyfish, and spanish mackerel. These species are always really good at keeping anglers busy along the outside edge of the surf break, and inside of the Port Canaveral turning basin on most days this month. To catch them try trolling or casting with small spoons, diamond jigs, Rapala X-Rap lures in the size 10 (with a green back), or minnow style flies. All of these will usually work on these fast-swimming species. Pompano and whiting are good options for anglers fishing along the surf zones using 2 or 3-drop surf rigs. Use sand fleas, fresh shrimp, or Fish bites on these types of rigs. Goofy style jigs tipped with a fresh piece of shrimp or fish bite are also a great way to fish the surf zones from the beach or from a boat as well if you like to actively cast and retrieve a lure. Tripletail and cobia may be possible near buoys, floating debris, and weeds in the 20 to 50-foot depths. Live Snook fishing around shrimp or baitfish like the Port will be hot pilchards or pogies this month! are great bait choices for these two species. Tarpon are here! Captain Justin and I have been getting shots at them on our charters in April and these fish will only get more and more abundant as we move into the middle of this month. Most of these silver kings are running 75 to 100-pounds. Not giants but big enough to make most of our anglers’ arms tired. Look for schools of tarpon feeding on pogies in the 10 to 30-foot depths. Slow troll or drift with live pogies through these schools and get ready for a battle. Speaking of a battle, the giant jack crevalle should make an appearance outside of the Port this month. Often you can see them schooling with the tarpon, so take your vitamins and get ready to feel the power of these incredible gamefish. It’s a great month to get out and catch a variety of fish, so make sure you take the time to book a trip with us to get out there and get you rod bent. BANANA RIVER LAGOON: The river has been looking good so far this spring due to the fact that we have not had much rain to wash residential lawn fertilizers (a.k.a. Lagoon Poison) into our lagoons to start those awful algae blooms that kill our seagrass and fish. Angles can rejoice in finding trout, redfish, snook, and baby tarpon along the mangrove edges and around docks throughout a good portion of this body of water for now. Soft plastic jerk baits like the Saltwater Assassin 3 and 5-inch models rigged on a weedless offset worm hook are a great way to target these fish. Live shrimp. Pilchards, and fingerling mullet are also top live bait choices to use in these areas. Take advantage of the relatively clean waters in most of this portion of the lagoon that we have right now, because as soon as the rainy season starts next month and the grass fertilizers that have been applied to lawns all spring long get washed into the lagoon, you can kiss all this great fishing goodbye. Until next month...Catch a Memory!

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I had loaded the skiff the evening before and we were on the Indian River Lagoon above Fort Pierce a little before day break. I had some mild success with the first light top water trout bite in the past, but today it was all fishing and no catching. I have never had good luck fishing the mid tide, and that is exactly what we had when we arrived. I had hopes of a turn around with the coming outgoing tide and headed to a flat where I had caught some nice redfish in the past. After a half hour run, we arrived just as the tide began to change. I poled up on one of the many discharge pipes that line the Lagoon and Matt’s first cast produced a viscous strike that is very common from a nice, healthy snook. Bringing the fish to hand, after a few pics the first fish of the day was released. Things were definitely looking up. A few minutes had passed when we poled up on a small point, where another discharge pipe had created a little current. Several casts in, another strong strike, but this fish reacted much different. I knew from the long, strong run and the way the fish mulled along the bottom, that he was hooked up on a nice, mature redfish. This may be Matt’s first saltwater adventure, but he has been an avid fisherman his entire life. He pressured the Big Red when the fish stalled and applied side pressure when it ran. The constant pressure did the job and within ten minutes the bull was lifted in the skiff, a few more pics, and released for another angler to pursue. Now, the day was taking a direction that a few hours before, I would have never thought possible. We could possibly get Matt the Inshore Slam on his first day here! I informed him of my train of thought and suggested we run to a flat a few miles away that had some deep edges, typical holding water for trout this time of the year. He was up for it. As if there was some kind of Divine intervention, we weren’t to the location more than a few minutes when Matt hooked up to a leaping trout and the final species for the Slam. We continued to fish for another hour, and this spot produced not only a few more trout, but a small flounder that was just the icing on an already great day. I couldn’t help but feel blessed to have been given the opportunity to watch someone’s dogged desire and hard work pay off and make memories that will last the rest of our lives. I’vehad some good days on the IRL since that day, but nothing that means as much as watching a grown man and friend forget about the everyday responsibilities of being an adult and just enjoy life and have fun. It was a great day.

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ay has arrived, and it’s the time of year that I start really focusing on night tides and fishing structure. Although first light and last light during the day will be your prime feeding times with the water temperature rising nothing will be more exciting then fishing the shadows lines and dock lights. Focus your attention on twitch baits and swimming lures for the night time tides and be sure to break out that top water for the morning and evening. Now let’s jump into some notable mentions this month. Scott scored with his first ever redfish measuring 27 inches that was followed up the next day by Adam and a beautiful red that was just over slot. We also had Jamie catch his first snook. Great job guys and thanks for sailing with us .It has been a great month fishing wise but I would like to turn the attention to a very special someone I had the pleasure of having my daughter down and doing a little fishing. We created memories that cannot be replaced. But even more important I would like to wish her a very special happy 13th birthday. Love you G. Guys and girls have a great month and remember take a kid fishing. Capt Vinny Conwell / Back water Outfitters / 631-662-5029

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with the earth tones such a greens and camouflage. The fish don’t care what color your kayak actually cannot see it. I find that brighter yaks are best. Allowing boaters and other kayakers to see you from a distance. Having them keep away from you, not blowing up your fishing spot and well the brighter colors make for better looking fish photo!

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with a 1/2 inch pinch weight where ever you are marking fish on the finder. Bridges and the jetty are usually my target areas, but you can find them around other structure like docks or even in the channels that lead you to the inlet. Lastly look for the tarpon to begin rolling as the mullet run begins. I typically don’t target Tarpon until summer and fall but I certainly have had my fair share of them yank on live free lined mullet so have a rod rigged with braid straight to fluorocarbon and hold on! As always if you see us on the water… say hello and tight lines ! James Thrappas | Splash Brand Representation LLC | 386-366-3424 Yellowdawgfishing@gmail.com

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Gulp!, the line of baits that has transformed saltwater fishing with their effectiveness, ease of use and value. For as effective as live or cut bait can be in saltwater fishing, it’s far from the perfect solution. Live bait can be very expensive and difficult to keep alive. Unused bait becomes a treat for pushy pelicans or gets dumped into the water. Presented with a problem, the scientists at Berkley set out to find a solution. Fish smell on the parts-per-billion level, the equivalent of a single drop of water in an Olympicsized swimming pool. This powerful sense of smell is extremely important to a fish’s ability to feed. Fish rely upon their sense of smell because they live in an aquatic environment filled with particles


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