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his is the time of year when water temperatures allow pelagics like wahoo, dolphin and tuna to show up right on the beach… so to speak. I live in North Carolina, and every year there are stud wahoo caught “right on the beach.” Here “right on the beach” is the 20to 25-mile area off the beach. For some folks in Florida, “right on the beach” might be that first sea buoy right out of the inlet. In late summer, we have a monolithic water temperature from the Gulf Stream to the beach in the mid 80s. That allows wahoo to follow huge schools of bait wherever they go. This is what we call the beginning of the end… the end of summer. The cigar minnows and sardines come nearshore, and the wahoo follow them as far in as they are comfortable with the water depth, which is usually not much less than 75 or 80 feet. They will eat whatever they want, including live menhaden or cigs pulled around by king mackerel fishermen. We call it the beginning to the end of summer, but it’s also the beginning of a wonderful time of year for me… fall and winter. The cigs and sardines come in. The pelagics follow them for a month or so

until the water starts to cool in mid September. Then the magic happens. When cooling water runs off the wahoo, the gags show up in numbers. It’s all a very beautiful dance. Let’s enjoy every step along the way. I keep talking about the nearshore activity of the cigs and sardines, but the offshore schools are also getting bigger now, and this draws the attention of everything from pelagics to bottom fish. All the grouper and big snappers shadow these schools wherever they go. This is why it’s so important to “find the bait.” Cigs and sardines are not the only thing I’m looking for offshore. I like to find a big stack of beeliners. Wherever you find a big stack of beeliners, you can bet your bottom dollar there are grouper and big snapper directly under them and wahoo and kings around them. August is also a month to consider spending the night offshore. Yes, there are late afternoon thunderstorms that pop up, but overall weather patterns are consistent, and you can fish for days, back to back. Leave in the early afternoon, get where you are going and get acclimated to the setting sun. Anchor up on a pretty piece of bottom and bait, and turn on the lights. This is a “National Geographic moment.” The minnows and squid come to the light, so you can easily load up the livewell before the daylight bite starts. I will close with this: We lost a fishing pioneer and legend last month with Mark Sosin’s passing. Our thoughts, prayers and celebrations go out to his family. See more from Tim Barefoot at barefootcatsandtackle.com.

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upiter, Fla. is a worldrenowned fishery. In the summertime it’s known for hot inshore snook. Offshore produces an epic sailfish, kingfish, tuna and pelagic bite. There are always fish willing to eat. One of my favorite bites is for springtime blackfin tuna. From March through May, jumbo blackfins migrate down the east coast of Florida. It is not uncommon to catch them anywhere from 20 to 35 pounds. From their deliciousness on the table to their long powerful runs, blackfin tuna are one of my favorite offshore fish to target. They are sure to send you to the tackle shop to get your reels serviced after a productive day of fishing. Blackfin tuna are excellent hunters. Often, they work together to ambush schools of baitfish. They are equipped with massive eyeballs, which are designed for pitch black and low-light conditions. They spend a majority of their time down deep feeding on squid. However, at dawn and dusk, the tunas move higher in the water column to feed near the surface. Be on the lookout for frigates and disturbance on the water’s surface. It’s not uncommon to see them exploding and flying out of the water on a bait ball. I keep an easily accessible casting rod, with a plug or weighted feather jig tied on, for this scenario or in case a school of mahi shows up. Blackfin tuna will often hold to areas with bottom topography like humps, reefs and wrecks. You can find success drifting over areas like these with live bait. Live sardines, pilchards, threadfins and gogs will all work. I prefer live sardines. For me, they have been the most productive bait.

Chumming is important to bring blackfins higher in the water column. Chunk up pilchards and throw a few pieces out at the bow, mid and stern every couple of minutes. The best chum is live chum. Small- to medium-sized pilchards are your best bet. I throat-hook a sardine and send it out on a free line. The bait will swim down on its own, and you should keep some tension on it. I also drop a live bait on a down rod and wait for the bite as I drift along. Blackfins’ excellent eyesight means they can be leader shy, so I often run a 40- to 50-pound fluorocarbon leader, but will go as light as 30 pounds. A triplehook rig for freelining or a single 4/0 or 5/0 circle hook depending By Ryan Izquierdo on the size of the bait is my hook preference. You can also catch them kite fishing, trolling feathers/spoons, with ballyhoo rigs, cedar plugs, planer fishing, vertical jigging and slow-pitch. Second to live bait, slow-pitch jigging is a fun and effective way to catch tunas when the hot mid-day sun pushes them down deep. My go to jig is a Jyg Pro 240 Gram strike jig. I like to jig anywhere from 200 to 350 feet. Send it down to the bottom over active areas and work your rod up high and let the jig flutter back down. You can change the pace and tempo of your jigging until you find what works. Don’t be surprised to get hit as you are burning the jig back to the surface. I hope these tuna tips bring you success and dinner to share with your close friends and family. Keep on fishing! Check out Ryan Izquierdo’s adventures on his YouTube channel: Ryan Iz Fishing.

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ORT CANAVERAL: Mangrove snapper produce good hookups on these fish. The shark are holding around the rocks and piers and kingfish will generally get caught on a wire within the Port’s basins this month. Live stinger rig adorned with a lively menhaden or mullet. You can also cast large pilchards, shrimp, mud minnows plugs around the bait pods or fingerling mullet rigged on a found along the coast with good 1/8th- to 1/4-ounce (depending results on most days. on water depth) jig head or a VMC 1/0 to 2/0 circle hook BANANA RIVER LAGOON: should put some action on the Speckled trout will be prowling end of your line. Flounder, jack, the flats during the early snook and an occasional redfish morning periods. Anglers may also be possible for anglers getting on the water at first light using these types of baits around will have the best chance to get rocks and pilings throughout one of the larger “gator” trout the Port. White bucktail jigs on a topwater plug. Walk-thewith Bang or Pro-Cure scent dog style plugs like the Rapala applied to them are a good lure Skitterwalk are very good option. Snook, bluefish, jack, choices on most mornings. and Spanish mackerel will strike Saltwater Assassin soft plastic these baits on almost every sea shads are very productive cast when a concentration of on slot-sized and over slot-sized these fish are found. Along the Capt. Jim Ross with a trout, and their 5-inch soft plastic beaches outside of the Port, I’ll Port Canaveral tarpon. jerk bait rigged on a weedless be targeting tarpon, shark and weighted worm hook is one of king mackerel. The various types of sharks and the kingfish will usually scale from the best lures anglers can used to excite big trout about 10 to 35 pounds. The tarpon, however, this month. The Gold Pepper Shiner and native will run from about 50 to 150 pounds on most shiner versions are two colors that every angler days. Live menhaden (pogies) rigged on a 7/0 or should have in their tackle box. Redfish, tarpon, 8/0 sized VMC 7385 circle hook will generally and even a bull shark or two, can be found in

Even youngsters can catch quality fish when using live shrimp or small baitfish. This snook is just one species that can be found in the Banana River Lagoon this month.

the Lagoon this month. Live pinfish, pogies and mullet rigged on a VMC circle hook similar to the ones mentioned in the paragraph above for tarpon are the best way to get hooked into one of these bigger fish. Your live baitfish should be “free-lined” or fished under a cork in the 4- to 8-foot depths of this lagoon where baitfish are present. Cut baits can also be effective at times on these three species, especially in the mid-day periods.

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peechless comes to mind when describing the summer surf fishing we’ve had up until this point on the Space Coast. While trophy snook typically roam the shores during the month of August, this year may be hopeless with the slime and seaweed that continues to persist on our beaches. Who would’ve thought it would come to this? Clusters of seaweed have traditionally plagued our shoreline for various periods of time throughout the year, but nothing like this slime we’ve been seeing. With the ebb and flow day to day, it seems as if any glimmer of hope on a retreat will quickly be thwarted the next day. There’s plenty of fish to be had if you have the ambition and will to persistently fish through it, but understandably it has deterred most from achieving success. As mentioned previously, the slime has taken over the headlines for surf fishing anglers in Brevard County and south. With that being said, our guides have continued to find success when putting in the time to find the best conditions day to day in the different regions of our county. Pompano, whiting, croakers and snook have been the most commonly caught species during the early summer months, and this trend looks to continue through August. Also, the shark fishing remains consistent if you can find enough soaking time between the slime to get the sharks’ attention. Catch and release trophy snook are another species that normally highlight this time of year, with the only deterrence to success being the dreaded slime. Although it’s extremely challenging, with constant maintenance it’s possible to present live baits to these large fish. Casting out live croakers or mullet in the first or second trough, you may only get a few minutes of clean gear before having to reel in and reset. But for this unique situation that’s what it takes to

present a quality bait with a clean presentation. It’s definitely not the “kick back and relax” type of surf fishing some are used to, but the fish are available for those willing to put in the effort. Pompano are another species that frequent the waters off Space Coast beaches during the summer months. Although everyone believes pompano season is in the winter and spring, we do have residential fish that preside in the area year round. Our local fishing charters have been providing clients with rod bending action on these residential pompano, with legal sized fish coming ashore. There’s also plenty of undersized pompano that need to be treated delicately and released to ensure survival. Pompanettes are often confused with pompano or permit, but there will be a frenzy of these fish roaming nearer to the first and second trough. Fishbites in the crab and clam scent rigged on a pompano rig with beads tipped with fresh dead shrimp has been the bait of choice. Looking forward to the next few weeks, we should begin to see a large push of bait filling into the area. This will, in turn, trigger the predator species to ambush recklessly along the massive schools, creating amazing opportunities for topwater strikes. Snook, jack crevalle, bluefish, ladyfish and sharks will make up most of the species targeting these bait schools. Keep your fingers crossed that we can get a big swell or north wind or something to alleviate the slime that seems to be glued to the sea floor just off the shore. Get out there and have fun! CAPT. LUKAS BRICKWEG

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ugust is the beginning of our tropical storm season and it can be a great time to fish the IRL as well as the beaches from Melbourne down to Sebastian Inlet as long as the ocean is calm and the tropical storms aren’t wreaking havoc on us. I like to focus on bait pods along the beaches for tarpon, jacks and sharks, but if the winds are up I will put in time on the flats, spoil islands or mangrove shorelines loaded with bait in the Indian River Lagoon from Palm Bay to Sebastian. Try to get out early and use topwater baits such as Rapala’s Skitterwalk. The bite will stay solid if you switch to live bait as the sun comes up and the water warms. If the fish won’t hit topwater early, go subsurface with the Rapala Twitchin’ Mullet and Twitchin’ Minnow. If soft baits are your preference, D.O.A. Shrimp and C.A.L. 4” jerkbaits in the mullet pattern or rainbow trout work well. Look for bait pods along the beaches from Melbourne down to Sebastian to target tarpon, cobia, snook, kingfish and sharks. If anglers have live bait, fish the trough for snook and redfish, as well as tarpon looking for a meal. Looking for snook and redfish in the inlet, use live bait along the jetties in the day and fish Rapala Jensen with a nice Long Cast 14 lures, bucktails and D.O.A. tarpon off the beach Swimmin’ Mullet at night off the jetties for in Sebastian. consistent action. Focus on the creeks from Melbourne down to Sebastian for snook, tarpon, sharks and big jacks. After the heavy rains, fish the spillways with live baits or fish the D.O.A. C.A.L. paddle tails and the TerrorEyz in the deeper waters. For a hard bait, use the Rapala Twitchin’ Mullet and Minnow for good success on snook and juvenile tarpon. Anglers can also target the shorelines, docks and oyster bars for snook—and may even find a few flounder too. CAPT. GLYN AUSTIN Going Coastal Charters www.goingcoastalcharters.com (321) 863-8085

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nother successful Sebastian Exchange Club Foundation Blue Water Open Charity Offshore Fishing Tournament is in the bag! The event was scheduled for June 3-4, but Sebastian was visited by the lovely tropical storm that crossed the state and kicked up the seas to monumental heights. The Friday night festivities (registration, captain’s meeting, VIP party, raffles and auction) took place, with a few adjustments. However, fishing was postponed until June 11. With 112 boats registered, 45 weighed in fish. The Main Board fish categories were dolphin, tilefish, kingfish and grouper, and all 12 positions were filled. Here are the results. DOLPHIN: First place with a 26.86 pounds went to Let’s Go Brandon, Capt. Justin Watson; second place, 23.57 pounds, Smooth Finish, Capt. Leonard Hearndon; third place, 22.19 pounds, Bones, Capt. Kyle Schenavar. TILEFISH: First place, 22.31 pounds, on boat Creepy Dave, Capt. Davis Crespi; second place, 20.88 pounds, Back in Black, Capt. Chad Mepham; third place, 17.16 pounds, I Eat Wrasse, Capt. Michael Maher. KINGFISH: First place, 36.31 pounds, boat The Holy Spear It, Capt. Andre Dorawa; second place, 28.37 pounds, Slab Grabber, Capt. Richard Strickland; third place, 23.47 pounds, Slab Grabber, Capt. Richard Strickland. GROUPER: First place, 37.88 pounds, caught on the Signed In, Capt. Rob Reilly; second place, 31.39 pounds, Reef Affliction, Capt. Ronnie Waddell; third place, 26.39 pounds, Signed In, Capt. Rob Reilly. Amberjack, wahoo and swordfish were the bonus fish this year. Amberjack got the boat JawGA $1,000 for a 34.87 pounder with Capt. Brent May. Wahoo was won with a 27.37 pounder by Farside with Capt. Jeff Driscoll. Here’s the big surprise and crowd pleaser—an awesome swordfish weighing in at

124.6 pounds was caught aboard Real Estate 2 with Capt. Justin Kessler. The crew stated they went to exclusively fish for swords, and boy, what an amazing fish they caught! That sword was worth $1,500! Fifteen additional places were taken on the bonus board, awarding those boats not qualifying for the main board with $300 each. A total purse of $21,000 was paid out. An additional $1,000 for the prestigious Capt. William Charles/Catchin’ and Cookin’ Memorial Largest Grouper Award went to Capt. Rob Reilly aboard Signed In for their first-place grouper.

The $1500 “bonus” swordfish caught aboard Real Estate 2 with Capt. Justin Kessler. In the photo are Roy, Justin, Jesse and Will. PHOTOS CREDIT: Sebastian Exchange Club Foundation.

wishes to thank all of our awesome sponsors and, of course, our fishermen, fisherwomen, and youngsters for making the 28th annual Sebastian Blue Water Open a great success. All the funds raised by this event are distributed to local charities, with a focus on the Prevention of Child Abuse, Americanism, Youth Activities and Community Service.

The Sebastian Exchange Club meets every Wednesday, except the first Wednesday of each month, at noon at Capt. Hiram’s Resort. Anyone interested in getting involved in the community is welcome to attend. For complete tournament results, visit www.bluewateropen.com or find Sebastian Blue Water Open on Facebook.

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ello there, fellow angler! This is Capt. Jonathan Moss with another edition of Pro Tips! I recently had John from New Zealand on the skiff for a full day fishing charter. His goal was to catch any of our top inshore species using a fly rod, but he especially wanted a tarpon. Of course I was excited as I am always thrilled to have new clients on the boat, and suggested perhaps we chase after an inshore grand slam, which means landing four of our top inshore species, those being redfish, sea trout, snook, tarpon and black drum. He agreed, and after a few emails we were able to nail down a solid plan which started with pushing away from the dock at 5:30 a.m. There is something special about running the river in the early morning hours. It almost feels like you own the place. And with it being the middle of the summer we were immediately greeted by a countless number of mullet and an incredible showing of bioluminescence. Our spirits were high. Our plan was solid. But we knew accomplishing our goal would be no easy feat. Step 1: Catching the Sea Trout. With ample amounts of bait, summertime usually means mullet. I like to begin the day using a topwater presentation. Fishing with a topwater lure at first light is very successful and an absolute blast. Rapala Skitterwalks and D.O.A. PT-7s are my favorites. If you are throwing fly, a gurgler or popper will get the job done. As we arrived to our first spot, the mullet were everywhere and scattering from cruising and attacking sea trout. We knew our first species would be an easy one to check off the list and we did so using a popper fly. Step 2: Finding Snook. While we were catching our trout, we observed several snooklike explosions along the mangrove shoreline. We quickly poled in a little closer to investigate and began making casts in those areas. To our surprise the snook refused the popper fly, so I suggested we make a fly change to a black and purple bait fish pattern. Color selection for lures and flies is always determined by water color and sky color. In our case, the sun was low and the water was muddy so dark colors were the top pick. What a game changer that was! The snook inhaled the fly and species number two was complete.

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Step 3: Sight Fishing a Redfish. Now with the sun higher in the sky, it was time to transition to searching for redfish. We made a quick move into clear, shallow water, looking for redfish swimming along the mangrove shorelines. Since our grass flats are all but gone, I have been spending quite a bit of time seeking out new structures for fish to hide in and around. A quick fly change to a white clouser minnow and the search was on. It didn’t take us long to find the fish, but we had to work on our presentation. Fishing in shallow, clear water with bright sun always creates the scenario of, “I can see the fish, but can they see me?” And the answer is yes. Long accurate casts are the key to success when fishing for any fish, especially redfish, in clear, shallow water. Step 4: Hook a Tarpon. There are always tarpon around during our summer months here in Brevard County. The questions is, will they eat what you’re throwing? These fish are definitely my personal favorite frustration. With tarpon, the key is to figure out what exactly they are feeding on, and that is done by examining the bait in the water in the areas you find tarpon and paying attention to when you see a tarpon act as if it was eating

(an explosion on the water surface). On this particular day, there were glass minnows all around the mangroves and the tarpon seemed to be getting their fill. I opted to continue fishing with the white clouser, and John made a perfect cast to a tarpon lying parallel to a mangrove in 3 feet of water. Tarpon, though, are tricky. Once hooked it is crucial to implement the tactic of “bowing to the king” to ensure the tarpon stays connected to your line. We did it! Inshore grand slam on fly! What a day and a fun accomplishment for my new client. Have you caught inshore grand slam? I’d love to hear from you about your experience! Tight lines, CAPT. JONATHAN MOSS

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EDGEWATER BACKCOUNTRY FORECAST

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angrove Snapper have been growing larger all year in our inshore waters, with more of keeper size in the Intracoastal Waterway, Edgewater Backcountry, Mosquito Lagoon and Ponce de Leon Inlet. They are a schooling, structure-oriented fish, hanging around docks, jetties, underwater rocks and drop offs in the backwaters. Shrimp is always a good bait for river mangos, but to target larger fish, go with any type of small live bait fish or cut bait. Minimum size is 10” overall length with a pinched tail, and bag limit is five per person. In late summer, bull redfish are preparing for the fall spawn at the Inlet, they can be found in the channels from the inlet, south into the ICW at New Smyrna, the bridges, in Edgewater, and Haulover Canal. You can drift the channels, or anchor. To drift, ride the tide, slow trolling blue crabs as well as live pinfish, pigfish, croakers, spots or mullet. Outgoing tide can be ideal with the natural movement of drift. Best to use heavier tackle outfits to shorten the battle on these big reds which can be 20- to 35-plus pounds. The warm water, lower dissolved oxygen levels and lactic acid buildup during summer can be damaging to the fish during a long fight. Also never hold a big fish destined for release vertically by the jaw with a gripper tool for photos; always hold it horizontally for its best chance of a healthy survival and to make baby redfish for our future fishery. Lagoon and backcountry fishing with live

John caught a nice Edgewater Backcountry black drum.

pigfish, croakers and shrimp will continue to be good in August. Free line fished near drop offs, docks, oyster bars, points, flats edges and island shorelines will catch seatrout, redfish, snook, snapper, and jack crevalle. Twitching your rod often while keeping the pig active and off the bottom can be the best technique. On open water with rolling tarpon try live baitfish on the surface or with a small weight down deeper. Shallow water redfish are a year-round target in the backcountry and lagoon; start your hunt with topwater lures —both walk-the-dog types and soft plastics—in early morning then, after the sun is up an hour or so, go subsurface with weedless soft plastics,

spoons or bait such as tail-hooked shrimp, live finger mullet, mud minnows or cut bait. Near skinny water mullet schools, look for waking or tailing reds, as well as trout, which can be in small schools or alone. Nighttime dock and bridge light fishing continues to be a good choice for late summer. Docks and bridges all along the ICW from Ponce Inlet to Ormond Beach on the Halifax River and on the Indian River from New Smyrna to Oak Hill to Bethune Beach have lights on at night which attract schools of baitfish, shrimp, trout, snook and more late in the evening through early morning hours. These times can be ideal due to less boat traffic and human activity. Best bait for the most bites is a free lined live shrimp, no weight or swivels, just a floro leader tied to your line and a hook. Also try small size lures. The lights are also great for fly fishing. By the end of the month the early signs of the mullet run will arrive with the very first schools of “scout” migrating mullet coming in from the north, starting the baitfish and inshore game fish migration. First sign of these mullet will be around Ponce Inlet as they travel the surf line, with some entering inside the inlet area. CAPT. MICHAEL SAVEDOW Edgewater River Guide EdgewaterRiverGuide.com (386) 689-3781

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ugust can be considered a tough time to fish in East Central Florida for several reasons, but that does not mean you can’t find plenty of opportunities to bend the rod and do battle with some awesome fish. The most notable factor that affects our lagoon fishing is the sweltering summer heat and how it plays into the day for most of our desired gamefish targets. There is only one way to beat the heat and stay catching regardless of how hot it gets. Fishing in the cooler times of the day is a sure way to keep yourself a bit more comfortable and achieve your goal of some solid catches. Hitting the water very early or late in the afternoon and even exploring your local night fishing is a spectacular work around, keeping you off the water in those times of high sun and maximum heat. With little tidal current until you get to the Ponce Inlet area in the north or Sebastian Inlet to the south, we do not have the relief of cooler ocean water flooding the shallows multiple times a day regardless of where the sun is. In those non-tidal areas, the water temperatures climb as the sun does, and by midday it is uncomfortably hot. Just like ourselves, the fish also react to the oppressive heat and look to find some refuge. For us some cold drinks and a little shade with some breeze is exactly what we look for to cool down and relax, maybe a little time in the A/C even. Typically, the last thing we look for is a giant meal. Fish do the same and look to find cooler, deeper water or

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3rd TIDE

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SOLUNAR ACTIVITY COEFFICIENT

� 6:44 am� 8:14 pm

5:48 am 0.2 ft � 11:55 am2.7 ft � 6:01 pm 0.2 ft �

74

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� 6:45 am� 8:14 pm

12:15 am2.8 ft � 6:27 am 0.2 ft � 12:38 pm2.7 ft � 6:43 pm 0.3 ft �

70

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� 6:45 am� 8:13 pm

12:53 am2.8 ft � 7:09 am 0.2 ft � 1:24 pm 2.7 ft � 7:31 pm 0.4 ft �

65

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� 6:46 am� 8:12 pm

1:34 am 2.7 ft � 7:58 am 0.1 ft � 2:16 pm 2.7 ft � 8:25 pm 0.5 ft �

59

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� 6:46 am� 8:11 pm

2:20 am 2.7 ft � 8:54 am 0.1 ft � 3:15 pm 2.7 ft � 9:27 pm 0.5 ft �

53

� 6:47 am� 8:10 pm

3:16 am 2.6 ft � 9:56 am 0.0 ft � 4:20 pm 2.8 ft � 10:33 pm0.5 ft �

51

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� 6:48 am� 8:10 pm

4:20 am 2.7 ft � 11:01 am0.0 ft � 5:28 pm 2.9 ft � 11:39 pm0.5 ft �

53

average

� 6:48 am� 8:09 pm

5:30 am 2.7 ft �

61

average

� 6:49 am� 8:08 pm

12:41 am0.4 ft � 6:38 am 2.9 ft � 1:06 pm -0.3 ft � 7:34 pm 3.2 ft �

73

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� 6:49 am� 8:07 pm

1:40 am 0.2 ft � 7:41 am 3.1 ft � 2:04 pm -0.4 ft � 8:29 pm 3.4 ft �

� 6:50 am� 8:06 pm

2:35 am 0.1 ft � 8:39 am 3.3 ft � 2:59 pm -0.4 ft � 9:20 pm 3.5 ft �

� 6:50 am� 8:05 pm

3:28 am 0.0 ft � 9:33 am 3.4 ft � 3:51 pm -0.4 ft � 10:08 pm3.5 ft �

� 6:51 am� 8:04 pm

4:20 am -0.1 ft � 10:25 am3.5 ft � 4:42 pm -0.3 ft � 10:54 pm3.5 ft �

� 6:51 am� 8:03 pm

5:10 am -0.2 ft � 11:16 am3.4 ft � 5:33 pm -0.2 ft � 11:39 pm3.4 ft �

� 6:52 am� 8:02 pm

5:59 am -0.1 ft � 12:05 pm3.3 ft � 6:23 pm 0.0 ft �

87

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� 6:53 am� 8:01 pm

12:23 am3.3 ft � 6:48 am -0.1 ft � 12:55 pm3.2 ft � 7:13 pm 0.2 ft �

75

� 6:53 am� 8:00 pm

1:08 am 3.1 ft � 7:39 am 0.1 ft � 1:45 pm 3.0 ft � 8:06 pm 0.5 ft �

62

� 6:54 am� 8:00 pm

1:54 am 2.9 ft � 8:31 am 0.2 ft � 2:37 pm 2.9 ft � 9:01 pm 0.6 ft �

49

� 6:54 am� 7:59 pm

2:42 am 2.7 ft � 9:26 am 0.3 ft � 3:32 pm 2.7 ft � 9:59 pm 0.8 ft �

38

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� 6:55 am� 7:58 pm

3:35 am 2.6 ft �

10:57 pm0.8 ft �

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� 6:55 am� 7:57 pm

4:33 am 2.5 ft � 11:20 am0.5 ft � 5:31 pm 2.6 ft � 11:53 pm0.8 ft �

35

� 6:56 am� 7:56 pm

5:32 am 2.5 ft � 12:13 pm0.4 ft � 6:27 pm 2.7 ft �

42

� 6:56 am� 7:55 pm

12:45 am0.8 ft � 6:28 am 2.6 ft � 1:03 pm 0.4 ft � 7:16 pm 2.8 ft �

52

� 6:57 am� 7:54 pm

1:32 am 0.7 ft � 7:18 am 2.7 ft � 1:47 pm 0.3 ft � 8:00 pm 2.9 ft �

62

� 6:57 am� 7:53 pm

2:14 am 0.6 ft � 8:04 am 2.8 ft � 2:28 pm 0.3 ft � 8:40 pm 3.0 ft �

71

� 6:58 am� 7:52 pm

2:53 am 0.5 ft � 8:48 am 3.0 ft � 3:06 pm 0.2 ft � 9:18 pm 3.2 ft �

78

� 6:59 am� 7:51 pm

3:30 am 0.4 ft � 9:29 am 3.1 ft � 3:43 pm 0.2 ft � 9:55 pm 3.2 ft �

84

� 6:59 am� 7:50 pm

4:05 am 0.4 ft � 10:09 am3.1 ft � 4:20 pm 0.2 ft � 10:31 pm3.2 ft �

87

� 7:00 am� 7:49 pm

4:40 am 0.3 ft � 10:50 am3.2 ft � 4:57 pm 0.3 ft � 11:07 pm3.2 ft �

88

� 7:00 am� 7:48 pm

5:17 am 0.2 ft � 11:31 am3.2 ft � 5:36 pm 0.4 ft � 11:44 pm3.1 ft �

85

� 7:01 am� 7:46 pm

5:56 am 0.2 ft � 12:15 pm3.2 ft � 6:19 pm 0.5 ft �

79

� � average �� average �� high �� high ��� high ��� high ��� high �� high �� high �

12:05 pm-0.1 ft �

10:23 am0.4 ft �

6:34 pm 3.0 ft �

4:32 pm 2.6 ft �

� � 85 high � 95 very high � � 100 very high � � � 101 very high � � 96 very high �

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ugust is another hot month weather wise, but also for fishing! I still focus on flounder in the beginning of the month, but as we get closer to the end of the month it will be redfish, tarpon and snook. As I have mentioned before, my go-to rig for flounder is a short 12”–16” fluorocarbon 20# leader with just enough weight to hold bottom. A mud minnow is by far the best bait, but unfortunately they have been tough to get this year so I have been using small finger mullet and shrimp and getting a bunch of nice fish! The tarpon bite has also been really good at the inlet and behind the shrimp boats. I have been getting fish from the 50-lb. range all the way up to the 150-lb. range using live bait, dead bait (bycatch from the shrimp boats), and live oversized mullet. On the live mullet I like to have my customers cast them super high in the air to rolling fish; this stuns the mullet for a second and they flutter on the surface before swimming down and the tarpon seem to go right after them, so give this a try next time you see rolling fish. I like to also target snook at the end of the month to figure out where they are for the opening of the fall season. With the construction going on at the jetties at Ponce, they are adding rocks and it has the fish super spooked, so I am always finding fish in places I have not previously. So, just like me, put some time in and see where these fish are staging up. I hope to see you all on the water this month and, as always, say hello if you see us out there! CAPT. JAMIE THRAPPAS

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ince August is the hottest month of the year, it is time to change some of your routines. The fish are going to feed early and late. I like to be at my first location around 5:30 a.m. My choice of bait is surface lures such as YoZuri Floating Prism. Around 8 a.m. I go to Z-Man paddle tails with a 1/8 oz. jig head. Once the clock hits 9, I use cut bait or live bait. I totally enjoy fishing at night this time of the year. Seek out the docks that are lit up. The bait fish are attracted to the light and where the bait fish are, the big fish follow! I use a 1/16 oz. jig head with, again, a Z-Man paddle tail or scented shrimp. Floating a live shrimp on a popping cork or free lining a shrimp down current works well. Fishing the bridges with live mullet, croakers or pinfish can produce some big fish. I use 20 lb. braid with a 50 lb. leader. While fishing the lighted docks, if you catch a trout, downsize your leader if the water is clear. You would be surprised how changing to a 15 lb. leader can make the difference. Tight lines, CAPT. BARRY ENGLEHARDT

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ew Smyrna Beach youth angler Caden C. eats, sleeps and breaths anything and everything to do with either saltwater or freshwater fishing. When Caden is not working on school work he is fishing his local pond by his home for largemouth bass. Caden is one of Capt. Evan Sanders former students at New Smyrna Beach Middle School, and was invited to fish the Ponce Inlet area for redfish, snook, snapper, sharks and much more! On the morning of Caden’s Youth Fishing trip with Sol Fishing, they were welcomed by smooth waters and light winds. Capt. Evan steered his custom 22 Bay Boat to Ponce Inlet where they began fishing. Within the first few minutes, Caden was hooked up on a bull redfish. The fight was on until the redfish found structure and broke off. The very next cast towards the rocks, Caden had another big strike and when he boated the fish to his surprise he had caught a mutton snapper! This was a very big treat as there are not many near the Ponce Inlet area. Caden is one of the many students who have gotten the opportunity to team up with New Smyrna Beach local Capt. Evan Sanders who is the coowner of Sol Fishing. Sol Fishing is a clothing brand and local fishing charter. Capt. Evan also serves the community of NSB as one of the PE Coaches at New Smyrna Beach Middle School. Capt. Evan donates multiple charters every month to our youth to expose them to the world of fishing and what the amazing waters of New Smyrna Beach has to offer. Tight Lines & Screaming Drags, CAPT. EVAN SANDERS

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ast year at this time, we had plenty of pompano and plenty of fleas to be dug, right in the sand by our fishing poles. My, how things have changed this year! Sand fleas are basically gone. We’re still pulling in a few pompano and a few permits, which is also different because permits never used to come this far North. For the last few years, every now and then, if you tried real hard and did everything right (live blue crab), you could land one. Pompano have migrated north with the cooler water. The water here in the Ponce area is very warm right now. Good for surfing. One of my theories is that, since the sand fleas are not here this year and the pompano’s food is gone, then the fish are gone. It was a solid season, very strong, and we were able to fish through most of the weather, but now the heat is something you have to be aware of. But as the band Stick Figure sings, “Run, run, river. Carry me back to the ocean,” I’m sure they’re singing about Ponce Inlet. It’s good to know where to throw your line out. First you have Sophie’s to locate the sandbars. catch. The ditch in front of the sandbar is called “the trough” or “the cut.” That’s where the inside ...as the band Stick Figure feeders, drum and whiting, will hole up. sings, “Run, run, river. Carry Next, locate the run me back to the ocean,” I’m outs, the holes, and a rip current. This is the sure they’re singing about prime place where the Ponce Inlet. fish will hang out, and I always cast one short and two long. It’s always good to redo your lines in the morning. I sat on the beach making fishing rigs. I wanted to get ahead of the game. I cut off the stretched and used line and used new hooks and leader today. Once again, as I’m sitting here in the doldrums, the rod bends over and I’m in the game again. I know it’s a permit. Like I said, they’ve been up here a lot compared to the past. Just thinking how I lost it twice, but I managed to bring it in! My last one! I smoked it and and made it into fish dip. The reviews for it were great. Tasty! So it goes. The reggae music is playing, Stick Figure is in the area, live tonight. We are going. But now, this permit and me, we’re heading to the smoker.

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1 Mon 2 Tue 3 Wed 4 Thu 5 Fri 6 Sat 7 Sun 8 Mon 9 Tue 10 Wed 11 Thu 12 Fri 13 Sat 14 Sun 15 Mon 16 Tue 17 Wed 18 Thu 19 Fri 20 Sat 21 Sun 22 Mon 23 Tue 24 Wed 25 Thu 26 Fri 27 Sat 28 Sun 29 Mon 30 Tue 31 Wed

1st TIDE

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3rd TIDE

4th TIDE

SOLUNAR ACTIVITY COEFFICIENT

� 6:44 am� 8:15 pm

2:57 am 0.7 ft � 10:07 am0.1 ft � 3:22 pm 0.6 ft � 10:18 pm0.2 ft �

74

high

� 6:45 am� 8:14 pm

3:36 am 0.7 ft � 10:45 am0.1 ft � 4:03 pm 0.6 ft � 11:05 pm0.3 ft �

70

high

� 6:45 am� 8:14 pm

4:16 am 0.7 ft � 11:27 am0.1 ft � 4:47 pm 0.6 ft � 11:58 pm0.3 ft �

65

average

� 6:46 am� 8:13 pm

4:59 am 0.6 ft � 12:14 pm0.1 ft � 5:34 pm 0.7 ft �

59

average

� 6:47 am� 8:12 pm

12:58 am0.3 ft � 5:47 am 0.6 ft � 1:07 pm 0.0 ft � 6:28 pm 0.7 ft �

53

� 6:47 am� 8:11 pm

2:00 am 0.3 ft �

7:30 pm 0.7 ft �

51

� �� average �� average ��

� 6:48 am� 8:10 pm

3:03 am 0.3 ft � 7:44 am 0.6 ft � 3:04 pm -0.1 ft � 8:37 pm 0.7 ft �

53

average

� 6:48 am� 8:10 pm

4:05 am 0.2 ft � 8:50 am 0.6 ft � 4:06 pm -0.1 ft � 9:43 pm 0.8 ft �

61

average

� 6:49 am� 8:09 pm

5:06 am 0.1 ft � 9:56 am 0.6 ft � 5:07 pm -0.2 ft � 10:46 pm0.8 ft �

73

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� 6:49 am� 8:08 pm

6:05 am 0.0 ft � 10:58 am0.7 ft � 6:08 pm -0.3 ft � 11:45 pm0.8 ft �

� 6:50 am� 8:07 pm

7:01 am -0.1 ft � 11:58 am0.7 ft � 7:06 pm -0.4 ft �

� 6:51 am� 8:06 pm

12:40 am0.8 ft � 7:54 am -0.2 ft � 12:56 pm0.7 ft � 8:02 pm -0.4 ft �

� 6:51 am� 8:05 pm

1:33 am 0.8 ft � 8:43 am -0.3 ft � 1:51 pm 0.7 ft � 8:55 pm -0.3 ft �

� 6:52 am� 8:04 pm

2:24 am 0.8 ft � 9:31 am -0.3 ft � 2:45 pm 0.7 ft � 9:48 pm -0.2 ft �

� 6:52 am� 8:03 pm

3:12 am 0.8 ft � 10:18 am-0.2 ft � 3:36 pm 0.7 ft � 10:41 pm0.0 ft �

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� 6:53 am� 8:02 pm

4:00 am 0.7 ft � 11:06 am-0.1 ft � 4:26 pm 0.7 ft � 11:36 pm0.2 ft �

75

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� 6:53 am� 8:01 pm

4:46 am 0.7 ft � 11:54 am0.0 ft � 5:15 pm 0.7 ft �

62

average

� 6:54 am� 8:00 pm

12:34 am0.4 ft � 5:32 am 0.6 ft � 12:45 pm0.2 ft � 6:04 pm 0.7 ft �

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� 6:54 am� 8:00 pm

1:32 am 0.5 ft � 6:19 am 0.6 ft � 1:36 pm 0.3 ft � 6:54 pm 0.7 ft �

38

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� 6:55 am� 7:59 pm

2:28 am 0.5 ft � 7:10 am 0.6 ft � 2:27 pm 0.3 ft � 7:48 pm 0.7 ft �

33

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� 6:56 am� 7:58 pm

3:22 am 0.6 ft � 8:03 am 0.6 ft � 3:18 pm 0.4 ft � 8:42 pm 0.7 ft �

35

� 6:56 am� 7:57 pm

4:13 am 0.5 ft � 8:57 am 0.6 ft � 4:09 pm 0.3 ft � 9:35 pm 0.7 ft �

42

� 6:57 am� 7:56 pm

5:02 am 0.5 ft � 9:50 am 0.6 ft � 4:58 pm 0.3 ft � 10:24 pm0.7 ft �

52

� 6:57 am� 7:55 pm

5:48 am 0.5 ft � 10:39 am0.6 ft � 5:47 pm 0.3 ft � 11:10 pm0.7 ft �

62

� 6:58 am� 7:54 pm

6:32 am 0.4 ft � 11:26 am0.6 ft � 6:32 pm 0.2 ft � 11:53 pm0.7 ft �

71

� 6:58 am� 7:53 pm

7:12 am 0.3 ft � 12:10 pm0.6 ft � 7:16 pm 0.2 ft �

78

� 6:59 am� 7:52 pm

12:34 am0.7 ft � 7:50 am 0.2 ft � 12:53 pm0.7 ft � 7:57 pm 0.2 ft �

84

� 6:59 am� 7:50 pm

1:13 am 0.7 ft � 8:25 am 0.2 ft � 1:34 pm 0.7 ft � 8:37 pm 0.2 ft �

87

� 7:00 am� 7:49 pm

1:52 am 0.7 ft � 9:00 am 0.1 ft � 2:14 pm 0.7 ft � 9:17 pm 0.2 ft �

88

� 7:00 am� 7:48 pm

2:30 am 0.7 ft �

9:59 pm 0.2 ft �

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� 7:01 am� 7:47 pm

3:09 am 0.7 ft � 10:13 am0.1 ft � 3:36 pm 0.7 ft � 10:45 pm0.3 ft �

79

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6:42 am 0.6 ft �

9:35 am 0.1 ft �

2:04 pm 0.0 ft �

2:54 pm 0.7 ft �

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