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Losing that first grouper bite can result in shutting down the entire spot. When a large grouper breaks off, especially if it takes the entire rig with the hook and lead with it, that fish will swim back down to its home—where all the other fish are—and sound the danger alarm by grunting. It’s best to start out with heavy line to avoid this, especially if you don’t have more bottom numbers nearby to bounce around to. Make sure your drags are set tight, your gear is on the heavy side, and that you are paying attention when you first arrive at a spot. Cigars can be lit, beers can be shotgunned and rod-holders may be utilized only after you have been at a spot for the second half, or immediately after losing a big fish. If you want to catch spotted sandwiches, or just not cripple your anchor-pulling deckhand, this is important information to apply to your trip. When fishing for grouper, there are many ways to rig for them. Utilizing 60-plus-pound leader, the correct lead for your current and a large circle hook, many different kinds of baits will work. Experiment with squid, shrimp, crab, sardines, live bait and pieces of fresh fish cut a number of different ways. Keep a variety going down, and pay attention to what is getting bites. Don’t forget that if you lose a big one, you are on the right tide and are still marking fish, that you

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chool is out! This has always been my marker for the official beginning of summer. I know the bays will be filled with everyone getting out to enjoy Mother Nature, so finding solitude is key to catching fish. My family and I will be there too, but if I’m lucky, you won’t see me. Here are some methods to avoid the crowds and catch a lot of fish! Let’s focus on kayaks and areas only small vessels can access. Small, shallow-draft watercraft help us elude the summer crowds and find our solitude. Pushing farther back into the shallows and marsh areas requires some planning, so let’s start with some satellite scouting on the computer. The first thing to do is find areas that have tidal movement. One way to determine this via satellite is to zoom in on the openings of bayous and drains. If you notice a deeper hole at the mouth, this lets you know it has good current flow, which is what causes a washout in the mouth. If the mouth looks shallow or silted in, search for another spot.

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By Nick Carter and huge barracuda can be caught year-round. No matter. We just wanted bent rods, and Capt. Jorge Rivas steered us toward open water with baitwell full of small jacks and blue runners. The action began almost as soon as Tony and Lorenzo got lines out. We pulled a spread with bird teasers, a squid chain, skirted ballyhoo and several flat-lined live baits, which almost immediately brought up a big Dorado that came unbuttoned. Then we drove into birds. Gulls diving on flying fish were enough to get me excited. Tony was not impressed. “Bonito,” he said with a shrug. “Sea gulls mean bonito. Frigate birds mean tuna.” Sure enough, my son took the rod to catch bonito for the bait bucket until big fork-tailed frigate birds

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been hanging around 20 feet to about 40 feet. We have been having a lot of fun on light tackle with all these power hitting fish. Use live bunker hooked through the nostrils on 50lb fluorocarbon leader with an 8/0 circle hook. If you start getting cut off a lot, then time to put the wired stinger rigs on for those toothy kings. Keep a jig ready for the cobia

for when you see or mark the bait out there, as this is the time of year they start to show up on the bait pods just off the beach. The nearshore reefs, such as Pelican Flats and 8A, have been great for the early morning king bite. Use your stinger rigs and live bunker for the best catch. In the last few weeks, there has been wahoo, blackfin tuna, mahi mahi and a handful of cobia all caught on king rigs in the same area. From the reefs to offshore has been good as well. There was a solid few days of great catches of mahi, and we should still see a few weeks of it. Many fish have been caught from 140- to 180-feet of water, and some days past 500 feet. It’s just a day-to-day thing and up to the winds and weather as usual. The basic ballyhoo rigs and skirts have been the key. The smaller skirts the better; pink seems to be the key. Bottom fishing has also been awesome. Pinfish and croakers are a great bait for that. Fish the offshore reefs, such as 21 and 27, and if you fish any of the wrecks, you’ll be off to a good start, too. Don’t forget about the amberjacks. They’ve been great and should continue to be so in the weeks ahead. Good luck out there, and have a great June!

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ay was a fantastic month for fishing around the Port Canaveral area. The tarpon bite was solid on the few days that the winds let us outside of the inlet. Big jack crevalle and tons of sharks rounded out the trio of big game opportunities that our charter customers pulled on. If this June is like most others, this action will only get better for these and other hard fighting fish that we target. Snook, (which are out of season this month, but still fun to catch), will be gathering in their spawning groups and will usually strike size 12 Rapala X-Rap lures in the green or black back models near docks and rocky areas at night. Live shrimp or baitfish cast near shadow lines can be extremely effective at targeting these fish as well. In the daytime, live baitfish are hard to beat. Big snook can be Giant jacks will crush a topwater finicky at times, but a lure this month. lively pilchard, croaker or pogie will usually get blasted if placed near these fish. The big jacks will crush a topwater plug or live baitfish. We like plugs that can be worked very fast because the jacks will literally fight to get to one that they think is trying to get away from them. King mackerel are another great fighting fish that will be patrolling the near-shore waters this month. Large kings often mix in with the jacks, sharks and tarpon to feed on the baitfish Capt. Justin put schools just outside his clients on of the surf break. their personal Speaking of tarpon, best king this is the best mackerel. month of the year to target the silver kings as they invade our local waters in huge numbers in the month of June. Flounder are possible in the middle and west basins for anglers dragging mud minnows or fingerling mullet along the bottom. Schools of redfish (big bulls) are usually roaming the near-shore waters outside of the Port. Overall, this is by far the best month to pull on something big, so if you’re ready to do battle with any of these species give Capt. Justin or me a phone call and let’s go catch your next memory!

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his is Capt. Jonathan Moss with this month’s Pro Tip! I recently had the opportunity to travel south to Stuart, Fla., to film a new episode for my fishing show, Captain’s Log. I had the privilege to fish for snook around structures with my good buddy, Brenton Roberts. Stuart is a unique area with beautiful homes along the southern end of the Indian River Lagoon. Every waterfront home has incredible snook habitat, that is, seawalls and docks. Of course, these structures are also called home by many other predators and baitfish, but our focus was the ole linesider! So, let’s talk about snook fishing and the tackle we used that led to success. Prior to my trip south, I established a game plan over the phone with Brenton. We both agreed that we would need a rod and reel combo with some backbone. Our selection, an 8 ft.-heavy Templefork Outfitters Tactical Inshore spinning rod, paired with a Florida Fishing Products Saltwater Series Osprey 6000, spooled with 40 pound braided line. This combo has plenty of power and drag to pull big fish away from the structure and cast big baits with ease, all while being sensitive enough to feel the bite. Now, for this particular day, we decided that we were going to use live baitfish, specifically pilchards. We also had some large mullet in the well. To connect these baits to our lines, we reached for Owner SSW with Super Needle Point 5/0 hooks. These hooks are not circle hooks, so you do need to set the hook...and that might just be my favorite part. Lastly, and this may be the most important part, leader size. Leader selection is tricky. Too light of a leader, you will most certainly lose the fish. Too heavy of a leader, the fish may not even bite. With that mindset, we originally rigged our rods with 50 pound fluorocarbon leader. We caught

fish, but also noticed fish turning their nose away from our tasty offerings. After one too many denials, we re-rigged with 40 pound fluoro, and that made all the difference. Leader size is important, so always be prepared with different sizes and plenty of them! After you land your snook, check the leader and, if necessary, re-tie your hook on since snook have a very abrasive mouth and will fray thick leader. Now I know what you are thinking, and you’re right! Yes, I may have been fishing south of Brevard County, but these same techniques can be utilized here in our inlets and other areas around the state that hold big snook! If you are interested in watching this specific episode, it is entitled, “Tug of War” and is free to watch 24/7 on the Waypoint TV app, my YouTube page (The Captain’s Log TV) or on Amazon Prime Video. Tight Lines,

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he beach fishing should heat up along with the weather in June as we have had more cold fronts coming through in May which brought cooler temperatures with inconsistent winds. Warmer June temps will bring more bait along the beaches and the false albacore, tarpon, snook, redfish and j a c k s should be abundant from Melbourne Beach south to the Inlet. Fish the bait pods using D.O.A. Baitbusters, Hogy eels if you prefer soft plastic baits, and Strategic Angler Custom Lure Naia in the 5” model or Jose with a Rapala X-Rap 14s. Fish the big tarpon off soft plastics deep, and the the beach! hard baits for the fish staying close to the surface. Snook will be in the trough close to the beaches hanging on the bait pods as well. Best bet for the snook is live bait. Greenies, pinfish and pigfish rigged on a 6/0 VMC circle hook will all produce snook. Keep your eye out for afternoon storms as they will come out of nowhere and can bring high winds and kick up the seas in a hurry. The creeks from Melbourne to Sebastian will be a good place for anglers looking to target snook, tarpon, jacks and sharks this month. The Sebastian River, Turkey Creek, Crane Creek and the Eau Gallie River will be good early in the mornings using artificial baits. Rapala Skitter Walks in the mullet pattern are great baits for the early morning and evenings, and D.O.A. TerrorEyz are great deep water baits. Suspending baits are good early morning and evening baits as well, along with Rapala’s Twitchin’ Mullet and Twitchin’ Minnow. Bait fishermen targeting snook and tarpon can find success using live finger mullet on a 5/0 to 7/0 VMC circle hook rigged with 30-50lb. leader depending on the size of the fish. The bite in the early morning and late evenings along the mangrove shorelines and the flats should be good for big trout, reds and snook. Topwater action should be solid and as the sun comes up, switch to suspending baits or live baits. Live pinfish, pilchards and pigfish are the baits of choice to entice the fish early. The tarpon will also move into the Indian River Lagoon from Sebastian to Melbourne and can be found around bait pods in the ICW as well as deeper areas that hold bait. Early morning and late evening are the best times to target the tarpon.

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some X-raps and swimming lures on the shadows of the lights and around the bridge structures. Keep in mind Snook season is now closed so catch and release only guys and gals. I also want to mention some anglers this month with some very impressive catches. First is Rachael with a beautiful Trout. Next up is Anthony who I had the pleasure of taking out and leading him to his first Snook. And then we have Sean with his very happily caught Bowfin. Last but not least is Cora with a little help from her mom holding her first ever snook. Congrats to all the anglers this month on all the great catches. Remember take a kid fishing and be sure to follow us on Instagram at Vinny Conwell. Tight lines and have a great. Capt Vinny Conwell / Back water Outfitters / 631-662-5029 COASTALANGLERMAG.COM • THEANGLERMAG.COM


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t some point throughout their lifestyle, Snook will inhabit almost every type of inshore and nearshore habitat. One day you may sight cast Snook in clear water and another pulling monster Snook from pilings under bridges in the night hours. You can spend a lifetime chasing Snook. Snook have a unique profile with a long lateral line that starts from the gill plates and ends at the fork in their tail. There eyes are located on top of their heads, which is great for ambushing bait as they pass above. The Common Snook is everything BUT common! Throughout the tropical hemisphere there are over 10 species of Snook. The largest on the East Coast reaching lengths of over 4ft! These fish lives start in the passes and inlets. Large female Snook release up to a million eggs every time they spawn. This requires the female to feed voraciously, which is great for us anglers fishing the beaches and inlets! Snook are a non migratory fish, a west coast Snook may not leave their estuary system, but throughout their years may use the entire system., from freshwater to saltwater passes. Along their way, Snook spend time in various places such as deep river channels, mangroves, shorelines, grassy flats, oyster bars, passes and inlets.

Reading the Water

Knowing how to read the water is important for a successful fishing trip. When out in the flats, looking for distinct color changes giving various water depths, drop-offs and transition zones, these are places that hold fish. Watching for signs such as, strong currents wrapping around structure during that last our of a tide change. Pelicans, birds flying, diving or grouped up in an area is a good sign bait fish are present letting you know fish are most likely there! Finding Oyster bars especially during a low tide where wind is pushing up against oysters, that is creating what we call an artificial current, this gives an ambush point, pushing all the bait up to. Learning how to read the waters will help you to learn where the fish are at.

Whether it is natural or manmade, soft as mangroves or hard as wood pilings, if it is disrupting the flow you are bound to see a Snook angler there! There are so many reasons Snook are a number one target for us anglers here in Central Florida, they truly are a challenge and not an easy catch. Which makes it that much more rewarding bring that Snook to your boat.

FUN FACTS ABOUT SNOOK • Throughout the tropical western hemisphere there are over 10 species of Snook

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• Snook have a lateral line that starts from their gill plate and runs to the fork in their tail • Snooks eyes are on the top of their heads, making it easy to ambush their prey • Whether it is manmade or artificial Snook love structure • Snook have razor sharp gill plates and sandpaper mouths • Snook began their lives in passes and inlets • Large female Snook lay up to one million eggs every time they spawn

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Everyone has their preference, I am a spinning reel angler. I find when using a spinning reel it is best for casting in tight spots and getting that perfect cast under bridges. When targeting Snook, top waters, suspenders, diving spoons, plugs and jigs will all work, when presented properly. A basic paddle tail jig is my go to and I believe every angler should have them in their tackle box, there is something about a jig Snook just cant seem to resist them! Of course now depending on the size of your bait will determine the size and style of the hook you use. When using a live bait I typically use a 3/O 4/O circle hook, I fish as small as jumbo shrimp and finger sized mullet. When trying to decide which line is best, there is such a large variety out there making it difficult to choose. Working and knowing how to play your fish is key to a successful landing, It all depends on the angler. I use light tackle from 10lb braid tied with a double uni-knot or FG knot to a 20lb liter. I find braid is much smaller then mono and spool my reels with Power Pro. Because of Snooks sharp gill plates and ruff mouths, I always add a foot extra of liter to keep my line fresh when changing baits or hooks while on my Snook fishing mission! With long runs and frequent jumps Snook will make your heart race and beat a bit faster, I know mine does! Every Snook landed is a trophy in my eyes, because no matter the size, I put in the same hard work and time. One thing I have learned fishing for Snook, Snook love structure! 16 BREVARD/VOLUSIA

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une … What an amazing month for fishing! Everything is biting and starting to show up. The key to June is getting up early these days, as boat traffic is at an all-time high. If you can get up early enough, you should be able to find some redfish tailing in the backcountry. These guys will aggressively go after a topwater or the right color soft plastics thrown just past them and reeled at the right pace. Trial and error is the only advise I can give here, learn from your mistakes and build on your successes. Next is tarpon, the 50- 100 pound fish will be all around. Again the earlier you can get after them the better your chances. Free lining live mullet, menhaden, heck even pin fish will get you a bite but in all honesty, it’s about every 10 tarpon we hook we get 1 to the boat so don’t get discouraged if you lose a few.

Lastly Founder, they will certainly be showing up in big numbers. Please keep in mind they lowered the # of keepers per person to 5 each, which in my opinion is a good thing, but these guys are tough to catch if you don’t understand how they bite. The smaller the bait the better. Use mud minnows, small mullet, or shrimp and if you get a bite DON’T YANK!!!! If you have no success and want learn how to catch them give me a call and I will certainly dial you in! As always if you see us on the water say hello and tight lines! James Thrappas | Splash Brand Representation LLC | 386-366-3424 splashbrandsllc@gmail.com | Native Eyewear

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3.5

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4.2

12:44

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6:22

8:22

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7:47

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3.7

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0.3

6:26

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4.0

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HYDRASTEPP’S NEW 18’ FLATS-BOAT By CAM Orlando Owner Phil Wolf

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he new Hydrastepp 18’ is a high-performance flats boat resulting from years of trial and improvement by renowned racing boat designer/ builder Steve Stepp. With 35 years in the industry, Stepp racked up 14 world records with his company, Velocity Powerboats, of Sanford, Fla. His advanced designs achieve performance and efficiency most manufacturers are unable to match. His latest venture, Hydrastepp Boats, manufactures this new vessel in Lake Mary, Fla. As owner and co-publisher of the Orlando edition of Coastal Angler Magazine, I wanted to see if Stepp’s newest production vessel could measure up to claims made in their advertisement with us. Eager to climb aboard, I met Stepp at Lake Monroe and the I-4 Bridge on the St. Johns River. The boat was equipped with a 140 hp Suzuki 4-stroke with half tank of gas,

Coast Guard-required equipment and a modest amount of gear. Stepp said it would get on plane in less than three seconds with both of us in it. Each of us weighs more than 200 pounds, and it did just that… effortlessly. Heading into a moderate quartered-sea chop at about 32 to 34 mph, the ride was extremely smooth and incredibly dry. With those boxes checked, we returned to calm water in the river. This boat has a large gunnel and a 94” beam, extremely wide for an 18’ boat. It was very stable when I walked around on the gunnel. It has a huge storage compartment up front, with a removable tackle-storage system, and two large storage compartments in the rear. There are front and rear livewells. The custom, divided sport seat with a removable backrest is like those on offshore racing boats. The console is sleek and sports a 9” monitor screen/fish-finder/ GPS and all the normal gauges: tachometer, water pressure, temperature, gas, speed by GPS, all linked to the motor and fuel system. Very cool! This boat gets up to 10 mpg while cruising between 30 and 32 mph at 3,400 to 3,600 rpms. Back in the river, we cruised at about 32 mph and the monitor read 3,400 rpms. Then Stepp hammered the throttle, and the boat quickly achieved over 65 mph at 6,200 rpms with a little throttle left. It was very impressive for a stock 140 hp engine with a rear poling platform creating drag. I jumped at the chance to drive back to the ramp. Once acquainted with the throttle and trim, I drove with confidence. Cruising over 55 mph, we only burned about 6 gallons per hour on the gauge. This boat also floats in 10” or less and has room for four anglers with a huge front deck. If you’re in the market for a flats boat, the new Hydrastepp is worth a test ride. Hydrastepp is taking production orders, so get in line! This vessel is nicely equipped at around $60,000 for boat, 115 hp motor and custom trailer by Ameratrail. Or, you can upgrade to the fully loaded version with a 140 hp for $75,000. See this boat online at www.HYDRASTEPP.com.

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G o to An ch or Pu lle ri st he W ay or Be lo w ,E -Z D ec k Ab ov e Above-deck on the 3025 GFX or below-deck inside the rope locker of the 35’ Sea Chaser HFC, the Rebel drum anchor winch is included as the standard or optional upgrade feature on these and other 2021 models. The compact design and 316 stainless steel components ensure E-Z Anchor Puller drum anchor winches can be retrofitted into tight spaces and perform in harsh, saltwater environments.

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