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he transition into the summer months brings calmer days more viable for offshore fishing. This is the season when waterways become flooded with snowbirds and weekend warriors, although current fuel prices may keep the pressure off those hot offshore numbers. With mahi season in full swing in the Atlantic, scouting the ocean for signs of life offshore is easily most exciting this time of year. Trolling for mahi near weedlines, diving birds and floating debris is extremely productive. These fish will eat just about anything they see, so much so that I wouldn’t be surprised if you could get a hookup on a banana peel. A trolling spread for mahi doesn’t have to be elaborate. Four lines or less will get the job done. Their penchant for jumping and swimming zigzags on the surface makes tangles in the spread an unfortunate reality. Lines can be kept short, as mahi will eat near a moving boat. While fishing in heavier weeds, shorter lines allow lures to skip more to kick off grass. Lures that don’t like to rid themselves of grass can alternatively be more easily observed and manually cleared with this method. Keeping the lines short also increases the chances of a hooked fish bringing the school of mahi-mahi with them to the boat. The farther back the lines are when a mahi is hooked, the more

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time the rest of the school has to lose interest in following their buddy. Once a hooked mahi is boatside, leave them in the water as a swimming, codependent chumbag. The rest of the school often follows them, giving you a chance to hook up to more. Have something on your boat to cast out in this situation. Nearly anything will do when the school is in a frenzy. Jigs, lures, cut bait, live bait, possibly banana peels. Sometimes mahi will turn their nose up at certain baits, but the key can be entirely within the presentation. They usually prefer a bait that is teasing them and just almost out of reach. Alternate between letting the bait fall and twitching it away from them. At times, you might get ready to leave a closed-mouth school only to finally have your bait crushed as you quickly reel in the pitch bait. If this is the case, they might just be in a mood to chase something moving more quickly, and getting back on the troll may be a better idea. Diving frigates and floating debris attract more than just mahi-mahi, and there are epic sightings to be had in the open water, everywhere in between.

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n a time when we are in full-throated offshore (and inshore) fishing, I’d like to address the meaning of the title of this article. We all want to put gadgets on the boat to make it more efficient and comfortable. What I’m getting ready to say may offend some folks, but the ones who actually fish for results—rather than to look good or appease mom and the kids—will get it. Less is more means the more open deck space I have, the better the dance floor is when the action starts. Period. I want a clean deck, free of “toe breakers” and stumbling blocks commonly referred to as seats and coolers I have to squeeze by. When there’s a fish ripping off drag and changing directions, I want open lanes to move up to the front of the boat or around back. You see, I’ve reached a point in life that I’m going to catch the fish I want to catch, the way I want to catch them. I troll some, but it’s early in the day to locate stacks of bait and fish. When the sun comes up to the 10 or 11 o’clock position, I start posting up with the Rhodan or drifting with a kite or float baits out. I keep a bait near the bottom and baits in

the middle water column if they are marking on the recorder or when we are getting bites on the deeper baits. What we do mid-morning is a result of how hard the current is running, the wind direction and speed or a combination of these things. If I could recommend one thing to make your boat rigging most complete, it would be a Rhodan or some other trolling motor that will keep you in place, or slow your drift with the kite directly out behind you, like you are trolling with the kite out. This will allow you to fish the lower levels of the water column for the wahoo bite in the middle of the day with lighter tackle and lighter weight jigs, and also drop a bait in front of Mr. Grouper while on the drift. Keep an eye on the recorder as you are making these long drifts, and mark the areas of bait, fish and bites so you can run back up and make the same drift again. I said all that to say this: Who says you have to use a ballyhoo trolled at 6 or 8 knots to catch fish? Slow it down to a drift or post up on a mark and catch the pelagic and bottom fish while flying the kite or with float baits. When you’ve got all that going on, excess comforts or gadgetry sometimes impede your fishing rather than making it easier. Stay tuned to upcoming videos illustrating this style fishing, but remember to keep the deck clean. Less is more. See more from Tim Barefoot at barefootcatsandtackle.com.

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hether it’s a mess of channel catfish for supper or trophy blue cats, I love catfishing! From Texas to Virgina and Nebraska to Florida, I have caught catfish all over the country. Some of my favorite locations are the Santee Cooper reservoirs in South Carolina and the mighty Tennessee River in the stretch from Tennessee into Alabama. Here’s some information on how I catch them in lakes and rivers. These fishing styles will work for catfish all over the country.

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I use Abu Garcia 7000 reels with an egg sinker, swivel and 6/0 to 8/0 circle hook. If you are looking for smaller fish, downsize your hooks and baits. Bait can be fresh cut bream, shad, hotdogs, nightcrawlers or even chicken breast chunks. All of these work. On Moultrie, you can anchor up and wait, but usually you can cover more area drifting. Set your rods all on one side of the boat and let them drag along beside or behind the boat. If there is no wind, you might need to troll. If there’s lots of wind, you might need to drop drift socks or a bucket to slow your drift. For this setup, you can use the same reels and baits, but you will need to change your terminal tackle. Use a three-way swivel to attach a slinky, Lindy weight to the bottom eye on 6- to 12-inch piece of 10- to 20-pound leader. You want your weight line to be lighter than your main so if the weight snags you don’t lose your whole rig. On the back eye, use 24 to 36 inches of heavier leader to your hook. Some people also put a small cork a few inches in front of the hook to keep the bait just off the bottom.

Santee Cooper is one of my favorite destinations for big catfish and smaller eaters, too. It’s actually two lakes, Lake Marion, the upper lake, and Moultrie, the lower lake. These lakes both have giant flatheads, huge blues and eating-sized channels. When fishing Lake Marion, I like to anchor up, cast out a bunch of baits and wait. If no bites in 30 minutes, I change locations and try again. There ON THE RIVER are flats and standing timber, and you just keep When fishing the Tennessee River from moving until you find feeding fish. Sometimes you Lake Chickamauga in Tennessee to Alabama’s mark lots of fish that aren’t feeding. Lake Pickwick, I usually go much heavier on

equipment. I go with Penn Fathoms on Big Cat Fever Rods with 80-pound braid main and 100-pound leaders, sinker slides for bigger weights, and 8/0 to 10/0 hooks, depending on how big the baits are. Sometimes a double-hook rig improves your odds. Skipjack, fresh or frozen, is the preferred bait, with bream and shad as backups. Don’t be afraid to use giant baits in big water. There are some giant fish down there! In rivers, where’s there’s a good current, you can bottom bump. This technique is also popular on the Mississippi River. You slow the boat so the current carries your lines downstream. Use just enough weight so your baits walk and bounce along the bottom. This is very productive and allows you to cover lots of water. Another thing we do sometimes where the river is fairly flat and slow is to slow drift with all the rods and lines straight down and the hooks just off the bottom. If you are marking good fish, make several passes over them. Sometimes this will fire them up. I hope this helps you catch more and bigger catfish next time you go. Please remember, if you are not going to eat it, don’t kill it. Gary Turner is a regular contributor to Coastal Angler and The Angler magazines. Contact him at gary@purgeright.com.


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he beach fishing should heat up along with the weather in June. Warmer temps bring more bait along the beaches and the False Albacore, Tarpon, Snook Redfish and Jacks should be abundant during month of June from Melbourne beach south to the Inlet. Fish the bait pods using DOA Baitbusters, Hogy Eels and Rapala XRap 14s. Fish the Bait Busters deep and the XRaps 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. You can also use the X RAP 10 in the trough as well as your favorite soft plastic. 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 for anglers using artificial baits. Throw Skitterwalks

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Po nce Inlet, Halifax Rive r Hig h Ti de +5 min ute s Lo w Ti de +33 min ute s

Jensen Beach Hig h Ti de +2 ho urs, 17 min ute s Lo w Ti de +3 ho urs, 4 min ute s

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Patr ick Air Force Base Hig h Ti de -1 ho ur, 4 min ute Lo w Ti de -38 min ute s

Jupite r Inlet, S.Jetty Hig h Ti de -10 min ute s Lo w Ti de -9 min ute s

Sebastian Inlet Br i dge Hig h Ti de -48 min ute s Lo w Ti de -24 min ute s

Port Eve rgla de s - Tur ning Basin Hig h Ti de -31 min ute s Lo w Ti de -13 min ute s

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# 6:24 am$ 8:20 pm

5:10 am 3.3 ft & 11:32 am-0.5 ft % 6:02 pm 3.8 ft &

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# 6:24 am$ 8:20 pm

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# 6:24 am$ 8:20 pm

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# 6:24 am$ 8:21 pm

1:50 am -0.1 ft % 7:54 am 3.8 ft & 2:09 pm -1.0 ft % 8:43 pm 4.2 ft &

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# 6:24 am$ 8:21 pm

2:43 am -0.1 ft % 8:49 am 3.9 ft & 3:03 pm -1.0 ft % 9:35 pm 4.2 ft &

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# 6:24 am$ 8:21 pm

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5:30 am -0.1 ft % 11:37 am3.7 ft & 5:53 pm -0.4 ft %

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# 6:25 am$ 8:22 pm

12:13 am3.9 ft & 6:30 am -0.1 ft % 12:36 pm3.6 ft & 6:54 pm -0.2 ft %

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FISHING REPORT & FORECAST CAPT. LUKAS BRICKWEG

Space Coast Surf Fishing

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ummer surf fishing looks along the Space Coast looks to heat up for big fish. The month of June marks a real transition in the conditions and species on local beaches. Surf fishing anglers who are looking to target big snook, tarpon, flounder and pompano will be delighted with the weather and species on hand. Knowing how these weather patterns will effect the fishing gives anglers a leg up in the preparation and execution for successful catches. While the spring fishing during April and May delivered great catches of pompano and whiting we’re looking for some of this to persist into June. Residential pompano which remain in the area throughout the summer months will be on top of many anglers target species. Pompano rigs with white, chartreuse and orange floats baited with fresh shrimp and sand fleas give anglers the best probability of success. Be sure to fish the outer sandbar with long casts and keep one rod short in the first trough to find the most prime zones to fish. Whiting should also be on tap in these same zones using similar rigs.

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Flounder fishing during the month of May hit high gear while surf fishing near Cocoa Beach south to Sebastian Inlet. This pattern looks to continue into June with many anglers either targeting them or catching them accidentally. When targeting flounder in the surf there’s a few tried and true methods. My personal favorite is to walk the shorelines with swim baits, jigs and diving plugs working the first and second trough near shore. An alternative method would be to rig a live mullet on a fish finder rig and works the same surf fishing zones to find feeding flounder. Who doesn’t dream of hooking into giant snook along Florida’s Space Coast beaches? If you share this passion then June will begin the height of snook fishing from the beach. Similar to flounder there are multiple methods that can deliver these trophy catches. Live mullet, croakers and pinfish rigged on a fish finder rig, free-lined, or on a jig head should have great results. Alternatively walking the shore with suspending and diving rapalas, swim baits and bucktails are a sure fire method to cover ground and find ambushing snook. — Capt. Lukas Brickweg | Cocoa Beach Surf Fishing Charters (321) 205-4672 | cocoabeachsurffishingcharters@gmail.com www.cocoabeachsurffishingcharters.com

FISHING REPORT & FORECAST CAPT. CHRIS CAMERON

Port Canaveral Offshore

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ay turned out to be a great month and the fish really started to turn on. The bunker have finally been showing up with better consistency. Just look where the fleet is in the morning and you can’t miss them. This is the time of year to hit Walmart and get your blue 6 foot cast nets restocked! From the beach to reefs, Tarpon, jack crevale, bonita, spanish mackeral and kingfish have been from the beach 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 near shore reefs such as Pelican 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, black fin tuna, maui maui 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 maui and we should still see a few weeks of it. Many fish have been caught from 140-180 feet 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. 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 have any of the wrecks that’s a good start too. Don’t forget about the amber jacks. They’ve been great and should continue as well. Capt. Chris Cameron | Fired Up Fishing Charters www.firedupcharters.com | www.sharkfishingcocoabeach.com (407) 222-3573

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ello fellow angler! This is Capt. Jonathan Moss, welcoming you once again to another edition of Pro Tip! June is here and the summer is in full swing and that means hot mornings, muggy days and stormy afternoons are all in the forecast for the next few months. With that being said, let’s discuss a few tips to keep you safe on the water all summer long.

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1. Hydrate- For me, drinking water while on the boat is easier said than done. I am either on the polling platform pushing the boat down a shoreline, untangling a mess or landing a fish. Being a full time guide means once the boat splashes into the water, it is go, go, go, till the charter is over. Regardless of how busy I am, drinking water is essential. When it comes to water, be sure to use a refillable, non-plastic container. This will ultimately save you money, eliminates single use plastics and keeps unwanted trash/debris from going into our estuary. 2. Cover Up- Proper attire on the water will help do a few things. First, it will keep the no-see-ums at bay. And second, it will keep the harmful UV rays off your skin. Shoes, socks, pants, long sleeve shirts with a hood, gloves, hat and sunglasses are a must! If you are using live bait, be sure to not stick your sunscreen covered hands in the baitwell. Instead, use a bait net, as the sunscreen residue on your hands will kill your bait. 3. Check the weather- Prior to every fishing trip, I check several weather and wind apps on my phone. Sometimes the predictions are right, most of the time it changes. Typically, summer days are hot and still and then all of a sudden the summertime afternoon storms appear so keep a watchful eye on the weather while on the water to avoid a sticky situation. By keeping to these 3 simple tips, I promise your days on the water will be more enjoyable. Tight lines. — Capt. Jonathan Moss | Go Castaway Fishing Charters Host of The Captain’s Log | www.thecaptainslogtv.com www.gocastaway.com

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ike Sonny and Cher used to say, “The beat goes on.” The pompano fish bite has been on for this month, with no signs of letting up. Ya, mon! We have been getting a whole heap of large pompano and nobody’s complaining. The big winds from the East have been showing up quite often and even though the current and strong winds are up, they have still been ferociously biting. I’ve been loading up the fishing tricycle with bait for pompano. I keep a steady batch of live blue crab (which I get live fresh every day from Ashly at Donald’s bait). Definitely my choice for bait of the year. It seems the bigger pompano take the crab, which I cut into little crab knuckles. It’s important to cut up live crab because the meat in the crab now is really firm and will stay on the hook and in the shell instead of washing out like old crab. It lasts a lot longer on the hook. One of my great pleasures after ...due to the fact they the catch is to fillet with my friends, have wide eyes. especially Tommy who can literally shout the fillets off the fish if he’s With the eyesight of an feeling right; which he usually is. The eagle and a sense of reggae music is always on when we smell that would make are filleting and smoking a fish. I was trying to figure out what to write in my Irish Wolfhound, this article and starting to have writers Ula, Jealous block when all of a sudden on a quiet Monday morning, Bobby the Postman and me post it up at the high tide and right away Bobby starts catching some beautiful pompano. Then he looks over to me and says, “Marco your pole is doing backflips!“ I ran down as fast as I can (which isn’t really fast at all), I grabbed the pole and it started pulling me into the ocean. I anchor my feet and let’s bomba! It’s on! I think I have a skate. Then I change my mind and see that it’s a giant red fish. Once again it pulls line. Is it a shark? Then all of sudden it gives up. I’m pulling it onto the shore. After twenty minutes, the biggest fish I’ve ever caught in the surf shows up. It’s a 25-pound permit. Wow! Ya, mon! Permits are one of the hardest fish to catch, due to the fact they have wide eyes. With the eyesight of an eagle and a sense of smell that would make my Irish wolfhound, Ula, jealous. Of course they fight! Boy, do they fight, taking long runs of line. After a long day, the filet is done, Third World is singing ‘96° In the Shade,’ and we’re cooling off with a Red Stripe. These fish we worked so hard for are going to the smoker... and so am I. — Marcopompano@gmail.com | Surf Fishing Guide | 386-212-4838

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une is a great month for fishing in the area. Warm weather and clear days without our summer thunderstorm pattern means plenty of time to get out fishing ! I love fishing for flounder in June and as the month goes on, it only gets better leading into July. Mud minnows and shrimp will be my go to baits on short

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leaders of 20 lb flourocarbon and a fish finder rig. I also love going after the mangrove snapper in the river in June. Docks and deeper channels in the mangroves will be the best bet. Freeline smaller live shrimp into the dock with a small pinch weight or into the channel with the same set up and you should be able to find some good table fare. Nothing beats a mangrove snapper fish fry! With the weather being so nice in June, the weekends at the inlet will be busy so I usually only head that way on weekdays. There should be a pretty good redfish bite that will be going on. Most of these fish will be top of the slot or oversized but still a heck of fun to catch along with mixed in snook. Finger mullet, blue crab, live pinfish, and even cut bait will help you get some fish to the boat. Please be sure to be quick with these fish when taking pictures and revive them before releasing them. So many times a boat up current from me just throws them over after a full blown photo shoot and the fish floats by belly up forcing me to stop fishing with my charter and grab the fish and get them going again. The FWC recently shut redfish down from keeping from NSB south, so I will be pushing for catch and release with my clients even when fishing north. It’s important that everyone follows these rules so that we can get our redfish populations back up to a healthy level. Please, let’s all do our part to help. As always, good luck out there and if you see us on the water, say hello! — Capt. James Thrappas | Splash Brand Representation LLC 386-366-3424 | yellowdawgfishing@gmail.com

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’s time for summer fishing for kids now that school vacations are starting. The Indian and Halifax River is a great place to teach kids the basics of fishing at their skill level. Make it easy for them to catch a bunch of fish. For younger children, Sharon caught and released an Edgewater the best way for them to Backcountry Permit learn is to fish for the small abundant pan fish, such as mangrove snapper and sailors choice (aka pinfish). They will learn basic techniques to use in years to come to catch bigger and better fish. A small hook will catch loads of smaller fish, but will also catch a surprisingly large fish when a bigger one bites, so use a #4 or #6 hook, a light weight, and a small piece of peeled shrimp. Fish in the right spot and the kids will catch fish one after another. They will learn to bait a hook, fight their fish, then safely unhook them. Take a quick photo and teach them about catch and release. For kids with a little more experience, teach them to freeline fish with live shrimp or easy-to-use artificials like a leadhead jig with soft plastic tail and they will catch seatrout, ladyfish, jack crevalle, and more. Don’t make it complicated; keep it easy and fun. Teach them about conserving our marine resources and to be good stewards of our wildlife in to the future.

Snook season is closed June, July and August, so catch, photo, and release on linesiders until the first day of open season starts again September 1. Our area’s snook population is the best it has been in many years, so use gentle care with them for release to keep the good numbers going for years to come. Spotted seatrout fishing with live pigfish and croakers is a summer tradition on Mosquito Lagoon. Pigs are also good for many other inshore fish, including redfish, snook, snapper, tarpon, jacks, and ladyfish. In the Lagoon, fish them free lined and tail hooked along drop offs, sloughs, and off the edges of flats. Popping the rod gives a tug on the pig, pulling him up off the bottom, encouraging oinking, and attracting a fish to attack. In the Edgewater backcountry fish them along drop offs. For deeper drops, free lined allows them to swim down the face of the under water cliff. Shallower drops, small sloughs, and oyster bars are all good to try, and a float can be added, which will keep the pig suspended above the bottom as they will always try to swim down. Bigger pigfish, croakers, spots and pinfish can be prime baits for bull redfish, snook tarpon and sharks. Use a lip hook for drifting the main ICW channel from Edgewater to Ponce Inlet for big reds or sight cast to surface rolling tarpon any where from offshore Ponce into the inlet, the ICW channel, all the area bridges over the intracoastal waterway and through New Smyrna south into the backcountry. — Capt Michael Savedow https://EdgewaterRiverGuide.com / 386-689-3781

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1:23 am 0.1 ft % 7:16 am 2.7 ft & 1:41 pm -0.5 ft % 8:08 pm 3.1 ft &

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2:15 am 0.0 ft % 8:11 am 2.9 ft & 2:33 pm -0.6 ft % 9:01 pm 3.3 ft &

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1:24 am 3.0 ft & 7:47 am -0.1 ft % 1:47 pm 2.8 ft & 8:11 pm -0.1 ft %

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5:24 am 0.4 ft % 11:14 am2.5 ft & 5:33 pm 0.0 ft % 11:52 pm2.7 ft &

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une brings us warm weather and dark skies. Fish early, such as first light, and most of the time you can fish six or seven hours before the summer rains. The past couple of years the basin and the river have been freshwater and many of the fish have departed. Although, tarpon and snook have been available. First light, the tarpon are usually in the north end of the basin rolling and chasing mullet or eating crabs. The entire lower part of the river hold the Tarpon anywhere from the ramp in the park to the u-turn in the river. I have good luck fishing a mullet or croaker under a popping cork or balloon. One morning last year a blue crab was swimming on top of the water about 20 feet from the boat and a tarpon leaped out of the water and took the crab. The snook bite is active in the canals of the basin in the upper half of the incoming tide during first light. Cast a surface lure such as the yo zuri ss or surface walk the dog version lure. The mouth of the creeks in the river are also good spots. Look for bait fish moving around the mouths and the snook should not be far way. As you go up river, fish the docks with jigs or free lining a live bait fish. In the past jacks, pompano, and blues would be passing through the basin. However, with the fresh water we will just wait and see. The river has snakeheads. If you catch any, kill them or throw them in the garbage. Do not put them back in the river alive. Good fishing

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ayak angling sure has become popular! It is a great way to get some lures, I use a quarter piece of a pool noodle to hang my lures on when fresh air, enjoy the outdoors and, hey, get a little exercise, too. It’s they are not in use. It saves time while fish are blowing up, and it keeps also an easy way for anglers to avoid the hassle at busy boat ramps. It me from hooking myself going back and fourth into the tackle box. gives us the freedom to launch on small canals and creeks from little hidden While fishing roads off the beaten path, where we’re unlikely to encounter any traffic at all. skinny water and ’Yak fishing is all about the adventure, being out in nature and scouting chasing reds, a new honey holes. Fishing from a kayak has its bonuses, such as getting push pole can back into those skinny waters, skimming inches deep across grassy flats, be your best marshes, and narrow creeks and canals. A kayak takes you places even flats accessory. It helps boats can only dream of. you maneuver well in the shallowest The Right Kayak waters and it helps Finding the right kayak keep you stealthy. A that fills your fishing needs paddle holder might takes some research. Do you also come in handy. It not only holds your paddle, it also pairs with your want a sit-on or sit-in kayak? push pole allowing you stake out your boat. This is useful for anglers who What brand and model? What’s like to get out of the boat and wade. Of course, the most used accessory is suitable for your size? Do you your paddle. Having the proper shaft length for the width and length of want the stability to stand and your kayak is important. fish? The questions you need to answer before making a INSHORE ADVENTURES WITH SKYE purchase go on and on. Feel free to check out my inshore fishing adventures Do as much research as on Facebook @ Inshore Adventures with Skye and on possible. Watch YouTube videos, Instagram brassyangler read reviews and get insight from other anglers who fish the way you intend to and target the species you’d like to catch. I prefer a sit-on-top kayak. It allows me to sit higher. This means I have better visibility into the water while sitting to rest or while on the move. It’s also easier and more stable to stand up for sight fishing. For paddling—or pedaling—long distances, you want a longer, narrow kayak that tracks straight and is faster for crossing large bodies of water. You will give up some stability with a narrow kayak, but it’s worth it if you plan to cover lots of water. I have a Pelican 130 HD Hydryve with a pedal-drive system. It gives me the option of pedaling when I’m crossing larger waters with some depth. In seconds, I can easily pull or plug the drive system back in. So when I’m fishing on the flats or in shallow water, 99 percent of the time I’m paddling rather than pedaling. My pelican has amazing tracking; it is lightweight and has a wide deck with the space and stability to stand and sight cast to redfish. As I understand it, many anglers believe they need to blend in with earth tones, such as greens, creams, tans, browns or camouflage. I don’t think the fish care what color your kayak is. I prefer bright-colored kayaks that allow other boaters to see me from a distance. It’s safer when there are boats with motors buzzing around, and it also keeps other kayakers from inadvertently blowing up your fishing spot. And, let’s face it, brighter colors make for a beautiful fish photo!

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In this edition of “The Captain & The Kids” Sol Fishing teamed up with New Smyrna Beach local Erie Peeples who is the owner of Erie Surfboards and the all new “ Core Micro Paddle Skiff.” Mr. Peeples will be teaming up with Capt. Evan every month to donate a youth angler trip on the all new Core Micro Paddle Skiff.

or the inaugural trip, Capt. Evan and Erie Peeples invited NSB local youth angler Josh Burden to fish the backwater creeks for tarpon and snook! The three of them launched the new innovative Core Paddle Skiffs in the early evening with a dozen live finger mullet and topwater lures tied on ready for action. After arriving at the very first spot, within minutes, tarpon were rolling and you could hear snook popping bait under low hanging branches and brush. Right away Josh hooked one of the finger mullet and casted it out where he had just seen a tarpon roll. Bamm, we have lift off!! Seconds after the finger mullet hitting the water, a 20 plus pound juvenile tarpon sky rocketed out of the water biting the finger mullet! Josh set the hook, and the fight was on! After being towed around on the new Core Micro Paddle Skiff the tarpon found some structure and broke off. With the sun going down, it was time to start throwing topwater! Josh started skipping soft plastic baits up under branches, logs, and other debris looking for snook. Before he knew it, Josh was hooked up again with a

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he wind was unrelenting this spring. It kept me off the water more than I prefer. I have high hopes it will subside by the time this article is published, but if not, here is an approach that saved the day more than once this spring. If you find yourself facing high winds, consider the following. Safety is always No. 1 on the water, so let’s keep that in the forefront as you read. On windy days, the majority of the time, I seek shelter and fish the lee shoreline. First and foremost, it is the most comfortable place to fish, and the safest depending on wind velocity. Unfortunately, the fish don’t always spend their time feeding looking for a protected and calm area. Think about it like this, turbid water can disorient smaller bait fish easier than it will the larger gamefish we all seek. Therefore, the windward shore is at times where the fish will feed more frequently. For one, it is simply an easier meal. Secondly, the wind current can blow and congregate smaller fish in that area, shoreline or cove. With the why out of the way, here is how I fished this approach on a recent trip. The cove I describe opens to the bay on the west, has two drains on the north and east, and I had a southeast wind of 15 to 20 knots. I started with the comfortable approach and one that, in general, made the most sense. I waded the protected shore and fished in front of the two

drains. The water color was clean, and there was some bait tight to the shoreline in very skinny water. For all practical purposes, it was too skinny to fish and grassy. After thoroughly working the lee shore and drains without a bite, I rounded the curve and focused my attention on the windward, dirty north shore. Upon approach, I noticed the bait was farther out than it had been on the lee shore. This was key, because it was hovering in a fishable depth. My weedless rattling paddletail drew attention to my lure in this dirty turbid water. After making several cast directly downwind to the bank, I quickly determined the distance from the shore where the water was deep enough to not foul my hook. Once I knew the zone, I angled my cast at 45 degrees from the bank. This allowed me to fish somewhat parallel to the shore and keep my lure in the bait zone. Although it was less comfortable casting across the wind with waves crashing me from behind in muddy water, this saved the day and is where all the reds and trout were caught. Remember, when fishing the windward shore, be mindful of where you anchor your vessel and keep safety first. Capt. Michael Okruhlik is the inventor of Knockin Tail Lures with the built-in tail rattle, Controlled Descent Lures and the owner of www.MyCoastOutdoors.com.

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youth scholarships, to the thousands of statewide STAR registrants.” The 2022 STAR competition has 17 divisions targeting 12 inshore and offshore species plus the cleanup of trash. STAR’s signature Tagged Redfish Division offers winners the choice of a Contender Boats 22 Sport, Pathfinder Boats 2200 TRS or Spyder Boats Vapor 19FX, all powered by Yamaha Outboards. In addition, this year’s competition is debuting the Alta Equipment Super STAR Tagged Redfish prize, which if caught, will give the winner $50,000. The two winning youth anglers in the signature division can also win new boats powered with Yamaha Outboards, trailers, Minn Kota trolling motors and Humminbird electronics. The best opportunity to catch this year’s tagged redfish will be in Brevard, Citrus and Charlotte Counties, STAR’s 2022 Destination Counties which each have eight tagged redfish in their coastal waters. One of the newest divisions, the Tigress Outriggers and Gear Tagged Dolphin Division offers one winner a $10,000 cash prize. The first STAR registrant and CCA Florida member who catches a tagged dolphin, released in the coastal waters of Florida for STAR by the Dolphin Research program implemented by the Beyond Our Shores foundation, will win. STAR is a family-friendly competition, and

CCA Florida youth members (ages 6 to 17) can participate for free. Kids are encouraged to submit entries in the Youth Scholarship Division presented by Realtree Fishing for an opportunity to win one of 12 scholarships totaling $100,000. Other divisions include ladies, kayak, conservation, guides and more. Since most division winners are determined by a random drawing, it is not about catching the biggest fish, any size fish can win. Registration is open and ends Sept. 5. To register for STAR 2022 or receive additional information on divisions, prizes and more, visit ccaflstar.com or Facebook.

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ne of the most popular events of the Gulf Coast big-game tournament circuit is celebrating 20 years of exciting, high-stakes competition. The 20th annual Emerald Coast Blue Marlin Classic is set to get underway June 22 and continue through June 26 at the Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort. This year’s platinum anniversary will showcase some of the sport’s top boats vying for million-dollar cash prizes. The Wind Creek Casino & Hotel-Atmore is the 2022 presenting sponsor. “We are celebrating 20 years of the Classic in style,” said Tournament Director Jason Draughn. “I’d like to welcome back all our valued contestants and Wind Creek, our presenting sponsor. I’d also like to welcome our two new tournament partners, MarineMax/Grady-White and Pelagic, Jack Daniels and SeaKeeper as new sponsors and Krueger, Fosdyck & Associates/Merrill Lynch once again, along with our fantastic line-up of other sponsors and supporters. We couldn’t have had this much fun for 20 years without every one of them!” Participants will be competing for awards and more than two million dollars in cash with blue marlin the top prize. Eligible fish must be at least 110 inches long to qualify. That minimum is measured from the tip of the fish’s lower jaw to the fork of the tail. Qualifiers typically average 500 pounds or heavier. In addition to the blue marlin weight category, smaller blues, white marlin, sailfish and spearfish that are successfully released earn points in the competitive release division. Releases are verified by video footage. Yellowfin and bigeye tuna, wahoo and dolphin are scored one point per pound. The ECBC attracts multi-million dollar sport-fishing yachts from across the Gulf of Mexico as well as the southeastern United States. Fishing begins after Thursday’s noon start from the Destin Pass and concludes Saturday afternoon. Eligible fish are weighed Friday and Saturday evenings at the Baytowne Marina. Viewing is free and open to the public. Hancock Whitney Bank is sponsoring the ECBC Golf Scramble, which is open to participants and sponsors. Final details are in the works. This year, entries made at the kick-off on June 22 will be charged a late fee, so early registration is recommended.

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everal regulations changes for black crappie fishing in Florida are moving ahead after gaining approval at the May meeting of the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC). The commission unanimously approved proposed regulations changes to size and/or bag limits for black crappie on specific Florida waterbodies. A final hearing will be held at a future meeting after collection of public input. Here are the proposed changes: • Remove the 12” minimum length limit on Lake Jackson (Osceola County). • Remove specific size and bag limits on the following Fish Management Areas (they will return to statewide regulations of 25 fish daily bag limit and no minimum size limit): • Montgomery Lake • Watertown Lake • Suwannee Lake • Hardee County Park • Bobby Hicks Park Pond • Gadsden Park Pond • Manatee Lake •Largo Central Park Nature Preserve

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“Anglers fish for specks (black crappie) when they want to have a fish fry,” said FWC Commissioner Gary Lester. “Black crappie remains a popular target for anglers, and we commend staff ’s dedication to ensuring crappie fisheries thrive in Florida.” Staff completed a Black Crappie Management Plan in 2019 that called for a comprehensive review of black crappie regulations. Staff reviewed the biological aspects of regulations and gathered stakeholder input. While many anglers asked for a statewide minimum length limit, biological data indicated such a regulation would not improve most fisheries across the state and would unnecessarily restrict angler harvest opportunities. Therefore, no statewide length limit was proposed.

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ong considered the granddaddy of all kingfish tournaments, the 42nd year of the Greater Jacksonville Kingfish Tournament (GJKT) is slated for July 22-23 out of Jacksonville, Fla.’s Jim King Park at the confluence of Sisters Creek and the St. Johns River. Started by local businessmen in 1980, the GJKT has spawned the interest of generations of anglers, and the inaugural event was held in July of 1981. Out of its success, Jacksonville Marine Charities was born and serves as the operating arm of the GJKT. Proceeds from the event will support marine science research, preservation and education. To date, well over $400,000 have supported these ventures. Traditionally the tournament draws thousands of spectators, who enjoy the daily events and the parade of boats arriving to weigh their catch. This is as close to stadium spectating as it gets, because boats of all sizes and almost every make will make their way to weigh in. It’s great to root for the underdogs in the small boats. There will also be good food and plenty of drinks in the Liar’s Tent as well as entertainment. And don’t forget the Boatique, where you can purchase some very nice tournament shirts. Since it’s inception, the GJKT has been a multi-day event, but with the

uncertainty of fuel prices, as well as a sputtering economy, the board of directors of the GJKT has adopted a format change. This year we have moved the tournament fishing days to Friday and Saturday. Friday will be the General Tournament Day. That’s right, it is a one-day general tournament day. Anglers may weigh in two of their biggest fish and the Ladies can weigh a Lady Angler fish. The Largest Kingfish and Largest Aggregate places, as well as Largest Ladies will all come from that one day of fishing. Saturday is dedicated to the Kids Jr. Angler Tournament, and fishing will end at 2 p.m. on Saturday. All awards will be Saturday evening. These changes will save you the whole second day of expenses that normally come with tournament week, such as lodging, fuel, bait, etc., as well as saving you from using up vacation days from work. The tournament payout will still be the same! Anglers still fish for the best prize in the game, a 25-foot Contender with twin Yamaha 150s, rigged out and valued at over $160,000. Also new this year, the tournament will pay down to 20 places in Big Fish and 20 places in Aggregate as well as 10 places for Ladies! The rewards are bigger than ever, and you’ll save the added expense and wear and tear of that second day. So do your homework and be ready for game day! The GJKT looks forward to having a great event. For more information, please visit kingfishtournament.com

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If you read my column last month, I introduced the topic of true long-distance lures. This month, I’m going to present the elements of a lure that allow it to be cast a long way. I hope this helps you select lures that achieve excellent distance and action. Shape: A lure that’s built for distance is elongated so that the widest diameter or width is no more than a quarter of the lure length. Width adds air resistance, which results in lost momentum and poorer performance. On the other hand, counter to what some may think, very slim lures are also not the best. Unless most of the weight is at the very end of the tail, a super slim lure will These see-through pencil lures illustrate tumble with air resistance weight placement for an optimized on a cast, which has balance of casting distance and fishing a negative effect on action. They also demonstrate proper distance. ratios between length and width. The longest distance lures have their widest diameter at a fifth and a third of the length of the lure, from the tail. Buoyancy: There is no doubt that sinking lures cast farther than floating lures with a similar shape. Within reason, the more dense a lure is, the farther it will fly. Depending on the brand, these can be called “Super Long Distance,” “Bullet” or “Rocket” type lures. Unless you specifically want a topwater presentation, you want a lure that sinks at rest if you’re after distance. Weight Position: To impart the most momentum to a lure in the casting movement, the majority of weight should be located between the tail and a third of the length from the tail. Total Weight: This one depends on angler preference as well as the rod being used. There are situations when light tackle is called for. However, for pure distance, regardless of a lure’s dimensions, there’s a weight range between 1.5 and 4 ounces for most anglers and most rods to deliver the most efficient casts. That can be narrowed down to a sweet spot of 2.5 to 3 ounces in most cases. Only trial and error will dial in what works best for you and your needs. Appendages: The denser the lure, the better it is for the distance. The catch is, high density may impact swimming action. The best lures offer the best of both worlds. Appendages such as side wings provide lift in the water when a lure is retrieved, which provides action without sacrificing casting distance. Next month, we’ll speak about types of long distance lures. Legendary angler Patrick Sebile is a world record holder and an award-winning designer of innovative lures and fishing gear. Check out his creations at abandofanglers.com.

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