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Beach Bits • Volume 4 • Issue 12 • December 2016

Featured Restaurant 5 Pier & Shore Fishing Forecast 12 Kids Korner 20 Alabama Seafood Recipes 27


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December 2016 Volume 4 • Issue 12

Contents 1 5 12 20 25 27 29

Cover Art By Mike Thomas Featured Restaurant David Thornton’s Fishing Forecast Kid’s Korner King Crossword Alabama Seafood Recipes Coupons

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Tis the season for great coastal fishing as the winter chill descends on the northern Gulf Coast and water temperatures fall through the 60s even before the winter solstice officially begins the winter season on Dec. 21. Good water movement is evident all month, even near the neap tide periods around Dec. 7 and Dec. 20. In addition, ‘winter tides’ will prevail through December with most days seeing lowest water levels during the mid-morning timeframe. This often leans toward a good early morning bite near openings in the beach sandbars and an evening bite on sandy points as the water level grudgingly rises nearer to nightfall. The pelagic species ( jacks and mackerel) are usually long gone by now and mostly those remaining are species in the drum family (red and black drum, gulf, northern and southern kingfish plus the

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spotted and sand seatrout) with the notable addition of sheepshead, bluefish and occasionally flounder and pompano. All these species make up the bulk of winter fishing opportunities along the Alabama Gulf Coast and are great sport on light to medium tackle in addition to most being great tablefare. Of course, for every trend, there are exceptions and during the mild winters recently experienced some of the fall fishing opportunities extended well into December. Numerous Spanish mackerel were caught from the Gulf State Park Pier in December 2014 and more than a few king mackerel were landed there in December 2015 when water temperatures in the middle 70s prevailed most of the month. The onset of cold air is a bit different every year. These fish have evolved to the variation of conditions and anglers must adapt as well to remain successful. Layered clothing becomes essential gear along with a hat, sunglasses and sunscreen as blustery north winds and cloudy skies may hold air temperatures into the low 40s most of the day while clear skies may allow the temperature to dip below freezing at night. It’s so much more comfortable to have it and take it Gulf Coast LLC • gulfcoastllc1@gmail.com • 251-458-7135

off than need it and not have it. Bait Not, Want Not Proper bait as well becomes more critical with cooling water temperatures when the cold-blooded fish slow their metabolism and often get more picky in their dietary selections and spooky from increased predation from migratory loons. If you use shrimp, try to obtain the freshest possible (even if you have to kill it yourself ). Avoid frozen and prepackaged shrimp as these are much less appetizing to the fish and do not stay on a hook as well. Of course, finding live or fresh dead shrimp may be a challenge in itself as supplies dwindle during cold or inclement weather and bait shops close for the season or reduce their operating hours around the holidays. One alternative is to learn to gather your own bait, like hermit crabs and beach ghost shrimp. Although labor intensive, ‘slurping’ a few dozen ghost shrimp can bring dividends to properly outfitted anglers by garnering bites from fish three to 10 times what fresh or frozen shrimp may offer. About two to four inches long, beach ghost shrimp look sort of like ‘saltwater crawfish.’ They bury themselves in the sand of the surf zone below normal Beach Bits • December 2016 • 13


water level. At low tide, their pencil-width burrows and inch-high mounds are more exposed indicating where to excavate for them. To gather ghost shrimp, place a ‘ghost shrimp pump’ over the hole. Stick the tube a foot or so into the sand and draw the handle upward. Then, remove the tube from the sand, spew the contents off to the side and look for shrimp. Continue ‘slurping’ until exhausting an area. Normally, two to three dozen ghost shrimp can be gathered in an hour and are sufficient to keep an angler or two fishing with enough bait for the rest of the day. Smaller shrimp are impaled tail first onto a Number 6 kahle hook. For larger shrimp, break them into equal halves. As well, fresh penaeid shrimp should have the ‘helmet’ and tail removed to better mimic a beach ghost shrimp. In either case, the bait doesn’t need to be any larger than a 50-cent piece or it is too large for a whiting or pompano to inhale in one bite. Usually the strike comes as a rapid series of light taps, soon followed by a rod-bowing run as the fish grabs its morsel and feels the sting of the hook as it quickly swims away from the pressure. This bodes well for the use of light or even ultralight spinning tackle in the 6- to 8-pound class not only to better feel the bite, but get more enjoyment from the fish that do bite. A 7- to 9-foot fast-action medium power rod is good for this. Use a 3000- to 4000-sized spinning reel that holds more than 200 yards of line in case a larger redfish or black drum takes the bait. Since there are no obstructions on the beach for the fish to break the line it is just a matter of patience to wear that fish down for a catch, photo and release. Pier Preferences The Gulf State Park Pier still offers a nice variety of nearshore fishing options with abundant sheepshead, occasional bull redfish runs and whiting fishing nearer to the beach. Live shrimp is the bait of choice when available for many species, but live croakers or pinfish are preferred for bull reds. Fresh cut mullet or croaker is often used when live bait is not available. Larger spinning or conventional tackle is usually employed to target redfish in excess of 30 inches long and often weighing 20 to 30 pounds. Those 7- to 9-foot rods are ideal 14 • Beach Bits • December 2016

length for pier use and reels capable of holding 250 to 300 yards of 20-pound line are standard. The terminal tackle is usually a Carolina or “fish finder” rig with a 1- to 6-ounce egg sinker or pyramid sinker to hold it in place, depending on wind and wave conditions. A 2- to 3-foot length of 30- to 50-pound-test monofilament or fluorocarbon leader is all that is needed as the drum have no teeth to cut the line. A 5/0 ‘J’ hook or equivalent sized circle hook for the bait is more than sufficient to catch these large fish, which are netted and hauled up to the deck. Though considered a prize catch, large redfish and drum are not particularly notable tablefare yet they are tough fighters. These fish are great candidates for catch, photo and release especially in cooler water. That way, no matter what species you pursue in December, rest assured there will always be some here in the future for us to enjoy during our great days outdoors!

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7. MOVIES: What was the name of the character played by Marilyn Monroe in "Some Like it Hot"? 8. LITERATURE: What famous ghost story was penned by Henry James? 9. TRANSPORTATION: What is the world's oldest airline still operating under its original name? 10. LEGAL: Witnesses who would prefer not to incriminate themselves might refuse to answer by citing which amendment to the U.S. Constitution? Answers 1. Margaret Thatcher 2. Denver 3. Pain 4. Methuselah 5. Subway 6. Jazz 7. Sugar Kane Kowalczyk 8. "The Turn of the Screw" 9. KLM 10. The Fifth

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Dance inspired Releve has a perfectly positioned leather pad that provides superior traction for turns and stops while cushioning the metatarsal head during lands and releves. See you on the dance floor! Half toe design lets toes touch surface for a more barefoot experience Five toe design allows toes to move and spread naturally Made with organic cotton Jane Inc. is a mother and daughter owned company established in 1992. All products are handmade in the USA of quality, natural ingredients. From Jane’s herb garden in the 1970s to the dried lavender in our Eye Pillows now, there is a consistent line of nurturing and love – or comfort and joy -, which is the company’s motto. • Essential Oil Bath Bomb for xxxx Relief.  Each huge bath cube has been lovingly handcrafted and formulated to heal and delight! 22 • Beach Bits • December 2016

• Muscle Ache Effervescent Pharmacy Soak:  A Soak in the tub becomes a healing treatment with our soothing and moisturizing bath salts with added effervescence. We hand-make these in small batched and add dried herbs and essential oils. (2 Lbs.) With Green Tea & Spirulina. • Orange Blossom Bath: A day at the beach can refresh your spirit but dry your skin. This emollient bath contains organic coconut oil to replenish your skin's natural moisture, aloe to soothe, and honey to heal and prevent wrinkles. HAPPY SPRITZ® is a collection of luxe + modern essential oil products created for both men + women. Happy Spritz combines  the functionality + simplicity behind essential oils with a modern and minimal design aesthetic to appeal to the more progressive green beauty consum

The Happy Spritz Giving Mission Happy Spritz is so passionate about animal welfare, rescue + adoption and as part of our company mission, a portion of all Happy Spritz proceeds goes towards benefiting different animal rescue organizations across Canada + the US. (which makes MOXIE love Happy Spritz even more!) Good Morning Beautiful® is an energizing, uplifting + indulgent  blend of sweet orange, lemon and  other 100% pure essential oils that will keep you feeling rejuvenated + revitalized throughout the day.

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Inspired by a passion for fashion and many trips to the fabric store, teenage entrepreneurs Emily Matson and Julianne Goldmark founded Emi-Jay in 2009, an accessories brand that has emerged as the leader in on-trend hair ties and headbands. Armed with an impeccable sense of style, this fashion-forward design duo shows no signs of slowing down, as they embark into the apparel industry with the introduction of Tee By Emi Jay. 

With their headquarters in Los Angeles, Emily and Julianne run their thriving business alongside their mothers, while being full-time college students. As they balance running a company and classes, Emily and Julianne remain the creative visionaries behind the brand, which continually grows and sets the latest trends of functional and fashionable hair accessories.  Emi Jay continues to be the leading hair accessories brand. And with a commitment to providing premium accessories, all Emi Jay hair ties are handmade in the U.S.A.  Since the brand's inception in 2009, philanthropy has been at the

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core of Emi Jay. Each year, Emi Jay donates 20% of all company profits to charity. In early 2014, Emi Jay committed to a 5-year partnership with the renowned Children's Hospital Los Angeles. CHLA is committed to creating hope and building healthier futures for the patients and families in their care. Emi Jay gives back to the community by donating 20% of their profits to charity.  Our Birthday Cake 5-Pack hair ties are handmade from a soft and stretchy material that provides a comfortable, all day hold. They are a simple styling solution to any ensemble! 100% hair tie; resist the urge to eat.

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Our Gulf Coast community is inspiration for the MOXIE signature scent. Paddywax Happy 8 Oz. Sea Salt & Surf Candle Fun patterns, brilliant color and mood-lifting fragrances make our Sea Salt Surf Glass Candle a happy gift. Each Happy comes with a delightful quote sure to elicit a smile. Give a little Happy!

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Created without harsh ingredients that can be overly drying to skin, these little ‘lumps’ of coal are pretty much the best gift you can give your skin this season. Charcoal absorbs impurities and purifies congestion without drying out skin. Use these staples as part of your beauty routine for smoother, brighter, younger-looking skin in less than 15 minutes. This giftable duo comes in special holiday sizing and is packaged inside a limited edition red box.

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So in honor of our newly recognized State Crustacean, grillers everywhere, fire up that grill! In a small bowl, mix together the garlic powder, paprika, black pepper, and cayenne pepper. Place the shrimp in a large bowl and season with 3/4 of the spice mixture, tossing to evenly coat the shrimp.

Bacon-Wrapped, Jalapeño & Cheese Stuffed Shrimp INGREDIENTS 2 lbs large Brown Shrimp, peeled and deveined 2 tsp garlic powder 2 tsp paprika 2 tsp black pepper, freshly ground 1/2 tsp cayenne pepper 2 oz Monterey Jack Cheese, cut into thin strips 3 jalapeño peppers, halved, seeded, and cut into thin slices 1 lb back strips, halved 1/4 cup butter, melted 1 lime, quartered (for garnish) Plenty of skewers Slicing, stuffing, and wrapping the shrimp can be a little time-consuming, but the end result is well worth the effort!

Working with one shrimp at a time, make a slit about 3/4 inch long at the base of the shrimp and place one jalapeño slice and one cheese slice in the slit, then wrap the shrimp with half a slice of bacon. Thread the shrimp onto skewers and season lightly with remaining spice mixture, then brush the shrimp lightly with melted butter. Place the shrimp on a clean and oiled grilling grate and grill over high heat until the bacon crisps and the shrimp just cook through, about 2-3 minutes per side. CREDIT Courtesy of the Organized Seafood Association of Alabama.

They have a crisp, salty bacon coating that holds some heat for the jalapeño—all this in one crustacean. And speaking of crustaceans, did you know the Brown Shrimp is now officially the State Crustacean of Alabama?

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