AUGUST- SEPTEMBER 2013 • ISSUE 6
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In This Issue It’s raining pigskins in SoFlo! In this, our sixth issue we bring you the
Pat, from Delray Beach recently defended his title for the second
latest and greatest from the Miami Dolphins, Miami Hurricanes, Florida
time. We also caught up with Jupiter based band Boxelder, a band
Atlantic Owls, and Florida International Golden Panthers. For many
that South Florida music fans have been missing for nearly 10 years.
of us, it’s the best time of year as we anticipate the start of football
Catch their exclusive reunion concert at Summer Jam on August 31
season. For each team we will give you our take on the upcoming
at Meyer Amphitheatre in West Palm Beach. Finally, 3 lovely Miami
season, highlight key impact players and newcomers, discuss key
Dolphin Cheerleaders grace our centerfold with a photo shoot from
matchups and let you know how to get your tickets.
the Dominican Republic.
Also, we all know how important the perfect tailgating experience is
All this, plus a fishing update from the legendary Tom Greene, a
on game day. So, our tailgating experts have scoured the globe to
feature on artist Marty Calabrese along with some sensational
bring you the best tailgating gear and gadgets. From gas powered
photographs, and all the content you enjoy from South Florida’s
blenders to full blown portable ovens, you will find all the gear you’ll
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need to impress your friends and make new ones. And, we also included some of our favorite tailgate recipes. Prepare to party!
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08 | Current Events
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10 | Shark Whisperer
Sara Brenes fights to raise the importance of sharks in our ecosystem
11 | Broward Sea Legs
Helping the handicapped and elderly get back in the ocean
13 | The Atlantic Current 2013 Pigskin Preview
Football season is here and we’re bringing you our take on the upcoming season for the Dolphins, Hurricanes, Owls, and Golden Panthers
14 | Miami Dolphins
An improved “D” and Ryan Tannehill leading the offense has our Dolphins in the playoff picture
20 | University of Miami Hurricanes
An explosive offense puts the ‘Canes in the middle of the ACC championship race
24 | FAU Owls
2nd year Head Coach Carl Pelini continues to build the Owls
28 | FIU Golden Panthers
New Head Coach and a new attitude in Miami
32 | Centerfold
Miami Dolphin cheerleaders Lily, Natalie, and Lauren grace our centerfold feature
37 | Tailgate Gear Guide
Be a hero on the tailgating scene with some sweet gear
45 | Pat Curran
Bellator Featherweight Champ from Delray Beach makes his mark on a national stage
48 | Boxelder
They’re back and we can’t wait to see them at Summer Jam 2013!
52 | Local Artist Marty Calabrese
Marty’s artwork is spectacular and you’ll swear you’re looking at photographs
54 | Hurricane Season Preview with
WPTV Weatherman gives us the scoop on hurricane season
59 | Tom Greene Fishing Report
Tom gives his take on SoFlo fishing for August and September
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current events August 9 / The Resolvers @ Funky Biscuit 9 / Johnny Sketch and the Dirty Notes @ Bamboo Room 10 / Summer Bash at Sandbar, Delray Beach, brought to you by The Atlantic Current Magazine and sponsored by Delivery Dudes, 2-6pm. D.J., Bacardi Girls, and more summer fun 10 / Mark Gerretson Memorial Fishing Tournament. Proceeds benefit Delray Beach charities. Call Jen Bruce for info, 561-251-1945 10 / Josh Rowand The Pitbull of the Blues and Joel DaSilva and the Midnight Howl @ Bamboo Room 13 / Riverside Market Beer Academy Educational Event @ Riverside Market Café, Ft. Lauderdale 16 / Tim Reynolds @ Bamboo Room 16 / Jay Z and Justin Timberlake @ Sun Life Stadium 16 / Back To School Jam @ Pompey Park ; hosted by 505 Teen Club and brought to you by City of Delray Beach 17 / Tim Reynolds @ Bamboo Room 17 / Family Fun Day @ Pompey Park —brought to you by City of Delray Beach 17 / The Merry Franksters—The Ultimate Frank Zappa Tribute @ Funky Biscuit 17 / The Killers @ American Airlines Arena 17 / Art of Beer Making in Ireland—Pub Crawl and Beer Tour @ FIU Biscayne Bay Campus 17 / Bushwood @ Funky Buddha Lounge
23 / Crossroads-Definitive Tribute to the career of Eric Clapton @ Bamboo Room 23-24 / Marc Anthony @ American Airlines Arena 23-25 / Crush Games III Presented by Nutriforce Sports @ BB&T Center 24 / Bucs vs. Dolphins NFL Preseason @ Sun Life Stadium 24 / The Michael Allman Band @ Funky Biscuit 24 / Respectable Street 26th Anniversary Party @ Respectable Street 24 / Reggae RamJam @ The Box, WPB 29 / Saints vs. Dolphins NFL Preseason @ Sun Life Stadium 29 / 6th Annual FAU Fall Bonfire @ FAU (Boca Campus) 30 / FAU vs. Miami Hurricanes @ Sun Life Stadium—season opener for both teams 30 / Bruno Mars and Fitz and the Tantrums @ American Airlines Arena 31 / Key West Brewfest 31 / Summer Jam Day 1 @ Waterfront Meyer Amphitheatre in WPB, Exclusive Reunion of Boxelder 31 / Blake Shelton @ Cruzan
September 1 / Summer Jam Day 2 @ Waterfront Meyer Amphitheatre in WPB 6 / FIU vs. UCF @ FIU Stadium—Home Opener 7 / Jason Aldean and Thomas Rhett @ Cruzan 8 / John Mayer and Phillip Phillips @ Cruzan 10 / Pepper @ Revolution Live 12 / Steeley Dan @ Mizner Amphitheatre 13 / Ana Popovic @ Funky Biscuit 13 / Brass Knuckles @ Revolution Live 14 / FIU vs. Bethune-Cookman @ FIU Stadium 14 / Maroon 5 and Kelly Clarkson @ Cruzan 18 / FUN. With Tegan and Sara @ Mizner Amphitheatre
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20-22 / South Florida Fall Boat Show and the 3rd Annual Florida Nautical Flea Market and Seafood Festival, South Florida Fairgrounds Expo Center, WPB 21 / FAU vs. Middle Tennessee State—Home Opener 21 / Sunrise Craft Beer Festival in Fort Pierce 22 / Dolphins vs. Falcons @ Sun Life Stadium—Home Opener 26-28 / Capt. Ed Dwyers Billfish Classic, Port Canaveral (othersidefishing.com) 29 / Uproot Hootenanny @ JB’s On The Beach 31 / Sunrise Craft Beer Fest—Fort Pierce
Shark Whisperer by Cash W. Lambert
Sara Brenes was only 15 years old when she decided to make an impact in her community. After watching Rob Stewart’s ‘Sharkwater’, a powerful documentary that debunked the myth of sharks being nothing but bloodthirsty creatures, Sara was floored. She had no idea that the animal was constantly being killed in large numbers for a myriad of reasons, ranging from pure fear to shark finning, where a shark’s top fin is sliced off for a soup-like Asian delicacy, leaving the shark to slowly drown. The young gal then spoke with her parents, and decided to create a non-profit organization to create advocacy for shark preservation, calling the project the Shark Whisperer. Here are a few of the facts that Sara wants the people of South Florida to realize. National Geographic reported that an estimated 100 million sharks are killed per year, from a statistical report compiled by researchers at Dalhousie University in Canada. And in contrast, the publication reported that only 12 humans were killed from shark attacks worldwide in 2011. Sharks, nor any other species, can survive for generations with such a high mortality rate. And through this study, it appears their days are numbered. Of course there has been a dramatic rise in shark attacks on humans in the 21st century and without a full proof reason. Some believe that rouge fishing boats continue to illegally harvest more and more fish, which
depletes the shark’s menu. And as the animal grows desperate, it comes closer and closer to shore looking for food. Those who argue the idea believe that shark attacks are a gnarly consequence of human actions. Others point to mere confusion on the shark’s part, causing accidental bites. But, scientists still continue to search for answers. Sara, now 17, believes in educating as many people as possible about the true nature of sharks. Which, she hopes, can lead to less shark kills. Through Shark Whisperers, she implemented a shark week program for local schools, and leads stand up paddelboard tours over shark nurseries near Deerfield Beach and also in the Florida Keys. The Loggerhead Marine Life Center, located in Juno Beach, even presented Sara with a Blue Ambassador of the Year award, because of her local contributions towards Marine conservation. The organization offers anyone or disadvantaged youth and individuals with disabilities the opportunity to come face to face safely with sharks, in a boat or in a clear shark cage that floats on the water’s surface. Man has always feared what it can’t control. But with a bit of education thanks to Sara and her organization, man can learn to control his fears – and preserve a healthier environment for the ones that come after him.
Broward Sea Legs by Cash W. Lambert
Pompano beach lifeguard Eric Hoyos based his life around South Florida beaches swimming, surfing, everything. But it was that passion that nearly killed him.
Dave and his wife Terri saw the wheelchair in use in Sarasota on a video, and after wiping away tears, they both agreed that Florida needed them. They created the non-profit and raised enough finances in 7 months to donate two chairs to Deerfield and two to Pompano Beach. And Eric was one of the first to use them.
In 2006, Eric dove headfirst into a shallow sandbar, instantly becoming a quadriplegic. In a matter of seconds, he was confined to a wheelchair and confined to land.
“It was such a great moment to see those guys bonding again in the water,” Terri said. For the Rittenhouse’s and the news crews watching, it was touching and therapeutic, watching a man who felt his passion that had eluded him for so many years. The two good friends were finally in the water again, and it was an absolutely life-changing moment.
Mike Brown (above), who now works as captain with the Deerfield Beach Ocean Rescue, was a good friend and stayed with Eric throughout the process of recovering and re - learning to perform daily tasks. And when Brown heard that the wheelchair could be wheeled into water and would float safely, he knew that Eric had to try it out.
For someone to use the chair, he or she must simply contact the city and reserve a day. Broward Sea Legs hopes to raise enough funds to give every beach – not just South Florida – a chair, and create therapeutic memories for anyone who wants to get in the water.
“Florida has very wide beaches, and if you’re handicapped or older, just imagine trying to get across the sand and to the water,” said Dave Rittenhouse, whose non-profit organization Broward Sea Legs led the initiative to purchasing the chairs.
When asked how it must feel to be in the water for the first time in years as a handicapped or elderly person, Dave paused and said, “What did you think about the very first time you brought your children into the ocean and saw that joy on their face? That’s the only way I can possibly think to describe it.”
Will this be the year the Dolphins make the playoffs? We say yes. With the addition of offensive standouts Mike Wallace and Dustin Keller and the anticipated emergence of Lamar Miller at RB, second year QB Ryan Tannehill now has the talent around him to make the offense purr. We expect Cameron Wake to have another strong year (15 sacks in 2012) and lead the pass rush, and Dannell Ellerbe to lead an improved, and much faster linebacking group. All in all, the Dolphins have solid personnel and the team has made some moves with a strong draft and free agent signings to snap a 4 season losing streak. A key to the season is how well the team gels under 2nd year Head Coach Joe Philbin. Tannehill has the makeup to lead the offense, and someone will step up to lead the “D”. At the end of the day it will come down to how quickly Tannehill continues his progression and how a revamped offense at the skill postions can improve on their 2012 scoring production.
For those fans who want to tailgate but don’t want to do the work, the Dolphins offer the Kickoff Tailgate featuring Bru’s Room. This all-you-can-eat pre-game tailgate party is the best way to kick off the game day experience. The buffet includes burgers, hot dogs, chips, cookies and Bru’s Room’s famous wings and ribs. Fans will enjoy DJ music and catch the other NFL games on the TV’s in a weatherprotected area. The Kickoff Tailgate cost $40 per person ($35 for Season Ticket Members). For more information, visit Dolphins.com, click on Tickets and then on Additional Experiences or simply call 1-888-FINS-TIX.
September 22 Home opener vs. Atlanta. Always nice to win the home opener, but Atlanta has won the last 2 regular season matchups. October 31 Thursday night game vs. Cincinnati. Dolphins hold the series advantage at 14-6. November 11 Monday Night Football at Tampa Bay---in state rivalry game on Monday night----nothing more needs to be said. Both teams should be in the playoff hunt in November, so this is a key game for both teams. December 15 Home vs. the Patriots. The Dolphins have dominated this series which began back in 1967. Sixteen prime time matchups have been played (15 in Miami) and our Dolphins have won 9 of those on Monday Night Football.
The easiest way to get Dolphins season tickets is to visit Dolphins.com. Fans will find the Ticket Center on the home page (below the navigation bar) or can call 1-888-FINS-TIX. Season tickets start at just $34 per seat, per game and come with exclusive benefits offering fans savings, special access and experiences. Additional information can be found at www.Dolphins.com/tickets
With 16 starts in his first year, Tannehill became the first Dolphins rookie to start every game. In 2013, the former first round draft pick set Dolphinsâ€™ rookie single-season passing records with 484 attempts, 282 completions and 3,294 passing yards. As a High School Sophomore he played 10 games as Defensive Back and also punted, launching an 84 yarder his Senior year.
At Texas A&M he primarily played receiver in 2008 and 2009 and had 844 receiving yards his redshirt Freshman year. In his Senior season, he emerged as the starting quarterback at A&M. Ryan was the first QB the Dolphins selected in the first round since they drafted Dan Marino in 1983. He was the 8th overall pick and the third QB picked behind Adam Luck and Robert Griffin III.
Hartline led the Dolphins in receptions and in reception yardage in 2012 with 74 catches for 1,083 yards. His receiving and reception yardage totals both represented single-season career highs. The five-year veteran from Ohio State set a single-game team record with 253 receiving yards at Arizona on September 30, 2012.
Brian started out as a QB in High School and shifted to WR his sophomore year. He left Ohio State after his Junior year to enter the NFL Draft. After the 2012 season with the Dolphins he signed a new 5 year deal. His brother is Mike Hartline, who played Quarterback for the Colts and Patriots.
One of the top young safeties in the NFL, Jones has started 30 games over his first three seasons in the league. The University of Georgia product has notched 4.0 sacks, 170 tackles and six interceptions and is a key player on the defense. He was chosen in the 5th round of the 2010 Draft, and led the team in INT’s in 2012.
The five-year veteran has emerged as one of the top pass rushers in the NFL since joining in 2009. Wake has played in 62 games, with 47 starts and has notched 43.0 career sacks. A two time Pro Bowler, Wake is seventh on the team’s All-time career sack list. He attended Penn State and was signed by the New York Giants as an undrafted free agent in 2005. Cameron played in the Canadian Football League for 2 years earning the league’s Outstanding Defensive Player both years. In 2012 he signed a 4 year contract extension with the Dolphins.
Ellerbe joins the Dolphins with Super Bowl experience, starting at linebacker last season for the World Champion Baltimore Ravens. The linebacker ranked second on the team last year in tackles and has played in 46 career games after signing with Baltimore as a rookie free agent in 2009 out of the University of Georgia. Dannell intercepted Tom Brady in the 2013 AFC Championship Game and helped get the Steelers into Super Bowl XLVII, where they beat the San Francisco 49â€™ers.
Looking to regain his form after an Achilles injury, Grimes is a former Pro Bowler who has played in 59 games, with 43 career starts. He has notched 13 interceptions in his career with 56 passes defended. Brent attended Shoppensburg University (Pennsylvania) and joined the Atlanta Falcons in 2006 as an undrafted free agent. He played in NFL Europe before signing with Atlanta. After playing primarily as a special teams player in 2007 and 2008, he had a big 2009 season and in 2010 had 87 tackles and 5 INTâ€™s, earning a trip to the Pro Bowl. He dealt with injuries in 2011 and 2012 but is looking to make a big splash in the defensive backfield in 2013.
A long-term Dolphins nemesis, Keller joined the Dolphins this offseason. The former New York Jets tight end has caught 241 passes for 2,876 yards and 17 touchdowns in his career. As a High School Senior in Indiana he also played basketball and ran track. Dustin attended Purdue University, and in his Freshman year switched from Wide Receiver to Tight End. He was drafted by the Jets in Round 1 in 2008. He led the Jets in receptions in 2010 and 2011, and was limited by injuries in 2012.
Widely considered the top prize in this yearâ€™s free agent class, Wallace is one of the big play threats in the NFL. The fifth-year veteran from Ole Miss has 235 receptions for 4,042 yards and 32 touchdowns in his career. He was drafted by Pittsburg in Round 3 of the 2009 draft and was the 11th receiver drafted. In 2010 he had 1257 receiving yards and led the NFL with seven 100+ yard receiving games. In Super Bowl XLV Mike had 9 catches and a touchdown. One of the fastest players in the NFL.
2013 is a big year for the â€˜Canes and for 3rd year head Coach Al Golden, and they should contend for the ACC championship. For this to happen, the offense, led by explosive Senior Quarterback Stephen Morris will need to build on their 2012 production, and another year of experience and the return of 6 of the top 8 receivers will ensure there will be plenty of points on the board. Last season, the defense was another story. The lack of a pass rush, QB sacks (113th in the nation) and consistent play overall impacted the won-loss record. Newcomers Artie Burns, Deon Bush, Tracy Howard, and Alex Figueroa will push for playing time.
Starting all 12 games in 2012 with a 58% completion rate and the 5th most passing yards in UM history. Given the number of outstanding QBâ€™s coming out of UM, this says something. Threw for Miami and ACC record 566 yards and 5 TDâ€™s vs. N.C. State in 2012. Voted Offensive MVP last year.
The #1 RB recruit (Rivals.com) showed why in 2012 with the greatest freshman season in UM history with just under 1000 rushing yards as well as setting a season record for kickoff return yardage. Led Miami Norland High School to the Class 5A State Championship.
A porous defense in 2012 needs better production from everyone and Denzel is expected to be a leader on D. Played at Coral Gables High School.
Started all 12 games in 2012 and has added some weight. Pass rush expected to show big improvement; quick off the ball with a continuous motor. Played at Alonso High School.
Newcomer of the Year in 2012 and 2nd Team Freshman All-American by College Football News. Rivals 4-Star recruit and #5 safety prospect coming out of high school (Columbus).
5-Star Rivals recruit, played in all 12 games last year. Tracy played High School ball at Miramar High School.
Dallas saw action in all 12 games on special teams in 2012. 4-Star recruit by ESPN. Played on both sides of the ball for South Fort Myers High School and holds school record with 23 INTâ€™s.
First Team all Metro by The Washington Post. As a High School Senior, Alex has 107 tackles, 74 solo. From Stafford, VA.
Owls everywhere are anxiously awaiting the 2013 campaign. Second year coach Carl Pelini is building a new culture with a focus on leadership and character players from winning programs. This is a process but we expect to see a much improved team vs. 2012. The offense will be more comfortable in year 2 running the spread. Defense must stop the run better than last year. Tough away schedule early in the year will be a challenge but this team can double their wins from last year.
August 30 @ Miami Hurricanes: We will learn a lot about our 2013 Owls in this in-state opener for both teams. We expect a large contingent of Owl fans to be at the game (check our website for tailgating info). Few are giving FAU a chance in this one, but then again no one thought the FGCU basketball team could beat Georgetown in the NCAA basketball tournament. A win for FAU would be a game changer for the University. September 5 @East Carolina: First conference game with ECU favored by many to win the conference September 21: Middle Tennessee State (HOME OPENER): FAU stadium will be rockinâ€™ as the Owls have only one home game in their first six. November 29 FIU: In state conference rival and a key game because of that. If either team is in the hunt for the conference title this game is HUGE!
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Will start at WR, and was 2nd leading receiver in ’12 with 48 catches. Saw action in every game in 2012 and had multiple catches in all but 2 games. Daniel hails from Detroit, MI.
Earned Student Athlete of the Year for 2012 and led receiving corps with 5 TD’s last year. Played High School ball at North Miami Senior High
Biggest hitter on “D” will start at cornerback, and one of the fastest players on the team. Played High School ball at Miami Killian.
Offensive Player of the Year, another big year needed from The Duke. Had 5 receptions vs. University of Georgia last year, and in the last game of the year vs. FIU had 6 catches. Just a Junior, already closing in on FAU’s top 10 receiver list. Played High School ball at Dillard, in Fort Lauderdale.
Jaquez led his conference (before transferring) with 285 passing yards per game. As a Freshman he earned honorable mention All American at East Mississippi CC. In his final game at EMCC he totaled 557 yards on offense----this dude can light it up. From Starksville, MS.
1st Team All-American at Dean College before transferring. First team All American at both the WR and Return positions. Lucky is from Manassas, VA.
Quick DE who can pressure the QB, will see action in ’13. Named a Top 100 athlete in Houston and was a 2 sport athlete, football and soccer. From Sugarland, TX and was born in London, England.
Melvin earned First Team All American and All Conference honors both years at Pearl River CC before sitting out in 2012. He earned All County and All State honors his Senior year in High School. From Fort Myers.
Take a first year Head Coach, add 3 returning starters on O and 4 on D, have 30 seniors depart, install a new offense, add water and stir. What do you get? A year to start anew, create a new culture, and build a contending team. 2012 was not a good one for the Golden Panthers and this yearâ€™s imminent improvement may not show up in the Won-Loss column. However, you can bet Ron Turner, who brings a boatload of college head coaching and NFL assistant coaching experience (as an offensive coordinator and QB coach) with him, to start the turnaround process at FIU. Heâ€™s an excellent recruiter who will get his share of in state talent.
September 7- UCF: Home opener with in-state rival October 5-@ Southern Miss, 1st conference game and start of an 8 straight game conference stretch October 12-UAB: Homecoming and Conference game home opener November 2-ECU: The contender to win the conference visits SoFlo November 29-@FAU: Huge rivalry game and could have significant meaning if either team is in the conference race.
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Named to Athlon Sports 2013 Pre-season All Conference USA 2nd team, team defensive leader with 18 career starts. Played High School ball at Salmen High School, in Slidell, Florida
Named by Lindy’s and Phil Steele’s 2013 Preseason All Conference USA 2nd team. School record holder with 10 career quarterback hurries. Played High School Ball at Tampa Bay Tech.
One of only 4 players in FBS to be named to both College Football Performance Awards National Punt and Kickoff returner watch lists. A threat every time he touches the ball. Played High School ball at Miami Killian.
Enters second season as starting quarterback. Must have a big year for the team to have an improved record vs. 2012. Thirteen TD’s and only 2 INT’s in 2012. Played at Fletcher High School in Jacksonville.
Palm Beach Post’s #28 recruit in 2011 appeared in five games in 2012. Some rate Patrick at the best recruit in the 2012 class. Played at Treasure Coast H.S. in Port St. Lucie.
Transfer from LSU in 2012 but sat out due to transfer rules. Returned kicks during spring practice and lined up with 2nd team offense. Played High School ball at Miami Christopher Columbus.
Lily, Natalie and Lauren On Location in Samana, Dominican Republic for the Official 2014 Swimsuit Calendar Shoot
Where are you from and where do you live now? I am from Miami, FL and currently reside here as well.
Where are you from and where do you live now? I am from Little Rock, AR and I currently live in Miami, FL
What college are you attending/ graduate from and major? I hope to transfer by next fall to FIU or FSU to major in Business.
What college are you attending/ graduate from and major? I am a graduate of Ball State University with a BA in Educational Psychology and a minor in Dance.
What are your favorite hobbies? In my free time I enjoy looking up new baking recipes on Pinterest, as well as doing water sports such as jet skiing or even swimming.
What are your favorite hobbies? I love running, playing with my boxer Kadence, traveling and dancing, of course.
What are your career plans? My career plans are to either manage my family business or own my own clothing store. What is your favorite Dolphin community service project? My favorite Dolphins community service project is the Thanksgiving shopping spree at Publix where underprivileged children are paired with Miami Dolphins players and cheerleaders and given a gift certificate to shop for groceries. How do you stay in shape? Besides practice 3 nights a week for 4 hours each night, I like to run, and eat right. Favorite spot to hang? I really enjoy hanging out at the beach. It is so relaxing, especially after a long week. What I’d be doing on Sundays if I wasn’t cheerleading? I would be at home with my family by the pool or having a BBQ What is your ideal first date? Having Dinner, then maybe meeting up with some friends later on so it makes everyone more comfortable. Favorite vacation destination? I’d have to say LA. I love the whole Hollywood, celebrity atmosphere and there is so much history there! Best part about being a Dolphins cheerleader? Game Day hands down. There’s nothing better than cheering on your home team, plus we’ve got the best seats in the house!
What are your career plans? I would like to be a pediatric traveling nurse What is your favorite Dolphin community service project? I have had the honor and privilege to travel and entertain our US military stationed abroad with the Miami Dolphins. It is an incredible experience to see them in their jobs protecting our freedom and be able to bring the NFL (a US comfort) to them while they are away from family and friends. How do you stay in shape? I try to work out outside of practice and eat healthier meals What I’d be doing on Sundays if I wasn’t cheerleading? I would probably be laying on the beach with friends What is your ideal first date? Going on a food tour, then walking on the beach after Favorite vacation destination? Greece Best part about being a Dolphins cheerleader? Being a part of an amazing organization and also performing in front of 70,000 dolphins fans!
Lauren Where are you from and where do you live now? I grew up in Austin, Texas. After making the Miami Dolphins Cheerleaders team, I packed up and moved to Plantation, Florida. What college are you attending/ graduate from and major? I recently graduated from Nova Southeastern University with a B.S. in Exercise and Sport Science. What are your favorite hobbies? Since moving to Florida, my new favorite hobby is going to the beach. I also have an English Bulldog named Honey Bun, and I love taking her to the dog park. What are your career plans? I plan on attending graduate school to become a physical therapist. What is your favorite Dolphin community service project? I love anytime we get the opportunity to work with kids in the community. One of my favorite events is the Kids and Fins Publix Shopping Spree. Underprivileged children are paired with Miami Dolphins players and cheerleaders and given a gift certificate to shop for groceries for Thanksgiving. The kids are so much fun to be around and it’s a reminder for us all that Thanksgiving is about being grateful. How do you stay in shape? The cheerleaders practice several hours a week as a team. All of the dancing that we do to prepare for game day helps to keep us in great shape. Also, I enjoy running and participating in races in my free time. What I’d be doing on Sundays if I wasn’t cheerleading? I would be watching the game in the stands! What is your ideal first date? I think a first date should be something comfortable. A casual dinner somewhere quiet enough to talk and get to know the person you are with. Best part about being a Dolphins cheerleader? It’s hard to choose just one thing! I get to do what I love (dance and perform), with my teammates (some of my very best friends), on the most exciting stage I could imagine (the sidelines in front of thousands of Miami Dolphins fans)! It’s an unforgettable feeling!
Tailgating has become an art form, and the crew at The Atlantic Current wants to bring you the coolest gadgets to make your tailgate session the best ever!
This gas powered bad boy will pulverize anything up to and including small boulders. Whip up your favorite frozen tailgate party concoction in mere seconds. Impress the passersby as you serve up frozen margs, pina colodas, whatever. Itâ€™s so hot in SoFlo, anything frozen will be a hit! tailgatorzone.com
Ok, so this may be a bit over the top, but with this cool piece of gear all you need is a little propane and you are baking in the parking lot---casseroles, meats, hot dips---how cool is that? Two burners on top and an oven big enough to hold a 9X13 pan. A 1-pound bottle of propane gets the oven to 400 degrees. (Hint: This oven would be great to have during a hurricane when the power goes out!) campchef.com
Bigger is not always better, but in this case, bigger IS better! Bear Pong brings the fun of beer pong and corn hole minus the bulky table and corn hole sets. Bring the best game to the tailgate with this innovative and convenient setup. Itâ€™s also a great addition to a day at the beach! bearpong.com
An awesome, powerful, portable grill that is both compact and rugged. Powered by a disposable LP cylinder. Large cooking surface and because it’s infrared, no flairups. This means no burnt food when you’re not paying attention, very important for a tailgate. charbroil.com
Who forgot the friggin’ batteries? With this solar powered ditty you can blast out your fave tunes before the game. Connects to any Bluetooth device or just plug into the USB port. It also has 8 speaker drivers! When the sun goes down the lithium battery goes for another 8 hours. etonsoulra.com
We’ve all played beer pong against people who can’t seem to hit a cup. When this happens, our team’s beer gets warm quick in the Florida heat. Not anymore! N-Ice Rack keeps your cups in place and beers cold! n-icerack.com
Photo: Leon Legot
For this recipe we brought in booze expert Chris James to concoct a drink that embraced the colors of our Miami Dolphins. This tropical beverage is great for South Florida. A perfect balance of rum and fruit juices makes it easy to drink, while still packing a punch. The Fins of Fury will bite, so be sure to pace yourself. For game day, we suggest premaking a large batch in a clean dispensing cooler. 1 oz light rum 1oz dark rum Â˝ oz 151 Equal parts orange juice and pineapple juice Splash of sour mix Splash of grenadine Lightly shake or stir Top off with a blue caracau floater
“Here are a few creations from our team of grub experts at The Atlantic Current. These recipes take a little prepping, but are sure to take your tailgating experience to the next level. Enjoy!”
Marinate mahi mahi fillets for 10-15 minutes. Marinade: Combine 3 Tbls Tequila (save the rest for shots) with 3 tsp cumin, 2 tsp minced garlic, juice of 1 lime, salt and fresh pepper. Grill on medium heat until just done, do not overcook Salsa—one mango, 1 avocado, 1 shallot, 1 jalapeno, all chopped, add 2 Tbls fresh lime juice and 2 Tbls of chopped fresh mint; salt and pepper to taste, mix together. Make 2 hours ahead. Place mahi and salsa on small buns, enjoy, and don’t forget the tequila shot.
Get a pork shoulder, about ½ lb per person depending on how many mouths to feed, generously sprinkle your favorite dry rub over the meat and wrap tightly in saran wrap and refrigerate overnight. The next morning unwrap from saran and double wrap in heavy tin foil, let sit at room temp for about an hour to get rid of some of the chill, then bake in 225 degree oven or with indirect heat on grill for 6 hours (or more). Take out and let rest for 20 minutes, then pull apart with forks. Re-heat at the game if you cook it at home. Serve on buns with slaw. (to make slaw, get a bag of chopped cabbage, add 2 Tbls vegetable oil, 2 Tbls vinegar (any kind), 1 Tbls of white sugar, salt and black pepper to taste. Mix well ---better made the day before to let the flavors blend)
About ½ pound of ground beef or sirloin per person; place chunk of blue cheese into center of patty and grill until desired doneness, serve with Owl Sauce. To make Owl sauce mix 3 cups tomato ketchup, 1 cup BBQ sauce, ½ small onion chopped, 2 cloves garlic chopped, 1 tsp hot sauce. Heat on stove until flavors blend.
1 pound Jimmy Dean sausage, hot or mild 2 packages Philadelphia cream cheese, softened at room temp 1 small can Rotelle tomatoes (hot, med, or mild) Cook sausage until done, drain most, but not all of the drippings. Add into pan the 2 packs of cream cheese and the Rotelle tomatoes and combine until the cream cheese is melted and everything is mixed. Spoon into casserole dish and bake at 350 degrees until bubbly. Cover with tin foil and take to the game, reheat on grill if you want. Serve with wheat thins or nacho chips.
Bellator Featherweight Champion Age: 25 Height: 5’9” Weight: 145 lbs Record: 19-4
Born and raised amongst the beach lifestyles of South Florida, Pat Curran has become one of the top mixed martial artists in the world. A high school wrestling standout, who later started training Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, Pat quickly learned the importance of the many facets of mixed martial arts. As Curran developed his game, he discovered his knockout power and crushing submissions. Always looking for the finish, Curran has nineteen professional wins, with over half of those coming by TKO/KO or submission. Pat really got the attention of MMA fans after his highlight real knockout of former champ Joe Warren. Pat has now won six fights in a row, and looks ahead to more of the world’s best at 145lbs. This fighter now resides in Illinois training with Team Curran. Coming off of his second title defense with Bellator, we got the chance to rap with Pat about his past, present, and future.
How did you first get started in MMA? When I was 17 I went to my cousin Jeff’s wedding in Illinois and he introduced the sport to me by showing me a few of his own mma fights. I stayed for the summer and did a little bit of training and fell in love with it.
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What would you say are the sport’s biggest misconceptions? People don’t understand that this is a real job and requires a lot of time and training to be successful. What other hobbies did you enjoy while growing up in South Florida? I loved to surf, skimboard, fish, and quad. Where are your favorite places to go when you come back in town? To the beach and visit family and friends in the Palm Beach area. What has been the highlight of your career thus far? Receiving the Bellator championship belt . If you weren’t a pro fighter, what do you think you would be doing? Before moving to Chicago I was in school to be a firefighter paramedic, so I assume I would still be in that field. What does your daily workout routine consist of? It varies every day, but my main focuses are jiu-jitsu, wrestling, boxing, kick boxing and training with a speed agility/strength and conditioning coach on top of all that. Do you plan on finishing your career with Bellator, or do you see yourself testing your skills elsewhere? I’m living life one day at a time. It’s hard to predict my future, but I’m happy where I’m at right now.
Photos: Kristopher Miller
What was going through your head when you landed the knee that led to the KO of former champ Joe Warren? I was in the zone and all I could think about was to finish him. What do you like the most about fighting for Bellator? The tournament format because fighters get to choose their own destiny. What is your go-to submission? If I see an opening I’ll take anything but I’m a big fan of the Peruvian necktie. What do you believe caused both you and your cousin to become professional fighters? We are both very motivated and driven people and just want to be the best at whatever we do. Now that you are the Bellator World Champion, what’s next on the bucket list? Opening my own gym and keep defending my title. If you could fight anyone from any organization, who would it be? Jose Aldo. What is the most valuable lesson you’ve learned as a pro fighter? With hard work and dedication you can achieve anything. What is your take on the increasing popularity of MMA in South Florida, and why did you choose to move your camp elsewhere? It’s great for the sport and I moved to Chicago to become a professional athlete and never had a training camp elsewhere. Who would you like to thank for helping you get to this point? Both of my parents for dealing with my career choice, my cousin Jeff for getting me started in this sport and coaching me, boxing coach Doug Mango, coach Brett Brendel, Dave Davis, all my training partners and teammates, my girlfriend for putting up with me and my career choice and my buddy Jamie for hooking this interview up.
Bryce Rutkowski: Vocals/Percussion Eli McDonald: Guitar Matt Cahur: Guitar Pat Boggs: Drums/Percussion Jay Foster: Bass This Jupiter born band made their name up and down the east coast during the late 90’s and early 2000’s. As Boxelder grew, so did its members. This personal growth, along with day to day life caused the band to go their separate ways. To this day they claim that they never broke up. Their songs were the soundtrack for many of us in our day to day South Florida lives. When Patrick from Music Jam Productions mentioned an interview with the band, we were immediately interested. On the way to interview the boys, I thought to myself “Damn I hope these guys are still good, it has been over nine years” and “I hope these guys are as cool as I imagined growing up.” Both thoughts were erased as soon as I met the band and heard them perform. These guys were all super mellow and as cool as I’d hoped. Musically, they definitely still have it. When asked about the time between then and now, the band claimed that not only do they still have it, but they’re even better than before. We couldn’t be more stoked that Boxelder is getting back together for not just a show, but to headline the first day of Summer Jam on August 31st at Meyer Amphitheatre.
What does “Boxelder” mean to you guys? Matt: It’s actually a Florida maple tree, which lends itself to the first album (Seed). Bryce: I just remember the concept of a tree and our friendship being the seed. The philosophy of a tree and the roots coming from the right place – growing towards the light branching out in different directions becoming something bigger. In short, why did the band split up and where did you guys spend your time since? Bryce: In general, without getting too specific, life was pulling us in different directions. We had been living in each other’s space for over a decade. I just think a breath of change seemed really fresh to everyone. Also we were growing up. When we started the band, we were young hooligans. Really it was time for family. Almost all of us have kids, except for Jay, who is a kid (laughs). Jay: We never really broke up, we just took a break. How long have you guys been planning on getting back together? Eli: I don’t think it was really a plan to get back together. The opportunity came along to where now is right and we got everyone together. Patrick (Music Jam Productions) brought us a good venue to play at and take care of us to where we could actually do it right. Bryce: We went back and forth a couple times. Finally everything synced up. Patrick (MJP): Bryce Allen was going to do a solo gig, and I thought to myself “Let me reach out to Bryce one more time.” Then it all fell together – after two years. What will you remember most about your first go around as a band? Eli: For me it was the level of success we had being a local roots band – doing everything pretty much on our own. Jay: The first east coast tour was really big. Bryce: The Surf Energy Tour was great because we could reach our target market, pick up sponsors along the way, we got ESPN X-Games out of that, and we were put in surf movies. That really helped us grow.
How has music in South Florida changed since you guys were on the scene? Jay: I just think the way it’s promoted. Back then we would go play acoustic on the radio. Now everyone’s promoting online. Bryce: The game has definitely changed. Now there’s like a hundred reggae bands. Not that we’re a reggae band, but nobody else was really doing that style of music around here. I’m not trying to claim anything, but back then there were a few playing reggae esque music, and now there are so many. Patrick (MJP): You guys were pioneers for South Florida in that department. How similar or different will the music sound after all these years? Jay: I think it’s going to sound better because we’re all so excited to play. Bryce: In my head I feel way better about playing now. Jay: When we went over some songs last night they were all really tight and sounded better than I thought it would. Bryce: I think everyone’s more mature now in the band and it’s a different time in life. What are your favorite songs to perform live? Matt: I like Love Is How because it’s such a connection with the crowd. Pat: I’m gonna go with Drone, just because. Jay: Teach The World is definitely another one, but the one I like playing for myself – Instead. It’s a bass oriented song so it’s always fun for me whether the crowd is there or not. Eli: I was going to say Instead too. Not just for the music but mostly the lyrics. Pat: Yeah, Bryce has an uncanny ability to write lyrics that seem like they’re about you. Bryce: My favorite song is the song that brings the connection and Love Is How is an example of that. When people sing back to me, that’s when I know I did my job. Did you guys ever have any preshow rituals? Jay: We used to do car bombs (laughs). Matt: Two beers and a shot. Group discussion of several more rituals What are some of the bands inspirations? Bryce: Musically it’s all over the board. Really, life was my biggest influence. If you read the lyrics back, you’ll know exactly what I was going through. When this band first started I was a wreck. The band was therapy for me – a way to get it out. What was your best memory as a band? Pat: Melbourne with the Marley’s. Matt: I really enjoyed Tree Studios. Pat: Yeah I liked it so much I moved to Atlanta. Bryce: When I think about all these different things, it’s hard to weigh out what was cooler – because it was all cool. The highest thing that keeps me
coming back is the ability to connect with people. That connection is like a drug for me. I love the healing power of music, and I really think we were able to do that. Jay: People always say to me that it’s just as much of a family reunion as it is a show. Bryce: The reunion is going to be successful and there’s a big stir about it because it is so much bigger than the music. It’s not about any one song – it’s about people and what they were going through. We were the soundtrack for fifteen years of peoples’ lives. We have this cult following – and it’s more than just fans. Where did you guys tour in your prime? Matt: Our biggest markets were South Florida, Orlando, Tallahassee, Gainesville, Cocoa Beach, Jacksonville, Charleston, Savannah, and New York towards the end. Pat: If there’s a bar with a bunch of surfers, we tend to do pretty well there. Plans for the furute? Pat: Let’s see a 401k, some good investments (laughs) Bryce: We start here you know? And right now Summer Jam is it. Matt: Bryce is getting ready to release some solo tracks too. Bryce: Yeah I have some solo stuff, but I have to say it’s great to be back with the crew. Now is a good place. Pat: I still don’t have a pool or Ferrari, so… Matt: We may release something. Bryce: Maybe we’ll record some stuff we haven’t recorded yet. Jay: There’s a lot of songs out there that nobody’s ever heard before so it would be really cool to record some of those. Favorite local spot to play? Swamp Grass (group) What is the best way for fans to support Boxelder? Pat: Tell a friend. Jay: Don’t tell a friend, bring a friend! All: Come to Summer Jam on August 31st. Messages for the fans? Matt: The fact that everybody still thinks about the band – thanks to the fans for that. Pat: I was floored that we got to a thousand facebook likes so quick when we just started our page. Not in a “Look at us we have fans” way but in a way that this means something to people and that we could actually do this and play a big show. I mean to put things in perspective, we used to lick stamps and send people a list of where we were playing at the next couple months. So to fire up something on the web and have over a thousand fans in a week was great.
Marty Calabrese by Cash W. Lambert
Marty Calabrese’s oil paintings
from an early age, but he never took the medium seriously.
are a two-way ticket to an
For decades, he was inebriated in consistent traveling and
aquatic utopia. Gazing at his
surfing. Every place he visited, from Indonesia to Nicaragua,
‘Kirra’s Caverns’ canvas (bottom
continually blew him away. Waves that were only seen on ads
right), you suddenly feel yourself
in surf shops were now in front of his eyes. He consistently
underwater, holding your breath.
photographed the locations, but soon realized that pictures
You look down at your feet
didn’t do the locations justice. He then decided to re-create
through the crystal clear water
his photographs into canvases splashed with more color.
and feel the sand brush your toes. Suddenly, a cylinder of
Armed with the skill set and the inventory to do so, his mindset
energy quickly fires above your head. Silently, the cylinder
changed, because art was now business. The seed that his
slowly unravels in front of you, a perfect barreling wave, and
parents planted in him blossomed.
you can see the beach through the nature-induced cavern – but only for a moment. You come up for air and you’re back
And once a skill blossoms, it requires constant work and
where you started – gazing at the painting. Your two-way ticket
refinement, along with incredible patience in order to keep
progressing - all qualities which Calabrese has recognized and embraced. Mainly working from replicating a photo, Calabrese
And ‘Kirra’s Caverns’ is only one of Calabrese’s works. His
takes at least 3 to 4 days to complete any given canvas. And
portfolio includes peeling right-handers in Australia, wildlife
most importantly, he knows exactly when to stop, believing
and sunset barrels from other locations in Indonesia, and
that adding too much detail can detract from the original
more surf images from Mexico, Nicaragua, Cuba, and his home
purpose. Simple seems right to him, and his customers agree.
state Florida. If the true mark of an artist is his or her ability to transport the Impressively, Calabrese didn’t grow up expecting to be an
viewer into a world full of hues, then Marty Calebrese’s two
artist. His parents had persuaded him to take art classes
way tickets are high on the list for must see exhibitions.
Hurricane Season Preview
Q&A with James Wieland James has been working for WPTV for over six years now. For
You can follow James Wieland on:
many of us, it is great to finally have a weatherman who is
Twitter and Instagram: @SurfnWeatherman
knowledgeable of surfing and surf forecasting. He also does
Facebook: Wavecaster Wieland
an interactive online surf forecasting show on Sunday nights
Surf Blog at WPTV.com/surfing
called The Impact Zone. Recently, we got to chat with James and ask a few questions regarding this year’s hurricane season.
Photo: MJ Strasser
Q: How do you think this hurricane season will compare to last year?
Q: What’s your thoughts on the rest of the season?
A: Last year got an early start, then shut down completely in July, then
A: It’s probably going to be slow through mid August, then start to turn
ramped up during the peak. This year we saw some July action, but
on just on time with climatology. Again 10-12 more storms through
now it seems the tropics are shutting down for the moment, but I
mid-October, with probably 8 or so being wave makers for us. Then
expect it to ramp up again as we head into the “meat and potatoes”
2-3 more before ending the season, making it an above average
of the season. That’s usually mid-August through mid-October.
season. The concern I have is there might be an increased risk for land
During that two month time last year, we saw 11 storms form. I think
falling storms this year. The way things have been setting it up so far,
we will see something like that again, with 10-12 storms forming just
storms have been directed right at us, or along the east coast. The
in that two month time period alone. Last year we weren’t expecting
storms we’ve had thankfully weakened, but had they stayed together
any long track Cape Verde type storms (which we only had one,
it would’ve come awfully close to south Florida, or the Carolinas. I’m
Leslie). This year is a different story. Atmospheric conditions warrant
hoping when the storms don’t fall apart, that this pattern will change
more long track type storms, staying out there for weeks as they
because we could be in for something more than just waves.
march across the Atlantic.
Q: What are some early signs for active hurricane season? A: One is the water temperature anomalies. That just means the departure from normal. If we see warmer than normal water in the tropical Atlantic, that means there’s a lot of fuel out there. And the other is the ENSO state, (whether it’s a el Nino or la Nina). Without getting too complicated, this will tell us if there will be any wind shear in the tropical Atlantic. If there’s an el Nino, that usually promotes strong southwesterly upper level winds coming out of the Pacific, which tear apart storms. And another thing is the multi-decadal strong west African Monsoon, which has enhanced activity, (on average) for the past (almost) 20 years. Research has found that enhanced hurricane activity goes in 20 or so year cycles, and we are in the active cycle right now.
Q: What are the key factors that contribute to major hurricanes? A: Even though we see them a lot, it takes a lot of things to happen just right to produce a major hurricane. Very warm water temps, 8285+ degrees. Low shear (high pressure above the hurricane, venting it like your muffler in a car) and a whole lot of moisture. Even with all that, sometimes it just doesn’t happen. Which is why it is still very challenging to forecast hurricanes. We have gotten a lot better forecasting the tracks, thanks to improved atmospheric sampling, hurricane hunters, satellites, radar and better resolution models, but it seems we still can’t get a grip on the intensity forecasts. Perfect example this year: Dorian’s 5 day forecast was for 70mph winds at one point, and what actually happened was it died.
Q: What are some of the things you look at to see when storms will start up? A: I’ve discovered the MJO(Madden-Julian Oscillation). This is something meteorologists have been studying and found out it’s a good indication of predicting an active tropical patter about a month out. It’s complicated but simply put it is a circulation pattern of enhanced and suppressed thunderstorm activity that moves EASTWARD (yes, opposite the track of most hurricanes) around the globe along the tropics. Of course when we are in the wet phase of the MJO, on average, there should be more storms that form. It takes about 30-45 days (sometimes 60) for this circulation to make it around the globe. The key
Q: Do you have any predictions from a surfer’s standpoint? A: Even though it feels like the summer has been terrible so far, it really hasn’t. We’ve had a number of days in July of rideable surf. Normally we would get one or two days tops in July, so we’ve been pretty lucky. Now with more long track-type storms forecasted over the Atlantic, this would give more swells, and longer lasting swells to the east coast. Unfortunately these type of storms don’t give south Florida waves, (thanks Bahamas) but it puts them within reach with just a couple hour drive north. I do think we will see a couple close calls, similar to Hannah a few years back, Irene in 2011, and Sandy last year (although maybe not as huge). Whenever storms track through the Bahamas, we get epic surf in Palm Beach County. Aside from a storm making a loop between Hatteras and Bermuda, that’s really the only way to get good swell down here in the summer.
is knowing how long it takes, and when the the MJO is in a favorable phase for the Atlantic/Caribbean and Gulf. There are complicated charts and graphs that show this now, all you can find on the internet.
Q: What is the best advice you can give to prepare for hurricane season? A: Have a plan! I know it sounds obvious and easy but it’s not. Know what you’re going to do before the storm comes. Practice putting up shutters, know if you are in an evacuation zone and practice your escape. Only evacuate if you are told. This became an issue when Floyd was forecasted to hit Florida and EVERYONE evacuated. This is very dangerous and can lead to more lives lost, including your own because you were stuck in traffic when the storm hit and should’ve been home boarded up. And don’t depend on anyone to get you through the storm or after the storm. Plan like you are on your own with no help from the government or anyone else and you will be able to get through any storm.
Lobster Season in Palm Beach and Broward Counties is here! August 6th starts the almost 8 month season. Force-E Scuba has you covered with all the gear you’ll need to catch your share. Florida Salt Water Fishing license with a Lobster permit. Dial toll-free, either 888-HUNT-FLORIDA (486-8356) or 888-FISH-FLORIDA (347-4356) from anywhere in the United States or Canada. (A $4.25 + 2.5% surcharge of total sale per person will be added to your purchase.) Get it online at www.MyFWC.com Now you’ll need some tools: Big-Mouth Lobster Bag with Nylon side A Lobster Gauge to measure your catch and stay legal. Gloves to protect your hands. A Lobster Loop (tickle stick). You can catch them by hand but this is so much easier, faster and protects the lobster from injury. Stop by a Force-E Scuba. They have what you need and plenty of free advice. They’ll even tell you where to go to find some bugs. They are located in Pompano, Boca Raton and Riviera Beach. www.Force-E.com
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fishing report By Tom Greene
s we sit here and do the story for this issue of
this time last year I went to Palm Beach inlet with a guide,
The Atlantic Current, August and September
a buddy that charters out of there and we caught 87 snook
are great months for fishing in South Florida.
over 10 pounds in 3 ½ hours. That’s a lot of fish, all catch
The summer months are over, the rain has
and release. But with the changes coming September 1 we
stopped, the wind has calmed down, and now the migration
can now keep them.
of bait fish starts; your mullet, your pilchards, and your sardines will start migrating down the beach from the
The kingfish and wahoo action will start to pick up because
north, from the Carolinas and even farther north than that
the water temperature is cooling down; these fish will be
and as they move south along the beaches they will carry
caught in 90 to 120 feet of water with the wahoo biting
the fish with them. Mid-summertime this year was the
more in the 150-250 foot range. These fish can be caught
worst summertime we’ve had in 30, 40, maybe 50 years for
on live baiting, trolling, strip baits, ballyhoo, and artificials
bait fish. We had no pilchards, no greenies, no goggle eyes,
along our reef. The best bet is using either a wire line or
no cigar minnows, and we had no ballyhoo. This was due to
Kevlar (no stretch, small diameter) or braid line for those
the enormous amount of rain
getting away from the wire
we experienced and dumped
line, using a down-rigger or
into our eco system and
planer system to get the bait
pushed all the bait out, killed a
under the surface. Everyone
lot of it I’m sure. Ballyhoo this
asks me why the wahoo and
year was non-existent in the
kingfish bite below the surface.
wholesale and retail business;
The number one reason is the
couldn’t buy them or sell
way the mouth is constructed,
them. Prices almost doubled
they can’t raise their head out
over the summer. So, what we
of the water to get surface
are looking forward to now
bait without coming out of
is the migration of the mullet
the water; that’s why we
and the migration of the bait
see kingfish skyrocket and
fish. We’ll see an upswing in
Spanish mackerel skyrocket,
the kingfish, the tarpon, snook, jacks, ladyfish, and fish in
and wahoo is the same way. So if the bait is inches, or feet
general. When you do not have bait fish for fish to bite
below the surface, you’ll get more bites from those fish.
on, the fish cannot feed, and they cannot be found. We are
They can only control their body by their tail as long as their
going through a period of time right now when we have a full
head is below the water’s surface and that’s why they eat
moon in August, and we are starting to see a snapper bite, a
better under the surface. Once the bait is up skipping on
few yellowtail, and other fish starting to feed. This will carry
the surface you don’t get as many bites from kingfish and
over for the next few months as the water starts to clear
Spanish mackerel, but you’ll get bites from the dolphins,
up. Being in the tackle business for the past 50 years we’ve
sailfish, that type of fish.
seen a lot of highs and lows, but the low we experienced this past year is, without a doubt, one of the worst I’ve seen
Tom Greene is the owner of Custom Rod and Reels in
in 40 years. We had a fairly decent run of dolphin, but I
Lighthouse Point. Tom has been in business for 50 years.
think we will start to see a lot more now. Years ago we
His best friends are his customers. Call or stop by anytime
thought that dolphin were strictly a summertime fish. The
for the best fishing advice you will find, anywhere. He is the
guys that are sail fishing, which is coming up soon will see
author of “Net Full of Tails” which can be purchased online
a lot of 8-15 pound dolphin this year; we used to never see
or in his shop.
that in the old days. The mullet run brought in the snook and the snook were probably the heaviest in 10 years, the
reason being they had nowhere to go all day and all night
except the ocean, the beaches and the inlets. Snook at the
moment are as thick as they’ve ever been; I mean, one day
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