First choice: Panama Second choice: Costa Rica In Panama, blue marlin are plentiful enough to share the spotlight with blacks this time of year.
First choice: Australia Second choice: Panama It’s peak time for granders in northeast Australia, as huge blacks forage along the Great Barrier Reef, between Cairns and Lizard Island, a stretch that has produced over 800 marlin exceeding 1,000 pounds.
First choice: North Carolina Second choice: Virginia With rising water temps, many sails migrating up the U.S. Eastern Seaboard push north to Virginia, but the largest concentrations remain off North Carolina’s Outer Banks.
First choice: North Carolina Second choice: Bermuda Fishing for striped torpedoes heats up in Tar Heel State waters this month.
Fast-trolling Iland lures rigged with ballyhoo at staggered depths along the offshore canyons and around various humps off the Outer Banks pays dividends.
First choice: Massachusetts Second choice: Prince Edward Island The fleets out of Gloucester and Rockport, Massachusetts, continue to find action at Georges and Stellwagen banks, Jeffreys Ledge and Cape Cod Bay.
Some are increasing their catches using kites instead of balloon rigs.
First choice: Florida Second choice: Belize Snook season opens September 1 in Florida, and plenty of them gather in passes and inlets on both coasts.
First choice: Louisiana Second choice: North Carolina It’s transition time for reds in Louisiana, and large, mature specimens gather in schools and start to move from the marshes and inside bays toward the Gulf.
First choice: Florida Second choice: New York Calm seas in South Florida this time of year are ideal for drifting rigged baits and strobes or Cyalume sticks.
The Best Thin-Pounded Venison Steaks.
By pounding venison very thin, then searing it quickly on a hot grill, Paschina serves up meat that’s butter-tender with a subtle edge of char and with flavors heightened by a bath in garlic-and-rosemary-specked olive oil.
venison hindquarter roast 1¼ cups olive oil, divided 2 Tbsp.
of the rosemary, the ginger, the balsamic vinegar, and the molasses.
Add the green onions, tomato slices, and radicchio to the mixture, using your hands to gently coat.
Let the vegetables marinate for at least an hour at room temperature.
Arrange the vegetables on the grill, cut sides down.
Grill the tomatoes for about 3 minutes per side, until blistered and a little charred.
As they’re done, transfer the vegetables to a platter and dash with salt and pepper.
Add to the platter with the vegetables and serve.
I love spark rods.
These durable, yet affordable spark throwers will work in any temperature extreme, and even work after being wet.
And while a butane lighter may work best in most situations (since an open flame ignites a wider range of tinder than sparks alone), a “Ferro rod” makes a great piece of backup gear.
This alloy produces hot sparks in excess of 3,000F when it’s scraped against a rough surface or sharp edge.
This paint will need to be scraped off before the sparks start to fly.
Most often, the pressure you’d apply to scrape off sparks will also scrape off the paint and expose the ferrocerium.
Scrape Hard I often advise my students to scrape the rod “like you’re trying to break it!” Dainty scraping won’t remove enough material from the rod or provide enough friction to ignite the scrapings.
Scrape it like you mean it!
Pick The Right Fuel Spark rods don’t light everything on fire.
Move the Rod, Not the Scraper I often see beginners throwing more tinder around than sparks.
This year we returned to Rosen Shingle Creek for this fantastic kickoff event.
Florida Sportsman’s Bass & Birdies Classic donates all proceeds to Keep America Fishing.
Industry leaders have sponsored Bass & Birdies for multiple years.
Each team had an angler of their choice to fish at each of 4 different holes designated for fishing.
This year there were better bass caught than before.
Second Longest Drive was won by professional angler Chris Lane.
Largest bass of the day belonged to Chris Lane who caught a 6-pound bass that measured 22 inches on the last fishing hole.
He still managed to land the fish and then proceeded to golf two more holes to end the day.
These are our winners of the 2017 Florida Sportsman Bass & Birdies Classic.
We had pleasure golfing and fishing with each industry professional that came out to the event.