Gulf Coast Fisherman Magazine Vol 41; No. 4 - FALL 2017 - Page 4

GULF COAST
with Wells Daily Fishing Forecast
Eastern Gulf Flounder Fun by David A . Brown ... 6 Intentionally targeting flounder puts fine filets on the table .
Western Gulf Flounder Run by Danno Wise ........ 7 South Texas is due a record breaking flounder season .
Chasing the Birds by John N . Felsher ........................... 10 Want more trout action ? Just follow the birds .
It ’ s Topwater Time by Nate Skinner .............................. 12 Fall is here and time to get noisy with surface floaters .
Harold Wells

GULF COAST

FISHERMAN

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GARY RALSTON Publisher / Editor
DEPARTMENT EDITORS David Ayers Jeff Herman • John Hook Patrick Lemire • Jim Martin Colby Sorrells
CONTRIBUTING EDITORS David A . Brown John N . Felsher Capt . Nate Skinner Vernon Summerlin
Capt . Mike Thompson Capt . Danno Wise
Production / Design Janna Ralston
Advertising Jennifer Schulte jennifer @ gulffishing . com advertising @ gulffishing . com GCF Advertising P . O . Box 8 , Port Lavaca , Texas 77979 Phone / Fax : ( 361 ) 552-8864
Administration Gary Ralston • Editor Janna Ralston • Production / Design Jennifer Schulte • Advertising Staff • Circulation
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Vol . 41 No . 4

with Wells Daily Fishing Forecast

FEATURES

CONTENTS

CTOBER - NOVEMBER - D O CTOBER - NOVEMBER - DECEMBER
WELLS DAILY FISHING FORECAST
2017

Eastern Gulf Flounder Fun by David A . Brown ... 6 Intentionally targeting flounder puts fine filets on the table .

Western Gulf Flounder Run by Danno Wise ........ 7 South Texas is due a record breaking flounder season .

Chasing the Birds by John N . Felsher ........................... 10 Want more trout action ? Just follow the birds .

It ’ s Topwater Time by Nate Skinner .............................. 12 Fall is here and time to get noisy with surface floaters .

DEPARTMENT HIGHLIGHTS
Tackle Time - That Little Edge ....................................... 8 Rod & Reelin ’ - The Bent on Treble .............................. 9 Gulf Coast Closeup - Louisiana ’ s Northshore ........... 11 The Bay Naturalist - Fish Cleaning Science ............. 28 Equipment Notebook - Bilge Pump Notes ............... 29 Paddling Out - Going Deep ......................................... 31 The Bait Hook - Fishing Friends Forever .................... 34 DEPARTMENTS
Editor ' s Notes ................................................................................................ 5 Tackle Time ..................................... Colby Sorrells ................................... 8 Rod & Reelin ’ .................................. Patrick Lemire ................................... 9 Gulf Coast Closeup ......................... Vernon Summerlin .......................... 11 The Bay Naturalist .......................... John Hook ....................................... 28 Equipment Notebook ...................... David Ayers .................................... 29 Product Review ................................ Staff ................................................. 30 Paddling Out .................................... Jeff Herman ..................................... 31 The Bait Hook .................................. Jim Martin ....................................... 34
Astronomical Data ........................................................................................ 2 Introduction to Fishing Forecast ............................................................... 13 West Gulf Daily Forecast ........................................................................... 15 North Gulf Daily Forecast ......................................................................... 19 Florida Gulf Daily Forecast ....................................................................... 23 Advance Plannng Calendars ...................................................................... 26 Offshore Fishing Forecast .......................................................................... 27
Cover : Capt . Bobby Abruscato shows off a speckled trout caught while chasing the birds near Bayou LaBatre , AL . Photo by John N . Felsher
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