The last shoot for the 2014 Florida Sportsman Calendar has been completed. Now it is time to sort through all the photos. The editors will be picking the ones they would like to have in the Calendar.
The calendar will be available in a couple months and I will post it here for you guys to check out.
Meanwhile here are some of the fun behind the scened images from the last couple shoots.
We’ve been having some fun with it all. Everyone on Facebook and Instagram was enjoying the douchey quotes I was posting.
“What are you crying about now? It’s not “THAT” heavy!”
“Please Please.. the shoot is over! Go home now. Do not make me call security!”
This entire week will be dedicated to getting images to complete the 2014 Florida Sportsman Calendar.
I have been averaging 4-5 hours of sleep between the shoot, preparing for it and getting other things in my life still functioning.
The weather has been great this week so the photos has been coming out awesome so far.
Here are some candid shots of the shoot. I can not post the actual fish images as they will appear in the Calendar in a couple months.
As a side not, Every time I post a photo I get comments like “you live the life..Sam Root!”. I decided to have a little fun with it.
I’ve been updating my Instagram and FB with over the top images with very douchey quotes.. and people seem to love it.
Here are a couple of them, enjoy.
“If I have to tell you ONE more time!!!”
“Another grueling day .. on the water… damn the coffee was cold!”
“Excuse me!! I’m busy… damn models.. ZERO manners..”
Just returned from our annual spring trip to the keys. As usual, we spent hours in the shallow water trying to convince tarpon to eat our flies. I’ve got an elevated respect for guys like Honson and Collin and the Florida guides and recreational anglers who are feeding these fish on a regular basis…this is not an easy game. We endured countless rejected shots from ocean swimmers, but it is worth the price of admission to watch them stream by the boat in clear water. Not to mention, I feel like we are learning a little more about these awesome fish with every failed attempt…which is really what it is all about. Fortunately, there’s always a tarpon around willing to eat an artificial lure or a live mullet at a bridge…allowing us visitors a chance to put some fish in the air before they make it up to the Carolinas. Looking forward to next time.
Weekend Round up, Tarpon from the boat, Tarpon from the Kayak, More Florida Sportsman Calendar Shoot.
After a day much needed rest and catching up on sleep the last two day was a a continuation of hectics scheduling.
Saturday I was up at 3am to make the drive down to Boca Grande. I was hired to shoot some action team photos for Team Reactor Watch. I was suppose to be there by 6am so I had to be driving by 4am.
The bite in the pass wasn’t great and the fish they hooked was eventually lost to shark. Sad but this time of year the big sharks in Boca are ravenous.
By noon I was back at the ramp as I had to be home to get cleaned up rest and off to another gig. This next gig was for a fellow fisherman Thomas Cope. He wanted to me to take reception event photos in Ozona Florida another 3 hours away in the “opposite direction” of Boca. After food and rest I was there by 6pm.
By 10am I was driving home and needed to be asleep. The next morning is another 3am wake up call. I had to load they Kayak and gear which took extra time. This trip was to fish for Tarpon in Kayak. The drive took me 1:30 minutes we were launching as the sun was coming up.
Though the conditions were slick calm, there were not much fish to be seen. Actually we saw nothing until almost 10am. The appeared but were not eating anything we had. The threadfins were thick and we even had crabs. They wanted nothing to do with it. We were done by 1pm… hungry and thirsty.
by 2pm on the drive back I was almost falling asleep on the wheel…it’s starting to catch up to me. As I type this, the alarm is set to 4am.. I have to get to sleep soon so I can get more than 4 hours of sleep tonight!
ps. More Florida Sportsman Calendar Shoot photos coming up soon. (you are welcome)
As you know I have been running the G.Loomis owner’s tournament series. There has been three of them so that has kept me pretty busy every weekend.
But what you don’t know (some might have guess) that I”m also shooting the 2014 Florida Sportsman Calendar. Normally this isn’t an issue. However what is an issue is the time frame. The shoot is due next week so I have been burning the candles getting all this to fit.
True to the Saltyshores style, I do not shoot fish that has been in the cooler. This makes it tough but having freshly caught fish equals much better quality images.
The coordination of time, people, fish, locations, weather has not been the easiest to deal with. We are getting it down however and it is looking very promising.
Hustling and hustling to get these things done has been the agenda the last two weeks. This allows for little time to do reviews, videos or even fish myself.
But not to neglect you guys any longer here are some images from the shoots.
I promise though, this will be the best Florida Sportsman Calendar ever
May 11th 2013
30 Anglers checked into the Laishley Boat ramp in Punta Gorda, Florida at 6am. The picked up their id chip and were off to fish about 6:45 am.
The all artificial lure event targeted species for the photo release event was snook, redfish and trout. The teams are allow to use their top fish of each species.
At 3:30 pm they came back for the official weigh in at the
The weigh in location was sponsored by Hopkins Carter Marine and tackle supply.
First place finish:
Goes to team Snatch Master with a record setting 88″ Slam. (28″ redfish, 26″ trout, 34″ snook)
2nd Place team was won by team James Cawley (25″ redfish, 20″ trout, 32.5″ snook)
3rd Place team was team Tampa 3 (28.5 redfish, 26″ trout, 20.5″ snook)
Raffles were given out for G.Loomis Schwag after the weigh in.
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Wild Spinner dolphins on the way back home from fishing with Capt. Wes Bedell down in Naples, Fl.
This was shot on the set of Saltwater Experience TV show. The clip is of Tom Rowland and Rich Tudor fly fishing for Tarpon right in from of Hawk’s Cay resort.
This was shot on the Kodak Play sport camera from the camera boat.