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Mustad How to: upgrade your lures to 3x strong, no split ring pliers needed just a nail clipper.

Here is a one in a series of How to videos I’m making for Mustad.

Ever loose a nice fish because the stock hook on your lures bend? Mustad makes a 3x strong treble hook that is much stronger than most stock hooks on lures.

I got Adam Walker to show you how to change them out using just nail clipper.



No one likes their stuff being stolen.
But this has happened six times with my images that I post on line.
Recently, a small time boating supply company, used an image of mine.

You would never see Bass Pro or Cabelas do this; they know it would yield lawsuits; both from the Photographer and Model.
After many back and forth e-mails the individual, like the other five companies; did the right thing and took the image down.
I don’t mind people using my images for their personal use i.e.: their FB / Instagram;
and I certainly appreciate the r a r e times I actually see credit given to me below the image.
but when you cross the line and use it for y o u r business, Houston we have a problem.

So, I thought I’d take the time to give you guys a tip :
On most modern digital cameras these days, you can add to the metadata
your name and copyright to the image, helping to indicate it’s yours.
On my Nikon D4s; I went to the wrench symbol and selected copyright.


Rick De Paiva


Mustad How to: Tie a knot using thick leader by Brandon Mullar

Ever been offshore or tarpon fishing and try to tie a knot using a heavy gauge leader?

Here is a method Captain Brandon Mullar use for his Swordfish rig.

In this video he using 200lb leader and this method uses on smaller leaders as well.

Tampa Fishing with Stephen of No Worries Fishing

Capt. Stephen lives literally two blocks from me. We have been trying to get out and fish but it has been tough with our conflicting schedules lately.

Finally we got it lined up this Saturday to go fish for  a couple hours.

This is December 6th so it was suppose to be cold.  Usually this time of year when it is cold the fish head towards the power plant for the warm water out flow. However today it hit 80 degrees.  Not a great set up for power plant fishing be we decided to go anyways to look around.

The short run was quick over slick calm waters. The manatees were everywhere and it was definitely a sight to see. The large jacks were aggressively busting bait near the front as we got there.


After catching a few jacks and unfortunately snagging a few rays we left to go look for snook.


Visiting the canal on the incoming tide paid off with a decent trout and a snook.


Using the trolling motor to work the edges we saw plenty of mullet while up on the tower of the boat. I tell you, this makes me want to get a get tower boat. You can see so much better up there.


We got a nice bottom of the slot snook before calling it a day about noon.

A nice scouting trip but this weather needs to get cold so the fish will get concentrated.


Feeding snook in slow motion



I am sure most of you guys are familiar with Robbies in the Keys where you can hand feed Tarpon.  As you go further north you find more snook and less tarpon.


These snook though not nearly as impressive in size as tarpon and rarely jump out of the water when feeding are still pretty fun to feed.



They often hang around docks where there are lots of bait.  Places where they sell shrimp are the best docks to feed them.  Here s a video clip I shot yesterday of various size snook eating the shrimp we tossed in the water after a day of fishing.


Poling Tampa Bay in the Wingmaster Sandpiper micro skiff with Geoff

I got the Sandpiper 150 back in my possession to get more images so decided to get it out fishing with my neighbor Geoff.  Today,  the winds were 10 to 15 mph but we had plenty of sun so decided to do some sight fishing. This will give me the opportunity  to test the poling and quietness of the skiff as well.


Since Geoff owns  a bayboat,  he did not make it a practice to pole much.  Today it was all up to me to do all the poling.

We brought along a push pole I used in the Hobbie Kayak at only about 14′.  I would rather use something a little longer at 18 or 20′ but we used what we had on had.


We ran the Sandpiper and idle until the motor started to bump bottom which was  about 12″ of water.

I noticed the skiff runs well on plane in about a foot and floats in about 5″ to 6″ of water depending on load.   Like most non tunnel hull boats I did not expect it to run very shallow anyways. It  did float plenty shallow enough however.


As we idle in the light chop hull slap was undeniable.   When Geoff got on the bow and I started to pole however it went silent.

The chine of the boat which was above water when the motor was running but once we fished and poled it noise totally went away.  I had noticed it was very quiet with with the trolling motor before but now it was confirm.


It was stealthy enough that we would be poling in less than 12″ of clear water and would not spook a Tampa bay redfish until we were 10 feet away from one.

Every once in a while if the weight shifted, like when we were fighting a fish and the chine would leave the water I did hear an occasional hull noise.


With the position of the sun I had to pole into the wind 90% of the time and it was still quiet in the slight chop.   With the beam at 52″ it was narrow enough that I could pole with just one hand, tracked very well and turned nicely.

With the motor down while poling turning was impossible.  After I lifted the motor up it turned great and most impressive of all still tracked excellent.

I even put the pole between my legs, poled with one hand and had the spinning rod on the other. This allow me to fish from the poling platform as well.


As you can see the from the photos we caught a few fish. I caught 3 from the poling platform and Geoff caught 5 reds on the bow and one flounder.




Now that I got the poling characteristics down I did some speed test run using the phone’s GPS.  I compared it to the vehicle speedometer and found it to be very accurate.

With the boat loaded and two anglers I was able to get 26.65 mph on the 20 horse.  I will add the screen shot when I write the complete  review of the boat after I get a few more photos.

In the meantime check out the crazy looking gills on this red fish we caught.



Casting to Blasting!

This time of year as the climate changes from its fall pattern to absolutely freezing we tend to encounter high winds, rain and absolutely disgusting weather patterns. During this transition my fishing buddies and I take a break from the rods and reels and pull out the blue steel. While this weather may not be conducive for fishing the flats it makes for excellent duck hunting conditions. The only time of year when you read the weather report and say to yourself “25 mph winds, overcast and a slight drizzle all f*ing day…..PERFECT!”

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In a sense duck hunting to is a lot like fishing. You have to either use a boat or wade, hours of scouting an area or region is necessary to do well and it requires skill with a tool (gun/rod) to hook/kill your intended target.  I lead a flying duck with my shotgun just as I would lead a cruising fish with my fly or lure. A shot too close or too far behind and they immediately change flight patterns, much like a fish would spook in the water when presented with a poor cast. In my opinion the sport of hunting waterfowl is perhaps one of the most thrilling, technical hunting available in the United States.

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The best part about the hunt is of course eating your catch! You wouldn’t believe how many ways there are to cook waterfowl.

Visit Ducks Unlimited  website to check out all the great recipes.

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If you are looking to try your hand at duck hunting remember to grab a hunting license and duck stamp from you local hunting outfitter of online at http://myfwc.com/

Take care, Sawyer

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