This week I had International fishing celeb and friend Patrick Sebile call me up and wanted to do some fishing. He was going to be in town for the day and wanted to fish Tampa Bay for the first time.
Patrick has always been cool with me and it’s always good to fish with a friend. Usually when we are on the same boat before I was the camera person for the day but today I was to be the captain.
We met up at sunrise 7am. Patrick having to drive from Ft. Pieced was there on time like a true fisherman should.
Not too long after we launch were greeted with a “full double rainbow all the way.”
Being that Patrick Sebile founder of of Sebile lure was on my boat I wanted to catch fish with his new lure this year the Flat Belly Walker top water lure. The concept of this lure is the ability to have less effort when walking the dog due to it’s flat surface on the bottom.
The lure walked the dog nicely and have nice rattle to it. And at only $6.99 for a Sebile lure it is priced very nice.
Thought I thought it was a bit big, Patrick stuck with the 115mm stick shad the entire morning. He had plenty of sticks and follows but most of them came off.
My first game fish on the Flat Belly Walker was this beautiful 37″ snook.
This day the bite was consistent but the fish was not aggressive due the slow flowing out going tide we had to fish in.
About lunch time we called it a good day of catching up and of course fishing. I will do my best to try to fish the east coast soon and hopefully catch a little bit of the mullet run before it’s all over.
South Carolina, commonly known to us sportsman as the “lowcountry”; is a part of the world rich in history, good food, great fishing, and that good ole’ southern hospitality of the true south. I had an opportunity to make my first visit to the lowcountry this early Fall. This was a great opportunity to live all the great things I had always read and heard about via old writings, bayside discussions, and social media. I spent a couple days in Beaufort and then in Charleston, taking part in some flood tide and lowtide fishing, cast and blasting, and without a doubt the best southern food this foodie has ever tasted.
The floodtide was a completely new experience itself. I witnessed the giant tides flush into the spartina marsh and fill in the once dry fields of spartina grass teaming with fiddler crabs and snails.
As the water rose, redfish began to snake their way into the grass, subtlety pushing over blades of grass like ninjas, sneaking into clearings and tailing on fiddler crabs.
And as the tide rose up and covered up the tails of redfish, it marked time to stow away the fly rods and replace it with a shotgun in hand. Shooting birds out of a flats skiff was a definite first and definitely won’t be the last. Rather then be stealthy, the name to this game is to make your presence known, flushing marsh hens (clapper rails for those curious about what they actually are) out of the grass, allowing us to take the shot. This is a practice rich in history to itself.
The cast and blast experience in the lowcountry was greatly complimented with some of the most beautiful coastal scenes I had ever witnessed.
Special thanks to my hosts for making my first visit really special:
Capt. Owen Plair (http://www.redfishbeaufort.com/)
Will Abbot (http://www.floodtideco.com/)
Andy and Connie Villacres
Len and Jeannie Villacres
Got an invite to go out and do a little scouting with Capt. Stephen of No Worries Charters this fine Saturday morning. With us was Stephen’s friend Vinny.
The air was brisk. It is indeed starting to feel like fall. As we idle out with saw some finger mullets and chased them around for a bit. After a throw to put a few bait int he live well we moved on to see what we can find.
All I brought with me was my camera, one rod and a couple top waters. It was going to be a short day so bringing lots of gear just was not in the cards.
It didn’t take us long as my first cast was exploded on with a nice jack. The cast over the rock pile paid off. The boys pulled a couple small snooks and lady fish.
We worked the shore line as the tides funnels out. I have to say the top water the lure of choice today. I landed a small snook and lost a nicer one a bit later.
Stephen using the jig got his trout and black drum. Vinny was getting hits but his hooks was defective this day as they kept on coming unbutton.
My prized fish was the this chunky trout that slammed the TA Cross over top water. I had lost a nice snook earlier so I was trying to be very very carely this baby. I loosen the drag as to not tear the hook out. Trout has very soft mouths so a heavy drag is not a good thing.
We ended the day scouting a near by flats for schools of redfish but all we found were large mullet every where. By this time it was about lunch time and we called it a day.
The bite was excellent this morning. If only we had landed a couple of the big snook it would have been over the top. Thanks , Stephen we will get them snook next time!
96 fps slow motion of Vinny tossing the cast net. I then slowed it down more in post using Sony Vegas editing software.
New Tool for filming is the Panasonic GH4 that shoots in 4k video.
This video was shot today using the adapter to use Nikon lens. I used the Nikon 24-70 mm 2.8.
I’m just starting to learn this camera but so far at only $1695.00 it is an excellent video tool.
It has rave reviews with video comparable to cameras costing some times thousands more.
Here is the same footage but rendered in 4k instead of 1080
Fishing the Louisiana Marsh with Captain Greg Moon
My friend Paul Raffety and I just completed two days of fishing with Captain Greg Moon of New Orleans. This adventure-booked almost a year in advance- included some challenging conditions: line storms, thunderstorms, rain, and high dirty water.
Captain Greg led us through those challenges and we emerged with five giant bull reds and a trophy forty-pound gator gar on 10-pound spin and a jig. The trip was wildly successful.
Captain Greg’s phone number is 702-497-1673
His web address is http://www.louisianaflyfishingcharters.com/guides-captains/capt-greg-moon
Here is a tasty photo recap of the experience.
I shot this video of Mark Nichols the founder of the DOA lures.. “unfair advantage” based in Stuart Florida.
DOA makes the famous DOA shrimp, DOA CAL, and current Tarpon killer for me the DOA bait buster.
Shot this yesterday at sunset with my friend Joel Tomlinson at Duck Key Florida. It had been raining all day and finally we had an open window to do a little fishing.
We went 1 for 3 on Baby Tarpon with the fly rod.
We got out for a few hours with a couple of friends down in Boca. We ran Adam’s boat with Capt.Cameron and got on a nice Tarpon bite.
Tested out the Spooltek Lure, 13fishing Concept C low profile reel and the Envy Rod combo.
Here is a quick video clip of one of the double hook up we had.