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.
Shot with night vision mode before the sun comes up down in Boca Grande Florida.
Had the opportunity to ride on a charter today with Capt Robert McCue down in Boca Grande Florida.
If you do not know Boca Grande is consider by many to the Tarpon fishing capital of the world and for good reasons.Every year starting in May, Boca is the main stopping point for migrating giant tarpon. The get in the pass and feed on bait and crabs that is being flushed out by the strong summer tides.
Today was my first trip this year down in Boca Grande and also my first time on Robert’s boat. Robert has been tarpon fishing for over 20 years. He is consider a tarpon expert by man so needless to say, I was pretty confident he knew what he was doing.
Waking up at 3am and meeting at 5am was the only part that kind of, for lack of a better word.. “sucks”. Not this would normally be an issue, but this week, I had a lack of sleep nd was feeling a bit run down.
After picking his client, we got to the spot before the sun even came up and listen for rolling fish. It did not take long and pods of fish started to show up.
The bite was excellent in the morning and slowly tapered off. We were on the fish the entire time, but as you know, when they don’t eat they don’t eat.
The day ended about 11am when the client wanted to end the trip as they are fishing the next day as well. We ended the day with 6 eats, most were in the morning, and landed one.
It was a good trip with lots of fishing being seen and I capture some cool shots. With the low ratio of hooked fish opportunity for jumping shots were minimal however.
The jumping is very substandard but wanted to show them to you guys before I delete them. I will have to return soon to get better shots that is for sure.
Seven hours, seven long drawn out hours it takes for me to make drive from Tampa to Destin. It’s an annual trip I make to chase the cobia migration. I’ve been doing it ever since I moved away over 20 years ago. When I was much younger I was obsessed with trying to win tournaments and catch records. I wanted to catch a fish so big my friends would tell me stories of it years later. I’d fish the waters from Panama City to Biloxi searching for fish. I would usually take a month off work and fish everyday on the boat if the weather permitted. If the seas were too big, I’d simply spend the day on the pier with the rest of the pier-a-sites. We’d stand long hours on the big rock dock tirelessly scanning the water in hopes of getting a shot at a passing fish. It was there I honed my skills of pinpoint accuracy casting a 3oz jig. The anglers with poor eyes, bad accuracy, or lame jig working ability, usually went home empty handed. The saying, a poor fisherman soon becomes a vegetarian, may have originated by someone fishing on a pier. Although it seems like cut throat fishing, I’ve always enjoyed it. It was easy on the body and I got to spend time with my friends, however nothing was better than hopping on a boat and searching the fish out.
Over the many years the tackle and baits have changed. I grew up fishing with custom built Fenwick 968 or KC 696 rods. Reels were typically the old Mitchell 302s or the Penn 706Z. Line was mono, usually 25 or 30lb test. Baits were some type of fin fish (pinfish, mullet, croaker etc) or a crab. Fast forward to the present and you’ll still see all the old tackle and baits still being used. However now, Van Staals and Zeebaas reels loaded with braid seem to more prevalent. Eels get imported to all the local marinas and tackle stores. They have made many a stubborn fish suddenly develop and appetite that lead to their demise. I like to think of them as cobia crack. Seems legit since each eel goes for about $5.
Now that I’ve gotten older and see more gray in my hair I’ve come to realize what I truly love about the sport. I love the anticipation of what each day brings on the water. I enjoy the time spent with my friends telling stories of our past, sharing our lives. I don’t think I ever get tired of Capt Bill telling me tales of the old south, similar to painting a mental picture that would rival characters in a Fannie Flag novel. Tales of people getting tied to fighting chairs and abandoned, or women who washed away their inhibitions with alcohol. Smuggling stowaways from Cuba or sinking sailboats in the Panama Canal. I love watching someone new to the sport catch their first cobia or even better yet their biggest ever. I love that even after all the fresh fish dinners and faded sunburns I still get to keep the memories of a great time spent with the ones I care about. It is for those reasons I continue to return home each year.
I have known Jason for a few years now. Back in the day he was guiding out of kayak and still does depending on the conditions.
These he fishes and guides out of Sarasota/Bradenton Florida area and added a nice bay boat to his JMSnooky guiding services.
Usually when Jason and I go out fishing it has been a pretty good day more times than not. Well with the exception of the “bayou” where we are cursed every time.
It has been a while since Jason and I got out on the water. The schedule just have not been working these past months but today it came together and I was there to meet him and his brother Jeremy at the ramp at 8am.
The day started off a bit slow no tide movement and iffy weather. I was hoping it would not be one of “those” days. We decided to do a little near shore fishing. To me near shore means 15 miles or less. In this range you can see land still.
This time of year(spring) the fishing can be excellent and today it was.
The day started off a bit slow but once the tide started to flow the bite turned on nicely.
We started to catch gags, sharks, king fish, cudas, a few permits. We ended the day with an excellent flounder bite and a cobia to top off an excellent day of fishing.
This time I actually got to fish so I actually have photos of me fishing. Yaaay!