Yesterday I awake at 5am so I could get ready to make another drive. This time however it was only 1:30minutes south to the Gasperilla Marina. I was excited to fish with Patrick Sebile today. Yes the guy that’s CEO of the Sebile lure company. With us was Captain Jay Withers and Jeff of Ted’s Tackle.
We got on Jay’s 24′ Pathfinder and headed off to find some redfishing. It didn’t take long before Jay put us on the fish. We power poled down started to sling away with Sebile Baits. If you haven’t seen them before they are pretty unique in design as far as lure goes. Some and liquid fills, some have a keel, some are 3″ long and some are 10″+. They ain’t cheap that’s for sure but they are different and most important of course catch fish.
We started to catch some nice redfish. Most of them were upper slot to just over slot fish. We took the time to do some nice photos but during it all, Patrick with a accent, was telling stories of some incredible overseas fishing. Here I am thinking Patrick was just a lure designer/owner. I come to find out he’s actually some world famous crazed fisherman who’s fishing resume just stunned me. The guy holds more than 300 IGFA world, European and French fishing records. He has fished in 61 different countries. He’s was a lure designer for Mepps/Mr.Twister and before that he guided in Africa for 17 years! He was the guide the day the gentleman landed the 286lbs IGFA all tackle Tarpon. At 40 years old, he’s got some massive fishing achievements and needless to say I was quite impressed.
“Max Domecq on March 20, 2003. The massive tarpon weighed in at 286lb 9oz (130kgs) and was caught in Rubane, Guinea-Bissau, Africa.”
After the bite died we moved on and decided to head offshore to do some trolling with the larger lures. After a stop for some lunch and a little breather were off and running towards the Gulf of Mexico. The seas were glass calm so the ride out couldn’t have been much better. The bite however was lacking. There were zero current and no activity on the top. The only fish we caught was a bonita. We headed back in to call it day and decided to try for a snook. We caught some jacks, ladyfish, small reds, then Jeff gets a nice strike. There were no head shake so everyone thought it was a nice redfish. After a few tensed minutes, Jeff finally gets the fish boat side and it turns out to be a very respectable snook.
It’s now completely dark. Were only a couple miles from the marina. We were tired and hungry but it was sure worth it to hear all the cool stories. Some of Patricks’ adventures Patrick were just over the top. The fishing was just a bonus.
As a child growing up near Baltimore, MD Brad’s love for fishing began. Being a couple hours from the Chesapeake Bay and its waterways, he primarily fished freshwater ponds and lakes for anything that would bite. That didn’t stop Brad from hitting the bay and beaches for a little action, but the lack of time spent fishing was just not sufficient to become knowledgeable of those local waters and fishing tactics. Still, during every summer vacation, Brad and his dad would always do some sort of surf fishing for anything they could find in the Atlantic Ocean, as well as the Chesapeake Bay; the two even caught blue crabs with their own traps, often feasting with family and friends. When living in Columbia, MD, walking to the local ponds with raw hot dogs, cheese, corn and bread was a regular occurrence for Brad. Catching catfish and bluegill became a daily routine. Finding crayfish in the local streams was his method for bass fishing, which became the new fixation. Next it was on to artificials; any freshwater pond or lake Brad could find was fished for a trophy bucketmouth. After growing older and having a child, he became devoted to his daughter; fishing slowly tapered off, and then became non existent. College was the new focus, with Brad taking as many writing classes as possible for credits on his way to an Associates of Applied Science degree. A stable job became the new way of life, with Brad working as an Automotive Technician and Insurance Claims Adjuster.
After moving to Florida in 2002 and meeting some experienced fisherman, Brad started to wade the flats of Sarasota in search of any fish possible. After catching a few nice snook and redfish, his bass fishing days would be over. There was nothing like drag screaming during a long battle with these fish from the shallow waters of the bay. Brad’s passion for fishing was back. After moving to the Ruskin, Florida area in 2004 and acquiring a boat, fishing became more than just a hobby for Brad. It was his goal to learn the local waterways of the bay, and catch as many fish as possible. The nearby South Shore became the primary waters to hone his skills. Snook, redfish, trout and tarpon are now his key targets, and he has successfully learned how to fish for these fish of the flats. Over the years, Brad’s knowledge base has grown as well as fishing skills. Angling has helped him make many new friends, and has also brought out the love of writing he currently possesses. Presently, Brad takes pride in writing about the outdoors, and documents his experiences; he want’s to share knowledge with anyone he can. With his writing method, his laid back nature and sense of humor are evident, and one will easily find out he is down to earth. Educating those who are beginning to fish the Tampa Bay area is his objective, and this benefits those who lack the skills needed to fish our little piece of paradise; in turn this helps us all.
Brad would love to turn his passion for writing into a career, and has written articles for Fishing Simplified.com, and is now currently writing for Salty Shores.com. In his spare time Brad loves watching all types of sports as well as movies. He enjoys spending time at the beach, hanging out with family and friends, and laying back with his two German Shepherds. Brad has an extensive music collection he is constantly adding to and a backyard barbeque while relaxing by the pool is right up his alley.