Fishing with Patrick Sebile with Jay Withers, the 300lb tarpon man.

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.