I recently had the opportunity to spend an afternoon in San Diego. The first place on my list was the USS Midway Museum.
The Midway is longest serving Navy aircraft carrier of the 20th century. She was commissioned after the end of WWII and has served in Vietnam and Desert Storm. Unfortunately I did not have much time to take pictures because I wanted to go through the entire tour and then go to the zoo, but I did managed to snap a few shots along the way. The Midway was by far the highlight of my stay at San Diego.
Here is another revision of the Saltyshores intro. I think this one is a bit plain. I will try to add some tag line at the bottom see how that comes out.
7/30/2010 : Guest Report by Collin Ross, Florida Keys
I was able to sneak out with some ‘ol time buddies a few weeks back. The three of us had literally not fished together in over 5 years, yet we all fish rather hard this time of year but our days never seem to collide. It was one of those days with lots of clouds and deep blue skies…………if that in fact makes any sense at all. The intermittent cloud cover did put a damper on most of our day but when the sun peeked through we made due with the shots that were offered.
Naturally in the process of sharing war stories of days since gone……………………………we got a few tugs.
they were belly floppin sombitches…………………….
gill rattling sombitches………………………………..
tail walkin sombitches……………………………………..
fly spittin sombitches………………………………..
and some real beautiful neck breakin sombitches………….
Even caught a great white…………..
tarpon in the head, tarpon in the da hand………………
Captain T’s last tarpon trip of the year………
It was great to spend a leisurely day on the skiff catching up on old times pondering what the future might bring for three very different dudes with many passions in common.
Life ain’t half bad in these parts…………..
July 30th 2010
Well I’m looking to do a Saltyshores video opener to give the videos I’m working a more polished professional look. Here is something I put together today. It looks cool but not sure if this is the one yet. I’ll be experimenting with them and maybe put up a poll of which one is more fitting.
July 30th 2010
As you can see on the left under “popular post” The G.Loomis NRX photos and write up has been very very popular. Saltyshores is getting traffic from all over the world of people wanting to know more information and want to see more photos of the NRX rods.
They really want people to hold, cast, demo the rods to appreciate all these upgrades.
Besides being lighter and stronger
Bass Rods Ti-SIC/single Foot recoil, Custom G.Loomis Skeleton reel seats,HD Cork handles
Flyrods: Black ion coated recoil guides, HD cork, carbon rod tubes, micro fiber socks
New Reel seat is 40% lighter
In order to promote the feel of the rods they will actually have a demo day of sort soon. The rods will release next month and I will have the location, date and time posted on here very soon of a location you can go check them out and cast them at in Florida.
Along with the standard lifetime Gloomis warranty, new exclusively for the NRX series is a WildCard over the counter swap out program. This can be used one time.
Report by Mark Knowles
The 3rd of six HCKAC 2-man club tournaments for 2010 was held on June 19th. A total of 15 HardCore teams comprised of 30 anglers braved early morning rain, a “not-so-great” tide, and late morning sauna-like conditions (90 deg F and 90% humidity) for this event. Anglers were provided with an assortment of lures featuring Exude soft plastic baits including D.A.R.T., Rt Slugs, Shrimp, and cajun crabs.
BIG THANKS to the Mister Twister Co. and all of our sponsors for their support and donations.
All teams checked in between 5:30 and 6:00 a.m. just before the 35 cent toll booth at Fort DeSoto. After checking in, the teams departed in search of a slam.
Not long after launching, Mother Nature added her influence to the slam challenge. For those out in the open, winds picked up quickly to approx 20 mph and the skies darkened giving way to a 30 minute shower. Luckily, there was no lightning associated with the storm and most groups just fished right through it.
The morning shower passed and the teams “doubled down” with most throwing all of the Exude lures in the bag trying to get the fish to turn on. There were many fish caught but only 2 teams were able to complete their slam. BTrain (Bobby) did manage to attract an adult manatee who seemed quite curious as to why there were so many kayaks on the water.
Upcreek (John) and Snookin (Eugene) had the hot hand of the morning landing a beautiful & healthy 35.2” Snook. Rumor has it that just after the Snook was caught by Upcreek that an estimated 30” Red was on Snookin’s line only to be broken off boat side. Two of Pinellas County’s very recent high school graduates Fishmaster892 (Merrick) and Redfish (Jesse) fished all the way down to the wire and brought home the only other slam of the day. Congratulations guys !
Final results of the day :
- 1st place ($300) Team FlatZtalkers (Upcreek & Snookin) Snook=35.2 Redfish=19.5 Trout=20.6 Total=75.3
- 2nd place ($180) Team Skinny Water Culture (Redfish and Fishmaster) Snook=26.5 Redfsih=27 Trout=18.25 Total=71.75
- 3rd place ($120) Team Slik n Cider (Limecider and SlikNik) Redfish=26.25 Trout=15 Total=41.25
This past Sunday my buddy Alex and I were in search of the wild hog. Alex has never shot a hog before so I desperately wanted to get him one and also get it on video. Right off the bat I saw two deer, big deer at that. Those guys have to wait until archery season. Any how, we walked for about 1.5 hours before seeing our first hogs which were way to big to take. They were easily 200lbs and I am not draging something that big, not to mention draging it a mile. As we continued we finally found two that we were able to take, we stalked these guys for about 30 minutes before we decided there was a shot opportunity. Unfortunitly this day Alex forgot the “dead sled” so we had to drag this thing by her legs and it was a real pain. The heat index had to be a 100 degrees and humid as can be. I am pretty sure I don’t want to do that again. DISCLAIMER: turn up the volume, there may be some curse words, and the video is shakey as my heart was pounding and I was trying to watch where I was walking in an effort to not spook the animals.
So yesterday Capt. Rich Osgood and I got out for an attempt at fishing the falling tide. The wind and storms put a big damper on us but all was not lost. We landed a decent snook and trout before we had to call it quits and make a run for Rich’s buddy’s house. The lightning was everywhere and approaching fast; there was no way we were going to make the ramp. We stopped off and took shelter for about an hour where Rich cleaned his friend’s pool for him. (thought that was a nice gesture) So after this storm cooled off we were headed for home until we noticed some baby tarpon rolling around. I grabbed Rich’s fly rod and made a few casts. I had one eat by tarpon and ended up catching two lady fish. The fish were still rolling heavy and I told Rich, “hey if I was to end up hooking one of these tarpon I would like to get it on my fly rod”. Rich was more than happy to hook me up with a gurgler on the end of my line and away I went. I saw two fish roll next to each other. I made two false casts and dropped my fly about 5 feet from the rolls, I stripped about 3 times and BAMN! Fish on. I could not believe this was happening, what a high I got from this. To top it off we landed this bad boy. I have caught tarpon on rod and reel before but never on fly. In fact this was my first time ever casting to a tarpon with a fly. Thanks to Capt. Rich for setting me up in the right spot with the right fly and good instructions. Also, Rich gave me the fly which I will place in the frame with one of the photos taken of my fish.
Photo Note: Earlier in the day I was playing around with my new 8mm fish eye lens, Rich was taking photos with it and it’s all manual. We were to engrossed in the fish and didn’t want to risk changing the lens for losing the fish by me doing something dumb. Sorry some of the pics are not the best but I had to post them any how. Fish taken on furled leader with 20lb test on the end.
July 27th 2010
When you get a chance this month check out the Florida Sportsmans Magazine.
It’s my 2nd Florida Sportmans Cover, a wahoo. I can’t say it’s my best shot out there but a cover is a cover, I’ll take it.
More images of the storm filled sunsets. One thing about storms, after the come through it slicks out really well. Somethings the fish gets really active as well.
Here are some photos I had a chance to edit from this weekend. Most of these are heavily cropped so it’s pretty only good for web use but still, I thought they were pretty cool.