Vero Slam, Skinny Water Culture & The Back Country

Eddie and I went down to Vero Beach to explore the area and pre-fish for the Maverick/Back Country Fly Fishing Cup. I have never fished the area ever in my life and only went by charts and hours of virtually exploring on Google Maps nights before. Vero is one hour south of my house in Cocoa Beach, we arrived there around 2:30pm which left us only 2 to 2 1/2 hours to explore and fish. Yes, we had a very late start but went with it anyways. Once we dropped my skiff in, I have already had a game plan and I knew exactly where I wanted to start and finish. I decided to run north and fish in wind protected coves, around docks, and around some spoil islands. We didn’t have much time so we opted to fish with spinning gear to cover more ground and search for fish. Water was very muddy and the winds were blowing at 15-20mph out of the north so we did mostly blind casting with Chartreuse D.O.A Jig Heads and white/chartreuse tail D.O.A. Cals. I ended up catching a few small trout, while Eddie managed to find a slam(redfish, trout, snook, caught in one outing). All fish were on the small side but it’s still a good sign that there are fish around.

After loading the skiff back on the trailer, we took a short drive over to The Back Country fly shop so I could register for the Tournament. The Back Country is a very nice fly/spin shop. I was impressed when I walked in the door, they had a lot of goodies there and equipment that you cannot get at most stores or tackle shops. I met Capt. Eric Davis who helped me at the register, not only did he ring me up, but he gave me a lot of info and a few tips on fishing the Vero area. My game plan was now turned around 180 for the tournament day based on the info that he gave me, so if I end up winning, I owe you Eric 🙂 (who is also fishing the tournament with Capt. Honson Lau by the way).

I also want to give a big Thanks to Vince at Skinny Water Culture for providing Eddie and I with some new SWC gear including the new Ambush Trucker hat! All I have worn are trucker hats for years due to a ginormous cranium and a different taste in style. Skinny Water Culture went out of their way to make sure I get the trucker hats that fit my needs, and are now available to order on the online store! They also have great tee shirt designs, micro fiber fishing shirts, and face masks. Check out their store at

-Capt. Willy Le



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