2010’s End, The other side of the Glades, and iPhone photos + Photoshop.

My buddy Ramiro and I decided to take the day off from work and spend a day fishing and exploring the water’s west.  With overcast conditions and limited visibility, we decided to use Ram’s HPX-T to get into water shallow enough to sight fish.  This plan proved effective as we had multiple slams by the end of the day.  We found the redfish and bigger trout early in the day.  With clearer water and overcast conditions, the Glow/Goldrush DOA CAL Shadtails rigged on a light jighead were irresistable to weary redfish in shallow water.  Locating where the snook were hiding took a little bit of running around but we eventually found them.  After missing a bigger upper slot snook and catching a smaller one on a Mirrolure Mirrodine, I tied on one of Tom Shadley’s “Lightbulb” flies, that I picked up from Mangrove Outfitters a few months ago.  The snook found this little fly irresistable as Ramiro found out after catching his first snook on fly with it.  After we wacked a few snook on Shadley’s pattern, I tied on a popper fly and we watched some aggressive smaller snook go airborne to eat it.  This part of the Everglades is truley an amazing place.

By the way… all but one of these photos were shot with the camera on my iPhone 4.  The photo quality on most of today’s camera phones are pretty impressive.  I did retouch these photos a little bit in Photoshop, but not more then playing with some lighting. 

The year 2010 has finally come to a close.  Reflecting back on this year, we saw a real hard winter in the beginning with constant freezing temperatures and a lot of dead fish in the wake of that.  Then in a man made dissaster, the Deepwater Horizon Oil Rig in the Gulf of Mexico bursted into flames and spilled a record breaking amount of oil into our Gulf waters threatening our fisheries.  Amongst other small things, it would seem 2010 looked grim.  Mother nature showed her strength and came back with one of the strongest tarpon seasons ever seen in South FL despite both dissasters.  Bonefishing in the Everglades was horrible, but we later found tons of them north and south of where they should have been in the late summer.  Redfishing in the Everglades remained as strong as ever.  And the snook population, which took the biggest hit is now beginning to show healthy signs of recovery.  Life slowly began to balance itself and the mere images of the dissasters of 2010 began to fade away.  We begin 2011 now on a new slate, with new hope and new expectations of what is to come.  I wish you all a happy and propserous 2011.  May the sun continue to shine and light the path you trek.

It will be interesting to observe what will come in 2011…